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Enrique and Liza: Beginning of something wonderful?
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Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano (MNS photo)

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano (MNS photo)

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano are both hoping they’d be given more time together to help them establish a credible on-screen chemistry.

Fortunately, the two who played best of friends in the 2013 rom-com “She’s The One,” will get their wish as they headline ABS-CBN’s upcoming primetime romantic drama series “Forevermore.”

Enrique, who has already been paired with countless leading ladies in his young career, is aware of the disadvantages of not having a constant love team partner, one of which is the inability to develop rapport.

Another point of consideration for him are the fans. “Kapag they fall in love with the love team (established) before, mahirap silang mag-accept ng bago.”

On the other hand, being able to share screen time with a variety of actors has proven beneficial for Enrique and has allowed him to “grow more as an actor.”

Liza, for her part, is excited to be paired with the actor, whom she admits is her crush. “So ngayon I’m happy na ma-e-experience ko na kung pa’no siya as a leading man,” she says.

The two are aware of the pressure their launching project entails.

“Kailangan talaga naming i-prove sa kanila na kaya din namin (to carry a show),” Liza says. “And pressured din kami na siyempre maraming comparisons (with other love teams).”

Enrique is confident that “Forevermore” will do well. “Sobrang ganda ng script at ang buong team, talagang tinutukan nila every detail.

“They gave a lot of time and effort, so para sa ’kin super preparado ‘to…imposible na hindi (ang viewers) ma-i-involve o ma-i-in love sa mga characters namin.”

And that is what matters most to him because “’pag minamahal.. .minahal (na) nila ’yung characters namin, sunud-sunod na ’yun.”

Both hope “Forevermore” would translate to a longer and more solid team-up. (MNS)

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Aquino: ‘Farfetched’ to junk VFA to stop crime involving Pinoys, Americans
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President Benigno S. Aquino III observes the re-enactment presentation during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20, 2014). With theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III observes the re-enactment presentation during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20, 2014). With theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said it would be “farfetched” to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States for the purpose of stopping crimes involving Filipinos and Americans.

“If we abrogate the VFA, does that mean that nobody from the Philippines will be killed by someone from [the] US?” Aquino said during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum.

The President also maintained that the VFA “serves a purpose for our country, and serves a purpose for America.”

Aquino further said that the VFA is constantly being reviewed by his administration.

Several lawmakers have called for the renegotiation or the complete termination of the VFA after the killing of 26-year-old transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.

Laude was allegedly killed by a US Marine, identified as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Pemberton was transferred to the Philippine military headquarters earlier in the day. The US Marine is facing a murder complaint in connection with the killing of Laude.

Aquino nevertheless assured that the “tragedy” of Laude’s killing “will be settled, in the sense that the guilty will be made to answer for the crime.” (MNS)

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Philippine Heritage Institute honors former DOT-LA chief Annie Cuevas
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Los Angeles-Former Philippine Dept. of Tourism Attache in Los Angeles Mary Anne Cuevas-Lim was honored by the Philippine Heritage Institute (PHI) last October 11, 2014 at a Gala event in Norwalk,  California.

Los Angeles-Former Philippine Dept. of Tourism Attache in Los Angeles Mary Anne Cuevas-Lim was honored by the Philippine Heritage Institute (PHI) last October 11, 2014 at a Gala event in Norwalk, California.

Los Angeles-Former Philippine Dept. of Tourism Attache in Los Angeles Mary Anne Cuevas-Lim was honored by the Philippine Heritage Institute (PHI) last October 11, 2014 at a Gala event in Norwalk,  California. The annual Gala also honored other notable leaders of the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles. Cuevas-Lim received PHI’s Distinguished Service award for her 20+ years of commendable service with the Phil. Dept. of Tourism.

 In addition to the PHI award, Cuevas-Lim received a special Proclamation from the office of California Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda, California, the first and only Filipino-American to be elected to the California Assembly. On behalf of Assemblyman Bonta, the Proclamation was presented to her by her husband Atty. Abraham Lim, a practicing immigration attorney based in Montebello, California and current President of the Los Angeles-Makati Sister City Chapter under the auspices of Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Atty. Abraham Lim also presented Cuevas-Lim with a special Proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge who honored and recognized her years of service and dedication to fostering cultural ties between the Philippines and the United States. Atty. Lim represented the office of Councilmember LaBonge.

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Palawan tops Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 by Condè Nast Traveler
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The Condè Nast Traveler Magazine (US Edition) announced Palawan as Readers’ 2014 Choice Award for top island destination on October 20, 2014.

The Condè Nast Traveler Magazine (US Edition) announced Palawan as Readers’ 2014 Choice Award for top island destination on October 20, 2014. Palawan scored a rating of 88.750%, beating other world famous destinations including  Kauai, Hawaii(4th),  Maui, Hawaii (3rd), and Kiawah Island, South Carolina (2nd)  The award was said to owe much to the declared and acclaimed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River which was professed as one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world.

Moreover, Boracay Island was also cited as a top destination and placed number 12 in the said survey.

Of the hundreds of awardees globally, during the CBS interview of CNT’s Editor in Chief, award for the Philippines’ Palawan #1 was among those that got featured (after the world’s best cities).

“The Condè Nast Traveler Reader’ Choice Survey started in 1988. The 2014 survey got 76,659 responses. Their set of criteria used for ranking is based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.” as explained by Condè Nast.

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Kylie Padilla on dating Rayver Cruz: Why not?
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Kylie Padilla and Rayver Cruz (MNS photo)

Kylie Padilla and Rayver Cruz (MNS photo)

Kylie Padilla, the daughter of action star Robin Padilla, was not shy to admit that she finds Rayver Cruz attractive.

Padilla and Cruz are co-stars in the upcoming horror movie, “Dilim.”

Padilla said she likes Cruz for being a gentleman even when he is not in front of a lot of people.

Lahat naman ng lalaki gentleman. Pero siya kasi wala siyang pinipili. Meron kasing lalaki na gentleman lang sa harap ng tao. Siya kahit walang mga tao, gentleman talaga,” she said.

Asked if it is possible that their friendship would blossom into a romantic relationship, Padilla said: “Let time tell. Mahirap din mag-expect eh.”

Padilla’s last relationship was with Aljur Abrenica, while Cruz’s last girlfriend was Cristine Reyes.

“It could be, yes. Mabait [si Ravyer]. Pero ayaw ko kasi mag-judge from that alone. Kasi dito pa lang sa movie na ito ko nakasama. If ever lalabas pa din kami, kung magyayaya siya, titignan ko pa kung puwede. [Kung libre ako] Why not?” she said.

Padilla said she also takes into consideration what her father has told her.

Wala pa. Fresh pa kasi yung [last relationship]. Eight months pa lang pero take time lang… Ayaw din muna ni Papa na mag-boyfriend muna ako ulit,” she said.

For now, Padilla said it would be better that she and Cruz would get to know each other more first. (MNS)

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UCLA Pilipino alumni name dedicated on new UCLA Scholarship Endowments Wall
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Cheerleaders pose before performing the UCLA 8-clap at the UCLA Scholarship Fall Reception.

UCLA Senior Director of Diversity Programs Patricia Nguyen (left) and UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director Bobby T. Rimas point towards the Pilipino Alumni Association’s name on the newly dedicated Alumni Scholarship Endowments wall at UCLA.

On Sunday, October 19th at the festive UCLA Scholarship Fall Reception, UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association’s name was dedicated onto the new UCLA Alumni Scholarship Endowments wall at the UCLA James West Alumni Center.  “This is a great day for the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association to have their name on this newly dedicated wall that promotes the university and the endowments that assist deserving students with obtaining a world-class education at UCLA, including UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s Endowment.  The UCLA PAA Endowment is a key component that is utilized to continually award UCLA Pilipino Alumni scholarships” said Bobby T. Rimas, UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s Scholarship Director.  Scholarship Director Rimas oversees the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Committee who is responsible for developing the selection criteria, coordinating the logistics of scholarship awards, collecting scholarship donations, and selecting award recipients.

The UCLA Scholarship Fall Reception included speeches that reflect the importance of scholarships, a great violin performance, and UCLA cheerleaders leading the UCLA 8-clap.  Scholarship Director Rimas also indicated that “It is quite fitting that there is also a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin on the newly dedicated UCLA Alumni Scholarship Endowments wall that sums up some of the importance of scholarship giving, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.’  I wholeheartedly agree.”

UCLA Senior Director of Diversity Programs Patricia Nguyen (left) and UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director Bobby T. Rimas point towards the Pilipino Alumni Association’s name on the newly dedicated Alumni Scholarship Endowments wall at UCLA.

Cheerleaders pose before performing the UCLA 8-clap at the UCLA Scholarship Fall Reception.

The UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association Scholarship Program usually culminates in the awarding of both the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment and private scholarships at UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s annual scholarship benefit.  To date, the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association has awarded over 100 scholarships.  The UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association’s mission is to create an environment for current students, alumni, and community members to network, both socially and professionally, as well as raise monies to support UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s initiatives, which include scholarships for incoming high school, undergraduate, and graduate students at UCLA.  If you have any inquiries regarding who may apply for UCLA Pilipino Alumni scholarships or contributions towards the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment, please contact Mr. Rimas at Bobby.Rimas@alumni.ucla.edu.

 

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Aquino to PHL’s wartime allies: Honor peace, never again to war
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(BALI, Indonesia) President Benigno S. Aquino III answers question during coffee with media held at Nusa Dua Hotel Resort on Friday (October 10). (MNS photo)

(BALI, Indonesia) President Benigno S. Aquino III answers question during coffee with media held at Nusa Dua Hotel Resort on Friday (October 10). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday rallied the Philippines’ wartime allies behind peaceful resolution to modern-day conflicts between countries.

During the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Leyte Landing, Aquino encouraged envoys from the US, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan to continue their “genuine and meaningful solidarity’ with the Philippines.

“Let us honor the peace that has reigned over our nation for 70 years. Let us renew our commitment to strong and enduring friendships between the Philippines and its wartime allies, and perhaps with the countries that once we opposed,” Aquino said in a speech.

The President made this statement amid the Philippines’ ongoing territorial conflict with China over parts of the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.

“We commit to peace as the true legacy of a conflict that should never be repeated, and look to a shared future bound by the trust we now extend towards each nation and nourished by the freedom we so cherish,” he added.

Also in his speech, Aquino once again thanked the international community for helping the Philippines in its recovery efforts after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which hit parts of Visayas almost a year ago.

He said aid for Filipinos that poured from all over the world in Yolanda’s aftermath showed the international community’s “commitment to help each other.”

“Typhoon Haiyan saw countries who once belonged to the Allied and Axis Forces who once fought a great war, united in their desire to help the Filipino people,” the President said. (MNS)

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