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Subject: The Beautiful Closing Paragraph of Justice Kennedy’s Gay Marriage Ruling


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Date Posted: 18:34:57 06/27/15 Sat

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored today’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, is sometimes made fun of for his notoriously purple prose. But today he managed to close his opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. I teared up. So did a few other Slate staffers




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Monique Wilson to wed longtime partner in London.


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LGBT
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Date Posted: 22:12:51 06/11/15 Thu


Monique Wilson and Rossana Abueva. (Photo from Rossana Abueva's Facebook page)




Actress and activist Monique Wilson will marry her longtime partner, banker Rossana Abueva, on Sunday in London.

The invitation card to the wedding reads: “After seventeen years together, come celebrate our seven year civil partnership into a more revolutionary commitment: marriage (in the eyes of the law), but really — the reaffirming of our radical union with those who have lived and laughed, cried and celebrated, rallied and protested, created and adventured with us these last seventeen years.”

The ceremony will take place at 12:30pm in Nottinghill in London. Same-sex unions became legal in the United Kingdom in March last year.

Wilson, who shot to fame as Lea Salonga’s alternate as Kim in the inaugural 1989 West End production of the hit musical “Miss Saigon”, came out as lesbian to Philippine media in November 2012.

She is director of One Billion Rising, a global movement against rape and sexual violence against women founded by Even Ensler, the playwright who wrote “The Vagina Monologues”.

Abueva is based in Singapore where she works as executive director for global product management at Standard Chartered.

In a speech Wilson delivered last year at St. Scholastica’s College when she received the Hildegarde Lifetime Achievement Award, she paid tribute to Abueva for her “love, generosity and support,” which she said “have been the wind and river of love that have been the motor, the fuel, the core of everything that I do.”

Wilson added, “(S)he has not only helped spread my feminist wings both artistically and politically, and to fly as high as those wings can take me – but also rides every challenge with me with a love that truly has no boundaries – and with a generosity of heart that has allowed me to keep opening my heart to keep loving others. I am so deeply and profoundly blessed to share and touch both the skies of revolution and art with her.”

Wilson, 45, will become only the second noted Filipino female celebrity to enter into a same-sex marriage overseas. In December, transgender singer-actress Aiza Seguerra married actress and beauty queen Liza Dino, in San Francisco, California.

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Subject: JUNE MACASAET FOR HEADWAY


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JJ
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Date Posted: 21:54:43 06/22/15 Mon



Hot or Not?

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Subject: MEGAN & ROLENE


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Date Posted: 09:24:53 06/25/15 Thu

Rolene & Megan are both together in Barcelona ahead of the CineEurope Film Expo in Barcelona this week!






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Subject: Mexico could be removed from Miss Universe following Trump's controversial remarks


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Date Posted: 11:35:57 06/23/15 Tue



Lupita Jones considers removing Mexico from the next Miss Universe pageant - thanks to Donald Trump.

Clearly Trump's remarks, labeling Mexico as a source of drugs, criminals and rapists did not go unnoticed. Lupita Jones, the first Mexican to win the title of Miss Universe, and now director of 'Nuestra Belleza Mexico,' which chooses its country's representatives, says she'd consider removing this year's hopeful Wendy Esparza.

She announced on Twitter that she contacted the President of the Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Donald Trump and NBC Universal, to clarify its position.

Jones added that she was guaranteed Mexico would be treated with "integrity and dignity." "It wouldn't be right to send someone to a place where they could be met with disrespect. They have assured me [that won't happen]. If at any moment, things change, I would consider not having Mexico participate."

It's still unclear if Mexico will be removed from Miss Universe 2015.

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Subject: Ex-beauty queen at sexy actress, call center agent na ngayon; nagtitinda rin ng tapa, tocino at iba pa


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Mimoza
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Date Posted: 09:25:52 07/01/15 Wed



Nakilala ang dating beauty queen na naging sexy actress na si Lyka Ugarte matapos siyang manalo na first runner-up sa Mutya ng Pilipinas noong 1983, at itanghal ding “Most Beautiful Girl in the Philippines” sa nabanggit ding taon. bigo sa pag-ibig

Kasunod nito ay pinasok na ni Lyka ang showbiz at sumikat siya sa mga ginawang sexy comedy films gaya ng, “May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo” at “May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga” noong 1984; gayundin ang mga pelikulang “Lalakwe,” “Turuang Apoy,” at action film na, “Boboy Tibayan: Tigre ng Cavite.”

Sa kabila ng mabilis na pagsikat bilang modelo at artista, tinalikuran ni Lyka ang kinang ng showbiz nang magpasya siyang pumunta sa America nang dahil sa pag-ibig.

Kuwento ng dating sexy actress kay Reah Santos sa “Tunay na Buhay” nitong Martes, “Nagpunta ako sa America. It was because of a relationship. Sumunod ako sa isang tao. Na-in love ako, iniwan lahat. Pagdating ko doon, na-realize ko na it's not all about love.”

Nagkaroon siya ng apat na anak at hindi kalaunan ay nakipag-divorce rin sa asawa. Matapos ang 11 taon, bumalik si Lyka sa Pilipinas ngunit naging mailap na sa kaniya ang mga proyekto sa industriyang minsang nagmahal sa kaniya.

Dahil kailangang kumayod para buhayin ang mga anak, walang pag-aalinlangan tinanggap ni Lyka ang trabaho bilang head of operations ng isang mall si Lyka sa tulong na ng kaniyang kaibigan.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ng kaniyang mga anak dahil sa pagiging matatag at maabilidad ni Lyka sa kabila ng mga kahirapan at pagsubok na dinanas ng kanilang pamilya.

“Wala akong masasabi, kasi si Mommy 'pag kayod, kayod talaga. Kung ano man ang kailangan namin, she always provided,” ayon kay Kimberly Stone Lao, anak ni Lyka.

Suicide attempts

Dahil naman sa kabiguan sa pag-ibig, ilang beses nang nagtangkang magpakamatay ni Lyka.

“Hindi ako mamatay-matay," lahad ng dating beauty queen. "Sabi ko, 'There must be a reason.' Hindi ko na mabilang (kung nakailang attempt). Pero the worse one was nung uminom ako ng about 125,000 milligrams of different medicines. Na-ambulance ako, pa-Makati Med. Halos patay na ako, actually. Na-dialysis ako para malinis ang blood ko and na-ICU ako for three days.”

Patuloy niya, “Hindi pa ako natapos doon. Sabi ko, 'Hindi nag-work ito, so eto naman.' I was depressed, tuwing gigising ako, wala akong rason na mabuhay.”



Kinalaunan, napag-isip-isip umano ni Lyka na lahat ng sakit na kaniyang narararamdaman ay nawawala rin paglipas ng panahon.

“Lahat ng past ko na masakit, masakit siya at that time. Kapag nag-bounce back ako, ni hindi ko na matandaan kung bakit siya masakit. Hindi ko na alam kung bakit ako nagpakamatay,” aniya.

Kaugnay ng masalimuot niyang pinagdaanan, pinaalalahanan ng dating sexy actress at beauty queen ang lahat ng mga dumadanas ng pagsubok na huwag panghinaan ng loob.

“'Pag nadapa ka, tayo lang nang tayo. Papakita sa'yo, magbubukas ang bintana. Konting liwanag man, makikita mo ang liwanag na 'yon,” payo ni Lyka.

Call Center Agent and New Love

Sa ngayon, nagtatrabaho bilang isang call center agent ang dating aktres at beauty queen, at sa simpleng pamumuhay raw niya natagpuan ang katahimikan at kapayapaan ng puso na matagal na niyang inaasam.

Paliwanag niya, “Nag-umpisa ulit ako by living simple. Living with the basics.”

Muli ring nakatagpo ng pag-ibig si Lyka sa katauhan ni Chie Martin, na kasama niya ngayon sa buhay at katuwang sa munting negosyo na kaniyang ipinundar na pagbebenta ng pagkain.

Sabi ni Chie, “As a partner, lagi kong sinasabi na she is an amazing person. Si Lyka yung tao na misunderstood by lots kasi akala nila snob. Funny siyang tao, she loves life. Gusto lang niya masaya. Hindi siya mahirap pakibagayan.”

Bukod sa pagiging call center agent, abala rin ngayon si Lyka sa pagbebenta ng tapa, tocino, longganisa, bagoong, embotido, desserts in a bottle at marami pang iba, na karamihan ay naibebenta rin niya sa mga co-workers niya sa call center. -- FRJ, GMA News

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Subject: Donald Trump Files $500 Million Lawsuit Against Univision


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Date Posted: 16:08:16 06/30/15 Tue



By Joseph Ax

June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump.



Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Subject: Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks


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Date Posted: 20:27:13 07/02/15 Thu


Jul. 2, 2015 8:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown.



Vega has been under pressure at home and from abroad to renounce her title over Trump accusing Mexico of sending rapists and drug traffickers into the U.S.

In her first public comments, Vega said Thursday that she wanted to join in the chorus of rebukes to Trump. However, she said she didn't plan to resign her crown because the Miss Universe organization does meaningful social work in communities around the world.

Many Colombians were outraged by Trump's remarks, and the city government of Bogota withdrew its support for a bid to host the Miss Universe pageant.

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