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Network rivalry put on hold: Kapuso stars featured on 12 Star Cinema films

Network rivalry put on hold: Kapuso stars featured on 12 Star Cinema films

  • Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards surprised the public with their team-up under Star Cinema
  • This is not the first time a Kapuso star was featured on an ABS-CBN film production company
  • Star Cinema presented Kapuso stars 12 times in films with varying genres

It was revealed on Tuesday that Kapuso actor Alden Richards will be paired with Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernardo on a movie with Star Cinema.

The news of their first movie project together set abuzz online and was met with much enthusiasm from fans of both artists. The two will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, who is known for romantic comedy movies and melodramatic films.

With that said, here are the other times that talents from GMA Network worked with ABS-CBN film production company, Star Cinema:

1. Fantastica

A Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 entry, this comedy film, directed by Barry Gonzalez, became the first big-screen team up of “It’s Showtime” host Vice Ganda and Kapuso leading man Dingdong Dantes.

2. You’re Still The One

This romantic drama film, released in 2015, was the first big-screen team up of actress Maja Salvador and Dennis Trillo. Directed by Chris Martinez, the movie was co-produced with Regal Entertainment.

3. Da Possessed

Comedy-horror film of 2014, this movie starred Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heusaff under the direction of Joyce Bernal.

4. She’s The One

Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes, celebrated actors from various primetime television series, teamed up for this 2013 romantic-comedy. The film was directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar.

5. It Takes A Man and A Woman

Isabelle Daza joined top Kapamilya stars Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz in this 2013 romantic-comedy sequel. Daza has since then transferred to ABS-CBN.

6. Kung Fu Divas

Ai Ai delas Alas co-starred with Kapuso superstar Marian Rivera in this action-comedy film directed by Onat Diaz. Delas Alas has since then transferred to GMA Network.

7. One More Try

Winning Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 entry, Dingdong Dantes starred for the second time in Star Cinema alongside Kapamilya stars Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, and Zanjoe Marudo. It was directed by Ruel Bayani.

8. Segunda Mano

Horror flick from 2011, a recurring actor in Star Cinema pictures, Dingdong Dantes this time around teamed up with Queen of All Media Kris Aquino. The film was directed by Joyce Bernal.

9. Won’t Last A Day Without You

Joey de Leon in a rare sighting for an ABS-CBN project, starred with Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson for this 2011 Star Cinema film directed by Raz de la Torre.

10. For the First Time

KC Concepcion, a showbiz newcomer and Richard Gutierrez, prized leading man from GMA-7 teamed up for this movie back in 2008. It was directed by Joyce Bernal. Gutierrez has since then transferred to ABS-CBN.

11. The Unmarried Wife

Maryo J. de los Reyes directed this film in 2016, following the footsteps of the success of “One More Try.” In his fifth ride with Star Cinema, Dingdong Dantes appeared on the movie alongside Angelica Panganiban and Paulo Avelino.

12. Just the 3 of Us

Jennylyn Mercado starred opposite John Lloyd Cruz in this 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

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Joey de Leon posts throwback photo during his ABS-CBN days

Joey de Leon posts throwback photo during his ABS-CBN days

  • Joey De Leon started as a talent for ABS-CBN
  • Joey takes a stroll down memory lane

Millennials would have never guessed that one of the big three hosts of ‘Eat Bulaga’ has a very interesting past. Joey De Leon, a member of the comedy trio Tito, Vic, and Joey, was once a talent of ABS-CBN.

Posted on his Instagram account was a throwback photo of his younger self rocking the ABS-CBN logo at that time.

Joey de Leon posted a 1968 photo of him wearing a cap bearing the logo of ABS-CBN.

He wrote in the caption: “DOS were the days! Napansin nyo ba logo sa cap ko? 1968 pa ‘yan!”

The comedian-TV host started out his showbiz career as a radio disc jockey and announcer. He worked for 12 radio stations, including all seven radio stations owned by the ABS-CBN Corporation, as well as other broadcasters like KBS.

From disc jockey to comedy trio, to co-hosting the longest running noontime show in the Philippines, Joey De Leon is a true veteran in showbusiness.

What are your thoughts on Joey De Leon’s stroll down memory lane? Write your opinions in the comment box below and please leave a like and share.

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Eat Bulaga to move out of Broadway Centrum

Eat Bulaga to move out of Broadway Centrum

  • Eat Bulaga hinted about a possible studio transfer.
  • They are said to move to a four-story building in Cainta, Rizal after using the Broadway Centrum for nearly four decades.

Is Eat Bulaga finally transferring to its new home?

A few viewers of GMA-7‘s daily noontime show have noticed what seemed to be hints that the program will move into a brand new studio.

A short video was shown in the middle of the program after the segment Boom. There, they introduced a kid named Amboy which invited his two friends to play.

It was seen that Amboy was holding a newspaper named Balita Pilipinas that contained the faces of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon. “4 na dekada ng saya” was also written.

The kid made the newspaper into a paper airplane and made it fly in the air. A sign was seen containing the words, “Truckrental para sa lipat-bahay”.

Amboy and his friends then went to a store wherein they were greeted by the owner that said, “Bulaga!”

When the children reached the playground, on of his friends said, “Ang saya naman dito, Amboy.

“Kahit nasaan tayo, masaya.” Amboy replied.

It was no secret that the show has been planning to move out of the said venue and are planning to move in a four-story building in Cainta, Rizal named APT Studios.

Eat Bulaga has been in numerous studios before, including Broadcast City, Celebrity Sports Plaza, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, and in Broadway Centrum, wherein the show has stayed for almost 40 years.

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11 Kapuso Artists who promoted their Movie on ABS-CBN shows

11 Kapuso Artists who promoted their Movie on ABS-CBN shows

  • A list of some of the Kapuso stars that made a cross-over to ABS-CBN to promote their film projects.
  • Most of the listed celebrities have once guested on Tonight With Boy Abunda, Kris TV, The Buzz, or Magandang Buhay.

Despite the Network Rivalty, ABS-CBN have always opened its doors to the Kapuso artists to cross over and let them promote their projects.

GMA-7 stars have visited the Kapamilya network even for a brief time as most of them made guest appearances the Network’s shows in order to promote movies where they co-star with an ABS-CBN talent, or was c0-produced by Star Cinema.

Here’s a list of some Kapuso artists that made their own ABS-CBN appearances:

Teresita Ssen Marquez.

The Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 winner made an appearance on Magandang Buhay and Tonight With Boy Abunda.

She was a part of the Ika-6 Na Utos and Mulawin vs Ravena cast.

Lovi Poe.

Lovi made guest appearances for The Bride and the Lover, whom she starred in alongside Jennylyn Mercado and Paolo Avelino.

She has also promoted her movie on It’s Showtime host, Vhong Navarro, titled Woke Up Like This.

Rhian Ramos.

Rhian has been the leading lady of Kapamilya actors for two times now. First is with Piolo Pascual for Silong, and with Zanjoe Marudo in Fallback last year.

She has joined her co-stars in promoting the movies on ABS-CBN shows.

Carla Abellana.

The actress starred with Kapamilya stars four times before.

She used to visit The Buzz and Kris TV before.

Joey De Leon.

The Eat Bulaga host once Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo‘s father in movie Won’t Last A Day Without You.

He made his rare Kapamilya appearance at The Buzz and Kris TV on 2011.

Vic Sotto.

Vic is not new when it comes to cross-over guestings as he made a handful of appearancs in the Kapamilya network back then.

Among these are for two of his movies that were c0-produced by Star Cinema.

Solenn Heussaff.

Solenn has made guestings on ABS-CBN back in 2014 and 2016.

She starred with Kapamilya films such as Da Possessed and Love is Blind

Dennis Trillo.

The actor visited numerous ABS-CBN programs in 2015 and 2016.

He shared the big screen with Maja Salvador in You’re Still The One and Anne Curtis in Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?

Dingdong Dantes. 

GMA’s Primetime King has also been Star Cinema‘s favorite when it comes to leading men.

He is set to co-star with Vice Ganda in Fantastika. He frequents in Tonight with Boy Abunda and Magandang Buhay.

Jennylyn Mercado.

This actress and television personality has been visible on ABS-CBN in 2016.

Jennylyn had interviews with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino as she promoted her movies with Sam Milby and John Lloyd Cruz.

Marian Rivera.

Marian had made promotional rounds in ABS-CBN back in 2013 when she became a part of action-fantasy film Kung Fu Divas.

She starred with then Kapamilya star Ai-Ai delas Alas.

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Where is Klaudia Koronel now? She claims to have lost her belongings in NAIA

Where is Klaudia Koronel now? She claims to have lost her belongings in NAIA

  • Former sexy star has moved to the USA to manage a home care facility.
  • She recently came home and encountered a baggage situation in NAIA.

Do you still remember former sexy star Klaudia Koronel?

She was known for her daring roles in movies ‘Pisil’, ‘Kesong Puti’, and ‘Anakan Mo Ako’. She was in the entertainment industry from the late 90s to early 2000s.

Aside from being a sexy star, she also did sitcom and became one of Joey De Leon‘s leading ladies in ‘Kiss Muna’. She became a part of ABS-CBN‘s ‘Mga Angel na Walang Langit’ as well.

Koronel also got the chance to receive a nomination from Gawad Urian Awards as Best Supporting Actress for movie ‘Live Show’.

After her time in showbiz, she chose to continue her education at the New Era University and earned a degree in BS Computer Science and got married to Chinese businessman Andy Zhang a few years after.

She became a caregiver before she ventured into business and became a home care facility owner in Arizona. After one year, it was reported that the couple separated but remained as friends.

Koronel then moved to Los Angeles, California and became a real estate investor.

Lost belongings.

In a report made by Tempo, Korone, who’s now going by her real name, Milfe Zhang, was fuming as her luggage was nowhere to be found at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

According to the former actress, she arrived from the US on August 20, however, her box (containing gifts, medicine for her mother, and other important documents) was nowhere to be found.

It was said that days after filing her complaint paper, she still hasn’t gotten any update. But when she talked to a personnel, she discovered that someone already claimed her box. This caused her to rush to the airport.

After they searched for the missing box again, it turned out that it was not missing at all, and the staff just made a mistake on saying that another person got the box.

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40 Facts About Eat Bulaga’s 40 Years on TV

40 Facts About Eat Bulaga’s 40 Years on TV

  • Eat Bulaga celebrates its four decades on the Philippine television.
  • It is the longest-running noontime variety show in the country.

Eat Bulaga has reached its 40 years on TV and it is already a huge achievement for the books; considering these days, the people’s attention span is shorter, and it has become a struggle for television programs to come up with new ideas that will hook their viewers, maintain the numbers and even attract more for years. Most TV shows last on air for at least 10 years.

Among other noontime variety shows, only Eat Bulaga! can be considered as legendary. Since it started in 1979, this year–it is turning 40. For four decades, the show has made so many memories that have entertained viewers in and out of the country.

Photo Courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Instagram

In celebration of the show’s anniversary, here are 40 facts that you may or may not know about:

1. The main trio of Eat Bulaga started their television careers with their then onscreen rivals, Apo Hiking Society‘s Danny Javier, Jim Paredes, and Buboy Garrovillo.

2. The groups made a debut in the 1970s gag show titled ‘Okay Lang’ which aired in the number one TV network at that time, Channel 13.  It was on television from 1973 to 1974.

Image courtesy by Philstar

3. The trio was first offered their own noontime show on RPN Channel 9, however, they declined. At that time, they were not yet ready to compete against another show ‘Student Canteen’, who was also produced by Program Philippines, Inc., the producer of their show, ‘Discorama’.

4. ‘Eat Bulaga!’ was coined by Joey de Leon from the popular child’s play, ‘It Bulaga’ or peek-a-boo. The word ‘it’ was replaced by ‘eat’ since its timeslot is lunchtime.

5. In its early beginnings, the show wasn’t exactly a success at first. The show’s average rating was only 5.3% while their competitor’s is 57.6%.

6. Along with the struggle with its ratings, the show also struggled financially. Their advertising rates went down to Php750 when the standard rate at that time was Php2,000. It led them to entertain movie trailers, which paid less than regular commercials.

7. Since the PBA Games and Eat Bulaga! had the same producer at that time, the income from the games were used to save the noontime show. The show, however, continued to fail financially and it came to the point that even the hosts were not paid for their talent fees.

8. When there was finally enough cash to pay the hosts at least half of their monthly salary, it was said that the production coordinator accidentally left the money in a cab.

9. After Eat Bulaga!‘s first anniversary, the staff were given a three-month ultimatum by Romy Jalosjos, who was the show’s producer. He warned them to improve the ratings or else the show will be cancelled.

Image courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Wikia

10. Luckily, the show’s contest ‘Mr. Macho’ became a hit and Eat Bulaga! won with the ratings for the first time. The said segment-contest was a sponsored that intended to promote the movie ‘You Can’t Stop the Music’ starring the Village People. Eat Bulaga’s ratings rose up to 31%, which was two points higher than Student Canteen‘s.

Image courtesy by Eat Bulaga | Wikia

11. After getting fired from Student Canteen, Coney Reyes‘s transfered to Eat Bulaga! It coincided with the launch of the Domsat (domestic satellite). With the new technology, provinces were finally able to watch the show simultaneously with Metro Manila viewers.

It also meant that it became easier for the advertisers to market their products.

Image courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Facebook

12. Eat Bulaga! had a mascot named Bikoy Baboy.

13. GMA Network launched a new rival show named Launch Date and it nearly kicked-out Eat Bulaga! from the top spot. The show was hosted by Randy Santiago. But Eat Bulaga! remained number one, thanks to a segment hosted by a little Aiza Seguerra.

14.  As an act of gratitude, TAPE, Inc. continued to put Aiza Seguerra under its payroll during the years that the child star was no longer in the noontime show. Eat Bulaga! also got Aiza a college plan which she later used to enroll at the UST College of Music.

15. Eat Bulaga transfered to ABS-CBN in 1989 and it helped the network’s ratings reach an all-time high. The noontime show was packaged with three other programs such as Aguila, Coney Reyes on Camera, and Okay Ka, Fairy Ko.

Image courtesy of Joey de Leon | Twitter

16. The noontime show left the Kapamilya network six years later, after they decided to produce their own programs and stop airing block-time shows.

17. GMA Network welcomed Eat Bulaga with open arms and made it the only local show to be aired consecutively in three different television networks.

Photo Courtesy of Nova Villa | Facebook

18. When Eat Bulaga transferrd to GMA Network, Nova Villa, who then played as the professor in Bulagaan, chose to remain loyal to ABS-CBN. Vic and Joey were assigned to take over the role until Tito Sotto returned in 2009.

19. Eat Bulaga!‘s ‘Lottong Bahay’ was considered as one of the largest Proof of Purchase raffle draws in the history of local television. The first grand draw had to be conducted in the Quezon City Memorial City with a forklift due to the overwhelming amount of entries.

Image courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Facebook

20. Samantha Lopez, the popular round girl in the numbers game Rambulaga’, was christened by Joey de Leon as “Grasya”. He reasoned that her role of carrying the winning numbers “brought in a lot of graces of heaven” to the lucky winners, hence the nickname.

21. Before Jose Manalo became a comedian and one of the show’s hosts, he initially worked as the show’s floor director.

22. The Broadway Centrum was supposed to be Eat Bulaga!‘s temporary studio, however, it has since become the show’s official home.

Photo Courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Wikia

23. Kaserola ng Kabayanan was the pioneer game that inspired future segments such as Meron o Wala and Laban o Bawi. It’s also gave rise to MTB‘s Pera o Bayong.

24. October 4 is a sad but unforgettable date for the show since Rio Diaz-Cojuangco, a former co-host, died of cancer in 2004. Five years later, Francis Magalona, who also died of cancer in 2009.

25.  Helen Vela was the show’s eternal pinch-hitter for almost 10 years. Her career in Eat Bulaga! started when she cheered, as part of the audience, her friend Coney Reyes when the latter was welcomed as the new female co-host in 1982. She hosted the Kilometrico quiz segment in the early 80s.

26. Ryan Agoncillo, who is currently one of Eat Bulaga!‘s co-hosts, is as old as the noontime show.

Image courtesy of Eat Bulaga | YouTube

27. Can you believe that broadcast journalist Arnold Clavio joined Eat Bulaga!‘s Flashback competition in 1983 but lost? He went back to try his luck on another dance segment titled Footloose but he didn’t make past the audition round.

28. Eat Bulaga! won as the Best Entertainment Special of the Year (for the program’s 25th anniversary show) during the 2005 Asian Television Awards.

29. Lani Mercado became a temporary co-host of the show, when Coney Reyes went on maternity leave. She didn’t become one of the show’s permanent co-hosts since she got pregnant as well.

30. In 1982, Eat Bulaga!‘s opening song lyrics became sina Tito, Vic, and Joey….kasama pati si Coney.” 
31. When Aiza Seguerra joined the cast, they re-wrote the lyrics once again as “sina Tito, Vic, and Joey, si Aiza, at si Coney.”
Image courtesy of GMA Network
32. The one who originally coined the term ‘dabarkads’ was Francis Magalona.
33. Francis Magalona used to shout “Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, seamless na!” to signal the end of an episode.
34. Millet Advincula and Christine Jacob tried out to be Coney Reyes‘s replacement in the show. The latter was picked to be a part of the gang.
35. Due to a misunderstanding that occurred between the TVJ trio, Joey de Leon almost left the noontime show.
Image courtesy of Joey de Leon | Twitter
36. The producers of Student Canteen tried to offer de Leon as spot on the show, however, the host decided to stay with Eat Bulaga after taking some time off.
37. Rosanna Roces won the daily round of Eat Bulaga‘s contest ‘She’s Got the Look’ in 1991.
38. Roces’s Malabon neighborhood went all out in supporting and cheering for her on the weekly round, however, she lost the contest and refused to come home out of shame.
Photo Courtesy of Eat Bulaga | Wikia
39. Little Miss Philippines became the stepping stone of a handful of today’s TV personalities including Gladys Reyes, Donna Cruz, Geneva Cruz, Maybeline de la Cruz, Pauleen Luna, Camille Pratts, Aiza Seguerra, Patricia Ann Roque, and Francine Prieto. Even the current Miss Universe-Philippines Catriona Gray was once a contestant as well back in 1999; and later on conquered the world when she represented the country in the Miss World 2016; and this December she will be competing in the Miss Universe 2018.
40. Dennis Padilla also tried out for Mr. Pogi but didn’t make it past the audition round. Two actors Jericho Rosales and Edgar Allan Guzman won the title as well in 1996 and 2006, respectively.

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INSENSITIVE? “Eat Bulaga!” host Maine Mendoza clarifies reaction towards ‘Sugod Bahay’ winner whose son just died

INSENSITIVE? “Eat Bulaga!” host Maine Mendoza clarifies reaction towards ‘Sugod Bahay’ winner whose son just died

  • Netizens call out Maine Mendoza’s behavior towards crying Sugod Bahay winner.
  • Maine Mendoza called out for ‘making fun’ of ‘Sugod Bahay’ winner whose son just died
  • The host clarifies that they were not aware of the winner’s situation as they didn’t understand her at that time.

In the June 18 episode of Eat Bulaga!Juan For All, All For One winner Leny Feliciano was being interviewed by hosts Maine Mendoza, Paolo Ballesteros, and Jose Manalo.

The segment was conducted at Calumpit, Bulacan.

The winner became very emotional as she started talking to the host and Jose stated “Leny, umiiyak ka ka kaagad, e. Natutuwa ka kaya ka umiiyak. Ayan na naman.” which Leny agreed with.

“Opo. Sobra pong tuwa dahil mapapalibing ko na ang anak ko. Makakabayad pa po sa funeraria.”

By that time, Joey de Leon asked Maine to repeat what Leny has said and the host started imitating the emotional mumbling of the winner.

Vic Sotto suggested that the staff give Leny some water to calm her down a bit. At that time, Maine, who was unaware of the situation and mimicked the winner’s mumbling once again.

A few netizens reacted at said behavior and labeled it as “insensitive” as if the host is making fun of the winner’s situation.

“I find this part so insensitive knowing that the sugod bahay winner’s son/daughter(not sure) just recently died and they still continue this sick joke of replicating her emotions on what she felt during that moment. You guys are so inconsiderate. @mainedcm @AngPoetNyo #JoseManalo”

Maine then replied to one Twitter user saying that they didn’t know the situation at first as they can’t understand what she was saying and they condole the death of Leny’s child.

“Nakikiramay po kami kay ate. Hindi po namin alam nung una na ganun pala ang pinagdadaanan niya bilang hindi po namin naintindihan yung una niyang sinabi.”

Watch the full clip below:

While the inconsolable Feliciano was speaking, Mendoza can be seen turning to the camera and making mocking expressions with her face.

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Sen. Tito Sotto denies whitewashing Pepsi Paloma rape case

Sen. Tito Sotto denies whitewashing Pepsi Paloma rape case


Senator Tito Sotto has denied that he is guilty of whitewashing the Pepsi Paloma rape case. The rape case remains controversial even after three decades since Pepsi Paloma’s death.

Pepsi Paloma, one of the “softdrink beauties” who was a sexy star in the ’80s, once filed a rape case against Eat Bulaga! hosts Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, and Richie D’Horsie, which, Senator Tito Sotto claimed was a gimmick.

Sen. Sotto said, “Hindi totoo ‘yan. Gimik yan ni Rey dela Cruz. (That isn’t true. That was Rey Dela Cruz’s gimmick.)” This was what the senator replied when he was asked by Alvin Elchico during his guest appearance on DZMM’s election special “Ikaw na ba? Ang senador para sa pamilyang Pilipino.”

Dela Cruz was the late talent manager of Paloma and the other softdrink beauties. Paloma, who was a budding star at that time, was allegedly drugged by Sotto, De Leon, and D’Horsie before she was gang raped.


READ: Sen. Tito Sotto finally speaks up about the Pepsi Paloma issue; says, “It was a Gimmick.”

In an article written by Rina Jimenez-David which was published by Inquirer in 2012, she said that, “Paloma eventually dropped the charges after she was allegedly visited by one of the trio who said he had only talked with her, but only after placing a pistol on the table in front of her.”

Sen. Sotto said that he was not involved in the whitewashing of Paloma’s case as he only became a vice mayor in 1988 while the incident happened in 1982.

“1982 ho yung kwentong iyun eh. So, wala ho akong pakialam sa isyung iyan nung araw. Para ho sa kaalaman ng lahat… gimik ho ni Rey dela Cruz (Paloma’s manager) ‘yun. Hindi ho totoo ‘yun. Pinagtangkaan nilang magkaso kasi tinira sila ng libel nina Vic (Sotto) at Joey (De Leon). Idinemanda sila ng libel kaya pinagtangkaan nilang balikan ng kaso,” ,Sen. Sotto further said.

(The issue was in 1982 so I was not involved in that issue at that time, for everyone’s information. That was a gimmick by Rey dela Cruz. That isn’t true. They tried to file a case against Vic and Joey because they filed a libel case against Dela Cruz.)

As of this writing, Sen. Sotto is still at the top spot in the senatorial surveys.

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Comedian and TV Host Joey De Leon in Deep Water after his Insensitive Twitter Post

Comedian and TV Host Joey De Leon in Deep Water after his Insensitive Twitter Post


Netizens were displeased by comedian and TV host Joey de Leon’s tweet about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal leaving more than 4,000 casualties. This death toll is expected to rise to 10,000 according to the Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. Millions of people in Nepal’s 39 districts were severely affected by the turmoil.

Filipinos also showed their support and compassion by sharing their thoughts and posting it on social media. They sent their prayers while some offered financial aid to the victims.


De Leon showed his support by posting a tweet that was supposed to be a pun. Netizens failed to see the humor in his ill-timed tweet and dismissed it as insensitive and heartless.


De Leon responded with a couple more posts to defend his actions. He later on deleted the offending tweet.

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