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GOODBYE CIELITO 'MAHAL' DEL MUNDO


JANUARY 13 -CIELITO ‘MAHAL’ DEL MUNDO with daughter Maria Nueno We mourn the demise recently of the original “Mahal” of Philippine Showbiz, Cielito del Mundo. She succumbed to hemorrhagic stroke that rendered her paralyzed and comatose for days before she breathed her last on Jan. 9 at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. According to her wish, Mahal’s remains were cremated last Tuesday, Jan. 12. During her years as co-host of “Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko,” the longest running public service program in the country, Mahal touched a lot of lives, including mine. She also found time to extend help to her townmates in Asingan, Pangasinan. “Kapwa ko, Mahal Ko,” with Rosa Rosal, Orly Mercado, Dr. Antonio Talusan, and Boots Anson-Roa as original hosts/anchors, premiered on Dec. 1, 1975 on GMA Network. Mahal was with the show until the late ’90s. In 2000, she migrated to the US to be with her eldest daughter Evie, an accountant. Mahal also hosted her own public service program, “Mahal,” under her Mahal Foundation that aired on IBC 13. Also a singer and actress, she appeared in several movies like “Mula ng Kita’y Ibigin” (1966), “Langit Pa Rin Kita” (1967), “The Musical Movies” (1969), “Basta Bisaya” (1970), “Balikbayan” with Eddie Garcia and “Mga Ibong Pipit,” (1984). Mahal, who would have been 82 this year, is survived by her children Evie, Irog, and Marisoc, and eight grandchildren. Marisoc said she would like to thank all those who offered prayers for her mom. “My mom died peacefully,” she assured. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cielito del Mundo dies from a heart attack at 80 January 12, 2016


JANUARY 12 -Pumanaw na ang dating Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko host na si Cielito del Mundo (kanan, kasama ang co-host niya na si Orly Mercado). Siya ay 80 years old.  Isa na namang haligi ng local entertainment industry ang pumanaw. Ito ay si Cielito "Mahal" del Mundo, na sumakabilang-buhay noong Sabado, January 9, sa Phoenix, Arizona. Siya ay 80 years old. Si Cielito ay nakilala bilang isa sa mga anchor ng longest-running public affairs program ng GMA Network na Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko. Photo by: GMA Network Former actress and Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko host Cielito ‘Mahal’ del Mundo passed away last January 9, according to a report from 24 Oras. She suffered from a heart attack in their home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has been living for over a decade now, together with her three kids. Aside from show business, Mahal also ventured into humanitarian work and politics. She was chairman of an NGO she founded called the Mahal Foundation and was a councilor in Quezon City. Because of her humanitarian endeavors, she was considered as the Bob Hope of the Philippines.She was 80 years old. - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/entertainment/gma/articles/2016-01-12/20867/Cielito-del-Mundo-dies-from-a-heart-attack-at-80#sthash.iv24mPOi.dpuf FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pia Wurtzbach on why she’s single - ‘When I fall in love, I give my 100%’
[Miss Universe 2015 attends Filipino-American gathering in NY]


JANUARY 15 -(Photo from Pia Wurtzbach's Instagram account) Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Photo from Pia Wurtzbach’s Instagram account)
Despite Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s busy schedule and week-long media interviews, the Philippines’ representative did not forget to grace a gathering of the Filipino-American community in New York on Wednesday (January 13, 2016). In a meet-and-greet hosted by the Philippine Consulate, the 64th Miss Universe title holder got the chance to spend some time with her fellow countrymen and answer a few more questions about her experience, plans, career, relationships, and even political views. In a report from The FilAm, it was mentioned that aside from the controversial gaffe of Steve Harvey in the announcement of winners, Wurtzbach was asked about her plans of being in a relationship and her “lucky guy.”  “I’m not thinking about that right now. There’s no lucky guy. Bigger things are in store for me. And I have no complaints with that,” she confidently answered. “The problem with me is when I fall in love. I tend to give my 100 percent to it. That can’t happen right now. Everything will have to wait. I’m so sorry, guys. This is my boyfriend right now,” explained Wurtzbach while holding her crown. READ MORE...

ALSO: Won’t Pia steal the scene from bride Pauleen at the wedding?


JANUARY 16 -2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the interviews in New York City with (from left) Jessica Soho, Korina Sanchez and Dyan Castillejo This much Funfare can confirm so far (as a gesture of respect to Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna who don’t want details about their wedding publicized just yet, never mind if Pauleen herself has been titillating the public with postings on her Instagram): The date is Jan. 30 and the church is the same one where Gloria Diaz and Bong Daza got married.
One thing is sure: 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will be a bridesmaid. The two “P’s” are good friends, having started in showbiz as Star Magic hopefuls in their tween years (Pia was 12 and Pauleen was 13).
Because she’s now Miss Universe, Pia is predicted to unwittingly steal the scene from the bride, but can she help it? I guess Pauleen won’t mind; she will understand. “But Pia will try to be inconspicuous,” according to somebody close to both ladies, “if it’s possible at all.” Pia’s original schedule prepared by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) was Jan. 23 (arrival at night from Jakarta where she will grace an event) to Jan. 29 (departure back to New York City, her home during her year-long reign). Thanks to Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta who requested the MUO to extend Pia’s homecoming so that she could attend Pauleen’s wedding. Since Dec. 21 when she won the crown in Las Vegas, Pia has been keeping an airtight schedule starting with a media blitz organized by MUO. Philippine journalists rushed to New York to get the latest (fresh-from-the-oven) about Pia. “I found one portion of Dyan Castillejo’s interview (for ABS-CBN) very poignant,” said Funfare’s NYC-based “beauty expert” Felix Manuel. “All of us present at the interview listened intently when Pia opened her heart and revealed that there was a point in her life where she wondered why, despite all her efforts and hard work, she did not attain her dream…such as why she never got as famous as her Star Circle batch mate Bea Alonzo despite diligently working and preparing for her roles; why she had to join Bb. Pilipinas pageant thrice before finally winning the crown.”  Felix also reported that the other day, Pia endeared herself to kababayan when she paid a courtesy call on Consul-General Mario Lopez at the Philippine Consulate in NYC. She fielded questions from members of the Filipino community as a queen who’s “confidently beautiful with a heart.” But Pia was sorely missed by the Aces & Queens (the team that builds up beauty queens) during its traditional thanksgiving dinner for 2015 at the Seven Corners at Crowne Plaza. According to a report by A&Q member Gerry Diaz, present during the dinner were 2015 Miss Intercontinental first runner-up Christi Lynn McGarry and 2015 Miss World Top 10 semi- finalist Hillarie Parungao. “Also missed was 2015 Miss Globe winner Ann Colis who had a prior commitment, 2015 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista who was taping for Wowowin,” added Gerry. READ MORE...

ALSO: Martin Nievera on Pops meeting his son Santino - It’s a happy moment


JANUARY 15 -Martin Nievera is happy that estranged wife Pops Fernandez finally met his son Santino, his child with Katrina Ojeda. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez
  Martin Nievera is happy that his wish for Christmas was granted.
The Concert King wished that his estranged wife and now best friend Pops Fernandez will finally meet his other son. Santino is his child with Katrina Ojeda who is staying in the United States. “It’s a happy moment,” he said, describing the meeting of Pops, Santino and their two kids Robin and Ram, in an interview on Wednesday. “I don’t know how everyone will accept it, what matters is my kids were together, which is what I want for Christmas and I got my wish.” It was Pops who posted their photos (photo below)over the holidays in the United States during and after their family dinner. Martin revealed that Pops has always wanted to meet Santino, and he’s glad that it finally happened. He was even touched when “the kids said goodbye to each other, and Santino won’t let go of his brothers, he’s holding his brothers. He began to cry.” Now that all of them have already spent time together, Martin hopes it’ll be an annual tradition of their family. “I told my kids, ‘if anything happens to me you have to continue this whole tradition,’” he said. Martin will have an upcoming concert with Regine Velasquez, Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto titled “Royals.” It will happen on February 13 at SM Mall of Asia Arena and on February 14 at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Ciara Sotto admits having marital problems


JANUARY 15 -Ciara Sotto with mom Helen Gamboa and husband Jojo Oconer during Gamboa's birthday. Photo: Ciara Sotto/Instagram 22 
On Instagram Friday afternoon, Ciara Sotto finally broke her silence and admitted she along with her son have moved back in with her parents Tito Sotto and Helen Gamboa, leaving her husband Jojo Oconer. "These past few weeks have been very difficult for me and my son. It's true that I moved out of our home and decided to go back to my parents' house for now," she begins. While Ciara did not explain why she moved out of her house, preferring to keep things private, her recent posts on Instagram hint at cheating. READ MORE... RELATED,
Ciara Sotto admits leaving husband now lives with parents Tito Sotto and Helen Gamboa... photos of the baby...


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Goodbye Cielito ‘Mahal’ del Mundo


CIELITO ‘MAHAL’ DEL MUNDO with daughter Maria Nueno

MANILA, JANUARY 18, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Crispina Martinez - Belen January 13, 2016 - We mourn the demise recently of the original “Mahal” of Philippine Showbiz, Cielito del Mundo.

She succumbed to hemorrhagic stroke that rendered her paralyzed and comatose for days before she breathed her last on Jan. 9 at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. According to her wish, Mahal’s remains were cremated last Tuesday, Jan. 12.

During her years as co-host of “Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko,” the longest running public service program in the country, Mahal touched a lot of lives, including mine. She also found time to extend help to her townmates in Asingan, Pangasinan.

“Kapwa ko, Mahal Ko,” with Rosa Rosal, Orly Mercado, Dr. Antonio Talusan, and Boots Anson-Roa as original hosts/anchors, premiered on Dec. 1, 1975 on GMA Network. Mahal was with the show until the late ’90s. In 2000, she migrated to the US to be with her eldest daughter Evie, an accountant.

Mahal also hosted her own public service program, “Mahal,” under her Mahal Foundation that aired on IBC 13. Also a singer and actress, she appeared in several movies like “Mula ng Kita’y Ibigin” (1966), “Langit Pa Rin Kita” (1967), “The Musical Movies” (1969), “Basta Bisaya” (1970), “Balikbayan” with Eddie Garcia and “Mga Ibong Pipit,” (1984).

Mahal, who would have been 82 this year, is survived by her children Evie, Irog, and Marisoc, and eight grandchildren. Marisoc said she would like to thank all those who offered prayers for her mom.

“My mom died peacefully,” she assured.

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A GOOD KIND OF PRESSURE

Positive pressure is how director Neal del Rosario describes “Wish I May,” his third solo TV directorial project with GMA Network.

The pressure mainly comes from the success of “The Half Sisters,” which ran for one-year and 10 months. “Wish I May” will replace it starting Jan. 18.


Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix

“It would be bragging and immature to say na malalagpasan natin ’yun,” he said. “Hindi kasi ako nagbibigay ng fearless forecast. Kaya ang sinabi ko na lang po sana mapantayan. Kung hindi, at least nabigyan namin ng magandang produkto ’yung pinalitan naming show.”

Neal also describes “Wish I May” as a positive challenge and likens it to a diesel engine.

“Mas gusto ko ng diesel, slow burn, tapos tumatagal. Kaysa mainit sa simula tapos biglang mawawala,” he said.

“Wish I May” is a story of two teens finding solace and love in each other. Their journey happens at a time their respective families are facing challenges brought about by a disease called “chimerism,” a medical condition wherein an individual has two sets of DNA. It stars Kapuso Network’s young love team Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali.

“Working with Miguel and Bianca is challenging because it’s my first time to work with them,” he related. “Iba sila, siguro mas bata nang konti, may magic and may promise. Iba ’yung atake kasi ’yung tema, malalim siya. Malalim ’yung kwento.”

“Wish I May” also stars Camille Prats, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mark Herras, Alessandra de Rossi, Glydel Mercado, Rochelle Pangilinan, Neil Ryan Sese, Juan Rodrigo, Marni Lapuz, Ash Ortega, Sancho delas Alas and Prince Villanueva.

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, Jan. 14, go to Jason Abalos, Isaiah Colleen “IC” Mendoza, Ma. Erlinda Sibal. Dr. Medy Lagman, Helen Sampilo, Edgardo Silverio, Pauleen Gian de Luna Joveres, Alfina Bustamante, Joy Honrado, Shirley Ann Joseph, Mikee Lee, Jason G., Rommel Suaco-Ante, Dennis Adobas and Dingdong Eduque… Happy wedding anniversary to Jun and Teresa Martinez… Jan. 15: Ma. Elena Lagdameo, Jose Dalisay, Jr., Flor Ragunton, Gigi Lina, Priscilla Reyes, Bing Villanueva, Edwin Bonoan, Nena Casimiro, Mabel Capistrano, Bebot Gabriel, Lorna Guila, and Atty. Yvette Yaneza…


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Cielito del Mundo dies from a heart attack at 80 January 12 2016 By MARY LOUISE LIGUNAS


Pumanaw na ang dating Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko host na si Cielito del Mundo (kanan, kasama ang co-host niya na si Orly Mercado). Siya ay 80 years old.  Isa na namang haligi ng local entertainment industry ang pumanaw. Ito ay si Cielito "Mahal" del Mundo, na sumakabilang-buhay noong Sabado, January 9, sa Phoenix, Arizona. Siya ay 80 years old. Si Cielito ay nakilala bilang isa sa mga anchor ng longest-running public affairs program ng GMA Network na Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko. Photo by: GMA Network

Former actress and Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko host Cielito ‘Mahal’ del Mundo passed away last January 9, according to a report from 24 Oras.

She suffered from a heart attack in their home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has been living for over a decade now, together with her three kids.

Aside from show business, Mahal also ventured into humanitarian work and politics. She was chairman of an NGO she founded called the Mahal Foundation and was a councilor in Quezon City.

Because of her humanitarian endeavors, she was considered as the Bob Hope of the Philippines.

She was 80 years old. - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/entertainment/gma/articles/2016-01-12/20867/Cielito-del-Mundo-dies-from-a-heart-attack-at-80#sthash.iv24mPOi.dpuf


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Pia Wurtzbach on why she’s single: ‘When I fall in love, I give my 100%’
[Miss Universe 2015 attends Filipino-American gathering in NY] by Ces Dimalanta January 15, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share4


(Photo from Pia Wurtzbach's Instagram account) Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Photo from Pia Wurtzbach’s Instagram account)

Despite Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s busy schedule and week-long media interviews, the Philippines’ representative did not forget to grace a gathering of the Filipino-American community in New York on Wednesday (January 13, 2016).

In a meet-and-greet hosted by the Philippine Consulate, the 64th Miss Universe title holder got the chance to spend some time with her fellow countrymen and answer a few more questions about her experience, plans, career, relationships, and even political views.

In a report from The FilAm, it was mentioned that aside from the controversial gaffe of Steve Harvey in the announcement of winners, Wurtzbach was asked about her plans of being in a relationship and her “lucky guy.”

“I’m not thinking about that right now. There’s no lucky guy. Bigger things are in store for me. And I have no complaints with that,” she confidently answered.

“The problem with me is when I fall in love. I tend to give my 100 percent to it. That can’t happen right now. Everything will have to wait. I’m so sorry, guys. This is my boyfriend right now,” explained Wurtzbach while holding her crown.

READ MORE...

Speaking about political views and on whether she has any plans to enter politics, the 26-year-old Filipina-German answered: “Why not. I’m not closing my doors. I think I have much to learn, get the right qualification. I don’t want to let people down. I need to do major homework first.”

However, the Miss Universe still sees herself going back to acting and still hopes to do just that in the next five to 10 years.

She also has an advice to fellow Filipinos for the upcoming elections in May: “Kilalanin niyo maigi ‘yung iboboto niyo. Look at their qualifications; they have to be compassionate, selfless, approachable, firm. These are the qualities I would look for.”

For now, Wurtzbach is still savoring her Miss Universe moment “like a piece of chocolate after a good workout” and is set to visit the Philippines on January 23 for her grand homecoming.


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Won’t Pia steal the scene from bride Pauleen at the wedding? FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 16, 2016 - 12:00am 1 226 googleplus0 0


2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the interviews in New York City with (from left) Jessica Soho, Korina Sanchez and Dyan Castillejo This much Funfare can confirm so far (as a gesture of respect to Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna who don’t want details about their wedding publicized just yet, never mind if Pauleen herself has been titillating the public with postings on her Instagram): The date is Jan. 30 and the church is the same one where Gloria Diaz and Bong Daza got married.

One thing is sure: 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will be a bridesmaid. The two “P’s” are good friends, having started in showbiz as Star Magic hopefuls in their tween years (Pia was 12 and Pauleen was 13).

Because she’s now Miss Universe, Pia is predicted to unwittingly steal the scene from the bride, but can she help it? I guess Pauleen won’t mind; she will understand.

“But Pia will try to be inconspicuous,” according to somebody close to both ladies, “if it’s possible at all.”

Pia’s original schedule prepared by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) was Jan. 23 (arrival at night from Jakarta where she will grace an event) to Jan. 29 (departure back to New York City, her home during her year-long reign).

Thanks to Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta who requested the MUO to extend Pia’s homecoming so that she could attend Pauleen’s wedding.

Since Dec. 21 when she won the crown in Las Vegas, Pia has been keeping an airtight schedule starting with a media blitz organized by MUO. Philippine journalists rushed to New York to get the latest (fresh-from-the-oven) about Pia.

“I found one portion of Dyan Castillejo’s interview (for ABS-CBN) very poignant,” said Funfare’s NYC-based “beauty expert” Felix Manuel. “All of us present at the interview listened intently when Pia opened her heart and revealed that there was a point in her life where she wondered why, despite all her efforts and hard work, she did not attain her dream…such as why she never got as famous as her Star Circle batch mate Bea Alonzo despite diligently working and preparing for her roles; why she had to join Bb. Pilipinas pageant thrice before finally winning the crown.”

Felix also reported that the other day, Pia endeared herself to kababayan when she paid a courtesy call on Consul-General Mario Lopez at the Philippine Consulate in NYC. She fielded questions from members of the Filipino community as a queen who’s “confidently beautiful with a heart.”

But Pia was sorely missed by the Aces & Queens (the team that builds up beauty queens) during its traditional thanksgiving dinner for 2015 at the Seven Corners at Crowne Plaza.

According to a report by A&Q member Gerry Diaz, present during the dinner were 2015 Miss Intercontinental first runner-up Christi Lynn McGarry and 2015 Miss World Top 10 semi- finalist Hillarie Parungao.

“Also missed was 2015 Miss Globe winner Ann Colis who had a prior commitment, 2015 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista who was taping for Wowowin,” added Gerry.

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Incidentally, A&Q announced the establishment of the Aces & Queens Foundation which will provide education (scholarships) to deserving young ladies who aspire to become beauty queens.

The group will come up with events to raise funds for the foundation.


The growing Aces & Queens family (seated, from left) Boyet Blas, Gerry Diaz, Christi Lynn McGarry, Hillarie Parungao, and film directors Jeffrey Jeturian and Cesar Evangelista; and (standing, also from left) Carissa Cielo Medved, Arnold Mercado, lawyer Nad Bronce, Jonas Gaffud, Mark Besana, Carlos Buendia Jr., Jim Ryan Ros, Dave Grona, Paolo Baysa and Jimmy Estopace. Absent were 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, 2015 Miss Globe Ann Colis, 2015 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista, and A&Q members John Cuay and Gery Penaso.


Pia at the Philippine Consulate in New York City when she paid a courtesy call on Consul-General Mario Lopez de Leon (seated, rightmost). Accompanied by Miss Universe Organization (MUO) president Paula Shugart (seated, left), Pia also met with representatives of the Filipino communities of New York and New Jersey. Standing at center (in dark glasses) is Funfare’s ‘beauty expert’ Felix Manuel.


Miss Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry with Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta, head of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI)

Christi Lynn McGarry dubbed ‘Queen of Hearts’

Christi Lynn McGarry considered her having made several friends during the 2015 Miss Intercontinental pageant in Germany just as memorable as her finishing first runner-up to Russia’s Valentina Rasulova.

“I made lots of friends among the girls,” said Christi. “The Latinas, Europeans, Americans and Asians called me ‘The Queen of Hearts.’” She was also named Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania. “I and the other Binibini in my batch are proud of our achievements. Pia won Miss Universe, Ann Lorraine Colis won Miss Globe, Janicel Lubina made it to the Top 10 and was Best Dresser in Miss International, and Parul Shah was Miss Grand International third runner-up.”

The search for 2016 Bb. Pilipinas is on. Christi’s advice to the aspirants: “Be yourselves, be prepared not only physically but also mentally. Keep abreast of the current national and international issues and enhance your communication skills because a beauty queen requires a lot of public speaking.”

Reader’s reaction From reader Zeny Rodriguez-La Rocque, Charlestown, Massachusetts:

Glad to learn that the next Miss U pageant is going to be held in Manila according to your column. The random facts you revealed about the Miss U pageants held in the Philippines in 1974 (won by Spain’s Amparo Muńoz, deceased) and 1994 (won by India’s Sushmita Sen) were very interesting.

I would like to share a few tidbits of which I was a witness. I am the first cousin of the late actor Bernard Z. Bonnin (father of Charlene Gonzalez. Miss Philippines Universe of 1994). Bernard stayed with us when he was a high school student at San Beda College in the early ’60s. He was then starting his acting career.

While living on Buencamino Street, Aviles in San Miguel district, we were next-door neighbors with Christina Cuerva, mother of 1974 Miss Philippines Guada Sanchez.

Both Bernard and Christina were neighbors and grew up together in that area for a few years. The father of Guada is Filipino Sanchez, a former Jai Alai pelotari and the Sanchez family owned the row of apartments in Aviles where we lived. Christina’s sister Vicky Cuerva is married to basketball legend Carlos (Caloy) Loyzaga whose children Bing and Teresa Loyzaga (mother of Diego Loyzaga) are actresses.

It is also interesting to note that Charlene’s mother Elvie Gonzalez is a former actress. Charlene’s brother Richard and cousin Juan Carlos (JC) are also actors.

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Condolence to the family of lawyer Fortune Balasbas (photo) who died of a heart attack. He was 53. There will be a Mass at 7 o’clock tonight at Loyola Chapels on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, to be followed by eulogy and songs. Tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m., an interment Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish on Scout Ybardolaza St., Kamuning, Quezon City, where Fortune grew up.


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Martin Nievera on Pops meeting Santino: It’s a happy moment By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated January 15, 2016 - 2:48pm 23 972 googleplus0 0


Martin Nievera is happy that estranged wife Pops Fernandez finally met his son Santino, his child with Katrina Ojeda. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines – Martin Nievera is happy that his wish for Christmas was granted.

The Concert King wished that his estranged wife and now best friend Pops Fernandez will finally meet his other son. Santino is his child with Katrina Ojeda who is staying in the United States.

“It’s a happy moment,” he said, describing the meeting of Pops, Santino and their two kids Robin and Ram, in an interview on Wednesday. “I don’t know how everyone will accept it, what matters is my kids were together, which is what I want for Christmas and I got my wish.”

It was Pops who posted their photos over the holidays in the United States during and after their family dinner.

Martin revealed that Pops has always wanted to meet Santino, and he’s glad that it finally happened.

He was even touched when “the kids said goodbye to each other, and Santino won’t let go of his brothers, he’s holding his brothers. He began to cry.”

Now that all of them have already spent time together, Martin hopes it’ll be an annual tradition of their family.

“I told my kids, ‘if anything happens to me you have to continue this whole tradition,’” he said.

Martin will have an upcoming concert with Regine Velasquez, Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto titled “Royals.” It will happen on February 13 at SM Mall of Asia Arena and on February 14 at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu.


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Ciara Sotto admits having marital problems By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated January 15, 2016 - 3:54pm 40 4644 googleplus0 0

Ciara Sotto admitted that she and husband Jojo Oconer are having marital problems. Instagram/Ciara Sotto’s account MANILA, Philippines – Ciara Sotto confirmed that she and husband Jojo Oconer are having marital problems.

On Friday, Sotto confirmed the reports about having marital problems by posting a statement in her Instagram account.

“It's true that I moved out of our home and decided to go back to my parents' house for now,” she said. She brought along with her their son Vincezo Xose, who is now eleven months old.

Although she didn’t mention what caused the problem in their six-year marriage, Ciara admitted that “the truth is painful, but it is what it is.”

In the end, the Kapuso actress thanked everyone who supported her during a trying moment in her life, and asked the public to let her “keep my privacy at this time and I would appreciate the public respecting this.”

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Ciara Sotto admits leaving husband ABS-CBN News Posted at 01/15/16 3:19 PM


Ciara Sotto with mom Helen Gamboa and husband Jojo Oconer during Gamboa's birthday. Photo: Ciara Sotto/Instagram 22

On Instagram Friday afternoon, Ciara Sotto finally broke her silence and admitted she along with her son have moved back in with her parents Tito Sotto and Helen Gamboa, leaving her husband Jojo Oconer.

"These past few weeks have been very difficult for me and my son. It's true that I moved out of our home and decided to go back to my parents' house for now," she begins.

While Ciara did not explain why she moved out of her house, preferring to keep things private, her recent posts on Instagram hint at cheating.

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"Thank you to those who are sending me messages of support and encouragement," Ciara said. Sotto married Oconer in 2010 and gave birth to Vincenzo Xose in 2014. With a report from ABS-CBNnews.com.

Sotto married Oconer in 2010. They gave birth to their first child, Vincezo Xose, last year.


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