SIS

With sisters Janice and Gelli De Belen plus the bubbly Carmina Villaroel on board on this daily morning talk show. SiS revolves around the lighter, more interesting and entertaining side of people, places and events.The shows takes place with Parenting, useful tips, relevant issues and trends.The show was conceptualized by GMA executives in 2001 who wanted a different approach to typical morning talk shows seen on TV. At that time, the 10:30 to 11:30 am slot was lorded over by rival network ABS-CBN which had produced top-rating morning talk shows like Mel & Jay,Today with Kris Aquino, and Talk TV (which was on air at the time SiS was conceived). At that time, GMA was catching up on ABS-CBN through Show and Tell, Katok mga Misis!, Partners Mel and Jay, Brunch with Bing and Michelle, and D! Day.
The show owes its success to its creative staff who has never ceased to think of ways to make the TV show interesting to audiences. Although there were claims that "Sis" has lost its luster following competing show "Homeboy"'s critical and commercial acclaim, all of it was put into rest following the latter show's cancellation. As of July 2007, "Sis" now faces stiff competition from ABS-CBN's "Boy & Kris" featuring the Philippines' King of Talk Boy Abunda (from Homeboy) and Philippines' Queen of Talk Kris Aquino but ABS-CBN decided to cancel the latter due to low ratings proving that SIS is the morning talkshow leader.

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25tTH PMPC STAR AWARDS FOR MOVIES 2009 WINNERS

MOVIE OF THE YEAR: BALER


DIGITAL MOVIE OF THE YEAR:YANGGAW


MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: MARK MAILEY (BALER)
DIGITAL MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: RICHRAD SOMES (YANGGAW)

MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR: JERICHO ROSALES (BALER)


MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: SHARON CUNETA (CAREGIVER)


MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR:
EMILIO GARCIA(WALANG KAWALA)/GERMAN MORENO (PAUPAHAN)



MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR:
SNOOKY SERNA (PAUPAHAN)



NEW MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR: SHERWIN ORDONES
NEW MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: KC CONCEPTION
MOVIE CHILD PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: JULIAN DUQUE
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR: ROY IGLESIAS (BALER)
DIGITAL MOVIE SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR: DENNIS EVANGELISTA(PAUPAHAN)
MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: LEE MAILEY (BALER)
DIGITAL MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: HERMANN CLARAVALL AND LYLE SACRIS (PAUPAHAN)
MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR: Michael Espanol, Donald Camon, & Rashel Gumacal (Yanggaw)
MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR: "NGAYON ,BUKAS AT KAILANMAN"
DIGITAL
MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR: "SANGANGDAAN"
MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR:
Jessie Lasaten (Ploning)
DIGITAL
MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR:Jourdann Petalver (Boses)
MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:
Ditoy Aguila (Baler)
DIGITAL
MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:Jethro Joaquin and Ronald de Asis of (Concerto)
NEWSMAKE OF THE YEAR:MANNY PACQUIAO
DARLING OF THE PRESS:HERBERT BAUTISTA
Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award: Governor Vilma Santos-Recto
Award for Cinematic Excellence in Filipino Animation: Dayo & Urduja
Special Citation: Himala
Male & Female Stars of the Night: John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo









Katrina Halili on Friday pressed libel charges against the mother of Dr. Hayden Kho at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office.Mrs. Kho has accused Halili of introducing drugs to her son. She also accused talent manager Lolit Solis of instructing the actress to shed tears before television cameras to gain sympathy.Halili’s lawyers Raymond Palad and Mamyrlito Tan proceeded to the prosecutor’s office from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), where Halili was supposed to undergo a drug test.Tan explained that the supposed drug test was canceled to give way to the filing of charges against Kho’s mother.“Pero instead na i-cancel yung meeting for invitation, nag-attend pa rin kami sa PDEA nagkaroon naman ng magandang pag-uusap [but instead of postponing the meeting, we still attended it]," Tan said.vThe drug test would be rescheduled.

Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili are now in the Senate for their public hearing of the sex scandal issue. I was appalled after hearing how Hayden Kho described his relationship with Katrina. According to the Dr. Kho the relationship was all about “Drugs and sex, drugs and sex.” To which Katrina replied “Minahal ko si Hayden”.
When Kho looked back at her, she broke down and told Kho “Kapal ng mukha mo nakakatingin ka pa sa akin (You even have the face to look at me!)”. Senators have to call for a break after tensions mounted.
After showing immense interest in the

controversy, the Filipino public now expects that they will be treated as mature members of our society whose guidance and decision is not sought only during election time but in critical moments like this where public sensibility will be seriously offended if they will be shut out of information over an issue that will surely affect the future direction of this country.
Apparently some guy decided to splash water at Hayden Kho. It was said that the man behind that incident was a former police and mayor. There are rumors that it was scripted and some says its due to extreme anger because of what Dr Kho did.
Here's the video for the Katrina Halili And Hayden Kho Face Off



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SLUM DUNK

Slum Dunk is currently aired at GMA as one of its Morning Anime. Slam Dunk centers around Hanamichi Sakuragi, who starts as a delinquent outcast, becoming the leader of a gang. Hanamichi, being very unpopular with girls, has been rejected by them fifty times. Yet, he finds out that Haruko Akagi is the girl of his dreams, and is happy when she's not scared of him like all the other girls he has asked out.Haruko Akagi, who recognizes Hanamichi's athleticism, introduces him to the Shohoku basketball team. Hanamichi was reluctant to join the team at first because he had no previous background in any sports and thought that basketball was a game for losers (also because the fiftieth girl rejected him for a basketball player). Sakuragi, despite his immaturity and hot temper, proves to be a natural athlete with potential and joins the team in order to impress Haruko and prove that he is worthy of her. Kaede Rukawa — Sakuragi's bitter rival (both on the basketball court and love, even when Rukawa doesn't acknowledge Haruko's crush on him), the star rookie and a "girl magnet" - joins the team at the same time. Hisashi Mitsui, an ex-junior high school MVP, and Ryota Miyagi , a short but fast player, both also rejoin the team and together these four struggle to complete team captain Takenori Akagi's dream of making Shohoku the national champion. Together, these misfits gain publicity and the once little known Shohoku basketball team becomes an all-star contender in Japan.

ONE PIECE

This Anime was currently aired at GMA.A boy named Monkey D. Luffy, inspired by his childhood hero "Red-Haired" Shanks, sets out on a journey to find One Piece, the legendary treasure of the Pirate King, Gold Roger. To accomplish this, he must reach the end of the most deadly and dangerous ocean: The Grand Line. Luffy captains the Straw Hat Pirates first through the sea of East Blue and then through the Grand Line. He follows the path of the deceased Pirate King, Gold Roger, from island to island on his way to the great treasure One Piece. On his way his crew grows to have a swordsman, a navigator, a sniper, a cook, a doctor, an archaeologist, a shipwright, and a musician. During the course of the story, the crew contend with both other less moral pirate crews and the Navy. The latter are the subordinates of the World Government, who apparently seek justice by ending the Golden Age of Pirates. Many background story elements involve the delicate balance of power between the World Government and the world's most powerful pirate crews.


GADGET BOY

Cho Hatsumei Boy Kanipan is a continued story from Hatsumei Boy Kanipan. Kanipan is now a teenager, and still a famous inventor. But one day, a mysterious ship fell from the sky and crashed at a beach. Inside was a female humanoid that has forgotten all about herself. It is up to Kanipan to revive the humanoid's memory, and he accidentally discover that his planet is in great danger as he strived...

POKEMON

This Anime was aired every Mondays to fridays at GMA. The anime follows the quest of the main character, Ash Ketchum (known as Satoshi in Japan) a Pokémon Master in training, as he and a small group of friends travel around the fictitious world of Pokémon along with their Pokémon partners. His first (and signature) Pokémon is a Pikachu.Accompanying Ash on his journeys are Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader, and Misty, the youngest of the Gym Leader sisters from Cerulean City. Currently the Pokemon was on its next series based on the second generation of game Johto League Champions,following the original trio of Ash, Brock, and Misty in the western Johto region.

Beautiful Hair

The Pussycat Dolls will be having a concert in Manila, Philippines on June 11, 8PM at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
The concert dubbed asA Clear Doll Domination: The Pussycat Dolls Live in Manilais presented by Clear Shampoo and MTV Philippines. The most prominent and most popular member of the group is half-Filipino Nicole Scherzinger. They are set to perform hits from their new album titled Doll Domination released in the Philippines by MCA Music.

Unang Hirit

Unang Hirit is a Philippine morning news and talk show aired every weekday mornings by GMA Network.In 2009, Unang Hirit will celebrated their tenth year, marking them as the longest-running morning show in the Philippines.Mornings' hosts Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Pia Archangel-Halili, Jolina Magdangal, Rhea Santos, Lhar Santiago, Sunshine Dizon, Eagle Riggs, Regine Tolentino, Love Añover, Drew Arellano, Paolo Bediones, Winnie Monsod, Tristan Encarnacion., Nikki Dacullo, and JC Tiuseco. Unang Hirit has a puppet called "Arn-Arn", named after Arnold Clavio, and one of the firsts in the Philippine morning TV show history.

EVERYBODY HAPI

TV5’s first ever situational comedy" Everybody Hapi".With a dynamic cast starring hunky John Estrada who is making a huge comeback to TV sitcoms, veteran comedians Eugene Domingo, Long Mejia, blended with the youthful and fresh humor of Alex Gonzaga, Roxanne Guinoo, Matt Evans, and Randolf Stalamaky, the story is sure to become a classic with characters that are both relatable and funny.Two warring heads of families living in a duplex are literally divided as two sisters versus the man they hate (and loved) the most become next-door neighbors and business rivals between the sisters’ beauty parlor, and the hunky newcomer’s funeral parlor! The sitcom’s overall comedy comes from the raw humor and chemistry of the cast that comes out naturally, plus their nonstop sarcastic remarks and crazy antics. The script is effortlessly funny, booted with sounds and music that add up to the comic ambience of the show. Fully-furnished with humorous romance and hilarity, these loveable and funny tenants will surely make everybody laugh,

SWEET LIFE

QTV 11’s The Sweet Life with Lucy Torres-Gomez, a lifestyle show marketed for women, but will also do for men because it espouses family values and that should include the fathers.What makes the discussions on The Sweet Life livelier is the way the hosts relate to the guests. For some reason, Wilma seems to know all their celebrity guests personally and has had bonding sessions with them in the past. (In real life, she’s really friendly — short of being crowned Miss Congeniality). Actually, Wilma’s knowledge of the personal circumstances in the lives of their guests helps a lot in the discussion because even the little details are taken up and the interviews really get to be thorough. It is always entertaining (even informative) to watch The Sweet Life — thanks to the interesting topics featured in the show and the way the hosts handle the guests and themselves. Anything sweet gives energy, but too much of it is dangerous and makes you fat. But you’re safe watching The Sweet Life. It only warms your heart.

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LOKOMOKO HIGH

Lokomoko is a Philippine comedy show broadcast in TV5. It is TV5's first comedy show aired as a replacement for Wow Mali. Lokomoko is based on school gags. It is hosted by Alex Gonzaga, Randolf Stamatelaky, Kim Gantioqui and Valeen Montenegro.
It was soon replace by a new show, "Lokomoko High", a comedy gag show similar to Tropang Trumpo & Ispup that formerly aired in the early and mid '90's on ABC 5.LOKOMOKO HIGH gears up with funnier spoofs, comedy sketches, and even musical numbers that establish Friday night as an hour-long Lokohan Night with Alex Gonzaga, Valeen Montenegro, Randolf Stamatelaky and Kim Gantioqui.

Finding himself in the center of a raging controversy over his sex videos with model-actress Katrina Halili and two other women, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Hayden Kho is expected to appear at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today to explain his side on the controversy, which may cost him his profession and even his freedom.The NBI issued a subpoena that also covers Kho’s girlfriend Dr. Vicki Belo, also a prominent cosmetic surgeon. The sex videos have spread on the Internet and DVD copies are bestsellers in many shops in Quiapo. Optical Media Board chairman Edu Manzano said Eric Chua was a fraternity brother of Kho but they allegedly had a falling out. Manzano said they received a tip on the existence of the video last month and that someone was trying to sell the video to producers for P20 million, but he did not say if it was Chua. Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan has placed Dr. Hayden Kho on the Bureau of Immigration’s watchlist to prevent him from leaving the country without clearance from the Department of Justice. Revilla is encouraging the other women in the sex videos to also sue Kho. The celebrity doctor was reported to have about 40 sex videos in his collection. Meanwhile, Sen. Pia Cayetano filed Senate Bill 3267 or the “Anti-Video Voyeurism Act of 2009” to curb the proliferation of sex videos by prohibiting and penalizing the recording, sharing, showing or exhibiting of private acts without the consent of the persons involved. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago earlier filed SB 1100 or “An Act Penalizing Photo and Video Voyeurism.” Kho is likely to lose his license as physician based on Halili’s account of her side in the controversy, the chief lawyer of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said.

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has apologized for a recent joke about mail-order brides that triggered outrage and led to demands for an apology from the Philippine government.In a May 12 interview with US talk show host David Letterman, Baldwin said he was thinking about "getting a Filipina mail-order bride", a remark that sparked uproar in the Philippines.Baldwin has now apologized for the comments in a blog posted on the Huffington Post saying he was sorry for "anyone who took offense.""I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such," Baldwin said.Baldwin's interview has been widely circulated on the video sharing site YouTube, angering the huge Filipino diaspora.At least three members of the Philippine Senate had also demanded an apology, stressing that the mail-order bride business was outlawed.Manila's consul general to New York, Cecilia Rebon, was later asked to send a letter to the producers of the Letterman show and to Baldwin "to express deep concern over the derogatory remark," the government said.


SALMONELLA PEANUT OUTBREAK-In late 2008 and early 2009, nine people died and at least 691 people, half of them children, became sick, in 46 states in the outbreak of food poisoning from eating products containing peanuts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among persons with available information, 23% reported being hospitalized. The real numbers are likely much higher, since for every reported case of salmonella, another 38 cases go unreported, according to the CDC.

MELAMINE SCARE- On 17 September 2008, Health Minister Chen Zhu stated that tainted milk formula had "sickened more than 6,200 children, and that more than 1,300 others, mostly newborns, remain hospitalised with 158 suffering from acute kidney failure". By 23 September, about 54,000 children were reported to be sick and 4 had died. An additional 10,000 cases were reported from the provinces by 26 September. A World Health Organisation official said 82 percent of the children made ill were 2 years of age or below. The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety said that 99% of victims were aged under 3 years. Ten Hong Kong children were diagnosed with kidney problems, at least four cases were detected in Macau, and six in Taiwan. Non-human casualties included a lion cub and two baby orangutans which had been fed Sanlu milk powder at Hangzhou Zoo.

MENINGOCCOCCEMIA-Meningoccocemia (which can be more lethal than SARs) that hit the headlines. Meningococcemia can kill more rapidly than any other infectious disease. Death may happen almost immediately when an individual inhaled air droplets or respiratory secretions contaminated with the bacterium from an afflicted person. However, persons with stronger defenses may resist the offensive of the disease within 10 days starting from affliction. There had been no reported cases in Baguio City for the past five years until last October 2004, when nine of the two dozen infected cases died.Meningococcal infections remains to be a serious health problem throughout the world. Neisseria meningitides strains are classified into serogroups of which 13 has been identified. Groups A, B, C, Y and W-135 are the major pathogens involved in human disease.

BIRDS FLU ATTACK-The global spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 in birds is considered a significant pandemic threat.While other H5N1 strains are known, they are significantly different from a current, highly pathogenic H5N1 strain on a genetic level, making the global spread of this new strain unprecedented. The H5N1 strain is a fast-mutating, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) found in multiple bird species. In the first two months of 2006 H5N1 spread to other Asian countries (such as India), north Africa, and Europe in wild bird populations possibly signaling the beginning of H5N1 being endemic in wild migratory bird populations on multiple continents for decades, permanently changing the way poultry are farmed. In addition, the spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 to wild birds, birds in zoos and even sometimes to mammals (example: pet cats) raises many unanswered questions concerning best practices for threat mitigation, trying to balance reducing risks of human and nonhuman deaths from the current nonpandemic strain with reducing possible pandemic deaths by limiting its chances of mutating into a pandemic strain. Not using vaccines can result in the need to kill significant numbers of farm and zoo birds, while using vaccines can increase the chance of a flu pandemic.
S.A.R.S OUTBREAK- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). There has been one near pandemic to date, between the months of November 2002 and July 2003, with 8,096 known infected cases and 774 deaths (a case-fatality rate of 9.6%) worldwide being listed in the World Health Organization's (WHO) 21 April 2004 concluding report. Within a matter of weeks in early 2003, SARS spread from the Guangdong province of China to rapidly infect individuals in some 37 countries around the world. As of May 2006, the spread of SARS has been fully contained thanks to the efforts of the WHO, with the last infected human case seen in June 2003 (disregarding a laboratory induced infection case in 2004). However, SARS is not claimed to have been eradicated (unlike smallpox), as it may still be present in its natural host reservoirs (animal populations) and may potentially return into the human population in the future.


SWINE FLU OUTBREAK: Swine influenza refers to influenza caused by those strains of influenza virus, called swine influenza virus (SIV), that usually infect (is endemic in) pigs. As of 2009 these strains are all found in Influenza C virus and the subtypes of Influenza A virus known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3. Swine influenza is common in pigs in the midwestern United States (and occasionally in other states), Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe (including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy), Kenya, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of eastern Asia.The 2009 flu outbreak in humans, known as "swine flu", is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that contains genes closely related to swine influenza. The origin of this new strain is unknown. However, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports that this strain has not been isolated in pigs. This strain can be transmitted from human to human, and causes the normal symptoms of influenza.

TOTOY BATO

Totoy Bato is a boxing-themed Philippine drama from GMA Network, based on the graphic novel created by Carlo J. Caparas, that depicts the remarkable life of a boxing champion named Totoy Bato - as played by Robin Padilla. Anna Molina (Regine Velasquez) dreams to be a popular and successful singer someday. Her friend Arturo "Totoy Bato" Magtanggol (Robin Padilla), on the other hand, only dreams of being with his father. After his mother died, Totoy's wish comes true when his father comes home after serving his sentence, Podong (Ronnie Lazaro) turns out to be an abusive and cruel dad. Totoy's only comfort is Anna, his best friend and true love, who promised never to leave his side, breaks her promise when her materialistic mother Matilda (Deborah Sun) decides to live in Manila, she leaves Totoy with a promise that she will come back for him.Years pass, Anna is now a famous singer in the country, and the quiet life of Totoy will be disturbed when a land grabber appears and kills his loving wife Elena (Ara Mina). Madness and revenge engulfs Totoy and he promises to fight the manipulative haciendero no matter what. Totoy decides to start a new life in Manila — where faces more fights, this time in the boxing arena where he will be known as Totoy Bato. This is Manny Pacquiao's first primetime in GMA Network.This is Ara Mina's first role on her comeback to GMA Network.

ONLY YOU

Only You is a Philippine remake of the Korean drama of the same title. It stars Angel Locsin on the lead role.Despite her mother's protests, Jillian (Angel Locsin) pursues her dream of becoming a chef by joining a cooking contest where she gets a chance to study culinary arts in different Asian countries. Before anyone can stop her, she is already on her way to Korea together with her long-time best friend, Jonathan (Diether Ocampo). But it soon becomes clear to her that skill alone is not enough to make her pass such a difficult course. So in her desperate attempt to succeed and create a good life for her family, she goes in search for a woman who can teach her a winning recipe.Then she crosses paths with TJ (Sam Milby), an arrogant but wealthy businessman who is looking for his mother, the same woman Jillian is after. They hardly get along yet they eventually end up having a one-night stand as Jillian momentarily makes him forget about his worries about his mom's second marriage. They go their separate ways the next morning after a misunderstanding and it's only later on that Jillian finds out that she's pregnant, which means that she can't continue her studies anymore. Then a twist of fate brings them together again in the Philippines six years after that fateful encounter abroad.

Ding Dong Dantes as Cholo

Just Yesterday, GMA President Felipe Gozon announced that Ding Dong Dantes was chosen to portrayed the role for Cholo who is the leading man of the koreanovela "Stairway to Heaven" in which GMA Network was planning to have a remake. This was after his last team up with Marian Rivera. But the question is who will portrayed for the role of Jodi? ‘Stairway to heaven” is a love story of four young people who are challenging against the stream. We all have unforgettable love in our hearts. We are searching for the entrance of heaven to find unforgettable love. “Stairway to heaven” is a story of four people who took different paths in searching for heaven.

American Idol 2008 winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta are set to do a back-to-back concert in Manila. This must see concert date is tentatively scheduled to be on May 16, 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds if negotiations push through. Fearless Productions, the event’s promoter, is co-owned by actor Jomari Yllana and the Singson Brothers.American Idol Season 7 is probably one of the most watched season of the popular talent show. Two of its major finalists, David Archuleta and crowned American Idol David Cook immiediately rised to stardom because of the show and secured themselves multi record deals rightafter the competition.This is the first time that the twio Davids will have their concert together.

SWINE FLU OUTBREAK

The 2009 outbreak of swine flu is an epidemic of a new Influenza A H1N1 strain of flu virus that was clinically identified in April 2009.The United States (US) experienced an outbreak of Influenza A virus subtype H1N1, commonly known as the “swine flu”, in the spring of 2009. The outbreak apparently spread from an earlier outbreak in Mexico. Initial US infections occurred in late March 2009 in California, and by mid-April had spread to scores of people across several states. Public health officials in the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed serious concern because the initial outbreak was suspected in over 100 deaths in Mexico, transmitted easily from person to person, and no vaccine was available, prompting President Obama to declare a public health emergency. By the end of April, hundreds of people were confirmed or suspected as infected, one person had died, and hundreds of schools were closed, keeping over 169,000 students at home.
The influenza virus has also caused several pandemic threats over the past century, including the pseudo-pandemic of 1947, the 1976 swine flu outbreak and the 1977 Russian flu, all caused by the H1N1 subtype. The world has been at an increased level of alert since the SARS epidemic in Southeast Asia (caused by the SARS coronavirus). The level of preparedness was further increased and sustained with the advent of the H5N1 bird flu outbreaks because of H5N1's high rate of virulence.
The new strain has spread widely beyond Mexico and the U.S., with confirmed cases in eighteen countries and suspected cases in forty-two. Many countries have advised their inhabitants not to travel to infected areas. Areas including Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, ,Singapore, South Korea ,Thailand And here in our Country as well are monitoring visitors returning from flu-affected areas to identify people with fever and respiratory symptoms. Many countries have also issued warnings to visitors of flu-affected areas to contact a doctor immediately if they had flu-like symptoms.
Recommendations to prevent infection by the virus consist of the standard personal precautions against influenza. This includes frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in public. The CDC advises not touching the mouth, nose or eyes, as these are primary modes of transmission. When coughing, they recommend coughing into a tissue and disposing of the tissue, then immediately washing the hands.There is no risk of flu transmission from the consumption of properly-cooked pork products

Shall We Dance:The Celebrity Dance Challenge is a reality dance competition TV program in TV5 hosted by Lucy Torres Gomez.
Drought may have hit the nation, but a downpour of stars has once again flooded the glitzy dance floor of the original celebrity dance challenge show in the Philippines. Panel of Judges includes Mr. Douglas Nierras (the Supremo of Dance),Ednah Ledesma(World Ballroom Champion), and Regine Tolentino (Dance Diva). Joining with Lucy are her co-host Arnel Ignacio and PBB housemate Jon Avila. The Game is looking at 5 batches of 3 celebrity challengers. Every batch will then be having its own Finals Night, which shall be preceded by a Voting Show.More hot celebs and big, big, big stars are set to conquer the dance floor of Shall We Dance!

The National Historial Institute said that Martin Nievera owes an apology for his “pop” version of Lupang Hinirang during the Pacquiao-Hatton match last Sunday. The Traditionalists said that Our National Anthem is very "untouchable" it should be sang properly the way it should be. The liberals say it was very artistic and was not in any way disrespectful of our national dignity. However, Martin testified that he will never make any public apology because there's no way for him to say sorry for what he did. He also justify that Manny Pacquiao chose him and trusted him to sing the National Anthem for his fight.The elite group of artists who previously sang in Pacman’s bouts were Karylle, Kyla, Geneva Cruz, Jasmine Villegas, Ciara Sotto, Nicole Judalena and Regine Velasquez. This was first time that we heard a male voice sang our national song in Las Vegas’ boxing ring.

Another Victory for Manny

Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao, also billed as The Battle of the East and West, was a boxing light welterweight superfight for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) and The Ring light welterweight (super lightweight) championship. The bout was held between Manny Pacquiao of General Santos, Philippines and Ricky Hatton from Manchester, United Kingdom. The superfight was held on May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas at Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Hatton was knocked down by Pacquiao twice during the first round, and another time in the second round to lose via 2nd round KO.As support for the fight, HBO aired "Pacquiao/Hatton: 24/7" for two weeks prior to the fight on television and on the internet; it aired in the Philippines on GMA the night before the fight on May 2.
Here are some of the Photos



(round 1) First Knocked down for Ricky Hatton

(round 2) Manny threw a left hook punch to Ricky Hatton




(round 2) Manny defeated Hatton by KO

FATED TO LOVE YOU


A hard working girl labeled as a sticky note girl (pushover) named Cindy Chen has the desire to tie down her back stabbing boyfriend, to be with her. She gets her boyfriend to go on a love cruise with her and begins to plan on losing her virginity and tying down her boyfriend once and for all. Cindy ended up taking cold medicine which made her drowsy and went by mistake into Steven Ji's room.

On his side, Steven Ji is the sole male heir to his family's company and has been in love with his girlfriend, Anna, for a long time. He planned to propose to Anna on the boat but she didn't turn up on the cruise. An islander of Jiang Mu Island added drugs into Steven's drink and Steven became disorientated and returned to his own room. Cindy Chen and Steven ji end up having a one night stand. Cindy later finds out that she's pregnant and Steven's grandmother forces them to get married. Will a couple forced to marry for the sake of their unborn child find love with each other? The series premiered with a 22.5% rating, a modest start for the show. So far, the show garnered its highest rating on April 2, 2009 with 31.8% rating while its lowest rating on March 9, 2009 with 20.1% rating. The show began to surpass the ratings of its rival shows both Mega Manila and Nationwide, posting greater gaps.


TOP FIVE SHOWBIZ OLDIES

TOP 5 SHOWBIZ OLDIES
here are my top five showbiz oldies, they are classified as legends, they are respected with their fields and in the entertainment industry

TOP 5 SHOWBIZ OLDIES: GERMAN MORENO

German Moreno, also known as Kuya Germs or the Master Showman , is a Filipino television host, actor and comedian popular during the 1980s. He was born to Filipino father of Spanish descent and Filipino mother.

Moreno became involved in the entertainment industry working as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser) of Clover Theater. He later went on to pursue a career as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen. His biggest break came on television in the late '70s when he became host of the Sunday noontime variety show, GMA Supershow. He eventually became the host and producer of That's Entertainment, a youth-oriented variety show. Currently, he is hosting a late-night show entitled Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman.

TOP 4 SHOWBIZ OLDIES: CELIA RODRIGUEZ

Celia rodriguez was known for her kontra-bida role. She once played Valentina, the main villain and mortal enemy of Darna. She's currently woring with GMA and playing the role as the grandmother of nicole (played by Iza Calzado) in the primetime drama series and korean adaptation of All About Eve, she also played a role in an independent film by APT production entitled "Fuscia" together with other oldies like Eddie Garcia, Armida Sigeon Reyna, and Gloria Romero

TOP 3 SHOWBIZ OLDIES: EDDIE GARCIA
Eddie Garcia popularly known as Manoy is one of the top Filipino film actors.He made his first movie, Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.He is also known to play the part of Leandro Montemayor, the fictional Philippine President on the television drama series, "Kung Mawawala Ka" (If Ever You Were Gone), and gave him his first Best Actor in a Drama Series in the 2002 Star Awards.He also played a part as Lolo Carlos (Grandfather Carlos) in the Filipino-American film, The Debut, the Lolo Sinat (Grandfather Sinat) in the film, Deathrow, and even the villainous Judge Valderama in Kapag Puno Na Ang Salop (If the Ganta is Full) and its two sequels, opposite of Fernando Poe, Jr.He is the only person in the Philippines to be a Hall of Fame inductee of the FAMAS in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959),He is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.
TOP 2 SHOWBIZ OLDIES: GLORIA ROMERO
Gloria Romero is a multi-awarded Filipino actress whose career spans for more than 50 years. Born to a hardworking Filipino, Pedro Galla, and an American woman Mary Borrego, she spent her grade school days in a quiet town of Mabini, Pangasinan. That's why she was known as a feisty Ilocana in Philippine show business, and widely identified as "Manang Biday", a figure from a famous Ilokano folk song.Romero was introduced to Philippine showbiz through her uncle, Nario Rosales, who was Chief Editor of Sampaguita Studios. She started out as an "extra" in Sampaguita Pictures. Her big break came when she was given a role as the daughter of real-life couple Cesar Ramirez and Alicia Vergel, in Madame X (1952), and producers introduced her with a new, more dramatic name, "Gloria Romero". Romero got her first lead role in Monghita (1952) opposite Oscar Moreno, that cemented her bankability. Since then, she had played against many leading men in movies that became blockbusters. Romero received her first major acting award in Filipino Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) as Best Actress for her role in Dalagang Ilocana (1954). She has been regarded as the "Queen of Philippine Movies". She made some 30 movies with her frequent screen partner, Luis Gonzales.On her later years, she appeared in long-running television sitcom Palibhasa Lalaki (1991); and had won awards as character actress, capping it with a Best Actress Award for her role in Tanging Yaman (2000). She had received individual Lifetime Achievement Award from Gawad Urian, FAP and the CineManila International Film Festival between 2001 and 2004.

TOP 1 SHOWBIZ OLDIES: DOLPHY
He started as a struggling performer onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Dolphy made many comedy films, alongside fellow comedians, Pugo, Tugo, Babalu, Panchito, Ike Lozada and German Moreno. In 1966, as part of the comedy duo Dolphy and Panchito, he opened for the Beatles at Rizal Stadium in Manila. In 2001, Dolphy and his sons Eric and Jeffrey Quizon all won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation (the equivalent of a Best Actress Award) in Brussels, Belgium for playing Walterina Markova in the movie Markova: Comfort Gay.On July 23, 2008, Dolphy celebrated his 80th birthday, with launching of a book, Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa (Dolphy, I Didn't Get Here All By Myself), ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio summed up his role as comedian: Nagbigay siya ng mga ngiti at halakhak sa gitna ng mga problema (He gave us joy and laughter in times of trouble). Bibeth Orteza was commissioned to complete the biography, amid the creation of "Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc.", a non-profit and non-stock organization

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