Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sandara Park and Lee Minho team up in TV commercial of OB Beer Cass 2X

Sandara Park and Lee Minho team up in TV commercial of OB Beer Cass 2X. 2NE1's female vocalist Sandara Park and "Boys Over Flowers" star Lee Minho will soon be seen together in a TV commercial.

The announcement came from "Showbiz News Ngayon" which cited, a website containing news about Asian superstars and celebrities, as its source.

The F4 leader and the former "Star Circle Quest" finalist, the SNN report said, were chosen because of their trendy image. They will be endorsing a brand of beer called OB Beer Cass 2X.

It also stated why Dara and Lee were chosen.

"We chose top stars Lee Minho and Sandara Park as their trendy image matches perfectly with the image of our Cass beer. We're staying in touch with the younger generation and this CF will start a new trend."

The statement was released by OB Beer's Marketing Manager.

The shooting for the commercial was completed on Aug. 25 in Gangnam, Seoul, Korea .In the commercial, Lee is shown playfully splashing beers with a slew of female extras and cavorting down the street until he gets into a Red Ferrari where Sandara is seated.

Sandara was in Manila for a three-day vacation from Aug. 13 to 15.

At the airport, Sandara said that she chose to spend her three days in the Philippines to catch up on her friends here especially her "Star Circle Quest" colleagues.

On her first day in the country, Sandara chatted with her fans through ABS-CBN Interactive. She also guested in "Ruffa & Ai" and "Entertainment Live."

Sandara met up with her former boyfriend Joseph Bitangcol in an event she arranged with fellow SCQ stars. Joseph felt uneasy at first but was able to connect with his now famous ex-girlfriend. He noticed that Sandara has become so trendy in her outfits and that she has improved immensely in her dancing.

Hero Angeles, the "Star Circle Quest" Grand Winner whom Sandara was paired with in two hit movies, was not able to see the Korean star. A text correspondence Manila Bulletin Online had with Hero's brother, Henry, confirmed it.

Before going back to Korea, Sandara and Hero were not able to patch up their differences. Hero is now with GMA-7 after he had a falling out with ABS-CBN.

Sandara's group 2NE1 is known for their hit singles "Fire" and "Lollipop."

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Brian Viloria vs. Jesus Iribe Fight Results (more videos here)

Brian Viloria vs. Jesus Iribe Fight Results (more videos here). Brian Viloria, nicknamed “The Hawaiian Punch," won via unanimous decision over Iribe to successfully defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title for the first time.

Good thing the Honolulu-born Brian Viloria, who had Filipino parents, did not disappoint his hometown fans beating Mexican challenger Jesus Iribe in the main event of “Island Assault" Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“I just gave the fans old-fashioned boxing. I hope they all enjoyed it," said Viloria after the match. I just gave the fans a good show, wanted them to enjoy a good boxing match against (Iribe) who is one tough guy."

He was not yet even born when Honolulu hosted its first world title bout when Ben Villaflor of the Philippines fought Puerto Rican Samuel Serrano for the World Boxing Association to a draw on April 13, 1976.

Viloria’s win completed a sweep for the Philippines as AJ Banal and Dennis Laurente also outpointed their respective foes. He now holds to 26-2-0 (15 KOs).

Viloria, wanting a KO win, tried to bring down his opponent in the 12th round as he went toe-to-toe with Iribe, who managed to withstand the attacks of the Filipino champion, as the bell sounded to officially signal the end of the match.

His fight against Iribe was almost the same when he challenged Ulises Solis early this year where he scored an 11th round KO win to seize the IBF light flyweight crown.

Though failing to floor Iribe, Viloria chalked up enough points to complete the win against his tough Mexican foe. The fight went into scorecards with all three judges siding with Viloria: 118-110, 117-112 and 117-11.

Viloria made a grand entrance, coming out of the dugout like a Hawaiian king.

Two men, garbed in traditional Hawaiian outfits, blew conch shells to signal Viloria’s entrance. Hula girls, dancing to the tune of Hawaii Five-0, then came out as part of Viloria's entourage.

Iribe entered the ring with sounds of a Mariachi band at the background.

Viloria said he wants to unify the light flyweight crown as he plans to challenge World Boxing Organization champion Ivan Calderon, who will face Filipino Rodel Mayol on September 12 at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

He and Calderon have a long history inside the ring. Viloria has beaten Calderon three times when both were still fighting as amateurs.

Filipino Pride. Earlier, AJ "Bazooka" Banal and Dennis Laurente defeated their respective Mexican opponents to serve as an appetizer for the Viloria-Iribe title bout.

Banal was even deducted by one point for a low blow in the 9th round but had piled up the points in the first eight rounds that gave him his 20th win (16 KOs) against one loss and one draw.

Laurente opened up the fight with a unanimous decision win over Zaid Zavaleta in their own 10-round light welterweight non-title fight.

All three judges ruled in favor of Laurente (100-90, 100-90 and 99-91). The Filipino southpaw now has a 32-3-5 record (16 by KO).

GMA 7 star Jolina Magdangal, wearing a Maria Clara dress; Juan Muñoz, playing a guitar; and Fil-Am singer and American Idol Season 3 third placer Jasmine Trias sang the national anthems of the Philippines, Mexico and the United States, respectively.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Belgium Grand Prix 2009/2009 FIA Formula One World Championship

Belgium Grand Prix 2009/2009 FIA Formula One World Championship. Watch the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship 2009: Belgian Grand Prix 2009 (Spa-Francorchamps): 28-30 August, live at 13:00 BST Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

Formula 1: The Belgian Grand Prix

Saturday 29 August
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Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. One of the most demanding tracks on the calendar, Spa is a real test of a driver's skill and nerve. In 2008 Britain's Lewis Hamilton claimed pole with a scorching lap in the final moments of qualifying. Fellow Briton Jenson Button leads the driver standings but needs a good performance in qualifying to keep the chasing pack at bay.

Formula 1: The Belgian Grand Prix

Sunday 30 August
12:10pm -

Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. In 2008 Lewis Hamilton was stripped of victory after an incredibly dramatic last few laps. The Briton recovered from an early spin to overhaul Kimi Raikkonen with two laps to go, only for stewards to controversially rule he had illegally cut a corner in pursuit of the Ferrari star. Jenson Button leads the Championship standings, but Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are both in the title hunt.

Formula 1: The Belgian Grand Prix

Sunday 30 August
7:00pm -


Jake Humphrey presents highlights of the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Last year's race saw Lewis Hamilton controversially stripped of victory after stewards ruled he had cut a corner while pursuing Kimi Raikkonen.

Formula 1: The Belgian Grand Prix

Monday 31 August
1:35am -


Jake Humphrey presents highlights of the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Last year's race saw Lewis Hamilton controversially stripped of victory after stewards ruled he had cut a corner while pursuing Kimi Raikkonen.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Watch the fight of Brian Viloria vs. Jesus Iribe at Honolulu, Hawaii Live

Watch the fight of Brian Viloria vs. Jesus Iribe at Honolulu, Hawaii Live. Phil-American boxier Brian Viloria "the Hawaiian Punch" will be defending his IBF Light Flyweight title against the Mexican fighter Jesus “the Azul” Iribe. The boxing event in which it will be featured was dubbed as the Island Assault. This will be happening at the Neal Blaisdell Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii this coming August 29, 2009.

He will go against Jesus “Azul” Iribe of Mexico, who hasn’t lost a fight since 2007. Iribe is the current Federation of Boxing Commissions (Fecombox) light flyweight champion and ranked in the top 20 by the IBF.

Brian Viloria"the Hawaiian Punch" has a career record of 25 wins and 2 losses with 15 victories came by the way of knockout, while the challenger Jesus "Azul" Iribe has a 15 wins 5 losses and with 1 knockout.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin on rumored break-up

Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin on rumored break-up. Talks are ripe that Luis Manzano and girlfriend Angel Locsin have called it quits after they were seen snubbing each other in an "ASAP" segment.

Luis Manzano was quick to admit that they are going through "something," but he refused to divulge details. "Whatever our reasons or's between us. No there's no third party involved," said he.

Prodded further, Vilma Santos' son said the issue was not because of scheduling. "It's not also [because we lack] time. We don't bother with that because we respect each other's schedules. We will never fight just because of something so petty [as time]."

Manzano is hopeful that they'll both be able to settle the matter soon.

"Right now, we're trying to work things out. Hopefully, we will be able to fix this."

It should be remembered that the couple almost broke up early this year with Locsin even changing her Facebook status to "not in a relationship."

Locsin is now in South Korea filming a TV commercial. Her manager, Becky Aguila, said she's clueless about the break-up issue and all she knows is that Angel and Luis had a misunderstanding.

Aguila also said that she and Angel are extending their stay in South Korea for a "vacation."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Watch UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira Live

Watch UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira Live. Watch the main event of UFC 102, on August 29, in Portland, Oregon, another dream fight becomes reality as Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira square off.

Both men have been ranked in the top 10 for the greater part of their careers, and have undoubtedly carved out their place in the history of the sport.

They fought in separate organizations - leaving fans to debate the outcome of a Couture-Nogueira bout. Now, with both legends in the Octagon, the question fans have asked for a long time will be answered.

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Lea Salonga in "Your Songs" concert

Lea Salonga in "Your Songs" concert. Two weeks after the website ( was published, AmbientMedia got more than 1,300 songs fans (and other interested parties) are requesting Lea Salonga to sing at her Lea Salonga...Your Songs concert on Dec. 11 and 12 at the PICC Plenary Hall.

“But it’s impossible for me to sing all of them even if I want to,” admitted Lea whose repertoire will consist of, as Funfare earlier mentioned, your and my favorite songs which Lea will very gladly sing for you and for me, for us. Produced by AmbientMedia, the concert will have Bobby Garcia as director and Lea’s brother Gerard as musical director, with Ai-Ai delas Alas, Richard Poon and the dance group Philippine All Stars as co-performers.

They will go by “gut” feel.

“We will go over the list which is not complete just yet because more and more suggestions are coming in,” added Lea. “We will probably choose the songs that I don’t usually sing in my concerts or those that are already available on DVD or CD, or those I don’t often sing or I’ve never done before. I suggest that they choose songs out of the box.”

But definitely, Lea will sing Bayan Ko which she sang at the wake of former Pres. Cory Aquino at the Manila Cathedral.

“I tried hard not to cry when I was singing,” recalled Lea. “ I sang it in all sincerity and honesty. I was actually trying to control my emotion.”

Asked what three songs he would like Lea to sing, Gerard named six.

“Either I Give My Life For You or Too Much For One Heart from Miss Saigon. Too Much For One Heart was excluded from the show but Lea sang it in 2002 in her Broadway concert here. Originally it was a solo but it became a duet retitled Please. Either I Dreamed A Dream or On My Own from Les Miz. And either Reflection from Mulan or A Whole New World from Aladdin.”

And what song would she not do?

“My brother and I are fans of Michael Jackson’s but I definitely wouldn’t do Billy Jean because that’s his territory,” said Lea. “That would be humorous on my part if I did it. I also know my limitations, you know. Maybe I would do one of his other songs that is hardly heard.”

A mom now (of three-year-old Nicole, her and husband Robert Chien’s first-born), Lea said that motherhood has somehow influenced the way she sings.

“I was 17 when I first sang I Give My Life For You at the auditions for Miss Saigon. The last time I sang it was during a concert in the US. Now that I am a mom, what goes on in my mind when I sing that song is completely different from what went on in my mind when I was 17,” said Lea who turned 38 last February. “My interpretation of a song may change based on how I’m growing and progressing as a human being.”

Now in nursery school, Nicole this early is showing signs of following in her mom’s footsteps.

“She recognizes my voice,” said Lea. “Late one night, we were watching YouTube; she wanted to watch Mulan. I was singing Reflection and she said, ‘Mommy singing. Mommyyyy!’ I played the same song by someone in Mandarin. She didn’t react, saying, ‘What’s that?’ She can tell if I’m the one singing.”

I guess Lea will have to sing Reflection (as Gerard suggested) in her Your Songs concert and dedicate it to Nicole.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Miss Universe 2009 Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez Photos/Images/Photo Galleries

Miss Universe 2009 Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez Photos/Images/Photo Galleries. Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez smiles on stage after winning the Miss Universe 2009 annual pageant held at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas August 23, 2009.

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez (left) is crowned Miss Universe 2009 by 2008 Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, another Venezuelan

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez after she is crowned Miss Universe 2009 at Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas. A sultry Venezuelan teenager brought home the Miss Universe crown for a second year running as Fernandez bested 83 women for the ultimate prize in beauty pageants. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela smiles after winning the crown as she stands with Miss Universe organization owner Donald Trump during the annual pageant

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, center, Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee De la Cruz, left, and Miss Kosovo Gona Dragusha hold hands as they wait to hear how they placed in the Miss Universe beauty pageant

Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez smiles on stage after winning the Miss Universe 2009 annual pageant held at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas August 23, 2009

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Watch Miss Venezuela, Stefani Fernandez crowned Miss Universe 2009 and the final results (with video)

Watch Miss Venezuela, Stefani Fernandez crowned Miss Universe 2009 and the final results (with video). This evening, during one of the year’s most exciting live international television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, as MISS UNIVERSE® 2009 live from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, is 18-years-old and she is interested in International Relations.

The judging panel for the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant included: Dean Cain, actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman; Colin Cowie, author/television personality/designer to the stars; Gerry DeVeaux, award-winning producer, songwriter and style guru; Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care; Heather Kerzner, Ambassador for Kerzner International and their resorts, including Atlantis, Paradise Island; Richard LeFrak, Chairman, President and CEO, LeFrak Organization; George Maloof Jr., professional sports mogul and hotelier; Valeria Mazza, international supermodel; Matthew Rolston, leading photographer and director; Andre Leon Talley, award-winning writer and editor; Tamara Tunie, actress, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;" and Keisha Whitaker, fashion maven and founder of the Kissable Couture lip gloss line.

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from over 80 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of approximately one billion viewers.

Final Results:

First Runner-Up: Miss Domincan Republic, Ada Aimee De La Cruz; will assume the duties of MISS UNIVERSE 2009 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.

Second Runner-Up: Miss Kosovo, Gona Dragusha.

Rest of Top Five: Miss Australia, Rachael Finch; Miss Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos Perez.

Rest of Top Ten: Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar; Miss Czech Republic, Iveta Lutovska; Miss Switzerland, Whitney Toyloy; Miss USA, Kristen Dalton; and Miss France, Chloe Mortaud.

Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Albania, Hasna Xhukici; Miss Belgium, Zeynep Sever; Miss Croatia, Sarah Cosic; Miss Iceland, Ingibjorg Egilsdottir; and Miss Sweden, Renate Cerljen.

Miss Photogenic Universe Award: Miss Thailand, Chutima Durongdej. The general public voted on for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.

Miss Congeniality Universe™ Award: Miss China, Wang Jingyao. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.

The MISS UNIVERSE® 2009 prize package includes: the Miss Universe tiara and jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus Labs; a two-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy worth more than $100,000 dollars to its acting or film-making programs; an eveningwear wardrobe from Carlos Alberto; a custom swimsuit wardrobe from BSC Swimwear Thailand; a shoe collection from Nina Footwear; an assortment of Luxe Collection video cameras from DXG USA; a six-day/five-night vacation for two at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas with air travel accommodations by JetBlue Airways; a year-long supply of Farouk Systems products, makers of CHI, the original Ceramic Technology tools; a Skype kit featuring a laptop computer, webcam, speakers and a one-year Unlimited World plan to talk to friends and family; membership to Gravity Fitness and pampering at John Barrett Salon; a fashion portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare services by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; consultations with personal stylist Billie Causieestko and access to an event wardrobe from leading fashion designers; a New York City apartment for the year of her reign including living expenses and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization to further her personal and professional goals.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Singer Geneva Cruz pose for PETA sexy ads

Singer Geneva Cruz pose for PETA sexy ads. The Filipina beauty appeared ravishing on Wednesday's photoshoot, wearing nothing but black paint markings all over her body and a small placard that covered her behind. Geneva Cruz headlines the special 2009 music issue of Maxim Magazine. The sultry diva, who is no stranger to men’s magazines, makes her most daring pose yet as she goes all natural on the cover. Geneva burns bright and beautiful as a sexy nature goddess in her jungle-themed pictorial like you’ve never seen her before.

Geneva Cruz headlines the special 2009 music issue of Maxim Magazine. The sultry diva, who is no stranger to men’s magazines, makes her most daring pose yet as she goes all natural on the cover. Geneva burns bright and beautiful as a sexy nature goddess in her jungle-themed pictorial like you’ve never seen her before.

In an exclusive interview, Geneva also opens up about her upcoming projects and past relationships. The “Anak Ng Pasig” singer also talks about her efforts to help Mother Nature by adapting a vegetarian diet and contributing to the cause of the People for Ethical Treatment of the Animals (PETA).

Maxim’s May issue is jam-packed with other features about music, starting with the 25 Hottest Women in Music. The sizzling list includes vocalists and musicians who are still active in the industry and have been handpicked by Maxim editors. Sitting pretty in the number 25 spot is DJ sensation Christina Bärtges whose interview can be read in the Goddess is a DJ article. Maxim also sits down for a one-on-one exclusive with Diane Ventura, the woman blamed by many to be the cause for the break-up of Eraserheads, as she narrates her side of the story.

Other musical features to round out the issue are interviews with iconic composer Ryan Cayabyab and with rock bands Chicosci, Hilera, and Duster; a fashion pictorial with Ely Buendia and the boys of Pupil; and a look at the Cebu music scene. Maxim’s scorching pictorials also feature Cambodian-Thai model and actress Sunisa Kim, Fil-Aussie model Nadia Holloway, and pure Pinay Missy Bautista.

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Lady Gaga's Style & Fashion Scandal

Lady Gaga's Style & Fashion Scandal. An Irish rocker claims that pop star Lady Gaga stole her style, calling her "a poor imitation."

Did Lady Gaga steal her look from Irish electro ice-maiden Roisin Murphy? Yes she did, according to Murphy herself, who told Irish Central: "Lady Gaga is just a poor imitation of me. She has copied my style." And the pictures, courtesy of Idolator, would seem to bear her claims out:

Lady Gaga is far from the only musician to take visual clues from someone else. Manic Street Preachers started out aping the Clash, with their slogan T-shirts. Coldplay nicked their French revolutionary jackets from the Sgt. Pepper sleeve (via Arcade Fire). Elvis Presley pinched his "jumpsuit-era" look from comic book hero Captain Marvel Jr.

Neither is Gaga the first musician to come over all stalkerish in her commitment to aping another artist. Kasabian's Tom Meighan would clearly kill to be Liam Gallagher. Brandon Flowers flits between wanting to be Bruce Springsteen and wanting to be the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant. In La Roux's head, she's a cross between Annie Lennox and Adam Ant.

Miss Russia 2009 in Nude Photo Scandal, Sofia Rudieva

Miss Russia 2009 in Nude Photo Scandal, Sofia Rudieva. "The most beautiful woman in Russia", Sofia Rudieva who is only 18, Russia's next supermodel. Sofia Rudieva, newly-crowned Miss Russia 2009, is currently an internet sensation after her scandalous photos mostly showing off her upper private parts appeared in the Russian website Perfect10 last Monday.

Sofia Rudieva a.k.a. Sofia Rudeva was crowned Miss Russia 2009 in March, becoming the successor in a long line of beautiful Russian women to win that title. By late March, Russian tabloids leaked pictures of Miss Rudieva in erotic poses. And by erotic, about topless and bottomless poses obviously. Competition rules say that candidates should not appear in pornographic pictures or videos. So Sofia Rudieva is to be dethroned due to the nude pictures after the scandal exploded in the Russian media. The nude photos of Sofia Rudieva were leaked online right after she won the crown but it is believed they were originally published on the online version of Perfect 10 magazine a before year. (See the photos)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hurricane Bill Storm/Tropical Storms and Hurricane (with more Photos)

Hurricane Bill Storm/Tropical Storms and Hurricane (with more Photos). In this satellite image released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, by NASA, Hurricane Bill is seen in the Atlantic ocean.

Hurricane Bill became a dangerous Category 4 storm with top sustained winds near 135 mph early Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 and forecasters said it could get even stronger as it howls over the open Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center said people in the Leeward Islands should monitor Bill's progress, though the core of the storm was expected to pass well to the northeast of the islands late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Hurricane Bill moving through the Atlantic Ocean in a satellite image taken August 18, 2009. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout

Hurricane Bill is pictured moving through the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,160 miles (1,870 km) east of the Lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean, in this satellite image taken on August 17, 2009. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout

A NASA satellite image shows tropical depression Claudette in the Gulf of Mexico(Upper Left of Center), tropical depression Ana and Hurricane Bill (R-mid Atlantic). Hurricane Bill, the first of the Atlantic storm season, reached Category 2 strength, with top winds whizzing at about 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour), US forecasters said. (AFP/NASA Goes Project/Ho)

NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Bill. The first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, Bill, strengthened Monday as it churned toward the US mainland, while another sizeable storm lost punch at landfall in Florida, weather officials said. (AFP/NOAA)

This August 16 NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Storms Ana (centre) and Bill (right). The first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, Bill, strengthened as it churned toward the US mainland, while another sizeable storm, Claudette, lost punch at landfall, weather officials said.(AFP/NOAA)

This image provided by NOAA taken at 11 p.m. EDT Saturday Aug. 8, 2009 shows Hurricane Felicia about 760 miles east of Hilo Hawaii. Felicia is moving toward the west at 15 mph with maximun sustained winds near 85 mph and is expected to contiinue for the next couple of days on this track according to the National Hurricane Center. Felicia is a Category 1 hurricane. Several beach parks on Hawaii's Big Island will be closed beginning Sunday afternoon because of Hurricane Felicia, which is expected to increase wave heights as it approaches land, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/NOAA)

This image provided by NOAA taken at 11 p.m. EDT Friday Aug. 7, 2009 shows Hurricane Felicia. Felicia remains a Category 2 storm far out in the Pacific and is expected to weaken as it gets closer to Hawaii. The National Hurricane Center said Felicia's maximum sustained winds strengthened slightly to near 105 mph Friday evening. (AP photo/NOAA)

This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Felicia, lower left, taken at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday Aug. 5, 2009. Felicia is continuing to gain strength far out in the Pacific. The National Hurricane Center says Felicia's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph, making it a Category 4 storm and a major hurricane. (AP Photo/NOAA)

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Ike in 2008. Weather experts on Wednesday reduced the number of projected hurricanes in the north Atlantic this season to four, two of them major hurricanes with winds above 178 kilometers (111 miles) per hour. (AFP/NOAA/File)

In 58th Miss Universe Pageant, Miss Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo received warm welcome from Filipinos in Bahamas

In 58th Miss Universe Pageant, Miss Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo received warm welcome from Filipinos in Bahamas. The Philippine representative to the Miss Universe pageant received a warm welcome from Filipinos based in the Bahamas, the host nation.

Ms. Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo feels quite at home in the Bahamas where she and other fellow candidates to the pageant have been staying for about a month.

Manalo was happy to be welcomed by Filipinos who cheered for her to win in the pageant.

There are around 500 Filipino professionals and household help residing and working in the Bahamas.

The 58th Miss Universe Pageant will be held at the Atlantis Resort Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It will be the first time for Bahamas to host the Miss Universe Pageant.

Last year, the pageant was hosted by Vietnam where Miss Venezuela was crowned as Miss Universe.

In 2007, the pageant was held in Mexico where Miss Japan bagged the title.

Among the audience’s favorites in this year’s pageant are Ms. Ecuador, Ms. Iceland, Ms. Canada, Ms. Iceland, Ms. Canada, Ms. Venezuela, Ms. Puerto Rico, Ms. Dominican Republic, Ms. USA, Ms. Russia, Ms. Sweden, Ms. Mexico, and Ms. Philippines.

ABS-CBN will air the Miss Universe 2009 live via satellite on August 24, Monday at 9:30 a.m. with a primetime telecast on the same day on Velvet (SkyCable channel 53) at 8:00 p.m. With TV Patrol World.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Watch the GMA-7 reality show Survivor Philippines Season 2 in Palau

Watch the GMA-7 reality show Survivor Philippines Season 2 in Palau. The show that changed the course of Philippine Reality TV will once again invade the airwaves as the newest season of Survivor Philippines sets off on August 17.

Bringing 16 castaways, the show, hosted by Paolo Bediones, took refuge in the unfamiliar territory of Palau. For 39 days, the castaways battled it out with one another vying for the title of the next Pinoy Sole Survivor. For TV series visit FILIPINO TV CHANNEL

Survivor Philippines: Palau opens with the Castaways making a 1.4 kilometer trek in a wild forest while carrying heavy ammo crates. A test of speed, agility, and strength came at play as they had to race towards the other end of the forest dragging the crates with them. A consequence faced the tribe losing the race. Which tribe emerged stronger?

Trapped in an island that once was home to one of the deadliest wars in history, the Castaways found themselves haunted by the ghosts of World War II. Overturned tanks, aging shipwrecks, and sunken planes were a common sight.

The Japanese-American war ruins were juxtaposed with the flawless beauty of the beaches of Palau and its rich marine life.

Marked by the success of the previous season, tactics and schemes in outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting in Survivor Philippines: Palau might prove to be meaner and more merciless.

Starving for food, yearning for suitable shelter, longing for a loved one, desperation to at least keep one’s sanity on the island can never be more real — factors that challenged the drive to stay and win the 3-million peso prize and become the sole survivor.

Who among the 16 Castaways gunned down the challenges and emerged the next Pinoy Sole Survivor?

Was it Justine, the beauty queen? Vlad, the hefty, competitive swimmer? Maya, the Philippine Air Force lady pilot? Louie, the chickboy IT analyst? Tara, the snappy English tutor? Suzuki, the Japinoy ramp model? Carol, the strict grade school teacher? Troy, the mentalist out to brace you with magic?

Or was it Shaun, the sexy daddy? Mika, the hot, classy chef? Charles, the talky raketista? Amanda, the Tisay construction worker? Cris, the gentle giant of the hard court? Jef, the girl next door? Marvin, the ultimate crush? Or Echo, the spicy Bicolana?

Witness their fits of triumphs, breakdowns, elation, and heartbreaks in their pursuit to survive beginning this August 17, on GMA Telebabad.

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Kristen Bell: Covers Cosmopolitan Magazine September 2009 issue

Kristen Bell: Covers Cosmopolitan Magazine September 2009 issue. Kristen Bell stays classic in black on the September 2009 cover of Cosmopolitan, on stands August 11. Here’s what the 29-year-old Heroes hottie spilled:

On being the voice of Gossip Girl: “I’m very proactive with my career. And when I heard about Gossip Girl, I called someone at the network and asked if I could do something on it. At that time, I didn’t have a job, and I’m not just some idiot who wants to hang out in L.A. — I want to work.”

On love and her relationship with comedian/actor Dax Shephard: “Every woman in her 20s goes through a period where she just doesn’t believe love is out there anymore, but it is. And I think the minute you stop looking for it is when it comes for you.”

Kristen Bell wants us to help her groom her dog. At least, that’s what her publicist tells us...but we don’t really believe she’ll actually be wielding shears. Kristen has starred in hit movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has been a regular on TV shows like Heroes, and is the deliciously wicked narrator of Gossip Girl — we figure she’ll just stand to the side while some high-priced doggie stylist to the stars ties pink ribbons in her pooch’s hair.

But when we arrive at her house in the Hollywood Hills, we’re greeted by Lola, an adorably fluffy chow chow–corgi mix, and Kristen — hair in a ponytail, dressed in an old pair of jeans and a bright blue hoodie. Soon we’re hunkered down on the hardwood floor of her spacious living room, looking on as Kristen trims Lola to look like a lion.

As she shaves in a poofy mane, the 29-year-old Michigan native talks about hanging out in her amazing house, where she likes to host American Idol parties. “On the nights when we’re all together,” she begins, “my roommates and I all cook dinner.”

Hold on. Doing her own dog trimming is one thing, but roommates? Um, can’t she afford to live alone?

Find out the answer and get the rest of Kristen Bell's cover interview in the September 2009 issue of Cosmo, on stands now!

Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Kristen's Cosmo cover shoot!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Jennifer Lopez covers InStyle Magazine September 2009 edition

Jennifer Lopez covers InStyle Magazine September 2009 edition. Jennifer Lopez takes the cover of the much-buzzed September 2009 issue of InStyle Magazine.

Within the massively huge 15th Anniversary Special Issue (500+ pages) the stunning mother of twins spills on fame, family and turning forty.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Watch the fight of Nonito Donaire VS Rafael Concepcion Live

Watch the fight of Nonito Donaire VS. Rafael Concepcion Live. Watch the fight on August 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Nonito Donaire "Filipino Flash" will fight against Rafael "El Torito" Concepcion for WBA Interim Super Flyweight title.

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Nonito Donaire won by unanimous decision against Rafael Concepcion.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Watch the US PGA Championship 2009 Live / PGA Golf Championship 2009

Watch the USPGA Championship 2009 Live Stream / Watch PGA Golf Championship 2009 Live Stream. Watch the USPGA Championship's Marquee Groups live at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 10-16, 2009. During all four days of the tournament we will be offering live coverage of select groups. Follow two groups each day on Thursday and Friday, along with the group sitting on top of the leaderboard on Saturday and Sunday.

Coverage of the two groups on Thursday and Friday include the Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Rich Beem group and a group selected by you, the viewer.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Oprah's "Most Talented Kid", Julia Abueva is "proud to be Pinoy"

Oprah's "Most Talented Kid", Julia Abueva is "proud to be Pinoy". Thirteen year-old Julia Abueva has been called a lot of things: child prodigy, amazing performer, teen sensation. The Singapore-based young singer, whose parents are both Filipino, says one tag is the most special—she is proud to be a Filipino.

"It's awesome! I'm proud to be Pinoy," said Julia, who was featured in the "Smartest and Most Talented Kids" segment of popular talk show Oprah November last year. At her tender age, she has already performed in hundreds of concerts and events in several countries around the world.

Julia's family moved to Singapore when she was four years old. Since then, she has gone back and forth to the Philippines for various concert performances. At the age of eight, she was a guest artist in the individual concerts of Pinay theater actresses Monique Wilson and Lea Salonga. She was also the voice behind "We're All Just One," the official hymn of the 23rd Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines in 2005.

Julia, granddaughter of National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva, also has had the honor of performing before presidents, royalty, and foreign dignitaries of countries like China, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the USA.

The Oprah citation, therefore, is well-deserved. Julia, however, did not have time to sing in the show. She said the episode coincided with her first solo sold-out concert held in Esplanade, Singapore.

Despite the acclaim in foreign countries, Julia said she misses the Philippines at times. Several Filipino habits cheer her up.

"You know I get really homesick when I'm in Singapore. Sometimes I miss the Philippines so much. So what I do, I just eat adobo, then I get my old Pinoy movies and I watch it all day," Julia told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the launch of Encore, the new premier school for the performing arts in the Philippines, held yesterday, August 11, at Mag:net Café in Taguig City.

PEP asked the talented singer, who now sits as the new school's creative consultant, about the Pinoy movies that she loves.

"I like the love stories... those with Richard Gutierrez, John Lloyd Cruz, KC Concepcion," she said.

But since these movies are in Filipino, does she have a hard time understanding them? Can she still speak the language?

"Kaunti lang. 'Salamat po', 'mahal kita', ganyan," Julia said.

DREAMS OF STARDOM. The child prodigy said she was born to perform.

"Ever since I was small I always had this thing for performing. Like in parties I would always grab the mic and start singing when no one else wanted to," Julia said.

Julia added that as a child, she had memorized the themes of several Disney movies. At three years old, she learned how to use the VHS, and so she would spend entire mornings watching the movie Annie again and again.

Her big break came when she was seven years old. Her first performance was a guesting in another female singer's concert in Singapore, where she sang three songs.

Now at 13, she has already released a successful CD single in Singapore. A full-length album is also in the works for next year.

Julia believes she can ultimately break out as a pop star in Hollywood. She also dreams to be a big Broadway star.

But since she's a true-blue Pinay, would she be willing to relocate to the Philippines just to pursue another career?

"You know, if there are opportunities here I would like to try because at my age it's best to take whatever opportunities come my way and see how I feel about it. Kinda just experience everything," Julia said.

Nadine Samonte: Expresses her disappointment over her "one-of-those" role in Darna

Nadine Samonte: Expresses her disappointment over her "one-of-those" role in Darna. Hindi naitago ni Nadine Samonte sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang pagkadismaya niya sa latest assignment na ibinigay sa kanya ng GMA-7. Isang kontrabida role ito bilang Babaeng Impakta, isa sa mga makakalaban ni Marian Rivera, sa bagong telefantasya ng Kapuso Network na Darna.

"Kung iisipin, okey na rin lang, kasi may trabaho ako," sabi ni Nadine in a phone interview. "Pero to be honest about it, hindi ito ang trabahong gusto ko. Kasi kung iisipin, nakapagbida na ako ng ilang ulit, e. I don't mind playing kontrabida roles, pero sa nangyayari, nagiging one of those lang ako.

"Bakit ganoon? Samantalang may mga bago diyan, ngayon lang sumulpot, biglang bida agad! Hindi sa nai-insecure ako, pero you can't help but ask, di ba? Ano ba ang nagawa kong mali para lumabas na napapag-iwanan ako?" hinaing ng StarStruck alumna.

Ito ang dahilan kung bakit pagkatapos ng cast presentation sa press launch ng Darna na ginanap noong Lunes ng gabi, August 3, sa Studio 5 ng GMA Network Center, nagmadaling umalis si Nadine at hindi na nakipag-usap sa entertainment press.

Paliwanag niya, "Ayoko naman kasing mag-nega nang husto, lalo kung napakaraming press ang magtatanong sa akin. Kilala ako ng mga kaibigan kong reporters. Kapag nagsalita ako, dere-deretso rin kasi. Ayoko lang kasing magpaka-hypocrite."

Nabanggit namin kay Nadine na sa nakaraang SRO Presents Cinemaserye Presents Suspetsa ay bida rin naman ang role na naibigay sa kanya.

"But, it wasn't a regular thing," sambit ni Nadine. "Kasi, parang guesting lang yun. Nakapagbida na nga ako sa afternoon soaps, pero bakit nga hindi nagtuloy-tuloy? Sa halip na umusad, parang umaatras akong pabalik.

"Hindi mo naman ako masisisi, kasi iniisip ko, 21 years old na ako. Matagal-tagal din akong naghintay. Tatanda na lang ba akong ganito? Iniisip ko na rin kung ano ang mangyayari sa future ko. Maraming bagong pumapasok, mas bata, saan pa ako lalagay?"

Gumagawa naman daw ng paraan para gandahan ang exposure niya sa Darna. Hindi naman daw siya all-out kontrabida rito.

"As Babaeng Impakta, may kakambal akong masama rito, si Impy," banggit ni Nadine. "Mapapansin ninyo, sa second or third week ng series, nakatutok din sa akin ang istorya. Kasi, alam naman nila ang reklamo ko. Naghahanap na lang sila ng remedyo para hindi ako masyadong malungkot."

MIGRATING TO GERMANY. Ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit kinu-consider na talaga ni Nadine ang pagma-migrate sa Germany. Nadine has a German father, at ang gusto ng grandparents niya roon, kupkupin na siya at doon na magpatuloy ng kanyang buhay.

"Nag-iisip kasi ako sa future ko, ako pa naman ang breadwinner ng family namin," sabi niya. "Mga two or three weeks akong mawawala sa October, para makapaghanap din ng paraan o dahilan kung bakit pupuwede akong manirahan sa Germany.

"Kung ganyan nang ganyan kasi ang mangyayari, ngayon pa lang, dapat na mag-isip na ako. Pero sa totoo lang, hindi na fulfilling ang mga ginagawa ko."

Roxanne Barcelo, former Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition housemate, patience and hardwork pays off

Roxanne Barcelo, former Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition housemate, patience and hardwork pays off. The lack of projects brought out the best in former Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition housemate Roxanne Barcelo.

"I experienced yong walang-wala ka talagang work and sobrang humbling for me na alam mo lang kung ano'ng gusto mong gawin sa buhay mo, pero the opportunities, hindi dumarating. Yong parang sobrang daming temptations to move out of this business and to try something else, na baka you're good at something else. I don't know, I was even thinking of selling condominiums and getting into marketing, advertising.

"Ang dami kong inisip na ibang bagay na pasukin pero inisip ko na lang na siguro hindi ako hahayaan ng Panginoon na mawalan ng passion o hindi niya ibibigay yong passion sa heart ko kung hindi naman niya rin ako ibi-bless."

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to talk to Roxanne at the grand press conference of Marian Rivera's upcoming fantasy primetime series, Darna, last August 3. The event was staged at Studio 5 of the GMA Network Center in Quezon City. Roxanne was tapped by the Kapuso Network to play the role of Narda's bestfriend, Aleli.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. Though frustration would most of the time sink in, Roxanne stressed that never did she felt disheartened with the slow progress of her career.

"I never believed kasi in the word depression," said Roxanne candidly. "Parang you never allow yourself to feel depressed o mag-self-pity. It's just an opportunity for you to be humbled, and kumbaga, to work harder."

The inconsistent flow of projects prompted Roxanne to personally scout for auditions—a fact she takes utmost pride in announcing despite the wrong placed negative connotation expressed by narrow-minded individuals.

"People can say whatever they want to say. But, honestly, on my part, it's like you're looking for a job. And in our industry, how can you look for a job? You audition.

"Para sa akin, I didn't hear kung saan yong mga audition for shows. So, what I did is I audition for the things I see on TV, nababasa ko sa diyaryo and ganun talaga."

Roxanne, however, admitted that jumping from one audition to another can also be tiring regardless of an individual's competitive nature. And that was the main reason why she slowed down considerably after her PBB stint in 2006.

Not being seen frequently in television doesn't mean that Roxanne's showbiz career was toiling in obscurity. In fact, she has been hosting the educational pre-school show, Batang Bibbo! since last year.

But landing a primetime program much more an ambitious project like Darna understandably is an entirely different story.

"Ang saya! Sobrang saya!" Roxanne said enthusiastically. "It's the first time na I can say na if you persevere and wait patiently, plans that you made way back, they will happen."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

GMA-7 Mars Ravelo's Darna 2009: Cast/Characters/Super Villains (with Photos & videos)

GMA-7 Mars Ravelo's Darna 2009: Cast/Characters/Super Villains (with Photos & videos). GMA-7 taps its Queen of Prime Time, Marian Rivera, who is undeniably one of the hottest and most sought-after actresses in the entertainment industry. She will also portray Darna's alter ego Narda, a crippled young woman who will be torn between her love and destiny.
Mars Ravelo's original Filipino Comics character DARNA, the Pinoy Icons.

Mars Ravelo's Darna 2009: Cast/Characters/Super Villains

Narda / Darna as played by Marian Rivera. Si Narda ay isang ulilang lumaki sa bahay-ampunan. Lingid sa kanyang kaalaman, siya pala ang napiling tagapagmana ng isang makapangyarihang bato na magbibigay sa kanya ng kapangyarihan para maging si Darna!

Eduardo as played by Mark Anthony Fernandez. Si Eduardo ang batang unang naging kaibigan ni Narda sa ampunan. Sa kanyang pagkakaampon, mangangako siya kay Narda na babalikan niya ito—and he does. Pero siya ang magiging dahilan kung bakit masisira ang pagkakaibigan nina Narda at Valentina.

Padre Mateo as played by Eddie Garcia. Si Padre Mateo ang kura-parokong may madilim na nakaraan.

Perfecta as played by Celia Rodriguez. Si Perfecta ay ang matandang dalaga na nagpapatakbo ng bahay ampunan. Strict man at kinatatakutan, siya pa rin ang kikilalaning pangalawang ina ni Narda.

Loleng as played by Caridad Sanchez. Si Loleng ay ang matalik na kaibigan ni Perfecta, at siya rin ang tumutulong dito para patakbuhin ang bahay ampunan.

Carding as played by Robert Villar. Si Carding ay ang batang, sa pagpasok pa lamang sa ampunan, ay agarang makasusundo si Narda. Siya lang ang makaaalam ng sikretong pagkatao ni Darna, at siya rin ang magiging sidekick nito.
Valentina as played by Iwa Moto. Si Valentina ay isang outcast; lumaking uhaw sa pagmamahal, lilinlangin niya ang mga kababata niyang sina Narda at Eduardo para maging kaibigan niya.
Babaeng Impakta as played by Nadine Samonte. Ang Babaeng Impakta ay nagtataglay ng mala-anghel na mukha, pero may itinatagong ubod ng pangit na halimaw sa kanyang likuran—ang kanyang kambal.

Babaeng Lawin as played by Ehra Madrigal. Ang Babaeng Lawin ay may kakayahang utusan ang mga ibon, at nagtataglay ng nakabibinging huni.
Babaeng Tuod as played by Francine Prieto. Ang Babaeng Tuod ay isang nilalang na kayang utusan ang mga puno at halaman para magdulot ng kamatayan.
Babaeng Linta as played by Maggie Wilson. Ang Babaeng Linta ay isang babaeng nagtataglay na gayahin ang itsura ng sinumang hawakan niya.

Kobra as played by Paolo Contis. Si Kobra ay kalahating tao at kalahating ahas; ganid sa kapangyarihan, papaikutin niya ang lahat makuha lang ang gusto niya.

Dr. Morgan as played by Ricky Davao. Si Dr. Morgan ay isang scientist na galing sa angkan ng mga dalubhasa. Obsessed sa paglikha ng pinakamakapangyarihang nilalang, wala siyang ibang hahangarin kundi ang mabihag at gawing specimen si Darna.

Crisanto as played by Raymart Santiago. Si Crisanto ay ang magiging kapatid ni Eduardo; editor sa isang pahayagan, personal niyang iimbestigahan ang tunay na katauhan ni Darna.

Consuelo as played by Janice de Belen. Si Consuelo ang babaeng gagawin ang lahat, makuha lang ang inaasam-asam na anak. Siya ang ina ni Valentina.

Gabriel as played by Alfred Vargas. Si Gabriel ang reporter na mapapalapit kay Narda, habang hinahabol nito si Darna.

Francesca as played by Rufa Mae Quinto. Si Francesca ay ang kalog na secretary ni Crisanto.

Alfonso as played by Ian de Leon. Si Alfonso ay isang pulis na magiging katuwang ni Darna sa pagsupil sa masasamang elemento ng mundo.

Apollo as played by Gabby Eigenmann. Si Apollo ang kanang-kamay ni Dr. Morgan; iniidolo niya ang amo niyang scientist at ituturing niya itong mentor.

Simon as played by Jestoni Alarcon. Si Simon ang ama ni Narda; walang ibang itinitibok ang puso niya kundi ang kanyang asawa, kaya naman labis na lang ang magiging pag-alala niya sa pagkawala nito.

Alicia as played by Rita Avila. Si Alicia ang ina ni Narda; dahil sa busilak niyang kalooban, siya ay pagkakalooban ng isang blessing: isang bata na itatakdang susunod na tagapagmana ng bato.

Tagapangalaga ng Bato as played by Angel Aquino. Ang Tagapangalaga ng Bato ay isang spiritual guide para sa bagong Darna; magsisilbing gabay sa kanyang mga pakikipagsapalaran.

Shiro as played by Polo Ravales. Si Shiro ang leader ng isang sindikato na manggugulo sa buhay ni Narda at Darna.

Watson as played by Bearwin Meily. Si Watson ang matatakutin, pero loyal, na alalay ni Eduardo.

Liberty as played by Krissa Mae Arrieta. Si Liverty ay ang lady-boss ng isang sindikato na manggugulo sa buhay ni Narda at Darna.

Aleli as played by Roxanne Barcelo. Si Aleli ay isa sa mga kasama ni Narda sa ampunan; tapat at mapagmahal, siya ang maituturing na best friend ni Narda.

Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez reunite to direct this new masterpiece that will be written by a group of writers headed by Jun Lana.

Darna tells the story of Narda, an attractive young woman who grows up in an orphanage and lives a happy, quiet and simple life—until she must face the fact na siya ang tanging tagapagmana ng isang mahiwagang bato. Isang bato na magbibigay sa kanya ng kakaibang—ngunit pamilyar—na kapangyarihan.


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