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PEOPLE ASIA IS BACK ONLINE: THE RETURN OF #PhenomenALDUB


MARCH 2 -Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards are set to conquer print once again as Stargate Media Corp. unveils a one-time special aptly titled, #PhenomenALDUB.
Set for release next week, the 40-page glossy will contain a re-print of their photographs and features in PeopleAsia, as well as new glamour images from their historic shoot at the Sampaguita Gardens last year. Fans will also be able to relive Alden and Maine’s moments on the People of the Year Awards Night stage and red carpet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last January 21, as they were honored alongside some of the biggest names in Philippine business, government, entertainment and sports, among others. #PhenomenALDUB will be available in National Bookstore, as well as select bookstores and newsstands nationwide. To reserve a copy, please call Bong at 892-1854, or text 0932 8443281. Stargate Media Corp. Office hours are from Monday–Friday, 9-6 p.m.STARGATE PEOPLE FB TIMELINE @ https://www.facebook.com/PeopleAsia/ READ MORE...

ALSO: Maine Mendoza to ‘AlDub’ bashers - Nobody's perfect!


MARCH 5 -Maine Mendoza sends a message to the bashers of her love team with Alden Richards, asking them to stop finding faults in their love team. Instagram/Maine Mendoza
Maine Mendoza finally speaks up against the bashers of her love team with Alden Richards, popularly known as “AlDub.”
On Saturday, Maine gave a message to their “detractors” during her birthday special in “Eat Bulaga!” “Message ko lang sa inyo ay God bless,” she said. “Ano kasi, alam n’yo naman na walang maganda o mabuting maidudulot ‘yong ginagawa n’yo pero ginagawa n’yo pa rin.” The “Kalye-serye” star also reminded them that “sana imbes na maghanap kayo ng mali sa amin, ng kapintasan sa amin, e, sana humarap din muna kayo sa salamin. Kasi pare-pareho tayo na hindi tayo perpekto. Lahat tayo nagkakamali.” "Hindi ako Diyos pero sigurado ako at sinasabi ko sa inyo, kung anuman ‘yong hindi n’yo magandang ginagawa sa kapwa ninyo, babalik din sa inyo,” she added. In the end, she thanked all their fans who continuously supported them in every project since their love team started.FULL REPORT

ALSO: Alden Richards kisses Maine Mendoza on the lips


MARCH 5 -Alden Richards receives a gift from Maine Mendoza on her birthday celebration as he was able to kiss her on the lips.
MANILA, Philippines – Alden Richards’ tease to kiss Maine Mendoza on the lips finally happened on Maine’s birthday celebration. On Saturday, Maine had a birthday special on “Eat Bulaga!” and this is when the kiss on the lips happened. After giving his message, Alden kissed Maine on the side of her lips. Jose Manalo then teased him saying, “Ituloy mo na, birthday naman,” which elicited cheers from the crowd. After some more prodding from everyone, Alden quickly kissed Maine on the lips which surprised the birthday celebrant and made everyone cheer. Aside from the special kiss, Alden also gave Maine several gifts based on the letters of her name. READ MORE...

ALSO: Dig into nation’s past – Lav Diaz 


MARCH 6 -Lav Diaz (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt) Lav Diaz (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
Acclaimed director Lav Diaz urges Filipinos to examine Philippine history to understand what he calls “the Filipino soul.” “Ang ganda ng kasaysayan natin. May pinaglaban ang mga bayani natin. Harapin natin at yakapin natin ito and we can be a beautiful nation one day,” he said in an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda.”
Lav, director of the acclaimed eight-hour film epic “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis,” criticized Filipinos for accepting what he calls historical “revisionism,” which, he said, led to our society being supposedly “dysfunctional.” “We don’t talk about it, but we have to confront it. Nandoon iyong mga katotohanan eh. We have to dig it up. Nandoon iyong soul natin. We have to find it,” he explained. Talking about “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis,” Lav revealed he had the film script since 1998. He considers it his love letter to Pinoys. “Let’s go straight to the point. Bugbog tayo sa corruption but we have this beautiful history, beautiful heles, mga lullabies,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, SISYPHUS’ LAMENT To old Filipinos who knew martial law and dictatorship...

ALSO: Julia Barretto enjoys playing mean girl on soap


MARCH 6 -Julia Barretto Julia Barretto Julia Barretto is having so much fun portraying Trixie on “And I Love You So” that she feels she has to apologize for it sometimes.
“Sorry po talaga, super weird pero kapag pinapanood ko ang pag-kamaldita ni Trixie ay natutuwa po ako talaga,” she said. “I don’t know pero sobrang na-enjoy ko si Trixie. Sobrang na-enjoy ko siyang paglaruan because somehow, may pagka-parallel kaming dalawa…” She likes it that the character isn’t one-dimensional. “May certain things siyang ginagawa na gusto niyang ipakita sa ilang mga tao kasi natatakot siya na kapag ipapasok niya ang mga ito (sa buhay niya) ay baka kung ano ang gawin nila. She is like that because she wants genuine attention, care and love from the people that she loves…” Having said that, Julia feels she’s learned a thing or two from her TV character, mainly that “sometimes it’s okay to (take) down that wall or that façade para maintindihan ka ng mga tao.” With her character enamored with that played by Iñigo Pascual, Julia has likewise learned the bitter truth about unrequited love. “Kapag nakikita mong hindi na talaga (puwede), acceptance na talaga,” she said. “Don’t put yourself down chasing after people who won’t return (your love). Tingnan natin ’yung mga tao talaga na may paki naman talaga sa atin.” READ MORE...


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PEOPLE ASIA IS BACK ONLINE: The Return of #PhenomenALDUB


Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards are set to conquer print once again as Stargate Media Corp. unveils a one-time special aptly titled, #PhenomenALDUB.

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (STARgate PULSE ASIA)  MARCH 2, 2016 POSTED BY MAU AGUASIN - Set for release next week, the 40-page glossy will contain a re-print of their photographs and features in PeopleAsia, as well as new glamour images from their historic shoot at the Sampaguita Gardens last year.

Fans will also be able to relive Alden and Maine’s moments on the People of the Year Awards Night stage and red carpet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last January 21, as they were honored alongside some of the biggest names in Philippine business, government, entertainment and sports, among others.

#PhenomenALDUB will be available in National Bookstore, as well as select bookstores and newsstands nationwide. To reserve a copy, please call Bong at 892-1854, or text 0932 8443281. Stargate Media Corp. Office hours are from Monday–Friday, 9-6 p.m.

STARGATE PEOPLE FB TIMELINE @ https://www.facebook.com/PeopleAsia/

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Stargate PeopleAsiaLike Page 11 hrs · ‪#‎PeopleAsia‬ believes in revving up for the day ahead and winding down for the evening are best accompanied by a healthy dose of infotainment: a well-balanced combination of current, relevant information and light-hearted entertainment.

Start and end your days right with stories from the people that tell them best. Sports. politics, business, or showbiz? Take your pick, there are morning updates and bedtime stories for everyone.

Visit our website http://peopleasia.ph  for exclusive stories, photos and more.


PHILSTAR

Maine Mendoza to ‘AlDub’ bashers: Nobody's perfect By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated March 5, 2016 - 4:37pm 8 183 googleplus2 1


Maine Mendoza sends a message to the bashers of her love team with Alden Richards, asking them to stop finding faults in their love team. Instagram/Maine Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines – Maine Mendoza finally speaks up against the bashers of her love team with Alden Richards, popularly known as “AlDub.”

On Saturday, Maine gave a message to their “detractors” during her birthday special in “Eat Bulaga!”

“Message ko lang sa inyo ay God bless,” she said. “Ano kasi, alam n’yo naman na walang maganda o mabuting maidudulot ‘yong ginagawa n’yo pero ginagawa n’yo pa rin.”

The “Kalye-serye” star also reminded them that “sana imbes na maghanap kayo ng mali sa amin, ng kapintasan sa amin, e, sana humarap din muna kayo sa salamin. Kasi pare-pareho tayo na hindi tayo perpekto. Lahat tayo nagkakamali.”

"Hindi ako Diyos pero sigurado ako at sinasabi ko sa inyo, kung anuman ‘yong hindi n’yo magandang ginagawa sa kapwa ninyo, babalik din sa inyo,” she added.

In the end, she thanked all their fans who continuously supported them in every project since their love team started.


PHILSTAR

Alden Richards kisses Maine Mendoza on the lips By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated March 5, 2016 - 3:12pm 48 1271 googleplus0 1


Alden Richards receives a gift from Maine Mendoza on her birthday celebration as he was able to kiss her on the lips.

MANILA, Philippines – Alden Richards’ tease to kiss Maine Mendoza on the lips finally happened on Maine’s birthday celebration.

On Saturday, Maine had a birthday special on “Eat Bulaga!” and this is when the kiss on the lips happened.

After giving his message, Alden kissed Maine on the side of her lips. Jose Manalo then teased him saying, “Ituloy mo na, birthday naman,” which elicited cheers from the crowd.

After some more prodding from everyone, Alden quickly kissed Maine on the lips which surprised the birthday celebrant and made everyone cheer.

Aside from the special kiss, Alden also gave Maine several gifts based on the letters of her name.

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First is a medallion of Saint Benedict for her protection, an “alaga” which is a pair of love birds, an illustration of him and Maine forming a heart with their hands, a notebook that will serve as her journal, and a special gift which he says is “for your eyes only.”

“’Pag handa ka na ako magsusuot nito sa ‘yo,” he added.

On his birthday message, Alden also assured Maine that he’ll always support Maine despite the “detractors” who are trying to tear them apart.

“Alam ko marami tayong destructors. Minsan dahil sa mga detractors na ‘yon pati tayo hindi nagkakaintindihan,” he said. “Gusto ko sabihin sa iyo na lahat gagawin ko, mga wish mo, wish mo sa akin, wish mo sa ating dalawa, gagawan ko ng paraan ‘yan, Maine.”

“Tsaka kahit nasaan ka pa darating ako. Happy birthday, Maine,” he concluded.


MANILA BULLETIN

Dig into nation’s past – Lav Diaz by Rowena Tan March 6, 2016 Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share1 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lav-Diaz_ap_axel-schmidt-2.jpg


Lav Diaz (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt) Lav Diaz (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

Acclaimed director Lav Diaz urges Filipinos to examine Philippine history to understand what he calls “the Filipino soul.”

“Ang ganda ng kasaysayan natin. May pinaglaban ang mga bayani natin. Harapin natin at yakapin natin ito and we can be a beautiful nation one day,” he said in an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda.”

Lav, director of the acclaimed eight-hour film epic “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis,” criticized Filipinos for accepting what he calls historical “revisionism,” which, he said, led to our society being supposedly “dysfunctional.”

“We don’t talk about it, but we have to confront it. Nandoon iyong mga katotohanan eh. We have to dig it up. Nandoon iyong soul natin. We have to find it,” he explained.

Talking about “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis,” Lav revealed he had the film script since 1998. He considers it his love letter to Pinoys.

“Let’s go straight to the point. Bugbog tayo sa corruption but we have this beautiful history, beautiful heles, mga lullabies,” he said.

READ MORE...

Lav recalled how he felt when John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual came on board as cast members.

“Humbling ’yung experience… kasi wala naman sa plano ’yun, and then two years later we found Paul (Soriano, film producer) and he said ‘Let’s shoot…’ It was magic. Destiny. We didn’t plan it. Generosity ng spirit ’yun eh,” he said.

“Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis,” which took home the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, tackles Philippine history and folklore, weaving real-life characters like Andres Bonifacio and the mythological tikbalang in its narrative.

“Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” is set for screening in local theaters before the elections.

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RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

SISYPHUS’ LAMENT To old Filipinos who knew martial law and dictatorship SHARES: 6177 VIEW COMMENTS By: Oscar Franklin Tan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:11 AM October 19th, 2015

SINGAPORE—The title is both homage and parody of “To young Filipinos who never knew martial law and dictatorship” (Inquirer.net, 9/12/12), Boying Pimentel’s popular response to recent historical revisionism. The persistence of revisionism hints that our People Power narrative must evolve to resonate with a new generation of voters. In particular, these narratives must avoid alienating younger Filipinos not yet born during the 1986 Edsa Revolution. They must avoid being trapped in #NeverAgain, in a negative that fails to present a vision to aspire to.

Pimentel would approve of recent University of the Philippines law graduate Jego Ragragio’s viral rebuttal (“Disingenuous,” ThePOC.net, 10/16/15) to an Ateneo professor who posited that criticism of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are ad hominem attacks on his last name. Far more frenetic debates are running in less visible channels.

An idealistic Ateneo student proclaimed on Facebook that she lost respect for her own sister, who posited that the Marcos dictatorship brought much-needed order despite the human rights abuses. In a UP Facebook thread, an older lady lectured that martial law was different in Ilocos, and law students should not believe what they had not personally experienced—including daughters of torture victims.

Our society’s increasing openness to revisionism warns that it is time to move from merely correcting facts to more critically reflecting on their meaning today.

For example, People Power should not become a generational divide. A Wall Street Journal feature on Bongbong’s candidacy sensed this and described: “[T]he Marcos clan is also widely reviled, especially among the generation that toppled the elder Marcos.” When a grandson of President Ferdinand Marcos graduated from UP Law in 2013, a UP Facebook thread degenerated into students in their 20s politely asking alumni in their 50s not to ask their classmate to denounce his own family.

Older Ateneo alumni criticized students for not knowing history when they took selfies with Imelda Marcos at a scholarship fund event. Students were frustrated at being told to “never forget” events that happened before they were born, faulted for not having raw emotional connections to these; and possibly alienated, as a result.

Turning Edsa into a generational issue is pointless because 47 percent of voters were below 35 in the 2010 elections, or at most 10 years old in 1986.

“Never Again” is merely rejection. It is incomplete because it builds nothing and leaves revisionism and disenchantment to fill the void. Many frustrated voters, for example, do not disbelieve the thousands of deaths during martial law, yet entertain vague ideas of imposing a discipline associated with martial law. This is hardly unique.

In last year’s presidential elections, Indonesia almost voted in the macho and “tegas” Gen. Prabowo Subianto, a former son-in-law of Suharto, who ruled for 31 years.

We unconsciously shroud the Edsa Revolution in myth.

We risk overly romanticizing its events and demonizing less enthusiastic views as heretic. Unrealistic expectations fuel cynicism. For example, the term “necropolitics” was coined to criticize that Corazon Aquino and Sen. Benigno Aquino III would never have become presidents but for a famous relative’s death. Finally, myth is simply not credible to a critical YouTube generation who value authenticity and readily accept flawed heroes.

It is certainly too lavish to claim that regaining democracy has solved all our problems. “The patriarch is dead but members of his family are back in power. No one has been jailed for crimes committed in the name of martial law.

The bulk of the money stolen from the Filipino people has not been recovered. This is not just a question of failed memory; this is the result of a flawed social system that remains vulnerable to the temptations of authoritarianism.” This was written not by a naive student but by Prof. Randy David.

“Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.” This was written not by a disenchanted Filipino but by Lee Kuan Yew.

Ultimately, we must more powerfully articulate how Edsa defines us, beyond honoring the long list of martyrs. I appreciate Pimentel’s biography of Edgar Jopson, “U.G.: An Underground Tale” (reissued last year by Anvil, with all royalties going to the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation for martial law victims) because it vividly portrays someone I relate to. It captures why a stereotypical Atenean transformed into a moderate activist and national student leader, and then into a head of the communist party.

Pimentel’s book pushed me to ask what conviction I might muster in a society descending into martial law.

When the Ateneo Management Engineering alumni association belatedly recognized Edjop as an outstanding alumnus last year, it was important for me to hear his widow reread his The Outstanding Young Men acceptance speech from 1970, which captured Edjop’s values as a fresh graduate, and then read out the name of each Atenean killed during the dictatorship.

History must remain alive in the present, grounding our national identity and guiding us in keeping faith with our most enduring national values.

The movie “Heneral Luna” hints that today’s critical voters must ask what our heroes died for, beyond how they died.

Whatever we answer, it will be the surest response to historical revisionism.

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React: oscarfranklin.tan@yahoo.com.ph , Twitter @oscarfbtan, facebook.com/OscarFranklinTan .


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Julia Barretto enjoys playing mean girl on soap by Alex Brosas March 6, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/julia-barretto.jpg

Julia Barretto Julia Barretto Julia Barretto is having so much fun portraying Trixie on “And I Love You So” that she feels she has to apologize for it sometimes.

“Sorry po talaga, super weird pero kapag pinapanood ko ang pag-kamaldita ni Trixie ay natutuwa po ako talaga,” she said. “I don’t know pero sobrang na-enjoy ko si Trixie. Sobrang na-enjoy ko siyang paglaruan because somehow, may pagka-parallel kaming dalawa…”

She likes it that the character isn’t one-dimensional. “May certain things siyang ginagawa na gusto niyang ipakita sa ilang mga tao kasi natatakot siya na kapag ipapasok niya ang mga ito (sa buhay niya) ay baka kung ano ang gawin nila. She is like that because she wants genuine attention, care and love from the people that she loves…”

Having said that, Julia feels she’s learned a thing or two from her TV character, mainly that “sometimes it’s okay to (take) down that wall or that façade para maintindihan ka ng mga tao.”

With her character enamored with that played by Iñigo Pascual, Julia has likewise learned the bitter truth about unrequited love.

“Kapag nakikita mong hindi na talaga (puwede), acceptance na talaga,” she said. “Don’t put yourself down chasing after people who won’t return (your love). Tingnan natin ’yung mga tao talaga na may paki naman talaga sa atin.”

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Julia also realized that also applies to family.

“If you really love somebody, just forgive and give another chance.”

On her seasoned co-stars Working with seasoned actresses Angel Aquino and Dimples Romana is a breath of fresh air for Julia.

“Kay Miss Angel kasi – noong nalaman ko na malapit ko nang maka-eksena siya – ay kinabahan po ako. Sobra akong na-intimidate sa first scene. Hindi ko alam kay direk kung obvious ba sa scene na nang-liliit ako (pero) natatakot ako kasi siya (Angel) na ’yun…(kahit na) she never made me feel na there’s something to be afraid of.

“So, in every scene, kailangan ko talaga i-observe ’yung manners niya, ’yung habits niya, ’yung pagka-krung-krung niya. Tapos, kung kailan lang siya nagso-soften, the way she motivates herself. Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya.”

With Dimples, it’s a different story.

“She’s such a breeze to work with, which is so important. Of course, there are times when we’re too tired but when we see these two veteran actresses still at it, we’re like, ‘Ano ang karapatan natin na mapagod nang ganito kung makita natin sila na sobrang tagal na sa industriya pero nandoon pa rin ang fire sa loob nila to want to do good?’”

“And I Love You So” is down to its last week.


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