VIDEO: Direk Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga are engaged

MANILA, Philippines - Film director Paul Soriano and actress and TV host Toni Gonzaga revealed they are now engaged.

Direk Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga are engaged

Soriano officially announced on 'The Buzz' on Sunday that he proposed to Gonzaga last January 21 in their family home in Rizal.

The couple, in a relationship for seven years, said that they will get married this year.

“It was right after her birthday. It was like 12:30 a.m. January 21. We'd just come from a birthday dinner and I had the ring in my pocket the whole dinner. I just wanted to wait for the right private moment. It happened in her home, just very simple. She was in her pantulog already,” he said.

The proposal was witnessed by Gonzaga’s parents, Bonoy and Pinky, and her sister, Alex.

Direk Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga are engaged
Toni during the interview turned emotional as she thanked Paul for waiting and being patient.

“Nung nagsasalita siya, when he was going to propose sa akin, nag-flashback lahat from day one. I remember there were times na he would tell me, ‘For the past seven years, I was never a priority in your life. It has always been God, your family, your work and me… I’ve accepted that for seven years.’ I always pray to God, sabi ko, ‘Lord kung dadating 'yung time na mapagod na si Paul kasi hindi na niya kaya maghintay, Ikaw na ang bahala,’” she said.

WATCH: Toni in tears as she thanks Paul (video courtesy of ABS-CBN News)

Meanwhile, celebrities took to Twitter and Instagram to express their happiness and to congratulate the actress and fiance Paul on their engagement. Hashtags #PaulTin, Direk Paul, and True Love Waits have trended both in the Philippines and worldwide after the announcement.

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'The Voice PH' Live Shows Results: Douglas, Bradley, Arnee and Casper eliminated

MANILA, Philippines - Four artists were eliminated on the second Live Shows of 'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 in the results night held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

'The Voice PH' Live Shows Results: Douglas, Bradley, Arnee and Casper eliminated

The artists who get booted out in the competition include Douglas Dagal (Team Sarah), Bradley Holmes (Team Apl), Arnee Hidalgo (Team Bamboo) and Casper Blancaflor (Team Lea).

The artists who received the highest percentage of public votes are Kokoi Baldo (Team Sarah), Mackie Cao (Team Apl), Tanya Diaz(Team Bamboo) and Miro Valera (Team Lea).

Just like in the first season, the artist from each team who gets the highest percentage of votes will be the first to move on in the competition (Public's Choice). The coach will then have to choose who between his or her two remaining artists gets to stay and gets eliminated.

Here's the full results of 'The Voice Philippines' Week 2 Live Shows:

Team Sarah:
Douglas Dagal: ELIMINATED

Team Apl:
Alisah Bonaobra: APL'S CHOICE
Bradley Holmes: ELIMINATED

Team Bamboo:
Rence Rapanot: BAMBOO'S CHOICE
Arnee Hidalgo: ELIMINATED

Team Lea:
Timmy Pavino: LEA'S CHOICE
Casper Blancaflor: ELIMINATED

'The Voice of the Philippines' Live Shows Performances videos now available

After the announcement of the results of the public votes, along with Abra and some artists made a tribute to the 44 members of the Philippine National Police–Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who died in an encounter with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters last Sunday.

The episode of Live Shows on Sunday tops online conversations with '#TheVoiceABSCBN, 'Power Ranger' and 'Jason Dy' among the trending topics.

'The Voice' host Luis Manzano gave a hint for the new process of voting and elimination for the next round of the competition.

Don’t miss the continuation of Live Shows of “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 2 on Saturday (February 7) at 8:45PM and Sunday (February 8) at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN.

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'The Voice of the Philippines' Live Shows Performances videos now available

Remaining artists on each team sing for their dreams to try to get the votes of the viewers and their coaches in the Live Shows of the Twitter-trending 'The Voice of the Philippines'.

'The Voice of the Philippines' Live Shows Performances

The first Live Shows of the competition happened on January 24 with 4 artists eliminated in the competition during the results night on the following day. The artists who bid goodbye last week include Poppert Bernadas (Team Sarah), Ferns Tosco (Team Apl), Karlo Mojica (Team Bamboo) and Abbey Pineda (Team Lea).

Full results of 'The Voice Philippines' Week 1 Live Shows:

Team Sarah:
Poppert Bernadas: ELIMINATED
Monique Lualhati: PUBLIC'S CHOICE
Jason Fernandez: SARAH'S CHOICE

Team Apl:
Suy Galvez: APL'S CHOICE

Team Bamboo:
Rita Martinez: BAMBOO'S CHOICE
Karlo Mojica: ELIMINATED

Team Lea:
Nino Alejandro: LEA'S CHOICE
Leah Patricio: PUBLIC'S CHOICE
Abbey Pineda: ELIMINATED

In the second Live Shows on Saturday, January 31, four artists will get the boot and will be announced tonight, February 1.

Fighting it out in the Live Shows were Alisah Bonaobra, Bradley Holmes, and Mackie Cao of Team Apl; Jason Dy, Kokoi Baldo, and Douglas Dagal of Team Sarah; Arnee Hidalgo, Rence Rapanot, and Tanya Diaz of Team Bamboo; and Casper Blancaflor, Miro Valera, and Timmy Pavino of Team Lea.

Complete set of videos of the performances for Team Sarah, Team Bamboo, Team Apl and Team Lea are now available here courtesy of ABS-CBN on Youtube.

WATCH: Team APL - Live Show Performances

WATCH: Team Lea - Live Show Performances

WATCH: Team Sarah - Live Show Performances

WATCH: Team Bamboo - Live Show Performances

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Mamasapano massacre, 'SAF 44' latest news updates, videos

MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Inquiry created by President Aquino to investigate on Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and 2 civilians has started its probe into the incident.

TAGAPAGLIGTAS: The 44 brave commandos of  PNP-SAF
TAGAPAGLIGTAS: The 44 brave commandos of  PNP-SAF

Check out the latest news updates and videos on Mamasapano clash here:

Aquino on his televised national address on Wednesday said PNP Director General Alan Purisima was involved in the planning of the operation to arrest suspected Jemaah Islamiya leader Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Commander Marwan though he's suspended on his post due to graft charge.

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) is headed by Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) head Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ingking and includes Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong and Directorate for Research and Development head Chief Superintendent Catalino Rodriguez Jr.

Meanwhile, International Monitoring Team (IMT) and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) visited Wahid Tundok, the commander of the MILF's 118th Base Command at his house in Dauti Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao to check details related to the massacre.

Malacañang says burial ground not an issue for fallen SAF 44 families

Malacañang Palace said on Saturday that burial ground for the fallen elite cops is not an issue for their kin. Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said the kin of the 44 did not bring up to bury the killed personnel at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Coloma said it will be incovenient for the families to visit their loved ones at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani since they are living outside Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, remains of Fallen 44 were already brought out of Camp Bagong Diwa before dawn on Sunday. On Thursday, arrival honors were rendered to them and the nation mourned as Aquino declared January 30 a day of national mourning.

WATCH: Arrival Honors for Fallen PNP-SAF Heroes (video courtesy of PNP-PIO)

Here are some of the touching photos on National Day of Mourning:

President Noy offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen PNP-SAF Troopers.
President Noy offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen PNP-SAF Troopers. Credit: Noynoy Aquino on Twitter

Militant group says PNoy to blame for the death of 44 policemen

Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap on Saturday said that PNoy should be held responsible for the deaths of 44 police commandos. He said it was the President’s actions that led to the tragic end of SAF men, who entered MILF territory in a clandestine operation to arrest two international terrorists.

Hicap noted that Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir “Marwan” was listed on Federal Bureau of Investigation list of Most Wanted Terrorists. FBI had offered $5 million for the arrest of Marwan.

Marwan was reportedly killed in the SAF operation, but the other target, the Filipino Basit Usman, commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, escaped.

FBI claims no prior knowledge of PNP raid for 2 terrorists

Reuters reported claims of United States counterterrorism agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that it have no prior knowledge of a police raid in the southern part of the country last Sunday.

"The FBI was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation. We do express our deepest condolences to the brave officers of the Philippine National Police who lost their lives in the line of duty," FBI spokesman Josh Campbell said.

The Mamasapano clash, which the Philippine government has described as a "misencounter," seems to affect the three-year ceasefire between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in Mindanao.

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'The Pirate Bay' is back online after 7 months of downtime

MANILA, Philippines - Torrent-indexing site The Pirate Bay (TPB) is back online on January 31, 2015 (Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Manila time) after 7 months of downtime following a Swedish police raid on December 9 last year.

The Pirate Bay New logo 2015

The notorious torrent site is operating from the popular .se domain and reports said that data loss is minimal.

The comeback of The Torrent Bay reveals its new banner, a phoenix replacing its standard pirate-ship logo.

TPB's owners have not yet made an official announcement about its return. Meanwhile, a report from TorrentFreak said there may be some mutiny between former and current staff members, with some even planning to launch another version of the site.

Currently, the website is uploading numerous videos, applications and other stuffs to cope up from its long outage.

TPB has its headquarter in Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.

The site is very popular online mostly for entertainment purposes, where visitors can search, download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol.

The organization was launched in Sweden in 2003; and in 2009, the website's founders "anakata" and "TiAMO" were found guilty in Sweden for assisting in copyright infringement.

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