GRETCHEN BARRETTO "Please Don't Ask Me" Music Video

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Gretchen Barretto unveils for the first time her first music video under her "Unexpected" album in Entertaiment Live, Saturday March 8.

Gretchen's music video with Zanjoe Marudo and Jon Avila features the song "Please Don't Ask Me". Other tracks in the album are Fly Me to the Moon, A House is not a Home, Moon River, An Affair to Remember to name a few.

See 'Please Don't Ask Me' music video:

RAMIELE MALUBAY Sails to "American Idol" Top 12 Finals

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Filipino-American Ramiele Malubay survived the last cut to sail through the Top 12 of this year's American Idol.

In the last elimination before the Top 12, Ramiele was among those who luckily made it to the next round. The four who were eliminated and did not make it to the Top 12 were Luke Menard, Kady Malloy, Asia'h Epperson, and the openly gay Danny Noriega.

The remaining six female contestants and six male contestants will go up against each other starting next week.

Ramiele will be joined in the Top 12 by fellow female contestants Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado, Amanda Overmyer, Carly Smithson, and Brooke White.

The male contestants who made it to the next round are David Archuleta, Chikezie, David Cook, Jason Castro, David Hernandez, and Michael Johns.

For her first performance in the elimination round, Ramiele sang "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield that drew praises from the three judges—Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell.

Ramiele's next two performances though—"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston and "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins—did not impress the judges too much. But without a doubt, Ramiele has one of the best vocals in the competition, enough for America to put her through the Top 12.

The winner will win one million U.S. dollars and the honor of being the seventh American Idol.

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DINGDONG DANTES is Now a Bench Body Endorser

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After JC de Vera, another Kapuso hunk is now a model for the Philippine global brand Bench and he’s none other than Marian Rivera’s partner in Marimar and Dyesebel - Dingdong Dantes!

The launch for the newest model of Bench Body was held this afternoon, March 8, at the Trinoma mall. After the mini-fashion show, Dingdong’s billboard was unveiled in Guadalupe, Makati.

Prior to being the new bench body endorser, Dingdong was the image model for Hanford underwear.

KIM CHIU Chosen as the Pinoy ‘My Girl’

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Kim Chiu cried a tears [of joy] when the lead role of “Jasmin” for the Philippine version of the hit Koreanovela “My Girl” which starred Lee Dong Wook was awarded to her by ABS-CBN.

The good news was announced during the press conference of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 2. Kim Chiu, the big winner of the first edition, was surprised that she will have another primetime tv series on ABS-CBN. Her first was Sana Maulit Muli opposite Gerald Anderson which was a hit in the tv ratings in the first quarter of 2007. Sana Maulit Muli is now being shown in Taiwan.

But who will play the role of Korean heartthrob Lee Dong Wook? Of course, the name Gerald Anderson will first come to our minds. But ABS-CBN has not confirmed about this one. Are they considering a new love team for Kim? Enchong Dee, Aldred Gatchalian or Dino Imperial perhaps? We will see.

Kim Chiu is currently preparing for her debut party next month with Gerald Anderson as her escort, of course.

SELDA - Movie Preview

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Selda is another award-winning indie film helmed by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos starring Sid Lucero (Donsol), Michael de Mesa, Emilio Garcia and Ara Mina. This Gawad Tanglaw winning movie is going to have a rerun on Robinsons’ Galleria on March 5 to 11, 2008.

True to form to their themes of love and its different vagaries, filmmakers Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos follow up their highly-acclaimed debut film ILUSYON (Rated A 2005, Cinemanila IFF 2006, Pusan IFF 2006) with the tragic tale of 3 characters in Selda. The film stars Sid Lucero, Emilio Garcia and Ara Mina. Also starring are Michael de Mesa, Allan Paule, Soliman Cruz and Ping Medina.

Set in two contrasting environments that undeline the same premise of imprisonment, Selda tells the story of Rommel, a young man who accidentally kills a boy, resulting in his incarceration. Inside the jail, he befriends another inmate, Esteban, who becomes his rock and protector. Seven years later, Rommel is living in the province as a farmer together with Sita his wife. Esteban tracks down Rommel in hopes of renewing a brewing love affair. Rommel and Sita welcome Esteban into their lives, until their intimacy crosses borderlines and results in the undeniable scourge of self-discovery.

Selda is a return to classiscist forms and delivers a stylish, deliberately-paced treatise on love. At moments strange, Selda is a sublime and disquieting portrait of a young man whose search for happiness, innocence and true love is laden with guilt and doubt.

Selda - Movie Trailer:

LOLIT SOLIS Yet to Face Another Case in Court?

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Here is a text message from Ruffa Gutierrez regarding Lolit’s “defamatory” statements. Lolit allegedly exaggerated what transpired between Lani and Ruffa just a simple snob incident.

"I have consulted my legal counsel n because of Ms. Solis’ defamatory remarks agains me, that are completely false and off topic, i’m now exploring possible legal action. i don’t need this cheap publicity and would rather focus my attention on my children, my career and furthering my education."

Image courtesy and copyright of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

ANNABELLE RAMA to LOLIT SOLIS: "Gusto Mo, Mag-Upakan Tayo!"

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Tuluyan nang lumaki ang isyu tungkol sa diumano'y pang-iisnab ni Lani Mercado kay Ruffa Gutierrez sa birthday party ng GMA-7 executive Wilma Galvante noong February 22 sa Imperial Palace Suites. Ito ay dahil sa pagsali sa eksena ng manager ni Lani na si Lolit Solis at ang ina ni Ruffa na si Annabelle Rama.

Pagkatapos ilahad ni Ruffa ang pang-iisnab daw sa kanya ni Lani sa The Buzz noong Linggo, March 2, ay hindi naman napigilan ni manager Lolit Solis na ipagtanggol ang kanyang alaga na si Lani, na piniling manahimik para huwag na raw lumaki ang isyu.

Ayon sa kuwento ni Ruffa, nilapitan niya si Lani sa birthday party ni Ms. Wilma para batiin sa pamamagitan ng pagbebeso, pero tinalikuran daw siya ng misis ni Sen. Bong Revilla.

Nagkitang muli sina Ruffa at Lani sa burol ng ina ng talent manager ni Aga Muhlach na si Ethel Ramos. Dahil sa insidenteng nangyari sa birthday party ni Ms. Wilma ay hindi na raw binati ni Ruffa si Lani sa muli nilang pagkikita para hindi na siya mapahiya.

Bagama't sinabi ni Ruffa na ikinuwento lang niya ang naturang insidente, wala siyang balak palakihin ang isyu. Nagbiro pa nga siya tungkol dito nang sabihin niya sa The Buzz na "My pretty, perfect pouty lips [were] left hanging on air" habang tumatawa.

Kung si Lani ay nanahimik na lang, hindi naman napigilan ng kanyang manager na si Lolit na magsalita laban kay Ruffa.

Sa panayam kay Lolit ng entertainment columnist na si Ogie Diaz sa radio program nitong Wow, Ang Showbiz! noong Martes, March 4, ay sinabi ng talent manager na hindi obligasyon ni Lani na batiin ang kahit na sino.

"Ang ipinagtataka ko lang, ba't kailangang maging obligasyon ni Lani ang batiin ang kahit sino? Ang mga na-link sa asawa niya, e, siya ang legal wife? Hindi pa ba sapat na civil lang si Lani at kailangan talaga makipagplastikan yung tao sa mga nali-link sa asawa niya, sa mga sumasabit-sabit na babae kay Bong?" sabi ni Lolit.

RUFFA & BONG'S PAST. Ang tinutukoy ni Lolit ay ang pagkaka-link kina Ruffa at Bong noon. Inamin kasi ni Ruffa sa The Buzz na na-link sila noon ni Bong noong wala pang asawa ang panganay nina Eddie Gutierrez at Annabelle Rama.

Kuwento ni Ruffa sa The Buzz: "Siguro, inisip ng mga intrigero na parang na-link sa akin si Bong like 25 years ago. My gosh! Let's all move on naman. May mga anak na ako. Panahon pa ni Mahoma 'yon, di ba? I mean, if it's that, God, it's like 25 years ago! I was only like 15, di ba? I don't see a reason na ‘yon ang maging dahilan."

Sagot naman ni Lolit sa panayam sa kanya ni Ogie, "Day, sa totoo lang, hindi si Lani ang nagpalaki ng isyung ito, sila. Kung hindi sila kumibo, hindi sila nag-react, dedma, di ba? Nalaman ngayon ng mga tao na may nakaraan pala si Ruffa at si Bong. Dati ba, may nasulat na naging sina Bong at Ruffa? Wala naman, ah? Kaya si Lani, tahimik lang. Hindi siya dapat mag-react, dahil siya ang legal wife!"

Nang tanungin ni Ogie si Lolit kung posibleng maging simula naman ito ng pag-aaway nila ng ina ni Ruffa na si Annabelle, ito ang sagot ng StarTalk co-host: "Naku, 'pag nakita ko si Annabelle, sasabihin ko rin sa kanya na ang daming babae ang sumasabit-sabit sa asawa niya [Eddie] no'n, kaya 'pag tumatalak siya, naiintindihan siya ng mga tao, dahil siya ang legal wife!"

ANNABELLE FIRES BACK. Kagabi, March 5, ay nakapanayam naman ng TV Patrol World at 24 Oras si Annabelle kaugnay ng mga binitawang salita ni Lolit tungkol kay Ruffa. At gaya ng inaasahan, galit na galit ito at hinamon pa ng suntukan si Lolit, pati na si Ogie Diaz, dahil sa kawalang-galang ng mga ito sa kanyang pamilya.

Sinabi ni Annabelle na wala sa lugar ang mga komento nina Lolit at Ogie. Nagpakita lamang daw ito ng kawalan nila ng respeto sa Gutierrez family.

"Hindi ko maintindihan bakit sobra-sobra ang reaksiyon mo [Lolit] sa pagtira sa anak ko. Lolit, nakalimutan mo na ba kung saan ka galing? Dati katulong ka ni Mother Lily [Monteverde], hinaharbatan mo ako ng bag, ng pera, ibinibigay ko sa 'yo dahil mahal kita, nirespeto kita.

"Ngayon di mo ako nirerespeto dahil kinakalaban mo anak ko, pati mga apo ko tinatamaan mo. Ngayon, Lolit Solis, kung matapang ka, hinahamon kita. Sabihin mo saan, ano'ng oras, gusto mo mag-upakan tayo ngayon din, okay sa akin!" nanggagalaiting pahayag ni Annabelle kay Mario Dumaual ng TV Patrol World.

Dagdag pa ni Annabelle, itinapon daw ni Lolit ang mahigit tatlumpung taon nilang pagkakaibigan dahil sa kanyang mga komento. Sinabi ng palabang ina ni Ruffa na partikular siyang na-offend sa sinabi ni Lolit na maraming babae ang nagkakandarapa kay Bong dahil sa "nota" nito, na parang pinalalabas na ganoon din si Ruffa.

Ani Lolit sa interview ni Ogie sa kanya, "Malaki kasi ang nota niyang si Bong, kaya naeelya-elya ang mga babae sa kanya! Maglaway-laway man sila sa nota ni Bong, si Lani pa rin ang legal wife!"

Isiniwalat din ni Annabelle na bago ang interview ni Lolit sa radio program ni Ogie ay nagkausap na sila ni Lolit. May usapan na raw sina Annabelle at Lolit na huwag nang palakihin ang isyu, pero hindi raw tumupad sa kanilang kasunduan ang manager ni Lani.

"May usapan na tayong dalawa kahapon [March 4], bakit nag-ano ka...nag-iba ng usapan ngayon? Tinitira mo si Ruffa sa radyo at saka sa diyaryo. Huwag kang ganyan, 'Day. Huwag kang maging duwag. Ako ang kalabanin mo," sabi ni Annabelle sa panayam naman sa kanya ni Lhar Santiago sa 24 Oras.

Hindi rin nakaligtas kay Annabelle ang alaga ni Lolit na si Lani.

"Bakit ang anak ko ang iniisnab-isnab mo? Bakit, ano ba ang nagawa ni Ruffa sa 'yo? Sabi mo magsu-sorry si Ruffa sa 'yo, for what?" ani Annabelle sa 24 Oras.

Pinaratangan din ni Annabelle si Ogie ng pag-atake sa kanyang pamilya sa media.

"Isa ka pa, Ogie Diaz, humarap ka rin sa akin! Lagi mong sinisiraan sina Ruffa at Richard. Kayong dalawa ni Lolit, kayo against me!" sabi ni Annabelle sa TV Patrol World.

Napag-alaman din na sinubukan daw tawagan ni Lolit si Annabelle, pero pinagbagsakan ng telepono ng ina ni Ruffa ang manager ni Lani.

DAVID ARCHULETA Sings "Another Day in Paradise"

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David Archuleta sang “Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins on American Idol 7 Top 8 Guys performance show.

Randy Jackson said, “It was nice. There were a couple little pitch problems here and there.” Paula Abdul said, “I loved that there were a couple notes that were off because it proved to me that you’re not this make believe person, hologram that can do everything perfect.” Simon Cowell said, “It wasn’t as good as last week.”

RAMIELE MALUBAY Sings "Against All Odds"

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Ramiele Malubay sang “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” by Phil Collins on American Idol Season 7 Top 8 Girls performance show.

Randy Jackson said, “I thought it was a pretty good vocal and everything, but find that confidence again because i feel sometimes when i’m watching you sing i feel that you are also thinking.” Paula Abdul said, “You have such a beautiful face and there’s an innocent pure voice that comes from inside of you. You deserve to be in the top twelve.” Simon Cowell said, “Actually, I thought it was bit predictable, and I’m not jumping out of my chair on that.”


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May nakarating sa amin na kuwentong ipinasa-pasa na mula rin siguro sa mga taga-ABS CBN 2.

Hindi namin alam kung totoo ito dahil hindi namin nakakausap ang mga taong involved sa kuwentong ito.

Minsan daw sa ASAP kung saan guest din si Claudine Barretto, nasa dressing room daw ito huli kasama ang iba pang Kapamilya talents na sina Toni Gonzaga at hindi ko lang tiyak kung si Bea Alonzo o Heart Evangelista.

Anyway, tatlo raw sila sa dressing room na masayang nagtsikahan nang biglang may pumasok na isang PA na may mga dalang gamit.

Itinanong daw ng mga aktres kung kanino iyun. Ang sagot ng PA, kay Angel Locsin daw.

Maya-maya, dumating na si Angel at deretsong umupo para magpaayos. Tuluy-tuloy lang daw ang pagme-make-up sa kanya, at hindi raw binati sina Claudine na kasama niya sa iisang kuwarto.

Kahit isa raw sa kanila ay wala raw binati si Angel.

Ilang sandali, lumabas daw si Claudine at hindi rin nagtagal, bumalik uli sa dressing room.

Wala pa raw 10 minutes, may pumasok na PA at lumapit kay Angel na sinabihang lilipat daw sila ng dressing room. Inilipat daw si Angel sa dressing room kasama na si Pokwang.

Ang paglabas kaya ni Claudine ng dressing room ay may kinalaman sa pagpapalipat kay Angel?

Source: abutilamsik, abantetonitedotcom

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Reality TV Show in the Works

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The High School Musical franchise is going to become a reality for a lucky few on ABC, according to Variety.

A reality competition with a "High School Musical" theme will include a nationwide talent hunt followed by a group of contestants studying at a music conservatory to hone their skills.

ABC is targeting a summer air date for the "High School Musical" reality series.

The website reports contestants will be eliminated each week until a final winning performer is chosen, with the top prize being kept under wraps for now.

Variety reports the HSM franchise will reach $650 million in sales this year.

RAMIELE MALUBAY of American Idol 7 Faces Cyberspace Scandal

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The latest season of the popular talent show American Idol is proving to be more than just singing and scornful Simon Cowell remarks. Recently, it's also about scandals and stunning revelations on the background of its roster of contestants.

That includes Filipino-American Ramiele Malubay.

According to reports, controversial photos of Ramiele are currently popping up in cyberspace, showing the 20-year-old talent grabbing the breast of a co-worker in a sushi bar. Fox News reported that there's another photo where, this time, the hand of Ramiele's friend was caught placed on her breast.

People think the revealed photos may either strengthen or weaken Ramiele's chances going on to the final stretch of the contest. "If you're hated, you're doing something right," wrote Ramiele when asked to list down her favorite quote on her profile.

But Ramiele's issue paled in comparison to the scandal faced by another semi-finalist named David Hernandez. The Associated Press recently reported that David used to be a gay-club stripper rendering lap dances on mostly male patrons.

The report said that David was employed at Dick's Cabaret, a club joint located in Phoenix, for three years.

Speaking to AP, Dick's Cabaret manager Gordy Bryan was quoted saying: "He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here."

Based on his employment record, it was found that David last reported at Dick's Cabaret on September 30, 2007. He never renewed his state license.

If there's any good news for Ramiele and David, it seems they will both stay on American Idol despite the controversies hounding them—until they are voted out of the show, of course.

Ramiele and David are still in the competition and are expected to sail through the Final 12.

CIARA SOTTO Napiling Umawit ng Lupang Hinirang sa Pacquiao - Marquez 2 Fight

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Mas excited kesa sa kabado ang naramdaman ni Ciara Sotto dahil siya ang kakanta ng ating Pambansang Awit sa laban nina Pacquiao at Marquez sa March 16 (Manila time) sa Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuwang-tuwa si Ciara nang nakausap ng Startalk nu’ng Sabado, dahil isa rin daw siya sa na­ngangarap na makakanta sa laban ni Pacquiao.

Nang magkita raw sila ni Pacquiao sa Las Vegas, biglang pinakanta at kaagad na nataypan siya at napagdesisyunan sa Solar Entertainment na siya na ang kakanta sa darating na laban ni Pacquiao.

Minsan daw ay parang kinakabahan siya, pero mas nananaig daw ang excitement dahil tingin ni Ciara, kaya niyang kantahin na magugustuhan ng ating mga kababayan.

Source: Abu Tilamsik, abantetonitedotcom

CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA Stars in "West Side Story"

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STAGES has chosen Christian Bautista to star in their production of West Side Story, created by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The story is based loosely on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but is set on the west side of Manhattan, New York City. West Side Story takes place in the 1950s when many Puerto Ricans moved to the Big Apple.

The Bernstein and Sondheim musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Asia's Pop Idol plays the role of Tony, who used to belong to the gang called The Jets. Christian's character falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo who is the head of the Sharks. This Puerto Rican gang is the rival of the Manhattan-based gang The Jets, which is headed by Riff. Anita is Bernardo's girlfriend.

STAGES is now in the process of casting Maria, Bernardo, Riff, Anita, etc. and a strong ensemble of dancers. Aspiring thespians are asked to bring 3R colored photo, resume and minus one CD.

West Side Story will run at the Meralco Theater from September to October 2008.

Interested singers and dancers aged 17-30 years old may call Judith at Tel. No. 818-1111 loc. 225 for inquiries.

Venue: Stand Studio, Brahma Bldg., 172 Mabini St., Addition Hills, San Juan, Manila

Schedule: March 29-30, 2008, 10 am to 5 pm.


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Usap-usapan ngayon sa loob at labas ng show business ang diumano'y muling pagbubuntis ni Kris Aquino. Ilang araw nang umiikot ang balitang ito pero walang anumang pahayag ang TV host-actress.

Kasalukuyang nasa Phuket, Thailand, si Kris kasama ang kanyag mister na si James Yap. Silang dalawa lang ang umalis as part of their bonding moment. Naiwan ang mga anak ni Kris na si Joshua at Baby James sa kani-kanilang mga yaya at staff. From Phuket, didiretso ang mag-asawa sa Bangkok.

Umalis sina Kris at James kahapon, March 3, isang araw pagkatapos ng championship game ng Purefoods at Sta. Lucia sa PBA last Sunday, March 2. Second place ang team na kinabibilangan ni James, ang Purefoods.

Babalik sina Kris at James on March 10.

After a week, posibleng bumalik ang mag-asawa sa Phuket o di kaya ay sa Hong Kong na paborito ni Joshua. Kung anuman ang mapagdesisyunan ni Kris pagbalik nila ni James sa Thailand, doon na magbabakasyon ang pamilya ni Kris sa Holy Week. Bakasyon daw kasi talaga para sa pamilya ni Kris ang buwan ng Marso.

This Friday, March 7, maku-confirm kung buntis nga o hindi si Kris. Kapag hindi raw siya dinatnan this Friday ng kanyang monthly period, 'tsaka lang makukumpirma kung may kasunod na nga si Baby James.

Ilang beses na raw nababanggit at napapag-usapan sa bahay ni Kris ang posibilidad na magkaroon ulit sila ng panibagong anak ni James. Sayang naman daw ang maraming kuwarto sa bahay kung konti lang sila sa pamilya.

Senyales daw ito na gusto rin talaga ni Kris na magbuntis ulit sa kabila ng hirap na pinagdaanan niya noong nagdadalang-tao siya kay Baby James.

Sa episode ng Boy & Kris kaninang umaga, March 4, habang ipinapakita ni Kris ang larawan nina Joshua at Baby James sa loob ng bagong isyu ng K! magazine, proud na proud ang TV host sa kanyang mga anak.

"Dapat gumawa pa ako ng maraming anak, Sayang ang lahi! Kaya lang bed rest ako nang pagkatagal-tagal. Pero kung ganyan naman ka-cute ang mga lalaki ko, what more kung more kung girl? Bakit hindi?" pahayag ni Kris.

ABS-CBN Wins 19 Awards from 6th Gawad Tanglaw

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ABS-CBN Channel 2 together with its radio station DZMM, its cable channel ANC and its stars grabbed 19 trophies from the 6th Gawad Tanglaw Awards of the University of Perpetual Help System which was held at the Ernesto Palanca Auditorium of the University of Perpetual Help in Alabang, Zapote, Las Pinas City.

The winners from ABS-CBN are:

Best Radio Program: Tambalang Ted at Korina
Best AM Radio Station: DZMM
Best Morning Show: Umagang Kay Ganda
Best Magazine Show: Rated K
Best Sports Program: Sports Unlimited
Best Business Program: Business Nightly ANC
Best News Program: TV Patrol World, Bandila
Best TV Anchors: Julius Babao, Korina Sanchez, Karen Davila, Ces Drilon, Henry Omaga-Diaz
Best Game Show: Deal or No Deal
Best Comedy Program: Goin' Bulilit
Best Celebrity
Talk Show: Sharon
Best Drama Anthology: Maalaala Mo Kaya
Best Drama Series: Maging Sino Ka Man
TV Station of the Year: ABS-CBN

Sid Lucero, Eugene Domingo and Michael de Mesa are among the winners in the
movie performances category.

GMA 7 Wins 4 Awards from 6th Gawad Tanglaw

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GMA-7 was able to grab 4 trophies from the 6th Gawad Tanglaw Awards of the University of Perpetual Help System which was held at the Ernesto Palanca Auditorium of the University of Perpetual Help in Alabang, Zapote, Las Pinas City.

The winners from GMA Network are:

Best TV Anchor: Vicky Morales
Best Documentary Special: Philippine Agenda
Best Public Service Program: Wish Ko Lang
Best Documentary Program: Reporter’s Notebook

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