CDO was caught by surprise by “Sendong”

In an interview with a local AM radio station, Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) Mayor Vicente Emano expressed his dismay that his city was not warned on the actual strength of Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washii) which devastated Mindanao and reported to have claimed more than 600 lives already.

“Wala naman talagang sinabi na ganoon ang mangyayari,” Emano said.”Kami ang tinamaan ng mata ng bagyo, hindi na po sinabi yan. Wala pong nagsabi na ganito ang darating na bagyo sa amin, wala man lang bulletin, wala man lang nakapagsabi na we will be in the eye of the storm,” he added.

One reason that explains the high number of fatalities in the area is the fact that the city of Cagayan de Oro is rarely hit by storms. The last storm that hit the city was in 2009. Because of this, many residents were ill-prepared with the storm as well as with the flash floods that happened in the city.

The said explanation was also affirmed by NDRRMC Executive director Benito Ramos. He said the residents of Cagayan de Oro as well as Iligan City may have been caught by surprise that they were hit by Sendong.

“Hindi eto damay sa usual na path,” Ramos said. “Ang usual na path n’ya ay Central Visayas. Kung hagip ang Central Mindanao, ang experience ng ating mga kababayan d’yan, ang pinakamataas na ay 60-millimeters ng tubig na madala ng bagyo. Ang nangyari, 181-millimeters ang dinala n’ya,” he added.

Ramos added that the large amount of rains(181 millimeters in 24 hours) caused the Cagayan River to overflow, dumping water to the 13 barangays along the riverbanks.

In Cagayan De Oro, 30,403 individuals are now staying in 19 evacuation centers, while in Iligan, there are 9,640 individuals in 15 centers.

John Lloyd and Shaina are “not officially” together

In a press conference for his biscuit endorsement, actor John Lloyd Cruz admitted that he and his girlfriend Shaina Magdayao are still trying to work on their relationship despite still not being “officially together”. Cruz said that he doesn’t want to add anything further since he wants to protect her relationship with Shaina after the controversies that their relationship went through.

“Ako masyado akong naging open siguro sa media — sa public — ng personal life ko na parang naging out of control ang nangyari. So right now, kung anuman ang gusto kong ma-achieve, siguro the best way to protect it siguro for now is to keep it to myself and let it be as private as possible,” the actor said.

The Actor further added that he and Shaina are in a stage of realizing and discovering the importance of their relationship and said that he is happy with the status of their relationship. “Maayos naman kami. Even shortly after everything that happened eh maayos naman kami. At kung anuman ang naging problema, I had to attend to it, [to] everything especially kung related sa family. So ‘yun lang ang ginawa ko. For now, that’s really all I can tell you. Maayos kami, wala naman kaming problema. We are okay, we spend time together pero that’s all I can tell you,” he said.

When asked if his relationship with Shaina is worth a second chance, John Lloyd said “yes” adding that artists like them are also normal people who want normal relationships with the people closest and dearest to them.

Cruz also admitted that he and Magdayao are still “in touch” and in fact planning to invite Shaina for a vacation trip with his family this Christmas.

Vice Ganda still a Kapamilya; gets a new tattoo

Comedian and Actor Vice Ganda is still a kapamilya after signing an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN last Monday.

“Exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. Two years pa akong makakasama niyo araw-araw sa ABS-CBN,” Vice Ganda said signing the contract. Present during Vice’s contract signing was his new manager, Deo Endrinal and ABS-CBN executives lead by ABS-CBN’s president, Charo Santos Concio.

On his upcoming projects, Vice said that he will continue to host “Showtime” and “Gandang Gabi Vice”. “Siyempre, ‘Showtime’ pa rin. And they are planning to give me another show after ‘Gandang Gabi Vice,’” he said.

Vice also revealed that he will have another upcoming show in the Kapamilya network. “Medyo [matatapos na] kasi [ang 'Gandang Gabi Vice'], parang they want to make it seasonal. Mamahinga siya pero babalik, para maiwasan ang sawa factor,” he added.

During the interview in the press conference, Vice was also asked about his newest tattoo – the three star tattoo on his neck. The comedian’s first star tattoo was on his left wrist.

“Ang daming nagsunud-sunod na (blessings), ‘yung ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ tapos ‘yung movie, ang dami. So sabi ko, gusto ko ulit ng star. Noon ko pa gustong magpalagay kaso walang okasyon na pagla-launch-an ko. So tamang tama, grand finals ng ‘Showtime’ noong Sabado so pinalagay ko siya ng Thursday night,” he said.

Vic Sotto neither confirms nor denies relationship with Pauleen

During the press conference for his Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Enteng ng Ina Mo”, Vic Sotto mulled allegations that he and co-Eat Bulaga host, Pauleen Luna are an item.

The former box office king evaded questions when asked about the issue and only said that “Pauleen Luna has a very important cameo role in this film (‘Enteng ng Ina Mo’). That’s all there is to it.” Sotto said.

Sotto was also asked if he’s going to have a warm “Christmas” this year and he answered “Maraming nagpapainit. Tuwing Pasko, natatanong din ako niyan. Magsindi ka ng posporo. Parating makulay ang aking buhay…Parati akong may inspirasyon. Marami akong inspirasyon. Marami akong love life,” he added.

The news about Sotto and Luna surfaced when The Philippine Star columnist Ricky Lo mentioned in his article and Sotto and Luna are officially an item. According to Lo, a reliable source told him that “they are officially an item” and added that the relationship is already obvious because of the subtle sweetness happening between the two on-set in Eat Bulaga.

The source also mentioned that Luna has already replaced the Vic’s ex-girlfriend Pia Guanio as the “first lady” of Eat Bulaga who has already married Steve Magno.

In the Twitter world, many bashed the relationship especially of the fact that Sotto is 57 and Luna is 23 while others didn’t believe the showbiz news.

Rhian Ramos finally breaks her silence

In an interview with 24 Oras last December 7, 201, TV actress Rhian Ramos finally broke her silence regarding her controversial relationship with radio DJ Mo Twister.

According to Rhian, she met Mo when she was still 16 and Mo was 29 years old. She described Mo as “nice, smart, and funny”, which she says are the reasons why Mo was easy to befriend and eventually became his boyfriend.

When asked to describe her relationship and friendship with Mo, Rhian mentioned that she eventually like Mo because she feels flattered when Mo gave her lots of attention and mentions his admiration for Rhian on his radio show.

But Rhian admitted that their relationship wasn’t easy. At the beginning of their relationship, Rhian’s parents and close friends already warned her of Mo’s reputation. Rhian was told of Mo’s love child, attitude of being tactless, and the problem of their age gap.

Rhian confessed that she has already learned her lesson and admitted that she never listened to the advices of the people close to her. “Because I just really liked him and I guess I was just being blind”, she added.

Thing started to get sourer when Rhian and Mo became a couple. “Later on, when we became boyfriend-girlfriend, many things changed… And I came to know him in a completely different way.. It’s like he was a different person Rhian said.

Rhian tried to break-off from the relationship when she realized that her relationship with Mo was already “unhealthy”. But Rhian said that every time she tries to break from the relationship, Mo Twister would threaten her. According to her, Mo Twister even promised to take everything that Rhian loves away from her. “Yun ba yung love? Tatakutin ka ng tao? Ite-threaten ka? Sisirain ka? “Para ano? Para sa kanya ka lang?”, the actress added.

Rhian said that she regrets not listening to her parents because she was blind. She admitted being young and thought that she was doing the right thing.  The actress also expressed her shock and pain when she saw the news regarding her alleged abortion by a video diary made by Mo“I could not believe what I was seeing…I could not believe that he would say those things about me, and make a video saying things like that about me.” She said

Because of the turn-out of events, Rhian said that she will take a shot leave from showbiz to take a rest and be with her family.

Sarah Geronimo still a “Kapamilya”; happy with Won’t Last A Day

Putting an end to the rumors that she is going to transfer to the Kapatid Network or TV5, the two-time box-office queen Sarah Geronimo renewed her contract with ABS-CBN last Tuesday.

Geronimo expressed her happiness with the renewal of her contract with the Kapamilya network adding that she felt humbled with the fact that the network still wants her to stay. Masarap po sa pakiramdam iyon. Sabi ko nga, hangga’t gusto nila ako dito, nandito ako,” she said.

The recording artist was accompanied by her mother during the contract signing.

Geronimo also expressed her happiness with the support of the public for her movie with Gerold Anderson, “Won’t Last A DayWithout You”. The movie reportedly earned 20 million on its first day of showing.

“Of course, I’m very very happy. Vocal naman ako before mag-showing ang pelikula na pressured kaming lahat, pero grabe talaga ‘yung kaba ko… Sana patuloy pa rin ang suporta nila sa pelikula. Sana marami pa kaming ma-inspire, mapakilig,” Geronimo said.

Star-studded Azkals-Galaxy game a success

Despite having a score of 6-1 in favor of The Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup champions- Los Angeles Galaxy, their friendly game with the Philippine National Football Teams-Azkals at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last Saturday was a success.

“It was a good match this evening. I thought the Philippine team played quite well in the first half, certainly it was a close match,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said in the post-match press conference.

The Azkals had a close fight with the LA Galaxy during the first half of the game with Angel Guirado, Chieffy Caligdong and Phil Younghusband penetrating the defense of the LA Galaxy numerous times. But it was the team’s superstar David Beckham who scored the first goal for the LA Galaxy in the 20th minute followed by Mike Magee’s goal in the 38th minute.

The Azklas managed to bounce back from the 2 point lead by the Galaxy through a goal by Phil Younghusband. But Phil’s goal was short lived when Robbie Keane and other members of the LA Galaxy team scored 4 more goals in the second half.

Nonetheless, Coach Arena said that the Philippine team had talented players and was impressive. “I thought number 12 (Guirado), 13 (Caligdong) and 10 (P. Younghusband) played well. I don’t know their names and I apologize for that, but I thought they played well,” he said.

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy members Arena and Donovan mentioned that their team’s good play is a bit better from the condition of the Philippine team. “In the second half, I think we just wore them down. Our fitness level is perhaps a little bit better,” Arena said. “We got our fitness in over a little bit in the last three or four days,” Donovan said.

David Beckham and Landon Donovan also thanked all the Filipinos for their hospitality during their short stay in the Philippines. Beckham added that he was thrilled when he saw Manny Pacquiao in the audience and admitted that he is a huge fan of the Filipino boxer.

Aside from the Manny Pacquiao, also present in the audience during the game were Phil Younghusband’s girlfriend-Angel Locsin, Mylene Dizon, Dawn Zulueta and Maxene Magalona nd politicians Rep. Amado Bagatsing and Mayor Alfredo Lim.

World record of “Longest line of coins” set by PH

With a donation of 3.5 million 25 centavo coins from different sectors including the private sector, a 73.02 kilometer line was made along the grounds of the Quirino Grandstand and made the Philippines the unofficial title holder of the “longest line of coins” in the world.

The attempt was spearheaded by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Officers’ Club and Employees Association and the Kabayanihan Foundation in an event called “Barya ng mga Bayani: The Power of Small Change.” The said event encourages the recirculation of coins and to raise funds for building classrooms for public schools.

The official title holder for the longest line of coins is currently held by a community in Fort Scott, Kansan with a total of 64.88 kilometers and used 3.4 million pieces of 1 cent coins.

Geodetic engineer Erick Medrano, one of the engineers that inspected the line of coins, confirmed that the long line of coins at the Quirino Grandstand grounds measured 73.02 kilometers. He, together with other auditors, will then submit a certification and documents to the Guinness World Records for official confirmation of the world record.

The event started on Wednesday morning, with BSP employees, students, families and other volunteers helping out in lying of the coins. But the process of placing the 25-centavo coins on strips of scotch tape and rain showers by Wednesday took the event longer to accomplish. This prompted organizers to extend the event to Thursday. The line of coins was finally finished by Thursday afternoon.

BSP officials said the event was successful in getting coins back in circulation amid a coin shortage. They estimate the event would save the government some P3 million to P5 million, since it would not have to produce new coins.   The collected coins will also be used to construct several classrooms for public elementary schools around the country.

Derek Ramsay gets injured; undergoes arm surgery.

Hunk movie actor Derek Ramsay is now contemplating of quitting playing disc or “Frisbee” because of sustaining an arm injury from playing the sport.

The actor’s arm injury is not the first time he got injured from playing the sport. Though he recovered, Derek already suffered injuries in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) of his right knee, while his left suffered a fracture.

According to his tweet on Monday, Ramsay broke his arm in three places and that the doctors have to put metal plates in.

Ramsay encountered the incident Sunday afternoon, wherein he still tweeted in the morning that he was excited for the Frisbee tournament and posted: “Morning guys!!! Today is the big day!!!!! Hope we win. Pls wish our team luck”

But a few hours after the previous tweet, Derek already tweeted that he “in so much pain” and lamented that “Everything happens for a reason. I think this a sign for me to say goodbye to the sport I love so much.”

Meanwhile, Derek’s longtime girlfriend Angelica Panganiban also posted a tweet urging everyone to pray his boyfriend. “Please pray for dereks fast recovery. He got into an accident from frisbee. Broken arms. Needs operation tmrw… Thank you guys,” she posted.

Joey De Leon visits the Buzz and trends on Twitter

In line with promoting his latest film “Won’t Last A Day Without You” with Gerald Anderson and Sarah Geronimo, veteran comedian and host Joey De Leon visited the set of the Buzz for the first time last Sunday. She was interviewed by Toni Gonzaga who was a former host in the noontime show “Eat Bulaga” before she transferred to ABS-CBN.

Upon arriving, de Leon gave an “Eat Bulaga” coffee table book to Gonzaga that featured an old photo of Gonzaga with the hosts of the show.  This turned Gonzaga emotional.

When de Leon asked why Gonzaga cried, “Dati galit ka sa akin eh. Ngayon di ka na galit sa akin,” she told de Leon. “Hindi, ano ka ba. Di lang tayo nagkaintindihan. Hindi ako nagagalit sa’yo noon. Binibiro lang kita.” De Leon replied

But the veteran comedian admitted that they were sad when Gonzaga left the show.

“Siyempre nalungkot kami nung nawala ka. Pero ngayon, napapanood pa rin naman kita eh,” he said. “O tignan mo naman, nung umalis ka umasenso ka,” he added “Kung di ka lumayas sa ‘Bulaga’ edi baka sa EB Babes ka na.”

Gonzaga on the other hand said that she is thankful to have worked and learned from a showbiz icon like Joey de Leon. “Mabibilang ko ang sarili ko sa isa sa mga pinakamaswerte sa henerasyon na ito na nakatrabaho ang isang Joey de Leon,” she said.

In the Twitter world, viewers were also affected by “reunion” of de Leon and Gonzaga. “Joey de Leon” ranked fifth on the list on Sunday afternoon. Netizens tweeted that they enjoyed the interview wherein they felt emotional and at the same time laughed with de Leon’s antics.