Blog Posts by Karen Valeza

  • Kim Chiu cries over Xian Lim’s birthday surprise

    Kapamilya star Kim Chiu feels overwhelmed and grateful because onscreen partner Xian Lim and their friends gave her a surprise party in San Francisco, where they are doing a show.

    Kim, who turned 24 on Saturday, April 19, took to Instagram to share photos of the party.

    Balloons and birthday buntings

    "I don't know the right words to say how thankful i am for all your efforts for today/tonight guyz! Galing nyo!! didnt really know that theres a suprise sa room ko. thank you @titalerms and tito cesar for making this possible and for your presence parang nanay tatay ko na kayo kapag nandito ako sa states, to lester for decorating the entire room and to tita faye and ate luz for getting the keys sa front desk kahit bawal without my permission, to ate cherry thanks also miss u! and ofcourse to gelo,norby,nate," Kim posted on Friday, April 18.

    The series of photos the star of “Ikaw Lamang” posted showed her in tears as she stood before her round birthday cake.  Her hotel room was decorated with

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  • Celebrities take a Holy Week breather

    Celebrities with a tight schedule the whole year round took  advantage of the Holy Week break to reflect and relax with family and friends.

    Long-time couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera are in Japan, where they took photos  of Omotesando Hills, a popular shopping complex in Tokyo.

    Dingdong complemented Marian by posting,  “This woman never fails to effortlessly complement lenses, even when on vacation"  beside his girilfriend's photo.

    Sushi delight

    Iza Calzado is also in Japan with boyfriend Ben WintleIza Calzado and boyfriend Ben Wintle are also in Japan. Among the places they visited were Tsukiji market, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkakuji temple.

    "had the BEST sushi experience EVER last night thanks to Chef Kiminari Togawa, owner/chef of Sushi KARAKU in Ginza, who specializes in Edomae Sushi which basically means old school style of sushi making. My eyes were rolling when I had the Toro (fatty tuna) sushi but more so when he served the same tuna slightly seared. I think when I put that in my mouth, I died and went to sushi heaven. It

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  • K-pop stars pray for sunken ferry victims

    The tragedy that befell passengers of the sunken ferry in South Korea has sparked a wave of sympathy from K-pop stars, who are praying, not just for those aboard the  sea vessel, but for their bereaved families as well.

    The  ferry, which reportedly has 475 passengers,  among them 325 students, was on its way to Jeju Island when it capsized in the morning of Wednesday, April 16.  A total of 287 passengers are reportedly  missing, while eight are said to be dead. Reports say 179 passengers have been rescued.


    Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry


    K-pop stars took to social media to show their concern for the victims. The hashtag #prayforSouthKorea is still trending on Twitter.

    Singer-music producer Jay Park asked his followers to “pray for a miracle.”

    “Just heard about what happened.... So unfortunate everyone pray for a miracle.. Rip to the lost ones,” Jay posted.

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  • Noel Cabangon admits it's harder to sell albums these days

    Singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon admits modern technology is making it hard for him to sell albums,   especially to the tech-savvy generation. People can listen to or play a song with just one click of a mouse.  They don’t have to buy a CD anymore.

    Noel explained that this makes it very challenging to release an album of original songs.  And this is why some local singers are pressured to veer away from their personal style.

    Facebook survey

    "Sa generation na ito, mahirap magtulak ng isang bagong kanta. I think it really takes a lot of creativity. Mahirap na magtinda ngayon, kasi unang-una yung device na meron. CD is still there, but for the young people, no.”

    He added, "Some of them don't even know what a CD is. They know MP3, but with the modern technology, you can now just download or create your own playlist. You don't need to come up with an album. But iyon ang challenge doon, how to create a song. Parang ‘Gangnam,’ inulit niya (Psy) niya pero not as successful."

    Noel keeps up with the

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  • Jackie Rice wants projects, not fame

    Kapuso actress and former Starstruck contestant Jackie Rice wants to prove that she’s more than just a pretty face by winning acting recognitions someday.

    The star of Joel Lamangan’s indie film “Sitio Camcam” says, "Hindi ko pinangarap magbida, pero pinangarap ko magka-award. Iyon yung goal ko, magka-award. Dati kasi pagkatapos ng Starstruck, sinasabi nila na wala akong talent. So ngayon pinapatunayan ko na meron."

    ‘Ayaw ko ng pressure’

    Jackie cheers up a sick boy/NPPA ImagesJackie added that she is not after fame. She’s after sustainable work. That’s why Jackie doesn't mind playing support in "Inamorata," after portraying the lead in the action drama "Sisid."

    "Ayaw ko ng pressure, ayaw ko ng limelight. Gusto ko lang ng trabaho. Kailangan ko yung trabaho than fame. Hindi kaso sa akin kung ako yung bida dati or hindi. Nung tinanggap ko yung ‘Sisid,’ gusto ko lang siyang i-try, ayaw kong mag-bida. Maraming magandang nangyari nung tinanggap ko yung ‘Sisid,’ nakilala ko yung ospital. Marami akong na-inspire na tao, maraming

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