SKY to raffle off Hokkaido, Japan trip for two

Enjoy a fun getaway in the “Land of the Rising Sun” to start the year right with SKY’s “Go Hokkaido Flyaway Promo” where a subscriber and a travel companion will win an all-expense paid 5D/4N trip to Hokkaido, Japan.

This exciting flyaway is made possible with Hotel 101, which put together a fun-filled itinerary for the lucky SKY subscriber.

The winner will have the chance to go on fabulous escapades, including a trip to Sapporo’s famous Odori Park, Sapporo Clock Tower, the Sapporo Old Government Building, the festive Shiroi Koibito Park, Tanuki Koji/ Susukino shopping street, North Snowland in Chitose, Lake Shikotsu, Mt. Moiwa, Sapporo Beer Garden, Otaru Canal City, Music Box Museum, Kitachi Glass Factory, Mitsui Outlet Park, and get to dine at the Gyuya Edohachi.

Subscribers just need to log on to mysky.com.ph/myaccounts, register their SKY account number, or update their mobile numbers and/or email addresses from January 25 to February 25, 2020 to qualify for the raffle promo.

The promo is available to all SKY Fiber, SKYcable and SKYdirect Postpaid subscribers. The winner and his travel companion must have valid passports for six months from the travel period and must have a Japan VISA. The deadline for registration is February 25, 2020.

Travel promo period is from March 23 to 27, 2020. For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/gohokkaido.

HBO drama series WESTWORLD returns for its third season on 16 March on HBO GO and HBO

The Emmy® winning drama series Westworld returns for its eight-episode third season same time as the U.S. on Monday, 16 March at 9am, exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers.

Returning cast members include Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Emmy® winner Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore and Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton.

Joining the cast this season are Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” “Bojack Horseman”), Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), Lena Waithe (HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Master of None”), Scott Mescudi (HBO’s upcoming “We Are Who We Are”), Marshawn Lynch (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Olive Kitteridge”), Michael Ealy (“Stumptown”) and Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”).

The first two seasons of Westworld received a combined 42 Emmy® nominations. The second season’s 20 Emmy® nominations resulted in three wins, including: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thandie Newton), Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series.

Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, Ben Stephenson, and Denise Thé. Production companies: Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Come home to these great movies on SKYcable this December

Cherish the holiday break this Christmas as the whole family is home for the holidays and enjoy SKY’s movie marathon treat with a diverse and fresh selection this December.

Welcome back “Joy” and “Ethan” into your homes as they bring you a story of personal struggle and romance with the phenomenal box-office hit “Hello, Love, Goodbye” on SKY Movies Pay-Per-View available from until January 12 for only P99.

Catch “Dumbo,” one of the childhood classic novels’ live-action reimagining as it premieres on Fox Movies this December 21 at 9:00 P.M. Collin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva green, and Alan Arkin join force in this film adaptation of the story of struggling circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) who engage Holt (Farrell) and his two children to take care of Dumbo. See what obstacles they encounter in the circus and how they manage to bring the circus back to life again.

Another live action revival awaits cartoon lovers this coming Dec.25 at 8:00 P.M. as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” airs on Fox Family. In Paul Tibbitt’s directorial debut, Spongebob helps Mr. Krabbs in finding Burger Bread who stole the top secret recipe of Krabby Patties.

‘90s babies now have the chance to catch “The Brady Bunch Movie” on Paramount on December 31 at 2:15 P.M. Parents Mike (Gary Cole) and Carol (Shelley Long) are having problems as their home is in danger of being taken away by Larry (Michael Mckean), the house’s developer. As soon as their six Brady kids know of the problem, they decide to enter a talent contest to help the family.

Sports fans can learn from “Gold,” a fictionalized retelling of the first Olympic gold win by hockey team, Independent India in 1948, on Zee Sine. In this historical sports drama, which airs Dec.21 at 8:30 P.M.,, check how assistant manager Tapas (Akshay Kumar) was instrumental in bringing India its first Olympic Gold as a free nation.

Also don’t miss Vice Ganda’s “Fantastica” on C1 this December 31 at 9:00 P.M., where he plays a struggling carnival owner thinking of ways to make his family’s business become lively again.

From Hollywood box office films to local films, you can come home to SKYcable for great flicks. Take your pick now and arrange a date with the entire family. Existing SKYcable subscribers can choose to add movie channels to their lineup for as low as P20/month. Sign up at mysky.com.ph/addchannels.

Not yet on SKYcable? Fill up this form or call your local SKY office to see which cable plan is right for you.

Show details and image provided  in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

SKY partners with Asian Eye Institute to give eye care to students in Luzon

Hundreds of students from Luzon have received free eye care to help them with their productivity and well-being as SKY partnered with the Asian Eye Institute to bring the “Kislap Mata: Malinaw na Mata, Malinaw na Kinabukasan” project.

Beneficiaries of the eye care program held in San Isidro Elementary School, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Sto. Tomas North Central School, and at Lagundi Elementary School, Morong, Rizal received free consultation, proper eye care workshops, and prescription glasses.

Student looking at Snellen chart2

Zacquia Chua and Cassandra Baral of Lagundi Elementary School have difficulty in reading and catching up in class because of their poor eyesight. But as two of the beneficiaries of the eye care project, their glasses have been replaced.

“Mas makakapag-aral na po akong mabuti kasi makakakita na po akong mas maigi, salamat po sa SKY at Asian Eye” Cassandra said.

Across the various legs of the project, 575 students have attended the eye talks, 338 have received eye checkups, 108 have been given eye glasses while 23 have been referred to clinics for further checkup at Asian Eye Institute’s EyeSite is an ambulatory eye center with branches located in St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Sto. Tomas, Batangas; SM City Fairview; SM City Batangas and SM City Dasmariñas.

Arlene Torres on introductory remarks

“We are happy to be part of this initiative. It gave us an opportunity to teach children what it means to have healthy eyes,” shares Asian Eye Institute Chief Operating Officer Alwin S. Sta. Rosa. More than just giving glasses to students that need them, it’s also important for children to learn good eye care habits early. “Kids are constantly exposed to technology so it’s good practice for them to rest their eyes every 20 minutes of studying or playing on gadgets. It’s also an effective way to prevent eye fatigue that can lead to headaches.”

Eye care workshop conducted for SKY's Kislap Mata program at Lagundin ES

Another factor to consider is good hand hygiene. Sta. Rosa adds, “We also remind children not to rub or scratch their eyes, because it’s the best way to avoid eye irritation or infections like sore eyes.”

To further support the aim of improving the students’ school performance, SKYcable and SKYdirect connections were donated to each school.

“We feel privileged and blessed that our students have been chosen as recipients of the ‘Kislap Mata’ program of SKYcable. Eyesight is very important for students. Without healthy eyes, they won’t be able to understand and read their lessons. Thank you very much to SKYcable and Asian Eye. Of all the schools in the Philippines, Morong got picked,” Lagundi Elementary School principal Claire Rino said.

SKY Head of Integrated Marketing Gidgette Faustino, shared SKYcable’s eagerness to help students, “We at SKY are grateful for the opportunity to help in any way we can, we envisioned ‘Kislap Mata’ project to help select students learn in their full capacity and more comfortably with clearer eyesight. We look forward to more learning advocacies that will help promote learning and education in the country,” she enthused.

Lagundi ES students with SKY team

SKY Head of Integrated Marketing Gidgette Faustino, shared SKYcable’s eagerness to help students

Asian Eye Institute is a world-class eye institute that put the Philippines on the map of quality health care. It started in 2001, and provides a full range of specialized medical services, delivering safety and comfort of modern facilities, with some of the most advanced technology worldwide.

For more information on SKY, visit mysky.com.ph.

Program details and images provided in a recent press release.

Kids rule on SKYcable

Kids of all ages won’t run out of fun shows to catch with the vast variety of kids channels on SKYcable. From cartoons, to fun learning activities and top-notch animated series, kids will surely find something to love.

Catch Cartoon Network HD’s (CH 178, Metro Manila; CH 731, Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete and GenSan) old and new cartoon series and movies from Ben10, Powerpuff Girls, and The Amazing World of Gumball to new shows like “Steven Universe,” the first animated series created by a woman, every Thursday.

Boomerang channel (CH 42, Metro Manila; CH 112, Cebu, Davao and Baguio), meanwhile, offers Tom and Jerry Show, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s a safe entertainment space where parents and kids can watch shows together. Catch Be Cool Scooby Doo and the gang ‘s zany misadventures everyday.

On Nickelodeon (CH 45, Metro Manila; CH 105, Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete and GenSan) catch the most-watched, top-rated shows, from the ever funny SpongeBob SquarePants to JoJo’s Follow Your D.R.E.A.M. and Henry Danger bring non-stop enjoyment the old and young. On weekdays, kids can follow Ryder, together with five other rescue dogs as they work as one to help their community, in Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol.”

The world’s top wildlife filmmakers and renowned early childhood experts come together to bring ZooMoo’s (CH 120, Metro Manila) shows designed for learning for young kids. Here, viewers have a choice between shows that anchored on the themes “explore time, create time, play time, puzzle time and quiet time.” Each Tuesday noon, viewers can join the Teddies, Dom, Meeks, Tizzy and Sparky in Teddyworld where they play games, solve puzzles, and sing songs.

Disney Channel (CH 47 SD | CH 250 HD, Metro Manila; CH 101 SD | CH 732 HD Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete and GenSan) brings with it nothing less than Disney’s fun-filled line up of quality shows. This month, Disney Channel airs Frozen Specials bringing back the most loved “Frozen” characters in time before the Christmas season starts . These include “Frozen Fever” on Nov. 10, “Frozen” on Nov. 17, and The Story of Frozen on Nov. 24.

SKYcable subscribers may choose to add Baby TV, ZooMoo, Miao Mi, Da Vinci Kids, and Boomerang on their cable TV line-up for only P20/month and Cartoon Network HD, Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon for P50/month by signing up at mysky.com.ph/addchannels. Existing subscribers of selected SKYcable plans may already enjoy Disney Channel’s exciting programs as part of their channel lineup.

Not yet on SKYcable? Subscribe now for as low as P299/month! For more details, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and video provided in a recent press release.

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HBO Asia Original INVISIBLE STORIES To Premiere 5 January 2020

HBO Asia’s newest Asia Original, INVISIBLE STORIES shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories from the heartlands in a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore. Filmed entirely on location in Singapore, the six-episode half-hour drama series premieres 5 January at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO.

Each episode follows one resident as he or she navigates through everyday life and its challenges. These stories include the ups and downs of a mother and her autistic son; a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night; and a banker who is a father and husband who harbours a secret that comes to life late at night.

INVISIBLE STORIES also showcases Singapore’s inclusive multi-cultural identity with a regional cast from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. Golden Horse Award winner Yeo Yann Yann (‘Wet Season’ and ‘ILO ILO’) and Taiwanese newcomer Devin Pan appear in the first episode. Veteran Singapore actor Wang Yu Qing (‘Hello From The Other Side’ and ‘Reach For The Skies’) plays the taxi driver in the second episode.

Other cast members include Thai actress and model Suchada Muller (‘Insect In The Backyard’ and ‘The Last Executioner’), Malaysian actor and director Gavin Yap (‘The Bridge’ and ‘Lion Mums 3’), Bangladeshi actor Sudip Biswas (‘Sutopar Thikana’ and ‘Café 999’), Indonesian actress Sekar Sari (‘SITI’). Cast from Singapore include Regina Lim (‘Not So Long Time Ago’, ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’), Aden Tan (‘Lion Mums’ and ‘Ah Boys To Men 3’) and Sunny Pang (‘Code Of Law’ and ‘Fly By Night’) as well as Singapore based actress Rosalind Pho (HBO Asia Original ‘Sent’, ‘Tanglin’).

Tunes from Singaporean singer-songwriter Leslie Low accompany the screenplay, and Leslie guest stars as a busker as well. Leslie was the former frontman of popular indie band Humpback Oak and previously fronted one of Singapore’s greatest musical efforts, The Observatory. Melancholic and reflective in nature, his songs are usually inspired by the personal, subjective, and introverted mindset of living in Singapore.

WORLD PREMIERE AT LEADING FILM FESTIVALS

The first episode, INVISIBLE STORIES: LIAN, will make its world premiere at the 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival on 16 November, while the first two episodes, INVISIBLE STORIES: LIAN and INVISIBLE STORIES: CHUAN, have been selected by the Singapore International Film Festival to be presented on 28 November.

EPISODE SYNOPSIS

Episode 1 – INVISIBLE STORIES: LIAN
Premieres: Sunday, 5 January at 10pm
Lian is the story of a burnt out and financially-drained single mother struggling to cope with her 19-year-old son with autism, who displays aggressive behaviours during meltdowns following the sudden death of his grandmother, who was his main caregiver.
Cast: Yeo Yann Yann, Devin Pan

Episode 2 – INVISIBLE STORIES: CHUAN
Premieres: Sunday, 12 January at 10pm
Chuan is a taxi driver by day and “tangki” (spiritual medium) by night. He finds his sanity in peril when a malicious ghost begins to haunt him, pushing him down a path of self-destruction in search of the truth.
Cast: Wang Yu Qing, Aden Tan

Episode 3 – INVISIBLE STORIES: JUNE
Premieres: Sunday, 19 January at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO
A tale of friendship between three sex workers operating a brothel out of a flat.
Cast: Suchada Muller, Sunny Pang

Episode 4 – INVISIBLE STORIES: KEAGAN
Premieres: Sunday, 26 January at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO
A successful banker with a secret alter ego rebels against the life he leads and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that puts everything he has built at risk – his job, his family, his whole life.
Cast: Gavin Yap, Rosalind Pho

Episode 5 – INVISIBLE STORIES: SAYEED
Premieres: Sunday, 2 February at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO
A bittersweet love story between a foreign construction worker and a foreign domestic worker that challenges the conventional notions of migrant workers.
Cast: Sudip Biswas, Sekar Sari

Episode 6 – INVISIBLE STORIES: NEXTBLKGRL
Premieres: Sunday, 9 February at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO
An aspiring teenage influencer from a broken family seeks to change her life by diving into the spurious world of social media, only to find her own reality falling apart at the seams.
Cast: Regina Lim

INVISIBLE STORIES is created by Singaporean Ler Jiyuan with a team of local writers and produced by Singapore-based production house Birdmandog. The series is produced as part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. Through a series of workshops and collaborations with local companies and talent on HBO Asia Original productions, the partnership aims to develop the content production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry.

HBO Asia started producing Original productions in 2012 and has produced a range of Asian Original productions including series, movies and documentaries. To date, HBO Asia has produced and aired 19 Asian Original productions with more in the pipeline.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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HBO Asia Original INVISIBLE STORIES To Premiere at 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and 30th Singapore International Film Festival

INVISIBLE STORIES, a six-episode half-hour drama series which shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories from the heartlands and a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore, is HBO Asia’s first entry at the 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and the first production to be screened at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) Singapore Panorama section. 

Scheduled to premiere early 2020 on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms, INVISIBLE STORIES brings to life stories of everyday people – their joy, their struggles, their sacrifice, with each episode following one neighbour as he or she navigates through everyday life and its challenges.

The first episode, which revolves around the lives of a single mother and her autistic son played by Golden Horse Award winner Yeo Yann Yann (‘ILO ILO’, ‘881’ and ‘Singapore Dreaming’) and Taiwanese newcomer Devin Pan respectively, will make its global debut at the 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – “Shorts: Beyond the Edge” section on 16 November. 

The first two episodes of INVISIBLE STORIES will be presented in the Singapore Panorama section at SGIFF, which spotlights Singapore’s dynamic filmmakers and their stories that reflect the realities of contemporary society. An iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar, SGIFF, which takes place from 21 November to 1 December 2019, is also recognised internationally as both the discovery ground of Southeast Asian independent cinema, and an enabler in nurturing the next generation of storytellers. The second episode, which will make its worldwide debut at SGIFF, stars veteran Singapore actor Wang Yu Qing (‘Hello From The Other Side’ and ‘Reach For The Skies’) who plays a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night.  

The series is created by Singaporean Ler Jiyuan with a team of local writers, produced by Singapore-based production house Birdmandog, and features a regional cast from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

INVISIBLE STORIES is produced as part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. Through a series of workshops and collaborations with local companies and talent on HBO Asia Original productions, the partnership aims to develop the content production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry.

HBO Asia started producing Original productions in 2012 and has produced a range of Asian Original productions including series, movies and documentaries. To date, HBO Asia has produced and aired 18 Asian Original productions with more in the pipeline.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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