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Katrina Halili, model for Bench Body

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is this the body that Belo Clinic built? Very sexy indeed. Controversial Katrina was recently introduced as its new model through a mini-fashion show last March 21 at the Peninsula in Makati City. She’s very happy in spite of the controversies that surrounded and followed her, and she is looking forward to seeing her billboards which we can expect to be another subject of controversy

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Wowowee host, Willie Revillame, appeals to release hostages

Wowowee host, Willie Revillame, joined the calls to release the Red Cross hostages.
Willie, who is now known as one of the most powerful celebrities, hopes that his plea will help in the situation. His intentions is always to bring joy to other and believes that having a good heart is more important than having guns.

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Vhong and Toni to do another big hit movie

Yes, Vhong and Toni will once again team-up in a new movie together with Sarah Geronimo and Rayver Cruz. Siguradong aabangan iyan ng lahat inclucing moah. This is surely going to be a dream team movie of Star Cinema.

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Sarah Geronimo and Rayver Cruz together in a new movie

Sarah and Rayver's fans are excited to know that they are going to have a movie together. Hmmmm, will a Sarah and Rayver love-team be born after the movie? Well, Sarah is of age and Rayver is such a nice and lovable young actor. So, why not? But we know that whatever is fine with Mommy Divine is fine with Sarah.

The dream team ncludes Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga and is expected to be a sure big hit. Yeeeey!!

Actor Rayver Cruz will have another chance to be closer with Sarah Geronimo as the two are set to do another film together.

"Sa ngayon may gagawin pagbalik ni Sarah, kami ni Vhong (Navarro) and Toni (Gonzaga),” Cruz disclosed during his contract signing with ABS-CBN's movie outfit Star Cinema.

Cruz said he believes that his first movie with Star Cinema, "You Changed My Life," which also starred Geronimo, was a preparation for his upcoming project with the "Pop Star Princess.”

He said he is elated to shoot the movie and vowed to give his best for this big upcoming project.

Cruz, the rumored showbiz crush of Geronimo, admitted that he and the singer are now closer.

"So mas natutuwa ako na mas close kami ngayon dahil sa movie. At least ngayon, nakakausap ko na at nalalapitan ko na. Hindi ko sinasabi na sobrang kumportable na, wala ng distantsiya, pero nakakatuwa na. Kahit nakatalikod siya ay nakakalapit na ako sa kanya at pwede ko na siyang kumustahin," he explained.

Right now though, the actor is not rushing things between them.

"Sa lahat ng mga bagay if you rush things hindi naman maganda," Cruz said. [abs-cbnNEWS]

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Annabelle Rama: PEP’s apology incomplete

Naku pow eh lalong nagalit si Annabelle Rama dahil hindi siya kontento sa apology ni Joan Maglipon, editor-in-chief of PEP, ang magazine na nag-ulat ng maling storya tungkol kay Richard Gutierrez. Itutuloy daw ni Annabelle ang pag-hahain ng demanda. Rufa Gutierrez was also angry about the damaging article and according to her, the story was a completely fabricated one and that PEP should have done research and interviews first before publishing. Watch video:

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More details on Charice's U.S. movie

Charice returned to the Philippines but only to leave again on Thursday for Italy to guest in a TV show. Charice will appear in the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and will also have a new CD for her international album to be released soon. The CD will contain more upbeat songs that’s more popular among young Americans in her age bracket. But of course, there will be some ballad ones for the older fans to enjoy as well. She will also join David Forster’s concert in Las Vegas coming May 9. It only show that Charice continue to rise in stardom not only in music but
also in the movie.
Watch these two videos to hear more details from Charice herself:

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Update on Sarah Geronimo's US Tour

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

Newsflash gives us an update on Sarah's concert that all tickets were sold out according to the concert producer, Alfonso Chu or Tita Al as he is fondly called. Sarah is indeed the new concert princess that even during recession, people still paid to see her concert.

“Thank you,” was all Sarah could muster. She was visibly touched and surprised by the huge crowd that gave her two standing ovations in a show that is clearly her best ever. “This is going to be a different show,” promised Tito Al. And he was right. The show was amazing! Sarah has now become a seasoned performer. She danced, sang, bantered with the audience and was completely, visibly in control.

Full report:

SARAH GERONIMO: RULING THE CONCERT SCENE DESPITE RECESSION
MANILA, MARCH 27, 2009 (STAR) By Raymond de Asis Lo / L.A. Correspondent

Recession or no recession, Sarah Geronimo packs the people in. Be it concert venues and cinema multiplexes in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world, she rules the scene.

“All concert tickets were sold out two weeks ago,” declared concert producer Alfonso Chu, or Tito Al, as he is fondly called, over dinner last Friday in Anaheim, California. This writer even overheard Tito Al tell one caller, who was angling for tickets, to just wait for September when Sarah returns for a planned repeat before she does her Canada Tour.

Most concert producers in the US agree that Sarah is the surest thing to a concert hit. This month she returns to Southern California for her sixth concert in five years and she is herself surprised to find that her followers continue to grow. There are some who even travel with her. “We are not poor for you, Sarah,” shouted one group of fans during the concert at the packed Heritage Forum last Saturday.

“Thank you,” was all Sarah could muster. She was visibly touched and surprised by the huge crowd that gave her two standing ovations in a show that is clearly her best ever. “This is going to be a different show,” promised Tito Al. And he was right. The show was amazing! Sarah has now become a seasoned performer. She danced, sang, bantered with the audience and was completely, visibly in control.

The repertoire and Sarah’s wonderfully selected guests (Charlie Green, Billy Crawford and Mark Bautista) provided the right mix of music, entertainment and surprises. Even the two attractive dancers from the G Force were a pleasant surprise.

Charlie did an inspired rendition of the OPM classic Dahil Sa ‘Yo and some people were brought to tears. Billy pumped up the show’s energy and he sure has an electrifying presence on stage. His sexy dance moves on stage made the women, and some men, too, swoon. No kidding.

Sarah’s erstwhile loveteam-mate but consistent concert guest Mark provided the night’s other most applauded number. His set of old standards was a crowd-pleaser and earned him an ovation as well. What a voice!

But the night was Sarah’s crowning party. When Billy re-introduced Sarah after his set, he renamed the show from Sarah, the Next One to Sarah, the Only One. Everyone agreed. Sarah is indeed the biggest star in the Philippines right now.

In February, she swept the MYX awards, winning six trophies. Last week, the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards handed her an unprecedented recognition. She is 2008’s Box-Office Queen, Female Concert Performer of the Year, and Female Recording Artist of the year.

She could be the youngest Box-Office Queen ever but that is not her most remarkable feat — she did it with just her first movie.

And it doesn’t stop there. This week, her second movie, You Changed My Life, the sequel to A Very Special Love, has shot to the top of the list of all-time box-office hits in the Philippines with ticket sales surpassing the P200-M mark.

When this writer asked Sarah how she feels about this recent string of successes, she said she is “very, very happy.” She added that she is grateful to everyone who has supported and is supporting her. “I owe it to Boss Vic, Star Cinema and Viva.”

She said the risk that Star Cinema and Viva took in casting her and John Lloyd Cruz together is something that she could not have predicted to result in such a huge success. “It surprised me how people positively embraced our tandem.” She couldn’t believe that what started as an experimental team-up on ABS-CBN’s top-rating Maalaala Mo Kaya would make her a movie star. “I feel so blessed. The Lord has given me such overflowing blessings.” A third sequel is said to be in the works.

Her success, of course, came with a few sacrifices.

“There are sleepless nights. There are days we work until the wee hours of the morning.” She looked back to the time she won first place in the Star for a Night contest and realized that she has not stopped working since then. She calls it “strike while the iron is hot.” She has given up some precious time with her family who has to adjust to her schedule.

While other young stars party, she works. Her rare free time is spent at home, watching Titanic on DVD. “I want to fall in love,” she jokingly mused — perhaps suggesting something?

Sarah has been lately linked to Rayver Cruz, but she denied any romantic involvement with him. “Love can wait,” was all she said, to the clear delight of Tito Al who is her biggest fan.

In six years, Sarah has achieved more success than most other stars have in double or triple the time. She seems en route to becoming the next Superstar and Megastar combined.

But hard work alone doesn’t make one a success. There should be a reason why Sarah stands brightest among her contemporaries. There should be one thing that sets her apart from the rest of the pack. What could it be?

She is not strikingly beautiful. People see an ordinary-ness in her but they know that she is above being ordinary. There are singers better than her, but her distinctly melodious voice stands out. She is not the best actress, but she has a natural screen presence akin to that of a young Maricel Soriano. Sarah is a star. She can’t help it and she can’t avoid it.

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ABS-CBN's new game show "Pinoy Bingo Night" to give away at least P100K every night - WOW!

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yes, let's say goodbye to Deal or No Deal but hello to the new game show ever: Pinoy Bingo Night which will be giving away, at least, P100,000 each night, according to the host, Kris Aquino. She also predicted that Pinoy Bingo Night will be the biggest game show ever. Watch the news video for more.

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Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo will move to their own house after wedding

Juday's mom, Mommy Carol, said in this report that Juday and Ryan will move in to their own new house - that's being built right now - after the wedding. So I'm guessing that their wedding date will depend on when the house will be completed. Mommy Carol said that Juday already toured her around the house with kitchen as the most expensive part of the couple's future love nest. We all know that cooking is also Juday's passion so it's expected that she will choose a kitchen that will suit her taste and needs. [ABS-CBN]

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Catholics to defend the Pope from mockers

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No Catholics should allow anyone to mock and disrespect our Pope. We should all be ready to defend Peter, the Rock of this generation.

Read full article:

Do not mock the pope, Italian cardinal and India's bishops say
By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Mockery is not acceptable in public discussions, especially when the subject is the pope, said the president of the Italian Catholic bishops' conference.

At the same time, India's bishops defended Pope Benedict XVI's leadership of the Catholic Church.

"We will not accept that the pope, in the media or anywhere else, is mocked or offended," said Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, opening the spring meeting of the permanent council of the Italian bishops' conference.

Cardinal Bagnasco told other members of the council March 23 there has been "a heavy activity of criticism -- from Italy and, especially, from abroad -- regarding our beloved pope."

He said the public criticism began in January when the pope lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops belonging to the Society of St. Pius X, including a bishop who denied the extent of the Holocaust, and continued into March when Pope Benedict said the distribution of condoms was not the key to stopping the spread of AIDS.

Some of the sharpest criticism came from France's former prime minister, Alain Juppe, who describes himself as a Catholic. He was quoted by French television as saying the pope was "becoming a real problem" and "lives in a situation of total autism."

Cardinal Bagnasco said Catholics and all people of good will should try to understand what the pope was saying and what he meant, rather that immediately going on the attack.

The cardinal said the Italian bishops would continue asking people "to never abandon the language of respect, which is an indication of civility" even when they disagree with him.

The pope represents "a moral authority" in the world, which his March trip to Africa highlighted once again, he said.

"For Catholics he is Peter who, with the nets of a fisherman and in the name of the lord Jesus, continues to reach the shores of the world," Cardinal Bagnasco said.

The Asian church news agency UCA News reported that India's bishops also denounced media coverage of the pope and comments that he is a "loser" and out of touch with reality.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said in a March 24 statement that the conference "considers these kinds of statements ... irresponsible and irreverent."

The bishops defended Pope Benedict as "the most loved and respected spiritual leader of Catholics all over the world." They argued that the world had received with respect his views on the recession, terrorism and moral issues such as AIDS and abortion.

The pope has often urged the world to become "more God-fearing while building a society based on humanitarian values and moral principles of life," they said.

"It is the moral duty (of the pope) to direct and guide the consciences of people in general, and of Catholics in particular," the statement added.

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Gina Pareno, won the Best Supporting Actress award

Panalo na naman ang matibay na si Gina Pareno as Best Supporting Actress sa Asian Film Awards 2009 na ginanap sa Hongkong. Si Gina ay isa sa pinakamagaling at matatag na actress simula pa nuong dekada sitenta. Sinabi ni Gina na iniaalay niya ang award sa mga kapwa pinoy. Kasama si Gina sa #1 teleserye, Tayong Dalawa, bilang si Lola Gets.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: Tokyo Sonata (Japan, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands)

Best Director: Kore-Eda Hirokazu (Still Walking, Japan)

Best Actor: Motoki Masahiro (Departures, Japan)

Best Actress: Zhou Xun (The Equation of Love and Death, The Chinese Mainland)

Best Newcomer: Yu Shau-qun (Forever Enthralled, The Chinese Mainland)

Best Supporting Actor: Jung Woo-sun (The Good, The Bad, The Weird, South Korea)

Best Supporting Actress: Gina Pareño (Service, Philippines)

Best Screenwriter: Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Max Mannix, & Tanaka Sachiko

(Tokyo Sonata, Japan / Hong Kong / The Netherlands)

Best Cinematographer: Jola Dylewska (Tulpan, Germany/ Kazakhstan/ Poland/ Russia/ Switzerland )

Best Production Designer: Daniel Lee Yan-Kong (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragons, The Chinese Mainland / Hong Kong / South Korea)

Best Composer: Hisaishi Joe (Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea, Japan)

Best Editor: Kim Sun-Min (The Chaser, South Korea)

Best Visual Effects: Craig Hayes (Red Cliff, The Chinese Mainland)

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Would you like to be part of DZMM Radyo Patrol? Apply now!

The nation’s leading AM radio station is opening its doors to fresh and young newcomers who want to be part of DZMM Radyo Patrol 630’s multi-awarded news team.

Auditions are set for aspiring newscasters and anchors on March 26 at ABS-CBN Center Road Gate along Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.

College graduates, aged 22-35, who are fluent in both English and Filipino, and with pleasing personality, are welcome to try-out. Applicants are required to come in business attire and to provide a resume with picture.

Some of the renowned DZMM anchors of the past and the present are Korina Sanchez, Ted Failon, Neal Ocampo, Anthony Taberna, and Vice President Noli De Castro.

For inquiries, please call the DZMM hotline 4152272 local 5603.

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Karylle, healing and moving on

Karylle is such a warm person and a gentle soul. She is moving on slowly but surely. She is always pleasant, confident and always gives positive reactions to any situation in life that comes her way. She really deserves a good, loving and faithful man as a soul mate. Dingdong, on the other hand, seemed to have moved on with the help of Marian Rivera who is keeping his heart busy.
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UPDATE: Boyet Fajardo said sorry but not really admitting fault

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Did you hear what he said, that he was also a victim?
Naku pow, di ko po kinaya!
Anyway, hindi titigil ang mga biktima sa pag-seek ng justice against Fajardo.

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Boyet Fajardo scandal, how true? Watch full video

>> Monday, March 23, 2009



Sasha Says has more.

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Bayani Agbayani is drinking and driving?

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Judy Ann and Ryan Agoncillo to be wed by a friend and spiritual adviser

According to Bianca Gonzales, close friends Juday and Ryan's wedding are now in the works since Ryan seem to be collecting addresses and phone numbers already for the invitation. She also revealed that spiritual counselor and close friend of the soon to be wed couple, Fr. Tito Caluag, is going to officiate the wedding.

Well, they have the right to keep their plan to themselves while in the process pa and we should all just respect that. I have a feeling that announcements will follow soon. Wait and see na lang and just wish them the best. O di vah?

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ABS-CBN Kapamilya Summer Station ID 2009

>> Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Ellen Degeneres to do a comedy movie

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ET confirms the news that Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is set to jump to the big screen for a comedy in which she'll play the all-powerful Mother Nature.
In the film, DeGeneres will return to Earth for the first time since the planet's creation.
"I've always wanted to control the weather," DeGeneres said. "Nothing will stop me from doing this ... neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet. ... I may be thinking of the postal service -- but I'm really excited about the movie."
The untitled comedy is being produced by Walden Media and penned 'Sex and the City' writer-executive producer Jenny Bicks.

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GMA7 launches Richard Gutierrez' Pinoy version "Zorro"

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Manny Pacquiao returns to ABS-CBN Kapamilya

Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao renewed his ties with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., which will air his next matches including his highly-anticipated superfight with British superstar Ricky Hatton on May 2.

“Pagkatapos kong pagisipang mabuti nilapitan ko ang ABS-CBN [at] nagpagpasyahan ko pong makipag partner muli sa kanila,” Pacquiao, the reigning pound-for-pound king, said Wednesday.

“Sarili ko itong desisyon,” he added. “Sa ABS-CBN mapapanood nyo ang laban ko kay Ricky Hatton at iba ko pang laban.”

Pacquiao and ABS-CBN have collaborated in some of his fights, including the one against Mexican Oscar Larios in July 2006. The broadcasting network also aired his matches to Filipinos overseas through ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel.

“Wala pang pagbabago,” the General Santos native assured his fans. “Ang laban ko ay laban nating lahat mga Pilipino, kahit saan mang sulok ng mundo.”

Pacquiao also appealed for support from his fans especially in his upcoming fight against Hatton, who is considered as his toughest match to date.

“Sana po, lagi nyo akong ipagdasal sa mga darating ko pang laban, lalung lalo na this coming May second,” said the Filipino champ, who also thanked his former network GMA-7.

ABS-CBN welcomed the return of Pacquiao even as it assured its support for his campaign against Hatton.

“We are very happy with the decision of Manny Pacquiao to be his partner in future fights, including the Pacquiao-Hatton fight on May 2. As his former media partner, we shall support Manny's campaign to bring honor to the Philippines and to his kababayans here and around the world,” said Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN Head of Corporate Communications, in a statement.

“To Manny, we say, 'Welcome home, Kapamilya',” he added.

Osorio said that Pacquiao has signed a letter of intent with ABS-CBN which will cover the Hatton match and possibly three or more fights thereafter.

On questions about Pacquiao's contract with Solar Sports Entertainment, Osorio said the boxer will later answer queries to explain his decision.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has reportedly long been wanting to return to ABS-CBN according to actress and talk show host Kris Aquino.

Aquino said in her program Showbiz News Ngayon that she greeted Pacquiao's wife Jinkee through text (short messaging service) after receiving news that the boxer has reopened his partnership with the network.

"Nakatext ko kanina si Mareng Jinkee Pacquiao at sinabi kong 'welcome back, balik Kapamilya ulit kayo'," said Aquino.

The talk show host said Jinkee replied back with: "'Alam mo mare, matagal na talagang gusto ni Manny magbalik sa ABS-CBN at siya talaga ang may gusto at gumawa ng paraan para maging Kapamilyang muli." [abs-cbnnews.com]

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Kapamilya Deal or No Deal ends March27

Watch the final episodes of Kapamilya Deal No Deal on March 27, 2009. Jodi Sta Maria and her husband Pampi Lacson will appear on the March 20 episode. There’s been a teaser for the new game show called “Pinoy Bingo Night” which is to be the Philippine franchise of US’ National Bingo Night but no mention yet if Kris will host the new upcoming game show. Watch the final episode for more updates.

How to join the Pinoy Bingo Night:

Test to 2366 (Globe, TM, Sun, Cellular, Bayan, Smart, Talk ‘N Text)
Last Name / First Name / Age / Gender / Address
Example:
PBNsantos,marie / 30 / female / 22 Longhorn Street, Project 8 / Manila

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Charice to have her first solo concert in June 27

Charice continue to rise into her stardom for more of her dreams are coming true. She is scheduled to hold her first solo concert on June 27th at the Araneta Coliseum. Knowing Charice, she will surely put all her efforts to make her concert worth watching.

"Okay, so ito na ‘yon . Kung ano ang kabado ko sa Mandalay (for David Foster & Friends Live in Concert), doble ang kaba ko dito dahil sa solo concert ko ito. Banggitin mo pa lang 'yong Araneta Coliseum parang hindi na naman ako makapaniwala dahil dati pangarap ko lang mag-concert sa Araneta Coliseum so iniisip ko noon na hindi magkakatotoo. Ngayon at a young age, magkakaroon na ako ng sariling concert sa Araneta sa young age na ito," she said.

"Baka mag-start ako two weeks before the concert kasi, may recording ako sa States so mahirap talaga ang schedule. Actually siningit ko lang ang rehearsal so kahit maiksi ay araw-arawin ko lang ang pagre-rehearse," explains Charice.

She said proceeds of her concert will go to Bantay Bata 163.

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Charice to start shooting her first Hollywood movie

International young diva Charice flew to Los Angeles in the United States Monday morning not only to complete the recording of her first international album but also to start shooting her first Hollywood film. Charice, who was careful not to divulge too many details about the still untitled movie, revealed that the film will be produced by 20th Century Fox. “’Yong story niya umiikot sa tatlong animated characters,” Charice said. Aside from this, the visibly excited young singer refused to give other details about the upcoming film in Hollywood. On top of her first international film and album, Charice is also part of the "David Foster & Friends Live in Concert" in the US.The young singer stayed for a couple of weeks in Manila to fulfill her commitments here, including the taping for The Filipino Chanel's newest station ID. [Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News]

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Subic rape victim "Nicole" now unsure whether she was raped.

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Subic rape victim, Nicole, has now reversed her statement and doubted if she was really raped by US Marines Lance Corporal Daniel Smith. This was shocking to know. I became speechless for a moment. A lot of things went on my mind... what, why, how did and could this happen?

'Nicole' now doubts if Smith raped her
abs-cbnNEWS.com 03/17/2009 11:01 PM

The woman at the center of a controversy between the US and the Philippines has effectively reversed her statements regarding her rape by a US serviceman in 2005, saying she is now unsure whether she was raped.

In a five-page affidavit submitted Tuesday to the Court of Appeals by the lawyer of convicted US Marines Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, Subic rape case victim "Nicole," said she is now conscience-stricken and now doubts if she was really raped on November 1, 2005.

In the affidavit, which Nicole signed on March 12, 2009, she recalled the events of November 1, 2005 when she claimed she was raped in Subic by Smith, who was convicted a year later.

In her new statement, Nicole admitted she had been drinking a lot of alcohol that night and may have lost her inhibitions.

"With the amount of alcoholic mixed drinks I took, my low tolerance level for alcohol and with only a slice of pizza all night, it dawned upon me that I may have possibly lost my inhibitions, became so intimate with Daniel Smith and did more than just dancing and talking with him like everyone else on the dance floor," Nicole said.

Nicole said she herself poses questions and doubts on the case they built against Smith.

She asked, why would have Smith taken her out of the Neptune Club via the main entrance where a lot of people saw them if he had intended to rape her? And that if she had lost consciousness, as she insisted, why would she recall being kissed and groped by Smith at the back of the van that the American soldiers were using then?

Nicole said her conscience has been nagging her since she was friendly and intimate with Smith that night and they could've have gotten carried away.

"My conscience continues to bother me realizing that I may have in fact been so friendly and intimate with Daniel Smith at the Neptune Club that he was led to believe that I was amenable to having sex or that we simply just got carried away," she said.

'Risk public outrage' for justice

Nicole said she realizes that she will come under criticism for these statements, but she said she can't help but entertain doubts on what really happened.

"I expect many sectors to question my motives in executing this statement more than three years after the incident... thinking over and over again how I may have conducted myself at the Neptune Club, I can't help but entertain doubts on whether the sequence of events in Subic last November of 2005 really occurred the way the court found them to have happened," it read.

Nicole added she would rather face public outrage than do nothing to help the court ensure that justice has been served.

"I would rather risk public outrage than do nothing to help the court in ensuring that justice is served," she added.

The affidavit was submitted to the CA by Smith's lawyer Jose Justiniano, who also said, that they have settled their financial obligations to Nicole, worth P100,000.

All signs point to a deal

A veteran trial lawyer told ABS-CBN News this latest development in the rape case has all the indications that a deal has been reached between Smith and the victim.

The lawyer, who declined to be named, said that the recantation could eventually lead to the dismissal of the case and Smith's acquittal.

He said the ball is now in the hands of the prosecution on whether it will still insist that Nicole was indeed raped. It will then depend on the court to assess the value of Nicole's affidavit and decide whether to dismiss the case. -- report from Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN News

as of 03/17/2009 11:33 PM

Sworn statement of ‘Nicole’

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Charice "Fingerprint" video and lyrics


Lyrics

How can I be sure
When everything is so confusing
Im old enough to learn
But Im too young to know what Im doing
Gotta break free, from what used to be
It no longer makes sense to me
Ooouhh oooouuh

How do I stand out
In a world thats all about fitting in
Im certain of my doubts
But I wouldnt be me for no reason
My identity, right in front of me
Theres nobody else I wanna be like
Ooouhh oooouuh

Im just trying to find
Find my fingerprint
Redefine who am I
Where do I begin?
All I know is what Ive been told
But the one I see in the mirror is so different
Unique as my fingerprint

Im positive that I dont know where Im going.
How do I make sense of all these crazy emotions?
Im up and down, cant turn around
But Im so clear in my intention.
Ooouhh oooouuh

Oh cause Im just trying to find
Find my fingerprint
Redefine who am I
Where do I begin?
All I know is what Ive been told
But the one I see in the mirror is so different
Unique as my fingerprint

To facing me like Ive seen me
Not even close
If they know me like I know me
I dont know
Im still undecided but I realize that its okay
Good things are worth the wait

Im just tryin’ yeah
Where do I begin?
All I know oh …
So different
Unique as my fingerprint.

Find my fingerprint
Redefine who am I
Where do I begin?
All I know is what Ive been told
But the one I see in the mirror is so different
Unique as my fingerprint

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Is Kim Chiu anorexic?

I'm sure a lot of people have been noticing how much Kim have lost weight. She is too thin already. Is she anorexic? In her past interviews, Kim kept on saying no, she's not anorexic, and that she's been eating a lot but she's just not gaining weight. But how does she know for sure. Many of us are very concerned and she probably needs a nutritionist or seek the advice of a medical professional. Here is an information about how you can know if you are an anorexic and how you can deal with the problem.

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Pops Fernandez understands Martin Nievera's reaction

Everybody knows by now that Pops was recently dumped by her boyfriend of 3 years, Jomari Yllana. She called ex-husband Martin Nievera to break the sad news of her break-up, and as a friend and father to her two sons, Martin reacted and defended Pops. Jomari was not happy with Martin’s remarks and asked Martin to stop meddling because he was not part of the issue. Martin agreed that he should not have intervened but explained that he was only feeling bad for Pops who was obviously hurting at that time.

In my opinion, Martin should have just comforted Pops in private and left everything a private matter between Pops and Jomari because he would only put himself in the hot seat and the table can turn against him. We know how much and how many times he had hurt Pops in the past, so now how can he make such judgment on Jomari for hurting Pops. But at least Martin realized what he has done and promised to never speak again on the issue.

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Kris Aquino, Ai Ai Delas Alas, and how they reconciled

>> Monday, March 16, 2009

Finally, Kris and Ai Ai have reconciled, of course with the blessings of James Yap. Their falling out happened a few years back when James was accused of having an affair with a Belo employee, which caused Kris so much pain. Ai Ai who was a dear friend to Kris showed her support for Kris and made a very nasty comment that irked James Yap. Kris and Ai Ai did not really quarrel. It’s just that Kris didn’t have a choice but to respect and support her husband’s decision to not be friends with Ai Ai anymore.
How did they reconcile? According to Kris, the night Ai Ai was rushed to the hospital, she and James had a talk that resulted with James giving an approval for Kris and Ai Ai to be friends again. The following day, at SNN, Kris made a comment wishing Ai Ai to get well soon. Ai Ai, who was watching the show, was touched and felt the sincerity of Kris. To make the happy ending shorter, they both expressed how much Ai Ai loved Cory Aquino and their beautiful friendship is back for good.

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Pops Fernandez vs Jomari Yllana, Jomari vs Martin Nievara

Kung matinik ang sagot ni Jomari sa mga kinomento ni Martin tungkol sa kanya, hindi ko naman kinaya ang maanghang na comment ni Alfie Lorenzo against Martin.

MARTIN, SUPALPAL KAY JOMARI
Alfie Lorenzo
KUNG hindi man direktang napanood ni Martin Nievera ang sagot ni Jomari Yllana sa kanya sa bagong show nina Anjo Yllana at Eugene Domingo, I’m sure may mga nagparating na sa kanya sa mga binitiwan ni Jomari na matitinik na salita.
Sana, marinig namin ang sagot ni Martin na, “Me and my big mouth!”
Kung may balak man si Martin na sagutin ang mga tirada sa kanya ni Jomari, dapat (at ito ang dapat talagang gawin mo, Martin Tigas-Ulo) na panoorin muna niya ang kabuuan ng mga binitiwang salita ni Jomari sa Anjo-Eugene show at hindi panghawakan ‘yung mga mali-maling balita na ipaparating lang sa kanya at baka lumiko na naman siya sa mga sagot niya!
While watching Jomari that Saturday midnight, I cannot help but imagine myself on TV.
Parang ako ang nagbibitiw ng mga salitang ‘yun mula kay Jomari. Tumbok na tumbok ni Jomari ang mga pagkakamali ni Martin.

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Sino ba ang unang nang-iwan kay Pops kundi si Martin?
Kinakastigo ni Martin si Jomari as if Jomari was asking back: “Are you speaking for yourself, Mr. Nievera?”
Hindi muna kasi nag-isip si Martin bago siya sumawsaw sa isyu. U¬nang-una, past or ex-husband na siya ng babaeng involved.
Ano’ng karapatan niyang makilaro sa toy na itinapon na niya at pinu¬lot ng iba? If Martin says nanay si Pops ng dala¬wang anak nila, okey, fine!
But were the kids involved in the fray? It’s just between Jomari and the toy na napulot niya.
Ano’ng karapatan ni Martin na sumigaw sa namulot and shout: “Hoy! Akin ‘yan!”?
Sana, inisip na lang ni Martin na huwag na siyang makisawsaw dahil he is equally guilty.
Kumbaga sa krimen, si Martin ang gun hol¬der at si Jomari ay accomplice lang!
So Martin gets the weight of the crime.
“Ayokong makialam diyan, it’s between the two of them, baka makalkal pa ang una kong ginawa,” ‘yun dapat ang ibi¬nigay na sagot ni Martin sa mga nag-interbyu sa kanya. How come kaya ni Jomari na umiwas sa mga interview when he’s younger than Martin?
Mas may isip ba ang bata kesa matanda?
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Sasabihin na naman ni Martin niyan na kontra kami sa kanya, na kinakalaban namin siya.
Hindi, Mr. Nievera. Dumating ka sa showbiz na matagal na kaming nandito. And I am here not just to write praises for stars kundi pangaralan din sila at ituwid ang anumang mga pagkakamali nila.
Jomari and brothers Anjo & Ryan listen to our wisdom and we admire them for that.
Hindi kagaya mo, Mr. Martin Nievera, who acts and moves around as if know-it-all ka at ikaw ang pinakasikat na singer sa buong mundo.
From day one, itinaboy mo kami sa kampo ni Gary V. And through all the years Gary and A¬ngeli nurtured our friendship at malasakit sa career ni Gary V (including his health) and through all the years that passed -- heto ka, mukhang isang strugglling singer pa rin sa tabi ni Gary V.
***
Your dad made a mistake when he left Conchita Razon for ano¬ther girl. You left Pops for ano¬ther girl.
How can I be sure no one in your two sons will leave the mother of their children, too? Remember, it comes in threes? Or you don’t know?
***
I have seen and mingled with more Americans in Clark Air Base more than you did in Hawaii na mas marami pang Pinoys and other nationalities kesa pure Americans kaya I understand your attitude towards passing friendships lang and not lasting relationships with friends na may mga tunay na malasakit.
The way I see it, you treat people around you as mere passing fancy -- no lasting relationships nor friendships!
I understand that. As I understood every nuan¬ces of every nationalities. I studied that. You didn’t.
Buka ka lang buka nang buka ng bibig mo -- to sing and mostly to talk, talk, talk palatok! Tila walang meaning ang life sa iyo.
Do you have true friends, Mr. Nievera?
To Jomari: very well said, anak! Hindi halatang galing kay Tito Dougs mo ang binabasa mo! Hahahaha!!!!

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Charice aims for the Grammys

Filipina singer Charice Pempengco doesn’t claim to know the answer to that question.
“It’s all up to God,” she said.
But is she thinking of, maybe, going Hollywood?
After all, she sang not just in one, but two post-Oscar parties – in famed Beverly Hills resto Mr. Chow, and Oprah Winfrey’s bash held at the Kodak Theater.
Does she see herself co-starring with “High School Musical” heartthrob Zac Efron?
“No. I’d rather be in an adventure-comedy with Alvin and the Chipmunks,” she quipped.
The pint-sized Charice, 16, who can imitate the singing styles of local divas like Jessa Zaragoza and Sarah Geronimo, can likewise mimic the voices of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore from the animated music group Chipmunks.
But if there’s anything at all that Charice wishes to achieve through music, it is to be included in the most prestigious industry event in America.
“What’s on my mind is the Grammys,” she said.
She hopes to attend next year’s Grammy Awards as a nominee – especially since her debut album, currently being recorded and produced by David Foster, is set for release this summer.
“That’s my dream,” she admitted. “That one of my songs would be nominated, that I would win as Best New Artist.”
She sang her first single off that album, “Fingerprint,” along with Beyoncé Knowles’ “Listen,” in the two post-Oscar parties.
“I’m so thrilled because I saw a young girl on YouTube singing ‘Fingerprint,’” Charice related. “To think I had just recorded it, but she has already memorized all the words!”
“Fingerprint” was written by Robbie Nevil, the same guy behind The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up” and Jordin Sparks’ “One Step at a Time,” as well as three songs on the “High School Musical” soundtrack. He also recorded the hit tune “C’est La Vie” in 1987.
“We hope to have at least 10 songs in the new album,” Charice said. “We’re looking for ballads, R&B and upbeat numbers. I want most of the tracks to be original, with maybe just two covers.”
Having her own signature song is important to her: “So that when people watch my concerts, they would get to hear my own music, not just cover versions of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion hits.”
She also feels strongly about including a Filipino song in her US debut.
She said she got more nervous performing for fellow Filipinos in local shows compared to foreigners in gigs abroad.
Case in point: She confessed to having butterflies in her tummy prior to her latest free concert, a Women’s Month celebration at the Shangri-La Plaza mall. “Filipinos are very picky,” she said. “If you impress them, they will show their appreciation. If not, they will also show it!”
But seeing their faces light up is enough to inspire Charice.
“With every performance, here or abroad, I aim to make Filipinos proud,” she said.
[Bayani San Diego Jr. | Philippine Daily Inquirer]

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Gerald Anderson to do a movie with Sarah Geronimo

Gerald Anderson is being considered as the next leading man for Sarah Geronimo, which could mean that Gerald has to be pulled away from Kim to give way to a Gerald-Sarah team-up, which is enough reason to make Kimeralds very unhappy and possible angry.

As reported by ABS-CBN News, with Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz's on screen team-up taking the back-seat after two highly successful films, rumor has it that the Pop Star Princess’s next leading man will be Gerald Anderson. But much like the initial negative reactions that surfaced when the Sarah-Lloydie love-team was announced, there are worries that pairing Gerald with Sarah might not be a good idea because Gerald’s current team-up with Kim Chiu is also a team up to beat. Sarah seemed to agree with this idea in an interview with The Buzz yesterday (March 15). “Mahirap ‘yan kasi alam naman natin na ka love-team ni Gerald si Kim,” she voiced out. “Bahala na kung ano ang will ni Lord at ng management kung ano ‘yung ma-settle nila. Hindi ko naman puwedeng sabihing oo naman na agree na agree (dahil) maraming kailangang intindihin pa muna.”

Gerald on the other hand, said that he has yet to hear about the offer. “Siguro chismis-chismis lang ‘yan kasi wala pa namang offer from Star Cinema mismo directly to me. Wala,” he explained.

The actor revealed that he and Kim are slated to film a movie this July, leading him to believe that a team-up with Sarah is not yet possible. But if ever this were true, this will only be temporary and that he will eventually be reunited with Kim. “Sa amin naman, hindi mawawala ang Kimerald dahil kahit maghiwalay muna kami o maghiwalay kami, sa future magbabalik pa rin kami sa isa’t-isa,” justified the Fil-Am actor. Kim also said that she is okay with the idea but that they have not yet received any announcement about this.

In the POV (Points, Opinion, Violent Reactions) of The Buzz, Kris Aquino revealed that Deo Endrinal, the production unit head of Tayong Dalawa, which stars Kim and Gerald, had a talk with Vic del Rosario, head of Viva Films which in turn manages Sarah’s career. “Kasi feeling naman daw niya, Sarah should be teamed (up) with somebody close to her age bracket. Si Gerald talaga among those age bracket, siya talaga ang nangingibabaw ngayon. So pinag-iisipan ‘yan,” shared Kris. Boy Abunda on the other hand said that he has a split opinion about the matter as far as the fans are concerned. Kim and Gerald have a very huge following but when Sarah was teamed up with John Lloyd in A Very Special Love he also was highly identified with Bea Alonzo, so one can not really tell. “It’s good to be paired with other partners but you have to be careful because you play with the public eh. Take into consideration how fans will take it. You have to manage kung ano ang pananaw ng tagahanga,” Boy commented.

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Marian Rivera, Cosmopolitan cover girl for March 2009 issue

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Sarah Geronimo, Rayver Cruz, getting as close as MU

>> Saturday, March 14, 2009

Everybody is extra keeping watch of Sarah and Rayver to hopefully get a scoop of what's really going on between them. When Sarah mentioned in an interview before that Rayver was her crush - which super flattered naman si Rayver - rumors and speculations have never stopped. But Sarah insisted up to this day, that all they have for each other is nothing but admiration and friendship. She consistently said that she is not ready for any relationships and that her parents have also restricted her to any heart related commitment. Sarah has many admirers and there are many reasons for these guys to wish they are the man closes to her heart. Sarah is a very sweet, wholesome, funny, pretty, talented, kind and a respectable person. She also values her family which can mean that she is a potential good wife and excellent mother who will also value her own future family. Sarah is not the type of person who will do anything behind her parents back. So if Sarah says she's not ready for a love relationship yet, then she's not ready. This includes MU. But, in fairness, bagay talaga sila.

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Oprah, still the richest woman in the world

>> Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oprah Winfrey
U.S.$2.7 billion
Who cares if her ratings are down a bit? The Queen of All Media's brand is holding its value despite the worldwide recession as viewers remain endlessly riveted by her money-saving tips, celebrity interviews and relatable weight issues. Rural Mississippi native worked TV news circuit in Nashville, Baltimore. Turned faltering Chicago morning program into much-loved talk show. Nationally launched The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986; now airs in 144 countries, brings in 44 million U.S. viewers each week. Her production company Harpo produces Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray; adding show hosted by frequent guest Dr. Oz. Starting the Oprah Winfrey Network with Discovery; launch set for late 2009 or early 2010. Harpo Films just inked cable deal with HBO after 15 years at ABC. Foundation recently donated to schools in Newark, Atlanta. [Forbes]

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The World's Billionaires for 2009

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Sarah Geronimo off to US concert tours

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Sarah will travel 13 cities for her US concert tours. She and her whole family will be off for 48 days plus a few more days extension for a vacation. Sarah is 2008 queen of the box office and one of the most adored and well-loved screen personalities. Good luck to your concerst, Sarah!

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Charlene Gonzales will temporarily replace Ai Ai in "Ruffa & I"

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Why Jomari Yllana broke up wih Pops Fernandez

Many were speculating and reporting about the possible reason why Jomari broke up with Pops, including Pops herself, because everything suddenly happened and she had no idea what made Jomari end their three-year relationships. I've been guessing this myself from the beginning because I think Pops and Martin were still not letting go. Any man or woman who would have a relationship with them would feel insecured because they just still look good together (Pops & Martin) as a love team in reel and real life. Did Jomari got jealous of Martin? or was the break-up about money as initially reported? One of these days, we will hear the truth straight from Jomari's mouth of why he did what he did to Pops.

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Pops Fernandez have an idea why Jomari broke up with her

Pops Fernandez dismissed the rumors that she and actor Jomari Yllana broke up because of money matters or that she rekindled romance with ex-hubby Martin Nievera on Showbiz News Ngayon (March 10 episode). Ever since their split up came out in the news last week, Pops and Jomari were mum on the real cause of the break-up until the Concert Queen broke her silence on SNN.

Pops said that reports saying the break up was caused by money issues is really shallow. “Nung una ‘yung reaction siyempre, ‘Ha?!’ Nagulat ako, bakit ‘yun? Parang out of all the other reasons, I can think of, that’s never in the top 100 list or 500 list (even). Kasi wala talaga akong maisip na time ever na nagkaroon ng diperensiya sa pera.” She also denied claims that Jomari supposedly borrowed half a million pesos from her and that this eventually led to a heated argument. “Ako ha, heto ‘yung alam ko. Wala kami ever naging problema sa pera,” she assured. For her, this excuse is quite unfair.

The singer-actress then admitted that she is not sure of the real reason why they broke up. She guessed that it had something to do with her reunion concert with Martin, where Jomari was one of the producers of the show. “Siguro kasi the latter part, we were really pressured, without wanting to be. Siyempre when you’re working on a project. Siguro na-discover namin na there were so many differences because we’ve never worked together before,” she shared. She further explained that a professional involvement could have brought out the worst in them, damaging their personal relationship. “It’s a different world for us eh, ‘di ba all of a sudden, iba na ‘yung pinag-uusapan namin. Pareho kaming involved. Tapos pareho rin kaming pressured,” she said.

When host Boy Abunda suggested that Jomari might have felt jealous of her ex-husband, Pops said that this crossed her mind. She added that her reunion with Martin was just work and it was actually more of them moving on with their separate lives. [ABS-CBN]

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After "You Changed My Life", announcing what's next?

Too much pressure daw ang naramdaman ni Sarah ng ina-nounce na mag-kakaroon ng pangatlong movie ang movie nila ni John Lloyd pero marami ang na-excite sa balita lalong lalo ng ang mga fans na nakaka-relate kina Laida at Miggy.

The victory party of You Changed My Life last Monday night, March 9, turned out to be a very emotional one as Director Cathy Garcia-Molina thanked everyone who made the movie possible, especially those who worked behind the scenes. “Maraming beses na ako umaakyat ng entablado, sa mga presscons or sa premiere night, pero ito ang isang bagay na hindi ko nagagawa. ABS-CBN has always taught us the value of meritocracy. And I think I am so guilty because hindi ko siya naisasabuhay. I failed to thank the people who have helped me finish a film every time… [Sa cast], you have made my tears go away literally. You all made me laugh. Natatanggal po nila yung sama ng loob ko. I know I can be a monster at times pero kayo yung nakakapitan ko every time,” she said in between tears during her moving speech.

John Lloyd Cruz also commended the crew for giving their all to the project despite the long working hours. Then he announced that he would share 10 percent of his fee to “the boys” who really went without sleep and baths for days just to deliver a quality movie on time for its playdate. “Kasi alam ni’yo, yung success ng pelikula, nakikita ni’yo lang kasi yung malalaking pangalan na nasa poster. Pero malaking part ng success ng pelikula yung hirap at pagod ng crew. And ako naiintindihan ko na we all live in a third world country. I don’t think they’re getting much of what they deserve. Ako I just want to share, para rin mas masarap ang tulog ko sa gabi,” he later explained to the network’s reporters who attended the occasion.

But the main highlight of the event was when Star Cinema Managing Director Malou Santos announced that there would be a sequel to You Changed My Life next year. “[You Changed My Life] made history because it’s the first sequel na ginawa sa Philippine movie history na isang love story na nagkaroon ng sequel at mas malakas pa sa original. So alam namin na itong franchise na ito ay marami pa’ng tatakbuhin. Maraming naka-relate kay Laida at kay Miggy kasi feeling ng lahat ng tao katabi lang nila sila. So alam namin na ang characters ng movie na ito kahit saan magpunta dala-dala nating lahat. So sundan ninyo ang sunod na kabanata sa buhay ni Laida at ni Miggy sa part three,” she declared much to everyone’s excitement, including ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio who was reportedly the one who wanted another sequel the most.

Sarah Geronimo, on the other hand, was a bit apprehensive when she heard the news because people’s expectations of her would be much greater, given the accomplishments that her two films have made in less than a year. “Wow na lang po ang masasabi ko. Risky yun. Sobrang risky po yun. Pero bahala na si Lord. Katulad nung pinasa-Diyos na lang namin yung dalawang pelikula. Bahala na po. Siyempre happy and excited din ako pero nandun na kaagad yung kaba,” she admitted.

As for John Lloyd, he feels sad that it would take some time before the said reunion movie would push through. “Medyo nalulungkot ako kasi may part three nga pero ang dami pang mangyayari [at] ang dami pang pagdadaanan. Ako manggagaling po sa—I think—dalawang pelikula bago namin magawa yun. Nalulungkot ako kasi ang tagal ko pa silang makakasama eh, si Sarah, yung ibang cast, at yung crew... Mangyayari nga pero parang ang tagal pa,” he maintained.

The two lead stars of the film also stressed how much they appreciate their fans’ all-out support ever since they did A Very Special Love last 2008. “Kung pwede ko lang kayo lahat i-powerhug! Ginulat ni’yo kami ng husto sa suporta na ibinibigay ni’yo sa You Changed My Life [at] sa tandem namin ni John Lloyd. At if ever magkaroon kami ng movie part three or ng part four, sana po nandiyan pa rin kayo. [Sana magpatuloy] yung interest ni’yo na ma-witness ulit kung ano na yung development sa love story ni Laida Magtalas and ni Miggy Montenegro,” she beamed.

You Changed My Life is now on its third week showing in theatres nationwide. Watch out for more updates about the Box Office team-up of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz here on ABS-CBN.com.

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Gunman kills at least 11 people at German school

Gunman kills at least 11 people at German school

By Hendrik Sackmann
Reuters | Wednesday, March 11, 2009; 8:00 AM

WINNENDEN, Germany (Reuters) - A gunman killed at least 11 people, mainly students, at a secondary school in southwest Germany on Wednesday, officials said.

It appeared to be the worst school shooting in the country in seven years.

The gunman, who German media reports said was dressed in black combat gear, had fled from the school in Winnenden, a town of 27,000 near Stuttgart, and was still on the loose.

"The suspect hasn't been caught yet," a police spokeswoman said.

At least 11 people had been killed, he said.

Helicopters were circling above the historic market town, which had been largely sealed off.


The Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, a secondary school for students aged around 10 to 16, had been evacuated and rescue workers and fire fighters were at the scene.

Television pictures showed dozens of heavily-armed black-clad SWAT teams entering the two-storey white building.

"Police are coming through the whole time. They're obviously looking all over town for him," said Roberto Seifert, who works at a company neighboring the school. "We've never had anything like this," he told Reuters.

German media said the gunman was a former student at the school. Other reports said the suspect was a 17-year old, who had used weapons his parents legally held at home.

Germany has strict weapons laws, with gunholders having to fulfill certain criteria on age and weapons expertise to obtain a license for firearms.

A market town whose origins stretch back to the 12th century, Winnenden is the hometown of German firm Kaercher, a maker of high pressure cleaners.

Several school shootings have shocked Germany in past years. In 2006, a masked man wearing explosives and brandishing rifles opened fire at a school in the western town of Emsdetten, wounding at least 11 people before committing suicide.

In April 2002, Germany suffered its worst school shooting when a gunman killed 17 people, including himself, at a high school in the eastern city of Erfurt.

Wednesday's shooting followed a rampage in the United States on Tuesday in which a gunman shot dead 10 people then killed himself in southern Alabama.

Joachim Kersten, from the police academy in Muenster western Germany, suggested on N24 television that the news of the Alabama shooting might have encouraged the gunman in Germany.

"For someone on the verge of (wanting to commit such an act), there's nothing more appealing than such pictures," Kersten said. "Such people...are very interested in the media description of such events," he said, referring to the images of the Alabama shooting spree.

(Reporting by Holger Hansen, Dave Graham, Noah Barkin)

(Writing by Kerstin Gehmlich; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Alabama man suspect Michael McLendon kills 10 and self

Alabama shooting spree suspect Michael McLendon kills 10 and self in Kinston, Samson and Geneva
BY Leo Standora
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 2:32 AM Hare/AP

Family members of victims of a shooting rampage comfort each other in Samson, Ala.
An Alabama man with an assault weapon burned down his mother's house around her, shot his grandparents, aunt and uncle dead, then killed five other people Tuesday before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Coffee County coroner Robert Preachers identified the shooter as Michael McLendon and said he was in his 30s. It was unclear if the mother, Lisa McClendon, who died, had been shot.

Authorities gave no motive for the rampage that claimed victims in several homes in the small towns of Kinston, Samson and Geneva and along the highway connecting them. Two of the dead were a sheriff deputy's wife and 3-month-old child.

Several other people were injured, including Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey, who was saved by his bulletproof vest, and a state trooper wounded by flying glass when his car was hit with seven slugs.

Investigators Tuesday night were looking into possible shootings in other locations. "This is one of the most tragic events ever in Geneva County," state Sen. Harri Anne Smith said.

The carnage began in the late afternoon in Kinston, where Michael McLendon burned down his mother's home. Officials said McClendon then went to nearby Samson and shot his grandparents, aunt and uncle.

The sheriff deputy's wife and child were slaughtered in their mobile home, officials said. McClendon also killed another person at a Samson supply store and a woman at a service station, they said. The location of the shooting of the 10th victim was unclear.

Cops said McClendon fired randomly at people as his maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse traveled along Highway 52 toward Geneva's Reliable Metal Products, which makes grills and vents for heating and air conditioning systems, mainly for hotels.

"He was just driving down the street shooting at people sitting on their porches," Smith said. "A family was just sitting on the porch and they were shot."

Cops caught up with McClendon at Reliable, where he was said to be a past or present employee. After firing 30 rounds at the officers, he went inside and shot himself to death.

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Jonas Brothers announces World Tour!


Jonas Brothers' world tour dates:


South America:

May 19 - Lima, Peru
May 20 - Santiago, Chile
May 21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 23 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 24 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
North America:
June 20 - Cowboys New Stadium in Dallas, Texas
June 22 - BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 24 - Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado
June 26 - Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho
June 27 - Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon
June 28 - Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington
June 30 - General Motors Place in Vancouver
July 02 - Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alabama July 04 - Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah
July 05 - MTS Centre in Winnipeg
July 07 - Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska
July 08 - Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 09 - Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 10 - Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
July 13 - Verizon Center in Washington, DC
July 14 - IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey
July 17 - Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
July 20 - Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
July 24 - Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 25 - Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 26 - Palace Of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan
July 28 - Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri
July 29 - Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri
August 01 - Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada
August 03 - HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
August 04 - ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California
August 05 - SaveMart Center in Fresno, California
August 07 - Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
August 11 - Jobing.com Center in Phoenix, Arizona
August 13 - AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas
August 14 - Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
August 15 - New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana
August 16 - BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama
August 18 - St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida
August 19 - Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
August 21 - Jacksonville Veterans' Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida
August 22 - Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
August 23 - Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
August 25 - Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee
August 26 - Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
August 27 - Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
August 29 - Bell Centre in Montreal
August 30 - Rogers Centre in Toronto
August 31 - Scotiabank Place in Ottawa

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Missing suspect in Ninoy Aquino' slay to be pursued, why only now?

>> Monday, March 9, 2009

I don't get it? Didn't they know about this person before? It's good that they are pursuing this man who is believed to be the key in identifying the mastermind in the murder of Benigno "Ninoy" Aguino, but why only now? How come not even one person in our justice or court system thought of searching this person from the beginning? Perhaps corruption first before duty? Ano ba naman yan!
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Missing suspect in Ninoy slay to be pursued

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Toni Gonzaga, Sam Mily, better off as friends

Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga are featured in Love Duets of Star Records. They are now the best of friends after a special kind of friendship that ended without closure. Now, they know each other better. “Alam mo si Toni, she’s someone that really hides,” said Sam. “That was before. I was so reserved,” retorted Toni.

Asked why their friendship did not blossom, Toni answered, “Kasi naging busy nga si Sam at nag kanya kanya na kami.” For his part, Sam explained, “Toni said, Sam, I’m too busy but let’s save the friendship. Let’s just be friends.” [Boy Abunda]

"Gustong gusto ko si Sam and Toni as love team before and they did have a good start sa kanilang relationship, then all of a sudden, as we all know now, biglang naging Sam and Ann Curtis. Pero anyway, it's really a blessing for Toni talaga because he found a good man naman in Paul Soriano. God really works in a mysterious ways. You may hurt for losing someone to somebody else but then God always naman has something better stored for you like what happened to Toni. Sabi nga ni Toni, pray ka lang ng pray!" - o 'di vah!

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Winners of Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant

Winners of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant pose following their coronation early Sunday. They are (from left) Regina Hahn, second runner-up; Melody Gersbach, who will represent the Philippines in this year’s Miss International pageant; Pamela Bianca Manalo, who will represent the country for Miss Universe; Marie Ann Umali, who will represent the country for Miss World; and Richell Angalot, first runner-up. [Jonjon Vicencio]

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PHILIPPINES' TOP TEN MOVIES for 2008

>> Sunday, March 8, 2009

(Some of the figures may have slightly changed.)
1. A Very Special Love - P179,569,117
2. Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat - P171.0 million
3. Caregiver - P139,536,302
4. For The First Time - P132,774,212
5. Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After - P107.0 million
6. My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend - P101,257,479
7. Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol! - P90,507,251
8. When Love Begins - P89,376,729
9. Mag-ingat Ka Sa Kulam - P85,469,574
10. My Only Ü - P78,399,615

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Mar Roxas, Korina Sanchez wedding plans to be announced soon

>> Friday, March 6, 2009


James Yap Jr., the youngest son of the Philippines’ Queen of Talk Kris Aquino and star cager James Yap, will be the ring bearer in the much-awaited wedding of ABS-CBN news anchor Korina Sanchez and Senator Mar Roxas II.

Aquino announced over ABS-CBN's “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon” that she won’t disclose other details of the wedding except that her baby boy will be part of the special occasion.

“Ito I can safely say this. I'm not gonna say when [the marriage will be] cause it's up to Korina and Mar, but definitely, ring bearer si Baby James. Kasi hindi ba nag-interbyuhan kami ni Korina, kinumpromiso ko na siya na first time na magri-ring bearer ni Baby James for my kinakapatid Mar Roxas and for my dear friend Korina Sanchez,” Aquino said.
Aquino spilled the beans after SNN reported the current status of Roxas and Sanchez’s romantic relationship.
"Masaya, puno ng pag-ibig. Happy kami at saka maganda, nagkakasundo kami kasi pareho kami ng gusto para sa bayan natin," Sanchez said. "So todo support ako sa kanya, todo support din siya sa akin."

Asked by SNN if there’s already a date for the wedding, Sanchez was evasive and simply replied: “Ikaw ang unang makakaalam.” [ABS-CBN News]

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Rapper Francis Magalona passes away

Popularly known as the King of Pinoy Rap, performer Francis Magallona passed away early this morning, March 6 at the Medical City due to complications from leukemia. Francis has been battling cancer since August of 2008. The announcement was first made on Eat Bulaga!, a variety show of which he had been a host prior to his health problems

Francis M left behind his wife Pia Arroyo and children Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Isabella, Elmo, Arkin, Clara, Saab and actress Maxene Magalona.

Our deepest condolences to the family.

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Pops Fernandez shocked over breakup with Jomai Yllana

>> Thursday, March 5, 2009

“Hurting but healing” was how Pops Fernandez describes how she’s coping with the breakup with Jomari as told to Ricky Lo, which was published in his column Funfare in Philippine Star today, March 5. It was Jomari who confirmed the breakup - a couple of days back - of their 3 long years of relationships. They already broke up once before but according to both of them, the first time was only to cool off since reconciliation followed soon after. This time, they talked about the breaking up and so it happened. But according to Pops, “Sa totoo lang, I was shocked. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t see it coming”. Pops said that she was shocked for a few days and was hurting, but she know she’ll manage. It’s not that this is the first break-up experience of her life. She’s gone through so much in the past and she knows that this one too will come to past.

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Filipinos disgusted over pardon of Ninoy's killers by Arroyo

‘Pardon of Ninoy’s killers an act of vengeful regime’
By Jason Faustino
03/06/2009
Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar Binay yesterday described Mrs. Arroyo’s grant of pardon to the soldiers convicted of killing former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino as an act of “petty vindictiveness.”

“Pinersonal na ni Mrs. Arroyo si Presidente Cory,” Binay said.

“Just to spite former President Aquino, Mrs. Arroyo has committed an injustice to the memory of Ninoy, the Aquino family and to the people,” he said.

The former President openly broke with Mrs. Arroyo in 2005, calling for the latter’s resignation after the contents of the so-called “Hello Garci” recordings were made public. Mrs. Aquino had been a key figure in major protest actions until she was sidelined by cancer.

Binay asked for prayers for Mrs. Aquino “so she may have the strength to weather this injustice inflicted on her by a vengeful regime.”

For his part, former Makati Rep. Agapito “Butz” Aquino yesterday expressed disappointment over the release of his brother’s convicted murderers.

He said he is leaving the fate of the convicted murderers of his brother Ninoy to God.

“Ako tanggap ko na ang desisyon nasa Panginoon na ang katarungan pagdating diyan,” he said.

The 10 convicts — Rogelio Moreno, Ruben Aquino, Arnulfo Artates, Romeo Bautista, Jesus Castro, Arnulfo de Mesa, Rodolfo Desolong, Claro Lat, Ernesto Mateo and Filomeno Miranda — stepped out of the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City last Wednesday as part of an executive clemency granted by President Arroyo on March 2.

They were the remaining convicts out of the 16 military men the Sandiganbayan court found guilty on Sept. 28, 1990 for the murders of Ninoy and Rolando Galman, who the Marcos administration pointed to as the gunman.

The other six convicts had either died in prison or were pardoned by previous administrations.

These men were part of an escort contingent that led Ninoy out of the China Airlines plane that took him back to the Philippines after years of exile in the United States on Aug. 21, 1983. He was shot dead on his way down to the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. Moreno was the identified gunman. They also killed Galman in the operation.

“Alam mo iyan ay desisyon ng Pangulo ng administrasyon na pagkatapos ng 26 years, eh pabayaan na natin magdesisyun sila. Hindi natin gusto ang nangyari gusto natin magsisi muna, naalala mo walang nakiramay sa kanila ganun pa man kung iyan desisyon sige na nga kumilos na tayo, move on,” Butz said.

Kris Aquino, daughter of Ninoy, in a statement she issued over ABS-CBN, expressed her anger over the release of her father’s convicted murderers as she appealed to the public not to forget his sacrifices to restore democracy in the country.

“My dad was killed by those men who were freed today,” a teary-eyed Kris said last Wednesday in ABS-CBN’s Showbiz News Ngayon, an entertainment-oriented daily news program she hosts.

Kris said she had wanted to keep mum on the issue and let her brother, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, speak for the family. But watching the freed convicts on newscasts lament losing years of their lives while in detention at the Muntinlupa prison made her break her silence.

“Gusto kong mapaalala po sa inyong lahat na kung sila matagal silang nahiwalay sa pamilya nila, magmula Aug. 21,1983 ako ba at mga kapatid ko may tatay ba kaming nayakap?” the TV host-actress said.

“My mom as everybody knows has cancer. Sa lahat ng paghihirap na pinagdadaanan ng mommy ko, meron ba siyang asawa na kahawak kamay niya ngayon at puwedeng nagbibigay suporta sa kaniya? Wala ‘di ba? (After all the sufferings my mom went through, does she have a husband to hold hands with and offer support? None,” she added.

Ninoy’s death spurred the popular people power revolt that catapulted his widow to the presidency.

“Nung presidente ang nanay ko, hindi po kami naningil ng buhay kapalit ng buhay ng daddy ko,” Kris said, adding the pardoned convicts should not fool the public by claiming their innocence.

They were still convicted of killing her father, even if they claim they just “followed orders,” she said.

“Pinatay nila si Ninoy Aquino... hindi ko mapapatawad ang sarili ko bilang anak ni Ninoy Aquino kung hindi ako magsasalita,” she stressed.

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Tom Cruise threatens to sue clothing firm

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has threatened to file a lawsuit against the owners of a T-shirt company that allegedly planned to use his image for promoting their garments.

The 'Top Gun' actor's lawyer Aaron Moss has issued a stern warning to the people behind Addictiontee.com, citing false advertising and consumer fraud in a bid to thwart their design plans, reports contactmusic.com.

It is thought the threatened legal action centres on the company's plans to use a picture of Cruise apparently wearing one of the controversial T-shirts.

'...we believe that such photograph is a fake that has been 'photoshopped' or otherwise manipulated to make it look like he's (Cruise) wearing your t-shirt,' Moss wrote in the official warning letter.

The clothing firm's bosses, however, are undeterred and are even considering taking inspiration from the legal threat for a new T-shirt design.

A spokesman for Addictiontee.com said: 'We're going into production of a T-shirt inspired by Cruise's attorney with the words 'legal addict' on the front and 'I sue everybody' on the back.' [BigNews Network]

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Judy Ann Santos, Ogie Alcasid to shoot a new movie

Judy Ann and Ogie Alcasid started shooting a new movie while preparing for her wedding. The new movie will be directed by Dante Nico Garcia. Juday’s role in the movie is like a Ruffa Mae Quinto look alike. Something to look forward to and see how they are going to do this since we know how sexy Ruffa Mae is. This is going to be a very funny movie and will surely be a big hit.

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Annabelle Rama threatened to leave GMA7 by March 14

Annabelle Rama threatens to pull out all her talents if JC de Vera’s contract will not be renewed by March 14. But GMA7 official warns that pulling out her talents before their contracts expire would be a clear violation of the contracts.

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Charice is rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars

Charice is so amazing! She is truly one of a kind. Who wouldn't be proud of her for all her achievements in such a short period of time. It seems like only yesterday when she was still struggling, her musical talent was not being noticed much and no good breaks were coming her way. But now, just look at who she’s rubbing elbows with:
Rubbing elbows with the Hollywood stars na ang pride ng ating bansa na si Charice Pempengco nang ibinalita sa Showbiz News Ngayon kamakailan na marami siyang nakilalang mga international celebrities during a post Oscar Awards party na pinangunahan umano ni Oprah Winfrey. Naimbitihan si Charice at nakilala niya ang mga pangunahing bida ng Oscars Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, Best Actress Kate Winslet, Best Actor Sean Penn at iba pang nanalo sa Oscars.
Isa rin sa mga hindi malilimutang experience umano si Charice during the event ay nang lumapit ang controversial heiress na si Paris Hilton sa Pinay singer para sa isang photo opportunity. “After the Oscar party lumapit lang sa akin ‘yung PA (personal assistant) ni Paris sabi niya, ‘Did you meet Paris?’ Sabi ko, ‘Not yet.’ Pagtingin ko nandun si Paris. Napanood na pala niya ako sa Oprah at sa isang event. Nagpa-picture siya sa akin. Tapos cute na cute siya akin. Gusto niya akong iuwi para daw akong key chain,” masayang pagbabahagi ng batang singer.
Malaking bagay umano para sa kanya na lapitan siya ng kilalang Hollywood figure na kontrobersyal man ay naging mabait ang pakikitungo sa kanya. Nakilala rin ni Charice ang kinababaliwan ngayon ng mga kabataan, ang Jonas Brothers. “Ayokong ipakita na nababaliw ako sa kanila. Sila ‘yung unang nagpakilala,” kuwento ni Charice. “Pinakamabait sa kanila for me ‘yung youngest, si Nick. Lumapit siya sa akin, talagang super gentleman siya. Inabot niya agad ‘yung kamay niya sa akin sabi niya, ‘Hi, I’m Nick.’ Sabi ko, ‘I’m Charice.”
Subalit higit sa lahat, na-starstruck umano ang dalagita nang mahawakan niya ang isang Oscar statue at makapagpa-picture kasama ito.[ABS-CBN]

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Paris Hilton is the new fan of Charice

>> Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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At Gerald Anderson's birthday party: "where was Kim Chiu?"

Everybody is wondering what’s going on with Kim and Gerald because in an important event in Gerald’s life like his having a birthday party, Kim’s absence will surely raise a question in the people’s mind. Why was Kim not at Gerald’s birthday party. Kim clarifies the issue on Showbiz News Ngayon:

Meanwhile, Kim denied rumors claiming that she did not attend Gerald’s surprise birthday party on purpose. It just so happened that she was shooting a commercial at that time. “Kasi biglaan ang surprise birthday party para sa kanya,” explained Kim. “Naka-schedule ako para sa commercial (shoot).” She related that when she finished shooting at two in the morning, she asked Gerald if she could still catch up, but was told that their friends have already gone home. Kim said that she has not given her leading man her gift yet since his real birthday won’t be until this Saturday (March 7). She said that she has not yet bought her present but she’s making sure that Gerald would like it.

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Pokwang clears misunderstanding with show producer

Because Pokwang is so hot and in demand these days, she's expected to be followed by so many controversies. Pokwang is an easy person to deal with, and she will never do anything to hurt her reputation. She's one of the nicest person in the industry so, on issues like this, you can be sure that Pokwang is and always tells the truth. Also, to be more clear, Pokwang has an issue with a producer not with the poeple of Olongapo, meaning, Pokwang's new album, "Pokwang, ang Album na May Puso" will not and will never be banned in Olongapo

Nakausap ng ABS-CBN.com ang singer-comedienne na si Pokwang at nilinaw nito ang isyu regarding sa pang-i-isnab daw nito sa isang producer ng isang show-commitment sa Subic on March 17. Diumano'y may offer sa comedienne na magso-show siya sa takdang date but lately, nagkakaroon daw ng problema ang Dream Out Loud Productions dahil sa pag-atras ni Pokie (palayaw sa singer-host). "Wala akong tinanggihang show. Sila ang may problema at hindi ako," paliwanag ng Wowowee host.


Klinaro ni Pokey na ang tinanggihan niya ay ang title ng show, dahil nais ng producer na "Pooh-kwang" ang gamiting title. "Ang sabi ko, hindi pwede ang Pooh-Kwang dahil sa ASAP 'yon," meaning ang ASAP Productions ang nagma-may-ari ng title na Pooh-Kwang. Balita rin kasing may repeat pa ang said show sa MusicMuseum this year. Nairita si Pokey dahil isnulat na siya'y nag-iinarte at nagma-maldita. "Saan nila nakuha yong salitang nagma-maldita ako? " diin pa ni Pokwang. Sabi niya, dapat daw ay kinausap muna siya ng writer bago ito isulat dahil apektado siya at ang kanyang propesyon. "Alam n'yo naman, kahit na kendi (honorarium) lang kung makakatulong sa charity, papayag akong mag-show ng libre. Nagugulat kasi ako, na kung anu-ano ang lumalabas? Sana, klaruhin muna nila at hindi ‘yong kung anu-ano ang isnusulat? Porke ba't artista kami, public figure lahat na ng dapat isulat, mati-take namin? Na, kahit maaktan kami, okay lang? Hindi naman tama 'yun. Tao din kami, nasasaktan." muli pang sumbong ni Pokie. "Alalahanin nila na may kamag-anak din akong nakakabasa at nasasaktan."


The height pa sa nasulat na ipapa-ban daw sa Olongapo ang album niyang Pokwang, ang Album na May Puso? “Bakit naman nila iba-ban yong bagay na hindi naman nakakasama sa industriya at nakakatulong pa? Ang ipa-ban nila, ‘yong mga nagda-drugs!" himutok pa ng komedyana. "Baka akala nila, bf ko si Obama," biglang patawa ni Pokey.


Ito pa ang official statement ng Star Magic regarding sa issue.


Ito po ay tungkol sa mga nasulat ni Mr. Benny Andaya kahapon (March 2,2009) sa Balita at ngayon (March 3, 2009) sa Bagong Tiktik tungkol kay Pokwang. Nais lang po namin linawin ang issue.


Noong mga late 2008 o early January 2009 unang pumasok ang inquiry sa handler ni Pokwang para sa March 25, 2009 show sa Subic . Dahil libre naman si Pokwang sa araw na iyon, okay na tanggapin ang inquiry kaya nagpadala ang Star Magic ng unsigned Agreement o Contract kay Melai Sarmiento, ang booking agent ng nasabing show. Unsigned ang contract dahil patakaran ng Star Magic na ang Producer ang unang pipirma sa mga contracts. Nang matanggap ng booking agent ang contract, mas mababa raw ang napag-usapang talent fee dahil charity show naman daw ang event. Ipinaalam na babaan ang talent fee ni Pokwang at pumayag naman ang Star Magic. Nasabihan ang booking agent na ok na ang mas mababang talent fee. Sabi ng

booking agent na willing sila na magbigay na ng downpayment at hinihingi na rin ang bagong contract na nagsasaad ng mas mababang talent fee. Ang naging problema, may nagtanong sa Star Magic kung may negotiations para kay Pokwang sa isang show sa Subic dahil ayon sa mga posters at tickets, ang title pala ng show ay Poohkwang. ASAP Live ang may rights sa nasabing

title at hindi maaring gamitin ng iba. Dahil wala pa namang napirmahang contract, ang desisyon ay huwag ng gawin ni Pokwang ang show dahil may problema nga sa title.


Matapos ng ilang linggo, may nagsabi kay Pokwang na may show pala siya sa Subic ngayong March 17. Nagtaka ang komedyana kaya tinanong niya sa kanyang handler kung meron nga siyang booking. Nang sabihin sa kanyang wala, minabuti ni Pokwang na iannounce sa Wowowee na wala siyang show sa Subic sa March 17. Maayos naman na ang usapan ng Star

Magic at ng producer tungkol sa misunderstanding kaya nakapagtataka na may mga lumalabas na issue ngayon. Saka, hindi dapat si Pokwang ang i-nega dito dahil wala naman siyang alam sa mga usapan tungkol sa show. Sana matapos na ang usapin tungkol sa issue na ito.[Ador Saluta/ABS-CBN]

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Octuplets' Mom's Ex-husband: "Those Aren't My Kids"

Marcos Gutierrez may no longer be married to Nadya Suleman, and has nothing to do with her octuplets and six other children, but he still speaks highly of her.

Gutierrez, who is remarried with two children, separated from Suleman after four years of marriage in 2000. He filed for divorce in 2006. After their separation, Suleman went on to have 14 children, including the octuplets born earlier this year.

"She was my ex-wife," he tells Inside Edition, airing Wednesday. "They are not my kids, but I wish her the best. ... I still want her to be happy. Happiness for her is to have all these kids.

Gutierrez insists that, despite their divorce, he's pulling for Suleman, who, he says, is "not a bad person. She's a great person with a great heart."

With the first of her newborns due home in the coming weeks, Gutierrez insists that the most important thing for Suleman is to begin accepting the offers of assistance. "Right now, she has to seek a lot of help," he says. "This position is going to be hard for her on her own." [Johnny Dodd/People.com]

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Britney Spears regains success with first concert

Everyone is crazed talking about Britney's recent comeback concert:

"We're so happy she's back," said 16-year-old Justin Scarbrough of New Orleans, wearing a T-shirt he designed himself that bears Spears' image and the words "I Support Britney Spears."

In the past five years, Spears has gone through more tumult than many endure in a lifetime: She's been married and divorced, had two kids, gone to rehab, gone through a custody battle, found herself briefly committed, and been so out of control that her father, Jamie Spears, was appointed by a court to oversee his daughters' personal and professional affairs indefinitely.

But over the past year, Spears' life and career has rebounded. Her "Circus" CD, released in December, has already sold more than 1.3 million copies, and she's had two hits off the CD, the No. 1 "Womanizer" and the top five "Circus."

Tuesday's "Circus" tour, which takes Spears to 27 cities in the United States before heading to Europe in June, is the pop star's biggest opportunity to connect with her still formidable fan base.

"That was awesome," said 21-year-old Lauren Baudoin of Lafayette, La., after the show. Baudoin's sister, 18-year-old Lindsey Baudoin, said she liked that there were entertainers between the songs.

"It kept going," Lindsey Baudoin said. "It was nonstop."

Full article: Spears returns in first concert tour in 5 years

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