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Filipinos' prayer for peace

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Last week, the government and terrorists belonging to the IS-inspired Maute Group observed an eight-hour truce brokered by Muslim leaders  in Marawi City. The ceasefire allowed the rescue of residents, especially the sick and those held hostage by the terrorists, as the Muslims observe the waning days of the Ramadan. Other Muslim religious leaders also reached out with the Mautes and tried to convince them to give up and end the siege which had tattered many parts of Marawi City and resulted to the death of more than 450 people, including soldiers, policemen and innocent citizens. The war also displaced some 200,000 Marawi residents who had to scamper to safety to nearby Iligan City and other towns, some who have the means fleeing to as far as Metro Manila.


But while there was this brief chance for peace, rapid firings and bombings from both sides readily resumed at the end of the truce as the terrorists, many of them Malaysians, Indonesians, Singaporeans, Yemenis, Saudi Arabians and others were firm on their mission to make Marawi a caliphate of the Islamists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and refuse to give up. Thus, the Muslim community observed Eid’l Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with fears and concern that the war in Marawi City could still prolong.


Amidst the troubles in Marawi, President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to Muslim leaders and the people of Mindanao to help carve out a peace formula for the region that will ensure its full development that would benefit its people. In Malacanang where he led the Eid’l Fitr celebration, the President stressed anew his promise to the Filipinos that he would secure lasting peace in Mindanao. “To our brothers and sisters who have been affected by the violence and conflict in Mindanao, I assure you that the government is committed to securing just and lasting peace in the island,” President Duterte said in his speech before an audience of Muslim Filipinos, many of them former rebels themselves. Meanwhile, an inter-religious movement appealed for prayers and nationwide participation in its “Prayer for Peace in the Philippines” initiative to be held on July 7. The people should join and support this prayer initiative whatever faith they belong, whether they are Christians, Catholics or Muslims.


On the last day of the Senate session last week, Cavite Vice Governor Ramon ‘Jolo’ Revilla III, son of actor and former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. and grandson of former senator and actor Ramon Revilla, Sr., took his oath as one of the newest members of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) before Senate President Aquilino Koko Pimentel III. 

Others who took their oath with Revilla were Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Manny Piñol, who is a former governor of North Cotabato; actor and now Quezon City Congressman Alfred Vargas, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro and the entire City Council of Marikina.


PDP Laban is the political party under which President Rodrigo R. Duterte ran in the last elections.

Earlier, Quezon City Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina Joy Belmonte, Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto, son of actor and Senator Vicente Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa and several officials also took their oath as PDP-Laban members.

Revilla, 29, used to be with the Lakas-NUCD which his father headed as president.
Vargas, 37, on the other hand, used to be with the Liberal Party. He ran for re-election unopposed in the last election in fifth district of Quezon City.


PDP Laban promotes freedom, unity, justice, equality, social responsibility, independence, effective mobility, nationalism and federalism.

With their left arms raised, Revilla, Secretary Piñol, Congressman Vargas, Mayor Teodoro and the entire City Council of Marikina took their oath to carry on the party’s ideals and principles especially in serving their constituents.


Pimentel said, “PDP Laban is in unity with our Chairman, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in fighting crimes, corruption and illegal drugs.” 


The challenge is in the hands of the new members.


“As a new member of PDP Laban, I am committed to bring our party’s programs and projects to our province. The interest of the peopleshould be the first priority. With the help of the Caviteños, I am sure that I will be able to do my responsibilities to the party and to the province,” Revilla said.


The oath taking ended with everybody shaking hands using their left hand as a symbol of unity for the party.

Kris all set to shoot first Hollywood movie

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(Photo from Instagram | @krisaquino)

Don’t look now but Kris Aquino, once dubbed the Queen of All Media, will be in the limelight again soon.


This as the once popular actress and dominant television host and product endorser is set to shoot for a new movie this month.


And the movie is made in the United States by Hollywood producers and stars.


As this developed, Filipinos fans in America volunteered to find a new boyfriend for Kris in the United States or the Philippines.


The actress-tv host responded to the fans, saying she wants someone whose age is plus or minus 7 of her age of 43, should be a non-smoker, has to love reading, works out, prayerful and hard working.


“And most importantly good conversationalist and listener,” Kris wrote.


There is no formal announcement yet actually on the movie, its title and actors yet and Kris, sister of former President Benigno S. Aquino III and daughter of the late President Corazon Aquino and late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., is barred from making any revelations after signing up with a Hollywood-connected talent agency.


But the showbiz industry is full of speculations about the movie project considering that Kris has been sorely missed in the Philippines for months now since not renewing her contract and leaving her mother network of 20 years, the ABS-CBN, where she hosted a popular show and co-hosted other shows.


The loquacious television host tried to revive her showbiz career with a show on a rival network, the GMA Channel 7, via a production group, but after only one airing the show never resumed as controversies hounded the show and Kris partners.


One showbiz authority and columnist in Manila, Aster Amoyo, wrote about the once presidential daughter and sister, including her supposed Hollywood project.


In her column, she reported that Kris and her children James Yap Jr. and Joshua Salvador travelled to Japan for a vacation and were to return to Quezon City on June 8 in time for their moving to a new home in an exclusive subdivision in the city.


While their house was under construction, Kris and family, with household staff, stayed at The Residences of Shangri-La in Fort Bonifacio Global City. They will have stayed there for seven months before moving to their new house.


The respected columnist reported that no less than Kris, in her Facebook account, revealed that she is about to start shooting for her first Hollywood movie. She did not disclose any other detail about the project as she is barred to do so.

There are many speculations, however, that her movie is related to the bestselling book of Kevin Kwan of Singapore, the “Crazy Rich Asians.”


Speculations are that Kevin Kwan himself will be one of executive producers of this Hollywood movie of Kris together with the Warner Bros. No confirmation about this matter has been made as of press time.

Kris wrote on Facebook that she is not allowed to talk and reveal about the movie she is about to do in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Kris is being convinced to run for mayor in 2019 in Quezon City to replace Mayor Herbert Bautista who is on his third and final term. There were reports earlier that Kris and Mayor Bautista were into relationship.


If that happens, Kris maybe pitted against three-term Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte, daughter of former mayor and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. who has announced her candidacy for mayor and bolstered her plans lately by joining the party of President Rodrigo Duterte, the PDP-Laban.


Kris took her oath as PDP-Laban member with Councilor Gian Sotto, son of Senator Vicente Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa, who is being groomed as Belmonte’s running mate.


Kris was earlier reported to be eyeing the governorship of Tarlac, a position his late father once held, or as congresswoman of Makati City. Others want her to run for senator.


Aster Amoyo at the same time reported that Kris also wrote on her Facebook account that she has not decided on the possibility of joining politics.


Kris also wrote on Facebook that she will have another television show again soon.


Meanwhile, Filipino American comedian Nico Santos is set to join the the cast of the upcoming Warner Brothers adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, “Crazy Rich Asians.”.


Nico Santos, who was born and raised in the Philippines, has been officially declared a part of the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast headlined by Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong.


Living in California “by way of Portland, Oregon,” Santos began doing stand-up comedy in San Francisco. Due to his quirky impersonations and sarcastic wit, he immediately became a fixture in the local comedy scene.


Since then, he has written scripts for E! Network's "Fashion Police" and appeared on Showtime's "Pride Comedy Jam," as well as in TV series like “2 Broke Girls,” "Mulaney” and "Ground Floor." He was also in the regular panel of "Chelsea Lately."


Currently, Nico stars as Mateo on NBC’s “Superstore” comedy series. He has also made flicks such as “The Clapper” with Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”


“Crazy Rich Asians” has started filming and will be shot in Malaysia and Singapore. The Jon M. Chu-directed movie is based on Kwan’s romantic comedy revolving around the lives of New Yorker Rachel Chu, played by Wu, and her longtime boyfriend Nick Young, portrayed by Golding, as they attend the wedding of Young’s best friend in Singapore.

Ellen Adarna is preggy?

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(Photo from Instagram | @maria.elena.adarna)


Is comely actress Ellen Adarna pregnant?


This poser was raised after a noted showbiz authority and columnist, Ricky Lo, wrote that the actress once linked to presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, may be preggy although without confirmation.


“If Ellen Adarna suddenly disappeared from the showbiz scene in the near future, her friends would call it a (forced?) “maternity leave,” the columnist wrote, adding that an Ellen’s friend “confirmed unapologetically to Funfare that Ellen “could be possibly pregnant.”


“I’m happy for Ellen,” swore the friend, according to the columnist’s report. “If ever, a baby would help keep Ellen grounded.”


Ricky Lo wrote that Ellen’s friend did not identify “who the equally happy would-be father might be.”


 Ellen had been in the news for quite some time as she was linked to the young Duterte.


Ellen herself later confirmed that she and Baste Duterte had split up a few months ago after a controversial romance.


 In his column, Ricky Lo also reported that unconfirmed reports have linked Ellen to John Lloyd Cruz whom she has known before she got into showbiz and they became closer on the set of the ABS-CBN series Home Sweetie Home.


Ellen and John Lloyd, the columnist revealed, have beent mum on their reported romance, neither denying nor confirming any rumor.


 Ellen has also been linked to non-showbiz rich guys, the columnist added.


“Ellen would be a good mom,” said her friend as reported by Ricky Lo whose Funfare column in Philippine Star is a must read in the showbiz circle. “I’m sure of that,” the friend added.


Ricky Lo wrote that calls to Ellen Adarna for her comment on the good news remained unanswered.


In an exclusive report later by the Philippine Entertainment Portal (, Ellen Adarna reportedly vehemently denied reports she was pregnant.


"Nope," Ellen said in exchanges of text messages with the PEP on the report that she was preggy.


Ellen said she went on vacation in Cebu to explain why she has not been active in showbiz the past months.


"I took a month off for sanity's sake. Went back to Cebu and spent time with my family. That's it," she told PEP.

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