'18 Again' vagina cream from India promises to tighten vaginas and make women "feel like virgins"

An Indian pharmaceutical company has caused controversy by launching a first of its kind anti-aging cream for vaginas.

Developed by Ultratech India, the product is supposed to rejuvenate and tighten the nether regions of women everywhere.

Specifically aimed at housewives with children, an advert produced by creative agency Curry-Nation claims the cream will make you ‘feel like a virgin’ again. Apparently making sex ‘feel like the very first time’.

Going one step further, the chairman of Ultratech, Rishi Bhatia, claims that 18 Again actually empowers women.

In a statement, he explained “18 Again has the power and the potential to break the shackles and redefine the meaning of [female] empowerment altogether.”

So what do you think? Is this product a step forward in female hoo-ha liberation or just another unfair body pressure for us to deal with?  Watch the advert below and let us know your thoughts…






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Alfred Vargas as Andres Bonifacio in 'Supremo'

Supremo,” a brave new film that tackles for the first time the trial of the hero from Tondo under the revolutionary government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The trial has been dismissed by some historians as a bit of moro-moro.

Alfred Vargas was the chosen to play this great role of our hero Abres Bonifacio.

Vargas is not the first to act out the Andres Bonifacio character in a movie, however. In the late ’60s or early ’70s, an independent film company cast Eddie del Mar and Lolita Rodriguez in “Ang Supremo,” which also told the story of Bonifacio, albeit avoiding his trial.

Watch trailer here:

About: Andres Bonifacio's Biopic
Description: Andres Bonifacio as husband, brother, soldier and hero
Release Date: September 2012
Genre: Epic Drama
Studio: Alternative Vision Cinema and Strawdogs Studio Productions
Plot Outline:
Manila, year 1896. The cry for independence from the tyranny of Spain peals louder than ever. Andres Bonifacio, leader of the rebel movement the Katipunan, leads his men to war. Though ill-equipped and untried in the field of battle, the Katipuneros launch an offensive against a vastly superior Spanish military.What follows is a series of events that will test the nation's brave sons, and an aftermath that will separate the genuine patriots from mere participants.
Directed By: Richard V. Somes  
Written By: Jimmy Flores
Produced By: PM Vargas, Alfred Vargas, Riza Montelibano, Mai Montelibano and Ellen Ilagan
Starring:
Alfred Vargas
Also Starring:
Mon Confiado
Hermie Concepcion
Nicco Manalo
Alex Vincent Medina
Nica Naval
Edmon Romawag
Shielbert Manuel
Lehner Mendoza
Jeff Fernandez
Banjo Romero
Mano Respall
Alex Cabodil

Production Manager: Darryl De la Cruz
Sound Engineer: Jedd Chriss Dumaguina
Musical Scorer: Von De Guzman
Editors: Carlo Francisco Manatad, Joris Fernandez
Director of Photography: Alex Espartero
Production Designers: Erin John Martir, Adrian Torres
Screenplay: Jimmy Flores
Associate Producer: Ellen Ilagan, Maimai Montelibano
Line Producer: Riza Montelibano
Executive Producers: PM Vargas,  Alfred Vargas

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Luke Lim: Jerome Ponce, rising Kapamilya teen star

He is also known as Luke Lim in the hit daytime soap “Be Careful with My Heart,” is a rising Kapamilya heartthrob.
Jerome Ponce, born June 4, 1995, is an SK chairman in Brgy. 628 Zone 63 in Sta. Mesa, Manila, where he lives. He describes himself as an Actor, public servant, sports lover and a loving kuya.

This young leader actually started his showbiz career as a theater actor last year after he graduated from Malayan High School of Science in Pandacan, Manila. He bagged a minor role in the successful musical “Cory ng Edsa” which ran for about a month.
Now, Jermone is now well known for his role in the daytime Kapamilya soap “Be Careful with My Heart” as Luke Lim. He plays the eldest son of Richard Lim in the series played by Richard Yap (aka Papa Chen) which premiered on ABS-CBN last July 9, 2012.

As a proof that this young heartthrob has arrived, he recently became a trending topic on the micro-blogging site Twitter for two days as his soap continues to garner nationwide TV ratings higher than some primetime programs are getting.


With the success of his TV program, the future is bright for Jerome as we will see more of him in the future.


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2012 Luna Awards Winners

"Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” bagged the best picture award at the 30th Luna Awards held at the Quezon Ballroom of the Quezon City Sports Club in Quezon City on Sunday night.
The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), organizer of the awards ceremony, also bestowed upon “Manila Kingpin” lead actor Jeorge Estregan Jr. the best actor honor.

Other winners announced during the program were:

• Paul Soriano (“Thelma”), best director.
• Maja Salvador (“Thelma”), best actress
• John Regala (“Manila Kingpin”), best supporting actor
• Lovi Poe (“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”), best supporting actress
• Froilan Medina and Paul Soriano (“Thelma”), best screenplay
• Odessy Flores (“Thelma”), best cinematography
• Fritz and Mona Silorio “Manila Kingpin”), best production design
• Jason Cahapay and Ryan Orduna (“Manila Kingpin”), best editing
• Raul Mitra (“No Other Woman”), best musical score
• Albert Michael Idioma (“Manila Kingpin”), best editing

Special Awards:

• Golden Reel Award: Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon
• FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award: Augusto Salvador
• Manuel de Leon Award for Exemplary Achievement: Manuel “Jun” Urbano
• Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award : Ben Feleo, Don Escudero and Jose Batac

The program hosts were Rez Cortez and Katya Santos.

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Semen makes women happier and more affectionate

Turns out that we should all be dolling out oral sex treats for the good of our mental health, as a new study has found semen to be a natural antidepressant. 

Hmmm…this is a new one on us boys.

The study carried out by The State University of New York found that semen has ‘mood-altering chemicals’ which will elevate our mood and increase our affection levels.

Not only that, seminal fluid has also been found to induce sleep and contain at least three antidepressants.

Taking it one step further, researchers have claimed that on this basis, women that have regular unprotected sex are less likely to be depressed and perform better on cognitive tests.
The happiness-boosting chemicals found in semen include:
  • Cortisol – known to increase affection
  • Estrone and oxytone – which both elevate your mood
  • A hormone which releases thyrotropin, an anti-depressant
  • Melatonin – a sleep inducing agent
  • Serotonin – an anti-depressant

But before you go about starting your mornings with a semen smoothie – these are just hypothesis for now.

The researchers rounded up 293 female students and asked them to fill out an anonymous questionnaire about their mental health and certain aspects of their sex life.

Any unprotected sexual activity was used as an indirect measure of the presence of seminal plasma being in the women’s bodies.

They then completed a Beck Depression Inventory to ascertain their mental state.

The study found that women who were having unprotected sex showed less depressive symptoms that those who used condoms or even those who abstained from sex altogether.

We're not sure this counts as conclusive evidence just yet science guys – but we’d be interested to know the effects of this as a chat up line on the ladies…





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PUNTO POR PUNTO: Did Anthony Taberna offended the religious sensibilities of Roman Catholics?

I saw this open letter, a complaint against Anthony Taberna, of  ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P. to ABS-CBN. ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P. is a commissioned lay preacher, Catholic apologist and Mariologist. He is a member of the COMPANY OF ST. DOMINIC, a Dominican secular institute of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Manila where he serves as Council Member and Formator. As Formator of the Company of St. Dominic, Bro. Mars is a member of the DOMINICAN FORMATORS CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES (DFCP). A Marian devotee and knight of Mary, he is an active member of various Marian groups and organizations in the Philippines and abroad. A sought-after speaker and preacher, Bro. Mars extensively lectures on Mariology, Applied Mariology, Marian Apologetics and Marian Spirituality in different parishes, Marian groups and organizations in the country. As Catholic apologist, Bro. Mars is an Associate Member and Resource Person of DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION. He likewise serves as legal adviser of the CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS-DAVAO.

We are republishing this blog post from Atty. Llasos.

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Before reading the  open letter, click this to watch the Punto por Punto (August 20, 2012 Episode) of Umagang Kay Ganda.

21 August 2012
ABS-CBN NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City
                                                Re: Complaint versus Anthony Taberna

Secretary Jesse Robredo entrusted to the caring arms of Our Lady of Penafrancia, patroness of Bicol Region and Naga City where the late Secretary Robredo once served as Mayor

Gentlemen:
            This has reference to your tweet dated 21 August 2012 asking for the details of my complaint against Mr. Anthony Tabuena.
           
            In his segment Punto por Punto in Umagang Kay Ganda on 20 August 2012, Mr. Taberna, a known member of the Iglesia ni Cristo, offended the religious sensibilities of Roman Catholics with his uncalled for, insensitive, unfeeling and insulting, if not arrogant, remark:
ABS-CBN news anchor Anthony Taberna's jab on our Catholic faith and the Bicolano's devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia           

“Jun Lavadia: Ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagdarasal. Ang milagro po ni Ina, Birhen ng Peñafrancia, pwede pong mangyari iyon. Kaya't ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagdarasal para sa kaligtasan ni Sec. Robredo.
Anthony Taberna: Kasama n'yo po ang Umagang Kay Ganda para sa pananalangin sa ating Kalihim. Sa dami po ng nananalangin, hindi po imposible ang himala. Wala pong ibang makapagliligtas kay Sec. Robredo, kundi ang dakilang Diyos, ang nag-iisang Diyos, at HINDI KUNG SINU-SINO.”
            As a Catholic, Marian devotee and a Bicolano, I am deeply offended by the remarks of Mr. Taberna. Bicolanos, like the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, are known to be ardent devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Like Mr. Jun Lavadia, we ask for the miraculous intercession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in times of need, especially for the unfortunate incident that befell our beloved fellow-Bicolano and former Mayor of Naga City, Sec. Jesse Robredo. The remark of Mr. Taberna intensified our sorrow and grief.
Anthony Taberna of the Iglesia ni Cristo offends the religious sensibilities of Catholics and insults the devotion of Bicolanos to Our Lady of Penafrancia
Mr. Taberna has no business telling us how to pray and who to pray. While we Catholics pray to God who Mr. Taberna rightly called “ang dakilang Diyos, ang nag-iisang Diyos,” we do however, pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession. The Blessed Mother is not a mere “kung sinu-sino” to us, she is the Mother of the Lord and our Mother, too. Mr. Taberna ought to respect that.
Mr. Taberna should be told to keep his religious bias to himself. He has no business using the airtime of ABS-CBN to take a jab at Roman Catholics, especially Marian devotees and Bicolanos, for praying to Our Lady of Peñafrancia and asking for her miraculous intercession. If Mr. Taberna would like to promote his religious beliefs as a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo and attack our Catholic faith and sensibilities, he is free to do so in Net 25 but not in ABS-CBN. He is even free to change his profession from that of a broadcaster to an Iglesia ni Cristo minister.
Detail of the face of the original image of Our Lady of Penafrancia
Mr. Taberna owes the Catholic televiewers of Umagang Kay Ganda and of ABS-CBN an apology for his uncalled for and insulting remark. He owes the Bicolanos, the constituency of the late Sec.  Jesse Robredo, an apology for the insensitive and unfeeling remark against our Ina, the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, in this time of utmost sorrow and grief.
Please inform the undersigned of any action taken regarding this complaint.
Thank you.
                                                                        Very truly yours,
                                                                       
                                                                        ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P.
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'Walang Hanggan' international release with an international title, 'My Eternal'

Walang Hanggan will be shown in other foreign countries with the international title "My Eternal."

It will be aired in Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa and Cambodia.

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Rivales: 'Magkaribal' of ABS-CBN now in France


“Magkaribal” TV program series of ABS-CBN which stars Gretchen Barreto and Bea Alonzo is shown in France, Europe with its French title “Rivales”. The mentioned program is aired in French Channel - Antenne Reunion.

It’s cool and fun to watch a dubbed version of Filipino soap opera like this.

You can check its TV plug here:

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‘A Secret Affair’ starring Andi Eigenmann, Derek Ramsay and Anne Curtis

After the success of “The Mistress,” another movie about infidelity is coming to theaters soon.


From the makers of “No Other Woman,” the highest-grossing Pinoy dramatic movie of all time, comes “A Secret Affair,” another intriguing story of love, deception, friendship and life.

FAMAS Best Actress Anne Curtis and Universal Leading Man Derek Ramsay topbill the Viva Films-produced movie together with “Pridyider” star Andi Eigenmann who completes the love triangle.

Also starring in the movie are Jacklyn Jose, Joel Torre and Jackie Lou Blanco, and under the direction of Nuel Crisostomo Naval.

The last 3 movie lines in the trailer comes from Jacklyn Jose which goes…

“Kaya kabit ang tawag sa kanila kasi daig pa nila ang epoxy kung kumabit. Kaya kerida, kasi mag ‘kire’. Kaya mistress, kasi nakaka-stress.”

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Millionaire's son in Taiwan sex scandal surrenders

Taiwanese heir, Justin Lee (李宗瑞) is accused of drugging and taping his sexual encounters with numerous female celebrities. On Justin’s computer, the police discovered explicit videos in which Justin had intercourse with more than 60 models and actresses. Since several of the women were unconscious, it was speculated that Justin had drugged and raped the women. The scandal has shaken the citizens of Taiwan. Wanted by the police, Justin Lee’s current whereabouts were uncertain.

Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Lee is the son of Lee Yue Tsang (李岳蒼), the Director of Taiwan’s Yuanta Financial Holdings Company. Justin was a constant fixture at nightclubs around Taiwan, known for footing extravagant bills for champagne and alcohol. Many models and actresses often flanked his side, while displaying public acts of affection. Justin had a habit of capturing his intimate actions with his female companions on camera and sharing the photos with his friends.

Justin Lee Has History of Drug Rape
Last year, a police investigation started when two sisters filed a lawsuit against Justin Lee for sexual assault. According to reports, two sisters met Justin at the bar, Spark, in Taipei. After accepting a drink from Justin, the sisters felt dizzy, in which Justin proceeded to escort them out of the bar. One of the sisters’ friends tried to intervene, but was stopped by Justin’s security guards.

Shortly after, the sisters found themselves in Justin’s apartment. Their desperate attempt to call their friends and boyfriend for help was unsuccessful. It was understood that Justin waited for the women to fall back into unconsciousness, as the drugs took intermittent effect and continued to rape them.

The next morning, the women woke up and found themselves with bruises and scars all over their bodies. Justin yelled at them, “Go get contraception!” The sisters went to the hospital for medical check-ups and filed police reports one month later for the sexual assault incident. Justin protested that the women had willingly slept with him.

Justin Lee’s Sex Videos Involve 60 Models and Actresses

The police’s year-long investigation uncovered multiple videos which documented Justin Lee’s sexual encounters with over 60 models and actresses. Justin Lee’s pornography collection was even more expansive than Edison Chen’s (陳冠希) photos!

Some of the women appeared unconscious in Justin’s photos and videos, sparking speculations that Justin had drugged and then raped them. The women were apparently unaware that they were being filmed in the sexual acts. Even if the women were having their menstrual periods, Justin proceeded with intercourse.

It was understood that Justin often drugged his victims, filmed the sexual encounters and proudly shared the videos with his friends. Viewing the women as his “conquests,” Justin labelled the videos alphabetically with the women’s complete names. His precision revealed that Justin was fully aware of what he was doing.

Justin Lee may have received some insider information that he was being investigated by the police. Justin has since escaped and fled. The police department in Taiwan has issued an arrest warrant and is currently searching for him.
Source: Sina.com, Sohu.com
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New Chief Justice: Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno

We are republishing in full the profile of newly-appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno that appears on the website of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The text which follows is a property of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Lawyer-academician Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno was appointed on August 16, 2010 as the 169th Justice of the Supreme Court. Born on July 2, 1960, the then 50-year old Justice is the youngest to be appointed to the SC in this century. She may also be one of the longest-serving justices ever, as she is to mandatorily retire in 2030 after serving a 20-year term.

Despite her family’s humble means, Justice Sereno’s parents were able to nurture in her a passion for learning and personal excellence during her formative years. Her father, a native of Siasi, Sulu, and her mother, a public school teacher, saved what little money they had to buy second-hand books that she would eagerly read. Her appetite for literature and reflection served her well during her primary schooling and enabled her to graduate with honors at the Kamuning Elementary School and Quezon City High School. She was then awarded generous scholarships by the government and several private institutions that allowed her to earn an Economics degree at the Ateneo de Manila University, and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines.

After graduating valedictorian from the UP College of Law in 1984, Justice Sereno joined the largest law firm in the country. While she enjoyed her very challenging work in the law firm, her family started to grow. Choosing to spend more time with her two young children and her husband, she opted to leave the law firm in 1986.

She joined the UP College of Law where she was able to mold young men and women in the principles of Civil and Commercial law. From being one of the youngest faculty members, she would eventually go on to lead and administer two institutions based in the UP Law Center – the Institute of International Legal Studies and the Information and Publication Division. She was a professor at the UP College of Law for nearly 20 years. At one point, she also became Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and was partly responsible for writing the organizational plans for the Commission. She has also taught at the Philippine Judicial Academy and several international academies.

In 1992, Justice Sereno was awarded a De Witte Fellowship and a Ford-Rockefeller Scholarship to pursue her Masters of Laws at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she developed her proficiency in law and economics and international trade law. When she and her family returned to the Philippines, she played a key role in developing those fields of law.

At the age of 38, she was appointed as legal counsellor at the World Trade Organizations’ Appellate Body Secretariat in Geneva. Her international experience and her pioneering achievements in the legal profession were recognized when she was selected as one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) for law.

At the age of 39, she was chosen as the only female member of the 1999 Preparatory Commission on Constitutional Reform where she was elected Chairperson of the Commission’s Steering Committee. Here, she helped the various sectoral committees identify key constitutional issues, and integrated their findings into a common framework for analysis of the various constitutional provisions. In the same year, together with Justice Jose Campos, Commissioner Haydee Yorac, and other professors from the UP College of Law, she co-founded Accesslaw, a corporation that provided the first annotated electronic research system in Philippine law.

Access to justice is one of the centerpiece advocacies of Justice Sereno. One of her earlier works in law school included a review of the interface between domestic laws and indigenous customary laws. The United Nations Development Program would commission her to write a paper on judicial reform, which would eventually become the basis for the first external reform program that was welcomed by the Supreme Court. Among the activities the project birthed was the first-ever dialogue between the Members of the Supreme Court and representatives of the basic sectors. She also assisted in the High Tribunal’s pilot projects on mediation and judicial case management systems, and wrote a widely-quoted survey-based paper on justice and the cost of doing business, together with professors from the UP School of Economics.

Prior to her joining the Court, she was engaged in major international litigation as co-counsel for the Republic, after which she joined the Asian Institute of Management as Executive Director of its think-tank - the AIM Policy Center - where she pursued her interest in policy reform and its impact on governance and the economy.

Believing in what she could deliver for justice and judicial reform, President Benigno C. Aquino III made her his first appointee to the Supreme Court.

She is married to Mario Jose E. Sereno. They are blessed with two children, Maria Sophia and Jose Lorenzo.


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Lourdes Sereno: Philippines' first ever lady Chief Justice

The Philippines has a new Chief Justice.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes history as the first woman to be appointed head of the judiciary.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday named Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, months after ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona was removed from his post by an impeachment court.

“In the midst of this period of deep mourning for the loss of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the President is cognizant of his constitutional duty to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Philippines. He has therefore decided to appoint Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement Friday.

“The President is confident that Chief Justice Sereno will lead the judiciary in undertaking much-needed reforms. We believe the Judicial Branch of government has a historic opportunity to restore our people’s confidence in the judicial system,” Lacierda added.

Sereno was co-counsel with Justice Florentino Feliciano on the Fraport case before the International Centre for the Settlment of Investment Disputes and in the Philippine Air Terminals Company, Inc. (PIATCO) before the International Chamber of Commerce-International Court of Arbitration in Singapore. The Republic of the Philippines won both cases.

READ: Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno's PROFILE
WATCH: JBC Interview with Lourdes Sereno
PHOTOS: Sereno takes oath as new chief justice
STORY: When De Lima met Chief Justice Sereno



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The New Power Couple: Superman and Wonder Woman

Scandal in Metropolis! Superman and Wonder Woman are canoodling on the cover of an upcoming "Justice League" comic. No word on what flavor of Ben and Jerry's Lois Lane was gorging on.
 Now we have to get a little geeky here to explain what's going on. DC Comics, the publisher of Superman and Wonder Woman, recently relaunched all their comics, calling them The New 52. This is the 12th issue of a reboot for The Justice League, kind of DC's version of "The Avengers."

Loyal readers might have suspected something like this was coming. As Entertainment Weekly points out, Superman and Wonder Woman have been getting all flirty in recent issues of the new comic. Apparently, they just couldn't fight the feeling anymore.

And this isn't going to be some lame one-off where in the next issue Superman wakes up from a dream and he's still dating Lois Lane. EW quotes writer Geoff Johns: "This is the new status quo," says Johns. He added that the new power couple's relationship will have a big effect on the rest of the DC Universe.

While some folks may be outraged at the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman smooching this isn't the first time they've taken their relationship to a higher plane. In the Batman-centric "The Dark Knight Strikes Again," Superman and Wonder Woman have a daughter named Lara (aka Supergirl) together.

Many EW commenters believe Batman and Wonder Woman would make a better couple, but we think Superman is a good match. These two need a partner who understands what it's like to save the world over and over again. Plus their outfits compliment each other so well.





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June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination results

Full text of the Official Result of June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination

Performance of schools in the June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination
List of successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places

List of successful examinees in the June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination

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Nude photos of Prince Harry

A SCREEN GRAB FROM a YouTube video of Prince Harry about to 'race' US Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool of the Wynn hotel in Las VegasA SCREEN GRAB FROM a YouTube video of Prince Harry about to 'race' US Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool of the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas

The British royal family said Wednesday, August 22, that nude photographs of Prince Harry cavorting with friends on holiday in Las Vegas were genuine.

The photographs, published in the United States by celebrity news website TMZ.com, show the 3rd-in-line to the throne standing naked in a hotel suite.


In one of the two photographs, the 27-year-old is pictured, apparently wearing only a watch and a necklace, covering his genitals with his hands while another person, who also appears to be nude, stands close behind him.

In the other, he is bent over bear-hugging a second person, who also appears to be naked. It is not clear if the person is a man or a woman.

Clarence House confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that the images were genuine. "At this time we don't have a comment," a spokesman told AFP, adding: "We may do later."

It is rare for Clarence House to confirm the validity of such images, which raise questions about security surrounding the British royal.

The two images were taken at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas after a game of strip billiards last weekend, according to TMZ.

Video has also been released from the same trip that purports to show the prince racing US Olympic swimming gold medallist Ryan Lochte in the pool of a nightclub in the hotel.



Lochte, who was in Las Vegas belatedly celebrating his 28th birthday, told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper that he was "surprised" Harry had challenged him to the race, which the swimming star won.

"He's a great guy, and it was a huge honor to meet him," Lochte was quoted as saying, adding, "I definitely wasn't going to take it easy on him!"

It is not the first time Harry has taken on one of the world's top sportsmen. During a Caribbean tour in March, he managed to beat the world's fastest man Usain Bolt in a joke race.

Harry was in Las Vegas after hosting a charity event in San Diego.

Known for his playboy reputation, the prince has tried to distance himself from that lifestyle.

A trained army helicopter pilot, he has expressed a strong interest in returning to serve in Afghanistan. His first stint there had to be cut short in 2008 when a media blackout was breached. - Agence France-Presse

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‘Pridyider’ Movie: Andi Eigenmann, Venus Raj, Janice de Belen and JM de Guzman

Regal Films is making a full-length version of the classic Shake, Rattle and Roll episode “Pridyider.”
 
 
Remember the 2nd episode of the original “Shake, Rattle and Roll” movie starring Janice de Belen, the late Charito Solis and William Martinez which was helmed by Ismael Bernal? After 28 years, Regal Films is making a full version of this episode!


Janice de Belen is still in the cast and she will play the role of Mrs. Benitez.


Also starring in “Pridyider” are Andi Eigenmann as Tina Benitez, JM De Guzman as James Dean Co, Joel Torre as Mr. Benitez, Ronnie Lazaro as Detective Albay, Bekimon as Agatha, Baron Geisler as Dick, and introducing Venus Raj as Celine.


Here is the synopsis of the movie (from Regal Films):
Tina Benitez is a returning citizen. She’s been living abroad since childhood and she has not set foot in the country until now. She goes home to an empty house she inherited from her parents. Being sent abroad at such an early age, she does not have any memories of the house. But she cherishes it because it’s the only thing her deceased parents left her. However, strange things start to happen inside the house particularly in the kitchen where an old, antique refrigerator can be found. At first, Tina dismisses the incidents, thinking it’s just her imagination. But soon enough, she witnesses the ref attacking and even consuming one of her guests.
Scared of what other harm the ref can do, she tries to get rid of it but to no avail. The refrigerator is unbelievably heavy. It cannot be lifted nor removed from its place. With some information from her neighbor and newfound friend Celine, Tina learns about the background of the refrigerator and its connection to her deceased parents.
As Tina tries to solve the mystery of the refrigerator, she also learns more about her parents’ disappearance and death. Her childhood friend James also joins her in her quest for the truth. Together, they uncover Tina’s unknown past and also discover how to create a “bomb” that can counter the evil powers of the refrigerator. But will they succeed in defeating it? Someone from Tina’s past also unexpectedly shows up to help them. But will Tina be willing to risk the life of this person, just to extinguish the devil inside the ref?
Directed by Rico Maria Ilarde, “Pridyider” opens in theaters soon!



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Cine Filipino – A New Independent Film Festival is Born

Cine Filipino Film Festival offers PhP1.5M grant for filmmakers to produce their dream projects.
 
 
MediaQuest, TV5 and Unitel, in cooperation with PLDT Smart Foundation, have launched the Cine Filipino Film Festival last August 17, 2012 at AliMall Cineplex in Cubao, Quezon City.

This new film festival, which is kinda similar to Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals, is offering PhP1.5M grant for filmmakers to produce their dream projects.

Those who want to join must submit their feature-length narrative scripts on or before the deadline of October 8, 2012.

The Short Filmmakers Section is open to student filmmakers. Only 10 student-filmmakers will make the shortlist for this category. Completed short films must be submitted for this Section between September 19, 2012 and deadline of December 31, 2012.

Premiere screening of films under both Feature-Length and Short Filmmakers Sections will take place during the CineFilipino Festival, which will be held from March 13 to March 19, 2013.

All entries should be sent to CineFilipino Film Festival office at 1196 Pablo Ocampo Extension, corner Zapote Street, Makati City. For more details about CineFilipino, interested filmmakers may call (02) 896-2049 or send an email to info@cinefilipino.com. They may also visit www.cinefilipino.com and www.facebook.com/cinefilipino for complete competition mechanics and submission requirements.
 
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Dearest Jill Robredo


My dearest Jill,

 I wear two hats as I write this letter — one, as a grief educator and counselor, and second as a child who lost her father at a very early age.

I lost my dad very suddenly when I was 16. I will not even dare say that I know how you feel because one child’s grief is always very different from another. We continue to pray that your dad will be found, that he is still alive somewhere, we hang on to that glimmer of hope. We storm the heavens with our prayers, but as your older sister said, we also have to manage expectations.

I believe your family is doing a wonderful job and I am glad to see you all being supported by family and friends at this very difficult time. The President himself, who knows all about grief many times over, together with key members of his Cabinet, loves him dearly both as friend and colleague. They are exerting every effort to find him and the two pilots.

Jill, what I want to tell you for now is this — do not ever think for one moment that you caused your father’s accident. You did not. I know that media has not been very helpful over the last few days in the sense that they keep using the headline that your dad was in a rush because he was on his way to you. That is too much of a burden for a 13-year-old to bear and I am truly sorry. It is, as you say, unfair that they are singling you out. I suppose the intent is to show what a great dad Jesse was. However, in doing so, and perhaps in the rush to produce a story, your feelings were not considered.

The truth is that your father was on his way home because he wanted to be with all of you for the long weekend, because you, your sisters, and your mother were the most important people in his life. That is what you need to believe and keep in your heart.

It’s a very difficult, sad, and confusing time, and all the glare from the cameras invading your private space does not help at all. The support of people who truly love you and care for your father and your family is a good thing to be surrounded with at this time. Everything and everyone else is a different story.

Let me tell you about another young girl whose father went missing when she was 10. He was in the same plane with President Ramon Magsaysay, and he was also coming in from Cebu, on his way home to return to his family, just as your dad was because it was a weekend. He was supposed to take a boat, but instead their party decided to take the plane so that they could get back to their families earlier.

Very early on a Sunday morning, his plane slammed into a mountain and it took a while before they found him. My friend Paulynn remembers the day, like it were yesterday, and recalls in vivid detail how in the midst of all the chaos and phone calls, and all the people coming into their house (this was in 1957) she felt “so invisible.”

Ironically, her father’s name was Jess, too, and he was a part of the Magsaysay Cabinet. So many similarities. And although their grief is now 55 years old, the circumstances of your dad’s accident has brought back all the memories and emotions of that day. Jill, there are days we will remember all our lives, days that change us, and shape us into the people we eventually become. This weekend, however, it turns out, will be life-changing for you and your sisters and that is why my prayer is that you navigate this part of your journey very well.

My friend was more fortunate in the sense that in 1957, media did not have any access to them. The adults took care of everything, and all the children were protected from the news reporters that swarmed their home and that of the others who perished in the crash. Today it has become so much harder to find that personal space because grief is sensationalized and made public no matter the emotional cost to those who are in pain.

You are only 13, and I feel terrible how people seem to keep forgetting this fact when they speculate and report about the events surrounding the plane crash. When they show photographs of you and your sisters with your faces buried in your hands, when they upload photographs of you sobbing into the arms of your classmates and teachers who have come to bring you comfort. These visuals do not help at all and only show a lack of respect for your private pain.

I was in awe of your sister’s amazing grace as she spoke to the press today, and I marvel at your mother’s composure at such a distressing time.

It’s apparent that you have two great parents and I have no doubt that you and your sisters all make your father proud. I know that Jesse is a great public servant, a kind and compassionate man to everyone whose lives he touched both in the public and private sector. His heart is pure and imbued only with the desire to serve honestly to the best of his ability.

However, even more important to me is that he is exemplary as a dad – hands-on and always present for all the moments that matter. You are all so very blessed to have that, you have many memories to draw from whenever you think of him. You know in your heart that he has always put you, your sisters, and your mother above all else. And this is why after the course of his duties last Saturday, August 18, he was coming home to all of you, where else would he go?

The next few days will become longer and even more difficult, and I pray that my colleagues in media will allow you children the private space to be just that — children. To allow you the private space to deal with what needs to be dealt with by yourselves, away from the public glare and only in the presence of family and trusted friends.

Your dad is so well-loved by everyone, including members of the media with whom he had a bond and a very good relationship with. In this time of crisis and ambiguous loss, in spite of the pressure to produce a story, I am hoping that they will take pause, and remember the kind of man your father was to them. The best way that they can return the favor to him, would be by allowing his family, and according you, his children, the respect, kindness, and privacy that you will all be needing at this very difficult time.

There are no waters too deep where God’s love is not deeper still. And so we continue to pray unceasingly and wait, dear Jill, and keep in our hearts that no matter what happens, God is with us always in the waiting and that He will see us through.

Author: Cathy Babao

A grief educator, Cathy Babao wrote this piece on August 20, a day before the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo's body was recovered in Masbate. She addressed this open letter to Robredo's youngest daughter Jill and her colleagues in media. A newspaper columnist, Babao originally posted this piece on her blog, Stories by Kate.



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