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Aga and Bea shine in first movie together

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Actress Bea Alonzo worked for the first time with Aga Muhlach in the movie “First Love” which opens soon in theaters.


"This is a dream come true," she told columnist Mario Bautista, adding she has always wanted to work with him. 


The film was shot by Director Paul Soriano on location in Vancouver, Canada, and Bea said she really developed a good friendship with Aga while doing their movie there.


“He has always been one of my favorite actors and now, I not just get the chance to work with him but also to discover how good he is as an actor but also as a person,” she added. “Kahit mabigat ang eksenang ginagawa namin, he has a way of making it easy para hindi kami pareho mahirapan. He’s a very generous co-actor and I’m so thrilled to be working with a brilliant actor like him.”


Joining them in the Vancouver shoot were Sandy Andolong as Bea’s Mom, Albie Casino and Edward Barber and they all become one family while working on location.


Aga plays Nick, a top financial adviser who helps companies in making good investments in the story, while Bea is Ali, a happy-go-lucky young woman whose motto in life is just to “seize the day” as she has a heart ailment and needs a heart transplant. Destiny brings them together and they meet by chance in Canada, where their romance blooms.


Off cam, it’s common knowledge that Bea is playing beautiful music with Gerald Anderson. They just had a vacation together in Hong Kong and they want to go abroad again during their Christmas break. They spend a lot of time working out together as they are both physical fitness enthusiasts.


Aga admitted Bea is so good in “First Love” that he is predicting she will win best actress awards for her touching performance in their first film project together. Aga was last seen in “Seven Sundays” last year while Bea was last seen in “Kasal” early this year.

7 National Artists named, Nora Aunor bypassed again

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MANILA – Seven Filipinos have been named new National Artists by President Rodrigo Duterte.


Actress Nora Aunor, who was nominated again for this year's Order of National Artists, was bypassed again for the award.


Leading the honorees is musician Ryan Cayabyab, whose sentimental compositions such as “Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika” and Smokey Mountain’s “Paraiso” have defined original Filipino music.


The other awardees are Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa for architecture, director Eric de Guia or “Kidlat Tahimik” for Film, historian Resil Mojares for literature, and children’s theater advocate Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio for theater.


The award was also conferred posthumously on Ilonggo writer Ramon Muzones for literature and cartoonist Larry Alcala for visual arts.


The National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) recommended the bestowal of the honors and the President makes the final decision.


A living national artist receives a cash award of P100,000 while the heirs of a posthumous awardee get P75,000. Benefits include a monthly life pension, life insurance, medical and hospitalization assistance, a place of honor at national state functions and a state funeral at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.


The awardee is given the title of national artist, an insignia, a citation, a lifetime emolument, as well as benefits, honors and privileges afforded to the highest officials of the country.


Supporters of Nora Aunor had mounted a strong lobby for her declaration as national artist in previous years but the award-winning actress was bypassed.


Sabrina Tan, NCCA project coordinator, said Nora Aunor was automatically renominated since she was a previous nominee.


In 2014, Nora Aunor was among the final nominees for the award, but was omitted from the final list signed by then President Beningo Aquino III, who later said it was the actress’ history with illegal substances that cost her the title.


The Order of National Artists was established under by then President Ferdinand Marcos through Proclamation No. 1001 (s. 1972) to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters.


The President also proclaimed three folk artists — weavers Estelita Bantilan of Sarangani, Ambalang Ausalin of Basilan and Yabing Dulo of South Cotabato — as Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan or National Living Treasures.



Actor Richard Yap is running for congressman in Cebu City.


More celebrities have joined the elections set for May 2019.


The newest to surface after the deadline of filing is actor and businessman Richard Yap who is seeking a congressional seat in Cebu City. While he is neophyte in politics, he is up against a veteran lawmaker, reelectionist Rep. Raul del Mar.


Others running for congressman are Filipino American Eduardo “Edu” Manzano, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, who is running in the lone district of San Juan City, against another veteran, Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, a lawyer and bar topnotcher.


Rommel Padilla is running for congressman in Nueva Ecija. Rommel is shown with son actor Daniel.


Also trying his luck and following the footsteps of reelectionists Rep. Vilma Santos Recto (Lipa City) and Alfred Vargas (Quezon City) as congressman of the first district of Nueva Ecija is provincial board member Rommel Padilla, father of matinee idol Daniel Padilla, and brother of Robin Padilla, who both accompanied him in filing his certificate of candidacy. 


Rommel's father Roy Padilla Sr. served as congressman and governor of Camarines Norte. A brother Roy Padilla Jr. followed the footsteps of their father.


Yap, who is best known for his role as "Sir Chief" in a famous television drama, is running under the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which makes him confident of victory.

Interviewed by SunStar, Yap said he is running for a seat in Congress as he wants to bring new ideas that will help improve the north district of Cebu province.

"It has been a long journey kay di man unta ta ganahan mu-run for politics, because negosyante man unta ko, pero kinahanglan ta mu-run kay kinahanglan ta'g pagbabago sa atong distrito sa Cebu," he said.

"We don't want the old traditional politics to remain. Gusto nato muda og bago nga ideas sa Cebu. Gusto natong ayuhon kung unsay sayop, ug kung naay mga projects na maayo, atong palabwan," he added.

He said he will push for better, continuing education, as well as projects for the environment, infrastructure, health care and livelihood.

Yap told Sun Star that he believes that celebrities like him are also qualified to run for a government position.

"Not because we are celebrities, we are not qualified. I may be more qualified than some of government officials," he said, citing he graduated from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, took up two years of pre-medicine in Velez College, and finished Business Management from La Salle University.

"I have also worked with ex-ambassador in the Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce," he said, adding that as a businessman, he has been dealing with different people, particularly businessmen in the country and abroad.

"There is no handbook for being a politician. There is no course in college that will tell you nga mahimong kang politician after finishing the course. Everything is learned," he added in the Sun Star report.

Yap also cited as reason for his running for congressman his desire to help more Cebuanos.

"We celebrities, we help people out of our pocket. That is one reason nga naghunahuna ko mudagan. With the resources of the government, mas makatabang ta'g daghan nga tao," he said.

Yap stressed that he picked a position in Congress as it is "where I can serve better."

"I can craft laws to make our country better. There are laws that we need to revise and pass. Daghan ta'g gihuna-huna. I have a list but I don't want to pre-empt kay basin naa nyay mukopya," he said.

He mentioned to Sun Star transportation, education, and livelihood as his priorities in case he wins a post in Congress. 


Others celebrity candidates are singer Rico J. Puno and host and dancer Jhong Hilario who are seeking reelection as councilor of Makati City.


Actress Ciara Sotto, daughter of Senate President Vicente Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa filed her COC as a nominee of Luntiang Pilipinas party-list. Her  brother, Councilor Gian Sotto, is running for vice mayor of Quezon City, a position once held by Senator Sotto.


Actress Charee Pineda is also seeking re-election as Valenzuela City councilor.


Actor Daniel Fajardo, meanwhile, who is outgoing vice governor, is running for governor of Bulacan, switching position with current governor Wilhelm Alvarado.


In Camarines Sur, singer-actress Imelda Papin is seeking the vice governor post which she once occupied.


In the Senate which is now headed by actor-singer-composer Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto II, former child star and now Senator Mary Grace Poe is seeking another term and is reportedly leading surveys leading to the filing of certificates of candidacies. An adopted daughter of the late Movie King Fernando Poe Jr., Senator Grace, who previously served as chairperson of the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board (MTRCB), was accompanied by her mother, actress Susan Roces at the Commission on Elections when she filed her COC.


Actors and former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Manuel “Lito” Lapid and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada have also filed their COCs seeking to return to the upper chamber of Congress.


Revilla’s wife, actress, and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado, is running for reelection while his brother Rep. Strike Revilla is running also for reelection.


Revilla’s eldest son, Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III, is also running for reelection as vice governor of Cavite, the country’s largest province in terms of population.


Meanwhile, outgoing Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who is married to popular actress and fashion celebrity Heart Evangelista, filed his COC for governor in his home province of Sorsogon. Heart, whose real name is Lovie Marie Payawal Ongpauco, accompanied the senator in filing his COC easily attracting her fans.


In Manila, actor and former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno is challenging his erstwhile partner, Mayor Joseph Estrada, by filing his COC for the mayor, accompanied by his running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, and more than 20 of the 36 city councillors.


Actor Yul Servo, whose real name is Francis Nieto, is running for reelection as congressman of the third district of Manila. Rep. Ernesto Maceda, whose mother is a member of the Vera Perez movie clan, is also seeking a second term in the third district of Manila.


Actor Lou Veloso is reportedly seeking to return as city councillor in Manila representing the sixth district while newcomer in the councilor’s race is actress Sheryl Cruz who will run in Tondo.


Other congress members seeking reelection are actress Rosa Vilma Santos-Recto representing the Lipa City district of Batangas in the House of Representatives and Rep. Monsour del Rosario in Makati City.


Congresswoman Vilma Santos, at the same time, endorsed prominent lawyer Romulo Macalintal who is running for senator under the opposition ticket.


The actress-congresswoman personally endorsed Macalintal  after guesting last Saturday (Oct. 6) in Macalintal’s weekly radio show over DZRH. Both are Batangueño. Vilma recalled that when she started her political career in Batangas, her husband, Sen. Ralph Recto, engaged Macalintal’s services as her election lawyer and her constant companion every time she files her COC, calling him her “lucky charm” in politics.


Macalintal has been a very strong advocate for senior citizens rights and he was a special guest at the House of Representatives during the celebration of Elderly Week.


Meanwhile, actor and Mayor Dan Fernandez of Sta. Rosa City in Laguna, is returning as member of the House after his three terms as mayor.


Other celebrities who have filed their COCs are Gary Estrada, Long Mejia, and Imelda Papin who wants to become vice governor again of Camarines Sur.


Mejia is running for congressman in the first district of  Camarines Sur.


Gary Estrada, on the other hand, is running for vice mayor of Cainta, Rizal. He was formerly board member of Quezon province.


Camille Villar, former co-host of Willie Revillame, is running for congresswoman in Las Pinas City. She is the daughter of former Senate President Manny Villar and Sen. Cynthia Villar.


Controversial blogger and former PCOO assistant secretary Margaux Esther “Mocha” Uson has filed her certificate of nomination as party list representative.


Councilor Hero Bautista, brother of outgoing QC mayor and actor Herber Baustista is seeking a second term in in the fourth district of Quezon City.


The father of actresses Toni at Alex Gonzaga, Vice Mayor Carlito “Bonoy” Gonzaga, meanwhile is running for mayor of Taytay, Rizal.


Television host Korina Sanchez’ husband, former Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas, wants to return to the Senate. He had run for vice president and president but lost to President Duterte.


Former Viva Hot Babes Jaycee Parker-Aguas filed her COC as Councilor of Angeles, Pampanga.


She was accompanied by husband and incumbent Councilor Jericho Aguas who will run as party-list representative of ABE-Kapampangan party.


Former Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid is running again for senator while his son, former Pampanga governor Mark is running for mayor of Porac town.


Photo from Instagram | @supremo_dp


Don’t look now but the love team of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo has taken over from Vice Ganda as the box office king of the country.


This after their movie “The Hows of US” grossed more than P800 million, making it the highest earning movie in the Philippines of all time.


The reel and real partners known popularly as KathNiel were more than happy and thankful to Filipino moviegoers and fans all over the world for the box-office record of “The Hows Of Us.”


Daniel is fresh from his sold-out solo concert “D4: Daniel Padilla Back at the Araneta and was profused with thanks to his supporters.


Meanwhile, he poured out some sentiments on some people he had invited but did not show up in his show.


"Out of 10 people na inimbita ko, dalawa lang silang sumipot," Daniel Padilla said during his fourth major concert.

Daniel did not name names and only said "Akala nila makakaulit sila sa akin..." 

Daniel had two guests during his concert held at the Big Dome: Ian Veneracion and Jericho Rosales. 

The ABS-CBN actor took the opportunity to thank all the fans who allowed The Hows of Us to gross P800 million in the box-office, making it the Highest Grossing Filipino Film of All Time. 

The Kathniel tandem was able to beat the previous record set by Vice Ganda's Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad.

"Para lang malaman niyo, The Hows Of Us is the topgrossing Filipino film,” he said at the concert as reported by ABS-CBN.


"Ang kita at kung magkano man ang inabot namin, it's not really important. Ang importante, yung history na ginawa nating lahat. It's more than money. It's more than P800 million, baby. It's history!” he added.


"Masyado kayong malulupit. You guys are making history. Kami nagtatrabaho lang kami ni Kathryn tulad ng ibang artista diyan. But you guys, double effort ang ginagawa ninyo."


Based on reports, The Hows Of Us earned P650 million in the Philippine box office as of September 26, 2018. In addition, international screenings abroad accounted for $2.3 million (P 124 million). However, cinemas continued showing the Kathniel movie after September 26 so the gross of P800 million will still increase. 


When he ended his concert that night, Daniel was spotted kissing his girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo backstage at the Araneta.


Daniel Padilla told the crowd that he would focus on classic songs during his D4 concert. He told the audience at the sold-out concert: "Good evening! Ang daming tao dito! Sisimulan ko ito sa maraming salamat. You showed up! Ang dami niyo talaga. Bakit ako nandito? "I wish ma-enjoy niyo yung music na ibabato ko ngayon."


One of the highlights of his concert featured the song that he dedicated to his girlfriend. 

Onstage, Daniel looked directly as Kathryn as he declared, "It's really all for you my love." He then performed his rendition of "Just the Way You Are."


Before his concert started, Kathryn Bernardo gave a sweet message to Daniel through her Instagram account. She posted their photo together at the ABS-CBN Ball and wrote in the caption: "Continue to inspire us through your music. Goodluck my love!" 


Kathryn cried upon hearing Daniel serenade her. (with ABS-CBN)

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