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VOLUME XvI NO. 3 | February 1-15, 2018 | WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

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ANILA - A group of Chinese inmates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa have started to supply drugs both inside and outside the detention facility, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.

The group was not among those previously monitored by the agency, PDEA Intelligence chief Jigger Montallana told the House correctional reforms sub-committee. new, 22

House OKs bill legalizing church-sanctioned annulment

MANILA, Philippines — An overwhelming majority of the House of Representatives approved Monday night the proposed law that would make it easier for couples to avail themselves of the simpler and less costly process of church annulment without going through judicial litigation. house, 22

A worker uses a carabao to scrape fresh sand from a riverbed for quarrying as Mayon Volcano simmers in the background on Tuesday in Sto. Domingo, Albay. Mayon continues to spew volcanic materials but has been relatively quiet after a week of intense emissions several times a day last week. (Jonathan Cellona)

Philippine TV’s Daytime Queen Jodi Sta. Maria portrays dual character for the first time in “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso” entertainment -7

“Pasasalamat” Awarding at The Hilton community -21

Harden’s historic night: 60-point triple-double sports - 19

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DOH mulls own autopsy of Dengvaxia victims MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to conduct its own autopsy of children who died after receiving Dengvaxia shots, Secretary Francisco Duque III said yesterday. Duque said that if the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) would share the results of its autopsy, the DOH might not proceed with the plan. He said that DOH Undersecretary Eric Domin-

go requested PAO last week to “share information,” but they have yet to receive its response. “I’m sure there’s going to be some complementation (on the) findings. Remember, PAO’s investigation is essentially the autopsy, its forensic examination, whereas the UP-PGH panel is doing review and audit of clinical charts,” Duque said. The health chief was referring to experts of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), which was tapped by the DOH to look into the medical records of children who died after getting the antidengue shots. The panel was tasked to determine if the deaths were due to the vaccine and how these were connected. Duque said they asked the UP-PGH panel to also conduct autopsy when needed, and that they are still looking forward to working together with PAO. Philstar

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PNP bought 48 dogs worth P511,600 each instead of body cameras MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday said that the Philippine National Police could have acquired body cameras it could use in its antidrug operations if it prioritized these over half-a-million-peso bomb-sniffing dogs. According to Recto, the police omitted the body cameras in their request despite the public clamor for cops to wear them during sting operations and chose instead to procure 48 bomb-sniffing dogs which cost P511,672 each. Recto said that Congress authorized P334 million in the 2018 national budget for the police to acquire new body cameras which could be worn during their operations. He urged Camp Crame to expedite the procurement of the cameras and check other items that the police would need for its operations, as budgets for these were already programmed in the 2018 General Appropriations Act. “There’s also P100 million for CCTVs. Also up for procurement are 160 cars, 308 motorcycles, 20 special purpose vehicles, 19 boats, 10,000 sidearms, 5,000 long firearms, among other capital outlay items,” Recto added. The PNP on Monday relaunched its “knock and plead”

odd news Urgent bathroom need leads man to $1 million lottery jackpot Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A California man said his urgent need for a bathroom break led him to the store where he bought a $1 million winning lottery ticket. Vincent Anchondo told California Lottery officials the call of nature led him to stop at the Rotten Robbie store in San Jose where, having satisfied his body’s needs, he bought a $10 California Black Premium Scratchers ticket. The scratch-off earned him a free ticket, so he used it for a $10 Holiday Magic Scratchers, which won him a $1 million jackpot. “I sat there for a long time staring at it because I wasn’t sure if what I was seeing was real,” he said. “I kind of froze.” Anchondo said he realized the ticket was real, so he did what the lottery recommends: “The first thing I did was grab a pen and sign the back.” Anchondo said he is hoping to use some of his winnings to buy a house. The Rotten Robbie store received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

anti-illegal drugs campaign which was severely hounded in the past by allegations of human rights abuses by cops. In relaunching the campaign, locally known as “Oplan Tokhan,” the PNP adjusted its guidelines and provided fresh directives to cops as they conducted President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship anti-drugs campaign. Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo) said that the adjustments in the campaign showed that it used a “flawed” strategy when it began. “We welcome the adjustments made, and hope that these will be strictly implemented; however, we do not

fail to recognize the damage the previous version of Tokhang has done,” Alejano said, adding that modifications should have been done long ago. He said that people should remain critical of the program which he said was still Tokhang “after all.” Recto said that the PNP had P132.3 billion budget for 2018, and more than 86 percent of this would go to the pay and allowances of its 181,355 personnel. Recto said that P1.9 billion of the close to P5.6 billion allotted for police modernization was released in August last year by the Department of Budget and Management based on the purchase list by the PNP.Philstar

Roque: Duterte administration not behind spread of ‘fake news’

MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday stressed that the administration does not sponsor the spread of “fake news” to advance its agenda. “For sure and to be clear, fake news as is known today should find no place as a matter of governmental policy. Enlightened citizens should be able to pick out chaff from grain and appreciate what good journalism is about,” Roque said in a statement. He said this as he sought to clarify his statement in his Jan. 8 briefing where he said: “Kung walang fake news, hindi natin malalaman kung ano iyong true news (If there is no fake news, we will not know what true news is).” “What I said earlier that

without fake news we would not know what is true news should not be taken as governmental encouragement of fake news. Far from it,” he said. The administration has been criticized for allegedly using socalled online “trolls” to spread “fake news” aimed at opposition figures and to intimidate critical voices. The issue was the subject of a Senate hearing on Tuesday, where press freedom advocates attributed the proliferation of “fake news” to President Rodrigo Duterte and administration officials. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa called out the Duterte government’s move of “weaponizing” the internet to silence critics and spread “fake news” as “patriotic trolling.”

Rappler boss condemns ‘patriotic trolling’ on social media Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas, meanwhile, said “fake news” in the country is primarily spread by Duterte himself. Veteran journalist says Duterte is top purveyor of ‘fake news’; Andanar reacts “Fake lies are concocted to deceive the public. They confuse the public, disempower them from making informed decisions,” she said. “And the worrisome part of this is that most of the sources of disinformation is being perpetuated by government officials on taxpayers’ money. And the number one source of fake news is President Duterte himself,” Tordesillas added.-Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

For Sale sign warns buyers: ‘Neighbor is an [expletive] hole’ Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A British Columbia man’s “Home for Sale” sign includes a bluntly honest explanation for why his family is moving: “Because Neighbor is an [expletive] hole.” Kane Blake said he and his family love most of the aspects of the Kelowna neighborhood they have called home for the past five years, but they decided to move due to a campaign of harassment from a neighbor. Blake said the man has been sending police and bylaw officers to his home for frivolous and unpredictable reasons on a regular basis for years. Blake said he recently caught the neighbor taking pictures of his home. “My kids won’t even walk to school, they’re terrified,” he told the Kelowna Capital News. “We’re sort of being forced to sell our home, unfortunately, due to the stress and everything that is being brought from a resident in the area,” Blake told Global News. He said he has tried talking to officials, but they offered no help. “I was already dealing with bylaw this morning, on two separate things,” he said. “They don’t go away and neither does the RCMP, they may as well put the detachments in our neighborhood.” Blake said the sign has led to some interest in buying the house. “It’s a gorgeous neighborhood,” he said. “It’s just a few issues that need to be dealt with. I’m sure at some point in time -- I don’t know when -- but I’m sure they’ll be dealt with.” “Personally, I’m done being bullied in this neighborhood so I’m going to sell and maybe the next person will have better luck than me,” Blake said.

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Facebook admits social media threat to democracy

WASHINGTON, United States - Facebook acknowledged Monday that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for “good.” The comments from the world’s biggest social network were its latest response to intense criticism for failing to stop the spread of misinformation among its two billion users -- most strikingly leading up to the 2016 US election. In a blog post, Facebook civic engagement chief Samidh Chakrabarti said he was “not blind to the damage that the internet can do to even a wellfunctioning democracy.” “In 2016, we at Facebook were far too slow to recognize how bad actors were abusing our platform,” he said. “We’re working diligently to neutralize these risks now.” The post -- one in a series dubbed “hard questions” -- was part of a high-profile push by Facebook to reboot its image, including with the announcement last week that it would let users “rank” the trustworthiness of news sources to help stem the flow of false news. “We’re as determined as ever to fight the negative influences and ensure that our platform is unquestionably a source for democratic good,” said Katie Harbath, Facebook’s head of global politics and government outreach, in an accompanying statement.

Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, faces global scrutiny for facilitating the spread of bogus news -- some of it directed by Russia -- ahead of the US election, the Brexit vote and other electoral battles. The social network has concluded that Russian actors created 80,000 posts that reached around 126 million people in the United States over a twoyear period. “It’s abhorrent to us that a nation-state used our platform to wage a cyberwar intended to divide society,” Chakrabarti said. “This was a new kind of threat that we couldn’t easily predict, but we should have done better. Now we’re making up for lost time,” he said. Chakrabarti pointed at Facebook’s pledge last year to identify the backers of political advertisements -- while also stressing the need to tread carefully, citing the example of rights activists who could be endangered if they are publicly identified on social media. He also elaborated on the decision to let Facebook’s users rank the “trustworthiness” of news sources, saying: “We don’t want to be the arbiters of truth, nor do we imagine this is a role the world would want for us.” While acknowledging concerns over the rise of “echo chambers,” he argued that “the best deterrent will ultimately be a discerning public.”-Agence



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Oops: Guests invited to Trump’s State of the ‘Uniom’ speech #HASHTAG WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s misspellings have become legendary—”covfefe,” anyone?—but a glaring typo on tickets for the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday has some lawmakers crying for spell check. Tickets to the prime-time speech before a joint session of Congress were printed inviting lawmakers and guests to the State of the “Uniom,” lawmakers and officials said Monday. “Just received my ticket for the State of the Union. Looks like @BetsyDeVosED was in charge of spell checking... #SOTUniom,” tweeted House Democrat Raul Grijalva, referring to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has advocated policies that critics say undermine the public education system. Grijalva’s tweet also included a photograph of the offending ticket. The White House is not responsible for the error. The printing is overseen by the Sergeant at Arms of the US House of Representatives, whose office on Monday acknowledged the snafu. “There was a misprint on the ticket,” a Sergeant at Arms spokesman told AFP. “It was corrected immediately, and our office is redistributing the tickets.” But not before a few law-

makers got some ribbing in. “Looking forward to tomorrow’s State of the Uniom,” tweeted Republican Senator Marco Rubio. The internet also got its digs in: On the spelling front, Trump has been a presidential trailblazer. He has routinely posted tweets containing errors, including one on the day after his January 20, 2017 inauguration, in which he wrote he was “honered” to serve as the nation’s 45th president.-AFP


‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ trailer reveals new plot details about the return of the Kaiju

A new Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer has been released and it reveals new plot details about the return of the fearsome Kaiju. At the end of the original film, directed by Guillermo del Toro, the Jaegars has managed to stop the Kaiju from coming through the Breach, by destroying it, however Pentecost (Idris Elba) lost his life in the process. The new film sees John Boyega take the lead as Pentacost’s son Jake, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. However, he discovers that the Kaiju’s return

was aided by someone on earth and so gears up once again to help his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), and her fresh team of pilots to lead the fight against this new uprising. Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny join the team as pilot Lambert and Jaeger hacker Amara with Charlie Day and Burn Gorman back as Dr. Newt Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb. The movie’s release date has been pushed back significantly. It was originally meant to be released in April 2017 but it was then pushed back to August, then to February 23, 2018, and now it will be in cinemas on March 23, 2018. (Hanna Flint)


What’s the BUZZ? February 1-15, 2018


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of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) Vice Chairman Edgardo Castro; ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs and Public Relations (GCA and PR) Head Nerissa Fernandez; COMELEC Office for the Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) Director III Atty. Genevieve Guevarra; GCA and PR Associate Marianne Ferrer - de Vera; COMELEC OFOV’s Atty V. Lee Ann Buenconsejo; GCA and PR Specialist Jocelyn Jimenez and DFA OVS Desk / Information Officer for Middle East and Africa Luiz Carlos Osorio at the main office of DFA along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

ABS-CBN TFC, DFA, COMELEC, CFO and OWWA to pursue new global campaigns for overseas Filipinos in 2018–2019 QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, January 22, 2018 --- The registration for the 2019 Philippine National elections has gone into full swing and key agencies catering to overseas Filipinos are preparing to launch new global campaigns. In relation to this, officers from ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA – OVS), the Commission on Elections Office for Overseas Voting (COMELEC – OFOV), Com-

mission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and Overseas Workers’ Welfare and Administration (OWWA) met this January to work on these campaigns that strengthen Filipino democracy and present a more positive narrative of the global Filipino migration. Partners since 2013 for the overseas voting campaign DFA – OVS, COMELEC - OFOV and TFC - the flagship brand of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., the organization that oversees all international subsidiaries of the

Philippines’ largest media and entertainment network, ABSCBN Corporation - are looking at renewing ties to significantly increase the number of overseas Filipino registrants and voters. Since the launch of the overseas voting registration in December 2017, new OV registrants have reached 388,370 or 43% of the 900,974 target of the foreign service, according to data from DFA. With push from TFC, the DFA and COMELEC

ABS-CBN GCA and PR Head Nerissa Fernandez; CFO Management Information Systems Division (MISD) Division Chief Allen Dennis Pulma; Project Management Division (PMD) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Marita Appattad; Over-all Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Regina Galias; Migrant Integration and Education Division (MIED) OIC Ivy Miravalles; Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD) OIC Rodrigo Garcia; ABSCBN Global GCA and PR Associate Marianne Ferrer - de Vera and PR Specialist Jocelyn Jimenez at the CFO office in Quirino Highway, Manila.

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ABS-CBN Global GCA and PR Specialist Jocelyn Jimenez, Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Josefino Torres; Administrator Hans Cacdac; GCA and PR Head Nerissa Fernandez; Policy and Program Development Office Director II Andrelyn Gregorio; GCA and PR Associate Marianne Ferrer - de Vera; and OWWA Advocacy and Social Marketing Head Cynthia Erum

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teams hope to achieve their target once again. According to DFA press releases in 2015 to 2017 as well, the overseas voting campaigns generated out of the partnerships - “Boto Mo Kinabukasan ng Bawat Filipino” and “#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH” - earned the network as well as the two agencies recognition from the prestigious PR Society of the Philippines (PRSP) Anvil Awards (Silver in 2015 and Gold in 2017) and International

Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines Quill Awards (Excellence in 2017). Meantime, the DFA OVS and COMELEC call on all Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad from April 13 to May 13, 2019 and who will be at least 18 years old on May 13, 2019, and not otherwise disqualified by law, to register as overseas voters at all Philippine Foreign Service Posts including the three (3) Manila Economic and Cultural Offices (MECO) in Taiwan and including the DFA satellite offices in Manila; Office of Consular Affairs Oceana, Macapagal Avenue in Paranaque City; SM Manila; Robinsons Galleria in Pasig City; Metro Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa; the CFO office in Manila; OWWWA Training Center Intramuros in Manila; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Mandaluyong City; and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in Manila before September 30, 2018. For an updated list, interested parties can visit or Meantime, CFO and TFC, perennial partners since 2011, are studying the possibility of working together again in the areas of migration policy, planning, information, and education. Key areas for collaboration include the “Global Summit for Filipinos in the Diaspora”, the financial literacy program Peso Sense, social development assistance Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Program, government agency services portal BaLinkbayan, youth-focused Philippine Schools Overseas (FSOs) and reintegration program YouLeaD-Lakbay Aral. Meantime, for inquires and assistance, CFO can be reached via For the transient Filipinos composed mostly of the overseas Filipino workers, TFC and OWWA are pursuing talks in the areas of social benefits, education and training assistance, workers’ welfare assistance program & social services and family welfare services including for the Model OFW Family Year Award (MOFYA). Present during the meeting were Deputy Administration Josefino Torres; Policy and Program Development Office Director II Andrelyn Gregorio and ASMD Head Cynthia Erum, who were joined shortly by Administrator Hans Cacdac. OWWA can be reached via or Philippine Overseas Labor and Employment Offices (POLO) in each area.

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Philippine TV’s Daytime Queen Jodi Sta. Maria portrays dual character for the first time in “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso” QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, January 25, 2018 --- Three of the biggest stars from the Filipino entertainment industry today - Robin Padilla, Richard Yap, and Jodi Sta. Maria - stage one of the biggest comebacks on Philippine television as they team up for the first time and star in ABS-CBN’s newest teleserye, “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso”, which can be seen outside the Philippines via The Filipino Channel (TFC) beginning January 29 (Manila time) and streaming simulcast its airing on ABS-CBN via TFC online (www.TFC. tv) in key countries worldwide. Sta. Maria is thrilled to be playing dual roles for the first time. “While it was not an easy task for me, I’m excited to do this”, she says about her role. “This is one of the most challenging roles I have ever done in my career”, the actress adds. Also, from their hit morning series “Be Careful with my Heart” that aired back in 2012, Daytime Queen and

King Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap reunite on television with new roles that will again endear themselves viewers. In an interview with ABS-CBN news program “TV Patrol,” Richard Yap shared that he was thrilled when he found out that he will be working with Jodi Sta. Maria again for another project. “I’ve always wanted to do another show with Jodi because she is fun to be with and she is a great actress”, he said. Meantime, fresh from the success of his blockbuster movie “Unexpectedly Yours,” Robin Padilla finally stages his soap opera comeback after his last stint in “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” in 2013. Familiar with the massive following of the JoChard loveteam, the Idol ng bayan Bayan opted to formalize things between him and Richard Yap. “I went to Papa Chen (Richard Yap) and asked permission if I can join them,” Robin Padilla revealed. He also

jested, “I have been watching them since I was a kid and I’m amazed by Jodi Sta Maria’s beauty.” “Sana Dalawa ang Puso” follows the story of Lisa and Mona (both portrayed by Sta. Maria), two different people with identical faces but are both facing big ordeals in their lives. Lisa is known to be a strict and hardworking boss in their family business, the Laureano Group of Companies. However, her world suddenly turns upside down when her father, Juancho Laureano (Christopher de Leon), betrothed her to their rival’s son, Martin Co (Richard Yap). For her to be able to run away from the responsibility, she decides to hide and live with one of their workers, Leo Tabayoyong (Robin Padilla). Her doppelganger Mona, on the other hand, who works as a collector of bets in cockfights, is struggling to save his father from peril after the latter got involved in a networking scam.

What will happen when the two cross paths? Will they be able to solve each other’s problems? “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso” is produced by Star Creatives, the production group behind successful series like “Lobo,” “Imortal,” “Got to Believe,” “Pangako Sa Yo,” “Forevermore,” “Dolce Amore,” “Pusong Ligaw,” and “A Love to Last,” and “La Luna Sangre.” Witness the complicated love stories unfold outside the Philippines starting January 29 (Manila time) via (TFC with a premiere streaming simulcast its Philippine airing via TFC online (www. in key countries worldwide. Catch up episodes also available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV in key countries worldwide. For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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Bruno Mars sweeps the Grammys, winning song, album of the year

NEW YORK — Bruno Mars went six for six at the Grammys, winning all of the awards he was nominated for with his energetic and upbeat ‘90s-inspired R&B album. Mars won album of the year for “24K Magic,” record of the year for the title track, and song of the year for the No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like,” on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “Oh my God. Thank you guys so much. Wow,” said Mars. “I’d like to dedicate this award to (songwriters like Babyface, Teddy Riley Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis).” Mars acknowledged fellow nominees in the album of the year category, including Jay-Z, Lorde and Childish Gambino. Mars says, “You guys are the reason I’m in the studio pulling my hair out.” Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight, walked away empty handed. He lost in the rap categories to Kendrick Lamar, who won five awards, including best rap album for “DAMN.” and best rap song for “HUMBLE.” He has a career total of 12

Grammys. Mars urged the Grammy Awards to not play him off the stage as the show had during one of his earlier wins, but the music did come up toward the end of his speech. “My father, if you’re watching this, I love you,” said Mars. “This is for the fans.” Mars beamed as he accepted the awards and thanked a group of men he said helped him create the song. He also won for best R&B song and best R&B performance for “That’s What I Like,” and best R&B album for “24K Magic.” Earlier, he gave an energetic and colorful performance of “Finesse” with breakthrough rapper Cardi B. Mars has now won 11 career Grammys. Mars will perform in Manila on May 3 and 4 as part of his “24K Magic” world tour. Mars’ mother, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, was of Filipino and Spanish ancestry. She emigrated from the Philippines as a child and grew up in Hawaii. — Reports from Associated Press

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Keeping the promise to improve the Live-in Caregiver Program

HE Manitoba nominee program is the sole reason for Manitoba’s growth in immigration numbers for the past 15 years and the stats will clearly show that. There is no community that has grown more as a direct result of the program’s implementation than our Filipino community. And the province of Manitoba has benefited greatly in so many ways because of that growth. My article is not about the national nominee program and its impact here in Manitoba.

I have been and will continue to be an advocate for the caregiver program. In addition to improving the program, I also care about the individual caregiver who might be exploited and unfairly treated.

MP Kevin Lamoureux with Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu who initiated the changes in the Caregiver Program.

Straight up ( Rather I would like to talk about a much longer existing and well established national program that has been almost totally dependent on the Philippines – the Live-in Caregiver Program. This Program was created under our current Prime Minister’s father, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau. For the past two decades and more, it is the Philippines that has been the number one source country for caregivers. For so long, we have seen thousands of Filipino caregivers come to Canada every year and ultimately land here. The lamoureux, 22

makipag-usap pero hindi rin siya deretsahan. Pakiramdam ko na ang lupa na inaapakan ko ay biglang nawasak at gumuho. Nagugol ako ng ilang buwan para matutong mabuhay kahit ako’y pinagtaksilan minsan ng aking asawa. Gusto kong sabihin na ang minsang pangyayari ay madaling mapagtagumpayan pero hindi pala. Kung ano ako, yon ako. Ako ay hind perpekto sa ilang milyong bagay pero ang lagi kong iniisip ako ang tipo ng babae na pagtatapatan ng kaniyang asawa. Humingi ako ng maging tapat ang asawa, at nagmakaawa ako noong kami ay kinasal. Kailangan man,


HIV epidemic

ere’s another reason to take precautions against the AIDScausing human immunodeficiency virus: health experts warn that a drug-resistant HIV strain is on the rise.

Mutation to resist drugs is a common characteristic of viruses and bacteria, so the emergence of the new HIV strain is not unexpected. This makes safe sex and other precautionary measures all the more important to prevent the spread of HIV. Six months ago the United Nations’ health ministry reported that for the past six years, the Philippines has registered the fastest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the Asia-Pacific, with 10,111 new HIV cases recorded in 2017 alone.


There are no signs of a let-up, and the toll keeps growing. From January to November last year, AIDS claimed 428 lives in the Philippines.

Agent 777 hindi ko kinailangan ang mga bulaklak at mga alahas. Wala sa akin ang mga bakasyon o magagarang kotse. Pero kailangan kitang maging tapat. Iwan mo ako, kung kinakailangan, pero maging tapat ka sa akin sa ating pagsasama.”(pause) Mga mugtong mata, paos na boses dahil sa walang patid na iyak, nangangayayat, walang ganang magtrabaho- yan ang mga madalas kong nakikita sa mga taong labis na nasaktan dahil sa pagtataksil ng kanilang minamahal. Ang pagtataksil ng

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Tapat magmahal ang Diyos

apag nagpapakasal ang lalaki at babae, nagsusumpaan sila na magiging tapat sa isa’t isa. At isa sa pinakamasakit na karansan ay ang malaman mong pinagtaksilan ka ng iyong asawa. At siyempre hindi maiwasan ng iba na mag-isip na makipaghiwalay na sa naglokong asawa at karaniwan ay nagbabago na rin ang damdamin ng nasaktan sa asawang pumatol sa ibang lalaki o babae. Isang prominenteng babae na nakaranas na pagtaksilan ng asawa ay si Elizabeth Edwards. Ang masakit pa dito, ito ay nalaman ng publiko dahil ang kaniyang asawa ay ang dating candidato sa pagkapresidente na si Senador John Edwards. Naanakan pa niya ang babaeng kinasama niya. Sa librong sinulat ni Elizabeth, ito ang kaniyang sinabi tungkol sa kaniyang mapait na karanasan “Pagkatpos kong umiyak at sumigaw, nagpunta ako sa banyo at nagsuka. Nang sumunod na araw, nag-usap kami ni John. Hindi siya nagatubiling


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Since January 1984 when the Department of Health began keeping a registry of the affliction, 49,733 HIV cases have been recorded in the Philippines, with 4,942 cases developing into fullblown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and 2,397 deaths. In recent years, the fastest rate of infection has been recorded among men having sex with men, with most of the patients not yet in their 30s. Health experts have always stressed that HIV can be prevented through the use of condoms and other safe sex practices as well as regular screening for the sexually active. Despite the development of potent drug cocktails against the virus, there is still no guaranteed cure for AIDS. But early diagnosis and treatment can prolong lives. Other countries such as Thailand have shown that it is possible to reverse a rising tide of HIV cases. Many AIDS victims died at the prime of their lives. With heightened efforts, this tragedy can be eased. Health experts have warned that the Philippines’ HIV/AIDS problem has reached epidemic proportions. The country must move quickly to prevent more deaths.Philstar

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Tokhang, Take 3

And when they do, there truly are instances when they are so hardened, or feeling so desperately trapped, that they resist violently, using whatever weapon is available. And it’s likely that the weapon would be used to kill, which is the best way to avoid being further pursued and captured. In such instances, of course the arresting officer would defend himself, by neutralizing the threat. It’s also not farfetched that the police would be outgunned. Organized crime rings can be well-funded, and they invest in firepower, getaway vehicles and communication devices. The most well-funded are the drug traffickers and gambling lords, whose illegal activities can be sustained for long periods. Not as sustainable, but also profitable, are kidnapping for ransom and carjacking. As we have seen in many cases in the past, the goons who engage in these activities are typically heavily armed – and they have no compunctions about using the weapons to kill those who get in their

It’s also not farfetched that the police would be outgunned. Organized crime rings can be well-funded, and they invest in firepower, getaway vehicles and communication devices. way: victims, arresting cops, prosecutors, witnesses, even judges who send gang members to prison. Obviously, engaging in activities to raise colossal amounts of dirty money is not for the fainthearted. And neither is fighting them. Cops who run after such criminals must be ready to kill or be killed, and even risk the safety of their loved ones. The greater the gains from illicit activities, the tougher the resistance to arrest. And the illegal drug trade has to be the most lucrative traditional criminal activity (hacking into bank accounts, a 21st century crime, can be more profitable, and easier for experts). Plunder can’t be far behind, but this is another story. So the chief of the Philippine National Police was just being honest and realistic when he said a bloodless war on drugs is impossible. Director General Ronald dela Rosa made the comment as the PNP relaunched Oplan Tokhang at the start of the week. *** As real as the cases of nanlaban, however, are the “salvag-

ings” or summary executions along with the planting of evidence by police, especially in drug cases. Philippine cops have been engaging in salvaging since the Commonwealth period. One reason last year’s killing of teenagers by police so spooked people and pulled down President Duterte’s ratings was the thought that anyone could be targeted for brutal execution, including children. It doesn’t matter if the kids are experimenting with drugs or not; parents believe in their children’s capacity for reform and want the kids to be safe, especially from homicidal cops. Tokhang Take 3 is supposed to do away with such abuses. At the relaunch last Monday, all the “tokhangers” were in proper police uniform. As promised, the kinder, gentler tokhang was carried out only during daytime, and will be suspended during weekends. With so many journalists accompanying the tokhangers and all the kibitzers raising their smartphones to record everything, it was a wonder the cops managed to get anything done as they conducted house-

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SKETCHES to-house visits. The real action is going to be when tokhang’s relaunch recedes from the headlines, and when the tokhangers begin focusing their attention on the folks on President Duterte’s updated narco list. Public support for Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs, unusually high for about a year since he assumed office, began crumbling after video footage, witnesses and recovered bodies provided incontrovertible evidence of brazen abuse of police power, mostly targeting the impoverished. Duterte has been trying to explain the focus on pennyante hampaslupa drug suspects, arguing that they are the users of shabu, poor man’s cocaine, which fries the brain. But other drugs have the same effect, and worse. Perhaps

with Tokhang 3, the cops can focus their energies on those who distribute and use cocaine, Ecstasy and other party drugs. They can go after dealers of the opioid analgesic fentanyl and its cousin carfentanyl, said to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl, 5,000 times stronger than heroin and 10,000 times stronger than morphine. Carfentanyl is being likened to nerve gas and eyed as a potential chemical weapon. The biggest distributor of fentanyl and its analogues is China, which legally manufactured and sold the drugs mostly online until they were classified as controlled substances last year. If the tokhangers run into the traffickers of these drugs and a genuine firefight erupts, Pinoys will probably again look the other way if the take-noprisoners approach is applied. *** With the relaunch of tokhang, Malacañang expressed hope that the PNP had learned some lessons. The PNP may remember that neutralizing moneyed drug personalities such as the Parojinog clan members elicits little public outrage, but murdering teenagers from the slums in cold blood, regardless of whether they are working as drug mules to make ends meet or taking 


FTER covering the crime beat for many years, I can declare with certainty that there really are criminals who resist arrest or nanlalaban.

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All investors, not just Indians, warned


OO BAD the advisory of President Rodrigo Duterte for Indian investors to avoid Mindanao registered as a general alarm for all foreign businessmen to keep away from that troubled island, including Davao City. That happens when the President, addressing a crowd abroad, sallies forth without a prepared speech and rambles on with his Freudian slip showing. His warning to keep away could be taken to cover the entire Philippines. Such negative remarks from no less than the country’s leader could dampen the interest of foreign investors shopping around for more secure locations in the region. That may not be the alarmist intention of the President when he addressed Indian businessmen Friday on the last day of his visit to New Delhi, but that could be the likely effect on all investors. He told the businessmen: “Avoid Mindanao. There’s still martial law there… But it’s a martial law that’s not really a martial law… It is a martial law for the enemies of the state.” He then added scary details: “But in the implementation against the enemies of the state, ISIS, for example and the rebellious Abu Sayyaf, who are fond of decapitating foreigners, kidnap in front of you know, there’s something there in the south that is quite virulent.”

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POSTSCRIPT Although he may have alarmed some foreigners – mentioning the recurring issues of his bloody drug war, his derision for human rights advocates, and what to him is American imperialism – he assured his Indian audience that they were welcome: “If you are just an ordinary guy there (in Mindanao) with a business, you can hardly even notice… there are no soldiers around, only policemen.” As regards his home city of Davao, touted as among the world’s safest places, the President assured businessmen that it is “relatively safe.” He presumably meant “safe” compared to the rest of Mindanao. Duterte also mentioned the supposed “42 virgins” waiting as rewards in the afterlife for Islamic martyrs: “The come-on is that if you die a martyr, you go to heaven with 42 virgins waiting for you. Well, if I could just make it a come-on also for those who would like to go to my country.” After his unfortunate ad-lib drew criticisms, his spokesman Harry Roque clarified that he was just joking. He failed to say, btw, if Duterte’s “42 virgins” were in lieu of the “80,000 ser-

Avoid Mindanao. There’s still martial law there… But it’s a martial law that’s not really a martial law… It is a martial law for the enemies of the state. vants and 72 wives” that other accounts mention as heavenly rewards. Whatever, it was in bad taste for the President to seemingly offer Filipina virgins as a comeon to tourists and investors. The remark only betrayed his obsession, at age 72, with sex and a seeming low regard for women. One tweeter, @BoomBuencamino, noted on Twitter: “While Trump was in Davos selling American business to the world, Duterte was in India offering sex tours featuring Filipina virgins.” Attending the World Economic Forum of rich and powerful nations at the Swiss resort city, Trump announced last week that the US is now open for business. Striking a conciliatory tone, the isolationist president said that his “America First” slogan does not mean “America Alone.” • Dennis Uy not eyeing Philippine Rise ANENT our Postscript of Jan. 21 about businessmen from Duterte Country now active in corporate acquisitions and business expansions, the STAR received a letter from a spokesman of Dennis Uy, one of the

Davao capitalists mentioned in our column. Lawyer Adel Tamano, vice president for corporate affairs of Udenna Corp., the holding company of Uy, said in a letter to our Editor: “Referring to our founder and chairman, Mr. Dennis Uy, the column read in part: ‘Reports are rife that Uy is now poised to enter the Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare fishing sanctuary said to hold manganese and other heavy metals on top of its rich fishery resources, and possibly oil and gas deposits.’ “We would like to clarify that we do not have plans of exploring Benham Rise. “Udenna is a fast-growing conglomerate with diverse interests in industries with high impact and that are vital to the growth of the economy. At this point, we remain focused on opportunities that will expand our existing businesses and bring in more synergies, including sound partnerships and strategic acquisitions. “We assure partners, investors and other stakeholders that any investment we will make will be studied carefully and thoroughly to make sure each

will add value to our existing businesses.” • Hazards of tweeting too fast STILL on feedback, we posted Jan. 27 on Twitter an apology to Vice Ganda, host of Showtime on ABS-CBN one of whose segments is “Miss Q&A” where gays and transgenders compete by answering questions posed to them. A tweeter noted that another Alert Level may be needed for the “relocation” of Mt. Mayon from Albay to Naga, apparently referring to PCOO Asec Mocha Uson’s incorrectly saying the volcano is in Naga in Camarines Sur. (She has since apologized for the error.) I jumped in with: “... and what Alert Level should it be when Vice Ganda says (as he did today in his Showtime Q&A contest) that Mt. Mayon is in Camarines Sur?” To check, I replayed the ‘Miss Q&A’ segment to listen to Vice’s complete question, and confirmed that I was wrong in anticipating he was asking where Mt. Mayon is. My mind was probably still on Mocha’s slip that Mayon is in Naga, in Camarines Sur. Discovering my mistake, I hurriedly tweeted: “Sorry, Vice, you were asking pala where Naga is (not where Mt. Mayon is, as I mistakenly anticipated!). And the correct answer is Camarines Sur, as you said. My apologies to you and those misled by my tweet.” Philstar

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Star Cinema opens 2018 with drama-comedy film

“Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes”

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, January 24, 2018 --- Star Cinema opens 2018 with a bang as it puts together two of the most celebrated actresses in the Philippine entertainment industry today - Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban - in the heartwarming and laugh-out-loud dramedy “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes”, which will be screened in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies starting January 26. “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” marks the comeback of Santos and Panganiban on the big screen. This is Santos’s grand comeback to mainstream cinema after her last full-length movie Kusina, an official entry to the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2016. “I was praying for a good project that will challenge me and surprise the viewers. I believe this project fulfilled that for me”, Santos says. On the other hand, Panganiban also returns to the big screen fresh from her recent Best Actress victory in FAMAS 2017 for her superb performance in “The Unmarried Wife”, which was also shown outside the Philippines via TFC@ theMovies in November 2016. Because of their achievements and projects, the two actresses are rightfully considered as showbiz royalties whose individual feats catapulted them to the highest echelons of the industry as queens who are both very competent in the genres of drama and comedy. “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” is a film directed by Jun Robles Lana with an original story he developed and a screenplay he co-wrote with Elmer Gatchalian. Describing the film, Lana says, “The movie tackles a lot of dimensions for women including their struggles”. The film is about the journey of two women – Lianne (Santos) and Cindy (Panganiban) – who pursue their erring husbands who both have the same surnames. Their seemingly happy marriages are put to the test when both wives discover that their husbands have an affair, leaving Lianne and Cindy in a series of misadventures in the hopes of foiling their husbands’ relationship. More than being a movie about infidelity, “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” is ultimately a story about two women who will discover the great lengths that they

Panganiban explains. “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” also stars Joross Gamboa and JC De Vera, produced by Star Cinema together with Quantum Films and The Idea

are willing to go through for love. Santos and Panganiban play two very strong female characters who are polar opposites, one being a successful career woman while the other is a homemaker. The only similarity between Lianne and Cindy is their driving desire to win back the love of their respective husbands. Lianne and Cindy will take moviegoers of all ages to an emotional roller coaster ride as both women turn to humor and laughter amidst life’s most painful experiences. Providing a peek into the minds of their characters, Panganiban shares what urged their characters to go after and get back to their husbands: “When we get hurt, a lot of things enter our mind, and we cannot deny that one of these is getting back to the people who hurt us”,

First Company. Will Lianne and Cindy win back their husbands? Do Lianne and Cindy have the strength to accept reality and allow their husbands to be fully happy at the expense of their own happiness? Find out what will happen to the two Mrs. Reyes in the film “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” which will be seen outside the country via TFC@theMovies in the following countries and dates: January 26 in U.S. and Canada; February 1 Australia and New Zealand; February 3 in United Kingdom and Austria; February 4 in Milan and Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; H o n g K o n g and for the very first time in Macau; February 8 in Papua New Guinea; Brunei; February 9 in Saipan; February 10 and 11 in Thailand and February 11 in Singapore and Taiwan and coming soon in other countries. For more updates about the film, visit, 2mrsreyes, 2mrsreyes, or the Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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A must or a myth? You’ve just signed over your hard-earned cash to purchase the car of your dreams. Right before turning over the keys to you, however, the salesperson offers you a service called rust-proofing. He explains that it’s a treatment wherein the underside of your car is coated in a material that prevents it from rusting, and it will only cost a few thousand pesos to do. “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” he would say. But should you do it? Should you shell out a little bit more money to err on the side of caution? The short answer is no. The reason may surprise you. Rust is scary. It’s like a tumor that spreads from one part of a car to infect another. It’s the end result of corrosion, where iron mixes with air and water. Rust eats away the metal of your car. Merely mentioning the word ‘rust’ can drop your car’s value in the eyes of potential buyers when it’s time to sell. Rust shortens the usable life of your ride. Because it is such a scary word, dealers tend to shove rust-proofing in buyer’s faces--as if your new car’s life depends on it. Here’s the truth: Since the mid 2000s, carmakers have been using more exotic materials like galvanized steel (which is coated in zinc), aluminum, or fiberglass--all of which are extremely resistant to rust. Some cars even use carbon fiber, which is not metal and is thus immune to rusting. That’s not to say that modern cars are completely vaccinated against rust. It just

means that they are already rust-proofed from the factory. The way rust-proofing works is that the steel is coated with a material that prevents oxidation. In countries like the United States, rust-proofing is an annual service since the existence of winter means that salt and other corrosive materials are used to treat the roads. In the Philippines? It’s not really an issue. It should be noted, however, that if you get into an accident or if you damage parts of your car in any way (especially the under chassis), the zinc coating or protection your car has

been gifted with would be compromised, and that may be where rust starts in earnest. So does your new car need rust-proofing? Yes, of course. But take note that this is already done by the manufacturer as soon as the car leaves the assembly line. If the dealer offers it on a new car, it’s unnecessary at best, and at worst, it may just be a way of coercing you out of some more of your hard-earned cash. Factory rust-proofing is all your car actually needs. (By Carlo Chungunco)


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Citizen Pinoy Honored at Migration Advocacy and Media Awards for Advocating the Cause of Filipinos Overseas DALY CITY, Calif, January 4, 2018 --- TFC’s weekly program and “passport to immigration information,” Citizen Pinoy, won the Television Journalism Award – Best Regular TV Program Category in the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards this December. Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, leading U.S. immigration attorney and host of Citizen Pinoy, expressed his gratitude during the awards ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines during International Migrants Day, December 18, 2017. Atty. Gurfinkel said that he is “really humbled and honored about the award because it represents the recognition of the Filipino Overseas Worker and the sacrifices they have made, especially those in America where they leave their families behind, wondering if or when they will ever see their families again.” Citizen Pinoy (CP) is a weekly program that airs on ABS-CBN International’s TFC. The show specializes in helping the Filipino community deal with immigration issues and legal problems in North America. Atty. Gurfinkel further expounds that the goal of CP was to explain about (immigration) procedures, featuring success stories, to give Filipinos pag-asa (hope). Every success story of Citizen Pinoy is filled with heart-wrenching and heart-warming stories of separation, sacrifice and salvation. Other episodes take on the Q & A format to better answer the concerns of viewers. The MAM Awards was conceived in 2011 by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) to honor December as the Month of Overseas Filipinos, and to celebrate International Migrants Day in the Philippines every December 18. The panel of judges for the MAM Awards is headed by CFO Interim OIC Maria Regina Angela Galias, with members from the different migration and media institutions, which include Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, Film

Vic Sotto, Pauleen Luna mark second wedding anniversary

ABS-CBN International/The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) weekly program, Citizen Pinoy, hosted by leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, won for Best Regular TV Show on Migration at the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media Awards. (Photo courtesy of Sam Simbulan)

MANILA -- Celebrity couple Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna marked their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Luna took to Instagram to share her anniversary message to her husband. “I honestly cannot imagine my life without you and i wouldn’t know how to live it without you! You and Tali have been my biggest blessing and I am so grateful for all that you do, for all the things you teach me and most especially, for the unconditional love you give me and all your children. You make me the happiest woman in the world, thank you! Cheers to the past, the present and the future!” Luna wrote. Luna and Sotto tied the knot on January 30, 2016 at St. James The Great Parish Church in Alabang. The two, however, have been together s i n c e 2011. Luna gave birth to their daughter Talitha Maria last November. ABS-CBN News

This is Citizen Pinoy’s second win. The show won its first Best Regular TV Program on Migration award in 2011.

Development Council of the Philippines, and National Press Club of the Philippines. Galias shared: “Media has become a very strong force in society right now. So, we’re happy that through the MAM awards we are able to locate and find out about the advocacies of media outside the Philippines – to really share the good news of what’s happening outside and not only bad news about OFs. Let’s change the narrative of migration.” The CFO selected 10 winners from among entries submitted from around the world, each telling stories that advocate for the rights of the overseas Filipino, across various media platforms. Galias said she appreciates how the entries from around the world depict stories of empowerment. “I like how the various entries show how our overseas Filipinos are able to contribute

and help their fellowmen wherever they are. And then there are people like Atty. Gurfinkel, who may not be Filipino by blood, but are willing to help Filipinos through their own advocacies.” Atty. Gurfinkel happily expressed, “this is such a wonderful job I have because what I do brings families together and helps the people achieve their American dream.” On his trip to the Philippines to receive the award, Atty. Gurfinkel also passed by DZMM, ABS-CBN Corporation’s 24-hour Filipino language news/talk radio station broadcasting out of Quezon City. Atty. Gurfinkel joined hosts Mare Yao and Atty. Noel del Prado on Usapang de Campanilla, DZMM’s program that provides free on-air consultation to listeners who phone in their legal problems. DZMM staff was pleased with the turnout of calls that day.

Citizen Pinoy airs nationwide in the U.S. and Canada on TFC on Sundays at 6:15 P.M. (PST) with replays the

following Sundays at 2:00 A.M. (PST). The program also airs in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The board of judges including Philippine Migrants’ Rights Watch President Carmelita Nuqui (center) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas OIC Ma. Regina Galias (right) award leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel (2nd from right), “Citizen Pinoy’s” second win from the CFO Migration Advocacy and Media Awards.

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Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is new ‘Big Brother’ housemate Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, first runner up to Pia Wurtzbach in Miss Universe 2015, has joined the US version of the reality show ‘Big Brother’. She is one of the 11 celebrity housemates announced on CBS last Sunday, January 28 (Monday morning, Manila time). Ariadna was front and center with Pia during the infamous announcement mistake, when host Steve Harvey first declared her Miss Universe 2015 instead of Pia. The ‘Big Brother Celebrity Edition’ will premiere on February 7 in the US. Ariadna Gutierrez spotted in new Vin Diesel movie trailer Miss Universe 2015 first runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez proudly shared on her Instagram the teaser trailer of the new Vin Diesel movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The beauty queen, who is seen in the clip, is apparently part of the movie’s cast. Meanwhile, in a TV interview with Colombian show Suelta La Sopa!, Ariadna reportedly revealed she has reached an agreement with the Miss Universe Organization to quit her duties as first runner-up to avoid possible awkward situations and problems with fans. BY JOAN LEARY AND ROSELLE BASBAS

BA gets winner status in Media Newser Philippines’ Authoritative List DALY CITY, Calif, January 24, 2018 --- Still exuberant after a full year of delivering the news on its 15th year of service to the Filipino American and Filipino Canadian communities across North America, BA was just recently in the news for making it to Media Newser Philippines’ list of 2017 wins. Media Newser Philippines or MNP is an independent media news website which covers the Philippine television news industry, specifically ABS-CBN News, GMA News, News5, and CNN Philippines. BA Executive Producer Troy Espera stresses that “while BA’s mission is to empower and connect Filipinos throughout North America through news that affects us here, we know that there’s value to sharing these same stories with viewers in the Philippines.” Espera recognizes the global relevance and impact of the stories they tell on BA. He adds that “anyone back home who catches BA on any of ABS-CBN News’ TV or digital platforms can get a taste of the issues, the struggles, and the triumphs involving our kababayan in this part of the world.

In their annual year ender, Media Newser Philippines recognized local organizations, programs, and individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry in 2017. On the other end, they also called out those who have “failed to fulfill their obligations.” BA made it to MNP’s Winners’ List. According to Media Newser Philippines, “After a so-so 2016, Balitang America rebounded and recovered last year, thanks largely to the stewardship of Troy Espera, the program’s executive producer; and news desk editor and reporter Henni Espinosa. Aside from guiding and mentoring its award-winning global reporters – Don Tagala, Steve Angeles, Yong Chavez, Bev Llorente, Rommel Conclara, Jared Bray, Connie Macatula-De Leon, and co. – the power tandem also brought in a new sense of purpose and energy to the 15year-old TFC broadcast.” Espera acknowledges the vote of approval saying, “This latest recognition inspires our team, and strengthens our commitment to serve BA viewers, wherever they may be.”

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Bea Alonzo on her ‘new love’: A puppy named Walter White Bea Alonzo is slowly getting over her fear of dogs with some help from a new furry friend. She shared these photos of her and a white Maltese named Walter White on her Instagram account on Monday, January 29. She also shared a story from her childhood of why she has feared dogs for the past 24 years. “When I was 6 years old I was trapped inside a dog house. Yes, trapped. I was playing hide and seek with my cousins and I don’t know what got into my head that i decided to hide inside a dog house.. I was attacked by the dog (who had just given birth and was

disturbed by the naughty little girl she wrote on the post. “I still am scared actually but three days ago I got this cute little puppy from a nice guy and i swear i screamed the first time I saw the puppy! I think I scared the heck out of him! But since my new year’s resolution is to get over my fear of dogs, I just went for it and held him.. And he is the gentlest dog i have ever seen. Fell in love with him instantly (sic).” She is looking forward to experiencing this type of new love, a love for animals and said she knows she will learn a lot from the journey.BY ROSELLE BASBAS

Robin Padilla on his sex life:

‘Mga two times a day lang okay na yun’

As the celebrity ambassador of a local dietary supplement for men, Robin Padilla admitted that he takes his masculinity very seriously. “Ginawa tayo may kanya kanyang gamit ang mga instrumento natin sa katawan. Itong puso kailangan talagang ginagamit sa pag-ibig ito, sa emosyon, sa pagpapahiwatig sa babae, lahat dito nanggagaling dapat yun. Pero pag nasa loob na kayo ng kuwarto, may isang instrumento dun, yun ay gumana ng tama. Sapagkat lahat ng pag-ibig na yun, ang conclusion nandun sa instrumento na yun. Sabi nila para maging fair ka sa buhay na ito, kailangan yung mahal mo unang una mong napapaligaya,” he shared during the Bravo supplement presscon held last January 30 in Quezon city. During the Bravo event, Robin gamely shared advice for married couples and their intimate moments. “Ako’y naniniwala na ang lalake na-create una para paligayahin ang babae. Yun ang ating mission sa buhay, isatisfy ang mga babae. Yun ay scientific po yan. Yan ay hindi galing sa malisyoso kong isip. Hindi po yan galing dahil ako’y humahanga sa mga kababai-

han. Kundi yan ang katotohanan. Sa lahat ng relationship, sabihin man natin na babae at lalake yan or lalake lalake, babae babae, ang mahalaga sa lahat ay nakaka-perform ka sexually. Kailangan sa oras na hinihingi ng iyong pag-ibig ay handa ka. Kailangan laging nakataas ang bandera (laughs),” he said. When it comes to his own sex life, the Sana Dalawa ang Puso star candidly admitted his routine in the bedroom with wife Mariel Rodriguez. “Kung pupuwede talaga mga two times a day lang okay na yun. Nag-ba-budget pa ako nun. Kailangan may pacing eh. 48 na ako eh. Nung araw kasi puwede talagang all night long puwede yun. Pero kapag ganitong 48 ka na, medyo kailangan kumain ka din, kailangan matulog ka din. Pag gising okay,” he said. With their first baby Isabella more than a year old already, Robin said he and his wife have not decided to plan for baby number two just yet. “Naku huwag muna yun. Kasi nung nagbuntis siya hanggang sa dun sa nanganak, na-diet-a ako dun eh. Ngayon lang ako ulit rumi-recover ikaw naman. Hayaan muna natin magamit yung one year (laughs). Siguro puwede na pagkatapos pero sa ngayon masayang masaya kami kay Isabella. Pero siguro ipapasyal ko muna si Mariel ng mga anim na buwan. Tapos kung gusto niya mag-anak ulit. Si Mariel kasi nararamdaman ko parang gusto niya pa,” he said.-BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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Couples Workout on Valentine’s Day

#relationshipgoal IT’s that time of the year when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you typically celebrate “heart day” out for dinner and a movie with your significant other, perhaps you can add something new this year. This year for Valentine’s Day you can try a new tradition. Here are five couples workout that both of you can enjoy while practicing healthy lifestyle as your #relationshipgoal.

Exercise One:

Let’s start with a warm-up. Jumping jacks and high knees. On the spot, one partner will be performing jumping jacks while the other performs high knees for 30 seconds.

Exercise Two:

Reverse and forward lunges. Start face to two feet apart

from each other. One partner will lunge forward with the right foot, at the same time, the other partner will lunge back (reverse) with their left foot.This one feels like you are dancing. Be sure that both of complete reverse lunges and forward lunges. Don’t forgetto switch. Complete 10 lunges each.

Exercise Three:

Shoulder tap – Push-ups. Start on a push-up position facing each other. Perform a push-up at the same time, then on the top each partner will tap each other’s left shoulder with the right hand,lowering down to perform another push-up, then on top each partner will tap each other’s right shoulder with the left hand; alternating shoulder taps with every pushups performed. Complete 10 push-ups.

Exercise Four:

Exercise Five:

Partner wall sit. Facing away from each other, using each other as a wall, lower your body to a squat position and hold for 30 seconds. To make it more fun and challenging, complete each exercises 1-5 once then repeat it 3-4 times starting at exercise 1. I love turning simple exercises into a circuit to make it more interesting rather than waiting and resting. These exercises are designed to be working on different muscle groups. That is why each time you perform an exercise it is giving the other muscle group a rest. Enjoy! From all of us here at Insahyu, (advance) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sit-up and Plank. One partner is in a sit-up position while the other is in plank position with his/her hand on the others’ feet. While one performs 10 sit-ups, the other will be holding the plank position. Be sure to switch exercises.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that information in this article is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.

Written by: Melanie Talastas-Soriano BA-Kin, CAT(C), ISSA-CFT Athletic Therapist, Fitness Trainer

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Ancajas wary of Gonzalez’s defense MANILA, Philippines – IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will definitely exercise extra caution when he defends his title against Israel Gonzalez at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas this Saturday (Sunday Manila time). The 26-year-old Filipino rising star believes the challenger will be quite a puzzle to solve because of his good defense. “Israel Gonzalez holds his gloves high and is very good defensively,” Ancajas said recently from the United States. The Cavite City-based boxer is eyeing to pull off a remarkable US debut, his first bout as a Top Rank fighter. He knows that an in impressive win against Mexico’s Gonzalez (21-1, with 8 KOs) will lead to bigger fights in the future. But Ancajas (28-1, with 19 KOs) believes it won’t be an easy task. “I will have to figure him (Gonzalez) out in Corpus Christi next Saturday night on ESPN,” he added. For his part, Top Rank Inc. boss Bob Arum couldn’t wait for his latest acquisition to showcase his wares in a major boxing market like the US. “Jerwin is an action fighter who has knockout power. I am anxious to see him perform in front of the fans at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi and those that will be watching on ESPN,” said the veteran promoter. Ancajas, a protégé of Manny Pacquiao, is coming off an impressive TKO win over Irish Jamie Conlan last November 18 in Belfast, Ireland to defend his title. (By Dino Maragay) -


Harden’s historic night: 60-point triple-double

James Harden scored a franchiserecord 60 points while posting a triple-double, almost singlehandedly carrying the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 114-107 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night at Toyota Center. Harden shot 19 of 30 from the floor and 17 of 18 at the line while adding 10 rebounds and 11 assists. With Houston missing three rotation players, Harden logged a seasonhigh 46 minutes. H i s 60-point

triple-double was the first in NBA history. With the game deadlocked at 107107, Harden nailed a step-back jumper with just under two minutes left before drilling a 3-pointer through a Mario Hezonja foul with 45.4 seconds to play. Harden completed the four-point play to surpass Calvin Murphy (57 points) in franchise annals. Already missing Trevor Ariza (hamstring) and Chris Paul (groin), the Rockets lost guard Eric Gordon to lower back stiffness early in the second quarter. That facilitated the need for Harden to absorb the heavy minutes workload, and despite the stress, he managed to carry the offense. Orlando hung tough by placing six in double figures. Hezonja and Marreese Speights scored 17 points apiece while Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack added 15 each. D.J. Augustin scored 13 off the bench and Evan Fournier had 12

for Orlando, which shot a robust 15 of 31 from 3-point range. Orlando initially rode Fournier on offense, as he tallied 10 points in the first quarter including back-to-back 3pointers that helped the Magic erase an early five-point deficit. The Magic finished 4 of 8 from behind the arc in the opening period, with Augustin and Speights adding treys down the stretch to lift Orlando to a 30-27 lead entering the second quarter. When Harden returned at the 10:26 mark of the second, with Gordon departing for good, the All-Star’s mission was clear. Orlando pushed its lead to five points only for Harden to fashion repeated responses. He put Houston ahead 51-50 with a driving layup with just under three minutes left in the half, and after Orlando carried a 55-54 lead into the intermission, Harden opened the third with a three-point play to put the Rockets back on top. — Reuters

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Kim Domingo shares her experience working with Marian Rivera Kapuso star Kim Domingo took to Instagram to share her working experience with Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as co-stars in the drama fantasy series “Super Ma’am” Kim shared a series of photos of her with Marian on and off set on her Instagram account, writing a heartfelt message to Marian. “Minsan talaga hindi mo mamamalayan ang bilis ng panahon. Parang kailan lang kakasimula palang ng super maam ngayon tapos na pero sakabila neto naging isang pamilya kami, naging magaan ang bawat eksena dahil tinuring naming family ang bawat isa,” Kim reminisced as Super Ma’am concluded on January 26. Domingo was all praises to her idol, thanking Marian for the guidance she has given her especially duri n g fight scenes. “Gusto kong pasalamatan ang nagiisang primetime queen @ marianrivera sa

pagalalay sakin sa bawat eksena at sa haba ng pasensya nya dahil paulit ulit ako nagkakamali sa mga fight scenes.” Kim continued with her message as she described Marian’s character as a co-star behind the camera. “Sya yung tipo ng artista na masarap kaeksena, game isa lahat ng bagay, makulit kalog at napakahaba ng pasensya. Pantay ang tingin nya sa lahat. Kaya masasabi kong di ako nagkamali ng hinangaan na artista hindi lang ganda ang meron sya, samahan mopa ng talento pero mas nangingibabaw sakin kung paano sya bilang tao. Ang personality nya at kung gano sya katotoong tao. Nung nakasama ko sya mas nakita ko kung sino ba talaga ang isang Marian Rivera. Sabi ko non, ibang klase ang babaeng to nasa kanya na talaga ang lahat” She ended her message with a note to their director LA Madridejo and the cast and crew of Super Ma’am. “Ang problema nga lang, Mamimiss ko nga lang sya ng sobra. Hayyy. Gusto ko din magpasamalat kay Direk LA @akosila dahil sayo madami ako natututunan sa bawat eksena na ginagawa ko, ikaw yung tipo ng direktor na hindi pinababayaan ang artista, lagi mong ginaguide. Thankful ako sa pangalawang pagkakataon na nakasama kita. Love you direk. thank you din sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Super Maam at sa mga sumuporta samin. Taos pusong pasasalamat sa inyo. Maraming Salamat”. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News

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“Pasasalamat” Awarding at The Hilton AN eager crowd composed of 200 people came to witness Dalagita and Culture Card awarding event called “Pasasalamat”or gratitude, to volunteers classified in different categories. The event was held at the Hilton Hotel, 1800 Wellington St, on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The show was emceed by the Dalagitas under the guidance of its founder Judianne Jayme. Guest singers were invited to entertain guests while dinner was prepared by Jeremy Senaris, a second-place winner in the Master Chef contest in Canada. The food consisted of fresh lumpia, pork ribs, rice and dessert. Councillor Pagtakhan gave greetings for the city and Hon. Kevin Lamoreux did it for the federal government. The following were the winners: Arts and Entertainment - Magdaragat Philippines Inc. Language and Heritage - Ernesto Ofiaza Jr. Community Celebrations and Gatherings Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Sports and Fitness - Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy (WSAA) Immigration and Settlement - #PinoyCanada Forum Newcomer Volunteer Recognition - Leila Castro Youth Volunteer Award - Hazel Pappellaras Lifetime Volunteer Award - Aida Champagne Tickets were sold to relatives and friends of the nominees for $60 while nominees and their companion were given free VIP tickets. Desserts were served outside the hallway after the awarding ceremony and dance ensued. (Gemma Dalayoan)

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Director Maryo delos Reyes dies at 65 MANILA, Philippines — Acclaimed film and television director Maryo delos Reyes passed away due to a heart attack Saturday evening. He was 65. According to reports, Delos Reyes suffered a heart attack while attending a birthday party. His brother, Manny, confirmed the passing of the veteran director. “To all our relatives and friends

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Montallana sought a closed door session with congressmen to give more details on the issue. The subcommittee meanwhile directed PDEA to submit a list of the drug trade newcomers. PDEA director Aaron Aquino earlier this month said there were “new players” in the penitentiary’s drug trade. The group, he said, had supplied the drugs that were confiscated in a condominium in Mandaluyong. The Duterte administration last year said that syndicates based in the country’s largest detention facility controlled up to 75 percent of the narcotics supply nationwide. The PDEA has set up a satellite office in Bilibid to thwart drug activities.-Report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News


MANILA - The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it is crafting rules to regulate cryptocurrency transactions to protect investors and reduce the risk of fraud. The regulation, which will cover issuance and registration of cryptocurrencies, is expected to be finalized this year, said Emilio Aquino, SEC commissioner in charge of enforcement and investor protection. “We need to act because initial coin offerings (ICOs) are sprouting especially in 2017. We want to come up with our own set of regulations,” Aquino told a news conference. “You have to be extra careful how investors in this new space are protected.” Authorities around the world, particularly in Asia, have attempted to rein in the global boom in trading bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies - a form of digital money created and maintained by its users. Chinese authorities have banned initial coin offerings and shut down local trading platforms, while South Korea - where speculation on cryptocurrencies is also rife - is working on plans to ban virtual coin exchanges. From 10 The regulation on ICOs will include guidelines on cybersecurity of cryptocurrency markets, eligibility of issuers including shabu to forget their hunger, is the officials and technology utilized, and financial literacy of seen as an atrocity. investors, Aquino said. A useful reminder is that The corporate regulator has yet to approve any public sale by law, the lead agency in any of cryptocurrencies and is investigating unlicensed sellers. drug war in this country is not “Unfortunately, there have been a lot of cases where ICO the PNP but the Philippine Drug promoters vanish into thin air. We don’t want that to happen Enforcement Agency. here,” Aquino said. Filipinos generally agree Hackers last week stole $530 million worth of digital money that prohibited drugs fry the from Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc in brain and can induce criminal one of the biggest-ever thefts of digital money.-Reuters acts, such as raping and murdering six-year-olds. We are also seeing proof that narco politics is upon us, undermining free elections and democratic institutions, From 9 entrenching warlords and ag- asawa ay nagdadala ng matind- ng Diyos sa Hardin ng Eden. gravating the high murder rate, ing sakit at kalungkutan dahil Pinarusahan niya sila pero with journalists among those tinatagos nito ang pinakapuso Hindi siya tumigil na umibig sa targeted. It also looks like the ng relasyon ng pag-aasawa. kanila. Nagpatuloy na umibig administration is telling the Ang katapatan ay ang pinaka- ang Diyos kay Moises kahit na truth in reporting that drug pundasyon ng lahat ng ugnayan nakapatay ito ng tao at pagmoney is financing Islamist ito man ay ang ugnayan na- kalipas ng maraming taon ay terrorism. tin sa tao o sa Diyos. Ito ang lumabag sa utos ng Diyos, ng Fighting these threats to pinakasaysay ng kasunduan uminit ang ulo niya sa harap public safety cannot be done na naayon sa biblia. Ayon sa ng mga taong pinamumunuan with kid gloves. The campaign biblia, ang pag-ibig ng Diyos niya. At dahil dito hindi pinayaagainst illegal drugs has always ay hindi nagbabago. Ang sabi gan ng Diyos na makapasok sa been an ugly war. I don’t think sa biblia sa aklat ng Mga Pan- Lupang Pangako. Pero pinakita we’re ready for the non-violent aghoy 3:22-23 “Ang pag-ibig ng Diyos ang kaniyang habag at approach that is gaining popu- ng Diyos ay hindi nagmamaliw pag-ibig kay Moises ng pinakita larity in Latin America, which o nagbabago. Ang awa niya ay niya ang lupang pangako bago is to legalize much of the drug walang kapantay. Ito ay laging ito pumanaw. trade, regulate and tax the in- sariwa bawat umaga. Katapatan Kaibigan, anuman ang atraso dustry, and treat the demand niya’y dakila.” mo, o kasalanan mo, hindi tuside as a problem that calls for Ayon naman sa 2 Timothy mitigil ang Diyos na ibigin ka. a public health approach. 2:13 Ang Diyos ay nananatiling Tapat siyang umiibig sa iyo But it’s possible to have a tapat kahit tayo ay hindi tapat. hanggang sa kahulihulihan. more precise aim in neutral- ung. Hindi niya maipagkakaila Naghihintay lamang Siya na luizing threats, with abusive cops ang kaniyang sarili”. Ilang beses mapit ka sa kanya at magsisi sa severely punished for eroding sa biblia, mababasa natin ang iyong mga kasalanan ng marapublic trust. mga halimbawa ng katapatan nasan mo ang pambihirang paThe anti-drug campaign ng Diyos sa kabila ng hindi gibig at kabutihan ng Diyos sa should work like a smart bomb. pagtatapat ng kaniyang mga iyo. (Junie Josue, Lead Pastor, Mass extermination works on alagad. Hindi siya tumigil na International Worship Centre, rats and termites, not people. ibigin si Adan at Eba kahit na 1077 St James Street, Winnipeg Philstar nilabag nila ang kaisa isang utos Manitoba, 204-774-4478) 

impact on our country has been significant and noteworthy because caregivers have provided so much to what we are today as a nation. Many caregivers will continue to play that role well after their contracts expire, while many others go on to become important participants in all aspects of our economy and our society. Like our garment workers, I truly respect and applaud the role these workers have played in our society. On January 26, I was asked by our national Minister of Labour (Honourable Patty Hajdu) to make an announcement in Winnipeg about the live-in caregiver program. In the last election, I and many others talked about the importance of the program and I recall our Prime Minister talking about supporting the need that families have for caregiving. That promise was fulfilled late December when the Government of Canada removed the $1,000 Labour Impact Assessment fee for two categories of foreign caregivers and that commitment was made retroactive to December 8, 2017. This announcement benefited two groups. First, those seeking to provide home care for a loved one who requires assistance due to a physical or mental condition and, second to families or individuals with less than $150,000 in gross annual income, seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide child care in their home to a child or children under 13 years of age. Being able to hire a caregiver often means Canadians can return to work, knowing that their family is being cared for. It should be noted that this is the second major announcement related to the caregiver program. Back on December 3, the Minister announced that additional resources were put in place to focus on speeding up LCP immigration applications for permanent immigration and to eliminate the large backlog by the end of 2018. That announcement will enable live-in caregivers in Canada to be reunited with their families back home in a much quicker way. I am pleased that as a Government we are making progress on the caregiver program. But we can still do more in areas like protecting the interests of the worker from abuse and exploitation and to continue to look for ways that can improve the program itself. I have been and will continue to be an advocate for the caregiver program. In addition to improving the program, I also care about the individual caregiver who might be exploited and unfairly treated. Do not hesitate to call me or my office (204-984-1765) if I can be of any assistance.

Delos Reyes was known for directing award-winning films such as Magnifico (2003), Naglalayag (2004), A Love Story (2007) and Bamboo Flowers (2013). Magnifico won accolades at several local and international film festivals such as the Berlin International Film Festival. He also directed the youth-oriented film Bagets in 1984.


it is with great shock, disbelief, pain and extreme sadness to inform you that my brother Direk Maryo J. Delos Reyes has recently passed away.The entire Delos Reyes and Jorolan families are mourning his loss and request all to say a prayer and especially the media to be respectful of our current grief and sorrow at this time,” he said in a Facebook post.

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The plenary approved on third and final reading substitute House Bill 6779, or “An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees,” where church-decreed annulments will be as good as courtsanctioned rulings. Of the 292 members of the House, 203 voted for the bill. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank my colleagues for the swift passage of the bill without jeopardizing the indissolubility of marriage,” Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie KittilstvedtRomualdez, one of the main authors of the bill, said. HB 6779 provides that whenever a marriage, duly and legally solemnized by a priest, minister, rabbi or presiding elder of any church or religious sect in the Philippines, is subsequently annulled or dissolved in a final judgment or decree in accordance with the canons or precepts of the church or religious sect, the said annulment or dissolution shall have the same effect as a decree of annulment or dissolution issued by a competent court. The measure also provides that the status of children of marriages who are subject of the Church annulment decree will be determined in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 209, the Family Code of the Philippines. Its main objective is to do away with the costly and prolonged judicial process of annulment. “Once this bill becomes a law, a declaration of nullity decreed by the church will hold as much weight and have the same effect as a civil annulment. This removes the burden of undergoing the civil annulment process,” Romualdez, a nurse by profession, said. She was one of the main authors, along with House Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia. Philstar

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The reason behind Maine Mendoza’s cryptic ‘no bad blood’ tweet

Around lunch time on Tuesday, Maine Mendoza sent out a cryptic apologetic tweet. “No bad blood here. Napindot lang talaga. Sorry na. Happy fiesta,” she wrote, posting a GIF of herself doing the hilarious Yaya Dub wave. reports that the Phenomenal Star accidentally unfollowed Alden Richards on Instagram on Monday evening, which got their fans worried. Alden reacted on the ruckus, posting on his Instagram Stories a simple message — “Clueless”, it read — but deleting it quickly. But all is well now because upon our last check, Maine is back in Alden’s follower list. Of course people were happy.— LA, GMA News

Lorna Tolentino picks her top three best films On Tonight with Boy Abunda, Lorna Tolentino picked the three best films she has starred in. Lorna said number one for her would be Somewhere. It’s a film she did with her late husband Rudy Fernandez in 1983. “It’s really meaningful for me and Daboy… I just gave birth to Rafael nun tapos baby pa si Rafael, mga five months pa lang siya sinasama namin sa shooting. Marami kaming mga eksena na talagang pinag-usapan namin kaya maraming memories sa akin.” The second best film for Lorna is Moral. “Kasi sinasabi nila na yun yung time na biglang ‘Ah marunong pala siyang umarte! Meron siyang talent.’ Dun pa lang nakita.’” Prior to this movie, Lorna said she was doing sexy movies. The third film for LT is Narito ang Puso Ko, “Kasi five years akong always nominated (for acting awards), finally nangyari sa Narito ang Puso Ko.” According to host Boy Abunda this is the film where, “Napanalunan ni Ms. Lorna Tolentino ang lahat ng Best Actress trophy sa lahat ng award giving bodies.”-BY CRISTINA MALONZO

Daniel Padilla can’t wait to become a vampire in

‘La Luna Sangre’ MANILA, Philippines — “Malapit-lapit na ang katapusan ng ‘La Luna Sangre’,” “Teen King” Daniel Padilla declared in a recent interview with the press. “Ang tagal narin kasi eh. Magwa-one year na,” Daniel said. For him, it is all right to put an end on his prime time series with love team partner Kathryn Bernardo, even if it still tops the charts. “Okay na siguro kasi na-strech na rin ‘yung storya,” he enthused. He admitted that he cannot anymore wait to show people what will happen to Tristan, his character, in the story. So, during the interview for his new sunglasses collection for local brand i2i, Daniel revealed that he will become a vampire in the series. “Kahit ako ito hinihintay ko na maging bampira na ko eh. Medyo ang tagal ko nang naging tao,” he said with a laugh. In “La Luna Sangre,” Daniel can be seen wearing shades a lot, so he is ecstatic to be wearing pieces from DJP, a collection he personally codesigned with i2i New York owners, husband and wife tandem of Ricco and Tina Ocampo. “High school pa lang ako, mahilig na ko magsuot ng salamin,” shared Daniel, whose set of hip and on-trend yet inexpensive sunglasses was inspired by his music influences and Hollywood idols like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and John Lennon. If he were to become a real vampire, who would he like to bite first? During a “La Luna Sangre” press con, he said without thinking twice: “Si Kath, siyempre!”Philstar

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