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CYNTHIA LENNON, FIRST WIFE OF BEATLES LEGEND JOHN LENNON DIES AT 75 OF CANCER


CYNTHIA POWELL LENNON Provided by thecanadianpress.com Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75. Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon, and was confirmed by his representative. Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honour. "You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," it begins, showing footage of him as a young boy with his parents. It also shows footage of Cynthia with John during the early days of Beatlemania. "The love you left behind will carry on," Julian sings in a style influenced by his late father. It concludes with the words: "I know you're safe above."  A statement from Juilian's representative said Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer." It said Julian was at his mother's bedside throughout. READ ON...

ALSO: FINALLY WITH SON JULIAN LENNON


John Charles Julian Lennon
(born 8 April 1963) is a British musician. He is the only child of John Lennon and Cynthia Powell (his father's first wife). The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was his godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon (Yoko Ono 's son). Julian Lennon was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon. He was the direct inspiration for three Beatles' songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Hey Jude" and "Good Night". Julian is devoted to philanthropic endeavors, most notably his own White Feather Foundation and the Whaledreamers Organization, both of which promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth.
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ALSO: Superstar’s sentimental homecoming
Nora Aunor is happy to see that many young people in her home province are familiar with her work


THE SUPERSTAR is feted like royalty by department heads and faculty of Ateneo de Naga. PHOTOS BY BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.
NAGA CITY—The famous eyes turned misty as she looked out the hotel window. “Ay, memories,” Nora Aunor replied when asked what went through her mind upon seeing the stage at Plaza Quezon where she competed in the amateur singing contest “Liberty Big Show” as a wee kid, and won. “My dress was old and worn,” she recalled, speaking in Filipino. “We had taken the train from Iriga. Though it was not fiesta time, there were many people in the plaza. They wore nice, expensive clothes.” The Superstar, as Aunor is known in local show biz, visited this Southern Luzon city from March 25 to 28, to receive two awards—one from the local government, which proclaimed her an adopted Nagueña, and the other from Ateneo de Naga, which gave her the university’s highest honor, READ MORE...

ALSO Melissa Mendez after scandal: I have to rise up and move forward


Melissa Mendez: Being in such a scandal has caused me sleepless nights and trauma but God hid me in the shadow of His wings and gave me assurance that this mess He will turn into a message and this test He will turn into a testimony.
MANILA, Philippines – “I've learned my lesson the hard way.”   Thus said actress Melissa Mendez as she reflects on the offloading scandal she figured in weeks ago. It can be remembered that Melissa was offloaded from a Cebu Pacific flight after a confrontation with model Andrew Wolff and his friend Rey Pamaran. The actress has since apologized for the incident, while Pamaran filed a slander case against Melissa. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Melissa said has the scandal has brought her “sleepless nights” but she has chosen to own up to her mistakes. The actress added “it’s time to get past my past.”  READ MORE...

ALSO Rey Pamaran to Robin Padilla: ‘Your intentions are good but…’


Rey Pamaran and Robin Padilla. FILE PHOTOS
“Your intentions are good. But you should instead appeal to Melissa to tell the truth, so this case can be amicably settled.”  This was the message of businessman Rey Pamaran on Friday to actor Robin Padilla after the latter pleaded that Pamaran should forgive actress Melissa Mendez over their plane dispute. The response, which was relayed to INQUIRER.net by Atty. Raymond Fortun, is still in connection with March 20 incident when Mendez was offloaded from a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Pagadian City after allegedly slapping Pamaran over an argument on seat assignment. Pamaran on Wednesday filed a P3-million slander complaint against Mendez after he rejected her apology on Tuesday. Padilla said on his Instagram post: “Hindi po ako nakikialam bagkus ay nakikiusap, naniniwala po ako na kayong dalawa ay marangal na tao at hindi umaatras sa laban, ngunit nagpakumbaba na po si Melissa at humingi na ng paumanhin at patawad.Malinaw na ayaw na po niyang lumaban pa.Dasal po ng Katipunan ay magkaroon na po ng katapusan ang hindi pagkakaintindihan na ito at magsilbing aral sa lahat ng sumasakay ng eroplano, babae man o lalaki. Ang pagpapatawad po ninyo kay Melissa Mendez ay tatanawing utang na loob ng lupon ng mga Rebolusyonaryong Pangkapayapaan,”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Vice Ganda’s serious side


Vice Ganda proves the saying that sometimes, the saddest person is the one who laughs the most. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez 
MANILA, Philippines — Vice Ganda is one of the known comedians today who brings laughter into our homes seven days a week. We see his wacky side in the noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” and make our stomachs ache when we watch his primetime talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice.”  Yet it is very rare that we see him taking things seriously, such as when he addresses criticisms against his concerts and when co-host Vhong Navarro was mauled. Here are some of his serious insights about life, family and career during the grand press conference for his upcoming concert “Vice Gandang Ganda sa Sarili” set on May 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. READ MORE...


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Cynthia Lennon in pictures: First wife of Beatles legend John Lennon dies at 75


She was Lennon’s first real love and was with him, as Julian Lennon pointed out, for half his adult life. He resented pop historians relegating his mother to “a puff of smoke in Dad’s life” which was, he added, simply not true. Cynthia and John Lennon arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1964 Picture: Rex

LONDON, APRIL 6, 2015 (INQUIRER) April 1st, 2015 - Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.

Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon, and was confirmed by his representative.

Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had written in her honour.

"You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love," it begins, showing footage of him as a young boy with his parents. It also shows footage of Cynthia with John during the early days of Beatlemania.

"The love you left behind will carry on," Julian sings in a style influenced by his late father.

It concludes with the words: "I know you're safe above."

A statement from Juilian's representative said Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca "following a short but brave battle with cancer." It said Julian was at his mother's bedside throughout.

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Cynthia and John Lennon met at art school in Liverpool and married shortly before the Beatles shot to fame. Julian was their only child together.

The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon started his much publicized relationship with Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Cynthia remarried several times.

The divorce prompted Paul McCartney to pen the Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" to help Julian cope with his parents' separation. He changed the name Julian to Jude in the song.

The line "Take a sad song and make it better," is about the Lennons' broken marriage and its impact on their son.

Author Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorized Beatles biography in 1968, described Cynthia as a "lovely woman" who was ill-treated by her famous husband.

He said she wasn't at all like her husband, but was "quiet and reserved and calm" and "not a hippy at all."

He said their friends at art school never thought the relationship would last because they were so different.

In her autobiography, Cynthia described being mistreated by John at times. But in a 2005 interview with "Good Morning America" she recalled his charisma as well.

"You couldn't resist being around him," she said. "You couldn't resist watching what he was up to. I mean, he was a total rebel. Everybody was amazed by him."


While John Lennon was rapidly becoming one of the wealthiest men in the history of rock, Cynthia was left comparatively little and had to work to support herself and her small son. February 1964: John and Cynthia wait for a flight to New York at London Airport. John is wearing the 15 guinea Mary Quant hat that sparked a trend. Picture: Evening Standard/Getty Images


Certainly the bell-curve of Cynthia Lennon’s career as a Beatle wife peaked early, and even before she was confronted by the bleak reality of her husband’s infidelity with Yoko Ono — walking into her own house in 1968 to find them sitting cross-legged on the floor, gazing raptly into each other’s eyes - Cynthia knew that her marriage was doomed. July 1964: HIDDEN IN PHOTO (From left) Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen, Cynthia and John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney at the premiere of The Beatles' film 'Hard Days Night' in London Picture: PA


Too often she had found herself at the explosive end of Lennon’s fearsomely short fuse; he once shunned her for three days for having her hair restyled without his permission, and he was furious when he found out that, in his absence, she had had their infant son christened at the parish church in the middle-class Merseyside suburb of Hoylake. July 1964: John Lennon with Cynthia Picture: POPPERFOTO/GETTY


The truth about her rock superstar husband, as Cynthia herself wrote in 2005, was that “if I’d known as a teenager what falling for John Lennon would lead to, I would have turned round and walked away.” Cynthia Lennon with John in 1964 Picture: Getty Images


Cynthia Lilian Powell was born at Blackpool, Lancashire, on September 10 1939, exactly a week after the outbreak of the Second World War. Her father, Charles, who worked for GEC in Liverpool, selling electrical appliances to shops, had moved his family to the comparative safety of the Wirral across the River Mersey, and had settled at Hoylake. Nevertheless, his wife, Lilian, had been sent to Blackpool to give birth. Cynthia Lennon accompanies husband John Lennon at London Airport (now Heathrow) as The Beatles prepare to head to the USA in 1964 Picture: Harry Myers/REX


A year after enrolling at the Liverpool College of Art in September 1957, shortly after her 18th birthday, the prim young Cynthia Powell encountered a fellow student in her lettering class called John Lennon, who exhibited a rebellious style, a caustic wit and a passion for rock and roll. 1965: John and Cynthia Lennon in Cannes for the film festival Picture: HARRY MYERS/REX


When, in the summer of 1962, Cynthia discovered she was pregnant, Lennon insisted on getting married. In August, after the ceremony at Liverpool register office, the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein stood them a 15 shilling [75p] alcohol-free set lunch at Reece’s café and — as a wedding present — gave them the use of his bolt-hole flat near Liverpool Cathedral . But the arrangement was short-lived, and the couple soon decamped to the home of Lennon’s aunt Mimi in the suburb of Woolton. Their son Julian was born at Sefton general hospital, Liverpool, in April 1963. Cynthia and John Lennon pose with a baby Julian in 1965 Picture: KAY COOPER/REX


On the orders of Brian Epstein, the existence of both Cynthia and the child had to be kept secret from the growing legions of Beatles fans. But that summer, when Beatlemania seized Britain following the huge success of the Beatles single She Loves You, reporters traced Cynthia and her infant son to Hoylake. 1966: John and Cynthia Lennon Picture: Peter Sandeman / Barcroft Media

John and Cynthia's divorce and financial settlement became acrimonious, with Lennon barking his final offer down the telephone. It was £75,000. “That’s like winning the pools,” he asserted, “so what are you moaning about? You’re not worth any more.” Wishing to avoid a damaging court battle, Cynthia eventually accepted £100,000, an annual payment of £2,400, the marital home at Kenwood and custody of Julian. November 1968: Cynthia Lennon outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London where she began divorce proceedings against her husband.


FINALLY WITH SON JULIAN


John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963) is a British musician. He is the only child of John Lennon and Cynthia Powell (his father's first wife). The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was his godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon (Yoko Ono 's son). Julian Lennon was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon. He was the direct inspiration for three Beatles' songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Hey Jude" and "Good Night". Julian is devoted to philanthropic endeavors, most notably his own White Feather Foundation and the Whaledreamers Organization, both of which promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth.

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Following his father's infidelity with Yoko Ono, Lennon's parents divorced when he was five. Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" to console him over the divorce; originally called "Hey Jules", McCartney changed the name because he thought that "Jude" was an easier name to sing.

After his parents' divorce, Lennon had almost no contact with his father until the early 1970s when, at the instigation of his father's then girlfriend, May Pang, he began to visit his father regularly.

John Lennon bought him a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a drum machine for Christmas 1973, and encouraged his interest in music by showing him some chords.

Following his father's murder, Lennon voiced anger and resentment toward him, saying

I've never really wanted to know the truth about how dad was with me. There was some very negative stuff talked about me ... like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that? Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit ... more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.

He was also irked by hearing his father's peace-loving stance perpetually celebrated. He told the London Telegraph, "I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite," he said, "Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son. How can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces--no communication, adultery, divorce? You can't do it, not if you're being true and honest with yourself."

Lennon was not included in his father's will, however his father did create a trust of 100,000 pounds to be shared between Lennon and any other of his father's children.

Julian sued his father's estate and in 1996 reached a settlement agreement reportedly worth 20 million pounds.

By 2009 Lennon's feelings toward his father had mellowed. Recalling his renewed relationship with his father in the mid-1970s, he said,

Dad and I got on a great deal better then. We had a lot of fun, laughed a lot and had a great time in general when he was with May Pang. My memories of that time with Dad and May are very clear — they were the happiest time I can remember with them.

WHO IS MAY PANG?

May Fung Yee Pang (born October 24, 1950) is an American woman best known as the former girlfriend of John Lennon. She had previously worked as a personal assistant and production coordinator for Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.

In 1973, when Lennon and Ono separated, Pang and Lennon had a relationship lasting over 18 months, during a time which Lennon later referred to as his "Lost Weekend."

Pang subsequently produced two books about their relationship: a memoir called Loving John (Warner, 1983) and a book of photographs, Instamatic Karma (St. Martin's Press, 2008).


She published two volumes of memoirs, A Twist of Lennon (1978) and a biography titled John (2005), in which she re-examined her life with the former Beatle. In the years following her divorce from Lennon, she lived variously in London, Hoylake, Ireland and north Wales. Latterly she had lived on the island of Majorca. Cynthia Lennon with her sketches which she exhibited in New York And Los Angeles Picture: Rex Features


She published two volumes of memoirs, A Twist of Lennon (1978) and a biography titled John (2005), in which she re-examined her life with the former Beatle. In the years following her divorce from Lennon, she lived variously in London, Hoylake, Ireland and north Wales. Latterly she had lived on the island of Majorca. Cynthia Lennon with her sketches which she exhibited in New York And Los Angeles Picture: Rex Features


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Superstar’s sentimental homecoming
Nora Aunor is happy to see that many young people in her home province are familiar with her work
Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:09 AM | Thursday, April 2nd, 2015


THE SUPERSTAR is feted like royalty by department heads and faculty of Ateneo de Naga. PHOTOS BY BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

NAGA CITY—The famous eyes turned misty as she looked out the hotel window.

“Ay, memories,” Nora Aunor replied when asked what went through her mind upon seeing the stage at Plaza Quezon where she competed in the amateur singing contest “Liberty Big Show” as a wee kid, and won.

“My dress was old and worn,” she recalled, speaking in Filipino. “We had taken the train from Iriga. Though it was not fiesta time, there were many people in the plaza. They wore nice, expensive clothes.”

The Superstar, as Aunor is known in local show biz, visited this Southern Luzon city from March 25 to 28, to receive two awards—one from the local government, which proclaimed her an adopted Nagueña, and the other from Ateneo de Naga, which gave her the university’s highest honor,

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Earlier, on March 24, she received two citations in neighboring Legazpi City, Albay, from the Bicol University and Ako Bicol party-list group.

It was a sentimental journey.

Memorabilia

From Legazpi, she and her team motored north to Naga on March 25, driving by her hometown, Iriga, Camarines Sur.

At the Iriga City Public Library, longtime friend John Rendez checked out the Nora Nook, which displays a modest collection of memorabilia. He promised to donate a few more items to the exhibit.

The city librarian’s only request, actually, was a snapshot with the singer-actress, who had stayed in the van. Of course, she readily climbed out to grant the librarian’s wish.

On the way to Naga, the van passed by Iriga Central School. Aunor said, “That’s where I went to elementary school.” One of her few childhood photos, she added, is from the year she graduated there, with honors.


FR. JULITO Heraldo gets a hug from his idol at the Basilica Minore.

In the morning of March 26, Naga City Councilor Nathan Sergio took her to Lake Buhi Resort, in nearby Buhi, where she met owner Cyrus G. Obsuna.

Obsuna is a cousin of soprano Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, who was a judge in “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” an amateur singing contest in Manila where Aunor emerged champion in 1968.

Thanksgiving Mass

That afternoon, Aunor and several “Noranians” who had traveled by bus from Manila attended a thanksgiving Mass at the Basilica Minore of Our

Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga, officiated by true-blue admirer Fr. Julito Heraldo, parish priest of Labo, Camarines Norte (five hours away from here).

In his homily, Heraldo recounted that, as a child, he prayed for a star he could idolize. The answer, he said, came in the form of the little brown girl from Iriga who topped “Tawag ng Tanghalan.” He confessed, “There are two persons I admire in this world—Pope Francis and Nora Aunor.”

That evening, heeding his idol’s request, the priest attended the Honorary Nagueña ceremony at the Avenue Plaza Hotel.

Mayor John Bongat presented Aunor with the key to the city, along with a framed resolution declaring her an adopted Nagueña.

Since she joined a rally demanding the resignation of President Aquino recently, some feared that her Naga honors would be scrapped. The awarding pushed through, filmmaker Kristian Sendon Cordero explained, because this city “takes pride in being a bastion of free expression.”

Rousing welcome

The next day, at the Ateneo de Naga, Aunor received a rousing welcome from a crowd of over 2,000 gathered in the covered court.

During the processional march, the venue erupted in applause from the graduating students and their parents.

“I was so nervous,” Aunor said. “I was not sure how they would accept me.”

She recalled being snubbed by province mates who dismissed her as bakya (cheap) when she was just starting in show biz. Seeing the people’s excitement, she said, “My nervousness [intensified].”

She was pleasantly surprised that young people were familiar with her work. (Her old movies are shown on free TV, cable, DVD, YouTube—and on a big screen on campus.)

Rendez told the Inquirer, “We have teachers to thank for this. They pass on their love for her to their students.”

Cordero, a faculty member at Ateneo de Naga, added that Aunor’s songs are played regularly on campus.” Next year,” he said, “we hope to hold the first Nora Aunor film festival, with the help of the local government and other institutions. There is also a proposal to [erect] a statue of Nora as a child at Plaza Quezon.”  (bayanisandiegojr@gmail.com)


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Melissa Mendez after scandal: I have to rise up and move forward By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated April 3, 2015 - 12:13pm


Melissa Mendez: Being in such a scandal has caused me sleepless nights and trauma but God hid me in the shadow of His wings and gave me assurance that this mess He will turn into a message and this test He will turn into a testimony.

MANILA, Philippines – “I've learned my lesson the hard way.”

Thus said actress Melissa Mendez as she reflects on the offloading scandal she figured in weeks ago.

It can be remembered that Melissa was offloaded from a Cebu Pacific flight after a confrontation with model Andrew Wolff and his friend Rey Pamaran. The actress has since apologized for the incident, while Pamaran filed a slander case against Melissa.

READ: 'I am owning up to my mistake'

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Melissa said has the scandal has brought her “sleepless nights” but she has chosen to own up to her mistakes. The actress added “it’s time to get past my past.”

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Here is Melissa’s complete statement.

“As I reflect this Lenten Season, I am again reminded of the cross, Jesus who shed His most precious holy blood who had no sin but became sin so that through Him I am forgiven of my sins and by His grace I have eternal life.”

“In my 50 years of existence, 32 years in the industry I belong, I've never been involved in any kind of scandal. I live a peaceful life being a mom and grandmom to my children and grandchildren. We are not wealthy in terms of material possession but we are happy. I support my family through the talent fees I'm getting in my movie and TV appearances.

“I have a loving and supportive family who never ceases to love me unconditionally. For this I am grateful.

“I have always been a professional as I love my job. Acting is my passion and it is my bread and butter.

I know I can never be perfect. Only one is perfect, Jesus Christ who died on the cross and resurrected from the dead more that 2,000years ago.

“I tried my best to protect my testimony but I failed. I have fallen short of God's expectations of me and those who I try to disciple and bring forth to God's kingdom. For this I repent and I know God has forgiven me.

“I've learned my lesson the hard way nonetheless God covered me with His unfailing love and mercy.

“I have this photo courtesy of @cloudsbymmendez whose main purpose is to continue to ridicule, mock and cause me misery but I have my peace now knowing that in my heart of hearts I've asked everyone for forgiveness and for being dumb enough to ask a favor just to take shots of the clouds and gaze upon them for a few minutes hence this scandal.

“Being in such a scandal has caused me sleepless nights and trauma but God hid me in the shadow of His wings and gave me assurance that this mess He will turn into a message and this test He will turn into a testimony.

“I've made a mistake and I owned up to it. It's time to get past my past. I am forgiven by Him, that's all that matters now. I have to rise up and move forward.”


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Rey Pamaran to Robin Padilla: ‘Your intentions are good but…’ Arvin Mendoza @AMendozaINQ INQUIRER.net 1:09 AM | Saturday, March 28th, 2015


Rey Pamaran and Robin Padilla. FILE PHOTOS

“Your intentions are good. But you should instead appeal to Melissa to tell the truth, so this case can be amicably settled.”

This was the message of businessman Rey Pamaran on Friday to actor Robin Padilla after the latter pleaded that Pamaran should forgive actress Melissa Mendez over their plane dispute.

The response, which was relayed to INQUIRER.net by Atty. Raymond Fortun, is still in connection with March 20 incident when Mendez was offloaded from a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Pagadian City after allegedly slapping Pamaran over an argument on seat assignment.

READ: Melissa Mendez: I was humiliated, offended, threatened

Pamaran on Wednesday filed a P3-million slander complaint against Mendez after he rejected her apology on Tuesday.

READ: Melissa Mendez sued for slander; Pamaran also seeks P3-M damages

Padilla said on his Instagram post: “Hindi po ako nakikialam bagkus ay nakikiusap, naniniwala po ako na kayong dalawa ay marangal na tao at hindi umaatras sa laban, ngunit nagpakumbaba na po si Melissa at humingi na ng paumanhin at patawad.Malinaw na ayaw na po niyang lumaban pa.Dasal po ng Katipunan ay magkaroon na po ng katapusan ang hindi pagkakaintindihan na ito at magsilbing aral sa lahat ng sumasakay ng eroplano, babae man o lalaki. Ang pagpapatawad po ninyo kay Melissa Mendez ay tatanawing utang na loob ng lupon ng mga Rebolusyonaryong Pangkapayapaan,”

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(I am not intervening, but only requesting; I believe you two are honorable people who do not back down from fights, but Melissa has already asked for your forgiveness. It’s clear that she no longer wants to fight. It is the Katipunan’s prayer for an end to this misunderstanding and that this may serve as a lesson to those who ride planes, whether they are a man or a woman. The group of peaceful revolutionaries will be indebted for your forgiveness of Melissa Mendez.)

READ: Robin Padilla asks Rey Pamaran: Forgive Melissa Mendez

Pamaran later responded to Padilla, saying that he has already forgiven Mendez but she still has to clear his name that has been smeared because of her false accusations.

“Hindi ko ginusto ang mag demanda at lalo na mag demand ng pera ngunit yun lang ang tanging paraan para mapilitan sya na sabihin yung buong katotohanan. Gusto ko sabihin nya on TV ang totoong nangyayari sa insidente at hindi puro kasinungalingan lang para ma-protektahan lang n’ya sarili nya,” Pamaran said on his Instagram post on Friday.

(I never intend to file a case against her much more demand money from her, but that’s the only way she will be compelled to tell the truth. I want her to tell the whole truth about the incident on TV and not lies just to protect herself).

Pamaran also believed that though Mendez refused to admit the real story, it would still come out, especially when the flight crew and the passengers get to speak about the whole incident.

“Sana maiintindihan nyo po na ako ang binastos, minura, sinaktan ng physical at siniraan ng pagkatao at hindi sya. Binaliktad nya lahat para lumabas na sya ang biktima,” he added.

(I hope you all understand that I was the one humiliated, cursed at, physically hit and whose reputation was tarnished. Not her. She turned everything around and made it appear she’s the victim.)

READ: Rey Pamaran airs side on slapping incident with Melissa Mendez

Pamaran also gave a message for his bashers.

‘Para dun sa mga nagsasabi na mukha akong pera, ito lng masasabi ko, how about this, panu kung si melissa nlng ang bibigyan ko ng 3M para sabihin ang katotohanan? Hindi ko kelangan ang 3M.”

(For those who say that I am just after the money, this is all I can say, how about this, what if I just give Melissa the three million [pesos] so she can tell the truth? I don’t need three million). TVJ


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Vice Ganda’s serious side By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated April 2, 2015 - 12:29pm


Vice Ganda proves the saying that sometimes, the saddest person is the one who laughs the most. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines — Vice Ganda is one of the known comedians today who brings laughter into our homes seven days a week.

We see his wacky side in the noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” and make our stomachs ache when we watch his primetime talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

Yet it is very rare that we see him taking things seriously, such as when he addresses criticisms against his concerts and when co-host Vhong Navarro was mauled.

Here are some of his serious insights about life, family and career during the grand press conference for his upcoming concert “Vice Gandang Ganda sa Sarili” set on May 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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On Life

Vice Ganda gives laughter to the people, and he wants to be remembered that way. Yet his reason for his hope of being remembered as a happy person can make you see him in a different light.

“Kasi ‘yong salitang masaya nakaka-inspire, simple pero nakaka-inspire,” he said. “Hindi mo na kailangan mag-isip. Gusto ko lang maging masaya. Kasi ang daming artista na magagaling, pero hindi lahat masaya.”

Career Goals

Looking at Vice Ganda’s achievements, he is on top of his career. He may achieved a lot already, but Vice wants to bring more laughter to the lives of his fans.

Instead of eyeing for a higher status in his career, Vice said he would rather maintain what he has at the moment.

“Ngayon lang talaga kasi gusto ko to maintain kung anong mayro’n ako ngayon,” he replied when asked about his career goals. “Kung anong mayro’n ako ngayon, ayoko munang mawala.”

He was then asked what he will do in case all the money and fame he have now will be taken away.

“Ang sinagot ko, ‘Okay lang po, kasi mahirap naman po ako dati. Alam ko naman po pakiramdam ng maging mahirap, at kung anong dapat kong gawin kung bumalik sa paghihirap,’” he recalled.

“Pero na-realize ko na ang dali lang palang sabihin, pero ‘pag nangyari ‘yon parang ang bigat-bigat. Kaya ngayon pinagdadasal ko na kung mangyari man ‘yon ‘wag any time soon. Kasi ine-enjoy ko pa po.”

Sacrifices in Life

Vice Ganda believes that one cannot have everything in life. So it was hard for him to believe others when they say that balancing life and career is easy. In his case, to achieve a successful career, he had to sacrifice his time for his loved ones.

“Sa ganito namang trabaho kahit anong gawin mo hindi mo talaga mababalanse. Maisasakripisyo mo ‘yong pinakamahalagang bagay, e, sa buhay mo at ‘yon ‘yong pamilya,” he said. “Hindi naman totoo ‘yong ano, e… parang ang hirap-hirap ng sinasabi nilang balancing work and personal life. Hindi naman talaga gano’n kadali ‘yon.”

“Kasi ‘yong mga bagay na kino-consider mong worth fighting for, ‘yon naman talaga ang nagtatanggal ng balance sa buhay mo,” he further adds. Katulad ng career na ito, di ba? Ipinaglalaban ko, hinuhusayan ko, para sa akin this is worth fighting for.

“Pero nawalan ako ng panahon sa nanay ko, sa mga kapatid ko. Kapag naman ginugol mo ang panahon mo ng mahaba sa pamilya mo, mawawaley [mawawala] ka naman sa trabaho, makakalimutan ka ng tao. Kaya ang hirap-hirap sabihin ‘yong balance for everything.”

Despite those sentiments, Vice tries his best to spend as much time with his loved ones. This month alone, he brought his mother with him in United States where he will be having a series of shows.


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