Is Vice Ganda interested in running for President?

Is Vice Ganda interested in running for President?

  • Vice Ganda admitted that he got offers to run for a senatorial slate in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
  • He joked about running for Presidency after two more elections.

Comedian and It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda may have hinted about his interest in running for a political post in the future.

READ: Vice Ganda shares her first ever visit in Regine Velasquez’s home

On Thursday, January 10, the Fantastica star revealed that he was actually offered to run for a senatorial position by one political party.

“Maraming kumukuha nga sa akin, eh. May kumuha sa aking partido [para] sa senador. ‘Sira-ulo ba kayo?’ Sabi, ‘Mananalo ka.’ ‘O, ngayon, ‘pag mananalo, tatakbo?’”

It came as he was having a banter with co-host Jhong Hilario, who happened to be a Makati City councilor.

He said that Jhong has been having difficulties with keeping his image from being a public official, he’s also and actor, dancer, and a noontime show host.

Vice then joked about running for the Presidency in the future.

“Kakandidato talaga akong presidente ng Pilipinas, promise. Dalawang eleksyon pa, kakandidato ako — presidente talaga agad.”

READ: Vice Ganda expresses frustration over getting blocked from Tinder

He faced the camera and said that if he wins, it only means one thing.

“Pag nanalo ako, isa lang ibig sabihin nu’n — sira-ulo talaga kayong lahat! Wala talagang kakwenta-kwenta ang mga bumuboto sa Pilipinas. ‘Pag nanalo pa naman ako talaga…”

The comedian added that he has been running his whole life and he just wants to rest. This is in reference to a popular joke comparing Vice to a horse.

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GMA Network partners with PLDT-Smart for digital TV upgrade

GMA Network partners with PLDT-Smart for digital TV upgrade

  • GMA and PLDT-Smart entered into a partnership.
  • It is said to power GMA’s planned digital transformation and innovation.

GMA Network, Inc. / GMA News Media, Inc. (NMI) has partnered up with PLDS-Smart Communications, Inc. This is set to improve the television viewing experience in the Philippines.

READ: GMA Network to finally release Digital TV device in few months

The signing was held on Wednesday, January 9, at Makati City. The companies came up with a technology, content, and distribution agreement that will start the launch of innovations which is set to power the network’s digital transformation.

According to GMA Network’s Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon, they are embracing digital with open arms.

“By riding the wave of disruption with PLDT and Smart as partners, we will not only upgrade the quality of content we are producing but we are also setting the stage for a new age of digital television.”

On the other hand, PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan stated, “As we transform our business from being a legacy telco into the premier and most trusted digital enabler in the country, this partnership will enable us to power GMA’s digital pivot and help deliver to our millions of fixed and wireless subscribers GMA 7’s unique and compelling content, as well as exciting new digital experiences to more Filipino families.”

Several executives of GMA Network and PLDT-Smart Communications were also present at the signing.

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Maine Mendoza expresses happiness, “So much happier now than I’ve ever been.”

Maine Mendoza expresses happiness, “So much happier now than I’ve ever been.”

  • Maine Mendoza shared her happiness on Twitter.
  • The television personality has been recently linked with actor Arjo Atayde.

Maine Mendoza expressed her happiness in a single tweet that became the source of her fans’ joy.

In a tweet posted on November 25, she said “So much happier now than I’ve ever been and so so grateful for that.”

As the message had no details, others assumed that it is linked to the dating rumors between the TV personality and actor Arjo Atayde.

They have been spotted together in several occasions including a dinner at a restaurant in Makati City and at a bar in Bonifacio Global City.

A few weeks ago, Mendoza and Atayde were once again rumored to have spent a trip in Bali, Indonesia together. They were also seen watching a concert in Quezon City a few days after the said vacation.

In an interview last November 15, Atayde said that he is happy with the current state of his love life, but the actor didn’t disclose more details regarding such.

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Turkish national with no license argues with Makati enforcer

Turkish national with no license argues with Makati enforcer

  • Foreigner got into an argument after being apprehended for hitting a motorcycle.
  • It was said that the Turkish national did possess a driver’s license.

A Turkish national just went viral after getting involved in an heated argument with a local traffic enforcer in Makati City.

According to the Makati Public Safety Department enforcer named Michael Orcino, he was doing his job, controlling the traffic in Buendia when a motorcycle got hit by a car of a foreigner named Ibrahim Yuksel.

For Yuksel not to escape, the enforcer used his motorcycle to block the driveway.

This made the Turkish national got off his car and angrily pushed Orcino who later removed his motorcycle from the front of the vehicle.

According to a witness, the driver refused to accept the issued ticket and continued to drive away.

“Magre-red light na, deretso pa rin ‘yung kotse… Ayaw magpa-ticket eh.”

In their incident report, the Makati City police indicated that the Turkish national had no driver’s license with him.

Felix Pancha, the Filipino who was with Yuksel, said to have tried making him escape and said that the driver got annoyed because of the language barrier.

The Turkish national was charged with assault and is currently detained in Makati Police Station.

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Repertory Philippines’ new Rapunzel musical is a whimsical experience

Repertory Philippines’ new Rapunzel musical is a whimsical experience

  • Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) Theater for Young Audiences revisits the classic, whimsical adventure of Princess Rapunzel in “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.”
  • The play will run from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.
  • Theater veteran Joy Virata directs this production, featuring the story, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.

We all know the staples of Rapunzel: an estranged princess with long blonde hair imprisoned by an evil witch in a tower, until a prince comes along, climbs up the tower using her tremendously strong-slash-long hair, and rescues her from being trapped – straight fairy-tale and mushy. But REP’s new Rapunzel musical undertakes a feeling of ‘groundedness’ and childishness, which makes it more relatable both for young audiences and those young at heart alike.

Putting in pop culture references and elements, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is a musical play we should spend our free days for. Seeing it live last September 15 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City for its premiere, here are a few notable things that make REP’s Rapunzel even more weekend-worthy.

  • Musicality at its best

Packed with great musical talents, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” would definitely be enjoyed by seasoned theatre-lovers and first-time watchers alike. Priding itself with the music and lyrics by internationally known Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman (see: “How I Became a Pirate”), the over-all musicality of the play is memorable for its solid melodies, easy to remember and groovy.

The songs vary from classical theatre renderings and pop. Notably, the play is starred by actual professionally-trained singers in the country: Cara Barredo, Bituin Escalante, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso, Alyssa Rosa, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza, and many more.

  • Uniquely weaved characters

The characters are comical and one can only expect having a good laugh while watching the musical play. Apart from being gifted with beautiful voices, the characters are equally given the necessary quirkiness which makes the play relatable for a more modern audience.

Lady Zaza, the villain and Rapunzel’s aunt, poses like the popular ‘Red Queen’ – an air of meanness comes in her gestures, but a retained silliness is noteworthy for her character. The supposedly brave prince, Sir Roderick, is notable for his chicken-heartedness as he journeys to find the lost princess – a new take on how a prince in fairy tales should act.

His sidekick, of course, is one unique character as well – a feminine hairstylist named Edgar (tagging along Sir Roderick to find the most beautiful hair in the world), equally fainthearted as they get in the “deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest” to find Rapunzel. Of course, the main character, Rapunzel, has her own quirks too, elegant but grounded, having a fair share of funny lines as well (not to mention, she actually likes Beyoncé).

  • An interactive play and a very detailed production

The theatre play involves its audience. The entire auditorium is basically the characters’ stage. The characters asks questions to viewers (especially to kids), making sure they are having a good time. They sing and dance around the theatre, even sit beside with the viewers.

On the whole, watching the play is like being part of the characters’ world – Rapunzel’s fairy-tale world. Apart from this, the production is commendable for its details. Everything is well-made from the backdrops, costumes, and props. The colors are complementary, sending a vibe of gaiety – very Filipino for its festive features.

  • A constantly changing cast

Yes. The casting changes for each show. Basically, since the play runs from September this year to January next year, the play aims to feature different sets of actors. This means, essentially, that the show doesn’t repeat itself – which is a good treat for groups of family and friends who managed to see the show on different dates to have a point of discussion (and not to mention, to see the play once more).

There are five (5) Rapunzels, three (3) Lady Zazas, three (3) Socrates (the funny dragon who accompanies the princess), three (3) Sir Rodericks, and many more – all going around from the same cast or ensemble. Truly, with this mechanics, we won’t be able to get enough of “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.”

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By and large, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is just a very beautiful yet simple story – staying true to the original narrative but finding its own voice and texture, truly ideal for children and those who are young at heart. For show dates and tickets, call REP at (02) 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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Junjun Binay: “Social Media critics are ‘trolls’ paid by other politicians”

Junjun Binay: “Social Media critics are ‘trolls’ paid by other politicians”

Former Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr., son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said he does not believe in social media and that critics on these sites are only “trolls” paid by other politicians.

Bakit social media ang magiging batayan? Gaano kadami ang nasa social media? Hindi tama yan. Ang dami-daming puwedeng bayaran para maging ‘trolls’. It cannot reflect the true sentiment of the people.”

(Why should social media be the basis? How many people are on social media? That’s not right. There are a lot of people who can be paid as “trolls”. It cannot reflect the true sentiment of the people.)

In an interview with Karen Davila on ANC Headstart, Junjun Binay just smirked at Karen’s question on why he is not affected by social media bashers.

On Grace Poe’s being an inexperienced government official and Nancy being his father’s assistant

Junjun Binay said Grace Poe is running for a different position while his sister Nancy is only a senator. Furthermore, he said that Nancy has been exposed to politics as she has been assisting and accompanying their father.

“Mali naman yang tanong na ‘yun, siya (Nancy) naman lagi kasama ng tatay ko. Kasama siya sa pagtulong sa issues sa HUDCC”

(That’s a wrong question. Nancy has always been with my father. She has always been there to help with the issues at HUDC-Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.)

On answering the issues involving the Binays

When Karen asked why the Binays are not answering the issues being thrown at them, Junjun Binay said they have already answered all the issues. He also said that they are not getting a fair share of exposure from the media.

Kasi nagbigay na siya ng paliwanag sa Senado. Ayaw na nyang magpunta dun… If you’re saying he is not answering, that’s not true! Sa lahat ng pagkakataon sumasagot, kami po ay pilit na sumasagot sa mga periodiko, sa telebisyon. Pero ang hirap po ng kalaban natin, kasi kung sila po ay kaya nilang panghawakan kung anung lalabas sa balita. It’s really dominated, okay? Minsan ang feeling namin, we’re not getting a fair share of our exposure in media to explain our side.”

[It’s because he (VP Binay) has given an explanation to the Senate. He doesn’t want to go back there. In all instances, we answer (issues and allegations) in print, on TV. But we have a formidable enemy because they can control  what is released in the media.]

Junjun Binay said that he disagrees that his father does not answer the issues about at them. He said he is sure and confident that VP Binay can answer all allegations and will continue to answer the other allegations in the next coming days.

On the 24M worth classrooms 

When Karen asked Junjun if the classrooms are worth P 24M each, Junjun Binay said he does not have the exact figures. He also said that a mayor is the last one in the “process”. He also said it is unfair to say that the classrooms are worth P 24 M since it was his father’s political opponents who quoted the amount and that it has no basis.

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What’s extraordinary about Makati’s P2.2-Billion world-class building?

What’s extraordinary about Makati’s P2.2-Billion world-class building?

It’s all over the net. Netizens are abuzz over the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Building II, a building planned, built, and completed under former mayor and now Vice-President Jejomar Binay.  A plunder complaint has been filed against him, his son (incumbent Makati Mayor Junjun Binay), and several Makati officials in connection with this P2.2-billion 11-story building.

Why are netizens angry at the Binays, anyway?

A photo of the building is going round the web. I am no expert on photoshop but this looks like the real deal. This collage of photos shows the anomalies suffered by the P2.2-billion building. As pointed out by 2ngaw blog, a ‘world-class’ building shouldn’t have these defects: large cracks on the walls, missing parts (such as having areas with no ceiling), rotting portions (such as CR ceilings), broken tiles, and misspelled room/section labels!

Image credit: Darth Binay/2ngaw
Image credit: Darth Binay/2ngaw

It might be a word war but when the term ‘world-class’ entered the picture, netizens erupted with rage, especially when photos of the building surfaced. Many asked how such an ordinary-looking building could cost as big as P2.2 billion?

The Binays and their allies call the building as ‘world class’; that same building is being called very ‘ordinary’ by their political opponents and most netizens. According to a report on GMA News, the entire structure has a floor area of 27,630 sq. m. Based on the total reported cost of construction, the building costs around P80,000 per sq. m. but experts who evaluated the structure along with the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee only pegs the valuation at P27,000 based on what they saw.

According to the experts who evaluated the building, one reason why it is not a world-class building because it used dry-board partitions consisting of metal frames and gypsum boards, the cost of which is much lesser than solid/concrete walls.

Also, the floors may look shiny but these used rolled vinyl linoleum instead of granite or marble tiles, as what you would have expected of such a high-priced structure. Moreover, there were plenty of areas that still need to be completed or have to be fixed, including a bathroom, the rough floors on the parking areas, and the ceilings of the storage areas.

It was also noted that there were plenty of still-unused storage areas and office spaces. Around half of the building is also made up of parking spaces but Senator Antonio Trillanes IV noted that the slots look ordinary and didn’t even have sensors like those you can find at the malls.

Comparisons with Other Structures

Angry netizens took to social media to share their sentiments over the alleged overpriced buildings. Many even went as far as making comparisons of the Makati City Hall Building II with other infrastructures built within the price range.

When in Manila featured a comparison of the Makati building with that of the London City Hall made by a Facebook user.

What’s extraordinary about Makati’s P2.2-billion world-class building?
Photo credit: When in Manila
Photo credit: When in Manila
Photo credit: When in Manila

Karen Davila also shared another photo comparison between the Makati building and Shang Grand Tower & Residences.

Photo credit: Karen Davila/Twitter
Photo credit: Karen Davila/Twitter

When faced with these shocking comparisons, it is clear that the Binays really have a lot of explaining to do.

Sources: Inquirer, When in Manila, ABS-CBN News, Twitter, 2ngaw 

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