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IS KRIS AQUINO FINALLY COMING BACK ON TV?
[RELATED: It is confirmed - Kris balik-Kapuso]


MARCH 2 -This is the question everyone seems to ask about the “queen of all media” after her “hinting” post on Instagram about a supposed impending comeback to “where she belongs”. She hinted at being excited as she’s “starting something new,” further saying that she missed everyone after her year-long rest. Because of the phrase, “where I belong”, many concluded that she might be referring to working for GMA-7, the quoted line being the network’s former tagline. READ MORE...RELATED, Kris balik-Kapuso ...

ALSO: It’s a boy for Inday Sara and Mans
[RELATED: Duterte
excited to see Stonefish]


MARCH 2 -(Credit: Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte via Instagram | Manila Bulletin)
The newest addition to the Presidential family has been born, with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio giving birth to baby boy “Stonefish,” the City Information Office here said. The childbirth capped Mayor Duterte’s delicate pregnancy, which she announced last year. “At 12:56 noon today, March 2, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte delivered a healthy baby boy,” City Information Officer Jefry Tupas told reporters. Stonefish weighs 2.42 kilos (5.3 pounds), who was delivered via cesarean section. Mayor Inday Sara is “stable” and “generally fine,” Mayor Duterte’s husband, Manases “Mans” Carpio said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte excited to see Stonefish...

ALSO: Rufa Mae talks about motherhood


MARCH 4 -Rufa Mae Quinto and Trevor Magallanes; their child Alexandria Athena Magallanes Rufa Mae Quinto and I fondly call each other “Alta Sister.” I can’t be any happier for her now that she’s a mommy, because her journey to where she blissfully is now wasn’t easy. She spent more than half of her life being the breadwinner of her clan. Pchi (Rufa Mae’s nickname) has survived many love battles. But through it all, she never lost her joie de vivre, which she spreads around so well. Finally, her “happily ever after” has come as Mrs. Trevor Magallanes—and as the proud mommy of Alexandria Athena. Here’s my chat with Pchi: What scares you about motherhood? I tend to get paranoid… [about not] eating right or doing enough for my baby. But I pray to drive away all my fears as a first-time mom. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kapuso at Baguio City 'Panagbenga' Festival


MARCH 5 -Meant To Be stars (from left) Ivan Dorschner, Jak Roberto, Addy Raj and Ken Chan pose with the crowd at the Kapuso Fiesta show in Sunshine Park BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Kapuso fans were treated to a wonderful weekend as their favorite GMA stars drove to the summer capital of the Philippines to add color to the Panagbenga Festival last Feb. 25 and 26. People flocked to Sunshine Park along Harrison Road last Feb. 25 to share the love brought by the stars of the primetime romantic-drama series Meant To Be. Lead star Barbie Forteza serenaded the audience with song numbers. Joining her on stage were leading men Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner and Addy Raj. Together, they ended the show singing the Meant To Be theme song titled Kahit Sino Ka Man. Meanwhile, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, popularly known as AlDub, drew loud cheers from the crowd during the Grand Float Parade last Feb. 26. The phenomenal loveteam’s float was covered with green leaves with white, pink and red rose petals. It became an extended Valentine’s Day celebration for Destined To Be Yours stars. The primetime show premiered last Monday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lea finds Fun Home ‘cathartic’


MARCH 5 -Lea Salonga will return to the theater stage via the rerun of the musical Fun Home on March 10 to 19 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati —Photo from Lea Salonga's official website
Lea Salonga will be back on the theater stage via the rerun of the critically-acclaimed musical Fun Home. She will be joined by the same cast in the initial run last year, including American actor Eric Kunze, with whom she first worked in Les Miserables many years ago when they were both 21 years old. Fun Home in Manila is produced by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group and directed by Bobby Garcia. The rerun on March 10 to 19 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati is the response to the theater crowd’s clamor for a repeat. It’s just going to be 12 performances, however, so Lea hopes people won’t wait for the last minute to purchase their tickets. READ MORE...


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Is Kris Aquino finally coming back on TV?

MANILA, MARCH 6, 2017 (INQUIRER) This is the question everyone seems to ask about the “queen of all media” after her “hinting” post on Instagram about a supposed impending comeback to “where she belongs”.

She hinted at being excited as she’s “starting something new,” further saying that she missed everyone after her year-long rest.

Because of the phrase, “where I belong”, many concluded that she might be referring to working for GMA-7, the quoted line being the network’s former tagline.


IMAGE: Screen grab from comments on Kris Aquino’s Instagram post

She even noted that her “taping starts Friday.”

In 2016, Aquino left ABS-CBN, which had been her home for over 20 years. Immediately after, rumors spread that she might be transferring to rival network, GMA 7. JB

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Kris balik-Kapuso By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 4, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Confirmed: Kris Aquino is back ‘where I belong,’ as she puts it, but only with one TV special about cooking and traveling and not a regular show.

Kris started her TV career at GMA 7 as co-host of the talk show Startalk with Lolit Solis and Boy Abunda (her current manager with whom she later transferred to the Kapamilya Network).

Not being a GMA contract star, Kris is a blocktimer for a two-hour show that might be aired on the network’s SNBO (Sunday Night Box Office) slot.

She is co-managed by Antonio P. Tuviera (Mr. T.), head of APT Entertainment which is not officially connected to GMA and which handles Kris’ ‘digital content.’


MANILA BULLETIN

It’s a boy for Inday Sara and Mans 51 SHARES Share it! By: Manila Bulletin Entertainment Published March 2, 2017, 5:21 PM By Yas D. Ocampo


(Credit: Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte via Instagram | Manila Bulletin)

The newest addition to the Presidential family has been born, with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio giving birth to baby boy “Stonefish,” the City Information Office here said.

The childbirth capped Mayor Duterte’s delicate pregnancy, which she announced last year.

“At 12:56 noon today, March 2, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte delivered a healthy baby boy,” City Information Officer Jefry Tupas told reporters.

Stonefish weighs 2.42 kilos (5.3 pounds), who was delivered via cesarean section. Mayor Inday Sara is “stable” and “generally fine,” Mayor Duterte’s husband, Manases “Mans” Carpio said.

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“Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life,” Carpio was quoted as saying.

“Stonefish” is the lone surviving triplet of a very delicate pregnancy the Davao City mayor went through.

Duterte’s hopefulness was apparent when she posted on Instagram a photograph of a Stonefish, hinting on nicknaming her third child after the fish.

“In the underwater world, you don’t have to be the largest creature to be the biggest threat. The stonefish, which reaches an average length of 30 to 40 centimeters and up to 2 kg/5 lbs in weight, is the most venomous fish in the world having venomous sacs on each one of its 13 spines,” Duterte said.

Mayor Inday has named her children after sea creatures — Mikhaila Maria (Sharky) is seven years old and Mateo Lucas (Stingray) is three.

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Duterte excited to see 'Stonefish', full name Marko Digong Carpio Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 02 2017 07:47 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2017 11:47 PM


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gives birth to a healthy baby boy. Photo courtesy of Atty. Mans Carpio

CEBU (2nd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte expressed excitement and happiness after learning that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, has given birth.

After gracing the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, the president expressed his desire to go home right away to see his newborn grandson, Stonefish, in Davao City.

"I'm really excited to go home... Tuloy ako sa ospital," he said during the induction of the newly elected officers and trustees of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in Lapu-Lapu City Cebu.

The President even joked about his new grandson's nickname.

"Ang pangalan daw, Marko Digong. Ganyan talaga yan si Inday, ang palayaw daw Stonefish... Kaawa naman na bata," he said.

City Information Officer Jef Tupas said Thursday night that the baby's full name is Marko Digong D. Carpio.



Stonefish, Sara and husband Mans Carpio's third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage.

"Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life," Mayor Duterte’s husband Mans Carpio said.

"Mayor Inday Sara is stable and generally fine," he added.

Malacañang, in a statement, said President Duterte is delighted with the birth of Stonefish.

"The President is delighted with the arrival of his newest apo, and he is glad that both Mayor Inday Sara and Stonefish are healthy and stable," Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Abella added that the birth of Stonefish "strengthens" the President's campaign against illegal drugs.

"The arrival of the Chief Executive's newest apo Stonefish strengthens PRRD's resolve to leave a legacy of a Philippines safe and secure from drugs and heinous crimes to future generation of Filipinos," Abella said.

President Duterte's eldest daughter announced in August that she was having a "difficult" pregnancy and was advised by her doctors to rest.

The couple has two other children, Sharky and Stingray.


INQUIRER

Rufa Mae talks about motherhood By: Dolly Anne Carvajal - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 12:30 AM March 04, 2017


Rufa Mae Quinto and Trevor Magallanes; their child Alexandria Athena Magallanes

Rufa Mae Quinto and I fondly call each other “Alta Sister.” I can’t be any happier for her now that she’s a mommy, because her journey to where she blissfully is now wasn’t easy. She spent more than half of her life being the breadwinner of her clan.

Pchi (Rufa Mae’s nickname) has survived many love battles. But through it all, she never lost her joie de vivre, which she spreads around so well. Finally, her “happily ever after” has come as Mrs. Trevor Magallanes—and as the proud mommy of Alexandria Athena.

Here’s my chat with Pchi:

What scares you about motherhood?

I tend to get paranoid… [about not] eating right or doing enough for my baby. But I pray to drive away all my fears as a first-time mom.

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What excites you about motherhood?

Watching Athena grow. It’s a thrill to know that her life depends on me, like she can’t survive without my breast milk. I look forward to nurturing her throughout all the stages of her growth.

How do you balance being a mom and wife?

It’s like I have two babies, Trev and Athena. When Athena is asleep, Trev and I share quality time. When our baby is awake, we give her our full attention. Trev is very supportive, so shuttling between motherhood and being a wife isn’t such a tough balancing act.

Would you allow Athena to join show biz someday?

I will leave it up to her to decide, but why not? Show biz has been my life, and it would be great for her to experience it, too.

What lesson from your mom would you pass to Athena?

My mom lets me be myself. She never pressured me to do things I didn’t want to do. So, I’d also like to be that way with my daughter.

How do you intend to reinvent yourself, eventually?

That’s the farthest thing from my mind right now because my focus is on my baby. At this point, I don’t think there’s anything else I need to prove. Whether I reinvent myself or not, I’d like to believe that my loyal fans would still be around.

When Athena is old enough, what advice would you give her about love and men?

Love is always a risk worth taking. Falling for bad guys makes us appreciate when a good guy finally comes along.


From left: Ramon Christopher, Yayo Aguila, Eula Valdes, Cheska Iñigo and Herbert Bautista

‘Bagets’ reunion

Some of the cast members of the iconic 1980s teen movie, “Bagets,” had a reunion of sorts recently. Yayo Aguila, Eula Valdes, Cheska Iñigo, Ramon Christopher and Herbert Bautista enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days.

Viva Films ought to come up with a remake of “Bagets,” with the original cast portraying parents this time around. It would be great if the film’s most popular star, Aga Muhlach, and his gorgeous twins, Atasha and Andres, take part in the remake.

Since Herbert’s son, Harvey, has also joined the biz, and Ramon Christopher’s daughter, Janine Gutierrez, is making waves, they would be a welcome addition to the movie, too.

What could be cooler than the Bagets of the ’80s joining forces with today’s dynamic millennials?


PHILSTAR

Kapuso at Panagbenga Festival By Ver Paulino (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 4, 2017 - 12:00am 2 2 googleplus0 0


Meant To Be stars (from left) Ivan Dorschner, Jak Roberto, Addy Raj and Ken Chan pose with the crowd at the Kapuso Fiesta show in Sunshine Park

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Kapuso fans were treated to a wonderful weekend as their favorite GMA stars drove to the summer capital of the Philippines to add color to the Panagbenga Festival last Feb. 25 and 26.

People flocked to Sunshine Park along Harrison Road last Feb. 25 to share the love brought by the stars of the primetime romantic-drama series Meant To Be. Lead star Barbie Forteza serenaded the audience with song numbers. Joining her on stage were leading men Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner and Addy Raj. Together, they ended the show singing the Meant To Be theme song titled Kahit Sino Ka Man.

Meanwhile, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, popularly known as AlDub, drew loud cheers from the crowd during the Grand Float Parade last Feb. 26. The phenomenal loveteam’s float was covered with green leaves with white, pink and red rose petals. It became an extended Valentine’s Day celebration for Destined To Be Yours stars. The primetime show premiered last Monday.

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After the parade, the Kapuso crowd gathered again at the Sunshine Park to witness kilig moments as AlDub rendered special numbers and gave televiewers of Sunday PinaSaya live updates on the Kapuso event in Baguio. Adding excitement to the show were their co-stars Juancho Trivino and Koreen Medina with Sunday PinaSaya mainstay Barbie.


Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards during Sunday PinaSaya’s live broadcast


Juancho Trivino and Koreen Medina of Destined To Be Yours


GMA 7 officer-in-charge of GMA’s Regional TV Department Oli Amoroso and GMA 7 program manager Hazel Abonita

“We remain committed to bring our biggest stars closer to our regional viewers all throughout the Philippines. We are very grateful for GMA’s loyal viewers and fans because they continue to keep us No. 1 nationwide. We are delighted that this year, we have the phenomenal love team of AlDub joining us in our celebration of the colorful Panagbenga Festival. We are also thrilled that the stars of Meant To Be are able to be with us in Baguio. We hope our Kapuso in the regions enjoy the shows we prepared for them,” shared Oliver Amoroso, officer-in-charge of GMA’s Regional TV Department.

Other GMA executives present during the events were program manager Hazel Abonita and ETV Marketing Communications head Kokoy Boncan.

To know more about the Network’s regional events, follow GMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gmanetwork and GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/GMARegionalTV and on Twitter and Instagram via @GMARegionalTV. Photos by Ver Paulino


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Lea finds Fun Home ‘cathartic’ By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 4, 2017 - 12:00am 10 114 googleplus0 0


Lea Salonga will return to the theater stage via the rerun of the musical Fun Home on March 10 to 19 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati —Photo from Lea Salonga's official website

MANILA, Philippines - Lea Salonga will be back on the theater stage via the rerun of the critically-acclaimed musical Fun Home.

She will be joined by the same cast in the initial run last year, including American actor Eric Kunze, with whom she first worked in Les Miserables many years ago when they were both 21 years old.

Fun Home in Manila is produced by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group and directed by Bobby Garcia. The rerun on March 10 to 19 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati is the response to the theater crowd’s clamor for a repeat. It’s just going to be 12 performances, however, so Lea hopes people won’t wait for the last minute to purchase their tickets.

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In ‘Fun Home,’ Lea Salonga to reunite with her ‘Les Mis’ leading man–23 years later. He was Marius to her Eponine on Broadway–now Eric Kunze is set to costar with Salonga in the Atlantis production of the Tony-winning musical 'FUN HOME'.

Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same title, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. It was the most awarded musical in 2015, collecting five Tonys, the Best Musical included.

According to the media release, here’s the storyline in a nutshell: “When her father suddenly dies, Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of a volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man and how he defined her family and life. Alison relives her childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her understanding of her own sexuality and looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s secrets.”

Lea was introduced to Fun Home when direk Bobby asked her to watch it on Broadway and if she would consider playing the role of the mother, Helen Bechdel.

“I went to see it and saw Judy Kuhn playing Helen. Our paths as artists have crossed multiple times. We were nominated in the same category at the Olivier’s. We worked on the same stage during the 10th anniversary of Les Miserablés. She replaced me on Les Miz after I left as Fantine, and I’ve always been such a huge fan of hers.”

Apart from her admiration for the female lead, the material held an attraction for her because “there is just something about the show that is probably more real, raw and immediate and given I think the dialogue about the LGBT community going on in the US, and seeing this show, where it’s like no one is a caricature, where nothing is exaggerated.”

She added, “These are real people that we have to play and I think there’s an attraction to playing somebody that actually existed.”

Fun Home proved to be quite the emotional release for her. Lea shared, “I guess, growing up in a — well, dysfunctional is probably a strong word to use — but yes, a somewhat dysfunctional family background, it was very cathartic to play that and to be able to just do that every single night!”

“Oh my gosh! I’ve been waiting for my whole career to do something like this and it doesn’t come often — roles like that,” she continued. “I identify myself primarily as a singer, so to have the opportunity to really just work hard as an actor and let the singing be secondary to that, it’s just so fulfilling.”

Asked how she was able to relate more to her character as a woman betrayed, Lea said she didn’t have to look far for inspiration. She drew upon the experiences of women close to her going through similar situations.

There are also examples furnished by society. “I mean in this country, there’s no shortage of philandering husbands. I mean there are lotharios who are very public about their 70-plus children. It’s a very dysfunctional (situation) and you have the long-suffering wives who are very public personas. So, one doesn’t need to go very far to find characters.”

She also stressed that infidelity and cheating spouses are thematic staples of Philippine TV and movies. “Mass media — film and television — they portray infidelity in what? Once in every other teleserye? Why is every other teleserye about a cheating spouse? So, there’s that.”

Lea clarified though that Fun Home presents another angle to the issue. “It’s extremely heartbreaking to play a woman who feels there’s no way out. I mean this woman is Catholic, she feels trapped in this relationship and obviously the husband was not treating her very well. Thank goodness, you’re a nice man (laughs)!” she said, turning to co-star Eric during the interview.

There was a mother and son who came to watch the show and left a “hill of tissue in their seats” from all the crying, Lea revealed. She saw it herself afterwards and it was explained to her, who these people were.

“I can’t remember their names now but I think Days and Days was sung,” narrated Lea, referring to the song that New York Times called cri de coeur (the cry from the heart) in a glowing review, “the son turns to his mom — because apparently she was verbally and physically abused by the husband — ‘Mom, you don’t have to give away your days anymore.’ It made us cry to hear about that.”

“I think a lot of the audiences saw a lot of themselves in what was happening on stage so they were experiencing catharsis, also,” Lea said.

Meanwhile, the singer/actress brought her Fun Home experience to her latest concert Songs from the Stage wherein daughter Nicole Beverly Chien performed Ring of Keys from the musical.

It’s not hard to notice that Lea’s unica hija is following in her footsteps. But the singer-actress was quick to note that Nicole’s priority is school. She also believes that her daughter is a little different from her in that “she considers herself as someone who acts, an actor who can sing. I’m a singer who can act. I’m primarily a vocalist.

“I think she’s able to channel her emotions far more focused than I could at that age. I think she’d have better access to her emotions and being able to channel that. We’ll see how that plays out but first things first, you’re in fourth grade, you’re in school, enjoy running around with your friends.”

She also doesn’t see herself portraying mother-daughter roles with Nicole in the future. “We gotta have some boundaries. It’s one thing for us to do a concert because the dynamics is the same, but to play mother and daughter? That’s a little too much.”


With husband Rob Chien and daughter Nicole:      Mommy Ligaya nurtured Lea like she knew she was meant for greatness

Nevertheless, if and when Nicole is allowed to finally pursue performing, Lea wouldn’t be doing a Mommy Ligaya because “my mom and I are just very different people. So, I don’t know if I’d be that same kind of theater mom.”

She added, “But there are certain rules to follow, and I would have to follow those rules. You have to be supportive of your child; you must love the work as much as your child does; you must be supportive not only of your own child but every other child in a production.”

When a veteran entertainment editor suggested to Lea that her mom Ligaya could put up a “school for stage mothers,” Lea said, “We were just talking about it, Bobby and I.”

“We’re now seeing stage parents who either don’t have a clue or are a little too pushy with other parents or with other children that they become the ones you don’t want around. Let’s start on the right foot before it gets crazy. I got lucky!”

Indeed, showbiz parents can learn a thing or two from Mommy Ligaya.

“There’s a lot that they could learn from her for raising a child that grew up to be an adult with a pretty level head because ultimately that’s what you want. You don’t want the child star that ended up on the wrong side of the track or deep into drugs or destroying themselves,” Lea said. “I think people will take her seriously. She did alright! I think she did OK (laughs). She raised us well.”


Lea Salonga and her husband Robert Chien.

Completing her fun home in the real sense of the word is husband Rob Chien. The hubby cropped up during her chat with the press last Wednesday when co-star Eric was talking about meeting fellow Americans enjoying and extending their stay in the Philippines.

“My husband’s American. We moved here in 2005. He doesn’t see himself living back in the United States,” Lea shared.

“He loves the people, the climate, he has made so many wonderful friends. He has built a life here. He can speak functional Tagalog, his conjugation needs support (but) I don’t have to translate too much,” she said of Rob who has his own Twitter account, wherein he makes hilarious posts (tagging Lea at times) and interacts with followers in Filipino. “(The Twitter) is for real. He has many fans. At the (recent) concert, he has his own line for autographs (laughs)! He loves it here. As far as he’s concerned, he considers this home.”


Lea Salonga’s Surprise 40th Birthday Bash. The internationally acclaimed singer, actress reaches a milestone in her life Feb 24, 2011


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