Pets Reduces Pet Allergies Risk According to Study

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Results of an eighteen year long study revealed that exposing children to pets at an earlier age might do more good than harm.

While popular belief holds that exposure to domesticated animals could kick off allergic reactions in young ones, research from the Detroit Childhood Allergy Study show that is just not the case.

In the study, published this Monday in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, researchers found that, for most of the childhood years, direct exposure to a dog or cat had little effect on later allergies. However, exposure lowered the risk for some children if they were exposed to a pet during their first year of life.

We think this is a critical window,” said study author Ganesa Wegienka, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Specifically, the study- comprised of 565 children followed from birth to age 18- found that infants exposed to a pet in the first year of life were only about half as likely to develop a significant amount of antibodies to dog or cat allergens, a process called allergic sensitization.

This research provides further evidence that experiences in the first year of life are associated with health status later in life, and that early life pet exposure does not put most children at risk of being sensitized to these animals later in life,” said Wegienka in a news release.

As the old adage says, timing is everything.

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Boardwalk Celebrates 20th Year Anniversary with "ONE BIG SHOW"

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True to what they describe as the biggest anniversary celebration ever to happen this year, Boardwalk's 20th anniversary celebration last night at the Araneta Coliseum provides an extravagant and amazingly impressive show to the delight of thousands of invited guests who witnessed the event.

Dubbed as "ONE BIG SHOW," the direct-selling company's well-known celebrity endorsers together with over 150 models and beauty queen stars walked the ramp showcasing Boardwalk's latest designs courtesy of some of the highly-regarded names in the fashion industry.

Hosted by Kristine Caballero, Patrick Moore and Borgy Manotoc, One Big Show started with a contemporary and futuristic dance numbers with an AVP background showing Boardwalk's company mission and vision and how it evolved into one of the fastest-growing entities in the field of direct-selling and multi-level marketing.

Boardwalk's Business Ambassador Kris Aquino also graced the event to formally open the event.

The show that lasted for about three hours features its showbiz endorsers Jean Garcia, Ryan Agoncillo, Cherry Pie Picache, Assunta De Rossi, Rich Asuncion, Bangs Garcia, Jake Cuenca, Derek Ramsay, Coco Martin and Julia Montes who all conquered the runway showcasing the brand's latest designs.

Billy Crawford, Rachelle Ann Go, Nikki Gil and Matteo Guidicelli treated the audience with their special dance and song performances.

Celebrities like Guji Lorenzana, David Chua, Victor Aliwalas, Justine Gabionza, Rich Herrera and Rich Hardin also walked the ramp.

Veteran supermodels, beauty queens and actresses like Patty Betita, Isabel Roces, Desiree Verdadero, Joyce Ann Burton, Gem Padilla, Alma Concepcion, Lyka Ugarte, Deborah Sun and Azenith Briones also proved that age is just a number when it comes to fashion when they walked the ramp to the delight of everyone in the venue.

One of the event's highlights is when the stage turned into a burlesque show with sexy models and dancers clad in an intimate undergarments.

Catch "Boardwalk: One Big Show" TV special to be aired soon on ABS-CBN Sunday's Best.

Cancer Death Rate Much Higher to Least Educated

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ATLANTA (AP) – The gap in cancer death rates between college graduates and those who only went to high school is widening, the American Cancer Society reported Friday.

Among men, the least educated died of cancer at rates more than 2 1/2 times that of men with college degrees, the latest data show. In the early 1990s, they died at two times the rate of most-educated men.

For women, the numbers aren't as complete but suggest a widening gap also. The data, from 2007, compared people between the ages of 25 and 64.

People with college degrees are seeing a significant drop in cancer death rates, while people who have spent less time in school are seeing more modest improvements or sometimes none at all, explained Elizabeth Ward, who oversees research done by the cancer society.

The cancer society estimates there will be nearly 1.6 million new cancer cases in the United States this year, and 571,950 deaths. It also notes that overall cancer death rates have been dropping since the early 1990s, but the decline has been greater for some groups more than others.

Experts believe that the differences have to do with education, how much people earn and where they live, among other factors. Researchers like to use education as a measuring stick because death certificates include that information.

"Just because we're measuring education doesn't mean we think education is the direct reason" for the differences among population groups, Ward said.

That said, the cancer death rate connection to education is striking.

For all types of cancer among men, there were about 56 deaths per 100,000 for those with at least 16 years of education compared to 148 deaths per 100,000 for those with no more than 12 years of school.

For women, the rate was 59 per 100,000 for the most educated, and 119 per 100,000 for the least educated.

The gap was most striking when it comes to lung cancer.

People with a high school education or less died at a rate four to five times higher than those with at least four years of college education, the new report said.

More than a third of premature cancer deaths could have been avoided if everyone had a college degree, cancer society officials estimated.

Studies have suggested that less educated people are more likely to do risky things with their health.

They are more likely to smoke, drink and overeat, leading to obesity. All those things raise the risk for various cancers.

As for survival after diagnosis, the least-educated are often poor people without good health insurance. Studies have found that people with no health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed when their cancer is advanced stage, and they are also less likely to receive standard treatment.

Lee Min-Ho Hurt in a Car Crash

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Hottest Korean star Lee Min-Ho, popularly known as Gu Jun Pyo in "Boys Over Flowers" was involved in a car accident during the filming for his latest drama series "City Hunter".

Lee Min-ho was shooting a car chase scene when his vehicle crashed into a parked truck belonging to a subcontractor hired by the Ilsan District Office for city work at around 3:30 p.m. on June 13 in Ilsan in Gyeonggi, South Korea. The impact of the crash was strong enough that the entire front portion of Lee Min-ho’s car was severely damaged that inflated the airbag.




The actor and his companion inside the car - a staff of the TV production company - were rushed to the Ilsan hospital emergency room for examination and treatment. Luckily, the actor and the crew member suffered no serious or visible injuries.

Lee Min-ho plays Lee Yoon Sung in "City Hunter", a government agent who works at the National Communication Network Team of the Blue House, Korea’s presidential palace. His mission is to take down the "Group of Five" responsible for his father's unjust death.

“City Hunter” is based on the Japanese manga series by Tsukasa Hojo that was published from 1985 to 1991.

Miley Cyrus Manila Concert Video, Photos and Star Sightings

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Miley Cyrus' one-night "Gypsy World Tour" Manila concert was successfully held last night at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Thousands of young and young-alike Filipino fans of Miley gathered together at the venue to watch their most favorite American pop star performs - and they all went home super happy and satisfied.

The 2-hour concert started at 8:29 p.m. with two of the hottest Pinoy teen stars Elmo Magalona and Sam Concepcion did an equally good performances as a front acts.

At exactly 8:50 p.m., Miley Cyrus appeared on stage wearing a sexy outfit showing her well-sculpted abs, enough reason to create commotion from screaming fans.

Miley said: "it's so hot in the Philippines" in be about Manila: "This is definitely the hottest spot we've been on this tour... I hope you walk away inspired to do what you want to do in your life."

The Hannah Montana star sang 20 of her hit songs (non-stop) like The Climb, Can't Be Tamed, Party in the USA, Robot, I Love Rock N' Roll, Every Rose Has It's Thorn to name a few.

For her encore, Miley sang See You Again, Who Owns My Heart and My Heart Beats For You.

Local celebrities who watched the concert are GMA Films Head Annette Gozon and kids, Marvin Agustin and his son, Raymond Gutierrez, Ruffa Gutierrez accompanied by her 2 children, Maxene Magalona and the rest of Magalona siblings to show their support to their brother Elmo, Regine Tolentino with her two daughters, Marjorie Barretto, KC Montero and Chris Tiu.


Watch Miley Cyrus' concert video below (credit Bandila and Saksi):





Check some photos taken at the concert here courtesy of @shiereyes:

"Jurassic Park 4" Movie, Steven Spielberg's Next Big Movie Project

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After a decade, wondrous Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is said to be planning to bring the vertebrates back to life with a fourth installment of the pre-historic franchise film "Jurassic Park".

Spielberg is in talks with “Poseidon” writer Mark Protosevich about a possible return of “Jurassic Park” back to the big screen. However, Universal Pictures says nobody has been attached to the project as of yet, and that it’s still just an idea at this point, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

The first film of the trilogy grossed more than $900 million worldwide, while the second, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” raked in more than $615 million. “Jurassic Park III,” with an estimated budget of $90 million, earned just over $360 million worldwide.

MMFF 2011 Official Movie Entries Announced!

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Here are the 8 official movie entries in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) - Philippines as announced today by MMFF commitee.


Enteng ng Ina Mo
Cast: Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas
Director: Tony Y. Reyes
Producer: Star Cinema / M-Zet Films / APT Entertainment


Hototay
Cast: John Lapus, Ruffa Gutierrez, Andi Eigenmann, Lovi Poe, and Melai Cantiveros
Director: Joel Lamangan
Producer: Regal Entertainment


Mr. Wong
Cast: Robin Padilla and Angelica Panganiban
Directors: Tina Dayrit and Rechie del Carmen
Producer: RP Productions


My Househusband
Cast: Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos
Director: Jose Javier Reyes
Producer: OctoArts Films


Panday 2
Cast: Bong Revilla, Phillip Salvador, Marian Rivera and Iza Calzado
Director: Mac Alejandre
Producer: GMA Films / Imus Productions


Segunda Mano
Cast: Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes and Angelica Panganiban
Producer: MJM Productions


Shake Rattle & Roll 13 (Lunod, Tamawo, Parola)
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Paulo Avelino, Albie Casino, Maricar Reyes, Kathryn Bernardo
Directors: Chris Martinez (Lunod), Richard Somes (Tamawo), Jerrold Tarog (Parola)

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Cast: Dennis Trillo, Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana, and Ritz Azul


Meanwhile. 2 out of the 10 entries did not make it to the competition. They are:

Love Will Lead You Back
Starring: Judy Ann Santos, Coco Martin, Gina PareƱo and Maja Salvador
Producer: CineMedia


Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Cast: George ER Estregan, Philip Salvador, Baron Geisler, Sam Pinto, Bangs Garcia, and Carla Abellana
Director: Tikoy Aguiluz

Father's Day Celebration on "Happy Yipee Yehey!" this Saturday

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Happy Yipee Yehey!” throws a Father’s Day party this Saturday, as three of its hosts, John Estrada, Randy Santiago, and Bentong are hard-working fathers in real life.

Kapamilya fathers out there will surely love the most sought after performances of hosts Randy, John, Mariel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga. Plus, Priscilla Mereilles will heat up the studio, as she dances with beloved husband John.

HYY divas Pokwang, Melai Cantiveros and Kiray, or popularly known as “Pomeray,” will make dad’s day even more merrier when they sing with country’s jukebox kings Jerome Abalos, Renz Verano at April Boy Regino.

Performances never stop as “Waka Waka” showdown, featuring the funny and humorous “Banana Split” boys Ryan Bang, Jason Gainza, Manuel Chua, Jobert Austria, and Pratty, takes place. They will all groove to the hottest dance moves.

To give honor to the fathers of HYY, the hosts’ children will give them a special tribute

Weekends are never the same when you’re with your favorite noontime barkada Randy, John, Mariel and Toni, and Bianca Manalo, Melai, John Pratts, Jason Francisco, Bentong and Matteo Guidicelli.

Don’t miss “Happy Yipee Yehey!,” Mondays through Saturdays, after Showtime on ABS-CBN. Bida Best Kapamilya!

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Will Be Shown in Cinemas Worldwide by July 2012

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CULVER CITY, California - Columbia Pictures announced that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be "The Amazing Spider-Man."

The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit.

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo.

"Marry Me Mary" Premieres June 20 on ABS-CBN

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Marry Me Mary” is the newest Koreanovela on ABS-CBN to premiere this Monday, June 20.

Every woman dreams of becoming a beautiful bride. And Mary’s dream is coming true, except that she has two grooms waiting for her. Who will she choose? The man betrothed to marry her or the man who pretends to be her husband?

You are cordially invited to the oddest and most complicated marriage of the year beginning Monday, June 20, as ABS-CBN premieres “Mary Me Marry,” the newest Koreanovela craze to hit your afternoon viewing.

This widely-followed Koreanovela stars the so-called Geun-Geun couple - Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Suk - Korean stars who played the lead roles.

Because of financial constraints, Mary has to stop school and work to earn money. But his dad thought of a faster way to pay their debts by betrothing her to Justin, the son of his dad’s good, wealthy friend. Justin may have not met Mary yet but he agreed to the arrangement after his father promised to fund the movie that he will be producing.

When Mary learned about this, she begged Michael, a young rocker who cares nothing else but his music, to pretend to be her husband.

Despite this, Mary’s dad still filed a marriage certificate for her and Justin. This prompted Justin to offer Mary a deal - in 100 days, she has to live with him and Justin and then decide who to marry.




What will happen in 100 days? How will Mary change the lives of Justin and Michael? And above all, who will she pick? The perfect guy or the rocker who is perfect for her heart?

Don’t miss the romantic premiere of “Marry Me Mary,” Mondays to Fridays beginning June 20, after “Frijolito” on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN.


Marry Me Mary - Trailer:




Kapamilya Toy Booths Stand Out in Annual Toycon at SM Megamall Megatrade Hall

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ABS-CBN, Hero TV, Studio 23 and ABS-CBN Multimedia proudly present its toy booth in the Asia’s biggest annual toy event, the TOYCON, which takes flight on June 18 and 19, 10a.m. to 9p.m. at the Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3 SM Megamall.

Besides the educational Kapamilya-inspired toys that will be sold in the ABS-CBN Licensing booth and the Amped gaming booth by ABS-CBN Multimedia, ABS-CBN Integrated Public Service also sets up a donation box inside the Hero TV booth for its Larunungan: Kalinga Kapamilya Toy Drive. The project encourages the public, especially kids, to show their love and support for other children by donating toys and other educational materials. The goal is to collect toys for the about 1.9 million kindergarten students who recently enrolled in the 38,000 schools and day care centers nationwide.

In the launching of its Larunungan: Kalinga Kapamilya Toy Drive recently, Gelo Perez, brother of toy drive ambassador late actor AJ Perez, said education has always been the priority of his brother. “For someone as young as he was, with the help of our parents, I am very proud of my brother’s determination to prioritize education and made it a strong foundation in his very short but very meaningful life.




Among the toys which can be donated are puzzles, multicolored spindle, fit-in geometric shapes, wooden beads, graded cylinders or any shapes with graduated sizes, number, shapes and color sorter, number play cubes, colored cubes, table blocks, floor blocks, domino type toys, matching card games, game boards, learning charts, activity books, shape sorting games, dolls, lego, dress up frames, carpenter tools, garden play tools, play dough materials, doll bed with doll accessories, number play cubes, peg board with 100 pegs, inch cubes and assessment box.

Meanwhile, now on its 10th year, the annual TOYCON features an exhibit of the year’s biggest movie, “Green Lantern” by DC Comics and Warner Brothers Pictures. Green Lantern-inspired activities such as cosplay contest, toy exhibit, custom art and figures, face-painting and scavenger hunt, take place in the TOYCON.

Another big movie highlight is the last installment of the Harry Potter movie series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Original costumes and movie props from previous Harry Potter movies will be on display at the TOYCON, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Other movies highlighting the convention are Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America care of Solar-UIP Films and Paramount Pictures.

TOYCON will also be the host event for the Asia Cosplay Meet Philippines (ACMP) competition, an international cosplay competition which is the annual qualifier to the Singapore Asia Cosplay Meet finals. ACMP will determine the best cosplayers of the country who will travel to Singapore on June 25 to 27 and compete with the cosplayers from Singapore, Malaysia and Korea.

Besides the cosplay scene, there will be panel discussions featuring various creators and artists who have made it big in the international scene with their work in comics and toy designing. Guest artists include superstars in the DC and Marvel comics, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Harvey Tolibao, Jay Anacleto, Stephen Segovia, Carlos Pagulayan, and much more! And there will also be an exhibit from Secret Fresh which will feature renowned toy art designs from Amanda Visell and Carlos East of the Beast Brothers, with local toy artists, Nemo Aguila and JP Cuison.

Visit the Kapamilya toy booth and partake in the Larunungan: Kapamilya Kalinga Toy drive on June 18 and 19, 10a.m. to 9p.m. at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall.

AGB Nielsen TV Ratings June 14 - 16: GMA-7 Now Leads Weeklong TV Ratings

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Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from June 14 to 16, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

June 14, Tuesday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.8%
2. Sisid (GMA-7) - 6.7%
3. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 6%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 5.9%
5. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 5.6%
6. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (ABS-CBN) - 5.4%
7. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 5%
8. Face To Face (TV5) - 4.3%
9. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 4.2%
10. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 3.7%

Primetime:
1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 12.9%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 12.5%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 11%
5. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%
6. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 9.9%
7. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
8. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 9.5%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.5%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 6.8%

June 15, Wednesday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.8%
2. Face To Face (TV5) - 6.3%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.1%
4. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 5.4%
5. Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.2%
6. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 4.8%
7. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
8. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 4.4%
9. Balitaang Tapat (TV5) - 4.1%
10. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 4%

Primetime:
1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 12.7%
2. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
3. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 12%
4. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.7%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 10.2%
7. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 9.7%
8. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 9.6%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9%
10. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 7.6%

June 16, Thursday

Daytime:
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.7%
2. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.4%
4. Face To Face (TV5) - 5.3%
5. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 5.2%
6. Playful Kiss (GMA-7) - 5.1%
7. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (ABS-CBN) - 4.7%
8. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 4.3%
9. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 4.1%
10. Family Feud (GMA-7) / Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 3.7%

Primetime:
1. Amaya (GMA-7) - 13%
2. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 12.8%
3. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.8%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10.7%
6. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 10.1%
7. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 8.9%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.4%
9. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN) - 7.4%
10. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 7.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Tambayan DJ Chacha’s ‘Mwahmwah TsupTsup’ Now a Hit Novelty Song

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Gone are the days when radio deejays were simply introducing songs.

Now, they are celebrities in their own right, appearing on television shows, getting commercial deals, and yes, even coming up with their very own songs.

Such is the case of Tambayan 101.9’s DJ Chacha, who soared to popularity because of her witty adlibs, sexy spiels, and most of all, her popular tagline “mwahmwah-tsuptsup.”

A combination of two words which both pertain to a kiss, “mwahmwah-tsuptsup” is Chacha’s signature line in her late night program that airs from 9pm to 1am on ABS-CBN’s FM radio station. While the program’s timselot is usually associated with a quiet and mellow type of programming, it’s the opposite on this side of the FM radio band.

Chacha’s program starts out with “Ano’ng Meron,” a segment wherein listeners can share about whatever is going on with their lives. “They usually end talking about love issues,” Chacha said.

Things heat up when the clock strikes 12 midnight and “Sexy Time” begins. The segment, targeted at adults, encourages people to talk about their naughty escapades. A caller is put on-air and he or she would open up to Chacha. “We do talk about sex but of course, it’s never vulgar,” Chacha explained. “If you try to listen to the segment, it’s actually really funny!

At the end of each call, the caller would get the chance to do the “mwahmwah-tsuptsup” with Chacha. “I always tell them, you take care of the ‘mwahmwah’ part, and I’ll do the ‘tsuptsup!’” she exclaimed. Fans of the program highly anticipate this portion, that some even resort to inventing stories for Sexy Time just so they would be put on-air and they could get to experience the “mwahmwah-tsuptsup.”

The tagline is such a hit that even Ted Failon asks Chacha to deliver her famous tagline whenever Chacha does her showbiz reports in DZMM 630. Mall shows which she hosts are also never complete without her saying the tagline much to the delight of her fans.

This made Star Records sit up, take notice, and offer her a recording contract.

Composer Kiks Salazar of Bellhaus Entertainment came up with a novelty song entitled “Mwahmwah-Tsuptsup,” and this was produced in coordination with Star Records. The song is currently featured on Tambayan 101.9’s “Click Dito,” which highlights songs that have the potential to become a hit.

And it is indeed on its way to becoming a hit. Now available on digital distribution through www.starrecords.ph, the song has been downloaded many times over by Chacha’s loyal fans. It will also be available soon for mobile download.

The 23-year old deejay is ecstatic about this. “The song is really cute and I’m happy that people like it,” Chacha said. “Now I’m hoping the song becomes a dance craze too just like the songs of other novelty singers!

With a loyal fanbase on Facebook and a number of fan clubs to her name, it sure isn’t impossible. And so if you ever chance upon her doing a mall show, don’t be surprised if the host also doubles as a front act.

Tune in to Chacha’s program on Tambayan 101.9 San Ka Pa! on the FM radio band or listen online and enjoy the live video stream on www.tambayan1019.com from 9pm to 1am.

Alaska Earthquake Update: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Strucks Alaska

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A 5.2 magnitude earthquake has hit Alaska's largest city and other parts of the state's most populated region on Thursday, June 16.

The earthquake struck shortly after 11 a.m., according to seismologists at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. It was centered about 50 miles southwest of Anchorage, said tsunami program manager Cindi Pressler.

The quake occurred 30 miles below ground and rumbled for several seconds. It will not generate a tsunami, the warning center said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell. The Anchorage Fire Department didn't even get any calls in the immediate aftermath, said dispatcher Lori Zaumseil.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the event was widely felt in the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions, with the strongest shaking occurring in the Peninsula communities of Sterling and Soldotna.

Temptation Island Stars Talk About Their Roles in The Movie

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Marian Rivera, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, Rufa Mae Quinto and Heart Evangelista - now collectively known as Regal Film's "The Goddesses of Beauty" - revealed their roles, their favorite lines and scenes in the upcoming Regal Entertainment and GMA Films' remake of Joey Gosiengfiao's 80's classic film "Temptation Island".





The film focuses on four young ladies from different social backgrounds and each for their own various reasons, enlists in the fictional "Miss Manila Sunshine Supermodel Search".

The first of which is the virgin Virginia P. (Heart), a college student who entered the contest in order to earn independence from her family. Next is spoiled, rich socialite brat Serafina F. (Lovi), whose every whim is attended to by her maid Nympha (Rufa Mae), learned of the contest when fliers dropped from a helicopter interrupts her sunbathing at the family pool and out of sheer vanity decided to sign up. Thirdly, the social climber Pura K. (Solenn), while planning her 18th birthday party, when she and her mother argue over the budget, since her once rich family cannot afford the grand debut, Pura K. is forced to settle for a much simpler party. But during their argument, Bambi falls on her birthday cake; when sees the pageant's TV spot, her frustrations over her current situation inspires her to join. Rounding up the group is the crook Christina G. (Marian) a con-artist who plans to rig the contest by using her and her boyfriend's sexuality to influence the judges into voting for her.

The ladies later became the finalists for the competition. En route to the evening gown competition, the ship they boarded catches fire, and the passengers scramble to evacuate. The four women, Maria, Joshua (the gay pageant coordinator played by John Lapuz) and his boyfriend (Mikael Daez), Umberto (one of the ship's waiters played by Tom) and Alfredo (played by Aljur) land on a desert island.

This movie also stars John Lapus, Mikael Daez, Tom Rodriguez and Aljur Abrenica. With the special participation of Dennis Trillo.

Written and directed by Chris Martinez, "Temptation Island" will hit theaters nationwide on July 6, 2011.

Miley Cyrus Manila Concert Tonight at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds

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International singer Miley Cyrus is now here in Manila to stage her only Asian concert a few hours away from now SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

The Manila concert is part of her "Gypsy Heart World Tour."

But before tonight's much-awaited concert, Miley graced GMA-7's noontime show Eat Bulaga! yesterday to the delight of cheering fans.

"Thank you all so much for bringing me here!" Miley told the studio audience.

"It's amazing! Y'know, I've been waiting to come to Manila so I'm so excited to finally be here. It's really so awesome!" she added.

In her official Twitter account, Cyrus also revealed that she is looking forward to doing photo shoots in the country.

Young teen stars Sam Concepcion and Elmo Magalona will have a showdown as front act for Miley's concert. Whoever wins will have the opportunity to offer Miley a flowers at the end of the concert.

De La Salle University At 100 (In Celebration of De La Salle University Centennial)

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MANILA, Philippines - At 10:00 o'clock Wednesday at Taft Avenue/Vito Cruz, Secretary of Education Bro. Armin Altamirano Luistro, FSC, presides over the Centennial celebrations of his alma mater De La Salle University.

There are Coca-Cola Lites, San Mig Lites, and Pepsi Lites; but today on their 100th year La Sallites are heavyweights.

History. Why is the day so important? Because after Admiral George Dewey defeated Admiral Patricio Montojo at the Battle of Manila Bay, President William McKinley fell on his knees for Divine inspiration what to do with the Philippine Islands and its people…

So the story goes, and Raul Manglapus recalls that President McKinley was inspired "to Christianize the Catholics."

So much so that after the USA acquired the Philippines for $20 million or $2 per capita, the Archbishop of Manila feared that good intentions can be a road to hell… or at least to Protestantism when the Thomasites (precursor of Peace Corps) introduce universal education.

So the Archbishop sent his own Mission Impossible to invite American Catholic educators. But the Dominican and Jesuit provinces were occupied arguing between them.

Fortunately, an errant knight responded… and the American province of Christian Brothers arrived. (We shall learn later that they would produce Archers; the Dominicans of San Juan de Letran would produce the Knights).

While the Jesuits and the Dominicans kept their Spanish language schools in Intramuros, on 15 June 1911, the Christian Brothers opened the first English-language school of De La Salle College with Grecian pillars on Taft Avenue.

De La Salle had a head-start on the language of the future… the way Xavier Kwang Chi has a head-start on all other Philippine schools in teaching Mandarin.

(Eventually, the Jesuits moved to Padre Faura and to Loyola Heights where they caught up teaching Arrneow accent; while the Christian Brothers emphasized math. Today, the Blue Eagles dominate call centers, while the Archers dominate business).

Mens sana in corpore sano. Historically, the rivalry between the two schools of higher learning goes all the way back to NCAA at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Today De La Salle is a bastion of education. With a world-class basketball team, it was elevated to university… principally as Green Archers rival to Blue Eagles at this 74th year of UAAP.

Happiest at this rivalry is Columbia honorary Consul General Jorge Araneta hearing the music of the till at Araneta Dome… which pumps the Philippine economy.

Only in the Philippines. Ironically, De La Salle colleges abroad are universally blue; green is only in De La Salle PH. Either the Eagles won the blue in a raffle or the Archers here anticipated the color of environment and climate change.

We learned some of the above from Makati Medical Center orthopedic surgeon who oversees UAAP bone-breaking games, Dr. Vince Gomez… who learned it from Brother Andrew. Dr. Gomez can mend broken green arrows, but maybe not much good with plucked blue feathers.

A highlight of the centenary celebrations was an original three-act musical, "Proudly Green," on June 11 at SMX Convention Center directed by Fritz Infante. A walk down memory lane in rock, pop and razzmatazz to pump the alumni animo.

That was followed on June 12 with premiere at MoA of Doy del Mundo's film, "Paglipad ng Angel." Flying higher than an eagle.

De La Salle had commemorative postal stamps on its 50th year (1961) and on its 75th year (1986). But it passed up on issuing stamps on its 100th year. Because it's thoroughly modern alumni don't use snail mail..?

Or they don't want to be gaya-gaya to the University of Sto. Tomas which issued stamps on its Quadricentennial (400th anniversary)…?

Which was gaya-gaya to Ateneo de Manila High School Class 1960 Jubilarians who had their own "Fabilioh" postage stamps in 2010 to commemorate their 50th anniversary? Feedback: jaz_aide@yahoo.com

By AMBASSADOR JOSE A. ZAIDE (Repost from Manila Bulletin)

Vanessa Hudgens Replaces Britney Spears as "Candies" Endorser

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Vanessa Hudgens strips down as she returns as endorser of "Candies".

The "High School Musical" star replaces Britney Spears as the face of brand for its Fall 2011 Back-to-School collection.

Vanessa filmed several TV spots for the new campaign but she's leaving it up to her fans to decide the winning TV spot, which will air on national television in late July. How cool is that?!?

Voting starts now on Facebook!

Oyo Sotto and Danita Paner Star in TV5's "Bangis"

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TV5 is proud to bring the TV adaptation of Carlo J. Caparas' hit "komiks" series "Bangis"

Leading the cast of this Kapatid network's network's latest adventure series are Danita Paner and Oyo Sotto.

Oyo is Leon "The Hunter" while Danita plays the role of an environmentalist love interest of Leon.

Oyo describes his role as "Leon yung character ko dito, hunter ako. Ang pinapatay lang namin yung mga mababangis na hayop. Kasi yung back story ko, yung mga magulang ko pinatay ng buwaya. So nagkaroon ako ng galit sa mga buwaya kaya hinu-hunt ko sila tapos pinapatay ko."

Get a glimpse of what's happening behind the camera on the set of "Bangis" below:




Replacing "Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak" which will have its fiery finale tonight, "Bangis" premieres June 20, Monday, after "Babaeng Hampaslupa" on TV5.

Photos by Jerome Ascano/NPPA Images

Pregnant Regine Velasquez Suffers from Gestational Diabetes

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Barely four months before she gives birth to her first baby with equally good singer husband Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez reportedly suffers from gestational diabetes.

This is what Ogie revealed in a taped interview aired on “StarTalk TX” last Saturday, June 11.

Meron siyang gestational diabetes which is quite normal for pregnant women. We try not to give her too many carbohydrates and… mahirap kasi, siyempre pag buntis ka you’re always hungry, ‘noh? So nakakaawa naman, laging gutom. Pero iyon nga sabi ko, ‘Hon, kailangang konting tiis,’” Ogie said. Adding, “You know the baby and Regine need all the attention. As much as I can attend to… I’m always there kapag nagbi-visit kami sa OB (obstetrician), so I really take note… every two hours after she eats we take her sugar para alam namin kung tumataas o bumababa.”

The very excited soon-to-be-dad-again also said that they still doesn’t know their baby’s gender.

Wala pa, siguro next month. Kasi nasa three months and two weeks na kami so siguro sa fourth month medyo masisilayan na kung meron siyang extension dun sa kanyang katawan.”

Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory (Music Video and Lyrics)

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Check out the newly-released official music video for Lady Gaga’s latest single, “The Edge of Glory”.

Gaga wore fashion from the last collection of Gianni Versace in the video, which was directed by Haus of Gaga.



There ain't a reason you and me should be alone
Tonight, yeah baby
Tonight, yeah baby
But I got a reason that you're who should take me home tonight
I need a man that thinks it right when it's so wrong,
Tonight yeah baby
Tonight, yeah baby
Right on the limit's where we know we both belong tonight

It's hot to feel the rush,
To brush the dangerous
I'm gonna run back to, to the edge with you
Where we can both fall far in love.

I'm on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment of truth,
I'm on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment with you,
I'm on the edge
The edge (6x)
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hanging on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you

Another shot, before we kiss the other side,
Tonight, yeah baby
Tonight, yeah baby
I'm on the edge of something final we call life tonight
Alright, alright
Put on your shades 'cause I'll be dancing in the flames
Tonight, yeah baby
Tonight, yeah baby
It isn't Hell if everybody knows my name
Tonight, alright, alright

It's hot to feel the rush,
To brush the dangerous

I'm gonna run back to, to the edge with you
Where we can both fall far in love.

I'm on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment of truth,
Out on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment with you,
I'm on the edge
The edge (6x)
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hanging on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment of truth,
I'm on the edge of glory,
And I'm hanging on a moment with you,
I'm on the edge
The edge (6x)
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hanging on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you
With you (4x)
I'm on the edge with you
With you (4x)
I'm on the edge with you
With you (4x)
I'm on the edge with you
With you (4x)

New Quake Fault Found in California

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The Polaris Fault
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey (BSSA/USGS/USACE)



A new earthquake-producing fault has been discovered in California. The Polaris line, at only 22 miles long, is a dwarf compared to the San Andreas Fault, which stretches 800 miles and has triggered some of the world’s biggest tremors.

Polaris is said to be powerful enough to cause an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale and flood a valley by smashing a dam.

The Polaris Fault was discovered using laser imaging technology known as LiDAR, which was used as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ evaluation of the dam. LiDAR emits laser pulses down toward the ground from an airplane — even through dense vegetation — to get high-resolution topology maps. Once researchers stripped off the heavy pine tree layer from the maps, they found evidence of the fault sitting just 200 meters from the dam.




Scientists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were inspecting the Martis Creek Dam, which sits just outside Truckee, California and about 35 miles upstream from Reno. It is one of 10 dams in the United States that has “urgent and compelling” safety concerns, according to the Corps, which owns the dam. Data from the most recent evaluation revealed that, not only does the dam have significant leakage, it also lies in close proximity to not two, but three fault zones. If it broke, the Martis Creek Dam has the potential to deluge the homes of 16,000 people in nearby Truckee and flood waters could travel 35 miles to Reno, Nevada, where 220,000 people live.

JK Rowling Launches New Harry Potter Website Called "Pottermore"

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LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has launched a new website called "Pottermore," but fans of the boy wizard will have to wait to see what it entails as the entry page says simply "Coming Soon...."

The site, www.pottermore.com, was launched a month ahead of the release of the eighth and final Potter movie on July 15.

Some Potter fan sites, which have been instrumental in generating a large and loyal fan base for the movies and seven-book series on which they are based, were given a sneak preview of the mysterious new website.

"It is, in a word, breathtaking," wrote Leaky Cauldron, one of the leading Potter sites. "That is all we are permitted to say at the moment."

Rowling and Potter studio Warner Bros. have never shied away from building up the hype ahead of key releases in the series.

The Harry Potter novels have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, while the seven movies released so far have grossed some $6.4 billion in ticket sales. Rowling has been billed the "world's first billionaire author."

A spokeswoman for Rowling confirmed that the site was genuine.

"We can confirm that Pottermore is indeed the name of J.K. Rowling's new project. She will be announcing it soon," she said. "It is not a new book, but we won't say more than that!"

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar Divorce Finalized!

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LONDON (AFP) - Elizabeth Hurley's four-year marriage to Indian businessman Arun Nayar ended in divorce Wednesday amid continued speculation about her romance with Australian cricketer Shane Warne.

Hurley and textile tycoon Nayar were granted a divorce at a London court, although neither of them attended the hearing.

The couple married in March, 2007, in a star-studded ceremony at Sudeley Castle in southwest England, and had a second traditional Hindu ceremony at a palace in Jodhpur, northwest India.

Hurley, 46, revealed in December that she had split from Nayar, telling her followers on microblogging site Twitter: "For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago."

It came after photographs were published of the actress and Warne apparently kissing and cuddling together in London.

The cricketer, 41, reportedly met Hurley at an English race meeting in July last year and the pair have since been spotted together on several occasions.

Hurley was photographed cheering on Warne at an Indian Premier League match in northwest India in April.

Warne's romances have sparked almost as much media attention as his performance in cricket matches and his energetic love life is widely thought to have cost him the Australian captaincy.

He brought the curtain down on his two-decade career at an Indian Premier League match last month, several years after he retired from international cricket.

Hurley and actor Hugh Grant were one of Britain's leading celebrity couples in the 1990s but separated in 2000.

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Video Removed From YouTube Upon Request by Rebecca Herself

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Rebecca Black's "Friday" music video with hits of up to 160 million views on YouTube,has been removed due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.



A YouTube spokesperson issued the following statement on the matter:

YouTube takes copyright infringement very seriously. When we receive a complaint alleging that a video infringes another person or company’s copyrights, we remove that video. Users who believe that a video was removed in error can appeal the copyright takedown.

Cory Monteith Mans Up in Teen Romance “Monte Carlo”

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Best known for playing Finn Hudson in the popular Fox series “Glee,” Cory Monteith stars with today’s teen icon Selena Gomez in “Monte Carlo,” along with “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy.

“Monte Carlo” opens us to freshly minted high school grad Grace (Selena Gomez) and best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) jettisoning their waitress jobs in Texas for a trip to Paris. But Grace’s killjoy stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) is involuntarily installed as chaperone by Grace’s parents. Meanwhile, Emma’s boyfriend, Owen (Cory Monteith), is trying to put the kibosh on the trip altogether with a ring and proposal.

Monteith along with the troika of actresses settled, the filmmakers believed that he fits the role of Owen perfectly. He’s a big, friendly, very funny and likable guy. He sells the character the instant he’s on screen,” says director Thomas Bezucha in casting Monteith. Below is a q&a of Cory describing his dream girl and experience in the movie.

Q. What’s your character like?
A. Owen is completely in love with Katie Cassidy’s character, Emma. He’s on a journey - and he’s chasing her across Europe so he can take her home again and marry her. He can be a little misguided, but he’s incredibly romantic and prepared to do whatever it takes to win back his girl.

Q. Which of your co stars did you bond with the most quickly?
A. I think I bonded with them all straight away! Selena is very sweet. She’s really down to earth, and excellent at doing accents. We playfight like a brother and sister - she’s tiny but determined, although she has yet to hurt me! Leighton is great, and can give a solid high five. That’s a life skill.

Q. How flirty are you?
A. I’m single, and I love that life but I’m not a dog! I’m pretty goofy and I make a lot of dumb jokes - life is too short to be serious, so I guess that’s how I flirt. To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it - I think I’m too shy and reserved to be a proper old fashioned flirt.
Q. Describe your dream girl.
A. People who are passionate are attractive - if they’re excited about their life and what they’re doing, that’s really engaging. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a movie star or an accountant. As far as looks go, I don’t have any specifics. I don’t have a preference for blondes or brunettes.
Q. Do you have a celebrity crush?
A. I’ve worked with a lot of beautiful girls, but I’d have to say Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes in Glee. Have you heard her sing? She’s amazing.

Q. What will you miss most about Monte Carlo when you’ve finished filming?
A. The bread! The bread is delicious, I can get through a lot of that stuff. The way people treat each other here is very different too. There’s a kind of old world sensibility in Europe - people are refined and respectful and it’s very cool. In North America there’s a different attitude. Everything is faster and less personal.

“Monte Carlo” opens July 1 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Alaska Earthquake Measured at Magnitude 5.2 Shakes Anchorage

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Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - A powerful earthquake rocked Alaska's largest city and other parts of the state's most populated region on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck with a magnitude of 5.2 shortly after 11 a.m., according to seismologists at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. It was centered about 50 miles southwest of Anchorage, said tsunami program manager Cindi Pressler.

The quake occurred 30 miles below ground and rumbled for several seconds. It will not generate a tsunami, the warning center said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell. The Anchorage Fire Department didn't even get any calls in the immediate aftermath, said dispatcher Lori Zaumseil, who shrugged off the shaker.

"This is Alaska," she said. "This is how we roll. We're tough."

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the event was widely felt in the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions, with the strongest shaking occurring in the Peninsula communities of Sterling and Soldotna.

Andrew Smith, who works in payroll at Soldotna City Hall, said the shaking came in two rounds.

"At first, it felt like somebody was walking across the floor here, like walking real heavy. Then it stopped. Then was a five- or six-second delay, then it really shook."

The shaking continued 10 to 15 seconds, he said.

"I'm really quite scared of earthquakes," Smith said. "You just never know when they are going to stop or how long it's going to last."

Outside the Soldotna Fred Meyer store, Tracy Poitry was sitting in her car, eating lunch, when the vehicle began bobbing.

"I thought someone was messing with my car," said Poitry, a clerk in the store's home electronics department. For her, the quake was no big deal.

"We get pretty used to these around here," she said.

Lesser-Known Truths About Jose Rizal Revealed in Dokyu5’s ‘Bayani’ This June 19

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For its initial offering, DOKYU5 presents the truths and controversies surrounding our most celebrated national hero in “Bayani: Isang Imbestigasyon sa Pagkatao at Pakikibaka ni Dr. Jose Rizal.”

Just when you thought all has been said about Dr. Jose Rizal, some accounts from manuscripts, historians and believers show that there are still less-publicized stories about the man, the demigod and the hero that is Rizal.

For its initial offering, DOKYU5 presents the truths and controversies surrounding our most celebrated national hero in “Bayani: Isang Imbestigasyon sa Pagkatao at Pakikibaka ni Dr. Jose Rizal” to be aired on the day when the country commemorates the sesquicentennial or 150 years of Rizal - June 19 (Sunday) at 10:45pm on TV5.

The documentary will take viewers to all accounts, written and non-written, from his birth to this day during which he is venerated by the world for the values, works and ideals he has managed to pass on from one generation to another.

Hosted by 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren PeƱaflorida, Jr. and three-time Palanca awardee Lourd de Veyra, the one-hour documentary gives viewers a different perspective for a more in-depth understanding of the life of Dr. Jose Rizal.

The kariton classroom teacher and CNN hero assures viewers that “Bayani” is not your ordinary Rizal documentary. “This docu is different because it will shed light to the controversies surrounding the life, love and heroism of Jose Rizal,” says to Efren, who also hosts the program that features modern-day heroes, Ako Mismo, on 24/7 news channel Aksyon TV Channel 41.

Through NEWS5, the news and information division of TV5, DOKYU5 is set to provide a refreshed perspective on issues that matter to Filipinos one compelling human interest documentary at a time.

Join Efren and Lourd as they examine 150 years of Rizal in “Bayani: Isang Imbestigasyon sa Pagkatao at Pakikibaka ni Dr. Jose Rizal” this Sunday, 10:45pm after USI (Under Special Investigation) on TV5 with simulcast on Aksyon TV Channel 41.

"In the Name of Love" Grosses P117.2-Million in 5 Weeks - Just P3-Million Away To Become This Year's Highest Grossing Pinoy Movie

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Star Cinema's 18th anniversary presentation "In the Name of Love" raked a total of P117.2 million box-office receipts in 5 weeks, just P3-million short to beat other Star Cinema movie "Catch Me…I'm In Love" with a gross receipts of P120.21 million as the no. 1 Pinoy movie of 2011.

The Aga Muhlach - Angel Locsin starrer may still be showing in selected theaters but it's going to be very limited since their latest movie offering, "Forever and a Day," starring Sam Milby and KC Concepcion already opened yesterday.

"In the Name of Love" needs at least P3-million until its run last on cinemas in order to become the no. 1 Pinoy movie (so far) for this year.


HIGHEST-GROSSING FILMS IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR 2011
(as of June 12, 2011)

1. Kung Fu Panda 2 – P188.7M *
2. Thor – P173.98M
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – P151.14M *
4. X-Men: First Class – P128.1M *
5. Fast Five – P125.3M
6. Catch Me…I'm In Love – P120.21M
7. In the Name of Love – P117.2M *
8. Gulliver's Travels – P82.33M
9. Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! – P72.31M
10. Rio – P71.16 M


TOP-GROSSING PINOY FILMS FOR 2011
(as of June 12, 2011)

1. Catch Me…I'm In Love – P120.21M
2. In the Name of Love – P117.2M
3. Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! – P72.31M
4. Bulong – P67.27M
5. Who's That Girl? – P58.31M
6. My Valentine Girls – P44.26M
7. Tumbok – P10.53M
8. Tum: My Pledge of Love – P5.16M

* still showing in theaters

Ayman al-Zawahiri, New Al-Qaeda Leader

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After Osama bin Laden's death on May 1, the world's most hunted terrorist group Al-Qaeda named its long-time second in command Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden's role as the group's Chief-in-Charge.

"The general command of Al-Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the group," the extremist gourp said in statement posted on an Islamist website last Thursday.

The statement also said that under Zawahiri's leadership Al-Qaeda would relentlessly pursue its 'jihad' (holy war) against the United States and Israel.

"We seek with the aid of God to call for the religion of truth and incite our nation to fight ... by carrying out jihad against the apostate invaders ... with their head being crusader America and its servant Israel, and whoever supports them," said the statement.

The fight would continue "until all invading armies leave the land of Islam."

The extremist network affirmed that it would not "recognise any legitimacy of the so-called State of Israel."

"We will not accept or adhere to any agreement or accord that recognises it (Israel) or that robs a mile from Palestine, whether it is the United Nations controlled by top criminals or any other organisation."

Like Osama bin Laden, the 59-year-old surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri has been hiding ever since the United States declared its war on terror after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Ayman al-Zawahiri , now considered the United State's most wanted man, was jailed for three years in Egypt for militancy and was implicated in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981, and a 1997 massacre of tourists in Luxor.

Facing a death sentence, he left Egypt in the mid-1980s initially for Saudi Arabia, but soon headed for Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar where the resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was based, and then to Afghanistan, where he joined forces with Osama bin Laden.

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