Angel Locsin’s royal blood

Actress Angel Locsin is part of a Muslim royal family in Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur.

Locsin, a Christian, said all she knows is that a princess had adopted her mother. Reports also said Locsin’s grandfather was one of the 15 sultanates in Marawi City.

“Ngayon, nagkikita-kita pa din kami ng mga pinsan-pinsanan ko.  ‘Yong pinaka-lolo ko po ay nasa Marawi,” she said.

She said her royal lineage is not something that she should be bragging about, noting that her relatives there lead a simple life.  [Read full story...]

Judai emotional at 7th Gawad Tanglaw awards

From a bubbly winner accepting her award at the 7th Gawad Tanglaw at the University of Perpetual Help System in Las Piñas Monday evening, Judy Ann Santos, who was named best actress for her performance in “Ploning,” turned teary-eyed as she recounted the hard days of doing the awarded masterpiece.

“Produkto po ito ng aming pagkakaibigan,” said Santos, referring to her friendship with Dante Nikko Garcia, who won the best director award.

Santos and Garcia have been together in so many projects, with Garcia working as art director, production designer and wardrobe master for the young actress.  [Read full article...]

Sharon buys P3-M bag to reward self, says report

For her hard work in the past 30 years in show business, megastar Sharon Cuneta has rewarded herself with a designer bag that costs millions of pesos.

Entertainment show “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon” estimated that Cuneta’s Hermes Birkin bag is worth P3 million. It is made from crocodile skin, the show reported.

The luxury item would add to Cuneta’s collection of bags. She said she decided to buy the item when someone reminded her that it was about time to reward herself for working so hard in the industry for 30 years.   [Read full story...]

Disney makes “High School Musical 4″ with new cast

LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Co’s teen hit franchise “High School Musical” is coming back for a fourth time — but with a new cast of characters, the company said on Tuesday.

“High School Musical 4″ will debut on the Disney Channel in 2010 — marking a return to its original cable home after the third instalment danced into movie theaters in 2008.

Disney Channel said in a statement the story would feature a music- and dance-filled love triangle set against cross-town rivalry between fictional high schools in Albuquerque, N.M.

It will introduce a new cast of characters after the fictional “graduation” of the original stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”.

“High School Musical” and its spin-offs have proved a lucrative global franchise for Disney since the first made-for-TV movie aired on the Disney Channel in January 2006. [Read full story...]

Kim Chiu misses Gerald Anderson’s advance bday party

Young star Kim Chiu was absent when friends and family threw a surprise advance birthday party for on-screen partner Gerald Anderson last Thursday but she denied that she snubbed the celebration.

“Naka-schedule ako para sa commercial dapat hahabol ako (kaso)  2 a.m. na ako natapos… gusto ko ngang pumunta nagte-text ako kung, ‘Uy, mayroon pa ba? Baka malapit na akong matapos ?’ ‘Yon pala matagal pa akong matatapos, sayang nga,” Chiu told ABS-CBN News.

DOLE, forge deal for jobs

The Department of Labor and Employment and online recruitment firm have forged a partnership to help the jobless, and workers displaced by the global crisis, find jobs on the Internet.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said DOLE entered into an agreement with the private executive search and staffing firm to provide jobs, as well as industry-grade skills to employers.

In the agreement signed by DOLE and JobStreet Select, DoLE’s Phil-Jobnet homepage would be linked to all the available jobs in the website.

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Teletech expands will create 2000 more jobs

Teletech, a foreign business processing and outsourcing company, further expanded its operations in the Philippines and helping provide more good paying jobs for Filipinos.

In Iloilo City today, Teletech opened a brand new 8,083 square-meter call center facility that includes its state-of-the-art communication and related equipment.

Maulik Farekh, Teletech executive vice president and general manager for Asia said this year, they would need some 2,000 employees to increase their current 23,000 workers to 25,000 in 12 locations across the country. [read full article...]

Give more, Pangilinan challenges companies

Difficult times call for bold measures, including giving even more money and resources to social development projects that are designed to help free the majority of Filipinos from the grip of poverty.

According to Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the country’s largest corporate-led social development foundation, the global economy is in the middle of a serious crisis and consequently, corporate profitability is adversely threatened.

But this should not prevent the private sector from doing its share in reducing the incidence of poverty in the Philippines. On the contrary, companies should find ways to even increase their funding support for social development. [Read full article...]

Flickr lets all users upload video snippets

SAN FRANCISCO – Flickr on Monday began letting users of its free online photo-sharing service upload snippets of video to the website in a budding challenge to Google-owned YouTube.

The Yahoo-owned enterprise last year gave the video privilege to people who paid 25 dollars monthly for Pro accounts at Flickr to plant roots in terrain dominated by YouTube.

“We are continuing to evolve the video experience to make it more compelling, accessible and easy to use,” Flickr general manager Kakul Srivastava wrote in a post at the firm’s website.

“So grab your cameras, and capture and share ‘long photos’ of your own!”

Pro account members on Monday were given an added benefit of being able to upload high-definition videos to Flickr to be shared with whomever they wish.

Flickr caps video length at 90 seconds. [Read full article...]

Richard Gutierrez, Jewel Mische touring Israel – report

Matinee idol Richard Gutierrez and his rumored girlfriend Jewel Mische have been spotted in Israel recently for a tour of the Holy Land.

A news source said Gutierrez and Mische joined the week-long Israel tour last month for a chance to explore some of the Holy Land’s most famous locations.  [Read full story...]