[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on 22 July 2019] Thank you. Kindly sit down. Kumusta po kayo? Senate President Vicente Sotto III and the honorable members of the Senate; House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the honorable members of the House of Representatives; Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, magandang hapon po sa inyo --- sa iyo, ma’am, [applause] kung nasaan ka; former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Ejercito, [applause] Macapagal-Arroyo [applause]; His Excellency Caccia and the esteemed members of the diplomatic corps; Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and the other members of the Cabinet; Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and the Supreme Court; my fellow workers in government; mga mahal kong kababayan. Let me begin by extending my hand in gratitude to all who kept faith with me in our most trying times. Numbers speak a thousand words and tell a hundred tales. But the … [Read more...] about FULL TEXT: Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address
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They’ve met; will they match? It couldn’t be the so-called seven-year-itch that triggered the break-up of Derek Ramsay and the model Joanne Villablanca because their relationship lasted for only six years and a half. The model was Derek’s fourth known girlfriend (after Solenn Heussaff, Angelica Panganiban, Cristine Reyes and then some, not counting the woman he married who bore him a child so it’s not correct for some people to say that he’s not “the marrying kind”). Now that he’s starring with Andrea Torres in The Better Woman (a “prophetic” title, don’t you think?), the sexy-romance series (directed by Mark Sicat dela Cruz) that premieres tonight on the GMA Telebabad after Sahaya, the former Kapamilya-Kapatid actor has set tongues wagging — is she the reason for the split-up (since the news about it broke simultaneously with the announcement of Derek and Andrea’s … [Read more...] about They’ve met; will they match?
The songs playing in Julie Anne’s mind She may not (yet) be a diva but Julie Anne San Jose can sing like one as she will prove on July 20 at her concert at The Theatre at Solaire. Produced by Sunny Side Up Productions (SSUP), Julie Sings The Divas is conceptualized by SSUP head Danny Tan who discovered Julie Anne in 2005 while she was auditioning for the GMA talent search Popstar Kids. Julie Anne will be singing new arrangements of songs popularized by the world’s enduring divas from all eras such as Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Adele, Lady Gaga and other popular “diva songs” of the current generation such as Rise Up, A Million Dreams and Never Enough, the most applauded song in Julie’s repertoire from the movie The Greatest Showman. The participation of the internationally multi-awarded voices of the UP Concert Chorus and Arnel Pineda, lead singer … [Read more...] about The songs playing in Julie Anne’s mind
PARIS: Host nation France crushed South Korea 4-0 in the opening game of the women’s World Cup on Friday, leaving former winners Germany with plenty to live up to as they prepare to launch their campaign. It was a fine start to a tournament that has been billed as the biggest yet for the women’s game, with a sell-out crowd of more than 45,000 filling the Parc des Princes in Paris and celebrating a rampant French victory. Les Bleues are among the favourites to win the trophy on home soil and they showed no mercy to the Koreans, with the prolific Eugenie Le Sommer giving them an early lead and defender Wendie Renard – the tournament’s tallest player – twice heading home before the interval. Captain Amandine Henry, impressive throughout, wrapped up the win late on in the Group A encounter, watched by French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino. Infantino has promised the month-long tournament will see the “explosion” of the … [Read more...] about France enjoy dream start as women’s World Cup kicks off
I was born into this world with a severe case of high self-esteem. When I listen to stories from my nannies and parents about me growing up, there was no doubt that even before I could spell my name I believed I would become the biggest movie star in the world. From the time I could speak, I spoke in a medley of bad English and American accents. I would cry dramatically when my nanny would leave the house. I would resist bedtime like a suffragette. I always savored a reaction from my audience regardless of whether it was positive or negative. I lived for it. I had pleaded to my grandfather to place me in one of the more popular shows in ABS-CBN at that time, even just as an extra. He sternly said no. If he couldn’t make my dreams happen, then I had to grab life by the balls and fulfill my destiny. At age 6, I hatched a plan to enter an open audition for a TV show in a competing network called Ora Enkantada(Enchanted Hour). I groomed my grandfather’s driver Abrea for a … [Read more...] about Call me crazy