Marian Rivera in Natasha Beauty Commercial

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Natasha Beauty - the newest make-up product of Philippine-made beauty brand Natasha, introduces Marian Rivera as their product endorser.

The "Beauty to the Next Level" television commercial of Natasha Beauty was first seen during the Binibining Pilipinas 2009 pageant night where the said brand was one of the major sponsors.

Incidentally, another Kapuso star, Rich Asuncion (Richell Angalot in real life) won the Binibining Pilipinas special award for Natasha Beauty. Rich won 50,000 pesos worth of Natasha Beauty products and 100,000 pesos cash prize.

Wowowee Resolves Complaint of "Bigtime Pera O Bayong" Winner Nena Santos

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ABS-CBN has released an official statement through its Corporate Communications department, about the complaint of Mrs. Nena Santos - Wowowee's Bigtime Pera O Bayong Winner. (Read related story here).

Here is ABS-CBN's official statement:

"To date, issues raised by Mrs. Nena Santos, winner of a house & lot in Wowowee's "Bigtime Pera O Bayong" have been clarified and resolved.

"In the March 3, 2009 episode of Wowowee, Mrs. Santos went on air and Willie apologized for the delay in the turnover of her house and lot caused by miscommunication. Willie personally promised Mrs. Santos that the house will be fully furnished.

"On air, Mrs. Santos expressed her gratitude to Wowowee and Globe Asiatique for the help extended."

UPLB Reacted on Angel Locsin's Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode

University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) issued an official statement questioning Angel Locsin's episode on Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) last February 28, 2009.

In the "Blusa" episode of MMK, Angel portrayed a girl who is supposedly a summa cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Her character had difficulty looking for a job so she resorted to being a night club dancer. Due to various problems, she lost her mind and became a vagrant (taong grasa).

Prof. Ma. Stella Tirol, Office of Public Relations Director of UP Los Baños, sent the official statement of UPLB regarding the said "Blusa" episode. It stated that UPLB does not have an alumna that matches the life story presented by the drama anthology show of ABS-CBN.

Through its statement, UPLB officials are asking ABS-CBN to set the record straight since the said MMK episode "affected the reputation of UPLB as an educational institution."

Here is the complete letter of UPLB (published as is):

"Our attention has been called by constituents and alumni to an episode featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya entitled Blusa, which was aired on ABS-CBN on Feb. 28 and on TFC recently. Our constituents and alumni were concerned whether the episode was based on truth.

The story was of a woman who allegedly graduated BS AgriBusiness, summa cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Los Baños or UPLB, who could not find a job, and ended up a stripper. We tried to find out who the subject was by tracking all 27 of our summa cum laude graduates from the time the University was established in 1909. We could not find anyone matching the subject as portrayed in Blusa.

Whether or not the subject was a UPLB graduate, we deeply sympathize with her and her family. However, in the interest of maintaining its reputation as a truthful storyteller, the MMK should have a mechanism to validate claims by letter senders especially those that require a stretch of imagination as to be believed.

While indeed touching and a perfect example of a human-interest story, Blusa regrettably affected the reputation of UPLB as an educational institution and its constituents and alumni. We therefore request ABS-CBN to set the record straight and correct the wrong impression that it created among its viewers. We also make an appeal to producers of similar programs to be more prudent in reporting stories with claims that would affect the reputation not only of a school but also of its alumni in the Philippines and abroad."

Sandra Inez Surravilla Seifert Disqualified from Bb. Pilipinas 2009

Candidate No. 13, Sandra Inez Surravilla Seifert (24, 5’9”, 35-24-35) has been disqualified from Binibining Pilipinas 2009 competition for appearing in FHM, a sexy men’s magazine.

Sandra is a top model and a former co-host of German Moreno in his Saturday late night show "Walang Tulugan", she is a registered nurse having graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York and was adjudged Elite Model Philippines first runner-up in 1998. She competed in the Elite Model Look finals in France.

Jasmine Murray, Matt Giraud, Megan Corkery and Anoop Desai Complete American Idol Season 8 Top 13

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Yes, you read it right. American Idol Season 8 will have, not just 12 but 13 finalist.

On the wildcard night, American Idol judge Simon Cowell announces that due to the overwhelming talents of America this year, they've decided to put 13 hopefuls compete for the title.

And to complete the Top 13 are:

Jasmine Murray who sang Reflection by Christina Aguilera

Matt Giraud who sang Who’s Loving You by Jackson 5

Megan Joy Corkery who sang Black Horse and a Cherry Tree

Anoop Desai who sang My Perogative

The American Idol Season 8 Top 13 are:

Alexis Grace
Michael Sarver
Danny Gokey
Allison Iraheta
Kris Allen
Adam Lambert
Lil Rounds
Scott MacIntyre
Jorge Nunez
Jasmine Murray
Megan Corkrey
Matt Giraud
Anoop Desai

Francis Magalona is Dead; (Video) Vic Sotto Announces Francis M's Demise

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Philippine's Master Rapper-TV host Francis Magalona has succumbed to leukemia at the Medical City in Mandaluyong City on Friday, March 6. He was 44.

Francis, or better known as FrancisM, was credited as being the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to successfully crossover to the mainstream. He is also popularly known as the "King of Pinoy Rap". One of his biggest hits is the nationalistic rap-song "Mga Kababayan" from his rap album "Yo!" in 1990.

Francis Magalona is the son of late Philippine movie screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. He was married to Pia Arroyo, they have eight children: Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and actresses Maxene and Saab.

Watch Vic Sotto's announcement of Francis M's demise below:

May your soul rest in peace, Francis M.+

Marian Rivera Covers Cosmopolitan Philippines March 2009 Issue

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Just like Karylle in Marie Claire and Lucy Torres-Gomez in Preview, Marian Rivera is also wearing a swimsuit in the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine March 2009 issue.

Marian posed in a bikini for the very first time and it’s not for FHM where she’s named the sexiest in the land but for Cosmopolitan Magazine. And yes, this month's cover depicts a Marian that is fun, fearless, and a two-piece bikini.

See more of Marian's first-ever cover shoot in a bikini in the March issue of Cosmopolitan, available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

Lucy Torres-Gomez Covers Preview Magazine March 2009 Issue

Short-haired Lucy Torres-Gomez sizzles hot as she wears a Louis Vuitton swimwear in the cover of Preview Magazine's latest issue.

Lucy admitted that she had second thought posing infront of a camera wearing only a single piece of cloth.

This is also her first time sporting a short hair-do. But with the help of stylist Ziggy Hermosura, the Rihanna-inspired hairstyle gave her a younger and edgier look.

Aside from the swimsuits, Lucy also showcases the spring-summer 2009 collection of Louis Vuitton which were specially flown for the pictorial.

Preview magazine summer issue features 135 hottest swimsuits this season. Also in the pages are Rafe’s spring-summer collection, the ultimate beauty kit, new designer watches, and fashion savvy ideas for homes.

Preview March 2009 Summer Edition is now available at all magazine stands nationwide.

Karylle Covers Marie Claire Magazine March 2009 Issue

In the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine, Karylle once more demonstrates that being single is sexy.

Karylle shares with Marie Claire how she came to terms with her parents’ separation first before she dealt with her own separation from her boyfriend of three years, Dingdong Dantes.

For Karylle, the break-up opened a new window for her. She might have lost a boyfriend but she gained career opportunities afterwards.

After the break-up, Karylle became an endorser of Bench Body with the tagline: Single is Sexy. She also transferred to the Kapamilya network and became one of the regulars of the ABS-CBN Sunday musical variety show ASAP. Last week, She also released her third studio album entitled "Song of My Life" under Star Records.

Acting-wise, she starred opposite Christian Bautista in one of the episodes of Your Song Presents: Feb-ibig. She is also set to appear in the upcoming tv series on ABS-CBN like Maruja with Kristine Hermosa, Lovers in Paris with KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual, and the grandiose Princess Hours.

Kim Chiu Covers Seventeen Magazine March 2009 Issue

Kapamilya's prized possession and one of Philippine's hottest young actress, Kim Chiu, is on the cover of Seventeen Philippines March 2009 issue.

In this issue, Kim reveals her secrets for being the most successful young actress of her generation. She also shares how she overcome shyness and deal with nasty rumors.

Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Jorge Nuñez Make it to American Idol Season 8 "Top 12"; Wildcard Aspirants Announced

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The Top 3 additional idol hopefuls from Group 3 who will be part of 12 semi-finalists were named. They are:

Lil Rounds who sang Be Without You by Mary J. Blige

Scot MacIntyre who sang Mandolin Rain

Jorge Nuñez who sang Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John

Since 9 finalists were already chosen, 3 more slots is still available to complete the Top 12. And fighting for these remaining slots are 8 aspirants selected by the judges to compete in the wildcard round. They are:

1. Von Smith
2. Jasmine Murray
3. Ricky Braddy
4. Megan Corkrey
5. Tatiana Del Toro
6. Matt Giraud
7. Jesse Langseth
8. Anoop Desai

Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd Cover Vanity Fair

Barrel-clad Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Jason Segel take the April 2009 cover of Vanity Fair.

Also in the cover are Beverly Hills Chihuahua dog stars Chloe and Papi.

The four also does their own version of Scarlett Johansson, Tom Ford, and Keira Knightley's Vanity Fair Special Edition cover.

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Gretchen Barretto Releases New Album Titled "Complicated"; Owns a New Bus

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With the unexpected highly-successful market turned-out of her first recording album titled "Unexpected", which turned gold in just a couple of weeks after its released, Gretchen Barretto is back with her second album titled "Complicated".

Complicated has 14-tracks and is being produced by the great Pinoy music composer Louie Ocampo.

Why complicated?, "Because there is one song in the album titled complicated which is about forbidden feels right but it seems wrong." Gretchen explained.

Aside from the new recording album, Gretchen also revealed that she now owns a bus. Take a tour inside her bus by watching video below:

Jomari Yllana and Pops Fernandez Break-up Confirmed

The old saying "Some good things never last" is very true in the case of Jomari Yllana and Pops Fernandez. Yes, the May-December love affair of Jomari and Pops has finally come to an end.

Barely a month after Jomari produced "Missing You" - a reunion concert of Pops and her ex-husband Martin Nieverra, Jomari admitted that he and Pops had a serious talk and decided to put an end to their 3-years relationship.

No!” is his response when asked if there is a third party involved in the break-up.

See video interview of Jomari below:

"You Changed My Life" Earned 100 Million Pesos in Less Than a Week

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Star Cinema’s record-breaking movie “You Changed My Life” starring the box-office tandem of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo earned a record-breaking 27 million pesos last Saturday, February 28, to be on track of surpassing the 100 million pesos mark on its first week of screening.

On it’s first day of showing, the movie which received a "A" rating from Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), has earned an estimate of 18 million pesos according to Star Cinema Booking and Distribution Department. Although Star Cinema did not reveal the box-office outcome for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, showbiz observers are optimistic that the movie will hit 100 million pesos in box-office receipts come Monday.

Based from the public’s overwhelming response in theaters across the country last weekend, You Changed My Life is on track to surpass the earning of "A Very Special Love", the no. 1 movie of 2008. The first John Lloyd Cruz-Sarah Geronimo starrer has grossed a total of 180 million pesos in total receipt.

GMA-7 "Matinding Marso" Lineup of New Shows

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GMA Network announces their line-up of new programs, tv specials and movie this month dubbed as "Matinding Marso".

All About Eve - The Philippine version of the hit Korean tv series starring Iza Calzado, Richard Gomez, Sunshine Dizon, Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Alfred Vargas. Pilot episode on March 9, 2009 under the Telebabad block.

Zorro - The Philippine version of the Mexican legend starring Richard Gutierrez in the lead role. Pilot episode on March 23, 2009 under the Telebabad block.

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? - The first leading role of Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal in the top-rating Sine Novela of GMA. Pilot episode is on March 2, 2009 under Dramarama sa Hapon.

Chil Princesses - The newest Koreanovela starring Park In Hwan, Kim Hae Sook, Kim Hye Sun & Lee Tae Ran to hit the afternoon block. Pilot episode is on March 16, 2009 under the Dramarama sa Hapon block.

Gokusen 3 - GMA’s latest Japanese series starring Nakama Yukie and Matsumoto Jun. Pilot episode is on March 23, 2009 under the Dramarama sa Hapon block.

SRO Cinemaserye - Thursdays after Fated to Love You beginning on March 12, 2009.

OFW Diaries - GMA’s newest Public Affairs program hosted by Kara David. Pilot episode is on March 13, 2009 after Saksi.

Wow Hayop - An animal show under the Bilib Ka Ba Nights of GMA. Pilot episode is on March 18, 2009 after Fated to Love You.

Joey’s Quirky World - The newest outdoor game show from Japan replacing Takeshi’s Castle. Hosted by Joey de Leon every Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Cool Center - The newest kapuso program every Saturday night. Hosted by Eugene Domingo and Anjo Yllana. Pilot episode is on March 14, 2009 after Imbestigador.

Binibining Pilipinas 2009 - Coronation night on March 7, 2009 under the SNBO block.

Walang Pera - A GMA News and Public Affairs Special hosted by Mike Enriquez with a special participation of Marian Rivera. Showing on March 22, 2009 under the SNBO block.

Moymoy Palaboy Performs "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Laklak" From Their Album Uploaded

There is really no stopping the Pinoy youtube sensation Moymoy Palaboy!

After being one of the many artists included in the Dayo official movie soundtrack, brothers Rodfil and James have finally released their own album titled "Uploaded".

Moymoy Palaboy performed their first single titled "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Laklak" (a parody on Rodel Naval's "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin" and Teeth's "Laklak') during their album launched on SOP, Sunday afternoon. See video below:

Moymoy Palaboy's Uploaded album is being distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, and is now available at all record outlets nationwide.

Kapuso Tag Awards

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The hippest and the most stylish celebrity polling is on at the very first Kapuso Tag Awards!

Vote for your favorites so that they can be tagged as the very first Kapuso Fashionista, Kapuso Hottie, Kapuso Most Wanted, Best Smooch, Best Blooped, Best Twosome, and the Kapuso Female and Male Fan-Fave.

To vote, type SOPAWARDS [space] NUMBER OF YOUR FAVORITE and send to 4627.

Here are the partial list of nominees:

Kapuso Female Fan-Fave

36. Yasmien Kurdi
37. Jennylyn Mercado
38. Heart Evangelista
39. Rhian Ramos
40. Sunshine Dizon
41. Marian Rivera

Kapuso Male Fan-Fave

42. JC de Vera
43. Mark Herras
44. Dennis Trillo
45. Dingdong Dantes

Most Romantic Kapuso Smooch

23. Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera in Dyesebel
24. JC de Vera and Rhian Ramos in La Lola
25. Mark Anthony Fernandez and Regine Velasquez in Kim Sam Soon
26. Dennis Trillo and Katrina Halili in Magdusa Ka

Kapuso Female Hottie

12. Lovi Peo
13. Jennica Garcia
14. Sheena Halili
15. Kris Bernal

Kapuso Male Hottie

8. Aljur Abrenica
9. Paolo Avelino
10. Victor Aliwalas
11. Cris Kazer

Kapuso Blooper

27. Dingdantes in Dyesebel
28. Manny Pacquiao in Pinoy Records
29. Mark Anthony Fernandez in Kim Sam Soon
30. Jean Garcia in Gagambino
31. Diego in Bubble Gang

To help you decide better on your votes, see video below:

Vote now and get the chance to win one of ten Myphone TV21 Duo.

Sarah Geronimo, Enchong Dee, and JC de Vera are Bench Daily Scent Endorsers

Kapamilya stars Sarah Geronimo and Enchong Dee and Kapuso hunk actor JC de Vera bring us together the latest product of Philippine's number one clothing apparel - Bench.

Sarah, JC and Enchong are the endorsers of Bench Daily Scent cologne with six variants - Indian Summer, Nine to Mine, Lazy Afternoon, Sunday Morning, Spring Break, and Happy Hour.

Bench Daily Scent colognes are now available in all Bench stores here and abroad.

Watch the TV advertisement below:

Karylle Launches "Time For Letting Go" Album on ASAP '09

After 3 years of waiting and wanting, Karylle has finally released her new album under Polyeast Records.

Time For Letting Go has 11 tracks including the carrier single "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me" by Dianne Warren. Other 10 songs are as follows:

Almost Over You
Wala Na Ba Ang Lahat
The Best Of Me
Minamahal Kita
Hulog Ng Langit
Touch Me In the Morning
You've Made Me Stronger
Something New In My Life
Live For Your Love

Watch Karylle below as she performs I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me:

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