Filipino designer creates gown for ‘Fifty Shades’ lead actress

MANILA, Philippines — Internationally-recognized Filipino fashion designer, Monique Lhuiller, once again made it to Hollywood her designed gown was worn by one of the lead characters of “Fifty Shades Darker.”

In one of the notable scenes in the second chapter of the film based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” trilogy novel, Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, dons a custom-made gown and capelet by Lhuillier.

The liquid satin sheath gown with a draped neckline and a crisscross back in a silver hue exuded femininity and sophistication, while the handmade ostrich feather capelet added exquisite glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance in the film’s exclusive masquerade ball.

Lhuillier, known for her bridal couture, ready-to-wear line, and accessories, was even mentioned by Mia Grey, portrayed by Rita Ora, in the film.

In keeping with the essence of her brand, Lhuillier's design evoked an enchanting, yet sophisticated, vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements for the character of Anastasia.

“I am so delighted to partner with Universal Pictures’ 'Fifty Shades Darker' to design for the character of Anastasia Steele,” Lhuillier said.

“Like the Monique Lhuillier woman, Ana radiates confidence and femininity, and so the gown I imagined for this iconic scene encapsulates that modern sophistication,” she added.

The film’s costume designer, Shay Cunliff, said she always imagined Johnson in Lhuillier’s stunning gown as a “beautiful siren of simplicity.”

“We sent Monique ideas and images that evoke old Hollywood, and she and her team took the inspiration from there—crafting this stunning confection. Ana’s cape itself was a challenge—each feather was sewn by hand—but I felt it would magnify Ana’s show-stopping entrance at the ball, harking back to the 1930's screen sirens. Monique also beautifully resolved our need to create a gown which can effortlessly slip to the ground…another feat of engineering,” Cunliff said.

For “Fifty Shades Darker,” Jamie Dornan and Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

The sequel, distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, opened in Philippine cinemas on Wednesday. On its first day, it already surpassed the original "Fifty Shades of Grey’s" P15 million first-day gross with an P18-million first-day take.

The Movie & Television Rating and Classification Board gave the flick an R-18 rating, which means the movie is strictly for 18 years of age and above. It was also approved in its original US version – without cuts, blurs, and blacked-out parts.

"Fifty Shades" fans may anticipate the last part of the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” on Valentine’s Day of 2018. —Rosette Adel

Don't work with Baron, PAMI orders members


MANILA, Philippines — A talent managers' group has released a statement condemning the "disgusting act and behavior" of ex-matinee idol Baron Geisler, who came under fire after urinating on fellow actor Ping Medina while shooting a movie scene.
The group has ordered its members to not work with Geisler.
On Saturday, the Professional Artist Managers Inc. (PAMI) led by president June Torrejon-Rufino, responded Medina's complaint. PAMI said the decision on Geisler's case was unanimous.
PAMI added that Geisler's manager, Arnold Vegafria, assured the group that he will refuse to accept projects until Geisler is "mentally fit" and "psychologically stable."

Last Monday, Medina vented his anger on Facebook after Geisler peed on him on the set of "Bubog," an indie film by Arlyn Dela Cruz.
Geisler said he warned Medina that he would go off-script. Both Medina and Dela Cruz have dismissed Geisler's claims.
Geisler has since apologized to both parties.
Meanwhile, PAMI also urged its members to inhibit themselves from working with Dela Cruz.
Lolit Solis and Leo Dominguez, managers of some of the most popular local actors, are two of the members of PAMI.
In a formal complaint he filed to PAMI, Vegafria said the director could have stopped the incident from happening.

"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment," PAMI said.
Below is the full statement from PAMI:
"The Professional Artist Managers, Inc. (PAMI) has called for an emergency meeting in response to the letter of complaint received from actor Ping Medina dated 30 November 2016 regarding an incident that happened during the shooting of a scene for the film 'Bubog,' involving his co-actor, Baron Geisler.
"Ping Medina wrote that 'Baron urinated on my torso and face without my permission.' PAMI strongly condemns this disgusting act and behavior of Geisler.
"After a thorough discussion and deliberation during the meeting, in the presence of Geisler's manager and PAMI member, Arnold Vegafria, PAMI unanimously arrived at the decision to inhibit all our artists from working with Geisler in any movie and television projects for an indefinite period.
"PAMI received Vegafria's assurance that he will refuse to accept any projects until such time that Geisler is mentally fit and psychologically stable to resume his work as an actor.

"In addition, Vegafria filed a formal complaint questioning the capacity of the movie's producer/director, Arlyn Dela Cruz, to exercise control and assume full responsibility on the set, that could have prevented this regrettable incident to happen.
"As managers, when we send our artists to the set, it is with our complete trust that the producer and director will protect and ensure the safety of our artists. Therefore, we have also unanimously agreed to inhibit all our artists from accepting any projects involving Arlyn Dela Cruz.
"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment." 

Tuyo vendor gets standing ovation from Yeng on 'Tawag'


MANILA -- Nestor Mateo received a standing ovation from judge Yeng Constantino for his rendition of the soul classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" on "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on Monday.

The 67-year-old got a total score of 94.8% to nab his second win as he defeated daily winner Elvira Alejandro, who got 90% for her performance of "Never Never Never" by Shirley Bassey.
A former singer, Mateo will return to the "It's Showtime" stage on Tuesday to get his his third win. He needs five wins to automatically qualify for the contest's semifinal round. 

Miss Universe tickets to cost P8,000 to P50,000

By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | 

In this photo, eleven Miss Universe bets poses with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach, Paula Shugart of Miss Universe Organization and former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said the official selling of tickets for the 65th international pageant will start on December 20. She said the prices of the VIP ticket would be more or less $1,000 each or roughly P50,000 but the cheapest or the general admission section ticket might costs around $160 or P8,000.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Miss Universe Organization also said Monday that the ongoing online sales of tickets costing P12,000 for the 65th Miss Universe pageant are not legitimate.

Teo said the tickets for the VIP section are already limited but there might be sections available in between general admission and the VIP sections.

“So far, ‘yung sa baba halos naubos na ng Miss Universe [organization] so 200 tickets na lang ‘yung available,” Teo told the reporters during a press briefing.

The Tourism chief said the tickets for the pageant would be sold at the official website of Miss Universe and at SM Tickets. She stressed that no reservations would be allowed.

“Book and buy na rin once you ano you have to pay right away hindi puwedeng book and reserve,” she said.

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The Tourism department would also announce the details on the tour package with Miss Universe candidates next week. Teo said they are still readying the package which would include tours with the bets in the provinces of Davao, Cebu, Palawan, Legaspi, Vigan and Manila.

Eleven Miss Universe candidates who arrived in the country last Friday, said they enjoyed their visit to Siargao last Sunday. They are now touring Intramuros, Manila and will visit Cebu on Tuesday.

They were Miss Australia Caris Emily Tiivel, Miss China Lee Zhenying (Joyce), Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Malaysia Kiranmeet Kaur Balijeet Singh, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Tun, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina.

"I'm proud that the girls had a great time. It's just a preview of what will happen next. Girls, enjoy, it's a once in a lifetime experience," reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said.

Undersecretary for DOT public affairs, communications and special projects Kat De Castro earlier said the agency has been receiving massive inquiries on tickets’ availability and rates for the VIP and general admission. 

Imelda Schweighart on being caught criticizing Miss Earth 2016 on video: "I feel violated."

Former Miss Philippines Earth Imelda Schweighart expressed her dismay over the viral video where she was heard calling newly-crowned Miss Earth Katherine Espin a retokada beauty.

Speaking about Katherine, Imelda exclaimed in the said video: “Yung nanalo peke ilong, peke baba, peke boobs! Miss Earth, dapat natural!”
Read: Miss PH Earth 2016 Imelda Schweighart takes a swipe at Miss Ecuador

Asked how she feels about it making rounds online, Imelda replied, “I feel bad for Katherine kasi she will watch it over and over again and people will bother her with that over and over again.

“It's online and you know...”

Imelda was interviewed by CNN Philippines' Pinky Webb this Thursday, November 3.

When the video in question was played in the studio, Imelda gushed, “Oh my gosh! There's the video again.”

Imelda further stated that she felt bad that fellow Filipinos were the ones who circulated it online.

“Yeah, I feel violated.

“Why would my fellow Filipinos put that video online? Like, why would you even do that?”

IMELDA'S RESIGNATION. It can be recalled that Imelda immediately resigned as Miss Philippines Earth after she drew flak from social media because of the said viral video.

Imelda also issued a public apology to Katherine in a separate interview.

Read: Imelda Schweighart resigns as Miss Philippines Earth

“If it's a crime to tell the truth, I'm sorry.

“I didn't mean to offend Miss Ecuador… I don't know her enough but she was my roommate.”

REGRETS. Meanwhile, Imelda claimed that she was surprised that she didn't make it to Miss Earth 2016's Top 16 finalists.

Based on her latest interview, the former Miss Philippines Earth representative said, “I was expecting I would get in kasi I'm on point on everything.

“For example, my walk, I studied it — my custom-made walk for Miss Earth pageant.

“I was sad I cannot perform it. It was so amazing...

“Sayang because a lot of people could learn from that technique.”

Imelda maintained that even Carousel Productions told her that she did well during the Q&A portion.

“Aside from all the controversies that happened to me, I feel like that happened [pageant loss] because people somehow didn't want a three-peat.

“Some people were praying sana walang three peat. Maybe that's were I got anxiety attacks with that energy. Because I'm a very, very sensitive person.

“Yeah, I was getting the vibe.”

Hosting comeback: Kris Aquino to interview Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino on Sunday revealed that she will return as a television host starting with an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte.

The actress-host has stopped hosting seven months ago due to health reasons.

“(I spent) seven months of not hosting on TV. I promised myself, babalik ako for a once in a lifetime, one-on-one interview,” Kris said in an Instagram post.

Kris posted the photo of a teaser her anticipated interview comeback titled “Kris at Duterte.” It will be aired over TV5 and state-owned People’s Television-4 networks following her seven months of absence.

Duterte is the successor of Kris’s brother, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and the rival of Mar Roxas, the presidential candidate she campaigned for the May 9 elections.

The Kris-Duterte sit-down was also shared by host organization Go Negosyo on Twitter

Last September, Kris confirmed that she formally left ABS-CBN, her network for 20 years.

She later on announced that she will do a project with APT, a subsidiary Tape Inc. The latter is also the producer of noontime show “Eat Bulaga.” — Rosette Adel


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