26th Star Awards for TV Nominees

Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) has released the complete list of nominees for their Star Awards for TV for 2012. Check it out!
 
 
The 2012 Star Awards for TV is happening on November 18 at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater of Ateneo De Manila University in Katipunan Road, Quezon City.
Here is the complete list of nominees for this year:

BEST TV STATION
ABS-CBN 2
Aksyon TV
RPN-9
GMA-7
GMA News TV
IBC-13
NBN-4
Net 25
Studio 23
TV5
UNTV 37

BEST DRAMA SERIES   
100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN)
Amaya (GMA-7)
Budoy (ABS-CBN)
Dahil Sa Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN)
Munting Heredera (GMA-7)
Sa Ngalan Ng Ina (TV5)
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Coco Martin, Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)
Dingdong Dantes My Beloved (GMA-7)
Eddie Garcia, Babaeng Hampaslupa (TV5)
Gerald Anderson, Budoy (ABS-CBN)
Jericho Rosales, Dahil Sa Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN)
Piolo Pascual, Dahil Sa Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN)
Richard Gomez, Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS    
Dawn Zulueta, Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)
Helen Gamboa, Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)
Janice de Belen, Budoy (ABS-CBN)
Nora Aunor, Sa Ngalan Ng Ina (TV 5)
Rochelle Pangilinan, Amaya (GMA-7)
Susan Roces, Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN)
Xyriel Manabat, 100 Days To Heavem (ABS-CBN)

BEST CHILD PERFORMER

Bugoy Carino, E-Boy (ABS-CBN)
Jillian Ward, Luna Blanca (GMA 7)
Louise Abuel, 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN)
Mona Louise Rey, Munting Heredera (GMA-7)
Xyriel Manabat, 100 Days To Heavem (ABS-CBN)
Yogo Singh, Walang Hanggan, (ABS-CBN)
Zaijian Jaranilla, Ikaw ang Pag-ibig (ABS-CBN)

BEST COMEDY/GAG SHOW 
Banana Split (ABS-CBN)
Bubble Gang (GMA-7)
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN)
Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7)
Show Me Da Manny (GMA-7)
Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7)

BEST COMEDY ACTOR        
Jose Manalo, The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto (TV5)
Michael V, Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7)
Ogie Alcasid, Bubble Gang (GMA-7)
Robin Padilla, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Roderick Paulate, Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7)
Vhong Navarro, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Vic Sotto, The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto (TV5)

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS    
Angel Locsin, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Angelica Panganiba, Banana Split (ABS-CBN)
Manilyn Reynes, Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7)
Marian Rivera, Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7)
Nova Villa, Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7)
Pokwang, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Rufa Mae Quinto, Bubble Gang (GMA-7)

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Arjo Atayde, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Bangka” episode (ABS-CBN)
Gerald Anderson, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Jacket” episode (ABS-CBN)
JM de Guzman, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Balot” episode (ABS-CBN)
Noni Buencamino, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Sapatos” episode (ABS-CBN)
Phillip Salvador, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Ensaymada” episode (ABS-CBN)
Piolo Pascual, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Traysikel” episode (ABS-CBN)
Robin Padilla, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Kuweba” episode (ABS-CBN)

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS     
Angel Aquino, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Manika” episode (ABS-CBN)
Brenna Garcia, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Cards” episode (ABS-CBN)
Gina Preno, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Sapatos” episode (ABS-CBN)
Iza Calzado, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Cross Stitch” episode (ABS-CBN)
Jane Oineza, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Manika” episode (ABS-CBN)
Maricel Soriano, Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To Face “Baldadong Puso” episode (TV5)
Sylvia Sanchez, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Aswang” episode (ABS-CBN)

BEST NEW FEMALE TV PERSONALITY    

Divine Lee, Extreme Makeover Home Edition (TV5)
Isabelle Daza, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
Janine Gutierrez, Together Forever (GMA-7)
Jasmine Curtis Smith, Nandito Ako (TV5)
Karen Reyes, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Myrtle Sarrosa, Toda Max (ABS-CBN)
Ryzza Mae Dizon, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)

BEST NEW MALE TV PERSONALITY       
Arjo Atayde, Maalaala Mo Kaya “Bangka” episode (ABS-CBN)
Harvey Bautista, Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN)
Khalil Ramos, Princess And I (ABS-CBN)
Kiko Estrada, Tween Hearts (GMA-7)
Michael Pangilinan, Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (GMA -7)
Richard Yap, My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN)
Slater Young, Wansapantaym “Magic Shoes” episode (ABS-CBN)

BEST DRAMA ANTHOLOGY  
Maynila (GMA-7)
Real Confessions (TV5)
Star confessions (TV5)
Untold Stories Mula sa Face To Face (TV5)

BEST MUSICAL/VARIETY SHOW  
ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)
Hey It’s Saberday (TV5)
Party Pilipinas (GMA-7)
Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN)
Sessions On 25th Street (Net 25)
Sunday Funday (TV5)
Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (GMA-7)

BEST MALE TV HOST      
Allan K, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
Billy Crawford, ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)
German Moreno, Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (GMA-7)
John Lloyd Cruz, ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)
Luis Manzano, Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN)
Ryan Agoncillo, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
Vic Sotto, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)

BEST FEMALE TV HOST
Julia Clarete, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
C Concepcion, ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)
Pia Guanio, Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Party Pilipinas (GMA-7)
Sarah Geronimo, Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN)
Toni Gonzaga, ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)
Zsa Zsa Padila, ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN)

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM       
Ako Ang Simula (ABS-CBN)
Imbestigador (GMA-7)
Legal Forum (GMA News TV)
Public Atorni: Asunto O Areglo (TV5)
Salamat Dok (ABS-CBN)
Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7)
XXX (ABS-CBN)

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM HOST   
Anthony Taberna, Karen Davila, Atty. Potchy Labog – Ako Ang Simula (ABS-CBN)
Arnold Clavio – Rescue (GMA-7)
Bernadette Sembrano, Alvin Elchico – Salamat Dok (ABS-CBN)
Julius Babao, Pinky Webb, Anthony Taberna – XXX (ABS-CBN)
Mike Enriquez, Imbestigador (GMA-7)
Atty. Persida Acosta, Publi Atorni: Asunto O Areglo (TV5)
Vicky Morales, Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7)

BEST REALITY/GAME SHOW        
Amazing Cooking Kids (GMA-7)
Best Men (GMA News TV)
Game ‘N Go (TV5)
I Dare You (ABS-CBN)
It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN)
Many Many Prizes (GMA-7)
Wil Time Bigtime (TV5)

BEST REALITY/GAME SHOW HOST           
Judy Ann Santos, Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN)
Luis Manzano, Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN)
Sharon Cuneta & Derek Ramsay, The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (ABS-CBN)
Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, & Robi Domingo, Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited (ABS-CBN)
Vic Sotto, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (TV5)
Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Ryan Bang, Jhong Hilario, Coleen Garcia, Joy Rendon – It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN)
Willie Revillame, Mariel Rodriguez, Camille Villar, Lovely Abella, Shalani Soledad, Sugar Mercado, Beybisaya – Wil Time Bigtime (TV5)

BEST TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM            
ASOP (A Song Of Praise) Music Festival (UNTV 37)
Promil Pre-School I-Shine! Talent Camp (ABS-CBN)
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break (GMA-7)
Talentadong Pinoy (TV5)
Talentadong Pinoy Kids (TV5)

BEST TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM HOST               
Dimples Romana, Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli – Promil Pre-School I-Shine! Talent Camp (ABS-CBN)
Luis Manzano & Billy Crawford – Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN)
Dingdong Dantes, Ogie Alcasid & Jennylyn Mercado – Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break (GMA-7)
Richard Reynoso & Toni Rose Gayda – ASOP (A Song Of Praise) Music Festival (UNTV 37)
Ryan Agoncillo – Talentadong Pinoy (TV5)

BEST YOUTH-ORIENTED SHOW             

Bagets Just Got Lucky (TV5)
Good Vibes (ABS-CBN)
Growing Up (ABS-CBN)
Klasrum (UNTV 37)
LUV U (ABS-CBN)
Together Forever (GMA-7)
Tween Hearts (GMA-7)

BEST EDUCATIONAL/CHILDREN SHOW       

Batibot (TV5)
Born To Be Wild (GMA-7)
Convergence (NET 25)
Kabuhayang Swak Na Swak (ABS-CBN)
Kusina Master (GMA-7)
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)
Pinoy Explorer (TV5)

BEST EDUCATIONAL/CHILDREN SHOW HOST
Aga Muhlach – Pinoy Explorer (TV5)
Bong Revilla Jr. – Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7)
Chef Boy Logro – Kusina Master (GMA-7)
Chris Tiu – I-Bilib (GMA-7)
Dimples Romana & Bobby Yan – Kabuhayang Swak Na Swak (ABS-CBN)
Kiko Rustia & Dr. Neilsen Donato – Born To Be Wild (GMA-7)
Kim Atienza – Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

BEST CELEBRITY/SHOWBIZ ORIENTED TALK SHOW
Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN)
Kris TV (ABS-CBN)
Sharon Kasama Mo Kapatid (TV5)
Showbiz Central (GMA-7)
Spoon (NET 25)
Startalk (GMA-7)
The Buzz (ABS-CBN)

BEST MALE CELEBRITY/SHOWBIZ ORIENTED TALK SHOW HOST
Butch Francsico, Startalk (GMA-7)
Joey de Leon, Mel and Joey (GMA-7)
Michael V, Pare And Pare (GMA-7)
Ogie Alcasid, Pare And Pare (GMA-7)
Raymond Gutierrez, Showbiz Central (GMA-7)
Ricky Lo, Startalk (GMA-7)
Vice Ganda, Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN)

BEST FEMALE CELEBRITY/SHOWBIZ-ORIENTED TALK SHOW HOST
Cristy Fermin, Paparazzi (TV5)
Gladys Reyes, Moments (Net 25)
Janice de Belen, Spoon (Net 25)
KC Concepcion, The Buzz (ABS-CBN)
Kris Aquino, Kris TV (ABS-CBN)
Mel Tiangco, Powerhouse (GMA News TV)
Toni Gonzaga, The Buzz (ABS-CBN)

BEST MAGAZINE SHOW                 
Ang Pinaka (GMA News TV)
Anggulo (TV5)
Brigada (GMA News TV)
Good News (GMA News TV)
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7)
Rated K (ABS-CBN)
Tunay Na Buhay (GMA-7)

BEST MAGAZINE SHOW HOST
Jessica Soho, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7)
Korina Sanchez, Rated K (ABS-CBN)
Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Anggulo (TV5)
Rhea Santos, Tunay Na Buhay (GMA-7)
Rovilson Fernandez, Ang Pinaka (GMA News TV)
Susan Enriquez & Cesar Apolinario, I Juander (GMA News TV)
Vicky Morales, Good News (GMA News TV)

BEST HORROR/FANTASY PROGRAM    
Oka2Kat (ABS-CBN)
Pidol Wonderland (TV5)
Regal Shocker (TV5)
Spooky Nights (GMA-7)
Wansapanataym (ABS-CBN)

BEST NEWS PROGRAM 
24 Oras (GMA-7)
Aksyon TV (TV 5)
Balitanghali (GMA News TV)
Bandila (ABS-CBN)
Saksi (GMA-7)
State of the Nation (GMA News TV)
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)

BEST MALE NEWSCASTER               
Anthony Taberna, Iba-Balita Ni Anthony Taberna (Studio 23)
Arnold Clavio, Balita Pilipinas Primetime (GMA News TV)
Julius Babao, Bandila (ABS- CBN)
Mike Enriquez, 24 Oras (GMA-7)
Noli de Castro, TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)
Raffy Tima, Balitanghali (GMA News TV)
Ted Failon, TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)

BEST FEMALE NEWSCASTER       

Ces Drilon, Bandila (ABS-CBN)
Jessica Soho, State of the Nation (GMA News TV)
Karen Davila, Bandila (ABS-CBN)
Korina Sanchez, TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)
Mel Tiangco, 24 Oras (GMA-7)
Pia Arcangel, Balitanghali (GMA News TV)
Vicky Morales, Saksi (GMA-7)

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM        
Bawal Ang Pasaway (GMA News TV)
Face To Face (TV5)
Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN)
Kasannga Mo Ang Langit (IBC-13)
Law Profile (UNTV 37)
Patrol Ng Pilipino (ABS-CBN)
The Bottom Line With Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM HOST
Amy Perez, Face To Face (TV5)
Arlyn dela Cruz, Exclusive (Net25)
Boy Abunda, The Bottom Line With Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)
Rey Langit & JR Langit, Kasannga Mo Ang Langit (IBC-013)
Ryan Chua, Zyann Ambrocio, Atom Aurollo, Jenny Reyes, Gretchen Malalad, Apples Jalandoni, Dominic Almelor – Patrol Ng Pilipino (ABS-CBN 2)
Ted Failon, Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN)
Winnie Monsod, Bawal Ang Pasaway (GMA News TV)

BEST LIFESYTLE/TRAVEL SHOW   
Biyaheng Langit (IBC-13)
Eat More Fun In The Philippines (GMA News TV)
Landmark (Net 25)
Pinoy Adventure (GMA-7)
Travel: More Fun In The Philippines (GMA News TV)
US Girls (Studio 23)
Weekend Getaway (GMA News TV)

BEST LIFESYTLE/TRAVEL SHOW HOST       
Angel Aquino, Iya Villania, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, US Girls (Studio 23)
Kara David, Susan Enriquez, Raffy Tima, Mariz Umali, Cesar Aploinario, Maey Bautista, Alberto “Betong” Sumaya – Travel: More Fun In The Philippines (GMA News TV)
Drew Arellano, Weekend Getaway (GMA News TV)
Faye de Castro Umandal, Landmark (Net 25)
Ina Alegre, Carl Balita, Joy Belmonte – Thumbs Up (Studio 23)
Rey Langit, Biyaheng Langit (IBC-13)
Richard Gutierrez, Pinoy Adventure (GMA-7)

BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM      

I Witness (GMA-7)
Investigative Documentaries (GMA News TV)
Krusada (ABS-CBN)
Reel Time (GMA News TV)
Reporter’s Notebook (GMA-7)
SOCO (ABS-CBN)
Storyline (ABS-CBN)

BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM HOST  
Gus Abelgas – SOCO (ABS-CBN)
Hosts & Anchors of ABS-CBN News And Current Affairs – Krusada (ABS-CBN)
Jiggy Manicad, Maki Pulido – Reporter’s Notebook (GMA-7)
Kara David, Howie Severino, Jay Taruc, Sandra Aguinaldo – I-Witness (GMA-7)
Luchi Cruz-Valdes – Journo (TV5)
Martin Andanar – Crime Klasik (Aksyon TV)
Paolo Bediones – USI (TV5)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL
Cheche Lazaro Presents Edsa At Pinoy (ABS-CBN)
Dolphy: Hari Ng Komedya (ABS-CBN)
Maalaala Mo Kaya 20th Anniversary (ABS-CBN)
Oras Na (GMA News TV)
Philippine Treasures (GMA-7)
Sa Hapag Ng Mga Bayani (GMA News TV)
Sagwan Ng Tagumpay (Studio 23)

BEST MORNING SHOW 

Good Morning Club (TV5)
Good Morning Kuya (UNTV 37)
Home Page (Net 25)
Kumare Klub (TV5)
Metro One (PTV 4)
Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN)
Unang Hirit (GMA-7)

BEST MORNING SHOW HOST    
Alex Santos, Bernadette Sembrano, Anthony Taberna, Winnie Cordero, Andre Felix,  Venus Raj,  Iya Villania, Bianca Gonzalez, Gerry Baja, Ariel Ureta, Mj Felipe, Edmund  Rosales – Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN)
Amy Perez, Tintin Bersola-Babao, Chiqui Roa-Puno – Kumare Klub (TV5)
Arnold Clavio, Ivan Mayrina, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Lhar Santiago, Rhea Santos-De Guzman Love Anover, Drew Arellano, Winnie  Monsod, Pia Arcangel, Luanne Dy, Susan Enriquez, Connie Sison, Monica Verallo, Atty. Gabby Concepcion, Nathaniel “Mang Thanie” Cruz – Unang Hirit (GMA-7)
Daniel Razon, Rene Jose, Tony Arevalo, Beth Santiago, Lea Ylagan, Nica Alejar, Dondon Tenorio, Rolly Layug, Porky, Ponce, Minyong, Lyn Perez, Roberto “FPJ” Garcia, Pangyao, Mr. Bin, Rodel Flordeliz, Datgirl, Aldrin  Solibet, Ronald Defeo – Good Morning Kuya (UNTV 37)
Issa Litton, Dianne Medina, Audrey Gorricetta, JC Tejano – Metro One (PTV 4)
Paolo Bediones, Martin Andanar, Cheryl Cosim, Chiqui Roa-Puno, Pat Fernandez, Shalala, Lucky Mercado, Amy Perez, Makata Tawanan, Tintin Bersola-Babao, Roda  Magnaye, April Gustilo, Chef Raymar Reyes, Joseph Ubalde – Good Morning Kuya (UNTV 37)
Weng Dela Fuente, Alma Angeles, Nelson Lubao, Eduard Banez – Home Page (Net 25)

SPECIAL AWARDS

Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award – Gloria Romero
Excellence In Broadcasting Award – Tina Monzon-Palma
Natatanging Alagad Ng Telebisyon – German Moreno
 
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Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition

 
The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad has won the Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition for the third straight year. 

 

Sporting shaved heads, the UP cheering team bested the 7 other UAAP pep squads in front of nearly 20,000 spectators at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Saturday.

The Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad settled for 1st-runner up, while the National University (NU) Cheer Squadron ended up winning 2nd-runner up honors.




"We prayed so hard for the past 4 to 5 months and maraming-maraming sinakripisyo, para sa UP to," said Kiko Cortez, one of the squad's co-captains.

UP pulled off a surprise when they emerged with shaved heads.

Save for an error in the final lift, the Diliman-based pep squad had the cleanest routine, using eye-pleasing “Oblation lifts” and tosses during the dance.

They also displayed clear groupings and superb formations while running their gymnastics on the floor.

During their final Oblation lift, a cheerdancer in one of their “towers” lost her balance and tumbled down. Fortunately, she was not injured.

UP took home the P340,000 top prize and a trophy.

FEU settled for the P200,000 second place prize, while 3rd placer NU pocketed P140,000.

The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe was ranked 4th, followed by the De La Salle Animo Squad at 5th.


 

Ateneo’s Babble Battalion (6th), the Adamson Pep Squad (7th) and the University of the East (UE) Pep Squad (8th) completed the cast.





Making a statement
Trixie Segundo, another co-captain of the UP Pep Squad, said that it was a big sacrifice for the team, especially the women, to cut their hair short.

"It's a big sacrifice for the team but we got it,” said Segundo.

UP Pep Squad captain Irish Planes said this year’s routine aimed to make a statement.

"We just wanted to let everybody feel free, feel free to express themselves, their thoughts, their actions. And through our dance we just wanted to free everyone," she said.

This is the third time UP won the cheerdance competition. The state university also took home the titles in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the tournament.

The UP Pep Squad also swept the competition as it won the top title in the UAAP Cheerdance Stunts competition and the Samsung Cheerdance Stunner plum.

UP Pep Squad’s Nicolette Erika Ambulo was chosen as the prettiest of the cheerdancers in the Samsung Stunner competition.

Meanwhile, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad came in as 1st-runner up in the Stunts competition, while NU settled for 2nd-runner up.

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Kimpoy Feliciano covers Pinoy Song Mag

Online Sensation Kimpoy Feliciano attributes all the breakthrough opportunities coming his way to the love of his Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook friends. He was recently named by Malacanang as one of the country’s Peace Ambassadors.
 
 
“It is because of them that I get to do all these things, and for them, I would make sure that I give my 100% to everything that I have been blessed with,” says the New Zealand-based Kimpoy, who is the cover boy of the latest issue of Pinoy Song Mag. “I am inspired because of all the love I have been receiving.”

Kimpoy went home for 12 days to finish a slew of projects prepared for him, which includes his debut album under Universal Records, pictorials, music video shoots, interviews, TV guestings, among others.

He guested in toprating programs like Party Pilipinas, Toda Max, Cge TV, Bubble Gang, Manny Many Prizes, MYX Daily Top 10, Star MYX and was featured in news programs of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA.

The 19-year-old online celebrity admits being a bit overwhelmed with the activities lined-up for him, but said “sobrang na-enjoy ko kasi ang dami-daming naka-suporta sa akin tapos ramdam ko pa pagmamahal ng mga followers ko. Sulit ang lahat ng pagod kasi alam ko na mapapasaya ko mga friends ko.”

His album under Universal Records boasts of an interesting concept that will surely entertain his followers.

“I am really thankful to Universal Records for entrusting this project to me,” adds Kimpoy. “I am blessed. The 12 days when I was in Manila is one of the most memorable times of my life.”

He considers his meet-up with followers as one of the highlights of his trip, where he spent an afternoon with some of his supporters.

“Nakakatuwa kasi pumunta talaga sila dun maski late kami nakapagsabi,” explains Kimpoy. “I am beyond grateful. I hope to be back very soon.”

Kimpoy is being managed by Orion Entertainment. For inquiries and bookings, please call 0916-4140358 or email olrac1023@gmail.com.
 
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Did EDSA 1 bring real change?

In response to several queries (it's that time of the year -- EDSA anniversary) on my take on the declaration of Martial Law and the events that took place in February of 1986, there is really nothing more I can add to what I've already said over the last two decades; and what happened in the past cannot be changed.

But just to reiterate my view of that period of our history, and for the sake of those too young or yet to be born in the early 70’s, let me try and summarize how I see it.

Martial Law was declared at a time different from now and I say this not only in regard to the Philippines but throughout the world including in western democracies where the youth of those nations rebelled against the established norms of that era.

In the United States, armed clashes between civilians and police were frequent and groups such as the Black Panthers, The Weathermen, Students for a Democratic Society, Chicago Seven, and others, openly declared war against their government, the most powerful in the world.

Then, even the US military had to be called out to quell violent demonstrations across their country resulting in deaths of students such as in the infamous "Kent State University Massacre."

There, at the heart of halcyon middle-class America, the US National Guards opened fire at the student demonstrators killing four students and wounding several others.

Bombings of government buildings, arson, street violence were widespread across the US and in capitals across Western Europe – London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, and other cities in Europe.

Manila, as well as other Asian capitals, was no exception.

University students here took the same road of militancy and were linked to leftist labor unions and communist insurgents, and street violence was likewise widespread in urban areas of the country.

Even for a young 15-year-old like I was then, the militancy of that epoch was palpable.

But as I’ve said previously, and at the risk of disappointing, I will leave to historians, impartial and trained in their field, to pass judgment on the merits of the declaration of Martial Law seen in that context as it should be.

As for what took place in February of 1986, 26 years ago to this month, again, I am in no position to pass judgment that would be seen as impartial simply because of my obvious personal involvement.

Most of what we hear now from all sides are still within the ambit of propaganda.

But I certainly am concerned with the state of our country today, more than a quarter of a century since the experience of EDSA 1, as it has come to be known.

I have chosen not to indulge in the "blame game" and rather, invest my energy in helping move this country forward.

But if comparisons are to be made, and if there is a need to evaluate the road taken since then and what has resulted from it, it’s not difficult to arrive at answers, provided we ask the right questions.

Has poverty been alleviated? Is the wealth of the country more equitably distributed? Do we have more jobs available at home? Has there been a rise in the quality of our education? Are we self-sufficient in our daily food requirements? Is there less hunger? Crime? Insurgency? Corruption? Basic services? Health?

The same questions can be asked of other countries, our neighboring countries specifically, and see whether we can answer the same way they would.

China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia can all point to the progress they have made these last 26 years but unfortunately, for the majority of our people, nothing much has changed and today, and just this morning, a survey placed our unemployment rate at 24% or close to 10 million unemployed adults.

The country’s economic performance last year sunk to a dismal 3.7% growth.

The problems we face remain daunting and there is still that need for Filipinos to unite and face these challenges as one nation, with a singular aim and direction, with a leadership that is willing to make sacrifices and capable of harnessing the talents of our people.

We have seen what our neighbors have been able to achieve in the last 26 years. There is no reason why we cannot at least match their achievements if not do better.

We need to change the politics of this country.

Our leaders cannot be forever squabbling, engaging in vindictiveness, wasting energy and government resources in putting each other down at the expense of those that need help the most.

Blaming past administrations will not bring food to the plates of the hungry.

Excuses cannot substitute for performance and results. Promises without delivery only feed the anger of the people.

Before it’s too late, let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work for the betterment of our country. For all and not just for some.

If there is need for change in people’s attitudes and habits, let that change begin with ourselves.

There is no argument more eloquently made than the one made by example.

In a nutshell, and for the media that have asked for my comments, that's my "take" on EDSA 1 that's to be celebrated this weekend.

It really has not varied much over the years. Good night and a good weekend ahead for all of us.


Author: Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, shares his thoughts on the 26th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution that drove their family out of Malacañang.

Disclaimer: He wrote this on his Facebook page. The views in this blog are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points.


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The X Factor Philippines Grand Finale

The X Factor Philippines is closer to its grand finale on October 6 and 7. Martin Nievera still has 2 mentees, Charice got 2 female contestants in her hands and Gary Valenciano has a sole bet.
 
Hosted by KC Concepcion, who among the remaining contenders will face the judges on its Grand Finale?

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4 is expected to premier on October 13.

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Kristine Hermosa to return in Philippine TV

Kristine Hermosa is set to return in ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida next year with Tricia Santos of Pinoy Big Brother.




Rumors said that she will be in the cast of the Philippine remake of the top rating Korean drama “Pure Love” (49 days) which also premiered in ABS-CBN last year. She will portray the role of Diane Shin (Shin Ji Hyun portrayed originally by Nam Gyu Ri).

49 days / Pure Love is about a fantasy where the lead character falls into a coma from an accident with days before her wedding and finds out she can live with tears from three people who truly love her besides her family.

A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiance, but her perfect life was shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store.

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Martial Law

TIMELINE




A year after signing Proclamation No. 1081, s. 1972, proclaiming a state of martial law in the Philippines, former President Marcos delivered a State of the Nation Address titled “Report to the Nation after One Year of Martial Law”: Click this

No Internet. No mobile phones. No Facebook. No Twitter. No free press, even. For four days in February 1986, one small radio station kept the flame of revolution burning in the Philippines. CLICK on the EVENTS on the TIMELINE below and listen to HISTORY as it unfolded, as BROADCAST BY RADIO VERITAS. 



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How to have…sex in water

If you plan on getting down and dirty in the water – follow these top tips to have a splish-splashingly good time…

Get clean while being filthy by adding some water play into your sex life. Whether it be in the shower, pool or sea, follow our tips for keeping healthy while having a wet ‘n’ wild ride…

The golden rule
Remember – sex outdoors in a public place is always an offense. So you might want to give the local water park a miss.

Make sure it’s safe to go into the water
Don’t get carried away, you still have to practice safe sex and unfortunately – condoms and water do not mix.

Hot water and chemicals like chlorine can affect the durability of the condom, whilst the water can also make them more likely to slip off. There has still not been enough research on the effects of different types of water on condoms – so practice caution.

Make sure you are extra careful before jumping in as you can still get pregnant or catch STIs in the water.

Slip ‘n’ slide
You’d think all that water would keep things extra lubricated – but unfortunately it’s not the case. Blast.

All that water actually washes away the natural lubrication from a woman’s body – which can create a tad of friction. Ouch. It can also mean extra pressure on a condom, creating a tear risk.

Try using a silicone lubricant which isn’t water-soluble to help keep the pleasure tides riding high.

However – avoid oil based lubricants that say they are safe for use in water as these destroy the latex of condoms.

Clean water supply
Be careful with the type of water you have sex in. Lakes, rivers, oceans, pond water – all of these contain bacteria that you will be essentially pushing into your lady bits – this can put you at risk of infection.

However swimming pools contain strong chemicals that could irritate you, as chlorine can alter the natural pH balance in the vagina leading to infection.

Try the bath or shower to keep yourself squeaky clean and if venturing outdoors, be careful and pick your sexy swimming location carefully.

Then we did it in the shower
Try playing around in the bath and shower – although you have the same issues with friction and protection – you can have a lot of fun playing around with suds.

Foreplay is the key to having a good time in the bathroom. Clean and scrub each other everywhere you can think of (but ladies be careful of highly perfumed products irritating your sensitive bits!)

You could also try
The female condom. Water is not as likely affect these as they are inserted into the female body and so have less exposure to the water, and has a better chance of not slipping out.

The female condom is also lubricated, so if you insert it before entering the water, it is less likely to wash off.

Underwater sex can be amazing, but to keep it safe and enjoyable by planning ahead with these easy steps. Splish splash away!





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Fil-Ams try out for 'The Voice Philippines'

Auditions kick off in US


Numerous Filipino-Americans have tried their luck at "The Voice of the Philippines" auditions held at One Kapamilya Go.

The annual gathering of Filipinos organized by The Filipino Channel (TFC) was held at the Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, California.

Siblings Jacob and Sarah were among those who took their chances.

They didn't  tell their father, a church minister, that they were auditioning. They say he only wants them to sing gospel music and focus on serving in church.

"It is a big challenge but you just have to follow what your mind and heart says,” Jacob said.

"Now, we're doing what we want to do. We're singing all types of genres. That's what we love to do,” Sarah said.

Meanwhile, a young Pinay singer is thankful her entire family is behind her in her pursuit of stardom.
Ellona, who made it to top 12 of “The X-Factor USA,” has been singing since she was three.

"My family, they're really supportive, and that means so much to me because it motivates me even more to do my best and the greatest job ever that I can,” she said.

“The Voice” is a popular singing competition in the United States. What sets this talent show apart is its “blind auditions.”

And now, “The Voice” is coming to the Philippines, to be aired on ABS-CBN next year. Aside from Santa Clara, California, talent searches were also held in Los Angeles recently.

Director Lauren Dyogi said what he looks for is sheer talent.

"Somebody who has an exceptional voice. Compared to the other formats that we have, ‘X-Factor’ and ‘Pilipinas Got Talent,’ ‘The Voice’ is clearly about someone who has an exceptional singing voice,” Dyogi said.

It remains uncertain if these Filipino-Americans will go far in “The Voice of the Philippines,” but what's certain is that they have the passion for music and drive to make it big someday.

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60th FAMAS Awards (Complete List of Winners)



Anne Curtis bested Angel Locsin for Best Actress while Jeorge Estregan won Best Actor.

The MMFF film “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” was chosen Best Picture.

Here is the list of winners for the 60th FAMAS Awards:

Best Picture: Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Actor: Jeorge Estregan (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)  
Best Actress: Anne Curtis (No Other Woman)
Best Supporting Actor: Baron Geisler (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Best Supporting Actress
: Angelica Panganiban  (Segunda Mano)
Best Child Actor: Buboy Villar (Ang Panday 2)
Best Child Actress: Xyriel Manabat (A Mother’s Story)
Best Director: Tikoy Aguiluz (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Best Story: Carlo J. Caparas and RJ Nuevas (Ang Panday 2)
Best Screenplay: Roy Iglesias and Ray Ventura (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Best Editing: Jason Cahapay, Mirana Medina-Bhunjun and Ryan Orduña (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Best Theme Song: “Hari ng Tondo” Gloc-9 eat. Denise Barbacena (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)

SPECIAL AWARDS
Hall of Fame: Carlo J. Caparas
Outstanding Lady Movie Producers:
Atty. Anette Gozon-Abrogar (GMA Films)
Donna Villa (Golden Lions Films)
Malou Santos (Star Cinema)
Mother Lily Monteverde (Regal Films)
Arturo M. Padua Memorial Award: Ricky Lo
Public Service Award: Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito
Huwarang Artista sa Larangan ng Serbisyo Publiko: Hon. Alfred Vargas, Q.C. Councilor, District 2 Exemplary Achievement in the field of justice: Chief Public Attorney Persida V. Rueda-Acosta
 German Moreno Youth Achievement Awardees:
Julie Anne San Jose
Derrick Monasterio
Kristoffer Martin
Enrique Gil
Daniel Padilla
Jessy Mendiola
Edgar Allan Guzman
 
FAMAS Grand Award: Edmark International CEO Sam Low Ban Chai
Posthumous Award: Sec. Jesse M. Robredo


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LiveBlog: Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2012

LET's MEET THE #COSMO69 tonight! Image from the Cosmopolitan Philippines Facebook pageLET's MEET THE #COSMO69 tonight! Image from the Cosmopolitan Philippines Facebook page

On Aug. 31, a video of 69 shirtless men went viral as they lip-synched to One Direction's smash hit, "What Makes You Beautiful."

Ladies were happy, as proven by the almost-2,000 shares that the story got.

Tonight, Sept. 18, at 7 pm, these ladies will become happier as they finally see these 69 bachelors in the flesh and — who knows? — they just might sing "What Makes You Beautiful" for real.



Welcome to the annual Cosmopolitan Magazine Philippines Bachelor Bash 2012.




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Multiple Intelligences: Gardner's Theory

Arguing that "reason, intelligence, logic, knowledge are not synomous. . .", Howard Gardner (1983) proposed a new view of intelligence that is rapidly being incorporated in school curricula. In his Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Gardner expanded the concept of intelligence to also include such areas as music, spacial relations, and interpersonal knowledge in addition to mathematical and linguistic ability.



This digest discusses the origins of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, his definition of intelligence, the incorporation of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into the classroom, and its role in alternative assessment practices.




Seven Intelligences


Gardner defines intelligence as "the capacity to solve problems or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural setting" (Gardner & Hatch, 1989). Using biological as well as cultural research, he formulated a list of seven intelligences. This new outlook on intelligence differs greatly from the traditional view which usually recognizes only two intelligences, verbal and computational. The seven intelligences Gardner defines are:



Logical-Mathematical Intelligence--consists of the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.


Linguistic Intelligence-- involves having a mastery of language. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively manipulate language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically. It also allows one to use language as a means to remember information.


Spatial Intelligence-- gives one the ability to manipulate and create mental images in order to solve problems. This intelligence is not limited to visual domains-- Gardner notes that spatial intelligence is also formed in blind children.


Musical Intelligence-- encompasses the capability to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. (Auditory functions are required for a person to develop this intelligence in relation to pitch and tone, but it is not needed for the knowledge of rhythm.)


Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence-- is the ability to use one's mental abilities to coordinate one's own bodily movements. This intelligence challenges the popular belief that mental and physical activity are unrelated.


The Personal Intelligences-- includes interpersonal intelligence -- the ability to understand and discern the feelings and intentions of others-- and intrapersonal intelligence --the ability to understand one's own feelings and motivations. These two intelligences are separate from each other. Nevertheless, because of their close association in most cultures, they are often linked together.


Although the intelligences are anatomically separated from each other, Gardner claims that the seven intelligences very rarely operate independently. Rather, the intelligences are used concurrently and typically complement each other as individuals develop skills or solve problems. For example, a dancer can excel in his art only if he has 1) strong musical intelligence to understand the rhythm and variations of the music, 2) interpersonal intelligence to understand how he can inspire or emotionally move his audience through his movements, as well as 3) bodily-kinesthetic intelligence to provide him with the agility and coordination to complete the movements successfully.



Basis for Intelligence


Gardner argues that there is both a biological and cultural basis for the multiple intelligences. Neurobiological research indicates that learning is an outcome of the modifications in the synaptic connections between cells. Primary elements of different types of learning are found in particular areas of the brain where corresponding transformations have occurred. Thus, various types of learning results in synaptic connections in different areas of the brain. For example, injury to the Broca's area of the brain will result in the loss of one's ability to verbally communicate using proper syntax. Nevertheless, this injury will not remove the patient's understanding of correct grammar and word usage.



In addition to biology, Gardner (1983) argues that culture also plays a large role in the development of the intelligences. All societies value different types of intelligences. The cultural value placed upon the ability to perform certain tasks provides the motivation to become skilled in those areas. Thus, while particular intelligences might be highly evolved in many people of one culture, those same intelligences might not be as developed in the individuals of another.



Using Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom


Accepting Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences has several implications for teachers in terms of classroom instruction. The theory states that all seven intelligences are needed to productively function in society. Teachers, therefore, should think of all intelligences as equally important. This is in great contrast to traditional education systems which typically place a strong emphasis on the development and use of verbal and mathematical intelligences. Thus, the Theory of Multiple Intelligences implies that educators should recognize and teach to a broader range of talents and skills.



Another implication is that teachers should structure the presentation of material in a style which engages most or all of the intelligences. For example, when teaching about the revolutionary war, a teacher can show students battle maps, play revolutionary war songs, organize a role play of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and have the students read a novel about life during that period. This kind of presentation not only excites students about learning, but it also allows a teacher to reinforce the same material in a variety of ways. By activating a wide assortment of intelligences, teaching in this manner can facilitate a deeper understanding of the subject material.



Everyone is born possessing the seven intelligences. Nevertheless, all students will come into the classroom with different sets of developed intelligences. This means that each child will have his own unique set of intellectual strengths and weaknesses. These sets determine how easy (or difficult) it is for a student to learn information when it is presented in a particular manner. This is commonly referred to as a learning style. Many learning styles can be found within one classroom. Therefore, it is impossible, as well as impractical, for a teacher to accommodate every lesson to all of the learning styles found within the classroom. Nevertheless the teacher can show students how to use their more developed intelligences to assist in the understanding of a subject which normally employs their weaker intelligences (Lazear, 1992). For example, the teacher can suggest that an especially musically intelligent child learn about the revolutionary war by making up a song about what happened.



Toward a More Authentic Assessment


As the education system has stressed the importance of developing mathematical and linguistic intelligences, it often bases student success only on the measured skills in those two intelligences. Supporters of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences believe that this emphasis is unfair. Children whose musical intelligences are highly developed, for example, may be overlooked for gifted programs or may be placed in a special education class because they do not have the required math or language scores. Teachers must seek to assess their students' learning in ways which will give an accurate overview of the their strengths and weaknesses.



As children do not learn in the same way, they cannot be assessed in a uniform fashion. Therefore, it is important that a teacher create an "intelligence profiles" for each student. Knowing how each student learns will allow the teacher to properly assess the child's progress (Lazear, 1992). This individualized evaluation practice will allow a teacher to make more informed decisions on what to teach and how to present information.



Traditional tests (e.g. multiple choice, short answer, essay. . .) require students to show their knowledge in a predetermined manner. Supporters of Gardner's theory claim that a better approach to assessment is to allow students to explain the material in their own ways using the different intelligences. Preferred assessment methods include student portfolios, independent projects, student journals, and assigning creative tasks. An excellent source for a more in-depth discussion on these different evaluation practices is Lazear (1992).



Conclusion


Schools have often sought to help students develop a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences provides a theoretical foundation for recognizing the different abilities and talents of students. This theory acknowledges that while all students may not be verbally or mathematically gifted, children may have an expertise in other areas, such as music, spatial relations, or interpersonal knowledge. Approaching and assessing learning in this manner allows a wider range of students to successfully participate in classroom learning.




Additional Reading


Blythe, T., & Gardner H. (1990). A school for all intelligences.Educational Leadership. 47(7), 33-37.


Fogarty, R., & Stoehr, J. (1995). Integrating curricula with multiple intelligences. Teams, themes, and threads. K-college. Palatine, IL: IRI Skylight Publishing Inc. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service ED No. 383 435)



Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of Mind. New York: Basic Book Inc.



Gardner, H. (1991) The unschooled mind: how children think and how schools should teach.New York: Basic Books Inc.



Gardner, H., & Hatch, T. (1989). Multiple intelligences go to school: Educational implications of the theory of multiple intelligences. Educational Researcher, 18(8), 4-9.



Kornhaber, M., & Gardner, H. (1993, March). Varieties of excellence: identifying and assessing children's talents. A series on authentic assessment and accountability. New York: Columbia University, Teachers College, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 363 396)



Lazear, David. (1991). Seven ways of teaching: The artistry of teaching with multiple intelligences. Palatine, IL: IRI Skylight Publishing Inc. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 382 374) (highly recommended)



Lazear, David (1992). Teaching for Multiple Intelligences. Fastback 342 Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappan Educational Foundation. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 356 227) (highly recommended)



Martin, W.C. (1995, March). Assessing multiple intelligences. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Conference on Educational Assessment, Ponce, PR. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 385 368)

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Twilight now in Filipino translation

 
Since its sparkling debut in 2005, Stephenie Meyer¿s vampire romance "Twilight" has sold millions of copies, has been transformed into a box-office smash, a graphic novel and translations into over 30 languages.
 Now it has been translated into Filipino.

Published by paperback romance behemoth Precious Pages Corporation (PPC) in June, "Takipsilim" chronicles the meeting of brooding vampire Edward Cullen and all-too-human lover Bella Swan, combining Tagalog and English as translated by Armine Rhea Mendoza, one of Precious Pages¿ best-selling romance writers.

For example, here is Bella Swan realising what has happened after meeting Edward: May tatlong bagay na siguradong-sigurado na ako ngayon. Una, si Edward ay isang bampira. Pangalawa, mayroong bahagi sa kanya¿at hindi ko alam kung gaano kalakas ang bahaging iyon¿na nauuhaw sa aking dugo (Three things I'm sure of: Edward is a vampire, he thirsts after my blood). At pangatlo (Thirdly), I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

At one point, Edward asks her, Ipinapangako mo ba na naroroon ka bukas (Promise you'll be there tomorrow?) To which Bella replies. I promise.

The translation is the brainchild of Precious Pages mastermind Segundo Jun Matias Jr. Aside from the over 40 hot-selling romances Precious Pages publishes every month, Matias thought of bringing popular titles in English to the Filipino market. Before this, PPC has translated only Harlequin Romances.

'Our Harlequin translations proved to be successful. It has been accepted by our market which is the Tagalog/Filipino readers,' Matias explains. 'In fact we have been doing it for more than two years, so why not translate the bestsellers too like "Twilight"? Another motivation is that, modesty aside we have been capturing the Tagalog readers [most of them women]. I want them to enjoy foreign books just like what other countries like France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, etc. Their people speak and read English, too, but they have books available in their native tongue. I don¿t want Filipino readers to be deprived and not be able to read novels from other countries because the books that are available here are all in English.'

Best-selling translation
It helped that Matias was determined to get it done somehow and Twilight was key to his plan. Matias contacted Little, Brown and Company, the original publishers of "Twilight", last year and after meetings in Frankfurt, Bologna and New York, finally secured the rights earlier this year.

The translation took a few months. Since it went on the market in June, it has sold thousand of copies, and is now on its third printing with just under 10,000 copies in print.

'Bagong Buwan,' the translation of Meyer's sequel 'New Moon' is already in the works.

Also available in similar Tagalog translations from Precious Pages are four Barbara Cartland novels, two books of L.J. Smith's 'Vampire Diaries' books and a series of Sienna Mercer's 'My Sister the Vampire' young readers' books.

Already in the pipeline are translations of Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' trilogy and E.L. James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' books.

To follow are translations of novels by Dannielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon, Joss Stirling, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and Nicholas Sparks, among others, covering everything from kids to teenagers and mature readers, under the company¿s World¿s Bestsellers imprint.

Building such a library of properties has been a lot of work, but Precious Pages acquired the translation rights to all the books from their publishers and pay a royalty for each book sold. Matias has worked tirelessly to build this new part of Precious Pages¿ thriving publishing business.

The Filipino/English hybrid used in translating the books' which Matias simply calls Tagalog¿was chosen to reflect the speech patterns of its market, and was already in use in Precious Pages' romance novels.

¿Because that¿s what we are, he says. Whether we like it or not, our language is already mixed. There¿s a lot of English in our everyday speech. It's a long debate but I've long accepted the truth. The movies or TV or even the signs in sari-sari stores have English in them.

It takes about two to three months to finish the translation process. He chooses from over 100 writers' skilled in English and Filipino. He makes sure the translator is female if the original author is female. ¿I tell my translators to make it colloquial so it¿s fluid and easy to read without changing the style and voice of the original writer. I don't want to give the reader a hard time because I want them to like reading.

Tricky process
Award-winning poet and translator Marne Kilates says it¿s tricky translating books this way. ¿It would seem problematic to ¿prescribe¿ that the translations should reflect the way Filipino readers speak today and not the way the original material was written.

Kilates says the translations are more for market considerations than literary appeal. Maybe there are ¿commercial advantages, such as Filipino readers in general, or the way the publishers and translators conceive the general Filipino reader to be, would more or less be attracted to buy the translations that they could supposedly understand. The problem is what who this generalised Filipino might be. I see less challenge as I think this is the easy way out.

The challenge, Kilates adds, is to get the translations to accurately reflect the original material.

The new translations appeal to an untapped audience, says Gwenn Galvez, marketing manager for premiere local publisher Anvil Publishing, Inc.

It helps that the novels they¿re translated were available in film and screen, because that broke the barrier. Twilight, for example, in the novel was an English-speaking market. But when it went into film, they were able to reach the Tagalog romance readers who would watch the film. I think it was the perfect move because now, the Tagalog romance readers will want to read the translation of the movie they watched. I think it was the right move.

Important presence
The classics, however, continue to have an important translated presence in the bookstore shelves. Anvil is putting out a new collection of Oscar Wilde¿s short stories translated into Filipino by Danton Remoto, Jonathan Chua and Danilo Francisco M. Reyes, as well as Rolando Tinio¿s excellent translations of William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Twelfth Night.

Galvez acknowledges that their primary audiences for the books are students. 'The plan is really to sell in schools.'

Galvez notes that the Precious Pages translations and their classic translations are very different. They're different translations for different purposes. The Precious Pages translations are really for a mass market and they¿re trying to tap the readers of their Tagalog romances so the language and sensibility are different. Our books are for a more academic market, so the text is closer to the formal Filipino language.

Even the English of the novels and the English of Shakespeare are very different.

Translator Kilates says the continued translation of classics may have no practical purpose outside the classroom but is important because doing so encourages students to appreciate or apprehend such concepts as the interior life, human relations; the interconnectedness of humans and everything around him, including the changing environment; the cosmos being revealed; and other some such useless and complicated subjects of intelligent thought and time-wasting contemplation.

Tremendous response
Meanwhile, Matias says that the response to Twilight¿ has been tremendous, particularly in Precious Pages¿ retail outlets. He notes that a reader said in Filipino: It's a good thing there's a Tagalog version of Twilight. I read the English version and it gave me a nosebleed. Now, I can understand the novel better.¿ That makes him smile.

Matias will continue translating as many English bestsellers as he can acquire the rights to. I want all the books available for Filipino readers.

There are a few who question why are we doing this when the Filipino knows how to read English. I think they¿re just not used to [reading Filipino]. In a country where everybody is brought up reading bestsellers and classic books available only in English, they can¿t help but ask. But if they enjoy the work of renowned writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coelho and even the Noli [Me Tangere] and [El] Fili[busterismo] by Rizal in English, they may have forgotten that original versions of these were not in English. There's no such thing as bad language if it's presented or translated properly.

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Hot Trend: "Gangnam Style" wedding videos

If you thought Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was viral, then brace yourself for the "Gangnam Style" wave. The song is by a South Korean rapper named Psy and was released on July 15, 2012. It started out as a favorite of K-Pop fans. Thanks to social media shares, it soon became a worldwide hit.
Apparently, "Gangnam" refers to Seoul's posh Gangnam district. It's where the trendsetters and purveyors of taste hang out. 
 The "Gangnam Style" dance, which features movements that are akin to the moves of someone riding a horse, is probably the move of the moment. Just recently, Psy appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show and taught pop star Britney Spears how to dance "Gangnam Style." 


It's not just Spears who's become fixated on the Psy's patented sound and moves. "Gangnam Style" has become a favorite for wedding parties. 
People are doing the "Gangnam Style" for their pre-wedding videos, wedding marches, and their reception. The one done by Lightbulb Videography for a Bay Area wedding is most likely the most well-done "Gangnam Style" video as far as we know. In fact, it was also one of the clips highlighted in an Inside Edition feature. (Note: The video content is restricted on the site. Please click this link to watch it on YouTube.) In any case, just type "Gangnam Style wedding" on your YouTube search and you'll get to see even more videos of wedding ceremony participants having a whole lot of fun doing the "Gangnam Style" dance.
Care for a "Gangnam Style" wedding video? (Screengrab from the Lightbulb Videography video)
Meanwhile, Psy is cashing in on the "Gangnam Style" wave. He has just signed with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. Of course, he also has detractors who have accused him of being a "rip off." Either way, it's clear that a lot of people are following Psy's advice to "Dress classy and dance cheesy." For the record, as of September 14, Psy's "Gangnam Style" video already had over 166 million views. Today, September 18, it had over 211 million views. Like it or hate it, you can no longer escape it.

GANGNAM STYLE VIDEOS

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'Gangnam Style' second most-viewed YouTube video

South Korean pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" has become the second most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 620 million hits as the quirky rapper continues to take the world by storm.
 The 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, rocketed to international fame after "Gangnam Style" -- a techno ode to a trendy Seoul neighborhood -- become a worldwide hit following its debut in July.

The video went viral online with its goofy signature horse-riding dance and on Friday ousted singer Jennifer Lopez's dance hit "On the Floor" from second place. But it still trails behind Canadian teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber's "Baby," which has had over 795 million hits.

John Hirai, head of music at YouTube's Korea-Japan branch, told a conference in Seoul that Psy would pass Bieber on YouTube's most-watched list in about a month.

He thinks the secret of Psy's success lies in the speed at which the singer uploaded a sequel video on his official website, as well as footage of the making of his video and interviews, for users wanting to know more about him and "Gangnam Style."

"It comes like a total package at the end, so it just generated views," Hirai said, according to Yonhap news agency.

"I've been in this music business for 25 plus years and I've never seen anything like this and I've never imagined anything like this would come out of Asia. It's just unbelievable but it's overwhelming," he said.

Psy has also remained at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in the United States for a sixth straight week after topping charts in countries including Britain and Australia.

The popularity of the song and video, which spawned hundreds of parodies and tribute videos across the world, has helped the singer land a contract with Bieber's management agency.

Music veteran
Psy, currently on a promotional tour in the United States, last week performed on ABC's "The View" talk show, after his appearances at the MTV awards and other prime-time programs last month boosted his profile.



The star is already a music veteran at home with six albums under his belt and next week he will begin a promotional tour in Europe that includes a speech at the Oxford Union and an appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Germany.

In another sign of his international reach, Psy was featured on the front cover of the latest issue of US weekly music magazine Billboard, which analyses factors that have helped the singer succeed and hails him as "a ready-made star".

The story also examines how Scooter Braun, the music executive known for discovering YouTube sensations-turned pop stars like Bieber, ended up signing Psy for the US market.

The rapper recently unveiled plans for his next song in an interview on the US cable network CNN, saying the lyrics will be a mix of English and Korean. - Agence France-Presse


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