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Angelica and John Lloyd Cruz to wed soon?

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Is Angelica Panganiban tying the knot with boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz?
    
This question popped up when singer Jed Madela disclosed that he would be singing for the wedding of the said couple as reported by entertainment reporter MJ Felipe on Bandila last July 3. 
However, a columnist immediately said the invitation to Jed "is just the usual “joke” among friends."
" After all, Jed is a world-class singer. And Jed singing in anyone’s wedding is dream come true," the columnist added.
    
Obviously, the couple have not announced their intention of settling down soon, according to columnist.
 In fact, the Kapamilya actress told broadcaster Anthony Taberna on “Tapatan ni Tunying” recently that she and Loydie are still focused on their respective career.
 So, wedding is still farfetched for the couple at this moment.

Pangasinan 5th biggest province in number of OFWs

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - More than 175,000 registered Filipinos overseas and migrants are from Pangasinan, making it the fifth largest province in terms of the number of OFWs.
The overseas Pangasinenses' remittance is more than half of the total remittances from Ilocos region.
This was reported to the Pangasinan Migration and Development Council by Andrea Luisa C. Anolin of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO) during a meeting of the council.
 
Antolin added that the province posted a share of P7.34 billion from the P11.4 billion total remittances of Region 1 for the period April to September 2006.
On top of the remittances, Anolin noted the support of Pangasinan’s overseas workers to the CFO’s Lingkod sa Kapamilya (LINKAPIL) or Link for Philippine Development, a program aimed at forging deeper partnership between expatriates and Filipinos in the home country.
According to a report, the Filipino overseas from Pangasinan contributed P146 million to their home province in the form of donations and projects which include medical missions, infrastructure, scholarship, livelihood and holding of skills transfer seminar.
Taking cognizance of the contributions of Pangasinan to the country’s economy, Anolin said the CFO has put up three satellite offices in Pangasinan, particularly in Dagupan City, Urdaneta City and Rosales town to cater to the needs of the overseas workers.
As member of the PMDC, the CFO vowed to help the provincial government in the campaign against anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking activities as well as in the formulation of plans and programs for the welfare of OFWs and their families.
MANILA – Two more senators – Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan – are under investigation over their use of funds and may face plunder and graft charges like their three colleagues who have been detained by police – Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon "Bong" Revilla and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada – if evidence would warrant the filing of the charges.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima ordered the investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation of Senators Marcos and Honasan and also Senators Enrile, Revilla and Estrada and others in connection with alleged huge allocations under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been ruled as unconstitutional and illegal by the Supreme Court.
 
Earlier reports indicated that the senators, three of them already charged with plunder and graft and are now detained, allegedly poured DAP funds into fake non-government organizations (NGOs) identified with businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind.l
 
De Lima actually did not identify the five senators but statements from whistleblowers  Benhur Luy, and Merlina Sunas indicated that the senators being referred were the five senators who were reportedly allocated P425 in DAP funds.
 
 “We’re investigating that already. The NBI is investigating those . . . the alleged use of DAP funds through Napoles NGOs, as claimed by Benhur Luy,” de Lima said.
 
“All that I am saying is that the DAP is being investigated by the NBI… [on the alleged involvement of the] five senators,” she said.
 
 
De Lima said the NBI team, which also investigated the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, has already gathered basic documents related to the alleged DAP anomaly, including Special Allotment Release Orders (SARO) from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
She added that the probe team is headed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano.
 
 
She said the investigation was prompted by a report that some P475 million of DAP funds was allotted to some senators and was disbursed through the NGOs connected to Napoles.
Napoles is the alleged "brains" behind the P10-billion pork barrel and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scams.
Lawyer Raji Mendoza, legal counsel of whistle-blower Benhur Luy, earlier said that his client submitted an affidavit to provide details of the transactions made by Napoles pertaining to the DAP funds.
 
The oldest entertainment award giving body in the Philippines, the FAMAS has just recently released its 2014 nominations.  The awarding ceremony will be held this July 13 at the grand ballroom of the Solaire Resort & Casino in Paranaque City.
The films “On the Job” starring Piolo Pascual & Gerald Anderson, “, “10,000 Hours”  with Robin Padilla, and “Boy Golden” of ER Ejercito garnered the most nominations with at least 15 categories or more, including Best Picture, Story, Screenplay, Director, Cinematography & Actor for all the before mentioned.
Other notable nominations are Best Actress- KC Concepcion- Boy Golden, Sarah Geronimo- A Moment in Time, and Lorna Tolentino for Burgos.  For Best Supporting Actress- Angel Aquino- On the Job, Cherrie Gil-A Moment In Time, Connie Reyes- Four Sisters in a Wedding, and my mom Gloria Sevilla for “Boy Golden”.  This is her 2nd nomination (Star Awards) this year.  Congrats Mom!
For Best Supporting Actor:  John Estrada – Boy Golden, Joey Marquez & my friend Joel Torre for On the Job.  
Congratulations everybody!
 
JOJI ISLA STARS IN THE FIL-AM PLAY   “GUERRILLAS OF POWELL STREET”
 
In 1990, hundreds of Filipinos, former guerrillas and soldiers who fought under American command during World War II, began arriving in San Francisco. Some of the elderly men began hanging out on Powell Street, near the famous Cable Car stop.
Most of them came from poor families in the Philippines. Many didn’t have family or friends in the Bay Area.
“The Guerrillas of Powell Street” play is about the struggles of these veterans in San Francisco, a story of sacrifice for country and family set in one of the most famous streets California. It is also about a sad chapter in the history of California, where more than a million and half Filipinos live and where Filipinos have long played an important role.
The elderly men who had fought under the U.S. command after the Philippines, then an American colony, was invaded by Japan. They were promised citizenship with full military benefits for their service. But the U.S. government later withdrew that pledge. Only in 1990, when the law granting them citizenship was passed, did the Filipinos to regain part of what they lost.
My friend, actor Joji Isla portrays Major, one of the important characters in the story.  Joji has acted in Philippine television for many years and donned has different characters in the political satire Sic O’clock News, and was Congressman Tengco’s aide-de-camp in the hit sitcom Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata.  
Joji’s Stage credits in the Philippines include Kenkoy Loves Rosing, Pilipinas Circa 1907, Sa Bunganga ng Pating, Bongbong at Kris II, Aguinaldo, Scapino, Rizal: Mga Huling Araw, and Walang Sugat. 

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