Cory Aquino Died Early Today: August 1, 2009

Former President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino just passed away this early morning at the age of 76.

Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III confirmed that their mother peacefully died due to cardio-respiratory arrest this early morning, August 1, 2009 at 3:18 am at the Makati Medical Center.

Cory Aquino Died Early Today: August 1, 2009

Cory Aquino has been diagnosed of colon cancer early 2008, confined to Makati Medical Center and had gone through a series of chemo-therapy till this year. Her family, specially her five children have never left her alone since then, that her passing away this morning just left them crying quietly.

Her passing away has displayed a mark of strength and tenacity as it was back when she stood up, led and fought for our country’s freedom and democracy back in 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. She was truly an icon of democracy that all of the Filipinos will truly remember.

Senator Aquino III further stated this morning:

“She would have wanted to thank each and every one of you for all the prayers and your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country.

“Hinihiling po ng aming pamilya ang kaunting panahon para makasama namin ang aming mahal na ina.

“Later today, we will be announcing further details of her wake para sa lahat ng ating mga minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto sa aming ina. Maraming salamat po.”

Shane Tarun and Anton Cruz Stalled On Their Dream to be The Next Big Star

“Are You The Next Big Star?” Circle of 16 is now down to 12 as another pair of talents got picked out by the judges to leave the talent search this early in the competition. Shane Tarun, 16 yrs old from Isabela and Anton Cruz, also 16 from Novaliches, QC sort of failed to hit the mark to at least save them from the judges’ bottom list.

Shane Tarun and Anton Cruz Stalled On Their Dream to be The Next Big Star

Shane and Anton were part of the bottom six last week, though now they’re together with Christine Allado, Alexa Ortega, PJ Gonzales and the old timer bottom 3 last week Greggy Santos. Greggy actually gave a very charming impression on his performance but still not enough to get himself out from the under cards. Cara Quiapos on the other hand, pulled it off to get herself not just out of the girls’ bottom 3 list last week but even gave the best performance as noted by the judges.

Right now, the 2 boys and 2 girls that remain on the bottom list are still not safe to continue on the contest for next week. However, two of them will surely have the chance to get back on their feet and push through. The good thing is you have a chance to vote for your favorite Next Big Star.

You can text via the following format and send to 2344 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers; and to 367 for Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers.

To vote for Christine Allado text: NBS Christine
To vote for Alexa Ortega text: NBS Alexa
To vote for PJ Gonzales text: NBS PJ
To vote for Greggy Santos text: NBS Greggy

Your votes will weigh much together with the judges’ votes. SMS votes will be accepted until Tuesday this week, July 14 at exactly 12 noon. So you better get your hands on your cellphones now to save who you want to be the Next Big Star! 😉

Lady Gaga Concert LIVE in Manila 2009

Lady Gaga just finished her first Asian Tour in Japan and Korea last June 21 and now she’s heading towards Manila, Philippines for her first live concert here in the country this coming August 11! We know that you can’t wait for the real thing behind the hit songs Poker Face, Just Dance, Paparazzi and Love Game.

Lady Gaga Concert LIVE in Manila 2009

Here’s the ticket prices:

VIP – Php 7,875
Patron Standing – Php 5,775
Patron (Reserved Seating) – Php 5,775
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) – Php 3,675
Upper Box A – Php 2,625
Upper Box B – Php 1,050
General Admission – Php 525

You can get your tickets at any ticketnet outlets or you can call (02) 911-5555 for reservations, too. Lady Gaga’s first major concert will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on August 11, 2009 at 8 pm. 😉

35th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Official Film Entries

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Executive Committee led by MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, just announced the eight (8) official entries on the35th edition of MMFF this year, which was held at the Metropolitan Manila Development Administration (MMDA) office along EDSA, Makati City last July 3.

35th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Entries Announced

Here’s the star-studded list of film entries that will grace the 35th MMFF this 2009:

MANO PO 6: MY MOTHER (Regal Films)
Starring: Sharon Cuneta
Directed by: Joel Lamangan

NIEVES (Regal Films)
Starring: Marian Rivera
Directed by: Mike Tuviera

ANG DARLING KONG ASWANG (M-Zet Productions)
Starring: Vic Sotto
Directed by: Tony Y. Reyes

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL XI (Regal Films)
Starring: Ruffa Gutierrez

JUAN (RVQ Productions)
Starring: Dolphy and Willie Revillame
Directed by: Eric Quizon

IKAW NA NGA (Star Cinema)
Starring: Kris Aquino, Kim Chiu, and Eugene Domingo
Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas

ANG PANDAY (GMA Films and Imus Productions)
Starring: Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Geoff Eigenmann, and Philip Salvador.
Directed by: Mac Alejandre and Rico Gutierrez

WAPACMAN (Solar Films)
Starring: Manny Pacquiao, Nicole Scherzinger, and Batista
Directed by: Topel Lee

These 8 official entries of the MMFF will be shown from December 25, 2009 to January 3, 2010.

Jericho Rosales Covers Men’s Health Philippines July 2009

Men’s Health magazine’s getting pumped up with Jericho Rosales on their cover this July 2009. Echo’s not just a pretty face after all, but a vibrant icon of a healthy persona… that is how he had gone through his early humble beginnings, to hard lessons he learned from his acting and music career, and the way he’s looking at life now.

Jericho Rosales Covers Men\'s Health Philippines July 2009

Maybe he can’t change the world as he wants to, but surely he has some things he can do about his own life now to make it both fun and full of adventure. Men’s Health is in a way giving you secrets on ‘More Success, Less Stress’ plus some amazing new workout ‘Your 4-Week Gut-Busting Plan’ to be strong and stay slim.

There are other things you can check out, too, like the ’34 Self-Healing Secrets’ and some SEX Tips on how to ‘Read Her Dirty Mind!’ Grab a copy now from the nearest mag stand and read for more! 😉