Victory for Regal’s ‘Woke Up Like this!’

Regal Entertainment scored a huge victory with the Vhong Navarro-Lovi Poe comedy, Woke Up Like This!

On its first day when it was released Wednesday last week, it raked in P5 million gross and after five days it posted an accumulated P36 million and a total of P60 million on its seventh day in theaters, giving Mother Lily (Lily Y. Monteverde), Regal Entertainment matriarch enough reason to throw a victory party for the movie press for giving her a blockbuster this year.

The family movie continues to draw in crowds and receive favorable notices.

“Let’s all be happy,” said Mother Lily, “it’s toxic to be keeping negative feelings.”

Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde  (fourth from right) with entertainment editors and other members of the movie press 
“I owe a lot to the movie press,” admitted Mother Lily. “Regal won’t be where it is without the help of the movie press.”

Vhong was present with his manager, director Chito Roño, while Lovi relayed her message via a video clip (she was in Paris for the wedding of Drs. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho last Saturday). 

Cora Waddell, Yana Asistio, Raikko Mateo and the movie’s director Joel Ferrer joined in the celebration.


Wishcovery, the first on-line singing competition, was launched recently. It is a program on Wish 107.5 and aims to discover singing talents who can break into the global music arena. In effect, the search makes the FM radio as the singers’ gateway to the world.

According to the station’s top management, it is their way of expressing their support for OPM (original Pilipino music), which they have been since the station began broadcasting three years ago.

The Wishcovery team, including reactors that include songwriter/record producer Jungee Marcelo, singer and vocal coach Annie Quintos, went to key cities around the country and auditioned possible contestants to the search that begins this week.

Carmela V. Ariola, one of the hopefuls in Wish 107.5 online singing competition, Wishcovery.
For three months, they have listened to scores of hopefuls and trimmed the number down to 20 representing a variety of genres in pop music, though most of them if not all, are trying to be clones of singers that Filipinos hear on the radio or watch on TV.

The search will eliminate one singer each week until the five finalists have been chosen for the final showdown in November in a show hosted by Jay R and Kris Lawrence.

The weekly elimination will be held in the station’s Wish Bus, the first and only one in the Philippines, after being viewed on YouTube for voters to select their choices utilizing what it calls as “power viewing” as part of the criteria for judging.


Some of the biggest names in the showbiz industry were in attendance as dentist to the stars Dr. Steve Mark Gan opened his newest state-of-the-art GAOC clinic in Filinvest City, Alabang. 

The impressive roster of celebrities and personalities who cleared their hectic schedules and made way to join Dr. Gan were movie blockbuster king Vic Sotto and wife Pauline Luna-Sotto, Matteo Guidicelli, Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes, Rico Blanco, Tippy Dos Santos, and Boys Night Out’s DJ Slick Rick. World authority on dental implant, Dr. Peter Moy also flew in from the US to grace the inauguration.

Derek Ramsay
GAOC has earned a reputation of having unparalleled excellence in oral care including oral diagnostics, surgical procedures, dental implantology, and jaw reconstruction, establishing itself as the country’s leading dental clinic and one of the best in Southeast Asia. And now, as it expands, the newest GAOC Alabang clinic offers people living in the south its superior dental services.

With GAOC’s acumen for world-class dental treatments, top-notch customer service, and lined-up of well-trained, professional, and caring team of dentists, no wonder that GAOC, with the leadership of the innovator himself Dr. Steve Mark Gan, become the top choice in providing politicians, diplomats, socialites, and celebrities their brightest smiles.

Cristine Reyes

GMA’s travel documentary campaign for Sapporo City, Japan, recently bagged two awards: Gold for Best Programme Promotion and Bronze for Best Media Solution - TV/Online Video in the 2017 Asia Pacific Spark Awards held at the Intercontinental Singapore on Aug. 18.

To help promote the tourism of Sapporo City, GMA worked on a campaign that included two episodes of GMA News TV’s Biyahe ni Drew named “Sophisticated Sapporo” and “Countryside Sapporo”, along with various online features in

Biyahe ni Drew showcased Sapporo’s most prized landmarks and events such as the Sapporo Snow Festival, Ramen Alley, Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, Mt. Moiwa, Hokkaido Ice Star Hotel, Elm Garden, and many other tourist spots that can be found in the city.

The Best Programme Promotion Award recognizes the best promotion of an individual program, franchise or special by a network or platform, while the award for Best Media Solution - TV/Online Video recognizes the most creative, innovative and effective social media campaigns from a media owner for its client. The campaign was also a finalist for the Best Engagement Strategy, which recognizes the most effective engagement and retention strategy by a media owner.

The Spark Awards recognizes the top media solutions, products and services from media owners and publishers across South Asia, Southeast Asia and ANZ. The Awards acts as the main platform for media owners to demonstrate their innovation and effectiveness to advertisers, agencies and clients.

Topics: Woke Up Like This , Regal Entertainment , Wish 107.5 , Dr. Steve Mar Gan , GAOC Clinic
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