Ever wanted a catch up with friends on your favorite films, shows, music or entertainment in general? Netflix Philippines has you covered with their newest web series, Alas where fans can celebrate their beloved Netflix titles with their favorite barkadas. The show is hosted by besties, Jaz Reyes and Pipay where they're joined by celebrity barkadas in K-variety show-inspired games to see who's the biggest Netflix fan.

Alas will test teamwork and friendship, but also Netflix knowledge. The series is out with its very first celebrity barkada challenger - P-Pop royalty, BGYO featuring Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate. The pilot episode shows the beloved Aces of P-Pop breeze through their very first challenge. Note: Their performance will definitely BLOW you away. Exciting prizes (or hilarious penalties) await the contenders at the end of every episode.

Cheer on your favorites as they battle it out to determine if they have what it takes to emerge victorious from the exciting challenges that Netflix has in store. Watch weekly episodes of Alas Netflix every Tuesday at 7:00 PM only on Netflix Philippines’ Youtube channel.

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The upcoming Netflix series, Entergalactic inspired by Kid Cudi's latest album is an adult-animated music series. It'll follow Jabari, a young artist voiced by the rapper who's a creative visionary who doesn't take himself too seriously and is the definition of cool. Kid Cudi is joined by a talented cast that includes many well-known actors and musicians like Timothée Chalamet (Dune), Ty Dolla $ign, Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jaden Smith, and Fil-Am Vanessa Hudgens. Check out the new teaser and get a feel for the series.

Deadline revealed the voice cast list and their roles. Jabari looks to balance his career and love life as he moves into a dream apartment and meets his new, cool-girl neighbor, Meadow played by Jessica Williams. With a new location, there's new characters Jabari meets including Meadow's trustworthy and pregnant BFF Karina voiced by Vanessa Hudgens.

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Entergalactic will include music from Kid Cudi's album of the same name, the series will be a cross of art, music, and fashion all set in the dynamic location of New York. Watch out as it premieres this fall on Netflix.

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Gearing up for their newest teleseyre, 2 Good 2 Be True coming soon, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla react to iconic scenes from their pervious work. The duo relive and share memories from filming their blockbuster hits like Barcelona and The Hows of Us.

Kathryn remembers specific lines and memories from the scenes they're reacting to. She shared that during an emotional scene in The Hows of Us, before filming she was tasked to write down her feelings on what's bringing her down so she can channel that energy. The cool part is some of the things she wrote down made it into the film's dialogue.

As for Daniel, he vividly remembers shooting the rain scene in the same movie. It was shot in Tagaytay, Cavite with water effects and although the Philippines is known for its tropical weather, it was a colder night that had him pushing through the scene. He didn't mind it though as it made it more realistic and gave way to more emotion.

Need to re-watch Kathniel before their teleseyre drops? Catch up on all things on Netflix and those in the Philippines can catch a first look of 2 Good 2 Be True, May 13th only on Netflix.

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One of Netflix's currently trending show is the reality show, Ultimatum: Marry or Move On which is hosted by Fil-Am actress and past VJ Vanessa Lachey with her husband Nick Lachey. The 10-episode series follows 6 participants and their ultimatum to their partners to take the plunge to get married or break up. One of the participants being 23 year-old Fil-Am tech recruiter and influencer, April Melohn. Let's get to know a little more about April and her background.

The show re-pairs the participants with new people to date and do a trial run of married life. The experiment lasts for 3 weeks then they all return to their current partners for another 3 weeks to see if the spark is still alive. Will they decide to tie the knot or pull the plug and move on from each other?

The California native, April Melohn takes her partner, Jake Cunningham along for the ride and gives him the ultimatum. Here's a few things to know about this Filipina.

1. April joins the show to move on to the next milestone in her relationship
After 2 years of dating Jake, April wants to take the next step and get married along with starting a family. Does Jake feel the same and is it the right time for the both of them? Jake wants to travel and have financial stability before settling down, but April believes they'll be able to cross the threshold together. "I just want a ring and I want a baby with you, now," April tells Jake on the show.

2. She calls California home, but since then has moved to Texas
According to Marie Claire magazine, April is a tech recruiter and has relocated to Texas. Being a tech recruiter may be her day job, but she also hustles hard as a model, influencer, and previous pageant winner of Miss Florida Top Model 2014.

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3. April loves to model and collaborate with brands
She's modeled for local brands like FloGown and Earthbound Clothing and loves to network with other models, brands, and people in the industry. April tells Inscriber Magazine, "...I enjoy modeling for all kinds of clothing brands...You meet a lot of amazing models who all share this common hobby, career, and interest with you...photographer who have a variety of different styles of photography so you get to create and shoot different looks."

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4. She is close to her family, especially her grandparents
Although April doesn't share personal details about her family, she is close to her mom and her side of the family. Her grandmother is from Manila and who currently resides in Iowa with April's step-grandfather. April also has 2 half-siblings from her mother's side.

5. April shared that going on the show was a fun and enlightening experience
Yeah, it was sad to see who she thought was her person get along really well with another participant on the show. April shared that watching the show back was tough at times because she saw Jake happy with someone else, but she also gets it. She thought the pairing of Jake and Rae was cute and she was able to form a strong friendship with Colby who showed her around Austin, Texas. He helped bring out the fun and exciting side of April so she's still a winner at the end.

There's only 2 more episodes left in the series so we're close to finding out how her story pans out. In an episode where Jake is reunited with April towards the end of the series, Jake’s mom talks about her love for April and being their family’s “Filipino firecracker,” after April asks her not to speak about his recent trial marriage with cast member Rae.

Catch up now on Netflix to prepare for the finale or wait until all episodes are out and binge all 10 episodes at once! Watch the finale and reunion airing April 13.

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Straight from the new Golden Instagram and Twitter bios, Netflix says, It's time to start "Celebrating the Asian diaspora on Netflix." The streaming giant has officially launched a new audience-focused vertical to their social channels celebrating the beauty and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Golden joins Netflix's other widely popular audience-focused verticals such as Strong Black Lead, Netflix Film, Con Todo, Geeked, Netflix Is a Joke, and Most. Strong Black Lead posted a clip of H.E.R. in support of Golden, welcoming the vertical to Instagram.

With this added push in API representation from one of the biggest streaming platforms worldwide, we are excited to see the shows and opportunities that come with this new vertical. Who's ready to see a majority Filipino cast and Crew project trending in the top shows or movies section on Netflix Worldwide? We definitely are!

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Netflix have been bringing out great docuseries that highlights countries around the world. Some about its people, food, and culture. Now, a new series called, Midnight Asia brings out the playful side of Asia's metropolises. Nighttime is the best way to explore a city's adventure, go-to spots, and really learn about the culture you don't see during the day. This docuseries captures the food, drink, music — and night owls who shine in the dark.

Manila comes alive at night as rappers battle, a queer techno party takes off, and rich and poor alike line up for crispy pork-topped rice porridge.

Manila is one of the highlighted cities and the last episode of the series. It takes you all over Asia from Tokoyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Taipei. The melting-pot city of the Philippines is captured through through the eyes of the locals. We see rap battles, artists painting the famous Tenement basketball murals, and a great late-night lugaw (rice porridge) spot in Makati City that's open 24-hours.

Here's the list of spots featured that you'll need to check out on your next trip:

The Fliptop Festival - Aseana City Concert Grounds to catch an epic rap battle
Alaric Yudson, Founder and CEO of Fliptop Battle League showcases a few battles that brought out crowds in the rain.

Lugawan Sa Tejeros - Makati City
This food joint is open 24/7 and will fulfill your late night cravings or hit the spot after a night out with friends. There's a variety of choices in addition to their famous lugaw like arroz caldo, palabok, goto, sisig, and more. Best part is that almost everything is less than $1.

Philippine Wrestling Revolution - Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater
Catch a wrestling match that will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat. You may even see a re-match between Jake De Leon and Vernice Gabriel aka Crystal.

The Tenement - Taguig City
Catch street ball at its finest among who have a deep love for basketball. You could also check out the featured murals either on the court or somewhere along the buildings concrete walls created by artists and residents.

The Elephant Party - XX XX Nightclub
Wanna have fun and let loose? Check out the only underground queer techno party in Manila and some of Shanani Gania's creativeness during theme nights at the club.

If you haven't seen it, it's a must see. Check out the trailer below!

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Who is ready to relive the Kilig? "On the Wings of Love" (OTWOL) is heading to streaming powerhouse Netflix in January of 2022! The James Reid and Nadine Lustre hit show which premiered in 2015, will now be accessible to check out on Netflix whenever you're in need of a good Rom-Com series to dive into. Last year during the pandemic, OTWOL returned to TV screens appearing on  MYX during the production halts due to COVID-19. With a great response from the MYX audience, we can't wait for the rest of the world to get access to the hit series.

October is almost over and that means Filipino American History Month is rounding out as well, but that doesn't mean we can't keep on celebrating us. However for now, let's dive in with these last couple of FAHM Spotlight features. If you've seen the Netflix hit, Bling Empire and binged in basically a day, did you know the mind behind the show is Fil-Am Brandon Panaligan.

1. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brandon keeps his Filipino roots close
Brandon looks forward to spending more time in Manila when he can travel back. It's been years since the first time he visited the Philippines. He remembered taking a side trip to Manila and meeting his dad there while filming Shahs of Sunset in Thailand. After traveling throughout Luzon, he now wants to see Palawan and hang out at some of the best beaches with his family.

2. Brandon enjoys his Filipino food, especially halo-halo
Listing off some of his favorite foods, Brandon is definitely a foodie! You can't visit the Philippines without trying some of the most amazing food. He shared that he loves Filipino food like crispy pata, sinigang and anything with ube. Maybe he can link up with some of our favorite ube spots in LA. However he says his all time favorite is halo-halo. Same here!

3. Before becoming the Executive Producer and show runner of Bling Empire, Brandon worked in the music and film industry
According to an interview with Metro Style, Brandon worked with big names like Madonna and he always had a talent for storytelling. The passion for documentaries led him to taking on reality series. With the boom of reality tv, it was only natural for him to take on a new challenge of storytelling. He looked to increasing representation on television and he's definitely doing that.

4. Bling Empire isn't the first reality series, he's produced
You've definitely seen some of the other shows Brandon has produced. Does Million Dollar Listing New YorkThe Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Big Rich Texas sound familiar? Yes, he's also produced those too. He's also taken space in the Netflix world with Made in Mexico and DeafU.

5. With Bling Empire, show creator Jeff Jenkins wanted an all-Asian cast and crew off and on camera
With Jeff Jenkins wanting to bring an all-Asian cast and crew, Brandon's Fil-Am heritage helped in his role as executive producer. The series may seem like it's all glitz and glam, but Brandon intended to share the "entire spectrum of life" and everything in between about the cast's families and lifestyle. He tells viewers "don't get distracted by the diamonds.” He wanted to tell an honest story and make sure he represents everyone as a full person.

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From funding his first Netflix special in Seattle to filming a fourth comedy special, Jo Koy is now taking the funny to the City of Angels at The Forum. The special comes after the debut Jo Koy: Live From Seattle, followed by Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot in 2019 and Jo Koy: In His Elements in 2020. It's set to premiere in 2022 as filming takes place early next year. Before then, catch Jo Koy hosting Metal Shop Masters Netflix and look out for his upcoming projects like the film Easter Sunday and ABC sitcom Josep.

Jo Koy is currently on his World Tour all over the U.S. selling out arena and stadiums. If you haven't seen him yet out on the road, don't miss out! After tour, he continues to have a busy schedule ahead as Joseph is in production where it'll follow the life of a hardworking Filipino-American nurse. Written and executive produced by showrunner Steve Joe, Josep will also see its titular character navigating dating, fatherhood and his mother moving in with him. We also caught a BTS sneak peek of the Easter Sunday cast when filming started earlier this year. The film which he's producing and starring in will loosely be based on his life experiences and an Easter Sunday celebration. We'll be seeing a lot of Jo Koy soon and one thing's for sure, it's gonna be funny!

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Saweetie has been on the go this whole year. From her McDonald's collaboration to stunting at the Met Gala and rocking the iHeart Radio Festival, the Saweetie success train does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. With that said, Netflix just announced that Saweetie will be hosting Sex: Unzipped, a comedy special centering on sex positivity with experts and comedians debunking a variety of myths and misconceptions.

The news was first reported by Vulture who shared that the comedians featured in the special will play the role of "Talking Heads." The cast includes Dominique Jackson (she/her), Ian Karmel (he/him), Joel Kim Booster (he/him), Katherine Ryan (she/her), London Hughes (she/her), Mae Martin (they/them), Michelle Buteau (she/her), Nikki Glaser (she/her), Romesh Ranganathan (he/him), Sam Jay (she/her), and Trixie Mattel (she/her).

The special is written by Erika Ehler, Steve Parry, and Nico Tatarowicz. Saweetie is also serving as a producer with Saima Ferdows, Neil Kirby, Theresa Marth, and Matt White.

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Jo Koy is known as the funny man, but now he really takes a shot at showing off his hosting skills. He's set to host Netflix's next addicting reality competition series, Metal Shop Masters. The series premieres on September 10th with 6 episodes slated for its first season.

Contestants put their iron designs to the test through weekly challenges and see who can survive the "pressure, heat, and hustle." The best of the best welders make unique and one-of-a-kind creations that will blow viewers away as they race against the clock. Sparks will fly...literally and tensions will flare in this fiery competition. The last person standing will be crowned the Metal Shop Master and well if they don't, they get torched!

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Looks like we'll be seeing more of Alex Aiono on-screen and we're here for it. Earlier this year, he stared in Netflix's Finding 'Ohana and now he takes on the role of Walter on the Disney+ series, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. The reboot of the early 90s sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D. follows a new teenage medical prodigy Lahela "Doogie" Kamealoha played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee. The series also includes Jason Scott Lee, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mapuana Makia who also was in Finding 'Ohana, and Ronny Chieng from Crazy Rich Asians. Aiono's reoccurring role as Walter Taumata is a local teenage surfer who's interested in Doogie.

Aiono's character Walter is so relatable especially in the pilot episode. He's cool, nice, and definitely easy-going. He asked Lahela out to a dance and unlike most families, his entire family tags along when he picks her up. Everyone, and I mean everyone in the family wants a picture before they head out to the dance. We all can relate to that, "one more picture!" We'll have to wait and see in the upcoming episodes how their relationship goes and what's in store for Walter.

Want to catch up on what else Alex Aiono has been up to? Check out our interview with him on MYXclusive! He talks about filming, music, food, and cultural similarities.

ABOUT DOOGIE KAMEĀLOHA, M.D.

Set in modern-day Hawai‘i, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. – a coming-of-age dramedy inspired by the hit medical series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” – follows Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha, a 16-year-old prodigy juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager. With the support of her caring and comical ‘ohana (family) and friends, Lahela is determined to make the most of her teenage years and forge her own path.

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