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KRIS AQUINO LEAVING ABS-CBN; SAYS SHE'S STEPPING AWAY FROM LIMELIGHT


MARCH 9 -Kris Aquino: "I'm not putting a time frame, but with my type of work, it's realistic to accept by leaving ABSCBN I'll be replaced and soon forgotten." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo
Kris Aquino says she will be stepping away from the limelight.
In a series of Instagram posts on Tuesday, the TV host-actress said she is leaving ABS-CBN, her home network for almost 20 years, to focus on her health, her family and her businesses. The announcement comes days after she hinted on social media about making "important life choices in the next days" following recent issues with her health. "Thank you, Kapamilya," Kris began. "Our relationship as a family started October 28, 1996 and it will soon end this March 23, 2016." "A total of 10,354 days working for ABS-CBN, my life's most fulfilling professional journey because of your love, acceptance and loyalty," she told her more than two million followers on Instagram. She also said the taping days for her morning show "Kris TV" is set on Wednesday and Thursday. She continued: "Just like all of you, I love my FAMILY. My most valuable life destiny is to be Mama to KUYA JOSH and BIMBY; and to be a loving, selfless sister to ATE, PINKY, NOY and VIEL: a BUNSO who doesn't give them constant worry because of my health and safety." "I'm not putting a time frame, but with my type of work, it's realistic to accept by leaving ABSCBN I'll be replaced and soon forgotten," Kris added. "My sons and I will travel, we'll move to our new home, and I'll eat healthy, sleep early, exercise regularly, and live quietly--everything to make sure Kuya Josh and Bimb have a healthy mother." READ MORE...

ALSO: Is Kris quitting ABS-CBN?- Ricky Lo txted Kris, got her reply


MARCH 11 -Kris Aquino and sons Joshua and Bimby are set for another trip abroad ‘for health reasons.’ Right: Kris and sons with her kuya, Pres. Noynoy Aquino, at Malacañang Palace during a Christmas get-together in December last year. Three days ago, Kris Aquino posted the following item on social media: Thank you, Kapamilya Our relationship as a family started October 28, 1996 and it will soon end this March 23, 2016. A total of 10,354 days working for ABS-CBN, my life’s most fulfilling professional journey because of your love, acceptance and loyalty. That item raised the big question: Is Kris quitting ABS-CBN effective March 23, 2016? That turned out to be only Part 1 of Kris’ post and people who were kept guessing perhaps didn’t read Part 2. Anyway, to set the record straight, Funfare texted Kris if she was quitting and here’s her reply: No, I’m not quitting. READ MORE...

ALSO: Like her senator-daughter, Susan is ‘grace under pressure’


MARCH 11 -Like mother, like daughter. That aptly describes Susan Roces and her daughter, Sen. Grace Poe (photo), who have shown “grace under pressure” under the most trying circumstances, flashing her famous “The Face That Refreshes” smile while keeping in check what could be anger.
When the Supreme Court justices voted 9-6 in favor of Grace in the controversial disqualification case, Susan thanked not only those who supported Grace but also those who did not. Susan was shooting for the ABS-CBN teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (with Coco Martin) when she heard about the good news. At first, she was speechless and then she turned emotional when interviewed by TV reporters. “I continue to pray that Grace will succeed in whatever path she takes,” Susan was quoted as saying. “What Grace and I are fighting for is the rights of children like her,” meaning foundlings and adopted children, adding, “hindi lamang ang pagtakbo bilang Pangulo kung hindi ang karapatan niyang maging kapantay ng lahat.” Said somebody close to mother and daughter, “It was a déjà vu experience for Susan and Grace. Remember how a ‘DQ’ case was filed against Da King FPJ (Susan’s husband and Grace’s father) and the Supreme Court eventually declared FPJ qualified to run for the presidency?” THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Who among them will call Malacañang ‘home’?


MARCH 1-Malacañang Palace Photo from Malacañang’s Facebook page
Before noon of June 30, 2016, President Noynoy Aquino will leave Malacañang Palace for the last time as Chief Executive. He will be picked up by the President-elect, and together they will ride or fly to the venue (Quirino Grandstand in Aquino’s case, Barasoain Church in Joseph Estrada’s) where the new leader will take his or her oath as President of over 100 million Filipinos.
It will be an end, and it will be a beginning. The new President would have made up his/her mind by then where to stay: the main Palace, where all the past Presidents from Manuel Quezon to Ferdinand Marcos resided pre-EDSA, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, post-EDSA; the Premiere Guesthouse, where Joseph Estrada lived for his brief stint as Chief Executive; or Bahay Pangarap across the Pasig River, where the current bachelor President lives. Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos lived in the stately Arlegui Mansion, an American colonial manor a stone’s throw away from Malacañang. Unfortunately for the government, but as a sign that the courts favor no one, the house (sequestered before the Aquino I administration) was given back to its rightful owners. If I were President or First lady, I would have loved to live in Arlegui. According to the coffee table book Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History, the Arlegui mansion was winner of the Manila’s House Beautiful contest in 1929. Built by Roberto Laperal and his wife Victoria Guison, it was once the residence of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Benigno Aquino Sr. (Cory’s father-in-law!). Unless the government buys back the mansion, it will be now just the stuff of memories of the Aquino children — from happy days to dangerous days as the mansion was besieged by rebel soldiers in 1987 and 1989. Though P-Noy lives at Bahay Pangarap, which is located at Malacañang Park, he works at the main Palace, whose very first Filipino occupant was President Manuel Quezon in 1935. P-Noy and his closest aides Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras work in the offices that Ferdinand Marcos once occupied — something which his mother Cory avoided. Almendras works in a suite of offices that used to be the bedroom of the Marcos, and then the Arroyo children. READ MORE...

ALSO: Zsa Zsa Padilla to wed this year


MARCH 12 -Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao (Instagram)
Aside from keeping herself busy with work, Zsa Zsa Padilla’s plans this year are personal. Set to tie the knot with her fiancé, architect Conrad Onglao, the singer-actress told ABS-CBN News they are eyeing a simple wedding ceremony. Their guests would be “(’yung) mga anak lang namin pareho. Iyun lang.”  Note that Conrad has two children from his previous marriage; Zsa Zsa has three. Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao (Instagram) She said, “Kasi maraming magtatampo and ’yung mga kamag-anak ko, uuwi pa or pupuntahan namin or magmi-meet kami somewhere. Parang masyadong complicated i-plano.”  Although there have been talks they would marry in Italy, she simply said she’d prefer to just surprise everyone. However, instead of hogging social media and making it into a big thing, she said, “Sa Instagram, isang post lang…”  Zsa Zsa and Conrad were engaged last year. She let her followers know by posting a photo of her ring on Instagram, captioning it, “It’s official! Thank you so much for all your warm wishes! Much love from London. God bless us all.”  Busy schedule Zsa Zsa appears on ABS-CBN’s “The Story Of Us.” She and other members of the cast went to New York recently to shoot some scenes for the primetime series. READ MORE...

ALSO: Sergio Mendes celebrates 50 Years of Brasil ’66 at the Big Dome


MARCH 12 -World-renowned artist Sergio Mendes will take concert-goers through a breathtaking array of bossa nova hits in his upcoming concert on March 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Mendes’ concert tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his seminal album, “Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66,” an opus of Brazil’s bossa nova king‘s successful musical career.
“Brasil ’66” was Mendes’ first album that put Brazilian music on the map in the 1960s through 1970s. It was produced by Herb Alpert and Mendes himself, with songs that integrated Latin jazz and bossa nova with elements of American pop music. In 2011, the groundbreaking album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went platinum based largely on the success of its single “Mas Que Nada,” sung entirely in Portuguese with soaring vocals by Lani Hall. The album also appealed to pop audiences through Mendes’ versions of the Beatle’s “Day Tripper” and Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Going Out of My Head.” Other songs included in the album were “the Look of Love,” “Chove Chuva,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Roda,” “Night and Day,” among others.READ MORE...RELATED, Sergio Mendes: Filipino fans in for a ‘musical journey’...PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW....


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Kris Aquino says she's leaving ABS-CBN


Kris Aquino: "I'm not putting a time frame, but with my type of work, it's realistic to accept by leaving ABSCBN I'll be replaced and soon forgotten." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith, file photo

MANILA, MARCH 14, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  March 9, 2016 - 12:01am - Kris Aquino says she will be stepping away from the limelight.

In a series of Instagram posts on Tuesday, the TV host-actress said she is leaving ABS-CBN, her home network for almost 20 years, to focus on her health, her family and her businesses.

The announcement comes days after she hinted on social media about making "important life choices in the next days" following recent issues with her health.

"Thank you, Kapamilya," Kris began. "Our relationship as a family started October 28, 1996 and it will soon end this March 23, 2016."

"A total of 10,354 days working for ABS-CBN, my life's most fulfilling professional journey because of your love, acceptance and loyalty," she told her more than two million followers on Instagram.

She also said the taping days for her morning show "Kris TV" is set on Wednesday and Thursday.

She continued: "Just like all of you, I love my FAMILY. My most valuable life destiny is to be Mama to KUYA JOSH and BIMBY; and to be a loving, selfless sister to ATE, PINKY, NOY and VIEL: a BUNSO who doesn't give them constant worry because of my health and safety."

"I'm not putting a time frame, but with my type of work, it's realistic to accept by leaving ABSCBN I'll be replaced and soon forgotten," Kris added.

"My sons and I will travel, we'll move to our new home, and I'll eat healthy, sleep early, exercise regularly, and live quietly--everything to make sure Kuya Josh and Bimb have a healthy mother."

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Kris thanked her endorsements for "sticking it out with me while I work on my longterm health and wellness."

Kris added that for her "next chapter," she will focus on her businesses.

"I need to continue being WORKING MOM since I'm the SOLE PROVIDER for my sons, but for now I'll do it away from the stress of the limelight."

She also said "this isn't goodbye" but a "I think you'll miss me and I hope to see you again, soon."

This isn't the first time Kris said she will stay away from showbiz. In 2013, after a spat with ex-husband James Yap, Kris said she will resign from show business to focus on her children.

In 2010, she also resigned from her showbiz talk shows after her brother Benigno Aquino III was elected as president of the Philippines, only to return as a TV host a year after via the morning talk "Kris TV."


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Is Kris quitting ABS-CBN? FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Kris Aquino and sons Joshua and Bimby are set for another trip abroad ‘for health reasons.’ Right: Kris and sons with her kuya, Pres. Noynoy Aquino, at Malacañang Palace during a Christmas get-together in December last year.

Three days ago, Kris Aquino posted the following item on social media:

Thank you, Kapamilya

Our relationship as a family started October 28, 1996 and it will soon end this March 23, 2016. A total of 10,354 days working for ABS-CBN, my life’s most fulfilling professional journey because of your love, acceptance and loyalty.

That item raised the big question: Is Kris quitting ABS-CBN effective March 23, 2016?

That turned out to be only Part 1 of Kris’ post and people who were kept guessing perhaps didn’t read Part 2.

Anyway, to set the record straight, Funfare texted Kris if she was quitting and here’s her reply:

No, I’m not quitting.

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I just need to get healthy. I’ve been on maintenance for my hypertension since August 2015.

Unfortunately, stress and exhaustion really SPIKE my Blood Pressure. Even on medication at night I regularly reach 155/105. My cholesterol is okay, my blood sugar is also okay. It is really stress-induced hypertension.

My dad had a heart attack when he was 47. His dad died of a massive heart attack at 55. All my siblings don’t have hypertension, only me.

My doctors said that the best way for me to get healthy is to give myself a wellness vacation of at least two to three months.

My sons and I will leave on March 20 for a three-week break abroad (I won’t disclose na where but it’s our happy place and I get to do my daily walking there and the two times we’ve been there my BP really normalized) then when I get back I’ll continue my light exercise program and start my relaxation yoga practice…

In my post I said:

This isn’t goodbye; this is I hope you’ll miss me and I hope to see you again soon.

This wellness leave is for me and for my sons and my siblings. I need to be healthy. I’m also taking advantage of the change in Bimb’s school calendar — he will have March 19 to August 6 off — so I’m going to really EMBRACE the gift of my time with my two sons.

I have two endorsement shoots this March, three in April and three endorsement commitments in May…I’m not disappearing. I’m only doing what is best for my health.

I texted Kris back: Nice to hear that. Take good care of yourself. Always bear in mind that “health is wealth.” See you soon happy and healthy, with your blood pressure ever normal (120/80).

Who’ll be 2016 Bb. Talent?

Eighteen of the 40 2016 Bb. Pilipinas aspirants showed their talent in singing and dancing during the Talent Competition held at the Gateway Mall Activity Center on March 5. Ten of them were:

Niza Sabrina Sophia Limjap (#24) did a stirring rendition of On My Own (from Les Miserables);

Alexandra Faith Garcia (#2) performed a combo of dances including binasuan;

Jeslyn Santos (#10) interpreted Let It Go from Frozen draped in an Ice Princess-like ensemble;

Kristine Angelique Estoque (#15) played the guitar while singing a pop song;

Vina Openiano (#16) did a heart-stopping belly-dancing;

Priscilla Kim Dela Cruz (#17) danced the tinikling and binasuan with a modern twist;

Maria Lina Prongoso (#19) flaunted her two-baton-twirling skills;

Apriel Smith (#22) impersonated Beyoncé;

Angela Gene Valdes (#23) performed a tribal dance; and

Jennyline Carla Malpaya (32) danced a Latin number.

The Bb. Talent winner will be revealed on the Grand Coronation Night set for April 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

— Celso de Guzman Caparas


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Like her senator-daughter, Susan is ‘grace under pressure’ (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Like mother, like daughter.

That aptly describes Susan Roces and her daughter, Sen. Grace Poe (photo), who have shown “grace under pressure” under the most trying circumstances, flashing her famous “The Face That Refreshes” smile while keeping in check what could be anger.

When the Supreme Court justices voted 9-6 in favor of Grace in the controversial disqualification case, Susan thanked not only those who supported Grace but also those who did not. Susan was shooting for the ABS-CBN teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (with Coco Martin) when she heard about the good news. At first, she was speechless and then she turned emotional when interviewed by TV reporters.

“I continue to pray that Grace will succeed in whatever path she takes,” Susan was quoted as saying. “What Grace and I are fighting for is the rights of children like her,” meaning foundlings and adopted children, adding, “hindi lamang ang pagtakbo bilang Pangulo kung hindi ang karapatan niyang maging kapantay ng lahat.”

Said somebody close to mother and daughter, “It was a déjà vu experience for Susan and Grace. Remember how a ‘DQ’ case was filed against Da King FPJ (Susan’s husband and Grace’s father) and the Supreme Court eventually declared FPJ qualified to run for the presidency?”


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Who among them will call Malacañang ‘home’? PEOPLE By Joanne Rae M. Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 13 googleplus0 0


Malacañang Palace Photo from Malacañang’s Facebook page

Before noon of June 30, 2016, President Noynoy Aquino will leave Malacañang Palace for the last time as Chief Executive. He will be picked up by the President-elect, and together they will ride or fly to the venue (Quirino Grandstand in Aquino’s case, Barasoain Church in Joseph Estrada’s) where the new leader will take his or her oath as President of over 100 million Filipinos.

It will be an end, and it will be a beginning. The new President would have made up his/her mind by then where to stay: the main Palace, where all the past Presidents from Manuel Quezon to Ferdinand Marcos resided pre-EDSA, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, post-EDSA; the Premiere Guesthouse, where Joseph Estrada lived for his brief stint as Chief Executive; or Bahay Pangarap across the Pasig River, where the current bachelor President lives.


German diplomats and expatriates enjoy festivities at the former German consulate along Calle Arlegui in San Miguel, Manila. Manila Nostalgia/Lou Gopal --This may be considered as one of the most beautiful yet controversial home in Manila. The Laperal Mansion, now the Arlgeui Guest House, sits along Calle Arlegui in San Miguel, only a few blocks from Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the Philippine president. Before World War II broke out in the Philippines in 1941, the mansion served as the consulate of Nazi Germany. Yes, you heard it right, Hitler's Nazi Germany. Other sources say that before the mansion became the German chancellery, it was known as the Blair Mansion, named after an American military officer who lived in the property. Japanese occupation came into the islands in 1942. During their three-year occupation, the house served as the residence of Speaker of the Assembly Benigno Aquino Sr., grandfather of current president Benigno 'BS' Aquino III. There are conflicting reports about the veracity of this story.


The Arlegui Mansion in 2013. Note that renovations took place during the Marcos presidency as the original house only had one tower. The guest house is property of the Office of the President, the mansion housed the Presidential Economic Staff (the precursor of the modern National Economic Development Authority) before First Lady Imelda Marcos decided to expand the edifice, transforming it into a guesthouse. After the 1986 EDSA Revolution removed Marcos from power, his successor President Corazón Aquino resided in the Arlegui Mansion instead of the Main Palace for the duration of her term, in an effort to distance herself from the previous regime's decadence and excess. Wikipedia.org

Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos lived in the stately Arlegui Mansion, an American colonial manor a stone’s throw away from Malacañang. Unfortunately for the government, but as a sign that the courts favor no one, the house (sequestered before the Aquino I administration) was given back to its rightful owners.

If I were President or First lady, I would have loved to live in Arlegui.

According to the coffee table book Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History, the Arlegui mansion was winner of the Manila’s House Beautiful contest in 1929.

Built by Roberto Laperal and his wife Victoria Guison, it was once the residence of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Benigno Aquino Sr. (Cory’s father-in-law!).

Unless the government buys back the mansion, it will be now just the stuff of memories of the Aquino children — from happy days to dangerous days as the mansion was besieged by rebel soldiers in 1987 and 1989.

Though P-Noy lives at Bahay Pangarap, which is located at Malacañang Park, he works at the main Palace, whose very first Filipino occupant was President Manuel Quezon in 1935.

P-Noy and his closest aides Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras work in the offices that Ferdinand Marcos once occupied — something which his mother Cory avoided. Almendras works in a suite of offices that used to be the bedroom of the Marcos, and then the Arroyo children.

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The Premiere Guesthouse where Cory held office (in a suite that was once a bedroom it had a bathtub) and where Erap lived is now used for pre-state dinner cocktails and other special events.


Presidential aspirants (from left) Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, Mar Roxas and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.Photos by MIGUEL DE GUZMAN and KRIZ JOHN ROSALES

The house where P-Noy lived for the past five and a half years, designed by Conrad Onglao, got its name “Bahay Pangarap” or “Dream House” from First Lady Evangelina Macapagal in the 1960s.

According to the book Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History, Malacañang Park was acquired by President Quezon in 1936. Quezon intended the riverside property to be a retreat consisting of a recreational hall, an assembly hall and a rest house opposite the main Palace from across the Pasig. The latter is what is now known as Bahay Pangarap.


BOOK ILLUSTRATION: Bahay Pangarap. Photo from Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History

At least three of the presidential candidates have been to Bahay Pangarap, so they would know if they would prefer to stay there. Vice President Jojo Binay likes his family under one roof so it is not unlikely that if elected, he would stay at the main Palace with its many suites (at least five, including the his and hers master suites), each comparable to a presidential suite of a five-star hotel in size and proportion (the suites probably need some updating now).

Grace Poe would probably also live in the main Palace because she has three children, although she once revealed her husband Neil Llamanzares prefers to live in their Quezon City home. She quipped she would probably just have to install CCTV cameras to make sure he’s home when he says he is.

Mar Roxas and his wife Korina Sanchez might choose to live at Bahay Pangarap, which also has its own pool, if the President’s anointed one becomes the people’s anointed as well.

There are the two Goldenberg mansions near Ayala Bridge, which are breathtakingly beautiful and are a showcase of Philippine colonial architecture, which the high-brow Roxases might consider living in.

Like Mar’s ancestral home Bahay na Puti in Cubao, these two mansions are white.

If elected, Rodrigo Duterte might want to stay in the Premiere Guesthouse, the most recently remodeled and refurbished structure in the Malacañang compound.

Perhaps, Sen. Miriam Santiago would want to stay there, too, if she becomes Mrs. President.

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Wherever they choose to stay is probably the least of the candidates’ concerns at the moment — it is still an uphill climb to JP Laurel at the moment. But once there, they will love the tree-shaded lawns, the history, the art, the pomp, and the privilege of living, eating, working — and breathing — in the seat of power!

Ballsy likens Leni to Cory In my column “Once upon a time, 30 years ago” (published Feb. 25, 2016), the fourth to the last paragraph should have read: “Like my mom, who always said she was just a housewife, Leni believed that when the time came to do something for the country and she didn’t, she could not look at herself in the mirror if she turned her back on that chance to serve. Pareho sila na kung hindi ikaw ang tatakbo ay marami pang iba ang tatakbo. Eh paano naman natin matatanggal ang matagal na nakaluklok sa puwesto. Siguro she also felt na kesa pagsisihan ko ‘to kung kinakailangan nga ng panahon, sasabak na ako. Both Mom and Leni, once they’ve committed to a cause, they’re going to give it their all. Once napasukan, talagang all out. Hindi tatamad-tamad, grabe ang kasipagan para lang matupad yung kanilang gustong mangyari. They would really work double time, triple time.”

Ballsy has openly expressed support for Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo, a widow (like the late former President Cory Aquino) who was called upon to fill in the big shoes left by her husband, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in the peak of his life.


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Zsa Zsa Padilla to wed this year by Rowena Tan March 12, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1


Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao (Instagram)

Aside from keeping herself busy with work, Zsa Zsa Padilla’s plans this year are personal.

Set to tie the knot with her fiancé, architect Conrad Onglao, the singer-actress told ABS-CBN News they are eyeing a simple wedding ceremony. Their guests would be “(’yung) mga anak lang namin pareho. Iyun lang.”

Note that Conrad has two children from his previous marriage; Zsa Zsa has three.

Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao (Instagram) She said, “Kasi maraming magtatampo and ’yung mga kamag-anak ko, uuwi pa or pupuntahan namin or magmi-meet kami somewhere. Parang masyadong complicated i-plano.”

Although there have been talks they would marry in Italy, she simply said she’d prefer to just surprise everyone. However, instead of hogging social media and making it into a big thing, she said, “Sa Instagram, isang post lang…”

Zsa Zsa and Conrad were engaged last year. She let her followers know by posting a photo of her ring on Instagram, captioning it, “It’s official! Thank you so much for all your warm wishes! Much love from London. God bless us all.”

Busy schedule

Zsa Zsa appears on ABS-CBN’s “The Story Of Us.” She and other members of the cast went to New York recently to shoot some scenes for the primetime series.

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“I committed to this kasi gusto ko ’yung mga kasama ko and gusto ko ’yung binigay na role sa akin. Mabait (na role) naman for a change. Kasi parang nagsunod-sunod ’yung kontrabida ako,” she said.

She can relate to the story because her father and some of her relatives also migrated to the US when she was younger.

“The Story Of Us” centers on two friends turned lovers who grew up together in El Nido, Palawan. Circumstances will drive them apart when Tin (played by Kim) goes to the US to meet her estranged mother.

Zsa Zsa has commented on Xian and Kim’s refusal to label their relationship.

“Naiintindihan ko ’yung punto ni Xian and Kim kasi meron talagang danger sa oversharing. Mahirap din kasi kapag masyadong public ’yung inyong love life. Lahat ng tao may say sila kasi binigyan mo sila ng karapatan,” she said.


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Sergio Mendes celebrates 50 Years of Brasil ’66 at the Big Dome SHARES: 485 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet 12:10 PM March 2nd, 2016

World-renowned artist Sergio Mendes will take concert-goers through a breathtaking array of bossa nova hits in his upcoming concert on March 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mendes’ concert tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his seminal album, “Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66,” an opus of Brazil’s bossa nova king‘s successful musical career.

“Brasil ’66” was Mendes’ first album that put Brazilian music on the map in the 1960s through 1970s. It was produced by Herb Alpert and Mendes himself, with songs that integrated Latin jazz and bossa nova with elements of American pop music.

In 2011, the groundbreaking album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went platinum based largely on the success of its single “Mas Que Nada,” sung entirely in Portuguese with soaring vocals by Lani Hall.

The album also appealed to pop audiences through Mendes’ versions of the Beatle’s “Day Tripper” and Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Going Out of My Head.” Other songs included in the album were “the Look of Love,” “Chove Chuva,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Roda,” “Night and Day,” among others.

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Mendes is the ultimate jazz-fusion icon who loves to constantly create new sounds with contemporary artists. In his 2006 album “Timeless,” Mendes worked with the Black Eyed Peas on a fresher version of his 1960s hit, “Mas Que Nada.” He also opened up the collaborative channels with other fresh artists like Jill Scott, India Arie, Justin Timberlake and Erykah Badu.

More recently, he collaborated with John Legend, Carlinhos Brown and Will.i.am in his 2014 release “Magic”. The same album also featured the hit single, “One Nation,” the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A brilliant and prolific artist, Mendes has released 55 albums over the past five decades, including the Grammy Award-winning “Basileiro” in 1993 and “Bom Tempo” in 2010. In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making him one of the best Brazilian musicians of all time!

Buy your tickets to Sergio Mendes: A Celebration of 50 Years of Brasil ’66 concert onMarch 12 at the Big Dome. Visit TicketNet website for more details. ADVT

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Sergio Mendes: Filipino fans in for a ‘musical journey’ SHARES: 438 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tina Arceo-Dumlao @tinaarceodumlao Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:45 AM March 12th, 2016


Sergio Mendes and Brasil 2014. Photo via official Ovation Productions Facebook fan page -Sergio Mendes and Brasil 2014 performed more of their Bossa Nova hits from the 60s. The singer-songwriter said it was unbelievable that 40 years later, Black Eyed Peas will be doing a cover of his song. “By the way,” Sergio spoke with a bit of pride, “Apl De Ap is from the Philippines.” The group performed more upbeat songs during the next sets, this time joined by American rapper H2O. The group performed a series of Bozza Nova music and showed off great musical flexibility by infusing some urban flavor with H2O doing the rap parts while Sergio killed some good riffs on his keyboard. Even H2O was fascinated by this display of musicality, singing “Sergio is on board, right?”

Sergio Mendes, one of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, promises his Filipino fans a “musical journey” tonight, Saturday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where he will hold a concert to celebrate the 50th year of his band Brasil ’66.

In an interview with the Inquirer, Mendes says he and his band will perform all of the classics that Filipinos have loved all these years, including “Girl from Ipanema”, “One Note Samba”, “Mas Que Nada” and “Never Gonna Let You Go”, which he says was a particularly big hit in the Philippines.

Mendes says he is looking forward to the performance tonight as he has always felt at home in the Philippines, with its great audience and affinity with Brazilian music.

“It is always a great feeling to be in the Philippines. I love performing there,” says Mendes in a phone interview.
It also helps that he is coming over to see his old friend Jorge L. Araneta, CEO of the Araneta Group of Companies, who extended the invitation for him to come over and perform once again for his Filipino fans.

“We go a long way back,” Mendes says of Araneta, “I feel honored. He was the first to bring me to the Philippines.”


Jacqui Magno. Photo via official Ovation Productions Facebook fan page

The March 12 concert is an especially important event for Mendes as it is a celebration of 50 years since Brasil ’66 captured the imagination of a global audience, putting Brazilian music in the limelight.

Mendes says he still cannot believe that he has been able to perform for so long and that bossa nova, which he helped become popular across the globe, transcending cultures, language and genres, continues to connect with old and new audiences.

The producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, who has recorded 40 albums so far throughout his career, attributes this rare feat to the “great melodies” that bossa nova – or new trend – brings to the musical table.

The three-time Grammy Award winner has been sharing his music with the audience since 1961 with Dance Moderno and the groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio. From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, Mendes established his status by taking numerous albums and singles to the top of the charts.

But it was Mendes and Brasil ’66 that led to global stardom, starting with the performance of “The Look of Love” during the 1968 Oscars, followed by “The Fool on the Hill” and “Scarborough Fair,” classics given that touch of Brazilian rhythm.


Joe Pizzulo. Photo via official Ovation Productions Facebook fan page Parts of the group’s set also centered on showing the great artistry of each of Brasil 2014’s members, with the percussionist practically stealing the show by not just doing percussions but also displaying some cool capoeira moves—capoeira being a modern day rhythmic movement that is a representation of Brazil culture.

His single “Mas Que Nada,” according to his website, marked the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese hit Billboard’s Pop chart in the United States.

“Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and his distinctive pop instrumentation feature melodies with distinct sophistication and alluring sexiness that ultimately came to define Brazilian music for many music enthusiasts around the world,” it said.

The iconic album “Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66” has been inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame, joining Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”, Rolling Stones “Exile on Main St”, Dr. Martin Luther King jR.s “I Have A Dream” speech and others in the 2012 class of historically significant recordings.

One artist who has had a profound influence on Mendes’ career is Antonio Carlos Jobim, known in the industry as the primary force behind the creation of bossa nova and the composer of “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema), which has been recorded over 200 times by other artists.

Mendes describes Maestro Jobim as a master of songwriting and melody, the techniques of which he is still trying to get better at.

“Maestro has written more than 600 songs and all of them were wonderful. It is all about the melodies, very romantic, sensual and happy,” says Mendes.

And happy is what he promises Filipinos will feel during this special trip down memory lane. That and celebration.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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