The effects of Yoga in one's life

"Spreading the word about the YOGA FOR LIFE's program is already a great help" says James Rasco, a core group member of Yoga for Life.

Yoga for Life is the first ever community-based yoga class series, specially designed for the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS, but open as well to others who support them and want to experience the beauty of yoga. It offers a variety of postures, breathing practices and guided meditations that are directed towards alleviating the fear and stress associated with HIV and AIDS.

Last Saturday yours truly had the chance to attend at last Yoga for Life session in Century Plaza. After the session I did a hijack interview with one of the participants during the class.

James Rasco had just started doing Yoga last year as he was part of the organizers of this community. But before that, he never knew that he is going to do Yoga. "Nasa akin na lahat ng excuse para hindi kumuha ng work out regimen kasi sa tingin ko di ko kaya, wala akong time, pagod ako masyado, full time yung work ko" shared James.

Now that he's doing Yoga, he had the energy that he never felt before. He became became stronger and was able to maintain his weight. "Nagstart ako sa Yoga 4 Life once a week, every wednesday, malaking realization ko nun - meron pala akong energy".

While yoga has long proven its benefits to the health of the general population, yoga is quickly gaining ground as an important complementary therapy in the treatment of HIV, because of its adaptability, as well as its physiological and psychological benefits to those living with HIV.

How to win the Samsung Smart TV for your Dad?

One of the best person in the world is definitely our Dad. And of course everyone wants to make him happy by sharing the wonderful things you can do together.

My Dad's favorite past time is Facebook, he's fun of making my picture his profile pic, and that confuses most of my friends. One of my friends asked me once if I was just answering my own status on Facebook because he just saw the same picture of mine in two accounts. I said no, that was just my Dad. And this made me join this contest.

Did you know? that you can win a Samsung Smart TV by just writing a letter to your Dad using the Dear Dad application in Facebook.

And you might just win a Samsung D6600 Smart TV 46-inch or Samsung D5500 Smart TV 40-inch.

So here's how to win the Samsung Smart TV for your Dad.

5 easy steps on how to join the promo, for a chance to win one (1) out of the three (3) Smart TVs that Samsung is giving away.


 

 

 

 

 

1. Like the Samsung Smart TV PH Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samsung-TV-PH/192215657481133) and register for the Dear Dad Contest.

 

* Here's the link of my entry, Hope you like it! http://apps.facebook.com/deardadgallery/view.php?id=367



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Select or create your own letter that you want to send your Dad.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Type in your Dad’s name and write a personal message about how you can bond with him through a Smart TV.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Type in your Dad’s email address and click send.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Post it on your wall, share to your friends and get a chance to win a Smart TV for you and your Dad!

Join in and win a Samsung Smart TV for you and your Dad today!

How to Choose the Fast Acne Solutions

Are you suffering from Acne? Now that's frustrating and uncomfortable to skin. And the worst thing is it mostly appears in your face.

Say goodbye to your frustrations and suffering because Proactiv Solution, the number one anti acne system in the world introduces NEW PROACTIV: with Advanced micro crystal benzoyl peroxide here in the Philippines, and it is exclusively available at all Watsons stores and SM Department Stores nationwide.

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Because Acne needs to be taken seriously and treated carefully, the New Proactiv Solution promises to fight acne faster and gentler than ever before. The secret is its advanced micro crystal benzoyl peroxide (which is exclusive only to Proactiv) with particles small enough to penetrate pores faster. This way, it kills the acne causing bacteria faster and does not sit on the surface of the skin too long causing common irritations.

Just like you, I have friends who experienced embarrassment, stress and even health problems because of Acne, but eversince they used New Proactiv Solution their lives were changed.

 

Katy Perry

I am a person who gives hugs,not handshakes. I like contact with people. Proactiv is now my simple, easy way to make sure that acne does not get in the way of me having fun and living life to the fullest.




Justin Bieber

I think everyone wants to be clear, So I'm really glad to tell people about Proactiv.

 

Julianne Hough

Now that my skin is clear, I feel fresh and vibrant. I feel confident, I feel like people are looking into my eyes and not at my forehead. Now I feel great going out there and being on TV every week. Proactiv works!




So here's how to fight acne faster, follow the steps:

Step 1, Renewing Cleanser and Step 3 Repairing Treatment of the New Proactiv Solution.

The New Proactiv kit contains the same elements as Classic Proactiv: each comes with a Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, Repairing Treatment, and free Refining Mask. The formulas are the same with all the same luxury ingredients- only the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide has been improved. The SRP is also the same: P2,495 for the New Proactiv 30 day kit and P3,995 for the New Proactiv 60 day kit. Both still comes with Money Back Guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose but acne!

Proactiv Solution will work for you, or you get your full refund! Please note that this refund is facilitated by the Customer Service hotline (02) 729-2222 (and not thru Watsons or SM branches).

What should we know about Antibiotics and the deadly Superbug?

Last June 23, a press conference regarding the spread of Superbug was held in Shangri La Edsa to warn the people
about the misuse of Antibiotics and the deadly Superbug. Now, this is quite alarming.

The Philippines' Department of Health released a warning about superbugs in April 2011 and according to a report on the website of Philippine News Daily, Dr. Eric Tayag, head of DOH - National Epidemiology Center (NEC) warned that treatment for a superbug infection will be very difficult, since there is no drug that is effective against it. It would also be difficult to stop it from entering the country due to the great number of travelers from abroad who arrive everyday.

Present on the presscon was Dr. Rontgene Solante, vice president of the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases together with Mr. Lyle Joseph A. Morell, Watson's Director - Health Business Unit and Unilab's Atty. Jose Maria Ochave.

















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I myself consider this a very heavy issue to discuss but to make things clear and simple I asked the following questions to Dr. Rontgene Solante,

What should we know about Antibiotics?

Be Aware! Be Educated!

Antibiotics are medicines used to fight infections caused by bacteria are known as antibiotics. They do not work for viral infections like common colds and flu.

It is used to treat various types of infections caused by bacteria such as Respiratory Tract Infections, Gastrointestinal Tract Infections, Genitourinary Tract Infections, Skin and Soft Tissue Infection and other Susceptible Infections.




What is Superbug?

Ito ay isang Mikrobyo na dulot ng isang infection na hindi na tinatablan ng antibiotic. Kung meron mang gamot, napakamahal nito at kung magamot man siya malaki pa rin ang chance ng mortality.

The usual treatment for a person with superbug lasts for a week. But once treated with the right antibiotic it will definitely gone for good.

 

How to prevent and control the escalation of Superbug?

So while an organism develops and will become resistant still with the rampant use of antibiotic not only in the hospital but in the community as well.

Education in terms of prescription, compliance of the antibiotic are key and important measures to help us prevent this resistance.

Kadalasan galing ito sa community acquired infection , wherein most patients will self medicate with antibiotic.




You cannot buy Antibiotics without a doctor's prescription.

So what does Self Medication of Antibiotic means?

Ex. When your doctor prescribed you to buy a complete set. Usually its' for a one week medication. Dahil sa sobrang mahal ng antibiotic, bibili ka lang ng pang ilang araw at hindi mo na itutuloy ang paginom.

That's what we mean by Self Medication with Antibiotic.

That is why Watsons is selling the complete set of Antibiotic called compliance pack for a very affordable price. 60% lesser than the usual.

 

Determining a person infected with Superbug

It is difficult to tell thru symptoms alone, you need to do testing.

 

The existence

You wont know if it's Superbug unless you are in the hospital and the hospital has been able to isolate the organism.

 

Why?

Because most of the superbugs can be present with infections like Pneumonia, Abdominal Infection, Respiratory Tract Infection, even some skin and tissue infection.

The moment they are admitted in the hospital, that's the time the doctor will order for diagnostics test like culture and sensitivity. So it has to be isolated and it will be tested in the laboratory, and we will only know that it's a superbug because based on that test it will come out that the organism is isolated and is resistant to the antibiotic.

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How can we avoid Antibiotic Resistance ?

1. Consult with your healthcare provider for appropriate medication for your illness. Do not Self Medicate.

2. Communicate efficiently to your healthcare provider so that he will have a clear understanding of your symptoms and he can determine what type of antibiotic would be appropriate.

3. Strictly follow prescription medication directions. Always complete the treatment course even if you start to feel better.

 

How Yoga Practice Can Benefit Runners

The benefits of Yoga as exercise :

  • Gives you good breathing habit

  • Takes away medical problems

  • Helps in menopausal period

  • Gives you regular menstrual period

  • Improves the inner and outer body organs

  • Develops and balances good mental health


Yoga and running both requires practice, agility, flexibility and patience. Paulo Leonido , teacher of Yoga for Life notes "It gives you more mobility and endurance specially the pace when you're breathing".

Just like any sport, Yoga can enhance your body ang gets you conditioned for any physical activity.

I recently attended his class and learned some points in doing Yoga exercise.

 

Yoga maximizes breathing

In Yoga, you control your breathe. And you can use that control when you are into a run in order to achieve your distance goal. A good breathing practice gives you more energy, and that results a longer stamina when your run.

It gives you more sense of direction mentally and physically. It also utilizes all the body muscles and that makes a runner stronger.

It prevents injury because you develop flexibility. You run better when you're flexible, that's why runners do stretch before running.

It's good when you practice yoga before you get into any sport.

 

Yoga and Vegetarianism

Just a reminder, before you practice allow least 2 hours after eating a meal.

If you practice Yoga, you become aware not just to yourself but also to your environment, vegetarianism has that same goal - non violence.

The food that you eat also affects what you practice. Yoga develops your discipline that's why it helps a lot when you are into a diet which aims loosing weight.

A Good News to Runners!









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Runners Runner is an online registration platform, it helps race organizers receive online registration, it also helps runners receive race kits.

Your Ultimate Online Registration Partner

 

Edwin Soriano, VP - Business Development for Runners' Runner shared to us about the good news to runners.

  • Runners Runner opened a store in R.O.X., it's going to be a permanent outlet distributing race kits for different runs.

  • You can now make your next pruchase thru www.runnersrunner.com


Yes you can now pay your race through Credit Cards, Paypal, Bank deposit, G-cash and Smart. Money.

  • Lola RR is the Customer Service Representative of Runners Runner.


Just call the hotline (02-5078348), txtline (0917-5352128) and community-powered online support www.runnersrunner.com/faqs for your concerns and questions.

Visit Runners Runner now and discover what's in store for you.

 

During the event, we also met the Relations Manager of Eat Pray Run, Teacher Cheryl Golangco

Why Eat Pray Run?

We wanted to have a running gear and make it filipino made and become different

from the leading brands. This is the first running gear for a cause.

Why Pray?

All of these would not be possible wothout the help of God. Reagardless of our religion we do Pray to God.

Sponsors

The event could not be possible without the following sponsors:

 

What causes an Erectile Dysfunction?

Women outlived men by 5 to 10 years. Do you want our Men to be dying young? Of course not!

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The Mens Health Society was recently launched in the country in response to the current trend in Medicine for Men's preventive care. This also refers to measures taken to prevent male related disease as well as curing them or treating the symptoms.

The culture in medicine care has become a disease care, doctors will care for a patient when they already have a disease. It is better if doctors will actually care for us even before we get sick. And that's the real definition of healthcare. Doctors actually caring for patient and making sure that their health not their disease is taken care of.

Doctors should be trained to ask questioons and make you feel comfortable, questioins like

  • How often do you exercise?

  • What kind of diet do you have?

  • What are your sexual practices?


This is why Mens Health Society was formed spearheaded by Dr. Quincy Raya of Asian Institue of Longevity Medicine.

Women's health has always been well taken care of because when women get pregnant Doctors make sure that they are free of disease and ready to give the baby get into the work.

Now men has been neglected, specially that men has this macho image that if they have a weakness, disease and they have sexual dysfunction it is not easy for them to admit this.

 

The Asian Institute of Longevity Medicine, represented by Dr. Quincy Raya is currently spearheading the establishment of the men's health concerns. Anually, June is the International Men's Health Month while International Men's Health Week will be on June 13-19 2011, leading to Father's Day. This celebration carries the purpose of improving health outcomes and greater life expectancy in men, providing better access to care for men and facilitating the particiaption of men in their preventive healthcare and improve quality of life.

There are some important points Dr. Quincy Raya shared to us during the presscon:

As doctors We need to make men comfortable enough to tell them about their weakness and disease. The problem sometimes is we are afraid to tell to doctors because they are unfriendly, they're quiet judgemental and sometimes they just give pill for every ill.

Influence Government Policies

I know its challenging thing to do. But if it was done in Singapore I hope we can also do that here. We are coordinating male dominated groups, stakeholders, Asian Institute of Longevity and government bodies.

 

Some issues tackled during the presscon

Is it awkward if a doctor is a girl?

I think as a doctor you should know what questions to ask, and need to make them comfortable telling about your weaknesses and erectile dysfunction.

Circumcision issues

Some say that with good and proper hygiene you don't need to get circumsion but study states that when you get a circumsion there is a lesser risk you get Sexaully Transmitted Diseases and UTI.

What causes an Erectile Dysfunction?

Poor Lifestyle such as smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifetstyle meaning you don't get exercise.

So one of our aim is to encourage men to have a healthy lifestyle for themselves and for their family.

Please Vote Veggiecircle for Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs

Hi friends,

Good day! Hope you can include veggiecircle.com to your list of Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011.

I just bought this domain last July 2010 because I wanted to make a new blog which is  veggiecircle.com.

I imported my old posts from http://veggiecircle.blogspot.com

only for repository purposes but blog veggiecircle.com actually started July 2010.

The archives that I deleted here in veggiecircle.com were originally from http://veggiecircle.blogspot.com/ and I am no longer updating that.

I started  a new blog veggiecircle.com since July 2010. *veggiecircle.com is NOT a "continuation" of my old blog.

So since it has started just last year. I hope that you can include this to your list.

Anyway I am still looking for  3 more blogs to nominate? You can share your blog by leaving a comment and hopefully include to my list.

Thank you and Stay Healthy!

Carl Valenzona

 

 

My Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011

I would like to share my list for the Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011.

1. veggiecircle.com – (Carl Valenzona) This is my blog, woot2x!

2. RizalPark.org - (Jhong Medina) Promoting Filipino Heritage, I also blog for this.

3. Echusera.com – (Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas), Celebrities close up, I also blog for this. Chus!

4. BLOG-PH.com – (JayL Aquino), Nice domain name, i really really like it!

5. Shopsowee.blogspot.com – (Sire Arevalo) Shameless

6. Shygirlsown.info – (Carmela Tanaquin) I think this is the blog of Ning Buning who hides her real name. Amazing!

7. http://bloggermanila.com/ - (Jonel Uy) This blog has many blogs under. There's a lot of surprises here.

8. http://www.sleekinthecity.com - (Mark Joseph Delgado) You're guide to what's best in Manila.

9. http://www.certifiedfoodies.com - (Mhel and Kenneth Ignacio) I am voting this because I was so touched by the campaign speech.

10. http://mtrcb.blogspot.com/ - A promising movie entertainment blog worth voting for. I love the tagline MTRCB

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Marian Rivera Loosing Weight



Marian Rivera plays a warrior in Amaya. Part of her preaparation for this is learning Martial Arts specificly Arnis.

"Di ako nahirapan sa fight scenes ko kasi enjoy talaga ako dito"

I noticed during the private screening that Marian Rivera Loosed Weight, maybe because of her rigorour fight scenes in Amaya. And the reason that makes her on FHM Philippines 2011 Top 10.

Here's the partial and unofficial results of FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011 as of June 3, 2011:

1. Sam Pinto
2. Marian Rivera
3. Angel Locsin
4. Cristine Reyes
5. Solenn Heussaff
6. Jennylyn Mercado
7. Lovi Poe
8. Katrina Halili
9. Ellen Adarna
10. Iwa Moto

You can still vote for your favorite female celebrity by texting in FHM (space) VOTE and send to 2640. You can also fill out ballots printed on FHM and fax them to 451-8888 loc. 1071.

Winners of Miss Philippines Earth 2011

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The long wait is over we have now a new queen that will represent our country to compete for Ms. Earth, as she embodies environmental awareness and love for mother earth. Here are the Winners of Miss Philippines Earth 2011.

 

Miss Philippines Earth 2011 – Athena Mae Imperial from Casiguran, Aurora
Miss Philippines Air 2011 – Jonavi Raisa Quiray from Puerto Princesa
Miss Philippines Water 2011 – Murielle Adrienne Orais from Cebu City
Miss Philippines Fire 2011 – Michelle Gavagan from Las Pinas City
Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism 2011 – Tarhata Clio Shari Rico from Makati City


The competition was tough, the judges had their hardest time choosing the right winner. Grand  coronation night was held last June 5, at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Palawan.

Alodia Gosiengfiao at the Globe Tattoo Swatch Cosplay

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Last week Alodia was on top of the most searchable in Yahoo, now she gets more and more famous.

Cosplay goddess Alodia Gosiengfiao graced the Tattoo Swatch Cosplay "Tattoed in Time" event last June 4 at the Trinoma Activity Center. It was well attended by the greatest cosplayers in the metro.

Alodia, who's also a Tattoo Ambassador hosted the event together with eventologist Tim Yap. "This is my first time to see Alodia in person, we only talk in twitter that's why I am so happy to see her face to face, I am an Alodia fan myself." - Tim shares as he wears a Swatch inspired costume with wings.

Alodia was very happy to see her fellow cosplayers, especially Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and Shrek.

Director Rowell Santiago was also there to judge together with Alodia's sister Ashley Gosiengfiao.

Alodia's co ambassador Sarah Gauger was also there who did a performance also with General Luna Band.

There was also a fashion show of cosplay cutomes designed by Famous Fashion Designers.

This event was also the launch of Globe Tattoo as it  speeds of up to 3 mbps, Wifi Sharing, and 200 free texts monthly.

Here are some photos during the event:

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Mark Zuckerberg planning to go vegetarian?

I just read this from Organic Authority that Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will only eat animals he actually kills himself this year in a self-imposed ‘personal challenge.’

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OMG, Mark Zuckerberg becomes vegetarian?  So he's gonna change Facebook's color into green? Lol !

The Green Facebook or The Green Lantern?

Here's what Organic Authority posted:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he will only eat animals he actually kills himself this year in a self-imposed ‘personal challenge.’

The 27 year-old billionaire innovator and controversial figurehead of the most popular social networking website in the world told Fortune magazine in an email interview that the only meat he will eat, he will kill himself, which now includes seafood like lobster (his first kill), a pig and a goat. “I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot aboutsustainable farming and raising of animals,” he says. “It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.”

Actively participating in where his food comes from is a way to help Zuckerberg be thankful for the food he has to eat he said in the Fortune interview: “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience.”

Will this dietary change last beyond the one-year ‘personal challenge’ timeframe? Zuckerberg’s not saying yet, but if his emphasis on the benefits of reducing a dependence on factory farm meat can go as viral as Facebook, he could have an impact far greater than just on his own health.

 

Athletes and TV5 celebrities to grace AKTV Run this June 5

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TV5 stars and news personalities, along with the country’s renowned athletes, will be joining in the festivities of the very much anticipated AKTV Run this Sunday, June 5, at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

 

Set to launch AKTV, Sports5’s primetime sports block on IBC channel 13, the AKTV Run will be led by triathlete and AKTV Run poster girl Michelle Estuar and Sports5 analyst Jason Webb. They will be joined by other athletes including amateur basketball player Eric Salamat as well as Sports5 reporters Mav Gonzales and Rizza Diaz. With the gun start for the 21K race scheduled as early as 4:45 a.m., runners are advised to assemble at the area at 4:00 a.m.

The Sports5 event also features post-run festivities dubbed as AKTV Family Fun Fair wherein people of all ages can enjoy an array of exciting sports presentations, health and fitness demonstrations, photo ops, among other fun-filled activities. There will be boxing, billiards, mixed-martial arts demo booths as well as yoga and Pilates classes at the fair area.

Kids will also enjoy a fun Sunday morning by the bay as the AKTV Family Fun Fair offers amusing activities for them at the TV5 Kids tent, where they can watch a show featuring their favorite characters from Batibot as well as other popular characters from Disney and Cartoon Network programs airing on TV5.

The AKTV Family Fun Fair will be hosted by News5 anchor Paolo Bediones, together with Manu Sandejas and Chiqui Roa (hosts of TV5 sports show Astig). Many TV5 celebrities will also be present at the event, including Richard Gomez, Rainier Castillo, Empoy Marquez, Regine Tolentino, Jef Gaitan, Sam YG, Carlo Aquino, IC Mendoza, and JC De Vera.

Fans will have the chance to see the cast of TV5 programs Bagets, Iskul Bukol and Bangis up close and have their photos taken with them at their designated photo booths.

With such a star-studded lineup of exciting activities, the SM Mall of Asia grounds is surely the place to be for the whole family this Sunday morning as Sports5 launches its newest sports block via AKTV Run and the AKTV Family Fun Fair.

AKTV begins broadcast this June 5 at 5:30pm on IBC channel 13 with the Finals of the 22nd FIBA Asia Champion’s Cup.

Philippines’ Cosplay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao trends on Yahoo

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A few days ago I did a post about Cosplay goddesses Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao as endorsers of Wheatgrass Easy Pha-max. I was surprised to get more than 300 likes for that post. I remember the time when Mike Abundo said: "If you blog Alodia, expect a spike on traffic"

Now it's proven. No wonder why a lot of companies get her as endorser, it's because she really is that influential. I wonder how much TF she gets for her endorsements? Whatever the price, I know she deserves it.

And because of that, Philippines’ Cosplay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao trends on Yahoo. Each week, Yahoo! search editors analyze online queries to see the themes and trends which bubbled to the surface.

Last week (23-29 May) the web was buzzing with pop culture icons including Cosplay Queen, Indie Prince and Primetime Queen.

Here's the complete list:

Philippines’ “Cosplay Queen,” “Indie Prince,” and the Kapuso Network’s “Primetime Queen” are among last week’s top 10 Pinoy pop culture royals trending on Yahoo!

Alodia Gosiengfiao: The 23 year old “Cosplay Queen” tops this week’s list after she and her sister Ashley featured in the widely publicized launch of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass ready-to-drink health beverage TVC. Alodia’s affair with cosplay – short for costume play or dressing up as a fictional character, started when she was 15, consequently opening up opportunities for her in the entertainment world. The Animax VJ who hosts ABS-CBN’s prank show Laugh Out Loud with Luis Manzano was signed up earlier this month as the brand ambassador by Globe Telecom for its mobile Internet service.

Dennis Trillo: In the June 2011 issue of YES! Magazine, Jennylyn Mercado detailed her reasons for breaking up with actor Dennis Trillo. The Kapuso actress stated how a small argument turned into a huge fight that ended the relationship, eventually hurting her. Netizens searched for Dennis’ version of the issue but he refused to comment instead stating, “The truth is, I really don’t want to talk about it because it’s done and over with.”

Bagyong Chedeng: Tropical Storm Chedeng entered Philippines on the morning of May 23. The typhoon which left four people dead and P14 million in damages, reminded people of the destruction that Typhoon Ondoy had brought in 2009. Chedeng also brought to light PAGASA’s (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) conflicting weather forecasts with Japan Meteorological Agency’s weather predictions.

Sam Pinto: The 21-year-old actress and model momentarily rose to the top spot when she overtook Marian Rivera and Angel Locsin in the last week’s unofficial results of FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011. The Captain Barbell actress, who was also recently chosen as an endorser for San Miguel Light Beer and Fitrum dietary supplement, has since climbed back to the third place.

Coco Martin:

 

 Earlier this month, Philippines’ “Indie Prince” received the Gawad Urian’s Actor of the Decade Award for 2000 to 2009 along with actresses Gina PareƱo and Cherry Pie Picache. Coco Martin, born as Rodel Nacianceno, received the honor for his outstanding work in films including Jay, Tambolista, Daybreak, Kinatay, and Noy from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (the Filipino Film Critics).

American Idol:

 

 Seventeen-year old country crooner Scotty McCreery became the new American Idol after defeating the judges’ choice for the title Lauren Alaina. Scotty performed alongside Tim McGraw and sang a duet, Live Like You're Dying. "It felt like a dream," Scotty said about his victory.

Jiro Manio:

 

een actor Jiro Manio, The former FAMAS and Urian best actor award winner for his role in Magnifico, has reportedly volunteered to undergo rehabilitation for drug abuse. He was part of ABS-CBN network’s roster of talents and was pulled out off the television series Tayong Dalawa for "unprofessional and irresponsible behavior”. According to a PEP report, Jiro’s father assured his fans that the 19-year old actor “is committed to becoming a better person”.

Marian Rivera:



GMA Network’s controversial star returns to primetime as she plays the title role of warrior princess Amaya, an epic series set in the Central Visayas in the 1500s. Actors Sid Lucero and model-turned-actor Mikael Daez, who was also trending in Yahoo! search last week for an alleged photo scandal, join her in the cast. The mestiza actress is often criticized for her imperfect English and alleged snobbish behavior.

NBA: In the 2011 NBA playoffs last week, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat emerged as the contenders in the finals. Miami Heat’s entry in the NBA Finals was particularly inspirational to the Filipinos because of the team’s head coach Erik Spoelstra, who is Filipino-American. Erik’s mother Elisa, is from San Pablo, Laguna. Miami Heat beat Mavericks 92-84.


Gandang Gabi Vice:




Comedian Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie Viceral in real life, now has his own TV show. Gandang Gabi Vice, a combination of comedy, television sitcom and variety show, started airing on ABS-CBN from May 22, with Bea Alonzo, Kim Chiu, and Angeline Quinto as guests. For its second episode, the show featured Piolo Pascual, Cristine Reyes, and Gerald Anderson.

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