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MANILA, Philippines - The world’s most powerful celebrity is coming to the Philippines in November.

Jennifer Lopez (J. Lo), who topped this year’s Forbes influential list, has decided to include Manila in her concert tour titled “Dance Again”.

The concert, part of the tour Lopez shares with half-Filipino Enrique Iglesias, will happen on November 24, 2012 at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City. But the show’s promoter in Manila said Iglesias may not be part of the Philippine tour.

Jun Lorenz Mamangon, CEO of N91 Live productions, the same promoting agency that has made last year’s Justin Bieber concert possible for Filipino fans, will also finalize this week whether J. Lo will use SM MOA’s The Arena or The Concert Grounds.

"I’m proud to announce that I’m bringing over Jennifer Lopez to Manila. We’ve been discussing this concert for over a year and a half. I had a good discussion with her manager last Tuesday (when things were finalized)," said Mamangon, who also revealed that he is in talks to bring along Jessica Sanchez with Lopez.

"I’m pushing for Jessica Sanchez to be Jennifer’s front act and probably have her perform at least two songs for the Filipino concert goers," he added, at a Taguig restaurant during a media briefing for the forthcoming Philippine show of pop acts Michelle Branch and Jojo to be held at the Araneta Coliseum on June 7 and Waterfront Hotel in Cebu on June 8.

Lopez recently hit the news after reports surfaced that she is not sure whether to return as judge in the season 12 of “American Idol.”

But the “On The Floor” hitmaker denied plans of leaving the Fox talent search series. Lopez wrote via Twitter, “There is no truth to reports that say I am definitely leaving Idol. All I said was I haven’t decided what I am doing next year. When I know for sure what I’m doing I will let the #LOVE!RS know!”

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A Year After

This day marks the first anniversary of the infamous Manila Hostage Tragedy where 8 Hong Kong tourists died when dismissed police officer Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus carrying 25 people in an attempt to get his job back.

Where were you during that tragic incident?

I was then in between doing my editing works and procrastinating on Tumblr when the news broke out the morning of August 23, 2010. Having seen a similar situation years before when Jun Ducat held hostage preschool students in a bus, I told myself that this will also come to a peaceful end. I even exchanged some good laughs and ideas with Tita Marj about the possibility of creating a biopic for Captain Mendoza and guessing who would be the best actor to portray him.

The whole afternoon and early evening went by with me tweeting and posting some stuff on Tumblr about the hostage crisis, my opinion, my rant against Captain Mendoza, on how would it affect our image to the international community, and being glued on the evening news on television, monitoring the events.

And then the unexpected came. The whole country - and perhaps the whole world - was in shock.

Most of us, I think, were glued then on the television and have watched the events that lead to a bloodbath. Those who have no television during that time resorted to social media, blogging site Tumblr included, for updates. My dashboard became a news feed of sort, thanks to the Tumblristas who posted the events (and opinion) on this blogging platform. (There was even a pun created during that time here on David Karp’s cyber empire. Tumblr became ‘Tumblr Patrol’ in reference to the blow by blow posting of events just like in the news program ‘TV Patrol’.)

After the tragic event, the eyes of the whole world were glued to our country and the then two-month old Aquino administration was put under the spotlight of local and international ridicule. The Pinoy culture of ‘mas magaling ang miron’, ‘sisihan’ and ‘turuan’ were seen days after the event. Memes about how pulpol our policemen were spread on various social media. Angry Facebook users stormed the Facebook page of President Aquino (that lead to its early demise and reconstruction). And to make things worse, photos of policemen and students who were taking pictures with the ill-fated bus spread on the internet (that added to the anger of the citizens of Hong Kong.) 

It has been repeatedly said that no one wanted this to happen. Our country has repeatedly apologized to the victims. But is an apology enough? No. Is justice served to the victims? (Click the GMAnews.tv link below to read what happened to the personalities that were held liable for the tragedy.)

And aside from justice for the victims, have our authorities learned about this tragedy? And in the event that a similar event happen again, are we assured not to have another bloodbath similar to this one?

Every mistake requires penance and contrition. Every tragedy requires justice for the aggrieved party. Forgiveness may come later but the first move to reconciliation and closure must first come from the aggressor.

Aside from justice for the victims and the preparedness of our forces, I also want our government to clean up the system so as not to make another Captain Mendoza. It may be remembered that one of the reasons why Captain Mendoza hijacked the bus was the alleged corruption (and bribery for his pending case) on the Office of the Ombudsman. Daang Matuwid? I hope so.

On the first year of the Manila Hostage Tragedy, I am inviting you to say a prayer or two (or just be still and be silent for a minute, if you are an agnostic or an atheist)for the victims. And pray to God - or ask the Cosmos - that this may not happen again.

Never again.

Read more here: The 2010 Manila Hostage Crisis: A Year After (GMAnews.tv)’  GMA News Online looks back at the personalities held liable for the tragedy and examines if justice has indeed been served to the eight victims of dismissed policeman Rolando Mendoza, who was himself killed in a police assault viewed live worldwide. 

Source: Photos courtesy of Hufftingtonpost.com

Post Scriptum: During the height and the aftermath of the hostage crisis, I made a handful of blog entries here at the Republic. You may want to visit and read them by clicking these links: 1. Dear Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza 2. Ang Pinakamatapang na Pulis ng Maynila 3. Ang Linya na Hindi Inirerespeto ng mga Usisero 4. And the ‘Most Hated Person’ Award is Given to.. 5. Ano kaya Bersyon ng Kuwento ng mga “Kontrabida”? 6. Araw ng mga Bayani? (WOTL) 7. Major Major’

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Blogged: Manila in the Eyes of a Davaoeño
“Horrendous traffic. Very dirty. Crowded. Stressful way of life.”
These are some words that my friends use to describe Manila. Some of them discourage me of visiting Manila; they keep insisting that I should visit Baguio, Batangas or Laguna instead. But I always have this urge to travel and explore Manila. Behind the towering skyscrapers of Makati Central Business District and the heavily polluted waterways and highways lies the soul of Manila, curling up in her own bed, crying.
One misunderstood soul.
Armed with only Php 1,500, I flew to Manila in search of her soul whilst braving its chaotic environment.
And then I discovered the real beauty of Manila.
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thecyberniche:

Blogged: Manila in the Eyes of a Davaoeño

“Horrendous traffic. Very dirty. Crowded. Stressful way of life.”

These are some words that my friends use to describe Manila. Some of them discourage me of visiting Manila; they keep insisting that I should visit Baguio, Batangas or Laguna instead. But I always have this urge to travel and explore Manila. Behind the towering skyscrapers of Makati Central Business District and the heavily polluted waterways and highways lies the soul of Manila, curling up in her own bed, crying.

One misunderstood soul.

Armed with only Php 1,500, I flew to Manila in search of her soul whilst braving its chaotic environment.

And then I discovered the real beauty of Manila.

READ MORE »

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