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Shirley Pizarro
ABS releases official statement about Korina


We got this e-mail from ABS-CBN last Tuesday, the network�s official statement on the issue about Korina Sanchez.

Read on and be �enlightened.

In line with the thrust to continuously serve the Filipino people through better quality programming, ABS-CBN management announces the appointment of Ms. Korina Sanchez as Chief Correspondent for the network�s Philippine and Global operations. In this capacity, Ms. Sanchez will be at the helm of covering major local and international events, thereby, taking a pioneering role in Philippine broadcasting.

The management of ABS-CBN realized that Ms. Sanchez has reached a stature in the broadcast industry that provides her the opportunity to dedicate her expertise and service to the public on a higher level. In recognition of the contributions of Korina to the broadcast industry, ABS-CBN management has decided to assign her a broader role in the network�s thrust to serve not only Filipinos here but globally as well.

Ms. Sanchez will continue to be the company�s subject matter expert in government and political affairs.

Furthermore, Ms. Sanchez will lead the development of new current affairs programs which will serve as building blocks to achieving ABS-CBN�s vision to be the Filipinos� top choice in news and current affairs. She will continue to inform, educate and entertain the Filipino public with her top-notch and widely followed "Rated K" TV program on ABS-CBN every Sunday as well as her daily morning radio program, "Tambalang Failon at Sanchez" in DZMM.

Ms. Sanchez is a consistent award winner as a producer, commentator and news anchor. Contrary to earlier speculations, it must be stressed that her performance as an anchor is not a material factor in ABS-CBN�s decision to adopt the planned program changes in its news and current affairs shows.

In various capacities, Ms. Korina Sanchez has been connected with ABS-CBN for 18 years and with her new roles, she continues to be a valuable member of the network.

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We were not surprised when we heard from our good friend Jay Gonzales, also the expert publicist of Buenavista Pictures here, that the exciting animation "The Incredibles" broke box-office records in the Philippines.

Jay said, the movie that has got my whole family in stitches while watching it over the weekend at Greenbelt, opened at the No. 1 slot grossing R32 million nationwide, including sneaks, "making it the most successful debut ever for an animated movie in local history."

Disney/Pixar�s "The Incredibles," according to Victor Cabrera, GM of Columbia Pictures, said the movie truly lived up to its fantastic title.

The rollicking adventure of a family of superheroes who are forced to lead civilian lives, "The Incredibles" beat the all-time opening record for an animated film which belonged to another Pixar blockbuster, 2003�s "Finding Nemo" (R28.5-M), and clobbered the opening figures of recent CGI animated movies "Shrek 2" (R15.7-M) and "Shark Tale" (R15.7M) by a huge margin.

The opening gross of "The Incredibles" also singlehandedly surpassed the total run receipts of all previous Pixar movies released in the country, namely "A Bug�s Life" (R27.1-M), "Toy Story 2" (R26.5-M), "Toy Story" (R21.6-M) and "Monsters Inc." (R19.4-M).

Two other records were established by "The Incredibles," specifically, the biggest opening of the year from Buena Vista International (BVI) formerly held by "The Princess Diaries 2" and the all-time fifth highest opening for BVI (beating "Air Force One").

Opening in only 71 cinemas across the country, "The Incredibles" highest receipts were posted by SM North EDSA (R1.97-M), SM Megamall (R1.88M), Power Plant (R1.83M), Greenbelt 3 (R1.48-M) and Glorietta 4 (R1.46M).

Rounding up the Top Ten cinemas are Robinsons Ermita (R1.20-M), Alabang Town Center (R1.17-M), Shangri-La Cineplex (R1.14M), Robinsons Galleria (R1.13-M) and Festival Mall (R1.10-M).

Still playing across the Philippines, "The Incredibles" is a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film and distributed by Buena Vista International through Columbia Pictures.

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Ayen Munji-Laurel has picked the GSIS Theater as the venue for her much-awaited concert "Expressions" (which happens tonight, 8 p.m. with guests Ogie Alcasid, Luke Mejares, and the Whiplash, with the special participation of Mariella Laurel, Sheila Francisco, and Danny Marshall) because of sentimental reasons. "I like it there. I had staged so many intimate shows there way back. It�s like a homecoming of sorts," she said stressing the fact that this show, billed is perhaps one of the most personal shows that she will ever do in her career.

The former princess said all the songs that she will be singing in this show, each has a relevance about a special part of her life, one way or the other. She, herself, directs it while Marc Lopez is the show�s musical director and arranger.

Ayen says she is not ready for a bigger venue and that she enjoys holding one-night engagement only. "Somehow, the energy is not the same for me kapag two nights na. The bigger venue, saka na. When everything is perfect already," she said.

Right now, Ayen is hands on with her children, the youngest of which is a two-year-old daughter Angela, by husband Franco Laurel. "I plan to have one more, but my husband wants a lot. Siguro when Angela is three, we�ll try na for another baby."

We asked Ayen if Franco is involved in the show in anyway and she said, "No. He will just be an audience that night. I didn�t even allow him to watch the rehearsal kasi I want to surprise him."

Ayen said that is a conscious effort on both their side, to keep each other at bay when they pursue their respective artistry. "Although we are each other�s foremost critic. We help each other out, but we make it a point not to be a part of each other�s show. It�s healthier that way," she said.

It has been three years since Ayen and Franco got married and everything seems to still be looking as rosier as the day they tied the knot. "Talaga? We don�t fight naman talaga. If anything, just minor arguments lang. And the causes are really petty. Sometimes differences in our moods, or conflicts in our schedules. Ganoon lang."

But the key, according to Ayen is the fact that they give each other space. "Pareho kaming forgiving. Hindi puwede ang palaban. Walang mangyayari. We�re both learning along the way. Although I am more patient," she said laughing.

In the next few months, there will be more of Ayen as she continues to promote her new album "Thankful." She said she wants to land a regular TV show soon, and although she is not under contract with any network, it just happens that Ayen is seen more in GMA 7.

See her tonight in person at "Expressions," 8 p.m. at GSIS Theater in Pasay City.

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