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I Still Can’t Believe It

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I still can’t believe that Marky Cielo is dead. I just can’t. I keep thinking that there’s a conspiracy and that he’ll just show up one day healthy and well. Or maybe, he did die, but doctors are still trying to bring him back to life…

I don’t know. I was never a fan of his to begin with and didn’t care if he was in a show or not. However, his death really struck hard with me. Is it because he’s so young and the same age as I am? Yes, probably that’s the reason why.

To his family, friends, fans: my deepest condolences. He didn’t deserve to die; it was too early for him. Maybe that’s why I still don’t believe it.

And since I’m an avid watcher of Lalola, I was tearing up when I saw him with Lovi Poe. He looked so alive.

This past day and a half, Marky has taught me a lesson: go out there and don’t waste time. LIVE.

WE DID IT!! WE WON!

I still can’t believe it. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao beat LA’s own De La Hoya.

We won guys. Mabuhay ang Pinoy!

Mga Pinoy: A Little Inspiration Before the Pacquiao-De La Hoya Fight

As I sit here in the library of my college, I could not help but remember and Google the upcoming December 6 match between our very own Pacquiao against Oscar De La Hoya. Here’s what I found that really inspired me today:

Philippines, Are You Ready to Rumble? by Dennis Guillermo

Pacquiao & De La Hoya

Philippines’ “My Girl” Episodes 1 & 2 w/ English Subtitles

(credit goes to PEx member, myworld25)

Fancy watching the Philippine remake of Korea’s My Girl? You can now watch it with English subtitles!

[LINK REMOVED – Go to the Navigation on the Right]

Thank you to the person who’s worked hard on subtitling the first two episodes. 🙂 Otchosais from Overstream.net had 3 episodes up, but the big man got a hold of it.

After watching today’s episode on TFC (that’s right, I’m a subscriber!), I’ve come to realize that Enchong Dee is damn fine. And you know what? I’m actually enjoying this drama — it’s hilarious.

In other Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson news, it also seems that their first drama, Sana Maulit Muli, which was renamed to Chances in Taiwan, became a hit in that country. Click here for the full article from Starmometer.com.

I’m glad that these two were able to enter a foreign market successfully because I can actually see Filipino drama making its way between the other “Asian Dramas”. However, from the number of forums that I visited today (just to find a picture of “My Girl” for this entry), I am so disappointed in the way some Filipinos all out put down the show (they weren’t from the PEx forum). Their comments are filled with rants about how the Philippines lack in originality, the country is copying other shows, et cetera. It’s like it never occurred to them that remaking shows from other countries has been done for years, yet they bash the Philippines for ABS-CBN’s My Girl while praising other countries that have done the same. So I really got to get this off my chest: If you don’t like show, then simply flip the channel! You don’t have to embarrass your own country — it just makes you look like a traitor to the rest of the other Filipinos and the drama-watching population. It would’ve been fine if they brought some constructive criticism about the show and its actors, but instead, they just all out bash the show just because the Philippines has been making remakes which (and I quote) “…proves that FILIPINOS lack ORIGINALITY!!!!!!” That has since been mentally noted in my “Most Ignorant List”.

You would think that I’d have less patriotism for the Philippines since I’m actually from the US, but from what I’ve seen tonight, even a “Fil-Am” like me has more pride than these Filipino “citizens” I’ve mentioned.

Oh yeah, and another thing. To ABS-CBN and GMA, this is purely business. They knew that the Asian and Mexican drama markets were booming, so simply, they just hopped on the gravy train as well.

Enough said. Good night! 🙂

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I found Preview magazine’s new cover featuring (from Left to Right) Maja Salvador, Rhian Ramos, Yasmien Kurdi, and Kim Chiu. (Credit goes to PEx member, boy_kapuso007). I just wanted to share it because I can’t believe how much Kim Chiu looks so different (in a good way), so much older — hell, I don’t even know if I should be using the word, “mature”, for her.

Anyways, the cover features Kapamilya and Kapuso together, which is fantastic. I love Maja, Yasmien, and Kim, and though I have yet to really see Rhian shine, I think she’s pretty all right.

Charice Pempengco on OPRAH!

Someone finally posted a YouTube video of Charice Pempengco’s performance of “I Have Nothing” on Oprah. Though filmed around a month ago, the episode Charice was on, “World’s Smartest Kids,” aired yesterday, May 12, 2008 in the United States.

Gah! I have nothing else to say about this girl and her amazing talent — the video speaks for itself!

Stephen Colbert VS Rain

Once again Stephen Colbert is trying to win votes for TIME’s Top 5 Most Influential and is getting beat by no other than Korea’s Rain (Bi). I absolutely love watching Colbert, especially when he talks about Rain — it’s so hilarious.

Here’s the latest clip from The Colbert Report where Colbert challenges Rain to come to his studio to have a dance-off (hah!). If you don’t know about their on-going “fued”, then watch this:

In addition, as I was searching for their Colbert/Rain videos on YouTube, someone posted videos of Rain’s arrival in America for The Colbert Report. True or not true?

Anyways, on the 2008 TIME 100 Finalists, Rain is now #2 and Stephen Colbert is directly below him. Who is #1? Of course! It’s Shigeru Miyamoto! We all know him. (0.0) Video-game designer extraordinaire! Hmm… I wonder what Stephen Colbert and Rain will have to say about this? Maybe a partnership perhaps, to de-throne Mr. Miyamoto? 🙂

Rain lovers from around the world, you know what to do! 🙂

Here’s an extra clip from Full House just for the heck of it:

Happy drama viewing everyone!

Regine Hops on a Train to ABS-CBN?

It has been the latest buzz going around Pilipinowood that “Asia’s Songbird” aka Regine Velasquez may be moving to ABS-CBN to do a Filipino version of Betty La Fea.

Imagine my face when the news hit me: OMG.

I feel that all the “bigger” stars from GMA are suddenly flocking to the other side of the fence, which I do not mind at all. However, if I were a “Kapuso”, I think I’d be threatened as well, considering their stars are dwindling in numbers.

I’ve been going around YouTube ever since the whole “Angel Locsin Moving to ABS-CBN” controversy took place, and from experience, let me tell you, it is not a pretty sight. Therefore, before I go any further, I urge that anyone that holds loyalty to being a “Kapamilya” or a “Kapuso”, please do not bring any of your ignorant comments here.

Moving on, apparently the network war includes television viewers! We have people fighting over ratings, actors and actresses, those who got P500 in groceries, hats, and… umbrellas. Umbrellas, people!

I would be deeply embarassed, ashamed, and saddened if the Philippines went into sudden martial law because of…

wait for it…

a civil war between two rivaling TELEVISION STATIONS.

Now that that I got it out of my system, let us return to the matter at hand – Regine Velasquez.

First of all, I think she’s a mature figure to play Betty. As much as I loved Regine during her Do Re Mi days, Betty wouldn’t suit her. A different contender that might fit the bill would probably be Bea Alonzo. Mind you, I’ve only been able to watch the US version of Betty La Fea, so I’ll be comparing Bea to America Ferrera. Anyone remember Now That I Have You, starring Bea alongside Mr. John Lloyd? Bea’s “Betsy” in that film would help her transformation to becoming Betty. Or to make a long story short: Betty | Betsy | Bea. See the similarity? *cough* Me and my “jokes”.

Overall, I think Regine would do fine in ABS-CBN. I haven’t seen her do a film or TV show for GMA, with the exception to hosting SOP. ABS-CBN would immediately pack Regine with work. For those saying she’s only doing it for the money, then you’re one right mofo. However, you’re probably tied into the idea that Regine is just a money-grabbing actress. Being an actress is just another job, and why does a person have a job? To pay bills. If you don’t pay ’em, then you’ll be swimming in debt. She’s just any other person out there trying to make ends meet. So I don’t have any quams about that issue.

You can watch Regine’s interview with Boy Abunda on The Buzz: