Thia Megia, Naima Adebapo bid farewell to their American Idol journey

Nope. This is not an April Fools' joke -wish it is. (Be careful though on what you read in other sites, today. Lol)

16 year-old Filipino American Thia Megia and fellow AI contestant Naima Adebapo | Courtesy of Google Images/Fox

Despite Thia Megia's beautiful rendition of Elton John's song "Daniel", she was one of the two contestants who have been voted out from the latest season of the "American Idol". Naima Adebapo also was ousted during the double elimination March 31 (April 1, Philippines) episode of the show. Paul McDonald joined them in the bottom 3 but was saved.

On a lighter note, since Megia and Adebapo both made it this far in the competition, they will be on tour with the rest of the Top 11 finalists this Summer.

Noypi's notes:

I admit I just lose one reason to watch the show. I'm a fan of Thia eh.

To Philippine viewers, "pasensya na" with this spoiler. I know our "live telecast" will still be aired in 6 hours pero around 10am actually dapat. Lol.

Thia Megia dedicates a song for her 'kuya' on American Idol

The youngest American Idol 10 contestant, 16 year-old Filipino-American Thia Megia enchanted the judges with her wonderful performance of Elton John's "Daniel" during the March 30 (March 31, Philippine Time) live episode of the talent search.

Thia Megia singing "Daniel" by Elton John | Photo courtesy of Fox

Jennifer Lopez said it was a "beautiful moment" for the young singer.

Randy Jackson somehow agreed saying it showed the very relax side of her that people could hear her beautiful voice but pointed out that it was still a "very safe" performance.

On the other hand, Steven Tyler, said she sang "a great Elton John song well".

Thia Megia dedicated the song to her older brother which apparently made her performance believable and emotional.

She uttered, "I love you, kuya!" after the judges gave their comments.

However, tomorrow will be a double elimination episode. Thia was among the bottom three last week. If she won't get enough votes this time around, she will be going home which I really hope won't happen. :(

Piolo Pascual shirtless on 'Runners' World' April 2011 Cover

Kapamilya hunk posed half naked on the cover of the April 2011 issue of the "Runners' World" magazine.

Piolo Pascual shirtless on 'Runners' World' April 2011 Cover

On the cover story, Piolo Pascual shared his thoughts on running and life saying, "You have to keep better." Features on building strength and endurance, refreshing snacks, beginner's guide on running, and weight loss are also inside this issue.

'Runners' World' April 2011 issue is now available in your favorite stands and stores. :D

Jason Ivler photos and video inside the jail | Jason Ivler pictures in prison

TV Patrol reported earlier about Jason Ivler getting VIP treatment while in prison. According to the report, there are photos and video of Jason Ivler posted online that show him with some girls, drinking and partying inside the jail. So I thought of searching them for you and compile them here. Below are some of the photos I found. I also found the video but it cannot be posted here since it contains inappropriate language that blogspot does not allow.

*** I have to delete the photo I posted here earlier. Someone contacted me with a proof that it was not taken inside the jail as reported on TV Patrol...

The purported photo of Jason Ivler with girls and friends drinking inside the jail??? How true is this? I just saw it on TV Patrol earlier and was able to find this in a social media site.

A photo of Jason Ivler and his mom Marlene Aguilar inside Jason's cell?

Saw this photo on TV Patrol as well | Jason Ivler with a girl

An inmate showing his Jason Ivler tattoo

Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Coronation Night to air live on ABS-CBN on April 10 | Binibining Pilipinas Candidates Photos

The coronation night of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country, Binibining Pilipinas 2011 will be held on April 10 at the Araneta Coliseum and will be aired live on ABS-CBN.

This year, forty (40) lovely Filipina beauties will be vying for 3 coveted titles which include Binibining Pilipinas - Universe, International and Globe.

Meanwhile, the text voting for the "People's Choice" award has also started. To vote, just Text BINIBINI(space)(candidate number)and send it to the following numbers: 231 (Smart and Talk n' Text) and 2331 (Globe, TM and Sun Cellular).

Courtesy of the Bibining Pilipinas website, here are the photos of the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 candidates:

Candidate No. 1 Candidate No. 2 Candidate No. 3 Candidate No. 4
Zephorah Mayon

Elizabeth Durado Clenci
Carolyn Ty
Gianna Therese Quintos

Candidate No. 5 Candidate No. 6 Candidate No. 7 Candidate No. 8
Jennielyn Natividad
Patricia Tumulak Angelia Ong
Marie Kristina May Marasigan

Candidate No. 9 Candidate No. 10 Candidate No. 11 Candidate No. 12
Bernadette Aguirre Hazelyn Santos Diana Arevalo
Carla Lacson

Candidate No. 13 Candidate No. 14 Candidate No. 15 Candidate No. 16
Queenierich Rehman
Marish Alyssa Marquinez Arabella Hanesh

Candidate No. 17 Candidate No. 18 Candidate No. 19 Candidate No. 20
Gerlie Lero Teresa Pamela Ludovice Wendy Lucas Jenette Mieko Noguchi


Candidate No. 21 Candidate No. 22 Candidate No. 23 Candidate No. 24
Kenneth Dimaapi Paula Camille Figueras Luzelle Felipe Martha Chloe McCulley

Candidate No. 25 Candidate No. 26 Candidate No. 27 Candidate No. 28
Isabella Manjon Shamcey Supsup Janine Tugonon
Joanna Tuazon

Candidate No. 29 Candidate No. 30 Candidate No. 31 Candidate No. 32
Krystle Ann Grant
Kathleen Subijano
Samantha Purvor
Jenn-Roe Gubat

Candidate No. 33 Candidate No. 34 Candidate No. 35 Candidate No. 36
Dianne Necio
Mary Jean Lastimosa Suzette Hernandez
Camille Alexis Baltazar

Candidate No. 37 Candidate No. 38 Candidate No. 39 Candidate No. 40
Sarah Clenci
Ladylyn Riva
Glennifer Perido
Monique Manuel

James Younghusband's photo with girlfriend hits the web!

It was reported on TV Patrol a few days ago making people curious who the love of James Younghusband's life is. So let me repost this for those who haven't read it... :D

Phil and James Younghusband would have to be the most popular brothers in the Philippines, right now. Fans are so hungry to know info and updates about these handsome half-Noypi footballers, making them trending topics in online social networking sites and search engines several times.

One of the things that fans have been wanting to know is whether the two Philippine Azkals members have girlfriends already.

Phil has been vocal about his relationship status. Remember he asked Angel Locsin out on Twitter? So that means he is still single.

How about James who has been more silent between the two in the 'showbiz scene'? Oh well, he's taken, a showbiz website reported.

“Yes, I am [taken right now],” James reportedly said.

And so, who's the lucky girl?

Her name is Fiona Faulker, an 18 year-old British-Pinay beauty and a football/Philippine Azkals fan.

A photo of James and Fiona recently surfaced. Check it out below:

Melissa Ricks, thankful for landing a lead role in 'Nasaan Ka Elisa?' | 'Nasaan Ka Elisa' Cast'

Topbilling her first solo drama series in "Nasaan ka Elisa", Kapamilya actress Melissa Ricks expressed her gratitude to her network for giving her a big break.

"Sobrang thankful ako kasi in many years I've never been asked to do a lead role. With this new show sobrang overwhelming yung feeling and sobrang saya ako kasi hindi ko inexpect talaga."

Melissa Ricks takes a lead role in "Nasaan ka Elisa" | Photo courtesy of Google Images

Melisa Ricks also revealed that her role in the Chilean drama series remake is very different from the past roles she has portrayed.

"This project is way different from anything I've done before talaga. Lahat ng hindi ko ginagawa dati eh lalabas dito sa 'Nasaan Ka Elisa," the actress said.

Joining Melissa in the afternoon dramaserye are the following:

* Melissa Ricks as Elisa Altamira
* Albert Martinez as Mariano Altamira
* Agot Isidro as Dana Altamira
* Eric Fructuoso as Bruno De Silva
* Vina Morales as Cecile Altamira-Caceres
* Christopher Roxas as Joey Rincon
* Mickey Ferriols as Vivian Altamira-Rincon
* Franco Daza as Santi Rincon
* Isabella De Leon as Cristine Altamira
* Alexa Ilacad as Ella Altamira
* Aldred Gatchalian as Eduard Caceres
* Joem Bascon as Cristobal Rivas
* Desiree Del Valle as Giselle Santillian
* Allen Dizon as Nick
* Wendy Valdez

Here is the synopsis of "Nasaan ka Elisa" courtesy of Wikipedia:

Elisa, (Melissa Ricks) a beautiful and rich teenager and the eldest daughter of Mariano (Albert Martinez) and Dana Altamira (Agot Isidro). One night, after Mariano's party, Elisa insisted her father to go out with her younger sister, Cristine (Isabella De Leon) and her cousins, Santi (Franco Daza) and Eduardo (Aldred Gatchalian). They go to a local club where there is a party being held there. The three, except Elisa soon get drunk. When Dana and Vivian (Mickey Ferriols) come to fetch them, they see that they are drunk and find out that Elisa is now missing. The investigators, Cristobal (Joem Bascon) and Giselle (Desiree Del Valle) investigate and they find a list of names of people who might have kidnapped Elisa, including her family members (aunts, uncles, cousins), her friends and classmates and went to the places where Elisa used to go to. Will they find where Elisa is? Who is the one who kidnapped Elisa? Will the mystery behind the disappearance of Elisa be revealed?

"Nasaan Ka Elisa" started airing on ABS-CBN on March 21.

Ramon Credo, Elizabeth Batain, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva executions in China push through

In a live interview of Vice President Jenjomar Binay on ANC, he confirmed that the 3 Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking in China have been executed on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2011.

The executions of Ramon Credo, Elizabeth Batain and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva were carried out by the Chinese authorities via lethal injection.

The death sentences of Ramon Credo and Sally Ordinario-Villanueva were both meted out in the city of Xiamen while Elizabeth Batain was executed in Shenzen.

The news was also confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda who said that the entire nation sympathizes with the families of the 3 Filipinos.

"The nation sympathized with the families of the condemned, sharing their sense of looming loss. We sympathize with these families now. Their deaths are a vivid lesson in the tragic toll the drug trade takes on entire families," Lacierda said.

Under the Chinese law, smuggling 50 grams or more of any illegal narcotic drug into China is punishable by death.

The three Filipinos were caught separately in 2008 carrying at least 4,000 grams of heroin.

Separated from wife with 5 children, Ramon Credo (42) of Cavite was arrested after possession of 4,113 grams of heroin into Xiamen on December 28, 2008. He was allegedly recruited to be a drug courier by a certain Prescy Evangelista.

Married with 2 kids, Sally-Ordinario Villanueva (32) from Echague, Isabela was caught carrying 4,110 grams of heroin on December 24, 2008.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Batain (38) whose family requested concealment of her personal info was jailed after smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin in Shenzhen on May 24, 2008.

The three drug mules were convicted and sentenced in 2009.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, they are among the 72 Filipinos senteced to death in China due to drug-related cases.

Info courtesy of

Maria Aragon sings a duet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Video)

Ten-year old Filipino-Canadian Youtube sensation Maria Aragon is now again invading the news after the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper visited her home and sang a duet with her.

Courtesy of Youtube here's a video of Maria Aragon and Prime Minister Harper's duet of the song "Imagine" by John Lennon.

JM de Guzman has a gay benefactor?

A fresh face on the Kapamilya scene and yet JM de Guzman landed on a lead role in the remake of the 1997 teleserye hit, "Mula sa Puso". This made some rumors to rise that a gay benefactor is helping the actor in his career and securing a lot of TV projects for him.

JM de Guzman | Photo courtesy of Google Images

In a press conference, JM de Guzman denied the rumors saying it took some hardwork on his part to be where he is now right now. He added that he worked hard to establish his name and will not use anybody to his advantage.

"Malinis ang konsensya ko sa issue na yan kasi pinaghirapan ko talaga na mabigyan ako ng pansin or ng opportunity na makapasok sa showbiz," JM de Guzman said.

The 'new Rico Yan' in the 2011 remake revealed that he started as early as six years old in the industr.

"After ko lumabas sa mga commercials nung six palang ako eh nag Ang TV 2 naman ako nung 13 ako. During that time, wala parin nangyayari kaya narealize ko na medyo may kulang," he said.

JM added that he also tried theater.

"Pumunta ako sa theater para mahasa yung ibang aspeto sa akin. Then pagkatapos nun, medyo na feel ko na may maibubuga naman ako kaya doon na ako nagpakalat-kalat sa indie scene." the actor said.

The Kapamilya actor added that he is not the type of person that uses someone for money and fame.

"Ako yung tipo ng tao na kapag hindi ko makuha yung isang bagay, mabuti na paghirapan ko na lang, kahit dumugo-dugo paa ko. Hindi naman masama ang humingi ng tulong, pero mas maganda kung sarili kong sikap, sarili kong hila lahat ng mga problema ko. Mas fulfillment sa akin yun."

JM is also thankful to ABS-CBN for giving him the biggest break of his career so far. He is likewise grateful to his fans for their support.

"Sobrang blessed talaga ang feeling ko ngayon kasi siyempre ito na yung pinakahihintay kong opportunity. Hindi lahat nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng lead role sa isang teleserye kaya malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa ABS-CBN sa tiwala na ibinigay nila sa akin."