DZMM Receives Two Citations in the New York Festivals International Radio Broadcasting Awards

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ABS-CBN 2's flagship AM radio station dzMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta (630khz) received two international honors in May from the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Broadcasting Awards.

Radio dzMM's 'Special Coverage of the Manila Hostage Drama' is a finalist in the Breaking News Story (Longform), while dzMM station manager Angelo Palmones is a finalist for the Talk Show Host category for the his science-oriented radio show "Bago Yan, Ah!"

We feel proud that the work of local station in the Philippines is being recognized globally. It is actually a challenge to us to excel more and to work for excellence," Palmones told

Palmones added that dzMM believes that the recognition will give them greater audience share, and would entail more effort on their part to meet raised public expectation, including that of an international audience.

"Nakakatakot siya... it could only mean that you have to be consistent in your presentation to address the need of the global audience. Ang hirap. It’s really very challenging that we have to think of new approache, continue the learning process and make sure that we are up within the global standard," Palmones added.

Palmones said, "Bago Yan, Ah!" is the country's only longest running radio program that really focuses on Science and Technology.

And for the 'Special Coverage of Manila Hostage Drama', Palmones said that it was also recognized since it showcased the human aspect of Philippine media.

"Kasi doon ang pinakita doon is how to protect life, how to save lives. Doon ipinakita ang Philippine media. It’s the showcase of how we value life, regardless kung iyan ay criminal who endangers the life of others," explains Palmones.

Palmones said it was not the first time for dzMM to receive international recognition. Just last year, dzMM’s news program “Radyo Patrol Balita” bested more than 50 entries worldwide and won in the Best News category for Radio at the 2007 Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes held in Tehran.

"Para sa coverage namin iyon ng isang bagyo and the reason why we won is again despite the situation, the urgency of the situation, ang pinromote naman doon is calmness and giving the assurance doon sa mga taong in distress. It’s always the human factor na naipinapakita and the value for life na pinapakita ng station o ng coverage that made it to winning the title," he said.

Palmones also revealed that dzMM is in the process of pursuing continuing education not only for station's reporters but also for its anchors.

Palmones said that dzMM stands by its commitment to be Una sa Balita (First in News), Una sa Public Service (First in Public Service).

He added that every sort of feedback,, accolades as well as criticisms, to improve their services.

"We need their inputs and we need the information that they can give on how we can improve more our services to the Filipinos, wherever they maybe," he ended.

Palmones is set to leave the country for the awards ceremony that will be held this coming June 19 at Tribeca Rooftop in New York.


MARIEL RODRIGUEZ Knocked up by ZANJOE MARUDO?; Has Abortion?

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Mariel Rodriguez finally reacts to the recent rumor about her getting pregnant by Zanjoe (Marudo) and decided to resort to an abortion just to avoid controversy.

"Oh my God! Hello? Bakit ko naman gagawin iyon if ever I am pregnant. I love kids,” was Mariel's response to the rumors. Her statement was aired on newsmagazine morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda" and radio dzMM on Thursday.

She added that she will be airing her side on the issue over two showbiz talk shows, "Entertainment Live" this Saturday, June 7, and "The Buzz,” on Sunday, June 8.

According to the rumor, Mariel went to Hawaii to get an abortion around the second week of May--when she went to the United States with the rest of the cast and crew of "Wowowee" for their US tour.

Not surprisingly, her boyfriend and supposed impregnator, hunky actor-model Zanjoe Marudo, was incredulous about the entire thing.

"Hindi ko pa naririnig ang isyu na 'yon, pero kung bago lang ang isyu na 'yan ewan ko kung anong araw siya nagpa-abort kasi araw-araw siyang nagho-host sa 'Wowowee' sa 'PBB' noong nawala naman siya, nasa Amerika. So parang hindi ko alam kung saang oras niya siningit 'yung nagpa-abort siya," the actor said.

Zanjoe added that he has already accepted those types of rumors as part of the price of celebrity. Most of the time, he ignores them.

"Since noong nag-start ako parang wala akong pakialam diyan. Ayaw ko ngang nagpapa-interview kasi ang daming nagtatanong sa personal na buhay. Ni hindi nga ako nagbabasa ng tabloid. "

Zanjoe said that he and Mariel hardly have enough time together for themselves because of their busy schedules. But they still manage, somehow, to see one another.

"Siyempre after ng work like after niyang mag-Wowowee, mag-Uber tapos ako bakante naman ang araw ko, yun minsan magdi-dinner," he said.

The actor said Mariel is very special to him, describing her as very down to earth with a very understaning attitude.

"Alam mo parang ang sarap makasama, at kahit na hindi ako artista o maging kaibigan mo lang, hanggang sa pagtanda kung mayroon kang ganoong klaseng kaibigan ang sarap," he said.

He added that he's always ready to come to Mariel's side to help her through situations like this.

"Siya lang naman kasi kapag may ganyang isyu kailangan lang niya ng kaibigang magpapalakas ng loob niya. Madali siyang tamaan, madali siyang mainis. Unang-una madali siyang maniwala sa lahat ng sinasabi ng tao, at ako nandito naman ako para i-guide siya sa mga nangyayari--kahit hindi ko pa naman talaga alam ang pasikot- sikot sa showbiz," he said.

SEX AND THE CITY Covers Marie Claire

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Sex and the City has been doing phenomenally well at the box office, earning the title of top-opening romantic comedy of all-time. And now the ladies of Sex — Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis — each have their own covers for the July 2008 issue of Marie Claire, out June 10th.

The girls share the gossip, glamour, and truth about the SATC cultural phenomenon:

Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones) on holding out to make the movie: Four years ago I was going through a painful public divorce, the series was coming to an end, and my father was diagnosed with dementia. I felt it was time to be with my real family. A year-and-a-half ago, when I was sent the script, I was ready and strong enough to revisit Samantha. In some ways, I’m glad we waited. The script and the experience of making the movie was the best possible reunion.

Producer Darren Star on the gals of SATC: “These were women who were objectifying men. And it was sort of jarring. Men aren’t used to hearing themselves depersonalized and referred to as Mr. This or Mr. That. I think if you had a show with that sort of locker-room talk from a bunch of guys talking about women, it would be a little ‘yuck.’

So You Think You Can Dance 4: TOP 20 DANCERS

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Here are the Top 20 Dancers of So You Think You Can Dance Season 4! (click name to view pics)

Rayven Armijo (28) is a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from La Puente, CA. Armijo is a mentor to children and assists them with their educational goals and in dance. Armijo is proud that many have gone on to attend LA County High School for the Performing Arts.

Comfort Fedoke (20) is a Hip-Hop dancer raised in Lagos, Nigeria, now living in Dallas, TX. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School. Fedoke was a featured performer for the past few years on “Dallas Dance Club 21,” the local Dallas dance television show.

Courtney Galiano (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Commack, NY. Though she specializes in Contemporary, Galiano also loves to dance Hip-Hop. She appeared in the music video for Kat De Luna’s “Whine Up” and is a dancer for the New York Knicks.

Susie Garcia (25) is a Latin/Salsa dancer born in Miami, FL. Garcia graduated with a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts. She is a high school teacher who previously was a dancer with the Miami Heat for six years. Garcia has performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Latin Grammy Awards, and danced on Shakira’s “Oral Fixation World Tour.”

Chelsie Hightower (18) is a Latin dancer born in Las Vegas, NV, and raised in Orem, UT. Hightower has worked with many world-renowned choreographers. She was a U.S. Worlds finalist in 2005 and competed on Team USA.

Jessica King (23) is a Contemporary dancer from Myrtle Beach, SC, where she was born and raised. She is currently attending Coastal Carolina University studying Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. King also teaches dance and performs in local theater.

Kourtni Lind (18) is a Jazz/Contemporary dancer from Forest Lake, MN, currently living in Sherman Oaks, CA. Lind began training in her mother’s dance studio at 3 years old and graduated high school at age 16 so she could begin her career.

Kherington Payne (18) is a Contemporary/Jazz dancer from Placentia, CA. Payne will graduate from El Dorado High School this summer. She is an avid soccer fan who has played for many years.

Katee Shean (20) is a Contemporary dancer from San Jose, CA. Shean is a graduate of Pioneer High School and currently attends Chapman University in Orange, CA. She is pursuing a double major in leadership and dance and is active in many volunteer organizations. Shean trained at the Team Dance Company and Atlas School of Dance.

Chelsea Traille (23) is a Jazz Funk and Contemporary dancer born in Houston, TX, currently living in Flower Mound, TX. Traille graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Texas, Dallas. She was a dancer with the NBA Mavericks during the 2006-2007 season.

Joshua Allen
(19) is a Hip Hop/Popping dancer from Fort Worth, TX. Allen hopes to be a professional dancer and recording artist.

Jamie Bayard (22) is a West Coast Swing dancer from Palm Springs, CA, currently living in Norwalk, CA. Bayard graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts. He was the U.S. Swing Dance champion in 2000 and 2002 and is a professor of Swing and Salsa at Loyola Marymount University.

Stephen “Twitch” Boss (25) is a Freestyle dancer from Montgomery, AL. A career highlight for Boss was performing “Thriller” with Wade Robson on “The Wade Robson Project” in 2003.

Marquis Cunningham (18) is a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer born in Cumberland, NC, and raised in Cape Coral, FL. Cunningham began dancing at 14 and trained at the Robin Dawn Academy. He is a graduate of Florida’s North Fort Myers High School and currently resides in New York City

Matt Dorame (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Glendale, AZ. He studied for two years at Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City.

Chris Jarosz (21) is a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer from Gaithersburg, MD, currently living in Dallas, TX. Jarosz grew up training at the Dawn Crafton Dance Center in Gaithersburg and then moved to Dallas in his sophomore year to train at Top Hat Dance Center. Jarosz is now a dance major at Southern Methodist University.

Thayne Jasperson (27) is a Contemporary dancer who grew up in Springville, UT. Jasperson was a featured dancer in “High School Musical,” and “High School Musical 2.” He danced five years with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, but has only been dancing six years.

Mark Kanemura (24) is a Contemporary dancer born and raised in Honolulu, HI. Kanemura trained with 24-7 Dance Force in Honolulu and danced at Tokyo Disney. He also directed and choreographed performances on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Gev Manoukian (21) is a Hip Hop/Break dancer originally from Kazakhstan and now living in Centerville, UT. Manoukian was a featured dancer in “High School Musical 2.”

Will Wingfield (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Nashville, TN. Wingfield started dancing at age 9 at DC Dance Factory in Nashville, and later moved to Los Angeles to train under Debbie Allen at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

The Top 20 dancers will perform Wednesday, June 11 @8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.

Two dancers will be eliminated on the first live results show on Thursday, June 12 @ 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT.

The Pussycat Dolls will also perform their new hit single, “When I Grow Up” live from the SYTYCD stage.

May Your Soul Rest in Peace RUDY FERNANDEZ

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"Our beloved Rudy Fernandez+ has gone home to his Maker at 6:15 this morning, June 7, 2008." This was the text sent earlier today by the actor's camp.

Rudy or Daboy, as he was fondly called by his friends and fans, finally succumbed after a hard-fought battle with periampullary cancer that lasted for several months. He was 55.

According to Medical Observer, periampullary cancer is "an enlargement of the ducts from the liver and pancreas where they enter the small intestines."

It was only a few weeks ago that Rudy was brought home from the hospital, where the last efforts to prolong his life were exerted.

Before this, Rudy and wife Lorna Tolentino made trips abroad to find the best cure for the actor, the last of which was in the U.S. right after his last birthday celebration on March 3. The supposed one-month trip was cut short when Rudy decided to come home to Philippines.

Last May 10, a healing mass attended by his friends in the entertainment industry was held for him at the Christ the King Church in Quezon City.

Rudy has three children; actor Mark Anthony Fernandez, with former partner Alma Moreno; and Renz and Ralph with wife Lorna Tolentino.

Rudy's remains will be brought to The Heritage Park in Taguig City, and the interment will be on Thursday, June 12.

May His+ Soul Rest Beside our Dear Lord God.

"Pinagpalit Nila Ako sa Pera. Wala Syang Utang na Loob!" - German Moreno's Statement to Billy Crawford Transfer to ABS-CBN 2

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Halatang naiirita si German " Kuya Germs" Moreno kapag si Billy Crawford ang tema ng usapan. Kulang na lang ay sabihin niyang ayaw niyang pag-usapan ang mga isyu tungkol sa kinasangkutan nila ng itinuring niyang alaga magmula pa noong That's Entertainment.

Hindi lingid sa showbiz circles ang sama ng loob ni Kuya Germs kay Billy dahil sa paglipat ng huli sa ABS-CBN bilang host ng second season ng Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) at ng musical-variety show na ASAP '08.

"Wala na akong gaanong masasabi pa tungkol diyan. Ang masasabi ko lang, masakit dahil ipinagpalit nila ako sa pera," simula ni Kuya Germs.

Hangga't maari ay ayaw na sanang magsalita pa ni Kuya Germs. Tila umiiwas na siya sa isyu dahil nga alam niyang emosyonal siya't baka hindi na siya makakontrol kung magsasalita siya. Pero paminsan-minsan, hindi siya makaiwas na hindi magbigay ng komento.

Wala siyang utang na loob. Huwag na sa akin, sa GMA-7 na lang. Yung sa amin, okey lang yun, kung di naman pala niya ako itinuring na parang adviser man lang, okey lang. Pero sa GMA-7, wala siyang pasintabi.

"Binigyan siya ng magandang break dito, binigyan siya ng project, ‘tapos ganoon lang na basta na lang aalis na hindi magsasabi? Nasaan ang utang na loob kung ganyan?
" malungkot na pahayag ni Kuya Germs.

Hindi rin daw tama yung pinagsasabi ni Billy sa presscon niya sa ABS-CBN. Kulang na lang ay sabihin ni Kuya Germs na sinungaling nga si Billy dahil walang katotohanan daw yung mga palusot nitong kesyo wala siyang alam na nakikipag-negotiate pala ang management niya sa Dos. Kumbaga, ibig palabasin ni Billy na sa umpisa ay hindi niya alam na magtatrabaho pala siya bilang host ng Pinoy Dream Academy.

"Lagi kong sinasabi, huwag kalilimutan ang mga taong nakatulong. ‘Yan ay lagi kong ipinaaalala sa mga batang tinutulungan ko. Dun lang kasi sa puntong yun sila puwedeng makaganti. Kahit man lang sa utang na loob, bigyan nila ng importansiya yung mga nagtitiyaga sa kanila. Nasaan naman ang respeto? Alam niyang consultant ako sa SOP, ‘tapos tatapat siya dun?" iritableng sabi ni Kuya Germs.

Maaawain naman si German Moreno. Lagi na kasi, kapag lumalapit na yung mga batang naging alibugha sa kanya in the past, agad lumalambot ang kanyang puso. Sakali bang lumapit sa kanya si Billy para humingi ng paumanhin, tatanggapin ba niya ito?

Isang mapaklang ngiti lang ang tugon ni Kuya Germs kasabay ng mabilis na pag-iling—nangangahulugang hindi pa siya handang patawarin si Billy.

PINOY DREAM ACADEMY (PDA) Season 2 Begins on June 9

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For the past nine weeks, ABS-CBN has been introducing the potential scholars of Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) Season 2 via a segment integrated with the Saturday edition of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus. This primer, hosted by Yeng Constantino, introduced the 32 PDA dreamers—with all of them giving the public a sample of their own brand of music.

According to PDA Business Unit Head Laurenti Dyogi, over 10,000 people worldwide auditioned for the second season of PDA.

This season's hosts are Toni Gonzaga, Nikki Gil and the newest Kapamilya star Billy Crawford. Toni will be seen hosting the primetime edition, Nikki will deliver updates that will be aired two to three times a day, while Billy will be seen in the afternoon update dubbed as Uberture.

The 16 PDA scholars will train under new Headmaster Ryan Cayabyab (who takes over the reins from Jim Paredes); Performance Master Joey Reyes; UP College of Music Voice and Music Theater Chairman and this season's Voice Master Kitchy Molina; and Voice Mentor Monet Silvestre.

One of the modifications of PDA Season 2 is the addition of a live-in mentor who will be staying with the dreamers as they train to be excellent singers. "I want to emphasize something new here in PDA. Merong live-in na mentor and that is Hagrid," joked Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. Hagrid is the kind giant who is part of the Harry Potter series. "Si Teacher Monet ang live-in mentor. This is something that you should look forward to because this is a different take on the new PDA."

What are the mentors looking for in the new PDA grand star dreamer?

"Let's get real," says Direk Joey. "It's not enough that you sing well—you have to be a star. In other words, people you can sell. Do looks count? Being good-looking counts definitely but if you are not exactly blessed by nature, then you won't be deprived of the chance to improve yourself. We are looking at this in a very realistic manner.

"In the process of selection, we know those who have a strong chance of making it and that matters a lot in the auditions. Let's face it, dito sa ating bansa, sa bawat kanto may magaling kumanta. Dito rin sa ating bansa, kailangan mong lumakbay sa mga probinsiya para makahanap ng isang star."

PDA Headmaster Ryan Cayabyab explains the grading system that the scholars will have to undergo when they enter the Academy. "
We all come from the academe. Kitchy, Joey, and myself, lahat kami nagturo. Among all of us, we could log in some 50 years in the academe. In fact, Monet was my student in music composition while Kitchy teaches classical music in the University of the Philippines College of Music.

"Sanay kami sa structure. When I talk to them, meron kaming goals na sine-set at yun ang pupuntahan namin na goals. We will push them to get to those goals. Ang grading system nila ay based kung maaabot nila ang standards na sine-set namin. I talked to Lauren and I said I want a developmental curriculum."

Despite all these lessons and the training given by PDA mentors, they are quick to point out that real success depends mainly on the singer.

CHARICE PEMPENGCO Brought the Crowd Wild at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in NYC

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Tired of hearing good news about Charice? Don’t be.

Here’s more:

• After wowing ‘em with her guestings on Ellen, Paul O’Grady, Oprah and in two shows mounted by David Foster first at the MGM Grand at Foxwood (Connecticut) and then in Las Vegas, Charice did it again last Sunday, June 1, during the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City.

She came home briefly for the press launch of her eponymous debut album (by Star Records) Thursday last week and flew right back to the US with her mom Raquel.

During the two-hour parade, Charice rode on a float together with Dr. Vicki Belo and her beloved Hayden Kho, Randy Santiago, Fe delos Reyes and immigration lawyer Michael Gurfinkel (who comes to the rescue of Charice and her mom Raquel with their visa problems).

Charice rendered five songs before a huge crowd that went wild before, during and after her every performance,” reported Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre (of The Filipino Reporter). “And then, she was mobbed. Hindi matapus-tapos ang picture-taking.”

Babes De Gula-Harington said, “Charice is petite and looks much better in person. Magandang bata at fresh na fresh. Mukhang enjoy siya sa kaka-wave sa crowd habang nasa float.”

New York concert producer Baby Lantin said, “Iba ang power ng voice ni Charice, nangingibabaw talaga at malinis even if it was outdoor at kahit di ganoon kaganda ang sound system.”

Incidentally, Charice is set for her album mall tour: June 15 at SM Clark, June 21 at SM Marilao, June 22 at SM Fairview, and June 28 at SM Bacoor. On June 14, she will perform with Air Supply at the Araneta Coliseum.

Source: RFL

June 3 - 5 TV Ratings: PBB Took Over the 5th Slot; MY GIRL Rating Mala-Spaghetting Pababa ng Pababa

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The last few days of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition Plus stirred the primetime race a little bit. Starting last Monday, the reality show overtook My Girl as the leading Kapamilya show. The two-week old My Girl, on the other hand, seems to have lost its steam immediately as its ratings dropped considerably.

PBB Teen Edition Plus placed fifth overall Tuesday (June 3) with 26.6 percent and Thursday (June 5) with 24.8 percent. On Wednesday, June 4, it managed to grab the fourth spot from perennial fourth placer 24 Oras. PBB got 28.1 percent while 24 Oras received 28 percent.

Tomorrow night, June 7, it will finally be revealed who among Beauty, Ejay, Nicole, and Robi would be the Big Winner in a live presentation at the Araneta Coliseum.

Meanwhile, after an impressive debut, My Girl dropped to No. 6 last Tuesday (23.6 percent), No. 8 Wednesday (23.2 percent), and No. 7 Thursday (20.9 percent—its lowest rating so far).
Lobo, on the other hand, improved its status as it consistently held on to the No. 6 position.
Still undisputed on the 1st to 4th slots are GMA-7's Dyesebel, Joaquin Burdado, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita and 24-Oras.
Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from June 3 to 5 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

June 3 (Tuesday)
Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 23.2%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 21.9%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 21.7%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.2%
El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 17.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.9%
Da Big Show (GMA-7) - 13.6%
Ligaw na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 13.4%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11.4%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 41.5%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 36.5%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) - 33.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 27.6%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 26.6%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 22.5%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) / The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 22.4%
Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) - 18.9%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) - 16.4%

June 4 (Wednesday)
Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 25%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 23.8%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 22.6%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.7%
El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 20%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%
Ligaw na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 15%
Da Big Show (GMA-7) - 14.6%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.1%
SiS (GMA-7) - 12.9%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 40.3%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 37.3%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) - 34%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 28.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 25.1%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 24.8%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 23.2%
Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) - 19.8%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%

June 5 (Thursday)
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 24%
Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 22.2%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 21.5%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.4%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%
El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.8%
Ligaw na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11.6%
Da Big Show (GMA-7) - 11.2%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 41.7%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 36.6%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) - 32.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.4%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 24.8%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.4%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 20.7%
Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) - 19.4%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 17.5%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines via PEP

ANNE CURTIS' "Dyosa" Poster, Synopsis, Teaser Trailer and Behind-the-Scenes

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Dyosa is an upcoming fantasy series of ABS-CBN-2 which stars Anne Curtis.

In this series Curtis will transform into Mermaid (half-fish), a Centaurides (half-horse), and a Siren (half-bird).

Eighteen-year-old Dyosa is living a normal life as a student, a part-time cosplay model and a loving daughter to her midget parents when she discovers that she is not an ordinary girl. A half-man half-goat appears before Dyosa on her 18th birthday to reveal that Dyosa is actually a goddess, a descendant of Mariang Sinukuan and Bernardo Carpio, who is destined to rule the world of the upper gods.

Dyosa has to make a choice: Will she heed the call of her destiny and save the dying world of the Philippine gods and goddesses and leave the life she has lived for 18 years? Or will she resist her new role as a goddess and give up her powers to stay in the human world with the mortal she loves?

Teaser Trailer:

Behind the Scene:

PBB Teen Edition Plus BIG 4: Robi, Nicole, Beauty and Ejay

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PBB Teen Edition Plus Big 4 were composed of 2 boys and 2 girls as announced by Toni Gonzaga during the Final Eviction Night on Wednesday, June 4.

They are: The “True Blue Atenista” Robi Domingo (Age 18), The “In-Chick” Nicole Uysiuseng (Age 17), The “Rebellious Beauty” Beauty Gonzalez (Age 16), and The “Promdi Hottie” Ejay Falcon (Age 18).

Here are the percentage of votes:

Housemate A got 32.41% of the total votes, Housemate B got 26.68%, Housemate C got 23.35%, and Housemate D got 12.49%.

Meanwhile, the "Italian Valentino of Milan" Alex Anselmuccio (see above picture with his Dad who travelled all the way from Italy and Mommy Minda), the latest and last evictee from Kuya's house only got a lowest percentage of 5.07 votes.

Partial Tally of FHM Philippines Most Sexiest Women of 2008

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Here are the partial and unofficial tally of the Top 10 rankings of FHM’s Sexiest Women of 2008.

The complete and final ranking will come out on the July issue of FHM Philippines.

Relates Post: ANGEL LOCSIN Outshine KATRINA HALILI in the Latest FHM Sexiest Women of 2008 Tally of Votes

GABBY CONCEPCION on the Cover of METRO HIM Magazine

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A Star is Reborn. This is how Metro Him Magazine describe Gabby Concepcion who happens to be the magazine's latest issue cover star.

In an interview by Carlo Estagle, erstwhile matinee idol Gabby Concepcion talks about his return to tinseltown from more than a decade of self-imposed exile.

Other featured articles in the “Gabby issue” includes Wardrobe Musts, How to Host a Business Lunch, Sizzling Style and Mayor Lim and Manila’s Gentlemen.

Volume 5 No. 2 of Metro Him is now available at magazine outlets nationwide.

Kapamilya and Kapuso Stars on the Cover of PREVIEW MAGAZINE's 13th Anniversary Issue

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The cover of Preview Magazine’s June 2008 issue brings together some of the brightest Kapamilya and Kapuso stars for the very first time.

ABS-CBN’s Maja Salvador, Melissa Ricks, Kim Chiu, and Carla Humphries share the cover with GMA Network’s Rhian Ramos, Lovi Poe, Jewel Mische, Yasmien Kurdi, and Glaiza de Castro in celebration of Preview’s 13th Anniversary.

The 9 ladies donned Prada’s Spring/Summer 2008 Fairy collection in the two-day shoot at the Heritage Park.

Famous Hollywood Stars Graces Magazine Cover (2)

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:: Vanity Fair presents: Angelina Jolie
:: Gwyneth Paltrow - "Harper's Bazaar" July 2008
:: Anne Hathaway Parades Onto The Scene

:: Danity Kane get In Touch with their bikinis

:: Hayden Christensen and Friend Brighten Up GQ Style Italy

:: Charlie Sheen's very OK Wedding Pictures


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KC Concepcion has just released her debut album called Cassandra which she simply describe as “something that you can bring anywhere and listen to without stressing out.”

Cassandra is a collection of original compositions and some revivals specially arranged for KC’s music style.

Included in the album are 80’s hits I Melt With You, Just Can’t Get Enough; Imagine by John Lennon; It Must Have Been Love by Roxette; Umbrella by Rihanna; Doo Bee Doo (South African hit song), Imposible and Breathe, an original composition by Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich.

The album is now available nationwide and is produced by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

"I Think it's Part of a Demolition Job against Juday." - ALFIE LORENZO's Reaction to Judy Ann's Meralco Infomercial

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Alarmed by the negative reaction generated by the infomercial, Judy Ann's manager Alfie Lorenzo had an interview with dzBB's Mike Enriquez yesterday, June 3.

"Hindi ko alam iyan. Hindi ako kinausap. Kasi paalis na sila Juday noon nung nag-text na lang yung secretary niyang si Jane. Sabi niya, may humabol pong komersyal. Pabaon daw sa Europe,"
revealed Alfie to Mike.

The controversial talent manager—who recently got involved in a verbal tussle with ABS-CBN's talent arm Star Magic—expressed fear that the ad might severely tarnish his ward's public image. He even hinted that the infomercial could be part of a bigger plan to discredit Juday before the public.

"I think it's part of a demolition job. I think bahagi iyan ng demolition job against Judy Ann Santos," stressed Alfie.

While Alfie acknowledged the faith and trust given by Meralco to Judy Ann in addressing the sensitive issue, the veteran manager couldn't help but worry that the damage inflicted on the actress's career might be too serious for them to handle.

"Iyong galit ng mga tao sa Meralco, baka naman sa kanya mapunta at magtagumpay na sila na mapabagsak si Judy Ann, so may pag-asa na silang mapasikat ang ibang artista nila [ABS-CBN]."

At this point, Alfie cannot wait for Judy Ann to come home to face the entire controversy. "Ibigay naman natin ang side niya," he pleadingly requested.

JUDY ANN SANTOS' Controversial MERALCO Infomercial

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For appearing in an advertisement defending Meralco and explaining the controversial system's loss matter, actress Judy Ann Santos might find her rosy career plunging together with the beleaguered power company.

Yesterday, June 3, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), made a call asking the public to boycott all of Judy Ann's films and television series in response to her latest infomercial favoring Meralco.

Leading the call was VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez alongside 28 non-government organizations. Jimenez branded Judy Ann's statement in the said commercial as a "lie" and an elaborate attempt by the Lopezes to save face.

In the said TV ad, Juday is shown defending Meralco's action of passing on system's loss to the consumers, arguing that the said practice is a valid one.

The system's loss issue is the latest addition to Meralco's alleged "overcharging" habit against its consumers.

Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) chief legal counsel and spokesperson Estrella Elamparo also criticized the said advertisement, calling it "a desperate attempt to shore up Meralco's sagging reputation."

"Meralco is now sputtering on an empty tank," she said. Elamparo showed sympathy for Juday by saying that the popular actress and in-demand product endorser is just a "captive talent" of ABS-CBN, which literally puts her under the mercy of the network's executives.

So Who is Betty La Fea's ARMANDO?

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Ilang linggo na rin ang nakalilipas pagkatapos i-announce ng ABS-CBN na ang young actress na si Bea Alonzo ang siyang gagaganap sa title role sa Yo Soy Betty La Fea. Kung matatandaan, ilang pangalan din ng Kapamilya female stars ang lumitaw na kinu-consider to play the role of Betty, kabilang na sina Valerie Concepcion, Anne Curtis, at Angel Locsin.

Ayon sa mga taga-PR deparment ng ABS-CBN, posibleng by mid-July na ito magsisimulang ipalabas, pagkatapos ng Lobo nina Piolo Pascual at Angel Locsin.

The original Betty La Fea of Colombia was dubbed and broadcasted in different countries such as India, Lithuania, Malaysia, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, China, among others. Kaya naman ang Betty La Fea na yata ang isa sa may pinakamaraming bansa na napanood at na-dub.

At ngayon, ang Kapamilya Network ang nakakuha ng rights para gawan ito ng remake sa Pilipinas.

Kung naging matagal bago ang announcement noon ng ABS-CBN kung sino ang gaganap sa role na Betty La Fea, tila gayundin ang nagaganap sa pagpili ng leading man ng naturang soap—si Armando, the smart, handsome, and educated president of Eco Moda kung saan magtatrabaho si Betty.

Last Sunday, June 1, marami ang nag-abang at naghintay sa ASAP '08 dahil ia-announce na raw kung sino ang gaganap na Armando. Pero hanggang sa matapos ang ASAP ‘08, walang pahayag na naganap.

Yesterday, June 2, hindi maiwasang maging usap-usapan ang pangyayari at kung sino nga ba talaga ang mahiwagang aktor na napili ng ABS-CBN management.

Ilang Kapamilya actors ang sinasabing matunog daw o siyang napag-uusapan na posibleng napili bilang leading man ni Bea. Kung pagbabasehan daw ang character ni Armando, definitely ay dapat na executive-looking at mas matanda ito kesa kay Bea.

Tila unanimous choice, even from the entertainment press, na si Aga Muhlach ang maging Armando. Marami ang umaasang si Aga ang ia-announce sa ASAP ‘08 last Sunday. Pero nandoon ang malaking tanong kung willing and able na ba si Aga to do a teleserye this time?

Next is Gabby Concepcion. Pero mabilis ding nabubura ang possibility of Gabby as Armando dahil alam naman ng lahat na he's now busy taping his first teleserye for the Kapamilya Network, ang Iisa Pa Lamang with Claudine Barretto.

Then, nandiyan din si Diether Ocampo na isa rin sa maituturing na leading man among the younger generation of ABS-CBN. Pero tulad ni Gabby, Diether is also part of Iisa Pa Lamang.

Hindi rin nawawala ang pangalan ni Jake Cuenca. Among the Kapamilya male stars, si Jake ang matagal nang natapos ang primetime series—ang Palos. So far, wala pang sinasabing bago niyang show. Bukod dito, may mga balita ring lumalabas that Jake's next leading lady could be Bea dahil sa sinasabing movie sa Star Cinema na pagtatambalan nilang dalawa.

Pero hindi pa man, mukhang dapat nang i-out ang pangalan ni Jake sa listahan ng mga possible Kapamilya actors na puwedeng gumanap as Armando. From a source, nakumpirma na hindi ang Betty La Fea ang next project ni Jake, but another series na ang young actor pa rin ang bida.

Ngayon, muling bumabalik ang pangalan ni John Lloyd Cruz as Armando. May mga nagsasabi kasi na sa mga young actors, John Lloyd will still fit for the role. Bukod pa rito, subok na ang tambalan nila ni Bea. May lumalabas pa raw kasi na tatapusin lang ang isinu-shoot na movie ni John Lloyd with Sarah Geronimo and after that, announcement na.

Pero meron ding lumalabas na balita na paghihiwalayin muna pansamantala sina Bea at John Lloyd bilang onscreen partners.

Sa kakaisip ng mga aktor na posibleng mag-portray ng Armando, maging ang pangalan ng Kapuso star na si Richard Gomez ay lumabas. Wala raw imposible kung ang hinahanap talaga ng Kapamilya Network ay same status of Gabby and Aga. In fact, magiging maingay pa raw ito dahil balik Kapamilya na naman ang aktor.

But then again, mukhang imposible ang analysis ng ilan about Goma dahil, at present, kasama siya sa cast ng Codename: Asero, kung saan siya ang main kontrabida ni Richard Gutierrez.

It seems the list is endless. Not until of course may announcement na ngang ibibigay ang ABS-CBN.

Ang tanong:
Kasama nga kaya sa mga nabanggit na pangalan ng mga aktor ang gaganap na Armando o may isang hindi gaanong nababanggit ang pangalan ang siya palang mapipili ng ABS-CBN?

Hopefully ay masagot na ang katanungang ito sa malapit na panahon.

Source: PhilippinePortal

Upcoming KAPUSO SHOWS: Kim Sam Soon, LaLola, Gagambino, Survivor Philippines and Asero

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In celebration of GMA-7's 58th Anniversary, they've lined up only the best Kapuso shows for you.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Indie Watch: "KASAMBAHAY" Premieres June 28 at UP Diliman

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Watching old-school Pinoy horror movies had a great impact on Julius Roden when he was growing up. Even though special effects used back then were still crude, they proved to be effective in scaring the audience--a style that will be revived by the 26-year-old producer, writer and director of Kasambahay.

This new horror flick was created by Julius to pay tribute to the horror films made during the ‘70s and ‘80s. He points out that the cinematography, soundtrack, ADR (additional dialogue recording) and overall presentation of the scenes were all influenced heavily by films made in the past.

Julius of Pagilas Entertainment Productions works as an English tutor to Koreans. According to him, the proceeds of Kasambahay will be used to fund Pinoy Telenovelas Productions, which aims to provide the salary of part-time English tutors for Filipino children, high school students, and even adults.

Cathee (Alyne Torres) has declined her longtime boyfriend's marriage proposal and the chance to migrate to Canada. Instead, she chose to stay in the Philippines to help other English tutors get high paying jobs. Meanwhile, one of her online English tutors Sally (Lydia Durian) has been suffering from a failing marriage. Cathee and Sally will then discover a series of horrific and terrifying events.

Date: June 28, 2008
Venue: Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, UP Diliman, Quezon City
For ticket inquiries, please call 7091473.

Watch trailer below:

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ and SARAH GERONIMO in Star Cinema's "A Very Special Love"

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Bilang bahagi ng ika-15th anniversary ng Star Cinema, they are offering the movie A Very Special Love under the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina.

Sa movie na ito unang mapapanood sa big screen ang tambalang John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. This also serves as Sarah's biggest movie break, and at the same time, parang launching niya rin para maging romantic leading lady. Sarah did a movie before, ang Lastikman, which is an action-fantasy movie.

Ang premise ng A Very Special Love ay kung sapat ba ang pagmamahal nang sobra-sobra ng isang babae para mahalin din in return ng lalaking mahal niya.

John Lloyd plays the serious magazine publisher, while Sarah plays a fresh graduate na ang naging motivation sa pagpasok sa work ay dahil in love siya sa kanyang boss (John Lloyd).

"Hindi Ako Manggagamit. Hindi Ko Ginagamit si Judy Ann." - Claudine Barretto

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Nagsalita na ang tinaguriang "Optimum Teleserye Queen" na si Claudine Barretto sa isyung ibinabato ng manager ni Judy Ann Santos na si Alfie Lorenzo last Sunday, June 1, sa The Buzz. Kasabay ng selebrasyon ng ninth anniversary ng The Buzz at 16th anniversary ng ABS-CBN Star Magic, finally ay sinagot na ni Claudine ang akusayon ni Alfie sa panggagamit niya diumano kay Judy Ann sa kanyang pagbabalik sa telebisyon.

"Actually, hindi ko alam kung ano ang dapat kong maramdaman. Kasi kapag nagkikita kami ni Tito Alfie, okey kami, e. Parang walang problema. I don't know kung saan galing ito. Masakit yung sinasabi niya na ginagamit ko si Judy Ann because pinaghirapan ko naman kung ano meron ako. Kung anumang talento meron ako ngayon, bigay ng Diyos yun. Pinagbubuti ko. Wala akong tinatapakan na tao," pahayag ni Claudine.

Mismong si Claudine ay nabasa raw ang mga artikulong isinulat ni Alfie tungkol sa kanya.

"Dati hindi ko ginagawa 'yon, pero ngayon ginagawa ko because kailangan para maging stronger ako. Para alam ko kung paano ko dedepensahan ang sarili ko kapag inaatake ako and I... Hindi ko every day nababasa, pero may mga time na pakonti-konti nakikita ko yung mga isinusulat.

"Hindi po ako manggagamit. Hindi ko po ginagamit si Judy Ann," patuloy ni Claudine. "She's already a star. She's an actress. Iba siya, iba ako. Ang maganda sa relationship namin ni Judy Ann, ni minsan kahit na nagtatrabaho kami here sa ABS-CBN at Star Cinema, wala siyang kinuhang project that belong to me. At wala rin akong ginagawang proyekto para sa kanya."

Pinaghihiwalay raw ni Claudine ang propersyonal at personal na pakikitungo niya kay Judy Ann. Sa huling pagkikita nila ni Judy Ann ay nagpalitan pa nga raw sila ng cell phone numbers.

Ano kaya ang dahilan at pilit silang pinagtatapat ni Judy Ann?

"Yes, siguro.... I don't know kung bakit ganito? To spice it up? Para maging maingay? Pero maraming paraan para maging maingay na hindi kailangan na may tinatapakan ka'ng tao," saad niya.

Before Claudine's interview sa The Buzz ay nauna nang nagbigay ng official statement ang Star Magic sa publiko tungkol sa mga sinulat ni Alfie sa paggamit diumano ni Claudine sa tinagurian Young Superstar kahit hindi naman daw niya ito hinihingi.

"Because talagang nandiyan sila," giit niya. "Yung relationship namin is that kahit... Alam ninyo, ang tagal kong walang kontrata. Wala akong kontarta sa Star Magic. Wala pang Star Magic, wala pang Talent Center, Ang TV pa lang, si Mr. M [Johnny Manahan]
na. Pero andito pa rin ako sa kanila."

PINOY IDOL Top 20 Elimination Night: Who Got Kicked Off?

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Vren Villaflor, Regene Ong, Sherwin Marquez & Rye Estrada were eliminated on Pinoy Idol's second elimination night.

Sixteen Pinoy Idol hopefuls are left and will move on to the next round.

ARNEL PINEDA and the JOURNEY Band on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Pinoy singer Arnel Pineda, the current frontman of the American rock band Journey wowed the live audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The studio audience gave Arnel and the Journey band a standing ovation for their live performance of the song 'Faithfully'.

See video clip below:

'Babae Ako' - URDUJA's Official Theme Song Performed by Regine Velasquez

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APT Entertainment, Seventoon and Imaginary Friends is producing a full-length animated feature based on the legendary princess - Urduja. The film is set for release in June 18, 2008. It will star Regine Velazquez (in the lead role of Princess Urduja), Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia, Johnny Delgado, Michael V. and Allan K as voice actors.

Watch the official themesong of Urduja 'Babae Ako' as performed by Regine Velasquez. Joey de Leon wrote the lyrics, and the music was composed by Ogie Alcasid.

ANGEL LOCSIN Outshine KATRINA HALILI in the Latest FHM Sexiest Women of 2008 Tally of Votes

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Angel Locsin is leading the latest tally of votes in FHM's Search for the Sexiest Women of 2008. Good second in the race is Katrina Halili.

Katrina ruled the the race in the beginning of the race but in the latest result, Angel outshine Katrina with a wide margin of 7000 votes.

To cast your vote for this year's most sexiest, login to FHM Babes 100 Sexiest.

RUFFA GUTIERREZ is 'Daniella' in ABS-CBN's Betty La Fea

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Si Ruffa Gutierrez ang gaganap bilang ‘Daniella’ sa bagong teleserye ng ABS-CBN na Yo Soy Betty La Fea.

Makikipagtagisan si Ruffa ng galing at husay kay Bea Alonzo at kaabang-abang ang mga eksenang maghaharap sila.

Magmimistulang fashion show ang telenovela dahil ilalabas at magsusuot si Ruffa ng mga fabulous clothes, shoes, bags at jewelries.

DENNIS TRILLO Not Yet Ready To Go Bold

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Dennis Trillo's sexy dance sequence in one particular episode in the afternoon drama Magdusa Ka had caused quite a stir. Does this mean that he is now ready to shed his boyish image for a more daring role.

Dennis, who looked quite unsure, said "Siguro willing, pero hindi naman ganoon eksaktong eksena. Siguro puwede naman na i-showcase yung iba ko pang talent sa ibang paraan, di ba?"

Dennis also said that he has no plans in revealing more of himself and join the "daring bandwagon"—a move previously made by fellow Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes, who recently showed skin in Bench's billboards. However, he hinted that it might be possible.

"Siguro in time," Dennis said. "Pero kasi nakita ko yung mga gawa ni ‘Dong, e. Medyo hindi ko pa kaya, na medyo ganoong ka-daring. Siguro ‘pag dumating yung trabaho na kailangan mong gawin yun, siguro kung wala na akong choice talaga, e, kaya. Pero ngayon, ayokong makipagsabayan sa kanya dahil siya na yun ,e."

ANGEL LOCSIN, the New Folded & Hung Endorser Replacing CLAUDINE BARRETTO?

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Will there be an issue between Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin over the Folded and Hung endorsement?

Minsan nang nagkrus ang landas ng Kapamilya actresses na sina Claudine at Angel over a supposedly snubbing incident. Kalilipat pa lang ni Angel sa ABS-CBN that time.

It was reported that when she was placed in a dressing room then already occupied by Claudine and other Star Magic female stars, lumabas daw si Claudine hanggang sa tuluyan nang nagpalipat ito sa ibang dressing room.

Both camps denied the incident. Wala raw ganitong nangyaring eksena and the issue died down immediately.

Now, it is a known fact that Claudine is the original female endorser of Folded and Hung. Kauna-unahan din siyang celebrity endorser ng said clothing line at sumunod na lang sa kanya si Polo Ravales when it decided to advertise the male line.

When Claudine got pregnant over her first child to husband Raymart Santiago, pinalitan muna siya ng isa pang Star Magic star na si Maja Salvador.

Nagbalik showbiz na si Claudine at natapos na ang contract ni Maja, so Claudine was reportedly asked back to the fold—no pun intended. From two separate sources, napag-alaman na nag-pictorial na nga raw si Claudine for the coming new campaign of Folded and Hung.

Tila walang alam ang ikalawa naming kinausap for confirmation about this na si Angel na nga ang ilu-launch ng Folded and Hung as its new endorser this June 21 in a very big way sa TriNoMa raw. Our second source said that they will go back on us dahil wala nga silang alam dito, although like our first source, na-confirm na natuloy nga raw ang pictorial ni Claudine. There was no more follow-up sa pagtatanong namin.

Ang inisip na lang namin, baka naman magiging parehong female endorsers sina Claudine and Angel ng Folded and Hung.

Source: Erece, Philippine portal

DAVID COOK Asked Out Kimberly Caldwell

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David Cook asked out former "Idol" star Kimberly Caldwell on live television Wednesday night -- and last night he finally cashed in.

See video below:

Before the Date

After the Date

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