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Piolo and Angel 's new movie opens Jan. 15, don't miss!

>> Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Once again, nagtambal muli sina Piolo Pascual at Angel Locsin matapos ang matagumpay nilang teleseryeng "Lobo". Lubos na inaabangan ang "Love Me Again' dahil tunay na kaabang-abang ang bago nilang pelikula. Ito ay punong-puno ng makabuluhang mga eksena na bihirang gawin dito sa ating bansa. Watch the trailer.


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28 celebrity quotations of 2008

>> Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In Dolly Anne Carbajal’s column, she posted 28 celebrity quotations that got me so enthused to give my own brief reactions to each.

What I think of what the stars says:

LEA SALONGA: “The day Nic was born eclipses everything else in my life. I’d allow her to follow in my footsteps if she wants to. But I’d tell her the pros and cons of the biz.”
Lucky Nic, you've got yourself a great mama.

DINGDONG DANTES: “I use love as an inspiration to work. So I believe love must come first. Even at least, love for self.”
Good point. But I think you’ve always loved yourself first. No?

GABBY CONCEPCION: “I’m the easiest person to talk to. That’s why I find it strange why some people would rather do things behind my back than tell me what they want pointblank.”
Exactly. Because it's easier for dishonest people to operate behind the back.

CESAR MONTANO: “We should not let the system box us in. A true artist can never work in a box.”
I agree.

AGA MUHLACH: “When my mom died, tumigil ang mundo ko.”
I know what you mean and how you feel. And believe me, it doesn't end either.

OGIE ALCASID: “The hardest song for me to sing are the songs I dedicate to my loved ones because I get too emotional.”
Yes, that’s normal.

AMALIA FUENTES: “There’s life after marriage.”
Oh definitely! There is life... and there is peace.

ANGEL LOCSIN: “I’ve stopped dwelling on competition. I just focus on doing what I have to do the best way I can.”
And you will turn out a winner because your best will come out naturally.

RUFA MAE QUINTO: “After all I’ve been through in the name of love, I deserve nothing less than a fairy tale ending.”
I’d drink to that.

ROXANNE GUINOO: “Sobra kasi ako ma-in love kaya sobra din akong masaktan. But as long as alam kong di ako nagkulang, wala akong dapat pagsisihan.”
You have the power to control yourself, otherwise, they will control you.

DIETHER OCAMPO: “Real gentlemen let silence speak. So silent I will remain.”
Love it!

RICHARD GOMEZ: “I am basically a man of few words. If my being serious on the set while focusing on work is misconstrued as aloofness or even bitchiness then so be it.”
Hmmm!

DENNIS TRILLO: “It’s hard to play a superhero because people look up to you especially kids. So I have to really be good on and off screen so I would be worthy to be a role model.”
It’s never too late to change and be a role model.

PAOLO BEDIONES: “No matter how cruel life turns out to be at the moment, God is good. Period.”
I second the motion.

IZA CALZADO: “I’m not into gorgeous men. I prefer beautiful souls.”
Where can you find them?

TWEETY DE LEON-GONZALES: “I love the constancy of marriage, the everyday chance to fulfill my daydreams, whether flirty or serious. I hate that marriage has brought me to a state of vulnerability and emotional dependence. I hate the transparency of my weakness. But then again it wasn’t marriage that did all these to me. I think it was more like honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned love.”
You make marriage beautiful for the both of you because it’s a decision.

AI AI DE LAS ALAS: “Bagets lovers are good for the complexion but bad for the wallet.”
Glad you know that. You'll never want to be taken for a ride.

MARVIN AGUSTIN: “If I had to live my life all over again, I would still want to start out poor and struggling. Those trials made me appreciate everything I have now.”
Whatta boy!

SUNSHINE CRUZ: “Most guys, di ka papalitan as a girlfriend. Magdadagdag na lang sila.”
Old story. In this case, be dominant and never show your weak side to the guy.

TONI GONZAGA: “It’s not how much you earn, it’s how much you save.”
A natural financial analyst.

VHONG NAVARRO: “I’d rather break a girl’s heart by telling her the truth than mislead her with a lie.”
But easy. Say it in a less painful manner. Well, anyway, it's gonna hurt regardless.

DIREK JOEY REYES: “I refuse to be labeled as ‘Kapuso’ or ‘Kapamilya’. I’d rather be called ‘Katrabaho’.”
Louder, let everybody hear.

LOTLOT DE LEON: “I’ve met many guys but none of them are boyfriend material. Besides, I run away before I fall.”
Yes, be smarter and be wiser.

JOMARI YLLANA: “No matter how bad a breakup is, I never speak ill of an ex-lover.”
Perhaps, because there’s nothing ill to speak about?

MIRIAM QUIAMBAO: If a guy wants to date me exclusively, he should be exclusively mine, too.”
Dream on, girl!

NADIA MONTENEGRO: “I was amazed and appalled at the same time listening to others narrate my life story as they imagined it to be. It sounded like a telenovela unfolding before my eyes.”
It’s called gossip.

LANI MERCADO: “As long as you know your rightful place as a wife, then you have nothing to worry about. When you feel you are weak, raise it all up to God and leave it up to Him.”
Amen!

MARC NELSON: I am a citizen of the world having been raised in various places, but I’m a Pinoy at heart.”
Me too!

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Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat is the box-office winner

Metro Manila Film Festival has now reached P248.5 million earnings at the box-office for all entries during the first five days of the film fest. Just like in the past year’s MMFFs, comedy is the favorite among all the participating movies.

Here is the result as of today:
#1 - Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat - P87.9 million
#2 - Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After - P65.1 million.
#3 - Shake, Rattle & Roll X - P40.5 million.
#4 - Desperadas 2 - P23.6 million
#5 - Baler - P21.3 million
#6 - One Night Only - P4.9 million.
#7 - Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia - P3.7 million
#8 - Magkaibigan - P1.5 million.

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P50 million bribery attempts to free three rich men called the "Alabang Boys"

MANILA, Philippines—’Tis the season to be jolly, but not for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) whose investigation of the alleged attempts to free the three so-called “Alabang Boys” has been hampered by the long holiday break.

NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said the probe of allegations that P50 million was paid to Department of Justice (DoJ) officials for the dismissal of drug charges against Richard Santos Brodett, Jorge Jordana Joseph and Joseph Ramirez Tecson would have to wait until the end of the holidays.

“We have an ongoing investigation but the people we still have to talk to and question are all out of town for the holidays,” Mantaring said.

He said the people to be interviewed were employees of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the DoJ.

No access to documents

Several people were interviewed by the NBI Special Task Force, which Mantaring tapped to conduct the probe, but their statements have yet to be reduced to sworn statements about the alleged bribery.

“We cannot even obtain the documents we need in our probe until the offices reopen,” Mantaring said.

The alleged payoff supposedly resulted in state prosecutors recommending the dismissal of the case against Brodett, Joseph and Tecson.

The three rich young men are still under the custody of the PDEA, as the release order for the suspects has not been signed by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

The three men were arrested by PDEA agents in buy-bust operations in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, and Cubao, Quezon City on Sept. 20. Seized from the suspects were 60 tablets of Ecstasy, sachets of cocaine and marijuana.

Besides the P50-million alleged payoff, three attempts to bribe officers of the PDEA were made for the release of the three men, said Major Ferdinand Marcelino, head of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service, the unit that led the buy-bust operations against the suspects.

Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño has denied that he and the prosecutors who investigated and reviewed the case had been bribed into recommending the dismissal of charges.

Mantaring told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the justice secretary was expecting results after the holidays. But the NBI chief said, “I think he (Gonzalez) will understand the delay.”

Source:
Long holiday break stalls bribery case
By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:43:00 12/31/2008

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Boy Abunda: Marian Rivera not the biggest star

Boy Abunda is obviously super honest and straightforward about his feelings with what Kris Aquino had said in The Buzz a couple of weeks ago, that Marian is today’s biggest star. But Kris changed her comment from biggest to hottest after Boy corrected her and explained why Marian cannot be called the biggest star.
I totally agree with Boy about his description of a biggest star and what constitutes one. There is really a lot to be considered before one can be called the biggest star, a title being held by a star for all season, actress Vilma Satos as an example. Marian is hot but not big, perhaps not yet. She still has a long ways to go. But going back to how Marian hit it big, it was Angel Locsin who paved the way for Marian to succeed because the attention shifted from Angel to Marian, at least at GMA7. So, I wonder where Marian would be at this time if Angel did not leave GMA7.

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Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista moving on

It seems like the breakup did Jericho and Heart more good than harm. They both are very busy in their respective careers. Although Heart has a new boyfriend already, Jericho, on the other hand, is enjoying being single. After his successful teleserye “Kahit Isang Saglit” with Malaysian actress, Carmen Soo, he just made the movie Baler together with Anne Curtis which was a project for the Metro Manila Film Fest for 2008. Jericho received nothing but praises for his great performance in the said movie.
He is also slated to do an episode with former flame Kristine Hermosa in Maalaala Mo Kaya. Jericho had said in an interview that he is always praying for Heart but at the moment, he would rather stay single and focus more on his career, friends and family.

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Sarah Geronimo in the year 2009

>> Saturday, December 27, 2008

Year 2009 is going to be another very busy year for Sarah Geronimo. Rumor mill has it that ABS-CBN is planning to launch “Meteor Garden” as a teleserye and they are considering Sarah Geronimo to play the role of Shan Chai. If this is true, you can be assured it’s going to be another ABS-CBN big hit. She also started shooting the sequel of “A Very Special Love” with John Lloyd for Star Cinema which will be shown as a Valentines treat to their fans on February 25.
Early 2009, she will also bring her jam-packed “The Next One” concert from the Araneta Coliseum to all 14 cities in the US and Canada, together with Mark Bautista, Billy Crawford and Charlie Green.

There’s a lot more lined up for her to do in year 2009, not to mention in between concerts and record albums. Sarah is indeed the hottest star today, in the Philippines and abroad.

But what is Sarah’s wish for herself this Christmas? “Ako basta wish ko lang na strong yung bond ng pamilya ko, yun lang at siguro success sa career. Ako kasi hindi naman ako after sa mga material things. Basta masaya na ako sa simpleng greeting lang at yakap. Yun lang ang gusto ko.”

Mapalad ang mapupusuan ni Sarah. Tunay na mabait, walang masamang tinapay sa katawan, mapag-mahal na anak at very pleasant ang attitude sa lahat ng tao. She has a very positive outlook in life and in the way she response to every issue and situation that comes her way.
We’ll look forward to seeing more of Sarah in 2009.

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Vicky Belo's young BF, Hayden Kho admits affair with Katrina Halili

It has been the talk of the town that Hayden Kho finally admitted to having a relationship with Katrina Halili. This is common to many May-December relationship. Everybody in showbiz are also talking about two-timer Hayden's suicide attempt, and the "I Love You, Vicky!" that he had written in his body when he was rushed to the hospital in which Kayden had confirmed to be true. According to Hayden, he was sorry, very sorry for what he had done to Vicky. But how sure is Vicky that it will not happen again? In his interview with PEP, Hayden expressed his desire to return to Belo Clinic and to try to win Vicky back, but I wonder if Vicky will ever take him back after all what he's done. Trust is very, very important in a relationship, and if you lose it, it's very hard to get it back.

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Aga Muhlach walang interest na pumasok sa politics

>> Thursday, December 25, 2008

Madalas nating makita si Aga Muhlach sa mga charitable events na tumutulong at nagpapasaya pero anya ay wala siyang balak pumasok sa politica. Nais lamang ni Aga na sana ay magbago na ang ating gobyerno upang maiahon ang mga tao sa kahirapan. Nag-e-enjoy si Aga na makita na ang mga tao ay masaya at nakakakain.

“I just hope and pray na magbago na talaga dapat ang sistema ng gobyerno natin. I mean it’s time dahil masyado ng open, masyado ng talamak ang nakawan. But I don’t want to point fingers dahil wala naman akong karapatan at hindi rin naman tayo sigurado kung ginagawa ba nila yun or hindi. But what I’d like to say is we hear all these billions or hundreds of millions na lumalabas sa mga budget-budget. Sa akin lang, it’s about time we share naman sa mga mahihirap pati na rin sa mga taong naghahanap-buhay. Gawin nating maayos itong bansa natin because bansa natin ito. Hindi rin naman ang mga opisyales ang may-ari ng bansang ito kundi tayo rin. Let's all work hand in hand to make this a better country because sayang talaga yung bansa natin, there's so much promise [in it]."[Showbuz ]

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Karylle responses to Marian's tearful reaction

>> Sunday, December 21, 2008

I agree with Karylle, may this be the end of this issue. Let’s hope that someday, they will end up as friends.

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Karylle and Marian Rivera’s reactions towards each other and why

Karylle and Dingdong’s beautiful love affair that has gone awry is now old news to their fans and to those who were following their story, but the real reason for the break up is still a private matter and no further intimate details are about to be spilled by either Karylle or Dingdong, at least, not yet, but the right time will come. So all we hear for now are just plain speculations… until we hear the truth straight from the horse’s mouth.

When asked if Marian was the reason for the breakup, Karyllye responded with “on my side, hindi”. When asked during a whispering segment of a show, if she loves Dingdong, Marian’s response was “matagal na”. If you try to read between the lines, one can easily conclude that Marian’s response is a confirmation of her relationship with Dingdong. Is the secret being revealed on its own? Maybe… could be, little by little and unknowingly.
At the last Sunday’s episode of The Buzz when Karylle bravely faced the tough 10 questions, perhaps some people - who knew beforehand what Question #1 was going to be – could already smell that a bigger issue is about to be born when Karylle, instead of giving an answer, returned the question with a smile. The controversial question was: Is it true that Marian is pregnant? I saw that portion of The Buzz and had my own interpretation of Karylle’s smile. To me, it was a smile of not wanting to be involved again as if there was a message attached to it like “please leave me alone as I have already moved on.” I also thought that she was giving a signal that she doesn’t care anymore. I actually admire Karylle’s attitude and how she intelligently answers any questions thrown at her. She carries herself with delikadesa. That’s my impression of her, perhaps because that’s how she projects herself.
On the other hand, I’m not sure why Marian should be offended by Karylle’s smile. She should understand - or better say, remember - that Karylle was the one whose heart was just recently been broken and she (Marian), apparently, was the reason although Karylle consistently denied it. Marian should also consider that fact that Karylle had to go to a retreat for healing and spiritual guidance for the tremendous pain she went through. Seemingly, Karylle has moved on but Marian’s ordeal was just beginning, and her having so much display of emotion at a recent conference was a sign of heaviness that needed to be let out in tears. But those tears, they say, were tears of guilt. But perhaps, the pregnancy issue got to her nerves and bones, and the burst of tears was inevitable at that moment. Marian is a nice and tough person who will eventually overcome and endure everything, and who also will do anything to protect her career wherein love team with Dingdong is a big part of.
Bottomline, if it’s true that Marian and Dingdong are in a relationship, it will come out in time. I don’t think they would be able to hide it forever unless they will plan to live in a boondock.

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Angel Locsin received acting award for the first time

>> Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Angel Locsin has a reason to be happy and proud these days because, for the first time, she received an acting award and this was from The Philippine Movie Press Club Star Award for Television at the SMX Convention Center as Single Performance by an Actress for the “Maala-ala Mo Kaya” episode “Pilat.” Also, her first teleserye “Lobo” with ABS-CBN was awarded the Best Primetime TV series and her co-star Piolo Pascual, the Best Drama Actor. Congrats Angel and Piolo!

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Johnny Delgado has lymphoma, please pray

INQUIRER.net | By Gerry Plaza
12/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Actor Johnny Delgado is currently undergoing treatment for lymphoma, not colon cancer as previously reported, the veteran thespian’s wife, acclaimed actress-director Laurice Guillen, told INQUIRER.net

Guillen said Delgado is suffering from “Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma,” which is “treatable.” She also said visits from family and friends were restricted for safety reasons.

“While he undergoes treatment, visitors are restricted so as not to put him at risk for infections,” Guillen said. “He is under the care of wonderful and amazing doctors at St. Luke's Medical Center; and enjoys the comfort of prayers and invaluable love of friends.”

In addition, Guillen said she never suffered from colon cancer as was also previously reported. “I have never had colon cancer nor any type of cancer in the past,” she said.

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Albert Martinez: Thanking God that everything is okay with Liezl

>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Family, relatives and friends of Liezl asked everyone for prayers but no one said anything about her rumored health condition until today when Albert Martinez confirmed Liezl's breast cancer and said that she is okay but didn't want to elaborate anymore. Their marriage is known to be one of the strongest and well respected in the movie industry, and their story would have been a great love story to be told. Albert, who is spending lots of time with his family all the time, mentioned that his family is making many plans to celebrate Christmas as a way of thanking God for taking care of Liezl's health. He said that he is living everything up to God to take care of Liezl’s health.

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Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya fight - UPDATED

Date: December 6th, 2008
Price: $40 (tax and fee inclusive)
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CLOSED CIRCUIT VIEWING – Doors open at 4PM - It’s the type of epic match-up that fight fans dream about, however, this is not a dream – this fight is real. “The Dream Match” is on as two of boxing’s biggest attractions, Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and current Ring Magazine No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will collide in a welterweight showdown that pits boxing’s most popular boxer against the recognized pound-for-pound king.

A word from our champions:

Oscar de la Hoya:
“Manny Pacquiao is considered the best fighter in boxing today and I always want to fight the best,” said De La Hoya. “I am glad we were able to make this fight happen because while Pacquiao is at the pinnacle of his success and has defeated all of the top fighters he has faced, I am going to show the world that it stops with me. December 6 can’t get here soon enough.”

Manny Pacquiao:
“This is my greatest challenge,” said Pacquiao. “When I take that walk to the ring to fight Oscar, I will carry all the people of The Philippines - the entire country - on my shoulders. I promise I will fight with all of my heart and that I will give everything I have. Like my trainer Freddie Roach says, I have what it takes to win the biggest fight of my life.”

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Lea Salonga, My Life on Stage - a 30 year anniversary musical event




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Lea Salonga, My Life on Stage - a 30 year anniversary musical event




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Crazier moments of super teen Miley Cyrus

>> Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Manny Pacquiao now ready to fight Oscar De La Hoya

>> Friday, November 28, 2008

Manny Pacquiao is fighting the fight of his life on Dec 6th and he is 98% ready. He is working hard to equip himself with all the strategies he can use to defeat his opponent, Oscar De La Hoya, and his best is his speed. He is speedy and very well focused. Manny is preparing himself to the extremes and the difference in their stature no longer matters although some of his critics are worried for him. So, is Manny ready?

Roach said that Pacquiao is definitely ready. "Manny had great sparring sessions with bigger and taller fighters to prepare him for De La Hoya, and that they have worked out great," Roach informed reporters. "Manny was handling the big guys with no problem. He is ready."

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Will Obama keep the current Filipina White House chef?

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) - As tempting as it may be to see the Obama family's choice of a new chef at the White House as a competition among celebrity chefs, former White House chefs say the job is about selfless service, not star power.

Walter Scheib, White House executive chef for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, believes there's a 90-percent chance the new administration will stick with the current chef, Cristeta Comerford, a Filipino-American.

And if the Obamas do hire someone new, it won't be a television personality or any of the celebrity names bandied about on food and political blogs, he says.

"None of these people have any idea what the job is about," Scheib says. "And they're temperamentally not suited for it. You have to be a person who has a real heart of service, and it can't be someone who needs to see themselves on camera."

Roland Mesnier, who retired in 2004 after 25 years as the White House's executive pastry chef, will never recommend a TV chef for the first family.

Celebrity chefs are entertainers
"Celebrity chefs, in my book, are not chefs. They're entertainers," Mesnier says. "All these people on TV? Forget it."

Comerford was a food technology major from the University of the Philippines.

A naturalized US citizen, she was born Cristeta Gomez Pasia in 1962 to Honesto, an assistant principal in a public elementary school in Manila, and Erlinda, a homemaker.

First female executive chef
Comerford studied at the Padre Gomez Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and finished her secondary education at Manila Science High School.

In 2005, under the administration of President George W. Bush, she became the first female executive chef at the White House.

A spokesperson for President-elect Barack Obama says it's too early to comment whether there will be a new executive chef. But outside speculation has focused on Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey's personal chef; NBA star Carmelo Anthony's personal chef, Daniel Young, who cooked for Obama at the Democratic National Convention; and Rick Bayless, whose Chicago restaurant Topolobampo is a favorite of Obama's.

At the same time, members of the Organic Consumers Association are organizing a letter-writing campaign urging Obama to promote healthy, sustainable and organic eating by hiring a well-known organic chef such as Nora Pouillon or Alice Waters.

None of the above would be a good fit, Scheib says.

"I get a kick out of all these people saying the No. 1 thing should be green, or sustainable or this, that or the other thing. They're missing the point. It's not about advancing your agenda. It's not about building your repertoire. It's not about getting your business promoted," he says.

"It's about serving the first family, first, last and in every way. That's the only job."

$100,000-a-year job
The head chef earns $80,000-$100,000 a year creating menus for state dinners, holiday functions, receptions and official luncheons hosted by the president and first lady.

Though the gala affairs are organizational challenges, Scheib says the greater challenge comes on the personal side--feeding the president, his family and guests.

Not just culinary skills
A White House chef's sensitivity and understanding is just as important as culinary skills, given that the chef is among the few people who interact with the first family in private, Scheib and Mesnier say.

"For the domestic staff--and for all the fancy titles, that's all the people in the residence are--how they learn the temperament and temperature of the first family is crucial. It makes doing a state dinner look easy," says Scheib, who has written a book and started a business planning private events since leaving the White House.

"The challenge is how you give them everything they need and at the same time expand their horizons if they choose, but at the same time, not being underfoot."

High marks for Comerford

Or as Mesnier puts it, "You have to be almost a clairvoyant, someone who can read a crystal ball and be able to judge what would they love today."

Both men give Comerford, the first minority to serve as executive chef, high marks in that regard.

Neither believes she will be replaced, an opinion not shared by Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which has sent several alumni (including Scheib) to the White House.

He believes the Obamas will seize the opportunity to make changes. He suggests another CIA grad as a candidate--John Doherty, executive chef at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel--but said Obama could also shake things up with a rotating cast of big name chefs for state dinners, much in the same way John F. Kennedy invited famed artists and performers to the White House.

"Chefs are great performers. So to take a page from Kennedy's play book and recognize the artistic performances of the culinary greats, each state dinner could be organized by different high-profile chefs," he says. [Asian Journal]

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Will Obama keep the current Filipina White House chef?

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) - As tempting as it may be to see the Obama family's choice of a new chef at the White House as a competition among celebrity chefs, former White House chefs say the job is about selfless service, not star power.

Walter Scheib, White House executive chef for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, believes there's a 90-percent chance the new administration will stick with the current chef, Cristeta Comerford, a Filipino-American.

And if the Obamas do hire someone new, it won't be a television personality or any of the celebrity names bandied about on food and political blogs, he says.

"None of these people have any idea what the job is about," Scheib says. "And they're temperamentally not suited for it. You have to be a person who has a real heart of service, and it can't be someone who needs to see themselves on camera."

Roland Mesnier, who retired in 2004 after 25 years as the White House's executive pastry chef, will never recommend a TV chef for the first family.

Celebrity chefs are entertainers
"Celebrity chefs, in my book, are not chefs. They're entertainers," Mesnier says. "All these people on TV? Forget it."

Comerford was a food technology major from the University of the Philippines.

A naturalized US citizen, she was born Cristeta Gomez Pasia in 1962 to Honesto, an assistant principal in a public elementary school in Manila, and Erlinda, a homemaker.

First female executive chef
Comerford studied at the Padre Gomez Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and finished her secondary education at Manila Science High School.

In 2005, under the administration of President George W. Bush, she became the first female executive chef at the White House.

A spokesperson for President-elect Barack Obama says it's too early to comment whether there will be a new executive chef. But outside speculation has focused on Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey's personal chef; NBA star Carmelo Anthony's personal chef, Daniel Young, who cooked for Obama at the Democratic National Convention; and Rick Bayless, whose Chicago restaurant Topolobampo is a favorite of Obama's.

At the same time, members of the Organic Consumers Association are organizing a letter-writing campaign urging Obama to promote healthy, sustainable and organic eating by hiring a well-known organic chef such as Nora Pouillon or Alice Waters.

None of the above would be a good fit, Scheib says.

"I get a kick out of all these people saying the No. 1 thing should be green, or sustainable or this, that or the other thing. They're missing the point. It's not about advancing your agenda. It's not about building your repertoire. It's not about getting your business promoted," he says.

"It's about serving the first family, first, last and in every way. That's the only job."

$100,000-a-year job
The head chef earns $80,000-$100,000 a year creating menus for state dinners, holiday functions, receptions and official luncheons hosted by the president and first lady.

Though the gala affairs are organizational challenges, Scheib says the greater challenge comes on the personal side--feeding the president, his family and guests.

Not just culinary skills
A White House chef's sensitivity and understanding is just as important as culinary skills, given that the chef is among the few people who interact with the first family in private, Scheib and Mesnier say.

"For the domestic staff--and for all the fancy titles, that's all the people in the residence are--how they learn the temperament and temperature of the first family is crucial. It makes doing a state dinner look easy," says Scheib, who has written a book and started a business planning private events since leaving the White House.

"The challenge is how you give them everything they need and at the same time expand their horizons if they choose, but at the same time, not being underfoot."

High marks for Comerford

Or as Mesnier puts it, "You have to be almost a clairvoyant, someone who can read a crystal ball and be able to judge what would they love today."

Both men give Comerford, the first minority to serve as executive chef, high marks in that regard.

Neither believes she will be replaced, an opinion not shared by Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which has sent several alumni (including Scheib) to the White House.

He believes the Obamas will seize the opportunity to make changes. He suggests another CIA grad as a candidate--John Doherty, executive chef at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel--but said Obama could also shake things up with a rotating cast of big name chefs for state dinners, much in the same way John F. Kennedy invited famed artists and performers to the White House.

"Chefs are great performers. So to take a page from Kennedy's play book and recognize the artistic performances of the culinary greats, each state dinner could be organized by different high-profile chefs," he says. [Asian Journal]

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Miley Cyrus' glamorous transformation - then and now

For those who followed Miley's career from when she first started will remember how she looked then and how she looks now. She really transformed into a beauty and she's only 16.

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Miley Cyrus' glamorous transformation - then and now

For those who followed Miley's career from when she first started will remember how she looked then and how she looks now. She really transformed into a beauty and she's only 16.

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Luis Manzano interested in politics

Gov. Vilma Santos made a statement that son Luis is also interested to enter politics. With Vi's influence and good example, I can see Luis becoming a successful politician someday. Three of his best assets is having the best of both Edu and Vi in him, and a bright step dad, Ralph Recto, who is the best source of training and guidance. Go for it, Luis!

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Luis Manzano interested in politics

Gov. Vilma Santos made a statement that son Luis is also interested to enter politics. With Vi's influence and good example, I can see Luis becoming a successful politician someday. Three of his best assets is having the best of both Edu and Vi in him, and a bright step dad, Ralph Recto, who is the best source of training and guidance. Go for it, Luis!

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Charice in Hollywood, a superstar in the making

>> Thursday, November 27, 2008

This is probably an old news to some but I don't think we can ever get enough of Charice. I can listen to her over and over and over again and still the chill is there.

Extra reports: A star is born! Thanks to a little help from a couple of her friends -- like Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion -- 16-year-old singing sensation Charice Pempengco's YouTube video has now been widely seen, and millions heard her amazing story on "Oprah" last May.

The diva-in-training got a chance to sing with one of her idols -- Celine Dion, who raved, "She has an amazing voice. She has an amazing heart, an amazing soul."

Charice grew up in poverty in the Philippines, and says she witnessed her own father try to kill her mother, who has been her voice coach since she was 4 years old.

Catch Charice and Celine when they perform together on this Friday's "Oprah."

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Charice in Hollywood, a superstar in the making

This is probably an old news to some but I don't think we can ever get enough of Charice. I can listen to her over and over and over again and still the chill is there.

Extra reports: A star is born! Thanks to a little help from a couple of her friends -- like Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion -- 16-year-old singing sensation Charice Pempengco's YouTube video has now been widely seen, and millions heard her amazing story on "Oprah" last May.

The diva-in-training got a chance to sing with one of her idols -- Celine Dion, who raved, "She has an amazing voice. She has an amazing heart, an amazing soul."

Charice grew up in poverty in the Philippines, and says she witnessed her own father try to kill her mother, who has been her voice coach since she was 4 years old.

Catch Charice and Celine when they perform together on this Friday's "Oprah."

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Charice at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade 2008 - VIDEO

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Charice at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade 2008 - VIDEO

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Two most respected veteran actresses – both started as a child – are now certified Kapamilya

>> Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vilma Santos
Pumirma kahapon ng kontrata si Vilma Santos sa ABS-CBN para sa ilang pelikula niya sa Star Cinema at isang TV Special. It’s been 5 years since the last time Vilma made a movie and it was Mano Po 3 under Regal films. Vilma admitted that she misses showbiz and her countless friends in the industry. Originally, she was slated to do 3 films with John Lloyd Cruz, her son Luis and Sharon Cuneta. Vilma will be asking Edu to guess in the film with Vilma and son Luis and most likely, Edu will be okay with it. How can he deny his son Luis of such opportunity to shoot a film together. It must be going to be a lot of fun for all three. [Patty Ramirez]
Lorna Tolentino
The other award-winning actress, Lorna, is set to do two teleseryes with ABS-CBN and two movies with Star Cinema. Lorna’s last teleserye as a Kapamilya was Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, the show that gave birth to the love team of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. GMA have given their blessings to Lorna to move to ABS-CBN since she already informed the network about the movie offers by the Kapamilya. [Napoleon Quintos]

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Charice is the best young performer ever

>> Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Last month, Charice performed at the two fund raising events in Beverly Hills, California USA, together with David Foster, and it was packed with Hollywood celebrities, and yes, once again she brought down the house and it was pretty amazing. It was unbelievable! She really is the best young performer ever, not to mention how pretty she looks now compared to when she was just starting. When I heard about Charice’s family background, I just couldn’t believe how she can be so confident, happy, funny, and full of enthusiasm, in spite of the fact that she grew up in an abusive environment. Usually, kids in the same situation would become more shy, difficult or withdrawn. But Charice is different.

Bibong bibo siya talaga and I praise her mom for a job well done. You can feel the love, unity and support they have for each other. The miracle is that she got even better and stronger after the storm in their lives. You wouldn’t think that she will turn out to be this good with the many family dramas that they have gone through. That’s kind of hard to reckon with. Each time she is performing in the US, I get nervous because of her being a minority. I always wondered what the turnout would be. But she amazingly was able to nail down each performances and always got a standing ovation.

As we all know, Charice will be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in Nov. 27, together with Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta. With the negative publicity that Miley is getting from the public lately, comparing her with Madonna at such a young age, a lot of people are disappointed with her. So I just hope that people will divert their attention to Charice in her coming performance at Macy’s. But I do hope that Charice will not be affected by the limelight and success, and will be able to stay modest and humble.

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Charice is the best young performer ever

Last month, Charice performed at the two fund raising events in Beverly Hills, California USA, together with David Foster, and it was packed with Hollywood celebrities, and yes, once again she brought down the house and it was pretty amazing. It was unbelievable! She really is the best young performer ever, not to mention how pretty she looks now compared to when she was just starting. When I heard about Charice’s family background, I just couldn’t believe how she can be so confident, happy, funny, and full of enthusiasm, in spite of the fact that she grew up in an abusive environment. Usually, kids in the same situation would become more shy, difficult or withdrawn. But Charice is different.

Bibong bibo siya talaga and I praise her mom for a job well done. You can feel the love, unity and support they have for each other. The miracle is that she got even better and stronger after the storm in their lives. You wouldn’t think that she will turn out to be this good with the many family dramas that they have gone through. That’s kind of hard to reckon with. Each time she is performing in the US, I get nervous because of her being a minority. I always wondered what the turnout would be. But she amazingly was able to nail down each performances and always got a standing ovation.

As we all know, Charice will be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in Nov. 27, together with Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta. With the negative publicity that Miley is getting from the public lately, comparing her with Madonna at such a young age, a lot of people are disappointed with her. So I just hope that people will divert their attention to Charice in her coming performance at Macy’s. But I do hope that Charice will not be affected by the limelight and success, and will be able to stay modest and humble.

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Vina’s pregnancy: Rumored married boyfriend not taking responsibility?

Some rumors placed Vina’s boyfriend, Cedric in the hot seat for apparently denying that he is the father of Vina’s baby. Cedric, who is said to be still a married man with children, was upset at the rumor because, he said, he never gave any statement of such nature to anybody.

Through his friend Ruffa Gutierrez:

"He said that he's taking responsibility for whatever actions he took or he have made in the past," pahayag ni Ruffa na sinabing personal niyang nakausap si Cedric hinggil dito.
Dagdag pa ni Ruffa, nagulat umano si Cedric sa mga naglabasang balita sa diyaryo na itinatwa diumano ng businessman ang bata sa sinapupunan ni Vina. "And hindi naman dini-deny ni Cedric 'yon, so nagtatanong siya na paanong lumabas sa lahat ng diyaryo na he's denying it. Hindi raw siya ganong klaseng tao. Hindi raw niya tatakbuhan ang responsibilidad niya kay Vina at sa kanyang baby," dagdag pa ng aktres. Ayon din sa mga sources, sinabi diumano ni Cedric na malaki ang pagpapahalaga niya sa family values at sa privacy
Any woman’s relationship with a married man will always be the subject of painful gossips and it’s because we know how sensitive this issue is and the parties involved as well. Vina is pregnant and the fact that she’s happy about it is more important at this point than anything else because there is baby in her womb who needs her to be happy at least for 9 months. So people, please back off!

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Vina’s pregnancy: Rumored married boyfriend not taking responsibility?

Some rumors placed Vina’s boyfriend, Cedric in the hot seat for apparently denying that he is the father of Vina’s baby. Cedric, who is said to be still a married man with children, was upset at the rumor because, he said, he never gave any statement of such nature to anybody.

Through his friend Ruffa Gutierrez:

"He said that he's taking responsibility for whatever actions he took or he have made in the past," pahayag ni Ruffa na sinabing personal niyang nakausap si Cedric hinggil dito.
Dagdag pa ni Ruffa, nagulat umano si Cedric sa mga naglabasang balita sa diyaryo na itinatwa diumano ng businessman ang bata sa sinapupunan ni Vina. "And hindi naman dini-deny ni Cedric 'yon, so nagtatanong siya na paanong lumabas sa lahat ng diyaryo na he's denying it. Hindi raw siya ganong klaseng tao. Hindi raw niya tatakbuhan ang responsibilidad niya kay Vina at sa kanyang baby," dagdag pa ng aktres. Ayon din sa mga sources, sinabi diumano ni Cedric na malaki ang pagpapahalaga niya sa family values at sa privacy
Any woman’s relationship with a married man will always be the subject of painful gossips and it’s because we know how sensitive this issue is and the parties involved as well. Vina is pregnant and the fact that she’s happy about it is more important at this point than anything else because there is baby in her womb who needs her to be happy at least for 9 months. So people, please back off!

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World leader's snub of Bush created by morons and only morons will believe

>> Friday, November 21, 2008

I think Rick Sanchez is now THE famous moron of CNN. I guess calling him a buffet journalist is just appropriate because in the CNN video posted by Katharine Zaleski of Huffington Post, he only showed the part in the video where in world leaders were shown shaking the hands of everybody but not of Bush. The truth is that Bush had been shaking hands and slapping backs all day long with the world’s heads of state. But why do you think Rick Sanchez skipped this important part of the video and chose to be branded a moron by not showing the truth? Did he think that people were too stupid that they will never find out the truth eventually? Ayayayyyy! I think he just made himself a fool doing this. But thanks to CNN humorist Jeanne Moos for setting the record straight. Michelle Malkin has more.

Here is the truth:

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Update on Joe the Plumber's improper record check

We’ve known this all along, that Obama follower: Helen Jones-Kelly abused her little power when she checked on “Joe the Plumber”. But wait, there’s more to this. It was also confirmed that she improperly used her state e-mail account raise campaign money for Obama. But guess what, apparently, this is not a big deal because Jones-Kelly will remain on the job. She will only be punished with a month suspension. If this stupidity was done by a Republican supporter, I wonder if the punishment will be the same. Think not. But at least, the SF radio host who threatened Joe the Plumber was fired and that’s just fair enough. Well, I guess the latter is the more evil of the two.

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Why some blacks are saying Obama isn't black

>> Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Some black people refuse to accept that Obama is black. They also believe that he did not descend from slaves and therefore, he is just someone of mixed race with dark skin than black. Does this means that Obama should not be given the title "first African American black president" in the US history? Here is an interesting viewpoint by Kimberly McClain DaCosta.

For some of us, the heralding of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States seems a rather uncontroversial claim. Not so for others. One well-known African American writer, Debra Dickerson, famously objected that Obama is not of the people properly defined as "black" on the grounds that because he is not descended from slaves.
Ergo, he is not black - at all.

The bulk of the people protesting against references to Obama as a black man, however, grant that he is "part" black (by way of his father), but assert that because he also has a white mother it is not "accurate" to call him black.

He is "in fact" mixed-race, they say.

Opposing arguments

My first reaction to questions about the "correctness" or "accuracy" of Obama's racial classification is to undermine the premise of the question itself. The search for the "correctness" of racial identity presumes that a definitive answer can be found.


It presumes that race is a real entity, something fixed, or natural. It seems to deny what scholars have laboured for decades to demonstrate - that the criteria used to classify people in racial categories, the categories used in a given society, and the uses to which those categories are put - vary by place and time. They are, as academics are fond of saying, "socially constructed".
Yet the predilections of the scholar fail to satisfy those who claim to know what race Obama "is", for these are really statements about what the speaker thinks he ought to be.

When people insist that Obama "is" black, they point to his self-identification as such, and the assertion that when most people look at him, they see a black man. More...

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Vi is back with new energy with son Luis

I like Luis Manzano. I think he got the best of Edu and Vi combined - very funny, witty and modest. Being with Luis in the same movie project will probably test mom Vi's sanity as seen in this video. Kayanin kaya ni Vi? Abangan! This project is going to be a must see.

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Obama's embrace of the opposition

>> Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's the real score here? Is Obama killing the GOP With Kindness? He has offered jobs to the opposition like this one, so how they will handle disagreements and conflicts - and I'm pretty sure there will be lots - remains to be seen. With the way he is involving some of his "enemies", was it forgiveness? change? I hope Obama really knows what he's doing and that all his decisions were to benefit the country and its people and not for personal motives. To judge him at this point is too early though. Let's just see.

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Obama's embrace of the opposition

What's the real score here? Is Obama killing the GOP With Kindness? He has offered jobs to the opposition like this one, so how they will handle disagreements and conflicts - and I'm pretty sure there will be lots - remains to be seen. With the way he is involving some of his "enemies", was it forgiveness? change? I hope Obama really knows what he's doing and that all his decisions were to benefit the country and its people and not for personal motives. To judge him at this point is too early though. Let's just see.

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Bond movie #1 in the box office expected

>> Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another hit James Bond movie, "Quantum of Solace" began rolling out overseas two weekends before its U.S. debut, and its worldwide total now stands at $322 million. I made $70 million in the US alone.

Starring:
Daniel Craig as James Bond
Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene
Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes
Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields
Dame Judi Dench as M
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter

Story: Picking up where Casino Royale leaves off, James Bond has captured Mr. White and is taking him to an isolated area for interrogation. Mr. White reveals that "we have people everywhere" in regards to his organization and soon escapes. Bond continues his hunt for White while searching for more information on Quantum after he runs into Dominic Greene.

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Bond movie #1 in the box office expected

Another hit James Bond movie, "Quantum of Solace" began rolling out overseas two weekends before its U.S. debut, and its worldwide total now stands at $322 million. I made $70 million in the US alone.

Starring:
Daniel Craig as James Bond
Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene
Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes
Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields
Dame Judi Dench as M
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter

Story: Picking up where Casino Royale leaves off, James Bond has captured Mr. White and is taking him to an isolated area for interrogation. Mr. White reveals that "we have people everywhere" in regards to his organization and soon escapes. Bond continues his hunt for White while searching for more information on Quantum after he runs into Dominic Greene.

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Sam-Anne breakup reason: God

To some people, this is very hard to pathom or may sound stupid; that two people so in love with each other can end their relationship because of God. Well, not if you are, perhaps, as spiritual as Sam.

He also said his spiritual search is something he and Curtis “can’t do together” that was why he decided to stop dating.
My two cents on this?

I respect their decision and reason for their breakup. Why? Because God is involved - and I think because Sam is in honeymoon stage with the Lord - and it's very important to have someone he could share his faith with. If Anne has no spiritual life, then that's a possible reason for Sam to feel less for her which might have cause the breakup. It's hard for both of them because Sam can't just feed God into Anne's soul. It has to come from God that Anne have to search for. But absolutely, there is hope if Sam will be patient with Anne and will mninister to her instead of breaking up with her. O di vah?

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Sam-Anne breakup reason: God

To some people, this is very hard to pathom or may sound stupid; that two people so in love with each other can end their relationship because of God. Well, not if you are, perhaps, as spiritual as Sam.

He also said his spiritual search is something he and Curtis “can’t do together” that was why he decided to stop dating.
My two cents on this?

I respect their decision and reason for their breakup. Why? Because God is involved - and I think because Sam is in honeymoon stage with the Lord - and it's very important to have someone he could share his faith with. If Anne has no spiritual life, then that's a possible reason for Sam to feel less for her which might have cause the breakup. It's hard for both of them because Sam can't just feed God into Anne's soul. It has to come from God that Anne have to search for. But absolutely, there is hope if Sam will be patient with Anne and will mninister to her instead of breaking up with her. O di vah?

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Sharon offers P3million reward in exchange of proof

As I've said before, this issue is more political than showbiz due to its origin. Hmmm...at ano fah! Election is fast approaching 'no, and we all know that Kiko is a potential future prez. Aha! Bukong-buko sila. So, "NO PROOF, NO TRUTH". As simple as that. P3million is a lot of money and Sharon will not dare do this if she's not sure of Kiko's faithfulness. Of course, a woman and a child to come out of this would not be sufficient. Forget you! We need more than that - like a DNA test? You bet you! So, I believe that this issue will soon completely die down, but who knows what they will plan to do next. But at least we now know what these political people are up to. O di vah?

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Angelica and Christine culinary graduation

Angelica Panganiban and Christine Reyes are now both proud graduates of Culinary Arts. Watch the video:

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Angelica and Christine culinary graduation

Angelica Panganiban and Christine Reyes are now both proud graduates of Culinary Arts. Watch the video:

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Is Sarah Geronimo making Regine Velasquez insecure?

Ito ang kumakalat na balita - that Sarah's success is making Regine feeling insecured. The talk started after the overwhelming success of Sarah's concert at the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum.

My two cents:
I cannot compare Regine and Sarah because I agree that Sarah is Sarah and Regine is Regine. But what should make Regine worry is the fact and reality that when people begin to notice Sarah, the attention meant for Regine will be diverted to Sarah and the clamor for her will become less and less. It’s not that Sarah sings or performs better than Regine, it’s just that Sarah has become a breath of fresh air in the industry, and her presence is becoming stronger and stronger each time. This will only prove what showbiz life is all about, meaning: don’t be too confident because life is short in showbiz and there will always be someone new that is better than you. O di vah?


Here is the complete interview by MJ Felipe.
Isang blooming at very beautiful na Regine Velasquez ang humarap during the press launch ng kanyang latest album entitled Low Key under Universal Records nitong Biyernes, November 14.
Unang nilinaw ni Regine na ang kanyang paglipat sa Universal Records mula sa kanyang Viva family ay may basbas ni Boss Vic. “I haven’t been with them for quite a while now. Kaya nga I was able to do an album with Star Records for Paano Kita Iibigin. Pero they are still my friends. Boss Vic is like my tatay, so okay naman sila. Actually freelance naman ako, may contract lang ako with Universal for this album. So, I can still do an albm with Viva kung gagawa kami ng pelikula or kung ano man,” dagdag pa ng songbird. Pinabulaanan din ni Regine na hindi siya inimpluwensiyahan ni Ogie Alcasid na naka-pirma din ngayon sa Universal Records.
Pinaliwanag ni Regine na kaya Low Key ang titulo ng kanyang CD ay sa dahilang mga “laid-back” at “mellow” ang mga kantang kasama dito. Mga revival at personal choices ang mga tracks na may kasama pang minus one. Natawa din si Regine sa intrigang isa sa mga kanta sa album ay ang kanyang wedding song. Marami pa raw dapat ayusin si Ogie para pag-usapan ang pagpapakasal.
“We still have to settle a lot of things, and as soon as we settle that, of course we already know what that is, so ayaw ko na munang isipin ngayon Hindi natin alam kung ano ang magiging resulta eh. Ayusin muna natin yun and then after that, we can plan,” sabi ni Regine.
Muli na namang umaalingawngaw ang intrigahan sa pagitan ni Regine Velasquez at ang sinasabing sumusunod sa kanyang yapak na si Sarah Geronimo, dahil sa very successful concert nito sa Araneta Coliseum kamakailan. “I’m very very proud of her. As you all know, I really really love that kid. She’s like my child. And she loves me to pieces. Nanay niya ako. I really am so proud of her. Yung sinasabi nilang she’s gonna be the next Regine Velasquez, for me nga that’s an honor. Kasi nga ako yung parang benchmark. Kasi nga noong araw, parang ako lang yung sinasabihan na ‘you’re gonna be the next ganito, ganyan’, but even before hindi ako naniniwala na may pinapalitan ka. I don’t mind (being compared). Kasi ganoon naman yun, even I were compared to ZsaZsa, to Kuh, to everybody. To my mentors also. Pero like I said, Kuh Ledesma will always be Kuh Ledesma. Sharon Cuneta will be Sharon Cuneta. So Sarah, will be Sarah” paliwanag ni Regine.
Hindi nga raw dapat The Next One ang naging title ng concert ni Sarah, kung hindi The One na daw dapat.

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