Kris Aquino had a lot to pray for during her first visit to the Macau Cathedral recently, chief among them her brother, President Noynoy Aquino.
“Siya talaga ang ipinagdasal ko kasi, in the coming days, alam ko na maraming mga pagsubok na pagdadaanan. So, siya talaga ang inuna ko sa prayer,” Kris shared in an episode of “Kris TV.”
An impeachment complaint was recently filed against PNoy by former congressman Augusto Syjuco, allegedly for “bribery, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the constitution,” he told Reuters.
The president is also set to deliver his fifth State Of The Nation Address on July 28.
Kris sought divine intervention for her family, as requested by her sisters, and for a couple of unnamed friends “na malapit sa ’kin na may mga pinagdadaanan.”
She shared praying for the the success of her son, James “Bimby” Yap Jr.’s film with Vice Ganda in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival, relating, “Parang ang taas ng expectations na siya at si Vice (Ganda) ang pinagsama.”
Her prayer intentions also included harmony within the set of the “Feng Shui” sequel, particularly between her, director Chito Roño, co-star Coco Marti.
“Kasi lahat kami medyo may, you know, kanya-kanya kaming ego sa trabaho. So, sana hindi magkabanggaan, ’yung sana magmahalan at magrespetuhan kami doon,” she said.
With nothing more to complain about, “apart from (my) personal life,” she said she mainly offered thanksgiving.
“I always tell my sisters, ‘What more can I ask for?’ ’Yung material blessings, okay kami ng kids, good health, okay ’yung mga katrabaho ko, so unahin mo na lang ipagdasal talaga ’yung mga nangangailangan ng prayers and ’yun kailangan talaga,” Kris said.
JUST A THOUGHT: Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. – George M. Adams
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PNOY SHOULD BE INFORMED: If the advisers of President Aquino truly care for his public image, they should keep him abreast with what a lot of people, on the net and out of it, think of his exclusion of Nora Aunor from the 2014 list of National Artists. The move has resulted in a kind of public outrage that needs to be addressed.
The issue has taken on a life of its own, which has sent Palace spokespersons at a loss for the right words in defending PNoy’s stand. In saying that Nora has been convicted in a drug-related case, which caused her the National Artist award that she deserves, the president has only added insult to injury with such a misinformation.
The reckless comment, delayed by one week as it were, has angered furthermore not just Nora’s followers but also the rest of the citizenry who expect their president to be fair and just in all of his dealings.
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NEW BATANGUEÑOS: Coco Martin is the next Batangueño.
On my last visit back home, I learned that the award-winning actor and teleserye star recently purchased a farmland covering several hectares in Balete, a few steps away from Lipa, Batangas.
Another family of actors, namely John and Camille Prats, owns a farm in the same small town facing Taal Lake. The Prats have built a rest house in their farm.
Other actors who have farms in Batangas are Aga Muhlach (Mataas na Kahoy). Both Mataas na Kahoy and Balete used to be part of Lipa.
Some actors own beach houses, such as Christopher de Leon (Lobo), Zoren Legazpi and Carmina Villaroel, and Amalia Fuentes (Nasugbu).
Susan Roces has a farm house in an orchard in San Jose, not far from Boy Abunda’s Lipa refuge. Of course, Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto has a mansion in the outskirts of Lipa.
People flock to Batangas for its cool weather and proximity to Manila. Travel time to Lipa and Batangas cities has been cut short by the combination SLEX and STAR Tollway.
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BOOTS’ NEW BILLING: Following her recent wedding to Atty. King Rodrigo, veteran actress can now be billed, thus: Boots Anson-Rodrigo.
Boots is the first actress to use her husband’s surname in her professional life as an actor, starting in the late 1960s. Other actresses have followed suit, 40-plus years later, such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.
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DANCESPORT CENTER OPENS: Social dancing and other dance forms are offered daily at the newly opened G&A Dancesport Center in Namunga, Rosario, Batangas. Proprietor Annie Inandan-Roy has lined up short lessons in modern dance, line dancing, zumba, jazz.
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LEARN YOUR HISTORY: An item on “TV Patrol” claimed that Vilma Santos is the original Darna. Wrong. The honor belongs to Rosa del Rosario, who played the part in the very first “Darna” movie (1951).
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PURE TALENT, PURE LOVE: I like the sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga. Both are quite talented and versatile.
Alex, fresh from a stint on TV5, has landed the lead in ABS-CBN’s mystery-drama “Pure Love,” a series based on a Koreanovela that rated highly when it aired locally as “49 Days.”
Known as a comic, Alex flexes her drama muscles in “Pure Love,” which should make her a well-rounded performer. We need actors like Toni and Alex, who offer the public high entertainment value with their quips on and off-cam.
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