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THE BEAUTIES OF NORTHERN SAMAR


Laoang (Northern Samar) Mayor Madeleine Mendoza-Ong (left), the first Miss Northern Samar (1971) with 2015 Miss Northern Samar Ellyz Lee Santos after her coronation on June 18, the eve of the 50th founding anniversary (June 19) of the province and (right) with runners-up Miss Palapag Arjelyn Apolonio (first) and Miss Catarman April Jovelene Sanita (second) There are many natural beauties in Northern Samar, waiting to be explored: The old churches in Capul (dating back to the 15th century); in Catubig (16th century); the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Laoang (built by the Franciscan friars); and the 15th-century-old church ruins in Palapag where the Spanish friars were slain by Sumoroy, an incident that set off the Sumoroy Revolt. There are also the Bani Island Beaches and Gemini Beach Resort (in Lavezares); Catawgan Beach (San Roque); Talisay Beach (Biri where director Chito Roño, a native of Calbayog City, has a rest house); Pearl Farm and Panganuron Beach Resort (San Vicente); Gamma Beach (Allen); Tamburusan Beach and Langtaran Beach (Catarman); Talalora Beach (Palapag); and Mikomiko Beach Resort in Mondragon. And more: Bangon Falls (Victoria); Veriato Falls (San Isidro); Pinipisakan Falls and Kinagatusan Cave (Las Navas); Paninirongan Cave (Pambujan); Sohotan Cave (unexplored, San Isidro); Bito Cave (Capul Island); Gomag Cave (Mapanas); Cabacungan Cave (Allen); and the sprawling University of Eastern Philippines (UEP, the only state university in Samar). READ MORE...

ALSO PBA players asked: Which pays more, acting or basketball?

Gary David and Willie Miller answer in which profession did they earned more, in acting or basketball. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez PBA stars Gary David, Willie Miller and Beau Belga try their hand in acting through TV5’s upcoming sitcom “No Harm, No Foul.”  Although there will be a tease of their basketball skills, the three basketball players will show a different side, which is their comedic persona. Since celebrities and basketball players are two of the well-paid professions, some members of the media were curious which pays more for them, acting or basketball?  David and Miller who were present during the press conference of their show answered this. First to answer was Miller, who chose basketball. “Basketball po, kasi kapag panalo may bonus lagi,” he explained, which elicited laughter from the crowd. READ MORE...

ALSO: Award-winning former child actor Naia 3 ‘Terminal Man’, Runaway?


RUNAWAY ACTOR? Former child actor Jiro Manio has been wandering Naia Terminal 3, saying he fled home, according to airport personnel. JEANNETTE I. ANDRADE 
Life for the child actor who won an award for his role in the movie “Magnifico” is less than magnificent these days. For four days now, Jiro Manio has been wandering at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and trawling the strip of fast-food restaurants for leftovers, according to airport personnel who have been chipping in to feed him and give him a change of clothes. The homeless Manio also appeared disoriented and had denied that he was the child actor, saying he only looked like him. In a phone interview with the Inquirer, the actor’s grand uncle, Andrew Manio, 56, said that the younger Manio had gone missing from their Cainta home on Saturday. “(Jiro) took his bag and mobile phone and left without telling us where he was going,” Manio said. “We did not know where to look for him because when we tried to call his cell phone, it was out of reach. We were very worried because he did not have any money,” the older man added. Late Tuesday night, the Inquirer learned that Manio’s family was going to pick him up from the airport. Manio said it was the second time his grandnephew left home without a word. The first time was when the actor got out of drug rehabilitation in 2011. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Terminal Man’ Jiro Manio departs with Ai-Ai’s support


AI-AI 
After nesting at the Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for several days, former child actor Jiro Manio decided to go home with his relatives on Wednesday morning. Wearing a fresh set of clothes with a clean towel slung over his shoulder, the award-winning actor was fetched at 10:30 a.m. by his younger brother, Anjo, and a cousin, although a relative said he had opted to stay with a friend in Mandaluyong City rather than return to the Cainta house where he used to live.  Ai-Ai de las Alas, who played Manio’s mother in the hit “Tanging Ina” film series, told the Inquirer: “I am here to support him all the way.” Manio played Shammy, one of De las Alas’ many children, in “Ang Tanging Ina” (2003), “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” (2009) and the last entry in his filmography “Ang Tanging Ina: Last na ’To” (2010). “He is a good actor,” De las Alas recalled. “He would often play between takes and quarrel with his siblings on the set.”  De las Alas wanted the public to know “he is OK. It’s just that he doesn’t want to be in show biz anymore. I hope everyone will give him the chance to rest and recover.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: ZsaZsa Padilla’s ‘Beginnings’


ZsaZsa Padilla is back on the recording front with a new album that evokes the current state of affairs of her heart 
The country’s celebrated singer and iconic diva, Zsa Zsa Padilla returns to the recording studio. The result is Beginnings, a new album. This is her first after three years. Beginnings has several standout tracks among the album released in the Polyeast Records label. Dubbed as Divine Diva, Padilla’s music has evolved since her debut as an artist in the PolyEast Records label. The new album contains ‘70s and ‘80s covers that evoke inspirational warmth, honest talent and humble grace of a woman. It is also her expression of love for the man from whom she finds happiness with the second time around. It is easy to see why she is thrilled about this album. Zsa Zsa takes notes, “The last studio album I did was personal to me. Although it was filled with original OPM songs, I had just lost a great love so when I listen to it now; I find it a bit sad and yes, at times angry. I was still grieving and never I though it (was) possible to love again.”  Her last album was 2013’s Palagi, which includes eight lushly orchestrated numbers like a duet with Martin Nievera (“Maging Sino Ka Man”) and her version of Joey Albert’s “Palagi. It was released months after Dolphy, the man of her life previously, passed on. READ MORE...

ALSO: Ogie rethinking role in OPM org
[Matter of economics: Ogie admitted that a huge part of the problem is related to the country’s “lagging” economy. He said, “Hirap ang mga tao so mababa na ang sales.]


Ogie Alcasid
Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid mulls not seeking a succedding term as president of Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) when his tenure ends June next year. “Hindi naman sa ayaw pero baka hindi na… Napabayaan ko na rin kasi ’yung ibang aspeto ng buhay ko eh. Like ’yung career ko, for one and siyempre, family din,” he explained in an interview. Ogie Alcasid “Kasi madaming abalahin kapag OPM, parang ’yun na lang ang focus ko. Secondary na lang ’yung paggawa ng kanta at concerts. Puro advocacy ang inaatupag ko,” he added. He already has a few names in mind as successor. READ MORE...

ALSO: Ogie now into inspirational songs; won’t influence Regine to turn Kapatid


OGIE  Singer Ogie Alcasid is also known as “The Songwriter” for his love songs, particularly the big hits “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” and “Kailangan Kita.”  Now that he is “fully committed” to being a Born Again Christian and has even been writing “spiritual” songs of late – some of which will make it to his next album – the title of that Carole King song comes to mind which he might want to ask his fans: Will you still love me tomorrow? “Hindi lang naman puro inspirational songs ang magiging laman ng next album ko, but, yes, I’ve been writing a lot of them especially after our weekly Bible studies,” he said to that effect. “And, yes, some of these have been recorded and will be heard on my next album due October.”  Ogie may not turn full gospel artist soon but he is forming a praise and worship band that will have his wife Regine Velasquez and R&B singer Jaya as members. READ  MORE...

ALSO: Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party


In this Dec. 7, 2013 file photo, Kennedy Center Honoree Billy Joel,right, and Alexis Roderick arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner in Washington. AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File
NEW YORK — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday's nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate, the singer's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said. The small group of family and friends at the party didn't know the couple planned to exchange vows. Among those in attendance were Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter with his second wife, model Christie Brinkley, and actor Kevin James. People magazine first reported the wedding. Joel, 66, and Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage. Joel is currently on tour. On Wednesday, he set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show, besting Elton John. READ MORE...


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The beauties of Northern Samar


Laoang (Northern Samar) Mayor Madeleine Mendoza-Ong (left), the first Miss Northern Samar (1971) with 2015 Miss Northern Samar Ellyz Lee Santos after her coronation on June 18, the eve of the 50th founding anniversary (June 19) of the province and (right) with runners-up Miss Palapag Arjelyn Apolonio (first) and Miss Catarman April Jovelene Sanita (second)

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - There are many natural beauties in Northern Samar, waiting to be explored:

The old churches in Capul (dating back to the 15th century); in Catubig (16th century); the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Laoang (built by the Franciscan friars); and the 15th-century-old church ruins in Palapag where the Spanish friars were slain by Sumoroy, an incident that set off the Sumoroy Revolt.

There are also the Bani Island Beaches and Gemini Beach Resort (in Lavezares); Catawgan Beach (San Roque); Talisay Beach (Biri where director Chito Roño, a native of Calbayog City, has a rest house); Pearl Farm and Panganuron Beach Resort (San Vicente); Gamma Beach (Allen); Tamburusan Beach and Langtaran Beach (Catarman); Talalora Beach (Palapag); and Mikomiko Beach Resort in Mondragon.

And more: Bangon Falls (Victoria); Veriato Falls (San Isidro); Pinipisakan Falls and Kinagatusan Cave (Las Navas); Paninirongan Cave (Pambujan); Sohotan Cave (unexplored, San Isidro); Bito Cave (Capul Island); Gomag Cave (Mapanas); Cabacungan Cave (Allen); and the sprawling University of Eastern Philippines (UEP, the only state university in Samar).

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Samar used to be a single province, until it was divided into three in 1965: Northern Samar (where pre-war actress Elsa Oria, called The Singing Sweetheart of the Philippines, came from Laoang, and also comedian Pooh); Western Samar (Bibeth Orteza and Tessie Tomas, from Catbalogan City; and Tom Rodriguez, from Pinabacdao); and Eastern Samar (Aster Amoyo and Boy Abunda, from Borongan).

Last June 18-19, Northern Samar celebrated its 50th founding anniversary (the two other provinces held their own separate celebrations earlier) with, among other highlights, the 2015 Miss Northern Samar pageant in Catarman, led by Gov. Jose L. Ong Jr.

That’s where my friend Raoul Tidalgo and I discovered the other “natural beauties” of the province, only 17 of them out of the 24 municipalities comprising the province.

Held at the park, the pageant equaled in scope (presentation and production values, etc.) of similar beauty searches, the Bb. Pilipinas pageant among them (no kidding!), with the hopefuls first parading wrapped in bulky Filipiniana gowns, then in evening gowns, then in the much-awaited two-piece competition and the crucial Q&A where they tackled very difficult questions about climate change, whew!!!

The judges (among them Diana Zubiri, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas and former Valenzuela City Councilor Abigael “Kate” Coseteng) were visibly impressed, nodding in approval of the five finalists’ intelligent answers. Raoul and I doubted if we could give meaningful answers to the questions under pressure (in 30 seconds).

 

Winner was Miss Laoang Ellyz Lee Santos, 22, a pharmacist connected with The Generics Pharmacy, who stands 5’6” and weighs 110 lbs., and has competed in other contests (Miss CEU 2013 second runner-up, 2013 Miss NAASCU and 2012 Miss Philippines-Earth official candidate).

First runner-up was Miss Palapag Arjelyn Apolonio and second runner-up was Miss Catarman (the province’s capital) April Jovelene Sanita.

Before the coronation of the winner, Laoang Mayor Madeleine Mendoza-Ong took her traditional walk as the first-ever Miss Northern Samar (1971), followed by the farewell walk of outgoing (2014) Miss Northern Samar Czarina Mae Tomada (from Allen).

Aside from a round-trip ticket to Hong Kong courtesy of Philippine Airlines (awarded by Amb. Shirley Ho-Vicario, a PAL executive, also one of the judges), the winner received cash prizes including P100,000 from Tritan Ventures, Inc., one of the pageant’s sponsors, as the company’s image model.


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PBA players asked: Which pays more, acting or basketball? (philstar.com) | Updated July 4, 2015 - 5:59pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Gary David and Willie Miller answer in which profession did they earned more, in acting or basketball. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines – PBA stars Gary David, Willie Miller and Beau Belga try their hand in acting through TV5’s upcoming sitcom “No Harm, No Foul.”

Although there will be a tease of their basketball skills, the three basketball players will show a different side, which is their comedic persona.

Since celebrities and basketball players are two of the well-paid professions, some members of the media were curious which pays more for them, acting or basketball?

David and Miller who were present during the press conference of their show answered this.

First to answer was Miller, who chose basketball.

“Basketball po, kasi kapag panalo may bonus lagi,” he explained, which elicited laughter from the crowd.

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David also chose basketball, adding that the pay doesn’t really matter as long as the person enjoys and loves what they’re doing.

“Sa akin po is basketball, malaki ang kita po. Pero sa sitcom, dito sa showbiz masaya,” he said. “Basta gawin mo kung anong nagpapasaya sa iyo, kung anong gusto mo. Kahit pa magkano ang kita, basta masaya ka sa ginagawa mo, okay na ‘yon.”

The PBA stars are joined by Ogie Alcasid, Yoyong Martirez, Randy Santiago, Tuesday Vargas, Eula Caballero, Valeen Montenegro and Sophie Albert in “No Harm, No Foul” which will air on Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m.


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Award-winning former child actor Naia 3 ‘Terminal Man’ SHARES: 2630 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jeannette I. Andrade, Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:05 AM July 1st, 2015


RUNAWAY ACTOR? Former child actor Jiro Manio has been wandering Naia Terminal 3, saying he fled home, according to airport personnel. JEANNETTE I. ANDRADE 

Life for the child actor who won an award for his role in the movie “Magnifico” is less than magnificent these days.

For four days now, Jiro Manio has been wandering at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and trawling the strip of fast-food restaurants for leftovers, according to airport personnel who have been chipping in to feed him and give him a change of clothes.

The homeless Manio also appeared disoriented and had denied that he was the child actor, saying he only looked like him.

In a phone interview with the Inquirer, the actor’s grand uncle, Andrew Manio, 56, said that the younger Manio had gone missing from their Cainta home on Saturday.

“(Jiro) took his bag and mobile phone and left without telling us where he was going,” Manio said.

“We did not know where to look for him because when we tried to call his cell phone, it was out of reach. We were very worried because he did not have any money,” the older man added.

Late Tuesday night, the Inquirer learned that Manio’s family was going to pick him up from the airport.

Manio said it was the second time his grandnephew left home without a word. The first time was when the actor got out of drug rehabilitation in 2011.

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“But that first time, he was gone only for a day and we managed to find him. This time, we really had no idea where he had gone,” Manio said.

The first time the actor ran away from home, his grand uncle surmised, must be because of an unsettled bill of nearly P100,000 at the rehab center.

On Saturday, before the actor left, he had been depressed and agitated, Manio said. “It looked like he did not know what he was doing or where he was going,” he added.


Jiro Manio Homeless Palaboy sa NAIA 3

The older Manio said the actor had been despondent since his grandmother and aunt cut off all ties with him, even blocking him on Facebook six months ago.

“His grandmother, who is in Japan, had promised to take him there so he could meet his father whom he has not seen since birth,” Manio said, adding that apparently someone had told Jiro’s relatives that he was old enough to fend for himself.

“We are just hoping that the government or anybody can help us get him the psychiatric help he needs,” the older Manio said.

At the airport, the troubled 23-year-old was clad in a hand-me-down shirt over shorts, with a towel slung over his shoulder.

“He looked as if he hasn’t had a decent meal and his clothes were dirty,” recalled airport security guard Frank Sorca, who initially recognized Manio and gave him food, clean clothes and hygiene supplies.

The actor took the clothes and food but refused to bathe or even cut his nails, Sorca said, adding that Manio had told him that he had left home to flee from his enemies.

Manio turned up at the terminal with bruises on his body and appeared like he had been beaten up, the security guard said. The actor had told him that he didn’t want to leave the terminal because he only got hurt outside, Sorca said.

“But when I asked him again another time, he told me a different story. He constantly changes his answers,” the security guard said, hinting that the actor might have been mentally unstable.

The actor started his show-biz career at the age of 7 in the movie “Pamana” released in 1999. As a 9-year-old, he starred in the movie “Gimik: The Reunion,” and was later named best child performer in the 2001 Metro Manila Film Festival for the movie, “Bagong Buwan.” As a 12-year-old, he won a Famas and Urian best actor awards for the movie “Magnifico.”

Manio was also part of the successful comedy film series “Tanging Ina” where he played the role of “Shammy.”

Born to Japanese father Yusuke Katakura and Filipino mother Joylene Santos, the actor also made headlines when he became a young father at age 15. He fathered a daughter with a nonshow-biz girlfriend four years his senior. He has two daughters.


Amid his success as a child actor, Jiro Manio has lived a troubled live. Facebook/Jiro Manio Facebook fan page

Manio was a Star Magic talent from 2001 to 2009, but was dropped from ABS-CBN’s talent roster because of his “unprofessional and irresponsible behavior,” according to a 2009 statement from the network. He was then working for the teleserye “Tayong Dalawa” which starred Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca.

The actor voluntarily went into rehab for his drug problem in 2011 and underwent therapy for a year. At about the same time, he graduated from high school at Rizal Experimental Station and Pilot School of Cottages Industries.

Film and television director Maryo J. de los Reyes asked the public to give the young actor a second chance, saying he was positive that Manio would recover and eventually change his ways. De los Reyes said the director of the drug recovery center had asked him to look for a person who could take care of the young actor’s finances and work schedule.

“Jiro is an orphan staying with a foster father, who I heard is also very ill,” he added.

The director said the actor needed psychiatric help. “It’s sad that people around him don’t know how to handle him. Society fears people who come out of rehab, thinking they’d always be troublesome… That’s why kids like Jiro experience relapses.”

Manio had been placed in another rehab facility shortly after his 2011 confinement, but “I guess he couldn’t adjust,” De los Reyes said, adding that the actor had been offered roles in various TV shows but had difficulty honoring his commitments. “As his manager, it had been stressful for me. Jiro wouldn’t show up for work or he would leave the set, or simply disappear when he felt tired. This caused problems to the production team. I got tired of it and can only pray that he realizes what he is getting himself into,” the director said.

“Drugs are really a menace to society. We have here a fantastic, brilliant actor who succumbed to it. I don’t know how he can be helped,” De los Reyes said.

“Maybe (Quezon City) Mayor Herbert Bautista can help him. He needs treatment,” he added.

Bautista’s office runs Klinika Bernardo, a specialized social hygiene clinic under the Quezon City Health Department, which provides free counseling, testing and treatment.


INQUIRER

‘Terminal Man’ Jiro Manio departs with Ai-Ai’s support SHARES: 10K VIEW COMMENTS By: Jeannette I. Andrade @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:04 AM July 2nd, 2015


AI-AI

After nesting at the Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for several days, former child actor Jiro Manio decided to go home with his relatives on Wednesday morning.

Wearing a fresh set of clothes with a clean towel slung over his shoulder, the award-winning actor was fetched at 10:30 a.m. by his younger brother, Anjo, and a cousin, although a relative said he had opted to stay with a friend in Mandaluyong City rather than return to the Cainta house where he used to live.

Ai-Ai de las Alas, who played Manio’s mother in the hit “Tanging Ina” film series, told the Inquirer: “I am here to support him all the way.”

Manio played Shammy, one of De las Alas’ many children, in “Ang Tanging Ina” (2003), “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” (2009) and the last entry in his filmography “Ang Tanging Ina: Last na ’To” (2010).
 


In the successful comedy franchise starring Ai Ai delas Alas as the titular Ina Montecillo, Manio played Shammy, her ninth child. Moviegoers recall Manio's character, who had himself circumcised by a quack doctor which led to complications. ABS-CBNNews.com looks back at what the rest of the original "Ang Tanging Ina" kids are up to now.

“He is a good actor,” De las Alas recalled. “He would often play between takes and quarrel with his siblings on the set.”

De las Alas wanted the public to know “he is OK. It’s just that he doesn’t want to be in show biz anymore. I hope everyone will give him the chance to rest and recover.”

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She said she was “shocked and sad” to hear the news about what had happened to Manio. The actress said she had already spoken with him: “He does not want to be the subject of gossip.”

“That’s all I’m allowed to say. I cannot divulge what we talked about because he trusted me with it,” she added.

Filmmaker Adolf Alix Jr., who directed Manio in “Tambolista,” expressed support for the former child actor.

“My prayers go with him. I hope he gets professional help so that he can get things straightened up,” he told the Inquirer.



Naia Terminal 3 manager Octavio Lina said that airport police took custody of Manio on Tuesday night and allowed him to bathe and sleep in their office after a medical checkup.

Except for some scratches and bruises, Manio was generally healthy, the airport manager said, describing the actor as “a good kid. He wasn’t violent and could easily be understood when he spoke. But there were times when he did not make sense.”

The actor might not be mentally unstable but “he seemed disoriented,” the airport official said, adding that Manio constantly changed his story.

Lina recalled initially asking Manio how he ended up at the airport and he replied that he had left home because he was going to Great Britain.

Professional help

“When I later asked him where he was going, he said he did not know anymore,” the airport manager said, adding that the actor might still need professional help.

Manio’s grand uncle, Andrew Manio, said the actor left their house in Cainta on Saturday without saying where he was going. Relatives were unable to contact him until they learned from media reports that he was wandering around Naia and subsisting on food and clothes provided by airport personnel.

The actor started his show-biz career at the age of 7 in the movie “Pamana” released in 1999. As a 9-year-old, he starred in the movie “Gimik: The Reunion,” and was later named best child performer in the 2001 Metro Manila Film Festival for the movie, “Bagong Buwan.”

As a 12-year-old, he won a Famas and Urian best actor awards for the movie “Magnifico.”



Born to Japanese father Yusuke Katakura and Filipino mother Joylene Santos, the actor also made headlines when he became a young father at age 15. He fathered a daughter with a nonshow-biz girlfriend four years his senior. He has two daughters.

Manio was a Star Magic talent from 2001 to 2009, but was dropped from ABS-CBN’s talent roster because of his “unprofessional and irresponsible behavior,” according to a 2009 statement from the network. He was then working for the teleserye “Tayong Dalawa,” which starred Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca.

The actor voluntarily went into rehab for his drug problem in 2011 and underwent therapy for a year. At about the same time, he graduated from high school at Rizal Experimental Station and Pilot School of Cottages Industries.–With a report from Bayani San Diego Jr.


MANILA STANDARD

ZsaZsa Padilla’s ‘Beginnings’  By Isah V. Red | Jul. 02, 2015 at 05:30pm


ZsaZsa Padilla is back on the recording front with a new album that evokes the current state of affairs of her heart

The country’s celebrated singer and iconic diva, Zsa Zsa Padilla returns to the recording studio. The result is Beginnings, a new album. This is her first after three years.

Beginnings has several standout tracks among the album released in the Polyeast Records label.

Dubbed as Divine Diva, Padilla’s music has evolved since her debut as an artist in the PolyEast Records label. The new album contains ‘70s and ‘80s covers that evoke inspirational warmth, honest talent and humble grace of a woman. It is also her expression of love for the man from whom she finds happiness with the second time around.

It is easy to see why she is thrilled about this album. Zsa Zsa takes notes, “The last studio album I did was personal to me. Although it was filled with original OPM songs, I had just lost a great love so when I listen to it now; I find it a bit sad and yes, at times angry. I was still grieving and never I though it (was) possible to love again.”

Her last album was 2013’s Palagi, which includes eight lushly orchestrated numbers like a duet with Martin Nievera (“Maging Sino Ka Man”) and her version of Joey Albert’s “Palagi. It was released months after Dolphy, the man of her life previously, passed on.

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As a follow up to her Gold album Unchanging Love (2008) and Palagi, Beginnings, her third offering with PolyEast Records, brings out a new energy from Zsa Zsa— capturing her period of transition, from experiencing the loss to opening a new chapter in her life. “Never stop believing in the power of second chances. Thank you for being with me in this new chapter of my life,” she shares.

The new album opens with the “Just a Love Song,” a cover of the 70s’ pop ballad of singer-songwriter Walter Murphy—a proof that when it comes to shiny, multipurpose pop, nobody does it better than the Divine Diva. Other songs also include remakes from Bee Gees, Carpenters, and Chicago among others.

“PolyEast Records and I were urged to come up with an album that I hope everyone would enjoy, and we picked those that make up the 10 tracks of some of my favorite music from the 70s and one song from the 80s which recently became the theme of my concert and appropriately the title of this album,” she says referring to her Valentine concert Beginnings at the Music Museum and the upcoming show on July 31 at the Resorts World in which she will perform the newly recorded songs.

The songs both parties came up with veered away from the high notes that marked ZsaZsa’s recording yet maintaining the vocal timbre that is the signature of her being the Divine Dive.

Other song in the album include “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” (Spiral Staircase); “I Just Want to be your Everything” (Andy Gibb); “How Deep Is Your Love” (Bee Gees); “Rainy Days and Mondays” (Tony Bennett): “If You Leave Me Now” (Chicago); “Alone Again Naturally” (Gilbert O’Sullivan), which she says is one of her favorite tracks in the album; “One Hello” (Randy Crawford); and “I Got Caught Dancing Again” (Hues Corporation).

Zsa Zsa debuted as a recording artist in 1983 and has had a long string of hits that have become important marks in many people’s lives, like “Hiram,” “Mambobola,” and “Ikaw Lamang,” to name a few. With a voice that is distinct and only she can claim it’s hers in Pinoy music, small wonder Zsa Zsa still remains in a firmament above all others.

Zsa Zsa Padilla’s new album Beginnings is now available in stores (PolyEast Records) for only P300.00.

It is also available downloadable from iTunes, SpinnrPh and Deezer.

For more information, you may log onto www.polyeastrecords.com or follow updates on facebook.com/twitter.com/Instagram: PolyeastRecords.


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Ogie rethinking role in OPM org by Yaggy Uson July 4, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1


Ogie Alcasid

Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid mulls not seeking a succedding term as president of Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) when his tenure ends June next year.

“Hindi naman sa ayaw pero baka hindi na… Napabayaan ko na rin kasi ’yung ibang aspeto ng buhay ko eh. Like ’yung career ko, for one and siyempre, family din,” he explained in an interview.

Ogie Alcasid “Kasi madaming abalahin kapag OPM, parang ’yun na lang ang focus ko. Secondary na lang ’yung paggawa ng kanta at concerts. Puro advocacy ang inaatupag ko,” he added.

He already has a few names in mind as successor.

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“I don’t know if Gary Valenciano (current Vice-President for Internal Affairs) is still interested but he will be good (as a replacement.) And gusto ko din si Christian Bautista (current Vice-President for Special Projects). Una, bata siya sa amin, wala pa siyang asawa so may time siya,” he said.

It’s neither complaint nor selfishness that makes Ogie think of turning over the reins. OPM has been making strides under him despite difficulties it faces.

OPM has launched several awareness campaigns, fundraisers and concerts all aimed at furthering the cause of the Filipino musician. Indeed, he deserves a pat on the back.

Still, Ogie believes they have a long way to go.

“Kailangan pa nating palakasin ang OPM. Kailangan nating kilalanin ang ating sariling musika, that it is beautiful and it is worth spending money on,” he said.

Ogie says it’s not for a lack of talent. “We can claim that in every part of the world, if there’s a bar, there’s a Filipino singer. And that is because of the sheer magnitude of our talent.”

He urged Pinoys, particularly the youth, to go out and seek new music, maintaining, “Ang daming nangyayari (sa industry) na hindi lang nailalabas (sa balita) at kailangan nating ilabas ’yan. There is so much vibrant music out there.”

A MATTER OF ECONOMICS

Ogie admitted that a huge part of the problem is related to the country’s “lagging” economy.

He said, “Hirap ang mga tao so mababa na ang sales. Kung ikukumpara mo nung time namin noon, kapag nag-gold or platinum ang album, ibig sabihin marami ang benta. Ngayon hindi. Bawas na iyon. And because the CD is dying, ’yung mga replicating factories nagsasara na din…”

He noted how hard it is now to establish a following, which is a must for an artist.

“Unless you have a solid fan base like Daniel Padilla, no one will buy your CDs,” he explained.

Ogie hopes legal music downloading could help alleviate the problem.

“Easier kasi siya at mas affordable so, now, everybody is moving to downloadable music. Hopefully lumakas pa siya,” he said.

As to what the future holds for OPM, “I think we are at the cusp of something really, really big. We just need to work hand in hand and I believe, in God’s good graces, we will get there,” he said.

ALL OPM

Come last week of July, the country will observe “Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino,” mandated by Proclamation No. 933, which OPM supports. It encourages all agencies of the national government, including government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and the private sector, like radio stations, to air original Pilipino music.

Ogie is very happy with the development, noting, “Sa history ng Pilipinas, kelan nagkaroon ng linggo ng musika ang Pilipino? Ito’y isang bagay na maipagmamalaki natin na ngayon ay magkakasama tayong lahat ng isang buong linggo para palakasin pa lalo ang musikang Pilipino.”

Another project Ogie looks forward to is the OPM Music Awards.

“May funding na ’yan. Although nililimitahan lang namin ’yung categories kasi napansin namin kapag music awards, ang dami daming categories,” he said. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)


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Ogie now into inspirational songs; won’t influence Regine to turn Kapatid by Jojo Panaligan May 28, 2015 Share92 Tweet14 Share0 Email0 Share110

OGIE ALCASID                           
Singer Ogie Alcasid is also known as “The Songwriter” for his love songs, particularly the big hits “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” and “Kailangan Kita.”

Now that he is “fully committed” to being a Born Again Christian and has even been writing “spiritual” songs of late – some of which will make it to his next album – the title of that Carole King song comes to mind which he might want to ask his fans: Will you still love me tomorrow?

“Hindi lang naman puro inspirational songs ang magiging laman ng next album ko, but, yes, I’ve been writing a lot of them especially after our weekly Bible studies,” he said to that effect. “And, yes, some of these have been recorded and will be heard on my next album due October.”

Ogie may not turn full gospel artist soon but he is forming a praise and worship band that will have his wife Regine Velasquez and R&B singer Jaya as members.

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“We’re gonna start rehearsing na,” says Ogie. “We want a band that can sing in any church. We all love Jesus at ’di naman kailangan pag-usapan ang doktrina (sa mga performances namin)…”

But back to the question, will fans embrace his inspirational songs as much as his love songs? Is it easier or harder for him now to be even more of an artist who takes risks with his music?

“It’s easier because I don’t need to…” he began before taking a roundabout route in explaining himself. “When you’re younger and you’re impressionable, ang dami mong gustong gawin. Ang dami mong dreams and insecurities kaya your music gets experimented on. Ang dami mong gustong subukan…

“But when you’re older and presumably more established, you know yourself already. So when you do your music, it’s not pretentious anymore but self-expression.”

Ogie’s most previous album came out two years ago. The only inspirational he recorded in the past was “Panginoon,” back in the ’90s. But he’s been Born Again Christian since the ’80s “then medyo nag-iba ng konti.” His faith only solidified after marriage, he said.

“If you follow my Instagram and Twitter, makikita mo na kaming mag-asawa, we do our part in sharing the word (of God). Sa mga kanta na sinusulat ko lately, andu’n ako sa celebrating life and the Lord, just how amazing He is.”

The singer-songwriter knows that his influence extends even to present generation that’s why he is careful with his career moves.

“A lot of younger songwriters tell me they listen to my music,” he said, smiling. “Natutuwa ako lalo at I didn’t think that. I thought they just listen to newer stuff.”

The wife on TV5?

Ogie also addressed the “showbiz” stuff in our interview.

Is he trying to convince Regine to turn Kapatid? Her contract with GMA-7 is said to be expiring soon.

“No,” Ogie said. “Regine is very happy with GMA. I don’t know her future career plans – ’di naman niya ako manager, I’m just her husband.”

He said that the only advice he gave her about it was to pray and do fasting before coming up with a decision. He, himself, will go on a fast after their vacation in June, their “last hurrah for beach,” as he put it.

Ogie wants to stay with TV5 beyond next year when his contract with them expires.

“I’d like to stay if they would have me. Hindi ko pa kasi nakikitang na-accomplish ’yung gusto namin. We’re inching, getting there but it’s a long way pa. I’d like to be part of that success when it happens.”

With Regine?

“All I know is my wife is dedicated to be the best mother and wife she could be,” he said. “That’s what I see in her and that’s what makes her happy.”

‘Happy Truck’

Ogie is part of “Happy Truck Ng Bayan,” a game and musical variety show featuring a roving truck that can transform into a real stage. The truck will go around the Philippines and will hold shows wherever they make a stop. The show premieres on June 14 at 11 a.m.

Also on the show are Derek Ramsay, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mariel Rodriguez, Gelli de Belen, Vin Abrenica, and Mark Neumann.

Oh, and Janno Gibbs who, like Ogie, had transferred to TV5 from GMA-7.

In jest, we told Ogie that we heard Janno say the former had a hand in the latter’s latest career move.

“Sipain ko siya!” he quipped as a joke. “Wala akong kinalaman do’n.”

According to a release, “Happy Truck Ng Bayan” will extend weekly happiness and cheer to 10 barangays of various well-populated areas in the country. The stars will give away big prizes coming from the program’s game segments namely “Barangay’s Most Wanted;” “Bida Ng Dance Floor!;” “OCW: Ooooh… Construction Worker!;” “Barangay Bayani;” “Ta-Wattpad;” “Ready, Set, Goma!;” “Sing-Ko;” and “Kwarta o Kwar-truck.”

The truck is equipped with a remote-controlled hydraulic system that transforms a 12-foot high, 17.58-foot wide and 34-foot long vehicle into a mobile stage.


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Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party (Associated Press) | Updated July 5, 2015 - 1:04pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


In this Dec. 7, 2013 file photo, Kennedy Center Honoree Billy Joel,right, and Alexis Roderick arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner in Washington. AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File

NEW YORK — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday's nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate, the singer's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said.

The small group of family and friends at the party didn't know the couple planned to exchange vows.

Among those in attendance were Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter with his second wife, model Christie Brinkley, and actor Kevin James.

People magazine first reported the wedding.

Joel, 66, and Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage.

Joel is currently on tour. On Wednesday, he set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show, besting Elton John.


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