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CERTIFIED EXCLUSIVE: THE DAY PINOYS ROCKED NEW YORK
(“ASAP Live in New York")


SEPTEMBER 26 -Left: Piolo Pascual, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano and Luis Manzano. Right: Charo Santos-Concio is joined onstage by KZ Tandingan, Gary, Piolo Pascual and Jona. Photos by Sthanlee B. Mirador Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. In sports parlance, it’s home to the New Jersey Nets and the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. To music aficionados, the most recent recall is that Barbra Streisand did her hit concert there last August though the eternal wild gossip on the streets if you ask the hood (today the communities of north and east Brooklyn are largely Black) is that in 2013, Beyoncé broke all existing records — adding additional 8,000 seats to the 10,000 sold-out tickets. But wait now, last Sept. 3 (to celebrate the Labor Day weekend), Filipinos made history there — ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) brought in ASAP, a musical extravaganza starring more than 50 entertainers (and also featuring its own Philharmonic Orchestra) the very, very first Filipino concert ever to grace Barclays, or rather New York, which played to a responsive cheering jam-packed crowd. You’re there lost in the passionate screaming and deafening applause of rabid fans thinking you’re in Manila. “Ohoh, awitin mo at isasayaw ko!... Tayo’y magsayawan!... Kaya join na lang kayo, let’s all have a good time!” Early enough, fans had started camping in Marriott where all of the Pinoy entertainers were billeted. There was some Coco Martin fever in the air as some diehards had hoped to catch a glimpse of him at the lobby that the mere sight of Onyok, his sidekick in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, had drawn so much interest. READ MORE...

ALSO: INTERVIEW - Ron Howard on the Inferno challenge


SEPTEMBER 29 -Director Howard is back with Tom Hanks (below, scene from the movie) for their third Dan Brown-based project. ‘The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno are thrillers but they don’t follow the same formula,’ he says. — AP Photos
SINGAPORE — The film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons generated worldwide controversy. Will Inferno, third in the Brown trilogy, rattle more people? Director Ron Howard is reunited with Tom Hanks in Inferno which was one of the three films showcased in the Sony Summit held recently in this city, including Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (released a few weeks ago) and The Magnificent Seven (reboot, still showing nationwide). Howard and Hanks, who reprises his iconic role as Robert Langdon (more on this in another story about Hanks), represented the movie at the Summit. The Philippine STAR talked to both Howard and Hanks. First, let’s listen what Howard has to say: READ MORE...

ALSO: Jodi Sta. Maria, ‘Bridges of Love’ earn Emmy nominations
[RELATED: Jodi Sta. Maria, Bridges of Love nominated for 44th International Emmys]


SEPTEMBER 28 -STA MARIA
Kapamilya (ABS-CBN) actress Jodi Santa Maria career’s has never had it so good. After the successful run of her prime-time soap opera series “Pangako Sa’yo,” her career is now on the verge of international recognition as she has just been officially nominated to the 2016 International Emmy Awards, together with the soap opera television series “Bridges of Love.” Sta Maria’s notable portrayal of the iconic Amor Powers in the top-rating “Pangako Sa’yo,” played by Eula Valdez in the original version, was her gateway to the Best Actress nomination. She will be competing against the UK’s Judi Dench (“Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot”), Brazil’s Grazi Massafera (“Verdades Secretas”) and Germany’s Christiane Paul (“Unterm Radar”). Meanwhile, “Bridges of Love,” which starred Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvado and Paulo Avelino was nominated in the “telenovela” category. A total of 40 nominations in 10 categories from 15 counties will compete in the Emmy. Winners will be announced on Nov. 21 at the Hilton New York Hotel. Clarizel Abanilla FULL REPORT RELATED, Jodi Sta. Maria, Bridges of Love nominated for 44th International Emmys...

ALSO Angelina Jolie's Inner Circle: Meet the Women Helping Her Through the Brad Pitt Split


SEPTEMEBR 29 -© Provided by ETOnline
Following her shocking split from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has powered up her girl squad. Just eight days after the By the Sea star filed for divorce from her husband of two years, ET has learned that her closest female friends, Lady Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton, may be encouraging a smear campaign against the 52-year-old actor. A source close to the Pitt-Jolie situation tells ET that the two women advising Jolie have been "fueling the actress' aggressive approach against Pitt" from the beginning. They were even with the family the day before Jolie filed the dissolution of marriage, playing baseball with some of the estranged couple's kids. "Angelina is very close to Arminka and Chloe, and really has left her Hollywood circle in recent years to focus on politics and human rights," the source said, explaining that the 41-year-old actress -- who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) -- first met Helic through her UN work a few years ago. "Angelina respects the two of them completely and doesn't make any decisions without them." So who are these influential ladies? READ MORE...

ALSO: INTERVIEW - What Korina learned from Mar's failed presidential bid


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Before the raunchy questions took over, things got rather serious during Korina Sanchez's rare appearance on the late night talk show "Tonight With Boy Abunda," as she opened up about the lessons she learned from her husband's failed presidential bid. "Para sa mga tumatakbo sa isang kampanya, be-all end-all ang pagkapanalo," Sanchez said. "Pero alam mo when you don't make it, and this has happened to us twice, you realize that you you assess how you come out of it and what that experience, wherein you poured your heart and soul, your body, your time, what has that contributed to you?" "Kawawa ka naman kung ginawa mo lahat ng iyon, namuhunan ka ng sobra-sobra, at nung hindi mo nakuha iyong premyo, ang pakiramadam mo sa sarili mo ay talunan ka o dehado ka, o sira ka na, broken," said Sanchez, whose husband, Mar Roxas, lost to now-President Rodrigo Duterte. READ MORE, WATCH VIDEO...2 RELATEDs EARLY REPORTS...KORINA BEING THERE FOR MAR & WHEN KORINNA REALIZED WHEN MAR CONCEDED TO DUTERTE...


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Certified exclusive: The day 50 Pinoy Stars rocked New York


Left: Piolo Pascual, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano and Luis Manzano. Right: Charo Santos-Concio is joined onstage by KZ Tandingan, Gary, Piolo Pascual and Jona. Photos by Sthanlee B. Mirador

NEW YORK CITY, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Baby K. Jimenez September 26, 2016 -Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. In sports parlance, it’s home to the New Jersey Nets and the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

To music aficionados, the most recent recall is that Barbra Streisand did her hit concert there last August though the eternal wild gossip on the streets if you ask the hood (today the communities of north and east Brooklyn are largely Black) is that in 2013, Beyoncé broke all existing records — adding additional 8,000 seats to the 10,000 sold-out tickets.

But wait now, last Sept. 3 (to celebrate the Labor Day weekend), Filipinos made history there — ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) brought in ASAP, a musical extravaganza starring more than 50 entertainers (and also featuring its own Philharmonic Orchestra) the very, very first Filipino concert ever to grace Barclays, or rather New York, which played to a responsive cheering jam-packed crowd. You’re there lost in the passionate screaming and deafening applause of rabid fans thinking you’re in Manila.

“Ohoh, awitin mo at isasayaw ko!... Tayo’y magsayawan!... Kaya join na lang kayo, let’s all have a good time!”

Early enough, fans had started camping in Marriott where all of the Pinoy entertainers were billeted. There was some Coco Martin fever in the air as some diehards had hoped to catch a glimpse of him at the lobby that the mere sight of Onyok, his sidekick in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, had drawn so much interest.

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A historic night for all of us — 9,000 Filipinos present, a show of force at Barclays Center saying we could make it anywhere!

Ricky Resurreccion, ABS-CBN Global Events Business Unit bigwig, admitted that “ASAP Live in New York was a grand dream and we really worked hard to see its fulfillment. It is our honor to have made Filipino event history in New York with our beloved Kapamilya, and their tremendous support inspires us to continue providing them with meaningful and memorable live entertainment experience. We were thinking of doing the event at Madison Square Gardens, so expensive though and we were fortunate to get into Barclays.”

They were aware that doing ASAP in New York was tough. “It’s a different city, rich in history and culture. Hollywood celebs take the subway sometimes unnoticed… and we know we were banking on mainly TFC subscriptionists — but could we get massive patronage?”

Tickets in the better section sold at $155 each. “And they got sold out the day before, unbelievable!” Pinoys from nearby cities flew in or drove from Chicago, Boston, Virginia, Washington DC, Florida and Toronto, reminiscent of the huge crowd that trekked to ASAP in LA two years ago. Bruno Mars of Pinoy origin almost came. He sent his apologies as he had a previous commitment already scheduled the year before.


Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, stars of Barcelona: A Love Untold

There’s an extreme tight security branded very New York-ish. Entertainers as well got filtered and had to carry special IDs to pass heavy screening. During a break, I spotted Maja Salvador, Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson in close proximity and engaged in a lively banter — a once-upon-a-time controversial triumvirate but now together in a dance number showing big smiles and their beat in perfect unison.


Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil of Dolce Amore

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo never stopped holding hands as LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) had only eyes for each other. Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador were simply quiet together but not excitingly romantic.


Martin and Piolo serenade 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach

In between musicals were stories of hope, despair turned to success, happy over sad tales of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that included Conchita Singson, Amor Villasin, the late Ma. Teresa Santillan, Mark Bustos, Nicole Ponseca and Jhett Tolentino as narrated by Jolina Magdangal.


Charo shares the lines of the famous poem Desiderata in Tagalog

A hush fell over the crowd as Charo Santos-Concio (now a talent/star, after her being prexy/CEO) appeared in a fab red gown by Carey Santiago, speaking the lines in Tagalog from that famous poem Desiderata written by Max Ehrman in 1927 which focuses on the idea that people should see the world, with both its joys and its troubles, with hope and placidity.

This is part of her commemorative album produced in cooperation with Star Music and some of the best OPM icons in the country.


Composer Cecille Azarcon (second from right) with (from left) Zsa Zsa, Martin, Piolo and Chiqui Pineda

Nostalgia took over as the focus turned to the great composer Cecille Azarcon (on keyboard now residing in California) with her all-time hits that include Lift Up Your Hands (by Carol Banawa and Daryl Ong), I Think I’m in Love (by Joey Albert), Sana’y Ikaw na Nga (by Jolina, Yeng Constantino and Jay-R), Reaching Out, How Did You Know (Chiqui Pineda with Zsa Zsa Padilla) with all the singers led by Martin Nievera doing a reprise of Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin.


Coco Martin and Onyok

It was Coco who brought the house down with his familiar Totoy Bibbo gyrating moves as Onyok came in with his “quack, quack, quack.” Almost everyone noticed how Zsa Zsa teared up when she did her ballad.

2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, escorted by dashing Piolo, celebrated her birthday live as Luis Manzano brought in a birthday cake. Not to be outdone, the Birit queens in a tribute to Modern Divas stretched their vocal chords into a quaking high pitch: Morisette, Klarisse de Guzman, Jona and Angeline Quinto. Vocal support also came from Billy Crawford, Erik Santos, Jason Dy, Jay-R, Kyla, KZ Tandingan and Yeng. KathNiel fanatics reacted as the off screen lovebirds did their Barcelona theme song, I’ll Never Love This Way Again.


ASAP It Girls Liza, Kathryn and Janella in a dance number

There was a brief 15-minute intermission for the second part. The audience was mesmerized as a medley of hits from the stage was performed by Pinoys who are Broadway performers themselves: Jaygee Macapugay, Karla Garcia, Jon Viktor Corpuz and Ali Ewoldt. How could it not be better when support came from the ABS-CBN Philmarmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga.


Vice Ganda

At the dressing room, Vice Ganda was getting ready for his number and shared that he’s able to sell several copies of his first book, President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas, earlier in the hotel. Gary V knocked on the rooms of all his co-performers doing a selfie, “I am doing this for my collections — one day I will come up with a surprise package!”

It was past 9:30 (yes, on overtime) when the curtains were about to drop. A Christmas song was being sung and almost, there’s not a dry eye in the house. To celebrate ASAP’s big success, the entire cast was directed to TAO, this enormous, clublike Pan-Asian eatery known for a huge Buddha centerpiece and a trendy crowd.

Hosting were Gabby Lopez and current president and CEO Carlo Katigbak. We spotted Martin, already eliciting laffs from invited guests. Before 12 midnight struck, we found ourselves headed for the exit with Charo.


The audience was mesmerized as a medley of hits was rendered by Pinoy Broadway performers

As we got into the car and cruised on a Manhattan street, Charo called our attention. “Look at the Empire State Building!” she announced. It was lit up in red, white and blue — the colors of our own Philippine Flag and remembered that it was declared Pinoy Day.

A historic night for all of us — 9,000 Filipinos present, a show of force at Barclays Center saying we could make it anywhere!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas and thanks to ABS-CBN.


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Ron Howard on the Inferno challenge FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 28, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Director Howard is back with Tom Hanks (below, scene from the movie) for their third Dan Brown-based project. ‘The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno are thrillers but they don’t follow the same formula,’ he says. — AP Photos

SINGAPORE — The film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons generated worldwide controversy. Will Inferno, third in the Brown trilogy, rattle more people?

Director Ron Howard is reunited with Tom Hanks in Inferno which was one of the three films showcased in the Sony Summit held recently in this city, including Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (released a few weeks ago) and The Magnificent Seven (reboot, still showing nationwide). Howard and Hanks, who reprises his iconic role as Robert Langdon (more on this in another story about Hanks), represented the movie at the Summit.

The Philippine STAR talked to both Howard and Hanks. First, let’s listen what Howard has to say:

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Are you dealing with even higher stakes in Inferno than you did in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons?

“Well, I felt very excited about this opportunity, you know, creatively as a director because it combines two things — an idea that an audience can connect with in a very modern contemporary way, you know, a thriller that is driven by something that we all think about. So it’s a controversial idea that doesn’t deal with the past. It’s all about the present. And the other thing is, you know, it’s a great role for my friend Tom Hanks. And it’s great to see him back on the clue path but it’s also fantastic to see the kind of dramatic opportunities and the acting opportunities that this particular thriller gives him.”

What was going on in your mind while making the Dan Brown trilogy over the past 15 years as far as belief in God and human relations were concerned?

“First of all, the Dan Brown stories combine these sort of button-pushing ideas that offer the audience two things — you know, there’s the tempo, there’s the pace, there’s the clue path, there’s the looking back and this feeling that you’re going to have something to talk about when the movie’s over.

“And so, yes, there’s the action, you know, and that’s fun to do. The characters are interesting. They offer fantastic international casts. We’re very fortunate to be able to work with (Indian actor) Irrfan Khan on this, and have him join us in this installment. But the movies, therefore the books and therefore the movies, offer these very unique experiences for audiences, and they’re also unique for us as storytellers, as life experiences, to go to these places, capture the flavor of a place and use it in a story.”

Was doing Inferno more challenging than doing the first two films?

“For me as a director, the challenge came from the use of modern pressure and suspense of this question of taking the world’s crisis into one’s own hands and trying to correct the problem as a single, brilliant individual going up against another brilliant individual who’s trying to save mankind. And that’s very interesting, but the clue path, which is always fun in these movies, is built into the past — using Dante’s Inferno — and that gave me as a director a lot of interesting images to work with.”

What else did you find challenging about doing Inferno?

“Yes, the unique combination of entertainment values. The three films are thrillers, but they’re not the same formula as so many thrillers that we see. Some of them are really good; some are kind of average. These three films are different. They do combine a set of ideas and they do offer really interesting sets of characters. For me, this one has probably the most interesting set of characters and it also features really strong female characters which is something that I really liked about this story.”

In Inferno, we see the nine levels of Hell, all of them scary. Which level of Hell in Dante’s Inferno scares you the most, and why?

“I don’t think you want any of them. The first level is, you know, kind of understandable. We’ve all committed those sins and it’s uncomfortable, but you want to work your way through there as quickly as possible, or try to get out because you certainly don’t want the ninth level.”

With the character Zobrist, you have a very compelling antagonist who makes a really good point.

“You begin with a fascinating character from the book, but Ben Foster (as Zobrist) is a tremendous actor and he brought so much intensity and creativity to the role. And, of course, I was encouraging that because I wanted that tension and that drama in the story.

“What Robert Langdon represents, however, is the application of brilliance. So Zobrist is a genius, undeniably, and is deciding to try to take it all into his hands. And Langdon is reasoning for using our intellectual power to work together to try to solve these problems and not take this kind of a crisis into one’s own hands. And that’s part of the central tension of the story.”

Zobrist is mostly static and Langdon is running around all over the film. Zobrist is almost on the stage, on the camera, but Langdon is always running around getting beaten up.

“Well, Langdon is the one forced to react. And again, what’s so interesting about the suspense element in this story is that Langdon isn’t even certain where he stands in all of this. He’s unclear as to what his role might even be. So it creates a lot of internal drama for Langdon and the characters around him.”

Southeast Asia has very exotic landscape and a friendly environment of filmmaking. Can you see coming to Southeast Asia to make films?

“The answer would be yes. Now, Dan Brown creates these Robert Langdon mysteries so he takes the lead in that regard and we don’t really influence that. When he gives us a great story and a great setting, then we’ve been lucky to make those movies. But there’s no question that there are fantastic stories to be told here and the international film community understands that and I join that community in wishing to find a story to make here someday.”

 
 

INFERNO Official Trailer (2016) Tom Hanks, Ron Howard Thriller Movie HD JoBlo Movie Trailers JoBlo Movie Trailers Subscribe1,379,219 Add to Share More 46,720 views 366 12 Published on May 9, 2016 http://www.joblo.com - INFERNO Official Trailer (2016) Tom Hanks, Ron Howard Thriller Movie HD When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones). Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Dan Brown
Stars: Felicity Jones, Tom Hanks, Ben Foster

INFERNO STORY LINE

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself.

When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories.

Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Jodi Sta. Maria, ‘Bridges of Love’ earn Emmy nominations @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net
11:09 AM September 28th, 2016


STA MARIA

Kapamilya (ABS-CBN) actress Jodi Santa Maria career’s has never had it so good. After the successful run of her prime-time soap opera series “Pangako Sa’yo,” her career is now on the verge of international recognition as she has just been officially nominated to the 2016 International Emmy Awards, together with the soap opera television series “Bridges of Love.”

Sta Maria’s notable portrayal of the iconic Amor Powers in the top-rating “Pangako Sa’yo,” played by Eula Valdez in the original version, was her gateway to the Best Actress nomination.

She will be competing against the UK’s Judi Dench (“Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot”), Brazil’s Grazi Massafera (“Verdades Secretas”) and Germany’s Christiane Paul (“Unterm Radar”).

Meanwhile, “Bridges of Love,” which starred Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvado and Paulo Avelino was nominated in the “telenovela” category.

A total of 40 nominations in 10 categories from 15 counties will compete in the Emmy.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 21 at the Hilton New York Hotel. Clarizel Abanilla

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Jodi Sta. Maria, Bridges of Love nominated for 44th International Emmys BY ADMIN · SEPTEMBER 27, 2016



Sta. Maria and former primetime drama Bridges of Love are set to compete in the 2016 International Emmy Awards as per the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ announcement last Monday, September 26.

Jodi’s Best Actress nomination was for her performance as Amor Powers on Pangako Sa’Yo.

The seasoned star is set to compete against U.K.’s Judi Dench for Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, Brazil’s Grazi Massafera for Verdades Secretas and Germany’s Christiane Paul for Unterm Radar.

Bridges of Love, which starred Jericho Rosales, Paulo Avelino, and Maja Salvador, was nominated in the Telenovela category, alongside entries from Canada and Brazil.

Winners for the International Emmys will be announced on November 21 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Last year, ABS-CBN’s former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and now Chief Content Officer Charo Santos served as the first Filipino Gala Chair for the 43rd International Emmy Awards.

Piolo Pascual, meanwhile, also had his shining moment during last year’s International Emmys when he presented the award for Best Telenovela alongside Karla Mosley of The Bold and the Beautiful.


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Angelina Jolie's Inner Circle: Meet the Women Helping Her Through the Brad Pitt Split ETOnline ETOnline Desiree Murphy
 


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Following her shocking split from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has powered up her girl squad.

Just eight days after the By the Sea star filed for divorce from her husband of two years, ET has learned that her closest female friends, Lady Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton, may be encouraging a smear campaign against the 52-year-old actor.

A source close to the Pitt-Jolie situation tells ET that the two women advising Jolie have been "fueling the actress' aggressive approach against Pitt" from the beginning. They were even with the family the day before Jolie filed the dissolution of marriage, playing baseball with some of the estranged couple's kids.

"Angelina is very close to Arminka and Chloe, and really has left her Hollywood circle in recent years to focus on politics and human rights," the source said, explaining that the 41-year-old actress -- who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) -- first met Helic through her UN work a few years ago. "Angelina respects the two of them completely and doesn't make any decisions without them."

So who are these influential ladies?

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A source tells ET the ‘By the Sea’ star ‘doesn’t make any decisions without them.’

According to the source, Helic -- a Bosnian foreign policy expert and member of the U.K. House of Lords -- used to serve as a special adviser to Britain's former Foreign Secretary William Hague, the man "really responsible for teaching Angelina about Bosnia." Hague is also credited for being "a close confidante to Angelina" while she was directing her 2011 movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, in Bosnia.

Helic advises Jolie on any political issues the actress chooses to be involved in, the source added, and travels abroad with her every time she makes a trip. She also educates Jolie on issues surrounding war-torn countries, mainly in regard to women and children. What's more, it was Helic, according to the source, who encouraged Jolie to get involved with the London School of Economics' Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she's set to join the faculty as a guest professor in September 2017.

Like Helic, Dalton also has ties to Hague. She is the daughter of former ambassador Sir Richard Dalton, and worked in Hague's office as his speechwriter during the same time Jolie had worked with him.

Then, in 2015, Jolie, Helic and Dalton formed the Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic foundation, an organization which aims to help refugees, prevent violence against women and improve access to education. "We have been officially working together for a year and are very much looking forward to continuing our joint efforts on our shared international interests," Jolie told People of their partnership at the time. The trio also previously worked together on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative to help end war zone rape.

Jolie is currently staying in a secluded, $12 million beachfront mansion rental in Malibu, California, with the couple's six children -- Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.

On Tuesday, Jolie's bodyguard was seen picking up pizza from D'Amore's Famous Pizza in the area around 6 p.m. According to an eyewitness, the bodyguard was alone and carried out four large pizza boxes, along with another bag of food. "We're not sure if it was just the kids eating it, and perhaps they over-ordered, but four pizzas for six kids averages to over five slices per kid," the eyewitness explained. "They must be really hungry!"

Earlier this week, an additional source told ET that Pitt, who was last seen in Croatia on Sept. 2, hopes to see his kids soon and wants to resolve his issues with Jolie "amicably and privately."

"Every marriage has priorities and they have been able to navigate them up until now," the source said. "Brad has different priorities. He's a leading actor with movies coming out. She has her things she wants to do and no one is saying that's wrong."

"Her global ambitions are part of the current problem," the source continued. "I don't think anyone wants their kids all over the place." Hear more in the video below.

 
http://www.etonline.com/news/199094_angelina_jolie_inner_circle_arminka_helic_chloe_dalton_helping_with_brad_pitt_split/


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What Korina learned from Mar's failed presidential bid ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 01 2016 03:28 AM


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MANILA - Before the raunchy questions took over, things got rather serious during Korina Sanchez's rare appearance on the late night talk show "Tonight With Boy Abunda," as she opened up about the lessons she learned from her husband's failed presidential bid.

"Para sa mga tumatakbo sa isang kampanya, be-all end-all ang pagkapanalo," Sanchez said. "Pero alam mo when you don't make it, and this has happened to us twice, you realize that you you assess how you come out of it and what that experience, wherein you poured your heart and soul, your body, your time, what has that contributed to you?"

"Kawawa ka naman kung ginawa mo lahat ng iyon, namuhunan ka ng sobra-sobra, at nung hindi mo nakuha iyong premyo, ang pakiramadam mo sa sarili mo ay talunan ka o dehado ka, o sira ka na, broken," said Sanchez, whose husband, Mar Roxas, lost to now-President Rodrigo Duterte.

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"But I refused to be a victim. So I think kailangan kunin mo ang lahat ng mga karanasan and realize that it was all for your betterment, and that was all for a purpose," she said.

The "Rated K" host also talked about her decision to pursue a master's degree in journalism, as well as her beginnings as a radio broadcaster during the tail-end of the Martial Law era.

She said women back then didn't have much of a voice, and many were pleasantly surprised that such an outspoken character like her was behind the microphone.

The second part was lighter in tone, as she gamely answered racy questions that usually punctuate each of the guest's appearance on the talk show such as when is "best time" for sex, and if they prefer to have the lights on or off while doing it. She was also asked on whether her husband is a good kisser.

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EARLIER REPORT FROM ABS-CBN (BEFORE THE MAY ELECTIONS

Korina Sanchez: Being there for Mar Vladimir Bunoan, ABS-CBN News Posted at May 06 2016 05:27 PM | Updated as of May 06 2016 07:50 PM

Korina Sanchez-Roxas, the veteran ABS-CBN journalist, arrives with Mar Roxas during the launch of Roxas' presidential candidacy at the Club Filipino on July 31, 2015. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

PROFILES: The next First Lady or First Gentleman

Regardless of who wins among the 5 presidential candidates, Malacanang is going to welcome a much bigger First Family as bachelor President Benigno Simeon Aquino III bows out of office on June 30, 2016.

The Philippines will either have another First Gentleman if Senator Grace Poe or Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago wins, a First Lady if Vice President Jojo Binay or former DILG chief Mar Roxas makes it, or a daughter as First Lady if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte succeeds.

What role the next First Lady or First Gentleman will play and how well (or bad) he or she performs will impact on the Philippine presidency. Will he or she be like an Imelda Marcos, a Ming Ramos, a Loi Ejercito, a Mike Arroyo, or the Aquino sisters?

It was the calm before the campaign storm for Mar Roxas and his wife, Korina Sanchez-Roxas.

On vacation abroad, they were taking a leisurely stroll when Roxas turned to his wife and asked her: "Honey, sabihin mo nga sa akin bakit natin ito gagawin ulit?"

Deep inside, Roxas, of course, knew the answer. But, as Sanchez-Roxas tells a crowd of celebrities, who have gathered to pledge their support for the Liberal Party’s presidential bet: “Gusto lang niya sigurong marinig mula sa asawa niya bakit ba i-uumpog na naman niya ang ulo niya rito.”

By her own admission, Roxas’s loss to Jejomar Binay for the vice presidency in 2010 was a painful episode for the couple, who were married just months before the elections in October 2009. There were also “many, many mistakes,” she acknowledged.

“I felt like I parachuted into a jungle in my wedding gown with a shield on one hand and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher on the other! It was very abnormal,” she told ABS-CBN News.

“I report about politics but didn't know much about its innards. I felt then like being tossed around by waves. I ended up all wet and didn't know how I survived or where I landed.”

So, the couple “retreated a bit.” She eventually resumed her career in ABS-CBN, returning to the network’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol,” while Roxas later on joined the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III, first as the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication in 2011, and then as head of Interior and Local Government.
Sanchez-Roxas considers this current campaign their first as husband and wife.

“I'm a much stronger swimmer in this sea of politics. I'm not so impressionable, affected, not a bit overwhelmed by situations anymore as I was, quite a bit, in 2010,” she said.

So, at that moment, as they were the enjoying the chilly air in their last vacation before embarking on the tortuous road that would hopefully lead to the presidency, she told him: "Sa totoo lang, ang biyaheng ito ay iyo. Hindi ito akin. Pero dahil mahal kita, wala nang iba, ay tatabihan kita kahit saan ka magpunta.”
And they embarked on the journey again.

A WORK IN PROGRESS

A veteran broadcast journalist, Sanchez-Roxas was already one of the country’s top news anchors when she tied the knot with Roxas, who was a senator at the time.

“I've been a career woman all my 30 years as an adult and it's been all about me and my family,” Sanchez-Roxas said, describing herself as “a work in progress as a wife.”

“It wasn't easy, I think, for both Mar and me who were set in our ways. But we love each other. We have a mutual respect for each other. We want it to work and we are aware marriage needs work.”

But it was also amid the stress of this grueling presidential campaign – she said that for two years, she has been going around the country, including going to far-flung and poor areas – that their relationship “developed by leaps and bounds.”

“Maybe the demands for change and adjustment because of the campaign led us to where we are now and it is a good place,” she mused.

"My marriage did affect my career in a big way. Much of my meaningful work as a journalist I couldn't pursue any longer.
But I found great solace in my charities where I became much more active. - Korina Sanchez-Roxas "

IMAGE AND CAREER

To get there, however, Sanchez-Roxas had to make tremendous sacrifices, especially as far as her career was concerned. Although she continues to host the weekly magazine show “Rated K,” she had to give up “TV Patrol,” as well as her radio program on DZMM.

“I voluntarily took a leave of absence from work and have focused almost exclusively on everything Mar,” she explained.
But even before this campaign, her marriage to Roxas, who even at the time was already perceived as harboring presidential ambitions, had started affecting her public image.

She recalled that in 2009, Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys showed her as the “most trusted on television” nationally, and she would also consistently land in the top 10 of probable senators. But after her marriage to Roxas, that ranking dropped to number 15-20.

“There were no significant events to explain the drop, so we think it may be because I'm also seen as compromised as a journalist. My partnership with a politician might have been perceived as a conflict of interest,” she acknowledged, noting that she also became a target of Roxas’s political opponents and supporters.

“So, yes, my marriage did affect my career in a big way. Much of my meaningful work as a journalist I couldn't pursue any longer. But I found great solace in my charities where I became much more active.”

Even as she took a leave of absence from work, there really wasn’t enough time for her to do anything else given the demands of political campaigning. She goes out on sorties daily, visiting two to three towns or provinces, meeting local leaders and speaking to multisectoral audiences – in public markets and malls, on the streets and inside jeepneys in terminals.

Then she has to be back in Manila by sundown “because three or four meetings are waiting for me that may run well into midnight.”

“But people love it,” she enthused.

But just as important, she also seems to be enjoying it, and this led her to the realization that “journalism isn't my real calling; charity is.”

DRIVEN AND HARDWORKING

Armed with the lessons of 2010 and her own experience as a veteran in the often-vicious world of the network wars, Sanchez-Roxas is much more immersed and active in her husband’s campaign.

“In television, it is like elections every day. Our ratings -- how we are faring with our audience -- is measured and reported by the minute. So, strategy for a political campaign can't be too different. Imaging, messaging is half the battle; the ground campaign being the other half,” she noted.

Sanchez-Roxas is famous – some say, notorious – for being a tough and demanding boss.

“When people say she can be a handful, they're not entirely wrong. But maybe that's because she is one of the most driven, hardworking and hands-on program anchors I've ever met,” said a former TV producer who worked with her on the program “Isyu.”

“Korina was always proud to say that she started from the bottom as a PA [Production Assistant] and worked her way up the ladder, thus she was quite knowledgeable about all the stages of production. She was meticulous and wanted to be in the loop about everything. On top of these, she maintained the boldness and impatience carried over from her years as a field reporter so malakas talaga ang dating niya. She knows what she wants and demands perfection. Working with her was not for the faint of heart.

“But this also meant that everyone around her was forced to do his or her best. Working with Koring makes one more resourceful, more creative, more mindful of the task at hand, maybe even more resilient. She was a multi-tasker -- she could check her email, talk on the phone and study her scripts all at the same time! Dapat mabilis ang pick-up mo. Hindi puwede ang tutulog-tulog sa staff niya. And that is not really a bad thing. I used to tell our staff, if you are able to work well with Korina, ibig sabihin magaling ka!”

A POLITICAL LIABILITY?

This hardened image, however, has been used against Roxas by his critics. In fact, in one media appearance, Roxas was asked point-blank about those who don’t want to vote for him because of his wife. Amid some snickers from the audience, Roxas replied: “I’m sad to hear that but Korina is my wife and I love her very much. She’s with me.”

Sanchez-Roxas is aware that even among her husband’s supporters, there are those who don’t like her.

“I call them the minority negatrons. To them, if I'm not an overspending prima donna, nor a plunderer, gambler or adulteress, I'm probably something else, right?” she quipped.

And to make sure that they are indeed just a minority, she said they had a survey conducted to find out the areas where she can improve and where she is strong.

“Happily, we all found out my approval ratings are quite high. In the Visayas and Mindanao, I hit almost 70%. In NCR, my numbers are at 60%. I think that's more than we even expected. I could work at achieving 100% to keep everyone happy but, that's just not possible. No one is perfect and no one escapes social media bashing. Hey, not even Pope Francis,” she quipped.

Besides, after many years in the media spotlight, Sanchez-Roxas is used to dealing with criticism and making enemies because of her strong opinions.

“I'm not perfect. But if the majority tell me I'm okay, I must be okay,” she said, noting the ratings of her shows through the years. “My husband seems to think I'm more than okay. These are all that matter.”

ROLE AS A PARTNER

But as far as criticism goes, Roxas had to endure far worse accusations and insinuations.

So, how do they as a couple deal with all the negativity? “Mar and I are both self-sufficient this way. We are very alike in that when some form of conflict comes our way, we each take it in, process it and resolve it alone. We aren't co-dependents in problem-solving,” Sanchez-Roxas said.

“Maybe because we have both been very independent in our personal lives and work for so long, we try not to dump on each other matters we can resolve on our own. Things stay pleasant between us more often this way.”

Her ABS-CBN colleagues attest that off-cam, Sanchez-Roxas is much more relaxed and cheerful.

“I have fond memories of finding her in the office quietly arranging flowers or wrapping her own holiday gifts. These are some of the things that calm her. As I said, Korina is very hands-on and this trait carries over to her personal life. She is the type of person who would write thoughtful messages on a greeting card in her flowing script, who would come to work with an armful of fragrant blooms from Dangwa (in Manila) that made her corner of the newsroom smell like a garden, or even design her own wrapping paper,” her former producer said.

One of her most unforgettable memories of Sanchez-Roxas was when she baked blueberry cheesecake as merienda for the staff.

“I still recall how she personally attended to everyone -- including the camera and technical crew -- placing each slice of cake carefully on a dainty plate and serving everybody herself. Some of the crew were too shy to come near her, so she went around to make sure everyone was fed and happy,” she recalled.

Sanchez-Roxas has brought this kind of personalized attention to her marriage.

“I find myself being home for him when he gets back from work -- even as I myself am out there. I try to keep things pleasant in the home, make sure he gets enough food and rest,” she said.

“This is my job as his partner: Getting things done, representing him, watching his back. When he gets home at night, there is no trace of the partner machine at work. We keep things light. We hardly talk shop. The home atmosphere should be soothing and calming.”

At home, she said, Roxas is no longer the cabinet secretary and she is no longer the broadcast journalist. She admits she used to be conscious about this but has eventually learned to switch off automatically.

“He makes fun of me me when he thinks I'm talking to him in my newscaster baritone. He says, ‘O, wala nang camera ha.’

And when he gets too serious naman with me like I'm one of his staff, I'll take out my cellphone and take his picture habang nakasimangot siya. We bring each other down to earth. The home is for serenity and we try not to ruin the ecosystem inside, as much as possible,” he said.

POLITICAL DISAGREEMENTS

But given her background as a prying and inquisitive journalist, it is but natural that they do have disagreements about politics. In fact, she admits that there were several “too juicy” to divulge.

“Maybe what I can safely share is that I disagree he takes up the cudgels, it seems, for everyone in government who have fallen short of the public's expectations,” she said, citing for instance, Metro Manila’s traffic and problems at the airport.

“But my husband is more upright than I am. He will take it for the team. Hindi siya manlalaglag. He will stand strong and take the bullets. That's a leader.”

"It is enough for me that I am heard and that the thought that went into what I say is given enough respect and value. Mar may disagree, but he listens. - Korina Sanchez-Roxas "

For her, it is enough that she is able to tell him what she thinks.

“It is enough for me that I am heard and that the thought that went into what I say is given enough respect and value. Mar may disagree, but he listens. I do not need validation. It is enough that I get to tell him and tell him why,” she said.

“There will always be an exchange. That means he is engaged and when he engages, that means he will process with my input. And then I trust his judgment. He and I are, as partners, together to fill in each other's blanks.”

On issues that are close to her like those that affect children and the LGBT community, HIV/AIDS awareness, women's financial literacy, and population management.
“I've always been close to the poor, working with them and for them, and this won't change, with or without the title. I will be a working first lady probably wearing maong pants and sweating a whole lot of the time,” she said.

But, after spending 30 years as a high-profile media celebrity, Sanchez-Roxas isn’t about the quietly fade into background.
“Times are different. Times are modern,” she said, citing US First Lady Michelle Obama, who, she said, is “clearly an active partner to her husband but is never obtrusive.”

“I don't believe in being invisible. Women must lean forward,” she stressed.

“I can also make the sandwiches back home. I am also a homemaker, as my mother was before me. But we also must make our contributions. Women can and should be out there. Even in the Family Code, women are equal in financial responsibility for the household. So whatever we can do, we must do.”

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What Korina realized after Mar conceded to Duterte ABS-CBN News Posted at May 10 2016 06:13 PM

Korina Sanchez-Roxas, the veteran ABS-CBN journalist, arrives with Mar Roxas during the launch of Roxas' presidential candidacy at the Club Filipino on July 31, 2015. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Broadcaster Korina Sanchez took to social media to share her thoughts hours after her husband, administration candidate Mar Roxas, conceded to the apparent winner of the presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In an Instagram post, Sanchez said she was asked by a reporter about what she discovered about her husband during the presidential campaign.

She said she realized that Roxas is “the best man of them all.”

“A reporter asked me: ‘What did you discover about your husband in this campaign that you never knew before?’ I answered, ‘I always knew my husband is a good man. Only now in this campaign did I realize that he is the best man of them all,’” she wrote.

On Tuesday afternoon, an emotional but calm Roxas conceded to Duterte and wished him success.

“Digong, I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating sambayanan at ng ating bansa,” he said in a press conference.

(READ: Mar concedes, wishes Duterte success)

Roxas ranks second in the presidential race with 9,386,781 votes as of 4:29 p.m. according to Comelec’s transparency server against Duterte’s 15,520,595.

Grace Poe, who is at third place with 8,690,863 votes, was the first to accept defeat.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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