After teasing fans with a cryptic video last week, SB19 finally announced their new single, "WYAT" [Where You At] and an upcoming world tour. The much-anticipated comeback single is a disco-pop track that highlights these times of disconnection to create a reconnection. Call it a comeback if you like, but the group took a short break to maximize their potential. "WYAT" releases on September 2nd and marks the group's release of new music since the launch of their 2021 EP, Pagisibol.

It’s been a year, the word 'hiatus' may sound negative but we took it from a different perspective. We maximized the opportunity to think more as to what we can improve on, how we can prepare for our comeback.

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The award-winning and Billboard nominee Philippine Pop phenom is also set to stage their biggest local and international tour to date. WYAT [Where You At] Tour kicks off on September 17, 2022 at Araneta Coliseum, to be followed by a series of shows in Clark, Cebu, Davao and more. The tour will then go international as SB19 heads to multiple countries like US, UAE, and Singapore to name a few. SB19 Ken mentions, “We are thrilled to be releasing a new song for our fans. Bigger, better. I hope that A'TIN will appreciate at best the work we've done for our upcoming tour.” International A’TIN can expect SB19 to drop by their city starting October 2022.

Besides being a talented group, SB19 will be involved in the creative process behind the upcoming tour from conceptualization to choreography, from promotion strategy to visual ideation. SB19 Josh says, “This will be the first time for us to be going out of the country for our own concert. We’re excited to meet our international fans. If I may put it: we were caterpillars inside cocoons when we were just starting and now, we've turned into butterflies ready to spread our wings!”

When SB19 Pablo told us the meaning of WYAT, the song that he and his brother Josue created, I was able to conceptualize WYAT. From there, our team was able to brainstorm on how to improve my initial concept. One idea led to another. We started plotting everything: from teasers to the actual music video, every post, down to the last detail.

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SB19 Justin adds, “Josh tweaks a bit of everything, from choreography to the direction of our shoots. He and Pablo has a big role in decision-making. Ken helps with the creative process, from how the dances should look to the set design. Aside from being the main choreographer, Stell also shares ideas on how to promote our comeback. He’s been mentioning if we could play the videos after our recent performances before the tour starts, So we did. It really takes a village and is a healthy collaboration.”

More details about the local and international tour will be announced soon. For more information about SB19’s series of shows, check out the updates on their social media accounts.
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Indie-Pop song by singer/songwriter SAB writes a heartfelt and wholesome track with "Happy You Stayed." The track is a thank-you not to the people who are still present in her life. She is grateful for the people in her life regardless of the different paths life has taken them. It's also a reminder for everyone that regardless of what you’re struggling with right now, SAB will be here to keep you company. Listen to the track now!

"I ended up writing Happy You Stayed for my best friends, basically saying everything I wanted to say to them. It was my way of saying that even if we’re having different experiences, I’m happy that they stayed and I’m really proud of everything they’re doing. It was saying if you’re struggling right now, just know that I’m also here to be here for you whenever."

The song was written at the same time as the title track for her first EP, Sunsets and Heaven. SAB was exploring college life as a freshman and realized how much she missed her friends. Not having your close friends by your side is a big change that impacted her new experience, but she knew her friends were still supporting her.

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As SAB explores herself as an artist and grows into her sound, she aims to release songs that highlight the indie, happy vibe that reflect her personality and character.

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SAB is a young singer-songwriter that brings her fresh perspective in the way she tells her stories. Specializing in the indie-pop genre, her songs are her avenue of self-expression and she focuses on themes about life, coming of age and her own personal experiences. SAB released her debut single, “She” last July 3, 2020 under Star Music and has since been featured on Spotify New Music Friday in 8 territories, “Hello Stranger” (web series), Episode 7 of K-Drama, “Flower of Evil,” and “Hello Stranger the Movie.” Last July 2021, Sab released her successful debut album, “Sunsets & Heaven,” and has since been featured on multiple editorial playlists such as EQUAL Philippines on Spotify, Absolute OPM on Apple Music and many more. She has also continued writing songs for other artists and has performed live with other artists at multiple concert events.

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Wonder what happens to prep for a big performance? Alamat takes you behind the curtain before the Tugatog Concert and show fans how they get ready. See how they color coordinate their outfits for a photoshoot and press conference before hitting the stage.

Can you guess who's the calm one out of the group, who's high-energy, and who's the jokester? Then also see live raw footage from the concert itself, needless to say things got a little spicy. Also, watch first-hand when BINI came on stage for a dope collaboration with the guys. Catch all this and more below!

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Battle 416 comes from Battle Canada which aims to bring a community together through basketball. The event raises funds for kids in need through the game while creating an outdoor basketball experience in various cities. Battle 416 began in partnership with the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) and the Mabuhay Philippines Festival. The event was meant to highlight the deep-rooted love of basketball by Filipinos around the world. The initial tournament garnered unprecedented attention to the festival and attracted an audience previously unfamiliar with the event.

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Now, their audience has expanded to all age ranges with an array of cultural backgrounds. From outdoor battle events to live music and entertainment for days, it has established a strong following and developed community leaders, advocates, and ambassadors supporting all activities. Coming up soon, catch King Handles, Bone Collector, Fashion 4 Cause, Dunk 4 Cause, Music 4 Cause starting August 8 through August 14th at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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Here's what to expect:

Register and grab your tickets now to get ready for a week of battle!

The P-pop group, SB 19 just released an intriguing teaser that we're not quite sure yet how to interpret. The video is of a voiceover of a radio announcer saying a new futuristic gadget has arrived in Manila while 5 unidentified men have also been spotted. All we know so far is the five of them have traveled miles in the span of seconds and their location is unknown. What could the big news be?

While we're waiting on that, SB 19 have been keeping busy. Recently they performed at Binibining Pilipinas. Get caught up and go behind the scenes of rehearsals, show day, and more in their new vlog. See how the guys prep for a big show from their pre-show rituals, food they prefer, and how they get hyped up.

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Manila get ready this winter as 88Rising presents Head in the Clouds! See the concert in the Philippines this December 9-10th at SM Festival Grounds, Parañaque City. 2-DAY passes to Head In The Clouds Manila go on sale this Thursday, August 11 at 10am Manila time! Find all the info at MNL.HITCFESTIVAL.COM

It's time to play but we're all waiting for the line up to be announced. Anyone want to take guesses as to who you want to see perform? Stay tuned for more information coming!

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This weekend, Easter Sunday debuted for the first time to the public but the red carpet premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater brought out some of your favorite Filipino creatives in entertainment. Check out who showed up and came out to this historical premiere for Jo Koy 's first major theater release.

The feel good comedy hits home with many Filipino families although some of its portrayal of life in the States is heightened for comedic purposes. In this love letter to the Filipino-American community, stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, and loving family. 

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Friends and family showed their support of the film especially those known in the Filipino community. Members of the Jabbawockeez came out to celebrate like Rynan Paguio, Joe Larot, Phi Nguyen but also professional ballroom dancer, Cheryl Burke. Others who came to be part of the historic moment are Timothy Granaderos, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle Kline, Patrick Starr, Paris Berelc, Ginger Gonzaga, Siena Agudong, and The Filharmonic among many more. The movie is about family and although there might not always be a blood relation, Filipinos always support each other.

Make sure to catch Easter Sunday now playing.

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Who's ready to meet your favorite stars of Star Magic as they begin their US tour? The first date is in Brooklyn, New York this August 6th. They took off from Manila a couple of days ago and made the trek from Asia to the States. Check out these pics of the young and fresh crew looking excited to put on a great show not only in NY, but also San Francisco and Los Angeles August 13th-14th.

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This batch of travelers included Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, Maris Racal, Charlie Dizon, Janine Berdon, Andrea Brillantes, Gigi De Lana, Eric Nicolas, and Carlo Aquino. For coming off almost half a day's trip the crew are all smiles!

Want to see them live in NY, SF, or LA? Grab your tickets now!

Have a family movie night with Paramount+ and their upcoming film, Monster High: The Movie. It stars two Filipina actors, Nayah Damasen and Ceci Balagot as Draculaura and Frankie Stein. Make sure to mark your calendars for October 6 for the film's release as it'll get you ready for the Halloween festivities! Check out the trailer below!

The series follows Clawdeen Wolf, who was born half human and half wolf (werewolf) as she arrives at her new school, Monster High. She quickly makes friends with her classmates Frankie Stein (Balagot) and Draculaura (Damasen), and for the first time in her life, Clawdeen feels like she has finally found a place where she fits in and can truly be herself, despite keeping her human half a secret. When a devious plan to destroy Monster High threatens to reveal her real identity, Clawdeen must learn to embrace her true monster heart and find a way to save the day.

Nayah Damasen is a Bay Area native and film and television actress who starred in guest roles including Modern Family, Henry Danger, How to Be a Latin Lover, and Grey's Anatomy. She's also a talented singer and comes from a family of singers with her grandmother performing at Filipino community events. Nayah sang the national anthem at the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California for her home team, the Golden State Warriors.

Ceci Balagot is an actor who is best known for playing 'Smackle' in Girl Meets World for Disney Channel and has also been seen in other shows like Desperate Housewives, and Dispatches From Elsewhere. opposite Jason Segel & Sally Field for AMC. Ceci graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2019 having studied in the Musical Theatre Conservatory and has been acting, singing and dancing since he was a toddler.

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Need a continuous playlist to play while going about your day? The Star Music channel has got you covered from OPM songs to favorite P-pop groups, and more. If you haven't checked it out yet, here are some of the tracks were listening to and adding to our own playlist.

Filipinos are drawn to music to express their feelings. These playlists could make you happy, sad, hopeful, and plainly just a bunch of emotions.

First off, we have the ultimate P-pop boy group playlist with BGYO, Hashtags, GIMME 5, BOYBANDPH, and HARANA. It's an hour of endless singing at the top of your lunge with these pop hits.

Second, let's get into some OPM. Gen Z is really reconnect with their roots by creating their own tracks that range from English to Tagalog. See what hits the rising artists are coming up with.

Lastly, you can't have OPM without breakup songs. Filipinos love their "in their feels" songs but be prepared to have tissues beside while you listen as it will leave you in pieces.

There's music for everyone to enjoy and with the rise of P-pop and OPM there's so much variety for you to choose from! Let us know what your favorite playlist or track is in the comments!

The Fil-Am executive, Faith Santilla was previously the Director of Field Operations for the Directors Guild but was promoted as Assistant Executive Director of the organization. The Hollywood Reporter shared the news and in her new role she working on behalf of the organization's assistant directors and unit production managers members, using her experience in union and specialized labor to work.

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National executive director, Russell Hollander shared how Faith's experience will be an asset for the team, "Since joining the DGA in 2015, Faith has helped to grow our field representative operations to address the unique needs of our members working in all categories." The article says, Santilla will focus on assistant directors (ADs) and unit production managers (UPMs) in the DGA’s western region and will represent guild staff on the Western AD/UPM Council.

Santilla started at the DGA as a field representative in 2015 then moved up in the ranks as a special assignments executive then to the director of field operations supervising the Western Field Representative Department. Before her career at the DGA, Santilla worked as an organizer for an immigrant workers center in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown and various other union organizer positions.

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As podcasting continues to grow, there's a show for everyone. One of the coolest young hosts out there is Hannah Pangilinan who has a show called, Pausecast where she talks about ways to approach well-being. This week, she started a special sidebar segment, "Kuya Kwento" with her brother and actor, Donny Pangilinan where they chat life, work, and more. Check it out below!

From guided "talk-throughs" and explorative dialogues that focus on body, mind, and spirit, Pausecast helps its listens take that much needed pause in daily life that even the busiest person needs to take. Donny talks about his upcoming trip, how he balances life in entertainment while being an introvert and how to find rest in the middle of a hectic schedule.

The Kuya Kwento segment gives a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes as to where Donny's mind wonders when working or balancing personal and family life. What's nice about the podcast is each episode are made digestible for listeners. The mostly half an hour or less episodes keep listeners on track on the topic while getting straight to the point. It's time to take a pause!

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