MARIAN, JUDY ANN, 'EAT BULAGA' LEAD PEP LIST

It’s the most controversial list this side of town, next to the notorious “Napolist.” PEP.Ph compiles the most glittering, the newsworthy, the standouts in showbiz 2013 in its first-ever Pep List Awards. Vic Sotto, Marian Rivera, Kim Chiu, Dingdong Dantes, and James Yap were among those honored at the star-studded awards night hosted by Ai Ai de las Alas and Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez at the Solaire Resort and Casino last May 20. Child star Ryzza Mae Dizon was the first name to be called as PEPsters’ Choice Child Star of the Year. Tom Rodriguez was named Breakout Star of the Year and Daniel Padilla, the OPM Artist of the Year, also by the readers. PEP Editors’ Choice TV Star of the Year was won by Marian Rivera. PEP Reporters’ Choice was Judy Ann Santos. Also Editors’ Choice were “Eat Bulaga” for TV Show of the Year-Daytime, “My Husband’s Lover” for Primetime and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” for Weekend. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘SEPARATE SPECULATION FROM FACT’- LUCHI CRUZ-VALDEZ

THAT was a strong statement that Luchi Cruz-Valdes, head of TV5’s news and public affairs department, unleashed against those who dragged her name in the Janet Napoles pork barrel scandal especially the Philippine Daily Inquirer which published the unverified information. Luchi’s name was mentioned in Inquirer’s May 18 issue as one of the mediamen in the list of those who “received” cash gifts from Napoles through a certain Mon Arroyo, former television director. The documents, Inquirer said, were contained in the hard disk given to them by the mother of Benhur Luy, one of the whistleblowers in the Napoles PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam, and Levi Baligod, former lawyer of Luy way back on April 27, 2013 when the two visited the Inquirer office. “The current climate and appetite for news on the PDAF scam calls on all journalists to not only be aggressive and tireless in ferreting out facts, but to also be circumspect in every purported piece of information or data exposed, volunteered, or surrendered by our various sources. Media is allowed and empowered with that mandate to clarify, rather than confuse, matters for the public, and at the very least to separate speculation from fact,” said Valdez-Cruz who denied the allegation and denounced any imputation or suggestion that she benefitted in any way from the PDAF funds. Others allegedly in the list are broadcasters Korina Sanchez of ABS-CBN, Mike Enriquez of GMA7, Deo Macalma of DZRH and Rey Pacheco. Sanchez and Enriquez were listed to have been given P50,000 each “birthday gift” in 2004. Sanchez and Enriquez vehemently denied ever receiving money from Napoles or Arroyo. Enriquez said he doesn’t know Napoles. READ MORE...

ALSO: It’s time for celebration

STAR Magic celebrates 22nd year. The talent management gathers more than 200 stars today at 12:15 p.m. in ASAP 19. Definitely a feast for the eyes, stars will descend on stage to deliver one unique number after another. Together with the Homer Flores band, voices of Paolo Onesa, Marion Aunor, Nico Antonio, Bryan Termulo, Bryan Santos, Markki Stroem, Alex Castro, Krissel Valdez, Akiko Solon, Tippy Dos Santos, Emmanuel Vera, Nicole Angela, Klarisse De Guzman, Khalil Ramos and Mitoy Yonting will open the festivity with a song number. Award-winning recording artists and sold-out concert performers Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Richard Poon, Jovit Baldovino, Nyoy Volante, Liezel Garcia, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, KZ Tandingan, Zia Quizon, Erik Santos and Vina Morales will belt out their voices with their rendition of a Whitney Houston classic. Newest teen heartthrob Gimme 5’s Joaquin Reyes, Grae Fernandez, John Bermundo, Brace Arquiza and Nash Aguas with Jerome Ponce, Pj Endrinal, JV Kapunan, Julian Estrada, Alex Diaz, Paolo Santiago, Paolo Angeles, Benjamin De Guzman, Jon Lucas and Bugoy Carino will surprise the audience with their grooves and moves. Highlight of the celebration is the annual parade of Star Magic’s Prince and Princesses, Queens and Kings of teleseryes and movies plus the most in demand endorsers and newest faces of their generation. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinoy fans sleep in at mall grounds to buy tickets for One Direction’s 2015 concert

Filipino fans flocked to a mall in southern Metro Manila since Thursday to buy tickets to the upcoming concert of popular boy band "One Direction" for March 2015. Many of the fans spent Thursday night at the SM Mall of Asia to wait for their turn to buy tickets, the most expensive of which cost nearly P18,000, GMA News' Athena Imperial reported. As of 5:44 a.m. Friday, GMA News' Imperial tweeted a photo showing many of the fans bringing their own sleeping mats and waiting for the opening of the ticket booths at 8 a.m. Friday. In her report on "Unang Balita," Imperial said many of the band's fans showed up at the MOA grounds as early as Thursday to get a chance to buy tickets. The crowd had a picnic atmosphere, with some bringing pillows and fans, and their own food and drinks. Many entertained themselves playing games on tablets while some engaged in cross-stitching. Some of the fans said they could afford to buy the VIP tickets worth P17,950 each because it was a "gift" from their parents for their academic achievements. Others said the tickets were a gift for their debuts. The lowest-priced tickets for the concert sold for P1,150. The concert is slated March 21 next year. One Direction includes Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT


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MARIAN, JUDY ANN, ‘EAT BULAGA’ LEAD PEP LIST

MANILA, MAY 26, 2014 (MALAYA)  By Anonymous - It’s the most controversial list this side of town, next to the notorious “Napolist.”

PEP.Ph compiles the most glittering, the newsworthy, the standouts in showbiz 2013 in its first-ever Pep List Awards.

Vic Sotto, Marian Rivera, Kim Chiu, Dingdong Dantes, and James Yap were among those honored at the star-studded awards night hosted by Ai Ai de las Alas and Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez at the Solaire Resort and Casino last May 20.

Child star Ryzza Mae Dizon was the first name to be called as PEPsters’ Choice Child Star of the Year.

Tom Rodriguez was named Breakout Star of the Year and Daniel Padilla, the OPM Artist of the Year, also by the readers.

PEP Editors’ Choice TV Star of the Year was won by Marian Rivera. PEP Reporters’ Choice was Judy Ann Santos.

Also Editors’ Choice were “Eat Bulaga” for TV Show of the Year-Daytime, “My Husband’s Lover” for Primetime and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” for Weekend.

Punongbayan and Araullo-audited Categories were led by Raymart Santiago, as Male Newsmaker of the Year, and estranged wife Claudine Barretto, as Female Newsmaker.

The Team Kramer’s episode was the Most Watched PEPtalk.

Among the other awardees were Lovi Poe (FAB female, PEPsters’ Choice); Elmo Magalona (Teen Star of the Year male); Julie Anne San Jose (PEPsters’ Choice), James Yap (Newsmaker of the Year), and Joey de Leon (Showbiz Treasure of the Year-male, PEPsters’ Choice).

Among the performers were Robi Domingo, Sam Concepcion, Bangs Gacia, Vin Abrenica, Eula Caballera, Sef Cadayona, Wynwyn Marquez, Tippy Dos Santos, The Company, Trenderas, Morisette, Gian Magdangal, Kyla, Jonalyn Viray and Thor.

‘SEPARATE SPECULATION FROM FACT’- LUCHI CRUZ-VALDEZ By Ellen Tordesillas | May 21, 2014


NEWS-5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes

THAT was a strong statement that Luchi Cruz-Valdes, head of TV5’s news and public affairs department, unleashed against those who dragged her name in the Janet Napoles pork barrel scandal especially the Philippine Daily Inquirer which published the unverified information.

Luchi’s name was mentioned in Inquirer’s May 18 issue as one of the mediamen in the list of those who “received” cash gifts from Napoles through a certain Mon Arroyo, former television director. The documents, Inquirer said, were contained in the hard disk given to them by the mother of Benhur Luy, one of the whistleblowers in the Napoles PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam, and Levi Baligod, former lawyer of Luy way back on April 27, 2013 when the two visited the Inquirer office.

“The current climate and appetite for news on the PDAF scam calls on all journalists to not only be aggressive and tireless in ferreting out facts, but to also be circumspect in every purported piece of information or data exposed, volunteered, or surrendered by our various sources. Media is allowed and empowered with that mandate to clarify, rather than confuse, matters for the public, and at the very least to separate speculation from fact,” said Valdez-Cruz who denied the allegation and denounced any imputation or suggestion that she benefitted in any way from the PDAF funds.

Others allegedly in the list are broadcasters Korina Sanchez of ABS-CBN, Mike Enriquez of GMA7, Deo Macalma of DZRH and Rey Pacheco.

Sanchez and Enriquez were listed to have been given P50,000 each “birthday gift” in 2004.

Sanchez and Enriquez vehemently denied ever receiving money from Napoles or Arroyo. Enriquez said he doesn’t know Napoles.

Sanchez said she only met Napoles last year when she interviewed the businesswoman in connection with the PDAF controversy.

Macalma and Pacheco were alleged to have gotten a total of P715,000 from 2004 to 2008.

Macalma issued said he was shocked by the Inquirer report and strongly denied the allegation.” Ang nasabing alegasyon ay tahasan ko pong itinatanggi.

“Una, hindi ako tumanggap ng anumang halaga mula kay Mrs. Napoles o mula kay Benhur Luy; pangalawa hindi ko kilala o personal na kakilala si Mrs. Napoles; pangatlo, hindi ko rin kakilala si Benhur Luy; pang-apat, kung totoong nasa listahan ni Benhur Luy ang aking pangalan, ang tanong ko sa kanya ay: “Kanino ibinigay ang pera?” at “Sino ang tumanggap ng malaking halaga ng pera?”

Similar to Cruz-Valdez, Macalma appealed to media to verify first before they report: “Ako ay umaapela sa mga nagbibigay ng ganitong alegasyon na sana ay iyong mga totoo lamang ang kanilang mga ibinabandera at katulad din sa ating kababayan, ako ay kasama rin sa mga naghahangad na lumabas ang katotohanan tungkol sa anomalya ng Pork Barrel Scam at iba pang kontrobersiya na may kinalaman sa isyung ito.”

Inquirer said Cruz-Valdez’ name was mentioned under Arroyo’s allocation for the media. The money was for “a meeting with Eric of Abante Tonight” and “representation expense for Luchi Cruz of Probe team charge from COA reports on NGOs.” Abante has denied having an “Eric” on its staff or in its employ.

It was obvious Inquirer did not verify because they should have known that Cruz-Valdez was no longer with Probe during those years (2004-2008).

Cruz-Valdez said: “I denounce the reckless inclusion of my name in a list that has no legal legs to stand on. Luy’s supposed record is largely hearsay; the reporting of such as anything even remotely truthful not only casts grave doubt on my person and professional integrity, but on that of the very institution of the press of which the Inquirer is part.

“In particular, PDI’s wanton, liberal, and matter-of-fact treatment and use of the word “payout”, in the context of the above passage and that of every media person’s name so far uttered by Luy and printed by the Inquirer, is dangerous. It recklessly disregards the full context of what Mr. Luy claims but cannot prove, nor even claim to know. At best, Mr. Luy can only attest to his dealings with Mr. Arroyo. PDI’s reportage leads its readers to a perilous leap in the narrative, not only irresponsibly taking Luy’s notes as factual, but extrapolating his personal knowledge to establish a direct relationship between him and the media persons whose names Mr. Arroyo had merely dropped, when clearly Luy himself has yet to claim such knowledge.”

Cruz-Valdez appealed to the Inquirer: “I would urge our colleagues in the PDI to have that much respect for its own readers and the larger Philippine public. The search for truth demands that news organizations demonstrate that they at least know the basic difference between loose words and established fact, and be responsible enough to at least qualify when one is spewed and the other is not quite really there.

“Beyond that, by all means, let the chips fall where they may. We - and I - continue to encourage all our institutions (the media included) to continue the quest for truth and justice.”

This alleged Napoles/Luy media list once again compels members of media to remind themselves of the true essence of their calling.

Many are of the opinion that posting unverified data is not good journalism. It violates some of the basic values of journalism which are truthfulness, humaneness (you don’t put innocent people in harm’s way), and fairness.

Four years ago, when Wikileaks released on its website the classified documents filched by American soldier Bradley Manning from U.S. military and diplomatic communications, there were questions if that was journalism.

Steven Aftergood, head of the project on government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, speaking about Wikileaks said, “

“The service that they have been providing up to now is that of a source of documents. But documents are not journalism. Documents can mislead as easily as any other source. The function of journalism still needs to be carried out as carefully and responsibly as possible.”

When you speak of function of journalism, Aftergood said, “That means confirming the accuracy of the content of any particular document. It means placing it in some kind of political or policy context, and it means collecting a range of interpretations of the significance.”

FROM MANILA STANDARD

It’s time for celebration By Isah V. Red | May. 24, 2014 at 06:00pm

STAR Magic celebrates 22nd year. The talent management gathers more than 200 stars today at 12:15 p.m. in ASAP 19.

Definitely a feast for the eyes, stars will descend on stage to deliver one unique number after another. Together with the Homer Flores band, voices of Paolo Onesa, Marion Aunor, Nico Antonio, Bryan Termulo, Bryan Santos, Markki Stroem, Alex Castro, Krissel Valdez, Akiko Solon, Tippy Dos Santos, Emmanuel Vera, Nicole Angela, Klarisse De Guzman, Khalil Ramos and Mitoy Yonting will open the festivity with a song number.

Award-winning recording artists and sold-out concert performers Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Richard Poon, Jovit Baldovino, Nyoy Volante, Liezel Garcia, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, KZ Tandingan, Zia Quizon, Erik Santos and Vina Morales will belt out their voices with their rendition of a Whitney Houston classic.

Newest teen heartthrob Gimme 5’s Joaquin Reyes, Grae Fernandez, John Bermundo, Brace Arquiza and Nash Aguas with Jerome Ponce, Pj Endrinal, JV Kapunan, Julian Estrada, Alex Diaz, Paolo Santiago, Paolo Angeles, Benjamin De Guzman, Jon Lucas and Bugoy Carino will surprise the audience with their grooves and moves.

Highlight of the celebration is the annual parade of Star Magic’s Prince and Princesses, Queens and Kings of teleseryes and movies plus the most in demand endorsers and newest faces of their generation.

Among the stars that will make the celebration glitzy and glamorous include John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, Angelica Panganiban, Kathryn Bernardo, Robi Domingo, Julian Estrada, Diether Ocampo, Zanjoe Marudo, Enchong Dee, Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Pokwang, Gerald Anderson, Coco Martin, Jodi Sta. Maria, Maricar Reyes, Melissa Ricks, Kaye Abad, Nikki Valdez, Kitkat, Matt Evans, Kim Chiu, Gabby Concepcion, Daniel Padilla, Joseph Marco, David Chua, Julia Barretto, Matteo Guidicelli, Miles Ocampo, Ella Cruz, Marco Gumabao, Paul Salas, Carlo Aquino, Arjo Atayde, Desiree del Valle, Myrtle Sarosa, Jessy Mendiola, Jake Cuenca, Xian Lim, Megan Young, Dimples Romana, Joem Bascon, Ejay Falcon, Chokoleit, Jayson Gainza, Sweet Lapus, Erich Gonzales, Sam Concepcion, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino, Alex Gonzaga, Jason Abalos, Arron Villaflor, JC de Vera, Ryan Bang, Dominique Roque, Beauty Gonzales, Devon Seron, Yen Santos, Joe Vargas, Shey Bustamante, Kazel Kanouchi, Patrick Sugui, Eda Nolan, Miko Raval, Rayver Cruz, Franco Daza, Diego Loyzaga, Bryan Poe, Janus del Prado, Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Coleen Garcia, Guji Lorenzana, Hiyasmin Neri, Ynna Asistio, Yana Asistio, Empress, Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, Bangs Garcia, Neil Coleta, Jon Lucas, Gretchen Ho, Michelle Vito, Erin Ocampo, Sofia Andres, Chienna Filomena, Claire Ruiz, Dawn Jimenez, Elise Joson, Rafael Robes, Sue Ramirez, Bryan Santos, Alora Sasam, Gretchen Fullido, Ingrid dela Paz, Jerome Ponce, Ketchup Eusebio, Kiray Celis, CJ Navato, Igiboy Flores, Andrea Brillantes, Alexa Ilacad, Kobi Vidanes, Aaliya Benisano, Angeli Gonzales, Alexa Mccanan, Xyriel Manabat, Zaijian Jaranilla and Piolo Pascual.

Like the official Star Magic Facebook page, follow @starmagicphils on Instagram and Twitter for more live streaming happening in and out of the ASAP stage and use the official hashtag #TheMagicContinuesat22

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Pinoy fans sleep in at mall grounds to buy tickets for One Direction’s 2015 concert May 23, 2014 9:32am 91 156 3 993


Filipino fans of UK boy band One Direction queue on Friday, May 23, to buy tickets for the group's one-night concert at the Mall of Asia scheduled next year. The London-based English-Irish pop group is composed of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. Danny Pata

Filipino fans flocked to a mall in southern Metro Manila since Thursday to buy tickets to the upcoming concert of popular boy band "One Direction" for March 2015.

Many of the fans spent Thursday night at the SM Mall of Asia to wait for their turn to buy tickets, the most expensive of which cost nearly P18,000, GMA News' Athena Imperial reported.

As of 5:44 a.m. Friday, GMA News' Imperial tweeted a photo showing many of the fans bringing their own sleeping mats and waiting for the opening of the ticket booths at 8 a.m. Friday.

In her report on "Unang Balita," Imperial said many of the band's fans showed up at the MOA grounds as early as Thursday to get a chance to buy tickets.

The crowd had a picnic atmosphere, with some bringing pillows and fans, and their own food and drinks.

Many entertained themselves playing games on tablets while some engaged in cross-stitching.

Some of the fans said they could afford to buy the VIP tickets worth P17,950 each because it was a "gift" from their parents for their academic achievements. Others said the tickets were a gift for their debuts.

The lowest-priced tickets for the concert sold for P1,150. The concert is slated March 21 next year.

One Direction includes Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News


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