Scandals that rocked the PHL showbiz industry in 2013

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


AS IF they think they can get away with anything -- from sex videos, to May-December affair, to sex videos again -- just because they are showbiz personalities.

Technology and the Internet, though, exposed them and their “adventures” to thousands of netizens, who majority has judged their acts and behaviors.

Here is a short list of the top scandals in Philippine show business for the year 2013:

3. The sex tape of Wally Bayola and EB Babe Yosh

One of the celebrity sex scandals that broke out in the internet world last August involved comedian Wally Bayola and his rumored concubine, EB Babe Yosh.

The two mainstay of top rating noon-time show Eat Bulaga have been talk of the town few days after the video scandal of Chito Miranda and Neri Naig leaked in the cyberspace.

Many entertainment reporters speculated that the video was somehow a blackmail from Yosh, since Wally already wanted to separate from her.

On the positive note, Bayola’s children remained supportive of their father amid the latest controversy hounding the actor.

Bayola and Yosh have been indefinitely suspended from their top rating show as a result of the scandal.

2. Chito Miranda-Neri Naig sex video scandal

An OPM rock icon has become one of this year’s newsmakers.

The online world was sent into a frenzy when the sex tape of Parokya Ni Edgar (PNE) frontman Chito Miranda and his girlfriend, the actress and former Star Circle Quest Season 1 finalist Neri Naig, spread all over social networks such as YouTube and Facebook last August.

Miranda said his computer hard drive where the videos are stored was stolen after alleged looters ransacked his house. The PNE vocalist did not give further details on the robbery incident, but he later sought the help of the Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to trace where the leak came from. The case is still pending.

The sex tapes came into two installments. The first one was a seven-minute video while the other one is more than 11 minutes.

But the OPM icon is man enough to apologize to Naig’s family, as well as to the general public for their wild act that was caught on camera. Miranda said no one can separate him with the Star Circle Quest alumna.

Earlier this month, the two was already rumored engaged and planning to tie their knot sometime in 2014.

1. Ka Freddie’s love affair

In the later part of 2013, the legendary Pinoy folk rock icon Freddie Aguilar became one of the talks of the town following his romantic relationship with her a 16-year-old girl.

The 60-year-old Aguilar, who popularized several epic singles such as “Bayan Ko,” “Magdalena,” “Malamig ang Simoy ng Hangin,” “Pasko ang Damdamin” and the world renowned hit “Anak,” admitted last October that he is exclusively dating and in a relationship with a 16-year-old from Mindoro, whom he first met when she was performing as a band vocalist inside the resto-bar owned by the hit-maker.

Controversy immediately followed after the revelation by the music legend, and even the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) got into the scene, threatening to file child abuse case against Aguilar after his unpopular move.

Several netizens also made fun of the 44 years age-gap between the controversial lovers, and even bastardized the lyrics of Aguilar’s hit Anak with some below-the-belt words and phrases.

But amid public criticisms and personal attacks against him and the parents of his fiancée, Aguilar found inspiration in one of the classic-hit he made “Ipaglalaban Ko,” since despite all odds, he said he will fight for the lady he truly loves.

Few weeks later, Aguilar found unusual allies in the person of Maguindanao Governor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu and several members of the Filipino Muslim community who defended the singer from public criticisms, claiming that the classical-rock icon is just following his heart.

Aguilar and his girlfriend later decided to embrace the Islam faith, so that they will be allowed to tie the knot.

Marrying a minor is allowed under Sharia Law (Moral Code and Religious Law of Islam) and guaranteed under Presidential Decree 1083 also known as the Muslim Family Code of the Philippines.

The wedding of the controversial couple finally took place via a traditional Muslim ceremony held last November 22 inside a restaurant in Buluan, Maguindanao. Governor Mangudadatu served as couple’s solemnity officer for their special day.

Aguilar just hopes that all their detractors would finally stop criticizing them after they have settled down. (Sunnex)

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