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Kris on her marriage to James Yap: ‘I give up’

In between sobs, Kris Aquino — popular talk show host, actress, and youngest sister of incoming President Benigno Aquino III — confirmed that her marriage to basketball star James Yap has come to an end, after five years of an often-turbulent relationship.

“With finality I can say, ako sumuko na (I have given up),” Aquino said on ABS-CBN’s “The Buzz” on Sunday.

This page requires a higher version browser Aquino said it was not a “spur of the moment” decision, adding that both she and husband Yap, a popular basketball player, tried long to fix whatever problems they had.

Aquino, who has acquired a reputation for her candor in airing her personal pains and peeves under close media scrutiny, however refused to elaborate on the reasons behind the apparent failure of their marriage. “(Whatever the reason) why this marriage, on my part I’m saying, is over, the only person I will owe an explanation to, and the only person who can demand from me (why we separated), is my son,” Aquino said. Aquino has a three-year old son, Baby James, with Yap. “He deserves to hear (the reason) only from me and only from James. We owe it to him… to explain to him,” Aquino explained. Rumors of the separation first came out last week after Aquino failed to attend an event in Cebu due to marital problems, according to her “The Buzz” co-host Boy Abunda. The couple went through at least two other controversies in their almost five years of marriage. Early this year, Aquino was reported to have made a scene outside the house of a woman named Mayen Austria, with whom Yap was widely rumored to be having an affair. Previous to that, the marriage also made headlines in 2007 following rumors of Yap’s yet another romantic affair, reportedly with a Belo Medical clinic receptionist. Aquino married Yap, who is ten years her junior, in 2005. Apart from Baby James, Aquino has a 15-year-old son with former husband, actor Phillip Salvador. On the same episode of “The Buzz,” Aquino bid farewell to her colleagues after a 10-year hosting stint in the show. Saying it was a “big sacrifice” for her, Aquino is leaving the show to avoid criticism which may affect the administration of her brother, who is all set to take his presidential oath of office on Wednesday.—Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV

Yasmien Kurdi is not closing doors on settlement with Baron Geisler

Actress Yasmien Kurdi sees the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the “acts of lasciviousness” case he filed against actor Baron Geisler.

Facing the media during the recent anniversary celebration of GMA, Kurdi said she is open to reconciling with Geisler.

“Lahat naman napupunta sa ayos, eh… wala namang problema [na] hindi nareresolba. Lahat-lahat umo-okay, lahat may paraan,” said she.

Kurdi just returned after spending a much-needed vacation in Guam.

She admits that she learned of the development regarding the case she filed against Geisler, including the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the latter, only recently.

“Sa totoo, nagulat din ako pero masaya din ako na nagawan ng solusyon, nagkaroon na agad ng resulta ung fi-nile naming kaso and last year pa ‘yun. Ang tagal na nun,” she said.

Refuting allegations that she was prevented by her family to do more showbiz work after the incident with Geisler, Kurdi said she merely decided to lie low in her showbiz career to concentrate on her schoolwork.

“Studies muna,” she quipped.

She went on to assure fans that she is still pursuing her showbiz career.

“Nandito ako, nag-a-apear pa rin ako; kasi kung talagang [ayoko na], totally ‘di nyo na ako makikita for life,” she said.

It was in May last year that Kurdi filed the charges against Geisler.

The charge stemmed from what the actress claimed was “harassment” on Geisler’s part during the taping of “Suspetsa,” a GMA show they were then both working on.

Kurdi alleged that Geisler touched her in a “sexually suggestive and improper” manner.

The case was not a first for Geisler.

The daughter of showbiz couple Yayo Aguila and William Martinez had also filed charges of acts of lasciviousness against the actor.

Charice: ‘I’m on Glee, let’s party!!!’

MANILA, Philippines – International singing sensation Charice said on Twitter Tuesday that she is set to join the second season of the hit US musical TV show “Glee”.

“It’s official. I’m on Glee (next season)…,” Charice announced on her Twitter account.

The young singer maintained that the first rumor of her joining the “Glee” cast was not true.

“But then after that I tried to audition. And I made it! Let’s party!” the obviously rejoicing Charice tweeted.

Charice will play the role of a foreign exchange student whose killer vocals get lead star Rachel contemplating murder.

Last month, Charice vehemently denied a newspaper report saying she is set to join the next season of “Glee.”

The report quoted Charice’s Philippine manager Grace Mendoza.

Charice’s mother, Raquel Pempengco, said in a previous interview with that she has no idea about Mrs. Mendoza’s statement.

Charice even posted her denial on her Twitter page.

“I just want to let you all know that it’s not true that I’m going to be on Glee… How I wish! Haha.”

She added: “LOL. Rumors!!! I am not going to be on Glee..Haha…That’s really funny. I didn’t know about the Glee (role). Hahaha, until I saw Perez’s blog. This is really confusing.”

Currently, Charice is in the US promoting her debut global album, which was launched in “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last May 10.

Toni Gonzaga in talks with ABS-CBN bosses over ‘The Buzz’ offer

MANILA, Philippines – Toni Gonzaga has confirmed that her camp and the management of ABS-CBN are now discussing the possibility of her replacing Kris Aquino on “The Buzz.”

When asked about the progress of the negotiations, however, Gonzaga declined to give additional details.

“Ngayon kasi parang hindi pa namin puwedeng sabihin lahat. Ako kasi it’s not yet over until it’s over. Marami pang puwedeng mangyari, maraming pwedeng mabago. So, may mga pag-uusap,” she said.

And since there is no announcement yet from the management, she said she does not want to assume anything.

“Dito sa industriyang ito lahat ng gagawin mo may pressure, whether it be pupunta ka sa isang show, may gagawin ka, kahit ano… pelikula, hosting. Pero right now, hindi pa natin iniintindi ang ganoong bagay. Sasagutin natin ‘yan kapag final na ang lahat. Sa ngayon kasi hintayin natin ang magaganap. Meron pang ilang weeks si Ate Kris,” she said.

Just the same, Gonzaga said it would be an honor for her to work again with Boy Abunda, Aquino’s co-host on “The Buzz” and “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.”

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Tito Boy. Siguro it’s an honor na rin for me kasi being with someone in the business noong bago pa lang ako, siya ‘yong nag-interview sa akin. Noong bata pa lang ako napapanood ko na siya sa iba’t ibang talk shows before. Nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na maka-trabaho siya sa SNN noong nag-substitute kami kay Ate Kris. Malaking bagay na rin sa akin ‘yon. Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya,” she said.

She went on to describe Abunda as “very professional” and someone who “doesn’t steal the limelight from you.”

“Hinahayaan ka niyang mag-shine in your own way and he pushes you, tinutulungan ka niya kapag kasama ka niya sa isang hosting stint. Hindi niya pinaparamdam sa ‘yo ‘yong status niya, ‘yung capabilities niya as a host. Ang mas pinaparamdam niya sa ‘yo ‘yong maging comfortable ka sa kanya and this is something na I will always treasure,” she said.

Aquino’s last day on “The Buzz” is on June 27. -Report by Bernie Franco,

Kim Chiu Goes Back to School

In spite of her crazy showbiz schedule, teen star Kim Chiu has put studies on top of her priority list this year.

The Kapamilya actress told in a recent interview that she has enrolled in a home study program in a school in Parañaque.

“Once a week lang ako papasok and binibigyan nila ako ng modules. Ngayon lang kasi ako bumalik after four years so fourth year high school muna ako ngayon,” she related.

Prior to becoming a star, Kim was a student at the Cebu Cherish School. She is said to be an active student, having joined declamation and dance contests. Kim also excelled in Chinese.

Going back to school was something Kim had been aching to do. It was her “barkada,” the Chiurigogobaschu girls, who encouraged her to hit the books once again.

“Nag-usap-usap kami na sabay-sabay kaming mag-first year college para magka-classmates kami nila Melissa at Empress,” Kim said.

Chiurigogobaschu is composed of Kim, “Pinoy Big Brother” fellow Teen Edition housemate Beauty Gonzales, “Star Circle Quest” alumni Melissa Ricks and Erich Gonzales, comedienne Kitkat and “Rosalka” lead star Empress Schuck.

Kim is determined to squeeze in school work with her actual work, and with the help of her tutor, believes that, “Wala naman ako masyadong dapat ika-worry kasi habang nagte-taping siguro masisingit ko naman ‘yung pag-aaral lalo na kung may quizzes ako.”

At the very least, the 20-year old actress wants to earn a diploma—”kahit high school lang.”

Regarded as one of the youth’s role models, Kim confessed that she is also pressured to do well not just in her craft but also in school.

“Dapat [maganda lagi ang grades ko] kasi ‘pag nalaman ng mga classmates ko na, ‘Ay boba pala si Kim Chiu!’, parang ang pangit pakinggan, ‘di ba? Tapos parang ate pa ako ng mga classmates ko since mas matanda ako sa kanila. So dapat mag-aral ng mabuti,” she said.

As a student, Kim admitted: “Favorite subject ko ang History pero aminado ako na mahina ako sa Math. Hahaha!”

She and her friends are also into clean fun. They usually spend time together shopping, watching movies, singing at videoke bars, and playing bowling. And unlike some cliques, Kim stressed that Chiurogogobaschu is not into picking fights with anyone.

“Ewan ko ba… Lagi nga kami iniintriga e. May kaaway daw kami e hindi naman kami masama,” she maintained.

Her advice for her peers?

“Mag-aral mabuti lalo na mahirap ang buhay ngayon. ‘Yung parents natin talagang kumakayod para lang makapagtapos tayo so huwag natin sasayangin ‘yung opportunity kasi hindi lahat ng bata nakakapag-aral.”

Gretchen claims ABS-CBN asked her to hush up on Angelica

Controversial actress Gretchen Barretto admits ABS-CBN has prohibited her from commenting further on remarks that Angelica Panganiban supposedly made against her.

“May mga bawal na akong sabihin,” she said on the matter in a “TV Patrol” interview.

In a mocking tone, she added, “Hindi ako sanay na may bawal ako sabihin. Gusto ko free lang ako magsalita.”

The actress then pointed at people behind the camera, the ABS-CBN staff, saying, “Tignan mo, tignan mo sila…laging may mga nakabantay… I feel caged.”

ABS-CBN has a good reason to feel worried about the brewing word war between Barretto and Panganiban.

Only a few weeks earlier, the network had to deal with another word war involving “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame and ABS-CBN talent Jobert Sucaldito. The consequential furor put a question mark in the future of one of the network’s sacred cash cows after Revillame was ordered not to appear on his show for several months.

Barretto, who is on a comeback trail, stars in one of the network’s much-awaited — and spent on — series, “Magkaribal.”

Her word war against Panganiban stemmed from statements the former made during a recent promotional media blitz for the series, which co-stars, not coincidentally, Panganiban’s beau, actor Derek Ramsay.

Commenting on Ramsay’s upcoming South African vacation with Panganiban, Barretto said: “Masa-sad ako siyempre kasi wala ng kwento. Hihintayin ko ‘yong mga kwento niya (Ramsay). Pictures na lang, hihintayin ko mga pictures niya. Solo pictures lang ha. (looking at Ramsay) Gusto ko ikaw lang, walang iba.”

Barretto, who admitted in previous interviews that she has a “crush” on Ramsay, openly hugged the actor on cam.

These supposedly so incensed Panganiban, who took to Twitter to write messages seemingly alluding to Barretto.

Her first Tweet read, “Totoo nga… Nakakaloka pala talaga. Oh well… Nakakaawa ka.. Mukhang di ka masaya.. Goodnight.”

On another tweet she said, “Tarrrraaaayyy!!! Single ka teh? :)

Although Panganiban didn’t confirm if the messages were about or for Barretto, she didn’t deny it either.

“Nasa mga tao na ‘yon kung sino sa tingin nila ang gusto kong paringgan. Huwag sana akong idamay sa promotion (of ‘Magkaribal’). Kasi kung gusto niyang (Barretto) mag-promote, mag-promote siyang mag-isa,” she said on “Showbiz News Ngayon.”

Is John Lloyd Scared of Yilmaz?

Popular actor John Lloyd Cruz is frustrated with sustained speculations associating him with divorced actress Ruffa Gutierrez. This, Cruz hinted, is mainly due to his apprehension that the persistence of such “baseless” supposition could only lead to “bad” things. “I hope [rumor mongers] realize that they should stop [spreading the rumors] already as it might already be affecting a certain family’s [situation] or that there are people who might hear of the rumor and think of it in another way,” said he, adding somewhat ominously, “Maybe something may happen in the future or God knows when, that is not good or pleasant,” he explained in a mix of Filipino and English during a recent TV interview. Cruz’s statement seemingly echoes what Gutierrez’s had implied in past interviews concerning his estranged husband Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas’ attitude towards rumors hounding her. According to Gutierrez, Bektas is still very much aware of her activities and would call her to jealously nag her about various rumors involving her. Per Gutierrez, Bektas is still insisting that they get back together. Like Cruz, Gutierrez is insisting that she is “just friends” with the former. Gutierrez and Cruz became associated when they did the hit series “I Love Betty La Fea.” According to Cruz, he and Gutierrez are still friends and that they are still communicating. “But it’s not that active anymore…we’re both associated with different [TV] stations. She’s doing a lot of things that she needs to focus on, just like me.” Cruz insisted that recent rumors of him and Gutierrez being seen “biking around together” at The Fort is a “lie.” “It’s not true. There’s not a percentage of truth to it.” Asked if rumored sweetheart Shaina Magdayao is affected by continued rumors linking him to Gutierrez, Cruz just smiled. “No. She doesn’t even question me,” said he.

Joem Bascon denies he, Meryll living under one roof

Joem Bascon denies he, Meryll living under one roof

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Joem Bascon belied rumors that he and real-life sweetheart Meryll Soriano are now living under one roof.

“Kung nagsasama kami no, no. Hindi naman. Dumadalaw ako kay Meme (Soriano) kapag may time, kapag walang work. Nag-stay ako for siguro a couple of days, pero umuuwi din naman ako,” Bascon told “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.”

The actor noted that it is not yet time to settle down.

“Hindi pa ngayon ang time. Ngayon ini-enjoy pa namin ang boyfriend-girlfriend na stage. Yon, happy naman kami,” the actor said.

Bascon and Soriano have been together for almost a year now. Their romance blossomed while doing the hit series “I Love Betty La Fea.”

Soriano, the eldest daughter of host Willie Revillame, is married to Bernard Palanca, and they have a son named Elijah. The 2 separated 5 months after their civil wedding in 2007. Soriano was pregnant when they separated.

In a previous interview with, Soriano said both she and Palanca are now working on the annulment.

“Wala pa kaming pera para magpa-annul. We are working on it and we need money for that,” Soriano said. “Maa-annul din po kami in time.”

She also said she and the father of her 2-year-old son are on good terms.

Understanding the online behavior of Filipinos

You can see it reflected on the top search trends on the Yahoo! Philippines most of the time: Filipinos are searching for more entertainment-related content online. Whether it’s the latest Willie Revillame controversy, or wardrobe malfunctions of different stars, online users in the Philippines can’t get enough of celebrities.

One of the key findings of the Net Index 2010 Philippines study that Yahoo! and Nielsen Media released today is that search tops the online activities of Filipinos. From 58 percent in 2009, search has grown to 76 percent this year, with young and middle-aged users (10-39 years old) driving usage.

Jay Bautista, executive director of Nielsen Philippines, said at a press briefing that the craving for entertainment-related content is what propelled search on top of Filipino online activities this year.

Entertainment-related content accounted for 62 percent of searches, video was responsible for 52 percent, while information/research documents accounted for 44 percent and music/audio clips, 31 percent.

Bautista also noted that social media was driving the online activities of Filipinos, citing in particular the staggering growth of Facebook usage in the country from four percent in 2009 to 83 percent this year.

“Social media has four distinct areas,” Bautista said, namely, social networking, user-generated content, community groups/forums and blogging.

He said that social media usage varies depending on factors such as income. Lower-income individuals, he pointed out, concentrate on consuming content, whether user-generated content such as online video or social networking updates. Those with higher education and better income are more likely to multi-task, creating as well as consuming social media.

In his opening remarks, Yahoo! Philippines general manager Jack Madrid stressed that Yahoo! partnered with Nielsen to provide an in-depth study on the online behavior of Filipinos.

“Net Index 2010 is a way for us to give a deeper understanding of the Filipino Internet user,” Madrid said. Through these insights, Yahoo! is better able to fulfill its commitment to fully addressing the needs of its audience and partners.

“This is all about the audience and the integrity of our stories,” Madrid said, as he cited Yahoo! Philippines’ successful Purple Thumb coverage of the Philippine elections as a case study not only for the Philippines, but other markets.

In response to a question from the media, Madrid also cited the newly launched Yahoo! Pulse social networking service that integrates the Yahoo! and Facebook experiences of users on one platform.

To follow the ongoing social media coverage of Net Index 2010, follow the #NetIndex2010 hashtag on Twitter and the @yphnewsroom Twitter account.

Charice rocks ‘wet and wild’ New York K Fest

MANILA, Philippines – International singing sensation Charice continued to capture the hearts of Americans as she joined the 14th K Festival for the first time.

Charice rocked the Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York on Sunday as she performed her hit single “Pyramid” for the annual KFest. She also performed a pop medley (Just Dance by Lady Gaga / Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus and Rock With You by Michael Jackson), a remix of Pyramid, and I Love You, which is included in her debut self-titled global CD.

“Nakakatuwa po kasi ang mga Americans dahil kumakanta din po sila, sumasabay sa akin sa pagkanta ng Pyramid and I Love You,” Charice told

She added: “Sobra po ung pagtanggap nila sa akin. Nakakatuwa po, talagang ginawa nila ung PYRAMID sign.”

Charice said she was able to perform while it was raining. “Opo, umuulan po.”

According to Charice, K Festival is a big music event that gathers some 40 big artists every year. This year’s artists include American Idol winner Adam Lambert, American rock band Train, Ludacris, B.o.B. and rapper Iyaz.

“Masaya po talaga ako kasi ngayon po ay nakakasali na po ako sa mga ganitong kalalaking event,” Charice said.

The pint-sized chanteuse is still busy doing her radio tours to promote her album. Just last week, Charice performed on Disney Radio where she sang an acoustic version of “Pyramid.”

Charice might go back to Manila on the second week of July after promoting her album in different countries.

Charice will be in Toronto, Canada on June 3-5; Paris, France on June 17; London, June 20; and Germany, June 22.

Next week, Charice is set appear on “Live with Regis and Kelly” to promote her album.