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In January, 2016 my mother Elena Sampayan Gabot Madlaing will celebrate her 97thbirthday with her children, grandchildren, close friends and relatives in Silicon Valley. One of the “secrets” of her good health and longevity is her habit of walking daily (and exercise) plus eating fresh fruits and vegetables.


Do you know that there are 21 health benefits of walking daily and regular workout or exercise? I would like to share to our readers the following health benefits:


1.Burns calories 2. Eases back pains 3. Slims your waist 4. Lowers blood pressure 5. Reduces level of bad cholesterol 6. Reduces heart attack risk 7. Enhances stamina and energy 8. Improves muscle tone 9. Easy on your joints 10. Helps prevent cancer 11. Helps prevent chronic ailments


12.Reduces appetite to control obesity 13. Increases aerobic capacity 14. Slows down osteoporosis bone loss 15.Helps control diabetes and obesity. 16. Helps achieve optimum health and longevity 17. Improves memory 18. Helps build up immune system 19. Increases your achievement and productivity 20. Lessens anxiety and tension 21. Be more healthy physically and emotionally. (Source: Sportline Guide to Walking and booklet onFITNESS FOR HUMANITY)


The September 11,2012 issue of Healthline also mentioned 10 reasons why we MUST walk daily and workout regularly, namely: 1.Walking and workout increase your lifespan ;.2.Walking and workout ward off diabetes;3.Walking and workout keep your mind sharp;4..Walking and workout help lower blood pressure;


5.Walking and workout are god for bone health; 6. Walking and workout cut the risk of stroke; 7. Walking and workout improve your mood; 8. Walking and workout torch calories; 9.Walking and workout improve sleep.; 10. Walking and workout are good for the heart.


Despite the many health benefits of regular workout and daily walking, people have many excuses and alibi for not doing it like “Very busy”, “NO money to buy workout equipment,” “NO time due to tight schedules.”, etc.


To solve these problems, excuses and alibi, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY designed a Common Sense Workout Guide which requires NO equipmentNO monthly fees for gym and fitness center, just 10-15 minutes workout ANYWHERE (home, backyard, office, park, ocean beach or hotel room when traveling)


This Common Sense Power Workout was adapted from Japanese Olympian Izumi Tabata.Researchers found power workout boosted aerobic fitness by 14 percent. Workout participants saw 28 percent improvement of “anaerobic capacity”. It works your muscles and joints in multiple directions which helps you build a stronger, more fit body. This power workout combines cutting-edge core exercises. The cardio exercise burns that fat covering your belly while the core exercise strengthens your mid-section.


FREE POWER WORKOUT GUIDE: For optimum health and longevity, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (akaFITNESS FOR CHRIST) in cooperation with WE CARE MINISTRY is offering FREE copies of “POWER WORKOUT GUIDE”. Make sure to request a copy for you and your family. Just send a self-addressed-stamped envelope to: WE CARE MINISTRY, 701-8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118.


FREE BOOKS FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON: In the spirit of Christmas, FITNESS FOR CHRIST in cooperation with WE CARE MINISTRY is offering the FREE booklet “Making a Difference with Your Life” PLUS “Steve Jobs' Last Words” to discover the spiritual mind of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, creative genius and one of the popular billionaires in Silicon Valley and your spiritual needs this Holiday Season and the coming New Year. Make sure to get your FREE copy today. Just send a self-addressed-stamped envelop to: WE CARE MINISTRY, 701-8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118


AMERICAN BANKERS REALTY in cooperation with WE CARE MINISTRY is also offering the FREEBook “HISTORICITY OF JESUS” plus “GOSPEL OF CHRIST”. These are must reading for you and your family during the Christmas Season and the coming New Year for spiritual blessings through eternity. Get yourFREE copies for you and your family today. Just send $5 (to cover postage, mailing and handling) to: Art Gabot Madlaing, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA 94112.


(ART GABOT MADLAING is a commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker ( BRE # 00635976) in California since 1981. Art is accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. He is the book author of “Real Estate & You.” “NO GUTS, NO GLORY,” “HISTORICITY OF JESUS.” He is one of the evangelists at the Golden Gate Church of Christ in San Francisco. Art is the founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. He can be reached at (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )



Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, Former president and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo, and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. 


LAOAG CITY/TRECE MARTIRES CITY (PHLTODAYUSA/PhilAmPress) — Governor Maria Imelda Josefa Marcos, popularly known as "Imee," is now considered reelected for another three-year term as provincial chief executive.

And so with her cousin Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba.

This developed after the candidates for Governor and Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte under the Liberal Party and Nationalist People’s Coalition withdrew their CoC on December 10, the last day of substitution of candidates for the 2016 elections.

Only one vote will be needed on election day to affirm the reelection of Governor Marcos and Vice Governor Barba for their third and final term of office.

The development confirms that Ilocos Norte remains a stronghold of the Marcoses three decades since the ouster of the clan's patriarch, President Ferdinand Marcos, in the 1986 People Power Revolution and replaced by President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Mr. Marcos won and was proclaimed reelected president in a snap election against Mrs Aquino before the revolution. 

Also running in Ilocos Norte is former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who is seeking her third and final term as congresswoman of the second district. Like Governor Marcos, Congresswoman Imelda Marcos is reportedly also unopposed.

Another member of the clan, Matthew Marcos-Manotoc, the governor's youngest son, is running for member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the second district; Governor Marcos, elder sister of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who is running for vice president, joined about 40 percent of candidates nationwide with no opponents or if at all have token opponents, which political analysts reported was unprecedented in election history in the country.


Other notables who have no opponents are former president now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her ally Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, and the governor of Cavite, the country’s biggest province in terms of population.

Former Congressman Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla, a lawyer, substituted for his unopposed brother, incumbent Cavite Governor Juan Victor "Junvic" Remulla who reportedly is pursuing post gradudate studies in Harvard University. Like the Pampanga Governor, Vice Governor Dennis Pineda is also unopposed.

 Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is unopposed for his third and last term under the United Negros Alliance (UNegA). Also unopposed in the province are 2nd District’s Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva and 6th District’s Rep. Mercedes Alvarez and nine town mayors.

In Bataan, Governor Albert “Abet” Garcia whose father, Rep. Enrique Garcia is running also unopposed for vice governor together with his  Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III for congressman of the second district, and Francis Garcia, a financial analyst and member of the board of directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, who is running for Balanga mayor.

In Pampanga, former President now Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the second district is also running unopposed for her third and final term in the district which covers the towns of Lubao, Sasmuan, Guagua, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca and Porac. Mrs. Arroyo’s father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, hailed from Lubao, while her mother, the late First Lady Dr. Evangelina Macapagal hailed from Binalonan, Pangasinan where a grandson, Mayor Ramon N. Guico III, is also running unopposed.

In Laguna, outgoing Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas and Binan City Mayor Marilyn Len Len Alonte-Naguiat are running unopposed for congresswoman in first district and the new congressional district of Binan.


Also unopposed are Aurora Gov. Gerardo Noveras,  Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, Mountain Province Congressman Maximo Dalog and Gov. Leonard Mayaen and Apayao Congressman. Eleanor Begtang and Gov. Elias Bulut Jr. 

In Davao del Norte, banana king Antonio Floreindo is running unopposed for congressman, replacing his nephew Rep. Antonio Lagdameo. Others unopposed are Imus Rep. Alex Advincula and Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino; Negros Oriental Representatives Leo Rafael Cueva and Mercedes Alvarez; comebacking former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, and North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.


The new province of Davao Occidental also has a lone candidate for governor, Claude Bautista, who is relinquishing his first-term governorship of Davao del Sur in exchange for the honor of being the founding chief executive of the new province. His sister, Lorna Bautista-Bantigan, is also running unopposed as the province's congressional representative, her first electoral venture. Another sibling, incumbent Davao del Sur Rep. Franklin Bautista is instead running for vice governor under his brother, also unopposed.


In Metro Manila, running unopposed are Quezon City Rep. Alfredo Vargas, Las Pinas City Rep. Mark Villar, Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco and Rep. Toby Tiangco, Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop and Rizal Rep. Isidro Rodriguez Jr.


Considered sure winners but with token opponents are  Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista together with Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez,  Pasig City Roberto Eusebio, husband of incumbent mayor; Las Piñas City’s Imelda Aguilar, wife of incumbent mayor Vergel Aguilar; and Carmelita Abalos of Mandaluyong City, wife of incumbent mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr.


There are many other candidates, mayor, vice mayors, councilors, governors, vice governors, provincial board members and other local posts and national posts in many parts of the country who will need only one vote to affirm their election or reelection in the May 9, 2016 elections. (Claire Morales True/Jo Erlinda Gabot Nebres/PhilAmPress)



The Star Cinema’s "A Second Chance" starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo has just scored another Philippine cinema milestone: it is now the highest grossing local non-Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry of all time.

Last week, it was announced that the movie has grossed P442 million at a victory party held for the cast and crew of the film attended by stars Bea  and John Lloyd . director Cathy Garcia-Molina, and screenwriters Carmi Raymundo and Vanessa Valdez.

The previous record-holder was another Star Cinema offering, last year's "Starting Over Again," which passed the P400-million mark after a month in local cinemas. To compare, "A Second Chance" achieved the same feat in just 10 days.


ABS-CBN reported that the record for the highest grossing Filipino film of all time is the 2014 MMFF entry, "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin." The comedy flick passed P456 million in 22 days, unseating "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," an entry to the 2013 MMFF, for the title.

"A Second Chance" has been running in the United States, Canada and the Middle East and has yet to debut in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong,  now goint to fourth week, is expected to face facing stiff competition from the much-anticipated Hollywood film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which opens before December 25 when theaters all over Metro Manila and in key cities in the country will show only Filipino movies under the Metro Manila Film Festival.

The ABS-CBN movie earned P400 million in just 10 days.


 Star Cinema, the network's movie outfit, reported earlier that the movie passed the P400-million mark on December 5, and was still showing in over 200 cinemas nationwide.

The movie was scheduled to be shown in theaters in the United States (December 4 to 10) and Canada (December 4 to 17).
The worldwide showing of the movie included Middle East (December 3), France (December 5), Italy and Spain (December 6), United Kingdom and Austria (December 5 and 6), Australia (December 10 to 16), and Hong-Kong (December 13).


The movie's top stars said they are overwhelmed by the success of “A Second Chance,” which is a sequel to their well-loved 2007 movie “One More Chance.”


“Parang ang hirap maniwala agad. Nakakalula. But we are very very happy na tinanggap siya ng tao ng ganito,” she said in an ABS-CBN report.


With the movie's box office success, a third installment of Popoy and Basha’s story maybe in the offing.

“Sana meron. After nung magandang resulta ng 'A Second Chance,' after namin mapanood na maganda yung reviews, nagkaroon kami ng hope na puwedeng maraming puntahan ang storya ng installment ng One More Chance. Sana may third,” said the comely Bea Alonzo.


The movie breached the P300-million mark after only six days in theaters since it was released last November 25.


With over P400 million in ticket earnings, "A Second Chance" may well be on the road to breaking the record of Vice Ganda's movie, the 2014 MMFF entry "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin," which holds the record of being the highest grossing Filipino film of all time as it earned over P400 million during its entire run.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, "A Second Chance" revisits the lives of Popoy (Cruz) and Basha (Alonzo) as they traverse the highs and lows of married life.

It also stars Dimples Romana, James Blanco, Bea Saw, Janus del Prado, and Ahron Villena.

It already holds the record of being the highest grossing non-Metro Manila Film Festival Filipino movie on its opening day.
It earned P43.3 million on November 25, beating out the P32 million 2015 record of the romantic comedy "Crazy Beautiful You," top-billed by Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

In an interview with Boy Abunda on December 2 which was reported by ABS-CBN, John Lloyd revealed that he was skeptical about giving Popoy and Basha "A Second Chance."


"It was terrifying. It's not the usual glossy, promising Star Cinema film, 'di ba? With a storytelling like this and a material like this parang it's not very hard to be terrified. Parang mahirap talaga," he said.

He said he and Bea actively worked together to fill in the 8-year-gap between "One More Chance" and its sequel.

The two told Abunda that the past eight years have not only been challenging, but was also rewarding.

"Ang daming pinagdaanan-- maganda, masama. I would like to think na sa bawat mahirap na pinagdadaanan ko I learned," John Lloyd said. "Now, tingin ko I'm more comfortable, even more comfortable with myself. Mas nayayakap ko na 'yong truth ko. Hindi na ako takot ipakilala kung sino ako."

Bea shared that she has been striving to develop herself for the past eight years.

"I am a person who still strives to be better, who still tries to learn things about life, try to be good," she said. "I can fall in love with failure if it will make me feel alive, instead of just floating and being safe all the time, yes."

In the blogger's conference held on December 2, John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo shared how "A Second Chance" changed them in real life.

"After this film, talagang mas maganda 'yong understanding ko about sa relationship," Cruz revealed. "Every character is a journey for me. Kaya dito talagang iyon ang biggest take ko. 'Yong additional enlightenment with regards to relationships."
The 32-year-old actor also said that he really admires Basha's character, especially her intelligence. And if one day, he ends up in the same situation as Popoy, he would definitely review the film and look at how Basha handled it.

Alonzo admitted that she admires Basha's character as well.

"Sana ganoon ako mag-react katulad kay Basha. Kung gaano niya pinanghawakan 'yong pangako at kung gaano ka-unconditional 'yong pagmamahal niya kay Popoy. Sana," she said.

The film director Cathy Garcia-Molina was also present along with the two writers Vanessa Valdez and Carmi Raymundo. Molina was also the director of other hit films, such as "You Changed My Life," "A Very Special Love," and "One More Chance."



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Actress Angel Locsin has undergone a medical operation in a Singapore hospital over her spine woes but this did not deter her planned vacation with boyfriend Luis Manzano in Las Vegas.


This was confirmed when the comely actress posted on Instagram their photos as they watched the historic mixed martial arts fight of Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.


It took McGregor only 13 second to knock out the great Jose Aldo, making him the new UFC featherweight champion.


McGregor finished Aldo faster that Ronda Rousey finished title fights.


The  celebrity couple got to see one of the biggest UFC cards of the year live and documented their memorable experience on Instagram even many fans in the world probably enjoyed UFC 194 at the bar with some friends, or at the comfort of their own homes.


It was reported in Manila that Angel and Luis flew to Las Vegas to get hitched there which is famous for quick wedding for celebrities and non-celebrities.


While the rumors were quickly doused by the couple, many fans and showbiz people still would not believe that Angel and Luis flew to Las Vegas only for much needed rest, plus recovery from operation.


“No, we are not eloping,” Luis said in October on the report he and Angel will fly to Las Vegas.

The actor said the rumor is not new noting how they were rumored to be marrying numerous times in the past.


“Wala pang date. I mean the thought is there but in terms of fixing something up already she would know first. If there’s anything about settling down Angel would know first,” he exclaimed.

Apparently, they are taking it slow given their showbiz commitments.


At the moment, Luis is one of the busiest TV hosts of ABS-CBN. He is grateful with the Kapamilya Network entrusting him with “big shows” like “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal,” which is enjoying high ratings. The said show is also running until January 2016.


Other TV shows lined-up for Luis include the Philippine version of “Family Feud” and new seasons of “Pilipinas Got Talent” and “The Voice Philippines.”


One of Luis’s driving force is to save for his future family. According to him, he wants to provide his future family a “certain kind of life,” one that is far from merely comfortable.


Adding to his hectic schedules are his numerous endorsements like Puregold Priceclub Inc., McDonald’s and Smart among others.


Early this year, Luis revealed that he intends to propose to Angel this year but added his highly anticipated wedding may not happen until “maybe 2017.”


“Masyadong malayo pa. But it just happens that I have so much to do and she’s going to be even busier than I am this year,” Luis said.


 Luis admitted that he and Angel do talk about settling down every now then.


“Like I said, we’re not getting any younger. The intention is there but we’re taking our time to finish our commitments as individuals. Although there are no stipulations that would prevent us from settling down, it’s a big, big step for us,” Luis said.


Angel has declared herself “emotionally and financially ready” to get married and is fact, feeling some pressure from Luis’s folks, Senator Ralph Recto and Batangas governor and Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos.


Luis, however, said he doesn’t want to be pressured by Angel who also said that he needs to pop the question first before she can even think of walking down the aisle.


“Ayoko ding magpa-pressure sa kanya, We have enough time to focus on settling down and we will focus on it whenever we feel the time is right,” he added.


Angel underwent successful first procedure at an undisclosed medical facility in Singapore and she herself posted photos of herself on Instagram after the operation, calling for prayers for her recovery.


Then, after two days or so, Angel was seen flying back to Manila with an escort.

It was earlier reported that her unannounced medical treatment had postponed her planned vacation with Luis in Las Vegas, Florida and Cuba, but apparently it was not so.

Angel and Luis themselves announced their planned vacation days before the medical operation.

In fact, the announced trip abroad fueled immediately speculations that they would go to Las Vegas for a secret marriage.

The speculation was immediately denied by the couple.

Showbiz columnist Mario Bautista recalled that Luis’ parents, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Filipino American Eduardo "Edu" Manzano, had their wedding then in Vegas. And it was easy for them to obtain a divorce after their marriage turned sour, he added.

Luis said that the rumor of their supposed planned wedding in Las Vegas is plain rumor. “Yes, we’re going to Vegas but hindi para magpakasal. Bakasyon lang. Then we’ll go to Cuba, para maiba naman,”Luis declared days before Angel underwent operation.

Now, their plan for a vacation abroad will have to wait as Angel is undergoing surgery on the disc bulge in her spine.

Angel posted on her social account her photos taken in a hospital in Singapore while she was about to be wheeled into the operating room. They were taken last Friday morning as she asked for prayers from her fans and friends for the operation to be successful.


On her Instagram account, Angel wrote: "I'm still a little bit groggy and sore but happy and thankful tapos na ang first stage of the procedure. Thank you all for the prayers! Hoping this is it na."


In a follow-up post, the comely actress said: "Another photo before heading to lab with the Filipino nurses who took really good care of me. Thank you so much! Mabuhay kayo!"


Angeln did not specify the exact medical treatment that she went through.


Later, she posted another picture with another message, saying that the first stage of her operation was successful. She wrote: “I'm still a little bit groggy and sore but happy & thankful tapos na ang first stage of the procedure :) Thank you all for the prayers! Hoping this is it na.”


Mario Bautista reported that when Angel returns to Manila after the opeation, she still has to finish her movie with Luis’ mom, Gov. Vilma Santos, “All of My Life”, which is slated to be Star Cinema’s first offering for the new year. (Jo Erlinda Nebres)


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