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FilAm Darren Criss wins top acting award again

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(Photo from Instagram | @adarrencriss)


Filipino American Darren Criss of the San Francisco Bay Area won again another top acting award.


This time it is the 2019 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award which was handed out during a televised ceremony in Los Angeles over the weekend.


Earlier, Criss won in the Golden Globe Awards.


In the Screen Actors Guild awards, Criss was presented the award for Best Actor for a Limited Series TV/Movie for his work in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," the same award he won with the Golden Globe.


Criss' awards made him the first FilAm actor to win the top acting award in the Golden Globe and possibly the Screen Actors Guild awards.


On his way to the awarding ceremony, the Fil-Am actor tweeted, "Being nominated alongside Antonio Banderas, Hugh Grant, Anthony freakin Hopkins, and Bill Pullman is a feather in my cap I could have never imagined."


The other winners for television include:


  2. BEST DRAMA ACTOR: Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
  3. BEST DRAMA ACTRESS: Sandra Oh, "Killing Eve"
  4. BEST COMEDY SERIES ENSEMBLE: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  5. BEST COMEDY ACTOR: Tony Shaloub, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  6. BEST COMEDY ACTRESS: Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  7. BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE: Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"
  8. BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE: Patricia Arquette, "Escape at Dannemora"


Only last September, Criss won an Emmy Award for the same portrayal under the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.


Criss is well-known for playing Blaine Anderson in the hit American musical drama series “Glee” with Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison.


Criss, now 31, is proud of his Filipino blood through his mother Cerina Bru who is a Spanish-Filipina who was born in Cebu but later migrated to the United States. Criss immediately earned praised from Filipinos and Filipino Americans for acknowledging his mother and Filipino roots in a speech when he received his trophy.


Born in San Francisco, California, Criss occasionally visits the Philippines, where he has performed shows at Ayala Malls.


 After he won the Golden Globe award, his mother immediately flew to California to join Criss.


“Well Mom, I’m glad you made it” Criss said  on social media when his mother arrived in US, according to a GMA network report.


The Fil-Am actor and Golden Globe winner posted a photo with his Cebuana mother and shared a sweet little fact: Another one of her dreams has come true.

According to Criss, Filipino treats took center stage on the morning after the Golden Globes celebration.


In his social media message, Criss said the Filipino treats he was pertaining to included his mom — a “fun spritely lady” he described her, “who dreamed of coming to this country and getting invited to glamorous parties like this…”


And then he ends it: “Well Mom, I’m glad you made it.”


Criss dedicated his award to his mom. “You are hugely responsible for all the good things in my life. I dedicate this to you,” he said, winning the hearts of Filipinos in the US, the Philippines and around the world.

(Photo from Philippine Star)


MAKATI CITY (PhlTodayUSA) – Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said  they will look into the liability of local government units (LGUs) that issued business permits to establishments found to have dumped wastewater at the Manila Bay.


Año said the DILG will create an investigating team to determine the accountability of the LGUs.


This as several firms have been shut down and notified of their violations for polluting Manila Bay.


“We will look into the liability of the LGUs that issued business permits to these establishments. We will investigate the extent of the violation of certain companies and based on the result of the inspection, we will see if the violation is new or if it has been going on for a long time. We will determine their accountability,” Año said at the sidelines of the meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) at the office of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Makati City.


Ano warned that administrative and criminal cases will be filed against local government officials who are not complying with environmental laws.


Año noted that LGU officials present at the MMC meeting have expressed their support for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay and vowed that they will suspend or cancel the business permits of firms polluting the bay.


 Año said the DILG will also prioritize the relocation of informal settler families residing along the waterways going to the Manila Bay.


“We will prioritize those living along the waterways to remove the source of wastes from informal settler families (ISFs), which go to the Manila Bay),” he said.


According to DILG data, there are some 230,000 ISFs living along the Manila Bay and its tributaries.

(Photo from Instagram | @andieigengirl)


Actress Andi Eigenmann is expecting her second child, her first with champion surfer beau Philmar Alipayo.


In her Instagram story last week, Andi, now 28, wrote she’s not as active on social media because she has been adjusting to her “new life.”


“Haven’t been as active on social media for many (great) reasons — Been adjusting slowly but surely to my ‘new life. The journey has been so exciting yet scary at the same time, but we have been so happy and at peace nevertheless. Still wouldn’t have my life any other way,” Andi said.


“We are now on our way to moving to our new island home where my growing family will make more joyful memories together. Our loved ones, especially Ellie and @chepoxz, and I cannot wait,” she added.


“Fourteen weeks and 3 days pregnant with our little pear,” she wrote.


The daughter of celebrities Jaclyn Jose and Mark Gil also posted photos of her changing body to update fans with her pregnancy. One was taken on Dec. 17, 2018 while other on Feb. 1, 2019.


Philmar, 26, who hails from Siargao, currently ranks 6th on the men's short board division of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT), the country’s first-ever and only professional surfing tournament.


Philmar made history when he was named the first-ever Filipino champ of the PSCT after winning the 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup in 2017.


In an interview with, Philmar said his interest in surfing started when he was just a kid, Philippine Entertainment Portal reported.


The surfing champ told EdgeDavao, "I was 10 years old when I first started surfing. My Uncle Yok-Yok, one of the best Filipino surfers of his time, taught me."


Philmar's favorite surfing spots in Siargao are Cloud 9 and Tuason Point.


According to PEP, Philmar also teaches surfing to visiting tourists during his free time at Harana Surf Resort.


Aside from surfing, Philmar is also interested in customizing bikes.


Now, he co-owns a lodging house with Andi in Baler, Aurora, which is also one of the country's top surfing spots.


Andi, who is currently based in Baler with her daughter Ellie, manages the lodging house.


The couple's relationship surfaced in August when both Andi, 28, and Philmar, 26, started posting their photos together, PEP reported.


In October, Philmar posted a celebratory photo of him and Andi for their 4th 'monthsary,' which confirmed they have been officially together since June.


In an interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Andi shared what made her fall in love with Philmar.


She told PEP "Well, for one, I’m really motivated to be the best version of myself. Like, it’s the first time I’m with someone who really supports me with that, and then without also forgetting the fact that I have a daughter."


"Yun yung number one thing about him, that I feel, like, really parang na-catch niya yung heart ko. Kasi, not that it was him who showed me how important my daughter is, but he showed me that I can live a life of being a twenty-eight-year-old and being young and free," PEP quoted her as saying.


"But at the same time, incorporating my relationship with my daughter and time with my daughter there [Siargao] more than ever," she said.


Andi gave birth to her first child Ellie in November 2011. Ellie is her daughter with former boyfriend Jake Ejercito.



Pacquiao Thanksgiving Dinner w/ Philippine Sports Media

Published in Sports

FIGHTING SENATOR Manny Pacquiao poses with members of the Philippine sports media during a thanksgiving dinner he tendered for them at the Shang Palace of the Makati Shangrila Hotel. ( Photos by Wendell Alinea)





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