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  • “Are you Filipino?” Nicki Minaj asked the 17-year-old who had sauntered onto the "American Idol" stage during the Sudden Death elimination round in Last Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 21.

    “Yes, ma’am!” replied the teen, who was dressed in a flowy mullet skirt and sky-high heels.

    Latonio, a high school student of Anchorage’s East High School, sang Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and received a standing ovation from the judges.

    She was the last contestant called to occupy only 5 positions reserved that day for the female contingent of the competition. Five other female hopefuls were eliminated.

    Latonio said she was “relieved” when she made it as finalist.

    Adriana Latonio sings Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way"

    High praises from judges

    Idol judge Mariah Carey praised Latonio for taking on a “big song.”

    “I was really proud of you and really happy for you. That's Aretha Franklin. I really loved how you came through with your version of the song,” she said.

    Keith Urban was equally effusive, saying

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  • They ruled the box office, turned newbies into stars and stars into award winners.

    Many long retired from the scene, 11 of them have been coaxed out of hiatus or more lucrative teleserye directing jobs to make the (budgeted) movie of their dreams.

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    Last Feb. 15 the Film Development Council of the Philippines presented 10 of them to the press at Anabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City.

    Who’s on the list

    On hand were movie directors Romy Suzara, Gil Portes, Maryo J. de los Reyes, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, Mel Chionglo, Tikoy Aguiluz, Joel Lamangan, Jun Urbano and screenwriter and comedian Bibeth Orteza representing her husband Carlitos Siguion-Reyna.

    Directors Gil Portes, Maryo J. de los Reyes, Romy Suzara, Mel Chionglo, Joel Lamangan, Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes, Tikoy Aguiluz and Jun Urbano. (Photo courtesy of FDCP)

    Together with the absent Chito Roño, Elwood Perez and Jose Javier Reyes, these directors were chosen to showcase new work in this year’s 2013 Sining Pambansa National Film Festival.

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    Called the Masters Edition, the festival is providing a cash grant of

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  • OPM back on top, says Ogie

    Ogie Alcasid supports the new movement. (Photo by Adrian Arcega)Ogie Alcasid is a happy man.

    After a spell in which hits and concerts by foreign artists ruled, things seem to be turning around.

    “Kung hindi ninyo napapansin, ang namamayagpag ngayon sa bentahan ng CD...ang nagna-number one ngayon OPM,” Alcasid joyfully exclaimed. “Sa mga concert series, nanunumbalik na rin ang sigla ng mga manonood.”

    A new movement to support local music

    Yet Philippine music remains at a crossroads. It continues to face stiff competition from foreign artists—not to mention declining record sales.

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    So, there are two options: shape up or ship out.

    But of course, the latter is not an option. Not when things seem to be looking up.  (Nor if local music is on a downturn.)

    In light of this, various supporters of the local music industry have formed the OPM Means movement. The stakeholders include the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, of which Alcasid is president, as well as 7101 Music Nation and

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  • For a topnotch singer, perhaps nothing is more flattering than being praised by another talent of equal caliber.

    Balladeer Martin Nievera found himself in such a position after A-list singer Ogie Alcasid expressed his highest admiration for Martin’s voice.

    "He's the best… baritone voice I've heard," Ogie said in all seriousness during a press event just prior to the concert “Foursome,” which staged on Feb. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena and featured Martin and his estranged wife Pops Fernandez, and Ogie and wife Regine Velasquez.

    How they prepared

    Martin graciously acknowledged the compliment, in turn giving props to Ogie’s smooth singing style.

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    Pops, meanwhile, expressed how excited she was for the show. “The fact it is the first time na magkakasama kami sa concert," she said.

    Prior to complimenting Martin, Ogie deadpanned his reply when asked how they prepared for the show.

    "Democratic naman kami. Sinusunod lang namin kung

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  • Iwa Moto is three months pregnant, according to an online media report.

    On Sunday, a website reported that it had chanced upon Iwa with current boyfriend Pampi Lacson at a shopping center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and the actress showed her baby bump.

    Iwa was quoted as admitting that she is three months pregnant with Pampi’s child. Pampi is the estranged but legal husband of ABS-CBN star Jodi Sta. Maria, with whom he has a son, Thirdy. Iwa, meanwhile, is still married to former partner Mickey Ablan.

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    The sexy star refused to divulge further details, the report said.

    Pregnancy to be announced?

    I got in touch with Iwa’s handlers to confirm the report but they expressed regret that they were not authorized to make a statement. They, however, indicated that Iwa will announce her condition in the coming days.

    Ironically, it was Iwa who publicly charged Jodi last year of having an extramarital affair with Mickey.

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  • While everyone was busy sending out hearts and flowers and going out on special dates on Valentine’s Day eve, Kamikazee and Gloc-9 launched the video for a song they collaborated on during the set for the KamiQuesoHoundz tour  at 19 East in Parañaque last Feb. 13.

    The song “Kunwari” comes in time for election season.

    With a chorus that goes, “Ako, ako ang piliin niyo / ako lamang at wala na ngang iba / ang kasagutan sa lahat ng / kahirapan niyo, kunwari,” the song recaps the many campaign promises people have heard many times before.

    OPM aka Oh Promise Me

    It reminds listeners to choose wisely and not hold too much on words, but on promises.

    It is Kamikazee’s first collaboration with Gloc-9, who has worked before with other artists like Ebe Dancel and Parokya Ni Edgar.

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    The song also features  guest musicians such as Biboy Garcia of Queso and Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang and Razorback.

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  • She might have hinted it in interviews and gave pointed messages to those involved, but this is the first time on live television that Jinkee Pacquiao has addressed the issue directly.

    Perhaps it might have been just water under the bridge, but Jinkee just wanted to let it all out once and for all.

    On ABS-CBN’s “Kris TV” recently, Jinkee admitted that she had seriously dealt with husband Manny Pacquiao’s womanizing, which she said was a result of the former pound-for-pound champ’s fame and the influence of those who surround him.

    The downside of fame

    "Medyo lumiko lang (si Manny) ng ibang landas,” Jinkee said. “Minsan naiimpluwensiyahan ka ng pagiging famous mo. Hindi kasi 'yun ang dati mong buhay and then parang nabigla ka.”

    Manny, she said, was overwhelmed with the appreciation he was getting, especially from women.

    “Ang alam niya may gusto na sa kanya, so grab the opportunity, go. Kaya dumarami sila, actually," Jinkee emphasized.

    Associates acted as go-betweens

    She also revealed

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  • Psy performs with Ai Ai delas AlasGiven contracts and concert rules, will Pinay comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas ever get to perform together with Korean pop star Psy on the latter's Manila concert set tonight, 8 pm (Feb 16) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena?

    Or will she remain his front act?

    During a chat with the press to promote the concert Psy Live in Manila, the Comedy Concert Queen expressed hope she'd really be able to share the stage with the voice and figure behind the globally recognized ditty and dance step "Gangnam Style."

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    "Sana po makapagpa-picture ako sa kanya. Ngayon pa lang feeling ko ako si Madonna," she shared, referring to the famed performance that saw the legendary Queen of Pop do the Gangnam Style live with Psy.

    Sold-out Saturday

    The Psy concert, presented by That's Ntertainment Productions, Ovation Productions, and Music Management International, is being dubbed the Tanging Family Valentine Show. The title is a reference to Ai-Ai’s successful movie

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  • Are Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador’s physical confrontations in the top-rating drama “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” getting too real, given their rumored tiff?

    Kim and Maja taped a scene recently wherein their characters engaged in an intense fight, which had reportedly become too real for comfort.

    RELATED: Kim and Maja’s strained relationship

    The actresses allegedly ended up severely bruised after the hair-pulling, slapping and scratching that supposedly went beyond what was in the script.

    Weeping Kim said to have stormed out of set

    A news report cited a source claiming Kim stormed out of the set weeping after Maja had checked on her if she was alright, forcing the crew to pack up.

    The show's writers claim it was merely “part of the story” but they admitted they might have been “motivated” to do scene.

    The two had been the best of friends until reports and Instagram images of Maja spending a weekend getaway in Davao with Kim’s former boyfriend Gerald Anderson emerged.

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  • Kris Aquino in 'Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw' (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN)

    “Can I end this once and for all?”

    That was Kris Aquino finally addressing the matter concerning her controversial love scene with Robin Padilla that almost ended Robin’s two-year marriage with Mariel Rodriguez.

    What complicated the matter was not the actual scenes in the teleserye “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” but Robin’s past romance with Kris.

    The scenes depicted Robin and Kris in a Jacuzzi and a quick shot showing them lying in bed together. While they were just acting, their chemistry seemed so real, it prompted Mariel to give her wedding ring back to Robin.

    Understands where Mariel is coming from

    “I was also young. I was also immature. Pinagdaanan ko rin naman ‘yan before kaya inunawa ko na lang,” Kris said in a press conference of the 2013 season of “Pilipinas Got Talent” last Feb. 13, apparently referring to Mariel’s reaction to her scene with Robin.

    Robin has since reconciled with his wife, appearing on TV5’s noontime
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