NEW 7 WONDERS CITIES: VIGAN BECKONS 

OCT 29 --One of these days, my friends and I are going to Vigan to see for ourselves how it landed among the Top 14 official finalists in the last round of the search for the “New7Wonders Cities.” I’ve only seen it in movies produced, directed and starred in by FPJ who held Vigan (and, for that matter, the twin provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte) close to his heart as favorite places to shoot in. In fact, the DOT (Department Of Tourism) should give Da King a posthumous Tourism Award for showcasing in his movies the scenic spots of not only the Ilocos provinces but other regions (Bicol, Bohol and Mindanao) as well.

The 13 other finalists presented by New7Wonders Cities founder and president Bernard Weber are: Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (USA), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson-Medina is very grateful for the inclusion of her city in the Top 14 finalists, and so is my Ilocana friend Tessa Mangahas who has been tirelessly campaigning for Vigan which used to be known as Ciudad Fernandina during the Spanish colonial period, famous for its well-preserved centuries-old structures (some of which are shown on this page) and recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site. Vigan beckons, waiting to be discovered and re-discovered. (To vote for Vigan, log in at www.new7wonders.com/en/cities and select the City of Vigan, or text VIGAN to 29290777. Voting ends on Dec. 14.)THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

(ALSO) MassKara: A dazzling movable rainbow 

NOV 3 ---PHOTO: That’s me Edu Jarque-the reporter (left) with three lovely dancers in all shades and with my travelling buddies — Honey Jarque-Loop and Fredie Alquiros ---Bacolod literally burst at the seams on the weekend closest to Oct. 19 — the city’s Charter Day Anniversary — while thousands of guests from neighboring cities and towns, faraway provinces and distant islands, together with foreign visitors and balikbayan guests, excitedly converged at the City of Smiles, to be dazzled and experience in awe. In fabulous masks, street dancers made up of students from all levels of education and representatives from the various barangays, slowly inched their way down festive, crowded Lacson Street. They were witnessed by noisy, celebratory merry makers for the Grand Parades — all three of them on three succeeding days — that climaxed this year’s MassKara Festival, the most anticipated annual event in the so-very-underrated-and-yet-so-much-to-offer tourist destination.

With my travel buddies Honey Jarque-Loop and Fredie Alquiros, we soon learned from our able guides, namely Raymond Alunan of the Provincial Tourism Section under the Governor’s Office, and Ray Tabafunda of the DOT Region VI, that it was 35 years ago, when the economic woes of the all-important sugar industry resulted in some reversal of fortunes affecting several hacienderos and workers alike, compounded by the personal losses and devastating grief of many, due to a major sea disaster, that an idea of a fiesta was born. It was one where active participants under molded clay or papier-mâché masks of beaming faces dressed in elaborate, vibrant costumes detailed with sparkling glitters, assorted beads, shiny sequins, multicolored feathers and mixed strings. It brought about the escapism from the suffering and depression of the citizenry through drinking and dancing in abandonment, singing and chanting with their lungs out, cool mood and excellent food, absolute frolic and genuine fun. The entire community enthusiastically embraced the festival of the MassKara — a combination of the English word mass meaning crowd, and the Spanish word cara, for face courtesy of Ely Santiago, a local artist renowned for his works on the many — you guessed it right, faces — of Negrenses for it is uniquely Bacolod in color and character, scope and substance. However, organizers have emphasized that there is indeed a lot more than the exuberant street dancing that lure droves of perennial travelers to Bacolod. * READ  MORE...

ALSO: Maxene Magalona to do a project with ABS-CBN for the first time

OCT 29 --Maxene Magalona will work with the Kapamilya network for the first time. The speculation that she'll moving to the Kapamilya network from the Kapuso network came out after she appeared in “It's Showtime” as guest 'hurado' until Pia Magalona, Maxene's mom and manager confirmed the news. “I'm actually going to be part of a new show kasama sina Zanjoe Marudo, si Beauty Gonzales, si Gloria Diaz, Tirso Cruz III,” Maxene said in an interview on Saturday. The young actress said “there are no bridges burned” with the Kapuso network, and that “I'm so grateful sa kabila sa lahat ng trabahong binigay nila sa akin.”

Maxene is not in an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN, but doing a project with the network is her way of “just trying things out, and as an artist I just want to grow and do my thing.” Meanwhile, Maxene is part of the recent event by Matrix Salon, a popular salon from the U.S., which is the 8” Cut for Cancer Challenge. Here, people were encouraged to cut at least eight inches of their hair which will be transformed into a wig.  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Who is Maxene Magalona? 

Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona (born November 23, 1986 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina actress who is currently under GMA 7 channel. She is known for her portrayal as Vivian Salvador in the GMA's soap My Lover, My Wife and Donna Vallejo on Daddy Di Do Du. In 2014 she is under the contract of ABS-CBN. Personal life Maxene was born in Sta. Elena, Philippines. Her father is the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Pia Arroyo-Magalona is her mother and her sister is Saab who also joined showbiz in 2007, and recently her younger brother Elmo Magalona also joined showbiz this year in Party Pilipinas, Pilyang Kerubin and also in Kaya ng Powers.

She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University on March 2010 with a Social Sciences bachelor's degree, although she didn't attend the graduation ceremonies due to personal reasons. Career --Her first show as a child was the ABS-CBN kiddie show "Ang TV" followed by 5 & Up. Then in 2001, she made her appearance in Daddy Di Do Du in which she worked with Vic Sotto. In 2004, the role of Alwina in Mulawin was originally given to her, but she had to turn down the offer as she was about to start college at the time. It was later given to Angel Locsin. To date, her biggest break on television is when she was chosen to be one of Richard Gutierrez's leading ladies in Kamandag. After Kamandag, Maxene played Jessa, originally played by Sharon Cuneta, in Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin opposite Wendell Ramos and Angelika dela Cruz. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Jolina's first taping day for ABS-CBN project  

OCT 29 --Jolina Magdangal has started taping for "Flordeliza," her first project with ABS-CBN 12 years after leaving the network. It was recently reported that the singer-actress returned to the Kapamilya network for a reunion project with 90s on-screen partner Marvin Agustin. The singer-actress moved to GMA-7 in 2002. "I’m so excited and nervous, but in a good way, for everything that will happen next. After 12 years, I'm finally back home," said Jolina about her ABS-CBN homecoming. "What really made me come back are the people on- and off-cam whom I missed working with. The first on my list is Direk Wenn Deramas. He was my director in ‘Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip,’ my last movie under Star Cinema," Jolina explained. "I was so happy and at ease when I learned that he will be the one to direct ‘Flordeliza.’ I know that I will not have a hard time," she added.

But aside from Direk Wenn, Jolina admitted that it is the beautiful story of "Flordeliza" and her tandem with Marvin that made her say yes to the project. "The viewers will see a different Marvin-Jolina tandem in 'Flordeliza.' Unlike before when people were used to seeing us in romantic comedy shows, now, in ‘Flordeliza,’ they will surely be surprised," she said. "It’s something worth watching out for." Also part of "Flordeliza" are Desiree del Valle and new Kapamilya child stars Rhed Bustamante and Ashley Sarmiento. "Flordeliza" is set to premiere on ABS-CBN this November. Here are photos from Jolina Magdangal's first taping day for the ABS-CBN drama series "Flordeliza" (All photos courtesy of ABS-CBN) 1234 Jolina Magdangal: "I’m so excited and nervous, but in a good way, for everything that will happen next. After 12 years, I'm finally back home" THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: CamNorte guv's missing wife surfaces 

OCT 22 --The wife of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado has surfaced after being reported missing last Friday. During an interview with DZMM, Josefina Tallado clarified that she was not kidnapped and that she escaped home from fear of her husband. "Kaya po ako narito para linawin na hindi po ako nawawala at hindi po ako na-kidnap. Ang totoo pong pangyayari ay kusa akong umalis o tumakas sa bahay namin kasi alam kong hindi na ako safe sa sarili kong tahanan," Josefina said. The conflict between the couple started when Tallado accused his wife of uploading naked pictures of the governor's alleged mistress on social networking site Facebook.

"Nakita ko lang po pero wala akong hawak. Nakita ko lang meron silang sex video saka mga pictures together. Siguro 'yun talaga ang ikinagagalit niya sa'kin," the wife said. The governor then confiscated Josefina's cellphone and other gadgets, destroyed her laptop and cut off Internet connection in their house. Josefina received a message from her friend Darlene Francisco on Friday, who helped her escape, making the incident look like she was kidnapped. Josefina was supposed to drive Francisco to her home in Barangay Tres, Vinzons, Camarines Norte. The governor's wife instructed her security personnel to wait in the house while she left riding the Toyota Fortuner and later on abandoning it in Barangay Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur to ride a motorcycle with Francisco.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Camarines Norte governor, mistress photos leaked online 

OCT 26 ---Photos supposedly showing Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and his alleged mistress have gone viral on the Internet, sparking frenzy among netizens who have followed the narrative worthy of a telenovela. At least three photos have surfaced on the Internet, with one showing what appeared to be the governor kissing a naked woman while they were in bed. Another photo, while less revealing, also showed the man and the woman kissing. Tallado has yet to issue a statement over the release of the photos.

The gripping tale of the governor’s personal life started last week when he issued a statement saying his wife Josefina and her friend failed to return to their house. He had gone as far as saying that he believed his wife was still alive. The Philippine National Police intervened, creating a task force to search for Josefina. The case was initially believed to be a kidnapping incident. Reports said even the military joined the search for the missing wife. Plot twist ,,,* READ MORE...

ALSO: Annabelle Rama 'surrenders' on Ruffa's love life  

After her recent social media outburst, Annabelle Rama (photo) took to social media yet again to declare she has given up on daughter Ruffa Gutierrez's love life. It can be remembered that Annabelle threw shade against her actress-TV host daughter over her love life on Twitter on Sunday. The matriarch of the Gutierrez family explained on Wednesday why she ranted against Ruffa's love life because she is looking after the best interest of her daughter. Annabelle added that her tweets last weekend was a merely a reaction to Ruffa's posts on Twitter. “Kaya ako nag-tweet dahil sinagot ko lang ang tweets nya. Pero never akong nag-umpisa ng tweet. May nag text lang sa akin kung anong nangyari at bakit may nag walk-out sa dinner ko, but before I reacted sa bad news, I told my friend to read the tweets for me. When I started tweeting, nagulat na lang ako kung bakit lumaki ang issue,” she said. Annabelle also said she is not creating noise just to promote her ongoing reality show “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.”  Annabelle also explained why she felt she had to meddle on the love life of Ruffa. Ruffa was married to Turkish businessman Yilmas Bektas. Their marriage was officially annulled in 2012. READ ANNABELLE'S TWEETS...


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Vigan beckons

MANILA, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - One of these days, my friends and I are going to Vigan to see for ourselves how it landed among the Top 14 official finalists in the last round of the search for the “New7Wonders Cities.”

I’ve only seen it in movies produced, directed and starred in by FPJ who held Vigan (and, for that matter, the twin provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte) close to his heart as favorite places to shoot in.

In fact, the DOT (Department Of Tourism) should give Da King a posthumous Tourism Award for showcasing in his movies the scenic spots of not only the Ilocos provinces but other regions (Bicol, Bohol and Mindanao) as well.

The 13 other finalists presented by New7Wonders Cities founder and president Bernard Weber are: Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (USA), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador) and Reykjavik (Iceland).

Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson-Medina is very grateful for the inclusion of her city in the Top 14 finalists, and so is my Ilocana friend Tessa Mangahas who has been tirelessly campaigning for Vigan which used to be known as Ciudad Fernandina during the Spanish colonial period, famous for its well-preserved centuries-old structures (some of which are shown on this page) and recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site.

Vigan beckons, waiting to be discovered and re-discovered.

(To vote for Vigan, log in at www.new7wonders.com/en/cities and select the City of Vigan, or text VIGAN to 29290777. Voting ends on Dec. 14.)!!!!! GO VIGAN!!!!!!!

MassKara: A dazzling movable rainbow By Edu Jarque (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 3, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


That’s me (left) with three lovely dancers in all shades and with my travelling buddies — Honey Jarque-Loop and Fredie Alquiros

MANILA, Philippines - Bacolod literally burst at the seams on the weekend closest to Oct. 19 — the city’s Charter Day Anniversary — while thousands of guests from neighboring cities and towns, faraway provinces and distant islands, together with foreign visitors and balikbayan guests, excitedly converged at the City of Smiles, to be dazzled and experience in awe. In fabulous masks, street dancers made up of students from all levels of education and representatives from the various barangays, slowly inched their way down festive, crowded Lacson Street. They were witnessed by noisy, celebratory merry makers for the Grand Parades — all three of them on three succeeding days — that climaxed this year’s MassKara Festival, the most anticipated annual event in the so-very-underrated-and-yet-so-much-to-offer tourist destination.

With my travel buddies Honey Jarque-Loop and Fredie Alquiros, we soon learned from our able guides, namely Raymond Alunan of the Provincial Tourism Section under the Governor’s Office, and Ray Tabafunda of the DOT Region VI, that it was 35 years ago, when the economic woes of the all-important sugar industry resulted in some reversal of fortunes affecting several hacienderos and workers alike, compounded by the personal losses and devastating grief of many, due to a major sea disaster, that an idea of a fiesta was born.

It was one where active participants under molded clay or papier-mâché masks of beaming faces dressed in elaborate, vibrant costumes detailed with sparkling glitters, assorted beads, shiny sequins, multicolored feathers and mixed strings. It brought about the escapism from the suffering and depression of the citizenry through drinking and dancing in abandonment, singing and chanting with their lungs out, cool mood and excellent food, absolute frolic and genuine fun.

The entire community enthusiastically embraced the festival of the MassKara — a combination of the English word mass meaning crowd, and the Spanish word cara, for face courtesy of Ely Santiago, a local artist renowned for his works on the many — you guessed it right, faces — of Negrenses for it is uniquely Bacolod in color and character, scope and substance.

However, organizers have emphasized that there is indeed a lot more than the exuberant street dancing that lure droves of perennial travelers to Bacolod.

* Yes, but that’s not all that there is to it.

“It is actually a 20-day long affair with various interesting activities for everyone to participate and enjoy,” declares lawyer Helen Catalbas, regional director for Region VI of the Department of Tourism.

With this year’s theme, “One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A million Smiles,” the first salvo was the opening of the MassKara sites and carnival followed by the Fun MassKa-run, jog, walk, bike and skate, the ZoombassKara, on-the-spot MassKara Making Contest, Banda sa MassKara drum and bugle competition, MassKara Fashion Week, selection of MassKara Queen 2014 and the calendar of events goes on and on.

As spectators take in all of these, there for the picking are the various restaurants of fame such as Aboy’s, Nena’s Rose Chicken Inasal, 21 Restaurant, among many, and the widest selection of local delicacies from Bailon’s, Felicia’s, Virgie’s, Bascon’s, Calea, and Pendy’s, to name a few.

With such experiences, we, without any doubt, appreciate how the MassKara Festival truly reflects the history and traditions, arts and culture, values and civic spirits, and craftsmanship and skills of residents of Bacolod and the environs.

And yet we reminded ourselves that the yearly weekend festivities are not all that Bacolod offers. They have well-preserved historical and cultural attractions, one-for-the-books activities, wonderful shopping and well-meaning populace such as Luci Lizares Yunque, Solomon Lopez Locsin, Corazon Henares, Charet Locsin, Anne Marie Peruelo, Clemente Dreyfuss Del Castillo and the Peñalosa family — Mon, Grace, Suzy, Kelly and Andrew.

Maxene Magalona to do a project with ABS-CBN for the first time By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated October 28, 2014 - 1:38pm 8 0 googleplus0 0


Maxene Magalona works woth ABS-CBN for the first time. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines- Maxene Magalona will work with the Kapamilya network for the first time.

The speculation that she'll moving to the Kapamilya network from the Kapuso network came out after she appeared in “It's Showtime” as guest 'hurado' until Pia Magalona, Maxene's mom and manager confirmed the news.

“I'm actually going to be part of a new show kasama sina Zanjoe Marudo, si Beauty Gonzales, si Gloria Diaz, Tirso Cruz III,” Maxene said in an interview on Saturday.

The young actress said “there are no bridges burned” with the Kapuso network, and that “I'm so grateful sa kabila sa lahat ng trabahong binigay nila sa akin.”

Maxene is not in an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN, but doing a project with the network is her way of “just trying things out, and as an artist I just want to grow and do my thing.”

Meanwhile, Maxene is part of the recent event by Matrix Salon, a popular salon from the U.S., which is the 8” Cut for Cancer Challenge. Here, people were encouraged to cut at least eight inches of their hair which will be transformed into a wig.

* These wigs will be given to Kythe Ateneo, an organization that helps kids with cancer by giving psychosocial assistance when they're undergoing chemotherapy.

“Alam naman ng lahat na malapit sa puso ko ang advocacy or cause na para sa cancer awareness because I lost my own dad to leukemia five years ago,” Maxene said, referring to her father Francis Magalona.

So she encourages the people, especially the ladies to “join this cause kasi talagang... alam mo na every girl naman talaga laging nagpapagupit, lagi tayong nagre-reinvent ng itsura natin. But this time, you're cutting your hair for a big cause.”

Those who would like to donate at least 8 inches of their hair could visit selected branches of David's Salon from October 26 to December 31, and mention your intention to donate your hair.

FROM Wikipedia

Who is Maxene Magalona?

Maxene Sofia Maria Arroyo Magalona (born November 23, 1986 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina actress who is currently under GMA 7 channel. She is known for her portrayal as Vivian Salvador in the GMA's soap My Lover, My Wife and Donna Vallejo on Daddy Di Do Du. In 2014 she is under the contract of ABS-CBN.

Personal life

Maxene was born in Sta. Elena, Philippines. Her father is the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran.

Pia Arroyo-Magalona is her mother and her sister is Saab who also joined showbiz in 2007, and recently her younger brother Elmo Magalona also joined showbiz this year in Party Pilipinas, Pilyang Kerubin and also in Kaya ng Powers.

She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University on March 2010 with a Social Sciences bachelor's degree, although she didn't attend the graduation ceremonies due to personal reasons.

Career

Her first show as a child was the ABS-CBN kiddie show "Ang TV" followed by 5 & Up. Then in 2001, she made her appearance in Daddy Di Do Du in which she worked with Vic Sotto.

In 2004, the role of Alwina in Mulawin was originally given to her, but she had to turn down the offer as she was about to start college at the time. It was later given to Angel Locsin.

To date, her biggest break on television is when she was chosen to be one of Richard Gutierrez's leading ladies in Kamandag. After Kamandag, Maxene played Jessa, originally played by Sharon Cuneta, in Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin opposite Wendell Ramos and Angelika dela Cruz.

* In 2009, Magalona joined the cast of SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti Ng Puso, opposite Marvin Agustin and Geoff Eigenmann.

Maxene also starred on Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo Man Ang Lahat Sa Akin with JC Tiuseco, Glaiza de Castro and Patrick Garcia.

In 2010, she joined with the cast of Sine Novela Presents: Trudis Liit, with her co-stars Pauline Luna, Mike Tan, Gina Alajar, & new child actress Jillian Ward. Then on February 2011, she starred on GMA 7 afternoon drama show, "My Lover, My Wife".

In 2013, Magalona joined the GMA's up-coming television pilot Mga Basang Sisiw playing Vicky Sta. Maria, the main antagonist & villain of the series.

On the 3rd Quarter of 2014, she is back and signed an exclusive contract under ABS-CBN Corporation and had a guest stint as one of the Hurado's on Its' Showtime.

Magalona's first project as a kapamilya Artist to be part on ABS-CBN's Upcoming Primetime Soap entitled "Dream Dad" together with Jana Casandra Agoncillo and Zanjoe Marudo.


MAXENE'S DAD: THE LATE FRANCIS MAGALONA

Francis Durango Magalona (4 October 1964 - 6 March 2009), also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer.

Born in Mandaluyong City, he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the mainstream. He was credited for having pioneered the merging of rap with Pinoy rock, becoming a significant influence to artists in that genre as well.

He was also a television host on MTV Asia and Channel V Philippines and on noontime variety television show Eat Bulaga!

Magalona died seven months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Magalona was later awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit. The award's citation noted that it had been given “for his musical and artistic brilliance, his deep faith in the Filipino and his sense of national pride that continue to inspire us.

Magalona was the eighth of the nine children of actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, popular film stars of the 1940s and 1950s.

Francis Magalona and Pia Arroyo Magalona (couple) had eight children, two of whom were Francis' step-children: Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr. (Frank), Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and actresses Maxene and Saab.

Magalona was diagnosed on August 8, 2008, with acute myeloid leukemia at the Medical City Hospital, Pasig City.

Appealing to the media and the public, Magalona said:

I don’t want a media circus, I want privacy with my family. What I’d rather talk about is how we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital.
—Francis Magalona, August 2008

After his first treatment and discharge, he made his return on Eat Bulaga together with Ely Buendia, who had also been recently discharged.

His daughter Maxene stated that "He always did what he wanted to do. He never let anyone or anything stop him from doing what he loved to do.

He still went to the Camera Club, he still took pictures, every time he was discharged from the hospital, he recorded songs with Ely Buendia. He taught us that life is short but it can be well lived. Don’t waste your time in the world."

His wife, Pia, later described her husband's battle with the disease, saying "Francis was a very passionate person. When he was angry, he was very expressive. He would get angry with his cancer. That was his way of coping with it. But he didn’t give up. I remembered that he told me, 'I'm going down fighting.'

On March 6, 2009, at 12 noon, Magalona succumbed to multiple organ failure secondary to septic shock, secondary to pneumonia in the immunocompromised (immediate cause); acute respiratory failure secondary to acute respiratory distress syndrome (antecedent cause); underlying cause: Chronic myelogenous leukemia blast crisis.

He had undergone several chemotherapy sessions since he was diagnosed the previous year and had been expected to undergo a bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT).

The announcement was first made over Eat Bulaga!. News of his death sparked a surge of web traffic to several Philippine news sites, causing a momentary slowdown in their operation.

Guests at his wake included former president Corazon Aquino, (who also died five months after Magalona's passing) along with other politicians and artists who paid tribute to Magalona's contribution to Filipino music and to national pride — the dominant advocacy theme in FrancisM's music.

Fans arrived in droves to pay their last respects, some of them making a point to wear shirts from Magalona's FMCC line.

Numerous television programs, ranging from noontime variety shows to primetime newscasts and late night news documentaries, paid tribute to Magalona.

Jolina's first taping day for ABS-CBN project (philstar.com) | Updated October 28, 2014 - 2:17pm 2 79 googleplus0 0


Jolina Magdangal returns to ABS-CBN to do TV drama "Flordeliza" with director Wenn Deramas and Marvin Agustin. ABS-CBN/PR photo

MANIA, Philippines - Jolina Magdangal has started taping for "Flordeliza," her first project with ABS-CBN 12 years after leaving the network.

It was recently reported that the singer-actress returned to the Kapamilya network for a reunion project with 90s on-screen partner Marvin Agustin.

The singer-actress moved to GMA-7 in 2002.

"I’m so excited and nervous, but in a good way, for everything that will happen next. After 12 years, I'm finally back home," said Jolina about her ABS-CBN homecoming.

"What really made me come back are the people on- and off-cam whom I missed working with. The first on my list is Direk Wenn Deramas. He was my director in ‘Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip,’ my last movie under Star Cinema," Jolina explained.

"I was so happy and at ease when I learned that he will be the one to direct ‘Flordeliza.’ I know that I will not have a hard time," she added.

But aside from Direk Wenn, Jolina admitted that it is the beautiful story of "Flordeliza" and her tandem with Marvin that made her say yes to the project.

"The viewers will see a different Marvin-Jolina tandem in 'Flordeliza.' Unlike before when people were used to seeing us in romantic comedy shows, now, in ‘Flordeliza,’ they will surely be surprised," she said. "It’s something worth watching out for."

Also part of "Flordeliza" are Desiree del Valle and new Kapamilya child stars Rhed Bustamante and Ashley Sarmiento. "Flordeliza" is set to premiere on ABS-CBN this November.

Here are photos from Jolina Magdangal's first taping day for the ABS-CBN drama series "Flordeliza" (All photos courtesy of ABS-CBN)

1234 Jolina Magdangal: "I’m so excited and nervous, but in a good way, for everything that will happen next. After 12 years, I'm finally back home"

CamNorte guv's missing wife surfaces By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 22, 2014 - 11:04am 2 3748 googleplus0 2


Photo of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and wife Josefina from the governor's Facebook account. Josefina surfaced on Wednesday after being reported missing last Friday.

MANILA, Philippines - The wife of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado has surfaced after being reported missing last Friday.

During an interview with DZMM, Josefina Tallado clarified that she was not kidnapped and that she escaped home from fear of her husband.

"Kaya po ako narito para linawin na hindi po ako nawawala at hindi po ako na-kidnap. Ang totoo pong pangyayari ay kusa akong umalis o tumakas sa bahay namin kasi alam kong hindi na ako safe sa sarili kong tahanan," Josefina said.

The conflict between the couple started when Tallado accused his wife of uploading naked pictures of the governor's alleged mistress on social networking site Facebook.

"Nakita ko lang po pero wala akong hawak. Nakita ko lang meron silang sex video saka mga pictures together. Siguro 'yun talaga ang ikinagagalit niya sa'kin," the wife said.

The governor then confiscated Josefina's cellphone and other gadgets, destroyed her laptop and cut off Internet connection in their house.

Josefina received a message from her friend Darlene Francisco on Friday, who helped her escape, making the incident look like she was kidnapped.

Josefina was supposed to drive Francisco to her home in Barangay Tres, Vinzons, Camarines Norte. The governor's wife instructed her security personnel to wait in the house while she left riding the Toyota Fortuner and later on abandoning it in Barangay Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur to ride a motorcycle with Francisco.

Camarines Norte governor, mistress photos leaked online By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 26, 2014 - 12:00am 44 11.5K googleplus12 0

MANILA, Philippines - Photos supposedly showing Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and his alleged mistress have gone viral on the Internet, sparking frenzy among netizens who have followed the narrative worthy of a telenovela.

At least three photos have surfaced on the Internet, with one showing what appeared to be the governor kissing a naked woman while they were in bed. Another photo, while less revealing, also showed the man and the woman kissing.

Tallado has yet to issue a statement over the release of the photos.

UPDATE: Camarines Norte governor apologizes for scandal

The gripping tale of the governor’s personal life started last week when he issued a statement saying his wife Josefina and her friend failed to return to their house.

He had gone as far as saying that he believed his wife was still alive.

The Philippine National Police intervened, creating a task force to search for Josefina. The case was initially believed to be a kidnapping incident.

Reports said even the military joined the search for the missing wife.

Plot twist

* But the case took a bizarre twist when the “kidnapped wife” surfaced on Wednesday and revealed the reasons for her disappearance – she was afraid of her husband following her supposed discovery of a sex video featuring him and his mistress.

“I am hiding and I was not kidnapped. I voluntarily left my home because I feel I am not safe there anymore,” Tallado said in an interview on ABS-CBN.

She said her husband confronted her on suspicions that she was the one who posted the naked picture of the woman on Facebook.

“It happened last (Oct. 15) when he confronted me and I saw a gun tucked behind his waist. It was the first time I saw him very angry. That was when I felt I had to leave,” Josefina said, adding she had known about her husband’s affair for years.

Annabelle Rama 'surrenders' on Ruffa's love life By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated October 29, 2014 - 5:35pm 19 445 googleplus0 0


Annabelle Rama Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, File photo

MANILA, Philippines – After her recent social media outburst, Annabelle Rama took to social media yet again to declare she has given up on daughter Ruffa Gutierrez's love life.

It can be remembered that Annabelle threw shade against her actress-TV host daughter over her love life on Twitter on Sunday.

The matriarch of the Gutierrez family explained on Wednesday why she ranted against Ruffa's love life because she is looking after the best interest of her daughter.

Annabelle added that her tweets last weekend was a merely a reaction to Ruffa's posts on Twitter.

“Kaya ako nag-tweet dahil sinagot ko lang ang tweets nya. Pero never akong nag-umpisa ng tweet. May nag text lang sa akin kung anong nangyari at bakit may nag walk-out sa dinner ko, but before I reacted sa bad news, I told my friend to read the tweets for me. When I started tweeting, nagulat na lang ako kung bakit lumaki ang issue,” she said.

Annabelle also said she is not creating noise just to promote her ongoing reality show “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.”

Annabelle also explained why she felt she had to meddle on the love life of Ruffa.

Ruffa was married to Turkish businessman Yilmas Bektas. Their marriage was officially annulled in 2012.



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