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Manny Pacquiao has recorded a new song

Music video will be produced by Ryan Moore

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Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has recorded a new song — Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino (I Will Fight For The Filipino) as part of a motivational video for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr in May.

The music video will be produced by Ryan Moore, co-director and producer of the Manny documentary, which will be released before the much hyped boxing match.

The audio clip is said to be Pacquiao’s choice for the music that will be played when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Win or lose, Pacquiao is also scheduled to stage a mini-concert after his fight, a tradition he started in 2010.

Daniel Padilla gets Kids Choice nomination

He’s up against Indonesia’s JKT48, Malaysia’s Jinny Boy and Singapore’s Tosh Zhang in Asian Act

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Teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla is off to a good start in the first quarter of 2015.

He’s had a massively successful concert in Dubai and a huge hit in Crazy Beautiful You, in which he co-stars with rumoured girlfriend and on-screen partner Kathryn Bernardo.

The movie reportedly grossed a staggering 32 million pesos (Dh2.6 million) on opening day.

Just recently, Padilla earned a spot as one of the nominees in this year’s Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (KCA) in the Favourite Asian Act category along with Indonesia’s JKT48, Malaysia’s Jinny Boy and Singapore’s Tosh Zhang.

The awards annually gather viewer votes all around the world to know their favourite stars on TV and movies, favourite music, books, games, and cartoon shows.

The Philippines’ only winner in the category was Charice Pempengco in 2012.

Jayson Abalos: People hate me, and that’s good

Actor says feedback on his ‘Two Wives’ character means he’s doing something right

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Actor Jayson Abalos

Jayson Abalos believes everything comes at the right time, including stardom. He has worked hard playing supporting roles in many of ABS CBN’s TV series, but has now come into his own after landed the leading role in Two Wives.

He talks to tabloid! about his excitement and discomfort about the new status of his career, and what awaits him next.

How did you feel when you were first told that you will be given the lead role in Two Wives?

Mixed emotions. At first I was excited, thrilled that I finally was given a lead role in a big TV series. Then I felt a little uncomfortable, thinking if I was good enough. I accepted the challenge; I thought this was the only way I could prove I deserve my place in the business. For me, there was definitely pressure because ABS CBN has so many good actors, and there were actually many who were considered for the role.

Do you know why you were eventually given the role?

Past performances. I think the creative team behind the show thought I could handle it…will do well in it. And for variety. I guess it was about time a new face was launched as a leading man for ABS CBN.

But you are doing quite well, judging from the critics’ reviews and audience feedback. Your reaction?

Very happy. I am glad that my performance is getting noticed. As an actor, you feel good when you get the audience to react the way they are supposed to. And as Victor, the feedback from the audience has been pretty harsh, meaning they really hate the character for his misdeeds. Every time I read messages on social media, it’s full of hate for Victor. I am secretly smiling because I know I’m doing a good job, if they are that affected. Even my relatives abroad are sending me messages, castigating me as if I am Victor. It’s fulfilling to be able to get reactions like that, and to know that you are being very effective as an actor.

Do you think you are now at the level of, say, Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Coco Martin or Gerald Anderson, some of ABS CBN’s more popular lead actors?

I still have a long way to go, but I would love be at their level. They are great actors and have proven themselves to be good role models, I would love to achieve what they have accomplished.

Do you ever see yourself playing the role in real life?

Absolutely not. I am a one-woman man, the kind that devotes himself to one person, especially if already married. I would be in love with only one, and married with only one woman.

So Vicky Rushton (the actor’s real-life girlfriend) is very lucky. Will we hear about an engagement soon?

[Laughs] I guess, she is lucky; but no, there are no engagement plans yet. She is quite young and also has a career she is passionate about. I am just getting started in my career. I mean, I’m just getting there and there is a lot more work that needs to be done. We are enjoying our company as it is, and if the time is right, will take it to the next level.

Liza Soberano excited about first film project

‘The Bet’ will also feature her ‘Forevermore’ co-star Enrique Gil

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Liza Soberan

Fast rising teen star Liza Soberano is excited about her first film project where she will be paired with her Forevermore co-star Enrique Gil.

The on-screen couple has made such an impact on TV audiences that Star Cinema decided it was time for the loveteam to have their own film.

Entitled The Bet, the movie is currently in production and has a May release date. But details have so far been secret, with only leaked rumours of Soberano’s face being transformed for the movie.

It will be the formal launch of the Gil-Soberano love team on the big screen.

Bea Alonzo has an accident while filming

‘Crossroads’ sees the actress play a sailing enthusiast

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Actress Bea Alonzo

Actress Bea Alonzo was rushed to hospital last week after falling off a sail while shooting her next film for Star Cinema.

For her new movie Crossroads, Alonzo went to competitive sailing workshops as part of her preparations for the role.

She plays a sailing enthusiast who falls for an athlete, who will be played by Richard Gomez.

According to initial medical reports released by the producers, Alonzo suffered only minor bruises, but she will undergo another check-up to determine if there are internal injuries.

Liezl Martinez dies at 47

Family requests for privacy after actress loses long battle with cancer

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Filipino actress Liezl Martinez. She died on March 14, 2015 at the age of 47 after battling cancer for eight years.

Dubai: Actress Liezl Martinez died on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 47.

Martinez has been in the hospital since Monday after she reportedly suffered a seizure. She died peacefully in her sleep, Shirley Kwan, her husband Albert's manager, told ABS-CBN.

Martinez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

The Martinez family received an outpouring of condolences, especially on Twitter where Martinez's husband, Albert, posted a photo of the couple last week on their trip to Barcelona in Spain in 2013.

"#Barcelona2013... advance Happy Birthday @liezlmartinez... Next #Hawaii2015!" he wrote. Martinez would have turned 48 on March 27.

On Saturday, Albert told Philippine Daily Inquirer that he and his children were distraught over her death. "She was a blessing to me and my kids. She was supportive. I thank her for everything," he said.

Martinez's mother, veteran actress Amalia Fuentes, told the same newspaper that her only child died at around 6:15am.

“No pain in my life worse than this,” Fuentes said. “Please pray for our family.”

Martinez's wake will begin on Sunday at The Heritage Chapels in Taguig, with her family requesting for privacy on Saturday.

Martinez starred in more than a dozen films and a few TV series. She made her debut in show business at the age of four with the 1971 film Portrait of an Angel, starring alongside her mother, but it was the 1972 film Poor Little Rich Girl that catapulted her to fame.

In an interview with the Philippine Star in 2013, Martinez talked about how she was enjoying life despite having cancer. She underwent mastectomy and intense chemotherapy six years earlier.

“I just enjoy life. I would do whatever I could do now. I became so daring, daring in the sense that I’ve done bungee-jumping, scuba-diving, next [is] skydiving,” she said.

In 2011, her cancer had metastasised to her left lung and she had undergone specialised treatment to battle the disease.

Martinez is survived by her husband, Albert, and their three children.

Celeb tweets

Producer and musician Jim Paredes joined celebrities who took to Twitter to voice their condolences.

"Liezl Martinez was a wonderful human being. May God watch over Albert and everyone she loved. Love and light," Paredes wrote.

"I woke up to shocking news that @Liezlmartinez wife of @AlbertMartinez_ has passed away.Their family is in our thoughts & prayers," actress Dawn Zulueta posted on Twitter.

Anne Curtis back in Dubai

Filipina pop star booked to perform on May 7

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Filipino concert sweetheart Anne Curtis will be back in Dubai for a show, Anne Curtis — This is it Dubai!, on May 7 at Dubai Tennis Stadium.

The It’s Showtime host, actress and performer will be joined by Filipino balladeer Mark Bautista and the G-Force dancers.

Fans also have a chance to sing live with Curtis during the show. A competition is under way wherein the winner will perform with Curtis and receive a Dh10,000 cash prize, plus round-trip ticket courtesy of Philippine Airlines.

Head to the Facebook page of Happy Link Productions and create and upload a two-minute audition video.

Tickets, Dh350 (VVIP), Dh300 (platinum), Dh250 (gold), Dh150 (silver) and Dh100 (bronze); call 056-4617308 or 04-2501882.

Aiza Seguerra returns to Dubai

Former Filipino child star to bring her ‘Love & Acoustic’ show to the UAE
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Get ready for a night of pure, unadulterated music. Filipino acoustic music sensation Aiza Seguerra is returning to Dubai on June 5 at the Boracay Night Club at Asiana Hotel.

Called Love & Acoustic, Seguerra’s show will cover some of the former child star’s biggest hits from over the years, including the multiple-platinum 2001 hitPagdating Ng Panahon (When Time Comes). The song catapulted Seguerra to the local music charts and received several awards including Best Pop Recording, Best Produced Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It was also the Song of the Year in all FM radio stations in the Philippines.

Also a well known actor, Sequerra’s transition from a young star to a best-selling performer has been well documented in the Philippines.

Tickets to the Love & Acoustic show are Dh150. For details, call 050-9129399.

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