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Cash remittances to PHL total $2.3 B in October

Published in Business

MANILA — Cash inflows from overseas Filipinos posted higher volume in October 2015 although growth is lower against the previous month. 

Data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Tuesday, showed that cash inflows last October reached US$ 2.232 billion, slightly higher than year-ago's US$ 2.228 billion or a growth of 0.2 percent. 

However, this growth is lower than the 4.3 percent posted in the previous month.

Growth of remittances posted its fourth consecutive slowdown in October after rising to 5.6 percent last June. 

For the 10-month period, cash inflows totalled to US$ 20.64 billion, up 3.7 percent than year-ago's US$ 19.91 billion. Growth in the previous month stood at 4.1 percent.

Bulk of these inflows came from the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, UK, Japan, and HongKong. These areas account to more than 79 percent of the total cash inflows.

Is Pauleen Luna preggy?

Published in Entertainment



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It seems actress Pauleen Luna had a visit from the stork.


This as rumors swirled in Manila that the young actress is heavy with a baby with boyfriend, the top television host and actor Vic Sotto, while the two posted their photos together in Hong Kong.


In the segment of "Quiz Miz" in the CelebriTV last Saturday, hosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis asked questions on the reported pregnancy of Pauleen.


But the two top hosts were careful in providing the answer to the question posed by Sef Cadayona and Max Collins of 'Juan Tamad' vs Team Babala.


"Kapag nagkamali kayo, lagot kayo (If you are wrong, you would be held accountable)," said the showbiz “tsismis” queen.


After some talk on the issue, Lolit admitted that the rumor had spread that Pauleen was preggy.


But the tv host in the end clarified that there was no truth to the rumors swirling around about the pregnancy, adding they were all “intrigues.”


The two lovebirds had a short but sweet trip to Hong Kong during the weekend as shown in photos taken by Pauleen herself during their trip which she posted on Instagram.


The couple took a break in Hong Kong and enjoyed the cool weather and sights as they also did Christmas shopping.


Based on her posts on her Instagram, the celebrity couple left for Hong Kong several days ago.


The Hong Kong trip came amidst all their wedding preparations.


Vic and Pauleen are set to tie the knot this January 2016.

Showbiz authority and columnist Ethel Ramos reported that the couple will wear Francis Libiran creations on their wedding day.

“Totohanan na ito,” the sweet couple admitted later.


“They have yet to announce the exact date. Ayaw pa raw ibunyag ni Bossing Vic,” a source added.


 "Tamang panahon," said Vic when asked why Pauleen is the girl he will marry.


During the press conference for his 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival entry "My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore," the veteran comedian-TV host said: "Siguro, dumarating sa buhay ng tao na you find the right woman, the right time, the right moment."


Vic had said he wants Pauleen to give him four children, without a hint if he was merely joking.


"Yung baby, it will depend on God. In God's time. Kung kami ay bibiyayaan, we will be thankful," he said.


Ricky Lo asked Vic in his tv program if his many "ex" will be in his wedding.


Vic quickly answered no, adding all his children will be there and his in-laws.


On their wedding song, Vic said "Dessert" by Dawin which is played in the popular Eat Bulaga “kalyeserye” maybe played during the church wedding.


Vic said Pauleen’s face is his favourite part of his girlfriend’s body.


Vic said he has nothing more to request for himself this Christmas but he wanted more blessings to his family and his “dabarkads.”


"Engaged na kami," Vic first confirmed during an event for CitiGlobal Realty and Development Inc. of which he is an endorser last September. It was gathered that the two had been a couple since 2013.


"Yes we are [engaged]," Vic said. "Hindi ko naman puwede i-deny iyon. (I will not deny that) But the details, iyon ang sa tamang panahon (it will come in the right time)," he teased, referring to the famous line by Lola Nidora in his daily show Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye.


"Hindi naman ako yung tipong magdedeny. Sabi ko naman sa inyo kung meron dapat aminin, aaminin. (I am not the type of person to deny. Like I said, if there is something to admit, I will do so.)," he said.


According to Vic, he and Pauleen will share the details very soon.


Weeks earlier, Pauleen left for the United States to attend another wedding in US.

It was gathered that the US trip of Pauleen was also a meeting for a popular wedding gown designer Monique Lhuiller and possibly another designer for Hollywood stars, according to a GMA News report.


With the confirmation, fans and supporters are expecting a grand wedding for the popular couple who are co-hosts of the long-running and number one noontime show, "Eat Bulaga," over GMA Network.


But the couple doused hopes for a grand wedding, saying it will only be a simple wedding with relatives and friends in attendance.

Vic and Pauleen have been together for years now.

Vic, 60, in an interview earlier said that this latest development in his relationship with Pauleen was coming.

Vic has had a handful of high-profiled relationships, but was only married once, with movie actress Dina Bonnevie, who is now married to the Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte.

The host of the longest running noontime show in Philippine television has always been very quiet with his private life and it was a pleasant surprise to the press that he personally confirmed the news on his engagement to Pauleen.

According to Vic, he is happy the way things are turning out right now, with Eat Bulaga, with his co-workers and with his personal life.

Vic’s last relationship was with co-host on "Eat Bulaga" Pia Guanio, who since then have been married to Steve Mago and now blessed with a three year old daughter, Scarlet Jenine.

Before Vic, Pauleen dated actor Marvin Agustin and Valenzuela City Congressman Sherwin Gatchalian who is now eyeing a Senate seat in the 2016 elections.


Many actually have been speculating long ago that the two were already engaged. The speculation fired up after Pauleen was seen with an expensive diamond ring in the September 1 episode of "Eat Bulaga." Many believed the ring was an engagement ring.


In a column published last May, Philippine Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo cited a source in saying the Vic and Pauleen wedding will happen this year. "The only minor thing being discussed is 'where'," the columnist and tv host wrote.
In an earlier interview, Pauleen admitted that she and Vic wanted a simple but elegent wedding.

“Nothing flashy, nothing grand” like other show business couples, the young actress said.

The actress added, it’s a mutual decision to have a simple but intimate wedding.  

It was reported that Vic’s only request to Pauleen is to give him four children.
Currently, Vic has four children to different women. Two from Dina Bonnevie, one from Coney Reyes and one from Angela Luz.

Congressman Gatchalian said that he was not surprised when news broke out that his former girlfriend, Pauleen Luna, dated and now is engaged with Vic Sotto.

During a meeting with the press, Gatchalian said that Pauleen has always been attracted to mature men.  When they were dating, the lawmaker was 15 years her senior.

According to Gatchalian, he and Pauleen remained friends in spite of their separation in 2008. 

Congressman Gatchalian is still single after breaking up with the beautiful actress.  He said that since his separation from Pauleen, he’s been busy with work and maybe, the right girl for him hasn’t arrived yet.

When asked if he’s willing to be part of the wedding entourage, in case Vic and Pauleen decide to get married, considered as one of the most eligible bachelors in the Metro, Gatchalian said that just being invited will be privileged enough.  He revealed that he still keeps in touch with his Pauleen once in a while.

Gatchalian will be running for Senator under the Nationalist People’s Coalition in the 2016 national elections.

FilAm Vera is new OFC heavyweight champion

Published in Sports

(Photo from Philippine Star)


PASAY CITY — Filipino-American mixed martial arts star Brandon Vera made quick work of Taiwanese contender Paul Cheng to capture the inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight title last week at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Vera's fellow FilAm and former world boxing champion Ana Julaton, however, lost to her Russian opponent on points in the same canvas.

It was the second time Vera and Julaton fought for OFC before the big Filipino crowd at SM Mall of Asia arena, the first being last year where both were winners.


After feeling each other out for a few seconds, Vera and Cheng immediately went at it, proving to the thousands in attendance they both want the strap for themselves.


About 20 seconds into the fight, a left straight counter from Vera dropped Cheng to the canvass. The latter stood up only to get kicked in the chest and get floored again.


Vera then followed up with multiple hammer fists which forced referee Yuji Shimada to halt the contest at the 0:26 mark of round one. 


Before the Vera bout, Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Eugene Toquero gave the Philippines its first win of the night in the ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions.

Toquero, 34, was up against Chinese striker Li Wei Bin.


Toquero immediately went to work upon hearing the opening bell, throwing punches and kicks at Bin (4-2) with bad intentions. Bin managed to take Toquero down twice in the round but wasn't able to do much from that position.


Toquero outlanded Bin in strikes in round two. Be it standing up or on the ground, Toquero did a number on the visiting Chinese, dishing out vicious knees and executing with some ground and pound.


Bin waived the white flag from his stool before the start of round three, earning Toquero a second round technical knockout victory as he improved his record to 8-2.


Sotto tops senatoriables survey, Pacquiao in

Published in Latest News

(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


MANILA — Congressman Manny Pacquiao is among the top picks in the latest Pulse Asia nationwide survey on senatorial candidates in the 2016 elections commissioned by ABS-CBN.

Pacquiao, who is currently serving as Sarangani congressman, placed 7-10 in the November 8-15, 2015 Pulse Asia survey for ABS-CBN.

The poll said 96% of survey respondents were aware of Pacquiao and 50.2% said they would vote for him if the elections were held during the survey period.

(Photo from Rappler)


Senator Vicente Sotto topped the survey, with 72.6% of respondents saying they will vote for him.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon (49.7%, 7th-10th places), former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (37.9%, 11th-12th places), and former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (11th-12th places) were also in the winning circle.

Others in the winning list are Panfilo Lacson (65.3%) 2nd-3rd places, Ralph Recto (62.9%) 2nd-6th), Francis Pangilinan (58%) 3rd-6th, Franklin Drilon (57.5%) 3rd-7th, Juan Miguel Zubiri (57.5%) 3rd-7th, Sergio Osmeña III (52.1%) 5th-9th, and Teofisto Guingona III (44.8%) 8th-10th.


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