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Comely actress and model Angel Locsin has earned yet another international acting recognition.


This time, she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 57th Asia Pacific Film Festival for her role in the 2016 movie "Everything About Her.


Angel, 32, whose real name Angel Locsin Colmenares, failed to make it at the awarding ceremony  at Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 30.


Angel, who is known for her portrayal of the iconic "Darna," did not personally accept the trophy but took to image-sharing application Instagram with a photo of the trophy to thank everyone who supported the film. "Thank you very, very much for this incredible honor," she wrote.


Mico Del Rosario, AdProm head of Star Cinema, provided info about the event by posting on his Instagram account:


"ANGEL LOCSIN JUST WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS at The 57th Asia-Pacific Film Festival for Everything About Her! | 57th Asia-Pacific Film Festival now in Phnom Penh, Cambodia."


It was learned Filipino director Will Fredo accepted her trophy on her behalf.


In Everything About Her, Angel was cast as Jaica, the nurse of cancer patient Vivian played by Vilma Santos. This drama film directed by Joyce Bernal premiered in the Philippines in January 2016.


In the 37th International Emmy Awards, Angel was nominated as Best Actress for her performance in "Lobo.".


Angel did the movie "Everything About Her" when she and Luis Manzano, son of Vilma Santos, were still in a relationship.


Vilma Santos, who is now a congresswoman of Batangas, earlier won the Best Actress award for her role in the movie at the first EDDYs (Entertainment Editors’ Choice Awards for Movies) by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) last July 9 at the KIA Theater at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.


Angel Locsin also won the best supporting actress award  at the EDDYs  for “Everything About Her”


'Kita Kita,' a new movie making waves

Published in Entertainment


There’s a new movie with an unlikely stars which is now making waves in Philippine theaters.


It is the romantic comedy film “Kita Kita” which is megged by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo and whose lead actors are serious actress Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, known for comedy roles, who have been known for success in the box office.


According to entertainment circles, “Kita Kita” made a single day record with an earning of P33 million on its first day and already has grossed P200 million in only two weeks in the theaters.


Its success came despite of the fact that "Spider-Man: Homecoming,"  "Dunkirk” and the space adventure "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" were still being shown in the theaters. 


And there seems to be no slowing down of its box office performance.


Experts predict that at the rate audiences are trickling in droves, “Kita Kita” may again earn another P100 million when on its third week  even as it faces competition from Hollywood blockbusters like “Baby Driver” and “Atomic Blonde” and from the entries of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.


The momentum of “Kita Kita” may be strong enough to attract not just those who have not seen it but also those who want to see it again and again, the experts added.


Even critics and celebrities have endorsed the movie. These delighted celebrities include Sharon Cuneta, Anne Curtis, KC Concepcion, Angelica Panganiban, Julie Ann San Jose, Alex Gonzaga, Gladys Reyes, Chynna Ortaleza, Yasmien Kurdi, Kakai Bautista, Diego Loyzaga and many more.


A guest appearance by lead stars Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez on Vice Ganda’s Sunday top-rated primetime show, “Gandang Gabi Vice” should also be a big boost.


Ironically, the movie was supposed to be an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival but its producers pulled it out.


The movie’s P200 million gross is already about half of the MMFF’s total gross last year, it was learned.


The success of “Kita Kita” may have also helped generate and sustain interest in two other films, Topel Lee’s teen horror thriller, “Bloody Crayons” still on several cinemas on its third week and the John Lloyd Cruz-Sarah Geronimo rom-com “Finally Found Someone” which despite mixed reviews made P100 million in its first four days.


"Kita Kita" won big at the weekend box office, taking in a hefty P25 million from Sunday tickets alone. 


Actor Piolo Pascual, one of the owners of the independently financed Spring Films which co-produced “Kita Kita” together with fellow filmmaker Joyce Bernal and producers Erickson Raymundo and Suzanne Shayne Sarte,  was ecstatic with the phenomenal success of the movie.


According to the producers, they were expecting much lower revenue of only P50 to P60 million during its entire run before “Kita Kita” was shown in theaters.


"Parang panaginip," Piolo Pascual told ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe. "When I heard the numbers, hindi ako makapaniwala," the actor added.


Piolo, for his part, admitted that he personally expected the movie to make only P50 to P60 million for the entirety of its box office run. He revealed that the movie was produced for a low budget of P10 million only.


Piolo shared his views on what makes “Kita Kita” an outstanding film, and why moviegoers should see it.


“It’s cliché to say that this film is different from all the films that we’ve done before, but it’s for the people to know that’s it’s really different. It’s a different kind of love story. But they have to see it for themselves to realize that it’s one great story that needed to be told,” he said.


"It's not about the budget of the film. It's about the story, the quality -- so ang sarap sa feeling na tinangkilik ng tao," he explained in an ABS-CBN report. "I'm overwhelmed." 


Its director, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo,  herself said she would be satisfied if her film wasn't pulled out of cinemas after just one day. "Nakakagulat! Nakakaiyak!" she wrote. 


"Kita Kita"  tells the story of Lea and Tonyo, two OFWs in Japan who fall into an unlikely romance. The catch is that Lea lost her vision after a failed engagement with her Japanese boyfriend, and falls in love with Tonyo in her blind state, bringing literal context to the saying “Love is blind.”

"Kita Kita" is still showing on 120 cinemas nationwide, and will have international screenings to be announced on a later date. 



Published in Headline

Vice Mayor, brother arrested; more narco-politicians to fall



(Photos from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


OZAMIS CITY (PhilAmPress)  Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, his wife, a brother, a sister and 12 others were killed in a joint raid conducted by operatives of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 10 in the Parojinog compound in San Roque Lawis in this city at dawn on Sunday, July 30.


Arrested during the raid were the mayor’s daughter Nova Princess Parojinog Echavez, who is the incumbent vice mayor of Ozamis, and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. The two were later airlifted and detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City and subjected to inquest proceedings on charges of of violation of Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (possession of dangerous drugs) and Section 21 of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act (acquisition or purchase and sale of firearms and ammunition)


Police identified the slain mayor’s wife as Susan, sister as Mona and brother as Octavio Parojinog Jr., who was a member of the Misamis Occidental Sanguniang Panlalawigan. Also killed were a certain Lydia and JR of Lumad TV, civilian volunteer members Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, and Daniel D. Vasquez.


Police said about P1.4 million in cash, half a kilo of suspected “shabu” and firearms were recovered from the vice mayor’s home.


Members of the Parojinog family, supporters and their lawyers immediately assailed the raid as “overkill.”


Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III himself was drawn into the case as urged authorities to investigate the raid on the Parojinog family compound, saying he cast doubt on the police operation.


 “‘Yung mga kinauukulan dapat matignan nila ito. Any time may loss of life, maski successful ang unang operation sasabihin ‘ano ba magagawa natin dito para maganda yung susunod na operasyon?’” Aquino said during a recorded ambush interview.


The bloody raid also raised doubts from various lawmakers, including Sens. Francis Escudero and Francis Pangilinan who questioned the timing of the operation.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and a former PNP chief, said he does not see any need to probe the bloody raids.


At this point I don’t see any reason why the Senate should investigate because that was a police operation,” Lacson told reporters.


Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echavez accused police of planting firearms and illegal drugs inside her house, an allegation denied by the police led by Misamis Occidental police chief Senior Supt. Jaysen de Guzman.


“I’m all for the war on drugs... but there is such a thing as justified killing, and there is such a thing as overkill,” Parojinog lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said.


Ozamiz City legal officer Jeffrey James Ocang also said the mayor could not have engaged the police in a gunfight, and noted that the mayor, his wife, and provincial board member Octavio Parojinog all had gunshot wounds to the head.


On Tuesday, Aug. 1, supporters of the Parojinog family started to flock a covered court in Barangay San Roque Lawis Ozamiz City to visit the wake of Mayor  Parojino Sr. and three other members of the family.


Parojinog's family opened the wake to the public Monday afternoon, and will remain open to supporters and friends before the interment next week.


Meanwhile, Ozamiz Bishop Martin Jumoad appealed for prayers for the slain mayor and the others, saying he hoped his death would bring peace and prosperity to the city.


“We are sad with the untimely death of mayor Aldong Parojinog. I do not judge him. May his soul and the souls of those who died with him rest in peace,” he added.


“May his death pave the way for Ozamiz City (to) become a peaceful city, progressive where people enjoy the air of freedom and prosperity,” he added


Parojinog was the third mayor on President Rodrigo Duterte’s “narco-list” to be killed in reported shootout with police operatives. First to be killed on October 28, 2016 was Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao together with eight others, including five of his armed bodyguards, in a firefight in Makilala, North Cotabato.
On November 5, 2016, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and fellow drug inmate Raul Yap were gunned down by agents of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group following a reported shootout inside the Baybay provincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte.


Following the death of Mayor Parojinog, PNP Chief Director General Ronaldo dela Rosa warned that that “more are coming” as the PNP will intensify its campaign against illegal drugs and those involved in the illicit trade.


“Marami pa. Marami pa kaya hintay-hintay lang kayo,” Dela Rosa said as he called on wanted drug personalities, including those involved in “narco-politics” to yield peacefully while being arrested or they will be killed if they resist and fight.


Gen. de la Rosa said that as promised by President Duterte during his second State-of-the-Nation-Address, there will be no let-up in the government’s crackdown against drugs and it will be on a “nationwide scale.’”


“To be fair with these people, this should serve as a warning to everyone na ang PNP ay walang sinasanto pag dating sa enforcement ng batas. As far as law enforcement is concerned, we have no fear or favor,” the PNP chief stressed.

It was learned that more than 30 alleged narco-politicians tagged by President Duterte are still in power. They include 22 mayors, seven vice mayors, one congressman and one councilor.


In August last year, Duterte named government officials, including judges, mayors congressmen and police officers, allegedly involved in illegal drugs.


Following Duterte’s revelation, PNP National Capital Region chief Director Oscar Albayalde said that mayors in Metro Manila are protectors of drug personalities, and that many councilors and officials are involved in illegal drugs.


The PNP chief said that organized crime gangs affiliated with the Parojinogs will lay low now that their powerful supporters are dead. He said many crimes in Metro Manila have been found to be committed by well-organized crime gangs allegedly connected with the Parojinogs and the Kuratong Baleleng gang which they organized.


The Parojinogs founded the Kuratong Baleleng, which started out as an anti-communist vigilante group supported by the military but later turned to criminal activities including bank and armored van robberies, kidnapping, extortion and illegal gambling.
“Everything goes back to Ozamiz. Lahat ng malalaking kaso dito sa Metro Manila— bank robbery, Martilyo Gang, yung mga kidnapping-for-ransom, rescue ng Chinese drug lords, lahat ng investigation going back to Ozamiz City, ‘yung mga involved d’yan is Ozamiz group at saka yung Kuratong Baleleng,” dela Rosa said.

“Let us see, tingnan natin kung magtapang-tapangan pa ba yung Ozamiz group itong panahon na ito,” he said. However, he said that he has ordered his men to remain vigilant even with the death of Parojinog. “It remains to be seen, tingnan natin baka mamaya may umusbong diyan na ibang operator,” he said as he noted that there has been an emerging drug lord in Western Visayas after the death of Melvin Odicta.
Mayor Parojinog and 15 others, including his wife were killed in a series of raids in Ozamiz City.

Police officials said that their men were forced to return fire at armed men as they met  violent resistance while serving six search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.

Parajinog’s daughter, Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, and her brother were arrested during the raid and brought to Camp Crame where they were booked before being taken to the PNP Custodial Center.
According to PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, Director Roel B. Obusan, the arrest of the two and at least eight others during the  raids is proof that the police did not mean to kill the Parojinogs and their bodyguards and other members of the household.
“Kaya nga may nahuli tayo, kasi we are not meant to kill; yung mga lumalaban lang...It erases the doubt of the lawyer na they are meant to be liquidated kasi if that’s really our intention, napatay na sana lahat; si Madam Nova, wala na rin sana,” the PNP-CIDG chief said

“We really intend to bring them to justice and for them to answer justice alive. Kaya lang ang nangyayari kung minsan, may laban kasi sila yung nag-maintain ng private army and we were fired upon before entering the premises,” Obusan added.
“I hope those are things na maiiwasan sa susunod: wag na tayong maglabanan, sumur ender na lang, tapusin na yung mga ginagawang mali at mag-heed sa request or sa pakiusap ng ating Presidente,” he stressed.

Gen. de la Rosa said that he wanted the Parajinog patriarch alive “to answer the charges against him but was killed when he resisted arrest.”
”I want my men alive more than him. Lagi kong sinasabi yan. After the smoke is clear, it should be the good man standing and the bad man lying on the pavement,” he said. 

Obusan said that Vice Mayor Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo were taken to Camp Crame not only as part of measures to secure them but also to save cost in the filing of charges against them.
“We applied for search warrant dito, so court of origin is Manila. So we have to commit persons and pieces of evidence dito sa Manila. That’s why they are being brought here. As part of the evaluation, kung ano mang magandang gawin sa case analysis mamaya on all the evidences and everything, kung legally possible na mailipat na rin dito yung pagfa-file ng information against them, kung papayag ang national prosecutor’s office, dito na lang to save cost,” he said.


Meanwhile, Councilors Irene Luansing and Michael Tagal will be acting mayor and vice mayor, respectively, according to Catalino Uy, officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).


MANILA — An analyst forecasts the Philippine peso to weaken beyond the government’s 48-50 target range for 2017 but considers this as still okay as long as depreciation is not beyond 10 percent.


Emilio S. Neri Jr., vice president and lead economist of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI), projects the peso to end the year at 52.50, way beyond the range set by the country’s economic managers.


By end-2018, the economist projects the peso to be at the 54-level to a greenback.


Neri has repeatedly said that a 52 to a dollar level for the local currency this year and beyond is not bad at all because this will make the local unit more competitive against the other currencies.


“We think (that) as long as annual depreciation is less than 10 percent it’s ok as it will unlikely lead to unmanageable inflation,” he told PNA in an e-mail message.


In the first half of 2017, rate of price increases averaged at 3.1 percent, slightly above the mid-point of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) two to four percent target range for 2017-20.


Last June alone, inflation decelerated further to 2.8 percent from month-ago’s 3.1 percent and after peaking so far this year at 3.4 percent last March and April.


The central bank continues to see manageable inflation ahead, with the 2017 figure seen to average at 3.1 percent and lower to three percent in the next two years.


Traders have said that central bank’s presence in the foreign exchange market is seen as if the peso is depreciating.


Philippine monetary officials said it does not meddle with the foreign exchange rate in the country given its market-determined exchange rate policy although the BSP joins in the trading but only to address extreme volatility.


This foreign exchange operation is among the reasons for the decline in the country’s gross international reserve (GIR).


“Failure to depreciate when current account position swings from surplus to deficit can mean BSP is selling its GIR inventory too fast,” Neri said.


The Philippines’ current account (CA) position is now in deficit, after more than a decade of surpluses, because of higher importation to meet rising domestic demand.


BSP data show that in the first quarter of 2017, the CA component of the balance of payment (BOP), or the sum of a country’s total transactions with the rest of the world, registered a deficit of USD318 million, which is equivalent of 0.4 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).


Monetary and economic officials as well as analysts said this turn-around is not bad because the higher importation is due to domestic expansion and is met by strong fundamentals and strong foreign exchange reserves.


Central bank data show that as of end-June 2017, the country’s foreign exchange reserves amounted to US$81.41 billion, enough to cover 8.7 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income.


It is also equivalent to 5.6 times the country’s short-term foreign debt.


Economic and monetary officials said a country is considered to have a healthy GIR level if it is enough for its three months requirements.

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