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BACOLOD SKY LIGHTS UP TO SIGNAL END OF MASKARA FESTIVITIES


OCTOBER 25 -MASKED WINNERS Barangay Granada was adjudged grand slam winner in the arena dance competition’s barangay category of the MassKara Festival, Bacolod City’s top tourist attraction, which ended on Sunday night after 23 days of festivities. —ANDY ALVAREZ/CONTRIBUTOR
The 23-day MassKara Festival ended with a bang on Sunday night as 20,000 spectators gathered in the Negros Occidental provincial capital for a grand fireworks display. The occasion, however, was more meaningful for Barangay Granada after its performers bagged the top award in the MassKara Festival Street and Arena Dance Competition’s barangay category for the third consecutive year. Granada also won the competition’s concept and choreography awards. The village’s performers wore back to back smiling masks that delighted the festival crowd. Their colorful costumes boosted the fiesta atmosphere in the city. READ MORE...

ALSO: Car racer Marlon Stockinger confesses to ‘seeing’ Pia Wurtzbach
RELATED: Pia Wurtzbach, may 'long distance dating relationship' kay Marlon Stockinger]


OCTOBER 25 -Instagram.com/Marlon Stockinger
MANILA, Philippines — Car racing champion Marlon Stockinger broke his silence on dating rumors and admitted he is “seeing” Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. “The truth? Let's put it this way if Pia was here tonight she'd be my date here so yeah obviously we see each other but we just want to keep it down low pretty much but yeah, I've been seeing Pia,” Marlon said in a televised interview during the Star Magic Ball when asked for the real score between them. READ MORE...RELATED,
Pia Wurtzbach, may 'long distance dating relationship' kay Marlon Stockinger...

ALSO: Herbert Bautista says he and Kris Aquino are on 'discovery' level


OCTOBER 27 - MAYOR BAUTISTA: 'Friendzone!'  This was the reaction of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista when asked about his 'friendly lunch' with Kris Aquino. It can be recalled that in a presscon, Kris revealed that the comedian/politician invited her for lunch in Makati City. Kris made it clear then that it was not a date. 'Napag-usapan namin lahat ng kapalpakan, pagkakamali, and all. 'And the one thing from that lunch that came out of it was that we both realized, if you want a relationship—I’m not talking about him, ha, kasi nasa friendzone na kami—kung gusto mo talaga magka-chance, keep it to yourself, lalo na if you are public.'  READ MORE...

ALSO: Rap on Kuya Mark (Mark. Antony's drug case): Don’t judge my brother


OCTOBER 29 -Rap Fernandez (right): Failure to legalize marijuana an injustice to Mark Anthony (left), other sick people PHOTO FROM INQUIRER FILE Rap Fernandez is trying to stay positive that his brother Mark Anthony Fernandez will get out of the mess he’s in. Mark Anthony is being detained at a Pampanga jail for allegedly violating R.A. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. According to an earlier STAR report, the actor was arrested last Oct. 3 in Angeles City, Pampanga at around 8:30 p.m. after police allegedly discovered a kilo of marijuana in his Ford Mustang. Under the law, a person caught with 500 grams of marijuana or more cannot post bail and if charged in court and proven guilty, can be imprisoned for life. Mark denied owning the kilo of marijuana, but admitted to pot use for medicinal purposes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Epy Quizon visits PNP chief Bato, takes drug test


OCTOBER 28 -Epy Quizon with PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa and actor Cesar Montano. He voluntarily took a drug test Friday afternoon. Photo from Montano's Facebook account
MANILA - "Heneral Luna" star Epy Quizon has nothing to hide when it comes to drug use. Following reports that a list of celebrities linked with the country's illegal drug trade is now with President Rodrigo Duterte, the actor visited Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Friday and voluntarily took a drug test. He was accompanied by actor Cesar Montano, who shared the meeting on his Facebook account. READ MORE...


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Bacolod sky lights up to signal end of MassKara festivities


MASKED WINNERS Barangay Granada was adjudged grand slam winner in the arena dance competition’s barangay category of the MassKara Festival, Bacolod City’s top tourist attraction, which ended on Sunday night after 23 days of festivities. —ANDY ALVAREZ/CONTRIBUTOR

BACOLOD CITY, OCTOBER 31, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Carla P. Gomez / @inquirerdotnet October 25, 2016 - The 23-day MassKara Festival ended with a bang on Sunday night as 20,000 spectators gathered in the Negros Occidental provincial capital for a grand fireworks display.

The occasion, however, was more meaningful for Barangay Granada after its performers bagged the top award in the MassKara Festival Street and Arena Dance Competition’s barangay category for the third consecutive year. Granada also won the competition’s concept and choreography awards.

The village’s performers wore back to back smiling masks that delighted the festival crowd. Their colorful costumes boosted the fiesta atmosphere in the city.

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Performers from Granada had the most number of props, including replicas of Bacolod landmarks, sugarcane and the city’s famous dishes and delicacies. Their performances also featured props such as butterflies and crabs made of cardboard.

The MassKara Festival was a frenzied 23 days of lively entertainment and street parties at the Bacolod public plaza, the Bacolod Government Center grounds and the Tourism Strip down Lacson Street.

The the top three winners of a five-day fireworks competition, led by Peacocks Fireworks based in this city, were featured at the grand fireworks display that capped the festival at the Bacolod Government Center on Sunday.


Performers from Barangay Banago join Bacolod’s MassKara Festival. —RONNIE BALDONADO


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Marlon Stockinger confesses to ‘seeing’ Pia Wurtzbach (philstar.com) | Updated October 25, 2016 - 7:07am 1 269 googleplus0 0


Car racing champion Marlon Stockinger admitted he is “seeing” Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Instagram.com/Marlon Stockinger

MANILA, Philippines — Car racing champion Marlon Stockinger broke his silence on dating rumors and admitted he is “seeing” Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

“The truth? Let's put it this way if Pia was here tonight she'd be my date here so yeah obviously we see each other but we just want to keep it down low pretty much but yeah, I've been seeing Pia,” Marlon said in a televised interview during the Star Magic Ball when asked for the real score between them.

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Although he admitted he feels lucky to have met Pia, Marlon said they also find their situation “difficult” since Pia is fulfilling her duties as Miss Universe in New York City while he flies to the Philippines and is mostly in Europe.

“Whenever we get the chance, we make the most out of it," Marlon said.

Marlon, 25, and Pia, 27, were rumored to be dating after the Miss Universe posted a photo of her and the Filipino-Swiss car racer on her Instagram account. Pia also stopped posting photos of her former boyfriend Mikhail Varshavski.

The two were also seen meeting in Manila when Pia visited the country and both of them posted a photo of their meeting. Pia recently posted Marlon's photo with the caption "My favorite Swiss," and tagged the champion car race driver.

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Pia Wurtzbach, may 'long distance dating relationship' kay Marlon Stockinger ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 25 2016 11:12 PM

"Long distance dating relationship" o LDDR. 'Yan ang status ngayon ni Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach at racer na si Marlon Stockinger.

Nagpaliwanag naman sina Elisse Joson at Mccoy De Leon sa isyung nagselos sa kanilang sweetness si Jerome Ponce. Nagpa-Patrol, Gretchen Fullido. TV Patrol, Martes, Oktubre 25, 2016

Filipino-Swiss race car driver Marlon Stockinger finally admitted that he and Miss Unvierse 2015 Pia Wurtzbach are indeed “seeing each other.”

However, Stockinger said in an interview during the Star Magic Ball on Saturday that they just “want to keep it down low.”

“The truth? Let's put it this way if Pia was here tonight she'd be my date here so yeah obviously we see each other but we just want to keep it down low pretty much but yeah, I've been seeing Pia,” he said.

Stockinger said he feels fortunate to have been given the chance to get to know Wurtzbach on a more personal level.

“It's amazing! Pia is very beautiful of course, that is the reason why she is Miss Universe. I just feel lucky that we got to meet and we've been seeing each other,” he said.

Meanwhile, Stockinger shared that their situation isn’t very easy considering they are currently miles apart.

"Well it's difficult obviously she's across the Atlantic right now, I'm here in the Philippines. I'm also in Europe so whenever we get the chance, we make the most out of it," he said.

Since they are just in the early stages of getting to know each other, Stockinger said they "can't predict the future right now, but probably that would be an awesome Christmas gift, so we'll see."

In an interview with ABS-CBN News early this month, Stockinger denied dating Wurtzbach after a photo of them together in New York sparked the rumors.

He then maintained that they are just close friends.


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Herbert Bautista says he and Kris Aquino are on 'discovery' level Published October 20, 2016 7:10pm By Nikko Tuazon, PEP

'Friendzone!'

This was the reaction of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista when asked about his 'friendly lunch' with Kris Aquino.

It can be recalled that in a presscon, Kris revealed that the comedian/politician invited her for lunch in Makati City.

Kris made it clear then that it was not a date.

'Napag-usapan namin lahat ng kapalpakan, pagkakamali, and all.

'And the one thing from that lunch that came out of it was that we both realized, if you want a relationship—I’m not talking about him, ha, kasi nasa friendzone na kami—kung gusto mo talaga magka-chance, keep it to yourself, lalo na if you are public.'

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READ: Kris Aquino on Mayor Herbert Bautista: 'Nasa friend zone na kami'

At the QCinema International Film Festival 2016 awards night held in QCX Interactive Museum, Quezon City on Wednesday night, October 19, the mayor said Kris's recent statement took him quite off guard.

He quipped, 'Nagulat nga ako e.

'Friendzone lang kami ngayon.

'Matagal na kaming friendzone.'

Turning a bit more serious, he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other press that the Kris he recently had lunch with was more composed.

'It's nice kasi ano ngayon e mas kalmado siya. At saka andun siya sa point ng, para sa akin, the way I look at it, self-discovery which is also good for her.'

One of the things they talked about was Kris' showbiz career plans.

The 48-year-old politician related, 'She's in a self-discovery mode and, you know, for the longest time, talagang tuluy-tuloy almost every day, di ba? Biglang boom!

'So yung hiatus na yun gave her a break with various elements—discovering herself as a person, discovering herself as a mother, discovering herself and her nucleus in the family.

'Tamang-tama, wala rin si PNoy [former President Noynoy Aquino] ngayon, regular, hindi siya presidente.

'And then, nagbigay rin ng pagkakataon sa kanya to look forward ano yung mga dapat gawin?

'And then yun, yun yung mga pinag-usapan namin.'

Herbert underlined Kris's positive attitude.

'The way I look at her, she's a very positive person.

'First, she's a strong person.

'Second, she has a very positive outlook in life and that is what makes her Kris Aquino, e.' -- For the full story, visit PEP.ph


PHILSTAR

Rap on Kuya Mark: Don’t judge my brother By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 29, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Rap Fernandez (right): Failure to legalize marijuana an injustice to Mark Anthony (left), other sick people PHOTO FROM INQUIRER FILE

MANILA, Philippines - Rap Fernandez is trying to stay positive that his brother Mark Anthony Fernandez will get out of the mess he’s in.

Mark Anthony is being detained at a Pampanga jail for allegedly violating R.A. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. According to an earlier STAR report, the actor was arrested last Oct. 3 in Angeles City, Pampanga at around 8:30 p.m. after police allegedly discovered a kilo of marijuana in his Ford Mustang. Under the law, a person caught with 500 grams of marijuana or more cannot post bail and if charged in court and proven guilty, can be imprisoned for life. Mark denied owning the kilo of marijuana, but admitted to pot use for medicinal purposes.

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“Parang tingin ko may injustice doon. (There are) conflicted statements of Mark and the police,” said Rap of his half-brother with their late father, action star Rudy Fernandez, during the launch of the 2016 Cinema One Originals film festival, where his movie Every Room is a Planet is a finalist, last Wednesday.


WITH RUDY FERNANDEZ: Photo from the family album shows Rap and Mark (second and third from right, respectively) as kids with their brother Renz and late father Rudy Fernandez.

Rap together with his mom Lorna Tolentino and younger brother Renz have already visited Mark, whose mom is Alma Moreno.

“Yung version niya ng kwento is that it’s not his... Magaling naman ang legal counsel niya. We trust her. Hopefully, he gets off, he comes free,” said Rap.

He also pointed out that Mark’s case has “actually been moved for reinvestigation at the fiscal level.”

“Wala pa siya sa trial. We cannot judge him,” Rap added.


2014 Photo Credit: Claudine Barretto’s Instagram

When asked about his brother’s current condition, Rap said, “(In the) initial detention cell, he was alone. That was at the district level. He’s been moved twice. Na-disturb siya ng husto sa second venue, (there were 100 of them) parang sardinas (packed like sardines). In the third one, mas OK na dahil apat na lang sila doon (because there were only four of them). Di pa kami nakakabalik pero nagpadala ako ng pagkain (We haven’t returned there yet, though I sent him food).”

Mark’s arrest and admission to marijuana use supposedly on the advice of his doctor to prevent cancer — the cause of death of dad Rudy in 2008 — also spotlighted the debate on the legalization of medical marijuana in the country.

Rap said, “I support what’s happening,” referring to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs. However, he also shared the view of his uncle, actor Robin Padilla, who’s pushing for the revival of the HB180 in Congress, or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which was first filed in 2014. Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, is one of the prohibited substances under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

“I am also with Tito Robin (Padilla) in his statements about medmar (medical marijuana),” Rap said.

“It has already been legalized in California some 20 years ago. It’s time that we become open to the idea here, too. Even President Duterte mentioned that he was in favor of it, in two instances.”

Pres. Duterte previously said that he was not opposed to the use of medical marijuana, but he had also warned that those using it for recreational purposes will be arrested.

 
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Meantime, Rap has appealed for “compassion and kindness” towards Mark. “Don’t be mean. He’s a good person. I know him. He’s my brother. Don’t throw stones at him. Your life is not perfect.”

Meanwhile, Rap is part of Every Room is a Planet, an entry to this year’s Cinema One Originals, which runs from Nov. 6 to 22. Directed by Malay Javier, the sci-fi romance tells the story of a mentally-unstable girl who believes her husband was kidnapped by aliens and her husband’s brother who’s enamored with her.

Apart from acting, Rap has been busy licensing all the films of his father. “He has produced a lot of films. I’m the one taking care of them. I had it all digitized. Next step? My concern is the storage. I’m studying how to do it.”

He produced a docu on Rudy last year, and is looking to produce more films.

Rap was asked if he had it easier in showbiz because of his lineage. “Talking about lineage, this is a funny thing. My grandfather is Gregorio Fernandez, a film director for LVN and Sampaguita Pictures. Director niya ang great-grandfather ng director ko sa pelikulang ito (Every Room is a Planet). My co-star, Valeen Montenegro, grandfather naman niya ay si Mario Montenegro na artista ng lolo ko. Kaming tatlo, may koneksyon,” he shared.

“It is an advantage. But you can also come from outside. It’s all fair game depending on what you can do. All is fair in love and war and in showbiz.”


ABS-CBN

Epy Quizon visits PNP chief Bato, takes drug test ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 28 2016 05:54 PM


Epy Quizon with PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa and actor Cesar Montano. He voluntarily took a drug test Friday afternoon. Photo from Montano's Facebook account

MANILA - "Heneral Luna" star Epy Quizon has nothing to hide when it comes to drug use. Following reports that a list of celebrities linked with the country's illegal drug trade is now with President Rodrigo Duterte, the actor visited Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Friday and voluntarily took a drug test. He was accompanied by actor Cesar Montano, who shared the meeting on his Facebook account.

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"Ang tunay po, matagal na po siya tumigil but gusto lang niya linisin sa isipin sa lahat ng tao lalo na sa kanyang close na mga kaibigan at mga close na kamag-anak na clean na siya. Matagal na po," Montano said of Quizon in a Facebook Live video. "Gusto niya po maging isang mabuting isang testimonya sa lahat na drugs is not good for you, 'yung prohibited drugs po, lalo sa mga kabataan po," he added. Quizon, who has admitted to using illegal drugs in the past, also urged others to surrender and subject themselves to a drug test. "Sumuko na kayo," he dared. In an earlier interview with Pep, Quizon said that he was able to kick his drug habit because he doesn't have an addictive personality.


EPY QUIAON

Jeffrey "Epy" Smith Quizon (born January 23, 1973) is a Filipino actor, tv host and the son of comedian Dolphy.

He played the role of Apolinarion Mabini in epic film Heneral Luna (lit. General Luna) 2015 Filipino historical biopic film depicting General .Antonio Luna during Presidency of Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado) together with his Prime Minister Apolinario Mabini (Epi Quizon).

Born Jeffrey Smith Quizon on January 23, 1973. He is the youngest of 4 siblings. His mother is Pamela Ponti. a.k.a. Baby Smith.

He is a Filipino with Chinese and American blood.

He is the husband of Maria Del Rosario Camus Escudero with daughter Eleana Mishael and a son named Sandro with another woman.

Tagged by the movie press as the "Next Dolphy." He, however, shunned the title saying there is only one Dolphy.

He stopped smoking after taking the 40-day Kick it! Beat it! quit smoking celebrity challenge, an advocacy campaign in support of the Philippine health department's smoking cessation program sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

He is among the first batch of celebrities joining the campaign from August 23 to October 1, 2006; the others are Amanda Griffin, Rica Peralejo and DJ-sportscaster Vitto Lazatin. He used to be chain-smoker. He is the band leader of Makatha.


FAMILY MAN. Dolphy did anything and everything for his family. But during the last few years of his life, it was Eric and Epy's turn to take care of their father.RAPLER.COM FILE


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