Coco, Kim still working on building chemistry
Kim Chui and Coco Martin (MNS photo)
Coco Martin is working extra hard to develop good rapport with Kim Chiu, his leading lady in the upcoming ABS-CBN series “Ikaw Lamang.”
Although this is third time that Martin and Chiu will be working together after “Tayong Dalawa” in 2009 and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” in 2010, the award-winning actor said they still have to build up a strong on-screen chemistry.
“Kailangan dalawa kayong nagkakaintindihan. Ako kasi honestly sa lahat ng nakakatrabaho ko, kailangan namin ng panahon,” he said.
Noting that chemistry doesn’t come easily, Martin admitted having a hard time adjusting during his scenes with Chiu.
“Actually mahirap lalong lalo na sa akin. Siyempre ngayon nagsisimula pa lang kami, kailangan talaga ;yun pagtuunan ng pansin, ng panahon kasi kailangan kong trabahuhin na magkaroon kami ng chemistry ni Kim. Medyo matagal kaming hindi nagkasama,” he said.
Chiu, for her part, said: “May pinagsamahan na rin kami kahit papano. Pero ‘yung mga kilig-kilig, tinatrabaho talaga namin. Marami kaming inputs sa isa’t isa. May kinunan kami nung isang araw na eksena, medyo piniga namin. Maganda naman ang kinalabasan. Team work dapat.”
Given the many top-rating shows that they have done, both Chiu and Martin feel fortunate to be given another chance to star in a television series together.
“Kilala si Coco bilang napakaraming best actor awards so isang karangalan sa akin na makapareho ang isang Coco Martin. Sigurado akong marami akong matututunan bilang artista lalo na sa larangan ng drama,” Chiu said.
“Lalo na ngayon na medyo period ‘yung teleserye, iba ‘yung atake, iba ‘yung salita. Nagpapasalamat din ako na binigyan ako ng Dreamscape and ABS ng napakagandang proyekto,” she added.
Martin, however, pointed out that Chiu has also improved as an actress in the past couple of years.
“Ako bilang artista nanonood din ako ng mga soap opera. Nakita ko talaga kay Kim yung pag-grow niya. Napakagaling na niya. Magaling eh. Sana makasabay ako. Ninenerbyos ako,” Martin said.
The highly anticipated period drama “Ikaw Lamang” will also feature Julia Montes, Jake Cuenca, Ronaldo Valdez, Tirso Cruz III, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, and John Estrada.
The series is set to debut on March 10, replacing “Got to Believe.” (MNS)
Miriam dares colleagues to act on her anti-epal, anti-dynasty bills
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago attends the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing of the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam Thursday, November 7. Santiago reminded Napoles that she cannot just invoke her right against self-incrimination (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Saturday challenged her colleagues to act on her bills, particularly the “anti-epal” bill and the one seeking an end to political dynasty in the Philippines.
In a statement, Santiago lamented that a number of her important bills are still languishing in the Senate, especially Senate Bill No. 54, or the Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill, and S.B. Nos. 55 and 1580 or the Anti-Political Dynasty Bills.
SB 54, also called anti-epal bill, seeks to bar politicians from taking undue credits by putting their names (umi-epal or pumapapel) on signage of public works projects.
“I am disappointed. Without public clamor, these bills will never see the light of day. The committees to which these bills were referred are sitting on them,” Santiago said.
The Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill was referred to the Committee of Civil Service and Government Reorganization chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, while the Anti-Political Dynasty Bills were referred to the Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Organization, chaired by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.
Santiago has written to both senators requesting for a public hearing on her bills, which, according to her, “have been pending in the Senate for a prolonged period of time.”
“It would be best for the legislative process to ensure that the bills are at least reported out to the plenary session, considering their wide implications on our political system,” she said.
The senator claimed that aside from the Anti-Political Dynasty and Anti-Signage of Public Works Bills, she has four other priority bills that have yet to be acted upon. These are:
- S.B. No. 56, or the Deceased Organ Donor Bill;
- S.B. No. 57, or the Magna Carta for Call Center Workers;
- S.B. No. 186, or the HIV and AIDS Policy and Plan Bill; and
- S.B. No. 185, or the Certificate of Intention to Run for Public Office (CIRPO) Bill.
The CIRPO bill requires any person interested in running for public office to file a certificate of intention to run six months before the deadline for the filing of a certificate for candidacy.
As the principal author of S.B. No. 53, or the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF), Santiago earlier wrote Senator Ralph Recto, chair of the committee on science and technology, requesting for an immediate public hearing. She emphasized that her bill seeks to repeal the Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which was recently upheld in part by a Supreme Court ruling last 18 February 2014.
“My bill – in stark contrast to the Supreme Court ruling – characterizes the crime of online libel as unconstitutional, because the provision violates both the ‘void for vagueness,’ and ‘overbreadth’ doctrines in constitutional law.
Moreover, the Supreme Court ruling appears to go against the global inclination to decriminalize libel,” the senator explained in her letter.
Sen. Recto has set the committee hearing for the MCPIF on Monday, 3 March 2014. Santiago has offered to co-sponsor the bill with Sen. Recto.
“To emphasize my vigorous support of this bill, I respectfully offer to be your co-sponsor, once the bill is reported out at plenary session. But first there has to be a public hearing so that netizens can be given a forum for airing their opposition to the recent Supreme Court decision, particularly where the decision upholds the constitutionality of online libel,” Santiago said in her letter to Recto.
Santiago has been consistent in passing the most number of bills and resolutions in the Senate during her two terms as senator. (MNS)
Palace: Proposed abolition of 19 GOCCs needs to be studied first
(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) President Benigno S. Aquino III, escorted by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, signs the Guest Book at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya on Friday (February 28, 2014) during his State Visit to Malaysia. President Aquino and PM Najib are expected to discuss the upcoming signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday said the proposal to abolish 19 government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), some of which have been linked to the P10-billion pork barrel scam, must be studied thoroughly.
“Kailangang pag-aralan ito ng GCG o Governance Commission on GOCCs na siyang may mandato na tiyakin ang mainam na pagganap sa tungkulin ng mga korporasyon ng pamahalaan,” Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. told reporters in a text message.
He issued the statement after Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez filed House Bill 3807, which seeks to abolish 19 GOCCs and government financial institutions (GFI) for underperforming or losing money.
Among these GOCCs and GFIs are:
Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel;
Batangas Land Co., Inc.;
BCDA Management and Holdings, Inc.;
Cottage Industry Technology Center;
Freeport Service Corp.;
GY Real Estate, Inc.;
Human Settlements Development Corp.;
Kamayan Realty Corp.;
Marawi Resort Hotel, Inc.;
Masaganang Sakahan, Inc.
National Agribusiness Corp.;
Natural Resources Development Corp.;
Northern Foods Corp.;
Philippine Aerospace Development Corp.;
Philippine Convention and Visitors Corp.;
Pinagkaisa Realty Corp.;
Trade and Investment Development Corp. of the Philippines; and
ZNAC Rubber Estate Corp.
The pork barrel scam refers to the alleged funneling of billions in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by some lawmakers to bogus non-government organizations linked to detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. (MNS)
Los Angeles Board Of Supervisors presents plaque to Congen De La Vega
Photo above shows (L-R) Supervisor Zev Yarovsky, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor Knabe, Consul General De La Vega, Supervisor Gloria Molina and Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
Los Angeles. – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors bid farewell to Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega with a presentation of a plaque in recognition of her dedication and leadership in strengthening ties between the Philippines and Southern California during her tenure.
The plaque was presented during a Board Meeting held on 04 March 2014 at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration located in downtown Los Angeles.
Beauty trends spotted at Paris Fashion Week
A model presents a creation for Saint-Laurent during the 2014/2015 Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on March 3, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA
(Relaxnews) – Here are some of the hottest beauty trends from the Paris runways.
Vanessa Bruno and Giambattista Valli were just two of the designers to commit to the nude makeup trend at Paris Fashion Week. Makeup artist Val Garland explained the secret behind Valli’s models’ glowing rosy cheeks: no products, just a brief facial massage before the girls hit the catwalk.
There was a fun late-60s vibe to the clothes at both the Valentino and Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent shows. As Saint Laurent this meant Celtic pale skin, Twiggy-style cat’s eyes and heavy mascara. The Valentino look was subtler, featuring center-parted hair, soft pink lips and a line of pale blue eyeshadow.
At the Chanel show the hair was woven and plaited with strips of colorful and metallic fabric, then pulled into ponytails. The rest of the makeup look was pretty low-key apart from a number of models with bright neon rave eyes. Jean-Charles De Castelbajac also went for brightly colored eye shadow as a contrast to otherwise bare faces.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s space-age girls wore blacked-in bold eyebrows, winged eyeliner (see the 60s, again) and tight alien antennae-like top-knot hairdos. Gareth Pugh sent out his models with powdery white makeup on fingers and faces, giving them a slightly outer-galactic aspect. The makeup look at Haider Ackermann crossed Marlene Dietrich with a Martian — blotted-out eyebrows were replaced by thin black curved lines, worn with nude lips and pale bronze eyeshadow.
Jessica Alba named as Braun’s new beauty brand ambassador
Jessica Alba signs as the new face of Braun. ©BusinessWire
(Relaxnews) – The American actress has been named as the global Beauty Brand Ambassador for German consumer goods company Braun.
As part of her new role, the Golden Globe-nominated star will appear in an integrated print, TV and online ad campaign set to appear this month.
“Jessica Alba is a strong, passionate woman and an advocate for others – she is the perfect ambassador to talk about the role beauty and our products play in helping women to feel their best,” said Braun’s Alessandra Dolfini.
The company sells a range of electrical beauty devices for hair and skin including hairdryers, hair straighteners, epilators and electric razors.
Alba is set to appear this year in “How To Make Love Like An Englishman” opposite Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Malcolm McDowell. Well known as a fashion fan, the star regularly jets to the runway shows in Paris to support her favorite designers.
Joross Gamboa to wed girlfriend this year
Joross Gamboa (MNS photo)
Joross Gamboa confirmed he will be marrying his long-time girlfriend this year.
Gamboa said he and his girlfriend, Kathy Kimberly Saga, are still planning the event but it will definitely be held at Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang in November.
“Medyo inaayos pa rin namin, pinu-process, pero plano namin parang classic-classic para elegant. Hopefully after my birthday. Kasi ang birthday ko, weekdays eh,” he said.
Gamboa proposed to Saga in 2013.
The “Starting Over Again” star said he is looking forward to settling down with his partner so they could finally start building their own family.
Asked how many children he wants to have, the Kapamilya actor said: “Gusto ko kung hanggang sa ilan siya pumayag. Yun ang simula, kambal, ‘tapos sunud-sunod pa.”
But prior to the big day, Gamboa shared that he and Saga will first graduate from college this March.
Both took up a degree in mass communications at Southville International School.(MNS)