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KRIS AQUINO CONFIRMS LEAVING ABS-CBN, REVEALS STORY BEHIND DEPARTURE


SEPTEMBER 12 -Kris Aquino: "I perfectly understood- as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness- just HONESTY." -Kris Aquino has finally broken her silence. After weeks of speculation, the TV host-actress has finally confirmed she's leaving ABS-CBN. Kris has posted a series of Instagram posts on Monday, revealing her plans and explaining why she has come up with the decision. Kris, in her first post, thanked the TV network for being her home for 20 years. She hosted her own shows in the network since 1996, starting with "Today with Kris Aquino." She also became one of the original hosts of several entertainment shows on ABS-CBN, including "The Buzz," which earned her the moniker "Queen of all Media." Aside from the usual talk show, she also became a host to several game shows, such as "Pilipinas Game KNB," "Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal" and "Wheel of Fortune." After expressing her gratitude, Kris went on to explain her recent hiatus in showbiz and made it clear that she knew the possibility of not having a guaranteed return slot when she took a break from her career. "Our agreement was we'd talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself—when you come back there's no guarantee that a space will be held for you," she wrote. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lea Salonga's half-brother held in ecstasy bust


SEPT 12 -The government's anti-drug campaign continues to intensify and as Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa assures, ...PHOTO COURTESY OF  TRENDING NEWS The half brother of world-renowned theatre actress and singer Lea Salonga was arrested along with two other men for allegedly peddling ecstasy in Pasig City, the Quezon City Police District announced yesterday. Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said in a press briefing yesterday that Philip Salonga, 37, was collared during a buy-bust operation around 2:30 a.m. yesterday outside a bar in Ortigas Center, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City. His arrest came after the QCPD’s anti-illegal drugs unit (DAID) nabbed on Thursday night his alleged cohort, Nathaniel Adrian Cruz, 39, in Barangay Pinyahan. According to Eleazar, Cruz pointed to Salonga as his supplier. Salonga’s another cohort, Edward Nelson Jose, 33, was arrested in a follow-up operation around 3 a.m. yesterday in Quezon City. Police recovered from the suspects a total of 80 ecstasy tablets worth P120,000; three plastic bags of dried marijuana leaves, a mobile phone, P15,000 cash and the P14,500 boodle money. READ MORE...

ALSO: At Venice IFF -Tears for John Lloyd, cheers for Charo


SEPTEMBER 15 -Lav Diaz wins Golden Lion at Venice fest. Photo courtesy of Ronald Arguelles
While Lav Diaz was delivering his speech at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on Saturday in Italy, the camera caught lead actor John Lloyd Cruz weeping unabashedly. Diaz had just won the Golden Lion, the highest honor in the world’s oldest film festival, for “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” which topbills Cruz and Charo Santos. Cruz explained why he was so moved by the acclaimed director’s speech. “I simply cannot tell you in words what really happened that night,” he told the Inquirer. “It was history unfolding right before my eyes. I couldn’t be more proud of Lav. He delivered the most beautiful speech at the ceremony. It was for all the struggles of Filipinos!” That made him cry, he admitted. “That moment encapsulated Lav’s role in our beloved cinema,” he pointed out. “That moment depicted the reality of our cinema today. I feel deeply privileged to be part of Philippine cinema’s journey and history.” In a previous interview, the box-office star told the Inquirer that his career wouldn’t be complete if he didn’t get to reunite with the revered filmmaker. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marian still breastfeeding 9-month-old Baby Zia


SEPTEMBER 14 -MARIAN Rivera-Dantes with Baby Zia MARIAN Rivera-Dantes can’t ask for anything more. Marriage and motherhood made her bloom all the more. Aside from that, she’s overjoyed that her noontime show on GMA 7, “Sunday PinaSaya (SP),” marked its first anniversary last month. The show continues to change the weekend viewing habit of Pinoys. Hail Marian and the rest of SP’s wacky gang for spreading their joie de vivre around so well. Here’s my chat with Marian: READ MORE...

ALSO: Jericho and Arci return to primetime


SEPTEMBER 15 -Jericho Rosales finally returns to primetime and topbills a story that will show that true love can withstand the test of time in Magpahanggang Wakas premiering on Monday on ABS-CBN.
Watch the country’s international superstar as he plays Waldo, a young man who shares a deep love with Aryann (Arci Muñoz). Although both are young, their love for each other is undeniably genuine and true. Jericho Rosales is paired with Arci Muñoz in the romantic melodrama “Magpahanggang Wakas,’ which is based from the 1980 Mario O’Hara film ‘Kastilyong Buhangin’ starring Nora Aunor, (inset) the series’ ensemble cast One night, however, will change their story as Waldo accidentally kills a man who has attempted to rape Aryann. Waldo is convicted of the crime and sent to prison. Feeling responsible for Waldo’s misfortune, Aryann takes on different jobs to raise money to get him out of jail. She meets Tristan (John Estrada) who gives her the hand she was desperately looking for. Not soon after being freed however, Waldo faces the vengeful brother of the man he killed and is fatally shot. Waldo falls of a cliff and drifts into the sea, which made everyone, except Aryann, believe he is dead. READ MORE...


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Kris Aquino confirms leaving ABS-CBN, reveals story behind departure


SEPTEMBER 12 -Kris Aquino: "I perfectly understood- as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness- just HONESTY."

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILSTAR) September 12, 2016 - 12:04pm -Kris Aquino has finally broken her silence. After weeks of speculation, the TV host-actress has finally confirmed she's leaving ABS-CBN.

Kris has posted a series of Instagram posts on Monday, revealing her plans and explaining why she has come up with the decision.

Kris, in her first post, thanked the TV network for being her home for 20 years. She hosted her own shows in the network since 1996, starting with "Today with Kris Aquino." She also became one of the original hosts of several entertainment shows on ABS-CBN, including "The Buzz," which earned her the moniker "Queen of all Media." Aside from the usual talk show, she also became a host to several game shows, such as "Pilipinas Game KNB," "Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal" and "Wheel of Fortune."

After expressing her gratitude, Kris went on to explain her recent hiatus in showbiz and made it clear that she knew the possibility of not having a guaranteed return slot when she took a break from her career.

"Our agreement was we'd talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself—when you come back there's no guarantee that a space will be held for you," she wrote.

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"We spoke in July but there was no definite show (and) no assured time frame of my return on air. I perfectly understood—as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness - just HONESTY,” she continued.

In the second Instagram post, Kris did not confirm whether she is moving to GMA, ABS-CBN's rival network, but mentioned that her manager Boy Abunda talked to APT's Tony Tuviera. APT, a subsidiary of TAPE Inc., is the producer of Eat Bulaga.

Kris finished her series of posts by sharing that she, with her sons will go on another vacation. Meanwhile, despite it all, Kris said there's no bad blood between her and her former network.

"This is the 1st & last I shall say about this chapter of my life. You deserved the true story & I gave you my truth, so that we may all move forward... So here's a shoutout of THANK YOU to the Kapamilya Network ABS-CBN for all that was, and here's a shoutout of THANK YOU to my new APT family for all that will be. And most of all my THANK YOU to all of you for allowing me to just be me."


— Alixandra Caole Vila

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FROM WIKIPEDIA

APT Entertainment
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the parent company, see TAPE Inc.
APT Entertainment
APT ENTERTAINMENT.jpg

logo used since 1994
Type
subsidiary
Founded Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
(1994; 22 years ago)
Headquarters Ugong, Pasig City, Philippines
Key people
Romeo G. Jalosjos , Chairman
Antonio P. Tuviera, President and CEO
Joselito C. Oconer, Senior Vice President and COO
Products Motion pictures and television Programs
Parent TAPE Inc.

APT Entertainment, Inc. is a television and film production company in the Philippines and is a subsidiary of TAPE Inc., the producer of the longest-running noontime variety show, Eat Bulaga!.

APT stands for Antonio P. Tuviera, its co-owner and executive who is also a producer of Eat Bulaga! along with his business partner Malou Choa-Fagar and APT Entertainment, Inc. is a partner of GMA Network Inc.

APT Entertainment, Inc. is a premier content provider for television and a production company for movies and events.

It has been behind the most ambitious and most unforgettable highly acclaimed TV series such as Telesine, True Stories and the perpetual production of Lenten Specials aired over GMA Network. As it innovates and changes the comedy landscape of primetime TV, APT Entertainment gave birth to boob tube hits, namely "Betty and the Beast," a comedy-drama with singer-songwriter, Aiza Seguerra and actor-comedian, Jimmy Santos and "H3O (Ha, Ha, Ha Over!)" a musical-gag show topbilled by comedy brilliants, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola aired in QTV 11 (GMA 7 subsidiary, now known as GMA News TV).


TEMPO (MANILA BULLETIN)

Lea’s half-brother held in ecstasy bust September 10, 2016 | Filed under: Featured,Headlines,News,News in Photo | Posted by: Tempo Online


SEPT 12 -The government's anti-drug campaign continues to intensify and as Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa assures, ...PHOTO COURTESY OF  TRENDING NEWS PORTAL

The half brother of world-renowned theatre actress and singer Lea Salonga was arrested along with two other men for allegedly peddling ecstasy in Pasig City, the Quezon City Police District announced yesterday.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said in a press briefing yesterday that Philip Salonga, 37, was collared during a buy-bust operation around 2:30 a.m. yesterday outside a bar in Ortigas Center, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.


TEMPO ONLINE FILE PHOTO

His arrest came after the QCPD’s anti-illegal drugs unit (DAID) nabbed on Thursday night his alleged cohort, Nathaniel Adrian Cruz, 39, in Barangay Pinyahan.

According to Eleazar, Cruz pointed to Salonga as his supplier.

Salonga’s another cohort, Edward Nelson Jose, 33, was arrested in a follow-up operation around 3 a.m. yesterday in Quezon City.

Police recovered from the suspects a total of 80 ecstasy tablets worth P120,000; three plastic bags of dried marijuana leaves, a mobile phone, P15,000 cash and the P14,500 boodle money.

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Police also confiscated Dela Cruz’ Toyota Avanza (ZPC-224).

A matrix showed during the press conference identified Salonga as the supplier of Jose and Cruz, who are said to be selling party drugs in bars in Pasig City and Quezon City.

“According to our intel, they have been operating for quite some time. The specifics, we do not know yet,” Eleazar told reporters.

He said they have yet to probe Salonga’s sources and even his possible links to big-time ecstasy dealers.

In his defense, Salonga, a chef and a freelance host, belied he is an ecstasy supplier. He said he only sells the drug when buyers text him and it was only his second time.

Salonga also admitted that he has been using the illegal drug since last year, but not frequently.

He said Lea has no knowledge about his involvement in the drug trade.

Salonga said they last met 40 days after their father’s death last January.

“Di ko po talaga nililinya ‘yan kasi chef po ako, nagpo-promote ng bar, emcee at host paminsan-minsan,” he reiterated.

This is the first time that the QCPD busted persons linked in high-end drugs often patronized by people frequenting bars and party events.

The QCPD chief added they are mapping out plans to meet with bar owners in Quezon City to seek their help in curbing illegal drugs trade.

Eleazar said they are also set to conduct Oplan Tokhang operations in exclusive subdivisions within the city on September 20. (VANNE ELAINE P. TERRAZOLA)

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Lea Salonga Emotional Brother Arrested for illegal Drugs Ecstacy Philippines Government Philippines Government Subscribe Add to Share More 395,526 views 777 112 Published on Sep 10, 2016 PRESIDENT DUTERTE:

Duterte has expressed his desire to build on the stellar accomplishments of the administration of outgoing president Benigno Aquino III, particularly the latter’s good governance initiatives and critical structural reforms that transformed the Philippines from being “the sick man of Asia” into “Asia’s rising tiger.” Of his ten-point socioeconomic agenda revealed on Monday, June 20, for example, his first point was to continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary and trade policies.

However, he intends to depart from Aquino’s legacy of instituting slow but steady macroeconomic reform by advancing an economic agenda which seeks to upgrade, accelerate as well as expand the government’s basic services that shall render the country’s macroeconomic environment more conducive for the flourishing of businesses, influx of investments and conduct of seamless trade within the country and the greater ASEAN region. Some megaprojects worth anticipating include: (a) three major railway systems, namely the Mindanao railway, Manila-Bicol railway, and Manila-Batangas railway; (b) Zamboanga Ecozone, Southern Mindanao Growth Corridor (General Santos growth corridor and Davao Gulf Industrial corridor); and the South Mindanao-North Sulawesi ro-ro link, among others.

Duterte intends to overcome the alleged structural dissonance between macroeconomic reform which has been the hallmark of Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” program and concrete improvement of living conditions and standards of Juan dela Cruz. In doing so, he has talked about pursuing the following: generation of domestic jobs; increase of employment; abolition of contractualization; promotion of livelihood; agricultural modernization; and entrepreneurial, technological and industrial advancement with just taxation and equitable distribution of wealth while caring for the environment for sustainable development. Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License


INQUIRER

Tears for John Lloyd, cheers for Charo By: Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:50 AM September 15th, 2016


Lav Diaz wins Golden Lion at Venice fest. Photo courtesy of Ronald Arguelles

While Lav Diaz was delivering his speech at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on Saturday in Italy, the camera caught lead actor John Lloyd Cruz weeping unabashedly.

Diaz had just won the Golden Lion, the highest honor in the world’s oldest film festival, for “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” which topbills Cruz and Charo Santos. Cruz explained why he was so moved by the acclaimed director’s speech.

“I simply cannot tell you in words what really happened that night,” he told the Inquirer. “It was history unfolding right before my eyes. I couldn’t be more proud of Lav. He delivered the most beautiful speech at the ceremony. It was for all the struggles of Filipinos!”

That made him cry, he admitted.

“That moment encapsulated Lav’s role in our beloved cinema,” he pointed out. “That moment depicted the reality of our cinema today. I feel deeply privileged to be part of Philippine cinema’s journey and history.”

In a previous interview, the box-office star told the Inquirer that his career wouldn’t be complete if he didn’t get to reunite with the revered filmmaker.

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At the time, he had just finished work on the eight-hour historical epic, “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” which eventually won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale in February.

“I want to make another film with Lav—this time, set in contemporary Philippines,” Cruz remarked.

That was why he didn’t think twice about accepting “Humayo,” no matter how challenging and out of the box the role was. In “Humayo,” he portrays Hollanda, an epileptic transgender who’s abused by a benefactor.

The gambit paid off for the actor who had made his mark as the fair-haired hero in hit romantic-comedies. He merited good reviews for “Humayo” and was reportedly a frontrunner in the acting derby, along with Santos, in Venice.

Variety critic Guy Lodge tweeted that Santos should’ve won over best actress Emma Stone, who bagged the trophy for Damien Chazelle’s screen musical, “La La Land.”

Lodge added that “Humayo” is a shoo-in for the Academy Awards: “Oscar buzz for Diaz has gone through the roof in the last hour.”

At the victory party, guests flocked around Diaz, Santos and Cruz for snapshots—including jurors Joshua Oppenheimer, Nina Hoss and Chiara Mastroianni.

Santos got to chat with Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes, who was president of the Venice jury. At an earlier event, she had the chance to see Oscar best actress Natalie Portman on the red carpet.

Santos and Cruz were treated like Hollywood A-listers on the Lido, where the paparazzi kept chanting their names. A videographer captured a Kodak moment when Cruz and Santos broke protocol and approached the Filipinos waiting behind the barrier. A Pinoy fan gave Cruz a homemade poster.

Cruz recalled the Venice experience vividly: “It has inspired me to dream even higher. My dream is for Philippine cinema to be united by sheer talent and conviction.”


CRUZ as a transgender; Santos in drag. Baby K. Jimenez

Although he is a commercially successful star, Cruz asserted: “Cinema should not be celebrated based on how many people got to see your film.” It should be judged, he said, in terms of “its influence and impact on society as a whole, and how it overcame obstacles along the way.”

He exclaimed: “Cinema is a vital part of our society. It isn’t just entertainment. Cinema should be regarded as one of the strongest pillars of Filipino culture and society. Mabuhay ka, Lav, for defining and elevating Philippine cinema. I am fortunate to be living inside your profound evolution.”

Santos said, “My only motivation in making this film is to work with Lav. I wanted to understand his aesthetics. I have so much faith in his immense talent.”

Costar Shamaine Buencamino told the Inquirer: “I am proud of Lav, his team and the cast. I’ve always believed that Filipino artists are world-class.”

Postscript: Quick on the heels of Venice, Santos proceeded to the Toronto International Film Festival, where “Humayo” will be screened, along with Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” and Raymund Gutierrez’s short film “Imago.” The Toronto fest is ongoing in Canada until Sept. 18.

As for Diaz, he will head to Boston for the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University.

“I will stay in Boston for eight months—from September 2016 to May 2017,” Diaz said.

Ronald Arguelles told the Inquirer that “Humayo” will open in local cinemas tentatively on Sept. 28—to make it eligible for the Oscar best foreign language film race and to make fine use of the buzz generated by Venice.


FROM left: Charo Santos, juror Joshua Oppenheimer and John Lloyd Cruz. Photo by Baby K. Jimenez


John Lloyd Cruz and Charo Santos on the red carpet before the awards ceremony. Photo by Ronald Arguelles


THE “HUMAYO” team: Diaz (left), Hazel Orencio, Santos, Cruz, Ronald Arguelles and Kints Kintana. Photo courtesy of Ronald Arguelles


At the “Humayo” premiere (from left): Venice festival director Alberto Barbera, John Lloyd Cruz, Charo Santos, Hazel Orencio and Kints Kintana. Photo by Ronald Arguelles


FROM left: Programmer Paolo Bertolin, Lav Diaz, John Lloyd Cruz, Charo Santos, jurors Joshua Oppenheimer, Nina Hoss and Chiara Mastroianni. Photo by Ronald Arguelles


From left: Paolo Bertolin, Hazel Orencio, John Lloyd Cruz and Charo Santos. From Lav Diaz Facebook


Lav Diaz onstage at the Venice awards ceremony. From Lav Diaz Facebook

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AV DIAZ is the first filmmaker from Southeast Asia to win the Golden Lion. AP


IQUIRER

Marian still breastfeeding 9-month-old Baby Zia By: Dolly Anne Carvajal @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:18 AM September 14th, 2016


MARIAN Rivera-Dantes with Baby Zia

MARIAN Rivera-Dantes can’t ask for anything more. Marriage and motherhood made her bloom all the more.

Aside from that, she’s overjoyed that her noontime show on GMA 7, “Sunday PinaSaya (SP),” marked its first anniversary last month. The show continues to change the weekend viewing habit of Pinoys.

Hail Marian and the rest of SP’s wacky gang for spreading their joie de vivre around so well.

Here’s my chat with Marian:

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Please share the latest on Baby Z (Zia).

I can go on and on talking about my baby. My motherhood journey is documented on my Instagram. Now that she’s 9 months old, I’m so grateful. Each month, the joy becomes more priceless. To hear my baby call me “mommy” makes my heart melt.

How do you balance being an actress, wife and mother?

It’s a tough balancing act, but with a supportive husband like Dingdong (Dantes), everything becomes easier. He understands that my focus now is more on Zia.

What’s your advice to mothers on how to be a hot mama like you?

I don’t make a conscious effort to be a hot mama. I don’t diet. I have to eat nutritious food, because I’m breastfeeding Zia.

What love advice would you give Zia when she’s of age?


MARIAN Rivera-Dantes

To love herself. Because the man she loves will see that there’s no reason for him not to love her, too.

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Splitsville

Could it be true that a show biz couple is on the verge of splitting up? The guy is said to be smitten with a personality who’s back on the scene.

His girlfriend is starting to get suspicious, so she guards him like a hawk, even when he’s in the studio working. Love Overkill can lead to “Love Over.”

Joyride

Noel Cabangon and I fondly call each other “Friendship.” I always enjoy our chats in our Viber group, “CesDolNoVin,” along with our other close friends, Cesar Montano and Alvin Anson.

Buboy, Vin and I will turn into Noel’s fans for his “Traffic Jam” concert on Sept. 16 at the Music Museum, and on Oct. 21 at the PETA Theater (for tickets, call 8919999).

It’s one traffic jam we wouldn’t mind being stuck in as we sing along with Noel while he performs his hits—perfect for joyrides and road trips.


MANILA STANDARD

Jericho and Arci return to primetime posted September 13, 2016 at 05:59 pm by The Standard Showbitz


Jericho Rosales finally returns to primetime and topbills a story that will show that true love can withstand the test of time in Magpahanggang Wakas premiering on Monday on ABS-CBN.

Watch the country’s international superstar as he plays Waldo, a young man who shares a deep love with Aryann (Arci Muñoz). Although both are young, their love for each other is undeniably genuine and true.

Jericho Rosales is paired with Arci Muñoz in the romantic melodrama “Magpahanggang Wakas,’ which is based from the 1980 Mario O’Hara film ‘Kastilyong Buhangin’ starring Nora Aunor, (inset) the series’ ensemble cast One night, however, will change their story as Waldo accidentally kills a man who has attempted to rape Aryann. Waldo is convicted of the crime and sent to prison. Feeling responsible for Waldo’s misfortune, Aryann takes on different jobs to raise money to get him out of jail. She meets Tristan (John Estrada) who gives her the hand she was desperately looking for.

Not soon after being freed however, Waldo faces the vengeful brother of the man he killed and is fatally shot. Waldo falls of a cliff and drifts into the sea, which made everyone, except Aryann, believe he is dead.

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Magpahanggang Wakas cast Having slowly accepted Waldo’s death, Aryann moves on and finds her way to Tristan, the man who didn’t take advantage of her vulnerability during her darkest times. The two fall in love with each other and are set to be wed.

During the announcement of their wedding however, Aryann realizes the undeniable truth that Waldo is alive. Waldo and Aryann cross paths but Aryann is no longer sure if she still shares the love they once had.

Will Waldo and Aryann rediscover the love they once shared? Will Tristan be the one who stands in between the two of them? Will they accept that time does change everything?

This series marks the comeback of Jericho on primetime, following his successful series Bridges of Love, which made waves in different territories including Latin America. Arci also returns to primetime after her successful portrayal as Norma in Pasion De Amor.

Also joining the stellar cast are Gelli De Belen, Rita Avila, Danita Paner, Liza Lorena, Lito Pimentel, Justin Cuyugan, Marco Gumabao, Maika Rivera, and Jomari Angeles.


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