Kris Aquino: "Be kind to yourself!"

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The latest K Magazine features 100 ways to enrich, enhance, and empower your life now.

Her life may be an open book, but there are countless things we have yet to learn about the Queen of Talk, Kris Aquino.

In the latest issue of The Kris Aquino Magazine, featuring our cover girl in a glamorous red outfit, Kris makes a list of over 100 ways she tries to live life to the full.

Be kind to yourself,” she encourages readers, and for Kris, this could be in many different ways.

To enrich her mind, she reveals 20 books she has recently read and are lined up to read. To inspire and reflect, she names 10 songs and artists she has been listening to lately. To help make her feel and look good, Kris shows us 10 beauty favorites in her kikay kit, as well as 5 ways to wear the jumpsuit, one of her current wardrobe staples. To refresh and rejuvenate her each day, she reveals the 15 things she always keeps in her bathroom. To help make her home life easier, she has 10 tried-and-tested kitchen must-haves. To guide her in her passions and pursuits, she shares 15 devotional quotes that keeps her grounded and hopeful. And as if these weren’t enough, she opens up her heart once more with the 15 things she has learned about herself lately.

This issue is chock-full of interesting reads, including Kris’s accounts of her latest trips with her boys Josh and Bimby. Enjoy exclusive photos of their Mexican Disney cruise to celebrate Bimby’s birthday, and their breathtaking vacation in Palawan’s Mangenguey island for Josh’s celebration!

Not only that, K Mag is the first to tell the story of John “Sweet” Lapus and his “father figure” role in Josh’s life. Anne Curtis also talks about the special bond she shares with her Ate Kris.

Last but not least, Kris takes us through her friend Pokwang’s new house in Antipolo, and in the process shares 5 useful design tips for homemakers out there.

Check out the Kris Aquino Magazine’s latest issue at your favorite newsstands. For more information, logon to http://www.facebook.com/KrisAquino.Magazine.

Shamcey Supsup Leads Miss Universe 2011 Online Poll

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Shamcey Supsup, Philippines representative to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant is dominating the ongoing online poll of Miss Universe 2011.

For the first time in the history of the MISS UNIVERSE® competition, the pageant is incorporating a global fan vote that will fast-track one contestant to the semifinals. That’s why the Miss Universe online poll is crucial for the contestants this year because it’s an instant semi-final placement.

According to the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup is currently at no. 1 spot followed by the delegates from Puerto Rico (Viviana Ortiz), St. Lucia (Joy Ann Biscette), Indonesia (Nadine Alexandra) and Mexico (Karin Ontiveros).

To help Shamcey Supsup maintain the lead and secure a semi-final slot in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, you may still vote for her by clicking this LINK.

Online poster: BPCI

Will and Jada Smith Seen Together in Public After Separation Rumor

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were seen out and inlove in California a day after refuting the rumors that their 13 years of marriage is experiencing turbulence.

Will and Jada denies that they're splitting up and hit back at the source of false report saying their considering to bring the matter in court.

The Hollywood power couple proved to fans they are still very much a happy couple by going out together for a brunch in Malibu on Wednesday morning. The couple also headed together to the nearby Malibu Colony Company for a shopping trip.


Growing Up - Full Trailer

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Here is the full trailer of ABS-CBN's newest teen show "Growing Up" starring Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Diego Loyzaga, Daniel Padilla, Neil Coleta, Yen Santos and Kiray Celis.





Ito ang tunay na pinagdaraanan ng kabataan. Maki-U.B.E., Ultimate Barkada Experience starting September 5 na!

James Soriano "Language, learning, identity, privilege" Manila Bulletin Article Re-posted

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James Soriano, a student of the Ateneo de Manila University and a columnist at Manila Bulletin online, now becomes the talk of the town particularly those whose love for this country is unquestionably deep within their heart and soul.

Though, Soriano's sentiments represent a painful reality of how colonialism naturally immersed through most of us, it may also be a good wake-up call to citizen of this country to learn the basics - and 'di magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit pa ang amoy sa mabahong isda.




As we are all aware now, Soriano's article titled "Language, learning, identity, privilege" published on August 24, 2011 in Manila Bulletin website is now inaccessible. But to give you a better insight of what Soriano really thought of the Philippine national language, printed below is a full of copy of the said article (credited to MB).

MANILA, Philippines — English is the language of learning. I’ve known this since before I could go to school. As a toddler, my first study materials were a set of flash cards that my mother used to teach me the English alphabet.

My mother made home conducive to learning English: all my storybooks and coloring books were in English, and so were the cartoons I watched and the music I listened to. She required me to speak English at home. She even hired tutors to help me learn to read and write in English.

In school I learned to think in English. We used English to learn about numbers, equations and variables. With it we learned about observation and inference, the moon and the stars, monsoons and photosynthesis. With it we learned about shapes and colors, about meter and rhythm. I learned about God in English, and I prayed to Him in English.

Filipino, on the other hand, was always the ‘other’ subject — almost a special subject like PE or Home Economics, except that it was graded the same way as Science, Math, Religion, and English. My classmates and I used to complain about Filipino all the time. Filipino was a chore, like washing the dishes; it was not the language of learning. It was the language we used to speak to the people who washed our dishes.

We used to think learning Filipino was important because it was practical: Filipino was the language of the world outside the classroom. It was the language of the streets: it was how you spoke to the tindera when you went to the tindahan, what you used to tell your katulong that you had an utos, and how you texted manong when you needed “sundo na.”

These skills were required to survive in the outside world, because we are forced to relate with the tinderas and the manongs and the katulongs of this world. If we wanted to communicate to these people — or otherwise avoid being mugged on the jeepney — we needed to learn Filipino.

That being said though, I was proud of my proficiency with the language. Filipino was the language I used to speak with my cousins and uncles and grandparents in the province, so I never had much trouble reciting.

It was the reading and writing that was tedious and difficult. I spoke Filipino, but only when I was in a different world like the streets or the province; it did not come naturally to me. English was more natural; I read, wrote and thought in English. And so, in much of the same way that I learned German later on, I learned Filipino in terms of English. In this way I survived Filipino in high school, albeit with too many sentences that had the preposition ‘ay.’

It was really only in university that I began to grasp Filipino in terms of language and not just dialect. Filipino was not merely a peculiar variety of language, derived and continuously borrowing from the English and Spanish alphabets; it was its own system, with its own grammar, semantics, sounds, even symbols.

But more significantly, it was its own way of reading, writing, and thinking. There are ideas and concepts unique to Filipino that can never be translated into another. Try translating bayanihan, tagay, kilig or diskarte.

Only recently have I begun to grasp Filipino as the language of identity: the language of emotion, experience, and even of learning. And with this comes the realization that I do, in fact, smell worse than a malansang isda. My own language is foreign to me: I speak, think, read and write primarily in English. To borrow the terminology of Fr. Bulatao, I am a split-level Filipino.

But perhaps this is not so bad in a society of rotten beef and stinking fish. For while Filipino may be the language of identity, it is the language of the streets. It might have the capacity to be the language of learning, but it is not the language of the learned.

It is neither the language of the classroom and the laboratory, nor the language of the boardroom, the court room, or the operating room. It is not the language of privilege. I may be disconnected from my being Filipino, but with a tongue of privilege I will always have my connections.

So I have my education to thank for making English my mother language.


Piolo Pascual Talks About Break-up with KC Concepcion

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Piolo Pascual breaks his silence on reports questioning the status of his 10-month relationship with KC Concepcion.

In last night's SNN, Piolo was able to address speculations of uncoupling between him and the mega-daughter.

"No, we are ok naman, wala namang problema. Klaro naman," Piolo clarifies.

Piolo also made it clear that despite his busy schedule, he finds time to have a special, personal moment with KC.

"Nandun yan, kasama yun. It’s proper time management so whenever we get the chance to be together, be it in ASAP or in our personal time, we make sure that we find time for each other,” he said.




But prior to the release of Piolo's interview, KC tweeted a message that quite says otherwise.

"when things go beyond our Understanding, we can choose to Accept everything- just as they are... because Faith steps in. :) no regrets... :)"

Former and Future Teachers vie for P2 Million this Sunday on TV5’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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The search for the Philippines’ newest millionaires continues in every episode of the world’s most popular game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with Bossing of Game Shows Vic Sotto this Sunday, August 28, on TV5.

This week’s roll-over contestant, Alyssa Joy Garcia, could successfully be the show’s youngest millionaire. When last seen on the hot seat, she already pocketed an assured prize of P150,000 and is just 5 questions away to the top. The 19-year old tutor who aspires to be a teacher someday must rely on her stock knowledge to take her all the way to the P2 million top prize.

Also hoping to take home the jackpot is a former teacher-turned-call center agent, Marie Cris Roco. This newly-wed says she wants to win so badly for a happy future with her husband, and hopefully some kids. Her trek to the top won’t be easy as she experiences some bumps along the way.

Will one of them take home P2 million? Join Bossing Vic as he guides contestants toward the elusive jackpot on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire every Sunday, 7:30pm on TV5.

Iglot - Full Trailer and Character Photos

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GMA-7 has released the character photos and full trailer of Kapuso network's upcoming fantaserye "Iglot".




"Iglot" marks the comeback of Ms. Claudine Barretto, Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal on primetime.











Joining them are Pauleen Luna, Patrick Garcia, Luis Alandy, Sylvia Sanchez, Romnick Sarmenta, Lexi Fernandez, Hiro Magalona, Kevin Santos, Mel Martinez, Jaime Fabregas and Ms. Celia Rodriguez. Introducing Milkach Wynne Nacion.


Iglot - Trailer:




Replacing "Futbolilits", Iglot premieres August 29, 2011 on GMA-7 Telebabad block.

New TV5 Kumare is Coming to Town

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Rumor has it that a new kumare will soon do the hosting chores together with Tiyang Amy Perez and Nyora Chiqui Roa-Puno on Sapul sa Singko’s mommy-centric segment ‘Kumare Tips.’

The segment dedicated to giving mothers homemaking solutions, financial literacy and other household concerns has been gaining quite a following after its debut on the morning show. And to stir up who the latest kumare is, TV5 recently launched its mobile campaign, “Sino ang Bagong Kumare?” text promo.

Everyone gets the chance to win one of the 50 Kumare Kikay Kit (KKK) treats worth 2,000 pesos each! Just text KK and send to 2346. Each SMS costs Smart and Globe subscribers P2.50, while P2.00 for Sun subscribers.

The announcement of 50 winners will happen on September 5, Monday, during the reveal of the new kumare at 7am on TV5. Watch out for a bigger and better Kumare offering only on the Kapatid Network's morning block.

Glee Season 3 Promo Video

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Catch here the promo video of the 3rd season of Fox's hit series "Glee"


Watch the video here:





Glee Season 3 premieres on September 20 on Fox!

Psychological Thriller “Trust” Explores Online Danger

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Oscar-nominated actors Clive Owen (“Closer”), Catherine Keener (“Capote”) and Viola Davis (“Doubt”) star in Millenium Films' new psychological thriller “Trust,” a controversial film about the perils of online relationships. The timely and critically acclaimed movie will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma).

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron (Owen and Keener) used to sleep well at night, trusting their children were protected. Will, in particular, was comforted by the fact that he and Lynn raised their three bright children, and that once the doors were locked, and the alarm was set, nothing – absolutely nothing – was going to harm his family.

When his 14-year-old daughter, Annie (Liana Liberato), made a new friend online – a 16-year-old boy named Charlie whom she met in a volleyball chat room – Will and Lynn didn’t much think of it. They discussed her friendship with her, assuming this is normal with teenagers who connect through the Internet.

After weeks of communicating online, Annie becomes enraptured by Charlie and finds herself drawn to him more and more. Slowly, she learns he is not who he claims to be; yet, Annie remains intrigued by Charlie, even if the truth behind him is uncovered. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are shattered by their daughter’s actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.




“Trust” producer and director David Schwimmer passionately supports the Rape Foundation of Santa Monica through serving on their Board of Directors and through various fundraising and awareness projects. Through his work, he has met many victims and their families, and has heard many stories, but a few years ago one particular father’s account stood out for him and inspired the actor/director to create a film about online predators in today’s internet age.

He explains, “One of our invited speakers was a father from the community who spoke about the process of coming to terms with his daughter being groomed, and subsequently raped, by an internet predator. He described his conflicting feelings of guilt, rage, pain, impotence and responsibility and how it nearly destroyed him and his family. His incredibly frank and revealing story profoundly affected me, and I realized then that I had found an unusual path into dramatizing this delicate and difficult subject matter in a way that everyone can relate to.”

A Global Pandemic Explodes in New Thriller “Contagion”

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An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus…

One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted, in Warner Bros.’ new global thriller “Contagion.”

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why.

Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage…and ultimately, death. In Minneapolis, Chicago, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case becomes four, then sixteen, then hundreds, thousands, as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day.

A global pandemic explodes.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize to break the code of a unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. Deputy Director Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm’s way. At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine - and who gets it first - Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization works through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what they’re dealing with.




As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

I think it’s always compelling to watch people struggling with a real-world problem, especially one with a ticking clock, where the stakes couldn’t be any higher,” states director Seven Soderbergh.

The inspiration for “Contagion” was sparked by a conversation, he believes, “anyone can relate to.” While working together on their previous project, “The Informant!,” Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns did a fair amount of traveling. Burns recalls, “Steven and I talked about how often it seems people get sick when they travel. So the idea began as an exploration of the vulnerability of human beings in public places. I think all of us, when we come down with something, tend to think back over the past few days and who we spoke to, sat next to, or touched. It’s human nature.”

Sharing airspace with a contagious passenger or handling objects that harbor bacteria and then unconsciously rubbing our eyes can result in an annoying cold, but, the two began to speculate, what if these common, innocent interactions were circulating something much worse? And what if it rapidly expanded to worldwide proportions?

People could be dead before they knew what hit them.

Even more insidious, in the hours between contact and the onset of symptoms, it would be impossible to tell who had it…or who would get it next.

Opening across the Philippines in September, “Contagion” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Charice Out of Glee to Satisfy Lea Michelle?

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Charice will no longer be seen in Fox's hit series "Glee". Why?

New York Post online reported that it was management's decision to remove Charice, who played the role of a Filipina exchange student named Sunshine Corazon, so as not to upset the show's lead star Lea Michele who played Sunshine Corazon's rival Rachel Berry.

According to NYP's source, after Charice and Michelle did their version of "Telephone," everything changed.

From the original 5 appearances, Charice only appeared in the opening and the last 2 episodes of the show.

Charice was signed for a minimum of five episodes and did a press junket with Chord Overstreet. She had a big debut, but things changed and they didn’t put her back in. The word is, Lea is the big star, and producers want to keep her happy,” the source of NYP said.

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy told reporters last January that Charice will be seen in five episodes of the show's second season and will perform big ballads but turned out Charice only reappeared in the last 2 episodes of the show.

However, a “Glee” spokesman refutes the rumor and told NYP:

This is categorically untrue. We love Charice, and she was a wonderful addition to Glee last season. While it is true that she appeared in fewer episodes last year than we originally anticipated, this was due to her busy schedule and the natural creative process in which some story arcs ... did not materialize as planned. Lea is a consummate pro who couldn’t be more welcoming of other powerhouse singers on the show, from Kristin Chenoweth to Idina Menzel, who is set to reprise her role as Rachel’s birth mom this fall.”

New 7 Wonders of Nature Global Poll Update as of August 2011

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New 7 Wonders of Nature recent poll update shows that the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan is currently at the no. 3 spot 77 days before the announcement of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.





From no. 1, the Puerto Princesa Underground River dropped to no. 3 of the Most International voting trends:



While in the Most National voting trends, the Puerto Princesa Underground River secured its 3rd position:



Located in what is considered “the last frontier”, the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan is the country’s lone contender in the global poll now being contested by 27 other official finalists from an initial list of 400 locations worldwide.


2 WAYS TO VOTE: 1. Vote by telephone in three easy steps:

a.) Dial one of these international telephone numbers:
+23 92201055
+1 869 760 5990
+1 649 339 8080
+44 758 900 1290

b) At the end of the message, after the tone, insert the 4 digit code for your chosen nominee. The code for Puerto Princesa Underground River is 7723.

c) When you hear the thank you message, you are all done – you have voted by telephone!


2. Vote online by logging on to the New 7 Wonders of Nature Website

a) On the 6th row of the 3rd column, click the box that pertains to Puerto Princesa Underground River.

b) Then you need to create an account by filling up the form.c) Click “Send Your Vote”

James Soriano's Rant Against Filipino Language Grabs Criticism

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James Soriano, a student of the Ateneo de Manila University and a columnist at Manila Bulletin Online, is fast getting attention (in a negative way, as others may see it) because of his article published last August 24, 2011 in his iThink column in the website where he wrote about the Filipino language - why he consider it as "language of the streets", and comparing it to a household chores like "washing the dishes" and why he thought "Tagalog" words are applicable only to a low-headed-low-mannered common tao.

Soriano also bluntly stated in his article (interestingly not accessible now in MB website) that Philippine national language “might have the capacity to be the language of learning, but it is not the language of the learned.”

The writer, however, brave to admit that he, in fact, smelled worse than rotting fish because "my own language is foreign to me."




Here is the full copy of James Soriano's "Language, learning, identity, privilege" article as published in Manila Bulletin:

MANILA, Philippines — English is the language of learning. I’ve known this since before I could go to school. As a toddler, my first study materials were a set of flash cards that my mother used to teach me the English alphabet.

My mother made home conducive to learning English: all my storybooks and coloring books were in English, and so were the cartoons I watched and the music I listened to. She required me to speak English at home. She even hired tutors to help me learn to read and write in English.

In school I learned to think in English. We used English to learn about numbers, equations and variables. With it we learned about observation and inference, the moon and the stars, monsoons and photosynthesis. With it we learned about shapes and colors, about meter and rhythm. I learned about God in English, and I prayed to Him in English.

Filipino, on the other hand, was always the ‘other’ subject — almost a special subject like PE or Home Economics, except that it was graded the same way as Science, Math, Religion, and English. My classmates and I used to complain about Filipino all the time. Filipino was a chore, like washing the dishes; it was not the language of learning. It was the language we used to speak to the people who washed our dishes.

We used to think learning Filipino was important because it was practical: Filipino was the language of the world outside the classroom. It was the language of the streets: it was how you spoke to the tindera when you went to the tindahan, what you used to tell your katulong that you had an utos, and how you texted manong when you needed “sundo na.”

These skills were required to survive in the outside world, because we are forced to relate with the tinderas and the manongs and the katulongs of this world. If we wanted to communicate to these people — or otherwise avoid being mugged on the jeepney — we needed to learn Filipino.

That being said though, I was proud of my proficiency with the language. Filipino was the language I used to speak with my cousins and uncles and grandparents in the province, so I never had much trouble reciting.

It was the reading and writing that was tedious and difficult. I spoke Filipino, but only when I was in a different world like the streets or the province; it did not come naturally to me. English was more natural; I read, wrote and thought in English. And so, in much of the same way that I learned German later on, I learned Filipino in terms of English. In this way I survived Filipino in high school, albeit with too many sentences that had the preposition ‘ay.’

It was really only in university that I began to grasp Filipino in terms of language and not just dialect. Filipino was not merely a peculiar variety of language, derived and continuously borrowing from the English and Spanish alphabets; it was its own system, with its own grammar, semantics, sounds, even symbols.

But more significantly, it was its own way of reading, writing, and thinking. There are ideas and concepts unique to Filipino that can never be translated into another. Try translating bayanihan, tagay, kilig or diskarte.

Only recently have I begun to grasp Filipino as the language of identity: the language of emotion, experience, and even of learning. And with this comes the realization that I do, in fact, smell worse than a malansang isda. My own language is foreign to me: I speak, think, read and write primarily in English. To borrow the terminology of Fr. Bulatao, I am a split-level Filipino.

But perhaps this is not so bad in a society of rotten beef and stinking fish. For while Filipino may be the language of identity, it is the language of the streets. It might have the capacity to be the language of learning, but it is not the language of the learned.

It is neither the language of the classroom and the laboratory, nor the language of the boardroom, the court room, or the operating room. It is not the language of privilege. I may be disconnected from my being Filipino, but with a tongue of privilege I will always have my connections.

So I have my education to thank for making English my mother language.


So, as a citizen of this country, what's your thought on Soriano's candid rant about Philippine's native language?

Will and Jada Smith Not Separated, To Sue Source of Divorce Rumor

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Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith denied false accusations about their marriage (read related article HERE) but that doesn't stop there - Will and Jada have reportedly in private talks with their legal team and might take legal actions against the source of inaccurate reports about their marriage.

"Will and Jada are not splitting and they've already got their legal team involved," a source told RadarOnline.

"Like any other A-list couple they're used to inaccurate reports sometimes, but when it comes to their marriage, they don't appreciate anyone demeaning it.

"They're good sports and they're laughing about it, but they have to talk about it with their legal council to protect themselves," the insider further revealed.

Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla Celebrate First Wedding Anniversary in Maldives

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Mariel Rodriguez and her loving husband Robin Padilla celebrated their first wedding anniversary at the Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa in Maldives.

Mariel keeps her fans updated by sharing "The Buzz" a video clip of how they spent their time together in a stunningly beautiful island of the best underwater experiences and nature-tripping - far from the eye of Philippine showbiz.

"It’s so beautiful here in Maldives. This is where me and my sweet babe are celebrating our first anniversary and we are going to have a romantic dinner by the beach." she said while filming herself and Robin.

Last Tuesday on SNN, Mariel shared even further their experiences and different activities that they shared as a couple while in Maldives.

"Masaya. Nag-enjoy kami. Relaxing.
"Yung first day pinictorial ako ni Robin. He makes you feel beautiful. Day two naman, nag-biking kami." Mariel shared.

Robin, on the other hand, explained that he did his best to make their first wedding anniversary celebration a memorable experience for his wife.

"Gusto kong maging alaalang maganda ‘yon kaya lahat ng puwde kong gawin na sorpresa sa kanya, ginawa ko.Talagang binabantayan namin ang sunrise at sunset," Robin said.

Marian Rivera and Bong Revilla Jr. Talk About "Ang Panday: Ikalawang Aklat"

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Marian Rivera, despite her busy schedule, find ways to allocate time for the filming of Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 movie entry "Ang Panday: Ikalawang Aklat" starring Senator Bong Revilla Jr.


Watch Marian and Bong talk about the movie here:





Ang Panday: Ikalawang Aklat - Trailer:




"Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday: Ikalawang Aklat" is a co-production of GMA Films and Imus Productions.

Showing on Christmas day, the movie will also be made available in 3D in select theaters nationwide.

Video credit: byTalmage4DY and hernantubid on YouTube

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO, Replaces by Tim Cook

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Steve Jobs, Silicon Valley's CEO and the mind behind the great inventions like iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into the world's most powerful technology company, resigned as Chief Executive of Apple Inc. on Wednesday.

Jobs who is on medical leave for an unspecified condition since January 17 said he can no longer handle the job but will continue to play a leadership role.

Apple's chief operating officer and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook was immediately named the company's new leader as recommended by Jobs himself

In a brief resignation letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community," Jobs said he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."

Genentech Inc. Chairman Art Levinson, in a statement issued on behalf of Apple's board, said Jobs' "extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company."

Levinson also said that Jobs will continue to provide "his unique insights, creativity and inspiration," and that the board has "complete confidence" that Cook is the right person to replace him.

Kim Hyun Joong Arrives in Manila, To Perform Live in TriNoma Tonight

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Kim Hyun Joong is in Manila for The Hi-Five Touch Event tonight, 6p.m., at the TriNoma Activity Center to promote his brand new album “Break down,” distributed by PolyEast Records.

All music fans have to do is buy a copy of “Break down” at the event through Astroplus after which a special lotte card will be issued and exchanged for a High 5 touch pass issued by TriNoma. Note that there will be no ticket selling, no autograph signing, no meet & greet nor picture-taking but just a simple “gimme me five” up-close and personal moment with Kim Hyun Joong.




Kim Hyun Joong debuts with the album “Break down” as he displays a different persona compared to his SS501 days. Hyun Joong has taken the most generic route out of all the SS501 member's solo activities - typical synthesizer instrumentals, heavy beats and catchy choruses as well as bubblegum pop.

After rounding up his tour both in the US and South Korea, Kim Hyun Joong hit back the studio and recorded this mini-album with KAT-TUN producer Steven Lee.

Kim Hyun Joong’s involvement in making the album together with Japanese group V6 and Lee allowed him to reveal his talent as a solo artist. “Break Down” consists of six songs, with one instrumental version of the title track.

The title track is a powerful synthesized song with an urban style which features the stylish rapping of South Korea’s Double K; and Ken Lewis (Eminem, Kanye West, Usher and John Legend) as the single’s producer. The music video for "Break Down" was simultaneously released with the single’s digital release.

Marking his comeback to the music scene, the album also features the previously released single “Please” in which Kim Hyun Joong portrayed a different and mature image in his music video. Other album highlights include “Intro (Let Me Go)” which opens with a magnificent pipe organ melody. Also in the album is the song “Kiss Kiss,” another pop/dance song interestingly accompanied with an acoustic guitar, as well as the dance-y, “Yes I Will.”

Aside from the Philippines, “Break Down” will also be released in South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Kim Hyun Joong’s solo mini-album “Break Down” is available at all record bars nationwide exclusively distributed by PolyEast Records in cooperation with KeyEast Entertainment and CJ E&M Korea. Special thanks to TriNoma, Edsa Shangri-La, The Black Fleet, Astroplus, Sparkling, MYX, and Manila Bulletin.

KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual Break-up, What's the Real Score?

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KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual's 10-months relationship is allegedly not in a good state right now.

This report which is fast becoming the latest talks in tabloids, blogs and several networking sites was slightly confirmed by KC's megamom Sharon Cuneta in her interview last night at "TV Patrol World".

"Uulitin ko sinabi ng Daddy ko noon, ‘Kahit Metro Aide ang maging asawa niya, basta siya 'yung mahal na mahal, 'yung alagang-alaga,’" Sharon said.

Sharon said that she never meddle in KC's relationships as long as she knows that man loves and takes care of her.

"Kasi, 'di ko pinalaki 'yan para i-take for granted lang at balewalain. Unfair naman!"

Reminding KC what they've personally been through in life and love, Sharon has this to say to KC: "Basta, Kristina, mama's here. Don’t forget you’re my daughter. We love you. We went through so much when you were little. You don’t have to go through it yourself."

Jackson Hole Summit to Help Boost US Economy

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Jackson Hole Summit speech of Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday may hint at yet another monetary push to boost the slowing U.S. economy.

However, the Wall Street Journal reported most economists think that such suggestions at the annual conference of economists in this Wyoming resort “are overly optimistic.”

"Bernanke is unlikely to fulfill the markets' hopes that he will pave the way for a third round of asset purchases (QE3)," economists from Toronto's Capital Economics wrote in a note Wednesday that was reported in the Wall Street Journal. "And even if he did, QE3 is unlikely to boost the economy, equity prices or commodity prices by as much as QE1 and QE2 [did]."

At last year’s conference, Bernanke unveiled plans for a $600-million round of bond buying, which the Journal said he “essentially unveiled QE2.” The action triggered positive market reaction.

This year, markets will be listening closely to Bernanke’s words for any hint at a stimulus from the United States government. The New York Times reported that speeches from the Fed are made to “cause minimal market excitement - either good or bad” and previous announcements by the Fed suggest little change in policy.

Read full article HERE.

Bank of America Stock in Danger

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Bank of America (BAC) stock most likely to collapse.


The stock of a humongous American bank, Bank of America (BAC), is collapsing.

This is stoking fears that Bank of America will go bust, taking the whole economy down with it.

Why is Bank of America's stock tanking?

Because the market thinks Bank of America is worth much less than Bank of America's management says it is.

In fact, in what is fast becoming a formal law of bank-stock thermo-dynamics, the more the bank insists that everything's fine, the more investors take this as a signal to run for the hills.

Meanwhile, the more the bank's stock drops, the more expensive and painful it will be for it to raise cash if and when it finally admits that the market was right all along (the next formal law of bank stock thermo-dynamics being that the market is generally right.)

And given that Bank of America has now persuasively broken the $7 barrier and now has a mere $65 billion of equity value left, this death spiral can't continue much longer. (The good news, I suppose, is that the stock can't fall below zero).

Today, after I wrote a blog post in which I described a few asset categories that Bank of America observers are skeptical about, Bank of America once again defended itself (by attacking me and saying the figures I had relayed were wrong). But the stock still dropped another ~4%.

This begs the question: How solvent is Bank of America, anyway? Will the government have to step in again and bail it out?

NYU finance professor Viral Acharya, the author of Guaranteed to Fail, says that Bank of America is the most vulnerable of the major banks, as well as the most "systemically risky." He thinks it's possible that, under some economic scenarios, Bank of America will need more capital, as described in the accompanying video. He also thinks the government should analyze its books, perform another round of stress-tests, and, if necessary, re-capitalize it.

- Yahoo News

Will and Jada Smith Will Bring Separation Rumors to Court

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Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are still inlove! Basing on what their joint statement said "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completey false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact." the couple are very much together.

And to stop this rumor to further, Will and Jada Smith is seriously considering to take this matter in court.

"They're good sports and they're laughing about it, but they have to talk about it with their legal council to protect themselves," a source revealed.

In Touch Magazine, the source of this divorce allegations, might be in trouble?

You Can Make Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup Get a Spot in the Miss Universe 2011 Semi-final Round. How? Click HERE

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For the first time in the 60-years history of the Miss Universe® Competition, the pageant stated a new additional rule in the selection process which is a global fan vote that may automatically advance a contestant to the semifinals.

Fans residing in represented countries will be able to vote online at www.missuniverse.com or www.NBC.com from 4 a.m. on Aug. 20 until 6 a.m. on Sept. 12 (Manila Time). Only 10 votes per e-mail address per day will be counted. The contestant with the highest average gets a spot in the semifinals.


To Vote:

1. Log on to www.missuniverse.com or www.nbc.com (you may also click HERE)

2. Follow the Registration instructions:

a. Type in your e-mail address

b. Confirm that you are at least 16 years old

c. Accept the Terms and Conditions


3. Click on “VOTE”


4. Give Miss Philippines a “10” ranking! (1 is the lowest, 10 is the highest)

5. If done correctly, you will receive a message on your screen.

Photo credit: MissUniverse2011

Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Rated "B" by CEB

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Tween Academy: Class of 2012, a co-production of GMA Films and SMDC, got a "B" ratings from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

Tween Academy: Class of 2012 deals with the pains of tweens, or those undergoing the stage between childhood and adulthood, and conquering fears to discover one's self.

The story centers on the lives of three friends—Enzo (Elmo Magalona), a timid boy who has yet to find faith in himself; Georgina (Bea Binene), a boyish and athletic girl who falls in love with her childhood friend Jepoy and struggles to express her feelings; and Kara (Barbie Forteza), an outspoken, anime fanatic who hides her identity from an acquaintance in her online retailing business.

Although they are strongly bonded, they are infamously called the Imba Trio or the invisible three who are the butt of jokes and nasty tricks in their high school.

Topbilled by Kapuso's young love teams: Joshua Dionisio and Barbie Forteza, Jake Vargas and Bea Binene, Joyce Ching and Kristofer Martin, Lexi Fernandez and Derick Monasterio, Louise delos Reyes and Alden Richards and Elmo Magalona. With the special participation of Sam Pinto.

Tween Academy: Class of 2012 now open in cinemas nationwide.

Kris Aquino Opens Her New Home at YES! Magazine September 2011 Issue

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Kris Aquino is on the cover of Yes! Magazine September 2011 issue.

In this edition, the Queen of All Media grants Yes! an all-access pass to her twin condo units in one of Makati's sought-after addresses while giving out details about her lovelife, career and family.

Yes! Magazine September 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstore and supermarkets nationwide.

Libya War Update: 91 Pinoys in Libya Sign up for Repatriation

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Libya based Filipino workers want to be repatriated from war-torn Libya.

Mayroon tayong mga 91 na nag-signify na of their intention to leave Libya,” said Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Hernandez said they are now firming up plans for repatriation with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

This will be repatriation by sea,” he said.

Hernandez explained that they still have to convince more Filipinos to avail of the repatriation being arranged by the embassy.

On Monday, the DFA raised the alert level in Libya to 4, which means the mandatory evacuation and repatriation of Filipino nationals in the area at the Philippine government’s expense.

It’s alert level number 4 which is mandatory repatriation. But at the end of the day, it’s still the decision of our workers whether to leave or not. But given the circumstances, we are hoping that they would take this offer of repatriation,” he said.

However, Hernandez said that since it's dangerous to go out, Filipinos have been advised to stay in doors and wait for further advice from the embassy.

But for now, because the streets are full of danger, there are clashes in the streets, machine gun fires and explosions and even celebratory activities, we are enjoining our Filipinos in Libya not to go out into the streets but to stay in their home and workplaces and wait for the advice from the embassy in the preparation for their eventual repatriation,” he said.

- Source

Manila Hostage Crisis Marks 1st Year Anniversary

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Manila hostage crisis in Quirino Grandstand marks its 1st year anniversary yesterday.

And to remember the 8 Hong Kong nationals who were shot dead during the tragedy a Buddhist ceremony was held at the same location where the incident happened.

Radio dzMM reporter Noel Alamar said a Buddhist monk officiated the ceremony for the victims.

Relatives of the 8 Hong Kong nationals killed in the August 23 incident attendied the ceremony at the Quirino Grandstand.

The families were joined by Filipino anti-crime groups like Teresita Ang See’s Citizens Action against Crime and Dante Jimenez’s Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.

Also present at the event were Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and tourist police officials led by Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla.

Studio 23 Airs “US Girls August Awards”

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Studio 23’s lifestyle program “Us Girls” airs its 2011 Us Girls August Awards in two parts starting tomorrow night, August 25, as the show honors the local industry’s most influential personalities in fashion, entertainment, and beauty.

Actress Anne Curtis emerged “Icon of the Year” for excelling in her craft and her influence as a fashion icon, and for her numerous commercial endorsements and charitable works.

Catch the appearances of Julia Montes as Face of the Year, stylist Liz Uy, model Georgina Wilson and host Bianca Gonzales as the Most Fashionable Females, while actors Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, and entrepreneur Hayden Kho were named as Most Fashionable Males.

Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli, Gretchen Fullido, and Bianca Manalo won the Sexiest Male and Female awards.

The people who glam up celebrities were also honored like Steven Doloso, RB Chanco, Ricci Chan and Albert Kurniawan as Make Up Artists of the Year, while Bang Pineda, Bianca Cordero, Patty Yap, Kim Yap, Boop Yap and Geolette Esguerra as Stylists of the Year.

Watch the first part of the awards night in “Us Girls” with hosts Iya Villania, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, at Angel Aquino and performances from Gloc 9, Marie Digby, General Luna, Franco, Rocksteddy, Pedicab, 3 AM and Princess Velasco tomorrow, August 25, 9:30 pm on Studio 23 or catch up on www.studio23.tv after its airing.

Evil Moves In Next Door in Horror-Thriller “Fright Night”

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What happens when evil moves in next door and no one believes you?

When teenager Charley Brewster can’t get anyone to listen to him - not even his mom or his girlfriend - he takes it upon himself to get rid of the menace that is terrorizing his peaceful, suburban neighborhood in DreamWorks Pictures’ horror-filled, fun ride “Fright Night,” screaming into theaters this September.

Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a high school senior who’s on top of the world - he’s running with the popular crowd and dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most coveted girl in school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a nice guy - at first. But there’s something not quite right, and no one else, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette) seems to notice!

After observing some very strange activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone of this, Charley looks to popular Las Vegas illusionist and self-proclaimed vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant) for help and advice before taking matters into his own hands to get rid of the monster.

Given our current cultural fascination with vampires, the timing was perfect for a reimagining of “Fright Night,” the beloved 1985 horror-film classic. As Producer Alison Rosenzweig and Executive Producer Michael Gaeta, who are big fans of genre films, vampire movies, and this one in particular, said, “We had been tracking the rights to the property for a couple of years, and when we realized that they were going to become available, we pounced.”

An aspect of the story that also appealed to the producing team is that “Fright Night” is a tale of a young man’s coming-of-age. “There’s a life-cycle issue here that everyone can universally identify with,” Gaeta says. “Charley’s journey from adolescence to becoming a full man and a hero is something that resonates with people because I think everyone has been through that process. It’s an examination of watching a boy not only turn into a man but discovering who he is and who he wants to be.”

Charley is a former geek who’s in denial that he ever was a geek,” Rosenzweig concurs. “He’s shunning his old friends and trying to incorporate himself into the hip crowd. He becomes a man when he confronts the vampire and has to try to defeat him.”

Adolescence is a crossroads for everyone. It is a time when one begins to define who they are. “Charley is in turmoil about the choices he’s making about his friends and his relationship with his mother, and he’s trying to figure it all out,” Director Craig Gillespie says. “Oddly enough, the vampire helps focus Charley and makes him aware of what’s important in life.”

The filmmakers knew from the start that they wanted to maintain the basic story and the delicate balance of comedy and horror of the original film. That was one of the important aspects of the project that Gillespie loved about the screenplay. “There are really horrific moments that are very scary, and also very human moments,” Gillespie says. “It wasn’t just a straight genre film. The script managed to balance thriller, humor and horror.”

But humor and emotional moments aside, the horror-thriller element in “Fright Night” is certainly not to be denied. This vampire is not a lovesick, conflicted being - he is an insatiable, unstoppable predator, like the shark in “Jaws.”

Concludes star Colin Farrell, “There are none of those romantic leanings. This vampire is just a killer. He’s over four hundred years old. He’s probably a little bit bored when we find him, but he feeds. He just feeds to exist!

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Fright Night is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

- Columbia Pictures PR

“Contagion” Character Posters

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Warner Bros. has just revealed six character posters for its new global thriller “Contagion” from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.

The individual posters feature the characters played by Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne.







“Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh from an original screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, “Contagion” also stars Bryan Cranston and Sanaa Lathan.

Opening across the Philippines in September, “Contagion” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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