Jessica Sanchez confirmed to sing in Pacquiao-Rios fight

November 19, 2013
Philippine boxing superstar and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao asked American Idol Season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez to sing the National Anthem on his fight in Macau against the American Brandon Rios. On his twitter account Manny directly asked Jessica if she can sing before his fight. Jessica Sanchez replied and said yes, adding that she would be honored.

UK Aid Contribution for Yolanda victims exceeds P5.6 billion

November 17, 2013
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The United Kingdom's contribution to the international aid efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda has exceeded P5.6 billion (£80 million) after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged another £30 million to the relief efforts, a statement from the British Embassy on Sunday said.

The new amount supplements the British government's previous donation as well as donations from the British public totaling £30 million (P2.1 billion).

The UK has also deployed a destroyer ship, HMS Daring, and a Royal Air Force C-17 transporter plane to the region. According to a report from Agence France-Presse, the UK was has also pledged4x4 vehicles and forklift trucks.

Despite the steady support from both national and international communities, aid efforts have been slow—a fact reported by most international media covering the event. Malacañang's Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said last November 13 that a disaster of such magnitude required meticulous planning, which made such "difficult comments" understandable. He also said that while details needed to be ironed out, their efforts seemed to do well "so far".

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management's (NDRRMC) 6 a.m. report also stated that the typhoon caused P10,339,290,061 in damage, including P1,250,108,600 in infrastructure and P9,089,181,461 in agriculture. In the same report, a total of 3,681 fatalities, 12,544 injured persons, and 1,186 still-missing persons was recorded. — Rie Takumi/BM, GMA News

International Donations Arrived in the Philippines to help Yolanda victims

November 11, 2013
International community are helping to aid the Philippines particularly the victims of super Typhoon Yolanda by giving cash and in kind donations. The initial report from media the total donations from around the world are more or less 1.5 Billion. On behalf of all the Filipinos we would like to thanks international donor listed below

  • Sweden: 20 Million Kronor = Php 131 Million
  • Denmark: 10 Million Kroner = Php 77 Million
  • Norway: 20 Million Kroner = Php 140 Million
  • UAE: 36 Million Dirham = Php 423 Million
  • UK: 6 Million Pounds = Php 415 Million
  • Canada: = Php 206 Million
  • Netherlands: 2 Million Euros = Php 115 Million

Other initial lists of international donations given to the Philippines:
Elements of Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade board KC-130 for typhoon-ravaged Philippines.
  • AUSTRALIA – US$10 million package
  • CANADA – C$5 million
  • DENMARK – KR 10 million
  • EUROPEAN UNION – EUR 3 million
  • GERMANY – 23 tons of relief goods
  • ISRAEL- team of medical, trauma and relief professionals
  • JAPAN – emergency relief medical team
  • NEW ZEALAND – NZ $2.15 million
  • NORWAY – KR 20 million
  • SAUDI ARABIA through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – US$100,000
  • SWEDEN- emergency communications equipment
  • TAIWAN – $200,000
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dhs 36 million
  • UNITED KINGDOM – £6 million and $9.6 million worth of emergencysupport package
  • UNITED NATIONS Children’s Fund – $1.3 million worth of supplies
  • UNITED STATES – initial $100,000 for water and sanitation; Troops, emergency respondents, transportation and equipment
To all the government officials in-charge for distribution of the said donations please have a heart, make sure to reach those help to the people who needed most.

Aquino declares state of national calamity

November 11, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity Monday due to the havoc caused by monster typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

In a nationwide address broadcast live on television, the President said he had declared a state of calamity in order to speed up the relief effort.

“We have declared a state of national calamity in order to speed up the delivery of rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts in the provinces devastated by Yolanda,” he said.

“This is also important, not just in controlling the price of basic commodities and services which are needed by our countrymen, but also to prevent overpricing and hoarding of vital products,” Aquino said.

Additional funds have been approved for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) so they could immediately help the affected people get back on their feet, he said.

“We have approved an additional P1.1 billion to add to the quick response funds of the DSWD and DPWH,” he said.

Aquino also said that 22 countries have provided or pledged to provide aid and support for relief operations in the devastated areas. He also noted the efforts from the private sector

Yolanda wreaked havoc across provinces in the Visayas region leaving a wide area of destruction and at least 250 individuals dead. Local authorities fear the death toll could rise to more than a thousand.

Several far-flung towns in Eastern Samar and in Leyte provinces have yet to be reached by relief personnel. Communication and power lines also remain down.

Many residents in the affected towns have resorted to looting to get food and other vital supplies.

Aquino said that the national government had to step in to conduct the relief and rescue operations since the some local government units, which were supposed to be the first responders, had also suffered severely.

“There are local governments that, due of the strength of the storm, broke down because their personnel and officials also became victims,” he said.

Because of the lack of communication and power, the organization of relief efforts was hampered. “This caused chaos in some areas,” Aquino said.

Galema: Anak Ni Zuma November 11, 2013 Episode Review

November 10, 2013
This Monday November 11, 2013 on Galema Anak Ni Zuma, Galema discover that the military are planning to use her to fight against his father Zuma. Dahil sa kanyang natuklasan, Galema is pleading to everyone inside her family because the reason why she raised in order to used them to used her to defeat her father Zuma.
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Meanwhile Galema was so angry to the military that she think behind the planning of using her, she told them that her power is double than his father that no one can stop her.

On the other hand Zuma completely controlled Galela and use her as a bait to get Galema. Galela then called Galema and told her that she need her help that Zuma is threatening her life, she gave the exact location where they can meet without knowing that when Galela called her, she is under the controlled of Zuma.

Find out what will happen next when Galema and Zuma meet. to watch the full episode replay just log on to or

Galema: Anak Ni Zuma is airing in ABS-CBN Channel 2 at 16:15 (PST) Monday to Friday.

Watch the preview of Galema Anak Ni Zuma November 11, 2013 episode courtesy of ABSCBNOnline youtube channel.

Yolanda makes landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar – PAGASA

November 07, 2013
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar at 4:40 a.m. Friday, state weather forecasters said.

At least 21 areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 4 as Yolanda made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar before dawn Friday.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Yolanda struck Guiuan with maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph.

PAGASA said Yolanda, after making landfall, may cross Biliran, the northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga.

It will exit the Philippine land mass early Saturday morning, and move towards the West Philippine Sea.

Yolanda is forecast to move west-northwest at 39 kph and is projected to be 240 km west-northwest of Coron, Palawan Saturday morning.

By Saturday afternoon, it is expected to be 720 km northwest of Coron, Palawan or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Sarah looks back at 10 years in showbiz

November 03, 2013
Sarah Geronimo performed and celebrated her 10 years in showbiz on ASAP after she won the singing competition "Star For A Night" last 2003.
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She performed together with the other champions in singing like Erik Santos and Frenchie Dy who also won in the singing competitions and they perform "I Believe I Can Fly"
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Aside from Erik and Frenchie she also sung with Charice Pempengco and her co stars in the blockbuster film "It Takes A Man and A Woman" namely Matet Deleon, Joross Gamboa and Gio Alvarez. Martin Nievera also performed with her as co-host in ASAP.

Sarah thanked all her fans who never leave her side and support all her album and movies, She specially thanked her family particularly her daddy Delfin who also performed with her.

Watch Sarah Geronimo amazing performance with other singing superstars of ABS CBN

Be Careful With My Heart November 4, 2013 Episode Review

November 03, 2013
Starting this Monday November 4, 2013 on Be Careful With My Heart, Maya Dela Rosa is wondering where is Nanay Teresita, she asked Pocholo "Cho" but he didn't know. She tell it to Ser Chief about her mother situation but he tell and comforted her that she will be OK and there's no need to worry about her.

Meanwhile talking about the nearing date of "Wedding of the Year", Ser Chief already decided where to take Maya for their honeymoon, can you guess where? Ricky (Ser Chief) mention snow... that Maya wanted to see snow. Maya was so excited when he gave to her their itinerary.
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Find out what will happen on November 4, 2013 episode of Be Careful With My Heart by visiting the official website of ABS CBN Replay show or for Filipino abroad.

Watch the teaser preview below courtesy of ABSCBNOnline Youtube channel.

Be Careful With My Heart main cast Jodi Sta Maria as Maya Dela Rosa , Richard Yap as Richard "Ser Chief" Lim, Mutya Orquia as Abigail Ruth "Abby" Lim, Janella Salvador as Nikki "Nik-Nik" Grace Lim, Jerome Ponce as Luke Andrew Lim.

Galema: Anak Ni Zuma November 4, 2013 Review

November 02, 2013
This Monday November 4, 2013 on Galema: Anak Ni Zuma, Galema's (Andi Eigenmann) secret will reveal. This happen when William (Byan Santos) confronted her while she was walking alone in the hallway, he said that he knows that she the daughter of Zuma.

Meanwhile Galela Carriedo (Shery Cruz) cannot control herself when Zuma's venom inside her body started to effect and used her body to find his daughter. By controlling her mind she can tell to him where is the exact location of Galema.
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Galema: Anak ni Zuma main cast Andi Eigenmann as Galema Castillo, Matteo Guidicelli as Morgan Villalobos, Meg Imperial as Gina Castillo, Sunshine Cruz as Isabel Carriedo-Castillo / Malena, Sheryl Cruz as Galela Carriedo, Carlos Morales as Philip Castillo, Lito Legaspi as Agustin Carriedo, Divina Valencia as Rosalinda Carriedo, Derick Hubalde as Zuma.

You may watch the full episode replay of today's episode at for people here in the Philippines and for people abroad.

Watch the preview episode below