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2011 CHILD ABUSE CASE: CA ORDERS 'ARREST AND ARRAIGNMENT' OF WILLIE REVILLAME


The Court of Appeals has ordered the “arrest and arraignment’ of TV host Willie Revillame in connection to the child abuse complaint filed by Department of Social Welfare and Development against him in 2011. Philstar.com/ File Photo The Court of Appeals (CA) affirms the arrest of TV host Willie Revillame in connection to the case filed against him in 2011. A child abuse complaint was filed against Revillame by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Quezon City regional Trial Court. This is in relation to the March 12, 2011 episode of the defunct TV5 show “Willing Willie,” where he persuaded a child to do “macho-dancer” like dance moves in one of the show’s segments. The Quezon City RTC Branch 86 has ordered the arrest of Revillame, penned by Judge Roberto Buenaventura on Oct. 4, 2013. This decision led the camp of the TV host to submit an appeal to the CA. According to Associate Justice Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, the CA’s decision penned on September 7 has found a “probable cause for the petitioner's commission of a crime.” They now order his “arrest and arraignment” so that “that this case may properly proceed to trial, where the merits of both parties' evidence and allegations may be weighed.” CA added that “as a final note, we observe that the resolution of this case had long been delayed because of the petitioner's refusal to submit to the trial court's jurisdiction and his erroneous invocation of the Rules in his favor.” Meanwhile, other reports quoted Revillame’s lawyer Nards De Vera where he clarified that the CA didn’t order the arrest of his client. “What the CA said that it is okay for the RTC to issue a warrant of arrest so that Willie could be arraigned,” he said. “I hope we would emphasize is what the CA is saying is you may proceed for the trial so that the guilt or innocence of Willie can be determined by the court. So now we will proceed with the trial,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO Boy Abunda defends Willie Revillame: ‘Jan-jan’ was not abused


ABUNDA WITH Willie Revillame. COMPOSITE  INQUIRER.NET FILE Veteran celebrity host Boy Abunda has weighed in on the issue facing Willie Revillame who has been ordered arrested and prosecuted by the Court of Appeals for child abuse and exploitation. In his show “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on Monday night, Abunda said that Revillame should not be the sole party to be blamed on the incident. “I’ll be very frank: para sa akin, the six-year-old boy was not abused by Willie Revillame. Para sa akin… I think this should be discussed by the whole country… tanungin natin: ano ba ang ginagawa noon ni Jan-jan? Sino ang kanyang kasama? Anong klaseng mga sayaw at mga awitin ang itinuturo natin sa ating mga anak?” Abunda opined. (I’ll be very frank. For me, the six-year-old boy was not abused by Willie Revillame. I think this should be discussed by the whole country. Let us ask ourselves: what was “Jan-jan” doing that time? Who was his companions? What kind of songs and dances are we teaching our children?) Abunda said that Filipinos should challenge themselves to question the kind of culture that the children were being exposed to, adding that it was unfair for Revillame to be blamed for the “cultural disease” which was afflicting the country. “Let’s not blame Willie for our cultural disease singularly. I think we should challenge ourselves, as someone who is working in the television, anong klaseng ugali ba ang ipinapakita natin sa ating mga anak (what kind of values are we showing our children)? But I don’t think we should all be blaming Willie Revillame sa kung anong sakit ang meron sa ating kultura (for any disease which affects our culture),” he said. He also said that watching the interviews of the boy in the past, “Jan-jan” was not forced and the audience even cheered him on during his performance. In an 11-page decision, the appeals court affirmed the 2013 decision of the Quezon City regional trial court which found probable cause to charge and arrest the noontime show host for child abuse and exploitation filed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Revillame was charged with child abuse and exploitation after he made “Jan-jan” perform gyrating moves in a March 2011 episode of his defunct show “Willing Willie” in TV5. The host gave the boy P10,000 after asking him to repeat his dance moves. He also raised the boy on a hydraulic circular platform while shouting “beer pa.” At one point, the boy appeared to be crying while dancing. Revillame’s camp, however, said that the host has already posted bail for the charges filed against him. AJH THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: What today’s loveteams can learn from Richard & Dawn


Before KathNiel and JaDine, there was the love team of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta, or CharDawn as called by fans. The two are teaming up anew as a couple, whose marriage is torn apart after their youngest son goes missing, in the ABS-CBN primetime family drama You’re My Home Before KathNiel and JaDine, there was CharDawn. Today’s romantic tandems can learn a thing or two about staying power and enduring appeal from the team-up of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.
For one, with or without an off-screen romance, or in the case of CharDawn, one that didn’t work out, it doesn’t mean the end of their love team. The “fantasy” can live on because of onscreen chemistry, and that’s something that cannot be faked. Richard and Dawn’s tandem, which was born in the ‘90s and spawned a series of hit movies, will be back via the new Kapamilya primetime family drama You’re My Home premiering on Nov. 9. They will play an estranged couple, whose marriage gets torn apart after their youngest son goes missing. Years later, a teenager who resembles their son reappears in their lives. Can their family start to mend the broken pieces and become whole again after living separate lives for so long? During a presscon last Wednesday, the media revisited Richard and Dawn’s past as a couple, and how despite enjoying family life with different partners, they have managed to keep the friendship, which has come in handy in attracting projects, as a love team, to this day. Richard said, “Siempre, kami ni Dawn when we were young, we had a boyfriend-and-girlfriend relationship, it was a very intense one. But when that ended, we have remained friends, even after we had our own families and partners in life.” Dawn recalled, “We got to know each other when we were already both in showbiz. The first time we worked together was in a commercial; it wasn’t in a movie or a TV show. We have the same friends, we move around the same circle, even up to now. Feeling ko, malalim na yun, dun pa lang. Ganung klaseng history malalim na yun, (with that history, the friendship goes deep) even without having had a relationship.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Richard Gomez running for Ormoc mayor anew a big challenge


Richard Gomez (Contributed photo) Richard Gomez (Contributed photo) RICHARD Gomez is not done yet with politics. The television actor surprised everyone, even his co-stars in the upcoming series "You're My Home," when he filed his certificate of candidacy on October 16 for mayor of Ormoc City. This is Gomez's second attempt at capturing the Ormoc City Hall. He lost to incumbent Edward Codilla by 2,248 votes in the 2013 elections. Gomez said he initially had no plans to run but friends and family, with the support of his wife Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, convinced him to change his mind. "Before the (deadline of) filing, alam ko na, na hindi ako tatakbo. Last minute siya. But kailangan din kasi ni Lucy ng support sa trabahong ginagawa niya. Alam ko naman if I'm going to win as mayor sa Ormoc, marami akong magagawa for the people of that place," he said. "It is a big challenge for me. If you really want to bring change sa tao, you really have to be in a position. That's where you can make decisions, where you can make changes. As a regular person kasi you can only do so much," the actor said.
(Video by Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex) Gomez, who is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition, said he was not disheartened by his 2013 defeat. He accepted though that next year's campaign will greatly affect his showbiz work. "Yung pagtakbo ko talaga for mayor in Ormoc is really a sacrifice sa career ko as an actor and for the family.READ MORE...

 ALSO: Why Richard Gomez decided to run for mayor again


Richard Gomez says he initially did not plan to run for office in the 2016 elections. ABS-CBN/File photo
Richard Gomez, who is running for mayor in Ormoc City in the 2016 elections, said he initially did not plan to enter politics again. “Actually wala naman talaga akong plans to run in the next elections. I decided lang the night before the last day of filing,” he said during the press conference of his upcoming ABS-CBN show “You’re My Home” on Wednesday. He first tried his luck in politics when he ran for senator in 2007 but lost. In 2010, he was disqualified to run as congressman as he failed to establish the required residency in Ormoc. This is the second time that Richard will be vying for the position of mayor in Ormoc City. He first ran in 2013 but lost to incumbent mayor Edward Codilla. Next year, the two will be up against each other again as Codilla seeks for his reelection. “Walang gustong tumakbo na mayor, so I stood up, I took the challenge. Hindi ko puwede iwanan si Lucy,” he added. Lucy will vie for reelection as Ormoc’s representative and will be pitted against Violeta Codilla, wife of the province’s incumbent mayor. Richard reunites with Dawn Zulueta in the upcoming TV series "You're My Home," which will air on November 9. READ MORE...

ALSO CONVERSATIONS by Ricky Lo: Korina, Golden Girl


As Korina Sanchez hits the half-century mark, 50 of her relatives, co-workers and friends spill the beans on her
Veteran broadcast-journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas is arguably one of the most visible female news personalities in the industry with a prodigious career of almost 30 years — inspiring women who start from the bottom and work towards their dreams as far as they can imagine. And yet very little is known about her personal life outside what is seen and heard of her on her top-rating platforms. Korina did not celebrate her milestone last year as she turned the big 5-0. So this year, 50 friends and loved ones come together, exclusively, and for the first time, to spill the beans on the Korina they know off-camera. 1. Nanay Fe Mazo, 40 years kasambahay of Sanchez Family Hindi ako pinapabayaan lalo sa pangangailangan ko ngayon. Pang habang buhay yung mga gamot ko. Nagsilbi ako sa pamilya Sanchez ng buong buhay ko, mahigit 40 years ako sa kanila. Parang pamilya ang trato nila sa akin. Ang tawag nila sa akin “Nanay.” 2. Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Optometrist In 2003, I underwent chemotherapy for colon cancer treatment. During those days of loneliness and uncertainty, Korina would call me and, for two hours on the phone, she shared with me the latest showbiz news. She was diverting my attention from the terrible side effects of my cancer treatment. By the time we were done talking, my chemo was also done. Looking back, I realize that, while my oncologists managed my illness, my dear friend Korina took care of my well-being. Korina will always be my soul sister. She is a blessing indeed. 3. Patrick Rosas, Stylist She has a big and good heart to listen anytime as a true friend. I think she’s cool, and really funny! 4. Bernadette Sembrano, Anchor TV Patrol Si Ate Koring ay totoong tao. Very supportive siya sa TV Patrol assignments ko. At Ang paalala niya sa akin — ‘wag kalimutan ang mag pilikmata! Thanks, Ateng! 5. Ivy Almario, Interior Designer Korina has an innate, unerring eye for good design! Her taste in artworks, furniture and accessories while very original, reflects years of honing through travel and the sheer delight of immersing herself, in anything design-related. She cares about shaping the space around her, and transforming it from the ordinary to beyond! 6. Robin Padilla, Actor Well, I always look at Ms. Korina Sanchez as a public servant. She has the decency of a highly-educated woman and a soft heart for the victims of injustice. I know what I’m talking about because she never abandoned me when I was in prison. CONTINUE READING...


CA orders ‘arrest and arraignment’ of Willie Revillame


The Court of Appeals has ordered the “arrest and arraignment’ of TV host Willie Revillame in connection to the child abuse complaint filed by Department of Social Welfare and Development against him in 2011. Philstar.com/ File Photo

MANILA, OCTOBER 26, 2015 (PHILSTAR) | Updated October 19, 2015 - The Court of Appeals has ordered the “arrest and arraignment’ of TV host Willie Revillame in connection to the child abuse complaint filed by Department of Social Welfare and Development against him in 2011. Philstar.com/ File Photo MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) affirms the arrest of TV host Willie Revillame in connection to the case filed against him in 2011.

A child abuse complaint was filed against Revillame by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Quezon City regional Trial Court. This is in relation to the March 12, 2011 episode of the defunct TV5 show “Willing Willie,” where he persuaded a child to do “macho-dancer” like dance moves in one of the show’s segments.

The Quezon City RTC Branch 86 has ordered the arrest of Revillame, penned by Judge Roberto Buenaventura on Oct. 4, 2013. This decision led the camp of the TV host to submit an appeal to the CA.

According to Associate Justice Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, the CA’s decision penned on September 7 has found a “probable cause for the petitioner's commission of a crime.”

They now order his “arrest and arraignment” so that “that this case may properly proceed to trial, where the merits of both parties' evidence and allegations may be weighed.”

CA added that “as a final note, we observe that the resolution of this case had long been delayed because of the petitioner's refusal to submit to the trial court's jurisdiction and his erroneous invocation of the Rules in his favor.”

Meanwhile, other reports quoted Revillame’s lawyer Nards De Vera where he clarified that the CA didn’t order the arrest of his client.

“What the CA said that it is okay for the RTC to issue a warrant of arrest so that Willie could be arraigned,” he said.

“I hope we would emphasize is what the CA is saying is you may proceed for the trial so that the guilt or innocence of Willie can be determined by the court. So now we will proceed with the trial,” he added.


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Boy Abunda defends Willie Revillame: ‘Jan-jan’ was not abused @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 10:41 AM October 20th, 2015


ABUNDA WITH Willie Revillame. COMPOSITE  INQUIRER.NET FILE

Veteran celebrity host Boy Abunda has weighed in on the issue facing Willie Revillame who has been ordered arrested and prosecuted by the Court of Appeals for child abuse and exploitation. In his show “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on Monday night, Abunda said that Revillame should not be the sole party to be blamed on the incident.

“I’ll be very frank: para sa akin, the six-year-old boy was not abused by Willie Revillame. Para sa akin… I think this should be discussed by the whole country… tanungin natin: ano ba ang ginagawa noon ni Jan-jan? Sino ang kanyang kasama?

Anong klaseng mga sayaw at mga awitin ang itinuturo natin sa ating mga anak?” Abunda opined. (I’ll be very frank. For me, the six-year-old boy was not abused by Willie Revillame. I think this should be discussed by the whole country.

Let us ask ourselves: what was “Jan-jan” doing that time? Who was his companions? What kind of songs and dances are we teaching our children?)

Abunda said that Filipinos should challenge themselves to question the kind of culture that the children were being exposed to, adding that it was unfair for Revillame to be blamed for the “cultural disease” which was afflicting the country.

“Let’s not blame Willie for our cultural disease singularly. I think we should challenge ourselves, as someone who is working in the television, anong klaseng ugali ba ang ipinapakita natin sa ating mga anak (what kind of values are we showing our children)?

But I don’t think we should all be blaming Willie Revillame sa kung anong sakit ang meron sa ating kultura (for any disease which affects our culture),” he said.

He also said that watching the interviews of the boy in the past, “Jan-jan” was not forced and the audience even cheered him on during his performance.

In an 11-page decision, the appeals court affirmed the 2013 decision of the Quezon City regional trial court which found probable cause to charge and arrest the noontime show host for child abuse and exploitation filed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Revillame was charged with child abuse and exploitation after he made “Jan-jan” perform gyrating moves in a March 2011 episode of his defunct show “Willing Willie” in TV5.

The host gave the boy P10,000 after asking him to repeat his dance moves. He also raised the boy on a hydraulic circular platform while shouting “beer pa.”

At one point, the boy appeared to be crying while dancing. Revillame’s camp, however, said that the host has already posted bail for the charges filed against him. AJH


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What today’s loveteams can learn from Richard & Dawn By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 24, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Before KathNiel and JaDine, there was the love team of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta, or CharDawn as called by fans. The two are teaming up anew as a couple, whose marriage is torn apart after their youngest son goes missing, in the ABS-CBN primetime family drama You’re My Home

MANILA, Philippines – Before KathNiel and JaDine, there was CharDawn. Today’s romantic tandems can learn a thing or two about staying power and enduring appeal from the team-up of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

For one, with or without an off-screen romance, or in the case of CharDawn, one that didn’t work out, it doesn’t mean the end of their love team. The “fantasy” can live on because of onscreen chemistry, and that’s something that cannot be faked.

Richard and Dawn’s tandem, which was born in the ‘90s and spawned a series of hit movies, will be back via the new Kapamilya primetime family drama You’re My Home premiering on Nov. 9. They will play an estranged couple, whose marriage gets torn apart after their youngest son goes missing. Years later, a teenager who resembles their son reappears in their lives. Can their family start to mend the broken pieces and become whole again after living separate lives for so long?

During a presscon last Wednesday, the media revisited Richard and Dawn’s past as a couple, and how despite enjoying family life with different partners, they have managed to keep the friendship, which has come in handy in attracting projects, as a love team, to this day.

Richard said, “Siempre, kami ni Dawn when we were young, we had a boyfriend-and-girlfriend relationship, it was a very intense one. But when that ended, we have remained friends, even after we had our own families and partners in life.”

Dawn recalled, “We got to know each other when we were already both in showbiz. The first time we worked together was in a commercial; it wasn’t in a movie or a TV show. We have the same friends, we move around the same circle, even up to now. Feeling ko, malalim na yun, dun pa lang. Ganung klaseng history malalim na yun, (with that history, the friendship goes deep) even without having had a relationship.”

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The actress added, “I’m just very grateful that in spite of the hurt that we went through before — (ininda ko yun ng dalawang taon, di mo ba na-feel? Dawn jokingly asked Richard) — even if we went through that episode, let’s just be thankful that we were able to shift back to being friends again.”

Richard said, “(It was) because we have a connection through our friends… eventually we got to bump into each other always and got to say hi to each other. Then after that, we became comfortable again with each other.”

They remembered their “reunion” project after many years of not having worked together, which was for another network.

Dawn said, “I remember our first project together, I felt awkward.” And it wasn’t because of their shared past, but because they had to play siblings. “It was weird.”

“But I think it was a good entry (point for the team-up),” said Richard.

Then Walang Hanggan came along in 2012, and one project came after another. They were last paired in the Star Cinema movie The Love Affair with Bea Alonzo.

As for their reception of their partners to the successful revival of their “love team,” Richard said that with his wife Lucy, it has not posed a problem because “she has always been a fan of Richard and Dawn, she loves watching our movies, she enjoys seeing me with Dawn in teleseryes. She’s like that. Even with our fans, even though they know we have our respective families, the fantasy for them lives on.”

As for Dawn, who’s married to Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo, she said, “Anton is not really a movie fan. With Anton, he’s able to differentiate my onscreen persona and what I am at home, so yung nakikita niya na ginagawa namin ni Richard onscreen, he appreciates that in a level that is a kind of friendship or if you want to call it a kind of a love team, or a kind of fantasy pairing…that is somewhat special to me and Richard. And he’s not bothered with that because…he’s secure with the fact na iba naman kami, well, first of all, I married him. So relaxed na siya doon. He looks at it as a product. Our onscreen (team-up) is a product that is appreciated by audiences.”

The two were asked by the press to provide their own definition of home. “Home is where the heart is — that’s very true. Me, I was a bachelor for a long, long time, and the time I got married, and especially when Juliana (now 15) came to our lives, that was when I really felt the love of a family. That’s really what home is, with Juliana, with my wife. But aside from that, there are many facets of my life, like I have my sports, and when I have my friends, they also feel family to me. Basically, what home is where the family is.”

Dawn, on the other hand, said, “When it comes to home, my description of that is, wherever you find, not just the physical, but mental and emotional connection with someone, that is where you feel at home and most comfortable. It doesn’t have to be a spouse or a lover. Sometimes, you can feel this way with friends.

“When you go through life, you realize that there are some places you go to that are just a shell. It’s just a house, but there’s no warmth. Then, you also realize later on that there are people na pagkasama mo sila, you feel that you belong together, you belong to the same tribe. It’s easy (for me) to differentiate that now,” said Dawn, referring to people who are bound to stay from those merely passing through your life.

Meanwhile, Dawn said that it might take a while before she’d be able to work again with Richard after You’re My Home, especially since Richard has decided to re-enter politics, running for mayor of Ormoc City in the 2016 elections. Richard tried to run for senator in 2007, as congressman for the fourth district of Leyte in 2010 but got disqualified due to residency issues (and was replaced by his wife Lucy, who won and holds the elective post to this day) and as mayor of Ormoc City in 2013.

Richard said, “I didn’t have any plans to run in the next elections. I decided only on the night before the last day of filing (last week). Sacrifices have to be made as that was really a big decision on my part. Somehow, I feel sad kasi mababawasan yung magiging trabaho ko here in showbiz, at the same time, we’ll never know what will happen kung palarin ba ako maging Mayor ng Ormoc one day,” said Richard, whose platform of governance will focus on anti-corruption, peace and order and tourism.

He explained that his decision was prompted by the fact that no one from his wife’s party will run for Mayor of Ormoc. “Ormoc has the biggest voting population, and nobody wants to run as mayor. I took the challenge, hindi pwede iwanan si Lucy na walang kakampi na mayor sa Ormoc.”

According to You’re My Home director Jerry Sineneng, Richard’s decision will not affect the airing of the series. The 40-day campaign period allotted for local candidates will commence next year. They are also required to follow fair election practices.

“We have to abide by the law, or by the rules. I don’t think it will be cut short. Buo pa rin ang kwento, buo mabibigay yung kwento before the deadline,” he said. “Totoo yung sinabi niya. Throughout our taping (we have taped episodes good for 10 weeks of airing), I asked him around 10 times if he was running, and he said, no direk. It’s really true that he just decided the night before.”


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Richard Gomez: Running for Ormoc mayor anew a big challenge Thursday, October 22, 2015 By GLAIZA JARLOC


Richard Gomez (Contributed photo)

Richard Gomez (Contributed photo) RICHARD Gomez is not done yet with politics. The television actor surprised everyone, even his co-stars in the upcoming series "You're My Home," when he filed his certificate of candidacy on October 16 for mayor of Ormoc City.

This is Gomez's second attempt at capturing the Ormoc City Hall. He lost to incumbent Edward Codilla by 2,248 votes in the 2013 elections.

Gomez said he initially had no plans to run but friends and family, with the support of his wife Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, convinced him to change his mind.

"Before the (deadline of) filing, alam ko na, na hindi ako tatakbo. Last minute siya. But kailangan din kasi ni Lucy ng support sa trabahong ginagawa niya. Alam ko naman if I'm going to win as mayor sa Ormoc, marami akong magagawa for the people of that place," he said.

"It is a big challenge for me. If you really want to bring change sa tao, you really have to be in a position. That's where you can make decisions, where you can make changes. As a regular person kasi you can only do so much," the actor said.

Gomez, who is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition, said he was not disheartened by his 2013 defeat. He accepted though that next year's campaign will greatly affect his showbiz work.

"Yung pagtakbo ko talaga for mayor in Ormoc is really a sacrifice sa career ko as an actor and for the family.

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It's very seldom na yung mga artista ay magkaroon ng second wind sa career nila that's why this is a very big decision on my part, to let go of this success," Gomez said.

"Sacrifices had to be made. Somehow I feel sad kasi alam kong mababawasan yung trabaho ko dito sa showbiz pero at the same time, we'll never know kung anong mangyayari sa akin, kung papalarin ba ako." He assured his fans that if he gets elected, he will not say goodbye to showbiz.

Gomez said he will still accept work during weekends. "I think I can work that out. Sabi ko nga, kung manalo ako, I will bring the show to Ormoc. Doon ako magtatrabaho at doon tayo gumawa ng teleserye," he said.

But until the campaign period starts in March 2016, Gomez's focus is still "You're My Home," his newest television project with perennial leading lady Dawn Zulueta. He said the new show which tackles love, life and family will not disappoint those who waited for their on-screen team-up.

"Masaya yung working relationship namin ni Dawn. Kami naman pag may dumarating na project, pinag-uusapan naming dalawa. Hindi yung basta may offer e tanggap agad. Pinag-aaralan namin if this project would be good for our tandem, will this make an impression, magiging commercially viable ba ito or do we think magiging successful ba ito," Gomez said.

"This one is different. Maraming kang mapupulot na aral and I'm sure the audience will like it." "You're My Home," which also stars Sam Concepcion, JC de Vera and Jessy Mendiola, will begin on November 9 on ABS-CBN. (Sunnex)


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Why Richard Gomez decided to run for mayor again By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated October 22, 2015 - 4:30pm 4 399 googleplus0 0


Richard Gomez says he initially did not plan to run for office in the 2016 elections. ABS-CBN/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Richard Gomez, who is running for mayor in Ormoc City in the 2016 elections, said he initially did not plan to enter politics again.

“Actually wala naman talaga akong plans to run in the next elections. I decided lang the night before the last day of filing,” he said during the press conference of his upcoming ABS-CBN show “You’re My Home” on Wednesday.

He first tried his luck in politics when he ran for senator in 2007 but lost. In 2010, he was disqualified to run as congressman as he failed to establish the required residency in Ormoc.

This is the second time that Richard will be vying for the position of mayor in Ormoc City. He first ran in 2013 but lost to incumbent mayor Edward Codilla.

Next year, the two will be up against each other again as Codilla seeks for his reelection.

“Walang gustong tumakbo na mayor, so I stood up, I took the challenge. Hindi ko puwede iwanan si Lucy,” he added.

Lucy will vie for reelection as Ormoc’s representative and will be pitted against Violeta Codilla, wife of the province’s incumbent mayor.

Richard reunites with Dawn Zulueta in the upcoming TV series "You're My Home," which will air on November 9.


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Korina: Golden Girl CONVERSATIONS By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 25, 2015 - 12:00am 12 9 googleplus0 0


As Korina Sanchez hits the half-century mark, 50 of her relatives, co-workers and friends spill the beans on her

Veteran broadcast-journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas is arguably one of the most visible female news personalities in the industry with a prodigious career of almost 30 years — inspiring women who start from the bottom and work towards their dreams as far as they can imagine. And yet very little is known about her personal life outside what is seen and heard of her on her top-rating platforms.

Korina did not celebrate her milestone last year as she turned the big 5-0. So this year, 50 friends and loved ones come together, exclusively, and for the first time, to spill the beans on the Korina they know off-camera.

1. Nanay Fe Mazo, 40 years kasambahay of Sanchez Family

Hindi ako pinapabayaan lalo sa pangangailangan ko ngayon. Pang habang buhay yung mga gamot ko. Nagsilbi ako sa pamilya Sanchez ng buong buhay ko, mahigit 40 years ako sa kanila. Parang pamilya ang trato nila sa akin. Ang tawag nila sa akin “Nanay.”

2. Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Optometrist

In 2003, I underwent chemotherapy for colon cancer treatment. During those days of loneliness and uncertainty, Korina would call me and, for two hours on the phone, she shared with me the latest showbiz news. She was diverting my attention from the terrible side effects of my cancer treatment. By the time we were done talking, my chemo was also done. Looking back, I realize that, while my oncologists managed my illness, my dear friend Korina took care of my well-being. Korina will always be my soul sister. She is a blessing indeed.

3. Patrick Rosas, Stylist

She has a big and good heart to listen anytime as a true friend. I think she’s cool, and really funny!

4. Bernadette Sembrano, Anchor TV Patrol

Si Ate Koring ay totoong tao. Very supportive siya sa TV Patrol assignments ko. At Ang paalala niya sa akin — ‘wag kalimutan ang mag pilikmata! Thanks, Ateng!

5. Ivy Almario, Interior Designer

Korina has an innate, unerring eye for good design! Her taste in artworks, furniture and accessories while very original, reflects years of honing through travel and the sheer delight of immersing herself, in anything design-related. She cares about shaping the space around her, and transforming it from the ordinary to beyond!

6. Robin Padilla, Actor

Well, I always look at Ms. Korina Sanchez as a public servant. She has the decency of a highly-educated woman and a soft heart for the victims of injustice. I know what I’m talking about because she never abandoned me when I was in prison.

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7. Abon Cimafranca, friend of 15 years

12 Korina and husband Mar Roxas are celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 27 So many don’t know the comedian side of Korina. She is one of the funniest people I know.

8. Atty. Romeo G. Roxas, Barangay Umiray Community Developer, Green Square

After Typhoons Winnie, Violeta and Yolly in November 2004 that caused so much destruction, Korina came to Aurora to do a story on the devastation that killed so many people. After her reporting, Korina came back. She skipped altogether the celebration of her birthday to instead help the disaster victims of Umiray, Dingalan and Aurora. She sold her personal bags and clothes in a bazaar and used the proceeds to finance the construction of row houses in Umiray, and the purchase of a jeep which she gave to the community for their transport needs from the mountains.

9. Boy Abunda, ABS-CBN colleague and friend

That she’s driven is true. That she is obsessed with excellence is true. That she is impervious is true. That rest is either myth or urban legend. Korina Sanchez is inarguably a formidable force both as a person and as a professional — and some make a fuss about it because she’s a woman and she does it her way.

10. Arma Avendaño-Bacar, Writer and Assistant of 12 years

I love the simplicity of her heart. During one of her birthdays, we went to Boracay. She was so happy as she was to be married soon. We were in the beach front, ang lakas ng alon, then she asked me, “Arma, talon tayo against the waves?!” And, literally, we were jumping with the waves. And then she asked me, “Sigaw tayo?” So we went, “Waaaahhhhh” — habang bumabagsak kami sa buhangin. Only one of the so many memories I will forever treasure in my heart about Ma’am Korina. Simple and real. My whole family loves her to the moon and back!

11. EG Ruiz, elder brother

She used to be so difficult to feed as a child. I remember the cook would have to place a lizard inside a bottle all throughout the meal for her to chew on her food. This, I swear, went on for years.

12. Jojie Dingcong, Talent Manager, friend of 25 years

Korina in a word? She is real...no drama. I love her. My sis and my friend for life. Totoong tao.

13. Dr. Rachael Rosario of Childhaus

Korina always remembers the kids of Childhaus Center For Children With Cancer during Christmastime. She gives them unique experiences as her gifts to them. Dinala niya sila sa Disney On Ice sa Araneta Coliseum and, one time, pina-experience pa niya sa mga bata ang makasakay sa eroplano in a short local trip.

14. Margot Torres, VP-Marketing, McDonald’s Philippines

Korina in one word for me is: perfectionist. And I am, too. So I think that’s why we have gotten along really well all these years. I admire Korina because she does not compromise her standards and someone always needs to do that to bring the best out of people.

15. Jannice Fortes, Executive Assistant

I always have a long list to do everyday for Ma’am Korina. But reminding her about bird feeding is for me the cutest of all in that list. Sino pa ba ngayon ang nakakaisip na magpakain ng mga ibong gala? At 9 a.m., you will see Ma’am K feeding the birds na dumadapo sa garden nila sa bahay. She is a certified animal lover.

16. Erlinda Carlos, Korina’s aunt

I have known my niece Korina to be a person of strong convictions, generous, and with a deep sense of family values. When doctors gave up on her mother, then very ill, it was Korina who did not give up. When everyone said my sister had no more hope, Korina refused to believe it. By herself, she managed to bring her mother to the US, staying by her side in hospital until her Mom, my sister, was ready to go home. You might say that she saved her mother’s life.

She has been the strong pillar in her family especially after her parents passed away. I call her the “glue” in the family because wherever she is, she makes every effort to gather everybody together.

17. Mickey Sanchez, youngest brother

Being the only girl among three brothers, Korina was then about 12 and she desperately wanted a baby sister when our Mom was pregnant for the last time. Hence, when our mom gave birth to me and found out I turned out to be a boy, she got so upset and cried the whole day. To make up for it, she insisted on dressing me up like a girl until I was about two years old, with nail polish and all — and wala akong magawa, haha!

18. Bubbles Rodriguez, former segment producer, TV Patrol

She is a remarkable one-woman team. What impresses me most about her is how knowledgeable she is as a broadcast journalist — writing, editing, directing, producing, lighting...

The best stories about Korina are those from behind the camera — like how she would iron her own clothes in the office, at pinaplantsa niya ang damit niya habang suot niya, haha! I live abroad now but it is an honor and privilege to have worked with her.

19. Paolo Baluyut, working student, one of Korina’s scholars

Hindi pinababayaan ni Ate Korina ang aming pamilya lalo na noong na-diagnose ang uncle at auntie ko sa sakit na cancer. Kung hindi rin dahil sa kanya ay hindi ako makakatungtong sa kolehiyo at makakakuha ng kursong Engineering sa UE.

20. Ona Unico, Korina’s production coordinator of 19 years

In 2009, during my greatest trial, lesions formed all over my body and I thought it was the end of me. I couldn’t work because of my health situation. I had left her show, Rated K, long before this. But I had to swallow my pride and e-mailed Madam K for help. I told her what I was going through and that I wanted to work so I can earn the money to maintain my medical needs. Her reply, “Hindi kita pagtatrabahuhin muna, Ona. Magpagaling ka muna and I will take care of all your medicines.”

21. Leo Laparan II, Manila Bulletin Research Head, Korina’s classmate in MA Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University

Fate made this ordinary man and a popular figure in Philippine broadcast media cross paths and form bonds — if only for a short two weeks. And she never forgets. Last Christmas, she lovingly scouted for several copies of the journalism bible The Elements Of Journalism, a book we all couldn’t find locally. She sent those individually to our Ateneo batch mates. It was a pleasant surprise for all of us, her classmates.

22. Joanne Ramirez, Allure Editor, The Philippine STAR

When I was lining up at the fast lane (because a representative of the airline was assisting me) of the immigration line at NAIA, some time 2009, somebody called out to me. “Joanne!” It was Korina and she was lining up with everybody else at the longest queue. Seeing my expression she said, “I’m doing this for Mar,” she said. “Because this is where he would line up.” Realistically, at that time, Korina was the broadcast queen of primetime and I’m sure she could have had some courtesies of the port at her taking. But she lined up like all the other passengers who had no titles or so-called connections. So when you see her lining up now, believe me it’s nothing new.

23. Ms. Rosa Rosal, Philippine National Red Cross Ambassador

I have been blessed with people around me, one of them is Korina. I like her very much because we share the same passion — that is to help vulnerable people. She is a big help to the Red Cross, aside from being a blood donor, she always promotes a strong advocacy in the voluntary blood donation program. She has, therefore, saved lives literally, and in so many other ways.

24. Tyra Janelle Sanchez, niece, 14 years old

Every year since my cousin Maya and I were about five years old, our Tita Korina and we would have a “girls’ day out” where she brings us to three stores: A toy store, a bookstore and a salon. These days, the toys have been replaced by fashion, haha! At the end of every day, she would tell us a “lesson of the year,” like, “why you have to obey your parents” or “why it’s important to get good grades and a good job later on.” Her deal with us girls is, “You can get all the concert tickets you want — on condition that you marry at 30 years old.” Our Tita Korina is like our second Mom. She is my idol.

25. Maya L. Sanchez, niece, 15 years old

She may not know it, but then through her stories and pieces of advice, she taught me how to be willful. She taught me that not everyone will like you, but you’re going to have to accept the fact. She taught me that failure is inevitable. But on top of it, she taught me to stay strong no matter what; to pick yourself up whenever life pushes you down and that is the most beautiful thing.

26. Jana Padilla, businesswoman, friend of 25 years

I met Korina when both our boyfriends were working as doctors in the emergency room. We would meet there when we both brought food for the doctors near midnight. We were both money-earners for our families and we were, at the time, both struggling young entrepreneurs. We both had no money for extras that time. But I found myself in an emergency situation and needed help. I couldn’t tell my friend Korina because I knew she didn’t have much to help me with. But then, when she found out, while we were talking one day, she said, “Paano yan? We both don’t have the money.” And then the most unimaginable thing. Korina looked at her hand. She was wearing a simple everyday ring. And then she said, “We have money now.” She took her ring off and gave it to me to pawn temporarily — just so I could meet my emergency. “I don’t think this would fetch much. But use it muna and give it back when you’re okey na.”

27. Kata Inocencio, TV Host/Producer, Kumare

May pagkabruha talaga, hahaha! For a reason! But she is the most misinterpreted person — for I know her to be the most excellent worker and most generous friend. Great mind. Greater heart.

28. Joseph Felix Assad, Honorary Consul of Lebanon to the Philippines

I have loved, admired and respected Korina Sanchez-Roxas for 25 years now. I used to listen to her on AM radio to improve my Tagalog as a balikbayan. I loved her views, her opinions and her mind. I was surprised and excited to meet her one New Year’s Eve after so many years of listening to her every single day. The crush ng bayan. We have been friends now for the last 20 years as we are birds of the same feather sharing the same views on life in general. To know Korina is to love her.

29. Stanley Castro, Executive Producer, Rated K

Some people see Korina as the strict, perfectionist boss. But not a lot of people know that she is also the kind of boss who never missed an opportunity to demonstrate valuable life lessons along the way — like saving for the future and valuing our health. When one of our staff members got hospitalized for pneumonia and kidney failure, Korina shouldered the expenses (including burial fees, because our staff eventually died from it). She went to the wake and made everyone laugh in her speech about her staff, bringing tears of joy to the bereaved mother’s eyes.

30. Mylene Pura-Arroyo, classmate, friend of 40 years

Wow, so many things people don’t know about her. In high school and college, she was known for many things: She cooks well. She sings well. She was in the varsity volleyball team. She won in debates and declamation contests. The upper classmen picked on her because she had nice hair. But they all eventually became her friends, won them over. Story of her life, I guess.

31. Ninoy, family driver of seven years

Tuwing Pasko nga, pati mga anak ko may regalo din galing sa kanya. Hindi ko malilimutan noong binigyan n’ya ng computer ang anak ko na nag-aaral sa college. May educational bonus kami sa kanya tuwing Hunyo dahil importante kay Ma’am na ang mga anak namin lahat sa staff niya ay nag-aaral.

32. Noli “Kabayan” de Castro, former Vice President, TV Patrol anchor

Isang example ng pagiging professional ni Korina sa pagbo-broadcast. Isa siyang executive producer na magmamando sa buong staff. Ay, kahit ano pong stress niyan behind the camera, pag harap po niya parang normal na normal lang. At eto pa, in a few seconds lang, kayang-kaya niyang mag-make-up sa sarili niya! Pagsigaw ng floor director na, “Ms. Korina, game na po tayo,” pag harap niya sa camera, ready on the air na kapag bumasa ng balita!”

33. Myrna dela Torre, former executive producer, TV Patrol

If there is one thing I could not do without during Christmas, it’s Korina’s blueberry cheesecakes. Hindi ko alam kung paano natutunan ng isang Korina Sanchez ang pagbe-bake ng ganoon kasarap na cake. She has struck me as a hard-hitting journalist, especially during our Hoy Gising! days. Hanggang natuklasan ko na Korina is a charmer in the kitchen.

34. Rannie Racelis, Korina’s cameraman of 16 years

Nagpapasalamat ako kay Madam Korina dahil tinulungan niya akong magkabahay, kaya para sa akin, ang pagiging kapamilya ay di lamang sa dugo nasusukat. Masyado siyang thoughtful na tao at di lamang boss.

35. Dyan Castillejo, TV anchor

I always admire her incredible work ethic, her desire for excellence and super articulate communication in both English and Filipino. She is my sister in the Lord and I will always be her faithful prayer warrior.

36. Dissah Caguiat, Production Assistant

Nag-speech po si Ma’am Korina sa San Miguel, Bulacan at napakaraming tao ang gustong lumapit sa kanya. Nakapasok na po kami ng van nang may kumatok sa sasakyan, isang lalaki kasama ang batang lalaking anak. Humihingi po sya ng pambili ng basketball para sa bata. Sinabi ko po na babalikan nalang namin sila kasi nagmamadali na kami.

Napagsabihan po ako ni Ma’am at sabi niya, “Sa palagay mo ba mababalikan pa talaga natin sila? Biruin mong dala pa nya ang anak niya dito siksikan para makabili lang ng basketball? P500 lang yan, hindi pa ba natin ngayon tutulungan yan, kaya naman natin? Ibigay mo ang pambili ngayon na.”

37. Arnold Vegafria, Talent Manager, Business Partner, Friend

She’s a softie who can melt your heart with her overwhelming thoughtfulness and generosity. Did you know that during one of my birthdays some years back, she actually took a day off just so that she could prepare for my surprise celebration? She didn’t even report for her daily TV Patrol stint! She actually went to Dangwa to buy the flowers, made all the arrangements for the caterer, hired a live band, and even had a customized cake made for me.

38. Doris Bigornia, News Personality, Friend of 30 years

I remember an incident a few days before her wedding. She asked me to go to her house. I was really shocked to see her: No make-up, really pale and with what looked like blood oozing from her towel-draped head. My SOCO instinct told me I should rush her to the hospital right then and there. Then she told me: “Ano ba ang tinitingnan mo dyan? Nagpakulay ako ng buhok dahil namumuti na, at wala akong time para maghintay sa parlor para kumapit ang kulay!” I was thinking, could she have lost it as it was just a few days before the wedding? We both laughed so hard, we couldn’t breathe.

39. Girlie Rodis, Korina’s Business Manager

People presume that the Korina Sanchez they see — strong and independent — is the Korina up close and personal. Definitely, there is a strong woman there. But what they do not see is the vulnerable Korina. I have seen this more than a few times. When her eyes moisten involuntarily. What people least know about her is she is pusong mamon.

40. Milano B. Sanchez, Brother

Every time I’m in trouble or in question about some issue during family meetings, I brace for my Ate’s sermon. And then I start praying for her pet dogs to come out. Why? Because once her pet dogs Goya (a Labrador) and Kolette (a toy schnauzer) appear, her mood immediately changes and she transforms into a loving and malambing doggie mommy right before everyone’s eyes. My sister appears to be poised and calculated to many most of the time but, during family gatherings, she eats, drinks, jokes and laughs like her brothers do. She actually is the funniest among us. Her comedic timing, wit and dry humor cracks us up every time. She is actually one of the best comedians I know.

41. Atty. Mike Toledo, SVP-Corporate Affair Philex Mining Corporation

Korina is a very thoughtful person. She has so many godchildren but never forgets anyone every Christmas, including my son Javi. As a hostess entertaining, she leaves nothing to chance. Korina in a word? Elegant.

42. Paloma, Counseling Astrologer and Feng Shui Consultant

One day I asked about her love life. She wrote down three birth dates on a piece of paper and she asked me, “Who is the one for me?” half jesting. I read the charts and matched it with hers. I chose the last date on the paper. It turned out to be the birthday of Mar Roxas. Five years later, they were married.

43. Ferdie Dugay, TV Patrol Segment Producer

Mahusay siyang reporter. One lazy news day, Bandila producer Paul Henson was casually chatting with Korina about not having a big enough story for the evening’s line-up. Korina asked him, “What did you have in mind?” The producer said, “an exclusive story,” just like that. Mahirap ‘yun. It took just one working day for Korina to astound the producer. That same night she came back with an investigative story about celebrities on the drug watch list of the PDEA, and clubs in the metro known to be hubs of drug trading. That same year, Korina received the Ka Doroy Valencia Broadcaster Of The Year from the Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkaster Ng Pilipinas.

44. Maricel Soriano, Actress and Friend

Tunay na kaibigan si Tita K. Kapatid na ang turing ko sa kanya. At bilib na bilib ako sa professionalism niya. Nakakaloka. Alam niya ang ginagawa niya at magaling siya. Bakit ko siya mahal na mahal? Parang kay Mar lang, weh ano ba pakialam ninyo? Oo mataray siya, pareho lang kami, pero hindi siya magnanakaw.

45. Rica Lagman-Sto. Domingo, High School Classmate

For her 50th birthday, us classmates asked what her milestone celebration was. She said, “No parties, no celebrations, no trips. I just want to see my dogs run with the wind on the beach.”

46. Chuck Gomez, Korina’s Publicist

Pareho kaming mapagmahal sa magulang ni Tita K. Ulila na siya kaya lagi niyang pinapaalala sa akin na alagaan at mahalin ko ang mga magulang ko. Lagi niya sinasabi sa akin na kung ano man ang mga maganda niyang nagawa sa parents niya ay kulang na kulang pa. Dahil dito lalo kong minahal at pagsisilbihan ang Mamang at Papang ko.

47. Enrico Santos, Head Of New Media and Concept Development Department, and Producer, Skylight Films, and Writer-director of Star Cinema

The Korina I know is the larger-than-life lady who spans the entire spectrum of what is interesting and colorful in a person. She holds silver antique sales and plays with barefoot kids as she gives them tsinelas. She calls her schnauzers her kids, and makes plans to bear Mar’s kids “scientifically.” She is designing strategies one second and wooing us to eat her tapa and sinigang in the next.

48. Cristy Fermin, Entertainment Journalist

May mahika ang magkabilang kamay ng isang Korina Sanchez. Kung gaano siya kahusay magtawid ng balita ay ganun din siya biniyayaan ng mga kamay na kayang bumuhay ng naghihingalo nang halaman, gawing kapaki-pakinabang na obra ang basura at bigyan ng magandang kulay ang malungkot na kapaligiran. Kakabugin niya sa galing niyang magbalot ng regalo ang mga taga-Rustan’s. Pandesal? Nagagawa niyang primera klaseng ensaymada yun kapag isinalansan na niya sa kahon at niribunan. Alagad ng sining si Korina Sanchez sa maraming dahilan at paraan. At ang unang katangiang mayroon ang isang alagad ng sining ay puso. Mabuhay ka, Korina Sanchez, maligayang kaarawan! Mahal kita.

49. Sr. Jo Nebres of Saint Theresa’s College, QC

The sisters at St. Theresa’s, her alma mater, are inspired by her very generous and inclusive attitude and spirit, that speaks of her as a Theresian carrying in her heart the legacy of St. Theresa of Avila who inspired us to seek always for the truth, the beautiful and the good. We are very happy and proud of her!

50. Mar Roxas, Ex-Boyfriend, Husband

Partner. Playmate. Parachute. My Forever!!!


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