Pinay Singer Catherine Loria Wins Major Award in 2008 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

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13-year old Catherine Loria, who hails from Tiaong, Quezon province, was announced grand champion performer (Junior Division) in the 2008 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) or the Hollywood Olympics' grand finals night held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Friday, July 25.

Catherine sang Yolanda Adam's version of "I Believe I Can Fly" at the finals. She bested fellow junior contestants Tippy dos Santos and Rachel Razon, junior vocalists also from the Philippines, Courtney Mary Janssen from New Zealand, and Oleksandr Chernenko from Ukraine.

The female Grand Champion Performer had five vocal entries in the preliminary round; namely Broadway, Country & Western, Gospel, Pop, and R&B/Soul/Jazz. Catherine sang the solo version of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's "When You Believe" in the semi-final round.

On the other hand, actor and classical singer Andrew Clarke from Jamaica was proclaimed Grand Champion Performer of the World in the senior edition beating senior vocalists Marielle Corpuz from the Philippines, Noryn Aziz from Malaysia, and Nataly Gordienco from Moldova.

The two received US $10,000 in scholarship awarded by the School for Film and Television in New York.

Charlie Green Serenades Manila

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Eleven-year-old Filipino-British singing sensation Charlie Green is currently in town to meet his Filipino fans. At the same time, he'll assess the possibility of jumpstarting his career here in the country.

Charlie arrived yesterday morning, July 24, accompanied by his British father Roger Philip Green and Filipino mother Cecilia Sumargo.

Charlie gained international attention when he joined the reality TV contest Britain's Got TalentAmerican Idol and BGT judge Simon Cowell was so moved by the boy's talent that he called him "fantastic" amidst the audience's loud cheers. early this year.

Though booted out of contention while competing in the semifinals, Charlie's rendition of Frank Sinatra's 1966 hit "Summer Wind" became a You Tube phenomenon, as proven by the staggering number of hits registered since May. The clip shows Charlie being accorded a standing ovation by the impressed audience after his inspired performance.

First Stop: Uberture.
Charlie was welcomed by Uberture host Billy Crawford. He then performed his winning piece “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra.

A "Smiley" Reception on Wowowee.
Charlie Green received a well-deserve reception as he performed “Smile” by Nat King Cole on ABS-CBN’s noontime show Wowowee.

Charlie is set to stage his one night concert on August 9, Saturday at the Makati Shangrila Hotel.

Dingdong Dantes' Strip-Act is the Highlight of Bench "Blackout"

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There is no doubt about it! Dingdong Dantes is really the hottest guy in town right now. Proof is the earth-shaking response of the audience in the just concluded Blackout: The Bench Denim and Underwear Fashion Show in Araneta Coliseum last July 25.

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Hottest Kapamilya and Kapuso Stars Join Forces for Bench's "Blackout"

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Some of the biggest names in Philippine show business gathered for the much-awaited denim and underwear fashion event of the year—Blackout: The Denim and Underwear Fashion Show—held last night, July 25, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Blackout became one of the few instances where talents from rival giant networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 came together, although the Kapamilyas outnumbered the Kapusos. It also became a venue where the talents from each network were able size up their competition based on the response from the audience.

The biennial fashion event introduced the latest Bench denim and underwear collection. This year, Bench also featured the works of four Filipino artists: Abi Goy, illustrator/graphic designer; Jun de Leon, premier photographer; Raymond Red, filmmaker; and Lesley Lobo, fashion designer. Blackout, which ran for almost an hour, was directed by Ariel Lozada.

Understandably, the loudest cheers and applause were reserved for the male stars since most of the crowd who filled the Big Dome were women and gays. But the female stars also held their own at the ramp, along with over a hundred models clad in their skimpiest underwear.

During the earlier part of the show, a nude man behind the black silhouette was flashed on the giant screen. As the camera focused on his face, the crowd shrieked in delight when it was finally revealed that it was Kapamilya hunk Rafael Rosell with only his hands covering his private parts.

Four other hunks did the "full monty" later on the show. But the night truly belonged to some of hottest male and female stars who paraded their beauty and bodies in Bench denims and undies.

Two of GMA-7's prized leading men, Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes, proved their star power and great form when they got the night's loudest cheers from the audience. But based on what we heard and saw, Dingdong's appearance made a greater impact on the crowd; perhaps due to the fact that it was his first time to join the Bench fashion show and more so because he dropped his pants even for only a few seconds.

Not to be outdone were Kapamilya leading men Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, and Diether Ocampo who also became instant crowd favorites. Jake and Diether gamely played to the crowd by showing a bit more of their behind.

The crowd also roared with delight upon seeing ABS-CBN stars Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, and PBB teen housemates Robi Domingo and Ejay Falcon.

Also getting loud applause and cheers were other ABS-CBN stars like Pinoy Big Brother ex-housemates Bruce Quebral, and Kian Kazemi; PBB teen ex-housemate Valerie Weignmann; Angelica Panganiban; Sarah Geronimo; Shaina Magdayao, Rica Peralejo; Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go; David Chua; and Ryan Eigenmann.

Aside from Richard and Dingdong, other Kapuso stars who joined this year's Bench's fashion show were Katrina Halili, Alessandra de Rossi, JC de Vera, sisters Ehra and Michelle Madrigal, Jay-R, Bubbles Paraiso, Margaret Wilson, Marco Alcaraz, and Francine Prieto.

The other stars who ramped on the catwalk were Carlene Aguilar, Precious Adona, Nancy Jane (formerly known as Nancy Castiglione), Jennifer Lee, and Jon Hall.

Bench favorites Jomari Yllana, Wendell Ramos, Antonio Aquitania, and John Estrada with girlfriend and former Miss Earth Priscilla Meirelles also added more glitter to the star-studded affair.

Also on the roster were some familiar faces in the world of fashion and showbiz: Brent Javier, Luke Jickain, Bench discoveries Carlo Guevara and John James Uy, Carlos Concepcion of Showboys, Janvier Daily (ex-flame of comedienne Ethel Booba), former teen actor Benj Besa, and StarStruck graduates Bugz Daigo and Chad Burden.

Bench royalty couple Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres-Gomez did not ramp on stage like the other celebrities. They just walked along with Bench big boss Ben Chan at the finale to join the other stars.

Conspicuously absent were Bench endorsers Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz.

As if there were not enough stars on stage, more stars were spotted in the audience.

Eddie Gutierrez and wife Annabelle Rama, who came for Richard and the other talents of Annabelle who are part of the show; Richard's ex-girlfriend Anne Curtis and Georgina Wilson came together with pals Isabelle Diaz Daza (daughter of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz), and Liz Uy (girlfriend of John Lloyd Cruz). The four gorgeous ladies were seated just a row apart from Richard's parents. After the show, we saw Anne and Georgina greet Eddie and Annabelle. Richard's twin brother Raymond Gutierrez covered the event and interviewed some celebs, including Georgina, who is in town for a vacation from her studies in Australia.

Eddie and Annabelle, who were on the front row at the center of patron section, were seated beside Dr. Vicky Belo and boyfriend Dr. Hayden Kho, Mother Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle, PEP and YES! editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and her husband, and the lady executives of GMA-7.

Kris Aquino came with husband James Yap; Karylle was also there to support boyfriend Dingdong.

We also saw Bea Alonzo; Assunta de Rossi; Niña Jose; Wendy Valdez; John "Sweet" Lapus; directors Joel Lamangan, Manny Valera, Louie Ignacio, and Ruel Bayani; talent managers Douglas Quijano, Arnold Vegafria, and Manny Valera; columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal with son IC Mendoza; and ABS-CBN executives Cory Vidanes and Deo Endrinal.

Blackout is the fourth edition of Bench's biennial denim and underwear fashion event. The first three were One Night Only (2002), Understatement (2004), and Fever (2006).

See pictures below (courtesy of Saksi):

Article Source: Erwin Santiago via pep

Matt Evans Video Scandal

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Former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition housemate Matt Evans is reportedly the subject of a provocative video circulating on the Internet. The video is accompanied by a caption that reads in part: “The alleged video scandal of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Matt Evans.... Is it really him? You be the judge.”

People who have been able to view the video had mixed reactions. Some say that the guy in the video really looks like Matt, while others say that it’s a foreigner that has the same features, like the fair complexion and curly hair of the young actor. Matt has yet to issue a statement about the scandal, but already showbiz insiders are saying that the video is a fake.

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Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) Features the Life Story of Charice Pempengco

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The public is aware of the struggles of this young singer who made waves abroad because of a YouTube video. This Saturday, July 26, viewers will be able to learn about the background of Charice and the reason why she no longer uses the last name Pempengco.

After tapping Gretchen Barretto in Maalala Mo Kaya, Filipina singing sensation Charice will be tapped to play herself in ABS-CBN's drama anthology show. Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla has been chosen to portray Raquel, the mother of Charice who also struggled to be a single parent to her children.

Maalala Mo Kaya (July 26, 2008)

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Writers: Joan Habana and Dado Lumibao

Charice: Charice Pempengco
Young Charice: Sharlene San Pedro
Raquel (Charice's Mom): Zsa Zsa Padilla
Kokoy (Charice's Brother) Rhap Salazar
Charice's Dad: Neil Ryan Sese
Tess (Charice's Grand Mother): Madeleine Nicolas

This is the story of Charice, a 16-year old girl who has always dreamed of seeing herself on TV. Growing up in a broken family, she has never seen her father since she was three. Charice and her brother Kokoy were raised alone by their mother Racquel, who also taught her daughter how to sing and conquer her fears.

Charice, equipped with the talent and the passion, as well as a very supportive and heroic mother, joined numerous singing competitions. She won sometimes but it reached a point when she started losing hope, especially when she did not make it as the grand winner in Little Big Star. A lot of people continued to put their faith in Charice but more than anyone else, it was her Mommy Raquel who never stopped in believing that she can reach her dream through her music.

In 2007, an anonymous fan and YouTube blogger FalseVoice posted her videos on the web. Today, Charice is not only popular here in the Philippines but also among foreigners who continue to recognize her gift of music.

With hard work, faith, and through the help of the video sharing site, Charice is now famous all over the world, proudly showcasing the immense talent that Filipinos have to offer.

Maalala Mo Kaya, hosted by Charo Santos-Concio, airs Saturday nights on ABS-CBN.

Your Stars on the Cover of a Magazine

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:: BARACK OBAMA Covers People Magazine

Sen. Barack Obama takes the cover of People magazine’s latest issue.

Joining the 46-year-old Democratic presidential candidate on the cover is his wife Michelle Robinson, 43, and his two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

:: The JONAS BROTHERS Cover Rolling Stone

It’s no wonder that the The Jonas Brothers are the latest cover models for Rolling Stone, as photographed by Max Vadukul.

With a wildly popular tour and a new record expected to sell millions, Nick, 15, Joe, 18, and Kevin, 20, have gone from Disney novelty to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as they make up "The Clean Teen Machine".

:: LEVI McCONAUGHEY First Picture is OK on OK!

Matthew McConaughey and his longtime love Camila Alves, welcoming their first son Levi Alves McConaughey on July 7th, opens up to OK! Magazine about being parents.

:: AMBER HEARD Brings Maxim-um Hotness!!!

You might not have heard of Amber Heard (Haha! Get it!?) but you will be hearing and seeing a lot more of her. Pegged as the "rising star" in Hollywood Amber appears in the new stoner comedy Pineapple Express, and more importantly, Amber appears in a very sexy bikini in the August issue of Maxim magazine, and shows off just why it is that you will be hearing a lot more about her.

:: MISCHA BARTON Topless in Nylon

The folks at Nylon magazine were kind enough to inform us that Mischa Barton is topless in their August issue, and while I don't like giving out free publicity undeservedly, I think you'll agree that Mischa Baton topless pictures deserve a little publicity. (egotastic!)

:: JESSICA ALBA's Laborious Meditation

"Being a mom is a miracle." - Jessica


Penelope Cruz is the sultry Spanish star who finally gets some respect in Hollywood thanks to a string of high-profile roles. The 34-year-old actress takes the August 2008 cover of W Magazine.

Showbiz' Best @ ShowbizNest This Week

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:: Miss Earth 2008 in Guam and Indonesia

:: Bea Alonzo Hailed as the No.1 Drama Princess

:: What's Next for Binoe?

:: Christian Bale Arrested on Assault

:: Britney Spears is a Great Mom

:: Natalie Portman is a Bollywood Babe

:: Here are the ALMA Nominees!

:: Madonna Reportedly has a Sex Tape with Alex Rodriguez

:: David Beckham Knows Hot to Attrack 'Em

:: NBC officially announced that Jay Leno’s final broadcast as Tonight Show host will be on May 29, 2009, with Conan O’Brien debuting as his successor on June 1.

:: Look Good Naked with Carson Kressley -> Ladies, say goodbye to low self-esteem. Carson Kressley returns with new one-hour episodes of “How to Look Good Naked” Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. In the second season premiere, Kressley helps a mom unhappy with her pregnancy weight gain.

:: Lance Bass has found love with a married man. Lance and Sebastian Leal stepped out a Malibu party recently, confirming that they’re an item. But Sebastian is still married to a woman named Jessica Gannon. The two separated three years ago due to “irreconcilable differences.”

" She is Just a Good Friend and I'm Not Looking for A Relationship." - Billy Crawford on Nikki Gil

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Singer-host Nikki Gil denied reports that she is the newfound love of her "Pinoy Dream Academy" co-host, international performer Billy Crawford.

She said that there is no truth to reports that she has been going out on dates with the performer.

"We go out, yes, but not exclusive, we go out with friends," Gil said.

"Si Billy kasama ko sa Pinoy Dream Academy, sa Uberture siya, nagkakasama din kami sa ASAP'08 yun," Gil added.

She said that aside from friendship, her relationship with Crawford is purely professional.

Gil said that for her, Crawford is a sweet and friendly person.

When asked if Crawford is wooing her, Gil replied, "Sa tingin ko siya ang dapat tanungin at sumagot niyan."

Crawford in previous interviews also denied the reports by saying that Gil is just a good friend.

"Mabait naman, she's always been nice. She's sweet," Crawford said.

Crawford's last romantic affair was with French pop star Laure. He said that he is single right now, but not looking for a relationship.

Charice a Big Hit in Andrea Bocelli's Birthday Concert

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After her successful guesting in Ellen De Generes and Oprah shows and a standing ovation in David Foster's concert in Las Vegas, Charice once again has made the Philippines proud as she dazzled the crowd at the birthday concert of Italian operatic pop tenor Andrea Bocelli last Sunday, July 20 in Italy.

Charice performed with other international performers at the Theater of Silence of Lajatico, Italy dubbed as "The Cinema Tribute."

Charice shared her singing prowess to Bocelli's countrymen in an open air theater in Tuscany where Bocelli hails. The Italian tenor is set to turn 50 as he celebrates his birthday this 22nd of September.

Aside from completing the special affair, Charice again impressed the pop tenor as they performed a duet. The concert featured songs from some of the world's unforgettable musical films. Performers for the said concert were Nicolla Piovani, Roberto Bolle and Noa.

Charice said that she was going to be part of the big show that would definitely make a mark internationally on the talent of Filipinos.

"Siyempre naman po, every time na lalabas ako ng bansa talagang para po sa Pilipinas ang ginagawa ko gusto ko po ulit magbigay ng karangalan kaya sana ay maging proud sila sa next na gagawin ko," Charice said.

Charice went to Italy July 16, days before Boccelli's special birthday concert. The young diva met Bocelli when she performed for David Foster's discoveries for a benefit concert at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Friday, May 23rd.

In a previous interview, Bocelli invited Charice to be his special guest for his birthday concert.

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Rihanna - "Disturbia" Lyrics and Music Video

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Rihanna’s new music video “Disturbia” was recently released, as directed by Anthony Mandler.

The video is “disturbing” but really fun fun fun!

Watch the video below!

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What's wrong with me?
Why do I feel like this?
I'm going crazy now

No more gas in the rig
Can't even get it started
Nothing heard, nothing said
Can't even speak about it
All my life on my head
Don't want to think about it
Feels like I'm going insane

It's a thief in the night
To come and grab you
It can creep up inside you
And consume you
A disease of the mind
It can control you
It's too close for comfort

Throw on your break lights
We're in the city of wonder
Ain't gonna play nice
Watch out, you might just go under
Better think twice
Your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise
Your mind is in disturbia
It's like the darkness is the light
Am I scaring you tonight
Your mind is in disturbia
Ain't used to what you like

Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
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Faded pictures on the wall
It's like they talkin' to me
Disconnectin' your call
Your phone don't even ring
I gotta get out
Or figure this shit out
It's too close for comfort

It's a thief in the night
To come and grab you
It can creep up inside you
And consume you
A disease of the mind
It can control you
I feel like a monster

Throw on your break lights
We're in the city of wonder
Ain't gonna play nice
Watch out, you might just go under
Better think twice
Your train of thought will be altered
So if you must faulter be wise
Your mind is in disturbia
It's like the darkness is the light
Am I scaring you tonight
Your mind is in disturbia
Ain't used to what you like

Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
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Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum Disturbia

Release me from this curse
I've been trying to maintain
But I'm struggling
You can't go, go, go
I think I'm going to oh, oh, oh

Throw on your break lights
We're in the city of wonder
Ain't gonna play nice
Watch out, you might just go under
Better think twice
Your train of thought will be altered
So if you must faulter be wise
Your mind is in disturbia
It's like the darkness is the light
Am I scaring you tonight
Your mind is in disturbia
Ain't used to what you like

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Erik Santos to Perform in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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Pinoy Prince of Pop Erik Santos was chosen to perform among with the selected foreign artists in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

He will perform her very own rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly" and "This is the Moment" in the closing ceremonies of the event.

Cinemalaya 2008 List of Winners

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Jay, the gay-themed movie by Francis Pasion was announced Best Picture in the 2008 Cinemalaya Film Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Sunday night. It’s lead actor, Baron Geisler, won Best Actor for his portrayal of a gay tv producer.

Here are the winners:


Best Picture: Jay

Jury Prize: Brutus

Best Director: Chris Martinez for 100

Best Screenplay: Chris Martinez for 100

Best Actress: Mylene Dizon for 100

Best Actor: Baron Geisler for Jay

Best Supporting Actress: Eugene Domingo for 100

Best Supporting Actor: Yul Servo for Brutus

Best Production Design: Cristina Honrado for Baby Angelo

Best Editing: Francis Pasion for Jay

Best Musical Score: Joey Ayala for Brutus

Best Sound Design: Lito Cruz for Ranchero

Best Cinematography: Jay Abello for Brutus and Huling Pasada

Audience Choice Award: 100


Best Director: Mark Reyes for “God Only Knows”

Audience Choice: “God Only Knows” (directed by Mark Reyes)

Best Screenplay: “Andang”

Special Jury Citation: “Angan Angan (Dreams)”

Best Special Jury Citation: “My Pet”

Source: Cinemalaya via Starmometer

Gossip Girl Season 2 Promotional Pictures

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Chace Crawford beds costar Madchen Amick in a new crop of promos for the upcoming season of the cult series Gossip Girl.

At least these promos are less over-the-top than last season’s!

In the first few eps of the new season, Madchen, 37, will appear as cougar Catherine Mason and tempt Nate Archibald (Chace, 22) with a May-December romance.

New episodes of the second season of Gossip Girl starts @ 8PM ET/PT on Monday, September 1. The season premiere of One Tree Hill follows.

See additional promo pictures below:

Related Post: Gossip Girl Season 2 Teasers

Special thanks to Jared

The Dark Knight Tops All Box Office Record

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The latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight, grossed an estimated $18.5 million so far, the most ever for midnight shows. The previous record was held by Star Wars, Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, which grossed $16.9 million.

The highest single day opening record is currently held by Spider-man 3 which made $59.8 million. The Dark Knight made an estimated around $64 million in its first day.

Some box office experts are saying the Christopher Nolan-directed flick may reach $170 million this weekend.

Charice is Andrea Bocelli's Special Guest on His Birthday Concert

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Charice Pempengco and her mommy Raquel is currently in Italy to perform in the birthday concert concert of the world famous Italian Pop tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Andrea met Charice when the latter guested on Oprah show. Andrea saw and deeply impressed on how Charice performs on stage. This is where the idea of putting Charice on her birthday concert was conceptualized.

Charice was somehow overwhelmed by the invitation since one of her favorite songs of all time, according to her, is Andrea and Celine's The Prayer.

PDA Season 2 Update: Bea Munoz is the Second Expelled Scholar

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Bea Muñoz was expelled from Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 after receiving 25.15% of the votes against her boyfriend Miguel Mendoza’s 74.85%.

Bea is the fifth scholar to exit the show after Chivas, Ross, Jet and Sheng.

For the Fifth Gala Night, also known as “sensual” night, four scholars fell short of being “hot” on stage and they are Miguel Mendoza, Christian Alvear, Bunny Malunda and Iñaki Ting.

Miguel was saved by the Dream Mentors. We shall find out tomorrow who will be saved by the scholars leaving another pair on the chopping block.

Bagong Simula, a Bayanijuan Official Theme Song

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Featuring Bagong Simula - an all star cast Bayanijuan music video.

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