KathNiel vs JaDine vs JulNigo: Battle of Loveteam Covers (Poll)

Three (3) of the hottest and most "kilig" loveteams in the Philippines are on the cover of three (3) different magazines this love month of February. Which are you gonna buy first? Or are you buying them all?

James Reid and Nadine Lustre Cosmo
2014's breakthrough loveteam JaDine, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, cover up Cosmopolitan

Julia Barretto IƱigo Pascual Chalk

The very promising loveteam of Julia Barretto and Iñigo Pascual or JulNigo meanwhile are Chalk's cover loveteam

Kathryn Bernardo Daniel Padilla Metro
The tried-and-tested KathNiel loveteam of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are on the cover of Metro Magazine

It's pretty hard to pick just one, but this is gonna be sure: those magazines will generate huge volume sales this February with their smart move of having the hottest loveteams on their covers.

They're all lookin' cute there. Now, can you help me decide which
loveteam looks best on their cover? Which got you so "kilig"? I have made a poll for them and you pick the Best Loveteam Cover!

Kathryn and Nadine actually just switched covers: Kathryn was Cosmo's January 2015 cover girl, while Nadine shared with Janine Gutierrez on METRO's January cover. - Mykiru.ph

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Bb. Pilipinas 2015 deaf candidate Christine Balaguer disqualified!

Bb. Pilipinas 2015 candidate Christine Balaguer has been disqualified? For what reason?

Supposedly candidate #5 Christine Balaguer could have been the first deaf-mute to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown, but that's now far from happening, when Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. disqualified her from the pageant.

Deaf candidate Christine Balaguer during the announcement of the 34 Binibining Pilipinas 2015 official candidates (credit to BPCI)

Disqualification of an aspirant already announced as official candidate isn't new in Binibining Pilipinas. It always happens (reminds us of Sandra Seifert, Bianca Paz, Theresa Fenger etc)

And after Kimberle Pechon, who had to withdraw, here's another Bb. Pilipinas 2015 candidate who has been removed from the pageant.

It's shocking why Christine Balaguer, who happens to be among the early favorites for the crown, had to be disqualified. Among the 34 Binibining Pilipinas 2015 official candidates, she actually has been creating buzz for the pageant the most, after her life story was featured on MMK, with Venus Raj portraying her.

Does Christine Balaguer also have racy photos (shot during her pre-pageant days) just like disqualified candidates in the past? And I just certainly hope that it's not because of discrimination, because of her physical disability, as what initial rumors say.

BPCI hasn't issued yet official statement on this one, but Christine has already been replaced as Candidate #5. Taking over is 25-year-old registered nurse Cannielle Faith Santos from Marilao, Bulacan.

New candidate #5 Cannielle Faith Santos (credit to BPCI)

In her Facebook Page, Christine has issued a statement on her disqualification, and as I understand her claim, she was forced to resign as one of the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 official candidates for a reason she didn't disclose, but the way she emphasized herself being deaf, she kinda gave it away.

Christine Balaguer: "It's my big dream to be the first deaf candidate to win Bb. Pilipinas !

Being born deaf is not the end of the world. Its a challenge but also an opportunity. An opportunity to be able to set a positive example for others that despite being deaf they can still achieve their dreams
and contribute to society in a meaningful manner. And be successful !

Life as a deaf can be hard sometimes but all hardship can be overcome by working hard, never giving up and always believing in yourself.

Being deaf is not an excuse for giving up in life or making mistakes in life. I want to inspire other handicapped people and encourage them to take life in their own hands and always move forward no matter what.


An online petition has already been started by Balaguer's fans to reinstate her as Bb. Pilipinas 2015 candidate. - Mykiru.ph

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National Day of Mourning in the Philippines for SAF Massacre heroes: See Pics & Names

Last Jan. 25, 2015, forty-four (44) brave policemen, all members of the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP SAF), were killed in an encounter with the Moro rebels at Mamasapano in Maguinadao. This blog joins the family and the whole nation in honoring and mourning for the 44 fallen SAF heroes. Thank you for your service and the sacrifices. We salute you!

The names and faces of SAF's 44 fallen heroes:

(credit to @SuperAhaTM)

Sr. Insp. Ryan Ballesteros Pabalinas, Sr. Insp. John Garry Alcantara Erana, Sr. Insp. Max Jim Ramirez Tria, Sr. Insp. Cyrus Paleyan Anniban, Sr. Insp. Gednat G. Tabdi, Insp. Joey Sacristan Gamutan, Insp. Rennie Tayrus, SPO1 Lover L. Inocencio, 9. PO3 Rodrigo F. Acob Jr., PO3 Virgel S. Villanueva, PO3 Andres Viernes Duque Jr., PO3 Vitoriano Nacion Acain, PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan, PO3 Junrel Narvas Kibete, PO3 Jed-In Abubakar Asjali, PO3 Robert Dommolog Aliaga, 17. PO3 John Lloyd Rebammonte Sumbilla, PO2 Amman Misuari Esmulla, PO2 Peterson I. Carap, PO2 Roger C. Cordero, PO2 Nicky DC Nacino Jr., PO2 Glenn Berecio Badua, PO2 Chum Goc-Ong Agabon, PO2 Richelle Salangan Baluga, PO2 Noel Nebrida Balaca, PO2 Joel Bimidang Dulnuan, PO2 Godofredo Basak Cabanlet, PO2 Franklin Cadap Danao, PO2 Walner Faustino Danao, PO2 Jerry Dailay Kayob, PO2 Noble Sungay Kiangan, PO2 Ephraim G. Mejia, PO2 Omar Agacer Nacionales, PO2 Rodel Eva Ramacula, PO2 Romeo Valles Senin II, PO1 Russel Bawaan Bilog, PO1 Angel C. Kodiamat, PO1 Windell Llano Candano, PO1 Loreto Guyab Capinding, PO1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o
41. PO1 Romeo Cumanoy Cempron, PO1 Mark Lory Orloque Clemencio, PO1 Joseph Gumatay Sagonoy, PO1 Oliebeth Ligutan Viernes (credit to @iloveruffag)

Or watch them on this video by ABS-CBN News:

The Philippine government said the Mamasapano Clash was a "misencounter", and the President himself, Noynoy Aquino, said in his televised speech early last night that the incident happened because of SAF's "lack of coordination" with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

PNoy has obviously answered the question "Who's to blame?" and not "Who ordered the operation?", as he pinpointed SAF's lack of coordination, rather than being man enough to admit he also had a mistake.

No matter who's at fault, those policemen absolutely deserve justice! But it seems that it's not PNoy's priority, when he did little mention of the word "justice" in his speech last night. Look at this word cloud by Inquirer of PNoy's speech:

Meanwhile, also on the same day, PNoy has declared Friday, January 30, as a national day of mourning in the Philippines:

Proclamation No. 953, s. 2015



WHEREAS, on 25 January 2015, at least forty-four officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force were killed in the line of duty during an operation to serve a warrant of arrest against a suspected criminal in Maguindanao;

WHEREAS, these deaths are a great loss to our people and during this time of grief, a most solemn commemoration and respect is called for; and

WHEREAS, the nation is in solidarity with and joins in the grieving of the families and friends of our fallen brothers in the police force.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and law, do hereby proclaim 30 January 2015 as a day of national mourning, in solidarity with the bereaved families of the slain.

The entire nation is requested to offer prayers for the eternal repose of the souls of the victims and for our people to reclaim our sense of humanity.

Further, I instruct all public institutions and military installations in the Philippines to lower the Philippines flag to half-mast on 30 January 2015.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE, in the City of Manila this 28th day of January, in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.


By the President:
Executive Secretary

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Xian Lim - Kim Chiu, Toni-Piolo films - PH's top earners overseas in 2014

Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim are undeniably the certified box-office darlings in the Year 2014.

Not only that their movies ('Starting Over Again', 'Bride For Rent') emerged as the highest-grossing non-MMFF Pinoy movies in 2014 with P410.19M and P326.96M respectively, but also the highest-grossing Filipino films in the North American box-office last year.

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu (credit to Star Cinema, @xianlimm)

According to the Hollywood entertainment website Movie City News or MCN, which keeps track of the weekend box-office for all movies shown in the US including those in limited releases, Star Cinema's 2014 Valentine offering 'Starting Over Again', which starred Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual, had a total gross of $1,741,838 during its international screenings in the US. That's 78.54-million when translated into Philippine Peso.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim's 2nd movie 'Bride For Rent' on one hand also had a huge success in its US screenings with a cume of $1,281,815 or P57.80M.

These 2 movies are the only Filipino movies released in 2014 that grossed more than $1M in the US box office, one rare feat. The rest had below $600,000, including the 3 top-grossers of the recent Metro Manila Film Festival 2014. Pokwang films ('My Illegal Wife', 'Edsa Woolworth') even earned higher than those MMFF movies.

Starting Over Again - $1,741,838 or P78.54M
Bride For Rent - $1,281,815 or P57.80M
She's Dating The Gangster - $0.570M or P24.84M
Maybe This Time - $552M or P23.97M
The Trial - $0.460M or P20.56M
*Edsa Woolworth - $0.260M or P11.65M
My Illegal Wife - $0.164M or P7.12M
Past Tense $0.121M or P5.42M
Feng Shui 2 $0.103M or P4.62M
The Gifted $.040M or P1.79M
My Big Bossing $0.020M or P0.90M
Praybeyt Benjamin 2 $0.010M or P0.45M

In addition, 'Starting Over Again' also collected a total of $92,488 or P4.02M from its 7-theater screenings in Australia, according to Box Office Mojo.

2013's 'It Takes A Man and A Woman', starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo, is still the all-time top-grossing Filipino film overseas with $1,800,874 gross earnings.

This 2015, we shall see which movies will match or surpass the overseas success of those Toni-Piolo and Kim-Xian movies, the true and certified blockbuster films of 2014.

* - 'Edsa Woolworth' was released only in the Philippines just last January 15, 2015, but in the US, it opened on November 14, 2014. - Mykiru.ph

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Mary Jean Lastimosa and Stella Araneta 'Shouting Rumor' over pink gown at Miss Universe 2014

Is it true that Bb. Pilipinas head Stella Marquez Araneta shouted on Mary Jean Lastimosa at the the Miss Universe 2014 backstage when the latter asked if she could wear the pink Leo Almodal gown for the evening gown competition?

Mary Jean Lastimosa brought honor to the Philippines when she made it to the Top 10 of Miss Universe 2014. And the Filipino people in general are proud of what she has reached in the pageant, and even prouder if only she made it as well to the Top 5 just like the past 4 Misses Philippines.

2 days have passed, it's still one hot issue what could have gone wrong why she stopped in the Top 10 after competing in her evening gown.

The answer is of course...that awful evening gown that she wore. (HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP)

Said evening gown was designed by Colombian fashion designer Alfredo Bazzura Barraza, the same one she wore at the prelims.

Let's admit it, even if Mary Jean Lastimosa had superb catwalk skills and she presented herself excellently so well, she didn't look her best and display her elegance in that gown, a reason why the candidates from Jamaica, Colombia, USA, Ukraine and the Netherlands scored higher than her, preventing her from a chance to win the Miss Universe 2014 title.

If only she wore these red Leo Almodal gowns, MJ could have joined the Top 5 (3 of them were in red gown):

Or even the reported pink gown, also by Almodal, which she wore during the final rehearsals:

According to rumors, MJ really wanted to wear that pink gown during the Evening Gown competition, but Madame Stella Araneta allegedly shouted at MJ and insisted she should wear the Barraza white gown.

The ending: MJ lost, and the Colombian candidate won!

Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc, headed by Stella Marquez Araneta who is not even a Filipino, has to learn a lesson from the Philippines' lowest placement in Miss Universe since the 2010s. (Read: Mary Jean Lastimosa Ms U Gown, Costume: Madame Stella Araneta makes controversial statement)

They should make a big change this year, especially now that they're searching once again for the the next Filipina to represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2015 or 2016.

Everyone DEMANDS that our next Miss Universe candidate will use Filipino-designed gown, and no longer a Barraza-designed gown.

Mary Jean Lastimos's Top 10 finish was actually what I had predicted, since I had a feeling she won't place in the Top 5 because of that unimpressive gown.

MY TOP 15 against OFFICIAL RESULTS: I almost got them all correct!
1. Colombia - Miss Universe 2014
2. USA - 1st Runner Up
3. Jamaica - 4th Runner Up
4. Ukraine - 2nd Runner Up
5. Mexico - unplaced
6 India - Top 15
7 Spain - Top 10
8 Philippines - Top 10
9 Venezuela - Top 10
10 Argentina - Top 10
11 Brazil - Top 15
12 Dominican Republic - unplaced
13 Australia - Top 10
14 Indonesia - Top 10
15 Guyana - unplaced

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