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WHAT DRIVES THE YOUNG TO COMMIT SUICIDE?


Jeannie Goulbourn and daughter Natasha who leaped to her death, and (right) Julia Buencamino with parents Nonie Buencamino and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino— From Julia Buencamino’s Facebook The remains of Kapamilya actress Julia Buencamino were cremated yesterday, leaving more questions than answers. Who are to blame for incidents of the young taking their own lives? Is it the social media? Is it peer pressure? Is it chronic depression that manifests not so much in the behavior as in drawings or secret entries in a diary? Is it the demands of a cutthroat field such as showbiz? Shouldn’t TV networks start conducting not just acting workshops but “workshops” on social behavior? And where does parental responsibility come in? So many questions. Where can we find the answers? I have no answers, so I consulted two experts on the subject, Randy Dellosa who is known as “the psychologist to the stars” and fashion icon Jeannie Goulbourn whose daughter Natasha leaped to her death from a building in Hong Kong several years ago, who can advise parents of “apparently troubled” children how to prevent a similar tragedy and how to cope with it if, knock on wood, it occurs in the family. READ MORE...

ALSO Flashback: A mother's story of pain and healing


A daughter so lovely: Author Jean Goulbourn with daughter Natasha in a photo taken three weeks before Natasha died in Hong Kong where she was based.
(Editor’s note: On May 25, 2002, Natasha Goulbourn, 27, died in Hong Kong from over-medication after a bout of depression. Here, for the first time, Natasha’s mother, fashion designer Jean Goulbourn, writes about the painful episodes that transpired after her daughter’s death.) READ ON....

ALSO Duterte tells Vice Ganda: I used to be gay but I was reformed


Vice Ganda Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte “Bakla ako noon, na-reform lang. (I used to be gay but I was reformed).” FILE PHOTOS
Though spoken in jest, the tough-talking, macho Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte delighted millions of Filipinos again on Sunday when he showed his soft side with the help of the proudly, flamboyantly gay TV personality and comedian Vice Ganda. In a taped episode of the late-night talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice,” Duterte talked about his political and personal life and even grooving along dance crazes. Answering candidly no-holds-barred questions thrown by Vice Ganda, Duterte reiterated he is not running for President in next year’s election. “I am not interested in the presidency. It doesn’t appeal to me.”  When asked about who he’s not going to vote among Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay (who Duterte called “good” after the names were said), he said: “Kaibigan ko silang lahat. I won’t say ‘good,’ if they are not good.” “I’d rather not state it publicly, baka sumama loob nila saken (they might feel bad and take it against me),” he added. Vice Ganda enumerated again the three names, this time saying “Rodrigo Duterte” as the fourth on the list. “Very good!” the mayor exclaimed. The host at one point also ecstatically commended the mayor for answering the questions point-blank and without any hesitation. “We’ll stick with the truth,” Duterte said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Jennifer Garner Keeps Her Family Together


Photo courtesy of Just Jared
Jennifer Garner ended the weekend strong. She put up a brave front this weekend for her kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, where they were reportedly spending a sunny time by the poolside in Atlanta sans husband and father Ben Affleck.
The latter was seen attending this year’s Comic-Con to promote the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The past weekend is one of Jennifer’s attempts to keep the family together, and prioritize her kids’ welfare amid the ongoing divorce. To be fair, Ben has been equally cooperative with these efforts. Last Friday, the two were spotted hanging out together in their Los Angeles neighborhood. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marvin Agustin ready to support Jiro Manio’s plans


Marvin Agustin wants to know first what Jiro Manio plans to do before helping him get back on his feet. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez
  Marvin Agustin wants to know what Jiro Manio’s plans to do with his life before he provides him help.
Earlier this month, Jiro was found roaming the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 asking for food. The Kapamilya actor was one of the celebrities who wanted to help Jiro to get back on his feet. Another is Ai Ai delas Alas who said Jiro is already seeking help in a private facility. The three of them worked together in the comedy film “Ang Tanging Ina” in 2003. “Pinag-uusapan nga namin ni Mommy Ai Ai is anong plano ng bata. Actually ang sarap magsimula do’n, e, kapag naging maayos na ang takbo ng buhay niya,” he replied when asked about his plans with Jiro, in an interview on Tuesday. “Hindi lang ako o si Mommy Ai ang gustong tumulong sa kanya. Maraming maraming tao [din] dahil alam natin gaano siya kagaling. Siguro dapat magsimula sa kanya, kung ano talaga ang gusto niya. Ako marami akong puwedeng ibigay sa kanya na trabaho. ‘Yong pagkahanda lang ng tao, ‘yon lang ang hinihintay natin,” he adds. READ MORE...

ALSO: Heart will stop painting if….


Heart Evangelista and husband Sen. Chiz Escudero at the opening of the PortrAYAL exhibit where Heart’s displayed work was titled Forgotten
For a while, Heart Evangelista stopped painting when she felt that her style was not improving. But it was her husband, Sen. Chiz Escudero, who rekindled Heart’s interest in painting when he gave her a big canvas as pasalubong from his trip to Europe.
But if…and that’s the BIG IF…Chiz decides to run for whatever position in 2016, sources said that Heart will have no choice but to temporarily quit painting again since she will have to hit the campaign trail with him. As of now, Chiz is mum about his plan even if it’s easy to tell just by reading his lips and discerning his actions (that speak louder than words). When Funfare asked Chiz about it during a brief “ambush” interview two Saturdays ago when he fetched Heart at GMA after the airing of Startalk (in which Heart is a co-host), he admitted that he and Sen. Grace Poe have been constantly in touch. “In fact,” said Chiz, “I was with Grace the other night with her mom (Susan Roces).”  Like Grace who, according to surveys, is a popular choice for the presidency, Chiz is an Independent (although they can be “adopted” by any party). Having been friends for years, Grace and Chiz are comfortable with each other. Chiz was the spokesman for Grace’s father FPJ when he ran for president in 2004. FPJ was believed to have won, but… READ MORE...

ALSO: Derek wants 'happy ending' with non-showbiz girlfriend


Derek Ramsay talks to members of the press during the launch of TV5's "WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend." The Kapatid actor said he's hoping for a "happy ending" with his non-showbiz girlfriend. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith
Derek Ramsay is hoping for forever with his non-showbiz girlfriend Joanne Villablanca.
During the press conference for TV5’s upcoming “WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend,” the actor believes he is very blessed in almost all aspects of his life—except one. READ: Derek Ramsay shares photo of rumored flame for the first time “I’m looking at the bigger picture na may pamilya na ako, happy na ako, settled down. Right now, I’m very, very happy… Sana ngayong 2015, ito na 'yung taon na all my lucky stars will align at 'yun ang ibigay sa akin because I’ve been very blessed,” Derek told members of the press. “Ito na lang yata ang pagkukulang ko. So I’m hoping for that.” The TV5 star admitted dating Joanne last February. Although they’ve only been together for a number of months, Derek said he hopes his relationship with his non-showbiz girl to have a “happy ending.” READ MORE...


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What drives the young to commit suicide?


Jeannie Goulbourn and daughter Natasha who leaped to her death, and (right) Julia Buencamino with parents Nonie Buencamino and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino— From Julia Buencamino’s Facebook

MANILA, JULY 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - July 14, 2015 - 12:00am -  The remains of Kapamilya actress Julia Buencamino were cremated yesterday, leaving more questions than answers.

Who are to blame for incidents of the young taking their own lives? Is it the social media? Is it peer pressure? Is it chronic depression that manifests not so much in the behavior as in drawings or secret entries in a diary? Is it the demands of a cutthroat field such as showbiz? Shouldn’t TV networks start conducting not just acting workshops but “workshops” on social behavior? And where does parental responsibility come in?

So many questions. Where can we find the answers?

I have no answers, so I consulted two experts on the subject, Randy Dellosa who is known as “the psychologist to the stars” and fashion icon Jeannie Goulbourn whose daughter Natasha leaped to her death from a building in Hong Kong several years ago, who can advise parents of “apparently troubled” children how to prevent a similar tragedy and how to cope with it if, knock on wood, it occurs in the family.

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Here’s Randy:


Psychologist Randy Dellosa

Teens commit suicide because they feel extremely lonely, desperate and helpless. Perhaps they had a problem for which they felt there was no solution and that there was no one to help them.

Suicidal teens usually suffer from major depression which makes them have a dark and gloomy mindset. Depressed teens usually give warning signs about their suicidal thoughts. In the case of Julia, she was probably expressing her depression through the morbid artwork she was posting on Instagram many months prior to the suicide.

The suicide of a child is an unimaginable anguish for the parents. It is utterly tragic and senseless to lose a young and beautiful child by suicide. Parents often have strong feelings of guilt, anger and failure. The painful questions that haunt them are “Why would she ever do such a thing?” and “Could I have prevented it?”

It is important for the parents to express their grief and pain with family members, relatives and close friends. They also need to talk about the good times as well as the difficult times they had with their child. Love doesn’t end with the death of their child. Hence, the parents need to find symbolic and spiritual ways to continue expressing their love to their deceased child.

When the time is right, perhaps they can join an advocacy and support group for parents of children who died by suicide. If things get too emotionally heavy and their physical health starts to suffer, it is best for the parents to seek grief therapy and professional help.

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And here’s Jeannie (who has put up the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation with a Hopeline 24/7 crisis line):


Jean and Cid Goulbourn with daughters Natasha and Katrina.

[Published in The Philippine Star, September 12, 2010 [GTranslate] On May 25, 2002, Natasha Goulbourn, 27, died in Hong Kong from over-medication after a bout of depression. Natasha’s mother Jeannie, writer and fashion designer talked about the painful episodes that transpired after her daughter’s death in a full story next report below]


Jeannie Goulbourn and Frances Lim, The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation: Hope beyond depression. Updated September 4, 2011 - 12:00am ABOUT THE NATASHA GOULBOURN FOUNDATION click HERE

Here is Jeannie:

Suicide ranks third as cause of death among people ages 10 to 24. Why, why???? Through the years, I have read books and articles and it is difficult to pinpoint one particular reason. Is this a generation that has so much knowledge (the Internet provides every available subject matter at the touch of an iPhone or computer)? Perhaps they grow up too fast, too soon?

Aside from pressures to excel in school or in corporations where one is just a number out of 2,000 employees, there’s also pressure possibly at home by both parents in stressful jobs juggling the financial and emotional needs of their children. Or separations and second-family adjustment, lack of time to bond and to talk or to know each other deeply, the divisive factor of the Internet games in the midst of a family dinner, peer pressure, society’s expectations and prejudices, cyber bullying, school/corporate. So many possible causes.

Most young people today lack emotional resilience. They cannot face frustration, rejection or any kind of failure. What about the pressure from media to have a “perfect body,” a perfect face? Natasha did ask me if she needed to improve her face and I said, “What???”

I speak as both an observer and as an inquisitive parent who has lost a gorgeous daughter tragically, and one who was able to survive it. Did I think I would, I could? No! I wanted to die. I felt cheated. I felt rejected. I was angry. How dare she! I needed to talk to Natasha but where was she? With anger and a pained heart, I talked to God. The family dynamics had to be revisited. I called Dr. Dido Villasor. I talked endlessly with my best friend Nena T. I kept and kept asking Sr. Mary Niere if there was truly a God. I read St. John of the Cross.

In the darkness, you never understand but slowly you learn to accept. Thy Will be Done. It is Done. And you turn to yourself with a burning question: So who am I now less one child? Did I bury part of me with her? What is life to me now? I turned around and looked at the pain in the eyes of the surviving sister, the eyes of a very masculine macho husband. I felt defeated.

Perhaps I was not the perfect mother to her? You are in “the other world now,” Natasha, but I’m sure you can hear me say “I love you, I love you!” deep in my heart. I want to believe that it was not the “real her” that took her life. The brain had shifted, the person had changed. Was her condition perhaps worsened by the medications that the Australian psychiatrist had given her? Would Natasha have lived if I moved her to two local doctors? No need and no use to think of possibilities. Embrace the cross until you unravel the mystery of death from suicide. There is light.

Natasha had brought meaning to my life, thus in her death I found life. She did love life in her own way that I never understood. I struggled to start living again, and so must parents in the same situation. Hold on to your child’s dreams and share them with others. Death will never separate a parent from her child. We mothers and fathers are Warriors of Hope for us, for others. I made it. So will you!

What’s up?

• Why did the MTRCB disapprove the trailer of Viva Films’ Chain Mail, directed by Adolf Alix Jr, with a cast led by Nadine Lustre? Was it really too scary that even MTRCB members recoiled in fright?

• Could it be true that the days of a popular TV show are numbered, that it would be axed anytime soon, to be replaced by a new show by a block-timer?

• Paging OPM president Ogie Alcasid. Here’s a suggestion from reader Ramon Tan-Biana: I have an idea how to promote OPM. I just don’t know how and to whom to talk at OPM, or if it’s already being done. We all know that the Philippines is the “shopping mall capital” of the world; I think that we have more malls than parks or museums. Most malls (including big groceries and “hypermarts”) have “mall radios” and my idea is to encourage all shopping malls in the Philippines to exclusively play OPM on their radios. That way we will be able to “force” the public to listen to OPM.


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A mother's story of pain and healing By Jean Goulbourn | Updated September 12, 2010 - 12:00am 1 2 googleplus0 0


A daughter so lovely: Author Jean Goulbourn with daughter Natasha in a photo taken three weeks before Natasha died in Hong Kong where she was based.

(Editor’s note: On May 25, 2002, Natasha Goulbourn, 27, died in Hong Kong from over-medication after a bout of depression. Here, for the first time, Natasha’s mother, fashion designer Jean Goulbourn, writes about the painful episodes that transpired after her daughter’s death.)

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MANILA, Philippines - No, God, no! I can’t accept that Tasha’s gone. Please give me closure. Give me signs. Allow her to talk to me. Do You exist? Are You really there? How could You let it happen? Why call her home to You at her prime? Why lend her to me for so short a time? What about her marching down the aisle as a bride? And the six children that she wished for she wrote me in her Mother’s Day card. What about the Goulbourn grandson she promised her dad? She said she’d marry the man who would say yes in baptizing her first son with a hyphenated surname, ____-Goulbourn, so the family neme can continue! What about her sister, her best friend, who she was going to be a maid of honor for?”

Embracing her pillow in her room, I had no tears; just this random conversation with God and with her.

“Follow the light don’t stop! Quickly fly through the dark tunnel go to the light! Say ‘Jesus, I love You, have mercy. Mother Mary take me to Jesus.’” Repeatedly I said this and felt I was with her in her new environment where?

“Where are you, Tasha? Talk to me! You can’t just go without talking to me. Tell me! Tell me what happened!”

Was I going mad? I could not cry. Was it a nightmare? Would I wake up?

The hours ticked by ever so slowly my mind was trying to figure out where she was; my ears were deaf. Just silence.


Author Jean Goulbourn on a hammock at Tali Beach with young Katrina and Natasha.

A family so beautiful: The Goulbourns — sisters Natasha and Katrina, and parents Jean and Cid — in Tali Beach. Her voice, our talks gone forever. No! Impossible! I would text her cell phone, let it ring and pretend that she was talking back and conversing with me.

Given a mild sedative, I felt like a zombie. At the chapel during her wake. I told my secretary, “Joyce, Tasha said move the flowers from her best friend Mary,

Leigh and Tita Jojo from New York to the front near her, and move back those from politicians in front to the back. She said she doesn’t know these politicians, but says thank you for their thoughtfulness.”

I got a stare from my secretary and Nena Tantoco hugged me. “It’s all right Jean, we will.” Had I heard her… my daughter? Yes, clearly I had, with detailed instructions!

And so my prayers were answered. On seven different occasions, she talked and talked, explained and made me promise, “Don’t sue the doctor. He did what he thought was best. You were right Mom, the medicines were wrong for me I can’t remember the last few days.”

“Don’t forget to pay Peter,” she told the psychic from London (over a long distance call that Gina Lopez had arranged for me). “I owe him two weeks’ rent.” True enough, she did.

Perhaps she felt that the one-hour long-distance conversation was not enough she found a lady (a psychic, too) praying the rosary at San Antonio Church. She asked that the psychic relay more messages to me.

Tasha was present in my room, in my car; I felt her. Dr. Rene Yat (the psychiatrist who was waiting for her in Manila but never got to meet her) watched over me, felt my grief, my pain, my loss.

Though we tried to get her out of the hands of the Hong Kong-based Australian psychiatrist, he did not want to release her back to us. Instead, he doubled the dos-

age of her medication. We lost her 72 hours after he switched her to a stronger anti-depressant.

More than a year later, the psychiatrist took his own life.

“Mom, please save five lives. Please, Mom, they are your friends, taking the same medications I took.”

“Oh no, my love you are not giving me a job to do! I am still in a state of shock and grief.”

“You will feel better please save them.”

“You are so unfair really, Tash. You walk out on us and now you give me a job to do.”

And so Dr. Rene Yat did help save the five lives! I did get the message as she had described it. “You will

Author Jean Goulbourn on a hammock at Tali Beach with young Katrina and Natasha. know who they are you will just know. I will help you to know and recognize them.”

Out of the ordinary was how things unfolded there was a job to do, and I wanted to prevent more people from feeling the tearing pain of loss and grief. God, you have mysterious ways of showing your love, I thought, but this is far from how I wish to heal!

On the 27th day, after Dr. Yat was able to prevent two suicide attempts on time, we took a break and at the invitation of owner Aida Villaluz went back to Buri, a resort in Puerto Galera, where our last vacation had taken place with Tasha, family and close friends just three weeks before we lost her.

Everything reminded me of our lovely weekend the game of Scrabble on the ferry ride, the screams of joy and laughter on a full moon night. It was pulling my whole inside out I was angry and in denial. It was an ugly dream I would snap out of. “Butterflies… Is that you, Tasha? Now a butterfly? No! Show me how you really are, where you really are. Call me Mom I’m your mom when you show yourself to me. Let me smell vanilla when you embrace me.”

Before boarding the boat I went back to the cottage, knelt on the white pebbles and cried out loud: “God, you must show me the dolphins. She said we can heal with the dolphins, swim with them, hug them and their gentleness and vibrations can heal us. But let me see them if you exist! Tell me You can hear me, God. Tasha, negotiate with God come and bring me the dolphins.” Being a Catholic, taught about sin and hell from a very young age, I prayed: “Five dolphins means she is in hell, 10 means she is in heaven with You! I will surrender her to You but I must know if she is happy and tell me, is she with You?”

I was about to give up as we were headed to Batangas port, on the 2 p.m. course, just 20 minutes away and no dolphin sightings. “Wait!” the captain shouted. “At 11 o’clock position, three dolphins sighted!” Oh, how my heart palpitated oh no, I will take the penalty of hell, but not my child!

Suddenly we saw 10 dolphins and, oh, more, more and more! One hundred eight dolphins in all, in five rows dancing, performing better than the shows in Sea World. We were all crying, I knelt to say, “Thank you, thank you for comforting us all.” Eight minutes of leaping, smiling, beautiful dolphins what a sight! The captain and boat boys were crying. “Milagro ito señora, milagro ng Diyos!” And on the left of the big, long banca flying fish. “Ay, takot and flying fish sa dolphin kay paon nila yan. Ano kaya an nangyari dito? Milagro!” They made the sign of the cross.

And as they did a goodbye flip with their tails, eight pairs of dolphins went to the front of the banca and escorted us back to our two o’clock course towards the port.

Unbelievable, the intelligence, the sensitivity of these beautiful sea friends! Once the performance was over, not one head bobbed out of the water. The choreography was excellent. Well done, Natasha, you again handled each detail superbly. Eight minutes and eight is my favorite number.

You see, Tasha, you are still saving lives. The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, with its passionate, big-hearted people continues to spread the good news!

The dolphins spelled out my commitment to a mission. Your conversations made me realize that God is a listening, loving, compassionate Father. And as a gift, you were a “gift” that any mother, or father, or sister would wish to have, embrace, laugh with forever.

With each life saved, I hear your laughter amid the stars: “Mom, we did it, Mom!”


INQUIRER

Duterte tells Vice Ganda: I used to be gay but I was reformed SHARES: 17.2K VIEW COMMENTS By: Arvin Mendoza @AMendozaINQ INQUIRER.net 03:48 AM July 13th, 2015


Vice Ganda Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte FILE PHOTOS “Bakla ako noon, na-reform lang. (I used to be gay but I was reformed).”

Though spoken in jest, the tough-talking, macho Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte delighted millions of Filipinos again on Sunday when he showed his soft side with the help of the proudly, flamboyantly gay TV personality and comedian Vice Ganda.

In a taped episode of the late-night talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice,” Duterte talked about his political and personal life and even grooving along dance crazes.

Answering candidly no-holds-barred questions thrown by Vice Ganda, Duterte reiterated he is not running for President in next year’s election. “I am not interested in the presidency. It doesn’t appeal to me.”

When asked about who he’s not going to vote among Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay (who Duterte called “good” after the names were said), he said: “Kaibigan ko silang lahat. I won’t say ‘good,’ if they are not good.”

“I’d rather not state it publicly, baka sumama loob nila saken (they might feel bad and take it against me),” he added.

Vice Ganda enumerated again the three names, this time saying “Rodrigo Duterte” as the fourth on the list. “Very good!” the mayor exclaimed.

The host at one point also ecstatically commended the mayor for answering the questions point-blank and without any hesitation. “We’ll stick with the truth,” Duterte said.

4 women

Now that he is annulled with his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, with whom he had children, Duterte said he’s had one wife and three girlfriends.

“Alam nilang sabay sabay silang lahat? (They didn’t know they’re having relationship with you all at the same time?)” asked Vice.

In jest, Duterte replied: “Duda ko. Patay malisya silang lahat (I doubt. I think they’re just being stone cold about it).”

Having been open about his relationship with other women, he said he would die if he doesn’t have any in his life, setting no standards when it comes to looking for one.

But in terms of love and relationships, he said “nothing will last forever.”

“Enduring [love]? Very seldom,” he said.

Duterte also refused to choose the most beautiful among former Human Rights Commissioner Etta Rosales, Sec. Leila De Lima and former President Gloria Arroyo, with their pictures displayed on screen.

“I don’t want to get to a quarrel with the ladies, he said.

“They’re all my friends,” he added in Filipino.

“This person in the center (referring to De Lima), she seems to be looking at me intently,” Duterte said.

Duterte recently earned the ire of De Lima and Rosales for his iron-fist approach on dealing with criminals. “Kill them all,” Duterte was quoted in a TV program.

Same sex marriage

Since college, Duterte said he doesn’t want gays to be bullied, saying he “has always hated oppression.”

Duterte also quipped he used to act gay before. “Para ang mga babae hindi matakot sa kin, para lalapit sila (So that women won’t be afraid of me and they will come to me).”

He said if his son turned out to be gay, he will accept it. “It’s more of the human dignity than anything else. All human beings are created by God. So reresputuhun mo yung totoong babae o toong lalaki. At kung ito namang isa ay medyo alanganin (You will respect the real women or real men. And if this one is somewhat in the middle)…then he is also a creation of God.

“Mag-respetuhan tayo. Sa Davao walang binabastos na bading (Let us respect each other. In Davao, there’s no gay being ridiculed),” he added.

Asked about his view on same sex marriage, the mayor said: “Every one deserves to be happy.”

Not forgetting the chance to show his talent, Duterte endeared the audience by singing his favorite song “Ikaw” by Sharon Cuneta.

He also proved he got the moves when he strutted along today’s dance hits “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and “Twerk it Like Miley.”

The hashtag #DuterteOnGGV became the hottest trending topic on Twitter all over the country and worldwide.

Supports LGBT rights

Duterte has been a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. In 2009, he condemned the Commission on Elections when it rejected the application of gay rights group Ang Ladlad to participate in Philippine politics through the party-list system.

“I was the first to say [to them], ‘Stop this hypocrisy!’ Kasi sila mayroon ding bakla sa opisina nila eh (There are gays in their offices),” he said to Vice.

The Davao City also passed an Anti-Discrimination ordinance in 2012, banning discrimination against LBGT people, minority groups and differently abled persons. TVJ


INQUIRER

Jennifer Garner Keeps Her Family Together JULY 14, 2015
BY CHRYSSA CELESTINO


Photo courtesy of Just Jared

Jennifer Garner ended the weekend strong.

She put up a brave front this weekend for her kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, where they were reportedly spending a sunny time by the poolside in Atlanta sans husband and father Ben Affleck.

The latter was seen attending this year’s Comic-Con to promote the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The past weekend is one of Jennifer’s attempts to keep the family together, and prioritize her kids’ welfare amid the ongoing divorce. To be fair, Ben has been equally cooperative with these efforts. Last Friday, the two were spotted hanging out together in their Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Before that, they spent quality time without the children for a weekend in Bahamas.

Recently, the separated couple was also found wearing their wedding bands on occasions they spent away from each other. That might mean either forgetfulness or a matter of habit, but Bennifer shows how dedicated they are to peacefully co-parenting their young ones.

After all, the divorce was not a contentious decision, but rather, a step toward giving the best to the Affleck kids. Who said a breakup always has to be so ugly?


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Marvin Agustin ready to support Jiro Manio’s plans By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated July 15, 2015 - 8:37am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Marvin Agustin wants to know first what Jiro Manio plans to do before helping him get back on his feet. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines – Marvin Agustin wants to know what Jiro Manio’s plans to do with his life before he provides him help.

Earlier this month, Jiro was found roaming the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 asking for food.

The Kapamilya actor was one of the celebrities who wanted to help Jiro to get back on his feet. Another is Ai Ai delas Alas who said Jiro is already seeking help in a private facility. The three of them worked together in the comedy film “Ang Tanging Ina” in 2003.

“Pinag-uusapan nga namin ni Mommy Ai Ai is anong plano ng bata. Actually ang sarap magsimula do’n, e, kapag naging maayos na ang takbo ng buhay niya,” he replied when asked about his plans with Jiro, in an interview on Tuesday.

“Hindi lang ako o si Mommy Ai ang gustong tumulong sa kanya. Maraming maraming tao [din] dahil alam natin gaano siya kagaling. Siguro dapat magsimula sa kanya, kung ano talaga ang gusto niya. Ako marami akong puwedeng ibigay sa kanya na trabaho. ‘Yong pagkahanda lang ng tao, ‘yon lang ang hinihintay natin,” he adds.

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Meanwhile, Marvin doesn’t have plans yet about his next project after his currently airing show “Flordeliza.” The show is down to its last four weeks.

What he’s only sure of is he’s going to study entrepreneurship this school year.

“I guess ‘yan ang isa sa kine-crave ko dahil hindi ako nakapag-college, e, never in my life after graduating high school,” he said about studying again. “Lahat nang pinasok kong negosyo, pinasok ko sila kasi gusto ko sila gawin. Parang this time I want to learn the process of doing it.”

Marvin is running about 40 restaurants in Metro Manila and in the provinces. One of which is his new restaurant in Fairview where he is business partners with Jolina Magdangal.


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Heart will stop painting if…. FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 15, 2015 - 12:00am 16 94 googleplus0 0


Heart Evangelista and husband Sen. Chiz Escudero at the opening of the PortrAYAL exhibit where Heart’s displayed work was titled Forgotten

For a while, Heart Evangelista stopped painting when she felt that her style was not improving. But it was her husband, Sen. Chiz Escudero, who rekindled Heart’s interest in painting when he gave her a big canvas as pasalubong from his trip to Europe.

But if…and that’s the BIG IF…Chiz decides to run for whatever position in 2016, sources said that Heart will have no choice but to temporarily quit painting again since she will have to hit the campaign trail with him.

As of now, Chiz is mum about his plan even if it’s easy to tell just by reading his lips and discerning his actions (that speak louder than words).

When Funfare asked Chiz about it during a brief “ambush” interview two Saturdays ago when he fetched Heart at GMA after the airing of Startalk (in which Heart is a co-host), he admitted that he and Sen. Grace Poe have been constantly in touch. “In fact,” said Chiz, “I was with Grace the other night with her mom (Susan Roces).”

Like Grace who, according to surveys, is a popular choice for the presidency, Chiz is an Independent (although they can be “adopted” by any party). Having been friends for years, Grace and Chiz are comfortable with each other. Chiz was the spokesman for Grace’s father FPJ when he ran for president in 2004. FPJ was believed to have won, but…

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From Startalk, Heart and Chiz proceeded to SM Megamall A.R.T. Center where Chiz opened PortrAYAL (LAYA), the benefit exhibit of the Actors Guild of the Philippines. As one of the participants, Heart chose a 48”x 72” oil painting called Forgotten. Asked why she called it that, Heart simply smiled.

The start for the filing of COCs (Certificates Of Candidacy) is in October, barely two months away. If you’ve been following the front pages, you must be wondering why Grace insisted on having Chiz with her on a nationwide sortie with DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (the alleged administration standard bearer) suggested by Pres. Noynoy Aquino. Watch the front pages for the latest development.

Incidentally, could it be true that Grace and Chiz will issue a “joint statement” anytime…soon? Stand by.

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Left: Your Funfarer with fellow hakot raffle winner Allan Policarpio of Inquirer (right) and Amrit Melwani of Cozoz, Inc., organizer of the PurePadala event with the movie press. Right: Gary Valenciano, the PurePadala ambassador.

My ‘hakot’ experience at Puregold

How much can you gather into a huge pushcart in one minute — how many canned goods, bottled drinks, whatever?

I was among the five lucky winners at a raffle during the presscon hosted by Puregold to announce its new PurePadala remittance service designed and conceptualized for Filipinos residing abroad and OFWs and their families back home, with Gary Valenciano as its ambassador. Perfect paring: Pure Energy for PurePadala.

After raffling off five iPhones (won by Lolit Solis, Aster Amoyo, Gorgy Rula, Janiz Navida and Danny Flores), five more prizes were given away — yes, a one-minute shopping spree, hakot all you can as fast as you can. Puregold’s indefatigable drumbeater Chuck Gomez asked the movie writers to check their celfones for a “message.” I got one: Nakatanggap ka ng i-minute shopping spree mula sa Puregold at Globe Gcash. Maaari itong magamit sa kahit saan Puregold store nationwide. Ipakita lang ang PurePadala reference # at isang valid ID sa Puregold Cashier counter para ma-claim ito. For info, visit www.puregold.com.ph .

So for one minute, the four other winners (among them Ricky Calderon and Inquirer’s Allan Policarpio) and I rushed to the designated sections at Puregold E. Rodriguez branch and filled up our pushcarts with as many items as we could. We were trailed by TV cameramen covering the event, with Gary V as witness. The technique was to hakot the items by sweeping them off the shelves with both arms (“embrace”-style) and not pick them up one by one as I did. Sigh, only one-fourth of my pushcart was filled with mostly Spams and corned beef.

The “race” was to demonstrate how the PurePadala works, except that it’s not done exactly that way. As Puregold Price Club, Inc. president Vincent Co explained it, with PurePadala the money that every OFW remits goes directly to the basic and most important necessities of their families such as food, tuition and utilities, loan payments, and even as start-up capital for a sari-sari store business. The remittance service ensures that the money OFWs and immigrants send to their families back home will not be wasted and will go to what or where it is intended for.

You simply wait for the text message from Puregold and, as mentioned earlier, claim the remittance at any Puregold branch and shop (as leisurely as you want), not only for one minute like what we did. The remittance may be divided into shopping money and cash as per the sender’s choice.

“I’ve heard stories about OFWs who send money to their families, only to discover that the money is not spent wisely,” said Gary V who was chosen as PurePadala ambassador since he is, as Vincent Go pointed out, “one of the most trusted and respected Filipino artists today and millions of Filipinos around the world are profoundly inspired by his life and career.”

During the presscon, Gary V sang Makakarating, a poignant song which he himself produced and arranged (written by Betsy Baking with music by Tito Cayamanda), complete with a music video directed by Jofre Nachora shown during the event.


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Derek wants 'happy ending' with non-showbiz girlfriend By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated July 15, 2015 - 12:08pm 9 243 googleplus0 0


Derek Ramsay talks to members of the press during the launch of TV5's "WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend." The Kapatid actor said he's hoping for a "happy ending" with his non-showbiz girlfriend. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines – Derek Ramsay is hoping for forever with his non-showbiz girlfriend Joanne Villablanca.

During the press conference for TV5’s upcoming “WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend,” the actor believes he is very blessed in almost all aspects of his life—except one.

READ: Derek Ramsay shares photo of rumored flame for the first time

“I’m looking at the bigger picture na may pamilya na ako, happy na ako, settled down. Right now, I’m very, very happy… Sana ngayong 2015, ito na 'yung taon na all my lucky stars will align at 'yun ang ibigay sa akin because I’ve been very blessed,” Derek told members of the press.

“Ito na lang yata ang pagkukulang ko. So I’m hoping for that.”

The TV5 star admitted dating Joanne last February. Although they’ve only been together for a number of months, Derek said he hopes his relationship with his non-showbiz girl to have a “happy ending.”

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“Yung previous relationship for six years, and then it didn’t have a happy ending. So I want this to have a happy ending, you know. Meaning to say, ano na ito, 'yung habang buhay na talaga,” he said.

Asked to describe his relationship with Joanne, Derek said: “We very much enjoy each other’s company. We’re very much intrigued by one another. We’re always asking questions about each other (so we can) get to know who we are. “

The actor added that he appreciates Joanne’s “sincerity," for being interested in what he does.

Derek talked to members of the press to promote “WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend,” which co-stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

It is Derek’s first time to star in “WattPad Presents”—and his first time to be romantically paired with Jasmine on-screen.

READ: Why Derek Ramsay chose to stay with TV5

He admits finding the pair-up awkward at first. Jasmine is the younger sister of Anne Curtis, a friend and co-star in the movies “No Other Woman” and “A Secret Affair.” But Derek admits working with Jasmine was a delight.

“Bagay na bagay sa kanya yung character dito. And she really, really performed well, kasi para siyang tanga, e. And for me, iyon ang pinakamahirap na role, e, 'yung magmukha kang tanga sa totoong buhay. Siya, kumportableng-kumportable siyang magmukhang tanga, baliw, and gagawin niya,” he said, describe Jasmine’s role.

“WattPad Presents: Unwanted Girlfriend” premieres on Monday, July 20 and runs for two weeks.


During the renewal of Derek Ramsay’s contract with TV5 on April 28, 2015, he was asked about his non-showbiz girlfriend, Joanne Villablanca, and why he is hiding her. The actor and TV host said that he promised himself that he’s going to be private about his love life, but noted that he will never going to hide his special someone. The actor noted that he is very happy with his current girlfriend, Joanne Villablanca. FROM THE PULSE.PH


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