She’s young, beautiful and a darling of the city she has already served twice as councilor. This May 2010, the 29-year old Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad will not only be campaigning for re-election, but will also be openly supporting her boyfriend, Liberal Party presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, to become president of the Philippines. In a recent interview with ABS-CBN news, she says she will be Aquino’s “support system” during and after the 2010 polls. Read more
Wife of Manny Villar, Presidential Candidate of Nacionalista Party
Back when she was in 3rd year college, when she became friends with her classmate Manny Villar at the UP College of Business Administration, could the former Cynthia Aguilar have imagined becoming the wife of a billionaire president-running? The answer would most probably be yes for the Las Pinas congresswoman of nine years, mother of three and business operations expert known to be a hard-worker. Read more
Among the four, Loi Ejercito Estrada has the distinction of already being First Lady, short-lived as it was. A psychiatrist by profession, she was known during Joseph Estrada’s presidential term to be the “Doktora ng Masa,” and “First Lady ng Masa;” when Estrada was impeached, was known to be (or peddled herself to be?) the “Senadora ng Masa.” Read more
One of them will become the next Presidential Spouse. But in a country that has seen a history of First Ladies (and a First Gentleman) stepping into a role that brought the country at its best and worst, will the shoe fit?
As the May 2010 Philippine elections draws closer, we find ourselves probing more and more into even the petty character details of our presidentiables, and quite understandably. So much though that things get sensationalized into issues like Noynoy Aquino’s alleged psychological problems, Gibo’s pro-Gloria platforms and Villar’s never-ending graft accusations and evasion of such, to name just a few. Read more
Some liked it, some felt shortchanged as they expected an exhilarating movie experience of the classic girl-falls-for-best-friend premise but didn’t get it. Bottom line: if you’re looking for a novel twist to romance and expecting to be moved to tears dahil sobrang na-capture nito ang “tunay na buhay,” then pick another movie, maybe watch it another time. But if you’d like to see a cute-looking pair prance around the screen through cuts and takes and then kiss happily in the end, and more importantly, kung Kim-erald fan ka, then by all means watch Paano Na Kaya the next chance you get! Read more
Regardless of your ethnicity, taste and budget, there is more than hotdog and burgers in the District of Columbia. Since the DC government has lifted its restrictions on new food cart licenses, weekday lunching has become internationalized, thanks to the influx of new food trucks bringing everything from Indian curry, tacos, Korean BBQ to cupcakes.
These new trucks have also learned to use Facebook or Twitter to keep their followers abreast of daily whereabouts. Read more
International singing sensation Lea Salonga has finally found time to make the showbiz comeback she’s been waiting for since 2008. Fifteen years after her last big screen appearance (Sana Maulit Muli, 1995), the original Miss Saigon is now gearing up to revive the onscreen romance with her original Pinoy ka-love team Aga Muhlach come November of this year, despite her nonstop concert tours abroad. Read more
Hay salamat, Saturday, no work. Pahinga naman from my students, time to get some pampering somewhere around the Big Apple! Matawagan nga si Janice, active yon sa Pinoy community ng teachers dito sa US, at every Saturday may libreng pa-spa and what-not kaming pwedeng puntahan. Read more
It was a breezy Sunday morning when I walked up the familiar green gate of Ricky Lee’s house in Xavierville, Quezon City. Matagal-tagal na rin simula ng huli akong pumunta sa bahay na ‘yon, na laging bukas sa lahat ng kaibigan, estudyante, workshopper o kahit sino pang gustong bumisita o matuto mula kay Ricardo Lee, the multi-awarded film and TV scriptwriter, fictionist, journalist and playwright. As for me, once an attendee in his 2004 scriptwriting workshop, I’d always have fond memories of learning and simply having a good time in that house. Read more