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HOSTING COMEBACK: KRIS AQUINO TO INTERVIEW DUTERTE

[RELATED: Kris on Rody - I was snubbed]

[RELATED(2): Duterte skips live interview with Kris Aquino]

(A news report from TV5 said the President was not feeling well. Duterte just returned home early Friday from his visit to Thailand and Malaysia this week. The town hall session in Davao City was sponsored by the Go Negosyo initiative of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. The live interview was supposed to air on TV5 and PTV 4.)


NOVEMBER 7 -Kris Aquino is set to make a television hosting comeback with an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte. Instagram.com/Kris Aquino
The “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino on Sunday revealed that she will return as a television host starting with an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte. The actress-host has stopped hosting seven months ago due to health reasons. “(I spent) seven months of not hosting on TV. I promised myself, babalik ako for a once in a lifetime, one-on-one interview,” Kris said in an Instagram post. READ MORE...RELATED, Kris on Rody: I was snubbed...RELATED(2)
Duterte skips live interview with Kris Aquino...

ALSO: Happy blended family - Josh & Bimby meet new baby brother
[RELATED: Yap making sure he’s in top shape when Rain or Shine faces Star]


OCTOBER 28 -James Yap -What a nice photo! PHOTO: Instagram/ James Yap
It took three good parents to make this heartwarming photo possible. Kris Aquino's sons Josh (her son with actor Philip Salvador) and Bimby (her son with basketball player James Yap) joined the birthday celebration of Michela "Mic" Cazzola, the Italian girlfriend of Kris' ex-husband James Yap. James and Michela's baby son MJ was also at the party, of course. Kris was not able to make it due to work commitments that day, but she expressed her happiness over James and Michela's graciousness. READ MORE...RELATED,
Yap making sure he’s in top shape when Rain or Shine faces Star...

ALSO: PHILSTAR President's daughter angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star


Regina Belmonte (L) expressed dismay on entertainer and blogger Mocha Uson's new column on Philippine Star. Belmonte is the granddaughter of Star's founder, Betty Go-Belmonte. COMPOSITE IMAGES POSTED AT CNN PHILIPPINES The daughter of Philippine Star president Miguel Belmonte did not mince words when she expressed dismay over a report that entertainer-blogger Mocha Uson would have a weekly opinion column in the Manila broadsheet. Regina Belmonte took to Twitter to vent her anger, sharing a text message she sent her father where she called Uson “garbage.” “I just took a nap and woke up to Mocha Uson having a column in our newspaper? WHAT THE F***? I just sent my dad this text. Not sorry at all,” wrote Belmonte, 29, the eldest of three children of the Star president. A screenshot of the text message read: “Are we seriously getting that reprehensible human being Mocha Uson as a columnist??? Why are we giving garbage a bigger platform to mislead the country?” “THE STAR WAS FOUNDED WITH ‘TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL’ UNDER ITS MASTHEAD. TO HAVE MOCHA USON PEDDLING LIES IN IT IS A DISGRACE TO MY LOLA’S MEMORY,” Belmonte said in a separate tweet, referring to Philippine Star founder Betty Go-Belmonte. READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO RICKY LO CONVERSATIONS: Mocha - Flavor for all Seasons


NOVEMBER 10
-A re-introduction (sort of) to the country’s hottest social-media activist who is taking a bow as Philippine STAR columnist on Tuesday, Nov. 8 —Photo by VER PAULINO -“My boobs are bigger than my brain.” Is that really how people perceive Mocha Uson as she was quoted in an interview with a broadsheet (not this one)?  That brain has been churning out pieces (food for thought) on social media that never fail to agitate many people who read her anyway even if they disagree with what they dismiss as “lies” and “misinformation” that Mocha has been spreading. Either you love her, as do the more than four million followers of her Facebook page (mochausonblog); or you hate her, as do the more than 33,000 “mocha-haters” who signed a petition to have her obliterated from social media. Mud has been slung at her but does she care? No! She has been called names but does she care? No! She has been dismissed as a “bad example” but does she care? No! Will the kitchen sink thrown at her knock her into unconsciousness and silence her forever? No, it will not! She’s fearless, not afraid to fight back if provoked. READ MORE...

Why banning Mocha Uson is evil
[RELATED: Let’s get it on! Mocha Uson, Lacierda clash on what stupid means]
(MOCHA: “Salamat po sir Edwin Lacierda. Tapos napo 6 years niyo po move on na. With the utmost respect.”)


OCTOBER 31 -SCREENGRAB
Den Haag, The Netherlands—Should the Mocha Uson blog be banned? No, but the real issue goes beyond free speech, to echo chambers and social media’s very architecture. Matanglawin, the Ateneo de Manila Filipino student paper, spoofed the blog and Mocha allegedly cyberbullied its editor. Days later, Paul Quilét started a Change.org petition to have Facebook ban Mocha, with over 33,000 signing. A beautiful debate emerged on free speech’s limits, anti-intellectualism and feminism. The petition decries a “culture of misinformation,” of Mocha using “her Facebook page to spread fictitious/unsupported claims, fake news, and false information about pressing issues” and “eliciting unwarranted hate from the public.” READ MORE...RELATED, Let’s get it on! Mocha Uson, Lacierda clash on what stupid means...

ALSO:
Juday stages comeback in 'Kusina'

.[
ALSO, Ariel Rivera returns to Kapuso]


NOVEMBER 10 -Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo comes from a two-year hiatus in showbiz to star in “Kusina” where she showcases her passion for cooking. “As you get older, maghahanap ka ng mga pelikula na magpapangiti sa puso mo… I’m so thankful ‘Kusina’ renewed my passion for acting,” she said. To hear this from the seasoned drama actress, plus the fact that “Kusina” was nominated as Best Film at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, is an indication that this latest offering from Viva Films and Cinematografica is worth seeing. READ MORE...ALSO, Ariel Rivera returns to Kapuso...


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Hosting comeback: Kris Aquino to interview Duterte


Kris Aquino is set to make a television hosting comeback with an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte. Instagram.com/Kris Aquino

MANILA, NOVEMBER 14, 2016 (PHILSTAR) November 7, 2016 - The “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino on Sunday revealed that she will return as a television host starting with an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte.

The actress-host has stopped hosting seven months ago due to health reasons.

“(I spent) seven months of not hosting on TV. I promised myself, babalik ako for a once in a lifetime, one-on-one interview,” Kris said in an Instagram post.

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Kris posted the photo of a teaser her anticipated interview comeback titled “Kris at Duterte.” It will be aired over TV5 and state-owned People’s Television-4 networks following her seven months of absence.

Duterte is the successor of Kris’s brother, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and the rival of Mar Roxas, the presidential candidate she campaigned for the May 9 elections.

The Kris-Duterte sit-down was also shared by host organization Go Negosyo on Twitter.

View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Go Negosyo Official @letsgonegosyo In today's issue of the @PhilippineStar. Abangan ngayong November 11! #GoNegosyo @TV5manila @PTVph 12:12 AM - 7 Nov 2016 Retweets 1 1 like Last September, Kris confirmed that she formally left ABS-CBN, her network for 20 years.

She later on announced that she will do a project with APT, a subsidiary Tape Inc. The latter is also the producer of noontime show “Eat Bulaga.” — Rosette Adel

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

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Kris on Rody: I was snubbed By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 12, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


“Hindi ko po alam na kung dahil sa mga sitwasyon na nangyari ngayong linggo kaya inisnab ako. Pero President Rodrigo Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako (I do not know if it’s because of some events during the week that’s why he snubbed me. But President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day you would love me, too),” Kris Aquino said. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The much-touted one-on-one between President Duterte and show biz star Kris Aquino did not materialize.

Aquino, youngest sister of former president Benigno Aquino III, was informed that migraine forced Duterte to skip the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Summit 2016 organized by Go Negosyo in Davao City yesterday.

Duterte arrived in Davao at 4 a.m. yesterday from visits to Thailand and Malaysia.

“Maybe I have that effect on some men. They really get migraines because of me,” Aquino said.

In spite of his absence, Aquino expressed hope that she would be able to interview the President in the future.

“Hindi ko po alam na kung dahil sa mga sitwasyon na nangyari ngayong linggo kaya inisnab ako. Pero President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako (I do not know if it’s because of some events during the week that’s why he snubbed me. But President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day you would love me, too),” Aquino said.

She said she was excited just like every one, and thought that the occasion would be an opportunity for her to meet the President.

“Pero minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy (But sometimes first dates do not push through),” she said, before quipping that she went on a diet for two weeks to prepare for the event.

“Twenty-six na lang ho ang bewang ko ngayon. Sisiguraduhin ko po na maging 25 para sa next time na pagkikita natin (My waistline is now just 26 inches. I will make it 25 for our next meeting,)” she said.

She added that it was her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III, who advised her to push through with her attendance at the gathering even if Duterte was a no-show.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez announced that Duterte could not make it more than an hour after the President was expected to arrive.

The event started past 5 p.m. from the original schedule of 4:30 p.m.

The President has had a killer schedule with the series of state visits, Lopez said.

Meanwhile, Go Negosyo founder and STAR business columnist Joey Concepcion lamented that the President was unable to attend but remained grateful that many local entrepreneurs were able to network with big business groups.

“I know it’s a big disappointment. He really tried to come. But with migraine and all…” Concepcion said.

Lopez and Secretaries Silvestre Bello III (labor) and Emmanuel Piñol (agriculture) and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri were among those present to help the local traders.

It was not the first time that Duterte skipped his schedule due to migraine.

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ELATED(2) FROM THE INQUIRER

Duterte skips live interview with Kris Aquino By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net / 05:52 PM November 11, 2016



President Rodrigo Duterte failed to show up at his one-on-one interview with TV host Kris Aquino on Friday.

A news report from TV5 said the President was not feeling well.

Duterte just returned home early Friday from his visit to Thailand and Malaysia this week.

The town hall session in Davao City was sponsored by the Go Negosyo initiative of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. The live interview was supposed to air on TV5 and PTV 4.

It was also supposed to mark the comeback of Aquino, who left television in March to take a break from show biz.

“I was just excited just like you. I thought it would be an opportunity but may mga first date na hindi natutuloy,” Aquino said on live television.

She said she had prepared for the interview and even went on a diet for two weeks.

“Twenty-six na lang ang bewang ko. Sisiguraduhin ko 25 sa next time na pagkikita natin,” she said in jest.

Duterte is the successor of Kris’ brother, former President Benigno Aquino III. The female Aquino said she consulted her brother prior the interview.

“Tumawag ako, sabi ko Noy, I’m alone. What do I do? Sabi niya you made a commitment. Andyan ka because you believe in the Philippine economy. Andyan ka because you want everybody to be included in the growth of the Philippine economy,” she said.

The TV host said she hoped the interview would push through in the future.

“Ganun talaga ang nangyayari sa trabaho namin, minsan yung costar nagkakasakit. Hindi ko alam kung dahil sa sitwasyon ngayong linggo kaya inisnab ako,” she said.

“President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo pa rin ako,” she said, drawing laughter from the audience./rga


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Happy blended family: Josh and Bimby meet James Yap's new baby By Coconuts Manila October 28, 2016 / 11:36 PHT


James Yap -What a nice photo! PHOTO: Instagram/ James Yap

It took three good parents to make this heartwarming photo possible.

Kris Aquino's sons Josh (her son with actor Philip Salvador) and Bimby (her son with basketball player James Yap) joined the birthday celebration of Michela "Mic" Cazzola, the Italian girlfriend of Kris' ex-husband James Yap.
James and Michela's baby son MJ was also at the party, of course.

Kris was not able to make it due to work commitments that day, but she expressed her happiness over James and Michela's graciousness.

READ MORE...

"Today was Mic's birthday (same birthday as my sister Viel, my friend @harlenebau, and Ma'am Charo) & she invited Kuya Josh & Bimb to join them for her intimate, family birthday dinner," Kris wrote on her Instagram account on Oct 27.

She said that the song Blended Family (What You do for Love) by Alicia Keys perfectly captured the day.

"I know it started with a little drama; I hate that you had to read it in the paper; But everything's over with me being your mama," the song goes.

The good relationship between Kris and Michela was forged early on and was renewed when Kris took Bimby to see his little brother MJ last week. Kris brought flowers for Mic and toys for MJ. During that visit, Kris revealed, "Mic went out of her way to prepare carbonara for Bimb and to bake an Italian chocolate pie for our merienda."
James and Michela also shared the special moment on their respective Instagram accounts.

“Thank you Kuya Josh and Kuya Bimb for celebrating Tita Mic's birthday with us," James said.

What a priceless moment for this beautiful blended family!

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Yap making sure he’s in top shape when Rain or Shine faces Star By: Randolph B. Leongson - Reporter / @RLeongsonINQ INQUIRER.net / 07:48 PM November 10, 2016


James Yap during Rain or Shine practice. Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.net

If there’s one team James Yap badly wants to face, it’s definitely his old team Star.

He even went out of his way to try to make sure he will be cleared to play in the game.

“Actually, dapat opening game kami (ng Star), so kinausap ko yung management at coach Caloy (Garcia), sabi ko wag muna dahil hindi pa tayo 100-percent. Nasa 70-percent pa lang tayo nun, so gusto ko 100-percent pag kalaban natin yun,” he said.

Traded to Rain or Shine in a blockbuster deal for Paul Lee in the offseason, this will be Yap’s first time
facing the Purefoods franchise in his 13-year professional career. And he’s definitely pumped for the duel, saying, “Masaya yun.”

READ MORE...

The two-time PBA MVP has to wait, though, as he is still recovering from his arthroscopy on his right knee. He expects to return to the court next week.

“One more week, makakasabay na ako sa kanila. More on strengthening and therapy muna ako,” he said.

And the 34-year-old Yap believes that once he gets himself cleared, he and his knee will be better than ever.

“Oo, ibang iba,” he said, as he looks forward for a career renaissance with Rain or Shine.

“Alam naman natin ang Rain or Shine, malakas na team ito. Gagawin ko lang dito yung mga bagay para makatulong sa kanila. Gagawin ko lang yung best ko at syempre, kailangan ko mag-adapt sa system nila. Hopefully, mapabilis yung proseso.”


INQUIRER

PHILSTAR President's daughter angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star INQUIRER.net / 01:54 PM November 07, 2016


Regina Belmonte (L) expressed dismay on entertainer and blogger Mocha Uson's new column on Philippine Star. Belmonte is the granddaughter of Star's founder, Betty Go-Belmonte. COMPOSITE IMAGES POSTED AT CNN PHILIPPINES

The daughter of Philippine Star president Miguel Belmonte did not mince words when she expressed dismay over a report that entertainer-blogger Mocha Uson would have a weekly opinion column in the Manila broadsheet.

Regina Belmonte took to Twitter to vent her anger, sharing a text message she sent her father where she called Uson “garbage.”

“I just took a nap and woke up to Mocha Uson having a column in our newspaper? WHAT THE F***? I just sent my dad this text. Not sorry at all,” wrote Belmonte, 29, the eldest of three children of the Star president.

A screenshot of the text message read: “Are we seriously getting that reprehensible human being Mocha Uson as a columnist??? Why are we giving garbage a bigger platform to mislead the country?”

“THE STAR WAS FOUNDED WITH ‘TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL’ UNDER ITS MASTHEAD. TO HAVE MOCHA USON PEDDLING LIES IN IT IS A DISGRACE TO MY LOLA’S MEMORY,” Belmonte said in a separate tweet, referring to Philippine Star founder Betty Go-Belmonte.

READ MORE...

Entertainment columnist Ricky Lo on Sunday wrote that the Philippine Star will have Uson as columnist in its Op-Ed section every Tuesday starting Nov. 8, with a column titled “Hotspot.” Lo’s piece was shared by Philippine Star’s social media accounts.


MOCHA, STAUNCHED SUPPORTER OF THE PRESIDENT

Noting that their family had sold majority of their stake in the paper, Belmonte said she could not help but express her disappointment over the news as she could not do anything about it.

“There’s nothing more I can do than to express my displeasure, which I’ve done here and in private. I can’t change anything on my own. Sorry. I’m just a girl in the world and can change nothing, but I’m allowed to hold on to my beliefs and my principles, and to feel what I feel,” Belmonte said.

“And what I feel is very sad. And nobody, not people on the Internet, not even my family, can take those feelings away from me. That’s all,” she added.

Belmonte said she was hoping that having an editor would teach Uson that “freedom and discipline go hand in hand.”

Uson, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, confirmed the news on social media, saying she “accepted the opportunity” to write a regular column in the Philippine to Star to serve as “voice of the ordinary Filipino.”

In response to Belmonte, Uson noted that she was “not a journalist.”

“Ma’am I’m sorry if you don’t like me. Ako po ay HINDI JOURNALIST and I don’t deserve to be part of your family’s newspaper at isa sa natutunan ko po sa buhay ay eto, ‘all come from dust, and to dust all shall return,’” Uson said on Facebook.

“Hindi po ako kapit tuko sa kahit ano mang bagay, tao o kalalagayan sa buhay. At kung nais po ng pamunuan sa Philippine Star na ako po ay hindi magtuloy I WILL STILL BE GRATEFUL for being considered to write and express the cry of ordinary people. I will not have any bitterness towards you and the paper because your family owns it,” she added. YG/rga


PHILSTAR

Mocha: Flavor for all Seasons CONVERSATIONS By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 6, 2016 - 12:00am 393 34.2K googleplus4 0


A re-introduction (sort of) to the country’s hottest social-media activist who is taking a bow as Philippine STAR columnist on Tuesday, Nov. 8 —Photo by VER PAULINO

“My boobs are bigger than my brain.”

Is that really how people perceive Mocha Uson as she was quoted in an interview with a broadsheet (not this one)?

That brain has been churning out pieces (food for thought) on social media that never fail to agitate many people who read her anyway even if they disagree with what they dismiss as “lies” and “misinformation” that Mocha has been spreading. Either you love her, as do the more than four million followers of her Facebook page (mochausonblog); or you hate her, as do the more than 33,000 “mocha-haters” who signed a petition to have her obliterated from social media.

Mud has been slung at her but does she care? No! She has been called names but does she care? No! She has been dismissed as a “bad example” but does she care? No! Will the kitchen sink thrown at her knock her into unconsciousness and silence her forever? No, it will not! She’s fearless, not afraid to fight back if provoked.

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Under the Constitution, Mocha has a right to free speech; she can speak her mind, and so what if people don’t agree with her? Under the same Constitution, her “non-followers/haters” enjoy freedom of expression and they can hit back at Mocha, or any columnist who expresses opinions contrary to theirs. We are in a democracy and if you give, you must be ready to take. If you lampoon anybody, be ready to receive a dose of your own medicine. Give and take.

Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8, The Philippine STAR will welcome Mocha as a columnist, not in the Entertainment Section but in the Op-Ed Section. Her column will be called Hotspot and that sums up what “hot” items you can expect from Mocha every Tuesday. Enough introduction?

Here’s some more:

Margaux Uson was born on May 17, 1982, to Oscar Uson, a regional trial court judge who was killed in Asingan, Pangasinan, in 2002; and to Estrella Uson, a pediatrician from Dagupan, same province, who is a breast cancer survivor. In an interview with this paper’s Supreme, Mocha described her father as “matapang at makabayan” (brave and patriotic), traits that Mocha said she had inherited and she sees in Pres. DU30. Although branded as a “Duterte defender,” Mocha doesn’t claim nor brag that she is close to Pres. DU30 whom she counted, she has met only three or four times.

Educational attainment: Elementary and high school at the Mother Goose Special School System, a Medical Technology degree from UST (her plan to take up Medicine was sidetracked by her dream of pursuing a musical career). After going solo, Mocha (with the help of her manager Lord Byron Cristobal) formed the band Mocha Girls and recorded three albums, two under Viva Records. On the side, Mocha starred in films — Sumpa (2009) with Joross Gamboa; Seksing Masahista (a Filipino-Malaysian film, 2011); So Much Pain, So In Love (2011); Butas 2 (2012); and Mga Alaala ng Tag-Ulan (2013, with Akihiro Blanco).

Before becoming a social-media activist, Mocha wrote a sex-oriented column for a glossy men’s magazine.

As a nod to her sexy past (she’s more tame now, just “medyo sexy”), Conversations decided to have a “sexy talk” with Mocha.

How do you feel about detractors (people who vehemently disagree with what you write)?

“I am challenged to keep doing what I’m doing and keep getting better. My kaDDS (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) are always there to encourage me and remind me that stones are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.”

Do you feel “superior” to them (your bashers)?

“Nope. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.”

Do you let them affect your convictions or simply ignore them?

“I ignore them. I don’t even read them.”

Do you sleep soundly at night despite the “ruckus” created by your writings?

“Yes. I sleep soundly at night knowing that I am fighting for the right side. There is a war going on between good and evil. My mission is to separate truth from lies, light from darkness and good from evil.”

Any death “threats”?

“Yes. But like my father, who was a judge and was assassinated for protecting the rights of the ordinary people, I am not afraid.”

Any message to your “bashers” and your followers?

“I pray that God will bless you more.”

What is sexy to you?

“Strong is the new sexy.”

When do you feel sexy?

“When I go to the gym.”

Would you say that your writings are “sexily political” or “politically sexy”?

“Sexily political.”

With your current social-media status, would you consider yourself more “politics” than “showbiz”?

“Showbiz pa rin. I just believe that every one of us should be involved in politics and should have his/her own political views. Buti nga ngayon ang laman ng social media ay politics kesa naman sa mga walang kwentang topics.”

What part of your body do you consider sexiest?

“Brain. I can tickle you with my views and opinions.”

What part of a man’s body do you find sexiest?

“Brain. Because that is rarely used by men these days. Usually, it’s all about their organs.”

Do you find Pres. DU30 sexy in his own right?

“Yes, because he is street smart. He is intelligent and has common sense.”

Who among politicians do you find sexy?

“Duterte, Cayetano and Gen. Bato because they use their brain 100 percent.”

What in a man turns you on?

“Responsible men turn me on.”

And what in a man turns you off?

“SELF-RIGHTEOUS men, the likes of Trillanes and Bam Aquino.”

Sexiest book?

“Bible. God created the most beautiful creation…us!”

Sexiest movie?

”Titanic.”

Sexiest song?

“Formation by Beyoncé.”

Sexiest animal?

“Tiger.”

Sexiest food?

“Oyster.”

Sexiest musical instrument?

“Bass guitar.”

Sexiest part of the house?

“Bedroom.”

Sexiest time of day?

“Morning.”

Sexiest thing that you’ve done to yourself?

“LASIK.”

(Mocha is 5’5” tall; weighs 116 lbs.; measures 34-26-36; wears small-sized shirt.)


Above (then): As band leader and (now, fully-covered) with Pres. DU30, her idol. ‘I see my (late) father in him, matapang at makabayan,’ Mocha says.


Mocha (in red) with the new members of the Mocha Girls


Why do some people try to ‘gag’ Mocha? ‘I have a right to speak just like anybody else in a democracy,’ she insists.

Photos from Mocha’s Instagram (E-mail reactions at entphilstar@yahoo.com . You may also send your questions to askrickylo@gmail.com .)


INQUIRER

SISYPHUS’ LAMENT
Why banning Mocha Uson is evil By: Oscar Franklin Tan - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:09 AM October 31, 2016


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Den Haag, The Netherlands—Should the Mocha Uson blog be banned? No, but the real issue goes beyond free speech, to echo chambers and social media’s very architecture.

Matanglawin, the Ateneo de Manila Filipino student paper, spoofed the blog and Mocha allegedly cyberbullied its editor. Days later, Paul Quilét started a Change.org petition to have Facebook ban Mocha, with over 33,000 signing.

A beautiful debate emerged on free speech’s limits, anti-intellectualism and feminism.

The petition decries a “culture of misinformation,” of Mocha using “her Facebook page to spread fictitious/unsupported claims, fake news, and false information about pressing issues” and “eliciting unwarranted hate from the public.”

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First, Mocha posts a lot of content. As she argues, there can be nothing fake about her interviewing national figures from police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to, most recently, former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Her curated lineup of “die hard” Facebook pundits, such as my friend federalism advocate Orion Perez, are likewise real people.

Banning all this because Mocha shares links to fake news sites undermines the spirit of free speech.

Second, free speech protects false speech. No one would speak on public issues if they could be silenced the moment they cite a mistaken fact. Thus, the legal rule is to punish such mistakes only when there is “actual malice.”

Former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda criticized Mocha for not researching the nature of USAID (US Agency for International Development) before criticizing its $24-million grant managed by the Gerry Roxas Foundation. But we cannot ban everyone too lazy, in Lacierda’s terms, to google first.

Third, free speech protects hateful speech. Mocha has as much right to publicly wish she saved Sen. Leila de Lima’s mobile number (which was read aloud in Congress) as national artist F. Sionil José to tell Chinese-Filipinos born in the Philippines to go back to China.

Threats and cyberbullying, of course, are no longer speech that conveys ideas.

Mocha posted Matanglawin editor in chief Rambo Talabong’s public Facebook profile to cite that he interned in Rappler, implying bias.

But he was named a leader, not harassed the way trolls spread the mock tombstone of a student who interrupted then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte at a UP Los Baños forum. If no one would object to Mocha addressing criticism of the Inquirer to publisher Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, perhaps Matanglawin underestimates its prominence.

Mocha previously posted specific journalists’ photos and called for them to be punished for misinformation, but has hopefully stopped.

Perhaps Quilét’s frustration is not about Mocha per se, but about a confused marketplace of ideas where it is too simplistic to defend another’s right to say something one abhors—I am proud my former students did—and tell Quilét to put up his own blog.

Even before Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, many have cautioned how social media distorts democracy. Free speech protects the exchange of ideas, but online interaction is increasingly fueled by emotion, with memes, sound bites and satirical graphics overtaking nuanced debate.

Truth becomes secondary. Facts, even fake news, serve only to confirm one’s beliefs.

No less than the World Economic Forum points to misinformation as a threat to national stability. Confronting people with facts backfires, emotionally entrenching their beliefs. Experts and the media are dismissed as evil conspirators.

Finally, as social media algorithms show that a person more and more content with what he already agrees becomes trapped in an echo chamber of one-sided and increasingly extreme opinion. Such supplants multifaceted debate and objective reporting in traditional media.

Making free speech meaningful in an age of echo chambers is not easy. Facebook is rethinking its algorithms. Sen. Bam Aquino is proposing that schools teach social media awareness.

But what is sure is that our Constitution has not changed to strip Mocha of her rights simply because the internet has evolved.

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Let’s get it on! Mocha Uson, Lacierda clash on what stupid means on: Oct 24, 2016In: Breaking News PHILIPPINE NEWS NOW

Perhaps exasperated at the thousands of netizens who take sexy performer Mocha Uson’s statements on President Rodrigo Duterte as gospel truth, former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda took to Facebook to appeal to her to “stop spreading the virus” of stupidity and research first before posting anything.

In a note posted after Duterte dared the United States to withdraw aid to the Philippines, Lacierda urged Uson to use Google to know just how much assistance the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gives to the Philippines annually.

“Don’t settle for stupidity. I know you mean well but Donald Trump shouldn’t be the standard of your nobility. You have an obligation to raise the standard of discourse. So don’t dumb down, level up,” he said.

In response, Uson told the former government official: “Sorry po sir Edwin Lacierda kayo na matalinong disente.”

Instead of keeping his silence, Lacierda shot back at the sexy performer and told her that she is “plain lazy” for failing— or refusing— to back up her claims with research.

Addressing Uson, he said: “You refused to enrich yourself with the truth. You satisfy yourself with the naked belief that your words are, in and of themselves, gospel truth. You speak of USAID without a whit evidencing effort on your part to learn its role. Maybe you have a phalanx of researchers, maybe you don’t. But if you want people to disagree with you intelligibly, the minimum requirement, for goodness sake, is to take some time to read and research.”

Given Uson’s immense reach on social media, Lacierda sad since it imperative upon her to do her followers a favor and research.

“As the Nike ad says: JUST DO IT! Research! I believe you have the intellectual capacity and the decency to do what is a basic human value of getting the facts straight,” he told her.

In response to Lacierda’s post, Uson posted this short statement on her page: “Salamat po sir Edwin Lacierda. Tapos napo 6 years niyo po move on na. With the utmost respect.”


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Juday stages comeback 0 SHARES Share it! By: Crispina Martinez-Belen Published November 10, 2016, 12:05 AM


Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo comes from a two-year hiatus in showbiz to star in “Kusina” where she showcases her passion for cooking.

“As you get older, maghahanap ka ng mga pelikula na magpapangiti sa puso mo… I’m so thankful ‘Kusina’ renewed my passion for acting,” she said.

To hear this from the seasoned drama actress, plus the fact that “Kusina” was nominated as Best Film at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, is an indication that this latest offering from Viva Films and Cinematografica is worth seeing.

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Favorite Filipino dishes like pinakbet (meat and vegetable stew in shrimp paste), sinigang (pork and vegetables in sour broth), dinuguan (pork blood stew), and adobo (stewed chicken or pork in soy sauce and vinegar), are just a few dishes that you can feast your eyes on in this film. Almost all of the scenes were shot in the kitchen.

Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, “Kusina” is in cinemas nationwide.

• • Bluegre comes to Manila

Bluegre, a specialty coffee shop from Davao, has caught the interest of many celebrities. Among them are senator and world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, actor Aljur Abrenica (both said to have franchises of their own) and other government officials and local and international VIPs.

If Bluegre has become a big success only after three years, it’s because of its specialty – the Durian Coffeecino. It is a hot concoction that blends espresso and the Durian fruit.

Why Bluegre for a name? Owners Benjamin and Gloria Cuaresma said it’s actually a spin on the couple’s clothing business under the brand Bluegre. But, it’s also a French word which means celebration, said Benjamin.

Bluegre was established in 1998 and now has nine branches. Aside from its various awards (like the “Best Coffee Shop in Davao” by the National Shopper’s Choice conferred by the Asia-Pacific Shopper’s Institute), Bluegre has been featured twice in the Wall Street Journal.

Just recently, the Cuaresmas signed a contract with Kapandesal Multi-Purpose Cooperative for a franchise in Manila to open soon.

• • Tidbits:

Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 10, go to Merci Molina, William Uy, Ditas Lerma, Amadeo Dacanay, Ross Ocampo, Ding Zamora, Dionisio de Guzman, Nina Salgado, Dahlia Y. Martinez, June Sapigao, Corazon Endozo, Tessa Mangahas, Norma Lozano, Avelina dela Rea, Jeremie Antiporda, Rafael Rosell, and Pauleen Luna-Sotto… Nov. 11: Former VP Jejomar Binay, Ai Ai de las Alas, Rene-An Gomez, Willie Schneider, Aida Vee, Nini Go, Alice Lim, Vaness Bernales, Marilu Caballes, Jojo Baltazar, Zeny Reyes, Atty. Abet Bernales, Bing N. Carrion, Rowell Santiago, Steven Fermo, director Al Quinn…

CONTRACT SIGNING between Bluegre’s owners Benjamin and Gloria Cuaresma (chairman of the board and president/CEO, respectively) and Kapandesal Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s Mel Tadeo (chairman of the board) and Mary Ann Gonzales (chief executive officer). CONTRACT SIGNING between Bluegre’s owners Benjamin and Gloria Cuaresma (chairman of the board and president/CEO, respectively) and Kapandesal Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s Mel Tadeo (chairman of the board) and Mary Ann Gonzales (chief executive officer).


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Ariel Rivera returns to Kapuso posted November 07, 2016 at 05:50 pm by Isah V. Red


Singer-actor Ariel Rivera doesn’t mind being a Kapuso while his wife Gelli is a Kapamilya

After years with the Kapamilya network, Ariel Rivera returns to the Kapuso network to star in the afternoon series Hahamakin ang Lahat opposite fellow ex-Kapamilya Eula Valdez.

The heart-wrenching melodrama also stars the newest love team Kapuso is building up – also an ex-Kapamilya Kristoffer Martin and Chinese Filipina Joyce Ching (in an attempt to counter the Chinita wave at the rival network), and former child star Snooky Serna in another role that will make audiences either love or hate her.

The show premiered on the last day of October, and GMA Network is glad the audience is giving the show a favorable feedback.

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The story revolves around the repeating fates of a mother and her child who both had to bear the agony of not being able to be with the man they truly love because of the struggles and conflicts they encounter in winning the approval of their respective families.


Seasoned actress Eula Valdez is one of the lead cast members of “Hahamakin ang Lahat”

Eula Valdez is Ivy Tan from a rich Chinese family. She falls in love a man who her father does not approve of. She is willing to sacrifice everything to be with the man she loves.

Ariel Rivera is Nelson Solano, a Filipino who is in love with Ivy and is willing to fight for his love. He assures Ivy that he will love her for the rest of his life.

Snooky Serna is Laura Caraca, Ivy’s maid whom she considers a friend. She was the one who helped Ivy and Nelson with their plan to elope.

Joyce Ching is Rachel Tan Ke. She is Ivy’s daughter. She grew up knowing her mother is Ivy’s sister. She gets pregnant by her boyfriend but he escapes from his responsibility and runs away.

Kristoffer Martin is Junjun Labsat, Laura’s son who will deeply fall in love with Rachel and willing to do anything for her to love him back.

Thea Tolentino is Phoebe Tan Ke, the scheming and backstabbing sister of Rachel. She will also be attracted to Junjun but will not act on it because she doesn’t want to be disowned by her family.

Completing the cast are Chinggoy Alonzo as Erickson Tan, the strict father of Ivy; Marc Abaya as Luisito Labsat, Laura’s faithful husband; Jett Pangan as Charlie Ke, Cynthia’s husband who is nice to Ivy; Marina Benipayo as Cynthia Tan Ke, Ivy’s older sister who is jealous of her; Renz Valerio as Puloy, Junjun’s loyal friend; Mona Louise Rey as Gigi, the youngest daughter of Laura and Sito. The series introduces Bruno Gabriel as Santi Valderama, Rachel’s boyfriend who will get her pregnant.

Ariel Rivera says he’s glad to be back in the network that started him on the teleserye front. “It feels like I am coming home,” he said during the press presentation of the cast of the series. He added, “I am glad to work with Eula and Cooky (Snooky),” who he said are two of the actresses he admires most.

Asked if he doesn’t feel awkward that his wife (Gelli de Belen) is doing work for the Kapamilya network while he is on the Kapuso lot, he said, “At least both of us are working. We don’t have to be on the same network to be professionally fulfilled.”

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AiAi de las Alas is proud of Area, the indie movie she is starring in. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 12th Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan. Delas Alas and co-star Allen Dizon attended the awarding ceremony on Sept. 30.

The film was in competition along with 12 other films from different countries in the feature film category.

Delas Alas plays an aging prostitute in Pampanga while Allen plays the man who runs the brothel where Delas Alas’ character works in.

Area, the film’s title refers to a place where aging sex workers offer their services at a bargain.

Delas Alas’ son, Sancho, also plays an important role in the film along with actress Sue Prado.

Delas Alas told members of the press during a press conference at Max’s Restaurant on Roces Avenue how she was moved by the compliments she got for her performance from the audience of mostly Kazakhstanis and other nationals.

After she got the Papal medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, she said that roles like the one she played in Area might take a back seat, unless of course the material is compelling enough to make people aware of certain issues in society that can make her accept an offer.

Delas Alas may not be anticipating another award for her role, but those who have seen the film during the closing of the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival say she could be in the running for a major award in next year’s awards season.

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At the press screening of Kusina in August, lead star Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, who came out of her two-year hiatus, emphatically stated, “As you get older, naghahanap ka ng mga pelikula na magpapangiti sa puso mo…I’m so thankful na binuhay nitong Kusina ‘yung passion ko for acting.”

To hear this from the seasoned actress, plus the fact that Kusina was nominated for Best Film at the Cinemalaya Film Festival, is an indication that this latest offering from Viva Films and Cinematografica is a movie worth seeing.


Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo in her comeback indie movie “Kusina”

Kusina tells the story of Juanita whose life literally began in the kitchen where she was born in the 30s, and where she continually chooses to spend all her time up to the present. Juanita’s passion for cooking is due to the influence of her grandmother who raised her after her mother died from childbirth. She always bears in mind her grandmother’s advice: “Kapag nagluluto ka, lagi mong iisipin kung sinong pinagluluto mo. Kapag nasagot mo na ‘yan, alam mo na kung anong lulutuin mo.”

Through the years, Juanita comes up with different recipes for her family (her aloof father, her supportive grandmother, her husband and children) and friends, and in the process, the evolution of her relationship with them is revealed. But while she busies herself to feed and meet the satisfaction of the people she loves, even strangers who take momentary refuge in her home, how does catering to her own taste figure in her priorities?

Cenon Palomares and David Corpus directed the mvie from Palomares’ screenplay that won the grand prize at the 56th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature in 2006.

The most favorite Filipino dishes, like pinakbet (meat vegetable stew with shrimp paste), sinigang (pork and vegetables in sour broth), dinuguan (pork blood stew), and adobo (stewed chicken or pork in soy sauce and vinegar), are just a few of the dishes you can feast your eyes on in this film. Almost all of the scenes are shot in the kitchen based on the stories of the people who come in and out of Juanita’s kitchen. The audience can visualize what is happening outside.

Joining Judy Ann is Gloria Sevilla as the grandmother, Joem Bascon as Péles, the husband, and Luis Alandy as Alejandro, the other man in Juanita’s life.

Get your fill of this emotionally charged comeback film of Judy Ann. Kusina opens in cinemas tomorrow.


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