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A Love Letter to His Dad that Changed Everything

This one really hit me.

I, for one had a bad relationship with my dad and I have forgiven him for what he did and for what he failed to do as a father and as a husband to my mother.

Even when I watched the latest TV series of ABS-CBN titled ‘Hawak Kamay’–it also left a pinch in my heart.

Watch the video and you will witness how moving the conversation between the father and his son. Listen to the heart-wrenching words of the son as he poured out his feelings toward his dad.

Gonzaga Sisters in ABS-CBNmobile’s First-Ever Reality Show

It’s a real ‘Sisters’ Act’ thing for celebrity sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga as they appeared on the newest and first-ever reality show on ABS-CBNmobile aptly titled as ‘Team Gonzaga’, which premiered last Saturday, July 19.

Sisters' Act on ABS-CBNMobile.com with 'Team Gonzaga' - Alex and Toni. They are seen here being interviewed by the press. Photograph courtesy and taken by Ted Claudio of WazzupPhilippines.com

Sisters’ Act on ABS-CBNMobile.com with ‘Team Gonzaga’ – Alex and Toni. They are seen here being interviewed by the press. Photograph courtesy and taken by Ted Claudio of WazzupPhilippines.com

Scenes are from Toni and Alex’s exciting adventures behind the cameras, their special interviews as they share stories about their personal lives, family, and their relationship as sisters.

The show is accessible via mobile every Saturday, 12noon exclusively through the iWantTV application using smartphones equipped with ABS-CBNmobile SIM cards, or through the website by using the registered ABS-CBNmobile number. This is an added value service feature of ABS-CBNmobile.

‘Team Gonzaga’ is the newest offering of ABS-CBNmobile following the hit shows on mobile such as ‘experienceDANIEL in 30 days’, ‘experienceKATHRYN in 15 days’, and ‘experienceKATHNIEL’, and ‘PBB All-In’ as well.

For more updates about ‘Team Gonzaga’ go to ABSCBNMobile.com, or visit its official social media accounts on facebook and twitter, respectively.

Philippines’ bet lands fourth place in MU 2013

Instead of rejoicing for the hope of bringing home the crown, the third runner-up finish of Philippines’ representative Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2013, has dampen the spirits of Filipinos. There were mixed reactions, but most of her countrymen accepted their candidate’s achievement.

Ariella Arida walked onstage with her two-piece Red swimwear.

Ariella Arida walked onstage in her two-piece red swimwear.

Arida fell short of her predecessor’s feat, Janine Mari Tugonon as first runner-up in Miss Universe beauty tilt last year.

During the first round of eliminations, Arida was the last one to be called in the Top 16. Then she was called in second in the Top 10 semi-finalists. She went on fourth to join the Top 5; she was the only Asian who made it with four other Latinas.

However, the question thrown to her by the judge, Tara Lipinski was something that shocked the Laguna belle, “What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the globe?”

She replied, “For the people who have lack of jobs. I do believe that we people should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy, because we all know that if everyone of us is educated and well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land a good career in the future. Education is the primary source and ticket to a better future.”

Basing on what she said, it was obvious that she knew what she wanted to convey, but was having a hard time formulating her answer to make it sound good and persuasive.

But, if the author of this post was given the same question, this could have been my answer: “The lack of jobs is one of the major problems even in my native land, but every government must look into the root of it all. Instead of governments focusing on corrupting the coffers of their respective countries; they should find means in investing their expertise in pushing for the advancement of the people, and one of which is improving the quality of education. I advocate to providing alternative training for the people to be entrepreneurial and profitable. If everyone is given equal opportunities to find meaningful ways to prosper, then the lack of jobs will be minimized.”

Gabriela Isler from Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. While Patricia Yurena Rodriguez from Spain placed first runner-up, Constanza Baez from Equador was second runner-up, and the fourth runner-up is Brazil’s Jakelyne Oliveira.

Most of those who protested for the Philippines’ placement may have forgotten that Miss Universe is still a beauty pageant, in the first place. The question and answer portion may have some bearing, but at the end of the day–beauty is still given importance, which the Filipina beauty may have lacked as opposed to the other Top 3 finalists, which the judges may have based on.

Other finalists were from Costa Rica, Ukraine, China, Great Britain, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA, Nicaragua, Switzerland, and India.