Cristine-Derek friendship blooms through Twitter

Twitter may have been the site of many a word war among celebrities, but that is not the case for Cristine Reyes and Derek Ramsay. Apparently, the social microblogging site has actually brought the two stars closer.

A recent report on “Showbiz News Ngayon (SNN)” attests to the two having developed a “unique friendship” while filming their still-untitled Star Cinema film with Anne Curtis. Their rapport had apparently stemmed from Derek’s interest in the intricacies of the popular site.

“Mayroon lang siyang (Derek) questions about Twitter, pero ‘yon lang,” Cristine was quoted as saying by “SNN.”

Derek is a Twitter newbie who hopped on the bandwagon only last June 8. But has already been active on the site, tirelessly answering random comments and greetings from his more than 48,000 followers.

Asked by a fan what prompted him to join Twitter, Derek tweeted back, “Angel got me into it,” pertaining to his long-time girlfriend, Angelica Panganiban.

Cristine, on the other hand, is quite the “experienced” celebrity Twitter users, having been using the site since 2009. Her Twitter page also became a magnet for controversy a few times with her often-blunt tweets about her personal and professional life.

Derek was originally tapped to be Cristine’s leading man for her forthcoming ABS-CBN drama series, “Reputasyon.” However, due to   a conflict in scheduling, Derek was officially replaced by Cristine’s real-life sweetheart, Rayver Cruz.

The upcoming movie of Cristine, Anne and Derek will reportedly center on “forbidden love” and will require the three stars to do intimate scenes. In spite of this, Angelica has nothing to worry about, as Derek himself said in an earlier tabloid report,”It’s just work.”

Philippines’ Azkals seek football glory

The men’s national football team makes history Wednesday as they forge ahead into the country’s first attempt since 2002 to qualify for the most coveted honor in the world’s most popular sport, the FIFA World Cup.

“In trying to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, the Philippines was placed in a group which included Oman, Syria and Laos. In the double round robin group competition, the Philippines did not win a single game – losing 5 and drawing 1 (a 1-1 draw with Laos in the only game played in Manila),” recalled Bonnie Ladrido, chairman of the July 3 World Cup Qualifer match organizing committee, in his blog at

“To say that the campaign was an embarrassment is to understate things. In the 5 games that we lost, the scores were – 12-0, 5-1, 7-0, 2-0 and 2-0. Including the drawn game, the Philippines scored 2 goals,” Ladrido further recounted.

A long journey

Seeking Wednesday’s date with football glory has taken at least about a century to make. In 1913, the Philippines won the gold in the Far Eastern Games, precursor of the Asian Games. A year before that, in 1912, Paulino Alcantara of Iloilo started playing for Barcelona as a striker. Alcantara would go on to football immortality. By 1927, when he left the team, Alcantara had scored 357 goals for Barcelona.

Filipinos’ passion for football goes back centuries, counting from the last years of Spanish colonial rule (1875-1895) when, according to the account of “football was the most popular sport in the country.”

Since the mid-1980s, the Philippines has been building momentum by training for and competing in regional football competitions. It is a strategy that paid off with the Azkals’ recent successes in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup.

Mirroring Filipino society

On Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, every move each team member will make will be for national pride and honor. The contingent’s composition somewhat mirrors the current face of Philippine society.

All the current Azkals are natural-born Filipinos. Some born, raised and lived in the homeland all their lives. The rest, sons of Filipinos who migrated to the United States and Europe. All answered the call to prove that the country has what it takes to rise in the highly-competitive world of football.

“Philippine football is alive and kicking but there is definitely more work that needs to be done,” Ladrido also said in his blog.

A significant chunk of that work will take place at the grassroots level, where local football champions of the next generation are coming from. One aspiring Azkal is Stephen Permanes from Butuan City in the northeastern Mindanao region of Caraga.

“I want football to be instilled in the Filipino culture. We Filipinos are very gifted in sports and I hope that the growing popularity of football will continue so we could develop more football superstars. I believe that the best way for this to happen is to do a grassroots approach to encourage more kids to play,” Permanes said in a Facebook interview with GMA News Online. — OMG, GMA News

Kris to guest James Yap on her talk show?

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino said she’s not open to the idea of inviting her estranged husband, James Yap, to guest on her comeback talk show “Kris TV”, which aired its pilot episode last Monday, June 27.

Aquino said that their failed marriage was due in part to the lack of privacy, and now that Yap is living on his own, she will give in to the cager’s request for privacy.

“Part of the reason siguro why he [felt] that our marriage didn’t work was the lack of privacy. So ngayon na hiwalay na kami, bakit pa natin pa-iingayin ang buhay niya? Give him his privacy,” Aquino told “Showbiz News Ngayon”.

Aquino said that what is important now is Yap maintains a relationship with their son, James Yap Jr. a.k.a. Bimby.

“Ang pinaka-importante naman ang relationship niya with Bimby, and ‘yon, that’s private. Let it stay that way,” Aquino said.

She added: “Kasi mas OK na ‘yong hindi kami nag-aaway, hindi kami nagkaka-iritahan. Kasi kapag healthy ang relationship namin, healthy ang relationship niya with Bimby.”

Lady Gaga denies Japan charity bracelet scam

lady gagaLOS ANGELES – Representatives of Lady Gaga on Tuesday denied claims of a scam over sales of the singer’s wristbands for Japan’s earthquake relief efforts.

They described a lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red “We Pray for Japan” rubber bracelets as misguided and without merit.

“This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan,” Gaga’s representatives said in a statement.

Michigan legal network, 1800LAWFIRM, filed a lawsuit last week alleging that not all of the proceeds from the wristband sales were going to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami, as Lady Gaga had pledged on her website. The federal class action also claimed that shipping costs were inflated.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday while the “Born This Way” singer was in Japan for a benefit concert.

“The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster,” Tuesday’s statement said.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is reported to have donated about $3 million to Japan disaster relief through sales of the wristbands and other ventures.

Lady Gaga was last month named the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes magazine, based on her earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.


Pacquiao’s ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ cracks Billboard list

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champion and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is now a top 20 recording artist.

“Sometimes When We Touch”, Pacquiao’s duet with singer-songwriter Dan Hill, reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary top 20 list.

The song has been climbing up the list up from the number 25 spot last week. It has become the third most added song on radio playlists in the US.

In an article on, Hill’s radio promotion guy, Tom Mazetta, said the song is one of Hill’s biggest hits and one that still gets a considerable amount of airplay decades later.

“Last but certainly not least, there is undeniably a ‘novelty’ factor at play here. Manny Pacquiao, I mean come on!! I want to know what this guy CANNOT do!!!”

Made popular by his rendition on the Jimmy Kimmel live show, Pacquiao recorded this latest version with the song’s original writer Dan Hill, and released the track earlier this year.  A portion of the song was also featured in Pacquiao’s ad for HP. Report by Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN News