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(LOOK) Celebs arrive at Star Magic Ball 2016

The biggest and most glamorous gathering of Kapamilya stars has officially begun. The Star Magic Ball 2016 kicked off at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel Saturday evening, October 22. Among celebrities gracing the red carpet are Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Zanjoe Marudo, Angelica Panganiban, Dawn Zulueta, Maja Salvador, Gerald Anderson, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola, among others. Top Kapamilya love teams who are at the event include KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla), LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil), DanRich (Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales), NLex (Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad), McLisse (McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson). ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak and Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio also attended. Senator Grace Poe is also seen at the event accompanied by her husband Neil Llamanzares. [View the story "#STARMAGICBALL2016" on Storify]

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(LOOK) Dating invite lessons from KimXi

Want to impress a prospective date to get her sweet, resounding yes? Take a page from Kim Chiu and Xian Lim’s playbook. The Kapamilya actor invited his onscreen partner to the annual Star Magic Ball in a sweet and creative way. Lim put up a huge banner in front of Chiu’s house emblazoned with the question: “Will you be my date?” The actress shared photos of Lim’s surprise on her Instagram account. “Thank you, Mr. Right! A for effort sa pa-banner and paggulat sakin ng tanghaling tapat!” Chiu captioned in one of her posts. A photo posted by Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (@chinitaprincess) on Oct 21, 2016 at 5:26am PDT “still... he never fails to surprise! thank you!!!” she captioned the other post showing Lim’s banner, which basically translates to affirming the invite. A photo posted by Kimberly Sue …

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‘AlDub’ tie the knot

AlDub magic does it again. The on-screen romance of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza culminated Saturday, October 22 in a noontime nuptial on Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye, sending fans abuzz online. The couple, who started out exchanging sweet “dubsmashes” via split screen, exchanged I Dos and had their vows sealed with a kiss in a star-studded ceremony at the Christ the King Church in Quezon City. Fans of the phenomenal love team trended the hashtag #AldubWedding to celebrate the reel life couple’s milestone. The hashtag was tweeted more then five million times as of posting. The AlDub nation was emotional and overjoyed seeing their favorite pair get “married” on national TV. [View the story "#AldubWedding" on Storify] The wedding was attended by EB dabarkads led by Vic and Pauleen Luna-Sotto, Pia Guanio and Ryan Agoncillo. Vic portrayed Maine’s dad, …

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JC de Vera, Laila Ulao mark career milestone at QCinema 2016

It’s sweet triumph for JC de Vera and Laila Ulao who each won their first acting award at the QCinema International Film Festival 2016 held Oct. 19. JC won as Best Actor for his performance as gay inmate in “Best. Partee. Ever.” Laila, on the other hand, bagged the Best Actress trophy for her performance in “Women Of The Weeping River.” “Parang mas nervous yata (ako) ngayon talaga, hindi ako makapagsalita. Very overwhelmed lang ako. Lahat itong hirap ko doon sa loob ng jail, ’yung 30 seconds na kiss, nag-pay off siya,” JC told reporters shortly after receiving his award. “Best. Partee. Ever.” is even more memorable for JC being his first indie film where he plays his first gay role ever. “Lahat siya surprise. Ito talaga very unexpected. Never ko naisip na darating …

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Social media influencers cross over to cable TV

Cable channel StarWorld has launched a lineup of local content featuring social media personalities who will share tips on their points of expertise. Presented in capsule form, these will be interspersed with their top-rated shows such as “The Voice” and “Masterchef,” which Charo Espedido, Marketing and Programming Head of Fox Networks Group (FNG), describes as continuing to deliver strong numbers. “Our newest local production is called ‘She Said Yes!’ It is a show about the best Philippine weddings. With three episodes in, it also grows its audience every week. It seems as if music, food and love are the formula to success.” Fashion is another pillar of StarWorld. She recounts there was an opportunity to get access to the Paris, Milan and London Fashion Weeks through Ingrid Chua of The Bag Hag Diaries. “It …

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The plot thickens

The moment Pretty Actress (PA) learned Gutsy Nemesis (GN) was in trouble, she sent food, clothes, and even toiletries. But wait – didn’t GN hurt PA just recently? The root of their rift was GN’s, er, “inability” to resist the charms of Appealing Actor (AA). When PA found enough evidence linking GN and AA, who denied it anyway, she dropped him cold. But it was not a happy ending even for GN and AA. They eventually parted ways too. It was then that PA sent GN the stuff. Kibitzers now wonder if the generosity was PA’s way of making GN feel guilty for what the latter did. There’s also this rumor that PA might have had a hand in tipping off GN’s most recent, damning (?) “operations.”   • • • Best of both worlds? Just when …

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Nathalie Hart wins Best Actress at Manhattan filmfest

Fil-Australian actress Nathalie Hart won Best Actress at the recently concluded Philippines International Film Festival held in New York. Natalie won the award for her role in BG International Productions' "Siphayo," directed by the multi-awarded Joel Lamangan. The actress, (formerly called Princess Snell when she was GMA-7 "Starstruck" Avenger) upped the ante for "Siphayo" agreeing to do nude scenes. She admitted it wasn't easy. "Nu'ng sinabi sa akin ni direk Joel na frontal nudity ang kailangan niya sa akin, kabadong-kabado po ako. Pero after reading the script, hindi na ako nagdalawang-isip," Nathalie said. "I was shocked but very excited with my role. It's really a role of a lifetime. As Alice, I'm complex, manipulative, very sexy and unpredictable." Nathalie has several explicit love scenes in the movie as well. Joel shared Nathalie had a hard time adjusting …

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Five years in the making, a lifetime to achieve

Elmo Magalona has set a bar that’s not only high for himself, but for any aspiring Pinoy artist: To equal the success of his father, the late Master Rapper Francis Magalona. “We all want to achieve our dreams and I really do hope na ma-achieve ko ’yung dream ko, ’yung mapantayan ko ’yung naabot na success ni Papa,” the singer-actor said in a recent interview. Elmo pointed out that his dad not only pioneered rap in the Philippines, but a subgenre of hip hop, too. “Pinagsama niya ’yung pagiging makabayan niya sa hip hop kaya in that point parang nakabuo siya ng sarili niyang genre,” he said. “Kahit na sinasabi sa kanya na hindi ito accepted (back then), ginawa pa rin niya ’yung tingin niya sa puso niya na tama for him.” The young …

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How to be Gee

From dancing to acting, hosting and even cooking, TV and online personality Gee Canlas continues to prove her mettle as a Jane-of-all-trades. The Communication Arts graduate from Miriam College started as dancer for the hip-hop group Philippine All-Stars. She was also previously known as Speedy Gee because of her ability to speak really fast. Gee has hosted “Music Uplate” and “Pilipinas Win na Win,” but is now more known as comedian following stints on “Loko Mo Ko High,” “I Laugh Sabado” and “A1 Ko Sa’yo.” “I feel na I can never be just one thing,” she said in an interview. “I like being productive. Gusto ko na parating natututo.” The multi-hyphenate star idolizes Emma Stone, who can be both sexy and funny; as well as Tina Fey, whom Gee finds “charming.” Cool on competition Gee is …

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Astley never stops appreciating ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Astley exiled himself from music for a good part of the last three decades, but he never really left pop's consciousness. For one, hits like "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "It Would Take A Strong Strong Man," derided by critics as cheesy at the time, have endured. Then there's the whole rick-rolling phenomenon — when a promised link on a web site turns out instead to be an Astley video. At first, Astley was annoyed by rick-rolling. Then his daughter helped him realize that it was cool — and that it helped boost his profile during his fallow years by keeping his boyish face in ours. He's even more appreciative now as he releases "50," his first album of new music in 23 years. "The idea of me …

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