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KC's TALE OF 2 MOMS 

PHOTO: KC ---Yuletide celebrations are usually family get-togethers where grandmas and moms team up with daughters to prepare the most bountiful Noche Buena, male in-law tensions are eased over a few beers, and cousins brag about as the clock winds down on Christmas Eve. But what if the family is suddenly left without a beloved member during the holiday season? KC Concepcion will celebrate Christmas for the first time without grandmother Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta (Sharon Cuneta’s mom). Mamita, as the young actress fondly calls her, passed away on Nov. 5 due to internal bleeding and complications from abdominal surgery. “Kasi 40 days pa lang, so medyo may kurot talaga, ’yung bigla ka na lang tatamaan,” she said. “Pero more than that, mahilig din naman akong magluto, pati mommy ko, so i-ko-continue na lang namin ’yung tradition na iniwan ni ’Mita (Elaine).”  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Sharon Cuneta to run as Pasay mayor? Daughter KC speaks up

PHOTO: KC Concepcion stars in the ABS-CBN Christmas mini-series "Exchange Gift." ABS-CBN/PR photo MANILA, Philippines - Is Sharon Cuneta being encouraged to run for mayor in Pasay City in 2016? In an interview with reporters last week, Sen. Tito Sotto revealed he is considering about encouraging Sharon Cuneta to run as Pasay City mayor in the upcoming national elections. Sotto said he believes the actress would make a good mayor for Pasay City. The senator is the husband of Helem Gamboa, whose sister Elaine Cuneta is Sharon’s mother. During the press conference of ABS-CBN’s Christmas special “Give Love on Christmas” on Monday, Sharon’s daughter KC Concepcion, who seemed surprised upon hearing Tito’s comments, commented on the reports. “Mayor? Stress siya sa ganoon,” KC told members of the press. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Will the Christmas greeting card become a thing of the past? 

Composite image based on photos by KarenT and Tweedle Dee Designs/CC BY-NC-SA MANILA, Philippines — Technology has made it easier and cheaper to send holiday greetings but 35-year old Teresa Lopez still prefers to receive them the old fashioned way. "I still prefer letters because it’s more personal and more special. Their senders exerted more effort unlike e-mails. Sometimes, people just forward e-mail messages without reading their entire context," Lopez said. "I prefer to receive cards from people who are special to me. Cards allow them to write what they want to say," she added. Some consumers, however, have embraced the Internet and are no longer sending greeting cards. "I prefer e-mail because it allows me to respond faster. I am always online," said 38-year old Jenna Valdez. "Sometimes, letters do not reach their intended recipients," she added. The question of whether personal touch is more important than convenience will continue to be the subject of lengthy discussions. But one thing is for sure – technology is offering less expensive alternatives to consumers, putting pressure on greeting card makers to find ways to keep their market and even to stay afloat. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Vice Ganda interviews PNoy Aquino 

PHOTO: Vice Ganda FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Comedian Vice Ganda’s Dec. 23 tweet announcing his one-on-one interview with the most powerful man in the Philippines set off a torrent of excitement and anticipation from his loyal followers. As of Wednesday, that singular announcement had been retweeted at least 1,469 times on top of “favorites” from 4,356 users, suggesting a surefire hit when the interview is finally aired over ABS-CBN during his “Ganda Gabi Vice (GGV)” program on Jan. 4. But not everyone was amused by the prospect of President Aquino spending precious presidential time on a lowbrow comedy show like that of Vice Ganda’s. Jose Marie Viceral in real life, the comedian is known for his horseplay and self-deprecating humor, which have translated to blockbusters such as “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin.” No difference One Facebook user ridiculed Mr. Aquino’s guesting at GGV, saying it suggested that there’s really no big difference between “show biz” and “government” in the country. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO BOOTS, THE HOMEBODY: A cozy Christmas 

PHOTO: BOOTS ANSON RODRIGO ---Deck the halls and spice up the eggnog. Instead of cold and lonely, the holidays will be bright, festive, warm and cozy for newlyweds Boots Anson-Roa and Francisco “King” Rodrigo. Boots, a veteran TV and movie actress who had been widowed for seven years, hogged headlines last June when she tied the knot with King, a lawyer, who had been a widower for six years. This is their first Yuletide season together as a couple and they are celebrating in high style, in their spiffy condominium unit in Quezon City. “After seven years of being a widow, it is special to be celebrating Christmas in the warmth of King’s embrace,” Boots, 69, told Living Stars. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay win big at 2014 MMFF

PHOTO; Jennylyn Mercado at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion MANILA, Philippines - “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” won the Best Picture award at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night on Saturday. But it was Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay and their romantic-comedy movie “English Only, Please” that emerged as the big winners of the annual film festival. WINNERS: 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night  Aside from the two acting awards, “English Only, Please” also won the awards for Best Director (Dan Villegas), Best Screenplay (Antoinette Jadaone), Best Original Story (Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone) and Best Editing. It was named as the festival’s second best picture. MORE READ, MORE PHOTOS....

ALSO IN PHOTOS: PNoy watches Kris, Bimby entries in 40th MMFF 

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III with Kris Aquino and her son Josh. Facebook/Pres. Benigno Aquino III Facebook page MANILA, Philippines- President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III showed his support to sister Kris Aquino and nephew Bimby Aquino-Yap by watching their Metro Manila Film Festival entries on Christmas day. The president watched “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” and “Feng Shui 2” at the SM Mall of Asia. Bimby's father James Yap was also there on the opening day together with his girlfriend Michela Cazzola, who was invited by Kris. View the slide show below to view photos of the president during the screening of “Feng Shui 2” and “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin,” posted on his Facebook page. THIS IS FULL REPOIRT...MORE PHOTOS...

FINALLY, ALSO WATCH: 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' trailer


Vice Ganda and James “Bimby” Yap Jr. teams up for the 2014 Metro Manila Film Fetsival entry “The Amazing Praybeyt Bejamin.” Screencap from Youtube

MANILA, Philippines - Vice Ganda is ready to bring laughter again this Christmas with his 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin.”

In the film, Vice Ganda who plays the role of Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII, is asked to gain the trust of James “Bimby” Yap Jr.'s character since he's the only one who knows how to dismantle the bomb that Jan Jaran Jan Jan (Tom Rodriguez) made.

The task also brought Benjie life realizations that makes him look back on how he became a successful soldier.

Joining Vice, Bimby, and Tom in the film are Richard Yap, and Alex Gonzaga. It is directed by Wenn de Ramas and produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.

 ..........THE MOVIE TRAILER FROM YOU TUBE..........BELOW,


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KC’s tale of two moms


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MANILA, DECEMBER 29, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Pau Aguilera - Yuletide celebrations are usually family get-togethers where grandmas and moms team up with daughters to prepare the most bountiful Noche Buena, male in-law tensions are eased over a few beers, and cousins brag about as the clock winds down on Christmas Eve.

But what if the family is suddenly left without a beloved member during the holiday season?

KC Concepcion will celebrate Christmas for the first time without grandmother Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta (Sharon Cuneta’s mom). Mamita, as the young actress fondly calls her, passed away on Nov. 5 due to internal bleeding and complications from abdominal surgery.

“Kasi 40 days pa lang, so medyo may kurot talaga, ’yung bigla ka na lang tatamaan,” she said. “Pero more than that, mahilig din naman akong magluto, pati mommy ko, so i-ko-continue na lang namin ’yung tradition na iniwan ni ’Mita (Elaine).”

The actress-TV host shared, “’Yung mga hamon na binibili niya sa Binondo or sa Quiapo, ’yung mga keso na binibili rin dun, (itutuloy) ’yun. ’Yung mga favorite niyang kainin, ihahanda pa rin namin ’yun.”

According to KC, the family’s loss definitely hit mom Sharon the hardest, particularly because it happened just as the latter was recovering from “depression” – a state that the Megastar herself has addresses in a past Facebook post.

That is why KC is giving her full attention to her own mother now. “Kasi first time din na nawalan siya ng mommy. At the same time parang mommy ko na rin kasi si ’Mita, so na-realize ko, ‘Well nandiyan pa rin naman ’yung mommy ko talaga, (I want to) spend more time with her.”

KC consoles Sharon by being a good listener to her. “Kahit paulit-ulit (’yung pinag-usapan), para lang malabas niya. And then nire-remind ko siya na, ‘Kailangan ka pa rin namin, na may mommy pa kami – ikaw ’yun…’”

The whole family has been affected by Elaine’s passing. “May mga araw na ako talaga ’yung pinaka-strong sa lahat; may mga araw na hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko talaga,” KC shared, but she added they all band together for strength.

Missing Mamita

KC said losing her Mamita, whom she considers her “best friend,” was her “biggest fear” then.

She even recalled the time she visited her grandmother during what she called a two-month “goodbye” period. “Nag-selfie pa nga ako with her kasi sabi ko, ‘Grabe naman ’yung goodbye Mamita, parang… Hindi dahil ako ’yung aalis from the room, kundi kasi siya ’yung aalis.’”

KC kept on praying, “Lord sana kayanin ko. Ayokong maloka, ayokong ma-depress, ayokong masyadong maapektuhan. Prepare mo ko kasi hindi ko kayang mawala siya.”

Describing her Mamita as “napaka-generous,” KC said her grandma’s love for life is what she would miss the most about her.

“Parang inspired ako na lahat ng nakasalamuha niya in life, everyone that really got to know her, they enjoyed life more. ’Yung fun, ’yung adventures, ganun, walang iniisip na hindi safe. ‘Sige, go, try natin!’ Ganun lang. Kaya lahat na-experience namin.”

KC believes her lola is still around to watch over her. She prays to God “na kung pwedeng siya na lang ’yung guardian angel ko. Kumbaga parang siya ’yung tumutok sa’kin bilang guardian angel, ’wag na siyang mag-assign ng iba, ’yung lola ko na lang.”

Next year

This year has been a debilitating year for KC, literally having been hospitalized several times because of dengue and pneumonia.

For 2015, she hopes for “good health, fitness, (and to) be at my best form para best beautiful (laughs)!”

With her career, KC aims for different kind of projects and more challenging roles. “Ayoko talaga kasing nag-i-stay lang sa princess or sa mga ganung (tipo).”

KC Concepcion stars opposite Paulo Avelino in the “Exchange Gift” episode of ABS-CBN’s special “Give Love on Christmas,” Monday to Friday from Jan. 5-30 at 11:30 a.m.


FROM PHILSTAR

Sharon Cuneta to run as Pasay mayor? Daughter KC speaks up By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated December 23, 2014 - 6:09am 15 1066 googleplus0 1


KC Concepcion stars in the ABS-CBN Christmas mini-series "Exchange Gift." ABS-CBN/PR photo

MANILA, Philippines - Is Sharon Cuneta being encouraged to run for mayor in Pasay City in 2016?

In an interview with reporters last week, Sen. Tito Sotto revealed he is considering about encouraging Sharon Cuneta to run as Pasay City mayor in the upcoming national elections.

Sotto said he believes the actress would make a good mayor for Pasay City. The senator is the husband of Helem Gamboa, whose sister Elaine Cuneta is Sharon’s mother.

During the press conference of ABS-CBN’s Christmas special “Give Love on Christmas” on Monday, Sharon’s daughter KC Concepcion, who seemed surprised upon hearing Tito’s comments, commented on the reports.

“Mayor? Stress siya sa ganoon,” KC told members of the press.

She added, “Parang wala pa kaming pinag-uusapan about that. Siguro if ever, magiging malaking diskusyon yun sa family.”

KC also quipped, “Sige, tatawagan ko siya later,” referring to Sotto.

Sharon is doing well after her mother Elaine passed away last November.

“Pumapayat. Sume-sexy at gumaganda pa rin,” KC said of her mother.

KC herself is also coping well after the death of her grandmother. Apart from their family’s loss, she describes 2014 as a challenging year in terms of her health.

Paulo Avelino and KC Concepcion talk to entertainment reporters during the press conference for "Exchange Gift." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

But she also felt inspired after winning three acting awards this year--a best actress award from the PMPC Star Awards for Movies and the FAMAS Awards for her role in “Boy Golden" and a best supporting actress win from the PMPC Star Awards for Television for her role in “Ikaw Lamang.”

“Maganda po yung return. After nung magkasakit ako, may blessing naman na parating,” she said.

“Napaka-eventful ng 2014. Napaka-extreme na high, then extreme na low. Jam-packed, very meaty year,” KC said.

The 29-year-old actress will start the year 2015 with a new ABS-CBN show. She co-stars with Paulo Avelino in ABS-CBN Christmas mini-series “Exchange Gift.”

The show marks the second time KC and Paulo will work together--and the first since they were linked romantically in 2013.

“Timing is everything talaga... Wala naman tayong control sa mga mangyayari. He’s at an age na marami pa siyang pwedeng gawin. Ako rin po. Right now we’re happy na may ginawa kami together (na show), na masaya kami,” KC said on when she and Paulo will take their relationship beyond friendship.

“Exchange Gift,” the third part of the Christmas mini-series “Give Love on Christmas,” premiere Monday, Jan. 5 on ABS-CBN.


FROM PHILSTAR

Will the Christmas greeting card become a thing of the past? By Marian Lizan and Darlene Falceso (philstar.com) | Updated December 25, 2014 - 9:46am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Composite image based on photos by KarenT and Tweedle Dee Designs/CC BY-NC-SA

MANILA, Philippines — Technology has made it easier and cheaper to send holiday greetings but 35-year old Teresa Lopez still prefers to receive them the old fashioned way.

"I still prefer letters because it’s more personal and more special. Their senders exerted more effort unlike e-mails. Sometimes, people just forward e-mail messages without reading their entire context," Lopez said.

"I prefer to receive cards from people who are special to me. Cards allow them to write what they want to say," she added.

Some consumers, however, have embraced the Internet and are no longer sending greeting cards.

"I prefer e-mail because it allows me to respond faster. I am always online," said 38-year old Jenna Valdez.

"Sometimes, letters do not reach their intended recipients," she added.

The question of whether personal touch is more important than convenience will continue to be the subject of lengthy discussions. But one thing is for sure – technology is offering less expensive alternatives to consumers, putting pressure on greeting card makers to find ways to keep their market and even to stay afloat.

* Feeling the pinch Small players had to shift their focus to cope with the changes in consumers’ tastes.

A check at establishments along Recto Avenue in Manila revealed that some printing businesses have stopped printing Christmas cards due to low demand.

Workers told The STAR that their establishments are now focused on printing invitations, calendars and tarpaulins.

Even established industry players like Hallmark are making some adjustments.

"Sadly, yes, we have been affected (by technology). Texting started five years ago and it was the first to affect us. Texting is cheap, just P1 as opposed to a greeting card that costs P35" said Malou Posadas, a Hallmark supervisor.

Posadas noted that one just needs a mobile phone to send a text message while a greeting card had to be bought from a bookstore before it can be sent via mail. She said new mobile applications like Viber have also made it easier to send Christmas greetings.

Posadas claimed Hallmark did not cut jobs but had to make some changes in production.

"We continue to produce cards but we have to cut down on production, on quantity. We also shifted the focus of our business to non-card items like wrappers and bags," she said.

Hallmark also attached accessories like necklace and bracelets in some of its cards to make them more special.

"That’s something you can’t send through e-mail. It’s a gift and a card," Posadas said.

Hallmark has also introduced innovations like recordable cards, big cards, three-dimensional cards and even e-cards. The company is also offering mass cards and cards for specific persons and occasions.

Lower mail volumes Aside from technology, greeting card manufacturers are also facing decreasing mail volumes.

In its annual report for 2013, state-run Philippine Postal Corp. admitted that the mail volume posted and delivered in the country "follow a decreasing trend just as the world mail volume does."

A total of 61.2 million items were posted in 2013, lower than the 93.4 million in 2012 and 125.8 million in 2011. The number of delivered mails also went down to 118.2 million in 2013 from 146.5 million in 2012 and 156.2 million in 2011.

The government, however, is doing something to keep the written word alive. The Education department and the Philippine Postal Corp. recently held the National Letter Writing Day to encourage students to use letters as a means of communication despite the widespread use of the Internet.

The future of greeting cards Despite the discouraging trends, Hallmark remains optimistic about the industry.

"Many people still want to send cards so I think it won’t disappear totally. It might even enjoy a revival," Posadas said. "It still feels different when you write a personal note on a card as opposed to texting that does not seem to have feelings."

Posadas said one can relive pleasant memories by simply rereading the greeting cards sent to him.

Interestingly, Lala Ponce de Leon, also a supervisor of Hallmark, believes the Internet had a hand in the revival of interest on greeting cards.

"Lately, it is picking up. Maybe it’s because of the Internet. Many are posting do-it-yourself cards," she said.

For Hallmark supervisor Rhea Victoria, greeting cards would stay alive due to sentimental reasons.

"It’s about the drama. It’s like a guy courting a girl by giving her flowers and cards," Victoria said.


FROM THE INQUIRER

Vice Ganda interviews Aquino Christian V. Esguerra @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:37 AM | Thursday, December 25th, 2014


Vice Ganda FILE PHOTO


MANILA, Philippines—Comedian Vice Ganda’s Dec. 23 tweet announcing his one-on-one interview with the most powerful man in the Philippines set off a torrent of excitement and anticipation from his loyal followers.

As of Wednesday, that singular announcement had been retweeted at least 1,469 times on top of “favorites” from 4,356 users, suggesting a surefire hit when the interview is finally aired over ABS-CBN during his “Ganda Gabi Vice (GGV)” program on Jan. 4.

But not everyone was amused by the prospect of President Aquino spending precious presidential time on a lowbrow comedy show like that of Vice Ganda’s. Jose Marie Viceral in real life, the comedian is known for his horseplay and self-deprecating humor, which have translated to blockbusters such as “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin.”

No difference

One Facebook user ridiculed Mr. Aquino’s guesting at GGV, saying it suggested that there’s really no big difference between “show biz” and “government” in the country.

Another user asked in Filipino what the guesting was for. “Will Vice be serious about his questions or will he just make fun of the President? Will it help the country or will it just be for publicity?” the question went on.

The interview took place at the President’s Hall Sala in Malacañang last Tuesday after Mr. Aquino signed the 2015 General Appropriations Act.

One Palace executive described Mr. Aquino as “palaban” (in the mood) during the taped interview, saying reporters should watch out for the episode.

What about us?

But the rare and exclusive access given to Vice Ganda didn’t seem to sit well with some reporters who had also been trying to get the President to sit down for an interview.

“We’ve been trying to set an interview for a long time,” one senior journalist from a reputable news organization commented.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. defended the interview, saying through it, “The President is able to connect with millions of Vice Ganda’s followers who also constitute his administration’s primary constituency.”

“While Vice Ganda lights up their lives with humor and entertainment, President Aquino seeks to lighten the common tao’s burden through reforms and beneficial programs anchored upon good governance,” Coloma told the Inquirer in a text message.

One-on-one

It’s not exactly easy to get a one-on-one interview with Mr. Aquino. Requests in writing normally go through his communications team and the Presidential Management Staff, with Mr. Aquino having the last say on whether he wants to talk to certain journalist or news organization. In one instance, a request took a year to be granted.

It’s not clear how Vice Ganda, a close friend of the President’s youngest sister Kris, got his appointment. The comedian also stars with Kris Aquino’s son Bimby in the sequel “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin,” an entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.


FROM THE INQUIRER

A cozy Christmas Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer  12:45 AM | Wednesday, December 24th, 2014


Streamlined decor of ‘belen,’ wreaths, poinsettias and lights are simple reminders of the season, says Boots who is basking in King’s “warm embrace.” Photos by Richard Reyes

Deck the halls and spice up the eggnog. Instead of cold and lonely, the holidays will be bright, festive, warm and cozy for newlyweds Boots Anson-Roa and Francisco “King” Rodrigo.

Boots, a veteran TV and movie actress who had been widowed for seven years, hogged headlines last June when she tied the knot with King, a lawyer, who had been a widower for six years.

This is their first Yuletide season together as a couple and they are celebrating in high style, in their spiffy condominium unit in Quezon City.

“After seven years of being a widow, it is special to be celebrating Christmas in the warmth of King’s embrace,” Boots, 69, told Living Stars.

It took more than a little convincing for King, 75, to relent and move into Boots’ pad. They originally planned to settle down in a house in Alabang.

“But it is too far from Ortigas Center, where his law office is,” Boots explained.

Alabang is also quite a distance from her workplaces as an actor and a teacher.

After wrapping up work on GMA 7’s “Strawberry Lane,” Boots will join the cast of two ABS-CBN shows, “Magkakapatid” and “Inday Bote,” next year.

Her condo unit was a happy compromise. “Plus, my place and the Rodrigo family compound are just minutes away from each other,” Boots said. “We can visit King’s Mommy Medy anytime. She’s 100 years old.”

The gentleman that he was, King set “ground rules” before agreeing to move in. “He insisted that I allow him to complete the 20 percent balance on the unit’s amortization, and that the property [stay] in my name.”

That, King told Boots—in jest, of course—was his way of making sure he wouldn’t look “like a kept man.”

Singular challenge

The move from a house in the suburbs to a condo in the heart of the city entailed some adjustments for King. However, Boots said, “He has come to appreciate the liberating advantages of a compact space. Among the other perks are round-the-clock security, maintenance and concierge service. Most importantly, everywhere we need to go is within reach.”

In 2011, Boots gave up the spacious house she shared with her late husband, Pete, and quickly adjusted to condo living. “There is a gym in the building. It is a stone’s throw away from the church and the mall. It’s convenient,” she said.

The only challenge was whittling down the furniture and décor pieces from the old house. Boots kept several heirlooms and other pieces with sentimental value. Whatever remained was put in storage.

Boots’ niece, interior designer Victoria Salviejo, helped her spruce up the place.

(A special memento is a preserved white butterfly that had lingered on Pete’s casket, along with imajens and family photographs.)

“We now enjoy the value of need versus want,” Boots said.

True spirit

Even the Christmas décor has been streamlined. “Now we have only a belen (Nativity scene), a few wreaths and a holiday table setting.” In any case, a huge Christmas tree and belen at the condo building’s lobby are more than enough “to enhance the season’s joys.”

Spiffy kitchen, where King attempts to make breakfast every so often.
Spiffy kitchen, where King attempts to make breakfast every so often.
Cheery trimmings, she said, “are effective reminders of the first Christmas. But the true spirit of the holidays lies in the love we share during the season and throughout the year. Christ remains the reason for the season.”

King and Boots will be shuttling from party to party. “Noche buena will be with the Roas, Christmas morning Mass and lunch with the Rodrigos, dinner with the Ansons.”

The New Year is just as busy, said Boots. “For media noche, we will have the traditional dinner with the siblings and cousins of Olga Syyap, King’s late wife. It will be hosted by Olga’s cousin, Manny V. Pangilinan. New Year’s morning Mass and lunch will be with the Rodrigos.”

These “potluck” feasts are sure to feature the usual holiday fare: “Ham, queso de bola, pasta dishes, different kinds of bread and lots of cakes,” she said.

Marathon feasts

They both feel strongly about attending all these family affairs, precisely to show that marriage expanded their world.

“I am close to my grandchildren,” said King. “I don’t want them to feel left out.”

The get-togethers are marked by marathon feasting and gift-giving. “Presents evoke the child in each one of us,” Boots said.

This year, she plans to give her husband a custom-made Ateneo commemorative watch with the distinctive blue eagle and “King” inscribed on it. King was an Atenean from grade school to law school.

She expects nothing extravagant from him. “His loving and caring [are the best gifts],” she said.

Boots has four children and nine grandchildren. They are all “very happy” for her, she is sure. King has four children and eight grandchildren. His fifth child died in the United States last year.

Five decades

Their love story was five decades in the making.

Boots and King’s sister Pempe were high school friends. “I would visit Pempe in their home and King would be there… he was already married to Olga then,” Boots recounted.

King added, “I was a big brother to them at that time. Pete was my classmate in high school.”

In the martial law years, they were on opposite sides of the political fence. “I was working in the Marcos government,” Boots volunteered. “King was a political detainee.”

“I was thrown in jail in 1978, for opposing Marcos,” he said.

Their paths crossed again in 2005, Boots recalled. “Olga, who earlier had a kidney transplant, was helping us find donors for my son Joey, who was a kidney patient, too.”

In 2007, she was widowed. A year later, Olga passed on.

When they started dating in 2013, Boots related, “I prayed a novena to Padre Pio and St. Therese [for discernment] and asked for a sign: a white rose.”

Interestingly, she got what she asked for not once or twice, but four times. “The fourth was meaningful because a family friend, Sister Sarah Manipol of St. Paul, suddenly gave King a white rose after a Mass in Ateneo,” she said.

Prewedding jitters

Last June, they became Mr. and Mrs. Rodrigo. Both confessed to prewedding jitters.

“We were both very set in our ways,” Boots recalled. “I was pretty sure I was self-sufficient and independent, that I didn’t need a man.”

King’s apprehension was of another kind: “I had been living with my two sons and their families for so long. It was a big and bustling household. All of a sudden, I was looking at life alone with Boots.”

Well, that’s all behind them now. “I always say I’m very lucky because King is house-broken,” Boots said. She described him as a stickler for neatness, almost obsessive. “He likes cleaning the bathroom, bedroom, closets and cabinets. He loves to shine shoes. It’s his therapy. He does the groceries, too, and sometimes attempts to cook.”

Boots has dubbed him, jokingly, as “kilabot ng mga biyuda (predator of widows) and other single ladies.” She elaborated, “A lot of his female admirers would often ask if he could be cloned or Xeroxed.”

Whether or not it’s the holiday season, she insists, every day with King is full of joy.

“King is so funny; he loves to crack jokes and laughs at them himself. I am relishing the best years of my life. King is heaven-sent. I thank God for whatever time together He will give us.”


FROM PHILSTAR

Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay win big at 2014 MMFF By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated December 28, 2014 - 12:25am 7 88 googleplus0 0


Jennylyn Mercado at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines - “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” won the Best Picture award at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night on Saturday.

But it was Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay and their romantic-comedy movie “English Only, Please” that emerged as the big winners of the annual film festival.

WINNERS: 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night

Aside from the two acting awards, “English Only, Please” also won the awards for Best Director (Dan Villegas), Best Screenplay (Antoinette Jadaone), Best Original Story (Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone) and Best Editing.

It was named as the festival’s second best picture.

“Lord, magandang Christmas gift po ito. Thank you po," Jennylyn said when she accepted her award.

In an interview after the awarding cerenomy, the GMA-7 actress said: “Ako, wala akong in-expect na kahit ano. Ang sa akin lang, ang wish ko lang, lumabas yung mga tao pagkatapos panoorin yung pelikula namin ng nakangiti.”

Jennylyn said it’s her best acting award for a comedic role.

“Ngayon lang ako nagkaroon ng opportunity na makagawa ng isang comedy project. So, proud ako kasi ito yung unang-una kong comedy," she said.

She hopes to do more romantic comedy films in 2015 after “English Only, Please.” “Nag-enjoy ako talaga,” she said.

Derek was not able to attend the awards night but had Jennylyn read his acceptable speech for him.


Robin, during his acceptance speech for the Gatpuno Villegas Cultura Award for “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” asked movie goers--and fans of nephew Daniel Padilla--to watch his movie.

“Nasa P100 million ang budget ng pelikulang ito... Nasa P10 million pa lang po angg kinikita namin,” Robin said. “Itong pelikulang ito ay para sa inyo, mga mahal namin kababayan. Sana po, pagkatapos po ng awards night na ito, hayaan n’yo kaming makabawi ng konti.”

He added, “Lalong lalo na po sa mga taga-hanga ni Daniel Padilla sapagkat ang susunod naming proyekto ay Gregorio del Pilar. Baka wala kaming pang-produce nun!”

“Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2“ won third best picture, as well as a number of technical awards.

Its stars Joey Marquez and Lotlot de Leon (photo)  also won the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards respectively.

Lotlot offers her award to her four children and to her parents, Christopher de Leon and Nora Aunor. “Para po sa inyo ito. Sana po proud kayo sa akin,” she said.

Turning emotional, she said: “Pasensya na po ha, first ko hong maka-receive ng award.

Many noted the movies that bagged the bulk of the awards are not among the top three in terms of box office in this year’s MMFF.

In fact, Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo reporter that, according to his sources, “Bonifacio” is in seventh place our of eight in terms of box office during the first day of the festival.

Meanwhile, “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” and “Feng Shui 2,” the festival’s top grossers this year, did not bag a single award.

“Box office lang naman ang hiningi natin,” awards night host Kris Aquino (photo) quipped to Coco Martin, who was in the audience, during the ceremony.

“Muslim Magnum .357“ and “Shake, Rattle and Roll XV” also went home empty-handed.

“My Big Bossing” won the Best Child Performer award for Ryzza Mae Dizon.

According to reports, the eight MMFF entries earned a total of P147 million in the box office on Dec. 25. the festival’s first day.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino is optimistic the festival will beat last year’s P1 billion box office earning.

The 40th MMFF continues until Jan. 6, 2015.


FROM PHILSTAR

IN PHOTOS: PNoy watches Kris, Bimby entries in 40th MMFF By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2014 - 2:15pm 6 0 googleplus2 0


President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III with Kris Aquino and her son Josh. Facebook/Pres. Benigno Aquino III Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines- President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III showed his support to sister Kris Aquino and nephew Bimby Aquino-Yap by watching their Metro Manila Film Festival entries on Christmas day.

The president watched “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” and “Feng Shui 2” at the SM Mall of Asia.

Bimby's father James Yap was also there on the opening day together with his girlfriend Michela Cazzola, who was invited by Kris.

View the slide show below to view photos of the president during the screening of “Feng Shui 2” and “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin,” posted on his Facebook page.


PNoy WITH HIS FAMILY AT CHRISTMAS DAY.


AT THE SCREENING OF BIMBY'S MOVIE WITH VICE GANDA BIMBY ON HIS LAP AND KRIS


THE PRESIDENT CHATTING WITH KRIS

WATCH: 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' trailer By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 11:17am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Vice Ganda and James “Bimby” Yap Jr. teams up for the 2014 Metro Manila Film Fetsival entry “The Amazing Praybeyt Bejamin.” Screencap from Youtube

MANILA, Philippines - Vice Ganda is ready to bring laughter again this Christmas with his 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin.”

In the film, Vice Ganda who plays the role of Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII, is asked to gain the trust of James “Bimby” Yap Jr.'s character since he's the only one who knows how to dismantle the bomb that Jan Jaran Jan Jan (Tom Rodriguez) made.

The task also brought Benjie life realizations that makes him look back on how he became a successful soldier.

Joining Vice, Bimby, and Tom in the film are Richard Yap, and Alex Gonzaga. It is directed by Wenn de Ramas and produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.

 

THE MOVIE TRAILER FROM YOUTUBE ---URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYBa0GkDzk0 


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