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MMFF WITHDRAWS FPJ AWARD FROM 'ORO'
[RELATED:
‘Oro’ sued over dog slaughter scene]


JANUARY 3 -The cast of "Oro" headed by Mercedes Cabral and Irma Adlawan, who won the Best Ensemble award. MMFF/Facebook
The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of the Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Memorial award previously granted to the film “Oro” amid issues of animal cruelty. The MMFF executive committee said they decided to withdraw the FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence received by the film last Thursday, upon consultation with the family of late actor FPJ. On Monday evening, Sen. Grace Poe, daughter of FPJ expressed disappointment over the complaints on the dog slaughter scene, which was allegedly real. She urged the MMFF to conduct an immediate investigation into the matter and said if proven true, she will move to invalidate the award in honor of her father. READ MORE...RELATED,  ‘Oro’ sued over dog slaughter scene...

ALSO: Mariah Carey red-faced as mic malfunctions in New Year’s show [RELATED: Mariah Carey’s Manager Blames Producers for New Year’s Eve Nightmare][RELATED(2): Dick Clark Productions fires back at Mariah Carey's camp's claims]


JANUARY 2 -NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Mariah Carey performs during the New Year's Eve Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION/AFP
NEW YORK, United States — Mariah Carey is surely hoping that 2017 goes better than her 2016 ended. The pop music diva endured an embarrassing technical meltdown during a New Year’s Eve show witnessed by thousands in New York’s Times Square and millions more across the United States. The huge malfunction happened during her performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” billed as “the last big performance of 2016 by Mariah Carey.” READ: Ryan Seacrest trapped in Times Square elevator, rescued Carey is one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists, with a boatload of Grammys and other accolades to her credit. READ MORE...RELATED,
Mariah Carey’s Manager Blames Producers for New Year’s Eve Nightmare...RELATED(2), Dick Clark Productions fires back at Mariah Carey's camp's claims...

ALSO IN PHOTOS: Vic Sotto's daughter's New Year's Day wedding[RELATED: Zsa Zsa on Conrad: I'm happy to be reunited with my love]


JANUARY 3 -MANILA -- Nice Print Photography has released the official photos of the New Year's Day wedding of the daughter of veteran comedian Vic Sotto, artist Paulina Luz Sotto, and her fiance Jed Salgado Llanes. The couple, who got engaged back in February, tied the knot at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Batangas in front of family and friends. Sotto, himself, was present with his wife Pauleen Luna. Angela Luz, Paulina's mother and the daughter of Philippine National Artist Arturo Luz, was also in attendance. Check out the scenes from the wedding below: READ MORE...ALSO, Zsa Zsa on Conrad: I'm happy to be reunited with my love...

ALSO: he return of Your Evening With Pilita


JANUARY 6 -Pilita Corrales shows eternal form
Pilita Corrales’ iconic television show, Your Evening With Pilita, as directed by Mitos Villareal snapped off the air with martial law’s declaration. It made a return as A Night of Friendship: Your Evening With Pilita And Eric as megged by Leo Rialp on the vibrant evening of Dec. 2 at the swanky 1,740-seater The Theatre of Solaire Resort & Casino. In the annual concert hosted by tenor Eric Cruz, Pilita guested outstanding performers the country ever produced such as Basil Valdez, The CompanY, Lisa Cabahug and Lemuel dela Cruz, with regular cast members Dyords Javier and the Halili-Cruz Dance Company by the superb back-up of the 18-piece AMP Big Band led by Mel Villena. The playlist included timeless tunes swirling in our heads. Your Evening With Pilita featured songs of universal feelings of love, loss and good times that squeezed banter between the host’s thematic solos and special tunes by guests went on air in 1965 over Channel 3 every Wednesday from 9 to 10 p.m. READ MOREE... MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO: Kapamilya’s opening salvo ‘A Love To Last’


JANUARY 4 -Bea Alonzo returns to the small screen and teams up with Ian Veneracion in the family drama directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng
ABS-CBN opens the year 2017 with the premiere of the much-awaited family drama, A Love to Last, on Primetime Bida. Top billed by box office actress Bea Alonzo and sought after leading man Ian Veneracion, it is a timely story about family and how love isn’t always what it seems to be. Andeng Agoncillo (Bea Alonzo), a breadwinner and a successful events organizer, has always believed in love. For her, love is being with the man she loves and having a happy family with him.Unfortunately, her ideal fairy tale-like love story didn’t have a happy ending after she catches her fiancé cheating days before their wedding. But despite this, Andeng remains hopeful that love would still come her way. READ MORE...RELATED,
ABS-CBN claims leadership in 2016

ALSO: Coco Martin - I, too, was an OFW


JANUARY 8 -Coco in his megahit character in the Kapamilya action-adventure series Ang Probinsyano…
I’m not sure if Coco Martin has watched Sunday Beauty Queen, Best Picture in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which officially ends today. And if he did, I’m sure the stories of the OFWs in Hong Kong must have brought back certain memories to Coco for a personal reason. “I was also an OFW,” recalled Coco to movie writers at a thanksgiving merienda that he hosted at Victorino’s restaurant on Thursday. “I worked as a janitor in Canada for nine months. My father was also an OFW in Korea.” That was more than 15 years ago and Coco confessed that all he wanted was to work abroad, only to find out that his dream would turn into a nightmare. READ MORE...


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MMFF withdraws FPJ award from ‘Oro’


The cast of "Oro" headed by Mercedes Cabral and Irma Adlawan, who won the Best Ensemble award. MMFF/Facebook

MANILA, JANUARY 9, 2017 (PHILSTAR) By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated January 3, 2017 - 4:26pm 2 19 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of the Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Memorial award previously granted to the film “Oro” amid issues of animal cruelty.

The MMFF executive committee said they decided to withdraw the FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence received by the film last Thursday, upon consultation with the family of late actor FPJ.

On Monday evening, Sen. Grace Poe, daughter of FPJ expressed disappointment over the complaints on the dog slaughter scene, which was allegedly real. She urged the MMFF to conduct an immediate investigation into the matter and said if proven true, she will move to invalidate the award in honor of her father.

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The MMFF executive committee subsequently acted on the matter and held a probe.

READ: Poe to have FPJ award for ‘Oro’ revoked if dog slaughter scene real

| MMFF probes ‘Oro’ over dog slaughter scene


Senator Grace Poe and (right) 'Oro' writer-director Alvin Yapan and lead star Irma Adlawan. (Photos by Bernard Testa and Yummie Dingding for InterAksyon)

“Without making any judgment on the artistic merit of the film or cinematic depiction, MMFF finds the present controversy on the alleged killing of a dog in the course of the filming of the movie effectively casts a doubt on the movie's ability to exemplify the human and cultural values espoused by the late Fernando Poe Jr.,” the committee’s statement read.

Aside from the FPJ award, “Oro” also received Best Ensemble Cast Award. One of the cast members, Irma Adlawan, won best actress for her role.

Despite the awards, the film drew flak because of the animal cruelty issue noticed by the viewers. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society raised its animal cruelty concerns to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the MMFF Executive Committee and said it is mulling on filing charges against “Oro” filmmakers.

The film’s production team, however, denied the dog killing and dog eating allegations, saying the scene was only depicted as it was relevant to the narrative and maintained no animals were harmed. Further, the director and executive producer of “Oro” said the scenes were shown as the acts were part of the tradition.

RELATED: ‘Oro’ production team: No dog killed for film

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Mariah Carey red-faced as mic malfunctions in New Year’s show Agence France-Presse / 09:06 AM January 02, 2017


NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Mariah Carey performs during the New Year's Eve Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION/AFP

NEW YORK, United States — Mariah Carey is surely hoping that 2017 goes better than her 2016 ended.

The pop music diva endured an embarrassing technical meltdown during a New Year’s Eve show witnessed by thousands in New York’s Times Square and millions more across the United States.

The huge malfunction happened during her performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” billed as “the last big performance of 2016 by Mariah Carey.”

READ: Ryan Seacrest trapped in Times Square elevator, rescued

Carey is one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists, with a boatload of Grammys and other accolades to her credit.

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But the sound system malfunctioned badly late Saturday from the opening notes of her performance of “Auld Lang Syne,” leaving Carey flummoxed and visibly defeated.

Wearing a flesh-tone, sheer sequined dress with plunging neckline and stiletto platform shoes, Carey paced along the front of the stage while her backup dancers performed acrobatic moves, in what was supposed to have been the evening’s headlining event minutes before the ball dropped to mark the start of the new year.


“Well, Happy New Year. We can’t hear,” the 46-year-old star told the crowd as her entourage of male backup dancers continued their performance.

“Well, Happy New Year. We can’t hear,” the 46-year-old star told the crowd as her entourage of male backup dancers continued their performance.

“I’m going to let the audience sing, OK?” she says, as the high-spirited crowd went on without her.

At one point, an audio track of Carey singing could be heard, even though she clearly was not singing.

“That was — I’m leaving,” the singer said in the microphone as the first number ended.

TWEETS

“Even Milli Vanilli is embarrassed by Mariah Carey’s debacle,” tweeted @JimmyTraina, referring to an earlier singing duo cruelly mocked for its failed lip synching efforts.

“Even Milli Vanilli is embarrassed by Mariah Carey’s debacle,” tweeted @JimmyTraina, referring to an earlier singing duo cruelly mocked for its failed lip synching efforts.

She stayed — but things did not go better during her performance of “Emotions,” one of her biggest hits, and she halfheartedly mimed her way through the number.

Twitter gleefully erupted in Schadenfreude over Carey’s woes.

“Mariah Carey just summed up 2016 in a nutshell,” wrote another tweeter, @MatthewLush.

“Mariah Carey just summed up 2016 in a nutshell,” wrote another tweeter, @MatthewLush.
The woeful performance comes at an unfortunate time. Carey’s career recently had been on the ascent.

In addition to the high-profile New Year’s Eve gig, she has been appearing in a new reality TV show “Mariah’s World,” billed by the E! television network as a show that goes “beyond the flashbulbs and fame and into the private life of one of the most celebrated pop divas of all time.”

Hours after Saturday’s disastrous outing, Carey posted a rueful, but somewhat hopeful, tweet.

“Shit happens,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday, with a frownie face emoticon.

“Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.” CBB

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Mariah Carey’s Manager Blames Producers for New Year’s Eve Nightmare By PATRICK HEALYJAN. 1, 2017


Mariah Carey performed at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square on Saturday. Credit Greg Allen/Invision, via Associated Press

Mariah Carey suffered through a performance train wreck in Times Square on New Year’s Eve as malfunctions left her at a loss vocally during her hit song “Emotions,” struggling to reach notes and to sync the lyrics and music.

The trouble continued when she gave up on another of her best-known numbers, “We Belong Together,” while a recording of the song continued to play, a confirmation that she had been lip-syncing.

But on Sunday, a dispute erupted between Ms. Carey’s representatives and producers of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” on which the singer was performing.

Ms. Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, charged that the show’s producers had been aware of technical problems but did not fix them — and chose to continue showing Ms. Carey’s messy performance “to get ratings.”

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“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly magazine on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.

Dick Clark Productions, which produced the show, issued a statement on Sunday night saying that Ms. Carey’s performance woes had nothing to do with the production, and that any suggestion that the company “would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

“In very rare instances, there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television,” the statement said, adding that an initial investigation suggested that the production company “had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”

A veteran audio producer, Robert Goldstein of Maryland Sound International, a company that has worked on the Times Square event for years, also said in an email that there had been no malfunctions with the sound equipment he oversaw.

“Every monitor and in-ear device worked perfectly,” Mr. Goldstein said. “ I can’t comment beyond that and don’t know what her nontechnical issue may have been.”

A spokeswoman for Ms. Carey said on Sunday that the singer was not at fault for her performance.

“Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” the spokeswoman, Nicole Perna, told The Associated Press.

It was a rare meltdown on national television by one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. Ms. Carey, a pop phenomenon in the 1990s who won five Grammys out of 34 nominations over the years, was the final pre-midnight act on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” She had just finished “Auld Lang Syne” when her star turn began to spiral out of control.

“We can’t hear,” she said in the opening seconds of “Emotions” after she sashayed down the stage before more than one million people who had gathered to watch the ball drop in Manhattan.

Standing still with her left hand on her hip while music played, Ms. Carey told the audience that there had not been a proper sound check before her performance. Then she said, “We’ll just sing,” and noted proudly of her song, “It went to No. 1.”

But she could not manage the notes that followed, and she either forgot lyrics or did not want to deliver a subpar performance.

“We’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is,” she said. “Let the audience sing.”

ABC quickly cut to shots of the Times Square crowd as Ms. Carey tried to perform some of her choreography. She continued suggesting fixes from the stage, and at one point seemed to defend herself. “I’m trying to be a good sport here,” she said.

When the number ended, the crowd cheered her on. “That was — ” she said, pausing for effect, “amazing.”

She seemed to recover at first with “We Belong Together,” but there appeared to be another malfunction, and Ms. Carey again stopped singing. But this time, the prerecorded number kept playing.

“It just don’t get any better,” she said, and then left the stage.

The cause of the problem was not immediately clear. After the performance, Ms. Carey posted a mildly profane slang phrase on Twitter with an “upset” emoji, then wrote: “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

An ABC spokesman said on Sunday that the network would not comment on the problems with Ms. Carey’s performance.

Correction: January 1, 2017
An earlier version of this article misstated a quotation from Mariah Carey. She said, “It just don’t get any better,” not, “It just doesn’t get any better.”

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Dick Clark Productions fires back at Mariah Carey's camp's claims Lorena Blas
Oh, the drama.

2017 is definitely starting off with fireworks for Mariah Carey and Dick Clark Productions. And not the good kind.


Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. Photo: Greg Allen

On New Year's Eve Mariah Carey performed live in Times Square but the singer's routine was plagued by technical problems during the show.

After Carey's camp came to her defence early on Sunday, blaming technical difficulties on producers, the production company issued its own statement:

"As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that dcp (Dick Clark Productions), as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year's Rockin' Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd," the statement said.

"In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms Carey's New Year's Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry."

The New Year's Eve Rockin' Eve performance rocked social media when Carey couldn't seem to keep up with a pre-recorded track.

After stumbling through one song, the show's headliner stopped singing We Belong Together after another mishap when she lowered the microphone from her mouth, but vocals kept playing.

"It just doesn't get any better," she told the crowd and left the stage.


Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. Photo: Greg Allen

Her publicist, Nicole Perna, told the Associated Press: "Unfortunately, there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance, given the circumstances."

According to AP, Perna said that Carey's earpiece wasn't working and she flagged the issue to the production team but was told it would be OK when she got onstage.

"However, that was not the case, and they were again told that her earpiece was not working," Perna said. "Instead of endeavouring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live."

Carey herself tweeted sad and happy emojis and a clip of herself shrugging.

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Mariah Carey ✔ @MariahCarey Shit happens 😩 Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!🎉 Here's to making more headlines in 2017 😂 2:00 AM - 1 Jan 2017 65,772 65,772 Retweets 166,167 166,167 likes

The AP also reported that a person familiar with the production of the show who asked for anonymity to speak about the incident said all of the other performers, including Gloria Estefan, rehearsed onsite for their sets but Carey had a stand-in for her rehearsal even though she was there, atypical for the show's performers.


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‘Oro’ sued over dog slaughter scene By: Dexter Cabalza - Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:51 PM January 02, 2017


Oro director Alvin Yapan and 2016 MMFF Best Actress and Oro star Irma Idlawan appear with MMFF Executive Committee member Ed Cabagnot on Jan. 2, 2017 to respond to allegations that the filmmakers behind Oro committed animal cruelty by showing a dog being slaughtered.Oro director Alvin Yapan (left) and 2016 MMFF Best Actress and Oro star Irma Idlawan appear with MMFF Executive Committee member Ed Cabagnot on Jan. 2, 2017. They responded to allegations that the filmmakers behind Oro committed animal cruelty by showing a dog being slaughtered. (PHOTO BY DEXTER CABALZA / INQUIRER)

MANILA — An animal rights group said it would file charges against the people behind the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Oro” over a scene where a dog was slaughtered.

“An animal was killed in making a movie and that is unacceptable not just in the law but also as a responsible filmmaker, no one should do this,” said Anna Cabrera, executive director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society.

In a letter to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Tim Orbos, the concurrent chair of the MMFF Executive Committee, Cabrera said the makers of Oro violated Republic Act No. 10631 or the Animal Welfare Act.

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Cabrera said the killing of dogs, even as part of ritual or ethnic custom, should be coordinated with the Bureau of Animal Industry and the Committee on Animal Welfare.

Cabrera, also the chair of the CAW technical working group of the committee on the humane use of animals in media and entertainment, said she had not received information from the Oro filmmakers of a scene where a dog was killed for consumption in the story.

She also said the makers of Oro deceived the MMFF screening committee as they previously said that no animal was harmed in making the film. Cabrera said the team of Oro admitted that a dog was indeed killed during the making of the film.

Oro director Alvin Yapan, however, denied that no member of the crew nor their actors were involved in the slaughter.

“What the film did was to capture the culture of violence in a far-flung province,” he said.


BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER Many hearts bled for this poor, furry extra in one of the movies that competed in the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival. —screenshot by Anna Cabrera, paws executive director

READ: Whistleblowers confirm 'Oro' dog slaughter scene–PETA Asia

In the meeting of the PAWS and the people behind Oro with the MMFF Executive Committee, the groups reached an agreement with the following provisions, according to MMFF ExeComm spokesperson Noel Ferrer:

1) A notice will be put outside the cinemas where Oro is shown, saying the film had been edited and the filmmakers and cast are committed to promoting both human and animal rights.
2) A blackscreen will replace the scenes in the film where the dog was being slaughtered.
3) The people of Oro will have continued education and conduct press conference to address the issue.

Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PHOTO BY DEXTER CABALZA /INQUIRER)
Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PHOTO BY DEXTER CABALZA /INQUIRER)

Cabrera expressed disappointment about the agreement, saying she had hoped that Oro would be pulled out from the cinemas and be stripped of all the awards it received during the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal.

Oro won the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award, Best Ensemble Cast, and Irma Adlawan as Best Actress.

Oro is inspired by the 2014 Gata 4 Massacre where four small-scale miners — Jessie Brondia, Julio and Rene Labiano, and Salem Virtuz– were killed by members of the Sagip Kalikasan Task Force in Barangay Gata, Camarines Sur.


Mercedes Cabral (center) and Irma Adlawan

Adlawan went to the meeting, bringing with her the Best Actress trophy.

“Walang kaso kung bawiin ng MMFF ang award… Masama ang loob ko dahil ang naging issue ay iyong asong namatay at hindi yung apat na taong binawian ng buhay (It’s okay if the MMFF takes back the award … I feel bad that the issue is about a dead dog and not about the four men who lost their lives),” Adlawan said.

“We want more people to know about the injustices done to them. The four human beings, four human beings. I need to reiterate that,” she added.

When asked by the media why the MMFF Execomm had not seen the issue before Oro was screened publicly, Ed Cabagnot, MMFF Execomm member representing the academe, said no member of the Execomm sat down with the screening committee.

Cabagnot recommended in the next MMFF that some of the Execomm members sit with the screening committee.

“So if there is a controversial scene or issue, it could be addressed at the very onset. Para pag pinalabas yung pelikula, mapaninindigan yun (So when the movie comes out, the MMFF can stand by the movie),” he said. SFM


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IN PHOTOS: Vic Sotto's daughter's New Year's Day wedding ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jan 03 2017 09:14 PM



MANILA -- Nice Print Photography has released the official photos of the New Year's Day wedding of the daughter of veteran comedian Vic Sotto, artist Paulina Luz Sotto, and her fiance Jed Salgado Llanes.

The couple, who got engaged back in February, tied the knot at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Batangas in front of family and friends. Sotto, himself, was present with his wife Pauleen Luna.

Angela Luz, Paulina's mother and the daughter of Philippine National Artist Arturo Luz, was also in attendance. Check out the scenes from the wedding below:

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Vic Sotto is one proud father.

On Monday, the television host and actor's daughter, Paulina Luz, tied the knot with Jed Salgado Llanes in a picturesque ceremony held at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Batangas in front of family and friends.

A video by Nice Print Photography showed Sotto escorting his youngest down the aisle clad in a dapper gray suit he matched with a crisp, blue polo and dark blue tie. They were accompanied by Angela Luz, Paulina's mother.

The video also saw Paulina exchange vows with Llanes. They were engaged in February. "You accepted me for who I am without any judgement," she told her groom. "And whether it's through your small acts of kindness or your grand gestures, you make sure I feel loved and cared for every single day, even when I don't deserve it. For that, I feel so lucky and so blessed."

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WATCH: Vic Sotto walks daughter down the aisle ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 04 2017 12:07 AM

 
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Zsa Zsa on Conrad: I'm happy to be reunited with my love ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jan 04 2017 07:06 PM | Updated as of Jan 04 2017 08:16 PM

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MANILA – For the first time, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla openly talked about her reconciliation with architect Conrad Onglao.
Padilla recently welcomed 2017 with an Instagram post where she looked back on the previous year and wished for a bright future ahead.
“Thank you for being part of my 2016. It was some year for me – if you know what I mean,” she said, presumably referring to the time she and Onglao called off their engagement. “But I survived the ups and downs thanks to all of you.”

Padilla went on to say that the year 2016 brought her closer to her family in Las Vegas.
Referring to Onglao, she continued: “I’m happy to be reunited with my love and we plan bigger things for us in 2017.”

It was last October when Onglao confirmed that he and Padilla got back together quietly after unexpectedly crossing paths at a mall, months after they called off their engagement.

The two spent Christmas together with their respective families, based on the Padilla’s Instagram post last December. The singer, however, did not say anything about the reconciliation at the time.


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The return of Your Evening With Pilita By Edgar O. Cruz (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 5, 2017 - 12:00am googleplus


Pilita Corrales shows eternal form

MANILA, Philippines – Pilita Corrales’ iconic television show, Your Evening With Pilita, as directed by Mitos Villareal snapped off the air with martial law’s declaration. It made a return as A Night of Friendship: Your Evening With Pilita And Eric as megged by Leo Rialp on the vibrant evening of Dec. 2 at the swanky 1,740-seater The Theatre of Solaire Resort & Casino.

In the annual concert hosted by tenor Eric Cruz, Pilita guested outstanding performers the country ever produced such as Basil Valdez, The CompanY, Lisa Cabahug and Lemuel dela Cruz, with regular cast members Dyords Javier and the Halili-Cruz Dance Company by the superb back-up of the 18-piece AMP Big Band led by Mel Villena. The playlist included timeless tunes swirling in our heads.

Your Evening With Pilita featured songs of universal feelings of love, loss and good times that squeezed banter between the host’s thematic solos and special tunes by guests went on air in 1965 over Channel 3 every Wednesday from 9 to 10 p.m.

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Pilita has been bringing stage spin-offs of the TV show abroad but this was the first time she reprised it in grand style in the country. The ageless Pilita appeared from top stage, taking off with Kapantay ay Langit, accompanied by the signature sensuous swaying of her shapely body, at points bent backward to reach higher notes.

Eric’s quirky sense of humor was full of surprises that he and Dyords kept the audience laughing and puffing between numbers. He claimed the next gap as his own with a heartfelt rendition of This is the Moment.


Basil Valdez does a George Canseco medley


The entire cast participates in the Simbang Gabi medley


Halili-Cruz ballerinas display grace and technique


Moy Ortiz leads The CompanY’s Evolution, an amazing five-minute medley of the history of Original Pilipino Music

The CompanY then showed it is Asia’s premiere vocal harmony act. Moy Ortiz of The CompanY recalled how he got a recording contract upon guesting in Pilita’s show. The group did an unheard of mambo arrangement of More Today Than Yesterday. Arranged by the superlative creative Moy, Evolution involved the band and audience, kicking enthusiasm and spinning energy.

A legend walked up when Basil took center stage. He retained his charismatic flawless voice that mesmerized the entire hall. His George Canseco medley massively appealed. The Michel Legrand medley with Pilita was matchless in contemporary classicism and romanticism.

When the chandeliers lowered, the Halili-Cruz dancers entered to lead into the Classical Suite with Eric introducing it with Amore Perduto. Lisa upped the romance level with If You Are But A Dream, Lemuel with A Word Outside and Pilita with Full Moon and Empty Arms.

Medleys specially in Pilita’s Visayan songs painted bigger, brighter and larger canvases. Veering the show away from the modest while focusing on the luxuriant, sometimes pure genius, other times just playful but always gratifying.

In-keeping with the season, the Christmas Suite followed with Dyords and ballerinas executing comedic ballet in Pasko Na Naman. The entire cast participated in the Simbang Gabi medley. Lemuel and Lisa ended with Feliz Navidad. Eric provided an exceptional wrap in the Pasasalamat number, his voice soared through it all.

When Pilita launched A Million Thanks to You, fans recognized the signing off. A thunderous standing ovation signaled collective approval of a magnificent return.


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Kapamilya’s opening salvo ‘A Love To Last’ posted January 02, 2017 by Isah V. Red


Bea Alonzo returns to the small screen and teams up with Ian Veneracion in the family drama directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng

ABS-CBN opens the year 2017 with the premiere of the much-awaited family drama, A Love to Last, on Primetime Bida.

Top billed by box office actress Bea Alonzo and sought after leading man Ian Veneracion, it is a timely story about family and how love isn’t always what it seems to be.

Andeng Agoncillo (Bea Alonzo), a breadwinner and a successful events organizer, has always believed in love. For her, love is being with the man she loves and having a happy family with him.

Unfortunately, her ideal fairy tale-like love story didn’t have a happy ending after she catches her fiancé cheating days before their wedding. But despite this, Andeng remains hopeful that love would still come her way.

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Anton Noble IV (Ian Veneracion), meanwhile, thinks he has found love. After many years of marriage, his wife Grace (Iza Calzado) decides to leave him and demands for an annulment. He’s then left with their three children and becomes a single parent, on top of his job as president and CEO of his company.

Fate then brings Andeng and Anton together at the most unexpected time and place. Never has Andeng imagined she will find love in an older man--- a much older man. As she takes this risk, she also finds herself caught in the middle of Anton’s complicated life--- dealing with his ex-wife and seeking acceptance from his kids.

“A Love To Last” main cast members Julia Barretto, Ian Veneracion, Hannah Vito, Iza Calzado, JK Labajo, and Enchong Dee (right photo)
How far will Andeng go to fight for the family she wished for and to fight for her place in Anton’s life?

Joining the cast are Enchong Dee, Julia Barretto, Ronnie Alonte, JK Labajo, and Hannah Vito. It is under the direction of Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Richard Arellano with creative head Henry Quitain under the business unit headed by Lourdes De Guzman. Star Creatives is led by COO Malou Santos.

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Miss Universe is one of the most highly-anticipated events in over 190 countries. With over 90 gorgeous women competing for the crown, is a battle not only of beauty, but also of wit and confidence. The pageant is even more thrilling for Filipino fans as it will be hosted by the Philippines for the first time in more than two decades—with the reigning Miss Universe also being a Filipina.

On Jan. 30, all eyes will be on Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina as she attempts a back-to-back win for the country, while reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach prepares to pass on the crown to her successor.

As the official broadcast partner of Miss Universe, Solar Entertainment Corporation gives Filipino viewers access to watch the coronation day live on etc.

etc will also air a special series of The Journey to the Crown—A Celebration of Beauty: Finale episode featuring Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m., as well as a five-hour two-part special, 10 Sunrises in the Philippines, featuring all the Miss Universe 2016 candidates on Jan. 21 and 28 at 10 p.m. as they tour the Philippines, and All About U on Feb. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m..

“As the official broadcast partner of Miss Universe, Solar Entertainment shall bring unrivaled media coverage to every Filipino, happening on multiple networks and digital platforms from day one right through the coronation,” said Wilson Tieng, president and CEO of Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Solar has partnered with TV networks TV5, GMA 7 and ABS-CBN to bring this historic event to Filipinos all over the world and to give Filipinos the complete Miss Universe experience.

“Bringing Miss Universe to the Philippines is one of the top events that we have ever invested in. It was an opportunity that we did not want to miss,” said Tieng. “For Miss Universe, we have jam-packed activities that will be happening at the same time, and we’re excited to share it with the viewers. My team and I are looking forward to, above everything, the coming together of all industry partners and business affiliates geared towards providing the utmost support in making this much-anticipated event happen.”

The Miss Universe 2016 coronation will air LIVE via satellite on Jan. 30, 8 a.m,. with primetime replay at 8 p.m.on etc.

Don’t miss out and join the conversation at #MsUonETC.

The live telecast of the coronation also airs on TV5, GMA 7 and ABS-CBN. The Miss Universe swimsuit and long gown competitions will be telecast on TV5 on Jan. 27 and 29, respectively. A weekend replay of the Miss Universe coronation will be aired on GMA 7 and ABS-CBN on Feb. 5.

For more updates, log on www.solarentertainmentcorp.com/channel/whats_new/etc/ and check out etc on www.facebook.com/etctv, on Twitter and Instagram via @etc_channel.

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ABS-CBN claims leadership in ‘16 January 05, 2017

Lopez-owned ABS-CBN Corp. yesterday claimed it topped all television networks for last year with an average audience share of 45 percent, or 11 points higher than its rival GMA Network Inc. with 34 percent.

This is based on data by Kantar Media, which uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100 percent of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

Across all time blocks, ABS-CBN kept the top spot especially in primetime (6 p.m. to 12 midnight) with a score of 49 percent, a 16-point lead from GMA with 33 percent.

The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV, and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment to reach more consumers.

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ABS-CBN also led the morning block (6 a.m. to 12 noon) with 39 percent versus GMA’s 35 percent, the noontime block (12 noon to 3 p.m.) with 44 percent against GMA’s 35 percent and the afternoon block (3 to 6 p.m.) with 44 percent versus GMA’s 35 percent.

The companyreported it likewisekept its lead in the digital platform through iWant TV, its video-on-demand service and the leading over the top platform in the country with over 6 million subscribers.

ABS-CBN said it also beat GMA in other areas last year, such as in total balance Luzon with an average national audience share of 47 percent versus GMA’s 35 percent, in total Luzon with 40 percent against GMA’s 37 percent, in total Visayas with 54 percent versus GMA’s 26 percent and in total Mindanao with 56 percent against GMA’s 28 percent.


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Coco: I, too, was an OFW FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 7, 2017 - 12:00am 15 2 googleplus0 1


Coco in his megahit character in the Kapamilya action-adventure series Ang Probinsyano…

I’m not sure if Coco Martin has watched Sunday Beauty Queen, Best Picture in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which officially ends today. And if he did, I’m sure the stories of the OFWs in Hong Kong must have brought back certain memories to Coco for a personal reason.

“I was also an OFW,” recalled Coco to movie writers at a thanksgiving merienda that he hosted at Victorino’s restaurant on Thursday. “I worked as a janitor in Canada for nine months. My father was also an OFW in Korea.”

That was more than 15 years ago and Coco confessed that all he wanted was to work abroad, only to find out that his dream would turn into a nightmare.

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“It was in Canada where I felt the real meaning of homesickness,” continued Coco. “I missed not only my family and friends, pati na rin yung mga taong kinaiinisan ko. May pera ka nga pero wala kang taong makausap; may pang-inom ka nga pero wala ka naman maka-inuman. I know how hard it is to be an OFW. During our time, we would catch birds and fish para may makain. I would collect plastic bags and sell them, then send the money to my lola back home.”

That’s why now that he has money...lots of money!!!...Coco plans to stage a free show abroad, maybe in Saudi Arabia, and choose an OFW in dire need and surprise his family by sending him home for a break...all expenses paid with pocket money to boot. Late last year, Coco led the cast of Ang Probinsyano, his megahit Kapamilya action-adventure series (on extended run until perhaps beyond the original February target date), on a show at the Big Dome which was packed full with fans admitted for free (Coco agreed to do it only if no tickets were sold).

“I have a lot to be thankful for,” said Coco. “2016 was a very good year for me, very blessed ako.”


Left with good friend Vice Ganda, his co-star in Star Cinema’s megahit Super Parental Guardians (SPG), and (right) Probinsyano co-stars Awra and Onyok.

His second starrer with good friend Vice Ganda, Star Cinema’s Super Parental Guardians (SPG; the first was Beauty and the Bestie, the company’s entry which topped the 2015 MMFF), didn’t make it to the Magic 8 of last year’s MMFF and just the same, released nationwide two weeks before the Dec. 25 start of the festival, it was a huge hit (directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal who replaced Vice’s favorite director Wenn Deramas who died in early 2016), so far grossing, according to Funfare sources, over P600 million — and counting!

Coco’s wish (granted!) is to direct a movie for this year’s MMFF but he wouldn’t reveal details just yet except to say that it’s going to be an indie, the genre that ruled the 2016 MMFF and where Coco started to build his career, launched in Masahista by Brillante Mendoza, his mentor, and followed it up with, among other indies, Serbis (also by Brillante) in which Coco did a torrid love scene in the raw with Mercedes Cabral (yes, the actress who described Regal Matriarch Lily Monteverde a “f----g idiot” during the pre-2016 brouhaha).

He gave credit to where it is due (aside from Vice Ganda who has guested in Probinsyano) — child stars McNeal “Awra” Briguela and Simon “Onyok” Pineda who undoubtedly contributed to the success of SPG and Probinsyano.

There are back stories to how Probinsyano turned Onyok (who competed in It’s Showtime’s Mini-Me contest as Bamboo) and Awra (who gained a following on YouTube) into overnight sensations.

“Onyok auditioned for Probinsyano but he didn’t pass,” related Coco. “But he really wanted to act kaya naawa kami sa kanya. We took him in as an extra. Tuwing take, nagugulat siya, lumalaki ang mata, and we found that cute! Off cam, I would crack jokes and ask him to act the jokes out. Gayang-gaya nya ako! So, we included him as regular member of the cast.”

Awra’s story was something else.

“Somebody brought Awra to the set. ‘Baka gusto mong tulungan,’ sabi nung nagdala sa kanya. He was very shy. I asked him, ‘What’s your name?’ He answered in a soft voice, ‘McNeal.’ I told him, ‘From now on, your name will be McNeal.’ We asked him to jump onto the train where he fought with Onyok. My character entered the scene and when Awra saw me, napasigaw siya, ‘Type!’ Cute ‘yung dating niya.”

For 2017, Coco has suggested to the ABS-CBN management to expand the show’s shoot coverage and include the provinces, starting with Cebu where Coco hoped to discover new talents.

“We have bigger ground to cover in Probinsyano,” he said, “like solving petty crimes in parts of the country other than Metro Manila. I love the show because it teaches good lessons at nagtuturo ng mga good values lalo na sa mga bata,” adding that he’s thankful to Susan Roces (also in the show’s cast) for granting the rights to televise the iconic FPJ legendary character.

“For me,” said Coco, “FPJ is not just a great actor; he’s a hero who has helped a lot of people without the public knowing it. That’s one example that I want to follow.”


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