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Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil tackle second chances in the film “My Ex and Whys”

fter their successful TV series “Dolce Amore,” Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil’s love team more popularly known as LizQuen will make a comeback on the big screen in the upcoming Star Cine m a film “My Ex and W h y s , ” w h i c h will soon screen in key countries worldwide

via TFC@theMovies. Followers in and outside the Philippines witnessed how the two Kapamilya stars have evolved as actors in their recent TV series. Before the series, they were first paired in the film “She’s the One” in 2013, with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes. Their first lead film was “Just the Way You Are” in 2015 which was immediately followed the same year by another film, “Everyday I Love You.” Now, after a year of skipping the silver screen, the love team is back and will star in a light but relatable film which will show how the characters they will portray will be engaged in a relationship, which in the words of Gil, is “more mature” compared with their previous characters’.

in relationships and why men cheat” she relates. The film started to grind last year, and some of the scenes were shot in the popular tourist spots in South Korea. This film is under the supervision of the box office director Cathy Garcia-Molina who was behind popular films like “One More Chance,” “A Very Special Love,” and “My Amnesia Girl” to name a few. Also starring in the film are Joey Marquez, Ara Mina, Arlene Muhlach, Dominic Roque, Ryan Bang, Neil Coleta, Cai Cortez, and Hyubs Azarcon. As Gio tries to prove to Cali that he’s a changed man, can Cali open her heart again to love and give her old flame a second chance? Find out the answers in the film “My Ex and Whys,” which will soon screen in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies: February 16 in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman; February 17 in the U.S. and Canada; February 18 and 19 United Describing their roles, Gil first talked about his character Gio: “I play a playboy who will try to prove he has changed.” On the other hand, Soberano will portray Gio’s ex-girlfriend Cali. “My character is very modern - a blogger who is hesitant to fall in love again. She is afraid to get hurt all over again,” Soberano says. Gil teased that the audience will surely relate with their characters, especially since most of the scenes in the film are based on stories of real people. In the story “My Ex and Whys,” Cali, the blogger dreams of being a social media influencer. The popularity of her blog skyrockets after her exchange of messages with social media user @DahilListBoy goes viral. She grabs the opportunity and meets him, only to find out that he’s her ex-boyfriend Gio who has once broken her heart and who is now reaching out to win back her heart, on purpose. To have a better understanding of the film’s story, Soberano shares their tactic. “We asked guys about different situations



Kingdom; February 19 Vienna in Austria; Milan and Rome in Italy, Malta; Madrid and Barcelona in Spain; February 23 in Papua New Guinea; February 24 in Saipan; and March 5 in Hong Kong. For more updates about the film, including additional screenings, visit,,, and the facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.



#Destined Romance



LDUB, the tandem of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, is still the hottest love team in the country as far as Google Search is concerned. After dominating the Google Philippines’ “Year in Search” report since they started, like a phenomenon that glued us watching the joy, the fun, the excitement, the “kilig” that kept us entertained as they portray their characters on the screen, Alden the cool and charming boy-next-door and Maine the witty and simply beautiful, apple of his eye. AlDub has proven once more that its popularity online remained unmatched in 2016. Aside from incorporating our Filipino values and tradition in the “kalyeserye” loveteam, they have also instilled traditional Filipino values within the story. Alden and Maine, apart from Pia Wurtzbach, are the only local celebrities that made it to Google Philippines’ list of most searched male and female personalities. On the list topped by 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Maine Mendoza ranked second as the most searched female personality in the country. While, Alden Richards, is the sixth most searched male


personality in 2016. And in the “Who is…?” search category, the search term “who is Aldub?” ranked second to Harley Quinn, the fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, and in the box office hit film, The Death Squad. Meanwhile, Alden and Maine made headlines when GMA Network announced that the onscreen couple would finally star in a television primetime series, their very first, “Destined To Be Yours”. When the teaser was released last December, GMA Network reveals that the show has earned over 71,000 tweets after “24 Oras” premiered its trailers. ALDUB fans everywhere gets a lot of “kilig” moments with Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza whenever they do guestings to promote their upcoming series “Destined to be Yours.” With the primetime soap’s success and support among TV viewers, Maine and Alden can likely still dominate 2017, with Google reliability in terms of measuring someone’s success and popularity. In a year- end poll, released January 2017, conducted by a local e-mag-


azine, Inside Showbiz, the phenomenal couple Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, was named the “Love Team of the Year”. And with the consistent individual following, rooted by the strength of their

love team, Alden received the Male Trending Award. Topping it all, the strong and solid AlDub Nation ( fan’s club) the people behind their remarkable success, bagged the “Fandom of the Year”.



ABS-CBN’s newest drama ensemble gets entangled in love and lies in “The Better Half”


atch out for another unique story about love and obsession in ABS-CBN’s newest romantic drama and psychological thriller TV series “The Better Half,” which will show how far people can go for the person they believe should be their other half, premiering on TFC and airing simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC Online ( on February 13, 3:20 p.m. (Manila time) in key countries worldwide. Four of ABS-CBN’s best actors and actresses, Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, JC De Vera, and Denise Laurel play characters who will go extraordinary lengths for love and eventually find their lives get entangled in lies, betrayal, and dark secrets. Camille (Magdayao) and Marco (Aquino) play a happily married couple but their relationship will be tested by fate when Marco’s airplane crashes, leaving a big scar in his wife’s heart. Believing her husband is already gone, Camille moves on and meets Rafael (De Vera), the man who will help her forget about the past and make her believe in love again. Just when they are starting a


new life together, Marco resurfaces and returns to Camille’s life. But things get more complicated because like Camille, Marco already has a new life with wife Bianca (Laurel). As their paths cross once again, will Marco and Camille turn their backs to the new lives they have without each other, or will they throw away the love and dreams they once built together? Will Rafael and Bianca let their other halves go, or will they fight for their love? How far will they go to prove they are the better half for the person they love? Also part of “The Better Half” are Epi Quizon, Nadia Montenegro, Rommel Padilla, Carmi Martin, Zeppi Borromeo, Maila Gumila, Bart Guingona, Mari Kaimo, Joyce Ann Burton, Regine Angeles, Junjun Quintana, and Pooh. Completing the cast are Gilleth Sandico, Kate Alejandrino, Tiptip Fucoy, Delphine Buencamino, Lemuel Pelayo, Vincent Lim, and Johan Santos. The teleserye is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, and produced by GMO Production Unit, the team behind the hit shows “Be Careful With My Heart,” “Dream


Dad,” and “Ningning,” which were also all directed by Jeturian. Don’t miss the story showing what people can do for love in the TV series “The Better Half,” which will air on TFC. The pilot episode will be aired simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC online ( on February 13, 3:20 p.m.

(Manila time) in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV. For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

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Valentines DAY

Which state produces the most roses for Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is the big time of year for red roses. Mother’s Day sees more pastel-colored roses sold. The State of California produces 60% of American roses, but most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America. 15% of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. How many flowers are sold on Valentine’s Day? This means big business for florists who sell and deliver flowers. In 2010, an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday, according to the Society of American Florists. Men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year. How much money do we spend on Valentine’s Day? In 2016 valentine’s day sales soared to an all-time record

$18.9 billion, which represents an 8.5% increase from 2014, when Americans spent $17.3 billion. 2016 Valentine’s day sales also broke the previous record reached in 2013 ($18.6 billion). How many Valentine’s Day cards are sold each year? On Valentine’s Day, nearly 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S.A. Americans spend around $277 million on Valentine cards every year, second only to Christmas. How many Valentine’s Day cards are mailed each year? Approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent each year around the world. This is followed by cards for Valentine’s Day (145 million units, not including classroom valentines), Mother’s Day (133 million units), Father’s Day (90 million units), Graduation (67 million units), Easter (57 million units), Halloween (21 million units), Thanksgiving ARTISTA WINNIPEG february 2017 ISSUE



The Heart That Lasts by: Sheng Cruz


hat moment when people around you tell you that you can’t make it in life, simply because you were born to the kind of mother you have. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back during the seemingly saddest hours of Bea Alonzo’s fast-phased childhood in a broken family where circumstances that surrounded it made her feel constantly rejected. The unforgiving statement pushed her to do everything in her power to show her antagonists what she’s really made of. Though admittedly she didn’t have the best experiences as a kid, she fondly recalls the parts when she would showcase her innate acting prowess in front of a mirror shedding tears while uttering Judy Anne Santos’ line from her movies. Beside faith in her acting skill, Bea also beams with pride reliving the memories of her singing on every family reunion as a professional singer in the making. While her family pushed her to a modeling career path, Bea knew from the beginning that she was gonna be a television star in an era where everytime the clock hit 4:30pm, people were religiously glued to their TV sets to watch “Ang TV” starring famous celebrities such as Claudine Barreto and Jolina Magdangal among others. Bea thought what they were doing on TV were easy and so she can be one of them too. At night, she would dream she was partying with all of the show’s most popular casts. “Naginip ako na kasama ko sila sa street party kasi bago ako matulog lagi ko iniisip na madali lang yung ginagawa nila, na kaya ko rin umarte (I used to dream that we were in a street party because everynight before bed, I would think about how easy their job was and that I can actually act), she exclaimed. True enough and not too long after, Bea carved her niche in the industry when she got the chance to play a supposedly small role in the 2002 TV series Kaytagal Kang Hinintay where her talent paved a way to her phenomal love team with equally talented actor John Lloyd Cruz. “Tisay”, as her close friends used to call her, was discovered in a local beauty contest before she was tapped by ABS-CBN to joinStar Circle Batch 10. She painstakingly completed series of workshops and went to countless auditions like every newbie does. “Masipag ako talaga e (I am really hardworking) “, she quips. With her potential to be a great actress at her young age as seen by the right people in the industry, Bea did successful TV series and blockbuster movies one after the

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other. She tasted the fruits of her labor being hailed 2013 “Box Office Queen” for her phenomenal movie One More Chance with John Lloyd Cruz and being nominated “Best Actress” in 2014 FAMAS Awards. Her most recent TV project in ABS- CBN, “A Love To Last”, co-starring Ian Veneracion and Iza Calzado keeps her love for her craft burning these days. Bea takes pride in inspiring young people who, just like her were born and raised in unfortunate circumstances. She has always wanted to show them that nobody can stop them in getting what they madly want in life. “Gusto kong isipin nila na kung nakaya ni ate Bea, kaya ko rin (I want them to think that if Ate Bea can, I can also do it), she adds. Asked where the thought of being rejected all her life came from, Bea shares: “Nung bata pa ako palipat-lipat nga lang ako ng bahay, nakikitira sa mga kamaganak. Minsan nakatayo lang ako sa labas ng pinto ng bahay nila naka-lock, iiyak na lang ako ( When I was young I used to frequently move houses since I’ve always needed to stay with relatives. There were times when doors were shut and I just stood outside crying). So what made Bea’s wounded heart last? Bea answered this question with another tender yet tough question: “Do I always have to fight for people to love me”? , she asked nonchalantly. And the answer, she said was one she got by steadfast prayer--- a divine NO. (credits to Bea’s interview with Boy Abunda)



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DID YOU KNOW THAT... Banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Philippine fruit ketchup condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. Its natural color is brownishyellow, but it is often dyed red to resemble tomato ketchup. Banana ketchup was made when there was a shortage of tomato ketchup during World War II, due to lack of tomatoes and a comparatively high production of bananas. Haluhalo or Halo-halo (Tagalog: [halu halo], “mixed together”) is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various ingredients, including boiled sweet beans, coconut, sago, gulaman (agar jelly), tubers and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl. It is usually incorrectly spelled as “Halo-halo” but it is actually “Halu-

original Ilocano pinakbet uses bagoong, of fermented monamon or other fish, for seasoning sauce, while further south, bagoong alamang is used. The dish usually includes bitter melon (ampalaya). Other vegetables used include steamed in fish or shrimp sauce. The word is the contracted form of the Ilokano word pinakebbet, meaning “shrunk” or “shriveled”. A Balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as street-food in

the Philippines where balut is a traditional food and is also sold in stores and malls. It is a substantially higher source of protien and calcium compared to a regular unfertilized egg, and it is relatively cheaper.

halo” according to the Commission on the Filipino Language for it to not be confused with the Filipino word “halo-halo” meaning mixed up.

cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines. It is also called Kansi in Hiligaynon/Ilonggo while it is called Pochero in Cebu (not to be confused with the Tagalogs’ version of pochero). Puto, derived from Indian cuisine puttu, is a steamed rice cake popular all over Philippines. It can be eaten alone as a snack, typically flavored with cheese, butter or butter substitute, or freshly grated mature coconut meat. It is also

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an accompaniment to a number of savory dishes, and as dessert in gatherings and festivities. In Filipino cuisine, Pancit or Pansit are noodles. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit which literally means “convenient food.”Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philip-

Bulalô is a beef dish from the Philippines. It is a light colored soup that is made by

Pinakbet (also called pakbet or pinak bet) is an indigenous Filipino dish from the northern regions of the Philippines. Pinakbet is made from mixed vegetables (eggplant, tomato, okra, string beans, chili peppers, parda, winged beans, and others) .The

ence. Adobo has been called the quintessential Philippine stew, served with rice both at daily meals and at feasts. It is commonly packed for Filipino mountaineers and travelers because it keeps well without refrigeration. Its relatively long shelf-life is due to one of its primary ingredients, vinegar, which inhibits the growth of bacteria.


pine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday. She also noted since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.” Adobo or Adobar (Spanish: marinade, sauce, or seasoning) is the immersion of raw food in a stock (or sauce) composed variously of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar to preserve and enhance its flavor. In the Philippines, the name adobo was given by the Spanish colonists to an indigenous cooking method that also uses vinegar,

which, although superficially similar, had developed independently of Spanish influ-

Sinigang is a Filipino soup or stew characterized by its sour and savoury taste most often associated with tamarind (Filipino: sampalok). It is one of the more popular viands in Philippine cuisine, and is an indigenous Filipino dish believed to have been influenced by Philippine’s neighboring countries. In fact, Sinigang resembles that of the sour soup based cuisine of other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia’s “Singgang”, Indonesia’s “Sayur Asam”, Thailand’s “Tom Yum”, and “Canh Chua” of Vietnam


Piolo Pascual reveals what he finds sexy about Shaina Magdayao and Iza Calzado

ltimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual did not bat an eyelash when asked to name the five sexiest women for him in Philippine showbiz. Piolo, during his birthday blogger’s conference on Wednesday, named Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao, Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, and Nadine Lustre as the five sexiest women for him in the local entertainment industry. According to Piolo, Iza is sexy for having maintained her body and her sensual face. “Na you know not necessarily nagpapapayat ka but because you want to look good because your appearance is what you’re selling,” he explained. Then he mentioned Shaina whom he finds sexy because of being voluptuous. “Because when you’re a woman, you want to project a certain look. And she’s so good at how she was able to project that,” he said. Piolo and Shaina were once romantically linked back in 2012. Although the actor has downplayed the rumors, they made headlines again late last year after a

viral video caught them dancing sexily during the 10th Star Magic Ball. Meanwhile, Piolo also mentioned Till I Met You star Nadine for having a “proportionate body” as well as My Ex and Whys star Liza Soberano. Piolo has been very vocal about wanting to work with Liza who called him “Tito” during one ASAP episode. Lastly, he mentioned the La Luna Sangre star Kathryn whom he noted for being shy. “She’s maybe shy, but if she comes out of her shell, but that’s her charm eh. And that makes her sexy,” he explained. Piolo also mentioned his friend Angelica Panganiban as another sexy woman in the local entertainment industry. Piolo, who is turned 40 on January 12, is set to have a packed 2017 with his upcoming movie Once in a Lifetime opposite Yen

Santos, a new album on which he’s collaborating with Ely Buendia, and a new soap.

“Am I Being Unfair toYou?”


orld Day of Prayer 2017 written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of The Philippines. Before the World Wide Web, there was the World Day of Prayer, an international event that has been connecting people in a meaningful way for almost a century. Despite being planned years in advance, World Dayof Prayer services have a remarkable record for anticipating major events, like the refugee crisis (France 2013), the Arab Spring (Egypt 2014) and the winding down of the U.S. embargo against Cuba (Cuba 2016). The secret to this depth and insight is the women who plan and write each World Day of Prayer service. Too often, women have the most intimate experiences of armed conflict, violence, social injustice, and human rights violations. What might Canadians learn from women of the Philippines, a country on the front lines of climate change, foreign mining and resources interests, a regional insurgency and social upheaval due to migration, who wrote the World Day of Prayer 2017? How will we answer the question, “Am I being unfair to you?” On March 3, 2017, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray, and celebrate in solidarity with the women of The Philippines through the

World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2017. A local World Day of Prayer service will be held at: Broadway Disciples United Church, 396 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Tel: 204-9432658 For more information on the World Day of Prayer services in this community, please contact: Delia C. Alvarez, Tel: 204- 7721782 In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. For World Day of Prayer materials or to learn more about WICC, please visit our website or contact us: Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 Tel: (416) 9295184; Fax (416) 929-4064; E-mail: wicc@; Website:;www. facebook/WICCanada The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event became the international World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March. ARTISTA WINNIPEG february 2017 ISSUE

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Maja Salvador is back with a vengeance in the newest ABS-CBN TFC teleserye



evenge has never been this wild as Maja Salvador gives life to Ivy, a woman who will avenge her parent’s death that was brought about by a

In just a snap, Lily’s life suddenly crashes when his father suspiciously dies in a heart attack, while she is forced to leave her mother. Luckily, Lily escapes the wrath

powerful political clan, in her much-awaited TV comeback “Wildflower,” which will premiere on TFC and air simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC online ( this February 13, Manila time. Before anger turns her into Ivy, get to know her first as Lily (Xyriel Manabat), a young girl who grew up surrounded by her loving parents Dante (Christian Vasquez) and Camia (Sunshine Cruz). Her father, who worked as a Public Assistance Office (PAO) lawyer, decides they move to Poblacion Ardiente after he receives death threats for a case he handled. The first week in Poblacion Ardiente goes well for them, especially Lily, who easily finds a friend in Diego (Jesse James Ongteco). However, misfortunes continue to haunt their family when Diego’s father, Raul Torillo (Wendell Ramos), lusts over Camia and sexually harasses her. Dante doesn’t hesitate and immediately files a case against Raul, who happens to be the husband of town mayor Emilia Ardiente Torillo (Aiko Melendez). Emilia then takes matters into her own hands to protect their family’s reputation. Pls. turn to page 25.

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Erich Gonzales confirms split with Daniel Matsunaga


by: Kiko Escuadro

ew look si Erich Gonzales ng dumating ito para sa contract signing niya sa Kapamilya network. Dito naibahagi ni Erich ang mga dapat pang abangan sa kanyang career. “Sa ngayon po, may sinabi na (projects) pero siyempre hangga’t hindi pa po siguradong sigurado at hindi pa nasisimulan, kapag sure na po saka po namin ishe-share. Ako, palagi ko naman pong sinasabi na sana something na hindi ko pa nagagawa before, something na magchachallenge sa akin. Lagi po tayong open sa ganung klaseng proyekto,” bungad ni Erich. Kapansin pansin din ang malaking pagbabago sa look ngayon ni Erich, lalo na ang bagong hair do nito. “For a change po, fresh start, new beginnings po,” pahayag ng aktres sa media. Hindi rin naiwasang sagutin na ni Erich ang mga katanungan ng press tungkol sa relasyon nila ni Daniel Matsunaga at kung totoo ngang wala na sila. Emosyonal na nilinaw ng dalaga ang balitang ito. “It’s true po na we are not together anymore. It’s over. To be honest po, ayaw

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ko po sanang mag-detalye. I just want to move on. Hindi po kami nag-uusap. It’s not true that we are talking. Hindi po kami magkaibigan. Walang third party po,” pagsisiwalat ni Erich. Iginiit ng dalaga na walang third party na naging rason sa kanilang paghihiwalay. “Like what I said, ayaw ko na sana magdetalye pa. I just want to move on. I want to help myself so that’s what I’m doing now,” ani pa ng aktres. Sabi pa niya sa ngayon ay nasa proseso siya ng pag move on at nais niyang harapin ito ng may positibo at masaya. “I think I just have to accept na may mga bagay po talagang we cannot control. Life goes on.” Naitanong din kay Erich kung may kinalaman ba sa pera sa kanilang hiwalayan. “Tungkol sa pera, ayaw ko na po magdetalye tungkol diyan. Like what I said, I just really want to move on,” diin ni Erich Sa kabila nito kumukuha daw ngayon ng lakas ng loob ang dalaga sa


kanyang pamilya at mga kaibigan na hindi siya iniwan sa kabila ng kanyang pinagdaraanan. Of course, nandiyan po yung pamilya natin, mga kaibigan natin, yung mga supporters po natin. Thankful po ako dahil yung loyalty nila laging nandiyan. Siyempre po yung Diyos, siya naman po ang nakakaalam ng lahat.” Aminado naman ang aktres na umiwas talaga siya sa social media upang makaiwas na din sa mga komento na hindi nakakatulong sa kanyang pinagdaraanan. “For a time po. I don’t really read any comments na. People will believe what they want to believe. Like what I said, kami lang naman po talaga ang nakakaalam ng

totoo.” Kuwento pa ni Erich totoong nagbura siya ng mga larawan nila ni Daniel sa kanyang mga social media account na paraan aniya upang matulungan na rin ang sarili. “I deleted the photos. I unfollowed them (pamilya ni Daniel). I just want to help myself,” paliwanag ni Erich. Sa ngayon aminado si Erich dahil sa kanyang pinagdaraanan ay hindi pa siya handang tanggapin bilang kaibigan si Daniel Matsunaga. “Sa nararamdaman ko po ngayon, hindi po. I don’t want to say anything more. I just want to move on, I hope you understand,” pagtatapos na pahayag ni Erich.

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of the Ardientes and finds a home with Prianka Aguas (Priscilla Meirelles), who adopts and raises her like her own. Few years after, Lily finally returns to Poblacion Ardiente as the seductive and powerful Ivy (Salvador), who seeks revenge against the Ardientes. Everything will work out as planned, until she crosses paths with her long-lost friend, Diego Ardiente Torillo (Joseph Marco). Also joining the cast are Tirso Cruz III, RK Bagatsing, Vin Abrenica, Malou De Guzman, Ana Abad Santos, Arnold

Reyes and Izzy Canillo. The teleserye is directed by Onat Diaz, Raymond Ocampo, and Cathy Camarillo under R.S.B Unit headed by Ruel Bayani. How will Diego affect Ivy’s plans to avenge her family? Will justice finally be served for the death of her parents? Will forgiveness and love find its place in Ivy’s heart? Find out how Ivy will wrap them around her fingers in the upcoming TV series “Wildflower,” which will air via TFC. Its pilot episode will also be aired simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC online ( on February 13, 5:45 p.m. (Manila time). Catch up episodes are available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV. For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.


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ecently, I gave the Thanksgiving Prayer during the Renewal of Vows of Bro. Oscar and Sis. Enie Ruiz. In our Age of Disposables when five to ten years would be the average length of marriage before divorce, fifty-years is a miracle of grace! During the reception of the Ruiz couple, they hugged, they danced, they laughed. They were saying that romance is not just for the young. Bro. Oscar even carried Sis. Enie to the dance floor. At our table, one Pastor looked at his wife and said, “If I have to do that, you better be as slim as she is?” But a wife who was not so light told her husband who was not so heavy said, “Don’t worry, I will carry you.” The invitation said, “Renewal of Vows.” This can be confusing. The marriage contract did not expire. So what is there to renew? It was not a renewal of their marriage but of their vows to have and to hold till death do they part. To the couple, the event was a reaffirmation of making what was past ever-present. It was a public thanksgiving to God for preserving their marriage, their testimony to the faithfulness of God and their way of re-telling their love story. It was their witness to the parched and dying love life of others that God can rekindle the flame of love if they will not

Carla Abellana voted as Most Favorite Foreign Actress in Vietnam


ersatile Kapuso actress Carla Abellana has definitely captured the hearts of Vietnamese viewers as she was named “Most Favourite Foreign Actress” at Today TV’s Face of the Year Awards 2016 held last January 7. In her acceptance speech, the Kapuso actress expressed her gratitude to the award-giving body for the recognition and dedicated the award to her Filipino and Vietnamese fans and supporters. “Thank you very much to all the organizers and board members of the 2016 Face of the Year Awards most especially to the IMC and Today TV. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I would like to thank my home network back in the Philippines, GMA Network; my manager, Arnold Vegafria, and my handler and road manager who is here

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with me tonight, BenjGabitan.” “I thank all my Filipino supporters and most especially my Vietnamese fans for voting for me online. Thank you so much to all of you. If not for you, I wouldn’t be here tonight. I will surely treasure this prestigious award,” said Carla. A member of Vietnam’s Joint Media Corporation (IMC), Today TV is one of the first Vietnamese TV stations to air Filipino drama series. Three of Carla’s Kapuso shows—Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit, My Husband’s Lover and My Destiny— have become a hit among Vietnamese viewers, which made her a household name in the South East Asian country. Meanwhile, Carla will continue to charm her Vietnamese fans as her show, Because of You, will soon be aired on Today TV.


give up on each other. Of course, they had their own rainy days. But they refuse divorce to solve difficulties because they believe that marriage is a gift from God to enjoy, because of their love for and promise to each other and because they have faith that God will keep His promises to keep and bless them. God said “… the fire must be kept burning at the altar … it must not go out”(Lev. 6:9,13). The specific reference is to a burnt offering wherein the sacrificial animal is burned completely. It is a consecration offering of total selfsurrender to God. The love relationship between God and His people as symbolized by the “fire” is also to be reflected in the love-relationship of husband and wife. To keep the altar fire burning, it must be tended to daily – the ashes removed, the altar cleaned, and the fuel replenished. And so if the fire of marriage is to continue burning the husband and wife must not neglect their duties to each other. Marriage is hard work and vacation is not allowed. The couple must will and creatively work out their differences together. It is an act of justice, of faith, and of love. It is their accountability to God – the Author-Witness to their marriage. Ann and I celebrated 42 years of marriage in December. When we left the Lagoon that night at the Ruiz reception, we looked up to the Los Angeles night sky, littered with glittering stars. We held hands and quietly said, “we have all the years ahead of us.” Thank you Lord. Dr. Jun Vencer is the President of Global Transformation Ministries Inc., a member body of the Global DAWN Network. He concurrently serves as Vice President of Leadership Development and as the Asia Director of DAWN Ministries. He also serves as the Chairman.


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