Nora Aunor: The superstar at 60

It was a simple yet deeply touching celebration of the 60th birthday of the country's only superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor.

A group of fans, 60 of them, from various Nora Aunor clubs, brought their respective gifts such as photos, frames, and gift boxes to Nora on stage. One fan even came all the way from Mindanao.

Nora embraced each of them as they presented their respective gifts to her. No other Filipino artist could have attracted that kind of love, admiration and loyalty from fans, whose ages now range from elderly to the young ones. Indeed, Nora Aunor is the artist not only for all seasons, but we can say that she is the best that ever happened in the local movie industry ... and now receiving recognition worldwide! Except her, no Filipino artist has ever won multiple awards as Best Actress in international film festivals.

Another highlight of the celebration of Nora Aunor's 60th birthday celebration was the announcement of her next movie project on TV5, "When I Fall In Love," a romantic-for-TV movie that will bring back Tirso Cruz III as her leading man. Other cast members are Marvin Agustin, Nadine Samonte, Karel Marquez, and Akihiro Blanco; multi-awarded Joel Lamangan will direct the movie.

Matet de Leon, Nora's adopted daughter, delivered a touching invocation during the celebration.

Other highlights of the event, which Arnel Ignacio hosted, included performances by Ate Guy's anak-anakan in showbiz - Vin Abrenica, Sophie Albert, Edgar Allan Guzman, Eula Caballero, and Nadine Samonte.

A trailer of Nora's movie, "Ang Kuwento Ni Mabuti" was shown, a CineFilipino Film Festival entry. The Superstar delivered all her lines in the Iluko dialect.

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Gandang Pilipina Now On 4th Year

What does it take for a woman of substance and influence to qualify in the annual search and harvest for Gandang Pilipina 2013?

Instituted four years ago by its founding president and one of the country's acknowledged haute couture designers Goulee Gorospe, Gandang Pilipina 2013 once more crosses the stage of Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills with the expected pomp and pageantry on May 30 at 7 p.m.

The "Gandang Filipina" is now on its fourth successful year of fashionable and theatrical staging, and it is most anticipated by society chroniclers of active women engaged in socio-civic advocacy.

Earlier on, the aforementioned showcase, according to Gorospe, started as a special award called Empowered Women Of Achievement that he bestowed annually to a group of most deserving lady friends and clientele in the inner circle of the fashion industry whom he personally handpicked based on his substantial information of and more than familiarity with the qualities of the women who could best measure up to his exceptional criteria of beauty beyond skin-deep.

Integral to the event at hand is a fashion showcase in which the luminous beauties of Gandang Pilipina will breathe life into the unique creations of Gorospe at the award's rite.

Former awardees who have become iconic in their chosen field of health and wellness will underscore the event as guest speakers namely Dr. Mildred Vitangcol, Elvie Pineda and Amalia Fuentes, erstwhile movie queen.

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Music Icons At Globe Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch

Globe Telecom used music as an important element when it launched the newest Samsung Galaxy S4 at the NBC Tent recently, and surprised its over 400 subscribers with a mini-concert.

With radio DJ Karen Bordador as host, the concert featured four of today's most admired music icons: R&B singer Luke Mejares, soul band Freestyle, rock group The Dawn, and rock icon Bamboo who all rendered their signature hit songs.

On top of the free concert, guests were treated to a generous dinner buffet and overflowing drinks as they wait for their turn to claim their new Galaxy baby. Booths also came aplenty for subscribers looking for new phone accessories like cases and protective covers for their newly-purchased, hot-from-the-oven Galaxy S4.

"Aside from making Globe subscribers one of the first owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the world, we take pride in giving them the best experience from pre-order to actual fulfillment with innovative launches like this," shared Debbie Obias, Head of Globe Postpaid Acquisitions.

Obias added, "Samsung's next-generation smartphone is best paired with a next-generation postpaid plan from Globe with our best-ever My Super Plan, made even more personalized, customizable and flexible than ever, giving subscribers more options to enjoy their postpaid plan bundle. With the most competitive S4 offer in the market today with a shorter lock-up period, customers are assured that they get the best device deals only from Globe."

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, May 28, go to Director Lupita A. Kashihawara, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Edgar Aquino, Alice Marcelo, Mark Dayrit, Arthur Sales, Girlie Pleyto, Josie Santos, Imelda "Ida" Diomampo, Justito B. Lagum, Elijah Montealegre, Dr. Nancy Ordoba, Christian Jeirezze G. Martinez, and Myra Figi... Happy wedding anniversary to Aga and Charlene Muhlach, and Ronald and Agnes Manalili...

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