Nora Aunor

SUPERSTAR Nora Aunor has finally reacted to the Smoke-free Philippines advocates’ criticisms over her photo on the cover of “Yes!” magazine.

Aunor expressed dismay over the fuss made on her supposedly harmless photo.

She said, “Kriminal ba ‘yung ginawa ng tao o ano? Masyadong pinapalaki ‘yung isyu. Bakit, ngayon lang napansin na naninigarilyo ako?”

Aunor was recently criticized by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) for the bad image she was conveying in the said photograph.

PMA volunteer Fr. Robert Reyes even made comments against the move made by the veteran actress, who recently made a showbiz comeback.

He said, “Nora, you are ill-advised. You think you are moving forward, it’s a step backwards.”

Aunor, however, has humbly issued an apology. She also made amends with Reyes during their recent meeting.

*** SPEAKING OF SMOKING, actress and television host Anne Curtis got the ire of “smoke-free Philippines” campaign advocates after a copy of her “Rogue” magazine cover photo came out.

In the said photograph, Curtis was standing on a balcony in Paris with a cigarette in hand.

Similar to its reaction towards Nora Aunor’s photo with a similar theme, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) was irked by the said image.

PMA reminded publishers, producers, and artists to be more sensitive and responsible with their representations considering their great influence over the public, especially among children.

The organization showed concern that the image may relay a wrong message regarding smoking among kids.

Curtis and the management of “Rogue” magazine have not yet released a statement regarding this issue.

The actress is currently in Thailand.

***ACCLAIMED tenor Jonathan Badon makes his Ford debut on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The singer, known as the Philippines’ “Prince of POpera” has traveled the world performing in major cultural festivals and with renown orchestras and played lead roles in musicals (“Les Miserables”, “Camelot” etc.) and operas (“Candide”,  “La Traviata”). The concert, presented by Global Link Media in association with PAE Live!, promises to be an unforgettable evening of music with some of the best singers from the Filipino community.

Sharing the stage with Badon at “POpera” are three of L.A.’s finest singers/performers – Lianna Gutierrez, Claire Rodriguez and Annie Nepomuceno — each of whom bring a unique style and sound to the evening’s concert.

“Popera!” takes place at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, located at 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood, CA. 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios.  The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking.

The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

“POpera!” is proudly sponsored by Print Hub USA, Asterlink Systems, Zaba Sports, Oberman Foundation,  Carson Dental Care, Wilshire Travel Center , Gandi Skin Care, Lou Razon Couture and the LA Rose Café with media sponsors KSCI-LA18, Balita Media and The Ford is disabled accessible.  Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. Tickets, priced at $53, $43 and $33 are available at or at 323-461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD).  However, patrons who buy tickets on or before October 8 pay only $48, $38 and $28.  Group discounts for 1 – 15 are 10% off ($43, $34 and $25) or for parties of 16+, are 20% off ($38, $30 and $22). For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, please visit

***QUEEN of all Media Kris Aquino not only offers fun and entertainment to her avid followers, but also useful and practical kitchen and home products from her newest “K Everyday” collection.

This new line of kitchen and home essentials was launched last Sunday, October 2, at the event activity center of SM Megamall. Available are cookware and kitchen tools, cutlery, and colorful utensils.

The television personality also offers foam beds and mattresses under her name and manufactured by Uratex. The bed essentials have a ‘sanitized’ technology that keeps bacteria and dust away.

Her line also includes high-quality stationery and paper products by Sterling Paper.

The Queen of Talk was very meticulous in developing these products and very hands on when it comes to its design. The collection assures the durability and affordability of each product, which was inspired by Kris’ personality and practicality.

On Sunday morning, all these products will be available on the said retail fair and the Queen of All Media herself will present and demonstrate her signature products at 4 p.m.

“K Everyday” cookware and mattresses will be distributed at SM Homeworld, while stationery, gift wrappers and bags can be bought at the Stationery and Supplies section of SM Department Store. (MNS)