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Mommy-daughter adventure continues

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About a few hours ago, as I write, a fellow school mom (our daughters are classmates in grade school) sent me this message on Facebook: “We are following your tour online. What a fantastic, enriching experience for Nicole.”

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Radio’s values should be defended, upheld

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We’ve been listening to our trusty and hopefully not rusty radio much more after this month, to find out how the medium is faring in this age when television reigns supreme. The good news is that local radio stations are as busy as ever, and are not about to be rendered passé by TV’s current phenomenal popularity, since they’ve worked out an implicit arrangement of appealing to separate audiences.

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My spiritual adviser’s message to the stars

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GRETCHEN Barretto should remember that “love for parents” is the sweetest precept.

When I first met Fr. Eugene Elivera, MA, SThD (rector and principal of Seminario de San Jose in Puerto Princesa, Palawan), I had no inkling that he was a priest.

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Celebs’ favorite Bible verses

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In observance of Holy Monday, allow me to shut out the noise of the show biz circus for a while, so that we will be able to not just hear, but also listen to God’s word. I asked some celebs for their favorite Bible verses and how these have impacted their lives.

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Stars’ career-making films recalled

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SUSAN Sarandon and Geena Davis in “Thelma & Louise” (1991)

Movie starlets wait a long time before they’re finally given their big break, by way of a hopefully “star-making” showcase that will establish their signature film persona so indelibly, that the careers they launch will span decades.

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Depp has high hopes for ‘Pirates 5’

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DEPP (right) with Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany in “Transcendence”

“If I was given the news that I was going to be smoke in about five weeks, I would celebrate every day. I would celebrate with the people that I love,” actor Johnny Depp said in reply to a question as to what he would do if he ends up in a similar situation with his scientist character in “Transcendence.”

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Is “Let It Go” another classic song from a Disney animated film?

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Since ‘Pocahontas’, there hasn’t been yet a song taken from an OST of a Disney animated film that has been so massively popular and embraced by almost everyone that it has become a global hit.

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Emma Watson discusses realistic depiction of childbirth in ‘Noah’

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WATSON. Compelling performance. Ruben V. Nepales

“It’s amazing how many YouTube videos there are of natural births. I watched plenty of those,” said Emma Watson, whose evolution as a fine actress continues in Darren Aronofsky’s epic, “Noah.” In a far cry from her iconic Hermione Granger role, Emma, as Ila, the adopted daughter of Noah (Russell Crowe), gives birth in one scene and delivers a riveting monologue toward the film’s end.

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Finding peace in solitude

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Years ago, a friend of ours felt very frustrated and unhappy, and moved his family to a remote place near a forest. His wife became the breadwinner, while he stayed home to take care of their only son.

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Batanes forever

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PARTICIPANTS expected an adventure—and got what they wanted!

“Batanes is a breathtaking and truly magnificent manifestation of God’s grandeur,” Carmen Viloria, who joined our Batanes Photo Safari with her husband, Ben, recently wrote about her experience. “Its beauty, as well as the friendly Ivatans, more than made up for the minor inconveniences, such as inadequate toilet facilities, difficulty to get on and off shuttle jeepneys, hostels with so-so food, etc.

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A ‘transcendent’ chat with Johnny Depp about Amber Heard and the ring

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DEPP plays a terminally ill scientist who uploads his mind to a computer in “Transcendence.” Photo by Peter Mountain

LOS ANGELES—The man—our Captain Jack Sparrow, Mad Hatter, Tonto and Edward Scissorhands—is in love. In our years of interviewing Johnny Depp, the dude has always been cool and open, but in our most recent chat, he was even more candid about the new love in his life. He is engaged to be married to Amber Heard, who costarred with him in “The Rum Diary.” Sporting the unique fashion style that only he could pull off, Johnny wore a vintage 1950s jacket, striped shirt, with his favorite accessory, a bandana, this time dangling from the right pocket of his ripped, faded baggy jeans.

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Win some, lose some for new TV5 shows

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ALWYN Uytingco (left, with Vin Abrenica) is empathetic in “Beki Boxer.”  Photo from facebook page

At first blush, TV5’s new “action sitcom,” “Beki Boxer,” “smells” like yet another one of those loud, livid and “flaming” gay romps that are played mainly for exploitative cheap kicks—and shrieks. Happily, the new weekday show is turning out to be more than that.

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