Sunday, July 31, 2011

Azkals Members React to Amanda Coling Rape Accusation

After losing on its battle to conquer the FIFA World Cup in 2014, Philippine Azkals members Neil Etheridge (goalkeeper), Simon Greatwich (midfielder), Anton del Rosario (defender), and Jason Sabio (defender) thought it's the right time to face another battle surrounding their career and personal life.

The four most controversial members of the Philippine football team finally speak about the controversy involving them and sexy model Amanda Coling.

Watch below:

Shamcey Supsup Nervous About the Upcoming Miss Universe 2011 Pageant

Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup, the country's representative to the upcoming Miss Universe 2011 pageant to be held in Brazil in September, started to prepare for the said much-awaited event.

Supsup revealed that her training includes following a strict diet to gain more weight.

I have to drink milk twice a day. I have to eat more protein or less carbs. Pero I still eat rice. I think I�ve gained weight already. From 105 lbs, I�m now 112 lbs. They want me to gain more like siguro mga 3 lbs na lang,� she said.

Supsup said that although her training regimen is stressful, she gets through it because of the support that she receives from her friends.

The training is stressful. But what makes it more bearable is having friends with you. Nakakatuwa. Kahit ako ang unang ipapadala, lahat sila kasama. Kasama ko sila sa Spanish class, kasama ko sila sa Portguese class, sa gym. Ang mga kasama ko sila ang nagpapagaan ng lahat ng trainings ko,� she said.

Supsup said that she is nervous and excited about the pageant.

Yung excitement at kaba magkahalo na. But then I always tell myself na you just keep your faith and if it�s God�s will, then it will be given to you as you long as you�re ready for it,� Supsup said.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Gloria Arroyo Surgery Successful

Manila, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underwent a successful 5-hour surgical operation on her neck Friday at the St. Luke's Medical Center � Taguig City, her doctors said.

Arroyo's attending physician, Dr. Juliet Cervantes, said the Pampanga lawmaker is now recuperating in the hospital's intensive care unit.

She decribed the procedure as "5 hours of uneventful surgery."

"There was no untoward incident," Cervantes said in the medical bulletin issued Friday night.

She added that Arroyo is now awake and can stand up and talk.

Her cervical spine surgery started at around 7 a.m.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mario Ver recommended a 3-week rest for Arroyo before she returns to work.

Party Pilipinas�Sayaw Mo, Awit Ko� this Sunday, July 31

Get ready to sing along and dance to the beat this Sunday as Party Pilipinas presents SMAK (Sayaw Mo, Awit Ko).

This Sunday, July 31, kicks-off with a grand opening as the whole Party Pilipinas community joins in a non-stop parade of singing and dancing.

Party Pilipinas launches Time of My Life, the new and first dance-serye on GMA-7. Join in the cast as they move their way to the stage in a dance fusion. Groove with Kris Bernal, Rocco Nacino, Mark Herras, Jean Garcia, Cherie Gil, Emilio Garcia, Joshua Zamora, Ronnie Henares and Geleen Eugenio together with the Sayaw Pilipinas crew, Tweens and Jump-in winners.

Plus, it�s the final dance-off. Who among the dancing partners, Sef Cadayona-Ruby Rodriguez and Kris Bernal-John Feir will win the ultimate Celebrity Dance Match? Vote for your favourite pair this Sunday. And feast your eyes as the sexy ladies of Party Pilipinas�Solenn, Lovi, Iza, Glaiza, Isabelle and Heart�show it all in a sizzling dance number.

Party Pilipinas gives way to the stage comeback of an OPM artist as she joins in the roster of the Party Pilipinas OPM musical ensemble. And be awed as the pride �birit� singers of Party Pilipinas belt out classic movie dance themes that will bring you back down memory lane.

The showbiz heirs are back and they will be singing their way to your hearts with Ynna, Ysa, Janine and Kylie. And join in the cast of Tweens led by love team of Julie Ann and Elmo as they showcase their singing talents, launch their album and finally, celebrate the birthdays of Barbie and Derrick.

Get ready to SMAK this Sunday, July 31, with Party Pilipinas.

ASAP Rocks Favorites this Sunday, July 31

The country�s favorite and �numero uno� Sunday musical variety show, �ASAP Rocks,� goes all-out with only the most thrilling treats from the most desired kapamilya superstars!

Led by Piolo Pascual, Sarah Geronimo, Billy Crawford, KC Concepcion, Sam Milby,Toni Gonzaga, Luis Manzano, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Cristine Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, Nikki Gil and Coco Martin.

Ultimate world-class performances from your favorite music icons Gary Valenciano, Vina Morales and Zsazsa Padilla plus sensational singing favorites The ASAP Sessionistas, ASAP Champions, ASAP Pinoy Champs � Jovit Baldivino, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto and Marcelito Pomoy reign supreme on the ASAP centerstage.

Awesome dance routines from the most wanted ASAP Supahdance stars John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Gab Valenciano, Maja Salvador, Karylle, Shaina Magdayao, Iya Villania, Empress, Jessy Mendiola, Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Bugoy Carino with the Supahkids and �Maria la del Barrio� star Erich Gonzales.

Don�t miss out your favorite Sunday musical party, �ASAP Rocks� 12:15 high noon. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, visit

James Younghusband: 10 Things He Loves About Pinays

We already know more than a few things about half-British, half-Filipino football player James Younghusband. We know that he�s a serious Bond fan like most Brits, he�s a good bowler, he�s scared to death of dancing in public, and he�s got equally hot Phil Younghusband for a brother.

But if there�s anything else we still want to know about James, it�s his view of Pinays. Since James has lived in England for most of his life, isn't it good to know what a half-blood hottie like him thinks of Pinays?

Read on and you will surely love it!

- As compiled by

Yes! 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2011

Yes! Magazine unveiled its list of Philippine showbiz' 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011. And for the first time, a male star is chosen to be the cover star of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

It was Judy Ann Santos in 2007, KC Concepcion in 2008, Marian Rivera in 2009, Kim Chiu in 2010. Now, 3-time blockbuster King and one of the most beautiful faces in local showbiz industry - John Lloyd Cruz - is the first male chosen to be on the cover of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

Here are some of the most beautiful stars included in this year's list:


Albie Casi�o
Andi Eigenmann
Angel Locsin
Angelica Panganiban
Anne Curtis
Bea Alonzo
Bianca Gonzalez
Bianca Manalo
Coco Martin
Derek Ramsay
Ejay Falcon
Empress Schuck
Engchong Dee
Enrique Gil
Erich Gonzales
Gerald Anderson
Gretchen Barretto
Jake Cuenca
Jericho Rosales
Jessy Mendiola
Jewel Mische
JM de Guzman
John Estrada
John Lloyd Cruz
John Manalo
Joseph Marco
Julia Montes
Kathryn Bernardo
KC Concepcion
Kim Chiu
Kris Aquino
Kristine Hermosa
Lauren Young
Maricar Reyes
Martin del Rosario
Matteo Guidicelli
Piolo Pascual
Priscilla Meirelles
Rayver Cruz
Sam Milby
Sarah Geronimo
Toni Gonzaga
Vice Ganda
Xyriel Manabat
Yen Santos
Zsa Zsa Padilla


Alex Gonzaga
Jasmine Curtis
JC de Vera
Lucy Torres-Gomez
Oyo Sotto
Richard Gomez
Ruffa Gutierrez
Shalani Soledad


Alden Richards
Aljur Abrenica
Barbie Forteza
Bea Binene
Bela Padilla
Belle Daza
Carl Guevarra
Carla Abellana
Chris Tiu
Dingdong Dantes
Elmo Magalona
Ellen Adarna
Eugene Domingo
Francheska Farr
Geoff Eigenmann
Glaiza de Castro
Gwen Zamora
Heart Evangelista
Iza Calzado
Jackie Rice
Jennylyn Mercado
Jhake Vargas
Jillian Ward
John Lapuz
Joshua Dionisio
Kris Bernal
Kristofer Martin
Kylie Padilla
Louise delos Reyes
Lovi Poe
Marian Rivera
Mark Herras
Mikael Daez
Ogie Alcasid
Paolo Contis
Paulo Avelino
Regine Velasquez
Richard Gutierrez
Rocco Nacino
Ryan Eigenmann
Sam Pinto
Sid Lucero
Solenn Heussaff


James Yap
Philippine Azkals

Kathryn, Julia, Kiray, EJ, Daniel and Diego on "Growing Up" - Teasers

Watch here the teasers of ABS-CBN's upcoming teen drama show "Growing Up".

Topbilled by this generation's teen sensations Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes with their love interests Daniel Padilla and Diego Loyzaga.

Joining them are Yen Santos, Kiray Celis, Neil Coleta, EJ Jallorina and Piero Vergara under the direction of Lino Cayetano.

Kathryn Bernardo on "Growing Up":

Julia Montes on "Growing Up":

Kiray Celis on "Growing Up":

EJ Jallorina on "Growing Up":

Daniel Padilla on "Growing Up":

Diego Loyzaga on "Growing Up":

"Munting Heredera" Continues to Lead the Mega Manila Ratings; "Amaya" Places Third

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 26 to 28, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

July 26, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.9%
2. Sisid (GMA-7) - 7.1%
3. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Super Sine 5: Payback (TV5) - 6.8%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.7%
6. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 6.2%
7. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas 2 (GMA-7) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 6.1%
8. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 5.7%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 5.1%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ayos Na... Ang Kasunod (ABS-CBN) / Ben 10 (TV5) - 4.6%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 15.9%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 15.3%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 14.9%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 14.2%
5. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 13.1%
6. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
7. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 11.6%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 11%
9. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 10%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 9%

July 27, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 15.4%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 8.5%
3. Super Sine 5: Ruslan (GMA-7) - 8.2%
4. Sisid (GMA-7) - 8%
5. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 7.8%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ang Titser Kong Pogi (GMA-7) - 7.7%
7. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.3%
8. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 7.2%
9. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 7%
10. Detective Conan (GMA-7) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 6.2%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 16%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 15.5%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 15.3%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 14.5%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 12.6%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
8. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 10.3%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 10.2%
10. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%

July 28, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 13.5%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 7.4%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 6.6%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 6.3%
5. Super Sine 5: Transporter 2 (TV5) - 6.2%
6. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 6.1%
7. Sisid (GMA-7) - 5.7%
8. Kapuso Movie Festival: Batanes (GMA-7) - 5.6%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 5.1%
10. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 4.6%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 16.1%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 15%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.2%
4. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 11.7%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
6. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) / Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 10.6%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 9.9%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.7%
9. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 8.4%
10. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 6.5%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 26 to 28, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 26, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 29.6%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 17.2%
3. Sisid (GMA-7) - 17%
4. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.9%
5. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 16.1%
6. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.9%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Desperadas 2 (GMA-7) - 14.8%
8. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 14.1%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 14%
10. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 31.7%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 30.5%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.7%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 26.7%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 25.6%
7. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 23.9%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 21.4%
9. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 19.4%

July 27, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 32.7%
2. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) - 18.8%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 17.8%
4. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 16.9%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: Lovestruck (GMA-7) / Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 16.7%
6. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 15.2%
7. Gourmet (GMA-7) - 14.7%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.8%
9. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ang Titser Kong Pogi (ABS-CBN) - 13%
10. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 30.7%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 30.6%
3. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.4%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 25.5%
6. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 24.5%
7. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
8. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 20.5%
9. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 20.1%
10. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%

July 28, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 30.8%
2. Sinner Or Saint (GMA-7) - 18.5%
3. Blusang Itim (GMA-7) - 16.3%
4. Slam Dunk (GMA-7) / Sisid (GMA-7) - 15.3%
5. Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.6%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Batanes (GMA-7) - 12.3%
7. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 11.9%
8. Showtime (ABS-CBN) / Gourmet (GMA-7) - 11.7%
9. I Dare You (ABS-CBN) - 9.7%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Type Kita... Walang Kokontra (ABS-CBN) - 9%

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 31.2%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 29.3%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 24.1%
4. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 23.1%
5. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 22.7%
6. Secret Garden (GMA-7) - 21.8%
7. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 21.1%
8. Guns And Roses (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
10. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 18.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Nora Aunor Set to Return in Manila on August 2

Nora Aunor, Philippine showbiz' only one Superstar, is returning to the Philippines on August 2 not just to visit her family, meet her fans but also to do a TV comeback via TV5.

Nora confirmed the news, saying: "Nakaempake na po ako. Naka-ready na lahat. Excited na rin po ako makabalik matapos ang walong taon. Sa wakas makakabalik na rin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa pakikapag-usap sa mga tao para matupad 'to at sa TV5."

Nora is said to be doing a TV series on the Kapatid network.

Pakyaw�s First Black Bag Winner Revealed

Would you spend P2,000 for an item you didn�t know?

Well, that�s what risk-taking shopper Richard Benson Co did when he won the chance to buy Pakyaw�s first Black Bag last Friday! Here�s a clip of his experience as Pakyaw�s first winner!

Click HERE to Watch the Video

I�m speechless. I wasn�t expecting this. I thought it�s an iPod Touch or something. Thank you very much, Pakyaw!� Mr. Co said, feeling very excited about his purchase.

Congrats to Richard Benson Co for winning an awesome 32� Samsung LCD TV!

Since Pakyaw, an online group-buying site, came out with this thrilling promo, hundreds of users have been signing up for a chance to buy the mysterious contents of Pakyaw�s Black Bag. If you missed out on joining the first Black Bag, now is the perfect chance to sign up! You could be the next winner of the biggest thing to ever hit Pakyaw!

Visit the Pakyaw Facebook page or for more details!

- Pakyaw Press Statement

Enrique Gil Topbills "Diego and His Brothers" Indie Movie

Kapamilya young actor Enrique Gil leads the cast of upcoming indie film �Diego and His Brothers�.

The film deals about a story of brotherhood, as well as a coming of age tale that follows the young protagonist, Diego.

Starring in the short film are Julijo Pisk as Diego, Pica Lozano as Tomas and Good Vibes star Enrique Gil as Anton, under the direction of Marty Lopez.

This film was made possible through the Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant, produced at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanabar Institute of Film and Television.

Synopsis: �Diego and His Brothers� is a story loosely based on events surrounding three brothers during World War II in the Philippines. The film tells the story of Diego (Julijo Pisk), a young boy on a journey with his brothers to find an aircraft to take them away from the Japanese invasion. As the story unfolds, so too does the relationship between the brothers, as they try to overcome their own interior and exterior factors that keep them from getting to their destination.

Diego and His Brothers - Trailer:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ogie Alcasid Reveals Name of First Baby with Regine Velasquez

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid shared with the press the name of his and wife Regine Velasquez's soon-to-be-born first child during yesterday's signing of memorandum of agreement between OPM officers and Sen. Francis Pangilinan for the OPM summit and fair in October.

Although, their choice of name is not yet final, but he said they wanted a name Nathaniel James for a good reason.

Mukhang nasa Nathaniel James kami. Nathaniel kasi means �gift of God.� Ang naiisip naming nickname is Nate. Parang ang pogi, ano, Nate.� Ogie revealed.

The OPM President also shared how happy Regine when she learned that she'll give birth to a baby boy in November.

Noong nalaman niyang lalaki, talagang wow, iba �yung saya niya. Meron pang� in-encircle pa nu�ng OB namin... �yung alam mo na....�yung putotoy niya.� he shared.

30 Seconds to Mars Live in Manila Concert Tonight

"Enjoyment, excitement, escape, connection and some kind of relief from the monotony of music that is out there." This is what 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto hopes people can get from their music.

Once you hear the band's name, you would think they got it in connection with the planet Mars or the galaxies, but it is apparently in no way related to the planet. The band came across a thesis with a subtitle "30 Seconds to Mars," which talks about the fast-paced world and where technology takes humans. 30 Seconds to Mars is actually how band members Jared Leto (vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Shannon Leto (drummer) and Tomo Milicevic see how their music is presented.

"Most importantly, it is a good representation of our sound. It's a phrase that is lyrical, suggestive, cinematic, and filled with immediacy. It has some sense of otherness to it. The concept of space is so overwhelming and all encompassing I doubt there is a song written that doesn't fall within it," Jared said in an interview with Shoutweb.

Held as 'Best Rock Band' by MTV Europe Awards in 2010, 30 Seconds to Mars has sold millions of records worldwide and is behind the hit songs 'Kings and Queens,' 'From Yesterday' and 'Closer to the Edge.' 30 Seconds to Mars have three albums so far, 'Thirty Seconds to Mars,' 'A Beautiful Lie' and 'This is War.' Some of their music videos were directed by Jared himself, such as The Kill,' 'From Yesterday,' 'Closer to the Edge,' 'Kings and Queens' and 'Hurricane.' 'Kings and Queens' was MTV Video Music Award's 'Best Rock Video' for 2010.

Formed by the Leto brothers in 1995, 30 Seconds to Mars has already performed in nearly 500 sold-out shows worldwide since 2005, including festival performances such as Lollapalooza in the US, Pinkpop in the Netherlands and Summer Sonic in Japan. Filipino fans will get a chance to rock out with 30 Seconds to Mars as they come here for a one-night only concert 'Thirty Seconds to Mars Live in Manila' tonight at the Trinoma Open Parking. 'Thirty Seconds to Mars Live in Manila' concert is brought by Futuretainment Inc.

The band members may all have different jobs outside the band, but Jared, Shannon and Tomo come together to create music, which encompasses their life.

"For some of us in the band, our involvement with 30 Seconds to Mars borders on obsessive-compulsive territory. It can be kind of an all-encompassing thing. It is a very necessary part, not just of our expression, but our lives," Jared further said in the Shoutweb interview.

Being a musician and an actor, as well, Jared sees film and music two different things, but agrees that both have unique ways in enabling to express one's self. Jared sees music as a different process as of working on a character in a film. "With music, we dictate the story, character, mood and everything else. We create the world rather than just support it," Jared said.

Neil Etheridge Hit by Kuwaiti Fan with a Laser Pointer

Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was reportedly hit directed to his eyes using a laser pointer by a Kuwaiti fan to distract him during the first leg of the 2nd round in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match last July 23 in Kuwait.

An Azkals source said Etheridge had difficulty focusing and rubbed his eyes because of the beam. A Filipino cameraman noticed the red track and reported it to FIFA officials.

The players were all talking about it,� said the source. �Neil was bothered by the light in his eyes but didn�t know what it was. Fans try to distract the goalkeeper by training a laser light on his eyes but it�s banned and European football officials are very strict about it. Those found beaming laser lights are brought out of the stadium. I don�t know if anyone was taken out in Kuwait. Someone joked that if they used laser lights in Kuwait, we�ll use flash lights in Manila.�

Incubus Concert in Manila

Incubus staged a very successful sold-out concert at the Araneta Coliseum called �If Not Now, When?� - also the title of their newly released album.

This is the third time that the American Rock played in Manila � the first was in 2004 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) open field, and then in 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum.

A multi-platinum selling act, Incubus already released successful albums such as "Make Yourself" (1999), "Morning View" (2001), with their last studio album, �Light Grenades� (2006), debuting at Number One on Billboard�s Top 200. They've had such hits as "Nice to Know You," "Pardon Me," "Drive," "Megalomaniac," "Love Hurts" and many others.

K-La Rivera, Joyce Pring and Mike Advincula are the Newest MYX VJs

A singer, a swimmer and a fine arts student are MYX VJ Search 2011 winners.

MYX, the country�s No.1 music channel, proudly named RnB sweetheart K-La Rivera, swimming hottie Mike Advincula and quirky Fine Arts student Joyce Pring as its newest music video ambassadors in the MYX VJ Search 2011 finals night held Wednesday, July 27, at The Block activity center, SM City North Edsa.

Despite the heavy rains brought by typhoon �Juaning,� fans filled the venue to witness this historic announcement and the performances of the MYX VJ finalists themselves, Chavacano band Maldita, Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano and electronica music-artist Somedaydream.

VJ K-La, the Filipina-Canadian who first started her stardom journey via ABS-CBN�s hit singing competition �Star Power,� said becoming a MYX VJ was really �a dream come true.� Now she�s excited with her new stint, and she looks forward to just having fun.

I would love to balance both singing and being a MYX VJ. But right now, I�m really focused on developing myself as a VJ. I�m working on my Tagalog,� said VJ K-La.

When asked how she will feel if she�ll be introducing her own music video as a MYX VJ, she said: �That�s another level. What more can I ask for?

VJ Mike, the captain of the De La Salle University swimming team, on the other hand, believes his �unpredictable� personality have encouraged MYX fans to vote for him. He was also surprised with the outpouring of support his family gave during the finals night.

I started out as a quiet guy, then unti-unti kong inilabas ang tunay na kulay ko and it really worked out. So, I�m really excited to live a new life, because ever since I�ve been living a life as a student athlete,� he said.

In joining this year�s MYX VJ Search, the 6�1� swimmer actually sought the advice of his team mate Enchong Dee, who is also one of Kapamilya network�s brightest leading men. Enchong�s advice seems to have brought Mike to victory.

When I entered the competition, I asked Enchong right away. What shall I do? Then he advised me to just be myself,� VJ Mike shared.

For University of the Philippines Fine Arts student VJ Joyce, spontaneity and her quirky character are just some of what she can offer. She thanked her fans, who call themselves the �Pringles� for believing in her.

I am beyond ecstatic and blessed to have this opportunity. I never expected to win this competition because my co-finalists are very talented and charming.�

Her win may be unexpected for her, but VJ Joyce never considered herself as a small fry. �I don�t think you should enter into a competition when you think you�re an underdog. So you really have to believe in yourself. No one will believe in you, unless you believe in yourself.�

Filipino-American stunner Drew was also a big winner of the night, as he received two special awards - as winner of SM Accessories challenge together with VJ Joyce, and as Coca-Cola Happiness VJ together with Cara.

Members of the audience kept on screaming as Kean, who will be the MYX Celebrity VJ for the month of August, sang �Wala Na Tayo.� While Somedaydream, the Philippines� answer to American electronica act Owl City and Zamboanga-based band Maldita drew cheers and applause from the very appreciative teen crowd.

The MYX VJ Search finalists also showed off their confidence on the catwalk in a mini fashion show showcasing SM Accessories. They also enthralled everyone with their dance number.

Now on its fifth year, the MYX VJ Search has produced well-loved hosts like sophomore VJs Chino Lui Pio, Bianca Roque and Janine Ramirez, and freshman Robin Nievera. Senior VJs Luis Manzano, Nikki Gil and Iya Villania are now well-recognized as hosts and are busy hosting more than one show on MYX and ABS-CBN.

Always tune-in to MYX (SkyCable Channel 23) for the hottest news on this year�s MYX VJ Search.

Tropical Storm Don Threatens the Gulf as Its Strength Intensifies

Tropical Storm Don has not changed during the past several hours, heading west-northwest toward the coast of Texas.

TS Don is currently located about 635 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and about 590 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, Texas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a tropical storm warning for the coast of Texas has been extended southward to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

The center of TS Don expects to move through the Southern and Central Gulf of Mexico later Thursday and approach the Texas coast on Friday.

Don, which currently has sustained winds near 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) with higher gusts, is expected to pack maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in the next 48 hours and poses a major threat to the Gulf, home to thousands of oil and gas production platforms, producing about 29 percent of U.S. oil output and more than 10 percent of domestically produced natural gas.

The U.S. government's weather agency has forecast an "above normal" 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, spawning six to 10 hurricanes of which around half could become major.

Azkals vs Kuwait Game 2 Result

Final Result: Philippine Azkals lose to Kuwait Al-Azraq, 1-2 (1-5 on aggregate).

Game Highlights: The Philippine Azkals bid goodbye to its World Cup qualifying campaign after losing to a 10-man Kuwait Al-Azraq in the second leg of their tie at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

The Kuwaitis, who were enjoying a 3-goal lead from the first leg, went on the attack right at the opening whistle as they funneled passes to the left wing.

The Azkals, after being pinned back for several minutes, launched counterattacks with Phil Younghusband at the receiving end of long balls.

Kuwait had 2 golden opportunities to increase their aggregate lead over the Philippines.

Two Kuwati strikes hit the upright, while another forced a flying save from Neil Etheridge.

The second-leg deadlock was broken by a stunning long-range screamer from Azkals midfielder Stephan Schrock.

The Filipino German, who missed the first leg because of suspension, connected on a thunderbolt from 30 yards that found its way past the outstreched arms of the Kuwaiti goalkeeper.

Kuwait were reduced to 10 men after Fahad Al Ebrahim was given his second yellow card for a bookable offense.

However, they quickly recovered through a long-range goal by Yousef Nasser in the 61st minute.

A breakaway run by Waleed Ali in the 83rd minute resulted in an own goal by Rob Gier.

It silenced the Azkals, who failed to capitalize on having an extra man.

- Jojo Malig, ABS-CBN

John Lloyd Cruz Covers YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful 2011

Yes! Magazine unveiled its list of Philippine showbiz' 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011. And for the first time, a male star is chosen to be the cover star of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

It was Judy Ann Santos in 2007, KC Concepcion in 2008, Marian Rivera in 2009, Kim Chiu in 2010. Now, 3-time blockbuster King and one of the most beautiful faces in local showbiz industry - John Lloyd Cruz - is the first male chosen to be on the cover of YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful special edition 2011.

During the presscon-launching held earlier today, July 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, John Lloyd said that this was an interesting recognition.

"Hindi ako makapaniwala. Tinatanong ko sila noon, sigurado ba kayo? Wala ba kayong ibang mapili? Totoo talaga, I find it hard to believe na ako ang nasa top, eh 100 'yan at ako ang nakakuha ng number one spot, 'di ko talaga maintindihan bakit." Lloydie said.

"It's a very intriguing and interesting recognition but I'm hoping na there's more to this handsome face and godly body kaya niyo ako pinili," he added.

Lloydie also revealed that he thought Mylene Dizon, Isabelle Daza, and Jericho Rosales are of the most beautiful faces in showbiz but considers his girlfriend Shaina Magdayao as the most beautiful woman in his life, "She�s the number one most beautiful woman for me." he said.

Azkals Dog Tags, Caps, Watches, Men's Padded Shirts Now Available!

�We Believe,� goes the campaign of the Philippine National Football team, or the Azkals, which aims to bring the team closer to the fans and make the public aware that the team�s victory is also the nation�s triumph.

Now that the Azkals is about to face team Kuwait, they�re once again calling for our countrymen�s support by wearing Azkals merchandise such dog tags, emblem and logo caps, watches, and men's padded shirts, which are now available in the ABS-CBN Store, Reservations and bulk orders can also be made through

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Sports airs live the leg two of Philippines versus Kuwait match on Studio 23 at 5:30pm, with replays on July 29, 3p.m. on Balls Channel and on July 30, 7a.m. on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Sneak Peek: �New Year's Eve� Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the teaser trailer of �New Year's Eve,� a new romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall (�Valentine's Day�) and a stellar ensemble cast. Check out the film's trailer below:

�New Year�s Eve� celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

The film stars Academy Award� winner Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award� nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris �Ludacris� Bridges, two-time Academy Award� winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award� nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, two-time Academy Award� winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

New Year�s Eve� opens across the Philippines in December this year.

Sneak Peek: �Happy Feet Two� Poster

Warner Bros. has just unveiled the new poster of its upcoming holiday presentation �Happy Feet Two.

The sequel to �Happy Feet,� the Academy Award�-winning animated smash hit, �Happy Feet Two� returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.

�Happy Feet Two� is directed by George Miller, who won an Oscar� as the creator of the original �Happy Feet.� The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter and Benjamin �Lil P-Nut� Flores, Jr.

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, �Happy Feet Two� opens across the Philippines in November this year.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Animal Crush Videos Producers Wanted

MANILA, Philippines � Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has announced that it will offer a P100,000 cash reward for any information that may lead to the arrest of the couple believed to be behind animal torture videos.

The suspects, identified as Dorma "Chita" Rieon and her husband Vic Rieon, are facing charges for violating Section 6 of Republic Act (RA) 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 and Section 9 of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act in January 2011.

The National Bureau of Investigation earlier identified the suspects behind the �crush� videos, which showed kittens, puppies, mice, rabbits, and other animals being tortured and killed by women.

Girls on the video clips crush the animals under their high heels or sit on them. Some animals are skinned alive. Authorities said the act is a type of sexual perversion.

The videos are sold to foreign clients who are able to choose what type of animal they want the girls to kill. Clients also dictate what attire the girls should wear during the act.

The suspects charge their clients between $25 to $1,000 each.

Buhay party-list Rep. Irwin Tieng has filed House Bill 4595 that would criminalize the sale of "crush videos" and other filmed acts of animal cruelty.

If passed, violators can be imprisoned for up to 7 years, fined up to P300,000, or both.

Suspension of Classes on July 28 Announced

Suspension of classes in Rosario, Cavite declared due to flooding. Rosario, Cavite: Mayor Ricafrente declared suspension of classes today, July 28, due to flooded areas.

Region 5 provinces except Albay will resume classes today, July 28. Classes in kinder, elem & HS will remain suspended only in Albay.

NCR will resume classes today, July 28, except Tonsuya Elementary School in Malabon, classes remain suspended from kinder to grade 2 only."

CALABARZON will resume classes today except in Rosario, Cavite where classes remain suspended as declared by Mayor Ricafrente."

Classes remain suspended from Kinder to HS in the divisions of Albay & the city divisions of Tabaco, Ligao & Legazpi.

Due to Storm Signal No. 1, classes in Kinder are automatically suspended in Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, and La Union"

All classes in Region 2 are suspended in Kindergarten only.

Only kindergarten classes suspended in Abra today, July 28.

Philippine Azkals vs Kuwait and MLS All-Star Game Air on Studio 23

The football fever in the country peaks today as ABS-CBN Sports brings viewers two world-class matches on Studio 23, featuring football superstars David Beckham and Thierry Henry and our very own Philippine Azkals football team.

Before Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong, and Neil Etheridge lead the Azkals against Kuwait, watch Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars Beckham, Henry, and Donovan face-off with English Premier League�s Manchester United for this year�s much-anticipated MLS All-Star game.

This is the second time the Manchester United Red Devils, led by Wayne Rooney, was invited to play against the loaded MLS selection in the annual event. Last year, the Reds beat the All-Stars with a score of 5-2.

Catch the MLS All-Stars� quest for retribution via satellite from the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, USA on Studio 23 at 8:30am.

Meanwhile, it�s now or never for the Philippine Azkals football team as they face Kuwait again for the second leg of their World Cup Qualifying match this afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Team Azkals, the underdog after a 0-3 loss in the first leg held in Kuwait, is gearing up for a mighty return as it welcomes back suspended midfielder Stephan Schrock and team captain Aly Borromeo in the lineup.

Watch the continuation of the Azkals� historic run as ABS-CBN Sports airs the match live on Studio 23 at 5:30pm with replays on Friday, July 29, 3pm on Balls Channel and on Saturday, July 30, 7am on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Get all the football you can handle today starting with the MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United match at 8:30am followed by the Azkals vs. Kuwait match at 5:30pm, only on Studio 23.

Stormtrooper Helmet Designer Andrew Ainsworth Wins Battle Against George Lucas

The prop designer who made the first Stormtrooper helmets in the Star Wars films won a copyright battle against George Lucas and can now sell replicas of the originals, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Andrew Ainsworth spent more than $1.15 million and the past five years to battle against Lucas, who created the Star Wars franchise, reported the BBC.

The U.K. Supreme Court rejected a challenge issued by Lucas against Ainsworth to sell the helmet replicas.

The judges in the case ruled that the helmets are considered a prop and are fully functional rather than a sculpted work of art, which means their copyright protection is 15 years from the date and has since expired. Copyright protection for a sculpture is 70 years.

The court also ruled that Lucas� copyright had been violated in the U.S., but Ainsworth told the BBC that he does not sell his works in the country any more, and does not hold assets in the country.

I am delighted to have won the right to continue to make these replicas from the original tools and moulds,� Ainsworth told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. �I am proud to report that in the English legal system David can prevail against Goliath if his cause is right. If there is a force, then it has been with me these past five years.

The court said that the Star Wars films are considered works of art created by Lucas and his companies, however the helmet was �utilitarian in the sense that it was an element in the process of production of the film,� according to the Guardian newspaper.

- Source

Julia Roberts Ad Banned

L'Oreal ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington have been pulled from circulation in the United Kingdom "for being overly-airbrushed."

The decision was made after Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat member of Parliament "who has waged a long-running campaign against 'overly perfected and unrealistic images' of women in adverts, lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority" about the images.

The ASA ruled the ads "breached the advertising standards code for exaggeration and being misleading and banned them from future publication."

Tropical Storm Don Update

Tropical Storm Don, this year's first major Gulf of Mexico storm, formed over the southern part of the oil-rich basin on Wednesday on a track toward the Texas coast.

The storm forced several offshore energy operators to evacuate support workers, but was not yet strong enough to cause companies to shut in production.

Shell Oil Co, Apache Corp, Anadarko Petroleum Corp said they were evacuating support workers primarily from western Gulf operations. BHP Billiton and BP Plc were evacuating support workers from central Gulf platforms.

The storm was expected to move through the southern and central Gulf through Thursday and approach the Texas coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

That path would take it near oil and gas operations in the western and west-central part of the Gulf, largely avoiding the biggest concentrations of production platforms south of New Orleans, but near several coastal refineries.

"If the weather continues to move toward our facilities, we are prepared to remove additional personnel and shut in production at that time," Anadarko said.

Oil traders were watching the storm develop, but said it was not yet having an impact on U.S. prices, which fell more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday due to a rise in crude oil stocks and weak economic data.

Wholesale gasoline differentials on the well-supplied Gulf Coast gained a penny per gallon, but traders said upsets at refineries in the region could have as much influence on prices as the storm.

"A move to the North or Northwest could prompt precautionary shut-ins of offshore production facilities, depending on its intensity, although it will need to strengthen rapidly to pose any threat to facilities," JP Morgan analyst Lawrence Eagles said in a note.

Other producers, including BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Mexico's state oil company Pemex said they were monitoring the storm.

The Gulf accounts for 29 percent of U.S. oil production and 13 percent of natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About 30 percent of U.S. natural gas processing plant capacity also lines the Gulf Coast, the EIA said.

Refiners along the Gulf Coast, home to 40 percent of the nation's refining capacity, were also watching the system.

The storm is being closely watched by the global insurance industry, which is on track for its worst year ever. Insurers and reinsurers have already lost more than $60 billion in 2011 on natural disasters, and a major U.S. hurricane landfall could become a market-changing event, letting insurance companies raise prices across the board after years of declines.

Those possibly facing the biggest short-term hit include domestic insurers such as Travelers, Allstate and Chubb - all of which have suffered huge tornado losses this year as well as reinsurers including Berkshire Hathaway

The NHC said the system was about 755 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, and moving toward the west-northwest at nearly 12 miles per hour (19 km/h).

The Texas coastal bend is the most heavily irrigated cotton area of the state. The crop's harvest is set to start in early August. A storm could damage the state's cotton production at a time when large parts of Texas have been baked by drought.

(Additional reporting by Anna Driver in Houston; Antonita Devotta, Ratul Ray Chaudhuri, Soma Das, Koustav Samanta and Naveen Arul in Bangalore; Mica Rosenberg in Mexico City; Rene Pastor and Ben Berkowitz in New York; Editing by Alden Bentley, Dale Hudson and Sofina Mirza-Reid)

Bagyong Juaning PAGASA Update July 28, 8 a.m.

PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 9 a.m., 28 July 2011

At 5:00 a.m. today, Tropical Storm "JUANING" has slightly re-intensified while over the West Philippine Sea.

Tropical Storm "Juaning" is estimated based on satellite and surface data at 240 km West Southwest of Laoag City (17.8�N, 118.1�E) with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Tropical Storm "Juaning" is moving West Northwest at 22 kph.


Thursday morning: "Juaning" is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 8 am to 10 am

Thursday afternoon: 440 km West of Laoag City

Friday morning: 680 km West of Laoag City or at 350 km Southeast of Hainan, China


Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds):

Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
La Union

Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals no. 2 & no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm "Juaning" will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring widespread rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides over the Rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

�Maria La Del Barrio� Heats Up the Rainy Season

ABS-CBN and Televisa proudly present a captivating tale of love that is sure to engage the hearts of every Kapamilya viewer this season!

Maria La Del Barrio� will feature two of the hottest stars in the industry today, Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, as they give life to the characters of Maria Hernandez and Luis Dela Vega.

Under the direction of Rory B. Quintos and Richard Somes, �Maria La Del Barrio� delve into the lives of Maria and Luis as they search for true love, even amidst their pasts and their conflicting present lives.

Sharing the limelight is Angel Aquino, who was part of the hit soap opera �Magkaribal. She will portray the role of Victoria Montenegro-Dela Vega, mother of Luis Fernando. Ian Veneracion plays as her husband who has a past with Assunta de Rossi who plays Maria�s mother.

Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas takes on a very special role as Casilda, Maria�s adoptive mother.

�Maria La Del Barrio� also serves as a comeback for Paw Diaz on the television scene. Paw, a batchmate of Erich and Arron Villaflor in Star Circle Quest, will portray Soraya�s character, the woman who will stand between Maria and Luis� romance. Arron, on the other hand, plays the role of Vladimir who has a soft spot in Maria�s heart.

Other cast members include Jake Roxas, Katya Santos, Gio Alvarez, Atoy Co, Jane Oineza, Badjie Mortiz and K Brosas.

Shot in scenic Tagaytay and Cavite, and with a script led by Denise O�Hara and Henry Quitain�s team, �Maria La Del Barrio� promises a whole new viewing experience. �Pinaghirapan po namin ang bawat eksena at mas pinaganda pa para mas lalo ninyong ma-enjoy ang panonood,� Erich expressed.

When I learned that I�ll be working with Erich again, sobrang natuwa ako siyempre. Masarap siyang katrabaho,� Enchong shared.

Witness how fate and love twist the life of Maria and Luis in �Maria La Del Barrio,� premiering on August 15 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

�Captain Barbell� Reveals Biggest Twist in the Show�s Finale this Friday

GMA-7's action-adventure series, Captain Barbell, promises a �heart-stopping finale� this Friday, July 29.

In the upcoming finale, tension reignites between Teng (Richard Gutierrez) and Gregor (TJ Trinidad) with Althea (Lovi Poe) caught in the middle of their dispute. Upon unleashing his rage at Captain Barbell, Gregor unexpectedly hurts his wife and risks the life of one of his colleagues. Captain Barbell, on the other hand, arrives at an important realization.

Captain Barbell also sets out to face another villain, Nero (Christopher de Leon), who has grown more powerful and evil than ever. Nero has transformed his entire body into iron and has added a cape to his armor. Will CB finally take down his strongest opponent and restore peace and order on earth?

Apart from living out his superhero duties, Captain Barbell faces a difficult decision as he tries to sort out his feelings for Althea and Anita (Michelle Madrigal). But just as he is about to make his choice, a starling twist suddenly unravels forcing him to choose between the woman he loves, and his responsibilities as a superhero.

Directed by Dominic Zapata, Captain Barbell reveals its biggest twist in the show�s finale on Friday, July 29, after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

NASCAR Prayer by Pastor Joe Nelms: Smokin Hot Wife, Goodyear Tires, Boogity Amen!

Baptist Pastor Joe Nelms lead the prayer during Saturday's Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300 NASCAR race in Nashville, Tennessee.

He began his prayer as one might expect any Pastor to begin a benediction, "Heavenly Father we thank you tonight for all your blessings," but then the prayer took a turn for the abnormal. "We want to thank you this night for these mighty machines that you've brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas and thank you for the Fords."

Nelms went on to thank his Heavenly Father for, among other things, "Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track," and Sunoco for its racing fuel.

Yet, the prayer didn't end there. The Pastor made sure to also thank God for his family, starting with, "my smokin' hot wife ... Lisa," and don't forget, "my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call the, 'The Little E's.'"

Nelms ended the prayer with a bang, shouting, "Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen!"

Watch the video below:

Nelms, who became an overnight internet sensation because of the said invocation, also received a negative attention from those who witnessed the event. But the Pastor stood by his actions.

In an interview on Sirius Satellite's radio show "Tradin' Paint," Nelms defended the invocation he gave:

"I don't want to do the cookie-cutter prayer. Not that we don't need to thank God for our military men and women � not that we don't desire safety for all of the of the officials, workers and drivers, we certainly don't want anything to happen to anybody out there. We need a safe race. But it's the same prayer week in and week out and I'm not sure anybody is even listening to it anymore. So I said, I want to get somebody's attention, so that's been our desire every time we've been up there, to try to make an impact on the fans and give them something they'll remember and maybe they'll go home on a Friday night or a Saturday night and say, 'Maybe I ought to get up and go to church in the morning.'" Nelms said.

Typhoon Juaning PAGASA Update July 27, 6 p.m.

PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 4 p.m., 27 July 2011

At 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm "JUANING" has slightly weakened as it interacted with the rugged terrain of Northern Luzon after it made landfall.

Tropical Storm "Juaning" is estimated based on satellite and surface data at 60 km Northeast of Baguio City (16.8�N, 121.1�E) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Tropical Storm "Juaning" is moving Northwest at 17 kph.


Wednesday night: Crossing Northern Luzon area

Thursday afternoon: 240 km West Northwest of Loaog City

Friday morning: 520 km West of Basco Batanes


Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds):

Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Mt. Province
La Union
Nueva Viscaya

Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds):

Nueva Ecija
Northern Quezon
Metro Manila

Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals no. 2 & no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm "Juaning" will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring widespread rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides over the Rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.