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CHERRY PIE: ON 'THE WINGS OF HOPE'


APRIL 11 -Cherry Pie Picache has many reasons to smile again.
In September 2014, multi-awarded actress Cherry Pie Picache faced the biggest storm of her life when she lost her mother, Zenaida Sison. Zenaida was a feisty, happy and caring mother. The loss and the manner by which Zenaida died were simply too heavy for her youngest child, Cherry Pie. The actress was forced to take a nine-month hiatus from work. Except for the 2014 Metro Manila Filmfest entry, Feng Shui 2, which she had already committed to, Cherry Pie did not accept any other project. “Almost one year din akong hindi nagtrabaho,” says Cherry Pie, one of the three Dekada awardees of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino for 2000 to 2009. “I had to recover.”  But while trying to regain a sense of normalcy in her life, Cherry Pie set herself on a mission: Find her mother’s killer and place him behind bars. “On the contrary, I was also busy attending to matters related to the investigation of the case. I was grieving because I lost my mom and yung pag-asikaso sa kaso ang lalong nagpabigat para sa akin.”  Still, the pain was all too real. But Cherry Pie found strength in prayer and comfort in family and friends. “I held on to my faith and I found a good support system in the people around me.”  Slowly, the actress got back on track starting with the top-rating teleserye On The Wings of Love which aired on ABS-CBN from August 2015 to February of this year. The guilty verdict handed down by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on her mother’s killer also came as an early Christmas gift for Cherry Pie and her family. READ MORE...

ALSO: Luis Manzano - Nothing wrong with being gay


APRIL 12 -LUIS MANZANO
“There is nothing wrong with being gay,” said actor-TV host Luis Manzano, who just laughed off the rumor that he is a homosexual. However, the gay rumor makes Luis “angry when people use the word as a way to hurt me.”  During the press conference for his latest game show, “Family Feud” on ABS-CBN, the 34-year-old said: “Bakla is not a derogatory term. What’s foul is that it is given a wrong connotation and is used to attack other people.”  Asked about the reaction of his mom, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, to the rumor, Luis said: “She knows how to handle intrigues more than I do. She has had her fair share of haters, especially during the time of Vi versus Guy (Nora Aunor’s nickname). I heard that there were incidents when their fans would physically hurt each other.”  Luis’ ex-girlfriend, Angel Locsin, was also not spared from vicious rumors. There was speculation that the actress is a lesbian. “I’ve heard of that. We’re so used to name-calling. In this industry, I’ve proven that the saying ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ is not true at all. I’ve heard so many rumors about me that were so far-out, like the one saying I got a beauty queen pregnant.”  Angel once came to Luis’ defense, and for that, the actor-TV host said he was grateful. “She knows the truth more than anyone. I’m very thankful, but I’d rather not talk about her at this event because she is not part of this. I also don’t want to expound on it out of respect for Angel. I don’t want to be accused of using her for publicity. Less talk, less mistakes, that’s what they say.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Kris back from wellness journey


APRIL 13 -Kris Aquino Kris 
Aquino Kris Aquino is back after a month-long stay in Hawaii.  On Instagram, Kris Aquino posted a photo of her with her children, captioning it, “Headed home with happy and healthy hearts.”  Kris mentioned how she enjoyed her vacation in Hawaii, thankful for having been able to bond with her kids.  “The 3 weeks made me start actively working on my physical health, and more importantly I had the time to be a 100% focused Mom – cooking for my boys, with all the prepping & washing that I don’t have to do back home, watching the shows and movies they like, and I got them to help me with chores – folding their clothes, keeping the bathroom neat, and clearing and cleaning up after eating,” she wrote.  She continued: “Kuya and Bimb had all of me with no distractions and no work obligations. I know we are blessed because I could financially afford the time of… And this is just the beginning of a lifelong commitment of prioritizing my wellness because I still need to make many more memories with my 2 sons…”  “… Thank you God for giving me the perfect level of work to be able to provide for my sons while having the time I need to reach my long term health,” she added.  READ MORE...RELATED, Melai, Karla, Jolina to host replacement show for ‘Kris TV’...

ALSO: Pia Wurtzbach arrives in Manila for Bb. Pilipinas 2016


APRIL 14 -Pia Wurtzbach is back in Manila to crown her successor at this year's Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Facebook/Binibining Pilipinas
Pia Wurtzbach is back in Manila to crown her successor at this year's Binibining Pilipinas pageant. The reigning Miss Universe arrived with her road manager Esther Swan Wednesday morning, according to the official account of Binibining Pilipinas. Wurtzbach was also in Manila two weeks ago to attend to personal meetings and the press conference of Binibining Pilipinas. As of this writing, Wurtzbach has already arrived in her hotel where she will be having her press conference on April 14, a few days before the pageant proper on April 17, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. READ MORE...RELATED, Kapuso actor, naka-date ni Pia Wurtzbach; pagdaraos ng Miss U sa bansa, sinuportahan...

ALSO: Piolo reacts to reports linking KC, Aly Borromeo


APRIL 14 -Piolo Pascual has broken his silence on reports linking his former girlfriend, KC Concepcion, to football player Aly Borromeo.
Entertainment site PEP caught up with Pascual at the sidelines of Kim Chiu’s concert last Saturday and was asked to react on the matter. Pascual only said: “I wish her well. I wish all the best for her, that’s all.” Back in March, Concepcion shared a photo of her with a group of friends while watching a football match. Early this month, she was also spotted with Borromeo at a high-end bar in Taguig. In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Gretchen Fullido last week, Concepcion admitted that she is currently happy with her love life. “May mga good guys pa rin pala diyan. I’m happy na nagpapakita na sila sa akin these days,” she said. Speaking about Borromeo, Concepcion said she is happy that the former Azkals team captain is introducing her to the world of football. “That’s exciting. We are collaborating on something, another passion project that has to do with football and the UN,” she said.FULL REPORT.

ALSO: ROBIN PADILLA's 'Game ng Bayan' to air final episode on Friday


APRIL 13 -Robin Padilla (center) leads the host of 'Game ng Bayan.' The game show urges contestants to use teamwork to win cash prizes. ABS-CBN 
MANILA - Robin Padilla's "Game ng Bayan" is set to air its final episode on Friday, just a little over a month since its debut last March 7. On Wednesday, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Ochoa released a statement announcing the end of the show's "limited run." "We thank the hosts Robin Padilla, Alex Gonzaga, MJ Lastimosa, Eric Nicolas, and Negi, the whole production staff and crew, the various barangays that participated in the game, and most importantly, the viewers for their support to the program," Ochoa wrote. "During its limited run, 'Game ng Bayan' brought fun and entertainment to Kapamilyas around the world and enabled residents in participating barangays to provide the resources they need in their communities by working together in time-bound challenges in the show." 
"ABS-CBN, however, will continue to develop programs that will not only give viewers an enjoyable viewing experience but will also bring joy and cheers to barangays across the country." "In the meantime, Robin Padilla will focus on 'Pilipinas Got Talent,' which has started its semi-final rounds. Alex, MJ, Eric, and Negi, meanwhile, will also attend to other projects," the statement concluded. READ MORE...


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Cherry Pie: On the wings of hope


Cherry Pie Picache has many reasons to smile again

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A, APRIL 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Gay Ace Domingo -  In September 2014, multi-awarded actress Cherry Pie Picache faced the biggest storm of her life when she lost her mother, Zenaida Sison. Zenaida was a feisty, happy and caring mother. The loss and the manner by which Zenaida died were simply too heavy for her youngest child, Cherry Pie.

The actress was forced to take a nine-month hiatus from work. Except for the 2014 Metro Manila Filmfest entry, Feng Shui 2, which she had already committed to, Cherry Pie did not accept any other project. “Almost one year din akong hindi nagtrabaho,” says Cherry Pie, one of the three Dekada awardees of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino for 2000 to 2009. “I had to recover.”

But while trying to regain a sense of normalcy in her life, Cherry Pie set herself on a mission: Find her mother’s killer and place him behind bars. “On the contrary, I was also busy attending to matters related to the investigation of the case. I was grieving because I lost my mom and yung pag-asikaso sa kaso ang lalong nagpabigat para sa akin.”

Still, the pain was all too real. But Cherry Pie found strength in prayer and comfort in family and friends. “I held on to my faith and I found a good support system in the people around me.”

Slowly, the actress got back on track starting with the top-rating teleserye On The Wings of Love which aired on ABS-CBN from August 2015 to February of this year.

The guilty verdict handed down by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on her mother’s killer also came as an early Christmas gift for Cherry Pie and her family.

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Among those that were affected by her mother’s passing was Cherry Pie’s prison advocacy, which she had been involved with prior to her mother’s death. She was an active member of the Prison Pastoral Care Ministry of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.


OCTOBER 10, 2015 PHOTO --At the Department of Justice yesterday, October 9, 2015, a disheartened Cherry Pie confronted her mother’s "killer" Michael Flores during the case’s inquest proceedings. Unable to contain her emotions, the actress was in tears asking Michael, “Bakit? Bakit?” After the proceedings, Cherry Pie told ABS-CBN News that it was a painful meeting for her. “Mahirap,” she said. “Masakit, masyadong masakit.”  Cherry Pie’s mother, 75-year old Zenaida Sison, was murdered September 19 in her Quezon City home. She took multiple stab wounds and blows to the head. 29-year old Michael, who worked as Zenaida’s stay-out help for six months, admitted to the crime in his extra-judicial confession yesterday afternoon. STAR PHILE

Cherry Pie admits it was difficult to reconcile the thought of helping criminal offenders with the fact that a criminal ended her mother’s life. But Cherry Pie explains that the Prison Pastoral Care Ministry is not just about visiting and counseling inmates, but works under the principle of “restorative justice.” She says under restorative justice, offenders, victims and the community are all involved in the rehabilitation process. It promotes healing for both offenders and victims through dialogue.

“We do not believe in capital punishment. We believe in rehabilitating the offender. We believe in helping the offender repent and accept the consequences for the evil that he has done so that he or she can regain his dignity and face his Creator with the same goodness he was created with.”

Cherry Pie’s faith, her desire to heal from the tragedy and her belief in efforts to create a safer, more peaceful community has brought her back to the ministry’s fold.

Cherry Pie also stars in the new socio-political film Whistleblower along with Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban. Inspired by the pork barrel scandal that rocked the country in 2013, Whistleblower tackles the lives of three women who are caught in the web of deceit and greed. Nora is an accountant hired by politicians to cook their books.

Cherry Pie is the powerful lady who gets Nora’s services while Angelica plays the reporter who investigates the controversy. Noted filmmaker Adolf Alix directs from a script by award-winning Rody Vera.

Whistleblower, graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), is now showing in theaters. It features a star-studded cast: Laurice Guillen, Art Acuña, Benjamin Alves, Carlo Aquino, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Bernardo Bernardo, Minda Casagan, Menggie Cobarrubias, Ricky Davao, Cogie Domingo, Ina Feleo, Ronnie Henares, Glenda Kennedy, Vangie Labalan, Celeste Legaspi, Anita Linda, Gigi Locsin, Liza Lorean, Gerald Madrid, Pancho Magno, Dennis Marasigan, Allan Paule, Leo Rialp, John Rendez, Rosanna Roces, Flor Salanga, Lloyd Samartino, Yul Servo, Erlinda Villalobos, Lauren Young, Yan Yuzon and Kevin Zonnenberg.

The film features major confrontation scenes between Cherry Pie and Nora, leading observers to call the Nora-Cherry Pie match-up a “combustible combination.”

In an interview, direk Adolf, who has worked with Nora in Padre de Familia, and with Cherry Pie in Isda and Ang Alamat ni China Doll said that Nora’s quiet portrayal is a perfect foil to Cherry Pie’s bravura of performance.

Cherry Pie says she is proud to be part of an important and daring film and to be working with the country’s top actors. “It’s an honor to be with Ms. Nora Aunor.”

Another source of joy and satisfaction for Cherry Pie is seeing her son Jose Antonio “Nio” Tria grow up to be a fine young gentleman. Nio, who turns 14 this month, is a Grade 8 student at Ateneo and is part of the Philippines’ 14 and Under National Tennis team. Cherry Pie recently accompanied Nio to the ITF Asian Championships Division 1 tournament in Vietnam where Nio, along with his teammate, Michael Francis Eala Jr., bagged the gold in Under 14 Boys’ Doubles.


With son Nio…

CHERRY PIE WITH SON NIO

Mother and son will again leave for another tournament. From April 18 to 23, they will be in Thailand for the World Junior Tennis Competition where Nio is joining teammates Michael and Venz Anton Louise Alforque.

To say that Cherry Pie is supportive of Nio, her young tennis star, is an understatement. Life stops for the mom-actress when Nio has a major tournament. Since 2012, when her son started representing the country in international matches, Cherry Pie has refused to accept any taping or shooting on days when Nio has a match.

And Cherry Pie can only be grateful to her ABS-CBN bosses especially to Deo Endrinal and Cory Vidanes for understanding.

Cherry Pie goes into “full mommy mode” as she prepares Nio’s gear and attends to his needs during the two-week international gig. “Naglalaro rin ako ng tennis kaya alam ko ang sacrifice ng parent para sa anak nila na athlete. Kailangan ng mga athlete ng support so that they can be inspired to excel.”

This mom is pleased that Nio is as disciplined in tennis as he is in his academics. In late March, Cherry Pie was so thrilled when Nio showed her not one, not two, but four certificates: Excellence in Christian Life Education, Excellence in Filipino, Excellence in Music and Second Honors. “He makes me so happy and proud!”

And, speaking of excellence, Cherry Pie’s Alab Restaurant (which she co-owns with two partners) was chosen the Best Filipino Cuisine Special Restaurant in Metro Manila by the Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business. Her niece Jozen Curva and Alab’s Chef Moises received the recognition. Alab has two branches, one in Scout Rallos and one in UP Town Center. Another branch is set to open in Mckinley Hill soon.

These days, downpours and stormy winds still take Cherry Pie back to that fateful night almost two years ago. The scars left by the tragedy will never be erased, the pain may never completely subside. But with faith, hope and the love of those around her, Cherry Pie has found many reasons to smile again.

“I am working on it,” she says. “It’s not easy to forgive but I want to.” 


and On The Wings of Love co-star James Reid


INQUIRER

Luis Manzano: Nothing wrong with being gay SHARES: 6 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:06 AM April 12th, 2016


LUIS MANZANO

“There is nothing wrong with being gay,” said actor-TV host Luis Manzano, who just laughed off the rumor that he is a homosexual.

However, the gay rumor makes Luis “angry when people use the word as a way to hurt me.”

During the press conference for his latest game show, “Family Feud” on ABS-CBN, the 34-year-old said: “Bakla is not a derogatory term. What’s foul is that it is given a wrong connotation and is used to attack other people.”

Asked about the reaction of his mom, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, to the rumor, Luis said: “She knows how to handle intrigues more than I do. She has had her fair share of haters, especially during the time of Vi versus Guy (Nora Aunor’s nickname). I heard that there were incidents when their fans would physically hurt each other.”

Luis’ ex-girlfriend, Angel Locsin, was also not spared from vicious rumors. There was speculation that the actress is a lesbian. “I’ve heard of that. We’re so used to name-calling. In this industry, I’ve proven that the saying ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ is not true at all. I’ve heard so many rumors about me that were so far-out, like the one saying I got a beauty queen pregnant.”

Angel once came to Luis’ defense, and for that, the actor-TV host said he was grateful. “She knows the truth more than anyone. I’m very thankful, but I’d rather not talk about her at this event because she is not part of this. I also don’t want to expound on it out of respect for Angel. I don’t want to be accused of using her for publicity. Less talk, less mistakes, that’s what they say.”

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He admitted that even his mom felt sad about the breakup. “I’m sure that was depressing for my mom, not just because of me, but also because she is really close to Angel,” he said, adding that he did not regret all that had happened between them. “What we had was a long and interesting story.”

He said the two of them have maintained a good working relationship. They are both part of the reality talent search “Pilipinas Got Talent,” in which Luis is one of the hosts and Angel, one of the judges. “We’ve been through a lot, as a couple and as individuals. We’ve both become more mature. Yes, we felt uncomfortable for a while, but not anymore. We’re friends—let’s just leave it at that.”

Is he ready to resume dating?

“I wish I knew when I’d be ready. Love will come at the right time,” he answered. “I also don’t want to say whether or not the next girl will still be from show biz. It really doesn’t matter.”

On comments that he seemed to be taking the separation a little too lightly, Luis quipped: “Do people have to see me bawling on television for them to be convinced that I’m hurting?”

“Family Feud” airs on ABS-CBN every Saturday after “Soco” and every Sunday after “Kapamilya Blockbuster.”


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Kris back from wellness journey by Regina Mae Parungao April 11, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Kris11-210x300.jpg


Kris Aquino Kris

Aquino Kris Aquino is back after a month-long stay in Hawaii.

On Instagram, Kris Aquino posted a photo of her with her children, captioning it, “Headed home with happy and healthy hearts.”

Kris mentioned how she enjoyed her vacation in Hawaii, thankful for having been able to bond with her kids.

“The 3 weeks made me start actively working on my physical health, and more importantly I had the time to be a 100% focused Mom – cooking for my boys, with all the prepping & washing that I don’t have to do back home, watching the shows and movies they like, and I got them to help me with chores – folding their clothes, keeping the bathroom neat, and clearing and cleaning up after eating,” she wrote.

She continued: “Kuya and Bimb had all of me with no distractions and no work obligations. I know we are blessed because I could financially afford the time of… And this is just the beginning of a lifelong commitment of prioritizing my wellness because I still need to make many more memories with my 2 sons…”

“… Thank you God for giving me the perfect level of work to be able to provide for my sons while having the time I need to reach my long term health,” she added.

READ MORE...


Kris Aquino with Bimby and Josh (Instagram) Kris Aquino with Bimby and Josh (Instagram)

Kris shared she will be shooting a TV commercial soon.

Recall that the TV host-actress bid showbiz adieu last month maintaining she needed to focus on her health, family and businesses.

The announcement came after she hinted on social media about making “important life choices in the next days…”

However, Kris noted she is not leaving show business for good.

“This isn’t goodbye. This is I hope you’ll miss me and I hope to see you again soon. My not so healthy heart wants to thank all of you for your love for me, my family, and my work.”

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Melai, Karla, Jolina to host replacement show for ‘Kris TV’ (philstar.com) | Updated April 12, 2016 - 2:43pm 5 41 googleplus0 0


Constant “Kris TV” guest hosts Melai Cantiveros and Karla Estrada, plus Jolina Magdangal will be the three newest faces in ABS-CBN’s upcoming morning talk show. File Photo/ABS-CBN Corp. Comm
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 MANILA, Philippines – Three mommies will host the replacement show for “Kris TV” titled “Magandang Buhay.”

The show will be hosted by Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal that will soon air in ABS-CBN.

Kris Aquino’s morning magazine show went off air after the TV host-actress chose to take a break and focus on her health and family.

“Kinabahan, pero inisip ko na lang para sa anak ko,” said Melai about hosting the show, in an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal. “Siguro sa umpisa medyo may kaba. Pero hindi kasi, may mga kasama ako sa show, si Karla at si Jolina kaya kahit paano hindi naman ako kinabahan.”

The “We Will Survive” star said she never thought she could be a talk show host, but she is nevertheless thankful for the “new blessing” given to her.

Karla, Melai and Jolina first worked together as contestants in the talent-search show “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” where Melai was hailed the grand winner. – Joyce Jimenez


PHILSTAR

Pia Wurtzbach arrives in Manila for Bb. Pilipinas 2016 By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated April 13, 2016 - 12:30pm 9 92 googleplus0 0


Pia Wurtzbach is back in Manila to crown her successor at this year's Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Facebook/Binibining Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines - Pia Wurtzbach is back in Manila to crown her successor at this year's Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

The reigning Miss Universe arrived with her road manager Esther Swan Wednesday morning, according to the official account of Binibining Pilipinas.

Wurtzbach was also in Manila two weeks ago to attend to personal meetings and the press conference of Binibining Pilipinas.

As of this writing, Wurtzbach has already arrived in her hotel where she will be having her press conference on April 14, a few days before the pageant proper on April 17, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Kapuso actor, naka-date ni Pia Wurtzbach; pagdaraos ng Miss U sa bansa, sinuportahan Published April 14, 2016 10:02pm


BENJAMIN ALVES

Hindi itinanggi ng confidently beautiful 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach na isang Kapuso hunk actor ang kaniyang naka-date.

Kabilang si Chika Minute reporter ni Nelson Canlas sa ilang piling mamamahayag na nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapanayam si Pia na kababalik lang sa bansa.

Dahil nauugnay si Pia sa hunk doctor na si Mikhail "Dr. Mike" Varshavsky, sinamantala ni Nelson ang pagkakataon para alamin kung mayroon siyang boyfriend ngayon.

READ: Are Pia Wurtzbach and Dr. Mike 'in a relationship'? Miss Universe will answer 'sa tamang panahon'

Gayunman, hindi direktang sinagot ni Pia ang mga tanong tungkol kay Dr Mike, gaya nang kung mag-'MU' sila (mutual understanding).

Hindi naman itinanggi ni Pia na nag-date sila ng Kapuso actor na si Benjamin Alves.

Sinabi rin ni Pia na hindi siya pinagbabawalan ng organisasyon na magkaroon nobyo.

Samantala, naniniwala si Pia na dapat ituloy ng Pilipinas ang pag-host sa pageant ngayong taon. Taliwas ito sa paniwala ni 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz na may ibang mga bagay na dapat unahin ang bansa.

Ayon kay Pia, maaaring may sariling dahilan si Diaz at iginagalang niya ito.

Pero kung makakakuha umano ng sapat na suporta mula sa gobyerno at sa pribadong sektor, pumayag ang organizer na dito sa bansa gawin ang pageant, dapat itong ituloy.

Sinabi rin ni Pia na handa siyang magbigay ng tip sa susunod na magiging kinatawan ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe. -- FRJ, GMA News

 
GMA CHIKA MINUTE WITH PIA


ABS-CBN

Piolo reacts to reports linking KC, Aly Borromeo ABS-CBN News Posted at 04/14/16 11:33 AM | Updated as of 04/14/16 12:23 PM

MANILA – Piolo Pascual has broken his silence on reports linking his former girlfriend, KC Concepcion, to football player Aly Borromeo.

Entertainment site PEP caught up with Pascual at the sidelines of Kim Chiu’s concert last Saturday and was asked to react on the matter.

Pascual only said: “I wish her well. I wish all the best for her, that’s all.”


Back in March, Concepcion shared a photo of her with a group of friends while watching a football match. Early this month, she was also spotted with Borromeo at a high-end bar in Taguig.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Gretchen Fullido last week, Concepcion admitted that she is currently happy with her love life.

“May mga good guys pa rin pala diyan. I’m happy na nagpapakita na sila sa akin these days,” she said.

Speaking about Borromeo, Concepcion said she is happy that the former Azkals team captain is introducing her to the world of football.

“That’s exciting. We are collaborating on something, another passion project that has to do with football and the UN,” she said.


ABS-CBN

'Game ng Bayan' to air final episode on Friday ABS-CBN News Posted at 04/13/16 8:09 PM


Robin Padilla (center) leads the host of 'Game ng Bayan.' The game show urges contestants to use teamwork to win cash prizes. ABS-CBN

MANILA - Robin Padilla's "Game ng Bayan" is set to air its final episode on Friday, just a little over a month since its debut last March 7.

On Wednesday, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Ochoa released a statement announcing the end of the show's "limited run."

"We thank the hosts Robin Padilla, Alex Gonzaga, MJ Lastimosa, Eric Nicolas, and Negi, the whole production staff and crew, the various barangays that participated in the game, and most importantly, the viewers for their support to the program," Ochoa wrote.

"During its limited run, 'Game ng Bayan' brought fun and entertainment to Kapamilyas around the world and enabled residents in participating barangays to provide the resources they need in their communities by working together in time-bound challenges in the show."

"ABS-CBN, however, will continue to develop programs that will not only give viewers an enjoyable viewing experience but will also bring joy and cheers to barangays across the country."

"In the meantime, Robin Padilla will focus on 'Pilipinas Got Talent,' which has started its semi-final rounds. Alex, MJ, Eric, and Negi, meanwhile, will also attend to other projects," the statement concluded.

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In recent days, "Game ng Bayan" has been lagging just behind its timeslot rival "Wowowin" in terms of nationwide ratings, according to data from Kantar Media. On Monday, it scored 10.2 percent compared to the Willie Revillame-led show's 12.7 percent.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Bandera, Padilla downplayed the rivalry between the two programs, saying his goal has always been to help his fellow Filipinos rather than compete for ratings.

"Tandaan mo instant money 'yun. 'Yung mga ganoon dapat sinusuportahan nating lahat. Sabi ko nga kay Ka Willie, ako nandito ako dahil sa tao lang," he was quoted in saying.

The conclusion of "Game ng Bayan" will pave the way for ABS-CBN's newest superhero series "My Super D," which will air before "TV Patrol" starting Monday. Melai Cantiveros and Pokwang's "We Will Survive" is expected to move to an earlier timeslot.


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