BOOTS ANSON-ROA ASSAULTED BY A FOREIGNER IN CONDO LOBBY

Boots Anson-Roa and fiancé lawyer King Rodrigo Barely three weeks before she says “I do” to lawyer King Rodrigo on June 14, excited bride Boots Anson-Roa got the shock of her life when she was assaulted by a foreigner right at the lobby of the Andrea’s condominium in Quezon City where she’s staying. “It was The Philippine STAR that caused it,” Boots in her characteristic good-naturedness joked about it when she talked to Funfare on the phone yesterday. “I was reading your column when the assault happened.” It happened in the morning of Thursday, May 22, and Boots was talking about it only now that she and King are preparing formal charges against the suspect who is also a resident at the same condominium. “I was in my jogging outfit and I just came from the gym,” related Boots. “I dropped by the counter at the lobby to browse a copy of The STAR. This guy confronted me from behind, saying, ‘Why don’t you buy your own paper?’ I didn’t mind him. I saw him walk toward the elevator and come back with a folded newspaper. While cursing me, he slapped my left arm with the folded paper but I kept my cool. Hindi naman ako confrontational kasi, eh. Everything was caught by the CCTV.” Obviously, the suspect (“An Australian-Canadian married to a Filipina,” said Boots) didn’t know who he was assaulting. “It was not an isolated incident,” added Boots. “I learned that he has had similar brushes with other people.” It took a while before Boots (who’s living only with maids at the condo unit) informed King who remained cool and decided to just take legal action against the suspect. Boots and King are getting married at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City, with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle officiating, on June 14 which is King’s 75th birthday and not, as wrongly mentioned by Funfare in last Sunday’s story, that of his mom’s (who is turning 100 on Nov. 18). READ MORE...

ALSO: Sarah Geronimo enjoying her lovelife, at last!

The picture of Sarah Geronimo with boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli and her friends Judy Ann Santos and husband Ryan Agoncillo (who posted it on his Instagram) has generated an approving reaction, especially from Sarah’s fans and people who genuinely care for and love her. The question is: Has Sarah finally (finally!!!) gotten the blessing from her parents (particularly her over-protective mom Divine) to enjoy her long-delayed lovelife? It’s about time since Sarah is turning 26 on July 25. According to Funfare’s VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent), the picture (showing the foursome flashing wide smiles) was taken during a race “held in the south” which the group watched. “Matteo was supposed to join the race but he wasn’t feeling well,” said the VDPA, “so he decided to just watch it with Juday and Ryan who are from the south and Sarah gladly joined but she was able to watch only the tailend of the race.” It must be recalled that Sarah and Juday are good friends. It was Juday who was among the few friends who offered a shoulder for Sarah to cry on when she was having problems with Rayver Cruz (the boyfriend she almost but never had because he was reportedly to be “two-timing” Sarah who didn’t know that Rayver was also courting, or going secretly steady, with Cristine Reyes). “Sunday, May 18, was a very happy day for Sarah and she spent the day with Matteo,” added the VDPA. “She won many awards that night. She was a winner in more ways than one…a winner in her career and a bigger winner in her personal life.”

ALSO: My City, My SM, My Crafts: Celebrating Kapampangan fashion & artistry in Clark

It can be said that cultural exchange has played a great role in Kapampangan artistry and craftsmanship. During pre-Hispanic time, Kapampangan traders brought Chinese goods all across Southeast Asia. With the Spanish colonizers came the Catholic faith, and with it religious art. It was the Augustinian friars who taught the people of Betis, Pampanga to carve wood into religious images, contributing to the spiritual and cultural advancement of the town. Chinese artisans, with natives as apprentices, built the first rebulto and retablo. At first, they imitated images from prints and catalogues taken by friars from Spain. However, when they later visited European countries, they brought back continental taste and influences. The coming of the Americans brought with them the suburban lifestyle. Clark — which was then an air base — was the centerpiece of this contemporary way of living. Given all these influences, it is not surprising that Kapampangans are highly skilled, innovative, and wonderfully creative in craftsmanship. Mallgoers recently had a glimpse of Kapampangan crafts, as well as the rare opportunity to meet its master craftsmen up close when “My City, My SM, My Crafts” recently made its 14th stop at SM City Clark. A joint project of SM, DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade, and the Philippine STAR with support from CITEM and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, it is a celebration of traditional arts and modern Philippine design in the cities where SM has malls. No less than Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan and his wife Herminia graced the event together with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, and DTI senior trade and industry specialist Annabelle Reyes. SM officials led by SM senior vice president for marketing Millie Dizon and SM City Clark mall manager Ana T. Datu gave guests a warm welcome. The event also paid tribute to the late Juan Flores who created a local version of the Renaissance in Europe in his hometown by imparting his magnificent skills to Betis natives, thus elevating the life of the community after the post-war period. As a young boy, he liked making sculptures through mud from the riverbank along the Betis River in Sta. Ursula. At 18, he went to Manila, where he worked as an apprentice to notable sculptors like Maximo Vicente, Isabelo Tampinco, and Eulogio Garcia. But he developed a style of his own. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Celeste Legaspi: It feels good to be old

SENIORS ARE STARS: Mature actors in their 50s, 60s and beyond are proving they have every right, are willing and able to continue interrupted careers by staging so-called comebacks at their own pace and liking. That’s one of the privileges of being a senior player, especially if one has built a solid reputation and an enviable body of work that can neither be ignored nor forgotten. It is true whether one’s accomplishment is in acting or in singing. Two actresses, one of them also a renowned singer, are cast side by side for the first time together on the forthcoming teleserye, “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” (GMA). Celeste Legaspi and Coney Reyes, otherwise working in opposite poles of the entertainment spectrum in their prime, find themselves in the exciting parts of antagonists as they play mothers to opposing characters, played in the series by Maricel Soriano and Dingdong Dantes, respectively. CONTINUE READING...


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Boots assaulted by foreigner

MANILA, JUNE 2, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - Boots Anson-Roa and fiancé lawyer King Rodrigo Barely three weeks before she says “I do” to lawyer King Rodrigo on June 14, excited bride Boots Anson-Roa got the shock of her life when she was assaulted by a foreigner right at the lobby of the Andrea’s condominium in Quezon City where she’s staying.

“It was The Philippine STAR that caused it,” Boots in her characteristic good-naturedness joked about it when she talked to Funfare on the phone yesterday. “I was reading your column when the assault happened.”

It happened in the morning of Thursday, May 22, and Boots was talking about it only now that she and King are preparing formal charges against the suspect who is also a resident at the same condominium.

“I was in my jogging outfit and I just came from the gym,” related Boots. “I dropped by the counter at the lobby to browse a copy of The STAR. This guy confronted me from behind, saying, ‘Why don’t you buy your own paper?’ I didn’t mind him. I saw him walk toward the elevator and come back with a folded newspaper. While cursing me, he slapped my left arm with the folded paper but I kept my cool. Hindi naman ako confrontational kasi, eh. Everything was caught by the CCTV.”

Obviously, the suspect (“An Australian-Canadian married to a Filipina,” said Boots) didn’t know who he was assaulting. “It was not an isolated incident,” added Boots. “I learned that he has had similar brushes with other people.”

It took a while before Boots (who’s living only with maids at the condo unit) informed King who remained cool and decided to just take legal action against the suspect. Boots and King are getting married at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City, with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle officiating, on June 14 which is King’s 75th birthday and not, as wrongly mentioned by Funfare in last Sunday’s story, that of his mom’s (who is turning 100 on Nov. 18).

For a complete report on what happened, Boots sent Funfare a copy of an account (which I’m printing as is) submitted to the condominium management by Richard C. Ramon, detachment commander of Leopard Integrated Security Services, Inc.

Mr. Ross Hemingway of unit 3002 slapped the left upper arm of Ms. Boots Anson-Roa using a folded newspaper.

Submitted herewith the information report pertaining to incident (that) transpired at the lobby with regards to the actuation of Mr. Hemingway, the facts and the discussion as well as the action taken in connection to the incident are stated hereunder to wit:

WHAT: Slapping incident

WHEN: OOA 0943H. May 22, 2014

WHERE: Lobby Reception Area

HOW: Mr. Hemingway slapped the upper left arm of Ms. Boots while reading the headlines of the newspaper.

BACKGROUND OF THE CASE

On or about 0943H to date, while Ms. Boots has just done with her workout from the gym, she then entered at the Lobby Area of the building and read the headlines of the news paper placed in the reception desk.

On that juncture, Mr. Ross Hemingway of unit 3002 has just entered the Lobby premises coming from the outside of the building; afterwards Mr. Hemingway noticed that Ms. Boots is reading the headlines of the news paper at the reception desk. Thus, Mr. Hemingway converse to Ms. Boots quoting “What the f—k are you doing? Why are you reading other residents’ news paper?” After telling those words, Mr. Hemingway proceeds to the elevator lobby of the ground floor.

On that moment, Ms. Boots doesn’t paying any attention to what Mr. Hemingway is quoting since she doesn’t noticed that she’s the one being talked to by Mr. Hemingway. On that particular time. Mr. Hemingway doesn’t satisfy to what he did first to Ms. Boots since he was being ignored. Mr. Hemingway proceed back again to the reception desk and slapped the upper left arm of Ms. Boots using his folded news paper that was given to him by the undersigned before he left the building prior to the incident and he did quote again “What the f—k are you doing? Why are you reading other residents’ news paper and why didn’t you buy your own” and immediately proceed to the elevator lobby going to his unit.

The whole version of the incident was being witnessed by SG. Reycar Dionglay, on duty Lobby Guard.

This kind of incident also was being done by Mr. Hemingway against Ms. Emma Blanco of unit 706C.

ACTION TAKEN

1. The incident was documented.

Added Boots, “The Rodrigo Berenguer & Guno Legal firm is pressing charges against the offender. We are presenting our case to Barangay Kaunlaran on Friday morning (tomorrow, May 30) after communication and coordination with the management, security staff and other complainants of said building.”

Ejercito kid plays Marcos in Imelda musical

Angelo Ejercito Estrada, 22, a fresh Business Management graduate from St. Paul’s University-QC and a recent product of Tanghalang Pilipino (resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines) summer acting workshop is playing Ferdinand Marcos in A Mother’s Soul, an original Filipino musical that chronicles the life journey of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, a mother not only to her own children but to the whole country.

“To be in showbiz is my childhood dream,” said Angelo who formed a rock band two years ago with him on rhythm guitar. “I have always been fascinated by showbiz. Needless to say, it’s inevitable. Sabi nga, nananalaytay sa ugat ko ang dugong artista.”

Written from an apolitical point of view by multi-artist (writer, librettist, composer, lyricist, visual artist, stage director, actor) Francis Tanseco, A Mother’s Soul is not a parody, according to Dennis Adobas who is involved in the production. “It is not a comedy, not a condemnation but a juxtaposition of real and imagined events and an acknowledgment of the contributions Mrs. Marcos has done for our country. More than this, it aims to achieve national healing and political unity.”

Performances will be on Oct. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) Justo Albert auditorium. Being planned move-over engagements will follow in some Metro Manila campuses. The mounting of A Mother’s Soul is in partnership with Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, PLM’s College of Tourism and College of Mass Communications, in cooperation with the National Parks and Development Committee.

Sarah enjoying her lovelife, at last! FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 24, 2014 - 12:00am 620 31 googleplus1 0


Sarah Geronimo and boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli with Ryan Agoncillo and wife Judy Ann Santos during an outing over the weekend. — PHOTO FROM RYAN’S INSTAGRAM

The picture of Sarah Geronimo with boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli and her friends Judy Ann Santos and husband Ryan Agoncillo (who posted it on his Instagram) has generated an approving reaction, especially from Sarah’s fans and people who genuinely care for and love her. The question is: Has Sarah finally (finally!!!) gotten the blessing from her parents (particularly her over-protective mom Divine) to enjoy her long-delayed lovelife? It’s about time since Sarah is turning 26 on July 25.

According to Funfare’s VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent), the picture (showing the foursome flashing wide smiles) was taken during a race “held in the south” which the group watched.

“Matteo was supposed to join the race but he wasn’t feeling well,” said the VDPA, “so he decided to just watch it with Juday and Ryan who are from the south and Sarah gladly joined but she was able to watch only the tailend of the race.”

It must be recalled that Sarah and Juday are good friends. It was Juday who was among the few friends who offered a shoulder for Sarah to cry on when she was having problems with Rayver Cruz (the boyfriend she almost but never had because he was reportedly to be “two-timing” Sarah who didn’t know that Rayver was also courting, or going secretly steady, with Cristine Reyes).

“Sunday, May 18, was a very happy day for Sarah and she spent the day with Matteo,” added the VDPA. “She won many awards that night. She was a winner in more ways than one…a winner in her career and a bigger winner in her personal life.”

After a few failed (read: abortive) romances with John Lloyd Cruz, Rayver and Gerald Anderson (who were forced to, uhm, “back off” by the blatant disapproval of Sarah’s parents), Sarah has all the right to be happy (in love), after all she has been working (“Like a horse,” as the VDPA put it) all these years.

I repeat what Tempo’s Ronald Constantino reminded Sarah during a presscon late last year, “Huwag mo nang pakawalan si Matteo. He’s a good catch. He comes from an influential family (the grandson of the late former Sen./Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan), maganda ang family background.”

The VDPA is quietly cheering at the background, “Love is finally winning! The ‘battle’ started to be won last March when Sarah graced as a VSG (Very Special Guest) at Matteo’s birthday.”

As they say, love conquers all…harangan man ng sibat!

Why Derek is in mourning

First, the sad news: Derek Ramsay contacted viral pneumonia due to exhaustion and fatigue from working five days straight, mixing the shoot for Viva Films’ Trophy Wife, the Amazing Race promo in Subic, Dunkin Donuts store appearances. “His immune system weakened,” said Derek’s manager Joji Dingcong.

Now, the good news: Derek has just checked out of Asian Hospital after being confined for a few days.

More sad news: Last Wednesday, Derek’s English bulldog named Beyoncé died, believed to have absorbed the negative vibes in Derek’s health system, and was cremated night of the same day. That’s why Derek is in mourning, super depressed, because he love(s) Beyoncé so much, perhaps a bit more than any girl he was romantically linked to.

Still another sad news: Derek’s first movie with Kris Aquino (who paid Derek a visit at the hospital as “a friend”), to have been produced by Regal Films, has been scrapped because ABS-CBN/Star Cinema (with which Kris is under contract) didn’t give Kris the go-signal. Reason: ABS-CBN management reportedly felt bad when Derek didn’t renew his contract when it expired in February 2012 and opted to jump ober da bakod to TV5.

Briefly noted

Karylle and Christian Bautista reunited to perform at the conclusion of the World Economic Forum on East Asia. According to the two stars’ manager Carlo Orosa, among their songs were Awit ng Pagsinta (Rama Hari, with the Ballet Philippines), a solo medley of Pharrel William’s Happy and Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven by Karylle, and also a solo medley of Invincible-Titanium medley by Christian. The two made an impact in Asia when they starred in the TV series The Kitchen Musical which was aired throughout the region.

Kelly Preston graced the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in a gown by Hollywood-based Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino. Best remembered for her performances in Jerry Maguire and Twins, Kelly attended 21st amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the French Riviera. The sexy red-corded lace column gown had a unique feature of hand-sewn silk ribbons embroidered throughout the lace from top to bottom.

— From a Funfare L.A. contributor

2013 Miss World Megan Young, together with the Thank God I’m Filipino (TGIF) and Cambridge Fil-Am Group in cooperation with Miss World Organization’s Beauty With A Purpose, received a check for $5,000 at a fund-raising drive last May 16 at the historic Loeb House in Harvard University. Beneficiaries are the Yolanda victims. Also present were Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. and his wife Eleanor. Megan is set to visit Boston and then Barbados, and will fly back to New York City for a special event on May 27 and to lead the Philippine Independence Day Parade (along Madison Avenue in Manhattan) on June 1.

My City, My SM, My Crafts: Celebrating Kapampangan fashion & artistry in Clark (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 1, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Kapampangan fashion & art: The fabulous gowns of designer Efren Ocampo are shown with the masterpieces of fellow Kapampangan Juan Flores at My City, My SM, My Crafts at SM City Clark.

MANILA, Philippines - It can be said that cultural exchange has played a great role in Kapampangan artistry and craftsmanship. During pre-Hispanic time, Kapampangan traders brought Chinese goods all across Southeast Asia.

With the Spanish colonizers came the Catholic faith, and with it religious art. It was the Augustinian friars who taught the people of Betis, Pampanga to carve wood into religious images, contributing to the spiritual and cultural advancement of the town.

Chinese artisans, with natives as apprentices, built the first rebulto and retablo. At first, they imitated images from prints and catalogues taken by friars from Spain. However, when they later visited European countries, they brought back continental taste and influences.

The coming of the Americans brought with them the suburban lifestyle. Clark — which was then an air base — was the centerpiece of this contemporary way of living.

Given all these influences, it is not surprising that Kapampangans are highly skilled, innovative, and wonderfully creative in craftsmanship.

Mallgoers recently had a glimpse of Kapampangan crafts, as well as the rare opportunity to meet its master craftsmen up close when “My City, My SM, My Crafts” recently made its 14th stop at SM City Clark. A joint project of SM, DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade, and the Philippine STAR with support from CITEM and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, it is a celebration of traditional arts and modern Philippine design in the cities where SM has malls.

No less than Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan and his wife Herminia graced the event together with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, and DTI senior trade and industry specialist Annabelle Reyes. SM officials led by SM senior vice president for marketing Millie Dizon and SM City Clark mall manager Ana T. Datu gave guests a warm welcome.

The event also paid tribute to the late Juan Flores who created a local version of the Renaissance in Europe in his hometown by imparting his magnificent skills to Betis natives, thus elevating the life of the community after the post-war period.

As a young boy, he liked making sculptures through mud from the riverbank along the Betis River in Sta. Ursula. At 18, he went to Manila, where he worked as an apprentice to notable sculptors like Maximo Vicente, Isabelo Tampinco, and Eulogio Garcia. But he developed a style of his own.

He may have never gotten rich, but Juan Flores amassed a great wealth of recognition, which became his ultimate legacy. In 1972, he won the grand prize in Richard Nixon’s Sculpture Making competition in Washington, DC. He was also the designer of the mansion of the first couple in Batac, Ilocos Norte, in 1974, as well as the renovation of Malacañang in the following year.

Juan Flores was honored with the Panday Pira Award in the Pioneering Category in 1977 and was named the Most Distinguished Son of Pampanga in 1982. His son Daniel Flores represented his father during the event; generously lending the master sculptor’s amazing works to the My Crafts exhibit.

Guests enjoyed the program, which included a video presentation featuring Pampanga’s world-class crafts with Heliane Fabian, a GMA 7 Excellence awardee as the video’s tour guide.

Highlight of the event was a fashion show showcasing elegant evening gowns by Kapampangan fashion designer Efren Ocampo. Born and raised in Bacolor and trained in New York, Ocampo has been a ready-to-wear designer at the SM Store for the past 20 years.

It also featured the awarding of the winner of the Kite-Making Workshop contest with participants breathing new life to what is considered a dying art. Sebastian Silos got the judges’ nod for the top prize, for which he received P5,000 worth of gift certificates.

Judges included DTI senior trade and industry specialist Annabelle Reyes, Center for Kapampangan Studies cultural activities coordinator Erlinda Cruz, Museo Ning Angeles tour guide Kim Tinio, and Pampanga parol maker Roland Quiambao.

The “My City, My SM, My Crafts” centerpiece was clearly the craft market inspired by the traditional bahay na bato in Luzon. This beautifully designed showcase was a treasure trove of the best of the best crafts in the province, and was an instant hit among SM City Clark shoppers.

The craft market showcased traditional arts and world-class craftsmanship from Pampanga: fine furniture from JP Betis Furniture and Venzon Manufacturing; a-maze-ing ornate classic lines and sleek modern designs from Maze Manufacturing; and mechanical masterpieces from Dale Mathis.

It also featured creative décor from Chrysara and Chilonia Fabrica; fiberglass furniture and statues from JGKM Home Decors; eco-friendly products from Beyond Home Décor; metal furniture mixed with wood or wicker from Prigonza; and delicate crochet pieces from TFT Enterprises.

“My City, My SM, My Crafts” is a takeoff from the previous My City, My SM campaign, which promotes tourism, and My City, My SM, My Cuisine, which highlights the culinary specialties in cities where SM has malls. A celebration of traditional arts and modern Philippine design, it aims to showcase the best of the best Philippine crafts in each host city, providing livelihood opportunities, as well as a platform for cultural exchange.

The Clark launch is the 14th in the “My City, My SM, My Crafts” road show after SM City Santa Rosa, SM City Lucena, SM City Batangas, SM City Davao, SM City Naga, SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City Marilao, SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Taytay, SM City Pampanga, SM City Iloilo, SM City Baguio and SM City Cebu. The next stop will be in SM City Masinag.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Celeste: It feels good to be old by Nestor Cuartero May 31, 2014

JUST A THOUGHT: Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. – Maya Angelou

• • •


CELESTE LEGASPI: OPM Queen tackles nightly TV drama via GMA-7’s ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’

SENIORS ARE STARS: Mature actors in their 50s, 60s and beyond are proving they have every right, are willing and able to continue interrupted careers by staging so-called comebacks at their own pace and liking.

That’s one of the privileges of being a senior player, especially if one has built a solid reputation and an enviable body of work that can neither be ignored nor forgotten. It is true whether one’s accomplishment is in acting or in singing.

Two actresses, one of them also a renowned singer, are cast side by side for the first time together on the forthcoming teleserye, “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” (GMA).

Celeste Legaspi and Coney Reyes, otherwise working in opposite poles of the entertainment spectrum in their prime, find themselves in the exciting parts of antagonists as they play mothers to opposing characters, played in the series by Maricel Soriano and Dingdong Dantes, respectively.

• • •

GREAT TO BE OLD: OPM Queen Celeste is making a comeback to TV acting after an interrupted stint (due to pneumonia) on TV5 series, “Glamorosa,” in 2013.

Prior to “Glamorosa,” she kept a low profile for about 10 years, considering herself retired, as a weekend farmer. Celeste and her husband, Nonoy Gallardo, tend an herbal garden at Leisure Farms in Lemery, Batangas.

The singer-actress, who is also now a grandmother to three-year-old Diego, says she still considers herself “retired,” although such lull in her career is occasionally breached by a theatrical appearance (“Mga Ama, Mga Anak” at the CCP) or a guest shot on Ryan Cayabyab’s recent 60th birth anniversary concert, also at the CCP.

Celeste says it feels great to be old… and retired. Not one to hide her years, she refuses to dye her hair black to look forever young. She has opted instead for a golden, blondish streak that becomes her.

She is channeling her new look – sophisticated and confident – in her role as Maricel’s mother in “Mrs. Real,” the story of a bigamous man who marries two women in the same lifetime.

“It’s a kind, sympathetic role, something that’s hard to do,” she says. Celeste finds doing offbeat roles easier than playing it kind and understanding.

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BATANGAS THEIR PLAYGROUND: Batangas is getting to be a favorite playground among actors wanting to become politicians in 2016.

Following in the footsteps of Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, whose record in government service both in Lipa and in the entire province itself is exemplary, are a number of would-be public servants, including Ai Ai delas Alas (mayor of Calatagan), Christopher de Leon (incumbent board member), Joko Diaz (already a Batangas resident), and Luis Manzano.

Luis is reportedly running for mayor of Lipa, a post thrice held by his mother, who is said to be a shoo-in either for Congress or the vice-presidency!

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TAAL VISTA FILM SCREENINGS: Watching the stars literally under the stars in a cool, breezy evening is possibly one of the most romantic experiences of all.

Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7, guests at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay can now enjoy such privilege while watching their favorite family films, US drive-in style.

The hotel’s weekend attraction, Movies Under The Stars, is enhanced by a giant wide screen projector and is set at the mid-garden overlooking Taal Lake and Volcano. On the menu are such Hollywood favorites as “Jurassic Park,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Chicken Run,” “Mr. Bean,” etc.

Popcorn is available at 15 pesos only to complete your viewing pleasure.

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THANKSGIVING: The family of singer-actor Lance Raymundo is thanking God for saving the life of their son following a freak gym accident in March.

Lance’s father, Nilo, and mother, ’60s actress Nina Zaldua, are hosting a thanksgiving dinner on June 4 to celebrate Lance’s new life. Lance is looking good, even better, these days following reconstructive surgery.


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