Chairman Bayani Fernando Wins "Celebrity Duets Season 2"

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As expected by many, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando was declared winner in the second season of GMA-7's Celebrity Duets.

Chairman Fernando, also known as BF, won over fellow finalists comedian-TV host Joey Marquez and fashion designer JC Buendia after getting the most number of text votes.

The Finals Night was divided into two rounds.

In the first round, the three finalists sang with their favorite duet partners from their previous performances. Chairman Fernando chose Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, and they sang the Filipino folk song "Ay, Ay, Ay, O Pag-ibig." Joey did a rendition of Kenny Rankin's "What Matters Most" with friend and Kung Ako Ikaw co-host Keempee de Leon. And lastly, JC took the stage once again with Allan K where they sang The Foundation's "Build Me Up Buttercup."

In the second round, the finalists sang with new duet partners. Joey was the first to perform with Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, and they sang Amii Stewart's "Friends." JC got sentimental while performing Frank Sinatra's "Just The Way You Look Tonight" with Jonalyn Viray. Finally, BF brought in veteran singer Basil Valdez and peformed Basil's song "Corner of the Sky."

BF, Joey, and JC, they were joined in the opening number by the eliminated contenders of Celebrity Duets—beauty and wellness guru Cory Quirino, chef JL Cang, soccer player Phil Younghusband, and former beauty queen Carlene Aguilar. Former Miss International Melanie Marquez, who was the first to be eliminated, was not able to attend the finals night.

Before the announcement of winner, Celebrity Duets hosts Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid performed with the three finalists to the tune of Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain."

The audience inside the Studio 3 pf GMA Network Center, where the Finals Night was held, was in full support for their favorite contender. Each group of supporters had a specific color-coding to distinguish them from one another: yellow for JC, violet for Joey, and pink for BF.

The loved ones of the three finalists were also there to cheer them on—JC's parents, Joey's children, and BF's wife Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando. Mayor Fernando was seated beside beauty expert Ricky Reyes and GMA-7's SVP for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante.

As the winner of the second season of Celebrity Duets, Chairman Fernando won the one-million cash prize, half of which will go to his chosen beneficiaries—Caritas Manila and Child House.

Season 1 winner Tessa Prieto-Valdes was of the judges this season, along with composer Danny Tan and stage director Freddie Santos.

Judy Ann Santos Talks About Her Wedding Next Year

After announcing her engagement last June to longtime boyfriend and Pieta star Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos is all set to become a bride sometime next year. Although no wedding date has been set, the 30-year-old actress admits that she and her fiancé have been busy with the many details that need to be attended to. “Iniisa-isa namin kapag meron kaming time. Inaayos namin yung mga detalyeng kailangan ayusin. Little details lang, hindi naman talagang yung big event na mangyayari. Yung mga importanteng detalye yung mga inuuna namin kasi hindi pala ganun kadali. Unang beses ko naman magpapakasal, eh malay ko ba naman sa mga papeles,” Judai admits.

The Humingi Ka Sa Langit actress also explains why she and Ryan have not yet decided on an actual date for the wedding. “Sa totoo lang, hindi kami makapagbigay ng buwan kasi kami mismo hindi namin alam. For the simple reason na hindi naman sa hindi kami desidido. Yes, decided kami. Ang dami lang talagang dapat i-consider. I’m sure sa mga nagpakasal diyan, they know what I’m talking about,” she explains.

But Judai is quick to deny rumors that they are planning to get married on the same day as her birthday. “Hindi naman ako magpapaka-hassle sa birthday ko (laughs). Mahihimatay na ata ako nun kung gagawin ko pa siya sa birthday ko,” she says. The couple, who first worked together and eventually fell in love on the set of the fantaserye Krystala back in 2005 are also trying to make possible their wish to put up a house before getting married. “Ideally, yun yung gusto naming mangyari. Even before naman ‘pag tinatanong kami, bahay muna ang uunahin talaga namin. After ng kasal, hindi naman puwedeng nakatunganga lang kami at wala kaming pupuntahan after ng wedding ‘di ba? So ayun, pinaguusapan muna namin, naghahanap kami ng lote. Magpapa-feng shui pa. It’s going to be a long, long process. But it’s an exciting process. Excited ako kasi parang nagbubukas ka ng panibagong libro sa buhay mo na wala ka talagang kaalam-alam at all. I’m looking forward to it,” she shares.

After her contract renewal with ABS-CBN last November 6, Judai put to rest all network transfer rumors and has opted to stay a Kapamilya until 2011. After the contract signing, Judai admitted to the press that one of the new stipulations she had her lawyers add to her revised contract was a pregnancy clause. “Kasama yun sa security kasi ayoko lang na dumating din yung time na magkaroon ng sumbatan na ‘Wala hindi mo kasi nilagay, alam mo naman na mangyayari sa buhay mo, eh naka-plano ka na nga, yung ganun.’ Gusto ko lang talaga, as much as possible, up to the littlest detail, maintindihan ko at maiintindihan rin ng kompanyang pinagtratrabahuan ko para lang everybody’s happy,” she confides. The talented actress also stressed that her husband-to-be had no influence on her decision to renew with ABS-CBN. “Whatever decisions naman we do with our own careers, it’s a separate issue actually. There are times na mag-uusap kami, pero hindi yung buyuan na, ‘Dun ka na.’ Walang ganun. Kumbaga I respect his pace when it comes to his career and he respects mine,” she adds.


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Luis Manzano Will Be Gay

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Yes, Luis Manzano is about to become a gay and he will be John Lloyd Cruz' lover. But, oooppsss...not for real.

Myx Veejay and Dyosa actor Luis finally accepted the role as John Lloyd Cruz‘ lover in the upcoming Star Cinema movie starring his mom, Governor Vilma Santos.

Tuloy na tuloy na!” Luis said happily.

It has a gay theme to it, but beside the gay theme, nandoon na ang mother and son, which is kami ng mommy ko. But there is a very, very different love story, two different stories on top of it,” he added.

The said movie will serve as the directorial comeback of Olivia Lamasan of the award-winning Madrasta and Got 2 Believe.

Luis and John Lloyd will begin shooting in February 2009 where most of the locations will be shot in New York. They have a love scene in the movie which is both first time for both actors.

Karylle is Now a Kapamilya

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Karylle confirms transfer to ABS-CBN 2 after spending most of her career in GMA-7. This came after the confirmation of her rumored breakup with long-time boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes. Karylle’s new management company, STAGES, has taken over talent management duties for the singer, and one of it’s first major move is to transfer Karylle to ABS-CBN. With her imminent transfer, ABS-CBN has lined up projects for Karylle already including appearing in ABS-CBN’s musical variety shows and soap operas. Karylle is also set to record a new album and to reprise her critically-acclaimed portrayal of Maria in “West Side Story.”

Reportedly, Karylle’s transfer has the blessings of GMA-7 SVP for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante. But before her ABS-CBN transfer, Karylle will still be seen on GMA 7, in such shows as ‘SOP,’ ‘Kakasa Ka Ba sa Grade 5,’ and her singing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Oscar de la Hoya boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 7 (Philippine time), which will be telecast exclusively in the Philippines by GMA 7.

Here is the official statement of STAGES regarding Karylle's transfer:

"Karylle Tatlonghari receives the blessing of Wilma Galvante, GMA-7 SVP for Entertainment, and Darling de Jesus, GMA-7 AVP for Magazine/Musical/Variety, to do television projects with ABS-CBN.

"The decision to move to ABS-CBN has been initiated by STAGES, Karylle's new management team.

"'As Karylle's new partner in the industry, we've been exploring the best projects for her, in and out of television networks, that will continuously hone her singing, acting and hosting skills. She's got incredible talent that is yet to realize its full potential,'" says Carlo Orosa, Business Head, STAGES Talent Group.

"Karylle is very grateful to GMA-7 for all the opportunities the network has given her. GMA-7 has been behind her success since the early years of her career.

"Galvante wishes her the best, and leaves the door open if she decides to return to GMA-7 someday.

"Karylle will finish her commitments in GMA-7 including her appearances on SOP, Kakasa Ka Ba sa Grade 5, and her singing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Oscar de la Hoya boxing match at Las Vegas, Nevada on December 6.

"Karylle, warmly welcomed by ABS-CBN executives Cory Vidanes and Deo Endrinal, will be seen in ABS-CBN's musical variety shows, and soap operas. She is set to record a new album, and reprise her critically-acclaimed portrayal of Maria in STAGES' production of hit Broadway musical, West Side Story, in 2009."

Judy Ann Santos Signs a 2-Year Contract Deal with ABS-CBN 2

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Judy Ann “Juday” Santos has put a stop to speculations that she’s jumping ober da bakod from ABS-CBN 2 to GMA-7 by renewing her contract to two more years, from July 2009 when her current contract expires to July 2011.

It’s good to be home,” said Juday as if she ever left “home,” even as she admitted that there were problems, adding, “pero wala namang problemang hindi naaayos sa magkaka-pamilya.

Aside from her soap Humingi Ako Sa Langit, other projects lined up for her include a teleserye with boyfriend Ryan Agoncillo, a cooking show and a drama anthology.

Heart Evangelista With Non-Showbiz Boyfriend Francisco Delgado in Boracay

Heart Evangelista seems to be really over now with Jericho Rosales as she was seen comfortably lounging around Boracay during the Halloween Break in a two-piece bikini with her non-showbiz boyfriend, Francisco Delgado, scion of the Delgado clan involved in shipping.

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MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 List of Winners

See who took home those shiny 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA):

Europe’s Favourite Act
Emre Aydin (Turkey)

Rock Out
30 Seconds to Mars

Ultimate Urban
Kanye West

Act of 2008
Britney Spears

New Act
Katy Perry

Best Act Ever
Rick Astley

Most Addictive Track
Pink – So What

Tokio Hotel

Best Video Star
30 Seconds To Mars

Artists’ Choice
Lil’ Wayne

Ultimate Legend
Sir Paul McCartney

Best Album
Britney Spears – Blackout

Hilary Duff’s ‘Reach Out’ Uncensored Music Video

The music video of Hilary Duff’s latest single “Reach Out” has been censored to make it on television.

Apparently, the 21-year-old Disney star has a number of thumb-sucking scenes on the original video and to be able to make it on television, they cut most of all the said scenes and replaced them with “milder” ones.

“Reach Out” is the carrier single of Hilary’s “Best of” album coming out on November 11, 2008.

Watch the Hilary Duff - Reach Out Uncensored Video here.

David Cook's "Light On" Music Video and Lyrics

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American Idol season 7 winner David Cook has released his “Light On” music video.

“Light On” is Cook’s first official single off his self-titled debut album coming out on November 18. The music video was shot on October 21 and 22 at Los Angeles Valley’s College Football Stadium and directed by Wayne Isham.

Video Link: David Cook - Light On Music Video and Lyrics

Iza Calzado is November's Featured Artist in "Obra"

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This November, Iza Calzado will showcase her versatility as an actress as she portrays four challenging roles that will display different facets of her personality in GMA-7's Obra.

These four touching stories are titled "Sanib," "Boksingera," "Beauty Queer," and "Stella .45." These episodes will be directed by the country's new breed of directors, namely Toppel Lee, Mark Reyes, Dominic Zapata, and Rico Gutierrez.

Directed by Toppel Lee, "Sanib" is Obra's Halloween special that tells about a woman possessed by an evil spirit with a sinister past. How can she and her husband surpass this supernatural foe when they still have to exorcise the ghosts of their own past?

Then, she plays the role of a female boxer whose heart will be torn between the man she loves and her father's fervent dream for her in the emotionally gripping episode "Boksingera" directed by Mark Reyes.

In the funny yet heartwarming episode "Beauty Queer," Iza plays the role of a consistent "thank you girl" or a losing contestant in beauty pageants who is determined to win a crown. She the resorts to joining a gay beauty contest but can she continue with her plan even if it means exchanging triumph for love? This comedic episode is directed by Dominic Zapata.

Lastly, the award-winning actress will portray the role of an assassin who wants to change her life but her profession keeps haunting her in the episode "Stella .45" directed by Rico Gutierrez.

Jose Sarasola Video Scandal?

Jose Sarasola

Pinoy Fear Factor participantes Jose Sarasola is a subject of a video scandal going around the net. The alleged video scandal has been going the rounds of gay Yahoo Groups and the gay section of XTube. Some people who stumbled upon the alleged Jose Sarasola pleasuring himself on cam pointed out the striking resemblance between the Jose Sarasola publicity photos for Pinoy Fear Factor and the alleged Jose Sarasola in the video scandal.

If the Jose Sarasola video scandal is true, this makes Pinoy Fear Factor even more exciting. Or, is it really a marketing tactic for the show?

The alleged Jose Sarasola

Barack Obama Wins US Presidential Election

Barack Obama, a 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois, shattered more than 200 years of history by winning election as the first African-American president of the United States.

"Change has come," Obama told a huge throng of cheering supporters.

If there is anyone out there who doubts that America is a place where anything is possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,” he said. “We have been and always will be the United States of America.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.” he said to a long roar.

Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America. He will take his oath of office as president on January 20, 2009.

See election results below courtesy of yahoo news:

"My Only U" Hits P11 Million on Opening Day

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A young woman dying of a rare disease and a young landlord try to beat the odds by living life to the fullest and making the most of their time together here on earth.

Starring Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga, My Only U injects humor and love in what is otherwise a topic that many refuse to talk about: death. Winona (Toni) comes from a family whose members often pass away before reaching the age of 25. Her neighbor Bong (Vhong), who happens to manage the compound where she lives, is secretly in love with her but he couldn't find the courage to propose to her.

Just like in the 1972 hit romance-drama Love Story (starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw), Bong is confronted with the same dilemma: What would you do if the girl you love has only a few days to live? How much is he willing to love knowing that he will just lose her before long?

The latest 15th anniversary offering of Star Cinema, My Only U, will have its regular screening in Guam until November 20 at the Micronesia Mall. Last October 29, My Only U opened in Philippine cinemas nationwide and reached box-office sales amounting to P11 million, according to Star Cinema.

This romantic comedy is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, the same person who helmed the blockbuster hit A Very Special Love starring Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz.

"It's a move that will capture your hearts di lang dahil sa character ni Vhong at character ko, kundi dahil sa storya mismo ng pelikula," says Toni. "Sa pelikulang ito, pag-uusapan kung paano mo nga ba mamahalin ang isang taong di na magtatagal or wala kang kasiguraduhan. At paano mo mamahalin ang isang taong sarado na ang puso sa pagmamahal. Paano mo bubuksan ang puso mo sa pagmamahal and at the same time, para sa mga taong ayaw ng magmahal. Paano mo bubuksan ang puso mo sa isang tao na di ka naman sigurado kung habambuhay kang nandyan para sa kanya. Because this is the story about someone who is leaving at makikita n'yo naman ang mangyayari kung mamamatay siya o hindi."

Vhong points out, "Si Toni kasi, mamamatay e, may sakit siya. Yung character ko gagawin ang lahat para sa kontiong sandali para mabigay mo lahat na di pa niya nagagawa kasi konti na lang ang buhay niya, maiksi na lang ang buhay niya. Sa sobrang mahal mo sya, lahat gagawin mo para sa kanya. Di baleng mapabayaan mo trabaho mo, mga kaibigan mo basta para sa kanya gagawin mo lahat kaya 'my only u.'

Aside from Toni and Vhong, My Only ü also stars Dennis Padilla (as the blind father of Winona), Janus del Prado, Empoy Marquez, Arlene Muhlach, Kitkat, and Benjie Paras (as the persistent ghost who aims to cross over to the other side by completing his earthly duties).

Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus housemate Beauty Gonzalez and comedienne Vangie Labalan are also part of this romantic comedy.

Meet Pinoy Fear Factor 12 Participantes

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ABS-CBN has just revealed the 12 hot and courageous “participantes” of the upcoming reality competition Pinoy Fear Factor. Who among them will emerge as the first "El Ultimo Participante"?

Jose Sarasola - The Aspiring Chef
Age: 22
Origin: Parañaque
Occupation: Culinary student
Greatest fear/s: Deep water

Jose finished high school in an exclusive school in Greenhills and also studied in another exclusive school for boys in the south of Metro Manila. He is now an aspiring chef working as an intern in one of the most luxurious hotels in Manila. Jose lives in an exclusive village in Parañaque as the only child of a Spaniard father and a Filipina mother.

It’s obvious that Jose is a rich kid given the many ‘exclusives’ in his life, but he says he’s far from being ‘conio.’ He has two sets of friends: the rich kids and the village friends which include security guards, house helps, and the bums. Whenever he meets a girl that he likes, Jose introduces her to his village friends, and if the girl has bad things to say about his friends, he believes the girl is not the right one for her. Jose says that he enjoys the company of his village friends more.

Jose has been to the best countries around the globe. He plays basketball and goes to the gym four times a week. In spite of this, he finds his life a bit boring. Jose decided to join Pinoy Fear Factor in search of a new excitement. By getting down and dirty in every stunt and challenge, Jose is out to prove that he is not the typical ‘conio’ kid that people think of.

Savanah Lamsen - The Ledge Dancer
Age: 23
Origin: Quezon City
Occupation: Ledge dancer, model
Greatest fear/s: cats

Savanah is a woman who can excite men’s imagination with her sexy body, and also tickle everybody’s funny bone with her sense of humor. She once posed for the center page of a sexy magazine in hopes of getting into showbiz. Savanah dreams of helping her family through a tough financial situation.

When her parents were still together, Savanah’s family never had any problem about money. They used to have a meat dealership business that enabled her to spend all the cash she wants for parties and other luxuries. But when crisis struck their livelihood, she had no other choice but to adjust to a simple life.

Savanah is determined to become the first El Ultimo Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor. Though most of her friends find her clumsy, she is out to prove that she can conquer all the challenges in the biggest reality stunt show. Savanah plans to use the two million cash prize as capital for her parents to start a new business so her family can be reunited.

Manuel Chua Jr. - The Struggling Businessman
Age: 27
Origin: Cabanatuan City
Occupation: Self-employed
Greatest fear/s: failure, crocodiles

Before becoming the good son and an able father to a four-year old daughter, Manuel first had his share of troubles. He used to have a lot of vices, being a womanizer and a speed junkie. After a series of mistakes and car accidents, Manuel was blessed with a daughter from his current partner. From then on, he promised to work hard to be a good provider to his daughter instead of leaving everything up to his partner who is a lawyer and is from a well-to-do family.

Manuel is running an appliance store business which he inherited from his father. They used to have 36 store branches all over Luzon. But when his father died of liver cirrhosis, they were left with just three stores. Now, Manuel continues to struggle to keep their family business afloat for the sake of his family. He aims to win the two million pesos and house and lot from Pinoy Fear Factor which he will save their business and to give his daughter a bright future.

Bernabe ‘RJ’ Calipus Jr. - The Kargador Tondo Dad
Age: 20
Origin: Parola, Tondo
Occupation: kargador
Greatest fear/s: heights

RJ was born from a Filipina woman and a French man. However, he never met his biological parents. His mother had him adopted because she can no longer support him. RJ then lived a fast-paced life as a Tondo boy. He became a father at a tender age of 17, and just a few months ago, his partner gave birth to their second child.

Although RJ is ready to face any difficulty, he could not bear to see his daughters go hungry or sick. That is why he is willing to take on any job just to make a decent living. But since he only finished second year in high school, he had no other choice but to work as a wharf porter and ‘kargador’ in Divisoria. RJ also takes automotive classes at night.

RJ hopes to win the top prize for the sake of his family. Joining Pinoy Fear Factor gives him a lot of ‘first times’ in his life: his first time to ride a plane, first time to leave the country, and first time to be seen on television. Will he become the first El Ultimo Participante?

Jommy Teotico - The Alaskador Model
Age: 24
Origin: Manila
Occupation: Model
Greatest fear/s: cockroach, feeding on insects

Jommy grew up in the streets of Manila and made fun of his classmates and cracked a lot of jokes. He liked making people laugh. He was an easy-going person who frequently got whatever he wanted, especially the girls. Jommy was called an ‘alaskador’ and ‘playboy’ by his peers.

But fate played a funny trick on him when, after getting drunk, he woke up in bed with a married woman beside him. Although he was sure nothing happened, the woman’s relatives bea him senseless. From then on, Jommy valued his second chance at life and vowed to change. He is no longer the known playboy but Jommy kept his humorous side with him.

Jommy used his talent in making people laugh to his advantage during the contest. Watch out for his wise cracks to distract the other Participantes. For his family, Jommy is determined to emerge as the first El Ultimo Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor.

Gail Nicolas - Ms. Body Beautiful
Age: 25
Origin: Quezon City
Occupation: TV, commercial, and ramp model; nail artist
Greatest fear/s: heights, dark places

As the winner of Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007, Gail is undoubtedly one hot woman. She has graced numerous TV commercials and fashion shows. Her beauty, charm, and physique are her tools as the breadwinner of their family. When Gail was 17, her father’s relatives forced them out of their house, and not long after, her father passed away. Since then she has assumed the responsibility to provide for her family, and she even helped her older brother finish school.

Gail used to play volleyball in college. She believes that being athletic is her edge in conquering all the challenges in Pinoy Fear Factor.

Elmer Felix - Promdi Veterinarian
Age: 25
Origin: Pampanga
Occupation: Veterinarian, medical representative
Greatest fear/s: drowning, deep water, unusual and exotic edibles

Elmer could still recall how he struggled for the professional board exam to get his license. He failed twice in the exam, but instead of giving up, he decided to pursue with his dreams. Elmer eventually passed on his third try and got his license as a veterinarian.

Underneath the average looks of this Kapampangan is a competitive and persistent spirit. A few years ago, Elmer used to be very skinny. He decided to hit the gym and put on some muscles for more extra pogi points. After years of religiously working out five times a week, Elmer now has the body of a hunk.

Elmer is ready to once again prove that persistence is the key to success. He is prepared to take on any challenge and add another title to his name: El Ultimo Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor.

Ram Sagad - The Basketball Hunk
Age: 23
Origin: Quezon City
Occupation: Model, student, ex-basketball player
Greatest fear/s: Heights, unusual and exotic edibles

Ram considers basketball as his first and greatest love. He was playing for NCAA but had to let go when he felt that he wasn’t being given the recognition he deserves. It was difficult for Ram not to be able to play, but he was happy with his choice to keep his self-confidence.

After leaving the court, this six-plus footer figured he was too young to take life seriously. He devoted his time to his family, school, playing video games, and going to bars with friends. But Ram decided to go on a different kind of adventure by joining Pinoy Fear Factor. Going to Argentina was the first time he was separated from his family and from the things he loved. He hopes that his athletic background will give him the advantage in facing his fears, like heights and eating exotic edibles, and winning the two million pesos and the brand new house and lot for his family.

Janna Dominguez - Flawless Girl ng Dagat-Dagatan
Age: 18
Origin: Dagat-dagatan, Malabon/Quezon City
Occupation: TV host, sales agent
Greatest fear/s: spiders, closed spaces

Janna looks like an actress from a Koreanovela on television. But in her case, the drama of her life story is real. Janna’s biological mother left her and is now living a good life in Japan. Her father married a 25-year old woman who not only became her step-mother but also her best friend. Since life is still hard for their family, her father continues to work in a construction in Japan.

Dreaming to provide the best for her family and an enjoyable retirement for her father, Janna is ready to take on any opportunity and challenge. She is determined to conquer Pinoy Fear Factor and write a better story for her life.

Marion dela Cruz - The Austrian Balikbayan
Age: 21
Origin: Austria/Valenzuela City
Occupation: Student
Greatest fear/s: Heights

Marion’s father was a driver in an embassy while his mother was a cleaning lady in another embassy. He was born in Vienna and spent most of his life in Austria. Nevertheless, his parents managed to teach him to speak Tagalog and live the good Filipino values. Marion met a lot of women in Vienna, but never had a serious relationship with any of them. He said he still prefers the conservative Filipinas over the liberated Austrians.

Marion was a good soccer player but later became unfit to play any sport after getting into lots of vices and troubles. He frequently got into fights because of racism and would often drink and smoke. When his parents couldn’t handle him anymore, he was sent to the Philippines to live with his grandmother.

Starting a new life in the Philippines was challenging at first for Marion. But because of his lola, he got used to doing lots of households chores and going to the palengke. Now, Marion is up for a much greater challenge as a Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor. He is ready to face whatever kind of challenge to win the top prize so he can convince his parents to live with him here in the Philippines.

Phem Barranda - The Glam Goddess
Age: 27
Origin: Parañaque
Occupation: TV host, model, actress
Greatest fear/s: snakes, insects

Phem is the beautiful face that brings the latest entertainment news every night on TV Patrol World and every Sunday afternoon on The Buzz. This sexy and glamorous gal has graced the covers of various magazines and billboards. But Phem doesn’t want to be known as just a mere ‘celebrity’ because she believes she has more to offer beyond her attractive face and body.

Many don’t know that Phem never had an easy life growing up. She was born in a ‘second’ family, and in the Philippine setting, people tend to have unfair judgment to children who doesn’t belong in a ‘normal’ family.

Phem believes that Pinoy Fear Factor is her chance to break the ‘usual celebrity’ image people put on her. She is ready to get down and dirty to become the first El Ultimo Participante.

LJ Moreno - The Daredevil Chick
Age: 27
Origin: Marikina
Occupation: Preschool teacher, actress
Greatest fear/s: Deep water, cockroach

After appearing in TV commercials and gracing magazine pages at a young age, LJ ventured into acting on TV and movies. But she decided to leave behind a stable showbiz career to focus on other things that are also important to her. When her parents got separated and her mother migrated to the US, LJ became a sister and mother to her younger siblings. While doing her responsibility to her family, she finished a degree in early childhood education

LJ tried to live a different life away from the limelight. During this time she grew fond of competitive sports like racing, wakeboarding, and the likes. Given all the physical and emotional challenges she had gone through, LJ believes that she has what it takes to be the first El Ultimo Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor: Argentina, South America.

Photo and Profile Credit: Pinoy Fear Factor Website

Criselda Volks Sex Video Scandal: "I Don't Regret Making the Video..."

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The news about former actress Criselda Volks sex video scandal is the talk of the town in different talk shows and on the internet. Although Criselda admitted on The Buzz that she is the girl on the four-part video, she said that it's a personal video and should not leaked the internet.

Kami ‘yon ng boyfriend ko ng five years. Kami ang magkasama so automatically siyempre nagvi-video-han kami. So, it was supposed to be a video na hindi kumalat. It’s a personal video,” she said while crying.

She also believes that her former boyfriend was not behind the proliferation of the video.

I don’t regret making the video because it was supposed to be a personal file, personal namin ‘yon. Sumasama ang loob ko doon sa naglabas ng video. Alam ko basically kung ano'ng laman ng video. Nakita ko ‘yong video sa phone at that time. Matagal na ‘yon, pero hindi ko inisip na lalabas ‘yon.” she added.

According to the article written by Rommel Llanes, "Apat ang sex videos, at sa apat na yun, pawang may close-up shots pa ang babaeng nasa video. May mga closeup shots din ang lalaking ka-sex ng babae sa video, bagama't bahagyang kita lamang ang mukha nito sa mga kuha dahil nasa akto ng pakikipag-sex."

The Buzz Hosts Had Something to Say About the Dingdong-Karylle-Marian Love Triangle

Amidst the issue that real-life sweethearts Dingdong Dantes and Karylle have broken up because of Marian Rivera, the three have yet to speak to confirm what the real score is. Dingdong and Karylle continue to deny that they have decided to separate ways, with the actor even clarifying that Marian has nothing to do with the issue. News reports say that Marian and constant leading man Dingdong have developed feelings towards each other and the actress' recent breakup with her non-showbiz boyfriend has given way for the two celebrities to pursue their alleged romance.

Meanwhile, on the Points, Opinions and Violent Reactions (POV) segment of The Buzz last Sunday, November 2, the three hosts Boy Abunda, Kris Aquino and Ruffa Gutierrez all shared bits of information in an effort to solve the puzzle. Ruffa went on to say that staff members from her previous film, Desperadas, who are now also the staff of Dingdong and Marian's upcoming movie said that the two are very close on the set. "Sila (staff) ang nagkukuwento na super-sweet daw ang dalawa kahit na walang press," Ruffa revealed.

Kris on the other hand shared that her friend Popoy Caritativo, who is also Marian's manager, told her that the actress and Dingdong aren’t a couple yet. "Hindi sila ni Dingdong pa," Kris quoted Popoy. Popoy also told Kris that Marian is currently happy now, to which Ruffa interjected, "'Yung staff ng Desperadas said, si Marian daw has never been happier in her life." However Kris emphasized there’s nothing wrong with being happy but not at the cost of someone getting hurt. Kris also said that Marian has indeed broken up with her boyfriend because of a commercial deal he did not approve of.

Boy on his part said there shouldn’t be any difficulty for Karylle and Dingdong to say if the relationship has ended and it would definitely simplify their problems. Boy also added another juicy tidbit to the topic by saying he has talked to Marian's ex-boyfriend and he was told that there is no truth in rumors saying that he made Marian chose between him and the project.

The three hosts end the topic by saying that hopefully the issue between the couple and Marian be cleared up soon. Kris even added that she’ll ask Popoy if The Buzz can interview Marian to get her side on the controversy.

11th Philippine Web Awards (PWA) List of Nominees

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The Philippine Web Awards released their shortlist of 100 Filipino blogs and websites vying for 18 categories this year.

Supporters and followers of the 11th Philippine Web Awards (PWA) will finally get their chance to vote for their favorite Web sites, either via e-mail or text messaging (SMS), starting Nov. 10, 2008. The entry that receives the most number of votes in its group will win the Peoples’ Choice Award for that category.

On December 31, 2008, the list of semifinalists would be trimmed down by a panel of judges to five finalists per category. For this year, 100 semifinalists, spread over 18 categories, have qualified. Last year, the 10th PWA had 95 semifinalists and 15 categories.

While the PWA rules allow for 10 semifinalists per category, this year, only one category has the full count- Community & Portal. All the other categories have fewer than 10. In fact, for three- Celebrities & Personalities, Lifestyle & Leisure, and eLGU-Provinces- only three entries for each category qualified as semifinalists.

Both SMS and online voting would end on the eve of the awards night at exactly 12 midnight on Feb. 26 next year. Winners will be announced during the awarding ceremonies on Feb. 27, and will be published in the PWA site.

Meanwhile, entries that will make it to the finals round (to be announced on Dec. 31) will all be in the running for the Best Web Site Award in their respective categories. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a set criteria which can also be found in the PWA site. The finals judges- a different set from the pre-finals panel– are experts in different fields and include media practitioners, artists and Web developers.

Finals judging will run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. The decision of each judge will be sent to and tabulated by PWAs auditors who will keep the results under lock and key, and will open them only on the Awards Night itself.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 11th Philippine Web Awards:


Touched by An Angel -
phcommute -
Daily Grind Clothing -
Filipino Programmer / Blogger / SE Optimizer -
Starmometer -
Pinoy Web Startup -
Eliseo Soriano Blog Site -


Province of Cebu -
Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte - Official Site -
Official Website of the Provincial Government of Bataan -

CALnook Online Prepaid Card -
Work Abroad Philippines -
Rakso Travel - Travel Society -
Ang Pambansang Tshirt -
The Sweet Life Club Meal Planner - -


No Records Found.


Amorsolo Retrospective -
Global Creative Designs -
Dawghouse Design Studio -
Astigmata Studios -
Team Manila Studio -


The Official Website of Senator Aquilino -
Hon. Congresswoman Mitos H. Magsaysay Official Website - - Mr. Public Service’s Official Website -


e-Yellow Pages -
KABEETmaps -
Groupjump - -
The FEU TAMBayan -
Philippine Community eCenter Portal -
Good News Pilipinas! Positive Action. Triumphs. Inspirational Stories -
Globe SME Portal - - -


Force Recon -
POEA Balik Manggagawa OEC Delivery -
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts -


Marikina City Government -
Official Website of Lungsod ng Maynila (City of Manila) -
Iligan City Government -
City Government of Balanga Official website -
Muntinlupa City’s Official Website -
The Official Website of the City Government of Tagum -
Island Garden City of Samal -


The Official Website of Carmona, Cavite -
Municipality of Trinidad, Bohol -
Official Website of Municipality of Pateros -
Municipality of Liloan, Cebu -


No Records Found.


Fliptunes -
Kabataan News Express -
UNTV - Your Public Service Channel - -
JAM 88.3 YOUR KIND OF MIX Ver. 2.7 -


Game Heroes -
Juice -
Del Monte Kitchenomics -


Appetite Magazine -
MEG - - Christian Web Newsmagazine -


No Records Found.


Water, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Program in the Philippines -
Non-Timber Forest Product Inc. -
Bible Encyclopedia -
Tzu Chi Foundation Zamboanga -
Aikido Philippines -
Council of Organizations of the Ateneo Website -
Ilustratdor ng Kabataan -
Ang Dating Daan - Bible Exposition Online
HAPAG-ASA Website -


Darlene Sanguenza, a Philippine Web and Graphic Designer -
Mike Mamaril -
melissa marasigan official blog site -
Ralph Stephen Manalastas -
Ryan Corpuz Website -


STI College -
Aquinas University of Legazpi -
MHAM College of Medicine -
University of Baguio Science High School -


Embassy Super Club -
BIGTOP Media Productions -
PhilJam Design Studio - -
Team Manila Lifestyle -
RA Gapuz Review -
Stores Specialists -
Karens Kitchen -


Ayala Land, Inc. Residential Website -
Ayala Land -
Pond’s Institute -
Honda Cars Philippines Inc. Official Website -
Honda Cars Kalookan -
Shangri-La Plaza website -
China Bank Online -
Metrobank -


NuiClothing -
OMF Literature -
Ysidro’s GameCore -
PinoyTunes.Net -
Street Hobby -

Willie Revillame's Corinthian Home Robbed

Unidentified men broke into the house of Wowowee host Willie Revillame at 516 Cameron Street in Corinthian Hills subdivision, Barangay Ugong Norte in Quezon City reportedly taking with them 3 million worth of watches and jewelry.

Nanakawan ako. Nakapasok doon sa likod, pero anyway dito sa Corinthian Hills eh nakuha iyong aking mga kaunting naipon na relos, alahas, eh hindi naman ako mahilig sa relos kaya nakatago lang lahat,” he said in an interview on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

Hindi ko naman ito kailangang ipublish. Pero ang importante dito, bumibili ka ng mamahaling bahay tapos iyong security mo, iyon ang nakakatakot. Hindi na iyong gamit, balewala na sa akin iyan, pero iyong papasukin ka sa madaling araw tapos may sasaksak o babaril sa yo, iyon mabigat iyon,” he added.

Investigators said the crime may have been committed between past midnight of November 1 and 6AM of November 3. Revillame was away during the weekend and only discovered the incident past 3AM Monday.

2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) List of Winners

The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) once again pays tribute to those who have promoted Christian values in an outstanding way, in radio, press, advertising, television, and film.

And this year's winners are:


Best Counseling Program: Dr. Love (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN)
Best Public Service Program: Sugpuin Ang Korupsyon (DZRH / CCP)
Best Drama Program: Nagmamahal Manay Gina (DZBB / GMA); Sugpuin Ang Korupsyon (DZRH / CCP)
Best Educational Program: Konsyumer at iba pa (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN)
Best Entertainment Program: Back To The Eighties (Monster Radio RX 93.1)


Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program: I-Witness The GMA Documentaries (GMA-7); Jay Taruc’s “Batang Kalabaw” and “Sandra Aguinaldo’s Iskul Ko No.1″
Best Business News/Feature: Asenso Pinoy TV (ABC-5)
Best Children’s Program: Kids On Q (QTV-11)
Best Drama Series/Program: Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)
Best Entertainment Program: Day Off (QTV-11)
Best News Magazine: Rated K (ABS-CBN)
Best News Program: TV Patrol Central Visayas (ABS-CBN Cebu)
Best Public Service Program: Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7)
Best Special Event Coverage: Simbang Gabi Sa ABC (2007) (ABC-5)
Best Sports Show: Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN)
Best Talk Show: Mel and Joey (GMA-7); The Sweet Life (QTV-11)
Best TV Special Habilin: Ang Pitong Huling Wika ni Hesus (ABS-CBN)


Best Album, Religious: Bukas Palad Hindi Kita Malilimutan (Jescom-Jesuit Music Ministry)
Best Album, Secular: Isang Kinabukasan (Wency Cornejo/GMA Records)
Best Music Video: Isang Kinabukasan (Wency Cornejo/GMA Records)

Special Citation

Best Entertainment (TV): Sharon (ABS-CBN)
Best Drama (TV): Mga Mata ni Angelita (GMA-7)
Best Album, Secular: H.O.P.E. (Star Records, mixed artists)
Best Album, Religious: Rebirth (Universal Records, Gary Valenciano); Acoustic Recollection (Emmanuel Music)
Best Music Video: Balik SaBayan (Star Records)
Best Entertainment (Radio): Wan Dey Isang Araw (DZAS-AM)
Best Business News (Radio): Sikap Pinoy (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN); Radyo Negosyo (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN)
Best News Program: Radyo Patrol Balita (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN)
Best Education Program: Sa Kabukiran (DZMM 630 / ABS-CBN); Sulyap Kultura (DZRM 1278 Radyo Magasin & DZRP Radyo Pilipinas Overseas); Art 2 Art with Liza Macuja (DZRH)
Serviam Award - Fr. Salvatore Putzu of the Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation

Hunk Jace Flores Voted Off of "Survivor Philippines"

19-year-old former barista and gym instructor Jace Flores is the 9th castaway to be eliminated from GMA-7’s Survivor Philippines.

In the first Tribal Council after the Naak and Jarakay merge (they are now known as Chalam), Jace was the first to be voted out in a close battle with castaway Kiko. Jace got 6 votes while Kiko got 4.

I was expecting na at least magka-tie pero something happened e pero di ko pa alam so ok lang. Parang betrayed na parang hurt, sobrang unexpected pero ok lang I still love you guys and good luck. It’s the game, I shouldn’t take it personally so ok lang.” said Jace in his exit interview.

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