Kris quits showbiz?

Thanks to BBM and Twitter, we found out Kris Aquino was once again live on primetime TV—and crying—just as James Yap had predicted in

“Nakita mo ba kung saan na ang mga ex ko ngayon? Wala nang mga career. Baka ganoon ang gawin ko sa’yo—isang iyak ko lang sa TV, maniniwala na sa akin yung mga tao.” — Kris Aquino’s alleged threat to James Yap

James’s side of the story is on Good luck reading that as the site has been slow this entire day.
Watch her side of the story HERE.

As for me, I had some Twitter fun trying to find out how others felt.
These were the best tweets of the day, IMO.

Kris quits showbiz

Storified by Cecile van Straten· Thu, Mar 21 2013 09:40:57

Kris Aquino crying on TV! James Yap did say she was going to do that.Frances Amper Sales
Am I hearing this correctly that #Kris #Aquino is tendering her resignation from ABSCBN? At her interview w/ Ted Failon now.Karen Olivia Jimeno
Good news: Kris Aquino quits showbiz!!! Thank God!!! #silverliningChicco Rodriguez
Kris Aquino. The entire nation will miss you on TV. Each day will be incomplete w/out you on our screens. @krisaquino214Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw™
Kris Aquino to quit showbiz……and I invented Post Its.Ivy Lisa Mendoza
OK, wait. Is Kiram still alive? Just making sure while everything else important in this country is on hold for Kris Aquino’s family issues.Atty. Mahal
‘This is not about James vs Kris.This about an ordinary father who wants to see his own child,’ James Yap’s lawyer,Lorna Kapunan,on @dzIQ990Phil. Daily Inquirer
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ongpauco, you could have had it worse. Count your blessings. Would you rather have Kris as your daughter?(NOT) Felipe Natanio
The more I think about it, bagay nga si Kris at Chiz.Carlos Conde
Years ago, when Kris Aquino uttered the words about Joey Marquez "I crushed his testicles, Korina" a star-turned-black hole has been born.The Glittery Glare
Once again, we are reminded that this is Kris Aquino’s world and we are all just living in it.Paige Occeñola

Don’t bring your knucklecase to Hong Kong

My friend Ginggay has a very interesting iPhone case called the knucklecase.
Made of aluminum, it comes in many colors.

Knuckle case

But don’t ever think of taking it to Hong Kong.
Ginggay was recently there en route to London. As her bag went through the airport’s transit security X-ray, Ginggay found herself being stopped when they saw something suspicious in her bag.
Upon inspection, they found the iPhone and knucklecase.

Ginggay was asked to step aside into the security desk. They took photos of the knucklecase, measured it and called the local police from the city. Within 15 minutes, six cops arrived.
Upon getting Ginggay’s info, the Chinese officials made calls to check if she had any criminal records in Hong Kong, which of course she didn’t. They did make a file on her.
When asked her why she was carrying a weapon, Ginggay said, “No, it’s a phone case. They asked me where I bought it and all, so I showed them the website on my Phone.”


“After some time chatting amongst themselves in Chinese, the pinaka boss of the police went up to me and said they didn’t find anything suspicious and handed the knucklecase to airport security,” she said.
Basically they were letting her go, but it was up to airport security to decide if she can take the knucklecase inside the plane.

Airport security said no. They took the knucklecase and gave Ginggay a receipt. They told her to proceed to the Cathay Pacific Service Desk and get instructions how to claim it on her trip back.
But Cathay said they didn’t know what to do in this case.
Meanwhile, 45 minutes had passed and Ginggay’s flight to London was already boarding. She told them to just forget about claiming it.
All this time, her husband Noel calmly looked over and didn’t interrupt. (Guys, take note.)
“He got kinda scared when the battalion of police came, but he kept out of it. He wanted to joke about it, but then you never joke around airport security, especially on foreign soil. It might make things worse, so he just stood there, looking on from a distance,” Ginggay said.

Ginggay and NOel
Ginggay and Noel dela Merced in Leicester Square: love this couple

“No they were not rude to me naman,” she added. “Besides I just cooperated, kept quiet, and answered questions only when asked. Moral of the story: just check it in or don’t bring it at all. I guess they let me go because I was just smiling, not making taray or pulling my weight around. Ands besides, I look so not suspicious.”

Note to self: Do NOT bring Vlieger & Vandam bag to Hong Kong.

Vlieger & Vandam

P.S. Knucklecases are on sale now on for a limited time only.

Meet the winners: Multiply’s Origination Awards

I think it’s amazing how Filipinos seem to have changed Multiply from a social networking to a leading e-commerce site in Southeast Asia. Well, at least I think the Filipinos did it.
Today, Multiply has over 5.5 million users. It’s where Filipinos feel comfortable buying and selling online—from fashion to gadgets and even food items—from over 130,000 merchants.
Multiply provides a venue for entrepreneurs, big and small, to compete in the online market without the shouldering big overhead expenses.

Multiply’s Origination Awards seeks to acknowledge the creativity and ingenuity of these Filipino entrepreneurs.
Recently, three local merchants were adjudged winners of the first Multiply Origination Awards.
For their excellence and creativity, the three merchants each received an online business package worth Php 200,000!
Mommy Patch’s handy and all-natural insect repellant Mommy Patch Anti-Mosquito Rescue Stick was awarded Most Original Mommy Management Idea.
Mommy Patch

Most Original Gourmand Idea went to World Fair Trade Asia’s Pineapple Vinegar, a fair-trade product made by a non-profit Christian organization.

Pineapple Vinegar

Manila Sole Shoes—or shoe soles made from recycled tires—won Most Original Fashion Forward Idea.

Manila Sole

Multiply Origination Awards also singled out outstanding merchants for special awards.
The Smart Money Innovation Award went to Soak Swimwear for the innovative development and marketing of its figure-friendly swimwear Cabo Feather Maillot.

Soak Swim Wear

Retailer Honey Baby, which sells infant headwear Hoot Hats, meanwhile, was given the People’s Choice Award for taking a photo studio accessory and transforming it into quirky and practical infant hats.
Hoot Hats

The winners of the Multiply Origination Awards were chosen by a panel of judges comprising experts in both entrepreneurship and e-commerce, including Go Negosyo Founder and RFM President and CEO Joey Concepcion, Co-Founder and Managing Director RJ David, SAVP for BDO’s E-Commerce Consumer Lending Group Cofa Gutierrez, Multiply Philippines Country Manager Jack Madrid, and Cecile Van Straten of :)
To know more about Multiply Origination and its winners, go to

Privato Tower: New Kid on the Block

One good sign of an improving economy is a robust real estate industry. And contributing to this boom is the newest landmark to rise in the Ortigas-Pasig block—Privato Tower by Green Asia Real Estate.
To be professionally managed by Enderun Hospitality, Privato is a hotel where investors can purchase a unit and be part of the rental revenue’s profit.
“Whether it is your specific unit that was occupied or not, you will still receive 70% of the hotel’s generated income. No monthly dues. No repair or maintenance concerns. Plus free renovation every five years,” promises Green Asia’s President & CEO Gab Perez.
“In short, it’s not just a condo unit you’re buying but a hassle-free, self-liquidating rental asset.”

Privato Enderun Signing
L-R: Enderun’s Jack Tuason, Green Asia’s President and CEO Gab Perez, Mabuhay Awards’ 2012 Hotelier of the Year, Mr. Bobby Horrigan

Having officially topped-off, Privato is in full gear to launch this 2013.
“Now that we’re moving onto the next stage of construction, we very excited to execute the designs of some of the best practitioners in Philippine Architecture,” said Perez.

Privato Tower
Progress photo taken last March 7, 2013

Privato’s lead architect is Casas+Architects, who are also behind some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.


It is strategically located along Pasig City’s Shaw Boulevard, by the main Shaw rotunda and across the Ynares Sports Center.
Privato Vicinty map

Interiors are designed by London-trained Architect Juan Carlo Calma, including a rooftop bar with a sweeping view of the metropolis.

Privato Rooftop Bar

Amenities include two ballrooms, six function rooms, a gym, rooftop swimming pool, coffee lounge, and all-day dining.

Privato Swimming Pool
Privato pool

Architect J. Antonio Mendoza, who did People’s Palace, Sala Bistro, and Aria, gives his signature crisp and clean design to Privato’s all-day dining area.
Privato’s Banquets and Cafe will be operated by the Romulo Group, which is also behind the Romulo Café and Cerchio chain of restaurants.

Privato Restaurant 2

“With Privato, we try to revolutionize not just the standards of construction but also the multi-faceted qualities of a sound and savvy investment. By having a self-paying asset, all you will have to do is wait for your dividends without having to lift a finger,” said Perez.

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