KRIS WALKS A MILE FOR MOTHER EARTH

The Earth Hour event was held at an open-air venue on the other side, so we had to walk up and down across the kilometric corridors of the Marina Bay Sands Complex, across the street under the summer sun, up the long bridge and down into the stage of the celebration, with Kris gladly posing for pictures with the Filipinos (working there and on a holiday) who made up the big crowd marching with the rest of us. I never thought Kris could walk that distance (a mile, I estimated) on three-inch leather boots, hardly complaining even if, just like everybody else, she was soaked in sweat. A small sacrifice for Mother Earth threatened by global warming, wasn’t it? According to Doris, WWF’s Earth Hour broke all records of participation on its eighth year, no doubt boosted by Spider-Man who joined millions of everyday superheroes from across the world in the world’s largest celebration for the planet. The event that has evolved into the world’s largest movement for the planet began its journey across more than 154 countries and territories from New Zealand. This year’s Earth Hour swept across Asia, sending a message to the world that anyone can be a superhero for the planet from the global flagship Earth Hour event from WWF-Singapore. WWF’s Earth Hour event in Singapore saw lights switched off across the famous Marina Bay skyline, joining the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, Taipei 101, The Wat Arun Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and more that have already taken part in the global celebration for the planet. In the Philippines, official Earth Hour representatives, celebrities and Spider-Man fans gathered at the Eastwood Mall Open Park and SM Mall of Asia’s By the Bay to lead the switch-off across the country. READ FULL STORY...

ALSO: Kris Aquino posts family photo with Herbert Bautista

Kris Aquino has again sent netizens abuzz after she posted a picture of her family with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista while having a dinner on Saturday night. The post came two days after an episode of “KrisTV” showed the actor-turned-politician having a playful moment with the host-actress. The photo, which also showed President Benigno Aquino III and Aquino’s two sons, was accompanied by three heart emoticons and the caption, “Finally dinner!” Many of Aquino’s Instagram followers believe this confirms rumors that Bautista is the person who’s making the TV host smile these days. Aquino has previously admitted that she is currently in love but refused to reveal the identity of her special someone, as she appealed for some privacy. Although he was linked to a number of celebrities in the past, Bautista has never been married despite his declaration on “Aquino and Abunta Tonight” last February 11 that he’s the marrying type. “I’m the marrying type. Ewan ko siguro nerbyoso ako or something. If I plunge into it, what will happen? I want to get married, sana soon,” Bautista said. On the other hand, Aquino's last relationship was with basketball star James Yap. They were married in civil rites in 2005 but this was anulled in February 2013, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part. Among Aquino's other previous known partners are actors Robin Padilla, Phillip Salvador and Joey Marquez. More recently, she was romantically linked to actor Daniel Matsunaga and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Aquino, who turned 43 on February 14, has two children -- Josh with Salvador, and Bimby with Yap.

ALSO: Kris Aquino invites James Yap’s girlfriend to Bimby’s party

After her marriage with basketball superstar James Yap ended on a sour note a few years back, television host and actress Kris Aquino said she and her ex-hubby are starting to become friends again. What’s more, Kris asked James to invite his Italian girlfriend Michaela Cazzola to their son Bimby’s seventh birthday on April 19. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Kris said that James texted her and offered to split the cost of Bimby’s party. Kris eventually sent him a text message with the date and details of the cost. James replied to Kris in shock. “He replied by saying nalaglag siya sa upuan niya pero GO,” Kris said. “I replied (with) ‘hehehe’ okay lang, whatever lang he was comfortable with. He said, okay lang para kay Bimb,” Kris said. “We’re not yet there but we are almost friends again,” the sister of President Benigno Aquino added. Kris said it was when James acknowledged that she was an “excellent mom” that she started to feel “good will” toward James. “The good will started because James text me on my birthday acknowledging that I was an excellent Mom,” she said in the same Instagram post. “So maybe sometimes when we love our kids, we learn to forgive the failure of the marriage and we focus on succeeding as parents and being happy that we’ve all moved forward,” Kris added. She then told James to bring his girlfriend to Bimby’s party.

ALSO: KRIS AQUINO DESPERATELY SEEKING AN INVITATION TO THE OSCARS

Kris Aquino makes no secret about her lifelong dream to be invited to Hollywood’s Oscar Awards ceremonies. Kris, the younger sister of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, is a popular television host in her country. Among the shows she hosts are the local versions of the American reality programs “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Got Talent.” She sees an opportunity for her dream to be fulfilled this year with a Filipino American being nominated in the Best Song category – Robert Lopez, composer of the the nominated song “Let It Go” from the Disney animated film, “Frozen.” image Aquino has reportedly sent messages under the Philippine presidential letterhead to Lopez, asking that she be considered as his date to this weekend’s Oscar Awards show. Lopez’s wife, also named Kris (Kristen Anderson Lopez) was apparently unhappy with the Aquinos’ lobbying and has asked her husband to ignore and not to respond to Kris’ messages. Kristen is co-composer of the nominated song with her husband.

BY RICKY LO: Who is Kris’ secret ehem?

Kris Aquino: Is it for real (for good) this time? Is he the Governor of Bataan? False alarm. (The governor is said to be “only amused” by the publicity generated by Kris’ social-media comments about the budding “romance,” and takes with a grain of salt Kris’ text messages.) Is he Brapanese Daniel Matsunaga? False alarm. (Kris has been commending Daniel for acting like a good father to her son Bimby who, she said, needs the guidance of a father figure that she cannot provide.) Or is he the unnamed businessman whom Kris allegedly met in Dubai during an ABS-CBN event there? False alarm. (Was he real or just a figment of Kris’ fertile imagination?) People who know Kris very well are laughing (with her), perhaps knowing that all those (abortive?) “romances” are part of a diversionary tactic. The truth is that Kris’ secret ehem is an actor-politician who has never been married but has kids by two (or three?) different women. He’s intelligent and has the “means,” and is well-liked by denizens of both showbiz and politics. “They are secretly dating,” confirmed the Funfare Update informer. “Sana tuloy-tuloy na para naman lumigaya na si Kristeta.”

ALSO: Is Kris Aquino dating Derek Ramsay?

Is TV5 actor Derek Ramsay the new love in Kris Aquino's life? On her official Instagram account on Tuesday, Kris thanked Derek for being there for her to “lean on and count on.” “It was a hard day for both of us, you had your personal issues & so did I... But you were there for me & I was grateful you gave me the chance to be there for you... I said it before, super cute na may coffee pa. And now we can add chocolate marble & French Fries to that list,” she said. The “Kris TV” host added, “THANK YOU because God must love me to give me someone like you to lean on & count on. Bahala na kayo sa interpretation but @ramsayderek11 deserves a shout out. THANK YOU!


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Kris walks a mile for Mother Earth


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast, led by Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (third and fourth from left), and Jamie Foxx (rightmost), with director Marc Webb (in white), at the Earth Hour held at Marina Bay in Singapore last Saturday, March 29. Also in attendance was Kris Aquino with son Bimby who got to sit on the lap of Garfield. Bimby is a big fan of Spider-Man.

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (INQUIRER) Yes, as Kris Aquino has been posting on her Instagram, we were together in Singapore over the weekend to interview the cast of Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, with director Marc Webb) and to witness the Lion City’s celebration of Earth Hour (spearheaded by World Wide Fund) together with several countries including the Philippines which has been participating in the observation since 2009 as one of the movement’s staunchest supporters, topping other participants in the town-and-city levels to earn the title of Earth Hour Hero Country.

I arrived on Thursday, March 27, to cover the general press conference that same day and the screening of a 30-minute footage in the morning of the next day, followed by the round-table interviews later in the afternoon. Kris was scheduled to do only the TV interviews and she flew in Saturday morning, March 29, just in time for her five-minute slot before noon.

With her were her sons Joshua (who has lost 140 lbs. and looks visibly slimmer) and Bimby who is such a diehard fan of Spider-Man that, according to Mom Kris, when the boy celebrated his birthday last year, his wish for a Spider-Man-themed party was promptly granted. He’s turning seven on April 19 and meeting Garfield in the flesh was an advance birthday gift to him — and he got to sit on the lap of Garfield, huh! Thanks to Doris Torres, senior marketing director of Columbia Pictures (which is releasing the movie in the Philippines starting on April 30), for making it possible for Bimby to realize his big dream.

After the break, I bumped into Kris again at the holding room for the media at the ground floor of Marina Bay Sands Hotel (where the invited journalists were billeted, except for Kris who opted to check in at Four Seasons). Aside from Joshua and Bimby, in Kris’ entourage were her pamangkins Miguel and Nina Abellada (children of Kris’ Ate Pinky), and Jiggy and Jonty Cruz (children of Kris’ Ate Ballsy). While waiting for “call time” for the Earth Hour event at 7:30 p.m., some journalists had their faces made up like Spider-Man. Kris and I begged off (although I agreed to have three Philippine Flag stickers placed on my forehead and my cheeks).

Did we kill time with me “grilling” Kris about her currently controversial (again!!!) love life — you know, about the persistent rumor linking her to an actor-politician? Hmmm, I guess we did, but everything was off the record even if the talkative Bimby was spilling more beans than expected (making Kris hush him and remind him several times to stop talking already!).

Suffice it to say that, according to Kris, referring to ex-husband James Yap who’s happy with his new love Michela Cazzola, “We are co-parenting and not fighting anymore.” As you must know by now, James can now enjoy time with Bimby.

The Earth Hour event was held at an open-air venue on the other side, so we had to walk up and down across the kilometric corridors of the Marina Bay Sands Complex, across the street under the summer sun, up the long bridge and down into the stage of the celebration, with Kris gladly posing for pictures with the Filipinos (working there and on a holiday) who made up the big crowd marching with the rest of us.

I never thought Kris could walk that distance (a mile, I estimated) on three-inch leather boots, hardly complaining even if, just like everybody else, she was soaked in sweat. A small sacrifice for Mother Earth threatened by global warming, wasn’t it?

According to Doris, WWF’s Earth Hour broke all records of participation on its eighth year, no doubt boosted by Spider-Man who joined millions of everyday superheroes from across the world in the world’s largest celebration for the planet.

The event that has evolved into the world’s largest movement for the planet began its journey across more than 154 countries and territories from New Zealand. This year’s Earth Hour swept across Asia, sending a message to the world that anyone can be a superhero for the planet from the global flagship Earth Hour event from WWF-Singapore.

WWF’s Earth Hour event in Singapore saw lights switched off across the famous Marina Bay skyline, joining the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, Taipei 101, The Wat Arun Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and more that have already taken part in the global celebration for the planet.

In the Philippines, official Earth Hour representatives, celebrities and Spider-Man fans gathered at the Eastwood Mall Open Park and SM Mall of Asia’s By the Bay to lead the switch-off across the country.

I bade Kris goodbye and good night as she and company took advantage of the free time to enjoy a bit more of Singapore before they were to fly back home the next day. I forgot to ask her if she developed blisters from making probably the longest walk of her life.

FROM ABS-CBN

Kris Aquino posts family photo with Herbert ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 04/06/2014 6:41 PM | Updated as of 04/06/2014 6:44 PM


Photo grabbed from Kris Aquino's Instagram page

MANILA – Kris Aquino has again sent netizens abuzz after she posted a picture of her family with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista while having a dinner on Saturday night.

The post came two days after an episode of “KrisTV” showed the actor-turned-politician having a playful moment with the host-actress.

The photo, which also showed President Benigno Aquino III and Aquino’s two sons, was accompanied by three heart emoticons and the caption, “Finally dinner!”

Many of Aquino’s Instagram followers believe this confirms rumors that Bautista is the person who’s making the TV host smile these days.

Aquino has previously admitted that she is currently in love but refused to reveal the identity of her special someone, as she appealed for some privacy.

Although he was linked to a number of celebrities in the past, Bautista has never been married despite his declaration on “Aquino and Abunta Tonight” last February 11 that he’s the marrying type.

“I’m the marrying type. Ewan ko siguro nerbyoso ako or something. If I plunge into it, what will happen? I want to get married, sana soon,” Bautista said.

On the other hand, Aquino's last relationship was with basketball star James Yap. They were married in civil rites in 2005 but this was anulled in February 2013, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.

Among Aquino's other previous known partners are actors Robin Padilla, Phillip Salvador and Joey Marquez. More recently, she was romantically linked to actor Daniel Matsunaga and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

Aquino, who turned 43 on February 14, has two children -- Josh with Salvador, and Bimby with Yap.

While Aquino and Bautista have yet to talk about the issue, the TV host’s good friend, Boy Abunda, on Sunday appealed to viewers just respect their privacy.

“Parang nangangati akong may sabihin pero ayaw ko. I’d like to invoke my right to silence. Responsibilidad namin, utang na loob namin sabihin sa inyo ang lahat ng nangyayari sa aming buhay pero nais ko pong ibalato kay Herbert at Kris ang katiting na natitirang privacy sa kanilang buhay,” he said.

Abunda, however, did confirm that Aquino is happy right now.

“Kris is happy and love is fluid, ika nga namin ni Kris. Next week abangan natin baka mas marami tayong detalyeng makuha,” he said.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Kris Aquino invites James Yap’s girlfriend to Bimby’s party INQUIRER.net April 2, 2014 | 5:50 pm 51


Photo from Kris Aquino’s Instagram account


Kris Aquino with Bimby. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – After her marriage with basketball superstar James Yap ended on a sour note a few years back, television host and actress Kris Aquino said she and her ex-hubby are starting to become friends again.

What’s more, Kris asked James to invite his Italian girlfriend Michaela Cazzola to their son Bimby’s seventh birthday on April 19.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Kris said that James texted her and offered to split the cost of Bimby’s party.
Kris eventually sent him a text message with the date and details of the cost.

James replied to Kris in shock. “He replied by saying nalaglag siya sa upuan niya pero GO,” Kris said.

“I replied (with) ‘hehehe’ okay lang, whatever lang he was comfortable with. He said, okay lang para kay Bimb,” Kris said.
“We’re not yet there but we are almost friends again,” the sister of President Benigno Aquino added.

Kris said it was when James acknowledged that she was an “excellent mom” that she started to feel “good will” toward James.

“The good will started because James text me on my birthday acknowledging that I was an excellent Mom,” she said in the same Instagram post.

“So maybe sometimes when we love our kids, we learn to forgive the failure of the marriage and we focus on succeeding as parents and being happy that we’ve all moved forward,” Kris added.

She then told James to bring his girlfriend to Bimby’s party.

“I said THANK YOU and please invite your girlfriend to join the celebration,” Kris said.

Accompanying her Instagram post is a photo that says “Being friends with your ex shows you two are mature enough to get over the fact that you weren’t meant to be together.”

Kris and James had a bitter falling out since they ended their marriage in 2010.

At one point, in March 2013, Kris asked a Makati court for a temporary protection order against James, to which James responded by asking for a hold departure order against Kris to prevent her from leaving the country with Bimby.

The Makati court eventually issued a gag order to stop the ex-couple from publicizing their problems.

It was just last month when both Kris and James reached an agreement before the Makati court over the custody and visitation on their son.

Yap could visit Bimby once a week starting March, while the custody of Bimby will remain with Aquino until the child turns 18, the court said.

FROM PHILSTAR

KRIS AQUINO DESPERATELY SEEKING AN INVITATION TO THE OSCARS


Filipino American Robert Lopez, Oscar nominee for “Best Song”  

QUEZON CITY, APRIL 7, 2014 (ADOBO CHRONICLE) Kris Aquino makes no secret about her lifelong dream to be invited to Hollywood’s Oscar Awards ceremonies.

Kris, the younger sister of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, is a popular television host in her country. Among the shows she hosts are the local versions of the American reality programs “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Got Talent.”

She sees an opportunity for her dream to be fulfilled this year with a Filipino American being nominated in the Best Song category – Robert Lopez, composer of the the nominated song “Let It Go” from the Disney animated film, “Frozen.” image

Aquino has reportedly sent messages under the Philippine presidential letterhead to Lopez, asking that she be considered as his date to this weekend’s Oscar Awards show.

Lopez’s wife, also named Kris (Kristen Anderson Lopez) was apparently unhappy with the Aquinos’ lobbying and has asked her husband to ignore and not to respond to Kris’ messages.

Kristen is co-composer of the nominated song with her husband.

Is Kris Aquino dating Derek Ramsay? PHILSTAR   By Chuck Smith


Kris Aquino (File photo)

MANILA, Philippines – Is TV5 actor Derek Ramsay the new love in Kris Aquino's life?

On her official Instagram account on Tuesday, Kris thanked Derek for being there for her to “lean on and count on.”

“It was a hard day for both of us, you had your personal issues & so did I... But you were there for me & I was grateful you gave me the chance to be there for you... I said it before, super cute na may coffee pa. And now we can add chocolate marble & French Fries to that list,” she said.

The “Kris TV” host added, “THANK YOU because God must love me to give me someone like you to lean on & count on. Bahala na kayo sa interpretation but @ramsayderek11 deserves a shout out. THANK YOU!”

Kris Aquino remains mum on new love By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated March 25, 2014 - 11:21am 104 282 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Her fans will just have to keep on guessing.

On her official Instagram account on Tuesday, March 25, TV host-actress Kris Aquino said she chooses to keep her love life and the identify of her new love private.

This is after the "Kris TV" host earlier revealed she is currently dating someone.

"I can't pretend I haven't read your comments, questions & speculations about my relationship status & part of that is my fault for sharing so much of my heart in these posts, but I want what we have to work so forgive me for choosing to not reveal his identity," Kris said on her Instagram post.

The 43-year-old Kapamilya artist added she knows she makes a living from the "support and goodwill" of the public, but adds, "I owe myself this chance at lasting happiness."

Kris added, "We are a work in progress & each day has challenges, yet each day I also feel he encourages me to be a better me,"

"I'm learning understanding, respect, and maturity because he is intelligent, hard working, patient, simple, humble, funny, grounded & stable, YES he is what I've been praying for."

Although Kris has remained mum on the issue, she has been dropping hints about the identity of her new love on her morning show "Kris TV." Reports say Kris hinted they guy is in his mid-40s.

In a column published on Friday, March 21, STAR entertainment editor Ricky Lo wrote that, according to his source, Kris' secret love is "an actor-politician who has never been married but has kids by two (or three?) different women. He’s intelligent and has the "means, and is well-liked by denizens of both showbiz and politics."

Who is Kris’ secret ehem? FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 21, 2014 - 12:00am 12 36 googleplus1 0


By Ricky Lo

Kris Aquino: Is it for real (for good) this time?

Curtain-raisers:

This hunk is the perfect metrosexual who takes good care of his body. He has different lotions applied on different parts of his body at bedtime: One for his face, one for his arms and hands, and one for his legs.

The Funfare Update informer isn’t sure if the hunk uses another kind of lotion for whatever purpose. At the open forum of a recent presscon, a senior writer asked a comedienne this question: What are you like in real life? Puzzled, the comedienne asked aloud, “Ano raw?” So the moderator translated the question into Tagalog. She blushed, “Ay, ang lalim naman!” and begged off from answering.

When he learned that his stepmother Zsa Zsa Padilla has found a new love in the person of a famous architect (said to be a lady-killer), one of Dolphy’s sons said, “She deserves to be happy, after all Dad has been gone for almost two years. I’m happy for her.”

Who really is the man that’s making Kris Aquino’s “dormant” heart beat again like crazy?

Is he the Governor of Bataan? False alarm. (The governor is said to be “only amused” by the publicity generated by Kris’ social-media comments about the budding “romance,” and takes with a grain of salt Kris’ text messages.)

Is he Brapanese Daniel Matsunaga? False alarm. (Kris has been commending Daniel for acting like a good father to her son Bimby who, she said, needs the guidance of a father figure that she cannot provide.)

Or is he the unnamed businessman whom Kris allegedly met in Dubai during an ABS-CBN event there? False alarm. (Was he real or just a figment of Kris’ fertile imagination?)

People who know Kris very well are laughing (with her), perhaps knowing that all those (abortive?) “romances” are part of a diversionary tactic.

The truth is that Kris’ secret ehem is an actor-politician who has never been married but has kids by two (or three?) different women. He’s intelligent and has the “means,” and is well-liked by denizens of both showbiz and politics.

“They are secretly dating,” confirmed the Funfare Update informer. “Sana tuloy-tuloy na para naman lumigaya na si Kristeta.”

I wish her the same, too. Like her good friend Zsa Zsa, Kris has the right to be happy, especially now that her ex-husband James Yap is very, very happy with his girlfriend Michela Cazzola.

Sen. Bong set for Holy Land pilgrimage

Unless some “untoward” incident happens, Sen. Bong Revilla and his wife Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado are pushing through with their Holy Land pilgrimage during the Holy Week.

Keeping his fingers crossed and knocking on wood when he met the movie press yesterday, Bong said that so far, he isn’t aware of any “hold departure order” against him.

He added that until he opened up in a privilege speech, “I have no more fear,” adding that he’s going to the Holy Land with no more emotional baggage.

By a stroke of fate, Bong and Lani are travelling with the same group with Dr. Vicki Belo and her friend Hayden Kho.

There’s a gap between them because it was Bong who initiated the cancellation of Hayden’s license (as a doctor) at the height of that better-forgotten sex-video incident.

No hard feelings, assured Bong.

“Past is past,” he said. “I’m happy that we will be together on that trip. Honestly, nararamdaman ko na ngayon kung anuman man ang naramdaman ni Hayden noon. We are going to the Holy Land not to fight but to pray.”

There must be some divine intervention in this case. Of all the travel groups, why would they sign up with the same one?

The question is: Will Bong work for the reactivation of Hayden’s license?

Well, some “miracle” might happen in the Holy Land, we can never tell.


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