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Meet the Megamanager and mentor

Where does Megastar Sharon Cuneta keep all her awards, movie posters and other show biz memorabilia---which, according to urban legend, can fill up a storage area the size of two basketball courts?   We asked the question because she had just added another trophy to her collection---a History Maker Award from the History Channel.   "Right now, the trophies are all over the place," she quipped. "We are sorting through 40 years' worth of memorabilia for the concert."   She is, of course, referring to her big shindig, at Araneta Coliseum on Sept. 28, "My 40 Years, Sharon."   In an exclusive interview, she shared with the Inquirer that some of ...Keep on reading: Meet the Megamanager and mentor.....»»

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Significant change for PhilPop

I had a blast with my good friends Noel Cabangon and Ryan Cayabyab at the PhilPop Reveal and Listening Party. A video featuring the 30 entries was showcased during the event. The music fest continues to defy expectations by championing homegrown talents from different backgrounds and music genres.   Mr. C stressed the importance of regional inclusivity and giving voice to underrated artists. Viva Records supervised the official recording of the songs, which are available on YouTube and Spotify.   From the Top 30, only 10 will advance to the last round. They will compete on Nov. 30 in the festival's Finals Night. To vote for your bets, log on to philpop.com.ph. B...Keep on reading: Significant change for PhilPop.....»»

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Angeline Quinto names the ‘superhero’ who gives her strength

It has been seven years since Angeline Quinto popularized "Patuloy ang Pangarap"---her winning piece in the talent search, "Star Power." But it's surprising and heartening to know, she related, that the ballad continues to inspire people to this day.   The messages she recently received on Instagram, from overseas Filipino workers in Dubai, were especially "touching."   "I was going through my inbox one time, and saw messages from a group of friends working abroad. They confided in me that they were feeling homesick; that their lives have been extremely difficult. But as much as they wanted to go home, they have no choice but to stay because they needed their jo...Keep on reading: Angeline Quinto names the ‘superhero’ who gives her strength.....»»

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Scrabble dictionary adds OK, ew, qapik, yowza, zen

Published @ 6:13 p.m., Sept. 24, 2018 | Updated @ 1:44 a.m., Sept. 25, 2018 NEW YORK --- Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few. Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" on Monday, four years after the last freshening up. The company, at the behest of Scrabble owner Hasbro Inc., left out one possibility under consideration for a hot minute---RBI---after consulting competitive players who thought it potentially too contentious. There was a remote case to be made since RBI has morphed into an actual word, pronounced rib-e...Keep on reading: Scrabble dictionary adds OK, ew, qapik, yowza, zen.....»»

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Easy opening-day victories for Santo Tomas spikers

University of Santo Tomas' Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon handily beat University of the Philippines' Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12, at the start of UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament on Monday at Sands SM By The Bay in Pasay City. Rondina, the three-time Most Valuable Player in her final year, and new partner Barbon are eyeing to give the Tigresses a third straight crown and a sixth title in eight seasons. It was a double victory for UST as its men's pair of Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton also beat Ateneo's Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-11, 21-14. Reigning men's champion National University, however, wasn't as fortunate as Bryan Bagunas and James Nat...Keep on reading: Easy opening-day victories for Santo Tomas spikers.....»»

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There’s no escaping the laws of karma

Here's an interesting question from reader Lulu: "One psychic or espiritista who visited our house once told me, as soon as he entered our house, to finish my karma with my husband or we will reconnect again in our next life. My question is, how can karma be resolved before one of us passes away? It has been a rocky marriage, and I think I am the only one who understands the situation. But my patience is already running out." As I replied to another previous reader, "You meet each other to work out your karma or learn from it. The only way to end karma is to know why it is there in the first place. You don't end it simply by wishing or desiring it to end. You have to accept it." Th...Keep on reading: There’s no escaping the laws of karma.....»»

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‘Kalokohan ’yang gender equality’–reaction to male domestic abuse

Our column last week on male domestic abuse seemed to have stirred a hornet's nest. Based on online comments, readers looked at the problem from different perspectives, which reminds me of the fable of the five blind men and the elephant. The blind men touched different parts of the elephant, and their individual descriptions of how an elephant looks expectedly differed from one another. Conscientious Filipino wrote: "A lot of people are suffering from mental illness or low self-esteem. Some people have a need to lash out, and the usual targets are the people close to them. Couples should recognize this and seek help. One way is through church groups like Marriage Encounter,...Keep on reading: ‘Kalokohan ’yang gender equality’–reaction to male domestic abuse.....»»

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My dengue diary

The day began like any ordinary Monday morning. My son and I had just finished brunch. He was getting ready for school and I was preparing for my day. I glanced down and noticed the rashes on my forearms. I went to the bathroom to check my face, and it looked flushed. I lifted my shirt and was astounded to see more red rashes on my stomach area! We rushed to the nearest hospital. We were directed to the emergency room, where, based on my symptoms, everyone thought it was an adverse reaction to something I ate or inhaled. I was given a shot of diphenhydramine to help with the rashes. After a few minutes, I grew woozy, but managed to stay awake until the ER doctor came to see me. ...Keep on reading: My dengue diary.....»»

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What we can learn from other Asian cities to save a decaying Manila

At 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2016, my 9-year old labrador retriever, Anya, suffered cardiac arrest as I was fixing breakfast. Panicking, my friend and I hurried to the nearest clinic a couple of kilometers away. But we didn't account for the debilitating traffic jam that confronted us outside the gates of our village in southern Metro Manila. Desperate pleas to the traffic officers manning the intersection to proceed went ignored. So a much-loved dog, whose life could have been saved, died in my arms while stuck in one of Manila's interminable traffic jams. Later that day, sitting outside the crematorium, awaiting my dog's ashes, I told myself that I just couldn't live in Manila ...Keep on reading: What we can learn from other Asian cities to save a decaying Manila.....»»

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ARMM gov offers infra budget to fund Bangsamoro region polls

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- An official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has proposed the realignment of the regional government's 2019 budget to fund the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite amid reports that no money was allocated for the electoral exercise. "We support the BOL all the way and budget should not be a problem. We are recommending to allow part of the proposed ARMM budget to be used for the plebiscite," ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said on Sunday. The governor's statement came amid reports that there was no allocation in the P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget for the BOL plebiscite, which requires P857 million. Infra fund Lawmakers earlier said that t...Keep on reading: ARMM gov offers infra budget to fund Bangsamoro region polls.....»»

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Colonel says Trillanes filed for amnesty

A military officer has issued an affidavit essentially supporting the assertion of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he, as a military rebel, filed an amnesty application in January 2011 that included a general admission of guilt. Trillanes on Monday submitted the affidavit of Col. Josefa Berbigal, an officer at the Judge Advocate General's office, to Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branches 148 and 150, which were hearing the motions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have him arrested for rebellion and coup d'tat. Berbigal headed the secretariat of the temporary amnesty committee of the Department of National Defense (DND) that processed the applications in accordance with ...Keep on reading: Colonel says Trillanes filed for amnesty.....»»

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News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018

NFA Council OKs importation of extra 500,000 tons of rice   The government will import 500,000 metric tons of rice in addition to the recently approved purchase of 250,000 tons---all to arrive within this year --- as part of efforts to end a shortage of low-priced grains, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol has announced.   Piol, who also now chairs the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, the agency's governing body, said the additional importation was discussed during a council meeting on Monday.   The council approved the importation of 250,000 tons of rice three weeks ago, before the NFA was brought back under the supervision of the Department of Ag...Keep on reading: News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018.....»»

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Martires recalls suspension of officials over solid waste law violations

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has withdrawn the suspension orders against nine mayors who were earlier found liable for violating the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. In justifying his move to recall the sanction, Martires said "there is a need ... for Congress to revisit the law on solid waste management." "I saw that the law is economically not feasible to be implemented, especially by fifth- and sixth-class municipalities. To close an open dumpsite, a five-hectare open dumpsite, you need at least P13 million," Martires told reporters on Monday. If he followed the law to the letter, he said, "there might no longer be any mayors or vice mayors left in the fifth- and sixth-cla...Keep on reading: Martires recalls suspension of officials over solid waste law violations.....»»

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President’s overwhelming public support best defense vs destabilizers – Palace

Malacaang on Monday expressed confidence that "power-hungry" destabilizers would not succeed in overthrowing President Rodrigo Duterte, who enjoys the public's "overwhelming support." "We are confident that we enjoy overwhelming support from the people and therefore what these groups would want to see --- the ouster of President Duterte --- would not happen," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque made the remarks as the military confirmed the existence of "Red October," a purported plot to remove the President from office next month. Military disclosure The military disclosed the plot to unseat the President as it pushed for the creation of a national task force t...Keep on reading: President’s overwhelming public support best defense vs destabilizers – Palace.....»»

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Duterte colonoscopy ‘no reason for alarm’

Malacaang on Monday eased fears again about the health of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the fact that the chief executive himself had disclosed he had a recent colonoscopy and endoscopy meant there was "no reason for alarm." Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said there was "nothing extraordinary" in the routine medical examination, in which the President submitted himself to both invasive procedures. The hectic daily schedule that the President keeps is "proof he has no serious illness," Roque added. Colonoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure to check if there are abnormalities in the large intestine or rectum. It uses a colonoscope, a very small tube with a camera an...Keep on reading: Duterte colonoscopy ‘no reason for alarm’.....»»

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Sereno won’t seek Senate seat in 2019 polls

The Liberal Party will respect the decision of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno not to seek a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections, according to the LP president, Sen. Francis Pangilinan. "We respect her decision," Pangilinan said in a text message. But he also said the party continued to consider her a partner in defending democracy and fighting for the rule of law. The LP earlier said Sereno was welcome to join its ticket in next year's polls and was reserving a slot for her. Now that she has decided not to run, the party will let her be. An insider from the Sereno camp said her decision was brought about by her family's concerns and that she felt she would be...Keep on reading: Sereno won’t seek Senate seat in 2019 polls.....»»

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Former VP Binay leads family in running again for public office

Will there be four members of the Binay family holding elective office after the May 2019 elections? Former Vice President Jejomar Binay has decided to return to public office and run for representative of Makati's first district. The decision surprised his eldest daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, who is up for reelection. Also running for another term next year is Makati Mayor Abby Binay. Abby's husband, Makati Rep. Luis Campos Jr. of the second district, is eligible to run for reelection next year as well. Binay's spokesperson, Joey Salgado, confirmed that the former Vice President would run for representative of the first district "[on] the ticket of Mayor Abby." Both are ...Keep on reading: Former VP Binay leads family in running again for public office.....»»

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Candidates with famous names have edge – Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who entertains the idea of running for senator next year, lamented on Monday that voters tended to prefer possible senatorial candidates with famous family names. Roque ranked 27th, way outside the Magic 12, in a recent Pulse Asia survey that looked into the possible winning senatorial aspirants. "I can certainly say with conviction that of the Top 10, all are children of the famous," Roque said at a press briefing. "I'm just an ordinary human being. I don't belong to any political family... "I'm not rich," he added. Ejercito vs Estrada Sen. JV Ejercito, who is seeking reelection, shares Roque's concern. It seems the Ejercito name...Keep on reading: Candidates with famous names have edge – Roque.....»»

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Groups blast poll finding of high public satisfaction with drug war

Human rights groups on Monday blasted a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll finding that most Filipinos were "satisfied" with President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. The rights group Karapatan said the finding could not mean the killings of thousands of mostly poor drug users and peddlers in the campaign were justified. Taken from June 27 to 30, the poll shows that 78 percent of 1,200 respondents are "satisfied" while 13 percent are "dissatisfied" with the drug war, for a net satisfaction rating of +65 percent, a slight improvement from +64 in March. Why 'satisfied?' SWS does not explain whether "satisfied" and "dissatisfied" mean the respondents approve or disapp...Keep on reading: Groups blast poll finding of high public satisfaction with drug war.....»»

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Implant helps paralyzed man walk again

PARIS, France -- Five years after he was paralyzed in a snowmobile accident, a man in the US has learned to walk again aided by an electrical implant, in a potential breakthrough for spinal injury sufferers. A team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota says the man, using a front-wheeled walker, was able to cover the equivalent of the length of a football pitch, issuing commands from his brain to transfer weight and maintain balance -- all previously thought impossible for paralyzed patients. The man, now 29, severed his spinal cord in the middle of his back when he crashed his snowmobile in 2013. He is completely paralyzed from the waist down, and cannot move or feel anyt...Keep on reading: Implant helps paralyzed man walk again.....»»

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