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:


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.


Prince William and longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton to finally wed

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Read full story here.


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."


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.


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.

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 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/


Manny Pacquiao sings Imagine with Will Ferrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live

>> Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm a proud Pinay!

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