'GUTZ': WHAT MORE 'BOMBS' WILL THEY EXPLODE? 

SEPT 30 --PHOTO: Make way (again!) for the family that topped the E! Channel rating during its first season, in the second season of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez (ITGTBAG), from left: Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez, Raymond, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, Ruffa, and Elvis and expectant girlfriend Alexandra Uichico .

During the show’s first six-episode season, Richard Gutierrez exploded a “bomb” about his being a father to Zion with his girlfriend Sarah Lahbati, with the aftershocks felt ‘round the world since the show aired on the E! Channel. It was talked about and it catapulted the show to the top of the channel’s ratings, scoring its highest viewership ever. The topic of that debut show was “Revelations.”

On Sunday, Oct. 5, Season 2 of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez will start airing still on the same channel, starting at 9 p.m., with a new director, Australian Karen Appathurai Wiggins (replacing Michael Carandang who begged off due to a previous commitment), and with the Gutierrezes themselves now as producers. Brace yourselves as the gutsy family reveals more of themselves in full force. Welcome back: Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama, and children Ruffa, twins Raymond and Richard (with Sarah and Zion who turned a year old last April 29), and Elvis (with long-time girlfriend Alexandra Uichico, a Consumer Science & Merchandising graduate from the University of Houston, Texas, who is a financial planner and consultant while managing a bed-and-breakfast hotel in Cebu City).

“You haven’t seen anything yet,” said Annabelle who — surprise, surprise! — now speaks good English because she doesn’t have a choice and she has to. Now composed of 10 episodes, ITGTBAG Season 2 delves deeper into the lives of the family as if they haven’t bared themselves enough on its first season. The show will revolve around “Relationships,” so what more “bombs” will the Gutierrezes explode? • Will Ruffa surprise (rather, shock!) Mom Annabelle (always the last to know) by revealing the name of her current squeeze (clue: a dashing foreigner who looks somewhat like her ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas)? • Will Richard and Sarah announce the date and venue of their much-speculated-about wedding? • Will Raymond be forced to confess who he’s having a (personal) relationship with? • Will, heaven forbid, the very much pregnant Alexandra give birth to her and Elvis’ baby (already known to be a girl named Aria)? * READ MORE...

ALSO: Celebrities, netizens mourn Tia Pusit’s death  

TIA PUSIT hits it off with younger beau’s parents. MANILA, Philippines—Messages of mourning from celebrities and netizens poured in on social media for Tia Pusit as the veteran comedienne succumbed to kidney and heart complications on Thursday night. Tia Pusit, Myrna Villanueva in real life, died due to kidney failure and aortic aneurysm after suffering from medical complications while she was confined at the Philippine Heart Center.

She passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2. She was 66. According to her son Christian Uybengkee, she had two episodes of stroke, blood clots with little brain activity and her kidney was “failing rapidly” after she underwent a double bypass surgery in September. Tia Pusit played the role of Soledad, Chiu’s nanny in her primetime show “Ikaw Lamang (Book 1).” She is an older sister of veteran actress Nova Villa. She was survived by her four children. Celebrities, including Kim Chiu, posted on Instagram a message to the actress: “#RestInPeace [Tia] Pusit.. thank you for being so nice to me (I) had so much working with you Nana Soledad. This photo was taken few months ago #ikawlamangbook1 when we’re goofing around to make ourselves awake kasi 3 a.m. na to tas joke kayo ng joke… love u [Tia Pusit]! you will be missed..” * READ MORE...

ALSO: Mrs Clooney outshines new hubby as wedding made official 

SEPT 30 --PHOTO: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave Venice’s city hall, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Clooney and Amal married Saturday, Sept. 27, the actor’s representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. AP VENICE – George Clooney may be Hollywood’s darling but it was his stunning bride Amal Alamuddin who lit up Venice on Monday as the pair sealed their marriage at the town hall to the screams of delighted fans. The new Mrs Clooney looked elegant in a short-sleeved cream pant suit with a dark blue band at the rim of the jacket, her dark locks under a wide-brimmed hat, her diamond-studded ring flashing in the sun and a broad smile on her face. The pair swept up the Grand Canal in a vintage taxi to cheers from tourists and onlookers on the banks, accompanied by a flotilla of police boats and paparazzi.

The silver-haired actor, elegant in a dapper grey suit, grinned as they arrived at the 13th century town hall.Running a fashionable hour and a half late, he still took time to joke with fans crowded on either side of the entrance, jerking his thumb towards the door as if to say it was time to get on with making the union legal under law. The pair had said “I do” at a private ceremony with A-listers on Saturday, reportedly exchanging vows under an arc of white roses in the garden of the exclusive seven-star Aman resort on the world’s most famous waterway. Monday’s ceremony, which made the union official, was conducted by Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome and a long-time friend of the silver-screen star, who gave the groom an emotional hug on the pier as the crowds cheered. “It’s official, the dreamboat’s finally off the market,” sighed Jane Hipkin, a British tourist who had come especially to catch a glimpse of “Gorgeous George”. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Carlos Siguion-Reyna makes a comeback  

Acclaimed director Carlos Siguion-Reyna (PHOTO) returns to moviemaking via the family drama “Hari Ng Tondo,” the official entry of APT Productions Inc., MZET TV and Reyna Films in the Directors’ Showcase category of the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held in August. CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA Star Cinema joins forces with Reyna Films Inc. and Central Digital Lab for the mainstream theatrical release nationwide of “Hari Ng Tondo” on Oct. 1. Notably, it was Star Cinema which released two of Carlos’ most commercially successful and critically acclaimed films “Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin” (1997) and “Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya” (1998).

Written by Bibeth Orteza, “Hari Ng Tondo” stars Robert Arevalo as Ricardo Villena, a grandfather on the verge of bankruptcy. Playing his grandchildren are real-life cousins Cris Villonco and Rafa Siguion-Reyna. Also in the cast are Rez Cortez, Lorenz Martinez, Liza Lorena, Aiza Seguerra, Ciara Sotto, Gian Magdangal, Ali Sotto, Menggie Cobarrubias and Eric Quizon, among others. • • • * READ MORE...

ALSO: St. Francis, Pope Francis & pets 

OCT 1 --PHOTO: Pope Francis blesses Asia, a guide dog belonging to Alessandro Forlani, at a Vatican media session. A visually impaired Italian radio journalist, Forlani was among the permanently accredited Vatican journalists invited for a personal greeting. October is a month that every pet lover loves. For us, it means that we are moving closer to the celebration of World Animal Day. World Animal Day (WAD) started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then, it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. The World Animal Day celebration here in the Philippines and in most other Catholic countries is held on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. * * * Last year, when the news that we had a new Pope came out, it was a little past midnight and, like many millions, I was “Pope watching.”

When I first heard that he would be called Pope Francis, I thought, like many others, that he would name himself after Francis Xavier because he is a Jesuit priest. But it was after Francis of Assisi that he chose to be named — and then the pet lover in me thought, “He must love animals and the environment, too.”  In his first homily on the day he was installed as pope, Pope Francis said, “Today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope, it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds.”  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Pope at 'Believe to be Alive' event; launches review of church teaching; synod tackles marriage, cohabitation, divorce issues 

PHOTO: POPE WITH ARMLESS DANCER (EPA) – Pope Francis touches disabled Italian dancer Simona Atzoril, who is without both arms, as two unidentified men present an image of the Pope’s face during a meeting for the ‘Believe to be Alive’ event, a paralympic gala, at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Saturday, in this handout picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Vatican City – Pope Francis on Sunday launches a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could have far-reaching implications for the Church’s attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce. An extraordinary synod, or meeting, of nearly 200 bishops from around the world and a sprinkling of lay Catholics will, for the next two weeks, address the huge gulf between what the Church says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.

Addressing tens of thousands of believers in St. Peter’s square on the eve of the synod on Saturday night, Francis said the synod could open the door to a ‘’renewal of the Church and society.’’ Since becoming pontiff just over 18 months ago, Francis has repeatedly highlighted the ‘’wounds’’ caused by family breakdown in modern society, while suggesting the Church needs to adapt to this new reality. ‘’The wounds have to be treated with mercy. The Church is a mother, not a customs office, coldly checking who is within the rules,’’ he has said, in an allusion to the many divorced people, cohabiting couples and single mothers within the ranks of the Church. Francis underlined where he stands last month by personally marrying 20 Roman couples, some of whom had been ‘’living in sin’’ prior to their weddings. * READ MORE...

ALSO: The many ‘firsts’ in Phl cinema  

PHOTO: Don Jose Zialcita Nepomuceno Two weeks ago, Funfare featured the “legacy of beauty” of Mang Ador, the founder of the iconic Tropicana Studio which holds the distinction of having photographed celebrities most of them from showbiz. The story and pictures (from the collection of Funfare correspondent Celso de Guzman Caparas) were Funfare’s humble tribute both to Mang Ador and to the Philippine Cinema which is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year (last Sept. 25). For a follow-up, Funfare asked Celso to compile the many “firsts” in Philippine Cinema. Here are some of them: * CONTINUE READING...


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What more ‘bombs’ will they explode?


Make way (again!) for the family that topped the E! Channel rating during its first season, in the second season of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez (ITGTBAG), from left: Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez, Raymond, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, Ruffa, and Elvis and expectant girlfriend Alexandra Uichico

MANILA, OCTOBER 6, 2014 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - During the show’s first six-episode season, Richard Gutierrez exploded a “bomb” about his being a father to Zion with his girlfriend Sarah Lahbati, with the aftershocks felt ‘round the world since the show aired on the E! Channel. It was talked about and it catapulted the show to the top of the channel’s ratings, scoring its highest viewership ever.

The topic of that debut show was “Revelations.”

On Sunday, Oct. 5, Season 2 of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez will start airing still on the same channel, starting at 9 p.m., with a new director, Australian Karen Appathurai Wiggins (replacing Michael Carandang who begged off due to a previous commitment), and with the Gutierrezes themselves now as producers.

Brace yourselves as the gutsy family reveals more of themselves in full force. Welcome back: Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama, and children Ruffa, twins Raymond and Richard (with Sarah and Zion who turned a year old last April 29), and Elvis (with long-time girlfriend Alexandra Uichico, a Consumer Science & Merchandising graduate from the University of Houston, Texas, who is a financial planner and consultant while managing a bed-and-breakfast hotel in Cebu City).

“You haven’t seen anything yet,” said Annabelle who — surprise, surprise! — now speaks good English because she doesn’t have a choice and she has to.

Now composed of 10 episodes, ITGTBAG Season 2 delves deeper into the lives of the family as if they haven’t bared themselves enough on its first season.

The show will revolve around “Relationships,” so what more “bombs” will the Gutierrezes explode?

• Will Ruffa surprise (rather, shock!) Mom Annabelle (always the last to know) by revealing the name of her current squeeze (clue: a dashing foreigner who looks somewhat like her ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas)?

• Will Richard and Sarah announce the date and venue of their much-speculated-about wedding?

• Will Raymond be forced to confess who he’s having a (personal) relationship with?

• Will, heaven forbid, the very much pregnant Alexandra give birth to her and Elvis’ baby (already known to be a girl named Aria)?

* You can never guess what the family is up to.

“As you all know,” Annabelle admitted in jest, “ang aming pamilya ay tanggap nang mga sira ang ulo…sometimes lang naman. Marami kami talagang pasabog and you will see them all because there will be cameras all over our home.” Just like what happens in Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) or what happens to Jim Carrey in the movie The Truman Show.

The exclusive press conference for the show, hosted by Robi Domingo, was held at the posh R Space Events (in Bel-Air Village, Makati City) which reflected the new look for the second season with stylish black and a pop of pink — a refined new feel, up-market styling yet relatable images of the family we (admit it) love to watch.

NBCUniversal vice-president for Channels in Asia Pacific, Scott Mackenzie, opened the program by saying, “This family is showbiz royalty in the Philippines, yet many of the situations they face resemble everyday families’ challenges and this is what has made them popular with audiences in the Asian region. We share in their laughter, feel their pain and watch how they grow as individuals. Our viewers wanted more and now we are happy to usher in the second season of the show.”

In addition to a refreshed look for the second season, NBCUniversal together with the Gutierrez family have invested in increasing the production value of the show — that is, including hiring Wiggins who is recognized for her amazing work in various international franchises of reality TV shows. Wiggins promises to deliver more with challenging the family members to talk about their most pressing issues.

(E! Channel airs on Channel 57 for Sky Cable and Destiny Digital, Channel 25 for Cignal and Channel 33 on Cable Link. #GutzOnE is the official hashtag of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez.)

FROM THE INQUIRER

Celebrities, netizens mourn Tia Pusit’s deathBy Julliane Love de Jesus | INQUIRER.netOctober 3, 2014 | 3:11 pm


TIA PUSIT hits it off with younger beau’s parents.

MANILA, Philippines—Messages of mourning from celebrities and netizens poured in on social media for Tia Pusit as the veteran comedienne succumbed to kidney and heart complications on Thursday night.

Tia Pusit, Myrna Villanueva in real life, died due to kidney failure and aortic aneurysm after suffering from medical complications while she was confined at the Philippine Heart Center.

She passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2. She was 66.

According to her son Christian Uybengkee, she had two episodes of stroke, blood clots with little brain activity and her kidney was “failing rapidly” after she underwent a double bypass surgery in September.

Tia Pusit played the role of Soledad, Chiu’s nanny in her primetime show “Ikaw Lamang (Book 1).”

She is an older sister of veteran actress Nova Villa. She was survived by her four children.

Celebrities, including Kim Chiu, posted on Instagram a message to the actress: “#RestInPeace [Tia] Pusit.. thank you for being so nice to me (I) had so much working with you Nana Soledad. This photo was taken few months ago #ikawlamangbook1 when we’re goofing around to make ourselves awake kasi 3 a.m. na to tas joke kayo ng joke… love u [Tia Pusit]! you will be missed..”

* A benefit concert was staged for Sunday at the Zirkoh in Morato, Quezon City. Despite her death, the show would push through to pay tribute to the comedienne.

In April last year, reports surfaced that Tia Pusit had a boyfriend more than 30 years younger than her. She confirmed this and said she had met 27-year-old Nathan Villa through the social networking site Facebook.

She described Villa, who works as a call center agent, as a “masigasig” (ardent) suitor.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, the actress said she and her boyfriend had plans of marrying.

But in December the same year, the couple reportedly broke up due to personal differences.

Her last project was “Confessions of a Torpe” on TV5 with Ogie Alcasid.

Among the more than a dozen movies she acted in were: “A Journey Home” (2009), “Bakit ba Ganyan (Ewan ko nga ba, Darling)” (2000), “Huwag na Huwag kang Lalapit Darling” (1997) and “Hulihin si…Nardong Toothpick (1990).

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#RestInPeace tiya pusit.. thank you for being so nice to me i had so much working with you nana… http://instagram.com/p/trKLrerBXA/ KIM CHIU@PRINSESACHINITA @rainraingoaway9··10 HOURS AGOREPLYRETWEETFAVORITE

Mrs Clooney outshines new hubby as wedding made official
Associated PressSeptember 29, 2014 | 9:46 pm


George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave Venice’s city hall, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Clooney and Amal married Saturday, Sept. 27, the actor’s representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. AP

VENICE – George Clooney may be Hollywood’s darling but it was his stunning bride Amal Alamuddin who lit up Venice on Monday as the pair sealed their marriage at the town hall to the screams of delighted fans.

The new Mrs Clooney looked elegant in a short-sleeved cream pant suit with a dark blue band at the rim of the jacket, her dark locks under a wide-brimmed hat, her diamond-studded ring flashing in the sun and a broad smile on her face.

The pair swept up the Grand Canal in a vintage taxi to cheers from tourists and onlookers on the banks, accompanied by a flotilla of police boats and paparazzi.

The silver-haired actor, elegant in a dapper grey suit, grinned as they arrived at the 13th century town hall.

Running a fashionable hour and a half late, he still took time to joke with fans crowded on either side of the entrance, jerking his thumb towards the door as if to say it was time to get on with making the union legal under law.

The pair had said “I do” at a private ceremony with A-listers on Saturday, reportedly exchanging vows under an arc of white roses in the garden of the exclusive seven-star Aman resort on the world’s most famous waterway.

Monday’s ceremony, which made the union official, was conducted by Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome and a long-time friend of the silver-screen star, who gave the groom an emotional hug on the pier as the crowds cheered.

“It’s official, the dreamboat’s finally off the market,” sighed Jane Hipkin, a British tourist who had come especially to catch a glimpse of “Gorgeous George”.

* Not even the appearance of a black cat, which crossed in front of the town hall moments before the bridge and groom arrived — a sign of bad luck for many — could dampen the feverish enthusiasm as the pair wrapped up four days of lavish celebrations.

‘Classier than royals’

The photogenic couple who share a passion for human rights have spent the weekend celebrating with family and Hollywood chums including Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cindy Crawford.

But Monday’s ceremony was just for the newlyweds, who sailed off in a water taxi to Marco Polo airport where they left on a private jet reportedly headed for London.

Despite a small demonstration at the town hall by locals enraged by a series of corruption scandals in the City of Masks, the atmosphere was electric and many in Venice said they were sad to see the Clooneys leave.

“It’s been like having a royal couple in town. Only classier. It’s been a whirlwind ride,” said Pietro Bosso, a singing gondolier who’d been hoping the couple would pick him for a romantic glide to the Bridge of Sighs.

Clooney, who has owned a home in northern Italy for years, was married once before, to “Mad Men” actress Talia Balsam, but the pair split in 1993, just before his breakout role in the TV series “ER” propelled him to the status of global sex symbol.

Alamuddin’s rights work has involved representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the pair met in Rome at the end of last year, before getting engaged in April.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Carlos Siguion-Reyna makes a comeback by Crispina Martinez - Belen September 29, 2014 Share this:


CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA

Acclaimed director Carlos Siguion-Reyna returns to moviemaking via the family drama “Hari Ng Tondo,” the official entry of APT Productions Inc., MZET TV and Reyna Films in the Directors’ Showcase category of the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held in August.

CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA Star Cinema joins forces with Reyna Films Inc. and Central Digital Lab for the mainstream theatrical release nationwide of “Hari Ng Tondo” on Oct. 1.

Notably, it was Star Cinema which released two of Carlos’ most commercially successful and critically acclaimed films “Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin” (1997) and “Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya” (1998).

Written by Bibeth Orteza, “Hari Ng Tondo” stars Robert Arevalo as Ricardo Villena, a grandfather on the verge of bankruptcy. Playing his grandchildren are real-life cousins Cris Villonco and Rafa Siguion-Reyna.

Also in the cast are Rez Cortez, Lorenz Martinez, Liza Lorena, Aiza Seguerra, Ciara Sotto, Gian Magdangal, Ali Sotto, Menggie Cobarrubias and Eric Quizon, among others.

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* BIG STARS TO GRACE 2G EVENT


PLDT GABAY GURO CHAIRMAN Chaye Cabal-Revilla (left) with Maribeth Tolentino, Camella Homes President; Marilou Quicho, CFO PR Savings Bank; and Willy Tee Ten, Auto Italia president

REGINE VELASQUEZ Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez, who recorded the Gabay Guro tribute song “Believing In Me,” will grace the PLDT Gabay Guro (2G) event to be held on Oct. 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena. She’ll be joined by Pops Fernandez, Derek Ramsay, Alice Dixson and Ryzza Mae Dizon.


REGINE VELASQUEZ

To be given away at the event are a brand-new house and lot and vehicle. This was announced at a recent press conference by PLDT Gabay Guro Chairman Chaye Cabal-Revilla relating how they secured partnership with major sponsors like Vista Land, AutoItalia, PR Savings Bank and Honda Philippines Inc.

This year’s tribute kicked-off with a charity auction gala held at the Manila Polo Club in partnership with JCI Ortigas and TOYM Foundation.

Gabay Guro is the education arm of PLDT-SMART Foundation and is run by volunteers composed of executives from the PLDT Managers Club, Inc.

The program has gone global, with a teachers’ tribute mounted in Hong Kong last June. It will hold a training-seminar in Sabah this December and a teachers’ tribute in Kuala Lumpur.

• • •


Shane Filan

A night with Shane Filan.

Former Westlife frontman Shane Filan returns to the Philippines for a night of romantic music on Oct. 1 at the World Trade Center Manila.

The performance form part of his ongoing world tour to promote his debut album, ‘You & Me.’ Shane promises to give audiences a treat with a repertoire consisting of some of his new, original tunes and Westlife favorites. ‘I know Filipinos are quite the romantic crowd so I’ve prepared a list of songs that’s going to make them sing, dance and fall in love.

There’s going to be a favorite for everyone in the crowd,’ he said. Shane also hinted at doing a few covers and a surprise mashup during the concert. Tickets are available at SM Tickets, Ticketnet and TicketWorld.

• • •

TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 30, go to former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, former beauty queen Gemma Cruz, PDI lifestyle editor Thelma San Juan, Virgilio Gonzales, Gerry Contreras, Arthur R. Lingad, Baby Canales Santamaria, Leonida Andrade, Dr. Adora P. Veal, Aida Arceo, Theresita Brazil, Ma. Cristina Maralit, Sari Paz Villar Tan, Mike Sandejas, Raquel Monteza, Michael Fernando and Denise Laurel of Star Magic… Oct. 1: Fr. Gerry Orbos, GMA-7’s Marivin Arayata, Charito Makalintal, Charo G. Yu. Reginald A. Oben, Vikki Lizzi, Ma. Elena Sen Lim, Remy Umerez, Juliet Lee-Uy, Mario A. Somera, Rhoeda Farolan, Shirlee S. Castro, Jojo Lasaga Labrador, Reynald Oro and Mico del Rosario of Star Cinema…

FROM PHILSTAR

St. Francis, Pope Francis & pets
DOG DAZE By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 28, 2014 - 12:00am 0 13 googleplus0 1


Pope Francis blesses Asia, a guide dog belonging to Alessandro Forlani, at a Vatican media session. A visually impaired Italian radio journalist, Forlani was among the permanently accredited Vatican journalists invited for a personal greeting.

October is a month that every pet lover loves. For us, it means that we are moving closer to the celebration of World Animal Day.

World Animal Day (WAD) started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then, it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.

The World Animal Day celebration here in the Philippines and in most other Catholic countries is held on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

* * *

Last year, when the news that we had a new Pope came out, it was a little past midnight and, like many millions, I was “Pope watching.”

When I first heard that he would be called Pope Francis, I thought, like many others, that he would name himself after Francis Xavier because he is a Jesuit priest.

But it was after Francis of Assisi that he chose to be named — and then the pet lover in me thought, “He must love animals and the environment, too.”

In his first homily on the day he was installed as pope, Pope Francis said, “Today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope, it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds.”

* He added, “The vocation of being a ‘protector,’ however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness.”

* * *

And then there is the story of Alessandro Forlani, a sight-impaired journalist from Italian RAI radio. As he reports on www.pawnation.com:

“While the journalists lined up to be greeted by Pope Francis — some performing the baciamano, the traditional kissing of the Pope’s ring, others embracing him in bear hugs — Vatican officials approached.

“‘As I waited in line to enter the hall, the security guards told me that most likely I wouldn’t be allowed to get in with the dog,” Forlani wrote on his Facebook page. “They said that Pope Francis had asked to meet me. He had seen Asià (a Golden Retriever) and wanted to see both of us.”

Asià walked on the stage, briefly sniffed the Pope’s white dress and black shoes and then waited patiently as Forlani talked to the pontiff.

“I asked for a blessing for my wife and daughter at home,” Forlani told Discovery News.

“In a fitting image for a Pope inspired by the patron saint of animals, Francis bent down to caress the dog.

“He said, ‘And a special blessing for your dog, too.’ He broke the ceremonial rules as my presence on stage with Asià wasn’t previously arranged,” Forlani said.

* * *

There are many stories about St. Francis of Assisi and his love for animals. One that I always remember is how he talked to the birds. It is said that, one day, while traveling with some companions, St. Francis and his group got to a place where there were lots of birds in the trees on either side of the road. It is said that St. Francis spoke to the birds and said:

“My sister birds, you owe much to God, and you must always and in every place give praise to Him; for He has given you freedom to wing through the sky and He has clothed you, you neither sow nor reap, and God feeds you and gives you rivers and fountains for your thirst, and mountains and valleys for shelter, and tall trees for your nests. And although you neither know how to spin or weave, God dresses you and your children, for the Creator loves you greatly and He blesses you abundantly. Therefore, always seek to praise God.”

Francis believed that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves.

Legend has it that, on his deathbed, St. Francis thanked his donkey for carrying and helping him throughout his life, and his donkey wept.

* * *

This year, in celebration of World Animal Day 2014 and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Phlippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Tiendesitas will hold a grand “Pet Blessing” at the Tiendesitas Activity Center on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.

PAWS invites all pet owners and animal lovers to celebrate this special day by having their companion animals individually blessed by Fr. Jose Antonio Paras, SDB.

There will be a mini-program before the 5 p.m. Mass.

Native pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets because the first 50 Aspin and first 50 Puspin registrants who will purchase an “I am blessed!” pet bandana will receive vouchers for a free spay-neuter procedure at the PAWS clinic. Vouchers are transferable to fellow aspins or puspins — native dogs and cats in need of the spay-neuter if your pet has already undergone the procedure.

See you there.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Pope launches review of church teaching Extraordinary synod tackles marriage, cohabitation, divorce issues by AFP October 6, 2014 Share this:


POPE WITH ARMLESS DANCER (EPA) – Pope Francis touches disabled Italian dancer Simona Atzoril, who is without both arms, as two unidentified men present an image of the Pope’s face during a meeting for the ‘Believe to be Alive’ event, a paralympic gala, at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Saturday, in this handout picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Vatican City – Pope Francis on Sunday launches a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could have far-reaching implications for the Church’s attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce.

An extraordinary synod, or meeting, of nearly 200 bishops from around the world and a sprinkling of lay Catholics will, for the next two weeks, address the huge gulf between what the Church says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.

Addressing tens of thousands of believers in St. Peter’s square on the eve of the synod on Saturday night, Francis said the synod could open the door to a ‘’renewal of the Church and society.’’

Since becoming pontiff just over 18 months ago, Francis has repeatedly highlighted the ‘’wounds’’ caused by family breakdown in modern society, while suggesting the Church needs to adapt to this new reality.

‘’The wounds have to be treated with mercy. The Church is a mother, not a customs office, coldly checking who is within the rules,’’ he has said, in an allusion to the many divorced people, cohabiting couples and single mothers within the ranks of the Church.

Francis underlined where he stands last month by personally marrying 20 Roman couples, some of whom had been ‘’living in sin’’ prior to their weddings.

* In his 18 months in the Vatican, the 77-year-old pope has already taken steps to overhaul the way the Vatican bank and administration are run and has sent out strong signals about the determination of the Church to deal with the issue of clerical sex abuse.

DEEP DIVISIONS

But a reform agenda on social issues could prove much harder to implement because of deep divisions within the Church, Vatican experts say.

Conservatives in the Church hierarchy have already made it clear they will fight any dilution of traditional doctrine.

The Church’s view of marriage has come to be seen as increasingly outdated by many in a world where, in some developed countries, nearly one in two marriages ends in divorce and where the notion of the institution itself has been challenged by the global trend towards the legalization of same-sex weddings.

GAY MARRIAGE

The bishops gathered in Rome are certainly not about to embrace gay marriage and few Vatican observers expect much, if any, change on questions such as contraception, another area where Catholic teaching contrasts with the daily practice of millions.

But with Francis on the side of reform, the feeling is that the synod process could lead to some highly symbolic changes when it finally reaches conclusions, which is not expected to happen before 2016 at the earliest.

The most notable of these could be a change in the rules to make it possible for Catholics who divorce and then remarry to receive communion.

That has been banned for centuries but critics say the Church’s stance is ludicrous given that individuals who have declared their repentance from more serious breaches of the Christian code, including murder or involvement in organized crime, can take communion.

DIVORCE ACCEPTANCE

While the Church may not yet be ready to take a step that would amount to a de facto acceptance of divorce in certain circumstances, the discussions could result in steps to make it easier for failed marriages to be annulled.

Another area in which the Church could send out a signal of compassion is by making it clear that priests should be ready to baptize the children of same sex couples, regardless of the doctrinal disapproval of their parents’ union.

The synod will also discuss how priests and parishioners can practically help to shore up marriages within their community. Among questions to be addressed on that score is whether the easy availability of pornography in modern society is a factor in family breakdown.

The many ‘firsts’ in Phl cinema FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 2, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Don Jose Zialcita Nepomuceno

Two weeks ago, Funfare featured the “legacy of beauty” of Mang Ador, the founder of the iconic Tropicana Studio which holds the distinction of having photographed celebrities most of them from showbiz. The story and pictures (from the collection of Funfare correspondent Celso de Guzman Caparas) were Funfare’s humble tribute both to Mang Ador and to the Philippine Cinema which is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year (last Sept. 25).

For a follow-up, Funfare asked Celso to compile the many “firsts” in Philippine Cinema. Here are some of them:

• Dalagang Bukid — The first 100 percent-capitalized Tagalog movie starring Honorata “Atang” dela Rama and Marcellano Ilagan (a.k.a. Mar Esmeralda), produced and directed by Don Jose Zialcita Nepomuceno of Malayan Movies, released on Sept. 25, 1919 in Empire Theater after a premiere at Teatro de la Comedia on Sept. 12. Atang was dubbed as “The Queen of Philippine Theater and The First Star of Philippine Cinema.” She was named National Artist for Theater and Music in 1987. Nepomuceno is acknowledged as “The Father of Philippine Cinema.”

• El Hijo Disobediente (The Disobedient Son) — One of the earliest noted films from the Visayan film industry, a 1922 collaboration work of Visayan filmmakers Max Borromeo, Florentino Borromeo and Celestino Rodriguez. Bertoldo Ug Balodoy (1938) was the first Visayan “talkie” movie. Mat Ranillo and Gloria Sevilla, hailed as the King and Queen of Visayan Movies, first appeared as a tandem in Princess Tirana (1951), produced by Azucena Productions.

• Ang Tatlong Hambog — Featured the first screen kiss between vaudeville actress Elizabeth “Dimples” Cooper and sportsman Luis Tuason, produced by Malayan Movies and released on Sept. 28, 1926, in Majestic Theater.

• Ang Aswang — The first “talking” film produced by George Musser of Manila Talkatone Pictures, released on Jan. 1, 1933, in Lyric Theater and Jan. 4, 1933, in Tivoli. The sound was produced by audiographer William Smith at the Manila Talkatone Studio in Pandacan.

• Zamboanga — First screened in the USA before it was released here on Dec. 7, 1937, in Lyric Theater, with Fernando Poe and Rosa del Rosario, and directed by Eduardo de Castro (Marvin Edward de Castro Gardner in real life). The film was entered in Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards that year, rating an honorable mention. It was shot entirely in Zamboanga and Sulu. Hollywood director Frank Capra hailed the film as “the most exciting and beautiful picture of native life I have ever seen.”

• Bituing Marikit — The first offering of Sampaguita Pictures, with Elsa Oria, Rogelio de la Rosa and Ely Ramos, directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa, released on Dec. 27, 1937, in Grand Theater.

• Giliw Ko — Inaugural film of LVN (initials of founders Doña Narcisa Buencamino vda. de Leon a.k.a. Doña Sisang, Carmen Villongco and Eleuterio Navoa), topbilled by Fernando Poe, Reynaldo Dante and Amanding Montes, and directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa. Released on July 29, 1939, in Metropolitan and Aug. 1, 1939, in Grand.

• Ibong Adarna — The first movie with color sequence, hand-painted frame by frame. Produced by LVN, it starred Mila del Sol and Fred Cortez, and directed by Vicente Salumbides. Released on Oct. 17, 1941, in Dalisay Theater.

• Tia Juana — The only movie shown in 1943 when Manila was still under Japanese Occupation. Produced by LVN and directed by Lamberto Avellana, it starred Mila del Sol and Leopoldo Salcedo. Released on May 27, 1943, in Lyric.

• Orasang Ginto — The first post-war movie topbilled by Mila del Sol, Rodrigo “Bimbo” Danao and Domingo Principe, directed by Manuel Conde and produced by LVN. Released on Mar. 4, 1946, in Zest.

• Probinsiyana — The debut film of Dr. Ciriaco Santiago’s Premiere Productions starring Carmen Rosales, Jose Padilla Jr. and Tony Arnaldo, introducing Lilia Dizon and Mari Luisa, written and directed by Susan de Guzman. Released on Aug. 13, 1946, in Dalisay. Months before it was shown, Dr. Santiago conducted a beauty search, Bb. Probinsiyana, in conjunction with the movie: Virginia Palmario of Navotas, Rizal, winner; Lina Buenaventura of Malabon, Rizal, second place.

• Batalyon XIII — The first full-color movie with Carmen Rosales and Jaime de la Rosa, produced by LVN and directed by Manuel Silos. Released on Dec. 16, 1949, in Avenue.

• Dayang-Dayang — The first color film to be processed in the Philippines. Produced by LVN, directed by Nemesio Caravana and released on June 24, 1950, in Life. It starred Mila del Sol and Armando Goyena.

 

• Never in the film industry’s history that stars from 10 movie outfits have gathered in a grand premiere night. On Feb. 28, 1951, in Life Theater, stars from Sampaguita and those from LVN, Premiere, Lebran, Royal, Nolasco, Balintawak, Benito Bros., Liwayway and Filcudoma came in full force to support tearjerker Roberta with Tessie Agana in the title role. It was Sampaguita’s first film after its studio was gutted by a fire on Jan. 4, 1951.

• Genghis Khan — The first film to be screened at the Venice and Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1952. Released locally in 1950, it starred Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Inday Jalondoni and Jose Villafranca, produced by Manuel Conde Productions. Dubbed in French, the film was screened in France in 1954.

• Maria Clara Awards — the first award-giving body formed by Manila Times Publishing, Co. with its inaugural awards night held in 1951. Major category winners were Doña Sisang, Producer of the Year; Premiere’s Kamay ni Satanas (Best Picture), Gerardo de Leon (Best Director, Kamay ni Satanas), Reynaldo Dante (Best Actor, Kamay ni Satanas), Nena Cardenas (Best Actress, Doble-Cara), Tony Santos (Best Supporting Actor, Hantik), Alicia Vergel (Best Supporting Actress, Mapuputing Kamay) and Mila Nimfa (Best Child Star, Nanay Ko). The second and last Maria Clara Awards were handed out in 1952. Guillermo Tolentino (later named National Artist for Sculpture in 1973) was commissioned to sculpt the statuette that bore the likeness of Maria Clara.

• Rodrigo de Villa — The first Filipino co-production with a foreign film outfit, Indonesia’s Persari Productions, Inc. Produced by LVN, it starred Delia Razon and Mario Montenegro, and directed by Gregorio Fernandez. Released on Aug. 6, 1952, in Dalisay.

• The first FAMAS Awards was held on June 16, 1953 at Rivera Supper Club. Major category winners were: Premiere’s Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (Best Picture), Gerardo de Leon (Best Director, Bagong Umaga), Ben Perez (Best Actor, Bagong Umaga), Alicia Vergel (Best Actress, Basahang Ginto), Gil de Leon (Best Supporting Actor, Korea) and Nida Blanca (Best Supporting Actress, Korea).

• Luciano Carlos — The first Filipino to win in an international film festival (technical category): Best Screenplay for Ang Asawa Kong Amerikana, the First (1953) Asian Film Festival in Tokyo. Produced by Sampaguita Pictures, with Oscar Moreno, Joan Page and Rudy Francisco, and directed by Enrique Moreno (a.k.a. Eddie Romero), it was released on Jan. 19, 1953, in Life.

• Lilia Dizon — The Filipino to win in an international film festival (acting category): Best Actress for Kandelerong Pilak of LVN at the 1954 Cambodia Film Festival.

• Bahala Na — the first movie filmed in wide-screen with Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa, produced by LVN and directed by Manuel Conde. Released on Dec. 25, 1956 in Dalisay and Center.

• In 1963, Sampaguita, LVN, Premiere and Lebran studios or collectively known as the Big Four, merged with a group of independent producers and formed the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association.

• The first Manila Film Festival debuted on June 24, 1966, with 18 entries (14 new and four reissues), a brainchild of then Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas. Cinemasters, Inc.’s Ang Daigdig ng mga Api, starring Barbara Perez and Robert Arevalo, received the first Rajah Soliman Grand Award for Best Picture.

• In 1974, the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation, Inc. (MOWELFUND), a non-stock, non-profit social welfare, educational, and industry development foundation was organized and headed by then San Juan Mayor and president of the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association (PMPPA) Joseph Estrada for the welfare of workers in the country’s film industry.

• The first Metro Manila Film Festival kicked off on Sept. 21, 1975 with eight entries: Diligin Mo ng Hamog Ang Uhaw na Lupa, JE Productions; Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi, Lyra Ventures; Batu-Bato sa Langit, NV Productions; Karugtong Ang Kahapon, Roma Films; Siya’y Umalis, Siya’y Dumating, Mirick Films; Postcards from China, Premiere Productions; Kapitan Kulas, LEA Productions; and Alat, TIIP Productions. Diligin romped away with six major awards including Best Picture, Augusto Buenaventura (Best Director), Best Actor (Joseph Estrada), Best Supporting Actor (Vic Silayan), Best Editing and Best Sound Engineering (Edgardo Vinarao).

• The first Gawad Urian was held on Feb. 21, 1977, at the Little Theater of Cultural Center of the Philippines. Major category winners were: Gerardo de Leon (Natatanging Gawad Urian); Ganito Kami Noon…Paano Kayo Ngayon? (Best Picture); Eddie Romero (Best Director, Ganito…); Vic Silayan (Best Actor, Ligaw ng Bulaklak); Nora Aunor (Best Actress, Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos); Ruel Vernal (Best Supporting Actor, Insiang); and Maya Valdez/Yvonne (tie for Best Supporting Actresss: Lunes, Martes… and Ligaw na Bulaklak).

• The Film Academy of the Philippines was born in 1981, together with the Film Fund, the Film Ratings Board, the Film Archives and 12 industry guilds. The first FAP Awards (named Luna Awards since 2005) was held on Apr. 27, 1983, at the Manila Film Center. Major category winners were: Batch ’81 of MVP Pictures (Best Picture); Romy Suzara (Best Director, Uod at Rosas); Philip Salvador (Best Actor, Cain at Abel); Vilma Santos (Best Actress, Relasyon); Rodolfo “Boy” Garcia (Best Supporting Actor, Ito Ba Ang Ating Mga Anak?); and Liza Lorena (Best Supporting Actress, Oro, Plata, Mata).


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