ANNABELLE RAMA SAYS DAUGHTER RUFFA'S RUMORED BF IS PG

OCT 27 ---Last night, Oct. 26, there was a gutsy Twitter exchange between Annabelle Rama and her daughter Ruffa Gutierrez hours before the airing of the second season of their reality show It Takes Gutz To Be a Gutierrez on the E! Channel. Tita Annabelle went on twitting spree and revealed that Ruffa walked out from her recent birthday dinner but that “tuloy pa rin ang saya.”  Tita Annabelle said that as a mother she has the right to “give advice sa naliligaw na landas kong anak.” She expressed that they always fight about Ruffa’s love life and posed a question: “Mahirap bang humanap ng guy na stable? May degree, businessman, naghahanapbuhay?”  Our favorite tweet? “Hindi ka naman namin pinalaki ng Daddy mo at pinag-aral sa best schools para lang pumatol sa mga P.G. Wake up!!! It’s not too late yet. Sayang ang beauty mo at pagiging matalino mo. Waste of time yang mga P.G na yan.”  We all know what PG means: patay-gutom. And who is this Mr. PG? French-Arab Jordan Mouyal, who is the rumored boyfriend of Ruffa.* READ MORE...

ALSO: Tayo na sa Antipolo; Hinulugang Taktak  photo at right

Hinulugan Taktak is now a National Historical Shrine Antipolo, in Rizal City, is the largest in the Calabarzon region, best known for being a pilgrimage site where Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is revered and enshrined. The city is popular for being a pilgrimage site with thousands trekking from as far as Manila to her shrine on Good Friday and May 1. Antipolo is also known for suman, mangoes and cashew nuts, and a cool temperature much like that of Tagaytay. During the start of the World War II, in order to protect the image of the Virgin of Antipolo, Stevenson Sayson (then the sacristan mayor) and members of the community brought the image to Quiapo Church. It was only after the war that Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage was returned to Antipolo on Oct. 15, 1945.

Another much-visited site used to be the Hinulugan Taktak National Park where families, during hot summer months, would visit the park to sit around, partake of their snacks and swim in the cool waters. The site became so crowded that visitors from all over the country came to the falls leaving behind their trash and stench. In no time at all, Hinulugan Taktak was abandoned to the forces of the nature. It is fortunate that a group of residents decided to get together and solve the problem. Today, visitors have returned but chastised by the realization that one has to respect nature and it will return the favor. As the motto of mountaineers goes, “Kill nothing but time; take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.” The waterfall area has since been designated as a National Park by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and proclaimed as a National Historical Shrine. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero 

OCT 29 ---Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays by the Roman Catholic Church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"  "Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it," said John, earning cheers from the attendees at Cipraini's on Wall Street. Catholic bishops scrapped a proposed landmark welcome to gays earlier this month, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Francis to chart a more relevant approach to ministering to Catholic families.

An earlier draft of the document offered a welcoming tone of acceptance, but that was stripped away after the bishops failed to reach consensus on a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals. "He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God," John said of the pope. "It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today." John, who wrote an op-ed for New York Times on Tuesday, also honored New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his plan to end the AIDS epidemic in his state by 2020. "Good evening to all of you, the queen of England," Cuomo said as the crowd laughed, "I'm from Queens, but I think there's a different interpretation there." * READ MORE...

ALSO: Cherie Gil turns emotional in a tribute for Mark Gil 

OCT 20 ---Cherie Gil got emotional in a tribute given by College of Saint Benilde to her brother Mark Gil. The actor died on September 1 due to liver cirrhosis. While giving her speech at the event, Cherie was seen crying while holding a plaque given in memory of her brother. In an interview with “TV Patrol” aired on Tuesday, the veteran actress said he misses her brother a lot. “[He is] my partner in crime, my partner in good, bad and everything else,” she said about Mark Gil. “I adore him, I idolize him. [He is] the most loyal, the most dedicated actor that has ever been.” Meanwhile, some celebrities also graced the event including Tessie Tomas, Bembol Roco, and Epi Quizon, and shared some of their fondest memories of Mark Gil. EPI QUIZON: We had this secret handshake, going like that with his fingers, that was for me my fondest memory of him. TESSIE TOMAS: First kissing scene ko, pero type ko na rin kasi si Mark Gil ‘yan. From then on ginawa niyang joke ‘yon. Sasabihin niya, ‘di ba, Tessie, I’m a good kisser?’  BEMBOL ROCO: Sobra talagang lungkot. Para akong nawalan ng kapatid. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

(ALSO) Mark Gil: A Maestro of an Actor  

OCT 29 ---In recognition of Mark Gil’s lifelong adherence to the Lasallian ideal of exceptional zeal towards his chosen craft, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde dedicated its first ever “Outstanding Benilde Romançon Artist Award” or “OBRA Maestro Award” to the late actor. “We here at Benilde were lucky to have been part of his life, to have shared in his greatness, to have known the generosity of his spirit,” said Benilde’s President and Chancellor Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC. “He was a great actor, perhaps the best of his generation and more so, he was a true Lasallian—something he was always proud of.”

Cherie Gil accepted the award on behalf of his brother: “Mark Gil lives in all of us and will always be there in our hearts, our minds and in Philippine cinema. The man, the actor, lived for his craft fully. I know Ralph never failed in supporting La Salle through and through, and yes, he is a true Lasallian.” To honor Mark Gil’s lasting contribution to Philippine Cinema, “Disenyo at Pelikula 2014” of Benilde’s Production Design Program featured the actor’s last two films. “A Day with Grace” was produced and production designed by the Film Design Thesis Class of 2013; and “Mana,” the Silver Jubilee production of Benilde, starred both Mark Gil and Cherie Gil. The films were directed by Production Design Chairperson Gabby Fernandez.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Mariah Carey puts Manila under her spell   

OCT 29 --When Mariah Carey returned to the Philippines for the “Me. I Am Mariah. World Tour 2014” at the Mall of Asia Arena last Oct. 28, she delivered nearly all-hits repertoire that her hour-and-a-half show allowed. Since her previous visit in 2003 for the “Charmbracelet World Tour,” the singer-songwriter has racked up more chart toppers, which is saying a lot since she was already female singer with one of the most number of hits in history by then. “We Belong Together” which, in her words, put her back at number one following a series of merely mildly successful predecessors, came after that Manila show in 2005 so what Pinoy fans witnessed recently was diva with crown firmly in place.

Everyone loves a winner and Pinoys especially love Mariah. This was evident in the packed arena with some fans holding up sunflowers, which happens to be their idol’s favorite symbol next to the butterfly (she even has two songs titled so). It doesn’t matter that reports broke out a few weeks prior that cast doubt on Mariah’s singing prowess in a live setting—the Pinoy fans had to hear it to believe it. The verdict: Mariah still has it. Though she did not hit as many high notes on her songs than heard on the studio versions, her famed melisma and whistle were all over the place that night and in good form, too. The singer-songwriter’s lower register is amazing. It seems her five-octave range remains intact but like any intelligent singer on global tour, Mariah chooses to pace herself by delivering a different but still potent reading of her tunes. The signature hand movement wherein her fingers seem to “guide” the notes as they find their place is still around and relevant. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Kris Aquino says she is saving up so she can lead a private life

OCT 31 ---PHOTO: AND IT’S a “no” just now to public office and romance: “Who wants a girlfriend with all these followers on Instagram?”  TV host Kris Aquino on Wednesday said she would not run for public office in 2016, but “at some point in your life, you should be able to give back.” The sister of President Benigno Aquino III enumerated conditions that she has set for herself before even thinking of throwing her hat in the ring: “No. 1, Bimby has to at least be a teenager. I don’t want him to say, ‘My mom was never there.’ As a show biz personality, my schedule is hectic as it is. What more if I pursued a [career in politics]?” Bimby is Aquino’s son with basketball star James Yap. The father of her older son Joshua is actor Phillip Salvador.

She also wants to start a business, Aquino said. “It’s important that I have business acumen, which all Filipinos need. Even our leaders should have business expertise.”  Aquino recently inked a franchise deal with fast-food chain Chowking. She will open her first branch at Ali Mall in Cubao, Quezon City, this month. Up for renewal “It is my first venture that is not related to entertainment. The capital for this is the profit I made from the movie ‘My Little Bossings’ (which she coproduced with Vic Sotto),” she told reporters over lunch on Wednesday. Aquino’s talent contract with home network ABS-CBN is up for renewal in 2016. “That is my 30th year in the business. I should be realistic. If my [show biz career] ends, and a new chapter in my life begins, it’s OK with me,” she pointed out. “I just want to save enough to take care of my two sons. By then, Bimby will be only 9 years old; and we all know that Josh needs lifelong care.” Josh has autism. *READ MORE...


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Annabelle Rama says Ruffa Gutierrez’s rumored BF is PG


Jordan Mouyal and Ruffa Gutierrez

MANILA, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 (MANILACOCONUTS.COM) By Coconuts Manila- Last night, Oct. 26, there was a gutsy Twitter exchange between Annabelle Rama and her daughter Ruffa Gutierrez hours before the airing of the second season of their reality show It Takes Gutz To Be a Gutierrez on the E! Channel.

Tita Annabelle went on twitting spree and revealed that Ruffa walked out from her recent birthday dinner but that “tuloy pa rin ang saya.”

Tita Annabelle said that as a mother she has the right to “give advice sa naliligaw na landas kong anak.” She expressed that they always fight about Ruffa’s love life and posed a question: “Mahirap bang humanap ng guy na stable? May degree, businessman, naghahanapbuhay?”

Our favorite tweet? “Hindi ka naman namin pinalaki ng Daddy mo at pinag-aral sa best schools para lang pumatol sa mga P.G. Wake up!!! It’s not too late yet. Sayang ang beauty mo at pagiging matalino mo. Waste of time yang mga P.G na yan.”

We all know what PG means: patay-gutom.

And who is this Mr. PG?

French-Arab Jordan Mouyal, who is the rumored boyfriend of Ruffa.

* Ruffa addressed (well, kind of) her mother’s tweets. She tweeted, “When you fight with someone you love, it hurts. You’re angry, upset, say things that you don’t mean. You want to take them back but can’t. You’re feeling sad... remorseful. Yet you remind yourself that you’re just speaking up and taking a stand. After all you’re not 16 anymore.”

Tita Annabelle’s tweets were not really surprising since she’s known for being overprotective and opposing the boyfriends of Ruffa, such as Zoren Legaspi, Robin Padilla, and John Lloyd Cruz.


Ruffa Gutierrez, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez

Publicity for their reality show? what do YOU think?

Photos: officialtimyap and iloveruffag Instagram accounts

FROM PHILSTAR

Tayo na sa Antipolo LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 3, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

Hinulugan Taktak is now a National Historical Shrine Antipolo, in Rizal City, is the largest in the Calabarzon region, best known for being a pilgrimage site where Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is revered and enshrined. The city is popular for being a pilgrimage site with thousands trekking from as far as Manila to her shrine on Good Friday and May 1. Antipolo is also known for suman, mangoes and cashew nuts, and a cool temperature much like that of Tagaytay.

During the start of the World War II, in order to protect the image of the Virgin of Antipolo, Stevenson Sayson (then the sacristan mayor) and members of the community brought the image to Quiapo Church. It was only after the war that Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage was returned to Antipolo on Oct. 15, 1945.

Another much-visited site used to be the Hinulugan Taktak National Park where families, during hot summer months, would visit the park to sit around, partake of their snacks and swim in the cool waters. The site became so crowded that visitors from all over the country came to the falls leaving behind their trash and stench. In no time at all, Hinulugan Taktak was abandoned to the forces of the nature. It is fortunate that a group of residents decided to get together and solve the problem. Today, visitors have returned but chastised by the realization that one has to respect nature and it will return the favor. As the motto of mountaineers goes, “Kill nothing but time; take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints.” The waterfall area has since been designated as a National Park by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and proclaimed as a National Historical Shrine.

* The history of Hinulugan Taktak is as rich and colorful as that of Antipolo itself. Legend has it that sometime during the 16th century, the townsfolk of Antipolo were bothered by a church bell that produced harsh, unbearably loud sounds when rung during Angelus. They demanded that the local priest get rid of the bell. Bowing down to the clamor, the priest had it dropped in a nearby river. This explains the name, Hinulugan Taktak, which means “where the bell was dropped.”

We recall going to Antipolo to visit Crescent Moon, Lanelle Abueva’s home and workplace. We met her years ago when we were introduced to the new technique of picking up shards, cooking then decorating them with paint of different colors and voila! One had a work of art. Lanelle still lives in Antipolo, still practices her painting techniques and still works on various other styles. Proof is a recent exhibit titled Confluence held at the Globe Art Gallery in partnership with Lisa de Leon Zayco and Suzette Bernardo Montelibano.

Antipolo has also been home to Jardin de Miramar, a multi-purpose venue, and the very popular Casa Santa (open throughout the year) which has given joy to hundreds of children all over the archipelago. It all started when the resident-in-charge of the hectare-large property felt it was ridiculous to let such a property go to waste. Something had to be done with it. The options included selling the entire property, putting up a residential garden or turning it into a vegetable farm, which would be admirable and at the same time profitable. After going through her options, she came up with a mix of a farm and a place children would enjoy. Hence, the Casa Santa that has become so popular, it is now a tourist attraction with buses arriving during the months close to Christmas.

The latest Robinsons Mall will soon be the newest attraction in Antipolo. It will have everything a regular Robinsons will have and more. Now on the last stages of construction, Robinsons Movieworld will consist of four digital movie houses, including a 3D cinema, all of which have a direct access to the transport terminal. The mall is equipped with a surface parking area good for 604 slots.

Finally, let us not forget the famous neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang, an advocate of art in its various forms. We have gone to his many exhibition areas but have yet to visit his Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. Pinto comes from the Tagalog word pinto meaning door. The gallery can be visited at Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo City. For details, call 697-1015 or e-mail info@pinoygallery.com.

Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero By Mesfin Fekadu (Associated Press) | Updated October 29, 2014 - 3:20pm 0 2 googleplus0 0


Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP NEW YORK (AP)

Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays by the Roman Catholic Church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"

"Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it," said John, earning cheers from the attendees at Cipraini's on Wall Street.

Catholic bishops scrapped a proposed landmark welcome to gays earlier this month, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Francis to chart a more relevant approach to ministering to Catholic families. An earlier draft of the document offered a welcoming tone of acceptance, but that was stripped away after the bishops failed to reach consensus on a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals.

"He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God," John said of the pope. "It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today."

John, who wrote an op-ed for New York Times on Tuesday, also honored New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his plan to end the AIDS epidemic in his state by 2020.

"Good evening to all of you, the queen of England," Cuomo said as the crowd laughed, "I'm from Queens, but I think there's a different interpretation there."

* More jokes came throughout the night, where attendees included John's husband, David Furnish, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Matt Lauer and host Anderson Cooper. A lunch date with newsmen was part of the auction, dubbed the "great anchor sandwich," and it sold for $40,000.

"I will give a little extra with dessert if you know what I mean," Cooper said at the top of the event. "It could be a long, saucy lunch."

Mike Myers jumped onstage to offer himself for a lunch date following the bid for Cooper and Lauer, and his was auctioned for $50,000. A Damien Hirst painting sold for $270,000 and a Robert Mapplethorpe sold for $90,000.

John, who sat while the honorees gave speeches, said he was recovering from a knee operation that took place last week. He performed a rousing set at the end of the night, singing hits like "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song" while playing the piano.

Four tickets and backstage access to his New Year's Eve concert at the Barclays Center sold for $35,000.

Cherie Gil turns emotional in a tribute for Mark Gil By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated October 29, 2014 - 7:57am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Cherie Gil got emotional during a tribute for her brother Mark Gil. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines- Cherie Gil got emotional in a tribute given by College of Saint Benilde to her brother Mark Gil.

The actor died on September 1 due to liver cirrhosis.

While giving her speech at the event, Cherie was seen crying while holding a plaque given in memory of her brother.

In an interview with “TV Patrol” aired on Tuesday, the veteran actress said he misses her brother a lot.

“[He is] my partner in crime, my partner in good, bad and everything else,” she said about Mark Gil. “I adore him, I idolize him. [He is] the most loyal, the most dedicated actor that has ever been.”

Meanwhile, some celebrities also graced the event including Tessie Tomas, Bembol Roco, and Epi Quizon, and shared some of their fondest memories of Mark Gil.

EPI QUIZON: We had this secret handshake, going like that with his fingers, that was for me my fondest memory of him.

TESSIE TOMAS: First kissing scene ko, pero type ko na rin kasi si Mark Gil ‘yan. From then on ginawa niyang joke ‘yon. Sasabihin niya, ‘di ba, Tessie, I’m a good kisser?’

BEMBOL ROCO: Sobra talagang lungkot. Para akong nawalan ng kapatid.

AT DE LA SALLE-ST. BENILDE'S AWARDING OF THE FIRST 'OBRA MAESTRO' AWARD TO MARK GIL

A Maestro of an Actor

In recognition of Mark Gil’s lifelong adherence to the Lasallian ideal of exceptional zeal towards his chosen craft, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde dedicated its first ever “Outstanding Benilde Romançon Artist Award” or “OBRA Maestro Award” to the late actor.

“We here at Benilde were lucky to have been part of his life, to have shared in his greatness, to have known the generosity of his spirit,” said Benilde’s President and Chancellor Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC. “He was a great actor, perhaps the best of his generation and more so, he was a true Lasallian—something he was always proud of.”

Cherie Gil accepted the award on behalf of his brother: “Mark Gil lives in all of us and will always be there in our hearts, our minds and in Philippine cinema. The man, the actor, lived for his craft fully. I know Ralph never failed in supporting La Salle through and through, and yes, he is a true Lasallian.”

To honor Mark Gil’s lasting contribution to Philippine Cinema, “Disenyo at Pelikula 2014” of Benilde’s Production Design Program featured the actor’s last two films. “A Day with Grace” was produced and production designed by the Film Design Thesis Class of 2013; and “Mana,” the Silver Jubilee production of Benilde, starred both Mark Gil and Cherie Gil. The films were directed by Production Design Chairperson Gabby Fernandez.

Mariah Carey puts Manila under her spell by Jojo Panaligan October 29, 2014


Mariah Carey (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

When Mariah Carey returned to the Philippines for the “Me. I Am Mariah. World Tour 2014” at the Mall of Asia Arena last Oct. 28, she delivered nearly all-hits repertoire that her hour-and-a-half show allowed.

Since her previous visit in 2003 for the “Charmbracelet World Tour,” the singer-songwriter has racked up more chart toppers, which is saying a lot since she was already female singer with one of the most number of hits in history by then. “We Belong Together” which, in her words, put her back at number one following a series of merely mildly successful predecessors, came after that Manila show in 2005 so what Pinoy fans witnessed recently was diva with crown firmly in place.

Everyone loves a winner and Pinoys especially love Mariah. This was evident in the packed arena with some fans holding up sunflowers, which happens to be their idol’s favorite symbol next to the butterfly (she even has two songs titled so). It doesn’t matter that reports broke out a few weeks prior that cast doubt on Mariah’s singing prowess in a live setting—the Pinoy fans had to hear it to believe it.

The verdict: Mariah still has it. Though she did not hit as many high notes on her songs than heard on the studio versions, her famed melisma and whistle were all over the place that night and in good form, too. The singer-songwriter’s lower register is amazing. It seems her five-octave range remains intact but like any intelligent singer on global tour, Mariah chooses to pace herself by delivering a different but still potent reading of her tunes. The signature hand movement wherein her fingers seem to “guide” the notes as they find their place is still around and relevant.

* Mariah being an iconic singer, people tend to forget that she is equally brilliant as songwriter. The songs performed in the show, almost all of which were of the original musical arrangement, bore testament to that. Many of her monster hits were there—from the ballads “Hero” and “My All” to danceable R&B/pop favorites “Fantasy” and “Honey.”

Even so, plenty more were missing, including her seminal hit “Vision of Love,” “Anytime You Need A Friend,” “Bye Bye,” many more. She even has two holiday tunes that would’ve given the concert a nice touch given the season, namely “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Still, she more than made up for it by performing such treasures as the gospel-tinged “Fly Like A Bird,” with which she electrified the Grammys’ star-studded audience in 2006.

The singer-songwriter profusely thanked her Pinoy fans for the welcome they gave her, not only during the show but the moment she stepped on shore. She shared stories about her songs—gems of trivia for her hardcore fans—and graciously granted everyone, including the dancers, chance to shine and get credit for their hard work.

Many times during the show, the large video walls at the venue just flashed the letters “MC,” the initials of her name that, to many music lovers, has become a brand emblem for diva power.

Mariah threw in a number dedicated to her two children and dedicated “We Belong Together” to the Filipinos.

“Mahal kita!” Mariah shouted several times to the audience. She seemed teary-eyed at one point.

Right back at you, Mariah. Right back at you.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Kris Aquino says she is saving up so she can lead a private life Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:18 AM | Friday, October 31st, 2014

TV host Kris Aquino on Wednesday said she would not run for public office in 2016, but “at some point in your life, you should be able to give back.”

The sister of President Benigno Aquino III enumerated conditions that she has set for herself before even thinking of throwing her hat in the ring: “No. 1, Bimby has to at least be a teenager. I don’t want him to say, ‘My mom was never there.’ As a show biz personality, my schedule is hectic as it is. What more if I pursued a [career in politics]?” Bimby is Aquino’s son with basketball star James Yap. The father of her older son Joshua is actor Phillip Salvador.

She also wants to start a business, Aquino said. “It’s important that I have business acumen, which all Filipinos need. Even our leaders should have business expertise.”

Aquino recently inked a franchise deal with fast-food chain Chowking. She will open her first branch at Ali Mall in Cubao, Quezon City, this month.

Up for renewal

“It is my first venture that is not related to entertainment. The capital for this is the profit I made from the movie ‘My Little Bossings’ (which she coproduced with Vic Sotto),” she told reporters over lunch on Wednesday.

Aquino’s talent contract with home network ABS-CBN is up for renewal in 2016. “That is my 30th year in the business. I should be realistic. If my [show biz career] ends, and a new chapter in my life begins, it’s OK with me,” she pointed out. “I just want to save enough to take care of my two sons. By then, Bimby will be only 9 years old; and we all know that Josh needs lifelong care.” Josh has autism.

* Aquino said it was her best friend and “The Buzz” cohost Boy Abunda who inspired her to venture into an enterprise other than show biz. She explained: “When Boy got sick, I realized… what if that happened to me—knock on wood—and I became indisposed for months? What would happen to my kids? I realized I needed a source of income that would not depend on me being physically present every day.”

Close to goal

In August, Abunda underwent surgery to remove abscess in his liver.

The TV host added, “I set a figure—when I’ve raised this amount, then I can retire. I don’t mean I’ll stop working; I’ll just lead a less-public life. I’m close to reaching that figure.”

Kris is currently working on the sequel to the hit “Feng Shui” by Chito Roño. She said the horror movie, an official entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival, was experiencing production delay.

“Cherry Pie (Picache, her costar), who plays an important part, requested that filming start in November,” she said. The movie also stars Coco Martin.

In September, Picache’s 75-year-old mother was found dead in her Quezon City home.

As for romance, Kris said, “Now is not the time for it. Who wants a girlfriend who has all these followers on Instagram? When I no longer need to post things happening in my life, then maybe I can finally have a private life.”


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