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HEART SUPPORTS BUT DOESN'T MEDDLE WITH CHIZ's POLITICAL PLANS


JULY 29 ---Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero at the red carpet of the 2015 State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion  “Hindi pa naman sigurado pero napaguusapan.” This, Heart Evangelista said when asked if her husband Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is planning to run for higher office in the upcoming 2016 national elections. The 30-year-old actress talked to members of the press for the media launch of GMA-7’s upcoming soap opera “Beautiful Strangers” on Tuesday. A few hours before the launch, Chiz announced his resignation from his post as chair of the Senate finance committee. “He’s really like that. Gusto n’yang gawin tama ang bagay. And he felt that it’s the right thing to do. I will support him,” she said about the resignation. Heart said she will support her husband whatever his plans may be. But while they talk about his work and his possible political plans, the GMA-7 star said she does not want to meddle with Chiz’s affairs. “Syempre, trabaho, napaguusapan namin. Pero ayokong makialam,” she said. Heart added: “Suporta naman ako sa kanya. He’s very, very smart. Kumbaga, dati pa, 'di ko pa siya nakikilala, I really look up to him. So kung ano man ang mga naging desisyon, sigurado akong napag-aralan n’ya yun. Alam n’ya ang ginagawa. Sinusuportahan ko lang siya. Sino ba naman ako.”  Does Chiz make her feel like her opinion matters? Heart answers in the affirmative. “I mean, not that it matters or he decides according to my opinion. But he respects that I have a voice. And I respect that my voice shouldn’t be too loud,” she explained. As for reports that Chiz will run with Sen. Grace Poe for higher office in the coming elections, Heart quips: “Basta ako, ang alam ko lang tandem na siguro na Poe and Escudero is August 10, Lovi Poe and Heart Escudero. That’s the only thing I’m certain about.”  READ MORE...

ALSO Heart: Everything 'perfect' after reconciliation with parents


JULY 30 --Heart Evangelista: "I want to enjoy, I have so much to do. And finally everything is okay so I just want to enjoy that." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith
Heart Evangelista said life with husband Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is “perfect” for her, now that she has reconciled with her parents.
The GMA-7 actress confirmed last May via an Instagram account that her parents Reynaldo and Cecilia have mended fences with her and Chiz. “Siguro nung kinasal ako, narealize nila na okay na ako. I’m a very transparent parent. Alam nila kung may problema ako. Nakita nilang masaya ako so tinanggap din nila,” she said in an interview during the press conference for GMA-7’s upcoming soap opera “Beautiful Strangers” recently. “Pareho rin kami ng pag-iisip na you only live once. We’re getting old. Sayang 'yung time,” Heart quipped. It can be remembered Heart had a falling out with her parents in 2013 when they opposed the actress’ romance with Chiz. Heart reconciled with her parents in 2014. However, they did not attend Heart’s wedding with Chiz in February 2015. Now, however, Heart said her relationship with her mom is “back to normal.” “Ako, consistent din ako na 'andoon lang ako palagi,” she said. “Mommy ko kahit di ako kinakausap, 'andon lang ako. So nakita rin niya and natanggap din niya. And ngayong natanggap din niya, perfect na rin talaga ang lahat.” READ MORE...

ALSO Lovi Poe on sister Grace Poe: I'm sure Papa is watching over her


JULY 29 --Lovi Poe talks to members of the press during the press conference for GMA-7's "Beautiful Strangers" on Tuesday, July 28. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith
Whatever her plans are for the 2016 elections, Sen. Grace Poe has the support of sister Lovi Poe.
During the press conference for the upcoming GMA-7 drama "Beautiful Strangers" on Tuesday, Lovi said she's happy "a lot of people believe in" her older sister Grace. Grace currently tops the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys. "Of course, I'll just keep praying for her, that she keeps on making the right decisions. And I'm sure Papa is watching over her," Lovi told reporters. Grace and Lovi are the daughters of late actor Fernando Poe Jr. Asked if she believes Grace has want it takes to run for higher office, the GMA-7 star said: "Well, she's very intelligent. She has the heart. Mabuti siyang tao. So, I mean, what more can you ask for?"  Lovi added she will support and campaign for Grace in case she does run in next year's elections. "I'm just here lang naman, e. I'm here lang sa side. If she wants me to support her, definitely," she said. "I'll support her in any way din possible." READ MORE...

ALSO Kris Aquino on mom Cory: She’s the best role model


AUGUST 1 --Kris Aquino remembered her mom Cory Aquino on her sixth death anniversary and described her as the “best role model” in her life. Philstar.com/ Chuck Smith
– Kris Aquino remembered her mom Cory Aquino as their family commemorates her sixth death anniversary.
Former President Corazon Aquino died in August 1, 2009 due to colon cancer. On Saturday, Kris posted a photo collage with different portraits of her mom. In the caption, Kris remembered how Cory served as a good role model to them, especially on being a good parent. “To all of you who comment that you admire me as a Mom to Kuya & Bimb, it's because I had the best role model in my Mom,” she said. READ MORE.... CORY's VINTAGE PHOTOS...

ALSO Observance: Remembering Tita Cory’s legacy of integrity, honesty


JULY 31 --The nation observes today, August 1, 2015, the sixth death anniversary of revered global democracy icon, President Corazon C. Aquino, the 11th President of the Philippines and the first Filipino woman to hold the office. Tita Cory, as she was affectionately addressed, was a woman of extraordinary substance, who instilled awe and admiration both here and abroad.
Commemorative rites will be held at her monument on Roxas Boulevard, beside the monument to her martyred spouse, Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., and at her gravesite at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque. Relatives and friends, led by his only son, President Benigno S. Aquino III, the 15th President of the Philippines, will celebrate the life she lived, pay honor and tribute to her legacy of courage, humility, compassion, and moral leadership, as well as her love of God, country, people and family, that continue to inspire the Filipino people today. In her lifetime, Tita Cory was remembered for her trademark yellow dress; yellow was the color associated with her and the opposition she led after the assassination of her husband on August 21, 1983. READ MORE...

ALSO Grace Poe-Llamanzares: American Traditional home in Quezon City


JUNE 25 --After doing public service in a day, Senator Grace Poe comes home to a three-storey house that she shares with her husband and children.
It features an American Traditional style with Modern Asian touches located in an exclusive Quezon City subdivision. Setting aside her political activities, we will give you a look inside Senator Grace's house featured on YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2013 issue. READ MORE ABOUT GRACE LLAMANZARES...

ALSO: Mariel, Robin expecting twins


AUGUST 2 --Robin Padilla confirmed that his wife Mariel Rodriguez is pregnant and they’re expecting twins! Instagram/ Mariel Rodriguez account
Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla are expecting twins!
This news was confirmed by Robin on Saturday through a post on his Instagram account. He posted a photo of an ultrasound image and captioned it “Maria and Juan de Padilla.” Mariel is currently confined at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City. This is the couple’s second attempt to have a baby after Mariel had a miscarriage in March this year. She just got back here in the country after having a vacation with Robin in Spain. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT (ULTRASOUND PHOTO...

ALSO: Jessica Sanchez coming back for show


AUGUST 2 --American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez (photo) will return to Manila to headline an intimate concert titled Jessica Sanchez: Up Close and Personal Live in Manila on Aug. 9, 8 p.m., at Chaos, City of Dreams.
The Fil-American singer had her first solo concert in the Philippines in 2013. After that, she released her debut album Me, You & the Music on April 30, 2013. The album debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 14,000 copies in the first week. This was followed by an appearance on the fourth season finale of Glee on May 9, 2013, playing the role of Frida Romero and performed Zedd’s Clarity and Little Mix’s Wings in the episode All or Nothing. Her latest project is her second studio album where she collaborated with Mark J. Feist. Jessica Sanchez: Up Close and Personal Live in Manila is presented by Steven Brownstein Production. Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA), SM Cinema branches and select SM Store branches. For details, call Chaos at 0917-8863678, SM Tickets at 470-2222 or log in to smtickets.com. CONTINUE READING TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT IS INSIDE THE "CITY OF DREAMS", MANILA, PHILIPPINES


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Heart supports but doesn't meddle with Chiz’s political plans


Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero at the red carpet of the 2015 State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, AUGUST 1, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Chuck Smith - “Hindi pa naman sigurado pero napaguusapan.” This, Heart Evangelista said when asked if her husband Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is planning to run for higher office in the upcoming 2016 national elections.

The 30-year-old actress talked to members of the press for the media launch of GMA-7’s upcoming soap opera “Beautiful Strangers” on Tuesday. A few hours before the launch, Chiz announced his resignation from his post as chair of the Senate finance committee.

“He’s really like that. Gusto n’yang gawin tama ang bagay. And he felt that it’s the right thing to do. I will support him,” she said about the resignation.

Heart said she will support her husband whatever his plans may be. But while they talk about his work and his possible political plans, the GMA-7 star said she does not want to meddle with Chiz’s affairs.

“Syempre, trabaho, napaguusapan namin. Pero ayokong makialam,” she said.

Heart added: “Suporta naman ako sa kanya. He’s very, very smart. Kumbaga, dati pa, 'di ko pa siya nakikilala, I really look up to him. So kung ano man ang mga naging desisyon, sigurado akong napag-aralan n’ya yun. Alam n’ya ang ginagawa. Sinusuportahan ko lang siya. Sino ba naman ako.”

Does Chiz make her feel like her opinion matters? Heart answers in the affirmative.

“I mean, not that it matters or he decides according to my opinion. But he respects that I have a voice. And I respect that my voice shouldn’t be too loud,” she explained.

As for reports that Chiz will run with Sen. Grace Poe for higher office in the coming elections, Heart quips:

“Basta ako, ang alam ko lang tandem na siguro na Poe and Escudero is August 10, Lovi Poe and Heart Escudero. That’s the only thing I’m certain about.”

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Kapuso stars Heart Evangelista and Lovi Poe will sizzle your evenings as they star in GMA Network's newest drama offering entitled “Beautiful Strangers".

Lovi is Heart’s co-star in “Beautiful Strangers,” which will air on August 10.

Nonetheless, Heart said she doesn’t want to think about Chiz’s political plans just yet. She admits still being on a wedding high with her husband, months after tying the knot in February. “Pero ang pwede ko lang gawin… we just got married, so I have to understand how busy he is,” she said.

Will she campaign for Chiz in case he decides to run in next year’s elections?

“We have agreed na minsan sasama. Pero most of the time, hindi siguro kung mangyayari man 'yun kasi we’re very aware of that concept, that formula na artista, ganyan-ganyan,” she said. “I am his wife. Of course I will be there. But kung dumating man 'yun, hindi mo ako makikitang kumakanta o ano. I feel I’m fooling a lot of people using celebrity status. And we’re not like that.”

Heart said she’s also prepared for the intrigues that may come her way in case Chiz does run for office in 2016.

“I’ve been honest about my life. I’m glad I’ve always been honest. I’ve been hit many times about the life I chose to live or who I was a few years ago. And I’m very happy I chose to be honest because I’m not hiding anything, so go ahead,” she explained.


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Heart: Everything 'perfect' after reconciliation with parents By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated July 30, 2015 - 6:53pm 2 0 googleplus0 0


Heart Evangelista: "I want to enjoy, I have so much to do. And finally everything is okay so I just want to enjoy that." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines – Heart Evangelista said life with husband Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is “perfect” for her, now that she has reconciled with her parents.

The GMA-7 actress confirmed last May via an Instagram account that her parents Reynaldo and Cecilia have mended fences with her and Chiz.

“Siguro nung kinasal ako, narealize nila na okay na ako. I’m a very transparent parent. Alam nila kung may problema ako. Nakita nilang masaya ako so tinanggap din nila,” she said in an interview during the press conference for GMA-7’s upcoming soap opera “Beautiful Strangers” recently.

“Pareho rin kami ng pag-iisip na you only live once. We’re getting old. Sayang 'yung time,” Heart quipped.

It can be remembered Heart had a falling out with her parents in 2013 when they opposed the actress’ romance with Chiz.

Heart reconciled with her parents in 2014. However, they did not attend Heart’s wedding with Chiz in February 2015.

Now, however, Heart said her relationship with her mom is “back to normal.”

“Ako, consistent din ako na 'andoon lang ako palagi,” she said. “Mommy ko kahit di ako kinakausap, 'andon lang ako. So nakita rin niya and natanggap din niya. And ngayong natanggap din niya, perfect na rin talaga ang lahat.”

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What made her mother decide to reconcile with Heart? “Kasi we’re so close so kilala n’ya ako. And nakikita n’ya na I’m happy,” she said. “If you see naman na she’s genuinely happy, I think as a mom, parang okay na 'yun.”

Now that they have reconciled, are her parents already asking a grandchild from her?

“In fact, sinasabi pa nga nila, ‘Take your time because you’re finally married and now you can do whatever you want’,” Heart said.

She revealed Chiz already wants to have a child with Heart. But the 30-year-old actress wants to take her time “I want to enjoy, I have so much to do. And finally everything is okay so I just want to enjoy that,” she said.

Heart is part of GMA-7’s “Beautiful Strangers” with Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino and Benjamin Alves and will premiere August 10.


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Lovi Poe on sister Grace Poe: I'm sure Papa is watching over her By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated July 29, 2015 - 4:14pm 5 186 googleplus0 0


Lovi Poe talks to members of the press during the press conference for GMA-7's "Beautiful Strangers" on Tuesday, July 28. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines — Whatever her plans are for the 2016 elections, Sen. Grace Poe has the support of sister Lovi Poe.

During the press conference for the upcoming GMA-7 drama "Beautiful Strangers" on Tuesday, Lovi said she's happy "a lot of people believe in" her older sister Grace.

Grace currently tops the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys.

"Of course, I'll just keep praying for her, that she keeps on making the right decisions. And I'm sure Papa is watching over her," Lovi told reporters.

Grace and Lovi are the daughters of late actor Fernando Poe Jr.

Asked if she believes Grace has want it takes to run for higher office, the GMA-7 star said: "Well, she's very intelligent. She has the heart. Mabuti siyang tao. So, I mean, what more can you ask for?"

Lovi added she will support and campaign for Grace in case she does run in next year's elections.

"I'm just here lang naman, e. I'm here lang sa side. If she wants me to support her, definitely," she said.

"I'll support her in any way din possible."

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Lovi talked to members of the press to promote "Beautiful Strangers," her latest soap opera on GMA-7. It also stars Heart Evangelista and will premiere on August 10.

Coincidentally, Heart is also connected to a possible contender in next year's Presidential elections as she is married to Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

But Heart and Lovi, who are also close friends outside of work, make light of their political connections.

"Maraming nagjo-joke sa amin about the Poe-Escudero tandem. And we realized, yeah, Poe-Escudero nga, ano? So sabi namin, 'Yeah, Poe-Escudero, sa August 10 na po'," she said.

Aside from Heart, "Beautiful Strangers" will also star Lovi's boyfriend Rocco Nacino.

Heart and Rocco are paired in the show, something Lovi finds funny.

"It's awkward for them," she quipped. "It's nice to see my boyfriend and my best friend making out. It's funny. There's no selos or anything"

"Sabi ko kay Rocco, 'Go babe, enjoy. That's Heart Evangelista'," Lovi further joked.

"Beautiful Strangers" also stars Christopher de Leon and Benjamin Alves.


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Kris Aquino on mom Cory: She’s the best role model By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated August 1, 2015 - 10:41am 3 0 googleplus0 1


Kris Aquino remembered her mom Cory Aquino on her sixth death anniversary and described her as the “best role model” in her life. Philstar.com/ Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino remembered her mom Cory Aquino as their family commemorates her sixth death anniversary.

Former President Corazon Aquino died in August 1, 2009 due to colon cancer.

On Saturday, Kris posted a photo collage with different portraits of her mom.

In the caption, Kris remembered how Cory served as a good role model to them, especially on being a good parent.

“To all of you who comment that you admire me as a Mom to Kuya & Bimb, it's because I had the best role model in my Mom,” she said.

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“The best tribute I can give her is to continue working hard to provide a good life for my sons, while making sure that they know that they have my unconditional love & lifelong devotion.”

The Queen of All Media also noted that their family’s loss six years ago made them closer with each other since “we realized we just have each other.”

“We're not a perfect family, but we've really been blessed because we continue to make a conscious effort to support, appreciate, and be there for each other,” she added.

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6 years ago, almost to this hour, our Mom went to heaven... The 5 of us grew even closer since we lost her, I think because we all realized we just have each other. We're not a perfect family, but we've really been blessed because we continue to make a conscious effort to support, appreciate, and be there for each other. The 1st portrait is an Amorsolo, dated 1954- our dad's 21st birthday gift to our Mom. The 2nd portrait is by Ang Kiukok dated 1972, our dad's birthday gift to our mom when she turned 39. Both are w/ me in my home because I asked our Mom for them... The black & white picture my sisters found in our home in Times when they were sorting through our Mom's things, it's my favorite because I was a cutie & Bimb & I really look alike in this shot, and the last picture was from our last family Christmas card w/ our Mom in 2008... To all of you who comment that you admire me as a Mom to Kuya & Bimb, it's because I had the best role model in my Mom. And the best tribute I can give her is to continue working hard to provide a good life for my sons, while making sure that they know that they have my unconditional love & lifelong devotion. To all of you who loved our mom & love our family, MARAMING SALAMAT PO. 💛💛💛💛💛💛 24.7k likes 374 comments


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Observance: Remembering Tita Cory’s legacy of integrity, honesty July 31, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share4

The nation observes today, August 1, 2015, the sixth death anniversary of revered global democracy icon, President Corazon C. Aquino, the 11th President of the Philippines and the first Filipino woman to hold the office.

Tita Cory, as she was affectionately addressed, was a woman of extraordinary substance, who instilled awe and admiration both here and abroad.

Commemorative rites will be held at her monument on Roxas Boulevard, beside the monument to her martyred spouse, Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., and at her gravesite at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque.

Relatives and friends, led by his only son, President Benigno S. Aquino III, the 15th President of the Philippines, will celebrate the life she lived, pay honor and tribute to her legacy of courage, humility, compassion, and moral leadership, as well as her love of God, country, people and family, that continue to inspire the Filipino people today.

In her lifetime, Tita Cory was remembered for her trademark yellow dress; yellow was the color associated with her and the opposition she led after the assassination of her husband on August 21, 1983.

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She became the symbol for the country’s struggle for freedom and democracy, which culminated in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that brought her to the presidency. It was during her term that the 1987 Philippine Constitution was drafted and approved in a plebiscite. Her governance, marked by simplicity, honesty, and integrity, not only brought back democracy, but restored investor confidence in the economy, and instituted legal and constitutional reforms.

In 1986, she was widely applauded when she spoke before a joint session of the United States Congress, was cited by Time Magazine as “Woman of the Year,” and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, Time Magazine hailed her as one of Asia’s heroes, for her “quiet courage,” and for being the “symbol of People Power and an inspiration to others around the world struggling against tyranny.”

She received several other awards and citations: The Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Award, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, the Fullbright Prize for International Understanding, the United Nations Silver Medal, the Canadian International Prize for Freedom, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.

After her term ended in 1992, she was active in social and political affairs. She advanced democratic causes, supported social and charitable projects, and voiced her views and comments on pressing issues such as human rights, women empowerment, and development, in local and international forums. She set up the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation, for scholarship grants, housing, and philanthropic activities, and the PinoyME Foundation, for microfinancing for the poor.


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Grace Poe-Llamanzares: American Traditional home in Quezon City posted on Friday, June 05, 2015 - 11:24pm STATS: 55154 Views | 2 Comments



After doing public service in a day, Senator Grace Poe comes home to a three-storey house that she shares with her husband and children.

It features an American Traditional style with Modern Asian touches located in an exclusive Quezon City subdivision.

Setting aside her political activities, we will give you a look inside Senator Grace's house featured on YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2013 issue.

Originally written by Gabby Reyes Libarios

Photographed by Rene Mejia

Produced by Anna Pingol

Hair and Makeup by Fennie Mirhan-Tan

Fashion Styling by Joel Ontong

image: http://contents.pep.ph/images2/gallery/4-June-2015-09ab4aa1de/dbade470d.jpg 

Built on a 510-square-meter lot, the three-storey house has been home to Grace's family in 2004 when his father, legendary Action King Fernando Poe Jr., died.

CITY By Therese Dehesa | August 26, 2014 Original article: Gabby Reyes Libarios | Photography: Rene Mejia Add to Notebook

Built on a 510sqm lot, the senator’s three-storey house is defined by American Traditional and Modern Asian design With more than 20 million votes to her name, Grace Poe, the only child of Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, secured the top spot in the 2013 senatorial race. After a long and tiring day at her Senate office, she comes home to a three-storey house that she shares with her husband Neil Llamanzares and their children in a gated Quezon City subdivision.

Written by Gabby Reyes Libarios. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Produced by Anna Pingol. Hair and Makeup by Fennie Mirhan-Tan. Fashion Styling by Joel Ontong.

Read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2013 issue. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine

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Poe seen as viable 2016 bet vs Binay @inquirerdotnet 01:08 AM May 18th, 2013


SAY ‘GRACE’ Newly proclaimed Sen. Grace Poe holds her certificate of proclamation as she poses with mother Susan Roces, husband Neil Llamanzares and daughters Hanna and Nika and son Brian during the proclamation of six senators-elect at the PICC in Pasay City on Thursday. JOAN BONDOC

As investors and analysts ponder whether the Philippines would remain in a sweet spot beyond 2016 when the country elects its next President, New York-based think tank Global Source listed four “viable” presidential contenders from the administration party who could challenge incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Binay has been touted by his political party, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), as the man to beat in 2016. “I’m saying he will be the next President,” UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco told the Inquirer this week.

In a May 16 commentary on the midterm elections titled “Vote of Confidence,” Global Source named Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Senators Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano and recent senatorial race topnotcher Grace Poe as the four potential standard-bearers within the Liberal Party (LP).

“We agree with the prognosis that the results are a vote of confidence on a highly popular President, which means that President Aquino will continue to have tremendous political capital going forward,” said the report written by economists Romeo Bernardo and Marie-Christine Tang.

“This will be very important as [President Aquino] will need to hit the ground running when the next Congress starts and show results quickly, to enable the economy to build on current momentum and translate the high business optimism into investments in hard assets that will sustain growth,” the commentary added.

Election clout

Global Source said key pieces of legislation—such as the fiscal incentives reform that affects all sectors—would still be difficult to pass, but may stand a better chance with [Mr. Aquino’s] election clout still fresh in the winners’ minds.

“We also think there is very little risk of President Aquino’s becoming a lame duck executive in the near-term,” the report said. “The administration likely has a two-year window to initiate priority reforms before uncertainty and nervousness creep in with the approach of 2016,” it added.

Global Source added that President Aquino’s ability to influence the outcome of the 2016 election would hinge on the economy. The report said everyone would be looking for solid signs that the President was delivering on his promise of more jobs, investments and a sustained high economic growth.

Fifth-place win

“On the other hand, failure to bring the economy forward will hurt the President’s party in the final year, resulting in handing over [the] reins [of government] to the opposition led by the Vice President, who has demonstrated his own clout with his daughter’s fifth-place win in the Senate race,” the report said.

“In the meantime, the conduct of the election, as orderly and peaceful as the first automated one in 2010, has itself been a confidence booster,” the commentary said.

Within the LP, the research said Interior Secretary Roxas, who yielded to Mr. Aquino as the party’s nominee for the presidency in 2010, was “currently the likely anointed one.” But if, for some reason, Roxas drops out of the race, Global Source said the other “viable” candidates included reelected Senators Escudero and Cayetano.

Surprise topnotcher

The report noted that “one cannot rule out the surprise topnotcher in the senatorial contest, political neophyte Grace Poe,” daughter of the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. who, many believe, won the controversial 2004 election against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Based on the results of Monday’s midterm polls, the administration’s senatorial candidates are expected to bag most of the 12 senatorial seats in contention. Global Source said members of the President’s coalition party were also likely to have won the majority of the congressional and local elective posts.

“Political observers are starting to place bets on the leadership of the two houses of Congress, with Sen. Franklin Drilon seen as the likely Senate President, and incumbent Speaker of the House, Feliciano Belmonte, holding on to his post. Both are staunch allies of the President and high-ranking members of his Liberal Party,” Global Source said.

Reform agenda

The report noted that supporters of the administration saw President Aquino’s control of both houses as positive for the government’s reform agenda and greatly increased the chances of passing “big ticket” political and economic legislation, among them the rationalization of fiscal incentives, a new mining law, the amendment to the 20-year Bangko Sentral charter, as well as the build-operate-transfer law and the Bangsamoro basic law.

Crucial factor

With the President’s endorsement described as a crucial factor in winning the recent election, Global Source said he was expected to continue to hold sway in the next three years which would enable him, like his mother, to handpick a suitable successor to continue his reform program.

“Naysayers, on the other hand, claim that the administration’s numbers, especially in the Senate, are of no consequence, not only because the Upper House has traditionally acted more independently of the executive branch, but also because the numbers reflect a coalition of parties that came together solely for the elections,” the report said. “The latter implies that the President’s legislative initiatives would continue to face uphill battles and, if the past were any guide, that there is no guarantee that the coalition will stay in place through 2016, much less beyond,” the think tank added.


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Poe met Teodoro Misael "Neil" Llamanzares In her senior year of high school. The two started dating thereafter, and married five years later on July 27, 1991, immediately after Poe graduated from Boston College at the age of 22.

The marriage went against the wishes of her father, who wanted her to have a career first before marrying. Poe gave birth to her only son, Brian, on April 16, 1992, and later gave birth to two daughters: Hanna in 1998, and Nikka in 2004 WIKIPEDIA


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Mariel, Robin expecting twins By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated August 2, 2015 - 2:55pm 0 154 googleplus1 0


Robin Padilla confirmed that his wife Mariel Rodriguez is pregnant and they’re expecting twins! Instagram/ Mariel Rodriguez account

MANILA, Philippines – Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla are expecting twins!

This news was confirmed by Robin on Saturday through a post on his Instagram account.

He posted a photo of an ultrasound image and captioned it “Maria and Juan de Padilla.”

Mariel is currently confined at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City.

This is the couple’s second attempt to have a baby after Mariel had a miscarriage in March this year.

She just got back here in the country after having a vacation with Robin in Spain.


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Jessica coming back for show (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 2, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez (photo) will return to Manila to headline an intimate concert titled Jessica Sanchez: Up Close and Personal Live in Manila on Aug. 9, 8 p.m., at Chaos, City of Dreams.

The Fil-American singer had her first solo concert in the Philippines in 2013. After that, she released her debut album Me, You & the Music on April 30, 2013.

The album debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 14,000 copies in the first week. This was followed by an appearance on the fourth season finale of Glee on May 9, 2013, playing the role of Frida Romero and performed Zedd’s Clarity and Little Mix’s Wings in the episode All or Nothing.

Her latest project is her second studio album where she collaborated with Mark J. Feist.

Jessica Sanchez: Up Close and Personal Live in Manila is presented by Steven Brownstein Production. Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA), SM Cinema branches and select SM Store branches.

For details, call Chaos at 0917-8863678, SM Tickets at 470-2222 or log in to smtickets.com.

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CHAOS IS ONE OF THE 2 FAMED AND EXCITING NIGHTCLUBS INSIDE THE CITY OF DREAMS IN MANILA, THE OTHER ONE IS PANGAEA.

ThE Official Grand Launch City of Dreams Manila - Integrated Resort, Hotel & Casino City of Dreams Manila -Published on February 2, 2015 -

In a fanfare of 'Dream-inspired' pyrotechnics and flashing strobe-lights that lit the skies of Manila Bay, the doors officially opened today on Manila's most electrifying, innovative and diverse entertainment destination.

The City of Dreams Manila grand launch ceremony ushered in a new era of entertainment-inspired leisure in the Philippines.

Celebrations of Manila's newest world-class gaming and entertainment destination included a thrilling 'Concert of Dreams', watched by an excited crowd of some 5,000 movers and shakers, starring headliners Ne-Yo, international heartthrob, and Kelly Rowland, the Grammy-award winning singer, who was formerly part of one of the most successful female groups of all time, Destiny's Child.

They were supported by a host of top Philippines stars who are all the pride of the Philippines, including one of PEOPLE ASIA's 'People of the Year', Gary Valenciano; divine diva Zsa Zsa Padilla; R&B-princess Kyla; and Aliw Awards 2014 Entertainer of the Year, Jed Madela.

Thousands of excited visitors witnessed Melco Crown Entertainment's Co-Chairman and CEO Mr. Lawrence Ho and Mrs. Sharen Ho; Co-Chairman Mr. James Packer; and Mr. Clarence Chung, Chairman & President of Melco Crown Philippines as they were joined by Mr. Cristino Naguiat Jr, Chairman and CEO of PAGCOR, Mr. Henry Sy, Jr. Chairman of SM Prime Holdings, turned the ceremonial keys - opening the 'Fortune Egg' of City of Dreams Manila and cascading a 'Dream Cloud' of mechanical butterflies - officially mark the launch of the integrated resort.

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What’s inside City of Dreams Manila? By: Don Lejano @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 06:26 PM February 3rd, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — City of Dreams Manila, a billion-dollar entertainment and gaming resort located in Parañaque City, formally opened its doors to the public on Monday.

Located on a 6.2-hectare site, it brings together a diverse collection of contemporary lifestyle and leisure brands including Crown, Nobu, Hyatt, Dreamworks and the Pangaea Group.

It combines world-class entertainment, an array of accommodation, and regional and international culinary offerings, together with a spacious and contemporary casino.

As City of Dreams Manila aims to become the premier leisure and entertainment destination in the country and within the region, let us take a look at what it has to offer:

The Cafe at Hyatt

This interactive show-kitchen restaurant operates 24 hours and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can accommodate 315 people in various seating options.

Hyatt and Nobu Pool Area

Hyatt and Nobu are two of the three hotels at City of Dreams Manila. The pool areas of both hotels are linked with each other for easier access to guests.

Nobu Spa

This is one of City of Dream Manila’s exquisite spas. The resort complex also has luxurious salons, gyms and wellness centers.

Pangaea

Pangaea is known for pioneering the ultra-lounge concept in the 90s. It is famous worldwide for its homey and sophisticated club set and has branches in New York, New Delhi and Singapore, to name a few. Michael Ault is the man behind this intimate dance-club concept.

Nobu Restaurant

This is one of the three premium dining choices at City of Dreams Manila, the two others being The Tasting Room and Crystal Dragon. There are also choices for casual and contemporary diners.

The Shops at The Boulevard

It features 18 luxury retail outlets selling designer bags and clothes and exquisite timepieces.

Fortune Egg

This is the most iconic structure at City of Dreams Manila. It houses two famed nightclubs, Pangaea and Chaos.

Dreamworks’ DreamPlay

It is an all-new entertainment interactive concept where Dreamworks Animation characters come together and allow visitors to play, create and learn. It is set to open by March.

Casinos

City of Dreams Manila offers an electrifying gaming experience with the latest slot technologies and high energy casino floors. City of Dreams Casino, Kampay, Signature Club and Li Ying offer various types of gaming experience and entertainment.

All photos taken by Don Lejano/INQUIRER.net


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