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Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez and husband, Mayor Alfred Romualdez


TACLOBAN CITY/ORMOC CITY  More celebrities are running for various posts in the 2016 elections.


At the close of filing of certificates of candidacy, the latest to surface are actor Richard Gomez who is running for mayor of Ormoc City and actress and Councilor Cristina "Kring Kring" Gonzales, wife of outgoing Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who is also running for mayor in, hoping to succeed her husband.


Councilor Gonzales-Romualdez, a former actress and daughter of former actor and San Juan City congressman Jose Mari Gonzales, joined Tacloban City politics as a councilor in 2007. She is on her third and final term as councilor.


Councilor Romualdez, who has Spanish and British blood on her mother's side, has appeared in 40 movies or so since the 1980s but had to leave show business since she married Mayor Romualdez of Tacloban.


In nearby Ormoc City, actor Richard Gomez is running again for mayor of the city.


Gomez, accompanied by his wife,  Rep. Lucy Torres of the fourth district of Leyte, filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor.
While Gomez is running under the administration Liberal Party, Councilor Gonzales-Romualdez is running under the opposition party.


There are reports, however, indicating that Gomez is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition while Torres under the Liberal Party.

Gomez is running against Mayor Edward Codilla, who will seek reelection for a third and final term. Incumbent Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr. is the actor’s running mate.

It would be the fourth time that Gomez is seeking an elective post. He ran but lost for senator in 2007, was disqualified as a party-list congressman in 2010 and lost his first mayoralty bid in Ormoc City in 2013.

Torres said she is supporting the candidacy of LP standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II even though the party did not endorse her husband’s mayoral bid.


Torres will be pitted against Violeta Codilla, the wife of the mayor.  Violeta is running under the banner of Aksyon Demokratiko.


MANILA (PHLTODAYUSA) ― What's in a name?

It matters especially when your name is Manuel Roxas.

The late Manuel Roxas was a former president of the Philippines.

Manuel Roxas, the Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate who was annointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as his successor, is a grandson of the late President Roxas.

Now, the candidate Manuel Araneta Roxas II or Mar, has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to declare a fellow presidential bet, Manuel Antonio Roxas whose nickname is also “Mar" as a nuisance candidate.

If LP's Mar does not succeed in the Comelec, this may doom his candidacy as votes for him or the other Mar maybe invalidated.

Mar of LP and the other Mar are two of the 130 individuals who filed their certificate of candidacy for president during the October 12 to 16 filing for the May 9, 2016 elections.

The big number of candidates for president could be attributed to the fact that there is no law restricting the filing of CoC. As such, the Comelec has no choice but to receive all applications or CoCs.

The poll body, however, has the mandate afterwards to invalidate the CoCs of individuals who are proven to be nuisance candidates.

Already, the law department of Comelec has started studying all the 130 CoCs and initial results could lead to approval of only five of the 130 presidential aspirants.

For one, the CoC of one of the two Manuel Roxas could be one of the 125 which would be voided.

The LP's Mar Roxas, in fact, has petitioned the Comelec to do so. 
In his Petition to Declare as a Nuisance Candidate, the former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary believes that the respondent is only running in a bid to create confusion in the forthcoming May 2016 elections since they have similar nickname “Mar Roxas.”


“To allow respondent to continue with his candidacy for President would make a mockery of the upcoming elections for the 16th President of the Philippines,” said the eight-page petition of the LP standard bearer.

He added, “Respondent Manuel Antonio Roxas must therefore be declared the nuisance candidate as defined under Section 69 of the Omnibus Election Code, Rules and Jurisprudence.”

The LP standard-bearer noted that the name “Mar Roxas” has always been associated with him since he was first elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1993 until when he ran for vice president in 2010.

Likewise, he said that he has been popularly known as “Mar Roxas” in the various government posts he has held, the latest of which as secretary of the DILG.

“This popular nickname has always been associated with the petitioner, Manuel Araneta Roxas. The media, if not, the general public has always referred to the petitioner as ‘Mar Roxas’,” the petition said.

The administration’s presidential bet added that allowing “Mar Roxas” to run for president will result to their names being placed next to each other in the official ballots to be used.

“This will very well lead to confusion such that voters may unintentionally vote for respondent Manuel Antonio Roxas,” Roxas explained.

The former Interior and Local Government Secretary added that the respondent appears to have no known means to finance a national campaign.

“Finally, without casting aspersions on respondent, the manner by which his COC (certificate of candidacy) has been filled out and his appropriation of the nickname of petitioner, show that he has no bona fide intention to run for President,” the petitioner said.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, the Commission “may motu proprio or upon a verified petition of an interested party, refuse to give due course to or cancel a certificate of candidacy if it is shown that said certificate has been filed to put the election process in mockery or disrepute or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates or by other circumstances or acts, which clearly demonstrate that the candidate has no bona fide intention to run for the office.”

The Law Department of the Comelec has filed motu proprio Petitions to Declare as Nuisance Candidates 125 individuals who filed their COCs for president; 13 for vice president; and 128 for senator.

With this, the Clerk of the Commission is set to call a preliminary conference to provide these individuals the opportunities to present their cases to the poll body on why they should not be declared nuisance candidates.

A total of 130 aspirants filed COCs for president; 19 for vice president; and 172 for senator during the five-day filing period from Oct. 12 to 16.

Even Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, who is leading the surverys for presidentiables, has been summoned by Comelec to appear before it and  answer petitions seeking to disqualify her as candidate for president due to alleged lack of residency and reportedly for not being a natural born citizen.

The neophyte senator has stood firm that she is qualified to run for president as she is a natural born Filipino

Vic-Pauleen Luna wedding set in January

Published in Entertainment



It's final - the much anticipated wedding of popular actor and television host Vic Sotto and actress Pauleen Luna will be happening in January next year.

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

“Totohanan na ito,” said someone close to Pauleen. “They have yet to announce the exact date. Ayaw pa raw ibunyag ni Bossing Vic,” a source added.

Meanwhile, Francine Prieto feels fantastic having finally found the man of her dreams.

The guy is US molecular biologist Frank Shotkoski. She met him eight months ago. They are now engaged and might tie the knot this year, reported Ethel Ramos in her latest column.


After months of waiting, Vic and Pauleen recently admitted in public their engagement.

"Engaged na kami," Vic saidduring an event for CitiGlobal Realty and Development Inc. of which he is an endorser.

"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. Pauleen left  for the United States at the time Vic made the confirmation. He said Pauleen was to attend another wedding in US.
It was gathered that the US trip of Pauleen will also be 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 wedding soon for the popular couple who are co-hosts of the long-running and number one noontime show, "Eat Bulaga," over GMA Network.

Vic and Pauleen have been together for years now and the next level should be around the corner, the expectant followers and fans believe.

Vic, 60, in an interview said that this latest development in his relationship with Pauleen, now 26, cannot be denied. 
However, the details and whatever will happen in the future, will be revealed at the right time.

Vic has had a handful of high-profiled relationships, but was only married once, with movie actress Dina Bonnevie.

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 awhile.

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


NEW YORK  Filipino American fighter Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria, who is a three-time world champion, will challenge world flyweight champion Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua on October 17 at the  Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Viloria's team has tapped Filipino WBO light flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes as sparring mate to bolster his preparations for the bout against the Nicaraguan.

Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs), 34, a former US Olympics boxer,  has won four fights in a row -- including a first-round knockout of Omar Soto on July 25 which prompted Top Rank to give him another title shot.

"I've fought and won on the world's biggest stages against the best of the best. I've prepared my whole life to win at every level of competition from world amateur titles to the Olympic Games to professional world titles," Viloria said. "And this fight against Roman Gonzalez is likely to be my biggest challenge yet. But it's Roman's biggest challenge too. This is the realization of my dreams and I will make the most of it on fight night."

"I applaud Roman for accepting this fight. Together we will give boxing fans something special -- something they can talk about for a very long time," the FilAm fighter said.

Gonzales (43-0, 37 KOs) remains undefeated and is considered as the number one pound-for-pound in his division.
Nietes himself will defend his title for the first time in the United States also on Oct. 17 against Mexico's Jun Alejo, ranked no. 8, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California under ALA Promotions' Pinoy Pride 33.

Nietes, 33, outpointed Mexican Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. in their 12-round bout in Cebu last July to retain the WBO and The Ring light flyweight titles. He is the longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion, eclipsing the record of the late Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, with a 21-fight winning streak in six years.

Nietes, who hails from Murcia, Negros Occidental, owns a 36-1-4 (win-loss-draw) record, including 21 knockouts. Nietes said he is confident of adding Alejo to his list of victims.


Other Filipino fighters vying in the US fight card, presented by The Filipino Channel, ALA International and ABS-CBN Sports and Action, are “Prince” Albert Pagara, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and Jayson “El Niño” Pagara.


The Pagara brothers and Magsayo are training at the Wild Card gym under Freddie Roach.

Nietes considers his upcoming US bout as the most important fight of his career, this being his first time to fight there.


“I’ve trained in the US for several years but I never really got to fight there. So it will be important for me because the world will finally get to know how I really fight,” said Nietes.

Viloria will try to snatch the flyweight world crown from Gonzalez, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will make his third title defense on Oct. 17.

The fight under the K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions will be a co-feature on the HBO PPV-televised undercard of the middleweight title unification bout between Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO) and David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs).

"I know Brian Viloria is a great [former] champion and it will be a hard fight, but I am ready for the challenge," Gonzalez said.

"I have faith that God will give me the strength to keep training and be able to give all my fans my best fight ever."

The 28-year-old Gonzalez, a former junior flyweight and strawweight champion before vacating those titles to move up in weight, was a big hit in his last fight when he made his HBO debut -- his first wide American television exposure -- on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He violently blew away former junior flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa in the second round on the undercard of Golovkin's title defense against Willie Monroe.

The promoters and HBO liked the pairing of Golovkin and Gonzalez, both exciting punchers, and wanted to do it again.

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