Dayo - 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

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Cutting Edge Productions will showcase Pinoy animation in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Fest entry "Dayo".

The creative team of "Dayo" consulted published literature on local mythology. The main reference is the book Creatures of Philippine Lower Mythology by Maximo Ramos.

"Dayo" aims to reintroduce the other side of mythical creatures like the tikbalang, kapre, manananggal, and aswang by giving a new dimension to these usual reviled creatures. "T
hey are normally presented as predators or portrayed as villains," explains director Robert Quilao. "We created a new twist to these characters by transforming the scary manananggal into the friendly manananggol (defender) who acts as the guardian of Elementalia."

"Dayo" is a hybrid product of combining 2D and 3D animation, powered by Toon Boom using Macintosh and Linux platforms. 2D animation is used for the characters while 3D animation is used for the backgrounds especially for the big scenes.

Synopsis: "Dayo" is a heartwarming story of overcoming one's fear and triumphing over adversity. It centers on the 11-year-old Bubuy (voiced by Nash Aguas) who is out to save his abducted grandparents in the land of Elementalia, a magical and mystical world that houses many of the Philippines' mythical creatures and other enchanted elements. Along the way, Bubuy meets Anna Manananggirl (voiced by Katrina Legaspi), a teen manananggal (a winged creature that can separate her torso from her lower body) who befriends and helps Bubuy in his quest to rescue his grandparents.

Starring: Johnny Delgado, Katrina Michelle Legaspi, Laurice Guillen, Michael V., Nash Aguas, Noel Trinidad, Nova Villa, Pokwang .

Directed by: Robert Quilao

Showing: December 25, 2008

Desperadas 2 - 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

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A continuation of the story of four women with the same mother of different fathers - Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, and Marian Rivera — with the addition of a fifth cast, Ogie Alcasid as their other half-sister.

Desperadas 2 is produced by Regal Films and directed by Joel Lamangan.

Showing in more than 100 theaters nationwide on December 25, 2008.

Shake, Rattle and Roll X - 2008 Metro Manila Fim Festival Entry

Shake, Rattle & Roll X is Regal Entertainment's official entery to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival and the tenth installment of the Shake, Rattle & Roll film series.



Nieves (Marian Rivera) is the town’s famous and lone Engkanto Slayer. When strange and unexplainable attacks began to strike the whole town, Nieves, teams up with her slayer in trainings: Junie (Robert "Buboy" Villar) and Kaysee (Jennica Garcia) to save the townsfolk from extinction.


Ten college students spend the weekend at their school to prepare an exhibit in exchange for lifting the suspension of their organization. But instead of getting busied with paper maches, and presentation, they find themselves haunted by the awakened spirit of a demented nun, Sr. Maria Belonia (Jean Garcia), who has put a curse on a class picture of her section in 1898.


When an obscure hospital becomes the target of wrathful blood hungry creatures (Mylene Dizon and Wendell Ramos), Jay (JC De Vera) the paramedic and his beloved Dr. Sarah (Roxanne Guinoo) must struggle together with other hospital residents to save their precious lives.



Marian Rivera as Nieves
Jennica Garcia as Kaysee
Robert "Buboy" Villar as Junie
Diana Zubiri as Acacia
Luis Alandy as Dario
Marco Alcaraz as Celso
Jojit Lorenzo as Adonis
Desiree del Valle as Stacy
Iwa Moto as Hasmin
Chariz Solomon as Wai Lana


Kim Chiu as Joy
Gerald Anderson as Lui
Jean Garcia as Sister Maria Belonia
Andrea Torres as Issa
Stef Prescott as Pam
IC Mendoza as Pinky
Prince Stefan as Greg
Erich Gonzales as Anna
Niña Jose as Nicole
Eda Nolan as Blue
Charles Christiansen as Bojovi
Jeoff Monzon as Bugoy


JC de Vera as Jay
Roxanne Guinoo as Dr. Sarah
Mylene Dizon as Aswang Wife
Wendell Ramos as Aswang Husband
John Lapus as Julius
Eri Neeman as Ehrick
Janus del Prado as Dennis
Denise Laurel as Emily
Diane Medina as Dr. Sarah's Friend
Regine Angeles as Claire
Jamilla Obispo as Nicole

Directed by: Michael Tuviera and Topel Lee

Showing: December 25, 2008

Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat - 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

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Sequel to the original movie, Ang Tanging Ina, Ai-Ai Dela Alas stars once again in this hilarious comedy movie now titled "Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat".

Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat is Star Cinema's official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. This time, Ina, with her full grown kids is up to becoming the president of the Philippines.

Starring Ai-Ai de las Alas as Ina, Eugene Domingo as Rowena, Nikki Valdez as Tudis, Carlo Aquino as Dimitri/Tri, Paula Peralejo as Portia/Por, Alwyn Uytingco as Tirso/Pip, Shaina Magdayao as Severina/Seven, Serena Dalrymple as Cate, Jiro Manio as Shammy, Yuki Kadooka as Ten-ten, Dennis Padilla as Eddie, John Prats as Jeffrey, Pinky Amador as Gretchen’s Mom
Mandy Ochoa as Gretchen’s Dad, Angelica Panganiban as Gretchen, and Ricci Chan.

Directed by Wenn Deramas, the movie is showing on December 25, 2008.

Iskul Bukol - 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

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Synopsis: Twenty years after, Vic Ungasis is now an excellent History professor at Wanbol University and has also successfully ventured in the field of archeology. Natagpuan niya ang Kali of Humabon na siyang nagbukas ng mystery, at hinahanap naman niya ang Kampilan ni Lapu-Lapu at gusto niyang mai-display na magkasama ang dalawang war relics. Ang Kampilan ay nasa pag-aari ni Shimata, a wealthy Japanese national whose main interest is the Peseta, na kasama ng Kampilan. Sinasabing ang Peseta ay isa na lamang sa natitirang 30 pieces of Judas' silver which will give immortality sa sinumang makakakuha nito. Unfortunately, nawawala ang Peseta nang makuha ni Vic ang Kampilan sa kailaliman ng tubig.

May nakasulat sa Kampilan at sa Kali na nagtuturo kung saan matatagpuan ang Peseta. Ninakaw ni Shimata ang Kali, pero hindi naman niya maintindihan kung ano ang nakasulat sa Kali. Nagpunta si Vic for a speaking engagement in Cambodia, madi-discover niya ang sekreto na kakabit ng mystery, nang makilala niya ang uncle and nephew na sina Samnang at Woog na hina-hunting ng mga tauhan ni Shimata. May kinalaman kaya ang paghahanap sa kanila sa Alibata inscription na nasa puwit ni Woog na kapareho ng inscription sa ninakaw na Kali? At bakit nagtatago rin sina Tito at Joey kay Shimata? At paano mai-involved ang buong barkada sa exciting but dangerous search for the all-powerful Peseta?

The title has been changed to "Escalera and Ungasis: 20 Years After," which will chronicle the events that transpired in the two decades since the TV series, when the Escalera brothers and Ungasis graduated from Wanbol University.

Mely Tagasa agreed to reprise her role as Miss Tapia and so did Anthony Roquel as Tonette Macho.

The role of Mang Temy however may be retired as a tribute to cast member Bing Angeles
who passed away in 2001.

The movie's title was changed again to "Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After" in order to gain strong audience recall, owing its large fanbase of people who grew up in the '70s and '80s watching the TV show.

Main Characters:

Tito Escalera (Tito Sotto) - One half of the Escalera brothers, who plots harebrained schemes in every episode.

Joey Escalera (Joey De Leon) - The other Escalera sibling. Miss Tapia has a crush on him.

Vic Ungasis (Vic Sotto) - the good-looking and smart teacher's pet with a chick-magnet personality. The Escaleras often pick on him during class.

Miss Tapia (Mely Tagasa) - Wanbol University's resident professor who often gets on the Escalera brothers' nerves.

Mang Temi (Bing Angeles) - the dark-complexioned operator of the university's cafeteria. His name is a play on the Filipino word "itim" (black or dark), rearranged the 70's Filipino way, "Tim-i" or "Tem-i," in the same manner as words in the vernacular are rearranged. Example: bath = ligo = go-li.

Tonette Macho (Anthony Roquel) - the gay student who plays as bestfriend of the fairest girl in class. He is also the nemesis of the Escalera Brothers.

Inang (Dely Atay-Atayan) - Vic's mother from the town of Tiaong, Quezon. Famous for her term of endearment "Bunsooyy!" whenever addressing Vic. The root word "bunso" is Tagalog for youngest child.

Joey Anson (Joey Albert) - a student whom Vic likes.

Redford White (Redford) - Mang Temi's houseboy

With special guest appearances of Sharon Cuneta,Ryan Agoncillo,Robert Villar,Carlene Aguilar, Francine Prieto, Gian Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto, Keempee de Leon, Ciara Sotto, EB Babes, Benjie Paras, Jose Manalo, andJacky Woo

Iskul Bukol: 20 Year After is an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival and is showing on December 25, 2008.

Baler - 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry

Baler is the upcoming official entry of Viva Films in the upcoming 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. The movie features the first team-up of Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis.

Synopsis: Baler is a tale of an overwhelming love of a young Filipina named Feliza Reyes (Anne Curtis) and Celso Resurrecion (Jericho Rosales), a Spanish-Filipino soldier, set in the backdrop of 1898 wartime action between a 57-man Rifle Batallion of the Spanish military and the Filipino forces, more popularly known as the Seige of Baler.

Feliza is the beautiful daughter of Nanding (Phillip Salvador), who’s a member of therebel movement. This is the very reason why she and Celso have to keep their love a secret.

Nanding, whose primary goal is to completely wipe out the Spanish soldiers stationed in the town of Baler, can never accept Celso, a half- Indio, half Spanish soldier who chooses to serve the enemies more than the Filipino insurgents who are struggling and fighting for their independence, their freedom.

Feliza is in love with the man her father despises but who and what could stop the two young people who are madly in love with each other?

While we are drawn to the endearing story of a classic love that knows no time, place and race, we are also glided into the historic past to take a peek on what transpired inside the walls of the church of Baler where the last Spanish contingent (who are not aware that the war had actually ended), heroically defended Baler against the Filipino forces for 337 long and grueling days.

While Baler is a story of conflict, betrayal, suffering, self-preservation, selfishness,obstinacy, and self-interest, it is also a story of heroism, courage, love of freedom, patriotism,endurance, chivalry, humanity and above all, it also tells about a noble story of love in time of war--- the story of Feliza and Celso.

The movie also stars Phillip Salvador, Baron Geisler, Bernard Palanca, Carlo Aquino, Niki Bacolod, DJ Durano, Joel Torre, Mark Bautista, Michael de Mesa, and Ryan Eigenmann.

Baler is showing on Christmas day.

Karylle is Bench Body New Image Model

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Karylle is Single.

Karylle is Sexy.

Single is Sexy.

Yes, Karylle finally decided to go sexy, aw! And as part of her decision to change her image, she agreed to become a model for Bench Body, the underwear line of the famous clothing brand Bench. From a conservative singer, she will start be seen wearing only undergarments in Bench billboards and posters starting December 13, during the unveiling of her sexy billboard at TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.

Although Karylle refused to describe how sexy she will be on these promotional ads, she gave a slight idea on what she wore during her photo shoot.

"Iba-iba ang sinuot ko, e, may Mobo line din kasi. Mobo line is the one that made by London-based Filipino designer Lesley Mobo, who designs for Diesel.

"It was something that, you know, Bench presented na they want to get me to Bench Body. At first, hindi ko naisip na puwede ba akong mag-endorse ng underwear or something like that.

"Siyempre, kapag kaharap mo na si Mr. Ben Chan at feeling niya kaya mo 'yan, siyempre maniniwala ka naman. Maganda naman ang kinalabasan ng pictorial and I'm very happy about it."

Jewel Mische Covers UNO Magazine December 2008 Issue

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The equally controversial Kapuso actress Jewel Mische is UNO Magazine’s covergirl for December 2008.

Jewel Fatima Avejade Mische in real life was born on June 29, 1990 in Manila. She is Half-Pinay and Half-American. His father is of German-Spanish-American descent. Her breakthrough to showbiz was when she won the Ultimate Sweetheart title on GMA’s reality talent search Starstruck with Aljur Abrenica as Ultimate Hunk.

So what do you think of her sexy UNO pictorial, Ouch or Ayt?

JC Tiuseco is The First Pinoy Sole Survivor

After 39 days, 15 Tribal Councils, and 26 challenges, Survivor Philippines has finally chosen its first-ever Pinoy Sole Survivor — The 23 year-old basketball heartthrob John Carlo "JC" Tiuseco.

The announcement was made by host Paolo Bediones in a live telecast finals night held on December 12, at Studio 7 of GMA Network Studios.

JC beat co-finalist Robert Vincent "Rob" Sy and 16 other castaways, including the eight Jury members—Charisse Yacapin, Cris Cartagenas, Zita Ortiga, Kaye Alipio, Marlon Carmen, Vern Domingo, Kiko Rustia and Jace Flores.

JC got a total of 6 votes from the Jury and 1 vote (equivalent to 93 percent of the total number of text votes)from "Boto ng Bayan". While Rob got 2 votes from the Jury.

JC got home a total cash prize of three million pesos.

Didith Reyes is Dead

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50-year old former singer Didith Reyes was found dead this morning, December 10, at her friend's house in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Biñan, Laguna.

Based on GMA News report, Didith, or Helen Sta. Maria in real life, claimed three days ago that she was sideswiped by a vehicle, prompting a police investigation into her death.

The police report said that at the time she came to her friend's house, she already had bruises on her body. However, she said that the injuries were not serious.

Philippine National Police Region 4-A head Chief Superintendent Ricardo Padilla, told dzBB radio that he has already directed the police in Laguna to look into the possible cause of Didith's death.

"Kaninang 5 a.m. natagpuan siyang patay, ni-report sa barangay captain," he stated in the interview. "I directed already the provincial director and the provincial determine the cause of her death."

Didith, was a popular singer in the '70s. She popularized OPM songs, such as "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi," which was used in the Charito Solis's and Chanda Romero's movie with the same title. Her song "Hindi Kami Damong Ligaw" was also used in the 1976 movie of Marianne dela Riva. Her most popular song "Bakit Ako Mahihiya?" was adapted on the silver screen, which had verteran actors like Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez, and Alma Moreno in the cast.

Lea Salonga Sings "Lipad" - Dayo OST

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"I lend my voice and sing the theme song of Disney’s Aladin and Mulan. Why not do the same at Dayo?" this is how Lea Salonga describes how she feel about singing "Lipad" - the theme song of the all-digital-full-length animated film "Dayo".

"Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia" (Stranger in the World of Elementalia) or simply "Dayo" (stranger/guest) is an all-digital, full-length animated film entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Link: Lea Salonga - Lipad Music Video and Lyrics

Charisse Yacapin Voted Off "Survivor Philippines"; It's Rob Sy vs. JC Tiuseco For the Title of Pinoy Sole Survivor

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From 18 castaways, Survivor Philippines is now down to its Final 2—sales officer Rob Sy and college basketball player JC Tiuseco.

This scenario transpired when Rob voted off product officer Charisse Yacapin in tonight's Tribal Council. Rob was the only one who voted tonight after winning the last Immunity Challenge, another endurance challenge where the three remaining castaways had to hold on as long as they could to a platform that slides at a given time.

Technically, it was Rob's first win in the Immunity Challenge. The first time he wore the Immunity necklace was when JC gave it to him after choosing the reward—a brand-new car—instead. Aside from two individual Immunities, Rob also won two reward challenges.

Although JC is considered as the strongest player in the game, he actually won only one individual Immunity—after giving one Immunity to Rob—and two reward challenges.

By voting off Charisse, Rob chose to sit beside JC in the final Tribal Council, where the Jury gets to ask them any question that will help them decide who gets the P3-million cash prize and the title of the first-ever Pinoy Sole Survivor.

Charisse became the 16th person to be voted off and the 8th and final member of the Jury. The other members of the Jury are Cris Cartagenas, Zita Ortiga, Kaye Alipio, Marlon Carmen, Vern Domingo, Kiko Rustia, and Jace Flores.

Rob's decision to choose JC over Charisse came as a surprise since many think that he has a better chance of winning against Charisse, especially since many of the Jury members don't like him that much. But Rob stayed true to his alliance with JC and brought him to the final Tribal Council and a shot of winning Survivor Philippines.

Charisse, who won one individual Immunity, accepted her fate wholeheartedly and even wished Rob and JC good luck.

The winner of Survivor Philippines will be announced live this Friday, December 12.

Jose Sarasola is the Fourth Eliminated Participante of Pinoy Fear Factor

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22 year-old Jose Sarasola, the leader of the boy's group called "Pump Squad" lost his chance to be the first "El Ultimo Participante" of Pinoy Fear Factor: Argentina, South America after being beaten by co-"participantes" Jommy Teotico and LJ Moreno on the last stunt of "cuarta ronde de eliminacion" last Monday night, December 8.

Jose landed the farthest from the Pinoy Fear Factor logo after being dragged by a speeding vehicle along a "line of fire." He miscalculated and let go from the vehicle too late, causing him to go way past the target.

Surprisingly, LJ defeated the two guys of the "Pump Squad" by landing only 1 meter and 5 centimeters away from the logo; while Jommy and Jose landed 1 meter 50 centimeters, and 4 meters 30 centimeters, respectively.

In his final interview, Jose said he was disappointed with his fate in Pinoy Fear Factor, "I'm embarrassed because I'm supposed to stay being the leader of the ‘pump squad.'"

December 7 TV Ratings: Dream Match, The Lowest Pacman's Fight This Year

The delayed telecast of the Dream Match: Pacquiao vs Dela Hoya on GMA 7 last Sunday afternoon garnered 45.6% in Mega Manila, the lowest among Pacman’s 3 bouts this year.

Lethal Combination: Pacquiao vs Diaz is still the highest-rating among Pacman’s bouts this year with a record-breaking 63.8% last June 29. It was followed by Unfinished Business: Marquez vs Pacquiao II with 48.5% last March 16, 2008.

In the primetime race, the kapuso game show Family Feud: Celebrity Edition bested Kap’s Amazing Stories and Mel and Joey by garnering 29% last Sunday night. The Richard Gomez’s game show placed 6th last Friday night beating all kapamilya primetime programs.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs on December 7 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

December 7, Sunday

The Dream Match: Pacquiao-De La Hoya (GMA-7) - 45.6%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 17.1%
Enteng Kabisote 4 (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (ABS-CBN) - 14.3%
Kay Susan Tayo (GMA-7) - 11.2%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 8.3%
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 6.2%
ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) 4.8%

Family Feud: Celebrity Edition (GMA-7) - 29%
Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 27.2%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 25.9%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 24.4%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 23.1%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 21.3%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%
Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 15.3%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 13.9%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 13.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines thru PEP

One True Love Hits Php60.48 Million on its 3rd Week - Now Rank No. 11 Movie of 2008

GMA Films and Regal Entertainment's One True Love hits Php60.48 million on its 3rd week.
The Marian Rivera-Dingdong Dantes starrer is now at no. 11 highest grossing film of 2008. But it needs Php6.5 million on its 4th and 5th week to penetrate the Top 10.

Here is our updated list of the 10 Highest-Grossing Pinoy Films for 2008 (so far):

1. A VERY SPECIAL LOVE - P179.23 million
(Star Cinema/Viva Films)

2. CAREGIVER - P139.54 million
(Star Cinema)

3. FOR THE FIRST TIME - P134.7 million
(Star Cinema)

(GMA Films/Regal Films)

5. DOBOL TROBOL GET REDI 2 RAMBOL - P90.51 million
(Octoarts Films)

6. WHEN LOVE BEGINS - P89.38 million
(Star Cinema/Viva Films)

7. MY ONLY U - P79.18 million
(Star Cinema)

8. MAG-INGAT KA SA KULAM - P76.6 million
(Regal Films)

9. MY BIG LOVE - P68 million
(Star Cinema)

10. SUPAHPAPALICIOUS - P66.98 million
(Star Cinema)
11. ONE TRUE LOVE - P60.48 million *
(GMA Films/Regal Films)

* not yet final, still screening in theaters

Marky Cielo is Dead (Burial Update)

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A heartbreaking "StarStruck" reunion at Marky Cielo's Wake
Dinno Erece, PEP

StarStruck is now less than one, literally and figuratively, dahil sa pagpanaw ni Marky Cielo, the third Ultimate Male Survivor and the first and only Ultimate Sole Survivor.

Sa St. Peter Memorial Chapel sa Antipolo dinala ang mga labi ni Marky. Si Rommel Gacho, ang tinatawag na "tatay" ng mga taga-StarStruck, ang naging punong-abala sa pag-ayos ng katawan ng binata.

Marky's wake was the most heartbreaking StarStruck reunion ever.

Pagdating namin ng bandang alas-onse ng gabi, hindi pa nailalagak si Marky sa kanyang kabaong kung kaya't naghihintay nang tahimik sa loob ng saradong memorial chapel ang mga kaibigan at kamag-anak niya. Kailangang isara ang St. Peter Memorial Chapel dahil sa labas pa lang, puno na ng tao ang kalye at naghihintay ng mga magsisidatingang artista.

Parang walang namatay para sa mga nandoon at nagmistulang fiesta para sa kanila na kapag may dumarating ay nagsisigawang artista. Kasabay naming dumating sina Rainier Castillo (StarStruck Batch 1 First Prince) at ang GMA Artist Center handler na si Daryl Zamora. Ka-convoy namin si Ryza Cenon (StarStruck 2 Ultimate Female Survivor) na kasama naman ang ilang staff ng GMA-7. Halos hindi nakapasok sina Ryza at Rainier sa memorial chapel dahil kinuyog agad sila ng mga taong nagnanais makakita ng artista.

Maaga pa lang daw, nandoon na sina Aljur Abrenica (StarStruck 4 Ultimate Hunk) at ang ka-batch ni Marky na sina Iwa Moto at Gian Carlos (First Princess and Prince). Naabutan namin sa chapel sina LJ Reyes, Vaness del Moral, at Arci Muñoz ng Batch 2; sina Chariz Solomon, Mart Escudero, Prince Stefan, at Jan Manual ng Batch 4; at ang StarStruck Ultimate Female Survivor counterpart ni Marky na si Jackie Rice.

Nandoon din sina Jennica Garcia, Tess Bomb, at Nanding Josef. Sumunod naman ang head ng GMA Artist Center na si Yda Henares at si Lou Gopez, na pareho nang nakaitim.

Nang nakapili na ng kabaong para kay Marky, pinauna na ang mga artista sa bahay ni Marky sa sa Sta. Isabel sa Mission Hills (subdivision ito within a subdivision) para hindi lalo magkagulo ang mga tao.

Nagkaroon naman ng maliit na aberya sa gate ng Mission Hills dahil walang pinapapasok na sasakyan kung kaya't nagmistulang traffic ang entrance ng subdivision. Biglaan daw kasi ang desisyon ng ina ni Marky na si Mrs. Mildred Cielo na sa bahay na lang nila iburol ang anak. Ito ang bahay na napanalunan ni Marky bilang Ultimate Sole Survivor sa StarStruck. Una raw, hindi pumayag ang homeowner ng subdivision ngunit dahil sa awa sa ina, pinayagan na rin sila.

Hindi nga lang nagkaayos sa entrance ng pagkarami-raming sasakyan kung kaya't hinintay muna ng mga guwardiya ang go signal para papasukin ang napakaraming sasakyan.

Isa lang ang naging request ng mga homeowners: limitahan ang media. Napagkasunduan na isa lang munang TV crew ang darating doon—ang Startalk. Kung may papasok mang ibang camera, lalabas muna ang staff ng Startalk para makapasok ang pangalawa.

Nandoon na sa bahay nina Marky ang ilan pang artista sa pangunguna nina JC de Vera at Rhian Ramos, na co-stars ng yumaong aktor sa La Lola. Nasa paligid din ang mga nagsisiiyakang sina Yasmien Kurdi (StarStruck 1 Ultimate Female Survivor) at Kris Bernal (StarStruck 4 Ultimate Loveteam, with Mart Escudero).

Dumating naman ang talent manager na si Leo Dominguez at ang kanyang alaga at ka-partner ni Marky sa La Lola na si Lovi Poe, na namumugto na rin ang mga mata kasama ang baguhang singer na si Chris Cayzer. Kasama nila ang isa pang manager na si Manny Valera.

Sumunod na rin si Mike Tan (StarStruck 2 Ultimate Male Survivor), na sa una ay nagpipigil pa ng luha; ang makapatid na Ehra at Michelle Madrigal; at Survivor Philippines castaway Jace Flores.

Sa mga taga-GMA-7, nangunguna si Ms. Lilybeth Rasonable; ang head ng creative na si Jun Lana; ang mga naging executive producers at associate producers ni Marky tulad nina Helen Sese, Edlyn Tallada, Michelle Borja, at Nieva Sabit. Isa pa sa humabol ay si Jenny Donato ng GMA Artist Center na nanggaling pa sa Dasmariñas Cavite para sa isang show roon ng kinatampukan ng ilang Kapuso stars.

Maganda, maayos, ngunit maliit ang bahay nina Marky. Sa sala inilagak ang kabaong na diretso sa pinto kung kaya't hindi puwedeng magsabay-sabay ang papasok. Sa dami ng naghihintay sa pagdating ng mga labi ni Marky, kahit kalahati nito, hindi makakapasok sa bahay nang sabay-sabay.

Alas-dos ng madaling-araw, December 8, na dumating ang karwaheng kinalalagyan ng kabaong ni Marky. Puting-puti ito na may silver at gold trimmings sa mga handle. Inayos muna muli ni Rommel Gacho si Marky bago binuksan ang pinto. Nagpahabol pa ng isang rosary ang ina ni Marky na inilagay sa kaliwang kamay nito.

Maayos ang pagkaka-make-up ng mga labi ni Marky. Suot niya ang kanyang suit na ginamit noon sa grand finals ng kanyang StarStruck season. Kapansin-pansing napakataas ng saradong kuwelyo ni Marky na takip ang kanyang leeg.

Ang unang grupong artista na pumasok sa bahay ay sina Rainier, Mike, at Ryza. Dito, hindi na napigilan ni Mike ang umiyak nang todo. Isa sa closest friend ni Marky si Mike na kasamahan din sa Station 168, ang Internet shop sa Tomas Morato kung saan sila regular na naglalaro ng online games. Sa iyak ni Mike, nagsimula na ring humagulgol ang mga nakapilang artista hindi pa man nila nakikita si Marky.

Halos wala nang iluha si LJ, na sa funeral parlor pa lang ay napansin na naming mugtong-mugto na ang mata at naduduwal na.

Sa pagpasok nina Jennica at Mart, si Mart naman ang humagulgol nang todo. Isa pang malapit kay Marky si Mart at nakakasama rin sa Station 168.

Malalakas ang naging iyak nina Kris, Lovi, at Yasmien, mga nakatambal ni Marky sa mga ginawa nitong projects para sa GMA-7.

Kahit sa paglabas nila, hindi mapiligan ang pag-iyak nina Mike, Mart, at Kris. Inilayo muna ni Rainier si Mike. Si Kris, yumakap na lang sa kanyang ina habang humahagulgol. Si Mart naman ay niyakap ang kasintahang si Jennica.

Walang pumapasok na artista sa bahay na tuyo pa ang mga mata na hindi lalabas nang hindi umiiyak. Si JC, minabuti na lang lumayo muna kasama ng dalawang EP na sina Edlyn at Helen dahil hindi raw nila makayanan.

Hanggang sa isinusulat namin ito, hindi pa makapagdesisyon ang ina ni Marky kung ilang araw ibuburol sa bahay ang anak bago ito ilipad sa Bontoc, Mountain Province. Ang sabi, dalawang araw lang daw ito sa bahay ngunit baka raw mag-tatlo at sa Miyerkules, December 10, na ito dalhin sa probinsiya para doon ilibing.

May ilang StarStruck graduates na ring nangibang-bakod ng TV network, pero si Marky ang kauna-unahang namaalam nang tuluyan.

Marky Cielo is Dead

Posted by JED on Sunday, December 7, 2008 , under , , | comments (14)

And now the sad news...

Kapuso young actor Marky Cielo died at dawn today, according to a confirmed report. Doctors are still investigating the cause of Marky's death, but an acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis is also being considered.

An initial report says that Marky died in his sleep. His mother went up to his room in their house in Antipolo City around 6 a.m. to wake him up for a charity event. But he never woke up.

According to Marky's father, Mr. Bobby Cielo, Marky's mother and sister Marcel Andrea knocked down Marky's door when no answer came from him. They found Marky lying on the floor.

They immediately rushed Marky to the Antipolo Doctors Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival at around 10 a.m. today.

Marky was a product of GMA-7's StarStruck Batch 3, where he won as the Ultimate Sole Survivor. He was the first Igorot to join the popular reality-based artista search. Among his batchmates were Iwa Moto, Jackie Rice, and Gian Carlo.

After winning in StarStruck, he appeared in several GMA-7 shows which included Encantadia, Fantastikids, Bakekang, Asian Treasures, Boys Next Door, Kaputol ng Isang Awit, and Codename: Asero. But he was best known as Zaido Green in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.

He was also a mainstay of the musical-variety show SOP and in the primetime series La Lola.

Marky's remains lies at their house in Mission Hills, Antipolo, where a wake will be held for two days. After this, Marky's family plans to bring the young actor's remains to Bontoc, Mountain Province, where he grew up.

Marky was 20 years old.

May your soul rest in peace, Marky+

Karylle Sings Lupang Hinirang on Pacquiao - Dela Hoya Fight

See and hear Karylle Tatlonghari singing the Philippine National Anthem on the Manny Pacquiao - Oscar Dela Hoya "The Dream Match" fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 6.

So, what do you think of Karylle's performance?

Video courtesy of bystander4lyf via youtube

Manny Pacquiao Wins Over Oscar Dela Hoya After 8th Round

LAS VEGAS – Round-by-round coverage of pound-for-pound kingpin Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight victory over Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao won via TKO when De La Hoya couldn’t answer the bell for the ninth round.

De La Hoya closed as a 2-1 favorite. De La Hoya is minus-200 and Pacquiao is plus-170. The over-under is 9½ rounds. Pacquiao comes out with a slight weight advantage tonight. On the unofficial HBO scales, he weighed 148½ and De La Hoya was 147. De La Hoya is the aggressor early, but nothing lands in the first minute. Straight left from Pacquiao and then a combination from Pacquiao connects. Lead left by Pacquiao. Right to the body by Oscar. Manny misses a big hook. Straight left by Pacquiao. Combination to the head by De La Hoya backs Pacquiao up. Right by Oscar connects. Straight left by Manny.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Lead right by De La Hoya and a right hook from Pacquiao. Double jab by De La Hoya. Pacquiao is circling away. Combination from Oscar but doesn’t land flush. Combination to the body by De La Hoya. Right-left from Pacquiao. De La Hoya’s face is reddened from the punches. Pacquiao left lands and then an uppercut. Lead left by Pacquiao keeps getting through. Difference in hand speed is stark. Hard jab and then a left by Pacquiao. Lead left by Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao.

Lead left from Pacquiao to open the round connects. De La Hoya has to stop that. De La Hoya is doing nothing offensively in first minute of round. Pacquiao flicks a jab that is short. Right to the head and left to the body from De La Hoya. Lead left again by Pacquiao. Left to the body from Pacquiao. Oscar seems befuddled. Right hook to the body from Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

De La Hoya connects with a jab, but first 30 seconds of round are very slow. They’re circling but not throwing much. Pacquiao lands a right hook. Triple jab from Pacquiao. Combination from Pacquiao backs De La Hoya up. The way this is going, it wouldn’t be a shock if De La Hoya were to quit on the stool at some point. He’s taking a tremendous amount of punishment. Body shot by Oscar lands and then two lefts. Oscar’s left eye is closing. He looks like a beaten, old and shot fighter.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Nothing happens in first minute of round. Pacquiao lands left to body and a left to the cheek. They trade in the corner and Pacquiao gets the best of it. Straight left from Pacquiao lands. Hard straight left by Pacquiao snaps Oscar’s head back. De La Hoya’s left eye is a mess. Right by Pacquiao lands on that eye. This may be stopped soon by the corner.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Lead right by De La Hoya lands to open the round. Pacquiao rakes De La Hoya with a three-punch combination. Double jab by Manny. Pacquiao batters De La Hoya into the corner. He’s pinned on the ropes and Pacquiao is firing away. Fight is close to ending. Pacquiao is hitting De La Hoya hard with everything he throws. Oscar is in big, big trouble. Left to the body by Pacquiao hurts Oscar. Oscar has never been beaten like this in any of his 44 previous fights. Pacquiao is overwhelming him.
Iole scores it 10-8, Pacquiao

Pacquiao goes to the body and is warned by referee Tony Weeks to keep them up. Lead right by Oscar connects. Combination by Pacquiao pins Oscar in the corner. Lead left by Pacquiao buzzes De La Hoya. Combination wobbles him in the corner. Double jab by Pacquiao. Combination by Pacquiao lands. De La Hoya goes to the body. Four-punch combination by Pacquiao lands and hurts Oscar.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

Fight is stopped just as the round is set to begin. Manny Pacquiao is the winner. Official time is 3:00 of the eighth.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports

Pacquiao - De La Hoya Fight Result

This may not be the year of the upset in the sweet science, but it has been a year of upsets. Margarito over Cotto, Hopkins over Pavlik, Calzaghe over Jones, Dawson over Tarver, Quintana over Williams, Williams over Quintana, Mora over Forrest, Forrest over Mora, Phillips over Spinks, Clottey over Judah, Bradley over Witter, Caballero over Molitor, Ruiz over Bautista, Prescott over Khan, Latimore over Powell, Vera over Lee…the favorite has been dumped arse over teakettle repeatedly this year, making for some entertaining climaxes, and decent buzz for a sport that hasn’t grown more than a smattering of new fans in a decade.

On Saturday night, if l’il Manny Pacquaio, who will be outweighed by a good dozen pounds when the bell rings at the MGM Grand, manages to take out Oscar De La Hoya, his upset win would surpass all others in the Boxing Year 2008. Is this likely? Pundits, and vocal share of derisive fight fans, think Oscar will win handily. Too big, too strong, too much reach and height for The Golden Boy. TSS has been surprised at the vehemence of fans writing in, wondering why this “Dream” match has been made, or more accurately, skewering the bout as nothing more than a cynical cash grab by the promoters and participants. They see it as a novelty pairing, something along the lines of an Evil Knievel bus jump.

But what if Pacquaio (47-3-2, 35 KOs, enjoying an eight fight win streak) manages to make Oscar (39-5, 30 KOs, 3-3 in his last six outings, 2-3 if you give Sturm the nod in their 2004 tussle) look every hour of his 35 ¾ years, and uses his handspeed edge to do the unthinkable?

What if that weight disparity is erased by a motivation edge? Manny does after all have a nation of 90 million at his back, lifting him up, serving as a catalyst to endure when the larger man’s left hooks are banging off his skull, rattling him, and making him yearn for the relative comfort of the lightweight division.

What if his southpaw stance throws Oscar off his game; that’s not a spectacular reach, since the last time ODLH met a lefty in a real scrap was back in 1997 (Hector Camacho).

Click here to read how Team TSS sees the Saturday beef playing out.

Source: THE PREDICTION PAGE By Michael Woods

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