Biyernes, Hulyo 13, 2012

Minaj In Manila

June 9, 2012, 6:05pm
Nicki Minaj in a photo shoot for ‘Pink Friday’ (from website)
Nicki Minaj in a photo shoot for ‘Pink Friday’ (from website)
MANILA, Philippines – According to a source, the Nicki Minaj concert in Manila that’s been the subject of speculations is said to be pushing through on July 11 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The concert is supposedly dubbed “Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Tour.”
The rumors were stirred when one of Minaj’s millions of Twitter followers asked her on May 25 if she has plans of doing a concert in the Philippines. The rap diva replied, through her official account @nickiminaj, “Yep! This Summer!”
Minaj, of course, is known for her rather “dirty” raps and provocative looks and music videos. In the April 2012 cover of UK’s The Guardian Weekend magazine, she was quoted to have said, “I have balls than boys,” and in an inside photo, a caption read, “She has a body like Marilyn [Monroe] and a mouth like Eminem. No wonder Nicki Minaj is the hottest female rapper in the world.”
Indeed, Minaj isn’t for the faint-hearted. But what is amazing is that, aside from rap listeners, the 29-year-old superstar counts little girls as her fans—the most famous of them, perhaps, are the pink gown and tiara-wearing girls on the video that has gone viral on YouTube, with nearly 40 million views. Eight-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee and her five-year-old cousin Rosie have since gone on to appear on “Ellen” and have even met Minaj on the show.
Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad, Minaj revealed to the magazine some personal details like growing up with a father who was an alcoholic and a drug addict that nearly burned down their house with her mother still inside—a claim the star’s father said was “exaggerated.” But Minaj, who started her musical career singing in some hit songs by Ludacris, her mentor Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, whose hit “Monster” includes a solo by Minaj, has come a long way.
Minaj told The Guardian that she hated having to change her last name Maraj to Minaj as a result of one production deal she signed, but that she was convinced to do so. Now, however, she views Nicki Minaj as an alter-ego… a “big theater piece,” she tells the magazine.
With her second album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” topping the US and UK charts, there seems to be no stopping Minaj, who is also hell-bent on out-cursing the boys, fuming at the magazine’s writer when he brings up questions about her using (and the possibility of her stopping the use of) swear words, and would often refer to male genitalia—which has, naturally, stirred issues about her sexuality.
Nevertheless, Minaj says she loves her young fans and was quoted in the piece as saying that she wants to show young girls “that possibilities are endless” and that it doesn’t matter if she “was born poor.”
Catch Minaj in Manila when her “Pink Friday World Tour” lands here in July and see for yourself if you’ve got the balls for it.


Dolphy is a National Treasure

The question on whether or not Dolphy will finally get the National Artist award may still be hanging in the air.   But for Kapatid star Sharon Cuneta, the King of Philippine Comedy is already much more than a National Artist.
“Ang daming pwedeng maging National Artist. Hindi ko alam kung ibibigay pa sa kanya. Ang alam ko lang kung hindi nila ibigay dahil si tito Dolphy, national treasure. Treasure!” she said in her eulogy during the necrological service held by TV5 for Rodolfo Quizon Sr. at the Heritage Memorial Park Chapel on Thursday, July 12.
The Megastar added Dolphy has already accomplished so much in the entertainment industry.
“Ilang poste na rin ang tinayo niya sa mga TV stations. Ilang poste ang tinayo niya sa ABS-CBN. Siguro kahit nanghihina na siya at kinuha pa siya ng TV5, may poste pa rin siyang naiwan dun dahil tinayuan siya ng poste ng istasyon namin.” 
Sharon and Dolphy never worked on a movie together—a fact she regrets—but the actress is very close to the Quizon family. Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy’s long-time partner, is godmother of Sharon’s daughter KC Concepcion. Sharon adds that she’s the godmother of Zia Quizon, Zsa Zsa and Dolphy's daughter.
True love
“Parang ako na po ang magpipilit at magsisiksik sa pamilya nila na maging extra Quizon, tutal naman maraming anak ang tatay ninyo,” she quipped.
Sharon also recalled the love story of Dolphy and Zsa Zsa.
“Naalala ko po noon, si tito Dolphy, maraming humusga, pero dahil sa pagmamahal niya kay Zsa Zsa, he left with only the clothes on his back because Zsa Zsa is his true love.” 
The TV5 host added, “Alam mo Zsa Zsa, ang pinakaiinggitan ko, yung pinaglaban ka niya. Mahal na mahal ka niya. Tapos sinuklian naman yun ni Zsa Zsa ng sobra sobrang pagmamahal.”
He welcomed TV5
TV5’s necrological service on the second day of Dolphy’s wake came on the heels of ABS-CBN’s tribute to the Comedy King . It was held at the Dolphy Theater on Wednesday, July 11.
The Kapatid network served as Dolphy’s home for the last two years of his career as a television star. As  Kapatid talent, the Comedy King starred in the weekly fantasy-comedy show “Pidol’s Wonderland.” TV5 also aired a two-hour special titled “Talentadong Pidol” for Dolphy during his birthday last year.

But TV5 chairman Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) said it was Dolphy who welcomed TV5 into his family and not the other way around. 

“Three years ago, we welcomed Mang Dolphy as our Kapatid. But the truth is quite opposite. He welcomed us.”

Pangilinan added, “Saying that he’s already a Kapatid meant a lot to all of  us because he welcomed us not only to his own family but to the larger entertainment industry that holds him with great affection and respect.”

MVP thanked Dolphy for playing Jesus Gonzales in the movie “Rosario,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor award at the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.

The businessman described Dolphy as an “exceptional Filipino” and a “kind and generous man.”

An inspiration

For Kapatid star Willie Revillame, Dolphy is a medicine that cures sadness and a hero for those with problems.
“Isa (siyang) taong simple pero ang kaligayahan ay magpasaya,” the Wil Time Big Time host said.
Willie called Dolphy a true genius, adding that no one in the entertainment industry could replace him. Willie added that he consulted Dolphy during the more tiring parts of his life. Willie said he did the same for Dolphy.
“Tito Dolphy, ikaw ang aming inspirasyon. Mahal na mahal ka ng sambayanan. Andito kaming lahat na nagmamahal sa iyo,” he ended his eulogy.
Kapuso actress Claudine, on the other hand, said she considered it an honor to have worked with Dolphy. Claudine played one of Dolphy’s children in the ABS-CBN sitcom “Home Along Da Riles.”
“Marami akong natutunan sa kanya na buong buhay kong dadalhin at buong buhay akong magpapasalamat sa kanya,” she said. “From him I learned not to be a show-off in this business. To have no pretenses, no fanfare, no gimmicks. Totoong tao ang tatay ko at tunay siyang makatao ang tatay ko.”
Giving respect
Eddie Gutierrez (who attended the service with Annabelle Rama), director Kitchie Benedicto, and German Moreno also gave tributes to Dolphy.
Comedian Long Mejia credited Dolphy for his career in comedy. 
Meanwhile Nino Muhlach, who starred with Dolphy in movies such as “Ang Tatay Kong Nanay,” said the late esteemed comedian served as a father figure long after their movies ended. 
Other Kapatid stars present during the service were Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Amy Perez, Edu Manzano, BB Gandanghari, Jay Manalo, Miriam Quiambao, Aga Muhlach (with Charlene Gonzales and their children Andres and Atasha), and Lucy Torres. Ryan 
Kapamilya stars Billy Crawford, Nikki Gil, Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo and Kapuso stars Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Raymart Santiago and Michael V. also attended the service.
Public viewing of Dolphy’s remains is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City from July 13 to 14. 
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