Coco Martin ‘extremely sorry’ for anti-women act in ‘The Naked Truth’By Aries Joseph Hegina | INQUIRER.net 6:51 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Actor Coco Martin said Tuesday that he was “extremely sorry” for his participation in the Bench “The Naked Truth” fashion show where he was heavily criticized for playing the role of a ring master pulling a woman on a leash.
In a statement released by Lorna Kapunan, Martin’s counsel, the actor said that he learned a lesson on the repercussions of his portrayals as an actor.
“Mr. Martin feels extremely sorry for what transpired and admitted that this incident taught him a major lesson to be more sensitive and mindful of the repercussions of his portrayals,” the statement said.
The actor said that he did not take part in the conceptualization of “The Naked Truth” and his role was only given to him a day prior to the show.
He added that he wanted to voice out his concern but language barrier prevented him from communicating to the Canadian model. He also felt the need to stay mum “because it was impressed upon him that the whole show was already finalized and he felt insignificant as to cause a scene and demand an overhaul of the entire segment.”
The actor maintained that he has high regard for women, “just as he respects and loves his mother, his grandmother, and his three sisters.”
Martin vowed that he will never portray an insensitive role again.
“Mr. Martin humbly asks for the public’s understanding and assures the public that he will no longer allow himself to be obliged to participate in a similar insensitive portrayal,” the statement said.
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Jason Mraz returns for Nov. 27 gig at Smart Araneta Coliseum6:14 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Since launching his musical career 15 years ago by playing the local shops and coffee-house circuit in San Diego, California, 36-year-old American pop sensation Jason Mraz has brought his positive image and soulful, folk-pop sound to audiences worldwide through his recordings, sold-out live performances and philanthropic projects.
In the next few years, he has earned multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries for his various releases, sold 48 million singles and made pop history with his record-shattering single, “I’m Yours.”
Among the accolades he has received were two Grammy Awards (out of six nominations), a Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and nominations from the Teen Circle Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.
Mraz has performed in major amphitheaters and arenas across the globe and sold-out iconic venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London’s 02 Arena.
His latest recording achievement was the release on July 5, 2014 of “YES!”, his fifth and first-ever acoustic album which he wrote and recorded with the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Raining Jane.
Hailed by Billboard as “an invigorating change-up record that shines in an already impressive discography,” the new album made a smash debut at Number 1 in 46 countries, with its chart performance showing no signs of slowing down.
MMI Live! and Ovation Productions have teamed up in bringing back the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter to the concert scene one-and-a-half years after his last performance here on May 14, 2013, also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and for his fourth appearance since his first visit in 2006 during a two-day promo tour.
Aside from being a singer and recording artist, Mraz is also known as a dedicated surfer, farmer-gardener, filmmaker and photographer. As a committed global citizen, he is deeply involved in various social activism and philanthropic efforts that include wide-ranging environmental advocacy and support for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality.
He has participated in several global activism endeavors, such as a rescue mission to Ghana with Free The Slaves and an internationally broadcast performance in Myanmar with MTV Exit to promote awareness of human trafficking.
In 2009, in recognition of his advocacy and support for a clean environment, sustainable energy, education and human equality, the Environmental Media gave Mraz the Missions in Music Award. He was also invited to join former US Vice President Al Gore in the Climate Reality Fact-Finding Expedition to Antarctica in January, 2012.
With these activities, Jason Mraz hopes to continuously celebrate and acclaim music’s myriad forms and transforming power, inspiring and delighting countless fans all over the world which he calls home.
“Jason Mraz and Raining Jane Live In Manila!” is promoted by Ovation Productions and MMI Live! Ticket prices are P5,800, P4,800, P3,500, P2,300 and P800 plus applicable surcharges. Tickets have been be out starting Sunday, Sept. 28, through www.Ticketnet.com.ph (advt)
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Fabio Ide admits fathering a child from ‘casual encounter’INQUIRER.net 6:05 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Brazilian model and actor Fabio Ide admitted on his Instagram account on Tuesday that he has a daughter from a “casual encounter” with socialite Denisse Oca before he met his current girlfriend.
Phil Younghusband was earlier rumored to be the father of Oca’s child.
Ide’s Instagram post appeared to be a response to Oca’s Instagram post a few hours before his. Here is his complete statement:
“This is my official statement regarding the issue at hand. I’m truly a blessed man to have this beautiful baby girl by my side. 14 months ago (2 months before I met my present girlfriend) I had a casual encounter with Denise Oca and I later found out I got her pregnant and it was only in May this year that I found out I was a dad in a not ideal scenario but because of my upbringing and family values I chose to accept this child and support her no matter what.
“Sometimes life is not what you expect of it but it is always how we react to it and I chose to do the right thing. I have kept this private for a few months just to my family and friends who knew I was going through a tough time.
“There are many fatherless children out there and I refuse for my daughter to be one of them. I have been supporting my daughter from the start but I’m only opening up to the public now bc it’s such a sensitive issue. Thank you so much for supporting me throughout my career and understanding this difficult situation right now.
“It’s so painful to see what is happening now. What my girlfriend said is so hurtful and evil. She already apologized for that and admitted I never said such a thing. I also don’t agree with Denise for posting things online. This problems should be resolved at home with family and friends and not trough social media. I’m in the middle of a war zone while the only thing I wanted was to be happy, leave with peace and be a good father. My daughter doesn’t deserve any of this bullshit happening right now.
“If there is one side I will take is my daughter and as I promised myself I will give everything she needs from me as a dad. Thanks for understanding and sorry for dragging all of you into this. Wish things could have been different. Wish none of this would have happened. God bless us all and I pray for this storm to pass soon.”
A few hours before Ide’s Instagram post, Oca posted on Instagram a screengrab of what appeared to be text messages from Michelle Pamintuan, the current girlfriend of Ide.
Pamintuan said Oca’s mother is “the most evil person” she has encountered in her life. Veteran actress Melissa Mendez is the mother of Oca.
“Fabio and I were just talking last night and again this morning how AGAIN he wished too that he never had this baby,” the message said.
“He wished he could go back in time and sana you had an abortion. What your mom is doing is not helping,” it added.
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Jake Ejercito: Andi still my greatest loveINQUIRER.net 3:36 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Jake Ejercito broke his silence on Twitter after his ex-girlfriend Andi Eigenmann’s interview, admitting that they have broken up, aired on “The Buzz” last Sunday.
“Andi was the only girl I loved for four years and still is my greatest love,” he posted on his Twitter account.
Eigenmann admitted on The Buzz that she had broken up with Ejercito after a photo of him kissing another girl circulated on the Internet. She said however that even before the photo came out, their relationship was already on the rocks.
“It’s not that Jake is not a good person but it came to a point that I wanted to give up. That was the point in my life when my dad got rushed to the hospital and I needed him the most, and he wasn’t there for me,” Eigenmann said.
She claimed that Ejercito stopped replying to her after he found out about his father’s condition. Her father, veteran actor Mark Gil, died early September due to liver cancer.
“First of all, I don’t deny that I’m not a perfect partner or boyfriend. I’ve [apologized] to Andi and to the people who matter most to us for all my shortcomings and I still regret a lot of things I did wrong or failed to do,” Ejercito said.
“I know a photo paints a thousand words. I am not washing my hands clean, but I did not intend for it to happen. If anything, my only slip-up was that I allowed it to happen,” he added.
Ejercito and Eigenmann were in an on and off relationship for a few years.
“Andi was the only girl I loved for four years and still is my greatest love. Before the incident, I discovered something that hit me like a truck. I am certainly not using it as an excuse, but it had a lot of bearing on how I reacted. I may not have chosen the best way to cope, but like what I said, I’m not perfect. And for that, I’ve also [apologized] to Andi.
Ejercito said he wanted to keep the issue personal and hoped it would be the last time to explain himself.
Eigenmann, also said that she has met someone who has helped her realize her worth, but denied that she was already in a new relationship. The guy was identified as Bret Jackson of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother.
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‘Dementia’: Into the dark, racking realm of paranoiaBy Arvin Mendoza | INQUIRER.net 3:25 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—Filmed in ethereal color and yet imbued with a spine-chilling atmosphere, Percival Intalan’ “Dementia” successfully thrusts the viewers into the dark, racking realm of paranoia.
As Intalan’s directorial debut, it spares no one—the moment they step out the theater—from wondering about the malefic prospects if such cognitive impairment hits them over time.
The movie evidently swerves from old-hat, cut-and-dried storylines that many scary movies offer. It is apparent Intalan wants to evade this usual drawback by creating a grisly dramatic tableau painting the life of Mara Fabre (Nora Aunor), a semi-retired teacher that has been struggling with dementia.
The attempt to remedy her mental decay becomes the narrative dawn, the point that leads to the restitution of her weeping past.
And Batanes couldn’t be a better place of gloom.
A sad poetry
The unadulterated and breath-taking landscape of the province welcomes Mara as she returns to her old house, with the help of her cousin, Elaine (Bing Loyzaga).
Elaine, together with her husband Rommel (Yul Servo) and daughter Rachel (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), takes the responsibility of attending to the needs of Mara, whose mind has become warped by a troubling infirmity.
“Dementia” is heart-wrenching poetry in picture. Its visual verses beguile the senses to absorb the character’s prosaic state, rhymed with its aural rhythms lulling the terror that looms ahead.
One might say that the film revolves much around Mara’s history, and that the other characters’ personal backgrounds are not explored. But it seems to be Intalan’s pure intention.
Mara’s homecoming triggers the unspooling of her dreadful memories. She starts to hallucinate, ecstatically following a miscreant little girl every time she sees the latter. At this point, she turns the delusion into reality; the apparition, unbeknownst to her, banefully portends an imminent danger.
Perhaps due to the time constraints, the focus on Mara is what the film only needs throughout its entire duration.
While “Dementia” gets short of narrative layers among its main characters, the revelation surrounding Mara’s past compensated for anything that lacks. The effectual brunt of her haunting memories is enough to rip the bones with crippling strength.
Servo’s confrontation with Aunor is short, and unnecessary. It surely tips off a bitter history between the two, but such isn’t completely explained. It just leaves the viewers in the doldrums, curious about a certain conflict that happened before.
The film could have developed more an additional speck of drama with that storyline. But still, Servo’s portrayal of an agitated, cranky father is quite convincing.
Loyzaga’s natural flair also adds up to the ominous thrill of the movie. Her calculated role spices up the heavy tension among the family, bolstering the main predicament up to the climax.
Despite her insipid lines and bored attitude on the early parts of the film, Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Rachel proves herself worthy as she becomes entangled in the maelstrom of events.
Curtis-Smith is able to make much of her nuanced act just in time when her character fully commits in the story.
Of course, the sterling performance of Nora Aunor never disappoints. Her personal tragedy serves as the leverage in which the diabolical mood of the film lies.
Even with only few dialogues, her deep visage projects the whole tapestry of her dim, fragile mind. At many instances, she effortlessly gesticulates Mara’s leanings and dispositions. Her abysmal eyes boldly shout her soul’s remorse, solitude, fear and throes altogether, especially on one particular scene at the cemetery.
Much can be said from Intalan’s exploit of Batanes’ sprawling terra firma, where steep boulders and cliffs provide a powerful dismal ambience for the film. Every earthy element was greatly captured—the swash of the billowing waves, the whoosh of the mournful wind, the hum of creatures hovering over the firmament.
With a baffling twist at the end, the film inadvertently posits itself as a subtle looking glass, where one can look through a person’s troubled brain.
“Dementia” may not be as solidly horrifying as it can be, but it does disturb the deep recesses of the psyche more than anything else.
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