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A more mature JaBea
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Jake Vargas and Bea Binene (MNS photo)

Jake Vargas and Bea Binene (MNS photo)

Gone are the days when teen sweethearts Jake Vargas and Bea Binene would argue over the slightest of disagreements.

At the launch of GMA-7’s newest series “Strawberry Lane,” the reel and real life couple fans fondly refer to as ‘JaBea’ acknowledged that they no longer dwell on such petty stuff.

While Jake says their two-and-a-half-year long relationship still has its fair share of challenges, he maintained, “Nalalagpasan namin (kaagad)… ‘Pag may dumating kasi sa aming problema, hindi namin pinapatagal.”

He added, “Dumarating (pa rin) ’yun (selosan)… pero hindi naman totally na ‘Oh, wag kang lalapit diyan ah!’”

The newfound maturity has allowed him to better focus on work. “Iba kasi ’yung pinagtutuunan mo ng pansin ’yung trabaho mo,” he said. “Mas maganda ’yung walang problema, masaya kayo lagi.”

Recently, Jake had Bea’s name inked on his right arm. “Para alam niya na lagi ko siyang kasama.”

For Bea, working things out in a relationship is simply about choosing battles wisely. “Hindi lahat away, away, away. Siguro alam na naming kung ano ’yung mga dahilan ng dapat naming pag-awayan,” she explained.

The young actress is also aware that their fans look up to them as examples. “Kaya I know my limits, alam ko po kung ano at kung alin ’yung mga dapat na ginagawa ko, at kung hanggang saan po ako dapat pupunta.”

Bea dismisses talks that she causes most of their squabbles being a domineering girlfriend, saying, “Basta transparent (lang) kami sa isa’t isa. Alam ko ’yung nararamdaman niya, alam niya ’yung nararamdaman ko.”

She attests how she even encourages Jake to be more wary of people taking advantage of his innate kindness. “Sana alam niya rin (kung hanggang saan lang) ’yung dapat na binibigay niya sa ibang tao.”

Jake and Bea are both ecstatic that their love team has been resurrected via “Strawberry Lane.”

The teen actor believes that they are able to deliver better performances together, especially since they are already comfortable with each other.

Bea agreed, saying, “Gamay na namin ’yung isa’t isa.”

“Strawberry Lane” premiered Sept. 15 on GMA Telebabad. (MNS)

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2nd plunder raps filed vs. PNP chief
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President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference at the Luzon Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (May 13, 2014).  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference at the Luzon Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (May 13, 2014). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A second plunder complaint has been filed against Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima.

The anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), led by Dante Jimenez, filed the complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday.

The second complaint came a week after the consumer rights’ group Coalition of Filipino Consumers filed plunder, bribery, and graft charges against Purisima in connection with a mansion in Nueva Ecija and the renovation of the PNP chief’s official quarters inside Camp Crame.

Purisima returned to the country after attending an anti-kidnapping seminar in Colombia. He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 8:41 p.m. on board Ana Airlines Flight NH949 from Narita, Japan.

He quietly came out of the airport and avoided reporters.

The PNP chief is facing plunder, graft and direct bribery charges at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly misdeclaring his wealth in his statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN) and for receiving donations for construction work on his official residence inside Camp Crame.

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on Public Order, has invited Purisima to appear at the Senate and answer the allegations raised against him.

Poe has also called on Purisima to take a leave of absence while investigations are being conducted.

Former PNP chief and now rehab czar Panfilo Lacson believes Purisima should resign.

The PNP spokesperson earlier said Purisima will answer the charges against him in a proper forum. (MNS)

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ARMM governor: No ISIS presence in the region
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Thousands have died between Muslim and government troopers since the 70s. The Moro National Liberation Front or MNLF (shown above are some of its Muslim rebels) says it considers the breakthrough in the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) and the Philippine government as a signal for it to finally pursue full independence for Mindanao. (Photo from the MNLF Facebook page)

Thousands have died between Muslim and government troopers since the 70s. The Moro National Liberation Front or MNLF (shown above are some of its Muslim rebels) says it considers the breakthrough in the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) and the Philippine government as a signal for it to finally pursue full independence for Mindanao. (Photo from the MNLF Facebook page)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman dismissed reports that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have gotten into the region.

Hataman attributed the connection merely to bandit groups in the region identifying with the notorious jihadist group’s “line of thinking.”

Ang tingin ko rito nakikisakay lang dito sa uso-uso, dahil uso ang ISIS,” he said. “At walang additional security threat kung magpahayag na ‘sinusuportahan namin ang ISIS’ dahil ‘yung line of thinking nila pareho rin.”

Hataman said the provincial government is coordinating with its local counterparts and has so far gathered no information about the speculated presence of ISIS members.

The Abu Sayyaf, which has aired its support for ISIS, are known to have forces in the provinces of Sulu and Basilan.

Recently, a mosque in Marawi City brought out the ISIS flag to show its support to the group, it added.

Earlier reports had quoted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former President Fidel V. Ramos as saying that ISIS was training at least 100 Filipinos.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, which is investigating the reports, said it has yet to receive any verified information on any recruitment activities by ISIS in the Philippines.

Aside from the Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has a signed a peace deal with the government, has also pledged support to ISIS.

Last Thursday, President Benigno Aquino III expressed the country’s intetion to assist in the United States’ campaign against the ISIS.

Meanwhile, the military will be sending additional troops to Mindanao in line with the threat that could be posed by ISIS.

The 501st Infantry Brigade and its attached units from Northern Luzon will be assigned to Western Mindanao for additional forces in Sulu, while the 21st and 41st Infantry Battalions will be sent to Zamboanga Peninsula, the report said.

The 501st Infantry Brigade was previously stationed to keep watch over the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, and Benguet, including Baguio City, it added. (MNS)

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Binay remains 2016 front-runner, Mar 2nd: survey
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Vice President Jejomar Binay as he receives the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor from Ninoy Aquino Movement Chairman Heherson Alvarez during the 31st death anniversary of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Thursday (August 21, 2014) in Pasay City. (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay as he receives the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor from Ninoy Aquino Movement Chairman Heherson Alvarez during the 31st death anniversary of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Thursday (August 21, 2014) in Pasay City. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) –Vice-President Jejomar Binay dropped his lead by 10 percentage points but continued to dominate all potential candidates in the 2016 presidential election, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

The survey, conducted last September 8-15, showed Binay leading the pack with a commanding 31% of Filipinos saying they will vote for him as president if elections were held today.

This is 10 percentage points lower than the 41% he got in the Pulse Asia survey last June 24 to July 2.

The survey was conducted after the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee started an investigation into the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall building 2. The building started construction while Binay was still Makati mayor.

According to the latest survey, Binay had the highest drop of support among Metro Manila (From 44% to 33%) and Visayan respondents (From 37% to 27%).

His support from among Class ABC respondents also dropped from 36% in the last survey to 23% in the latest survey. He lost 10 percentage points from among Class D respondents and 7 percentage points from among Class E respondents.

In second place is Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas who got 13% or six percentage points higher than the 7% he received in the last survey.

In third place is Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 11%. Santiago earlier said she is eyeing a possible presidential bid if she fully recovers from cancer.

Senator Grace Poe and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada are tied for fourth place, each getting 10% support from among respondents.

Other potential candidates got less than 10% support, with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero getting the highest vote with 5%. Only

A total of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above participated in the Pulse Asia survey. The survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.

Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.(MNS)

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Cayetano, Trillanes dared to undergo lifestyle check
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Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Koko Pimentel III conduct an ocular inspection of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II on Monday, September 1. (MNS photo)

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Koko Pimentel III conduct an ocular inspection of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II on Monday, September 1. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim secretary general JV Bautista also dared Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV to undergo a lifestyle check.

“Just because you are part of the Blue Ribbon sub-committee investigating the Makati City Hall Building-2 does not make you a credible or honorable person, or reading Biblical passages make you any holier than anyone. Ang kaso, these people think they’re more popish than the pope, and speaking as though they are morally upright, eh sa totoo lang panakip butas nila itong telenobela sa Blue Ribbon sa kanilang PDAF, DAP, etcetera,” Bautista said.

He said the senators should also be forthright about their supposed links to alleged pork barrel queen Janet Napoles.

He said Vice President Jejomar Binay already disclosed his own statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth for the sake of transparency.

Cayetano and Trillanes have urged Binay to face the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall building 2. Former Makati vice-mayor Ernesto Mercado has accused Binay of pocketing millions of pesos in kickbacks from the building projects as well as other infrastructure projects in Makati.

In his statement, Bautista said the Vice President has already expressed his willingness to undergo a lifestyle check.

Yun bang dalawang senador handa bang magpabuking ng kanilang totoong lifestyle? They should also be transparent and open, and show they have no skeletons in their closets,” he said. (MNS)

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PAVC to hold Dinner-Dance Oct. 4
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The Pangasinan Association of Ventura County will hold their annual dinner-dance at the Oxnard Performing Arts in Oxnard on October 4, 2014. Music will be provided by The Midnight Motion Band.

For particulars, please call Ampy Rabano at (805) 302-0533.

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Irvine Global Village Festival celebrates cultural diversity
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rey_andresThe City of Irvine takes pride anew in the richness of its cultural diversity with the weekend staging (September 27), now on its 13th year, of the Annual Global Village Festival  at the Bill Barber Park.

The traditional showcase of at least 50 ethnic groups whose members call  Irvine their home has been been promoted  as the “number one activity to attend in Orange County and touted as the Best Festival by a local weekly and a venue for promoting cross cultural interactions”.

The celebration of culture has been successful in attracting a horde of guests lured by its diversified sounds, dances, tastes and colors of the countries represented.

The Festival traces its beginnings in 1998 when a group of residents established the City’s first Multicultural Festival to help promote understanding and build harmony.

Two years later, the second Festival triggered the interest to expand holding the cultural cum family event in a larger venue to accommodate the growing attendees.

In 2001, Irvine Global Village Festival the new name for the annual event moved to the Irvine Civic Center where it drew an estimated crowd of 4,000. The originators of the event formed the Irvine Multicultural Association to guide in the planning of the cultural mecca which each year was able to attract more attendees.

The signature event of one of the most progressive cities in Orange County after more than a decade continues to highlight Irvine’s cultural vibrance and diversity that has since grown in scope that now includes more than 100 musical, dance and demonstration performances on five stages erected for the purpose. The event also features a variety of international cuisine, kid’s crafts and activities, cultural and world religion exhibits and a global marketplace.

In 2011 when Irvine marked its 40th anniversary and the Festival’s 10th, a record crowd of 20,000 attendees took part in the twin celebration.

Because of the successful conduct of the event, Irvine was conferred the Cultural Diversity Award in 2012 courtesy of the National League of Cities for its role “in developing creative and effective programs, like the Global Village, that improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents”.

The City of Irvine (one of OC’s 34 cities) is one of the nation’s largest master-planned communities, culturally diverse and fully integrated city of 223,729 residents occupying some 65 square miles in the heart of Orange County. It has the distinction of being the top city in California and ranks 6th in America in 2012 in Best Places to live in America based on housing, finance and quality of life” according to CNN. The City is home to the Orange County Great Park – America’s first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.

Irvine Global Village Festival is  a Sustainable Festival

The Irvine Global Village Festival is also a “green- friendly’ event that  strives to reduce, reuse and recycle as many resources as possible and aims at eventually earning the distinction of being a zero waste festival in the manner of how the event is run. The event’s activities buttress the achievement of the eco-friendly goal through the green transportation where vehicles that shuttle participants to the destination are powered by natural gas; zero waste stations which promote recycling and inform guests about recycling options.

Equipping to Serve: Over 400 delegates from all over Unites States of America attended the 16th Annual Handmaids of the Lord USA National Conference held at Framingham, Massachusetts on September 5-7, 2014 to raise the service and dedication to their cause to the next level.  In photo are 40 of the more than 60spirit-filled delegates who came from Southern California. . Their commitment is based on the Biblical account on the birth of Jesus in the Book of Luke 1:38 when Mary said, “Behold, I Am the handmaid of the Lord, May it be done to me according to Your Word.”

Equipping to Serve: Over 400 delegates from all over Unites States of America attended the 16th Annual Handmaids of the Lord USA National Conference held at Framingham, Massachusetts on September 5-7, 2014 to raise the service and dedication to their cause to the next level. In photo are 40 of the more than 60spirit-filled delegates who came from Southern California. . Their commitment is based on the Biblical account on the birth of Jesus in the Book of Luke 1:38 when Mary said, “Behold, I Am the handmaid of the Lord, May it be done to me according to Your Word.”

Signages, banners and shirts worn by volunteers and staff have been designed with re-use in mind. Biodegradable materials are used on one-time use banners. Even the programs use soy-based inks and are dowloadable in to mobile phones. These are eco-friendly measures on the part of the organizers. Guests are also urged to pitch in in the over-all scheme by seeking their cooperation to bring reusable items like coffee mugs, water bottles and plastic cups for beverages; reducing carbon emission by carpooling taking public transportation to the event or biking; using the recycling and composting bins at event to help divert garbage from landfills and to bring their own reusable shopping bags if they are thinking of purchasing items.

Meanwhile in Buena Park, home to the Knotts Berry Farm, organizers are on are busy for the 31st Arirang Korean Cultural Heritage Festival this weekend (Sept. 26-28 at La Mirada Blvd. , between Beach and Alondra Boulevards). The event is one of Buena Park’s “most unique cultural events this fall which celebrates Korean Heritage through lively song, dance and food.

The Korean Festival is designed to: promote unity and harmony through cultural exchanges by celebrating Korean heritage with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds;  provide business opportunities to promote services and products through booth displays and various advertisements, invite Korean companies and government bodies to find investment opportunities in Orange County and encourage the next generation of Korean immigrants to recognize their heritage and find their identities.

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