Jiecel Tiu: “Dili ko kabit (I am not a mistress).”!

Source: Sun Star

LAWYER Jiecel Tiu yesterday urged her former boss, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, to speak up about the real score between them to put an end to the issue.

“If you still consider me as a friend, please make a public statement,” Tiu told a press conference. “Just this once, I would like to set matters straight, dili ko kabit (I am not a mistress).”

Tiu, accompanied by her sister-lawyers and lawyer Rex Fernandez, called for the press conference yesterday afternoon to “respond to the malicious and false accusations” hurled against her by Ungab’s wife, Pearl.

The Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor will file a criminal case in court today against Pearl for allegedly attacking Tiu with a baseball bat last Feb. 26.

The case will be elevated to the Regional Trial Court after Pearl chose not to undergo a preliminary investigation on the complaint for frustrated murder filed by Tiu, said Assistant City Prosecutor Liceria Rabillas.

Rabillas has yet to determine whether to file a case for frustrated murder or downgrade the complaint to physical injuries.

Although she already filed a complaint for frustrated murder against Pearl, Tiu said there was a need to clarify some issues since “my reputation has already been tried in the court of public opinion.” Her fellow lawyers also encouraged her to clarify rumors of her having an affair with the vice mayor.

Sun.Star Cebu sent Vice Mayor Ungab a text message and tried to call him but he chose not to answer.

Told to resign

Also yesterday, Tiu submitted her supplemental complaint-affidavit and additional affidavits of her witness against Pearl.

Tiu, 31, filed the complaint last Feb. 27 accusing Pearl, 41, of frustrated murder after the latter allegedly rammed her Toyota Vios with pick-up truck, then hit her with a baseball bat in Barangay Cogon-Ramos.

In the press conference held in the office of Atty. Fernandez, Tiu said that Pearl had been harassing her prior to the Feb. 26 incident. Tiu used to work as an associate lawyer in the Ungab, Gealon and Associates law office for four years, until she resigned last year to avoid a confrontation with Pearl.

Tiu said that it was Atty. Ungab who requested her to resign from the law office.

But after she left Ungab’s law office and joined another firm, Tiu said, the vice mayor’s wife did not stop harassing her. “Sige sya gukod nako. Iya ko gi-hunting. Sige siya text nako (She kept going after me and texting me),” she said.

It was only last year, Tiu said, that she learned that Pearl suspected her of having an affair with the vice mayor.


Tiu also denied Pearl’s claim that she (Tiu) tried to hit the vice mayor’s wife and their two-year-old child in the parking lot of Centro Maximo Bldg. along D. Jakosalem St. last Feb. 26.

Tiu’s younger sister, Alisha, said that Pearl attacked them every time she and her husband quarreled. “This is not the first time. That is Pearl’s way to win back her husband,” she said.

Kami tanan pamilya iyang giapil. She has made false accusations against my sister. I demanded for evidence. Why hasn’t she presented any? Pearl is a paranoid, violent person and a very jealous wife,” said Alisha, who is also a lawyer.

Alisha further alleged that Pearl once trespassed on their house in Minglanilla and looked for Jiecel, saying it was a “matter of life and death.” Alisha said that the parents of the vice mayor also sent a letter to the Tius, purportedly to “talk about the alleged affair.”

Atty. Fernandez urged Ungab and his family members to issue a public apology and to clarify the issue. Fernandez said they will file complaints for trespassing, libel, grave oral defamation and damages, among others, against the vice mayor’s wife.


Auditions for The Amazing Race Philippines Season is now ON!

Auditions for The Amazing Race Philippines Season 2 is now ON, hosted by Derek Ramsay and to be aired on TV5!


You and your teammate have 3 options to join the auditions:
Online, mail-in, or on-ground.
Complete the online application form and upload your audition video via the contest website.
For mail-in, simply download the form, fill it out with your information and submit it, along with your video at the TV5 Media Center office.
The organizers will also set up venues in different locations nationwide for on-ground auditions.
Travel to numerous places inside and outside the country as you race to the finish line.

Contest Requirements and the Three (3) ways to join just Log on to The Amazing Race Philippines website and complete the online application form and fulfill the other forms of requirements.

Ground Auditions Date and Venue:
June 13 – SM Cebu
June 20 – Matina Town Square Davao
June 22 – Marquee Mall Pampanga
June 28 – Eastwood City


The Voice PH Audition, PBB Audition and MMK Story Gathering This Weekend in Mandaue City, Cebu!

ABS-CBN is mounting a three-day “Bida Kapamilya Audition Caravan” featuring the “Pinoy Big Brother” auditions, “The Voice of the Philippines” scouting, and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” story gathering at the Pacific Mall in Mandaue City, Cebu this weekend.


Aspiring PBB housemates can join the auditions for the reality show’s 5th regular edition on Friday (Nov 22) that will run from 8AM to 6PM. It will be open to men and women 18-35 years old.

On Saturday (Nov 23), a day-long scouting will open to kids 8-13 years old who want to join “The Voice of the Philippines Kids” from 9AM to 5PM.  Teen hopefuls, meanwhile, can sign up for the “PBB Teen Edition” audition on Sunday (Nov 24) from 8AM to 3PM.  During the three-day caravan, “MMK” will run a story gathering at the venue for people who want to share their real-life stories for a chance to be featured in the weekly drama anthology.

All auditionees should bring a valid ID and birth certificate.


“The Voice of the Philippines” audition dates and cities revealed!

The Voice of the Philippines is now holding audition nationwide, this is your chance to join the prestigious singing competition!


Audition Date and Cities:

  • February 23 – Bacolod, Tacloban, Iloilo and Cebu
  • March 2 – General Santos, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Davao
  • March 9 – Palawan, Laoag, Naga,Legaspi, Baguio, Dagupan and Metro Manila


The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner’s performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.

Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of individual “battles” into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final six, while the coach chooses which of the remaining three acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts for the public’s vote. The coaches have the power to save one contestant that had not received the public’s vote that week. As of season two, these contestants would give a last chance performance to win their coach’s save. However, in deciding who moves on to the final four phase, the television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50. With one team member remaining for each coach, the contestants compete against each other in the finale where the outcome is decided solely by public vote.


GMA’s I-Witness kicks off Docufest Regional Tour!

In celebration of its 13th year, GMA-7’s flagship documentary program I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries returns to the big screen! Catch GMA’s finest documentaries in a series of documentary festivals in key cities all around Visayas and Mindanao—a first in the regions.


From a community who risk their lives in search for gold, to the harrowing condition of burn patients in a hospital and to people who live around rail-road tracks facing an imminent demolition … these acclaimed documentaries bring to light important social issues reflecting our society.

This special event proudly kicks off in Queen City of the South—Cebu City on July 8, 2012 in SM Cinema Cebu.

Award-winning documentaries hosted by multi-awarded journalists Howie Severino, Kara David, Jay Taruc, and Sandra Aguinaldo will be screened during this one-day special event.


The first set of screenings  featuring  some of the  program’s best episodes begins at 12 noon  at  SM  City  Cinema  7 with Kara David’s “Gintong Putik,” Sandra Aguinaldo’s “Batch 2012,” Jay Taruc’s “Batang Kalabaw,” and Howie Severino’s “Saplot.”

Award-winning I-Witness documentaries should not be missed on the second set of screenings which will start at 4 pm with Kara David’s “Ambulansyang de Paa,” Sandra Aguinaldo’s “Iskul ko No. 1,” Howie Severino’s “Huling Hala Bira!” and Jay Taruc’s “Lapnos.”
To share their experiences and filmmaking techniques with the audience, an open forum and DVD signing with all four hosts will follow after every screening.

The I-Witness Docufest regional tour will also be held in these areas: Iloilo, Davao, Naga, Iligan, Dagupan, and Bacolod. Admission is free.


Slater Young injured in a car accident in Cebu!

Pinoy Big Brother Season 4 grand winner Slater Young and the only one among its batch to make a name in showbiz so far was injured in an accident in his hometown!

The accident happened when he was driving home to their house in Cebu and he accidentally drove his can into a dead end. No worries though he just had a minor injury due to a twisted foot and he needs to use crotches upon his doctors advice for 2-3 days.

Below is what ensued according to later:

“Akala ko nasa main road pa ako ng subdivision mabilis yung takbo ko. Pag-right turn ko akala ko yun yung daanan yun pala may cul-de-sac (dead end) na siya. Ayun pag-break ko, tumama ako sa gate.”

“Ang nagyaring lang my foot was on the break, na yung nakita ko siya (dead end), nag-break ako ng sobrang lakas para siyang may whiplash at nagbend yung foot ko.”

He also said the road was not well-lit and that he was sleepy while driving.

Get well soon Slater!


“PROTÉGÉ: The Battle for the Big ARTISTA Break” Audition Dates and Venues revealed!

Following its highly-successful first season, Protégé — GMA Network’s all-original talent search — is back with an exciting twist!

Beginning this Saturday, May 26, Protégé opens its doors to all artista aspirants who want to bare their dreams in the biggest platform to stardom via PROTÉGÉ: The Battle for the Big ARTISTA Break!

Another premium creation of the GMA Entertainment TV Group, PROTÉGÉ: The Battle for the Big ARTISTA Break aims to discover fresh and promising talents all over the archipelago who will soon become the network’s next batch of television sensations.

The competition is open to all male and female Filipinos, 13-21 years old, with a unique and striking personality, compelling story to tellimmense likeability factor, and with “artista” looks.Filipinos who are born and/or currently residing abroad are also encouraged to join the artista search provided they must go to the key venues on the respective audition dates with the complete requirements.

The nationwide auditions will be held on the following dates and venues: SM Naga (May 26); SM Baguio (May 26); SM San Pablo (May 26); SM Bacolod (June 1); SM Cagayan de Oro (June 1); SM Iloilo (June 2);  SM Davao (June 2); SM Cebu (June 7); Capitol Grounds, Laoag, Ilocos Norte (June 9); SM Sucat (June 10); SM Batangas (June 14); SM Pampanga (June 16) and SM Mall of Asia (June 20 and 21).  Auditions will be from 10am- 6pm.

Aspirants need to bring the original and photocopy of their birth certificate and two recent photos (1 close-up and 1 full body shot).  Those who are below 18 years will also need a written consent from their parents together with the original and photocopy of their parent’s valid ID in order to qualify for the auditions.

Interested applicants can also visit the website www.gmanetwork.com for more information on the audition dates and requirements.

They need to prepare at least two 2-minute performances for the audition (sing, dance, rap, beat box, act, play musical instruments, or any extraordinary performances). Contenders are encouraged to be in their most impressive outfits.

PROTÉGÉ: The Battle for the Big ARTISTA Break will be hosted by multi-awarded Kapuso star Dingdong Dantes as the Gala Presenter and versatile actress Carla Abellana as the Journey Host. Jennylyn Mercado returns as the host of Inside Protégé while Maxene Magalona is the Web Jock for the daily updates in Protégé Webisodes.


Charice is back for her concert, sports new shorter hair-do and a tattoo!

International singing sensation Charice arrived in Manila on Thursday evening for her “Infinity Tour” concert at Araneta Coliseum on Friday (March 9)  sporting a new look, blonde hair and with a tattoo on her left forearm.

This is what she said of her tattoo:

“The tattoo that I have has a meaning. The tattoo says ‘love eternally’ and it has an infinity sign. It’s for my love for people, for my fans and for my family, for everybody. So, every time I do something I always have reason.”

She revealed where she got her tattoo:

“Just few days lang po (ginawa) sa Singapore po. (Alam ni mama?) Alam naman po niya. Hindi naman nila sinasabi na huwag mong gawin’ yan, they were just like, ‘OK, it’s your decision.’.”

If her look goes with the attitude (lesbian rumor):

“Are you kidding me? I’ve read tons of negative comments and I don’t care. Whatever they think maybe if I look somebody or whoever I don’t mind. I mean this is the look that I want. So, the only thing you can do is to move on,”
“For me, just love me, I’m a person and if you think I’m a boy or a girl or if I look like a boy, then fine.”

Charice, who will stage her first solo concert called “Charice Infinity Tour” tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and on March 11 at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel.

She will be joined by Iyaz for the Philippine leg of her Infinity Tour. The two collaborated for the chart-topping hit “Pyramid.”

Aside from Iyaz, the famous Pinoy international singer will also be joined by some of her Little Big Star co-alumni Sam Concepcion, Rhap Salazar, Makisig Morales, Kyle Balili and Gian Barbarona.


Wok Around the Philippines in Quickfire Season 13!

Wok Around the Philippines, Quickfire’s new season will have program host Chef-mom Rosebud Benitez taking a trip to Baguio City, Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Naga City, Davao City and Quezon City to discover more 10-minute kitchen wonders concocted by fervent Quickfire viewers beginning Sept. 2, which also marks the 20th anniversary of Aji Ginisa.


MBC National Choral Competition search is on!

Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) has launched a nationwide search for the best choirs to compete in the MBC National Choral Competitions as the main activity for the annual Paskong Pinoy celebrations.

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