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ANILA — The producer of the controversial film “Oro” said the production team is ready to face charges connected to the scene showing the killing of a dog. “Handa naman po kami, wala po kaming itatago. Ang nangyayari lang po ngayon sa dami ng nagsasalita, naghahalo na po ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, at handa po kaming harapin ng complaints sa amin. Kung kailangang ma-fine kami o mabigyan kami ng charges, irerespeto namin pero kailangan po, sabi nga nila, kailangang dumaan sa maayos na proseso at kailangan siyang dalhin sa korte kung kinakailangan,” Mark Shandii Bacolod told radio DZMM. Bacolod also apologized to those who were offended by the slaughter scene. “Gusto kong humingi ng tawad sa mga taong naging affected sa nangyari,” he said. According to Bacolod, they were merely filming an event in the community, where people usually feast on dog meat. “Wala po sa production team at sa artista ang nanakit sa aso or pumatay. Ang ina-admit po namin sa aming statement na inilabas ay totoo po na merong buhay na nawala, meron pong aso na namatay sa pelikula pero hindi po kami ‘yung pumatay sa aso. We were film-


ing a food fair, a cultural community na gumagawa noon,” he said. Bacolod added that his team didn’t realize it was illegal because they saw it as part of local tradition. “Dahil cultural siya at local... pina-practice po siya ng locals doon eh, hindi po namin naisip na kailangan po ng permit o kailangan ipagpaalam, o isa po itong illegal act dahil normal po sa kanila na kumain ng aso,” Bacolod said. Film Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño earlier said the team “lied” to her when they initially said that a goat was killed in place of the dog. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in a statement released on Facebook, has vowed legal action against director Alvin Yapan and his team. “PAWS is preparing to file criminal case against those who killed the dog and against the people who watched/ filmed the crime as it was happening and did nothing to stop it,” the group said. “Oro” has since been stripped of one of its awards amid questions over possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the course of its filming. The Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee has also decided to temporarily withdraw the film from cinemas.




Four boys, One girl… How can a girl choose only one?

Billie is thankful to Mariko played by Mika cousin, who has been her confidant and pilMariko is the daughter of Suzy (Tina Paner), twin sister of her mother Amelia. They had a tionship since they were young. In spite of tried her best to connect with her sister. She a singing trio together with Suzy and her riz played by Sheryl Cruz. However, Ameleave the group because she got pregnant Their group eventually disbanded. However, Billie and Mariko are very close unlike their mothers. Billie hat will happen if four equally handsome guys fall for one girl? How is the cheerleader of Mariko who is soft-spoken and shy. But their can that girl choose just one? Pls. turn to page 23. GMA Network makes the year’s first quarter an exciting time for all with the launch of the lighthearted, romantic drama Meant To Be, which will air worldwide beginning January 10 on GMA Pinoy TV. Beginning January 10, this series is all set to make Kapuso viewers’ believe that there is one person out there who is meant for you. In the primetime soap, Barbie Forteza is Billie, a typical millennial with issues in life. Her parents Wilton (Keempee de Leon) and Amelia (Manilyn Reynes) are not in good terms. Her brother Bats played by Sef Cadayona is jobless. So, she works hard to make ends meet for her family. She is strong, intelligent, and independent and Billie will stop at nothing to fulfil her priorities. Despite all these setbacks,




dela Cruz, her lar of strength. the fraternal strained relathis, Amelia even formed friend Beatlia had to with Bats.



Miss Universe 2016 teases possible performers for coronation night


Excited godmother Angel Locsin visited Chito Miranda and Neri Naig’s firstborn Miguel Alfonso. The couple posted Angel’s photo with their one-month old son on Instagram.



by: Kiko Escuadro

a pag-umpisa ng 2017, nag-umpisa na din ang Miss Universe Organization na magbigay ng iilang detalye ng 2016 Miss Universe pageant sa Pilipinas. Mula sa patikim sa naging advance publicity ng ilang mga kandidata bago magtapos ang 2016 na umikot sa ilang lugar sa bansa, mainit din na sinubaybayan ngayon ang maaring mga mag-perform sa araw ng coronation night. Sa kanilang Facebook page na 65th Miss Universe ay nagpahapiyaw ito na meron ngang international performer na darating para sa coronation night. Ayon naman sa mga spekulasyon matunog ang pangalan ng singer-songwriter na si Bruno Mars na may lahing Pinoy din. Kasama din sa mga matunog na pangalan ay Latin performer na si Ricky Martin. Samantala, naglalaro naman sa PhP 50,000 ang halaga ng VIP tickets na sinundan ng Lower Box A na PhP 25,800, PhP 23,800 naman ang sa Lower Box B, maglalaro naman sa PhP 4,800 ang Upper Box Section at PhP 2,000 para sa General Admission. 65TH Miss Universe Competition Sa ngayon nag-uumpisa na din na magkaubusan ng tickets simula ng ianunsyo ito ng MUO sa kanilang website. Inaasahan naman ang pagdating ng 90 official candidate mula sa iba’tibang bansa dalawang linggo bago ang coronation night sa January 30, 2017.

Does Piolo Pascual still want to quit showbiz?


by: Maureen Marie Belmonte

lmost two years after he talked about planning to quit showbiz, Piolo Pascual admitted that it’s now a far off idea. “Ayaw eh. Gusto ko sana kaso ayaw eh. So I’m just really grateful,” he said in an exclusive interview with Push. “Who am I to resist? I mean to refuse work or blessings. I’m just thankful that I’m still around. As long as the station needs me,” he continued. But the Ultimate Heartthrob, who is turning a year older next week, maintained that he still wants to take one day at a time so as to be able to “appreciate life better.” “I’ve been living in the fast lane. I want to be able to enjoy the people around me. And try to leave a good mark and just really enjoy,” he said. Aside from turning 40 this year, Piolo is also celebrating his 20th anniversary in the business. To mark this milestone, the actor’s fans can expect to his big screen comeback opposite Yen Santos titled Once in a Lifetime, which was partly shot in New Zealand, as well as, a new studio album. However, according to Piolo, he has a number of dream projects that he hopes to accomplish sooner than later. “I want to travel the region, just in case there’s a chance for me to showcase Filipino talents not just here but also abroad,” he said. Piolo believes that Filipino talents are on par with other global acts. “For me our market is the universe, our market is the world. So we should not be limited by our Filipino audience,” he said. On a personal level, the actor-singer still wishes to continue doing the things that he enjoys doing these days such as traveling, doing triathlons and marathons, and basically being a citizen of the world. How about staying on top of the business? “It’s not for me to say. Being in this business for a long time it’s a blessing already. To be on top, I mean that’s a sense of entitlement,” he said. He explained, “I’ll never hold on to something that is fleeting. As long as I know I’m enjoying my life and I’m able to do things that I enjoy doing, that’s okay by me.”



Coco Martin on Julia Montes-father reunion: I nearly cried

Ang Probinsyano” star Coco Martin said he was close to being overwhelmed with emotion as he saw the pictures of actress Julia Montes reuniting with her long-lost biological father. Montes, whom Martin has been romantically linked with, finally met her German birth father last month with the help of friends and fans. “Siyempre po napakasarap sa pakiramdam,” Martin told Push. “Sabi ko nga parang nakita ko nga lang yung mga pictures doon sa Instagram parang naiiyak na ako kasi alam ko kung gaano kahalaga ‘yun para sa kanya noong time na napagku-kwentuhan namin ‘yun. Kaya happy ako para sa kanya.” Montes was quoted to have said that her life would be complete if she could only meet her father, who left her family when she was still a baby. “Matagal ng pangarap ni Julia ‘yun e. Talagang ‘yun yung kulang sa buhay niya ang makilala ang father niya. Biruin niyo 21 years tapos never niya pang na-meet ang daddy niya. Finally nabalitaan namin through sa mga fans namin, sila gumawa ng way, sila ang humanap. Hanggang sa finally natupad yung pangarap niya.” Last December 27, Montes surprised many when she took to Instagram to share a photo of her and her biological dad, German national Martin Schnittka, sharing a hug. “Hindi ko aakalain na darating ang araw na ito na makikita at makakasama ko siya,” she wrote as the caption. And while the “Doble Kara” star did not go into specifics about the meet-up, it was reported that her father apologized to her for abandoning the family. Days after, the two were photographed enjoying a quick vacation in Batangas. Martin and Montes last worked together in the 2016 independent film “Padre de Familia.” They have repeatedly remained tight-lipped when asked about the status of their relationship.

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“ Lakwatsera ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi hanggang sa panaginip ko nakakarating ka

Nanay to anak.. ANAK:’Nay, sabi ng titser ko ang ina ay ILAW NG TAHANAN. Eh ano naman po ang tawag sa ama? INA: (Nabubuwisit) Sabihin mo sa ma’am mo, ang AMA ang taga-PUNDI NG ILAW!!!

********* “ Para kang alarm clock… BAKIT? Ginising mo ang natutulog kong puso!

Kano Sop Mahirap intindihin ang mga Kano kasi sa kanila ang malambot “SoP”, ang sabaw “SoP”, ang sabon “SoP” pa rin.

********* “ Google ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi lahat na ng hinahanap ko Nasa iyo na eh.

Wooden What would happen if you have a wooden car with wooden wheels, a wooden chair and a wooden engine? It wooden start!!!

********* “ Dalawang beses lang naman kitang nais makasama… BAKIT? … dahil Now and Forever ito *********** “ Para kang test paper, BAKIT? Nauubos ang oras ko kakatitig lang sa ‘yo. ********* “ Calculator ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi sa ‘yo pa lang, solved na ako. **********

Parang Exams ********* “ Bagay sa ‘yo maging amo… BAKIT? Inalila mo kasi ang puso ko… ********* “ Hindi na ko mahuhulog sa ‘yo… BAKIT? Kasi ‘pag kasama na kita, lumulutang na ako… **********

Para lagi sa akin ang bagsak mo. ************* ‘Pag ikaw ang kasama ko…Tinatamad na ako… BAKIT? Kase ang sarap magpahinga sa piling mo. ************* Alam mo gusto ko sanang mag pulis…. BAKIT? …para ikaw ang MOST WANTED KO! **********

“ Diabetic ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi i’m planning to be the sweetest person for you!

“ Bagyo ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi the moment you left… you leave my heart in the state of calamity

Ang sarap matulog. BAKIT? Dahil sa hinaba-haba man ng tulog ko IKAW pa rin ang dahilan ng pag-gising ko. :)




“ Nag-review ka na ba? BAKIT? Kasi mamaya, pasasagutin na kita.

“ Isang beses lang kita minahal… BAKIT? Dahil pagkatapos nun, hindi na natapos…

“ Dapat mo itong tandaan, Hindi lahat ng buhay ay buhay. BAKIT? Tulad ko, buhay pero patay na patay sayo.

********** “ Inii-SMALL ka ba nila… BAKIT? Inii-BIG naman kita ********* “Camera ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi tuwing nakikita kita Napapangiti ako.

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*********** “ Maghanda ka na ng salbabida… BAKIT? Kasi lulunurin kita sa pagmamahal ko. ************* Sana ulan ka at lupa na lang ako. BAKIT?


************* May kakambal ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi you’re in my heart, yet you’re in my mind. ************* Kung magiging subject ka… Gusto ko ikaw ang Pinakamahirap… BAKIT? Para sa ‘yo lang ako babag-

Boy: Uy! Ang gandang ngipin mo, ah?! Parang exams... Tony: Huh?!Bakit naman? Boy: Kasi... one seat apart.


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Some rules of dating according to Alex Gonzaga


ith a bestselling book under her belt, celebrity Alex Gonzaga dished out a couple of guidelines on dating when she visited ANC’s Headstart on Friday. First, she s a i d to truly know some-

She noted that the message has to have some cute details. “Pag nag-eemoji ‘yung guy sa iyo, he likes you. Kasi parang pag nagput ka ng emojis, parang nagpapacute ka e.” Fourth, don’t get drunk. Date is like a job interview. You don’t go drunk sa job interview mo kasi parang you want to get to know. Parang sa interview, you want na makilala nila ‘yung best self mo,” she said. But if one date does not work out, Gonzaga advised to simply stay within the guy’s radar. “If makita mo may common friends kayo, i-friend-friend mo ‘yun tapos pag nalaman mo na sinabi niya na hang out ako dito, dun ka,” she said. “Pero wag ka naman ‘yung papansin na, ‘Hi.’ Basta dun ka lang lagi sa radar niya. Tapos once in a while, magte-text ka. Kunwari may napag-usapan kayo,” she added. Learn more from Gonzaga in her newest book, “Dear Alex, We’re Dating. Tama, Mali?! Love, Catherine.”

one, dating should last from three to four months. She cautioned, people tend to put their “best foot forward” during the first couple of months and it takes that long for the real personality to be obvious. Second, dress to impress, she said. Kung sino ka talaga and kung saan ka comfortable, ‘yun ‘yung gawin mo, but always stay classy,” she said. She defined classy as the outfits that are not meant to be worn on the beach. “If you’re not on the beach, don’t wear that in the city,” she warned. Third, she said the guy must text right away 15 minutes after the first date. “Kasi ang guys if they really like you, they will book the next date agad,” she pointed out.

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Four boys, One girl… How can a girl choose only one? Continued from page 6. relationship and friendship will be put to the test when Billie meets four guys of different nationalities who will try and compete against each other to win her heart. Ivan Dorschner, plays the role of Ethan Spencer-Hughes. Ethan is the ideal-guy-slash-perfect-boyfriend. He is charming, romantic, and ultimately loyal. He comes back to the Philippines hoping to reconnect with his mom after his dad passed away who left him with a huge amount of inheritance. Addy Raj breathes life to the role of Jai Patel - a man from Mumbai whose life resembles to a Bollywood film. He’s hyper, friendly, and he does not take life seriously, not even with girls. Jak Roberto is Macoy dela Cruz, the only pure-blooded Filipino in the group. Among the boys, Macoy is the only one who comes from a middle-class family. He’s shy and just follows what he is told to do. And lastly, Ken Chan is the Filipino-Chinese Yuan Lee, a hot-headed guy with lots of angst and frustrations in life. He’s an illegitimate son of a Chinese business man and even as a kid, he

has always tried to live up to his father’s standards but he always fail. He becomes rebellious against his father and turns his attention to sports. As destiny would have it, all four will eventually fall in love with Billie and their friendship will be jeopardized. Cultures will clash and various problems will arise in their respective families and love lives. How will the four boys compete for the love of one girl and how can that girl choose just one? Joining Billie, Ethan, Jai, Macoy, and Yuan in this rollercoaster ride will be a roster of actors known for their acting prowess: That’s Entertainment’s Triplets, Manilyn Reynes as Amelia, Sheryl Cruz as Beatriz, and Tina Paner as Lucy; Keempee de Leon as Winston; and Sef Cadayona as Bats with the special participation of Ms. Gloria Romero as Lola Madj with Stephanie Sol as Cacai, Zymic Jaranilla as Toti, and for her first GMA Netwrok drama, Mika dela Cruz as Mariko. Meant To Be is a product of

Are you making more money but saving less?


ave you ever wondered why you seem to be saving less even if you are making more money? If so, you’re not the only one with this problem. Just read the news about celebrities, both in the Philippines and abroad, who have debt problems despite their huge paychecks, and you’ll know why

having a higher income does not translate to more savings. If you’ve received a salary increase in the past few years, you should have also increased your savings proportionately. Most financial experts say that you should be saving anywhere from 10

percent to 20 percent of your income--the higher your income goes, the higher this amount should become. However, savings are not often top of mind for most people whenever they see an increase in income. Instead, they think about acquisitions or upgrading their lifestyle first. Examine yourself: you’ve probably thought about how your expanded purchasing power means more shopping sprees or restaurant visits. Sometimes, increased spending creeps into your daily routine so quietly that you hardly notice its effect on your savings. Perhaps, your twice weekly coffee shop visits have become a daily habit, in the process eating up your entire salary increase. Or maybe, you are spending your increase on monthly amortizations on a new car. Unfortunately, this new spending sometimes outpaces income growth. As a result, your savings remain stagnant or worse, you end up in debt. Over the long term, lack of attention to your spending habits could become obstacles to your long-term financial health. Here are seven tips on where to

the visionary mind of Palanca Awardee Renei Dimla (concept creator and head writer); under the tutelage of the Creative Team headed by Roy Iglesias (Creative Director), Jake Tordesillas (Primetime Slot 3 Block Head), Agnes GageloniaUligan (Primetime 3 Head), under the capable supervision of the Production team of GMA Drama headed by Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable (SVP For ETV), Ms. Redgie Magno (VP For Drama), Ms. Cheryl Ching-Sy (AVP for Drama), Ms. Hazel Felizmenio

start saving, especially if you recently enjoyed an increase in your monthly income. 1. Pay yourself first. Before you pay anything else, pay yourself first, that is set aside an amount for your savings. Try to go for at least 20 percent for savings. If you got a P1,000 increase per month, then set aside P200 of this for savings alone. Better yet, you could save more than this for savings alone, while earmarking as little as pos-

Abonita (Program Manager) and Ms. Lani Sandoval (Executive Producer). Under the direction of LA Madridejos, catch Meant To Be beginning January 10 on GMA Pinoy TV. Get the latest updates about MEANT TO BE from the official website of GMA Network and official Facebook page w w w. f a c e GMANetwork.

sible for other expenses. 2. Build a savings fund. If you still haven’t started a savings fund, then it is time to do so. Set up a separate account where you can regularly put funds. Better yet, set up an automatic transfer agreement whereby funds are transferred into your savings account each payday. This keeps you from dipping into your savings for whimsical buys. 3. Look into long-term investments. Instead of spending your salary increase, put all of this into an investment fund. There are many funds out there for retail investors, and you can work out an arrangement with your bank so that your salary increase automatically goes into these funds. Mutual funds and UITFs are good funds to start with. 4. Live within your means. Whatever amount you make, living within your means is the cornerstone of

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he top 10 New Year’s resolutions are usually to lose weight, eat more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save money, get more organized, be more patient, find a better job and to just be a better person over all.

Robert Burns wrote it in 1788. Though most people do not know the words to Auld Lang Syne, the overall message is that people

It’s common belief behind lighting up fireworks in some countries on New Year’s Day is that it not only illuminates the sky but also dispels bad spirits and unpleasant memories of the past. Many people ring in New Year’s by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of

Only around 40% of us will even make a resolution. While nearly all of those vows err on the side of improvement (e.g. start exercising, improve your finances, quit smoking), the 8th most common resolution is to get along better with someone else, according to a 2012 Harris poll. So what’s the number one New Year’s resolution? Weight loss (duh). have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close in their hearts.

It was Auld Lang Syne, a song traditionally sung at the end of New Year’s parties. Poet

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Historians reckon that the New Year’s kiss is derived from either German and English folklore (it was a tradition in both). Both customs contended this: the first person you encounter in a new year will set that year’s tone. So, if the person you encounter likes you enough to make out with you, things are looking pretty good. Or maybe you’re just looking pretty good.


sparkling wine during this time. The bubbly stuff dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented. People in countries like Mexico, Bolivia and Italy also follow a weird New Year tradition of wearing red underwear on the eve of the New Year. It is said to bring good

luck for the entire year, while yellow underwear is also worn on the New Year’s Day as it symbolizes money. Did you know that New Year’s Day is the oldest celebrated holiday? The Babylonians began celebrating New Year’s Day on March 23, around 2000 BC. The end of March was the logical choice for the New Year because it’s the beginning of spring and it’s also when new crops are planted. The Babylonians festivities would last eleven days, and each day was celebrated differently. In years to come, the Romans continued celebrating New Year’s Day at the end of March, but with every new emperor came change and soon the festivities were celebrated on January 1st. This date has no special significance; it was completely random. The month of January was placed at the beginning of the yearly calendar because of the mythical god Janus (the god with two faces: one looked forward into the future, and the other looked backward over the past). He was the guardian of doors and entrances, so naturally he oversaw the New Year’s beginning. After Julius Caesar established the Julian Calendar, January 1st was officially established as the New Year.

Are you making more money... Continued from page 25. financial health. This means accepting that your current lifestyle may not exactly be financed by your current income. Set a budget that covers both savings and your expenses. Make the necessary tweaks to stay within budget--sometimes, minor adjustments such as turning off the air-conditioning earlier or going on less night-outs are all you need to do. 5. Examine your spending patterns. To save, you have to know exactly where you can cut costs. Start by looking at your bank account,

credit card statements, and bills to know where you spend the most on. With this information, you can have a better idea if there is a need to adjust any area of your life so that your spending can be brought down to reasonable levels.. 6. Cut down debt. Are you spending a lot on interest payments? Resolve to

manage your credit wisely and rationalize spending. If you are heavily into debt, use as much of your salary increase as you can to pay it off, so that you can bring down interest expenses and take one step closer to financial health. 7. Downsize or downgrade. Despite your increased spending power with your salary increase, it is a good idea to downsize or downgrade your lifestyle, with the goal of increasing savings. You may consider moving to a more affordable house (if you are renting one), cutting your entertainment expenses, or selling those gadgets you hardly use, with the intention of saving more. Downgrading can help improve your cash flow and can help you maximize savings in the long run. Remember a salary increase doesn’t give you carte blanche to start living a luxurious life. Use the additional money to save more to ensure a comfortable future for yourself and your family when you one day retire. ARTISTA WINNIPEG january 2017 ISSUE

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Star Cinema opens 2017 with “Extra Service” set to screen in key cities worldwide via TFC@theMovies Arci Muñoz, Coleen Garcia, and Jessy Mendiola triple the excitement and showcase the value of teamwork in the sizzling comedy-action film “Extra Service”


tar Cinema and Skylight Films open 2017 with a bang as the sexy actioncomedy film, “Extra Service,” brings together three of today’s hottest Kapamilya actresses Arci Muñoz, Jessy Mendiola and Coleen Garcia in the opening salvo screening in key cities worldwide via TFC@theMovies starting January 13. The movie, helmed by Chris Martinez, the director behind the hit comedy films “Kimmy Dora And The Kyemeng Prequel” and writer of the two installments of “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” multiplies the excitement as it presents Munoz, Garcia and Mendiola in a movie that shows that ‘girl power’ can defy the odds. “Extra Service,” written by the writer of the highest-grossing local film in history “The Super Parental Guardians” Alpha Habon, is a story about three female ex-convicts Aw (Muñoz), Em (Garcia) and Gee (Mendiola), who due to their criminal records, have a hard time finding a job. Faced with this dilemma, Aw, Em and Gee have no other choice but to work in a spa as masseuses. However, unknown to their clients,

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theirs is only a day job because at night, they transform as secret agents: Aw is Kapitana, Em is Maldita, and Gie is Henya. “When you ask for ‘Extra Service’ you are actually asking for their service as secret agents,” explains Habon about the title of the film. As secret service agents, they encounter a mission that will cost them their lives and freedom - they must retrieve the three most important pearls of the country that are collectively called “Perlas ng Silangan (Pearl of the Orient).” Using their inner strength, anchoring on their individual experiences and coming together as one team, Aw, Em and Gee try to achieve their mission. Muñoz, Garcia and Mendiola underwent mixed martial arts training, under coach Erwin Tagle, for their intensive fight scenes in the film. “Ang daming eksena na talagang pinaghirapan namin, pinaghirapan nilang lahat especially nitong tatlong girls namin (We, especially the girls worked hard for a lot of scenes,” Martinez said about the lead stars. “Seryoso sila sa pinagdaanan nilang fight scenes, but at the same time extra rin ang pagpapatawa (In terms of


the fight scenes, they were serious about the training. But at the same time, they poured in the same kind of effort in terms of the comedy.” While it was not a walk in the park, Mendiola says she welcomed the film because it fulfilled her dream of doing an action film. “This is something new. Matagal ko na kasi gustong mag-action and nabigyang buhay naman siya (I wanted to do action for the longest time and now, this dream has been fulfilled,” she says. As for Garcia, she admits being hesitant in accepting the project because she hasn’t done a comedy stint before. “Hindi talaga ako nagko-comedy, wala akong experience diyan. Mahiyain pa ako in front of people (I don’t do comedy because I don’t have the experience. I am also quite reserved)” she explains. “Pero nang nalaman kong si Direk Chris ang director nakampante ako kasi magaling naman talaga siyang direktor (However, when I found out that Direk Chris was the director, I accepted the project because I knew he was a good director),” Garcia ends. Despite the fact that “Extra Service” is a sexy comedy-ac-

tion film, Muñoz, Garcia, and Mendiola all agree that their film’s most important lesson is the value of team work. “Kung wala ‘yong isa, hindi rin kami tatayo. May it be family or work or friendship, a team is a team (Things won’t work in family, work or friendships if you don’t function as a team),” Mendiola elaborates. The film also stars Tessie Tomas, Carmi Martin, Ejay Falcon, Enzo Pineda and Vin Abrenica. Find out how the team work of Aw, Em and Gee will lead them to their freedom in the sexy comedy-action film “Extra Service” as it screens on the following dates and in key cities worldwide via TFC@theMovies: U.S. and Canada on January 13 and Papua New Guinea on January 19. For more updates about the film, visit; www.tfc-ca. com/exse or TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @ K a pamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.


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his morning, as usual, I woke up early to do my reading and prayer. In the monastery of my mind, I would like to be in the presence of God. Yet, somehow, I hear and inner voice saying, ”I really don’t like that.” You see, to be in the presence of God, the One who knows all about my thoughts and deeds, I feel uncomfortable. In His presence, I can’t compare myself with others and feel good, even believe that I am better or better off than they. In His presence, there is no hiding. One cannot cover pretenses before God who commands, “walk before me blameless” (Gen. 17:1). He demands a new way of life, coramdeo, before His very face moment by moment. Accomplishments are no defenses. I have, as Paul says, “fallen short of His glory.” Then I glanced beyond my window. The morning mist makes the lawn look greener. The morning dews still glisten on the leaves of grass like diamonds against the breaking of the morning sun. Somehow, from Scriptures leaped out the words of God – new creation, new birth, new beginning. God is always in the business of doing something new! We were called to serve Him full time as ministers. Where? That is not mine to decide. It is always God’s.

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What God gave us is a promise that wherever, whenever, whatever may be the circumstances of place or nature of assignment, He will always be “I AM WHO I AM” to us. Metaphysical rhetoric? What does this name mean? Translated in its simplicity, God is saying I AM THE ONE WHO WILL BE THERE WITH YOU. You will not be alone. I will never leave nor forsake you. I will be with you always. This is our God. Promise maker, promise keeper. Lewes Smedes once wrote: “If you have a ship you will not desert, if you have a people you will not forsake, if you have causes you will not abandon, then you are like God.” He cannot unlove because He is love. He proved this on the cross of Calvary. I realized like the certainty of dawn coming each day that there is nothing – not my doubts, my failures, my inadequacies - can make God abandon me, my marriage, my family, my ministry. He will keep His promises because of His grace and mercy, His steadfast love. I went back to my study and reflection only, by then, humming “In the power of your love.” I believe and am empowered by the power of God’s promises. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will remain and His promises true. It is this power of promise – I AM THE ONE WHO WILL BE THERE WITH YOU - that gives me the hope to keep on going on, to dance the dance of faith, to soar with wings like the eagle. 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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