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No time for love: Vico Sotto chooses to sleep on his free time than look for love

No time for love: Vico Sotto chooses to sleep on his free time than look for love

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  • The newly elected Mayor of Pasig City seems to be the most eligible bachelor in town
  • Vico Sotto said that it’s okay to stay single for now so he could be more focused on his responsibility
  • He never imagined that he would run in 2019 but he saw the need for change so he decided to run as mayor

29-year-old Vico Sotto, who was recently proclaimed as the newly elected Mayor of Pasig City, seems to be the most eligible bachelor in town. The mayor is the son of known showbiz personalities Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes.

In an exclusive interview of Lei Alvis on GMA Network’s “24 Oras,” she asked him if he has a girlfriend and he replied: “Wala.”

“Wala talagang time.’Pag may free time ako, mas gusto ko pang matulog o magpahinga na lang,” he explained.

He also said that it’s okay to stay single for now, so he could be more focused on his responsibility and promises to all Pasigeño, as their mayor.

“For now and for the foreseeable future, tingnan na lang natin. Diyos na bahala kung papano mangyayari,” he added.
“Siyempre, eventually, gusto mo rin naman di ba. But for now, focus-focus muna.”

In 2016, Vico Sotto had started to serve Pasig City as a councilor. Now, he is the new mayor of Pasig City after winning over re-electionist Robert Eusebio, who held the position for 27 years with the Eusebio clan.

When he won in the 2016 elections, he never imagined that he would run in 2019 but he saw the need for change so he decided to run as mayor.

“I saw the need, I saw the clamor for change, and I saw that no one else was going to run for mayor so I decided to step up.”

Some netizens say that the mayor has his mood swings and some feels the same in choosing to sleep than have a love life.

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Old man collects rice to avoid hunger, brings crowd to tears

Old man collects rice to avoid hunger, brings crowd to tears

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On an episode of GMA Network’s variety show ‘Wowowin’ aired on April 25, an old man revealed that he collects grains of rice everyday just to be able to eat.

The man was invited to the stage as a member of the studio audience. He revealed that he is living with loneliness and that his wife died of leukemia and has no children.

In addition, he also said that he picks up grains of rice from the market just to feed himself which really made the crowd emotional. His usual routine would be picking up grains of rice when the stores in the market are about to close.

One guy from the crowd named Hendricks, who according to him is a call center agent, got so emotional that he started shedding tears.

“Yung sitwasyon niya nagpupulot ng bigas, tapos tayo marami tayong reklamo, maraming hinahanap, nakikita natin kung gaano tayo ka-blessed. Dapat magpasalamat tayo kung anong sitwasyon natin na binigay ng Diyos at mag tiwala tayo sa kanya,” he said in an emotional tone. He then thanked Willie for providing people, including him, happiness through the show. They hugged it out and Hendricks was given the usual presents.

The old man said that it is an honor for him to be at the show and claims to watch the show and is big fan of it. He was then given the usual presents along with the other contestants.

The video of this has over 1.3 million views on YouTube. Netizens showed their sympathy towards the old man and hopes that programs would help out the old man in his struggles in life.

Watch ‘Wowowin,’ weekdays on GMA Network before ’24 Oras.’ Hosted by Mr. Willie Revillame with co-host Sugar Mercado.

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OFW goes home to donate kidney to her mother with cancer

OFW goes home to donate kidney to her mother with cancer

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On April 26, during a ‘Wowowin’ episode, the audience was filled with emotion when a contestant revealed why she went back home from being a caretaker in Taiwan.

A ‘Wowowin’ contestant named Tin said she went back home to donate her kidney to her own mother. She said that her mother’s condition, called Stage 3 CKD (chronic kidney disease), a kind of kidney cancer, cannot be treated with dialysis and that a kidney transplant was the only way to save her.

“Nag-boluntaryo na po ako Wil umuwi lang po ako galing ng Taiwan sa kasagsagan ng trabaho ko po, kahit ayaw ko po iwan ‘yung trabaho ko kasi sobrang mahal na mahal ko po ‘yung mga pasyente ko,” she said.

She felt that it wasn’t right that she can take care of other people but not her own mother, so she decided that she would donate her own kidney to save the woman she always loved.

“Nag decide po ako na I cannot lose my mother at a very young age, gusto pa naming siyang makasama,” she said as tears were pouring all over the studio.

Her mother Edna said that she is lucky to have a daughter that is responsible and one that sacrificed a lot for her family, as Tin was crying.

Tin’s youngest sister Nica was also in attendance but did not say much but “Thank you” as she could not express to words her emotions and gratitude. The three women then hugged it out and the camera showed a good amount of audience members crying.

Tin expressed her gratitude for her sister by saying “Sobrang proud ako sayo, ako siguro yung pinakamasayang ate sa buong mundo kasi may isa akong kapatid na katulad mo. Kahit gaano man kahirap ang ating buhay, natapos mo yung pag aaral mo.”

Tin also said that her sister urged her to come home because she needed to be a mother to her child and that it was her sister’s turn to work for the family, which made Tin cry even more as she was sharing this story.

The contestant did not regret anything she did in the sacrifices that she made for her family.

“Ma, fight fight lang tayo diba. Kaya ko naming mabuhay na nag-iisa lang ang kidney eh. Ang nanay at magulang ay hindi napapalitan. Kulang na kulang itong isang kidney ko na ibibigay sayo sa sobrang sakripisyo na binigay mo sa amin Mahal na mahal kita mang mahal na mahal kita,” she expressed, as tears were still dripping from her eyes.

Her mother and her sister felt everything she said as the crowd was sympathizing with them all throughout.

Watch ‘Wowowin,’ weekdays on GMA Network before ’24 Oras,’ hosted by Mr. Willie Revillame with co-host Sugar Mercado.

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GMA Network comediennes demonstrate how laughter can be the best medicine

GMA Network comediennes demonstrate how laughter can be the best medicine

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  • Kapuso comediennes revealed how laughter can be the best medicine.
  • These comediennes stressed how they make others laugh also heal the audience.

Mirth is the currency for Kapuso comediennes Aiai delas Alas, Divine Tetay, Tekla and Kiray Celis in their industry of slapstick.

They are the ones relied on for people needing entertainment and time away from their personal troubles or even just to lighten up their moods.

What about their own happiness?

Kahit malungkot kami, kaya naming magbigay ng happiness sa ibang tao… Struggle kasi akala nila na everytime na kapag nakikita nila kami feeling nila ang saya-saya namin palagi,” Celis disclosed.

Nakakalimutan nila na may nararamdaman din ako. Hindi ko kayang ipakita iyong mga ganung moment,” she added.

And even though their circumstances may get hard, they must put on a brave face to continue the show.

In the face of misery, it is easier for Divine Tetay to recover from it due to the nature of his work.

“Because we need to put on a happy face. So eventually, it helps us heal faster and deal with whatever problems there is,” he explained.

“Ang sarap magpatawa at magperform,” said Tekla. He then referred their talents of making others laugh as a ‘real gift’.

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Netizens have been hooked with ‘Sahaya’ as a one-of-a-kind teleserye

Netizens have been hooked with ‘Sahaya’ as a one-of-a-kind teleserye

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  • Sahaya is a one-of-a-kind epic drama that showcases the rich culture of Sama-Bajau
  • The drama had resurfaced the real-life scenarios of indigenous people (IP) and how they are treated in most places
  • Netizens have been hooked with Sahaya because it has been very entertaining, culture-based, tackles current issues, and gives netizens an awareness of the life of a true Badjao

“Sahaya” is GMA Network’s newest teleserye that had been talked about in social media. This is a one-of-a-kind epic drama that showcases the rich culture of Sama-Bajau.

Many had been hooked with this drama series by posting their insights, as they were able to relate to the story.

Positive comments about Sahaya have been spread on Twitter, especially on a recent episode where Sahaya fought her position as class valedictorian. The drama had resurfaced the real-life scenarios of indigenous people (IP) and how they were treated in most places, and in being taken for granted because of their ethnicity.

The main cast of the drama series “Sahaya” are Bianca Umali as Sahaya and Miguel TanFelix as Akmad. The tandem never fails to bring out the immense feeling of viewers with their acting skills, as they make them feel in love with the character and the story itself.

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Besides having such talented main and supporting cast, who portrays their characters excellently, the epic drama also showcases important current issues that had been appreciated by netizens.

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The netizens also appreciated the quality of the teleserye which includes the cinematography, as well as the coverage of the story which makes it so realistic with every scenario. They also acknowledged the creativity of the directors and writers hard work.

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To sum it up, netizens had been hooked with Sahaya because it has been very entertaining, is culture-based, tackles current issues, and gives netizens an awareness of the life of a true Badjao.

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Stranger than fiction: Netizen ‘files a complaint’ with DepEd over the ‘Sahaya issue’ which had netizens laughing

Stranger than fiction: Netizen ‘files a complaint’ with DepEd over the ‘Sahaya issue’ which had netizens laughing

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  • One Facebook user poked fun at the valedictorian controversy in the Sahaya series and files a complaint on the DepEd page
  • Netizens who read his post and screenshots of the complaint expressed their amusement and joined in on the fun by calling on Tulfo
  • The humorous post has now gone viral with over 10 thousand reactions on FB

One invested viewer of the primetime series Sahaya took to Facebook and shared his private message to the Department of Education (DepEd)’s page, complaining about the controversy surrounding the valedictorian award between fictional characters Sahaya and Farida.

Netizen Kevin Beethoven posted screenshots of his messages to DepEd where he explained how the principal and Farida were in cahoots with each other and how Sahaya deserved to receive the valedictorian award.

Aired on April 3, the 12th episode of the series titled Sahaya: Apela ng tunay na Valedictorian showed that both Sahaya and Farida got perfect scores on a quiz bee. Mayor Dante made a tiebreaker question to determine the victor. Sahaya’s answer was chosen by the mayor, which caused her to be picked as the school’s valedictorian.

The Facebook user’s post went viral with over ten thousand reactions and netizens commenting on his post and how they found it funny and surreal.

One social media user even commented on how he was waiting for DepEd to reply to the original poster’s ‘complaint.’

IpaTulfo mo rin para mapagalitan yang mga yan,” another netizen joked.

Sahaya is currently being broadcast by GMA Network and stars Bianca Umali in the titular role. It is directed by Zig Dulay and has a premise of a disgraced Badjao, Manisan, fleeing to Zamboanga upon learning her pregnancy to another man.

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She will give birth to Sahaya, the drama’s heroine, who develops a strong connection with water, later on in the series.

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Migo Adecer’s hit-and-run incident had taught him a valuable life lesson

Migo Adecer’s hit-and-run incident had taught him a valuable life lesson

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  • He became unruly and refused to surrender his license
  • The artist even attempted to escape the arrest and hit a police car
  • Migo Adecer was released from detention after posting bail and said that he had learned a lot from the incident that happened

A hit-and-run incident happened in Makati involving the “Starstruck” Season 6 Ultimate Male Survivor Migo Adecer on Tuesday night, March 26. While the artist was driving a white Subaru BRZ, he struck two employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who were riding a motorcycle.

The assistant chief of police for operations of the Makati City Police, Maj. Gideon Ines, said that after the suspect struck the victims identified as Rogelio Formelos Castillano and Michelle Gallova Papin, instead of helping the victims, the suspect took off.

Upon witnessing the incident, the traffic enforcers chased the artist and the bystanders rushed the victims to a nearby hospital in Makati. The suspect was cornered along N. Garcia St. as reported by Police Col. Rogelio Simon, chief of police of Makati City. He became unruly and refused to surrender his license. The artist even attempted to escape the arrest and hit a police car.

“Inipit namin ‘yung kaniyang sasakyan kaya hindi na siya makaabante… Inatras niya ngayon ‘yung kaniyang sasakyan at nabangga itong nakaharang na mobile namin,” he said.

According to the police officer, he was under the influence of alcohol.

“Halatang lango siya sa alak. Kinakausap namin, wala sa sarili. Nagsisigaw-sigaw,” he added.

On Tuesday afternoon, Adecer was also involved in another traffic violation in Rockwell for driving recklessly and surrendered his driver’s license. Now, the police who were investigating the confiscated license on Tuesday night said it was fake.

Because of the incident, Adecer will face charges for reckless imprudence resulting to physical injuries and damage to property and disobedience to a person in authority.

On Wednesday, Adecer was released from detention after posting bail and said that he had learned a lot from the incident that happened. In behalf of Migo Adecer, his lawyer, Marie Glen Abraham- Garduque, was the one who became his spoke person.

“This was not a good experience to Migo, but he learned a lot from this. He would like to apologize to all the persons who had been adversely affected by this incident,” his lawyer Marie Glen Abraham-Garduque said in a statement.

During the investigation, he apologized to the police authorities on what had happened as a result of mixed emotions and confusion, during the situation, “He already said sorry to the police authorities, explaining to them that disobeying them is his most remote intention. Whatever he said and done was just a product of mixed fear and confusion because of the situation,” Abraham-Garduque added.

He thanked the two MMDA employees who withdrew their complaints, whom he had struck by a sports car. And he is willing to shoulder the hospital expenses of the two who are still recovering at a hospital in Makati.

“He would like to say thank you as well to the two victims, who are kind enough to forgive him and decided to desist in filing any legal action against him,” the lawyer said.

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Dark secret behind social media sites: Jasmine Curtis–Smith laments over working conditions of Filipino content moderators

Dark secret behind social media sites: Jasmine Curtis–Smith laments over working conditions of Filipino content moderators

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  • Behind a safe social media site, there are people who are working to view and delete traumatic videos and images for the sake of everyone
  • In her post, she expressed her sadness knowing that there are Filipinos being outsourced with this kind of job
  • Content moderators receive limited training and inadequate psychological support, which result in having post-traumatic stress disorder or, much worse, is commit suicide

How much do you know about social media?

Most of the people love to use social media, especially Facebook, to post pictures and video which can be seen by anyone. But some people are posting offensive and vulgar pictures and videos, which is against the guidelines of the social media sites.

Without having the knowledge, behind safe social media sites there are people who are working to view and delete traumatic videos and images for the sake of everyone.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who plays the mother of Sahaya in the new teleserye “SAHAYA” of GMA network, retweeted a post of BBC Three featuring content moderators of social media sites like Facebook. On her post, she expresses her sadness knowing that there are Filipinos being outsourced with this kind of job.

Knowing that these workers are having an extremely traumatic and highly sensitive job, they are being poorly paid and have lack of psychological support.

On a documentary video of BBCThree, they have unleashed the dirtiest secret of being a content moderator. Content moderators are responsible for moderating the social media feed which is to be seen or not. Social media sites like Facebook itself have been outsourcing thousands of Filipinos to delete content that violates their guidelines. Each worker has a target of 25,000 images to review content that can include terrorist propaganda, child sexual abuse, pornography and graphic violence for 8 to 10-hour shifts and some of their workers were only 18 years old.

“You are not allowed to commit one mistake, you could ruin more than one life, it could trigger a war, it could trigger bullying, it could trigger killing.”

One said that when they started the training, they didn’t have any idea what a content moderator was. The employer just simply explained what they would see and what tools to use. But in reality, it was very traumatic for persons to witness such kind of pictures and photos being uploaded. Since they have already signed a contract, quitting the job is prohibited.

“The most shocking that I saw was a girl, around six years of age, sucking a dick.”

Content moderators receive limited training and inadequate psychological support, which result in having post-traumatic stress disorder or, much worse, is to commit suicide.

They consider themselves like  policemen who remove violent content to make it safe for the user.

“The world that we are living in today right now I believed, is not really healthy, we are just like policemen. I’ve seen hundreds of beheading that’s not even pictures, even the videos –a two-minute act of beheading it’s really challenging. Skip images can be marked as a mistake, pressurizing every decision they make.

One of their tasks is to decide when to stop live video streams and some of those horrifying videos remain in their memory.

“It seems like it was a joke, we didn’t know it was real, he was attempting to kill himself, as long as he hasn’t committed suicide we’re not allowed to stop his live stream, because if we stop it, the one who gets in trouble kills himself.”

And having this type of job,one must not let these video affect you; but some can’t avoid being affected by what they see.

These people are not well compensated but they have no other choice because it is their only means to survive.

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Willie Revillame reminds viewers that ‘Wowowin’ is not a charity show and he’s not a mayor either

Willie Revillame reminds viewers that ‘Wowowin’ is not a charity show and he’s not a mayor either

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  • Wowowin host Willie Revillame implemented new rules on the show following a tragic accident during a studio taping last month
  • Only those between 17-70 years old will be allowed to enter the studio
  • Revillame also reminded viewers that his program is not a charity show and that he’s not inclined to politics

After a female audience member died, while another was injured in an accident during a studio taping of the variety game show “Wowowin,” Willie Revillame has implemented new rules in the GMA Network game show.

Meron lang po kaming announcement, yung mga manonood dito sa show, huwag niyo na po isama ang mga bata… Yung may mga karamdaman, lolo, lola, huwag na po kayo mag-aksaya ng panahon, babawal na po namin ‘yan. Ayaw po namin ng ganyan,” the host declared.

During its March 12 episode, Revillame also reminded viewers that his program is not a charity show, “Itong programa na ito ay nagbibigay ng saya but it’s also a game show. Game of chance… Kung manalo kayo, mabuti. Pero huwag po kayo pipila diyan at hihingi sa amin ng pera pampa-opera, pampalibing.”

He then stressed to the audiences that, “Hindi po ako mayor. Hindi po ako nasa politika. Ako po ay nandito para magpasaya at wala pong kinikilingan. Yung nangangailangan ay tutulungan at ang mga nanloloko, babalewalain.”

Only those between 17-70 years old will be allowed to enter the studio while those who are aged 100 years old and older could simply write the program and Revillame promised that he would send them a jacket.

Pagpasensyahan niyo na. Ako nagdesisyon nito, walang iba. Kasi kawawa yung mga bata at lola’t lolo. Sana’y intindihin niyo,” said Revillame.

The tragic event in reference to these new rules set by the host took place in the Wowowin studio last January 22, 2019 where two women “lost their balance while singing and dancing during the opening act,” according to the statement released by GMA Network and WBR Entertainment.

Estrella Bognot, 76, hit her head on a fire extinguisher when she fell from a height of 7 1/2 feet while Milagros Espiritu, 68, suffered a fracture.

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Atty. Felipe Gozon sings his praises to Jessica Soho, who marks her 34th year in GMA Network

Atty. Felipe Gozon sings his praises to Jessica Soho, who marks her 34th year in GMA Network

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  • Jessica Soho celebrates her 34th career high in TV by inking a new deal with GMA-7
  • GMA Network Chairman & CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon is all praises to the seasoned broadcaster
  • Soho admits there is always pressure to deliver a sensible topic where the young ones could learn a lesson

Jessica Soho, renowned broadcast journalist and considered to be GMA News and Public Affairs’s pillar, has celebrated her 34th year being a Kapuso member by inking a new contract with the said radio and television giant this Wednesday.

Her contract signing was joined by the ‘goliaths’ of the network: GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, President and COO Gilberto Duavit, Executive Vice President and CFO Felipe Yalong, and GMA News and Public Affairs SVP Marissa Flores.

Tayo ay talagang nagagalak sapagkat ang programa ni Jessica ang number one program sa lahat ng program ng GMA at ng lahat ng mga kalaban nito. Kaya’t ganu’n kahalaga si Jessica sa GMA. Kaya talagang galak na galak kami na ipagpapatuloy natin ang kaniyang more than 34 years sa GMA,” Atty. Gozon remarked, a rewarding praise in the industry coming from the man who propelled the success of the Kapuso Network.

Mapalad tayo na magpapatuloy siya na magiging kasamahan natin at… kaya nasisihayan tayong lahat na magpapatuloy pa sa hinaharap na panahon ang ating pagsasama sa kasamahan nating si Jessica, we are all very happy and very proud,” Duavit added.

The broadcaster was equally thankful of the trust given to her by the network, and to the public who continues to support her TV magazine show ‘Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho’ which debuted on November 7, 2004.

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Thirty-four years na po akong Kapuso. Maraming salamat sa aking mga kasama sa trabaho at siyempre, sa mga namumuno po ng GMA Network. At of course, sa inyo pong aming mga manonood. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala, marami pa ho tayong mga pagkukuwentuhan at marami pa ho tayong mga pag-uusapan. Salamat pong muli,” she said.

She also mentioned that with the honour she’s been given, comes the pressure of being the host of the program. She reads up to stay updated as they represent the “pop-culture” of post-modern times, and to always rightly deliver their tagline: “makabuluhang kuwentuhan”.

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