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BASKETBALL COACH PUMAREN LAUDS BIMBY YAP'S COURT PERFORMANCE


Bimby (James) Yap , Jr ----
Former San Mig Coffee player and Air21 Express head coach Franz Pumaren saw basketball hero potential in Bimby Yap Jr., who recently displayed some hardcourt skills he could have actually inherited from his dad, multi-MVP awardee James Yap. In an episode of “Kris TV,” Bimby learned the fundamentals of basketball from Franz as well as Jeric and Jeron Teng — sons of another basketball luminary Alvin Teng, incidentally Franz’s former teammate. “(Bimby has) very high basketball IQ. Akala ko nga almost every day siya naglalaro; hindi pala. Kung ipu-pursue niya maging basketball player, I think maganda ang future niya diyan,” Franz said. Jeron shared, “At the start obviously naninibago pa si Bimby pero nasa kanya ’yung pagiging basketball player kasi genetics palang ang laki na ng kamay, ang tangkad na and mabilis siya matuto.” READ MORE...

ALSO: A happy Heart


Heart Evangelista
Actress Heart Evangelista is enjoying life as wife of Senator Chiz Escudero. She gladly wakes up “extra early in the morning” to do household chores, including preparing breakfast for her husband who needs to roll out of bed by 4:30 a.m. for work. Apart from that, Heart tries her utmost to fulfill her role as stepmother to his twins, citing how she has started a scrapbook project with them so they would have something to bond over. The 30-year-old actress shares, “Masaya ’yung feeling kasi I could really feel na as a woman, ang laki ng ni-mature ko at ang laki na ng patience ko. (I learned) to be more multi-faceted in a way na you have to make time for everybody and everything in your life and not forget yourself at the same time.”  Heart takes inspiration from Chiz, whom she describes as the “perfect husband.”  “(His perfection) pushes me to be better and to learn more kasi siyempre he’s older, he’s advanced. So parang 10 steps ahead na siya sa akin pero gusto ko siyang maunahan para ma-surprise naman siya,” she says. READ MORE...

ALSO Heart Evangelista plans having own baby: ‘Definitely, I’ll have my baby next year’


HEART Evangelista promises Sen. Chiz Escudero that she “will always be in love” with him. AUGUST DE LA CRUZ  Almost two months after her wedding with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero at the exclusive Balesin Island in Quezon, actress Heart Evangelista said she has “well-adjusted to married life” and to being a mom to the twins of her husband. “It’s been a fun actually,” Evangelista told INQUIRER.net at the sidelines of a bridal fair in Pasay City. Despite her hectic schedule, she said she always find time to spend the day with her husband. “We are both home buddy. We both love to cook and we’re both carefree,” she said. She said she has a “very good” relationship with her husband’s twins. “Now that we’re married, I feel more comfortable because in the beginning, I was a little unsure. I was afraid, how will I behave in front of them,” she said. Evangelista said she treats the kids like her own. “I treat them like my own, like little kids and it’s getting better every day, especially now that it’s summer we have more time together,” she said. The actress said she stays with Escudero and the kids in Sorsogon whenever they have time. “We just usually stay at home. We like staying at home. We are being home buddies watching TV, talking, cooking, those things,” she said.  She revealed that Escudero loves to cook. READ MORE...

ALSO: Yap, Caguioa, Alapag among latest additions to PBA’s greatest


Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa and James Yap 
MANILA, Philippines – James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag, Danny Ildefonso and Asi Taulava, who could be considered the Mythical Five of their generation, lead 10 other players to be enshrined as additions in the elite list of the PBA’s Greatest Players during the grand celebration of the league’s 40th founding anniversary tonight at the Resorts World Manila.  Willie Miller, Eric Menk, Kelly Williams, Jayjay Helterbrand, Arwind Santos, Jayson Castro, Marc Pingris, Kerby Raymundo, Chito Loyzaga and Marlou Aquino will also be honored, with their names being added to the initial batch of 25 PBA greats feted during the league’s silver anniversary in 1990. The initial honorees were Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Bogs Adornado, Abet Guidaben, Benjie Paras, Atoy Co, Freddie Hubalde, Philip Cezar, Ricky Brown, Johnny Abarrientos, Ato Agustin, Francis Arnaiz, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Jerry Codinera, Kenneth Duremdes, Bernie Fabiosa, Danny Florencio, Jojo Lastimosa, Lim Eng Beng, Samboy Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Vergel Meneses and Manny Paner. READ MORE...

ALSO Tribute to Bataan Day: A misty-eyed look at post-war theaters


Two years after World War II wiped out the movie theaters in Manila, newly-built and newly-renovated ones were back in operation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1946. Contributor Celso de Guzman Caparas has made a list of the theaters and the re-opening movies as a rejoinder to Funfare’s tribute to Post-war Actresses and Post-war Actors and Directors published last year. This feature is also in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Manila (Feb. 3 to March 3) and the 96th anniversary of Philippine Cinema. READ MORE...

ALSO: What’s the no. 1 daytime drama show on TV nationwide?


If you are at work the whole day, you probably don’t know that the network war is also being waged on daytime television. And currently the battle is already won, hands down, by the Kapuso network, thanks to its mix of tearjerkers and cliffhangers that keep homebound audiences glued on the TV sets.  GMA Network’s The Half Sisters is the no.1 daytime drama show nationwide. The Afternoon Prime series continues its phenomenal ratings success, that’s according to data provided by the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.  Based on National Urban Philippines data for March 1-31 (March 22-31 overnight data), The Half Sisters registered a household rating of 17.6 percent, leading ABS-CBN’s Flordeliza’s 10.3 percent by 7.3 points. GMA Network’s The Half Sisters captures the imagination of soap fanatics across the country making it the no. afternoon soap on TV. The cast led by A. Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino, B. Andre Paras, C. Derrick Monastery, D. Jomari Yllana, E. Jean Garcia,and F. Ryan Eigenmann can’ be happier after the network announced the show’s extension until June  READ MORE...

ALSO Team Pangilinan: It’s a family affair


Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Anthony Pangilinan with their kids and USANA representatives
When it comes to the Pangilinans, you could say the family that plays together, stays together.
It all started with Anthony Pangilinan and his penchant for competing in triathlons. Some eight years later, his wife Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and their children have also come to love the sport. Anthony and Maricel have always been active and it is clear their love for sports has rubbed off on their kids Ella, Donny, Benjamin and Hannah. The youngest, Solana, is the family’s “cheerleader.”  “We’ve been into sports all our lives. But ’yung serious triathlon sports, training and everything, competing, iba kasi iyon eh. We just wanted to be with Anthony. So while he was competing, nakita namin na we can also do a little bit of what he’s doing. Tapos unti-unti na nagkayayayaan then we got ourselves trained. Parang family affair lang talaga,”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Bill Gates’ family spends brief summer vacation in Palawan


BILL GATES FAMILY IN PALAWAN Puerto Princesa City– American business magnate, inventor, philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his family was in Palawan for a brief vacation in Amanpulo Resort and to check out an island in El Nido town that he reportedly wanted to invest in. The Gates family – Melinda Gates and two of three children – reportedly spent three days in Palawan after arriving early morning of April 6 on a Global Express private plane. Eyewitnesses at the Puerto Princesa City Airport (PPCA) told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that as soon as the Gates family arrived, they immediately boarded a privately hired helicopter, assisted by retired police superintendent Edgar Iglasia, who was tasked to ensure their security and safety while visiting. The Gates’ chopper flew to high-end island resort Amanpulo on Pamalican that is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo islands and islets, north of the province. It is a secluded island resort overlooking the Sulu Sea. The PNA was also told that Bill Gates visited the tourist town of El Nido to check on an island, where he plans to invest with Filipino partners. No name of an island was mentioned. READ MORE...


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Basketball coach Pumaren lauds Bimby’s court performance


Bimby Yap

MANILA, APRIL 13, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Marjorie S. Duran April 6, 2015 - Former San Mig Coffee player and Air21 Express head coach Franz Pumaren saw basketball hero potential in Bimby Yap Jr., who recently displayed some hardcourt skills he could have actually inherited from his dad, multi-MVP awardee James Yap.

In an episode of “Kris TV,” Bimby learned the fundamentals of basketball from Franz as well as Jeric and Jeron Teng — sons of another basketball luminary Alvin Teng, incidentally Franz’s former teammate.

“(Bimby has) very high basketball IQ. Akala ko nga almost every day siya naglalaro; hindi pala. Kung ipu-pursue niya maging basketball player, I think maganda ang future niya diyan,” Franz said.

Jeron shared, “At the start obviously naninibago pa si Bimby pero nasa kanya ’yung pagiging basketball player kasi genetics palang ang laki na ng kamay, ang tangkad na and mabilis siya matuto.”

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Franz said it’s easier to teach Bimby because Kris Aquino’s youngest son shows strong interest in the sport. “Ang bilis niyang pumick-up,” Franz said of Bimby’s ball handling, including dribbling.

Franz also noted, “Kung sa passing, for his age, I was so amazed… Pinasubukan namin (nila Jeron and Jeric) na umatras kami ng onti and Bimby can easily pass the ball kahit medyo malayo kami. Napick-up din niya kaagad ’yung mga tinuro namin.”

He added, “(Sa) shooting, there’s always room for improvement dahil kagaya ng sinasabi natin sa age niya, dapat mga 8 feet lang ang goal. Pero in spite of that (higher goal), ‘yung form niya, medyo okay na. Umaabot pa rin ‘yung shot niya. Just imagine kung sa actual age group niya mas mababa ang goal, mas madali siyang mag-shoot.”

A fixture in James’ basketball matches, Bimby could have easily picked up playing techniques simply by watching his dad. While James would want his son to follow in his footsteps, he said in a previous interview that Bimby can freely choose his own career path someday.


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A happy Heart by Mikee Delizo April 6, 2015 (updated)


Heart Evangelista

Actress Heart Evangelista is enjoying life as wife of Senator Chiz Escudero. She gladly wakes up “extra early in the morning” to do household chores, including preparing breakfast for her husband who needs to roll out of bed by 4:30 a.m. for work.

Apart from that, Heart tries her utmost to fulfill her role as stepmother to his twins, citing how she has started a scrapbook project with them so they would have something to bond over.

The 30-year-old actress shares, “Masaya ’yung feeling kasi I could really feel na as a woman, ang laki ng ni-mature ko at ang laki na ng patience ko. (I learned) to be more multi-faceted in a way na you have to make time for everybody and everything in your life and not forget yourself at the same time.”

Heart takes inspiration from Chiz, whom she describes as the “perfect husband.”

“(His perfection) pushes me to be better and to learn more kasi siyempre he’s older, he’s advanced. So parang 10 steps ahead na siya sa akin pero gusto ko siyang maunahan para ma-surprise naman siya,” she says.

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Asked if Chiz imposes rules on her, she says, “I’m very lucky na hindi siya ’yung tao na pipilitin ka to be a certain way or dress a certain way. I don’t have to really tailor fit my life to anything. He always tells me to be myself and nothing has to change.”

Meanwhile, their plans to have a baby has to wait until after 2016, when Chiz makes a decision about his future in public office. Still, Heart says, “My priority is to become a mom. I want to be a mom already kasi 30 na ako so this is my time to decide if I want to have baby.” Her relationship with her parents, on the other hand, seems to be improving anew. Recall that Heart’s mom and dad did not attend her wedding.

“We’re very good,” Heart says now, adding she recently accompanied her father to his checkup. Her mom, she says, has flown to the US for an urgent matter. They communicate constantly now, she shares, albeit by phone. “Siyempre, hindi naman puwedeng biglain. But what’s important is nag-u-usap kami and I’m not angry, I’m not nagtatampo. Okay na ako so madali na lang siguro ’yan.”

As for Angelica Panganiban, who supposedly felt bad about not receiving an invitation to her wedding, Heart says, “Ang tanda na namin para (magkasamaan ng loob).”

Heart maintains she invited Angelica to the wedding but the latter turned her down, supposedly because she was to leave for Japan with boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz.

“Sinabi ni Angelica na hindi ko raw siya kinulit. Hindi ko rin naman personality ’yung mangulit na go go go. You know, I had other issues, too… like my parents. So I hope she won’t take it to heart that I didn’t keep calling her. We have a whole lifetime pa, my binyag pa, may ninang-ninangan pa,” Heart says.

Heart currently endorses cheesecake brand Uncle Tetsu, which has branches at SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM San Lazaro, SM Bacoor, SM Manila, The Podium, Alabang Town Center and SM Megamall.

“Uncle Tetsu Cheese Cake is just perfect,” Heart says in a press release. “It’s totally delicious and filling but because it’s light and fluffy, it’s not heavy on the tummy. No wonder it has remained a favorite by many people in other countries, and has been embraced just as warmly by Pinoys. I’m so glad to be its brand ambassador in the Philippines.”


INQUIRER

Heart Evangelista plans having own baby: ‘Definitely, I’ll have my baby next year’ Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 7:08 PM | Sunday, April 12th, 2015


HEART Evangelista promises Sen. Chiz Escudero that she “will always be in love” with him. AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

NO doubt she is happily married

Almost two months after her wedding with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero at the exclusive Balesin Island in Quezon, actress Heart Evangelista said she has “well-adjusted to married life” and to being a mom to the twins of her husband.

“It’s been a fun actually,” Evangelista told INQUIRER.net at the sidelines of a bridal fair in Pasay City.

Despite her hectic schedule, she said she always find time to spend the day with her husband.

“We are both home buddy. We both love to cook and we’re both carefree,” she said.

She said she has a “very good” relationship with her husband’s twins. “Now that we’re married, I feel more comfortable because in the beginning, I was a little unsure. I was afraid, how will I behave in front of them,” she said. Evangelista said she treats the kids like her own.

“I treat them like my own, like little kids and it’s getting better every day, especially now that it’s summer we have more time together,” she said. The actress said she stays with Escudero and the kids in Sorsogon whenever they have time.

“We just usually stay at home. We like staying at home. We are being home buddies watching TV, talking, cooking, those things,” she said.

She revealed that Escudero loves to cook.

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“Chiz also loves to cook so that’s our thing,” she said, adding that Escudero has always been responsible about household stuff.

Plans on having a baby

Evangelista said she does not want to rush things although she admitted that she has the “certain freedom or independence” now.

According to her, she wants to have two kids although her husband would joke that he wants five.

“Niloloko niya ako na lima o apat. Ako siguro baka maximum ko na yung two. Gusto ko kasi to make sure na pantay yung ibibigay ko sa kanila, na matututukan ko sila,” she said.

“Siguro if ever talagang gustong-gusto ko baka makahabol ako ng three somewhere down the line,” she added.

She said she would give it a year to have her own baby.

“Definitely, I’ll have my baby next year,” she said.

“I already have two little kids beside me. Kumbaga nag-advance ako, kumbaga nagpa-practice ako sa kanila in preparation for my own,” she added.

She said she is making sure she is healthy in preparation for having a baby.

“I make sure I am healthy. I need everything. I am making sure everything is perfect,” she said.

Falling in love with Senator Chiz

“I was already in love with him before I met him,” Evangelista admitted.

She said she admired Escudero for “what he stands and for just everything of who he is.”

“But the moment I met him, he went beyond my expectations. I did not imagine him to be who he is so that sealed the deal,” she said.

“Definitely, it’s a dream come true. Even more than a dream,” she added.

Perfect Wedding

Evangelista said their wedding in Balesin was “perfect.”

It’s so perfect that it will take me more than a lifetime to remember every detail of the wedding,” she said.

She said she is so “blessed” to have a husband that did everything for her.

“It will forever linger in our life because it was really an experience to remember,” she said.

Being married to a politician

She said she was overwhelmed after the wedding.

“I am very blessed to have a husband that is very normal at home actually not even at home. He is such a normal guy that he forgets he is a politician so I am not pressured,” she said.

According to her, Escudero will always tell her, “just be yourself.”

Relationship with parents

The actress said she and her parents are okay.

“My parents are okay. I think I am the only one that can understand our kind of setup which doesn’t really bother me as much as before when I want a little bit younger,” she said.

She admitted that she wants a “certain way” but has realized that she “cannot change their ways.”

“At the end of the day, what’s important is we have life, were living and we cannot waste time,” she said.

She said she and her parents “see each other as much as we can.”

“I am with them all the time and hopefully, with a lot of prayers susunod na rin si Chiz,” she said.

It could be remembered that Evangelista’s parents were not in favor of Escudero to be their daughter’s husband. To show their disapproval, they did not attend the wedding.

“As long as there is life there is hope. So, let’s wait for that,” Evangelista said.

Promise to Chiz

She said Escudero is “very sweet.”

“His language of love is service,” she said.

Asked about her message to her husband, she has this to say, “Thank you so much being a blessing in my life. You changed me and my life permanently and I will forever be grateful to God for finally giving you to me. I waited for such a long time and I finally have you, so thank you.” AC


PHILSTAR

Yap, Caguioa, Alapag among latest additions to PBA’s greatest By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated April 7, 2015 - 3:03pm


Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa and James Yap

MANILA, Philippines – James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag, Danny Ildefonso and Asi Taulava, who could be considered the Mythical Five of their generation, lead 10 other players to be enshrined as additions in the elite list of the PBA’s Greatest Players during the grand celebration of the league’s 40th founding anniversary tonight at the Resorts World Manila.

Willie Miller, Eric Menk, Kelly Williams, Jayjay Helterbrand, Arwind Santos, Jayson Castro, Marc Pingris, Kerby Raymundo, Chito Loyzaga and Marlou Aquino will also be honored, with their names being added to the initial batch of 25 PBA greats feted during the league’s silver anniversary in 1990.

The initial honorees were Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Bogs Adornado, Abet Guidaben, Benjie Paras, Atoy Co, Freddie Hubalde, Philip Cezar, Ricky Brown, Johnny Abarrientos, Ato Agustin, Francis Arnaiz, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Jerry Codinera, Kenneth Duremdes, Bernie Fabiosa, Danny Florencio, Jojo Lastimosa, Lim Eng Beng, Samboy Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Vergel Meneses and Manny Paner.

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Most of them are expected to attend the blue-ribbon affair where six sportswriters who covered the PBA in its early years will also be recognized. These are The STAR sports editor Lito Tacujan, Manila Bulletin’s Ding Marcelo, Inquirer’s Jun Engracia and Ernie Gonzales, the Journal Group’s Gus Villanueva and former PNA sports editor Eddie Alinea.

Jaworski and Freddie Webb, both former PBA stars who have served as senators of the land, led the special committee that selected the 15 players added to the PBA greats roster.

MVP winners Yap, Caguioa, Alapag, Ildefonso, Taulava, Miller, Menk, Williams, Helterbrand and Santos were automatically included in the list while Castro, Pingris, Raymundo, Loyzaga and Aquino got the five open slots.

Nelson Asaytono, Bong Hawkins, Danny Seigle, Yoyoy Villamin, Abe King, Manny Victorino, Jeff Cariaso and Olsen Racela are among big stars missing the roster.

Asaytono thrice contended for a season MVP award, making the Mythical First Five three times and the Second Team four times. He’s No. 5 in the all-time scoring ladder behind Fernandez, Guidaben, Patrimonio and Co.

“Forty will never be enough. We’ve had so many great PBA players since 1975,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio. “But to celebrate our 40th season, we had to do the difficult task of naming the 40 greatest PBA players – the pillars of the league. Mga idolo ng bawat Pilipino.”

It will be a night of glitz and glamour with a fashion show also highlighting the PBA anniversary bash.

Dubbed the PBA FAB@40 under the direction of Manila’s premiere Robby Carmona, the show features PBA hunks walking the ramp in summer, denim, preppy and formal attires.

With performances from Christian Bautista and Julie Ann San Jose, the event also features the launching of the PBA-Credit Card, PBA Slam video game, PBA Life Magazine, PBA Silver Accessories, PBA Mobile Phones.


PHILSTAR

A misty-eyed look at post-war theaters FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 10, 2015 - 12:00am

Two years after World War II wiped out the movie theaters in Manila, newly-built and newly-renovated ones were back in operation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1946.

Contributor Celso de Guzman Caparas has made a list of the theaters and the re-opening movies as a rejoinder to Funfare’s tribute to Post-war Actresses and Post-war Actors and Directors published last year.

This feature is also in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Manila (Feb. 3 to March 3) and the 96th anniversary of Philippine Cinema.

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Ideal (Rizal Ave., Sta. Cruz) — Somewhere I’ll Find You, Clark Gable and Lana Turner; owned by the Roces family in partnership with Teotico, Basa, Tuason and Guidote families (the first theater was made of wood in 1912).

Times (Quezon Blvd.) — We’ve Never Been Licked, Richard Quinne and Anne Gwynne; re-opened on Aug. 21, 1945, erected in 1939 and designed by architect Luis Araneta with an Art Moderne relief; the only pre-war theater still in operation, showing double foreign films.

Lyric (Escolta) — Desert Song, Dennis Morgan and Irene Manning, Warner; re-opened on Sep. 16, 1945.

Zest (R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo) — I Was A U-Boat Prisoner, Bruce Bennett and Erik Rolf; re-opened on Nov. 9, 1945.

Globe (Raon St., Quiapo) — None Shall Escape, Marsha Hunt and Alexander Knox; re-opened on Nov. 11, 1945.

Astor (Plaza Sta. Cruz) — The Fleet’s In, Dorothy Lamour and William Holden; re-opened on Nov. 11, 1945.

Cine Metro (R. Hidalgo, Quiapo) — Song of Nevada, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Cine Dart (Dart corner Herran Streets) — King of the Royal Mounted, Allan Lane and Robert Strange, Republic; and Counter Attack, Paul Muni and Marguerite Chapman.

Cine Lotus (Rizal Ave. corner Tayuman St.) — Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland.

Cine Luzon (Rizal Ave. corner Cavite St.) — Hey! Rookie, Ann Miller and Joe Besser.

Confucius (Ongpin corner Salazar Streets) — Destroyer, Edward Robinson and Glenn Ford, Columbia with Yamashita’s Trial as special attraction; formerly Rex Theater.

Park (Carriedo, Quiapo) — Black Dragons, Bela Lugosi and Joan Barclay.

Rajah (Quezon Blvd.) — Palikero, Ely Ramos, a pre-war Sampaguita movie originally released on Oct. 29, 1941.

Noli (Rizal Ave. corner Laguna St.) — This Gun for Hire, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

Coco (Juan Luna St., Binondo) — Virginia City, Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart.

Cine Moderno (Quiapo) — Counter Attack, Paul Muni and Marguerite Chapman.

Manila (Rizal Ave. corner Antipolo St.) — Objective Burma, Errol Flynn and James Brown.

Gloria (Sande St., Tondo) — Rio Rita, Budd Abbott and Lou Costello.

Alegria (Rizal Ave. corner Tayuman) — Thief of Bagdad, June Duprez and Conrad Veidt.

Apolo (Rizal Ave. corner Bambang St.) — I Wanted Wings, Ray Milland and Veronica Lake.

Radio (Estero Cegado, Quiapo) — Gypsy Wildcat, Maria Montez and Jon Hall.

Royal (Ronquillo St. corner Rizal Ave.) — The Invasion of Norway (The Moon is Down), Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Henry Travers.

Orient (Raon St., Quiapo.) — Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire; newly-built, operated by E.V. Mendoza & Co., operator of chain of theaters in Luzon and Visayas since 1938.

Illusion (P. Gomez, R. Hidalgo) — A Yank at Eton, Mickey Rooney and Edmund Gwenn.

Bellevue (Herran St., Paco) — Tagumpay, Arsenia Francisco and Rogelio de la Rosa; built in the ‘30s with a Neo Mudejar theme, a Quonset hut design and other classic ornamentation.

Bataan (Echague St. corner Plaza Goiti) — Dillinger, Edmund Lowe and Anne Jeffreys; owned by Mr. and Mrs. Salvador Santos, newly-built on the former site of Strand Theater and named in honor of the heroes of Bataan.

Life (Quezon Blvd.) — A Thousand and One Nights, Evelyn Keyes and Phil Silvers; owned by the Villoncos, one of original partners of LVN; opened with RDR’s Ang Maestra starring Rosa del Rosario and Rogelio de la Rosa on Oct. 15, 1941; designed by Pablo Antonio with art deco façade and interiors.

Pacific Theater (Ronquillo St.) — The Clock, Judy Garland and Robert Walker; newly-built.

Center (Quezon Blvd. near Azcarraga St.) — Frenchman’s Creek, Joan Fontaine and Arturo de Cordova; newly-built.

State (Rizal Ave.) — Crash Dive, Anne Baxter and Tyrone Power, operated by Rufino brothers Vicente and Ernesto of Luzon Theaters, Inc.; touted as “Theatre De Luxe.”

Cine “S” (Dart St.) — Alaala Kita, Mila del Sol and Rodrigo Danao; owned and operated by Sevilla’s Theater Circuit.

Society (Echague, Quiapo) — Up In Arms, Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore; newly-built.

Avenue (Rizal Ave.) — Beyond the Blue Horizon; designed by Juan Nakpil as “The Aristocrat of Theater.”

Rio (Herran St.) — Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

New Tivoli (Plaza Sta. Cruz) — Bomber’s Moon, George Montgomery and Annabella.

Capitol (Rizal Ave.) — The Princess and the Pirate, Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo, Samuel Goldwin; an art deco style theater designed by Juan Nakpil and built in 1935.

Boulevard (Quezon Blvd.) — Du Barry Was A Lady, Lucille Ball and Red Skelton; newly-built.

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MANILA STANDARD

What’s the no. 1 daytime drama show on TV nationwide? By Isah V. Red | Apr. 09, 2015 at 06:20pm

If you are at work the whole day, you probably don’t know that the network war is also being waged on daytime television. And currently the battle is already won, hands down, by the Kapuso network, thanks to its mix of tearjerkers and cliffhangers that keep homebound audiences glued on the TV sets.

GMA Network’s The Half Sisters is the no.1 daytime drama show nationwide. The Afternoon Prime series continues its phenomenal ratings success, that’s according to data provided by the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Based on National Urban Philippines data for March 1-31 (March 22-31 overnight data), The Half Sisters registered a household rating of 17.6 percent, leading ABS-CBN’s Flordeliza’s 10.3 percent by 7.3 points.

GMA Network’s The Half Sisters captures the imagination of soap fanatics across the country making it the no. afternoon soap on TV. The cast led by A. Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino, B. Andre Paras, C. Derrick Monastery, D. Jomari Yllana, E. Jean Garcia,and F. Ryan Eigenmann can’ be happier after the network announced the show’s extension until June

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In Urban Luzon, which comprises 77 percent of the total urban TV households nationwide, The Half Sisters posted 19.9 percent household ratings, 11 points higher than Flordeliza’s 8.9 percent.

The Afternoon Prime series likewise led in Mega Manila, which represents 59 percent of the total urban TV households in the country, with 21.1 percent household ratings, leading Flordeliza’s 7.9 percent by 13.2 points.

Avid viewers of The Half Sisters will have more reason to stay glued to their favorite drama series as it will now air up to June this year with more plot twists to be revealed in the succeeding episodes.

The cast composed of Barbie Forteza, Thea Tolentino, Derrick Monasterio, and Andre Paras, together with Gloria Romero, Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez, Jomari Yllana, Mel Martinez, and Ryan Eigenmann, can’t be any happier as they continue to reap praises from viewers and positive feedbacks from netizens for their performances.

Expect more revelations and twists as the drama continues in The Half Sisters, directed by Mark Reyes, weekdays after Eat Bulaga on GMA Afternoon Prime.


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Team Pangilinan: It’s a family affair by Karen Valeza April 9, 2015


Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Anthony Pangilinan with their kids and USANA representatives

When it comes to the Pangilinans, you could say the family that plays together, stays together.

It all started with Anthony Pangilinan and his penchant for competing in triathlons. Some eight years later, his wife Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and their children have also come to love the sport.

Anthony and Maricel have always been active and it is clear their love for sports has rubbed off on their kids Ella, Donny, Benjamin and Hannah. The youngest, Solana, is the family’s “cheerleader.”

“We’ve been into sports all our lives. But ’yung serious triathlon sports, training and everything, competing, iba kasi iyon eh. We just wanted to be with Anthony.

So while he was competing, nakita namin na we can also do a little bit of what he’s doing. Tapos unti-unti na nagkayayayaan then we got ourselves trained. Parang family affair lang talaga,”

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Maricel told Bulletin Entertainment in an interview at the press conference of USANA, manufacturers of nutritional supplements and health care products.

Because the Pangilinans put a high premium on health and they keep a balanced lifestyle, the family has been introduced as brand ambassadors at the event.

Team Pangilinan has joined hundreds of races altogether.

The couple was also Timex Philippines delegates to World Marathon Majors, including the New York Marathon in 2013; the London Marathon in April 2014; and the Berlin Marathon in September 2014.


Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan speaking at the USANA event

Maricel proudly shared, “Anthony and I finished triathlons and marathons, but our children finished in the podium. They’re champions in their own respective fields. We want to encourage and inspire others, as well.”

Apart from engaging in various sporting activities, the family also travels together a lot. “It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or whatever. We always go around. Our work kasi takes us everywhere,” Maricel said. “Training takes a lot of our time din.”

Aside from triathlon, their children also enjoy playing football, basketball and table tennis. Maricel encourages them because she believes sports help instill good values.

“Discipline. Then, health and fitness, camaraderie. Madaming lessons sa sports,” she said.

Maricel is proud to represent USANA because of their mission to promote “family wellness and togetherness through sports.”

“When you are part of a sport, part of a team or as an individual, you need to have respect for your body. Because your body will take you to your dreams, to what you want to achieve. So, you cannot abuse your body. You have to eat right, drink a lot of water. Kahit tapos na lahat ng events mo, meron ka pang ikakatanda. So, parang all of that is investing in the body that God has given you. And that’s what I like about USANA – they embrace the lifestyle,” she said.

Maricel and Anthony have been together for 21 years already, keeping their bond strong by putting God in the center of their relationship.

“It’s work. Well, of course, we love each other. Put the Lord first in our lives,” she said.

Aside from taking care of her family, Maricel also keeps herself busy as a columnist, author and magazine editor. Showbiz, for Maricel, isn’t a big priority.

“Maybe one day. Now my focus is really on the children, my family,” she said.


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Bill Gates’ family spends brief summer vacation in Palawan by Philippines News Agency April 10, 2015


BILL GATES FAMILY IN PALAWAN

Puerto Princesa City– American business magnate, inventor, philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his family was in Palawan for a brief vacation in Amanpulo Resort and to check out an island in El Nido town that he reportedly wanted to invest in.

The Gates family – Melinda Gates and two of three children – reportedly spent three days in Palawan after arriving early morning of April 6 on a Global Express private plane.

Eyewitnesses at the Puerto Princesa City Airport (PPCA) told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that as soon as the Gates family arrived, they immediately boarded a privately hired helicopter, assisted by retired police superintendent Edgar Iglasia, who was tasked to ensure their security and safety while visiting.

The Gates’ chopper flew to high-end island resort Amanpulo on Pamalican that is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo islands and islets, north of the province. It is a secluded island resort overlooking the Sulu Sea.

The PNA was also told that Bill Gates visited the tourist town of El Nido to check on an island, where he plans to invest with Filipino partners. No name of an island was mentioned.

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The Microsoft magnate’s family flew back to Metro Manila Wednesday. According to an aircraft security procedure document obtained by the news agency, no one was allowed to come near the Global Express plane except the crew and the international security team.

Gates Foundation at IRRI for food and nutrition security updates

GATES FOUNDATION

Meanwhile, senior officers of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) visited the IRRI this week to see for themselves the work being done at the world’s premier research center on rice.

BMGF officials Pamela Anderson, director for agricultural development program, and Gary Atlin, senior program officer in the Ag Dev team, were at the institute for a site visit. They toured IRRI’s research facilities and got updates on the science and the partnership between the two organizations.

It was also reported that BMGF founders Bill and Melissa Gates also visited the rice research facility in Laguna.

The Gates Foundation is supporting IRRI and its partners to develop Golden Rice, a type of rice that contains beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. The grant supports a range of activities to develop Golden Rice varieties that are suited for the Philippines and Bangladesh. It is hoped that Golden Rice will help improve the health of millions of children and adults in the Philippines and Bangladesh.

Scientists gave briefings on key advances, including the latest on climate change-ready rice and healthier varieties that aim to help solve micronutrient deficiencies, which afflict about 2 billion people globally.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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