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DEC 3 --Soon-to-be bride Marian Rivera is thrilled that despite having had five bachelorette parties already, she can still look forward to having four more. Marian Rivera Marian Rivera In an interview, Marian revealed that one of the upcoming get-togethers will be hosted by Dr. Vicki Belo. “Hindi ko pa sure sinong i-invite ni Doktora basta isa lang ang hiniling ko sa kanya: Gusto kong makasama ’yung mga press na nagmamahal sa akin,” she said. The other three will be organized by “someone from GMA” and by non-showbiz personalities “na napakahalaga sa buhay ko.” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Gary Valenciano and The Prayer 

Just recently, I had the privilege of joining Gary Valenciano, Jed Madela and Angeline Quinto in a concert at The Star Theatre in Singapore. Of course, we all know how great they are as performers and, suffice to say, they allowed for a memorable experience not only for me but for all those in attendance. Prior to the concert, Gary V. led the crowd in prayer. It was one of the most beautiful prayers I’ve heard. Luckily, my husband was able to capture it on video. Here it is, verbatim: CONTINUE READING THE PRAYER...

ALSO: The Rebirth of Gary Valenciano 

Gary V. has been performing for more than 25 years. While his mother is from Puerto Rico, he is one of the leading Filipino recording artists and concert performers in the United States. Gary started his career at the age of 18 while playing at high school variety shows. His wife, Angeli, was modeling and singing. Her manager took an interest in Gary and began promoting him. After seven months, Gary cut his first record, became a hot item on TV and spokesman for major advertisers like Coca-Cola, Sony, Toyota, etc. He soon found himself in demand in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Australia, the U.S. and Canada mostly because of requests from people in Filipino communities asking for Gary to perform in their area. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Is tennis Pinoy’s new pastime?

Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates a point with Russia’s Maria Sharapova AFP --I WAS at MOA on the second day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) and based on the crowd that massed into the humungous arena and the applause and screams they gave the players each time they scored against their opponents, tennis could well be the next Filipino pastime. Well, it can be but the players should be world class like Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Goran Ivanisevic, Carlos Moya, among many. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Bonifacio Global City celebrates Bonifacio Day with ‘Passionfest’ 

PHOTO: With a huge turnout of over 2,000 participants in last year’s BGC Run, Passionfest organizers hope to attract more fitness enthusiasts and fiesta-goers this year. NOW on its fourth year, the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is holding its annual three-day fiesta titled “Passionfest,” which celebrates the birth of Filipino nationalist and revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio on November 30.
The city’s “urban fiesta” will highlight the “passions of the city,” that began on Friday through various activities centered on culture, art, fitness, and lifestyle, which have all become synonymous with this young yet vibrant city. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘Freundschaft’ – 60 years of Philippine-German ties 

PHOTO: (From left) Book designer Bg Hernandez, Dr. Isagani Cruz, Ambassador Maria Cleofe ‘Peachy’ Natividad, Studio 5’s Marily Orosa and National Museum director Jeremy Barns As a toast to the longstanding friendship and bilateral relations between the Philippines and Germany, a very notable coffee table book entitled, Freundschaft- Pagkakaibigan (Sixty Years of Friendship between Germany and the Philippines) was launched on November 28 at the German Club in Legaspi Village, Makati City. Produced by Filipino design and book publishing company Studio 5, the coffee table book is written in three languages—German, English and Filipino—with messages from President Benigno Aquino 3rd, German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Ayala Festival of Lights among int’l travel site’s ‘spectacular Christmas lights around the world’  

Aside from having the longest Christmas celebration in the world, the Philippines has earned another holiday-related stripe. This time, a garden in the country's central business district is among an international travel site's "favorite places to see holiday lights." The Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City got a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's list of "Where to See Spectacular Christmas Lights Around the World." Ayala Triangle's symphony of lights and sounds. Danah Claudine San Juan There are only seven places that made it to the list. The six others are: READ FULL REPORT AND CLICK SLIDE SHOW LINK TO SEE MORE SPECTACULAR LIGHTS...


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MARIAN RIVERA THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE HER FEEL SPECIAL 


MARIAN

MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Marjorie S. Duran - Soon-to-be bride Marian Rivera is thrilled that despite having had five bachelorette parties already, she can still look forward to having four more.

Marian Rivera In an interview, Marian revealed that one of the upcoming get-togethers will be hosted by Dr. Vicki Belo.

“Hindi ko pa sure sinong i-invite ni Doktora basta isa lang ang hiniling ko sa kanya: Gusto kong makasama ’yung mga press na nagmamahal sa akin,” she said.

The other three will be organized by “someone from GMA” and by non-showbiz personalities “na napakahalaga sa buhay ko.”

Marian is aware that these multiple celebrations have elicited criticisms from some netizens but she chooses not to dwell on them.

“Ayokong mag-(welcome) ng bashers (kahit ’yung iba sinasabi) na ‘Ay, ang OA naman ni Marian…’ Nagkataon lang na artista ako at maraming tao ang gustong magbigay ng bridal shower,” she said.

“The point is, kahit sinong taong ikakasal kung bibigyan naman siya ng mga kaibigan niya ng bridal shower, wala naman siyang karapatang tumanggi at dapat maging thankful na lang. Ang importante ay nag-ga-gather ’yung mga mahal ko sa buhay.”

Marian added that receiving gifts from friends during these gatherings are mere “bonus,” maintaining that the best thing about the parties is hearing her guests deliver “touching” messages.

Her most recent Spanish-themed bridal shower was held at the Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City, Manila. It was put together by veteran actress Celia Rodriguez and attended by her De La Salle University-Dasmariñas batchmates and cousins of fiancé Dingdong Dantes.

No more cancellation

Apart from Kathryn Bernardo and Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, Marian confirmed that members of her wedding entourage will all be present on her wedding day, Dec. 30, at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.

“Lahat sila na nasa list sure na ’yun na pupunta,” she said.

Charlene will be out of the country with husband Aga Muhlach, while Kathryn has work on that day. The latter has already apologized to Marian about the matter.

“Gusto kong linawin, wala akong dinagdag, wala akong binawas sa entourage. Kumbaga nabawasan pero wala akong pinalit sa (kanila),” Marian explained.

Reality

Marian is definitely looking forward to her one-month break after the wedding.

“Hiniling ko sa GMA na buong January mag-rest muna ako… especially para magka-baby kami,” she related.

“Puro trabaho (ako) after January. May nilalatag sa akin ang GMA na kailangan ko nang gumawa ng soap opera talaga next year,” she added, assuring fans that they will see more of her soon.

Marian had already played a mother role on GMA-7’s 2007 telefantasya “Super Twins,” something she welcomes in future projects.

“Para sa akin walang problema. Sa pag-arte hindi importante kung nanay ka, bata ka, may anak ka; ang importante ’yung gawin mo ’yung role na ginagampanan mo. Kaya ka nga artista eh, kailangan flexible ka,” she related.

Committed

Although busy preparing for her wedding, Marian still managed to finish work on her eponymously titled dance show on her mother network. Apparently, Dingdong will appear as guest in its last episode.

“Nakakalungkot na matatapos na itong show pero looking forward ako sa panibagong yugto ng buhay ko. Mixed ’yung emotion ko eh. Napamahal na sa’kin ’yung ‘Marian’ staff and crew especially ’yung dancers,” she said.

The final episode of “Marian” airs this Saturday on GMA-7.


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The Prayer by Giselle Sanchez December 2, 2014 Share this:


JED MADELA, Gary Valenciano, the author and Angeline Quinto at The Star Theatre in Singapore

Just recently, I had the privilege of joining Gary Valenciano, Jed Madela and Angeline Quinto in a concert at The Star Theatre in Singapore. Of course, we all know how great they are as performers and, suffice to say, they allowed for a memorable experience not only for me but for all those in attendance.

Prior to the concert, Gary V. led the crowd in prayer. It was one of the most beautiful prayers I’ve heard. Luckily, my husband was able to capture it on video. Here it is, verbatim:

“Dear God, we are four people coming onstage here in Singapore Lord. Many times Father, in the middle of our work, we sometimes forget the impact we have on people. There are overseas Filipino workers here in Singapore, many of whom are professionals, who would have rather been professionals back home. But they are away from their families. Yes, they may be earning more here. Yes, they are providing for their families back home, but many are separated from the people they love. And here we are Lord, together. I pray tonight Father, na kahit apat lang kami, we know that we are still complete because You are a part of this. And because You are a part of this, we know Lord that You are going to make us shine. People may say after the performance, ‘Ang galing ng Pilipino’ but they find a will, a reason why, and that is because of You. We don’t have to speak about You, we just have to show it when we go onstage. We’re giving You our very best because You Father have given us Your very best, You always do and You never fail to do so. Thank You father for everything, bless us.”

I was really touched by Gary’s prayer. It was so selfless and humble. It is so perfect especially as we start the first week of advent. It made me want to work harder. It made me realize that as entertainers we have a responsibility to others not just ourselves.

As Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”


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GARY V

Gary V. has been performing for more than 25 years. While his mother is from Puerto Rico, he is one of the leading Filipino recording artists and concert performers in the United States. Gary started his career at the age of 18 while playing at high school variety shows.

His wife, Angeli, was modeling and singing. Her manager took an interest in Gary and began promoting him. After seven months, Gary cut his first record, became a hot item on TV and spokesman for major advertisers like Coca-Cola, Sony, Toyota, etc. He soon found himself in demand in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Australia, the U.S. and Canada mostly because of requests from people in Filipino communities asking for Gary to perform in their area.

When Gary was 14, his parents separated and he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Active in several diabetic foundations, he believes God heals and Gary says he will see the manifestation of his healing when God wants to show it to him. For the last 30 years, Gary has experienced God’s faithfulness while managing this disease. A couple of years ago, Gary nearly died from a hypoglycemia attack (when sugar levels in the body drop dangerously low).

“Sugar does provide necessary fuel for the body even in diabetics,” says Gary. In this case, Gary had jet lag and took his insulin without eating. His eyes rolled back into his head and his jaw locked. Fortunately, Angeli woke up at 3 a.m. and sent a text message for everyone to pray! Then she pumped glucose into his mouth and Gary swallowed! He says it takes discipline to take care of himself and also relies heavily on family members who help guide him to pace himself. “Many times I have to say ‘no’ to people,” says Gary.

Gary’s music stays at the top of the pop charts, but he also sings Christian songs. There is a large population of Muslims who live in the Philippines. Gary says that if you looked at the CD collection of most of the Muslim homes, you would find several of his CDs.

He finds this amazing because he always has 2 or 3 songs on his secular CDs which are overtly or indirectly about the Lord. While few Muslims go to any concerts, Gary’s motorcades before his concerts are always warmly received in Muslim areas.

AFFECTING THE GENERATIONS

Gary and his wife came to accept Christ after dinner at Angeli’s sister’s home in 1985. As they were leaving, Gary noticed a Bible on the table. When his brother-in-law asked if he knew who Jesus was, Gary said “the Son of God.” (Gary had some religious training.) But when asked what would happen if he died that day, Gary stopped cold.

Try as he might, Gary could only see heaven and hell. All his good deeds, benefits, etc., seemed pointless. Both Gary and Angeli accepted the Lord that night. They knew there was a difference: Gary’s career insecurities left and his spirit lifted.

Gary and Angeli have been married for 24 years and have three children: Paolo, Gabriel, and Kiana, and all of them are musically talented.

Paolo is interested in film and directing and is also the lead singer of Christian rock band, Salamin. Gabriel is a professional dancer. Kiana is an award-winning singer. Sometimes, Gary’s kids join him on stage as his special guests.


FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Is tennis Pinoy’s new pastime?  By Isah V. Red | Dec. 01, 2014 at 06:10pm


Great Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates a point with Russia’s Maria Sharapova AFP

I WAS at MOA on the second day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) and based on the crowd that massed into the humungous arena and the applause and screams they gave the players each time they scored against their opponents, tennis could well be the next Filipino pastime.

Well, it can be but the players should be world class like Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Goran Ivanisevic, Carlos Moya, among many.

That day, the rough and ready tennis court of the arena (the MOA is not configured for tennis matches) had the Manila “Mavericks” team of Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Carlos Moya, Daniel Nestor, Kirsten Flipkens, and Fil-Am Treat Huey in the final event of the competition against the Micromax Indian Aces composed of Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sonia Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, and Fabrice Santoro. In the end the Micromax team dominated the match except for the men’s doubles played by Huey and Tsonga against Monfils and Santoro.


Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic: All smiles while reaching the ball SONNY ESPIRITU

Murray lost to Monfils, also Sharapova bowed to Ivanovic in the singles matches. The crowd was disappointed that their “idols” lost their matches.

At the end of each match, children and young adults (oh, even mothers, fathers and celebrities—saw Iza Calzado jostling with the crowd for a snapshot of Murray and Sharapova) crowded near the benches of the players for autographs on the giant balls they bought for P1,200 at the lobby.

Outside of the arena, the MOA grounds rocked with famous Pinoy bands and singers, like Razorback, Paolo Valenciano, She’s only Sixteen, Taken by Cars, Kjwan, Quest, Blue Jean Junkies, and Kat Agarrado of “Sino Sikat?”

The inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was the first leg of a rule- breaking tennis spectacle celebrating the comeback of international tennis in the Philippines.

DJ Irie who gained fame as the Miami Heats DJ, played in between sets. “I’m so honored to be a part of the first-ever IPTL with some of the world’s top athletes in the sport,” he said.


Manila Mavericks at MOA Arena’s tennis court

Well, with the crowd turn out on the three days of IPTL, it will not be a surprise if next year, we will see another round of tennis matches in the country with the world-class athletes.

And perhaps, the bigger names like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stanilas Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras would be interested to visit Manila. But first, we should have a world-class court for these athletes to play games like what we see in the grand slams.

The IPTL is a unique team-based tennis league founded by multiple grand-slam winner, India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and played across four countries in Asia. The league features 21 Grand Slam Champions and 14 current/former World Number Ones, with the winning team walking away with prize money of $1 million.

The matches at the MOA last Friday, Saturday and Sunday were part of the inaugural edition that was also played in Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai.


FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Bonifacio Global City celebrates Bonifacio Day with ‘Passionfest’  November 28, 2014 9:24 pm


With a huge turnout of over 2,000 participants in last year’s BGC Run, Passionfest organizers hope to attract more fitness enthusiasts and fiesta-goers this year.

NOW on its fourth year, the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig is holding its annual three-day fiesta titled “Passionfest,” which celebrates the birth of Filipino nationalist and revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio on November 30.

The city’s “urban fiesta” will highlight the “passions of the city,” that began on Friday through various activities centered on culture, art, fitness, and lifestyle, which have all become synonymous with this young yet vibrant city.

“BGC Passionfest is a regular event we’ve been holding for the past four years as the official fiesta of BGC. It is very Filpino in nature but celebrated the BGC way,” said Monica Llamas, Art Program manager of the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc.

This year’s theme, “A Boni-fide Urban Fiesta,” will start off with a street party at the Bonifacio High Street, featuring Filipino dances staged in a bright parade at night. This will also launch the “Supremo Sale” for shoppers to enjoy deals with numerous participating BGC stores.

Today, Run BGC’s “Urban Adventure” will have participants in groups of 10 explore the city by way of a series of challenges, much like the Amazing Race.

There will also be booths with Filipino street food favorites such as kwek-kwek, fish balls, and inihaw lined up on 9th Avenue.

For entertainment, variety shows, parades and performances are scheduled throughout the three-day fiesta.

For more information, log on to BGC Passionfest 2014’s Facebook page or call 8183601 local 3104.


FROM THE MANILA TIMES

‘Freundschaft’ – 60 years of Philippine-German ties December 2, 2014 9:56 pm by Sheila Mañalac


(From left) Book designer Bg Hernandez, Dr. Isagani Cruz, Ambassador Maria Cleofe ‘Peachy’ Natividad, Studio 5’s Marily Orosa and National Museum director Jeremy Barns

As a toast to the longstanding friendship and bilateral relations between the Philippines and Germany, a very notable coffee table book entitled, Freundschaft- Pagkakaibigan (Sixty Years of Friendship between Germany and the Philippines) was launched on November 28 at the German Club in Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Produced by Filipino design and book publishing company Studio 5, the coffee table book is written in three languages—German, English and Filipino—with messages from President Benigno Aquino 3rd, German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

As partners who made the book project possible, forewords, as well as several feature articles were provided by Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad and German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski.

In a brief interview with The Manila Times Natividad said, “This book celebrates the friendship between two nations that has lasted for 60 years when the Philippines opened a Consulate General in Hamburg, and established diplomatic relations between two nations. This friendship has flourished in relations of education, culture and business.”

Preserving articles, photos, messages, documents and events from key personalities who contributed to the two countries’ six-decade relations, Natividad also took part in editing the book, working alongside The Manila Times College president Dr. Isagani Cruz. German content, meanwhile, was edited by Charlotte Bandelow.

Articles on various aspects of German-Philippine relations were also contributed by Völker Schult, Lucien Spittael, Zeus Salazar, Gretchen de Venecia Del Rosario, José Abeto Zaide, Delia Domingo-Albert, Herbert Jess, Gerhard Zeidler, Rosalinda Orosa, Petra Raymond, Ramon del Rosario Jr., Bodo Goerlich, Domini Torrevillas, Thorsten Franz, Mary John Mananzan OSB, Astrid Martinez López, Teresa Cura-Puno, Lito Monico Cabrera Lorenzana, Benigno Beltran SVD, Sophia Natividad, and Monique Zimmerman—an international group of outstanding personalities and writers.

The book further commemorates events as early as Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines, which was partly financed by German banker Jakob Fugger, and recorded as the first contact between Europeans and Filipinos.

Another milestone in the history of Filipino-German friendship was when national hearo José Rizal lived and studied in Germany, where he wrote and published his first novel Noli Me Tangere.

In one letter to his mother dated in 1887, Rizal wrote of his time in Germany. “I spend half the day in the study of German and the other half in the diseases of the eye. Twice a week I go to the Bierbrauerei, or beer hall, to speak German with my student friends.”

Anecdotes as well as personal accounts of the key personalities were also included in the book.

Sponsored by top German-Philippine companies, the book promises to take readers in a journey from the past to the present, where Filipinos and Germans developed strong bonds both in business and personal lives.

To further enhance bilateral relations, Natividad said she hopes to bring more Filipino health care providers to Germany, as well as attract more German investors and tourists to the Philippines.


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Festival of Lights among int’l travel site’s ‘spectacular Christmas lights around the world’ December 3, 2014 11:03am 16 19 0 83 GMA NEWS


Ayala Triangle's symphony of lights and sounds. Danah Claudine San Juan

Aside from having the longest Christmas celebration in the world, the Philippines has earned another holiday-related stripe. This time, a garden in the country's central business district is among an international travel site's "favorite places to see holiday lights."

The Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City got a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's list of "Where to See Spectacular Christmas Lights Around the World."

There are only seven places that made it to the list. The six others are:

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark; Champs-Elysées in Paris, France; Somerset House in London, United Kingdom; Silver Dollar City in Missouri, United States of America; Kobe Luminarie in Kobe, Japan; Christmas Market in Jena, Germany

Condé Nast Traveler described Ayala Triangle Gardens as a "natural haven with a diverse population of trees, including kamuning, golden palms, and fire trees."

The entry also said, "The gardens are a courtyard for the surrounding business district, and started as a way to brighten up the evenings for the workers."

The travel site also noted that Ayala Triangle's synchronized lights and sounds show creates an "immersive holiday experience."

This year, the Festival of Lights is inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. It runs every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from November 12 to December 31. — Trisha Macas/VC, GMA News


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