GMA and ABS-CBN among Reader’s Digest awardees
GMA and ABS-CBN and several of their talents were honored at the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards 2022, with ceremonies held on April 8. GMA once again took the Platinum Award in the TV Network category, the highest honor among the most trusted brands. Meanwhile, ABS-CBN received a Gold Award for a second straight year, after winning the Platinum Award from 2016 to 2020. GMA Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez were named the most trusted personalities in their respective categories. Already in Reader’s Digest Hall of Fame, Ms. Soho was hailed as the “Most Trusted TV Host for News and Current Affairs” for the 13th consecutive time. Mr. Enriquez earned his eighth award as the “Most Trusted Radio Presenter.” Meanwhile, ABS-CBN talent Vice Ganda was the “Most Trusted Entertainment/Variety Presenter” for the fourth straight year. The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards recognize which brands and services, as well as personalities, consumers trust the most. The determination is made through its Trusted Brand Survey.
Waterwalk Records releases 3 songs
Waterwalk Records is a label under Sony Music that focuses on fresh Christian music. The label, which features faith-based entertainment acts from the Philippines and across the Asian region, crossing genre and denominational lines, has released three new tunes for the first quarter of the year. The newly formed music act Sam&Steff, a pop duo composed of Sam and Steff Evangelista, has released the praise anthem “Oh, Your Goodness!” Janine Danielle has “Why Do You Love Me,” an inspirational ballad written and composed for her by musician husband and wife team Moira Dela Torre and Jason Hernandez. Meanwhile, E.J. De Perio has released a musical take on a conversation between himself and God, “Buntong Hinga,” which is based on a dream he had. For more updates on the new tracks, artists, and upcoming events, visit WaterWalk Records on Facebook and Instagram (@waterwalkrecords). The new songs are on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.
Hip-hip group PLAN B releases debut single
TEN-MEMBER hip-hop group PLAN B has released its first official single under Sony Music Philippines, “Love.” With lyrics written by PLAN B’s Mateo and Gio, and arranged by SB19’s Pablo, “Love” chronicles multiple failed attempts to pursue someone on a romantic level. Its music video, directed by Chapters PH’s Ken Tan, features two friends outdoing each other as they compete for a girl’s attention, only to find out that she already has a boyfriend. PLAN B is an up-and-coming hip-hop/rap ensemble consisting of members from all around the Philippines: Alyas Dom (Metro Manila), DK (Pangasinan), Dyno (Bicol), Gio (Metro Manila), G-Next (Laguna), GOSGE (Cavite), Kaizler (Pangasinan), Kier (Pangasinan), Mateo (Cagayan De Oro), and Skyruz (Misamis Oriental). They are currently managed by Skye Productions, which counts H-BOM and Ren as part of its roster. “Love” is available on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
Dreamcatcher releases new album
THE SEVEN-MEMBER Korean rock group Dreamcatcher has released their second album, [Apocalypse: Save us]. The 14-track album is the first of a planned Apocalypse trilogy. [Apocalypse: Save us] is a desperate plea to save the planet from ecological damage and global warming. The title track, “Maison” (“home” in French) stays true to Dreamcatcher’s sonic identity and style based on rock genre and distortion bass. In addition, the album presents solo tracks written and sung by each member. Dreamcatcher is set to perform at 2022 Primavera Sound Barcelona in June. [Apocalypse: Save us] is available on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment Korea.
Season 2 of Single’s Inferno confirmed
REALITY dating series Single’s Inferno will have a second season, it was confirmed in a press statement from the producers. Its first season ranked in the Global Netflix TOP 10 (Non-English TV List) for three consecutive weeks, ranking 4th in the charts at its peak. Directed by Kim Jae-won and Kim Na-hyun and produced by Shijak Company and JTBC, the series follows participants who are motivated to find love, couple up, and find their version of “paradise.” The show’s first season is available on Netflix.