I waited six months to score an interview and shoot with Kris Aquino. It was at the height of the popularity of her YouTube channel. My persistence in badgering Nicko Falcis, then Kristina Cojuangco Aquino Productions (KCAP) managing director, a professor of some of my friends at UP, proved fruitful. KCAP was a small venture that spearheaded Kris’s brand in the digital space, launching a series of videos that were making the rounds of social media. The business, run mostly by Nicko’s former students, helped produce the quick witted, no-holds-barred content that was entertaining for viewers, and impressive for content creators as the endorsement deals started pouring in. I was granted a window in the sacred Kris calendar but it was clear from the get-go we would have no say on the shoot—it would be her choice of photographer, glam team, clothes. Which is a common practice in publishing, what with celebrities oftentimes insisting on their own … [Read more...] about What it’s really like to be inside the Kris Aquino universe
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Sun., Aug. 19, 2018 Good day, yet another big week here at Mailbag Central as you folks keep the off-season humming. Have fun with this, I’ll be back with regular morning fare every other day starting tomorrow but I’m also looking at a week of “rest” so join me in hoping nothing comes up that I need to jump into for a week or so. Thanks. Q: “Sports is being used to divide us now,” says LeBron James about the current occupant of the White House. LeBron goes on to say how sports has always been a unifier in his life, a way to meet people from across racial and other divides — he is calling out the current occupant of the WH for turning a sweet and important social activity so sour. I woke up a bit when LeBron said that. We spend a lot of time discussing our failed hopes with sport, especially pro sports. But LeBron takes us back to sport as a social conditioner, a way to grow up and learn, a way to engage with people and places … [Read more...] about Doug Smith blog: Readers chime in on young phenoms R.J. Barrett and Vlad Gurrerro Jr.
By Mary Ormsby Feature Writer Fri., July 13, 2018 George Chuvalo sat chatting with two friends near the rear entrance of Pancer’s deli. At a reserved table, so the big man who uses a cane to assuage sore knees could skirt the bustling lunch crowd. A server slid a loaded plate before the 80-year-old, who thanked her. Chuvalo methodically chewed through thick pastrami wedges on rye. Then fries and pickle chunks. Later, with a large mitt holding a tiny spoon over a fountain glass, he delicately scooped out creamy rice pudding — his favourite dessert, says Tom Doyle, who with Lee Caprio doubled as chaperoning chauffeurs for the retired pro boxer. Chuvalo, who famously went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, now requires constant supervision. Even for a lunch outing. The Toronto heavyweight is in dementia’s unyielding grip, his urgent health needs complicated by a messy three-year divorce battle. Chuvalo’s son Mitch and daughter Vanessa say … [Read more...] about George Chuvalo’s volunteer army keeps fighting for the champ
By Donovan Vincent Feature Writer Sat., May 26, 2018 Chris Rice’s goal began with a casual remark from his stepmother. Rice, who lives in Keswick, Ont., was talking on the phone with his dad in 2016. Scott was on speaker phone when Rice’s stepmom, chimed in with a strange comment. “Oh, so I hear you’re going to dance at Kate’s wedding,” she said, referring to his best friend from high school, Kate Jollymore, who was planning her wedding for the following year. It’s unclear how the rumour about Rice started, but his stepmother told him it was circulating in Bridgetown, N.S., where Rice grew up and where his dad still lived. “I told her that’s crazy talk,” Rice says. After all, everyone back home knew he was paralyzed from the chest down, a result of a diving accident in 2012. Article Continued Below But it got him thinking. The accident that changed his life happened on a warm weekend afternoon … [Read more...] about He was paralyzed from the chest down. But he got obsessed with dancing at his friend’s wedding
Sun., March 25, 2018 You’ve touched on an awful lot of different things in here so well done, folks. Enjoy this until game time at 6 for what might be an entertaining tilt with the Clips. - Q: All right, good people are doing good work here on all fronts —players and coaches and general managers, ownership and referees.’ How do we get to the point where we’re respecting the hard work that people are putting in from their various portions?” Doug: This quotation from respected former NBA ref McCutchen stands out for its sensibility: The NBA is made up of different workers doing different jobs - they deserve respect. McCutchen is aiming for professional excellence from refs based on a renewed respect for the hard work being put in by all concerned. Article Continued Below How sad that such respectful solidarity amongst those working in NBA should be a hard sell. But the current culture has diminished civility, including respect … [Read more...] about Lots of ref stuff but lots more, too, in the weekend mail