29 December 2011
Most parts of the country will experience rains on Saturday, the eve of New Year, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.
PAGASA Administrator Dr. Nathaniel Servando said most parts of the country will experience strong and cold wind from the northeast monsoon (hanging amihan), tail-end of a cold front, and wind convergence in the next five days.
Action-drama made an underdog comeback when box-office cellar dweller “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” won 11 awards during the “Gabi ng Parangal” of the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last Thursday Night at the Resorts World Manila Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.
The biopic took home the Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Roy Iglesias and Ray Venura), Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award, Best Supporting Actor (John Regala), and Best Director (Gary de la Cruz) awards.
Malacañang said on Thursday that January 2 will not be a holiday. January 2 falls on a Monday and comes after long weekend holiday break, from December 30 to January 1. “January 2 is not a holiday,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte reminded Thursday.
GMA-7 is adamant that ABS-CBN’s “ratings result-tapping” suit against ratings-service provider AGB Nielsen Media Research is done merely to discredit the research company.
In a statement sent to PEP posted on Dec. 28, the Kapuso network zeroed in on a particular statement which, according to them, the Kapamilya network appends in its press releases about ratings.
Even the biggest rainbow is no match to how colorful and crazy show business has been in 2011. From gruesome and appalling deaths, to confounding revelations and debatable controversies, everything was chronicled in that it seemed the public knew more about these things than the celebrities themselves.
With all the stories and details still seemingly fresh, who would think they’re already part of history? Here’s Bulletin Entertainment’s take on the biggest newsmakers this year:
Actress Valerie Concepcion’s controversial tweet about a party in Malacanang on the night after Sendong hit Cagayan de Oro City was cited in a New York Times article published Dec. 27.
The story dubbed “Philippine Floods Put Popular Leader to Test” discussed the tweet’s disastrous effect relating to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s public image quoting an unnamed Manila newspaper’s headline: “President Parties as Thousands Suffer.”
25 December 2011
A sand sculpture of Santa Claus, made by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and his Santa-attired students, is displayed on the Golden Beach in Puri, 65 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, December 24, 2011. Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare and zeal in India.
Ella dela Rio is not only happy at the gift of a second life but will forever be grateful not only to God but also to a mango tree which helped save 17 people.
On the night of December 16, when the rains of storm “Sendong” fell incessantly and the water began to rise to alarming levels (about 12 to 15 feet), Ella, her mother, father and husband climbed the mango tree in their backyard and watched as the debris-filled rampaging water slam into houses and turned their neighborhood in Bayug island, Iligan City into a virtual sea.
Forty-four percent of US children want an iPad under the Christmas tree: A lot to ask for in a country where 46.2 million people, or nearly 15 percent of the population, live in poverty.
In New York City, personally meeting Santa Claus is a lot easier than it sounds. Since November 25, four Santas have been available daily at the Macy's department store, from early morning until late at night, to hear children's pleas for what they want for Christmas.
The local movie industry is gearing itself up for another successful Metro Manila Film Festival - Philippines (MMFF-P) run, with everyone agog in preparing for the much-hyped annual festivity a day before it opens on Dec. 25.
Star power of a different kind descended on the streets of Manila yesterday as the traditional Parade of Stars ushered in the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival.
The lead stars of the seven-film entries were presented in elaborately decorated floats set up midday at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City. The celebrities gathered at the One Esplanade near Mall of Asia before proceeding to their respective floats.
24 December 2011
Although no tropical cyclone has been spotted so far in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA warned on Friday that rains brought about by a wind convergence might still affect the Visayas and Mindanao, including provinces severely hit by tropical storm “Sendong” last week.
The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of the Year were narrowed down to this final list, which contains a contingent of four first novels, Stephen King’s 52nd novel, and nonfiction books that are models of their various forms — biography, memoir, history, argument and scientific analysis.
Filipino Noche Buena traditions have evolved through the years, just as the country underwent socio-political changes in the various eras since the start of the 20th century, when the Philippines went through peacetime (before WWII), wartime (the Japanese occupation), liberation (the Commonwealth era under the Americans), independence (1946-1972), martial law, EDSA1 and EDSA2.
23 December 2011
Controversial DJ-host Mo Twister denies he had a hand in uploading the video that shows him and ex-girlfriend Rhian Ramos in one of their “more private and intimate moments.”
Hospital officials in northern Brazil say a woman have given birth to conjoined twin boys with one body and two heads.
Obstetrician Neila Dahas of the Santa Casa de Misericodia Hospital in the city of Belem says the twins were born Monday by Caesarean section.
A former volunteer firefighter in a Santa suit grabbed a man from a burning vehicle and then directed traffic around a two-vehicle traffic accident this week in the Dallas area, the Santa-clad man said on Wednesday.
Brad Luddeke received worldwide attention after photos shot by passersby of him dressed as Santa directing traffic were sent to local media outlets.
Much to their fans' disappointment, whatever chance there was for the eagerly anticipated face-off between Sarangani Representative and undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr to happen, vanished when the latter was sentenced to go behind bars.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Friday that four out of 45 examinees passed the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Electronics Engineering in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this December, 2011.
22 December 2011
2011 is a banner year for sultry actress Anne Curtis.
One, Anne starred in the highest-grossing drama film of all time, “No Other Woman,” which was shown last October. Second, she capped the year with her debut album, “Annebisyosa,” a certified platinum record.
The Internet continues its rise as a source of the most talked-about stories in local entertainment, at par with—and, in some instances, even surpassing—traditional sources like television, radio and print.
So before we usher in 2012, Bulletin Entertainment lists down some of the more controversial news items that brewed online and exploded through various media sources and straight into our consciousness.
21 December 2011
Looks like the scandal surrounding controversial celebrity ex-couple Mo Twister and Rhian Ramos is far from over.
Apart from the case that Ramos' camp has filed against her former lover, this, relating to his supposed continued harassment of her --which is yet to be heard by the courts -- a new video involving the two just surfaced recently and is now making the round of social networking sites including Facebook.
The Catholic Church on Wednesday welcomed the news that Filipino Blessed Pedro Calungsod was to be declared by the Vatican as a saint.
“That’s a big development to the Philippine Church because we will have another saint aside from San Lorenzo Ruiz,” Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, Media Office director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said in an interview.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday announced that 203 out of 423 passed the Architect Licensure Examination given by the Board of Architecture in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in Doha, Qatar in December 2011.
The members of the Board of Architecture who gave the licensure examination are Arch. Armando N. Alli, chairman; Arch. Angeline T. Chua Chiaco and Arch. Marietta B. Segovia, members.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos said the death toll from tropical storm “Sendong,” one of the worst to hit the country, breached the 1,000 mark on Tuesday.
The death toll has already surpassed the 747 deaths during the onslaught of “Ondoy” in 2009.
Miss Universe Third Runner-up Shamcey Supsup has admitted receiving feelers from several parties that are interested to see her jumpstart a career in acting.
Although she is “open” to the idea, she is hesitant to dive into the profession anytime soon as she doesn't have prior experience.
20 December 2011
Eva Ekvall, former Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe third runner-up, finally succumbed to her almost two year-long battle with breast cancer.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on Dec. 20 that the Venezuelan beauty queen passed away in a hospital in Houston, Texas last Saturday. She had a two-year old daughter with husband, radio producer John Fabio Bermudez.
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday declared a state of national calamity following the devastation brought by tropical storm “Sendong” in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
The President personally visited on Tuesday Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Dumaguete City, areas hardest hit by “Sendong.”
The Aquino sisters Kris, Ballsy and Pinky defended their brother, President Benigno Aquino III, from the criticisms he received after attending the Christmas party of his Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Sunday evening, just a day after typhoon Sendong ravaged Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces.
Bayanihan among Filipinos is more palpable these days, with common folks and even local celebrities going out of their way to help victims of Typhoon Sendong (international name Washi).
Top stars of the Kapamilya network—Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, and Angel Locsin—flew on Dec. 19 to Cagayan de Oro, one of the immensely ravaged areas due to Sendong, in order to distribute relief goods.
19 December 2011
A Korean man named Lee Jin-gyu fell in love with a life-sized Japanese body pillow called a “dakimakura”. The pillow has the image of a cartoon character named Fate Testarossa on it, from an anime called Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. The 28-year-old man takes his pillow with him everywhere and eventually got married to it.
Thinking about her husband’s comfort while on transit, Jinkee Pacquiao gave Manny Pacquiao a customized bus as birthday gift.
“Binigyan niya raw si Manny na isang bus na may sarili pa raw kuwarto at banyo sa loob,” the report on “Showbiz Central” on Dec. 18 said.
“‘Yung bus? Kasi minsan nagpupuyat siya so gusto kong maging komportable ‘yung pagpahinga niya sa sasakyan kasi sa Escalade parang masikip,” Jinky explained.
Senator Francis Escudero is keen on pushing for a posthumous proclamation of Fernando Poe Jr. as the “rightful winner” in the 2004 presidential elections if proven so.
According to GMA News Online’s Dec. 15 report, Chiz will gather sufficient evidence from the Senate Blue Ribbon committee's investigation that would prove the movie star did win the controversial contest against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo."
Sexy actress Francine Prieto has thrust herself into a Twitter controversy after she alluded to President Benigno Noynoy III as "panot." She made the comment when asked if she would agree to go out on a date with him.
"nope. ayoko sa panot" was her reply to user @HecklerForever's query “if the president asks u for a date, would u say yes?”
"Panot" is a condition symptomatic of hair loss.
Public school teachers have started getting their Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) as the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to monitor its regional offices nationwide to ensure that teachers receive theirs in time for the holiday season. The P10,000 PEI is commonly referred to as the Christmas bonus.
Notwithstanding her strong relationship with Derek Ramsay, Angelica Panganiban feels insecure at times when she’s with his family.
The matter was brought up during her guest appearance on “Kris TV,” Dec. 16, when host Kris Aquino asked Angelica's thoughts on the common notion that a pretty lady isn’t brainy.
Spending much for a gift to Dingdong Dantes is no big deal for Marian Rivera, who considers her actor-boyfriend “priceless.”
The “Amaya” actress reportedly spent almost a million for her Christmas gift to Dingdong – a Ducati motorcycle.
Kris Aquino believes what her friends, including film director Joyce Bernal, tell her: she is a good mom to her sons, Joshua and Bimby.
"Sinabi niya [Bernal], 'Kitang-kita na mabait kang nanay talaga,'” she divulged to PEP.
Aquino couldn’t agree more that she raised her children well.
"At least ano...parang tina-try ko... Siyempre kasi, ‘di ba? They have so much eh,” she said.
16 December 2011
For a while, TESDA gave scant attention to the conduct of skills competitions in favor of scholarships and training for work assistance programs.
Under its enabling law, TESDA is mandated to promote quality skills development through the annual National Skills Olympics, participated in by private industries.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), in cooperation with Globe Telecom, is aiming to break the Guinness world record for the holding of the largest gift-giving activity during the four-country OWWA Family Day “kris kringle” on December 18.
A 52-year-old low-salaried government worker of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, was forced to borrow money, although rejected by many of his neighbors, to defray the cost of plane fares that would take him and his wife to Manila to claim the P40,230,496.80 jackpot he won on the December 11 lotto draw.
Change, they say, is the only constant in life that even celebrities have to deal with it.
New home for KC
KC Concepcion is no longer a Star Magic talent as confirmed by Viva Management head Vic del Rosario to abs-cbnNEWS.com.
Boxer-congressman Manny Pacquiao’s birthday celebration on Dec. 17 will apparently be another star-studded affair as numerous luminaries were invited to grace the occasion.
The party might just have a royal touch as the Pacquiao Group of Companies has sent an invitation to the Prince of Brunei, reported Bomboradyo on Dec. 15. It wasn’t stated, though if, the Prince has already confirmed his attendance.
15 December 2011
President Aquino has signed into law the P1.816-trillion national budget for 2012, the earliest approved since democracy was restored in 1986.
The President cited the General Appropriations Act for 2012 or Republic Act No. 10155 as a "results-focused budget" to improve economic growth and deliver direct and substantial benefits to the people.
John Lloyd Cruz and Shaina Magdayao are reportedly back in each other’s arms after a series of consecutive sightings.
Shaina’s older sister Vina Morales believes that “magkakabalikan sila.”
The singer-actress is just happy for her sister but choses not to spill details about the reported reconciliation.
A new tropical cyclone located east of the country is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday.
PAGASA assistant weather branch chief Rene Paciente said that the tropical depression was located 1,480 kilometers east of Southern Mindanao Wednesday morning.
A 20-year-old nursing student from the Philippines won the top prize in the youth category of the Goi Peace Foundation and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization sponsored International Essay Contest for Young People, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.
Dan Erwin Cruz Bagaporo, senior Nursing student from the University of Sto. Tomas, was given the Ministry of Education award as the top prize. The awarding ceremonies took place in Tokyo last November 19.
Chief Justice Renato C. Corona said Wednesday afternoon he will not resign as he pledged to lead the fight for the judiciary’s freedom and democracy under the rule of law. He vowed to fight against the curtailment of democracy and the independence of the judiciary.
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. has made a “strong representation” before US officials for assistance on behalf of Filipino veterans who were denied their benefits pursuant to the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC).
Just like her brother Noynoy and their late parents Ninoy and Cory, loquacious TV host Kris Aquino could have been in politics had she not chosen to work in show business.
“The only other thing I could see myself doing… ang nakita ‘ko siguro public service talaga. At this point kung hindi po ako nag-artista, I’m of age, I’ll probably be [a] senator [or] Senate President.
14 December 2011
While Vic Sotto keeps on evading questions pertaining to his rumored relationship with Pauleen Luna, some of his colleagues in showbiz have expressed their support should the comedian pursue dating his “Eat Bulaga” co-host.
Pauleen’s talent manager Lolit Solis was admittedly shocked when she heard the rumor. On Saturday’s “Startalk TX,” Lolit related how she knew of the Vic-Pauleen story.
Tech gadgets of all kinds are likely to gain prominence in holiday wish lists this year. But if there’s room for only one gadget in your list, you might as well choose the Acer Iconia Tab A100.
An ultra-portable Android tablet with a gorgeous 7-inch screen, a powerful NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 dual-core chip, and a budget-friendly price, the Iconia Tab A100 is poised to make your Christmas wish come true. Released recently by Acer to meet the demand for a better, faster, and easier tablet experience, the A100 is also likely to inspire plenty of holiday cheers from the moment it is unwrapped.
Christmas is certainly not complete without the Christmas tree. The tradition of setting up the tree has long been done in Germany using real evergreens or conifers, particularly Fir trees which do not shed needles or lose fragrance. However, since pine trees grow only in a few places in the Philippines, not everybody can afford to have a fresh Christmas tree. And due to plant conservation efforts abroad, most people have stopped using real trees.
Honored during the 59th FAMAS Gabi ng Parangal held at the Tanghalang Leandro Locsin Theater at the NCCA Dec. 10 are the following:
“Ang Tanging Ina Mo,” Best Picture; Ai Ai de las Alas, Best Actress; for “Ang Tanging Ina Mo;” John Lloyd Cruz, Best Actor (“Miss You Like Crazy”); Albert Martinez , Best Director (“Rosario”); Eugene Domingo, Best Supporting Actress (“Here Comes the Bride”); Allen Dizon, Best Supporting Actor (“Sigwa); Xyriel Manabat, Best Child Actress (“Ang Tanging Ina Mo”); Maliksi Morales, Best Child Actor (“Dalaw”);
Individuals who commit crimes against humanity including those relating to genocide and war crimes better beware.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago – a fiery orator known for decimating her perceived enemies through grandiloquent declarations -- on Tuesday was elected judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch on Wednesday its biggest, longest and most exciting international and domestic ticket sale for the year titled “12 days of Christmas.”
PAL is offering giveaway rates for all its international and domestic destinations for the next 12 days starting Wednesday, December 14, until December 26. Travel period is from January 10 to March 15, 2012. All tickets will earn double miles under PAL’s Mabuhay Miles program.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 239 out of 601 examinees passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Written Phase), and 239 out of 246 passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Practical Phase) given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila in November, 2011, and December, 2011, respectively.
The PRC said the members of the Board of Dentistry include Dr. Melinda L. Garcia as chairman, Dr. Gloria M. Bumanlag, Dr. Steve Mark G. Gan, and Dr. Rannier F. Reyes as members.
13 December 2011
Rhian Ramos is bent on turning the latest controversy with ex-boyfriend Mo Twister into a full-blown legal battle.
In a Twitpic posted on her Twitter account on 10:14 a.m., Dec. 10, Rhian stated, “these fables and lies will be corrected in court. as this is being made into a PR battle and countless ‘final statements’, i'd like to save my efforts for my case.”
Note that as far as the leakage of Mo’s infamous video diary last week, Mo has been more vocal on the matter compared to Rhian.
She may have the affluence associated with her name but TV host Kris Aquino revealed she owns pre-owned timepieces.
“Vintage na relo, yes, [I do own some],” Kris shared on “Segunda Mano” presscon Monday, Dec. 12.
“May collection ako from ''70s and '80s [na mga relo],” she added.
Aquino came to buy the age-old watches because “may nag-alok lang na nangailangan ng pera,” adding that she bought them in bulk. Since those were second-hand timepieces, Aquino consulted a geomancer on how to remove the bad vibes that the items might carry with it.
Canon, a world leader in imaging devices, proudly releases two cutting edge compact digital cameras. Perfect for the fashionista in everyone, the new IXUS 230 HS and IXUS 1100 HS carry the brand’s award-winning design.
Powered by Canon’s proprietary High Sensitivity (HS) System which automatically minimizes blur and reduces noise, these cameras take stunning photographs effortlessly. The all-new Intelligent Image Stabilizer, when coupled with Smart Auto function, automatically detects and applies optimal camera settings based on up to 78 different shooting scenes resulting in picture-perfect photos every time you press the shutter button. On top of these, the IXUS 230 and IXUS 1100 boast of Auto Advanced Subject Detection which automatically tracks subjects and ensures they remain in focus and properly exposed.
It is difficult to prescribe when a teacher must retire. The mandatory retirement age for government employees is 65, but who can really say when a teacher has outgrown his/her usefulness.
For sure, there are those who, even at the “tender” age of 50, are no longer capable to teach. This could be for any reason: a sudden ailment, disability due to a serious illness or accident, mental incapacity, or sheer fatigue.
Others may just lose interest in the teaching profession.
A Filipino-American midwife whose foundation built “birthing sanctuaries” for Indonesians was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.
Anderson Cooper announced the name of Robin Lim in a star-studded ceremony last Sunday night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Christy Turlington Burns introduced Lim as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes.
Each of the CNN Heroes received $50,000, and Lim’s non-profit, Bumi Sehat Foundation, will receive an additional $250,000 grant.
Lim’s foundation helped Indonesians who need maternal and general health care.
“Festival Queen” Eugene Domingo's admits constant communication with friend Piolo Pascual, especially after the latter had gone through a controversial breakup with ex-girlfriend KC Concepcion.
But the multi-awarded actress-comedienne revealed in a report posted at GMA News Online, Friday, that despite their constant texting, they are yet to talk about the issue.
09 December 2011
Pope Benedict XVI used a tablet computer from his Vatican residence on Wednesday to switch on a giant light installation in Italy known as the "World's Biggest Christmas Tree."
"I hope this will be a light in the darkness," the Pope said.
The "tree" is made up of 400 large multi-colored lights arranged across a hillside above the picturesque medieval town of Gubbio and stretches to a height of 750 meters (2,461 feet) and a maximum width of 450 meters.
The shooting star at the top of the hill is made up of 250 lights and covers an area of more than 1,000 square meters (10,760 square feet).
A former overseas Filipino worker and a single mother in Pampanga quit her job six years ago and turned to betting on online lotteries. As luck would have it, her family's birth dates proved lucky, winning for her P27,824,025.60 in the December 7 draw of Mega Lotto 6/45.
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the winner did not let another day pass before coming to claim her winnings.
08 December 2011
It seems the controversial DJ Mo Twister isn’t done expressing his feelings yet on the latest controversy involving him and ex-girlfriend Rhian Ramos.
On Dec. 7, Mo, through his Tumblr account, seemingly took a swipe at the actress, who are among celebrities who spend their birthdays with cancer-stricken kids.
Mo began, “What made me most jealous? Every year on your birthday, you’d take your camera crew and go see terminally sick children and throw a party for them.
Nicole Kelly, Miss Earth USA 2011, quickly issued a denial on her alleged public rant on Facebook where she reportedly called the Philippines “noisy and dirty.”
Kelly posted on YouTube her explanation about the brouhaha that has caught the public’s ire.
“I wanted to address something that I heard earlier, which has caught my attention. I’m very disappointed about what was written as me but it wasn’t me. I was at a community center tour earlier when it was posted but I want to make clear that it’s never okay to cyberbully anyone,” she said.
Thanks to the Beliebers, Monsters and ELFs, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Super Junior are in the Top Trending Topics on Twitter for the year 2011.
Social media and technology news site Mashable has announced the list of Top 10 trending singers, movies, news, sports events and US TV shows for 2011.