MANILA, FEBRUARY 4, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Queen of All Media Kris Aquino's marriage to star cager James Yap is finally over.

In an interview during a photo shoot for her newest television series "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" on Thursday evening, Aquino publicly announced that her marriage with Yap, father of her youngest son, James Yap Jr. or Bimby, has been annulled by the court.

It was August 9, 2010 when Aquino filed the petition before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) to nulilify her marriage to Yap.

In an amended petition filed with the Makati RTC on September 2010, Aquino cited mutual "psychological incapacity" as ground for the court to annul her marriage to Yap.

Aquino's lawyers said the 2 should no longer continue their relationship as husband and wife because of their mental state.

The petition said both Aquino and Yap had “personality disorders” ever since they were young.

On June 27, 2010, Aquino admitted that her 5-year-marriage to James was finally over.

She said it was not a "spur of the moment" decision." For the sake of their only child Baby James, Aquino refused to reveal the reason for their separation.

Aquino, who is 11 years older than Yap, married the professional basketball player on July 10, 2005.

Kris, James divide property Posted at 02/03/2012 7:46 AM | Updated as of 02/03/2012 5:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - King of Talk Boy Abunda, a close friend of Kris Aquino, revealed the actress and her former husband James Yap agreed on the division of their properties after their 5-year-marriage was annulled by the court.

"Yung pinag-uusapang separation of properties ito ay naganap one year before today. Nagkaroon na sila ng agreement na dalawa kung paano hahatiin ang properties approved by the court," Abunda said on Bandila, Thursday evening.

Abunda also shared that the "lack of authority of the solemnizing officer" was the reason why the marriage has been annulled.

As mandated by the family code, their only son James Yap Jr. or Bimby will be under the custody of Aquino. Bimby will still carry the surname Yap.

Yap, however, has been granted with visitation rights.

"Alam mo sabi ni Kris, she pays tribute to James na he's not greedy, fair ang kanilang pag-uusap. It doesn't call for celebration she pointed this out na kapag na-a-annul ang isang kasal hindi ito dahilan para magbunyi at mag-celebrate," says Abunda, who taped a one-on-one interview with Aquino for "The Buzz."

For his part, Abunda said that he's just happy that Aquino and Yap have remained good friends.

Aquino's tell-all on her marriage's annulment will be aired this Sunday on "The Buzz."

On Friday morning, Aquino publicly admitted that her marriage with Yap is finally over. Aquino and her sons Bimby and Joshua are on their way to Hong Kong Disneyland to celebrate her birthday. Aquino is celebrating her 41st birthday on February 14.


Kris Aquino speaks up on PNoy-Grace Lee issue, working with Joey Marquez By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA February 2, 2012, 3:53pm

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino would like to personally meet Korean TV host and DJ Grace Lee who is said the be the apple of the eye of the former's brother, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In a taped interview aired on “TV Patrol,” Feb. 1, Kris related, “My ate has met her [Grace]. Hindi ko pa siya nakikilala, but my ate had really nice words to say about her.

“So I’m so looking forward to also meeting her,” said she.

Last week, DJ Mo Twister squealed on Twitter about colleague Grace’s date with the 51-year-old bachelor. Both parties have kept mum about the issue, until Wednesday morning when the president himself confirmed that they "are seeing each other."

A few hours later, Grace affirmed his pronouncement via the GMA News TV show, “Balitanghali.”

Interestingly, the story has already been picked up by foreign media. A day before Grace and PNoy’s admission, South Korea's The Korea Times posted on its website the article, “Is Filipino president in love with Korean woman?” Meanwhile, a photo retweeted by Grace on Thursday morning shows a story ran today by the Singapore's The Straits Times, "Aquino has new Korean girlfriend."

"I'm overwhelmed by the positive, understanding and warm tweets from everyone:) thank you," the Korean TV personality tweeted also on Thursday.

The two met during an event in Cebu on June 2010, which Grace emceed with PNoy in attendance. In his speech, the president called the 29-year old host “gwapa” ("beautiful").

But while Kris is positive about meeting Grace, she sings a different tune when it comes to her ex-boyfriend, Joey Marquez (photo).

Asked to react on her ex’s statement that he is open to the possibility of interviewing her for his show, “Showbiz Inside Report,” Kris simply told “TV Patrol” also on Wednesday, “I’m not.”

Joey recently inked a contract with the Kapamilya network and is set to co-host the program with Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen and Ogie Diaz.

Saying that whatever was between them is now “a part of the distant past as far as I’m concerned,” Kris explained that she just doesn’t want “to open up old wounds that are better left healed.”

“I feel that it’ll do neither me nor him any good,” she added.

However, Kris clarified that her refusal connotes “nothing negative” against the comedian-actor.

“I don’t wish him any ill will or anything like that. It’s just na I’ve reached a level of maturity siguro na gusto ko lang ng katahimikan,” she said.

Kris and Joey’s very public and nasty split in 2003 may be remembered for her tearful revelation on national TV where she alleged that she had not only acquired STD (sexually transmitted disease) from him, but that he had also pointed a gun at her.

Kris willing to do kissing scenes with Robin Posted at 02/03/2012 12:33 AM | Updated as of 02/03/2012 5:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Actress and television host Kris Aquino said she is now open to take on intimate scenes for her upcoming television series “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw”.

Since her marriage to star cager James Yap is officially annulled, Aquino announced during the story conference of her upcoming show that she is now free to do kissing and love scenes.

“Puwede nang makipaghalikan ngayon,” she said.

In response to her “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” co-star Robin Padilla’s question whether she’s willing to have a torrid kissing scene with him, Aquino said, “Why not?”

“Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” is an action-packed family drama directed by Malou Sevilla and Joyce Bernal.

Aside from Aquino and Padilla, actress Anne Curtis and child star Xyriel Manabat will also be a part of the show’s main cast.

They will start taping for this project on February 21.

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