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THRILLMAKER: Ces Drilon turns over a new leaf

In showbusiness, there will always be the one hit wonders, those people who hit mainstream popularity usually for only one piece of work and become known to the general public solely for that momentary success.  Of course, those of this type are, sooner or later, gone from the public eye and then eventually forgotten.  Then there are the lurkers, as in the online world, they are those who just quietly stay afloat in the sidelines, not hitting it big but somehow able to prolong their presence in the showbiz realm.  Then come the real superstars, those who are able to prolong their relevance by not being boxed in by their past successes and are not afraid to explore and reinvent themselves for a more “current” image.  When one talks about reinvention, favorite pop icon of the 80s, Madonna, always comes to mind.  Locally, there is Vilma Santos-Recto, who has, throughout her career, taken on a lot of image makeovers from her days as a childstar, a teenstar, a dramatic star and now as a star legislator—truly stamping her mark as a Star For All Seasons. In Philippine television, one personality who has, over the decades, managed to successfully take on any role she’s been asked to play is seasoned broadcaster Ces Oreña-Drilon.  From being a very incisive news reporter, she shifted to covering business and then even hosted her own popular business show in the 90s.  From there we all saw her taking on the mainstream news anchoring chores in ABSCBN’s late primetime newscast Bandila, before eventually heading the Lifestyle Ecosystem of the entire network. When the dust coming out of the whole ABSCBN franchise debacle finally settled, regular viewers and fans found Ces still widely present in their mobile devices, with her KUMU ventures Ces and the City and Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon still getting good audience shares.  She has also upped her “influencer” status further by going into various businesses which are not only profitable but are inspiring more and more women to empower themselves though enterprise and hardwork. Very recently, the former Usapang Business host decided that she wanted to do something bigger for the nation—bigger than just giving Filipinos their daily dose of the news.   This is why she recently accepted her election as President of the TOWNS Foundation (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service).    TOWNS Foundation Incorporated is a national organization of dynamic and effective women who by their common shared activities and interests help transform the lives of the Filipinos.  The association is composed of 160 women, all accomplished in their respective fields, be it in the private or government sectors, who have been working together to help in the country’s development for the past 50 years.  Among the goals of the TOWNS Foundation is the recognition of women achievers which paved the way for the TOWNS Awards.  All TOWNS awardees become members of the foundation. The vision of TOWNS is to have a nation of empowered women who serve as catalysts for national development towards improving quality of life.  Its four-fold mission includes: identifying and recognizing exemplary women; harnessing talents of its members to influence national issues; inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs; and providing a nurturing environment to TOWNS members. When the COVID19 pandemic hit the country last year, TOWNS joined forces with the UP Medical Foundation, Inc (UPMFI) to source funds that were used to procure PPEs for hospitals all over the country.  The still ongoing campaign has so far raised over P57 Million for countless frontliner beneficiaries. With her election as President, Ces now joins the ranks of former TOWNS Presidents Olivia Ferry, who became ZONTA International President; former PEZA administrator Lilia De Lima; former SSS Administrator Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo; businesswoman  Evelyn Singson; and former DOH Secretary Esperanza Cabral. With Ces now at the helm, we’re certain that the group is now headed to even greater heights of greatness for we know that when Ces starts talking business, she really means it......»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phJan 17th, 2021

Piolo Pascual turns a new leaf in his career

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Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

PNP turns over shootout evidence to probers

The Philippine National Police has turned over evidence it gathered to the case investigator probing the shootout with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Feb. 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

USAID turns over donation

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) last Friday turned over 371 laptop computers worth more than Php16 million ($333,000) to the Department of Education (DepEd). The donation was part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a ceremony held […] The post USAID turns over donation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

& lsquo;Dengvaxia case mishandling led to vaccine delay& rsquo;

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Monday said the mishandling of the Dengvaxia case by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) contributed to the delays in the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Luck Is a Four-letter Word

My header, while this post is current, features the four-leaf clover, which my playmates and I would look for in our schoolyard at the beginning of each year. It was not an easy search, which made the activity more fun. We were told that if you found one, you would have good luck all through […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Shockwaves worldwide as Facebook turns off the news for Australia

WASHINGTON United States — Facebook’s stunning decision to turn off the news for Australia highlights a long-troubled role for the US tech giant which stumbled into the news business and has grown into one of its most powerful forces. The announcement by Facebook, defying Australia’s efforts to impose a payment scheme for media featured on […] The post Shockwaves worldwide as Facebook turns off the news for Australia appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

EXATLON 5 USA: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Norma Palafox

Telemundo Norma Palafox is part of the Exatlon USA Celebrity Team. Season 5 of Exatlon United States turns the entire audience upside down as these.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

French nun, virus survivor, turns 117

Europe’s oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, turned 117 on Thursday after surviving COVID-19 last month and living through two world wars, with a special birthday feast including her favorite dessert – Baked Alaska......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2021

Video: Koala causes a car accident on the Australian highway and turns into a virus

The serial collision, in which six cars took part, occurred when drivers brake and maneuvered so as not to run over the animal that was.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021

All of this Netflix series looks like Dead to Me

When drama turns into comedy, really great shows come out. Last updated 02/09/2021 16:44 The Successes On broadcast platforms, this can also be extrapolated to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2021

Mayor Cortes turns over brand new SUV to PDEA-7

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – The Mandaue City government turned over a brand new Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) worth P1 million to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) at the City Hall grounds on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. “Life will not stop just because of COVID-19. We have to move on, padayun ta […] The post Mayor Cortes turns over brand new SUV to PDEA-7 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2021

A socmed’s story: Seeing things in a different light in this time of crisis

  (As CDN Digital turns two this month, we give you, readers, a glimpse of the people behind the news, the graphics, the programs of one of Cebu’s leading online news portals.) CEBU CITY, Philippines  — For someone who loves to go out and chase fun and adventure, the universe had a way of letting […] The post A socmed’s story: Seeing things in a different light in this time of crisis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2021

Nissan eyes launch of Leaf EV model

Nissan Philippines Inc. plans to proceed with the launch of the Leaf electric vehicle within the year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2021

Nissan to bring Leaf electric vehicles to PH& nbsp;

Nissan Philippines Inc. said it will roll out the first batch of Nissan Leaf, the company’s full electric vehicle model this year, in anticipation of fiscal support from the government......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

Madonna s La Isla Bonita& rsquo; song turns into viral anti-China anthem in PH

A short music video barely two minutes in length is gaining traction among netizens as it skewers China’s alleged attempts at acquiring the Grande and Chiquita Islands in Zambales and Fuga Island in Aparri......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

SolGen’s opinion on Congress’ process of voting on charter change sought

The Senate will ask Solicitor General Jose Calida’s opinion on whether the House of Representatives and the Senate will vote on charter amendments jointly or separately. During the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments first hearing on the resolutions seeking for constitutional revisions, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Calida should give his stand on the […] The post SolGen’s opinion on Congress’ process of voting on charter change sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Hong Kong turns to ambush lockdowns to fight virus

Hong Kong has begun using "ambush lockdowns" to suddenly close off and test everyone inside neighbourhoods where coronavirus cases have spiked, as a spate of recent outbreaks lay bare the rampant inequality in the wealthy Chinese finance hub......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Manila gov’t turns over 6 high-end ambulances to district hospitals

The Manila City government turned over six of its 12 new high-end ambulances to its district hospitals on Monday. (photo from Manila PIO) (photo from Manila PIO) The said hospitals include Sta. Ana Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, and Ospital ng Tondo. The other six Advance Cardiac Life Support ambulances will be stationed at the Manila City Hall for emergency use. The ambulances can be used for free by residents of the city.  In a Facebook post, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said they will continuously aim to upgrade the city’s facilities, especially its medical facilities and equipment amid the pandemic.  “Layunin po ng Pamahalaang Lungsod na lalong paunlarin ang ating mga medical facilities and equipment upang mapataas din ang antas ng kalusugan ng bawat Batang Maynila (It is the city government’s aim to further improve our medical facilities and equipment to increase each Manileño’s quality of health),” he said.  “Every life that we will be able to save using this ambulance is valuable,” he added.  The new ambulances from America cost a total of P300 million, Domagoso said. They arrived in the city in December 2020. First aiders who will operate the ambulances will receive professional training, the Manila mayor said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

DSWD turns 70, pledges to strengthen prompt and compassionate service

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turns 70 this January.On its 70th Founding Anniversary, the Department promises to further strengthen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

Syria downpour kills child, turns displacement camps into lakes

Flooding following heavy rain at displacement camps in northwest Syria has killed a child and damaged or destroyed the tents of thousands of people, residents and aid workers said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021