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Dingdong, Marian ecstatic with baby daughte

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(Photo from Instagram | @therealmarian)


Actor Dingdong Dantes and his wife Marian Rivera celebrated their first wedding anniversary on December 30. They had their grand wedding on that day last year at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City where Dingdong grew up.

The couple has a memorable and meaningful celebration because it was their first Christmas together as husband and wife and with a beautiful baby daughter Maria Letizia.

Dingdong, whose real name is Jose Sixto Gonzales Dantes IV and a commissioner of the National Youth Commission, now wants to lessen his workload to be able to devote more time to their daughter.

Marian, who is Marian Rivera Gracia in real life born in Spain, is also taking extra care of her first born by breastfeeding her. She even attended a breastfeeding seminar last October to prepare for her baby.

Marian, who is 98th top individual taxpayer for income earned in 2014 with tax payment of P19 million,has also taken off from show business although she is open to acting sparingly if not in conflict with her role as a mother.

Other reports indicated Marian, who is devoting her time to her daughter, could make a comebac in showbusiness by February.

“It is truly a merry Christmas for our family,” said Dingdong as reported by showbiz columnist Mario Bautista. Dingdong has just finished hosting “Starstruck 6” that ended with its grand finals.

 “Totoo pala 'yung sinasabing kahit pagod na pagod ka sa trabaho, mawawala ang pagod mo pag-uwi mo ng bahay at nakita mo ang anak mo,” the actor confessed.

Mario Bautista wrote in his latest column that most people say that based on the photos of the couple's baby, she looks more like her dad. “Mas gusto ko kung magiging kamukha siya ng mommy niya and I believe na kapag tumagal na, talagang she’ll look more like her mom,” the columnist quoted the actor as saying.
It was gathered that their fans have put up different social media accounts for their daughter. 

“Well, hindi naman namin 'yun ipinagbabawal and we’re happy that their support for us remains intact.  Okay lang naman if they just want do updates on our baby at magamit lang nang tama. But later on, it’s up to our daughter pag may sarili na siyang pagpapasiya kung gusto niya ba talaga ng ganung account,” Dingdong said.
When will their baby be baptized? “We’re still talking about it, pati 'yung lineup ng godparents, binubuo pa namin. I’m so happy na si Marian, dedicated at focused lang sa baby namin, in taking care of her and breastfeeding her. Yun lang ang priority niya.”

So what’s his next project after “Starstruck VI”? 

Dingdong has a quick answer: “I will be doing a new drama by next year. Fans are asking kung puwede kami uli ni Marian but we’re not sure yet. Gusto ko ring bawasan muna ang trabaho para I can give more attention to our daughter.”

(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


PASAY CITY (via PhilAmPress) — Vice President Jejomar Binay has regained the lead from Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares in the latest Pulse Asia survey as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte surged to a statistical tie with the lady senator who topped another survey.


This means that if the elections were held during the survey period of December 4-11 and immediately after, Binay would likely become the country’s next President come 2016.


Binay, the first to declare intention to run for president, had led the surveys for a long period of time until Senator Poe surged into prominence and joined the race.


Pulse Asia's fourth quarter survey results was non-commissioned nationwide survey involving 1,800 respondents.


The results showed 33 percent of Filipinos, from 19 percent in September, would likely elect Binay as the next President, regaining the top spot from Senator Poe.


This has been the first time after two consecutive quarters that the vice president has topped Pulse Asia’s election survey.


Sharing the second place are Mayor Duterte with 23 percent from September’s 16 percent, and Poe with 21 percent from 26 percent. Due to a margin of error of +/-3 for national percentages, Duterte and Poe are statistically tied.


President Aquino's anointed and administration bet former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II placed third with 17 percent from 20 percent last September.


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago got 4 percent.


In the same Pulse Asia survey results, Senator Francis Escudero is still the top choice for vice president, getting 29 percent of the 1,800 respondents. Trailing in second place is Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with 23 percent, while sharing the third place are Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 18 percent and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 14 percent.


During the survey, respondents were asked: “Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang Presidente ng Pilipinas kung ang eleksiyon ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato?” (Of the people on this list, who would you vote for President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they are candidates?) They were allowed to choose only one.


Pulse Asia said the other presidential candidates included in the electoral probe each registered voter preferences of at most 4 percent.


Only 1 percent of Filipino registered voters were either not inclined to support any of the presidentiables included in the survey or still do not know whom they will vote for as president in May 2016, while less than 1 percent refused to identify their preferred presidential bet.


Across geographic areas, Duterte has a clear lead over the other candidates in Mindanao with 43 percent.


In Metro Manila, Binay with 30 percent, Duterte with 27 percent, and Poe with 21 percent shared the top spot, due to a margin of error of +/-6 in the National Capital Region.


In the rest of Luzon, Binay with 34 percent and Poe with 29 percent were the leading presidential bets. In the Visayas, top choices for president were Binay with 34 percent and Roxas with 27 percent.

New movie, TV show and album for Anne Curtis

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(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


Filipino-Australian actress Anne Curtis will be busy with her career in 2016.


This loomed as she has a new movie, a television show and an album altogether next year.


Showbiz columnist Mario Bautista reported on the good for the comely actress in his latest column.


It was noted that Anne was not that visible in 2015 and she did not have a new movie (her last was “The Gifted” which was shown in 2014) and her last TV show was “Dyesebel” that ran from March to July of 2014 yet.


Anne's only exposure was her co-hosting the ABS-CBN noontime program, “It’s Showtime,” with Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro and others.


Anne revealed she will make up for lost time in 2016, pointing out that she is all set to shoot a new movie with Direk Ruel Bayani (whose last film was “One More Try” in 2012 yet). Still untitled, the movie will be a co-production of Viva Films and Star Cinema and will be a sexy love triangle drama with Angel Locsin and Paulo Avelino.


Anne said she will also have a new TV show. Anne earlier was rumored to be moving to TV5 to join her sister Jasmine Curtis Smith, but she shot this down saying she still has a contract with ABS-CBN.


She that for sure, she will have with Viva a new album, “Forever Young,” which features her much improved voice that’s now better suited for singing after years and years of training.


About her lovelife, she denies she’s now officially engaged to her boyfriend of five years, Erwan Heussaff, brother of Solenn who recently married her boyfriend in South America.


“Kung ‘di nagkahiwalay na kami, ang rumor is engaged na kami,” Anne said.  “Both not true. What’s true is that we’re going to South America for the Christmas holidays. Ang magiging rumor naman diyan, we had a secret marriage na roon. But we’ll travel with some of our good friends and barkada. We’ll be visiting Chile and Patagonia at the most southern end of Argentina. My sister naman will be going home to Melbourne, so hiwalay kami,” she old columnist Mario Bautista

MANILA — The Philippines has cemented its position as one of Asia’s fastest-growing major economies despite uncertainties in 2015, and now appears en route to becoming a member of the upper middle-income countries over the next six years.


The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) averaged 5.6 percent in the first three quarters on strong demand and more jobs and investments.


National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan said strong domestic demand can enable the economy to grow by 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter, ending the year with a growth of at least six percent despite the devastation wrought by typhoons.


Balisacan said the impacts particularly of recent typhoons “Lando” and “Nona” were already factored in growth projection for the agricultural sector.


“The last two ones were damaging and there were serious losses and damage to infrastructure, but not in a magnitude that will adequately make a dent on growth prospects for the full year,” he said, noting that the typhoon-affected agriculture sector represents less than 10 percent of the country’s GDP.


The economy is boosted mainly by the continued strengthening of the industry and manufacturing sectors.


The services sector, particularly the information technology-business process management, also remained robust.


“This puts the Philippines as one of the fastest-growing major economies in Asia, just after India, China and Vietnam. Our year-to-date performance reflects a steadily growing economy, and we are very optimistic that the Philippine economy will grow at 6.0 percent for full-year 2015,” Balisacan added.


Economic growth target for 2016


Balisacan said economic growth target for next year remains at 7.0 percent, even as the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) has yet to revisit economic targets for this and next year.


“But I do think that the target of 7.0 percent in 2016 is still quite realistic. As you know the whole economy is improving, even though that the United States has started its interest rate hike… I think the market has already anticipated that so that the impacts are not likely strong especially for countries like us that have some good macroeconomic fundamentals,” he said.


The United States Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade by 0.25 percentage points.


Balisacan cited domestic sources for sustained economic growth, foremost among them investments and domestic consumption as well as low interest rates and good consumer sentiment.


“We need to re-balance our sources of growth so that we get more of those investments and we get more of trade and in the process we improve the quality of jobs that are made available for our workers… That would allow us to escape poverty for most number of our people,” he said.


Higher middle-income economy


Balisacan is optimistic that economic growth can further accelerate on the back of the recovery of advanced economies expected next year and of the global economy in the medium-term, bringing the country to higher middle-income economy status by the end of the next administration.


Citing a World Bank definition, he said the Philippines needs to achieve per capita income of US$4,125 to US$12,735 to become a high middle-income country. The country is currently classified in the lower middle-income group where per capita income ranges from US$1,046 to US$4,125.


“Given the backlogs that we have in infrastructure, in human capital and investment in innovations, you can take advantage of those backlogs by addressing them quickly so that we can raise the level of the potential growth of the economy,” added Balisacan.


To achieve this status, the NEDA chief underscored the need for the country to pursue policies and programs that will improve industries’ competitiveness and productivity and raise investments in human capital development.


“However, while the Philippine economy has been growing at a rapid pace in the last five years, much still has to be done to achieve even faster poverty reduction and more inclusive growth,” he said.




The government has been increasing its infrastructure investment from 1.8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 to 5.0 percent of GDP in 2016.


It is ramping efforts to address the issue of underspending on public infrastructure ahead of next year’s elections.


The capacities of the local governments in project planning and budgeting has been also strengthened.


Balisacan said it is imperative for the country to continue developing infrastructure, encourage technological innovation and pursue regulatory and structural reforms to unleash its potentials and maximize gains from regional integration.


“Through these, the country can further attract investment flows, as investors in advanced economies affected by the global financial crisis search for markets with higher returns and better prospects,” he said.


There are currently 12 awarded projects worth P217.42 billion in the Philippine public-private partnership (PPP) pipeline, two other projects under implementation, 13 other projects in different stages of procurement and three others for roll-out.


Human capital development


Expenditures on social services, particularly education, health, social security and housing, have shown significant improvement, indicating the country’s serious thrust of heavily investing in human capital development.


“For the years ahead, it is critical for our country to be able to take advantage of its relatively young population joining the labor force in the next decade,” Balisacan said.


The latest Labor Force Survey showed a new 10-year record low unemployment rate at 5.7 percent, mainly on the boost in the services and industry sectors.


This is the first time that the unemployment rate dropped below 6.0 percent, even better than the target set in the Philippine Development Plan of 6.6 to 6.8 percent.


“Despite the improved figures, we still need to further improve the quality of jobs available in the market and upgrade the skills of our labor force. This is the bigger challenge.


Sustained increases in labor incomes can only come about by raising productivity,” the NEDA chief further said. (PNA) 

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