A FIRST-degree cousin sent a text message inviting me to go to Manila. I was to be part of the crowd in the street party at Quezon City Memorial Circle scheduled after the inauguration of President Noynoy Aquino III. The circle is just a few minutes ride from my uncle’s house.

Wow! That could have been a blast! Anyway, let’s not just wait and see for the new administration to make good its promises. Let’s take an active part in achieving those goals. Onward, Pinoys, with P.Noy at the helm!

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For sure it was not only Boy Abunda, or KC Concepcion and the studio audience who shed tears when Kris Aquino bade goodbye from Showbiz News Ngayon (SNN) while at the same time revealing the shocking news that she and James Yap have called it quits.

Kris may not be the most loved TV personality but with her trademark tactlessness, straightforwardness, frankness and transparency, she must have brought some food for thoughts into so many homes here and abroad for all the years that she has been co-hosting The Buzz, and SNN.

Some people said they could see it coming based on the social circles Kris and James revolve around. Both (celebs in show business and sports) are hot personalities who are the usual targets of intrigues and controversies.

Too bad Kris has put finality to the marriage, saying she has already given up. Still, there are those who wish and hope that the couple would still be able to mend whatever differences they have, and take their son’s future into consideration. Hope springs eternal, as the line goes.


My choice for the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 winner was either James Reid and Ivan Dorschner. They were the housemates who had the most attractive and refreshing faces (not to mention their many talents).

We know how Filipinos easily get fascinated by beautiful faces. I never had an inkling that any of the two Cebuanos, Devon Seron and Fretzie Bercede, would make it because, naturally, the text votes from the so-called diehard Cebuano fans would be divided between the two.

It came as a surprise then that Ivan landed only in fifth place, and funny guy Ryan Bang took the second slot while James grabbed the grand prize. During the reality show’s run, Ryan’s sense of humor and his desire to be understood despite his difficulty in speaking English endeared him more votes from the viewers.

And so the texters have spoken and the winners have been declared. Congratulations!


Star Cinema is fast churning out blockbusters, one after another. Fresh from the box-office success of its Father’s Day treat, I’ll Be There, the movie company is coming up with a horror film with five episodes, thus the title, Cinco.

Among the stars are Maja Salvador and Pokwang, and either one or both might visit Cebu next week to promote the movie. Cinco is scheduled to hit movie houses nationwide on July 14. Mark the date on your calendars.


I have seen Gretchen Barretto many times on television for the promotion and previews of her coming teleseries with Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay, including the controversies that involved her and her leading man’s lady love, Angelica Panganiban.

It was in last Monday’s edition of SNN, though, that I noticed that there was something new and different about her lips.

Did she have an augmentation job in that part of her face, or was I the last one to know of this development? Whatever, it doesn’t matter to me at all.


Finally, after the news about the opening of the SM City Imax Theater by no less than the cinema bigwig, Mr. Palermo himself, a number of days ago, I finally received my invitation to that event.

As a movie buff, I’m looking forward to be delighted, stunned, surprised and everything else with this new movie-watching experience in Cebu. How about you?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 2, 2010.


St. Benedict kids’ choir to sing in China

THE St. Benedict Children’s Choir, a school-based choir composed of grade school students from St. Benedict’s Childhood Education Centre, will compete in the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China on July 15-26 with Dennis Gregory Sugarol as their Choir Master.

On July 2, the choir will be on stage for their send off concert titled “On the Wings of a Dream-Part II” at the St. Theresa’s College Auditorium, with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Everyone is invited to watch the choir perform religious songs, kids’ songs, and selected competition pieces in the Musica Contemporaneo Category, Children’s Choir Category, and Music of the Religions Category.


CHOIR. The St. Benedict Children’s Choir will sing today on stage for their send-off performance titled, “On the Wings of a Dream-Part II” at the St. Theresa’s College Auditorium, with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The choir members are: Soprano I: Kimberly Kyle T. Vasquez, Nicole Kimberly T. Yu, Reika O. Akamatsu, Sabine A. Buhain, Vincent Vidal R. Agcaoili, Andrew Gabriel B. Ranola, Natasha Linus S. Mendoza, Bianca Ysabelle S. Sy; Soprano II: Beatrice Isabelle B. Uy, Angela Marie A. Trifiletti, Gabrielle Aleanna P. Sanchez, Mary Charisse E. Lurenana, Janine Roshelle T. Young, Andrea Yvonne B. Cababahay, Annika Noelle Reyes, Kyle Kenzo T. Vasquez, Mary Bernadette B. Ranola, Ann Patricia B. Ranola; Alto: Martin Lorenzo S. Del Rosario, Kobe Bryan M. Abellanosa, Maria Andrea F. Pelicano, Angel Vianne L. Abellanosa, Alana Louise S. Nuque, Alnerson Louis S. Nuque, Gerard Celine F. Pelicano, Noah Del Rosario, Steffi Blanche Y. Bascar.

The production team for this concert is composed of the following: Lydia C. Ibanez, executive producer; Dennis Gregory Sugarol, music director/conductor; Dr. Rey Roa, assistant artist; Teodula Liz Cal, assistant conductor; Valiree Sundy Gopiteo, voice coach; Shirlyn Verallo and Nino Matillano, choreographer; Ma. Socorro Codilla, production manager; Mena Asuncion Boltron, production assistant; Tulip Anne Agcaoili, production coordinator.


Tickets are sold at P100 each for matinee and P200 for gala.

These are available at St. Benedict Childhood Education Centre Office located at Redemptorist Site, Cebu City.

For details, one may call the school at 254-1133.