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Bea Alonzo slams negativity on social media

Inquirer Breaking News - 54 min 57 sec ago
Like many Pinoys, Bea Alonzo loves taking photos and selfies. But, if there's one thing she despises about Filipinos' fascination for snapshots and instant online engagement, it's the cynical vibe that predominates in social networking sites these days.     In fact, Bea doesn't even have a Facebook account, she told Inquirer Entertainment last weekend when she was launched as the latest brand ambassador of Asus Zenfone 4: "I'm not on Facebook, because I want my friends to see me face-to-face. But, I have an Instagram account, where I follow foodies, street-style fashionistas and interior designers."   Here's why she isn't much into social media: &nbsp...

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‘Birdshot,’ ‘100 Tula,’ ‘Patay Na Si Hesus’ reap Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino honors

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 5 min ago
Mikhael Red's "Birdshot" won the Critic's Choice award at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Thanksgiving Night last Sunday at White Space in Makati City.   Jason Paul Laxamana's "100 Tula Para Kay Stella" bagged the Audience Choice award, while the Victor Villanueva comedy "Patay Na Si Hesus" went home with the Special Jury Prize.   The Sine Kabataan Best Picture award and a cash prize of P50,000 was given to the short film "Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan" by Ar-Jen Manlapig.   Short films "Pahimakas," by Lance Maravillas, and "Delayed si Jhemerlyn Rose," by Doc Senoc, shared the Jury's Choice honor. "Fat You" by Ronnel Rivera III, and "Ang Kapitbahay...

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‘Hiblang Abo’ competes in Montreal

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Ralston Jover's "Hiblang Abo" is competing in the Focus on World Cinema section of the 41st Montreal World Film Festival in Canada, which runs until Sept. 4.   Jover told the Inquirer: "We're very excited to compete in Montreal because it's a validation of our hard work in creating this film, which is an adaptation of a stage play (by Rene Villanueva)."   The 2016 Cinemalaya movie topbills Lou Veloso, Leo Rialp, Nanding Josef and Jun Urbano as residents in a home for senior citizens. "A Filipino story like 'Hibla' is unique," Jover explained. "It reflects our identity as a people and as a Southeast Asian nation, with a different voice that the world needs...

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A Fil-Am actor’s life: Eugene Cordero

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 25 min ago
  Seventh of a series   LOS ANGELES---"Shooting 'Kong: Skull Island' was an experience I didn't think I would have as an actor. I don't see myself as an action guy," Eugene Cordero admitted. But there he was on the big screen, playing Reles in the film with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman.   Eugene's other movie credits include "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Ghostbusters."   On TV, the Fil-Am actor has appeared on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$," "Veep" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."   The Los Angeles-based actor has been a performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for...

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Class, sass and pizazz in Celeste’s ‘ultimate’ solo show

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 35 min ago
After years of savoring Celeste Legaspi's musical performances in shows and working with her as actor and director, we thought that we had the fabulous actress and singer all figured out.   But, Celeste's "ultimate" solo concert last Aug. 5 at The Theatre at Solaire promptly put us in our place, because it turned out that---she had even more things to share!   "Blame" it on the fact that the celestial diva has turned 67---and has come out of semiretirement to take a great, big breath and do this "career-capping" concert.   She felt it was worth all the time and great effort obviously involved, because it was her most unique way of honoring her nationa...

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PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 35 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR---The Philippine women's volleyball team, the delegation sweethearts, begins its long and arduous trek to the podium Thursday when it faces host Malaysia at 2 p.m. in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 11. The team is composed of the A-list stars of a sport whose popularity has been skyrocketing and boasts months of training that sent them to Japan and Kazakhstan. "We have a very strong team," said head coach Francis Vicente. "This is the best we got. I hope we beat Malaysia and come up with a strong start." Two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines scored straight sets win against Malaysia. But this time, the Filipinos will have to deal with the home...

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Duterte on son’s alleged shady BOC deals: Prove it and I’ll resign

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 2 min ago
STO. TOMAS, Batangas --- President Rodrigo Duterte dared Wednesday accusers of his son,Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, to present evidence of corrupt dealings with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), vowing to resign if the accusations could be proven. "This is a nationwide broadcast. So I might as well tell you: I am not defending my son. Prove it is true, and I will resign," Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of Solar Philippines, a solar panel factory here. Paolo's name has been dragged into the corruption issue at the BOC after he was linked with the Davao Group, allegedly with dubious deals at the agency. "Sabi ko nga, anyone involved in my family, nasa corr...

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SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 12 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR --- The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men's 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Toledo defeated Thailand's Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam's Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737. Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia's Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds). Marco Vilog placed second in ...

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Trump revisits his Charlottesville comments in angry speech

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 21 min ago
PHOENIX --- President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger. He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists. And he shouted that he had "openly called for healing, unity and love" in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and had simply been misrepresented in news coverage. He read from his three responses to the racially charged violence -- getting more animated with each one. He withdrew from his suit pocket the written statement he'd read the day a woman was kill...

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SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 24 min ago
Perlas Pilipinas made its way out of what looked like the end of the road to shock Thailand, 69-67, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women's basketball tournament Wednesday night at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gutsy Filipinos pulled off a houdini act late after finishing the game with a 16-2 run capped by the game-winning basket by Allana Lim off a nice assist by Frances Mae Cabinbin with less than 20 seconds to go. The Philippines was on its way to seeing its gold medal hopes go down the drain after trailing, 65-53, with 5:19 remaining. But the seemingly insurmountable lead only paved the way for Perlas' character to show up and heroes to stand out. Back...

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PH women’s squash duo cop bronze

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 3 min ago
The Filipino tandem of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida took home the bronze medal in women's squash doubles in the 29th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday. Aribado and Dalida bowed to their Malaysian counterparts Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semifinals. Still, it was an inspiring run for the two, who managed to make the podium, despite Dalida's injury. Dalida played through a strained right hand she sustained in the quarterfinals against Thailand on Tuesday. Malaysia finished 1-2 in the event, which was held in the SEA Games for the first time, while Singapore secured the other bronze....

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Senator Gatchalian: ‘I am now recovering at home’

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 6 min ago
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday night said he was already sent home from the hospital to recover after experiencing a dizzy spell following a series of hearings at the Senate earlier.   "I have been discharged from the hospital and I am now recovering at home with my family," Gatchalian said in a statement. He also assured the public and his supporters that there was nothing to worry about his health.   "I just need some time to rest and recharge. But I am looking forward to returning to work at the Senate very soon," he said.   The 43-year-old senator was rushed to Makati Medical City on Wednesday afternoon after feeling dizzy and weak. His s...

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Aguirre gets flak in House for downplaying killing of Kian

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 16 min ago
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Wednesday scored Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for downplaying the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos as being "blown out of proportion" by the media. During the House hearing on the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its attached agencies, Aguirre faced the ire of agitated lawmakers who were not pleased with his statements downplaying the killing of the Grade 12 student. READ:Exclusive: Kian delos Santos negatibo sa powder burn ayon sa PNP Crime Lab In response to Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman's question on the need to create an independent commission to look into the drug war's summary killings, Aguirr...

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Perkins, Cignal missing Jose but determined to end series early

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 17 min ago
Jason Perkins admits that Cignal HD is missing the presence of one Raymar Jose. "That guy has the most beautiful face, you got to miss that pogi face," he said jokingly of his teammate, who is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. The earliest Jose can return to the team is next Tuesday for Game 3, if the series goes the distance. As much as Perkins misses his frontcourt partner, it doesn't mean that the Hawkeyes will wait for the bruising forward to come back. And he made sure that Cignal won't feel much of Jose's absence, anchoring its 78-56 Game 1 destruction of CEU to gain a 1-0 lead in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday...

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Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 43 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR---Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country's brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. She finished third in women's 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event. Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time. Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event. Thi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds. The two-time Olympian, who is finishing busin...

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What’s the Last Thing Enrique Gil Gave Liza Soberano?

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 45 min ago
In the small area of 20:20 the tension was great as fans lined up to see #LizQuen: the tandem of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. They are one of the few bankable and hot couples of the moment, nabbing endorsements and projects left and right. Yesterday, I met them for the first time at the CloseUp event. And the snob in me got a little giddy to see them work their chemistry. Beyond that, they seems to quite the team. As they took on our #PreenPopQuiz, they helped each other out in answering questions (Liza coached Enrique a little bit more.) They were also very game to give in to requests like taking selfies and Boomerangs. The kicker for me though was how Liza insisted I sit betwe...

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What Do Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil Admire About Each Other?

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 45 min ago
In the small area of 20:20 the tension was great as fans lined up to see #LizQuen: the tandem of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. They are one of the few bankable and hot couples of the moment, nabbing endorsements and projects left and right. Yesterday, I met them for the first time at the CloseUp event. And the snob in me got a little giddy to see them work their chemistry. Beyond that, they seems to quite the team. As they took on our #PreenPopQuiz, they helped each other out in answering questions (Liza coached Enrique a little bit more.) They were also very game to give in to requests like taking selfies and Boomerangs. The kicker for me though was how Liza insisted I sit betwe...

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Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 12 min ago
More than the franchise record, Leo Isaac knows exactly what Blackwater's third straight win in the PBA Governors' Cup could be all about. "We will cherish this win, definitely," Isaac said after his hard-fighting Elite went through the proverbial eye of the needle before repulsing Alaska, 111-106, in double overtime on Wednesday night that put Blackwater in serious playoff contention at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. "But I hope that it would push us more (to play harder) and elevate us to the next level," he said as the Elite shoot to make it past the eliminations for just the second time in three seasons in the pros. "This win is special." Blackwater won three consecutive...

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Duterte meets US Pacific Command chief at Palace

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 15 min ago
President Rodrigo Duterte metWednesdaywith US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris Jr. in Malacaang. Duterte and Harris discussed during their meeting security in the region, including the tensions in the Korean Peninsula. The President asked Harris if the United States was worried about the missiles tests of North Korea and its possible nuclear attacks. "I am worried," Harris responded to Duterte. Duterte said China "has the greatest leverage over North Korea." Duterte earlier revealed that US President Donald Trump requested him to contact Chinese President Xi Jinping and ask China to stop North Korea's inter ballistic missile tests. North Korea earlier unve...

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Billy Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 24 min ago
NEW YORK --- Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden. Monday's performance by "The Piano Man" came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters. When asked about Joel's attire, his spokeswoman on Tuesday quoted Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Joel joined with Patty Smyth on stage in taking a swipe at President Donald Trump's administration. Photos of fired officials appeared on screen as Smyth sang her hit, "Goodbye to You." Joel's ex-wife Christie ...

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