AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, CCP WELCOMES NORA AUNOR  

This Superstar is expected to grace screenings and other events at the Cinemalaya. Now for the tricky part. After the heated debates surrounding the exclusion of actress Nora Aunor from the list of national artists, the big question remains: Will she or won’t she step on the red carpet of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to attend the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 1 to 10? Aunor has an entry in this year’s Cinemalaya, Joel Lamagan’s “Hustisya,” which is vying for top awards in the Directors’ Showcase section. NORPHOTO: A Aunor (center) flanked by “Hustisya” team, costars Jeric Gonzales (left, front row) and Rocco Nacino (right, front row), and director Joel Lamangan (second from left, back row) and scriptwriter Ricky Lee (third from left, back row) at the Main Theater lobby of the CCP. The CCP is one of two institutions (the other being the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) that nominated Aunor as national artist. President Benigno Aquino III eventually dropped Aunor from the lineup. * READ MORE...

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Ill-advised or just plain ignorant?: PNoy’s pronouncement why Nora Aunor did not pass as National Artist tantamount to slander and libel. After Superstar Nora Aunor was sidelined in the bestowal of National Artist honors, and being silent for days until she finally gave her piece on the issue, now comes the President of the Republic of the Philippines explaining his side on the matter. Said he: “Noong humarap sa akin itong mga nominations, isa lang naman ang tanong: Ano ba ang titulo? National Artist. At sa aking pananaw, ‘yung National Artist ‘yung binibigyan natin ng honor na ito, puri na ganito, dahil gusto natin sabihin malaki ang inambag sa lahing Pilipino at dapat tularan. Ang naging problema ko lang doon, alam naman natin lahat na iginagalang ko ulit si Binibining Nora Aunor, na-convict po siya sa drugs. Na-convict at naparusahan at ang tanong ngayon dito, pag ginawa ba nating National Artist may mensahe ba akong maliwanag na sinasabi sa sambayanan?” (When I was faced with these nominations, there was only one question: What’s the title? National Artist. And as I see, a National Artist, the one we’re giving this honor to, this acclamation, it’s because we want to say (the person) has greatly contributed to the Filipino race and imitable. My only problem there, we all know that, again I respect Miss Nora Aunor, she was convicted for drugs. Convicted and punished and the question here now, if we make (her) National Artist do I have I a clear message that I’m telling the whole nation?) The President further explained that the use of illegal drugs is a growing problem in the country and that Mexican and African drug syndicates had been trying to set up operations in the Philippines. PNoy’s pronouncement earned more backlash as those knowledgeable of Nora’s case in the United States swear the Superstar was never convicted of the crime or punished for it. * READ MORE...

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Sinabi ng dalagang anak ni Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista na masaya siya na posibleng magkabalikan ang kaniyang ama at ina na si Maria Teresa "Tates" Gana. Napabalitang naghiwalay ang mag-partner noong Abril kasunod naman ng paglabas ng ulat na nagkakamabutihan ang alkalde at ang television host-actress na si Kris Aquino. Sa ulat ng GMA talk show na "Startalk" nitong Sabado, sinabing ang mga anak ang ibinigay na dahilan ni Herbert kung bakit naudlot ang namumuong pagtitinginan nila ni Kris. Apektado na raw kasi ang dalawa niyang anak sa common-law wife na si Tates. May 20 taon na rin na nagsasama sina Herbert at Tates, at nagbunga ang kanilang pag-iibigan ng dalawang anak -- na isang 10-year-old boy at 17-year-old girl na si Athena, na papasukin na rin ang showbiz. Nitong nakaraang Abril nang kumpirmahin nina Kris at Herbert na pagkakamabutihan sila. Pero ilang linggo lang ang lumipas at kaagad din itong nagtapos. Basahin: Kris Aquino admits relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista Nang kamustahin ng "Startalk" si Athena tungkol sa kaniyang ama, naging matipid ang tugon niya. "Ayoko na pong magsabi ng kahit ano pa mang hindi pa po nasabi before. Sana po i-respect niyo po ang privacy ng dad ko saka ng family po namin," pakiusap niya. Inihayag din ng dalaga na mabuti ang kalagayan ng kanilang pamilya. At kaugnay sa mga balitang posibleng magkabalikan ang kaniyang mga magulang, sinabi ni Athena na masaya siya tungkol dito. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Why James Yap can't celebrate San Mig Coffee's Grand Slam with Bimby just yet  

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At the height of the storm, CCP welcomes Nora Aunor



NORA Aunor (center) flanked by “Hustisya” team, costars Jeric Gonzales (left, front row) and Rocco Nacino (right, front row), and director Joel Lamangan (second from left, back row) and scriptwriter Ricky Lee (third from left, back row) at the Main Theater lobby of the CCP. RODEL ROTONI

MANILA, JULY 14, 2014
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By Bayani San Diego Jr. - Superstar is expected to grace screenings and other events at the Cinemalaya. Now for the tricky part.

After the heated debates surrounding the exclusion of actress Nora Aunor from the list of national artists, the big question remains: Will she or won’t she step on the red carpet of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to attend the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 1 to 10?

Aunor has an entry in this year’s Cinemalaya, Joel Lamagan’s “Hustisya,” which is vying for top awards in the Directors’ Showcase section.

The CCP is one of two institutions (the other being the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) that nominated Aunor as national artist. President Benigno Aquino III eventually dropped Aunor from the lineup.

* Last Wednesday, she showed up at the Cinemalaya press conference, wearing a T-shirt printed with her photo (smoking a cigarette) and the word “Hustisya” (Justice). Lamangan had the T-shirts made and gave them to the film’s cast and crew.

Cool, calm

Although the press mobbed her and threw a barrage of questions, she remained cool and calm throughout, telling relentless reporters: “Kain na muna tayo (Let’s eat first).”

Chris Millado, CCP vice president and artistic director, sees no problem, no drama, no awkwardness, should Aunor decide to participate actively in Cinemalaya events.

She is very much welcome at the CCP, said Millado and Nes Jardin, Cinemalaya Foundation president.

Traditionally, national artists are acknowledged at the start of every presentation at the CCP. With Aunor in the audience, such a practice can become potentially awkward.

“We are taking the cue from her,” Millado told the Inquirer in an exclusive interview. “The amazing thing about Nora is that, consistent with her character, she is low-profile and shy.”

He is certain that Aunor wouldn’t want to make a big fuss.

“She is so gracious … and, following her lead, we will also carry on with the same graciousness,” said Millado.

Aunor’s case is not as difficult as those of the artists whose names were removed from the roster by the Supreme Court because they didn’t go through the process.

“At least, with Nora (who passed all three stages of the selection process), everyone is saying that she deserved it,” he pointed out.

More than enough

Millado, who is a self-avowed Noranian, feels the actress deserves to be national artist. “She elevated the craft of acting. People are standing up for her … the respect that was accorded to her by this select group of artists … I think is more than enough. She doesn’t need a national artist honor at this time.”

In the meantime, Aunor is joining the Cinemalaya for the first time.

Aunor told the Inquirer: “Importante sa akin na dumalo rito dahil first time ko sa Cinemalaya. Isang karangalan na mapabilang ako sa Cinemalaya.”

Aunor related that she was drawn to the script. “It’s timely. Reunion namin nila Direk Joel at (scriptwriter) Ricky Lee. Nagkasama kami sa ‘The Flor Contemplacion Story’ (1995).”

CHRIS Millado considers the presence of major stars an affirmation of the quality of the fest’s content. photo by Leo M. Sabangan II

The indie fest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, boasts a star-studded lineup this year.

Last year, Cinemalaya had Vilma Santos in “Ekstra.” This year, it has Aunor in “Hustisya.”

Considering that Aunor and Santos are prime movers in the second golden age of Philippine cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, what is the significance of their presence in Cinemalaya?

“I would like to believe that Cinemalaya now attracts high-caliber actors who are serious about their craft,” said Millado. “We look at Nora and Vilma not as major stars, but as acting icons.”

Screen luminaries are drawn to Cinemalaya because “of the acting challenges that our films offer,” Millado explained. “Our films provide roles they can really sink their teeth into. They willingly join even though indie movies don’t really pay that well.”

The same rules of attraction apply to filmmakers, he noted.

“Now, many mainstream directors say that they wish to join Cinemalaya at least once. Some even join every year,” he said.

Millado believes it’s the relative freedom in the festival. “It’s not market-driven; it’s artist-driven,” he said.

Of course, 10 years ago, Cinemalaya organizers were not this confident.

“We envisioned this success … the vision was to reach this level,” he admitted. “But we didn’t know how long it would take.”

The first two years, they were shaking in their boots.

“But by the third or fourth year, we noticed that it was beginning to change the industry,” he recalled. “Our films kept winning in international film festivals. We attracted independent producers. Then, the stars started coming in.”


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That was the tipping point.

“Now, commercial cinemas have expressed interest in showing our films,” he said. “Cinemalaya has become a game changer that way.”

On its 10th year, Cinemalaya is adding another Ayala cinema to its list of satellite venues. Apart from Greenbelt Makati, TriNoma in Quezon City and Alabang Town Center, Cinemalaya films will now be screened at the Fairview Terraces mall.

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Ill-advised or just plain ignorant?: PNoy’s pronouncement why Nora Aunor did not pass as National Artist tantamount to slander and libel.

After Superstar Nora Aunor was sidelined in the bestowal of National Artist honors, and being silent for days until she finally gave her piece on the issue, now comes the President of the Republic of the Philippines explaining his side on the matter.


Nora Aunor

Said he: “Noong humarap sa akin itong mga nominations, isa lang naman ang tanong: Ano ba ang titulo? National Artist. At sa aking pananaw, ‘yung National Artist ‘yung binibigyan natin ng honor na ito, puri na ganito, dahil gusto natin sabihin malaki ang inambag sa lahing Pilipino at dapat tularan. Ang naging problema ko lang doon, alam naman natin lahat na iginagalang ko ulit si Binibining Nora Aunor, na-convict po siya sa drugs. Na-convict at naparusahan at ang tanong ngayon dito, pag ginawa ba nating National Artist may mensahe ba akong maliwanag na sinasabi sa sambayanan?” (When I was faced with these nominations, there was only one question: What’s the title? National Artist. And as I see, a National Artist, the one we’re giving this honor to, this acclamation, it’s because we want to say (the person) has greatly contributed to the Filipino race and imitable. My only problem there, we all know that, again I respect Miss Nora Aunor, she was convicted for drugs. Convicted and punished and the question here now, if we make (her) National Artist do I have I a clear message that I’m telling the whole nation?)


President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III

The President further explained that the use of illegal drugs is a growing problem in the country and that Mexican and African drug syndicates had been trying to set up operations in the Philippines.

PNoy’s pronouncement earned more backlash as those knowledgeable of Nora’s case in the United States swear the Superstar was never convicted of the crime or punished for it.

* For this, PNoy is liable for the crime of both slander (oral) and libel (written) – that is, imputing a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual.


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Nora Aunor’s lawyer in the U.S., Claire Navarro Espina, immediately issued a statement that contrary to what the President believes, the Superstar was never convicted for drug use or abuse.

“Nora Aunor was never convicted of a crime, let alone a crime involving drugs here in Los Angeles. I should know – I was the attorney who represented her. This issue just needs to get corrected and then let it die down and the re-application process (for National Artist award) to begin,” she posted on Facebook.


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A suspicion for a crime, then tried to be cleared and acquitted is different from being accused beyond reasonable doubt proven by hard evidence then tried and convicted for it.

Nora Aunor’s case is of the former as she was cleared of her drug possession case in 2007 after she complied to a six-month rehabilitation program and tested negative for drug use.

Click links for the stories – LA court drops Nora Aunor’s drug charges http://www.manilamaildc.net/la-court-drops-nora-aunors-drug-charges.html; Nora Aunor’s drug case dismissed by Los Angeles court http://www.pep.ph/news/14981/Nora-Aunors-U.S.-drug-case-is-now-a-closed-chapter; U.S. court drops Nora Aunor’s drug raps http://thepinoy.net/?p=948

Earlier, Nora Aunor’s issued an official statement on the matter:

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga taong sumuporta at patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin sa panahong ito ng usapin tungkol sa National Artist Awards.

“Inaamin ko pong nasaktan ako sa mga nangyari. Pero ang dagsa ng suporta na nakita ko at naramdaman mula sa aking mga kababayan – mga katrabaho ko sa industriya, mga fans at mga kaibigan, mga pari at madre, mga guro at iba pang taga-akademya, mga taga-media, mga National Artists, mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan dito at sa ibang bansa — ay sapat-sapat na upang maramdaman kong maski wala mang tropeo o karangalang igawad sa akin ang mga nasa kapangyarihan, iniluklok naman ako ng mga kababayan ko habang buhay sa kanilang mga puso bilang isang artista ng bayan.

“Para sa akin po ay mas totoo at mas masarap ang karangalang ito dahil taos-pusong nanggagaling sa mga taong siyang dahilan kung bakit ako nagpapakabuti bilang isang artista — ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Ang pagsuportang ito ang lalong nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa akin, at ng walang kapantay na inspirasyon, upang lalo kong pagbutihin ang aking sining, upang lalo akong sipagin sa pagbabahagi ng kung anumang talento meron ako, at upang lalo ko pang pag-ibayuhin na maging isang mabuti at marangal na mamamayang Pilipino.

“Maraming salamat po at pagpalain po kayo ng Diyos.”

(I would like to thank all those who supported, and continue to support, me through all this talk about the National Artist Awards.

I admit I have been hurt by all the developments. But the outpouring of support that I saw and felt from our countrymen – from my colleagues in the industry, fans and friends, priests and nuns, teachers and members of the academe, people from media, National Artists, and common citizens here and abroad – is more than enough for me to know that with or without any kind of trophy or title bestowed by the powers-that-be, my countrymen hold me dear in their hearts as an artist of the people.

For me, this is a more genuine and more fulfilling honor, because it wholeheartedly comes from the people who precisely inspire me to work hard as an artist – the Filipino people. Your support all the more gives me courage and unparalleled inspiration to improve in my craft, so that I may share whatever talent I have, and so that I may work harder to be a good and honorable Filipino.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.)

The NCCA (National Commission on Culture and Arts) and CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) stand by their decision in nominating Nora as National Artist.

Related story at https://anc.yahoo.com/news/ncca–nora-aunor-deserves-to-be-a-national-artist-040919481.html

As artistry is the sole criterion for National Artist – and not morality – many see PNoy’s biases in his decisions.

For example, he feigned ignorance about nepotism when questioned why one family – the Abad family – holds the purse of the nation.

He asked, “What’s wrong with placing them in government?”

Well, he should remember that nepotism and despotism were two reasons why his father, the martyr Ninoy, fought the Marcoses. It’s because of nepotism, too, that the country did not take off to economic prosperity under his mother’s governance as the republic became Kamag-anak Inc.


Nora wears shirt she asked from ‘Hustisya’ co-star Gardo Verzosa

Despite his noble (if it can be called as such) intentions, the President may actually be suffering from shortsightedness as the cancer cells in his lungs from unstoppable smoking may have already affected his decision-making ability.

Going back to the main issue, Ignorance of the law excuses no one – whether you’re an ordinary Juan or the elected President named Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

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Anak at kapatid ni Mayor Herbert, nagsalita tungkol sa naudlot nitong relasyon kay Kris July 12, 2014 7:26pm 27.6K 952 1 28.6K Tags: Herbert Bautista , Kris Aquino


It is a very rare opportunity that one of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista’s children will ever grant an ambush interview to a leading showbiz talk show of GMA-7,Startalk. The young and brilliant Athena Gana talks about her family life and she sincerely admitted that she wants her family to become one and ultimately happy for the rest of their lives. Athena, who is beginning to conquer the spellbinding world of local showbiz has time and again said that everybody would love to have an ideal family life. It can be recalled that her equally popular dad had a short romantic liaison with former presidential daughter and TV host Kris Aquino.

Sinabi ng dalagang anak ni Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista na masaya siya na posibleng magkabalikan ang kaniyang ama at ina na si Maria Teresa "Tates" Gana. Napabalitang naghiwalay ang mag-partner noong Abril kasunod naman ng paglabas ng ulat na nagkakamabutihan ang alkalde at ang television host-actress na si Kris Aquino.

Sa ulat ng GMA talk show na "Startalk" nitong Sabado, sinabing ang mga anak ang ibinigay na dahilan ni Herbert kung bakit naudlot ang namumuong pagtitinginan nila ni Kris.

Apektado na raw kasi ang dalawa niyang anak sa common-law wife na si Tates.

May 20 taon na rin na nagsasama sina Herbert at Tates, at nagbunga ang kanilang pag-iibigan ng dalawang anak -- na isang 10-year-old boy at 17-year-old girl na si Athena, na papasukin na rin ang showbiz.

Nitong nakaraang Abril nang kumpirmahin nina Kris at Herbert na pagkakamabutihan sila. Pero ilang linggo lang ang lumipas at kaagad din itong nagtapos.

* Nang kamustahin ng "Startalk" si Athena tungkol sa kaniyang ama, naging matipid ang tugon niya.

"Ayoko na pong magsabi ng kahit ano pa mang hindi pa po nasabi before. Sana po i-respect niyo po ang privacy ng dad ko saka ng family po namin," pakiusap niya.

Inihayag din ng dalaga na mabuti ang kalagayan ng kanilang pamilya. At kaugnay sa mga balitang posibleng magkabalikan ang kaniyang mga magulang, sinabi ni Athena na masaya siya tungkol dito.

Basahin: Herbert Bautista, babalik sa asawa matapos magkipaghiwalay kay Kris?

"Siyempre po gusto ko okey po yung pamilya namin. Siyempre po wala namang taong humihiling na magkagulo-gulo po ang pamilya. So yung po, masaya po ako," ani Athena.

Hindi naman inilihim ni Harlene Bautista na mistulang nasermonan niya ang kapatid na alkalde tungkol sa buhay pag-ibig nito.

"Parang nagiging ate ako, yung parang naninermon. Ewan ko kung binabasa niya kapag ganun na ang tono ng text ko," natatawang sabi ni Harlene na misis ng aktor na si Romnick Sarmenta.

Basahin: Romnick Sarmenta comments on negative reaction to Kris-Herbert romance

"Basta ako, sinasabi ko naman lagi, ang gusto ko lang yung maging happy siya talaga. Kung saan happy and free and yung walang compromise... diretso lang na happiness," dagdag nito.

Ayon pa kay Harlene, "Basta ako kung sino ang mahal talaga siya, at yung mamahalin talaga siya nang dahilan mahal siya," -- FRJ, GMA News

Why James Yap can't celebrate San Mig Coffee's Grand Slam with Bimby just yet July 10, 2014 1:53pm 13.8K 455 1 15.7K Tags: James Yap , Kris Aquino , San Mig Coffee Mixers


James Yap won his fourth finals MVP trophy. Nuki Sabio

"Bimby, para sa 'yo 'to!"

That was James Yap's parting shot on television after his San Mig Super Coffee Mixers completed the PBA Grand Slam on Wednesday night.

The Mixers superstar, who won Most Valuable Player honors in the Governors' Cup finals after scoring a game-high 29 points in the series-clincher, dedicated his latest trophy to his son James Aquino Yap, nicknamed Bimby.

But Big Game James has to wait a little while to celebrate the Grand Slam with his son.

That's because his ex-wife, Kris Aquino, will be in Thailand to shoot episodes of her TV show, taking along Bimby and her elder son Josh. On Thursday, she posted a picture on Instagram with her children as they embarked on the trip.

On better terms

But James probably wouldn't have to wait too long before he could spend time again with his son, especially since he and Kris have patched up their relationship to become good friends.

Their seven-year marriage ended in an annulment in 2012, followed by a bitter legal dispute over custody of Bimby.

James and Kris have come to an agreement over visitation rights, paving the way for him to spend time with Bimby.

In February, James resumed regular visits ith Bimby. He also joined his child's seventh birthday celebration last April, which also saw Bimby once again attending games live to watch his father play basketball.

Last month, Kris even posted a photo showing her, James, and Bimby hanging out, amid reports of her breakup with Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista.

For the past two years, James has been dating Italian Michella Cazzola. - JST, GMA News


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