Reed lean Wushu champion and sultry songstress JANICE HUNG bedazzles the stage of The Apex Lounge, 7th High, The Fort this Friday, July 19 , 830p. Get charmed with her distinct singing style while having great fun with your friends! See you there!
Still a part of STAR CINEMA‘s string-of-anniversary-films Chinay star KIM CHUI lounges into some ugliness to perfectly fit the lead on ‘BAKIT HINDI KA CRUSH NG CRUSH MO’, film adaptation of Ramon Bautista’s book of the same title [subtitled At Iba Pang Technique Kung Paano Makaka-Move On sa Wasak na Puso]. The book is a hilarious take on how human beings should accept the concept of the mind, the heart and sexual desires as the basic factors of existence and interaction. You will never find anything that is not rationale [hopefully] on the premise therefore Joyce Bernal is all to credit or discredit for any pitfall found on the final cut. Kim stars with XIAN LIM among other Star Cinema regulars.
NEWSFLASH : The Supreme Court has invalidated former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo‘s 2009 order giving the prestigious National Artist Award to four personalities, including film director Carlos J. Caparas.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Supreme Court Public Information Office chief Theodore Te said the high court struck down Proclamation Nos. 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829 due to “grave abuse of discretion.”
The invalidated orders covered Cecilia Guidote-Alvarez for Theater; Caparas for Visual Arts and Film; Francisco Mañosa for Architecture; Jose “Pitoy” Moreno for Fashion Design. Te said the justices voted 12-1-2—with Associate Justice Arturo Brion on medical leave and Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen abstaining—to void the four proclamations. Te said he and Leonen were two of the counsel for petitioners Virgilio Almario (literature), Bienvenido Lumbera (literature), Benedicto Cabrera (visual arts, Painting), Napoleon Abueva (Visual Arts, Sculpture), and Arturo Luz (Painting and Sculpture).
The high court said Arroyo gave “preferential treatment” to the four and disregarded rules of the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in selecting the awardees. “The manifest disregard of the rules, guidelines and processes of the NCCA and CCP was an arbitrary act that unduly favored respondents Guidote-Alvarez, Caparas, Manosa, and Moreno,” the SC said.
“The conferment of the Order of National Artists to said respondents was therefore made with grave abuse of discretion and should be set aside,” it added. The SC said there is grave abuse of discretion “when an act is done contrary to the Constitution, the law or jurisprudence or executed whimsically, capriciously or arbitrarily out of malice, ill will or personal bias.”
Cabrera had earlier called the 2009 national artists list a mockery, particularly the inclusion of Caparas, who was a vocal supporter of Arroyo. Then-acting Executive Secretary and Presidential political adviser Gabriel Claudio said while the Palace respects the views of some groups questioning the choice, the choice was a product of a “thorough process.” According to the petitioners, the four were not among the nominees shortlisted by the NCCA and the CCP boards for 2009. On the list were Lazaro Francisco (posthumous) for literature), Dr. Ramon Santos (music), Manuel Conde (posthumous) for film and broadcast, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (visual arts, painting, sculpture, and mixed media).Arroyo dropped the name of Dr. Ramon Santos and inserted the names of Alvarez, Caparas, Moreno, and Mañosa.
In its ruling, however, the SC said there was no grave abuse of discretion when Arroyo dropped Santos’ name from the list, saying the recommendation of the NCCA and the CCP was not “binding but only discretionary.”
“By the power of control, the President had the authority to alter or modify or nullify or set aside such recommendation or advice,” the SC said. The court said it was well within Arroyo’s power and discretion to proclaim “all or some or even none of the recommendees of the CCP and NCCA boards” without having to justify his or her action. The SC ruling came some two years after the high court issued a status quo ante order stopping Arroyo from conferring the rank and title of national artist on the four personalities. [SOURCE : G M A N E W S]
- Caparas ordered arrested over tax evasion case (entertainment.inquirer.net)
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART heart throb JEROME PONCE posted this warm and touching vignette on his FB wall , Aliwan Avenue finds this really hitting the nerve where the blood of blessedness runs through : “Habang nakasakay ako sa taxi… masaya kaming nagkukuwentuhan ng driver… nang may biglang tumawid sa aming dinadaanan… hindi agad nakapreno ang driver… pero iniwasan niya ito para hindi mabangga ang tumawid… at sa di inaasahang pagkakataon… may kasunod pala kami na mabilis ang takbo… at muntik na niya kaming mabangga… Salamat sa Diyos at walang nangyaring masama… pero bumaba ang driver na muntik ng bumangga sa amin at pinagmumura niya ang katabi kong driver… Ang ipinagtaka ko lang… hindi ko kinakitaan ng galit ang katabi kong driver… sa halip nakangiti pa rin ito at panay ang hingi ng paumanhin… at higit sa lahat yung taong tumawid na pinagmulan ng lahat ay tinanong pa ng katabi kong driver kung OK lang ba ito… at sinabihan pa na mag ingat ka sa pagtawid… sa mahinahong salita at may ngiti sa labi… at nagpatuloy ang aming paglalakbay… Tinanong ko ang driver kung bakit hindi siya nagalit at kung bakit hindi niya pinatulan yung taong nagmura sa kanya…
eto ang sagot niya…..
” alam mo masyadong maikli ang buhay para lang ilaan natin ito sa lungkot at pighati… dapat magpakasaya tayo… iyon naman ang gusto ng bawat isa sa atin ang maging masaya… ang mga PROBLEMA, LUNGKOT, INGGIT, SAMA NG LOOB, HINANAKIT, at GALIT ay para yang mga BASURA… dala-dala ng bawat isa sa atin ang mga basurang yan… at minsan itinatapon at inilalabas yan ng tao… so kung minura man niya ako kanina, ibig sabihin itinapon lang niya mga basura sa akin… eh bakit ko naman iyon pupulutin… hindi ko naman siya kailangang patulan… ayokong mapuno ako ng basura at mabulok ang pagkatao ko… Dapat kasi pinupuno natin ang ating sarili ng mga magaganda at masasayang bagay… hindi tayo dapat nag-iipon ng basura at lalo na huwag mong dadamputin ang mga basurang itinapon na ng iba.”
It could not happen to a better actor [the least to a chance] to star in two films in a festival. Well, sometimes it does and that sometime is this year’s CINEMALAYA Independent Film Festival where PAULO AVELINO is expected to generate excitement and anticipation as he topbills in Tarrog’s ‘SANA DATI’ and Yapan’s ‘DEBOSYON’. Whispering waves echoing through the industry has it that he stands another great chance of winning an award for either… or both! Undoubtedly, Avelino’s depth and expository thespian range is a hard nut to crack while lavishing on the boyish masculine charm it comes from. This early? Yes, this early… CONGRATULATIONS PAULO! Luv Yah! Luv Yah? Yes, close kami noh???