Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bela Padilla Covers FHM Philippines Magazine March 2012 Issue


Kapuso star Bela Padilla is the sexy cover girl of FHM Philippines Magazine March 2012 issue.

FHM Philippines Magazine March 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected supermarkets and bookstores nationwide.

Bugoy Cariño Shines Brighter as ‘E-Boy’


Bugoy Cariño claimed the spotlight recently as he made everyone groove to his ‘robulilits’ dance craze in the appreciation dinner of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival, where the Kapamilya child star received his award as Best Child Performer.

Bugoy continues to win the hearts of TV viewers as his endearing character “E-Boy” takes on an exciting adventure with his friend Miyo (Deydey Amansec) in the top-rating Primetime Bida drama series in ABS-CBN. Will E-Boy and Miyo finally uncover the truth behind the tragedy that ruined the perfect family of Gabriel (Ariel Rivera) and Ria (Agot Isidro)? What will Miyo do if he discovers that his Tito Miguel (Jomari Yllana) was the mastermind of the accident that led to his Kuya Adrian’s (Maliksi Morales) death? Will E-Boy finally win the love of his Papa Gabriel? 

Don’t miss the adventures of “E-Boy,” weeknights, after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

Sam Concepcion and Devon Seron - 'Di Ko Masabi Sa Iyo



John Prats and Bianca Manalo Admit Their Relationship



John Prats and Bianca Manalo are already a couple. Shocker!!!

On his recent interview with "The Buzz", John revealed his true feelings with Bianca.

Siguro naman ‘di ba kami na talaga. Hindi ko naman siya talaga mamahalin ng sobra sobra kung hindi ko alam na ganun din ang pinapakita niya sakin,” he said.

The dancer-actor-host also said he is hoping that the beauty queen-actress is already the one he will spend the rest of his life with.

Kung ano ang nakita niyo sa kanya sa ‘Happy Yipee Yehey’... ganoon talaga siya. Iyon ang maganda. Ang special kasi sa kanya sobra siyang totoo. Ilang beses na rin akong nadapa sa relationships. Ngayon I’m hoping na sana ito na kasi nakakapagod na naman na bago na naman, manliligaw ka na naman, ipapakilala mo na naman,” John said.

Meanwhile, Bianca said she is very lucky to become a big part of John's life.

Thank you sa lahat, sa pag-alaga, sa concern. Napakaswerte ko na mayroon akong isang katulad mo.” Bianca said.

Corazon Aquino and Her Legacy Remembered


On Saturday, February 25, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, led the wreath-laying ceremony for her mom - the late president Corazon Aquino during the 26th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the Aquino monuments in Padre Burgos St. corner Bonifacio Drive at Rizal Park.

Read the President's full speech below:

Vice President Jojo Binay; Mayor Alfredo Lim; members of the Cabinet present: Secretaries Volts Gazmin, Rene Almendras, Sonny Coloma; Senator Nene Pimentel; Commissioner Cesar Sarino of the EDSA People Power Commission; Archbishop Chito Tagle; Bishop Gabby Reyes; Representatives Asilo, Trisha Bonoan-David; Mayor Junjun Binay; General Manager Jose Angel Honrado; Vice Admiral Alexander Pama; local government officials; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan:


Talagang napakagandang araw po sa inyong lahat.


Nais ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng nakikiisa sa atin ngayong umaga sa pag-aalay natin ng bulaklak sa monumento ng aking mga magulang: si Ninoy Aquino at Cory Aquino. Nais man po naming ituring na personal ang pagkakataong ito, batid po nating bahagi na ng kasaysayan ang kanilang mga pangalan.


Naaalala ko pa nga po: nang pumanaw ang nanay ko po noong Agosto 2009, agad pong nag-alok ang dating administrasyon na papatayuan ng rebulto ang aming ina. Tinanggihan po namin ito, dahil alam naming mas gugustuhin pa rin niyang maisaayos ang pamamahala sa bansa, kaysa mapatayuan ng kanyang sariling estatwa. Mas gugustuhin niyang makitang nakatindig ang ating bayan, malaya sa katiwalian at karahasan, kaysa mapatayuan ng sariling rebulto.


May kasabihan nga po iyong mga nakakatanda sa akin: ang sabi po nila, konting bato, konting semento: monumento. May dambana nga sa lansangan, wala namang makain sa pinggan. May estatwa nga sa plaza, wala naman trabaho si Juan. Higit sa anumang rebulto at pagdiriwang, mas maisasabuhay natin ang kadakilaan ng lahat ng bayani ng EDSA kung kikilos tayo para pangalagaan ang kanilang pamana: ang atin pong minamahal na demokrasya.


Ito po marahil ang hamon ni Ninoy at Cory sa atin ngayon: ang araw-araw na isapuso ang diwa ng EDSA People Power Revolution. Noon, milyong-milyong Pilipino ang nagtipon—mapa-sibilyan o alagad ng simbahan—upang tumindig at magkapit-bisig para sa kalayaan. Nagawa nilang harangin ang mga tangke at kanyon, nang walang bitbit na armas kundi pananampalataya at pagmamahal sa kapwa. Taumbayan po mismo ang nanindigan at bumawi sa ipinagkait sa kanilang kalayaan.


Ngayon, matapos ang dalawampu’t anim na taon, malinaw na hindi pa rin tapos ang ating laban. Nitong nakaraang dekada ay muling nabalot sa dilim ang ating bayan, at ngayon, ito na nga po ang nilalabanan at binabago ng atin pong pamahalaan. Sa ilalim ng liwanag ng tapat at mabuting pamamahala, tiwala akong mararating natin ang isang bansang malaya sa korupsyon at kahirapan. Sa tuloy-tuloy nating pagkakapit-bisig sa tuwid na daan, tiwala akong maaabot natin ang isang lipunang malaya sa hudikaturang may dalawang mukha—na may isang sistemang pangkatarungang may pinapanigan, at tungo sa isang balanseng timbangan.


Buo po ang loob ko na kaya nating mapagtagumpayan ang labang ito, na kaya nating makamit ang inaasam nating pagbabago. Anuman pong bigat ang pasanin natin sa ating balikat, hindi po tayo titiklop o magpapatinag. Hangga’t may ngiti tayong naihahatid kay Juan dela Cruz, hindi po tayo mauubusan ng dahilan upang suklian din ng ngiti ang ating paglilingkod sa bayan.


Tandaan lamang po natin: ang trabaho sa pagkamit sa pagbabago ay trabaho ng bawat Pilipino—hindi lamang po ni Ninoy at ni Cory Aquino. Ngayong ganap na tayong malaya, ngayong natatanglawan na tayo ng liwanag ng demokrasya, samantalahin na po natin ito: muli nating pag-alabin ang diwa ng EDSA at ipamalas ang bayanihan, tungo sa isang mas maliwanag na kinabukasan.


Kayang-kaya po natin ito. Tara na po, Pilipino!


Maraming salamat po. Magandang araw po sa lahat.

ABS-CBN Newest Teen Show ‘Luv U’ Wins in TV Ratings Game on its Pilot Episode


More teens are now hooked to the newest romantic yet hilarious comedy series of ABS-CBN, “Luv U.” This was evident in the TV ratings the program got on its pilot episode.

According to data from Kantar Media last February 9, “Luv U” obtained 11.9% TV rating, which is higher than the 9.1% of a teen-oriented show in the competing station.

Besides the television viewers, netizens are also captivated by this new Kapamilya Comedy offering. On his Twitter account, the program’s lead teen actor Marco Gumabao reposted a fan message that praises his boy-next-door image a lot. “JB, I can’t get you out of my mind,” goes the fan’s t weet.




Marco’s love teammate Miles, on the other hand, also received support from her Twitter fans. “Your love team is so cute. Kilig much,” goes the tweet.

Their first ever campus tour in Ramon Magsaysay High School in Cubao, Quezon City was also well received by the students.




This Sunday, JB (Marco), Camille (Miles), Boom (CJ Navato), April (Angeline Gonzales), Rocky (Igiboy Flores) and Whitney (Kiray Celis) will continue their quest to spread laughter and teen romance.




To see their crushes Camille and April, JB and Boom will convince their buddy Rocky to visit and court Whitney who lives with the two girls. Rocky, however, doesn’t see Whitney as an attractive girl. That’s why he’ll imagine that Whitney is the sizzling hot Ms. Casimsiman (Bangs Garcia). Will JB and Boom score some points with their crushes?

Meanwhile, ng Lamberto Uy Villarama University (Luv U) Principal Spencer (Smokey Manoloto) will host a quiz bee, but something unexpected will affect the school head’s speech. This scene will definitely complete everyone’s weekly dose of laughter.

Catch “Luv U” this Sunday after “ASAP 2012” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, follow @LUVUBarkada on Twitter, or like the show’s official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LUVUBarkada?sk=wall

‘Maria la del Barrio’ Finale Sets TV Screens on Fire


ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida teleserye “Maria la del Barrio” once again became a worldwide trending topic in the popular microblogging site Twitter as viewers get hooked to temperature-rising scenes and events on its last two weeks.

After ruling the ratings in its timeslot, “Maria la del Barrio” indeed became a household name as avid viewers gave their all-out support since it aired last August 2011. Fans and viewers alike are captivated on the twist and turns on the lives of its lead characters Maria (Erich Gonzales) and Luis (Enchong Dee) - from their unique friendship, timeless lovestory, painful breakup, until they get back in each other’s arms once again.

Due to the utmost and undying support from the viewers, the drama series was extended twice and was named as the ‘Best Primetime Teleserye of 2011’ by femalenetwork.com.

Aside from Erich and Enchong’s astounding portrayals, “Maria la del Barrio” cast members Angel Aquino, Assunta de Rossi, Ian Veneracion, Jewel Mische, and Aaron Villaflor also delivered remarkable performances in the series.

While last week’s episodes kept everyone at the edge of their seats, the very anticipating and nerve-wracking scenes doesn’t end there. As “Maria la del Barrio” goes down on its last week, don’t miss the must-see finale that will surely capture every Kapamilya’s heart.

Will Luis and Maria’s family finally be whole? Or will Victoria (Angel) and Sabrina (Jewel) succeed in preventing it from happening?

Don’t miss the most remarkable time-stopping finale on Philippine TV, the last week of “Maria la del Barrio” every night after “Lumayo Ka Man sa Akin” on ABS-CBn. For more updates, log-on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

“Maria la del Barrio” continues to set TV screens on fire, weeknights, after “Reputasyon” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Anthony Taberna Goes One-on-One with the Leader of Lambda Rho Beta Fraternity in ‘XXX’


Anthony Taberna delivers another exclusive interview with the Grand Rhoe One or the head of the controversial Lambda Rho Beta Fraternity involved in the death of San Beda Law student Marvin Reglos this Monday (February 27) in “XXX.”

Because of the hazing incident, the public’s eyes are once again set on the implementation of RA 8049 or the Anti Hazing Law. Two members of the fraternity are already in the hands of authorities but the question on who should be punished remains unanswered. What does the Grand Rhoe One think and feel about the issue?

Meanwhile, Pinky Webb helps a nursing board passer who turns out to be a victim of a scam. After applying as a nurse in a company in Pasay City, the complainant questioned the suspicious fees she paid even if a job offer hasn’t been made yet.

Julius Babao, on the other hand, investigates the case of a vendor arrested by the police after being suspected for holdup. But instead of putting him in jail, he was set free by the authorities so that he can look for money to pay for his motorcycle, which was used as a temporary bail.

Recently, Anthony Taberna was recognized by the USTv Students’ Choice Awards as the Best Male News and Current Affairs Program Host for his show “Iba-Balita ni Anthony Taberna” on Studio 23.

Don’t miss “XXX” this Monday (February 27) after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN. You can also watch it at DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable ch 26) the same day at 9:15 p.m.

‘ASAP 2012′ Reigns Supreme this Sunday


“ASAP 2012” is all set this Sunday (February 26) for a supreme party like no other with a string of breathtaking concert performances led by ASAP Kapamilya mainstays Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Vina Morales, Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, and KC Concepcion.

Exquisite beauty will radiate as Philippine beauty queens Venus Raj, Bianca Manalo, and Shamcey Supsup grace the ASAP centerstage. While fun-filled surprises are in store from the ever blooming Pokwang; and the beautiful daughters of Ruffa Guttierez, Lorin and Venice, who will move to the groove in ASAP for the very first time with Janice de Belen’s daughters Moira, Ina and Kaila.

“Maria la del Barrio” cast headed by its lead stars Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee will bid their goodbyes as the series comes to a close, while Star Magic welcomes the newest teen heartthrob Khalil Ramos and “ASAP 2012” opens the doors to the newest member of the family, Paolo Valenciano.

Bow down to the best of the best as “ASAP 2012” presents superb vocal acts from Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Juris, Zia Quizon, Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldivino, Nikki Gil, and Alex Castro; youngest rock icon Bamboo teams up with OPM legend Noel Cabangon for a remarkable must-see musical moment; and ‘Asian Sensation’ Christian Bautista unravels his newest treat for every Kapamilya.

Hold on to your seats as ASAP Dance Sensations Iza Calzado, Vincent Bueno, Iya Villania, Shaina Magdayao, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Enrique Gil, Empress, Sam Concepcion and Rafael Rossel rule and rock the ASAP dance floor.

Reign supreme this Sunday and watch 2011 PMPC Star Awards Best Musical Variety Show and Golden Screen Awards 2011’s Outstanding Musical Program, “ASAP 2012” this Sunday, 12:15, on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit http://asap.abs-cbn.com/, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://facebook.com/asapofficial.

Sarah G. Live Unleashes a Braver, Stronger, and Fiercer Sarah this Sunday


Youngest Filipino pop royalty Sarah Geronimo recently made news in the worldwide web as she reigned the popular microblogging site Twitter for four consecutive days.

The phrase ‘Sarah G. Day’ started to trend worldwide last Sunday when the Popstar Princess guested in three ABS-CBN shows namely ASAP 2012, The Buzz, and Gandang Gabi Vice to promote her very own live solo musical variety show, “Sarah G. Live,” which is set to start this Sunday (February 26) at 8:30pm.

Indeed, ‘Sarah G. Day’ continues as the first-ever episode of “Sarah G. Live” is full of unequaled surprises including the spectacular opening number that will prove that Sarah is one of the biggest superstars of her generation. Also watch out for the fun-filled visit of Sarah’s celebrity icons and her first ‘Sige Go Adventure!’ that everyone will surely be talking about.

Now, the princess redefines the popstar with a weekly concert on TV that everyone will surely be talking about. Sarah will be joined in by co-host Luis Manzano, musical director Louie Ocampo, choreographer Georcelle Dapat-Sy, and director Erick Salud. “Sarah G. Live” also features G Force and Gab Valenciano as dance performers and a special guest co-host every week.

Get ready for the grandest live concert experience this Sunday in “Sarah G. Live,” starting 8:30pm, after “Rated K.” For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter or like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

EDSA Revolution History Relived in "Matanglawin"

EDSA Revolution and its historical significance in the country this Sunday on “Matanglawin.”

Kuya Kim and fellow “It’s Showtime” host Teddy Corpuz literally and figuratively walk down memory lane, tie a yellow ribbon, and get to know the history of the road named after a certain Don Panyong as they commemorate the anniversary of the EDSA revolution this Sunday (February 26) in “Matanglawin.”




Get to know who Epifanio delos Santos is and why the historic road was named after him. Before EDSA came to be, did you know that this stretch of 24 kilometers was known as the North and South Circumferential Road and Highway 54?

It was even pegged to be named after American General Douglas MacArthur, national hero Jose Rizal, former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and in 2009, former President Cory Aquino for her role in the momentous bloodless revolution of 1986.

Kuya Kim and Teddy also visit famous landmarks about the 1986 Revolution to know what happened during the Martial Law and why yellow was the most popular color in town.

Recently, “Matanglawin” was recognized as the Best Educational Program in the 8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards given by the University of Santo Tomas.

Don’t miss “Matanglawin” this Sunday (February 26), 9:30 a.m. on ABS-CBN.

Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards Goes Global


Worldwide search for Filipino organizations doing extraordinary service kicks off this month.

Where there are Filipinos, there are heroes, and it’s time to honor them.

With this campaign line, firm belief and an international network of regional teams in place to make it happen, the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards is going global this year, the first time since its inception in 1994.

It is a huge and momentous initiative to reach out to Filipinos all over the world and recognize their collective efforts in serving their less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters wherever they may be. We are truly excited by this development,” said Fr. Nilo Tanalega, SJ who heads Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya (UGAT) Foundation (translated literally as Relations and Assistance for Poor Families). UGAT, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, oversees the screening of nominations and selection of winners.

My father would be smiling right now,” said Raffy Lopez, COO of ABS-CBN Global which oversees the promotion and production of the distinguished award ceremonies. “He started Bayaning Pilipino (Filipino Heroes) with Father Nilo. It would warm his heart to know that ABS-CBN in Manila, TFC globally and UGAT, have expanded their long-running partnership to search around the world for ordinary folks doing extraordinary work in the service of the Filipino people. This is true to his vision and mission.”

The “father” is Don Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr., founder of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and broadcasting company in the Philippines. He is known in the industry as the “Father of Philippine Broadcasting”. The award, which was named after him, began after he learned of a Filipina maid in Hong Kong who got run over by a car in pursuit of saving a child. The award gives recognition to Filipinos (now as organizations) who in the face of challenges and difficulties manage to rise and emerge as role models of service in their communities.

We have honored so many Filipinos, but taking the search to a worldwide level posed major logistical requirements. We are so enthused by the energy and commitment of TFC teams in all regions in taking part in the project. It shows their involvement and love for the Filipino communities that they serve,” said Chit Guerrero, vice president for ABS-CBN Corporation’s Special Projects which works directly with UGAT in Manila for this project.

Gawad Geny Lopez Jr Global Bayaning Pilipino has kicked off this month. The search is open to all Filipino organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia-Pacific (covering Singapore and Hong Kong), Europe (covering Italy and U.K.), Middle East, Australia and Japan. The criteria are as follows: (1) Measurable impact: scope and number of beneficiaries with known effective results; (2) Highlight the value of unity/PAGKAKAISA (effective elimination of selosan (jealousy), inggitan (envy), siraan (negative criticism), etc. or has effectively dealt with these either through interventions or through innovative methods); (3) Focused on service and/or an issue (poverty, health, education, etc) as felt either in your respective country or in the Philippines; (4) Transcend regionalism/parochialism; (5) Participatory/people-oriented leadership (as shown in the manner of how they choose their leaders and their acceptance thereof); (6) Promote Filipino values and culture and Filipino heritage.

ABS-CBN Global and UGAT Foundation encourage Filipinos, even in the Philippines to send in their nominations for outstanding organizations outside the Philippines who meet the criteria.

Deadline of submission of nominations is on March 15, 2012. Regional winners will be announced late May 2012 after a period of tight screenings and validation. The winners will be flown to Manila, Philippines for the national awarding ceremony to be held in June 2012.

For nomination forms and more information, visit www.globalbayaningpilipino.com.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Empress Schuck and Ejay Falcon, Thankful to be ‘Kapamilya’


“Mundo Man ay Magunaw” lead stars Empress and Ejay Falcon happily announced that they will remain to be a Kapamilya as they recently signed a new contract with ABS-CBN.

I am very thankful to ABS-CBN because they have always taken good care of me since I started my career here 12 years ago,” said Empress.

Ejay, on the other hand, added that, “ABS-CBN was the one who gave me the opportunity to enter showbiz and I’m very thankful because ever since I won PBB, I still remain to be a Kapamilya.”

The “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” stars are both excited and looking forward to the future progress of their careers. “I really want to be in an action series. And if I will be given the chance, I hope I can do it with Ejay,” says Empress.

Meanwhile, “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” continues to thrill avid viewers as Doña Alicia (Tessie Tomas) bursts in anger and tries to send Olivia (Eula Valdes) back in prison to prevent her from getting Jenny (Nikki Gil). Will Doña Alicia succeed in doing her plan? Can Olivia win the heart of her daughter Jenny? Will she finally discover that Sheryll (Empress) is her youngest daughter?

Don’t miss the heart pounding turn of events in “Mundo Man ay Magunaw,” weekdays at 2:30 pm, after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. For more updates, log on to http://www.abs-cbn.com/, follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter, or ‘like their Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/mundomanaymagunaw.

Gawad Tanglaw 2012 Winners Announced


The academe-based Gawad TANGLAW or Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw has given out the trophies for the outstanding movies, TV shows, and radio shows in the 10th edition of this annual honor list.

And to mark its first decade as an award giving body, Gawad TANGLAW chose eleven celebrities whom they dubbed as "Pinaka Kapuri-puring Artista ng Dekada." They are:
Cesar Montano
Coco Martin
Allen Dizon
Sid Lucero
Emilio Garcia
Vilma Santos
Nora Aunor
Gina Pareño
Ms. Anita Linda
Dr. Rustica Carpio
Cherry Pie Picache

In the film category, the satirical comedy, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, has earned four accolades in 10th Gawad TANGLAW. This Eugene Domingo-starrer earned the following awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

This group of academicians chose ABS-CBN as the TV Station of the Year. Coco Martin is honored for having the Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series for ABS-CBN's Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. Meanwhile, child actress Xyriel Manabat was able to beat other senior stars for the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series. Xyriel won for mimicking an adult for the Kapamilya teleserye 100 Days to Heaven.

In the television arts, ABS-CBN won 14 trophies while its sister station ANC earned three accolades, GMA-7 bagged five awards, while TV5 won two trophies. PTV4 was also honored with one award.

Here is the complete list of winners in the 10th Gawad TANGLAW:


MGA NATATANGING GAWAD:

Gantimpalang Jaime G. Ang Presidential Jury Award for Excellence in Film - Director Joel Lamangan

Gawad Tanglaw sa Sining ng Mass Media - Mr. Nestor Torre

Gawad Romeo Flaviano I. Lirio Para sa Sining at Kultura Chairman Emeritus Award - Ms. Bella Flores

Gawad Tanglaw sa Sining ng Telebisyon - Ms. Charo Santos- Concio

Gawad Tanglaw sa Sining ng Pelikula - Governor Jeorge Estregan Ejercito


FILM ARTS:

BEST FILM

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank - Winner
Zombadings...... Patayin sa Syokot si Remington
Busong
Ka Oryang
Niño
Patikul
Ligo na U, Lapit na Me
Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
Amok

BEST DIRECTOR

Marlon Rivera (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) - Winner
Jade Castro (Zombadings... Patayin sa Syokot si Remington)
Aureus Solito (Busong)
Sari Dalena (Ka Oryang)
Loy Arcenas (Niño)
Joel Lamangan (Patikul)
Erick G. Salud (Ligo na U, Lapit na Me)
Alvin B. Yapan, Phd (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Lawrence Fajardo (Amok)
Antoinette Jadaone (Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay)

BEST ACTRESS

Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) -Winner
Racquel Villavicencio (Bisperas)
Lilia Cuntapay (Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay)
Maricar Reyes (Anatomiya ng Korupsyon)
Ma. Isabel Lopez (Cuchera)

BEST ACTOR

Martin Escudero (Zombadings...Patayin sa Syokot si Remington) - Winner
Edgar Allan Guzman (Ligo na U, Lapit na Me)
Bembol Roco (Isda)
Sid Lucero (Paglipad ng Anghel)
Allen Dizon (Patikul)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Fides Cuyugan Asencio (Niño) - Winner
Sharmaine Centenera Buencamino (Niño)
Geraldine Villamil (Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay)
Julia Clarete (Bisperas)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kerbie Zamora (Zombadings... Patayin sa Syokot si Remington) - Winner
Michael Bonapos (Anatomiya ng Korupsyon)
Jojit Lorenzo (Anatomiya ng Korupsyon)
Jaime Pebanco (Patikul)
Roderick Paulate (Zombadings... Patayin sa Syokot si Remington)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carlo Mendoza (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story) - Winner
Arvin Viola (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Neil Daza and Kiri Dalema (Ka Oryang)
Louie Quirino (Amok)

BEST EDITING

Jason Canapay and Ryan Ortuna (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story) - Winner
Ruben Aquino (My Paranormal Romance)
Leo Valencia (Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay)
Benjamin Tolentino (Isda)

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

Christine Muyco and Gemma Pamintuan (Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa) - Winner
Joseph Lansang (Bisperas)
Paul Canada (My Paranormal Romance)

BEST STORY

Antoniette Jadaone (Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay) - Winner

BEST SCREENPLAY

Chris Martinez (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) - Winner

STUDENT CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FILM

Patikul


TELEVISION ARTS:

TV Station of the Year - ABS-CBN

Best News Programs - Bandila (ABS-CBN)

Best News Program Anchors ( Male and Female) - Julius Babao - Bandila (ABS-CBN) & Vicky Morales - Saksi (GMA-7)

Best Educational TV Program - Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Talent Search Program - Talentadong Pinoy (TV5)

Best TV Documentary - Storyline (ANC 2)

Best Public Affairs Program - Public Atorni (TV5)

Best Public Service Program - OCW (PTV 4)

Best Investigative Program - Imbestigador (GMA-7)

Best Gag Show - Bubble Gang (GMA-7)

Best Morning Show - Umagang Kayganda (ABS-CBN)

Best Travel Show - Travel Time (ANC)

Best Sports Program - Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN)

Best Variety Show - ASAP (ABS-CBN)

Best Lifestyle Program - Executive Class (ANC)

Best Magazine Show - Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7)

Best Drama Anthology - Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Series - 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN)

Best Performance by an Actress (Single Performance) - Helen Gamboa - "Parol"- Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Best Performance by an Actor (Single Performance) - Enchong Dee - "Parol"- Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Best Performance by an Actress (Drama Series) - Xyriel Manabat - 100 Days to Heaven- (ABS-CBN)

Best Performance by an Actor ( Drama Series) - Coco Martin- Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin-(ABS-CBN)


RADIO ARTS:

Radio Station of the Year - DZBB

Best AM Station - DZMM

Best FM Station - Yes FM

Best Radio DJ - Bro. Jun Banaag - Dr. Love- DZMM

Best Radio Anchors - Bro. Jun Banaag - Dr. Love- DZMM , Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja - Dos Por Dos- DZMM

Best Educational Radio Program - Art 2 Art (DZRH)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Luis Manzano “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” Begins this Saturday


You may be the lucky one beginning Saturday (February 25) as ABS-CBN’s hit game show “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” returns for another exciting season this time, with its newest host and ‘lucky charm’ Luis Manzano.

Viewers should watch out for the ‘kulitans’ and basically how I interact with the contestants. I have a very very big shoes to fill but more than this pressure, I just look forward to enjoying the experience,” said Luis.

One of the country’s most sought after and premiere hosts, Luis takes on KDOND after three successful seasons hosted by Queen of All Media Kris Aquino. Luis is no newbie when it comes to the hosting realm and in fact, has already proven his worth in the industry as one of the hosts of “E-Live” and “Pilipinas Got Talent.”

Everyone is indeed eagerly anticipating what the Endemol franchise will offer this season and how many lives it will change in a snap.

Among the things to watch out for is the new Banker who would offer tempting deals to the studio player. New briefcase girls, now called 24K girls, will also do the iconic ‘rampa’ and hold the amounts that will change the course of the game.

A whopping P2 million jackpot prize is still at stake if the contestant chose the winning briefcase.

Since its launch in 2006, a total of 21 millionaires were named in KDOND. It is one of the most successful game show in the country, not only for its ratings, but for the honor it brought to Filipinos when it was chosen by “Deal or No Deal” USA as the only Asian franchise to be part of its world tour edition in 2008. ABS-CBN’s PR campaign for the event also earned the show a Philippine Quill Award of Merit in the same year.

Playing for a deal of a lifetime this season premiere is newest Kapamilya Carmina Villaroel. Will she be lucky enough to pick the right briefcase? Will Banker give her a hard time? Will she join Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, Maja Salvador, Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca, Arnel Pineda, and Aiko Melendez in the roster of KDOND celebrity millionaires?

Don’t miss the premiere of “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” hosted by Luis Manzano, this Saturday (February 25), 6 PM after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Kontrabida Girl Movie Trailer Starring Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica

My Kontrabida Girl Movie Trailer Starring Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica



The 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP) is Now On!


There are competitions for aspiring singers, dancers, actors, models, bands, chefs, even children wanting to be chefs but what about for songwriters?

With a local music scene widely dominated by imported music, the Filipino songwriter has become a stranger in his own land.

With this in mind, prominent names from various industries have come together to spearhead the creation of the Philippine Popular Music Festival.

PhilPOP is a songwriting competition open to all amateur and professional Filipino composers. By March 1, 2012, interested composers can start submitting their entries online at PhilPOP.com.ph. The deadline of submission is on May 10, 2012. Song entries must be in MP3 format and can be in any popular music genre or a fusion of known genres, in any form or structure. Each entry must not exceed four minutes. Contestants can submit a maximum of two songs, either as a sole composer or as a collaborator. Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof.

There will be three levels of screenings and during the semi-finals, the judges will choose the top 14 finalists. The final performance and competition night will be held on July 14, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The grand prize winner will receive P1 million in cash and a trophy. The second and third runners up will each receive a trophy and P500,000 and P250,000 in cash respectively. All non-winning finalists will receive P50,000. A People’s Choice award will also be given to the entry with the most number of online and text votes. The winner will receive P200,000 and a trophy.

The competition hopes to provide a channel through which Filipino songwriters can create new songs and discover new expressions or genres in popular music. The organizers of PhilPOP also hope to start spark renewed enthusiasm and pride in Filipino music by starting a brand new collection of freshly produced Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

Filipinos, in general, are musically gifted,” music maestro and PhilPOP executive director Ryan Cayabyab said. “We are well-known the world over simply because of our immense talent. But we are not just a country of talented singers, dancers and actors. With PhilPOP, I also want to shine the spotlight on our world-class composers and songwriters,” he added. The renowned musician also noted that this songwriting event is not a “revival” of another popular songwriting competition in the past decade.




Maynilad president and chief executive Ricky Vargas, who is also the event’s organizing committee chairman, further noted the significance of PhilPOP. “It’s high time we celebrate the artistry of the Filipino songwriter. What better way to do that than by giving them an avenue to showcase home grown talent and shine on a stage of their own.”




Meanwhile, business icon and PhilPOP chairman, Manny Pangilinan, also shared his motivation for lending support to the competition. “There are two reasons why I'm back in the Philippines after living in Hong Kong for so many years. I miss our religion and our music. You hear God’s voice in music,” he said.




The Philippine Popular Music Festival is jointly presented by Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, PICC, TV5, DDB Philippines and official press launch food provider, Via Mare.

Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho Love Story Examined in ‘Showbiz Inside Report’


“Showbiz Inside Report” reveals the truth behind the scandal.

ABS-CBN’s showbiz-oriented talkshow “Showbiz Inside Report” will go through the lives of the two famous personalities behind the controversial break-up, Dra. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho, this Saturday, February 25. Amid the scandalous separation, Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez and Ogie Diaz will get to know who the real Vicki and Hayden are behind the showbiz controversies they are involved in. How did their love story develop? What were the trials and difficulties that they experienced in their relationship? How did they cope with the involvement of the public in their relationship?

Don’t miss another must-see episode of ABS-CBN’s latest showbiz-oriented talkshow, “Showbiz Inside Report” every Saturday at 2:30pm, after “It’s Showtime.” For more updates, log-on at www.abs-cbn.com, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/ShowbizInsideReport.AbsCbn.

Kokoy Romualdez Dead at 81


Former Leyte Governor Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez, 81, the younger brother of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, succumbed to cancer, his son, Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, told GMA News Online in a telephone interview.

He passed away at Makati Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Romualdez said his father's remains will be brought to Leyte.

During the Marcos regime, Romualdez was appointed ambassador to China, Saudi Arabia and the United States while serving as Leyte governor. The Office of the Ombudsman last August filed a forefeiture case against Romualdez and his wife, Juliette Gomez-Romualdez, before the Sandiganbayan over their Swiss bank deposits amounting $5.19 million — now held in escrow at the Philippine National Bank. The case was based on a 2003 Presidential Commission on Good Government ’s (PCGG)

Complaint that the younger brother of former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos only had total net worth of P2,348,495.22 in his 1983 statement of assets and liabilities. “A comparison of respondent Benjamin Romualdez’ reported net worth in 1983 of P2,348,495.22 …with the US$2,000,000.00 initial deposit in SA 7676 will show the huge disparity between his lawful income and the secret Swiss bank accounts which he opened during his incumbency as public officer," the PCGG said in its 23-page resolution.

- Source

Grace Ibuna Gets Rights to Iggy Arroyo's Remains

Eillen Barry of TWM Solicitors and Grace Ibuna outside the Rolls building after the decision was granted in favour of Ibuna and Bernardina Arroyo-Tantoco
The tug-of-war in London on who has the right to repatriate and dispose the body of Congressman Iggy Arroyo to the Philippines ended yesterday afternoon when Justice Peter Smith of the UK High Court ruled in favor of Grace Ibuna and Arroyo’s second daughter Bernardina Arroyo-Tantoco.

Justice Smith granted the two a joint letter of administration allowing them to repatriate the late congressman’s remains in accordance with his wishes.

Earlier, Aleli Arroyo, the estranged wife of Iggy with her lawyer Atty. Lorna Kapunan, went to London to claim the body of the late congressman. But Ibuna, Iggy’s live-in partner stopped it via the High Court's 7-day, emergency injunction to prevent Arroyo’s body being removed from the funeral parlor JH Kenyon.

In Monday's hearing at Court 31 Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Smith asked an expert in the Philippine jurisprudence to determine the validity of Arroyo’s will in the Philippines.

Arroyo’s will was drafted in the US and he named his second daughter Arroyo-Tantoco to be the executor of the will. The will has two aspects: the disposition of Arroyo’s assets and remains.

Dean Ed Vincent Albano who was in Quezon City, stated under oath, via a video link that the last will which was drafted in the US is sanctioned by the Philippine law under Section 307 of the Civil Code.

His daughter Dina who was also in Quezon City faced the court via a video link. She confirmed that she is indeed the executor of her father’s last will.

She also testified that her father named her and Grace Ibuna in the late congressman’s medical directive, allowing her or Ibuna to decide on his behalf should he fail to decide for himself, particularly related to his health and the disposition of his body

It was made clear in the court that the first defendant, Aleli Arroyo was not named in any of the following binding evidence presented by Ibuna and the Arroyo sisters: declaration of trust, special power of attorney, health care directive and last will of Iggy Arrroyo.

Arroyo-Tantoco, as the executor of the will and "alternate agent" in the medical directive, was also queried by Justice Smith if would allow Ibuna to dispose the body of her father. To which she replied "yes."

In closing, Justice Smith asked Arroyo-Tantoco ‘how was the baby’ which elicited laughter in the courtroom. Iggy’s daughter could not fly to the UK and appear before the UK court because she recently gave birth.

Bianca Arroyo and Grace Ibuna were also both summoned in the court for cross examination.

Asked what awaits her in the Philippine courts, taking into consideration Aleli’s urgent petition for the custody of her husband’s body, Ibuna replied: "I don't know my Lord. I just want a dignified burial for my partner."

Aleli Arroyo sought a TRO and injunctions against Ibuna and several others. She claimed that under the Philippine law Arroyo’s body should go to her.

After almost four hours hearing the case, Justice Smith ruled in favor of Grace Ibuna and Bernardina Arroyo-Tantoco.

Eileen Barry of TWM Solicitors read the message of her clients outside the Rolls Building, Royal Courts of Justice:

"My clients Grace Ibuna and Bernardina Arroyo- Tantoco are very relieved that a decision has been made by the justice Peter Smith today granting them joint letter of administration to allow them to take the body of congressman Ignacio Tuason Arroyo home to the Philippines to be buried according to his wishes. It’s been a very painful and distressing time for the family and Grace and Bernardina are very thankful that’s they can now proceed to make the arrangement to bury their partner and their father ina dignified and respectful way and to allow everyone in the Philippines to have a chance to pay their last respects at long last to the congressman so that he can finally be laid to rest. That’s all the family would like to say for the moment and id ask you to respect their grieving."

"I just thank God my prayers were answered and thank our legal team who has done a great job, and we will see everyone home soon," Ibuna said, in a brief statement issued to the media.

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Will Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco Rekindle the 'Melason' Romance in ‘Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited’?


Former housemates Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco finally confirmed rumors that they have broken up in “Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited,” which saw their apparent rift and return to the Big Brother house this week.

Melai, who has been giving Jason the silent treatment, admitted to housemate Deniesse that they have split up and is only waiting for Jason to apologize to her.

Jason, on the other hand, confessed to Big Brother that Melai might have felt insecure and unloved by Jason because of their misunderstandings. However, he insisted that he will not say sorry to her because he is not at fault.

Former “PBB Double Up” housemates Melai and Jason returned to the Big Brother house early this week to give out tasks aimed at bringing out the current housemates’ real personality. Now that they’re back in the famous house where their romance began, will Jason make a move to win Melai back?



Viewers also witnessed how evictee Paco effortlessly pretended as a homosexual and ‘came out’ to Tin early this week and even went as far as saying that he likes Carlo. This is to fulfill his task as a house player whose role is to bring out the remaining housemates’ true colors. Tune in this week to know how he will fare in Big Brother’s tasks, including trying the patience of eviction nominees Carlo, Deniesse, Seiichi and Tin.



Don’t miss the 12th eviction night of “PBB Unlimited” on Saturday (Feb 25) as one of the nominees will get the boot. To vote to save your favorite housemate, text BB(space)NAME OF HOUSEMATE and send it to 2331 for Globe, Sun Cellular, and TM subscribers, and 231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers. You may also vote online on pinoybigbrother.com.

Don’t miss the exciting developments in “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” with Bianca Gonzalez weekdays after “Angelito: Batang Ama” in Kapamilya Gold and in “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” with Toni Gonzaga weeknights after “Budoy” in Primetime Bida. Also stay tuned to “PBB Unlimited Updates” with Robi Domingo during “Angelito: Batang Ama” and “E-Boy” on ABS-CBN. For the program’s updates, follow his Secretary on Twitter at @OfficialPBB4.

Dahil sa Pag-Ibig Trailer Starring Piolo Pascual, Maricar Reyes, Cristine Reyes and Jericho Rosales




Watch the full trailer launch on Monday, February 27 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

Marvin Reglos Killed in Hazing


Marvin Reglos, a 25-year-old freshman law student from San Beda College, died from injuries sustained in an alleged hazing incident.

Reglos sustained severe bruises on several parts of his body as a result of his initiation rites in Lambda Rho Beta fraternity.

The victim was pronounced dead on arrival after his body was brought on Sunday night by two men on board a red Honda City with plate number WMF 174 at the Unciano Medical Center in Antipolo City.

Two suspects, alleged fraternity members Erick Edrosolano Castillo, 28; and Bodjie Amorin Yap, 24, were arrested on the same night Reglos was rushed to the hospital after they went back to the hospital, supposedly to check on the victim’s condition.

Police said the case is strong against the suspects after they found from their cellphones several text messages, supposedly from other fraternity members, warning not to speak out on the matter or reveal the identities of those behind the alleged hazing.

Yesterday, Reglos' father, Lucito, and sister, Lorvie, met with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima today to seek her help in the investigation into their kin's death and to request for a re-autopsy of Reglo's remains. De Lima has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ), to conduct a parallel probe into Reglos' death.

Incidentally, De Lima co-founded an ally sorority of the Lambda Rho Beta, the Lambda Rho Sigma.

The San Beda College of Law, meanwhile, condemned the violent killing of Reglos saying it was an “unlawful and dreadful act of violence.”

The San Beda College of law condemns the system of brotherhood that employs violence, intimidation, intentional force, or reckless imprudence as part of any of its ceremonies or practices. Consequently, the school does not recognize their existence,” the school said in a statement.

San Beda also said it will cooperate with the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police.

The school’s administration, together with the Law Student Government, have also formed a committee to conduct the investigation of the administrative aspect.

Lovi Poe Featured in Esquire Magazine Mexico

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Kapuso sexy actress Lovi Poe was featured in the latest issue of Esquire Mexico.

Ang isa sa mga bida ng glossy-drama masterpiece na “Legacy” na si Lovi Poe ay na-feature sa isang sikat na magazine sa Mexico.

Kaya naman lubos ang kasiyahan niya ng makita ang feature na na-published pa sa Esquire Mexico.

It’s so surreal. I’m very thankful na nafeature ako sa Esquire Magazine sa Mexico. The concept was one of my dream shoots and now it’s out pa sa ibang bansa. I’m really happy.” Lovi said of the news.

Star Records Receives 7 Nominations at MYX Music Awards 2012


Star Records bagged seven nominations in this year’s MYX Music Awards (MMA) 2012.

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano contends his song “Where Do I Begin” as ‘Favorite media Soundtrack’; Yeng Constantino as ‘Favorite Artist’ and ‘Favorite Female Artist;’ Angeline Quinto as ‘Favorite New Artist;’ meanwhile, Juris joins the competition for the ‘Favorite MYX Live Performance’ category; Sam Milby’s “Hindi Kita Iiwan” music video as ‘Favorite Mellow Video;’ and Jericho Rosales’ song “Bumuhos Man ang Ulan” as ‘Favorite Media Soundtrack.’

MYX Music Awards 2012 awarding ceremonies will be held on March 13, and the voting period ends on March 9. Log on to www.myxph.com for the voting procedure and preferences. For the latest updates on your favorite Star Records artists, log on to www.starrecords.ph.

Richard Gutierrez Joins Romi Garduce in GMA Special ‘Pito sa Pilipino’


Richard Gutierrez meets his idol and fellow environment advocate – Romi Garduce – in a special television event to be presented by GMA News and Public Affairs.

Richard Gutierrez joins Romi Garduce, the first Filipino to climb the seven highest mountains in each of the seven continents of the world, in a documentary special titled “Pito sa Pilipino.”

Aside from their initials (RG), Richard and Romi have more things in common: they participate in environmental work on and off camera, and both are outdoorsmen who love to explore nature. According to a press release by the Kapuso network, the special “Pito Para sa Pilipino” will feature Richard Gutierrez and Romi Garduce in a mountaineering adventure where the younger RG gains valuable insight from the seasoned climber.

“Pito Para sa Pilipino” tells us the stories behind Romi’s Seven Summits quest. Using seven select mementos from his seven successful summits, Romi reveals little known details about his journeys as a mountaineer. And as they exchange stories, Richard finds out about an “omen” in Romi’s dream days before his Antarctica expedition. Richard also discovers what life could be like at icy mountain camps, including some of Romi’s strange “souvenirs” from Antarctica. At the close of their adventure, Romi finally reveals what is perhaps the most meaningful memento from his decade-long quest to create a world record for the Filipino.

Don’t miss this rare television moment. The GMA News and Public Affairs special “Pito Para sa Pilipino” airs on Sunday, March 4 at 9 p.m.


Julius Babao Leads Extensive Reforestation Campaign in ‘Krusada’


The planned uprooting of trees by the SM management in the expansion of its mall in Baguio was met with outrage despite its scheme to build ‘green’ and energy-saving buildings.

This Thursday (February 23) in “Krusada,” Julius Babao will travel to the City of Pines to inspect the disputed tree-filled area and interview Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the leader of the anti-tree cutting movement to know their views on SM’s development project.

The country has already lost so much of its forest cover to give way to the construction of commercial establishments. Even Sierra Madre, the country’s largest mountain range that that comprises half of its total forest area, is threatened by rampant logging.

In his continuing crusade to save the environment, Julius will campaign for reforestation or planting of trees to restore critically damaged forests. Aside from that, he also wants to reinforce the protection of forests against illegal loggers and boost support for forest guards who at times sacrifice their own lives on duty.

Julius has been actively involved in movements that promote the quality of the environment. Last year in “Krusada,” he exposed the environmental hazards of plastic bags and encouraged viewers to reduce, prevent, or ban the use of plastic and non-biodegradable packaging materials. Julius also urged the public to use reusable containers like eco-bags.

Listen, take part and be one with Julius’ crusade because it takes more than words to make a stand. Watch “Krusada,” which is nominated in the Social Issues/Current Events category at the prestigious 2012 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, tomorrow (February 23) after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN, or earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26), 9:15 PM.

Dabawenyos Seek Justice for Marjorie Kwan


Dabawenyos condemned the killing of a registered nurse and urged Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to immediately act on the murder using his “iron fist”.

Chinese-Filipino registered nurse Marjorie Kwan was on her way home to RGA Village, Paciano Bangoy, this city, when shot dead by riding in tandem gunmen around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said Kwan refused to surrender her bag to the gunmen, prompting one of the suspects to shoot her. The victim succumbed to four gunshot wounds in her hand, chest, back and head.

Family and friends of the 23-year-old victim, through social networking site Facebook, condemned the killing and called for justice for Kwan.

A Justice for Marjorie Kwan page was created on Facebook and it already has 3,948 likes as of this posting.

In their Facebook accounts, several Dabawenyos also called on Duterte to immediately address the problem with criminals in the city.

The elder Duterte is known as Davao's “The Punisher” for his strong stance against criminals.

Police said on Sunday they already have the identity of the suspects, but refused to reveal them pending further investigation.

Before the shooting of Kwan, the residences of Davao-based journalists Radyo ng Bayan manager Peng Aliño, TV 5 Davao editor Jefry Tupas and Philippine Daily Inquirer Mindanao bureau chief Nico Alconaba were ransacked by still unidentified robbers.

- Sources: Ben O. Tesiorna and Nelson Bagafuro, Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex

‘It’s Showtime’ Barkada’s Off-Cam Camaraderie in ‘Us Girls’


The camaraderie of the “It’s Showtime” barkada translates well on TV, but how do the hosts bond off-cam? Fans of the Kapamilya noontime show are in for a treat tomorrow, February 23, as “Us Girls” finds out if there’s more to their on-screen friendship.

Know what makes them tick as revealed by hosts Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia, Jhong Hilario, Karylle, Kuya Kim Atienza, Jugs and Teddy, Ryan Bang, Vice Ganda, and Vhong Navarro.

“Unoffically Yours” stars Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz will uncover their preparations and experiences while filming the box-office hit movie, while Kamikazee lead vocalist Jay Contreras will share his and his wife’s wedding story when they got married in a cemetery.

“Us Girls” fab hosts Iya Villania and Angel Aquino will also feature one of today’s hottest OPM rock bands, Tanya Markova as its members spill the secret behind their name and the reason they put on flashy costumes during their gigs.

The premier lifestyle magazine show will also reveal what’s special about ‘leaplings,’ or people born on February 29 and debunk myths about their attitude, disposition, and skills. Aside from that, Iya and Angel will also troop to a restaurant that serves dishes based on the customer’s mood.

All these and more in the 2012 UPLB Gandingan Awards’ Best Women-Oriented Program, “Us Girls” tomorrow, February 23, on Studio 23 at 9:30 p.m. or watch it anytime on www.studio23.tv.

It’s All About Love in Tambayan 101.9


When it comes to love, people tune in to three Tambayan 101.9 DJs who are ready to coach, to give advice, and even to help people find their match.

They write to DJ Jasmin, talk to DJ Chacha, or go on a dating game through DJ Charlie.

“Usapang Tambayan,” hosted by DJ Charlie everday from 1 pm to 3pm, has paved the way for many listeners to find possible life partners. In fact, the daily dating game has touched the lives of its listeners and even produced two couples who have been blessed with children.

I was even invited to their weddings,” the bubbly DJ shared. “And mind you, I was actually a ninong.

In his program, DJ Charlie features a “hotseater” who shares with the public the kind of person he or she wants to meet. Four callers get to chat with the “hotseater” for five minutes on air. At the end of the program, the hotseater makes a decision and they are supposed to have an “eyeball” or meet in person.

DJ Charlie says his program doesn’t discriminate hotseaters. Anyone can join his show and he always does his best to make sure that both the “hotseater” and the callers are comfortable. “There are some who are shy at first, but I help them open up. That way, they can find the person who will really click with their personalities,” he said.

If DJ Charlie is Tambayan’s matchmaker, then DJ Jasmin is Tambayan’s love counselor. Her program ““Dear Jasmin,” which was recently adjudged the Most Development Oriented Program at the 2012 Gandingan Awards, features letter from listeners, whose stories are turned into radio dramas. It is the only radio drama which airs on the FM band.

DJ Jasmin is very much hands-on when it comes to her show. She not only narrates the letter, prepares the dramas, and plays the songs, but she also gives advice, which isn’t always easy.

There are days when giving advice just comes out naturally, but there also times when I am also going through something myself,” the KBP Golden Dove awardee and Gandingan Awards’ Best DJ for 2012 laughed. “Heartaches actually enable me to become a better advisor!

Her skills were put to the test when she encountered a case of a love triangle in the program. A balikbayan named Ben wrote to share how he went to the Philippines to confront his best friend, Morris, who impregnated his girlfriend.

Incidentally, Morris was actually tuned in to Tambayan 101.9 on the day that Jasmin read his letter. A month later, he also wrote to ““Dear Jasmin”” because he thought the program could be a way for him to explain his side to Ben and DJ Jasmin could be a way for him to reach out to his friend.

Sadly, the issue hasn’t been resolved yet. But I’m still in touch with both Ben and Morris and I’m hoping the time will come when they’ll both be ready to talk to each other,” DJ Jasmin said.

As for DJ Chacha, whose program “Ano’ng Meron” airs from 9 pm to 12 midnight, it’s all about being someone whom listeners can call to talk about their love life, including issues that cater to a more mature audience.

One time, a male called tried to turn the tables. He noticed how DJ Chacha was always the one giving advice and thought she might want to open up also since she might also have her own problems too. She found it cute and was touched by the caller’s effort.

Other callers though have different agenda like asking her out on a date.

All I can offer is a dose of ‘mwahmwah-tsuptsup’ for now,” DJ Chacha laughed.

So tune in to Tambayan 101.9 and connect with DJ Charlie, DJ Jasmin, and DJ Chacha by calling 924-2684 or 415-1111. Watch the live streaming at www.tambayan1019.com . Catch DJ Charlie in “Usapang Tambayan” from 1 pm to 3 pm, DJ Jasmin in “Dear Jasmin” from 11 am to 1 pm, and DJ Chacha in “Ano’ng Meron” from 9 pm to 12 mn only in the 2012 Gandingan Awards Best FM Station awardee, Tambayan 101.9 San ka pa!

Vina Morales Portrays the Character of a Nun in "MMK" this Saturday


Singer-actress Vina Morales portrays the character of a nun in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (February 25).

She gives life to the role of Jane, a teacher who stood up to her faith and became a nun despite of her family’s disapproval. But Jane eventually left the convent to marry the man she unexpectedly fell in love with. Unfortunately, Jane’s faith will be tested with her husband’s infidelity.




Together with Vina in the “MMK” episode are Mark Gil, Gina Pareño, Boots Anson-Roa, Mikylla Ramirez, Sharlene San Pedro, Menggie Cobarubbias, Tess Antonio, Eda Nollan, Almira Muhlach, Khaycee Aboloc, Patrick Sugui, and Johan Santos.




Don’t miss another master piece this Saturday in the longest running drama anthology of Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.mmk.abs-cbn.com, follow MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” www.faceboook.com/MMKOfficial.

Julie Ann San Jose Joins GMA Records


Kapuso teen star and Youtube Singing Sensation Julie Ann San Jose inked an exclusive recording contract with GMA Records last Monday (February 21, 2012) at the GMA Network Center, Quezon City.




Present during the contract signing were (L to R) Marivic San Jose (Julie Anne’s mom), GMA Artist Center Executive Arsi Baltazar, GMA Network EVP and CFO & GMA Records EVP and COO Felipe S. Yalong, VP for Talent Development and Management Department Ida Henares and GMA Records Managing Director Rene Salta.

Julie Anne will be recording the theme songs of GMA Films’ upcoming projects My Kontrabida Girl & Just One Summer. Her first album under GMA Records is set to launch in the middle of this year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Al Galang - Vicki Belo Romance: The Truth and Nothing But...

Who cheated who?

This is the big question going around now within the four corners of local showbiz.

Last week, people (again) feast on the recent break-up brouhaha of the on-and-off lover Hayden Kho and Dra. Vicki Belo.

But is it for real this time?

Dra. Belo accused his way-too-young lover Hayden of infidelity (read related news HERE). But another side of the story recently surfaced making people questioned the true reason why they broke-up.

Hayden, on his twitter account, said the famous cosmetic surgeon turned away on their relationship and planned wedding this year because she is in another relationship with her yoga instructor and 2007 Mossimo Bikini Summit runner-up Al Galang.

His tweet says (now deleted):

Ok that's it! I tried to just turn around and walk away just to silence my accusers. But this is too much already.

"You accuse me of infidelity and barrage the public with the accusations as if it's really true. Proof? C'mon show me.

"That proof better be a real proof of infidelity just like this one twitpic.com/8mdgmc
"October 2011. You said it's just a "friendly letter" from your Bikram Yoga teacher Al Galang twitpic.com/8mdhjh."
Hayden also released a letter which he claimed was given by Al to Dra. Belo last year.



The letter reads:

Baby,

My handwriting might be hard for your eyes to digest, but know I mean every word. I'll only be gone for two weeks, but that feels like such a long time now because you've become such an important part of my life. In ways, it's starting to revolve around you and I love that.

I'll miss you, but know that I'm right there with you, all the time. I'll call you often ok? Save up the hugs and kisses for when I get back.

Isn't this special?

Al
Dra. Belo, who just arrived from a week vacation in Los Angeles, California for a much-needed time and space to heal, tweeted the following message to assure her friends and supporters that she's very much okay.

...To all those who care I'm doing ok. I'm still sad of course but it would be weird if I wasn't since in 3 months we would have been together 7 years. Im trying [to] figure out what lesson I'm supposed to learn from this .

"People are saying I was stupid for getting involved with a much younger man. Do you tweeps think an older woman younger man thing wont work

"Just came from the blessed sacrament . I used to go at least once a week. Then. I stopped . It's so peaceful there I thanked God for my many

"Many blessings . My wonderful parents and children. My beloved carreer my wonderful staff and doctors . Yes I even thanked God for the good

"I most especially thanked God for all of you tweeps. You guys were the first to know , when I found out and had proof I tweeted immediately"
Who do you think tells the truth?

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UPDATE!!!

Early Tuesday morning, Hayden again posted an interesting message. This time, to retract what he previously tweeted about Dra. Belo cheating on him. He again, also denied involvement with Nancy Castiliogne.

I am saying this as plain and as simple as I can. Vicki NEVER cheated on me."

"Al and I spoke already and he had apologized to me about that letter. I have forgiven him and that’s finished."
"And about Nancy, it is also not true that we were dating or were having an affair. I hope that clears her name and my name as well."
"I hope that this ends it all. Vicki did not cheat on me. I did not cheat on Vicki. And Al and Nancy have got nothing to do w/ this."

Ash Wednesday Celebrated Today


The 40-day Lenten season begins today, Ash Wednesday, considered as a universal day of fasting, abstinence, prayer, self-denial, and repentance.

In keeping with an old religious tradition, priests in violet vestments, the color of penance, will mark the foreheads of the faithful with a cross using the ashes of burnt palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday observance with a gentle reminder: ''Remember man, thou art dust and unto dust thou shall return'' (Genesis 3:19) or with a challenge: ''Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel'' (Mark 1:15). The faithful traditionally retain the ashes on their foreheads until sundown as a sign of humility and complete surrender to God.

Gospel reflections taken from Mark 6:1-6, 16-18 will focus on Jesus' warning against hypocrisy as well as His teachings on alms-giving, works of piety and charity, praying, and fasting which, He said, must be done ''not for others to see, but in secret, so that the Father who sees in secret will give His just reward.''

On Wednesday and on Good Friday, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, except for the sick, are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not exceed the full meal. Those who are 14-years-old and above are also required to abstain from meat on Wednesday and on all Fridays for the duration of the the Lenten season.

Read from source HERE.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Richard Gutierrez to GMA: "No More Fantaserye. Just Challenging Projects and Roles."



Richard Gutierrez asks and dares the GMA creative team to give him a TV project that could make him go out of his comfort zone and tackle a role he’s never done before.

Aside from his decision not to do an adventure-fantasy series, Chard also wants to share the limelight with actors he’s never worked before, be they leading ladies, veteran stars and contemporaries.
At 28, Chard feels he’s ready for bigger challenges in the acting field, be it small screen or big screen. In his next movie assignment, Chard wants to get “out the box.” He’s open to all kinds of roles daring, offbeat, vida-contravida.

EDSA Revolution - The Enduring Legacy, The Tough Lessons of EDSA


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the most important Edsa 1986 players - his breakaway from the Marcos regime was one of the triggers of that historic revolt - continues to enjoy an enviable place in history.

Day after day, since January 16, people have seen him live on national television steer the nation through a most important phase: the unprecedented impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

People hold on to his every word, praise or criticize it, but basically they want to listen because they want to be led by someone they can trust. His voice at this week’s Edsa anniversary commemorations is one of those most awaited.

In an interview with the BusinessMirror, Enrile described Edsa thus: “It was an event that was done by the people at the time of extreme social torment in the country. It was cited in the return of the right of the people to elect their leaders. Although, I must tell you that during martial law, the people who were in it from 1970 onward were elected. Although from 1974 all the way to 1977, there was no one elected. But the people who remained in office as mayors, councilors and governors were elected. Only the elections of senators and congressmen and the periodic elections of local officials have been suspended during that period. If you remember, we had the first national election for all local officials in 1980. There was a reason why that happened. It did not happen just like that. It happened as a consequence of a clash of ideas inside the administration.” Then he added cryptically, “Let historians find out.

Asked what other lessons from Edsa could we apply today, Enrile replied: “Di ba nagkaroon tayo ng disunity and social spasms. I’m not saying these could not happen again. In the life of a nation, you cannot tell what would happen. You are peaceful today; tomorrow you may be in turmoil. In turmoil today, tomorrow may be like a typhoon that passed….[and then] you have calmness.”

Pressed to elaborate on whether he believes the key lesson is reunification, the Senate President said, “The lesson is that we should follow the laws of the land meticulously.”

But he was evasive when asked if such an upheaval was possible again if the current leaders do not follow the law of the land. Obviously, because his role in the impeachment trial has put him occasionally on near-collisions with the Executive and the Judiciary, Enrile said, “I will not answer that question.”

So, what is the relevance of Edsa to us now, 26 years after? In Enrile’s view, it is this: “We have regained our freedom, supposedly from what others considered an oppressive government, although that is debatable.

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