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WHAT IS DIREK BRILLIANTE MENDOZA's ROLE IN DU30 1st SONA?

[RELATED: Director Brillante Mendoza talks about MA‘ ROSA]


JULY 6 -Brillante Mendoza. FILE PHOTO (Eloisa Lopez) Internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza will lend a hand in directing President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27. Mendoza was offered the job as revealed last week by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Mendoza will be selecting the video presentations to be shown while the President delivers his speech. “We want to make it very real, very sincere. The essence is to communicate with the people. So there is no embellishment, very straight to the point,” the director said during the press screening of his film “Ma’ Rosa” on Monday. Mendoza said he has yet to talk personally with the President but he added they “will meet soon.” As one of the renowned Filipino filmmakers today, Mendoza has produced and directed several independent films that garnered awards and recognitions at prestigious international film festivals. He won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for his film “Kinatay” in 2009. “Ma’ Rosa”, Mendoza’s latest opus and third entry to the Cannes main competetion, took home the Best Actress Award for Jaclyn Jose last May. TVJ RELATED STORIES ‘Ma’ Rosa’ opens today in select cinemas nationwide THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Director Brillante Mendoza talks about MA‘ ROSA...

ALSO: Jaclyn Jose admits to being a 'spoiler' mother, lola


JULY 7 -Labis ang pagmamahal ng Kapuso actress at Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Actress na si Jaclyn Jose sa kaniyang mga anak na sina Andi Eigenmann at Gwen Guck, pati na sa kaniyang nag-iisang apo na si Ellie.
Aminado nga ang “A1 Ko Sa'yo” star na spoiled sa kaniya ang mga ito, lalo na ang kaniyang apo. “Spoiler ako. Siya (Ellie) ngayon ang nagbibigay sa akin ng aliw. Bata, eh. 'Yung apo ko pa, napaka-arte. Ang daming bracelets, burloloy. Nagli-lipstick pa. Okay lahat sa akin. Walang mali. Go, go! Okay lang 'yan,” kuwento niya sa episode ng “Yan Ang Morning!” nitong Martes.
Isa rin daw sa mga dahilan kung bakit spoiled sa kaniya si Ellie ay ang paghihiwalay nila ng tahanan kamakailan lamang. Ayon kay Jaclyn, “Andi and Ellie are doing okay. Solo na sila. Kaya rin ako spoiler, kasi gusto kong hanapin ako ng apo ko. Almost four months nang nakalipat si Andi sa bahay niya but Ellie still stays with me sometimes. Si Andi, hindi na masyado. Hinahayaan ko lang.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: FB THROWBACK - Little Baste with his parents
[RELATED: LOOK: Dutertes celebrate birthday of Baste's son]


JULY 6 -
Sebastian “Baste” Duterte joined the Throwback Thursday tradition and took to Facebook to share a photo of him with his parents back when he was still a young boy. In the picture, President Rodrigo Duterte can be seen riding a motorcycle with Baste standing behind him. Elizabeth Zimmerman was also in the photo looking after the young Baste so he won’t fall. The post has now become viral that it has already been shared for more than 300 times within an hour since it was uploaded. It has been liked more than 16,000 times and has garnered hundreds of comments. Netizens gushed over how cute Baste is as a child.
Baste has become a surprise heartthrob during his father's campaign. However, he has shown little interest in being under the spotlight, having a shy and quiet demeanor opposite his dad's brusque and no-nonsense approach to things. The younger Duterte, who has garnered quite a following online, has also said he has no plans of entering the world of politics and following the footsteps of his father and elder siblings, Sara and Paolo. However, he assured his father that he would help him if he asks for his assistance on anything. FULL REPORT. RELATED, LOOK: Dutertes celebrate birthday of Baste's son...

ALSO SOUNDS: Keith Urban pulls a surprise in new album
[Hip-hop star Drake remains on top of both the Top 200 Albums and Top 200 Songs charts of Billboard. Keith, hot country star that he is, is of course on the list with Ripcord.]


JULY 8 -There is not much interest in country songs out here and it is a fact that country, more than pop or dance, is considered a very foreign music form by most Pinoys. Once in a while, there are cases when a country artist crosses over to pop or rock like Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift. But most of the time, country is seen as too American or too Australian, etc., here in the Philippines. Which is why like most everybody, I have not really paid that much attention to country music releases all these years.
Until recently. This was when the TV show American Idol put country music superstar Keith Urban on the judges’ seat. As most of you have surely noticed, he was always nice to the contestants, often saving the day for many of them. He was very knowledgeable about songs, arrangements, interpretations, all types of music, etc. He also always looked ruggedly sexy in his T-shirts. And what piercing blue eyes he has. He is also married to Nicole Kidman. He must be interesting. So I told myself, one of these days I will go and sit down and give full concentration to the music of Keith, singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, banjo player, record producer, TV show judge, etc. I just did. The albums are his latest hit compilation, Keith Urban Greatest Hits and his recent release and current big-seller Ripcord. And what do you know, surprise, surprise! This one is not a country album. So Urban is experimenting, trying out his wings, it all sounds great and I am sure one of these days he will be proclaimed a crossover success. Ripcord is a very well-produced package of engaging tunes of various types and Urban excels in all of them. He is a most expressive singer who does dance, rock, pop with effortless charm. This also means being good in whatever other tasks he undertakes, including that of banjo or piano player. He is a very good songwriter who has that little twist in narrative ballads down pat as in the hit single with a unique theme that shouldn’t gel but does, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16. My two favorite cuts are The Fighter, a perky love song with Carrie Underwood with a strong infectious hook and That Could Still Be Us, a big heartbreak ballad that gets you in the gut. Also included are Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), Wasted Time, Habit Of You, Gettin’ In The Way, Blue Ain’t Your Color, Break On Me, Boy Gets A Truck, Your Body, Worry About Nothin’ and a killer dance track, Sun Don’t Let Me Down with disco icon Nile Rodgers and Pitbull. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kring-Kring new mayor of Tacloban; succeeds husband Alfred Romualdez

 
JULY 6 -Power couple. Tacloban Mayor Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzales (left) succeeds her husband Alfred Romualdez (right), who was mayor of the city for nine years
Former actress Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzales is now the mayor of Tacloban City. She took her oath of office on June 30 along with the members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod. She succeeds her husband, Alfred Romualdez, who was mayor of the city for nine years. “I will continue the seed we planted in Tacloban. With our leadership, the city will continue to flourish,” said the new mayor, the second female mayor in the history of the city.
Alfred and their daughters Sofia and Dianne, together with the family of Cristina, witnessed the inauguration of the second female mayor in the history of Tacloban City. Barangay 88 Chairperson Emelita Montalban, Vice Mayor Jerry T. Yaokasin and the 10 city councilors were all present during the event that also marked the end of the annual Sangyaw Festival. READ MORE...


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What is Brillante Mendoza’s role in Sona?


Brillante Mendoza. FILE PHOTO (Eloisa Lopez)

MANILA, JULY 11, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Arvin Mendoza @AMendozaINQ INQUIRER.net July 6th, 2016 -  Internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza will lend a hand in directing President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27. Mendoza was offered the job as revealed last week by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Mendoza will be selecting the video presentations to be shown while the President delivers his speech.

“We want to make it very real, very sincere.

The essence is to communicate with the people. So there is no embellishment, very straight to the point,” the director said during the press screening of his film “Ma’ Rosa” on Monday.

Mendoza said he has yet to talk personally with the President but he added they “will meet soon.”

As one of the renowned Filipino filmmakers today, Mendoza has produced and directed several independent films that garnered awards and recognitions at prestigious international film festivals.

He won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for his film “Kinatay” in 2009. “Ma’ Rosa”, Mendoza’s latest opus and third entry to the Cannes main competetion, took home the Best Actress Award for Jaclyn Jose last May. TVJ

RELATED STORIES ‘Ma’ Rosa’ opens today in select cinemas nationwide

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Director Brillante Mendoza talks about MA‘ ROSA July 2, 2016

2009 Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza talks about MA‘ ROSA, his inspiration, and the challenges in making the film.

Describe Ma’Rosa in one sentence

MA‘ ROSA shows us a glimpse of a Filipino family set on a typical district in Manila, giving us a slice of life in a community.

What made you pursue the story behind Ma’ Rosa?

The idea of this film came up four years ago when I became indirectly involved with the said incident. It captured my interest to tell this story because it shows a unique but also disturbing characteristic of a common Filipino family. That when a family member is backed against the wall for the wrong doings that he or she made, you will do everything to keep them out of trouble even if it means violating basic virtues. In a society where survival of the fittest is a fact that we have to live with, family becomes amoral.

What were the challenges in putting the story together for the screen?

The whole film was treated like a documentary film with a strong feel of realism, using found objects and locations in production design. But what seems to be a simple production endeavor is actually a formidable challenge to any filmmaker because even though this was filmed in a minimalist manner, the truth is we are still doing a feature film with real actors trained in different disciplines of acting.

In able for us to capture the precision raw emotions, I told them to throw away everything that they have learned in their acting profession and just act plain and natural as their characters since they should blend with non-actors on screen.

We heard that you shot the sequences without any script? Why is this?

That’s correct. The actors were never given a copy of the script and were only directed based on how I commute the script. Dialogs were delivered very naturally as they depend on their personal instincts throughout the film. In fact, sequences were filmed in the same order as the story so that the actors can relate to the plight of their character as the shooting progresses. The feeling of uncertainty must materialize on screen as the editing subscribes to the main character’s point-of-view as we follow their account of what transpired that evening.

After Ma’Rosa, what’s next?

A lot of films are in the pipeline. Also a bigger Sinag Maynila for 2017. There is of course the The Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop which is part of my advocacy to “rethink and redefine cinema”. This is also my way of giving back and training new generations of film makers and storytellers.

Mendoza is known for his advocacies and groundbreaking films that tackle social issues. He is committed in sharing his knowledge and experience in filmmaking with a new generation through his works and workshops.

Ma' Rosa is Mendoza’s 4th film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The first one was Serbis in 2008, which was nominated for the coveted Palme d'Or (Golden Palm). In 2009, Mendoza won Best Director at Cannes for his film Kinatay, and in 2015, his movie Taklub was given the Ecumenical Jury-Prize Special Mention.

Ma’Rosa gave the Philippines and Southeast Asia its first acting award when Jaclyn Jose won as Best Actress in the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Among the nominees were Charlize Theron, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, and Kristen Stewart.

The Philippines will get to see what the buzz is all about come July 6 as Ma’Rosa opens in cinemas nationwide.

Ma’ Rosa SYNOPSIS

ROSA, owns a small community convenience store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. Their fate changes when their neighbor sets them up for a police raid leading to the couple’s arrest; a ploy for extortion. Backed against the wall, Rosa seeks help from her children, JACKSON, RAQUEL and KERWIN as they do the daunting task to buy their parent’s freedom.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Jaclyn Jose admits to being a 'spoiler' mother, lola Published July 6, 2016 4:59pm By BIANCA ROSE DABU, GMA News


Labis ang pagmamahal ng Kapuso actress at Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Actress na si Jaclyn Jose sa kaniyang mga anak na sina Andi Eigenmann at Gwen Guck, pati na sa kaniyang nag-iisang apo na si Ellie.

Aminado nga ang “A1 Ko Sa'yo” star na spoiled sa kaniya ang mga ito, lalo na ang kaniyang apo.

“Spoiler ako. Siya (Ellie) ngayon ang nagbibigay sa akin ng aliw. Bata, eh. 'Yung apo ko pa, napaka-arte. Ang daming bracelets, burloloy. Nagli-lipstick pa. Okay lahat sa akin. Walang mali. Go, go! Okay lang 'yan,” kuwento niya sa episode ng “Yan Ang Morning!” nitong Martes.

Isa rin daw sa mga dahilan kung bakit spoiled sa kaniya si Ellie ay ang paghihiwalay nila ng tahanan kamakailan lamang.

Ayon kay Jaclyn, “Andi and Ellie are doing okay. Solo na sila. Kaya rin ako spoiler, kasi gusto kong hanapin ako ng apo ko. Almost four months nang nakalipat si Andi sa bahay niya but Ellie still stays with me sometimes. Si Andi, hindi na masyado. Hinahayaan ko lang.”

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Nais rin daw iiwas ng aktres ang kaniyang apo sa showbiz. “Ako, ayoko sana, kung maaari. Mahirap ito, eh. Lalo na kapag maliit pa,” paliwanag niya.

Tulad ng kaniyang pagmamahal sa kaniyang apo, gayundin ang suporta at pagmamahal ng aktres sa kaniyang dalawang anak.

 
GMA NEWS INTERVIEW WITH JACLYN JOSE

Sa katunayan, hindi na raw niya naiisip ang magkaroon muli ng karelasyon upang matutukan ang pag-aalaga sa mga ito.

Aniya, “Parang hindi na ako magkaka-boyfriend. Okay na sa akin 'yung ganito, taking care of my children. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, kung magkakaroon ako ng boyfriend at magiging masaya ako na magkaroon ng makakasama sa buhay, kapalit nito ang kalungkutan ng anak kong lalaki. Kaya hindi bale na lang. Priority ko kung paano sila palalakihin nang walang hung ups.”

“As of the moment, okay na ako muna. Gusto ko lang ma-sustain ang staying power ko. Visible, magkaroon ng work. Basta may work ako, okay na ako,” pagtatapos niya. — VVP, GMA News


ABS-CBN

THROWBACK: Little Baste with his parents ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 07 2016 02:32 PM



MANILA – Sebastian “Baste” Duterte joined the Throwback Thursday tradition and took to Facebook to share a photo of him with his parents back when he was still a young boy.

In the picture, President Rodrigo Duterte can be seen riding a motorcycle with Baste standing behind him.

Elizabeth Zimmerman was also in the photo looking after the young Baste so he won’t fall.

The post has now become viral that it has already been shared for more than 300 times within an hour since it was uploaded. It has been liked more than 16,000 times and has garnered hundreds of comments.

Netizens gushed over how cute Baste is as a child.

Baste has become a surprise heartthrob during his father's campaign.

However, he has shown little interest in being under the spotlight, having a shy and quiet demeanor opposite his dad's brusque and no-nonsense approach to things.

The younger Duterte, who has garnered quite a following online, has also said he has no plans of entering the world of politics and following the footsteps of his father and elder siblings, Sara and Paolo.

However, he assured his father that he would help him if he asks for his assistance on anything.

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RELATED FROM ABS-CBN

LOOK: Dutertes celebrate birthday of Baste's son ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 14 2016 08:18 PM


Baste Duterte (left) celebrates the birthday of his son, Yair (center). Photo from the Facebook page of Davao City Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte

MANILA -- After campaigning for his father and granting interviews with the press, the usually reserved Sebastian "Baste" Duterte found himself in a more familiar surrounding as he celebrated the second birthday of his son, Yair.

Baste, 28, in some of the photos making rounds online, looked every inch a doting father as he watched over his son during the construction-themed party held in Davao City last weekend.

His own father, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, his older sister, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, and other family members were also in attendance.

Sara even posted a photo of Baste with Yair on her Instagram account.

Yair is Baste's second child. He also has a five-year-old daughter with another woman. In an interview with the Philippine Star, Baste admitted that he felt "terrified" when he first learned that he was going to be a father at 22.

He, however, knew that he had to take responsibility.

"Kasi lalake ako eh. I needed to do something. Ayaw ko naman umasa sa tatay ko. Gusto kong ipakita sa kanya na I can handle myself. But because I was still a student, tinanggap ko pa rin naman yung allowance ko sa kanya," he said.


The Duterte family takes a photo at the birthday party of Baste's son, Yair. Photo from the Facebook page of Baste Duterte

Did you know? Baste's girlfriend once appeared on FHM ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 15 2016 04:43 PM


Kate Necesario appeared on FHM Philippines' April 2011 issue. Photos reprinted with permission from FHM Philippines

MANILA - Did you know that the girlfriend of Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, the youngest son of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, once graced the pages of a men's magazine?

FHM Philippines made the revelation in an article published on its website on Wednesday.

According to writer Gelo Gonzales, the young Duterte's girlfriend, model Kate Necesario, appeared on FHM Philippines' April 2011 issue.

"In that Regine Angeles-fronted issue, the Davao-based Necesario appears in a shoot by Niko Villegas held in Chemas Beach Resort in Samal Island, Davao. She was 18 during the shoot, looks amazing," the article read.

Kate Necesario appeared on FHM Philippines' April 2011 issue. Photos reprinted with permission from FHM Philippines

Kate Necesario appeared on FHM Philippines' April 2011 issue. Photos reprinted with permission from FHM Philippines
The Dutertes celebrated the second birthday of Yair, the son of Baste and Necesario, over the weekend.

Yair is Baste's second child. He also has a five-year-old daughter with another woman.

Baste Duterte, GF all set for June 30 inauguration ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 29 2016 05:58 PM

MANILA – Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and his girlfriend, Kate Necesario, are all set for the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday.

On its official Twitter account, state-run People’s Television (PTV) posted a photo from the Davao Fashion and Design Council showing Baste in a barong made of Mindanaoan silk and featuring ethnic patterns.

Necesario, meanwhile, is seen in a pińa terno.

The young Duterte became a social media heartthrob shortly after his father won the 2016 presidential elections, with netizens taking notice of his physique and surfer lifestyle.


PHILSTAR

Keith Urban pulls a surprise in new album SOUNDS FAMILIAR By Baby A. Gil (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 8, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0

There is not much interest in country songs out here and it is a fact that country, more than pop or dance, is considered a very foreign music form by most Pinoys.

Once in a while, there are cases when a country artist crosses over to pop or rock like Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift. But most of the time, country is seen as too American or too Australian, etc., here in the Philippines. Which is why like most everybody, I have not really paid that much attention to country music releases all these years.

Until recently. This was when the TV show American Idol put country music superstar Keith Urban on the judges’ seat. As most of you have surely noticed, he was always nice to the contestants, often saving the day for many of them. He was very knowledgeable about songs, arrangements, interpretations, all types of music, etc. He also always looked ruggedly sexy in his T-shirts. And what piercing blue eyes he has. He is also married to Nicole Kidman. He must be interesting.

So I told myself, one of these days I will go and sit down and give full concentration to the music of Keith, singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, banjo player, record producer, TV show judge, etc. I just did.

The albums are his latest hit compilation, Keith Urban Greatest Hits and his recent release and current big-seller Ripcord. And what do you know, surprise, surprise! This one is not a country album.

So Urban is experimenting, trying out his wings, it all sounds great and I am sure one of these days he will be proclaimed a crossover success.

RIPCORD

Ripcord is a very well-produced package of engaging tunes of various types and Urban excels in all of them. He is a most expressive singer who does dance, rock, pop with effortless charm.

This also means being good in whatever other tasks he undertakes, including that of banjo or piano player. He is a very good songwriter who has that little twist in narrative ballads down pat as in the hit single with a unique theme that shouldn’t gel but does, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.

My two favorite cuts are The Fighter, a perky love song with Carrie Underwood with a strong infectious hook and That Could Still Be Us, a big heartbreak ballad that gets you in the gut.

Also included are Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), Wasted Time, Habit Of You, Gettin’ In The Way, Blue Ain’t Your Color, Break On Me, Boy Gets A Truck, Your Body, Worry About Nothin’ and a killer dance track, Sun Don’t Let Me Down with disco icon Nile Rodgers and Pitbull.

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Then if you want to get into more Urban music check out the Greatest Hits album. I am sure you will also enjoy Stupid Boy, Better Life, I Told You So, Making Memories Of Us, Tonight I Wanna Cry, You’re My Better Half, Days Go By, But For The Grace Of God, You’ll Think Of Me, Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me, Raining On Sunday, Somebody Like You, Everybody and others.

Hip-hop star Drake remains on top of both the Top 200 Albums and Top 200 Songs charts of Billboard. Keith, hot country star that he is, is of course on the list with Ripcord.


DRAKE

The Top 20 songs this week are: One Dance by Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla; Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake; Panda by Desiigner; Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya; This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna; Cheap Thrills by Sia feat. Sean Paul; Work From Home by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign; Needed Me by Rihanna; Don’t Mind by Kent Jones; Ride by twenty one pilots.

I Took A Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner; Just Like Fire by Pink; 7 Years by Lukas Graham; Heathens by twenty one pilots; Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande; Work by Rihanna feat. Drake; H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line; Me Too by Meghan Trainor; Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele; Controlla by Drake.

The Top 20 Albums are Views by Drake; The Getaway by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Lemonade by Beyoncé; Hamilton: An American Musical by the Original Broadway Cast; A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead; Still Brazy by YG; ANTI by Rihanna; Blurryface by twenty one pilots; Johannesburg by Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg; Thank You by Meghan Trainor.

California Sunrise by Jon Pardi; 25 by Adele; Traveller by Chris Stapleton; Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande; Ripcord by Keith Urban; Epic AF by Various Artists; If I’m Honest by Blake Shelton; Tangled Up by Thomas Rhett; Purpose by Justin Bieber; and Isla by Kevin Gates.


MANILA STANDARD

Kring-Kring now mayor of Tacloban posted July 06, 2016 at 05:40 pm by Robbie Pangilinan


Power couple. Tacloban Mayor Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzales (left) succeeds her husband Alfred Romualdez (right), who was mayor of the city for nine years

Former actress Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzales is now the mayor of Tacloban City. She took her oath of office on June 30 along with the members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod. She succeeds her husband, Alfred Romualdez, who was mayor of the city for nine years.

“I will continue the seed we planted in Tacloban. With our leadership, the city will continue to flourish,” said the new mayor, the second female mayor in the history of the city.

Alfred and their daughters Sofia and Dianne, together with the family of Cristina, witnessed the inauguration of the second female mayor in the history of Tacloban City. Barangay 88 Chairperson Emelita Montalban, Vice Mayor Jerry T. Yaokasin and the 10 city councilors were all present during the event that also marked the end of the annual Sangyaw Festival.

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Tacloban elected mayor Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzales gives a speech during her inauguration

U.S.-based Pastor Ruth Hillary and Tacloban City’s Rev. Father Ronel Taboso offered prayers for the city government leaders.

“I will have more time to take care of our two beautiful daughters and of course, support my wife,” said former Mayor Alfred who is excited to take on his new role as first gentleman of the mayor.

“Cristina will be an effective mayor. She has the heart of a leader, a mother, a servant,” said Romualdez’s legal counsel Atty. Alex Avisado who also witnessed the event with his team.


Mayor Romualdez with her husband (center) and daughter Sofia (left)

Malu Tabao, an employee at the city hall feels blessed to have the Romualdez family as the city’s leaders. “Sa panahon ng hirap noon at ginhawa ngayon, nandiyan silang mag-asawa. Malaking privilege sa amin na magkaroon ng babaeng mayor. Parehas na mabait na lider ang pinagsisilbihan namin (At times of hardship then and prosperity now, the couple has been there. It is a great privilege for us to have a female mayor. The leaders that we serve are both very kind,” she said.


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