HBO banks on Pacquiao, Hatton to draw younger viewers to boxing

March 31, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Premium television programming giant HBO is banking on the huge popularity and appeal of both Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton to attract younger viewers to the sport as it unveils its Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7 preview series.

Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7 is a four-part series that will extensively chronicle the respective training of Filipino pound for pound king Pacquiao and British bomber Hatton for their May 2 pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas.

According to HBO senior vice president of sports operations Mark Taffet, HBO looks at Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7 as a tool to draw 18- to 49-year-old males to a sport whose median viewing age skews over 35.

Towards this end, HBO has launched a multiplatform marketing and promotional campaign highlighted by a Web-based sweepstakes offering a behind-the-scenes experience right at the MGM Grand.

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Kapuso stars bawal magpa-interview sa ABS-CBN

March 31, 2009

Ini-reveal sa amin ni Aljur Abrenica nang mainterbyu namin sa blessing ng bagong office ng Travelpros sa SM Megamall na pinagbabawalan na raw silang mga taga-GMA na magpa-interview sa TV crew na taga-ABS-CBN.

Kaya naman, umalis na lang ang TV crew ng ABS-CBN sa naturang event dahil tumanggi si-yang magpa-interview sa mga ito.

Hindi namin maiwa-sang isipin na baka may kinalaman ang nangyari kay Manny Pacquiao recently kaya umiiwas na ang GMA na ma-interbyu ang kanilang network talents sa kalabang istas-yon.

Or ‘yung insidenteng pagpapa-interbyu ni Ru-fa Mae Quinto sa kalabang The Buzz ng Showbiz Central kung saan isa pa naman si Peachy na regular hosts ng SC.

Anyway, para sa amin ay magiging case-to-case basis lang ito.

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PEP nagpaliwanag sa isyung kinasangkutan nina Richard Gutierrez at Michael Flores

March 31, 2009

“Para maipaliwanag nang husto ang statement ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa isyu kina Richard Gutierrez at Michael Flores” ang sagot ni Jo-Ann Maglipon sa tanong kung para saan ang presscon na ipinatawag kahapon ng tanghali.

Ikinuwento na rin nito ang pinagsimulan ng isyu na lumabas sa PEP at ang advise niya sa mga taga-PEP na ’wag munang i-upload ang story dahil kulang pa ang information at details at big star ang involved.

“Miscommunication” daw ang nangyari kaya, na-upload ang story, nag-react ang fans at ang ’di fans ni Richard at humaba na ang kuwento.

“I am apologizing for the inadvertent uploading of the story. I’m apologizing to the Gutierrez family, Michael Flores, Epi Quizon, PEP readers and most specially to Richard. It was very unfair to everybody.”

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Paolo Contis Mom still resents Lian Paz

March 31, 2009

WHEN Paolo Contis turned 25 recently, his mom didn’t join his birthday celebration as a sign that she still does not approved of his current girlfriend, EB Babe Lian Paz, and that she continues to be more partial to his ex, Isabel Oli. Paolo says he’s confident that in due time, his mom will see that Lian is a good partner for him and will eventually learn to accept her.

He denies, though, the rumor that Lian is already preggy. He said he was just kidding when he said he’d want to join the game show he’s hosting, “My Dad is Better than Your Dad,” as a contestant with his own kid. “Malayo pa ‘yun,” he says.

Paolo is now also one of the most hated guys on TV for his role as Rado, Marian Rivera’s overbearing boyfriend in “Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang” who’s cruel and abusive.

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Richard Gutierrez: Gun-toting incident a hoax

March 31, 2009

RICHARD Gutierrez is leaving for the U.S. on April 2 to join the “Eat Bulaga” show at Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 4. He will be leaving with “Zorro” leading lady Rhian Ramos, so they are now taping some episodes of their show in advance on their set in Bagac, Bataan.

Richard is quite excited as it’s his first time to visit the East Coast. He intends to stay in New York for a few days to take a cruise around Manhattan, watch shows in Broadway and an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden with his youngest brother Richie Paul. He’ll also be meeting some of his high school friends there. He’s scheduled to return to Manila on April 10 (Good Friday) and just rest for one day then return to the set in Bagac to resume taping of “Zorro.”

Richard is just laughing off the rumor that he had a big fight with former TGIS actor Mike Flores (now married to Nina Ricci Alagao) at the recent birthday party of Director Mark Reyes. “It’s not true,” he says. “Ang hilig talagang mag-imbento ng ibang tao.

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Troops re-encircle Abus; ICRC hostages still alive

March 31, 2009

Government troops and tanks returned to their former positions cordoning off the jungle lair of the Abu Sayyaf holding three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff as hostages after the bandits� deadline to behead one of their captives expired even as Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan, who has been updating reporters, said the hostages remain alive.

Tan earlier imposed a curfew and restrictions on civilian movements in the province as a �state of emergency� went into effect after the deadline set by the Abu Sayyaf group passed at 2 p.m., extended to 5 p.m. yesterday.

�They have not been harmed, based on our information on the ground,� Tan told reporters five hours after the deadline set by the Abu Sayyaf group passed.

Red Cross workers Andreas Notter of Switzerland, Eugenio Vagni of Italy and Mary Jean Lacaba of the Philippines were abducted last Jan. 15 during a humanitarian mission on Jolo island.

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Manny Pacquiao willing victim of ugly system

March 25, 2009

Manny Pacquiao outdid himself recently. No, he did not win a fight.

What he did was rock this country again, get everyone to talk about him, and make two giant television entities sit on pins and needles.

Pacquiao was the talk of the town again—and this time, it was for all the wrong reasons.

First, the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter conveniently took a break from training to sign up with ABS-CBN for the exclusive coverage of his fights, starting with the May 2 bout against Britain’s Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas.

It was a deal complete with an exclusive television announcement on ABS-CBN’s news program “TV Patrol.”

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