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KZ now a regular contender on China's ‘Singer 2018'

KZ Tandingan will continue to showcase Filipino talent on China’s top-rating show “Singer 2018” as a regular contender, after placing third in the top four of the  contestants’ overall rankings in her second episode as a challenger.

In her second episode that aired Friday night (February 16), KZ performed a medley of popular Mandarin love songs that included “The Pain Which You Don’t Know,” ” which put her in sixth place.

The combined rankings from her latest episode and last week’s, where she placed first and beat her music idol Jessie J, put her in third place and made her a regular contender on the show.

KZ, who hopes to break into the Chinese music industry with her stint on China’s number one show, will perform again in the next episode and face a new challenger.

The Soul Supreme earlier made headlines and set the online world abuzz after she joined the February 9 episode of the show as a challenger and gave a winning performance of “Rolling in the Deep.”

“Singer 2018’s” airs Friday nights on Hunan TV. Its current season will culminate in a live finale on April 13.

  • Published in Showbiz

Norway assured on PH quest for peace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has assured Norway that the Philippine government remains committed to securing lasting peace in the country despite the collapse of peace negotiations with communist rebels

Duterte met on Thursday night with Idun Tvedt, Norwegian special envoy for the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), in Davao City, three months after the government put an end to the talks due to continued attacks by the rebels on government troops and civilians.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said  Tvedt’s courtesy call was “warm and open”, pointing out that the special envoy reiterated   the commitment of the Norwegian Royal Government to assist the Philippines in its peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Norway has been the third party facilitator of the talks since 2001.

“The President welcomed Norway’s expression of commitment and stressed that the goal of peace must be achieved with due regard for the national interest of the Philippines. The President stressed that the Philippines is committed to peace,” Roque said.
    
Roque said Tvedt and Norwegian Ambassador to Manila Erik Forner found the courtesy call, which lasted more than an hour, “productive.”
    
The visit came on the heels of Duterte’s intensified verbal attacks against the communist rebels.
    
Duterte had declared that he would pay members of indigenous communities P25,000 for each rebel they killed and told soldiers to shoot female rebels in their vaginas, eliciting criticism from various groups.

Bong Go says no

SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go insisted yesterday that he has no plans to run for a Senate seat in the coming elections.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said SAP Go insisted to him that he has no plans to run for any position after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged him to join the Senate slate of the PDP-Laban in the coming 2019 elections.

Seccrtary Andanar said Go only wants to serve President Rodrigo Duterte as long as the president wanted and he is willing to serve President Digong even till death.

Go also confirms that he will attend the Senate inquiry on the Philippine Navy frigate deal but it does not mean that he is planning to run for a Senate seat even though President Duterte jokingly said he would in recent speeches.

Speaker Alvarez wanted to convince Go to join the senatorial candidates of PDP-Laban since he is very much loved by Mindanaoans.
 
Andanar said Speaker Alvarez is sure that SAP Go would win once he decided to run for a Senate seat in the 2019 polls.

Nat’l artist Abueva, 88

MALACAÑANG yesterday condoled with the family of National Artist Napoleon Abueva who passed away at the age of 88.

“We join the entire nation in mourning the passing of an exemplary artist, known as the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque said “Abueva’s unparalleled contributions in the realm of arts will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of every Filipino.”

“He is remembered as the youngest Filipino to become a national artist, who shaped the local sculpture scene to what it is now, utilizing almost all kinds of materials indigenous or native to the Philippines,” he said.

  • Published in Nation
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