Abu Dhabi to host Disco Manila retro concert

DUBAI: Filipino retro music lovers in the UAE can groove to vintage sounds in a concert dubbed Disco Manila in Concert on October 6 at East Plaza, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, local media reports said.

Dancing queens and global crate-diggers can get down to the disco sounds of ’70s and early ’80s Philippines and embrace the Manila Sound, a genre that came to life in the capital city during that time period, reported Gulf News.

Spanky and Roger Rigor, co-founders of VST & Company, lead the concert, the report said, adding that they will be joined by The Union featuring Jet Montelibano (formerly of Music & Magic), Jessica Casas (formerly of Something Special), Nino de Jesus, Jo-ann Visitacion and Fulton Montoya.

Rooted in an amalgam of American soul, funk and disco origins, the euphoric dance music mixed with Filipino melodic traditions is expected to filter through the warm glow of the Manila Sound.

After the concert, the audience takes center stage at a Disco Manila live band karaoke on October 7 at East Plaza, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, singing choice dance tunes in a special live band karaoke, said the news portal.

Photo credit: nyuad-artscenter.org

Olivia Jordan suffers ‘separation anxiety’ from Pia

MANILA: Pia Wurtzbach’s former competitor to the Miss Universe 2015 crown, Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan, has delivered a special message on the occasion of her 27th birthday.

Olivia was second-runner up when Pia bagged the Miss Universe crown. She later on became the Filipina beauty queen’s roommate and very good friend, reported GMA News.

Miss USA 2015 looks forward to more great things that Pia will do and expressed her ‘separation anxiety’ from the woman she looks up to, the report said.

The two have shared many memories together including sharing the stage during an intense moment, going to events arm in arm, sharing wacky moments, and traveling to the Philippines, said the news portal.

Miss World Philippines 2016 to be held at Manila Hotel

MANILA: The coronation night of the Miss World Philippines (MWP) 2016 beauty pageant will be staged at the Manila Hotel on October 2, according to Cory Quirino, franchise director of Miss World Philippines.

The MWP Gala Night will be held on September 27 at the Enderun College Tent, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City at 6pm, reported Manila Bulletin.

Quirino also reportedly said that reigning Miss World Mereia Lalaguna of Spain and Mr. World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal of India will not be able to join the judges’ panel during the finals.

But the two titleholders will visit the Philippines on Oct. 9 to 11 for the “Beauty with the Purpose” charitable activities. “They will devote their time to charitable institutions,” she was quoted as saying.

Quirino reportedly said that Lalaguna and Khandelwal will visit the Philippine General Hospital and Tuloy Streetchildren Foundation.

Twenty-five candidates are competing in this year’s pageant. Hillarie Parungao is the reigning Miss World Philippines. The finals will be broadcast live on GMA 7, said the news portal.

The winner will represent the country in the Miss World 2016 beauty contest in Washington, D.C., USA, reported Manila Bulletin, adding that the Miss World beauty pageant is the longest-running pageant in history.

Infidelity, money caused Gab-Tricia split

Early this week, fans asked if celebrity couple Gab Valenciano and Tricia Centenera have ended their marriage after the two posted cryptic messages on social media. According to a media reports, the two have parted ways due to Valenciano’s alleged infidelity as well as money problems.

Citing an unnamed source close to the couple, it was reported that Valenciano is the one who wants a divorce. “Gab is pushing for a divorce. Tricia is crushed and now all the cheating has surfaced,” the source was quoted as saying.

The source added: “Tricia asked Gab to move out one month ago due to emotional abuse and lack of working on the marriage. He simply wanted out.

Refused to go to marriage counseling, was and still is avoiding their pastor.” According media reports, the source also mentioned celebrities who were allegedly spotted with Valenciano: cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao, models Lauren Reid and Dani Camcam, and Issa Pressman, sister of actress Yassi Pressman.

Last August 30, Centenera shared on Twitter that she is “rebuilding, because I don’t tolerate cheaters.” Her tweet early this week had a similar tone as she asked: “How many are there?! I don’t deserve this. No girl does.” Valenciano and Centenera got married three times – in a civil ceremony in the United States in 2014, and in Tagaytay and Boracay in 2015.

Kris Aquino confirms leaving ABS-CBN, reveals story behind departure

Kris Aquino has finally broken her silence. After weeks of speculation , the TV host-actress has finally confirmed she’s leaving ABS-CBN. Kris has posted a series of Instagram posts on Monday, revealing her plans and explaining why she has come up with the decision.

Kris, in her first post, thanked the TV network for being her home for 20 years. She hosted her own shows in the network since 1996, starting with “Today with Kris Aquino.” She also became one of the original hosts of several entertainment shows on ABS-CBN, including “The Buzz,” which earned her the moniker “Queen of all Media.”

Aside from the usual talk show, she also became a host to several game shows, such as “Pilipinas Game KNB,” “Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal” and “Wheel of Fortune.” After expressing her gratitude, Kris went on to explain her recent hiatus in showbiz and made it clear that she knew the possibility of not having a guaranteed return slot when she took a break from her career.

“Our agreement was we’d talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself— when you come back there’s no guarantee that a space will be held for you,” she wrote.

“We spoke in July but there was no definite show (and) no assured time frame of my return on air. I perfectly understood—as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness – just HONESTY,” she continued.

Stars who got replaced in teleseryes

Did you know Liza Soberano was supposed to be the kontrabida to Julia Barretto’s character in Mirabella? There are celebrities who do not win the part even though they were the first choice.

The stars included in this list have various reasons why they did not push through with their supposed roles: some had to turn down the offer, some had better opportunities, while other shows had a change of plans that affected the casting.

Take a look at these 2 stars who were already announced or rumored to play some TV characters but were changed by management. their supposed roles: some had to turn down the offer, some had better opportunities, while other shows had a change of plans that affected the casting.

Take a look at these 2 stars who were already announced or rumored to play some TV characters but were changed by management.

On The Wings of Love

Arjo Atayde OUT; Albie Casino IN During the story conference of On The Wings of Love, it was announced that James Reid and Nadine Lustre will have Arjo Atayde as their third wheel. However, before OTWOL even started, it was announced that Arjo will be part of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as the main villain opposite Coco Martin.

It was later revealed that Albie Casino will take over the role left by Arjo. During The PEP List Year 3 awards night, Arjo said that he was pulled out from three TV series before he was added to the cast of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. Presumably, one of those is OTWOL.

Temptation of Wife

Alessandra de Rossi OUT; Glaiza de Castro IN Initially, the plan of GMA was for Alessandra de Rossi to do the villain role of Heidi in Temptation of Wife, while Glaiza de Castro was set to play the kontrabida role in Haram.

However, Alessandra begged off from the show because she cannot do extreme kissing scenes, which the Heidi role heavily requires. As a result, GMA switched the places of Glaiza and Alessandra.

Unfortunately, Haram was shelved. Alessandra ended up being the mistress in the replacement show Pahiram ng Sandali, with less daring scenes.

Celebrity Style: Benjamin Alves

Wonder if your favorite celebrity is the same as you when it comes to fashion? Know if they are into branded items or can make a thrift shop buys work.

This week, we have heartthrob Benjamin Alves talk about everything about but fashion. Alves has been in the industry for quite a while. He has appeared in several Kapuso shows and has evolved into a fine young leading man, just like his uncle Piolo Pascual.

Alves is not only known for his handsome face and manly physique but also with his seamless fashion statement. In an exclusive interview with The Filipino Times, Alves said that he is really into the classics and functionality, with just a touch of urban. When asked if he is a brand conscious, he subtly said that he make sure he keeps track of the quality, material and production process.

“Not every plain white t-shirt is the same, the higher the quality, the longer it’ll last. I noticed this when I had to buy the same white tee every few months, that perhaps wasn’t the best quality, and it has made all the difference,” he said. (ALS)

Three Filipina bloggers nominated at Cosmo Awards 2016

DUBAI: For the love of fashion and photography, with a splash of creativity and everything in between, three Filipina bloggers have been successfully recognized and nominated in the first ever Cosmo Awards 2016. Brainchild of Cosmopolitan Middle East, Cosmo Awards 2016 aims to celebrate the valuable contribution of the region’s most vibrant and iconic personalities, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, bloggers, vloggers, instagrammers and tweetters.

Joy Caasi of thethrifttrip.com was nominated in the best use of photography category, while Mariyah Gaspacho of mahryska.com was nominated for Ultimate Style Blogger. Maricel of thesandgypsy.com on the other hand was nominated for Ultimate Lifestyle Blogger.

“I think this serves as an inspiration to aspiring photographers and artists. In this region, there are many people especially Filipinos who are fond of taking photos and through these awards, it has been proven that foreigners strongly believe in the craft produced by us,” Caasi told The Filipino Times.

“Filipinos should continue sharing what they are passionate about because I think that’s how I got my nomination,” Caasi added. Filipina Spanish beauty, Mansano, who is nominated as Ultimate Lifestyle Blogger, on the other hand said that the hardest part of building a brand in the region is penetrating the media list.

“PR companies already have a list and they tend to stick with that list and you have to be there when they update it. You have to approach them and let them know your presence, I must say, before I got noticed by these brands, it was pure hard work and consistency,” Mansano, who has more than 40,000 followers on instagram said. Gaspacho, added that being nominated and recognized by the international media is gratifying and makes her want to do more.

“It is not easy to stay relevant and keep up but if you are confident enough with your work, if you love what you are doing, then it’s all good. At the end of the day, the nominations and the acknowledgements are great but having those followers and readers spare a minute of their day reading your blog is what counts more,” she said.

The announcement of the winners will be on September 28. To know more about these amazing Filipinas and the awards, visit cosmopolitan.ae.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ star Drew Barrymore spotted in Makati City

The actress posted a photo of herself at SM Department Store in Makati, saying that she was on a branding trip for her makeup brand, Flower Beauty.

“We’re in Manila! #brandingtrip2016 for [Flower Beauty] exploring the incredible [SM Makati] and their extraordinary beauty department! #wow #wow #wow our whole team is inspired!” she wrote in the photo’s caption.

Drew launched Flower Beauty in 2013, a line that’s exclusively available at Walmart, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Flower Beauty’s website markets its products as high quality – they use the same ingredient as those found in luxury makeup – but affordable.

Manila is not Drew’s first stop on her branding trip.

Prior to her photo at SM Makati, Drew was posting photos of her at meetings and doing research in Hongkong with the same hashtag.

Some of the actress’ popular films in the country are “Charlie’s Angels” and “50 First Dates.”

‘Popstar Princess’ Sarah nominated at MTV EMA

MANILA: Among the six nominees in the Best Southeast Asia Act for the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) to  be held in the Netherlands is Filipina “popstar princess” Sarah Geronimo.

The other nominees are Dong Nhi (Vietnam), Gentle Bones (Singapore), Raisa Andriana (Indonesia), Thaitanium (Thailand) and Yuna (Malaysia), reported Manila Bulletin.

MTV Asia has said that fans have a chance to put their local act in the spotlight, as they can decide who the final nominee will be.

Those in the wild card who will get the most votes during the pre-voting stage will compete against the other nominees, the report said.

Another Filipina, Donnalyn Bartolome, who rose to fame after the release of her single, “Kakaibabe,” is among the wild card contenders in the MTV EMA to be held on November 6 at the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

MTV will announce the official 2016 EMA nominees on September 27.

Meanwhile, the MTV EMA is said to be one of the biggest award shows in the world. It will be held in Rotterdam for the second time this year. Rotterdam hosted the show back in 1997, reported Manila Bulletin.