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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gladys Guevarra vs 4 loveteams ng ABS-CBN!

Isang malaking hamon at napaka-flattering na rin para kay Gladys Guevarra ang Magic Kamison, pinakabagong telenovela ng GMA7 na magsisimulang mapanood sa Linggo, Peb. 4, pagkatapos ng SOP.

Hindi lamang isang napakalaking break ang ipinagkaloob sa kanya ng network, malaking tall order din ang makipagsabayan siya sa apat na mga sikat na loveteams ng ABS CBN na makakatapat ng Magic Kamison, ang Your Song nina Gerald Anderson at Kim Chiu, John Prats at Heart Evangelista, Sarah Geronimo at Carlo Aquino at Judy Ann Santos at Ryan Agoncillo.

Interesado rin dito ang mga TV viewers dahil balik tambalan sina Sarah at Carlo (Bituing Walang Ningning) at John at Heart, idagdag mo pa ang boxoffice tandem nina Juday at Ryan.

As it is, tila kinakasihan ng swerte si Chuchay, palayaw ni Gladys, sunud-sunod ang mga intriga at kontrobersya ang kinakaharap niya na may kasamang luha na maaring ituring na gimik ng marami para sa MK pero hindi ito sinasadya ni Gladys.

Tulad ng sinasabi niyang nag-resign siya ng Eat Bulaga para magpahinga dahilan sa isang imperfection sa kanyang likod na araw -araw ay kinakailangang mabigyan ng therapy, yun pala ay tatanggap siya ng isang bagong palabas.

Once a week ang taping ng MK kumpara sa anim na araw niya sa Eat Bulaga.

"Mayro’n akong panahon na magpahinga at sumailalim sa therapy kundi baka tuluyan nang bumaluktot ang aking katawan. Pinakamalaking break ito sa aking career kaya di ko na pinalampas pa. Pero, nang tanggapin ko ito ay nakaalis na ako sa EB," paliwanag ni Chuchay.

Kasama ni Chuchay sa MK sina Alfred Vargas, Nadine Samonte, Carmi Martin, Joy Viado, Iwa Moto, Tia Pusit, Mike Gayoso at si Pilita Corrales, bilang boses ni Magic Kamison.

Malaking sugal din kay Chuchay ang MK dahil one season lang ito na posibleng ma-extend kung ito ay mag-rate pero kung hindi… Ang tagumpay nito ay naka-atang sa balikat niya.

SANGA-SANGANDILA Ni Veronica R. Samio
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/31/2007

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Nadine Samonte, di patatalbog kay Jennylyn!

Hanggang Enero na lang mapapanood si Nadine Samonte sa Bakekang dahil bida na rin siya sa Super Twins kasama si Jennylyn Mercado. Kaya nga panay ang pagda-diet nito para hindi matalbugan ni Jenny sa seksing costume.

Hindi totoo ang balitang kaya nangangayayat ang aktres ay dahil meron itong anorexia. Maingat lang sa katawan si Nadine. Bukod sa Super Twins ay kasama rin siya sa Magic Kamison.


SUNTOK SA BUWAN Ni Emy Abuan-Bautista
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/30/2007

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Ara Mina: What you see is what you get

Ara Mina and I must have started our showbiz careers around the same time. But she was very young then, while I was… no, I’m not the topic here so let’s not get into that anymore.

Supposedly she began in That’s Entertainment, but I don’t remember her there because that program had wholesale casting and it was difficult to distinguish the cast members individually.

But I remember watching her launching movie in 1996, but I don’t recall the title. It was a sexy horror where she was cast as a ghost, who was always in her prom gown. It was frightening as a film, not because of the horror scenes, but because it was so badly put together. And Ara, a very new and raw actress, could not for the life of her save the film.

When I migrated to the US and came home for a vacation in late 1998, one of the local films I saw was Sagad sa Init with Ara Mina. In the movie, she was totally eclipsed by Sharmaine Arnaiz, who played an evil and scheming politician’s wife.

The year after – when I had returned to the country for good – Ara made a film with Maryo J. de los Reyes. Again, I don’t remember the title, but it was like a sequel to My Other Woman. This time, however, Alice Dixson, who played the other woman a decade earlier, was cast as the legal wife and she had developed into a competent actress – eclipsing Ara Mina.

Ara Mina actually didn’t come into her own as an actress until 2002 – when she played a rebellious Chinese mestiza in the original Mano Po, which is still the best of the series.

She was declared Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress for that film and when her name was announced as winner, there was a collective fainting among Vilmanians in the country and even all over the world. She shocked everyone by defeating Vilma Santos for Dekada ’70.

Although Vilma Santos (also for Dekada ’70) won in subsequent awards races and, in fact, scored a grand slam, we cannot dismiss Ara’s win in Mano Po as a fluke. Ara Mina by then had already improved tremendously as an actress. This time in Mano Po, she wasn’t eclipsed anymore by her co-stars, not even by the seasoned Maricel Soriano.

In the Manila Film Festival the year after, she gave an even more solid performance in Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa and again won Best Actress.

She was at her very best, however, in Minsan Pa, but it’s something she can still easily top because she had already matured into a fine actress and I expect even better performances from her in the future. Such is my faith in her now as an artist.

As a person, I wasn’t witness to her transition simply because she had always been very nice – even from the beginning. She is best described in one adjective: Sweet.

Of course, there were times she had to show her fangs – like when she went into a word war with Aiko Melendez. That time I have to admit that I was somewhat drawn toward Aiko’s side because I’ve known her longer, am very fond of her and we have this bonding because our birthdays are only a week apart. But Ara remained sweet toward me – and still is to this day.

But what I like best about her is her honesty and sincerity. She is the classic "what you see is what you get."

Still another admirable trait is her love for her family – and her being so protective over her siblings. I’ve seen her fight for her sister Christine Reyes and I saw how Ara could also be ferocious in defense of a loved one. And even when it was the two of them fighting, I sided with her because I knew she only wanted what was best for her younger sister.

Even sister Mina Princess, a special child, isn’t lacking in love from her. Ara is practically dedicating her concert – Loving Ara – at the Araneta Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 3, to this sister born with Down’s Syndrome. Part of the show’s earnings will be used to help children afflicted with different kinds of illnesses.

I’ve seen how Ara works so hard to make this project a success and I’m beginning to admire her even all the more (which is why I’m helping her out by way of this piece even if she didn’t ask me to).

Loving Ara
is not only a fund-raising event. It is also a testimony to her 15 years in show business – and there is reason for her to celebrate. After all, hurdling 15 years in the entertainment profession – with all its ups and downs and intrigues – is no mean feat. And Ara Mina survived that and turned out to be an even better person and artist.

STAR BYTES By Butch Francisco
The Philippine Star 01/30/2007

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Carmina Villarroel not ready to have a movie with Rustom Padilla

Hindi pa handa si Carmina Villarroel na makasama sa pelikula si Rustom Padilla.

Siguro raw, mangyayari iyon pero hindi pa ngayon. Wala siyang masabi sa pagbabalik showbiz ng dating asawa.

Nang tanungin si Carmina tungkol dito ay hindi niya alam kung paano magre-react dahil wala na sa isip niya si Rustom at maligaya na raw sila sa kani-kanyang buhay. Ang importante sa kanya ay wala na siyang mahihiling pa sa nangyayari sa kanyang buhay, mapa-personal o mapa-career.

Pangarap pala ni Carmina na makagawa siya ng pelikula na kasama muli sina Ruffa Gutierrez at Aiko Melendez. May naiisip na silang istorya at producer na lang ang kailangan para mangyari ito.

Si Carmina ay kasali sa main cast ng Princess Charming kung saan kasama niya muli ang asawang si Zoren Legaspi. Malaking bagay raw na si Zoren ang kasama niya sa trabaho dahil gamay na niya ang asawa at kumportable siyang umarte.

Bale pangalawang TV series na ito na ka-partner niya si Zoren. Ang una ay ang Majika.

Nang matanong si Carmina kung willing siyang maging guest ni DJ Mo sa radio show nito para sagutin ang 40 Forbidden Questions ay ayaw niya. Ayaw raw niyang magkaroon ng kaaway.

Wala pang balak sundan nina Carmina at Zoren ang kambal nila dahil busy sila at mahal daw ang bilihin. Tama na muna raw ang dalawang anak. LINK to post.

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Dennis Trillo at Mother Lily Monteverde, mend wounds

Nagkaayos na sina Dennis Trillo at Mother Lily Monteverde noong Miyerkules nang gabi sa Imperial Palace Suites penthouse (Morato Ave., QC).

Tahimik na nagpapamasahe si Mother Lily sa may poolside nang biglang dumating si Dennis (pasado 12:00 AM) dala ang isang pumpon ng bulaklak para sorpresahin ang Regal producer.

Hindi agad nakabangon si Mother dahil pataob siyang minamasahe at laking gulat niya nang pagbaling ng mukha niya ay nasa likod na niya si Dennis at inaabutan siya ng bulaklak.

Touched na touched si Mother at mangiyak-ngiyak siya sa sobrang kagalakan. Niyakap niya agad at hinalikan si Dennis, na kasunod ang manager nitong si Popoy Caritativo na niyakap at hinalikan din ni Mother.

Matatandaang sumama ang loob ng kampo ni Dennis kay Mother Lily nang mapunta kay Richard Gutierrez ang role sa Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di na originally ay para kay Dennis.

Naging very vocal ang manager ni Dennis na nasaktan ito sa nangyari at nagtampo ito sa Regal produ pero si Dennis ay nanatiling tahimik tungkol sa isyu.

Huling nakausap nina Popoy at Dennis si Mother noon pang Oktubre 2006, pagkatapos ng huling presscon ng pelikulang TXT (nina Dennis, Angel Locsin at Oyo Sotto) doon din sa Imperial Palace.

Noon pa maraming nagtatangkang pagbatiin sina Mother at Popoy pero walang nakakumbinsi kay Popoy, na tila naghihintay lang pala ng tamang pagkakataon.

Ayon kay Popoy, walang pumilit sa kanila ni Dennis na magpunta roon para makipag-peace kay Mother, kusa nilang itong ginawa dahil gusto na nilang maayos ang lahat.

"New Year, kaya new start!" nakangiting sey ni Popoy, na aminadong na-miss ang kaibigang producer.

Sambit naman ni Mother, pareho niyang na-miss nang husto sina Dennis at Popoy at humingi na umano siya ng tawad kung anuman ang nagawa niyang pagkakamali sa dalawa.

"Heaven ang feeling ko! I’m so happy!" teary-eyed na bulalas ni Mother na animo’y nabunutan ng tinik sa dibdib.

Ani Popoy, isa ang close friend niyang si Kris Aquino sa mga nagpayo sa kanyang makipag-ayos na siya kay Mother.

Malaki rin ang naging papel ni Tita Malou Fagar na palaging hingahan ng sama ng loob at tagapayo ni Popoy.

Bago naganap ang nasabing pagbabati ay nakipagmiting na si Popoy sa anak ni Mother Lily na si Roselle Monteverde-Teo para pag-usapan ang susunod na movie project ni Dennis sa Regal. LINK to post.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pampronta ng mga Pinoy cable companies sa abroad

Pinaghahandaan na ni Kuya Germs ang celebration niya ng Walang Tulugan. Isipin ninyo, naka-10 taon na pala siya sa midnight slot sa Channel 7. Noong una siyang ilipat sa isang show na pang-hatinggabi mula sa kanyang mga prime time programs, may mga nagsasabing baka yon na ang katapusan ng kanyang tv career. Maliwanag naman kasi noon pa man, na gagawin na lang siyang consultant ng Channel 7. Pero, hindi pumayag si Kuya Germs dahil gusto niyang patunayan kahit na sa mga kumakalaban sa kanya noong panahong yon na may magagawa pa siya.

Napatunayan naman ito ni Kuya Germs. Isipin ninyo, kahit na walang bayad ang kanyang mga guests, at kahit na madaling araw na ang kanyang show, nagdadatingan pa rin sa kanya ang mga artista. Eh kasi maraming nanonood sa kanyang show at magandang mag-promote doon.

Ngayon mas matindi pa nga si Kuya Germs, dahil lumilitaw na hindi lamang sa Pilipinas may nanonood sa kanya, siya rin ang may pinakamataas na ratings sa lahat ng mga shows nila na inilalabas sa Pinoy TV sa cable sa abroad. Hindi ba kahit na ang ibang artista sa kanilang network, inaamin na pagdating sa abroad lahat sila ay nasasapawan ni Kuya Germs? Hindi ba ngayon ang Walang Tulugan ang ginagawang pang-front ng mga cable companies na nagdadala sa kanilang Pinoy TV dahil yon naman talaga ang hinahanap ng mga Pinoy?

Inaasahan niya na darating ang lahat ng mga artistang close sa kanya at naging bahagi ng kanyang tv career sa isang buwan ding pagdiriwang ng ika-sampung taon ng kanyang Walang Tulugan.

ISYU AT BANAT Ni Ed De Leon
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/27/2007

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Rochelle Pangilinan, forever na sa Sex Bomb

Bilib kami kay Rochelle Pangilinan. Nasa Sex Bomb Dancers pa rin siya all these years.

Naalala namin na hinulaan sila noon na hindi sila sisikat kung magkakawatak-watak sila.

Ayon sa isang proprietor ng isang talent agency, nagsimula sa kanya si Rochelle bilang singer at entertainer. Pero nang maging Sex Bomb member na ito, ayaw niyang mag-solo kahit may puwesto siya sa Japan o mag-solo sa pelikula.

"Kung pumayag lang siya, nauna pa siya kay Aleck Bovick," sabi sa amin ng talent agency boss. "Ngayon, late na yata para sa kanya na magsimula."

Malamang, forever Sex Bomb na si Rochelle. LINK is here.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ara Mina Foundation

Alam naman pala ni Ara Mina na maraming intriga sa pulitika pero, willing pa rin siyang makigulo.

Pero hindi pa sure kung anong posisyon ang tatakbuhan niya dahil ang daming nago-offer sa darating na local elections sa Mayo.

Pero kung maraming nagi-encourage na maki-join siya sa politics, marami rin palang kontra sa gustong gawin ng aktres if ever. Say ng isang veteran writer: "Wag na siyang makigulo. Mas advisable na mag-concentrate na lang siya sa career at lovelife niya."

Actually, may point naman ang sinabi ng veteran writer dahil mas matatahimik ang buhay niya. At habang nag-iisip pa kung anong position ang sasalihan niya, kinakarir talaga ni Ara ang pagkanta.

Aba, may sarili siyang voice coach. As in from Conservatory of Music pa ng University of the Philippines ang kinuha niya para magturo sa kanya ng tamang pagkanta, though singer naman talaga siya.

In fact, after the presscon last weekend nagmamadali siya kasi nga may rehearsal pa para sa kanyang concert sa Araneta Coliseum on February 3.

For a cause ang concert na ito ng singer/actress para sa kanyang Ara Mina Foundation.

Celebration na rin ng kanyang 15th anniversary sa showbiz ang nasabing concert.

Sabi nga ni Ara sa nasabing presscon, hindi rin niya ini-expect na mararating niya ang status ngayon.

More than sa nalalapit na election, mas ang nararamdamang kaba at excitement sa kanyang concert sa Araneta ni Ara. First time niya kasing mag-concert sa malaking venue. "Pero alam ko namang susuportahan ako. For a good cause ang concert na ‘to," she said.

Hindi lang kasi alam ng marami na may sariling foundation si Ara na matagal-tagal na rin niyang tinatag.

BABY TALK Ni Salve V. Asis
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/25/2007

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Charming, pinapaghintay ang press!

Ala-una na ng hapon nang lisanin ko ang Annabel’s sa QC kung saan ginanap ang pa-presscon para sa Princess Charming, latest telenovela ng GMA7 na magsisimula sa Enero 29 pero, ni hindi ko nakita ang isa sa pinaka-star ng palabas na unang sumikat sa Bakekang, si Eunice Lagusad.

Nasa opisina na ako nang may matanggap akong tawag na nagsabi na dumating din naman ang batang artista, at nahuli ito dahilan sa mayro’n ginawa sa iskwela.

Akala ko pa naman, may attitude na si Eunice dahilan sa naghintay sa kanya ang buong cast ng teleserye (Krystal Reyes, Allan Paule, Mel Martinez, Jade Lopez, Chanda Romero, Jackie Rice, Zoren Legaspi, Carmina Villaroel, Lotlot de Leon at Mark Herras) at ang entertainment press na marami na rin ang umalis dahilan sa may iba pang lakad o kagaya ko na may deadline na hinahabol.

Dalawa o tatlong ka-mesa ko ang nakaringgan ko ng reklamo dahil tapos na nga silang kumain at nakapag-interview na kay Princess (Krystal Reyes) pero no appearance pa rin si Charming (Eunice). Wala ka namang makausap na isang artista dahil nakaupo na sila sa presidential table at matiyagang hinihintay ang pagdating ni Charming.

Ganunpaman ang Princess Charming ay kwento ng dalawang bata na ang kinabukasan ay babaguhin ng pakikialam ng isang mayamang donya na ang mga desisyon sa buhay ay inaasa sa hula.

Direksyon ni Argel Joseph.


SANGA-SANGANDILA Ni Veronica R. Samio
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/24/2007

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Princess Charming starts on Tuesday

Ngayong Tuesday ang presscon ng Princess Charming at sana present si Mylene Dizon dahil marami kaming itatanong sa kanya. Kapapanood lang kasi namin ng digi film na Romeo and Juliet nila ni Andrea del Rosario at nagulat kami sa marami nilang kissing scenes as in, laplapan talaga. Plus may shower scene pa sila at nagsasabunan talaga ng katawan.

Tsitsikahin din namin ang aktres sa set-up nila ni Paolo Paraiso na kahit hiwalay na sila, libre pa rin itong matulog sa bahay niya dahil hinahanap ng anak nilang si Tomas. Gusto ng bagets na kayakap ang mga magulang ‘pag natutulog.

Gusto rin ni Mylene na ‘pag nagkaanak uli siya, si Paolo pa rin ang ama para buo na magkapatid ang mga anak niya. Mahirap lang itong mangyari ngayon dahil as of now, malabo silang magkabalikan ng ama ng kanyang anak.

Sa January 29 na pala ang pilot ng Princess Charming at sa Dramarama sa Hapon ito ilalagay ng GMA-7 at ‘di primetime. Si Argel Joseph ang director ng soap na bida sina Crystal Reyes (former Jolina Marie Reyes) at Charming Lagusad (Eunice Lagusad) dati.

ABOUT SHOWBIZ Ni Nitz Miralles
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/23/2007

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Hazel Uy and Dex Quindoza Tandem

Kasama na sa Avengers ng StarStruck 4 The Next Level sina Hazel Uy ng Cebu at Dex Quindoza ng Tondo, Manila dahil sila ang latest pair na na-eliminate last Sunday. Hopefully, magka-career pa rin ang dalawa kahit out na sila sa contest.

Naalala namin ang tsikahan namin with direk Louie Ignacio tungkol sa mga taga-SS. Hindi kami pumabor sa sinabi nitong kasalanan ng mga bata kung bakit ‘di sila nabibigyan ng project, kaya ‘di sumisikat. Unprofessional daw ang mga bagets at late na nga dumadating ay ‘di pa memoryado ang script.

Ang punto nami’y hindi naman yata lahat ng Avengers ay unprofessionals. May ilan sa kanilang seryoso sa trabaho at naghihintay lang ng break. Silang mga professional, masunurin at seryoso sa trabaho ang bigyan nila ng project.

Kaya natutuwa kami na isinama sa Bakekang si Arci Muñoz at nasa Princess Charming din siya kasama si Jade Lopez. Si Megan Young ay nasa Asian Treasures at sana, pati ang ibang taga-SS ay mabigyan din ng show.


ABOUT SHOWBIZ Ni Nitz Miralles
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/23/2007

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Nadine Samonte updates

Napadaan kami sa taping ng Bakekang kung saan ang kinukunan ay eksena nina Nadine Samonte at Sheryl Cruz. Walang masyadong usisero dahil dis-oras na nang gabi ito. Dito namin nalaman na si Nadine ang nagmamaneho ng kanyang kotse tuwing may mga trabaho siya. Nanggagaling pa ang aktres sa bayan ng Santa Rosa, Laguna.

Naaawa man ang ina ay wala siyang magawa dahil hindi siya marunong magmaneho. Pinaalis na ng ina ang driver dahil madalas itong late at naapektuhan ang schedule ng aktres.

Dahil sa hirap humanap ng matinong driver ay napagtiisan nila ito nang almost one year. Ngayon ay halos three hours bago sila makarating ng Manila dahil mabagal mag-drive si Nadine.

Hindi pa pala gaanong tapos ang bahay na ipinagawa ni Nadine. Unti-unti raw nilang tinatapos ito. Sa pagtitiyaga ng dalaga ay naka-atikha siya ng bahay sa bayan nila.

Ilang eksena na lang ang kukunan kay Nadine sa Bakekang dahil nag-uumpisa na siya sa bagong programang Super Twins kung saan makakasama niya sina Jennylyn Mercado at Dennis Trillo.

Maganda ang pasok ng taon kay Nadine, kasama sa pilot episode ng Magic Kamison na mag-uumpisa sa Pebrero. LINK is here.

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Gladys Guevarra, may bagong BF na?

Dating talent ng Best Frends ni German Moreno si Bradley Holmes na sabi’y bagong boyfriend ni Gladys Guevarra. Matagal na raw magkakilala ang dalawa, kaya magkasundo.

Tsika sa amin, suwerte ng komedyana kung totoong bf niya ang lalake dahil guwapo na’y mabait pa at nasa 20s ang edad. Singer din ito at member ng banda.

Makukumusta natin ang lovelife ni Gladys sa presscon ng Magic Kamison na gagawin bago ang pilot ng show sa February 4. Mas maganda kung igi-guest sa show si Brad at makaka-pareha ni Chuchay Panorotan (Gladys).

Kuwela pala ang role rito ni Gladys as the caretaker of the Magic Kamison at katulong na tindera ng tita niya sa ukay-ukay stall. Nilinaw ni Rams David, EP ng show na in-offer nila ang singer-comedienne bago pa ito mag-resign sa Eat Bulaga. LINK is here.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Angel Locsin, queen in GMA7

Totoo nga ang sinasabi ng isang sikat na manghuhula na si Angel Locsin pa rin ang pinakasikat na aktres sa taong ito. Katunayan, siya pa rin ang reyna ng GMA 7 kung saan nakapagpatala ng 41% sa pilot episode ng Asian Treasures nila ni Robin Padilla. Kaya naman inspirado ngayon ang aktres sa kanyang trabaho kahit kabi-break lang sa nobyo. Kahit paano sa sobrang pagod ay unti-unti na itong nakaka-recover sa kanilang paghihiwalay ni Oyo.

Kulang na kulang sa tulog si Angel dahil naglalagare sa taping ng Asian Treasures at sa Valentine presentation na The Promise. LINK

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Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras, still fighting?

Marami kaming nadidiskubre sa latest away nina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras at habang nasa away-bati mode sila, marami pang mabubulgar at madadawit na tao.

Nabasa namin ang isang text message ni Jennylyn kay Mark yung sinabi nitong tinanong ni Patrick Garcia ang address niya (ni Mark) at nagtanong pa kung ibibigay niya? Kasama sa message ang "Kaya handa mo na sarili mo ha! Ingat ka lagi." Naka-save ang message na yun sa cellphone ni Mark at puwedeng basahin.

Nabanggit din ni Mark na wala siyang balak sirain ang relasyon nina Jen at Patrick. Ang ikinainis lang daw niya’y ang pag-epal (papel) ni Patrick. "Bakit ume-epal siya sa away naming personal ni Jennylyn?"

Sa January 29 na eere ang Princess Charming sa Dramarama Sa Hapon slot ng GMA-7. Marami pang malalaman ang press kay Mark sa presscon ng show na kundi kami nagkakamali’y this week na. Puwede ring walang presscon para makaiwas ang actor ng dagdag na kontrobersya.
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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jennylyn Mercado, pinagsasabong sina Mark, Patrick

KAHIT pinagbati na sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras, dahil sumagot pa muna si Jennylyn, may pahabol pa rin si Mark.

Dahil sa ibinalita naming text fight nina Jennylyn, Mark and Patrick Garcia, gumawa ng paraan ang GMA Artist Center para mag-ayos ang dating mag-partner from StarStruck days.

Around 4 p.m., pinag-three-way call ng kanilang common handler na si Daryl Zamora ang dalawa and from both sides, okay na sila.

Kaso, nalaman ni Mark na bago pala ito, sumagot muna si Jennylyn sa issue na si Mark ang nanggugulo sa kanila and not the other way around, so, mamaya, magsasalita si Mark sa Startalk to air his side.

Wala naman daw plano si Mark na sirain ang relationship ng dalawa at wala siyang planong magsabi ng masama against them. Ang ikinagalit ni Mark, bakit daw pumapapel si Patrick sa personal nilang away ni Jennylyn.

Gustong linawin ni Mark na never siyang bumalik kay Jennylyn as the girl have been quoted.

Alam daw ni Jennylyn yan, so, ngayon it’s a matter of credibility na lang kung sino ang nangbabaligtad kanino.

So, mamaya sa Startalk ilalabas kaya ni Mark ang actual text ni Jennylyn na sinasabing hindi niya tineks, to quote:

“Tinatanong ni Pat ad m bigay ko ha? Alam m naman un pulitka hawak nun. Kaya handa m n sarili m ha? Ingat k lage’ LINK

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Lani Misalucha updates

Lani Misalucha now lives permanently in the US and aside from short working visits to the Philippines, there does not seem to be any chance of her returning home for good soon. They sure miss her in the concert circuit but she cannot be blamed for making that decision. While I am sure she would have continued to have a flourishing career out here had she stayed, there is really something fascinating about the lure of Las Vegas for any performer and Lani has fallen for that.

Judging from what we have been hearing from that part of the world these days, Vegas has also fallen for her charms and given her another successful phase in her career. Lani shares the stage with the Society of Seven (SOS), the now legendary group of Filipinos which has been performing all over the US for over 40 years.

The SOS members are total performers who put on an excellent show. Lani blends in very well although most of the raves she gets are about her singing. They started out at the Main Showroom of the Las Vegas Strip last year but have since moved to the bigger and poshier Jubilee Theater at the Bally Hotel where they are booked for over a year.

However, that does not mean Lani has totally forsaken her fans. A short visit late last year resulted in an album simply entitled Lani Misalucha. It is made up of love songs, most of which are big favorites among Pinoys now presented to you done the Lani way. Among the cuts included are Very Special Love, I Live for Your Love, Love Me Again, Come in from The Rain, Someone in the Dark which I think is the best of the whole package, Never Knew Love Like this Before, A Certain Sadness, All in Love is Fair, Hold Me, Never My Love, and because it was released late last year in time for the Yuletide season, the final cut is Christmas Won’t Be The Same Without You.

The CD carries a flyer about Lani’s homecoming this year. This will be celebrated with a concert at the Araneta Coliseum in QC on March 17. For details, call 712-9755, 731-1667 or 911-5555.

Still on Lani, for a taste of some of her early recordings, you might want to check out the Silver Series. Released to celebrate 25 years of Viva Music, the special edition albums cost only P150 each and include hit compilations from some of the biggest names in Filipino music. And that line-up includes Lani.

Lani Misalucha at the Silver Series features Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko, Tag-araw, Tag-ulan, Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, Never Never Never, Amazing Grace, Tunay Na Mahal, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Sing, Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang with Freestyle and others. LINK

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Billy Crawford, tells all in own book (well, almost!)

Billy Crawford left on a PAL flight for L.A. Tuesday night the same way he breezed into town on Dec. 29 last year – that is, sans fanfare.

But it’s not true that he kept his homecoming a secret.

"I came home for vacation," he told Funfare in an exclusive interview (The STAR was the only paper he agreed to talk to) over dinner at the Little Asia (Promenade outlet, Greenhills) the day before he left. "I followed my mom and my brother so we could celebrate the New Year together. I wanted to spend the Christmas holidays here but I didn’t make it on time."

Billy’s only public appearance was last Monday at the Walk of Fame in Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City, where he was given his own "star" (bringing the total to 73 stars so far) by his Papa German "Kuya Germs" Moreno who saw him grow and rise from being a child star to the pop superstar that Billy is now in Europe.

Two weeks ago, though, he dropped by at good friend Claire dela Fuente’s Grill & Seafood restaurant at the Dampa Seaside Paluto on Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. in Pasay City where a roving reporter of GMA’s 24 Oras caught him.

Looking sexier with a leaner body covered with tattooes ("Yes, they are permanent," he said), Billy was accompanied to Little Asia by his long-time manager Raul Laurente and his Papa Germs, while I was with New York-based Balikbayan journalist Raoul Tidalgo (entertainment editor and columnist of The Filipino Reporter) who has his own juicy stories about Billy.

"In Rome," said Raoul who was at the Eternal City in November last year, "I saw pop magazines with Billy on the cover. In fact, Billy is very popular in other parts of Europe, including Paris where he’s a sought-after cover boy of fan magazines. Everywhere he goes, fans scramble for him."

Actually, Billy has been coming and going these past seven years, sometimes just for R&R and at other times to promote an album as he did in 2003 for Ride which he recorded for then BMG Pilipinas, Inc. (now merged into SonyBMG).

"That was the time I had an accident," recalled Billy who was then hospitalized for over-fatigue. "I was in the hospital when I fainted and broke my jaw. I couldn’t dance or sing; it took me three months to recuperate."

He moved in June last year from New York, his home base for years, to L.A. where he has put up his own production company called YPMP which produces, he said, "lots of songs for other artists," not just himself.

"My company produces albums and then I tie up with other companies, whether foreign or local, for distribution purposes."

Before flying to the Philippines, Billy completed a 30-city concert tour in Europe (Switzerland, Monaco, etc., which drew between 10,000 to 20,000 people to every show) where he also launched his own clothing line called BC and released (in Paris) his biography entitled La Vie en Moi (The Life of Me), written in French but translated into English. Both the book and the clothing line will be launched in the Philippines when Billy returns in March (he plans to stay for three months).

Asked what the book reveals, Billy smiled, "A lot." And he means, yes, A LOT!

Besides chronicling his showbiz life that started when he was four years old in commercials and then at age five on his Papa Germs’ That’s Entertainment, Billy also includes in La Vie en Moi chapters about his love life, several of them, the juiciest admittedly being those with Mandy Moore and KC Concepcion (now rumored to be the "new girl" of TV director Lino Cayetano, ex-boyfriend of Bianca Gonzales).

"Before I wrote about her," said Billy, "I called Mandy and asked her if it was okay. She’s one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever dated from the industry. And one of the most humble, too. She was only 15 when I met her, not yet a big star, and I was 17. We dated for more than a year and then we became busy with our respective careers and we simply drifted apart." (Mandy did confirm her romance with Billy when she came here a few years ago to promote her album. Since she broke up with Billy, Mandy has become a popular singer and actress, having released a few albums and starred in a few Hollywood films, including A Walk to Remember and The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway.)

What about KC?

Billy was mum.

They met in Paris where KC studied and they were an item for a while.

Pressed on, Billy begged off from talking about KC.

"Just read my book," he said.

And did you know that Billy got arrested – and jailed for one night – when he was in New York?

"That chapter of my life is in my book," smiled Billy. "I grew up in a tough neighborhood. Most of the teenagers were in gangs. But I wasn’t a member of any of them. I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, somebody was shooting somebody else. The police came, closed the whole section and rounded us up. All of us teenagers were booked for one night and questioned. I was innocent. The next morning, I was released."

Because Billy is a big star out there, it was played up in French newspapers when journalists got wind of it while Billy was writing the book.

"That’s why I decided to explain the whole thing in my book."

Also mentioned in the book is Billy’s Hollywood experience when he starred as the devil in The Exorcist: The Prequel, some scenes of which were shot in Rome where Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ was also filming.

"The sets of the two movies were located just across from each other, so I would peep into the Christ shoot every now and then. I saw Mel Gibson at work. I also hooked up with Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Christ. One time, the casts of the two pictures even had dinner together."

Now under negotiation is Billy’s next Hollywood outing, tentatively entitled Rhythm, which might cast him with Hollywood biggies like Whoopi Goldberg. "I’m keeping my fingers crossed," said Billy. LINK to post.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Asian Treasures wagi sa ratings

Wagi sa rating ang pagsisimula ng Asian Treasures (41.8%) nu’ng Lunes. Swak ang tandem nina Robin Padilla at Angel Locsin kaya mukhang susubaybayan ito ng televiewers.

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong BIYERNES (Enero 12):

SiS 12.9% vs. Homeboy 10.9%;

Yellow Handkerchief 19.7% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 17.2%;

Eat Bulaga 23% vs. Wowowee 18.6%;

Daisy Siete 17.2%, Makita Ka Lang Muli 14.8% at Kapuso Movie Festival 15.1% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 12.1%;

Jewel in the Palace 20% vs. Pangako sa ‘Yo 12%;

24 Oras 29.6% vs. TV Patrol World 20.6%;

Captain Barbell 35.4% vs. Deal or No Deal 27.1% at Super Inggo 26%;

Atlantika 27.5% vs. Sana Maulit Muli 32.5%;

Starstruck 24% vs. Maging Sino Ka Man 27.2%;

Bakekang 24.9% vs. Maalala Mo Kaya 25.8%;

Jumong 23.4% at Bubble Gang 18.4% vs. Bandila 9.2%.

SABADO (Enero 13):

Takeshi’s Castle 16.7% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 15.9%;

Eat Bulaga 22.9% vs. Wowowee 23.5%;

Startalk 18.7% vs. Nagmamahal Kapamilya 11.8% at Let’s Go 7.5%;

Wish Ko Lang 14.9% vs. Star Magic Presents 8.8%;

Starstruck 12.7% at Bitoy’s Funniest Video 19.3% vs. TV Patrol 12.5%;

Asian Treasure Primer 25.1% vs. Komiks 21.1%;

Pinoy Pop Superstar 24.4% vs. John En Shirley 19.7%;

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho 27.9% vs. XXX 24%;

Imbestigador 27.8% vs. Aalog-alog 14.3%;

Hokus Pokus 14.3% vs. Sabado Movie Greats 15%;

Showbiz Stripped 9% vs. Sports Unlimited 3.3%.

LINGGO (Enero 14):

SOP 15.5% vs. ASAP 16.2%;

Kapuso Movie Festival 16.3% vs. Your Song 10.6% at Love Spell 9.1%;

S-Files 13.8% vs. The Buzz 12.7%;

Mahiwagang Baul 18.1% vs. TV Patrol 15.7%;

Starstruck 20.4% vs. Goin’ Bulilit 19.7%;

Mel and Joey 22.2% vs. Rated K 22.1%;

All Star ‘K’ 20.3% vs. Sharon 21.3%;

Daddy Di Do Du 13% vs. Sunday’s Best 8%.

LUNES (Enero 15):

SiS 13.4% vs. Homeboy 8.4%;

Yellow Handkerchief 19.7% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 15.4%;

Eat Bulaga 22.7% vs. Wowowee 19.8%;

Daisy Siete 20.1%, Makita Ka Lang Muli 14% at Kapuso Movie Festival 15.1% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 12.4%;

Jewel in the Palace 18.5% vs. Pangako sa ‘Yo 12.7%;

24 Oras 31.7% vs. TV Patrol World 24.6%;

Asian Treasures 41.8% vs. Deal or No Deal 27.2% at Super Inggo 24.3%;

Atlantika 30.1% vs. Sana Maulit Muli 30.3%;

Bakekang 30.7% vs. Maging Sino Ka Man 27.1%;

Jumong 24.3% at Starstruck 18.2% vs. Princess Hours 24%;

Lagot Ka Isusumbong Kita 14.8% vs. Bandila 10.2%.

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Robin Padilla , napikon kay Bitoy

Napikon daw si Robin Padilla nang ini-spoof ito ng Bubble Gang kung saan si Michael V ang gumanap na Binoe at ginawang Patilla ang pangalan nito.

Hindi ito ikinatuwa ng action star dahil hindi raw magandang gawing katatawanan ang kapwa Kapuso lalo na’t parang pinaglaruan pa raw ang apelyido niya na matagal na raw na pinaghirapan ng mga ninuno niya.

Sinikap kong kunan ng pahayag si Bitoy at ilang mga taga-Bubble Gang pero tumanggi sila dahil hindi raw isyu iyun at alam ng lahat na ang mga ginagawa nilang spoof sa kanilang programa ay walang intensyong i-offend sino man.

Ang dami nang Kapuso stars ang ini-spoof ng Bubble Gang at wala pa akong naririnig na napikon sila. Bagkus ay natuwa pa sila at gustung-gusto pa nilang ulit-ulitin. Mga sponsors pa ng Bubble Gang ang ini-spoof, pero hindi sila nag-pull out ng commercials.

Bago pa lang kasi si Binoe bilang Kapuso star kaya hindi pa siguro niya naramdaman ang totoong samahan ng mga Kapuso sa GMA 7 na hindi na dapat ikapikon pa ang pag-i-spoof sa kanya sa ganung programa. LINK is here.

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SOP, may aalisin, may idaragdag!

May mga nag-react sa nasulat naming tanggalan ng hosts/performers sa SOP. Wala raw maaalis, pero ‘di maipaliwanag ng kausap namin kung bakit wala sa show for two weeks na ang mga natsitsismis na matsutsugi.

Si Gabby Eigenmann daw ay ‘di totally maaalis dahil semi-regular ito ganundin ang isang female TV host na noon pa gustong maalis ng viewers. In fact, bibigyan ito ng sariling segment na ang dating sa amin, male-lessen na ang labas niya sa show.

May naka-schedule na presscon ang SOP at doon masasagot ang tanong ng press at kung totoong may aalisin o hindi. Sabay dito, ipapakilala ang mga bagong dagdag sa show na in fairness, nagbigay ng interes sa viewers.

Ipapa-interview si Gian Magdangal, ang Sugarpops at Take 5. Ang una’y galing sa Phil. Idol, ang pangalawa’y grupo ng winner at runner-ups ng Popstar Kids ng QTV 11 at rekomendado ni Danny Tan. Wala kaming alam sa huli, kaya wala kaming maisulat. Ha-ha-ha! LINK is here.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Anjo, iiwan ang ‘Eat Bulaga’ ’pag inasinta ang pagka-mayor

IT’S definite, tuloy na ang pagtakbo ni Anjo Yllana bilang vice mayor ng Parañaque City, sa ilalim ng tiket ni incumbent Mayor Jun Bernabe.

Kinumpirma ito ng re-electionist TV host-comedian, nang matiyempuhan namin sa taping ng Ganda ng Lola Ko sa QTV 11, nu’ng isang araw.

A day before, napanood namin sa isang talk show ang deklarasyon ni Alma Moreno, na ang tatakbuhin niya sa darating na May poll ay bilang konsehal na ng isang distrito sa Parañaque, taliwas sa unang napabalitang makatutunggali niya bilang bise alkalde si Anjo.

Naitanong namin sa huli kung ano’ng reaksiyon niya rito. Alam kasi namin na bagama’t marami nang nagawa at napatunayan si Anjo sa unang term niya bilang vice mayor ng lungsod, hindi maiiwasan ang magkaroon ng konting problema, lalo na’t magkalabang partido sila.

Kasabay ng pasasalamat kay Ness, nabanggit din ni Anjo na kapag parehong pinalad sa eleksiyon, siya, bilang second-termer vice mayor, at si Ness, bilang konsehala, kahit magkaiba ng partido, aalalayan niya si Ness sa abot ng makakaya sa mga panukala nitong proyekto.

Nabanggit din namin kay Vice Anjo ang lumabas na balita sa diyaryo kamakailan tungkol sa agam-agam ng ilang taga-Parañaque na baka ilaglag daw siya ni Bernabe sa vice mayoralty bid, since makakalaban niya ang isang “bata” ni mayor, bilang independent candidate naman.

“Hindi naman siguro,” nangingiting tugon ni Anjo. “Nu’ng makausap ko si mayor tungkol du’n, nangako siyang walang mangyayaring laglagan, hindi naman siguro sisirain ni mayor ang pangako niya sa akin.”

Binanggit din ni Anjo kung bakit sa kabila ng maraming naghihikayat sa kanyang takbuhin na ang mas mataas na posisyon, as in, pagka-mayor na ang asintahin, minabuti niyang maging bise alkalde muli.

“Sampung beses ko nang pinag-isipan ’yan,” aniya. “Eh, ang nangyari, wala pa akong makitang sign. Ganito na lang muna (vice mayor), tutal bata pa naman ako. Isa pa, ’pag nag-mayor ako, dahil mas malaki nang responsibilidad, tiyak magri-resign na ako sa Eat Bulaga.

“Sa ngayon, ang sinasabi ng puso ko ay ang manatiling vice mayor muna, sa pamamagitan, siyempre, ng suporta ng mga taga-Parañaque.” LINK

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Asian Treasures pilot episode

Festive raw ngayon ang ambience ng mga taga-production ng GMA-7 dahil sa magandang resulta ng pilot episode ng Asian Treasures nina Robin Padilla at Angel Locsin dahil nagtala ito ng 41.8% at lampaso talaga ang katapat nitong game show ni Kris Aquino.

Say nga mismo ng mga taga-Siete, "Mayayabang na naman kami, syempre ‘no, mahigit 40% ang ratings ng AT, e, ang kabila ba, nakapagtala na ng ganyan, maliban sa mga laban ni Pacquiao?"

Hindi namin napanood ang pilot episode ng Asian Treasures pero base naman sa mga katotong nakapanood ay maganda at interesado ang viewers dahil bago sa paningin nila at bagong loveteam sina Angel at Binoe.

"Sana lang ma-sustain ang istorya at hindi magtuluy-tuloy ang comedy nito dahil knows mo naman ang tao, ayaw ng komedya sa primetime, gusto nila umiiyak sila," dagdag pa sa amin ng taga-GMA. LINK

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Will Richard "Goma" Gomez run under ruling-party banner?

In case you’re looking the other way and haven’t noticed, the election "musical chairs" have started and what fun it is watching the merry-go-round!

The date for filing of candidacy for senatorial aspirants officially began last Monday, Jan . 15, on a rib-tickling note, with one "candidate" claiming to be the "husband" of one Kris Aquino (no, the candidate’s name is not James Yap whose eyes are fixed not on the mid-term elections in May but on the arrival of his and Kris’ first-born, a boy to be named James Jr.).

As of now, the bigwigs haven’t started making a beeline to the COMELEC office in Intramuros, Manila, to file their certificates of candidacy (one of whom, former Sen. Gringo Honasan, who wants to run again also for senator, is waiting for a court nod to let him personally file his own "COC"). It’s still, well, "preliminary elimination" time among major political parties, although the United Opposition (UNO) has been sending "feelers" on who are included in its senatorial line-up.

Yes, that "line-up" includes showbiz-identified candidates like former Sen. Loren Legarda who’s again running for senator and incumbent San Juan Mayor JV Ejercito (who’s marrying his flight stewardess-girlfriend this month) but not, as expected, former Sen. Tito Sotto who’s running again also for senator and Richard "Goma" Gomez.

Now, could it be true that Richard is being wooed to run under the banner of Liberal Party (Atienza faction which is sympathetic to the administration and its party, Lakas-CMD; the other being known as the Drilon faction)?

A Funfare DPA spotted Richard in a serious huddle with Manila Mayor Lito Atienza at a hotel in Malate yesterday, along with an ambassador close to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and it’s safe to conclude that they were talking politics.

"Goma emerged from the meeting with a big smile," said the DPA, "with a big YES written all over his face."

In a TV Patrol telecast a few days ago, Goma was quoted as saying that if he wouldn’t make it to the UNO line-up, he was open to an "invitation" from the administration to join its line-up because his main objective is to win and thus be given a chance to serve the people. (Also reportedly being fielded for the administration senatorial line-up is Edu Manzano, chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board, who seemed to have junked his initial plan to run for governor of Iloilo against incumbent Niel Tupas who has just been suspended).

But what if, just if, Goma won’t make it to the administration’s "Magic 12"?

Another DPA close to Goma said, "He has a fallback. He could run in Bulacan either for governor or congressman."

Meanwhile, the big question: Will Susan Roces, FPJ’s widow, be persuaded upon by UNO to run for senator (Susan is winnable, a potential top-notcher)?

When asked about her, ehem, "political" plans, Susan simply smiles or makes no comment at all, one time saying that she might run, all right, but only during her morning exercise around her house in Greenhills.

So far, here are the showbiz guys (and those associated with showbiz) in public offices:

• Vice President – Noli de Castro;

• Senate – Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, Kiko Pangilinan and Ralph Recto;

• Congress – Gilbert Remulla, Pia Cayetano, Mikey Macapagal-Arroyo, Monico Fuentebella, Dudut Jaworski and Juan Miguel Zubiri;

• Governor – Mark Lapid (Pampanga);

• Vice Governor – Jestoni Alarcon (Rizal);

• Board Member – Daniel Fernando (Bulacan) and Marco Sison (Laguna);

• Mayor – Vilma Santos (Lipa City), ER Ejercito (Pagsanjan, Laguna); Mon Ilagan (Cainta, Rizal) and JV Ejercito (San Juan, Metro Manila);

• Vice Mayor – Herbert Bautista (Quezon City) and Anjo Yllana (Parañaque City); and

• Councilor – Aiko Melendez (Quezon City), Rico J. Puno (Makati City), Dennis Padilla (Caloocan City), Cita Astals (Manila), Isko Moreno (Manila), Robert Ortega (Manila) and Barbara Milano (Nueva Ecija). LINK

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ruffa wants to raise kids in Philippines

RUFFA Gutierrez looked ravishing at the launching of the 14 finalists in “Philippines’ Next Top Model (PNTM)” at the Intercon you wouldn’t suspect she’s a mom with two kids. Her husband, Yilmaz Bektas has returned to Turkey. “He really enjoyed spending his first Christmas here,” she says. “Two weeks siya rito at ang saya kasi kumpleto lahat kami sa family ko.”

Will she raise her kids here? “One reason I’d like to raise my kids here is because conservative pa rin ang culture natin, lalo na when it comes to respecting one’s elders. But it’s hard kasi they’ll be in the public eye here. I’ve just finished doing a commercial with them and Yilmaz was against it. He said our daughters need not work. Sabi ko, they’re just playing lang naman sa set. So hindi sila puwede mag-showbiz. Kapag tapos na lang daw sila ng studies.”

Will she be as strict as her mom, Annabelle Rama, in guarding them? “You know, I hated my mom then but now I realize she did a good job in raising us. At least, we turned out na matino ng mga kapatid ko.”

Ruffa herself screened the 3,000 applicants from all over the country, along with fashion director Robie Carmona and Wilma Doesnt. How did she make sure that the finalists in “PNTM” were not threatened by her gorgeous presence? “The first time I met them, they’re really shaking sa nerbi-yos so I told them to relax. I’m their sister and we should just have fun. Our goal is to look for models who’d not only look good sa ramp but also sa print and TV ads and also showbiz. ‘Yung balanse. We want someone fresh and fit to represent the Filipina all over the world, someone raw so we can still train them, an ugly duckling we can transform into a beautiful swan.”

The show will start airing on RPN-9 on March 6 yet, 8:30 p.m., but they’ve already started taping it. “Each week, one model will be eliminated. They now all live in an undisclosed place in Que-zon City where they’ll be trained and also face challenges. The last five finalists will then be sent to Hong Kong for a go-se. When they return, only two will remain.”

What if those eleminated tattle about their being ousted? “All of them and all those connected with the show signed contracts to make sure their lips are sealed. If they leak out any information before the show is aired, they’re fired and they won’t receive any compensation,” says Solar production exec Susan Trinidad.

The 14 finalists are Janya Reyes, Raine Larrazabal, Elvira Stehr, Sheena Sy, Marjori Cornillez, Jenilyn Olivar, Sara Custodio, Rina Lorilla, Jean Santos, Camille del Rosario, Mirabel Baino, Gemma Gatdula, Dorothy Pagurayan, and the most promising for us, Grendel Alvarado from Bacolod. LINK is here.

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Richard Gutierrez, ginulat si Ruffa sa movie lovescenes

Nagulat si Ruffa Gutierrez-Bektas nang makita ang passionate pictorial ng kapatid niyang si Richard Gutierrez kasama si Angel Locsin para sa pelikulang The Promise dahil kakaiba raw at natutuwa siya sa magandang career ng younger brother.

"My gosh, I can’t imagine Richard doing a lovescene now, marunong na ba siya? I mean, kailan lang, I was just changing his diaper and pinupunasan ko pa ‘yung ano, tapos ngayon, heto doing lovescene na ang kapatid ko? How time flies talaga ‘no?" nakangiting banggit ng magandang sister ng aktor during the press presentation ng PNTP na airing na sa March sa RPN 9.

Kaya nga raw ngayon habang maaga pa ay talagang nakatutok siya sa dalawang anghel ng buhay nila ni Yilmaz na sina Lorraine at Venice dahil bukas makalawa ay may sarili na itong mga lakad.

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Romnick Sarmenta, pasok sa Bakekang

Sa linggong ito (surprise ang araw) ay papasok na sa Bakekang si Romnick Sarmenta. Gagampanan nito ang role ni Francis na anak ng prodyuser at ex-boyfriend ni Valeria (Sheryl Cruz). May isa ring karakter na babalik at siyang magbibigay ng problema kay Bakekang.

Sa kabilang banda, nagalit si Valeria dahil sa pagpayag ng kanyang anak na si Loraine (Nadine Samonte) na gumawa ng movie kasama si Kristal (Lovi). Matutuwa si Bakekang dahil may career uli ang kanyang anak. Biglang dumating ang ama ni Charming (Yasmien Kurdi) na si Carl kaya imbyerna ito. LINK to post.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Billy Crawford, nagkasakit sa ‘Pinas

Nagkasakit si Billy Crawford nung pumunta sila ng mommy at manager niya sa Boracay.

Masama na kasi ang pakiramdam niya nang papunta palang sila, kaya ayun natuluyan siyang magkasakit. Pero pinilit pa rin ni Billy ang sarili para di masira ang kanilang lakad.

Pagkatapos ay tumuloy silang tatlo sa Tagaytay dahil gustong makita ni Billy ang Taal Volcano.

Bukas, Martes ay aalis na ito patungong US.

Pero kung gusto n’yo siyang makita ng personal at makasalamuha ay maari kayong pumunta mamayang 5:00 pm sa Eastwood dahil isasama na ang kanyang pangalan sa Walk of Fame sa Libis. LINK is here.

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Gladys Guevarra: Janno has nothing to do with it

No, rumored (ex?-)boyfriend Janno Gibbs has nothing to do with her resignation from Eat, Bulaga!

"It’s really for health reasons," Gladys Guevarra confessed in an exclusive Funfare interview. "Janno, or anybody else, has nothing to do with it."

There are speculations that Gladys was so broken-hearted when Janno started paying extra attention to "Lian" (the sweet-sixteen member of the EB Babes) that she decided to quit the show.

"Why should I be hurt when Janno has never been my boyfriend?" continued Gladys. "We’re just close, that’s all," adding in jest (addressing Janno), "Hoy, sige na nga ligawan mo na ako; totohanin na natin!"

The "anybody else" Gladys referred to is her ex-doctor-boyfriend with whom Gladys was reported to have reconciled and who allegedly asked her to quit showbiz so that they could marry and she could devote full time to the family they wanted to raise.

"No, we didn’t reconcile," said Gladys. "Besides, nobody can tell me what to do, especially not to quit showbiz. If ever, the decision will come from me and me alone."

She also denied having a "misunderstanding" with Malou Choa-Fagar, executive producer of Eat, Bulaga!

"The main reason for my resignation is, as I’ve been saying, poor health," insisted Gladys. "I suffer from persistent backache due to scoliosis and it was getting harder and harder for me to get up in the morning for the daily Bulaga! routine. Besides, I don’t have a driver; neither do I have a hairdresser-makeup artist. I do everything myself. I’ve been telling my manager, Jun Nardo, about my health problems from way back, even before the rumor about me and Janno came out in the press."

Admitting that quitting Eat, Bulaga! would mean a big cut in her income, Gladys said that health, more than money, is her main concern.

"I am happier now," she said. "I’m more relaxed now."

First week of February, her new soap starrer Magic Kamison will start airing on GMA 7, good for one season.

After Magic Kamison, what?

"I plan to take up a course in culinary arts," said Gladys who owns a lugawan (on Timog Ave., Quezon City).

Told jokingly that Janno planned to put up a tokwahan near her lugawan, Gladys said, also in jest, "Good. Then we can be business partners. And then, finally, maybe he would really get right down to seriously courting me." LINK is here.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Walang matsutsugi sa SOP

IPINAGBIGAY ALAM ni Hazel Abonita, program manager ng SOP, na walang matsutsugi sa alinmang talents ng Sunday noontime show ngayong 2007.

Bagkus, ginusto pa nilang magdagdag ng new talents. Kabilang dito ang finalist ng Philippine Idol finalist na si Gian Magdangal, ang grupong Take 5, alaga nina Leo Dominguez at Joji Dingcong, at ang Sugar Pop, ang limang kid singers ng Pop Star Kids ng QTV 11.

Ang mangyayari lang sa ibang datihang talents ng SOP ay magkakaroon ng rotation ng appearance. Ibig sabihin, magiging semi-regular sila.

Marami ring pagbabagong mangyayari sa ilang portions ng show, tulad ng sinimulan last Sunday nina Ogie Alcasid at Janno Gibbs.

Ito ’yung pagkanta ng mga pangyayari sa buhay nila. Umani ito ng maraming papuri dahil nakatutuwang panoorin at pakinggan.

Gayundin ang pagkuha ng mga musical director na montly basis ang kanilang serbisyo. Nauna na si Danny Tan, na apat na linggong mapapanood sa Back-to-Back, Sugar Pop, World Star at Diva portions.

Bawat Sunday, may bagong theme silang ipakikita. Tulad ngayong Sunday, Fashion ang tema ng programa. LINK

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Sheryl Cruz, Kinaiinisan Sa Bakekang

Halos lahat ng taong nanonood ng Bakekang ay nagtatanong kung mabait ba si Sheryl Cruz sa tunay na buhay. Mataray kasi siya at matapobre sa soap opera.

Natutuwa naman si She kahit naiinis sa kanya ang mga tao o nagagalit ang iba dahil pagpapatunay lang na magaling siya at nagagampanan ng mahusay ang role.

"First time kong magkontrabida sa telebisyon. Tapos na ako sa mga pa-sweet-sweet na mga role at gusto kong patunayan ang pagiging versatile ko bilang artista. Hindi naman ako takot na ma-typecast sa character role." LINK

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Now Na, gusto sana ni Joey na itapat sa GKNB?

After ng game show na Now Na ni Arnell Ignacio ay papalitan naman ito ng Skating with the Stars na mapapanood din sa QTV.

Pawang celebrity ang guests sa nasabing programa ng tv host comedian at co-prod ang GMA-7 at Viva Entertainment.

Ayon pa sa taga-Viva ay baka sa Mall of Asia raw ang taping dahil mas convenient ang lugar kumpara sa Megamall na medyo masikip na.

Samantala, nagpo-protesta naman si Joey de Leon na sana’y hindi na lang patayin ang Now Na! at ilipat na lang ito sa GMA-7 pangtapat sa Game KNB? ni Kris Aquino. LINk is here.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hazel Uy, Starstruck 4 The Next Level

Bet ng mga Cebuano sa Starstruck 4 The Next Level si Hazel Uy. Hirap mag-Tagalog ang 19-year-old Industrial Engineering student ng University of San Carlos, kaya English siyang makipag-usap. Ang Tagalog niya’y nahahaluan ng Cebuano, pero cute ang dating.

Sa Maria Luisa Subdivision sa Banicad, Cebu, nakatira sina Hazel, the same place na kinatatayuan ng mansion nina Dr. Yong at Donna Cruz-Larrazabal, kaya ’di kami naniwalang middle-class ang family niya.

Magaling kumanta si Hazel at favorite niya si Regine Velasquez. Celebrity crush niya si Marky Cielo lalo’t naririnig na mabait at ’di nagbago, plus magaling sumayaw.

Sumali si Hazel sa SS4 to win at gagawin ang lahat para makapasok sa Final 4. LINK

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Sex Bomb Mia kinaaasaran dahil sa pagrereyna-reynahan

TOTOO kaya ang sitsit, masikip daw ang daigdig between Sunshine Garcia at Mia Pangyarihan, kapag nasa set ng Moishi, Moishi, Daisy Siete ng Focus E. Inc.? Balitang hindi natataypan ni Sunshine ang pagrereyna-reynahan ni Mia sa bakuran ng Focus E. Inc. magbuhat noong mapuri bilang bagong Kontrabida Queen dito. Nagpakitang-gilas si Mia at hindi akalain na matalbugan pa si Sunshine buhat nung magbakasyon ito.

Maraming nagagalit kay Mia sa sobrang panglalait nito kay Rochelle Pangilinan sa set ng Daisy Siete. At kung makaasta raw si Mia, akala mo siya ang biggest property ng Focus E. Inc. Hindi kaya dahil nai-spoiled siya kay producer Joy Cancio at direk Pat Perez at asst. direk Cathy Garcia? Sari-saring anggulo kasi ang ibinibigay kay Mia sa set.

“Bakit ko naman isosoli ang title kay Sunshine? Hi-niram ko ba ito? Aber nga?” say ni Mia.

Kasalanan daw bang makuha niya ito buhat noong mag-inarte si Sunshine? Well, imposible raw isoli niya ang title dahil hawak na niya.

Sa biglang pasok naman ni Sunshine, hindi akalaing biglang pumatok ang ka-malditahan nito at tila mag-sosoli nga ng title si Mia. Sabi naman ni Mia, hindi pa tpaos ang labanan ng Season 13, may habol pa siyang ipaglaban ang titulong ipinasosoli sa kanya.

Malaking bagay ang pagtatarayan ng dalawa dahil patuloy sa pagtaas ang ra-ting ng Daisy Siete na nasa 22 percent na. Ang laki ng laban nila sa ibang kasaba-yan nawala na sa ere. Kung kaya naman ang writer na si Suzette Doctolero ay patuloy sa pagpapaganda, kumpara sa nakaraan na kinakantyawan sa rating sa kababawang tema. Si Myka Bautista ay patuloy sa pag-arte bilang dramatikong artista sa Sexbomb girl. At si Louise Bolton naman ay tila pang-action. Kontrabida din ang temang ipinakikita ni Aifa Medina.

Umaasang magkakabati din sina Sunshine at Mia at hindi hahantong sa pag-iiwasan ang kanilang pagganap dahil sa totoo lang umaarte lang naman sila at sinusunod ang director ng Daisy Siete. LINK

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Ruffa Gutierrez with Lorin and Venice

Mas pabor si Ruffa Gutierrez na palalakihin ang dalawang anak na sina Lorin, 3 at Venice, 2 sa ibang bansa kaysa dito sa atin. Para sa aktres ay mas mahirap magpalaki dito sa ating bansa lalo na kung mga malalaking celebrities ang kanilang magulang tiyak na madalas silang pag-uusapan sa dyaryo.

Ayon pa sa aktres, in terms of style in Turkey and the Philippines, halos pareho ang pagpapahalaga sa family values dahil makapamilya rin ang mga taga- Turkey. Katunayan ay mas konserbatibo ang pag-uugali sa nasabing bansa, "Ang mga bagets here ay lumalabas na, pinayagan nang magba-bar. Doon talagang hindi, mahigpit sila especially sa mga babae. Sa mga lalaki hindi masyado eh."

Ngayon pa lamang ay tinuturuan na nito ang dalawa ng pagrespeto sa mga nakakatanda at isinasama sila sa pagdalaw ng ina sa mga bahay ampunan para ipaalam sa kanila na masuwerte sila dahil may mga nanay at ama sila kumpara sa mga taga-bahay ampunan na mga ulila sa mga magulang.

Gusto nina Ruffa at Yilmas na makapagtapos muna ng pag-aaral ang kanilang mga anak kung may balak itong mag-artista. Pwede sila sa mga komersyal at magazine shoot pero hindi muna sa pag-aartista. LINK

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Billy Crawford in Walk of Fame

Sa Lunes, Enero 15, madadagdag sa Walk of Fame diyan sa Eastwood ang pangalan ni Billy Crawford. Mag-isa lang siyang mag-uunveil ng kanyang tile. Kasi sinasamantala naman ni Kuya Germs na narito siya para personal na mag-unveil ng kanyang tile sa Walk of Fame.

‘Yang si Billy, dapat namang makasama riyan, isipin mo number one siya sa Europe at nakagawa pa ng pelikulang ingles na siya talaga ang bida. Kaya kung gusto ng mga fans na makita si Billy Crawford, sa Eastwood iyon, sa Lunes, alas 5NH. LINK

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Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin mature roles

Tanggap na ba ng fans sina Richard Gutierrez at Angel Locsin sa mature roles? Ito ang gustong malaman ng GMA Films na muli ay nakipagsanib ng pwersa sa Regal Entertainment para sa paggawa ng kanilang Valentine movie na The Promise.

Ang The Promise ay isang adaptation ng romance classic na The Wuthering Heights ni Emily Bronte na unang ginawa ng Reyna Films nung 90’s at nagtampok kina Richard Gomez at Dawn Zulueta. Walang nakapanood nito ang hindi magsasabing isa yun sa pinaka-magandang pelikula na napanood nila, romantic, sexy and very daring!

Si Raquel Villavicencio ang sumulat ng Hihintayin at maging ng The Promise ngayon pero ginawa niyang malaki ang pagkakaiba ng dalawang pelikula, una ay baka mabigla ang mga manonood sa biglang kambyo nina Angel at Richard sa kanilang mga roles. Meron din silang maraming halikan at lovescenes sa makabagong adaptation at sa mga unang eksenang nakunan ay talagang marami ang bumilib dahil bukod sa napakalakas ng chemistry nila ay parang komportable sila sa kanilang maseselang eksena, walang ilangan at lalong walang hiyaan.

"Mas bata sina Richard at Angel kaya medyo iniba ko ang atake para hindi naman sila mabigla at bumagay ang role sa kanila. Pero hindi na sila pa-tweetums dito at napaka-mature na ng level of acting at characterization nila," ani Raquel.

Ayon sa mga nakapanood ng mga unang shoot, parang sabik na sabik daw ang dalawa sa kanilang halikan. Ang isang halik ni Angel kay Richard ay katumbas ng 10 halikan. LINK

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Zoo ang gustong negosyo ni Alessandra de Rossi

Mukhang recovered na si Alessandra de Rossi sa break up nila ni Jeremy Marquez. Masaya na ito nang humarap sa ilang piling press para i-announce ang kanyang Kotex commercial. Akala ko nga payat siya pero, siya na ang nagsabi na tumaba siya. "I can gain pounds in two days. Kahapon 100 lbs ako, ngayon 104 na. A few days ago, nasa mga more 90 lbs lang ako," may pagmamalaki niyang sabi.

Totoong umiyak siya recently pero, para ito sa dalawang kaibigan niya na naghiwalay na, sina Angel Locsin at Oyo Sotto na ini-involve pa siya.

"Natatawa na lang ako sa isyu. Maski si Angel dahil ano ba, three years na kaming wala ni Oyo," pagtatanggol niya.

Sinabi ni Alex na nagiging kaibigan naman niya lahat ng ex niya, including Oyo but except Jeremy. Pero hanggang dun na lang sila ni Oyo. At hindi naman maiiwasan na di sila magkita dahil parati siyang nasa D’Cafe Restaurant ni Danica (Sotto) na bestfriend niya. "Feeling ko nga parang akin na ‘tong resto. Kabisado ko na lahat ng food dito," sabi niya.

Pero, hindi isang restaurant ang gustong negosyo ni Alex kung saka-sakali.

"Gusto kong magkaro’n ng isang zoo," sabi niya. "O kaya ay boutique pero, hindi isang restaurant na tulad nito."

Sinabi ni Alex na mahilig siya sa mga hayop pero dahil busy, wala siyang alaga sa bahay kundi isang tsonggo.

First endorsement ni Alex ang Kotex na marami ang nagsasabi ay bagay sa kanyang personalidad, feisty, out-spoken. "Bagay talaga sa akin dahil, hindi bumibigay, matibay, hindi nadedeporma," may pakahulugan niyang sabi.

Nasa kontrata niya na hindi siya pwedeng magpakasal o mabuntis, sa isa’t kalahating taon na naka-kontrata siya sa Kotex. LINK is here.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo: number one na?

Gaano katotoo ang sitsit sa amin ng katsika naming booker na naagaw na ng Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo ang number one slot ng Enteng Kabisote 3?

Ang say sa amin ng booker, "Hindi ko alam kung in-announce na ng taga-Metro Manila Film Festival na Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo na ang nasa number one slot?

"Alam na rin ito ng mga producer at dapat magpalabas na ng official statement ang MMFF para malaman kung sino na ang number one ngayon.

"Malaki na ang kinita ng pelikula ng Star Cinema, nakakagulat ‘no, after how many years, ngayon lang may tumalo kay Vic Sotto."

At dagdag kuwento rin sa amin ay binati na nga raw ni Regal Entertainment producer, Mother Lily Monteverde si Ms. Malou Santos ng Star Cinema dahil sa pagiging number one nito sa box office. LINK

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Marky Cielo, marunong umarte!

Kahit natsugi na sa Bakekang si Marky Cielo bilang mangingibig ni Lovi Poe ay masaya naman ito dahil kasama naman siya sa Asian Treasures.

"Malaking tulong ang naibigay sa akin ng paglabas sa Bakekang dahil sinasabi nilang may ibubuga ako sa acting. Kaya naman pinagtiwalaan ako ng Siete na gampanan ang papel ni Mateo sa bagong teleserye kung saan markado ang role nito. Half brother siya ni Hector (Marvin Agustin) na naging miyembro ng bukas-kotse at akyat bahay gang. LINK

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Patrick Garcia, Jennylyn Mercado officially on

PATRICK Garcia expressed his love for Jennylyn Mercado on “The S Files” last Sunday. Jen was the live guest on the studio being interviewed by Paolo Bediones about the real score on her relationship with Patrick, who turned out to be on the phone.

Paolo asked Patrick: “Mahal mo ba si Jennylyn?” Patrick said: “Kung sasabihin ko bang mahal ko siya, sasabihin ba niyang mahal niya ko?” Paolo told Patrick: “Why don’t you tell her that directly?”

Patrick then addressed Jen: “Mahal kita. Mahal mo rin ba ako?” Jen replied: “Oo naman. Mahal din kita.”

Isn’t this such an unconventional way of expressing love for one another? Not in person but on the phone, but also on national television? So now, it’s official, Jennylyn and Patrick are on and it happened on “The S-Files”. LINK is here.

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Asian countries ang location taping ng Asian Treasures

Bukod sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Pilipinas, dadayo pa sa ibang Asian countries ang location taping ng Asian Treasures. Sobrang proud sina Robin at Angel sa kanilang unang tambalan sa TV at sa suportang ibinibigay sa kanila ng GMA management.

Samantala, ayaw munang i-entertain ni Binoe (Robin) ang ideya na liligawan niya ang kanyang young and sexy leading-lady sa Asian Treasures dahil lamang break na ito sa kanyang boyfriend (of almost two years) na si Oyo Sotto.

Naiintindihan ni Binoe ang pinagdadaanan ngayon ni Angel at ayaw umano niya itong bigyan ng panibagong problema. Ang mahalaga, maganda umano ang kanilang working relationship habang ginagawa nila ang kanilang teleserye.

Hanga rin si Binoe kay Angel sa pagiging daring nito sa paggawa ng mga stunts ng walang ka-double. Very dedicated din umano si Angel sa kanyang trabaho at never itong kinakitaan ng pagkalungkot dahil sa nangyaring break-up nila ni Oyo dahil naka-concentrate si Angel ngayon sa kanyang trabaho. LINK is here.

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Why Gladys Guevarra gave up Eat, Bulaga!

Last Friday, Gladys Guevarra had bidden farewell as one of the hosts of the GMA noontime show Eat, Bulaga! which, admittedly, did a great deal in giving her career a big boost.

Now, did Gladys do it because she has reportedly reconciled with her doctor-boyfriend (is he committed to somebody else or not anymore?) who reportedly asked her to quit showbiz as a pre-condition for their getting married?

"What I know," Gladys’ manager Jun Nardo told Funfare, "is that the two haven’t reconciled. "Gladys is quitting only Eat, Bulaga! and not, contrary to reports, showbiz."

Since Gladys will also quit H30, her other show on QTV (sister station of GMA), once the current season is finished, there are speculations that Gladys might move to rival station ABS-CBN. (An ABS-CBN exec said, "There’s no offer for her and I don’t think there ever will be.")

But Gladys will continue hosting her show Todomax on ABC 5 and appearing on the soon-to-be-aired tele-fantaserye Magic Camison on GMA.

So why did Gladys single out Eat, Bulaga!? Has her reported "aborted" romance with Bulaga! co-host Janno Gibbs anything to do with it? Has Gladys become so heart-broken that she couldn’t stand (you know, put up appearances) working with Janno (ikaw, huh!?!) any longer?

"I don’t think so," said Jun, still speaking for Gladys. "Gladys is simply tired of doing a daily show. She does stage shows often late into the night, and it’s getting more and more difficult to be waking up every morning, very tired, and rushing to the studio (for Bulaga!)."

Gladys stands to lose a lot of income by quitting Bulaga! Thousands of other talents would give an arm – or more! – to get into the show. Is Gladys a "loss" to the show?

"No," said a Bulaga! co-host. "Hindi siya kawalan." LINK

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Gian Magdangal, in GMA7

Nasa SOP na pala si Gian Magdangal at last Sunday, winelcome siya as the newest mainstay ng show. Hindi nabalita na papasok siya sa show, kaya ‘di alam ng iba niyang fans at nagulat na lang ang mga ito nang mapanood siyang kumakanta.

Hopefully, makatulong ang weekly exposure ni Gian sa show para sumikat na siya at mas maganda pa kung ikokontrata siya ng GMA Records para magka-album. Kung may kontrata ang binata sa GMA-7, tiyak na mapapanood siya sa ibang show ng network.

Posible naman kayang kunin ng ABS-CBN si Jan Nieto at ilagay sa ASAP para itapat kay Gian? Magandang labanan ito kung sakali at manunumbalik ang sigla nang pagsuporta sa kanila ng kani-kanyang fans.

Samantala, nalaman naming kasama si Mau Marcelo, ang 1st winner sa Philippine Idol, sa isang concert sa February. Hindi lang alam ng source namin kung saan ang venue ng concert at kung kumpirmado nang si Kuh Ledesma ang kanyang makaka-back-to-back. LINK

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That’s Entertainment, to be revived?

Malaki ang naitulong ni Kuya Germs Moreno sa mga naging alaga niya sa That’s Entertainment kung saan karamihan ay gumawa ng malaking pangalan di lang sa bansa kundi internationally gaya nina Lea Salonga at Billy Crawford. Karamihan din sa mga artistang napasikat nito ay gumanda ang buhay at patuloy pa ring namamayagpag sa showbiz.

Siya ang unang mentor ng mga kabataang hinubog sa pag-arte, pag-awit at pagsayaw bago pa ang StarStruck o mga reality shows sa pagtuklas ng bagong talino.

Gustung-gusto ni Kuya Germs na maibalik ang That’s Entertainment at may offer naman sa ibang channel pero ang loyalty niya ay nasa Siete pa rin. Sana’y magkaroon ng katuparan ang kanyang wish na maipagpatuloy ang That’s Entertainment kung saan hanggang ngayon ay nasa puso pa rin niya ang programa. Link

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Asian Treasures

Parang pelikula ang Asian Treasures na kapag napanood mo ang trailer ay di mo sasabihing isang serye lamang sa TV. Bukod sa napakalaking cast nito (Robin Padilla, Angel, Locsin, Eddie Garcia, Marvin Agustin, Diana Zubiri, Marky Cielo, Glaiza de Castro, Caridad Sanchez, Jonee Gamboa, Rommel Padilla, Jaime Fabregas, Ronaldo Valdez, Gio Alvarez, Margaret Wilson, Ella V., Francis Magindayao at Mon Confiado sa direksyon ni Eric Quizon) meron pa ring mga special effects tulad ng blastings at may location sa labas ng bansa. Katunayan, nakatakdang pumunta ng Thailand ang grupo para mag-taping.

Asian Treasures fuses fact & fiction, ang istorya ay naguugat sa isang alamat na nagsasabing itinago ng 10 datu ng Borneo ang mga nakalap nilang kayamanan mula sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Asya. Ito ang paghahanapin nina Gabriela (Angel) isang myembro ng KKK, ang kapatirang kumakalinga sa kayamanan at ang stuntman na si Elias (Robin) sa pamamagitan ng 10 anting-anting na kailangan para matunton ang Asian Treasures.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Ara Mina and Polo Ravales, updates

MAY problema, pero hindi pa rin split sina Ara Mina and Polo Ravales.

Right on the heels of the Angel Locsin and Oyo Sotto split up, nagulat kami at nakabasa kami na split na rin daw sina Hazel and Polo and with the same reason as that of Angel and Oyo, lack of time for each other. Umaga pa lang, nagtext na kami sa dalawa to confirm this and surprisingly hindi sila sumagot both. Hazel and Polo normally answer text almost immediately. Gabi na nang nakapag-follow up kami at biniro namin na their non-answer means yes.

Si Hazel ang unang sumagot, busy lang daw siya the whole day but will call us. Then si Polo na nasabi na may problema lang ng konti, about time nga pero sila pa rin naman.

Bising-bisi kasi si Hazel sa kanyang February 3 concert na Loving Ara @ 15 sa Araneta Coliseum na isang fund-raising concert for her foundation in commemoration na rin with her 15 years sa showbiz.

Tickets here can now be had through Ticketnet or text 0917 887 7674 or call 892 3996.

Hopefully, maaayos ng dalawa ang ‘konting’ problema bago ito ‘lumaki.’ LINK to post.

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Gladys Guevarra resigns as a host

Si Gladys Guevarra pala ang host ng Eat Bulaga na nag-resign. Pinangalanan siya sa Startalk no’ng Sabado, pero ‘di sinabi ang rason. Nagpadala ito ng resignation letter sa Tape, Inc. noong Friday, January 5 at ‘di na rin siya pumasok at noong Sabado, wala na siya sa show.

Health reasons daw ang dahilan nang pagre-resign nito dahil ‘di na kaya ang six days a week na labas niya sa TV. Hindi naman daw ito totally mawawala sa TV dahil kasama siya sa Magic Kamison ng GMA-7 pero, every Sunday lang ito.

Marami ang makaka-miss kay Chuchay (isa sa character na ginagawa ni Gladys) lalo na kung bumibirit siya ng kanta. Naniniwala rin kaming may mas matindi siyang rason kung bakit iniwan ang EB at malalaman ito sa mga susunod na araw. Ang maganda lang sa ginawa nito’y, personal na niyang mapapatakbo ang kanyang Lugawan Republic. LINK to post.

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Billy Crawford susubok ng career sa Pilipinas

Nag-celebrate ng anibersaryo ang That’s Entertainment sa Walang Tulugan show. Salamat sa lahat ng dumalo sa taunang reunion ng That’s.

Ganun talaga, mahirap makumpleto. Una, ang imbitasyon ay ginawa ko lamang sa pamamagitan ng panawagan sa radyo.

Kung gaano pa naman ka-hi-tech ngayon tulad ng celfone na yan, kaya lang kahit isang numero ng mga alaga ko wala ako. Mano ba namang sabihin nila ‘Oh tay kapag kailangan mo ako ito ang contact no. ko!’ nang hindi ako nahihirapan na tawagan sila pag nagbago sila ng mga numero.

Ganunpaman, nagsimula ang That’s no’ng 1986 at nagkataon na tumama ito sa araw ng Sabado. Kung nagtuluy-tuloy sana ang programa ay ika-21 taon na ito ngayon.

Mabuti na lang ay nandito si Billy Crawford at nakisaya sa kanyang mga dating ka-miyembro.

Imagine nung nagsimula si Billy sa show, four yrs old pa lamang ito na siyang pinakabunso sa lahat.

Babalik na agad si Billy sa US para sa ginagawa nitong album at sa negosasyon ng movie na gagawin niya sa Amerika. At kung sakaling hindi ito matuloy babalik si Billy sa bansa upang tingnan ang kanyang kapalaran sa local showbiz. LINK to original post.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Takeshi’s Castle

PROUD si Joey de Leon sa success ng Takeshi’s Castle sa telebisyon ngayon.

Ang dating ipinapalabas daily sa QTV11 ay mapapanood na ngayon tuwing weekend sa GMA- 7 bilang pre-programming ng Eat Bulaga tuwing Saturday at SOP tuwing Sunday.

Alam ba ninyo na ang Takeshi ay naka-18% sa ratings sa first airing nito last December 23 sa GMA? Ang sumunod na airing ay nakakuha naman ng 20.3%.

Sa unang sabak nito sa Siyete, panauhin ang dalawang kalog na sina Alfred Vargas at Marky Cielo. Kasama rin ni Joey sa Ta-keshi si Ryan Yllana. Link is here.

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NEW KOREAN TV SERIES ON GMA

KOREA’S number one series in 2006, “Jumong,” is replacing “A Rosy Life” on GMA-7.

Made in the tradition of the hit “Jewel in the Palace,” this period drama is based on the life of a real Korean hero, Jumong (Song Il Gook of “Emperor of the Sea” on QTV-11), whose story is as inspiring as that of Jewel’s Jang Geum. Jumong grows up as the son of Geum Wa (Jeun Kwang Reul) and Yu Hwa (Oh Yun Soo) without knowing who his real father is. He longs for the chance to one day meet his dad. He falls in love with So Seo-no (Han Hye Jin), who happens to be the same woman that his step-brother, Dae So (Kim Seung Soo), is after. Dae So will do everything to take So Seo-no away from Jumong, but will he succeed? And having lost his father’s love to Jumong, Dae So vows to make Jumong’s life miserable. Yet, all the trials and sadness that Jumong bears all his life will not get in the way of his destiny.

See how Jumong grows up to be the hero whose legacy to the Korean people is his great historical triumph against thousands of armies to win back the skies of his old kingdom, Joseon,and establish what would become the great Goguryeo Dynasty in Korean history. “Jumong” will surely be another memorable drama on local TV, with its theme song,”Hold On,” by Shamrock. “Jumong” starts on January 8. Link to original post.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Rochelle Pangilinan, going solo?

Magpapalit na nga ba si Rochelle Pangilinan ng career at tuluyan nang iiwan ang grupong Sexbomb?

Malapit na kasing i-launch ang solo album ni Rochelle under BMG/Sony at ang packaging niya ay mala-Beyonce.

Nalilito na nga ang tao kung ano talaga ang packaging ng nakilalang mananayaw turned singer at aktres na rin kaya? Ano ba talaga ang gustong career na tahakin ni Rochelle?

Hindi kaya magkaroon ng inggitan sa pagitan ng Sexbomb singers at si Rochelle dahil mas nauna itong bigyan ng sariling album at maging sa Daisy Siete series ay siya rin ang bida kumpara sa ibang myembro?

Tinatawagan namin ang manager ng grupo na si Joy Cancio pero cannot be reached ang kanyang cellphone. Link is here.

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Angel Locsin: When it’s over, it’s over!

That quote – When it’s over, it’s over! – was first heard from Pops Fernandez almost a decade ago when she confirmed that she and Martin Nievera had split up.

That’s now what Angel Locsin is saying about her break-up with Oyo Sotto a few days before New Year.

"As of now," Angel admitted during an exclusive interview with Funfare (The STAR is the only newspaper she has agreed to open up to) Thursday night on the set of her new movie, GMA Films’ The Promise, at a sugarcane field in Dasmariñas, Cavite, "wala na...wala na talaga. It’s over!"

But having started as friends (or even as like brother and sister) whose relationship became even stronger when Oyo acted as Angel’s shoulder-to-cry-on while she was grieving for the tragic death of her boyfriend, Mico Sotto (Oyo’s cousin), three years ago, the ex-sweethearts have remained friends. Or so Angel likes to think.

"What’s important is that we are still friends," added Angel who couldn’t mention the name Oyo. "Our friendship is important because that’s how our relationship started. Hindi mawawala ‘yon."

Angel and Oyo had been going steady for only more than a year.

Last Christmas, Angel spent two days at the St. Luke’s Medical Center not due to a "nervous breakdown" caused by the break-up, as rumors had it, but to a bum stomach caused by shellfish. There are speculations that there were "third parties" in the break-up, like Robin Padilla (Angel’s leading lady in the new GMA fantaserye Asian Treasures which starts airing soon) and Bing Loyzaga (one of Oyo’s co-stars in Enteng Kabisote, topbilled by his dad, Vic Sotto) who only laughed off the rumor, saying that she and Oyo are only "barkada" (confirmed by Vic himself).

Even Kristine Hermosa (Vic’s leading lady in Enteng) is being "accused" of being a third party after she and Oyo, along with a few companions, were spotted having enjoying a nightout. Kristine, wife of Diether Ocampo, has yet to speak up. (Your guess is as good as anybody’s – she’ll deny it.)

"There’s no third party involved," insisted Angel who refused to say what really caused the break-up (you know, was it lack of time between them or what?). "I plead ‘guilty’ to lack of time because I’ve been working and working these past several weeks." But as far as the real cause of the break-up was concerned, she simply said, "I don’t want to talk about that yet."

About Robin whom she calls "Kuya Binoe," Angel said, "He’s my mentor. Maybe some people will say, ‘Si Angel, ang bagong leading lady ni Binoe; siguro liligawan din siya.’ Kuya Binoe is like a big brother to me; he’s my teacher. He has a wife and children and I hope his name won’t be dragged into the issue."

In The Promise, a haunting love story inspired by Wuthering Heights and directed by Mark Tuviera, Angel has again Richard Gutierrez as leading man for the nth time. Their team-up clicks even if in real life they are not sweethearts (like Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon) and they both have separate love lives.

Asked what brotherly advice Richard was giving her, Angel said, "He’s supportive..."

Toward the end of the year, Angel brought flowers to Mico’s grave which she visits every time she gets the chance. Asked what she told Mico, Angel said, "Whatever it was, Mico knew."

Although she said that she hasn’t put a period to her romance with Oyo, Angel hastened to add, "Pero may closure na." Visit original article.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Promise, a Valetine movie

Noong Sabado ay pack-up ang shooting ng The Promise, ang Valetine movie nina Richard Gutierrez at Angel Locsin.

Na-hospital kasi ang dalaga.

Kahapon ay nag-resume na ng shooting ang GMA Films para sa pelikulang ito, pero hindi pa nakapag-report sa set si Angel dahil hindi pa niya kayang magtrabaho.

Na-food poisoning si Angel at hindi pa siya handa para mag-shooting uli, kaya si Richard lang muna ang nag-report kahapon sa set ng The Promise.

Today ay magsu-shooting na si Angel.

Samantala, ayon sa manager ni Angel na si Tita Becky Aguila, mismong siya ay hindi alam kung bakit nag-split sina Angel at Oyo Sotto.

"Ayaw ko ring tanungin si Angel tungkol doon dahil mukhang hindi pa siya willing na magsalita," pahayag ni Tita Becky. Link is here.

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Alyssa Alano vs. Angelika Jones

Napaiyak si Alyssa Alano nang lumabas ito sa Virgin Café sa victory party ng Enteng Kabisote 3 nu’ng Martes nang hapon.

Late na dumating si Angelika Jones at lahat ng nakatsikahan niya sa party ay bineso niya maliban kay Alyssa na halos kaharap na niya ng upuan.

Maya-maya ay nagpaalam na si Alyssa. Nang sinundan ito ng mga TV crew hanggang sa kotse niya, hindi na nito napigilang umiyak dahil nasaktan siya sa mga sinabi ng mommy ni Angelika.

Panay parinig itong mommy ni Angelika na siya ang pinatatamaan kaya umalis na lang si Alyssa.

Okay lang kay Alyssa na huwag siyang batiin, pero sana raw ay huwag nang gumawa ng gulo sina Angelika dahil hindi siya nakikipag-away at wala siyang kasalanan sa gulong iyun.

Sinabi pa ni Angelika na dapat ay humingi ng apology sa kanya si Alyssa kung gusto nitong magkaibigan sila muli. Ang sagot ni Alyssa, wala siyang dapat na ihingi ng paumanhin kay Angelika at okay lang sa kanya na hindi na sila maging magkaibigan.

Huwag na raw sanang magsalita pa si Angelika ng kung anu-ano laban sa kanya. Link to original post.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Patrick Garcia, Niregaluhan Pati Nanay Ni Jennylyn

Masugid na manliligaw ni Jennylyn Mercado si Patrick Garcia. Kaya may nagtatanong kung ano ang Christmas gift niya sa magandang aktres.

Hindi lang si Jen ang binigyan ng aktor ng Christmas gift kundi gayundin ang ina nito, niregaluhan niya sila ng bracelet. Pero syempre, ispesyal yung kay Jen.

May intriga sa aktres na nagparetoke daw ng boobs. Ang totoo ay nag-paalis siya ng cyst sa magkabilang dibdib na hindi naman delikado dahil benign ang mga bukol. Link to article.

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Dumarami ang nai-involve sa hiwalayang Angel/ Oyo

Dahil ‘di guilty, diretsong sinagot ni Bing Loyzaga ang isyu sa kanila ni Oyo Sotto. Paulit-ulit na "No, no, no, no!" ang sagot nito kung totoong involved siya sa break-up ng actor at ni Angel Locsin. Pareho raw niyang kaibigan ang dalawa at nakiusap pa sa press na bigyan ng time and space ang ex-lovers para makapag-isip at respetuhin ang kanilang desisyon.

Nagbiro si Bing na ang ganda-ganda at sexy naman niya kung inihahambing siya kay Angel at ituring na third party sa break-up ng dalawa. Unfair naman daw kay Oyo na ma-link sa kanya dahil 36 years old na siya at nasa early 20s ang actor.

Ang ganda ng message ni Bing kina Angel at Oyo. Sabi nito: "As long as the friendship is still there, whatever makes them happy. For now, bigyan natin sila ng space and respect that they deserve."

Hindi rin naniniwala si Vic Sotto sa isyung Bing-Oyo at nalaman naming close ang una sa mag-ama noon pa. Madalas siyang imbitahan ng mga ito sa bahay nila sa Ayala, Alabang kaya, ‘di nakakagulat kung nakikita ang young actor sa bahay niya na tiyak alam ni Janno Gibbs dahil back-to-back ang kanilang bahay.

Hindi lang sina Bing Loyzaga at Kristine Hermosa ang na-i-involved sa break-up nina Angel Locsin at Oyo Sotto. Ang latest na nasasali sa isyu ay si Alessandra de Rossi na ex-girlfriend ng actor at nanatiling kaibigan up to now.

Ang sabi’y tinawagan ni Oyo si Alex para ikuwentong wala na sila ni Angel, pero naniniwala raw ang actress na magkakabalikan din ang dalawa at oras lang ang kanilang kailangan para bumalik ang relasyon. Link to article.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

GMA-7 shows nominated for NYF International Advertising Corporation awards

WAGI na naman ang Kapuso Network for the most number of nominations na natanggap from the NYF International Advertising Corporation (www. newyork festivals. com), and this time, hindi lang para sa TV kungdi para sa film din.

Lima ang nakuhang nominations ng GMA-7 for TV Programming and Promotion Awards, and isa naman from Film and Video Awards. Nominated ang Moments of Love for Feature Length: Action and Adventure category.

Nominado ang dalawang episodes ng I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries sa Social Issues/Current Events category, ang Uuwi Na Si Dodong (Dodong is Coming Home) and Boy Pusit (The Squid Catchers).

Nominado rin ang dalawang shows na na-nominate last year sa Asian TV Awards, ang SOP Rules for Variety Category at ang StarStruck III The Final Judgment for Variety Special.

May nakuha ring nomination for the first time ang QTV, ang At Your Service, Star Power for Community Service Program. Link is here.

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Jennylyn Mercado, following Judy Ann Santos' footsteps

Nang maging guest kami sa Gandang Ricky Reyes nina Vero Samio, Nene Riego, Linda Rapadas at Len Llanes ay naging ispesyal ding panauhin ang mga manghuhulang sina Rene Mariano, Madam Rosa at Madam Auring.

May mga tanong kami tungkol sa mga artista na sinagot nila.

Isa sa mga tanong namin ay kung sino sa mga kabataang artista ang nakikita nilang susunod sa yapak ni Judy Ann Santos. Nagkakaisa ang tatlong manghuhula sa pagsasabing si Jennylyn Mercado ang posibleng maging katulad ni Juday na isang magaling na dramatic actress at mahusay din sa komedi. "Bukod sa may ibubuga sa pag-arte ay propesyonal pa rin ito," anila.

Sa kabilang banda, sinabi ni Becky Aguila na kaya hindi nakadalo sa MMFF Awards Night si Jen dahilan sa isang linggo na itong maysakit dahil sa broncho-pneumonia at kinakailangan siyang magpahinga ayon sa doctor nito. visit link

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The best of times, the worst of times

In Roman literature, Janus is "the god of good beginnings." He is a solar deity and doorkeeper of heaven. Janus is the patron of the beginning and end of things. The first month of the year is named after him. His chief temple in Rome ran east and west where the day begins and ends. His statue has two faces, one young and one old. Janus has a distinctive artistic appearance where he is commonly depicted with two faces, one regarding what is behind and the other looking toward what lies ahead. Thus, the Roman god is a representative of contemplation on the happenings of an old year while looking forward to the new one.

As we start 2007, let us look back at 2006, an interesting year, to say the least. Yet despite some setbacks, Filipinos remained resilient and optimistic. "You’re an amazing people," Rob, my American friend, would always say. We remain steadfast during odd times.

People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao is a living testament that Filipinos are world-class athletes. Pacman, as he is fondly called, always gets people at the edge of their seats with his deadly punches and brave heartfelt singing. This super fighter from General Santos City showed his mettle three times as he lorded over his opponents inside the ring. He kicked-off 2006 when he traded punches with Erik "El Terible" Morales of Mexico in a rematch at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. His second boxing feat was with Oscar Larios last July at the Araneta Coliseum in a match dubbed Mano a Mano. His victorious third battle was against Morales billed as the Grand Finale last November again at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas. He defeated Morales on a third-round knock-out which created overwhelming cheers to the entire Filipino nation. Morales acknowledged that Pacquiao was just too strong and too fast for him.

Another commendable achievement in the field of sports are the local athletes’ good showing at the Asian Games where they won a total of four golds, six silvers and nine bronzes from boxing, cue sports, golf, karate, tennis, taekwondo and wushu. Indeed, palaban ang mga Pinoy!

The endurance of the Pinoy mountaineers was tested when they confronted their greatest challenge – scaling the heights of Mt. Everest. With intense training and sheer determination to reach the summit and plant the Philippine flag, mountaineers Leo Oracion, Pastor Emata and Romy Garduce climbed the highest point at 29,035 feet. Witnessed on nationwide TV, these courageous mountaineers rappelled, gasped for air and walked along the snowy mountain paths of Nepal-Tibet. The whole nation rejoiced!

In the entertainment scene, fresh faces surfaced from reality-based TV programs. The Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition turned housemates or boarders ni Kuya into teen heartthrobs. From being ordinary teenagers the likes of Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Matt Evans and Aldred Gatchalian they are now household names. Likewise, the Pinoy Dream Academy showcased the talents of 20 scholars who vied for the highly-coveted prize that included a singing contract, P1-M cash, a brand-new car, a business franchise among other fabulous prizes. What’s best having this competition was the discovery of a new breed of talents who could not only sing, dance, play musical instruments but who could write songs as well. There were also Pinoy Idol and StarStruck that introduced exciting young talents.

However, the previous year was plagued with natural disasters such as the restless volcanoes and super typhoons battering the country. Four active volcanoes – Bulusan, Kanlaon, Mayon and Taal drove people away from their homes with threatening explosions. The torrential downpours and gusty winds brought by Milenyo, Paeng, Queenie and Reming damaged bridges, buildings, crops and created massive mudslides that buried houses, vehicles and bodies of hapless victims.

Let us now look forward to a brighter 2007 with hopes for peace and prosperity among ourselves. I look forward to a fair and honest election in May. No more guns, goons and money: I dream but what the heck! More achievements in the fields of academics, sports and the performing arts that will highlight the world-class talents of Pinoys both here and abroad. May we have a flourishing movie industry that will produce quality films that will showcase the acting genius of our actors. I pray that there be no more destructive calamities that will take the lives and properties of our kababayan. Let’s work hard, play hard and pray hard. Visit the original post.

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Vic Sotto and 32nd Metro Filmfest award

Absent during the controversy-laden (as usual) 32nd Metro Filmfest Gabi ng Parangal last Dec. 29 (because he and girlfriend Pia Guanio were having a honeymoon...er...a well-deserved holiday in Singapore), Vic Sotto (photo) finally got hold of the Best Picture trophy won by his starrer, the top-grossing Enteng Kabisote (co-produced by Vic’s own M-ZET Films and Orly Ilacad’s OctoArts Films), at yesterday’s thanksgiving press party he and Orly hosted at Virgin Café.

The trophy was received at the Parangal by Angelika Jones who’s in the cast of the movie. (She arrived late at yesterday’s party because she just came from the second Parade of Stars).

‘Diyan ka lang,’ Vic said in jest, addressing the trophy he was holding at the presidential table. ‘Huwag kang aalis diyan!’

Seriously now, Vic said that he was happy with the unexpected award, despite the controversy it generated, recalling that it’s not the first time for an Enteng Kabisote flick to win such an honor.

‘In 1992,’ he said, ‘Okey Ka, Fairy Ko (the first of the Kabisote series) also won the Best Picture award at the Metro Filmfest,’ adding again in jest, ‘Nobody can take the trophy from me,’ also addressing the trophy, ‘walang makakaagaw sa’yo, maski umiyak pa sila!’

This early, Vic is already planning Enteng Kabisote 4, also for this December’s Metro Filmfest, still with virtually the same cast including his leading lady Kristine Hermosa (who was absent from yesterday’s party).

But first, according to Vic, he hopes to finally co-star in a movie with Dolphy for a mid-year playdate. Visit this link.

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