VENICE TO CLOSE THE AREA FOR CLOONEY WEDDING 

Venice city officials on Thursday ordered the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city order closes pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing “the George Clooney wedding.” The order is the first official indication of the timing of the nuptials.

Clooney revealed earlier this month at a star-studded benefit in Florence that he would marry Alamuddin in the lagoon city, but refrained from giving the date. Press reports have speculated that the couple would have two ceremonies, one on Saturday followed by a civil ceremony on Monday. A Venice city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said police requested the closure to prevent crowds from gathering and creating a safety risk. The official said such closures have taken place previously for both public and private events. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Clooney, wife make newlywed appearance in Venice  

PHOTO: George Clooney is flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. — Wedding bands glinted under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the heartthrob actor and the human rights lawyer emerged Sunday from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier.

The groom, in a smart light gray suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white short dress with pastel-colored appliques resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to be roundish diamonds. The newlyweds shaded their eyes from the afternoon sunlight with dark glasses. George Clooney, right, wearing a nuptial ring, holds his wife Amal Alamuddin's hand as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) They hopped into a waiting water taxi and, with Clooney putting his arm around her frequently, made their way down the Grand Canal to another waterside hotel where many of their guests were staying. Gondoliers steered out of their way. Tourists and Venetians cheered when Clooney waved and Alamuddin smiled broadly. *READ MORE, MORE PHOTOS...

(ALSO) Anberlin Live in Manila: One last time 

It was a rainy Saturday night, the SM North EDSA Sky Garden floor was slippery, yet more than a hundred people were lined up by the Skydome’s entrance. Out of curiosity, passersby checked the posters stuck on the walls, perhaps to see who’s performing that night. But upon realizing that they know nothing of the band which the lined up fans were waiting for, these curious bystanders went on with their walk, some even sneered before taking off.
It took quite a while before the doors finally opened, but when it did, it was then that the fans of the 12-year-old group felt that this is it. It is almost goodbye with Anberlin.

When the group came out on stage, lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Chirstian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young were welcomed by cheers and moderately loud screams.
Anberlin kicked off the farewell show with “Paperthin Hymn”. Intense --The overwhelming unison of the instruments definitely brought the audience to their feet. In fact as the crowd jumped and sang along with the songs, even the floor experienced its fair share of trembling for this final Anberlin show in Manila. The hype was sustained throughout the set where “Little Tyrants”, “Self-Starter”, “Ready Fuels”, “Never Take Friendship Personal”, and “Someone Anyone” were played. * READ MORE...

ALSO by Ricky Lo: Unlike mothers, unlike daughters  

PHOTO: Our condolences to Santiago brothers Raymart, Rowell and Randy (and the rest of the family) whose mother, former actress Cielito Legaspi-Santiago (photo, at her prime), died of pneumonia yesterday morning. Cielito was one of the bright stars of Larry Santiago Productions in the early ‘60s when she met the late director Pablo Santiago. Like her LSP colleague Guia Gomez (now San Juan City Mayor) when she met (now Manila Mayor) Joseph Estrada, Cielito also quit showbiz in favor of marriage. Her remains were cremated also yesterday. Viewing will be held at the La Salle Greenhills Chapel until Sunday. * * * What do upcoming singer Marion Aunor and her mom, Maribel “Lala” Aunor (of the ‘70s teen foursome Apat na Sikat with Winnie Santos, Dondon Nakar and Arnold Gamboa), and Maribel Lopez and daughter Mara Lopez have in common?

They are poles apart — you know, unlike mother, unlike daughter. “Magka-iba kami,” said Lala, now a successful businesswoman, adding in half-jest, “masa ako at medyo class siya,” referring to Marion having graduated with a Communication Technology Management degree from Ateneo (business course). “Even our looks, magka-iba.” Managed by Vehnee Saturno, Marion, however, is musically-inclined like Lala. Marion’s aunt is the Nora Aunor, her father is a pianist and her 84-year-old grandmother, Mamay Belen, is the foster mother who trained/coached Nora the way she’s now training/coaching Marion.

Because she’s an Aunor, Marion is pressured into getting out of Nora’s shadow and making a name of her own. She’s starting right, starting with winning Best New Female Recording Artist at the recent PMPC Star Awards For Music. Last year, she placed third in the Himig Handog competition and got signed up by Star Records. In tomorrow’s Himig Handog (at the Araneta Coliseum), Marion will sing the Jungee Marcelo composition Pumapag-ibig with Rizza and Seed in the stiff competition among 15 bets, among them Jobert Sucaldito’s alaga Michael Pangilinan (photo) who will interpret Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako, Jovinor Tan’s controversial entry about a guy falling in love with his male friend. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Diego Loyzaga hopes his father Cesar Montano, Sunshine Cruz make peace

It has been a while since Cesar Montano was seen by the public, after he and wife Sunshine Cruz split up. It was early last year when the two had a fall out, following reports that Cesar engaged in an illicit affair with starlet Krista Miller. Though Cesar has been under the showbiz radar lately, he gets to spend more time with his son, Diego Loyzaga (photo). "He’s happy, I see that he’s happy. I’m happy that he’s happy," Diego said in an interview on Thursday. "So nakikita ko siyang masaya siya, nagba-basketball kami, lumalabas kami, okay kami."

Diego, however, said there are days when he sees his dad bothered. "Malungkot siya kasi hindi niya nakikita mga anak niya, do’n ako naapektuhan. Ako, I don’t get to see them anymore," he said. Still, Diego knows his place in the family and refuses to meddle meddle in his parent's problems. His concern is how the situation, coupled with the public's scathing remarks, would affect his three younger sisters. "Ako naiinis ako kasi nakikita kong naaapektuhan mga kapatid ko," he said. "Hindi nila alam na pagtanda na ng mga kapatid ko ... siyempre alam nila ang problema iba 'yon, naranasan ko 'yon sa mommy at daddy ko. Ayaw ko lang mangyari rin sa mga sisters ko."  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Kris Aquino gives Boy Abunda luxury vehicle because 'he's alive'  

Kris Aquino gave Boy Abunda a very expensive gift for staying alive. After recovering from a medical condition that forced him to go on hiatus from TV work for several weeks, Boy received a Hummer, an expensive brand of SUV, from “The Buzz” and “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” co-host Kris as an advance birthday gift. “Because he is my best friend, because I'm so grateful he's alive & because I want to make him happy. I gave Boy the Hummer tonight after A&A. Uulitin ko, kulang pa this gift because sobra sobra ang pagmamahal, pagtiwala at pag aasikasong naibigay at patuloy na binibigay nya sa kin,” Kris posted on her Instagram account on Monday, September 15.

She added, “Together w/ my brother & my 2 sons, it's with Boy that I continue to experience the gift of true & unconditional love.” Boy was absent from his TV shows for a month after going through a health ordeal due to an abscess in his liver. Kris first revealed she will give the Hummer to Boy in the September 14 episode of ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz.” “Excited na ako sa gift ko sa 'yo… Ibibigay ko na lang ang hiningi mo dati, sinabi mo ’yung Hummer na gusto mo,” she said on “The Buzz” on Sunday. Kris revealed she asked for permission from her two sons Bimby and Josh before giving the Hummer to Boy. “I talked to the boys, sabi ko, ‘Let’s give [the car] to Tito Boy.’ And sabi ni Bimby, ‘Of course.’ Every night, when we pray, sinasabi ni Bimby, ‘Mama don’t forget to pray for Tito Boy’.” Boy will celebrate his birthday on October 29. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

(ALSO) Cherry Pie on her Mom: No human deserved to be violated that way  

PHOTO: CHERRY Pie Picache at the wake of her mom Zenaida Sison GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
“No human being deserved to be violated that way,” said actress Cherry Pie Picache of the fate of her mother, Zenaida Sison, who was found dead with several stab wounds in her Quezon City home on Friday. Police said she was killed in a robbery. Sison’s body was cremated on Wednesday afternoon. She was 75.

“I’m angry; the whole family feels the same. We demand answers to a lot of questions,” Picache told the Inquirer on Tuesday during Sison’s wake at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City. Sison’s body was in a closed white casket. “People speculate that this is because our mom’s face was damaged. That’s not true. This is her wish. She was very vain. She actually told us that she didn’t want anyone looking at her lying in a coffin.” Mom’s wish---Picache said it was also her mom’s wish to be cremated immediately after death. “We couldn’t comply with that part because we had to wait for my two sisters to come home from the United States. Their family would like to see mom first.”

The actress added: “She also wanted us to be gathered, complete—that’s what I’m realizing now. Through her death, the family became united. We are now more expressive of our love for each other. We’ve always been close, but not like this.”
Picache’s sister Pinky Herrera-Hibbard, who is based in the United States, said her last moments with Sison were on a trip to Beijing in 2013. “It was our way of celebrating Mom’s 75th birthday (in advance) because I couldn’t celebrate it with her this year. She was a well-traveled person, but had not gone to Beijing before. The trip was nice, also because Cherry Pie and her son (Neo) joined us.” * CONTINUE READING...


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Venice to close area for Clooney wedding


Boats sails past the Rialto bridge in Venice, Italy (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by AP — Venice city officials on Thursday ordered the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

The city order closes pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing “the George Clooney wedding.” The order is the first official indication of the timing of the nuptials.

Clooney revealed earlier this month at a star-studded benefit in Florence that he would marry Alamuddin in the lagoon city, but refrained from giving the date. Press reports have speculated that the couple would have two ceremonies, one on Saturday followed by a civil ceremony on Monday.

A Venice city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said police requested the closure to prevent crowds from gathering and creating a safety risk. The official said such closures have taken place previously for both public and private events.

* Only city offices are affected by the closure area, not businesses that cater to tourists, the official said.

The Renaissance-era Cavalli Palace is used as a venue for civil marriage ceremonies, with rooms offering views of the Grand Canal and the famed Rialto Bridge. The palace can be accessed by gondola for the most “exciting arrival,” the Venice city website notes.

Clooney owns a lakeside villa in northern Italy and has been a frequent visitor to Venice, notably to premier movies at the annual film festival.

Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, a Beirut-born British national based in London, posted the required legal notice in Britain last month, declaring their intention to marry abroad, specifically in Italy. It’s his second marriage and her first.

FROM PHILSTAR

Clooney, wife make newlywed appearance in Venice By Patricia Thomas (philstar.com) | Updated September 29, 2014 - 9:08am 3 0 googleplus0 0


George Clooney is flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
 AP Photo/Luca Bruno VENICE, Italy (AP)

George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.— Wedding bands glinted under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the heartthrob actor and the human rights lawyer emerged Sunday from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier.

The groom, in a smart light gray suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white short dress with pastel-colored appliques resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to be roundish diamonds. The newlyweds shaded their eyes from the afternoon sunlight with dark glasses.


George Clooney, right, wearing a nuptial ring, holds his wife Amal Alamuddin's hand as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

They hopped into a waiting water taxi and, with Clooney putting his arm around her frequently, made their way down the Grand Canal to another waterside hotel where many of their guests were staying. Gondoliers steered out of their way.


George Clooney waves as he cruises the Grand Canal on a boat with his wife Amal Alamuddin, after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

Tourists and Venetians cheered when Clooney waved and Alamuddin smiled broadly.

* The 53-year-old actor, who had vowed he'd never wed again, and the 36-year-old London-based lawyer, were married with Hollywood stars and family among guests.

Celebrity-watching will last at least another day in Venice. City officials have announced the closure on Monday of a stretch of pedestrian walkway along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, so the couple can have a civil marriage ceremony there. The palace is right across from the Aman hotel where the couple wed on Saturday evening.

The marriage is the first for the bride and the second for Clooney, who had been one of the world's most sought-after bachelors since 1993, following a four-year marriage to actress Talia Balsam.

The bride left her native Lebanon during its civil war and was raised in the United Kingdom. The Oxford-University-educated Alamuddin met Clooney, who is involved in many political causes, through her work.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Anberlin Live in Manila: One last time By Janine Villagracia | INQUIRER.netSeptember 26, 2014 | 2:45 pm


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MANILA, Philippines—It was a rainy Saturday night, the SM North EDSA Sky Garden floor was slippery, yet more than a hundred people were lined up by the Skydome’s entrance.

Out of curiosity, passersby checked the posters stuck on the walls, perhaps to see who’s performing that night. But upon realizing that they know nothing of the band which the lined up fans were waiting for, these curious bystanders went on with their walk, some even sneered before taking off.

It took quite a while before the doors finally opened, but when it did, it was then that the fans of the 12-year-old group felt that this is it. It is almost goodbye with Anberlin.

When the group came out on stage, lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Chirstian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young were welcomed by cheers and moderately loud screams.
Anberlin kicked off the farewell show with “Paperthin Hymn”.

Intense

The overwhelming unison of the instruments definitely brought the audience to their feet. In fact as the crowd jumped and sang along with the songs, even the floor experienced its fair share of trembling for this final Anberlin show in Manila.

The hype was sustained throughout the set where “Little Tyrants”, “Self-Starter”, “Ready Fuels”, “Never Take Friendship Personal”, and “Someone Anyone” were played.

* But the mood shifted from “headbang rock” to a “cold drive down the ocean side” when the group hit “Other Side”, “The Symphony of the Blase”, “Take Me (As You Found Me)”, “The Unwinding Cable Car”, and “Inevitable”. It was a delight seeing couples hug and plant a kiss on one’s forehead while enjoying these mellow songs delivered by the band.

The audience had more reasons to sway, some even with eyes closed, when the group performed “Art of War”, “The Haunting”, and “Breaking”.

Back to head-banging

But when Anberlin played enough gloom, the party went to back to the head-banging vibe with “Impossible”, “Time and Confusion”, “A Day Late”, “Adelaide”, “Dismantle. Repair”, “The Resistance”, and “Godspeed”.

The show ended with what seemed to be a fitting finale, “The Feel Good Drag”.

Anberlin performed a total of 22 songs for its final show in Manila. The “Anberlin Live at the Skydome show” was organized by PULP Live World.

VIDEO: Anberlin's "Stranger Ways" Music Video from their final album "Lowborn" available now where you buy music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_yan51myNI

Unlike mothers, unlike daughters FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 27, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Marion Aunor with mom Maribel ‘Lala’ Aunor and grandmother/mentor Mamay Belen Aunor and (below) with her Best New Female Recording Artist from the PMPC Star Awards for Music

Curtain-raiser:

Our condolences to Santiago brothers Raymart, Rowell and Randy (and the rest of the family) whose mother, former actress Cielito Legaspi-Santiago (photo, at her prime), died of pneumonia yesterday morning. Cielito was one of the bright stars of Larry Santiago Productions in the early ‘60s when she met the late director Pablo Santiago.

Like her LSP colleague Guia Gomez (now San Juan City Mayor) when she met (now Manila Mayor) Joseph Estrada, Cielito also quit showbiz in favor of marriage. Her remains were cremated also yesterday. Viewing will be held at the La Salle Greenhills Chapel until Sunday.

* * *

What do upcoming singer Marion Aunor and her mom, Maribel “Lala” Aunor (of the ‘70s teen foursome Apat na Sikat with Winnie Santos, Dondon Nakar and Arnold Gamboa), and Maribel Lopez and daughter Mara Lopez have in common?

They are poles apart — you know, unlike mother, unlike daughter.

“Magka-iba kami,” said Lala, now a successful businesswoman, adding in half-jest, “masa ako at medyo class siya,” referring to Marion having graduated with a Communication Technology Management degree from Ateneo (business course). “Even our looks, magka-iba.”

Managed by Vehnee Saturno, Marion, however, is musically-inclined like Lala. Marion’s aunt is the Nora Aunor, her father is a pianist and her 84-year-old grandmother, Mamay Belen, is the foster mother who trained/coached Nora the way she’s now training/coaching Marion.

Because she’s an Aunor, Marion is pressured into getting out of Nora’s shadow and making a name of her own. She’s starting right, starting with winning Best New Female Recording Artist at the recent PMPC Star Awards For Music. Last year, she placed third in the Himig Handog competition and got signed up by Star Records. In tomorrow’s Himig Handog (at the Araneta Coliseum),

Marion will sing the Jungee Marcelo composition Pumapag-ibig with Rizza and Seed in the stiff competition among 15 bets, among them Jobert Sucaldito’s alaga Michael Pangilinan (photo) who will interpret Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako, Jovinor Tan’s controversial entry about a guy falling in love with his male friend.

* Asked what tips she’s giving Marion, Lala (who has another daughter, Ashley, a budding songwriter) said, “Before bedtime, we sing together. I always remind her to feel her song, to sing from the heart.”

What about Maribel and Mara?

“Our concerns are different,” said Maribel. “I’m more into making money, kaya tanggap ako nang tanggap ng offers, and she’s more into art, kaya she keeps on turning down roles which she thinks are not ‘artistic’.”

Acting-wise (and Maribel concedes), Mara has scored early in her career, having won Best Actress in Palitan, a sex drama that competed in the Cinema One Awards. “Beauty-contest”-wise, Maribel beats Mara, having won (a very controversial) Bb. Pilipinas-Universe in 1982.

Now 57, Maribel has retained her winning looks, thanks to Skin Rejuve (#27 Timog Avenue corner Scout Torillo, Quezon City) which is, according to Maribel, “already my second home” where Mara also goes for her beauty needs.

That’s also where Maribel spent her recent birthday with, among other guests, fellow Bb. Pilipinas winners Joyce Ann Burton and Alma Concepcion who will be Maribel’s co-mentors (with 1972 Miss World first runner-up Evangeline Pascual and 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman) in the upcoming GMA reality search Beauty Academy. Maribel is in the cast of the GMA soap Ang Lihim ni Annasandra and in Lorna, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s Cinema One entry.

* * *

When Catherine Zeta-Jones told the whole world that she was bipolar, the word became “fashionable” among local celebrities who also claimed that they suffered from the same illness, as if it was a badge of honor.

When Robin Williams took his own life due in part to depression, local celebs admitted that they too were depressed, as if it was an award to be flaunted.

When, first, on his knees Dingdong Dantes proposed to Marian Rivera, followed by Sen. Chiz Escudero to Heart Evangelista, “publicly proposing” became a fad.

The latest to jump into the “Gaya-Gaya, Puto Maya” bandwagon was John Prats who, also on his knees, proposed to Isabel Oli flash-mob style at a mall — you know, the better to draw the attention of the public and the media.


The ‘Gaya-Gaya, Puto-Maya’ mentality

By the way, the flash-mob gimmickry is not new. The first to do it was Zoren Legaspi when he surprised Carmina Villarroel not just with an instant proposal but an instant wedding as well (cooked up in secret by the couple’s managers and some sponsors).

So what’s the next fad?

Stay tuned.

Diego Loyzaga hopes his father Cesar Montano, Sunshine Cruz make peace By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated September 26, 2014 - 5:24pm 3 0 googleplus0 0


Diego Loyzaga hopes his father resolves issue with estranged wife Sunshine Cruz. Instagram/Diego Loyzaga
Carlos "Diego Loyzaga" Montano is a Filipino actor. He is one of the ABS-CBN's Star Magic talents. He is known for his role in Mara Clara as Derrick and Jason in Growing Up. Wikipedia Born: May 21, 1995 (age 19), San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines Parents: Teresa Loyzaga, Cesar Montano.

MANILA, Philippines — It has been a while since Cesar Montano was seen by the public, after he and wife Sunshine Cruz split up.

It was early last year when the two had a fall out, following reports that Cesar engaged in an illicit affair with starlet Krista Miller.

Though Cesar has been under the showbiz radar lately, he gets to spend more time with his son, Diego Loyzaga.

"He’s happy, I see that he’s happy. I’m happy that he’s happy," Diego said in an interview on Thursday. "So nakikita ko siyang masaya siya, nagba-basketball kami, lumalabas kami, okay kami."

Diego, however, said there are days when he sees his dad bothered.

"Malungkot siya kasi hindi niya nakikita mga anak niya, do’n ako naapektuhan. Ako, I don’t get to see them anymore," he said.

Still, Diego knows his place in the family and refuses to meddle meddle in his parent's problems. His concern is how the situation, coupled with the public's scathing remarks, would affect his three younger sisters.

"Ako naiinis ako kasi nakikita kong naaapektuhan mga kapatid ko," he said. "Hindi nila alam na pagtanda na ng mga kapatid ko ... siyempre alam nila ang problema iba 'yon, naranasan ko 'yon sa mommy at daddy ko. Ayaw ko lang mangyari rin sa mga sisters ko."


Cesar Montano: "I Want The Best For My Son (Diego Loyzaga)!"

* Now that he gets to spend more time with his dad, Diego said he gets a lot of advice from him, but not about girls.

"He doesn’t give me advice na one at a time [sa girls], kasi alam niya na alam ko na 'yon," he replied, when asked if Cesar advises him to take it easy with girls.

"Pero pati ako, wala akong karapatan na magsabi sa kanya ng gano’n. Kasi lahat naman po ng tao nagkakamali, e. So 'yong nangyari sa kanya, sana lang maayos. 'Yon na lang po tayo. Sana maayos 'yong problema. 'Wag lang tayo mag-focus sa nangyari kung hindi baguhin na lang, gawan ng paraan, at ayusin 'yong problema," Diego said.

Diego, having entered his parents' industry, will soon star in TV5's "WATTPAD Presents" episode "Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody."

The 19-year-old actor said he's still under Star Magic, and his talent management arranged the deal with TV5.

Unlike his usual roles, Diego said he is the "martyr" this time around.

"Ako 'yong patay na patay kay Shaira Mae pero bilang best friend ni Kyle [played by Mark Neumann], wala akong magagawa. Hanggang tulong at payo lang ako. Pero abangan nila sa dulo sino magkakatuluyan," he shared.

Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody also stars Shaira Mae, Pam Mendiola, Lander Vera Perez, Shirley Fuentes, and Carlos Morales. It airs Monday to Friday, starting September 29, 7PM.

Kris Aquino gives Boy Abunda luxury vehicle because 'he's alive' By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated September 16, 2014 - 11:59am 16 19.9K googleplus2 2


Kris Aquino gives Boy Abunda a Hummer. Photo from Kris Aquino's Instagram account

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino gave Boy Abunda a very expensive gift for staying alive.

After recovering from a medical condition that forced him to go on hiatus from TV work for several weeks, Boy received a Hummer, an expensive brand of SUV, from “The Buzz” and “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” co-host Kris as an advance birthday gift.

“Because he is my best friend, because I'm so grateful he's alive & because I want to make him happy. I gave Boy the Hummer tonight after A&A. Uulitin ko, kulang pa this gift because sobra sobra ang pagmamahal, pagtiwala at pag aasikasong naibigay at patuloy na binibigay nya sa kin,” Kris posted on her Instagram account on Monday, September 15.

She added, “Together w/ my brother & my 2 sons, it's with Boy that I continue to experience the gift of true & unconditional love.”

Boy was absent from his TV shows for a month after going through a health ordeal due to an abscess in his liver.

Kris first revealed she will give the Hummer to Boy in the September 14 episode of ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz.”

“Excited na ako sa gift ko sa 'yo… Ibibigay ko na lang ang hiningi mo dati, sinabi mo ’yung Hummer na gusto mo,” she said on “The Buzz” on Sunday.

Kris revealed she asked for permission from her two sons Bimby and Josh before giving the Hummer to Boy.

“I talked to the boys, sabi ko, ‘Let’s give [the car] to Tito Boy.’ And sabi ni Bimby, ‘Of course.’ Every night, when we pray, sinasabi ni Bimby, ‘Mama don’t forget to pray for Tito Boy’.”

Boy will celebrate his birthday on October 29.

Cherry Pie: No human deserved to be violated that way By Marinel R. Cruz | Philippine Daily InquirerSeptember 26, 2014 | 12:12 am


CHERRY Pie Picache at the wake of her mom Zenaida Sison GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

“No human being deserved to be violated that way,” said actress Cherry Pie Picache of the fate of her mother, Zenaida Sison, who was found dead with several stab wounds in her Quezon City home on Friday. Police said she was killed in a robbery.

Sison’s body was cremated on Wednesday afternoon. She was 75.

“I’m angry; the whole family feels the same. We demand answers to a lot of questions,” Picache told the Inquirer on Tuesday during Sison’s wake at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City.

Sison’s body was in a closed white casket. “People speculate that this is because our mom’s face was damaged. That’s not true. This is her wish. She was very vain. She actually told us that she didn’t want anyone looking at her lying in a coffin.”

Mom’s wish

Picache said it was also her mom’s wish to be cremated immediately after death. “We couldn’t comply with that part because we had to wait for my two sisters to come home from the United States. Their family would like to see mom first.”

The actress added: “She also wanted us to be gathered, complete—that’s what I’m realizing now. Through her death, the family became united. We are now more expressive of our love for each other. We’ve always been close, but not like this.”

Picache’s sister Pinky Herrera-Hibbard, who is based in the United States, said her last moments with Sison were on a trip to Beijing in 2013. “It was our way of celebrating Mom’s 75th birthday (in advance) because I couldn’t celebrate it with her this year. She was a well-traveled person, but had not gone to Beijing before. The trip was nice, also because Cherry Pie and her son (Neo) joined us.”

* She added: “Mom told me, ‘This may be our last trip together.’ Since she is sometimes sentimental, I simply replied, ‘We’ll [take] another trip when you come visit me in the US.’ I hold on to that memory because that’s the very last time I saw her alive.”

Linchpin

Picache’s talent manager, Ed Instrella, said the actress has yet to grieve. He explained, “She is the linchpin of the family at the moment. She knows that she has to be strong for everybody.”

Instrella said Picache was very careful about revealing the shocking news of Sison’s death to him because he was just recovering from a stroke. “I felt dizzy when I learned what happened. Once I was strong enough, I went to the house to be with Pie, but I purposely didn’t look around.”

He described Sison as “very sharp, frank and funny,” and always in the mood to tell stories. “It’s true that she was vain, and always scolded Pie whenever she (Picache) went to public places without makeup.”

Actresses Gelli de Belen and Carmina Villarroel, who arrived at the wake together, said they could offer nothing to Picache’s family “but prayers so they will find peace.”

“We both hugged Cherry Pie,” added Villarroel. “We hope for her to be strong and to overcome this.”

Former Sen. Ernesto Maceda joined Picache’s family in celebrating Mass that night.

Pie’s annual visits

Mike Bartolome of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines program department said that, for several years now, Picache has been joining its visits to children who are in conflict with the law.

“She first joined us on a trip to Bicutan. It was her birthday,” Bartolome recalled. “When the establishment closed down, we went to visit the children of Molave Youth Home (in Quezon City). It has become a yearly thing for her. There was a time when she gave each of the kids a pair of shoes.”

Comedian John Lapus, who last worked with Picache in the comedy movie “Here Comes the Bride,” said he is praying that the police will act fast.

“That will help ease the pain of the family,” Lapus said. “I’ve heard a lot of stories about her from Cherry Pie. I can only imagine the pain my friend is experiencing. To lose a mom in this very tragic way is really hard to bear.”


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