SENATE HONORS BINIBINIs

Last year’s grand winners (from left) Miss Supranational Johanna Datul, Miss Universe third runner-up Ariella Arida and Miss International Bea Rose Santiago were commended by the Senate for their achievements in the global pageant arena. They were described as ‘the country’s crown jewels’ by Majority Leader Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who presented the ladies each a copy of the resolution by Senate Pres. Franklin Drilon last Wednesday, Feb. 26.

ALSO: No Valentine’s Day date for Vi & Ralph

No, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and husband Sen. Ralph Recto didn’t go out on a date on Valentine’s Day yesterday, as they always never do every year. But they do observe the Day Of Hearts a day after (that’s today), which is how “second” wives usually do (either a day before or a day after since, you know, the legal wives insist that their [philandering?] husbands spend the special day together). Ate Vi has a reason. “Ralph and I would rather celebrate Valentine’s not on the day itself but a day after to avoid the hectic traffic,” she explained. “Dahil sa traffic, baka by the time inabot sa’yo ‘yung roses ay lanta na.” They usually have (candle-lit) dinner at home or in a restaurant, just the two of them. Yesterday, Ate Vi led her staff and other employees of the Batangas Provincial Capitol in a physical exercise, followed by a short Valentine program to rekindle their love for one another. Tonight (8 to 9) on DWBR 104.3 FM, Ate Vi will read love poems on The Law of the Heart is Love hosted by election lawyer Romy Macalintal (with a replay on Mondays, 9 to 10 p.m. on the same station). To make it easy for busy Vi, Romy went to Lipa City for the recording at his brother engineer Greg Jr.’s computer studio, assisted by Romy’s optometrist sister Dr. Leonor Macalintal-Almoro.

ALSO: 'Son of God' takes different tack than 'Passion'

Ten years after "The Passion of the Christ," Jesus is returning to movie theatres with a gentler, more inclusive approach. "Son of God," spun out of the hugely successful "The Bible" miniseries, plays up the political maneuvering that led to the crucifixion. It won an endorsement from the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman, one of the Jewish leaders who denounced Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "Passion." "Clearly we were aware of the controversy that had been created around that film," actress and executive producer Roma Downey said in a recent interview. "If everything begins with intention, our heart on 'Son of God' was to find the places that we could bring people together." Gibson famously self-financed and distributed his ultra-violent "Passion" in 2004. It became a box office hit but was criticized by some reviewers and religious leaders for its depiction of Jews. Downey's husband, "The Voice" and "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett, said the Christian filmmaking team reached out specifically to other faiths to tell the story of the life of Jesus — played with an air of bemused dignity by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado — without causing offense. "It just took a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of listening over a number of years to see everybody's point of view and how to not take the teeth out of the story — the dynamic drama from the story — but be sensitive across groups," Burnett said. "Because there's very different interpretations across the Catholic faith and the Protestant faith and the Jewish faith." Using footage shot during production of History Channel's ten-part miniseries "The Bible," the film being released Friday spends much of its final half examining maneuvering by Jerusalem's military governor, Pontius Pilate, and Judean high priest Caiaphas.

ALSO: Mark Burnett's and Roma Downey's 'Son of God' to hit theaters in February

Years after the coming of Jesus, much of the world awaits his return. But who was this historical
Jesus of Nazareth? In the gospel of John we are told: "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--" Producer, Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible), along with his wife, Roma Downey, actress and producer (Touched By An Angel, The Bible) believe this message is so important they decided to share the story of Jesus once again, with a whole new generation, in their latest piece, The Son of God, which - as Charisma News reported on Thursday - is set to hit theaters nationwide, February 28. Downey and Burnett: "We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It's the story of Jesus for a whole new generation." Nevertheless, The Son of God, as Downey and Burnett expressed, is a film that was "made with love" and a film that "unequivocally" shares who Jesus is, which appears consistent with the most recognized verse in the bible: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." - John 3:16 -WATCH VIDEO MOVIE TRAILER BELOW....


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Senate honors Binibinis

MANILA, MARCH 3, 2014 (PHILSTAR) Last year’s grand winners (from left) Miss Supranational Johanna Datul, Miss Universe third runner-up Ariella Arida and Miss International Bea Rose Santiago were commended by the Senate for their achievements in the global pageant arena.

They were described as ‘the country’s crown jewels’ by Majority Leader Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who presented the ladies each a copy of the resolution by Senate Pres. Franklin Drilon last Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Those who witnessed the ceremony were Senate Pro-Tempore Sen. Ralph Recto, Sen. Pia Cayetano and Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.’s head Stella Marquez de Araneta. — By Celso de Guzman Caparas

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Philippine Senate honors Bb Pilipinas Gold queens Drew / 2 days ago jpu6mu

The Senate has adopted resolutions commending Bb Pilipinas Gold queens Ariella Arida and Bea Rose Santiago for their victories in their respective international beauty pageants last year.

Arida finished 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013 held in Moscow, Russia. Meanwhile, Santiago brought home the Philippines’ 5th Miss International crown after winning in Tokyo, Japan.

In her Instagram account, Arida thanked the Senate for the recognization, adding that it is “the best gift ever.”

Last month, the Bb Pilipinas Gold queens were also commended by the House of Representatives yesterday for their achievements in their respective pageants. Arida was also cited for providing “hope and inspiration to the Filipino amidst a time of tragedy.” She competed in Miss Universe a day after the country was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Good job, Bb Pilipinas Gold batch! Thank you for bringing honor to the country. :)

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No Valentine’s Day date for Vi & Ralph FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 15, 2014 - 12:00am 2 117 googleplus1 1


Bottom: Election lawyer Romy Macalintal with Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos during the poetry-reading for his The Law of the Heart is Love radio program. Left: Ate Vi with husband Sen. Ralph Recto.

No, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and husband Sen. Ralph Recto didn’t go out on a date on Valentine’s Day yesterday, as they always never do every year. But they do observe the Day Of Hearts a day after (that’s today), which is how “second” wives usually do (either a day before or a day after since, you know, the legal wives insist that their [philandering?] husbands spend the special day together).

Ate Vi has a reason. “Ralph and I would rather celebrate Valentine’s not on the day itself but a day after to avoid the hectic traffic,” she explained. “Dahil sa traffic, baka by the time inabot sa’yo ‘yung roses ay lanta na.” They usually have (candle-lit) dinner at home or in a restaurant, just the two of them.

Yesterday, Ate Vi led her staff and other employees of the Batangas Provincial Capitol in a physical exercise, followed by a short Valentine program to rekindle their love for one another.

Tonight (8 to 9) on DWBR 104.3 FM, Ate Vi will read love poems on The Law of the Heart is Love hosted by election lawyer Romy Macalintal (with a replay on Mondays, 9 to 10 p.m. on the same station).

To make it easy for busy Vi, Romy went to Lipa City for the recording at his brother engineer Greg Jr.’s computer studio, assisted by Romy’s optometrist sister Dr. Leonor Macalintal-Almoro.

Feeling romantic, Ate Vi recalled how she fell in love with Ralph.

“I was humming the song, A Long and Lasting Love, when I first met Ralph. Nililigawan pa niya ako noon and I did not know he was waiting for me while doing my TV show (VIP). He approached me and said, ‘That song will be our theme song because my love for you is long and everlasting.’ And the rest is history.”

Said Romy, “It’s one of Ate Vi’s revelations on my program. There are more.”

It’s Ate Vi’s second time to guest in The Law of the Heart is Love which, incidentally, recently bagged the most coveted Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Radio Entertainment Program for 2013.

Added Romy, “We had to pre-tape it last Monday (Feb. 10) at the Stritnet Computer Shop of my brother and where Ate Vi was practically mobbed by her fans from the moment she alighted from her car. And the adoring crowd patiently waited to have a second look at her until she left the premises. And why not. Ate Vi served for nine years as mayor of Lipa City before she became governor of the province.”

Ate Vi read two love poems by James J. Metcalfe, Why I Love You and Dear Valentine where, at the last line, she ad-libbed “my own dear Ralph Valentine.” That’s how lovely and lively the episode went. She also interpreted selected portions of the Tagalog poem of Iñigo Ed. Regalado, Kundiman ng Buhay.

And for the first time in Romy’s program and perhaps also in radio broadcasting, Ate Vi read some of the most memorable lines from three of her multi-awarded movies: Pagputi ng Uwak, Pagitim ng Tagak; Dekada ’70; and Broken Marriage.

Romy said that Ate Vi was so affected that, in one instance, she was carried away and cried as she read the lines “Dahil papaano mo papatayin ang hangin? Papaano mo papatayin ang ulan? Papaano mo papatayin ang araw?...Sabi mo pa nga hinding hindi mo ako iiwan kahit anong mangyari… kaya naisip ko noon… paliligaw na ako sa’yo kahit hindi pa pumuputi ang uwak o umiitim ang tagak” from the movie Pagputi ng Uwak, one of the late Celso Ad. Castillo’s masterpieces in which Ate Vi starred with Bembol Roco.

That Rex-Charice incident


American singer Rex Smith insulted Charice Pempengco and dropped the F-word during a rehearsal for a corporate show at a hotel in Cebu. Rex Smith vs Charice Charice’s manager Glenn Aldueza told ABS-CBN News on Thursday that the incident took place earlier this week when the Filipina singing sensation was doing a sound check.

The other day, I got a text message from Charice’s manager Glenn Aldueza fuming mad about an incident in which, he said, Rex Smith shouted at Charice (“Binastos si Charice”) during an incident at the Radisson Hotel in Cebu where both singers were scheduled to perform at an event.

Funfare sources said that involved in the incident was Smith and Charice’s Fil-Am musical director (unnamed) and that Charice was not directly involved.

Here’s the official statement from Ovation Productions (the company that booked Smith for the show):

It was a case of misunderstanding. After lunch at Radisson Hotel in Cebu, Rex Smith decided to drop by the ballroom just to take a quick look at where he will be performing in the evening. He was not even aware that there would be another act featured before him… which was Charice. It was a corporate event.

Upon entering the backstage, he went straight to the stage and made a comment about the set-up. He thought it was his set-up. “Get the f--k off my stage!” He was suddenly shouted at by this guy who turned out to be Charice’s Fil-Am musical director. We were all shocked! It was only then that we realized Charice was having a sound check. What Charice’s MD did was very un-Filipino. He should have said it in a nicer way. Rex would not have gone on stage if he knew someone else was having a sound check. Rex loves Filipinos immensely and Filipinos love him back.

Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions went to Charice and her group to sincerely apologize about the incident that they really didn’t know that she was doing a sound check.

Well, as usual, let’s hope that all’s well that ends well.

Visiting beauty queens


Newly-crowned Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, center, of the Philippines smiles with 1st runner-up Miss New Zealand Casey Radley, left, and 2nd runner-up Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker during the final of the 53rd Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo. (AP)

Nathalie den Dekker of The Netherlands, first runner-up to 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, arrived from New York last Wednesday, Feb. 12, for a 10-day visit upon the invitation of international pageant organizer Ovette Ricalde.

Nathalie’s first stops were Tagaytay and Batangas for sight-seeing and to sample native delicacies. She then met with Bea Rose Wednesday night.

She’ll be back in May to visit the beneficiaries of the 30,000 euro funds (roughly $41,000) for the Yolanda victims and survivors, coursed through the Sheryl Lynn Foundation. Fil-Dutch Sheryl Lynn Baas (2006 Miss Netherlands and 2013 Mrs. Globe) with Dekker and other beauty queens in The Netherlands led the fund-raising.

She’s leaving for Amsterdam on Monday, Feb. 17.

2013 Miss Universe Gabriela Isler (of Venezuela) will crown the new Bb. Pilipinas-Universe on March 30 during the grand finals in which she will sit as one of the judges.

She’s not the first to do such honors.

On March 20, 1953, the first (1952) Miss Universe Armi Kuusela (of Finland) crowned Cristina Galang, the first Miss Philippines winner during the Philippines International Fair.

On May 28, 1977, 1976 Miss Universe Rina Messinger (of Israel) assisted 1976 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Lizbeth de Padua in crowning 1977 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Anna Lorraine Kier.

Isler will be accompanied by Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart. They will visit the Yolanda survivors in the Visayas and participate in the relief and rebuild efforts through the Miss Universe Fund. — Reported by Celso de Guzman Caparas

Best Friends Forever


New BFF (Best Friends Forever) Ai-Ai delas Alas (left) and Michela Cazzola were among those who cheered for San Mig in which one of the players is Michela’s boyfriend James Yap who scored 30 points in the Wednesday night game (Feb. 12) with Ginebra. It was James who gave Ai-Ai tickets to the game. During their first meeting, Ai-Ai and Michela clicked. ‘Best friends na kami,’ Ai-Ai was quoted as saying.

'Son of God' takes different tack than 'Passion' By Ryan Pearson (Associated Press) | Updated February 28, 2014 - 5:03am 4 228 googleplus1 0


This major motion picture event -- an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. -- brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar (R)-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection (c) Fox FROM BROADWAY WORLD.COM

LOS ANGELES — Ten years after "The Passion of the Christ," Jesus is returning to movie theatres with a gentler, more inclusive approach.

"Son of God," spun out of the hugely successful "The Bible" miniseries, plays up the political maneuvering that led to the crucifixion.

It won an endorsement from the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman, one of the Jewish leaders who denounced Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "Passion."

"Clearly we were aware of the controversy that had been created around that film," actress and executive producer Roma Downey said in a recent interview.

"If everything begins with intention, our heart on 'Son of God' was to find the places that we could bring people together."


MEL GIBSON'S The Passion of the Christ (2004) 127 min - Drama - 25 February 2004 (USA) A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Director: Mel Gibson Writers: Benedict Fitzgerald (screenplay), Mel Gibson (screenplay) Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern.

Mel Gibson famously self-financed and distributed his ultra-violent "Passion" in 2004. It became a box office hit but was criticized by some reviewers and religious leaders for its depiction of Jews.

Downey's husband, "The Voice" and "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett, said the Christian filmmaking team reached out specifically to other faiths to tell the story of the life of Jesus — played with an air of bemused dignity by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado — without causing offense.

"It just took a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of listening over a number of years to see everybody's point of view and how to not take the teeth out of the story — the dynamic drama from the story — but be sensitive across groups," Burnett said. "Because there's very different interpretations across the Catholic faith and the Protestant faith and the Jewish faith."


SON OF GOD PRODUCERS, Mark Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, of Touched By An Angel

Using footage shot during production of History Channel's ten-part miniseries "The Bible," the film being released Friday spends much of its final half examining maneuvering by Jerusalem's military governor, Pontius Pilate, and Judean high priest Caiaphas.

"It's like 'House of Cards' in many ways," Burnett said. "They're all humans living their lives ... Pilate is scared of Caesar and what Rome might do. Caiaphas is scared of Pilate and losing the whole temple and their faith. It's a real political thriller with tension which explodes at Passover in Jerusalem."

Burnett credits his miniseries, which garnered strong ratings and broke DVD and Blu-ray sales records last year, with this year's flurry of biblical films from major Hollywood studios.

"You've got to believe that the enormity of 'The Bible' series had other biblical productions speed up," he said.

Darren Aronofsky's take on "Noah," starring Russell Crowe, is coming next month, and Ridley Scott's "Exodus," with Christian Bale, is due out in December.

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Mark Burnett's and Roma Downey's 'Son of God' to hit theaters in February December 6, 2013


Will "Son of God" experience the same kind of success as Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ"?Cieon Movies

Years after the coming of Jesus, much of the world awaits his return.

But who was this historical Jesus of Nazareth?

In the gospel of John we are told: "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--"

Producer, Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible), along with his wife, Roma Downey, actress and producer (Touched By An Angel, The Bible) believe this message is so important they decided to share the story of Jesus once again, with a whole new generation, in their latest piece, The Son of God, which - as Charisma News reported on Thursday - is set to hit theaters nationwide, February 28.

Downey and Burnett:

"We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It's the story of Jesus for a whole new generation."

The generation that Downey and Burnett are referring to is the generation that has been bombarded with messages denying the historicity of Jesus with films such as The God Who Wasn't There. It is the generation that has seen the philosophy of people like Richard Dawkins gain considerable traction around the world. Additionally, this is the very generation that witnesses, daily, through the media, the mounting lawsuits by atheists, secularists, and humanists, who seem intent on removing any mention of Jesus/God from American culture.

Nevertheless, The Son of God, as Downey and Burnett expressed, is a film that was "made with love" and a film that "unequivocally" shares who Jesus is, which appears consistent with the most recognized verse in the bible:

"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

Hollywood's most recent and notable film highlighting the message of Christ is Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which was a huge box-office success, grossing over $600 million worldwide, released in 2004.

What kind of success will Burnett's Son of God have? Time will tell.

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