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Showbiz roundup: Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano engaged; 1st OPM Festival held; Kris defends PNoy from bashers

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Monday, 2 February 2015 - Last Updated on February 2, 2015
Fans enjoy the first OPM festival in the country.

Toni Gonzaga engagedIt’s official: Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano are engaged.

The announcement was made by the couple yesterday on ABS-CBN’s showbiz talk show, The Buzz. The two decided to reveal the news after Toni’s Home Sweetie Home co-star Sandy Andolong described the host as a fiancée in an Instagram post.

The couple of more than seven years are overjoyed and excited for what’s to come. “She has been such a great part of my life. A big blessing I’ve ever received. And I want to spend the rest of my life with her,” Direk Paul said on The Buzz.

Toni’s beau proposed to her right after her birthday, thirty minutes past midnight. It happened in the TV host’s home. Paul proposed to Toni in the presence of the latter’s parents and sister Alex. “It was quite an emotional moment,” he said.

“I just told her family, basically… I said, ‘I’m not gonna take her away from you guys. I’m actually here to join you guys if that’s possible,” the young director said. “This was one of those moments wherein you just have to cry. And I did. I got down on my knee and asked her if she’d marry me. She said yes. Halfway to the question nag-yes na siya.”

For her part, Toni admitted that she “haven’t been the best girlfriend to him” due to the restrictions imposed by her parents. She said, “I remember there were times when you would ask me, ‘For the past seven years, I was never a priority to your life. It has always been God, your family, your work and me. And I’ve accepted that.’ Kaya I always pray to God. Sabi ko, ‘Lord, kung darating na ‘yung time na mapagod na si Paul kasi hindi na niya kaya maghintay, kayo na bahala.’ (I said, ‘Lord, if the time comes when Paul has already gotten tired of waiting, let your will be done.’) But he really stayed and proved to me that true love waits. And he really waited for me.”

Toni and Paul are planning to get married this year.

‘Fusion 2015: The First Philippine Music Festival’ successfully held 

Fans enjoy the first OPM festival in the country.

Fans enjoy the first OPM festival in the country.

‘Fusion 2015: The First Philippine Music Festival,’ the biggest OPM festival in the country to date, rocked the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on Friday, January 30.

Organized by Carat Philippines, the musical extravaganza saw the country’s top artists come together such as Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, Andrew E, Gloc-9, Ebe Dancel, Tres Marias, Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almabis. Popular bands such as The Dawn, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Wolfgang, Sandwich and 6-cyclemind also graced the stage.

Carat CEO and ‘Fusion’ Project Director Gladys Basinillio says Fusion is “a movement for the next generation to patronize and promote OPM despite the foreign influences brought about by globalization.”

Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo performing together

Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo performing together

Netizens took to Facebook and Twitter to rave about the recently-concluded music festival. Here are some of their comments:

“Fusion Music Festival AKA The Most Epic 90’s Throwback Concert! IT. WAS. MASSIVE! Gary V, Sarah G., Bamboo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Andrew E., Parokya ni Edgar… and a whole frigging lot more! Even the rappers were awesome! And I don’t even like rap!” – Michael Alegre on Facebook

“@JustSarahG sings Ikot-Ikot at #Fusion2015. What kind of vocal cords do you have, our talented princess?!” – Jason Dawson Witte on Twitter

“Parokya ni Edgar on stage right now! 1:20am and we’re still rocking!” – Yassi Pressman on Twitter

According to the Manila Bulletin, Carat envisions the concert to become one of Asia’s most sought-after musical events, along the lines f the United States’s Coachella, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, Indonesia’s Java Jazz Fest and Malaysia’s Rainforest World Music Festival.

Kris defends PNoy from bashers

Kris Aquino's Instagram post which generated mixed comments from netizens.

Kris Aquino’s Instagram post which became about generated mixed comments from netizens.

When the 44 PNP-SAF troopers were slain in the Mamasapano mission last week, netizens could not help expressing their thoughts on the tragedy. And as the Head of State, President Noynoy Aquino was at the core of the criticisms.

Dubbed as the ‘presidential sister,’ Kris Aquino came to her brother’s rescue.

When criticisms about PNoy’s no-show at the arrival honors for the #fallen44 were rife, Kris took to Instagram in defense of her brother. In a repost of a photo of her and international singer Michael Buble last Friday, the actress-host said she had to “accept with steadfast courage all the anger” and endure the hard practice of “quiet dignity.” She added:

“…I taught myself that it’s not about me, that my pain is minuscule in comparison to the widows, mothers, fathers and brothers I spent quiet, private time with last night, when not one of them spoke to me harshly and blamed me in the way I had to endure from those who have the ability to post but not the will to do the actual good, when in actuality from those most hurting I received sincere appreciation even when I was so prepared for hatred…” – @beingkrisaquino

A flurry of comments followed soon after her post. A comment from a certain @therealmerea cited in an article at the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) urged Kris to comment on the matter, citing how donations requested for the fallen heroes’s surviving families might not go directly to them, as what happened with Yolanda victims. To this, Kris responded:

“@therealmerea I personally handed to the families, their wives, mothers, fathers and brothers my personal donation. I had the decency to not post about it. But I won’t put up with your misplaced hatred. And pwede talaga kong magsalita dahil personal akong nakiramay kagabi, nayakap ko yung mga byuda at sincere na tumulong na hindi binida kahit saan. But that’s the problem, by keeping quiet I give you the right to judge me w/o knowing my story.”

User @diosee07 also accused Aquino of being insensitive. To this, Kris reiterated how she stayed with the families until the wee hours in the morning and said: “Before you call me insensitive, know your facts. Wala akong pinost because had I shared our conversations sasabihan nyo kong epal. It was between the families & me.”

“Hate me & hate my family – wala na akong magagawa pero I’m not answerable to you, it’s to God & He sees my heart,” Kris said in another comment.

The photo, which generated mixed comments from netizens, has 1,792 comments as of the posting of this article.

*Photos from Toni Gonzaga and Kris Aquino’s Instagram accounts. Fusion 2015 photos courtesy of Michael Alegre. Some rights reserved. 

Edel V. Cayetano (98 Posts)

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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