Manny Pacquiao’s First Fight for 2012

Many Pacquio will be facing his next opponent, the undefeated Timothy “Tim” bradly which is set to take place on June 9th, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. “Manny Pacquio (54-3-2, 38KO) versus Timothy Bradley(28-0, 13KO).”

Manny Pacquiao is absolutely an international star and his future fights will surely be a huge event. Timothy Bradley has established himself as one of the most talented Boxer nowadays. He established his name in Boxing with his wins over Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander, Junior Witter, and Kendall Holt.

Boxing fanatics may not feel as thrilled as the much awaited Mayweather-Pacquiao’s fight, but this match could be one of the most memorable fights ever in boxing.

“This is going to be one of the greatest clashes this year because Timothy Bradley is one of the perfect opponents for Manny Pacquiao. He is a very dedicated, disciplined, and hard-working fighter who uses also intelligence in the ring to adapt and overcome whatever adversity he’s faced with.

“During his last fight against Casamayor, Tim Bradley precisely broke down the Cuban veteran over the course of 8 rounds, knocking him down in rounds 5, 6, and 8. He utilized intelligent pressure while using long touch jabs to set up the beautiful searching right hooks to the body which eliminated Casa’s lateral movement and ultimately set up his power shots to the head,” some of the boxing analysts’ opinion.

Carla Abellana finally decided to transfer

After Iza Calzado transferred to ABS-CBN, there are speculating rumors that Carla will be the next Kapuso Star to transfer. In an interview with PEP, she said that she knew there was an offer but she hasn’t read it. She said that as much as possible she doesn’t want to leave GMA.

“Wala pa… Wala pang umaabot sa akin na kontrata or plano kung anong gagawin.

“Pero nasabi ko na rin naman, my heart is in GMA.

“But, I will be honest naman, kailangan kong i-open ‘yong mind ko sa ibang offers.

“I’m not saying, babay [sa Kapuso network]. Hindi naman.

“Kumbaga, at this point in my life, ano, e, kailangan mong i-open ang mind mo.

“Na i-consider ‘yong iba, ‘yong plano ng iba, ‘yong offer nila.

“So, that’s why I asked for some time off para makapag-isip talaga ako. Iyon!”

But on the recent news, tables were turned, as Carla Abellana finally made a decision of transferring to ABS-CBN. It was a hard decision for her and for her manager Arnold Vegafria, but what had made them leave were the priorities of GMA when it comes to giving projects to its talents. The most prioritize are, Marian Rivera, Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi na ako bumabata. Hindi naman ako puwede na teeny-bopper forever. Career, roles… ano pa ang ibang magagawa ko? Sino pa ang ibang puwede kong makatrabaho?” she clarified.

Is it over between Dra. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho, Jr?

Isang nakakaintrigang mensahe ang inilabas ni Dra. Vicki Belo sa kanyang Twitter account ngayong hapon, Pebrero 10, tungkol sa fiancé niyang si Hayden Kho.

Ayon kay Vicki, “nancycastilogne you can now openly date @haydenjr . You have my blessings . Hope you’ll both be happy .”

Sa naturang mensahe, tila ipinahihiwatig ng celebrity cosmetic surgeon na hiwalay na sila ng nobyo.

At ang dahilan: ang aktres na si Nancy Castiglione.

Mas lalong umingay ang alingasngas tungkol sa umano’y hiwalayan ng dalawa dahil agad na sumagot si Hayden sa mensahe ni Dra. Belo gamit din ang Twitter account.

Ani Hayden, “Before things go out of hand: Vicki and I are just having a misunderstanding. Don’t make conclusions. There’s NO infidelity issue here.”

Kani-kanila lang ay muling nag-post ng mensahe si Hayden sa kanyang Twitter account:

“I feel that the public doesn’t have to get involved in this but since names have to be cleared and this issue involves the welfare of two innocent toddlers, I will have to speak out my piece, but at the right time. Thank you.”

Totoo nga kayang hiwalay na ang magkasintahan?

Kahapon, una nang lumabas sa PEP Alerts na hindi na raw interesado ang beauty doctor sa kasal nila ng doctor-turned-entrepreneur.

Ano naman ang kinalaman ni Nancy Castiglione sa isyung ito?

NO SIGNS OF TROUBLE? Nakapagtataka ang bagong yugtong ito sa relasyon nina Hayden at Vicki.

Nito lamang kasing Sabado, Pebrero 4, ay nakita pa silang magkasama at malambing sa isa’t isa sa isang children’s party na ginanap sa NBC Tent sa The Fort.

Masaya rin silang humarap sa media noong Martes, Pebrero 7, sa Skin party sa Genting Club, Resorts World Manila.

Sa interview ng dalawa sa media ay sinabi nilang matutuloy ang plano nilang pagpapakasal ngayong taon.

THE HAYDEN-NANCY CONNECTION. Kung pagbabasehan ang Twitter posts nina Nancy at Hayden, masasabing magkakilala at magkaibigan ang dalawa.

May ilang beses na rin kasi silang nag-usap gamit ang naturang social networking site.

Nito lamang Enero 10 ay nagpalitan ng tweets ang dalawa na nagsimula sa pagpo-promote ni Hayden ng isang skin-rejuvenating product ng Belo Medical Group.

Nagkainteres sa produkto si Nancy at nauwi ito sa pagbigay niya ng kanyang cell phone number kay Hayden upang ma-i-refer umano siya sa isang nagngangalang Dr. Lipana.

Ipinakilala pa ni Hayden si Nancy kay Dra. Belo gamit ang Twitter nang i-tag nito ang username ng kanyang nobya.

May ilang ulit pang nagkausap sina Hayden at Nancy sa Twitter mula noon, lalo na kung ang paksa ng usapan ay tungkol sa pagpapapayat at pagpapa-sexy na isa sa mga pinagkakaabalahan ngayon ni Nancy.

Kahapon, Pebrero 9, ang huling public interaction nina Nancy at Hayden sa Twitter.

Nag-post si Nancy ng larawan niya kasama ang dalawang anak niya sa isang restaurant.

May nakakaintriga namang sagot si Hayden tungkol sa ipinost na larawam ni Nancy.

Sabi ni Hayden: “@vickibelo and I will have the one on the left.”

Taong 2008 nang pansamantalang lisanin ni Nancy ang showbiz upang pagtuunan ng oras ang pagbubuntis niya sa kambal na anak nila ng kanyang non-showbiz boyfriend.

Noong nakaraang taon ay nagpahiwatig ito ng intensiyong balikan ang naiwan niyang singing career kung saan ginagamit niya ang screen name na Nancy Jane.

Samantala, hindi pa matukoy sa ngayon ang tunay na dahilan ng pagkakalabuan nina Hayden at Vicki, at kung ano ang kinalaman ni Nancy sa isyung ito.

Sa text message na natanggap ng PEP mula kay Carlo Orosa, manager ni Hayden, kakausapin pa lamang daw nito ang kanyang alaga tungkol sa naturang isyu.

Kinokontak din sa ngayon ng PEP ang manager ni Nancy na si Arnold Vegafria upang magbigay-linaw sa isyu.

Nananatili ring bukas ang PEP para sa panig ni Dra. Belo at iba pang sangkot sa isyu.

Abangan ang susunod na update tungkol sa balitang ito.

Source: PEP.ph

COMMENTARY: How It’s Showtime can improve its noontime fare

Last Monday, February 6, was the pilot episode of It’s Showtime, ABS-CBN’s new noontime show. It is hosted by Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Karylle and Billy Crawford, Teddy Corpuz, and Kim Atienza.

Did it live up to the expectations?

The answer is, not yet.

It’s Showtime is a reformat of Showtime, the Kapamilya channel’s highly-popular talent show that previously aired before noontime. With It’s Showtime, the old show seems to be leaving behind its previous image as a home for incredible talent so it could be a full-fledged noontime show.

To convert Showtime into a noontime show, the producers added new segments to lengthen the running time namely Sine Mo ‘To, The Singing V, Pitik Bulag, Arte Mo!, and Rock Clock.

Some of the guests during the pilot episode were Erik Santos, Jovit Baldivino, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, Ejay Falcon, Empress Schuck, and Gab Valenciano. Entertaining the crowd were bands Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Rocksteddy, andShowtime Season 1 grand champion XB Gensan and child wonder Bugoy Cariño.

The last segment, Classic Showtime, is the talent search portion but condensed.Showtime is known to discover incredible talent, so it’s surprising to see that the new show relegated its strongest segment at the end.

There seems to no proper buildup since they put the new segments that weren’t quite strong enough to build up energy for the climax, which is Classic Showtime.

The first segment, Sine Mo ‘To, was a live sketch that recalled Lunch-A-Funny-Tym. Select members from the “madlang pipol” were tasked to do comical skits with the hosts and Vice Ganda will comment on their performances. They must follow what does the narrators Vhong Navarro and Billy Crawford will say. While hilarious and admirable for heightening audience participation, it should be shortened to avoid being dragging.

The Singing V, meanwhile, can be considered a mini spin-off of the previous showThe Singing Bee.

It took two of the show’s gaps, although it was not exciting enough to warrant that length. The rules were also confusing, because they were not explained well before the game started.

Pitik Bulag also had confusing rules and too much length–seven minutes were spent introducing the contestants and the game mechanics before any game was played.

Arte Mo! and Rock Clock are It’s Showtime‘s main prize-giving segments. With a little tweaking, these could be as big as the classics, like Laban o Bawi, or Pera o Bayong.

One good thing about It’s Showtime‘s is that the rapport of the hosts is still there. At times, the camaraderie between Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Karylle, Billy Crawford, and Kuya Kim is genuine enough to bring excitement to the show. The other hosts need improvement.

Since it was just the pilot episode, it is expected that It’s Showtime would hit snags. So how can it be improved? Here are some suggestions:

1. Make Classic Showtime the show’s centerpiece, instead of relegating it to the end. Open the show with the introduction of all the acts for the day, then show a game in the next gap. In the following gap, show the first act’s performance. Then another game, another act, etc. End the show with the announcement of the winner.

2. Cut the segments that do not work.

3. To avoid confusion of the rules, record a short VTR of these rules and show them before any game is played.

4. Let the other hosts, particularly the new ones, hold the mike. Do not overexpose the main hosts by giving them all the juicy segments.

5. Do not focus on the competition. The producers of It’s Showtime should focus on giving the show its own identity first. The new format looks like it was made to go head-to-head with Eat Bulaga!

A successful noontime show should have an emotional connection for it to have an impact and eventually, become a part of the noontime habit of Filipinos.

It will be recalled that ‘Sang Linggo n’APO Sila, led by the APO Hiking Society (Danny Javier, Jim Paredes and Buboy Garovillo), offered a balance of performances and entertainment, ensuring its longevity of three years.

The hosts of Magandang Tanghali Bayan (Randy Santiago, John Estrada, Willie Revillame, Christine Jacob, Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez) had undeniable rapport, which enabled the show to make the rivalry with GMA-7′s Eat Bulaga! more intense. It underwent several reformats to Masayang Tanghali Bayan and MTB Ang Saya Saya to offer fresh content to viewers.

Wowowee had Willie Revillame as the main magnet and by focusing on sob stories, the show was able to appeal to the aspirations of the masa.

It’s Showtime should focus on developing its own personality. Does it want to attract viewers for its prizes or does it want to discover new talents? Classic Showtime has proven to be a big hit, especially since the hosts had the ability to set trends simply by introducing new words such as “unkabogable,” “havey” and “waley.” The show also contributed to popular culture when Vice Ganda popularized jokes that start with “may nag-text!”

It’s Showtime attempts to be a hybrid of a variety show and a talent search competition. Will this format work? It’s a matter of creating the perfect mix that viewers will find palatable for their noontime fare.

Source: pep.ph

Ahcee Flores’ Trending Comment

After the devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Negros Oriental, people’s attention was suddenly diverted to a mysterious person named ‘Ahcee Flores.’

Ahcee Flores, not her real name, posted an unwanted comment in Yahoo! Philippines news story.

“Let us all pray……. Na matuloy ang tsunami para maraming bisaya ang mamatay, para mabawasan ang mga baduy sa pilipinas [I hope the tsunami pushes through so people from Visayas will die..so the outdated will cease].”

“DI BALE GUYS, KUNDI MAN NATULOY ANG TSUNAMI NGAYON, WAG TAYO MAGALALA, MARAMI PA NAMANG PAGKAKATAON NA DARATING, MATUTULOY DIN YAN, JUST KEEP ON PRAYING (Don’t worry guys, if the tsunami doesn’t happen today, there will be next time, just keep on praying)” – as her follow-up comment states.

The disgust on Ahcee Flores becomes viral not only on Yahoo! but also on Facebook and Twitter Philippines. She actually became trending Yahoo! and Twitter. Many fan pages on Facebook were created as a proof of their hatred to Ahcee. Some of them are “Ahcee Flores -Persona non grata in Cebu”, “Ahcee Flores Is Such a Bitch”, and “Kill Ahcee Flores Movement”.

Some of the news states that her real name is Gladys Lumantes Delos Santos, though, there is no proof yet that tells that she is in fact the real person behind the net screen name.

Priscilla Meirelles gave birth to “Sammanta Anechka”

Brazilian Beauty Queen Priscilla Meirelles finally gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at 12:29 am, confirmed thru text by her husband John Estrada to Ginger Conejero.
John Estrada announced last Friday in the final show of HYY that his wife was brought to the hospital because they thought Priscilla will give birth that day. “Sammanta Anechka is her name. But I don’t think we’re ready to show her,” said John. Anechka weighs 6.13 pounds.
Priscilla explained how they chose the name for their daughter.
“Actually, it was pronounced as Aneka.
“We were like, you know, having a hard time to pick a name because we are so picky when it comes to that, we really wanted our daughter to have a unique name.
“And a week ago, we finally agreed that we had a common understanding with the name, we were searching through a lot of names and my husband chose Anechka.
“My husband liked the name because it is unique.
“It’s actually Russian, it’s a Russian name and it means–I like the fact that it symbolize–it means grace, and it’s also a biblical name, it means the one chosen by God to speak.”

Sandara Park says hello to old colleagues at ABS-CBN

On her last day in Manila, Korean pop star Sandara Park visited former colleagues at ABS-CBN. While her groupmates from 2NE1–CL, Bom and Minzy–opted to stay at their hotel to rest before their flight back to Korea, Sandara decided to drop by to say hello to her former Star Magic mentor Mr. Johnny Manahan, the staff of Sunday noontime show ASAP (where she was a regular) and some celebrity friends. Sandara had just returned from Albay that morning with the rest of 2NE1.

Because of time restraints, Sandara had to rush to different areas of the Kapamilya network starting with a visit to Mr. M, who was at the time directing ASAP’s live show from the control booth. The two had a short chat and she soon went to see the show’s staff including Joyce Liquicia, ASAP’s business unit head. She then headed off to the MYX studio to meet Luis Manzano, the former Star Circle Quest (SCQ) host but she eventually went back to the ASAP dressing rooms to see him. Here, she was also able to talk Kim Chiu, who is an admitted fan of Sandara.

Afterwards, Sandara headed straight to a nearby restaurant have her favorite sisig, sinigang na hipon, pakbet, gambas, and kinilaw na pusit for lunch. Here, she got to hang out with actor Joross Gamboa, one of her closest buddies from SCQ.

Sandara also decided to buy Italian food for the 2NE1 members and their entourage and here, another former SCQ member, Raphael Martinez ,caught up with them. On her way back to her hotel, Joross called actress Melissa Ricks, who was on a Walang Hanggan mall tour in Lucena, and had her talk to Sandara. Melissa thanked Sandara for the belated birthday gift the latter had sent her days earlier. Melissa was particularly touched that Sandara remembered to get what she really wanted.

It was a short trip to her “second home” and Sandara hopes she will have more time to spend with her friends the next time she visits again.

Source: http://www.push.com.ph/features/4488/sandara-park-says-hello-to-old-colleagues-at-abs-cbn/

Kris and James Yap formally annulled

Kris and James Yap’s 5 year marriage has been formally annulled, Boy Abunda announced in “Bandila” on Thursday, February 2.

According to Boy, the reason for the annulment was “lack of authority of the solemnizing officer,” saying that it is null and void from the very beginning. Their separation of properties were already been settled a year ago. According to Family code, their son “Bimby”, will be under the custody of Kris, but James Yap is still allowed to visit his son.

Meanwhile, Kris and his sons, Bimby and Josh will have a vacation today at Hongkong Disneyland, and next week at Tokyo Disneyland.

“Bukas dadalhin ko sila sa Hong Kong Disneyland, next week sa Tokyo Disneyland. As in sobrang pagsuhol ngayon, kasi alam nila at alam ko rin na once this starts, ibang level ng pagod. Para at least na payagan nila akong dalawa, alam kase nila na gusto ko talaga ng acting,” she said in an interview yesterday at Abs-Cbn compound.

Kris will start shooting her next TV Drama, “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw”, with Anne Curtis and Robin Padilla on February 21, 2012.

Gloria Arroyo seeks court permission to attend Iggy wake

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has sought permission from the Pasay City court to attend the wake of her late brother-in-law, Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr.

A report by radio dzBB’s Sam Nielsen Thursday said Mrs. Arroyo’s lawyer, Benjamin Santos, submitted a motion to the effect to the Pasay City regional trial court last  Wednesday,

The report said Mrs. Arroyo wanted to “pay her respects” to her late brother-in-law, who died last week after a lingering illness.

No date has so far been set for the return of Rep. Arroyo’s remains from London.

But the same radio report said the camp of Mrs. Arroyo’s motion will not be heard until at least on Friday, when the court also hears the motion of the Commission on Elections to transfer the former Philippine leader to a regular jail.

Mrs. Arroyo has been under hospital arrest since Nov. 18, on charges of electoral sabotage.

She is now staying at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, where she was transferred from the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City last Dec. 9.

The Comelec, however, has asked the court to have Mrs. Arroyo transferred from the VMMC to a regular jail as her condition has improved.

The court had earlier scheduled Mrs. Arroyo’s arraignment on Feb. 20. — RSJ, GMA News

Source: gmanetwork.com

John Lloyd Talks About his Movie and Love life

John Lloyd’s new movie with Angel Locsin, “Unofficially Yours”, becomes the most talked about Valentine movie of Star Cinema because of its story and concept about sexual relationship nowadays. John Lloyd admitted that the pressure is different this time, as how his new movie tackled a different kind of issue about relationship.

“Medyo kakaiba yung tema. Kakaiba para sa Star (Cinema) pero yung tema naman na yun familiar naman na yung audience sa ngayon. Saka kasi dati ‘di ba isang klase siya ng subject na hindi pinag-uusapan pero laganap ‘di ba so finally matatackle sa isang pelikula. So I’m very excited na maikwento natin ito sa paraan na kung paano gumagawa ng pelikula ang Star Cinema.”

Speaking of relationship, there are rumors that Shaina and him got back together. John Lloyd confirmed the issue, and it has been a long time since they reunited.

“Nagkahiwalay kami, nagkabalikan. And now, we’re doing perfectly fine.

“We are trying to keep the private matters private kasi masyado din ata kaming naging maluwag din sa pagwe-welcome ng public sa buhay namin. Kaya siguro ngayon mas may effort lang at consciousness lang to keep the matter private as much as possible,” John Lloyd said in an interview.

“Unofficially Yours” will hit the big screen this coming February 15.