Hottest Abs in Hollywood

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Soccer stud David Beckham has been declared as having the “Hottest Abs in Hollywood” by In Touch.

Here’s who made the cut for the Top 10 Abs (courtesy of justjared):

10. Matthew McConaughey

9. Zac Efron

8. Brody Jenner

7. Gavin Rossdale
6. Ryan Sutter

5. Shemar Moore
4. Hugh Jackman

3. Mario Lopez
2. Robert Buckley

1. David Beckham

Just Stand Up - Music and Lyrics

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Check out the new all-star charity single “Just Stand Up” as recorded by 15 of the most well-known singers in anticipation of the Sept. 5 “Stand Up for Cancer” telethon.

On the single you'll hear Beyonce and Carrie Underwood. On the later part, there are Fergie, Leona Lewis and Mary J. Blige belt it out. Other vocalists include: Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and LeeAnn Rimes.

The record was produced by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid - their first collaboration in 20 years.

“Just Stand Up” officially debuts on iTunes on Sept. 2. For more info on the charity, visit

The heart is stronger than you think
It's like it can go through anything
And even when you think it can't it finds a way
To still push on though

Carrie Underwood:
Sometimes you want to run away
Ain't got the patience for the pain
And if you don't believe it
Look into your heart The beat goes on

I'm tellin' you that

Rihanna/Miley Cyrus:
Things get better
Through whatever

If you fall
Dust it off
Don't let up

Sheryl Crow:
Don't you know
You can go
Be your own

You need to know

Sheryl Crow:
If the mind keeps thinking
You've had enough
But the heart keeps telling you
Don't give up

Sheryl Crow/Beyoncé:
Who are we to be questioning
Wondering what is what
Don't give up through it all
Just stand up

It's like
We all have better days
Problems getting all up
In your face

Leona Lewis:
Just because
You go through it

Don't mean it got
To take control, no

Leona Lewis:
You ain't gotta find
No hiding place

Keyshia Cole:
Because the heart
Can beat the hate

Leona Lewis:
Don't wanna
Let your mind
Keep playin' you

Keyshia Cole:
And sayin' you
Can't go on

I'm tellin' you that

Miley Cyrus:
Things get better
Through whatever

If you fall

Miley Cyrus:
Dust if off
Don't let up

LeAnn Rimes:
Don't you know you

Natasha Bedingfield:
Can go

LeAnn Rimes:
Be your own

Natasha Bedingfield:

Carrie Underwood:
You need to know

Mary J. Blige:
You don't gotta be
A prisoner
In your mind

If you fall
Dust it off

Mary J. Blige:
You can live your life

Rihanna/Carrie Underwood:

Mary J. Blige:
Let your heart
Be your guide

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Mariah Carey:
And you will know
That you're good
If you trust in the good

Will be alright, yeah
Light up the dark
If you follow your heart

Mary J. Blige:
And it will get better

Mariah Carey:
Through whatever

You got it in you
Find it within
You got in now
Find it within now
You got in you
Find it within
You got in now
Find it within now
You got in you
Ffind it within
Find it within you
Find it within

Joyce Jimenez to Marry Paul Ely Egbalic in California But Denies Being Pregnant

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Joyce Jimenez denies speculations that she's getting married to Paul Ely Egbalic (shown with her in the photo) on Saturday, August 23, at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Walnut, California because she's pregnant.

The rumor must have started due to Joyce 'sudden' announcement of their wedding which, she said, they have been planning for quite a while.

Paul was born in Quezon City, Philippines and was four years old when he migrated with his family to the US. "My dad was with the US Navy," according to Paul. "I was two years old when he was stationed in Japan. His last station was in California where we have been staying since then."

After their wedding, Joyce will come back to Manila to fulfill some projects and to attend to her Private Joyce Lingerie business. "No," Joyce added with a laugh, "we won't have a honeymoon." Paul will remain in California. They will decide where to finally settle down 'in due time.'

Source: Philstar's Funfare

GMA-7 Upcoming Shows

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GMA-7 announces its list of upcoming shows and movie projects. See below:


Celebrity Duets: Year 2
Hosted by: Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid
August 23, 2008 after Pinoy Records

TOK TOK TOK! Isang Million Pasok Year 2
Hosted by: Paolo Bediones with Sexbomb Girls
August 24, 2008 after Kap's Amazing Stories


My Husband's Woman
August 25, 2008

Survivor Philippines
Hosted by: Paolo Bediones
September 08, 2008

La Lola
Starring: Rhian Ramos, JC De Vera, Marvin Agustin, Angelika dela Cruz, Lovi Poe, Marky Cielo
October 2008 (To replace Kim Sam Soon)

Starring: Dennis Trillo, Nadine Samonte and Katrina Halili
(To replace Dyesebel)

Totoy Bato
Starring: Robin Padilla, Manny Pacqiuao and Sunshine Dizon
January 2009

Full House (Pinoy Version)
Starring: Heart Evangelista

Captain Barbell Meets Darna
Starring: Richard Gutierrez

Rosalinda (Pinoy Version of Thalia's Mexicanovela hit)


Una Kang Naging Akin
Starring: Angelika Dela Cruz, Maxene Magalona and Wendell Ramos
Directed By: Joel Lamangan
September 1, 2008 (To replace Magdusa ka)

Upcoming Sinenovela/Dramarama projects)
Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa
Starring: Ehra Madrigal

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin
Saan Darating ang Umaga
Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan
Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit
Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa
Angela Markado
Rosang Agimat


Be Strong, Geum Soon
Eyes of Dawn
Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
90 Days of Falling in Love
Orange Days
Rustic Period
Sleeping Forest
Smiling Pasta
Snow Queen
Sons and Daughters
Tantei Gakuen Q
The Magicians of Love
The Present
The Song of the Prince
Wanted, Perfect Family
What is Love
White Tower


Death Note
Jang Geum’s Dream


ITALY (I Trust And Love You )
September 17, 2008
Starring: Jolina Magdangal, Dennis Trillo, Rufa Mae Quinto, Mark Herras, Rhian Ramos, Eugene Domingo
Directed by: Mark A. Reyes

Sundo (filming)
Starring: Robin Padilla, Sunshien Dizon, Rhian Ramos and Katrina Halili
October 22, 2008
Directed by: Topel Lee

One True Love (pre-production)
Starring: Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera & Iza Calzado
November 2008
To be directed by: Mac Alejandre

Hollywood or Else… (filming)
Starring: Ariel and Maverick, Stacey with special participation of Renaldo Lapuz, Jasmine Trias, Martin Nievera and Lani Misalucha

Ouija 2 (announced)
Starring: Judy Ann Santos & Jolina Magdangal
Directed by: Topel Lee

Dagaw (filming)
Starring: Richard Gutierrez, Dingdong Dantes, Sunshine Dizon, Jewel Mische,
Paolo Bediones & Marvin Agustin
Directed by: Chito S. Rono

Love is Blind and Deaf (pre-production)
Starring: Ogie Alcasid & Regine Velasquez
Directed by: Dominic Zapata

When I Met You (announced)
Starring: Richard Gutierrez & KC Concepcion
February 11, 2009
Directed By: Jose Javier Reyes

Andres Bonifacio Biopic (announced)
Starring: Dennis Trillo
Christmas 2009

Note: Upcoming shows, casts and schedules of release are subject to change and final approval from GMA-7 Top Management.

Kristine Hermosa on the Cover of UNO Magazine's 50th Issue

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Kristine Hermosa has once again graced the cover of UNO Magazine. She is the "premium" star who covers the magazines' 50th issue which they call "The Premium Issue".

Buy your August 2008 copies now and find out why she decided to pose sexy again for UNO magazine, what she finds sexy in men, when did she finally realized she is hot, and discover what would make her wear sexy night gown by the beach.

ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best Features "Beyond Conspiracy: 25 Years After the Ninoy Aquino Assasination" Documentary on August 24

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Twenty-five years ago, on August 21, 1983, former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was shot and killed. It happened less than a minute after soldiers escorted him from his seat on board China Airlines Flight 811. Ninoy's death sparked a chain of events that would end the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Today, only dim memories of this national tragedy remain. What linger are faint recollections of a military conspiracy. Beyond that, the circumstances surrounding Ninoy's murder remain a mystery. UNTIL NOW.

Produced by the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP), Beyond Conspiracy: 25 Years after the Aquino Assasination is directed by documentarist Butch Nolasco while the script is written by Ben Tangco.

This 90-minute documentary combines painstaking research with state-of-the-art CGI (computer generated imaging) technology to recreate Ninoy's assassination, showing angles that Filipinos have never seen before.

Beyond Conspiracy seeks to affirm the historical significance of the Aquino assassination to the youth, many of whom have very little knowledge of this tragedy and its profound impact on Philippine society, other than what they may have hear or read in school.

The documentary of FWWPP also talks to those who were old enough to recall the assassination but have grown indifferent, convinced that Ninoy died in vain because the "real mastermind" will never come to light.

Beyond Conspiracy: 25 Years after the Aquino Assasination will be aired on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best on August 24 (Sunday) at 10:30 pm. The 90-minute documentary will also be shown on The Filippino Channel, TFCNow, and TFCKo.

August 16 - 19 TV Ratings: Pinoy Idol Wins Weekend Primetime Race While Eat Bulaga Tops Daytime Ratings

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The final performance night of the three remaining 'Pinoy Idol' finalist - Jayann Bautista, Ram Chaves, and Gretchen Espina topped the primetime rating last Saturday, August 17 and tied with Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho at No. 1 with identical 29.9 percent rating. While, Eat Bulaga! reigns as the winner in the daytime weekend race.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from August 15 to19 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

August 15 (Friday)

Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 24.7%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 24.2%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 23.7%
Marimar (GMA-7) / Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 18.3%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 17%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.3%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 14.5%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11.1%
Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) - 8.3%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 38.8%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 33.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) / Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 29.3%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 26.8%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 23.9%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 23.5%
Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) - 22.6%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 21%

August 16 (Saturday)

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 19.7%
Pinoy Records (GMA-7) - 19.4%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.8%
That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%
Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
StarTalk (GMA-7) - 16.2%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.2%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 11%
Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%

Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 29.9%
Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 29.7%
Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 27.2%
Varga (ABS-CBN) - 23.3%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 20.9%
Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
XXX (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) - 10%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 6.3%
Sine Totoo (GMA-7) - 5.9%%

August 17 (Sunday)

ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) 18%
SOP (GMA-7) - 14.4%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%
Dear Friend (GMA-7) - 11.8%
Loving You: The Making (GMA-7) - 11.4%
Your Song (ABS-CBN) / Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 11.1%
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%

Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) - 28%
Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 22.4%
Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) - 21.3%
Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 19.8%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 19.2%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 18.6%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 16.6%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 14%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 13.6%

August 18 (Monday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.7%
Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 21.8%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 20.3%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 18.6%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) / Daisy Siete (GMA-7)- 18%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
SiS (GMA-7) - 10.9%
Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 38.1%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 32.6%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.5%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 26.9%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 25.4%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 24.7%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 24%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.3%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 22.6%
Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%

August 19 (Tuesday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.3%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 20.8%
Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 20%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.2%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 16.8%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.9%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.4%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%
Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) - 9.4%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 41.3%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 35.6%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 32.3%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 30%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 25.9%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 25.3%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 24.8%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) - 21.7%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People - Movie Trailer

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Check out the new movie poster and movie trailer of How To Lose Friends & Alienate People starring Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges.

MTV Movies blog proclaims the movie as “the most hilarious comedy of the year.

The film will follow a similar storyline to the novel of the same name about a British writer (Pegg as Sidney Young) struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York.

For more information on the movie, visit the official movie website at

Jennylyn Mercado's Father Died of Diabetes Complications

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After birth comes death for Jennylyn Mercado's family.

Mr. Rogelio Veloso Mercado, Jennylyn Mercado's "foster" father, died of diabetes complications at United Doctors Medical Center Hospital on August 19.

Tatay Roger is the husband of Nanay Lydia Mercado who raised the young actress when she was abandoned by her biological parents.

Jennylyn gave birth last August 16 and Tatay Roger had the opportunity to see his grandson before he passed away.

His remain lies now at the Funeraria Pilipinas in Zapote Road, Las Piñas and is scheduled for cremation on Saturday, August 23.

Tatay Roger was 69 years old.

Valerie Pornea Speaks Up About Her Relationship with Mark Herras

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Mark Herras vehemently denies rumor about her "kolehiyala" girlfriend in the name of Valerie Pornea of University of Sto. Tomas.

The young actor said that the girl in the picture is just an avid fan who always follows him in the tapings and even on his Sunday show SOP. He was just very accomodating to his fans that is why he sometimes ask the Valerie to sleep in his place.

According to Mark, "Hindi totoo ‘yan...marami lang ang nagpapalaki. Si Val, linawin ko lang...isa sa mga fans ko. Actually, hindi na nga lang din fan ang turing ko sa kanya. Basta ako ngayon, ang masasabi ko lang, single ako. Wala akong girlfriend. Alam ko ang totoo at alam din ng mga kasama ko ang totoo, kaya hindi ko na dapat patulan ang mga ganyan."

When the press got the chance to chat with Valerie, this is just what she said about the issue, “Sinabi po ba talaga ni Mark na fan niya ako? If ‘yun po ang sabi niya, sige po, fan na lang ako. Pero may fan po ba na sinasabay niya sa car niya? Pinapatulog sa kanila pag gabi matapos ang taping?

If gusto niya punta ako ng taping, hindi ako pumapasok sa school kasi gusto niya nandoon ako tapos ngayon fan lang ako? Gawin niya rin sa akin ang ginawa niya kay Lian (Paz).
Hindi ba unfair ‘yon?

Masakit sa akin ito. Gusto ni Mark tumahimik na lang ako. Tatahimik naman po ako pero sana tumahimik din siya at hindi na niya ipagkalat na fan ako. Ano pa kayang mukha ang ihaharap ko sa mga classmates ko sa UST? Dapat nakinig ako sa mga friends ko dati pa.”

David Archuleta's "Crush" Video Lyrics

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American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta has just released his first post-Idol single, "Crush" which is now available on iTunes for download.

See video lyrics below:

Lindsay Lohan Covers Korea's Nylon Magazine

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Check out this new photos of Lindsay Lohan for Korea’s premiere issue of Nylon Magazine.

How did it happen? Basically, Nylon Korea’s editors told their U.S. arm to, “Get Lindsay Lohan for our first issue!

To see more outtakes from Lindsay Lohan’s Nylon Korea photos, visit You can also check out the Nylon Korea website at

Leonardo DiCaprio's "Body of Lies" Movie Trailer

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Check out these new still photos of Leonardo DiCaprio as CIA operative Roger Ferris in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new suspense thriller "Body of Lies".

The film is showing on October 10 and directed by Ridley Scott of the blockbuster movies Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven and American Gangstar.

Watch the trailer below:

Sarah Geronimo is 2008 Box Office Queen?

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With the huge success of her first-starring movie “A Very Special Love” opposite 2007 Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz, is Sarah Geronimo the new box-office queen?

There are no reports yet with the final haul of the Sarah-John Lloyd movie because it’s still showing in theaters nationwide but Star Cinema claimed it already reaches P134 million on it’s first 2 weeks of theatrical run beating the record set earlier this year by another Star Cinema movie “Caregiver” starring the Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

One of the factors that made “A Very Special Love” a monster hit is the solid fanbase of Sarah. Despite the protest of John Lloyd-Bea fans to boycott the John Lloyd-Sarah movie, it was “un-shaked” in any way. Even in the US, Sarah was hailed as the new “superstar”, a triple-threat if you must.

So if Bea Alonzo, whose last movie "One More Chance" (also with John Lloyd) was last year's number 1 or Sharon Cuneta will be trumped by Sarah Geronimo, the popstar princess can be tagged as the new Nora Aunor.

But, don't you think it's too early to tell if really Sarah will be this year's biggest hit? Considering Star Cinema is again about to release another surehit movie "For The First Time" starring Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion in her very first movie.

Let us wait and see...

Yasmien Kurdi in Bikini

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Yasmien Kurdi, in an interview with Pia Guanio on Showbiz Central last Sunday, August 17, clarified that the bikini photos that are spreading on the net and even in some tabloids is not part of publicity for their "Loving You" movie.

Nakuha po yun sa Facebook account ko. Pero naka-private account po yun kaya hindi ko alam kung sino ang kumuha sa mga friends ko. Sana nga nilagay nila… Si Pilita…kilala mo ba yun, yung make-up artist? At saka si Kuya Otep Bongcalan, program manager? Naku, mas sexy pa ang mga yun sa akin! E, lahat kami stressed, so nagti-trip kami sa isang beach sa Zambales, so lahat kami nagpo-pose. At saka, last year pa yun! Ngayon lang lumabas yun. Alangan namang magpantalon pa ‘ko sa beach, e, beach yun!” Yasmien Kurdi explains.

And Yasmien does not think why there is a seeming big fuzz over her bikini photos. "Offensive? Naku, hindi ko nga alam kung bakit nila ginagawang big deal yun, e, sa cell phone nga lang yun!

So, is she ready now to go sexy on her next television and movie projects?

Actually, okey lang naman but not for men’s magazine, pero kung mga ads, okey lang.”

Joey De Leon, Willie Revillame and Pokwang on "Aswang" Issue

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After the "flop" issue of Eat Bulaga's Grand Fiesta show in Los Angeles. And the "Ang lola ko pumapatay ng press" remarks, Joey De Leon is making headlines again after a youtube video wherein Joey De Leon, singing a tagalized version of John Lennon hit "Imagine" during the Los Angeles show, leaked the internet.

The song was supposedly a reflection on what life would be like without GMA-7. But the name of Pokwang was mentioned in the song referred to as "mukhang aswang".

"...At wala ng Dramarama/Channel 2 is the only one/makikita araw-araw ay mukha lang ni Pokwang/…makikita araw-araw ay mukhang aswang…/imagine that situation/ I wonder if you can, we need some girls like Marian/ not girls who look like men".

When requested for a statement, Pokwang said that despite making jokes at her expense, she still considers de Leon a comic icon and adds that for de Leon to even bother to include her in the joke is, in a way, flattering. Pokwang said she has no plans to do anything about the said incident, and joked that she would simply let de Leon, whom she called as “lolo” (grandpa), have his fun.

Eh, siguro lab niya ako. Hayaan na lang natin ang lolo niyo, basta ako magta-trabaho na lang ako at magpapaligaya ng mga tao. Hindi po ako galit sa kanya dahil alam ko naman na may nagtatanggol sa akin. Enough na po yun. Thank you. Kasi nababanggit mo ako, di ba? Bilang isang Joey de Leon, maraming-maraming salamat. More power sa show nila. Positive na lang tayo.

Willie Revillame also gave his sentiments on the issue and said that everyone should respect Pokwang because she is after all “tao din” (human too).

See Willie Revillame and Pokwang's response below:

Alessandra de Rossi is Back as Kapamilya

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Actress Alessandra de Rossi is back as Kapamilya after she accepted a month long appearance on the upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye 'I Love Betty La Fea'.

She also clarified last Sunday, August 17, on The Buzz that she had no exclusive contract with GMA-7 ever since, and that she informed the network’s management that she would be accepting a project from ABS-CBN. So she should not be tagged as one of those ungrateful Kapuso stars for suddenly ‘jumping ship’ to ABS-CBN.

"Kasi hindi na ako puwedeng naka-stambay lang sa bahay. Kailangan kong magtrabaho," Alessandra reasoned out. "Sobra naman yung ingrata, ‘yung mga years na nasa GMA ako, naging very loyal ako at very grateful ako sa nagawa nila sa akin, sa career ko, sa bank account ko. Kaya lang kailangan ko ring magtrabaho. Hindi ako puwedeng matengga dahil maraming nakaasa sa akin, meron din akong binabayarang bahay." the actress humored.

Alessandra also denied the rumor that her transfer has something to do with not wanting to work with actress Rhian Ramos and that she was assigned with another “kontra-bida” role in the Rhian Ramos upcoming Kapuso teleserye "La Lola". It was reported that Rhian and Alessandra had a rift on the taping of GMa-7 “L.U.V. Pow!” The said program was shelved because one of it’s star, Valerie Concepcion, switched network last year.

"That was more than a year ago, ‘di sana noon pa ko umalis. Nagkataon lang na dito nagkaroon ng magandang offer," she explained.

Aside from “I Love Betty La Fea”, Alessandra was also offered to lead in an upcoming soap opera co-starring her with Jake Cuenca and Angelica Panganiban.. "Isang soap na magandang maganda na dramang drama na very challenging yung role," Alex said enthusiastically.

John Lloyd Cruz is Armando Solis in 'I Love Betty La Fea'

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Finally, the long wait is over!

John Lloyd Cruz had been named as Armando Solis in ABS-CBN's highly-anticipated version of the hit Colombian telenovela 'I Love Betty La Fea'.

"Dun sa mga naghihintay at umaasa na ako sana ang maging Armando, I’m very happy to be here and to tell them na it's me, I’m playing Armando," said the actor in an interview with the press.

And how is it to be working again with Bea Alonzo?

"Nakakatakot, e. Na para sa isang project na ganito kalaki, nangangapa pa rin tayo. But I'm more than happy to be working again with Bea. Medyo weird yung pakiramdam. Ganun ata eh ‘pag medyo matagal kayong hindi nagkakasama, hindi nagkakatrabaho. At saka ibang-iba siya dito eh. Ibang-iba yung itsura at character niya." John Lloyd honestly remarked.

See below John Lloyd Cruz' exclusive interview on The Buzz:

Gretchen Espina is the Very First 'Pinoy Idol'

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20-year-old Gretchen Espina from Biliran bested 21-year-old Jayann Bautista from Pampanga in the final two to win the first ever Pinoy Idol. Rocker Ram Chaves ended up third.

The Final results night were held at the SMX of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, City. The Top 24 finalists were grouped in fours and performed with Hajji Alejandro, Jett Pangan, Vernie Varga, and Duncan Ramos. Rock bands Pupil, Calla Lily, and Rivermaya also rendered special performances.

The final two, Jayann Bautista and Gretchen Espina sang the Ogie Alcasid composition “To You” as the coronation song with Gretchen reprising it after being proclaimed as the first Pinoy Idol.

Gretchen won 1 million in cash from SM Supermall, a recording contract from Sony BMG, a management contract from GMA Atist Center, a brand new car courtesy of Mitsubishi, and a condo unit in New Manila courtesy of Avida Towers.

Top Three Final Showdown:

PDA Season 2 Update: Laarni Losala is This Week's Star Scholar

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Laarni Losala still couldn’t believe that she was declared this week’s Star Scholar. Her counterpoint performance with Bugoy, the Farmer’s Son who also made a spot on the Top Three, earned her a grade of 8.97. The jurors, composed of Louie Ocampo, Lani Misalucha, and Gerard Ocampo, were indeed impressed with her performance tonight. They just couldn’t deny the fact that she is indeed gifted with a wonderful voice.

Joining her in the Top Three are her partner Bugoy and Honorary scholar Poy.

She will be next Sunday's scholar performer on ASAP '08 as part of her privilege as PDA's Star Scholar of the Week.

On the ther hand, these week's bottom four are Hansen, Iñaki, Cris and Miguel. However, the Dream Mentors decided to save Sen.

Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN

Star Magic Launches Batch 16 of New Talents

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ABS-CBN's Star Magic launches its new roster of talents on Sunday, August 17, at ASAP '08.

Here they are:

Actors and Actresses:
Kristel Moreno, 17
Justin Gonzalez, 16
Jubail Andres, 21
Pica Lozano, 18
Erika Padilla, 21
Dominique Llamas, 18
Enrique Gil, 16
Lance Christopher, 17
Nico Ibaviosa, 18
Reb Sibal, 21
Kristina Snell, 16
Vangie Martell, 13
David Nagtalon, 23
Kaye Garcia, 19

Guji Lorenzana, 25
Cheska Ortega, 18
Michaela Milania, 18
Chase Rivera, 18
Heidi Riego, 20
Auriette Divina, 18

You may find these young talents on several ABS-CBN shows in the days to come.

What do you think of Star Magic Batch 16: Are they star material or not? Will they shine or not?

Precious Lara Quigaman Created a New Beauty Contest called "Turismo Filipina"

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Former Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman and her two beauty queen friends Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2002 Karen Loren Agustin-Ostrea and Bininibing Pilipinas-International 2006 Denille Lou Valmonte joint their forces to fulfill a common dream and that isto create a new type of beauty contest that is bigger in scope— candidates will represent a province or a Metro Manila city.

And that dream is now a reality as the three past winners of Binibining Pilipinas have created a Turismo Filipina Charities Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization that will spearhead the creation of Turismo Filipina search.

The contest requires all beauty aspirants of the following: looks, height, beauty, brains, talent—and knowledge of the province she will represent.

If ever, this will be the biggest female beauty contest in terms of scope and number of contestants. According to Karen during the presscon held at the TriNoma mall last August 14, there are 82 provinces in the Philippines plus 18 Metro Manila cities, so they are expecting at least 80 to 90 contestants for the first year. They also talked to the Governors League of the Phillipines and they agreed to send their participants in the contest.

The coronation night is scheduled on October 10 at AFP Theater. The winner will get to win 250 thousand cash prize, management contract, hordes of sponsor prizes and the sash and crown which the three beauty queen personally designed. The winner will also get the high benefit of being the Ambassador of Tourism in the Philippines since the contest is in partnership with the Department of Tourism.

GMA-7's "Celebrity Duets: Year 2" List of Contestants Revealed

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GMA-7 recently revelead the official list of contestants in their new Saturday evening reality singing contest "Celebrity Duets: Year 2" which will replace the just concluded Pinoy Idol.

Eight contestants will compete each week and will have a duet number with the show's invited professional celebrity singer.

Included in the list are MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, fashion designer JC Buendia, comedian turned politician Joey Marquez and his beauty queen/supermodel/actress sister Melanie Marquez, former Bb. Pilipinas-World Carlene Aguilar, wellness and beauty expert Cory Quirino, chef and fomer Ka-Toque co-host JL Cang, and Fil-British professional soccer player Phil Younghusband.

The other supposed-to-be contestants but said "no" in the last minute are Entertainment columnist na si Ricky Lo, Pacman's wife Jinkee, and former Purefoods player Jerry Codiñera.

Celebrity Duets will have its pilot episode on August 23 and will be hosted by the real life sweethearts Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid.

Jennylyn Mercado Gives Birth to A Baby Boy; "Jen's Baby is Patrick na Patrick." - Becky Aguila

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Jennylyn Mercado gave birth last August 16, 8:49 am, via caesarian section at St. Lukes Medical Center in Quezon City.

Jen is now a mother of a baby boy who weighs 8.12 pounds. According to Becky Aguila, Jen's manager, "Wala pang name ang baby pero Patrick na Patrick. Mestizong-mestizo. He has red lips like Patrick, nice nose like Patrick and beautiful eyes like Patrick. Guwapong-guwapo. And very healthy."

"Jen gave birth to a healthy baby boy via Caesarean section yesterday. She was due to deliver on Aug. 22 yet and she expected to do so the normal way but the baby is too big. Both mother and son are now doing fine. Jen's requesting for privacy for now. Hope you all understand. Thanks for all your prayers and all your support." replied Becky when asked about Jen and the baby's current condition.

Asking for privacy while recuperating, Jen is strong enough to breastfeed the baby. She will do so until she runs out of milk.

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