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Francine Prieto marries husband Frank Shotkoski for the 2nd time!
By Arci Pineda

Nov 30, 2017

FOR THE second time former sexy star Francine Prieto tied the knots with husband Frank Shotkoski in Aeroskobing, Aero Island, Demark, last November 17.

Francine first married her American husband in Capri, Italy, on September 21, 2016.

The 35-year-old actress said that Aero Island was a perfect wedding destination because it is the same place where her late biological father, Jarl Jensen, was buried.

Jarl is her Norwegian father whom she never had the chance to meet since birth.

Francine explained, “Nung pinaplano na namin Scandinavian wedding ko at nakapili na kami ng lugar, sa isang island sa Denmark called Ærø, nalaman ko lang last October 2017 through my sister na dun din sa island na yun nakalibing ang father namin nang tinanong ko siya.”

“Kasi, ang alam ko lang, sa Denmark siya namatay. Tadhana talaga na dun kami magpakasal, kasi nandun din pala si biodad.”

Francine originally wanted a wedding overlooking the famous view of Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, in Norway.

But she and Frank chose Denmark because it is hard to accomplish civil wedding requirements in Norway.

Then, after their wedding, they went to Norway to meet the actress’ paternal relatives. Denmark and Norway are both part of the Scandinavian countries in Northern Europe.

Francine added, “Nag-research ako at nalaman ko, sa Denmark mas madali for foreigners magpakasal at malapit din sa family ko sa Norway. Kaya pumunta cousin ko with her husband to attend our wedding.”

Francine is referring to her Norwegian cousin, Hege Norland.

Francine also said that taking a trip to Scandinavia felt like a homecoming, because it was the first time that she met her relatives from her father’s side of the family, including her half-sister Vivian Jensen.

It was in November 19 when Francine posted a photo of her and Vivian taken at the cemetery where their dad and grandparents were buried.

Francine also posted photos of her catching up with the rest of her Norwegian relatives.

“Masayang-masaya lang ako na finally nabuo na yung missing piece sa life ko, to get to know my Norwegian roots.

I’m half Norwegian, Chinese-Filipino.

Tagal ko rin nag-attempt pumunta Norway, lalo na nang malaman ko about my family, especially my sister. “

Salamat sa Startalk nang ma-feature nila ako for their father’s day episode. Sila talaga nag-research lahat kaya nalaman ko na wala na pala biological father ko and I have a sister.

“Nakausap ko rin second wife ng father ko na buhay pa siya noon (she died also in 2010, same year ng mom ko). Tapos, through social media kaya ako naging connected sa family.”

Note that Francine was raised by her biological mother Amelia Falcon and stepfather Charles Falcon back here in the Philippines.

In her Facebook post, dated June 16, 2013, the actress related that she was 10 years old when she first discovered that her stepfather is not her biological dad.

Francine also said that it took another 10 years before her stepfather finally admitted the truth about her parentage.

But even then, Francine made it clear that she had no hang-ups about the circumstances behind her parentage. It took a while, but she’s grateful to finally meet her father’s family.

“In God’s time talaga. God is good. Tiwala lang talaga. Ngayong halos lahat ng part ng buhay ko umaayos, lubos talaga ang kaligayahan ko na mameet ang family ko, especially my sister.

“I’m very thankful to have a supportive husband.”

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THE Himig Handog award of P1 million pesos went to the grand prize winner, which was accepted by composer Libertine Amistoso and Moira.

Both Libertine and Moira were teary-eyed upon receiving their award. “Titibo-Tibo,” interpreted by Moira Dela Torre, emerged as the Best Song of Himig Handog 2017.

The grand finals was held last November 26, at ABS-CBN’s noontime musical variety program ASAP. Meanwhile, the song “Tayo Na Lang Kasi” by Jason Dy and Kyla did not receive any place in the Top 5 songs, but they won three special awards.

In this year’s edition, 10 songs were chosen to compete as the Best Song. The competing entries were (in order of ASAP Performance): Inigo Pascual ft. Aikee for “Extensyon” composed by Michael “Aikee” Aplacador; Migz Haleco for “Bes” by Eric De Leon, Morissette Amon for “Naririnig Mo Ba?” by LJ Manzano and Joan Da; Kaye Cal for “The Labo Song” by Karl Gumano and Teddy Katigbak, and Jake Zyrus for “Bagyo” by Agat Morallos.

Completing the list of interpreters are Unit 406 for “Tanghaling Tapat” by Gabriel Tagadtad; Jason Dy and Kyla for “Tayo Na Lang Kasi” by Soc Villanueva; Moira Dela Torre for “Titibo-Tibo” by Libertine Amistoso; Janella Salvador for “Wow Na Feelings” by Karlo Zabala, and Jona for “Sampu” by Raizo Chabeldin and Biv De Vera.

Here are the winners of Himig Handog 2017: Best Song - Titibo-Tibo; Second Best Song - Sampu; Third Best Song - Extensyon; Fourth Best Song - Wow Na Feelings; Fifth Best Song - Tanghaling Tapat.

Special Awards: MYX Choice for Best Music Video - Tayo Na Lang Kasi, music video by MINT College; MOR 101.9’s Choice - Tayo Na Lang Kasi; Star Music’s Listener’s Choice - The Labo Song; TFC’s Global Choice for Favorite Song - Wow Na Feelings; One Music PH’s Choice for Favorite Interpreter - Kyla and Jason Dy for “Tayo Na Lang Kasi.”

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