Friday, July 9, 2010

A Repost From PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)

Regine Velasquez reportedly gave boyfriend Ogie Alcasid a black BMW Series 7 luxury car

Regine Velasquez reportedly gave boyfriend Ogie Alcasid a black BMW Series 7 luxury car
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Marami ang naging curious kung anong "luxury car" ang iniregalo ni Regine Velasquez sa kanyang kasintahan na si Ogie Alcasid.

Matatandaang nang sumalang si Ogie sa "Behind the Wall" segment ng Showbiz Central noong Linggo, July 4, ay tinanong ng host na si Raymond Gutierrez ang singer-comedian tungkol sa nabalitang luxury car na ibinigay ng Asia's Songbird sa kanya. Hindi kinumpirma ni Ogie kung totoo ngang niregaluhan siya ni Regine ng luxury car, pero inamin niyang nakagawian na nilang magkasintahan na magbigay ng lavish things."

Paliwanag niya, "I know that buying lavish things is not practical. Pero ano ang magagawa mo kung mahal mo, di ba? Siyempre, ibibigay mo talaga ang sa tingin mo magugustuhan ng partner mo, di ba? You know, habang kaya, habang bata pa at kaya."

Nang tanungin naman si Regine kung totoo ngang binigyan niya ng luxury car si Ogie ay hindi rin nito direktang sinagot ang tanong. Pero nang tanungin kung ano ang okasyon kung bakit niya binigyan ng regalo si Ogie, ito ang kanyang sagot: "E, kasi minsan naman, masarap lang magbigay ng gift kahit walang okasyon. Kasi medyo guilty ako, hindi ko siya naaalagaan lately. Palagi akong nagte-taping. Pang-kabuhayan showcase! So, yun."

Napag-alaman ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) mula sa isang taong malapit sa dalawa na Black BMW Series 7 ang luxury car na iniregalo ni Regine kay Ogie. Ayon sa mga napagtanungan namin, nasa P3 million pataas ang halaga ng ganung klaseng sasakyan.

Tila hindi nga alintana nina Regine at Ogie ang halaga ng mga bagay na inireregalo nila sa isa't isa, at patunay nga nito ang sasakyang ibinigay ng Asia's Songbird sa Ultimate Singer Songwriter.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Forbes Magazine names 40 richest Filipinos

Henry Sy Sr., whose wealth was primarily fueled by the success of SM shopping malls, is the richest mast in the Philippines for the second year in a row, according to Forbes magazine’s survey on the 40 richest Filipinos for 2010.

The mall mogul’s net worth rose to $5 billion in the Forbes 2010 survey from $3.8 billion a year earlier.

Sy ranks 201st in the 2010 list of 1,011 billionaires of the world, that according to Forbes dropped from 1,125 in 2008.

The 85-year-old patriarch of the Sy family made $8 million more in terms of net worth since Forbes came up with World's Billionaires list in March 2010.

Lucio Tan, owner of Philippine National Bank, Asia Brewery, Tanduay Holdings, Fortune Tobacco and Philippine Airlines Inc. ranked second with a net worth of $2.1billion, up by $4 million from the magazine’s 2009 list.

In third spot is first time billionaire John Gokongwei Jr. whose net worth of $1.5billion in the 2010 survey more than doubled over his 2009 net worth of $720 million. The 83-year-old Gokongwei holds interests in telecom, financial services, petrochemicals, power, and hog farming.

Jaime Zobel de Ayala is the fourth richest man in the Philippines, with a net worth that rose to $1.4 billion from $1.2billion.

The CEO of Ayala Land Inc. was knocked over the third place by Gokongwei.

In fifth place is Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group. The entrepreneur has a net worth of $1.2billion from $850 million.

Restaurant chain magnate Tony Tan Caktiong, who owns 1,500 Jollibee stores in the Philippines and abroad, ranks sixth with a net worth of $980 million.

The seventh richest man is Enrique Razon Jr. with $975million. His International Container Terminal Services Inc. operates in nine countries, including China, Ecuador, and Philippines.

Beatrice Campos, one of three women who made it to the Forbes list of richest Filipinos, has $840 million to occupy the eight place.

Her year-on-year net worth grew by more than 50 percent or $430 million.

George Ty, the financial tycoon, ranks ninth $805 million.

The founder of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. earned $290million since the list was made a year earlier.

Wrapping up the 10 wealthiest Filipinos is Eduardo Cojuanco Jr., whose net worth grew by $100 million to $760million.

Source: Forbes Magazine

-With MR Gavin/Pia Faustino/VS, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Repost From AFP

Ex-Arroyo aide may turn state witness: Philippines' Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino gestures during his first media briefing at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. A former minister in the government of ex-Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo could be used as a state witness in a corruption case against her, Aquino said Wednesday.
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MANILA (AFP) - – A former minister in the government of ex-Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo could be used as a state witness in a corruption case against her, President Benigno Aquino said Wednesday.

Aquino said he recently met former agriculture minister Cito Lorenzo and told him the government wanted him to testify against Arroyo in one of the many scandals that rocked her government.

"I did not have the occasion to talk to him extensively when I saw him, but I did say that 'I have a lot of questions for you' and I left it at that," Aquino told reporters.

Asked whether a recently created "truth commission" tasked to go after Arroyo over alleged corruption would get Lorenzo as a witness, Aquino said: "That is a possibility".

"It is an accepted doctrine that the person with the least guilt who can help you in prosecution is afforded certain privileges, among them immunity from suit," he said.

Aquino said the brief exchange occurred during a private party thrown by one of his aides.

Lorenzo was the agriculture minister when about 728 million pesos (15.68 million dollars) intended as fertilizer funds for small farmers was allegedly diverted to Arroyo's election campaign in 2004.

Arroyo eventually won the election by a slim margin amid widespread allegations of cheating, including vote buying and influence peddling.

Lorenzo fled the country two years later when the Senate launched an investigation into the scandal. It is unclear when Lorenzo returned to the Philippines.

Aquino said that Lorenzo told him while in exile through emissaries that he feared for his life.

"If he has damaging information on certain parties, then the revelation will serve some sort of safeguard for his own safety," Aquino said.

"Keeping it in limbo, not putting it on the public record does not help his cause.'

Aquino won the presidency by a landslide in May, largely on a promise to rid government of corruption weighing down the impoverished country.

Among his first orders when he assumed office last week was to appoint a retired Supreme Court justice to head the "truth commission" that would go after Arroyo, who was required by constitutional term limits to step down.

Reposted From AFP

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

'Django' Bustamante captures elusive World 9-Ball title

'Django' Bustamante captures elusive World 9-Ball title

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Francisco “Django” Bustamante reigned supreme in the 2010 World Pool Championships (World 9-Ball), defeating Taiwanese “The Little" Monster” Kuo Po-cheng, 13-7, in the final.

“Sa wakas nakumpleto na din ang pagiging bilyarista natin. Lahat kasi ito ang pangarap maging WPA World 9-ball champion,” Bustamante said after winning his match at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation hall in Doha, Qatar early Tuesday morning (Manila time).

“Salamat sa Diyos ito na lang ang missing sa career ni Django,” said Philippine Billiards godather Aristeo “Putch” Puyat of Puyat Sports, a long-time benefactor of Bustamante.

On the way to the final, Bustamante beat compatriot Antonio “Nickoy” Lining, 11-5, in the semifinal round to arrange a titular showdown with Kuo who edged Johnny Archer of the United States, 11-10.

Bustamante took the top prize of $36,000, Kuo settled for $18,000 while Lining and Archer got $10,000 each.

The WPA World 9-Ball was Bustamante’s 4th championship this year after previously being a member of the winning Team Asia that routed Team Europe last January 17 in the Asia vs Europe Challenge Match.

He defeated Puyat Sports stable mate Reyes to win the 23rd Annual Japan Open — Open Division in March and took home the inaugural World Professional Billiard League (WPBL) championship in Winnipeg Canada in June.

2002 heartbreak

The World Pool title seemed to be elusive for the Tarlac City native Bustamante.

Although he made it to the World Pool Championships final in 2002 in Cardiff, Wales, he was unsuccessful against American Earl “The Pearl” Strickland.

At the height of the tournament, Bustamante received a shocking phone call from his wife informing him that his daughter, who was less than a year old, had died.

Bustamante strongly considered forfeiting his participation, but his wife somehow convinced him that their child would have wanted him to continue to fight.

In the final, Bustamante was leading Strickland, 15-13, but the American went through with a 17-15 victory. – With reports from Ronnie Nathanielsz, and Marlon Bernardino

2010 World Pool Championships (World 9-Ball) Top 16 with payouts:

Francisco Bustamante (Philippines) – $36,000 Kuo Po-cheng (Chinese Taipei) – $18,000 Antonio Lining (Philippines) – $10,000 Johnny Archer (USA) – $10,000 Ronato Alcano (Philippines) – $6,000 Sandor Tot (Serbia) – $6,000 Oliver Medenilla (Philippines) – $6,000 Francisco Felicilda (Philippines) – $6,000 Craig Osborne (Great Britain) – $4,000 Christian Reimering (Germany) – $4,000 Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland) – $4,000 Yang Ching-shun (Chinese Taipei) – $4,000 Marlon Manalo (Philippines) – $4,000 Jason Klatt (Canada) – $4,000 Hayato Hijikata (Japan) – $4,000 Raymond Faraon (Philippines) – $4,000

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