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30 Days with Charice - Episode 6 (Home Sweet Home)

>> Friday, December 17, 2010

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30 Days with Charice - episode 5 (with Japanese press in Japan)

>> Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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30 Days with Charice - episode 4 (LA & Wango Tango)

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30 Days with Charice - episode 3 (New York City interviews)

>> Friday, December 10, 2010

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30 days with Charice - episode 2 (performance on QVC)



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30 days with Charice - episode 1 (Web Series)



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30 days with Charice - trailer



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My Amnesia Girl spoof

>> Friday, December 3, 2010



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New world awaits Kate Middleton as compared with Princess Diana

>> Friday, November 19, 2010




There's lots of fun, love, and respect between them which are very important to have to make a famous marriage survive:

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The ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton

>> Thursday, November 18, 2010




LONDON (AP) — Prince William finally became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, giving her his late mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring, as Britain looked forward to its biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer almost 30 years ago.

Royal officials announced Tuesday that the couple will marry next spring or summer in London, ending years of rumored splits, reconciliations and will-they, won't-they speculation.

William is second in line to the British throne after Charles, his father. Kate and William's first child would move ahead of his younger brother Prince Harry to become third in line to the throne.

William, speaking in a joint TV interview, discussed marriage with Middleton for more than a year before he proposed during a vacation in Kenya last month.

"As every guy out there will know, it takes time a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going," William said. "It just felt really right out in Africa and was beautiful at the time."

He gave Middleton the engagement ring once worn by his late mother, Diana — an oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds from the jeweler Garrard.

"This was my way of making sure that my mother didn't miss out on today," William said as the couple posed for photographers in the state apartments at St. James' Palace.

Middleton acknowledged that being queen was "a daunting prospect." She declined to say whether the prince had proposed on bended knee.

Clarence House said that while William's bride-to-be is commonly known as Kate, her official name is Catherine Elizabeth — the style used by her close family. She will be named Queen Catherine if William, as expected, eventually takes the British throne.

Many in Britain welcomed the royal engagement as a rare piece of good news in a time of economic uncertainty and cutbacks — a time much like 1981, when millions watched Charles and Diana's fairy-tale wedding. Their marriage eventually ended in divorce — but no one was dwelling on that detail Tuesday.

William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband Prince Philip "are absolutely delighted for them both," Buckingham Palace said. Prince Charles said he was "absolutely thrilled," and his wife, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, said her stepson's engagement was "the most brilliant news."

"It's wicked," said the duchess, who had just attended an event at the theater where the musical "Wicked" is playing.

Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael, welcomed the prince to their family.

"We all think he's wonderful, we're extremely fond of him," Michael Middleton said. "They make a lovely couple."

Prime Minister David Cameron wished the couple "great joy in their life together," and said when he announced the news during a Cabinet meeting it was greeted by cheers and "a great banging of the table."

Cameron, who said he had camped out on the street the night before Charles and Diana's wedding procession, predicted this royal wedding would be a "great moment for national celebration" that would unite Britain.

Charles' Clarence House office said he was "delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton." It used Twitter as well as a news release.

Few were surprised. Their engagement was the safest bet in Britain, an event so certain that bookies had stopped taking bets on a 2011 wedding. The date avoids London's Summer Olympics and the queen's Diamond Jubilee, both being held in 2012.

"Kate has been waiting for so long, I expected her to find someone else," said London tour guide Gabrielle Sullo, 53. "The media had called her 'Waitey Katie,' so it's about time that she stopping waiting."

No venue has been announced yet. For pomp, the ceremony is likely to fall between the extraordinary spectacle of the wedding of Charles and Diana in St. Paul's Cathedral and Charles' subdued second marriage to Camilla at Windsor Guildhall in 2005.

Patrick Jephson, Diana's former secretary, said her son's nuptials would be "a master class" in wedding planning.

The formal engagement is likely to turn the poised, brunette Middleton — already depicted approvingly in the fashion pages — into a global icon. With her confident good looks and long brown hair, Middleton has already become one of the most photographed women in Britain.

The palace will be hoping that she combines Diana's glamour and charm with a more commonsense approach to life. At 28, Middleton is considerably older than Diana was when she wed at 20 and has had greater life experiences and longer training in dealing with the media.

"She seems quite competent," said approving 22-year-old student Sarah Madden, "and seems to be just as wonderful as Diana."

William and Harry have spent a lifetime in the spotlight, with their drunken nights out and female friends the subject of constant tabloid gossip. William, who turned 28 in June, once told an interviewer he wouldn't marry "until I'm at least 28 or maybe 30." But since joining the military, both have kept a lower profile.

Middleton met William at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. They shared a house along with other students in the seaside university town, where William initially studied art history before switching to geography.

In 2002, William paid 200 pounds to sit in the front row at a charity fashion show where Middleton was modeling in a daring outfit. They are thought to have started dating the next year.

St. Andrews congratulated the couple Tuesday, pointing out that the school has a reputation as "Britain's top matchmaking university."

A wealthy commoner rather than an aristocrat, Middleton is the daughter of self-made millionaires. Her father worked for an airline and her mother was a flight attendant before they started a mail-order business specializing in children's parties, run from their house in southern England.

She attended Marlborough College, an elite private school, where she played tennis and field hockey, before studying art history at St. Andrews. After graduating in 2005, Middleton worked as a buyer for the fashion chain Jigsaw. She is now employed by her family's party-planning business.

The couple's relationship became public with a joint photo on a Swiss skiing holiday in 2004. Middleton then became a media darling — especially after both graduated, which ended a British media agreement to leave William alone while he was at university.

Middleton was there when William was commissioned as a British Army officer after graduating from Sandhurst military college in 2006. She was photographed attending public events, going to work, even getting a parking ticket — a level of attention that evoked the romance of William's parents.

But William was determined that Middleton would not suffer the same media hounding endured by his mother, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997. He appealed through his office for the media to leave her alone.

In 2007, Middleton filed a harassment complaint against a British newspaper. She accepted an apology and admission of error from the Daily Mirror.

At the time, an engagement was so expected that the retail chain Woolworths even commissioned mugs, plates and other Wills-and-Kate memorabilia. The chain has since gone out of business.

Yet only weeks later in 2007, media reported — and Clarence House did not deny — that the couple had broken up. Newspapers pored over the apparent end of the relationship in long stories sourced to anonymous "friends."

William's army training kept them apart, said some. The media pressure was too much for her, said others. Still others murmured that senior courtiers felt Middleton's middle-class background wasn't royal material.

Soon, however, the same newspapers were reporting that the pair had rekindled their romance. They were photographed leaving a London nightclub together, and Middleton was snapped on a stag hunting expedition at the royal family's Balmoral estate in Scotland alongside Charles.

When William graduated from his first flying course in spring 2008, Middleton applauded from the sidelines — although his training was not without incident. The Ministry of Defense confirmed that William had landed a helicopter on Middleton's parents' lawn during a training flight and flew a Chinook to a friend's stag party on the Isle of Wight — earning him a drubbing in the press for his perceived sense of entitlement.

William later served a two-month deployment with the Royal Navy before training to become a Sea King search-and-rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force. He recently completed that training.

The pair have recently seen each other mostly on weekends, with William a frequent visitor to the Middleton family house in the affluent village of Bucklebury, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of London.

Earlier this month, Middleton's parents were invited to join members of the royal family for a shooting holiday at Balmoral, another milestone on her road to acceptance into the royal family's inner circle.

Clarence House said after the wedding, the couple will live in north Wales, where William is based with the RAF.

Middleton has rarely, if ever, spoken about William in public. "I love the uniform. It's so, so sexy," — her assessment at William's graduation from Sandhurst — was a rare slip.

The couple were to give their first joint interview later Tuesday.

Not everyone was happy about the expected extravaganza. Graham Smith of the anti-monarchy group Republic said a lavish state-funded wedding amid a time of cutbacks was inappropriate.

"They need to pay for this event entirely themselves and not try to use it as some sort of PR exercise for the monarchy," Smith said.

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Prince William and longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton to finally wed

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010


 
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Jackie Chan museum

>> Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jackie Chan plans to open his own museum, would you see it? Of course I would if I could. I love the guy!

Jackie Chan plans to open a museum filled with items from all the movies he has worked on called Jackie Chan World.

The 'Karate Kid' actor plans to create Jackie Chan World, a place where he can put everything he has purchased over the years on show for his fans and also plans to give things away as he has too much "s**t".

He said: "All my props and costumes, I put them there. I want people to go in and see them. Now I am planning Jackie Chan World - everything I've collected all these years will go in there. Teacups and saucers, cars, rocks, spoons.

"In my office, so many s**t! I've got six lofts in Hong Kong and if I want to find an Apple (Mac) I can't find it anywhere. I have to buy a new one. One day, when I die, I want my bank account to be zero. Nothing."

The 56-year-old action star also wants to open a stunt school for actors to train in where he would visit and give advice.

He told Empire magazine: "When I open it I want to visit twice every week. There is a lot to teach. But the most important thing for a stunt-guy is personality - you have to be humble and happy to learn.

"A good stunt guy understands rhythm, timing, even editing and camera angles. Me, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Stallone, we're only good because the stunt guys are good."
[source]

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Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonzo and their love gone awry

>> Monday, November 8, 2010

Is it really over? PEP reports: Gerald Anderson breaks up with Bea Alonzo in London.

Break na sina Gerald Anderson at Bea Alonzo.

Ito ang impormasyong nakuha ng YES! Magazine na ipinarating sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ngayong umaga, November 8.

Ayon sa source, nangyari ang breakup ng dalawang Star Magic talents sa final leg ng kanilang Heartthrobs tour-concert sa London nito lang nagdaang weekend, November 6 at 7.

ABRIL, NEW YORK. Bagamat hindi kailanman umamin sina Gerald at Bea tungkol sa tunay na estado ng kanilang relasyon, marami ang naniniwala na nagkaroon ng relasyon ang dalawa.


Isang source na malapit sa dalawang Star Magic talents ang nagsabi sa YES! na noong Abril ng taong kasalukuyan nagsimula ang magandang pagtitinginan nina Gerald at Bea. Ito ay naganap sa New York leg ng Heartthrobs concert-tour nila.

Sa New York daw inamin pareho nina Gerald at Bea na gusto nila ang isa't isa.

Si Bea, 23, ay attracted daw sa mga tisoy, kung ang pagbabasehan ay ang hitsura ng ex-boyfriend nitong si Mico Palanca.

Samantalang si Gerald, 21, ay matagal na palang may crush kay Bea, simula pa noong Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition days niya.

Sa New York, inamin ng dalawa sa isa't isa ang kanilang mutual attraction.

Pero umabot lang daw talaga ang dalawa sa pag-amin. Hindi raw nila naipakita ang kanilang damdamin para sa isa't isa dahil wala silang naging pagkakataon na mapag-isa.

Sa New York daw kasi, palagi silang isang buong grupo kung kumilos. At kasa-kasama nila noon ang iba pang Kapamilya stars sa concert-tour—sina Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, at Sam Milby.

Kasama rin ang mismong ka-loveteam ni Gerald na si Kim Chiu.

Bukod dito, nakita raw nina Gerald at Bea na hindi maaaring basta ilabas sa publiko ang kanilang relasyon dahil sa demands ng kanilang mga showbiz careers.

Alam naman ng lahat kung gaano kalakas sa masa ang tambalan ni Gerald kay Kim, samantalang si Bea naman ay ngayon pa lang nakakawala sa team-up nila ng perennial leading man niyang si John Lloyd.

Ang nangyayari nga sa showbiz ngayon, gusto ng fans na kung sino ang magkapareha sa screen ay siya ring magkapareha sa tunay na buhay. Kaya nagbubuo pa sila ng mga fan clubs sa paligid ng mga tambalang ito—at masama talaga ang loob nila sa sinumang kumalas sa tambalan.

Alam daw ito nina Bea at Gerald kaya tikom-bibig sila sa nararamdaman para sa isat isa.

NATUNUGAN NI KIM. Ayon pa sa YES! source, sa New York tour pa lang ay natunugan na ni Kim ang bagong pagtitinginan nina Gerald at Bea.

Wala nga raw kasing panahon na hindi sila magkakasama bilang grupo. At kung interesado si Kim kay Gerald, sa masikip na mundong iyon ay hindi maaring hindi niya mahalata kung may bagong pinagtutuunan ng pansin ang binata.

Dito na rin nilinaw ng YES! source ang tungkol kina Kim at Gerald.

Nang mga panahon daw na iyon, hindi mag-on ang onscreen couple.

Totoong may naging relasyon sina Kim at Gerald, ayon pa sa YES! source.

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The deserving Dolphy

Comedy King Dolphy Quizon, who supported a different presidential candidate in the May 2010 elections, said he was extremely grateful for the high honor bestowed on him by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Monday.

Dolphy, 82, received the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart from Aquino.

The recognition is given to “those who have rendered distinguished services or given noteworthy monetary or other material aid, encouragement to the campaign for the amelioration and improvement of the moral, social, and economic conditions of the Filipino masses, and for volunteerism in the service of the Filipino masses."

"Maraming maraming salamat. Hindi ko makakalimutan ito (Thank you very much. I will never forget this)," said an emotional Dolphy in his address after receiving the honor in Malacañang.

Dolphy is only the second individual to receive the honor since its inception in 1954.

The first awardee was Helen Keller, a noted humanitarian and author from the United States, who received the award in 1955.

In an ambush interview after the ceremony, Dolphy said he was surprised by the recognition.

He described Aquino as a kind man because the president gave him the award even though he endorsed Senator Manuel Villar Jr. in the last presidential elections.

"Binato ko siya ng bato, binato niya ko ng tinapay, diba, dahil nung eleksyon hindi ako sa kanya pero in spite of all that, binigyan pa niya ko ng ganitong award. Napakalaking utang na loob. Maraming maraming salamat," he said.

(I threw him a stone, he threw me bread. Remember, in the last elections I did not support him but in spite of all that, he gave me this award. This is a debt of gratitude. Thank you very much)," he said.

"Mabait na tao yan (He is a kind man)," added Dolphy.

The comedy king said he could not longer ask for anything more, not even a national artist award, joking that he already has "national arthritis."

Dolphy was accompanied in Malacañang by his long-time partner, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and some of his children, including actors Vandolph and Epi Quizon.

The government said the conferment of the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart was given "in recognition of the life achievements of Mr. Quizon, both in terms of his show business career, where his comedy has brought joy to millions, but just as importantly, his well-known philanthropy and encouragement of charitable and good causes as well."

Among Dolphy’s citations for the award is the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, which gives scholarships to deserving children of overseas Filipino workers.

"Throughout his professional career, Mr. Quizon has brought entertainment to millions while upholding high standards in his profession. He has also characterized his other causes, even political advocacies, with good natured decency and respect for all," the government said.

Dolphy (born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. on July 25, 1928 in Pampanga though raised in Tondo, Manila), is a comedian-actor in the Philippines.

Quizon's parents are Melencio Espinosa-Quizon, a Filipino of Chinese descent, and Salud Vera-Quizon. –VVP, GMANews.TV

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2010 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry: Rosario (watch official HD trailer)

>> Thursday, November 4, 2010

Starring Jennylyn Mercado, Yul Servo, Dennis Trillo, Sid Lucero, Isabel Oli And Dolphy. Directed by Alberto Martinez.

Jennylyn Mercado
Rosario Herrera- Rosario is a paragon of beauty and grace. She is a sophisticated, intelligent woman who dares to think liberally. The movie recounts her life from the age of 18 to 32. She is fond of reading poetry and is adept at playing the piano. A woman ahead of her time, Rosario is a passionate lady who lives her life according to her heart's desires.

Yul Servo
Vicente Perez- The 35 year old Vicente is the administrator of Tabacalera Herrera. He exudes a cultured and well-mannered aura. He loves to read poetry. He is practical, responsible, romantic and tender. Vicente is considered a true gentleman of his era.

Dennis Trillo
Alberto Fernandez- Alberto is an auto mechanic with a lower-class upbringing. Being the typical playboy that he is, he is fond of dating many women. He loves to smoke, drink and drive cars. He is sensual yet down-to-earth; rogue yet attractive.

Sid Lucero
Carding Arenas- The idealistic Carding is kindhearted but a bit naïve. Already at the age of 20, he works as a clerk in a newspaper publication and dreams of becoming a writer.

Isabel Oli
Carmen Santos- Carmen is Rosario's cousin and best friend. The typical provinciana with very simple dreams transforms into an urbanite once she reaches Manila. She is a hopeless romantic and is passionate about her man. She secretly envies Rosario.

Dolphy
Jesus Herrera-Fernandez- At the age of 82, Jesus, the son of Rosario and Alberto narrates the film's story.

Phillip Salvador
Don Enrique Herrera is Rosario's father. Born of Portuguese-Spanish descent, he is the wealthy owner of Tabacalera Herrera, a successful tobacco company in Isabela in the 1920s. Like any traditional father, he is conservative and a bit stern. He loves his daughter but tends to overprotect her.

Eula Valdez
Dona Adela Herrera is Rosario's loving mother. She is a subservient wife to Don Enrique Herrera. Although conservative, she is a bit lenient towards Rosario.

Ricky Davao
Señor Miguel- Miguel is already in his late 50's. He is Carding's uncle. Behind his fatherly figure and kind demeanor is a lustful man who tries to take advantage of Rosario's weakness.

THE STORY:

The film tells the saga of Rosario, a young and liberated Filipina in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda.

There, she meets and falls in love with Vicente, an older man who manages the tobacco plantation owned by Rosario's family. When Rosario's father finds out about his daughter's scandalous affair, he sends Rosario to a convent.

She escapes, and elopes with Vicente to Manila where they raise a family. But Rosario's life of married bliss slowly crumbles when Vicente becomes ill with tuberculosis, and she is lured to committing adultery. Temptation and scandal still hound Rosario as she continues to defy the moral restrictions of her time.

Based on a true story and set in one of the most colorful periods in Philippine history, ROSARIO is destined to be a modern masterpiece in Philippine filmmaking. It is a monumental yet intimate portraitof a woman's emancipation and the sometimes painful consequencesof following one's desires.



Movie Official Site: http://www.rosariomovie.com/

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Manny Pacquiao sings Imagine with Will Ferrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live

>> Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm a proud Pinay!

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My Amnesia Girl starring Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz - HD trailer

>> Thursday, October 28, 2010

I love this one. This is going to be a hit.

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Ruffa and John Lloyd saga continues

Apparently bothered, Ruffa Gutierrez called me up the other day and asked if I really Tweeted that her ex-boyfriend (although, like everybody else, they have never admitted that they were ever “on”) John Lloyd Cruz denied reports attributed to Ruffa that he continues to call and text her even now that they are “off” and JLC (as Ruffa fondly calls him) is presumed to be going happily steady with Shaina Magdayao ever after. According to rumors, which he has neither confirmed nor denied, JLC has lately been drinking (nothing new, huh?) because he might be having problems with his love life.

I told Ruffa that I don’t Tweet and, I’m printing this in bold all-caps as a disclaimer, I DON’T HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT OR A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT although I and some of my friends (Tempo’s Ronald Constantino, among them) have been complaining that some impostors have created such phony websites containing nasty entries against the stars which I, and I’m sure Ronald, totally disown.


But I asked Ruffa if JLC is indeed still regularly communicating with her and she said, “Yes, he is but he doesn’t even have the guts (Note: Ruffa actually used the stronger word that starts with ‘B’ and ends with a ‘double L’. — RFL) to tell the truth, making me a liar. He’s still as confused as ever.”

“Confused” was the same word Ruffa used to describe JLC’s state of mind last March when he asked for Ruffa’s help in deciding, would you believe, who to choose between her and Shaina. He eventually chose Shaina, the girl locked up in a seemingly stormy romance and obviously is not getting pieces of sisterly advice from her Ate Vina (whose own love life is reported to be topsy-turvy).

“The least (JLC) should do is be man enough to tell the truth,” said Ruffa, and nothing but.

Really now, is there anything wrong with an “ex” calling his “ex” and, why not, crying on each other’s shoulder?

“I have moved on,” added Ruffa, “and why shouldn’t he?”

[source: Ricky Lo]

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Miley Cyrus' parents Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Tish File for Divorce

Miley Cyrus's parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, are divorcing after 17 years of marriage, they tell PEOPLE.

"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," they say in a statement. "We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers."

The couple have five children, including the pop star. Divorce papers were filed Wednesday in Tennessee citing irreconcilable differences.

[source]

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Play Station phone is real and will be here soon!



From Engadget here and here:

It's hard to believe that what we're looking at is real -- but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you'll be interested to know that there's no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

The particular model in these shots is still in prototyping mode. As such, the unit doesn't have a custom skin (not even SE's Timescape design seen on the Xperia devices), and is said to be rather buggy. We're digging into more facts as we speak, but it's likely that much of what we reported earlier is still accurate, and though the device could still be headed for a 2010 release, 2011 is looking much more realistic. Still, there's a lot of time between now and the holidays... so keep your fingers crossed!

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Jim Carrey's new family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" to be released August 2011

20th Century Fox has announced today that Jim Carrey's family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" will release on August 12th, 2011. The movies competition in the same weekend is the DreamWorks animation "The Help" and Sony Pictures comedy "30 Minutes or Less," which is meant for a different crowd.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" has been on the fast track, with 20th Century Fox closing Jim Carrey's deal this summer and production start in the beginning of October. Fox acquired the screen rights last year.

In addition, Variety reports:

Angela Lansbury will co-star with Jim Carrey in 20th Century Fox's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which is set for an Aug. 12 release.Based on the children's book, the pic revolves around Mr. Popper, a high-powered, New York businessman who suddenly inherits six penguins and faces major challenges taking care of them.
Lansbury will play the owner of a local tavern that Mr. Popper, played by Carrey, is trying to buy.
James Tupper and Clark Gregg have also joined the cast.
The pic, which also stars Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond and Philip Baker Hall, is being helmed by Mark Waters with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment shingle.
"Mr. Popper's" marks Lansbury first acting gig since her supporting role as Aunt Adelaide in "Nanny McPhee."
Lansbury, who recently signed with Fortitude, was most recently seen on Broadway in "A Little Night Music" with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Mariah Carey confirmed pregnant

NEW YORK, N.Y. - After months of media speculation, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are ready to break their silence for the first time.

In a new, exclusive interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush from inside the couple’s Manhattan home, Mariah and Nick confirmed they are expecting their first child together.

“Yes, we are pregnant, this is true!” Mariah told Billy of the baby that is due this spring. “It’s been a long journey. It’s been tough because I’ve been trying to hold on to a shred of privacy.”

Mariah said that after months of media speculation, she had to speak out.

“At this point, there is no choice. I either talk or I hibernate,” she said.

In the interview, which will air on Access Hollywood on Thursday, Mariah and Nick spoke candidly about their journey together, which included a terrifying miscarriage they experienced not quite two years ago. Mariah and Nick revealed they were getting ready to tell their friends and family the good news that they were expecting over the holidays back at that time, when they found out she was no longer pregnant.

“It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult,” Mariah told Billy about the devastating miscarriage. “When that happened… I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”

After the miscarriage, Nick said that the experience has made them stronger as a couple and he admires Mariah’s strength.

“It definitely brought us closer together,” Nick told Billy. “It strengthened our relationship so much… She handled it so well.”

Now that the word is out, Mariah and Nick say they plan to celebrate together and with their friends and family.

“The greatest gift on earth is a child,” Nick said. “We’ve had names picked out from the first day we met and we want to stay true to that.”

Mariah’s new CD, “Merry Christmas II You,” is due out on November 2.

[source: AccessHollywood]

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Batman 3 is titled 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Christopher Nolan has revealed that the title of his next Batman movie will be The Dark Knight Rises.

The director disclosed the name of his third superhero picture in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, but ruled out the possibility of The Riddler as the story's villain.

"We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones," he said of The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan said that he has reached an agreement with Warner Bros not to make the movie in 3D, instead opting to film with high-definition cameras designed for the IMAX format.

Christian Bale, Sir Michael Caine and Tom Hardy will star in The Dark Knight Rises, due out in cinemas in 2012.

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Something we should learn from the Amish people

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Oprah Unveils OWN Logo

It's already happening, Oprah's own network OWN is here now and the whole world will be watching and waiting.

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My PowerShot A495 photos

>> Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photos taken from my cheap camera, PowerShot A495.
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My new $99 Canon PowerShot A495

>> Saturday, October 16, 2010

I've been shopping for a small camera that I can always keep in my purse - because I like taking pictures of anything, at anytime and anyplace - I finally got one as a birthday gift from my husband. It's the cheapest Canon digital camera which was only for $99 and operates using only two AA batteries. So, although there's been showers all morning and sun was so hazy, foggy, or cloudy, we still went around downtown LA to try the camera. The camera is so simple and so easy to operate. Really. But I wish I removed the date/time stamp first.

Photos taken from my cheap camera, PowerShot A495.
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Not bad eh?

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Is it good riddance to Maria Ressa?

>> Friday, October 15, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has belied insinuations he was instrumental in the sudden resignation of veteran broadcast journalist Maria Ressa as news and current affairs
head of giant network ABS-CBN, saying it was out of character for him to do such.

“Hindi namin ugali iyan (to get back at our critics),” he told a panel of STAR editors Wednesday afternoon, in response to entertainment editor Ricky Lo’s query, which had something to do with Ressa’s Asian Wall Street Journal article.

The ABS-CBN executive contributed an article to the foreign newspaper that carried the title Noynoy flunks his first test, in reference to the botched Aug. 23 hostage crisis.

The article was published on the eve of Mr. Aquino’s trip to the US.

“Nakita niyo naman siguro ang treatment nila (ABS-CBN) sa akin nuong campaign,” Mr. Aquino related, manifesting his irritation over fake reports about his being a psychiatric patient, which story only ABS-CBN carried, even if it knew from the start it was bogus.

“We really encourage discourse. Kahit sa broadsheets, there is one particular broadsheet (which he refused to name) that is very critical of me, hindi ko naman ginagawa iyun. Kung nakakabuti naman iyung ginagawa namin, e, di sana i-report naman nila,” he said.

For one, Mr. Aquino, despite his irritation over the interfering acts of broadcast journalists Erwin Tulfo of TV5 and Michael Rogas of RMN, have excluded them in the charges relating to the bungled Aug. 23 hostage-taking incident that killed eight Hong Kong tourists.

Malacañang instead referred their case to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas and their respective media entities to police their own ranks, with the stern warning that the state would no longer tolerate similar acts the next time around.

“We really value the sense of freedom, pero dito po nagkaroon ng Manila Peninsula incident (in Nov. 2007), pero marami pa rin po ang nakalimot sa guidelines. In future instances, pagka at risk kayo, our police powers are very broad,” Mr. Aquino warned.

“We expect this kind of unprofessional behavior not to be repeated again, or we could be compelled to ask Congress for appropriate regulations to protect the safety of the public, our security forces and media itself,” he told Palace reporters earlier.

“We understand that the major networks have taken action to discipline errant reporters and are reviewing and revising guidelines for coverage in emergency situations. These are encouraging signs that media is taking responsibility for its actions.”

The exoneration was in light of the sanctions made by the KBP, to which both broadcast journalists belong, and their mother networks - TV5 for Tulfo and Radio Mindanao Network for Rogas, who disguised as anchor Mike Enriquez.

Ressa, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs for the past six years, has resigned from her post effective Jan. 3, 2011 when her contract ends.

“There is a time and place for everything in our lives. My time and place as head of ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs is nearing its end,” Ressa said in her internal e-mail and released by ABS-CBN Corporate Communications close to midnight Monday.

“My contract ends on Jan. 3, 2011, and I will not be renewing. I have nearly six months of accumulated leaves so I will go on terminal leave beginning Nov. 15,” she said.

Ressa leaves the network giant at a critical time for Philippine broadcasting. Rival stations ABS-CBN and GMA Network were both chastised by viewers and political leaders for their blow-by-blow coverage of the Aug. 23 hostage tragedy.

Ressa herself was grilled at a Senate hearing for the coverage and for a purported conflict of interest as a part-time contributor for CNN, her former employer with which ABS-CBN News has a video-sharing agreement.

However, her statement released Monday night did not explain the reasons for her resignation.

“Journalism faces challenging days ahead. Value and protect your editorial independence. I wish you clarity of thought, stamina, and courage to fight for what is right and avoid the compromise of mediocrity,” she said.

As head of ABS News and Current Affairs, Ressa has been an outspoken advocate of media freedom, while embracing new media as a means to empower ordinary citizens.

She is a habitual Twitter user and encouraged ABS anchors and reporters to tweet news. However, she has not tweeted about her resignation and has been silent on Twitter since 12:03 a.m. Oct. 10.

According to Ressa, ABS-CBN North America bureau chief Ging Reyes will be taking over as news head and will be arriving in Manila on Oct. 18.

Ressa asked her colleagues to support Reyes whom she described as having more than 20 years of experience as a journalist for the network. [Philstar]

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PNoy played favoritism

>> Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I don't think so but Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has reported [read here] that President Noynoy Aquino -from the very start and even before he ordered the investigation by De Lima’s team - did not want to involve his close friends, Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, and retired Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa in any wrongdoings. But I think PCIJ needed to investigate further and carefully in order to get their facts straight and not base on assumptions and hearsays.
Obviously and expectedly, De Lima’s response to the PCIJ report is “not true”.

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima denied on Wednesday a report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) which says President Benigno Aquino III wanted from day one to clear 3 officials, perceived to be close to him, of wrongdoing in the botched hostage rescue that left 8 Hong Kong tourists dead.

Citing reports from insiders, the PCIJ article says that during the Incident Investigation and Review Committee's (IIRC) September 17 meeting with the Chief Executive, on the day the President received the IIRC Report, without even reading it in its entirety, he had expressed reluctance to pursue criminal and administrative sanctions against 3 close personal and political allies.

These 3 are Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, and retired Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa.

The Palace has been criticized for sparing these 3 officials who are perceived to be close to the President.

In an interview with radio DZMM, De Lima, who served as chair of the IIRC, denied the President had wanted to clear the 3 officials from day one.

"Yung sa from day one ay na-cleared na, siguro po, hindi totoo yan. Wala namang ganoon. Siyempre alam ko yan, si President Noy ang nagpaimbestiga nyan, and as far as I'm concerned, sa pagkakataon na na-discuss yun, wala siyang sinasabing ganoon," De Lima said.

Blood and sweat in IIRC report

She said the fact-finding panel had poured blood and sweat into the 82-page report it drafted and submitted to President Aquino, after two weeks of marathon hearings and deliberations into the Manila hostage crisis.

The report was aimed at determining who should be held liable for the August 23 incident that left 8 Hong Kong tourists dead.

"Hindi ho madali yung pag-iisip ng recommendation, may parte dun na nag-agonize din po ako sa specific recommendation. Naisip namin na may ilan-ilan na hindi lulusot sa preliminary investigation pa lang. Naisip namin i-refer natin sa tamang forum na magsasagawa ng preliminary investigation para mas ma-evaluate nila," De Lima said during the interview with DZMM on Wednesday

On Monday, the President released his own recommendations following a review by the Palace legal team. Some of them were in stark contrast to the report of the fact-finding panel.

De Lima clarified the IIRC's recommendations for the criminal charges are open-ended.

"Pwedeng yung ilan diyan ay dadaan muna sa DOJ [Department of Justice] for preliminary investigation, prosecutors na ang mag-eevaluate at mag-dedetermine ng possible criminal culpability. Depende na rin yan sa decision ni President Noy kung saan niya gusto i-refer, either to DOJ or to Ombudsman," she said.

Presidential prerogative

De Lima maintained she respects the President's prerogative to review the IIRC report, but admitted a review was never in the plan.

"Medyo nagulat lang ako nung pina-review, but we recognize it's a prerogative of the President."

De Lima said she had met with the Palace legal team on two occasions, a third one with the rest of the IIRC panel, regarding their recommendations to the President.

"We were still hoping na ia-adopt pa rin yung recommendations namin, pero nung nakita namin na may iba, okay, that's the prerogative of the President. Nirerespeto namin na prerogative ng Presidente yung review nung nakita niya yung report. Prior to that, walang ganoon na usapan."

During those meetings, De Lima said the IIRC's recommended sanctions against Mayor Lim and administrative charges against Undersecretary Puno and former PNP Chief Jesus Verzosa were among the contentious issues.

Contentious issues

"Ine-explain namin kung bakit may criminal charges dahil sa handling kay Gregorio Mendoza. Para sa akin, yun ang nagpa-complicate sa sitwasyon regarding Mayor Lim. Parang yun ang naging proximate cause ng pamamaril ni Rolando Mendoza. In the first place, it was an unlawful arrest, lalo na yung nakakagulat galing kay General Magtibay, under oath, na yung order ni Mayor Lim at nandoon si Gregorio, 'dalhin sa Tondo'," De Lima explained.

She said the phrase "dadalhin sa Tondo" meant "posibleng ipa-salvage [possibly summarily killed]."

De Lima said they also debated with the Palace legal panel over administrative charges against Puno and Verzosa.

"Kung pwede sana may administrative charge nasustain ni President Noy, pero wala daw nakikitang sapat na basehan. He [Puno] was monitoring the incident on orders of the President, hindi [siya] dapat makialam pa because it was a local crisis," she said.

"Kailangan meron din administrative charge, and even if retired na siya [Verzosa], meron jurisprudence na pupwede. Kahit local thing, as chief PNP, sa tingin ng IIRC, kailangan may high sense of responsibility, due dilligence din."

Mulling resignation

De Lima admitted she had considered resigning over her differences with the President. However, she added that a simple difference of opinion with the Chief Executive should not prompt her to step down.

"It just crossed my mind pero nung nagisip-isip ako, difference in opinion lang naman kako ito. Alam ko pwede mo i-consider yung resignation when there's a difference in policy with the President, yung hindi na kayo talaga nagkakasundo."

De Lima said that while there were differences on certain recommendations, most of them were substantially adopted. She added she feels she continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President.

"On further reflection, hindi madaling bagay yung resignation, lalo na't tinanggap ko yung bagay na yan. Gusto kong makatulong sa administrasyon na ito at nafi-feel ko naman yung tiwala ng Presidente Noy nung in-offer nya yan, hindi lang yung IIRC."

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He’s Transgender: Which Locker Room Should He Use?

He’s a college athlete — and he’s also transgender. Which locker room should he use?

A new report says it’s time for all schools to follow these policy recommendations.

A think tank of experts, brought together by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and an initiative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, has released a report calling for the adoption of standard policies that give transgender student-athletes a fair chance to participate on scholastic athletic teams.

The number of transgender students is small but growing, the report says. It adds that gender identity is showing up more and more as a protected category in nondiscrimination policies – and says courts are increasingly interpreting sex bias laws to cover transgender people.


That means now is the time for schools to take a proactive approach by adopting appropriate policies and following best practices when it comes to enabling fair participation by transgender students, it urges.

What should colleges do? Here’s a summary of recommendations relating to sex-separated sports teams:

* All transgender students who are not receiving hormone treatment relating to gender transition should be allowed to play for same-sex teams “in accordance with [their] assigned birth gender.”
* Male-to-female transgender students who want to play on a women’s team should first have to complete a year of hormone treatment.
* Male-to-female transgender students who are taking hormone treatments should be allowed to compete on men’s teams.
* Female-to-male transgender students who take testosterone should not be allowed to compete on women’s teams but should be allowed to compete on men’s teams, and
* Female-to-male transgender students who don’t take testosterone should be allowed to participate on men’s or women’s teams.

Concerns about competitive equity are based on assumptions that are not well-founded, the report contends. And fears that males might pretend to be females to gain a competitive edge are unwarranted, it adds.

What do you think of these recommendations? [source: HigherEd Morning]

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Five spices that can help lose weight

>> Tuesday, October 12, 2010

According to this article, taking these 5 spices regularly can help you lose weight? How true? Well, let's all try it and let me know if this worked for you. Let's find out!

Did you know na ang pagkain ng 5 spices na ito ay mabisa sa pagtulong sa weight loss?

1) Cinnamon- studies have shown that 1 tsp of cinnamon a day can boost your weight loss by reducing blood sugar and it helps in processing carbohydrates. How do you eat cinnamon? Put a dash of cinnamon in your coffee and it will add spice to your morning coffee. Kung ang breakfast mo is toasted bread, put some honey on it and a dash of cinnamon.

2) Cayenne pepper- the main ingredient of cayenne is capsaicin, studied for its fat burning properties.

Mano- notice mo that if you eat spicy foods, you start feeling warm, hot & you start perspiring. The capsaicin is heating up your body to burn fat. You can add cayenne to your favorite dishes like spaghetti sauce, etc. or just put it in empty capsules and drink it! I drink it in capsule form and I feel the heat after I drink it.

3) Black Pepper- Among the dozens of health benefits of this common household ingredient is its ability to improve digestion and promote the absorption of nutrients in tissues all over the body. Plus, its main component—piperine(which gives pepper its pungent taste)—boosts fat metabolism by as much as 8% for several hours after ingesting it. If you want your pepper to pack the most punch, use freshly ground pepper, which has the most concentrated amounts of piperine.

4) Mustard Seed- Like the other hot ingredients on this list, spicy mustard helps boost metabolism and allows you to burn fat more quickly, thanks in part to its thermogenic properties.

5) Ginger- Long used for its medicinal properties, ginger is also an effective diuretic (a substance that increases the elimination of urine). It improves gastric mobility (i.e. it pushes food and waste through the digestive system) and hinders the absorption of cholesterol. It also boosts the metabolism of our body. So drink salabat everyday- it’s good for you!

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Stockton Couple May Be World's Tallest

>> Friday, October 8, 2010

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Willie Revillame's new Willing Willie show on TV5 to air soon

At first, it was just out of curiosity that I watched Pilipinas Win na Win last Monday. To see how the "hitmakers" will do. To see if they will be able to split my sides with laughter. After two days, I give them my thumbs up as I've found them very funny and entertaining... even more than Willie Revillame's Wowowee before. I therefore continued to watch them since then. Their combination of music and laughter made me look forward for more. But now Willie is coming back on television with his own show Willing Willie which sounded to me more like another Wowowee. So will see.

Here is the latest about Willie from PEP:

"Tuloy ang programa ng bawat Pilipino, ang Willing Willie. Tuloy na tuloy. Itutuloy namin."

These were the first words of TV host and comedian Willie Revillame at the end of the hearing for the temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction held at Branch 84 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court this morning, October 8.

ABS-CBN filed the petition for the TRO on October 4 to stop Revillame, a former ABS-CBN talent, from hosting his new TV5 show Willing Willie, which will premiere on October 23. In its 38-page petition, the Kapamilya network argued that Revillame is still under contract with ABS-CBN until September 2011, therefore, he can't appear in any other network.

ABS-CBN, however, was not able to deter Willing Willie's premiere airing, because the Court deferred its decision in today's hearing.

Revillame was calm and composed when he exited the courtroom after the hearing, which lasted for almost three hours. He granted an interview with the press, who were waiting for his statement.

The TV host refused, however, to answer questions about the hearing. "I think my lawyers na lang. Legal kasi 'to e. Sila ang puwedeng sumagot sa pinag-usapan," he said.

Revillame's lawyer, Atty. Paul Javalera Bongco, answered the questions about the hearing. Atty. Bongco said Willing Willie can air because Judge Luisito Cortez of the QC Court's Branch 84 will release its decision on the TRO only after the end of October.

He explained what happened in today's hearing. "Pinakinggan muna ng court yung panig ng ABS-CBN, saka panig ni Willie. Wala pa. Kasi kailangan pang meron pang mga reply, may mga pleadings pang ipa-file," he said.

The pleadings, he added, will be filed on October 15.

"Lahat ng pending incidents, yung TRO, application for TRO, yung motion ni Willie, yung position ng kuwan, lahat submitted na by October 15. So magru-rule na si Judge after that," he said.

ON WILLING WILLIE. Revillame answered questions about his new show Willing Willie. He told the press that today's "small victory" is not for him but "for the Filipino people."

"Yung mga taong nagmamahal sa akin at mga nangangailangan ng tulong. Sa kanila ang programa na 'to e kasi, nagbibigay na ng serbisyo sa kanila, nagbibigay ng saya, at saka importante yung pag-asa," he said.

To drive the point home, he talked about his fans who camped out at the Quezon City Hall of Justice since 7:30 a. m. to show their support.

He explained, "Kaya nga dapat ituloy yung programa para sa kanila, saka para sa ibang tao pang hindi nakarating, mga hindi nakapunta. Sigurado, mga maraming umaasa na matuloy ang programa. E, simple lang naman ang gusto natin... gusto ko lang magbigay ng tulong at saya sa ating mga kababayan...."

He also clarified that his 'utang na loob' lies with the Filipino people,  not with the ABS-CBN executives who gave him a break through Wowowee.

"Pinakamalaking utang na loob ko sa mga tao," he said. "Dahil sila naman ang nagbalik sa akin diyan. It's not Boss Gabby, it's not Ma'am Charo. It was them. Sila, tao pa rin ang magdedesisyon. Kahit na gustuhin ako ng management ng isang kumpanya, kung ayaw sa akin ng publiko, at hindi ka nagre-rate, tatanggalin ka rin. Lahat ng ito ay binabase sa publiko. Lahat ng mga 'yan...."

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) contacted ABS-CBN and its legal counsel for their side on the current developments in this issue. The Kapamilya Network issued this statement through their Corporate Communications Department:

"ABS-CBN's application for TRO has been submitted for resolution of the Judge, who ordered both parties to file all pleadings by Oct 15, after which he shall decide on the application.

"ABS-CBN reiterates that the issue on Willie Revillame is all about honoring a contract. To the Kapamilya network, it is the ethical and right thing to do.  It is a noble act of a person who values honesty and integrity.

"So when Willie chose to ignore his contract with ABS-CBN, we were left with no choice but to ask the court to intervene. We have not been negligent in reminding Willie about his contract obligations and when he asked for the rescission of his contract, ABS-CBN chose to apply for a TRO and fight for what is right and honorable." [source: PEP]

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Man killed himself after an intimate encounter was broadcast live on the internet

Tyler Clementi is dead and two classmates will suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing for the rest of their lives. This horrible story made me very sad and at the same time very angry. Yes, invasion of privacy can cause severe embarassment and can lead to suicide. It is also against the law.

Here is the full story:

It started with a Twitter message on Sept. 19: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”

That night, the authorities say, the Rutgers University student who sent the message used a camera in his dormitory room to stream the roommate’s intimate encounter live on the Internet.

And three days later, the roommate who had been surreptitiously broadcast — Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman and an accomplished violinist — jumped from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in an apparent suicide.

The Sept. 22 death, details of which the authorities disclosed on Wednesday, was the latest by a young American that followed the online posting of hurtful material. The news came on the same day that Rutgers kicked off a two-year, campuswide project to teach the importance of civility, with special attention to the use and abuse of new technology.

Those who knew Mr. Clementi — on the Rutgers campus in Piscataway, N.J., at his North Jersey high school and in a community orchestra — were anguished by the circumstances surrounding his death, describing him as an intensely devoted musician who was sweet and shy.

“It’s really awful, especially in New York and in the 21st century,” said Arkady Leytush, artistic director of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, where Mr. Clementi played since his freshman year in high school. “It’s so painful. He was very friendly and had very good potential.”

The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office said Mr. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, N.J., and another classmate, Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton Junction, N.J., had each been charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for using “the camera to view and transmit a live image” of Mr. Clementi. The most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of five years.

Mr. Ravi was charged with two additional counts of invasion of privacy for trying a similar live feed on the Internet on Sept. 21, the day before the suicide. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, James O’Neill, said the investigation was continuing, but he declined to “speculate on additional charges.”

Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, said Wednesday that he considered the death a hate crime. “We are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible for making the surreptitious video, might consider destroying others’ lives as a sport,” he said in a statement.

At the end of the inaugural event for the university’s “Project Civility” campaign on Wednesday, nearly 100 demonstrators gathered outside the student center, where the president spoke. They chanted, “Civility without safety — over our queer bodies!”

It is unclear what Mr. Clementi’s sexual orientation was; classmates say he mostly kept to himself. Danielle Birnbohm, a freshman who lived across the hall from him in Davidson Hall, said that when a counselor asked how many students had known Mr. Clementi, only 3 students out of 50 raised their hands.

But Mr. Clementi displayed a favorite quotation on his Facebook page, from the song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”: “What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia.”

And his roommate’s Twitter message makes plain that Mr. Ravi believed that Mr. Clementi was gay.

A later message from Mr. Ravi appeared to make reference to the second attempt to broadcast Mr. Clementi. “Anyone with iChat,” he wrote on Sept. 21, “I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes, it’s happening again.”

Ms. Birnbohm said Mr. Ravi had said the initial broadcast was an accident — that he viewed the encounter after dialing his own computer from another room in the dorm. It was not immediately known how or when Mr. Clementi learned what his roommate had done. But Ms. Birnbohm said the episode quickly became the subject of gossip in the dormitory.

Mr. Clementi’s family issued a statement on Wednesday confirming the suicide and pledging cooperation with the criminal investigation. “Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician,” the statement read. “The family is heartbroken beyond words.”

The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that Mr. Clementi posted a note on his Facebook page the day of his death: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” Friends and strangers have turned the page into a memorial.

Witnesses told the police they saw a man jump off the bridge just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 22, said Paul J. Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman. Officers discovered a wallet there with Mr. Clementi’s identification, Mr. Browne said.

The police said Wednesday night that they had found the body of a young man in the Hudson north of the bridge and were trying to identify it.

Officials at Ridgewood High School, where Mr. Clementi graduated in June, last week alerted parents of current students that his family had reported him missing and encouraged students to take advantage of counseling at the school.

The timing of the news was almost uncanny, coinciding with the start of “Project Civility” at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Long in the planning, the campaign will involve panel discussions, lectures, workshops and other events to raise awareness about the importance of respect, compassion and courtesy in everyday interactions.

Events scheduled for this fall include a workshop for students and administrators on residential life on campus and a panel discussion titled “Uncivil Gadgets? Changing Technologies and Civil Behavior.”

Rutgers officials would not say whether the two suspects had been suspended. But in a statement late Wednesday, the university’s president, Richard L. McCormick, said, “If the charges are true, these actions gravely violate the university’s standards of decency and humanity.” At the kickoff event for the civility campaign, Mr. McCormick made an oblique reference to the case, saying, “It is more clear than ever that we need strongly to reassert our call for civility and responsibility for each other.”

Mr. Ravi was freed on $25,000 bail, and Ms. Wei was released on her own recognizance. The lawyer for Mr. Ravi, Steven D. Altman, declined to comment on the accusations. A phone message left at the offices of Ms. Wei’s lawyer was not returned.

Some students on the Busch campus in Piscataway seemed dazed by the turn of events, remembering their last glimpse of Mr. Clementi. Thomas Jung, 19, shared a music stand with Mr. Clementi in the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.

On Wednesday afternoon, hours before Mr. Clementi’s death, the two rehearsed works by Berlioz and Beethoven. “He loved music,” Mr. Jung said. “He was very dedicated. I couldn’t tell if anything was wrong.”

Reporting was contributed by Al Baker, Barbara Gray, Nate Schweber and Tim Stelloh.

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President Noynoy Aquino on his first 100 days - so far so good

>> Thursday, October 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino said the country “is ready for takeoff” as his 100 days in office have cleared the path for bigger investments
, more jobs and greater public trust in government.

“We are ready for takeoff, and we have accomplished this because you believe in my government and that belief is now spilling out over the world,” he said in a speech yesterday at a televised town hall-style meeting at La Consolacion College in Manila, just outside Palace grounds.

He called the people his kasangga (partner) in his effort to steer the country to progress.

The 50-year-old bachelor is basking in the glow of a high public approval rating despite the tragic hostage incident in August that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead and raised questions about his leadership.

In a report on his first 100 days in office aired on national television, Mr. Aquino fielded questions in his trademark casual tone.

“Now you have a government that is ready to talk and tell the truth; ready to listen to sensible discourse; ready to raise the bar of public discussion about issues affecting us all and the coming generation,” the President said.

Four student protesters briefly interrupted the meeting when they stood up and demanded that the Aquino administration abandon its plan to cut the budget for state schools and universities. Mr. Aquino promised to address their concerns before security personnel led them out of the hall.

“Confidence is back in the country. The economy is becoming stable and because of this, the government coffers are growing.

Everything that we gained and we would gain from a stronger economy, we would bring back to the people so they would be alleviated from poverty. We give sense to spending. No peso should be wasted,” Mr. Aquino said.

He said he was being true to his campaign promise of ensuring good governance and eliminating corruption and profligacy in government.

He cited positive developments on the economic front, like the swelling of the gross international reserves to a record high of $52.3 billion as well as the stock market’s sterling performance.

“This shows the confidence in the economy, in our people and the government. The PSE (Philippine Stock Exchange) is now one of the best performing stock markets in Asia. And while the peso is strengthening and the economy is growing, the prices of goods remain steady,” he said.

“We are now very much ready for development,” he added.

“Jobs are the principal agenda of my administration,” he said, adding that his administration has attracted $2.4 billion in fresh foreign investments and created 43,600 new jobs.

“That’s just for starters,” he said.

But Aquino lamented that corruption remains a problem, and hit out at political opponents he accused of profiting from the misery of the poor.

“We are serious when we say we will walk the straight and narrow path,” he said.

Trail of anomalies

He said his administration inherited a lot of problems from the previous administration and he had to act swiftly to keep the country from losing billions more.

He cited his issuance of Executive Order 7 suspending the excessive bonuses and allowances of officials of government-owned and -controlled corporations, particularly the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

He also lauded efforts by retired Supreme Court (SC) justice Florentino Feliciano and now SC Justice Meilou Sereno to resolve kinks in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 contract.

He said that had it not been for the efforts of the two, the government would have lost $990 million.

“We will now be able to benefit from the airport the soonest time possible,” Mr. Aquino said.

The President also cited his revocation of negotiated contracts of the Department of Public Works and Highways with private groups. He said P934.1 million would have been wasted had the deals pushed through.

The President also revealed that the past administration had approved a questionable dredging procedure for a portion of Laguna de Bay. He said the silt that would be dredged up would be thrown back to another portion of the lake.

He said the government would have spent a staggering P18.5 billion for this negotiated contract.

“We will not allow any hocus pocus in this project. We will study this very carefully and make sure that the funds for this will not be wasted. And let me add that we already ordered a review of this last week and think about it, many are still pitching for it,” the President said.

Mr. Aquino also said even weather forecasting by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) had improved because of new equipment.

“It’s the wrong system and wrong governance that drove weather forecasting astray,” the President said.

“We have stopped the practice of continuing with projects without proper assessment of whether they are sensible or not,” Mr. Aquino said.

Mr. Aquino also said he pursued zero-based budgeting to stop funding for unnecessary projects like the Kalayaang Barangay and Kilos Asenso Programs.

He said some P11 billion from these programs had been realigned to more beneficial concerns.

Mr. Aquino said the savings would be used for education, health and poverty alleviation.

He said from P175 billion, the Department of Education’s budget was increased to P207.3 billion, which would be spent to build 13,417 classrooms and open 10,000 teaching positions.

He said the budget of the Department of Health rose to P33.3 billion from P29.3 billion to strengthen the National Health Insurance Program.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s budget was also more than doubled from P15.4 billion to P34.3 billion, Aquino said.

The President said the number of Filipinos getting conditional cash transfers would become 2.3 million in 2011, up from one million.

Days numbered

President Aquino also warned those wanting to disrupt the country’s gains that their “days are numbered” as the Filipinos were united for much needed reforms.

“The society is again united and the only ones who keep on complaining like a broken record are those who want to return to power to continue their fun that comes from our oppression,” the President said.

“They are the ones who brought the problems we are shouldering now and they have the temerity to attack us continuously. Are you still going to pay attention to them? Are you going to be deceived again?” Mr. Aquino asked.

The President said the solutions that he had promised had been laid down in his first three months in office
and that the trust of the people had fueled his administration’s achievements.

“Remember that while many of our countrymen are concerned for the country, there are a few whose interests are to continue the bickering. I have long appealed to those who do not want to join us in the right path. Tingin ko ay malapit-lapit na rin ang panahong sasabihin ko sa kanila ay ‘goodbye’ at ang matatanggap naman nilang ‘hello’ ay ang pagpasok nila sa Munti (I think it will be soon when I can tell them ‘goodbye’ and the ‘hello’ they’ll get will be when they enter Munti),” the President said, referring to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

He said a lot of issues had been thrown against him, and he had not been given a honeymoon period even if his administration had just started.

“Following the straight path is no joke. All of you involved in wrong governance and have caused troubles to the people, I guarantee you, your days are numbered,” Mr. Aquino said.

“Those who want to maintain the old system really want to destroy us, they are like huge crocodiles who prey on government coffers,” the President said.

But Aquino said his fight would continue and he would not stop until the necessary reforms were in effect.

He said that if he had shortcomings, one of them would be his refusal to brag about the successes he had achieved. Nevertheless, Mr. Aquino said he was grateful for the people’s continued support.

“My heart is really happy with the 71 percent satisfaction rating. Naturally, this victory is yours – for every Filipino who trusted and participated in our agenda for change,” the President said.

“We will not stop following the right path. Our dreams are slowly being fulfilled,” Mr. Aquino said.

He said the people could help the government even in simple ways, like reporting smoke belchers and speeding passenger vehicles like buses and jeepneys.

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Kris Aquino and two sons down with viral infection called FMD

At around nine this evening, PEP decided to look in again on Kris Aquino. Entertainment editor Jo-Ann Maglipon, who had only just found out, sent her a text message asking how she was doing with this latest virus that has hit her family.

Kris's textback essentially said what she had shared in her Twitter, but added: "I don't have the mouth sores but got the highest fever—nag 40 last night. Still in the 38.5 range now. We r quarantined until Oct. 15. Highly contagious especially for kids. I guess my immunity is still that of a child's. Can't get out of bed, all my bones hurt & throbbing headache."

Jo-Ann texted back to say everything seems to be happening to her! Thankfully, Jo-Ann added, she has very caring siblings.

Kris's response: "Feeling guilty kasi when I was feverish & chilling in the Dagupan Cathedral, Ate [Ballsy] & Viel were making me siksik and rubbing my arms because grabe my goosebumps. And we rode 1 car together.

"All our PSG & yayas r also naka immunosin & Zovirax. We're in isolation until Oct. 15. I have different strain—no mouth sores or rashes in my feet so our doctor not sure what strain I got. Plus adults normally not nahahawa, except me."

When asked if her short text messages could be shared with PEP readers who may want an update on her condition, Kris texted back: "Sure Jo-Ann. My sisters all said yearly basis we go through something. Last year it was dengue. This  year foot & mouth. Sad lang that Josh is separated from us in his room because I still have high fever & Bimby has low grade fever. Baka he'll get binat... Too much togetherness kaming mga mag-mama."

Finally, when asked if there was any special comfort food she might want that PEP could get her, Kris said, "Having a hard time swallowing, so just drinking small glasses of milk—that's kasi zero taste buds. Thanks Jo-Ann. Good night."

HOURS EARLIER, PEP HAD WRITTEN: Kris Aquino and her two sons Joshua, 15, and Baby James, 3, have been diagnosed with hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD), a viral illness with symptoms of high fever, mouth sores, and rashes on the hands and feet.

The 39-year-old TV host and actress broke the news through her official Twitter account (@itsmekrisaquino) on Thursday afternoon, October 7. She said she and her sons have been placed in isolation for one week, while they are under medication to treat the virus.

She sent her first tweet around 2 p.m.: "We r all sick. Josh caught foot & mouth disease. Nahawa Bimby & me. I don't have the sores around the mouth or the rashes sa hands & feet but my fever went up to 40 last night. We r all taking Zoverax & Immunosin. Ang tibay the 3 yayas, Yaya A, Gerbel & Ruby. Di sila nahawa. Rare daw for an adult to get hawa but u know me–lapitin ng sakit. Naka isolate kami for at least 1 week."

The second tweet: "Bimby & I r in 1 room since we still both have fever–kuya's in his room because he's pagaling na. If we have contact w/ him baka mabinat sya. Last night grabe–they iced na my feet & head because fever was 40. We're not allowed to leave our condo til next weekend."

On her last tweet, she asked the public for prayers. The third tweet said: "Thank God my 2 sons r able to eat even just a bit. Me, lantang gulay. Now nag chi-chills again. Fever nasa 38.8. At night diba tumataas again? Sleep na ko. Pray for my kids to be healthy soon, please?"

WHAT IS HFMD? According to the website of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), a government agency in the U. S. that provides medical information to the public, the hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a common and contagious viral disease that often infects infants and young children.

The CDCP said HFMD is a minor illness that causes only a few days of fever, sore throat, lesions in the mouth, rashes, and loss of appetite.

HFMD is not related to the foot-and-mouth disease that commonly infects farm animals.

The illness, caused by the coxsackievirus, can be spread by nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid, and stool of infected persons. The virus is most often spread by persons with unwashed, virus-contaminated hands and by contact with virus-contaminated surfaces, the CDCP added.

The Center states that there is no specific treatment for HFMD. To prevent infection, individuals are advised to practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand-washing, cleaning of dirty and soiled surfaces, and avoiding contact with people infected with HFMD. [source: PEP]

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