Manila Gets Closer to Mackenyu

Mackenyu Arata, one of the hottest and most sought-after international stars, recently spent a few days in Manila. And while the Japanese-American actor’s popularity reached new heights after he played Roronoa Zoro in the live-action adaptation of the manga and anime series “One Piece,” Mackenyu had already starred and wowed in various series and movies before the Netflix show. Filipino fans, both old and new, had an opportunity to get closer to Mackenyu during his fan meet on Nov. 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Q&A with Mackenyu
The night’s event host, actress Denise Laurel, sat down with Mackenyu to get to know the actor a little bit more during the question-and-answer segment. When asked about his impression of Filipino fans, the actor said, “I feel the love. Thank you, everyone. I’m having a great time.” Mackenyu also said he tried chicken adobo and loved it.

He shared that he is an introvert and that it’s hard for him to “completely engage” at first, but seeing the fans and their reactions makes him happy. Mackenyu said he was made aware of his huge fanbase in the Philippines: “It’s the biggest fanbase outside of Japan. I’ve got numbers on my Instagram.” He also shared that he wants to visit Boracay.
Denise asked Mackenyu about fashion, and the actor described his fit for that night as “casual and comfortable.” He looked effortlessly stylish in his white shirt, black pants, and sneakers.

Mackenyu also talked about preparing for different roles. He has been an actor for years and has starred in “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final,” “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” and “Fullmetal Alchemist,” among others. The actor said that understanding the character is very important, as well as the script and storyline.

Here’s another important question that night: Is Mackenyu a cat person or a dog person? “I used to be a cat person … and then I met my dog.”
Some lucky fans, including a mini Zoro, also asked Mackenyu some questions. When asked to describe Filipino fans, he said, “This is easy. Passion!” In return, the actor asked the crowd about the places he should visit in the country. Mackenyu heard someone shout, “My heart!” And he replied as he put his hand on his chest: “Oh my god, that’s so beautiful! I’m always there.” The boy who dressed up like Zoro asked Mackenyu what makes him blush, and he said compliments make him kilig. He then asked mini Zoro if he would like to star in the second season of “One Piece.” Mackenyu invited the boy to come up on stage when mini Zoro asked for a photo with the actor.

Filipino 101
During the Filipino 101 segment, Mackenyu learned the meaning of different Filipino expressions and phrases, including “sana all,” “salamat,” “masarap,” “mahal kita,” and “kilig.” Mackenyu saying “kilig” several times throughout the event made the fans — you know it — kilig!

Happy birthday, Mackenyu!
Some fans prepared a video for Mackenyu and wished him a happy birthday since he celebrated it just a few days before the fan meet. A cake was brought out, and the crowd sang the birthday song for the actor.

“Definitely coming back”
Mackenyu said that he had a lot of fun during the fan meet and said that he will “definitely” come back. “I’ll see you guys when I come back. Thank you, all!”

Closer To You: Fun Fan Meet is presented by MediaKing Corp. and Luxe Slim.
Words by Ava Sumortin
Photos by Seth Valenzuela


Nina, also known as the country’s “Soul Siren”, is set to perform in a one-night-only sold-out concert on November 30, 9 pm at CenterPlay, City of Dreams Manila’s contemporary entertainment bar, with snacks and cocktail lounge built around a stage.

The singer, songwriter, record producer and TV and radio personality is behind the phenomenal rendition of hit song “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways” and other chart-topping singles “Someday”, “Jealous”, Foolish Heart”, and “Make You Mine”.

Nina made her recording debut in 2002 and having an entertainment career that spans more than two decades earned her recognitions including Favorite New Artist Award on both Awit Awards and MTV Pilipinas Music Awards. She clinched a diamond record with her third album dubbed “Nina Live!” as certified by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in 2005.

Nina’s live concert at the integrated luxury resort is the third part of CenterPlay’s Concert Series, following the sold-out concerts of OPM icons Rey Valera and Ice Seguerra in September and October, respectively.

For upcoming performances at CenterPlay, located at the focal point of the luxury resort’s main gaming floor, call 8800-8080 or e-mail For more information, visit Explore more of City of Dreams Manila’s promotional offers, rewards, or instantly check Melco Club points with the new Melco Club App, available for free download on iOS and Android.

OPM Artists Come Together for A Cause: AGILA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023

Magkuno Defender Eagles Club, a sorority/fraternity non-profit organization, are bringing AGILA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023 CONCERT FOR A CAUSE. The said event aims to raise funds for the construction of 2 classroom buildings equipped with full amenities located in Pantoc Elementary School in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

With this, a lineup of talented and diverse artists from different genres are coming together to join in for a night of exceptional music experience, all for a greater purpose. The event will be featuring performances of the following:


Hosted by POOH the Comedian

AGILA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023 CONCERT FOR A CAUSE is happening on December 16, 2023, Saturday, at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City. General admission tickets are available for 500PHP and can be purchased through the link below:…/agilamusicfest2023

Kiana Ledé to perform in Manila on Dec. 6

American RnB singer-songwriter & actress Kiana Ledé will be performing in Manila as part of her on-going Grudges World Tour on December 6, 2023 at the Samsung Hall. This will be her first time in the Philippines. Kiana Ledé Brown born on April 3, 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 14, performing her original piece, became the second winner of Kidz Bop and received a recording contract from RCA Records. Her rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You” cemented her top 4 spot at the 2011 KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize.

In June 19, 2012, she released her first single, “Hey Chica”. Kiana Ledé’s career began to take off when she participated in the third season of the singing competition show “The Voice” in 2014. Although she did not win the competition, her appearance helped her gain exposure and connect with a wider audience. Following this, she continued to pursue her passion for music and acting.

Her breakthrough in the music industry came with the release of her EP titled “Selfless” in 2018. The EP showcased her R&B and soul influences and featured tracks that highlighted her vocal prowess. The single “Ex” from the EP gained significant attention and further established her as a rising talent.

In 2019, Kiana Ledé released her debut studio album, “KIKI,” which included popular tracks like “Mad at Me,” “Forfeit” featuring Lucky Daye, and “Chocolate” featuring Ari Lennox. The album received positive reviews for its soulful sound, heartfelt lyrics, and Ledé’s emotive vocals. “KIKI” helped solidify her position in the contemporary R&B scene.

Apart from her music career, Kiana Ledé has also ventured into acting. She appeared in the MTV series “Scream” in 2015 and had a recurring role in the second season of the Netflix series “All About the Washingtons” in 2018. Kiana released her second studio album, Grudges in June 16, 2023. Album includes 18 tracks along collaborations with Ella Mai, Khalid, and Bryson Tiller.

Kiana Ledé is known for her versatile talent, combining a soulful voice with emotive songwriting. Her music often explores themes of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

Catch Kiana Ledé LIVE as part of Insignia Presents’ Insignia Concert Series at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura on December 6, 2023. Tickets to see her LIVE are available at all SM Tickets outlets, and online at

Jose Mari Chan and The CompanY celebrate Christmas in concert

Whenever people hear the iconic songs of Jose Mari Chan on loop, it only means one thing — the wonderful holiday season has begun. Newport World Resorts welcomes this one epic season of joy, thrills, and non-stop merry-making with the Christmas crooner himself. As the premier entertainment destination opened The World of Christmas holiday celebrations, Chan begins the merry countdown to Christmas in the “Going Home to Christmas” concert on December 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Joining him in perfect harmony is the Philippines’ premier vocal group The CompanY.

Following a joyful Christmas concert last year, the veteran singer-composer returns to the NPAT stage to fill the air with his classic tunes. Chan has become synonymous with Christmas, having “Christmas in our Hearts” as the anthem of Filipino Yuletide celebrations and the biggest Christmas OPM album in history. The holiday celebrations would not be complete without his beautiful taking over the radio, playing in malls, and ringing throughout the nation.

Similarly to Chan, The CompanY also sprinkles merriment through their music. The acapella pop group from the ‘80s popularized songs such as “Everlasting Love,” “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” and “Now That I Have You.” The group is currently composed of Annie Quintos, Moy Ortiz, OJ Mariano, and Sweet Plantado.

Gather for a heartwarming holiday concert that feels like home in the “Going Home to Christmas” concert of Jose Mari Chan and The CompanY at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld and SM Tickets outlets: P8,000 (PLATINUM), P7,000 (SVIP), P6,000 (VIP), P4,500 (GOLD), P3,500 (SILVER), and P1,500 (BRONZE). For inquiries, contact JhayR dela Cruz at 0917 818 9847, Raf Sangco at 0917 807 9387, James Rodriguez at 0917 829 2173 and Paulo San Jose at 0917 810 5031.

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts, you know you want to. For more information on the Going Home to Christmas concert visit and follow @newportworldresorts on Facebook and Instagram, and @nwresorts on Twitter. Make the most of your visit and sign up for an Epic Membership or download the Epic Rewards Mobile App for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Together Again World Tour: Janet Jackson Live in Manila 2024

American RnB diva, Janet Jackson, set to return to Manila as part of her Together Again World Tour which will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on March 2024. This will be her third appearance in the Philippines after her successful Janet World Tour in 1995, and Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour in 2011.

Live Nation Philippines presents
Together Again World Tour
Live in Manila
March 13, 2024
Smart Araneta Coliseum

Floor Seated – Php19,800
Patron – Php18,600
Lower Box Premium – Php16,800
Lower Box Regular – Php15,600
Upper Box – Php9,800
General Admission – Php4,800

LNPH Presale: November 24, 10AM – 11:59PM
General Onsale: November 25, 12PM
via Ticketnet outlets and online at


Jose Mari Chan, The Manila String Machine to join AEGIS for The Christmas Bonus concert

Filipino music icon AEGIS is set to conquer the big stage with a Christmas-themed concert happening at the Theatre at Solaire in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, on December 20, 2023, from 8:00 p.m. onwards.

Dubbed AEGIS: The Christmas Bonus Concert, the year-end celebration aims to showcase the career-spanning legacy of the powerhouse band and its signature anthems that touched many people’s lives on a personal level.

Aside from the group’s soul-stirring performances, the highly anticipated show will also feature diamond-selling artist Jose Mari Chan as one of the guest acts. Known for his beloved classics and Christmas-themed repertoire, the recording superstar and business mogul will be performing a surprise set that will surely light up the mood of the evening’s star-studded lineup.

To make things even more special, The Manila String Machine will transform into a 15-piece orchestra to accompany AEGIS in some of their songs. Adding a more intricate take on the best-selling pop group’s rock-flavored, ballad-heavy catalog, The Manila String Machine is set to capture the spirit of the holidays with an ‘AEGIS’ collaboration that every music fan shouldn’t miss.

Just recently, AEGIS appeared on several billboards across various locations in Cubao and Guadalupe, Metro Manila as part of the concert promo. The iconic pop/rock outfit will also be doing guest appearances and interviews on several TV shows on ABS-CBN, including ASAP and Magandang Buhay.

Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets nationwide and on their official website. SSVIP ticketholders are entitled for a Meet and Greet (M&G) session after the concert.

AEGIS: The Christmas Bonus Concert is presented by True Creators Studio, Upplause Events, and Solaire Resort Entertainment City; and co-presented by Katinko, in partnership with GNN Pop.

BLACKPINK’s Lisa Surpasses 1 Billion Spotify Streams for “Money,” Celebrates in Paris with Home-Cooked Thai Meal

Spotify debuted the fourth episode of Billions Club: The Series, the digital franchise featuring artists celebrating the career milestone of surpassing one billion streams on Spotify.

The episode put the spotlight on BLACKPINK’s Lisa, and celebrated her solo hit “Money” reaching one billion streams. On September 18, the track became her first song to join Spotify’s Billions Club, giving her the honor of becoming the first female K-Pop artist to achieve this milestone on the platform.

While in Paris, Lisa took a moment to celebrate this historic feat and momentous occasion by cooking her favorite Thai dish, Khai Jiao, a shrimp omelet that’s a staple in every Thai home. The K-Pop darling also made her favorite Thai dessert Itim Khanom Pang, a coconut ice cream sandwich with sticky rice, which she loves to eat whenever she’s at her grandparents’ house.

As she prepared her meal, Lisa recalled her first reaction upon hearing “Money” for the first time. “As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘This is my song!’ When I first got into the record room, I just felt like this was made for me. It’s one of my favorite songs and I’m so happy that you all loved it,” shared Lisa.

Lisa became the first solo K-Pop star to be featured on Spotify’s most popular and highly influential playlist, Today’s Top Hits, following her single’s release last year.

The Philippines ranked amongst the Top 10 countries that streamed “Money”.

I’m so happy to join this billions club. Thank you so much for loving Money, you guys made this happen! It’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life!” said Lisa of “Money” reaching 1 Billion streams.

You can check out the full episode now on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits Instagram, X (Twitter) and YouTube channels.

Ayala Malls Cinemas Celebrates Disney Animation Studios’ 100 years with the Philippine Premiere of WISH

This holiday season, Ayala Malls, the premier lifestyle destination in the Metro, is turning dreams into reality, and wishes into unforgettable experiences! Collaborating with Disney Animation Studios, Ayala Malls Cinemas hosts an invitational screening of Wish, the latest musical-comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Wish tells the captivating tale of Asha, a quick-witted idealist, whose powerful wish is answered by the cosmic force, Star. Together, they embark on a magical—and at times perilous—adventure to conquer their most formidable foe, the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico.

With its inspiring narrative, top-notch visuals, and enchanting music, Wish promises to be the must-watch movie of the season, tailor-made for families and friends. Ayala Malls adds an extra layer of magic to these family-friendly outings by offering fun activities for everyone.

On November 18, Ayala Malls hosted the Philippine premiere of Wish at Glorietta Cinemas, and delighted guests with exciting pre-show games and activities at the Glorietta Activity Center, sponsored by Disney. These fun activities included hair braiding, coloring corners for the kids, and face painting as well as a special performance of “Aking Hiling,” the special Filipino rendition of the movie’s main soundtrack, by Zephanie Dimaranan who performed it for the first time live! Zephanie is also set to perform the song on the Wish 107.5 Bus this November 25 and at her upcoming meet and greet at Ayala Malls Central Bloc.

Starting this November 22, Wish will be shown in cinemas across the country. And because not everyone was able to catch the premiere, Ayala Malls happily invites friends and families to the movie’s grand opening weekend, this November 25 and 26, and to experience the same fun activities.

Come this Way to Rosas as the cinema lobbies will be beautifully transformed with stunning floral archways and a Wishing Wall installation inspired by the Kingdom of Rosas, that will surely transport moviegoers into a fantastical space.

Find not only picture-perfect corners but also fun activities to keep you entertained. At the “Hairstyle Inspired by Asha” Corner, young guests can elevate their dos with stars, ribbons, and butterflies, just like Asha. At the “Have Fun Like Valentino (the goat)” Corner, enjoy fun face-painting activities for the kids. The Wishing Wall, on the other hand, illuminated by brilliant lights and balloons, serves as a grand canvas where guests are invited to post their drawings and write down their wishes on the wall. Who knows, your wishes might just come true! A 20ft installation of Star can also be spotted at the center of the space. But don’t worry, for those around Ayala Malls Manila Bay and Ayala Center Cebu, you will have your Stars to gaze upon, too.

From the activity center to the cinemas, be wonderfully enveloped in the whimsy of Wish as even the cinema lobbies will all be dressed up, inspired by the Kingdom of Rosas.

“At Ayala Malls, we strive to create exciting opportunities for families and friends to come together—whether it’s through shopping, dining, or catching a movie. We ensure that these experiences are not just ‘fun visits’ to the mall but memorable moments spent with loved ones,” says Chrissy Roa, Group Head of Marketing and Communications for Ayala Land Estates and Ayala Malls.

Watching movies at cinemas has always been a great parent-child and family bonding activity that cuts across generations. Discover the large-than-life displays of Wish at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide. Tickets are now on sale at all Ayala Malls Cinemas, Zing app, or

International hit show, “Simon & Garfunkel Story” headlines Manila this March 2024

Following SOLD-OUT performances in London’s West End, a Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story continues to stun audiences across the globe, making it a must-see international sensation. This show is currently the biggest and the most successful theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Featuring a cast of talented West End actor-musicians, their performance will take audiences back through the Groovy times of the 1960s. It tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as Rock n Roll duo ‘Tom and Jerry’, right through to their massive success and dramatic break-up, and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960’s photos and film footage whilst a full live band performs all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence, and many more! With every performance, from Sydney to Seattle leading to a standing ovation, this is an evening not to be missed!

Presented by Concert Republic, The Simon & Garfunkel Story will perform at The Theatre at Solaire, Paranaque City, Metro Manila on Saturday 2nd March 2024, 8pm.

Ticket sales for The Simon & Garfunkel Story are available from all Ticket World outlets and Online

Saturday 2nd March 2024, The Theatre at Solaire, Paranaque City, Metro Manila


PLATINUM – Reserved Seating – Php6,350

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