Regine Velasquez attends ABS-CBN Ball, Ogie reacts to network transfer rumors



MANILA, Philippines – Amidst rumors of a network transfer, Kapuso prime singer Regine Velasquez attended the first ABS-CBN Ball with husband, Ogie Alcasid on Saturday, September 29.
Regine Velasquez attends ABS-CBN Ball, Ogie reacts to network transfer rumors
Regine Velasquez attends ABS-CBN Ball, Ogie reacts to network transfer rumors
Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid posed with ABS-CBN executives Gabby Lopez and Cory Vidanes | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Eric John Salut

As some of the biggest stars of ABS-CBN gathered for a night of glitz and glamour, the arrival of Regine Velasquez also didn't go unnoticed.

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The GMA star attended the Ball with her husband, Ogie Alcasid and stepdaughter Leila Alcasid, fueling the rumors that she will soon transfer to the Kapamilya network.

Photos of the Asia’s Songbird posing with ABS-CBN executives Gabby Lopez and Cory Vidanes had netizens asking if Regine will soon follow suit her husband.

Regine Velasquez attends ABS-CBN Ball, Ogie reacts to network transfer rumors
Regine partied with the big names in ABS-CBN | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Eric John Salut

Regine skipped the red carpet and was mum on the issue but Ogie spoke up and gave hints. Speaking on the red carpet, Ogie expressed his excitement. He said, “Whatever it is that’s going to happen, I’m always very excited for her, so there’s nothing yet, but kung ano man ang naririnig niyo, it’s all very exciting.”

When asked if Ogie has a hand in Regine’s decision, the singer denied and jokingly said, “Ako lang ang nag pe-prepare ng toothbrush niya (smiles). I mean as a husband siyempre she shares her thoughts.”

Regine is still hosting GMA-7’s reality show, The Clash but will air its grand finals tonight, September 30.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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IN PHOTOS: Kapamilya stars, loveteams dazzle at ABS-CBN Ball 2018



MANILA, Philippines – The biggest names in the showbiz industry gathered in the Kapamilya network's grandest formal affair with a cause, the first ABS-CBN Ball on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
IN PHOTOS: Kapamilya stars, loveteams dazzle at ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Top Kapamilya executives were first on the red carpet Saturday as they opened the event. ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, and COO of Broadcast Cory Vidanes walked together, in the public’s first look of the highly anticipated ball.


The ABS-CBN Ball is the stage for the country’s biggest stars to come together and celebrate a night of fashion, friendship, and advocacies.

With the theme “Share the love,” the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 is dedicated to the relaunch of the Bantay Banta 163 Children’s Village, a halfway house for children rescued by Bantay Bata 163 where victims of abuse are cared for towards their healing and recovery.

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Joining the glamorous celebration are top artists Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Pia Wurtzbach, Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo, and Ian Veneracion.

Catch ABS-CBN’s hit loveteams, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KathNiel), James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine), Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto (JoshLia), Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (Mayward), and Liza Soberano at Enrique Gil (LizQuen) in one event.

Here are some photos from the ABS-CBN Ball (courtesy of ABS-CBN PR):

James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine)

James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine)

Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales - best dressed male and female

Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano (LizQuen)

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano (LizQuen)

Xian Lim and Kim Chiu

Xian Lim and Kim Chiu

Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonzo

Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonzo

Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual

Coco Martin

Coco Martin

Vice Ganda

Vice Ganda

Sarah Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo

Zanjoe Marudo

Zanjoe Marudo

Marlon Stockinger and Pia Wurtzbach

Marlon Stockinger and Pia Wurtzbach

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo (KathNiel)

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo (KathNiel)

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto

Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (Mayward)

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (Mayward)

Iñigo Pascual and Maris Racal 

Iñigo Pascual and Maris Racal

"Exes Baggage" stars Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino - Oppo Couple of the Night

"Exes Baggage" stars Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino

JM De Guzman and Barbie Imperial

JM De Guzman and Barbie Imperial

Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati

Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo

Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte

Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte

Sam Milby and Moira Dela Torre

Sam Milby and Moira Dela Torre

Charo Santos-Concho

Charo Santos-Concho

Jaya

Jaya ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Kisses Delavin

Kisses Delavin ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Darren Espanto

Darren Espanto ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Donny Pangilinan

Donny Pangilinan ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Richard Yap

Richard Yap ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Daniel Matsunaga

Daniel Matsunaga ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Gary Valenciano

Gary Valenciano ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Hashtags

Hashtags ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Jodi Sta. Maria

Jodi Sta. Maria ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Mikee Morada and Alex Gonzaga

Mikee Morada and Alex Gonzaga

Janella Salvador

Janella Salvador

Miss Philippines - Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Miss Philippines - Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

JC de Vera

JC de Vera

— The Summit Express


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ABS-CBN Ball 2018 Fan Fave Top 20 revealed



MANILA, Philippines – The final list of candidates vying for ABS-CBN Ball 2018 Fan Fave award has been revealed.

Today's hottest young stars Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (Mayward loveteam) lead the shortlist for social media voting. It was followed by Kisses Delavin, Vivoree Esclito and Donny Pangilinan.

Dazzling lovesteam of Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata "Mayward" at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018
Dazzling lovesteam of Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata "Mayward" at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 | Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

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Fans are encourage to vote their idol through abscbnball.com.

SHORTLIST: Who is your favorite Kapamilya Artist from the Final 20 below?
  • Maymay Entrata
  • Edward Barber
  • Kisses Delavin
  • Donny Pangilinan
  • Vivoree Esclito
  • Charles Kieron
  • Kathryn Bernardo
  • Darren Espanto
  • Liza Soberano
  • Enrique Gil
  • Maris Racal
  • Inigo Pascual
  • Elisse Joson
  • McCoy De Leon
  • Tony Labrusca
  • Jane Oineza
  • Joshua Garcia
  • James Reid
  • Daniel Padilla
  • Nadine Lustre

The ABS-CBN Ball is the stage for the country’s biggest stars to come together and celebrate a night of fashion, friendship, and advocacies.

With the theme “Share the love,” the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 is dedicated to the relaunch of the Bantay Banta 163 Children’s Village, a halfway house for children rescued by Bantay Bata 163 where victims of abuse are cared for towards their healing and recovery.

Joining the glamorous celebration are prime artists Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Pia Wurtzbach, Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo, and Ian Veneracion.

— The Summit Express


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LIVESTREAM: ABS-CBN Ball 2018 red carpet



MANILA, Philippines – The biggest gathering of Kapamilya stars happens tonight, September 29 in the ABS-CBN Ball in Makati City. Witness the best and most stunning looks of different artists through red carpet coverage and livestream.

The first ABS-CBN Ball aims to relaunch the Bantay Banta 163 Children’s Village.
The first ABS-CBN Ball aims to relaunch the Bantay Banta 163 Children’s Village.

The ABS-CBN Ball is the stage for the country’s biggest stars to come together and celebrate a night of fashion, friendship, and advocacies.

RELATED STORIES

With the theme “Share the love,” the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 is dedicated to the relaunch of the Bantay Banta 163 Children’s Village, a halfway house for children rescued by Bantay Bata 163 where victims of abuse are cared for towards their healing and recovery.

Joining the glamorous celebration are prime artists Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Pia Wurtzbach, Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo, and Ian Veneracion.

Catch ABS-CBN’s power loveteams, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KathNiel), James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine), Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto (JoshLia), Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber (Mayward), and Liza Soberano at Enrique Gil (LizQuen) in one event.

Master of couture Rajo Laurel, international model, coach, and “Women of Style” host Joey Mead-King, and premium eventologist and host Tim Yap open the coverage talking about elegant gowns and dashing suits with esteemed fashion insights.

MYX VJ and talk show host Robi Domingo will give viewers a ‘first look’ as the Kapamilya celebrities arrive at the venue while Star Patroller Gretchen Fullido will be interviewing the stars on the red carpet.

How to watch ABS-CBN Ball 2018?

Catch all the happenings at the ABS-CBN Ball as they unfold by tuning in to Metro Channel with a primer at 5 PM followed by the live red carpet coverage at 6 PM. Metro Channel (SKYcable ch. 52 and ch. 174 on HD) is the home of chic living from the country’s authority in style, Metro.

Kapamilyas may also witness the happenings online via Metro.Style’s YouTube channel from 5 PM onwards.


Viewers may likewise watch the red carpet live on ANC at 6 PM. It will be available on SKY On Demand from October 1 to December 31.

For KBO viewers, simply register using any prepaid or postpaid SIM. For prepaid, just load up (Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, TNT) with P30; press the green / INFO button on your TVplus box remote to get your box ID; then text KBO30 SEPT29 to 2366.

For Global users, watch on livestream here.


— The Summit Express


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Makati court defers Trillanes’ arrest; senator to go home



MANILA, Philippines – Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 deferred its decision to issue a warrant of arrest and travel ban for the non-bailable case of coup d’etat against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday, September 28.

Makati court defers Trillanes’ arrest, Trillanes to go home
A Makati RTC branch has deferred its decision on the Department of Justice (DOJ) request to issue an arrest warrant against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Trillanes' lawyer Rey Robles sighed his relief and confirmed that Makati RTC branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano decided to set another hearing on October 5.

The court’s statement reads: “The resolution of the Very Urgent Ex-parte Omnibus Motion for the issuance of Hold Departure Order (HDO) and Alias Warrant of Arrest against Antonio Trillanes IV is DEFERRED.”

Judge Soriano explained that the scheduled hearing will be an opportunity for both camps to present proof and evidences of their claims.

Speaking before the press, Trillanes said he is ready to leave the Senate. The senator has been in the Senate building for 3 weeks following Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which voids his amnesty for his uprising back in 2003 and 2007.

SEE ALSO: Trillanes hopes for a “miracle”, calls his enemy a “devil”

Trillanes, smiling before the media said, “ Ngayon ko ring sabihin na with this order, I will now go home.”

He also added that his “win” was also a win for the country. Trillanes added, “At least on this day, our country won. This day was won by what is right. The rule of law won. Due process won.”

Makati RTC branch 150 under Judge Elmo Alameda granted the DOJ’s request for an arrest warrant and hold departure order for rebellion charges last Tuesday, September 2.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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‘Exes Baggage’ Movie Review: A grounded depiction of the horrors of infatuation



*Minor Spoilers Ahead*

Marking the reteaming of former love team, Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino, “Exes Baggage” tackles the romantic relationship gone bad between Nix, a furniture designer, and Pia, a broker. Meeting in a bar one night, the two eventually falls in love with each other. But they soon realize that while quicky jumping into a committed relationship is easy, staying together when the honeymoon phase is over is a so much more difficult, especially when they’re both still dealing with the ghosts of their previous relationships.
Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’

Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’
Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’/Star Cinema

Directed by Dan Villegas, with the screenplay written by Dwein Baltazar, “Exes Baggage” highlights the need to fully heal from the hurt brought by a failed relationship before jumping into a new one because one can never really start over without wiping out the slate clean.

Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’
Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’/Star Cinema

GAINS:

It would be an understatement to say that the main selling point of the film is Panganiban and Aquino’s team-up - whether that be because their real-life history blends well with the film’s theme or the two’s impeccable acting. They easily sold the idea that a random night-out can easily lead into a passionate love affair. The attraction between Nix and Pia from the get-go was so palpable that it perfectly set-up what would be their whirlwind romance.

Villegas veered away from too produced shots (other than the intimate scene between the lead characters at the start of the film) giving it a very realistic feel which worked well with the film’s narrative which is both relatable and insightful for many. Overly romanticized scenes were limited and the dialog felt organic given the pair’s personalities.

Further, the structure of the film was solid especially for one that didn’t follow the linear form of storytelling. Utilization of time-warps are tricky, and it could easily mess up the whole plot to the point that at the end of the film, it’s as if nothing was resolved and there was no story arc for the characters (“The Hows of Us” was victim of this), but “Exes Baggage” cleverly used flashbacks as way for the audience to better understand where Pia and Nix were coming from when they started talking about their complicated relationship.

LOSSES:

While Exes Baggage depicted a clear picture of the ups and downs of a real-life relationship, it didn’t go deep enough to establish both Nix’s and Pia’s psyche in an effort to better understand both characters. At one point in the film, Nix talked about Pia having many issues which is something he just couldn’t deal on a regular basis. This was a main contributor to their eventual break-up, but those so-called issues were basically glossed-over except for Pia’s supposed insecurities, which in the end, was revealed to have merit given that he was still hung up with his ex.

All the build up to their hinted reunion felt rushed an unearned. It’s quite difficult to believe that after just a couple of drinks, a short chit-chat and a memory-laden song, they quickly realized that they’re both willing to give their relationship another go despite the fact that they’ve both moved on, with Pia even in what seemed like a good relationship. The transition from awkward exes to flirty ones was so sudden, and by the end of the night, they were both willing to be involved again without even trying to address all the issues that broke them apart in the first place.

At this point, “Exes Baggage” was pretty much caught in the illusion a romantic film trope, which was a shame considering that up until that point, the movie firmly established that its narrative is grounded in reality.

Carlo Aquino as Nix and Angelica Panganiban as Pia in ‘Exes Baggage’
Angelica Panganiban as Pia and Carlo Aquino as Nix in ‘Exes Baggage’/Star Cinema

“Exes Baggage” wasn’t a complete film - because of its cliffhanging ending, but because it felt like while Pia and Nix were both willing to get back together, there’s a mountain of issues that they need to tackle before they get involved with each other again. Whether or not that was the vibe that the folks behind the film was going for remains to be seen, but they sure left the door wide open for a possible sequel.

RATING: 7 out of 10 stars


— ALD, The Summit Express


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Amidst complaints, Briones defends lesson planning as “core skill of teachers”



MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones defended the importance of lesson planning saying that it’s a “core skills of teachers.”

The Department of Education has been under fire by teachers’ group due to the implementation of DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2016, or the Policy Guidelines on Daily Lesson Preparation for the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

Briones defends lesson planning as “core skill of teachers”
Education secretary Leonor Briones defends DepEd’s policies as “legal and necessary | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Leonor Briones

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called out DepEd for their policies that have caused “excessive workload” to teachers. Among their complaints include the implementation of Results-Based Performance Management System (RPMS), classroom observation of teachers, long working hours and implementation of the Daily Lesson Log (DLL).

But the education secretary defended it's policies, reiterating the importance of preparedness and effectiveness. Briones said, “Lesson planning is a core skill that should have already been developed during any professional teacher’s pre-service training/undergraduate preparation.”

DepEd explained, that the use of Daily Lesson Log (DLL) will enable teachers to uphold quality education standards will even help them plan their lessons efficiently.

DepEd also clarified that they have allowed “flexibility” in terms of completing the DLL. They explained, “DLLs are used by teachers with at least one year teaching experience, including teachers with prior experience in private schools or higher education institutions.”

Only those with less than 1 year of experience are required to make “detailed lesson plans.”

The education secretary appealed to the teachers as she stood firm that their agency does not exist to make them suffer. “All these problems are not created by DepEd alone,” Briones said.

DepEd stated that as of now, they cannot “arbitrarily order” the suspension of their programs.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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Trillanes hopes for a “miracle”, calls his enemy a “devil”



MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV admitted that he is still hoping for a “miracle” that can save him from arrest.
Trillanes hopes for a “miracle”, calls his enemy a “devil”

Trillanes appeared before the press after posting bail of P200,000 for the rebellion charges after Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 served his warrant of arrest on Tuesday, September 25.

Aside from the rebellion case, a non-bailable, separate coup d'etat charges were also filed by the Department of Justice (DJ) at the Makati RTC Branch 148 for the “Oakwood mutiny” in 2003.

Trillanes hopes for a “miracle”, calls his enemy a “devil”
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV calmly posed for a mugshot at the Makati Police Station | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Philippine News Agency - NCRPO

The senator said, “Wala na eh, as it is, milagro ang inaantay natin from (Makati Regional Trial Court) Branch 148. We're kumbaga, slightly more hopeful but we have to expect for the worst."

While waiting for another court decision, Trillanes revealed he is ready to face whatever life brings. He said, “Sa akin naman kasi, kung anong dumarating sa aking buhay ay niyayakap ko ’yan. Ano man ang bigay sa ‘kin ng buhay, ng tadhana. Ano man, yayakapin ko ’yan.”

However, Trillanes didn’t mince his words when he lambasted President Duterte who he believes had a hand in his arrest. He described his enemy as “demonyo,” so he is expecting nothing but the worst.

He also blasted Duterte for using his influence and power to silence him. Trillanes said, “That’s very obvious. Ito talagang ginagamit niya na 'yung impluwensiya ng kaniyang opisina para baluktutin ang kailangan baluktutin para magawa at makamit ang kagustuhan niya."

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the Palace is pleased that Trillanes is complying with the processes after the senator followed the booking procedure and posed for his mugshot at the Makati Police Station.

Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano defended Trillanes saying that the Makati Court’s decision was a mistake. He said, “Mali in the sense na naghahanap sila ng wala naman talaga in the first place.”

For now, the former mutineer will continue to remain at the Senate after the court granted him temporary liberty.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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