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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 11

With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.

Just when you thought there’d finally be some clarity in the NCAA, the Final Four race just got more muddled.

Pacesetters Lyceum and San Beda have now clinched their respective seats in the semifinals, while cellar dweller Mapua has been the first team to get the boot in the tourney.

But the seven other teams still have a crack at the last two spots, with a bounce here and a run there …

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Ricafort eager to bring energy, help motivate Maroons

Rob Ricafort couldn’t help but feel like the lucky charm after University of the Philippines plucked its third win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s, a 98-87 stunner of La Salle, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old played his first game for the Maroons against the Green Archers after he got a temporary restraining order against the ineligibility ruling by the UAAP.

“I guess it’s a good thing because every time I just step on the court I really just want to bring the energy and motivate everybody,” said Ricafort Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The UAAP eligibility board initially deemed Ricafort ineligible to play as he will reach 25-years-old, the league’s age limit, in January of 2018 b…

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Trump tells Curry that White House visit is off; LeBron reacts

SOMERSET, N.J. — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star is
not going to the White House anytime soon.

Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington. Trump’s comment on Curry came one day after the president told NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the national anthem.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.

“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team….

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Perasol, UP ready for risk of possible forfeitures

It had been a whirlwind of a Saturday for University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

Rob Ricafort was finally able to suit up for the Fighting Maroons and in his first game, they silenced defending champion De La Salle 98-87 at Mall of Asia Arena.

READ:Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle

But there’s a chance that golden victory—and other possible wins where Ricafort would play in —could be forfeited in case Ricafort’s 20-day restraining order, which will lapse on October 11, is declared invalid.

But that’s a risk UP head coach Bo Perasol is willing to take.

“Those sort of things have been dealt with by the …

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Ruffa to John Lloyd: I’m offering you my prayers

 

If that happened to me, the person who posted the video without permission would’ve been dead by now,” declared actress and former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez.

The Inquirer recently sought the actress’ reaction to the videos of her former beau, actor John Lloyd Cruz, that has been circulating on the internet since early September.

The videos and photos posted on Instagram featured a seemingly drunk John Lloyd singing and dancing wildly while goofing around with his “Home Sweetie Home” costar Ellen Adarna and her friends during a trip to Bantayan Island in Cebu.

The video and photos posted by Ellen’s friend on Instagram Stories had expired after 24 hours, but netiz…

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New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two yet-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people.

The US Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 18 kilometers (11 miles) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7.

It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, the most powerful to hit Mexico in 32 years, which killed at least 90 people.

There were some early reports of damage in Oaxaca. Milenio TV broadcast images of a bridge that partial…

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2 quakes recorded near Batangas and Occidental Mindoro

Two earthquakes, both of tectonic origin, struck at about the same time, at 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) — a magnitude 4.9 quake 11 km off Calatagan in Batangas and a magnitude 56 quake 67 km west of Paluan in Occidental Mindoro.

As of this posting, there are no reports of damage or injuries.

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Driver in Bohol to sue cop who hit him with a bat, four other officers

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol —Jeffrey Sarabia, a 36-year-old tourist transport driver, walked slowly, his left thigh still aching because of a big bruise. That was where a police officer, whom Sarabia identified as PO1 Heracleo Padillo Jr., hit him with a baseball bat three days earlier.

Sarabia, 36, a resident of Booy District in this city, said he was driving a car for some guests, teachers from the Department of Education, on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, to a district office beside the Panglao town plaza.

While waiting for his guests, he amused himself by watching residents playing basketball near the district office.

He had forgotten to lock the car.

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10 young storytellers make it to semifinals of Inquirer Read-Along tilt

Ten students from Metro Manila schools made the cut to the semifinal round of the 7th Inquirer Read-Along Festival Storytelling Competitionon Saturday.

Eighty-one young storytellers from 12 schools in Metro Manila and Cavite province joined the elimination round held at main office of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in Makati.

The semifinalists are:

Izabelle Rose Dimzon, Crisha Kaye Coja and Reeve Angelo Penuliar of School of Saint Anthony in Quezon City Jercy
Tuesca and Princess Jeza Gail Eliang of Antonio Regidor Elementary School in Manila
Jiro Patrick Julian of Chiang Kai Shek College in Manila
Rica Deon Delgado, Jose Joachim Manalang and Jessica Seo of The Seed…

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UST refuses to give in despite 0-4 start

 

University of Santo Tomas is embroiled in a misery-filled start in the UAAP basketball season going 0-4 to stay at the bottom of the eight-team ladder.

This is the worst start for the Growling Tigers in more than a decade since they won the big prize back in 2006, and with three games left in the first round—including matches against Ateneo and La Salle—UST is down on its luck.

And although UST dug its own pit, power forward Jeepy Faundo said the Tigers won’t give in.

“Of course, there’s some panic in there but we won’t succumb to the negatives because if we do that we’d just out ourselves down even more,” said Faundo in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena….

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Security beefed up in Lanao del Sur town after attack on Army post

ILIGAN CITY — The military saidSaturdayit has beefed up security measures in Bayang, Lanao del Sur after five to seven men in black shirts fired automatic rifles and grenades at the detachment of Bravo Company of the Army’s 65th Infantry Battalionon Wednesday.

No one was harmed. But Col. Romeo Brawner, the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, said they were not taking the incident lightly.

OnAug. 22, a military base in Marantao town, also in Lanao del Sur, was also attacked by suspected Maute Group members.

The military believes the Marantao attack is an attempt by the Maute Group to bring the hostilities to other areas of Lanao del Sur. –Divina Suson

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Tito Sotto, Helen Gamboa celebrate 48 years of marriage

Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and wife, veteran actress Helen Gamboa, embody longlasting love and stable marriage if only for the fact that they’ve reached their 48th wedding anniversary.

In a recent Instagram post by the senator, they celebrated the occasion with a simple dinner, but he made his regal wife emotional when he gave her a stunning bouquet of red roses, “This gift made her cry! Happy 48th Anniversary to My Beloved!” Sotto wrote.

This gift made her cry! Happy 48th Anniversary to My Beloved! @bangshang7

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In another post, the senator uploaded a photo of him and his wife together with the rest of the Sotto brothers and their wives.

Meanwhile, actress-TV host and Vic Sotto’…

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TNT dismantles Ginebra, gets spot in top 4

TNT secured a spot in the top four after handing Barangay Ginebra its worst beating under Tim Cone, 121-92, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro uncorked 12 3-pointers combined with the fiery import unleashing a flurry in the third quarter, where the KaTropa took the air out of the Gin Kings.

“We’ve always talked about everybody pitching in for us to be successful every game. I think today players were really focused on the task and they were all ready to contribute today,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad became the first team to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage.

“It really helped us that we sho…

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Authorities searching for missing laborer carried away by river in Romblon

CITY OF CALAPAN — Disaster responders are on a search-and-rescue operation for a laborer who went missingon Saturdaymorning while crossing a river in Magdiwang town in Romblon province.

According to a report from the Magdiwang Municipal Police Station, Jonel Romero, 32, was reported missing by his brother-in-law, Oraly Roxana, at around10:30 a.m.after failing to come home.

Romero, a resident of Sitio Agsalay, Barangay Jao-asan, was last seen Friday at about9 p.m.

Investigators found out that Romero was crossing a river on his way home when the strong current of flooded river carried him away.

Involved in the search-and-rescue operation are the Municipal Disaster Risk an…

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Sharon Cuneta posts nostalgic message about daughter KC, then ‘my sweet little baby’

Megastar Sharon Cuneta posted yet again a touching message about her eldest daughter, singer-actres-TV host KC Concepcion.

Even before officially entering show biz, Concepcion was already famous, thanks to her superstar parents. Since the late ’80s, she had been seen as the cute little girl who always accompanied her Mommy Sharon to her engagements. Now, she’s one of the most successful artists of her generation–this, her mommy ponders on.

In a recent Instagram post, the award-winning actress uploaded two then-and-now photosof her and Concepcion together. The first one was a throwback entry showing a younger Sharon with her cute, chubby KC while the other is a present photo of…

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Families of missing in Mexico quake still hold out hope

MEXICO CITY — Hope mixed with fear Friday on a 60-foot stretch of a bike lane in downtown Mexico City, where families huddled under tarps and donated blankets, awaiting word of their loved ones trapped in the four-story-high pile of rubble behind them.

On Day 4 of the search for survivors of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that brought down the seven-floor office building and many others, killing at least 295 people, hope rose and fell on the small things. A change in the weather, word that Japanese rescuers — strangers from half a world away — had joined the recovery effort, officials’ assurances that people remained alive inside, a call from a familiar number.

For Patricia…

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UAAP women’s hoops: UST claims solo 2nd, La Salle stops skid

University of Santo Tomas took sole possession of the second seed early in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after stopping Far Eastern University, 73-67, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Jem Angeles put up 21 points to pace the Golden Tigresses who improved to 3-1, half-a-game behind leader National U that holds a 3-0 card.

Anjel Aries was a reliable second option for UST as she finished with 18 points while Sai Larosa did the dirty work with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Valerie Mamaril had 21 points to lead the 2-2 Lady Tamaraws.

In the other game, De La Salle snapped its three-game losing streak after taking down University of the Philippine…

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China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

BEIJING — China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under UN sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang’s last ally.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned outright.

North Korea depends on China for almost all its oil and gas but estimates of its consumption are low, leaving it unclear how Beijing’s new limit will affect them. The restrictions announced Saturday do not apply to crude oil, which makes up the biggest share of…

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Earthquake dims stylish nightlife in Mexico City district

MEXICO CITY — In the stylish Condesa neighborhood young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note.

Instead of crowds gathered with beers, small handfuls of rescue workers still dressed in reflective vests took breaks from digging through rubble. Entire restaurants with white linen tables were empty. Metal gates shuttered others.

“It feels lifeless,” said Mariana Aguilar, 27, a hostess at a bar and restaurant who stood waiting for guests yet to arrive. “I walk through these streets every day and you never imagine something l…

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1 killed, 8 hurt in Pangasinan town road collision

 

 

 

 

 

DAGUPAN CITY—A 20-year-old man was killed and eight others were injured when a 10-wheeler truck crashed into the back of a passenger bus at Mangatarem town in Pangasinan provinceon Friday(Sept. 22).

 

John Jovet Dela Cruz, a truck helper who was pinned inside the truck’s front seat, was already dead when rescuers brought him to the Mangatarem District Hospital.

 

The truck diver, Rizalino Nicolas, 50, and other helpers Jaypee Gabalat, 20, and Darwin Pradez, 19, survived the collision but suffered injuries.

 

The truck was tailing the passenger bus on the north bound lane of the Romulo Highway in Barangay…

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Kris Aquino unfollowed people on Instagram to ‘spare them from any reprisal or harassment’

The Queen of All Media never fails to hit the headlines even with her ordinary day-to-day activities. She is undoubtedly one of the most active and followed celebrities on social media, but recently she cleaned out her “following” list on Instagram.

Netizens were intrigued by her sudden move and asked her why she decided to do so, but one netizen got lucky for being noticed and answered by Aquino.

A netizen who goes by the @themartingregorio was lucky enough to be answered by the actress-TV host.

She explained that she simply wanted to “spare people I follow of any reprisal or harassment. Sad but true- it’s not healthy to be identified w/ us now.”

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Families evacuate due to flooding in Occidental Mindoro

 

 

 

 

 

SAN PEDRO CITY—Heavy rains brought by the Southwest Monsoon flooded towns in Occidental Mindoro and caused a landslide in Romblon province.

 

The heavy downpour caused the Amnay River in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro to overflow and flood the villages of El Vita and Claudio Salgado around 10 a.m. Saturday, a report from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan (MIMAROPA) said.

 

Around 82 families or 408 individuals also evacuated due to the floods in the villages of Ibud, Sto. Nio, Buenavista, San Vicente, and Poblacion all in Sablayan on Friday evening…

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Palace defends Cabinet execs’ right to privacy on portions of SALN

 

 

 

 

Malacaang on Saturday defended its decision to redact or obscure portions of the Cabinet members’ Statement of Assets, Liability, and Net Worth (SALN), saying that it was in line with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).

 

“While we uphold the principle of transparency and accountability in public service, those working in the government, such as members of the Cabinet, still have the right to privacy,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

 

Abella said that it was the data protection officers’ obligation to redact items in the SALN to protect the right to privacy of all state workers, including cabinet mem…

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LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz sports ‘high school’ hairstyle

Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz is constantly shocking people with new developments in his life. From having fun at the beach and being rowdy in videos gone viral to flashing the dirty finger to being coosome with sexy actress Ellen Adarna and, now, sporting a new hairstyle.

In a series of Instagram posts, the actress uploaded a photo of her with rumored boyfriend Cruz showing his newly trimmed locks. On the back of his head are diamond-shaped lines.

Adarna captioned her post, “ang fresh ni kuya parang highschool lang hahaaha” (Brother’s fresh, he’s just like in high school).” The post tagged Instagram account @ekomsi believed to be owned by Cruz and carried the hashtag “#ches…

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Duterte not yet done with ‘scheming’ Trillanes

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was power-hungry, who would use all schemes to get what he wanted.

 

“He went through mutiny, he allowed himself to be jailed then raised funds through sympathy, being an anti-graft exponent, ran (and won),” the President said.

 

“He knew how to, he’s that scheming,” he added.

 

The President said he did not mind if a new political party emerges as long as this was made up of clean people.

 

“If I were you, if there’s a new party that will emerge from this political mess of ours, go for it. The straight ones’ or seek your own generational charts,” he said.

 

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Is Kylie Jenner Expecting a Baby?

To start off your Saturday morning, we are giving you another celebrity baby announcement. According to TMZ, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are expecting a baby. Sources claim that Kylie started telling her friends about her pregnancy early this month at the Day N Night Fest in Anaheim. They also said that Travis told his friends that they’re expecting a baby girl.

Kylie’s ex Tyga posted his reaction on Snapchat but has since been deleted.

The couple has been together since April and has been seen together at Coachella and basketball games.

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Reports say Kylie Jenner is pregnant with first child

LOS ANGELES— Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan?

Several media outlets, including TMZ and People, are reporting Friday that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott.

Reps did not confirm the pregnancy, however, and did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment….

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Frat man in hazing death under temporary police custody—MPD

John Paul Solano, one of the main suspects tagged in the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III, had been formally placed under the custody of the Manila Police District’s (MPD) homicide section, a police spokesperson said Saturday.

MPD Public Information Officer (PIO) Supt. Edwin Margarejo said that Castillo went under the usual booking proceedings and medical check-up late Friday afternoon.

“He is under the temporary custodial facility ng Manila Police District,” Margarejo told INQUIRER.net.

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Why the Runway Supermodel Reunion Is the Ultimate Tribute to Gianni Versace

If there is one thing Versace never shied away from, it’s making a statement. Donatella Versace’s tribute show for brother Gianni on the 20th anniversary of his murder, reunited supermodels or “supers” Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Carla Bruni.

I have decided to honor his legacy with his dazzling metal mesh. @Donatella_Versace _ Photo by @kevintachman

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The five supermodels, the original women who elevated model to a celebrity status walked arm in arm with Donatella for the final look. They were clad in Versace’s signature gold dresses, featuring draping that Gianni was also known for. They walked to the tune of George Michael’s “Freedom” which was also a throwback to Giann…

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Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Intellasia East Asia News

Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, priests, businesspeople, and left-wing activists held marches and church masses accusing Duterte of authoritarianism and protesting at policies […]

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Philippines Holds Rate at 3pct as Inflation Seen on Target

Intellasia East Asia News

The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low with inflation seen remaining within its target band until 2019. Key Points The central bank held the key rate at 3 percent, it said in a statement on Thursday, as forecast by all 18 economists in a Bloomberg survey Inflation is […]

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Broad Support for Duterte’s Drug War in Philippines, Pew Finds

Intellasia East Asia News

More than three-quarters of Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, despite thousands of deaths and international condemnation over alleged rights abuses, a Pew Research centre poll has found. Some 78 percent of Filipinos approve of Duterte’s handling of the illegal drugs issue, with 62 percent believing the government’s campaign was making progress, according to […]

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Protesters in Philippines slam martial law

Intellasia East Asia News

They mark the anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against the current president’s authoritarian policies. Thousands of protesters marked Thursday’s anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current […]

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Mass protest in Philippines over Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Intellasia East Asia News

Thousands of people in the Philippines have attended a day of protest over President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial law-and-order policies. Opponents criticised Duterte’s open threat to reinstate martial law and his brutal war on drugs that has killed thousands. Thousands also attended rival pro-Duterte rallies. Duterte’s own son Paolo is facing allegations of drug trafficking. The […]

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Army sergeant shot dead by another soldier in Quezon

LUCENA CITY, Quezon– An Army sergeant was shot dead by another soldier after a heated argument during a drinking session in Catanauan town in a military base in Quezon province Friday night, police said Saturday.

Report from Quezon police said the suspect, Corporal Arturo Calub and the victim Sergeant Ciemor Dave Daoang, 35, were having a drinking spree at the headquarters of the Army’s 514thEngineering Combat Battalion in Barangay (village) 9 around 8:45 p.m.

A heated argument over a still unknown reason ensued between the two which ended with Calub shooting Daoang several times with his M16 rifle, police said. Daoang died instantly due to bullet wounds on thehead and different p…

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Wiz Khalifa, French Montana to star in new Netflix hip-hop comedy

Netflix continues its push to produce original content for its massive internet-television platform, as it revealed an upcoming hip-hop comedy film titled”The After Party.”
According to Variety, hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa and French Montana will headline the upcoming movie, alongside actress and rapper Teyena Taylor.
“Two best friends on their last night together trying to achieve a record deal before one heads to college and the other leaves for military service,” the film’s plot read.
“In one wild night, a lot will go down before the sun comes up and these two lifelong friends either have succeeded on their quest or must go their separate ways.”
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In political turn, Justin Bieber rallies for Black Lives Matter

NEW YORK—Pop star Justin Bieber, known more for headline-grabbing scandals than activism, on Friday took an unexpected political turn as he hailed the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

The 23-year-old, who abruptly cut short a tour in July, took to Instagram to show support for the movement that has arisen in response to police killings of African Americans.

 

“I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American but what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism,” he wrote.

 

“It’s a real thing and it’s more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime,” he wrote, adding: …

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Tokyo-bound: Meet the winners of Bench Design Awards 2017

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Homegrown lifestyle brand Bench picked Randolph Santos, Jayson Aguilar Glarino and Jennifer Anne Contreras as winners of the Bench Design Awards 2017. The young designers will present their respective collections at Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week on Oct. 19.

The design contest, held at the Playground of Bench Tower in Taguig City last Sept. 10, gathered promising Filipino fashion designers to showcase their craft and signature styles. It was held in partnership with the organizers of Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week.

Aside from Santos, Glarino and Contreras, other finalists were Karla Beatrice Samson, Mar…

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LPA, ‘habagat’ to bring rains this weekend

Expect a wet weekend ahead as a low pressure area (LPA) already within the Philippine area of responsibility is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon (“habagat”) and bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms across the archipelago.

 

In its 24-hour weather forecast issued at 4 p.m. on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the monsoon would continue affecting the western sections of southern Luzon, particularly Palawan province and the rest of the Mimaropa region, western Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao.

 

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Amid bad press for Caloocan police, slain cop earns praise

Practically the entire Caloocan City police force was sacked last week due to a spate of controversies, but one officer received high praise—albeit after losing his life in the war on drugs.

 

SPO1 Junior Hilario not only received a medal from President Duterte but was also given a hero’s burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani on Thursday.

 

Hilario, 36, was shot dead by a suspected drug pusher and contract killer during a Sept. 8 operation in Barangay 175, Caloocan. The suspect, Jason de la Cruz, was also killed in the operation.

 

“We know he would not ask for (such honors) but we are very proud and happy. He deserved it. It was his dream to be a policeman …

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Star, Meralco dump foes

Star kept its faint hopes of nailing a top four berth alive by capping KIA’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 rout Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Hotshots nailed their sixth win in 10 outings. And while they are assured of a semifinal berth, tabbing a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs still hangs in the balance for the squad.

The Picanto, meanwhile, exited the tournament without a win, signing off with a 0-11 card, but the 47-point defeat was an added blow for KIA as it suffered its worst loss in franchise history.

Later in the night, Meralco strengthened its bid for a top two finish after holding off GlobalPort, 100-93.

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PH, Japan to firm up financing for P315-B infra projects

The Duterte administration’s economic managers and the Japanese government will firm up next week financing commitments for P315.4 billion in big-ticket infrastructure projects, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

In a statement, the DOF said the Philippines-Japan High-Level Committee on Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation will meet in Tokyo on Sept. 25, their third after the meetings held also in Tokyo in March and in Manila in July.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, who co-chairs the Philippine side with Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, said the upcoming latest round of meeting would focus on ways to speed up the processing and implementation…

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Like father, like son

Another young man, Horacio Castillo III, died at the hands of his fraternity “masters.”

 

Let this be another lesson to young college boys: Think twice before joining any fraternity.

 

So what if your peers call you a barbarian because you’re not a member of any fraternity?

 

Will that make your college life miserable?

 

The future lies in your hands and not in your fraternity.

 

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I’ve asked my staff at “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo” to stop accepting complaints from the families of housemaids working in Saudi Arabia regarding their fate at the hands of their employers.

 

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Tax reform package on track for implementation in January

The Department of Finance sees on-schedule implementation by January next year of the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program that will slash personal income tax rates and raise imposts on consumption after the Senate version was filed last Wednesday.

In a statement yesterday, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III thanked the Senate committee on ways and means chaired by Sen. Sonny Angara for its endorsement for plenary approval of Senate Bill No. 1592 or the upper house’s version of the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train).

Dominguez said the DOF was grateful to the Senate ways and means committee “for its patience and commit…

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Piolo and Toni’s bathtub scene in ‘Last Night’ weird but romantic

 

Actress Toni Gonzaga said she couldn’t believe director Joyce Bernal was able to convince her into doing a bathtub scene.

“I only wore a shirt and didn’t wear any bottoms,” revealed Toni at a recent media gathering. “Piolo had his pants on when we shot that scene.”

“I don’t know how my family will react to it. I feel like I’m turning into a sexy star!” the 33-year-old actress quipped. “I wonder how the audience will accept that scene; they’d probably vomit at the sight of me.”

Irony of love

Coproducer Neil Arce said he loved Piolo and Toni’s bathtub scene.

“It’s not shown in the trailer, but it’s the weirdest and most romantic scene for me. It’s where we see …

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New adventure for Atom

 

Broadcast journalist Atom Araullo has returned to GMA 7’s News and Public Affairs department.

Araullo, who used to be part of the Kapuso Network’s primetime newscast “24 Oras” via the segment “ATOMic Sports,” expressed his eagerness to work for the network again. “I’m very excited. I have a lot of things I wish to do, particularly in the realm of documentary production. I’ll do what I can to give [viewers] stories that are meaningful and timely,” he said in a statement….

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Kim Domingo: I’m not what my image suggests

 

Actress Kim Domingo is thankful that her nonshow biz boyfriend doesn’t meddle with her work, even when she’s required to bare and show some skin.

“He’s very understanding of my job. We never had arguments about the outfits I wear. He doesn’t restrict what I do,” she related, adding that just because she projects a sexy image doesn’t mean she entertains a lot of suitors.

“May mga nagpaparamdam. Akala ng iba, porke’t nagapapa-sexy ako, marami akong boylets—I’m not like that. When I find someone I like, I stick to that person,” the GMA 7 talent stressed.”—ALLAN POLICARPIO…

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PH teens’ short film wins in Shanghai LGBT fest

A short film made by two 17-year-old Filipinos won the top prize at the inaugural Shanghai Queer Film Festival in China last Sept. 24.

Kaj Palanca and Jared Joven’s “Contestant #4” won best film at the LGBT fest, beating 14 entries from all over the world. The duo’s film earlier won the Audience Choice award at the QCinema fest last year.

Joven told the Inquirer that they didn’t get to attend the fest because “we have school!” He explained that he was already “grateful” to be screened in an international festival, but “to win an award pushes the gratitude to an even higher level.”

Palanca agreed: “I am thankful to be given a platform to tell this story to a wider international a…

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Heart now ready to be a mom

 

Since Pinoys are going gaga over K-dramas, GMA 7 came up with a bright idea via the Fil-Korean rom-com, “My Korean Jagiya.” Partly shot in South Korea’s scenic spots that are often used in famous K-dramas, the series is topbilled by Heart Evangelista-Escudero and Oppa Alexander Lee (former member of the K-pop group, U-Kiss).

The charming series tells the story of a fangirl and her idol, which will make you believe in the magic of serendipity. Even if Heart is already married, her vibrant glow makes it seem like she’s still a high-school girl, so her team-up with the Korean heartthrob is swoonworthy, indeed.

Here’s my chat with Heart:

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Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas opens Champions Cup with rousing win vs Kazakhs

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas did just enough to hold off BC Astana, 73-65, to open its 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup campaign Friday at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.

Kiefer Ravena uncorked nine of his 22 points in the third quarter, where the Philippine side staged a huge fightback after being down by as big as 11, 40-29.

The 23-year-old also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, including the game-sealing freebies with 20 seconds left in the clock as Gilas got off to a good start in the continental club competition.

Isaiah Austin also impressed in his first game in national team colors, firing 17 markers, 18 rebounds, and six blocks to hold the paint for Ch…

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Pingris grateful for coach, teammates’ support as he gets 5k points

Marc Pingris eclipsed the 5,000-point mark in his career on Friday but he could’ve easily waited for another game to reach the milestone.

The fun-loving Star forward became the 81st local in the PBA to reach the scoring landmark when he finished with 12 points in Star’s 128-81 beating of Kia in the Governors’ Cup.

Pingris, though, wasn’t exactly chasing for the record, believing it’s just one of the many things he could still achieve in his career the PBA.

“I told my teammates to not always look for me in the offensive end. The important thing is that we get the win because I still have a long career ahead of me in the PBA,” said Pingris in Filipino as he finished the night …

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3,340 pass physician licensure exam

 

 

 

Thousands of medicine graduates joined the country’s roster of doctors after passing the September 2017 physicians’ board exams.

 

The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) announcedon Fridaythat 3,340 out of 4,064 passed the physician licensure examination given by the Board of Medicine in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao this September 2017.

 

Vincent Edouard Anthony Retardo Gullas of the University of Santo Tomas topped the exams with 90.50 percentage rate.

 

Gullas was followed by Jan David Choa Monzon and Robert Carandang Rea of the De La Salle University-Health Sciences Institute with 90.08 rate.

 

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San Francisco city gov’t will shoulder DACA renewal fees

SAN FRANCISCO — The city government will pay for the $495 application fee for all Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who need to renew their enrollment before the October 5 deadline, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Board of Supervisors announced Wednesday, September 21.

 

“We want to remove as many barriers as possible to help these brave young individuals prepare for the October 5 deadline,” said Lee.

 

Lee said that government had encouraged DACA recipients to “step out of the shadows to pursue a better life in America, and we need to honor our commitment to their cause.”

 

“These individuals are diligent students and dedicated wor…

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American literacy volunteer who was lost at sea leaves a legacy in Leyte

TRURO, Massachusetts — Max Quinn, 29, a writer, performer and musician who grew up in Truro, was lost at sea while diving in the Sogob Bay on February 4. Max, along with a friend, the dive master, and a European diver, were on a boat from Peter’s Resort in Napantao, San Francisco, Southern Leyte.

Quinn arrived in the Philippines in June 2016 for what was going to be a three-month stint volunteering for Little Free Libraries, an American nonprofit devoted to reading and literacy. He loved his work so much he extended his visa. He continued his work in Napantao, Southern Leyte.

He was a steward of Little Free Library who spent time in Batanes. His students said their favorit…

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Redactions in Duterte Cabinet’s latest SALNs ‘deal-breaker’ for FOI – PCIJ

Human ‘Ken doll’ now wants to transform to ‘Barbie’

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Multiple plastic surgeries has allowed Rodrigo Alves to acquire the distinct features of a living “Ken doll” through nose jobs, silicone chest implants, butt lifts and hairimplants, among others.
After achieving his desired look, the self confessed cosmetic surgery addict has bared his intentions to undergo a sex change operation—this time, to look like “Barbie”.
In a recent appearance on an Italian show, the 34-year-old TV star revealed his aspirations to once again alter his appearance and go under the knife.
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Gunman slays Mindoro town vice mayor

 

 

 

 

SAN PEDRO CITY—The vice mayor of Roxas town in Oriental Mindoro province was shot dead by an unidentified assailant while waiting to get his car washed on Friday afternoon, police said.

 

Vice Mayor Jackson Cinco Dy, 58, was at the Christian’s Car Wash in Barangay (village) Dangay when a gunman approached and shot him from behind around 4:30 p.m.

 

Supt. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the police regional office in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan (MIMAROPA), said Dy was watching television while waiting for the washing of his car to finish when he was attacked. Dy died instantly due to a gunshot wound to the head…

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Taipei authority in PH confirms hazing suspect Trangia flies to Chicago

 

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines said in an official statement on Friday that Ralph Cabales Trangia, one of the suspects tagged in the fatal hazing of law student Horacio Castillo III, did not enter Taiwan, but instead flew straight to Chicago, USA on the same day he landed in the country.

 

“This is to clarify that, after checking our relevant records, (Trangia) did not enter Taiwan,” the statement read.

 

READ: Interpol, DFA help sought as hazing suspect leaves PH

 

“Mr. Trangia left Manila on Sept. 19 by BR 262, transited in Taoyuan Airport and connected (via) BR56 flight for the United States on the same …

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Palace wants a robust justice system to address issues of impunity

 

 

 

Malacaangon Fridayvowed to strengthen the Philippines’ justice system to address impunity in the country.

 

“The true depth, breadth and magnitude of crime and terrorism, funded by illegal drugs, have only been recently uncovered; resistance from those adversely affected by the current government’s campaign against illegal drugs has been strong, and internal cleansing by organized crime have all had violent results,” Malacaang spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

“We must therefore strengthen the pillars of the criminal justice system, which include the community, law enforcement, prosecution, the courts and corrections,” he added.

 

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WATCH: John Lloyd Cruz works out with Ellen Adarna

After their beach escapade, rumored couple Ellen Adarna and John Lloyd Cruz were caught getting into shape together.

In a recent video post by an Instagram page dedicated to Adarna, Cruz was set sweating it out on the thread mill while Adarna was on her jumping ropes. The house where the two were working out is believed to belong to the actress.

Heard from the background is the voice of a woman who presumably took the video.

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Police mulling perjury rap vs John Paul Solano

The Manila Police District (MPD) is mulling filing a complaint for perjury and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law against the man who brought University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio Castillo III to Chinese General Hospital.

“We are contemplating filing a complaint for perjury and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law [against John Paul Solano]. He will be inquested. We will only wait for his lawyer,” MPD Spokesman Superintendent Erwin Margarejoon Fridaytold reporters.

Solano was taken to the MPD headquarters after he surrendered to Senator Panfilo Lacson. He is currently at the Homicide Division undergoing the usual procedure–booking process, mugshot and medical examinati…

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NBI nabs Bacolod cop for illegal guns, bullets, drugs

 

 

 

 

 

BACOLOD CITY—Firearms and ammunition, including explosives, were seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) during a raid at the house of a policeman linked to two murder incidents in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, an NBI-Bacolodinventory report disclosed Friday.

 

Armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Reynaldo Alhambra of Branch 53 of the Regional Trial Court in Manila, NBI operatives, assisted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Regional Public Safety Battalion 18, swooped down at the house of SPO1 Joshua Barile at Regent Pearl Subdivision inbarangay (village) Alijis, Bacolod…

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LOOK: Kylie Padilla starts getting back in shape

Just months after giving birth, Kapuso actress Kylie Padilla is now bent on getting her pre-pregnancy figure back.

In a recent Instagram post, the actress uploaded a photo of her in the gym, which she captioned, “Day 3 With the help of the wink corset.@urbanessentialsinc* the key is to focus and be consistent.”

Day 3 With the help of the wink corset. @urbanessentialsinc * the key is to focus and be consistent.

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Before her controversial pregnancy, Padilla was cast as one of the “sang’gres” in GMA’s primetime fantaserye (fantasy series) “Encantadia.” Her sexy body was highlighted by the figure-flattering costumes she wore.

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Budget balance swung to P28.8-B surplus in August

 

 

 

The national government’s budget balance swung to a surplus in August as revenues exceeded spending, trimming the eight-month deficit to P176.2 billion.

The latest Bureau of the Treasury data releasedFridayshowed that the government posted a P28.8-billion surplus in August.

Tax and non-tax revenues combined jumped 10 percent to P230.4 billion from P209.6 billion a year ago, as tax collections grew 11 percent year-on-year to P212.3 billion.

The August tax take of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the country’s biggest tax-collection agency, climbed 9 percent to P171.7 billion from P157.5 billion last year.

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Unidentified dead sea creature found in Southern Leyte

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte—An unidentified sea creature was floating in the shallow water off Combadao village in this cityThursdaymorning.

 

A personnel from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources failed to identify the sea creature since it was already decomposing and emitting foul odor.

 

The city agriculture office decided to tow the creature to the beach, saying they could not chop it and bury it because of its large size, measuring almost ten meters long and more than 1 meter wide. The smell, it said, was already a health hazard….

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