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Netizens applaud ‘Kadenang Ginto’ hospital scene

Netizens applaud ‘Kadenang Ginto’ hospital scene

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  • Kadenang Ginto had a scene where a doctor explained blood transfusion correctly
  • Twitter page @medtechproblems posted the video and medtech practitioners complimented the scene

One reason people love teleseryes is for their scenes that are over dramatic. But even if the drama can be over the top, they still have to be rooted in reality or facts.

GMA Network’s My Special Tatay got a lot of heat for one of their scenes when Boyet, a character in the teleserye, got shot twice.

Bullet holes were found in Boyet’s upper left chest near the heart and at the lower rib area on the right side. This indicates that the body parts affected would have been the heart, lungs, and the liver. When they got to the hospital, the doctor said that Boyet got shot in his appendix and his rib cage. Medical practitioners lambasted the scene on social media for being inaccurate and misleading.

The doctor in the teleserye also said that Boyet might need blood transfusion because of the appendix damage. This also got a laugh out of netizens since a blood transfusion is unnecessary because humans can live without an appendix.

The writers got a lot of heat for the medical misinformation.

Kadenang Ginto made sure not to make the same mistake and got applauded by netizens, specifically medical technicians.

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There was a scene similar to the one that happened in My Special Tatay.

The doctor in the scene said that during blood transfusions, blood type is not the only factor that needs to be considered.

Antibody screening and cross-matching should also be done.

Netizens started comparing the two scenes and were impressed with Kadenang Ginto‘s writers.

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“Fake news pa din pala ang weapon nyo hanggang ngayon.” Ethel Booba claps back at Sass Sasot

“Fake news pa din pala ang weapon nyo hanggang ngayon.” Ethel Booba claps back at Sass Sasot

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  • Ethel Booba reacts to Jimmy Bondoc’s rant about ABS-CBN
  • Blogger Sass Sasot claps back, accusing Ethel of having ghost writers
  • Netizens react

Comedian Ethel Booba and Duterte supporter Sass Rogando Sasot got into it a tussle online about the debt of the Lopez family to the government.

It all started when the comedienne criticized Jimmy Bondoc for his comments saying that he would be happy to see ABS-CBN get shut down for all the manipulation he alleges they do.

In a tweet, Ethel took a shot at Bondoc.

“Chusera sya! Parte siya ng gobyerno sunod excited siya na magsarado ang ABS-CBN kung saan madaming magiging unemployed. As if may mabibigay siyang trabaho sa libo libong manggagawa doon. Charot!”

Ethel joked when a follower asked her if she had made her own YouTube channel .

“Channel 2. Kaya yung excited dyan na ipasarado ang channel namin eh isarado nya bibig nya. Charot!”.

This is when Sasot comes on the scene, and dropped a reply on Facebook saying that the Lopezes, the family that owns ABS-CBN, owe the government 1.6 billion pesos.

“Hi Ethel Booba! Ano raw masasabi mo sa utang ng mga Lopezes sa ating gobyerno? Tablahin na lang natin?” Sasot questioned.

“Please read some of my tweets na sabi ko if may totoong utang, edi pagbayarin para ‘di mag-suffer mga employees nila,” Ethel replied to the blogger.

Ethel even made it clear that even if the Lopezes owed money, it is not a reason for their network to get shut down.

The comedian added, “Hi Miss @srsasot if may utang ang mga Lopez e di pagbayarin. Siguro naman may batas tayo para dyan. Ano naman masasabi mo sa mga mawawalan ng trabaho? Tablahin na lang natin? Charot!”

The blogger fired back saying, “Kung magsara ang ABS-CBN dahil di na approve ang franchise nila dahil ayaw bayaran ng Lopezes ang utang nila sa gobyerno, ang mga Lopezes po ang nanabla sa mga workers nila. BAKIT mo sa atin pinapasa ang responsibilidad ng ABS-CBN? Takot ka sis na di na makatuntong sa Dos? Yung Totoo?”

Ethel replied by implying that she did not tweet anything about the debt aspect of things.

“Hi Miss @srsasot please read some of my tweets na sabi ko if may totoong utang edi pagbayarin para di magsuffer mga employees nila.Hello bakit ako matatakot di makatungtong sa Dos ano sila langit? Charot!”

The comedian did not stop there, she kept firing back.

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“Kasuhan nyo dahil kung idadaan nyo sa tamang batas e magkakabayaran kayo kung totoong may utang. Huwag puro trial by publicity. Charot!”

Another tweet soon followed.

“Magbayad na nga kayo @ABSCBN kung totoong may utang kayo. Kawawa naman mga empleyado dagdag pa sa aming mga walang trabaho.”

Sasot then threw shade at Ethel for having ghostwriters that help her air her views on the social media platform.

“Paging Ethel Booba, mag-LIVE ka raw minsan, tapos candid na Q&A about different political issues para ma-dispel ang hinala na hindi ikaw ang nagsusulat sa Twitter mo.”

The comedian answered in a sarcastic manner. “Buhay pa sila hindi sila ghost kaya wag kayong ano dyan. Charot! Cyst nagtawag ka daw ng mga kakampi sunod ang iba nagsasabi pa na bayad ang mga tweets ko. Fake news pa din pala ang weapon nyo hanggang ngayon. Charot!”

Sasot replied by saying, “Sana bigyan ng radio show si Ethel Booba, political commentary. Malalas naman hatak nya, ipangtapat sa Karambola.”

The comedian replied, “Tag mo Cyst diba malakas ka? Naalala ko inofferan ako ng isang sikat na newspaper na magkaroon ng sariling column sayang di lang natuloy. Gawin sana kitang ghost writer. Charot!”

Netizens reacted to the heated back and forth.

The Lopezes have clarified that they do not own the government anything, including the DBP.

Salvador Tirona, president of Lopez Holdings Corp. released a statement back in 2017 saying,

“The fact [is] DBP provided loans to Lopez Group companies only as part of consortia that included many other banks. All debts incurred were provided by institutions that had all the time and the opportunity to review our investment portfolio, and had the same opportunity to refuse us credit.”

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Batangas students get brand new library from ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya

Batangas students get brand new library from ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya

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  • Looc Elementary School in Batangas will now have access to more learning and educational resources with a brand new library
  • ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s (ALKFI) Programa Genio and partner organizations built a new learning resource for kids of Looc

Students and teachers in Looc, Batangas, will now have access to more learning and educational resources with a brand new library recently turned over to the Looc Elementary School by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s (ALKFI) Programa Genio and partner organizations.

Gina Burgos, a fisherwoman from the remote town along Taal Lake, dreams of a better life for her two children. She says a new library for her children and their schoolmates can inspire them to make the most of their education and pursue their dreams.

“Even though we don’t earn much, my husband and I work very hard so that our children can go to school and have a chance to have a better life,” said Gina, who heads the parents’ association in the school. “I can already see how much joy this new library brings to my children, while also motivating them to keep learning and keep dreaming big.”

Meanwhile, according to Donalyn Maya, officer-in-charge of Looc Elementary School and the chairman of the Looc-Balete Development Association, the new library benefits both students and teachers, who have difficulty getting hold of learning materials and resources.

“This new library and the supplies in it are a huge help not just to the students but to us teachers, too,” said Donalyn. “We now have easy access to reference books that are usually found in bigger city libraries, while the children can foster a love for reading and learning with these new books.”


ALKFI’s educational arm Programa Genio, which works with public schools and communities to give more students access to quality education, spearheaded the project, which is part of ABS-CBN’s commitment to help Filipinos nationwide have access to more learning opportunities. The library was built with donations from the Filipino American Cultural Organization (FACO) and is in line with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Every Child a Reader program that aims to equip elementary pupils with strategic reading and writing skills to help them with reading comprehension.

According to Maricar Estole, program director of Programa Genio, the library and teacher training program gives children a safe space and resources so they can learn to love reading and eventually become better students, while assisting the teachers in giving their students the best education possible.

The library is just one of many projects spearheaded by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya to help the residents in the remote, lakeside town of Looc have access to education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities. Home to about 4,000 residents who rely mostly on seasonal farming, fishing, and construction work for their livelihood, Looc has been one of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya’s beneficiaries or “adopted communities” since 2016. ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya also led in the construction of a barangay health center, a community pharmacy, the NutriPan project- a school based bakery that sells nutritious, affordable bread to the students, and the rehabilitation of the Looc Elementary School gymnasium, which serves as the evacuation center for Looc and other neighboring barangays in times of calamity.

For updates on the projects of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, follow its official Facebook account (@abscbnfoundationkapamilya) or visit the website at www.abs-cbnfoundation.com. For updates follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or go to abscbnpr.com

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TILT Asia launches Ultimate 10 To champion conservation of the Verde Island passage

TILT Asia launches Ultimate 10 To champion conservation of the Verde Island passage

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  • Tilt Asia, in partnership with SEA Institute, kicks off the call for the conservation of the Verde Island Passage with the launch of the Tilt Ultimate 10
  • Angelique Manto, Cam Lagmay, Ella Pangilinan, Janina Vela, Kara Gozali, Patrice Averilla, Princess Ybanez, and Z Saldua gathered at the exclusive event to learn more about the Verde Island passage, deemed the “center of marine biodiversity” in the world, and help spread awareness of its conservation
  • A brand for travel, inspiration, living, and technology, Tilt Asia is one of the freshest digital initiatives of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company

New millennial lifestyle brand Tilt Asia, in partnership with SEA Institute, kicks off the call for the conservation of the Verde Island Passage with the launch of the Tilt Ultimate 10—featuring 10 millennial influencers championing different causes and advocacies, unveiled at the Tilt We Sea You Spa & Yacht Cruise Party.

Angelique Manto, Cam Lagmay, Ella Pangilinan, Janina Vela, Kara Gozali, Patrice Averilla, Princess Ybanez, and Z Saldua gathered at the exclusive event to learn more about the Verde Island passage, deemed the “center of marine biodiversity” in the world, and help spread awareness of its conservation. They are now part of the Tilt Ultimate 10, together with Janeena Chan and Javi Cang.

A brand for travel, inspiration, living, and technology, Tilt Asia is one of the freshest digital initiatives of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among all media companies and a growing list of digital properties.

The Tilt We Sea You Spa & Yacht Cruise Party was also graced by content creator and endorser Janina Manipol, BYS ambassador Laura Barber, influencer-opthalmologist Mark Agas, travel YouTuber and filmmaker Martin Solhaugen, and hosted by Mica Pineda.

Guests were treated to a delicious lunch buffet at Spiral and an exciting sparty at Le Spa with cocktails and a program where SEA Institute introduced the Verde Island passage and ongoing campaigns to protect it. The event culminated with a serene sunset cruise party along Manila Bay.

Get an insiders’ look at the exclusive conservation campaign with the “We Sea You” episode premiere this Friday (May 31), 7 pm on facebook.com/tilt.asia. For updates, follow @tilt_asia on Twitter and Instagram or visit the official Tilt Asia YouTube channel

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Writer pens an open letter to Jimmy Bondoc about his rants against ABS-CBN

Writer pens an open letter to Jimmy Bondoc about his rants against ABS-CBN

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  • A writer addressed each of Jimmy Bondoc’s assumptions in the latter’s tirade against ABS-CBN
  • Writer Lolito Go also labeled Bondoc as a traitor

An open letter was written by a Filipino writer named Lolito Go for Jimmy Bondoc on his rants against the ABS-CBN.

In Go’s open letter shared on May 23, he addressed each of Bondoc’s assumptions in the Facebook post expressing his excitement over the possibility of the “biggest network” closing down.

Bondoc said that, “ABS-CBN is a snake pit” to which Go pointed out that Bondoc is himself a snake who works for Malacañang and a traitor who betrayed the Filipino people.

“You yourself are a snake. The fact that you support a regime of traitors makes you a traitor as well”

He also explained why Bondoc was a traitor.

“Need I explain kung bakit kayo traydor? Anomalous deals with China. Mga mangingisdang tinataboy sa sariling teritoryo. Daan-daang libong illegal Chinese migrants na umaagaw ng trabaho sa mga Pinoy. Ang pagpayag ng gobyerno sa pagsira sa coral reefs at pagnakaw sa giant clams na ilang taon ding inalagaan ng mga scientist natin. Kayo ang mga ahas na pumepeste sa likas na yaman ng bayan!”

Second point, Bondoc said that, “Success inside ABS is based on politics and sexual favors.” With this statement, Go said that Bondoc’s position in the government was also based on favors, too. He even mentioned other names who were also appointed for government positions not based on their competency and honesty.

“Hiyang-hiya naman ako sa padrino system ng gobyernong kinabibilangan mo, Jimmy boy. Your position now, I am most certain, depended on political favors too. (I’m not sure about sexual favors though.) Marami kayo, si Ka Freddie, si Arnell Ignacio, si Mocha, si RJ Jacinto, etc. Kaya nga hindi na basehan ang competency at honesty eh. People are being appointed according to their willingness to become a ‘yes man’ and sing praises to your egocentric lord,” he said.

Third, Bondoc also mentioned that “they have contests where winner have been pre-determined, or are manipulated to suits the whims of the hidden bosses.” Go acquiesced that there may be certain contests that are vulnerable to entertainment politics, but it is wrong to generalize that all contests are being manipulated.

“This is also true with other networks. Irevoke na rin nating ang NTC licenses nila?” he said

Fourth, Bondoc stated that, “Their news is for sale, the highest bidder gets the slant.” Go recalled the name of public relations practitioner Nic Gabunada who helped Duterte’s social media propaganda during the national elections in 2016. Go pointed out that despite the issues that the network has faced, it had contributed a lot to the Filipino people.

“Pero kahit pagsama-samahin mo ang mga imperfections ng ABS, it is nothing compared to what it gives to Filipino people. At walang anumang dahilan, kahit gaano kabigat, para ipanalangin mo ang kamatayan ng isang institusyon na naging simbolo na ng pagbangon mula sa abo ng Martial Law,” he said.

Lastly, Bondoc had also mentioned that the network “has countless victims, from sexual harassment to plain and simple bullying” to which Go also agreed. He said that there are sexual predators in ABS-CBN, but such people are everywhere, in offices, factories, and even other networks.

“Blame it on the culture of impunity, blame it on the culture of victim-blaming. Mas malalim na sipat ang kailangan natin dito at hindi selective justice at myopic singling-out-on-the-enemy tactics ng mga sipsip na katulad ni Jimmy boy,” he said.

In the last part of the letter, he stated that Bondoc should have brought his issues to court and file a formal complaint if he has the legal basis to back his accusations.

“Kung may legal weight ang accusations, bring it to the courts. File a formal complaint.”

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Netizen strikes back at Jimmy Bondoc for rants against ABS-CBN

Netizen strikes back at Jimmy Bondoc for rants against ABS-CBN

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  • A netizen questions Jimmy Bondoc for not reacting to Duterte harassing women openly
  • The netizen wanted to point out that before he was appointed to a government position, Bondoc was one of the ABS-CBN artists who followed orders from the heads of the network

After Jimmy Bondoc posted on his Facebook account about his excitement for “biggest network” closing down, celebrities and the public alike have reacted to his rant.

Bondoc had been referring to ABS-CBN whose franchise license is still up for renewal and will expire in 2020. He claimed that there were instances of fraud, sexual harassment, and politicking during his time there as an artist.

One netizen took Bondoc to task for what he denied was schadenfreude.

Though she admits that there are a lot of times she was irritated with  ABS-CBN network, she questioned Bondoc for not reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte harassing women openly.

Duterte has made inappropriate comments about women on several occasions, including rape jokes. “As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases,” Duterte said in reaction to Davao’s high number of rape cases.

Bondoc had mentioned that the success of the network was based on politics and sexual favors which made her ask why he kept silent when the government was being corrupt.

In 2016, Bondoc was appointed by the president as the Assitant Vice President for Entertainment for PAGCOR, during which time his music career seemed to become stagnant.

The netizen wanted to point out that before he was appointed to a government position, he was one of the ABS-CBN artists who followed orders from the heads of the network.

Bondoc’s rant has fired up the network’s supporters, Kapamilya celebrities and even the rival channel’s personalities who also posted their reactions on social media.

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Jimmy Bondoc is excited about ‘one of the biggest networks’ closing down

Jimmy Bondoc is excited about ‘one of the biggest networks’ closing down

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  • Jimmy Bondoc took to Facebook to express his wish for a TV network’s “extinction”
  • Bondoc explained why he wanted to see the biggest network close down
  • Bondoc was a former talent at ABS-CBN

Jimmy Bondoc has been less visible in the music scene ever since he was appointed Assistant Vice President for entertainment for PAGCOR in 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

He is a staunch supporter of the President who has threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

In his recent Facebook post, Bondoc revealed his excitement to see the biggest television network closing down.

It started off with an earlier post where he reacted to an ABS-CBN News Report titled Bong Go not accompanied by family at Senate proclamation which he called “malicious.” He also expressed his eagerness for the network’s “extinction.”

He wrote:

“Napaka MALICIOUS ng abs cbn news.
I will eagerly await your demise.
Look at what this headline connotes.
And look at what the real reason is.
Your news section is nothing but a ____
Never mind.
I eagerly await your extinction.”

In his next Facebook post, he explained the reasons he wanted to see the biggest network close down. For him, the company’s success was based on politics and sexual favors and that people keep their silence because they benefit from it.

“I am so excited to see the biggest tv network close down. This company is a snake pit, where success is based on politics and sexual favors. NOBODY dares to talk about it because they either benefit from it, or they would rather not have them as enemies.”

He wanted the netizens to read first his reasons before judging him for his eagerness to see this biggest network to close down.

“ART and CULTURE have been ruined by this network. Our moral fiber as a nation, too. Wide-eyed kids seek dreams and fall in line, not knowing the hell that their lives will be plunged into.
They have contests where the winners have been pre-determined, or are manipulated to suit the whims of the hidden bosses.
Their news is for sale, highest bidder gets the slant. And foreign groups are usually the victors.”

He was also aware how people would react negatively to his post but he was so determined to speak up.

“I AM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR DEMISE. I know how this sounds. And I know the nasty comments which are bound to come. I don’t care. If you think COMELEC is bad, wait until you see the real machinery that is known as “the biggest network.”

Bondoc claimed that closing of this network means “real change.”

“This is not schadenfreude. This is hope! This is for real change. You have COUNTLESS VICTIMS, from sexual harassment to plain and simple bullying.
I am so happy that your time has come”

Meanwhile, Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin slammed singer Jimmy Bondoc for wanting closure of the ‘biggest TV network.’

Bondoc was once a performer on some ABS-CBN shows.

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ABS-CBN’s Tulong Center helped an OFW from her abusive employer

ABS-CBN’s Tulong Center helped an OFW from her abusive employer

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  • Lilian Abenoja, an OFW in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia made it home with the help of ABS-CBN’s Tulong Center
  • ABS-CBN’s Tulong Center offers free legal and medical assistance to Filipinos in need
  • During her visit at the Tulong Center, Lilian shared her bad experiences with her employer

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was recently in danger made it home safely to her husband and children thanks to the quick action of the ABS-CBN Tulong Center, the “ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMM” radio program, and government agencies.

Lilian Abenoja, who worked as a helper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, alerted her husband Renato Rimando after repeatedly suffering various forms of abuse in the hands of her employer. Renato rushed to the Tulong Center in Quezon City frantic for help upon getting a call from his wife, who feared that her employer would rape her or worse, at any moment.

The center, which provides Filipinos with free legal and medical assistance through connecting them to appropriate organizations and agencies, immediately gave him with an endorsement letter to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and endorsed Lilian’s case to the“ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMM” radio program with Julius Babao and Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo. They featured Renato and Lilian’s situation on air and connected them to OWWA’s Repatriation Assistance Unit, making immediate action on it possible. They got the agency’s commitment to tap other concerned government agencies here and in Riyadh to rescue Lilian.

Within a month, she was back home with her family.

During a recent visit to the Tulong Center, Lilian shared how her male employer tried to intimidate her into giving him sexual favors, while her female employer accused her of seducing her husband and retaliated by withholding her wages, food, and basic needs. Moreover, even the children she cared for were hurting and mistreating her too.

“We are so grateful for the help extended to us,” said Renato. “We know about others who’ve had to wait for months to be rescued, and the horror stories of starvation, rape, and worse. But thanks to ABS-CBN, who alerted the authorities on our situation attention and acted quickly, my wife was saved from further harm,” he added.

Launched in February 2014, the Tulong Center aims to serve Kapamilyas in need of legal, medical and other forms of assistance and has served more than 40,000 individuals and counting since then. While it doesn’t provide direct financial assistance like cash, it works with various groups, including hospitals, pharmacies and government agencies to respond to the needs of Kapamilyas who need help. The Tulong Center also connects the clients with DZMM TeleRadyo’s “Lingkod Kapamilya” program who air their stories and pleas for help to alert the organizations and government agencies to take action immediately.

The Tulong Center is located along Eugenio Lopez Drive at the ABS-CBN Compound in Quezon City every weekday from 8 am to 5 pm. They can also call the hotline at 4141296 or 4145431, or get in touch via Facebook at facebook.com/abscbnfoundationkapamilya. Pleas for help sent via phone, email, social media, or referrals are acted upon within 24 hours. Volunteers and interested donors and partners can call the same hotline to join the Tulong Centers efforts.

For more information, go tofacebook.com/abscbnfoundationkapamilya. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or go abscbnpr.com.

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Chienna Filomeno reveals why she got her nose done

Chienna Filomeno reveals why she got her nose done

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  • The doctor hit her nose with a scalpel when he was delivering her
  • She always felt insecure about it because her parents have high nose bridges
  • She is now more confident after the surgery

In society today, it is very common to go under the knife. People are shallower and attractiveness has become more of a necessity. Most of the time, it is the only way to deal with superficial insecurities.

Actress Chienna Filomeno is one of those individuals who admit to going under the knife.

Around April, the actress admitted to getting a nose job, but did not reveal the reason why. Most people would say she was already perfect even before the surgery, but to her, she was lacking something.

Chiena was born a Cesarean baby, and her delivery was considered an emergency. During the process, the doctor accidentally hit her nose with the scalpel. They said that the nose would just heal and go back to normal since she was still an infant. But according to the actress, her nose stopped growing when she was 14.

“Since emergency,  ‘yung doctor paghiwa niya, natamaan ang ilong ko. Tapos sabi nila magre-regenerate daw kasi baby pa naman ako so okay tapos 14 [years old na ako], wala, hindi pa tumubo ‘yung buto.”

She felt insecure because her parents have both tall nose bridges. There is actually a visible scar on her nose where the scalpel hit it.

She said that she is more confident now that her main insecurity has been dealt with.

“It helped a lot like I got a lot of projects, ‘yung confidence siyempre since alam ko na ayan na may buto na, andyan na siya, mas naging confident ako at nakita ng tao na ‘yun.”

It also has been rumored that she got her breast done to which she replied, “That‘s real, [I use] wonder bra, the right bra. I tell you next time and ‘yung pwet ko,‘yan lang malaki sa akin.

Her fans and netizens have always speculated that she got her nose done way before she even became an actress.

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‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

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  • ABS-CBN’s ‘Banana Sundae’ attracted controversy for using blackface in skit
  • The Sunday afternoon comedy show is in the middle of a growing controversy after its actors sported blackface to make fun of the Binay family, one of the Philippines’ major political clans
  • ‘Banana Sundae’ uses Blackface, sparks anger in netizens

On April 27, during an election forum organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in a church, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay  and her brother, also her political rival, got into a pretty heated argument. Abby says that her brother said some pretty nasty things to her, including something about her husband Luis Campos, and these all happened infront of their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

According to reports, everything started when Abby, during her speech, said that the other candidates should stop spreading lies about her, which triggered her brother. When she returned to her seat beside Junjun, the siblings immediately got into it and were separated.

‘Banana Sundae,’ formerly known as ‘Banana Split,’ a gag show that has been around since 2008, did a skit of the entire situation last Sunday.

The Binays are known for their darker than usual skin tone, and this feature have has been made fun of before. The skit showed three people playing Abby, Junjun, and Jejomar, with their faces painted in black.

Netizen Joey Lazaro aired his frustration by posting that “A skit was shown in Banana Sundae with the intent of having a spoof of the Binay incident that happened last week. The show just used black face to portray the Binay siblings including their father, our former Vice President.

Dear ABS-CBN , how could you allow such insensitivity to happen? NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”

The Facebook post has nearly 8k likes and has been shared over 6k times.

Netizens felt that the skit was disrespectful and ‘racist.’ They also criticized ABS-CBN for allowing it to be aired. But a good amount of netizens were not concerned about it and actually found the whole skit to be funny.

Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to justify state violence. In the 20th-century in America, non-black actors used blackface to portray black people that created racist stereotypes. After the civil rights movement, blackface was labeled offensive and  unacceptable by modern standards of political correctness.

Here in the Philippines, unlike in the west, we have no known history of slavery. Nobody enslaved the native Aetas, and they are closest to being black than any indigenous group in the country, and that is the reason why Filipinos still do not understand why the blackface is offensive.

There have been blackface issues in the past, for example ‘Bubble Gang’ making a skit about NBA Star LeBron James, the show ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ ‘Nita Negrita,’ and a few others.

Twitter users had something to say about it too.

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