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IS MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES 2015 PIA WURTZBACH DATING PNoy?


Pia Wurtzbach: "Matagal kong niligawan itong koronang ito. Ito yung boyfriend ko ngayon." Philstar.com/File photo, Chuck Smith  (PHILSTAR) By Chuck Smith – Pia Wurtzbach is already being courted by issues, days after being crowned the 2015 Miss Universe Philippines. According to GMA-7 Arnold Clavio in his tabloid column published March 11, the 25-year-old beauty queen was reportedly seen with President Benigno Aquino III in a restaurant in Quezon City on March 7. This raises the question: Are Pia and Aquino dating?  Pia denied the rumor in a taped interview with GMA-7’s “24 Oras” aired Tuesday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miss Universe-Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach admits 'talking' to President Noynoy Aquino


Photo: Screegrab from Aquino and Abunda Tonight 
Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on real score with President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III: "I know him. I talk to him, yes. He’s very fun to talk to."  The newly-crowned Miss-Universe Philippines 2015 was interviewed by PNoy's sister, Kris Aquino, at Aquino and Abunda Tonight, Tuesday night, March 17. READ ON...

ALSO Promise ni Kris: Magiging mabait na sister in law paligayahin lang ni Pia Wurtzbach si P-Noy


KRIS AQUINO 
NA-HOTSEAT ang kontrobersiyal na Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner na si Pia Wurtzbach nang mag-guest ito sa Aquino & Abunda Tonight kagabi.  Isa sa mga naitanong kasi ng host ng show na si Kris Aquino sa beauty queen ay ang tsismis sa kanila ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, kumalat kasi ang balita bago ang Bb. Pilipinas grand coronation night noong Linggo na nagde-date si Pia at si P-Noy. Ayon sa chika, nakita raw ang dalawa na nagdi-dinner sa isang restaurant sa Quezon City kaya ang paniwala ng marami si Pia na ang bagong apple of the eye ngayon ng kuya ni Kris. READ MORE...

ALSO Nora Aunor: PNoy, resign!


Nora Aunor: Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, mag-resign ka na! AP/Kin Cheung
MANILA, Philippines — Superstar Nora Aunor joined the rights group Migrante in calling for the resignation of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.  The group gathered on Tuesday to commemorate the 20th death anniversary of the overseas worker Flor Contemplacion, who was subject to death sentence after the death of the four-year-old child she's babysitting.  "Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, mag-resign ka na!" she said during her speech at the rally, aired in "TV Patrol" on Tuesday. Nora, who starred played the titular role in the 1995 film "The Flor Cotemplacion Story," also blamed the government's inequitable labor policy and the lack of jobs in the country for Filipinos' decision to work abroad.  "Nanatiling hungkag at ilusyon ang matuwid na daan at ang pagpapakitang tao ni Noynoy, na hindi na natin aasahan na magpapatupad pa ng matinonng programa para sa mga OFW," she said.  READ MORE...

ALSO: Ruffa & kids’ Love 2 Collection


After successfully launching the first Love Collection in 2012, Filipino designer Rajo Laurel and fashion forward tweens Lorin and Venice Bektas team up once again and let their imagination run free to create a brand new collection that evokes youthfulness and self-expression in the most exciting way possible. “It’s always a lot of fun working with these fashion savvy sisters,” Rajo says of Ruffa Gutierrez’ lovely daughters. “They know exactly what they want and how to execute them. Now that they are approaching their tween years, they wanted to do a second collection.”     The result is the Love 2 Collection, which will be made available to the public beginning March 23 at the House of Laurel at Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, and at the Rajo! Boutique at the Rockwell Power Plant Mall.  To be launched via a glitzy fashion show and VIP party at the The Events Place, 5th floor March 21, the new collection unveils 12 designs for girls and five for boys. Only 300 pieces produced, the collection will nevertheless have sizes for toddlers, young girls and boys, and tweens. READ MORE...

ALSO About: CNN Philippines deliver news, not opinions


Jing Magsaysay now anchors Newsroom on CNNPhilippines  CNN Philippines, the historic joint partnership between Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Nine Media Corporation. CNN Philippines, is the only predominantly English news channel on free-to-air TV, offering news and information that adheres to the CNN standards of journalism. News, not opinion, is reported in a fair, accurate, and sober manner. READ ON.....

ALSO Pres. Aquino to Kris: Be nice to Pia Wurtzbach


Composite photo: Pia Wurtzbach and President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS   Are things getting serious between President Benigno Aquino III and Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach?  President Aquino reportedly told his sister, Kris Aquino, to be nice to recently crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.  In an Instagram post, Kris also poked fun at her brother, saying that the chief executive was “kinikilig.”  “On my way to Buzz. I was able to force one of my siblings to pose w/ me. Why? Because the 1 in the middle (Aquino) said “Be nice” to one of our guests later,” Kris said in an Instagram post on Sunday.  The presidential sister even included the hashtags #kinikiligkuyako and #butipasiya in the photo’s caption. During her interview on The Buzz along with other Binibining Pilipinas titleholders, Wurtzbach clarified that she has nothing to do with the President’s directive to his sister. READ MORE...

ALSO 'BALIK KAPUSO': 'Bigyan Ng Jacket 'Yan!,' segment sa game show ni Willie Revillame na Wowowin!


SCCREENGRAB: WILLIE's NEW SHOW 'WOWOWIN'  Muling mamimigay ng jacket si Willie Revillame sa kaniyang bagong variety-game show na Wowowin na mapapanood sa GMA-7. Pero sa pagkakataon ito, may malaking pa-premyo nang kasama kapag narinig ang katagang, "bigyan ng jacket 'yan!"  Nitong Biyernes, pormal nang pumirma ng kontrata si Willie para sa kaniyang pagbabalik sa telebisyon matapos ang may isang taong pamamahinga. Ayon kay Willie, magiging segment ng game show ang "Bigyan Ng Jacket 'Yan."  "Sa sampung jacket na 'yon, meron hong nakalagay du'ng cash o kung ano man. Pero merong isang susi du'n, yung susi na 'yon, 'pag umandar yung sasakyan, iuuwi mo na 'yon," paliwanag niya. Bukod sa sasakyan, asahan na raw ang pamimigay ng papremyong cash at maging bahay at lupa. READ MORE...


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Is Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach dating PNoy?


Pia Wurtzbach: "Matagal kong niligawan itong koronang ito. Ito yung boyfriend ko ngayon." Philstar.com/File photo, Chuck Smith

MANILA, MARCH 16, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Chuck Smith – Pia Wurtzbach is already being courted by issues, days after being crowned the 2015 Miss Universe Philippines.

According to GMA-7 Arnold Clavio in his tabloid column published March 11, the 25-year-old beauty queen was reportedly seen with President Benigno Aquino III in a restaurant in Quezon City on March 7.

This raises the question: Are Pia and Aquino dating?

Pia denied the rumor in a taped interview with GMA-7’s “24 Oras” aired Tuesday.

IN PHOTOS: Winwyn, Pia sizzle at Bb. Pilipinas 2015 swimsuit competition

“No, No,” she answered when asked about reports that she dated Aquino.

She also said, “It’s very flattering but this is my first day as Miss Universe Philippines 2015. And I’m just trying to savor the moment. I’ve been waiting for this crown for a long time. Matagal kong niligawan itong koronang ito. Ito yung boyfriend ko ngayon.”

Pia joined the Bb. Pilipinas pageant in 2013 and 2014 before winning the top crown this year.

But it seems like Pia was singing a slightly different tune in her interview with ABS-CBN’s “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” on Tuesday, aired hours the "24 Oras" hour interview, when she faced the show’s co-host and the president’s sister, Kris Aquino.

When asked by Kris if she is dating her brother, Pia said, “I know him. I talk to him. He’s very fun to talk to.”

“Please make him happy. He needs it,” Kris told Pia.

“He’s a very busy man. And I’m also busy preparing for the Miss Universe,” Pia said.

President Aquino’s love life has made headlines over the years. In the past, he was linked to radio disc jockey Grace Lee, politician-television host Shalani Soledad and stylist Liz Uy. ..


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Miss Universe-Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach admits 'talking' to President Noynoy Aquino by Rachelle Siazon posted on March 18, 2015 STATS: 11285 Views | 5 Comments


Photo: Screegrab from Aquino and Abunda Tonight

Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on real score with President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III: "I know him. I talk to him, yes. He’s very fun to talk to."

The newly-crowned Miss-Universe Philippines 2015 was interviewed by PNoy's sister, Kris Aquino, at Aquino and Abunda Tonight, Tuesday night, March 17.

Aside from speculations about PNoy’s lovelife, he’s currently besieged by troubles due to his supposed accountability with regards to the botched Mamasapano operation, which resulted to the death of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force, also known as “Fallen 44.”


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Promise ni Kris: Magiging mabait na sister in law paligayahin lang ni Pia Wurtzbach si P-Noy By Ervin Santiago Bandera 4:18 pm | Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


KRIS AQUINO

NA-HOTSEAT ang kontrobersiyal na Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner na si Pia Wurtzbach nang mag-guest ito sa Aquino & Abunda Tonight kagabi.

Isa sa mga naitanong kasi ng host ng show na si Kris Aquino sa beauty queen ay ang tsismis sa kanila ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, kumalat kasi ang balita bago ang Bb. Pilipinas grand coronation night noong Linggo na nagde-date si Pia at si P-Noy.

Ayon sa chika, nakita raw ang dalawa na nagdi-dinner sa isang restaurant sa Quezon City kaya ang paniwala ng marami si Pia na ang bagong apple of the eye ngayon ng kuya ni Kris.

Inamin naman ni Pia na nag-uusap sila ng pangulo pero hindi nito diretsong sinabi na nililigawan siya nito. Ayon pa sa bagong Miss Universe-Philippines patungkol kay P-Noy, “He’s very fun to talk to.”

Nang sabihin naman ni Kris kay Pia na sana ay paligayahin nito ang kanyang kapatid, ang naging tugon lang nito, “Okay, (pero) he’s a very busy man and I’m also very busy preparing for Miss Universe.”

Natawa lang si Pia nang mag-promise si Kris na magiging “good sister-in-law” siya sakaling maging misis siya ng pangulo, “I swear, magiging nice ako ako as sister in law.” Ibig ding sabihin nito ay botong-boto si Kris kay Pia para maging asawa ng kanyang kuya.

Pero ang tanong ng madlang pipol, type ba ni Pia na mapangasawa si Pangulong Noynoy?

Kung matatandaan ilang celebrities na rin ang na-link kay P-Noy, kabilang na ang past girlfriends niyang sina Grace Lee at former Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soleded.

Natsismis din siya kina Liz Uy at sa dating beauty queen din na si Bianca Manalo.


PHILSTAR

Nora Aunor: PNoy, resign! By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated March 18, 2015 - 11:04am


Nora Aunor: Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, mag-resign ka na! AP/Kin Cheung

MANILA, Philippines — Superstar Nora Aunor joined the rights group Migrante in calling for the resignation of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

The group gathered on Tuesday to commemorate the 20th death anniversary of the overseas worker Flor Contemplacion, who was subject to death sentence after the death of the four-year-old child she's babysitting.

"Tama na, sobra na! Noynoy, mag-resign ka na!" she said during her speech at the rally, aired in "TV Patrol" on Tuesday.

Nora, who starred played the titular role in the 1995 film "The Flor Cotemplacion Story," also blamed the government's inequitable labor policy and the lack of jobs in the country for Filipinos' decision to work abroad.

"Nanatiling hungkag at ilusyon ang matuwid na daan at ang pagpapakitang tao ni Noynoy, na hindi na natin aasahan na magpapatupad pa ng matinonng programa para sa mga OFW," she said.

"Ang totoo po, si Noynoy mismo ang pangunahing tagabenta, pahamak at pahirap ng ating mga kababayan," she further adds.

The Superstar said she doesn't bear ill feelings toward the president's decision before not to include her in the list of nominees for the National Artist for Film.

"Ang importante sa akin ay ang mga sobra ng kapalpakan sa mga desisyon niya sa kanyang pamahalaan," she replied when asked why she calls for the president's resignation. ..


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Ruffa & kids’ Love 2 Collection By Isah V. Red | Mar. 18, 2015 at 06:20pm

After successfully launching the first Love Collection in 2012, Filipino designer Rajo Laurel and fashion forward tweens Lorin and Venice Bektas team up once again and let their imagination run free to create a brand new collection that evokes youthfulness and self-expression in the most exciting way possible.

“It’s always a lot of fun working with these fashion savvy sisters,” Rajo says of Ruffa Gutierrez’ lovely daughters. “They know exactly what they want and how to execute them. Now that they are approaching their tween years, they wanted to do a second collection.”

The result is the Love 2 Collection, which will be made available to the public beginning March 23 at the House of Laurel at Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, and at the Rajo! Boutique at the Rockwell Power Plant Mall.

To be launched via a glitzy fashion show and VIP party at the The Events Place, 5th floor March 21, the new collection unveils 12 designs for girls and five for boys. Only 300 pieces produced, the collection will nevertheless have sizes for toddlers, young girls and boys, and tweens.

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As creative director, Rajo is in charge of all the pieces the meticulously designed and crafted. While the collections are meant for off-the-rack marketing, they are not mass-produced. The limited number ensures uniqueness and quality that will make kids wearing them feel special.

Where the first hit collection was centered on bold strokes of pinks and purples, blues and oranges, short dressed and ruffled skirts, with touches of glitter and fancy, the new collection plays around with the theme of Vintage Coachella.

“A parade of music, arts and everything creative – the new collection truly fits their personalities,” Rajo describes.

The young and whimsical Love 2 Collection is the perfect spring-summer wear for toddlers to tweens. It brings forth more brightly colored fun and fashion for kids who enjoy dressing up with flair.


Ruffa Guttierez and her twins Lorin and Venice Bektas work with designer Rajo Laurel for Love Collection

Lorin, who is now an 11-year-old grade 7 student at the British School of Manila, shares, “I felt really overwhelmed when the first collection sold out. I never thought that so many people would want to buy the LOVE Collection that Venice and I designed with Tito Rajo.”

Elated and thankful for Rajo’s amazing team who worked hard to make the original collection reflect the vibrant qualities she and her sister possess, she adds, “It was a great feeling to know that it all paid off in the end. I can’t wait for Love Collection 2 to launch and what’s in store for the future.”

At just 10 years old, Venice, a grade 5 student also at the British School of Manila, echoes her sister’s sentiments over the success of the first Love Collection. “I’m overly excited that my sister Lorin and I are doing Love 2! I’d like to thank our mom for being so supportive and all the people who helped make this possible. Special thanks go to our Tito Rajo Laurel and the team for helping make my dream come true!”


MANILA STANDARD

CNN Philippines deliver news, not opinions By MST Entertainment | Mar. 16, 2015 at 05:00pm


Jing Magsaysay now anchors Newsroom on CNNPhilippines

CNN Philippines, the historic joint partnership between Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Nine Media Corporation. CNN Philippines, is the only predominantly English news channel on free-to-air TV, offering news and information that adheres to the CNN standards of journalism. News, not opinion, is reported in a fair, accurate, and sober manner.

In a statement by Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide president, “The global newsgathering power of CNN combined with the local perspective Nine Media Corporation brings, enables us to provide first-class news and information to millions of Filipinos in a way that we have not been able to previously. I couldn’t be happier to welcome CNN Philippines to the CNN family.”

At the heart of the newscasts are the faces of CNN Philippines. Anchors Jing Magsaysay, Pia Hontiveros, Amelyn Veloso, Gani Oro, and Mitzi Borromeo lead the team who will bring news reporting back to its fundamental principles.

Highly acclaimed veteran anchor Jing Magsaysay returns to viewers’ screens after a long period of time. Jing Magsaysay is currently senior vice-president for News and Current Affairs for CNN Philippines. With more than two decades in the media industry, Jing started out as a broadcast journalist in another news organization before becoming its News Director. He was one of the first hosts of Solar News Channel’s Daybreak. Now in CNN Philippines, Jing can be seen on Newsroom together with Mai Rodriguez.


INQUIRER

Pres. Aquino to Kris: Be nice to Pia Wurtzbach INQUIRER.net 7:33 PM | Sunday, March 22nd, 2015


COMPOSITE PHOTO: Pia Wurtzbach and President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Pia Wurtzbach and President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

 


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MANILA, Philippines — Are things getting serious between President Benigno Aquino III and Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach?

President Aquino reportedly told his sister, Kris Aquino, to be nice to recently crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

In an Instagram post, Kris also poked fun at her brother, saying that the chief executive was “kinikilig.”

“On my way to Buzz. I was able to force one of my siblings to pose w/ me. Why? Because the 1 in the middle (Aquino) said “Be nice” to one of our guests later,” Kris said in an Instagram post on Sunday.

The presidential sister even included the hashtags #kinikiligkuyako and #butipasiya in the photo’s caption.

During her interview on The Buzz along with other Binibining Pilipinas titleholders, Wurtzbach clarified that she has nothing to do with the President’s directive to his sister.

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“Nung nakita ko ‘yung [teaser], sabi ko ‘Ay hindi tungkol sa pagkapanalo ko (When I saw the teaser, I told myself, ‘This is not about my victory). I was preparing myself for the questions already and then I told him na — well I didn’t say to him to tell you to be nice to me. That didn’t come from me,” Wurtzbach said.

She also cleared rumors that she dated Azkal football player Phil Younghusband.

In a recent interview, Wurtzbach did not directly answer if she is dating the 55-year-old bachelor president.

However, she said that the chief executive is “very fun to talk to.”

“I know him. I talk to him, yes. He is very fun to talk to,” the beauty queen said.

Kris said that she is happy for her brother and that he has every right to feel loved. AJH


GMA NEWS NETWORK

'Bigyan Ng Jacket 'Yan!,' segment sa game show ni Willie Revillame na Wowowin! March 21, 2015 3:17pm

Muling mamimigay ng jacket si Willie Revillame sa kaniyang bagong variety-game show na Wowowin na mapapanood sa GMA-7. Pero sa pagkakataon ito, may malaking pa-premyo nang kasama kapag narinig ang katagang, "bigyan ng jacket 'yan!"

Nitong Biyernes, pormal nang pumirma ng kontrata si Willie para sa kaniyang pagbabalik sa telebisyon matapos ang may isang taong pamamahinga.

Ayon kay Willie, magiging segment ng game show ang "Bigyan Ng Jacket 'Yan."

"Sa sampung jacket na 'yon, meron hong nakalagay du'ng cash o kung ano man. Pero merong isang susi du'n, yung susi na 'yon, 'pag umandar yung sasakyan, iuuwi mo na 'yon," paliwanag niya.

Bukod sa sasakyan, asahan na raw ang pamimigay ng papremyong cash at maging bahay at lupa.

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"Magbibigay kami ulit siyempre ng one million, magbibigay ulit kami ng sasakyan, house and lot. Kumpleto na, kumpletong-kumpleto na para sa isang buong pamilya," masaya niyang balita.

Ayon kay Willie, sabik na rin siya sa pagbabalik gameshow para makatulong sa mga kababayan na naghihintay sa kaniyang pagbabalik.

"Yung excitement not for me eh, du'n sa mga tao, especially 'yung mga kababayan natin na na-miss ko. Sa araw-araw mong ginagawa 'yon for nine years, eto babalik ka para sa kanila," pahayag niya.

Itinuturing ni Willie na pagbabalik ang ginawa niyang pagpirma ng kontrata sa GMA Network dahil dito umano siya nagsimula nang maging miyembro ng "Hawi Boys" ni Randy Santiago sa dating noontime show na "Lunch Date" noong 1980's.

Hindi pa batid kung sino ang makakasama ni Willie sa programa pero si Randy ang magiging direktor nito.

Ka-partner ng GMA ang production company ni Willie na WBR Entertainment sa Wowowin na mapapanood tuwing Linggo, na inaasahang mapapanood sa Abril. -- FRJimenez, GMA News


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