President Manuel A. Roxas honored in Anthony Castelo’s music video

The Philippine’s fifth President, Manuel A. Roxas, and the nation will be honored in singer-composer Anthony Castelo’s upcoming music video entitled “Manuel Roxas, A Prophesy Fulfilled” dedicated to the closing of the State of Israel’s “Thank you, Philippines” celebration on May 4, Israel’s 68th National Day.

 “It will be recalled that on November 29, 1947, it was the Philippines with Roxas as sitting President plus two other countries, that provided the swing vote that paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel in the United Nations under U.N. Resolution 181, also known as The Partition of Palestine in fulfillment of Biblical prophesy of thousands of years ago”, Castelo explained.

Balladeer and composer  Anthony Castello
 “Under extreme pressure from two opposing camps, those for and against Israel, Roxas decided to go God’s way. With this important act and crucial role in helping seal the establishment and birth of the ‘Promise Land’, I believe Roxas and the Philippines have found favor in God’s eyes”, Castelo stressed, citing God’s promise to His original chosen people in Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”

Castelo also believes that there’s a spiritual umbilical cord between the Philippines and Israel. And that God has a clear promise to those like Roxas and the Philippines who have been obedient to Him - that these blessings extend to families, communities and nations – continuing from generation to generation. President Manuel A. Roxas is the father of former Senator Gerry Roxas and grandfather of Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

With Castelo’s popular recording and composition, “DakilangLahi” as music bed, the singer and his production team will attempt to recapture this dramatic period in world history using photos and films from the 1940’s to complete the music-video produced by DakilangLahi Foundation headed by Castelo himself.


Chiz’s twins turned animal lovers

Heart Evangelista’s influence on her husband’s twins – Chesi and Quino – is palpable in their love for animals.

Heart is a spokesman of Philippine Animal Welfare Society or PAWS.

Very often, she earns the praise of netizens for adopting dogs and cats and bringing them home and later on she finds individuals willing to take the animals as their own.

“Gusto ko kasi magpulot ng mga pusa. Eh sa bahay ko po para akong may nursery, marami akong mga alagang kuting na pinapaalagaan ko,” the actress said.

The cats and dogs she found and looking after them have bonded her and the twins closer.

 “So, yung mga bata, nung umpisa medyo naiilang sila na may mga pusa, aso ganyan. Pero ngayon, natuto na rin silang maging animal-lover katulad ko. Kaya para kaming may mga alaga na bata rin na ipinapa-adopt namin. So yun nilalaro lang namin yung mga aso, lalo na ngayon na busy si Chiz at ako minsan nasa bahay ako. Kami talaga yung nagbaba-bonding,” Heart said.

Aside from taking care of their pets at home, Chesi and Quino have started liking the idea of cooking, and the three of them love it when they cook.

 “Para lang kaming may science project sa kusina kasi first time lang nilang magluto ng lasagna so para rin kaming nag-e-experiment. Ang fun lang,” Heart added.


Asia’s Songbird celebrates birthday in ‘Sarap Diva’

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, also known as Asia’s Songbird or just Songbird, is celebrating her birthday today in her talk/musical/variety show, Sarap Diva. 

“Sarap Diva” host Regine Velasquez with friends
Guess who is dropping by on the set of the show to give her a special birthday treat?

Marian Rivera-Dantes, that’s who.

Don’t miss the show as it demonstrates how to make Spanish-style tapas following a vey simple recipe that results to a yummy dish. Audience at home can easily follow this.

Regine’s “beki” friends will also join her for the celebration and offer her a special tribute singing contest.

The children in the primetime series Poor Señorita in which Regine is the lead star will also have a very special participation in the celebration.

Sarap Diva airs Saturday mornings on GMA 7. Don’t miss it.


‘Barangay Love Stories’ now on podcast

Reminisce over the captivating real life stories of love and hope anytime, anywhere, as Barangay Love Stories, the no. 1 program on GMA’s flagship FM radio station Barangay LS 97.1, is now on podcast.

LS 97.1’s Papa Dudut hosts Barangay Love Stories podcast
Since the show began in 2009, it has put its listeners in the spotlight and has captured the hearts of a nationwide audience with its host and resident storyteller, Papa Dudut, interpreting the letters sent in by listeners.

Each episode brings to life the stories of individuals looking to share their experiences, while also relating life lessons to the show’s avid listeners.

With Barangay Love Stories now available online, the show reaches out to a wider audience who can now relive the joy, the kilig, the heartaches and the lessons from past episodes straight on their mobile phones.

Hear interesting stories and new episodes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays on Barangay LS 97.1. 

Meanwhile, previously aired stories are available on podcast by searching Barangay Love Stories on podcast apps on both iOS and Android devices. 


Hydrate with a refreshing twist

Here’s a new way to hydrate this summer: Vita Coco, the no.1 packaged coconut water brand in the US and the world, has launched its newest variant that combines the delightful goodness of pineapple and the healthy benefits of coconut water – Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water with Pineapple. 

Officials from Century Pacific Food Inc., distributor of Vita Coco Pineapple
The new variant was officially launched in a fun and sexy Brazilian carnival-themed party at the Palace Pool Club in Manila. The celebration was attended by celebrities and fashionable people, all looking for the coolest, healthiest and fastest way to rehydrate and quench their thirst.

Guests swear it’s the perfect summer drink that’s bursting with the natural sweetness of pineapple and the refreshing purity of coconut. This low-calorie and fat-free drink is loaded with vitamin C, naturally occurring antioxidants, and valuable electrolytes like potassium, making it an essential to those looking to enjoy those long summer days and hot summer nights.  Take it anywhere you go—from fabulous beach parties to mountain peaks with stunning views, or even to the nearest swimming pool.

One of the dancers at sexy Brazilian carnival-themed party at the Palace Pool Club
Born on the beaches of Brazil and sold in the US, Vita Coco is the number one brand of coconut water loved by Hollywood celebrities, athletes, fitness gurus, and beauty experts around the world. 

Manufactured and distributed in the Philippines by Century Pacific Food Inc., Vita Coco Pineapple is available at leading convenience stores and supermarkets nationwide. For more information, visit or 


Topics: singer and composer , Anthony Castelo , vita coco , sarap diva , regine velasquez , baranggay love stories
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