The subject is love and much more — betrayal, vengeance, etc. The characters of Dahil sa Pag-ibig, the GMA soap which premieres this afternoon, is expected to resonate with lovers of any age. Directed by Ricky Davao (with Lore Reyes as associate director), the searing drama stars Benjamin Alves, Winwyn Marquez, Pancho Magno and Sanya Lopez. Benjamin plays Eldon, an OFW in Saudi Arabia who commits a crime that lands him in jail. Sanya plays Mariel, his wife left desperate in the Philippines trying to earn the required “blood money” to bail Eldon out. Winwyn is Portia, wife of Eldon’s employer, who is bent on keeping Eldon behind bars. Pancho is Gary, Mariel’s former lover, who offers her an indecent proposal. Let’s see what the four stars did or didn’t do in the name of love. What is your present “state of the heart”? Sanya: I’m happy and contented right now. In love and happy with my career. If ever (Mr. Right) comes along, … [Read more...] about What they did (and didn’t do) for love
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By Christine Sismondo Special to the Star Sun., May 12, 2019 Does the world need another energy drink? Several entrepreneurs seem to think so, despite the fact that a search on Amazon for the word “protein” turns up some 40,000 shakes, powders, cookies, protein-enhanced foods, power bars and supplements. And, as of 9 a.m. on May 16, when Toronto innovators Amar Gupta and Josh Barr launch brüst, a low-sugar, cold-brew coffee enhanced with grass-fed protein, it’ll be some 40,001. That momentous event will happen at the DROP Boxing studio (161 Spadina Ave.). Why do we need brüst? According to Gupta and Barr, it’s an alternative to the energy and protein drinks they encountered when training for their competitions — squash and Ironman distance triathlons, respectively — which they felt were all too sugary, chalky-tasting, or pricey. This confirms all the worst fears of a person (me) who has never had a protein drink or, … [Read more...] about Do you need a protein bar?
By Carola Vyhnak Special to the Star Tues., May 7, 2019 When Leisse Wilcox got married, she happily delegated household finances to her husband. “Wilfully oblivious” she calls her former self. But everything changed when her 14-year relationship ended in 2015, and the Cobourg stay-at-home mother of three suddenly had to navigate money matters. It was “frightening,” Wilcox recalls. “I had shame for being divorced and knowing nothing about money. And I was 36.” With the departure or death of a partner who oversees finances, their mate can be left floundering. Add emotional upheaval, grief and even guilt, and suddenly just paying the bills can be overwhelming. In Wilcox’s case, becoming suddenly single had an upside once she learned to “turn the ship around.” Today she’s a confident and outgoing entrepreneur, homeowner and self-described “financial nerd” who’s teaching her own … [Read more...] about How to survive and thrive financially after becoming single
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?
MANILA – She is one of the Philippines’ fastest rising vloggers. And one could not help but wonder how much Alex Gonzaga earns from her YouTube videos, each having millions of views. Lucky for those who are curious, TV host Boy Abunda asked this burning question during his show, “Inside the Cinema,” where Gonzaga appeared as a guest alongside her sister Toni and fellow influencer Bianca Gonzalez. “How much can an influencer earn?” he asked. Gonzaga did not immediately answer the question as she first opted to explain how earning from YouTube works. She noted that English-speaking vloggers with an international audience are “Google-preferred” and have the potential of earning more than someone like her, who churns out videos in Filipino. “When you have an international audience… ang one American audience is equivalent to four Filipinos, one is to four,” Gonzaga explained. “So ‘yung cpm (cost per mille)… … [Read more...] about News WATCH: How much does Alex Gonzaga earn as a vlogger?