31 October 2011
Gone are the days when Halloween was not an event in the Philippines. Today, families and friends throw elaborate parties, go trick or treating, and don on costumes to complete the funfare.
Picking the right Halloween costume for children with special needs can be tricky. Parents need to consider many things before they buy or make these costumes.
Too many departed relatives and so little time or too far away to visit them all?
Mass requests for the dead can now be made online as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched its new website for the Filipino tradition of “Undas,” http://undasonline.com.
Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, CBCP Media Office director, said this feature of their website is particularly for Filipinos abroad, who cannot make it to their parish this All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
“For those who cannot make it to your parishes, especially Filipinos in other countries or the seafarers, you may request masses to be celebrated for your beloved dead,” he said.
It will do Jinkee Pacquiao a lot of good if she will stop talking about the alleged philandering ways of her husband.
In the latest spate of controversy linking Pacquiao to a certain Kat Ordoñez whose baby was baptized recently, Jinkee justified her husband (once again!) by mentioning the name of Krista Ranillo. “Manny promised me that after Krista, wala nang iba pang kasunod at naniniwala ako sa asawa ko,” she said to this effect.
We believe that Jinkee will be better advised if: 1. she opens her eyes to the realities of her life; 2. she stops mentioning Krista in her interviews.
Many are wondering how come Claudine Barretto’s highly controversial failed bank transaction was caught on TV when it was supposedly a private transaction between a depositor who was accompanied by her lawyer inside a bank? Who called the press to be there right away? Questions, questions…
29 October 2011
There will be “unlimited” revelations in the newest and fourth edition of “Pinoy Big Brother” which starts airing Saturday night (Oct. 29) on ABS-CBN.
In “PBB Unlimited: The Big Fiesta,” hosts Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzalez who will be joined by newbies Robi Domingo and Martin Concio, will finally reveal the new set of housemates.
“This is definitely going to be better than the last,” an excited Toni said. “Compared to past seasons, I think this is the grandest season of PBB.”
Ram Bautista Revilla, a budding actor and the half-brother of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., was killed in his home in Parañaque City before midnight on Friday.
This was confirmed by the senator himself in an interview with dzMM.
According to Revilla, his brother was stabbed and shot to death. This was corroborated by Police Officer 2 Francisco Bukid, the first to arrive at the crime scene, in a separate interview with the same radio station.
Four Filipino caregivers working at the Social Welfare Juridical Seihoukai in Komine-en, Shirakawa City, in the southern portion of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, were chosen to receive the 2011 Bagong Bayani Award (New Heroes Award) for Community and Social Service by the Bagong Bayani Foundation in Manila.President Benigno Aquino III is expected to give the award to the four Filipino caregivers in fitting ceremonies at Malacañang on Dec. 1.
28 October 2011
After confirming that John Lloyd Cruz’s girlfriend, Shaina Magdayao, has left for the US, veteran host German Moreno offered advice to the controversial couple.
"Umiwas muna sa pag papa-interview kasi habang nagsasalita sila, mas lalong nagiging magulo. Minsan kasi iba yung nagiging interpretasyon sa gusto nilang sabihin, imbis na mapabuti, napapasama pa,” he was quoted as saying by PEP on their Oct. 27 report.
Less than a week after being declared “Pilipinas Got Talent 3” winners, Andrew Sanchez, Licinio Lolo and Bonifacio Salubre a.k.a.the Maasinhon Trio find themselves at the receiving end of criticisms.
Asked to address this issue, Lolo told Bulletin Entertainment and other members of the media in an interview on Thursday, “Para sa amin, siguro opinyon nila yun. Sa amin naman, kasi marami namang sumusuporta sa amin. Alam namin ‘yon. Kasi sa amin alam namin na todo-suporta ang mga tao sa amin [sa Southern Leyte].” He also maintained, “yung 12 finalists po [ay] deserving lahat yun eh.”
A 38-minute behind the scenes documentary followed by a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers from "Black Gold" captured candid interviews and moments in the making when it screened Wednesday to an enthusiastic crowd as part of the Doha Talks Programme at this week’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF).
There are now 800 million monthly active users on Facebook, according to Facebook's own statistics. More than 350 million of those people access Facebook through their mobile devices, nearly 44% of its total active user base. In terms of traffic, 33% of Facebook traffic comes from mobile devices - according to data revealed by Mary Meeker in her Web 2.0 Summit presentation this month.
The Golden Dove Awards is an annual awards recognition event held by the KBP since 1990, which aims to pay tribute to its members for their contributions and achievements in the broadcast industry. The judges for each of the categories are from selected media practitioners, advertisers and the academic community.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Television Station - Metro Manila - ABS-CBN - Channel 2
Best Actor - Roderick Paulate – “Star Confessions”
Best Actor for Drama Program - Coco Martin, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”
27 October 2011
Filipino-American brothers, Nathan, 14, and Justin, 17, better known as The Brewer Boys, were eliminated from “The X Factor” reality show Tuesday night [US Time].
Despite performing the George Michael original “Faith,” it proved to be insufficient to push the brothers into the next round. The duo was one of the five acts booted from the reality show, which included Phillip Lomax, Dexter Haygood, Simone Battle, and Tiah Tolliver.
Thai actor Mario Maurer inked a one-movie contract with Star Cinema shortly after his arrival on Wednesday, and it has also been confirmed that his leading lady for said flick will indeed be Erich Gonzales.
Recall that a rumor alleging their purported pairing first circulated among various social networking sites in late July this year. In reaction to this, Gonzales said during a press conference last July, “Sa ngayon po ay hindi pa napag-uusapan, pero happy ako na matuloy 'yan, 'yung ma-consider lang sobrang happy ako, masaya po ako at salamat po sa kanila [fans], tignan po natin kung matutuloy po.”
Adidas’ new line of sneakers adidas Originals Mega have technology-embedded soles that allows its users to record every heel, tap, or step, they take.
After recording a mix with their music-making shoes, users can upload and share the tracks, and create their own music and dance mash-ups.
Shaina Magdayao has bravely admitted that she texted Ruffa Gutierrez to “leave us alone.”
“I told her to leave us alone. Gaya ng gusto kong sabihin sa kanya,” came Shaina’s admission on “TV Patrol,” Oct. 26, when she and boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz were interviewed exclusively by Boy Abunda.
26 October 2011
Halloween isn’t a traditional Filipino celebration but it’s observed by numerous establishments in the major cities of the Philippines. Hotels, restaurants, malls, bars and nearly every exclusive neighborhood in Metro Manila hold major Halloween events and activities. These include trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns and decorating homes and buildings with anything spooky or scary such as toy skeletons, bats, spider cobwebs and ghost-like characters like witches, demons, zombies, scarecrows and vampires.
ViewSonic Corp., has launched the ultraportable and energy-efficient LED projectors. Featuring diminutive form factors and 20,000-hour, long-life LED lamps, the PLED-W500 and PLED-W200 usher in a new category of ViewSonic projectors. They support 3D technology with 120Hz frame rates for exciting 3D visuals, and can project 33-40” screens from a 1 m distance. They also feature versatile USB connectivity, while the built-in Microsoft Office/PDF viewer and SD/SDHC card reader can display documents and play multimedia files without needing a PC.
The world’s population now stands at seven billion, and Asia remains home to 60 percent of the world’s people, the 2011 State of the World Population report by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed Wednesday.
The report retains the Philippines as the 12th most populous country in the world with 94.9-million people while China continues to be the most populous nation at 1.35 billion, followed by India at 1.24 billion.
However, the population division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimates that India will overtake China with 1.46-billion people in 2025 against China’s 1.39 billion on the same year.
Women with recently diagnosed diabetes may be more likely to also get a breast cancer diagnosis than those without diabetes, suggests a new study from Canada.
It's not the first time diabetes has been linked to new cases of breast or other cancers. But the findings also hint that at least part of the reason why doctors find more breast cancer in diabetics is because they're looking harder -- and not necessarily because diabetes itself raises a woman's cancer risk.
Talk of the town: Gerald Anderson as Budoy is the talk of the town for his acting.
The young actor’s turnaround performance of a mentally challenged person in ABS-CBN’s new nightly series has been fetching waves of positive feedback everywhere. People are saying Gerald has truly come into his own as an actor, a darn good one.
Like world-famous Pinoy boxer Manny Pacquiao, Charice has her own house in the United States.
“Yes, opo. Nahihiya naman tuloy ako,” Charice was quoted as saying by abs-cbnnews.com during her live studio interview on “Bandila,” Oct. 24. This was after interviewer Boy Abunda suddenly asked her, “May bahay ka na sa America?”
But Boy didn’t stop there. He immediately followed up with, “Marami ka ng pera?” to which Charice just laughed and said “Hindi ko po alam.”
Claudine Barretto was reported crying just outside a bank Oct. 25 after the money she was withdrawing from her account allegedly ‘disappeared’ mysteriously.
It was unclear how the "24 Oras" news crew came to be at the bank then, but the report noted Barretto had been fuming mad while inside the bank. Later, outside the bank, Barretto was distressed was enough at that point that she would only tearfully tell the reporter, “Tanungin niyo na lang ‘yung lawyer ko, please,” when asked what happened.
American Idol judge Steven Tyler was hospitalized today after falling down while staying at the Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, according to reports out of Paraguay. The Aerosmith singer reportedly slipped in the shower.
The result? The "Cryin'" crooner is now missing two of his teeth.
25 October 2011
Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber gave fans an early Christmas present on Monday with the release of a second single from his upcoming holiday album "Under The Mistletoe."
The single, "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire," is a festive R&B ballad on which Bieber duets with his mentor, Usher. The 17-year-old singer previously collaborated with Usher on the single "Somebody to Love" from his multi-platinum debut album "My World 2.0."
The military launched Monday air strikes over Zamboanga Sibugay, killing at least six Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and two soldiers. The initial salvo against the armed groups and lawless elements that attacked and killed government troops in Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Lanao del Norte also resulted in the wounding of 18 others – 14 MILF men and four soldiers.
As the military started its offensive, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo called on the MILF to surrender their rogue members involved the attacks against government troops.
Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Maria Venus Raj confesses she is still loveless but says she is hopeful that the right guy will come along.
After Raj charmed the audience in the world’s most prestigious pageant, many believe that the popular beauty queen would be pursued by the country’s most eligible bachelors. However, she admits that she has not had a new relationship following her stint at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Southern Leyte’s Maasinhon Trio won "Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3" Oct. 23, taking home the grand prize of P2 million in cash.
The winning piece of Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo and Andrew Sanchez was a version of Basil Valdez’s “Nais Ko,” which wowed the judges Ai Ai delas Alas, Kris Aquino and Freddie M. Garcia as well as the audience during Saturday’s grand showdown. They were declared victors ahead of Davao del Sur’s Bringas brothers and Parañaque City’s heartthrob Khalil Joseph Ramos, who each received P100,000.
24 October 2011
The Division of Davao Oriental conducted its STEP Competition held last October 21-23, 2011 at Mati School of Arts and Trades. One of the events is the electronic poster making. This was participated by 9 high school students from different secondary schools in the said Division.
|First Place: Banaybanay National High School|
23 October 2011
Despite the latest rumor of infidelity plaguing her marriage with boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Jinkee Pacquiao remains confident and clings to her husband’s promise to her.
"I trust him, because he promised he will not get involved with anyone anymore after Krista [Ranillo]," said Jinkee in the Oct. 21 report of Robbie Pangilinan on philboxing.com.
Moammar Khadafy’s blood-streaked body was on display in a commercial freezer at a shopping center Friday as Libyan authorities argued about what to do with his remains and questions deepened over official accounts of the longtime dictator’s death. New video emerged of his violent, chaotic last moments, showing fighters beating him as they dragged him away.
Nearly every aspect of Thursday’s killing of Khadafy was mired in confusion, a sign of the difficulties ahead for Libya. Its new rulers are disorganized, its people embittered and divided. But the ruling National Transitional Council said it would declare the country’s liberation on Saturday, the starting point for a timetable that calls for a new interim government within a month and elections within eight months.
Manny Pacquiao has a new baby.
The Filipino boxing star recently purchased a brand-new $225,000 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Italian-made supercar that is powered by a 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine that can reach zero to sixty miles in a mere 3.4 seconds.
The gray-colored 458 Italia, according to noted orthodontist Ed Dela Vega, who customizes the boxer’s mouthguard, is now parked at Pacquiao’s apartment unit at The Palazzo in the trendy La Brea area of Los Angeles.
20 October 2011
Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and wounded near his hometown of Sirte at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked, National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid said on Thursday.
Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo is said to be entertaining thoughts of one day working in the Kapuso network.
Rumors about her impending transfer to GMA-7 remain incessant in the ABS-CBN compound.
A source told Bulletin Entertainment Online that negotiations are now going on for Bea’s eventual transfer to the Kapuso network.
A finalist of Amazing Philippine Beauties 2011 is creating ripples after it was learned that she was a former male teen star who co-hosted “Master Showman.”
The former singer-actor-host used the screen name Akiro Verano prior to changing it to Zyrene Mae Verano after undergoing a sex change operation in Thailand in 2008.
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it. Watch this video to find out what happens when you sing a duet with Siri.
“The X-Factor USA” season one recently unveiled its top 17 finalists, which includes Filipino-American brothers Justin and Nathan Brewer a.k.a. The Brewer Boys.
Prior, there were 32 contestants in all divided into four groups and mentored by an “X-Factor” judge: Girls (Simon Cowell), Groups (Paula Abdul), Over 30s (Nicole Scherzinger) and Boys (L.A. Reid). The Brewer Boys were part of the Groups block.
Filipinos Kermit Tesoro and Leeroy New created pop superstar Lady Gaga’s stylish, offbeat outfit that's seen on the cover of her new single “Marry The Night."
With much excitement, the singer-songwriter revealed the single last Oct. 18 to her 14 million followers on Twitter, saying, “New York is Not Just a Tan that You’ll Never Lose."
19 October 2011
TV host Kris Aquino announced on Twitter that she has accepted the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees’ (UNHCR) appointment to be its honorary patron, a step away to becoming an ambassadress of goodwill.
“Just finished UNHCR dinner. I accepted their appointment,” Aquino announced on Twitter, Oct.18.
“I'm in excellent company,” she said, adding, “Angelina Jolie is the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. I'm honorary patron together w/ Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, Khaled Hosseini author of A Thousand Splendid Suns & Kite Runner & Yao Chen from China, super pretty actress & their twitter queen w/ 13 million followers.”
Be careful where you type. Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a way for smartphones to pick up and interpret the vibrations made by typing on a keyboard. In theory, that means a thief could set an iPhone down next to your computer and steal your passwords or blackmail you with copies of embarrassing emails.
Internet addiction disorder refers to the problematic use of the Internet, including the various aspects of its technology, such as electronic mail (e-mail) and the World Wide Web.
Medical literature contains reports of people dying from ingesting large amounts of caffeine, often through unconventional means, such as injecting caffeine straight into the bloodstream or having a coffee enema. It takes ten grams of caffeine in one sitting to kill a person, which would literally take between 80 and 100 cups of coffee, which is pretty hard to do.
When someone gives you flowers, it may mean something; when once receives a ring, it definitely means so much more. But what does it mean to be on the receiving end of a necklace with a crucifix pendant?
Perhaps Coco Martin was only responding to Angeline Quinto’s declaration that she would not change her religion for him—whom the newbie singer declared to be her showbiz crush—and giving a trinket with a very Catholic symbolism is the best way he knows how.
18 October 2011
A new analysis of panda poop has finally answered an age-old question: How do giant pandas survive on a diet that's 99 percent bamboo when they have the guts of carnivores?
Plant-eating animals tend to have longer intestines to aid in digesting fibrous material, a trait the black-and-white bears lack.
What's more, when the giant panda's genome was sequenced in 2009, scientists found that the creature lacks the genes for any known enzymes that would help break down cellulose, the plant fibers found in bamboo and other grasses.
Britney looks HOT in her new video
Santa Claus is coming to town – and this year, he’s getting a little help from Justin Bieber, Aardman Animations, and Sony Pictures Animation.
When “Arthur Christmas,” the 3D, CG-animated movie from Aardman for Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures, rolls into Philippine theaters on December, Bieber’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” from his new Christmas album “Under The Mistletoe,” will play over the end credits. In addition, before the movie, moviegoers will see the exclusive music video for the song, which will premiere in theaters only with “Arthur Christmas.” The video will be inspired by the movie and feature footage from the film.
A proposal that would require Government Security and Insurance System (GSIS) to give life insurance and premiums to senior citizens, who are elected or appointed as public servants, has been proposed in the House of Representatives.
Surigao del Sur Rep. Philip Pichay filed House Bill No. 5327 to amend Republic Act No. 8291, which he said created the GSIS but failed to recognize the services of those who heed the call of public service despite their being beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60 years old under the law's implementing rules and regulations.
When Apple released its new iOS 5 operating system to go with its iPhone 4S, it touted a new app called "Find My Friends" as a great way to track and meet up with friends. If they agree, you can see their locations on a map on your screen.
The Pag-IBIG fund has approved the release of over P601 million in calamity loans to more than 37,000 Fund members affected by typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel.”
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, concurrent chairman of the Pag-IBIG Board of Trustees, revealed this Monday, adding that the Board has directed the deployment of Pag-IBIG employees in more areas affected by the flooding to accept calamity loan applications “We would like to assure our members that Pag-IBIG will always be ready to extend assistance to them whenever they need it,” Binay said.
Seasoned actor Albert Martinez has revealed a dreadful “setback” that his wife Liezl Martinez experienced in her battle with the Big C.
“Akala namin okay na [pero] nag-recur yung Big C and again gumuho nanaman ‘yung mundo ko,” said a somber Albert on “The Buzz,” Oct. 16.
Recall that Liezel was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008. Some 11 months later, Albert himself confirmed his wife to be cancer-free and on the way to full recovery from the disease.
KC Concepcion basked in beautiful sceneries and good times with special people in her life when she trotted off to Europe and the US recently.
KC in Europe
“Hola! Buenos Dias!” this was KC’s cheerful greeting via a video shown on “The Buzz,” Oct. 16.
“We are in Spain at excited na excited na ako dahil first time ko dito sa tinatawag na Nerja. So katabi tayo ng dagat at ang ganda ganda talaga. Tahimik na tahimik dito. Talagang napaka-charming talaga ng lugar,” the daughter of the Megastar Sharon Cuneta continued in the video.
“Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” has surged forward in the Oscar race by becoming one of 63 films shortlisted for the final nominees in the prestigious award-giving body’s Best Foreign Language Film category.
Singer-actor Kean Cipriano, one of the film’s stars, posted on Twitter on Oct. 16: “’Babae sa Septik Tank’ now OSCARS shortlist contender: entry was accepted. Hope PHL makes it to the 5 Foreign Language Nominees! PLS RT!”
17 October 2011
Lina Medina (born September 27, 1933, in Ticrapo, Huancavelica Region, Peru) is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history, giving birth at the age of five years, seven months and 21 days.
Born in Ticrapo, Peru, Medina was brought to a hospital by her parents at the age of five years due to increasing abdominal size. She was originally thought to have had a tumor, but her doctors determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy.
14 October 2011
Popular online video sharing site YouTube has officially unveiled YouTube Philippines, the first localized version in Southeast Asia and the 34th across the world.
YouTube, which is owned by Internet giant Google, cited the video habits of Filipinos as the reason they have opted to launch the localized service. According to the Oct. 14 episode of “Unang Hirit," the Philippines has the most number of registered users of YouTube at almost 30 million in the Southeast Asian region.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced Friday that President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the commissionship of boxing champ Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao as lieutenant colonel in the Army reserve force.
The AFP said it has already received the confirmation from the Office of the President, granting the world boxing champ his new rank in the reserve force, effective Sept. 21, 2011.