MEMORIES OF TACLOBAN NEVER FADE

February, 2014 would always remain in our memory every time something reminds us of Tacloban. A photograph, a report from the location, a call from a friend who stayed behind long after others had gone home. This is my home, we recalled Jessica Corpus telling us over and over again. It is now July, five months after our visit, and eight months since the tragedy but the town is still devastated by the memory. Since then, donations with all types of food, drinks, tents as lodging, entertainment in the form of music and medicine had helped ease the pain as the less fortunate whiled the time away. We have kept in touch with Jessica, our roommate during those three unforgettable days when we would whisper important and less important observations in the dark of the night. Jessica is now in her fourth year of Arts and Sciences and she would text us greetings during Mother’s Day and we would ask her for updates on how she was. On such a day when we hadn’t heard from her for a good number of weeks, we decided to text her. What was the situation? We wanted to know. Normal na ba? May tubig na ba at ilaw, at nagawa na ba ang lahat ng bahay? “Sa ngayon hindi pa gaanong normal. Marami pa ang nakatira sa tent. Mayroon pong tinatawag na Tent City ngayon sa may San Jose dahil nasa mga tent lang po sila. Mayroon naman pong kuryente at tubig,” Jessica quickly responded. We were eager to know what she was doing and what her future plans were. Again she answered, “Sa ngayon nag-aasikaso ng enrollment. Gusto ko pong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at maging writer.” We were surprised, knowing that she was enrolled in Arts and Sciences. We wanted to dissuade her and tell her there was no money in writing. * READ MORE...

ALSO: ER Ejercito, KC Concepcion bag top Famas acting plums 

Former Laguna Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan became emotional in accepting the Best Actor trophy at the 62nd Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (Famas) awards held Sunday night at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resorts & Casino. Estregan won for his work on the film “Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden,” said to be loosely based on the rise of Arturo Porcuna in the Manila underworld in the ’60s. “Nung tinanggal ako sa pagiging governor sa Laguna, ‘di ako naiyak (pero) parang naluluha ako ngayon,” he said in his acceptance speech. Recall that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Estregan from his post due to alleged campaign overspending in the May 2013 elections. “Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden” also bagged other Famas trophies including Best Cinematography (for Carlo Mendoza) and Best Musical Score (Carmina Cuya). Estregan’s counterpart was none other than his leading lady in the film, KC Concepcion. Her role in the film – femme fatale Marla de Guzman – figured in several physical scenes that required the actress to train for it including martial arts. * READ MORE...

ALSO: KC gets back to work

KC Concepcion faced media on Friday fresh from a long stay abroad, and was immediately bombarded with questions about her alleged pregnancy and supposed abortion. “Sobrang walang katotohanan,” KC told “Bandila” insisting, “Never ako – ever – nabuntis sa buong buhay ko at lalong never ako nagpa-abort.” The 29-year-old Kapamilya actress has been in the country since June. Although she has been lying low, some have reported seeing her with rumored boyfriend Paulo Avelino being cozy in Baguio. Asked about the status of their relationship, KC told Push, “We’re okay. We’re both busy. We’re both happy with our ABS-CBN projects, which is important. Sa time namin ngayon in our lives, important ’yung work.” She added, “He makes the effort din naman eh. Na-appreciate ko talaga ’yun. Basta okay kami.”  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Surprise, surprise! 

Both romantic, heartthrobs Gerald Anderson and Daniel Padilla sure know how to melt the hearts of their real-life and on-screen partners Maja Salvador and Kathryn Bernardo, respectively. Gerald made his girlfriend Maja Salvador giddy when he stepped on stage during her concert at the Music Museum over the weekend. He joined Maja while she was singing Demi Lovato’s hit “Skyscraper.” It’s one of rare times they’ve shown sweetness to each other publicly. Maja turned emotional in expressing her happiness being Gerald’s girl. “Madamot man po kami sa mga interviews namin or kung saan man, pero masaya po ako na grabe niya ako protektahan,” she said right after the number. “Kung puwede ko lang po sabihin ng detalyado, pero siyempre sa amin na lang po ’yun. Pero napaka-suwerte ko po. Sobrang suwerte ko po.” In an interview the next day, Gerald said weathering storms together has toughened them. * READ MORE...

 


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Memories of Tacloban never fade



Yolanda survivors in Legarda, Tacloban play basketball — ERNIE PEñAREDONDO

MANILA, JULY 14, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo  - February, 2014 would always remain in our memory every time something reminds us of Tacloban. A photograph, a report from the location, a call from a friend who stayed behind long after others had gone home.

This is my home, we recalled Jessica Corpus telling us over and over again.

It is now July, five months after our visit, and eight months since the tragedy but the town is still devastated by the memory. Since then, donations with all types of food, drinks, tents as lodging, entertainment in the form of music and medicine had helped ease the pain as the less fortunate whiled the time away.

We have kept in touch with Jessica, our roommate during those three unforgettable days when we would whisper important and less important observations in the dark of the night. Jessica is now in her fourth year of Arts and Sciences and she would text us greetings during Mother’s Day and we would ask her for updates on how she was.

On such a day when we hadn’t heard from her for a good number of weeks, we decided to text her.

What was the situation? We wanted to know. Normal na ba? May tubig na ba at ilaw, at nagawa na ba ang lahat ng bahay? “Sa ngayon hindi pa gaanong normal. Marami pa ang nakatira sa tent. Mayroon pong tinatawag na Tent City ngayon sa may San Jose dahil nasa mga tent lang po sila. Mayroon naman pong kuryente at tubig,” Jessica quickly responded.

We were eager to know what she was doing and what her future plans were. Again she answered, “Sa ngayon nag-aasikaso ng enrollment. Gusto ko pong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at maging writer.” We were surprised, knowing that she was enrolled in Arts and Sciences. We wanted to dissuade her and tell her there was no money in writing.

* Instead, we asked about the news of the family from Tacloban who had perished when their living quarters were burned down, and wondered if she knew them. We could feel her tightened up as she appeared to be keeping her emotions in check. “Nasunog po ’yung tent na tinutuluyan nila. ’Yung ina at anim na anak po ang namatay. Hindi po sila nakalabas ng tent…’yung ama po hindi nila kasama dahil nasa Samar siya nag-tatrabaho.” And yes, she knew them. What a double tragedy for the father, we thought.

After the difficulty of starting a new life in rescuing his wife and children, finding a new job, now this? Life is not fair, indeed.

With regards to her studies, Jessica informed us she will be graduating in 2016 and that she divides her time between attending to her family and her schooling. We congratulated her for the birthday we had missed last June 22 when we were in Europe and promised a pasalubong.

On a last note, we asked Jessica what she has learned from the Tacloban tragedy and quickly she answered, “Natuto akong pahalagahan ang pamilya ko. Nalaman ko pong sadyang napakahalaga ng oras, at nagkaroon ako ng matinding pananampalataya sa Diyos.”

Still, we should remember that there are those out there doing their bit at continually helping the survivors of the Tacloban tragedy in the best way they can. In her column, Lea Salonga spoke of the performance she participated in at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Titled After the Storm, it was a concert for the benefit of Supertyphoon Yolanda survivors. “For me,” mused Lea, “it was a reminder that there are those who still need help. We cannot forget them, hence, this tap on the shoulder. Yes, other matters take up our collective thoughts — matters of personal, profession, political and societal importance. But still, we have brothers and sisters hoping they are remembered.”

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

ER Ejercito, KC Concepcion bag top Famas acting plums by Marjorie S. Duran July 14, 2014 (updated)


KC Concepcion and ER Ejercito

Former Laguna Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan became emotional in accepting the Best Actor trophy at the 62nd Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (Famas) awards held Sunday night at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resorts & Casino.

Estregan won for his work on the film “Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden,” said to be loosely based on the rise of Arturo Porcuna in the Manila underworld in the ’60s.

“Nung tinanggal ako sa pagiging governor sa Laguna, ‘di ako naiyak (pero) parang naluluha ako ngayon,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Recall that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Estregan from his post due to alleged campaign overspending in the May 2013 elections.

“Shoot to Kill: Boy Golden” also bagged other Famas trophies including Best Cinematography (for Carlo Mendoza) and Best Musical Score (Carmina Cuya).

Estregan’s counterpart was none other than his leading lady in the film, KC Concepcion. Her role in the film – femme fatale Marla de Guzman – figured in several physical scenes that required the actress to train for it including martial arts.

* Action thriller film “On The Job,” about prisoners cum hitmen, romped away with the Best Picture award. Earlier, the film received rave reviews from international critics at Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Jury’s Choice as well as Best Actor for Joel Torre at the Puncheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Pen Medina and Bela Padilla of “10,000 Hours” were named Famas Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Padilla, who co-hosted the event, said she didn’t expect to win, thinking the prize would go to Angel Aquino of “On The Job.”

Adrian Cabido of movie “Lauriana” bested the more popular Ryzza Mae Dizon and James “Bimby” Aquino-Yap in the Best Child Performer category.

Instead of just one awardee, six actors received the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award, including Julia Barretto, Janine Gutierrez and James Reid.

The following won in the other categories: “Kung Fu Divas” (Best Special Effects); “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay” (Best Visual Effects); Jay Halili for “On The Job” (Best Editing); “On The Job” (Best Sound); “Midas” composed and interpreted by Abra for “Boy Golden: Michiko Yamamoto and Eric Matti for “On The Job” (Best Story); and Joel Bilbao and Fritz Silorio for “Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill” (Best Production Design).

KC gets back to work by Jecelyn V. Macahindog July 12, 2014 (updated)


KC CONCEPCION

KC Concepcion faced media on Friday fresh from a long stay abroad, and was immediately bombarded with questions about her alleged pregnancy and supposed abortion.

“Sobrang walang katotohanan,” KC told “Bandila” insisting, “Never ako – ever – nabuntis sa buong buhay ko at lalong never ako nagpa-abort.”

The 29-year-old Kapamilya actress has been in the country since June. Although she has been lying low, some have reported seeing her with rumored boyfriend Paulo Avelino being cozy in Baguio.

Asked about the status of their relationship, KC told Push, “We’re okay. We’re both busy. We’re both happy with our ABS-CBN projects, which is important. Sa time namin ngayon in our lives, important ’yung work.”

She added, “He makes the effort din naman eh. Na-appreciate ko talaga ’yun. Basta okay kami.”

* KC will be busy in the coming months having signed a new two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.

On Instagram, she wrote, “ABSCBN has been my home & I’m so humbled to have this fresh new start as an actress/artist.”

She revealed that she will be part of the “new book” of the Kim Chiu-Coco Martin starrer “Ikaw Lamang.”

As to her role in the series, she related, “Hindi siya ’yung todo bida. Hindi (rin) siya ’yung todo kontrabida. Parang character role siya.”

Surprise, surprise!  by Mikee Delizo July 13, 2014

Prized Kapamilya talents make their on-screen partners’ hearts a-flutter



Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador (Screengrab from ABS-CBNNews.com)

Both romantic, heartthrobs Gerald Anderson and Daniel Padilla sure know how to melt the hearts of their real-life and on-screen partners Maja Salvador and Kathryn Bernardo, respectively.

Gerald made his girlfriend Maja Salvador giddy when he stepped on stage during her concert at the Music Museum over the weekend. He joined Maja while she was singing Demi Lovato’s hit “Skyscraper.” It’s one of rare times they’ve shown sweetness to each other publicly.

Maja turned emotional in expressing her happiness being Gerald’s girl.

“Madamot man po kami sa mga interviews namin or kung saan man, pero masaya po ako na grabe niya ako protektahan,” she said right after the number. “Kung puwede ko lang po sabihin ng detalyado, pero siyempre sa amin na lang po ’yun. Pero napaka-suwerte ko po. Sobrang suwerte ko po.”

In an interview the next day, Gerald said weathering storms together has toughened them.

* Like Gerald, hot celeb Daniel knows how to keep surprises secret till he springs them on his onscreen partner and rumored girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo.


Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo (Publicity photo)

“Hindi ko nabubuking. Siya mismo ang nagsasabi na ‘Alam mo, may ibibigay ako.’ Sabi ko, ‘Hindi ka na naman nakatiis no?’” she said on “The Buzz,” Sunday.

Among Daniel’s special gifts to her were a necklace with heart-shaped pendant, and two dogs.

They dismissed issues linking them to their c0-stars in “She’s Dating The Gangster” particularly to Sofia Louise Andres.

“Hindi naman ito ’yung first time po na binigyan kami ng ka-love triangle pero first time na with Sofia. And si Sofia, nakasama ko na siya sa ‘Princess and I’ – kapatid ko siya, kilala ko po talaga siya,” Kathryn said.

She continued, “So nu’ng sa kanya binigay ’yung role, alam ko na sobrang saya niya kasi matagal din po siyang nag-hintay. Kaya kung sinasabi nilang may issue, para ma-clear, wala talaga. Lahat kami dito sa ‘She’s Dating The Gangster,’ para kaming family talaga.”

Daniel appealed to their supporters to refrain from being negative towards their co-actors.

“’Wag po tayong mang-away ng ganong mga tao. Hindi porket nakakasama namin ni Kathryn, aawayin. Hindi po ’yun maganda, siyempre. Wala naman po ’yun, lahat po kami magkakaibigan sa showbiz.”


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