The Daily Tribune News - The Daily Tribune News - Life Style Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:56:58 +0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb A quiet enclave in Boracay

mid all the noise that currently hounds the world-famous island, there is a place that is blissfully detached from much of the distractions at White Beach.

It all started three years ago when ambassador Alfredo Yao saw this piece of land at Punta Bunga Cove in the barangay of Yapak. The land used to be another resort nestled in a stretch in the northwest coast popular among Boracay regulars for its relative peace and quiet.
It is not an easy walk from the more commercialized and foot-traffic heavy White Beach, but it is relatively nearer to Stations 1, 2 and 3 when one would think of the other popular destinations such as Bulabog Beach.
One could understand why the chairman of Summit Hotels and Resorts Specialist, Inc. was smitten with this enclave. If arriving via a motorized vehicle from the Caticlan Port, Movenpick Resort and Spa is a sight to behold. It is uncharacteristically Boracay with lush greens beautifully adorning the property. Those who have been to the island many times would agree that since the island has
become quite popular, more and more establishments are cramped beside each other, most especially visible at the White Beach. But Movenpick is a refreshing change.
Tropical trees and greenery frame the property, accentuated by stylish lounge chairs and umbrellas along what seems to be a bit of a beachfront.
It is only when one takes that first step on its beachfront that one will indeed feel like it is Boracay — powdery white sand that is so fine and relaxing, treading on its stretch feels like having a foot massage on the go.
There is that feel of exclusivity in Movenpick, and with it comes the notion that it offers unique amenities and experiences.

'Longest single-stretch beach'
Popular magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Boracay as the "Best Island In The World" last year.
Locals say the island got its name from shells that are gradually crushed by incoming waves by the seashore. The name comes from a combination of two Aklanon words — borac, meaning “white cotton” and sagay, meaning “shells.” Indeed, the island eventually became legendary for its fine white sand.
This sand is considered a rarity among white sand beaches because of its quality. Locals say that because their famous beach is made of crushed shells, it does not generate or absorb heat, unlike other beaches which are derived from soil. The result makes the beach feet-friendly; any time of the day, there are beachgoers who are either sunbathing for hours with just a towel to lie on, or play beach volleyball, or just stroll by the seashore.
Movenpick boasts of its piece of that legendary Boracay sand. They say they have the longest single-stretch beach in the island at 210 meters. This makes the stay in the newest Movenpick brand in the country a tad more memorable. Its secluded location plus its longer single-stretch beachfront with only fellow resort guests enjoying its beauty gives that feeling of exclusivity.

Playful enclave
The beachfront is not the only enticing water feature offering of the resort. The multi-level, 3,300-square meter pool is a cascading one that starts from the kiddie pool above then extends to the main pool. It can be viewed as a focal point of the property as it is surrounded by the resort's other amenities.
One can dine at The Market or its adjoining Asian restaurant Ssam, which features grilling tables, while enjoying the view of the pool. Those who have penchant for Italian/continental fares can reserve one of the two semi-private rooms or dine al-fresco at Brezza just a few steps from the pool. The restaurant boasts of an impressive stone oven imported from Italy. Its resident chef Francesco Leone calls it "The Beast" because of its size and power.
The stone oven is said to be made from volcanic rocks of Mount Vesuvius, Italy's most famous active volcano. The chef boasts that it can make the most basic of pizzas at under a minute, made possible due to The Beast's maximum temperature at 900 degrees Celsius.
Those who do not tire of swimming can either hang out at The Pool Bar or Sol Marina Beach Club for their fix of the freshest refreshments readily available.
Gym rats would be happy to note that their gym is open 24 hours and offers a fairly good view of the pool and the beach beyond.
The other two dining establishments are located a few steps up the property leading to the reception.
The Cafe is simply named, but it is arguably the resort's most popular dining outlet. Come 5 in the afternoon, it will be full of people quite giddy with a plateful of treasure every sweet tooth could only imagine. Here, the Swiss origin of the brand is in full display as guests can partake to their hearts' content all the featured Swiss chocolates for the day. One can get as many types whether white, dark or crafted spicy chocolates every day during Chocolate Hour, a dining treat enjoyed across all Movenpick properties worldwide. Movenpick chocolates are the initial offering of The Cafe, but they promise to bring other popular Movenpick branded goods such as wines, coffee and ice cream.

Across The Cafe is the Fun Pub, the haven for the merrymakers. There are private salons for those looking for a space for groups for a game of boards or cards and another room for videoke monsters. At its center is a bar for those who simply want to drink their favorite spirit.
Across the Fun Pub is Sagay Spa, which offers different spa and scrub treatments. Among these are their Signature Sagay Regenerating Ritual and Hilot Ritual apart from the usual Swedish and Shiatsu offerings. The two massages, priced at P3,200 for 90 minutes, are must-tries as Sagay uses shells, which, when heated, emit and transfer its calcium on the massaged area, while the Hilot massage uses tuba-tuba leaves known for relieving fatigue and tensed muscles.
These offerings are given premium to the hotel's guests, but those who could not book any of the 312 rooms can just purchase a Day Tour pass, valued at P2,000. Those who avail of the pass can enjoy the beach, pool and P1,600 dining credits at any of the seven outlets of the resort.

Compliant with environmental laws
These offerings would be all for naught if the resort fails to address the crux of the matter most Boracay establishments face these days.
The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are on a crackdown on erring establishments found to be culpable of improper waste management.
President Rodrigo Duterte's ultimatum to DoT and DENR secretaries Wanda Tulfo-Teo and Roy Cimatu to clean up the "cesspool" that is Boracay in six-months has led the two agencies proactively looking for ways to deliver their mandate. Among the suggestions were the 60-day total closure of the island come the rainy season, which usually peaks in June. Senator Cynthia Villar, the head of the Senate's Environment Committee during the Senate inquiry held in the island recently, however, stressed that while they have to pursue erring establishments, it is also important to "reward" compliant ones who observe the environmental laws in place.
On top of these laws is Republic Act No. 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. Under R.A. 9275, establishments and households are mandated to dispose their septic wastes to a treatment facility.
In an email exchange, the resort's general manager Albert Ocasio confirmed their commitment to following the environmental laws in place.
"The public sewer system does not yet extend to the part of the island where Movenpick Resort and Spa Boracay is located. We have installed a dedicated Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to ensure that disposed water does not go into the ocean. All our waste water is fully treated before being collected by the Boracay Water Company and this process is fully compliant with local environmental laws and regulations," the statement said.
Ocasio added that the resort's operation remains normal. They are monitoring the issue and will act accordingly when the agencies have come to a definite plan of action.

Still more to come
The Boracay property is the second Movenpick brand in the country after Cebu. Gerard Hotelier, vice-president for operations in Asia, shared that the Asian market is growing for their brand.
They are opening more properties in the region, particularly in Thailand, Maldives, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.
The Philippines, in particular, is a "very important destination" and "high priority area for growth and development." He revealed that they had the signing operation of their first hotel in Quezon City, in addition to several other projects "being looked at with facilities in Davao and Palawan."
The resort offers free shuttle services to and from the hotel to White Beach. The shuttle leaves hourly and is stationed at the VIP Parking just a few steps across D'Mall. It is also offering a special "Stay&Save" package with 20 percent off on 5-night stays or more. More information may be accessed at

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Pursuing an alternative livelihood during Boracay ‘upgrading’

Over 56 billion pesos of tourist spending is at stake during the imminent Boracay Island rehabilitation and restoration but the Department of Tourism (DoT) is now collaborating with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to address the issue.
DoT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo recognizes the possible effects including job displacements and economic dislocation of the the current upgrading of Boracay and is already looking at alternative means of livelihood and employment. 
“We are aware of the situation of Boracay but we cannot just discount the thousands of employees and their families and the economic contribution of the island through its tourist receipts and job employment. We have to strike a balance between the environment and the economy,” Teo said.
Boracay Island welcomed over two million local and foreign tourists last year for a 16 percent growth from 2016. Boracay also employed the most for the Western Visayas region last year with 17,737 direct tourism employment accounting to 66 per cent of the whole region. 
DoT regional director for Western Visayas Helen Catalbas shared that most of the workers at the island are from other places like Cebu, Negros, Manila, and other provinces in Luzon.
The DoT Regional Office VI is already in coordination with other local government units in efforts to relocate employees that may be laid off during the Boracay rehabilitation. 
“Those who will be affected can work with the demolition of illegal structures and the construction of the improved sewage system and road infrastructure,” Teo added.
Hotel and tourism establishments can for the meantime polish and update their facilities and manpower during the reported Boracay upgrading. 
DoT is also studying tax holidays and incentives for those business and employees affected. Skills development trainings and seminars for front liners and other tourism ambassadors are also being planned.
The DoT holds regular consultation meetings with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and travel agency associations in pacifying the effects to the domestic and international tourist market.
Meanwhile, DoT remains steadfast in its support to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its pursue to solve the environment woes of the island and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in apprehension of those who violated and abused the law.
The tourism department is also gearing up to the launching of the ‘new’ Boracay after its renovation and upgrading.
“After the six-month timeline set by President Duterte, we look forward to introducing to the world the ‘new’ and improved Boracay,” Teo added.

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Rachel Grant explores new cave in Bani, Pangasinan

Discovering a place’s hidden gem is a thrilling experience for any traveler. Hollywood actress Rachel Grant is no stranger to this kind of exhilaration. In one of her adventures across the Philippines, she explores a cave in the heart of Bani, Pangasinan. The experience proved to be one of a kind for the exuberant traveler.
In her latest “Fun in the Philippines” video with Storia, Grant takes viewers to an experience of the cave. Stretching for over nine kilometers, Angel Cave is an underground marvel that houses tunnels, pools, waterfalls, and stalactite and stalagmite formations that resemble angels’ wings, giant stairs, and tooth-like structures.
She also recounts the story of how she, together with the local government of Bani, “discovered” Angel Cave and its network of caves in 2012. The newly discovered cave is considered as a Class 1 cave by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Class 1 caves are “caves with delicate and fragile geological formations, threatened species, archeological and paleontological values, and extremely hazardous conditions.” Allowable use of such sites may include mapping, photography, educational, and scientific purposes.
The video also features a breathtaking view of Calabeng Falls, the waterfall that was just discovered in August last year in Bani.

Log onto the link to view Grant’s cave adventure:


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A religious bike tour for Lent

The Lent is a season for contemplation and acts of devotion. There are various expressions of faith and in Batangas a spiritual journey can start with a two-wheel pilgrimage.
This is the annual Bisikleta Iglesia, which will kick off on March 24, Saturday, 5:30 a.m. The 52-kilometer religious and heritage tour will be led by running priest Fr. Robert Reyes, OFM.
This is the second time that Fr. Reyes is joining the Bisikleta Iglesia, an event staged by Lima Park Hotel. Participants will have stopovers at seven churches — Sto. Niño Parish Church;  Marian Orchard; Divino Amor Chapel-Redemptorist; Parish of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery; Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian; and Parish Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
Last year, the event was attended by over 150 cyclists from Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, and Manila. It was also a gathering of cyclists from different age brackets. In 2017, the youngest participant was EJ Yabut, 11 years old, while the oldest was Efren Evangelista, 67 years old.
The event’s registration fee is P398, inclusive of breakfast, packed snack, and buffet lunch. The first 100 registrants will receive commemorative Bisikleta Iglesia jerseys. There will also be a chance to win Lima Park Hotel gift certificates and other goodies.
Also in the offing is the Bisikleta Iglesia Weekend package. For just P3,472, a maximum of four guests can enjoy an overnight stay in a Superior Room, complete with breakfast meals for two.

For more information, call  (043) 981.1555,  (043) 981.2555,  09175042385, and  0925-5042385  or visit Email inquiries can be sent to  and Check out Facebook/LimaParkHotelph for latest updates on Bisikleta Iglesia and other events and promos.

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Famous last names and pretty faces make up Star Magic 2018 batch

An Alcasid and a Pangilinan. Add in the offspring of an active character actor. On the other side, there are familiar names who had tried the reality TV route via Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Boyband PH. They make up Johnny "Mr.M" Manahan's lucky 13.

On Sunday, March 11, Tony Labrusca, Leila Alcasid and Donny Pangilinan led the latest batch of showbiz hopefuls introduced to the media.
As showbiz offspring, they already have a pretty good head-start. Their famous last names undeniably wield influence.
Leila Alcasid, for one, has the upper hand in terms of tutelage in singing. She can count on her dad, singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, and stepmother and singer Regine Velasquez. Making music would be conducive in their home; no wonder she has already released a single, "Completely In Love With You." It also helps that she has the beautiful genes of her mother, former beauty queen and Miss Universe-Australia 1994 Michelle Van Eimeren.
Donny Pangilinan and Tony Labrusca have intertwined fates. As separate entities, they are each the product of famous names. Donny has Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan for parents, while Tony has recently reconnected with his biological father Boom Labrusca, who once dated former Koolay band member Angel Jones.
Prior to being launched as part of Star Magic's latest batch, Donny was already a VJ for MYX, while Tony found fame as the third wheel of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in the recently concluded hit nightly show La Luna Sangre after failing to be cast as one of the members of Pinoy Boyband PH.
The two are currently being pitted as the permanent love team of another reality TV product Kisses Delavin, forming a fan base that is obsessed with love teams. Only time will tell whether DonKiss or KissTon will follow in the footsteps of the country's most popular love teams.
The less popular last names are not entirely unknown. Some of them tried their luck in ABS-CBN's star-making shows. Zonia Mejia was once a part of the Pinoy Big Brother 737 edition. Three of the male hopefuls tried their luck in Pinoy Boyband PH like Tony. Markus Paterson is a footballer and had to go through four go-sees before making the cut. Karl Gabriel studies mechanical engineering while trying his luck as an actor. Henz Villaraiz could only stretch his luck until the Top 10 of the competition. But all three are still lucky to have appeared in the singing show.
It is a different case, though, for the remaining female hopefuls in the batch. Teeners Chantal Videla and Daniela Stranner are striking beauties, in the mold of Liza Soberano and Bea Alonzo. Stranner, in particular, was just enjoying her time at a music festival when she caught the eye of scouting agents, which then eventually led her to Mr. M's office. She was immediately given a contract. It was a similar case for Patty Mendoza, who was discovered while modeling back in her college at the University of Santo Tomas.
Yasmyne Suarez and Charlie Dizon had to earn their stripes, though. Suarez, 20, started training with Star Magic in 2013. She went to study theater in New York University to be well-equipped with her chosen craft.
Dizon, on the other hand, had to juggle her studies and acting dreams. She went to a series of workshops while studying Human Resource Management before landing a spot at this year's batch. It was her breakout performance in the movie Seven Sundays which paved the way for her to be part of the TV show Bagani. The show is headlined by Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.
Among these names, there is one that seems to be the oddball. Cineastes need not be introduced to Anna Luna. The 22-year-old is this generation's indie muse, much like Mercedes Cabral was a decade ago. Having Star Magic attached to her name is just icing on the cake. She has proven her mettle with films such as Zig Dulay's Paglipay and Lemuel Lorca's Maestra. She earned her Best Actress award from the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela for her performance in Maestra.
"This is my chance to prove that I can do bigger audience," explained Luna.
The eldest and most experienced in the group has actually started tapping the mainstream audience with bit roles in several big studio films such as The Breakup Playlist, How To Be Yours and Dear Other Self.
"I hope that I will be able to snatch meatier roles now that I am in mainstream," she added.
With a star-making machine such as Star Magic, her wish is not far-fetched given how her indie colleague, Coco Martin, has successfully transitioned from the daring and bold indie star to wholesome TV actor.
Tony said it best when asked about his showbiz background and making it in the long run. "This is my lane. All I have to do is stay on my lane," he quipped.
Famous last names and pretty faces are a given. With Star Magic in the equation, it is like having a power upgrade. But like many iterations of this star-making vehicle, hard work still truly pays off. Just ask Pia Wurtzbach.


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Bianca Umali: Her own woman


Turning 18 and gaining legal age status are all formality for actress Bianca Umali.

The Kambal Karibal star strikes someone as mature beyond her age. The teen star sat down with the press early this week to talk about her debut, happening tonight at a posh hotel in Mandaluyong.
She was not given to giggling whenever she was asked the requisite ''kilig'' questions surrounding her perennial TV partner Miguel Tanfelix. She would offer just a shy smile, and tell her excitement as it is without the additional squeal.
She also knows her priorities are not tied to anything tangible. In fact, she seems to be at a loss for material things she wants.
"I can't think of anything else. I don't know what I want. A lot of people ask me what I want as a gift. I can't think of anything, maybe because I don't have anything that I wish for. For now, I'm contented with everything that I have. I'm not looking for anything. If there are still things that are going to be given to me, I would be thankful, even if it's a simple gift," she said in Filipino.
Such was her honest answer, but the press continued to pry as they usually do. Her answers, though, were somewhat a surprise. Instead of wishing for luxurious items as a gift to herself or from her loved ones, she wishes she can afford time. "Maybe time to be able to go on a vacation outside of the country. I don't wish for anything material," she eventually conceded.
Her demeanor is not a surprise for those who have been keeping tabs on her. It is no secret that Bianca lost her parents at an early age. She grew up with her grandmother. It was her lola who raised her to be a fine young woman.
It must be why she had to grow up fast. Fancy birthdays were never her thing; her last memory of one was when she was seven years old, a time when her dad was still alive. It was a children's party held in a fast-food chain. After that, birthdays have become intimate with only friends and family.
She only agreed to a debut party because she was convinced that turning 18 is but once in a lifetime.
This in itself is telling: she had to be convinced that it will be a worthwhile event. And even if she gave in, she still showed she is her own woman.
"Everything's personalized," said Bianca about her coming-out party. There will be no unifying theme, she said, but everything including her gown designed by Dubai-based designer Fay Reyes, is all her. That's as far as she wanted to reveal, holding her own surprise, not budging with more details about her party.
At 18, she is considered as a promising star with a few projects already under her name. Since she started as a child star and is now transitioning to adulthood, what does she consider as her biggest achievement so far in such a short amount of time?
"I would say my biggest accomplishment is being independent. It's not that easy. I'm proud to say that I'm independent," she enthused. "This year, when I turn 18, I want to improve myself not just in terms of career, but in terms of what I can do. Self-improvement is my goal for this year."
Her debut signals a new chapter for Bianca. As a new chapter unfolds, she hopes to continue growing and fans and supporters can count on that. Among the must-watch for this young star are more out-of-the box projects, which she said includes her current role in top rating drama Kambal Karibal. Again without giving much details, she just said that she wants to pursue more challenging projects that she can sink her teeth into.


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2nd Eddys nominations now out

Their five works are vying for The Eddys’ Film of the Year trophy.
In the best actress race, Megastar Sharon Cuneta (“Unexpectedly Yours”) is pitted against stage stalwart Joanna Ampil (“Ang Larawan”), international award-winning actress Alessandra de Rossi (“Kita Kita”), writer-actress Bela Padilla (“100 Tula”), and Mary Joy Apostol (“Birdshot”).
The David and Goliath theme continues in the best actor race as established names Aga Muhlach (“Seven Sundays”) and Ronaldo Valdez (“Seven Sundays”) go up against Joshua Garcia (“Love You To The Stars And Back”) Edgar Allan Guzman (“Deadma Walking”) and rapper Abra (“Respeto”).  
There will be three special awards: the Joe Quirino Award will be given to the late movie reviewer and professor Mario Hernando (Posthumous Award), the Manny Pichel Award will be handed to entertainment editor and columnist Ricky Lo, and Producer of the Year will go to Vic del Rosario, Jr. of Viva Films.
A special tribute will be given to Hernando, directors Mario J. delos Reyes, Soxy Topacio, Maning Borlaza, Argel Joseph, actress Isabel Granada and award-winning actor Bernardo Bernardo.
Organized by SPEEd, the Eddys aims to encourage local filmmakers, producers, writers, and actors to continue pursuing their passion of creating films that mirror the realities of our society. It is slated to happen in the middle of the year.
Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2nd Eddys Awards for Movies:
1.  “Birdshot”
2.  “Deadma Walking”
3.  “Respeto”
4.  “Smaller And Smaller Circles”
5. “Unexpectedly Yours”
1.  Julius Alfonso (“Deadma Walking”)
2. Raya Martin (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
3. Cathy Garcia-Molina (“Unexpectedly Yours”)
4. Alberto Monteras II (“Respeto”)
5. Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”)
1.  Joanna Ampil (“Ang Larawan”)
2.  Mary Joy Apostol (“Birdshot”)
3.  Sharon Cuneta (“Unexpectedly Yours”)
4. Bela Padilla (“100 Tula Para kay Stella”)
5. Alessandra de Rossi (“Kita Kita”)
1.  Abra (“Respeto”)
2.  Joshua Garcia (“Love You To The Stars And Back”) 
3. Edgar Allan Guzman (“Deadma Walking”)
4. Aga Muhlach (“Seven Sundays”)
5. Ronaldo Valdez (Seven Sundays)
1.  Angeli Bayani (“Maestra”)
2.  Alice Dixson (“The Ghost Bride”)
3.  Chai Fonacier (“Respeto”)
4. Therese Malvar (“Ilawod”)
5. Jasmine Curtis-Smith (“Siargao”)
1. Enrique Gil (“Seven Sundays”)
2. Sid Lucero (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
3. Dido dela Paz (“Respeto”)
4. Arnold Reyes (“Birdshot”)
5. Dominic Roco (“I’m Drunk, I Love You”)
1. Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (“Kita Kita”)
2. Eric Cabahug (“Deadma Walking”)
3.  Jason Paul Laxamana  (“100 Tula Para kay Stella”)
4. Njel De Mesa and Alberto Monteras II (“Respeto”) 
5. Raymond Lee/ Ria Limjap (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)  
1.  Ike Avellana (“Respeto”)
2.  Mycko David (“Birdshot”)
3. Neil Daza (“The Ghost Bride”)
4.  Odyssey Flores (“Siargao”)
5. J.A. Tadena (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
1.  “Ang Panday”
2.  “Bliss”
3.  “Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad”
4.  “Ilawod”
5.  “The Ghost Bride”
1.  Ryan Cayabyab (“Ang Larawan”)
2.  Jay Durias (“Respeto”)
3. Robbie Factoran and Ricardo Jugo (“Siargao”)
4. Von de Guzman (“Deadma Walking”)
5. Jerrold Tarog (“I’m Drunk, I Love You”)
1.  Popo Diaz (“Respeto”)
2. Michael Español (“Birdshot”)
3. Gino Gonzales (“Ang Larawan”)
4. Ericson Navarro  (“Smaller And Smaller Circles”)
5.  Mark Christian Sabas (“The Ghost Bride”)
1.  Nicole Amores, Jason Conanan, Mark Locsin, John Michael Perez, Kathrine Ariane Salinas, Mikko Quizon (“Siargao”)
2.  K.C. Caballero (“Ang Larawan”)
3. Albert Michael Idioma (“The Ghost Bride”)
4. Albert Michael Idioma (“100 Tula Para Kay Stella”)
5. Corinne De San Jose (“Respeto”)
1.  Lawrence Ang (“Respeto”)
2. Jay Halili and Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”)
3. Marya Ignacio (“Kita Kita”)
4. Vanessa de Leon (“Deadma Walking”)
5. Mark Victor (“Siargao”)
1. “Aking Ligaya” (“Deadma Walking”) – Lyrics by Eric Cabahug, arranged by Khalil Refuerzo, interpreted by Abby Sumaoang
2. “Basta’t Kasama Kita” (I’m Drunk, I Love You) — Lyrics and arranged by Kai Honasan (and Carlo Lava), interpreted by Kai Honasan
3. “Kaya Natin ‘Yan” (“100 Tula Para Kay Stella”) Lyrics by Jason Paul Laxamana, arranged by Carl Christian Guevarra, interpreted by Bela Padilla
4. “Respeto” (“Respeto”) – Lyrics by Abra and Loonie, music by Jay Durias, beats by B-Boy Garcia, interpreted by Abra and Loonie
5.  “Twelve” (“12”) – Lyrics and interpreted by Alessandra de Rossi, music and arrangement by Marc Abaya
 Special Awards: Joe Quirino Award – Mario Hernando (Posthumous Award); Manny Pichel Award – Ricky Lo (Entertainment Editor, Columnist, TV host); Producer of the Year – Vic del Rosario, Viva Films 
Posthumous Honorees: Chinggoy Alonso, Herminio Bautista, Bernardo Bernardo, Emmanuel “Maning” Borlaza, Willy Cruz, Mario J. Delos Reyes, Isabel Granada, Franco Hernandez, Mario Hernando, Argel Joseph, Cornelia “Angge” Lee, Alfie Lorenzo, Gil Portes, Soxy Topacio, Rolly Quizon, Romeo Vasquez, Donna Villa, Zeny Zabala


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Great book deals at National Book Store’s Warehouse Sale!

Text and photos by Malou E. Rosal, Contributor

For avid book lovers and enthusiasts, a book sale is a serious affair. They can spot it from afar, like a beacon signaling the presence of a much-coveted hoard. The distant whiff of printed paper is like a siren song calling out their name, beckoning enticingly to buy and buy some more. Once captivated, they begin planning and preparation. They come ready with ample funds with which to acquire their treasures. And they usually bring those bags that can carry heavy loads. Ah, the anticipation!
These same book lovers will be glad to know that National Book Store, that timeless mothership of all things readable, is currently holding its Warehouse Sale at the National Book Store Building on Quezon Avenue corner Scout Borromeo and Panay Avenue, Quezon City, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on March 15 to 18, 2018.
And what manner of discounts await? Well, all of the imported books on sale are so affordable at P50, P125 and P175. There are also special offers of P50 thrift books and P50 sale books. Likewise, bookworms can buy one book for P50, two books for P75, or four books for P125.
Happy now?
Shoppers are encouraged to spread the joy by sharing their pickings using the hashtag #NBSWarehouseSale. Or connect with National Book Store on social media: @nationalbookstore on Instagram, and @nbsalert on Facebook, Twitter, Viber, and YouTube. Check out the delivery hotline 8888-627 or online at

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Annual Parade of Beauties wows crowd

By Gilbert Kim Sancha, Contributor

Sunday afternoon of March 10, 2018 grew hotter as the 40 candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 came out in their swimsuits in the annual Grand Parade of Beauties.
The parade commenced from Kia Theatre and went around the streets of Araneta Center. The Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidates wore animal printed, one-piece swimsuits designed by Domz Ramos, their feathery headdresses accentuated by colorful beadwork that further dazzled the eyes.
Accompanied by drum and lyre, the Binibinis smiled and waved to the crowd aboard Miyata cars.
The parade is a much-anticipated event of the Binibining Pilipinas prelude to the Coronation Night, slated on Sunday, March 18, to be aired by ABS-CBN.
As soon as the parade ended at Gateway Pavilion, the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidates introduced themselves to fans and media.
They were joined by Binibining Pilipinas reigning queens Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas, Miss Grand International second runner-up Elizabeth Clenci, Miss Intercontinental first runner-up Katarina Rodriguez and Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta.
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Why Baron is a recidivist

Persons afflicted with bipolar disorder usually try to balance themselves with alcohol and marijuana to prevent shifting to a depressive mood. Although incurable, it is manageable, according to a psychiatrist.
Afflicting creative types from John Lennon to Lady Gaga, the disorder explains why actor Baron Geisler, who is manic depressive, has to guzzle beer repeatedly although unexposed to smoke weed.
Depressed for the longest time after the death of mom Gracia, who he swears was his only true supporter, the intoxicated Baron came to believe family members were ganging up on him. His brother-in-law Michael Robinstone Morales accused him of trespassing on the privacy of wife and daughter while dressing and hurling a “nasty, hurtful word” to his daughter.
He went amok with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill Morales, who retaliated by knocking his face. Baron ended up in the slammer, mashed and bloodied. This is the worst suffering he self-inflicted from the neuro chemical imbalance. Will his recidivism get worst?
Baron recognizes nobody when in the bipolar episode and he has to try to stop the shift to depression by drinking alcohol. Michael claims to attend to Baron usually when in trouble with the disorder.
As to be expected, Baron pleaded support from his family attackers. Michael is willing to do just that as long as he agrees to undergo rehabilitation. Will Baron agree? He has no other choice as his freedom – and likely safety ? depends on it.

BIG BUSINESS WILL BLOCK BORACAY CLOSURE. The Duterte government, which now faces some very weird developments such as freeing Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim from their drug cases, is likely not to continue with its decision the close Boracay for a period to allow the island to regenerate. This could be due to big business interests.
“Look at Boracay, it [earns] P20 billion yearly. But I was told the original settlers of Boracay - they're called kulots – are somewhere there in the mountains," said the former Environment head Gina Lopez during her speech at the launch of nationwide search “Quest for Love.”
To be featured on her travel show G Diaries, Gina referred to the Ati people of Aklan. "I don't like Boracay. But the people who live in Boracay, where are they? They're somewhere there in the mountain,” Gina stated in a business conference last year.
"That's their home, that's their island, and they're somewhere there in the mountains. You can never bring on economic growth like this," she added.
Gina noted how there is a lack of "genuine" economic growth in Boracay. The long-time environment advocate said she is "very much in favor of what the president is doing.”
“It can't be business at a cost of taking care of the environment. You know, you'll ruin everything, so it's good you come down strong and everybody else gets on their feet," Gina opined.
The Senate committee on environment conducted a probe into the tourist destination opposed total closure Boracay. Some committee members have business interest there recommended only to close establishments that did not comply with environmental standards. 
Gina said the island can have genuine economic growth through area development, which her foundation "I Love" wishes to accomplish.

FASTFOOD GOURMET AT TOKYO TOKYO RESTAURANT. I lunched at Tokyo Tokyo restaurant at Robinson Otis on March 12, ordering its Unagi-Style Bangus bento plain, meaning no sauce and the unlimited rice plain (without black sesame seeds) at P175 per serving. I did not mind vegetable misono and the Red Ice Tea as I can opt not to consume them.
I ordered it this way as I have a vascular disease and eating spicy food will cause the disorder to act up. I emphasized this health to the cashier. And it was served as I wanted it. I like it much as a thick fillet of fresh-tasting bangus was served grilled.
The second time I ordered it plain was problematic. Specifying the same to the cashier, my order was served regular. I returned it, informing them if it is served not as I specified, again informing the food server I have a dietary necessity, telling them I will not compromise my health so I am cancelling my order if they couldn’t.
The shift supervisor approached me to explain they could not serve as I specified “on orders of head office” as the bangus fillet would disintegrate if grilled without the sauce. I don’t know how this is possible as the sauce is added after being grilled. He insisted, but I stood firm as I know my health needs.
He backed out and after some time, my order was served as I specified, but with the black sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the white rice. I had to return it again, but when the female food server returned it, she placed the order on the table padabog.
This Fastfood Gourmet is writing about this experience to let the Tokyo Tokyo upper management know what happens in a branch. It is clear to me training is involved here. There is the well-accepted practice that “a customer is always right.”
It is also no joke if a sick customer suffers an attack because restaurant personnel insisted on serving food bad for his health. Do they know the poor goodwill repercussion and the very probable financial loss? More importantly, the loss of a customer is this period of stiff competition.
I will not eat at Tokyo Tokyo restaurant again, not only at the Robinsons Otis branch, but wherever it is available. Their prices are not actually value for money and turnover is not necessarily fast. Why waste a customer who has a dietary need with an unfriendly employee?
That’s my Tokyo Tokyo experience.

ICE QUITS GOVERNMENT POST. Aiza Seguerra, who had changed her first name to Ice, has resigned as the chairperson of the National Youth Commission, Malacañang announced. Presidential spokesperson Roque did not elaborate on the reasons for Seguerra’s resignation effective April 15.
Just before the resignation, Ice expressed her disagreement to the postponement of the May 2018 barangay elections, which has been officially reset to October 2018. It is unknown if his decision is linked to this shift as he officially stated that the cause is due to “personal reasons.”
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Ice said he personally tendered his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte last March 5. He said he wanted to personally explain his reasons directly to the President, “knowing how social media can exaggerate or twist the truth.”
“I wanted to make sure that he’s going to hear it from me. He was very understanding and supportive of my decision,” he wrote. “Para siyang tatay. Nakinig, inintindi at pinalakas ang loob ko. I told him how much I valued his trust and how this experience made me appreciate public service and our public servants,” he added. He did not elaborate further.
It is not immediately known if wife, Film Development Council of the Philippines chief Liza Diño-Seguerra, will be affected by her husband’s decision.

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