Friday, May 28, 2010

Korina On the Campaign Trail For Mar

Video from You Tube : Courtesy of mrdelacruz239

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Roxas Family Believes Mar Still Has Chance
May 26 2010

Nagsalita na ang pamilya ni Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas tungkol sa isyu ng laglagan sa loob ng partido. Nasaktan man sila sa napabalitang pangangampanya ng ilang Coryista para kay Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, naniniwala pa rin ang Pamilya Roxas na buo ang suporta sa kanila ng magkakapatid na Aquino at may laban pa sila sa bilangan.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Korina to Mar: Win or Lose, You're My Winner

Korina to Mar: Win or Lose, You're My Winner
May 14, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Veteran broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, wife of Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas, said she is going to accept the election result whatever it may be.

Sanchez, who decided to take a leave from broadcasting to help campaign for her husband, said that no matter what happens, she will be there as the number one supporter of Roxas.

"Oo naman. Basta nandiyan ako tagasuporta. Basta malinis [ang halalan]. Kapag ito napatunayan, at hindi umabot sa dayaan (or something), tayo unang magsasabi," Sanchez told ABS-CBN News.

Sanchez shared that her birthday message for her husband, who turned 53 on Thursday, was that Roxas will always be the winner in her life, and that she will continue to give him unconditional love.

"Para sa akin ikaw ang winner talaga sa aking puso. Napakamapagkumbaba ni Mar. Sa palagay ko, ang pagmamahal ko na walang kondisyon ay sapat," she said.

Asked about her birthday gift to Roxas, Sanchez replied: "Taos pusong pagmamahal lang."

Not yet over

Sanchez who married Roxas in October last year, believes that support for her husband never wavered. She attributed the close race to the collapse of support for third placer Loren Legarda, whose survey ratings fell drastically in last three weeks of the campaign.

"Walang umasa na 3rd candidate [Loren Legarda] mag-co-collapse. Buong buo pa rin ang boto ni Mar. 'Yung isa [Binay], nakisawsaw lang sa pwersa ng iba," Sanchez said.

Korina said that until the end, they will continue to fight for Roxas's supporters.

"Maraming boses gusto pakinggan. Kahit ang lamang isa o dalawa, bibilangin namin yun!," Sanchez said.

Thursday, May 06, 2010


I am writing this with regards an alleged incident at the Tears for Fears concert last Sunday and to clarify certain inaccuracies in reports, tweets, and exchanges we have come to know about.

First, we would like to thank everyone who watched the concert, which was a huge, huge success. It is unfortunate that, present in the audience was Ms. Korina Sanchez, who became a victim of something unintentional while the concert was ongoing. While Ms. Sanchez and her companions were dancing and doing the Laban political sign to each other for sheer fun, our production crew cameraman focused on Ms. Sanchez without her knowledge. Also unknown to her, she was being shown live on the big screens. Reports say there was “booing” from the crowd. I was at the soundboard area behind the patron section and I did not personally hear the booing myself. I must’ve been preoccupied with other concerns and the alleged booing was not loud enough to have distracted me. I would like to apologize to Ms. Korina Sanchez if our cameraman inadvertently focused on her. We would like to clarify that neither Ms. Sanchez nor anyone in her company made arrangements with us that they be given publicity mileage for political purposes during the Tears For Fears concert. I can imagine that flashing the ‘Laban’ sign has become second nature to her after having been actively campaigning daily for months.

We hope this clarifies matters and, again, we apologize to Ms. Sanchez for whatever inconvenience this misunderstanding may have caused her.

Thank you.

Renen de Guia
Ovation Productions
Promoter of Tears For Fears

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


By : Vivian Sarabia

I am an active follower of Facebook and Twitter and also like going to concerts. It so happened that day my friends and I watched the Tears for Fears Concert at Araneta Coliseum. It was a great concert and everyone enjoyed. The place was jampacked and old friends and batchmates from the 80's and 90's saw each other again, really memorable. I was totally shocked later that night to read the twitter of TJ Manotoc of ABS-CBN saying that Korina Sanchez-Roxas was booed at the concert for "flashing a Laban sign" as if she was using the event to campaign for the Liberal Party.

Korina is a longtime friend of mine although I wasn't with her group that night. I myself witnessed what happened or didn't happen that night. I must say that what has now become such a lie or a cruel exaggeration should be corrected! I should have done this earlier!

I called Korina to tell her to answer back the tweets and other viral poison going around about her that I know for a fact isn't true. Korina said that she doesn't tweet and hasn't really read any of the Facebook comments because she was too busy for her husband's campaign on the last week before the elections. Korina said she would answer in due time and that "the truth always finds a way to come out, pabayaan mo yan" was what she said.

That's Korina. But as her friend I told her that I cannot wait any longer and asked her permission if I could write my account of what really happened in my Facebook. She gave me her go-signal. And THIS, my friends, is the TRUTH.

I BUMPED INTO KORINA AT THE LOBBY OF THE GREEN GATE OF ARANETA COLISEUM SUNDAY NIGHT AND WE WERE BOTH EXCITED TO WATCH ONE OF OUR FAVORITE BANDS. Korina was in the company of a really big group, maybe 30 people, all wearing blue. They just came in from a campaign rally and I honestly thought it was so cute that there would be a Mar Roxas contingent in the audience. More than that I was happy to see these hardworking people have fun for a change. Especially Korina. She has hardly any time for herself but she made time to watch this particular show.

By the end of the show, the band gave in to a call for an encore song. By this time and as soon as the band came back on stage everyone was cheering so loudly and applauding, dancing at the same that time. It would be IMPOSSIBLE to see what anyone was doing --- such as flashing an L-sign for the whole coliseum to see! But, yes, I did see Korina and her group having fun dancing while flashing their beloved L-sign TO EACH OTHER. I even saw some people flashing the V-sign (for Villar) while dancing but, definitely all done in good fun. Korina DID NOT GO ON STAGE nor did she face the crowd to flash a sign as if campaigning! They were just dancing and having fun! Everyone has a right to dance the way they want, wear what they want in a concert.

THE PROBLEM WAS THIS. Korina was not aware that, being in front row and not able to see, she was focused by a roving camera and was being shown in the big screens on both sides of the stage! I know she was oblivious to it because I kept trying to catch her attention to tell her she was on the big screen but then she was just dancing while looking at the performers.

The tweet of TJ Manotoc said that Korina was booed. NONE OF US HEARD ANY BOOING. Many of my other friends were all over the coliseum and they did not hear it either. Maybe there really was a group that booed. Maybe those who tweeted heard themselves booing. But, PLEASE. It was definitely NOT as big group as they make it look like. ABS-CBN On-Line even reported "tens of thousands reportedly booed Korina". How is this even possible? Reporters should be more responsible. There was no side of Korina in that story, and with no byline. No one from Korina's group heard this alleged booing either, according to Korina whom I talked to the day after.

A few things to clarify: 1. There is nothing wrong with wearing what you want to a concert. 2. The way you dance and how you dance is your own business and no one else's (except if you are running naked or hurting someone else) 3. There is nothing wrong with dancing while having your hands in an L-sign, You are JUST DANCING. 4. Korina nor her group were minding their own happy business among themselves. They WERE NOT CAMPAIGNING. 5. While I agree it is not right to use entertainment venues for partisan campaigning it is NOT KORINA'S FAULT SHE WAS SINGULARLY FOCUSED BY A CAMERA AND SHOWN IN THE BIG SCREENS. They did not ask permission nor did Korina know she was on it.

Of course, political opponents have already taken advantage and have obviously padded all negative reactions in the various fora --- thanks to the exaggeration of irresponsible people.

My last word: I really hope you don't mind my saying. Many were reckless, unfair, irresponsible and quick to judge. Fortunately, Korina is a lady. Not a million tweets or FB entries can make a lie the truth. It will take more than these to bring down a class act.

GO, Korina!

Dr. Vivian Sarabia

Special thanks to Dr. Vivian Sarabia for letting the Newsblog post this note.

Sagot ni Korina Sa Isyung Pag-Boo Sa Kaniyang Laban Sign Sa TFF Concert

Sagot ni Korina Sa Isyung Pag-Boo Sa Kaniyang Laban Sign Sa TFF Concert
By: Ian F. Fariñas
May 4, 2010

PULITIKA ang nasa likod ng paglaki ng insidenteng bi-noo siya sa Araneta Coliseum sa kasagsagan ng concert ng ’80s English pop rock duo na Tears for Fears nu’ng Linggo ng gabi.

Ito ang binitawang pahayag ni Korina Sanchez sa isang mini-interview sa Imperial Palace Suites ng Regal matriarch na si Lily Monteverde kahapon ng hapon.

Sey ng batikang brodkaster, ang suspetsa niya, anti-Noy-Mar group ang nag-boo sa kanya sa pag-aakalang hanggang sa Tears for Fears concert, nangangampanya siya.

Ang totoo, dagdag pa niya, gaya ng iba ay nagkakasiyahan lang sila ng mga kasamahan niya at wala siyang ideya na kinukunan na pala sila ng kamera at ipinakikita sa giant screens.

“Concerts are a venue of expression, kung gusto kong magsayaw with the ‘L’ (Laban) sign, karapatan ko ’yon. Kung gusto kong magsuot ng Mar T-shirt, karapatan ko rin ’yon. Paano pa kung ang ipinokus ng cameraman ay itong ‘I Love Mar’ pin na suot ko? Eh, ’di ganu’n din ’yon? Hindi naman ako umakyat sa entablado, ’di ba?” paliwanag pa ni Koring.

Sang-ayon daw siya sa obserbasyon ng iba na hindi na siya dapat ipinakita pa sa giant screens. Agree rin daw siya na hindi dapat ginagamit ang concert gaya ng sa Tears for Fears para mangampanya.

“Ang problema, ni hindi ko alam na nasa big screen pala kami. Trenta kami lahat na magkakasama dahil galing kami sa rally (sa People Power Monument). Kung tutuusin, hindi dapat pinokus ang mukha ko at all, ang aking mukha ay isang malaking ‘L’ sign.

“So, siguro, kung magagalit sila, magalit sila du’n sa kumuha sa ‘kin sa screen,” depensa pa niya.

Sa totoo lang, hindi na raw sana niya sasagutin pa ang isyu. Kaso, pakiramdam ni Korina, kailangan niyang protektahan ang pangalang pinaghirapan niyang buuin sa loob ng napakahabang panahon.

Tanggap daw niya na sakaling palarin ang vice presidentiable husband na si Mar Roxas sa eleksyon, hindi na siya makababalik pa sa newscasting. Kaya ngayon pa lang, handa na ang loob niya sa paggawa ng ibang bagay, gaya ng TV commercials.

Eh, paano pa raw siya pagkakatiwalaan kung hahayaan lang niyang masira ang iniingatang pangalan dahil sa pulitika?

Anyway, hiningi rin ng showbiz press ang reaksyon ni Korina sa pahayag ni Sen. Chiz Escudero na may “B” ang manok niya sa Mayo 10: Si Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, kalaban ni Sen. Mar sa pagka-bise presidente.

Ang sagot ni Koring, “Well, ang masasabi ko lang d’yan, eh, may ‘K’ (as in, karapatan) ang bawat isa sa atin na pumili ng gusto nating tandem. May ‘K’ si Chiz na sabihing may ‘B’ ang kandidato niya in the same way na may ‘K’ din akong sabihin na walang ‘B’ ang sa akin. Walang bisyo, walang barkada, and you can check that out, higit sa lahat, walang babae, ako lang.”

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Mar, Korina Sneak In Araneta For American Idol's Concert

Mar, Korina Sneak In Araneta For American Idol's Concert
May 4, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said that despite the rigors of the campaign, like any newlywed, he still finds time to be with his wife, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.

He shared that he and Sanchez watched concerts of international artists at the Araneta Coliseum over the weekend.

“I was driving, in fact, just the two of us, our quiet time about 10:30 to 11 p.m. and then I was ‘Oh the parking lot is puno.’ Akala ko basketball. 'No, Kelly Clarkson the first [American] Idol.' 'Sino iyon? So silip tayo.' Nakiusap kami,” he recounted on ANC’s “Headstart” on Tuesday.

When asked by anchor Karen Davila if he and Sanchez got into the family-owned Araneta Coliseum for free on Saturday night, Roxas said: “Nakiusap kami... haha.”

“Pero wala naman kaming upuan, nakatayo lang kami. In fact, naka upo kami sa carton ng kahon ng equipment,” he added.

Roxas is the son of the late Sen. Gerardo Roxas and Judy Araneta-Roxas. He married Sanchez on October 27, 2009.

The vice-presidential candidate, meantime, commented on Clarkson’s performance.

“She has a good voice I didn't recognize any of her songs. But I noticed that her songs all about heartbreak,” the 52-year-old senator said.