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JOHN LLOYD AND ANGELICA PANGANIBAN HEADED FOR SPLITSVILLE?


JUNE 9 ----John Lloyd Cruz and Angelica Panganiban: Can they still patch up their differences as they did last year when they had a cooling-off? — Photo by VER PAULINO 
THIS JUST IN: John Lloyd Cruz and Angelica Panganiban are due to split up. In case you didn’t notice, in today’s head, there’s a question mark(?) but Funfare’s VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent) discarded any question mark and put a period to the breaking news. “John Lloyd and Angelica haven’t been talking to each other for three weeks now,” said the VDPA who happens to be close to the sweethearts. “The same thing happened last year but they were able to patch things up before they got worse. This time, feel ko tuluyan na silang maghihiwalay.” Since the VDPA (let’s call her by the code name Jolly Angel) didn’t elaborate nor hint at whatever is causing the widening rift between John Lloyd and Angelica, maybe you and I can just speculate. Could the reason be, 1). They are getting suffocated by their extreme closeness (you know, everybody needs breathing space, right?); 2. Has John Lloyd gotten fed up with Angelica’s attitude (one of the reasons why Derek Ramsay’s feelings turned sour against Angelica?); 3. Have they reached a crossroads and decided to pursue opposite directions? When Derek and Angelica broke up, Angelica let loose quite a mouthful against Derek (who remained silent), throwing in personal matters that should have been left unearthed. “Sana naman hindi niya gawin ‘yon kay Lloydie,” said the VDPA who called John Lloyd by his monicker. READ MORE...

ALSO LUIS MANZANO: On marriage, politics and his sensitive moments


Luis Manzano was noticeably in a hurry for a scheduled taping of Deal or No Deal, but that didn’t stop him from spending as much time with entertainment reporters to update them about his political plans, wedding talks with girlfriend Angel Locsin, posting selfies, and his continued advocacy to put an end to sensitive teeth. As the latest season of the hit game show coming to an end, Luis returns to hosting The Voice Kids 2 with Robi Domingo and Yeng Constantino. “Busy is good,” he told The Standard at the launch of the #SayNoToNgilo campaign of Sensodyne where he has been an endorser since last year. “And if the plans of ABS-CBN for me pushes through, next year will even be busier,” he adds. Does that mean we won’t be hearing wedding bells anytime soon? READ MORE...

ALSO: Nora Aunor in Taklub wows critics at Festival de Cannes


“A great Nora Aunor… extraordinary and powerful film, Taklub is the best film among the films that I have seen in this year’s Un Certain Regard and I hope it will be rewarded with the highest honor,” Italian film critic Maria Cera said of the Philippines’ entry at the recent 68th Festival de Cannes. Nora Aunor wows critics in Cannes during Taklub's screening at the international film festival in France. Brilliante Mendoza’s Taklub lost to Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams from Iceland for the Un Certain Regard top prize. It won, thought, the Ecumenical Jury Prize- Special Mention for its “sensitive portrayal of individuals and communities working for life in the midst of suffering and death in the shadows of natural catastrophes in the Philippines.” The Ecumenical Jury top prize was given to Nanni Moretti’s Main Competition entry Mia Madre while Competition entry Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi Du Marché shared honors with Taklub. Un Certain Regard this year presented 19 films from 21 different countries. The films did not compete for the Palme d’Or (best picture, best actor, best actress, best screenplay) in the Main Competition. READ MORE...

ALSO: Judy Ann Santos backs out of TV series due to pregnancy


Judy Ann Santos: "Our prayers have been answered." STAR/File
 Judy Ann Santos will no longer be part of the upcoming ABS-CBN series “Someone to Watch Over Me” to focus on her pregnancy. READ: Judy Ann Santos is pregnant Kris Aquino revealed this on the late-night talk show “Aquino & Abunda Tonight” on Wednesday. According to Kris, the soap opera will push through and auditions may be held to find a replacement for Judy Ann. “Someone to Watch Over Me” is originally planned to be a Judy Ann Santos-starrer—her follow up to the 2013 soap opera “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala.” Judy Ann and her husband Ryan Agoncillo announced on Wednesday that they are expecting another baby. In a statement sent to “Aquino & Abunda Tonight,” Judy Ann also thanked those who prayed and “patiently” waited for her and her family. “Our prayers have been answered. As of today, we are nine weeks and one day pregnant. We are very thankful to all the people who have been patiently waiting with us and thank you for all your prayers,” the statement said. - Chuck Smith THIS IS FULL REPORT

ALSO: The Toni Gonzaga-Paul Soriano nuptials

Toni Gonzaga will be Mrs. Paul Soriano tomorrow, June 12. That is if plans for the marriage of Toni and fiance Paul would push through. Pre-nuptial photos of Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga Today is also the 8th anniversary of the couple, the reason both decided to have their wedding as well. In the last few days, the couple had not confirmed this, though. But, the Instagram posts of Alex Gonzaga, sister of the bride, showed the bridal shower she hosted for her ‘ate’ in June 5. In the post, she also the wedding was not far behind. The bridal shower was held in Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati. Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, Bianca Gonzales, and Mariel Rodriguez were among the guests. On June 8, a pre-nup photos were also released. Photographer Oli Ruiz took the photos at the National Musem in Manila. It is also said, that the wedding that will supposedly take place today would be a simple Christian ceremony in Taytay, Rizal, Toni’s hometown. Still, people are still wondering why the couple continues to be mum about the wedding, while they announced their engagement on a national television on Jan. 21. READ MORE...

ALSO: What we know about Toni-Paul wedding


Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano tapped their favorite chef Jessie Chiong Co to prepare the food for their guests on their wedding day. Instagram/ Toni Gonzaga
– Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano are one of the celebrity couples that the public has always admired. So when they got engaged after eight years of being together, their fans have nothing but nice words and good wishes for the couple. Since they're tying the knot today, which they quietly planned among their family and friends, here are some wedding details that they have revealed. • The couple's godparents are Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada who once played Toni's father in a film; Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, whose life was featured in Paul's recent film “Kid Kulafu"; ABS-CBN executives, Charo Santos-Concio and Gabby Lopez; and Boy Abunda who is Toni's co-host in the defunct show talk show “The Buzz.”  • Their wedding will happen in a Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal, where a Christian ceremony will be held. • Alex Gonzaga, Toni's only sister, will be her maid of honor. READ MORE...

ALSO: On Freedom Day, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano tie knot


EALED WITH A KISS TV host-actress Toni Gonzaga marries longtime boyfriend director Paul Soriano on Friday in solemn rites at the United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal province. The ceremony was “filled with love, light and humor,” observed singer-actress Lea Salonga, who was one of the couple’s celebrity godparents. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM OLY RUIZ 
Isn’t it ironic that lovers should tie the knot on Independence Day? But actress-TV host Toni Gonzaga and commercial and film director Paul Soriano chose to exchange “I do’s” at 3 p.m. on Friday, the country’s 117th Independence Day, at United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal province, where the bride spent her growing up years. It was there where the bride first sang before a crowd and was told that she could start a singing career, the bride was quoted in an earlier interview. The 30-year-old Toni, born Celestine Cruz Gonzaga, looked very regal in a gown by popular American fashion designer Vera Wang. She said she has always admired Wang’s bridal dresses and would often visit the New York-based designer’s boutique when she was abroad. Soriano, 33, donned a Hugo Boss suit and tie. READ: LOOK: Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano prenup photos READ MORE...

ALSO: Liza Diño on her secret ingredient in adobo, marriage with Aiza


Liza Diño said that her secret ingredient for a happy marriage with Aiza Seguerra is love and passion. Instagram/ Liza Diño
Unknown to many, Liza Diño also have the passion for cooking. She's recognized by many as the 2001 Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International winner and an actress for TV and theater. But her passion for cooking has always been there since she was young, and her specialty is adobo. “Adobo is the first dish taught to me by my uncle,” she said in a recent interview. “'Yon din 'yong favorite dish ni Aiza, especially noong nagliligawan pa lang kami.” She's so passionate about cooking the dish, that she even made a business out of it that they called Adobo in a Jar. “I chose adobo kasi mahaba ang shelf-life niya,” she explained. “We're trying to expand it, kumukuha na kami ng BFAD [Bureau of Food and Drug Administration] permit para mas marami 'yong reach namin.”  “Right now, even without the BFAD, ang shelf-life ng Adobo in a Jar is two months. So ang dami naming clients bringing the adobo abroad,” she added. If their business grows, she and her husband Aiza Seguerra will push through with their plan to put up a restaurant that they will call “Adobo Project.” Liza also plans of giving the dish different twists. Aside from their adobo business, Liza also shares her knowledge in cooking through her YouTube channel “Kitchen Queen,” which started in 2014. READ MORE...

ALSO: Fil-Canadian marching band shows brassy spirit


Philippine Heritage Band of Vaughn, Ontario has become a local institution. PHOTOS BY MARISA ROQUE
VAUGHAN, Ontario — Nothing evokes the fiesta spirit better for Filipino expatriates than the stirring rhythms of a brass marching band. And that is exactly what the Philippine Heritage Band (PHB), based in Vaughan, serves up every time, to everyone’s delight. Homesick Filipino Canadians are not the only ones who enjoy the festive tunes that PHB band members play while smartly decked out in their formal uniforms. PHB appeals to a wide audience. “We have 15 yearly ‘gigs’, which include the world famous Toronto Santa Claus parade in December that is broadcast to a global audience of millions, and the biggest Bavarian festival parade in Canada–Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest parade on Thanksgiving Day,” says founder Oscar Farinas. READ MORE...


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John Lloyd and Angelica: Headed for splitsville?


John Lloyd Cruz and Angelica Panganiban: Can they still patch up their differences as they did last year when they had a cooling-off? — Photo by VER PAULINO

MANILA, JUNE 15, 2015 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - THIS JUST IN: John Lloyd Cruz and Angelica Panganiban are due to split up.

In case you didn’t notice, in today’s head, there’s a question mark(?) but Funfare’s VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent) discarded any question mark and put a period to the breaking news.

“John Lloyd and Angelica haven’t been talking to each other for three weeks now,” said the VDPA who happens to be close to the sweethearts. “The same thing happened last year but they were able to patch things up before they got worse. This time, feel ko tuluyan na silang maghihiwalay.”

Since the VDPA (let’s call her by the code name Jolly Angel) didn’t elaborate nor hint at whatever is causing the widening rift between John Lloyd and Angelica, maybe you and I can just speculate. Could the reason be, 1). They are getting suffocated by their extreme closeness (you know, everybody needs breathing space, right?); 2. Has John Lloyd gotten fed up with Angelica’s attitude (one of the reasons why Derek Ramsay’s feelings turned sour against Angelica?); 3. Have they reached a crossroads and decided to pursue opposite directions?

When Derek and Angelica broke up, Angelica let loose quite a mouthful against Derek (who remained silent), throwing in personal matters that should have been left unearthed.

“Sana naman hindi niya gawin ‘yon kay Lloydie,” said the VDPA who called John Lloyd by his monicker.

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Could their impending break-up (“Medyo extended cooling-off ang nangyayari ngayon,” stressed the VDPA) be the reason why Angelica is spreading bad vibes (nag-mamaasim) lately, picking on, among other people, Heart Evangelista who, thankfully (bless her!) simply ignored her?

John Lloyd and Angelica have been together for a few years now (they became a couple in Sept. 2012), traveled several times together and seemed destined to march down the aisle (as Angelica has been hinting at).

Anyway, here’s hoping that, contrary to the VDPA’s fears, John Lloyd and Angelica can iron out whatever differences they are having and get back together again.

To paraphrase Rico Blanco in the new Emperador Light commercial, masarap ang tagay.

Okay, John Lloyd and Angelica, let’s drink to that!

Will Heart run?


Heart Evangelista and husband Sen. Chiz Escudero with Heart’s parents Rey and Cecille let bygones be bygones over a reconciliation dinner recently. – Photo from Heart’s Instagram

Barely five months to the deadline of COC (Certificate Of Candidacy) in October, Heart Evangelista is pestered with the question…is she really running for Mayor of Sorsogon City, now her second home (where her husband, Sen. Chiz Escudero, hails from)?

“No, I’m not,” Heart told Funfare with finality. “You see, people…and I’m referring not only to Sorsogonons…know me only by the roles that I play on TV and in movies. I don’t think they know the real me.”

Neither is Heart saying if Chiz will run for a higher position (president or vice president?) in 2016, but if he does, Heart said that she will support him all the way.

So has next year’s campaign anything to do with their decision to delay their having a baby?

“No,” said Heart. “I have contracts to fulfill…But Chiz and I do plan to have a baby next year.”

Asked if they are into family planning, Heart smiled. By rhythm method? Abstinence when she’s fertile? Or, ehem, “withdrawal?”

“I’m on pills,” she admitted.

Now stress-free after her reconciliation with her mom, Cecille (Heart has done so with her dad Rey even before her and Chiz’s wedding last Feb. 15 in Balesin Island), followed by Chiz and Mom Cecille recently, Heart has never been happier.

Yes, she and Chiz are planning to get married again but not so soon.

“We are renewing our vows on our first wedding anniversary next year,” clarified Heart. “This time, my mom and my dad will be around. We missed them during our Balesin wedding.”

Will little brother also rise?


Coco Martin (left) and his younger brother Ronwaldo Martin: Following in the footsteps of his successful kuya by starring in indie films. Will he be as successful?

Ten years after Coco Martin was launched in the indie film Masahista by Brillante Mendoza, his younger brother Ronwaldo is taking the same path.

He first appeared in Kip Oebanda’s Tumbang Preso followed by Joselito Altarejos’ Kasal under his screen name Ron Cieno. Now, as RonwaldoMartin, he is the lead actor in a full-length Kapampangan film produced by Holy Angel University (HAU) titled Ari (My Life With A King). Ari in Kapampangan means king.

This is a coming-of-age story about a Kapampangan boy who doesn’t speak his own language until the king of Kapampangan poets enters his life.

Except for Ronwaldo and his leading lady Chloe Carpio, all cast members are Kapampangan non-actors, including Pampanga poet laureate Francisco Guinto and environmentalist Cecile Yumul. An Aeta woman, Jonalyn Ablong, who was nominated Urian Best Actress for the 2006 Brillante Mendoza film Manoro, also joins the cast.

The film was produced by STAR contributor Ferdinand Lapuz, an alumnus of HAU and recent recipient of the University’s top alumnus award called Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel. The school also recently held a festival of films produced by Lapuz to raise funds for scholarship.

The film is the directorial debut of Carlo Enciso Catu, 21, still a student taking up HRM at HAU. Catu’s short film Miss Da Ka (I Miss You) won Best Film, Director and Actress awards in last year’s Cinekabalen Kapampangan Film Festival, as well as first honorable mention for Best Film and Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Singkuwento International Film Festival.

This is also the first screenplay written by Robert Tantingco, the University’s vice president for external affairs.

The student-directed film gets solid support from respected and award-winning filmmakers like cinematographer Carlo Mendoza, editor Carlo Francisco Manatad, creative consultant Jason Paul Laxamana, and co-producer Jim Baltazar of CMB Film Services.

What’s up?

• Capitol Medical Center will have its 20th Scientific Symposium titled Reconciling Clinical Experience With Evidence Addressing FAGs on June 17 (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Convention Hall of Quezon City Sports Club, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City. Pediatricians, general practitioners, residents, fellows and allied medical professionals are welcome, and so are laymen (in the afternoon session). For inquiries, call the pediatric resident at (02) 372-3825 local 1714 or 1414 or celfone numbers 0917-8921591/0917-8921592.


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LUIS MANZANO: On marriage, politics and his sensitive moments By Isah V. Red | Jun. 09, 2015 at 06:10pm

Luis Manzano was noticeably in a hurry for a scheduled taping of Deal or No Deal, but that didn’t stop him from spending as much time with entertainment reporters to update them about his political plans, wedding talks with girlfriend Angel Locsin, posting selfies, and his continued advocacy to put an end to sensitive teeth.

As the latest season of the hit game show coming to an end, Luis returns to hosting The Voice Kids 2 with Robi Domingo and Yeng Constantino.

“Busy is good,” he told The Standard at the launch of the #SayNoToNgilo campaign of Sensodyne where he has been an endorser since last year.

“And if the plans of ABS-CBN for me pushes through, next year will even be busier,” he adds.

Does that mean we won’t be hearing wedding bells anytime soon?

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“Angel and I, we’ve been talking about it. We are not getting any younger and we’ve talked about some of the details like the pictorials and stuff or where we would be living…. The thought is there, the intention is there but we are taking our time to finish our individual commitments, especially Angel who is expecting an even busier year ahead.”


Luis Manzano has been an advocate of stop teeth sensitivity since he became Sensodyne's brand ambassador a year ago

Luis says they have also decided who their wedding singer will be, “If ako lang masusunod gusto ko sana ako ang kakanta habang naglalakad,- but seriously we’ve decided we want Tito Gary Valenciano to sing at our wedding—I even talked to him about it during the ASAP Dubai, and when he asked me what song, I told him—Hataw Na!” (That’s of course, said in jest, if you knew Luis!)

The interview then shifted to politics and Luis was asked if he had made a decision to run for public office.

“If I do decide to prioritize it and run for office, I would have to take a step back on my showbiz career or at least [do] very minimal work. I can’t accept a daily show while campaigning because that would be very unfair to the people who would vote for me. Sabi ko nga, yung tiwala nila sa iyo, para sa kabuhayan nila, pero bigla na lang ang focus mo na lang ay daily show. I have to weigh everything.”

Will he get the support of Angel Locsin?


AQUINO AND ABUNDA TONIGHT TV SHOW: When asked if it’s going to be a short engagement, the actor-host tells, "I'd like to think if it's a short engagement, it's making up for the time loss."

“Oo naman. Kahit sa bahay lang ako, kamutin ko tiyan ko, suportado niya ako. Kahit anong gawin ko, suportado ako ni Angel.”

With his hectic schedule, Luis says he tries to make the most of the free time, valuing those great little moments he spends with his family and loved ones.

“We know how it is to be very busy, so if we are given maybe even an hour or two to spend time with our loved ones, we want to maximize it. Whether a simple dinner or chatting with friends over coffee or over desserts, we want to make the most of it. But the thing is if you have sensitive teeth, you are worried that maybe if you have a bite of this or a sip of that you may feel that sharp shooting pain and ruin the moment. Sensitive teeth can ruin the mood of any romantic date, or stop you from enjoying those unforgettable moments.”

Luis, who admits he is one of the nine out of 10 Filipinos who have sensitive teeth or pangingilo, says he decided to not let this condition get in the way of enjoying life.

“I love coffee and tea, and I also have a bad case of the sweet tooth but like a lot of Filipinos, I used to suffer in silence. But I realized that if I don’t do something about my sensitive teeth, I would definitely miss those great little moments in life. So I decided to take the initiative and looked for a solution, and thankfully my dentists introduced me to Sensodyne even before I became part of the Say No to Ngilo campaign last year.

From GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Sensodyne, the no.1 sensitivity toothpaste in the Philippines, spearheaded the “Say No to Ngilo” advocacy where dentists, consumers and Sensodyne came together to enjoin everyone to heed the call to take action to no longer endure the discomfort of pangingilo.

“It’s more than just missing out on food. When you choose to just endure the pain, you do it at the expense of fully enjoying experiences and social occasions that go along with it, making you miss out on those great little moments with your loved ones,” says Heather Pelier, Incoming Consumer Healthcare General Manager, GSK Philippines.

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Sensodyne Great Little Moments campaign


Heather Pelier says Sensodyne has been proven to relieve teeth from 'pangingilo"

GSK and Sensodyne now takes the advocacy a notch higher with the launch of “Great Little Moments” digital campaign which encourages Filipinos not only to “Say No to Ngilo,” but also share their experiences after converting to Sensodyne and how they are able to fully enjoy their great little moments sensitivity-free.

The digital campaign encourages consumers to share their “Great Little Moments” in the Sensodyne Philippines website (www.sensodyne.com.ph) by uploading a photo of a moment (eg. sipping hot chocolate, eating halo-halo, etc.) they can now fully enjoy because they are pangingilo-free. Winners of the contest will win a trip for two to South Korea.

With the launch of the new campaign, GSK is likewise introducing the new Sensodyne Mouthwash to complement its toothpaste and complete its expert sensitivity regimen to help consumers put an end to teeth sensitivity. Sensodyne Mouthwash has all the benefits of a regular mouthwash like providing lasting freshening effect, and fluoride to strengthen teeth and protect against decay. It’s alcohol-free plus it gives relief from pangingilo.

“We highly recommend that you use the Sensodyne mouthwash together with the Sensodyne toothpaste to give clinically proven relief and daily protection from pangingilo,” says Pelier.


MANILA STANDARD

Nora Aunor wows critics By MST Entertainment | Jun. 09, 2015 at 05:30pm

“A great Nora Aunor… extraordinary and powerful film, Taklub is the best film among the films that I have seen in this year’s Un Certain Regard and I hope it will be rewarded with the highest honor,” Italian film critic Maria Cera said of the Philippines’ entry at the recent 68th Festival de Cannes.

Nora Aunor wows critics in Cannes during Taklub's screening at the international film festival in France.

Brilliante Mendoza’s Taklub lost to Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams from Iceland for the Un Certain Regard top prize. It won, thought, the Ecumenical Jury Prize- Special Mention for its “sensitive portrayal of individuals and communities working for life in the midst of suffering and death in the shadows of natural catastrophes in the Philippines.”

The Ecumenical Jury top prize was given to Nanni Moretti’s Main Competition entry Mia Madre while Competition entry Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi Du Marché shared honors with Taklub.

Un Certain Regard this year presented 19 films from 21 different countries. The films did not compete for the Palme d’Or (best picture, best actor, best actress, best screenplay) in the Main Competition.

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The Ecumenical Jury Prize, an independent film award for competing films in major international film festivals created by Christian film makers, film critics and other film professionals in 1973, aims to “honor works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.”

The ecumenical jury is composed of six members nominated by SIGNIS for Catholics and Interfilm for Protestants. SIGNIS and Interfilm appoint ecumenical juries at film festivals, including Cannes (where The Ecumenical Jury is one of three juries at the film festival, along with the Official Jury and the FIPRESCI Jury), Berlin Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

“Taklub is a heartbreaking film, but worthy… this is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Un Certain Regard section, which could upset the Jury,” French film critic Nicolas Lemerle said.

“We, the Jury, would like to thank the Festival de Cannes for inviting us to be part of the Jury for Un Certain Regard. The experience of watching 19 films from 21 countries was memorable. It was like taking a flight over our Planet and its inhabitants… any anthropologist would be envious of us,” Jury President Isabella Rossellini said of the entries.

Aunor, who was sorely missed at the red carpet at Debussy Theatre, earned unanimous acclaim from the international critics.

“Brilliante Mendoza’s film offers an intimate yet detached portrait of survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, but mostly thanks to the reverence that lead actress Nora Aunor commands,” said Maggie Lee of Variety Magazine.

“Wonderful, understated performance by Nora Aunor. Slow. Painful. Real,“ said American critic David Poland.

“Another extraordinary chapter in the filmography of director Brilliante Mendoza… with the usual immense performance by Nora Aunor,” said Valerio Sammarco of Cinematografo.it.

Aunor, who bagged another international best actress award at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in Nice, France on May 16 for the film Dementia, was presented with a Commendation from the Senate for her worthy contributions to the film industry, which was held on May 20, a day before the Superstar’s 62nd birthday celebration.

Aunor has also been selected as recipient of this year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian while also in the running for the Urian best actress award for Dementia.

Aunor was the first Urian best actress winner in 1977 for Mario O’Hara’s Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos and has won a total of seven Urian best actress trophies.

Aunor will be honored with the 100-year celebration for the late National Artist director Lamberto Avellana who directed Aunor in Fe, Esperanza, Caridad in 1974.

The 38th Urian Awards will be covered live on Cinema One channel on June 16. – Eton B. Concepcion


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Judy Ann Santos backs out of TV series due to pregnancy (philstar.com) | Updated June 11, 2015 - 2:31pm


Judy Ann Santos: "Our prayers have been answered." STAR/File

MANILA, Philippines – Judy Ann Santos will no longer be part of the upcoming ABS-CBN series “Someone to Watch Over Me” to focus on her pregnancy.

READ: Judy Ann Santos is pregnant

Kris Aquino revealed this on the late-night talk show “Aquino & Abunda Tonight” on Wednesday.

According to Kris, the soap opera will push through and auditions may be held to find a replacement for Judy Ann.

“Someone to Watch Over Me” is originally planned to be a Judy Ann Santos-starrer—her follow up to the 2013 soap opera “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala.”

Judy Ann and her husband Ryan Agoncillo announced on Wednesday that they are expecting another baby.

In a statement sent to “Aquino & Abunda Tonight,” Judy Ann also thanked those who prayed and “patiently” waited for her and her family.

“Our prayers have been answered. As of today, we are nine weeks and one day pregnant. We are very thankful to all the people who have been patiently waiting with us and thank you for all your prayers,” the statement said. - Chuck Smith


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The Toni-Paul nuptials By Glenn P. Regondola | Jun. 10, 2015 at 05:30pm

Toni Gonzaga will be Mrs. Paul Soriano tomorrow, June 12. That is if plans for the marriage of Toni and fiance Paul would push through.

Pre-nuptial photos of Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga

Today is also the 8th anniversary of the couple, the reason both decided to have their wedding as well.

In the last few days, the couple had not confirmed this, though.

But, the Instagram posts of Alex Gonzaga, sister of the bride, showed the bridal shower she hosted for her ‘ate’ in June 5. In the post, she also the wedding was not far behind.

The bridal shower was held in Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati. Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, Bianca Gonzales, and Mariel Rodriguez were among the guests.

On June 8, a pre-nup photos were also released. Photographer Oli Ruiz took the photos at the National Musem in Manila. It is also said, that the wedding that will supposedly take place today would be a simple Christian ceremony in Taytay, Rizal, Toni’s hometown.

Still, people are still wondering why the couple continues to be mum about the wedding, while they announced their engagement on a national television on Jan. 21.

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The two said they want their big day to be solemn, simple, and private.

“It’s a simple wedding. Nothing grand, and it’s very traditional,” Toni said in an interview.

As to their honeymoon, Paul said, “Anywhere, as long it’s outside the Phlippines. “We haven’t had that opportunity. It’s our first time to travel together. So far away from Mommy Pinty so they can’ follow us. No, joke lang.”

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The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) headed by Atty. Eugenio Villareal, showed t show business the agency has teeth to implement its rules.


ABS-CBN FIILE

Pilar Pilapil, Doña Benita Buenavista in Pangako sa 'Yo, delivered the lines in question

The agency summoned ABS CBN executives due to a report that the network’s newest primetime soap opera, Pangako Sa’yo used foul language in its May 29 episode.

This was in the confrontation scene between Pilar Pilapil (who plays the role of Doña Benita Buenavista, the mother ) and Ian Veneracion ( playing the role of Eduardo, the son).

In the scene, Doña Benita threw the lines to a womanizing Eduardo who was about to be married, “Kung pampalipas libog lang ‘yan, that’s okay. Go ahead!”

Ian Veneration plays Eduardo in the now controversial Pangako sa 'Yo on ABS-CBN

These dialogue caught the attention of MTRCB, which found it suited for mature audiences.

It added that, “The scene, if left unexplained, also cuts the dignity of the woman and the integrity of an impending marriage, which is a protected institution.”

It was reported that a mandatory conference was held on June 9 between ABS CBN executives and the MTRCB. This is to reinforce the network’s commitment on self-regulation and restraint on all it’s programs, whether ongoing or upcoming.

The last time MTRCB called for a mandatory conference was almost a year ago, when Gandang Gabi Vice and It’s Showtime host, Vice Ganda was accused of doing “offensive and degrading scenes” and “use of sexual overtones” in his two shows.


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What we know about Toni-Paul wedding By Joyce Jimenez and Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated June 12, 2015 - 11:24am


Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano tapped their favorite chef Jessie Chiong Co to prepare the food for their guests on their wedding day. Instagram/ Toni Gonzaga

MANILA, Philippines – Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano are one of the celebrity couples that the public has always admired.

So when they got engaged after eight years of being together, their fans have nothing but nice words and good wishes for the couple.

Since they're tying the knot today, which they quietly planned among their family and friends, here are some wedding details that they have revealed.

• The couple's godparents are Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada who once played Toni's father in a film; Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, whose life was featured in Paul's recent film “Kid Kulafu"; ABS-CBN executives, Charo Santos-Concio and Gabby Lopez; and Boy Abunda who is Toni's co-host in the defunct show talk show “The Buzz.”

• Their wedding will happen in a Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal, where a Christian ceremony will be held.

• Alex Gonzaga, Toni's only sister, will be her maid of honor.

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• Toni's wedding gown is a design by Vera Wang, which has always been Toni's dream. She purchased it in the designer's boutique in Hong Kong since it's the nearest in Manila. Paul Soriano will be wearing a Hugo Boss suite.

• Gary Valenciano will sing for the couple. The couple first met each other in Gary V.'s concert in 2006.

• The couple tapped their favorite chef Jessie Chiong Co to prepare the dishes for their guests at the reception.

• Wedding planner Rita Neri is the one helping the couple, particularly the bride, in achieving her dream wedding.

• Gideon Hermosa will be the one in charge of the bride's makeup on her big day.

• The wedding of Toni and Paul will be featured on “Perfect Together: Paul and Toni's Wedding Special” which will air on Saturday, June 13 in ABS-CBN after “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”


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On Freedom Day, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano tie knot By: Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:09 AM June 13th, 2015


SEALED WITH A KISS TV host-actress Toni Gonzaga marries longtime boyfriend director Paul Soriano on Friday in solemn rites at the United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal province. The ceremony was “filled with love, light and humor,” observed singer-actress Lea Salonga, who was one of the couple’s celebrity godparents. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM OLY RUIZ

Isn’t it ironic that lovers should tie the knot on Independence Day?

But actress-TV host Toni Gonzaga and commercial and film director Paul Soriano chose to exchange “I do’s” at 3 p.m. on Friday, the country’s 117th Independence Day, at United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal province, where the bride spent her growing up years.

It was there where the bride first sang before a crowd and was told that she could start a singing career, the bride was quoted in an earlier interview.

The 30-year-old Toni, born Celestine Cruz Gonzaga, looked very regal in a gown by popular American fashion designer Vera Wang. She said she has always admired Wang’s bridal dresses and would often visit the New York-based designer’s boutique when she was abroad.

Soriano, 33, donned a Hugo Boss suit and tie.

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He arrived at the church at 2 p.m., waving at the large crowd gathered outside. His bride arrived a little past 3 p.m.

When the groom met his bride at the altar, he shouted, “I love you Celestine,” in what appeared to be a reenactment of a soda TV commercial in 2001 that featured Gonzaga with actor Piolo Pascual. The commercial opened the doors for Gonzaga’s entry into show business.

Never alone again

“Tin (Gonzaga’s nickname) said, ‘No more good night, no more curfews and Skype [conversations] where Paul would say he was alone again,’” said Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, recalling Gonzaga’s wedding vows.

Valenciano’s husband Gary, one of the principal sponsors who played a big role in the couple’s meeting, sang during the ceremony.

The wedding’s other principal sponsors were Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., ABS-CBN chair Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, Tony Award-winning singer-actress and Inquirer columnist Lea Salonga, TV host Kris Aquino, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo and TV host-talent manager Boy Abunda.

ABS-CBN network executives Cory Vidanes, Linggit Tan, Lauren Dyogi and Taytay Mayor Janet de Leon Mercado also served as principal sponsors. Gonzaga’s sister, Alex, was the maid of honor.


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Liza Diño on her secret ingredient in adobo, marriage with Aiza By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated June 13, 2015 - 4:39pm 4 0 googleplus0 0


Liza Diño said that her secret ingredient for a happy marriage with Aiza Seguerra is love and passion. Instagram/ Liza Diño

MANILA, Philippines – Unknown to many, Liza Diño also have the passion for cooking.

She's recognized by many as the 2001 Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International winner and an actress for TV and theater. But her passion for cooking has always been there since she was young, and her specialty is adobo.

“Adobo is the first dish taught to me by my uncle,” she said in a recent interview. “'Yon din 'yong favorite dish ni Aiza, especially noong nagliligawan pa lang kami.”

She's so passionate about cooking the dish, that she even made a business out of it that they called Adobo in a Jar.

“I chose adobo kasi mahaba ang shelf-life niya,” she explained. “We're trying to expand it, kumukuha na kami ng BFAD [Bureau of Food and Drug Administration] permit para mas marami 'yong reach namin.”

“Right now, even without the BFAD, ang shelf-life ng Adobo in a Jar is two months. So ang dami naming clients bringing the adobo abroad,” she added.

If their business grows, she and her husband Aiza Seguerra will push through with their plan to put up a restaurant that they will call “Adobo Project.” Liza also plans of giving the dish different twists.

Aside from their adobo business, Liza also shares her knowledge in cooking through her YouTube channel “Kitchen Queen,” which started in 2014.

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This didn't come as a surprise especially since she decided to pursue her passion for cooking in 2008 when she moved in the US.

She finished a certificate program in Culinary Arts at the Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts in Hollywood, California, USA in 2010, and later on she worked at SPAGO Beverly Hills, owned by the renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.

“Kitchen Queen is a show where I share how to's in cooking,” she said about her show, which is now acquired by Chicken Pork Adobo network, a digital platform of ABS-CBN.

“Mayro'n kaming bagong shows every Monday. So every week mayro'n kaming bagong recipes na ise-share sa mga nanonood,” she added.

With a lot of things under her belt, Liza is happy to be able to juggle everything that she has always dreamed of.

“I love learning, I love exploring different avenues and different things that I can do. I always love the feeling of being productive,” she relates, adding that having her husband's support in everything she does helps a lot.

“He made me realize that I didn't have to choose [among my passions]. I can do both and excel in it,” she said. “He's very present. It's so empowering, na-e-encourage ako to go for it.”

Lastly, Liza was asked what is the “secret ingredient” for her happy marriage with Aiza.

“Love and passion,” she replied, smiling. “I think that's what Aiza and I have both individually and para sa isa't isa.”

“Kasi napakaimportante na passionate kami sa mga ginagawa namin because like with Aiza, I admire his passion in everything, with his work, life and how he is. It's nice how it mirrors how I live my life. So we share it together,” she concluded.


Fil-Canadian marching band shows brassy spirit By: Marisa Roque @inquirerdotnet  INQUIRER.net US/Canada Bureau 12:54 AM June 13th, 2015


Philippine Heritage Band of Vaughn, Ontario has become a local institution. PHOTOS BY MARISA ROQUE

VAUGHAN, Ontario — Nothing evokes the fiesta spirit better for Filipino expatriates than the stirring rhythms of a brass marching band. And that is exactly what the Philippine Heritage Band (PHB), based in Vaughan, serves up every time, to everyone’s delight.

Homesick Filipino Canadians are not the only ones who enjoy the festive tunes that PHB band members play while smartly decked out in their formal uniforms. PHB appeals to a wide audience.

“We have 15 yearly ‘gigs’, which include the world famous Toronto Santa Claus parade in December that is broadcast to a global audience of millions, and the biggest Bavarian festival parade in Canada–Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest parade on Thanksgiving Day,” says founder Oscar Farinas.

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founder Oscar Farinas PHB founder Oscar Farinas.

Heritage House


Sugar Bush Heritage Park flies the Philippine flag 24/7.

The town of Woodstock invites PHB to join their Victoria Day parade every year, and paid engagements like these “make the band self-sustaining, in addition to making PHB more widely known and financially stable,” Farinas states.

“All these parades yield us good income. We are headed to the Adirondacks of New York and Vermont first week in July for five days to perform in four independence day parades there,” the PHB founder shares.

Parents’ ensembles too

“But although the regular parades assist our bottom line, our income is not enough to sustain our operations, given the magnitude of our programs,” Farinas hastens to add,

“We have an edge marching in parades because we perform to a huge, open-air audience, exposing these greater communities to our Filipino culture,” Farinas adds.

Below, right, drumline instructor Edna Taguibon with band members.


The band’s parents’ anklung ensemble at practice.


drumline instructor Edna Taguibon

Aside from the core group of the marching/concert band, PHB has parents’ ensembles–angklung and choral. “We also conduct special programs like health and wellness, yoga and computer literacy, among others, spearheaded by our president Carol Banez,” Farinas says.

To assist in raising funds for their operations and special projects, PHB holds three fund raising dinner-dances a year, in addition to periodic casino runs and bowl-a-thons.

“We also have regular supporters who donate money. We actively look for sponsors. PHB recently purchased an equipment truck with $40,000 in a single donation and $20,000 from our own funds,” Farinas reports. “We owe a great deal from the couple who donated the money and would love to name them, but they want to remain anonymous. They saved us from at least two years of massive fund raising.”

Training ground

He says, “Parents consider PHB as a developmental training ground for their children, and a place for parents to further their knowledge and broaden their horizons. Parents also have a place in the band as performers or supporters.”

Onlookers admiring the military precision and flawless playing of the band may not realize that PHB owes its start in 1980 to Oscar Farinas, who arrived in Toronto, Canada in May 1974. Oscar and his wife, Shoney, attended a Philippine Independence Day celebration in June 1980 hosted by a local Filipino store, and Oscar dreamt of forming a brass band that could add grandeur and fervor to such patriotic events.


Band’s van being loaded as it prepares for a performance in the town of Woodstock.

The years passed and the band grew from a dedicated start-up corps of 13 members to an organization that now numbers more than 100, with 75 musicians and 25 more that perform as majorettes and color guards. “And this did not even include support teams,” explains Farinas.

“Parents took over management positions and formed working boards, which broadened PHB’s base and opened opportunities including performances in the US and in the Philippines. PHB was judged Best Band in many of them,” he adds proudly.

Headquarters of its own

Securing its own headquarters in 2002 is a highlight of PHB history. From the band’s humble beginnings practicing in whatever venues could be had, PHB now has its own facility in Vaughan, in a heritage structure known as the Baker House. Built around 1853, the two-storey house was owned by the City of Vaughan and is one building in its inventory of heritage properties.

“PHB enjoyed the unwavering support of then-councillor Mario Racco and his wife, Sandra. Both saw in PHB the embodiment of cultural expression, youth development, seniors’ welfare, excellent organizational managementand trustworthy leadership,” muses Farinas.

“The Raccos are not only close friends of Bert and Aurelia de Lara, but they were impressed by the dedication of the de Laras to PHB and their love for the community of Vaughan,” he adds.

Councillor Racco suggested that PHB submit a proposal to the council of the City of Vaughan on how PHB could use the facility while conserving the character of the heritage building for future generations.

PHB President Carol Banez and Aurelia de Lara submitted a proposal and tapped the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the province of Ontario, for funds to help construct a new basement and other improvements. Carol and Danny Raralio prepared the application and Trillium approved a grant that PHB used as down payment for the property. The balance owed to the city was spread over a 20-year period.

Centerpiece

Today, PHB House stands as the centerpiece of fully developed Sugar Bush Heritage Park near Highway 7 and Thornhill Woods Drive. The focal point at the park are three flags on their individual flagpoles–the flags of the City of Vaughan, Canada flag and the Philippines. Complete with gazebo, amphitheater and play and sitting areas, the park opened to the public in 2006.

“Being officially based in Vaughan, PHB shows the city as its home base in its banner and in its official address,” says Farinas. “We were a part of the Vaughan Day celebrations held June 7 this year at Vaughan City Hall,” he adds. “I have not seen the Philippine flag hoisted on a permanent basis anywhere in Canada,” Farinas says, “so seeing it flying 24/7 at Sugar Bush Park is a very big honor for all Filipinos indeed!”

Readers who wish to support PHB can attend the 35th anniversary celebration on October 3 at Holiday Inn Select near Pearson International Airport. Tickets are $60 if purchased before September 15 and $75 at the door.

United Way contributions at work can also be redirected to the PHB. Donations may also be sent to PHB, 1 Promenade Circle, P.O. Box 912, Vaughan, ON L4J 4P8. PHB’s Business Number (formerly called Charitable Tax number) is BN119092526-RR-0001. Tax receipts are issued for donations.


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