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Guess who showed his soft side on Sunday? None other than the tough guy himself, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, Jr!

 

On his official Twitter account, Mayweather wrote “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Philippines” and included a link to a CNN article on the super typhoon Yolanda’s death toll. This is newsy as every Filipino can recall how this boxing icon has taken potshots at Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao too many times in the past. Being a hero in the country, Filipinos have taken these jabs offensively.

 

But Mayweather wasn’t the only international sports icon to send out his thoughts to Yolanda victims. In fact, he wasn’t the first as Miami Heat’s superstar player Dwyane Wade took to Facebook his thoughts for his Asian fans just before Yolanda hit Leyte. His message read: “stay safe as Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda’s international code name) approaches. You are in my thoughts and prayers!” A similar message was also posted on his account in August for the victims of Typhoon Maring.

 

Wade’s half-Filipino coach, Erik Spoelstra, also offered a message of support and was published on NBA’s official website. His message read: “On behalf of the Miami HEAT organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

The name Menchu de Luna Sanchez rings a bell? You are right, she is the Filipina nurse that US President Obama paid tribute to on his most recent State of the Union Address. Sanchez saved at least 20 babies when superstorm Sandy ravaged and knocked off the electricity in New Jersey and New York, including the New York University Langone Medical Center where she is working. This endangered the lives of the babies but Sanchez still managed to bring all of them in safety. Now, that’s heroic.

 

It is the kind of deed that is worthy of a hero’s welcome, isn’t it? And she received just that at her home in Catanauan, Quezon plus the much coveted Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan (QMK) award, the highest award that the provincial government gives to its outstanding natives. It was awarded to her by no less than the honorable Quezon Gov. David C. Suarez who said that he actually didn’t know Sanchez personally but upon witnessing her deed and Obama’s address, he immediately thought that she is the best person to receive the award this year.

 

Menchu de Luna Sanchez was born and raised in Catanauan, Quezon. She received her nursing degree from the Mary Chiles Hospital in Sampaloc, Manila and her bachelor’s at the Makati Medical Center School of Nursing. She went to work for 10 years in Saudi Arabia before she was able to transfer to the United State where her 19 years old daughter Michelle and 20 years old son Jude are currently studying. 

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While all of us sweat for our take of the day, Janet Lim Napoles has more than what an entire village would need! And though it is not bad to have 28 houses and 30 luxurious automobiles, it seems that Napoles is “dirty”. An alleged 400+ bank accounts also surfaced during Senator Mirriam Santiago and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima’s probes. 

I’ve missed the Tony’s this year, as well as the Teens Choice Awards night but I did manage to get the list of the winners–thanks to the award site! Here it is:

Choice Music Group: One Direction

Choice Summer Tour: One Direction

Choice Single by a Group: “Live While We’re Young,” One Direction

Choice Love Song: “Little Things,” One Direction

Choice Movie Actress – Comedy: Rebel Wilson, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie Actor – Comedy: Skylar Astin, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie – Comedy: “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie Villain: Adam DeVine, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Breakup Song: “Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez

Choice Music Star – Female: Selena Gomez

Choice Hottie – Female: Selena Gomez

Choice TV Show, Drama: “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice Summer TV Show: “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice Summer TV Star – Actress: Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice Summer TV Star – Actor: Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actor – Drama: Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actress – Drama: Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Villain: Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice Athlete – Female: Gabby Douglas

Acuvue Inspire Award: Nick Jonas

Choice TV Show – Comedy: “Glee”

Choice TV Scene Stealer – Male: Chord Overstreet, “Glee”

Choice TV Breakout Star: Blake Jenner, “Glee”

Choice TV Actress – Comedy: Lea Michele, “Glee”

Choice Movie Actor – Drama: Logan Lerman, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Choice Movie – Drama: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Choice Female Artist: Demi Lovato

Choice Single – Female Artist: “Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato

Ultimate Choice Award: Ashton Kutcher

Choice TV Actor – Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actor – Comedy: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi: Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice Rock Group: Paramore

Choice Summer Song: “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Candie’s Fashion Trendsetter Award: Miley Cyrus

Choice TV Scene Stealer – Female: Miley Cyrus, “Two and a Half Men”

Choice Breakout Group: Emblem3

Choice Summer Music Star: Bruno Mars

Choice R&B Artist: Bruno Mars

Choice TV Actor – Action: LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Choice Music Breakout Artist: Ed Sheeran

Choice TV Personality – Female: Demi Lovato, “The X Factor”

Choice Summer Movie Star – Female: Sandra Bullock, “The Heat”Choice Movie Chemistry: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, “The Heat”

Oh! And I heard Ashton Kutcher gave a very good advice to teens during his speech, plus Lea Michele dedicated hers to Cory Monteith. Lovely!

Vietnamese Father & Son Chose to Live in the Forest Since 1972

Father and Son Who Survived the Viet War 40 yrs ago

Father and son who fled during the Vietnamese war 40 years ago have been coaxed from their hut deep in the forest. In the photo, Ho Van Lang, now 42, is wearing loincloth made from tree barks. The father, 82 years old Ho Van Thanh, then a communist soldier is already frail and has to be carried in a hammock. Thanh ran and took his then 2 years old boy after an American bombing transpired in central Quang Ngai province back in 1972, where he also witnessed the death of his mother and two other children.

In 2004, Thanh’s younger son already taken the pair back to the village but they cannot adapt and choose to fled back to their forest home. There, they would forage and plant corn. The younger son will then visit annually to bring their necessities. But locals started spotting the pair up and reported them back to the authorities.

Local official Hoang Anh Ngoc told the media that “The son is afraid of the crowds. He will not talk to strangers… but he talks inside their family.” The official also assured that the government is also to spend $2,300 to build the men home and facilitate Thanh’s medical condition.

Typhoon Labuyo

Storm Utor or Labuyo

As of 11:00 am today, Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ continues to intensify as it nears Northern Philippines specifically the Luzon area. It now has an expected 150 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum winds—up from 140—and last spotted 160 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 270 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte. With this huge change, PAG-ASA raised storm signal number 3 in Catanduanes along with the Camarines provinces, the Northern Quezon Province, Polilio Island, Aurora and Isabela.

labuyo typhoon

labuyo typhoon


Signal number 2 is also up in:

Albay
Sorsogon
Rizal
Rest of Quezon
Laguna
Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Quirino
Nueva Viscaya
Benguet
Ifugao
Mt. Province
Kalinga
Cagayan

While signal number 1 is up in:

Metro Manila
Babuyan Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Apayao
Abra
La Union
Pangasinan
Tarlac
Zambales
Pampanga
Bataan
Cavite
Batangas
Marinduque
Burias and Ticao Islands
Northern Samar

It is okay to come to your husband’s defenses even if he is clearly driving under the influence of liquor, but bullying an officer is definitely not smart, Reese. Still, we should give the girl mad props for publicly apologizing on ‘acting like a diva’ so fast. This should be a good example to all celebrities. None of you is above the law and bullying is no longer accepted in this modern world.

So what’s up with Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon after the Friday arrest? You’ll think that the two would lie low but they are back to business. Jim is back at CAA and Reese is all smiles wherever she goes. Everybody has to move on, so do they yeah?

 

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Photos from TMZ