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APEC 2015: KRIS AQUINO SHELLS OUT BIG BUCKS TO HOST LUNCHEON FOR FIRST LADIES


KRIS -Photo courtesy of The Pinoy Weekly It’s Kris Aquino’s world. We just live in it. It’s been a while since we’ve been reminded of that, since the Queen of all Media has been lying low in the news for quite some time now. However, she’s found just the right opportunity to garner press for herself by announcing that she’s hosting a special luncheon for the First Ladies of APEC—at her own expense. Instead of announcing it at a press conference, however, Kris decided to keep it low-key by posting about it on Instagram: “My sisters [and] I are in charge of the special Nov. 19 luncheon for the APEC [first] spouses. We’re not yet a rich country, but we’ve been greatly blessed [with] immense talent & exceptional hospitality,” she writes. “I’m posting this now to make [it] clear [without] being epal (translation: nosy—ed.), that my sisters [and] I are shouldering the added expense to beautify the luncheon venue, mount the stage, and for the sound system, pianist, etc.,” she continues. Just in case you get the wrong idea, Kris goes on with a disclaimer: “I was really just waiting to be asked because mahirap naman mag-atrebida, pero siempre we want to show them the best of our country (it’s difficult to be so bold, but of course we want to show them the best of our country).” READ MORE...

ALSO: Kris apologizes for sunburn post


Kris Aquino. Instagram/Kris Aquino Presidential sister Kris Aquino apologized yesterday for her Instagram post comparing her sunburn with the agony of commuters affected by monstrous traffic jams during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. “I humbly apologize for my failed attempt at self-deprecating humor Thursday night that came across as being spoiled and insensitive. I’m sorry,” she said in her post. “In the future, I will leave the joking to Vice Ganda, promise,” she said, referring to her comedian friend. Aquino was criticized on social media for saying the sunburn she acquired after touring the wives of some APEC leaders in Intramuros on Thursday puts her on equal footing with commuters affected by road closures due to the APEC summit. “Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag-commute these past days. Patas ang mundo, patche-patche naman ang balat ko,” she posted along with a photo of her sunburn. “You’ll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nagka lace-patterned sunburn,” she said. Many netizens said Aquino’s post was insensitive, saying the hours she spent under the sun touring the APEC spouses are nothing compared to the suffering of workers who had to walk for kilometers due to the road closures. “How can rubbing elbows with world leaders, walking with body guards that would readily hold umbrellas for you, riding in a private car that probably drives through the APEC lane and all the other privileges you enjoy be disregarded because of a simple sunburn?” a netizen asked. “Your sunburn is not and will never be equal to the suffering of Filipinos,” she added. Some netizens also asked if Aquino waited for hours to get a ride home or suffered a salary cut for arriving late due to traffic.THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO Justin Trudeau: The sexiest, hippest world leader ever


Barong image model: Teresa Torralba, publisher of Waves News in Canada, shows Justin Trudeau the proper way of wearing the barong tagalog, which cost $85 (about P3,400) at a Filipino store in Chinatown Toronto. Photo by PHILIP MENDOZA, Waves News
MANILA, Philippines - Justin who? Not Justin Bieber, all ye YouTube crazies out there, but Canada’s newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, only 43 (he was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1971), who’s hogging the YouTube these days, having been tagged as the “world’s sexiest politician.”
The 64 (Canadian) dollar question is: Will Justin Trudeau, the youngest head of state attending this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Philippines, bare his six pack abs? We’re abs-olutely hoping he does. Like when he did a steamy striptease — for a good cause, of course! But surely, he was good reason enough for assorted oglers to pack the place to the rafters. Tall and dashing with earth brown curly hair and a dazzling smile, he could have leaped out of a GQ cover (fact is, he’s been on not a few magazine covers). He showed off his to-die-for buffed body in full public view — including a large tattoo on his left arm — at a charity boxing match vs. his political rival Patrick Brazeau. And the winner? In this corner, sporting an intriguing tattoo, Justin Trudeau! Justin may not be the only world leader in history with a tattoo (US President Teddy Roosevelt had his family crest tattooed on his chest while Andrew Jackson had a tomahawk inked on his thigh), but he’s probably the first to display it candidly, making no bones about it! Explaining his tattoo, he tweeted: “My tattoo is planet Earth inside a Haida raven. The globe I got when I was 23; the Robert Davidson raven for my 40th birthday.” Note: The Trudeau family became honorary members of the Haida tribe during the second prime ministerial term of Justin’s father, the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau. But sorry, ladies, the guy is happily married — to Sophie Gregoire, a Quebec TV and radio host whom he met in Montreal when he was asked to host the 2003 Starlight Children’s Foundation gala. “We had a great time chatting that night and, by the end of the gala, I knew she was a very special woman,” recounts the young drama, math, and French teacher. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Nothing more awkward than Alma Moreno interview’


Alma Moreno. FILE PHOTO
Parañaque councilor and senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno’s television interview with news anchor and TV host Karen Davila last week turned viral on the internet on Sunday.

Most netizens on Twitter and Facebook who have watched the video went bonkers on how the interview turned out. On Sunday night, it was the fifth trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines.

“Karen Davila was my critic teacher. Alma Moreno was me when I had no enough sleep yet had not made any progress on my lesson plan,“ posted @sharpizza on Twitter.

Advertisement “Nothing more awkward than the Alma Moreno interview,” said @nightingjaze.

“Si Alma Moreno yung never mong isasalang sa thesis defense. Kasi you’ll know that your grades are sealed,” said @aparadorprince.

Moreno is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance led by Vice President and presidential aspirant Jejomar Binay. She said in the interview that she asked for signs on whether she would run for Senate as it was not initially a part of her plans.

Things started to turn uncomfortable during the interview when Davila asked for Moreno’s advocacy.

“More on sa kababaihan…Magna Carta for Women,” Moreno told Davila.

The host said, “But then the law exists already.”

“Pero may mga bagay na hindi na-iimplement,” Moreno quickly answered, to which Davila asked, “Like what?” The senatorial aspirant laughed nervously and said “Teka muna.”

When asked about the reproductive health law, Moreno said she supports it but with reservations. When grilled further, she said: “Kailangan pa ba sagutin yan? (Do I need to answer that?)” The host answered:” Of course you’re running for the Senate.”

“Kasi talaga ang mahihirap dapat mag kontrol kasi lalong naghihirap pag maraming anak (The poor should control themselves otherwise they’ll get poorer if they have more children),” Moreno said, to which Davila asked: “How would they control?”

“Kailangan bukas ang ilaw? (Lights should be turned on?)” Moreno said in jest.

Other netizens, meanwhile, were sympathetic to Moreno.

“I pity Ms. Alma Moreno for this embarrassing interview with Ms. Karen Davila. She obviously has no idea what she’s getting herself into. The least she could’ve done is research and study before getting grilled. She must’ve been given a copy of the questions beforehand anyway. She’s no a political neophyte either to humiliate herself like this,” said a certain Jayr Villegas on Facebook.

ALSO: Karen Davila's interview with Alma Moreno sets Twitter abuzz


SENATORIAL CANDIDATE ALMA MORENO AND KAREN DAVILA Former sexy star and now senatorial candidate Alma Moreno finds herself in the hot seat after her interview with ANC host Karen Davila went viral on social media. In the interview, Moreno was asked about her future plans if she wins the senatorial race. "Are you for the Reproductive Health Law?" Davila asked. "Oo naman," Moreno laughingly replied. "Yes in all forms or yes with reservations?" Davila further asked. Moreno laughed before answering: "Yes with reservations." "Then, what are your reservations?" Davila asked. "Kailangan pa bang sagutin?" Moreno asked. "Of course, you are running for the Senate." Davila replied.WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW...

ALSO Alma Moreno: MS not an issue in senatorial bid


Alma Moreno and Karen Davila are hot trending topics on social media over the latter's interview with the actress about her senatorial bid.
 Paranaque councilor and senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno on Wednesday said her multiple sclerosis will not impede her senatorial bid. Moreno, Venesa Lacsamana in real life, admitted her daughter, Wynwyn Marquez, had tried to discourage her from running because of her health.
READ: Alma Moreno rushed to hospital due to multiple sclerosis "Nakita nila yung pagod ko as president and chairperson sa liga namin (Philippine Councilors League), yung sobrang pagod. E mas nakakapagod yung papasukin [ko]. Pero may deal kami, sige, magpapa-check up ako sa Makati Med. Lahat sila kasama ko," she said in an interview on ANC's Headstart. She said she prayed for a sign if she should continue with her senatorial bid and got it when she did not fall ill after going with Vice-President Jejomar Binay and his team to different provinces. "Umikot kami ng umikot, pagod lahat. And sa awa ng Diyos, wala. So kaya ko," she said. According to the US National Library of Medicine, multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between the brain and body, leading to the symptoms of MS. Symptoms of MS include visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" as well as thinking and memory problems. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Kris Aquino Shells Out Big Bucks to Host Luncheon for APEC First Ladies BY CAI SUBIJANO


KRIS -Photo courtesy of The Pinoy Weekly FROM BANDERA

MANILA, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 (INQUIRER) It’s Kris Aquino’s world. We just live in it.

It’s been a while since we’ve been reminded of that, since the Queen of all Media has been lying low in the news for quite some time now. However, she’s found just the right opportunity to garner press for herself by announcing that she’s hosting a special luncheon for the First Ladies of APEC—at her own expense.

Instead of announcing it at a press conference, however, Kris decided to keep it low-key by posting about it on Instagram:

“My sisters [and] I are in charge of the special Nov. 19 luncheon for the APEC [first] spouses. We’re not yet a rich country, but we’ve been greatly blessed [with] immense talent & exceptional hospitality,” she writes.

“I’m posting this now to make [it] clear [without] being epal (translation: nosy—ed.), that my sisters [and] I are shouldering the added expense to beautify the luncheon venue, mount the stage, and for the sound system, pianist, etc.,” she continues.

Just in case you get the wrong idea, Kris goes on with a disclaimer: “I was really just waiting to be asked because mahirap naman mag-atrebida, pero siempre we want to show them the best of our country (it’s difficult to be so bold, but of course we want to show them the best of our country).”

READ MORE...

Hmmmm. We wonder if the the Kristina Bukid set by designer Ito Kish made of fine bone china, which will be given to the first spouses of APEC as gifts, were also shouldered by the Aquino sisters.


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According to Bandera, the Aquino sisters Ballsy, Viel, and Pinky also needed Kris’ help when it came to arranging the lineup of entertainment for the luncheon. Derek Ramsay will join Kris in hosting the event, while Ogie Alcasid, Angeline Quinto, Matteo Guidicelli, and Erik Santos will be performing.

So far, 10 first spouses have confirmed for the luncheon. “Ang mga first ladies na confirmed na darating (The first ladies who have confirmed their attendance include)— Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, tapos Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Colombia.”

Awkwardly, she added: “Type ng mga Pinoy ang Colombia na ‘yan. (Filipinos here are attracted to Colombians.)” Whether she was referring to herself, her brother President Noynoy, or speaking for all of us as a nation is unclear—and we’d honestly rather not know. [Bandera]


PHILSTAR

Kris apologizes for sunburn post By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 22, 2015 - 12:00am 4 91 googleplus0 0


Kris Aquino. Instagram/Kris Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential sister Kris Aquino apologized yesterday for her Instagram post comparing her sunburn with the agony of commuters affected by monstrous traffic jams during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

“I humbly apologize for my failed attempt at self-deprecating humor Thursday night that came across as being spoiled and insensitive. I’m sorry,” she said in her post.

“In the future, I will leave the joking to Vice Ganda, promise,” she said, referring to her comedian friend.

Aquino was criticized on social media for saying the sunburn she acquired after touring the wives of some APEC leaders in Intramuros on Thursday puts her on equal footing with commuters affected by road closures due to the APEC summit.

“Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag-commute these past days. Patas ang mundo, patche-patche naman ang balat ko,” she posted along with a photo of her sunburn.

“You’ll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nagka lace-patterned sunburn,” she said.

Many netizens said Aquino’s post was insensitive, saying the hours she spent under the sun touring the APEC spouses are nothing compared to the suffering of workers who had to walk for kilometers due to the road closures.

“How can rubbing elbows with world leaders, walking with body guards that would readily hold umbrellas for you, riding in a private car that probably drives through the APEC lane and all the other privileges you enjoy be disregarded because of a simple sunburn?” a netizen asked.

“Your sunburn is not and will never be equal to the suffering of Filipinos,” she added.

Some netizens also asked if Aquino waited for hours to get a ride home or suffered a salary cut for arriving late due to traffic.


PHILSTAR

Justin Trudeau: The sexiest, hippest world leader ever By Ching M. Alano (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 15, 2015 - 12:00am 270 388 googleplus1 8


Barong image model: Teresa Torralba, publisher of Waves News in Canada, shows Justin Trudeau the proper way of wearing the barong tagalog, which cost $85 (about P3,400) at a Filipino store in Chinatown Toronto. Photo by PHILIP MENDOZA, Waves News

MANILA, Philippines - Justin who? Not Justin Bieber, all ye YouTube crazies out there, but Canada’s newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, only 43 (he was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1971), who’s hogging the YouTube these days, having been tagged as the “world’s sexiest politician.”

The 64 (Canadian) dollar question is: Will Justin Trudeau, the youngest head of state attending this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Philippines, bare his six pack abs?

We’re abs-olutely hoping he does. Like when he did a steamy striptease — for a good cause, of course! But surely, he was good reason enough for assorted oglers to pack the place to the rafters.

Tall and dashing with earth brown curly hair and a dazzling smile, he could have leaped out of a GQ cover (fact is, he’s been on not a few magazine covers).

He showed off his to-die-for buffed body in full public view — including a large tattoo on his left arm — at a charity boxing match vs. his political rival Patrick Brazeau. And the winner? In this corner, sporting an intriguing tattoo, Justin Trudeau!

Justin may not be the only world leader in history with a tattoo (US President Teddy Roosevelt had his family crest tattooed on his chest while Andrew Jackson had a tomahawk inked on his thigh), but he’s probably the first to display it candidly, making no bones about it!

Explaining his tattoo, he tweeted: “My tattoo is planet Earth inside a Haida raven. The globe I got when I was 23; the Robert Davidson raven for my 40th birthday.”

Note: The Trudeau family became honorary members of the Haida tribe during the second prime ministerial term of Justin’s father, the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

But sorry, ladies, the guy is happily married — to Sophie Gregoire, a Quebec TV and radio host whom he met in Montreal when he was asked to host the 2003 Starlight Children’s Foundation gala. “We had a great time chatting that night and, by the end of the gala, I knew she was a very special woman,” recounts the young drama, math, and French teacher.

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After weeks of emails and phone calls, Justin and Sophie went out on their first date — they had Afghan food at Khyber Pass on Duluth.

Justin must have been gravely serious about Sophie that he took her to visit his father’s gravesite in Saint-Remi on Oct. 18, 2004. There, Justin quietly asked for his dad’s blessing on his 85th birthday. A few hours later, over candlelit dinner at an Old Montreal hotel room, “I asked her to marry me so we could build a life together. We have been together ever since.”

Justin confesses, “All my life, I had wanted more than anything to become a dad. I was inspired by the extraordinary father I’d had, the example he set for me to follow.”

And so came one bundle of joy after another: Xavier James Trudeau was born on Oct. 18, 2007 — the day his grandfather would have turned 88. He was a happy fat baby with his mother’s green eyes and grew to become strong and athletic like his father. Sixteen months later, on Feb. 5, 2009 came Ella-Grace Margaret Trudeau with blonde hair like her mom’s. Five years later, a third child, Hadrien, joined the growing Trudeau brood.

Surrounded by his happy family, Justin Trudeau shares, “Being away from my wife and young family to serve as an MP (Member of Parliament) and leader of the Liberal Party is always very tough, but I also find it useful in giving me perspective. It prompts a few simple questions: Is the time I spend away from my family worth it? Was I building a better future for them, focused on serving the world they would grow up in?”

Family has a soft spot in Justin’s heart. The charismatic leader whose Liberal Party won by a historic landslide, ending a nine-year Conservative Party rule, underscored the need for family reunification, for “a stronger and better immigration policy to make communities grow and eventually build a future for the new generation of immigrants.”

Waves News editor Tenny Soriano tells us, “One of the priorities of the new prime minister is to revive the family reunification program which was suspended by the restrictive past administration. He’s also looking into reviewing the caregivers program that would benefit a lot of Filipinos.”

“This surely appeals very strongly to some 700,000 Filipino Canadians (Canada has a population of only about 38 million),” asserts former Philippine Press Club Toronto president Ricky Caluen. “Many aging Filipino immigrants are sentimental about how their admission to Canada was facilitated by the very welcoming and liberal policy initiated by the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau. If only for this, many Pinoys — as did other immigrants — voted for the Liberals out of utang na loob.”

“Yes, I voted for him because his platform promised real change — to create jobs, grow the middle class, strengthen the economy,” says Myrna Soriano, Waves News marketing manager.

Truly immigrant-friendly, Trudeau promised to reopen Canada’s doors and double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents to 10,000 each year. The new government vowed to double the budget for processing family class sponsorship and reduce the wait time. It promised to grant immediate permanent residency to new spouses entering Canada, eliminating the two-year waiting period.

Truly a friend of Filipinos, Trudeau has graced many a Pinoy event in Canada. At the Filipinos Making Waves Festival in 2003, he himself made waves with the guests. “He was attracted to our pancit and lumpiang shanghai,” relates Tenny. “He was the highest federal official to attend a Filipino event in Toronto, Canada.”

Trudeau was mobbed by both Filipino and foreign spectators and greeted with shouts of “Pogi, pogi, Ser Chief” (referring to the popular teleserye Be Careful with My Heart).

Now you know what’s in Justin’s Trudeau — I mean, to-do — list. Awesome guy, eh? Oui!


INQUIRER

‘Nothing more awkward than Alma Moreno interview’ SHARES: 80.7K VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 09:13 AM November 16th, 2015

 
Alma Moreno. FILE PHOTO Alma Moreno. FILE PHOTO

Parañaque councilor and senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno’s television interview with news anchor and TV host Karen Davila last week turned viral on the internet on Sunday.

Most netizens on Twitter and Facebook who have watched the video went bonkers on how the interview turned out. On Sunday night, it was the fifth trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines.

“Karen Davila was my critic teacher. Alma Moreno was me when I had no enough sleep yet had not made any progress on my lesson plan,“ posted @sharpizza on Twitter.

Advertisement “Nothing more awkward than the Alma Moreno interview,” said @nightingjaze.

“Si Alma Moreno yung never mong isasalang sa thesis defense. Kasi you’ll know that your grades are sealed,” said @aparadorprince.

Moreno is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance led by Vice President and presidential aspirant Jejomar Binay. She said in the interview that she asked for signs on whether she would run for Senate as it was not initially a part of her plans.

Things started to turn uncomfortable during the interview when Davila asked for Moreno’s advocacy.

“More on sa kababaihan…Magna Carta for Women,” Moreno told Davila.

The host said, “But then the law exists already.”

“Pero may mga bagay na hindi na-iimplement,” Moreno quickly answered, to which Davila asked, “Like what?” The senatorial aspirant laughed nervously and said “Teka muna.”

When asked about the reproductive health law, Moreno said she supports it but with reservations. When grilled further, she said: “Kailangan pa ba sagutin yan? (Do I need to answer that?)” The host answered:” Of course you’re running for the Senate.”

“Kasi talaga ang mahihirap dapat mag kontrol kasi lalong naghihirap pag maraming anak (The poor should control themselves otherwise they’ll get poorer if they have more children),” Moreno said, to which Davila asked: “How would they control?”

“Kailangan bukas ang ilaw? (Lights should be turned on?)” Moreno said in jest.

Other netizens, meanwhile, were sympathetic to Moreno.

“I pity Ms. Alma Moreno for this embarrassing interview with Ms. Karen Davila. She obviously has no idea what she’s getting herself into. The least she could’ve done is research and study before getting grilled. She must’ve been given a copy of the questions beforehand anyway. She’s no a political neophyte either to humiliate herself like this,” said a certain Jayr Villegas on Facebook.

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“Karen Davila, when your guests speaks in Pilipino, you should adjust your questions to the language of your guest. Your body language is so negative! (Crossed arms and legs). I am not in favor of Alma’s senatorial run and I will never ever vote for her but please, be a gracious host. Your tone is very antagonistic,” posted Minty Salonga.

In the same interview, Moreno said she is also not into supporting the pending anti-political dynasty bill as long as family members who are on different government positions are doing their job right.

When asked what she thinks of Binay, Moreno said she believed that Binay is not guilty of corruption allegations.

“Hindi pa naman napapatunayan sa husgado. HIndi pa sinasabing guilty. Hayaan ang husgado mag husga..As ako naniniwala rin ako kaya niya maging presidente kasi alam niya ang pulso ng bayan,” she said.

(They’re not yet proved in the judiciary. There’s no guilty verdict. Let the judiciary do the judging. As for me, I believe he can be a President because he knows the pulse of the nation.) TVJ


ABS-CBN

Karen Davila's interview with Alma Moreno sets Twitter abuzz ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 11/16/15 7:54 PM


SENATORIAL CANDIDATE ALMA MORENO AND KAREN DAVILA

MANILA -- Former sexy star and now senatorial candidate Alma Moreno finds herself in the hot seat after her interview with ANC host Karen Davila went viral on social media.

In the interview, Moreno was asked about her future plans if she wins the senatorial race.

"Are you for the Reproductive Health Law?" Davila asked.

"Oo naman," Moreno laughingly replied.

"Yes in all forms or yes with reservations?" Davila further asked.

Moreno laughed before answering: "Yes with reservations."

"Then, what are your reservations?" Davila asked.

"Kailangan pa bang sagutin?" Moreno asked.

"Of course, you are running for the Senate." Davila replied.

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https://youtu.be/1qfqPNoXs5w

The interview aired on "Headstart," Davila's morning talk show in ANC last week.

Moreno is part of Vice-President Jejomar Binay's senatorial lineup under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

After watching the interview, netizens shared their reactions on Twitter with some urging her to withdraw her senatorial bid.


ABS-CBN

Alma Moreno: MS not an issue in senatorial bid Reinier Pola Ramones, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 11/11/15 2:44 PM


Alma Moreno and Karen Davila are hot trending topics on social media over the latter's interview with the actress about her senatorial bid.

MANILA - Paranaque councilor and senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno on Wednesday said her multiple sclerosis will not impede her senatorial bid.

Moreno, Venesa Lacsamana in real life, admitted her daughter, Wynwyn Marquez, had tried to discourage her from running because of her health.

READ: Alma Moreno rushed to hospital due to multiple sclerosis

"Nakita nila yung pagod ko as president and chairperson sa liga namin (Philippine Councilors League), yung sobrang pagod. E mas nakakapagod yung papasukin [ko]. Pero may deal kami, sige, magpapa-check up ako sa Makati Med. Lahat sila kasama ko," she said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

She said she prayed for a sign if she should continue with her senatorial bid and got it when she did not fall ill after going with Vice-President Jejomar Binay and his team to different provinces.

"Umikot kami ng umikot, pagod lahat. And sa awa ng Diyos, wala. So kaya ko," she said.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between the brain and body, leading to the symptoms of MS.

Symptoms of MS include visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" as well as thinking and memory problems.

READ MORE...

There is no cure for MS, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms.

NO PLANS TO RUN

In the interview, Moreno admitted she initially did not plan to run for senator. She said her plan then was to campaign for her son, Vandolph Quizon, who is running for Paranaque councilor under the Liberal Party.

She said it was divine intervention that led her to accept Binay's invitation for her to join the United Nationalist Alliance. She also sees nothing wrong that she and her son are running under different parties.

"I was with Mayor Edwin Olivarez under LP in my current and last term. He talked to me that he would get Vandolph to run as councilor. We're close and he is my partymate in Parañaque so I entrusted Vandolph to him," she said.

The actress-turned-politician believes her nine-year experience as Parañaque City councilor and head of the Philippine Councilors League qualifies her for a Senate seat and will give her the edge in the upcoming polls.

“Basta si Alma Moreno po ay may puso para sa tao. May paninindigan po si Alma Moreno. May malasakit sa bawat Pilipino, yun si Alma Moreno,” she said.

NO TO ANTI-DYNASTY

Moreno said she is not keen on supporting the pending anti-political dynasty bill if she wins in next year's elections.

She said members of the same family should be allowed to serve in different government positions as long as they work for the good of their constituents.

She added that the people are free to choose their leaders based on merits and accomplishments.

"Okay sa'kin basta maganda ang ginagawa. Maraming ginagawa. 'Di rin naman sila mananalo kung hindi gusto ng tao eh. Bakit sila binoboto pa rin ng tao?" Moreno said.

Moreno also said that she believes Vice-President Binay is innocent of the corruption allegations, adding that it's up to the court to decide on the matter.

"Hindi pa naman napapatunayan sa husgado. Puro allegation pa lang naman. Kumbaga wala pa, hindi naman sinabi na guilty na," she said.

Having failed relationships and having her marriage annulled once, Moreno said she doesn't approve of legalizing divorce and same-sex marriage in the country.

When asked about the Reproductive Health Law, Moreno said she partly supports it but rejects the idea of using artificial means for birth control, adding that the government should rather allot budget for other programs than funding contraception.

Moreno said she will push for women's rights if she gets elected in the Senate, pointing out that the existing laws for women's welfare in the country are not yet enough.


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