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American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey is coming back to Manila for a special one-night concert on October 26 at the Araneta Coliseum. 

 

The pop icon is set to perform her number ones and more, bringing a new and bigger tour for her Filipino fans.said event organizer Wilbros Live.

 

Mariah last rocked Manila in October 2014 as part of her "The Elusive Chanteuse Show" tour.

 

Mariah will be performing as part of the "The #1's" tour, where her setlists will consist of her various chart-topping hits throughout her lengthy career.

 

Mariah is poised to make a live comeback after a series of highly-successful residencies in Las Vegas, although there's no news of a new album just yet. The singer last released Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse in 2014.

 

Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply will also return once more to the Philippines for their Over Asia 2018 tour on May 30, 2018, at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resort World Manila, Pasay City.

 

Composed of Graham Rusell and Russel Hitchcock, the now duo continues to sing their popular hits and make the crown sing with the Filipino fans again.

 

he band is known for their famous hits such as Two Less Lonely People in the WorldLost in LoveEvery Woman in the World, and Now and Forever. Relive the classic hits once more as they conquer the love songs of the 80’s in one special night.


Mariah is the best-selling female artiste of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned), including “Hero,” “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Honey,” “One Sweet Day,” “Without You,” “Touch My Body,” “We Belong Together,” “Don’t Forget About Us” and the global smash hit Christmas single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – more than any solo artiste in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific song writing, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance. 

 

As a singer, songwriter and record producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artiste of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few.

“Mariah Carey: Live in Concert” is presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets will be on sale beginning April 20 via Ticketnet or call 911-5555 for details.

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Do you know that the father of young actor Daniel Padilla’s mother is an American?

 

Yes, Virginia, and he is Raymond Ford, who left Daniel’s mother Karla Estrada (officially Karla Ford)  when she was a child in Tacloban City. Raymond came back to Tacloban City to look for her child but  Karla's grandfather told him (Raymond) that she "was not born." When Raymond learned of the “bad” news, he went back to the United States grieving for the loss of his child.

 

Karla, now 42, was able to locate her father and kept in touch with him when she was 18 years and has been reunited of some sort since.

 

Lately, Daniel, now 22, whose full name is Daniel John Ford Padilla, himself was reunited with his American grandfather in the United States.

 

The reunion came when Daniel and girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo had a series of shows in US. During the break, they took advantage for some bonding.

 

Daniel and Kathryn posted photos on the get-together in social media.

 

Daniel is the son of the actress-TV host with actor Rommel Padilla. Reports have it that has three other children aside from Daniel. Although they have different fathers, Karla’s sons and daughters are visibly close to each other.

 

Reports from the US, particularly one from the Philippines’ Ultimate Showbiz Hub (PUSH), indicated that Raymond was able to see his grandson Daniel perform on stage.

 

Daniel’s mother confirmed this in her post.

 

"Mula Philadelphia to New Jersey ay naglakbay ang tatay ko at kapatid ko para mapanood ang grupo nina Daniel at Kath. Napakagandang larawan nito. Wala na akong mahihiling pa,"  Karla wrote on Instagram.

 

On her Instagram account, Karla posted photos of Daniel together with his American grandfather. Raymond also met Kathryn Bernardo.

 

“Thank you anak and kath! Sobrang saya ng family ko dyan sa U S at nakita at napanood ang show nyo! Thank you LORD!” wrote Karla, co-host of ABS-CBN’s “Magandang Buhay” show in her social media account. 

 

According to the reports, the social media post of Karla got the attention of her followers on Instagram with thousands of likes and some posting comments.

 

Daniel and Kathryn screen pairing is one of the most prominent loveteams in the Philippine showbiz industry now. Their fans and supporters collectively call them ‘KathNiel’.

 

The two young celebrities have worked together on several hit projects, including the movies “Barcelona: A Love Untold,”” Crazy Beautiful You,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” (Jo Erlinda M. Gabot)

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Count Kris Aquino out in the Quezon City mayoralty race in 2019.

 

The actress and tv host herself again dispelled reports about her possible run in the country’s richest city and richest local government unit.

 

This as the mayoralty and vice mayoralty races in the city is shaping up as a veritable battle of stars.

 

This as three-termer Mayor Herbert Bautista, an actor, was being pushed to run for congressman in the fourth district and Councilor Roderick Paulate, an actor, of District 2 announced he will run for vice mayor in 2019.

 

Bautista, however, has been mum about his political plans after serving for nine years as mayor and vice mayor to then Mayor Feliciano Belmonte in as many years.

 

City hall sources said Paulate will join the vice mayoralty race against two other last-term lawmakers — District 3 Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto, son of Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa, and District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.

 

Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte, on the other hand, is bent on her quest for the mayorship once occupied for three terms by her father, outgoing congressman Feliciano Belmonte.

 

Rep. Vincent Crisologo, meantime, has announced plans to run against Belmonte

 

Published reports in Manila quoted Kris wondering why her name is being floated as possible candidate for mayor.

 

She said she has no idea why such rumors are swirling.

 

“You know, that’s really, really weird,” Kris said.

 

“First of all, I don’t know saan nanggagaling yung balita. I have never signified any intention. Secondly, magsasalita na ako ng patapos na I honestly don’t think 2019 is the right time for me because I have to prove myself first as a success in (the business field),”  Kris explained during an interview after she was launched as brand ambassador of the international streaming video service iflix.

 

To prove that she is not running, she gave two reasons why the QC mayoralty race is a no-go for her.

 

 “I think, I will open too many wounds in Quezon City. One, romantic wounds, ano ba?” said Kris with laughter, having been romantically linked to outgoing Mayor Herbert Bautista himself an actor.

 

 “Secondly, we go so far back with the Belmontes. My mom’s best friend is Vice Mayor Joy’s mom (STAR founder Betty Go-Belmonte). Ang haba ng pinagsamahan and dahil lang sa politika gagawan kami ng intriga? Huwag na. And it’s not yet time. I’m still young enough so I have to prove myself first as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur,” the former presidential daughter and sister stressed.

 

Kris actually has made no secret of her interest to enter politics in the future. She was rumoured to be after the governorship of her father’s home province of Tarlac. Her father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. served as Tarlac governor before going into national politics.

 

Then, she was rumoured to be running for mayor of Makati City where she used to be a resident. She is now a resident of Quezon City.

 

Kris admitted that if and when she does run for any political office, she won’t rely on her family name. “Kasi di ba hindi pwede platform ko, ‘Aquino ako,’” explained the former presidential daughter (to the late Pres. Cory Aquino) and sister (to Pres. Noynoy Aquino). “That’s not enough.”

 

Kris claimed that she wants to prove herself first. “Kailangan lahat ng negosyo ko ang maging gross earnings… if I hit a billion, that’s my goal, sorry ang yabang, but you have to set goals, right? If I can say my businesses, yearly, are altogether hitting a billion in sales, that means I have what it takes to become a good leader. Leadership means you’re able to put food on the table. I believe in that.”

 

She added, “I already have the name, sorry, yabang (laughs), pero may pangalan di ba? May legacy? Pero kailangan may nagawa on my own and that would be my businesses.”

 

Kris is active in the food business and doing franchising. “In 2019, baka di ko pa nari-reach yung goal na yun. But beyond that, when I hit my target, that’s when I can enter politics because that’s when I can prove to the people that, look, I’ve made a success of my businesses. That means, I can run a city. Okay, not just a city, but a country (laughs).”

 

 “I feel I am not a team player. I admit that. I don’t think kaya ko yung Congress or the Senate, so I need to be in an executive position. So, may fiscal responsibility ako dapat. So, I have to know how to handle the people’s money,” she admitted.

 

Kris claimed that she made 120 million impressions on YouTube,Facebook and Instagram. “You’ve actually given me 60 million minutes of your time. We did research on that.”

 

Working with iflix will further expand her digital reach and influence.

 

Reaffirming her desire to run for mayor in 2019, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte  said she wants to become an “agent of change.”

 

If elected mayor, she vowed to bring about more change in the city government, saying being a city mayor would give her the opportunity to provide “the perfect position wherein I can enact greater change.”

 

“They say that if you want change to happen, it’s really in the local level,” the vice mayor pointed out. “I want to be an effective agent of change.” 

 

She said it is “a natural progression” for her to run for the next higher post.

 

“I think in the past seven and a half years, I have gotten a firm grasp of the problems of our city. I think that’s a definite advantage I have over other candidates who are considering running for the mayoralty post,” she said.

 

“I know and have become well-versed with the problems unique to the city,” the vice mayor added.

 

She pledged to improve internal governance and pursue greater transparency in the city government.

 

Meanwhile, Councilor Paulate is “definite” in his decision to seek a higher post.

 

This as three former Quezon City councilors are expected to join the congressional race in District 4 in the 2019 elections to replace three-termer Rep. Sonny Belmonte Jr., a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

City hall sources said that Nanette Daza, a former councilor and representative, would seek a return to Congress despite her busy schedule campaigning for her brother, District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.

 

“There are issues that she will run,” a source said. “But she is seen elsewhere as Winston’s campaign manager.”

 

Other councilors seen running for the District 4 House seat are Marvin Rillo and Jesus Emmanuel “Bong” Suntay.

 

Despite three-term District 4 Councilor Rillo’s plan to stay away from politics in 2019, City Hall observers believe he could still break his promise. Another source, however, said “is gentleman enough” to make good on his promise to give way to Suntay’s congressional bid.

 

“They have an arrangement that [Rillo] is not running for as long as there will be [solid] support for his wife, who will run as councilor,” the Standard source said, also requesting he not be named.

 

When asked, Suntay said: “This is a free country. Anyone can run [for election].”

 

He said Rillo had told him he would not run for Congress.

 

As far as Daza is concerned, Suntay said the her joining the congressional race could set back Castelo’s bid.

 

“Of course, they have to shell out their own resources [and divide their time],” he said.

 

“[Rillo] would always tell me he will not run. But I am prepared for any eventuality.”

 

During the launch of the Super Health Assistance Card for solo parents in District 4 in September, Vice Mayor Belmonte said Suntay, the project proponent, “does not need to do this. He is running unopposed in District 4.”

 

Suntay, for his part, said if he wins, he would adopt the policies and reforms of the older Belmonte to ensure continuity.

 

He disclosed he will join the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan from being an independent candidate in the last elections.

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Photo from Instagram | @krisaquino

 

Count Kris Aquino out in the Quezon City mayoralty race in 2019.

 

The actress and tv host herself again dispelled reports about her possible run in the country’s richest city and richest local government unit.

 

This as the mayoralty and vice mayoralty races in the city is shaping up as a veritable battle of stars.

 

This as three-termer Mayor Herbert Bautista, an actor, was being pushed to run for congressman in the fourth district and Councilor Roderick Paulate, an actor, of District 2 announced he will run for vice mayor in 2019.

 

Bautista, however, has been mum about his political plans after serving for nine years as mayor and vice mayor to then Mayor Feliciano Belmonte in as many years.

 

City hall sources said Paulate will join the vice mayoralty race against two other last-term lawmakers — District 3 Councilor Gian Carlo Sotto, son of Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa, and District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.

 

Vice Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte, on the other hand, is bent on her quest for the mayorship once occupied for three terms by her father, outgoing congressman Feliciano Belmonte.

 

Rep. Vincent Crisologo, meantime, has announced plans to run against Belmonte

 

Published reports in Manila quoted Kris wondering why her name is being floated as possible candidate for mayor.

 

She said she has no idea why such rumors are swirling.

 

“You know, that’s really, really weird,” Kris said.

 

“First of all, I don’t know saan nanggagaling yung balita. I have never signified any intention. Secondly, magsasalita na ako ng patapos na I honestly don’t think 2019 is the right time for me because I have to prove myself first as a success in (the business field),”  Kris explained during an interview after she was launched as brand ambassador of the international streaming video service iflix.

 

To prove that she is not running, she gave two reasons why the QC mayoralty race is a no-go for her.

 

 “I think, I will open too many wounds in Quezon City. One, romantic wounds, ano ba?” said Kris with laughter, having been romantically linked to outgoing Mayor Herbert Bautista himself an actor.

 

 “Secondly, we go so far back with the Belmontes. My mom’s best friend is Vice Mayor Joy’s mom (STAR founder Betty Go-Belmonte). Ang haba ng pinagsamahan and dahil lang sa politika gagawan kami ng intriga? Huwag na. And it’s not yet time. I’m still young enough so I have to prove myself first as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur,” the former presidential daughter and sister stressed.

 

Kris actually has made no secret of her interest to enter politics in the future. She was rumoured to be after the governorship of her father’s home province of Tarlac. Her father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. served as Tarlac governor before going into national politics.

 

Then, she was rumoured to be running for mayor of Makati City where she used to be a resident. She is now a resident of Quezon City.

 

Kris admitted that if and when she does run for any political office, she won’t rely on her family name. “Kasi di ba hindi pwede platform ko, ‘Aquino ako,’” explained the former presidential daughter (to the late Pres. Cory Aquino) and sister (to Pres. Noynoy Aquino). “That’s not enough.”

 

Kris claimed that she wants to prove herself first. “Kailangan lahat ng negosyo ko ang maging gross earnings… if I hit a billion, that’s my goal, sorry ang yabang, but you have to set goals, right? If I can say my businesses, yearly, are altogether hitting a billion in sales, that means I have what it takes to become a good leader. Leadership means you’re able to put food on the table. I believe in that.”

 

She added, “I already have the name, sorry, yabang (laughs), pero may pangalan di ba? May legacy? Pero kailangan may nagawa on my own and that would be my businesses.”

 

Kris is active in the food business and doing franchising. “In 2019, baka di ko pa nari-reach yung goal na yun. But beyond that, when I hit my target, that’s when I can enter politics because that’s when I can prove to the people that, look, I’ve made a success of my businesses. That means, I can run a city. Okay, not just a city, but a country (laughs).”

 

 “I feel I am not a team player. I admit that. I don’t think kaya ko yung Congress or the Senate, so I need to be in an executive position. So, may fiscal responsibility ako dapat. So, I have to know how to handle the people’s money,” she admitted.

 

Kris claimed that she made 120 million impressions on YouTube,Facebook and Instagram. “You’ve actually given me 60 million minutes of your time. We did research on that.”

 

Working with iflix will further expand her digital reach and influence.

 

Reaffirming her desire to run for mayor in 2019, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte  said she wants to become an “agent of change.”

 

If elected mayor, she vowed to bring about more change in the city government, saying being a city mayor would give her the opportunity to provide “the perfect position wherein I can enact greater change.”

 

“They say that if you want change to happen, it’s really in the local level,” the vice mayor pointed out. “I want to be an effective agent of change.” 

 

She said it is “a natural progression” for her to run for the next higher post.

 

“I think in the past seven and a half years, I have gotten a firm grasp of the problems of our city. I think that’s a definite advantage I have over other candidates who are considering running for the mayoralty post,” she said.

 

“I know and have become well-versed with the problems unique to the city,” the vice mayor added.

 

She pledged to improve internal governance and pursue greater transparency in the city government.

 

Meanwhile, Councilor Paulate is “definite” in his decision to seek a higher post.

 

This as three former Quezon City councilors are expected to join the congressional race in District 4 in the 2019 elections to replace three-termer Rep. Sonny Belmonte Jr., a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

City hall sources said that Nanette Daza, a former councilor and representative, would seek a return to Congress despite her busy schedule campaigning for her brother, District 2 Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo.

 

“There are issues that she will run,” a source said. “But she is seen elsewhere as Winston’s campaign manager.”

 

Other councilors seen running for the District 4 House seat are Marvin Rillo and Jesus Emmanuel “Bong” Suntay.

 

Despite three-term District 4 Councilor Rillo’s plan to stay away from politics in 2019, City Hall observers believe he could still break his promise. Another source, however, said “is gentleman enough” to make good on his promise to give way to Suntay’s congressional bid.

 

“They have an arrangement that [Rillo] is not running for as long as there will be [solid] support for his wife, who will run as councilor,” the Standard source said, also requesting he not be named.

 

When asked, Suntay said: “This is a free country. Anyone can run [for election].”

 

He said Rillo had told him he would not run for Congress.

 

As far as Daza is concerned, Suntay said the her joining the congressional race could set back Castelo’s bid.

 

“Of course, they have to shell out their own resources [and divide their time],” he said.

 

“[Rillo] would always tell me he will not run. But I am prepared for any eventuality.”

 

During the launch of the Super Health Assistance Card for solo parents in District 4 in September, Vice Mayor Belmonte said Suntay, the project proponent, “does not need to do this. He is running unopposed in District 4.”

 

Suntay, for his part, said if he wins, he would adopt the policies and reforms of the older Belmonte to ensure continuity.

 

He disclosed he will join the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan from being an independent candidate in the last elections.

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