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This week's MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.

  1. MYX Music: BGYO - BGYO has finally dropped their debut album, and it's itunes number one! The group also released the video to accompany their next single "When I'm With You". The masked men of the Jabbawockeez also put on their own dance cover to the hit song, "The Baddest".
  2. MYX Music: Paradise Rising - 88Rising releases an EP compilation featuring some of the biggest upcoming names in the Fil-Am music community. The collection features Manila Grey, Steven Peregrina, Christian Alexander, Curtismith, Manila Killa and Yuna.
  3. MYX Music: Now United - The Global Pop-group Now United had a competition to find 12 uniters around the world and invited them to one of their boot camps to train. Among the selected talent is our Idol Philippines Zephanie!
  4. MYX Entertainment: Asian Persuasion - Comedy film Asian Persuasion is adding to its already stacked cast Tony Labrusca. He will be joining up with Dante Basco, Tony Gonzaga, Paolo Montalban, and Kevin Kreider from Bling Empire.
  5. MYX Culture: UNDSCVRD SF - UNDSCVRD SF's Cultural Crawl is coming up this weekend with the chance to shop, dine, dance, and connect with Filipino culture at 10 different locations along Mission Street and other in the Filipino Cultural District. Catch Kiana V's performance, too!
    MYXTape is also set to take over and feature some top-tier Fil-Am musicians including AJ Rafael, Albert Posis, Nico Blitz, and DJ Seduza from Oct 23 to 24.

Markus Paterson visits MYX Global again but this time with his co-star Vivoree to talk about the movie, Hello Stranger: The Movie now streaming on Amazon. The movie based on the BL (Boys Love) web series of the same name, follows the characters Xavier played by Tony Labrusca and Mico played by JC Alcantara. These two characters cross paths and form an unlikely bond that develops into more than a friendship. While the series takes place entirely through their online interactions, the film brings Xavier and Mico face to face.

Vivoree Esclito reprises her role as Kookai and Markus Paterson plays the newcomer who might stir up trouble. DJ Marlino hosts the interview and gets the details about the film, what it was like shooting during the pandemic, and why the series and film is groundbreaking.

1. Markus' character, Simon makes things a little complicated between Xavier and Mico
The film brings Xavier, Mico, and friends to a beach resort where they get to know each other a little bit more. From the series, Xavier hurt Mico so they're back to square one. Markus says it explores the question if Xavier and Mico are or aren't going to be strangers. Simon makes the situation complicated as Xavier gets jealous of them growing closer.

2. The cast got to really bond together while filming
Because the series was shot mostly by the actors during the height of the pandemic, the film allowed them bond. They had their own lock in at a beach resort in Batangas, Philippines where they had it all to themselves. In between filming, the cast enjoyed the beach, campfires, and forming a friendship. Vivoree says, "it was really fun because we were able to bond together and then you were really able to connect".

3. Markus and Vivoree says the film is breaking ground in the Philippine industry
As the film is first of it's kind in the Philippines, Markus jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. He wanted to be part of the ship that could steer opportunities for similar stories. Overall, he says it brings a message about friendships and relationships with one another.

"The movie is all about love. And that love is for everyone, it doesn't limit what gender preference you have."

The Cast of Hello Stranger

4. Vivoree along with the cast adopted to the new normal of filming
She explains that the work schedule was better and easy to adapt to. "The work ethics is quite better than before. We were able to have more rest days." With being on an isolated beach, she appreciated getting to know her cast better outside of work. Working with friends on a beach, sign us up!

5. It's 2021 and Markus and Vivoree wants the whole industry to vibe along
With the film being on a platform like Amazon, it's surreal for them to be part of the lineup. Markus says, "I have watched some movies from Amazon and it feels so surreal to know that we are part of the movie that's already showing on Amazon." Vivoree feels grateful to have the opportunity. "I feel so blessed to be a part of the show and I hope people would love the movie." They both hope that viewers appreciate the message the movie is actually trying to convey.

6. Vivoree was able to step out of her comfort zone with her role as Kookai
She describes herself as an introvert while Kookai contrastingly brought the energy. Being an introvert, she easily gets drained when interacting with many people. Something she learned from her character is to be friendlier to others and courageous. She's learned to manage her energy and balance between an introvert.

7. Markus was able to bring another level of maturity to the role of Simon
He explains being a new dad, he's just learning how to grow with maturity. Being a dad and partner, it's about time management and doing everything to the best of his abilities. It brought another level of maturity that he used with Simon. "I just I kind of implemented a lot of myself into the character because he was a new character. So I just kind of played with it and had fun."

"Everybody's being more open. Love is love and it's just a journey that we should all just vibe with."

Markus Paterson

8. They both hope for another chapter to the Hello Stranger story
Manifesting into existence, they'd both like to see either another season to the series or part two of the film. DJ Marlino asks where they'd like to take it, they said Japan! With the aesthetics of both Tony and JC, Japan would be the perfect backdrop. We have our fingers crossed!

OTWOL Ep. 3 airing today at 7P PST / 11A PHT sneak peak. Leah (@nadine) attempts to learn more about Clark (@james) while their relationship blossoms. When Leah thinks she sees her mom, she retraces her mother’s steps to try and solve the mystery of her death and disappearance. Check out the full schedule below of the full day we have for our MYX subscribers on Twitch, iWantTFC & DirecTV.

Use the hashtag #OTWOLMYX with your city, country - we will be choosing a few winners to win subscriptions all weekend!

2/10 PST & 2/11 PHT on MYX on twitch.tv/myxglobal@iwanttfc schedule to watch while LIVE chatting:

12P PST (2/11 4A PHT)
Para Sa Hopeless Romantic (For the Hopeless Romantic) Movie starring James Reid, Nadine, Inigo Pascual & Julia Barretto.

2-5:30P PST (6A-930A PHT)
Hello Stranger series marathon featuring Tony Labrusca, JC Alcantara, Vivoree & more. 

5:30P PST (9:30A PHT)
OTWOL Ep. 2 Rebroadcast

6:30P PST (10:30A PHT)
James Reid Interview (Rebroadcast)

7P PST (11A PHT)
OTWOL Ep. 3 (NEW Episode)

Tune in & chat LIVE with us on Twitch & Twitter!

Enter to win a free MYX Twitch subscription at: www.myx.global/otwol. Also enter to win by using the #OTWOLMYX on Twitter all weekend!

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HELLO STRANGER, HELLO WORLD
The Hello Stranger Movie Global Mediacon

Join the cast & crew for Hello Stranger the movie at a global media con streaming live on www.facebook.com/myxglobal.

With filmmaker Dwein Baltazar & screenwriters Patrick Valencia & Daniel Saniana

Joined by lead cast members:
JC Alcantara & Tony Labrusca
with VivoreeJae Miranda and Gillian Vicencio

Moderated by Emmy award-winners Ginger Conejero of TFC's Adobo Nation and 
movie critic Manny the Movie Guy of NBC Palm Springs.

> Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:30am (Manila/Singapore/Hong Kong);
> Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (6:30am Dubai; 1:30pm Sydney)
> Monday, February 8, 2021, (6:30pm Pacific; 9:30pm Eastern)

HELLO STRANGER, HELLO WORLD
The Hello Stranger Movie Global Mediacon

With filmmaker Dwein Baltazar
and screenwriters Patrick Valencia & Daniel Saniana

Joined by lead cast members:
JC Alcantara & Tony Labrusca
with VivoreeJae Miranda and Gillian Vicencio

Moderated by Emmy award-winners Ginger Conejero of TFC's Adobo Nation and 
movie critic Manny the Movie Guy of NBC Palm Springs.

> Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:30am (Manila/Singapore/Hong Kong);
> Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (6:30am Dubai; 1:30pm Sydney)
> Monday, February 8, 2021, (6:30pm Pacific; 9:30pm Eastern)

ABOUT HELLO STRANGER (THE MOVIE):

Coming from the huge success of the eight-part digital series that ran from June 24 to August 19, 2020 on film producer Black Sheep Films' official Facebook: BlackSheepABSCBN & YouTube channel: black_sheeph, "Hello Stranger" evolves as a full-length feature film that is set to premiere February 11, Manila time, on KTX.phYou can binge-watch the series on MYX here at myx.global/hellostranger.

Starring Tony Labrusca & JC Alcantara as the familiar jock and nerd students, respectively, "Hello Stranger" moves to less familiar territory when these opposite personalities fall in love in the time of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where the world has practically gone virtual. This spin gives the youth romance genre a fresh but thoughtful take. The earnest energy of the cast that includes Vivoree, Jae Miranda, Gillian Vicencio among others, also radiates with real, palpable warmth.

The Valentine's month offering is helmed by Dwein Ruedes Baltazar from the story and screenplay of Patrick Valencia & Daniel Saniana.

'HELLO STRANGER: THE MOVIE" is an ABS-CBN Black Sheep Films release, runs 1:30 minutes, is in English and Tagalog with English subtitles, and is unrated.

WHERE TO WATCH:

"Hello Stranger: The Movie" streams worldwide on the following platforms: KTX.phiWantTFC, TFC IPTV, Sky Cable pay-per-view, and Cignal pay-per-view. Distributed by Cinexpress, tickets are available at an early bird rates till February 11, and regular rates from February 12 onwards. For the rates applicable to your areas, visit solo.to/HelloStranger

ABOUT ABS-CBN Black Sheep Films:
Black Sheep is a new Filipino film company under ABS-CBN that aims to provide fresh and fearless films from creators and filmmakers with a vision.

For Black Sheep, the filmmakers' vision takes the spotlight.
We connect and collaborate with filmmakers, giving them a platform to push their stories to a wider market.
From films projected on the big screen to digital content that can be enjoyed anywhere, Black Sheep sees itself as a proponent and supporter of new voices in Philippine cinema.

The virtual kilig finally takes it to the real world. Hello Stranger The Movie streaming WORLDWIDE this February 12, 2021. Get your tickets now at solo.to/HelloStranger.

Join us for a special Hello Stranger series marathon on MYX Wednesday 2-530P PST on MYX TV & for subscribers on our twitch.tv/myxglobal channel before our OTWOL Epsiode 2 premeire!

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