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Torture video taker could get in trouble

>> Monday, August 30, 2010

If you were the video taker, would you not feel that you could be the next victim if you tried to stop this Binayug - who is denying that he is the torturer in the video - in the presence of the other police evildoers. Who would protect you if you do would be your biggest concern, right? Now this?

Rongavilla admitted the testimony of the video taker would further tighten their case. “We can use him as our star witness,” he said.
Rongavilla warned though that if the one who took the video turned out to be a policeman, he would also be held liable for countenancing the acts of Binayug.
“If the video taker is a policeman, he would be liable because he failed in his duties and responsibility to prevent such violations,” he said.
Rongavilla said their investigation is now focused on identifying those inside the police station at the time of the torture on Evangelista as the video also showed another person using his cellphone taking the video.
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President Noynoy Aquino's smiling face issue

PNoy’s new Facebook
 profile showed a more
 serious looking Noynoy.
President Noynoy Aquino is being undeservingly insulted and even his smiling face is being misunderstood and criticized. But if you noticed, the smiling face is a natural thing for the Aquinos – from parents to grandchildren. We have to understand that something so natural to a person cannot be changed overnight. I like to see people who are always ready to give a smile but I guess, it’s not for everyone.
Several Chinese nationals had chided Aquino after he was caught on television smiling while being interviewed at the crime scene hours after the hostage-taking.

Aquino, at a press briefing two days later, said he “might have been misunderstood."
“I have several expressions. I smile when I’m happy, I smile when I’m faced with a very absurd situation, and if I offended certain people, I apologize to them," he said. [GMANews]
I still like Noynoy and I still have the same hope I had when I chose him to be my president. It’s unfair to insult him the way he’s being insulted right now and I share the same reason as posted by Anne on her blog:
The reason why I’m not insulting him is because he doesn’t deserve to be insulted. Criticise him perhaps, lampoon him maybe, vent frustrations at him, why not? But insult him? I agree with Jug, we shouldn’t insult him. The man has been in office [only] less than 60 days. He inherited a legacy that’s absolute rubbish, he’s surrounded by incompetent men, people who were supposed to help him run this nation. Ten years of incompetence and corruption under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo produced an irrevocably incompetent generation of national police force.

Admittedly, the man’s command responsibility was severely tested and he failed in his first baptism of fire but to go as far as to insult him? I don’t know. Will that make us wiser? Grow taller in the eyes of the world? Make us more loveable to the Chinese? I’m not so sure.

If Aquino has publicly expressed deep apologies on behalf of the entire nation to the Chinese people, I believe he’s done what is humanely required of a president to do today. He must learn and learn fast and we must help him not by continuing self flagellations or self-inflicting moral damages to our person, bashing ourselves until we fight among ourselves, etc., but by telling him in no uncertain terms that we will not pardon him easily the second time around.

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David Foster plans to meet more Filipino talents

>> Thursday, August 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - When he comes to Manila for the first time to hold a show dubbed Hitman David Foster and Friends at the Araneta Coliseum on Oct. 23, 8 p.m., the other thing he wants to do, aside from visiting Charice’s house is to meet other Filipino talents.

“I want to see local talents because I know there’s a lot of great Filipino singers,” he says.

Decades before he discovered Charice via YouTube, a Filipino talent already caught the discriminating Foster’s fancy.

“Way back in the ’70s when I was still in a band,” he recalls, “We had a Filipino singer whose name was Flip. He was great!”

His list of talented Filipino singers has since become longer,

Foster calls Lea Salonga “a wonderful singer.” Neither can he forget “the kid in Journey” (Arnel Pineda), whose success story has touched him so much Foster thinks it would make good material for a movie script.

Singers, for him, are not the only great thing about Filipino music.

“I know there’s a lot of great indigenous music in the Philippines. And I’m interested to use them,” the singer-songwriter states.
Foster sounds more like a fan than the top star maker we know him to be when he talks about Charice, his goddaughter.

“I liken the day I saw her to the first time I saw Celine Dion. All I can see back then was this young French girl singing onstage. I saw Charice and everything melted away. I can only see this powerful little child with a huge voice. It was a phenomenon for me,” he recalls.

Foster predicts that Charice “will be an international superstar and all of Asia will be proud of her.”

So close is Charice and her American godfather Foster even knows about the furor that erupted over her Botox treatment.

“When you’re young and impressionable, people are just pulling you to just do this and that,” he observes. “You don’t know exactly what you’re doing and I think that’s what happened here.”

Charice is one of the artists Foster will be performing with in Manila. The others are his friends, Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors.

And while many expect it to be an evening of Foster’s songs (e.g.The Prayer, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, The Glory of Love ,Man in Motion, etc.), the musician is not about to hog the spotlight all by himself.

“Natalie and I only had one big hit together so I want her to do some of her music, too,” he relates.

Foster has some of the other numbers figured out, too.

“Peter Cetera and I will do all the songs we worked on together for Chicago. Ruben Studdard will cover some of my R&B kind of stuff. We’re gonna have fun!”

By fun, he means not just standing there on stage and performing his hit after hit. Foster promises to let the audience feel his show all the more by “going to the audience and picking out somebody to sing just randomly for 30 seconds.”

Thus, his advice to concertgoers: “If there’s any singer out there who wants to get my attention, this could be your big moment. I’m gonna try to pick somebody who is actually a singer.”

Who knows, Foster might even take the new singer under his wing and turn him/her into a superstar? The list of top singers Foster’s unerring eye for talent turned into superstars is long and familiar. It includes, besides Celine Dion and Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Josh Groban, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Michael Bolton, Prince, Donna Summer, The Corrs, Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Kenny G and others.

“I do have a feeling about people,” Foster admits. When I heard Andrea Bocelli for the first time, When I saw Celine for the first time, you do get to sense that you’re around greatness.”

So how do you sense greatness? How can Foster predict that this newbie standing before him will someday be somebody?

His answer is surprisingly simple: “I have to think like the average person. If I like what I see, other people will like it, too.”

Of course, no one is perfect. Foster did have misses along the way. Foster admits the public didn’t accept some of the artists he thought had incredible talent the first time he saw them.

But he just shrugs them off as one of the pitfalls of the business.

“I’m just happy I’ve survived in this business for 40 years. I’m still making music people want to hear,” he says.

Yes, Foster’s music shows no sign of fading away. In fact, it can even link two generations — the old and the new. That’s a feat, especially in this age of free downloads and digital music.

(For tickets to Hitman David Foster and Friends, call Ticketnet at 911-5555).
[source:Philstar]

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Four Filipino gays expressed love for Venus Raj on video

Love it! It's so funny. It's a reaction that all the Filipino people can relate to in expressing support to Venus Raj.

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The world needs more JACKIE CHANs

I like Jackie Chan's movies but never knew much about him. Now I know how good of a man he is. His offer of peace is unexpected but most badly needed in this most difficult time. May your tribe increase, Jackie.
Action movie superstar Jackie Chan provided a voice of reason and extended a hand of friendship to Filipinos over the recent hostage crisis via his verified Twitter account, @EyeOfJackieChan.

Jackie Chan explained that he had just arrived in Hong Kong from South Korea and was shocked to learn of the tragic hostage crisis at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila last August 23 that left eight tourists from Hong Kong dead.

"this kind of things always happen around the world. It happen to hk's people, the whole hk is talking about it. Its really sad," the movie star said at around 11:40am (Philippine Time) on August 25, 2010.

"If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad," he added.

In a magnanimous gesture, Jackie Chan extended a hand of friendship to Filipinos:

"HK is a nation built by a lot of different people..don't worry! We do not hate!" he Tweeted.

"Humans should be united and not kill or hate each other," he also exhorted. - TJ DIMACALI, GMANews.TV

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Venus Raj's answer revisited

I think she did good in her answer. She's a very positive and confident woman but unfortunately it's not the answer the judges would want to hear. Overall, I think she should have won.

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I Spit On Your Grave 2010 - HD trailer

>> Monday, August 9, 2010

The movie is a remake of an original movie back in 1978 which was known to be so controversial and extremely violent. But this new version promises to be more violent and brutal.

Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:

Writer Jennifer Hills takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away. As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse.

Read more: Movie Trailer: I Spit On Your Grave | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/08/06/movie-trailer-i-spit-on-your-grave/#ixzz0w7shDN47

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Charlie Davao dies - read details

>> Sunday, August 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Veteran character actor Charlie Davao, father of Ricky Davao, passed away Sunday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 76.

Cavite Rep. Lanie Mercado confirmed that Davao expired around 11:30 a.m. at the Philippine General Hospital. Mercado said her information came from veteran actor Tirso Cruz III.

Actress Jackie Lou Blanco, Ricky’s wife, said Davao's children, grandchildren and other relatives were at his bedside when he passed away. Ricky, however, was in Cebu, but he is now on his way back to Manila, she added.

“I arrived with my son mga 9:30 a.m. Naghihingalo na si daddy. Hirap na siyang huminga. Naka-oxygen siya," she said.

“Tanggap naman natin because we already knew. Ako, first time kong makita ever in my life na ang loved one na namatay before my eyes. That never happened to me, so iba pala siya. You accept it pero it's very painful. Siyempre lalo na sa asawa ko at anak ni daddy,” she added.

She assured that the family will announce the final funeral details as soon as they are available.

“Pinag-uusapan pa ng mga magkakapatid where the wake will be. Tapos kung kailan ang libing. We will let everybody know. I’m sure maraming colleagues si daddy na gusto siyang mapuntahan at makita. When we have the final details na I’m sure one of them will make the announcement,” she said.

According to reports, Davao's cancer was detected in December 2009.

The elder Davao recently underwent an operation. Davao’s best pal, muscleman-actor and gymnast Rusty Santos, said he was already very weak then.

Davao, the other villain

Along with Eddie Garcia, Paquito Diaz, and Vic Diaz, Davao was one of the veteran antagonists in Philippine film and television.

Born Charles Dabao in Iloilo City, he went to Manila in 1954 to pursue his college education. He was a commerce student at the University of the East while involved in commercial and print ad modeling.

Although he was attentive in school, his main goal was to engage in film acting, which he realized after a friend told him about an audition at the Sampaguita Pictures.

He didn’t miss the chance and passed the audition with flying colors.

He was introduced in “Isinumpa” in 1959.

Among his most memorable performances were in 1962 film “Kaming Mga Talyada,” where he played gay with matinee idols Juancho Gutierrez and Jose Mari Gonzales, and “Trudis Liit” with Vilma Santos. Both films were produced by Sampaguita.

But lead roles were hard to come by because he was identified with character assignments.

Davao’s biggest break came when he did “Pitong Matahari,” a James Bond-type of a film where he played Agent 009 in 1965.

Soon after, he was given action roles until he was assigned villain roles again.

His other important movies included “Palengke Queen” with Nora Aunor in 1982; “Pedro Tunasan” with Lito Lapid in 1983; “Get Victor Corpus: The Rebel Soldier’ with Rudy Fernandez in 1987; “The Rape of Virginia P.” with Alma Moreno in 1989; and “Volta” with Ai Ai de la Alas in 2004.

He also did the TV soap “Mula sa Puso” with Claudine Barretto in 1997 for ABS-CBN.

According to entertainment writer Gypsy Baldovino, Davao was married to Emma Marie, a Spanish professor at the St. Theresa’s College. They have 4 children, Bing, Ricky, Mylene and Marielle.

Mylene died in an accident when she was 5 years old. A year later, his wife also passed away.

Davao remarried to Mary Grace Iñigo. They have 2 children, Mylene and Charlon.

Being a Sampaguita former contract artist, Davao was last seen reuniting with fellow stars Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Daisy Romualdez and other Dr. Jose Perez’s protégés at Fuentes’s digs in New Manila.

According to entertainment writer Chito P. Alcid, he was already emaciated then.

Alcid said Davao had courageously admitted to the group that he was ready to go anytime. –Reports from Rod Izon and Dexter Ganibe, radio dzMM, and Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com

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Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez officially to marry this year

>> Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's no longer a secret, Ogie is marrying Regine in December of this year. They deserve each other and deserved to be happy together for the rest of their lives. As usual, Sharon Cuneta is one of the ninangs.

From PEP :

Na-preempt ng Megastar na si Sharon Cuneta ang gagawing "announcement" ni Ogie Alcasid bukas, August 8, sa GMA-7 musical-variety show na Party Pilipinas.

Kaninang gabi, August 7, ay ibinisto ng Megastar sa kanyang Megadrama concert sa Araneta Coliseum na magpapakasal na si Ogie at ang Asia's Songbird na si Regine Velasquez. Sinabi pa ni Sharon na "ninang" siya at hindi bridesmaid sa kasal ng dalawa sa pinakamalapit na kaibigan niya sa showbiz.

Unang lumabas sa PEP Alerts ang gagawing announcement ni Ogie sa Party Pilipinas. Sabi ng singer-songwriter sa kanyang text message sa YES! editor-in-chief na si Jo-Ann Maglipon noong August 5, Thursday, ang announcement niya "is going to be a happy one."

Bagamat hindi sinabi ni Ogie kung tungkol saan eksakto ang kanyang announcement, marami ang naniniwala na ito na ang pinakahihintay na kasalan nila ni Regine.

THE MOMENT HAS ARRIVED. Pitong taon nang magkasintahan sina Ogie at Regine at matagal nilang hinintay na makasal sila sa wakas. Matagal din kasi ang naging paghihintay nila na payagan ng korte na mapawalang-bisa ang kasal dito sa Pilipinas ni Ogie at ng kanyang dating asawa na si Michelle Van Eimeren, ang naging representative ng Australia sa Miss Universe pageant na ginanap sa bansa noong 1994.

Ito ay sa kabila ng nauna nang nag-asawang muli si Michelle. Ikinasal si Michelle sa Australian na si Mark Murrow noong November 21, 2009. Si Ogie ang nagsilbing reception host at si Regine naman ang naging wedding singer sa kasal na ginanap sa Australia. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

At ngayon nga ay wala nang hadlang sa pagpapakasal nina Ogie at Regine dahil, obviously, ay bumaba na ang desisyon ng korte tungkol sa annulment case nina Ogie at Michelle.

A PREVIEW. Ilang linggo bago ang "pambubuko" ni Sharon sa magaganap na kasalan nina Ogie at Regine ay malakas na ang bulung-bulungan na ikakasal na nga ang dalawang singers bago matapos ang taong kasalukuyan. Bukod dito ay may petsa na rin daw ang kasal nila—sa December 22, 2010.

Pero sa panayam nina Ogie at Regine sa Showbiz Central noong July 25 ay sinabi nilang hindi pa sigurado ang mga lumalabas na balita noon tungkol sa kanilang kasal at sa petsa nito. Basta ang tiniyak lang ni Ogie ay "I really want to marry this woman," na ang tinutukoy siyempre ay ang Asia's Songbird. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

Nangako pa nga si Ogie kay Regine na: "I will make you the happiest woman on earth."

Ang sagot naman ni Regine dito ay ito: "Parang sa buong buhay ko naman, wala naman akong ibang gustong mangyari kundi pakasalan ni Ogie Alcasid!"

Abangan ang "formal announcement" ni Ogie ng kanilang pag-iisang dibdib ni Regine sa Party Pilipinas bukas.

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Robin declares love for Mariel live on television

I don't know how truly in love they are but I think it's too fast too soon. I'd wait and see.



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US trusts PNoy gives $404 Million grants

>> Friday, August 6, 2010

WASHINTON DC - The United States has given the young Aquino administration what the previous administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had coveted for nearly 2 years and never got – a signal of trust and confidence – when it agreed on Friday to unlock $434 million in poverty- and corruption-fighting grants for the Philippines.

“Congratulations to the people and Government of the Philippines for tackling difficult challenges to create tangible opportunities for growth and prosperity,” declared Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes.

Ambassador Willy Gaa, who has nursed the Philippines' quest for an MCC Compact, said it “reaffirms the Philippine’s high capacity as MCC partner.”

Earlier this year, the MCC Board headed by State Secretary Hillary Clinton, decided to defer approval of the Compact agreement until after the national elections held last May.

Yohannes said at the time they wanted to get a commitment from the new Philippine government that it would abide with MCC policy objectives. He was apparently referring to the government’s worsening corruption problem, as shown in performance parameters the aid-giving body conducts every year for participating nations.

The Philippines became eligible for a Compact agreement as early as 2009, but the Arroyo administration continually flunked the corruption test, including the last one released for Fiscal 2010 (the US fiscal year starts in October).

On a median of zero, the Philippines scored a -0.20 or about 26% in the Control of Corruption parameter.

Former President Arroyo, according to Washington DC insiders, also sought the MCC Compact for political reasons, because it would provide a “seal of approval” for her administration. But as she became embroiled in one scandal after another, some involving her family, the MCC appeared to tighten the requirements for her to get the Compact agreement.

This time around, the MCC apparently didn’t want to wait for its regularly scheduled 4th quarter board meeting to act on the Philippines’ request – something sources here say sends a clear signal to the 2-month-old administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

President Aquino has worked to deliver on his campaign promise of “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” (if no one is corrupt, no one is poor).

Diplomatic sources say that that message resonates well in the US government, which apparently wants to encourage the young Aquino administration to sustain and intensify its efforts at curbing graft, ending impunity and ensuring resources reach the poor and needy.

"The Filipino have articulated a clear vision to improve the quality of their lives through a technically, environmentally and socially sound plan," Yohannes declared.

The MCC Compact grants will invest $54 million in computerizing and improving the tax collection activities of the Bureau of Internal Revenue; some $120 million will go to livelihood- and quality of life enhancing projects in the country’s poorest barangays; and $214 million will be spent for the construction and repair of 220 kilometers of roads that cut across the most marginalized communities of Samar Island and link it with the rest of the archipelago.

The US congress has already allocated the funds requested by the State Department to fund the Compact agreement with the Philippines.

The Compact agreement can be signed after a 15-day congressional notification period. Congress is on summer recess.

"I am confident that the country's ongoing commitment to positive reforms, accountability and transparency, and the timely implementation of the compact will deliver tangible results," Yohannes averred.

The agreement could be signed by President Aquino, who’s widely expected to visit the United States next month.
[ABS-CBN News]

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Top 10 favorite pancit

I'm a pancit lover. Spot.ph has posted the information for these top 10 pancit in MetoManila. If you are also a pancit lover, go check them out and try.

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Gloria Arroyo worst president

It's over I hope. We lost nine years of our lives because of a woman who I think could care less.
ALTHOUGH Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello’s tirade of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bordered on vulgarity, she certainly deserved it.

Bello’s privilege speech described Arroyo’s nine-year rule as “orgiastic compensation, brazen manipulation of government agencies for political purposes and massive waste of people’s money.”

He also said her subordinates behaved “like pigs,” with her as model. [An excerpt from here.]

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