CELEBS, COLLEAGUES PRAY FOR MIRIAM'S HEALTH

Emotions ran high online after Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago announced that she has Stage 4 lung cancer. The feisty solon said she was diagnosed with “lung cancer as of last week. I have cancer of the left lung, which makes it hard for me to breathe.” Not long after the admission, followers of the cancer-stricken senator, dubbed by Asia Magazine as The Iron Lady of Asia, expressed prayers and well wishes on Twitter. In fact, the hashtag “MiriamFight” claimed the micro-blogging site’s top trending topic locally and worldwide. “Sen. Miriam Santiago” and “Stage 4,” on the other hand, also landed on Philippine trend topics. “Ikaw Lamang” actress Kim Chiu (‏@prinsesachinita) wrote: “huhuhu miriam santiago.. why oh why???? !!!! we need you!!! our country needs a person like you! #MiriamFight.” “@senmiriam: I have cancer of the left lung. #MiriamFight” – Praying for your fast recovery, senator,” Jed Madela (‏@jedmadela) posted. Singer-actress Saab Magalona (‏@saabmagalona) feels for Santiago “being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer” and dubbed it a “sad news.” * READ MORE TWEETS...

ALSO: Kris sorry for sparking criticism against Ate Vi

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto has taken in stride the criticisms hurled at her by some netizens after TV host-actress Kris Aquino posted on Instagram a photo of a box of ensaymada and a card that the former sent. The card read: “Dearest Kris, Thank you sooo much for believing in me. I truely appreciate it friend… “Life is short… Enjoy it – You are so bless… God is good! Smile J I Love You. Ate Vi <3.” The correct spelling is “truly” and the noun should have been “blessed.” Santos addressed the issue via a text message to Aquino. “Hi Kris… I am being bashed because of your instagram post. Hahaha. I guess marami pa akong dapat matutunan. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. Tao lang; nagkakamali.” * READ MORE...

ALSO: Despite flak, Vilma Santos thanks grammar police

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos on Tuesday laughed off the flak she got from the Instagram followers of Kris Aquino for what the critics deemed a grammatically-flawed message she sent her along with a box of “ensaymada.” “Hi Kris…I am being bashed because of your [Instagram] post. Hahaha. I guess marami pa akong dapat matutunan. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. Tao lang; nagkakamali. Sa mga bashers…Salamat po..Again, thanks for believing in me. Until next time…,” Santos told Aquino in a text message. The presidential sister posted the text message on her Instagram account. * READ MRE...

ALSO: Vilma Santos also eligible to receive National Artist award, husband Recto says

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos’ husband believes that she is also eligible to receive the National Artist award. Dodging reporters’ questions on Tuesday about the governor’s political plans, Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto instead joked about his wife having many movie offers. “Marami syang offer ng mga pelikula ngayon (She has a lot of movie offers now),” Recto told reporters. But when pressed about Santos’ political plans, the senator said: “Palagay ko sa mga darating na panahon, I think both of them with Nora are eligible for the National Artist awards.” (I think in the future, I think both of them with Nora are eligible for the National Artist awards.) Recto was referring to Nora Aunor, whose nomination as National Artist for film was rejected by President Benigno Aquino III. Told that Aquino rejected Aunor’s nomination because of her drug case, the senator said: “Wala akong alam dun. Ang alam ko lang I think she’s eligible for the National Artist Award at ’pag nauna sya e di susunod na rin si V.” Recto is part of the administration’s Liberal Party being headed by the President. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Recto to stepson Luis Manzano: Marriage first before politics

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto wants his stepson, actor Luis “Lucky” Manzano, to get married first before dabbling into politics. Manzano is the son of the senator’s wife, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos with her former husband, actor Edu Manzano. While there have been discussions about Luis’ possible foray into politics, Recto said: “It doesn’t mean he’s (Luis) running.” “I think for Luis right now, for me at sa pinag-uusapan namin, mas mahalaga ngayon para sa akin na ikasal na din s’ya, magka-anak na rin sya at para magkaroon ng apo si V (Vilma), maging lola na yung asawa ko,” the senator told reporters on Tuesday. (I think for Luis right now, and based on what we have been talking about, it is more important for him to get married, build a family, so that V can finally have a grandchild, and she can become a grandmother.) Asked if the marriage should come first before politics, the senator said: “I think more important for Luis is that he has his own family bago ang politika (before politics)…” Luis is currently in a relationship with actress Angel Locsin, who the senator approves of for his stepson. “I think she’s a very nice lady…” Recto said. Asked again if he likes Locsin for Luis, the senator was quick to say “syempre (of course).” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Celebs, colleagues pray for Senator Miriam



Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (Photo by Bob Dungo, Jr.)

MANILA, JUNE 30, 2014
(MANILA BULLETIN) by Jecelyn V. Macahindog - Emotions ran high online after Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago announced that she has Stage 4 lung cancer.

The feisty solon said she was diagnosed with “lung cancer as of last week. I have cancer of the left lung, which makes it hard for me to breathe.”

Not long after the admission, followers of the cancer-stricken senator, dubbed by Asia Magazine as The Iron Lady of Asia, expressed prayers and well wishes on Twitter.

In fact, the hashtag “MiriamFight” claimed the micro-blogging site’s top trending topic locally and worldwide. “Sen. Miriam Santiago” and “Stage 4,” on the other hand, also landed on Philippine trend topics.

“Ikaw Lamang” actress Kim Chiu (‏@prinsesachinita) wrote: “huhuhu miriam santiago.. why oh why???? !!!! we need you!!! our country needs a person like you! #MiriamFight.”

“@senmiriam: I have cancer of the left lung. #MiriamFight” – Praying for your fast recovery, senator,” Jed Madela (‏@jedmadela) posted.

Singer-actress Saab Magalona (‏@saabmagalona) feels for Santiago “being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer” and dubbed it a “sad news.”

* Host Kat De Castro (@KatDeCastro), on the other hand, is “Shocked” and appealed, “Please, let’s all pray for her. :( .”

“Bandila” anchor Julius Babao (@juLiusbabao) also asked for prayers. “Let’s pray for @senmiriam I hope she will be healed from lung cancer. The senate will never be the same without her. #prayforsenatormiriam.”

“Iron woman indeed. Sending prayers your way, Ma’am @senmiriam,” said “Pinoy Big Brother” host Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca).

YouTube sensations Jamich (‏@ilovejamich) posted: “Sad news! Sen. Miriam Santiago has a lung cancer too. Kaya po natin to because God is with us! #MiriamFight @senmiriam.” They added in another post, “Let’s always include her in our prayers! #MiriamFight”

Radio jock Christopher William Schneider (@ChrisSchneider7) said in a tweet: “Praying you overcome the odds Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. The Philippines needs you! #MiriamFight.”

“Let us all PRAY for The Iron Lady of the Philippine politics. #MiriamFight,” wrote former “PBB” housemate and volleyball player Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichepi).

In a post, actor Rap Fernandez (@rap_fernandez) informed his followers that “Median stage 4 lung cancer life expectancy is only around 8 months.”

Meanwhile, fellow senators also expressed their support for their sick colleague.

Senator Pia Cayetano praised Santiago for remaining “calm and upbeat” despite being ill.

“Listening to Sen Miriam’s live prescon where she announces she has lung cancer. Sen Miriam remains calm and upbeat about beating her lung cancer. Says she just needs to take 2 pils [sic] a day. Asked if the cancer has spread, Sen Miriam says she’s been disciplined all her life, even her cancer cels [sic] are behaving and not spreading,” Cayetano (@piacayetano) said in successive posts.

For his part, Senator Sonny Angara (@sonnyangara) posted, “We wish senator Miriam good health and possibly recovery from the cancer she disclosed today, GET WELL PO. Ma’am!!”

Miriam fights

In a series of posts on her official Facebook page, Santiago related how she discovered having the big C.

“Everytime I was checked for chronic fatigue syndrome, I would get a CT scan but they couldn’t see it because my lungs were already filled with fluid and it just appeared as a small blur on the scan #MiriamFight.”

She maintained, “I’m not afraid of cancer. There is nothing I’m afraid of.” Santiago is set to undergo chemotherapy but in the “form a tablet.”

Santiago, who resigned from the International Criminal Court due to chronic fatigue syndrome, hinted at running for presidency come 2016.

“When I go into remission, I might announce my candidacy for president for 2016 unless God gives me another disease #MiriamFight,” she said, adding, “I am very happy with the life I have lived. #MiriamFight.”

Kris sorry for sparking criticism against Ate Vi by Jecelyn V. Macahindog
July 2, 2014


Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto and Kris Aquino (file photos)

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto has taken in stride the criticisms hurled at her by some netizens
after TV host-actress Kris Aquino posted on Instagram a photo of a box of ensaymada and a card that the former sent.

The card read: “Dearest Kris, Thank you sooo much for believing in me. I truely appreciate it friend…

“Life is short… Enjoy it – You are so bless… God is good! Smile J I Love You. Ate Vi <3.”

The correct spelling is “truly” and the noun should have been “blessed.”

Santos addressed the issue via a text message to Aquino.

“Hi Kris… I am being bashed because of your instagram post. Hahaha. I guess marami pa akong dapat matutunan. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. Tao lang; nagkakamali.”

* The governor then told her detractors, “…Salamat po . Again, thanks for believing in me. Until next time….”

Aquino was quick in apologizing to Santos, explaining how she, “Didn’t think about the wrong spelling because what mattered to me was your kindness & the thought behind the card.”

She asked Santos for permission to make their exchange public, to which the latter acquiesced.

In posting the exchange, Aquino wrote as caption: “I woke up & saw this text from Ate Vi. And it made me realize why I am such a fan of this woman: she is BRAVE, she has a WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR, she has WISDOM, and she is TRUTHFUL!

“Above everything else, she remains HUMBLE! HINDI SYA PIKON KASI NGA ALAM NYA THAT HER LIFE IS GOOD.”

According to Aquino, Santos’ example “will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life!”

FROM THE INQUIRER

Despite flak, Vilma Santos thanks grammar police INQUIRER.netJuly 2, 2014 | 10:36 am

MANILA, Philippines—Batangas Governor Vilma Santos on Tuesday laughed off the flak she got from the Instagram followers of Kris Aquino for what the critics deemed a grammatically-flawed message she sent her along with a box of “ensaymada.”

“Hi Kris…I am being bashed because of your [Instagram] post. Hahaha. I guess marami pa akong dapat matutunan. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. Tao lang; nagkakamali. Sa mga bashers…Salamat po..Again, thanks for believing in me. Until next time…,” Santos told Aquino in a text message. The presidential sister posted the text message on her Instagram account.


Photo from Kris Aquino’s Instagram account

*
(Hi Kris…I am being bashed because of your Instagram post. Hahaha. I guess I still have to learn a lot. I take all of these as constructive criticisms. I am just human, I make mistakes. To my bashers, thank you. Again, thanks for believing in me. Until next time.)


VILMA Santos

Aquino also posted her reply to Santos’ message, apologizing on behalf of her followers.

“I’m sorry Ate Vi. I did not think about the wrong spelling because what mattered to me was your kindness [and] the thought behind the card,” Aquino replied.

In the caption of the composite image, Aquino praised Santos for her “bravery, sense of humor, wisdom and humility.”

“Hindi [s’ya] pikon kasi nga alam [n’ya] that her life is good (She is not overly sensitive because she knows that her life is good). Her example will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life,” Aquino said.

On Monday, Aquino posted a photo of the box of ensaymada that Santos sent her.

The box of pastries came with a note from Santos that read, “Dearest Kris, Thank you sooo much for believing in me! I truely appreciate it friend…Life is short…Enjoy it—You are so bless. God is good! Smile. I love you!”


Photo from Kris Aquino’s Instagram account

Many of Aquino’s followers bashed the two for different reasons—the actress-governor for her “wrong spelling and grammar,” and the host-actress for posting the message even if she had already possibly noticed the flaws in the syntax.

Other followers of Aquino, however, defended the two, saying that the mistakes were “not a big deal.”

Vilma Santos also eligible to receive National Artist award, husband Recto says By Maila Ager | INQUIRER.netJuly 1, 2014 | 4:32 pm

MANILA, Philippines—Batangas Governor Vilma Santos’ husband believes that she is also eligible to receive the National Artist award.

Dodging reporters’ questions on Tuesday about the governor’s political plans, Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto instead joked about his wife having many movie offers.

“Marami syang offer ng mga pelikula ngayon (She has a lot of movie offers now),” Recto told reporters.

But when pressed about Santos’ political plans, the senator said: “Palagay ko sa mga darating na panahon, I think both of them with Nora are eligible for the National Artist awards.”
(I think in the future, I think both of them with Nora are eligible for the National Artist awards.)

Recto was referring to Nora Aunor, whose nomination as National Artist for film was rejected by President Benigno Aquino III.

Told that Aquino rejected Aunor’s nomination because of her drug case, the senator said: “Wala akong alam dun. Ang alam ko lang I think she’s eligible for the National Artist Award at ’pag nauna sya e di susunod na rin si V.”

Recto is part of the administration’s Liberal Party being headed by the President.

Recto to stepson Luis Manzano: Marriage first before politics
By Maila Ager | INQUIRER.netJuly 1, 2014 | 3:59 pm


LUIS Manzano. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto wants his stepson, actor Luis “Lucky” Manzano, to get married first before dabbling into politics.

Manzano is the son of the senator’s wife, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos with her former husband, actor Edu Manzano.

While there have been discussions about Luis’ possible foray into politics, Recto said: “It doesn’t mean he’s (Luis) running.”

“I think for Luis right now, for me at sa pinag-uusapan namin, mas mahalaga ngayon para sa akin na ikasal na din s’ya, magka-anak na rin sya at para magkaroon ng apo si V (Vilma), maging lola na yung asawa ko,” the senator told reporters on Tuesday.
(I think for Luis right now, and based on what we have been talking about, it is more important for him to get married, build a family, so that V can finally have a grandchild, and she can become a grandmother.)

Asked if the marriage should come first before politics, the senator said: “I think more important for Luis is that he has his own family bago ang politika (before politics)…”

Luis is currently in a relationship with actress Angel Locsin, who the senator approves of for his stepson.

“I think she’s a very nice lady…” Recto said.

Asked again if he likes Locsin for Luis, the senator was quick to say “syempre (of course).”


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