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KRIS AQUINO STILL DREAMS OF GETTING MARRIED


Kris Aquino says she still wants to tie the knot in the future. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo Despite her failed marriage to basketball player James Yap, Kris Aquino said she still wants to get married again one day. In an episode of ABS-CBN's morning show "Kris TV" aired Wednesday, Vice Ganda asked the TV host-actress if she will still get married. "Gusto ko, syempre," Kris answered. "Kasi at some point naman, you want a companion." "Kasi di ba yung mga kids, magkakaroon ng sariling life," she added. Kris has two sons, Joshua and Bimby. She further said her son Bimby allowed her to get married again. "'Everybody should get married,' sabi niya. 'But when I'm ready, okay?'" Kris said. The ABS-CBN star's marriage with basketball star James Yap was officially annulled in 2012. Kris is currently single. The 44-year-old star was romantically linked to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, although their romance quickly fizzled out. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO BoC box outrage online: Kris Aquino forwards OFWs’ complaints to gov’t


Kris Aquino responded to her Instagram followers' clamor to stop opening balikbayan boxes. Instagram @withlovekrisaquino Kris Aquino on Saturday said she already forwarded the concerns of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who aired out their complaints regarding the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) new directive to open balikbayan boxes for inspection. Aquino assured the public that the OFWs and netizens concerns were duly forwarded to the authorities. The "queen of all media" was flooded with OFWs' and other netizens’ feedback following a photo she posted on Instagram. Being one of the presidential sisters, netizens quickly raised their concerns on BOC’s new policy to randomly inspect their “pasalubongs” or gifts and commented to ask for Kris’s help. Kris responded to her Instagram followers and posted a new photo with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote: “Be an opener of doors” accompanied with a caption guaranteeing that the complaints were passed to the government officials including her brother, President Benigno Aquino III. In her caption, Kris wrote to the OFWs and netizens, saying that through sending the public’s clamor, she hopes she was able to help in her humble way. Kris added that the government should study, clarify and act on the policies that have a direct impact to the public. READ MORE...

ALSO In quotes: 10 senators react to balikbayan box inspection


What do senators have to say about the Bureau of Customs' directive to open balikbayan boxes? STAR/File 
Some senators reacted to the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) recent directive to randomly inspect balikbayan boxes as a meant to control smuggling in the country.
The BOC’s order drew flak especially from overseas workers, some of whom claimed they were being singled out by the agency. President Benigno Aquino III on Monday then ordered the agency to stop conducting random physical inspection of balikbayan boxes. Senators also weighed in on the matter, issuing different statements in reaction to the bureau's decision to physically inspect the boxes. Sen. Nancy Binay Ang policy na ito ay isang patunay na manhid at palpak ang administrasyong ito, bukod sa anti-OFW. Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. I don't understand this oppression of our OFWs. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago It is one thing to inspect balikbayan boxes, another to desecrate them. The Bureau of Customs seems aware that balikbayan boxes, when opened by their personnel, are sometimes pillaged. What have officials done to rid their ranks of thieves? Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara OFWs bringing their belongings and pasalubong to their loved ones here in the country is part of the Filipino culture. Huwag naman sana natin parusahan ang ating mga OFW sa pagpataw ng mataas na buwis. Ilang buwan o taon nilang pinaghirapan at pinag-ipunan ang kanilang mga ipinadadala sa kani-kanilang pamilya na excited na naghihintay dito sa bansa. Nakalulungkot na pagdating ng mga balikbayan box na ito ay makikitang bawas o kaya'y may mga sira na. Sen. Raph Recto Ibalato na natin sa mga OFWs ang balikbayan boxes kasi ang pagpapadala n'yan sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay ay isang paraan para mabawasan nila ng konti ang kanilang kalungkutan. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Lucy Liu Reveals That She's Become a First-Time Mom


Lucy Liu proudly showed off her new baby boy Thursday on Instagram. "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [love]," she captioned a photo of her cradling the newborn. In case you didn't know the Elementary star was expecting, it's because the announcement was a surprise. "I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier," her rep told The Insider With Yahoo. "Mom and baby are healthy and happy." Liu, 46, has said very little about her personal life in the past. However, she did talk about children in an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail in 2013. The newspaper noted that in the past she'd said she wanted children. "It just hasn't happened yet," she said when asked about motherhood at the time. While Liu hasn't said much else on the subject, she's known for her work helping children as an ambassador of UNICEF. Since her CBS drama doesn't return until Nov. 5., the Charlie's Angels actress will get to spend plenty of time bonding with her new son. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT ..READ RELATED...

ALSO: Rage, laments by netizens as Iglesia members gather at EDSA

ALSO: Coco Martin follows in FPJ’s footsteps


COCO MARTIN 
If you are to describe the late Fernando Poe Jr., how would it be and why?
For Coco Martin, the man known to most as ‘Da King’ or FPJ is a good role model; someone who goes out of his way to help others. He related, “Hinangaan ko siya sa lahat ng ginagawa niya. Kung paano siya tumutulong sa kanyang kinasasakupan at sa mga nakikita niya.” Coco Martin Coco Martin He admitted, however, that what he knows of the man comes from secondary sources, as he never got to know FPJ in person. If anything, Coco revealed being an avid fan of Da King’s films from childhood. “Mahilig kasi ako sa Tagalog films nu’ng bata pa ako. Kaya nanghihinayang ako na hindi kami nagkakilala,” he said. Coco is thankful that ABS-CBN chose him to play the iconic role originally portrayed by the late actor in the TV remake of “Ang Probinsiyano.” “Sobrang saya ko po dahil pinayagan kami ni tita Susan (Roces, FPJ’s widow) na gawin ’to. Kasi siyempre gusto ko rin makapagbigay tribute kay FPJ,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO Ramon Magsaysay Awards: Pinay propagates Mindanao cultural heritage through dance


Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa talks about the ethnic dance ‘pangalay’ during an interview at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Manila.
Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa has always loved the arts. When she married a schoolmate and moved to his home in Sulu, it was not surprising that she immersed herself in the rich cultural life of Muslims in the south.
She turned her love for the arts into a vocation as a cultural researcher, educator, artist and advocate of indigenous arts in Mindanao. Her signature involvement was the study, conservation, practice and promotion of the dance style called pangalay (a gift offering or temple dance in Sanskrit), a pre-Islamic dance tradition among the Samal, Badjao, Jama Mapun and Tausug peoples of the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Pangalay has the richest movement vocabulary of all ethnic dances in the Philippines and is the country’s living link to the ancient, classical dance traditions elsewhere in Asia. It is traditionally performed in weddings and other festive events. Amilbangsa, sister of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman and vice presidential candidate Bayani Fernando, sees the pangalay as distinctly Asian, resembling Indian, Javanese, Thai, Burmese and Cambodian styles. READ MORE...


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Kris Aquino still dreams of getting married


Kris Aquino says she still wants to tie the knot in the future. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo

MANILA, AUGUST 24, 2015 (PHILSTAR) August 26, 2015 - Despite her failed marriage to basketball player James Yap, Kris Aquino said she still wants to get married again one day.

In an episode of ABS-CBN's morning show "Kris TV" aired Wednesday, Vice Ganda asked the TV host-actress if she will still get married.

"Gusto ko, syempre," Kris answered. "Kasi at some point naman, you want a companion."

"Kasi di ba yung mga kids, magkakaroon ng sariling life," she added.

Kris has two sons, Joshua and Bimby.

She further said her son Bimby allowed her to get married again.

"'Everybody should get married,' sabi niya. 'But when I'm ready, okay?'" Kris said.

The ABS-CBN star's marriage with basketball star James Yap was officially annulled in 2012.

Kris is currently single. The 44-year-old star was romantically linked to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, although their romance quickly fizzled out.

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Kris Aquino said she aims to achieve a "healthy work and life balance" following a health scare on Monday.

The TV host-actress revealed on her Instagram account on Tuesday that she was hospitalized at The Medical City in Pasig City Monday night after she experienced sudden high blood pressure.

"I had a severe, vascular headache from 3 PM while taping @kristvofficial_ig, threw up 3X when I got home at 6:30 PM and when my blood pressure was taken it was 150/100. My sisters insisted I go to the ER because my symptoms were alarming," Kris said.

In the emergency room, she added, her blood pressure was 200/110. "Just a bit higher could have caused a stroke," Kris said.

Kris was released from the hospital earlier today. [August 26)

"I will never again abuse my body because I was a slave to my work. My goal now is to achieve a healthy work and life balance," she said.

"Last night was a scary wake up call for me and my loved ones, but it also made me realize how much my siblings and sons love and care for me. It really put my priorities in proper perspective," Kris further shared.

"I was told to have complete rest for the next few days and to try to be stress free."

This comes some weeks after Kris slammed an Instagram user for criticizing her for working despite feeling ill.

Amid her condition, Kris managed to update her followers regarding the OFW complaints about Bureau of Customs' new directive to open balikbayan boxes for inspection she forwarded to the government.

"P.S. PNoy said, 'Kristina, yung sa Customs they'll give a thorough explanation and a demonstration of the X-ray machines to be used on Wednesday.' I hope that I remembered his message accurately and I pray for a peaceful resolution for all concerned," she said on her Instagram post. — Chuck Smith


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Kris Aquino forwards OFWs’ complaints to gov’t By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 24, 2015 - 4:45pm 1 1228 googleplus0 0


Kris Aquino responded to her Instagram followers' clamor to stop opening balikbayan boxes. Instagram.com/@withlovekrisaquino

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino on Saturday said she already forwarded the concerns of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who aired out their complaints regarding the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) new directive to open balikbayan boxes for inspection.

Aquino assured the public that the OFWs and netizens concerns were duly forwarded to the authorities.

The "queen of all media" was flooded with OFWs' and other netizens’ feedback following a photo she posted on Instagram.

Being one of the presidential sisters, netizens quickly raised their concerns on BOC’s new policy to randomly inspect their “pasalubongs” or gifts and commented to ask for Kris’s help.

Kris responded to her Instagram followers and posted a new photo with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote: “Be an opener of doors” accompanied with a caption guaranteeing that the complaints were passed to the government officials including her brother, President Benigno Aquino III.

In her caption, Kris wrote to the OFWs and netizens, saying that through sending the public’s clamor, she hopes she was able to help in her humble way.

Kris added that the government should study, clarify and act on the policies that have a direct impact to the public.

READ MORE...

“To all the OFWs & relatives/friends of our OFWs, I already forwarded your concerns w/c you very clearly stated on my thread in my previous post to those in a position to not only address them but hopefully study, clarify, and act on policies that have a direct impact on you, your sacrifices, and your love for family that motivates not just you, but all of us to work hard,” Kris’s caption read.

“I make no promises because I'm not in government, but your concerns didn't fall on deaf ears, and in my own small & humble way I do hope I was able to help,” she said.

The BOC was bombarded with public outrage due to its new directive to open balikbayan boxes as part of its drive to stop smuggling.


PHILSTAR

In quotes: 10 senators react to balikbayan box inspection By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 25, 2015 - 4:35pm 2 504 googleplus1 1


What do senators have to say about the Bureau of Customs' directive to open balikbayan boxes? STAR/File

MANILA, Philippines – Some senators reacted to the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) recent directive to randomly inspect balikbayan boxes as a meant to control smuggling in the country.

The BOC’s order drew flak especially from overseas workers, some of whom claimed they were being singled out by the agency. President Benigno Aquino III on Monday then ordered the agency to stop conducting random physical inspection of balikbayan boxes.

Senators also weighed in on the matter, issuing different statements in reaction to the bureau's decision to physically inspect the boxes.

Sen. Nancy Binay

Ang policy na ito ay isang patunay na manhid at palpak ang administrasyong ito, bukod sa anti-OFW.

Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. I don't understand this oppression of our OFWs.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago It is one thing to inspect balikbayan boxes, another to desecrate them. The Bureau of Customs seems aware that balikbayan boxes, when opened by their personnel, are sometimes pillaged. What have officials done to rid their ranks of thieves?

Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara OFWs bringing their belongings and pasalubong to their loved ones here in the country is part of the Filipino culture. Huwag naman sana natin parusahan ang ating mga OFW sa pagpataw ng mataas na buwis. Ilang buwan o taon nilang pinaghirapan at pinag-ipunan ang kanilang mga ipinadadala sa kani-kanilang pamilya na excited na naghihintay dito sa bansa. Nakalulungkot na pagdating ng mga balikbayan box na ito ay makikitang bawas o kaya'y may mga sira na.

Sen. Raph Recto Ibalato na natin sa mga OFWs ang balikbayan boxes kasi ang pagpapadala n'yan sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay ay isang paraan para mabawasan nila ng konti ang kanilang kalungkutan.

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Sen. Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV Sa totoo lang, we have to check kung ano ang mga patakaran diyan. Kasi ang isyu naman ng BOC ay pagdating sa drugs at mga baril. I also don’t know kung gaano kadalas nangyayari iyon. Gaano ba kadalas nakakapasok ang drugs at baril sa balikbayan box.

Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares While it is important to clamp down on smuggling, we must be careful not to penalize our honest OFWs in the process of going after some unscrupulous people. This new policy of imposing the stricter examination of boxes containing the hard-earned pasalubong of our OFWs for their loved ones back home may only breed more opportunities for corruption in the BOC that inevitably results to higher freight payment by our OFWs for the goods they send.

Sen. Cynthia Villar We should not let this practice by the unscrupulous few affect the privilege enjoyed by ‪#‎OFWs. Sending balikbayan boxes has been the tradition of Filipinos who want to stay connected to their loved ones. It is also a manifestation of the Filipino value of sharing their blessings.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano Kapag malaking smuggler, nagtatakip ng mata. Pero ‘pag ordinaryong tao were just enforcing the law.

Sen. JV Ejercito  Ang bawat balikbayan box ay simbolo ng pagmamahal ng OFW para sa kanilang pamilya. Lahat ng pagod, pawis, sakripisyo at lungkot sa matagal na pagkawalay sa pamilya ay kasama sa bawa’t balikbayan box. Kung kaya't dito nadarama ng pamilya ang pagmamahal ng kanilang bayani. Wag naman pati ito ay patulan pa ng BOC.


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Lucy Liu proudly showed off her new baby boy Thursday on Instagram.

"Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [love]," she captioned a photo of her cradling the newborn.

In case you didn't know the Elementary star was expecting, it's because the announcement was a surprise.

"I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier," her rep told The Insider With Yahoo. "Mom and baby are healthy and happy."

Liu, 46, has said very little about her personal life in the past. However, she did talk about children in an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail in 2013. The newspaper noted that in the past she'd said she wanted children. "It just hasn't happened yet," she said when asked about motherhood at the time.

While Liu hasn't said much else on the subject, she's known for her work helping children as an ambassador of UNICEF.

Since her CBS drama doesn't return until Nov. 5., the Charlie's Angels actress will get to spend plenty of time bonding with her new son.

Related: 'Elementary' Star Lucy Liu Goes Behind the Camera


ABS-CBN

Rage, laments by netizens as Iglesia members gather at EDSA ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/29/2015 2:08 AM | Updated as of 08/29/2015 5:50 PM

Traffic appeared to be not just along EDSA on Friday night.

As commuters expressed disappointment at the hellish traffic, Filipino Internet users took their rants online.

EDSA was a top trending topic at 1 a.m., with thousands of tweets describing and lamenting the gridlock at Metro Manila's busiest highway. There were also thousands of tweets about Ortigas and Megamall, where hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members gathered, as they protested Department of Justice's (DoJ) supposed selective justice.

SEE: What Iglesia's EDSA protest looks like

On top of the usual vehicle volume and Friday-payday traffic, Metro Manila Development Authority attributed the congestion to INC's activity, as well as the 3-day mall sale of SM Megamall.

MMDA had advised motorists to take other routes, while some commuters were forced to walk.

Some people called it 'carmaggedon' and perhaps there were a lot of cancelled appointments and workers who came home late.


The INC's show of force: From Padre Faura to EDSA TWEET FROM InterAksyon ‏@interaksyon 16h16 hours ago GALLERY |

At 1:00 AM Saturday, some motorists were still complaining of heavy traffic and others called the move “inconsiderate”

But there were also some who defended INC.

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez refused to attribute the traffic to INC activities.

I think it's not about INC. Unfortunately there's always traffic any time of day.Hopefully our government will solve this situation soon.

— Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) Agosto 28, 2015

Presidential Communications Operations Office chief, Secretary Herminio Coloma said the government is “monitoring to ensure public safety.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay meanwhile called on the public to respect INC's right to express their grievances.

Iglesia ni Cristo was also among the top trending topics on Twitter.

The religious sect had been on vigil since Thursday in front of DoJ, along Padre Faura as they called on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to be impartial in handling DoJ cases.

On Thursday, De Lima's vehicle was mobbed by protesting INC members. By Friday, they moved to Ortigas, EDSA.

The protest of the INC members came after the filing of an illegal detention case by expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr. against eight leaders of the religious sect.

Samson alleged that he and his family were held captive inside their home after he was accused of writing a blog that revealed corruption practices and other irregularities inside the church.

De Lima had said she was merely doing her job.


MANILA BULLETIN

Coco Martin follows in FPJ’s footsteps by Rowena Tan August 29, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share0


COCO MARTIN

If you are to describe the late Fernando Poe Jr., how would it be and why?

For Coco Martin, the man known to most as ‘Da King’ or FPJ is a good role model; someone who goes out of his way to help others.

He related, “Hinangaan ko siya sa lahat ng ginagawa niya. Kung paano siya tumutulong sa kanyang kinasasakupan at sa mga nakikita niya.”

Coco Martin Coco Martin He admitted, however, that what he knows of the man comes from secondary sources, as he never got to know FPJ in person.

If anything, Coco revealed being an avid fan of Da King’s films from childhood.

“Mahilig kasi ako sa Tagalog films nu’ng bata pa ako. Kaya nanghihinayang ako na hindi kami nagkakilala,” he said.

Coco is thankful that ABS-CBN chose him to play the iconic role originally portrayed by the late actor in the TV remake of “Ang Probinsiyano.”

“Sobrang saya ko po dahil pinayagan kami ni tita Susan (Roces, FPJ’s widow) na gawin ’to. Kasi siyempre gusto ko rin makapagbigay tribute kay FPJ,” he said.

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In the series, Coco breathes life into the role of Ador and Cardo, twin brothers separated by fate, but were united in their dream to serve the country as policemen.

Coco shared the series differs from the film in so many ways.

“Gaya ng marami po kaming pinasok na character para magkaroon tayo ng interest sa kwento kasi iba na ang market natin ngayon eh,” he said.

Coco is hopeful that the remake of “Ang Probinsyano” will inspire people to appreciate the country’s police force.

“Ang nakikita ng mga tao eh, ’yung gumagawa ng mali. Paano naman ’yung ginagawa nilang mabuti?” he said.

The actor believes “Ang Probinsyano,” a project of ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment Television, will help erase negative stereotypes on men in uniform.

“Sa pamamagitan po ng soap na ’to, mabibigyan nila ng panahon ang mga police kung paano sila hindi mapapababa,” he said.

PERFECT FIT

Coco recalled Susan telling him, while they were doing “Walang Hanggan” in 2012, that he is perfect to play the lead in a remake of “Ang Probinsiyano.”

“Pero at that time ’di pa sumasagi sa isip ko na pwede siya maging soap opera,” he said. “Pero nu’ng bata pa ako, napapanood ko na yung film na ’yun, maganda.”

Three years later, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio told the actor that he should portray a policeman in his next project following the success of his “Maalaala Mo Kaya” appearance where he played one of several policemen that fell last January in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Coco underwent short training at the PNP Academy to prepare for “Ang Probinsiyano.”

“Mula sa director hanggang sa mga artista nagte-training lahat para during the shooting day eh, alam na po namin gagawin namin,” he said.

Coco also learned how to hold and shoot a gun properly.

“Mahilig naman po ako sa baril. Tapos po ’yung pinapakita sa training eh, pang-competition,” he said.

Also part of the cast are Albert Martinez, Agot Isidro, Maja Salvador, Arjo Atayde, Bela Padilla, Jaime Fabregas, among others.

Directed by Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco, “Ang Probinsyano” will air soon on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

ON POLITICS

Unlike some of his colleagues in show business, Coco doesn’t intend to enter politics, an arena which he describes as “magulo.”

The actor believes he can help other people without having to pursue a position in government.

“Never ko po talagang naisip na sumali sa ganu’n kasi masaya naman ako kung nasaan ako ngayon at kung ano ang mga ginagawa ko,” he explained. “Naniniwala din ako na iba-iba ang destination ng mga tao, at ang politika ay hindi para sa akin.”

Despite his lack of interest in politics, it does not mean the actor is apathetic to what is happening in the country.

“Alam ko lang din na magulo ang mundo na ‘yan at maraming tao ang nasisira dahil sa politika,” he said.

ON SETTLING DOWN

Though perceived to be of ideal marrying age, Coco, 33, is not about to rush into the idea, noting age doesn’t determine preparedness.

“Magte-34 na po ako pero marami pa rin po akong gustong gawin sa buhay ko at sa pamilya ko. Gusto ko kasi mas settled pa sila at maayos ang buhay nila,” he said.

He related that his family are also asking him when he will marry.

“Sinasabi nila na matanda na daw ako. Paano daw pag nagka-anak ako, paano ko daw i-enjoyin eh, baka lolo na daw ako,” he said, laughing. “Ang katwiran ko naman eh, kaya ako nagtatrabaho ng mabuti ngayon para balang araw pwede na akong mag-relax at magkaroon ng maraming time sa family ko.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)


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Ramon Magsaysay Awards: Pinay propagates Mindanao cultural heritage through dance By Cheeko Ruiz (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 30, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 3


Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa talks about the ethnic dance ‘pangalay’ during an interview at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Manila.

MANILA, Philippines - Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa has always loved the arts. When she married a schoolmate and moved to his home in Sulu, it was not surprising that she immersed herself in the rich cultural life of Muslims in the south.

She turned her love for the arts into a vocation as a cultural researcher, educator, artist and advocate of indigenous arts in Mindanao.

Her signature involvement was the study, conservation, practice and promotion of the dance style called pangalay (a gift offering or temple dance in Sanskrit), a pre-Islamic dance tradition among the Samal, Badjao, Jama Mapun and Tausug peoples of the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Pangalay has the richest movement vocabulary of all ethnic dances in the Philippines and is the country’s living link to the ancient, classical dance traditions elsewhere in Asia.

It is traditionally performed in weddings and other festive events.

Amilbangsa, sister of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman and vice presidential candidate Bayani Fernando, sees the pangalay as distinctly Asian, resembling Indian, Javanese, Thai, Burmese and Cambodian styles.

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She said she is fascinated by pangalay’s beauty and recognizes its importance in the cultural heritage of Sulu and the Philippines in general.

Amilbangsa added that she was saddened to see that pangalay was becoming a marginalized tradition, thus committing her life to patiently documenting the dance and its allied expressions; teaching the dance using a method she personally developed; and promoting it by choreographing and organizing performances as well as through lectures and articles.

 
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On her own and using her personal resources, Amilbangsa inspired the formation of arts groups, networked with dance scholars and practitioners in Asia and presented both traditional and innovative pangalay in and outside the country.

When she moved back to Metro Manila in 1999, she formed the AlunAlun Dance Circle to study, teach and perform pangalay and other traditional dance forms. She also lent her home for a dance studio.

The group has since done hundreds of performances and workshops throughout the country.

For her single-minded crusade in preserving the artistic heritage of Mindanao and for propagating a dance form that celebrates the sense of shared cultural identity among Asians, Amilbangsa has been chosen as one of this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

“Traditional dances like pangalay are not museum pieces but something to be nurtured as a living tradition that grows as societies change,” Amilbangsa said.

She stressed that art must stay rooted in the basic values that humanize – beauty, grace, a disciplined spirituality and harmony with nature and fellow humans.

“Without looking to the past, something new cannot be created,” she said, vowing to dance her way through the preservation of Philippine culture.


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