Philippines, 8 August 2018 — Filipinos do the country proud once more! Team Philippine All Stars, composed of Michael David Bodin, Bernard palad, and Krissha Viaje, took home the top prize in the Spring 2018 edition of’I Can Sing in Japanese!’.

A singing competition that transcends beyond borders, heritage, and race,’I Can Sing in Japanese!’ showcases singing talents from all over the world, all sharing a passion for Japanese music. The program, hosted by Masahiro Nakai of SMAP fame and actress Nishio Yukari, has been broadcasted by Nippon TV in Japan since 2011 and by GEM in Southeast Asia since 2016.

Participants are split into groups, with the highest scorer in each one advancing to the final roun(to compete against winners from the other groups.

Team Philippine All Stars sang ‘Winding Road’ by Ayaka x Kobukuro in the first round, followedby’Chiisana Koi no Uta’by MONGOL800 in the finals. Their rendition of both songs earned highpraise *om the formidable panel of judges, which consisted of industry figures Nanase Aikawa,Tokiko Kato, Kosetsu Minami, and Shigeru Matsuzaki.

This August, proud fans in the Philippines will be able to watch the trio’s winning performance for the first time. ‘I Can Sing in Japanese! Spring 2018’ premieres August 12, Sunday, at 7:30pm, first and exclusively on GEM.

GEM is available on SKYCable Channel 116 In Metro Manila and on Channel 222 in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Baguio, as well as other cable operators nationwide.



About GEM
GEM – your preferred destination for the best of Japanese entertainment. A joint venture between Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and Nippon Television Network Corporation, GEM enjoys access to exclusive Japanese content from Nippon TV. The channel features first-run and exclusive dramas and variety entertainment shows from Japan. This includes selected prime time dramas airing same time and within the same week of their broadcast in Japan. Other special programs include a local GEM audition for the Japanese variety show – ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’ and the live broadcast of the music festival THE MUSIC DAY with performances by Hey! Say’ JUMP in Hong Kong beamed live. In addition, GEM takes its shows beyond the screen and into the lives of viewers with artiste meet-and-greet events with Japanese stars Kento Yamazaki and Hayami Mocomichi.

GEM Vietnam, which is also part of the Asian channels portfolio, is wholly-owned and operated by SPT Networks.

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About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia was established in 1997 with Singapore as the Asian headquarters of Sony Pictures Television’s networks business. It operates five ad-supported 24/7 channels which are wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

AXN is Asia’s home of thrilling entertainment; Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment; Animax offers anime for all; ONE is powered by prime and current South Korean entertainment content; and GEM serves up star-studded and popular general entertainment programming from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. The company also operates joint-venture Indonesian telenovela channel FMN and children’s content channel BabyTV.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV)
Nippon TV is recognized as Japan’s viewer ratings champion having topped all timeslot categories for four consecutive years and garnering the largest profits in the country’s broadcasting industry. One of the biggest successes for the nation’s finest producer of all genres of programming is “Dragons’ Den”, a globally successful business show format that has 35 versions in markets such as the UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Germany, India, Italy and Nigeria. The Emmy award winning version, “Shark Tank”, airs in the US. Following closely is the success of “Mother,” a scripted format that has become a mega hit in Turkey and has sold into more than 25 territories around the world. With well-established companies that deal in a broad range of businesses from animation, movies, events, to fitness clubs, Nippon TV is leveraging its coveted platform to revolutionize digital media in an ever-changing industry. Launching a channel in Southeast Asia named GEM through a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television Networks, and leading the digital content market through Hulu Japan—a subsidiary that boasts the largest SVOD subscriber base in the country, Nippon TV is steadily solidifying its presence and brand as a global media powerhouse.

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