Pops Fernandez


Dubbed as the Philippine’s Concert Queen, Pops Fernandez has enjoyed one of the longest singing careers in show business. She first became a recording artist when she was only 16 and became part of the country’s most famous music couples when she married Martin Nievera.

Born Maria Cielito Lukban Fernandez on December 2, 1966,
Pops is the daughter of action star Eddie Fernandez and Dulce Lukban. She signed a recording contract with OctoArts in 1981 and released her first LP, Pops, in 1982. In the same year, she became a co-host of the variety series Penthouse Live! Along with Martin. Pops quickly became a popular teen idol and a cover girl of countless magazines. The show was eventually replaced with Martin and Pops Twogether, and the pair got married shortly afterward.
Husband and wife worked together in another variety program, ASAP. Pops starred in more movies, usually in the dramatic genre.
The couple had two sons before they separated in 1998. Their separation grabbed showbiz headlines because of the supposed affair with of Martin with another woman. Many fans sympathized with Pops because of the issue.
During the years that followed her separation from Martin, Pops worked endlessly and solidified her status as the Concert Queen even further. She went on tour and performed in several countries, including the U.S. and Hong Kong. Pops continued attract huge crowds and good album sales. She also launched her own fashion collection, Pipay.

In 2006, Pops posed on the cover of the August 2006 issue of FHM Philippines.
The very sexy pictorial sparked controversy, which got even Martin to comment on his ex-wife’s suddenly sexy image.

Pops remained friends with Martin even after their separation.
She had several boyfriends, including Aussie heartthrob Brad Turvey and actor Jomari Yllana, who were notably younger than she is. Recently, her split with Jomari placed her on the headlines again, especially because Martin got himself involved in the couple’s breaking up.

Discography

• Pops (Gold Award)
• Pops Fernadez in Love
• Heading for the Top
• The Best of Pops Fernandez (Gold Award)
• Awesome (Platinum Award)
• Change
• Colours
• Nagmamahal Pa Rin Sa ‘Yo (Gold Award)
• Moments (Gold Award)
• Shindig Live
• The Story of Pops Fernandez
• The Way I Feel Inside (Gold Award)
• When Words Are Not Enough
• Silver
• Don’t Say Goodbye (Re-released)

Filmography
• Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh (2006)
• Videoke King (2002)
• Gusto Ko Ng Lumigaya (2000)
• Linlang (1999)
• Tamis Ng Unang Halik (1990)
• Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang (1989)
• Magic To Love (1989)
• Sa Puso Ko Hahalik Ang Mundo (1988)
• Stupid Cupid (1988)
• Shoot That Ball (1987)
• Si Mister At Si Misis (1986)
• Always And Forever (1986)
• Payaso (1986)
• Give Me Five (1984)
• Paano Ba Ang Magmahal (1984)
• Just Say You Love Me (1982)
• Pag-Ibig Pa (1982)

Sharon Cuneta

Megastar Sharon Cuneta is one of the celebrities in the country who truly embodies the title movie star. Born on January 6, 1966, she is the daughter of Pablo Cuneta, who was mayor of Pasay City for several decades. Coming from a rich political family, Sharon certainly does not need showbiz in order to live splendidly, but her talent and looks made showbiz knock on her door.

She started her singing career through her single “Mr. DJ,” which became a monster hit in 1978. Needless to say, her debut album DJ’s Pet, was a success. In 1981, she starred in her first movie, Dear Heart, which paired her with heartthrob Gabby Concepcion. She was 15 years old. This was followed by P.S I Love You. This started her very famous loveteam with Gabby. Her “rags to riches” roles and her ability to appeal both the elite and masa moviegoers contributed more to her skyrocketing popularity. Her onscreen chemistry with Gabby led to a real-life relationship, and they were married in both civil and church ceremonies when they were just 19 years old. Sharon was already pregnant at that time to daughter KC Concepcion. Their marriage did not last however, and they filed for annulment a few years after.

After her marriage, Sharon focused on her career, making movies left and right and hosting TV shows. She starred in some of Philippine cinema’s classic films, such as Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig and the immensely popular Bituing Walang Ningning, with also stars Cherie Gil. It spawned the ever-popular line, “You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying-hard copycat!”

She was given her own musical variety show, The Sharon Cuneta Show, which ran from 1986 to 1997. In August 1998, she was given another show, Sharon, which lasted until May 2004. The show was again resurrected in February 2006.

Sharon earned the title “megastar” because of her countless awards in TV, music and movies. In 1996, she got a Grand Slam for winning the Best Actress trophy from all the award-giving bodies (Urian, People’s Choice Award and FAMAS) for her role in Madrasta.    

The megastar is also known for her countless product endorsements. She is known to be the best-selling celebrity when it comes to commercials. Sharon has endorsed practically everything, from instant noodles to banks.

She is now happily married to Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan,” and they have two daughters, Frankie and Miel. KC, who is now a star herself, has been legally adopted by the senator.

FILMOGRAPHY:
Year Title
2008 London
2003 Crying Ladies
2003 Kung Ako Na Lang Sana
2003 Walang Kapalit
2002 Magkapatid
2001 Pagdating Ng Panahon
2000 Minsan, Minahal Kita
1997 Nang Iniwan Mo Ako
1997 Wala Nang Iibigin Pang Iba
1996 Madrasta
1995 Minsan Pa (Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2)
1995 The Lilian Velez Story
1994 Megamol
1994 Kapantay Ay Langit
1993 Di Na Natuto
1993 Ikaw Anna
1993 Kung Kailangan Mo Ako
1992 Ngayon At Kailanman
1992 Tayong Dalawa Carol
1992 Pangako Sa ‘Yo Clarissa
1991 Kaputol Ng Isang Awit Sarah
1991 Una Kang Naging Akin Diyosa
1991 Maging Sino Ka Man Monique/Digna
1990 Biktima
1990 Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? Jenny
1990 Kahit Konting Pagtingin Georgia
1989 Oras-Oras, Araw-Araw
1989 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve
1989 Kahit Wala Ka Na Irene
1989 Tatlong Mukha Ng Pag-ibig
1988 Jack And Jill Sa Amerika Jack/Jackilou
1988 Buy One, Take One Salve
1987 Walang Karugtong Ang Nakaraan Malou
1987 Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe
1987 Jack And Jill Jack/Jackielou
1987 ‘Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin Maureen
1986 Captain Barbell Darna
1986 Nakagapos Na Puso Elaine
1986 Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas Bianca
1985 Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita? Ara
1985 Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso? Jenna
1985 Bituing Walang Ningning Dorina
1984 Sa Hirap At Ginhawa Cecilia
1984 Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala' Rebecca
1984 Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? Myrna
1983 To Love Again Rafaela/Raffy
1983 Friends In Love Sarah
1982 Cross My Heart Jenny
1982 Forgive And Forget Sandra
1982 My Only Love Cindy
1981 P.S. I Love You Kristine
1981 Dear Heart April

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Oil Prices Down. Decline May Continue


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These are expert opinions, which in reality are nothing more than speculation. However, it was also speculations that are widely being blamed for the rise of crude oil to its record high level of $147/barrel. According to OPEC President Chakib Khelil, oil prices could go down and remain stable at $78/barrel given the right circumstances. The critical factors mentioned are dollar stability and improved political situation regarding Iran.

At present, oil prices are down to $121.76 mainly due to fears of reduced demand from its largest buyer, the United States. The US economy is said to be on a slowdown creating a parallel decline in the country's oil requirement.

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Experience One Man's Expedition of a Lifetime in the Mountain Adventure “The Alps” Opening in IMAX® on August 1

MacGillivray Freeman Films' extraordinary giant screen mountain adventure The Alps about Europe's greatest mountain range and one man's quest to climb the infamous ———-North Face of the Eiger opens on August 1 at SM Mall of Asia’s San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre.

The Alps is directed by Stephen Judson, produced by two-time Academy Award® nominee Greg MacGillivray and Mark Krenzien, and narrated by actor Michael Gambon. Written by Stephen Venables and Stephen Judson, the film features music from rock legends Queen. The film is presented by sponsors Holcim and Switzerland Tourism.

The Alps-Movie“Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty, The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage,” says director Stephen Judson. “It's the intensely personal journey of a man, John Harlin, who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face – yet climb it he must.”

“The grandeur of the Alps makes for an incredible match-up with the visual spectacle of IMAX theatre photography,” adds producer Greg MacGillivray. “It is such an enticing location, filled with history and human accomplishments. More than that, though, our film is a human story about facing one's fears and about family and family legacies. People will come away inspired by John Harlin's emotional quest to reconnect with his father who died on the fabled Eiger.”

TheAlps-MovieIn the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman's blockbuster hit, Everest, The Alps follows a stirring human story that unfolds in the midst of some of nature's most awe-inspiring scenery. At the heart of the film is John Harlin III's climb of the storied North Face of the Eiger, one of the world's most celebrated peaks but also one notorious among climbers for its deadly avalanches and showers of falling rock. Harlin and the Eiger have had a tenuous relationship for decades. Forty years ago, Harlin's father – famed alpinist John Harlin II, a rising media star considered one of America's best mountaineers – set out to pioneer a bold new route straight up the Eiger's 6,000-foot face. At 4,000 feet, approaching the summit, Harlin's rope broke, sending him plummeting to a tragic death that would shatter the lives of his family. Just nine years old at the time, John Harlin III has been haunted by the Eiger ever since.

In The Alps, Harlin faces his inner demons and honors his father's memory on a climb that is about so much more than simply physical achievement. For Harlin, the expedition is also about following in his father's footsteps to explore why his father came to love the Alps and its culture, people and endless ways of inspiring the human imagination. Accompanying him are his German climbing partners: contemporary climbing stars Robert and Daniela Jasper.

TheAlps-Movie“The Eiger held a part of my soul captive for forty years, and with this trip I was able to set myself free,” says John Harlin III of his achievement. “I always felt I had to do this climb, and yet the thing that I really came back with is that it's my family that is the most important thing to me. Having climbed the Eiger North Face, I can now revel in spending time with my family more than ever.”

The making of The Alps was a vastly ambitious undertaking that involved a team made up of climbing luminaries, hardy mountain guides and award-winning nature cinematographers. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery ever seen – captured by intrepid helicopter and mountaineering crews – the film celebrates both the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live, climb and explore there. Adding to the immediacy and visual excitement of the film is the aerial camera work of Ron Goodman, inventor and operator of the aerial photography system known as the Spacecam, which proved invaluable in obtaining unprecedented shots of climbers in action on the Eiger North Face.

Though the production was filled with uncertainties, ranging from how the weather might shift to whether Harlin and the Jaspers would ultimately make it to the summit, the story could not have been captured any other way. Sums up Judson: “The risk factor was high, but the results speak for themselves. It will be amazing for audiences to have the chance to get so close to climbers on the Eiger North Face. Like the best experiences, it was intense but so rewarding.”

The Alps is produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism in association with Four Eyes 4iS. For more information, please call 556-IMAX(4629) or 556-0242 or e-mail imax@smcinema.com.

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