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Ann Montemar-Oriondo
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A new church rises
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - July 28, 2005 - 12:00am
These days, the parish church of Nasugbu, Batangas is a sight to behold, especially at night when its facade is awash with light. What satisfies most about seeing the church is realizing that what had been a mere...
A magical musical night
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - June 21, 2005 - 12:00am
What is it about faith that inspires men to scale the heights of artistry? Faith has inspired all of the art forms, from the visual arts to dance, from architecture to music. One need only look at dazzling, imposing...
Chad & Jeremy
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - October 24, 2004 - 12:00am
Concert review: Yesterday Once More
Jasmine lives her dream
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - October 17, 2004 - 12:00am
No, American Idol third placer and the Philippines’ newest darling Jasmine Trias divulged, she doesn’t have a boyfriend back in Hawaii. But yes, she admitted, she did have boyfriends way back in high...
Sheryl Rose Dira: ‘Destiny is a matter of choice’
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - September 7, 2004 - 12:00am
"There is always a reason why we are where we are and why we are who we are. Life has a profound meaning and purpose and we only discover that when we make God the reference point of our life." –...
Sexy in the city of Bangkok
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - August 17, 2004 - 12:00am
BANGKOK – One step into my bedroom at the posh Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok’s South Sathorn Road, and I understood what HBO Asia’s Caroline Wong and Cheryl Ong, and Virtusio Public Relations’...
So very bida, so very Pinoy
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - August 2, 2004 - 12:00am
I beg to disagree with the American ad which said that there’s a little Imelda in all of us – and I’m not just referring to a penchant for shoes or some such fashion item, either. For truth is, there’s...
Paolo Valenciano comes into his own
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - August 1, 2004 - 12:00am
Mothers naturally fret about their children’s well-being, but as the mom of the immensely popular Gary Valenciano’s three children including 19-year-old Paolo, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano has always had...
Jose Llana: Home, again, is the Broadway star
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - July 31, 2004 - 12:00am
Showbusiness is oftentimes a dog-eat-dog world, so it’s refreshing to meet a performer who truly believes that a secret to success is simply to be good and nice to people. And you can’t argue with his...
‘We can change society in our own little ways’
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - June 17, 2004 - 12:00am
While other young ladies her age may fret about what fashion statement to make in yet another party or "gimmick", 19-year-old Francesca "Chesca" Dolendo has an altogether different concern...
La Salle coed named STAR Dream Girl ’04
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - April 1, 2004 - 12:00am
She’s got beauty, brains, breeding and that elusive X-factor. And she again proved she has all these when she clinched the title of STAR "Dream Girl 2004."
Liberty Ilagan’s new ‘baby’
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - December 21, 2003 - 12:00am
It’s been over 30 years since the charming Liberty Ilagan last graced the silver screen, but she has apparently not let her creative talent go to waste. Where before she entertained people through the art of...
Christmas is yours to enjoy Crosswinds
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - December 21, 2003 - 12:00am
No Christmas is more beautiful to a Filipino than one amidst the warmth and love of one’s family. Every year it’s the one experience we look forward to, that one golden moment when time seems to stand still...
M.T.o.: That soothing touch
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - December 7, 2003 - 12:00am
Nothing delights Mercy Ong more than seeing a client sleeping and hearing him or her snore while being massaged in Mercy’s M.T.O. Reflexology & Foot Spa in Mabini St., Malate, Manila. On the other hand,...
Back to the ‘far side of the world’
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - November 22, 2003 - 12:00am
Way back in 1600, the Spanish merchant galleon, the San Diego was hastily converted here in Manila into a battle ship to engage Dutch naval forces off Nasugbu Bay. In the battle that ensued, the Dutch soundly defeated...
Yo-Yo Ma: Musician of the world
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - November 16, 2003 - 12:00am
TAIPEI – An Evening of Latin American Music is about to begin at the National Concert Hall on the night of Oct. 28. The audience has settled into a hush, the kind where you wouldn’t be exaggerating when...
Alice in musicland
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - November 9, 2003 - 12:00am
American alternative-pop singer and songwriter Alice Peacock is in the Philippines and she’s enjoying every minute of her stay. "It’s my first time in the Philippines," Alice relates to a group...
Always an original
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - November 2, 2003 - 12:00am
"I was asked if I believe in cosmetic surgery," shares the characteristically bubbly Leila Benitez over lunch. In town again after five years to participate in ABS-CBN’s 50th anniversary celebrations,...
Pleasing Pinoy fare at Pantalan
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - October 26, 2003 - 12:00am
I realized that it’s quite easy to warm up to Pantalan Maynila Restaurant when I first tasted their Batangas bulalo. Being a Batangueña myself, I thought that any restaurant which could serve this dish...
A rollicking rockin n’ rolling time
by Ann Montemar-Oriondo - October 24, 2003 - 12:00am
Mark tomorrow, Oct. 25, Saturday, 8 p.m. in your calendar because you’ll be in for a shindig that comes only once in 40 years. Dubbed DZRJ at 40: The Grand Reunion, the concert promises to thrill you with the...
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