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WATCH: COLDPLAY, BEYONCÉ, BRUNO MARS CELEBRATE SUPER BOWL 50 HALFTIME SHOW HISTORY


FEBRUARY 8 -SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP
Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars marked the 50 years of Super Bowl by honoring the previous halftime show performances, February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The show was opened with fireworks displayed at the stage’s background, while the British rock band lead singer Chris Martin sang a mashup of “Yellow” and “Viva La Vida”. He started off on the grass field and then raced to the stage filled with colors and decorated with marigolds. He continued on with “Paradise” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” from the band’s latest album titled A Head Full of Dreams. Bruno Mars in an all black outfit, accompanied by his band, then took over with his “Uptown Funk” hit song. When Mars sang the “Stop wait a minute” part of the song, Beyoncé entered the scene. READ MORE: Beyoncé spotted rehearsing for Super Bowl halftime performance The Queen B, donning a one-piece leather bodysuit patterned after Michael Jackson’s outfit he wore at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show, took to the field her brand new song and choreography “Formation”. READ MORE, WATCH VIDEOS...

ALSO: WATCH - Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50


FEBRUARY 8 -Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images/AFP SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: American singer Lady Gaga, known for her outrageous outfits, delivered her classing rendition of ”The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl 50, February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Gaga wore a sparkling Gucci red pantsuit matched with glittering red eye makeup and blue nail polish. She ended her performance by saying “God bless, America.” (Full Video courtesy of  HilaryDuffMusic HilaryDuffMusicLady Gaga - National Anthem - Super Bowl 2016 (HD 1080p) Netizens welcomed the 29-year-old singer’s performance as they took to social media their delight. Some, however, took notice of her outfit and generated memes out of it. FULL REPORT, WATCH VIDEO...

ALSO: Erap - Chinatown has done much for Manila


FEBRUARY 8 -Dragon and lion dancers perform before a huge crowd in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is Year of the Monkey in the Lunar calendar. AP/Bullit Marquez
Former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on February 7 and 8 led the Chinese New Year countdown which kicked off revelries in Manila's Chinatown.
"For the third straight year, we are using the occasion of the Chinese New Year to celebrate our unity and solidarity. It remains a great source of pride and pleasure to remember the very first solidarity dinner that we had in 2014, because it was the very first such event jointly celebrated by the local government of Manila, and the entire Filipino Chinese community," Estrada said in a message at the start of the festivities. "That event sealed our unity and set the tone for these past two years of joint initiatives, continuing dialogue, cooperation, and a shared commitment to reclaim and restore Manila’s old glory,” Estrada said. He said the destiny of the oldest communities, Manila and Chinatown in Binondo, are intertwined, saying the Chinese district has contributed much to the capital city's development over the past century. Binondo continues to contribute to Manila a business and tourism hub for Manilenyos, Estrada noted. READ MORE...RELATED, FLASHBACK: Erap unveils world’s largest Chinatown arch...

ALSO: By Ricky Lo - The Tsinoys among us


FEBRUARY 8, 2016 -
The Year of the Fire Monkey starts today. Happy New Year to the Monkeys among us. Gentle reminder: No monkey business, please. That’s a joke. Let’s welcome the Year of the Monkey on that note, bright and breezy, light and easy. The monkey can be playful, right? I got the following from my friend (a Tsinoy, but of course, who requested not to be identified): Kung Hei Fat Choi from your Chinese friends who were… • Born in the dark: Andy Lim • Born blind: Kenneth See • Born blocked: Kenneth Go • Born fat: Bob Uy • Born tiny: Kathy Ting • Born different: Eva Yan • Born loser: Tina Lo • Born winner: Nana Lo • Born on Sunday: Lyn Go • Born sweet: Ken Dy • Born secretly: Tina Go • Born floating: Lulu Tang • Born confused: Lily To • Born normal: Nat Ting Wong • Born abnormal: Sam Ting Wong • Born deep: Lala Lim (Tsin to sia, Ahia!!!) * * * While we are in a New Year mood, might as well call the roll of the Tsinoys in showbiz and related fields, those that come to mind at the moment anyway. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Libera to serenade Filipinos on Feb. 16 in Manila


FEBRUARY 11 -Libera, the London-based boy choir will serenade Filipinos in a Valentine concert on February 16 at the PICC Plenary Hall and February 18 at the Centerstage, SM Seaside City Cebu. With their angelic voices, Libera will stir hearts with their fantastic line-up of well-loved songs which include “What A Wonderful World,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Prayer” and more. This is the choir’s fourth performance in the country as they promote their latest album “Angel Sings: Libera in America” which features new arrangements of 17 hits. The performance is created and directed by acclaimed maestro Robert Prizeman. The Manila concert is presented by the British Alumni Association’s chair Roberto De Ocampo, OBE, the former secretary of finance and the current chair of Philippine Veterans Bank. The Cebu concert is presented by SM Seaside City Cebu and SM City Cebu. READ MORE...


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WATCH: Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars celebrate Super Bowl halftime show history


SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Tessa Distor February 8, 2016 - Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars marked the 50 years of Super Bowl by honoring the previous halftime show performances, February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The show was opened with fireworks displayed at the stage’s background, while the British rock band lead singer Chris Martin sang a mashup of “Yellow” and “Viva La Vida”. He started off on the grass field and then raced to the stage filled with colors and decorated with marigolds.

He continued on with “Paradise” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” from the band’s latest album titled A Head Full of Dreams.

Bruno Mars in an all black outfit, accompanied by his band, then took over with his “Uptown Funk” hit song.

When Mars sang the “Stop wait a minute” part of the song, Beyoncé entered the scene.

READ MORE: Beyoncé spotted rehearsing for Super Bowl halftime performance

The Queen B, donning a one-piece leather bodysuit patterned after Michael Jackson’s outfit he wore at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show, took to the field her brand new song and choreography “Formation”.

READ MORE...

LISTEN: Beyonce’s new song ‘Formation‘

“Fellas, let’s get this stadium shaking”, invited Mars. Beyoncé made her way to the stage and had a sing-off and dance-off with Mars. The pair was later joined in by Martin as they finished “Uptowon Funk”.

After the energy was set high by the three performers, the show slowed down again while Coldplay performed “Clocks” as snippets of previous performances were projected on the screens.

The three ended the song on stage with the crowd on the stadium holding placards that spell “I Believe in Love”.

 
 
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Beyoncé also made the announcement of her Formation world tour through the first brief television advertisement right after the halftime show.

Although Coldplay was nominally the headliner at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, reactors seem to notice that Beyoncé and Mars stole the show.

READ MORE: Twitter users cool toward mellow Coldplay ahead of Super Bowl


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WATCH: Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50 by Tessa Distor February 8, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share9 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/063_508985672.jpg


Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images/AFP

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: American singer Lady Gaga, known for her outrageous outfits, delivered her classing rendition of ”The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl 50, February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Gaga wore a sparkling Gucci red pantsuit matched with glittering red eye makeup and blue nail polish.

She ended her performance by saying “God bless, America.”

 
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Netizens welcomed the 29-year-old singer’s performance as they took to social media their delight.

Some, however, took notice of her outfit and generated memes out of it.


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Erap: Chinatown has done much for Manila By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated February 8, 2016 - 5:03pm 2 12 googleplus0 0


Dragon and lion dancers perform before a huge crowd in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is Year of the Monkey in the Lunar calendar. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on February 7 and 8 led the Chinese New Year countdown which kicked off revelries in Manila's Chinatown.

"For the third straight year, we are using the occasion of the Chinese New Year to celebrate our unity and solidarity. It remains a great source of pride and pleasure to remember the very first solidarity dinner that we had in 2014, because it was the very first such event jointly celebrated by the local government of Manila, and the entire Filipino Chinese community," Estrada said in a message at the start of the festivities.

"That event sealed our unity and set the tone for these past two years of joint initiatives, continuing dialogue, cooperation, and a shared commitment to reclaim and restore Manila’s old glory,” Estrada said.

He said the destiny of the oldest communities, Manila and Chinatown in Binondo, are intertwined, saying the Chinese district has contributed much to the capital city's development over the past century.

Binondo continues to contribute to Manila a business and tourism hub for Manilenyos, Estrada noted.

READ MORE...


IN THIS FEBRUARY 20, 2015 PHOTO --ERAP: CHINATOWN SAFER NOW. INQUIRER FILE

"Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa Manila Chinatown Development Council, sa inyong pakikiisa sa aking administrasyon at sa aking mga layunin hindi lamang para sa Chinatown, kung hindi sa buong Maynila. Special thanks, of course, to our Honorable Councilor Bernie Ang, who as vice chairman of the Council is working constantly to unite us for our common goals, foremost of which is to create even more opportunities for growth that will benefit all Manilenyos," Estrada said.

The mayor also expressed his gratitude to the four biggest Filipino-Chinese organizations for assisting Manila namely Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association, the Philippine-Chinese Business Club, and the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

"Nagpapasalamat din ako sa apat na pinakamalaking Filipino Chinese organizations sa ating bansa, dahil sa patuloy na suporta at tulong na ibinibigay nila sa aking administrasyon mula pa sa unang araw ng aming panunungkulan," Estrada said.

"You have all been very generous in sharing your valuable time and resources with our city. I assure you that you have been of great help in bringing Manila back on the road to progress and prosperity. Umaasa akong patuloy ninyong susuportahan ang aking administrasyon sa pangarap nitong bigyan ng bagong sigla ang Maynila," he added.

The Chinese New Year countdown was held beside the Manila-Chinatown Gateway Arch on Jones Bridge near Escolta Street.

The festivities commenced with lively musical presentations by invited performers and ended with a fireworks display.

The welcoming of the "Year of the Fire Monkey" also featured the traditional "tikoy cutting" and "dragon dance."

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Erap unveils world’s largest Chinatown arch By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 24, 2015 - 12:00am 10 22 googleplus0 0


A crowd attends the ceremonial opening of the Chinatown friendship arch at the foot of Jones Bridge in Manila yesterday. The opening was led by Mayor Joseph Estrada and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. Edd Gumban

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada unveiled yesterday the world’s largest Chinatown arch at the foot of Jones Bridge.

The arch, 63.8 feet high and 74 feet wide, topped Washington’s Chinese friendship arch, which is 60 feet tall and 74 feet wide.

These dimensions were provided by District 3 Councilor Bernardito Ang, vice chairman of the Manila Chinatown Development Council.

Ang said the arch was constructed at a cost of P28 million, without a single peso coming from the city government.

It was funded by donations from businessmen in China and solicited by the Philippine-Chinese Amity Club and Ang.

Estrada said the new friendship gate is part of the city government’s effort to restore Chinatown. He said while most countries have their own Chinatown, Manila is the biggest in terms of territory and population.

Meanwhile, Estrada turned over 100 fiberglass rescue boats to different barangays in the city as part of the city government’s disaster preparedness drive.


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The Tsinoys among us FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 8, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

The Year of the Fire Monkey starts today.

Happy New Year to the Monkeys among us.

Gentle reminder: No monkey business, please. That’s a joke.

Let’s welcome the Year of the Monkey on that note, bright and breezy, light and easy. The monkey can be playful, right?

I got the following from my friend (a Tsinoy, but of course, who requested not to be identified):

Kung Hei Fat Choi from your Chinese friends who were…

• Born in the dark: Andy Lim

• Born blind: Kenneth See

• Born blocked: Kenneth Go

• Born fat: Bob Uy

• Born tiny: Kathy Ting

• Born different: Eva Yan

• Born loser: Tina Lo

• Born winner: Nana Lo

• Born on Sunday: Lyn Go

• Born sweet: Ken Dy

• Born secretly: Tina Go

• Born floating: Lulu Tang

• Born confused: Lily To

• Born normal: Nat Ting Wong

• Born abnormal: Sam Ting Wong

• Born deep: Lala Lim

(Tsin to sia, Ahia!!!)

* * *

While we are in a New Year mood, might as well call the roll of the Tsinoys in showbiz and related fields, those that come to mind at the moment anyway.

CONTINUE READING...

• Actors: Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, Rachelle Ann Go, LJ Reyes (Hong Li Ying), Ricardo Cepeda (Go), Dennis Trillo (Ho), Carlene Ang Aguilar, Joyce Ching, PJ Go, Ken Chan, Richard Yap, Richard Quan, Fred Lo (theater) and Ali Sotto (whose maternal grandfather, Dr. Alejandro Sancianco, was pure Chinese).

• Music: Singers Jose Mari Chan and Richard Poon; record producers Kathleen Dy-Go, Ramon Chuaying, Rudy Tee, Narciso Chan; and composers Danny Tan and Nonoy Tan.

• Film producers (active and inactive): Mother Lily Yu Monteverde, Robbie Tan, Baby Go, Wilson Yuloque, Wilson Tieng, The Pascuals (William Lao and Baby, among them), Amado Tan, Romy Ching and Jessie Chua.

• Scriptwriter: Ricky Lee

• Director: Buboy Tan

• TV: Lyn Ching, Tim Yap, Cathy Yang and Luanne Dy

• Stylist: Liz Uy

• Talent managers: Keren Pascual, Shirley Kuan and Malou Choa-Fagar

• Sports: Atoy Co, James Yap, Teng brothers Jeron and Jeric, Chris Tiu and Kim Lo

• Media: Jullie Yap-Daza, Kane Errol Choa, Wilson Lee Flores, Chinkee Tan, Michael Tan, Francis Kong, Oscar Franklin Tan and Michael Sy Lim (Fashion Pulis). The owners of The Philippine STAR and Manila Bulletin are also Chinese.

Even Kris Aquino and her Cojuangco relatives have Chinese ancestors, and so has Susan Roces (whose father had Chinese blood). And the Locsins, too?

Oh yes, also Ben Chan and Jeannie Goulbourn.

Food for thought

And here’s another thought-provoking item from STAR contributor Edu Jarque who got it from somewhere else:


SOURCE: chimpplanet.blogspot.com

An obituary printed in the New York Times:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

• Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

• Why the early bird gets the worm;

• Life isn’t always fair;

• And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.


SOURCE: www.loriborgman.com/the-death-of-common-sense.php   

Common Sense was preceded in death,

• by his parents, Truth and Trust,

• by his wife, Discretion,

• by his daughter, Responsibility,

• and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his five stepbrothers;

• I Know My Rights

• I Want It Now

• Someone Else Is To Blame

• I’m A Victim

• Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.


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Libera to serenade Filipinos on Feb. 16 (philstar.com) | Updated February 11, 2016 - 6:15pm 0 0 googleplus0

MANILA, Philippines – Libera, the London-based boy choir will serenade Filipinos in a Valentine concert on February 16 at the PICC Plenary Hall and February 18 at the Centerstage, SM Seaside City Cebu.

With their angelic voices, Libera will stir hearts with their fantastic line-up of well-loved songs which include “What A Wonderful World,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Prayer” and more.

This is the choir’s fourth performance in the country as they promote their latest album “Angel Sings: Libera in America” which features new arrangements of 17 hits.

The performance is created and directed by acclaimed maestro Robert Prizeman.

The Manila concert is presented by the British Alumni Association’s chair Roberto De Ocampo, OBE, the former secretary of finance and the current chair of Philippine Veterans Bank. The Cebu concert is presented by SM Seaside City Cebu and SM City Cebu.

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In partnership with Concertus Manila, the British Chamber of Commerce, British Council, British School and the British Embassy, the concerts will be one of the main events of this year’s Philippine-UK Friendship celebrations. Part of the proceeds from the Manila concert will go to Caritas Manila, Children’s Hour and Foundation for Disadvantaged Children. Part of the proceeds from the Cebu concert will go to STC-Cebu Foundation, Inc. and Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, Inc.

Special thanks to SGV & Co., Fil-Anglo Management & Promotional Consultants, Philippine Veterans Bank, Etihad Airways, Pilipinas Shell, AIM Conference Center Manila, Yuchengco Group of Companies, Stradcom Corp., Robinsons Land, SPC Power Corp., Investment & Capital Corp. of the Philippines, Zuellig Corp., Alaska Milk Corp., Beneficial Life Insurance, United Overseas Bank, Global Star Motors Corp. and Manila Memorial Park Cemetery Inc.

Book now at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-99-99. For Cebu inquiries, For Cebu inquiries, please contact the Arts Council of Cebu at tel. (032) 233-0452, SM Ticket Information-Emmie Cadungog (032) 2312078 or STC-Cebu (032) 2563165. And for more updates, check out facebook.com/LoveLiberaPhilippines.


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