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Stef Prescott Joins Survivor Philippines for Career Growth

Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Edition claims to be twice better than the other reality shows here in the Philippines. It promises to give audience double the action and double the drama season for Survivor Philippines. For this time, Survivor Philippines is shot in the beautiful island of San Vicente, Palawan located in the heart of the West Philippine Sea, also known as the South China Sea, exhibiting the beauty of nature here in the Philippines.

Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Edition is said to have the most grumbler set of castaways yet. The season’s castaways include Stef Prescott who is the critic’s favorite back in Starstruck 4. In an interview of PEP.ph with Stef, the later admits the real reason for joining Survivor Philippines. Aside from the three million peso prize the winner gets, she also wishes to have an improvement in her career after Survivor Philippines.

“Given na yun na gusto ko talagang sumikat. Yung career ko, lumevel-up. Every time na may show ako, lagi kong sinasabi na sana ‘eto na yung big break ko. So, eto na naman ako—sana ‘eto ang big break ko.”

In another sense, she wants to be a better person through the challenges she will face in Survivor.

“Hindi lang basta for career-wise. On a personal note din naman, ang Survivor talaga is going to change you as a person for the better,” she explains.

In her five years in showbiz, she reveals that there are times wherein she loses hope on her career.

“Five years na ako,” she said.

“Sabi ko sa mother ko, ‘Ma, mag-aral na lang kaya ako?’ Dumadaan ako sa gano’n. Pero every time na nag-iisip akong mag-quit, may dumarating namang pasundut-sundot na shows. So, nagpapasalamat na lang ako.”

Despite the hope for popularity, Stef decides to just take whatever opportunity there is available.

“Before, gusto ko talaga bida. Yung bida ako. Pero ngayon ang ini-aim ko na lang, basta may trabaho, masaya na ako. Pero if ever na maging maganda ang effect sa akin ng Survivor, gusto kong maging bida siyempre,” she said. “Ang sa akin, ang showbiz, parang Survivor,” she adds.

Kean Denies Using Vice to Fuel His Career

Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano denies using Vice to boost his career. He said in a tapped interview aired in Paparazzi last November 13 that allegations of him using Vice is just a pure prank and that he respects the people he encounter throughout his career and in his life as well.

Kean and Vice’s friendship started when the earlier was invited as a guest judge back in January 2010 in ABS-CBN’s noontime program “Showtime” where Vice is the resident judge, “hurado” as they call it. The friendship continues on- and off-cam as they give nicknames to each other. Kean calls Vice “sweetcorn” while Vice calls him “popcorn”. They are also noted to have frequent show of affection over social networking site, Twitter.

He stresses that he never uses another person for success of his own career.

Kean is also rumored to be romantically linked to celebrity stylist Liz Uy, sister of My Binondo Girl actress Laureen Uy and also a good friend of Vice Ganda.

He said: “Ewan ko sa kanila. Pero Liz and I are good friends… We’re super friends. Really good friends.” He also describes Liz as a person who is very kind, very brilliant, and very good at her craft.

When asked if he would consider Liz as his ideal girl, he said: “Why not?”

“Mahirap kasi mag-ano eh, ‘yung sasabihin mo na, ‘Oh dapat baka merong may mangyaring kung ano man.’ Pero hindi, ayokong sirain ‘yung magandang pagkakaibigan namin,” said Kean.

On the other hand, the singer keeps silent about the real score between him and Alex Gonzaga who happens to be his onscreen partner.

“Well ‘yung sa ‘min naman kasi ni Alex, it’s something na ayokong talagang pag-usapan dahil siyempre babae ‘yung tao [tapos] magsasalita [ako]. Eh ‘di naman yata maganda ‘yon.”

“We shared something, we shared moments together… basta moments, we shared moments together na dadalhin ‘ko sa kung sa’n ‘man ako makapunta,” he said.

Kean’s acting career started 2010 as he was given a break in TV5’s show “BFGF”. Although reportedly set to appear in the upcoming show “P.S. I Love You” of the same network, Kean would not leave singing for acting. He said that their band is “stronger than ever” and his band mates are not insecure of his popularity. Kean assured fans that Callalily will never disband.

Ram Revilla’s Murderers Arrested

Ram Revilla, brother of Senator “Bong” Revilla, was shot and stabbed by a gunman who entered their house in BF Homes, Paranaque. His girlfriend, Janelle Manahan, sustained a gunshot wound and is under observation.

Ram was declared dead on arrival at the Paranaque Medical Center last October, 29, past midnight.

Ram is only 22 years old. He is the son of former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. and Genelyn Magsaysay. He is also an actor who has appeared in several shows.

Ram was gunned with a 9 mm or a .45 caliber gun and was stabbed numerous times.

The Parañaque Police has apprehended Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista, Michael Cruz Altia, and Roy Francis Tolisora in connection with the murder of Ram Revilla this November 1.

RJ, 18, is the brother of Ram, and he is said to be the mastermind of the crime that had happened on October 28.

Ruel Puzon, one of the hired killers of Ram, came out and testified that Rj was the mastermind of the said crime.

According to Philippine Star, Puzon said in his sworn testimony that the suspects paid him Php 200,000 to kill Ram Revila. For the reason that “hindi ito mabuti, sinusuway ang kanyang mga magulang, at sinasaktan ang mga kapatid.”

Ryan Bang ‘officially’ evicted “Showtime” Hurado

Although Dimples offered her seat to reinstate Ryan Bang as “Showtime” hurado last saturday, the show’s director declared this Monday that Ryan still is an ‘officially’ evicted “Showtime” judge.

“Bilang pagkilala sa resulta ng botohan, si Ryan Bang ay mananatiling burado bilang isang hurado. I hope everything is clear. Wala po kaming hinangad dito kung hindi magpasaya ng tao. I hope doon sa mga taong nagtatanong, I hope na klaro na po sa inyo,” a statement released by the “Showtime” director Bobet Vidanes.

He explained that the show’s viewer’s decision, particularly the text votes, must be respected. Ryan topped the “burado hurado” text votes which caused his eviction.

He also stated that even though Dimples voluntarily evicted herself for Ryan’s behalf, the show’s rules must be followed.

“Matapos maganap ang eviction noong Sabado, humingi po ng pagkakataon si Dimples Romana sa programa na mailabas ang kanyang saloobin. Napakinggan niyo po ang kanyang mensahe. Kung sa palagay niyo ay nagkaroon ako ng lapse in judgment, nagkaroon nang dahil sa kakulangan ng oras at sa panahon at nadala ako sa bugso ng damdamin, ipagpaumanhin niyo po. Pero sa huli, ang programa pa din ang magbibigay ng desisyon,” he said.

“At base sa eviction rules ng ‘Showtime’ ay hindi po namin maaaring payagan ang pakiusap ni Dimples na ibalik si Ryan Bang at siya ang pumalit sa kanyang iiwang puwesto. Si Dimples ay nag-voluntary exit na upang bigyang daan ang isang proyekto dito sa Kapamilya network ngunit ang programa pa din ang may desisyon kung sino ang papalit sa kanya,” he clarified.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News

Dimples Romana gives way to reinstate Ryan Bang as ‘Showtime’ Hurado

The actress, TV host and “Showtime” Hurado Dimples Romana announced in the morning show last Saturday that she will be out of “Showtime” starting Monday to reinstate Ryan Bang.

“Effective Monday, I will be out of ‘Showtime’ and Ryan will take my seat,” she said.

Dimples Romana and Ryan Bang in 'Showtime' (Photo from viceganda.net)

Dimples graciously gave her seat to the “Showtime” Burado judge Ryan Bang as she was moved with the emotional farewell of Ryan in the show.

“I saw how much you love Ryan and since I still have my seat I think I have the power to give Ryan back my seat. Ryan will have my seat. Ryan is a good man he deserves so much more and I hope po na maging masaya kayong lahat sa pagbabalik ni Ryan,” she explained.

As she gave her ‘Hurado’ seat to Ryan, Dimples thanked the whole “Showtime” family on her last Hurado day.

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat sa inyo. Alam niyo po, ang hindi ma-vote out ang isang Hurado ng 5 linggo palampas pa ay sobra-sobra na pong regalo. Sobra-sobrang kabutihan na po ng buong ‘Showtime’ sa akin. Hindi ko na po magawang humiling ng sobra-sobra,” she said.

The emotional Ryan Bang acknowledged and thanked Dimples for the sacrifice she made in order for him to be back in the morning show. “Ate Dimples, maraming salamat po. Thank you so much. Maraming-maraming salamat,” he said.

The ‘longest-running’ “Showtime” judge Ryan Bang was evicted last Saturday. The show turned emotional as Ryan Ryan bade farewell to all of his friends in the show. The “Showtime” hosts, particularly Anne Curtis and Vice Ganda, became tear-eyed.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News

Camille Prats faces ordeal with husband’s sudden death

The actress Camille Prats tried to keep herself calm and strong even if her husband, Anthony Linsangan, passed-away on Friday, September 23, because of nasopharyngeal cancer. Anthony was rushed to the hospital on Thursday due to difficulty in breathing.

“Okay naman, medyo… siyempre mahirap. Pero siguro, the family, ako, medyo nakita… hindi naman nakita, pero hinanda naman namin ang sarili namin na kung sakali man na dito papunta… Pero siyempre, mahirap pa din,” said Camille during a talk with media men on Saturday.

She also added that she was shocked that her husband’s death would happen earlier than expected. “Hindi ako makapaniwala kasi napakabata (niya). Kasi that time he’s turning 30 parang hindi totoo. It’s not possible for someone his age to acquire a disease like that. It could just be viral infection. When we found out that it was cancer, hindi ako makapaniwala but of course, we had hope. Kaya kami nag-resort to treatment and all those things, kasi nga we had hope that he will get better at kakayanin niya. Kasi nga bata pa siya,” she said.

She also shared how they found out that Anthony had Stage 4 of nasopharyngeal cancer, “Mga around June, kasi we got married March of last year, so mga June, medyo masakit na yung jaw niya sa left. Tapos nagkaroon na siya ng parang lymph node or nagkaroon na ng bukol so we had that checked. Siguro until mga… from June, we started doing check-ups around June until September.”

The former child star mentioned she never showed any sign of weakness while her husband underwent chemotherapy. She said: “Buong course ng treatment niya hindi ko pinakita sa kanya na umiyak ako, wala talaga…Tinry ko na hindi ipakita sa kanya…I’m sure he was drawing his strength from me, so I never showed any sign of weakness. Through God’s grace, through a lot of prayers, kaya ako ganon.”

“The entire year na nagpapagamot siya, he has gone through so much pain. Hirap na hirap na hirap na hirap na talaga siya na minsan, hindi ko alam kung ipagdadasal ko ba na pahabain pa yung buhay niya pero ganito, or kung kunin na lang siya para hindi siya mahirapan. So, hindi ko na alam kung alin dun yung hihilingin ko. But more than that, I was really praying for a miracle that he will get better,” Camille said.

Moreover, Camille stated that Anthony still showed support in her recent showbiz project in GMA Network even though he was sick. “‘Yung sa ‘Munting Heredera,’ when I got that project, that was May, he was still perfectly healthy…He was all-out supportive. Even when he was sick, he would record the show…even in and out of the hospital, he required a flat screen… wouldn’t miss the show. Even when he was sleeping a lot, he still recorded everything,” she said.

Camille also admitted she has been trying to understand why such incident has happened to her yet still believes that everything was God’s plan. “A lot of people tell me, may dahilan ang Diyos pero hindi ko pa talaga naiintindihan, ang bata pa ni Nathan (their 3-year-old son). Never ko na-imagine na ganito mangyayari sa akin. When I see other people, couples at my age, [I ask] why it just had to happen,” she said.

Anthony’s burial is scheduled tomorrow, September 27, in Manila Memorial Park, Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Gwendolyn Ruais crowned as the 1st Miss World Philippines

The winner of the First Miss World Philippines is no other than Candidate Number 13, Gwendolyn Ruais. The 21-year-old Filipino-French proved herself deserving for the title and bested all other candidates in the pageant’s coronation night which happened last Sunday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. She was crowned by no less than Miss World Alexandria Mills.

Along with the first Miss World Philippines in the winners’ list were the Princesses: Candidate No. 24, Helen Nicolette Henson- 1st Princess, Candidate No. 9, Martha Chloe McCully 2nd Princess, Candidate No. 22, Ma. Paula Bianca Paz3rd Princess, and Candidate No. 15, Jaysel Arrozal4th Princess .

Other candidates included in the Top 12 list were: Candidate No. 12, Elaine Kay Moll ; Candidate No. 5, Rogelie Catacutan ; Candidate No. 25, Erina Ann Lightholder ; Candidate No. 1, Samantha Nerville Purvor; Candidate No. 11, Mercy Malaluan; Candidate No. 7, Charlotte Melissa Tyler; and Candidate No. 16, Loucelle de Jesus.

Unto the winners of the special awards were as follows:

Best in Swimsuit Gwendolyn Ruais

Best in Fashion Design – Delby Bragais

Best in Evening Gown – Ma. Paula Bianca Paz

Miss Sheridan – Richelle Therese Borja

Miss Talent – Rogelie Catacutan

Miss Photogenic – Samantha Neville Purvor

Miss Friendship – Rogelie Catacutan

Miss SMDC – Martha Chloe McCulley

Miss Kapuso World – Martha Chloe McCulley

Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza and Carla Abellana are the host of the Miss World Philippines 2011.

The judges of the pageant are Iza Calzado (actress), Fanny Serrano (beauty expert), Vicki Belo (cosmetic surgeon), Wilma Galvante (GMA Executive), and Manny Pacquiao (boxing champ and Sarangani Representative).

Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup is back in Manila

This year’s Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup has finally made her way back home. She arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 yesterday, about 6.30 in the morning, from Los Angeles through flight PR 103 of Philippine Airlines.

Photo by Raoul Esperas / ABS-CBN News

Many fans, airport employees and Binibining Pilipinas officials awaited her arrival in the airport. When she arrived in Manila, she directly headed to the VIP Lounge and thanked everyone who came to the airport to welcome her. “I’m glad to be back home after more than a month of being away. I so miss the Philippines. Thank you for being here for welcoming me,” she said. She also expressed her gratitude to all Filipinos who supported her during the Miss Universe pageant.

Later on, Shamcey is scheduled for a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport VIP lounge at 9.30 in the evening.

The courtesy call is then confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda through radio dzRB. “Certainly it’s an occasion for the President to meet her. We are proud of her accomplishment. It’s a personal opportunity for the President to congratulate her,” he said. However, he said that the courtesy call is not open to media but they had collaborated with MIAA’s General Manager Jose Honrado if there is a solution to the problem concerning the media coverage.

The Presidential Spokesperson also said that the Palace is pleased with Shamcey’s Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up win in the prestigious beauty pageant. “Oo naman nakapasok lang sa top 15, it’s a feat… Hindi lang siya maganda, matalinong representante pa siya,” he said.

Edwin Lacierda also mentioned about what the Palace thinks on the possibility of having Shamcey in promoting Philippine tourism. “Puwede nating kausapin si Sec. Mon Jimenez tungkol diyan. Siya na ang bahala but she’s definitely an asset,” he added.

Furthermore, a ticker tape parade is going to be held today in Makati City for our beloved Shamcey Supsup to take a visit to her high school alma mater, Makati High School, from where she graduated as salutatorian last 2003. Other congratulatory activities will be in Cainta Rizal, General Santos City, UP Diliman, and the Araneta Center.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News

Lea Salonga, Filipino Miss Universe Judge

The international singer and actress Lea Salonga is set to be one of the seven judges of the 60th Miss Universe pageant according to the announcement made by the Miss Universe Organization yesterday, headed by its president Paula M. Shugart and NBC Universal Head Donald J. Trump.

“I’m not even in Sao Paolo yet and it’s already very exciting. It felt really good to be asked and feels even better that there are wonderful people in that same line up,” Lea said during an interview with ABS-CBN News yesterday.

“I’m hoping that she (Shamcey) does well so if I give her a high score, she’ll deserve it,” she added as she vowed to be fair in giving the candidates’ scores even with the belief that 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Unviverse Shamcey Supsup will do her best. With regards to questions she will be asking to the contestants, this is her reply, “I have a long plane ride to think about this question.” She also mentioned of leaving the country, for the beauty pageant, this Sunday.

Together with Lea Salonga in the judges line up are Helios Castroneves (three-time Indianapolis 500 champion), Connie Chung (American broadcast legend), Isabeli Fontana (Brazilian Supermodel), Vivica Fox (actress/television producer), Adrienne Maloof (of hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Amelia Vega (Miss Universe 2003).

The pageant’s hosts are Andy Cohen of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live, Natalie Morales NBC’s The Today Show, along with Jeannie Mai of Style Network’s How Do I Look and Shandi Finnessy, Miss USA 2004.

The performers are Bebel Gilberto (Granmy-nominated singer/songwriter) and Claudia Leitte (Brazilian native pop singer).

The big event will be held at Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12 with live broadcast on ABS-CBN this September 13, 9:30 AM. The pageant’s exclusive double primetime telecast will be aired at 7 PM and 10 PM on Velvet Channel.

Lea Salonga, the Tony Award-winning singer and actress, has been named recently as one of this year’s Disney Legends at Anaheim, California last August 19 for being the singing voice of the Disney films, Aladdin, Mulan and Mulan II. She has been appointed as the Goodwill Amabassador of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization last October 2010.

Lea is now the fifth Filipino Judge in the history of Miss Universe beauty pagent. Among the Filipino judges were Carlos P. Romulo (1974), the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary during the Quirino, Macapagal and Marcos administrations; Josie Cruz-Natori (1989), international Filipino designer and founder of The Natori Company; Kuh Ledesma (1991), the Pop Diva; and Dr. Emilio T. Yap (1994), a Chinese-Filipino businessman.

FOUR AZKALS DENIED RAPE ACCUSATION

Four members of the Philippine Azkals are being accused of rape. What started as blind items in several blogs and forums is nowbeing denied by the Azkals. According to the rumor, four members of the Azkals are involved in the incident which happened in the house of team manager Dan Palami. The alleged four members are Neil Etheridge, Anton del Rosario, Simon Greatwich and Jason Sabio.

However, the accuser in this case is not the victim but a certain Paul Weiler. Details about him are yet to emerge but he has allegedly accused the four Azkals players of the wrongdoing.

The four Azkals – Neil Etheridge, Anton del Rosario, Simon Greatwich and Jason Sabio – have all denied the accusation. Still, the management is conducting an investigation on the incident. Anton del Rosario confirmed this. “We’re all trying to figure out where (the rumor) came from,” he said.

“I’ve heard a lot of rumors and speculations, that this person (Weiler) is trying to get back at the team because we had a fallout while we were in Germany,” said Jason Sabio. “I don’t know the full story, they’re all just rumors.”

For his part, Simon Greatwich is disappointed that such an issue has come up with a big came coming up for the Azkals. The Philippine team faces Kuwait in the next round of their world cup qualifier.