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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Luna Mystika tops primetime ratings

GMA 7’s Luna Mystika casts its magic in the hearts of the televiewers following its winning streak in the ratings game.

On its pilot episode, Luna Mystika debuted strongly with 38.9 percent as anticipation is high for Heart Evangelista and Mark Fernandez’s first team up. Viewers of all ages especially the younger ones are glued every night watching the performance of Heart as Luna and Celestina who both fight for the love of Dexter (Mark).

Also, the first glimpse in the mythical land of the Engkantos gives everyone a fresh take on the cinematic magic on primetime. The delight to see tikbalangs, winged-fairies and other fabled creatures that dwell in the forest are given life on the telefantasya.

For its pilot week, Luna Mystika landed either on the first or second spot in the primetime race. On Monday, Luna Mystika took the No. 1 spot with 40.2 percent, topping the overnight ratings among Mega Manila households while on Tuesday and Wednesday, it ruled once again with 37.4 percent and 35.7 percent, respectively.

Luna Mystika has appealed to the televiewers because of its engaging storyline and endearing characters.



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GMA knows what’s best

IF reports are to be believed, the Marian Rivera -- Dingdong Dantes tandem might be sidetracked for a while.

This is bad news for their fans and supporters who religiously followed their successful teleseryes, Marimar and Dyesebel. But to some extent, this is an opportunity for Marian and Dingdong to explore new horizons outside their love team. Of course, there are pros and cons in their reported split up as love team.

For one, their tandem has already captured legions of fans. In fact, they have become household names. And undoubtedly, they complement to each other because of their good screen chemistry.

On the other hand, both Marian and Dingdong can challenge themselves how far they can go in showbiz without having to depend on each other. For sure, they want to prove that their popularity and staying power are not anchored on their tandem.

“Naku huwag na silang mag-drama ‘no?!,” sarcastically comments one writer. “Talagang sawa na ang mga tao sa kanila. Kaya tigilan ang ganyang tsika.”

Accordingly, the reported split-up stemmed from the dismal box-office result of their movie, “One True Love.” True or not, GMA knows what is best for its talents. Thus, the decision not to pair the two in their next project is strategically planned.

Others say that had their movie really clicked, they would be paired again. That is not farfetched. Lalo na sa showbiz na kapag nag-click ang isang bagay, sasagarin at sasagarin nila hanggang manawa ang mga viewers dito.

If the tandem split-up is true, what awaits Marian and Dingdong after “One True Love”? Just asking…



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Rufa Mae on Sam Milby: No malice

RUFA Mae Quinto is baffled as to why some quarters are making a big fuzz over her visit to the Sam Milby’s digs at Corinthian Hills in Pasig. “Sam and I are members of the same religious community at sabay kaming nagba-Bible study,” she says. “Hindi dapat lagyan ng anumang kulay o malisya ang pagbisita ko sa kanya. Nagpapagawa kasi ako ng bagong bahay and everyone’s saying his new house is so beautiful at mabilis daw natapos kaya gusto kong makita at baka may mapulot akong ideas doon. What’s wrong with that naman, di ba? Si Sam naman ang nagsabing tingnan ko ‘yung bahay niya so I just looked at it.”

So it’s not true that she has something to do with Sam’s breakup with Anne Curtis? “Actually, si Ruffa Gutierrez ang unang nagtanong sa akin niyan sa shooting namin ng ‘Desperadas 2’. Ako raw ba ang dahilan kaya nagkahiwalay ‘yung dalawa. Siyempre, naloka ako. Nakakagulat kasi when I went to visit Sam’s house, that’s two months ago na, ‘no? That time, ka-on ko pa si Bobby (her Hong Kong-based boyfriend.) E, kailan lang ba sila nag-split? It’s very recent, so for sure, wala akong kinalaman dun. Nakausap ko na nga si Anne and I assured her wala akong alam at all tungkol sa kanila ni Sam. She understood me naman at nag-sorry pa ngang na-damay ako sa issue. ‘Yung ibang writers kasi, nagha-hanap ng masisisi. Kung nagkikita man kami ni Sam, sa Bible study iyon and with us are sina Piolo Pascual, Mark Bautista, Direk Joyce Bernal and Erik Santos. Pero hindi kami nagdi-date, no?”

She says she’ll be loveless on Christmas. “Okay nga, e. Bagay na bagay sa pelikulang katatapos kong gawin kay Direk Joey Reyes, ‘Civil Status: Single’, at pati na rin sa ‘Desperadas 2’. Pero hindi ako desperadang magka-boyfriend uli, ha. E-enjoy-in ko munang maging single.”



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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dingdong Dantes is new darling of the press

WITHOUT a doubt, the male Darling of the Press award should go to Dingdong Dantes. For the second time around, he threw a very advanced Christmas party for the entertainment press who granted the actor's request to refrain from asking about his much-talked break-up with Karylle.

The Christmas party opened with a big bang reminiscent of a happy scene at Ophra's show---that of giving gifts for everyone in the audience. In Dingdong's case, everyone went home with a MyPhone cellphone, which the most eligible bachelor and one of the world's sexiest is currently endorsing.

In his opening remark, Dingdong said he is grateful for the support the press people is giving him and thanked the Lord for all the blessings which he is now sharing with the members of the fourth estate.

Generosity had no limit that evening where there were more prizes than the invited guests. Raffled off were television sets, washing machines, microwave oven, mini component, DVD players, digital cameras, Bench watches and for the top prize, Techno chrome watches which Lolit Solis, who helped organized the party, won.

With an over-abundance of gifts, some went home with more than one item. A must to carry is the beautifully packed Gran Matador which could one could drink while talking to My Phone set.

The success of One True Love at the box-office makes Dingdong a very bankable star. Also noticed by the critics is his very improved acting together with the felt performance by Iza Calzado.

Dingdong leaves for the USA first week of December with Marian Rivera for a show at the Shrine Auditorium. When he returns, he will start taping a new TV series, "Ang Babaing Hinugot" sa Aking Tad-yang.



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Lovi Poe lalong nag-bloom

Bloom ang titulo ng pangalawa at bagong album ng multi-media star na si Lovi Poe na swak sa kanya ngayon dahil blooming siya dahil kay Jolo Revilla. Sa pamamagitan ng album na ito sa ilalim ng SonyBMG, napatunayan ni Lovi ang kanyang galing bilang singer. Naipakita niya ang kanyang versatility mula sa mga Tagalog ballads hanggang English songs.

Ipinagmamalaki ko ang Bloom dahil ipinakikita nito ang kasalukuyan kong kalagayan, ang takbo ng aking isip, na isa na akong dalaga, independent at dreamer,” sabi ni Lovi na hindi lang basta anak ni Fernando Poe, Jr. kundi isa siyang may sariling talent na bagay sa kanyang pangalan.

Mabibili na ang CD sa lahat ng pangunahing record bars sa bansa. Nakatakda ang Bloom mall tour ni Lovi sa Robinsons Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Nobyembre 29; Starmall sa EDSA, Nobyembe 30; SM Dasmariñas, Disyembre 6; SM-Marilao, Disyembre 13; SM-Molino, Disyembre 14; SM-Baliwag, Bulacan, Disyembre 20; Metropoint Mall sa Pasay Rotonda-Taft Avenue, Disyembre 21; SM-Muntinlupa, Enero 4; SM-Marikina, Enero 10; at SM-Clark, Enero 11.



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Family Feud now also airs Sundays

Sundays with the whole family will be more enjoyable as GMA 7’s Family Feud Celebrity Edition invades Filipino homes starting tomorrow, Nov. 30.

Hosted by Richard Gomez, the game show will now hit the TV screens six days a week, plus a bonus celebrity episode Sundays, bringing non-stop fun and surprises to the televiewers.

The battle is on for the celebrity families as Family Feud Celebrity Edition pits two competing families of four against each other as they try to guess what the survey said in polls conducted with 100 people. Not only big cash prizes await the champion at the end of the game but also at stake is the winning family’s honor.

Since its debut last Oct. 13, Family Feud has captured the interest of the televiewers as reflected in the ratings game. It has consistently won in the overnight ratings among Mega Manila households. Richard certainly made his mark as an endearing host as the show progresses.

To start off, the Prieto-Valdes Family headed by the Queen of high style and fashion, Tessa along with her husband Dennis and in-laws Robin and Ria goes head-to-head with the Aguilar Family led by Carlene with her brother Royce, sister Catherine and mother, Ciara.

Which celebrity family will pass, play, steal or strike? Well, the family that plays together, wins together.



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Friday, November 28, 2008

Full Force Nature with Richard Gutierrez

WALANG dapat ipag-alala ang fans ni Richard Gutierrez sa mapanganib na hosting job sa GMA-7, ang Full Force Nature.

Binalaan daw si Richard ng program manager ng show na si Cecille de Guzman na makaka-experience siya ng tunay na kalamidad habang nagku-cover for the show.

“Nang banggitin sa akin ang nature ng paghu-host ko, agad ko itong tinanggap. Grabe. Excited talaga ako. Tulad din kasi ito ng mga ginagawa kong stunts sa soaps ko, mapanganib dahil ako mismo ang gumagawa, pero gustung-gusto ko,” ani Richard.

Unang ipi-feature ni Richard sa Full Force Nature ay ang mapanganib na ilog sa may San Miguel, Bulacan, kung saan muntik na silang nalunod nang biglang ru-magasa ang malakas na buhos ng tubig na galing sa bundok.



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Marian Rivera nagta-trabaho kahit naka-wheel chair

Tuloy ang trabaho ni Marian Rivera kahit naka-cast at naka-wheel chair ang kanang paa dahil na-fracture nang matapilok sa pagtakbo dahil natakot sa ka-ek­se­nang kapre sa Nieves episode ng Shake, Rattle & Roll X. Mabuti’t one day na lang ang shooting niya rito at two days sa Desperadas 2 at pa­uu­puin na lang siya sa mga natitira niyang eksena.

Pagkatapos nga ng blowout dinner ng One True Love, nag-dubbing pa siya para sa Desperadas 2 at bubuhatin na lang dahil four days siyang bawal maglakad at three to four weeks namang naka-cast ang kanang paa.

Dahil hindi makakasayaw, sabi ni Dingdong Dantes, siya na lang ang sasayaw sa dance concert nila sa Shrine Auditorium sa L.A. sa December 6, at kakanta na lang si Marian na nakaupo. Magka-loveteam nga ang dalawa’t a few months ago, ang kanang braso ng actor ang naka-cast dahil na-fracture rin sa isang eksena sa Dyesebel.

Sabi ni Dingdong, ang GMA-7 at si direk Joyce Bernal ang bahalang mag-isip kung ano ang gagawin kay Marian dahil magsisimula na silang mag-taping ng Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang sa December 11, pagbalik nila mula sa States dahil magpa-pilot ang bago nilang soap sa February 2, 2009.



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The mystery revealed on La Lola

The story of intrigue continues as evens spiral out of control on GMA 7’s La Lola. The identity of young Melissa’s kidnapper is revealed. And she turns out to be someone close to the little girl.

Her unsuspecting dad Facundo (JC de Vera) prepares to rescue his precious daughter, even if it costs him fortune.

Meanwhile, the dog-eat-dog rivalry between La Primer and Disteleria Lobregat goes on. Susana (Eula Valdez) challenges Aguirre (Eddie Garcia) to fight fair and square.

Will Facundo finally rescue Melissa? When will the war between the two liquor companies end? Find out in La Lola tonight after Gagambino and before Survivor Philippines.

The series stars Rhian Ramos in the title role with Eddie Garcia, Eula Valdez, Galdys Reyes, Angelika dela Cruz, Marvin Agustin, Jackielou Blanco, Keempee de Leon, Jay-R and others.



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Tito, Vic and Joey reunite for movie 'Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After'

The best and formidable box-office triumvirate of showbiz – Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon will once again grace big screens with their comeback movie titled “Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After”.

“Iskul Bukol” the program that probably pioneered the situational comedies in the history of Philippine television was a great hit during the late ‘70s to ‘80s and is now one of the entries for this year’s 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival.

In a press conference for the movie, the trio even recounted their experiences during their “Iskul Bukol” days on TV and even shared the show’s history.

“’Yong Iskul Bukol walang pwedeng mag-claim kasi uso yan noong time na iyon. Iyong salit ay parang see you later-alligator, so school – iskul-bukol, nauso iyan noong mga time na ‘yon iyong hi there spider, may Gay and Pip pa, how’s sweet Gay and Pip parang mga ganoon uso iyan kaya ginamit lang namin,” de Leon said said.

“Alam niyo ba na ang unang inalok sa Iskul Bukol ay ang APO Hiking Society talagang (rival) namin sila, sila ang unang inalok kaya lang siningil yata ni Danny Javier ng P2,000 each doon sa sitcom kami cheap P800. Totoo ‘yan tanungin niyo ang mga producer. Pero kung tinanggap ng APO ‘yan hindi nangyari yung Escalera at Ungasis. Sa amin na nanggaling yon, siguradong friends lang sila (kung APO) eto tunay, ang magulo sa amin ay ginulo pa naming ang naging magkapatid kami ni Tito at si Vic ang nag-solo.”

For the record, “Iskul Bukol” on IBC-13 was the highest rating program during the late 70s. Iskul Bukol movies were also made one in 1977 and the Iskul Bukol (Freshmen) in 1980.

The trio said that young ones will also love to watch the newest movie adaptation of their sitcom since the parents of the youngster will definitely explain it to their kids.

“’Yong mga magulang alam nilang ipaliwanag ‘yon, de Leon said.

“In any school in the Philippines siguro maging sa ibang school laging mayroong nerd. Hindi nawawalan ng isang nerd sa isang eskwelahan at hindi din nawawalan ng mga naughty o pilyo. Iyon ang characterization ng mga tao sa Iskul Bukol. Di rin nawawalan ng masungit na teacher at mayroong mabait, so ngayon kahit hindi mo napanood iyon noong araw, iyong characters namin noon ay dala-dala pa din, although hindi na nga lang estudyante at reunion na nga lang pero dala pa din and people can always relate kahit ‘yong mga estudyante ngayon nasa high school.

“Ngayon parang mai-imagine nila ‘yong karaniwang nangyayari sa kanila, ‘yon din ang ginamit sa script ng Iskul Bukol (TV) every week. Every week yon naglalaro lang ‘yon sa Escalera brothers. Mandedelihensiya para magpang-Agogo Banana at ang number one na target lagi ay si Ungasis dahil pinapadalhan ng pera ng nanay galing sa Tiaong.

“So siya lagi ang target namin na hingan ng pera o delihensiyahan ng pera at siyempre nadadamay si Ms. Tapia at kahit sino si Ms. Tapia lagi niyang kakampi at si Mang Temi. So ‘yon nakaka-relate pa din kahit paano ‘yong sa ngayon,” former senator Tito Sotto said.

“Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After” is the reunion film of the trio, the group was last seen in the silver screen almost two decades ago for the film “I Have 3 Eggs” in 1990.

The film will chronicle the events that happened in the two decades since the TV series, after the Escalera brothers and Ungasis have graduated from ‘Wanbol University.’

The reunion film aims to reintroduce Iskul Bukol to the present crop of viewers. And to make the story more exciting, some parts were shot in Cambodia.

The story involves the thrilling search for the powerful ‘Peseta,’ one of the remaining 30 pieces of Judas’s silver which reportedly gives immortality to anyone who possesses it.

Members of the cast of “Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After”, aside from the legendary three actors-comedians also include Bibeth Orteza, Jimmy Santos, Mely Tagasa as the strict teacher Ms. Tapia, Richie D’ Horsie as himself, Anthony Roquek as the former gay Tonet Macho and Mary Massab.

Today’s stars include Ryan Agoncillo, Robert Villar, Carlene Aguilar, Oyo Sotto, Gian Sotto, Keempee de Leon, Francine Prieto, Krista Ranillo, Pauleen Luna and Nicole Uysiuseng.

For the movie, Megastar Sharon Cuneta is also making a special appearance as Tito and Joey’s younger sister, Sharon Escalera.

“Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After” is a co-production of OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films and APT Entertainment.



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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Is Kyla leaving GMA-7?

IS Kyla leaving GMA-7 to move to ABS-CBN? "Hindi po, I have a contract with GMA until 2010 so I can't do that," she says.

But it's obvious she's unhappy with GMA as she has only one show, "SOP," when she was also hosting "Little Pop Superstar" before. "Well, we're going nga to ask for a meeting with GMA to ask kung anong plans nila for me. But right now, busy ako promoting my new album, 'Heart to Heart,' a followup to my album last year, 'Heartfelt'. It was introduced in 'SOP' last Sunday and to be launched by EMI Philippines to the public on Friday at SM Mall of Asia Main Atrium at 5 p.m. There will be album signing and photo ops plus free poster for every purchase of the CD."

"Heart to Heart" has a total of 15 great cuts, plus a bonus track of "My Grown- Up Christmas List" in time for the coming holidays. The first single and title song is a remake of a Kenny Loggins original, with Kyla doing her own R&B version. Other notable cuts are "Old Friend," ""Stay Awake," "I Miss You," "Misty Glass Window," "Bus Stop," and "Ribbon in the Sky." One song, "Back in Time," is her own composition with Jay-R and they do a duet of it recorded at Jay-R's own studio. Two other original songs are "You Make Me Feel" (also her own composition) and the touching "Tahan Na."

"Kyla has a lot of production savvy as she herself co-produced the album," says EMI Polyeast A&R manager Chito Ilagan. "She knows exactly how to deliver the songs even if all of them were given new arrangements. She made them all her own."

"After releasing six past albums, I want to show that I have grown artistically and professionally," says Kyla. "My seventh album is something I can be proud of not only as a singer but as a professional artist in all its aspects. I'm glad EMI gave me the chance to contribute all my creative inputs for this album that really means a lot to me."

EMI has great plans for Kyla. They're compiling best songs from her past albums and will market it in an album that will be released in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand in 2009. "Nag-hit kasi in Indonesia ang isa kong album, 'Not so Ordinary Girl,' by accident. Someone downloaded a song from there, 'Because of You,' and it became one of the top 10 hits there kaya nag-click ang album ko with them."

Kyla will also have a series of shows in small venues next year, culminating in a concert at the Araneta Coliseum in late 2009. She'll be taping her music video for "Heart to Heart" next week, directed by Treb Monteras, but she has no leading man yet. Why not get her own boyfriend, cager Rich Alvarez?

"I've long been trying to convince him but he refuses kasi mahiyain daw siya talaga."

Which of the songs in her new album will she dedicate to Rich? "'Ribbon in the Sky', ang favorite naming dalawa."



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Joey de Leon walang panahon kay Willie

KINU-CONSIDER pala ni Joey de Leon ang sarili na retired na sa paggawa ng pelikula.

Hindi nga lang daw niya napahindian ang ideya ng matalik na kaibigang si Vic Sotto na magsama-sama silang muli ni Tito Sotto sa Metro Manila filmfest entry na Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After.

Isa pa, hindi ordinaryong pelikula ang entry na ito ng OctoArts Films, M-Zet TV Production at APT Entertainment, dahil isa itong pagbabalik-tanaw sa matagumpay na TV sitcom na nagpasikat sa grupong TVJ nu’ng dekada ’70.

Sa presscon ng Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After kamakalawa ng hapon, sinabi ni Joey na tamad na talaga siyang mag-shooting.

Kuntento na raw siya sa TV career, lalo pa’t kung iisiping uso na ang airconditioned studios ngayon.

Mani na lang para sa kanya ang pagte-taping ng regular shows niyang Nuts Entertainment, Mel & Joey at Takeshi’s Castle o pagla-live sa Startalk kada Sabado ng hapon.

Sa tantiya niya, pinakamatagal na ang dalawang oras na ginugugol niya para sa isang programa.

Kumpara sa pelikula, ’di hamak na mas magaan nga namang trabaho ang pagho-host sa telebisyon.

Kaya naman, hindi rin niya mapagbigyan ang alok ni Willie Revillame na gumawa sila ng pelikula.

“Walang oras, sabi ko sa kanya, tingnan natin,” tsika ni Joey sa press.

Apparently, binulungan siya ni Willie nang magkita sila sa isang awards rites kamakailan.

“Nag-offer siya sa ’kin, pero wala, eh. Kung sa Siyete nga, hirap pa, eh. Alam mo ang pelikula, sinet-aside ko na. Sa TV muna ako, uso na nga kasi ang aircon, ’di ba?

“Siguro kung sa abroad gagawin, kasi mahilig akong maglalayas,” dagdag pa ng comic icon.

“Pero alam n’yo bang kinuha ko ’yan dati? Si Willie ang lumabas na sidekick ko sa Barbie for President.

“Ako, okay sa akin ang lahat, wala namang masamang tinapay sa ’kin, eh,” pagtatapos pa ni Joey.



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Manny Pacquiao nag-aalala kay Karylle

MAHIGIT isang linggo na lang, laban na nina Manny Pacquiao at Oscar dela Hoya sa MGM Grand sa Las Vegas.

Pero alam n’yo bang hindi lang sa laban naka-focus ang atensyon ni Pacman?

Updated na updated pala ito sa showbiz issues, kaya medyo nag-aalala kay Karylle, na kakanta ng Pambansang Awit sa tinaguriang The Dream Match ng People’s Champ sa Golden Boy.

Sey ng isang GMA-7 executive, panay ang kumusta ni Manny kay Karylle dahil knows nitong kabe-break lang ng huli sa boyfriend na si Dingdong Dantes.

Worried yata si Pacman na baka hindi pa ready ang dalaga ni Zsa Zsa Padilla na mag-perform sa harap ng napakalaking audience.

In-assure naman siya ng kausap na handang-handa si Karylle at walang dapat ipag-alala si Manny.

Alam n’yo bang ngayon pa lang ay marami nang celebrity na nakatakdang tumungo ng Las Vegas para panoorin si Pacman?

Ilan sa mga binanggit sa amin ay sina Dingdong, Bayani Agbayani, Alfred Vargas, Rufa Mae Quinto, Richard Gutierrez at ewan kung matutuloy si Paolo Contis.

Kung hindi kami nagkakamali, karamihan sa kanila’y personal na binigyan ni Pacman ng ticket.

Ayon pa sa GMA-7 exec, hindi biro ang halagang inuubos ng Pambansang Kamao rito. ’Pag close na close pa sa kanya, pati hotel room, siya pa ang nag-aareglo.

Ganu’n daw talaga si Manny tuwing may laban. Katuwiran daw nito, mas lumalakas ang loob niya kapag nakikita ang mga pamilyar na mukha sa audience.

Sa Mandalay Bay daw karaniwang naka-billet sina Manny, dahil feeling nito, may dalang suwerte sa kanya ang naturang hotel.

Wala raw dapat ipangamba ang mga tagahanga ng Pinoy boxing champ, dahil sa huli nilang pag-uusap ng opisyales ng Siyete, sinabi nitong handang-handa na siyang harapin si Dela Hoya sa ring.

Ang The Dream Match: Pacquiao vs Dela Hoya ay mapapanood sa Kapuso channel sa December 7 at mapapakinggan din sa DzBB at iba’t iba pang regional stations ng GMA Network.



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Miriam Quiambao kinalasan ng BF na foreigner

May nag-react sa siney ni Miriam Quiambao na hindi siya nagkaroon ng boyfriend na foreigner, pagka­tapos ng hiwalayan portion nila ng kanyang mister na si Claudio Rondinelli.

True daw na naging boyfriend ni Miriam ang isang Holland national pero hindi nagtagal ang kanilang relasyon. Ang mhin daw ang kumalas kay Miriam dahil sa irreconcilable differences ek.

Puwedeng mag-deny si Miriam dahil hindi rin niya masyadong type ang mhin na nahumaling sa kanya nang todo.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Manny Pacquiao still aspires to be a congressman

Even if he was, well, “TKO’d” by Darlene Antonino when he ran for congressman in GenSan during the 2007 elections, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao isn’t about to hang up his “political glove,” insisting that he’s running for the same position (presumably) in 2010.

He revealed this in an interview with editor-in-chief Jim Plouffe in the latest (December) issue of the Reader’s Digest which features Pacquiao on the cover, the second Filipino to be accorded that honor in barely three months, following Michael V. who graced the RD cover in its special issue on Asian comedy.

Question (by Plouffe): It seems the only time you’ve taken a real beating is when you went for public office.

Pacquiao: It was not the right time to run for office because I was in my prime in boxing. (The Filipino people) are looking at me as a role model in boxing. The time has come now. I think they will want me because I have a big heart.

Big words, those. If Pacquiao can translate words into action, well and good. But he’s right that his fans (including this one) prefer him to stay inside the ring and not somewhere else, not in the political arena or in the movies (his “starrers” were flops, including films supposedly “inspired” by his success story).

But he’s undaunted in his quest for a space in politics.

Question: So politics is still in the cards?

Pacquiao: Absolutely. I want to be a congressman. (The Filipino people) idolize me in boxing. I want them to idolize me in terms of public service. (I believe in) social accountability. I can change the system. I’m not like some politicians who can be corrupt. I have money and I am satisfied with what I have earned from bloody work like boxing. What I want to do is bring government money back to the poor people.” (Adding that what the Philippines needs the most are “politicians with big hearts to help the people who are suffering.”)

Bigger words, those. I read the RD story with mounting excitement, waiting for Pacquiao to name the “politicians who can be corrupt” but he disappointed me (and you, too, I guess) by not naming one at all.

Anyway, the Reader’s Digest (with Pacquiao looking invincible on the cover, as if taunting Oscar dela Hoya with whom he’s matched in a non-title bout in Las Vegas on Dec. 6) is a collector’s item. Buy a copy before it gets out of stock.



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Ramiel Malubay in Ogie Alcasid concert

NAIKUWENTO ni Ogie Alcasid sa press recently na nagbati sila ni Regine Velasquez nang bigyan niya ng apat na love notes.

Mas gusto raw ni Regine ang love notes kesa sa anumang material gifts.

Ayon pa kay Ogie, dahil sa sobrang dami ng kanyang trabaho ay nakalimutan niya ang anniversary nila ni Regine.

Tuloy, nagtampo sa kanya ang Asia’s Songbird.

Dahil sa pagiging understanding ni Regine kay Ogie, lalo pang nagiging matamis ang kanilang pagsasama.

Kaya tumagal sila ng pitong taong sweet na sweet pa rin.

Anyway, ang huling concert ni Ogie, ang The Idol Experience: Ogie Sings With the Idols ay ipalalabas sa Aliw Theater sa Dec. 20 and 21, 8 p.m.

Makakasama ni Ogie ang first Pinoy Idols na si Gretchen Espina at ang 11 finalists ng Pinoy Idol, hosted nina Ogie at Regine Velasquez.

Makakasama rin sa concert ang Pinoy-American finalist ng Season 7 ng American Idol na si Ramiel Malubay.



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Matet de Leon wala nang balak mag-migrate sa Norway

ANG ganda ni Matet de Leon ngayon.

Mukhang happy and contented siya sa kanyang buhay may-asawa. Eighteen pa lang si Matet nang magpakasal sa cager na si Mickey Estrada.
Now in her 20s, she’s mom to two kids.

Last Sunday, when she guested sa Showbiz Central with Mickey, and brother Kiko, Matet showed her respect to both her mom, Nora Aunor and Ate (Lotlot de Leon), when she begged off from answering questions na may kinalaman sa kung may awayang namamagitan sa dalawa.

Likewise, she denied reports that the reason kung bakit ’di sila natuloy sa kanilang pagma-migrate sa Norway ay dahil wala silang pera.

Ayon kay Mickey, nagkataon din daw na noong paalis na sila, nabuntis nga sa pangalawang baby nila si Matet.

Eh, ngayon daw, wala na muna silang balak umalis dahil maganda naman ang takbo ng buhay nila rito.

At saka, Matet, Mickey, masarap tumira sa sariling bayan.



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22nd Star Awards for Television this Sunday

SA Nov. 30 na gaganapin ang 22nd Star Awards for Television ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) sa Function Room ng SMX Convention Center (near SM Mall of Asia).

Kung dati ay may boycott ang GMA-7 sa nasabing award-giving body, this time, balitang naiba na ang ihip ng hangin.

Nagbaba raw ng memo ang GMA-7 na nagsasaad na kung sino ang libreng artista na gustong dumalo o maging presentor sa nasabing awards night ay pinapayagan nila.

Siyempre, na-appreciate naman ng PMPC ang suporta at kooperasyon na ibinibigay ng GMA-7.

In fact, isa sa hosts ng awards night ay ang Kapusong si Paolo Bediones at makakasama niya sina Judy Ann Santos, Anne Curtis at Gabby Concepcion.
Trivia hosts ang parehang mula sa Kapuso network na sina Dingdong Dantes at Iza Calzado.

Major performers naman ang Kapamilya talents ng ABS-CBN-2, tulad nina: Toni Gonzaga, Rachelle Ann Go, Ronnie Liang, Frenchy Dy, Rayver Cruz, Erich Gonzales at Karylle; at ang mga bituin ng Kapuso, tulad nina Mark Herras, Marky Cielo at Ryza Cenon.

Aawit din sina Bituin Escalante, Jolina Magdangal at Ogie Alcasid.

Bilang finale, mapapanood ang natatanging bilang ng Asia ‘s Songbird na si Regine Velasquez.

Ito ay sa ilalim ng direksiyon ni Al Quinn.

Ang delayed telecast ay mapapanood sa December 2, 8-11 p.m., sa TV5.



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4 milyon lang ang kita ng One True Love?

NATAWA na lang kami sa aming narinig.

Hindi naman daw totoong naka-P10 milyon ang pelikula nina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera noong first day ng showing nito.

Sabi ng apat sa aming sources, mahigit na apat na milyong piso lang ang actual na kinita ng pelikula noong first day ng movie.

Eh, sino ba naman ang naniniwala sa press releases kung magkano ang kinita ng isang pelikula?

Dito sa atin, parang normal na nga ‘yong dinadagdagan nang mas malaki pa sa talagang kita ang sinasabi nilang box-office income nila sa kanilang press releases.

Pero tingnan ninyo kung magkano naman ang report nila sa BIR. Wala naman sa kanilang umaamin ng totoong kinita ng pelikula.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Angelika dela Cruz, balak mag-breastfeed

Almost five months na ang ipinagbubuntis ni Angelika dela Cruz, pero tuloy ang taping niya sa Una Kang Naging Akin at La Lola.

May konting problema siya sa UKNA dahil ang role niyang si Vanessa ay hindi puwedeng magbuntis.

Sa La Lola, magbubuntis ang role niyang si Sabrina, kaya solved ang problema ng staff.

Lumaki na rin ang boobs at tumaba si Angelika, from 108 lbs., 122 na siya at mukhang lalaki pa dahil malakas kumain.

Sa March 24 next year niya isisilang si baby Gabriel at sa November 27 ang baby shower niya sa Punchline.

Playpen ang bigay ng friends niya, double breast pump worth P25,000 ang bigay ng La Lola at three-in-one stroller naman ang bigay ng UKNA, na more than P20,000 din daw ang halaga.

Kailan siya babalik sa showbiz after manganak?

“Anytime na puwede na akong magtrabaho, balik agad ako’t may two shows pa ako sa GMA-7. Nagti-take ako ng vitamins na pampakapit at folic acid at magbi-breast feed ako,” sabi nito.



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Jolina Magdangal shops on eBay

eBay Style Ambassador Jolina Magdangal invited several media to her Camper recently in an early birthday celebration to thank them for their support. Jolina showed off items she brought on eBay used to decorate her Camper (nicknamed ‘BT’), which made her life on the road enjoyable.

Jolina says, ‘BT has been my second home for the past five years. He has been my faithful companion at various time of the day — from early morning and noon time stints on Unang Hirit to afternoon mall shows and evening performance. Recently, I’ve decided to refurbish BT with new appliances to make it even more like home. Since I hardly have any time to shop at the malls, my favorite shopping destination is eBay.’

‘eBay, the world’s largest on-line marketplace has millions of items up for sale at any given time from all over the world. You can also shop for home appliances on eBay by browsing through popular categories such as the Electronics and Home & Garden.’

Some items she bought recently included Nintendo Wii, an 800-lumens projector (for watching movies during breaks), a chocolate fountain and donut maker (for entertaining friends), a molave console table, a Hello Kitty water jug and an air purifier.



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Monday, November 24, 2008

Dingdong Dantes updates

NAGPAUNA na si Dingdong Dantes ng kanyang thanksgiving Christmas party for the press nitong Biyernes sa Imperial Palace.

Pabulosa ang isinagawang party na ito.

Bumaha ng raffle prizes at nagkaroon pa ng trivia games.

Sa give-aways pa lang, bongga na dahil isang My Phone at ilang packs ng mga ini-endorsong produkto ni Dingdong ang ipinamigay tulad ng Ponds, Gran Matador at Bench.

Sangkaterbang appliances, sampung Bench watches, at limang Italian watches na Chroma something ang brand at nagkakahalaga ito ng P11,000 hanggang P17,000 ang ipinamigay sa raffle.


Walang umuwing luhaan that night.

Lahat ay may kanya-kanyang bitbit.

This is Dingdong’s way of saying “thank you” rin for all the support he’s been getting from the press mula noong nag-uumpisa pa lang siya sa TGIS, at sa kabila ng ilang kontrobersiyang pinagdaraanan ng aktor, nanatiling buo ang suporta sa kanya ng movie press.

Huwag isnabin ang mga ipinamudmod na kagamitan dahil 15 refrigerators, 15 microwave ovens, 10 digital cameras, washing machines with dryer at marami pang ibang ang kasama sa mga ipina-raffle nu’ng gabing ‘yon.

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PAALIS si Dong papuntang Amerika kasama si Marian Rivera ngayong katapusan ng Nobyembre until mid-December kaya inagahan niya ang pa-Christmas party for the press.

Magkakaroon daw sila ng shows sa Los Angeles, pero magpapaiwan daw siya roon pagkatapos at mauunang uuwi sa ‘Pinas si Marian.

Mukhang nakapag-move on na nga si Dingdong.

Although hindi nito ipinagkailang each day is a process.

Hindi pa sila nagkikitang muli ni Karylle, after the break-up pero kung anuman ang magaganap sa muli nilang pagmi-meet, naka-handa naman daw siya at wini-welcome niya ang ideyang ito, the fact that they still are partners in their business.

Nagpapasalamat din si Dong dahil kumita nang malaki ang One True Love nila ni Marian.

Nag-iikot daw siya sa mga sinehan just to make sure na maayos ang ticket sales ng movie at masaya naman si Dong sa naging outcome ng pelikula nilang ito nina Marian at Iza Calzado.



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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mel & Joey visits Petronas

Do you know that one of the world’s tallest buildings is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Let GMA 7’s Mel & Joey directed by Louie Ignacio take you there tonight for its fourth anniversary special.

Mel Tiangco and Joey de Leon visit Petronas Twin Tower, amazing with its 452-meter height, 88 storeys, a skybridge that connects the towers on the 41st floor, 58 doubledeck elevators and 32,000 glass windows. They will also give a dope on what to remember while in Malaysia.

The trip continues as we are shown the Genting Highlands-First World Hotel included in the 10 Biggest Hotels in the World and famous for 6,118 guest rooms, a megamall comprised of more than 80 shops, 90 restaurants, cineplex, casino and a 50-room karaoke bar, tropical rain forest and indoor and outdoor theme parks.

Then hie off Petalling Street similar to Chinatown, the most photographed Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka for its Victorian and Moorish-inspired design, Copper Dome and 130- meter tall clock. Also visit the oldest surviving mosque Mashid Jamek, Kotoraya Mall where many expats are employed, the 421-meter high communications tower Kuala Lumpur Tower in Bukit Nanas and the Planetarium where the “Arianne IV Space Engine” is displayed.



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Jay-R investments

R & B Prince Jay R lost millions when he invested in the club Rock Candy at Glorietta 2, which was destroyed in a blast last year. “I never recovered my capital as it happened at a time when the club was already picking up,” he says. “And we were never compensated at all kasi under investigation pa raw. So I just invested in a Mini-stop outlet at Wilson St. in Greenhills and in my own recording studio, Homeworkz Records that released my new Christmas album, ‘Holiday of Love.’ I’m now also into talent management. I’m launching a new band, Wobb, with my niece Desiree Joy Poblete as lead vocalist. They’re recording now their first album with Homeworkz and I’m very proud of their original songs na maghi-hit talaga.”

By the time you read this, Jay R has left to do shows with Pops Fernandez in Chicago and Atlantic City. “I finished shooting muna all my scenes for ‘Desperadas 2’ where I reprise my character as Ruffa Gutierrez’ boyfriend. I’ll be gone for two weeks kaya hindi rin muna ako makakapag-taping for my role as Pato in GMA-7’s primetime show, ‘La Lola’. Pinalabas nilang nag-abroad muna ako after I get broken hearted kay Angelika de la Cruz. Iyak naman nang iyak si Gary, the gay character played by Keempee de Leon, kasi na-in love siya sa’kin.”

Jay R’s Christmas album has 14 well-loved yuletide songs that help spread Christmas cheer, all digitally recorded and given new arrangement with a fusion of jazz and R&B. He’s sharing the proceeds from its sales with the GMA Kapuso Foundation to share his blessings with the needy this holiday season. The songs include “O Holy Night,” “Do You See What I See,” “Give Love on Christmas Days,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Christmas Song,” “This Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Tito Reny,” and “Spread the Love.” The album features guest performances from Amber, Kris Lawrence, his sister Jing and South Border keyboardist Jay Durias. Jay R himself did a lot of the string and horn arrangements. His dream of cultivating an international career may seen country with the release of an album he’s now doing for World Peace Federation, a collaborative effort with Iya Villania that will be launched in Japan and distributed in the organization’s 70 member countries.



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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Patrick Garcia nag-aaral sa New York University?

Nag-e-emote ang dear PSN readers. Ayaw nilang maniwala sa pralala na nag-aral si Patrick Garcia sa New York University.

Hindi raw believable ang balita. May-I-compare nila si Patrick kay Chelsea Clinton na muntik nang hindi makapag-enroll sa Stanford University itsurang mataas ang GPA niya. Baka raw sa ibang school pumasok si Patrick! May ganoon?

O di ba, laman na naman si Patrick ng mga balita dahil magkasama sila ni Glaiza De Castro sa panonood ng concert nina Rihanna at Chris Brown?

Controversy magnet talaga si Patrick. Hindi na nga siya active sa showbiz, hin­di pa siya tinatantanan ng mga intriga. Talagang pang-showbiz siya!



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Paglayas ni Diether Ocampo sa Kapamilya udyok ng Star Magic head

FINALLY, pumirma na ng four-year picture contract si Diether Ocampo sa GMA-7.

The contract will take effect immediately kung kaya’t may nakahandang teleserye kaagad para kay Diet.

Dahil isa na siyang Kapuso, kasama na si Diether sa cast ng pina-kabagong teleserye na sisimulan ng Siyete, ang Pinoy version ng All About Eve. Makakasama niya rito sina Richard Gomez, Sunshine Dizon at Iza Calzado.

Walang project si Diet sa Dos pagkatapos ng Iisa Pa Lamang, kaya ito rin ang isa sa mga da-hilan kung bakit nagdesisyon na siyang lumipat ng network.

Alam ng head ng Star Magic na si Johnny Ma-nahan ang career move na ito ni Diet. In fact, si-ya pa ang kumumbinsi kay Diether na lumipat na. As we all know, si Mr. M ang tumatayong tatay ng talents ng Star Ma-gic. Sampung taon ding naging Kapamilya si Diet. Pero ganyan talaga, each one has to move on, and seek bigger opportunities. May ilan ngang nagtatanong kung may tampo raw ba si Diet sa Star Magic dahil obviously, hindi siya nabigyan ng mga proyektong dapat ay nasa kanya?

Well, sana ay masa-got ito ni Diet sa tamang panahon. Knowing him, marunong tumanaw ng utang naloob ang aktor at kailanman, hindi niya ookrayin ang mga taong minsan ay nag-alaga rin sa kanya.

Sa ngayon ay inaasahan na ang isang reunion show ng dating magkakapamilya -- Diether, Mar-vin Agustin, Mylene Dizon at Jolina Magdangal -- sa GMA-7.



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Friday, November 21, 2008

One True Love, di kumita?

PINAG-UUSAPAN nga-yon ang tungkol sa umano’y hindi pagkakaroon ng blockbuster effect ng pelikulang One True Love nina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera.

How true na hindi raw malakas ang unang araw nito sa takilya, nationwide pa huh? Over naman ang balitang ito.

Sa totoo lang, it’s too early to tell kung kumita ba o hindi ang pelikula nina Dingdong at Marian.

Kasi nga’y isang araw pa lang ang pinagbabasehan, kung over a week nang ipinapalabas at hindi pa rin tumataas ang kita nito, then that’s the time na puwede na silang magbigay ng judgment nila.

Sa tingin namin, had it been shown sa ibang panahon, maaaring mas lumakas pa ito at hindi ‘yung sinasabing P1M lang nu’ng unang araw.

Kaso, nasabay kasi ang promo ng pelikula sa kontrobersyal na break-up nina Dingdong at Karylle, kaya kahit hindi man gusto ng mga bida, talagang may epekto ito, kahit sabihin pang walang kinalaman si Marian.

Iba pa rin ‘yung walang isyu na pinanggagalingan ang isang pelikula bago ito ipalabas.

Opinyon lang po namin ito huh, ‘wag lang ma-okray ang iba.

Malay natin sa darating na mga araw ay lumakas pa ang One True Love, in fairness, classic ang dating ng kuwento.


Hindi pa huli para ma-kabawi, ‘di ba?



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No photo Iza ikinukumpara na sa Hollywood actress

Hindi na ako nakapunta sa birthday party ni Malou Fagar noong Miyerkules ng gabi. Kasi naman, ti­na­mad na akong lumabas ng bahay dahil wala akong appointment ng araw na ‘yon.

I’m sure, maiintindihan ni Mama Malou ang hindi ko pagdalo dahil sanay na siya sa mga kalokahan ko. Hindi na nagtaka si Douglas Quijano sa hindi ko pagsipot, itsurang may usapan kami na magkikita ng 6:00 pm sa hotel-owned ni Mother Lily Monteverde.

Satisfied si Mother sa first day gross ng One True Love. Umabot daw sa P8 million ang kinita ng pelikula nina Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera at Iza Calzado.

Raving pa rin ang mga reporter sa acting ni Iza sa One True Love. Ang husay-husay daw ni Iza as in mata lang niya ang umaarte. Hindi siya hysterical sa mga confrontation scene nila ni Marian.

Habang tumatagal, lalong gumagaling na artista si Iza na ikinukumpara sa Hollywood star na si Jennifer Garner. Magkahawig daw ang dalawa na tinutulan ng isang movie produ. Mas maganda raw si Iza kay Jennifer!



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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rufa Mae Quinto napaiyak sa sama ng loob

NAPAIYAK si Rufa Mae Quinto sa sama ng loob nang pagdating niya sa SOP noong Linggo ay walang naka-assign sa kanyang task sa Sunday noontime show ng GMA 7.

Marked ABSENT pa siya sa araw na ‘yun gayung 10:00 AM pa lang ay nandoon na siya.
Wala raw nagsabi sa kanya beforehand na wala siyang gagawin for that show.

Sana, inabisuhan siya na hindi siya kailangang magpakita nu’ng Linggong ‘yun.
Na-feel namin na parang habag na habag sa sarili si Rufa Mae, na marami nang napatunayan bukod sa marami ring pro­jects.

Hindi mo masasabi na naghahanap pa ito ng exposure.

Ang sa kanya lang, bigyan siya ng due respect bilang very loyal Kapuso.

Ayon sa isang nakausap namin, isa si Rufa Mae sa mga artistang hindi binibigyan ng sakit ng ulo ang produksyon. Sunod lang daw ito nang sunod sa mga ipinagagawa sa kanya.

Maski ‘yung mga personal na paki ng iba ay pinagbibigyan niya dahil sa pakikisama.



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Tagumpay ng ‘One True Love,’ inalay ni Dingdong kay Karylle

“Nervous” ang sagot ni Dingdong Dantes nang kumustahin namin bago ang premiere night ng One True Love at dahil sa nerbyos, dedma na siya sa antok dahil 5 a.m. na na-pack-up ang taping nila ni Iza Calzado ng Boksingera episode ng Obra.

Kung pagbabatayan ang reaction ng fans sa premiere night, nothing to worry sina Dingdong, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado at ang buong cast dahil nagustuhan ang pelikula, na graded B ng CEB.

Hindi na namin nakausap si Dingdong after the premiere night, kaya hindi namin nakumpirma kung totoong tinawagan niya si Karylle bago ang preem night at sinabing dedicated sa dalaga ang anumang success ng One True Love.

Hindi naman siguro magagalit sina Marian at Iza rito.

Inamin naman ni Dingdong na tuloy ang communication nila ng ex-GF, tuloy ang advocacy at tuloy ang sosyo nila sa negosyo.

Wala raw nabago sa kanila, maliban sa wala na silang relasyon.

Special guest ni Marian Rivera sa premiere night ng One True Love ang lola niyang naninirahan sa Cavite.

Close sa lola ang actress at kahati ito ng ina na lagi niyang inaalayan ng lahat ng tagumpay niya sa showbiz.

Doon sa eksena sa pelikula na kausap ni Marian si Boots Anson-Roa (gumaganap na lola niya), hindi siya umarte dahil ganu’n siya makipag-usap sa lola niya at lahat ng nangyayari sa kanya ay ikinukuwento rito.

Tiyak na hindi na-disappoint ang lola ni Marian dahil nakipagsabayan siya ng acting kina Dingdong at Iza.

Malaking tulong kay Marian ang PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid dahil kahit saan ang shooting, taping at mga lakad niya, ’pag gusto niyang makausap ang lola niya, madali niya itong natatawagan.

Pati sa amang nasa Madrid, Spain, PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid din daw ang kanyang gamit at with P300 minimun load per month, kaya ito ng bulsa ng kahit hindi artista.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cesar Apolinario explores nature

Director Cesar Apolinario (Banal) pays tribute to Ishmael Bernal’s Himala, recently given the CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time.

He revisits one of the most scenic locations in the country — the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte where Himala was filmed. In his guest appearance on GMA 7’s Born to be Wild, Cesar directs his own adventure as he explores the many miracles of the natural world. Sand dunes — hills of dirt commonly found in desert countries — can be in the Philippines.

These mounds of dust served as the glorious backdrop for Pinoy movie greats like Himala and Panday and foreign films like Born on the Fourth of July. Meticulously planning and executing each shot in the featured Philippine desert, Cesar uses his talent to create his own mini-masterpiece proving that in the midst of nature’s wonders, one can cry out, “May himala!”

Also in tonight’s episode, Born to be Wild’s resident veterinarian gets an upclose encounter with giants. It’s uncommon to see enormous animals walking about in the Philippines. Elephants, the Earth’s largest land mammals, are usually pictured wandering the deserts of Africa, or serving kings in other parts of Asia. But did you know that elephants once roamed our lands? In Cagayan, remains of elephant ancestors were found. Similar fossils have been discovered in Mindanao, Iloilo and Rizal.

Doc Ferds traces the history of these creatures which once walked the Philippines. His journey takes him to Thailand where living elephants still walk the streets. In a retirement home for these amazing giants, Doc Ferds gets an awesome encounter, and even becomes doctor for the day. Doc gets playful with baby elephants, gives them a good scrub down and plays elephant caretaker, even learning how to ride these gentle beasts.

Born to be Wild airs tonight after Saksi.



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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Marian Rivera still affected by Dingdong-Karylle breakup

MARIAN Rivera and Dingdong Dantes were the special guests at the finale of "Showbiz Central" last Sunday and the fans of their love team were screaming wildly inside the studio as Pia Guanio interviewed them to promote their movie "One True Love." Pia asked Marian if she's not affected by the intrigues accusing her as the culprit in the Dingdong-Karylle breakup.

"Naapektuhan ako pero nadadala ko pa naman," she says. "Ang importante, patuloy na maraming nagmamahal sa akin," she points to her fans, "at ang dami ko pa ring projects. Aside from 'One True Love,' I'm also in 'Desperadas 2' and 'Shake, Rattle & Roll 10'. May bago pa kaming soap ni Dong at ang dami ko ring bagong endorsements."

Is it true she has built a 12-door apartment in Cavite? "Yes, for investment. Kasi ganun din ang mother ko, e."

How much does Dingdong support her? "He has always been there. Hindi niya ako pinababayaan. Kung maibibigay niya sa'kin hindi lang ang dalawang kamay niya kundi pati paa niya, gagawin niya para suportahan ako."

How about Dingdong? How much does Marian support him? "Kitang-kita ang suporta namin sa isa't isa lalo na in this movie which is very crucial for us kasi first movie namin ito after two hit TV shows," he says. "Alam namin, maghihiwalay rin kami balang araw but I'm thankful nandun ako when she started sa 'Marimar' na naging turning point sa buhay at career niya and I've always been there to guide her."

What's the best thing about Marian? "Lagi siyang may bagong ipinakikita. Ako nga, I always wonder, like in this movie: Ano naman kaya ang ipakikita niya rito?"

Pia asked them to play a game. Pia will ask a question and instead of them answering for themselves, Dingdong will answer for Marian and vice versa. But obviously, no one understood the mechanics of the game, not even Pia herself, because when she asked questions, Dingdong and Marian still answered for themselves and not each other.

To Dingdong: What do you do that makes Marian blush? Instead of Marian answering Dingdong who answered: "When I tell her: you look good today." To which Marian said: "Kasi mababaw na tao lang ako."

To Marian: What among the things you've given to Dingdong did he appreciate the most? Dingdong is supposed to answer but again, it's Marian who answered: "Shorts." Dingdong added: "A pair of short shorts. Pang-asar lang kasi alam niya hindi ako nagsusuot ng ganun."



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Monday, November 17, 2008

I don’t hate, I dislike -- Richard

MASAYA ang ginanap na cast party para sa katatapos na Codename: Asero sa Studio 5 (formerly Studio 3) ng Kapuso Network nu’ng Biyernes ng gabi.

Hindi lang pagkain at inumin ang literal na umapaw para sa kasiyahan ng lahat ng involved sa produksyon, kundi pati raffle prizes na inabot ng ilang rounds sa sobrang dami.

Siyempre, courtesy ’yon ng lead at support cast, na pinangunahan nina Richard Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, Carmina Villarroel, atbp.

Kahit nasa ospital nu’ng araw na ’yon para sa operasyon sa Asian Hospital nu’ng Sabado, nakuha pang magpadala ng mommy ni Chard na si Annabelle Rama ng ilang lechon at papremyong pinagsaluhan ng Asero cast and crew.

Maraming issues na klinaro si Chard nang makatsikahan ng writers bago ang party proper.

Isa na rito ang naging kontrobersya sa pagitan nila ng StarStruck discovery na si Aljur Abrenica.

Dahil intriguing ang shirt na suot-suot ng actor nu’ng gabing ’yon, na may malaking “Stop hating” rubberized design, inurirat ito ng press tungkol sa Fiamma Bar incident, kung saan sinasabing nagkaengkuwentro sila ni Aljur dahil umano kay Jewel Mische.

Pero ani Chard, “I don’t hate, I dislike,” sabay tawa.

Very positive raw ang outlook niya ngayon at walang ibang focus kundi career at pamilya..

Mas type raw niyang pagtuunan ng pansin ang health nina Tita Annabelle at Tito Eddie (Gutierrez), na kamakailan lamang ay nag-undergo ng angioplasty.

“No more negative energy,” turan pa ng actor sabay sabing “non-issue” na para sa kanya at sa kanilang pamilya ang nangyaring sigalot with Aljur.

“The family doesn’t even talk about it. Right now, I’m focused on my next project at sa health ng parents ko. Wala na ’yon, wala na ’yon,” dugtong pa ni Chard.

Hindi rin daw totoong nagtago o tumakas siya matapos pumutok ang isyu. Hindi raw siya nagtungo ng Dubai at hindi rin totoong may sinundan siyang kung sino roon.

“Unexpected ang operation ng dad ko,” paglilinaw ng actor, “nu’ng magpa-check sa Bangkok ang mom ko, dapat si Mommy ang unang magkakaroon ng operation. Magkikita kami dapat sa L.A., then we’re supposed to go to Houston.

“Pero kami ni Elvis, nauna na sa L.A. Mom was supposed to follow.”

Ang nangyari nga lang, biglang inatake si Tito Eddie, kaya kinailangang operahan agad.

“Wala akong sinundan sa Dubai. Baka naman nu’ng nag-taping pa kami ng Asero ’yon,” dagdag paglilinaw ni Chard. “Si God lang ang nasa puso ko ngayon. Ang sinusundan ko ngayon ay ’yung ospital kung nasaan ang parents ko.

“Imbes na gumawa tayo ng tsismis, let’s all pray for my parents.”

Nagkaroon pala ng misa nu’ng Biyernes at Sabado para sa kanyang ina. “She’s a strong woman. We will keep her strong and we will keep her happy,” pangako pa ni Chard.

As for Tito Eddie, maayos na raw ang lagay nito ngayon.

“It’s a fresh start for him, ramdam namin na he’s energized after the operation.”

Super excited naman ang actor sa pagbabalita tungkol sa susunod na proyekto sa Siyete. Even without mentioning kung ano yon, alam na ng press na Zorro ang tinutukoy ng aktor.

Magsisimula na raw siyang mag-training para rito ng horseback riding at fencing, kaya wala muna siyang magiging bakasyon hindi tulad nu’ng magtapos ang Lupin.

Sa sobrang busy nga raw ng schedule niya, mukhang hindi niya makakayang manood ng laban ni Manny Pacquiao kay Oscar dela Joya sa Las Vegas sa susunod na buwan.

Sa December na rin kasi mag-uumpisa ang taping para sa Zorro, na sabi pa ni Chard ay kakaiba dahil gagawin nila itong Pinoy version.

May sisimulan din siyang reality show sa GMA-7, ang Full Force Nature, tungkol sa natural disasters at kung paano mape-prevent ang global warming.

By end of this month daw ito magsisimulang mapanood sa Kapuso channel.

Maliban dito, nakatakda na rin niyang umpisahan ang GMA Films movie opposite KC Concepcion. Ito yung follow-up sa first team-up nilang For the First Time ng Star Cinema.

Sa Disyembre sila naka-schedule mag-shoot sa ilang parte ng Maynila at Palawan.

Gusto nga rin sana niyang ma-feature sa Obra, pero hindi na talaga kakayanin ng schedule niya.

“Namaniobra, eh, end of next year pa siguro,” natatawang sey ni Chard.



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Billing, pakikialaman na ni Iza

Dalawang pelikula ang sabay na ipino-promote ni Iza Calzado dahil magkasunod ang showing ng One True Love sa November 19 at Scaregivers na showing sa Nov. 26.

Sumusundot na rin siyang mag-promote ng Desperadas 2 na showing sa December 25. Happy si Iza dahil magkakaiba ang genre ng tatlo niyang pelikula.

Aminado siyang supporting ang role niya sa Scaregivers at maganda ang kanyang rason.

Sabi ni Iza: “Hindi ako kilala nang magsimula, pero marami ang sumuporta sa akin, bakit hindi ko tutulungan sina Jose (Manalo) at Wally (Bayola) sa launching movie nila?

“Years from now, ’pag naging big stars na sila at maalala kaming sumuporta sa kanila, masaya na ako. Saka si Mr. Tuviera, mabait at supportive rin sa akin.”

Samantala, may mga nagtanong kay Iza sa billing niya sa One True Love na nasa ilalim ng names nina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera.

Any comment?

“Hindi ko alam, basta ako, trabaho lang nang trabaho. Ang tatay ko na lang ang tanungin ninyo at mas maganda, panoorin ninyo ang movie at kayo na ang magsabi. Nang makita ko ang poster, sabi ko, ‘ay maganda ako sa picture.’”

Anong gusto mong billing sa Desperadas 2?

“Hindi ko alam at ’di ko nga maalala ang billing ko sa Desperadas 1, ’di ko pinakikialaman and I let other people do it for me.

“At this point, and even my dad realizes na dapat nang makialam. Basta hindi ako supporting, malaki at importante ang role ko,” sabi ni Iza.



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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Marian Rivera on Ginebra San Miguel 2009 calendar

Marian Rivera’s sample pose (photo) is only one of the five pictures that were shot at a popular spa in Metro Manila for Ginebra San Miguel 2009 calendars. Fans of Marian are expected to come in droves at selected stores to get hold of the calendar starting next month.

‘We chose Marian because she is one of the most popular actresses of her generation. Like that of Ginebra, we believe that Marian’s success will be as enduring,’ says Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. marketing head Nelson Elises, who adds that Ginebra San Miguel is the world’s best-selling gin.

Other actresses who have graced the GSM calendar were Iwa Moto, Angelica Panganiban, Maureen Larrazabal, Belinda Bright, Maricar de Mesa, Aubrey Miles, Rica Peralejo, Geneva Cruz and Patricia Javier.



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Polo Ravales, Joseph Bitangcol movie nilangaw sa sinehan

Noong isang araw ay niyaya kami ng isa na-ming kaibigan na panoo-rin ang isang indie film na ginawa ni Direk Joel Lamangan at pinagbibidahan ni Polo Ravales, Joseph Bitangcol, Emilio Garcia at marami pang iba.

Magaganda raw kasi ang nabasa niyang reviews ng nasabing pelikula. Pinanood namin iyon sa Robinson’s Ermita, at nalaman namin na first day pala ng showing noon.

Nagulat kami dahil wala halos nanonood na tao sa loob ng sinehan. Nang bilangin namin, bale 10 lang kaming lahat na nanonood. Palagay namin hindi naman magbabago ang trend, ganoon pa rin iyon hanggang sa mga susunod na araw.

Iniisip namin, lugi pa sila sa kunsumo ng kur-yente dahil sa malakas na aircon ng sinehan, sa suweldo ng takilyera, portera at nagwawalis sa loob ng sinehan.

Tiyak ang producer nito ay hindi kumikita at nagbabayad pa sa sinehan ng minimum guarantee. Naisip nga namin, hindi pa talaga uubra sa atin ang indie films na iyan.



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Aljur Abrenica ’di takot kay Richard Gutierrez

KUMIKISLAP ang mga mata ni Aljur Abrenica kapag binabanggit ang pangalan ni Rich Asuncion. Pero ayon sa kanya, wala raw ‘yun ibig sabihin.

Close friend lang daw sila ni Rich. Nag-start daw ang kanilang closeness nu’ng nagkasama sila sa Starstruck 4.

“Hindi maiiwasang hindi kami magkita ni Rich. Nagkakasama kami tuwing Sunday sa SOP. Siguro, ‘pag nakikita nila kami, iniisip nilang may relasyon kami, pero friends lang talaga kami.”

Sa Luna Mystika, si Kris Bernal naman ang kapareha ni Aljur. Ayon sa dalaga, matagal na raw niyang hinihintay na mag-tapat ito sa kanya, pero hanggang nga-yon daw ay walang ganu’ng move si Aljur.

Samantala, pilit ding tinatanong ng press si Aljur kung nagkita na ba sila ulit ni Richard Gutierrez pagkata-pos ng incident sa isang bar sa The Forth noong Oct. 17.

“Hindi pa kami nagkikita. Hindi rin ako natatakot sa kanya kung kaka-usapin niya ako. Basta malinis ang konsiyensiya ko. Wala akong dapat ikatakot sa kanya.”



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Iwa Moto's dad has a month to live

IWA Moto just returned from Japan to visit her Japanese dad who's afflicted with the Big C. "His condition is very bad at kung madadala ko lang siya rito so my mom, sister and I can take care of him, ginawa ko na. Yung liver cancer niya, nag-spread na to his bone and they say he might last until next month na lang daw. But he himself doesn't know it. No one has the courage to tell him. He continues to hope that God will heal him and that he'd last for two more years daw so he can make up naman daw sa pagkukulang niya sa amin kasi matagal talaga kaming hindi nagkita. It's hard. Masakit talaga, but I have to return home here na kasi nga may trabahong naghihintay sa akin. I continue to pray na sana, mabigyan pa siya ng pag-asa."

In "Luna Mystika," she plays another villain role as Donita, the cousin of Luna (Heart Evangelista) who is so mean and nasty. She has an ardent suitor in Lucas (Jace Flores of "Survivor") but she's in love with Dexter (Mark Anthony Fernandez) who, in turn, is in love with Luna. But naturally, the scheming Iwa will do everyting to snatch him away for herself. Is she capable of doing this in real life?

"No. Kung ayaw sa'kin ng lalaki, di huwag. I won't go to the extent na aagawin ko siya sa iba."

In real life, she has a non-showbiz boyfriend, Michael Ablan. "Mas stable ang relationship namin kaysa sa mga ibang naging boyfriends ko before."

Is she ready to settle down with him? "No. Mag-iisang taon pa lang kaming on. And I still need to work for my family. Kung yayayain niya akong pakasal, dapat, ready siyang buhayin kaming lahat ng mama ko at kapatid ko. Mas mabuting tumagal muna ng five years ang relasyon namin bago kami mag-asawa. But as of now, I really like him kasi mabait siya and he's not the typical guy who's just after sex."

Is she quite content in playing villain roles? "Okay lang, basta laging may trabaho. Let's face it, not everyone these days has assignments. Buti nga ako, hindi nababakante. Kaya kahit contravida role, tinatanggap ko. Alangan namang maghintay pa kong gawin nila akong bida. Pero malay natin, someday, mabigyan din ako ng break as bida, like what happened to Katrina Halili na nakilala muna as villain din, di ba? Basta ang mahalaga, maipakita mo munang magaling kang artista."



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Regine, Ogie can't visit Michelle

HOW does Regine Velasquez feel now that her beau, Ogie Alcasid, is playing a girl in "Desperadas 2"? Has she seen him in drag? "Oh yes, lagi niyang pinadadala sa'kin sa cell ang photo niya tuwing may shooting silang babae siya," she says at the launching of her new album, "Low Key," her first with Universal Records. "I'm proud of him, very pretty siya. Magaling ang nagme-make up sa kanya. Actually, siya na ngayon ang pinakamaganda sa kanila. Talbog na niya ang mga co-star niya (Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado and Marian Rivera.) Ako raw ang ginagaya niya kapag kailangang niyang magkilos-babae."

How does she feel about Ogie's kissing scene with his leading man, Carlo Guevarra? "I told him that when he told me may wedding scene sila. Sabi pa niya, bakit? Sabi ko naman, may wedding, e. Di may kiss the bride. Okay lang naman. Part ng trabaho niya 'yun as an actress. Actress daw, o."

Will she and Ogie be going to Sydney to visit Michelle and his daughters come Christmas? "No. He can't leave kasi nga may entry siya sa filmfest, di ba? He'll join the Parade of Stars tapos, may awards night. E, baka siya ang manalong best actress, malay natin."

How about her, how is she preparing for her "Totoy Bato" series with Robin Padilla? "I'm doing boxing now as part of my training para if they want me to do some action stuff when we start taping the show, di ready na ako. Enjoy talaga ako kasi I'm so tamad, e masarap pala 'yung may sinusuntok-suntok ka sa umaga. Pampatanggal ng stress, lalo na kung mainit ang ulo mo. It also helps me to lose some weight kasi nagpapapayat talaga ako for our 'Divas 4 Divas' concert nina Kuh, Zsa Zsa and Pops sa Araneta Coliseum."

Regine's new album is titled "Low Key" as it features her in a much toned down performance. "I've long wanted to do this kind of album na no birit, hindi ako sumisigaw, something more tender and heartwarming so, finally, heto na yun. It has 18 songs na piling-pili. Hirap na hirap kaming pumili kasi ang daming magandang songs. It this would click, then, I hope there will be a part 2 kasi ang dami ko pang gustong i-record na songs sa ganitong paraang smooth and easy."

The songs are "Tell Me that You Love Me," "And I Love You So," "Id Rather Leave While I'm in Love," "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me," "No Walls No Ceilings No Floors," "Good Friend," "How Can I Tell You," "Of All the Things," "Longer," "At 17," "She's Always a Woman", "Never be The Same," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Weeping Willows," "Leader of the Band," "Walk in Love," "Clouds across the Moon," and a bonus Yuletide track, "Christmas" with Jim Brickman. The album comes in a beautiful package of two discs with minus one. You can get free collectible Regine posters when you buy it. Regine will launch it formally at SOP on next Sunday, November 23.



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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Latest TV Ratings

November 11, Tuesday


SiS (GMA-7) 9.6%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 8.1%

Rosalinda (GMA-7) 12.7%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.5%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 22%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.3%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.2%; Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 18.7%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 17.1%

Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 17.4%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 17%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 9.5%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 25%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 22.3%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 33.8%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 30.5%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 32.8%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 28.5%

Gagambino (GMA-7) 32.4%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 27.7%

La Lola (GMA-7) 28.9%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 27.2%

Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 31.2%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 16.3%

My Husband’s Woman (GMA-7) 27.4%; Three Dads With One Mom (ABS-CBN) 14.5%

World Records (GMA-7) 15.5%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 6.8%; Saksi (GMA-7) 8.5%

November 12, Wednesday


SiS (GMA-7) 8.3%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.6%

Rosalinda (GMA-7) 11.3%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.3%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.9%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.5; Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 21.5%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 14%

Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 20.5%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 14.8%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 6.9%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 25.7%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 19.1%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 30.6%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 25.2%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 29.7%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 26.9%

Gagambino (GMA-7) 30.5%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 24.5%

La Lola (GMA-7) 29.8%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 24.9%

Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 32.5%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 17.1%

My Husband’s Woman (GMA-7) 26.7%; Three Dads With One Mom (ABS-CBN) 16.1%

Masquerade (GMA-7) 19.1%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.1%; Saksi (GMA-7) 9.9%

November 13, Thursday


SiS (GMA-7) 9.3%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.1%

Rosalinda (GMA-7) 12.9%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 13.5%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 23.1%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16.9%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 19.6%; Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 21.7%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 12%

Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 15.2%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 13.2%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 7.4%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 21%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 16.2%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 32.2%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 25.2%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 32%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 28.1%

Gagambino (GMA-7) 32.4%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 29.6%

La Lola (GMA-7) 30.6%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 25.2%

Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 32.4%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 17%

My Husband’s Woman (GMA-7) 27%; Three Dads With One Mom (ABS-CBN) 18.6%

Obra (GMA-7) 18.6%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.6%; Saksi (GMA-7) 8.6%

Source: PEP and Starmometer


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Regine nagtampo kay Ogie!

Pinagkaguluhan si Ogie Alcasid sa shooting ng Desperadas 2 sa The Fort noong Thursday dahil ayos babae siya mula sa make-up, ayos ng buhok at suot.

Pinaitim siya para bumagay sa role niyang si Lugaluda at two hours inaabot ang paglalagay ng body make-up, pero mas nahihirapan siya sa suot na high-heeled shoes at mabuti’t tinutulungan ng mga kasama.

May lips to lips din si Ogie kay Carlo Guevarra at bago kunan ang eksena na umabot sa three takes, nagpaalam siya sa bagets na hahalikan siya nito at game naman ito.

Alam naman ni Carlo na may ganu’n siyang eksena bago tanggapin ang pelikula.

Samantala, fourth anniversary nina Ogie at Regine Velasquez noong November 11, nakalimutan ni Ogie dahil sa rami ng trabaho.

Nagtampo si Songbird na may plano palang mag-celebrate sila, kaya inamu-amo na lang ni Ogie at binigyan ng five anniversary cards na sweet nothings ang nakasulat bilang paunang regalo.

Sa December 20 and 21 pala ang next concert ni Ogie sa Aliw Theater billed Ogie Sings with the Idols.

Kasama niya ang Season 7 American Idol finalists na sina Ramiele Malubay at Danny Noriega, Pinoy Idol winner Gretchen Espina at ang 11 finalists.



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Pauleen Luna: Lessons from a tragedy

The show must go on, even when a family tragedy threatens to tear your world apart. Pauleen Luna learned this painful lesson when her maternal grandmother, Merceditas Jimenez, died at the hands of a still unnamed gunman in the morning of her first taping day for GMA 7’s new series Luna Mystica.

“The tragedy tested my professionalism,” she looks back. “I’ve given my word that I will show up for work. But then this had to happen. It was like a baptism of fire for me.”

Eyes weary from crying, body weak with sorrow, Pauleen reported on the set, where her co-stars, Heart Evangelista, Mark Anthony Fernandez and others embraced her and held her hand in sympathy.

If there’s one good thing that came out of the tragedy, it is the way it has taught Pauleen a couple of lessons.

“Life is short and we have to do what we can today, while we still can,” she muses.

Indeed, 30 minutes after she talked to her grandma on the phone, the old lady died — without saying goodbye.

Pauleen’s only explanation: “God must have taken her because He wants her to be happy.”

Now all that’s left for this Lola’s Girl are sweet memories. Pauleen’s heart swelled when she discovered piles and piles of articles about her, plus notebooks with her on the cover, in her late grandma’s house. The old lady never told Pauleen about the collection of mementos. But she kept it like a treasure neatly tucked away among her keepsakes.

Did her grandma keep it to surprise Pauleen someday? Did the old lady leaf through the articles and gaze at her granddaughter’s smiling picture on the notebook now and then? Now, no one will ever know.

“She always had food for my friends on the set. One day she’d give me perfume; another day, it would be food again,” adds Pauleen.

To the very end, the doting grandma was thinking of her dear granddaughter. Pauleen got the surprise of her life when someone delivered her favorite food, like lumpiang ubod, for her her 20th birthday days ago. The sender: Pauleen’s grandma.

Pauleen says she felt her grandma’s presence three days after she died.

“The aircon was only at low cool but the room was so cold! And the phone – it kept ringing and ringing at 4 a.m.! Then, I felt someone pulling my blanket. I looked, but no one was there.”

You can’t blame Pauleen if she didn’t feel like making people laugh on Eat Bulaga! for a week.

“I would be a hypocrite if I showed up and cracked jokes,” she relates.

Pauleen was never wanting in friends who ran to her side. When he learned about it while he was in Malaysia, Pauleen’s former boyfriend Sherwin Gatchalian flew to her side. The news did not come from Pauleen. It came from his concerned staff at the city mayor’s office in Bulacan.

He was not alone. His brothers, Pauleen’s showbiz and nonshowbiz friends came. Pauleen’s best friend Ruby Rodriguez was one of the first to rush to her side.

Not everything is dark and gloomy in Pauleen’s world now though. The bright side is her reconciliation with Michelle Madrigal, more than two years after they had a rift.

The root cause is their former boyfriend JC de Vera.

“It was just a misunderstanding,” says Pauleen. “I called Michelle up and we listened to each other. Now there’s peace. We’ve agreed not to talk about the misunderstanding anymore.”

It’s just as well. Pauleen and Michelle play friends on Luna Mystica (to premiere Monday). It’s a role they can play better if they have no hard feelings towards each other.

Now that Pauleen has finally cast this burden off her back, her loving grandma — wherever she is — must be smiling from ear to ear.



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Friday, November 14, 2008

Kahit walang degree, Janno Gibbs magaling na teacher

It’s a typical classroom ambience: May chalkboard, books on the shelves, and just about any educational device you can find. Ito ang imposing set ng the returning Kakasa Ka Ba sa Grade 5? on GMA 7 with host Janno Gibbs acting as a teacher.

Oo naman dahil admittedly, he cannot be a student. Like a guinea pig in a science lab, nagkaroon ako ng tsansang maging kalahok sa dry-run ng nasabing educational game show patterned after Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Off-cam, hindi ikinahihiya ni Janno that he, as well as his wife Bing Loyzaga, never went to college. Malakas daw kasi ang kaway ng showbiz, but he would have pursued masscom (he graduated high school from Lourdes School). Kaya raw gano’n na lang ang ibinibigay nilang suporta sa panganay nilang anak, si Alyssa, now in third year college taking up a pre-med course.

Despite Janno being a non-college degree holder, nakakabilib that he’s a learned man judging even from the casual talks that he engages in. Via his returning show, ginagamit ito ni Janno as a refreshing back-to-school experience, re-learning his grade school lessons already relegated to his academic past.

I, too, had so much fun during the dry-run. Feeling ko, I rode a time machine that transported me back to 1973 noong Grade V ako at the Sta. Clara Parish School, with such honors, modesty aside, that I received.



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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Luna Mystica to pilot on Monday

Malaki ang expectation ng GMA 7 management sa Luna Mystica na magpa-pilot sa Monday, November 17, after 24 Oras.

Unang tambalan ito nina Heart Evangelista at Mark Anthony Fernandez at isa sa may malaking cast sa mga serye ng Ch. 7 with 24 cast members at tiyak na mada-dagdagan pa sa 15 weeks na ito’y tatakbo. Sina Mike Tuviera at Gil Tejada ang directors nito at si RJ Nuevas ang head writer.

Maganda ang sinabi nina Heart at Mark sa isa’t isa at sa kanilang tambalan. Sabi ni Heart: “Napakabait ni Mark, walang hangin at ang aura niya, napaka-inosente. Hindi rin siya nagti-take advantage sa situation at napaka-perfectionist at basa nang basa ng script.”

Ayon naman kay Mark: “Astig si Heart, she’s a lady and a good leading lady. Hindi pa kami masyadong close, but she never makes me feel awkward. She’s hospitable and so formal with me at she welcomes me agad.”

With its powerful cast, powerful script and directors, tiniyak ni Mark na magugustuhan ng viewers ang Luna Mystica.

Marami ring matututunan sa Philippine folklore ang viewers dito.

Hindi pa rin pala nawawala ang kagustuhan ni Mark na gawin ang TV remake ng Starzan at payag siyang mag-bahag kung kailangan. Either si Heart o Regine Velasquez ang gusto niyang Jane at kundi siya puwedeng Starzan, kahit si Cheetae na lang siya.



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Bayani Fernando may mga bayarang tauhan kaya nanalo sa Celebrity Duets

Maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na hindi talaga lumalabas ang tunay na resulta sa mga talent contests dahil sa mga ipinadadalang text votes.

Marahil kung talagang judging ang nasunod at hindi ang mga text votes, hindi naman siguro si Chairman Bayani Fernando ang mananalo roon sa Celebrity Duets ng GMA 7.

Pero siya ang maraming tauhan at may kakayahan pang magkampanya. May mga tarpaulin pa siyang nakita namin na humihikayat sa mga taong magpadala ng text at iboto siya.

Unfair ito sa ibang mga kasali, pero wala kang magagawa. Wala namang rules na nagbabawal ng ganoong sistema ng kampanya. Kaya nga lang hindi iyon reflective ng tunay na dapat mangyari.

Ang text, pinagkakakitaan din kasi ng tv stations ‘yan. May kalahati sila sa bayad sa mga text votes kaya nila ginagawang batayan iyan.



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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TV Ratings, Nov. 10

Narito ang Mega-Manila overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 nu’ng LUNES (Nobyembre 10):

SiS 9.8% vs. Boy and Kris 7.3%;
Rosalinda 11.6% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 14.7%;
Eat Bulaga 21.8% vs. Wowowee 17.1%;
Daisy Siete 16.9% at Una Kang Naging Akin 21.5% vs. Pieta 14%;
Saan Darating ang Umaga 22.3% vs. El Cuerpo del Deseo 13.9% at Las Tontas 6.9%;
Family Feud 23.6% vs. Deal or No Deal 17.2%;
24 Oras 32.7% vs. TV Patrol 26.4%;
Codename: Asero 34.3% vs. Dyosa 26.4%;
Gagambino 34.7% vs. I ♥ Betty La Fea 27.5%;
Lalola 33.4% vs. Pinoy Fear Factor 26.5%;
Survivor Philippines 36.8% vs. Kahit Isang Saglit 15%;
My Husband’s Woman 29.3% vs. Three Dads with One Mommy 15.6%;
Ripley’s Believe It or Not 18.9% vs. Bandila 9.3%;
Saksi 10.9%.


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Simpatya kay Karylle umaapaw

Ba’t ganun, na kay Karylle ang simpatya ng marami sa nangyari sa kanila ni Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera.

Sa kanya naawa ang tao na sumusubaybay sa kanilang love story.

Ang pakiramdam ng marami, si Karylle ang biktima kahit nagsalita na siya at naniniwala ang anak ni Zsa Zsa Padilla sa sinabi ni Dingdong na hindi si Marian ang dahilan ng lahat.
Feeling daw nila, naapi si Karylle sa nangyari.

Pero aminin natin, pare-parehong nagkaroon ng awareness ang lahat sa kanilang tatlo.

Nakatulong ang kuwento sa pelikula nila Marian at Dingdong na One True Love na palabas na pala next week, at maging kay Karylle dahil biglang umingay ang career niya.



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Joseph Bitangcol’s daring career move

Go ahead, rub your eyes. That’s former teenybopper Joseph Bitangcol staring at you, topless and leaning casually against a wall. He’s the same guy who romanced Sandara Park in SCQ Reload, the same one who tried his hand at comedy in D Lucky Ones.

What happened? Somewhere along the way, Joseph decided he’d better do something different to stand out among the sea of faces in showbiz.

So he decided to go daring as a fresh high school graduate who falls in love with a fisherman (Polo Ravales) in Walang Kawala.

The film, says its producer Manny Valera, has something more to it than a gay theme. Yes, the romantic trysts in the beach burn with passion.

But that’s not all there is to Walang Kawala, which opens today in Metro Manila, Bacolod and Cebu.

“The daring scenes were essential to tackling the timely issue of human trafficking. It’s a mirror to society, a revelation of the purity of real love and the dark side and weakness of people,” explains its director, Joel Lamangan.

Joseph didn’t enter the picture with eyes closed. He hesitated at first, since some scenes see him locking lips with Polo. He also performs a macho dance and goes completely naked with Polo.

Direk Joel allayed Joseph’s fears. Direk Joel told Joseph, “After seeing this film, people will regard you as a serious actor.”
Joseph took one big gulp and said yes, he will do it.

“I don’t think I’ll get typecast in gay roles because the film is not just about being gay,” says Joseph.

Look at Dennis Trillo, who played a gay in the acclaimed Aishite Imasu. The guy’s playing the macho Gagambino these days.

Look at Baron Geisler, who also portrayed a member of the third sex in Jay. The role even gave him an award.

Direk Joel is confident critics will sit up and notice Joseph (and Polo) after the film is shown.

Joseph doesn’t think people will question his masculinity because of his role. He is as comfortable as can be about this.

Joseph has a Japanese-Korean-Filipino girlfriend who studies at College of St. Benilde.

The similarity between Joseph’s girl, Nami Kim, and his former flame Sandara Park, is obvious. Both have Korean blood — albeit to a lesser degree in Nami Kim’s case.

Would Sandara get the shock of her life when he sees Joseph in his naked glory in Walang Kawala? Joseph shrugs.

All he knows is that he’s making a good career move. And most career moves — especially ones involving a drastic change of image like this — entails risk.

Joseph is taking that risk. And he hopes that in venturing into the untried and untested, he will gain just-as-meaty roles he can sink his teeth into.



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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Marian Rivera, sinungaling?

Sinungaling si Marian Rivera. Why didn’t she answer the question directly kung nasaan siya nu’ng bandang 6 p.m. nu’ng Nov. 1?

“Tsinek daw niya ’yung 12-door apartment. The whole day ba niyang tinitigan kung nagkulang ng isang pinto?”

’Yan ang mataray na statement ng aming source na nakakita kina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera sa Sonya’s Garden nu’ng Nov. 1, kung saan gamit pa umano ni Dingdong ang motorcycle nitong Ducati ang tatak.

“Si Dingdong ba nu’ng time na ’yon, nasaan din? (Inamin ni Dingdong sa press visit ng One True Love na nasa Sonya’s siya that time, pero ‘with other people’ raw, not Marian. — IFF)

“Huwag nila kaming gawing sinungaling ng mga nakakita sa kanila. Maraming tao ru’n that time kasama na ’yung mga employee ru’n na pinagtsitsismisan sila.

“Sana, kung ayaw nilang matsismis, ’wag silang magpapakita sa publiko together, tapos, ’pag lumabas, idedenay nila!”

Muli, ang sinabi namin, walang problema kung magdenay si Marian, dahil normal naman sa showbiz ang magdenay.

Hindi kami galit sa kanya. Mahal din namin si Dingdong.

Kung totoo man ito at idinidenay lang ni Marian, eh, meron din siguro siyang rason kung bakit niya ginagawa ’yon, ’di ba, Karylle?

Naku, itinanong daw namin kay Karylle, o!



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Monday, November 10, 2008

Richard Gutierrez's show ends

RICHARD Gutierrez’s hard hitting action series, “Codename: Asero” is ending this week and he says its last few nights are guaranteed to excite all viewers as each episode is jampacked with slambang stunts and fight scenes never before scene on local TV. “Asero” is a cyborg, half man-half machine, and this is the first time we had such a hero in Philippine television. His enemies are from the camp of the mysterious Zeus (Richard Gomez.)

“The action-filled finale took us two straight days to shoot,” says Richard. “Kahit pagod na kami, sige pa rin just to make sure it’s going to be worth it for the viewers. Its be very tiring and taxing, pero proud ako dahil hindi kami mapapahiya sa audience as we offer first rate entertainment. Asero is one of the best and most difficult roles I’ve played dahil dual roles ako bale rito as Asero and also as Grecko Abesamis.”

He wants to thank all his co-stars in the show: Heart Evangelista, Richard Gomez, Carmina Villaroel, Janno Gibbs, Michael V, Francine Prieto, Bubbles Paraiso, Paolo Contis, Ehra Madrigal, Rhian Ramos, Chynna Ortaleza, Joko Diaz, Joanne Quintas, Sheree, Jenny Miller, Caridad Sanchez, Rainier Castillo, Marky Cielo, Ysa Villar, Martin de los Santos, Bobby Andrews and his brothers Ramon Christopher, Rocky and Elvis Gutierrez. “Lahat sila, nakatulong para sa ikagaganda ng show na talaga namang naging maganda ang rating during its entire run,” adds Richard. “I also want to thank our directors, Mark Reyes and Mike Tuviera, for allowing me to share my ideas with them, especially in staging and choreographing our action scenes. Pareho silang mahusay.”

In all fairness to Richard, he excels not only in the action scenes where he does his own stunts and gets to show his dexterity with guns and with the martial arts, but also in his dramatic scenes. After this, he’ll be playing the swashbuckling role of the legendary Zorro in his next series. He’s also starting the shooting of his new movie with KC Concepcion for GMA Films, titled “Save the Best for Last” written and directed by Joey Reyes, in which he’d be singing the theme song with KC. “But before anything else, sana huwag nilang kalimutan ang climactic conclusion ng ‘Asero’ this week and on its last day, November 14,” he adds. “I promise, hindi sila magsisisi.”



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Dingdong Dantes says sorry

Nagbigay na ng official statement si Dingdong Dantes sa Startalk last Saturday hinggil sa break-up nila ni Karylle.

Malungkot at seryoso ang aktor habang sinasabi ito, kaya naman pati ang hosts ay naapektuha’t hindi agad nakapagsalita.

“Nakakaiyak, huh!” nasabi na lang ni Manay Lolit Solis pagkatapos ng VTR ni Dingdong.

Narito ang sinabi ng aktor: “Once and for all, I would like to put an end to the many speculations, many talks and many questions about a very personal matter in my life right now. It is affecting people who are very dear to me.

“I admit that I had a relationship that may have taken a wrong turn and for this, I am sorry. The respect and the care will always remain. That is why knowing someone is hurting, hurts me even more.

“Dahil dito, hinihingi ko po ang inyong pang-unawa. Bigyan n’yo po kami ng panahon. Please give us space and the privacy that we need to heal and to move on with the decision that has been made.

“Please blame no one because that would be very unfair. Our shortcomings, our differences and our faults remain as we heal because above everything, at the end of the day, it is the respect for the ones we love that truly matters. Salamat po.”

Kahapon, lumabas naman sa kolum ni Ricky Lo sa isang broadsheet ang exclusive interview kay Karylle kung saan, for the first time ay nagsalita na siya hinggil sa breakup.

Ayon sa panayam, end of September pa sila nag-hiwalay. It was a mutual decision, pero narating daw niya ang nasabing desisyon after a long process.

As for the reason ng break-up, medyo malabo ang statement ni Karylle.

“Well, for me, there were many reasons that can’t be summed up in just one statement. It’s hard to trivialize things na, you know, this is the only reason and it’s up to the people to figure it out, na bahala na kayong intindihin.

“Maraming rason kasi, eh. You know, even if we keep on explaining or making kuwento, it’s only the two of us who know everything. People won’t get the whole story,” she said.

Inamin din ng actress-singer na pinakamasakit na ito sa lahat ng breakups niya (she has had three) at aniya, “times 10” more painful.

Tinanong din si Karylle kung naging faithful ba sa kanya si Dingdong at sagot niya, “I asked him and he said he never cheated on me and I trusted him.”



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Finalists ng Celebrity Duets laos lahat kay BF

And the winner is…Bayani Fernando or BF for short. There is no surprise there kasi noon pa lang nagsisimula ang Celebrity Duets Season 2 ay hinulaan na nang marami na si BF ang mananalo!

Mismong si BF na ang nagsabi na hindi siya makapaniwala na tumagal siya ng 12 weeks sa show. “Ganito pala ang showbiz. Nakakapagod pero masaya!” tugon pa niya.

Pagkatapos ng show last Saturday ay nag-blowout si Chairman Bayani kasama ang wife niyang si Mayor Marides Fernando sa Jimmy’s Resto sa Timog.

Mula doon ay nagtuloy si Mayor MCF sa presscon ng bago niyang show na TWBF (This Week’s Big Five) sa Marikina City Hall.

Ipalalabas na ito simula Nov. 16 (Sundays) 8-9 a.m. on C/S 9 and it will be hosted by five young promising talents from Marikina, Noelle, Halley, Aumar, Dense and Ingrid!

Ipakikita ng show ang progress ng Marikina City at ang magagandang proyekto ng siyudad tulad ng on-going Marikina Christmas Festival o Night Market na sikat na sikat sa Marikina River Park tuwing Kapaskuhan.

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It’s nice to see Phil Younghusband again sa finale ng Celebrity Duets. Tuloy na pala ang pag-uwi niya sa England at the end of this month.

Balak raw nila ng sister niya na pumunta ng Finland for Christmas dahil maganda raw ‘yun. He will definitely be back next year dito sa Phils to try his luck in showbiz. Ngayon pa nga lang ay nag-aaral na siya nang husto na magsalita ng Tagalog.

Nito ngang nakaraang mga araw ay panay ang guestings niya sa iba’t ibang shows ng GMA tulad ng Eat Bulaga, Showbiz Central at Balikbayan.

Naging busy rin siya sa pagshoot ng TV commercial niya for Kenny Rogers. Nasa EDSA na rin ang malaking billboard niya for Handford underwear.

Siguradong mami-miss ng marami si Phil pag-alis nito and they will definitely wait for his return next year!



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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Pauleen Luna nag-taping kahit nakaburol ang lola!

Kilalang-kilala ng movie writer na si Bong de Leon ang lola ni Pauleen Luna na pinatay ng holdaper noong nakaraang linggo.

Magkapitbahay si Bong at ang lola ni Pauleen sa Blumentritt, Manila. Alam ni Bong ang buong detalye ng pagpatay kay Mrs. Baby Jimenez. Kinilabutan ako sa kuwento ni Bong na masyadong bayolente ang pagkamatay ng lola ni Pauleen.

Hindi muna nagre-report si Pauleen sa Eat Bulaga pero nag-taping na siya para sa Luna Mystica, kahit nakaburol ang lola niya. Ayaw ni Pauleen at ayoko rin na siya ang maging cause of delay ng taping ng bagong soap ng GMA 7.



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Walang Kawala, pinilahan ng mga bakla

EXPECTED nang magiging SRO o Standing Room Only ang premiere night ng controversial gay indie film ni Direk Joel Lamangan, starring Polo Ravales and Joseph Bitangcol, ang Walang Kawala.

Naganap ang di-ma-hulugang-karayom sa pila ng mga baklesh, ba-ding, baklita -- in all walks of life, literraly -- nang “mag-reunion” ang mga hitad na nagtiyagang pumila sa UP Film Institute last Thursday, mauna lang maka-sight ng said film.

Kung bading ka (tago man o ladlad), para sa 'yo ang Walang Kawala, na kumbaga sa pagkain, hindi ka lang mabubusog sa daring sexy scenes, kundi “didighay” ka pa sa kabusugan! Hahaha.

Established na sa si-mula ang pagmamahalan ng dalawang hindi naman screaming faggots na si-na Polo and Joseph, pero ‘pag sila lang ang mag-kasama on screen, ipinapakita nila ang matinding emosyon at love for each other.

May isang friend lang kaming nag-comment na medyo nailang yata sa dialogue ng mag-dyowa sa movie na “Mahal kita, mahal na mahal kita!”

Well, sabi namin ay baka hindi lang siya sa-nay na marinig ang ganoong dialog sa film, pero may mga ganoon talagang tao, ‘di ba naman?

Hindi rin mabibigo ang moviegoers na hindi na-catch ang premiere night ng Walang Kawala dahil it was rated R-18 by MTRCB, approved without cuts!

Meaning, hindi tsinugi ng MTRCB ang dalawang beses na full frontal nudity scenes ng introducing sa movie na si Marco Morales -- una habang nagbibihis ng briefs, at ikalawa'y ang pag-o-all the way niya sa kanyang macho dancing scene!

And in fairness, may “ipagmamalaki” naman ang Marco, huh! Hahaha!

Daring career move ito for Joseph, at goodbye na nga sa sweet image, dahil mapangahas ang kanyang skin exposures -- super-skimpy briefs na hinipuan pa ng discreet gay na si Paolo Rivero, walang kiyemeng pagdakma ni Emilio Garcia sa “notes” nito, at higit sa lahat ang mga nakakabaliw na torrid kis-sing scenes (‘di namin mabilang, huh!) with Polo!

Kaya kung sa Silip (dinirek din ni Lamangan) ay medyo malayo pa ang shot habang tumatakbo siya, dito sa Walang Ka-wala ay busog na busog ang mata ninyo sa behind ni Polo, huh!

Pero more than anything else, may kabuluhan naman ang Walang Kawala at hindi naman basta hinubaran ang cast.

It's about love for two discreet gay men, at may backdrop na human trafficking na totoong nagaganap in real life.

For us, this is one of Polo's better performances on the big screen.

Given din na magaling si Jean Garcia bilang battered wife ni Emilio.

Pero ang pinaka the best in acting dito ay si Emilio bilang klosetang pulis na ang “sex trip” ay either i-blow job siya ni Polo, i-sodomize niya si Joseph, o mag-watch siya ng laplapan ng dalawa, habang nakatutok ang baril niya sa dalawa!
Kaiinisan mo talaga ang Urian and Star Awards best supporting actor this year.

Hindi na kami magtataka kung maghi-hit ito sa box office sa opening day nito on November 12 sa Robinson’s Galeria, Robinson’s Ermita, Gateway, Isetann Recto, at New Cinema Cebu.

Produced by DMV Entertainment ni Manny Valera at co-producers din sina Polo, Direk Joel, Leo Dominguez, and Arnold Vegafria, ngayon pa lang ay may international festival screening invitations na ang Walang Kawala, kaya bonggang-bongga ang pag-travel in the future, Mama, huh!

Say nga ni Direk Joel, the showing of the film is one his “proudest moments.”



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