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STANDING OVATION FOR OBAMA AT HIS LAST KENNEDY CENTER HONORS


DECEMBER 6 -President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, put their hand over their heart as the national anthem is sang during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (Photo by MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP) The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama. While politics were absent from the tributes to the performers who were recognized for influencing American culture Sunday night, the arts community’s affection for Obama — and its nervousness about President-elect Donald Trump — was palpable in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The president and first lady Michelle Obama were introduced last, after Pacino and his fellow honorees: gospel singer Staples; pianist Martha Argerich; singer-songwriter James Taylor; and Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, the surviving members of the Eagles. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miss Universe pageant gives preview of 11 bets ahead of coronation night


DECEMBER 11 -The 11 candidates of Miss Universe are introduced to Filipino fans during the kick-off event on Saturday at the Conrad Hotel, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Avito Dalan/PNA
MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Eleven Miss Universe bets were officially introduced Saturday to Filipino fans in a kick-off event ahead of the pageant coronation night on Jan. 30, 2017. They were Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Malaysia Kiranmeet Kaur Balijeet Singh, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Tun, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina. The candidates arrived in Manila on Friday and were welcomed by representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT) led by Undersecretary Kat De Castro and pageant organizing committee LCS Group of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson. READ MORE...

ALSO LOOK: Christmas decor in Pacquiao mansions


DECEMBER 8 -The same Christmas tree last year na binigay ni Dr. VictoriabBelo - thank you doc. ❤ Israel loves it! FACEBOOK PHOTO MANILA – Christmas is definitely in the air at the mansions of boxer and senator Manny Pacquiao and his family. Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, has been giving the public a glimpse of the Christmas decorations in their two homes in General Santos, as well as their Forbes Park residence. Take a look at their decorations, which range from traditional to autumn-themed: MORE PHOTOS....

ALSO: Out there, Elvis album tops Xmas hit list; Out here, Jose Marie Chan 'Christmas In Our Hearts' remains No. 1


DECEMBER 7 -Out here, there is no contest. Jose Mari Chan’s (JMC) Christmas In Our Hearts, now 26 years old, remains the No. 1 selling Christmas album of all time. And the figures continue to increase what with JMC continually getting all those requests to perform songs from the album in assorted Christmas shows year after year. So until a song that will rival the enduring appeal and lively sparkle of Christmas In Our Hearts comes along, the album will remain our Christmas No. 1. Out there, too, in the U.S. of A., the competition has bowed down before a former teen idol whose rocking album is the all-time top seller, The Elvis Christmas Album. This is according to Billboard Magazine, which has come out with a list of The Top 10 Christmas Albums of all time. It is an eclectic line-up that goes from the traditional classical collections to pop, jazz and with Elvis on top, also rock and roll. Note that save for one or two new compositions, the albums are made up mostly of old songs. Silent Night, Joy To The World, etc.
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ALSO: Star-studded walk to fame
[ALSO: Sunshine Dizon’s extramarital drama hits too close to home]


DECEMBER 7 -The project was started by German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno 11 years ago to honor achievers in the industry. PHOTOS by BONG SERRANO
Up There where the stars shine with Eternal Flame, Master Showman German “Kuya Germs” Moreno must have looked down with a smile as wide as the star-studded portion of Eastwood in Quezon City where Walk Of Fame, his pet project, was highlighted by a red carpet where this year’s honorees would be proudly walking to fame, the stars bearing their names designed to engrave them in posterity. As he was in such an event, Kuya Germs must have been dressed in his signature outfit (it seemed that he and only he could carry it with aplomb and get away with it!) that glittered brighter (read: more blinding!!!) than the Christmas lights that turn the heart of Eastwood into a wonderland this season of the year. Thursday (Dec. 1), last week marked the 11th anniversary of Walk Of Fame, conceptualized by Kuya Germs after the one on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. READ MORE...ALSO Sunshine Dizon’s extramarital drama hits too close to home...

ALSO: Star-studded Christmas lighting ceremony at Greenhills


DECEMBER 4 -In the past, German Moreno, or just Kuya Germs to us, glammed up the Promenade Christmas ritual by bringing along showbiz friends. This time, his friends (or mga alaga) carried on the tradition on his behalf. The stars came out to sparkle and shine at the Promenade and Theater Mall when over a thousand small and big lanterns were lit, one by one, at the traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony. Encantadia star Sanya Lopez, Destiny Rose’s Ken Chan, heartthrob Hiro Peralta, hunk Jak Roberto, model Mac Manicad, and Tirso Cruz III along with Carla Martinez, Carla Abelllana, Donita Rose, and actor-director Gina Alajar pressed the button that switched on the lights and lanterns. John Nite, of the now defunct, Walang Tulugan with the late German Moreno was the host for the night.READ MORE...


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Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, put their hand over their heart as the national anthem is sang during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (Photo by MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP)

WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 12, 2016 (INQUIRER) Associated Press / 02:14 AM December 06, 2016 - The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

While politics were absent from the tributes to the performers who were recognized for influencing American culture Sunday night, the arts community’s affection for Obama — and its nervousness about President-elect Donald Trump — was palpable in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were introduced last, after Pacino and his fellow honorees: gospel singer Staples; pianist Martha Argerich; singer-songwriter James Taylor; and Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, the surviving members of the Eagles.

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Teresa Heinz Kerry, front row, from left, Kennedy Center Honorees: Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich, James Taylor, and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter; rear row, from left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Kennedy Center Honorees Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Timothy Schmit, and David Rubinstein are photographed following the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

After a sustained ovation, host Stephen Colbert greeted the crowd of Washington insiders as “endangered swamp-dwellers,” referencing Trump’s “drain the swamp” campaign pledge. He joked that Obama would need to receive the honor to attend again and that “unlike the Nobel Peace Prize, they don’t just give these away.”

The Kennedy Center Honors are in their 39th year, a period that has included six presidents — three Republicans, three Democrats — and all have taken time to welcome the recipients. But the 2016 election was noteworthy for the way A-list performers lined up behind Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while Trump had relatively few celebrity endorsements.


Recipients of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honor award, the members of the Eagles band, from left, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy Schmit, applaud during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Although the president has no say in who receives the awards, Colbert joked that next year’s honorees would include Scott Baio, Gary Busey and Meat Loaf.

“For the past eight years, the White House has given us a leader who’s passionate, intelligent and dignified,” Colbert said, and the crowd rose for another prolonged ovation, prompting Obama to stand and wave.

“Sir, I don’t even know why you stood up. I was talking about Michelle,” Colbert said.

Earlier, at the White House, Obama welcomed the honorees at a reception and said participating in the gala was “one of the perks of the job.”


Sisters Debbie Allen, left, and Phylicia Rashad arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

“The arts have always been part of life at the White House because the arts are always central to American life,” Obama said. “That’s why over the past eight years Michelle and I have invited some of the best writers, musicians, actors and dancers to share their gifts with the American people and to help tell the story of who we are.”

Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein also thanked the Obamas, noting that the president isn’t required to attend the honors or host a reception. He offered them a “golden ticket” good for free admission to any event at the center.

“Parking is extra,” Rubenstein said.

Another standing ovation went to Bill Clinton, who made a surprise appearance on stage to talk about how Taylor’s music resonated with him and the American public in times that tested the nation’s resolve.


Chris O’Donnell and wife Caroline Fentress arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

“Our nation was reeling from the pain of Vietnam,” Clinton said. “James was there to satisfy our hunger for both intimacy and authenticity.”

Politics aside, the honors proceeded as usual, with musicians and actors taking the stage to pay tribute to the honorees, who stood on a balcony, waving and applauding as they wore the event’s signature rainbow-colored garlands. The ceremony will be broadcast Dec. 27 on CBS.

The tribute to Pacino included remarks by Sean Penn and recitations of Shakespeare by Laurence Fishburne and Lily Rabe. Chris O’Donnell and Gabrielle Anwar re-enacted the tango that Pacino danced with Anwar in “Scent of a Woman,” the 1992 movie that won Pacino his long-overdue Oscar.

Kevin Spacey gave a virtuoso tutorial on how to impersonate the actor whose passionate delivery has helped create some of the most memorable lines in American cinema. The keys are to look surprised and exhale loudly, Spacey said.

“Al seems to have a lot of air,” he said.

Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker performed medleys of Taylor’s music. Yitzhak Perlman played violin and Yuja Wang played piano to honor the Argentine-born Argerich.


Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Staples’ songs were performed by Elle King, Bonnie Raitt and Andra Day, and actor Don Cheadle spoke about the civil rights legacy of Staples and her family, who were close to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

“She’s still fighting. She’s still singing freedom songs,” Cheadle said.

The Eagles were originally selected to be honored last year, but the band opted to delay participation because of founding member Glenn Frey’s poor health. Frey died in January at age 67, making the event a bittersweet one for the surviving Eagles, who were joined by Frey’s widow, Cindy Frey. Henley has said the band will never perform again. Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Kings of Leon and Colombian rocker Juanes performed the Eagles’ music Sunday.

“I want to dedicate this evening to our brother Glenn,” Henley said as the band accepted its honors Saturday night at the State Department. “He was so much a part of our success. He was the driving force in this band. He believed in the American dream.”

The band’s longtime manager, Irving Azoff, sobbed as he raised a glass to Frey.

“For our Eagles family,” he said, “2016 couldn’t have had a harder beginning or a more appropriate ending.”


PHILSTAR

Miss U gives preview of 11 bets ahead of coronation night By Azer N. Parrocha (philstar.com) | Updated December 11, 2016 - 11:42am 1 35 googleplus0 0


The 11 candidates of Miss Universe are introduced to Filipino fans during the kick-off event on Saturday at the Conrad Hotel, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Avito Dalan/PNA

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Eleven Miss Universe bets were officially introduced Saturday to Filipino fans in a kick-off event ahead of the pageant coronation night on Jan. 30, 2017.

They were Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Malaysia Kiranmeet Kaur Balijeet Singh, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Tun, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina.

The candidates arrived in Manila on Friday and were welcomed by representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT) led by Undersecretary Kat De Castro and pageant organizing committee LCS Group of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson.

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During the program at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach welcomed the candidates saying she was excited about the Philippines hosting for the third time. The Philippines has hosted the pageant in 1974 and 1994.

Wurtzbach also said that she was looking forward to having a proper “walk” before she passes the crown to her successor since she did not get the chance after being announced as the winner.

American host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the 2015 Miss Universe and Wurtzbach as the first runner-up during the last pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2015. Wurtzbach never got her chance to make her walk.

“(I can) finally have a proper walk on stage in no less than my home country,” Pia said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

She meanwhile wished the hopefuls luck and joked about not being ready to give up her sash just yet.

“I’m not quite ready to give up this sash yet but good luck to all the ladies,” she quipped.


From right: Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, and Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel. Avito Dalan/PNA

Miss Universe Organization (MUO) President Paula Shugart, in her speech, said that she was grateful for the Philippines hosting the prestigious pageant describing it as a “dream come true” for both her and Wurtzbach.

“It’s not just Pia, it’s a dream come true for me, [too]. In less than a month over 90 countries are going to see the Philippines and its incredible hospitality,” Shugart said.

“Everyone is going to know about the Philippines,” she added.

Singson, for his part, presented MUO’s Shugart with a jacket with the words “Miss Universe” printed on it.

“Miss Universe is on!” he said as he put the jacket on Shugart.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo meanwhile vowed to treat the candidates to at least three of the country’s best tourist destinations while they’re here.

“The girls will be staying here for a week but they’ll have a full schedule,” Teo said.

The candidates are expected to visit Siargao on Sunday (December 11), Intramuros on Monday (December 12) and Cebu on Tuesday (December 13) for photoshoots.


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LOOK: Christmas decor in Pacquiao mansions ABS-CBN News Posted at Dec 07 2016


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PHILSTAR

Out there, Elvis album tops Christmas hit list; Out here< Jose Marie Chan Christmas In Our Hearts remains No. 1 SOUNDS FAMILIAR By Baby A. Gil (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus1 1

Out here, there is no contest. Jose Mari Chan’s (JMC) Christmas In Our Hearts, now 26 years old, remains the No. 1 selling Christmas album of all time. And the figures continue to increase what with JMC continually getting all those requests to perform songs from the album in assorted Christmas shows year after year. So until a song that will rival the enduring appeal and lively sparkle of Christmas In Our Hearts comes along, the album will remain our Christmas No. 1.

Out there, too, in the U.S. of A., the competition has bowed down before a former teen idol whose rocking album is the all-time top seller, The Elvis Christmas Album.

This is according to Billboard Magazine, which has come out with a list of The Top 10 Christmas Albums of all time. It is an eclectic line-up that goes from the traditional classical collections to pop, jazz and with Elvis on top, also rock and roll. Note that save for one or two new compositions, the albums are made up mostly of old songs. Silent Night, Joy To The World, etc.

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But it is to the credit of the artists and their producers and arrangers and I must add their engineers, because the mix is very crucial in holiday albums, that they made those songs sound new and made us listen and enjoy them again. Come to think of it, that is very much like Christmas, which feels like new every year.

WATCH: Christmas In Our Hearts | By Jose Mari Chan 
https://youtu.be/CVw0wcLTOoE?t=170

Perched on top of the stellar heap is the Elvis Christmas Album by Elvis Presley from 1957 with 10 million copies sold. I am not surprised at all. This is a fine example of a pop album that just happens to have Christmas songs. And because it is pop, it also has great singles like Blue Christmas and Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me that were radio friendly and got excellent airplay.

Next is Miracles by Kenny G, 7.37 million from 1994.

The big surprise here is how the saxophone, which is not traditionally considered a Christmas instrument came out full of Christmas warmth. That is how I feel when I listen to the album, all safe and toasty inside.

The Christmas Song by Nat “King” Cole has already sold six million copies since it was released in 1960 as The Magic of Christmas.

This is another great album but it cannot be denied that its main selling point is the title track, which is also known as Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire. This is really an old song when Cole decided to do a new version in 1961. It was in fact his third, including one recording where he sings “if reindeers really know how to fly.” That has since then been corrected.

Christmas and A Fresh Aire Christmas, two albums by the instrumental group Mannheim Steamroller that have truly become a Holiday staple in America at six million copies each. Check out any Christmas hit list these past years and you will surely find these albums.

Noel by Josh Groban, 5. 89 million. Popera and Groban were hot in 2007 and this album defeated High School Musical and became the No. 1 seller of the year. Produced by David Foster, it is a mix of the pop and traditional with A Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, a new original Thankful keeping company with Panis Angelicus, O Come All Ye Faithful and Angels We Have Heard On High.

Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey, 5.5 million since 1994. If Nat Cole has his Chestnuts song then Mariah has All I Want For Christmas Is You to propel the sales of the album to the top. The song is, in fact, the most downloaded and most streamed Christmas song ever with a record of 2.6 million.

These Are Special Times by Celine Dion which has sold 5.44 million since 1998. Also produced by Foster, this is another good example of how to produce a good Christmas album that will sell but without sacrificing the charm of the traditional. New songs here are I’m Your Angel, a duet with R. Kelly; The Prayer with Andrea Bocelli; and Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day. Then there are O Holy Night, Adeste Fidelis, Happy Christmas (War Is Over), Feliz Navidad and others.

A Christmas Album by Barbra Streisand with 5.37 million from 1967. The big selling factor here, of course, is Streisand herself and her singing is at its absolute best. Big surprise is the inclusion of My Favorite Things, the song from the musical The Sound of Music that has since then become a Yuletide carol. There is also the new original The Best Gift and killer rendition of the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria.

Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis with 5.24 million copies sold. This was released in 1958 when Mathis was the hot, young balladeer with hits like Warm and A Certain Smile. Several cuts turned out to be very effective singles that helped make the album a big hit. Silver Bells, O Holy Night, White Christmas, The First Noel, Silent Night and that ubiquitous Chestnuts Roasting song.


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Star-studded walk to fame FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The project was started by German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno 11 years ago to honor achievers in the industry. PHOTOS by BONG SERRANO

Up There where the stars shine with Eternal Flame, Master Showman German “Kuya Germs” Moreno must have looked down with a smile as wide as the star-studded portion of Eastwood in Quezon City where Walk Of Fame, his pet project, was highlighted by a red carpet where this year’s honorees would be proudly walking to fame, the stars bearing their names designed to engrave them in posterity.

As he was in such an event, Kuya Germs must have been dressed in his signature outfit (it seemed that he and only he could carry it with aplomb and get away with it!) that glittered brighter (read: more blinding!!!) than the Christmas lights that turn the heart of Eastwood into a wonderland this season of the year. Thursday (Dec. 1), last week marked the 11th anniversary of Walk Of Fame, conceptualized by Kuya Germs after the one on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

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WELCOME SPEECH


FATHER AND SON

“My father created the Walk Of Fame because of his love for the showbiz industry where he had devoted 62 years of his life,” Federico Moreno reminded the guests in his welcome speech.

“When he passed on last January, I received a lot of questions as to what would happen to the Walk Of Fame. With the help of our family and close, dear friends of my father, I got the courage to continue this noble cause,” stressed Federico who is the president of the Walk Of Fame Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (WOFFPI). (The other officers Kevin Tan, chairman; Azucena “Manay Ichu” Vera Perez-Maceda; Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Joey Abacan, John Nite and Jose Miguel Moreno, vice presidents; lawyer Lito Go, corporate secretary; Alice Eduardo, treasurer; and your Funfarer as PRO) were formally inducted into office during the event.

“This foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose mission is to give recognition to industry people who have made a positive influence on and contributed to the growth of the industry,” added Federico. “We hope to raise funds to assist industry people in need through the MOWELFUND which, as the sole beneficiary, will get 100 percent of the donation.”

After thanking donors and all those behind this year’s event, Federico good-naturedly reminded the audience that he wasn’t fond of delivering long speeches unlike his father who would monopolize the microphone and tirelessly recall again and again, without missing a beat, his own hard walk to fame starting with a small step at the Clover Theater where he worked as a janitor as telonero (curtain-raiser).

After cocktails at the lobby of Richmonde Hotel, official home of WOFFPI, the formally-dressed honorees/inductees were transported to the venue by a limousine, walked the red carpet to the stage to be recognized and applauded before, one by one, they were presented with their Stars. Dinner followed.

The honorees:

Movies: Jennylyn Mercado, Liza Soberano, John Arcilla and Angelica Panganiban;

Television: Jodi Sta. Maria, Shaina Magdayao and Barbie Forteza;

Radio: Eddie Ilarde and Manolo Favis;

Music: Pepe Smith and Willy Cruz;

News: Ted Failon, Susan Enriquez and Luchi Cruz-Valdes; and

Posthumous Award: Zeneida Amador.


From left: Jackie Lou Blanco, John Nite, Alice Eduardo, Federico Moreno, Kevin Tan, Joey Abacan, lawyer Lito Go and Jose Miguel Moreno

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Sunshine’s extramarital drama hits too close to home By: Allan Policarpio - Reporter / @InqEnt Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:03 AM December 06, 2016


Sunshine Dizon

While she has decided to remain “civil” with her estranged husband “for the sake of their children,” Sunshine Dizon doesn’t see a reconciliation happening between her and Timothy Tan anytime soon—at least not until after the ongoing legal battle they’re embroiled in is concluded.

“I wish people would stop making up stories or spreading rumors that we have gotten back together. They don’t help; his camp could use those against me,” pointed out Sunshine, who earlier this year filed cases against Timothy and his alleged mistress, Clarisma Sison, for concubinage and violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act.

“There will be no reconciliation as long as the cases are in court. We’ll have to wait and see after that,” the 33-year-old GMA 7 talent told reporters at a recent press conference for the new afternoon drama, “Ika-6 na Utos” which, curiously, tackles extramarital affairs.

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The couple’s six-year marriage brought them two kids, a daughter, Doreen, 5; and a son, Anton, 4. Sunshine stressed that she allows Timothy to visit the children, only “because he is still their father,” and to give them “a sense of normalcy.”


Actress Sunshine Dizon took the time to clarify ongoing reports that she has reconciled with husband Timothy Tan. Sunshine has filed a case against Timothy and alleged mistress Clarisma Sison.

“Hatid-sundo n’ya lang ang mga bata, but that’s about it. We have already failed as partners, so the least we could do is try to be good parents,” she said.

Considering everything that has happened to her this year, Sunshine said she is happy to be doing well, with the help of friends and family. The biggest lesson she has learned from her “ordeal” is that, despite the odds, one must continue to keep moving forward.

“You have to push through. There are many obstacles in life; it’s how you handle them that matters. Will they make you better or drag you down? We have a choice. I try to be positive every day,” Sunshine said.

In the new show that hits too close to home, Sunshine plays Emma, whose pilot husband Rome (Gabby Concepcion) cheats on her with the “sexy and ambitious” interior designer, Georgia (Ryza Cenon).

“I try to separate my personal life from my work. I’m grateful to be in this project. At the end of the day, I’m simply portraying a character in a work of fiction,” she said, adding that she isn’t entertaining suitors because she is still technically married.

“Hayaan nating ang iba ang gumawa niyan (let others do it),” Sunshine quipped.

Was that a dig toward her husband and Clarisma? “Kung tamaan sila, problema na nila ’yun (if they feel alluded to, that’s their problem),” she said, smiling.

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MANILA STANDARD

Star-studded Christmas lighting ceremony at Greenhills posted December 04, 2016 at 05:40 pm by Manila Standard Showbitz



In the past, German Moreno, or just Kuya Germs to us, glammed up the Promenade Christmas ritual by bringing along showbiz friends. This time, his friends (or mga alaga) carried on the tradition on his behalf.

The stars came out to sparkle and shine at the Promenade and Theater Mall when over a thousand small and big lanterns were lit, one by one, at the traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony.

Encantadia star Sanya Lopez, Destiny Rose’s Ken Chan, heartthrob Hiro Peralta, hunk Jak Roberto, model Mac Manicad, and Tirso Cruz III along with Carla Martinez, Carla Abelllana, Donita Rose, and actor-director Gina Alajar pressed the button that switched on the lights and lanterns. John Nite, of the now defunct, Walang Tulugan with the late German Moreno was the host for the night.

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Music Museum Group, Inc. President Precy M. Florentino said she will be forever grateful to Kuya Germs for his heartfelt support for the Promenade, Theater Mall, Greenhills Cinemas and the Music Museum. “Every year, he’d help to make Christmas here shine with a lot of stars. This year, I know he is still very much with us because all the stars seem to have come out tonight. We hope that our Christmas atmosphere here provides a sense of peace and happiness for everyone.”

The Christmas lighting ceremony kicked off Christmas festivities at Promenade and Theater Mall starting with the annual Christmas Bazaar called “Fashion +Toys = Christmas Joy,” Thursday to Sunday until Dec. 11 and daily from Dec. 15 to 22.


Kapuso stars (from left) Mac Manicad, Sanya Lopez, Hiro Peralta, Jak Roberto and John Nite add sparkle to the stunning Christmas light display at the Promenade in Greenhills

Fom Dec. 17 to 18, the Hanyang SM Wind Band from Seoul, Korea perfroms at the Promenade Al Fresco from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to that Santa Claus will go around the Promenade from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 only and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 18. Kids can have selfies with Santa at the very special Santa’s Corner.

Allan Gonzales, The Promenade’s resident pianist, at the piano to fill the atmosphere with holiday tunes.

For more information, visit www.music museum.com.ph  Also, like the Music Museum Group on Facebook.


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