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Actor, singer, composer and television host Willie Revillame has renewed his co-production contract with the GMA Network for the top-rating variety show “Wowowin”.


Willie, who is the chairman and CEO of WBR Entertainment Productions Inc., producer of the afternoon show “Wowowin,’’ signed a new contract with GMA Network, Inc. last Aug. 8,  with GMA Network officials.


 GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Films President Annette M. Gozon, GMA First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan, GMA Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angela Javier Cruz, GMA Assistant Vice President for Program Management Mitzi Garcia, WBR Entertainment Production’s Atty. Alfonso R. Reyno Jr., Atty. King Reyno, and Atty. Ferdie Domingo were present durin the contract signing with some of them signing the contract.


Also present were composers Lito Camo and Vehnee Saturno together with Revillame’s co-hosts Janni Alipo-on, Sugar Mercado and Patricia Tumulak.


It was reported that Revillame expressed during the signing his happiness for finding a home in GMA. The popular host said: “The network is already our second home. Dito ko naramdaman 'yung haplos ng pagmamahal. Iba kasi ang tibok ng puso dito. Yung tibok ng puso sa GMA talagang may love, may pagmamahal. There’s no competition within the company. May pagtutulungan.”


The TV host promised that he will carry on with his program’s goal of extending help to more Filipinos while sharing joy and happiness.


“They can expect fun, more games and additional segments. Everyday naman ang Wowowin from Monday to Friday. Ayokong pinahihirapan yung mga tao, dapat masayang-masaya pag-uuwi sila. Dapat extension ka ng kanilang hapag-kainan. Kasama mo sila sa kusina, sa bahay, sa bus, sa lahat. Itong Wowowin talaga, it’s really a win. Winner ka dito,” he added.


The contract signing came in the wake of reports that Willie could be considering a run for mayor of Quezon City.


The reports in Manila media on Willie possibly entering politics next year loomed following a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and lately with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who has formed a political party which is a breakaway from the administration party PDP-Laban.


Willie, 57, whose real name is Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, first met and had a long talk with President Duterte during the wake of senator Edgardo Angara. The meeting fueled rumors that the actor and comedian could be consulting the President on his possible political plans,


Last week, Revillame met with the popular Mayor Duterte at the executive lounge of Quezon City Hall, bolstering speculations of a political plan to run in Quezon City where he is a resident and a voter.


A Facebook post by Revillame’s executive producer Adrian Gret showed that the “Wowowin” host Willie Revillame appeared to be happy meeting the Davao mayor and presidential daughter.


Three clues after the meeting were elicited by the Facebook post, according to media reports.


One clue indicated that after the photo session, the scene transitions to the Philippine flag, and the words “Pag-ibig, pagmamahal, pagmamalasakit sa bawat Pilipino” (Love and compassion for every Filipino) were seen in the post.


Greta also described his video on the Willie-Sara meeting: “Duterte. Revillame.”


A third clue could be found in a comment left by composer and Revillame’s friend Vehnee Saturno: “Tuloy na tuloy na!” (It’s really happening!), local media reported.

Revillame, however, has remained mum on the speculations that he would be entering politics in 2019. The wait, however, will be short as filing of certificates of candidacy starts this October.

Pia Wurztbach ‘breaks up’ with Marlon

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Don’t look now but 2015 Miss Universe titlist turned actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach may have or has already broken up with car racer Marlon Stockinger.


Some reports actually have confirmed the split of the popular love team, but there is no confirmation or public announcement either from the actress-beauty queen and the Filipino-Swiss car racer.


Columnist Nel Alejandro, for one, wrote in a column that it is confirmed that the partners have separated.


“Confirmed na hiwalay na ang partners na sina 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and her boyfriend, car racer-champ na si Marlon Stockinger, who happens to be a good friend nga pala of actor-sportsman Matteo Guidicelli,” the columnist wrote.


“Well, in that case, it is one showbiz wedding less na hinuhulaang magaganap sana between Pia and Marlon next year,” the columnist added.


Early this month, it was hinted that the loveteam headed to Splitsville through posts of Pia on Instagram.


Last month, Pia and Marlon had unfriended themselves in social media, the first of hints about their alleged breakup.


Fans of Pia, noting that she is fond of posting photos of herself on Instagram, noted a post in which the beauty queen may have hinted her split with Marlon.


The photo post of her taking a stroll in Los Angeles, California was accompanied by a caption which stated: “No boyfriend? No problem.”


Pia, in her post, was seen wearing jeans, the same brand she is promoting and endorsing.


An ABS-CBN report noted that fans expressed their concern over the beauty queen, with many asking if she and boyfriend Marlon have indeed called it quits.


Other eagle-eyed followers were also quick to notice that Pia has deleted most – if not all – of her photos with Marlon Stockinger on Instagram, the report added.


The Fil-Swiss car racer, however, has still photos of him with the actress-beauty queen on his Instagram page.


It was reported last July that Pia and Marlon had unfollowed each other on Instagram again, for still unknown reasons.


Some gossipy netizens linked the incident with Pia’s decision to watch the concert of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, where she was seen fangirling over member Siwon Choi. Pia also posed a photo with the band member.


Prior to that, it was reported that Marlon had told Pia that he did not approve of her going to the concert.


"My first time go-karting with the best teacher @marlonstockinger! Our idea of a perfect date," Pia wrote in an Instagram caption two years ago, according to a report.


“Have we seen the last of Pia and Marlon together? Will we ever see Pia wearing a track suit again? Are drivers still really sweet lovers? So many questions...” the report added.


Other fans defended Pia and begged to leave out the K-pop star from the controversy involving her and Marlon Stockinger.


Actually, if the posts of the two in the past since they admitted they were lovers are to be the gauge, Pia and Marlon had had signs of possible breakup as they were on and off in their relationship.


Is the breakup for real this time?

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There is much talk in Manila and in Los Angeles about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians’’ and talkative actress Kris Aquino who appears as a princess, even if in a cameo role, in the film.


For one, the film is being bruited about as a possible box office top grosser even before it is to be shown in Philippine theaters still on August 22.


Then, it is a Hollywood film which stars Asians who are crazy about movies and show business.


In fact, “Crazy Rich Asians” may be the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, according to reports. The romantic comedy about an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.


In addition, there is another Filipino who plays an important role in the movie. He is Nico Santos, a full-fledge Hollywood actor who plays the role of Oliver Tsien, a fashion designer who will help female lead Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a college New Yorker, transform into a glamorous girlfriend to fit in with her crazy rich boyfriend Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) family and friends in Singapore.


Santos proudly wore a pin of the Philippine flag on his Paul Smith tux during the premier showing of the movie in Hollywood attended also by Kris Aquino who attracted many during the event with her yellow dress fitted for a princess.


Nico, who left the Philippines at age 16 in 1997 to find greener pastures in the United States, urged Filipinos in the Philippines, the United States and elsewhere to see the movie.


Another reason “Crazy Rich Asians” could be box office contender is the positive reviews coming up about the movie, especially from Hollywood where it had its premier showing.


“It’s been way too long since we had an all-star Asian cast in a Hollywood studio movie, but at the same time, this movie is for everyone,” said Kevin Kwan at the red carpet premiere showing in Los Angeles on August 7.


“My books are read around the world in 20 languages, and in the U.S. 80 percent of my readers are Texan, Oklahoman, Kansas – like, white people – and they love my books. So it’s a movie that everyone can enjoy and appreciate,” Kwan said.


The movie stars established actresses like Michelle Yeoh, from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and Constance Wu from U.S. television comedy “Fresh Off the Boat” along with newer faces like New York rapper and actress Awkwafina and Henry Golding, who was raised in Britain.


Kwan, meanwhile, hinted that more Asians could be tapped for his coming movie projects.


One of the possible members of the cast is Filipino actress and businesswoman Heart Evangelista, who is the wife of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.


“Oh I’d love to cast more Filipinos! They are so talented and amazing that I want to show them to the rest of the world,” Kwan said.


“I really want to do that and I hope it happens,” he added.


MJ Marfori, reporting for Manila Times, said the premier showing was all about Asian opulence in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre.


Kris Aquino, who has a cameo in the Warner Bros. Picture movie, joined the glitzy event where the entire cast each embodied their “crazy rich” characters.


Shining in a canary yellow Filipiniana gown by designer Michael Leyva, Kris carried the Philippine flag in fabulous style with son Bimby — in barong Tagalog, slacks and sneakers — as her escort, the report added.


“I chose this [out of six outfits I had made for the premiere because of the yellow ribbon. I felt that this would be so symbolic for me to be able to honor my parents,” she said.


Kris was a scene stealer not just because of the color of her gown, but because of a huge group of Filipino fans who cheered and greeted her. She broke protocol to take pictures with them across Hollywood Boulevard.

Duterte thinking of stepping down

Published in Latest News


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed frustration over continuing corruption in government as he floated again the possibility of stepping down, with four years more left in his term.


Duterte revealed in a speech before business leaders in Malacanang that he had told the police and military that he was considering stepping down because he was already tired.


“Sinabi ko sa mga sundalo at sa mga pulis: Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired,” Duterte said.


“I am not angry [with] anybody. My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless, and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” Duterte added.


Duterte made the disclosure after he sacked a general and 20 military officials, including top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), over alleged corruption activities such as anomalous and ghost projects at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City.


In the same event, Duterte approved the dismissal of a military official, Major Hector Marana, who had been court-martialed for the malversation of P15 million in allowances of cadets at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).


A week earlier, he dismissed the entire board of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation for anomalous lease contract of a Manila Bay reclamation area property for 70 years to a Hong Kong-based company planning a casino resort there.


Duterte cited continuing corruption in government despite his campaign against it as a reason for his thinking of stepping down.


“My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” he said.


 Duterte’s statement actually was a repeat of similar announcement in the past.


He has previously said that the police and military are free to seize power from him if they deem him no longer capable of leading the nation.


The President had also said he would step down if he succeeds in shepherding the country towards federalism.

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