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MARIAN RIVERA IS PREGNANT


Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are having a baby. Instagram/Marian Rivera  
– After days of being mum about the issue, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes finally confirmed that they are having a baby. The couple announced the news in an interview with on GMA-7’s news program “24 Oras” on Monday. "Gusto namin sabi na nagbunga yung aming pagmamahalan at nabiyayaan kami ng Panginoon ng isa sa pinakamagandang regalo na pwedeng ibigay and that's the gift of life," Dingdong said. "Yun din ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya kami nagpursiging magpakasal; it's too really build a family. And alam naman natin an ang pagkakaroon ng anak ay isa sa mga mahahalagang bagay para magkaroon ng isang pamilya," he said  Dingdong added, "So magmula noon, pinagdasal namin na kung ibigay sa amin, ibibigay po sa tamang panahon."  READ MORE...

ALSO: Jolina Magdangal on impersonating Pacquiao


JOLINA AND MANNY 
MANILA, Philippines - Jolina Magdangal (left) will be impersonating Manny Pacquiao (photo) tonight in the ABS-CBN show Your Face Sounds Familiar. And the pressure on Jolina seems to be building up as the whole country anticipates Manny’s mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “That I got assigned to impersonate Manny Pacquiao comes at a perfect time. It was not intended to happen just because he has an upcoming fight. Any of us could have been picked to transform into Manny. Whether I win or lose, I’m happy that I get to impersonate him,” said Jolina. “Those who are unable to come near him should just take a picture with me,” she joked. This is not the first time Jolina will be impersonating a man, as she previously impersonated Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose. She said she even finds impersonating men more exciting because it makes her look entirely different. “Manny Pacquiao has a distinct sound, moves and facial expression. He has a signature smile. I’m pressured but more excited. Copying his voice and how he talks will definitely be the most challenging part. I’m also hoping that I will look exactly like him so I can pull it off,” added Jolina. READ MORE...

ALSO: No more casinos for Willie Revillame with GMA-7


Willie Revillame: "Nagsugal ako. Pero part ng buhay ng tao yan. Pero hindi ako magpapaubos sa casino." STAR/File 
– Willie Revillame is prohibited by his contract with GMA-7 to gamble in casinos. The controversial detail in his contract was revealed in an interview with GMA-7’s news magazine program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” aired Sunday. The revelation came amid rumors that Willie has spent his fortunes in casinos during his almost two year break from television. Rumors even claimed he sold several of his properties due to his gambling. In his interview, Willie told Soho he did go to casinos for leisure. But he denied reports that he is in dire straits because of gambling. READ MORE...

 ALSO FAIRY TALE  MOVIE SHOWING NOW: ‘Kid Kulafu’ shows how a poor Pacquiao grew up to be champion


Paul Soriano with 'Kid Kulafu' star Buboy Villar. ABS-CBN/PR photo
 As a dirt-poor rookie boxer in the southern Philippines, Manny Pacquiao started his phenomenal rise to global fame not as the Pacman, as he is sometimes called, but as "Kid Kulafu."  That moniker — the title of a new local film about Pacquiao's childhood — was taken from the label of a cheap wine whose empty bottles he returned for recycling to earn money to help his family. "Kid Kulafu" opened Wednesday in more than 70 theaters across the Philippines starting ahead of Pacquiao's May 2 megafight with Floyd Mayweather. It will be shown in some US and Canadian theaters beginning April 24. READ MORE...

ALSO: Nora gets hug from Jackie Chan; Cherie, her first int’l plum


NORA Aunor admits that Jackie Chan is her idol. Courtesy of Catherine Cornell/ABS-CBN News
Before the closing rites of the second Asean International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa) on Saturday night at Borneo Convention Center in Kuching, Sarawak, Filipino superstar Nora Aunor had one request: “I asked the liaison officer if I could get an autograph from Jackie Chan,” Aunor told the Inquirer. The Hong Kong action hero was there to receive the Asean Inspiration Award; Aunor was given the Asean Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, previous honoree, handed Aunor the trophy. It was a glitzy gathering of the region’s movie luminaries. Alas, the superstar/fan’s plan ran into a slight hitch. “When I was called onstage, Jackie was among the first to stand up,” she recalled. Chan remained standing, as did the rest of the well-heeled crowd, throughout Aunor’s two-minute speech in English and Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO: IS PRESIDENTIAL SISTER BEHIND HER NETWORK TRANSFER? Ai-Ai delas Alas calls Kris Aquino her ‘former friend’


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A “former friend.”  This is what actress Ai-Ai de las Alas now calls actress Kris Aquino, following the rift that tarnished their relationship. Speaking before members of the press during her contract signing with GMA Network on Thursday, the Comedy Concert Queen admitted that her friendship with Kris Aquino is already different from what it used to be. “Syempre iba na ngayon. Una sa lahat hindi na kami roommates, magkapitbahay na lang kami, kasi andito na ko (in GMA), nandoon siya (ABS-CBN). Syempre iba na ‘yon. Pero I wish her well (Things are different now. First, we are no longer “roommates,” we are just “neighbors” now because I am already here, and she’s still there. Of course, it’s different. But I wish her well),” Delas Alas said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Korina’s five secrets of success
[Incidentally, it was only after she quit TV Patrol did Korina start identifying herself as Mrs. Korina Sanchez-Roxas. “When they heard me say it,” Korina laughed, “pinalakpakan nila ako.” And it was only late into their seven-year marriage did Korina agree to accept an “allowance” from Mar].


Korina Sanchez-Roxas during a belated get-together with movie writers yesterday to celebrate her show Rated K’s 10th anniversary. Back row, from left: Jojo Panaligan, Nestor Cuatero, Ervin Santiago, Reggie Bonoan, Dindo Balares, Ricky Calderon, Alex Vergara, Ricky Lo, Isah Red, Janna Remigio, Eugene Asis and Jojo Gabinete; front row, also from left: Gie Trillana, Vinia Vivar, Korina, Lolit Solis, Maricris Nicasio and Karen Pagsolingan.
Do Korina Sanchez and husband DILG Sec. Mar Roxas shower together?  Caught unguarded by the question (which other celebrity couples would gladly answer with a shrug), Korina said, “I don’t want to answer that baka magalit siya sa akin.”  All she would share were morsels about her and Mar’s private moments. “Yes, we are still together,” she replied, contrary to rumors that they have started living apart only a year or two after they got married in October 2009, seven months before Mar conceded the presidential race to Noynoy Aquino and agreed to be just his running-mate. “We do sleep in one bed in the same room and under the same roof.”  READ MORE....

ALSO Japanese Goes Pinoy in song 'Imademo Aishiteru' (Hanggang Ngayon Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko): A Cute Japinoy Love Story


Completely adapting to Pinoy Lifestyle remains a perennial yet worthwhile quest for pure Japanese singer AISAKU YOKOGAWA. Over the course of his career as a Tagalog singing Japanese artist, he has remained truly grateful for being well-accepted in the local music industry. Since the successful release of his debut album ‘IKAW PA RIN’ which features the auspicious title track popularized by Ted Ito, the Japanese singer has continuously been receiving various major awards and recognition as a recording artist, a performer and even as a host. Now that his singing career has grown by leaps and bounds, there’s just no stopping Aisaku in conquering more unexplored territories. 2015 indeed opened a new door of opportunity for him to develop his talent not only in singing but in composing as well. This year, he was also given the chance to release an original song which helped finally establish himself in a totally unique genre – the Nihonggo-infused OPM genre. His digitally launched single ‘IMADEMO AISHITERU’ (Hanggang Ngayon Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko) likewise gained a considerable amount of airplay on Metro Manila’s pop radio stations. READ MORE, ALSO WATCH HIS VIDEO....


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Marian Rivera is pregnant


Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are having a baby. Instagram/Marian Rivera

MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Chuck Smith – After days of being mum about the issue, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes finally confirmed that they are having a baby.

The couple announced the news in an interview with on GMA-7’s news program “24 Oras” on Monday.

"Gusto namin sabi na nagbunga yung aming pagmamahalan at nabiyayaan kami ng Panginoon ng isa sa pinakamagandang regalo na pwedeng ibigay and that's the gift of life," Dingdong said.

"Yun din ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya kami nagpursiging magpakasal; it's too really build a family. And alam naman natin an ang pagkakaroon ng anak ay isa sa mga mahahalagang bagay para magkaroon ng isang pamilya," he said

Dingdong added, "So magmula noon, pinagdasal namin na kung ibigay sa amin, ibibigay po sa tamang panahon."

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Asked if they would want a girl or a boy for their first born, Dingdong said: "With regards to the gender, kumbaga one step at a time."

"Ngayon, nagpapasalamat kami na may biyaya kami ng isang buhay. So siguro okay na kami kahit anong ibigay sa amin," he further said.

"Tuwing maguusap kami, parang sobrang emotional ko. Isa ito sa mga pangarap ko na gusto kong mangyari sa buhay ko, ang maging isang mommy. So ibinigay siya sa amin," Marian said.

The GMA-7 actor also confirmed the news in a post on his Instagram account.

"We are extremely grateful because the greatest gift called life has already been bestowed upon us by God. In behalf of my wife, and our coming baby, we thank all those who prayed for, and with us. Faith really has its way of fulfilling lifelong dreams," he said.

Speculations that Marian is pregnant surfaced last week following the actress posted a photo of San Agustin Church with the caption, “Thank you Lord.” Fans of the GMA-7 star took it as a confirmation of her pregnancy.

Marian and Dingdong tied the knot last December. In previous interviews after their wedding, the actress admitted being ready to having a baby.


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Jolina Magdangal on impersonating Pacquiao (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 19, 2015 - 12:00am


JOLINA AND MANNY

MANILA, Philippines - Jolina Magdangal (left) will be impersonating Manny Pacquiao (photo) tonight in the ABS-CBN show Your Face Sounds Familiar. And the pressure on Jolina seems to be building up as the whole country anticipates Manny’s mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“That I got assigned to impersonate Manny Pacquiao comes at a perfect time. It was not intended to happen just because he has an upcoming fight. Any of us could have been picked to transform into Manny. Whether I win or lose, I’m happy that I get to impersonate him,” said Jolina.

“Those who are unable to come near him should just take a picture with me,” she joked.

This is not the first time Jolina will be impersonating a man, as she previously impersonated Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose. She said she even finds impersonating men more exciting because it makes her look entirely different.

“Manny Pacquiao has a distinct sound, moves and facial expression. He has a signature smile. I’m pressured but more excited. Copying his voice and how he talks will definitely be the most challenging part. I’m also hoping that I will look exactly like him so I can pull it off,” added Jolina.

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Meanwhile, Jay-R is more inspired to study his music icons, especially after the real Alice Cooper posted on Twitter a link to the R&B star’s performance as the rock icon in Your Face.

Co-performers Maxene Magalona and Edgar Allan Guzman, on the other hand, also have a tough task of impersonating music icons of the opposite gender. They will transform into Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga, respectively.

Karla Estrada will again show off her vocal chops as Mariah Carey, while Tutti Caringal will be made over as Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler. Nyoy Volante will try rapping as apl.de.ap, while Jay-R and Melai Cantiveros will impress as their own versions of Tom Jones and Cyndi Lauper.

Your Face Sounds Familiar airs Saturdays after MMK and Sundays after Rated K.

RELATED NEWS FROM ABS-CBN:

Jolina Magdangal on Impersonating Manny Pacquiao: ‘Win or Lose I’m Happy’ April 18, 2015 by ABS-CBN

Pop icon Jolina Magdangal will be impersonating no other than boxing champ Manny Pacquiao this weekend (April 18 and 19) in the top-rating “Your Face Sounds Familiar.” And the pressure on her seems to be building up as the whole country anticipates his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.


JOLINA AS Axl Rose


Axl Rose of the metal rock band Roses N Guns

“That I got assigned to impersonate Manny Pacquiao comes at a perfect time. It was not intended to happen just because he has an upcoming fight. Any of us could have been picked to transform into Manny. Whether I win or lose, I’m happy that I get to impersonate him,” said Jolina.

“Those who are unable to come near him should just take a picture with me,” she joked.

This is not the first time Jolina will be impersonating a man, as she previously impersonated Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose. She said she even finds impersonating men more exciting because it makes her look entirely different.

“Manny Pacquiao has a distinct sound, moves, and facial expression. He has a signature smile. I’m pressured but more excited. Copying his voice and how he talks will definitely be the most challenging part. I’m also hoping that I will look exactly like him so I can pull it off,” added Jolina.

Co-performers Maxene Magalona and Edgar Allan Guzman, on the other hand, also have a tough task of impersonating music icons of the opposite gender. They will transform into Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga, respectively.

Karla Estrada will again show off her vocal chops as Mariah Carey, while Tutti Caringal will be made over as Aeromsmith vocalist Steven Tyler. Nyoy Volante will try rapping as Apl de Ap, while Jay-R and Melai Cantiveros will impress as their own versions of Tom Jones and Cyndi Lauper.

Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar” Saturdays after “MMK” and Sundays after “Rated K” on ABS-CBN. For program updates, like www.facebook.com/yourfaceph , follow @YourFacePH  on Twitter and Instagram, or visit yourfacesoundsfamiliar.abs-cbn.com  .
 


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No more casinos for Willie Revillame with GMA-7 By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated April 13, 2015 - 2:51pm


Willie Revillame: "Nagsugal ako. Pero part ng buhay ng tao yan. Pero hindi ako magpapaubos sa casino." STAR/File

MANILA, Philippines – Willie Revillame is prohibited by his contract with GMA-7 to gamble in casinos.

The controversial detail in his contract was revealed in an interview with GMA-7’s news magazine program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” aired Sunday.

READ: Willie Revillame signs with GMA-7

The revelation came amid rumors that Willie has spent his fortunes in casinos during his almost two year break from television. Rumors even claimed he sold several of his properties due to his gambling.

In his interview, Willie told Soho he did go to casinos for leisure. But he denied reports that he is in dire straits because of gambling.

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“Hindi ako apektado sa mga sinasabi nila e, kasi ikaw naman ang nakakaalam ng totoo sa buhay mo, di ba?” he said.

“Naghihirap? Ito nga, ang mahal nga nito,” Willie said, referring to the designer shirt he was wearing during the interview.

He also said, “Nagka-casino? Yes, tatanggapin kong totoo 'yan. Naglibang lang ako sa buhay ko. Pinakiramdaman ko lang kung ano meron kasi hindi ako sanay d’yan e.”

“So okay, na-challenge ako. Nagsugal ako. Pero part ng buhay ng tao 'yan. Pero hindi ako magpapaubos sa casino,” Willie added.

The TV host then said his contract with GMA-7 prohibits him from gambling in casinos.

“Pero tinigilan ko na 'yan. Kasi, una, bawal na sa aking gawin 'yan. Kasi with my contract with GMA, hindi na pwede,” he said.

“Sa sarili ko na rin sinabi ko. Kasi pangit e,” Willie said.

Willie signed a contract with GMA-7 last March as a blocktimer for the network. His program “Wowowin” will reportedly start airing later this month.


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FAIRY TLE MOVIE SHOWING NOW: ‘Kid Kulafu’ shows how a poor Pacquiao grew up to be champion By Oliver Teves (Associated Press) | Updated April 15, 2015 - 4:18pm


Paul Soriano with 'Kid Kulafu' star Buboy Villar. ABS-CBN/PR photo

MANILA, Philippines — As a dirt-poor rookie boxer in the southern Philippines, Manny Pacquiao started his phenomenal rise to global fame not as the Pacman, as he is sometimes called, but as "Kid Kulafu."

That moniker — the title of a new local film about Pacquiao's childhood — was taken from the label of a cheap wine whose empty bottles he returned for recycling to earn money to help his family.

"Kid Kulafu" opened Wednesday in more than 70 theaters across the Philippines starting ahead of Pacquiao's May 2 megafight with Floyd Mayweather. It will be shown in some US and Canadian theaters beginning April 24.

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Produced with advice and other assistance from Pacquiao, the film depicts the impoverished world he grew up in well before he became the world's only eight-division boxing champion, one of its highest-paid athletes and the wealthiest member of the Philippine House of Representatives.

"He had every excuse in the book to fail — broken family, no food, no home, nowhere to go, no money, but he still persevered, and that's what I want the people to see — that he is where he is today because of hard work," filmmaker Paul Soriano told The Associated Press.

The 36-year-old boxer was born in a thatch-roofed house with a dirt floor in the mountains of southern Bukidnon province at a time when anti-communist militiamen were battling insurgents. One brutal clash near the Pacquiao home forced the family to move to General Santos city, into a shack owned by his uncle, Sardo Mejia.

There often was not enough food for the family; sometimes they ate boiled rice paired with fish entrails or corn on the cob. In the movie, militiamen compel Pacquiao's mother to hand over two small fried fish she had prepared for her family.

Pacquiao's father later abandoned the family, leaving Manny, the eldest of three brothers, to find a livelihood like most young boys in the country's rural areas. He sold fried peanuts, bread and doughnuts made by his mother, and earned a little money of his own by gathering and selling tiny native lemons called calamansi.

He also worked as a store assistant for Mejia, and collected sacks of empty bottles of Vino Kulafu, which he returned to the distributors to cash in the deposits. Kulafu was originally a Tarzan-like Filipino comic-book hero.

Pacquiao became drawn to boxing after he started watching Betamax tapes of world heavyweight fights with his uncle. Mejia encouraged Pacquiao to box and later trained him, though his mother hated the sport. She wanted her son to be a priest, but was too poor to enter him into a seminary. Still, she ingrained deep spirituality and religious faith in him.

Ironically, Pacquiao's road to boxing was partially paved by his mother when she was struck by a heart attack, Soriano said. The movie depicts the boy entering a fight to win 100 pesos (about $2) needed to buy her medicine.

With training by his uncle and a friend's father, Pacquiao soon became the amateur boxing derby champion in General Santos, fighting in the open-air ring in the town plaza as Kid Kulafu, a name Mejia came up with. Without telling his mother, he left General Santos to train in a dingy boxing gym in Manila.

"'Kid Kulafu' is really a movie about a young boy who grew up with nothing," Soriano said. "All he really had was a dream and he fought and fought and fought until he made those dreams come true."

The movie, with most scenes shot on location, was produced by Ten17P, an independent film company owned by Soriano, a director and producer who also has directed many of Pacquiao's local television ads.

The 110-minute film was three years in the making, including two years of research and emotional interviews with Pacquiao, members of his family, friends and former trainers, Soriano said.

"It is a fairy-tale story, but it's true," producer Marie Pineda said.

The "rags" part of Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story is all too familiar in the Philippines. Many Filipinos are born into poverty and forced to leave home to find work in Manila or even other countries to support their families. About 10 million Filipinos, a tenth of the population, work abroad and send money back home that helps shore up the economy.

The 17-year-old actor playing Pacquiao, Buboy Villar, also grew up poor with separated parents; he had to scavenge garbage heaps to earn money before becoming a child star in Philippine TV and movies.

While Villar shares Pacquiao's humble beginnings, the boxing skills took more work: He spent weeks building up muscles and learning to move as a southpaw like the champion.

Soriano said the film takes some creative license to compress Pacquiao's first 15 years, but is true to the boxer's life. Pacquiao did not produce or invest in the film but helped in making it, facilitating interviews with key characters and going over the script while but giving Soriano creative freedom, the filmmaker said.

"I think, honestly, what he gave me — his time, his story — I think that was even much more important than any money," Soriano said. "The access he gave me, the friendship that he has given me — that's priceless."


INQUIRER

Nora gets hug from Jackie; Cherie, her first int’l plum Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:25 AM | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


NORA Aunor admits that Jackie Chan is her idol. Courtesy of Catherine Cornell/ABS-CBN News

Before the closing rites of the second Asean International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa) on Saturday night at Borneo Convention Center in Kuching, Sarawak, Filipino superstar Nora Aunor had one request: “I asked the liaison officer if I could get an autograph from Jackie Chan,” Aunor told the Inquirer.

The Hong Kong action hero was there to receive the Asean Inspiration Award; Aunor was given the Asean Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, previous honoree, handed Aunor the trophy.

It was a glitzy gathering of the region’s movie luminaries.

Alas, the superstar/fan’s plan ran into a slight hitch. “When I was called onstage, Jackie was among the first to stand up,” she recalled. Chan remained standing, as did the rest of the well-heeled crowd, throughout Aunor’s two-minute speech in English and Filipino.

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“As I was returning to my seat, Jackie approached and congratulated me,” she recounted. “I was so surprised and happy, I jumped and hugged him.” She didn’t get his autograph, but settled for the tight embrace.

Reunion with Yeoh

It was her second time to share the stage with Yeoh, Aunor related. “We met in Hong Kong in 2013 [at the Asian Film Awards], where I won best actress and she was the Lifetime Achievement honoree.” She giddily clinched snapshots with Yeoh as well.

At the Kuala Lumpur airport, on her way back to Manila on Sunday, Aunor met a Malaysian movie producer, who got her contact details, “for a possible project.”


FILIPINO stars spotted at Aiffa (from left): Mercedes Cabral, Allen Dizon, Cherie Gil and Piolo Pascual. Photo by Mammu Chua

Aunor is ecstatic about this latest honor. “When you love your work and share your gifts with others, God blesses you with more than you prayed for,” she said.

She’s just as thrilled about the four other Aiffa awards that the country won. The Philippines scored big, with Cherie Gil winning best actress for “Sonata”; Joseph Israel Laban, best director for “Nuwebe”; Benjamin Tolentino, best editing for “Bendor”; and Carlo Obispo, Asean Spirit Award for “Purok 7.”

Aunor, Laban and Obispo were honorees in past editions of the Inquirer Indie Bravo! Awards. Gil and Tolentino will join them in the annual tribute for artists who have won in foreign tilts.

This is Gil’s first international award and first best actress ever, after 45 years in the industry. “My previous trophies were for best supporting actress,” she told the Inquirer. “This is definitely very special. ‘Sonata’ is my baby.”

Lore Reyes, “Sonata” director, told the Inquirer: “She invested so much of herself in the role.” It was not just because she was also the producer. Reyes explained, “It was a labor of love, a passion project. It was often painful to watch her on the set. I think what made her performance heart-rending was … she knew at the time that she was losing her brother Ralph.”

For Mark

Actor Mark Gil, Ralph Eigenmann in real life, died of cancer last year. “This is for, and because of, him,” Cherie Gil said.


KRYSTLE Valentino traveled abroad for the first time with director Carlo Obispo. Courtesy of Carlo Obispo

“She had to go out of her depth and range to be recognized,” said Peque Gallaga, codirector. “We’ve put her in a box, stamped her as diva and contravida, ignoring that [as an artist] she is dealing honestly with her insecurities and vulnerabilities. Cherie doesn’t stand for something; she is something!”

The “Sonata” screenplay, the first by Peque’s son Wanggo Gallaga, was also nominated for an award.

Tolentino, 25, is also a first-time international winner. He could not attend the awards rites due to previous commitments. He told the Inquirer, “This is a sign that I am doing something right. Instead of aiming for fame, young filmmakers like myself should ask: What more can I contribute to Philippine cinema?”

Laban’s best director win was a stunner, he said, “But I’m grateful. That category was tough—and receiving the award in front of Nora Aunor, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh was special.”

Obispo was similarly caught off guard by his award, a special honor given by organizers. “I thought all the awards had been announced.”

The Asean Spirit Award, he noted, is given to a film that exemplifies the region’s positive values. “I’m pleased because it pays tribute to our countrymen’s resilience and determination to remain upbeat in the face of tragedies.”

“Purok 7” is about the children of an overseas Filipino worker sentenced to die in a foreign land. Obispo attended the Aiffa rites with his lead actress, Krystle Valentino, who got to travel abroad for the first time. “Krystle was nominated for best actress, too, and she just turned 18. It was memorable for her … to be surrounded by talented artists.”


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IS PRESIDENTIAL SISTER BEHIND HER NETWORK TRANSFER? Ai-Ai delas Alas calls Kris Aquino her ‘former friend’ Arvin Mendoza @AMendozaINQ INQUIRER.net 5:27 PM | Thursday, April 16th, 2015


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A “former friend.”

This is what actress Ai-Ai de las Alas now calls actress Kris Aquino, following the rift that tarnished their relationship.

Speaking before members of the press during her contract signing with GMA Network on Thursday, the Comedy Concert Queen admitted that her friendship with Kris Aquino is already different from what it used to be.

READ: Ai-Ai delas Alas signs exclusive contract with GMA

“Syempre iba na ngayon. Una sa lahat hindi na kami roommates, magkapitbahay na lang kami, kasi andito na ko (in GMA), nandoon siya (ABS-CBN). Syempre iba na ‘yon. Pero I wish her well (Things are different now. First, we are no longer “roommates,” we are just “neighbors” now because I am already here, and she’s still there. Of course, it’s different. But I wish her well),” Delas Alas said.

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Aquino and Delas Alas reconciled during Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s wedding last December.

Delas Alas also dismissed rumors that one of the reasons why she left the Kapamilya network is because her past misunderstanding with Aquino. “’Di ba nagkabati na nga kami noong kasal ni kambal (Marian), so ‘yon na ‘yon. Nagkabati na kami. Okay na ‘yon (We already patched things up during Marian’s wedding. Everything is already okay).”

READ: Ai Ai diring-diri pa rin kay Kris; Boy hirap pagbatiin ang 2 alaga

ALSO: Ai Ai lalayas na sa ABS dahil kay Kris…lilipat na sa GMA 7

She also said that she learned her lessons from her past relationships with people, saying “there is a reason for all the bad things that happened before.”

“Minsan kasi meron na tayong mga kanya-kanyang priorities. Ako kasi priority ko na ‘to to be happy. Ayoko na nang may mga kaaway. Ayoko na nung may negativity (There comes a point when we already have our own priorities. My priority now is to be happy. I don’t want to have enemies anymore. I don’t want any negativity),” she said. IDL


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Korina’s five secrets of success FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 17, 2015 - 12:00am


Korina Sanchez-Roxas during a belated get-together with movie writers yesterday to celebrate her show Rated K’s 10th anniversary. Back row, from left: Jojo Panaligan, Nestor Cuatero, Ervin Santiago, Reggie Bonoan, Dindo Balares, Ricky Calderon, Alex Vergara, Ricky Lo, Isah Red, Janna Remigio, Eugene Asis and Jojo Gabinete; front row, also from left: Gie Trillana, Vinia Vivar, Korina, Lolit Solis, Maricris Nicasio and Karen Pagsolingan.

Do Korina Sanchez and husband DILG Sec. Mar Roxas shower together?

Caught unguarded by the question (which other celebrity couples would gladly answer with a shrug), Korina said, “I don’t want to answer that baka magalit siya sa akin.”

All she would share were morsels about her and Mar’s private moments.

“Yes, we are still together,” she replied, contrary to rumors that they have started living apart only a year or two after they got married in October 2009, seven months before Mar conceded the presidential race to Noynoy Aquino and agreed to be just his running-mate. “We do sleep in one bed in the same room and under the same roof.”

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Asked what they do in bed together before they turn in, Korina said, “We hold hands,” before Mar gives her a kiss and a tight hug and drifts into sweet slumber. “He’s the one who often says ‘I love you’ to me and how lucky he is to have me.”

The free-wheeling “intrusion” into the couple’s life together happened at lunch yesterday when Korina met with some movie writers as a belated treat for her ABS-CBN show Rated K’s 10th anniversary, a consistent top rater, making the leader in the Sunday-night primetime. That undeniable reality is a given, so the writers decided to delve deeper into the private life of Korina and Mar, and Korina turned out to be “game” without being evasive, except to reveal if she and Mar shower together or separately.

“What’s the reason for this get-together?” Korina repeated her interviewers’ question. “Wala lang. We are into our 11th year and we haven’t had lunch or dinner with the movie press. Pa-thank you lang kasi 10 years na kaming No. 1.”

Although she continues to host Rated K, Korina has been on leave from the ABS-CBN early-evening newscast TV Patrol World since late last year because she wanted to take up her master’s simultaneously at Ateneo and at the London School of Economics, both online. “Akala ko madali, pero sukdulan pala ng hirap. I almost dropped some subjects twice kasi parang masisira na ang ulo ko sa hirap; habang nagpa-Patrol, nagka-klase ako, so I opted to take a leave from TV Patrol.”

After completing her master’s, Korina plans to get a doctorate and resume studies in French which, she said, she used to speak and to write in several years ago (when she was 29).

“It has been my long-time dream to continue my studies.”

Korina had to explain (even if she didn’t have to) to dispel rumors that she was asked to resign because Mar is planning to run for president in 2016. But Korina said that until June, the deadline Mar has given himself to decide whether to run or not, she doesn’t really know about Mar’s political plans.

“We don’t discuss politics in bed,” said Korina. “It would be boring kasi reporter na ako at alangan namang bago kami matulog tutukan ko siya ng mikropono at tanungin tungkol sa mga issues. As I said, all we do in bed is hold hands.”

And that’s it? No effort to start work on their first baby?


Korina and husband DILG Sec. Mar Roxas: The couple that travels together (top) and dips at the waters (even if they don’t shower) together, stays happy together.

“We are both parating pagod,” said Korina, “so, holding hands na lang muna.”

The couple has been the favorite topic of rumors on social media — you know, that Mar is having an affair with another woman (“Mayroon daw kabit si Mar,” as Korina put it bluntly), that they have been living separate lives and just making a show of being an ideal couple, and so on and so forth.

“I’m used to that already,” said Korina who still wears the wedding ring given to her by Mar who got it from his mom Judy Roxas-Araneta who got it from her mother. “Pinatay na rin ako sa social media, minaltrato daw ako ng ABS-CBN at kung anu-ano pa. Diyos ko, sanay na ako,” dismissing a blogger as “unreliable.”

The rumors about their separation must have been spawned by the fact that they really did deliberately lead separate lives, especially in public.

“Mar is a public official and I’m in media and it wouldn’t be nice to mix up the two. We had to draw a distinct line between our jobs.”

Incidentally, it was only after she quit TV Patrol did Korina start identifying herself as Mrs. Korina Sanchez-Roxas.

“When they heard me say it,” Korina laughed, “pinalakpakan nila ako.”

And it was only late into their seven-year marriage did Korina agree to accept an “allowance” from Mar.

“Kasi I felt na parang binibili niya ako,” laughed Korina. “Besides, may pera naman akong sarili, kumikita naman ako. Then, my lawyer friends would tell me, ‘Napakatanga mo, tanggapin mo.’ So I did.”

Asked to what she attributes the longevity of Rated K, Korina revealed her five secrets.

Love and serve your parents. Otherwise, luck will prove elusive to you.

You should believe in yourself.

Dream and plan. Kailangan pina-plano ang pangarap.

Angat ang masipag kaysa sa matalino. Uy, mas malaki ang suweldo ko sa valedictorian namin, ha.

Pray and believe. Magdasal at maniwala.

“I’ve been talking to students about them because gusto kong legacy ko may ma-impart sa kabataan,” explained Korina, that is aside from her “tsinelas project” for which Mar provides the slippers to be given away. “So in my speech, I always tell them about those five secrets. The moment I start expounding on those five secrets, kuha mo na ang atensyon nila. I talk for one hour at walang nag-ti-text o tumatawag sa celfone. I have talked to students in more than 40 universities nationwide.”

And the persistent question: when do they plan to have a baby?

“We have more time between us now,” said Korina.

So why not now?


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Japanese Goes Pinoy in Imademo Aishiteru : A Cute Japinoy Love Story April 8, 2015

Completely adapting to Pinoy Lifestyle remains a perennial yet worthwhile quest for pure Japanese singer AISAKU YOKOGAWA.

Over the course of his career as a Tagalog singing Japanese artist, he has remained truly grateful for being well-accepted in the local music industry.

Since the successful release of his debut album ‘IKAW PA RIN’ which features the auspicious title track popularized by Ted Ito, the Japanese singer has continuously been receiving various major awards and recognition as a recording artist, a performer and even as a host.

Now that his singing career has grown by leaps and bounds, there’s just no stopping Aisaku in conquering more unexplored territories.

2015 indeed opened a new door of opportunity for him to develop his talent not only in singing but in composing as well. This year, he was also given the chance to release an original song which helped finally establish himself in a totally unique genre – the Nihonggo-infused OPM genre.

His digitally launched single ‘IMADEMO AISHITERU’ (Hanggang Ngayon Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko) likewise gained a considerable amount of airplay on Metro Manila’s pop radio stations.

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The song was composed/written by Aisaku’s friend and producer Robster Evangelista. IMADEMO AISHITERU is being heavily requested by Aisaku’s newly discovered fans – the chinky -eyed and Tagalog-speaking foreignoy.

Aisaku seemed to look very serious in his previous album packaging. Even his music videos before were all seriously themed. This is exactly the reason why he decided to somehow alter his image.

In an attempt to communicate well with his fans and become more reachable to them, Aisaku injected humor in his latest music video IMADEMO AISHITERU. Only a few people know that Aisaku is a natural comedian.

In the music video, Aisaku portrayed a plain looking chinito high school student, crazily and madly in love with his long time friend, a character portrayed by Gyan Murriel of Rouge Band.

Although they are very much in love with each other, both of them are so caught up in a myriad of emotions that they find the situation too overwhelming for their young and vulnerable hearts.

The concept of the video revolves around a 90s old school setting which was impeccably executed.

Aisaku is more than grateful to partner with one of today’s fastest rising young stars Gyan Murriel in the music video. What’s so special about the music video also is that Aisaku himself was the one who conceptualized and injected the cartoon animation through out the entire video.

IMADEMO AISHITERU was recently premiered on MYX and MTV Pinoy channel. Fans can now request and vote for the video online. The video is available on Youtube at the same time where viewers have already started posting comments and ‘Likes’ for this newly introduced music genre.

A couple of weeks back, Aisaku surprised a crowd of five thousand in the previously held Handumanan concert in Quezon City Memorial Circle. Despite the fact that he performed in between rock bands, Aisaku still managed to impress the crowd with his unparalleled charm and wit. He was able to maintain the program’s momentum with his signature Voltes V number. Having won singing competitions, armed with professional training as a tenor, Aisaku can actually hold a note for almost a minute long- such stunt culminated his performance on stage, thus eliciting sonorous applause from the fastidious local crowd.

Among Aisaku’s accolades is an award that he recently received. He won the 2015 Asia Pacific Excellence and People’s Choice Awards for his innovative song ‘IMADEMO AISHITERU’. Aisaku is definitely off to a good start in 2015. His award-winning song will surely pave the way to more promising original compositions. Aisaku’s fans can also expect more interesting OPM covers translated to Japanese.

Fans can catch Aisaku live every friday at Misono Japanese Restaurant located in Jupiter street Makati City.

WATCH VIDEO:  ‘IMADEMO AISHITERU’ (Hanggang Ngayon Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko)

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajFe4gNj6qc&feature=player_detailpage

Published on Jan 15, 2015 Download on iTunes : Download: http://v.blnk.fr/Aru2cP7h IMADEMO AISHITERU ~hanngang ngayon ikaw ang mahal ko~ by Japanese OPM Artist AISAKU Lyrics: IMADEMO AISHITERU - AISAKU (Words and Music by Robster Evangelista)

I Nang tayo’y magkalayo, ang aking puso Ang tibok parang huminto Binabalikan ang mga nagdaan Noong ang pag-ibig mo ay akin lamang

II Kahit sa’n man magpunta, mukha mo sinta Sa isip ko’y nakikita Sana puso nati’y muling magtagpo Tayo’y magmahalang muli’t di na magkalayo

Chorus: Imademo aishiteru Hanggang ngayon ikaw ang mahal ko Imademo aishiteru Pag-ibig ko sa iyo’y di nagbago Ikaw pa rin ang hanap, ang halik mo’t yakap Imademo aishiteru

III Di pa rin nabubura sa alaala Paglalambing mo’t pagsinta Sana puso nati’y muling magtagpo Tayo’y magmahalang muli’t di na magkalayo

Repeat Chorus

Bridge: Sana’y mabigyan pa ng isang pagkakataon Makapiling kang muli, di sasayangin iyon

Repeat Chorus

Ikaw pa rin ang hanap, ang halik mo’t yakap Imademo aishiteru

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Credits:

Director: Vanz Kristian Lavado Director of photography..

Artists : Aisaku Yokogawa Gyan Murriel

Composed/Written by Robster Evangelista Music Arranged by Raizo Brent Chabeldin Published & Distributed under GLF Events Management Services

For inquiries, please contact Grace Foronda : gracelomboyforonda@gmail.com


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