Kinilig ang LoiNie fans nina Ronnie Alonte, 23, at Loisa Andalio dahil sa birthday mesage ng binata para sa girlfriend.
Kahapon, April 21, ipinagdiwang ng Kapamilya actress ang kanyang ika-21 kaarawan.
Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, idinaan ni Ronnie ang pagbati kay Loisa sa wikang Espanyol.
Sabi ng Hashtags member: “feliz cumpleaños a mi futura esposa.”
Sa English, ang ibig sabihin ng pagbati ni Ronnie ay “happy birthday to my future wife.”
Sa comments section, binati rin si Loisa ng ilang kaibigan nila mula sa showbiz.
Kabilang dito ang aktor at Makati City District 1 councilor na si Jhong Hilario.
Tugon ni Ronnie, “@jhonghilario miss u konsi!"
Magkasama sina Jhong at Ronnie sa It's Showtime.
Sabi naman ni Loisa, “@jhonghilario thank you konsiiii!!! stay safe!!!!”
Biro naman ng kapwa Hashtags member ni Ronnie na si Jimboy Martin, tila nahirapan siyang intindihin ang pagbati ni Ronnie sa girlfriend.
Mensahe ni Jimboy, “Paturo ako magespañol idol.”
Pabirong sagot ni Ronnie, “google malaking tulong pre. Ahahaha”
Marami ring fans ang dalawa na nagkomento ng "heart" at "heart eyes" emojis bilang pag-sang ayon sa mensahe ni Ronnie.
Narito ang ilan sa kanila:
Mahigit tatlong taon na ang relasyon nina Ronnie at Loisa.
Noong November 2019, ipinagdiwang nila ang kanilang ikatlong anibersaryo sa Amanpulo, Palawan.
Pero bago nila narating ang puntong ito, may mga pinagdaanan ding pagsubok ang relasyon ng dalawa.
July 2018, bagamat hindi pa nila noon inaamin ang estado ng kanilang relasyon, inamin ni Ronnie na may pinagdaanan sila ni Loisa.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) noon sa binata, sabi nito, “Hindi ko lang alam, siguro sa amin na lang yung dalawa, private.
"Mayroon lang kaming di pagkakaintindihan, mayroon lang di pagkakaunawaan.
"Pero sana, soon, maayos. Kung kami talaga, kami talaga."
Nag-uusap naman daw silang dalawa tungkol sa kanilang misunderstanding.
Pero dagdag niya, "Siguro kailangan lang naming mag-relax, maging open muna ang isip namin sa isa't isa bago kami magdesisyon, na kapag nagkita ba kami, mag-uusap kaming dalawa.
"Wala namang problema. "
Pero bago magtapos ang July 2018, naispatang magkasama sina Ronnie at Loisa sa isang events venue sa Pasay City.
Tila walang ibang mga tao sa kanilang paligid dahil sa pagpapakita nila ng kanilang affection sa isa't isa.
August 1, 2018, opisyal na nagkaayos ang magkasintahan.
es muy kilig...
sana hindi lang si Jimboy kuning abay sa kanilang futura boda, pati sina Kyle Secades at cami....
😭😭😭😭😭 @LatoyaManagement @genre914 @Sephine31 @balong_bulilit
MANILA, Philippines — Up to 15 “bright and fast” meteors will light up the sky tonight until dawn tomorrow.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the Lyrid meteor shower would peak tonight.
“Although not numerous, Lyrids are bright and fast meteors,” PAGASA said.
According to the website earthsky.org, Lyrids produce 10 to 15 meteors per hour.
“No matter where you are on Earth, the best time to watch is between midnight and dawn,” the website said.
Meteor showers can be seen with the naked eye.
PAGASA said the Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,000 years.
“Chinese records show that stars fell like rain during the meteor shower of 687 B.C. However, in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak,” it said.
The Lyrids meteor shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeated passage through the inner solar system of comet Thatcher.
MANILA, Philippines — Hollywoood actor Ansel Elgort took down his nude photo after getting a complaint from Instagram, the "Divergent" star said in his Instagram story video today.
The "The Fault In Our Stars" actor posed naked in a shower using just his hand to cover his manhood, aiming to get donations for a novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief effort.
"OnlyFans LINK IN BIO," he captioned the photo, referring to the subscription based website where social media influencers can monetize explicit content.
But the link posted on Ansel's bio on Instagram directed to a GoFundMe page of "Brooklyn For Life!," a project raising fund to deliver meals from participating restaurants to Brooklyn hospital frontliners.
“Get these healthcare workers and first responders some good local eats. Get some revenue flowing to local faves. Lift up community. It’s who we are,” the initiative’s page said.
American fashion designer Jeremy Scott said Ansel’s initiative is the best foil for a charity fundraiser.
“THE BEST FOIL FOR A CHARITY FUNDRAISER EVER BRAVO @ansel,” Jeremy wrote.
“Lmao I love you,” Ansel's girlfriend Violetta Komyshan said.
Twitter users also praised Ansel for his initiative.
“yeah only ansel elgort would post nudes on insta to raise money for charity,” a Twitter user posted.
“ansel elgort posting nudes and saying “onlyfans link in bio” when he has a link to this gofundme in his bio........ perhaps he is my favorite man,” another user wrote.
As of this writing, the initiative already raised $209,423, according to the GoFundMe page.
"Hey guys, I just wanna say thanks a lot! Look how much, everybody has raised a lot of money... A lot of you have given in a few hours so thanks a lot! Looks like it's worth it," Ansel told those who supported the initiative in an Instagram story.
"Unfortunately, Instagram told me to take my post down because it's nudity, so I'm gonna take it down."
MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya TV host Gretchen Ho raised concern about rumors that hospitals are allegedly charging their patients for donated personal protective equipment (PPEs).
In her Twitter account, Gretchen asked her followers if there are similar cases in their area.
Gretchen asked legal counsel and 2012 bar topnotcher Ignatius Michael "Mickey" Ingles if it is legal for hospitals to charge for PPEs they got for free.
“I can’t think of a law that would make it illegal for them to charge for the donated PPEs. Once you donate, it’s theirs na rin kasi. So they can do what they want with it, which includes charging for it. Might be better to make it a conditional donation to prevent it,” Ingles replied.
Based on Ingles' response, Gretchen asked people donating PPEs to make a conditional agreement so that hospitals will not charge for the donations.
If a hospital fails to honor the agreement, the donor can pullout the remainder of the donations or ask the hospital to reimburse the patients made to pay for the donated PPEs.
Doctor Justin Ho, Gretchen's brother, was recently featured on Al Jazeera's news regarding the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Gretchen posted the clip of her brother’s interview in her Twitter account.
“My soldier in the #Covid19 war, Dr. Justin Ho, featured on Al Jazeera. Proud of my brother. Thank you @barnabychuck @AJEnglish,” Gretchen proudly wrote.
Justin is an infectious disease specialist for children. In his interview, he said Filipinos have to take more roles in managing the triage.
“We have to take more roles in terms of managing the triage. Even us pediatricians, we are required to assess adults when they came in,” he said.
“Right now we don't know who has the infection. When we go out there, when we met patients in the ER, it's very risky without any protection so it's really part of the anxiety on our part,” he added.
When asked by Gretchen if hospitals should charge for donated PPEs, Dr. Justin said: “PPE should not be included for the charges muna."
Meanwhile, Makati Medical Center medical director and interim co-Chief Executive Officer Saturnino Javier posted a statement on the hospital’s Facebook page, saying that in their hospital, PPEs are provided to patients at no extra charge.
“Donations and contributions to Makati Medical Center (particularly personal protective equipment – including masks, gowns, coveralls, gloves, etc) are provided to admitted patients at no extra charge. Any suggestion or insinuation that MMC profits from these donations is utterly misplaced,” Javier said.
“To cast aspersion on any healthcare facility that seeks to respond to this unprecedented medical crisis in the best manner possible is definitely unfair. As Medical Director and Interim Co-CEO of MMC, I will never allow and tolerate this misdeed under my watch,” he added.
There is nothing I’d like more than to see Health Secretary Francisco Duque III succeed as chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). But as events unravel, it’s clear that he is the wrong man for the job.
My sentiments were echoed by members of the Senate. Last week, a group of 15 senators filed a resolution seeking the immediate resignation of Secretary Duque citing “failure in leadership.”
President Duterte rejected the petition and affirmed his confidence in the Secretary. He instructed him to “stay put” and just work harder to dispel doubts about his competence.
The President has his point of view and the last say on the matter – which I respect. However, it does not make the views of the 15 senators and members of civil society, myself included, any less valid. These are the reasons why I feel Sec. Duque is miscast for the job.
It boils down to a weak character, lack of organizational and slow response.
Recall how the health secretary was too scared to stand up to the President and insist that a travel ban be imposed on Chinese visitors during the height of the virus spread in China. Instead, he succumbed to the President’s love-fest for Xi Jinping and argued in favor of the Chinese. This displayed his lack of conviction and propensity to prioritize politics over his sworn mission.
Duque displayed a cavalier and dismissive attitude during the early days of the pandemic. Without a sense of urgency, he failed to do contact tracing on the 31 persons under investigation (PUIs) and on the first confirmed COVID case last Jan. 21. This left the IATF blind as to where the virus hotspots were. If contact tracing was done, we could have isolated these hotspots and avoided the spread of the virus in other localities. Even now, there are no clear mechanisms for contact tracing.
But this is not the worst of Duque’s sins. The COVID-19 outbreak started in December and the health secretary had two months to prepare the country’s defenses against the pandemic. The time could have been used to procure testing kits and organizing testing across the archipelago, increase the absorptive capacities of hospitals, accumulate personal protective equipment (PPE) and stockpile inventories of antibiotics and medical supplies. Very little preparation occurred.
A competent head of the IATF-EID would have formulated an overarching strategy and aligned the right talents and right resources to the right programs. What we lack in funds should have been compensated for by careful planning and the smart use of resources. This explains why our healthcare system was overwhelmed when the full brunt of the pandemic slammed the country last month.
Duque’s sins of omission put our people in a perilous position. As a result, the Philippines now has the most number of COVID cases and casualties in Southeast Asia. In fact, a survey conducted by the Deep Knowledge Group revealed that the Philippines is among the top 10 countries facing the most serious risks in this pandemic.
Making matters worse was how the Secretary hindered the quick release of donated PPEs to hospitals by imposing multiple bureaucratic hurdles. This sent the signal that government lacked a sense of urgency and that the DOH was a stumbling block to solutions, not an enabler of it.
The President made his decision to keep Secretary Duque and we have no choice but to live by it. As we move forward, the Secretary will do well to consult experts in management to help him in policy formulation, organization and implementation. He needs all the help he can get.
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Last week, we lost a good member of the Cabinet in the person of Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Pernia. His resignation, due to “differences in development philosophies,” suggests a divided Cabinet.
One of the reasons why I remain optimistic about the country’s future is because technocrats like Secretary Pernia ensure me that sensible economic policies prevail over populist decisions. His voice of reason in the Cabinet will be missed.
I had the privilege to interact with Mr. Pernia on several occasions, one of which was when we were both guests in the talk show “The Chiefs.” Without doubt, he has one of the best economic minds in the country, not to mention one of the most humble and honest personas in government. Thanks to his contributions, the 10-point socio-economic agenda of the Duterte administration was formulated and the country has enjoyed three successive years of stellar growth.
We thank Mr. Pernia for his service and wish him well on his future pursuits. We look forward to reading the book he is about to write.
Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua was named Mr. Pernia’s replacement as NEDA Secretary.
Mr. Chua comes with sterling credentials, not the least of which is a doctorate degree in economics from the University of the Philippines. He was the chief economist of the Strategy, Economics, and Results Group of the Department of Finance. This is the group responsible for giving advice to the economic team and working on the fine print of key reforms from planning to implementation.
Mr. Chua worked closely with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez in formulating the parameters of the TRAIN and CITIRA tax laws. We can say that Mr. Chua is a protégé of the finance chief.
I hope their close relationship does not get in the way of NEDA acting as a check and balance to the Department of Finance.
I also hope that his young age (he is 41) and inexperience in politics will not betray him. In a political snake-pit like the Cabinet, its easy to be overwhelmed by large personalities (and egos) whose agenda compromises the greater good. I wish for Mr. Chua to be a stronghold of good economics, like Secretary Pernia was, no matter the political cost.