FINDING INSPIRATION IN TACLOBAN AFTER YOLANDA

NOV 4 ---PHOTO: Trey Farley immerses himself in Tacloban --Super-typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) brought such destruction to the country that some thought we would never recover. Well, in the upcoming Discovery Channel documentary titled “Haiyan: After the Megastorm,” viewers will see how the survivors are braving it a year after disaster hit, which took close to 6,000 lives and caused catastrophic damage amounting to almost R90 billion, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC). Surprised with the “general sense of upbeat optimism” among residents of hard-hit Tacloban, Discovery Channel Executive Producer Emile Guertin surmsied, “The Philippines, at once, has been surrounded by so much misfortune, tragedy and upheaval.

But at the same time, there’s a kind of paradox going on where people don’t really want to be seen depressed.”  While Tacloban is surely getting back on its feet, Guertin thinks that with the degree of devastation suffered, “it’s gonna take years before you can go back to Tacloban and the whole region and say it’s recovered.”  He surmised, “I’m personally hoping that there will not just be a recovery but an improvement to many people. With the residents, many of them got washed out; I’m hoping in a longer term, these people will live in a safer area.” Guertin maintained that they produced the documentary to let the world witness an “amazing historic event” that shows how resilient the Filipinos are. Sally Jo Bellosillo of Caelestis Productions Inc., who co-produced the documentary with Discovery Channel, shared Guertin’s view, stressing that they aim to highlight the inspiring qualities of Filipinos. Among interesting stories highlighted in the documentary is that of an enterprising street food vendor who has been keeping his store open and running using a battery from a jeepney as source of electricity after the storm toppled power lines. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, Sharon Cuneta’s mom passes away

NOV 5 ---Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, the mother of Sharon Cuneta and grandmother of KC Concepcion, passed away on Wednesday. She was 79. KC Concepcion took to Twitter and Instagram to express her grief on the death of her grandmother. Concepcion said that she has lost the “love of her life” and referred to Gamboa-Cuneta as the “best grandma ever.” “Hi. I just lost the love of my life today. My Mita will forever be the BEST GRANDMA EVER. She will forever be with me. I love you, my Mita,” Concepcion said in a tweet. The actress also said that Gamboa-Cuneta will forever be her inspiration. “My grandma will forever be my inspiration. She loved life, gave us all beautiful adventures. She knew me more than I knew myself. #SuperLola,” Concepcion tweeted.

She also posted on her Instagram account a picture of her grandmother smiling and clad in a hospital gown. “I will miss you laughing this much, this way. I shared so many fun times with you that I will recreate forever. You are my sunshine, Mita,” the actress said on her Instagram post. Concepcion earlier tweeted that Cuneta-Gamboa will undergo a “make-or-break” operation Wednesday morning and asked for prayers for her grandmother from her fans. Cuneta-Gamboa was a former beauty queen and singer. She had two children, Cesar “Chet” Cuneta and Sharon Cuneta, from her marriage with former Pasay City mayor Pablo Cuneta. She was also the sister of veteran actress Helen Gamboa. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

(ALSO) Sharon Cuneta: I’ve my mother’s face, arms, skin, clavicles

NOV 6 --PHOTO: FAMILY OF STARS Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta with daughter Sharon Cuneta, sisterHelen Gamboa—both singers and actresses—and brother-in-law Sen. Tito Sotto, a former movie and television actor. The widow of former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta died at noon yesterday after a lingering illness. ARNOLD ALMACEN (Editor’s Note: Sharon Cuneta posted the following on Facebook on Sept. 12.) From her I got my face, my arms, my clavicles (:-)), my skin, my hands and fingers, my manners. I didn’t get her pagka-vanidosa (healthily vain, not conceitedly!) or her legs, and her feet and toes are (a bit :-)) prettier than mine. We are different in our ways of thinking (I have taken after my father in that area). She has always been a señorita/señora (Daddy’s fault—he spoiled her and never wanted her to work!), and though she and my Daddy gave me everything that probably spoiled me, they made sure I didn’t turn out to be a brat.

In fact, I turned out to be a hard worker, refusing to depend on anyone for my bread and butter, and the things I want as well as need. From them both I believe I got a “big” heart. From them both I learned how to get along with people of all kinds of social standing—(often) respecting, sometimes learning from the mistakes of those above us, and to be kind and just as respectful to those less fortunate than we. To “see” people not by what they have but instead, by their hearts. She is “masungit” but nice, and I was born smiling and friendly!  She was a firstborn, I was born last. She taught me how to cook, she played the piano while I sang. She is funny, so my brother and I are, too. She is my mother. Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta. And I love her very much. Pain, fears and hopes ---On Wednesday, Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta died of a lingering illness at the age of 79. Bayani San Diego Jr. of the Inquirer Entertainment staff wrote: Although she is a confessed daddy’s girl, singer-actress Sharon Cuneta once said she was able to dote on her mother for the past few years since her father, former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta, passed away 14 years ago. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Concubinage case vs. Derek Ramsay, Angelica Panganiban withdrawn

NOV 4 ---PHOTO: Mary Christine Jolly withdraws concubinage complaint against Derek Ramsay and Angelica Panganiban. File Photo MANILA, Philippines- Mary Christine-Jolly has dropped the concubinage complaint she filed against Derek Ramsay and his ex-girlfriend Angelica Panganiban. Angelica was dragged in the case after allegedly living in with Derek, despite the latter's marriage with Mary Christine. “Handling a good case is always bettered by a good settlement between the parties,” said lawyer Argee Guevarra, legal counsel of Jolly, in a statement sent to philstar.com this morning. The withdrawal of the criminal complaint happened after Derek and Jolly finally arrived at a settlement, which they chose to keep private.

The settlement happened after Mary Christine's camp withdrew the violation of Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act complaint against Derek, and planned to elevate the complaint to the Department of Justice. “Derek and Mary can now move on with their lives but with a renewed realization and deepened sense of commitment to fulfill their parental responsibilities and obligations to their son, Austin,” Guevarra said. “Although the legal battle exacted untold stress between the couple, Derek and Mary emerged as victors with their coming to an amicable settlement which is always a win-win solution for all litigants.” Guevarra hopes that Derek and Mary Christine's case will “now serve as a template for others similarly situated and for those who have closely followed the drama to view family law from the prism of fair play and respect between husband and wife bearing in mind the best interest of the child.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Hosting 'I Do' a learning experience, says Judy Ann Santos

Judy Ann Santos said hosting "I Do" was a learning exprience. "It's not only a journey for the couples but for me as well," Judy Ann said during the press conference of the show on Tuesday. "Not because I have a bad marriage but because on myself I feel that I still have to learn more to be a good wife," she said. As a wife to TV host-actor Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann says she's also going through some of the dilemmas that the participating couples are going through. Although they might be facing some issues normal in a couple, she's happy that they know how to keep their issues to themselves.

"Kami po kasi ni Ryan when dealing with personal issues, it was an issue between me and him, it was never an issue between me and the people, 'yon ang pinakasagrado talaga sa amin," she said. She added that instead of people talking about their marital issues, they would prefer to inspire them by letting them realize that every couple goes through their own issues. The Kapamilya actress even admits that "lahat naman 'yan dadaan sa puntong gusto ng maghiwalay." Then quickly added, "but it was never an option for us to separate. Not only because of the kids but also because we believe with what we have, the relationship na ipinundar naming dalawa. "  * READ MORE...

ALSO: 'PBB' winner Myrtle goes sexy, admits dating Grace Poe's son 

“Pinoy Big Brother” winner Myrtle Sarrosa strips her wholesome image and dons a sexier look as she becomes the cover girl for the November issue of men's magazine FHM Philippines. Aside from winning the ABS-CBN reality show in 2012 , the 19-year-old Myrtle is best known for wearing anime-inspired costumes as a cosplayer. In an interview with ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz” on Sunday, Myrtle explained why she decided to do the sexy pictorial for the popular men's magazine. “I guess it's my way of saying, 'Hello Philippines, hello world, hindi na ako yung teenager dati.' Kasi I've been stuck in that image,” she said. “I'm not a kid anymore. I'm ready for more mature roles.”

Myrtle, who is currently studying at the University of the Philippines, also admits dating Bryan Llamanzares, the son of Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares. “Well, sabi niya nililigawan niya ako. [Sabi ko] we're dating, getting to know stage,” she said of her relationship with Bryan. She also said, “We both believe in courtship. Hindi pa ako nagkaka-boyfriend. Sabi nga ng mom ko, 'Magku-cover ka na sa men's magazine, hindi ka pa nagkaka-boyfriend!' The ABS-CBN artist revealed she even asked for the permission of Sen. Grace Poe before posing for FHM. “We are very close kasi lagi akong bumibisita sa family niya kasi 'yung little sister ni Bryan, I’m friends with her. Nung nakita ko si Tita Grace, I told her na I might cover for FHM and I asked permission from her,” Myrtle said. “And she said susuportahan nila ako as long as wala akong super hubad na photo.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Brian Poe on his mom Grace Poe and grandfather FPJ 

POSTED APRIL 2013 --PHOTO: BRIAN POE LLAMANZARES --I regard the King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe Jr., as the epitome of a gentleman. Yes, Robin Padilla may be a gentleman in that he never fails to offer a seat to any lady present, whether an extra or production assistant; yes, Piolo Pascual may be a gentleman in that he volunteered to carry my luggage during our Japanese and European trips; but The King always comes first for me. I still vividly remember how FPJ came to my rescue years ago during Ina Raymundo’s wedding. I needed to go to the comfort room but I couldn’t find one near the venue. He approached me and I told him the problem. I was actually meaning to hold it in until after the ceremonies but he said no, “magkakasakit ka niyan,” then
excused himself.

PHOTO--BRIAN’s cellphone screensaver: FPJ and Brian back in 1993 --After a few minutes, FPJ came rushing back. He actually looked for and found a clean comfort room that I could use. He even showed me where it was. When I came out, he was still there waiting. He then escorted me back to the church. That is the kind of man FPJ was. Just recently, I was at Balara Elementary School for an indie movie shoot. I was surprised to see a handsome and charismatic young man giving a speech to graduating children. I was doubly surprised to see the same young man join our movie set after, taking the role of one of my students. His name? Brian Poe Llamanzares, son of Senator Grace Poe and FPJ’s grandson. “Aren’t you supposed to be part of your mom’s legislative staff?” I asked the handsome and intelligent young man, whom I know as a political science graduate of Ateneo de Manila University. * READ MORE...


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Finding inspiration in Tacloban


Trey Farley immerses himself in Tacloban

MANILA, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Michael Joe T. Delizo - Super-typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) brought such destruction to the country that some thought we would never recover.

Well, in the upcoming Discovery Channel documentary titled “Haiyan: After the Megastorm,” viewers will see how the survivors are braving it a year after disaster hit, which took close to 6,000 lives and caused catastrophic damage amounting to almost R90 billion, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC).

Surprised with the “general sense of upbeat optimism” among residents of hard-hit Tacloban, Discovery Channel Executive Producer Emile Guertin surmsied, “The Philippines, at once, has been surrounded by so much misfortune, tragedy and upheaval. But at the same time, there’s a kind of paradox going on where people don’t really want to be seen depressed.”

While Tacloban is surely getting back on its feet, Guertin thinks that with the degree of devastation suffered, “it’s gonna take years before you can go back to Tacloban and the whole region and say it’s recovered.”


Trey Farley with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez

He surmised, “I’m personally hoping that there will not just be a recovery but an improvement to many people. With the residents, many of them got washed out; I’m hoping in a longer term, these people will live in a safer area.”

Guertin maintained that they produced the documentary to let the world witness an “amazing historic event” that shows how resilient the Filipinos are.

Sally Jo Bellosillo of Caelestis Productions Inc., who co-produced the documentary with Discovery Channel, shared Guertin’s view, stressing that they aim to highlight the inspiring qualities of Filipinos.

Among interesting stories highlighted in the documentary is that of an enterprising street food vendor who has been keeping his store open and running using a battery from a jeepney as source of electricity after the storm toppled power lines.

* Then there’s a group of fishermen braving the seas despite to being traumatized by the 20-foot high storm surge that wiped out most of the seaside.


The children in Tacloban

It also shows that, despite some parts of the city still looking like a setting of a holocaust movie, people are smiling and there are children swimming, playing and singing songs of hope.

There are also scenes of children playing, singing songs of hope like the disaster never happened.

Filipino-British television actor Trey Farley, who navigates his way through Tacloban City in the 60-minute documentary, was deeply affected with what he had seen.

“The trip to Leyte in the Philippines was more than just work – it was such an emotional and incredible time,” he posted on Facebook.

Farley, who was raised in the Philippines, has been actively pushing for fundraising campaigns for survivors as soon as “Yolanda” slammed the country.

“Haiyan: After the Megastorm” will premiere in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia on Nov. 8, on the first anniversary of the typhoon hitting the country, at 8:00 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Catch it as it encores on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, Sharon Cuneta’s mom passes away Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 3:49 PM | Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 


SCREENGRAB from KC Concepcion’s Instagram post

MANILA, Philippines―Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, the mother of Sharon Cuneta and grandmother of KC Concepcion, passed away on Wednesday.

She was 79.

KC Concepcion took to Twitter and Instagram to express her grief on the death of her grandmother.

Concepcion said that she has lost the “love of her life” and referred to Gamboa-Cuneta as the “best grandma ever.”

“Hi. I just lost the love of my life today. My Mita will forever be the BEST GRANDMA EVER. She will forever be with me. I love you, my Mita,” Concepcion said in a tweet.

The actress also said that Gamboa-Cuneta will forever be her inspiration.

“My grandma will forever be my inspiration. She loved life, gave us all beautiful adventures. She knew me more than I knew myself. #SuperLola,” Concepcion tweeted.

She also posted on her Instagram account a picture of her grandmother smiling and clad in a hospital gown.

“I will miss you laughing this much, this way. I shared so many fun times with you that I will recreate forever. You are my sunshine, Mita,” the actress said on her Instagram post.

Concepcion earlier tweeted that Cuneta-Gamboa will undergo a “make-or-break” operation Wednesday morning and asked for prayers for her grandmother from her fans.

Cuneta-Gamboa was a former beauty queen and singer. She had two children, Cesar “Chet” Cuneta and Sharon Cuneta, from her marriage with former Pasay City mayor Pablo Cuneta. She was also the sister of veteran actress Helen Gamboa.

Sharon Cuneta: I’ve my mother’s face, arms, skin, clavicles Sharon Cuneta @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:03 AM | Thursday, November 6th, 2014


FAMILY OF STARS Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta with daughter Sharon Cuneta, sisterHelen Gamboa—both singers and actresses—and brother-in-law Sen. Tito Sotto, a former movie and television actor. The widow of former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta died at noon yesterday after a lingering illness. ARNOLD ALMACEN

(Editor’s Note: Sharon Cuneta posted the following on Facebook on Sept. 12.)

From her I got my face, my arms, my clavicles (:-)), my skin, my hands and fingers, my manners.

I didn’t get her pagka-vanidosa (healthily vain, not conceitedly!) or her legs, and her feet and toes are (a bit :-)) prettier than mine. We are different in our ways of thinking (I have taken after my father in that area).

She has always been a señorita/señora (Daddy’s fault—he spoiled her and never wanted her to work!), and though she and my Daddy gave me everything that probably spoiled me, they made sure I didn’t turn out to be a brat.

In fact, I turned out to be a hard worker, refusing to depend on anyone for my bread and butter, and the things I want as well as need. From them both I believe I got a “big” heart. From them both I learned how to get along with people of all kinds of social standing—(often) respecting, sometimes learning from the mistakes of those above us, and to be kind and just as respectful to those less fortunate than we. To “see” people not by what they have but instead, by their hearts. She is “masungit” but nice, and I was born smiling and friendly!

She was a firstborn, I was born last. She taught me how to cook, she played the piano while I sang. She is funny, so my brother and I are, too. She is my mother. Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta. And I love her very much.

Pain, fears and hopes

On Wednesday, Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta died of a lingering illness at the age of 79.

Bayani San Diego Jr. of the Inquirer Entertainment staff wrote:

Although she is a confessed daddy’s girl, singer-actress Sharon Cuneta once said she was able to dote on her mother for the past few years since her father, former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta, passed away 14 years ago.

* In the past few years, she would take her on long trips—on family vacations and when she had concert tours here and abroad.

In a 2006 interview, she related that she once told her mom of a plan to build a home in Laguna province.

Sharon’s mom retorted: “But would I ever get to see it?”

The casual remark hit Sharon hard and she had the house built with dispatch so her mom would have the chance to enjoy the laid-back pace of living in the province.

For the past few months, while her mother was confined in the hospital, Sharon would write short notes to share her pain, fears and hopes, with her Facebook friends.

Sharon’s mother passed away 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, after a lingering illness. She would have turned 80 on Dec. 31.

Fighting heart

In one Facebook post, Sharon recalled that her mother had been a fighter throughout her ordeal. “Mama has a really strong, fighting heart. Guess it runs in the family,” Sharon said on Facebook.

At first, doctors had suspected cancer.

In a previous interview, Sharon recalled that she was 11 when her mom survived a bout with breast cancer.

“She had a mastectomy,” she related in a 2003 Inquirer story. “She went to Houston for chemotherapy for two years. I heard the doctors and my relatives drop words like ‘malignant’ … Miraculously enough, she got well. If I had lost my mother (as a child), I don’t know how my life would have turned out.”

Her mom’s cancer crisis came a year before Sharon joined show business.

When Sharon won as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 2004, her mother told the Inquirer: “I am proud of my daughter. She makes lots of Filipinos, here and in other countries, happy through her movies and songs.”

In a text message, Francis Pangilinan, Sharon’s husband and presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernization, told the Inquirer that the family is still finalizing details at press time, but the wake begins Thursday at Santuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City.

Concubinage case vs. Derek Ramsay, Angelica Panganiban withdrawn By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated November 4, 2014 - 9:13am 4 399 googleplus0 0


Mary Christine Jolly withdraws concubinage complaint against Derek Ramsay and Angelica Panganiban. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines- Mary Christine-Jolly has dropped the concubinage complaint she filed against Derek Ramsay and his ex-girlfriend Angelica Panganiban.

Angelica was dragged in the case after allegedly living in with Derek, despite the latter's marriage with Mary Christine.

“Handling a good case is always bettered by a good settlement between the parties,” said lawyer Argee Guevarra, legal counsel of Jolly, in a statement sent to philstar.com this morning.


Mary Christine Jolly (left) presents the media a copy of Angelica Panganiban's (center) magazine interview where she admitted she lived-in with then boyfriend Derek Ramsay (right). Derek Ramsay's estranged wife, Mary Christine Jolly, has just dragged sexy actress Angelica Panganiban into a legal.

The withdrawal of the criminal complaint happened after Derek and Jolly finally arrived at a settlement, which they chose to keep private.

The settlement happened after Mary Christine's camp withdrew the violation of Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act complaint against Derek, and planned to elevate the complaint to the Department of Justice.

“Derek and Mary can now move on with their lives but with a renewed realization and deepened sense of commitment to fulfill their parental responsibilities and obligations to their son, Austin,” Guevarra said.

“Although the legal battle exacted untold stress between the couple, Derek and Mary emerged as victors with their coming to an amicable settlement which is always a win-win solution for all litigants.”

Guevarra hopes that Derek and Mary Christine's case will “now serve as a template for others similarly situated and for those who have closely followed the drama to view family law from the prism of fair play and respect between husband and wife bearing in mind the best interest of the child.”

Hosting 'I Do' a learning experience, says Judy Ann Santos By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated November 4, 2014 - 6:05pm 4 28 googleplus0 0


Judy Ann Santos learned together with the couples in hosting reality show "I Do." Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines- Judy Ann Santos said hosting "I Do" was a learning exprience.

"It's not only a journey for the couples but for me as well," Judy Ann said during the press conference of the show on Tuesday.

"Not because I have a bad marriage but because on myself I feel that I still have to learn more to be a good wife," she said.

As a wife to TV host-actor Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann says she's also going through some of the dilemmas that the participating couples are going through.

Although they might be facing some issues normal in a couple, she's happy that they know how to keep their issues to themselves.

"Kami po kasi ni Ryan when dealing with personal issues, it was an issue between me and him, it was never an issue between me and the people, 'yon ang pinakasagrado talaga sa amin," she said.

She added that instead of people talking about their marital issues, they would prefer to inspire them by letting them realize that every couple goes through their own issues.

The Kapamilya actress even admits that "lahat naman 'yan dadaan sa puntong gusto ng maghiwalay."

Then quickly added, "but it was never an option for us to separate. Not only because of the kids but also because we believe with what we have, the relationship na ipinundar naming dalawa. "

* Now that there are two remaining couples, or what the show calls the "Power Couple," Judy Ann hopes that every participant and viewers of the reality show have learned something about marriage.

"I'm happy na I hosted this show to open up everybody's eyes na marrying someone is not...that marrying someone is like jumping in a pool of emotons, na kasi mahal na mahal n'yo ang isa't isa magpapakasal na kayo agad," she said.

"It's a package na bago ko pasukin, himay-himayin mo muna isa-isa 'yong mga pagdadaanan n'yo."

Find out who will be hailed the Grand Couple on the Final Ceremony on November 8.

Viewers can vote who between the Power Couples Chad and Sheela, and Jimmy and Kring is worthy of winning the grand wedding, a honeymoon package, negosyo package, home appliances, P1 million, and house and lot.

Vote through text by typing "I DO A" for Chad and Sheela, or "I DO B" for Jimmy and Kring, and send it to 2331 for Globe, TM, Sun, nd ABS-CBN mobile, and 231 for Msart and Talk 'N Text, or log in to ido.abs-cbn.com/vote.

Voting started on Monday, November 3 until November 8, Saturday.

'PBB' winner Myrtle goes sexy, admits dating Grace Poe's son By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated November 3, 2014 - 11:09am 2 38 googleplus0 0


"Pinoy Big Brother" Myrtle Sarrosa is the cover girl for the November issue of FHM Philippines. FHM/Publicity photo

MANILA, Philippines - “Pinoy Big Brother” winner Myrtle Sarrosa strips her wholesome image and dons a sexier look as she becomes the cover girl for the November issue of men's magazine FHM Philippines.

Aside from winning the ABS-CBN reality show in 2012 , the 19-year-old Myrtle is best known for wearing anime-inspired costumes as a cosplayer.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz” on Sunday, Myrtle explained why she decided to do the sexy pictorial for the popular men's magazine.


BRIAN POE LLAMANZARES WITH MOM, SENATOR GRACE POE

“I guess it's my way of saying, 'Hello Philippines, hello world, hindi na ako yung teenager dati.' Kasi I've been stuck in that image,” she said. “I'm not a kid anymore. I'm ready for more mature roles.”

Myrtle, who is currently studying at the University of the Philippines, also admits dating Bryan Llamanzares, the son of Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares.

“Well, sabi niya nililigawan niya ako. [Sabi ko] we're dating, getting to know stage,” she said of her relationship with Bryan.

She also said, “We both believe in courtship. Hindi pa ako nagkaka-boyfriend. Sabi nga ng mom ko, 'Magku-cover ka na sa men's magazine, hindi ka pa nagkaka-boyfriend!'


WITH MOM SUSAN ROCES: GRACE POE AND HER CHILDREN

The ABS-CBN artist revealed she even asked for the permission of Sen. Grace Poe before posing for FHM.

“We are very close kasi lagi akong bumibisita sa family niya kasi 'yung little sister ni Bryan, I’m friends with her. Nung nakita ko si Tita Grace, I told her na I might cover for FHM and I asked permission from her,” Myrtle said. “And she said susuportahan nila ako as long as wala akong super hubad na photo.”

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Brian Poe on his mom Grace Poe and grandfather FPJ by Giselle Sanchez April 8, 2014


BRIAN POE LLAMANZARES (PHOTO FEBRUARY 2014)

I regard the King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe Jr., as the epitome of a gentleman.

Yes, Robin Padilla may be a gentleman in that he never fails to offer a seat to any lady present, whether an extra or production assistant; yes, Piolo Pascual may be a gentleman in that he volunteered to carry my luggage during our Japanese and European trips; but The King always comes first for me.


FROM LEFT: Neil Llamanzares, Hannah, Nica, Brian and Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares

I still vividly remember how FPJ came to my rescue years ago during Ina Raymundo’s wedding. I needed to go to the comfort room but I couldn’t find one near the venue. He approached me and I told him the problem. I was actually meaning to hold it in until after the ceremonies but he said no, “magkakasakit ka niyan,” then excused himself.

After a few minutes, FPJ came rushing back. He actually looked for and found a clean comfort room that I could use. He even showed me where it was. When I came out, he was still there waiting. He then escorted me back to the church. That is the kind of man FPJ was.

Just recently, I was at Balara Elementary School for an indie movie shoot. I was surprised to see a handsome and charismatic young man giving a speech to graduating children. I was doubly surprised to see the same young man join our movie set after, taking the role of one of my students. His name? Brian Poe Llamanzares, son of Senator Grace Poe and FPJ’s grandson.

“Aren’t you supposed to be part of your mom’s legislative staff?” I asked the handsome and intelligent young man, whom I know as a political science graduate of Ateneo de Manila University.


BRIAN’s cellphone screensaver: FPJ and Brian back in 1993

“I still am, but the session is on break till May 5,” he said.

* Everybody knows FPJ but very few people know his daughter personally, so, I asked Brian how Grace is as a mother.

“Strict but easy to talk to; she really tries to makes us adhere to conservative values. My sister Hanah’s suitor has to come to the house to court her and my youngest sister Nica, who is nine years old, is not allowed to have a cellphone because, according to my mom, she’s too young to have one,” he shared.

“It’s amazing though because, even if my mom is strict on certain things, we can really talk to her. My mom and dad were in their 20s when they had me so, our age gap isn’t that huge. We’re pretty close,” he added.

I then asked him what he does as part of his mom’s staff. “Everyone in the office is not familiar with my mom. I feel that my greatest contribution in the office is helping them get to know my mom better. I also guide them in how they could provide her what she needs when she needs them.”

I noticed that his screensaver was a picture of FPJ carrying him when he was still a toddler. I asked Brian if he had a wish for his late grandfather, and he said, “I wish that he was still around so he could teach me about things I’m getting into now.”

The indie movie that Brian and I are working on is a musical titled “Filemom Mamon.” Also part of the cast is Christian Bautista, Rayver Cruz, Nanette Inventor, and Smokey Manaloto, among others. He has religiously attended all the acting workshops with the other teen members of the cast and has been working on his American twang.

Brian admitted that he loves both politics and show business. I asked him what he prefers given a choice.

“Legislation gives you a sense of satisfaction because we help in drafting the laws that would hopefully make a difference in our country. Tumutulong po kasi kami sa pagbalangkas ng mga batas na makalilikha ng pagbabago sa ating bansa na siyang makakatulong para sa ikauunlad ng buhay ng bawat Pilipino. But honestly, I would rather be in show business. I’d like to take care of my grandfather’s legacy. I feel that I could help my mom more if I will be able to establish a career in show business.”


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