MARIEL DOESN'T FIND IT WEIRD THAT HUBBY ROBIN WANTS PARTY FOR HERO ANDRES BONIFACIO 

PHOTO: Mariel Rodriguez doesn't find it weird that Robin Padilla wants to throw a party for Andres Bonifacio. Mariel was originally planning a birthday party for Robin's 45th birthday on November 23, but her husband have other plans. “Ang balak ko gusto ko may Katipunan party, mayro'n ako na lahat naka-Filipiniana, marami akong mga plano,” Mariel recalled in an interview on Monday. “Nang sinabi ko sa kanya, ayaw niya, ayaw niya raw mag-party, ayaw niya raw ng gano'n. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Philippine bet in Miss International 2014 drops from top 10; Puerto Rico wins 

PHOTO: Bianca Guidotti fails to make it to the top 10 of Miss International 2014. File Photo --MANILA, Philippines - Philippines' bet Bianca Guidotti was not able to make it to the top 10 of Miss International 2014 on Tuesday, held at Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Miss Puerto Rico won the titile this year. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Marlisa Punzalan: The winner was a loser  

Before winning in The X-Factor Australia, Marlisa lost when she competed in Australia’s Got Talent last year. ‘But I wasn’t discouraged,’ she says. ‘In fact, I took it as a challenge.’ Three weeks after she emerged champion of The X-Factor Australia, Marlisa Punzalan said that her winning has yet to sink in. “I still can’t believe it,” Marlisa told Funfare in an exclusive phone interview, her accent very Australian (but of course!). “I think it will take time before it sinks in.” READ FULL REPORT BY RICKY LO...

ALSO: Gerald is Calungsod

MANILA, Philippines – San Pedro Calungsod The Musical is the maiden venture of the RedLife Entertainment Productions headed by Loven Red and Bem Red Reyes. It’s a big-budgeted musical production topbilled by the Prince of Ballad, Gerald Santos (photo) as Pedro Calungsod. Set for tour in December, the musical traces the life of our second Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod from his roots in the Visayas to his untimely death in the Ladrones Islands, now known as Guam. It’s a powerful musical that hopes to serve as a tool for evangelism and strengthen the faith of the believers. RedLife has committed itself to creating quality productions that will make great impact on Filipino lives, particularly the students.

ALSO: Why Cristine Reyes kept mum on pregnancy

Cristine is currently in a relationship with Filipino-Persian Ali Khatibi. After admitting she's having a baby on live television, Cristine Reyes explained why she had to keep her pregnancy a secret. In an interview with ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz” on Sunday, the 25-year-old actress revealed she kept mum about being pregnant because “nung first three months ko po na akala ng lahat ay nagtatago ako, critical po yung stage ko.” “Right now, andito na ako sa stage na sure na 100 percent safe ako and our baby. I made sure na safe muna kami,” she said. Cristine Reyes was ABS-CBN's Darna

ALSO: Lani Misalucha undergoing another surgery

NOV 13 --Lani Misalucha, who had her nose, teeth and eye bags fixed, is planning to undergo another surgery. Lani said the surgery would help her manage her weight. "Kapag dumating ka na sa ganitong edad, mahirap na mag-lose ng weight. Walang magic sa losing ng weight, lahat effort talaga," she said. The singer said she is proud of what she had done with her face, through surgery. "It's my choice. Kung ikaka-enhance ng features mo, ikabubuti, ikadadagdag ng appeal sa face mo, why not?" Lani replied when asked if she felt ashamed of undergoing cosmetic surgery. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Lorna Tolentino more careful after that fall

Being enlisted as the new endorser of Watsons Generics is timely. ‘I’ve been a Watsons customer for years,’ says Lorna Tolentino The last time I interviewed Lorna Tolentino was in July a few days before she and her sons Rap and Renz and manager Lolit Solis left for Germany for Lorna’s second stem-cell procedure. “The procedure,” clarified Lorna, “was not for vanity but for good health.” We caught up with LT a few days ago during a photoshoot for her latest endorsement of Watsons Generics, which she described as both timely and very appropriate for her current mindset. They had just finished shooting the last episodes of My Destiny, which she described was “very hectic” as they were actually taping a few scenes for same airing the same day. READ FULL WRITE-UP BY RICKY LO


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Mariel doesn't find it weird that hubby Robin Padilla wants party for hero Andres Bonifacio


MARIEL RODRIGUEZ

MANILA, NOVEMBER 17, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Joyce Jimenez - Mariel Rodriguez doesn't find it weird that Robin Padilla wants to throw a party for Andres Bonifacio.

Mariel was originally planning a birthday party for Robin's 45th birthday on November 23, but her husband have other plans.

“Ang balak ko gusto ko may Katipunan party, mayro'n ako na lahat naka-Filipiniana, marami akong mga plano,” Mariel recalled in an interview on Monday. “Nang sinabi ko sa kanya, ayaw niya, ayaw niya raw mag-party, ayaw niya raw ng gano'n.

“Sabi niya ang papa-party daw namin si Andres Bonifacio. Sabi ko, 'Ewan ko ba dyan sa mga gusto mo.' Siyempre siya ang masusunod dahil 'yon ang gusto niya di ba? Alangan ipilit ko ang gusto ko, e, birthday niya.”

Robin is currently busy on the few final touches and promotion of their 40th Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Bonifacio.”

Mariel admitted that she's the “submissive” type, but clarified that she knows when to stand up for what she believes in.

“Sa Talentadong Pinoy hindi, kasi mas alam niya, e, kung ano ang ginagawa niya sa tagal na niya sa industry. In real life, sinasabi ko siyempre kapag tingin ko talaga tama ako,” she replied when asked if she doesn't compromise with Robin.

She further explained: “Feeling ko kasi gano'n talaga dapat, e. Hindi puwedeng dalawa kayong [gusto masunod], may isa talagag masusuod. Feeling ko kasi follower ako talaga, hindi naman ako leader, e. So gusto ko talaga 'yong gano'n.”

Meanwhile, Mariel is excited for the wild card episode of their show, where six former Talentados will try their luck to be part of the show's upcoming grand finals.

The six wild card performers are puppet synchronize dancer Perseus Francisco, aerial hoop performer Amaya Isabel Gonzzales, Ranier “The Wireman” Atendido, lyre and marching band Escapade Blazing Color Guards, Nico “The Fire Fury” Catubig, and Fritzy “Fritzy Diva” Magpoc. Catch the exciting wild card episode on December 6, 7 p.m., on TV5.


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Philippine bet in Miss International 2014 drops from top 10 By Jocelyn Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated November 11, 2014 - 5:35pm 3 99 googleplus0 0


Bianca Guidotti fails to make it to the top 10 of Miss International 2014. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines' bet Bianca Guidotti was not able to make it to the top 10 of Miss International 2014 on Tuesday, held at Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan.

The 25-year-old candidate had admitted that she there is pressure on her part to win the crown because the reigning Miss International is Filipina Bea Rose Santiago.

Candidates who made it to the top 10 were Ms. Thailand, Ms. United Kingdom, Ms. Finland, Ms. Brazil, Ms. Columbia, Ms. Mexico, Ms. Panama, Ms. Indonesia, Ms. Argentina, and Ms. Puerto Rico.


Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico is Miss International 2014!

Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss International 2014 on Tuesday the at Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan.

During the question and answer portion, the candidates were asked what would be their message to the world if they will be crowned Miss International 2014.

Hernandez answered, “thinking about Miss International title, I think it's not just crown, it's not just the title, it's one of the hardest responsibility. As Miss International, I want to send a message of love, peace, and unity. ”

Zuleika Suárez of Colombia was the 1st runner-up, Punika Kulsoontornrut of Thailand was 2nd runner-up, Victoria Tooby of United Kingdom 3rd runner-up, and Milla Romppanen of Finland was 4th runner-up.

Meanwhile, other special awards given at the pageant are Best National Costume to Ms. Indonesia; Miss Friendship to Ms. Columbia; Miss Internet Beauty to Ms. India; Miss Perfect Body to Ms. France and Miss Best Dresser to Ms. Colombia.


Marlisa Punzalan: The winner was a loser FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2014 - 12:00am 15 18 googleplus0 0

Before winning in The X-Factor Australia, Marlisa lost when she competed in Australia’s Got Talent last year. ‘But I wasn’t discouraged,’ she says. ‘In fact, I took it as a challenge.’ Three weeks after she emerged champion of The X-Factor Australia, Marlisa Punzalan said that her winning has yet to sink in.

“I still can’t believe it,” Marlisa told Funfare in an exclusive phone interview, her accent very Australian (but of course!). “I think it will take time before it sinks in.”

It was a stiff competition, with two other Filipinos (one of them a band called Thrill that made it to the Top 12) eliminated early on, and when her name was called as winner, Marlisa recalled being in shock.

“Honestly, I did not expect to win,” continued Marlisa who doesn’t speak Filipino. “I was just enjoying the whole experience. When my name was called out I said, ‘Oh my goodness! Thank you so much, Lord!’ That was all I could say.”

Her winning song was The Beatles’ Yesterday (composed by Paul McCartney) which Marlisa sang with all her heart and soul, as if she was living every word of every line of the song which was declared Song of the Century.

“Do I love old songs?” she asked. “Oh yes, I do! Aside from Beatles song, I also love a lot of David Cassidy songs. Among contemporary singers, I like Celine Dion.”

Her mentor, Ronan Keating (the Boyzone member who revived When You Say Nothing At All, used as theme song of Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant), was himself overwhelmed by Marlisa’s “unexpected” victory.

“Ronan has always believed in me,” confessed Marlisa, 15. “He always reminded me to just believe in myself, and to go out and be confident. He really supported me all the way. I just trusted him completely. I’m very glad that he helped me choose my songs because they were all good songs.”

Before The X-Factor Australia, Marlisa competed in Australia’s Got Talent last year and reached only the live auditions. “Unfortunately,” she sighed, “I didn’t make it.” But it didn’t discourage her from trying again. “I was disappointed, all right, but I used it as a motivation to work harder. It was a great motivation for me because I became stronger and I wanted to prove to the people that I could do it.”

For somebody so young, Marlisa has a powerful voice that seemed to shake the X-Factor Australia venue (check it out on YouTube).

Asked how she got it or how she developed it, Marlisa said, “It just takes a lot of practice every single day. I have voice lessons fortnightly. You know, I’ve been singing since I was three years old and I think I simply kept on improving as I grew up.”

Does she remember the first song that she ever learned?

“I guess it was Let It Be, another Beatles song.”

Asked if she knew the background of the song (also by McCartney), Marlisa said, “I’m not sure. I think it’s something related to…Jesus?”

I corrected her. The Mary immortalized in the song is not, contrary to what many people think, The Virgin Mary but McCartney’s mom named Mary to whom he dedicated the song that he wrote immediately upon waking from a beautiful dream — When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be…I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be…

“Oh I see,” commented Marlisa. “Now I know.”

Although born and raised in Sydney to both Filipino parents (Hipolito and Andrea Punzalan from Samal, Bataan), Marlisa did visit the Philippines once. She has an older brother, Martin, 19. “No, he doesn’t sing but he plays the piano.”

“I was there in the Philippines in 2009. It was my first trip.”

And how was it growing up in Australia?

“Well, it was really, really fun. I had a really good childhood and a lot of Australian friends who were really nice to me. Australia is multi-cultural so I made a lot of Filipino friends as well. And Japanese friends, and Chinese friends. There is just a big variety of nationality.”

Since she said it’s difficult to go back to a regular school, Marlisa is into home schooling, taking up music. After X-Factor Australia, she said she couldn’t go around without being recognized. And she just loves it.

“Not too long ago, I was just a normal girl going to school. Now, my life has turned around. It’s a challenge to adjust to my new life but things are just great, everything that’s happening to me is just wonderful!”

She has just recorded an album for Sony Music Australia (to be released in the Philippines by Sony Music Philippines). Any chance for her to visit the Philippines again maybe to promote the album?

“I really hope so,” she said. “I’d love to be able to perform there. But right now, I’m concentrating on my album which is coming out this month.”

Included in her plan is a tour around Australia with Guy Sebastian, first winner of Australian Idol and a former judge of the same talent search.

“I can’t believe all this is happening to me,” Marlisa ended our interview with a girlish giggle.

To paraphrase part of her winning song, yes, indeed, it seemed only yesterday when she was just like any teener dreaming of stardom.


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Gerald is Calungsod (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 17, 2014 - 12:00am 1 6 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – San Pedro Calungsod The Musical is the maiden venture of the RedLife Entertainment Productions headed by Loven Red and Bem Red Reyes. It’s a big-budgeted musical production topbilled by the Prince of Ballad, Gerald Santos (photo) as Pedro Calungsod.

Set for tour in December, the musical traces the life of our second Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod from his roots in the Visayas to his untimely death in the Ladrones Islands, now known as Guam. It’s a powerful musical that hopes to serve as a tool for evangelism and strengthen the faith of the believers. RedLife has committed itself to creating quality productions that will make great impact on Filipino lives, particularly the students.

The musical features 15 original songs by Rommel Ramilo (lyrics) and Elmer Blancaflor (music). It showcases the beautiful yet powerful voice of Gerald who will do his third musical play in three years. As a theater actor, Gerald has proven his worth, having been nominated as Best Actor in a musical in the 2011 Aliw Awards.

Gerald has four major songs in the musical, most noteworthy of which is The Journey, the musical’s main theme. In fact, a music video for the song was produced by RedLife which included difficult underwater scenes of Gerald. The music video was directed by LA Madridejos while the underwater scenes were directed by Jess Lapid Jr.

The musical gathers some of the best in the theater industry. Character actor, John Achaval plays Father Diego San Vitores and Shyr Valdez as the mother of Pedro Calungsod. Choreography is by Vivian Blancaflor.


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Why Cristine Reyes kept mum on pregnancy By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated November 17, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Cristine Reyes ABS-CBN/Publicity photo, file.
Cristine is currently in a relationship with Filipino-Persian Ali Khatibi.

MANILA, Philippines – After admitting she's having a baby on live television, Cristine Reyes explained why she had to keep her pregnancy a secret.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show “The Buzz” on Sunday, the 25-year-old actress revealed she kept mum about being pregnant because “nung first three months ko po na akala ng lahat ay nagtatago ako, critical po yung stage ko.”

“Right now, andito na ako sa stage na sure na 100 percent safe ako and our baby. I made sure na safe muna kami,” she said.

Cristine added: “Advice ng doctor, bed rest po ako 'cause nagkaroon ako ng bleeding. Kailangan ko alagaan ang sarili ko. Hindi ako nagwo-work and all.”


Cristine Reyes ABS-CBN's Darna

READ: Cristine Reyes admits pregnancy

The ABS-CBN artist also said her pregnancy did not come as a surprise for her and her non-showbiz boyfriend Ali Khatibi.

“We're happy because it was planned,” Cristine said

“First test namin... akala namin negative pa so na-sad kami. So nung gabi, nag-test ulit kami, positive na,” she added.

Asked if she concerned how her pregnancy will affect her showbiz career, Cristine said: “Confident naman po ako, kahit anong mangyari, babalik at babalik po ako.”

“Sa akin kasi, I'm happy and contented now sa lahat ng nagawa ko, lahat ng naachieve ko sa buhay ko and sa career ko. So right now, wala akong wino-worry.”

She also admits going to marriage counseling with Ali.

Rumors about Cristine's pregnancy surfaced last September when she walked out of a press interview after she was asked if she's carrying a baby.

In previous interviews, she admitted wanting to have a baby. Cristine also expressed her desire to shun away from sexy roles after her movie “Trophy Wife” last July.


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Lani Misalucha undergoing another surgery By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated November 12, 2014 - 5:05pm 15 189 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines- Lani Misalucha, who had her nose, teeth and eye bags fixed, is planning to undergo another surgery.

Lani said the surgery would help her manage her weight.

"Kapag dumating ka na sa ganitong edad, mahirap na mag-lose ng weight. Walang magic sa losing ng weight, lahat effort talaga," she said.

The singer said she is proud of what she had done with her face, through surgery.

"It's my choice. Kung ikaka-enhance ng features mo, ikabubuti, ikadadagdag ng appeal sa face mo, why not?" Lani replied when asked if she felt ashamed of undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Lani also said that she understands other celebrities who aren't open about undergoing cosmetic surgery.

"It's their choice. It's just a matter of kung gusto nila sabihin. Kung hindi, okay lang," she said.

Meanwhile, Lani is excited about her upcoming concert "La Nightingale" on December 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

"Iba-iba po talaga 'yong ginagawa kong genre," she said. "Siyempre I always incorporate classical songs."

She added that they will "put a Vegas fell in the show" and the concert would be similar with the Cirque du Soleil.

Joining Lani in her concert are Arnel Pineda and ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Salonga and music direction of Louie Ocampo.


Lorna Tolentino more careful after that fall FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 13, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

Being enlisted as the new endorser of Watsons Generics is timely. ‘I’ve been a Watsons customer for years,’ says Lorna Tolentino

The last time I interviewed Lorna Tolentino was in July a few days before she and her sons Rap and Renz and manager Lolit Solis left for Germany for Lorna’s second stem-cell procedure.

“The procedure,” clarified Lorna, “was not for vanity but for good health.”

We caught up with LT a few days ago during a photoshoot for her latest endorsement of Watsons Generics, which she described as both timely and very appropriate for her current mindset.

They had just finished shooting the last episodes of My Destiny, which she described was “very hectic” as they were actually taping a few scenes for same airing the same day.

Although she’s set to renew her contract with GMA, LT is not sure what her next project will be.

For now, the multi-awarded actress said the role she enjoys most is being a mother to Rap and Renz, and grandmother to her only apo Lorna Victoria (Tori for short, the daughter of Rap and his girlfriend) who’s turning three years.

“Like what I told you,” said LT, “I have two men na in my life, and I don’t need one more.”

Rap and Renz are serious with their respective showbiz careers, the former as a rebel in the GMA soap Hiram na Alaala and the latter as a cop in Yagit.

“Masyado nga yatang serious ‘yung isa sa kanila at pati ako pinupulis sa lahat ng ginagawa kong mga bad habits at pagkain,” LT said, laughing.

Do they ask for showbiz tips from you?

“Sometimes. But since they grew up in this industry naman, they know how it works so siguro sa pakikisama lang sa iba’t ibang tao ko sila binibigyan ng mga advice.”

How has your second stem cell procedure been so far?

“It actually helped a lot because I have scoliosis. I used to tap the side of my legs because they felt like mayroong pinched nerve, but now okay na.”

Is that why you are glowing and looking more youthful?

“Siguro it’s because I take care of myself more. I quit smoking na. I was not really a big smoker. And also, I’m trying to eat healthier. I’ve been taking supplements now such as vitamin B1, B complex, glutathione, and mangosteen and malunggay capsules, ascorbic acid, kaya nga napaka-timely when Watsons got me as an endorser for its new generics brand.”

What made you say yes to endorsing Watsons Generics?

“I’ve been a long-time customer of Watsons because I go there to shop for my toiletries and beauty products. So now, I don’t have to go anywhere else if I need to buy medicine. I also believe kasi na we should be wiser with our options lalo na pagdating sa health. Actually, I came pa nga from Watsons when I had this recent accident...I fell.”

What happened?

“It was a freak accident (Aug. 16), galing ako sa Watsons Greenhills and was on my way to Flawless (Which she also endorses. — RFL). I was put off balance at napaupo ako. Di ba may scoliosis nga ako…so I was not able to stand up because of the pain. My doctor told me that I suffered a fracture. Good thing it didn’t require surgery. I had to wear corrective brace for three months. The treatment was completed last month and (standing, showing the brace beneath her T-shirt). Hopefully, it will be removed during my next check-up but I still have to wear it if I travel.”

Do you follow a diet plan?

“Naku, I think I’ve tried all the reducing techniques. I’ve done juicing and the Happy Diet Delievery healthy diet. I am more conscious now about the calories and calorie counting. I check the labels. Alam mo naman as we age we need to take better care of ourselves. So ngayon more of vegetables na ako.”

How else do you stay in shape?

“I used to go to the gym with Bok Santos. I also do yoga with Aljarreau (Galang) and swimming. As soon as my treatment is finished, I will still undergo rehab with exercise.”

Have you always been conscious of your health?

“Not so much, although I try to stay fit. But as they say, ‘Age matters.’ You should really do something as you get older kase lumalabas na ‘yung effects ng mga genes natin. You know, I’m not fond of fatty food pero mataas ang cholesterol ko. I’m not fond of sweets pero border line ang blood sugar ko.”

What’s the best advice you can give, health-wise, to women out there?

“Have a regular check-up, so you’ll know kung ano ang kailangan ng katawan mo. And like Watsons, I believe na having a full life means living with full health. We really have to take care of ourselves so we can also take care of the ones we love.”


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