Birthday party ni Karla Estrada star-studded: It’s been a blast turning 48 with you all! 

BONGGA ang naging 48th birthday ng Kapamilya TV host-actress na si Karla Estrada! Star-studded ang kanyang party na may temang 1980’s. Bukod sa kanyang pamilya, dinaluhan din ito ng ilan sa mga malalapit niyang kapwa-celebrities. Kabilang na riyan sina Sen. Robin Padilla, Ruffa Gutierrez, Donita Rose, Nadia Montenegro at Marjorie Barretto. Ibinandera mismo ng aktres […] The post Birthday party ni Karla Estrada star-studded: It’s been a blast turning 48 with you all!  appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 24th, 2022

Tony Bennett, last of classic American crooners, dead at 96

Tony Bennett, the last in a generation of classic American crooners whose ceaselessly cheery spirit bridged generations to make him a hitmaker across seven decades, died Friday in New York. He was 96. Raised in an era when big bands defined US pop music, Bennett achieved an improbable second act when he started winning over young audiences in the 1990s -- not by reinventing himself but by demonstrating his sheer joy in belting out the standards. And then at age 88, Bennett, in 2014 became the oldest person ever to reach number one on the US album sales chart through a collection of duets with Lady Gaga -- who became his friend and touring companion but only one of a long list of younger stars who rushed to work with the singing great. Bennett's publicist, Sylvia Weiner, announced his death. Likened since the start of his career to Frank Sinatra, Bennett first tried to distance himself but eventually followed much of the same path as other crooners of yore -- singing in nightclubs, on television, and for movies, although his attempts to act ended quickly. His gift proved to be his stage presence. With a welcoming smile and dapper suit, he sang with gusto and a smooth vibrato in a strong, clearly enunciated voice, which he kept in shape through training from the operatic Bel Canto tradition. Starting with his recording of the film song "Because of You" in 1951, Bennett sang dozens of hits including "Rags to Riches," "Stranger in Paradise" and, in what would become his signature tune, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which landed him two of his career's 19 Grammy Awards. But the British Invasion led by The Beatles initially took a toll on the singer, whose music suddenly sounded quaint and antiquated. He nearly died of a cocaine overdose in 1979 before sobering up and eventually reviving his career. "When rap came along, or disco, whatever the new fashion was at the moment, I didn't try to find something that would fit whatever the style was of the whole music scene," Bennett told the British culture magazine Clash. "I just stayed myself and sang sincerely and tried to just stay honest with myself -- never compromising, just doing the best songs that I could think of for the public. "And luckily it just paid off." Singing as hardscrabble youth Tony Bennett -- his stage name came after advice from showbiz A-lister Bob Hope -- was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in the Astoria neighborhood of New York's Queens borough. His father was a struggling grocer who immigrated from southern Italy's Calabria region, to which his mother also traced her ancestry. He showed early promise as an entertainer, singing at age nine next to legendary New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when he ceremonially opened the city's Triborough Bridge, now known as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. But his father's death at age 10, at a time when the United States was still struggling to exit the Great Depression, led him to leave school and earn money through jobs including singing at Italian restaurants and caricature painting, which remained a lifelong side career. During World War II, Bennett was drafted into the 63rd Infantry Division and was sent to France and Germany. But he was demoted after cursing out an officer from the South who objected to Bennett dining with an African American friend in the then racially segregated army. As punishment, Bennett spent his tour of duty digging out bodies and shipping them. But after the Allied victory, Bennett found an unexpected break into music as he waited with fellow troops in Wiesbaden, Germany to return home. With the city's opera house still intact, a US Army band performed a weekly show to be broadcast on military radio across Germany. Taken on as the band's librarian, Bennett was quickly impressed with his voice and was made one of four vocalists. "During this period in the army, I enjoyed the most musical freedom I've ever had in my life," Bennett later wrote in his autobiography, "The Good Life." "I could sing whatever I wanted, and there was no one around to tell me any different," he wrote. Outspoken against racism and war When he returned to the United States, he took formal singing lessons through the GI Bill, which covered educational expenses for returning troops. His experiences made Bennett a lifelong liberal. He became especially enraged in the 1950s when he played in Miami with jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, who was not allowed to attend a press party due to segregation at the hotel. In a then risky move for a popular entertainer, he accepted an invitation from singer Harry Belafonte to join civil rights icon Martin Luther King in the 1965 march from Selma, Alabama in support of equal voting rights for African Americans. He later wrote in his memoir that the hostility of the white state troopers reminded him of Nazi Germany. He was also an outspoken opponent of war, at times raising controversy. "The first time I saw a dead German, that's when I became a pacifist," he told popular radio host Howard Stern days after the 11 September 2001 attacks. Late in life, still cool Bennett was married three times and had four children including Antonia Bennett, who has followed his path as a singer of pop and jazz standards. But his son Danny Bennett was most instrumental in his father's career, aggressively courting MTV and other players in the pop world as a manager for his father. By the early 1990s, Bennett -- his style and look little changed from the 1960s, except for more gray hair -- was appearing in music videos on MTV and singing warm-up at concerts by alternative rock giants such as Smashing Pumpkins and Porno for Pyros. Proof that Bennett was back came in 1993 when he presented a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who hailed his cool factor and playfully sang part of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." His career only kept building and a decade later, he released three successful albums of duets. On one of them, "Body and Soul," he sang with Amy Winehouse in her last recording before she died in 2011 at age 27. He marked his 90th birthday with a star-studded concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, which was turned into a television special and album. The title was taken from a song popularized by Bennett: "The Best Is Yet to Come." Bennett toured the United States and Europe into his final decade, playing his last public performance before the coronavirus pandemic halted touring in New Jersey on 11 March 2020. Soon after, he revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016. He had kept his condition quiet for years. Upon turning 95, Bennett played two more birthday concerts, again at Radio City Music Hall, with Lady Gaga -- shows billed as his farewell to New York. He then canceled the remainder of his 2021 tour dates on "doctors' orders." "And let the music play as long as there's a song to sing / And I will stay younger than spring," he crooned during the first of his farewell shows, in a rendition of his ballad "This Is All I Ask." "You've been a good audience," Bennett said prior to his encore. "I love this audience." The post Tony Bennett, last of classic American crooners, dead at 96 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 21st, 2023

LOOK: John Estrada marks 50th birthday with star-studded party

John Estrada had a memorable 50th birthday as he celebrated the occasion together with his family and celebrity friends including his “Ang Probinsyano” and “Batang Quiapo” co-stars. Priscilla Meirelles, the actor’s wife, treated fans to moments from the party which she described as a “night to remember,” through her Instagram page on Monday, June 12. […] The post LOOK: John Estrada marks 50th birthday with star-studded party appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2023

Birthday celebration ng business mogul na si Rhea Tan star-studded, Bea, Maja, Sanya, Enchong, atbp. dumalo  

ALAM MO NA!ni Nonie Nicasio THANKFUL ang Beautéderm founder at chairman na si Ms. Rhea Tan sa kanyang celebrity endorsers at mga kaibigan sa press dahil matagumpay ang birthday party niya na ginanap sa Luxent Hotel main ballroom last November 25. Star-studded ang birthday celeb-REI-tion ng Beautederm lady boss, present dito ang mga naglalakihang artista na sina Bea Alonzo, Maja Salvador, Enchong ….....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2023

International stars to grace Lazada’s 9th birthday celebrations

Lazada, the leading eCommerce platform in the Philippines, has a star-studded lineup for its Lazada Super Party, a virtual concert slated for March 26 to kick off its 9th anniversary celebrations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2021

No idle hours at franchise-less but booming ABS-CBN

Content supplier ABS-CBN seems to be amply rewarding the stars and talents who have chosen to stay put with the company after it lost its broadcast franchise. The loyal ones are hardly without a project that keeps them busy and (hopefully) well-compensated for what they do best. These stars include Maricel Soriano, Angel Aquino, Kathryn Bernardo, Andrea Brillantes, JM Guzman, Belle Mariano and screen sweetheart Donnie Pangilinan, Chie Filomeno, Kaori Ozuma and Anthony Jennings. Actors, hosts, singers, record producers and comic talents who have stayed with the network remain “well-oiled” cogs in the ABS-CBN entertainment machine. With Cory Vidanes and Lauren Dyogi as the media company’s top honchos, as well as production divisions that conceptualize and execute projects from beginning to end (such as Dreamscape, JRB Creative Production, Project 8 and Rise), there are no idle hours in the ABS-CBN corporate offices and studios. There are also directors (such as FM Reyes, Emmanuel Palo, Richard Arellano and Jojo Saguin), creative managers (such as Carmi Raymundo and Jay Fernando) and musical scorers who get projects one after the other even if only on a contractual basis. Romantic leading men A change of mindset and attitude has occurred among the big stars. They have become really professional entertainment artists who have realized they don’t have to play lead roles all time. They remain adored and respected even when they portray vicious personalities who make life hard for the lead characters. They can then reemerge in their next projects as virtuous lead characters. Romantic leading men Ian Veneracion and JM de Guzman did contemptuous characters in the action series Iron Heart, topbilled by Richard Gutierrez, Jake Cuenca and Albert Martinez. The show is slated to end in two weeks (with major scenes shot in Japan though the series’ main setting is Cebu). De Guzman has just attended the media conference for the series Linlang (Deception), which he headlines along with Paulo Avelino and Kim Chiu. A major supporting actor in the new series that begins airing on 5 October is Maricel Soriano, whose “special participation” in the afternoon series Pira-pirasong Paraiso started only a few weeks ago. Soriano portrays a well-off grandmother in Pira-piraso and Linlang. Linlang is helmed by FM Reyes, who directed the ongoing ABS-CBN and TV 5 co-produced afternoon series Nag-aapoy na Damdamin. The new series is a suspense-thriller that will stream exclusively on Prime Video, available in the Philippines and in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Linlang has only 14 episodes, and new episodes drop every Thursday at midnight. Surely favorable to the finances of stars and talents is the invariably large cast of ABS-CBN series these days. For instance, Iron Heart features in major roles Albert Martinez, Dimples Romana, Christian Vasquez, Sofia Andres, and young actors Enzo Pineda, Louise Abuel (who is male) and Iggy Boy Flores. It has had as guest actors Maja Salvador, Sue Ramirez, Meryl Soriano, Maricel Laxa, Joem Bascon, Pepe Herrera, Roi Vinzon, Carmen Soo, Fabio Ide, Richard Quan, Ruby Ruiz, Anna Luna, Ruben Soriquez, Krystal Brimner, Cris Villanueva, Alex Medina, Anna Marin, child star Althea Ruedas, Al Tantay, Diether Ocampo, Karina Bautista, Victor Silayan, Kyle Echarri and Lou Yanong. The show also has four directors: Richard Arellano, Lester Pimentel Ong, Wang Yan Bin and Ian Loreños. As for Linlang, its support cast includes Karla Estrada, Jaime Fabregas, Raymond Bagatsing, Albie Casiño, Jake Ejercito, Heaven Peralejo, Adrian Lindayag, Race Matias, Benj Manalo, Lovely Abella, Frenchie Dy, Ross Pesigan, Hanna Lexie, Juno Advincula, Connie Virtucio, Lotlot Bustamante, Meann Espinosa, Danny Ramos, Bart Guingona, Vance Larena and Marc McMahon. Whew! Who said ABS-CBN was a goner with the loss of its franchise? The post No idle hours at franchise-less but booming ABS-CBN appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2023

More than 50 killed, dozens wounded in Pakistan blasts

More than 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Friday by a suicide bomber targeting a procession marking the birthday of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, officials said. A second suicide attack by two men at a mosque hundreds of kilometers north in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province led to a roof collapse that killed four people, officials said. While the celebration of the Prophet's birthday is accepted by the majority of Islamic sects in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world, certain denominations view it as an unwarranted innovation. In southwestern Balochistan, officials said a suicide bomber detonated a device as rallies from neighborhood mosques converged on a meeting point in Mastung, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the provincial capital, Quetta. "My feet trembled and I was thrown to the ground," said 49-year-old Hazoor Bakhsh. "As the dust settled, I saw people scattered in all directions, some screaming while others called out for help." Local hospitals were overwhelmed by the number of wounded, and provincial authorities used social media platforms to appeal for blood donors. The death toll kept climbing throughout the day. "I can confirm that the death toll has increased to 52, with over 70 individuals injured," Munir Ahmed Shaikh, the deputy inspector-general of Balochistan's police force, told AFP. Every year, mosques and government buildings are elaborately illuminated with strings of lights, and people march in processions to mark the Prophet's birthday. On the same occasion in April 2006, a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people in the port city of Karachi after detonating a device at a gathering of Sunni Muslims. Surge in violence Friday's blast comes as Pakistan prepares for an election due in January next year -- while grappling with a political crisis, a crippled economy, and a surge in militant violence inspired by the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2021. Jan Achakzai, Balochistan's minister for information, announced a three-day mourning period. Balochistan, Pakistan's least populous province, is also home to several militant groups fighting for independence or a greater share of the region's mineral resources. Hundreds of kilometres north in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, four people were killed after the roof of a mosque collapsed following a suicide attack. "Two militants, armed with automatic firearms, hand grenades, and suicide vests attempted to breach the mosque's security," senior district police officer Nisar Ahmad told AFP. "They were intercepted at the main entrance leading to an exchange of gunfire. One of them detonated his vest, while the other managed to enter the mosque's hall through a window." Ahmad said most of those inside had managed to escape as the shooting started, but the detonation of the second bomber's vest brought the roof down, killing four people. In July, more than 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a religious political party's gathering. Pakistan's Taliban have stepped up attacks against military and government targets since the return to power of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. But the group said it had nothing to do with the Balochistan attack. The regional chapter of the Islamic State group, known as Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), has also carried out attacks in the area in the past. "The attack on innocent people who came to participate in the procession... is a very heinous act," the interior ministry said in a statement. Separately, Pakistan's military said Friday four soldiers had been killed as they fought an attempt by TTP militants to infiltrate Balochistan from Afghanistan. The post More than 50 killed, dozens wounded in Pakistan blasts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 30th, 2023

Singaporean fashion label opens first south korea store with a star-studded party

Charles & Keith officially opened its inaugural flagship store in South Korea with a star-studded celebration. Located in the bustling shopping belt of Gangnam, Seoul, the boutique marks the brand’s commitment to elevating its retail experience and strengthening its presence in the Asian market. Spanning over 330 sqm, the duplex is the largest Charles & Keith’s boutique in South Korea, and the latest in the brand’s global network to adopt its new sixth generation store concept. The first floor is dedicated to bags as well as accessories, such as costume jewelry and sunglasses, while its second floor is a haven for shoe lovers and also houses the brand’s premium Collection line. As part of the festivities, the brand debuted its collaboration capsule with artist Henn Kim at the event. Fondly titled “Heart Is Every Wear,” the all-black four-piece capsule is inspired by Henn Kim’s desire for the products to be worn anywhere and everywhere, and for each wearer to feel encouraged in being forthcoming with their emotions. Its cheeky moniker invites individuals to embrace authenticity and express their innermost sentiments by confidently wearing their hearts on their sleeves. [caption id="attachment_187033" align="aligncenter" width="525"] SOUTH Korean actress Joo Hyun-young.[/caption] Party attendees included global brand ambassador Han So Hee, who showcased the versatility of the Petra bag she sported in the Fall 2023 campaign alongside statement jewelry from the Gabine line. Singers Soyeon from G(IDLE) and Nancy from Momoland expressed their Gen Z style perfectly — the former pairing the Illustrated Heart Charm Ankle Boots from the Henn Kim collection with the brand’s iconic Charlot bag in silver for an edgy look; while the latter channeled girlish charm with her Pixie Furry Platform Mules, White Petra Curved Shoulder Bag, adding a Henn Kim x Charles & Keith scrunchie to her look for a fun twist. Fashion icon and model Irene Kim oozed sophistication in this season’s Pixie Platform Mary Janes and the latest reiteration of the Koa — an east-west, top handle style. Comedienne Joo Hyun-Young channeled Academia chic in with Pixie Platform Ankle Boots and carrying a Gabine Houndstooth Leather Crossbody Bag. The post Singaporean fashion label opens first south korea store with a star-studded party appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

Baron Geisler invited back to ABS-CBN Ball after 14-year ban

Actor Baron Geisler took to Instagram to express his gratitude upon receiving an invitation to the 2023 ABS-CBN Ball — some 14 years after he was banned from the annual event for drunken behavior. “It has been more than a decade since I was invited to the #ABSCBNBALL due to my bad behavior during the previous ones,” he candidly wrote. “Now, I am humbled and grateful that they welcome me back with open arms.” [caption id="attachment_186331" align="aligncenter" width="284"] Baron Geisler | Photograph courtesy of baron geisler/ig[/caption] The actor, whose long and public battle with alcoholism had seen him entangled in professional and legal scrapes, added that he can’t wait to thank the Kapamilya bosses personally and to have a wonderful time with his colleagues now that he has turned a new leaf. On his X (formerly Twitter) account, Geisler explained how the invitation means so much to him and that he will not take it for granted. “I’m ready for this. Sober party for me bro and still will have a blast for sure. Sa taping nga saya namin sober kaya naman sa party pa (During the taping, we had fun while sober, so even more at a party),” he said, adding that he’s receiving full support from colleagues such as director Andoy Ranay and co-star Sylvia Sanchez. In a follow-up post, Geisler admitted he’s still “God’s work in progress” when it comes to maintaining sobriety. “True, I stumble at times but I get up 7, 8, 10 times harder. Growing and moving forward each day. Maraming salamat sa support and love na ibinibigay nyo sa akin. Appreciated po (Thank you very much for the support and love you give me. I appreciate it). To God be all glory and praise,” he said. The ABS-CBN Ball 2023 will be held on 30 September. Geisler, considered one of the best actors of his generation, has bounced back with acclaimed turns in films such as Doll House. He currently stars in the new series Senior High as Harry Guerrero and is also part of Brillante Mendoza’s upcoming film Moro. The post Baron Geisler invited back to ABS-CBN Ball after 14-year ban appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

Baby Ortiz: Civic leader with a heart of gold

I am taking a break for now and turning over in this issue the privilege of sharing one’s thoughts and experiences to raconteur Jorge Hizon, who takes pleasure in paying tribute to friends and relatives who are celebrating their birthdays. This one’s Jorge’s take on one of the birthday celebrations of civic worker Leonida “Baby” Bayani Ortiz, a most generous and caring lady in our civil society. [caption id="attachment_175595" align="aligncenter" width="659"] GYN GYN Ponce Quiazon[/caption] Here goes Jorge’s remarkable prose: Leonida Bayani Ortiz’s post-birthday party at Borro Restaurant in Quezon City was splendid as it blended culinary delights, entertainment and heartfelt connections. The event showcased a remarkable fusion of Filipino, Mexican and Italian cuisines, leaving guests with a feast for their taste buds. From appetizers to main course, the gastronomic journey was the highlight, enhanced by the presence of a lechon, thanks to Carmen Lim. A diverse selection of desserts, including an array of six birthday cakes, rice cakes, ensaymadas and zesty oranges, gave the guests reason to smile to their hearts’ content. The entertainment lineup added a dynamic dimension to the celebration. Darius Razon, renowned as the jukebox king of the ‘70s, serenaded the audience with his timeless melodies. The queen of comedy, Chuck T. Gueco, hailing from Angeles, Pampanga, brought the house down with her uproarious jokes and charismatic dance moves. Her spontaneous and energetic performance, coupled with Razon’s melodic tunes, created an ambiance of merriment, fun and infectious laughter. [caption id="attachment_175590" align="aligncenter" width="525"] BILLY Tan and Peter Sy.[/caption] Not to be outdone, Ayna Ong and Gyn-gyn Ponce-Quiazon captivated the audience with their distinct vocal talents. They transitioned seamlessly from mellower songs to infectious disco beats which got everyone to stand and dance. This music, ranging from soulful melodies to groovy rhythms, brought an untamable energy to the celebration, encouraging a lively atmosphere of fun and merriment. Undoubtedly, the pinnacle of the evening was the simultaneous blowing of six birthday cakes, made even more special by Razon’s heartfelt rendition of the birthday song. The collective spirit was of jubilant celebration as Baby reveled in the love and warmth shared by her handpicked circle of friends. [gallery size="full" columns="2" ids="175589,175592"] Furthermore, Baby’s thoughtfulness extended to departing guests, who were gifted with cans of chocolates courtesy of Teacher Nelia Sarcol. This gesture was a reflection of gratitude and a lasting memory to cherish. Baby’s birthday celebration was an embodiment of the beauty of authentic friendship, delectable food, captivating entertainment and a joyful atmosphere. Through this harmonious convergence of elements, the event exuded a sense of togetherness, leaving a lasting impression of a truly memorable and heartfelt occasion. The post Baby Ortiz: Civic leader with a heart of gold appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2023

Nas, Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg helm marathon birthday party for hip-hop

Thousands of people partied deep into the night Friday as part of an all-star Bronx bash celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, featuring trailblazers including Run-DMC, Nas, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2023

Aiko Melendez earns journalism degree at 47

Actress and Quezon City councilor Aiko Melendez has fulfilled another milestone: She recently graduated from the Philippine Women’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Major in Journalism at age 47. The Wildflower actress shared her graduation photos on Facebook and Instagram, along with her thoughts on her experience as a latter-day student and words of gratitude for her professors, classmates and family. “It may have taken me years to finally finish my degree but despite a lot of hurdles and heavy workloads from being an artist and a public servant, I made sure to still make it,” she wrote. In a separate post, Melendez shared her official graduation photo as she looked back on how she was able to manage being a mother, an actress, a politician and a student all at the same time. [caption id="attachment_165463" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Aiko Melendez with son Andre Yllana and daughter Marthena Jickain. | photograph courtesy of IG/aiko melendez[/caption] “Mukhang madali ang lahat pero sa totoo lang naiisip ko ngayon paano ko napag sabay sabay lahat?… Paano nga ba? Kasi natuto akong pahalagahan ang mga bagay na dapat nuon ko pa nabigyan ng pansin pero bakit nga ba ngayon lang? Kasi inuna ko muna tuparin ang mga pangarap ko para sa pamilya ko. Ang mabigyan sila ng kumportableng buhay (Everything looks easy from afar, but the truth is, I can’t help but wonder how I was able to juggle everything. How? By learning to focus now on things I should have done way back. Why did I only do it now? I wanted to fulfill my dreams first for my family, to give them a comfortable life). Melendez recalled that it took a lot of hard work, sacrifice and sleepless nights to reach this point in her life, and promised that she would make everyone proud as a mother and a public servant. “Gusto ko mapagmalaki nyo ako hindi lang sa mabuting puso na meron ako kundi sa pagpupursige ko sa buhay… This is Aiko Melendez officially! Graduate na po ako… Ang edukasyon walang pinipiling edad basta matuto ka lang alamin ang gusto mo (I want you to be proud of me, that I am not only a woman with a good heart but someone who perseveres in life… This is Aiko Melendez officially! I am already a graduate! Education knows no age as long as you have the heart to learn). A few weeks before the actress-turned-politician got her diploma, Melendez celebrated her 16-year-old daughter Marthena’s completion of a course in law at Somerville College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Melendez has had a lengthy career in the entertainment industry. She started as a child star in the 1980s and has been acclaimed as one of the best, most-awarded actresses of her generation. She also has a heart for public service. She is currently a councilor in Quezon City, a position she had previously held from 2001 to 2010. Melendez joins the roster of celebrities who finished their schooling this year, proving that education should not be a race but a journey. Television host Karla Estrada, Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and sexy star AJ Raval all graduated in July, while It’s Showtime host Jhong Hilario graduated in June with a degree in Political Science, magna cum laude. The post Aiko Melendez earns journalism degree at 47 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2023

Cambodian PM quits,Thai ex-premier returning

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Wednesday he is stepping down as the former leader in neighboring Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, ends his 15-year self-exile and will be back in his country on 10 August. Hun Sen, the 70-year-old former Khmer Rouge cadre who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, is paving way for a dynastic succession by handing power to his eldest son, 45-year-old four-star general Hun Manet. “I would like to ask for understanding from the people as I announce that I will not continue as prime minister,” Hun Sen said in a special broadcast on state television. The prime minister’s announcement followed his Cambodian People’s Party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s election that was nearly bereft of challengers with opposition candidates disqualified. The victory virtually assures the CPP of all but five lower house seats. While 84.6 percent of voters turned out in the polls, Western powers including the United States and European Union condemned the poll as neither free nor fair. Meanwhile, 74-year-old billionaire Thaksin is expected to inflame an already tense political situation on his return announced by his daughter Wednesday. “Dad is coming back on Aug 10 at Don Meung airport,” his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra wrote on her official Facebook page on Wednesday — Thaksin’s birthday. The military, which ousted Thaksin from power in 2006, was badly beaten in the May elections and its senators is blocking the elections of a reformist prime minister in parliament. Paetongtarn was a candidate to become prime minister for the Pheu Thai party, which came second in the election and is now trying to form a government after Move Forward Party’s Pita Limjaroenrat was suspended. Days before the May election, Thaksin said on social media that he would return to Thailand “before my birthday” because he was getting old and wanted to spend time with his grandchildren. Thaksin was convicted in absentia on corruption charges in 2008 — and has since faced numerous other cases — but said in May he was ready to face the courts. Parties linked to Thaksin have dominated Thai politics since 2001, but lost two prime ministers to military coups and another to a court ruling.  WITH AFP The post Cambodian PM quits,Thai ex-premier returning appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

Belle Mariano celebrates 21st birthday

Breakthrough star Belle Mariano stuns in a little black dress accentuated with a red sweetheart neckline as she hosted her 21st birthday celebration. The actress posted photos taken before the party started and captioned them "Last night". Her actual birthday is 10 June. Aside from acting, Mariano is also pursuing her music career as she is set to release a two-part album under the StarPop music label. The first part "Somber" will be released on 23 June while the second part "Solemn" is set to come out next year. The post Belle Mariano celebrates 21st birthday appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2023

Priscilla Meirelles may sweet birthday greeting kay John Estrada: Lucky you, I’m no murderer…

EMOSYONAL at punung-puno ng pagmamahal ang naging mensahe ng dating beauty queen na si Priscilla Meirelles para sa asawang si John Estrada. Sa kanyang Instagram account ay ibinahagi niya ang mga larawan na kuha sa nagdaang 50th birthday party ng aktor na siya mismo ang naghanda noong Lunes, June 12. “To the one and only […] The post Priscilla Meirelles may sweet birthday greeting kay John Estrada: Lucky you, I’m no murderer… appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2023

John Estrada celebrates golden year

After the recent controversy that almost compromised their marriage is over, celebrity couple Priscilla Meirelles and John Estrada celebrated Estrada's 50th birthday with family and friends. The former beauty queen shared a series of photos taken during the event. "A night to remember… Happy 50th Birthday Party", she wrote. Aside from the actor's children with ex-wife Janice de Belen, some of the known personalities who graced the celebration were Cory Vidanes, Sharon Cuneta, Kiko Pangilinan, Lucy Torres-Gomez, and Richard Gomez among others. The post John Estrada celebrates golden year appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2023

In photos: Unbreak My Heart stars in full force at celeb watch party

Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Gabbi Garcia and Joshua Garcia led the star-studded watch party for their upcoming series "Unbreak My Heart.".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2023

Julia Ann San Jose turns 29

Asia's Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose celebrated her 29th birthday with friends and family at Tablo Kitchen X Cafe in South Triangle, Quezon City. The singer-actress shared the happenings during her party and wrote, "happy and full 29th". Present during the celebration were her real-life partner Rayver Cruz and celebrity couple Rodjun Cruz and Dianne Medina. The post Julia Ann San Jose turns 29 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 19th, 2023

Music from legends Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton

Willie Nelson celebrated his 90th birthday last April 29 with a two-night star-studded concert in Hollywood. The biggest names came to honor the living legend and he also performed along with his trusty guitar Trigger. It must have been quite a bash......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2023

Jillian Ward dazzles in galaxy-themed gown for her 18th birthday party

The former child star celebrated her debut last night in a dazzling birthday celebration that had her shining brightly in a galaxy-themed ball gown by Mak Tumang. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2023

Regine Velasquez tinupad ang wish ni Karla Estrada: ‘Thank you idol! Love you!

SA wakas, natupad na ang isa sa mga ultimate dream ng TV host-actress na si Karla Estrada na maka-duet ang Asia’s Songbird na si Regine Velasquez. Nangyari ito sa nakaraang birthday celebration ng partner ni Vice Ganda na si Ion Perez kung saan pareho nga silang invited ni Regine. Sa kanyang Instagram account, tuwang-tuwa at […] The post Regine Velasquez tinupad ang wish ni Karla Estrada: ‘Thank you idol! Love you! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2022