May paglilinaw si Jush Anduwitt ng GMA Pinoy TV sa akusasyon ni Cora Pastrana na walang permiso ang paglabas sa Showbiz Central ng report at wedding photos nila ni Raymond Bagatsing noong December 2008.
Sinabi ni Cora sa interview ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na hindi niya alam na kinopya ni Josh sa laptop nito ang DVD ng wedding pictures nila ni Raymond kaya nagulat siya nang lumabas ang balita sa Sunday showbiz-oriented talk show ng GMA-7. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Si Jush ang nagpadala sa Showbiz Central ng exclusive report tungkol sa pagpapakasal ni Raymond sa US-based entertainment columnist.
Ayon kay Jush, ang exchange of emails nila ni Cora ang makapagpapatunay na may pahintulot ang paglabas ng mga litrato at impormasyon.
Diumano, si Cora ang nagbigay sa kanya ng kumpletong detalye tungkol sa naganap na kasalan, mga pangalan ng mga bisita at profiles nila ni Raymond.
Ipinadala ni Jush sa PEP ang mga kopya ng palitan nila ng e-mails ni Cora.
Ikinuwento ni Jush na nagkita sila ni Cora sa dinner para kay former Press Secretary Jesus Durez sa Max’s Restaurant sa Glendale, California noong November 25, 2008.
"She even told Vic Magsaysay who took the wedding pictures, to show me the pictures. Vic showed me the DVD which contained the pictures taken at Cora’s wedding," kuwento ni Jush.
"I told Cora that this will be a good exclusive story for GMA-7’s Showbiz Central. At first, Cora said that ABS-CBN might feel slighted if GMA would have the story first before ABS-CBN since she has affiliations with them.
"I told Cora that GMA will handle the story carefully and she agreed. She asked if I was able to open the file of pictures. I said I did and I told her I will copy them.
"She advised [me] to use only those pictures where she looked good. I told her that I needed details on what took place and a background on her and Raymond. We agreed to speak on the phone soonest.
"On Thursday morning, November 27, 2008, Cora and I spoke on the phone.
"She gave details about the wedding, she also gave specific names of the principal sponsors and even spelled them," salaysay ni Jush.
DETAILS. The details included the venue of the wedding, Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles at Salon 104 on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. (before sunset), as well as the personalities involved in the ceremony.
The wedding was officiated by Judge Malcolm Mackey of the Superior Court of Los Angeles and witnessed by friends who are alumni of Assumption College. The principal sponsors included President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Oscar Orbos, former Transportation and Communication Secretary, former Governor and Congressman of Pangasinan, and former host of GMA’s Debate; Pricilla Hunt (mother-in-law of Hilda Koronel); and Roman Mosqueda.
Cora also gave Jush the following detailed info about herself and Raymond Bagatsing:
BIO. "CORAZON YOLANDA PASTRANA better known as Cora Pastrana is a syndicated columnist across USA for three Filipino American newspapers: Filipino Express, Filipino Press San Diego and New Jersey, and Weekend Balita.
"She is also the Entertainment Editor of the globally distributed Famegate magazine and a parttime broadcast correspondent for ABS-CBN Balitang America. Also, she is the publisher and editor of Star Times, an online magazine.
"Cora is the founder of the Cinema Indio Festival in Los Angeles that showcases the best of the best among Filipino movies.
"Her father, Vicente Legaspi Pastrana, was a diplomat, writer, and a lawyer; the first ever Philippine envoy to Indonesia during Sukarno’s era.
"Cora was born in Manila but was schooled abroad from grade school to high school at the Colegio dela Assumption in Madrid, Spain. She graduated with a degree in Communication Arts from the Philippine Women University, she has a post graduate degree in the Spanish language at the Centro Cultural de España, Madrid, Spain.
"She served as managing editor of Miscellaneous magazine; was the Movie and Entertainment editor of Liwayway magazine and Board Director and Officer of the Famas.
"She was elected president twice of the Philippine Press Club of America in 1993 and 1994."
Cora also provided the following information about Raymond Bagatsing and how they met:
"RAYMOND BAGATSING [is part of a] Musical in San Franciso, is doing an indie film in development, [and a] funeral trafficker.
"The couple met in November 2005 through a mutual friend at the American Film Institute (AFI).
"Raymond, at that time, was in Los Angeles to attend international film festivals for his film, What a Wonderful Place, which was shot in Israel.
"The couple’s theme song is ’Somewhere in Time.’
Jush added: "We discussed what pictures Showbiz Central can use. Lastly, she specifically requested not to credit the photographer since according to her, Vic did not want to get in trouble for giving the pictures to GMA.
"I was not invited to her wedding nor knew anyone who attended her wedding for me to have the specific details. I got to know them ONLY because CORA informed me.
"She even told me that the wedding took place the same day former President Gloria Arroyo visited Los Angeles and was also at the Sheraton, the morning of Friday, November 21, 2008.
"She specifically asked what pictures would be used by Showbiz Central and she wanted to make sure that she looked good in them.
"She even offered to send me solo shots of [herself] but I told her I had enough pictures of the wedding taken from Vic’s DVD.
"After the airing of the Pastrana-Bagatsing wedding on Showbiz Central, Cora called to ask if there was some sort of remuneration for the story. I told Cora that GMA never pays for stories.
"She informed me that they [Cora and Raymond] might visit Manila Summer 2009."
"She asked if I can arrange interviews in Manila for her and Raymond. I told her that once they have a confirmed travel schedule to let me know and I would inform GMA-7."