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'EAT BULAGA' SUMMONED BY MTRCB RE REMARK BY SEN SOTTO
[RELATED: Tito Sotto reacts to ‘victim-shaming’ accusation]


JULY 14 -SOTTO - Movies and Television Review and Classification Board summons the executives of “Eat Bulaga!” due to the remarks made by Sen. Tito Sotto to one of the winners of their “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment. Philstar.com/File photo MANILA, Philippines – The Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) summons the executives of the noontime show “Eat Bulaga!”
This was after their office received complaints about the remark made by Sen. Tito Sotto, which according to the complainants was “insensitive” to women. In the letter dated July 11, MTRCB Chairman Eugenio Villareal said they want to meet with TAPE Inc. President Antonio Tuviera, Senior Vice President Malou Choa-Fagar, and “Eat Bulaga!” Creative Head Jenny Ferrer. The incident involved a female winner of the show's "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment who shared how she and her husband got separated. According to her, a male friend took advantage of her after they had some drinks, which she can’t recall. The senator reacted saying, “Kasalanan ng lahat ng iyan, e, ang pag-inom. Kababae mong tao pa-shot shot ka?”  After knowing that the lady was wearing shorts when she had drinks with her male friend, Sotto added, “Naka-shorts habang nagsa-shot?” The talk between Villareal and the executives of the show will be on July 21. FULL REPORT RELATED, Tito Sotto reacts to ‘victim-shaming’ accusation...

ALSO: Sylvia La Torre and her ‘apo’ to perform with FASO


JULY 17 -SYLVIA LATORRE and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Photo by Hydee Abrahan/Studio1003)
Los Angeles – Sylvia La Torre at 83 is an inspiration to all women. Her joie de vivre and love for music keep the TV, film, radio and stage legend looking young and timeless. She still has that twinkle in her eye – this woman who is behind such classic songs as “Waray Waray,” “Alembong,” “Bituing Marikit,” “Sa Kabukiran” and “Mutya Ng Pasig,” among others. During a photo shoot at fashion designer Oliver Tolentino’s Beverly Hills shop, Sylvia shook her head, put her hands up in the air in a graceful movement and started singing or humming her songs. She still exuded the charm, warmth and childlike innocence of someone who enjoys what she is doing and sharing unselfishly that joy with others. Sylvia mentioned Celeste Legaspi, Kuh Ledesma and Lani Misalucha as some of her favorite singers. “They are all very good singers,” she pointed out. Also known as “The Queen of Kundiman,” Sylvia is excited to perform with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) for the first time in a concert on Aug. 13, 6 p.m. at the John Wayne Performing Arts Center in Glendale, California. She will guest with no less than her actress-singer granddaughter, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (“Hannah Montana,” “Camp Rock” and “Godspell”). READ MORE...

ALSO: Iñigo Pascual admits to dating Fil-British beauty
[RELATED: Meet Kelley Day, apple of the eye of Iñigo Pascual]


JULY 15 -MANILA - Teen actor Iñigo Pascual, the son of Kapamilya star Piolo Pascual, has admitted to dating Filipino-British Kelley Day, one of the members of the "It's Showtime" girl group GirlTrends. "She's beautiful, everyone can see that," Iñigo, 18, told ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido when asked if they are already a couple. "For now, we're just good friends. We don't want to rush things. We're just getting to know each other." Pascual met Day, also 18, in an acting workshop more than three months ago. The young actor said he considers Day to be his "closest friend," adding: "We have the same interest and everything." "I consider her to be one of my most trusted friends," Iñigo continued. "I find her to be really beautiful and really charming so we'll see where this goes. ...I'm happy with what we have right now."  READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS...RELATED, Meet Kelley Day, apple of the eye of Iñigo Pascual...

ALSO: Tacloban’s Sangyaw Festival a big success


JULY 14 -The month-long festivities capped off with the inauguration and oathtaking of Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez and the members of the local city government on June 30.Tacloban City lit up in June as the province celebrated its 127th Sangyaw Festival with a lineup of fun, colorful and notable festivities Three years after the destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda, the city kicked off the annual festival in honor of its patron Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban on the first of June. 
The celebration featured socio-cultural events for every Taclobanon and guests for the whole month of June. That include agro-trade fairs, nightly barbecues with live shows by Calla Lily, 6 Cycle Mind, Banda ni Kleggy, Parokya ni Edgar, Aegis, Itchyworms, Rocksteady, Regine Velasquez, Side A, Yeng Constantino, the REO Brothers, Kitchie Nadal, and Wolfgang. It also featured a ballroom dancing, the search for Ms. Tacloban 2016, the 8th Sangyaw Awards night, and the most awaited “Parade of Lights.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Why ‘Ma Rosa’ is a film Duterte would love


JULY 10 -Jaclyn Jose won a Best Actress award at Cannes 2016 for her portrayal of a drug-dealing sari-sari owner in Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa. Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa is a film President Rodrigo Duterte might love, but possibly for all the wrong reasons. He might see it as an unequivocal vindication of his war on drugs, a war that possibly begins with mutilated bodies marked with cardboard signs lying in streets, but could escalate to Colombia’s decades-long struggle between big drug fish and bigger drug fish, with small fish typically left belly-up and billions spent.
He could see it as a simple parable about the evils of drugs and corruption (the two are inextricably linked in Ma’ Rosa), and if he were the movie director instead of Mendoza, it might end up awash in a sea of dead drug dealers, big and small and in between. A happy ending? No such thing in a Mendoza movie, and this one, which bagged a Best Actress trophy for Jaclyn Jose at the Cannes Film Festival, is no exception. Ma’ Rosa takes us straight into the squalor and day-to-day struggles of Metro Manila’s hardscrabble millions: it opens in rainy season, as it often does in Mendoza films, for extra misery. Rosa (who owns a sari-sari shop bearing the movie’s title that doubles as a shabu dispensary) is haggling with a local cashier over 25 centavos in change. She’s buying tons of candy to fill her store’s plastic jars, but the real merchandise is sold through text messages and plaintive cries of “Ice?” from shadowy figures in the streets. Rosa has a reputation, we see. READ MORE...


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‘Eat Bulaga!’ summoned by MTRCB

MANILA, JULY 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR) Updated July 13, 2016 - 2:17pm - Movies and Television Review and Classification Board summons the executives of “Eat Bulaga!” due to the remarks made by Sen. Tito Sotto to one of the winners of their “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment. Philstar.com/File photo MANILA, Philippines – The Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) summons the executives of the noontime show “Eat Bulaga!”

This was after their office received complaints about the remark made by Sen. Tito Sotto, which according to the complainants was “insensitive” to women.

In the letter dated July 11, MTRCB Chairman Eugenio Villareal said they want to meet with TAPE Inc. President Antonio Tuviera, Senior Vice President Malou Choa-Fagar, and “Eat Bulaga!” Creative Head Jenny Ferrer.

The incident involved a female winner of the show's "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment who shared how she and her husband got separated. According to her, a male friend took advantage of her after they had some drinks, which she can’t recall.

The senator reacted saying, “Kasalanan ng lahat ng iyan, e, ang pag-inom. Kababae mong tao pa-shot shot ka?”

After knowing that the lady was wearing shorts when she had drinks with her male friend, Sotto added, “Naka-shorts habang nagsa-shot?”

The talk between Villareal and the executives of the show will be on July 21.

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Tito Sotto defended himself from the public’s accusation that he shamed a female winner of their “Juan For All, All For Juan” segment. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Tito Sotto defended himself from the public’s accusation that he shamed a woman on air.

During the July 9, 2016 episode of “Eat Bulaga!” in the segment “Juan For All, All For Juan,” the female winner related that she was separated from her husband after a male friend took advantage of him after they had a few drinks, which she cannot recall.

The senator commented on this and said, “Kasalanan ng lahat ng iyan, e, ang pag-inom. Kababae mong tao pa-shot shot ka?”

Some of the viewers found this comment as “insensitive” for women, which led them to send complaints to the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The senator defended himself saying, “It was a simple reaction saying that a married lady should not be out at night having shots [or drinking] with men other than her husband,” Philippine Entertainment Portal reported.

MTRCB will have a meeting with the executives of “Eat Bulaga!” namely TAPE Inc. President Antonio Tuviera, Senior Vice President Malou Choa-Fagar, and “Eat Bulaga!” Creative Head Jenny Ferrer on July 21 regarding the issue.


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Sylvia La Torre and ‘apo’ to perform with FASO by Janet Nepales July 17, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share2


SYLVIA LATORRE and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Photo by Hydee Abrahan/Studio1003)

Los Angeles – Sylvia La Torre at 83 is an inspiration to all women. Her joie de vivre and love for music keep the TV, film, radio and stage legend looking young and timeless.

She still has that twinkle in her eye – this woman who is behind such classic songs as “Waray Waray,” “Alembong,” “Bituing Marikit,” “Sa Kabukiran” and “Mutya Ng Pasig,” among others.

During a photo shoot at fashion designer Oliver Tolentino’s Beverly Hills shop, Sylvia shook her head, put her hands up in the air in a graceful movement and started singing or humming her songs. She still exuded the charm, warmth and childlike innocence of someone who enjoys what she is doing and sharing unselfishly that joy with others.

Sylvia mentioned Celeste Legaspi, Kuh Ledesma and Lani Misalucha as some of her favorite singers. “They are all very good singers,” she pointed out.

Also known as “The Queen of Kundiman,” Sylvia is excited to perform with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) for the first time in a concert on Aug. 13, 6 p.m. at the John Wayne Performing Arts Center in Glendale, California. She will guest with no less than her actress-singer granddaughter, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (“Hannah Montana,” “Camp Rock” and “Godspell”).

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She said, “I have performed many times with a full orchestra and to mention some: Manila Symphony Orchestra under maestro Federico Elizalde, the opera ‘Carmen’ under maestro Herbert Zipper and at the Manila Metropolitan Theater under maestro Lucio San Pedro. But this is the first time I will be performing with FASO and I am looking forward to it.”

Last year, she said, she was excited that “My son Artie (Perez de Tagle) called me and asked if I can come out from retirement to sing and perform with Anna Maria to celebrate our Philippine independence at the Philippine Consulate in New York.”

Sylvia was Anna’s first vocal coach. “Like her father Artie, who is also a singer, Anna Maria was very cooperative and was a quick learner,” Sylvia shared. “My dream for Anna Maria is for her to be successful in her career as well as to follow my legacy to sing the kundiman,” Sylvia revealed.

As for Anna Maria, 25, she enjoys singing with her grandmother whom she fondly calls “my Mamacita.” She disclosed, “I always love performing with my Mamacita. It brings me back to when I was a child and she would pull me up on stage to sing with her.

“As I grew up, I would always be a part of her concerts but when I started my showbiz career with Disney, both our schedules became hectic. It wasn’t until last year when I got to sing with her again in our concert in New York. It was an unforgettable moment. We can’t wait to perform together again, this time in Los Angeles, accompanied by the wonderful FASO under the baton of Maestro Robert ‘Bob’ Shroder.”

Anna talked about how her grandmother influenced her into becoming the person that she is today and the singer that she has become since her grandmother was her first voice teacher.

“Being my first vocal coach, my grandma instilled in me a lot of tips to become a strong singer like her,” she revealed. “To this day, I still don’t eat ice cream, drink cold drinks and I hardly stay up late. She taught me certain vocal and breathing exercises along with singing vowels to really perfect an operatic tone. Because of my grandma, I’m a very disciplined person not only when it comes to singing and performances but in all aspects of life.

“In that regard, I would consider myself as the ‘mini-me’ of Sylvia La Torre. I’ve learned to protect my voice and to share it with others because it truly is a God-given talent. My ultimate goal is to sing just as good as my grandma when I’m 83 years old as well. She has always been an inspiration to me.”

Anna Maria said she has performed with an orchestra before. “However, this is my first time performing with a full 60-piece orchestra,” she pointed out.

Sylvia promised, “I will do my very best and hope our Filipino songs will remind audiences of our beautiful legacy, especially the kundiman.”


ABS-CBN

ñigo Pascual admits to dating Fil-British beauty ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 14 2016 09:20 PM


ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 14 2016 09:20 PM

MANILA - Teen actor Iñigo Pascual, the son of Kapamilya star Piolo Pascual, has admitted to dating Filipino-British Kelley Day, one of the members of the "It's Showtime" girl group GirlTrends.

"She's beautiful, everyone can see that," Iñigo, 18, told ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido when asked if they are already a couple. "For now, we're just good friends. We don't want to rush things. We're just getting to know each other."

Pascual met Day, also 18, in an acting workshop more than three months ago. The young actor said he considers Day to be his "closest friend," adding: "We have the same interest and everything."

"I consider her to be one of my most trusted friends," Iñigo continued. "I find her to be really beautiful and really charming so we'll see where this goes. ...I'm happy with what we have right now."

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As a newcomer to local showbiz, Day said Iñigo inspires her. "He's done a really good job in making his own name considering his father," she said. "I'm super proud of him. I kind of just started as well and he's giving me a lot of advice."

Day also shared that she already met Piolo. "I was really embarrassed because it was at the sports fest," she narrated. "And I don't think his dad knew that we were talking and stuff."

"So at the sports fest, he was playing badminton and I was giving him his water and his towel. And then his dad started looking at me and I said, 'Iñigo, I'm scared,'" she said.

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Iñigo Pascual finally revealed that he’s dating GirlTrends member Kelley Day. Instagram/Kelley Day

MANILA, Philippines – Seems like Iñigo Pascual and newbie Kelley Day’s ship has started sailing.

Iñigo admitted that he’s dating the Filipina-British beauty, in an interview aired in “TV Patrol” on Thursday.

Kelley is one of the members of the girl group GirlTrends in “It’s Showtime.”

The two met in an acting workshop three months ago, and since then Iñigo had his eyes on her.

For now, the young Kapamilya actor sees her as his “closest friend” and would rather not rush anything between them.

When asked if Iñigo has a chance with her, Kelley replied, “I think so” then smiled. – Joyce Jimenez


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Tacloban’s Sangyaw Festival a big success posted July 14, 2016 at 07:40 pm by Robbie Pangilinan
Tacloban City’s celebration of the 127th Sangyaw Festival was a big success.

The month-long festivities capped off with the inauguration and oathtaking of Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez and the members of the local city government on June 30.

Tacloban City lit up in June as the province celebrated its 127th Sangyaw Festival with a lineup of fun, colorful and notable festivities

Three years after the destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda, the city kicked off the annual festival in honor of its patron Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban on the first of June.

The celebration featured socio-cultural events for every Taclobanon and guests for the whole month of June. That include agro-trade fairs, nightly barbecues with live shows by Calla Lily, 6 Cycle Mind, Banda ni Kleggy, Parokya ni Edgar, Aegis, Itchyworms, Rocksteady, Regine Velasquez, Side A, Yeng Constantino, the REO Brothers, Kitchie Nadal, and Wolfgang. It also featured a ballroom dancing, the search for Ms. Tacloban 2016, the 8th Sangyaw Awards night, and the most awaited “Parade of Lights.”

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The inauguration and oathtaking of Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez capped off the month-long celebration in Tacloban

On June 29, 10 barangay contingents and 10 school contingents participated in the Parade of Lights that has become a symbol for the city’s resilience and hope.

“Resilient, Vibrant for a Better Tacloban—this was the theme of the festival this year. Through the beautiful lights showcased by the barangays and schools, no doubt, Tacloban showed the world its strength and beauty,” said Romualdez, who takes the position held by her husband, Alfred Romualdez, in the last nine years.


Beautiful lights paraded to showcase Tacloban's vibrancy and resiliency amid the calamities that struck the city

In one of the nightly concerts, Sofia, the 16-year-old daughter of Cristina and Alfred, surprised her parents and thousands of viewers with her performance at the annual Sangyawan Music Festival on June 28.

Dubbed the “Next Phenomenal Teen Star,” Sofia said her performance was her gift to her mother, the second female mayor of the city.

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


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Why ‘Ma Rosa’ is a film Duterte would love THE X-PAT FILES By Scott R. Garceau (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 10, 2016 - 12:00am 1 434 googleplus0 0

Jaclyn Jose won a Best Actress award at Cannes 2016 for her portrayal of a drug-dealing sari-sari owner in Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa. Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa is a film President Rodrigo Duterte might love, but possibly for all the wrong reasons.

He might see it as an unequivocal vindication of his war on drugs, a war that possibly begins with mutilated bodies marked with cardboard signs lying in streets, but could escalate to Colombia’s decades-long struggle between big drug fish and bigger drug fish, with small fish typically left belly-up and billions spent.

He could see it as a simple parable about the evils of drugs and corruption (the two are inextricably linked in Ma’ Rosa), and if he were the movie director instead of Mendoza, it might end up awash in a sea of dead drug dealers, big and small and in between.

A happy ending? No such thing in a Mendoza movie, and this one, which bagged a Best Actress trophy for Jaclyn Jose at the Cannes Film Festival, is no exception.

Ma’ Rosa takes us straight into the squalor and day-to-day struggles of Metro Manila’s hardscrabble millions: it opens in rainy season, as it often does in Mendoza films, for extra misery.

Rosa (who owns a sari-sari shop bearing the movie’s title that doubles as a shabu dispensary) is haggling with a local cashier over 25 centavos in change. She’s buying tons of candy to fill her store’s plastic jars, but the real merchandise is sold through text messages and plaintive cries of “Ice?” from shadowy figures in the streets. Rosa has a reputation, we see.

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Jose fits the role to a T, with her sharp tongue and nonstop complaints against her “lazy” children (among them Andi Eigenmann as Raquel, Jomari Angeles as Kerwin and Felix Roco as Jackson) and “a**hole” husband Nestor (Julio Diaz), who is sampling the merchandise with a pipe and lighter upstairs when she returns home from candy shopping, drenched in rain.

This whole sequence is played out by Mendoza almost in a continuous shot tracking Rosa’s shanty neighborhood (actually parts of Mandaluyong), so we get to see all the back alleys and balut vendors and Rugby-huffing youths and karaoke-singing loafers in familiar detail. This is our Manila, for sure. And it won’t be found on a DOT billboard.


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Mendoza seems to pick the hardest locales to shoot in, such as the river squatter village of Lola (another misery fest), the red light district of Kinatay or the smeary vistas of tight alleyways shown in Ma’ Rosa.

They’re hard locations because they document hard living. Yet all the tiniest details of such living — the One Piso Internet dens and the convenience store phone loading and the pawnshops captured in Troy Espiritu’s lively script — are rendered in a way that makes them universal: it’s the rare Filipino film that lets the world in on all the little inside jokes, and makes the misery burst through full-force in performances by Jose, Eigenmann, Roco, Diaz (and, really, everyone in the cast) that connect with all the nuances required to get by in this world.

When Rosa and Nestor are busted in a night raid, it’s up to them to negotiate their own release — trading off their confiscated drug stash and hoarded cash and next-in-line dealer to raise “bail money.” The arresting cops operate out of the back entrance of the local police station (Mendoza’s other great locale in Ma’ Rosa), and the camera painstakingly details how those invited in for “questioning” to this special PNP zone are not officially logged in.

Mendoza and Espiritu cook up a police station here that anyone who’s had the pleasure of visiting a local precinct house at night will recognize: a few plastic buckets catch rain dripping down from a leaky roof, jail cells are crowded with bodies that are as much usiseros — amusing themselves in lockup by watching the passing night parade — as overnight guests; a young boy, Dahlia (great name), wears a “Little Miss Trouble” T-shirt and fetches balut, beer, peanuts and other things for the night cops who rule this rat’s nest.

Yet they’re all depicted with so many shades of dark and light that you can’t simply label them all as corrupt and evil. As tempting as it might be for a Duterte supporter to see Ma’ Rosa as justification to burn down the whole rat’s nest, the problem, in Mendoza’s vision, is more complex than simple bullets.

The director’s clear, unblinking eye on the situation disallows easy moralizing. You’re forced to look at the chain of being that supports this way of life, and how it quickly turns into shackles.

Mendoza clearly wanted to shine a light on the horrors of low-level drug dealing in the Philippines — how the little fish catch the brunt of every crackdown — but Jose gives such a naturalistic performance as a harried mother figure who takes little sh*t from anybody (until she’s forced to) that you realize her struggle amounts to anybody else’s struggle in this environment. They are all trading up something, whether it’s a used TV or a used cell phone or a drug dealer’s name or their own pound of flesh.

And they are all, typically, under the thumb of a higher power — whether it’s a local cop or a trick with an ATM card or a corrupt system or the need to keep earning enough to eat. This is one movie that doesn’t focus on the evils of drugs so much as the basic economics of it: the way it lures smalltime dealers to augment their meager incomes, whereas, in a more ideal world (the one hinted at in the closing shot), they might have chosen differently.


‘Ma Rosa’ cast stuns at 69th Cannes International Film Festival Photo courtesy of Festival de Cannes – Page Officielle via Facebook)

Ma’ Rosa is also loaded with ironies, such as how the relationship to a higher power can flip in an instant — as in, a single cell phone call. Teresa Barrozo’s score meanwhile echoes horror movie music, but adds legitimately to the tension and sense of dislocation Rosa feels every step of the way. (The claustrophobic handheld camerawork helps too.)

More brilliantly, Mendoza once again paints a view of the local landscape that some would prefer not to broadcast to the world too much. Seedy, full of compromises and exchanges that equal one thing only: the chance to survive another day. That’s a pretty hard economics lesson.

In a role where she definitely earns that Cannes trophy, Jose takes her mestiza looks (her real-life daughter Eigenmann is even more mestiza) and shows us anybody’s tough mom in tough circumstances.

But this is in no way sentimentalized: she’s made her own bad choices, and it’s the final scene — after she’s traded up her daughter’s cell phone for enough cash to release her husband, and plods back through rain to the precinct station, first stopping to purchase fish balls from a street vendor — where we see the whole situation in its palpable desperation: as palpable as the sweat popping off Jose’s forehead as she eats fish ball after fish ball in quick swipes from the stick, her feverish eyes darting about at the world she herself has created, and dreaming of another, far-off, seemingly impossible one.

Mendoza’s movies get labeled “poverty porn” by some, but this is something quite different: poverty poetry.

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Ma’ Rosa is now showing in local cinemas (with English subtitles).


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