CINEMALAYA X" NORA AUNOR'S 1st, JANITOR LEADS WITH 5 AWARDS 

PHOTO: Best Actress (Directors Showcase) Nora Aunor (extreme right) with (from left) directors Jay Altarejos and Francis Xavier Pasion (holding their Best Film trophies for Kasal and Bwaya, respectively), Cinemalaya festival director Chris Millado, Best Actress (New Breed) Eula Valdes and Cinemalaya Foundation head Nestor Jardin —Nora Aunor has added another trophy to her gallery of awards. This is the Cinemalaya X Best Actress (Directors Showcase) plum for the Joel Lamangan film Hustisya after winning the other night at the annual independent film festival. It’s her first balanghai, an independent award, which makes the recognition extra special for the movie icon who has won every possible mainstream award out there.

“Sa wakas nagkaroon na rin ako ng pelikula sa Cinemalaya (Finally, I had a Cinemalaya movie),” said Nora in her acceptance speech, which was met by thunderous applause from the audience. “Asahan ninyo po na habang nandyan kayo, na sumusuporta pa rin po, ay patuloy pa rin po akong gagawa ng mga pelikulang makabuluhan at kapupulutan po ng aral, lalong lalo na ng mga kabataan (You can expect that for as long as you are around, supporting me, I will do meaningful movies, where the youth can learn from. I hope my films will serve as an inspiration to them).” Since filmmaking is a collaborative work, Nora also acknowledged the efforts of direk Joel, scriptwriter Ricky Lee and the men and women behind Hustisya, which had given her the rare opportunity to portray the foul-mouthed Biring, the runner-turned-madam with a conscience, who has tried to get away from the chains of human trafficking but fails to change the course of her life. Nora, of course, thanked her fans, who according to her, “without you, I wouldn’t be here.” These are the people “who would line up and fight (for me and also thank you to) my friends who believed and continue to believe in me.” * CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Kris Aquino interviews, teases Herbert Bautista  

PHOTO: Composite image of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Kris Aquino.– Kris Aquino said it herself: it was an event no one expected to happen this soon. In the Monday, August 11 episode of ABS-CBN's late night talk show “Aquino and Abunda Tonight,” the TV host-actress did a one-on-one interview with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. “Hindi natin aakalaing mangyayari ito but it's happening tonight,” Kris said as she introduces Bautista as the program's guest. Kris' co-host Boy Abunda was not present during the interview due to an illness. To recall, Kris admitted dating Bautista earlier this year, but later said that they are not a couple but just “best of friends.” Last June, Kris said she's waiting for a sorry from Bautista after giving a TV interview saying he no longer wants to reconcile with Kris. The two have since mended fences and are now friends. In the “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” episode, Kris and Bautista discussed the Quezon City mayor's slapping of a Chinese national who was caught with 10 kilos of shabu last Friday. “Sinabi ni Human Rights Commission chair Etta Rosales na, ‘Mali yata iyan.’ That’s why I apologized. I apologized to the public, especially to the youth. Hindi naman tama na magiging leaders sila someday, sasabihin, ‘Bakit si Mayor ginagawa niya ito dati’,” Bautista said. He added: “By nature kasi, hindi ako nananakit ng tao. Hindi ako physically nananakit ng tao.”  * CONTINUE READING...

(ALSO) Mark Bautista: ‘A little pressure’ in playing Ferdinand Marcos

Mark Bautista, one of the lead actors of the coming West End staging of the musical “Here Lies Love,” knows only too well that portraying a controversial and polarizing figure like the late President Ferdinand Marcos is bound to generate mixed reactions, especially in social media. Mark told a group of reporters recently, “There’s a little bit of pressure because some people like Marcos and others don’t. As early as now, I’m getting comments on Instagram, asking why I’m doing the role. They say Marcos was corrupt, a womanizer, this and that…” Unfazed --He remains unfazed by discouraging feedback, saying that what he is preparing to do is “for the arts, entertainment.” He said “Here Lies Love”—which follows First Lady Imelda Marcos’ “meteoric rise to power, and then to her descent into infamy”—would not be delving too much into politics.“Imelda’s shoe collection will not even be tackled,” said Mark, who tried out for the role during the Manila auditions in July (he sang the Tom Jones hit, “Kiss”). “The play is more about the couple’s personal lives and colorful love story.” Created by David Byrne of the new wave band Talking Heads and DJ-record producer Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook, the musical received critical acclaim when it premiered in New York last year. The West End production runs from Sept. 30 to Jan. 8 at the Dorfman Theatre, housed in The Royal National Theatre complex.* CONTINUE  READING...

ALSO: ‘2nd part’ of Paolo Bediones’ alleged sex video goes viral 

The “2nd part” of Paolo Bediones’ (photo) alleged sex video goes viral on Friday.-File Photo MANILA, Philippines- Paolo Bediones’ alleged second video scandal went viral on Friday. According to reports, the news anchor was with the same girl in his first alleged video scandal, which made people speculate that the second video is a continuation of the first one. It was more than sixteen minutes long. It was in July when his alleged first home recording scandal broke out, while his home network, TV5, had expressed support for the “Aksyon Tonite” host. Related: TV5 supporst Paolo Bediones amid sex video allegations. Early this month, Paolo sought the help of the anti-cybercrime police to track down the source of the video, believed to have been taken from his damaged laptop. He even posted a photo on his Instagram account showing a supposed blackmail note, which he also presented to the Philippine National Police. Related: Paolo Bediones seeks anti-cybercrime police's help As of the moment, Paolo’s camp remains mum on the issue. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Lav Diaz’s epic ‘Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon’ wins top prize at Locarno fest

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” won the top prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held in Switzerland, Saturday evening (Swiss time). Diaz’s film won the Golden Leopard (or Pardo de Oro) in the fest’s main competition. Locarno is considered one of the top 14 film festivals in the world, along with Cannes, Venice and Berlin. Diaz, who attended the film fest in Switzerland, told the Inquirer in an email interview, that he dedicated the honor to the country: “This award is not just for me; it’s for Philippine cinema.” According to the Locarno web site, the film won a cash prize of 90,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer of the Best Picture.
Diaz’s film also brought home the Fipresci prize, which is handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics—an organization of movie experts and reviewers.
* READ MORE... 

ALSO: Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera—that was a second proposal  

PHOTO: Marian shows off the first engagement ring that Dingdong gave in Macau. PHOTOS Courtesy of Dantes family. In the beginning was your usual boy-meets-girl scenario. Only this one was accompanied by set lights and cameras. The boy was named Sergio; the girl, Marimar. They were brought together by destiny to beat the odds. “Marimar,” Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s first show together, broke the ground for their own story as a couple. It wasn’t love at first sight, but what they put on for show became true. After the teleserye’s run, Dong and Marian remained an inseparable couple, solidifying the erstwhile screen love team.

At the MGM Butterfly Pavilion (front row, from left): Vicky Dantes, Marian Rivera, Trina Dantes-Quema, Tyler Quema and JP Quema; (back frow, from left) Jude Gonzalez, Dingdong Dantes, Aya Dantes-Aurelio, Jon Aurelio, Angeline Dantes and Angelo Dantes Eventually, Dong decided that a marriage proposal was in order. The first step was to acquire a ring. Then he gathered the guys in his family and showed them the ring, for opinions. There apparently being no negative reviews, he worked out an elaborate plan that involved his immediate family. First proposal --One day in August 2012, family members went to Macau to lay out a whole shindig for Marian: 1) a huge dome full of butterflies, which have a major significance in their relationship; 2) a familiar song, “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko”; 3) a speech by her beau that promised “forever,” and 4) the ring, of course. * READ MORE..


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Cinemalaya X: Nora’s 1st, Janitor leads with 5 awards


Best Actress (Directors Showcase) Nora Aunor (extreme right) with (from left) directors Jay Altarejos and Francis Xavier Pasion (holding their Best Film trophies for Kasal and Bwaya, respectively), Cinemalaya festival director Chris Millado, Best Actress (New Breed) Eula Valdes and Cinemalaya Foundation head Nestor Jardin —Photos by Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, AUGUST 18, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Jerry Donato - Nora Aunor has added another trophy to her gallery of awards.

This is the Cinemalaya X Best Actress (Directors Showcase) plum for the Joel Lamangan film Hustisya after winning the other night at the annual independent film festival. It’s her first balanghai, an independent award, which makes the recognition extra special for the movie icon who has won every possible mainstream award out there.

“Sa wakas nagkaroon na rin ako ng pelikula sa Cinemalaya (Finally, I had a Cinemalaya movie),” said Nora in her acceptance speech, which was met by thunderous applause from the audience. “Asahan ninyo po na habang nandyan kayo, na sumusuporta pa rin po, ay patuloy pa rin po akong gagawa ng mga pelikulang makabuluhan at kapupulutan po ng aral, lalong lalo na ng mga kabataan (You can expect that for as long as you are around, supporting me, I will do meaningful movies, where the youth can learn from. I hope my films will serve as an inspiration to them).”

Since filmmaking is a collaborative work, Nora also acknowledged the efforts of direk Joel, scriptwriter Ricky Lee and the men and women behind Hustisya, which had given her the rare opportunity to portray the foul-mouthed Biring, the runner-turned-madam with a conscience, who has tried to get away from the chains of human trafficking but fails to change the course of her life.

Nora, of course, thanked her fans, who according to her, “without you, I wouldn’t be here.” These are the people “who would line up and fight (for me and also thank you to) my friends who believed and continue to believe in me.”

* Before playing Biring, Nora has essayed unforgettable roles in such movies as Ang T-Bird at Ako, The Flor Contemplacion Story, Tatlong Taon Walang Diyos, Himala, Thy Womb and Bona. Nora’s performances are marked by her quiet, subdued acting.

Also winning their first Balanghai were Eula Valdes as Best Actress (New Breed) for Dagitab; Cris Villonco (Best Supporting Actress [Directors Showcase], Hari Ng Tondo); Barbie Forteza (Best Supporting Actress [New Breed], Mariquina); and Nicco Manalo (Best Supporting Actor [Directors Showcase], The Janitor).

The performances of veteran actors such as those of Robert Arevalo (Best Actor [Directors Showcase] for Hari Ng Tondo) and Dante Rivero (Best Actor [New Breed] for 1st Ko Si 3rd) were also recognized. At that night, Miggs Cuaderno was the youngest recipient of Balanghai as Best Supporting Actor for Children’s Show (New Breed). A special citation was awarded for #Y’s Sophie Albert, Coleen Garcia, Elmo Magalona, Chynna Ortaleza, Kit Thompson and Slater Young for their ensemble acting.

Other highlights were awarding Kidlat Tahimik (Eric de Guia in real life) the Gawad Balanghai for his outstanding contribution to Philippine Independent Cinema; Kidlat giving Cinemalaya the bamboo camera token; and David Corpuz winning the special jury prize for The Ordinary Things We Do, an experimental film that somewhat pays tribute to the visual nature of films (with that wide screen shot splitting intro three frames).

Awards have been given away and Cinemalaya X is over. But the public now begins to look forward to the 11th edition or another 10 years of Cinemalaya, which has nurtured emerging and established filmmakers in presenting new storytelling styles and exploring new themes need to be told. And the way I see it, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is now the most credible and the most prestigious award-giving body.

Kris Aquino interviews, teases Herbert Bautista By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated August 12, 2014 - 2:18pm 24 126 googleplus0 0


Composite image of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Kris Aquino. File photos/AJ BOLANDO

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino said it herself: it was an event no one expected to happen this soon.

In the Monday, August 11 episode of ABS-CBN's late night talk show “Aquino and Abunda Tonight,” the TV host-actress did a one-on-one interview with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.

“Hindi natin aakalaing mangyayari ito but it's happening tonight,” Kris said as she introduces Bautista as the program's guest.

Kris' co-host Boy Abunda was not present during the interview due to an illness.

To recall, Kris admitted dating Bautista earlier this year, but later said that they are not a couple but just “best of friends.”

Last June, Kris said she's waiting for a sorry from Bautista after giving a TV interview saying he no longer wants to reconcile with Kris.

The two have since mended fences and are now friends.

In the “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” episode, Kris and Bautista discussed the Quezon City mayor's slapping of a Chinese national who was caught with 10 kilos of shabu last Friday.

“Sinabi ni Human Rights Commission chair Etta Rosales na, ‘Mali yata iyan.’ That’s why I apologized. I apologized to the public, especially to the youth. Hindi naman tama na magiging leaders sila someday, sasabihin, ‘Bakit si Mayor ginagawa niya ito dati’,” Bautista said.

He added: “By nature kasi, hindi ako nananakit ng tao. Hindi ako physically nananakit ng tao.”

* To which Kris quipped, “Physically ha, yun ang sinabi mo. Klinaro mo yun, mayor.”

Asked about his plans for the coming 2016 national elections, Bautista said: “I belong to the Liberal Party, we leave it to the party to decide kung ano yung itatadhana ng partido kung kanino man… Ako, personally, I’d rather go for re-election but I leave it to the party.”

At the end of the program, Kris told Bautista: “Bad manampal ng dalawang beses. Kung isa lang, pwede pa.”

She then said: “Huwag mo na gawin ulit, mayor. Hindi nananakit si mayor, damdamin lang.”

“Pasensya ka na. At least friends na tayo,” Kris added.

Kris recently said in an interview that she is giving up on love for the meantime.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Mark Bautista: ‘A little pressure’ in playing Ferdinand Marcos
By Allan Policarpio | Philippine Daily InquirerAugust 12, 2014 | 12:03 am


ONLY this much was Mark’s self-confidence when he was younger, he admits. ALANAH TORRALBA

Mark Bautista, one of the lead actors of the coming West End staging of the musical “Here Lies Love,” knows only too well that portraying a controversial and polarizing figure like the late President Ferdinand Marcos is bound to generate mixed reactions, especially in social media.

Mark told a group of reporters recently, “There’s a little bit of pressure because some people like Marcos and others don’t. As early as now, I’m getting comments on Instagram, asking why I’m doing the role. They say Marcos was corrupt, a womanizer, this and that…”

Unfazed

He remains unfazed by discouraging feedback, saying that what he is preparing to do is “for the arts, entertainment.” He said “Here Lies Love”—which follows First Lady Imelda Marcos’ “meteoric rise to power, and then to her descent into infamy”—would not be delving too much into politics.

“Imelda’s shoe collection will not even be tackled,” said Mark, who tried out for the role during the Manila auditions in July (he sang the Tom Jones hit, “Kiss”). “The play is more about the couple’s personal lives and colorful love story.”

Created by David Byrne of the new wave band Talking Heads and DJ-record producer Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook, the musical received critical acclaim when it premiered in New York last year. The West End production runs from Sept. 30 to Jan. 8 at the Dorfman Theatre, housed in The Royal National Theatre complex.

* Music mix

The production features dance numbers set to a mixture of disco, rock and electronic music, and a 360-degree staging.

“It’s not your usual two-hour show with an intermission; it runs continuously for 90 minutes,” Mark said. “It has a concert vibe and involves a lot of dancing, so I’ve been working out.”

Portraying Imelda is Filipino-Australian actress Natalie Mendoza. Dean John-Wilson, a British performer of Chinese descent, is cast as Marcos’ political rival, the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino. Other Filipinos in the cast, according to Mark, are Jim Ferrer, Gia Macuja Atchison and Aaron Jan Mercado.

“I don’t think I was the best out of those who auditioned for the part,” Mark said. “I just feel that when something’s for you, you will get it, no matter what.”

Though he has starred in the local plays “Noli Me Tangere” and “The Full Monty,” Mark said his West End stint could be the most physically-demanding for him yet. “We get only Sundays off; on Fridays and Saturdays, we do two shows,” he said. “I’m not so sure I will have an alternate.”

Off this week

Mark, who finished runner-up to Sarah Geronimo in the talent search “Star for a Night” in 2003, is set to fly to London on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Despite experiencing theater at a young age, Mark never considered it a lucrative, or even practical, career path. His only dream was to become a successful recording artist. When he was 16, Mark—after interschool auditions—made it into a community-based theater group called Pasundayag Theater Company in his native Cagayan de Oro.

His first theater job, however, wasn’t onstage—he sold tickets. “I was okay with that. Soon after, I was asked to sing ‘Lupang Hinirang,’ and then ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’” he told the Inquirer. “I eventually became a substitute for actors who were absent. My first acting stint was for ‘Adios Papa.’”

Back then, Mark didn’t think he had the talent for musicals, so this next chapter in his life is something he has yet to fully grasp. “I didn’t have much confidence; I didn’t trust myself. But now, finally, things are starting to sink in. Perhaps our director (in Pasundayag), Mozart Pastrano, saw something in me,” said Mark, who landed his first lead role in “Kaaway sa Sulod.”

He continued, “Who knew that I’d go from Cagayan de Oro to the West End? I never even thought I would do a play in Manila. God is good.”

London trip

When Mark and fellow singing contest alums Sarah, Christian Bautista and Erik Santos heard last year that Rachelle Ann Go had made it to the cast of the West End revival of famed the musical “Miss Saigon,” they all thought of going to London to watch their good friend perform.

But they all had very tight schedules and Mark, for one, was worried about saving enough money for the trip. But like Rachelle, Mark is a firm believer in destiny. Now he is going to London, not to just merely watch, but to be watched.

A bit disappointed

“I was in Hong Kong when I got the news—my heart leapt, my knees shook,” he related.

Asked what message his and Rachelle’s feats send to other local talents, Mark simply said, “That anything’s possible.”

In fact, he said, he felt a tinge of regret that he did not try out for “Miss Saigon,” despite constant encouragement from friends and colleagues. “I was scared, when I shouldn’t have been,” he admitted. “When ‘Here Lies Love’ came along I didn’t think twice.”

These days, Mark’s mind is still filled with what-ifs—the good kind, this time. “What if I try Broadway after? What if I try out for a foreign film?” he said, laughing.

FROM PHILSTAR

‘2nd part’ of Paolo Bediones’ alleged sex video goes viral By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated August 16, 2014 - 10:06am 5 2448 googleplus6 0

The “2nd part” of Paolo Bediones’ (photo) alleged sex video goes viral on Friday.-File Photo MANILA, Philippines- Paolo Bediones’ alleged second video scandal went viral on Friday.

According to reports, the news anchor was with the same girl in his first alleged video scandal, which made people speculate that the second video is a continuation of the first one. It was more than sixteen minutes long.

It was in July when his alleged first home recording scandal broke out, while his home network, TV5, had expressed support for the “Aksyon Tonite” host.

Related: TV5 supporst Paolo Bediones amid sex video allegations

Early this month, Paolo sought the help of the anti-cybercrime police to track down the source of the video, believed to have been taken from his damaged laptop.

He even posted a photo on his Instagram account showing a supposed blackmail note, which he also presented to the Philippine National Police.

Related: Paolo Bediones seeks anti-cybercrime police's help

As of the moment, Paolo’s camp remains mum on the issue.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Lav Diaz’s epic ‘Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon’ wins top prize at Locarno fest By Bayani San Diego Jr. | Philippine Daily InquirerAugust 17, 2014 | 12:03 am


Lav Diaz showing the trophy of his recent masterpiece “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)” for winning the Golden Leopard (or Pardo de Oro) in Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Sailas Vanetti

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” won the top prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held in Switzerland, Saturday evening (Swiss time).

Diaz’s film won the Golden Leopard (or Pardo de Oro) in the fest’s main competition. Locarno is considered one of the top 14 film festivals in the world, along with Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

Diaz, who attended the film fest in Switzerland, told the Inquirer in an email interview, that he dedicated the honor to the country: “This award is not just for me; it’s for Philippine cinema.”

According to the Locarno web site, the film won a cash prize of 90,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer of the Best Picture.

Diaz’s film also brought home the Fipresci prize, which is handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics—an organization of movie experts and reviewers.

* Earlier, on Friday, Filipino actress Hazel Orencio won the Boccalino de Oro Independent Critics Award for her work in “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon.”

The cast and crew of Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Sailas Vanetti
Diaz’s film also earned rave reviews from foreign critics—from various publications like indieWire, the Hollywood Reporter and Filmmaker Magazine.

On the Locarno’s official web site, five critics singled out Diaz’s film as their “favorite” in the festival: Emanuele Sacchi of MyMovies.it, Tereza Fischer of Filmbulletin, Antonio Mariotti of Corriere del Ticino, Ugo Brusaporco of La Regione and Stéphane Gobbo of L’Hebdo.

For the full story, read Sunday’s edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (http://inq.ph/inquirerepaper).

Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera—that was a second proposal
By Luane Dy | Philippine Daily InquirerAugust 17, 2014 | 12:02 am 291 29


Marian shows off the first engagement ring that Dingdong gave in Macau. PHOTOS Courtesy of Dantes family

In the beginning was your usual boy-meets-girl scenario. Only this one was accompanied by set lights and cameras. The boy was named Sergio; the girl, Marimar. They were brought together by destiny to beat the odds.

“Marimar,” Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s first show together, broke the ground for their own story as a couple. It wasn’t love at first sight, but what they put on for show became true.

After the teleserye’s run, Dong and Marian remained an inseparable couple, solidifying the erstwhile screen love team.

At the MGM Butterfly Pavilion (front row, from left): Vicky Dantes, Marian Rivera, Trina Dantes-Quema, Tyler Quema and JP Quema; (back frow, from left) Jude Gonzalez, Dingdong Dantes, Aya Dantes-Aurelio, Jon Aurelio, Angeline Dantes and Angelo Dantes

Eventually, Dong decided that a marriage proposal was in order. The first step was to acquire a ring. Then he gathered the guys in his family and showed them the ring, for opinions. There apparently being no negative reviews, he worked out an elaborate plan that involved his immediate family.

First proposal

One day in August 2012, family members went to Macau to lay out a whole shindig for Marian: 1) a huge dome full of butterflies, which have a major significance in their relationship; 2) a familiar song, “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko”; 3) a speech by her beau that promised “forever,” and 4) the ring, of course.

* Everything went along as planned, until circumstances required quick compromises.

They still got to play the song, even if it was just from earphones connected to a cell phone. Butterflies still flew around the place. And “forever” got the job done, though the delivery was marred by jitters.

Marian’s dumbfounded reaction came with a good amount of tears and her slightly delayed but patent “yes” made it all worthwhile.

Low-key

Dong picked the first proposal’s venue, the MGM Butterfly Pavilion in Macau, because of the butterfly’s significance in their love story.

After Macau, they each went back to their regular, if erratic, routines. But now there was a firm assurance of love and a wedding to look forward to. Everything was kept low-key; that was the plan, too.

Two years passed without blunders that might have put the engagement in jeopardy. And, as the date of the agreed public announcement crept close (the celebration of Marian’s birthday in her GMA 7 show), Dong confided in some friends that he felt like being taken back in time.

In collusion with some of the crew behind “Marian,” the show, Dong formulated another plot to surprise her with what he didn’t get to say or do two years ago.

His main concern was the authenticity of the new proposal in viewers’ eyes. The first plan of action was to secure live coverage.

Finally came Aug. 9. Dance performances were taped throughout the day for the first part of what was originally broached as a birthday special episode. The latter part of the show was allotted to greetings and the revelation of the 2-year-old wedding engagement.
Familiar video

Dingdong and Marian were in tears by the end of the proposal, shown last week in a live episode of her show.

Dong went onstage with flowers, and asked Marian to explain to the audience the significance of the photos being shown in the background. The slide show slipped into a familiar video taken in 2012—the proposal in Macau!

After a few failed attempts, including one interrupted by a commercial break, Dong at last declared, “I want to do it right this time.”

The crowd went wild. In tears, he went down on one knee and continued, “Ikaw ang sagot sa aking mga dasal (You are the answer to my prayers).”

He took out a new ring from his jacket pocket and fervently said, “I offer you this gift on your birthday…I offer you myself, my love today and all the days of my life. So, please, Marian…will you be my wife?”

Dong took Marian’s left hand and slipped the ring on her finger. They kissed, embraced and then faced the crowd. He called her his fiancée, to resounding cheers.


This time around, he got her a Harry Winston engagement ring. INSTAGRAM PHOTO

The cheering has not stopped.

(Luane Dy is a colleague of the engaged couple in GMA 7. She is a cohost in the morning show “Unang Hirit” and presenter in “Balitanghali’s” show biz segment.)


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