The terrifying 45 minutes Onboard Qantas

MANILA, Philippines—From a stopover in Hong Kong, Qantas Airways flight QF-30 is roughly an hour into its mid-morning flight to Melbourne and the cabin crew is starting breakfast service to some 346 passengers on Friday morning.

Then, as the plane cruises at 29,000 feet, there is a sudden loud noise.

Here is a brief chronology of the dramatic mid-air mishap:

10:30 a.m. An unexplained bang leaves a gaping hole on the jumbo jet’s right side, depressurizing the cabin mid-flight. Then a roughly 10-minute rollercoaster ride follows for the 365 passengers and crew onboard the Melbourne-bound plane.

10:40 a.m. While strapped to a seat 10 rows away from where debris gusts through, passenger Marina Scaffidi feels the plane re-stabilizing. The pilot announces there has been depressurization and that the flight is seeking shelter in Manila. (more…)


2 comments July 26, 2008

Why Dolphy broke up with Alma



Now, it is being told the way it happened — that is, why Dolphy broke up with Alma Moreno, mother of his son Vandolf. I know that back then, in 1988 when it happened, all kinds of versions came out, by and from different sources, but Dolphy kept mum. Until now.

In the book Hindi Ko Ito Narating Ng Mag-Isa as told to Bibeth Orteza, launched Wednesday night at The Fort, Dolphy is finally telling all. It’s a pity that Alma, whom close friends call Ness (from Venesa), was the only woman in Dolphy’s life who refused to be interviewed for the book, saying in a TV interview that she didn’t want “to tell a lie” (whatever she meant). She could have balanced things by telling her own story.


Anyway, I am printing the portion where Dolphy talks about his romance with Alma. (Thanks to Eric Quizon, Dolphy’s son who published the book as a tribute to his dad’s 80th birthday yesterday, July 25, for giving me the go-signal). (more…)

2 comments July 26, 2008

Rosanna Roces raises hell at off-track betting station

Rosanna Roces raises hell at off-track betting station

Rosanna Roces’s winning money turned into dust after an off-track betting station in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, refused to hand her the P20,000 for failing to properly place a bet on a winning horse.

An aggravated Rosanna Roces berated and mocked a teller of an off-track betting station located in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, after she failed to collect her supposed winning money.

According to GMA News, the former sexy star was fuming mad after the teller identified as Letty Labay failed to register her bet on what turned out to be the winning horse. Rosanna, who is also known as Osang, could have won a handsome amount of P20,000. (more…)

Add a comment April 11, 2008

Utol ni Hero, pumapel na naman

May nakarating na kuwento sa akin na nairita ang staff ng Dyesebel sa pakikialam na naman daw ng kapatid ni Hero Angeles na si Henry.

May ilang detalye raw sa partisipasyon ni Hero sa bagong telefantasya ng GMA 7 na gustong malaman ni Henry.

Ang ikinairita ng ilang staff, ang daming demands daw nitong Henry para kay Hero gayung hindi ito bida sa Dyesebel. (more…)

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Ate Vi, may alok kay Boyet

NANG huli naming makausap ang lady governor ng Batangas na si Vilma Santos, pinaghahanda niya ang paboritong leading man na si Christopher “Boyet” de Leon para sa isang tungkuling pinaniniwalaan niyang hindi nito mapahihindian.

Magugunitang ang dalawang de kalibreng artistang ito ay magkasabay na kumandidato sa panlalawigang posisyon noong nakaraang eleksyon.

Si Ate Vi, tumakbo bilang gobernador ng administrasyon at si Boyet naman, nagbakasakali bilang bise gobernador sa ilalim ng bandila ng oposisyon. (more…)

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Sheryl gustong bumalik sa Siyete

May isa kaming source na nagsabi sa amin, mukhang lumalapit daw at ulit sa GMA 7 si Sheryl Cruz at humihingi ng panibagong project. Maganda na sana ang tayo ni-ya noon sa Channel 7, nabibigyan naman siya ng trabaho. Kaso lang, hindi siya nakuntento at nang alukin siya ng ABS-CBN, nag-mamadali siyang lumipat.

Dahil wala naman siyang kontrata, okey lang iyon sa Channel 7. Nagkataon namang hindi naging maganda ang paglipat niya sa Channel 2 kaya gusto niyang bumalik. (more…)

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Charice Pempengco to guest in “Oprah” in May

Charice Pempengco to guest in

“Mayroon po akong guesting sa Oprah. Tapos na po akong kumanta para sa isa pong episode ng Oprah,” confirms Charice Pempengco when asked about her reported appearance in the highest-rating American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show.

There is no stopping 14-year-old Charice Pempengco from becoming a global singing sensation. From Korea to the U.S. to London, Charice has returned to the United States as guest in the highest-rating talk show Oprah, hosted by media superstar Oprah Winfrey. (more…)

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TV Ratings: “Maria Flordeluna” still tops NUTAM finale episodes; “Marimar” in second

ABS-CBN’s Maria Flordeluna still holds the top spot in the NUTAM Top Finale Episodes for 2007 to 2008; followed by Marimar, Lastikman, Sana Maulit Muli, and Pangarap Na Bituin.

During the course of its phenomenal run, the local adaptation of the Mexican hit telenovela Marimar managed to shatter rating records. Aside from consistently dominating the primetime block, the show topbilled by Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes surpassed the longstanding record set by GMA-7’s fantaserye, Darna. (more…)

Add a comment April 11, 2008

Gabby Conception and Lolit Solis finally meet each other

Gabby Concepcion and Lolit Solis finally meet each other

Gabby Concepcion and his former manager, Lolit Solis, finally saw each other yesterday, April 9, after the actor’s homecoming.

At his first presscon after his homecoming, former ‘80s matinee idol Gabby Concepcion mentioned former manager Lolit Solis as one of the three persons he misses most in the Philippines—next to his father and mother. (more…)

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KC Concepcion wants to keep details involving “Papa” Gabby private

KC Concepcion wants to keep details involving

With the return of her father, Gabby Concepcion, young model-actress KC Concepcion expressed her wish for privacy to avoid further issues. “Any family issue or anything that concerns my family with my father or my family with my mother, really, I’d like to keep private,” she said earlier today, April 2, during her visit at the Marco Polo Children’s Center in Makati City.

Sporting a simple white t-shirt with a logo of the World Food Programme (WFP) modestly inscribed on the left side, a pair of denim jeans and casual rubber shoes, KC Concepcion looked more real and happier in the presence of underprivileged kids. (more…)

2 comments April 3, 2008

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