By Boy Villasanta

 During her reign as Charice Pempengco, she was feted no end as one of the pride of Iglesia ni Cristo, as a member one of the most popular religious organization in the Philippines.

            But when she decided to live her life the way she wanted it including her gender preference and adopted the screen name Jake Zyrus, she was easily eased out of the sect.

            “Hindi talaga puwede sa Iglesia ni Cristo ‘yon. Ititiwalag talaga ang isang tao na gano’n(That’s not allowed. A member shall be expelled if he or she is like that),” explained an active and devout member of INC who requested anonymity in Lopez, Quezon recently.  

            The INC brother was referring to the conversion of Charice to a transman as Jake Zyrus which doesn’t sit well with the beliefs and policies of their church.

            According to the INC member, their teachings don’t match the realities which have gravitated Jake’s chosen life.

            Although the INC hierarchy has still to pronounce publicly its decision on the case of Zyrus, the member is certain the international singer isn’t part of their group at the moment.    

Read more: Charice Pempengco nee Jake Zyrus expelled from Iglesia ni Cristo?

A giant Christmas tree was lit up at the Araneta Center in Cubao late November to usher in the Christmas season as shoppers and passersby watch in awe as celebrities and executives of the Araneta group of companies prepare to light pyrotechnics to add color to the occasion. 3rd from left: Binibining Pilipinas Chairwoman Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, Judy Araneta-Roxas, Vice Ganda and Binibining Pilipinas Beauties. (photo by Art Torres)

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Will it still be a blue Christmas for Lani Mercado?


By Boy Villasanta

Will it still be a sad Christmas for Lani Mercado and her family this year because her husband Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. is still in jail?

In her past interviews, Lani had expressed her fervent prayer that Bong be already released from detention so that she and her family could sing a happy “Pasko na Sinta Ko (It’s Christmas Darling),” Christmas song popularized by singer Gary Valenciano.

  But when veteran entertainment writer Alice Vergara paid Ramon Revilla, Jr. a visit recently at the Custodial Center of Camp Crame where the senator is detained, she said that…

Read more: Will it still be a blue Christmas for Lani Mercado?

Robin butchers a cow for grandson, daughter


By Boy Villasanta

 By toeing the line of the Muslim tradition, Robin Padilla butchered cows for the dual celebrations of his two loved ones.

Robin, a Muslim convert, slaughtered one cow for daughter Isabella, who was given a thanksgiving party recently in Muslim rites and two cows for grandson Alas Joaquin Abrenica.

Isabella, Padilla’s daughter with wife Mariel Rodriguez was also performed a Dua, the cutting of a strand of hair from a young girl to signify obedience to Islam, by Imam Bedejim Abdullah. This ritual, according to Quaran, connotes love and angels’ forgiveness.

Binoe was also thankful for Mariel’s love…

Read more: Robin butchers a cow for grandson, daughter

What makes a real stand-up comedian

 Jo Koy: "A real stand-up comedian"


By Boy Villasanta

Those comedians who try to make you laugh on television or in comedy bars are not real stand-up comedians because they make fun of another person.

Thus defined veteran comedian Wilson Go as he stated that  “most of the comedians we watch in comedy bars and we see in films and TV shows aren’t really stand-up comedians.”

“Are you familiar with Jo Koy?” he asks.

“Yes,” I replied.

"Well, Jo Koy is the real stand-up comedian in all honesty,” quips Go.

Wilson, who has been in show business…

Read more: What makes a real stand-up comedian

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