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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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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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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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Blurred lines

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It’s strange, this job. A performer gets up on stage and basically commits emotional seppuku in front of a lot of people. There’s the emotional roller coaster within the context of playing a role and, in the process, taking an audience for the ride.

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Bimby’s MVP: Most Valuable Papa

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We can walk away from our spouses but we can never “divorce” our kids. Thus, James Yap and Kris Aquino have an eternal link in their son Bimby. The high-profile couple, who were painfully at odds many headlines ago, have rekindled their ties as friends, for the boy’s sake.

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Teleserye plots thicken–and ‘quicken’

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Anne Curtis makes a splash as the adult Dyesebel

The big news on “Dyesebel” late last month was the long-delayed, and thus much-awaited, appearance of the series’ adult stars: Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby and Andi Eigenmann. Previously, the new series bided its time and twiddled its thumbs with excessive focus on its child characters.

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Meet the CEO of the Affleck-Garner home

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Jennifer Garner looked radiant during the interview. RUBEN NEPALES

Jennifer Garner plays a capologist, or a salary cap executive, for the Cleveland Browns in director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day.” So, in our recent chat, the talk veered toward who the capologist is in the home she shares with actor-director Ben Affleck and their three kids.

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A chat with the ‘Son of God’

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ruben-diogo Diogo Morgado

“Are you kidding me?” the “Son of God” star asked aloud. We wouldn’t kid the Son of God if it were really Him. We asked Diogo Morgado if he ever imagined that someday he would play Jesus. The Lisbon, Portugal native starred in History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible,” 2013’s highest-rated cable show, and the movie, “Son of God.”

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