Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Noynoy pleases crowd with ‘unrehearsed’ songs in post-inaugural concert

He thinks being gunned down in a coup d’etat attempt is easier than singing on stage. Nevertheless, Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III showed another kind of bravery by giving in to the crowd’s request for him to sing, as he ended his first day as President with a post-inaugural concert on Wednesday night.

To the cheers of an estimated 120,000 people who attended the free concert and “street party" at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Aquino performed two songs: Michel Legrand’s 1960s hit “Watch What Happens" and Freddie Aguilar’s 1970s favorite “Estudyante Blues." A bit of awkwardness showing in his voice, Aquino chose to cut short his first song. But the crowd demanded another performance, to which the new president obliged. “Yung talumpati ko ho kanina, hindi ko na ho na-practice. Pati ho itong kanta ho, hindi ko na na-practice. Mas madali pa ho noong na-coup d’etat ako noong 1987. Pero kung pinipilit niyo po talaga ako, pababalikin ko po sila (his back-up singers)," he said. (I wasn’t able to practice the speech I gave earlier today. Even this song, I was unable to practice. It was easier when I experienced the 1987 coup d’etat. But if you’re really pushing me, I can call on my back-up singers to come back.)

Aquino — who sustained gunshot wounds during a coup attempt in 1987 to oust his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino — said he still performed during the concert despite not being comfortable with singing, to thank the crowd who braved the rains just to attend the event. “Para ho sa bayan, bilang pasasalamat sa mga taong pumunta rito kahit maulan para lang makisaya sa ating pagkapanalo (For the people, as my thanksgiving to the people who came to attend despite the rains just to share our victory celebration)," he said in an interview after his performance.

Shortly before 10 p.m., wearing his trademark yellow collared shirt imprinted with a Philippine map, Aquino arrived at the Quezon Memorial Circle — a landmark monument to the country’s first President, Manuel L. Quezon, in the center of the city also named after him. Aquino joined his nephews Josh and Baby James, children of sister Kris, at the front row. Aquino sisters Ballsy, Pinky and Viel were also present. A few minutes after, the president’s girlfriend and Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad, wearing the same shirt as Aquino’s, joined him. Also at the concert were Quezon City congressman Feliciano Belmonte, Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri and former Akbayan Rep. Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel

Aquino’s close-in team, which included Liberal Party senatorial candidates Nereus Acosta and Martin Bautista, performed a surprise song number for the president during the concert. Other musical performers included Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Gabby Concepcion, Zsa-zsa Padilla and Arnel Pineda. Kyla, Jay-R, Nina, Jed Madela, Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Pooh, Pokwang and Kamikazee also performed during the concert. The concert ended shortly before midnight with a 10-minute fireworks display.—JV, GMANews.TV

Pres. Noynoy Aquino Sings At His Inaugural Concert

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Boy Abunda faces new challenge as a teacher

Boy Abunda faces new challenge as a teacher

MANILA, Philippines - From being a TV host and a talent manager, Boy Abunda is facing a new challenge as a hotshot teacher.

Dubbed as the King of Talk, Abunda is known for doing explosive interviews with the country's biggest stars.

Now, however, he is facing a new chapter in his life and career as a professor teaching the subject Radio and Television Practices and Principles at Philippine Women's University.

In an interview with "Showbiz News Ngayon," Abunda said that it was his big dream to teach.

"Excited. Bagong kabanata sa aking buhay. One of the things that I've always wanted to do was to teach. Baon baon ko din po ang aking karanasan. Lahat ng mga palabas na ginawa ko sa telebisyon, lahat ng mga radio programs na aking nagawa. Lumalawak na ika nga ang aking mundo hindi lang sa loob ng studio kung di tayo ay pumupunta na sa eskwelahan," Abunda said.

After his first day of teaching, Abunda shared his happiness fulfilling his dream to teach and also learn something new from his students.

"Ang sarap po talaga ng karanasan. Parang humuhugot kayo ng kakaibang excitement mula sa mga estudyante and it's so fulfilling," he said.

"Ang dami mo talagang natutunan talaga kasi research driven yong klase. Apat na oras yon," Abunda added.

Currently, hosting "SNN" and "The Buzz," Abunda also snatched the spotlight when reports surfaced that President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is eyeing him to head the Department of Tourism.

He was recently in the news again when he first broke the news that his best friend Kris Aquino, youngest sister of President-elect Aquino, is again having marital problems with her husband, star cager James Yap.

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Pacquiao is no Fighter of the Decade?Mayweather Sr.

Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather, Sr. has not yet gotten over the fact that the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) bestowed the Fighter of the Decade Award on Manny Pacquiao instead of his son, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Pacquiao ain't no f***ing fighter of the decade. He is a p**sy,” Floyd Sr. told Percy Crawford of

“Pacquiao has 2 draws and a loss in this decade. Lil Floyd is undefeated in this decade and in his career,” argued the elder Mayweather.

The Filipino boxing superstar, a 7-division world champion and the Sarangani Province congressman-elect, has 51 wins (with 38 knockouts), 3 losses and 2 draws.

The unbeaten Floyd Jr. of the United States has 41 victories with 25 knockouts.

Floyd Sr. went on to ask what would happen if Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in their possible showdown which is being negotiated by Top Rank, Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions.

He said, “What award they gonna give my son when he whoops Pacquiao?”

Trainer Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao

According to Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya, they are “very close” to finalizing the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight deal. (Read: De la Hoya: Pacquiao-Mayweather almost a done deal)

Floyd Sr. then took a shot at the BWAA for handing over its first Fighter of the Decade Award to Pacquiao.

“That's the kind of sh*t that hurts boxing. It makes no sense. Too many people in the sport don't know what the f**k's going on. That kind of sh*t right there is why boxing stays on the ropes,” he lamented.

Aside from being declared as Fighter of the Decade, Pacquiao was also named the Fighter of the Year early this month in New York.

BWAA President Jack Hirsch explained that Pacquiao had more dominating victories from 2000 to 2009 such as his KO wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

The Filipino boxing icon edged Floyd Jr. and Joe Calzaghe, both undefeated fighters, in the BWAA voting. (Read: Why Pacquiao won Fighter of Decade Award) – With reports from and

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Pinoy nurses in Northern Marianas complain of delayed, partial wages

GARAPAN, Saipan – At least 22 Filipino nurses and auxiliary personnel in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) have complained they have not been paid on time for as long as three months now.

Some nurses received partial payments for their salaries, but are still uncertain whether they would get paid in full or if they would get paid after all in the next pay period.

The 22 overseas health workers are employed by a private employment agency, Saipan Employment Agency and Services, for work in the CNMI, a U.S. territory some three hours away from Manila.

These Filipino nurses are assigned to the CNMI government-run Rota Health Center and Tinian Health Center, located in two other major islands of the CNMI.

In the CNMI’s capital island of Saipan, nurses in the government-run hospital are directly employed by the government and do not experience salary delays.

Most of the government nurses in Saipan and in the whole Northern Marianas are Filipinos.

Nagi-stay pa rin kami dito dahil ayaw naman naming iwanan ang mga pasyente namin. Pero sana maayos na itong problema namin. Sana ma-hire na kami directly ng gobyerno. Hindi na namin makakayanan kapag ‘di pa kami makatanggap ng sweldo," one of the Filipino nurses at the Rota Health Center told GMANews.TV.

(We’re staying here because we don’t want to abandon our patients. But we’re hoping that our problem would be addressed. We hope we’d be hired directly by the government. We can’t stand it any longer if we still don’t receive our wages.)

Filipino nurses in both Tinian and Rota do not want to be identified, fearing retaliation from either the employment agency or the CNMI government.

Since March 2010, nurses in Rota received payments covering only the hourly $4.55 minimum wage of their salaries, and not their complete hourly salary of $8.93 to $9.20 an hour.

These nurses’ employment agency, SEAS, has also been permanently barred and disqualified from hiring, renewing or employing foreign workers in the CNMI because of labor violations.

SEAS appealed the decision, but the CNMI Department of Labor upheld the debarment and disqualification. The agency can still appeal the latest decision.

The employment agency likewise said it has not been receiving payments from the CNMI government and, as a result, could not pay these Filipino nurses for the services they render at the government health centers.

CNMI lawmakers stepped in to identify funds to pay the nurses salary. However, the funding appropriated by lawmakers and approved by the governor could only cover partial payment of the salaries.

The Philippine Consulate General in Saipan could not be reached as of posting time.

Records from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration show there are over 3,200 Filipino workers in the US territory as of 2009.—JMA/JV, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Repost From AP

Willie OKs Rico J's guesting in Wowowee

Willie OKs Rico J's guesting in Wowowee

MANILA, Philippines - Seasoned pop artist Rico J. Puno appeared on ABS-CBN's popular noontime show "Wowowee" as a guest co-host for the day.

Introduced as "John Lloyd Cruz," Puno temporarily replaced Kanto Boys stars Luis Manzano, John Lloyd Cruz and Billy Crawford as host of the show.

In an exclusive interview with, Puno said that he asked the approval of his friend Willie Revillame before taking on the hosting job. Revillame, main host of Wowowee, took an indefinite leave from the show following a tiff with "The Buzz" co-host Jobert Sucaldito.

"Oo, alam niya. Tinext ko nga kanina ang sabi ko panoorin mo ako at guest co-host ako. (Biro niya) 'Hindi na ako manonood kasi binenta ko na lahat ng TV ko. At saka ikaw naman ang guest.'

"OK naman at ipinaalam ko lang dahil sa kaibigan tayo ni Willie."

Puno said it was an honor for him to substitute for his friend who helped him a lot.

"Isang malaking karangalan para temporary na maghost kasi malaki din ang tulong sa akin ni Willie," Puno said.

The singer shared his happiness as the viewers and live audience welcomed him warmly.

"Oo ang sarap, okay. Biglaan 'yon pero siyempre kaibigan natin si Willie. Alam mo kapag Wowowee Willie 'yon enjoy na enjoy naman tuwang tuwa din ako kasi ang ganda ng reaction ng mga tao ang sarap palang mag-host doon kaya pala dumami ang pera ni Willie," Puno joked.

Simply known as Rico J, the singer admitted that his one-day hosting stint in Wowowee will really help a lot to promote his upcoming shows in United States.

"'Yung tour namin sa States sa September na i-plug ng todo at nagkaroon ng matinding media coverage, yon lang kaya salamat," the singer said.

According to Rico, Wowowee will be going to Davao this Saturday (June 12).

Reposted From AP

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Repost From China Jocson Of GMA News TV

Immodest proposal to make Noynoy younger looking

The future president of the Philippines has just turned 50, but some say he looks years older. Have you ever wondered what presidential front–runner Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III would look like if he had a makeover? Known for his frugal nature and no–nonsense approach to style, Aquino probably won’t spend a dime, much less undergo a cosmetic procedure, to change his looks. But if he’s going to be the face of the Philippines for the next six years, it won’t hurt to look the part of a youthful president who is expected to be the country’s new superhero.

GMANews.TV sought insights from well-known cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vicky Belo to give Aquino a virtual makeover. Belo thinks a few minor procedures to enhance the senator’s appearance could help improve his image. “It is important that Noynoy looks approachable. We don’t want a president looking worried all the time," Belo said.

Belo’s assessment focused on four areas of concern: Aquino’s hair, eye bags, skin, and facial lines.

“His receding hairline makes him appear older. I want to keep him young and a hair transplant can do just that," Belo said candidly. The stress and exhaustion of long campaign hours had also taken a toll on Aquino, making his eye bags more apparent. The cosmetic doctor’s suggestion: “Minor surgery to rid the sagging skin will make him look fresh once again." Belo also noticed Aquino’s melasma (a brownish patch surrounding his skin) and uneven skin tone brought about by too much sun exposure. She suggested Aquino use Cosmelan, a topical cream his celebrity sister Kris also uses to treat the sun damage she incurred during the campaign. For the finishing touch, Belo recommended a botox injection to erase Noynoy’s deep facial lines. When it comes to matters of beauty and aesthetics, Belo had a final tip for Aquino: “Maybe he should listen to Kris." Style matters While it’s highly unlikely that the future president will go under the knife, it seems possible he will at least consider a change of wardrobe. After all he has willingly worn outfits given by Kris, who replenishes his wardrobe with barong tagalog and pants made by big name designers. When Noynoy was photographed for the cover of Time magazine recently, he decided that the occasion was fit for something more stylish and called in Liz Uy, who also styles his sister Kris, for some fashion reinforcement. So how does someone like Noynoy, who has a habit of sticking to simple and baggy outfits, look hip yet respectable? Designer Puey Quiñones willingly took the challenge of designing a potential wardrobe for the future president. “Noynoy is always an interesting person to design for, whether he is president or not. I find it challenging to be able to bring out his personality through his clothes," Quiñones quipped. He created a barong design with a detail that has been distinctly identified with Aquino - the ribbon. Quiñones’ first sketch shows a suitable outfit for Aquino’s inauguration. The ribbon embroidery is the barong’s main accent. And although he is known for his colorful approach to style, Quiñones opted to make the future president’s barong monochromatic.

“It makes the ensemble formal and dignified. I also made it tapered as opposed to Noynoy’s usual barongs which he wears in the senate. The tapered cut adds form and structure," he explained. Quiñones’ keen eyes noticed that Aquino would always roll up or fold the sleeves of his barong when he was working in the Senate, and took this preference into consideration in the second sketch.

“The messenger style barong is comfortable, it can be worn as his daily outfit. The sleeves are short so folding won’t be necessary," he said. He also suggested using Italian linen or jusi for the barong, still accented by the trademark ribbon. Surely, more pressing matters occupy the mind of the future Philippine president. But before he changes the face of the Philippines, maybe he would do well to enhance his image first. As self-image advocate Dr. Maxwell Maltz said, “Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become." - China Jocson, GMANews.TV

Reposted From China Jocson Of GMA News.TV

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Gretchen gets almost naked during taping

Gretchen gets almost naked during taping

MANILA, Philippines - Actress Gretchen Barretto figured in a wardrobe malfunction accident while she was with her newest on-screen partner Derek Ramsay.

While taping for her upcoming series "Magkaribal," the hem of Gretchen's red gown was caught in a wheel of a moving motorbike, pulling down her gown in the process.

The wardrobe malfunction happened while Derek was the one driving the motorbike.

"We are on a motorbike. Gretchen is looking beautiful at the back of the bike with her long gown and we are trying to get this effect na we will fly by the camera with dress," Derek said.

"Nakayakap ako sa inyo. Maya maya nakaganoon na ako (leaning backward). Akala ko may humihila. 'Yon pala yong tire inipit 'yong gown tapos sumigaw ako," Gretchen said.

Derek said Gretchen's gown was pulled down.

"In other words nahubaran ako," La Greta added.

"So ako naman I felt her let go so I hit the brakes. She fell forward then she just said 'don't move.' Alam ko na. When I hit the brakes she fell forward so I was able to cover her," Derek said.

Gretchen added, "Nung nahulog [yung gown] na talagang down, wala akong sticker bra, wala akong niplets. Buti na lang nakatalikod si Derek. Pero sabi niya may mirror siya sa harap pero hindi siya tumingin.

"Kung hindi dahil kay Derek wala na ako ngayon. Buhay ako dahil sa kanya. Thank you ha," Gretchen told Derek.

Gretchen said that she's just thankful that she and Derek were not hurt in the incident. What makes her sad, though, was her expensive red gown, which according to reports, is worth P80,000.

"Hindi ko sasabihin kung magkano. Actually hindi ko pa nababayaran," Gretchen said.

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Repost From Mario Dumaual Of ABS-CBN News

Boy Abunda open to joining Cabinet after ABS-CBN contract ends

Boy Abunda open to joining Cabinet after ABS-CBN contract ends

MANILA, Philippines – After saying that he was “not inclined” to accept a Cabinet position in president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s government, television host and talent manager Boy Abunda is now singing a different tune.

Abunda clarified that he is not closing his doors to the possibility of serving the Aquino administration, at least, not “while I am under contract with ABS-CBN."

“Kasi baka sabihin nila kakainin ko ang mga salita ko ngayon. I am not closing my doors. But am I going to accept any offer, halimbawa, today? I am not. No, I am not going to take the position,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Abunda said his contract with ABS-CBN will end in 2011.

Aquino, older brother of Kris Aquino, is eyeing Abunda to become tourism secretary. He took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

When sought for reaction, Abunda initially said that although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now... giving him advice -- devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said. -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Reposted From Mario Dumaual of ABS-CBN News

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Repost From Gerry Plaza

Being ‘bitter’ on Twitter

By Gerry Plaza – May 31st, 2010
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Showbiz Eye by Gerry Plaza
Special to Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Celebrity catfights come dime a dozen.

As such, it was really not totally unexpected that these face-offs reach the social networking site Twitter which most Pinoy celebrities consider their virtual hang out. Aside from the usual exchange of updates and status messages, they band together over interests, network affiliations, or, quite interestingly, their experiences in romantic relationships.

One controversial “Twitter group” that emerged in the recent weeks was one named “Ampalaya Anonymous,” named after the bitter-tasting vegetable describing the members purported ill-fated romances.

If you are a female celebrity, single, somewhat prominent in the biz, and quite known for being “bitter” about your love life, welcome to this group.

Members of this group are quite unsurprising, given the popularity, and notoriety of their romantic tales. Following Rich Asuncion, Cristine Reyes, Bianca King, Bubbles Paraiso, Glaiza de Castro, Maxene Magalona, and Angel Locsin on Twitter would yield admirable tweets of support and compassion of each other’s predicaments. Above all, they found allies.

But the “alliance” can rear its ugly head. There were recent tweets from members of the group that referred to another female celebrity who may not be as bitter as the rest of the bunch. Pauleen Luna had her share of heartbreaks, i.e. Diether Ocampo’s denials and Sherwin Gatchalian’s political commitments, but they did not lead to a bitterness that needed a Twitter group. The young actress became the alleged subject of nasty tweets from Ampalaya Anonymous. These chirping brickbats came about after Pauleen was linked to Survivor Philippines’ Survivor JC Tiuseco in entertainment gossip columns. Incidentally, JC is Maxene’s ex-boyfriend.

In a statement she made earlier this month, Pauleen revealed how these tweets affected her. “I would be hypocrite to say that there’s no issue at all. But let’s not drag their group (into this) because it would be unfair for the others. I’ve kept quiet since because I believe that this issue is so degrading. If some of them are denying, okay. Besides, I’m too blessed. I’ll just leave it all up to God.”

But in true showbiz fashion, these Ampalaya Anonymous members have all denied “ganging up” on Pauleen. In separate television interviews, they’ve either denied mentioning Pauleen in their tweets, much less discussed the topic.

“We’re all very decent and educated girls and never kaming magpapatalo sa Twitter or magne-namedrop or anything like that. So I think mali rin na mag-assume kung sinuman,” says Bianca. The actress also clarified that their online exchanges came about spur of the moment. “It’s not a group. It’s not a club. It’s not against anybody or anything. It’s just something na pinag-usapan namin ng isang gabi.”

Glaiza adds: “May mga hirit kami na sa amin lang. Kami lang ang nagkakaintindihan. May mga inside jokes kasi kami, e, na kapag nakita ng iba, baka isipin, ‘Ano ‘to?”

And, as Rich says: “Nami-misinterpret lang nila.”

Maxene remained mum on the controversy. But her mom Pia had been vocal about the issue. “I think other people are trying to provoke siguro my children, Maxene in particular…to say something nasty…she’s not really the easiest person to affect so she takes everything with a grain of salt. She’s friendly with everyone.”

Whether it is a deliberate attack or harmless, misconstrued banter, celebrities should learn the intricacies of technology and social media—nothing is private. And, a very memorable teaching our parents always tell us, adapted to this age of social networking: if you have nothing good to tweet, just zip it.

Photos courtesy of GMA

Gerry Plaza is on Twitter at @gerryplaza. And, he is not bitter. You can e-mail Gerry at

Reposted From Gerry Plaza