China showbiz – Bizchina Update http://bizchina-update.com/ Thu, 12 May 2022 01:10:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bizchina-update.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg China showbiz – Bizchina Update http://bizchina-update.com/ 32 32 Legendary Asian American actor James Hong, 93, receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star | Showbiz https://bizchina-update.com/legendary-asian-american-actor-james-hong-93-receives-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-showbiz/ Wed, 11 May 2022 04:38:13 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/legendary-asian-american-actor-james-hong-93-receives-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-showbiz/ Hong finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after 68 years in showbiz. — Photo via Instagram/imagerybyoscar via Hollywood Walk of Fame KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – Prolific Asian American actor James Hong has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 93-year-old veteran actor is one of 19 talents […]]]>

Hong finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after 68 years in showbiz. — Photo via Instagram/imagerybyoscar via Hollywood Walk of Fame

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – Prolific Asian American actor James Hong has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 93-year-old veteran actor is one of 19 talents of Asian descent to receive the honor.

With over 700 credits and memorable roles in iconic movies like Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Chinatownand the kung fu panda films, Hong has had a long career in Hollywood since 1954.

During the ceremony, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Everything, everywhere, all at once co-star Jamie Lee Curtis who gave speeches to honor Hong’s legacy in Hollywood films.

Sporting a bright red Hanfu, Hong made no speeches, instead celebrating and soaking up the occasion with a traditional lion dance performance.

“As you can see, I don’t have a speech because I’m not that kind of person,” he told the crowd.

“I just come here, I wanna feel the moment, just be here and see people I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Hong even joined the performers, showing off martial arts moves and breaking down in the dance.

Kim spoke about the struggle Asian American actors have undertaken in the past to break into the industry, mentioning her own challenges that pale in comparison to Hong’s struggle rising in Hollywood in its nastiest form towards the Asian actors.

“I’m equally confident in saying that no one will have paved the way like James Hong did,” Kim said during his speech.

“Today, in the midst of Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, it’s only fitting that we honor someone who personifies the term ‘pioneer’.”

Halloween Star Curtis also praised Hong’s kindness and grace, saying it was finally time for him to be recognized in Hollywood.

“I don’t know how I’m going to survive this day with all these compliments, my head is getting too big.” Hong joked.

The actor’s star is the 2,723rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard across from Madame Tussauds.

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Murder trial of Dublin-based man whose wife disappeared from cruise liner begins https://bizchina-update.com/murder-trial-of-dublin-based-man-whose-wife-disappeared-from-cruise-liner-begins/ Mon, 09 May 2022 07:17:55 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/murder-trial-of-dublin-based-man-whose-wife-disappeared-from-cruise-liner-begins/ The Italian trial of a Dublin-based computer scientist accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in the sea is taking place in his absence. The rosecuttors allege that German Daniel Belling (49), father of three, killed his wife, Chinese national Xing Li (38), while they were on a Mediterranean cruise in 2017. Mr […]]]>

The Italian trial of a Dublin-based computer scientist accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in the sea is taking place in his absence.

The rosecuttors allege that German Daniel Belling (49), father of three, killed his wife, Chinese national Xing Li (38), while they were on a Mediterranean cruise in 2017.

Mr Belling’s lawyer, Luigi Conti, told the Sunday World the trial had begun to hear evidence.

“Next month we will hear from the captain of the ship,” he said.

“Things went well. Mr. Belling was not present. In Italy, you can choose whether or not to attend your own trial.”

It is understood that while in detention, Mr Belling made a number of phone calls to his nephew in Germany as well as to his mother-in-law, You Xiangzhen.

These were recorded and a request was made to have them transcribed and produced as evidence.

At the same hearing, Ms You brought a civil action against Mr Belling, seeking damages if he is found guilty of murdering her daughter.

Mr Conti said he had submitted the defense witness list to the court, which includes “Tusla personnel”.

Mr. Belling is currently in Ireland.

In July 2020, Italian investigators announced that their investigation into Ms. Xing’s disappearance had determined that computer programmer Mr. Belling killed his wife while on the ship and dumped her body overboard.

Mr Belling returned to Ireland in 2018 after 14 months on remand in an Italian prison in connection with the disappearance.

His lawyer persuaded the authorities to release him and he moved back to the house he shared with his wife in Clarehall, Dublin.

Ms Xing, Mr Belling and their two children boarded the cruise ship MSC Magnifica in the Italian port of Civitavecchia on February 9.

The crew members noticed that Ms. Xing had disappeared when they did a countdown at the end of the cruise.

Mr Belling and the couple’s two children were arrested by Italian police at Rome Ciampino Airport on February 17 as they prepared to board a flight home.

Mr Belling has always denied killing his wife.

Investigators thought they had a breakthrough in March 2017 when a suitcase containing the body of an Asian woman was found floating in the Adriatic Sea off the east coast of Italy.

However, the body was not Ms. Xing’s.

Mr Belling reportedly told an Italian judge that he and his wife had a fight and she wanted to ‘stop the trip’.

According to reports, he claimed his wife left the ship when he and the children joined a shore excursion.

Speaking in Italy after her release in 2018, Mr Belling told reporters he believed she staged his disappearance.

He described her as a “cruel person” for allowing him to spend 14 months in prison for a crime “that I did not commit”.

“I think my wife is most likely in China.

“There’s a small chance something happened to her in Greece, but I believe she’s in China.”

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These 6 idols attended fashion’s biggest event https://bizchina-update.com/these-6-idols-attended-fashions-biggest-event/ Sat, 07 May 2022 19:26:10 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/these-6-idols-attended-fashions-biggest-event/ This year, Johnny Suh was one of the most talked about male attendees at the 2022 Met Gala. The member of K-pop group NCT wore a custom look by designer Peter Do and lit up social media. Johnny isn’t the first K-pop idol to attend the Met Gala. A total of six K-pop celebrities walked […]]]>

This year, Johnny Suh was one of the most talked about male attendees at the 2022 Met Gala. The member of K-pop group NCT wore a custom look by designer Peter Do and lit up social media. Johnny isn’t the first K-pop idol to attend the Met Gala. A total of six K-pop celebrities walked the prestigious red carpet.

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Mr. Gangnam Style himself, Psy, attended the Met Gala in 2013. The theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture. Psy wore a red and black plaid suit jacket, black bow tie and signature black sunglasses. He has been photographed with celebrities like Beyoncé, Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow.

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The houses of the sons of the “mafia don” drug lord hit by Molotov cocktails https://bizchina-update.com/the-houses-of-the-sons-of-the-mafia-don-drug-lord-hit-by-molotov-cocktails/ Sat, 07 May 2022 06:37:59 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/the-houses-of-the-sons-of-the-mafia-don-drug-lord-hit-by-molotov-cocktails/ Two homes hit by petrol bombs in Coleraine recently belong to the sons of “mafia don” drug lord Peter “Skeets” Neill, we can reveal. One of the attacks took place at the home of cocaine trafficker Jonathan Neill. Last May, Neill was jailed for six months for being part of a drug gang busted by […]]]>

Two homes hit by petrol bombs in Coleraine recently belong to the sons of “mafia don” drug lord Peter “Skeets” Neill, we can reveal.

One of the attacks took place at the home of cocaine trafficker Jonathan Neill.

Last May, Neill was jailed for six months for being part of a drug gang busted by undercover cops.

Johnny Neill – who was incarcerated and released from prison and featured in this article for fighting – lives in one of the bomb-damaged properties at Westbourne Crescent in Coleraine.

The 27-year-old lives there with his mother Mena Kennedy. She is the ex-wife of Skeets Neill and she was pictured alongside the notorious drug dealer while on a now infamous holiday in Egypt a decade ago. Mrs. Kennedy has no involvement in the crime.

Skeets was granted special court permission to go on a luxury vacation as he was facing possession charges at the time and had to ease his bail conditions.

The second property targeted by a petrol bomb belongs to Johnny’s older brother, Peter Neill Jnr, who lives in Somerset Drive.

He was once named in court, along with his father, as a ‘senior member of an organized crime gang’ after cops accused them of carrying £600,000 worth of cocaine – although the charges were subsequently removed.

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Smoke damage after the petrol bomb attack

Petrol bombs caused minor damage to both properties – our picture shows burn damage next to the front room window of Johnny Neill’s house.

It is unclear if the attackers were targeting coke dealer Johnny or if it was a wider attack targeting his father Skeets.

‘Johnny and Peter live in houses just a five minute walk away,’ a source said last night.

“But Skeets lives nearby and his house wasn’t hit, but that could be because he lives in an upstairs apartment and everyone knows he has security cameras everywhere.”

Skeets was jailed for 20 months in 2013 for his role in smuggling £50,000 drugs from China and was described in court as a ‘don’t mafia’ with more than 180 criminal convictions.

Two men – also two brothers – have already appeared in court accused of being linked to last week’s petrol bombings and a series of other incidents in the North West on the same night.

It emerged at a bail hearing that the two defendants, Sean and Gary Anderson, were out on bail when they allegedly threw the petrol bombs, after being charged with the murder of Karol Kelly, a 35-year-old man years of Derry in 2018.

Sean Anderson (23) and Gary Anderson (25), whose address cannot be published for legal reasons, appeared via video link at Antrim Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with criminal damage and throwing Molotov cocktails.

It was reported that police, having previously witnessed a report of smashed windows in Loguestown Park, received a report at 7.17pm that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown outside a house in Westbourne Crescent.

Smoke damage was found and a broken WKD bottle was found at the scene.

The event was linked to an incident earlier in the day when the aggrieved party observed a man, whom she described as ‘big in build’, smashing a glass bottle in the driveway of her property.

Police heard from several members of the public about a maroon colored Volkswagen in the area at the time. Further reports were then received of an incident in Somerset Drive, Coleraine at around 9.15pm, with a man reporting that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at his property.

A beer bottle was recovered from the scene for forensic examination.

Police then received a final report of damage to a vehicle in the York Avenue area of ​​Portstewart at around 9.28pm.

A member of the public reported four men causing damage to a red Volkswagen Jetta with the windows smashed.

The police officer told the court that the vehicle belonged to Gary Anderson and following an inspection, a bundle of white rags with red stitching was found in the car.

Two rags were missing from the package and a visually identical one was recovered from the bottle found on the Somerset Drive property.

Sean and Gary Anderson were located at their bail address and were arrested and questioned, mostly responding “without comment”.

The police officer told the judge there was a risk of further offenses and said he was concerned that as yet unlocated phones belonging to the defendants could be destroyed if bail was granted.

He also said there would be a risk to public order, saying reprisals could be sought, and recommended that the defendants be remanded in custody for their own safety.

The brothers’ defense pointed out that a number of those injured were known to police and that the defendants had been out on bail for 18 months without issue.

The judge refused to grant bail to the defendants and set a May 23 date for the men to appear in Coleraine Magistrates Court.

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

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Philippines Election 2022: What You Need to Know About Presidential Voting | Philippines https://bizchina-update.com/philippines-election-2022-what-you-need-to-know-about-presidential-voting-philippines/ Thu, 05 May 2022 03:57:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/philippines-election-2022-what-you-need-to-know-about-presidential-voting-philippines/ What is happening? On May 9, around 67.5 million Filipinos will go to the polls to decide who should replace populist President Rodrigo Duterte. He has reached the end of his six-year term and is constitutionally barred from running again. It is not just the presidential position that will be decided on May 9. Thousands […]]]>

What is happening?

On May 9, around 67.5 million Filipinos will go to the polls to decide who should replace populist President Rodrigo Duterte. He has reached the end of his six-year term and is constitutionally barred from running again.

It is not just the presidential position that will be decided on May 9. Thousands of positions are in the running across the country – from vice-presidential and Senate seats to 18,000 local positions, including city mayors and provincial governors.

Election posters are almost unavoidable: they are pinned in front of houses, along the alleys and pasted on billboards.

How will people vote?

Most ballots will be cast on election day. More than 1.6 million Filipinos who work overseas began voting for domestic candidates on April 10.

When will we know the results?

Voting is due to end at 7 p.m. Monday, although the Electoral Commission has said it may extend voting hours if people are still waiting outside polling stations.

The counting of votes will begin as soon as the polls close and the winner could be identified within hours. However, in 2016 Duterte was not officially declared the winner until almost three weeks later.

Who is the favorite for president?

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, known as Bongbong Marcos, namesake and only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is leading the opinion polls. His family name and history are deeply divisive. The family plundered billions of dollars from the state, and the imposition of martial law by Marcos Sr in 1972 marked one of the darkest periods in the country’s history.

Marcos Jr was 28 when his father was overthrown in the People Power Revolution of 1986. The family was forced to flee Malacañang Palace and went into exile. Observers say that since then the Marcos have intended to return to the country’s highest office. Marcos Jr’s mother, Imelda, has previously described the presidency as her son’s “destiny”.

Marcos Sr died in exile, but the family was allowed to return to the Philippines in the 1990s when they began to rebuild their presence in public life. Marcos Jr was later elected Governor of Ilocos Norte, Congressman and Senator. In 2016, he ran for vice president but lost to Leni Robredo, a human rights lawyer who is now running against him in the presidential race.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr is leading the polls ahead of the May 9 presidential election in the Philippines. Photograph: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

Marcos Jr has played down or denied the abuses committed under his father and has developed a large social media presence that has allowed the family to rebrand themselves. Accounts linked to or supporting the family have spread misinformation about the Marcos regime, portraying it as a golden era.

He campaigned under the slogan “Together we will rise”, promising unity and hope, while saying he will prioritize the cost of living and jobs. However, he did not participate in presidential debates and dodged tough questions from the media, including about his father’s inheritance, his family’s ill-gotten wealth (estimated at $10 billion) and his own bill. unpaid tax.

Who are the other candidates?

Second in the polls is the Vice President Leni Robredowhich presented itself as a real alternative to Marcos and Duterte.

The daughter of a judge and an English teacher, Robredo previously worked for non-governmental organizations providing legal assistance to marginalized groups. She entered politics after her husband, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, was killed in a plane crash in 2012.

Robredo was elected vice president in 2016 and has had a frosty relationship with Duterte, criticizing his “war on drugs” and speaking out on human rights issues. She warned of the risks of populist leaders, condemned the legal proceedings against Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa and the decision to grant Marcos Sr. a hero’s burial. In the Philippines, the vice president and president are elected separately.

Leni Robredo speaks at a campaign rally in Quezon City in February.
Leni Robredo speaks at a campaign rally in Quezon City in February. Photograph: Lisa Marie David/Reuters

Robredo has promised to fight corruption in politics, and his campaign slogan is “Honest government, better life for all”. The only female presidential candidate, she has been branded weak by critics and targeted with smears and misinformation online, according to fact-checking group Tsek.ph.

Marcos has a significant lead in the polls, but Robredo has been boosted by huge turnouts at recent rallies and by his army of passionate volunteers – 2 million in total – who have gone door to door to persuade undecided voters.

Further behind Robredo is Manny Pacquiao, champion boxer and national hero. Pacquiao, a former street kid turned sports star, began his political career in 2010, becoming a member of the House of Representatives and then a senator in 2016. He was once an ally of Duterte, but relations between the two have since embittered. He accused Duterte of being too close to China and promised to fight corruption.

Running is also Isko Moreno, former actor and current mayor of Manila. He grew up in one of Manila’s poorest neighborhoods before being scouted and starting a career in television and film. Duterte mocked him over his showbiz past, comparing him to “a call boy” for posing for racy photos.

Moreno pledged to take a tough stance against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, continue infrastructure projects started under Duterte, and presented himself as a candidate for “healing”.

Isko Moreno, mayor of the city of Manila and presidential candidate.
Isko Moreno, mayor of the city of Manila and presidential candidate. Photograph: Maria Tan/AFP/Getty Images

Lagging in the polls is Panfilo Lacson, senator and former chief of police. He is known for taking a tactile stance on crime and for supporting a controversial anti-terrorism law, which allows warrantless arrests and allows authorities to detain individuals for weeks without charge.

What legacy will Duterte leave?

Duterte’s presidency has been tumultuous and has drawn heavy criticism from rights groups, but he remains popular in his country. Many supporters believe he delivered on his promises early in his term, including taking a tough stance on crime and corruption.

His image as a strong, outspoken man still seems to resonate with many, and his popularity has endured even after the Philippines faced one of the toughest Covid lockdowns in the world. Her daughter, Sara Duterte, who is the favorite in the race for vice-president, has benefited from the popularity of the surname.

But rights experts at home and abroad have criticized Duterte’s authoritarian leadership style, including his approach to drug crime and his intolerance of dissent. Last year, the International Criminal Court announced it was investigating its so-called “war on drugs”, in which as many as 30,000 people are estimated to have been killed.

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Emily asks for a different engagement ring, “It’s a gumball machine ring” https://bizchina-update.com/emily-asks-for-a-different-engagement-ring-its-a-gumball-machine-ring/ Sun, 01 May 2022 22:46:55 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/emily-asks-for-a-different-engagement-ring-its-a-gumball-machine-ring/ 90 day fiance Couple Emily and Kobe finally got together on the April 24 episode, and it didn’t take long for Emily to start asking Kobe about their wedding plans. When the couple went to dinner, she questioned Kobe’s financial situation and demanded a different engagement ring. Emily and Kobe, season 9 of ’90 Day […]]]>

90 day fiance Couple Emily and Kobe finally got together on the April 24 episode, and it didn’t take long for Emily to start asking Kobe about their wedding plans. When the couple went to dinner, she questioned Kobe’s financial situation and demanded a different engagement ring.

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’90 Day Fiancé’ star Emily’s dating plans took Kobe by surprise

The couple share one child. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kobe has yet to meet his son in person. He expected to meet his baby boy as soon as he arrived in Salina, Kansas, where Emily and Koban live with his parents, but she had other plans. the 90 day fiance the stars got their first bump in their relationship when Emily told Kobe about her plans for his first night. Instead of going straight to meet Koban, Emily wants to spend time alone with Kobe at a hotel to work on their sex life.

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Moreno: Showbiz cool, Tondo smarts, ‘outsider’ edge https://bizchina-update.com/moreno-showbiz-cool-tondo-smarts-outsider-edge/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:34:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/moreno-showbiz-cool-tondo-smarts-outsider-edge/ Isko Moreno Domagoso —Isko Moreno Domagoso FB photo (The third in a series) It’s pouring rain in the capital of Sorsogon, and 5,000 people crowd into an auditorium. It’s sweltering inside, but Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso enters like a cool breeze, not a drop of sweat or rainwater on his pristine white shirt. Sorsogon City, […]]]>

Isko Moreno Domagoso —Isko Moreno Domagoso FB photo

(The third in a series)

It’s pouring rain in the capital of Sorsogon, and 5,000 people crowd into an auditorium. It’s sweltering inside, but Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso enters like a cool breeze, not a drop of sweat or rainwater on his pristine white shirt.

Sorsogon City, located near the tip of the Bicol Peninsula, is part of Vice President Leni Robredo’s territory, but on this humid March morning, the mayor of Manila prefers to talk about another Bicolana.

“My wife, Dynee, is from Sorsogon, so you can consider me half a Bicolano,” Moreno said to approving cheers.

“I have five children. You want the sixth to be yours? His joke meets the screams of girls and gay men, and their mothers in the audience. But reporters near the scene don’t even take their eyes off their phones — they’ve heard this before.

Then the standard-bearer Aksyon Demokratiko raises his hand and a silence falls on the crowd. “It’s time to really talk,” he said.

Simply put, he presents himself as the alternative to the ‘reds’ and ‘yellow-pinks’, or the pro and anti-Marcos forces, whose decades-long conflict he says has stunted the country’s growth. . .

“I’m available,” he said flirtatiously.

This is Moreno at his best, according to his chief tactician, Lito Banayo, who was an adviser to another mayor who attacked Malacañang six years ago, Rodrigo Duterte.

“He has no pretense, privately or publicly, and speaks his mind – a real person,” the PR veteran told the Inquirer.

With a mischievous charm and ungrammatical English, the self-proclaimed “batang Tondo” delights in using street jargon and flipping the syllables of words, to endear himself to the public.

He is trying to emulate one of his “inspirations”, Duterte, whose whirlwind run in 2016 sparked his own ambition. Except that at 47, he’s three decades younger and, says Banayo, not as cunning as the titular – “shrewd but not scheming or calculating”.

Despite everything, the former actor knows his strengths. He likens voters to “bulalo” beef, which needs time and constant heat to patiently tender. He flashes the “two joints” sign for weed to street kids. He talks about his childhood days when he was looking for “pagpag”, or leftovers, in the garbage cans. On stage, he twirls like a macho dancer in the cinema.

“Kuha n ya ang kiliti ng tao,” a media manager says of “Yorme,” or simply “Y,” his staff codename. That means he knows how to tickle the masses.

Intestinal problems

Moreno’s promises border on hyperbole, but he focuses on gut issues: 50% tax cuts on fuel and electricity, more hospitals, low-cost housing and support for schools.

He promises to improve internet connectivity across the islands, stop the conversion of farmland into housing estates, offer credit to micro, small and medium enterprises, stop China’s incursions into the Philippine Sea Western powers, to assert the country’s historic claims to Sabah and to prosecute corruption cases. past and present government officials.

Back at the Sorsogon rally, Jonalyn Ajedo holds up a “Switch to Isko” banner.

“He helps the poor and he has done a lot of good for the health workers and health centers in the barangays, like providing medicine,” she says.

But something is wrong. Pulse Asia’s mid-March survey placed Moreno far behind with an 8% voter preference behind Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s 56% and Robredo’s 24%.

One late February afternoon in Cavite, Moreno declared himself the dark horse of the presidential race. “They have a pedigree while I’m a stray because I’m a foreigner. But beware of stray dogs, they have rabies.

His audience laughs and applauds. In the following weeks, he recycles the joke, embracing the image of an enraged pooch fighting a pack of thoroughbreds. But that was a reckless metaphor for two reasons: First, none of his main rivals actually come from a wealthy clan, except for Marcos with his family’s ill-gotten wealth. Second, rabies, as any mayor should know, has a 99.9% mortality rate.

Desertions

Now Moreno hopes his joke isn’t a foreshadowing of his own fate on May 9 against the politicians he despises. His dismal polls and the desertion of his party mates, allies and volunteers who once championed his cause, do not help his cause.

How did we get here ?

It’s April 10, a Sunday in Moreno’s hometown. A concert gathering with thousands of spectators is organized in his honor with artists like Jimmy Bondoc and Mocha Girls.

He is joined by his senatorial team: Jopet Sison, former municipal councilor of Quezon and host of “Ipaglaban Mo”; Carl Balita, nurse, midwife and entrepreneur; Samira Gutoc, Marawi civic leader; and John Castriciones, former Secretary of Land Reform. There’s also his running mate, Dr. Willie Ong, who acts the least like a politician but speaks with an uncharacteristic candor for a doctor.

On stage, Moreno in his rimless glasses looks boiling but his voice betrays his exasperation. “Tama na, sobra na! Mamahinga na kayo! Iba naman! (Enough is enough! Let it rest! Give others a chance!),” he said, the same battle cry heard from Cory Aquino against Marcos’ father in the dictator’s final days.

Moreno says it provides peace of mind “because if the reds win, they will get revenge. If the yellows win, they will take revenge.

At no point in his speech does he mention the man who is currently in Malacañang. Why? Moreno does not give a straight answer to the Inquirer. “Because we’re talking about the future,” he says. While the president is flawed, “the problem today is not that he is doing it alone, it is because of this pandemic.”

His answer creates a conundrum: how can he run on a platform to change the status quo when he embraces whoever is responsible?

Contradiction

This is the tragic contradiction of the Moreno campaign, according to Earl Parreño, author of Duterte’s unofficial biography “Beyond Will and Power.”

“His problem is the lack of authenticity,” he told the Inquirer.

Parreño isn’t surprised people looked up to Moreno when he declared his presidential aspiration because of his rags-to-riches history and resourceful personality. “But if your message doesn’t match your image, you don’t come across as authentic,” he says.

It’s April 19, two days after the mayor’s disastrous Easter Sunday press conference in the Manila Peninsula with Senator Panfilo Lacson and former defense chief Norberto Gonzales.

Moreno had hijacked what was billed as a united front with the other two presidential candidates to dismiss Robredo’s alleged attempts to get them out of the race. He went off-script, according to Lacson, and called on the vice president to step down from the race, sparking a backlash that is still rocking his campaign.

He was brutally pilloried on social media. Lacson distanced himself from his statement and Gonzales even apologized to Robredo.

On this sunny morning in Agusan del Sur, the atmosphere is heavy with tension. Moreno tries not to look affected by the recent fiasco when he meets the press, but even his own staff say privately he is being too intense.

He bristles at the thought of apologizing to Robredo. “All my life, a lot of people have bullied me, and even now these yellow-pinks are bullies. And I won’t let go,” he said. “You are bullies and this has to stop.”

Behind him, a red Gutoc turns away from the cameras, as if he wants the ground to swallow him. Ong pats his arm, as if to say “enough is enough”. The mayor ignores them.

Receptive, but…

Banayo admits Moreno can be stubborn. “He’s very receptive to advice, listens carefully, but makes his own decisions and even defends his point of view until you’re convinced – quite persistent.”

But there is palpable disappointment even among its believers and observers. “I miss the laid back old Yorme,” says a TV reporter. “It’s pride,” adds another, like a doctor announcing his diagnosis of an illness.

For the next two days, from Bohol to Rizal, Moreno continues to go wild, his hair standing on end, like the stray dog ​​he identifies with, but injured. He calls Robredo the “godmother of bullies”.

Banayo works hard to limit the damage. He recalls that Duterte even insulted the pope and joked about the rape without hurting his candidacy six years earlier. He tells the Inquirer that Moreno is “particularly sensitive” when he feels he is the victim of underhanded tactics.

Much to the mayor’s frustration, the vice-president refuses to hire him.

“I will not respond to his provocation,” Robredo said, channeling Napoleon perfectly. Never interrupt your enemy when he makes a mistake.

The Inquirer series about the presidential candidates now focuses on the actor-politician also known as Isko Moreno, whose life story has been one of continuous metamorphosis – and whose campaign keep revealing anything new about “Yorme”.

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Moreno: Showbiz cool, Tondo smarts, ‘outsider’ edge https://bizchina-update.com/moreno-showbiz-cool-tondo-smarts-outsider-edge-2/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:34:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/moreno-showbiz-cool-tondo-smarts-outsider-edge-2/ Isko Moreno Domagoso —Isko Moreno Domagoso FB photo (The third in a series) It’s pouring rain in the capital of Sorsogon, and 5,000 people crowd into an auditorium. It’s sweltering inside, but Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso enters like a cool breeze, not a drop of sweat or rainwater on his pristine white shirt. Sorsogon City, […]]]>

Isko Moreno Domagoso —Isko Moreno Domagoso FB photo

(The third in a series)

It’s pouring rain in the capital of Sorsogon, and 5,000 people crowd into an auditorium. It’s sweltering inside, but Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso enters like a cool breeze, not a drop of sweat or rainwater on his pristine white shirt.

Sorsogon City, located near the tip of the Bicol Peninsula, is part of Vice President Leni Robredo’s territory, but on this humid March morning, the mayor of Manila prefers to talk about another Bicolana.

“My wife, Dynee, is from Sorsogon, so you can consider me half a Bicolano,” Moreno said to approving cheers.

“I have five children. You want the sixth to be yours? His joke meets the screams of girls and gay men, and their mothers in the audience. But reporters near the scene don’t even take their eyes off their phones — they’ve heard this before.

Then the standard-bearer Aksyon Demokratiko raises his hand and a silence falls on the crowd. “It’s time to really talk,” he said.

Simply put, he presents himself as the alternative to the ‘reds’ and ‘yellow-pinks’, or the pro and anti-Marcos forces, whose decades-long conflict he says has stunted the country’s growth. . .

“I’m available,” he said flirtatiously.

This is Moreno at his best, according to his chief tactician, Lito Banayo, who was an adviser to another mayor who attacked Malacañang six years ago, Rodrigo Duterte.

“He has no pretense, privately or publicly, and speaks his mind – a real person,” the PR veteran told the Inquirer.

With a mischievous charm and ungrammatical English, the self-proclaimed “batang Tondo” delights in using street jargon and flipping the syllables of words, to endear himself to the public.

He is trying to emulate one of his “inspirations”, Duterte, whose whirlwind run in 2016 sparked his own ambition. Except that at 47, he’s three decades younger and, says Banayo, not as cunning as the titular – “shrewd but not scheming or calculating”.

Despite everything, the former actor knows his strengths. He likens voters to “bulalo” beef, which needs time and constant heat to patiently tender. He flashes the “two joints” sign for weed to street kids. He talks about his childhood days when he was looking for “pagpag”, or leftovers, in the garbage cans. On stage, he twirls like a macho dancer in the cinema.

“Kuha n ya ang kiliti ng tao,” a media manager says of “Yorme,” or simply “Y,” his staff codename. That means he knows how to tickle the masses.

Intestinal problems

Moreno’s promises border on hyperbole, but he focuses on gut issues: 50% tax cuts on fuel and electricity, more hospitals, low-cost housing and support for schools.

He promises to improve internet connectivity across the islands, stop the conversion of farmland into housing estates, offer credit to micro, small and medium enterprises, stop China’s incursions into the Philippine Sea Western powers, to assert the country’s historic claims to Sabah and to prosecute corruption cases. past and present government officials.

Back at the Sorsogon rally, Jonalyn Ajedo holds up a “Switch to Isko” banner.

“He helps the poor and he has done a lot of good for the health workers and health centers in the barangays, like providing medicine,” she says.

But something is wrong. Pulse Asia’s mid-March survey placed Moreno far behind with an 8% voter preference behind Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s 56% and Robredo’s 24%.

One late February afternoon in Cavite, Moreno declared himself the dark horse of the presidential race. “They have a pedigree while I’m a stray because I’m a foreigner. But beware of stray dogs, they have rabies.

His audience laughs and applauds. In the following weeks, he recycles the joke, embracing the image of an enraged pooch fighting a pack of thoroughbreds. But that was a reckless metaphor for two reasons: First, none of his main rivals actually come from a wealthy clan, except for Marcos with his family’s ill-gotten wealth. Second, rabies, as any mayor should know, has a 99.9% mortality rate.

Desertions

Now Moreno hopes his joke isn’t a foreshadowing of his own fate on May 9 against the politicians he despises. His dismal polls and the desertion of his party mates, allies and volunteers who once championed his cause, do not help his cause.

How did we get here ?

It’s April 10, a Sunday in Moreno’s hometown. A concert gathering with thousands of spectators is organized in his honor with artists like Jimmy Bondoc and Mocha Girls.

He is joined by his senatorial team: Jopet Sison, former municipal councilor of Quezon and host of “Ipaglaban Mo”; Carl Balita, nurse, midwife and entrepreneur; Samira Gutoc, Marawi civic leader; and John Castriciones, former Secretary of Land Reform. There is also his running mate, Dr. Willie Ong, who acts the least like a politician but speaks with an uncharacteristic frankness for a doctor.

On stage, Moreno in his rimless glasses looks boiling but his voice betrays his exasperation. “Tama na, sobra na! Mamahinga na kayo! Iba naman! (Enough is enough! Let it rest! Give others a chance!),” he said, the same battle cry heard from Cory Aquino against Marcos’ father in the dictator’s final days.

Moreno says it provides peace of mind “because if the reds win, they will get revenge. If the yellows win, they will take revenge.

At no point in his speech does he mention the man who is currently in Malacañang. Why? Moreno does not give a straight answer to the Inquirer. “Because we’re talking about the future,” he says. While the president is flawed, “the problem today is not that he is doing it alone, it is because of this pandemic.”

His answer creates a conundrum: how can he run on a platform to change the status quo when he embraces whoever is responsible?

Contradiction

This is the tragic contradiction of the Moreno campaign, according to Earl Parreño, author of Duterte’s unofficial biography “Beyond Will and Power.”

“His problem is the lack of authenticity,” he told the Inquirer.

Parreño isn’t surprised people looked up to Moreno when he declared his presidential aspiration because of his rags-to-riches history and resourceful personality. “But if your message doesn’t match your image, you don’t come across as authentic,” he says.

It’s April 19, two days after the mayor’s disastrous Easter Sunday news conference in the Manila Peninsula with Senator Panfilo Lacson and former defense chief Norberto Gonzales.

Moreno had hijacked what was billed as a united front with the other two presidential candidates to dismiss Robredo’s alleged attempts to get them out of the race. He went off-script, according to Lacson, and called on the vice president to step down from the race, sparking a backlash that is still rocking his campaign.

He was brutally pilloried on social media. Lacson distanced himself from his statement and Gonzales even apologized to Robredo.

On this sunny morning in Agusan del Sur, the atmosphere is heavy with tension. Moreno tries not to look affected by the recent fiasco when he meets the press, but even his own staff say privately he is being too intense.

He bristles at the thought of apologizing to Robredo. “All my life, a lot of people have bullied me, and even now these yellow-pinks are bullies. And I won’t let go,” he said. “You are bullies and this has to stop.”

Behind him, a red Gutoc turns away from the cameras, as if he wants the ground to swallow him. Ong pats his arm, as if to say “enough is enough”. The mayor ignores them.

Receptive, but…

Banayo admits Moreno can be stubborn. “He’s very receptive to advice, listens carefully, but makes his own decisions and even defends his point of view until you’re convinced – quite persistent.”

But there is palpable disappointment even among its believers and observers. “I miss the laid back old Yorme,” says a TV reporter. “It’s pride,” adds another, like a doctor announcing his diagnosis of an illness.

For the next two days, from Bohol to Rizal, Moreno continues to go wild, his hair standing on end, like the stray dog ​​he identifies with, but injured. He calls Robredo the “godmother of bullies”.

Banayo works hard to limit the damage. He recalls that Duterte even insulted the pope and joked about the rape without hurting his candidacy six years earlier. He tells the Inquirer that Moreno is “particularly sensitive” when he feels he is the victim of underhanded tactics.

Much to the mayor’s frustration, the vice-president refuses to hire him.

“I will not respond to his provocation,” Robredo said, channeling Napoleon perfectly. Never interrupt your enemy when he makes a mistake.

The Inquirer series about the presidential candidates now focuses on the actor-politician also known as Isko Moreno, whose life story has been one of continuous metamorphosis – and whose campaign keep revealing anything new about “Yorme”.

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Reports: Hong Kong veteran actor Kenneth Tsang found dead in quarantine hotel | Showbiz https://bizchina-update.com/reports-hong-kong-veteran-actor-kenneth-tsang-found-dead-in-quarantine-hotel-showbiz/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:41:43 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/reports-hong-kong-veteran-actor-kenneth-tsang-found-dead-in-quarantine-hotel-showbiz/ Kenneth Tsang, a stalwart of the ‘golden age’ of Cantonese cinema, was found dead in a hotel room in Hong Kong on April 27, 2022, while under mandatory quarantine after returning from overseas. -sea, local media reported. — AFP photo HONG KONG, April 27 – Kenneth Tsang, a stalwart of the ‘golden age’ of Cantonese […]]]>

Kenneth Tsang, a stalwart of the ‘golden age’ of Cantonese cinema, was found dead in a hotel room in Hong Kong on April 27, 2022, while under mandatory quarantine after returning from overseas. -sea, local media reported. — AFP photo

HONG KONG, April 27 – Kenneth Tsang, a stalwart of the ‘golden age’ of Cantonese cinema, was found dead in a Hong Kong hotel room today while under mandatory quarantine following his returned from abroad, local media reported.

Tsang, 87, was discovered by quarantine hotel staff two days after returning from Singapore, multiple outlets including Now Newsthe South China Morning Post and Daily Oriental mentioned.

In an incident report, police said they were told a “body” was found by hotel staff around midday (0400 GMT).

The deceased was an 87-year-old man surnamed Tsang, according to the incident report.

For Hong Kongers and Cantonese film fans, Tsang was a household name thanks to a career that spanned six decades with over 200 acting credits listed on the IMDB film database.

He was also the face of a Hong Kong hair dye brand for four decades.

While he began acting in earnest in the 1960s, many of his most memorable roles came during the golden era of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s and 1990s with films like The killer, Supercop, Peking Opera Blues and once a thief.

He was also one of the few Hong Kong stars of that era to enter Hollywood with supporting roles, mostly villains, in movies like The replacement killers, die another day – a James Bond movie – Anna and the King and Memoirs of a Geisha.

In what may turn out to be his last interview, Tsang told the Daily Chew Sin he had taken a two-week trip to Malaysia and returned to Hong Kong via Singapore.

He described time spent traveling alone after being looked after by others for nearly every previous trip in his life.

“I will quarantine if I have to,” Tsang told the Chinese-language Malaysian newspaper which published a photo of the actor beaming as he held a piece of durian.

Like China, Hong Kong has stuck to a strict zero-Covid strategy that has kept borders mostly closed throughout the pandemic with mandatory quarantine at designated hotels for returning residents.

For much of the last year people had to complete 21 days of quarantine, although it was more recently reduced to seven days.

Last week, Hong Kong lifted a ban on non-residents traveling to the city that had been in place for two years.

However, a return to widespread tourism or frictionless business travel in the near term is unlikely.

Airlines are operating only a handful of routes to Hong Kong compared to before the pandemic and carriers who bring more than five coronavirus cases face a five-day ban on that route under current rules. —AFP

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