Shooting for Joel ‘Tesdaman’ Villanueva’s dreams

There were three-point shots, breakaway dunks and no-look passes to the hoop in the highly entertaining Shoot for your Dreams featuring Philippine basketball’s legends and showbiz personalities in a benefit basketball game for Joel ‘TESDAMAN’ Villanueva.

Villanueva is running for senator under the administration coalition in the May 2016 elections.

“This is our way of helping Joel Villanueva become senator, we know he will be a good one,” former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star Jerry Codinera said after the match at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Villanueva thanked his friends for their initiative.

“There was real good camaraderie. Everyone had fun. The game was fair and gave everybody his fighting chance. Hopefully, we see these happening in the upcoming election,” he said.

“Like facing a tough basketball match, I prepare hard and pray harder for this election. It’s game on!” Villanueva added.

The game matched the All Star Team against the Team Trabaho. Villanueva played for the Team Trabaho. The All Star Team, coached by BeaujingAcot, was composed of LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, ZanjoeMarudo, Rayver Cruz, Jason Abalos, Eduardo Daquioag, Jervy Cruz, Jericho Cruz, and Antipolo City Mayor CasimiroYnares III.

Signing up for the Team Trabaho were Jerry Codinera, Marlou Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes, Bal David, Rodney Santos, Bobby Jose, Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarrientos, Noli Tocsin and Joel Villanueva. Known to many, Villanueva is a basketball fan and plays the sport himself.

He was a member of the Philippine National Team that competed in Taiwan and Malaysia in 1995. He also played for the UST Tigers when it bagged the championship of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 1994.

When he was in TESDA, he always finds time to be in the court with the employees. At home, he also plays the hoops with his kids, Jaden and Gwyn. Villanueva headed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as Director General with a Cabinet Secretary rank from 2010 to 2015, bringing to new heights technical vocational education in the country, and making it the youth’s vehicle towards employment.

Prior to his post at the TESDA, he was a member of Congress for nine years as representative of the partylist Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)


Heart wants to enroll at the UP College of Fine Arts

Despite her success as an artist given the number of exhibits she already had, Heart Evangelista wants to have a formal education in fine arts to widen her knowledge of the arts.

During a chit chat, she mentioned that she wants to enroll at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. 

Her yearning to acquire higher education is due to her husband’s motivation for her to learn the ropes of the field she wants to excel in

“Talagang pinupukpok nya ko. Nung isang araw lang sabi nya kelan ka na pupunta sa college endeavor mo. Motivator ko yan. Super smart, super galing,” Heart says proudly.

But since she is busy with a lot of things these days, her return to formal education is being delayed.

“I still have to plan it out. I talked to Fine Arts and they said that since I havean exhibit it will hold me from pursuing a degree or it will get so much of my time. The result would be that I could no longer hold exhibitions because I have to write essays or study,” says Heart.

In the meantime, Chiz is very supportive of Heart’s endeavors even if he, himself, is busy with his campaign as vice-presidential aspirant to Grace Poe’s presidential bid.

“Very supportive sya sa trabaho ko, sapagpi-paint ko. Mahilig syang bumili ng canvas tapos ipapagawa nya sakin.Bumili syang canvas na speaker na, bluetooth na sya. Actually, sya yung mga nakakaisip ng mga ibang ideas na pwedekong gawin,” Heart shares. 

Grace Poe savors Susan Roces’ advice

Thanking his adoptive parents, Senator Grace Poe said they raised her the way they wanted their own daughter to be. And that for her is more important even if she continues to look for her biological parents.  

Poe said she doesn’t feel regretful that she is a foundling because she was raised to be a good person by Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces.

“The values I have learned from my parents make me who I am,” Grace told members of the press during an interview.

In her political journey, Susan Roces never forgets to remind Grace that the interest of the people should be first in her list of priorities.

“What my mom always says is‘you should have a purpose greater than yourself.’ My mom and also my dad applied this in their lives,” added Grace.

She thinks that this was their secret why they remained “King and Queen” of Philippine movies for many years.“They worked not because they wanted to be in showbiz but because they have to help the families of the people working in the business and they became successful,” Grace said.


Topics: Joel Villanueva , Tesda man , Grace Poe , Heart Evangelista
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