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25 YEARS OF 'MAALAALA MO KAYA'


JUNE 2 -Charo Santos-Concio: Saturday nights won’t be complete for many Filipino families without watching “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).” 
The show has been touching viewers’ lives for 25 years now in line with its goal of telling inspiring true stories sent by mail or email from across the country and even abroad. Since 1991, “MMK” has received more than 1,200 letters. The program is brainchild of current ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio who was inspired by radio programs she grew up listening to, including “Kahapon Lamang.” “Naramdaman ko sa panonood at pakikinig ng mga programa na ’yun ’yung depth and breadth of humanity. Na we go through life struggling about choices and then we see everything without any judgment. Walang panghuhusga kundi pag-iintindi, ’yun ang naidulot sa’kin ng mga radio shows, TV dramas, at mga movies na napanood namin. “Bilang tagahanga, gusto kong maibalik din ’yung ganu’ng experience sa ating mga manonood.” Charo credited the longevity of the show to the humanity inherent in each episode. “Iba ’yung kwento na hango sa totoong buhay, nakaka-relate ang mga viewers,” she said. “I’d like to think that in our own little way we were able to bring relief to our viewers. Nakapagbigay kami ng pag-asa. It has been a positive influence to our Kapamilyas.” Charo noticed through the many letters they have received that Filipinos now see themselves “less helpless.” “They’re more empowered,” she said. “Mas inspired sila ngayon to open up about their struggles and how they were able to transcend their struggles in life.” Director Olivia Lamasan added viewers have become more understanding of sensitive issues. READ MORE...RELATED,
ABOUT CHARO ROSARIO CONCHO...

ALSO: VIRAL - Men's fashion magazine features Charice Pempengco
[RELATED: Why Charice is hesitant to judge a singing contest again ]


JUNE 1 -Charice Pempengco's photos from Instagram account. Instagram/catharsis.
- Bold and unprecedented. Charice Pempengco is fashionably breaking the norms by being the first lesbian to be featured in a men's fashion magazine in the Philippines. As seen on the cover, the "Pyramid" hitmaker is wearing a denim jacket, that shows a peek of her tatoo in her right arm. The words "Pride Rocks" running below her photo is also noticeable giving more value to the magazine's message. The move makes a turn on the usual. According to the photo's caption, "Charice speaks her truth and we come to know and understand on the most personal level yet. By most accounts, this has never been done before and whatever way the pendulum will swing, this was a move worth taking." In 2013, the international star who was recently named as one of Asia's most influential singers admitted in public her gender preference. Her confession earned varying comments, some supporting her while others criticizing her. READ MORE... RELATED, Why Charice is hesitant to judge a singing contest again...

ALSO: Ruffa Gutierrez wants to settle down in ‘perfect time’


JUNE 2 -Ruffa Gutierrez said she wants to get married for the right reasons, and wants to make sure that her next marriage will work.
Ruffa Gutierrez is open to the idea to get married again. The former beauty queen is in a relationship with non-showbiz partner Jordan Mouyal for more than two years now. Related Stories Ruffa Gutierrez’s wellness secret “As of now hindi ko pa siya naiisip, but I know someday I want to grow old naman with someone, right?” she said in an interview on Thursday, organized by Cosmo Skin. “I’m sure one day, when it’s the right time, the perfect time. Why rush di ba?” she added. Ruffa’s marriage before with businessman Yilmaz Bektas didn’t work out, especially after she was allegedly abused physically. So if she decides to marry again, she promised “I won’t let that happen again in my life and kailangan siguradong-sigurado ako.” When it comes to having kids, Ruffa said she still can ovulate, making it possible for her to get pregnant. Although sometimes she thinks about having kids again, she admitted having second thoughts since “I’m not getting any younger, am I ready to have a little kid?” Ruffa has two daughters with Bektas. THE FULL REPOR-, RELATED, Annabelle Rama: Daughter Ruffa and I are okay for now, but…

ALSO: Kris Aquino dismisses reported plotting a plan with Trillanes
[Kris, who has spent time at the president palace in Macalañang the past years to assist her brother, helped in the campaign of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, who ran against the now president-elect.]


MAY 31-Kris Aquino denied the reports that she met up with Sen. Antonio Trillanes in Hawaii, saying she’s dedicating all her time to her sons. Instagram/
Kris Aquino denied that she’s plotting a plan with Sen. Antonio Trillanes against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Last week, Kris and the senator were allegedly spotted in Hawaii, according to Bombo Radyo correspondent Manny Pascua. On Monday, Kris denied reports saying that she has "never spoken against President Elect Duterte.” She television host and sister of President Benigno Aquino III explained that she decided to react on the issue after she realized that she's letting "malicious liars succeed by keeping quiet." "Ignoring the made-up Hawaii meet up- may maniniwala [and] may madadagdag na teleserye plot twists,” Kris added. She insisted that she was spending time in Hawaii “peacefully" with her sons. "Bumabawi sa kanila ng bongga because for too long I was a workaholic Mom—and this time is all for them,” she said. READ MORE...RELATED FLASHBACK 2013:
Kris Aquino asks Duterte’s support for 2016...
 

ALSO: Gina Alajar returns to acting


JUNE 3 -GINA Alajar For her return to acting as a villain in GMA 7’s “Magkaibang Mundo,” Gina Alajar, who has been focusing on directing for the past four years, has dyed her hair platinum blonde—and she’s loving it. “I didn’t have qualms when the creative team told me that I needed to change my hair color. I was actually excited. Now I’m enjoying it!” she told the Inquirer. “My grandchildren were curious—they kept asking me why my hair was ‘white.’” Working as an actress has been a treat so far, she said, adding that she has missed the feeling of being [tended to] on set. “When you’re the director, you’re the one in charge… Now, when I arrive on set, I get my makeup done, and I feel like a celebrity again!” she said. “Everyone calls me nanay (mother).”
But there is one thing she is dreading, however. “The memorization! I haven’t done a TV series in a while, so I fear I may be rusty. But so far, so good,” she said. Allan Policarpio RELATED, ABOUT GINA ALAJAR...

ALSO: ‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS’ WITH BLUNT, ‘HAMILTON’ STAR MIRANDA[RELATED: Whatever happened to the cast of Disney's much-loved 1964 hit Mary Poppins?]


JUNE 3 -Britain’s beloved cinematic singing nanny Mary Poppins will once again grace the big screens, this time with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton,” as her sidekick, Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday.
“Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the 1964 classic film “Mary Poppins,” is scheduled for release in theaters on Christmas Day 2018 and will star British actress Blunt in the titular role made famous by Julie Andrews. Miranda, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for creating and starring in Broadway’s historical, hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” will play a new character named Jack, a street lamplighter. “Mary Poppins,” the movie based on the popular children’s books by author P.L. Travers, followed a magical flying British nanny as she improved the lives of the unhappy Banks family with the aid of chirpy Cockney chimneysweep Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke. The new film will be set in Depression-era London, the setting of Travers’ stories, and will see Mary Poppins return to the now grownup Jane Banks, Michael Banks and his three children after they suffer a personal loss, Disney said. – Reuters THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Whatever happened to the cast of Disney's much-loved 1964 hit Mary Poppins?...


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25 years of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’


Charo Santos-Concio:  Saturday nights won’t be complete for many Filipino families without watching “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).”

MANILA, JUNE 6, 2016 (PHILSTAR) by Paulyn Abando June 2, 2016 - The show has been touching viewers’ lives for 25 years now in line with its goal of telling inspiring true stories sent by mail or email from across the country and even abroad.

Since 1991, “MMK” has received more than 1,200 letters.

The program is brainchild of current ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio who was inspired by radio programs she grew up listening to, including “Kahapon Lamang.”

“Naramdaman ko sa panonood at pakikinig ng mga programa na ’yun ’yung depth and breadth of humanity. Na we go through life struggling about choices and then we see everything without any judgment. Walang panghuhusga kundi pag-iintindi, ’yun ang naidulot sa’kin ng mga radio shows, TV dramas, at mga movies na napanood namin.

“Bilang tagahanga, gusto kong maibalik din ’yung ganu’ng experience sa ating mga manonood.”

Charo credited the longevity of the show to the humanity inherent in each episode.

“Iba ’yung kwento na hango sa totoong buhay, nakaka-relate ang mga viewers,” she said. “I’d like to think that in our own little way we were able to bring relief to our viewers. Nakapagbigay kami ng pag-asa. It has been a positive influence to our Kapamilyas.”

Charo noticed through the many letters they have received that Filipinos now see themselves “less helpless.”

“They’re more empowered,” she said. “Mas inspired sila ngayon to open up about their struggles and how they were able to transcend their struggles in life.”

Director Olivia Lamasan added viewers have become more understanding of sensitive issues.

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“When we started we have a story of incest sa first year ng ‘Maalaala (Mo Kaya)’ ’yun. Naalala ko pinadalhan si Ms. Charo ng sulat ng isang malaking advertising agency at pinagsabihan kami na we should be careful of the stories that we show. Dumanas sa ganu’ng journey ang ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ hanggang sa pwede mo ng maipalabas ’yung mga maseselan na kwento na nangyayari sa totoong buhay,” she said.

As part of its 25-year celebration, the show has lined up several exciting episodes spearheaded by one starring Princess Punzalan as a Muslim native airing on June 4. Other episodes after that star Zanjoe Marudo, Jessy Mendiola, Angel Locsin, and JC de Vera.

Recently, “ASAP” celebrated the show’s anniversary by bringing together past letter senders alongside actors who gave life to their stories. Some of these stars were Dawn Zulueta, Gina Pareño, Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, and Nora Aunor.

The “MMK” commemorative album of songs that have touched loyal viewers of the show will soon be available nationwide.

More, the “Maalaala Mo Kaya” website is up and running. Fans can now watch past episodes of the show anytime, anywhere.

“Isang pindot lang ho, kung gusto niyong makita ang mga episodes ng isang direktor o artista, pwede nyong mapanood,” Star Creative’s COO Malou Santos maintained.

She added, “Pwede ring magsulat ng kwento at pinapadala mo sa sariling website. Mas madali na silang makakapagsalaysay ng kanilang magagandang kwento hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi sa iba’t ibang lugar.”

There will also be an “MMK Kamustahan,” wherein letter senders get to interact with Charo. The first installment is in Davao on July 9.

Charo will also headline the “Kwentuhang Kapamilya” series where she delivers inspirational talks to overseas Filipinos. It starts in Madrid, Spain on June 26, then in Hong Kong on July 24.

“Kwentuhang Kapamilya” will also makes stops in New Jersey on Sept. 9, Alberta, Canada on Sept. 11, and Japan on Oct. 16.

Optimism on change

With the continuous effort in improving the working conditions in the film and TV industry, Charo is optimistic about the 12 midnight cut-off already being practiced by ABS-CBN.


Clockwise: Aiko Melendez in ‘MMK’ episode titled ‘Lubid’; JM de Guzman plays firefighter in ‘Bota’; Nadine Lustre and James Reid in ‘Stuffed Toy’ and Gerald Anderson plays teacher with XDP in ‘Class Picture’

“For the longest time naman, we’ve been wanting to improve the working conditions, ’di ba? And ’yun na nga, sa ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ from two taping days, it went to three, sometimes four days that we’re trying to meet the cut-off to the best of our ability,” she was quoted to have said at the press conference.

However, she admitted that extending production schedule is unavoidable from time to time.

“There are so many variables beyond our control and sometimes accidents happen. There are certain things that happen na hindi mo naman gusto and minsan you go beyond the working hours,” she explained.

Charo assured the network only has the well-being of their employees in mind.

“The intent to always improve on the working conditions is there, and we will continue to do our best to make sure na maging magaan para sa lahat. Hindi lang para sa artista kung hindi lalung-lalo na sa production people and technical crew na naiiwan pa after the director has screamed, ‘Pack up!’” she said.

Acting comeback In the same conference, Charo revealed she had just finished shooting scenes for director Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo.” It is part of this year’s Cinema One Film Festival and is Charo’s huge film comeback. She was last seen on the big screen in 1995 via “Alfredo Lim: Batas Ng Maynila.”

“I had so much fun. Parang bumalik ako sa aking pinanggalingan,” she shared about acting again.

Lav offered the project to the network big boss only in February after his win at the Berlin Film Festival for “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis.”

“When he came back from Berlin, he asked me if I would re-consider going back to acting and I said, ‘Why not. If there’s a good offer and interesting character.’ Two days after that talk he sent me a script and nu’ng binasa ko nagustuhan ko siya,” she said.

Malou assured audiences will see a “new Charo” in the upcoming film.

“Magugulat kayo du’n sa role na ginampanan niya,” she said. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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ABOUT CHARO ROSARIO CONCHO

Maria Rosario Santos y Navarro de Concio popularly known as Charo Santos-Concio or simply Charo Santos (born October 27, 1955) is a Filipina media executive, host, occasional actress, television and film producer, and host of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running television drama anthology in Asia.

She is currently the Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines, President of ABS-CBN University.

Santos-Concio plays a powerful role in TV and film production in the Philippines. On March 3, 2008, she was promoted as the fifth president of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and in charge of the company's total business portfolio, taking over from interim president Eugenio Lopez

Personal life

María Rosario is the second of six children born to Winifredo Santos, a physician, and Nora Navarro. She followed eldest sister Suzanne, and preceded Malou, the head of Star Cinema; Joey, their only brother; Mae, who is an executive producer for ABS-CBN; and Millette Mortiz, the wife of actor, writer, and director Edgar Mortiz. She is married to businessman Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr. and together they have two sons, Francis and Martin, and two granddaughters.

She graduated cum laude from St. Paul’s College in Manila with a Communication Arts degree. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.

Career

Santos-Concio was first noticed by the media as Baron Travel Girl in 1976. She also worked as a production assistant with the pre-martial law ABS-CBN.

In the 1980s, Charo produced a number of films such as Oro, Plata, Mata and Himala under the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. She also served as the creative force behind the productions of Vanguard Films and Vision Films before moving to Regal Films.

She established herself as an award-winning dramatic actress early in her career, winning the trophy for her performance in Mike de Leon’s Itim during the 1977 Asian Film Festival. She was critically acclaimed for her performance in Lino Brocka’s 1990 film Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak which won several awards including a Best Director FAMAS for Brocka. Santos has also won four FAMAS Award nominations.

She obtained two Best Actress nominations for Pag-Ibig na Walang Dangal (1980) and Kontrobersiyal (1981) and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak (1990) and Ms. Dolora X (1993). She also earned two Gawad Urian nominations for Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak and Itim.

In 1987, while working for Regal Films, she was invited to join the new ABS-CBN, which had re-opened in September 1986. Santos-Concio was promoted from Production Manager, to Program Director to Executive Vice-President. She is credited in the production of several phenomenal television series of ABS-CBN including Esperanza, Mula Sa Puso, Pangako Sa 'Yo, and Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay.

Her film background played an important role in the creation of Star Cinema. She is also behind the longest-running Philippine TV drama anthology program Maalaala Mo Kaya, which she has hosted since it premiered in 1991.

In December 26, 2007, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) awarded Charo Santos-Concio with the Manuel de Leon Award for her work in the industry.[3] On March 1, 2008, she was appointed as the 5th President of ABS-CBN, making her the first woman president of the media conglomerate and the Lopez Group of Companies.

On January 01, 2016, she will retire as President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation and was succeeded by ABS-CBN's Chief Operating Officer Carlo L. Katigbak.

She remains as the Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN while having an additional role as the President of ABS-CBN University and serves as the executive adviser to ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Eugenio Lopez III.


PHILSTAR

VIRAL: Men's fashion magazine features Charice Pempengco Share (philstar.com) - June 1, 2016 - 4:51pm


Charice Pempengco's photos from Instagram account. Instagram/catharsis.

MANILA, Philippines - Bold and unprecedented. Charice Pempengco is fashionably breaking the norms by being the first lesbian to be featured in a men's fashion magazine in the Philippines.

As seen on the cover, the "Pyramid" hitmaker is wearing a denim jacket, that shows a peek of her tatoo in her right arm.

The words "Pride Rocks" running below her photo is also noticeable giving more value to the magazine's message.

The move makes a turn on the usual. According to the photo's caption, "Charice speaks her truth and we come to know and understand on the most personal level yet. By most accounts, this has never been done before and whatever way the pendulum will swing, this was a move worth taking."

In 2013, the international star who was recently named as one of Asia's most influential singers admitted in public her gender preference. Her confession earned varying comments, some supporting her while others criticizing her.

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A year after coming out, she appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," where she clarified that she is happy with where she is now but does not plan to undergo sex transformation.

“Basically, like, my soul is male. But I'm not gonna go through that stage where I'm gonna change everything. Not my change my body. I would change like this—cut my hair, wear boy clothes and everything. But that's all," she said in the show.

She is openly in a relationship with fellow singer Alyssa Quijano.

This is not the first time the magazine aimed to break the social norms. Last year, its female magazine counterpart featured Vice Ganda wearing feminine clothes. — Alixandra Caole Vila

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Why Charice is hesitant to judge a singing contest again  (philstar.com) - June 4, 2016 - 9:51am


Charice Pempengco is hesitant to judge a singing contest again, after being deeply affected by her previous judging stint.

MANILA, Philippines – Charice Pempengco would have to think twice before saying yes again in judging a singing contest.

The international singer first judged in ABS-CBN’s “X Factor Philippines” in 2012, where her talent KZ won the competition.

“It stressed me out,” she confessed during a press conference on Friday. “So sabi ko, kung halimbawa lang na magkaro'n ulit ng gano'n malaking singing competition, maybe [I’ll accept], but I'm not sure kasi it really affected me.”

She explained noting how “rejecting a lot of them, emotional talaga ako, e. Coming from a person who got reject also before, ang sakit.”

She joined the singing competition “Little Big Star” in 2005 where she lost against Sam Concepcion.

As for acting, which she first did when she appeared in American series “Glee” in 2010, she admitted that it’s not her turf.

“Hindi ko kaya yung ganun brutal a halos 24 hours, if not more than that,” she explained. “Sabi ko, if I'm going to do acting again, I'll rest sa music, kasi 'yon lang talaga. Sa akin music lang talaga.”

“Singing lang talaga ako. Music is my love,” she added.

However, if she’ll accept an acting project, she would like to do a horror film.


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Ruffa Gutierrez wants to settle down in ‘perfect time’ Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez  0 Share (philstar.com) - June 2, 2016 - 4:45pm


Ruffa Gutierrez said she wants to get married for the right reasons, and wants to make sure that her next marriage will work.

MANILA, Philippines – Ruffa Gutierrez is open to the idea to get married again.

The former beauty queen is in a relationship with non-showbiz partner Jordan Mouyal for more than two years now.

Related Stories Ruffa Gutierrez’s wellness secret “As of now hindi ko pa siya naiisip, but I know someday I want to grow old naman with someone, right?” she said in an interview on Thursday, organized by Cosmo Skin.

“I’m sure one day, when it’s the right time, the perfect time. Why rush di ba?” she added.

Ruffa’s marriage before with businessman Yilmaz Bektas didn’t work out, especially after she was allegedly abused physically.

So if she decides to marry again, she promised “I won’t let that happen again in my life and kailangan siguradong-sigurado ako.”

When it comes to having kids, Ruffa said she still can ovulate, making it possible for her to get pregnant.

Although sometimes she thinks about having kids again, she admitted having second thoughts since “I’m not getting any younger, am I ready to have a little kid?”

Ruffa has two daughters with Bektas.

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Annabelle Rama: Daughter Ruffa and I are okay for now, but… 0 Share Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) - December 15, 2015 - 2:30am


Annabelle Rama talks to members of the press during the launch of her book "Day Hard" on Tuesday, December 15. Philstar.com/Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines - Annabella Rama and Ruffa Gutierrez are in good terms—for now.

"As of now okay naman kami," Annabelle replied when asked if she's in good terms with Ruffa, in an interview on Tuesday during the launch of her book "'Day Hard."

Annabelle had a rift with Ruffa earlier this year over the actress-TV host’s relationship with Jordan Mouyal. The two mended fences during the wedding of her son Elvis with Alexa Uichico in June. In following interviews with the press, Annabelle and Ruffa revealed they’re still not seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to Jordan—although they manage to remain civil with each other.

READ: Ruffa Gutierrez to mom Annabelle Rama: Let me be!

"Kasi alam niyang hate na hate ko 'yong boyfriend niya kaya 'di niya pinapakita sa akin," she explained. "Hindi ko nga alam kung andyan ba o umalis na."

"Hindi niya pinapakita 'yong lalaki sa akin ngayon kaya 'di kami nag-aaway," Annabelle added. "Basta tahimik kami ngayon."

Asked if she wishes Ruffa and her boyfriend to stay together "forever," she replied, "Hindi sa boyfriend niya na 'yon."

"Dapat makahanap ba siya ng tamang lalaki para sa kanya," she added.

As for the relationship of her son Richard with Sarah Lahbati, she said it might not yet the time to settle down. Richard has a two-year-old son with actress Sarah.

READ: Annabelle Rama on reconciliation with Ruffa: ‘Di galing sa puso!

"Kasi silang dalawa nag-enjoy pa sa trabaho, e. So hindi pa siguro dapat," she explained.

"Kung gusto naman ni Richard magawa niya, e," she concluded.

Annabelle talked to members of the press to promote her book “Day Hard,” published by ABS-CBN Publishing.


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Kris Aquino Kris Aquino dismisses reported meetup with Trillanes Share (philstar.com) - May 31, 2016 - 11:37am


Kris Aquino denied the reports that she met up with Sen. Antonio Trillanes in Hawaii, saying she’s dedicating all her time to her sons. Instagram/

MANILA, Philippines — Kris Aquino denied that she’s plotting a plan with Sen. Antonio Trillanes against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Last week, Kris and the senator were allegedly spotted in Hawaii, according to Bombo Radyo correspondent Manny Pascua.

On Monday, Kris denied reports saying that she has "never spoken against President Elect Duterte.”

She television host and sister of President Benigno Aquino III explained that she decided to react on the issue after she realized that she's letting "malicious liars succeed by keeping quiet."

"Ignoring the made-up Hawaii meet up- may maniniwala [and] may madadagdag na teleserye plot twists,” Kris added.

She insisted that she was spending time in Hawaii “peacefully" with her sons. "Bumabawi sa kanila ng bongga because for too long I was a workaholic Mom—and this time is all for them,” she said.

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Kris also challenged her detractors: “Kung gagawa ng script para siraan ako—mas galingan nyo naman please???”

Kris, who has spent time at the president palace in Macalañang the past years to assist her brother, helped in the campaign of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, who ran against the now president-elect. — Joyce Jimenez

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Kris Aquino asks Duterte’s support for 2016 May. 03, 2013 By JOHN RIZLE L. SALIGUMBA
Davao Today


MAY 3, 2013 -KRIS & RODY. Presidential sister and celebrity Kris Aquino (left) asks Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s support for her planned candidacy in the 2016 elections during the campaign rally Thursday night. (davaotoday.com photo by John Rizle L. Saligumba)

However, what’s become clearer by the day is Kris’s intent to run in 2016. Although she made no mention what particular elective position she’s aspiring, Duterte himself said Kris “will run for Senator.”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — “Mayor Duterte, hello, friends na tayo. Dahil hindi mo pinanalo si Noy nung 2010, sa 2016 dapat manalo ako.”

The statement from Presidential sister and television host Kris Aquino apparently caught Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte off-guard, albeit it tickled the public, during Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod’s campaign sortie Thursday evening in Purok 2, 76-A village.

It can be recalled that despite Duterte’s public endorsement of Noynoy Aquino, presidential aspirant then, another presidential wannabe won in Davao City.

Coming to his own defense, Duterte explained to the public that he did his best, “but that’s all that I can do.”

However, what’s become clearer by the day is Kris’s intent to run in 2016. Although she made no mention what particular elective position she’s aspiring, Duterte himself said Kris “will run for Senator.”

And coming to Davao City, attending just one of Hugpong’s regular sorties in one of the villages here, could be of help.

Kris, the celebrity, was certainly a crowd-drawer. Loud cheers were heard when she personally invited Duterte to be her co-host for her morning show’s second anniversary.

“Magrerequest na ako kay Mayor na ka-close ko na. Halos ang buong Pilipinas nalibot ko na pero ang Davao hindi ko pa nalilibot. So sana pagpunta ko dito ikaw ang co-host ko,” she said.

Again, Duterte was prodded to answer positively but later on backtracked, saying he’s “no Chiz,” and that he would have to find a replacement.

Kris asked the vice mayor to tour her around the city’s destinations so that those who are watching her show abroad would see the cleanliness, discipline and tastefulness of the city’s foods.

Candid remarks

Duterte has also asked Kris to endorse Mylene Garcia, the incumbent reelectionist representative of second congressional district.

“Nasaan ba tayo ngayon, anong district?,” Kris asked to which Duterte replied, “First district ma’am.”

To the crowd’s laughter, Kris asked, “Eh ba’t nandito cya?” pointing to Garcia.

Duterte explained that Garcia wants to be publicly endorsed by the talk-show host. He also appealed for Louie Bonguyan, Hugpong’s bet for representative in the first congressional district versus the incumbent Karlo Nograles.

“Sana matulongan ka kasi yung kalaban mo, super kagalit ni PNoy, so gusto ko ikaw yung manalo,” Kris said adding, “sana yung kakampi ni PNoy ang suportahan natin.”

Duterte said that when Congressman Nograles heard that Noynoy Aquino was running for the presidency, “Nograles had many things to say.”

“He (Nograles) said good riddance, wala yan, hindi mananalo. Umabot ito kay PNoy kaya medyo may sentimyento siya,” Duterte told the audience.

Kris as well as Escudero and Poe stayed for an hour in the rally. Hugpong candidates were forced to shorten their speech, as Kris’s arrival was constantly announced. (John Rizle L. Saligumba/davaotoday.com)


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Gina Alajar returns to acting SHARES: New VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 AM June 3rd, 2016


GINA Alajar

GINA Alajar For her return to acting as a villain in GMA 7’s “Magkaibang Mundo,” Gina Alajar, who has been focusing on directing for the past four years, has dyed her hair platinum blonde—and she’s loving it.

 “I didn’t have qualms when the creative team told me that I needed to change my hair color. I was actually excited.

Now I’m enjoying it!” she told the Inquirer. “My grandchildren were curious—they kept asking me why my hair was ‘white.’” Working as an actress has been a treat so far, she said, adding that she has missed the feeling of being [tended to] on set. “When you’re the director, you’re the one in charge… Now, when I arrive on set, I get my makeup done, and I feel like a celebrity again!” she said. “Everyone calls me nanay (mother).”

But there is one thing she is dreading, however. “The memorization! I haven’t done a TV series in a while, so I fear I may be rusty. But so far, so good,” she said. Allan Policarpio

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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2011 07:06 pm Gina Alajar wins the Golden Screen TV Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, given by the Entertainment Press on Tuesday for her role in the epic-serye Amaya. COURTESY OF GMA NEWS ONLINE

Regina Alatiit, also known as Gina Alajar (born June 29, 1958) is a FAMAS and Gaward Urian Award winning Filipino film actress and television director.

Career

In her four decade career Alajar has been a critically acclaimed actress from child actress to an adult she has appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Bayan Ko, Brutal, Salome, Mulanay, and has collaborated with directors such as Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal and Maryo J Delos Reyes, Chito Rono, Gil M Portes, Marilou Diaz Abaya, her directorial work has been enhanced in the 2000s in television work for GMA Network dramas.

During 1997-2009 she has been seen mostly in television soap operas on GMA and in 2009-2010 she was seen in Kambal Sa Uma and 2010's Habang May Buhay in 2012 she received more massive acclaim for the TV series Hiram Na Puso a comeback feat in her Television Career on GMA Network.

In 2016, she came back to television full time in the fantasy afternoon drama "Magkaibang Mundo" (English: " From Different Worlds" as a main antagonist

Personal life


Michael De Mesa was married to Gina Alajar. They started dating in 1979. They were married in 1979. After 27 years of marriage they divorced in 2006. They had 3 children: Ryan Eigenmann, their eldest son; Geoff Eigenmann, their son; and AJ Eigenmann.

She was part of Dulaang UP

She has three sons with Michael De Mesa, from whom she is separated: Ryan, Geoff and AJ Eigenmann.

Her paternal grandfather was of Chinese descent.


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‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS’ WITH BLUNT, ‘HAMILTON’ STAR MIRANDA June 03, 2016

Britain’s beloved cinematic singing nanny Mary Poppins will once again grace the big screens, this time with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton,” as her sidekick, Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday.

“Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the 1964 classic film “Mary Poppins,” is scheduled for release in theaters on Christmas Day 2018 and will star British actress Blunt in the titular role made famous by Julie Andrews.

Miranda, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for creating and starring in Broadway’s historical, hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” will play a new character named Jack, a street lamplighter.

“Mary Poppins,” the movie based on the popular children’s books by author P.L. Travers, followed a magical flying British nanny as she improved the lives of the unhappy Banks family with the aid of chirpy Cockney chimneysweep Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke.

The new film will be set in Depression-era London, the setting of Travers’ stories, and will see Mary Poppins return to the now grownup Jane Banks, Michael Banks and his three children after they suffer a personal loss, Disney said. – Reuters

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Whatever happened to the cast of Disney's much-loved 1964 hit Mary Poppins?

Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)

Dame Julie Andrews, who is now 80, has enjoyed a varied, successful screen career. The year after Mary Poppins hit cinemas she went on to star in another massive musical hit, 1965’s The Sound of Music, while in more recent years she’s had roles in everything from The Princess Diaries, to the Shrek sequels, to 2010’s Despicable Me. She’s also still keeping busy: it was announced today that she has a Netflix series aimed at pre-schoolers in the works.

Julie's Greenroom, due to be broadcast in 2017, will feature celebrity guests and a cast of performing-arts-mad puppets. We can’t wait.

Dick Van Dyke (Bert)

Dick Van Dyke – whose rooftop dancing and terrible cockney accent as loveable Mary Poppins sweep Bert have delighted generations–is still acting in movies, despite being 90. He was in the 2014 Night at the Museum sequel Secret of the Tomb, and last year guest starred in TV sitcom The Middle.

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Jane Darwell (the Bird Woman)

“Feed the birds…tuppence a bag….” The Bird Woman, who sits on the steps of St Paul’s as she “sells her wares”, is one of the most memorable (and moving) parts of Mary Poppins. But, while the character only utters a single line in the film, the 84-year-old actress behind her was anything but a nobody. In contrast Jane Darwell was a well-known Hollywood veteran and Academy Award winner, claiming Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath.

Born Patti Woodard (her strict father objected to her choice of career and made her change her name when she became an actress), she made over 100 films during the course of her career. Mary Poppins would be her final movie: Darwell died in 1967.

David Tomlinson (George Banks)

Despite suffering from a stammer, David Tomlinson was determined to make it as an actor. But when told his father, at the age of 17, about his career plans, he met with an incredulous response: "Be an actor? Good God, you can't even speak!" Despite this, Tomlinson overcame his speech impediment and went on to forge a successful career.

He’s still best known for his three big Disney roles: 1968’s The Love Bug, 1971’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and, of course, Mary Poppins. Tomlinson's final film was the Peter Sellers flop The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu, in 1980, after which he retired to spend more time with his family. He died in 2000 at the age of 83.

Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks)

After her early success in Mary Poppins, Dotrice struggled to make it as an actress. As a teenager she had roles in the BBC's Upstairs Downstairs, and in 1978 she starred in The Thirty-Nine Steps (the only feature film she would make as an adult). But Dotrice turned her back on acting for good after receiving scathing reviews for her performance in a 1981 Warner Theatre Production of Othello.

She even claimed to regret her involvement in Mary Poppins and her career as a child actor, declaring at one point: "If I’d had my way, I’d still never have done any of those films, because kids should be kids. They should be learning and growing at their own pace – and learning things at the right time, rather than when it’s convenient for others".

But she seems to have mellowed a bit in the past decade: in 2004 (the fortieth anniversary of Mary Poppins) she was named a "Disney Legend", and she's since made a number of public appearances at Disney events.

Glynis Johns (Winifred Banks)

South African-born Johns, who starred in Mary Poppins as sunny suffragette Winifred Banks, had a successful career on both screen and stage, winning a Tony Award in 1973 for her Broadway performance in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

She's been married and divorced four times and is still alive today, although it's now quite a few years since she last made a film (perhaps not that surprising, given that she's 92). Her final two movie roles were in the 1995 Sandra Bullock romance While You Were Sleeping, and in the 1999 Molly Shannon/ Will Ferrell comedy Superstar.

Matthew Garber (Michael Banks)

Garber, who captured the hearts of audiences everywhere as young Michael Banks, went on to make one other Disney movie: 1967's The Gnome-Mobile (which also starred his on-screen Mary Poppins sibling Karen Dotrice).

Tragically, he died in 1977 at the age of 21, after he became ill with hepatitis during a trip to India.


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