(Showbiz round-up) Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Manila concert, a hit; ‘On The Wings of Love’ ends on a high note

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Sunday, 28 February 2016 - Last Updated on March 4, 2016
Photo screenshot courtesy of user @iamredboi's Instagram account

Photo screenshot courtesy of user @iamredboi’s Instagram account

“Queen of Pop” Madonna successfully held her 3-day concert, ‘Rebel Heart Tour,’ on February 24 to 26 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

“Visually dazzling, memorable and full of energy,” as The Rappler described it, the concert paid witness to surprises and performances that only the iconic superstar could deliver.

Defiant and unapologetic, Madonna delivered show-stopping performances that made her fans go gaga. She arrived onstage in a glittering cage as she opened the show with ‘Iconic.’ She also paid tribute to the People Power Revolution which was celebrated on the second day of her concert, following it with a heartfelt performance of the anthemic “Crazy for You” to which fans happily sang along.

Madonna showed that she did her homework when she referenced to how Filipinos fought for their freedom 30 years ago, further describing it as “a revolution of love… and that is what the rebel heart fights for.”

Madonna also threw a bouquet to a lucky fan while she sang ‘Like a Virgin’. In the tailend of the grand spectacle, she plucked another lucky female fan to dance with her during “Unapologetic Bitch.” This fan received a banana as a “prize.”

Madonna drew controversy, though, when she draped herself with the Philippine flag while performing “Holiday” for her encore. In the past, she has also wrapped herself in the flags of Hong Kong and Canada without drawing outrage or penalties. She caused a stir, though, when she did the same with an old Kuomintang flag in Taiwan.

The Queen of Pop also took time to visit orphans and street children seeking refuge at Bahay Tuluyan days before her concert.


‘On The Wings of Love’ ends on a high note

Photo screenshot courtesy of Nice Print Photo's Instagram account

Photo screenshot courtesy of Nice Print Photo’s Instagram account

Clark and Leah get their happily-ever-after as ABS-CBN’s “On the Wings of Love” (OTWOL) aired its finale on Friday, February 26.

Dubbed #OTWOLTheLastFlight, the finale showed Clark (James Reid) and Lea (Nadine Lustre) exchanging their ‘I Dos’ in a beautiful wedding – a stark contrast to their first one, a civil wedding which was done out of necessity.

Fans, who call themselves OTWOListas, watched the finale of the top-rating TV series at the Ynares Sports Complex in Antipolo City. After the newlyweds walked the aisle and bade goodbye at the reception, the love team-turned-real-life-couple made a special appearance at the stadium much to everyone’s delight, blurring the lines of remaining in character and being drawn to each other for real. The two looked exquisite and all over each other as they wore the same outfits they had on during the finale.

After performing a duet of the series’s theme song, “On The Wings Of Love,” JaDine shared a kiss.

The pair thanked their fans for supporting their show which turned out to be “a rollercoaster ride,” as Lustre described it.

The final episode, which became a trending topic on Twitter with some 4 million views, was aired simultaneously in Middle East, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada and US via The Filipino Channel (TFC), as well as its live streaming counterpart.

Some of the highlights of the finale episode include the revelation that the Clark and Lea have actually met when they were little, the wedding preparations beautifully set to their friend Rico’s (Jose Miguel Severo) love poem titled ’10 Bagay na Naturo Sa Akin Ng Pag-ibig,’ the touching wedding vows (which Director Antonette Jadaone revealed to be co-written by James Reid himself), a glimpse of their honeymoon and married life in San Francisco.

The romantic comedy series first aired on August 10, 2015 and followed the story of Clark Medina (Reid), a stubborn, heart-broken American boy and Lea Olivar (Lustre), a family-oriented girl with an American dream. The two strangers agree to get married with the help of Clark’s aunt, Jack (Cherry Pie Picache) to help Lea get a green card and money for Clark.


James Yap’s Italian girlfriend is pregnant

Photo screenshot courtesy of Michela Cazzola's Instagram account

Photo screenshot courtesy of Michela Cazzola’s Instagram account

James Yap is going to be a father for the third time after her Italian girlfriend, Michela Cazzola, confirmed that she is 4 months pregnant.

Cazzola confirmed the news in an interview with Philippine Star’s Ricky Lo last Thursday which was published on Thursday, February 25. She is scheduled to give birth either July or August in the Philippines.

The couple has been in a relationship for four years, having met way back in 2012.

James Yap, who is a cager for the Star Hotshots in the PBA, has a child from his then non-showbiz girlfriend and a son, Bimby, with Kris Aquino.

When the news broke, the presidential tried to keep mum about the issue, but took to Instagram after netizens bombarded her with questions. Posting a selfie with her son, she captioned her photo: “I read some of your comments, the proper thing for me to do is just keep quiet. Bimb’s okay & that’s what matters to me.”

Bimby is Kris’s only child to ex-husband James Yap. Their marriage was annulled in 2012.

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Edel Cayetano tells stories for a living, but she thrives on being a wife and hands-on mom to her 1-year old daughter. She loves reading, watching indie films, hoarding notebooks and "believing in as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

About Edel V. Cayetano

Edel Cayetano tells stories for a living, but she thrives on being a wife and hands-on mom to her 1-year old daughter. She loves reading, watching indie films, hoarding notebooks and "believing in as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

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