Monday, February 28, 2011

Korina and Mar Still Together

Korina and Mar Still Together
Mr. Showbiz
February 25, 2011

Friends of Korina Sanchez are up in arms denying that their friend and her husband Mar Roxas are separating already.

"It is not true," one of the close friends said. "They are still very much together. Both are busy with their respective workloads but no, they are not leading separate lives. Both know where the other is when they are not together," they vehemently said.

When asked where these separation rumors all come from, the source explained, "It is because Korina was never really accepted by the society people because of the nature of her work to begin with. That is why it is easy to spread rumors against her within that sosyal circle."

But wait, the friend also has another theory where the rumors have been originating. "We are also thinking that this newscaster, who has a long-time axe to grind against Korina, must be the one spreading the rumors against her. You see she hates Korina and she is close to the society people. She could be the source," the friend told us.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lucky To Have Mar

Lucky To Have Mar
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 20, 2011
By : Dolly Anne Carvajal

Korina Sanchez-Roxas is bewildered by rumors that she and Mar have split up because of a third party.

“I don’t know why they insist on this story,” she says. “Nothing could be more absurd. Maybe miserable people want to believe others are as miserable.”

They have weathered many storms together. The power couple have come this far. No amount of intrigue could come between them now.

“My relationship with Mar [has become] deeper, more nourishing and happier,” she insists. “I trust him and am still very much in love with him. If only I could freeze-frame my life right now that I have more of him. Swerte ako kay Mar! He is such a good man.”

Korina and Mar will stay together for better or for worse and for good. They will stick to their vows and never take a bow from their marriage.

Korina Denies Breakup Talk

Korina Denies Breakup Talk
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 20, 2011
By : Bayani San Diego Jr.

Talk about the purported separation of former Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and his wife, TV news anchor Korina Sanchez, has been heard in Senate hallways and the corridors of TV networks—actually, all over—for months.

People just can’t seem to stop speculating about the high-profile couple, who tied the knot at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on Oct. 27, 2009.

Described as the wedding of the year, it was witnessed by luminaries from politics and entertainment. President Benigno Aquino III, who would be Roxas’ running mate in the national elections eight months later, was among the principal sponsors.

The wedding was front-page news, needless to say, certainly a happy event. Now the buzz is not so pleasant.

So far, the worst version had Sanchez leaving the QC conjugal home and moving back to her own pad in Makati last year.

Around this, all sorts of complicated ramifications have sprouted, ranging from the dramatic (that Roxas is still smarting from his defeat in the vice presidential race last May) to the scandalous (that there is a third party, and not only that—the other woman is separated and older).

Even Sanchez’s industry colleagues admit they have heard the rumors, particularly the one linking the politician to the middle-aged socialite. These same TV insiders, however, say Korina and Mar are always seen together in society events.

Sought for comment once and for all, Sanchez, who recently resumed her job as main anchor on the prime time newscast “TV Patrol,” addressed the issue squarely. ABS-CBN Corporate Communications spoke to her, and she vehemently denied all the talk. She said: “Sorry to disappoint the source [of the rumors], but we are so much in love and happy together.”

Excellent. Happier.

Honor Beyond Politics
The Philippine Star
February 17, 2011
By : Joey Concepcion

Last week, I was able to have coffee with Sen. Mar Roxas after quite a long time. Since the election, he decided to maintain a low profile.

After seeing Mar, I can say that he is definitely back. I saw a new Mar, in very good shape. He lost weight, as he now has more time for exercise (Pilates Yoga in particular). But, his usual self was still full of ideas and concern for the country.

My first encounter with Mar was many years ago, when he started a forum called Philippines Inc. during the time of Erap. He was then the DTI Secretary. He asked me together with other negosyantes to be part of this visioning exercise in Mimosa. There were around 200 prominent figures from politics, entertainment, arts, to business and other fields. He was not yet a senator at that time.

Mar has definitely come a long way from being an investment banker. Today, despite his setback in the last election, he continues to have dreams for the Philippines. He shared with me his vision for the liberal party and it goes beyond politics. He envisions that one day; the same political maturity that America has for its party system can become a reality here where party members are not just for politicians but for those who believe in the same principles and idealism.

In America, being a republican or a democrat means that you clearly stand for basic principles and idealism. How long will it take before the Philippines gets to that level of political maturity? I guess it depends on leaders like Mar to develop a party that would exist not just because the president comes from that party. In some cases, when the president loses, the political party gets lost. We really want to see a party that goes beyond politics.

Mar is a dreamer. But, all things start from dreams. Entrepreneurs dream, believe and achieve.

I also told Mar that Go Negosyo advocate Ben Liuson of The Generics Pharmacy now has close to 900 stores and growing. Mar was a proponent of the generics medicine law. As an entrepreneur and an advocate of a better life for Filipinos, Liuson saw this as a business model. To me, he has the next Mang Inasal success story.

Having been married to Korina for about a year now, I also asked Mar how his married life is so far. He replied, “Excellent. Happier.” Mar is definitely back, with a clearer vision and renewed strength. I am sure Mar will have a place in our country’s future.