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PIOLO PASCUAL REVEALS CHRISTMAS PLANS


NOVEMBER 4 -Piolo Pascual, who is already working on TV and movie projects for next year, has set his plans for the Christmas season. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file photo
Piolo Pascual already has his plans for the upcoming Yuletide season.
During the Ayala Malls Christmas launch today, the 38-year-old actor told Philstar.com that he will be spending the holidays in Japan. "My family and I are going to Japan for the holidays. There are more than 20 of us actually," he said. Last year, Piolo spent the Christmas in the US with his whole family, and he considers it as one of the most memorable Christmas he ever had. READ: Piolo to colleagues: Be responsible "Last year was one of the most memorable Christmas for me, because one of my wishes, to spend the Christmas with my family in the States, in one house, has happened," he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Vice Ganda leads 2015 Araneta Christmas Tree Lighting event


NOVEMEBR 7 -Vice Ganda and 2015 Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens gave out gifts to some kids from Child Haus Foundation who were present at the Araneta Tree Lighting event. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
MANILA, Philippines – Vice Ganda and some Kapamilya stars graced the annual Araneta Tree Lighting event. On Friday, the Kapamilya stars entertained the crowd before the official lighting of the giant Christmas tree.
Some of the celebrities present are Sarah Lahbati, John Prats, Loisa Andalio and Joshua Garcia. Aside from fun games and performances, Vice Ganda was assisted by the 2015 Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens in giving out gifts to the children from Child Haus foundation who were present that night. See some of the highlights in the tree lighting event in the slideshow below. READ MORE...

ALSO: ARMM Governor hits 'Eat Bulaga' hosts over Muslim Halloween costume


NOVEMBER 1 -Joey de Leon and Sen. Tito Sotto during the October 31 episode of GMA-7's "Eat Bulaga." Netizens and ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman criticized the show over the costume. Twitter/Eat Bulaga
The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslm Mindanao (ARMM) took offense to the costumes worn by Sen. Tito Sotto and Joey de Leon during the October 31 episode of GMA-7's noontime variety show "Eat Bulaga."
Joey and Tito wore a thawb, an ankle-length garment with long sleeves usually worn by Muslims. In a statement published by MindaNews, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman Joey and Tito's act "equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be geared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared." Hataman also asked the producers and hosts of "Eat Bulaga" to issue an apology. "This display betrays an insensitivity by these hosts, as they equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be feared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared," Hataman said in the statement. "What Eat Bulaga did in its Halloween Special was a mockery of and an affront to the image of the Muslim, apparently in the name of entertainment." "On behalf of the Filipino Moro people, we demand that producers and hosts of the noontime show issue a public apology," Hataman said Netizens also criticized "Eat Bulaga" for the costume. @EatBulaga @AngPoetNyo ito ang mali nyo ang isuot ang damit ng mga muslim!! Anong gsto nyong ipahiwatig? Nkakabastos kyo!!! — haina (@haina84) October 31, 2015 "Eat Bulaga" is yet to release a statement about the issue.THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO 2015 Bb. Pilipinas: Janicel Lubina's 'poverty' speech touches netizens' hearts


NOVEMBER 5 -In this March 2015 file photo, Janicel Lubina competes in the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas pageant at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The 20-year-old beauty queen failed to make it in the Miss International 2015 pageant's top five, but she touched the hearts of Pinoy netizens with her speech about poverty and overcoming adversity. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file photo
Despite not being able to move on to the top five of Miss International 2015, Janicel Lubina was able to touch the hearts of many.
The 20-year-old beauty from Palawan left everyone bawling after she delivered her speech at the recently concluded Miss International pageant held in Japan on November 5. READ: Venezuela's Edymar Martínez crowned Miss International 2015 The former kasambahay turned beauty queen stood in front proudly as she shared her experience growing up with impoverishment. "Representing my country here in Miss International, is a great honor for me. As a simple woman who came from a poor family, I dreamed to have a better life for my family and it motivates me to never give up. At a young age, I have to work at the rice fields to help my parents while taking care of my brothers since my parents are working," said Lubina. Despite the struggles that she had to go through, the Filipina stunner did not give up believing in her dreams. "Life has been full of hardships and challenges, but I never stopped dreaming and working hard to achieve my goals in life. I want to be an inspiration to young people; that nothing is impossible if you follow your dreams and have a strong faith in God," she continued. The story of a timid househelper transforming into a ravishing queen is just one side of the story that Lubina wants to tell the world. More than the title of a beauty queen, Lubina wants everyone to know that nothing is impossible is you continue to chase after your dreams. In her own words: "Poverty is not a hindrance to achieve success in life." The Filipina beauty will not go home empty-handed: Lubina was given the Miss Best Dresser special award. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Fil-Am orchestra honors composer Odette Quesada


NOVEMBER 5 -ODETTE Quesada Facebook
LOS ANGELES—“I’m looking forward to hearing again my songs played by a full orchestra,” said Odette Quesada, who is now based in Los Angeles and whose popular compositions, “Till I Met You” and “Give Me a Chance,” will be played by the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (Faso) in its concert, “Faso Goes Pops!,” on Nov. 14 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. “We do not realize how rare an opportunity that is.”  Stressed Odette, who is one of several US-based Filipino composers being honored by the only Filipino orchestra outside of the Philippines: “No matter how many years you have been in the music industry… getting to hear your songs played by a 55-piece orchestra is still a rare treat.”  The two hit OPM songs launched Odette’s composing career in a spectacular fashion. “Give Me a Chance” and “Till I Met You,” sung by Ric Segreto and Kuh Ledesma, respectively, in the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival, won awards for the teenaged talent in the early 1980s. Odette just turned 17 when she placed second for “Give Me a Chance” and was 18 when she topped the competition for “Till I Met You.”  I first met Odette, whom I remember as a young mestiza with striking large eyes always being chaperoned by her maternal grandma, Dorotea Quesada, at the office of Vicor/Blackgold which signed her up as a singer-songwriter. They made quite a wonderful sight—a promising young music artist and her perennially smiling lola. American father Odette was born in the Philippines to the late John Flewelling, an American originally from New Jersey, and Thelma Quesada, of San Juan, Metro Manila. Her full name is Odella Vania Quesada Flewelling. “I used Odette Quesada because it was easier to pronounce,” she explained. She spent her childhood years abroad, traveling with her mother who was a jazz singer and pianist. Odette recalled, “When it was school time, I was shipped back to my lola in the Philippines. When my mom remarried, she lived in Hawaii. I lived there on and off until I decided to stay put in Manila in 1982.” The permanent move proved fortuitous to Odette who studied music composition at the University of the Philippines but did not graduate. She went on to become one of the Philippines’ youngest and most prolific singer-composers whose other credits include “Don’t Know What to Say (Don’t Know What to Do),” “Farewell” and “Friend of Mine.” She released six albums. In April 1993, Odette married Bodjie Dasig, also a singer-songwriter, whom she met through a mutual friend, fellow songwriter Christine Bendebel. The two have a son, Darian. The popular songwriting couple and Darian moved to Los Angeles for good in 2001. “It was Bodjie’s idea,” Odette said. In March 2012, Bodjie passed away from cancer. Her lola died in January 2000. Odette has stayed in LA with Darian, who is now 20. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lani Misalucha teams up with Arnel Pineda for concert


NOVEMBER 6 -ARNEL, LANI
MANILA -- After her special show "Harana" at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan over the weekend, veteran singer Lani Misalucha is set to take her act to Solaire Resort and Casino with a two-night concert next month.
Misalucha's concert "Voice of the Nightingale" will be held at The Theatre at Solaire on December 4 and 5 with special guest Arnel Pineda, the frontman of American classic rock band Journey. While she promised to include her Tagalog power ballads, Misalucha said she is also going to include some upbeat tunes. "Actually itong concert na ito I'm going to ask for dancers, may kaunting dance ako doon," she said in an interview on Wednesday. "Pero dahil nandito si Arnel, definitely may bago kayong madidinig," she added. "Honestly magaan katrabaho si Arnel, walang angal, walang arte. Anything goes si Arnel at walang masamang tinapay sa kanya." For his part, Pineda admitted that he is a big fan of Misalucha. "I'm honored. Alam niyo naman 'yan, iba ang kalibre niya. I think she's the best singer in the Philippines, alam natin lahat yan. 'Yung makasama ko siya, kahit kalahating kanta lang sa stage eh marami kang matutunan sa kanya. At you will feel the pride na gosh kapwa ko siya Filipino," Pineda said. "'Yun bang maski kasama mo siya mapapatunganga ka kapag kumakanta na siya. Minsan nakakalimutan mo ang number mo because she's singing beside you. Ganoon siya kagaling," the rocker added. THE FULL REPORT


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Piolo Pascual reveals Christmas plans


Piolo Pascual, who is already working on TV and movie projects for next year, has set his plans for the Christmas season. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file photo

MANILA, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Alixandra Caole Vila November 4, 2015 - Piolo Pascual already has his plans for the upcoming Yuletide season.

During the Ayala Malls Christmas launch today, the 38-year-old actor told Philstar.com that he will be spending the holidays in Japan.

"My family and I are going to Japan for the holidays. There are more than 20 of us actually," he said.

Last year, Piolo spent the Christmas in the US with his whole family, and he considers it as one of the most memorable Christmas he ever had.

"Last year was one of the most memorable Christmas for me, because one of my wishes, to spend the Christmas with my family in the States, in one house, has happened," he said.

READ MORE...

Piolo also shared that although Christmas is known as a gift-giving holiday, he is not really expecting any big material gift this year.

According to him, he does not really want tangible gifts for Christmas; seeing his family and having a good time with them is more than enough of a gift.

READ: Who will Piolo endorse in 2016?

"I just want my kids and my loved ones to really take it all in and enjoy, take some time off from work, school, just really enjoy each other's company," Piolo shared. Piolo will be performing this Christmas alongside Daryl Ong of The Voice of the Philippines in Trinoma on November 5 in line with Ayala Mall's annual Christmas treat. The aptly titled “Frankly Speaking” musical concert is also staged at Ayala Malls all throughout the holidays.

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old actor is currently working on the TV drama "Written In Our Stars," which will air on ABS-CBN next year. The soap opera, which also stars Toni Gonzaga, Sam Milby and Jolina Magdangal, tackles love, destiny and unrequited love.


PHILSTAR

IN PHOTOS: Vice Ganda leads Araneta Tree Lighting event By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated November 7, 2015 - 5:22pm 0 3 googleplus0 0


Vice Ganda and 2015 Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens gave out gifts to some kids from Child Haus Foundation who were present at the Araneta Tree Lighting event. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines – Vice Ganda and some Kapamilya stars graced the annual Araneta Tree Lighting event.

On Friday, the Kapamilya stars entertained the crowd before the official lighting of the giant Christmas tree.

Some of the celebrities present are Sarah Lahbati, John Prats, Loisa Andalio and Joshua Garcia.

Aside from fun games and performances, Vice Ganda was assisted by the 2015 Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens in giving out gifts to the children from Child Haus foundation who were present that night.

See some of the highlights in the tree lighting event in the slideshow below.

READ MORE...


It's Christmas season again and one thing we look forward to are giant Christmas adorning various shopping areas in Metro Manila. This year, Araneta Center


IN PHOTOS: Vice Ganda leads Araneta Tree Lighting event | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com


Araneta Center Christmas Tree Lighting with Kapamilya Stars Vice Ganda James Reed-0630


PHILSTAR

ARMM hits 'Eat Bulaga' hosts over Muslim Halloween costume (philstar.com) | Updated November 1, 2015 - 11:43am 60 4669 googleplus0 0


Joey de Leon and Sen. Tito Sotto during the October 31 episode of GMA-7's "Eat Bulaga." Netizens and ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman criticized the show over the costume. Twitter/Eat Bulaga

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslm Mindanao (ARMM) took offense to the costumes worn by Sen. Tito Sotto and Joey de Leon during the October 31 episode of GMA-7's noontime variety show "Eat Bulaga."

Joey and Tito wore a thawb, an ankle-length garment with long sleeves usually worn by Muslims.

In a statement published by MindaNews, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman Joey and Tito's act "equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be geared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared."

Hataman also asked the producers and hosts of "Eat Bulaga" to issue an apology.

"This display betrays an insensitivity by these hosts, as they equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be feared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared," Hataman said in the statement.

"What Eat Bulaga did in its Halloween Special was a mockery of and an affront to the image of the Muslim, apparently in the name of entertainment."

"On behalf of the Filipino Moro people, we demand that producers and hosts of the noontime show issue a public apology," Hataman said

Netizens also criticized "Eat Bulaga" for the costume.

@EatBulaga @AngPoetNyo ito ang mali nyo ang isuot ang damit ng mga muslim!! Anong gsto nyong ipahiwatig? Nkakabastos kyo!!! — haina (@haina84) October 31, 2015


 

"Eat Bulaga" is yet to release a statement about the issue.


PHILSTAR

Janicel Lubina's 'poverty' speech touches netizens' hearts By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 7:30pm 8 137 googleplus0 0


In this March 2015 file photo, Janicel Lubina competes in the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas pageant at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The 20-year-old beauty queen failed to make it in the Miss International 2015 pageant's top five, but she touched the hearts of Pinoy netizens with her speech about poverty and overcoming adversity. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file photo

MANILA, Philippines - Despite not being able to move on to the top five of Miss International 2015, Janicel Lubina was able to touch the hearts of many.

The 20-year-old beauty from Palawan left everyone bawling after she delivered her speech at the recently concluded Miss International pageant held in Japan on November 5.

READ: Venezuela's Edymar Martínez crowned Miss International 2015

The former kasambahay turned beauty queen stood in front proudly as she shared her experience growing up with impoverishment.

"Representing my country here in Miss International, is a great honor for me. As a simple woman who came from a poor family, I dreamed to have a better life for my family and it motivates me to never give up. At a young age, I have to work at the rice fields to help my parents while taking care of my brothers since my parents are working," said Lubina.

Despite the struggles that she had to go through, the Filipina stunner did not give up believing in her dreams.

"Life has been full of hardships and challenges, but I never stopped dreaming and working hard to achieve my goals in life. I want to be an inspiration to young people; that nothing is impossible if you follow your dreams and have a strong faith in God," she continued.

The story of a timid househelper transforming into a ravishing queen is just one side of the story that Lubina wants to tell the world. More than the title of a beauty queen, Lubina wants everyone to know that nothing is impossible is you continue to chase after your dreams.

In her own words: "Poverty is not a hindrance to achieve success in life."

The Filipina beauty will not go home empty-handed: Lubina was given the Miss Best Dresser special award.


INQUIRER

Fil-Am orchestra honors composer Odette Quesada SHARES: 119 VIEW COMMENTS
By: Ruben V. Nepales @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:46 AM November 5th, 2015


ODETTE Quesada Facebook

LOS ANGELES—“I’m looking forward to hearing again my songs played by a full orchestra,” said Odette Quesada, who is now based in Los Angeles and whose popular compositions, “Till I Met You” and “Give Me a Chance,” will be played by the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (Faso) in its concert, “Faso Goes Pops!,” on Nov. 14 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. “We do not realize how rare an opportunity that is.”

Stressed Odette, who is one of several US-based Filipino composers being honored by the only Filipino orchestra outside of the Philippines: “No matter how many years you have been in the music industry… getting to hear your songs played by a 55-piece orchestra is still a rare treat.”

The two hit OPM songs launched Odette’s composing career in a spectacular fashion. “Give Me a Chance” and “Till I Met You,” sung by Ric Segreto and Kuh Ledesma, respectively, in the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival, won awards for the teenaged talent in the early 1980s. Odette just turned 17 when she placed second for “Give Me a Chance” and was 18 when she topped the competition for “Till I Met You.”

I first met Odette, whom I remember as a young mestiza with striking large eyes always being chaperoned by her maternal grandma, Dorotea Quesada, at the office of Vicor/Blackgold which signed her up as a singer-songwriter. They made quite a wonderful sight—a promising young music artist and her perennially smiling lola.

American father

Odette was born in the Philippines to the late John Flewelling, an American originally from New Jersey, and Thelma Quesada, of San Juan, Metro Manila. Her full name is Odella Vania Quesada Flewelling. “I used Odette Quesada because it was easier to pronounce,” she explained.

She spent her childhood years abroad, traveling with her mother who was a jazz singer and pianist. Odette recalled, “When it was school time, I was shipped back to my lola in the Philippines. When my mom remarried, she lived in Hawaii. I lived there on and off until I decided to stay put in Manila in 1982.”

The permanent move proved fortuitous to Odette who studied music composition at the University of the Philippines but did not graduate. She went on to become one of the Philippines’ youngest and most prolific singer-composers whose other credits include “Don’t Know What to Say (Don’t Know What to Do),” “Farewell” and “Friend of Mine.” She released six albums.

In April 1993, Odette married Bodjie Dasig, also a singer-songwriter, whom she met through a mutual friend, fellow songwriter Christine Bendebel. The two have a son, Darian.

The popular songwriting couple and Darian moved to Los Angeles for good in 2001. “It was Bodjie’s idea,” Odette said. In March 2012, Bodjie passed away from cancer. Her lola died in January 2000.
Odette has stayed in LA with Darian, who is now 20.

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It will be a special night on the 14th when mother and son hear “Give Me a Chance” and “Till I Met You,” as interpreted by Daryl Ogalino and a surprise singer, respectively, and Faso led by its musical director and conductor, Robert “Bob” Shroder.

Other songwriters being saluted by Faso are Oscar winner Robert Lopez (“Let It Go”), Cecile Azarcon (“Lift Up Your Hands”), SJ Gandia (“Tayo ay Pilipino” and “Hanggang Huli’y Ikaw”), Aaron Paul del Rosario (“Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin”) and Dodjie Simon (“Tatak ng Pilipino” and “Ikaw Lamang”).

Tickets to the show, which features talented singers who will be given the major exposure that they deserve, on Nov. 14,
7 p.m., are now available online: www.alextheatre.org/event/faso-presents-faso-goes-pops.


The Pinoy Divas - (TRIPLE TREAT) Norma Ledesma, Nora Aunor & Odette Quesada

What do you remember about the early years?

I remember thinking how cool it was to be realizing my dream at such an early age. I was 15 when I decided to be a songwriter and in less than two years, I was.

How different or the same are you from those Vicor/Blackgold days?

Oh wow, so different in so many ways. I’ve been married, been widowed and raised a son who is now in college.
Faso will honor you along with several US-based OPM composers by performing two of your songs. What memories do these two songs bring to you to this day?

“Give Me a Chance” is very memorable if only because it was my very first song ever recorded. My winning second place (for the song) in the amateur division of the Metro Pop back in 1982 opened doors for me in the music industry.

“Till I Met You” was my entry in the professional division of Metro Pop the following year. And this time, I got the grand prize.

“Give Me a Chance” is poignant because it was sung originally by our friend who passed away in 1998, Ric Segreto.

What do you remember most about Ric?

Ric always made my songs sound more special than they were. I miss him dearly. He and my late husband Bodjie became friends fast. He even sang at my wedding reception back in 1993.

At that time, Ric was working as a high school teacher in Guam and was itching to record again. I told him that Bodjie and I would gladly write and produce his comeback album.

What are your fondest memories of Bodjie?

He was very smart and funny. He always cracked me up. Dogs and kids love him. They gravitated toward him.

What was your recent concert, “OPM Then and Now with Odette Quesada” like?

I had a 50th birthday concert in a smaller venue back in January of this year.

A few months after that, (line producer) Annie Nepomuceno came to me with the idea to do the show in a bigger venue and call it “OPM Then and Now.”

Both times were bittersweet because I would have loved to have Bodjie there. He tried to convince me for years to do a concert and I always seemed to find an excuse not to do it.

Do you plan to perform more after that show?

It depends on the schedule. I do work in an office and weekends are my only available time.
What were your first few years like in the US?

It was not easy. Moving to Los Angeles was not my idea. I never saw myself living the American Dream.


RIC SEGRETO and Odette Quesada at the Metro Pop in 1982

Have you adjusted to life in the US?

After having raised a child here, now it’s different. Now, I can’t see starting life anew in the Philippines. But who knows?
What do you enjoy, music career-wise, about being in the US?

I have enjoyed doing those two concerts this year and guesting in a few of my friends’ shows.

What do you miss about the Philippines?

My friends.

Is your son Darian interested in following in his parents’ footsteps?

I don’t think so. He has opted for a career in a different field.

What else is next for you? How do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Right now, I’m taking it one day at a time. I just let the tide bring me back to the shore when I swim too far into the ocean.

(E-mail the columnist at rvnepales_5585@yahoo.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/nepalesruben.)


ABS-CBN

Lani Misalucha teams up with Arnel Pineda for concert ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 11/04/15 6:55 PM

MANILA -- After her special show "Harana" at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan over the weekend, veteran singer Lani Misalucha is set to take her act to Solaire Resort and Casino with a two-night concert next month.

Misalucha's concert "Voice of the Nightingale" will be held at The Theatre at Solaire on December 4 and 5 with special guest Arnel Pineda, the frontman of American classic rock band Journey.

While she promised to include her Tagalog power ballads, Misalucha said she is also going to include some upbeat tunes.

"Actually itong concert na ito I'm going to ask for dancers, may kaunting dance ako doon," she said in an interview on Wednesday.

"Pero dahil nandito si Arnel, definitely may bago kayong madidinig," she added. "Honestly magaan katrabaho si Arnel, walang angal, walang arte. Anything goes si Arnel at walang masamang tinapay sa kanya."

For his part, Pineda admitted that he is a big fan of Misalucha.

"I'm honored. Alam niyo naman 'yan, iba ang kalibre niya. I think she's the best singer in the Philippines, alam natin lahat yan. 'Yung makasama ko siya, kahit kalahating kanta lang sa stage eh marami kang matutunan sa kanya. At you will feel the pride na gosh kapwa ko siya Filipino," Pineda said.

"'Yun bang maski kasama mo siya mapapatunganga ka kapag kumakanta na siya. Minsan nakakalimutan mo ang number mo because she's singing beside you. Ganoon siya kagaling," the rocker added.


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