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Filipino-Australian actress Anne Curtis remains as the country's most popular and followed showbiz celebrity in social media.


This is what Metro Style magazine study showed and featured in its February issue, according to a Manila Times report by Aric John Sy Cua.


Anne Curtis also topped the list of best dressed Filipinas in the Metro Style list. Sultry actress Lovi Poe tied her for first place.


Cover girl favorite Curtis was credited as a "fashion chameleon who puts her best shoe forward everyday," particularly on "It's Showtime," which she co-hosts. The actress, Metro wrote, is "always ahead of the curve and no doubt has fun expressing herself through fashion, taking her millions of followers along for the ride."


Another star, Heart Evangelista, ranked third in the list of stylish women and was cited for a 2017 "full of memorable fashion statements," including her sartorial choices at the State of the Nation Address, the Star Magic Ball, and Paris Fashion Week. Heart is the wife of Sen. Francis Escudero.


ABS-CBN reported on the Metro Style list on best dressed women and stated that in fourth place is model and reality TV personality Jess Wilson, whose outfits at two high-profile weddings last year -- those of Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff, and of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho -- wowed the panel of editors and fashion experts who curated the best-dressed list.


Completing the top 10, in descending order from sixth place, are Korina Sanchez-Roxas, host of "Rated K" and ABS-CBN news anchor; Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo, founder of The Aivee Clinic; Tootsy Angara, ABS-CBN Cluster Head for Sales; Steph Kienle-Gonzalez, Vice-President of Sales and Business of Philux; and Joanna Preysler-Francisco, owner of Othello, and Tint and Carbon. Also in the list is Food Link COO and vice-president Beng Dee.

Other personalities in the list on top in social media are Marian Rivera, Angel Locsin, Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino, Kathryn Bernardo, Toni Gonzaga, Kim Chiu, Liza Soberano and Erich Gonzales.


Based on the report, the newly married Curtis, who stars in the movie "Buy Bust" with Filipino American mixed martial arts champion Brandon Vera which is set for international release in the United States and Canada, has a total of 14.3 million likes on her Facebook page, 8.6 million Instagram followers, and 10.4 million Twitter followers.


“After two decades in the entertainment industry, Anne remains as The Country’s Sweetheart, a household name and an idol to many whom people religiously follow on social media,” Metro Style magazine said on its website over the weekend.


 “Anne has learned to embrace the power of social media, utilizing the medium to interact with her fans and help bring change in the society,” it added.


The magazine also cited the actress for joining the Korean drama wave in the Philippines, which started in 2017.


“Recently, she became famous among the K-Drama-loving community after she became a die-hard fan of Song Joong-Ki, star of “Descendants of the Sun” and Gong Yoo of Goblin, turning to her social media accounts to fangirl over the Korean stars, dressing up in Korean-inspired OOTDs [outfits of the day]and getting glammed up following the Korean beauty trends,” the magazine’s website stated.


Most recently, Curtis’ Instagram posts of her wedding to Erwan Heusaff were also popular. A post of the couple at a mountain in Queenstown, New Zealand on November 16 garnered 906,904 likes.


Another beautiful actress, Marian Rivera, wife of actor Dingdong Dantes whose full name is Jose Sixto Gonzalez Dantes III, is the most liked Facebook page in the country, with over 18.3 million likes on her page. Her Instagram has 4.7 million followers. She does not have an official Twitter account.


Aside from Curtis and Rivera, actress Angel Locsin is also among the most followed Philippine personalities on social media. Her Facebook page has over 15 million likes. On Instagram, she has 3.9 million followers and on Twitter, she has 10.3 million followers.


The magazine listed the others who are among the most influential social media personalities.


 1. Yeng Constantino (singer):

Facebook: 12 million likes
Instagram: 3.9 million followers
Twitter: 7.27 million followers
YouTube: 243,000 subscribers


2. Vice Ganda (comedian):

Facebook: 14.4 million likes
Instagram: 5.8 million followers
Twitter: 10.6 million followers


3. Toni Gonzaga (actress):

Facebook: 13 million likes
Instagram: 4.2 million followers


4. Kim Chiu (actress):

Facebook: 11.4 million likes
Instagram: 4.2 million followers
Twitter: 1.18 million followers


5. Kathryn Bernardo (actress):

Facebook: 3.2 million likes
Instagram: 6.1 million followers
Twitter: 8.1 million followers


6. Liza Soberano (actress):

Facebook: 3.4 million likes
Twitter: 2.57 million followers
Instagram: 7.1 million followers


7. Erich Gonzales (actress):

Facebook: 9.3 million likes
Instagram: 3 million followers


“The Internet today is largely defined by social media. Most people, if not all, maintain at least one social media account no longer as a luxury but, in fact, a necessity,” Metro Style said on its website. “The daily use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other digital platforms has been ingrained in the lifestyle of people, especially Filipinos.” 

High Court chief’s dilemma

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After several weeks of hearings, the House of Representatives Committee on Justice concluded on February 27 its proceedings on the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno. And before Congress goes into recess next month, the plenary will make a final decision on the committee’s recommendation on whether or not there is or are enough grounds to elevate the complaint before the Upper Chamber which will then, acting as the Senate Impeachment Tribunal, make an open trial of the case.


Judging from what had transpired at the House justice panel, it could be surmised that all odds seem to be against the Chief Justice now. The participation and testimony of at least nine Associate Justices, the Court Administrator and several officials and employees in the hearings, unprecedented in the annals of the High Court’s history, clearly indicated the unpopularity of the Chief Justice among his colleagues and a divided Supreme Court. That they testified on the alleged abuse of authority and misdeeds, true or not, put to doubt or bad light the Chief Justice and High Court itself. Add to the litany of 27 alleged offenses in the complaint reported tax evasion, failure to file complete Statement of Assets and Liabilities, non-declaration of complete earnings and properties and others.


A Supreme Court Chief Justice could only be impeached on the basis of those provided for the Constitution and those allegations other than those listed could not be used to oust the highest justice official of the land. While time and again, the Chief Justice and her lawyers vehemently denied the allegations against her although Mrs. Sereno abandoned her right to answer them before House committee and that her lawyers were barred under the rules to participate in the hearings, it may be good for the Chief Justice that the complaint against her be elevated in the Senate because here, she, assisted by her witnesses and lawyers, could be heared and given her day in court as she refutes each and every complaint, allegations, innuendoes and others. In the meantime, she has taken her leave to study her options in fighting her accusers just like what her predecessor, Chief Justice Renato Corona, did but to no avail. Young as she is, her supporters are certain she would be steadfast in her decision as resignation, she stressed, is never an option.      

San Miguel sells P30-B fixed rate bonds

Published in Business

MANDALUYONG CITY — Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC)  announced the start of the offer period for up to P30 billion worth of fixed rate bonds, raising fresh funds to either refinance debt or invest in its existing businesses.

SMC, in a disclosure with the Philippine Stocks Exchange (PCE), said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued on March 2, a permit to offer for sale some P20-billion fixed rate bonds , with an oversubscription option of up to P10 billion.  

The bonds, which represent the third tranche of the conglomerate’s P60-billion shelf registration, include five-year Series E Bonds due 2023, seven-year Series F Bonds due 2025, and 10-year Series G Bonds due 2028.

These carry fixed interest rates equivalent to 6.2500 percent, 6.6250 percent and 7.1250 percent per annum, respectively.

The offer period would run until March 9 this year. The bonds will be listed in the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. on the issue date on March 19.

SMC said the entire proceeds of the offer will be used either for refinancing the existing loan and/or re-denomination of US dollar denominated obligations, or investments in its existing businesses, such as SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., and San Miguel Properties, Inc.

“The decision to use the net proceeds for either purpose is subject to the sound business judgment of Management taking into consideration among others, favorable market conditions; the demands of the business and operations of the company; the capital requirements of its relevant subsidiary, including funding requirements of its projects; and opportunities and developments in the relevant industries of the businesses,” it said.

SMC is engaged in various industries such as beverages, food, packaging, properties, fuel and oil, energy and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, BPI Capital Corporation, China Bank Capital Corporation, First Metro Investment Corporation, ING Bank, SB Capital Investment Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank serve as joint lead underwriters and bookrunners for the offering.

MAKATI CITY — Remember beauty queen-turned actress Gloria Diaz and her movie "Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (The Most Beautiful Animal on the Surface of the Earth)"?


The movie made the 1969 Miss Universe title holder as well as the beautiful place where it was shot on location.


The place is the over 1,000-hectare Sicogon Island in Carles, Iloilo, which for a time was equally famous if not more famous than the island resort of Boracay in Malay, Aklan.


In fact, it was called the playground of the rich and famous in the 1970s and the 1980s well known for its 4.3-hectare lagoon and a 5-kilometer coastline with pristine ivory sand.


After several years of hiatus, property developer Ayala Land decided to do something and with a master plan Sicogon is being re-launched with its joint venture partner, the Sicogon Island Development Corp. (SIDECO).


The group targets to open the "new" island this summer with its airport runway, jetty port and resort accommodation of a tourism estate, optimistic on the sustained growth of the tourism sector.


Junie Jalandoni, ALI Senior Vice President and head of Commercial Business Group, said the first phase of the Sicogon Island Tourism Estate development includes the completion of infrastructure and bed and breakfast accommodation.


“The first phase is essentially completing the infrastructure -- the jetty, the runway and hopefully that will be operational by summer. We are opening 20 rooms (accommodation) in Sicogon by summer so it can be already available for guests,” he said.


Jalandoni said the cost to build the 20-room resort accommodation reached P100 million, as they target to construct additional 80 rooms within the year.


He further said the tourism estate project also includes retail and other resorts.


“We are planning a Seda Sicogon which will be 250 rooms. We are planning a retail area, we are also inviting other locators like hostels, bed and breakfast, a three-star hotel,” said Jalandoni.


“The country is actually in very good situation right now, attracting a lot of tourism activities. Very exciting,” he added.


Apart from becoming a premier tourist destination and a tourism hub for the region, the 1,100-hectare Sicogon Island in Carles, Iloilo is envisioned to provide inclusive growth and economic development through long-term recovery and livelihood programs and job creation.


ALI earlier estimated that the Sicogon Island development will provide 20,000 jobs either directly or indirectly with increased tourism, and about P1 billion in earnings for the community through business opportunities that will come from the retail and commercial establishments.

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