Piolo and Angel 's new movie opens Jan. 15, don't miss!

Once again, nagtambal muli sina Piolo Pascual at Angel Locsin matapos ang matagumpay nilang teleseryeng "Lobo". Lubos na inaabangan ang "Love Me Again' dahil tunay na kaabang-abang ang bago nilang pelikula. Ito ay punong-puno ng makabuluhang mga eksena na bihirang gawin dito sa ating bansa. Watch the trailer.


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28 celebrity quotations of 2008

In Dolly Anne Carbajal’s column, she posted 28 celebrity quotations that got me so enthused to give my own brief reactions to each.

What I think of what the stars says:

LEA SALONGA: “The day Nic was born eclipses everything else in my life. I’d allow her to follow in my footsteps if she wants to. But I’d tell her the pros and cons of the biz.”
Lucky Nic, you've got yourself a great mama.

DINGDONG DANTES: “I use love as an inspiration to work. So I believe love must come first. Even at least, love for self.”
Good point. But I think you’ve always loved yourself first. No?

GABBY CONCEPCION: “I’m the easiest person to talk to. That’s why I find it strange why some people would rather do things behind my back than tell me what they want pointblank.”
Exactly. Because it's easier for dishonest people to operate behind the back.

CESAR MONTANO: “We should not let the system box us in. A true artist can never work in a box.”
I agree.

AGA MUHLACH: “When my mom died, tumigil ang mundo ko.”
I know what you mean and how you feel. And believe me, it doesn't end either.

OGIE ALCASID: “The hardest song for me to sing are the songs I dedicate to my loved ones because I get too emotional.”
Yes, that’s normal.

AMALIA FUENTES: “There’s life after marriage.”
Oh definitely! There is life... and there is peace.

ANGEL LOCSIN: “I’ve stopped dwelling on competition. I just focus on doing what I have to do the best way I can.”
And you will turn out a winner because your best will come out naturally.

RUFA MAE QUINTO: “After all I’ve been through in the name of love, I deserve nothing less than a fairy tale ending.”
I’d drink to that.

ROXANNE GUINOO: “Sobra kasi ako ma-in love kaya sobra din akong masaktan. But as long as alam kong di ako nagkulang, wala akong dapat pagsisihan.”
You have the power to control yourself, otherwise, they will control you.

DIETHER OCAMPO: “Real gentlemen let silence speak. So silent I will remain.”
Love it!

RICHARD GOMEZ: “I am basically a man of few words. If my being serious on the set while focusing on work is misconstrued as aloofness or even bitchiness then so be it.”
Hmmm!

DENNIS TRILLO: “It’s hard to play a superhero because people look up to you especially kids. So I have to really be good on and off screen so I would be worthy to be a role model.”
It’s never too late to change and be a role model.

PAOLO BEDIONES: “No matter how cruel life turns out to be at the moment, God is good. Period.”
I second the motion.

IZA CALZADO: “I’m not into gorgeous men. I prefer beautiful souls.”
Where can you find them?

TWEETY DE LEON-GONZALES: “I love the constancy of marriage, the everyday chance to fulfill my daydreams, whether flirty or serious. I hate that marriage has brought me to a state of vulnerability and emotional dependence. I hate the transparency of my weakness. But then again it wasn’t marriage that did all these to me. I think it was more like honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned love.”
You make marriage beautiful for the both of you because it’s a decision.

AI AI DE LAS ALAS: “Bagets lovers are good for the complexion but bad for the wallet.”
Glad you know that. You'll never want to be taken for a ride.

MARVIN AGUSTIN: “If I had to live my life all over again, I would still want to start out poor and struggling. Those trials made me appreciate everything I have now.”
Whatta boy!

SUNSHINE CRUZ: “Most guys, di ka papalitan as a girlfriend. Magdadagdag na lang sila.”
Old story. In this case, be dominant and never show your weak side to the guy.

TONI GONZAGA: “It’s not how much you earn, it’s how much you save.”
A natural financial analyst.

VHONG NAVARRO: “I’d rather break a girl’s heart by telling her the truth than mislead her with a lie.”
But easy. Say it in a less painful manner. Well, anyway, it's gonna hurt regardless.

DIREK JOEY REYES: “I refuse to be labeled as ‘Kapuso’ or ‘Kapamilya’. I’d rather be called ‘Katrabaho’.”
Louder, let everybody hear.

LOTLOT DE LEON: “I’ve met many guys but none of them are boyfriend material. Besides, I run away before I fall.”
Yes, be smarter and be wiser.

JOMARI YLLANA: “No matter how bad a breakup is, I never speak ill of an ex-lover.”
Perhaps, because there’s nothing ill to speak about?

MIRIAM QUIAMBAO: If a guy wants to date me exclusively, he should be exclusively mine, too.”
Dream on, girl!

NADIA MONTENEGRO: “I was amazed and appalled at the same time listening to others narrate my life story as they imagined it to be. It sounded like a telenovela unfolding before my eyes.”
It’s called gossip.

LANI MERCADO: “As long as you know your rightful place as a wife, then you have nothing to worry about. When you feel you are weak, raise it all up to God and leave it up to Him.”
Amen!

MARC NELSON: I am a citizen of the world having been raised in various places, but I’m a Pinoy at heart.”
Me too!

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Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat is the box-office winner

Metro Manila Film Festival has now reached P248.5 million earnings at the box-office for all entries during the first five days of the film fest. Just like in the past year’s MMFFs, comedy is the favorite among all the participating movies.

Here is the result as of today:
#1 - Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat - P87.9 million
#2 - Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After - P65.1 million.
#3 - Shake, Rattle & Roll X - P40.5 million.
#4 - Desperadas 2 - P23.6 million
#5 - Baler - P21.3 million
#6 - One Night Only - P4.9 million.
#7 - Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia - P3.7 million
#8 - Magkaibigan - P1.5 million.

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P50 million bribery attempts to free three rich men called the "Alabang Boys"

MANILA, Philippines—’Tis the season to be jolly, but not for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) whose investigation of the alleged attempts to free the three so-called “Alabang Boys” has been hampered by the long holiday break.

NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said the probe of allegations that P50 million was paid to Department of Justice (DoJ) officials for the dismissal of drug charges against Richard Santos Brodett, Jorge Jordana Joseph and Joseph Ramirez Tecson would have to wait until the end of the holidays.

“We have an ongoing investigation but the people we still have to talk to and question are all out of town for the holidays,” Mantaring said.

He said the people to be interviewed were employees of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the DoJ.

No access to documents

Several people were interviewed by the NBI Special Task Force, which Mantaring tapped to conduct the probe, but their statements have yet to be reduced to sworn statements about the alleged bribery.

“We cannot even obtain the documents we need in our probe until the offices reopen,” Mantaring said.

The alleged payoff supposedly resulted in state prosecutors recommending the dismissal of the case against Brodett, Joseph and Tecson.

The three rich young men are still under the custody of the PDEA, as the release order for the suspects has not been signed by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

The three men were arrested by PDEA agents in buy-bust operations in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, and Cubao, Quezon City on Sept. 20. Seized from the suspects were 60 tablets of Ecstasy, sachets of cocaine and marijuana.

Besides the P50-million alleged payoff, three attempts to bribe officers of the PDEA were made for the release of the three men, said Major Ferdinand Marcelino, head of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service, the unit that led the buy-bust operations against the suspects.

Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño has denied that he and the prosecutors who investigated and reviewed the case had been bribed into recommending the dismissal of charges.

Mantaring told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the justice secretary was expecting results after the holidays. But the NBI chief said, “I think he (Gonzalez) will understand the delay.”

Source:
Long holiday break stalls bribery case
By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:43:00 12/31/2008

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Boy Abunda: Marian Rivera not the biggest star

Boy Abunda is obviously super honest and straightforward about his feelings with what Kris Aquino had said in The Buzz a couple of weeks ago, that Marian is today’s biggest star. But Kris changed her comment from biggest to hottest after Boy corrected her and explained why Marian cannot be called the biggest star.
I totally agree with Boy about his description of a biggest star and what constitutes one. There is really a lot to be considered before one can be called the biggest star, a title being held by a star for all season, actress Vilma Satos as an example. Marian is hot but not big, perhaps not yet. She still has a long ways to go. But going back to how Marian hit it big, it was Angel Locsin who paved the way for Marian to succeed because the attention shifted from Angel to Marian, at least at GMA7. So, I wonder where Marian would be at this time if Angel did not leave GMA7.

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Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista moving on

It seems like the breakup did Jericho and Heart more good than harm. They both are very busy in their respective careers. Although Heart has a new boyfriend already, Jericho, on the other hand, is enjoying being single. After his successful teleserye “Kahit Isang Saglit” with Malaysian actress, Carmen Soo, he just made the movie Baler together with Anne Curtis which was a project for the Metro Manila Film Fest for 2008. Jericho received nothing but praises for his great performance in the said movie.
He is also slated to do an episode with former flame Kristine Hermosa in Maalaala Mo Kaya. Jericho had said in an interview that he is always praying for Heart but at the moment, he would rather stay single and focus more on his career, friends and family.

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Pad Thai - Pinoy style

In this recipe, instead of using the regular dry flat noodle, I used dry rice vermicelli.

INGREDIENTS:
6 oz dried rice vermicelli noodles
4 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
1/3 lbs medium-sized shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce (plus Tamarind juice or Pad Thai juice to taste)
1 cup (2 oz) bean sprout
2 tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
½ tsp red pepper flakes or to taste
1 green onion, including tender green tops, coarsely chopped
Add fried tofu (optional)
2 limes, thinly sliced

Place the noodles in a bowl with warm water to cover.
Let stand for 15 minutes.
Drain and spread on a baking sheet to dry.

Meanwhile, in a wok or frying pan over high heat, warm 1 tbsp of the oil, swirling to coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
When very hot but not quite smoking, add the shrimp and stir and toss every 10-15 seconds until pink and firm, about 1 minute.
Add the garlic and stir and toss until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer.
Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add another 1 tbsp oil to the pan over medium-high heat, again swirling to coat the pan.
When hot, add the eggs and stir until soft curds from, about 1 minute.
Add to the bowl holding the shrimp.

Add the remaining 2 tbsp oil to the pan over medium-high heat, again swirling to coat.
When hot, add the drained noodles. Be sure to distribute the noodles evenly in the pan so they come into maximum contact with the heat and cook evenly.
Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Using the spatula, flip them, again spreading evenly.
Cook, stirring every 30 seconds, until browned on the second side, 2-3 minutes longer.

Serves 4. Sprinkle with sliced limes.

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Biscotti - with Almond, Lemon and Anise

We love Biscotti, but for me, they are expensive to buy. Luckily, I found the original Biscotti recipe from my old recipe archive, and if you follow closely, this recipe is very simple and you can double the ingredients to make a lot to store for daily “merienda” consumption or wrap them as a gift. Enjoy!

STEP ONE ingredients:
2 eggs
¾ cup (6oz) granulated sugar
½ cup (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp anise seeds, crushed
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

STEP TWO ingredients:
2 cups (10 oz) flour
1 cup whole almonds coarsely chopped

Later: Granulated sugar or Vanilla Sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven at 350.
In a large bowl, combine STEP ONE ingredients. Whisk to blend.
Add the STEP TWO ingredients and stir until a dough forms.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 10 turns.
Divide the dough in half.
Form each half into a log 2 inches in diameter.
Carefully transfer the logs to an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them well apart.
Sprinkle the tops with additional sugar or vanilla sugar.

Bake until firm to the touch, about 30 minutes (logs will spread during baking).
Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Leave the oven set at 350.

Using a spatula, carefully transfer the logs to a work surface.
Using a serrated knife, cut crosswise into slices ½ inch thick.

Arrange the slices cut side down on the baking sheet.
Return to the oven and bake until brown, about 20 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to a wire racks to cool.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 18 biscotti.

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Sarah Geronimo in the year 2009

Year 2009 is going to be another very busy year for Sarah Geronimo. Rumor mill has it that ABS-CBN is planning to launch “Meteor Garden” as a teleserye and they are considering Sarah Geronimo to play the role of Shan Chai. If this is true, you can be assured it’s going to be another ABS-CBN big hit. She also started shooting the sequel of “A Very Special Love” with John Lloyd for Star Cinema which will be shown as a Valentines treat to their fans on February 25.
Early 2009, she will also bring her jam-packed “The Next One” concert from the Araneta Coliseum to all 14 cities in the US and Canada, together with Mark Bautista, Billy Crawford and Charlie Green.

There’s a lot more lined up for her to do in year 2009, not to mention in between concerts and record albums. Sarah is indeed the hottest star today, in the Philippines and abroad.

But what is Sarah’s wish for herself this Christmas? “Ako basta wish ko lang na strong yung bond ng pamilya ko, yun lang at siguro success sa career. Ako kasi hindi naman ako after sa mga material things. Basta masaya na ako sa simpleng greeting lang at yakap. Yun lang ang gusto ko.”

Mapalad ang mapupusuan ni Sarah. Tunay na mabait, walang masamang tinapay sa katawan, mapag-mahal na anak at very pleasant ang attitude sa lahat ng tao. She has a very positive outlook in life and in the way she response to every issue and situation that comes her way.
We’ll look forward to seeing more of Sarah in 2009.

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Vicky Belo's young BF, Hayden Kho admits affair with Katrina Halili

It has been the talk of the town that Hayden Kho finally admitted to having a relationship with Katrina Halili. This is common to many May-December relationship. Everybody in showbiz are also talking about two-timer Hayden's suicide attempt, and the "I Love You, Vicky!" that he had written in his body when he was rushed to the hospital in which Kayden had confirmed to be true. According to Hayden, he was sorry, very sorry for what he had done to Vicky. But how sure is Vicky that it will not happen again? In his interview with PEP, Hayden expressed his desire to return to Belo Clinic and to try to win Vicky back, but I wonder if Vicky will ever take him back after all what he's done. Trust is very, very important in a relationship, and if you lose it, it's very hard to get it back.

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Aga Muhlach walang interest na pumasok sa politics

Madalas nating makita si Aga Muhlach sa mga charitable events na tumutulong at nagpapasaya pero anya ay wala siyang balak pumasok sa politica. Nais lamang ni Aga na sana ay magbago na ang ating gobyerno upang maiahon ang mga tao sa kahirapan. Nag-e-enjoy si Aga na makita na ang mga tao ay masaya at nakakakain.

“I just hope and pray na magbago na talaga dapat ang sistema ng gobyerno natin. I mean it’s time dahil masyado ng open, masyado ng talamak ang nakawan. But I don’t want to point fingers dahil wala naman akong karapatan at hindi rin naman tayo sigurado kung ginagawa ba nila yun or hindi. But what I’d like to say is we hear all these billions or hundreds of millions na lumalabas sa mga budget-budget. Sa akin lang, it’s about time we share naman sa mga mahihirap pati na rin sa mga taong naghahanap-buhay. Gawin nating maayos itong bansa natin because bansa natin ito. Hindi rin naman ang mga opisyales ang may-ari ng bansang ito kundi tayo rin. Let's all work hand in hand to make this a better country because sayang talaga yung bansa natin, there's so much promise [in it]."[Showbuz ]

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'Kit Kittredge' movie, a must see and why

See this movie and I guarantee, you won't regret it. The movie is in time with what we are going through right now with recession, and it's a good idea to see how the people - affected by the 1930's recession - lived and survived. The movie DVD is now out and also ready for download if you have access to movies on online.

Synopsis:
The Great Depression hits home for nine-year-old Kit Kittredge when her dad loses his business and leaves to find work. Oscar nominee* Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, leading a splendid cast in the first-ever American Girl theatrical movie. In order to keep their home, Kit and her mother must take in boarders paying houseguests who turn out to be full of fascinating stories. When mothers lockbox containing all their money is stolen, Kits new hobo friend Will is the prime suspect. Kit refuses to believe that Will would steal, and her efforts to sniff out the real news get her and her friends into big trouble. The police say the robbery was an inside job, committed by someone they knew. So if it wasnt Will, then who did it?

You can also watch the trailer here.

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Karylle responses to Marian's tearful reaction

I agree with Karylle, may this be the end of this issue. Let’s hope that someday, they will end up as friends.

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Karylle and Marian Rivera’s reactions towards each other and why

Karylle and Dingdong’s beautiful love affair that has gone awry is now old news to their fans and to those who were following their story, but the real reason for the break up is still a private matter and no further intimate details are about to be spilled by either Karylle or Dingdong, at least, not yet, but the right time will come. So all we hear for now are just plain speculations… until we hear the truth straight from the horse’s mouth.

When asked if Marian was the reason for the breakup, Karyllye responded with “on my side, hindi”. When asked during a whispering segment of a show, if she loves Dingdong, Marian’s response was “matagal na”. If you try to read between the lines, one can easily conclude that Marian’s response is a confirmation of her relationship with Dingdong. Is the secret being revealed on its own? Maybe… could be, little by little and unknowingly.
At the last Sunday’s episode of The Buzz when Karylle bravely faced the tough 10 questions, perhaps some people - who knew beforehand what Question #1 was going to be – could already smell that a bigger issue is about to be born when Karylle, instead of giving an answer, returned the question with a smile. The controversial question was: Is it true that Marian is pregnant? I saw that portion of The Buzz and had my own interpretation of Karylle’s smile. To me, it was a smile of not wanting to be involved again as if there was a message attached to it like “please leave me alone as I have already moved on.” I also thought that she was giving a signal that she doesn’t care anymore. I actually admire Karylle’s attitude and how she intelligently answers any questions thrown at her. She carries herself with delikadesa. That’s my impression of her, perhaps because that’s how she projects herself.
On the other hand, I’m not sure why Marian should be offended by Karylle’s smile. She should understand - or better say, remember - that Karylle was the one whose heart was just recently been broken and she (Marian), apparently, was the reason although Karylle consistently denied it. Marian should also consider that fact that Karylle had to go to a retreat for healing and spiritual guidance for the tremendous pain she went through. Seemingly, Karylle has moved on but Marian’s ordeal was just beginning, and her having so much display of emotion at a recent conference was a sign of heaviness that needed to be let out in tears. But those tears, they say, were tears of guilt. But perhaps, the pregnancy issue got to her nerves and bones, and the burst of tears was inevitable at that moment. Marian is a nice and tough person who will eventually overcome and endure everything, and who also will do anything to protect her career wherein love team with Dingdong is a big part of.
Bottomline, if it’s true that Marian and Dingdong are in a relationship, it will come out in time. I don’t think they would be able to hide it forever unless they will plan to live in a boondock.

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Karylle's smile was beautiful and harmless

Karylle should never apologize for her beautiful smile because she should be free to smile whenever she wants to regardless of what the situation may be. There's nothing wrong with how she responded and answered all the Top 10 Buzz questions. It's true that smiles can have a lot of meaning and in her case, her smile was more of like: I don't want to be involved so I won't answer. Looking closely, Karylle did exactly what she was supposed to do and that is just smile at the issue.
Parang I was in a no-win situation. If I didn't smile, people would say I was bitter. I was actually trying to figure out whatt o answer and how to phrase it properly. And then, Ti Tito Boy suddenly said "Thank You!" and ended the interview." says Karylle about her smile that launched a lot of meaning from different viewers of The Buzz last Sunday.

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #1 Britney Spears

#1: Britney Spears

The singer's steep trajectory to redemption restored her to the top of searches. Her year began with a police visit, hospital stay, and psych evaluation. She returned under her father's shelter and, by summer, settled custody with her ex. Professionally, she guested on a sitcom, won thrice at the MTV Video Music Awards, broke records with "Womanizer," relaunched her site, and released a documentary detailing her fall and comeback...by age 27. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #2 WWE

#2: WWE

A June explosion destroyed a World Wrestling Entertainment stage and "injured" chairman Vince McMahon, unleashing a sweaty soap opera of chaos that included his kids appealing for cooperation in difficult times. The stunt could've symbolized the sporting empire's battles against the economy's fall and mixed martial arts' rise. WWE produced more events, video games, and movies to make up for fewer paying fans, and faithfuls kept track online to maintain its Top 2 status. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #3 Barack Obama

#3: Barack Obama

The Illinois junior senator faced two hard-fought contests and nearly won a third—although toppling Britney Spears wasn't on his list. He entered 2008 as a relative newcomer on the national scene and ended the year as president-elect. His campaign defied political wisdom and made history at every turn. His Web strategy set the groundwork to make him the first wired president and, in an unprecedented Search surge, landed him at No. 3. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #4 Miley Cyrus

#4: Miley Cyrus

Before 2008, the singer/actress had been better known—and searched—by her Disney persona, Hannah Montana. She appeared on shows like "Idol Gives Back" as Cyrus, but true name recognition came with scandal: a Vanity Fair spread featuring the 15-year-old seemingly wrapped only in a bedsheet. Savvy Cyrus apologized, survived, and closed down Disneyland for a 16th birthday charity bash, and ended up at No. 4. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #5 RuneScape

#5:RuneScape

The multi-player role-playing game's international popularity rests on its cheap access, ability to run on older computers, and compelling play. Its underground success has even led to a real black market, trading actual cash for RuneScape gold—and controversial restrictions to stop it. A new boss, graphics, and touted player-versus-player combat release signal the company's power play to step up in the RPG battle...and take hold at No. 5.
[Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #6 Jessica Alba


Her movies fared none too well, following 2007 missteps that got her three Razzie Worst Actress nominations. Still, she earned Best Movie Actress at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and No. 6 in searches, buoyed by her wedding and baby Honor Marie (who earned a reported $1.5 million in her OK! mag debut). The pregnant pause may have given her impetus to switch to more serious roles—something to watch for in 2009. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #7 Naruto

#7: Naruto

The manga. The game. The anime. Whatever form Naruto Uzumaki takes, the awkward but accomplished young graduate of the Ninja Academy remains the Web's most popular fictional character in seventh place. His peers and enemies also command their own followings, but the complex tale of Naruto (whose name translates to "maelstrom"), the orphaned misfit who craves recognition, resonates with its generation of fans. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #8 Lindsay Lohan

#8: Lindsay Lohan

At No. 8, the actress made stumbling progress back from rehab, revolving-door relationships, and rejected roles. On the upside, she settled down (with a monogamous twist), blogged about politics, and recreated Marilyn Monroe's photo shoot. On the downside, she got booted from "Ugly Betty" and as World Music Awards host. Lohan has had celebs testifying to her talent, but a true comeback may have to wait for 2009.
[Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #9 Angelina Jolie

#9:  Angelina Jolie

Leading power lists in Forbes and even Guinness World Records, the actress took her place among Hollywood's elite. "Delicate" condition aside, she underscored her image as a tough-dame throwback with a 21st-century vibe. She earned box-office bucks as an assassin and cartoon tigress, Oscar cred in "Changeling," and karma by donating her and Brad Pitt's twins' $14 mil pictorial payout to charity—moves that muscled her in at No. 9. [Yahoo]

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Top 10 Searches for 2008: #10 American Idol

#10: American Idol

Judges kept declaring its 2008 singers their best ever, but while the Fox reality show ruled ratings, an audience decline since 2007 sent producers into a fit of self-examination. In a season beset with complaints, "Idol" had the last laugh with a smashing finale and iTunes recordbreaker. The show also got "cougar" into household vernacular, unlikely credit for exposing youth to the democratic process, and a top Search 10 nod once again. [Yahoo]

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's marriage on the rocks

There is no such perfect marriage. Not even Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are exempted from this.

Rumors swirled that Lopez's marriage was on the rocks after she showed up to the premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last week without her 8-carat diamond engagement ring, wedding band - or ever present husband, Marc Anthony (who was spotted in Las Vegas sans wedding band the weekend before). Multiple sources confirm to to Us Weekly their marriage is at a breaking point.
That they have stopped wearing their wedding rings.
That they have stopped talking to each other.
That Marc is seen partying with other women.
That Marc is very controlling over her.
If these were just rumors or facts remains to be seen.[US Magazine]

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Remember Joe the Plumber?

Here is an update on Joe the Plumber and what he now thinks of John McCain, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.

Joe the Plumber: McCain "Appalled Me," Made Me Feel "Dirty"
The Huffington Post | December 9, 2008 05:35 PM

Think Progress reports that Joe Wurzelbacher isn't a huge fan of the man who made him famous. He told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt "dirty" after "being on the campaign trail and seeing some of the things that take place."

"I honestly felt even more dirty after I had been on the campaign trail and seen some things that take place. It was scary, man," Wurzelbacher said. He told Beck he asked McCain "some pretty direct questions" about the bailout, and wasn't pleased with the response. "They appalled me, absolutely. You know, I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.

Asked why he didn't leave McCain's campaign if he was "appalled" by the candidate, Wurzelbacher said, "Honestly, because the thought of Barack Obama as president scares me even more."

While Wurzelbacher was critical of McCain, he gushed about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Sarah Palin is absolutely the real deal," he said.

You know, I only got to spend a short amount of time with her but, you know, it was been asked if I felt any presence when I was with John McCain or Barack Obama. You know, with Sarah Palin, I don't want to say I felt a presence but she definitely had energy and she definitely went to work for American people, and it disgusts me on how often they try to bash her just for her sincerity. It's just, you know, she really wants to work for America and I mean, I wish people would listen to her and let them, and let her work for us. You know, she wants to serve us. She's not looking for power.

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Watching Paquiao fight La Hoya

I was never a boxing aficiando and therefore have never watched any fights in the past until today because of Manny Paquiao. Technically, I didn't watch his fight with La Hoya either since I kept my vision away from the screen and most of the time kept my ears covered when the fight went on - because I get real nervious and anxious. I should have just stayed home but Vic wouldn't go if I didn't go with him. From beginning to end of the fight, everybody was making noise of support for Manny so I pretty much knew what was happening. Every now and then, I would glance at the screen especially when each time I hear them shout "yes!" or "good job, Manny!" I mean I heard a lot of "wow" for Manny from Vic and friends which made me less nervous until it was announced that Manny was the winner and the cheering in the room got louder and louder.

When we got home, I started to scour You Tube for any video of Manny-Oscar fight as I am now at least can watch it without the fear or anxiety. But there was none yet. I guess everybody were still celebrating and no one had the time to upload in You Tube yet. So I decided to just google for some comments and I like this and this in particular.

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Pops and Martin to do a Valentine concert together in 2009

To all Pops and Martin fans, here is a coming treat for you. Jomari is producing a Valentine 2009 concert featuring Pops Fernandez and Martin Nievera. Pops and Martin will always be strong together concert wise but as a married couple, not, and we all know the rest of their love story. They remained to be open though, to all the possibilities of doing concerts together, which is nice. It shows that they both have matured. So this something we can all look forward to and it looks like this is to be the biggest, most exciting, grandest Martin and Pops concert. [Boy Abunda]

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Sam Milby and Anne Curtis breakup update

Sam Milby finally called up Anne Curtis - after their painful break-up last month – to talk. He admitted that he did the first move but did not want to give further details of their communications that ended their gap.

“We had a good talk. We don’t need to give details about our talk, kasi it’s personal. It’s really for us. We really came out and we said everything we needed to say, I said everything I need to say. I just wanna tell you guys that we talked and it was a good talk. Tama na ‘yon.”

Before this, Sam was rumored that he got jealous of the closeness of Anne and Jericho Rosales while filming a movie together. But Sam insisted that it was not true. He said that no third party was involved in their breakup, and no reconciliation is going to happen. He and Anne are going to be just friends and their own respective careers will be their top priority for now.

Sam was a gentleman in this situation and he did the right thing in calling Anne that ended their communication gap. I respect his decision to keep everything private since their relationship is not really a public matter. But let’s see for how long Anne can keep this to herself, at least, not to Kris...perhaps.

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Sam Milby's issue with Kris Aquino, Ruffa Gutierrez

There really was no issue between Sam and the two buzzers, Kris and Ruffa. The reaction from Kris and Ruffa is common to women who share their feelings as girlfriends to the girl involved in a break up, and in this case, the girl involved happens to be Anne Curtis whom Kris treats like a younger sister. Sam understands the reaction and was apologetic to Kris. He also expressed his desire to apologize to Ruffa who apparently was also cold to him. But this issue is over and Kris and Sam were able to talk it out to clarify the matter. Nice.

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Edu Manzano and Pinky Webb will marry next year

Edu Manzano is one of the busiest men in showbiz today and he is very thankful to God and to his deceased parents who, he believes, continue to guide him from heaven. He is also thankful for the many blessings he received this year, for having wonderful sons like Luis and Enzo, and for all the things that makes him busy like recently receiving an award from Star Awards as Best Game show Host and for being an effective host; a popular endorser, and his continued fight against pirated CD and DVDs.

Edu said that he is living a well-balanced life now, and has also found the love of his life in Pinky Webb. He said he is taking his love for Pinky to a different level which means there will definitely be a wedding plan sometime next year. What is his idea of their wedding? He said: "it doesn't have to be big but is has to be meaningful." The date will be around before the 3rd quarter of 2009. - as told to Mario Dumawal of ABS-CBN.

It's about time that Edu settles down and I'm glad that he found someone he can share his life with as well as all his successes. Pinky Webb is an ideal woman for him and I can see them having a wonderful life together. Advance congratulations to Edu and Pinky and more power to you!

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Angel Locsin received acting award for the first time

Angel Locsin has a reason to be happy and proud these days because, for the first time, she received an acting award and this was from The Philippine Movie Press Club Star Award for Television at the SMX Convention Center as Single Performance by an Actress for the “Maala-ala Mo Kaya” episode “Pilat.” Also, her first teleserye “Lobo” with ABS-CBN was awarded the Best Primetime TV series and her co-star Piolo Pascual, the Best Drama Actor. Congrats Angel and Piolo!

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Best Television Station: ABS-CBN plus more

As reported by Malayan Entertainment:

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation was proclaimed "Best Television Station" and DZMM was awarded the "Best AM Radio Station" at the 17th Golden Dove Awards.

This is the second time for both stations to be recognized this year, after getting the Best TV and AM Radio Station at The Rotary Club of Manila’s 2007 Journalism Awards.

ABS-CBN bagged a total of 29 awards led by Korina Sanchez, who received the prestigious "Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year" award.

Named after the "Dean of Philippine Journalism" the late Teodoro "Ka Doroy" Valencia, the "Ka Doroy" award is considered the highest honor to be given to journalists in the country. Previous recipients were Tina Monzon-Palma and Angelo Castro Jr.

Here’s a complete list of the Golden Dove Awards won by ABS-CBN:

Television

Best Television Station - ABS-CBN Channel 2

Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award - Korina Sanchez

Best Newscast – "News Patrol Manila Peninsula Siege" (ABS-CBN)

Best Public Affairs Program – "XXX" (ABS-CBN)

Best Television Newscaster - Ted Failon, "TV Patrol World"

Best Games/Variety Program – "Sharon" (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Program – "Maalaala Mo Kaya" (ABS-CBN)

Best Children’s Program – Sineskwela "Global Warming" (ABS-CBN)

Best Documentary Program – "Runaways Human Trafficking" (ABS-CBN)

Best Science and Technology Program – "Matanglawin" (ABS-CBN)

Best Public Service Program – "Salamat Dok" (ABS-CBN)

Best Magazine Program – "Matanglawin" (ABS-CBN)

Best Specials – "Bantay Bata 10th Anniversary" (ABS-CBN)

Best Sports Program – "UAAP Cheer Dance Competition" (Studio 23)

Best Public Service Program Host - Cheryl Cosim, "Salamat Dok" (ABS-CBN)

Best Magazine Program Host - Korina Sanchez, "Rated K" (ABS-CBN)

Best Science and Technology Journalist - TJ Manotoc

Best TV Station Promotional Material - 2007 ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID

Best TV Public Service Announcement - Values Campaign (ABS-CBN)

Radio

Best AM Radio Station - DZMM

Best Public Affairs Program– "Tambalang Failon at Sanchez" (DZMM)

Best Games/Variety Program – "Todo Todo Walang Preno" (DZMM)

Best Field Reporter - Noel Alamar (DZMM)

Best Public Affairs Program Host - Korina Sanchez (DZMM)

Best Magazine Program Host– Philip Bardon a.k.a. Reggie Valdez (101.9 For Life!)

Best Science and Technology Journalist - Angelo Palmones (DZMM)

Best Radio Station Promotional Material - Investment Scam (DZMM)

Regional

Best Field Reporter– Nony Basco (ABS-CBN TV10 Iloilo)

Best Culture & Arts Program – "MagTV Na Atin To!" (DZRR TV 30 Baguio)

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Johnny Delgado has lymphoma, please pray

INQUIRER.net | By Gerry Plaza
12/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Actor Johnny Delgado is currently undergoing treatment for lymphoma, not colon cancer as previously reported, the veteran thespian’s wife, acclaimed actress-director Laurice Guillen, told INQUIRER.net

Guillen said Delgado is suffering from “Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma,” which is “treatable.” She also said visits from family and friends were restricted for safety reasons.

“While he undergoes treatment, visitors are restricted so as not to put him at risk for infections,” Guillen said. “He is under the care of wonderful and amazing doctors at St. Luke's Medical Center; and enjoys the comfort of prayers and invaluable love of friends.”

In addition, Guillen said she never suffered from colon cancer as was also previously reported. “I have never had colon cancer nor any type of cancer in the past,” she said.

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Will Brad Pitt marry Angelina Jolie?

When asked about marriage, Angelina Jolie said that the question is for partner Brad Pitt to answer. And Brad's response was great: "Well, she set me up didn't she? Listen; if we feel that it's important to our kids we'll do so." But no announcement has been made and no date has been set yet. But with this reaction from Brad, we can expect it to happen in the future not to mention that the children will surely love to see their mom and dad walk down that aisle.

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Albert Martinez: Thanking God that everything is okay with Liezl

Family, relatives and friends of Liezl asked everyone for prayers but no one said anything about her rumored health condition until today when Albert Martinez confirmed Liezl's breast cancer and said that she is okay but didn't want to elaborate anymore. Their marriage is known to be one of the strongest and well respected in the movie industry, and their story would have been a great love story to be told. Albert, who is spending lots of time with his family all the time, mentioned that his family is making many plans to celebrate Christmas as a way of thanking God for taking care of Liezl's health. He said that he is living everything up to God to take care of Liezl’s health.

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Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya fight - UPDATED

Date: December 6th, 2008
Price: $40 (tax and fee inclusive)
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CLOSED CIRCUIT VIEWING – Doors open at 4PM - It’s the type of epic match-up that fight fans dream about, however, this is not a dream – this fight is real. “The Dream Match” is on as two of boxing’s biggest attractions, Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and current Ring Magazine No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will collide in a welterweight showdown that pits boxing’s most popular boxer against the recognized pound-for-pound king.

A word from our champions:

Oscar de la Hoya:
“Manny Pacquiao is considered the best fighter in boxing today and I always want to fight the best,” said De La Hoya. “I am glad we were able to make this fight happen because while Pacquiao is at the pinnacle of his success and has defeated all of the top fighters he has faced, I am going to show the world that it stops with me. December 6 can’t get here soon enough.”

Manny Pacquiao:
“This is my greatest challenge,” said Pacquiao. “When I take that walk to the ring to fight Oscar, I will carry all the people of The Philippines - the entire country - on my shoulders. I promise I will fight with all of my heart and that I will give everything I have. Like my trainer Freddie Roach says, I have what it takes to win the biggest fight of my life.”

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Lea Salonga, My Life on Stage - a 30 year anniversary musical event




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