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Do you know that the father of young actor Daniel Padilla’s mother is an American?


Yes, Virginia, and he is Raymond Ford, who left Daniel’s mother Karla Estrada (officially Karla Ford)  when she was a child in Tacloban City. Raymond came back to Tacloban City to look for her child but  Karla's grandfather told him (Raymond) that she "was not born." When Raymond learned of the “bad” news, he went back to the United States grieving for the loss of his child.


Karla, now 42, was able to locate her father and kept in touch with him when she was 18 years and has been reunited of some sort since.


Lately, Daniel, now 22, whose full name is Daniel John Ford Padilla, himself was reunited with his American grandfather in the United States.


The reunion came when Daniel and girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo had a series of shows in US. During the break, they took advantage for some bonding.


Daniel and Kathryn posted photos on the get-together in social media.


Daniel is the son of the actress-TV host with actor Rommel Padilla. Reports have it that has three other children aside from Daniel. Although they have different fathers, Karla’s sons and daughters are visibly close to each other.


Reports from the US, particularly one from the Philippines’ Ultimate Showbiz Hub (PUSH), indicated that Raymond was able to see his grandson Daniel perform on stage.


Daniel’s mother confirmed this in her post.


"Mula Philadelphia to New Jersey ay naglakbay ang tatay ko at kapatid ko para mapanood ang grupo nina Daniel at Kath. Napakagandang larawan nito. Wala na akong mahihiling pa,"  Karla wrote on Instagram.


On her Instagram account, Karla posted photos of Daniel together with his American grandfather. Raymond also met Kathryn Bernardo.


“Thank you anak and kath! Sobrang saya ng family ko dyan sa U S at nakita at napanood ang show nyo! Thank you LORD!” wrote Karla, co-host of ABS-CBN’s “Magandang Buhay” show in her social media account. 


According to the reports, the social media post of Karla got the attention of her followers on Instagram with thousands of likes and some posting comments.


Daniel and Kathryn screen pairing is one of the most prominent loveteams in the Philippine showbiz industry now. Their fans and supporters collectively call them ‘KathNiel’.


The two young celebrities have worked together on several hit projects, including the movies “Barcelona: A Love Untold,”” Crazy Beautiful You,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” (Jo Erlinda M. Gabot)

Kris rules out mayoralty run in Quezon City

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Photo from Instagram | @krisaquino


Count Kris Aquino out in the Quezon City mayoralty race in 2019.


The actress and tv host herself again dispelled reports about her possible run in the country’s richest city and richest local government unit.


This as the mayoralty and vice mayoralty races in the city is shaping up as a veritable battle of stars.


This as three-termer Mayor Herbert Bautista, an actor, was being pushed to run for congressman in the fourth district and Councilor Roderick Paulate, an actor, of District 2 announced he will run for vice mayor in 2019.


Bautista, however, has been mum about his political plans after serving for nine years as mayor and vice mayor to then Mayor Feliciano Belmonte in as many years.


City hall sources said Paulate will join the vice mayoralty race against two other last-term lawmakers — District 3 Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto, son of Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa, and District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.


Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte, on the other hand, is bent on her quest for the mayorship once occupied for three terms by her father, outgoing congressman Feliciano Belmonte.


Rep. Vincent Crisologo, meantime, has announced plans to run against Belmonte


Published reports in Manila quoted Kris wondering why her name is being floated as possible candidate for mayor.


She said she has no idea why such rumors are swirling.


“You know, that’s really, really weird,” Kris said.


“First of all, I don’t know saan nanggagaling yung balita. I have never signified any intention. Secondly, magsasalita na ako ng patapos na I honestly don’t think 2019 is the right time for me because I have to prove myself first as a success in (the business field),”  Kris explained during an interview after she was launched as brand ambassador of the international streaming video service iflix.


To prove that she is not running, she gave two reasons why the QC mayoralty race is a no-go for her.


 “I think, I will open too many wounds in Quezon City. One, romantic wounds, ano ba?” said Kris with laughter, having been romantically linked to outgoing Mayor Herbert Bautista himself an actor.


 “Secondly, we go so far back with the Belmontes. My mom’s best friend is Vice Mayor Joy’s mom (STAR founder Betty Go-Belmonte). Ang haba ng pinagsamahan and dahil lang sa politika gagawan kami ng intriga? Huwag na. And it’s not yet time. I’m still young enough so I have to prove myself first as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur,” the former presidential daughter and sister stressed.


Kris actually has made no secret of her interest to enter politics in the future. She was rumoured to be after the governorship of her father’s home province of Tarlac. Her father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. served as Tarlac governor before going into national politics.


Then, she was rumoured to be running for mayor of Makati City where she used to be a resident. She is now a resident of Quezon City.


Kris admitted that if and when she does run for any political office, she won’t rely on her family name. “Kasi di ba hindi pwede platform ko, ‘Aquino ako,’” explained the former presidential daughter (to the late Pres. Cory Aquino) and sister (to Pres. Noynoy Aquino). “That’s not enough.”


Kris claimed that she wants to prove herself first. “Kailangan lahat ng negosyo ko ang maging gross earnings… if I hit a billion, that’s my goal, sorry ang yabang, but you have to set goals, right? If I can say my businesses, yearly, are altogether hitting a billion in sales, that means I have what it takes to become a good leader. Leadership means you’re able to put food on the table. I believe in that.”


She added, “I already have the name, sorry, yabang (laughs), pero may pangalan di ba? May legacy? Pero kailangan may nagawa on my own and that would be my businesses.”


Kris is active in the food business and doing franchising. “In 2019, baka di ko pa nari-reach yung goal na yun. But beyond that, when I hit my target, that’s when I can enter politics because that’s when I can prove to the people that, look, I’ve made a success of my businesses. That means, I can run a city. Okay, not just a city, but a country (laughs).”


 “I feel I am not a team player. I admit that. I don’t think kaya ko yung Congress or the Senate, so I need to be in an executive position. So, may fiscal responsibility ako dapat. So, I have to know how to handle the people’s money,” she admitted.


Kris claimed that she made 120 million impressions on YouTube,Facebook and Instagram. “You’ve actually given me 60 million minutes of your time. We did research on that.”


Working with iflix will further expand her digital reach and influence.


Reaffirming her desire to run for mayor in 2019, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte  said she wants to become an “agent of change.”


If elected mayor, she vowed to bring about more change in the city government, saying being a city mayor would give her the opportunity to provide “the perfect position wherein I can enact greater change.”


“They say that if you want change to happen, it’s really in the local level,” the vice mayor pointed out. “I want to be an effective agent of change.” 


She said it is “a natural progression” for her to run for the next higher post.


“I think in the past seven and a half years, I have gotten a firm grasp of the problems of our city. I think that’s a definite advantage I have over other candidates who are considering running for the mayoralty post,” she said.


“I know and have become well-versed with the problems unique to the city,” the vice mayor added.


She pledged to improve internal governance and pursue greater transparency in the city government.


Meanwhile, Councilor Paulate is “definite” in his decision to seek a higher post.


This as three former Quezon City councilors are expected to join the congressional race in District 4 in the 2019 elections to replace three-termer Rep. Sonny Belmonte Jr., a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.


City hall sources said that Nanette Daza, a former councilor and representative, would seek a return to Congress despite her busy schedule campaigning for her brother, District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.


“There are issues that she will run,” a source said. “But she is seen elsewhere as Winston’s campaign manager.”


Other councilors seen running for the District 4 House seat are Marvin Rillo and Jesus Emmanuel “Bong” Suntay.


Despite three-term District 4 Councilor Rillo’s plan to stay away from politics in 2019, City Hall observers believe he could still break his promise. Another source, however, said “is gentleman enough” to make good on his promise to give way to Suntay’s congressional bid.


“They have an arrangement that [Rillo] is not running for as long as there will be [solid] support for his wife, who will run as councilor,” the Standard source said, also requesting he not be named.


When asked, Suntay said: “This is a free country. Anyone can run [for election].”


He said Rillo had told him he would not run for Congress.


As far as Daza is concerned, Suntay said the her joining the congressional race could set back Castelo’s bid.


“Of course, they have to shell out their own resources [and divide their time],” he said.


“[Rillo] would always tell me he will not run. But I am prepared for any eventuality.”


During the launch of the Super Health Assistance Card for solo parents in District 4 in September, Vice Mayor Belmonte said Suntay, the project proponent, “does not need to do this. He is running unopposed in District 4.”


Suntay, for his part, said if he wins, he would adopt the policies and reforms of the older Belmonte to ensure continuity.


He disclosed he will join the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan from being an independent candidate in the last elections.

Bong Revilla hopeful on release, eyes new movie

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Photo: Philippine Daily Inquirer


“I do not deserve to be incarcerated.”


Thus, said actor-turned-politician Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in an interview with media inside the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.


Revilla, a former senator, governor and vice governor of Cavite, has been in detention for four years now and aired hopes he would be free soon.


His hope is based on the fact that former fellow detainees, former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, have been freed on bail while facing trial for plunder and graft charges like him.


His fans in show business have been wondering whether the actor/senator would be, like Jinggoy, be allowed to post bail (at least) while he is being tried for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam filed against him and the other senators, entertainment editor and columnist Isah Red reported.


“I do not deserve to be incarcerated,” Revilla told Red when he visited him at the PNP detention center.


“Gayunpaman, buo ang tiwala ko sa sistema kaya’t mula’t sapul ay sumailalim na ako rito (Even then I trust the system that’s the reason I surrendered.)” Revilla added.


“As I promised, I continue to face the lies and intrigues thrown at me by my detractors,” he continued.” This has never weakened my resolve to fight for the truth and what is right. I am steadfast in my commitment to our kababayans. I still believe in justice and I trust that the truth will prevail and that I will be vindicated.”


His fans began to express their sentiments since late last year when Coco Martin’s movie “Ang Panday” started getting media buzz. It will be recalled that Revilla starred in not one but two “Ang Panday” films. One was released in 2009 and the other in 2011. In fact, if he were not in detention, he could have shot a third “Ang Panday” in collaboration with its creator, Carlo J. Caparas.


He, however, said that once he is allowed to leave his detention cell, he’d star in another movie, not another “Ang Panday” as its franchise has been acquired by another film company.


He said doing another movie is a promise to his fans.


Revilla Jr. has filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the proceedings at the Sandiganbayan which he claimed as a violation of his rights as an accused in the P224.5-million plunder and graft cases filed against him for alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel.


Revilla, a former governor of Cavite, was one of three senators charged and detained in connection with the controversial pork barrel scam, but the two - former Senators Enrile and Estrada - have been released due to various reasons although their cases have remained.


In a 62-page petition for certiorari filed through his counsel, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, Revilla said his rights to due process, to be presumed innocent, to be informed of the nature and cause of accusation against him and to a fair trial had been violated when his motion for leave to file demurrer to evidence as well as his motion to quash and motions for reconsideration had been dismissed by the anti-graft court.


For issuing the said resolutions, the petitioner accused the Sandiganbayan of failure to perform its constitutional duty to enforce his rights that resulted to his continued detention in the past four years.


Estrada said he hopes the Supreme Court will grant the petition of fellow actor and senator Revilla to be freed from detention.


“Ako ay nagdadasal na sana ma-grant ng Supreme Court 'tong hinihingi ni Senator Bong para makalaya na siya,” said Estrada who was released from detention on bail in 2017.


In an interview after his hearing on his plunder case in connection with the PDAF scam, Estrada said he visited Revilla in Camp Crame.


“He is still in high spirits, although he is complaining about the strictness of all of his guards there,” the former senator said.


Estrada said the guards suddenly became strict “dahil sa isang babae doon,” referring to Senator Leila De Lima who is also detained in Camp Crame for drug-related charges.


Estrada dismissed the witnesses presented by government prosecutors in his own plunder case.


The prosecution presented eight residents of Mabitac, Laguna -- some of whom are farmers -- who all denied having received agricultural package worth P22,000 supposedly from the PDAF of Estrada.


“I have nothing to do with those alleged beneficiaries,” he said.


Revilla is principally questioning the Sandiganbayan’s ruling issued on Dec. 7, 2017 denying his motion to file a demurrer to evidence which would have sought the dismissal of his plunder case in connection with the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam as well as its Dec. 28, 2017 resolution denying his motion for reconsideration.


“The Sandiganbayan order of December 7, 2017, principally challenged in the instant petition, in ruling that there is a need for the accused to present their evidence, implicitly, by way of defense or more directly put, to controvert the charge in the information and the evidence offered by the prosecution, violates petitioner’s right to ‘due process’ and disregards that petitioner is ‘presumed innocent’ even at this stage of proceedings,” Revilla argued.


With the denial of his motions, the Sandiganbayan has set the reception of evidence for the accused on January 25, 30; February 1, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and March 6 and 8. Revilla argued that the proceedings before the Sandiganbayan violated his constitutional right to due process, to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusations against him, to have an impartial trial and to meet the witnesses face to face.


The anti-graft court, in said decision, instead directed the senator to submit his evidence that would disprove the allegations against him.


While the case is pending with the Supreme Court, Revilla also asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) to enjoin the Sandiganbayan from conducting proceedings on the case for the purpose of receiving his evidence against the case which will start on Jan. 25, 2018.


He also sought his provisional release from jail pending the High Court’s action on his petition.


The former senator also urged the high court to hold an oral argument on the matter. Revilla is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.


In August 2015, the SC granted the petition for bail of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile in the same plunder case with Janet Lim Napoles before the Sandiganbayan due to his "advanced age and poor health."


The two other former senators indicted with Napoles in separate plunder cases before the anti-graft court - Jinggoy Estrada andRevilla -- also filed bail petitions.


The Sandiganbayan special fifth division granted Estrada's plea last September.


Photo: ABS-CBN News


Another box office historical movie is in the works in Manila.


This new movie is from the same group behind the blockbuster film "Heneral Luna."


But this time, actor Paulo Avelino will play the title role.


The movie is all about another Filipino hero, Gen. Gregorio del Pilar.


Paulo said he is so fortunate to have been chosen by Director Jerrold Tarog to play the title role in his new historical drama, “Goyo: ang Batang Heneral.”


The movie is Tarog’s follow up to his acclaimed “Heneral Luna” that’s also a commercial success at the box office. The principal photography of “Goyo” was completed after more than 60 shooting days, produced by TBA (Tuko Production, Butchi Boy Productions and Artikulo Uno).


Mario Bautista, in his latest column, reported that the production budget of “Goyo” has escalated and reached P160 million due to the expensive period sets made specially for the movie, making it the most expensive movie in the history of local cinema. It’s almost double the budget of “Heneral Luna” that was made for P80 million and made a total of nearly P300 million at the box office three years ago.


Paulo also played Goyo in “Heneral Luna” and the new movie maybe considered as a sequel of sorts as it shows what happened after Gen. Antonio Luna was assassinated ruthlessly by his own compatriots. Goyo is the youngest general in the war of the Filipinos against the Americans during the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.


It will be a big challenge for Paulo to make “Goyo” an even bigger hit than “Heneral Luna” which is a certified blockbuster. It’s been proven that local films can gross to almost half a million pesos, as seen in the gross receipts of Vice Ganda’s Metro filmfest entries, especially “Gandarrapido, The Revengers”.


It was gathered that If “Goyo” would be a big hit that will succeed in recovering its investments, then TBA will give Direk Jerrold the green light to produce his third dream historical project, a movie on the life of Pres. Manuel Luis Quizon during the Commonwealth Era.

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