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GRACE POE'S SON ALSO RISES


BRIAN AND HIS PARENTS  PDI Photo/Arnold Almacen) I first met Brian Poe in Bohol during the Habitat for Humanity event in May last year. I found him a mild-mannered and unassuming young man. His parents, Senator Grace Poe and Teodoro Llamanzares, had raised him well. Since his mom is the woman of the hour, I thought of interviewing him about issues hounding his mother. Heres my tęte-ŕ-tęte with Brian:What do you think of your mom’s detractors? I don’t really think much of them. They have nothing they can use against my mom. They’re throwing mud against the wall to see what sticks. First of all the whole “foundling” argument is cruel. An attack on my mom is an attack on all adopted children and orphans. What is this, grade school, where you call a child “adopted” and act as if he or she is suddenly less of a person? Then there’s the issue on residency, and I can’t help but feel so frustrated about this. Many OFWS who sacrifice so much to take care of their families here in the Philippines are dual citizens. Many even have to give up their Filipino citizenship. My mom became a dual citizen for a time, but came back home and reacquired her natural-born status. READ MORE...

ALSO 76th birth anniversary: Fans, pals more than just starstruck at FPJ grave


REEL ICON, REAL TRIBUTE. Actress Susan Roces, widow of movie legend Fernando Poe Jr., sprinkles Holy Water on his tomb during the Mass marking his 76th birth anniversary at Manila North Cemetery on Thursday. Also at the gathering was Poe’s bosom buddy, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (second from right). GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
About a thousand birthday well-wishers flocked to the grave of the legendary movie star who many believe should have been elected president a decade ago, bearing fond memories of how “FPJ” touched their lives by what he did on- and off-screen. “I have watched about 200 FPJ films since I was young,” said Marietta Sangalang, 76, of Quezon City who came with her two grandchildren to Manila North Cemetery on Thursday to mark the 76th birth anniversary of Fernando Poe Jr. Carlos Pelagio, 55, a cook who had taken up filmmaking as a hobby, said it was Poe who inspired him to pick up the video camera. As a child, he recalled, his father often brought him along to movie houses playing FPJ movies in their native Quezon province. 
In his view, those movies were both blockbusters and reflections of social ills that persist to this day: corruption in the police and bureaucracy, illegal drugs, widespread poverty. “Pitong Gatang,” for example, depicted Manila as a dirty, chaotic city. “And it hasn’t changed since.”
“Just seeing his mausoleum already makes me happy,” Pelagio said, who took selfies next to a tarpaulin image of his idol. But Pelagio said what he admired most about the actor was his generosity and simplicity. “When my child got sick and I really needed money, almost everyone I met at Philippine General Hospital advised me to go see him for help.’’ READ MORE...

ALSO: A foundling named Grace


Wealthy residents of Jaro, Iloilo knew of abandoned babay Grace Poe  "THERE WERE NO SECRETS in Jaro back in the sixties," long-time resident Marilen Montinola Locsin said of the district in Iloilo which wealthy sugar barons once called home. "Jaro was a place where everybody knew each other. Either we were friends or relatives. Everybody knew what was going on during that time."  Perhaps she was right. But there is one secret that remains to be told, and the story begins at the Jaro Cathedral before dawn on September 3, 1968. As a woman named Sayong Militar approached the font, she discovered an infant wrapped in a blanket and covered in blood. The newborn would grow up to be Senator Grace Poe. Then and now, the identity of Poe’s biological parents has never been known. “Nobody came forward. Those who came forward were found to be fraudulent,” Poe said. READ MORE...

ALSO LOOK: Jennylyn, Patrick reunite for son's birthday


Jennylyn Mercado's son, Jazz, celebrated his seventh birthday on Sunday with a rock star-themed party held at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig.
The occasion, which was documented by Nice Print Photography, was attended by some of Mercado's close friends from the industry, as well as by Jazz's father, actor Patrick Garcia. Mercado and the former "Two Wives" actor separated in 2008. For a time, the two had a rift that prevented Garcia from seeing his firstborn. The two have since patched things up as evidenced by the closeness of Mercado and Garcia's wife, Nikka Martinez, who was also at the event with Jazz's half-sister, Chelsea. WATCH VIDEO...

ALSO: ABOUT Jennylyn Mercado


Jennylyn Mercado
Born Jennylyn Mercado; May 15, 1987 (age 28) Las Pińas, Philippines; Nationality Filipino; Other names Jen Occupation Singer, actress, TV host, product endorser, guitarist Years active 2003-present; Height 5 ft 3 in (1.63 m); Children Alex Jazz "AJ" Mercado ---
Jennylyn Mercado (born May 15, 1987) is a Filipino actress, singer and songwriter. She gained fame as the winner of the first season of the reality talent competition StarStruck. Mercado is most known for receiving much critical acclaim at her young age for her acting performances on television and film. READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS....

ALSO: What to Expect from Madonna’s Upcoming Rebel Heart Manila Leg


If we were to go by how she’s been arranging her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna sure isn’t stopping any time soon. A few good folks thought it would be nice to finally bring her here to Manila, where fans of varied ages would kill to see her live. The tour’s notably special since Madonna’s heavily involved in every aspect of this hours-long shindig. (This time, she won’t annoy people for the noise she’ll make.) It’s one full-fledged production that may just top even the grandest of Korean pop productions. Judging from the teasers, there will be pole dancing, intense choreography, and dancers in habits. Expect her to sing a few favorites like “Vogue” and “Holiday” for all of you old-timers out there. WWD has spilled some design deets, and confirmed that Madonna will wear the following: Jean Paul Gaultier (duh), Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, AlessandroMichele, Fausto Puglisi, Prada, Miu Miu, Swarovski  and Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran. On top of these, she’s been working closely w/ Academy Award-nominated costume designer a.k.a. devoted stylist Arianne Phillips. Sketches aren’t out but well, we can just see her wear them in person. The Philippine leg is a two-day affair happening at the Mall of Asia Arena on Feb. 25 to 26, 2016. Ready your wallets—to see her in the nearest flesh means shelling out P57,750 for a VIP seat. Pricey? Come on, bitch. It’s Madonna. :) READ MORE...

ALSO: Sarah Geronimo wins int’l singing tilt


Sarah Geronimo. FILE PHOTO
Singer Sarah Geronimo won the 10th International Singing Contest: The Global Sound for her song “Kilometro.”  Geronimo beat out 26 other countries and their corresponding singers to win the award. The countries who participated in the contest include The Netherlands, France, USA, Sweden, Singapore, United Kingdom, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Latvia, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy, Colombia, Denmark, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, Peru, Belarus, Argentina, Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, and Albania.  Geronimo first participated in the same contest during the contest’s fifth edition with her song “Sino Nga Ba Siya.”  For winning the said contest, she also made history as the first returning singer to win the competition and making the Philippines as the first Asian country to win.  The winner in the contest is determined by a jury and number of views of the official video of the entry song on YouTube. AJH/JE THIS IS THE FULL REPORT. BUT HEY!

WATCH, LISTEN TO HER OFFICIAL VIDEO ....BELOW


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MANILA, AUGUST 24, 2015 (INQUIRER) 

Grace Poe’s son also rises By Dolly Anne Carvajal @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer 07:23 AM August 18th, 2015


BRIAN POE says his mom Grace raised him and his siblings well.

I first met Brian Poe in Bohol during the Habitat for Humanity event in May last year. I found him a mild-mannered and unassuming young man. His parents, Senator Grace Poe and Teodoro Llamanzares, had raised him well.

Since his mom is the woman of the hour, I thought of interviewing him about issues hounding his mother.

Heres my tęte-ŕ-tęte with Brian:

What do you think of your mom’s detractors?

I don’t really think much of them. They have nothing they can use against my mom. They’re throwing mud against the wall to see what sticks.

First of all the whole “foundling” argument is cruel. An attack on my mom is an attack on all adopted children and orphans. What is this, grade school, where you call a child “adopted” and act as if he or she is suddenly less of a person?

Then there’s the issue on residency, and I can’t help but feel so frustrated about this. Many OFWS who sacrifice so much to take care of their families here in the Philippines are dual citizens. Many even have to give up their Filipino citizenship. My mom became a dual citizen for a time, but came back home and reacquired her natural-born status.

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My mom has helped fight for the Filipino people and the betterment of this country since day one.

What scares or excites you about the possibility of being a presidential son?

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. My mom hasn’t made a decision yet. If it truly is her destiny and God willing she becomes the next president, that’s a different story.

Of course the criticism and the scrutiny scare me. I’m scared because I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to be bashed by critics… but what excites me about the possibility of being a member of the presidential family is being able to use my exposure and influence to help the less fortunate. I would be so happy if I had the opportunity to travel throughout the country and help people in whatever way possible. Being a member of the first family is a huge responsibility.

What don’t people know about Grace Poe?

That she is the best mother anyone could ask for. Not only is she an amazing senator; she’s such an amazing mom. Many people know the public side of my mom but what they don’t know is how well she raised me and my sisters. When we lived abroad she would cook every meal, drive us to and from school, clean the house, and still manage to have a job.

In what ways are you similar to your mom? What are your differences?

We are alike in the sense that we have a burning passion for public service. My mom learned that passion from her father, and I learned it from my mother. So it comes as no surprise that we both studied political science and both joined the debate team in school. I look up to my mom and I do my best to emulate all the good things I see in her.

On the other hand, we have different tastes in books. She likes fiction novels while I like history books. I like cars while she couldn’t care less about what car she rides.

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INQUIRER

Fans, pals more than just starstruck at FPJ grave @inquirerdotnet 12:30 AM August 21st, 2015


REEL ICON, REAL TRIBUTE. Actress Susan Roces, widow of movie legend Fernando Poe Jr., sprinkles Holy Water on his tomb during the Mass marking his 76th birth anniversary at Manila North Cemetery on Thursday. Also at the gathering was Poe’s bosom buddy, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (second from right). GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

About a thousand birthday well-wishers flocked to the grave of the legendary movie star who many believe should have been elected president a decade ago, bearing fond memories of how “FPJ” touched their lives by what he did on- and off-screen.

“I have watched about 200 FPJ films since I was young,” said Marietta Sangalang, 76, of Quezon City who came with her two grandchildren to Manila North Cemetery on Thursday to mark the 76th birth anniversary of Fernando Poe Jr.

Carlos Pelagio, 55, a cook who had taken up filmmaking as a hobby, said it was Poe who inspired him to pick up the video camera. As a child, he recalled, his father often brought him along to movie houses playing FPJ movies in their native Quezon province.

In his view, those movies were both blockbusters and reflections of social ills that persist to this day: corruption in the police and bureaucracy, illegal drugs, widespread poverty. “Pitong Gatang,” for example, depicted Manila as a dirty, chaotic city. “And it hasn’t changed since.”

“Just seeing his mausoleum already makes me happy,” Pelagio said, who took selfies next to a tarpaulin image of his idol.

But Pelagio said what he admired most about the actor was his generosity and simplicity. “When my child got sick and I really needed money, almost everyone I met at Philippine General Hospital advised me to go see him for help.’’


FPJ in character. FILE PHOTO

“He was the type of person who was easy to approach. He had a very generous heart but he never talked about it,” he added.

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Like Pelagio, Hernan Robles, 76, said watching FPJ made him change his career choice, discontinuing his architecture studies in Far Eastern University to become a filmmaker as well.

Robles said he came to know FPJ more when he got employed in the movie projects of another action star at the time, Efren Reyes Jr. “FPJ gave me a job at FPJ Productions. Almost everyone in the industry can testify to his kindness; that’s one reason why we call him “The King.”

Joey Romero, 21, remembered how Poe bought “truckloads of toys” as Christmas presents for the children of informal settlers inside Manila North. He was six years old when he first became a recipient of these gifts.

On FPJ’s last birthday, four months before he died on Dec. 14, 2004, he again showed up at the cemetery to give away cash and sacks of rice, and even had a drink with the menfolk. “He always wanted to make people a little more comfortable,” Romero added.

Sixto Navarro, who worked as a stuntman in FPJ flicks and is now a government-employed security aide, went to the cemetery for Poe’s birth anniversary in a cowboy attire, as though ready for one more fight scene with the fast-shooting, rapid-punching leading man.

He bragged about being FPJ’s body double in the film “‘Tatlong Barako.” “We wore the same outfit; it really made me feel proud,” he said.

Navarro, a third cousin of the late actor, recalled drawing from his own pocket just to campaign for Poe in Pangasinan province when he ran for President in 2004. “That’s how loyal and supportive I was,” he said, tearing up.

Poe lost the race to the incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who would be hounded a year later by the “Hello Garci” poll fraud scandal.


ABS-CBN

A foundling named Grace By Gigi Grande, ABS-CBN News Posted at 06/03/2015 3:00 AM | Updated as of 06/16/2015 7:02 PM

(First of a Series)

"THERE WERE NO SECRETS in Jaro back in the sixties," long-time resident Marilen Montinola Locsin said of the district in Iloilo which wealthy sugar barons once called home. "Jaro was a place where everybody knew each other. Either we were friends or relatives. Everybody knew what was going on during that time."

Perhaps she was right. But there is one secret that remains to be told, and the story begins at the Jaro Cathedral before dawn on September 3, 1968. As a woman named Sayong Militar approached the font, she discovered an infant wrapped in a blanket and covered in blood. The newborn would grow up to be Senator Grace Poe.

Then and now, the identity of Poe’s biological parents has never been known. “Nobody came forward. Those who came forward were found to be fraudulent,” Poe said.

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The Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo.

In its heyday, Jaro was strictly a residential area. Only mansions of prominent families stood near the cathedral.


The pre-war Locsin mansion, which is found in the area surrounding the cathedral.


But Sayong, the woman who found the infant, worked as a nanny for the nearby Ledesma-Lizares household. That she was in church at 5 a.m. on a Tuesday was no surprise, said her son Jun. Sayong was a devout Catholic who went to Mass daily.

The infant was brought to the public hospital and a search for her biological parents ensued. When all efforts failed, Sayong, who already had five children, would spend the next two years raising the child they called Grace like one of her own.


Jaime Cardinal Sin, then Archbishop of Jaro, baptizes baby Grace, held by Sayong Militar. Tessie Ledesma Valencia (second from right) was among the godmothers.

The responsibility of rearing six children may have been too much, however, and Grace was passed on to the haciendera Tessie Ledesma Valencia, a close relative of Sayong’s employers.

Ninang Tessie

Tessie was in her forties when she took charge of Grace, recalled Tessie’s niece Carmela Ledesma. Born and raised in Bacolod, Tessie herself had been orphaned. She had no siblings, no husband, and no children of her own, but having inherited vast tracts of land, there was one thing she had: lots and lots of money.


Tessie Ledesma Valencia holding baby Grace

“Ledesma didn’t know where to put her money. She really had lots of it, “said Carmela. While showing little interest in the haciendas, Tessie was fascinated with movies and celebrities.

Among the celebrities, she loved Susan Roces best, even becoming national president of the Susan Roces fans club. “She spent a lot of money on gifts for Susan and threw big, big parties for her at my grandfather’s house on Taft Avenue,” Carmela said.

Tessie, who started out as a fan, later became good friends with Susan and her sister, teenage star Rosemarie Sonora.


From right: Susan Roces, Tessie Ledesma Valencia, and Rosemarie Sonora with a friend

Tessie was so close to Susan, she became a veil sponsor at Susan’s high-profile Christmas day wedding to Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) in 1968. The couple was so popular back then that they managed to get President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda to sit as principal sponsors on short notice.

Carmela also recalled how Tessie and Grace lived on and off with Susan and FPJ in Greenhills, San Juan even before the newlyweds formally adopted the child.


Undated photo of Grace, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces

Rising star in politics

Grace was nearly six years old by the time a San Juan judge signed the adoption order. Her life would be well documented from then on, but it is the unknown past that may now be used against Poe, a rising star in Philippine politics based on surveys, and a likely contender for the Presidency in 2016.

A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows Poe nearly neck and neck with Vice President Binay. While Poe hasn’t declared her intention to run for President, she knows rivals will pick up on her hazy beginnings and raise it to question her citizenship.

“I would rather have that issue than plunder or anything else to defend myself,” said Poe.

At least one parent must be Filipino

Under the Philippine Constitution, only natural-born Filipinos can become President, Vice President, Senator and Congressman. Natural-born citizens are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship.

“I didn’t have to go through a special procedure to acquire my citizenship,” Poe said.

But constitutional expert Fr. Joaquin Bernas said the essential requirement of being a natural-born citizen is being born of a citizen.

“You have to know who the parents are,” he said. “One of them must be a Filipino. If you don’t know who the parents are, you cannot say whether it’s natural born or not.”

If political watchers are to be believed, it’s only a matter of time before the issue is formally raised.” I’m sure somebody will bring it to the Supreme Court,” said Professor Popoy de Vera of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance.

“In a senatorial election, if you’re one out of twelve, the eleven others won’t bring you down as long as they are still in the top twelve. But in a presidential election, if there are seven candidates, the 6 others will do everything to try to stop you from being President.”

Let the people decide

When that time comes, Poe will be ready. ”Ang sasabihin ba natin, isang foundling, kailangan ba nating limitahan ang pagkakataon nito sa buhay sapagkat hindi natin alam ang tunay na magulang? Para sa akin, siguro tao na ang magdedesisyon nyan,” Poe said.

Poe has spent many years trying to find her biological parents. During a campaign sortie in Iloilo in 2013, she even met with Sayong, who migrated to Canada in the ‘80s, in search of the truth.


Grace Poe and son Brian Llamanzares with Sayong in Jaro, Iloilo in 2013

Poe said she hopes to find the truth someday, not so she can run for President, but so she can finally put closure to this chapter in her life.

A clue may be waiting in Jaro.

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RELATED FROM ABS-CBN

The Curious Case of Grace Poe By Gigi Grande, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 06/04/2015 3:25 AM | Updated as of 06/07/2015 10:24 PM

(Second of a Series)

Secrets, lies and truths about her origin

It's the stuff soap operas are made of. Abandoned at the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo as an infant in 1968, Senator Grace Poe was raised by nanny Sayong Militar, passed on to sugar heiress Tessie Ledesma Valencia and later adopted by Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr., then one of the most popular showbiz couples in the country.

But the story that endeared Poe to many in 2013 could now be used against her if she decides to run for President in 2016.

The Constitution states that only natural-born Filipinos may become President, Vice President, Senator and Congressman. “When you’re born of a Filipino father or mother, you are a natural-born Filipino by birth,” said Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional
Commission. But if both parents are unknown, the Filipino may, or may not, be natural born.


Senator Grace Poe considers this her first home -- Sayong Militar's house on Sta. Isabel Street, Jaro, Iloilo. Photo by Bea Zaragoza, ABS-CBN Iloilo

FATHER IS ILONGGO

Information about Poe’s biological parents has surfaced before but their identities remain unknown nearly 47 years later.

“Those who came forward were found to be fraudulent,” said Poe.

But if long-time Jaro resident Carmela Ledesma is to be believed, Poe’s father is Ilonggo.

Carmela is a niece of Tessie and friend of Sayong.

“Auntie Sayong said the Father is Filipino. He’s Ilonggo. Only I don’t know the name. The real father couldn’t afford to fend for Grace when she was little. He just couldn’t afford to raise the child,” Carmela said.

Sayong is now 89 years old and living in Canada while Tessie passed away in 2009.

Carmela said she knows nothing about Poe’s mother.


The mansion of Rosette Montinola Jalbuena. In its heyday, it played host to parties attended by celebrities.

MOVING AROUND

The yellow house on Sta. Isabel Street owned by Sayong’s family is what Poe calls her first home. But when Grace was nearly two years old, Sayong’s son Jun said she became the ward of Tessie Ledesma Valencia, a relative of Sayong’s employers.

Tessie was orphaned, unmarried, childless and had no siblings while Sayong had Grace to raise five children of her own. Sayong convinced Tessie to take Grace.

Tessie, Carmela said, was flush with cash and loved to party with celebrities.

She took the young Grace to Manila to live at the Ledesma mansion on Taft Avenue.

The two also lived on and off at the San Juan, Greenhills home of Tessie’s friends, Susan and FPJ. It was during this time that the couple began to feel attached to Grace.

Whenever they were in Jaro, Tessie and Grace lived at Tessie’s mansion, or slept at the mansion of Tessie’s Lizares relatives. But they would also sleep over at the mansion of Tessie’s friend Rosette Montinola Jalbuena which was located just across the park and a stone’s throw away from the Jaro Cathedral.

It was the same mansion Susan’s sister, teen star Rosemarie Sonora, would stay at whenever she was in town.

Rosemarie has long been rumored to be the biological mother of Grace.


The Ledesma-Lizares mansion in Jaro is where Sayong worked as a nanny. Young Grace and Tessie, a relative of the Lizares family, would sometimes stay here when visiting Jaro.

'MARCOS' DAUGHTER'

But it simply wasn’t true, said long- time residents.

Jean Jalandoni Gustilo’s family has lived right next door to the Jalbuenas for decades. Her father and Rosette Jalbuena were best friends. “Rose would live right next door to us with the Jalbuenas. The old lady Jalbuena would come here every day and tell us what was happening in her house. I’m sure if that kind of rumor could have been true, my God we would have known it, “ Jean said.

“She was very young then. It’s impossible,” Carmela said.

Poe smiles easily when asked about the rumor.

“The easiest would just be to say, yes the rumor is true. But it’s not,” said Poe.

“I wish it were, in a sense, so I can establish my natural-born status, to be the daughter of my aunt. Daughter with whom? Well that’s a different issue. Of course they will say I’m the daughter of Marcos. You know, if that were true, it would be more than just a loud whisper. Somebody would have come forward to prove that.”

Tessie would eventually migrate to the US leaving Grace with Susan and FPJ.

Grace was nearly six years old by the time a San Juan judge signed the order to formalize the adoption.


This is the Ledesma mansion on Taft Avenue in Metro Manila where Tessie Ledesma Valencia threw lavish parties for Susan Roces. Photo courtesy of Carlo Dionisio.

BURDEN OF PROOF

It’s been said there were no secrets in Jaro back then. Perhaps there was one.

But even if Poe’s biological parents remain unknown, there are those who say the cards are stacked in her favor.

“There is a presumption that she is a natural-born Filipino,” said Fr. Rannie Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law.

“She occupies public office that requires that she be a natural- born Filipino.”

Aquino said the burden of proof that neither of Poe’s parents was a Filipino citizen at the time of her birth rests with anyone who might assail her nationality. “He who makes the claim must prove the claim,” Aquino said.

JITTERS ALREADY?

No one questioned Poe’s citizenship when she ran for public office in 2013. But political watchers say the game is played differently when it’s the Presidency at stake.

“The problem is, if there are issues hounding you, you will be unable to focus on what you want to do for the country, your vision will not be easy to explain because you’ll (be busy) answering the accusations and criticisms against you,” said Professor Popoy de Vera of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance. “You’ll get off track in terms of messaging and you won’t be able to convince the voters that you are the right choice for 2016.”

The issues raised could also be aimed at blocking the flow of campaign funds in the event Poe seeks higher office.

“Any uncertainty in a campaign makes the funders a little jittery. You wouldn’t want to back a candidate that either gets disqualified or loses. So any possibility that the one you’re funding has troubles in the campaign generally affects the amount you will give for the election,” De Vera said.

De Vera is convinced it’s only a matter of time before the issue is raised before the Supreme Court.

When that happens, Poe said she would be ready.

In the meantime, she’s still hoping to find her biological parents. “I’m asking our countrymen, if they know anything about it, please come forward. Not for anything else, not just because of my possible candidacy, but because it’s the right thing to do. Sa tinagal ng panahon na naghahanap ako, maganda din naman na makilala ko.”

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Finding Grace, finding closure By Gigi Grande, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 06/05/2015 2:21 AM | Updated as of 06/16/2015 7:02 PM

An emotional message from overseas came soon after ABS-CBN News aired its special report on Senator Grace Poe.

Imelda Militar Hofilena reached out to ABS-CBN from Canada to set the record straight: it was her father Edgardo Militar, not Sayong, who found the infant at a font of the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo on September 3, 1968.

“Life ni Grace iyan eh,” said Hofilena. “She deserves to know the truth.”

Edgardo was Sayong Militar’s brother-in-law. He passed away years ago. “Gusto ko rin lang ibigay yung respeto sa father ko,” Imelda said.

Poe’s life story as told to her by Sayong is no secret. But the renewed interest comes amid citizenship questions raised in anticipation of her bid to seek the Presidency in 2016.

In an interview with ABS-CBN after topping the May 2013 senatorial elections, Poe recalled a recent meeting with Sayong to confirm the stories about her origins.

“She explained to me that I looked very raw, I had blood all over me so she called the parish priest,” Poe said. “They brought me to the public hospital and everything was fine. But they had to make an announcement so the priest told Sayong, ‘I think you’d better keep her until somebody claims her.’ And no one did.”


Imelda Militar Hofilena (far right) with Sayong Militar (center).

A WELL-LOVED STORY

Imelda now says that’s not quite what happened.

Only three years old the year Grace was born, she has no personal recollection of the incident, but she said the discovery of the baby was a well-loved story told over and over again in her family.

“Hindi siya naka-balot sa blanket na may dugo at dinala sa ospital. Inuwi siya agad sa bahay namin. Beside her, may pile ng lampin, mga damit, may feeding bottle at saka may pulbos,” she said.

Imelda’s sister Zilda Demaala who lives in Guam was seven years old at the time and remembers the events more clearly. “Mayroon pang pina-baon na cologne. I remember it well. Hindi siya mukhang kawawang baby.”

Zilda said long-time residents of Barangay Desamparados in Jaro descended on their home that day to take a peek at the baby. “Meron talagang mga nag-alok, they wanted to buy Grace. Pero hindi siya binenta ng tatay ko.”

Zilda and Imelda came from a family of eight. Their parents were always struggling to make ends meet. Their father worked at a cockpit while their mother was a dress maker.

They would have wanted to keep Grace, but they knew they couldn’t provide for her.

Three days later, Edgardo entrusted the infant to Sayong.

Sayong would later pass Grace on to the sugar heiress Tessie Ledesma Valencia, who would later ask celebrity couple Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr. to adopt the child.

From then on, Imelda’s family lost contact with Grace. “Kung hindi siya binigay, may younger sister sana ako. I just wish her the best and I’m very proud of her sa ginagawa niya sa country natin. Tatay ko nakakita sa kanya, kapatid ko yan, (but I say this) in silence kasi hindi niya kami kilala.”

In the small barangay of Desamparados, Edgardo had long been rumored to be the biological father of Grace.

FINDING CLOSURE

Imelda doubts it but she’s willing to submit herself to a DNA test if it will help Poe.

Poe welcomed the offer. “Whatever will shed light on the truth. I’m willing to take that test,” she said.

But news that it was Edgardo who had found her at the cathedral didn’t come as a complete surprise.

“Dun sa aking foundling certificate, nakalagay ang pangalan na Edgardo Militar. For whatever reason that Nanay Sayong may or may not have told the truth, I’m sure it was really to protect me and to protect others there," Poe said.

Imelda and her family migrated to Canada six years ago. She said she wants nothing except the chance to help Grace find closure. After all, Grace was once a part of their family, if only briefly.


ABS-CBN

LOOK: Jennylyn, Patrick reunite for son's birthday ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/18/2015 6:10 PM

MANILA - Jennylyn Mercado's son, Jazz, celebrated his seventh birthday on Sunday with a rock star-themed party held at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig.

The occasion, which was documented by Nice Print Photography, was attended by some of Mercado's close friends from the industry, as well as by Jazz's father, actor Patrick Garcia.

 
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Patrick and Jennylyn then...

Mercado and the former "Two Wives" actor separated in 2008. For a time, the two had a rift that prevented Garcia from seeing his firstborn.

The two have since patched things up as evidenced by the closeness of Mercado and Garcia's wife, Nikka Martinez, who was also at the event with Jazz's half-sister, Chelsea.


Patrick, Nikka and Chelsea

Check out the photos below, which were taken by Nice Print Photography:






WIKIPEDIA

Jennylyn Mercado


Jennylyn Mercado

Born Jennylyn Mercado
May 15, 1987 (age 28)
Las Pińas, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Jen
Occupation Singer, actress, TV host, product endorser, guitarist
Years active 2003-present
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.63 m)
Children Alex Jazz "AJ" Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado (born May 15, 1987) is a Filipino actress, singer and songwriter. She gained fame as the winner of the first season of the reality talent competition StarStruck.


JENNYLYNN WITH MARK HERRAS

Mercado is most known for receiving much critical acclaim at her young age for her acting performances on television and film.

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She has released three albums from GMA Records and Viva Records which have several popular singles such as "Sa Aking Panaginip", "Moments Of Love" collaboration with Janno Gibbs, "Maybe This Time" and "Kahit Sandali".

Mercado was born on May 15, 1987, to a mother who was a duty-free store beauty consultant.

Mercado had a stepfather who abused her as a child. He burned her skin with cigarette butts.

Her mother, who was working in Dubai at that time, immediately flew back to the Philippines not to help her daughter, but to bail out Mercado's stepfather, who was in jail for abusing 4-year-old Jennylynn.


WITH LUIS MANZANO

Mercado grew up in Paranaque, a city in the Metro Manila region of the Philippines. During her senior high school year at the Augustinian Abbey in nearby Las Pińas, Jennylyn had already found the Filipino spotlight, working on the reality-based TV show StarStruck, a role that proved to be her gateway to acting and singing celebrity.

Mercado's life story was featured in the weekly drama anthology

Magpakailanman in October 14, 2004. She is now the official spokesperson of the Bata Foundation (Christian Mission Services), a non-government organization.


WITH DENNIS TRILLO

At 21, she got pregnant by her ex-boyfriend Patrick Garcia, who distanced himself upon learning of her pregnancy.

On August 16, 2008, she gave birth via Caesarian section (8-9 p.m.) to an 8-pound, 12 ounce (3.68 kg) baby boy at St. Luke's Hospital, Quezon City. Her child's name is Alex Jazz "AJ" Mercado.


PATRICK AND AJ

She is the niece of television reporter, Abner Mercado. Her cousins are Cherie Mercado (news and radio anchor for News5), Charee Pineda, and Eliza Pineda who both work for ABS-CBN channel.

Extracurricular activities
Aside from being a performer/entertainer, Mercado is also a political activist. She works with and the Philippine Women's Organization GABRIELA.
She is also an aspiring triathlete.


INQUIRER

What to Expect from Madonna’s Upcoming Rebel Heart Manila Leg BY CHRYSSA CELESTINO Madonna Rebel Heart Preen

If we were to go by how she’s been arranging her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna sure isn’t stopping any time soon.

A few good folks thought it would be nice to finally bring her here to Manila, where fans of varied ages would kill to see her live. The tour’s notably special since Madonna’s heavily involved in every aspect of this hours-long shindig. (This time, she won’t annoy people for the noise she’ll make.)

It’s one full-fledged production that may just top even the grandest of Korean pop productions. Judging from the teasers, there will be pole dancing, intense choreography, and dancers in habits.

Expect her to sing a few favorites like “Vogue” and “Holiday” for all of you old-timers out there.

WWD has also spilled some design deets, and confirmed that Madonna will wear the following:

Jean Paul Gaultier (duh),
Jeremy Scott,
Alexander Wang,
Alessandro Michele,
Fausto Puglisi,
Prada,
Miu Miu,
Swarovski, and
Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.

On top of these, she’s been working closely with Academy Award-nominated costume designer a.k.a. devoted stylist Arianne Phillips.

Sketches aren’t out but well, we can just see her wear them in person.

The Philippine leg is a two-day affair happening at the Mall of Asia Arena on Feb. 25 to 26, 2016. Ready your wallets—to see her in the nearest flesh means shelling out P57,750 for a VIP seat.

Pricey? Come on, bitch. It’s Madonna.

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Sarah Geronimo wins int’l singing tilt inquirerdotnet
INQUIRER.net 03:02 PM August 20th, 2015


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Singer Sarah Geronimo won the 10th International Singing Contest: The Global Sound for her song “Kilometro.”

Geronimo beat out 26 other countries and their corresponding singers to win the award.

The countries who participated in the contest include The Netherlands, France, USA, Sweden, Singapore, United Kingdom, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Latvia, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy, Colombia, Denmark, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, Peru, Belarus, Argentina, Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, and Albania.

Geronimo first participated in the same contest during the contest’s fifth edition with her song “Sino Nga Ba Siya.”

For winning the said contest, she also made history as the first returning singer to win the competition and making the Philippines as the first Asian country to win.

The winner in the contest is determined by a jury and number of views of the official video of the entry song on YouTube. AJH/JE

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Kilometro (Official Music Video with lyrics) SARAH GERONIMO vivamusicgroup1 vivamusicgroup1 Subscribe129,318 Add to Share More 2,987,779 18,339 552 Published on Nov 27, 2014

Impeccable singing, edgy dance moves and an awesome bit of video mapping can all be found in Sarah Geronimo's official music video for her brand new song “Kilometro.”

This R&B pop and EDM laced track, written by Thyro & Yumi, can be found in the Popstar Princess' awesome new album entitled “Perfectly Imperfect.” In this video, Sarah Geronimo can be found at the top of her game as she executes some tight choreography alongside her usual faultless singing.

The “Kilometro” music video had some great behind-the-scenes contributions coming mainly from Director Paul Basinilio who conceptualized the performance video, and from dance choreographer teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy and her G-Force Dancers. The concept and dance moves were equally complimented by the stunning visual effects drawn up by Videosonic, CMB Film Services, and local post-prod masters, We Love Post. Category Music License Standard YouTube License


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