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Friday, January 30, 2009

Marian Rivera Underarms photos

Marian Rivera Underarms photos/pictures shows she has a dark underarms.

Pictures were during Marian's appearance in the Sinulog 2009 in Cebu.

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When I Met U - Full trailer

When I Met U - Full trailer -- starring Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion.

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Endorsements ni Marian Rivera, dumami

SA presscon invite pa lang ng Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang, daring na dahil hubad sina Marian Rivera at Dingdong Dantes na magkatabi sa kama at sa other face ng invite, ipinapakita ang magkapatong na paa ng babae at lalaki.

Sabagay, nabanggit noon pa na more daring ang bagong soap ng dalawa at pilot week pa lang, may bed scene at sa mga susunod na episodes, may mga kissing scene.

Kung last team-up nila ito pansamantala, susulitin ng GMA-7 at titiyaking matagal makalimutan ng viewers.

Incidentally, thankful si Marian na kahit sunud-sunod ang nega write-ups sa kanya’y wala pa ring nagwi-withdraw sa endorsements niya at ang 24 endorsements ay naging 26 pa.

Nag-renew ang karamihan ng kanyang endorsements at muli siyang kinuha ng Fit ’n Right at sa January 31 at February 8, ilo-launch ang bagong TVC ng Maxi-Peel at Natasha.

Kagabi ang presscon ng Ang Babaing Hinugot…, and hopefully, ipinaalam na ang time slot nito para abangan ng viewers at ng kanilang fans.

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Pekeng lalaki si Mark Herras -- Lian Paz

AYAW nang patulan ng GMA Artist Center Prime Artist at isa sa mga bida ng inaabangang afternoon soap ng Kapuso network, ang Paano ba ang Mangarap na si Mark Herras nang makausap namin siya sa sinabi ni Lian Paz ng EB Babes na mas tunay na lalaki si Paolo Contis kesa sa kanya.

Ibig sabihin, ‘pekeng’ lalaki si Mark?

Ilang linggo na rin ang nakalipas nang tinanong ni Mo Twister si Lian last Sunday sa Showbiz Central kung ano ang traits ni Paolo na wala kay Mark, at ito nga ang naging pahayag ni Lian na ikinairita ng mga tagahanga ni Mark.

Dedma na lang daw si Mark at ayaw nang pahabain pa kung ano man ang gustong palabasin ng kanyang ex-Gf. Mas gusto na lang daw miyang pagtuuan ng pansin ang kanyang blooming career.

Sa ngayon ay very busy si Mark sa pagbabalik-tambalan nila ni Jennylyn Mercado para sa Paano Ba Ang Mangarap. At wala pa rin daw siyang oras para magkaroon ng bagong relasyon.

Darating at darating din daw ito sa tamang oras at panahon, kaya ayaw ni-yang magmadali.

Abangan na lang daw ng kanyang mga tagahanga ang kakaibang Mark Herras na mas matapang at mas daring sa mga eksena niya sa kapana-panabik na soap ng Kapuso Network.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Richard Gutierrez: Kung saan masaya si KC, doon ako

NO doubt the best looking love team in local cinema today, Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion are glad that they get to promote their new movie, "When I Met U", in both networks. They are appearing live in "The Buzz", "Wowowee" and "Entertainment Live", and they will tape an episode in "Boy & Kris". They're scheduled to appear in most GMA-7 shows, including "SOP", "Eat Bulaga", "Sis", "Startalk" and "Showbiz Central". What will they miss the most in each other after shooting "When I Met U"?

"I will miss every moment na kasama ko siya," says Richard. "Yung laging ang taas ng energy niya kahit pagod o puyat siya. She really uplifts everyone on the set. Napahanga nga niya lahat, even the crew loves her at lahat sila, naging fans niya. I'll also miss the tofu she brings on the set. Vegetarian kasi siya kaya yun lang ang kinakain niya. On her birthday, I plan to give her a lechon tofu."

"Ako naman, I'll miss yung he's being so relaxed all the time," says KC. "It'll be a lot before he can get stressed. Parang hindi trabaho ang pinupuntahan namin. Excursion ang tingin niya when we shoot out of town. Kahit nangangarag na ang lahat sa set, he'll just say 'chill', kaya napapa-relax din niya ang lahat."

Chard says they always play beautiful music together. "KC is the one who's more loving. She's not afraid of showing it. Ako, mas discreet."

"Mas expressive and demonstrative naman talaga ang mga babae but Chard shows love in various ways and styles rin naman," adds KC.

They're now more comfortable in each other's company compared to when they did their first movie in Greece and this shows in their kissing scenes in "When I Met U", which are more plentiful. "We have some kissing scenes na as the film progresses, they become more intense and passionate," says Chard.

"Direk Joel kasi wants to take them from different angles kaya paulit-ulit," says KC. "Ewan ko nga kung masasama lahat yun sa movie. Aside from this, marami pang ibang cute and kilig scenes sa movie."

In the story, they get stranded in an island. What if this would happen to them in real life? "Masaya yun, exciting!" says Chard.

"I will be the one to cook," says KC.

"And ako naman ang maghahanap ng pagkain namin sa gubat. We'll be good partners and I'm sure mage-enjoy talaga kami."

What will be an ideal Valentine date for them? "'When I Met U' is my first Valentine movie so my ideal Valentine day will be to watch it with Chard."

"Ako naman, kunsaan masaya si KC, dun na rin ako."

So which is the better movie, their first one or this one? "Direk Joel Lamangan is really a blessing for us kasi sobrang inspired siya while were doing 'When I Met U'," says KC. "All in all, we shot the film for 16 days but the preparation that went into it was even longer kasi the script was revised 10 times to make sure maganda siya. Kami ni Chard, parehong maraming contributions na input sa movie and, in that sense, I would say we were all able to polish it well. At least, natapos namin ito three weeks before the playdate. Yung una, palalabas na, nagsu-shoot pa kami three days before so we have more time with 'When I Met U' to make sure it will please all viewers."

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Lani Mercado natatakot kay Katrina?

Dalawang sunod na bunting-hininga ang sagot ni Lani Mercado sa tanong ng press sa balitang tatakbong presidente ng bansa ang asawang si Sen. Bong Revilla. Pero, alam natin na susuportahan nito anuman ang maging desisyon ng asawa na tatakbo sa 2010 elections.

Ipinakita ang teaser ng Panday ni Bong at kundi sa November ay isasali sa 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. Wala pang kapareha si Bong at sabi ni Lani, ang GMA Films na co-producer ng Imus Productions ang mamimili. Binanggit nito sina Iza Calzado, Katrina Halili, Jennylyn Mercado, Rhian Ramos at Marian Rivera na posibleng maging leading lady.

Natawa si Lani nang biruin ng press kundi ba siya natatakot sakaling si Katrina ang makatambal ni Bong at ma-link ang dalawa? Ang agang intriga raw sa pelikula and besides, naging anak na niya si Katrina sa Marimar at maganda ang naging samahan nila.

Ang Saan Darating Ang Umaga lang ang regular show ni Lani sa GMA-7 at natuwa siya sa nalamang marami ang nakaka-miss sa Moms.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Latest TV Ratings

Narito ang Mega-Manila overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 nu’ng LUNES (Enero 26):

SiS 7.8% vs. Boy and Kris 8.1%;
Rosalinda 12.3% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 14.7%;
Eat Bulaga 25.6% vs. Wowowee 16.6%;
Daisy Siete 17.5% vs. Parekoy 15.9%;
Saan Darating ang Umaga 18.9% vs. Pieta 13.6%;
Family Feud 21.2% vs. Deal or No Deal 14.5%;
24 Oras 30.1% vs. TV Patrol 25.7%;
Luna Mystika 32% vs. Betty La Fea 28%;
Gagambino 29.1% vs. Tayong Dalawa 30.9%;
Lalola 31% vs. Eva Fonda 23.9%;
Money War 25.5% vs. Fear Factor 20.9%;
Ripley’s Believe it or Not 19.4% vs. Bandila 10.5%;
Saksi 10.8%.

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Richard Gutierrez mamahaling kumot and regalo kay KC

WHEN Richard Gutierrez returned home from the U.S. where he and twin brother Raymond spent a short time together to mark their birthday, he reportedly bought home for KC Concepcion a brown blanket, which came in handy para sa dalaga when they went on location in Coron, Palawan, for their movie, When I Met U.

Ito ang pagmamalaking ini-report ng Yes Magazine, whose staff went with the couple para i-cover ang shoot ng dalawa roon. Hermes ang tatak ng blanket, which allegedly cost $1,200.

Totoo nga yata ang sabi ni Annabelle na may pagka-overly generous ang anak niyang si Richard. Siya nga raw, niregaluhan nito ng kotseng Mercedes Benz, na nanghihinayang naman daw siyang madalas gamitin dahil mahal nga raw ang gasolina.

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Jennylyn Mercado baby photo- taking not allowed?

JENNYLYN Mercado was interviewed by Pia Guanio in “Showbiz Central” last Sunday and she expressed her dismay and disgust when the crew of “The Buzz” showed up without permission at the christening of her son, Baby Jazz, at Christ the King Church last Saturday.

“It’s supposed to be a very private affair so I’m really surprised how they learned about it,” she says. “Nauna pa sila sa amin doon sa chapel kunsaan gagawin ang binyag when they’re not at all invited. I really wanted the baptism of my son to be solemn and peaceful kaya hindi ako talaga nag-invite except for family members and very close friends na non-showbiz, so that it’ll be very intimate. Biglaan lang ang binyag kasi I have an auntie visiting from the States kaya pinabinyagan na namin while she’s here. Kahit nga si Mark Herras na kinuha ko para magninong, hindi ko na pinasabihan and I just listed down his name as one of the godparents sa certificate. It’s a special moment para sa amin ng anak ko and I wanted it to be very personal kaya sana, nirespeto na lang nila. Kaso, may photographer pang kumuha nang kumuha ng pictures tapos tumakas.”

Jen says she will file charges against anyone who will publish photos of her son’s christening without her permission.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Marian Rivera itutuwid ang mga pagkakamali

Nagsimula sa interview na nauwi sa bull session ang pagharap sa press ni Marian Rivera na malaking tulong dahil alam na niya ngayon ang feelings at sentiments ng press sa kanya.

Maganda rin na tinanggap ng aktres ang kanyang mga pagkakamali at pagkukulang sa press, sa fans at sa co-stars at nangako itong babaguhin ang lahat ng pagkakamali at pagku-kulang niya at kung kina-kailangan niyang humingi ng tawad sa mga na-offend at nasaktan niya ay kan-yang gagawin.

Unang tanong kay Marian ay kung bakit humarap siya sa press na sinagot naman nito in all honesty. Sabi nito: “Unang-una, gusto kong mapalapit sa inyo at makilala ninyo ang totoong Marian. Nitong mga nakaraang mga buwan, sobra akong nasaktan sa mga nasulat tungkol sa akin at kailangan ko namang magpaliwanag. Kung may nasaktan ako, willing akong mag-sorry.”

Apektado ba siya sa mga nega na nasusulat sa kanya?

“Hindi ko sasabihing hindi dahil nasasaktan ako lalo na ang pamilya ko at nangako ako sa kanila na aayusin ko ito. Tao lang ako, hindi ako perfect at aminado akong may mga nagagawa akong pagkakamali at itutuwid ko ‘yun.

“Hindi ko sinasabing babaguhin ko ang sarili ko dahil ito talaga ako, mag-iingat na lang ako at mas bibigyan ng time ang fans at press. Humihingi ako ng pasensya at kung may nasaktan man ako, nagso-sorry ako.”

Binanggit ng press na marami ang nasusupladahan sa kanya at ayaw magpakuha ng picture sa fans at pumayag mang magpa-litrato, laging nagmamadali. Ang sabi naman ni Marian, dahil ‘yun sa hectic niyang schedule at minamadali rin siya ng kanyang mga kasama, but starting today, kakikitaan na siya nang pagbabago.

“Na-realize kong ’di puwede ang ganu’n at ’di lahat ng tao ay maiintindihan ako at dapat pipiliin ko ang mga binibiro ko. Nakita ko ang mali at pagkukulang ko, at least, natuto ako.

“Nagulat ako’t okey naman noong una, pero nagkasunud-sunod ang tira sa akin. Ang sakit at ang hirap. Mas gusto ko mas maraming nagmamahal at nakakaintindi sa akin.”

“Ang problema rin sa akin, transparent ako at ‘di ko alam na bilang artista kailangang maingat ako sa mga sinasabi at ikinikilos ko. Magiging conscious na ako sa mga tao sa paligid ko at kung nagmamadali ako, magso-sorry ako at iiwasan kong wala nang magalit sa akin.”

Naniniwala ba siyang may demolition job sa kanya?

“Ayokong isiping may ganu’n. Gusto ko lang magtrabaho at magpasaya ng tao at happy naman ako sa trabaho ko, until dumating ang sunud-sunod na issue.”

Agree si Marian na nagsimula ang pagka-nega niya sa break-up nina Karylle at Dingdong Dantes dahil siya nga ang sinasabing rason ng paghihiwalay ng dalawa na muli nitong itinanggi. Ang alam din niya, okey sila ni Karylle at nagbabatian sila, pero nang mag-break ito at si Dingdong, naiba na ang sitwasyon.

Speaking of Dingdong, iingay lalo ang tsismis sa kanila’t madalas silang makitang lumalabas. Last Friday, nakita sila sa Oliver’s Sandwich sa Rockwell, kahapon nag-lunch sila sa isang resto sa Serendra bago ang interview sa kanya.

Ano na ang status ng relationship nila ni Dingdong?

“Lumalabas kami, tumatawag siya at nagtatanong kung may lakad ako at kung wala, nagyayayang mag-lunch o dinner. Hindi ko sinasarado ang pinto kay Dingdong dahil lagi kaming magkasama, sa shooting, sa taping, sa shoot ng commercial.

“Open ako sa mangyayari sa amin at wala akong makitang problema dahil pareho kaming single. Lagi kaming magkasama at ’di malabong magkagusto ako sa kanya. Pero, hindi pa time para magka-relasyon kami, kung isasabay namin ‘yun, ang dami pang isyu, kaya enjoy muna kaming lumalabas, kumakain at nag-uusap,” pahayag ni Marian.

Nilinaw din ni Marian na tinapos na niya ang isyu sa kanila ni Karylle at kung magkita sila’y, babatiin niya ito. Ganu’n din si Boy Abunda na nasulat na may issue rin sa kanya. Wala raw siyang galit sa TV host.

Sino ba talaga si Marian?

“Kung ano ang nakikita ninyo, ‘yun ako. Kalog ako, makulit, mapagmahal lalo na sa mga taong mahal sa akin at mahal ako.”

Bago natapos ang interview, kinulit si Marian kung ano ang Christmas gifts nila sa isa’t isa ni Dingdong. Binigyan niya ng Omega watch ang actor at special picture frame naman ang ibinigay nito sa kanya.

Samantala, inamin ni Marian na napi-pressure sila ni Dingdong sa napaagang premiere ng Ang Babaing Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang na eere na sa February 2, pero sabi ni Redgyn Alba, ang PUM ng soap, three weeks na silang nagti-taping, maganda ang istorya ng soap at maraming bagong ipapakita sina Marian at Dingdong na magugustuhan ng fans at viewers at naniniwala silang susubaybayan ito.

Ipinagdarasal naman ni Marian na maging maganda ang rating ng bagong soap nila ni Dingdong.

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Francine Prieto winning battle with the bulge

It took Francine Prieto more than a year to shed excess poundage.

“It was probably the biggest battle of my life,” admitted Francine, the face of Ever Bilena Silver Collection this past two years, without revealing how (very) heavy she had become. “But I’m happy to be back to my old shape. Well, konti na lang and I’m almost there.”

The culprit was stress.

“It was the first time that I was hit by stress that hard,” continued Francine. “In my kind of job, hindi maiwasan na ma-stress, di ba? To make things worse, I also happen to be a worrier. I am the family’s breadwinner (her mom and three siblings), so when I lost my (GMA show) Bahay Mo Ba’to last year, I started worrying. I have only one show left then, Bubble Gang, at wala pa akong ibang raket so I got really stressed out. And I started eating and eating.”

She used to take diet pills and deliberately skipped meals until she started suffering from acidic attacks (she’s hyper-acidic) and dizzy spells.

“That was bad, very bad.”

So last year, she began gorging on food but even when she was exercising (mostly jogging) and playing tennis at the same time, she noticed that she was hardly losing any weight.

“I stand 5’10” but my weight last year was too much. My ideal weight is 153 lbs. Ayoko nang pakinggan kung ano ang timbang ko. Basta, talagang mabigat. When they measured my waistline, I would say, ‘Ano ba ‘yan?’ Kadiri! My objective is to get back to my old figure, 36-26-36. Soon!”

Did love also have anything to do with her stress-induced depression?

“That’s the least of my concern. I have other more important things to attend to. Work lang talaga. I think kahit naman sino would feel the same way if she found herself in the same situation.”

What’s her current diet?

“No more starvation diet. I take three square meals a day, with snacks pa, but I have learned to take small meals. I’m choosy when it comes to food; I don’t eat vegetables and meat. Luckily, I’m not fond of sweets. I make it a point now to stop eating even before I fill up my tummy.”

Thrice a week, she does vigorous workout, guided by an exercise expert.

“I don’t have any problem with sleep. I get enough every night, not less than seven hours.”

Besides Bubble Gang, Francine is now busy with the new GMA soap Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (topbilled by Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera) in which she and Paolo Contis play kontrabida.

“It’s a welcome role,” said Francine. “In Asero (the GMA soap starring Richard Gutierrez), light ang role ko. This time, I’m doing heavy drama. It’s my first time to be directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal and I’m excited. In Bubble Gang, televiewers laugh along with me and the cast (Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid among them). In Tadyang, I’d be happy if televiewers will hate me because it will mean that I’m effective in my portrayal as a kontrabida.”

One-time Bb. Pilipinas semi-finalist, Francine has classic features perfect for an Ever Bilena woman. The Silver Collection Limited Edition she’s endorsing is a cosmetic set that includes four shades of silky face powder, four vibrant blush-on colors, 12 sheer lipstick shades and one volumizing maskara.

“I’ve been using the product,” said Francine. “The owner of Ever Bilena, Kristine Sy, has been my good friend even before I joined showbiz.”

This year, Francine might branch out to recording.

“Raimund (Marasigan, member of the disbanded Eraserheads) is my friend and I asked him to help me prepare a demo-tape. Bahala na what will happen.”

Her love life is on hold.

Aren’t men intimidated by her size (height, I mean)?

“Well, when people see me for the first time, they think na mataray ako. But when they get to really know me, they realize na mabait naman pala ako. If ever I fall in love, I will use both my head and my heart para balanced.”

Incidentally, for the information of Francine and Funfare readers, here are some health tips from Reader’s Digest (latest edition with Jet Li on the cover as Asian of the Year 2009):

• Take 10,000 steps a day.

• Eat breakfast without fail.

• Never skip meals.

• Savour each bite/don’t eat while doing something else.

• Stop eating before you are full.

• Eat slowly/put your fork down between bites.

• Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.

• Avoid shopping on an empty stomach.

• Target easy wins — e.g., have a diet soft drink instead of a regular one.

• Keep to a shopping list.

• Have five small healthy meals a day instead of three large ones.

• Keep a sense of humor.

• Always leave something on your plate.

• Eat with cutlery, not your fingers.

• Get most of your calories before noon.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Isabell Oli ayaw makipag-usap

Dinedma ni Isabell Oli ang piling press people na dumalaw sa set ng Gagambino. Ni hindi siya lumapit sa mga ito kahit mag-“hi” and “hello” lang. Hindi kaya siya umiiwas na matanong tungkol sa kanilang hiwalayan ni Paolo Contis? Naroon lang ito sa isang tabi. Lahat ng cast ay masayang nakipagtsikahan sa kinaroroonan ng press.

May pasabi ito na kung kakausapin siya ay tungkol lang sa Gagambino.

Dahil seven sequences pa ang kukunan sa aktres bago niya mainterbyu ay nagpasyang magpaalam na lang ang press people dahil gabi na.

Nang magpaalam sila ay kumakaway ang cast sa mga dumalaw maliban kay Isabel.

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GMA Wins 9 Trophies in 2009 Gandingan Awards

GMA garnered 9 citations while its sister network QTV 11 was named Most Development-Oriented TV Station at the third annual Gandingan Awards given by the UP Community Broadcasters’ Society at the UP Los Baños.

The 9 accolades that went to GMA were:

Best Public Affairs Program Host:
Jessica Soho

Best Investigative Program Host:
Mike Enriquez

Best Public Service Program Host:
Vicky Morales

Best Field Reporter:
Jiggy Manicad

Best Documentary Filmmaker:
Howie Severino

Best Investigative Program:
Imbestigador

Most Development-Oriented Documentary Program:
I-Witness

Best Public Service Program:
Wisk Ko Lang

Most Development-Oriented Magazine Program:
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

GMA’s sister station QTV-11 managed to grab an award, too:

Most Development-Oriented TV Station:
QTV 11

The Gandingan Awards are a tribute to socially-oriented television and radio programs and broadcasters and are meant to inspire the youth.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

JC de Vera ayaw umaming in-love kay Rhian

INAMIN ni JC de Vera sa Thanksgiving party ng Royal Era Entertainment nina Anabelle Rama at Eddie Gutierrez, na lagi siyang masaya kapag kasama si Rhian Ramos sa set ng Lalola.

Kahit walang taping ay nagkikita silang dalawa ni Rhian at si Rhian lang ang idini-date niya ngayon.

Saka, nakita niya kay Rhian ang lahat ng katangian ng isang babae.

Pero, ayaw daw niyang aminin na sila na nga dahil ayaw daw niyang pagpiyestahan sila ng press na maging dahilan pa ng kung anu-anong issue sa kanila.

Para kay JC, mas mabuti pang hindi siya umaamin ng kahit anong relasyon mayroon sila ni Rhian, kasi mas gusto niyang tahimik lang sa kanyang buhay.

Sa pagtatapos ng Lalola, magkakahiwalay na sila ni Rhian.

Kasi, si Rhian ay magbabalik na sa katauhan daw ni Wendell Ramos at matatapos na ang sumpa sa kanya ng isang Babaylan.

Sa party ng Gutierrez family, maraming pinasayang press people ang mag-anak. Talagang gusto lang ni Tita Anabelle na magbahagi sa press ng kahit anuman bagay taun-taon.

Kaya naman patuloy na sinusuwerte ang pamilya ng biyaya sa buhay.

Wala si Richard sa party dahil nagsu-shooting ng kanilang movie ni KC Concepcion na may premiere night sa SM Megamall sa February 12.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Paolo Contis - Body Talk

While most people sulk after a failed romance, or cry in public (like what Rafael Rosell did at the recent presscon for the movie Status: Single when he announced that he broke up with his girlfriend Malaya Lewandowski, a member of Koolchix), Paolo Contis has a way of springing back in record time. He did it when he broke up with Nancy Castiglione (now only known as Nancy Jane and is abroad waiting to deliver twins courtesy of her non-showbiz businessman-boyfriend). And then, barely a month after he split up late last year with Isabel Oli, Paolo announced that he has found a new love in the person of EB Babe Lian Paz (ex of Janno Gibbs and Mark Herras).

How does he do it?

“All my break-ups have been amicable,” said Paolo who’s the new endorser for Freego pants. “Walang away. Not cold turkey. My girl and I would talk heart-to-heart before we would decide to break up. No animosity. We never discuss our differences in public. Nalalaman lang ng mga tao kapag hiwalay na kami. And then sometimes, the new one would arrive early.”

Like Lian?

“Yes,” laughed Paolo. “She arrived much too early.”

They said that you have a “Sugar Daddy Complex.” You know, you buy and buy things for your girlfriend and that makes you a young Sugar Daddy daw.

“Well, I think I’m just generous, even sa friends ko. If I can afford it, why not? I enjoy giving, especially sa girlfriend ko; she deserves it.”

And they said that when you have a girlfriend, you promise her marriage, like in the case of Lian.

“Hindi naman totoo ‘yon.”

A hopeless romantic, Paolo does find time for love without sacrificing his work.

A GMA contract artist, he hosts the “amazing” show World Records (which will soon be back) and is a member of the cast of Bubble Gang. He’s hosting the new show My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (which was initially offered to an A-list actor from a rival channel) and is playing a kontrabida in the GMA soap Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (with Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera).

Half-Italian, Paolo started in the business at age four. He’s turning 25 on March 14 (Pisces).

Did he have growing-up pains under the klieg lights?

“None at all. I never passed the so-called ‘awkward stage’ maybe because I grew up in the public eye, thanks to Aga (Muhlach) who didn’t let me leave (the ABS-CBN sitcom) Okidokidoc.”

Paolo stands 5’10”; weighs 155 lbs.; and wears medium-sized shirt and briefs and size-10.5 shoes.

How did you get that kind of body?

“Continuous workout and strict diet.”

How often do you work out?

“I work out once six times a week and, if I have time, twice a day. I do fat-burning exercises, high repetitions, but not weight-lifting because I don’t want to develop muscles and look ‘thick.’ It’s not good to look that way on television. Sometimes, I look very big on TV. I’d rather look trim and clean. I do the treadmill 30 minutes every day.”

What part of your body still needs some improvement?

“My legs. They are not proportional to my body. So I do leg workouts.”

What part of your body is most vulnerable?

“My left wrist. It’s a bit weak. I injured it when I was doing boxing.”

And what part is your favorite?

“My shoulders and my lower abs.”

What part of a girl’s body do you look at first?

“Her butt.”

What kind of diet do you follow?

“I stay away from carbo. For my carbo needs, I eat camote and pasta. I don’t eat pork, only a little beef, mostly grilled. For breakfast, I take only coffee, black and without sugar. It’s because I work out usually in the morning and I feel bloated if I eat breakfast. I take brunch.”

What’s for brunch?

“Chicken minus the skin or steak. Or fish. I take only salad for dinner five hours before bedtime. For snacks, sometimes I eat chichiria. Or fruits.”

Anything that you crave for all the time?

“Ice-cream. I control myself so I take it only once a week.”

How much water do you take per day?

“At least eight to 10 glasses. But I don’t drink water or anything before a pictorial because it will show kapag matubig ang katawan mo.”

Soda?

“I don’t take soda. Orange juice, yes.”

Hard drinks?

“Very seldom. Sometimes, I take vodka or tequila.”

What about vitamins?

“I take protein shake with my day meal.”

Do you smoke?

“No. Never!”

How much sleep do you get per night?

“Six hours okay na sa akin. Whether puyat or not, I wake up after sleeping for six hours.”

What’s the last thing that you do before you go to sleep?

“I brush my teeth and then I pray.”

And the first thing that you do when you wake up?

“I pray and then brush my teeth.”

How many pillows do you sleep with?

“Two. One under my head and the other between my legs.”

Favorite sleepwear?

“Boxers.”

Do you ever sleep in the nude?

“Sometimes...kapag may katabi. Hahahaha!”

Do you snore?

“I do.”

Doesn’t it disturb Lian?

“Hindi naman... ano? Hahahaha!”

Do you talk in your sleep?

“So far...no.”

Do you sleepwalk?

“I don’t. I hope not!”

How do you unwind?

“I get a massage at a spa, at least once a week.”

Favorite city?

“I’m starting to love Macau especially when it’s cold.” (Note: He and Lian had their first out-of-the-country date in Macau.)

Favorite hideaway?

“Boracay.” (Note: He and Lian had their first out-of-town date in Boracay.)

What’s your outlook in life?

“I am an optimist. I look at the bright side of life. Why worry? I don’t take problems seriously. For me, problems are just challenges.”

How’s your nightlife?

“Now? Zero na.”

What about your love life?

“Very good.”

Are you faithful?

“Yes, I am. well, I try to be. Hahahaha!”

And your sex life?

“Ahhhhh...No comment. Hahahaha!”

Name three women you think have nice bodies.

“Si Lian, of course. Jessica Alba. Jessica Biel.”

And three men...

“Dingdong Dantes. Brad Pitt. Edu Manzano who, at his age, is fit na fit.

Using only body language, how would you make a woman know that you admire her?

“I keep on looking at her. Hindi ako kumukurap.”

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sheena Halili's revelations

LAST Sunday in "Showbiz Central," Sheena Halili was grilled by DJ Mo in the Gimme Mo segment.

Sheena is a member of Star Struck 1, but her career had a slow boil. Her batchmates Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Katrina Halili, Nadine Samonte and Cristine Reyes were all given lead roles but she remained unnoticed, until she played the role of a comic villain in "Marimar." Since then, she was also noticed in "Kim Sam Soon" and now, in "La Lola." Mo's first question to her was about Arthur Solinap, her co-star in "Marimar". Did they have a short-lived romance? "He said crush niya ko," says Sheena. "Pero hanggang dun lang yun, text-text but not boyfriend-girlfriend." She went steady with Rainier Castillo for sometime. Is it true they broke up because of another girl? "Di namin napag-usapan 'yun.

Bigla na lang nangyari na we just realized hanggang dun na lang talaga. Bigla na lang niya akong di pinansin. Ayoko naman ipilit ang sarili ko sa ayaw sa'kin, so I didn't ask why bigla niya akong di na lang pinansin." Did you get jealous with Yasmien Kurdi who was Rainier's ka-love team that time? "Siyempre, makita mong jowa mo, may kasamang iba. Ang plastic ko naman kung sasabihin kong hindi ako nagselos, but I trusted Rainier then." Nainggit ka ba sa mga ka-batch mong naunang sumikat sa iyo? "Yes, siyempre, nakikita ko sila sa TV, may project, pero ako nasa bahay lang. But that's the reason naman why mas ginalingan ko'ng acting ko hanggang mapansin ako sa 'Marimar'." Who are the other celebrity guys na pumoporma sa'yo? "Wala. Crush-crush lang, di naman confirmed." She wouldn't want to mention any names but DJ Mo pressured her and she eventually blurted: "Nakakahiya sa kanya. O, sige, si Jayce ng survivor. Sabi niya crush niya ko. At 'yung anak ni Joey de Leon." She won't say the name but later revealed it's Keempee de Leon. "He said crush niya ako kasi ang bait ko, nice girl daw ako."

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Marvin Agustin muling liligawan si Jolina Magdangal

MARVIN Agustin is celebrating his 30th birthday on Jan. 29.

Kaso may shooting sked siya sa araw na ‘yon ng bago niyang pelikulang may titulong 2999 under Unitel Films kaya naman he invited a few friends from the press last Tuesday for an advance birthday treat sa kanyang Marciano’s Resto at Greenbelt 3, Makati.

So far he owns 7 restaurants and soon magbubukas din siya ng tatlo pa sa Alabang Town Center, Eastwood at The Fort.

Kung tutuusin ay hindi na niya kailangan pang mag-artista, kasi he’s already a successful businessman, pero malakas daw talaga ang hatak ng showbiz.

Sa ngayon ay na-extend ang teleserye niyang Lalola at magse-second season na ang Dear Friend nila ni Jolina Magdangal.

Nalungkot siya nang malamang nag-break na sina Jolens at si Bebong dahil ang buong akala niya ay magkakatuluyan talaga ang mga ito.

“I texted Jolina right away when I heard the news. Hindi ko na siya tinanong kung ano ang reason ng break-up nila. Everything happens for a reason. They’re both mature naman and they both know what they are doing. Basta Jolina knows that I’ m always here for her,” pahayag ni Marvin.

Sinabi rin niyang, puwede niyang ligawan (ulit) si Jolina, pero hindi pa ngayon dahil kabi-break nga lang daw nito kay Bebong at may hurt pa rin daw ito sa puso. By the way, sa Jan. 30 ay isu-shoot ang bago niyang TV commercial for Bear Brand powdered milk. Ito raw ang iniinom ng kanyang kambal na sina Santiago at Sebastian. Pagdating din ng October-December ay magko-compete siya sa sports na archery sa SEA Games and World Championship.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rufa Mae Quinto gusto munang magkaanak

“Virgin ako rito, pero may nakaka-date ako na iba’t ibang klaseng lalaki sa paghahanap kay Mr. Right,” sabi ni Rufa Mae Quinto tungkol sa pelikula niyang Status: Single. Pero sa pelikula lang ang pagiging virgin niya siyempre. Ang pareho lang, lumalabas siya ngayon, nakikipag-date para makita na ang matagal na niyang hinahanap na si Mr. Right. (Pero teka, kelan nga ba na-devirginize si Rufa Mae? Though alam naman ng lahat kung sino ang ‘nakauna’ sa kanya. Act­ually, kung mapapanood mo sa trailer ng Single, in fairness, parang na-justify niya ang pagiging virgin.)

Lumalabas siya pero ingat na ingat dahil pag-aasawa na ang gusto niyang atupagin ngayon. Pero sumagi na rin sa isip niya na kung hindi agad siya makakita ng lalaking mapapangasawa, uunahin na lang muna niya ang magkaanak. (Why not, pu­wede naman siyang magkaanak muna.)

Yup, sinasabi naman niya na gusto na niyang mag-asawa. Pero as of yes­terday, wala pa ring dumarating na napi-feel niyang makakasama niya sa habang-buhay. So ang status pa rin niya hanggang ngayon, single kaya pasok pa rin sa pelikula niya.

Anyway, ginagawa talagang lahat ni Rufa Mae para kumita ang pelikula niya.

Bukod sa pagiging artista, produ rin siya kasi nito kaya ang sipag niya talaga. Sabi nga ni direk Jose Javier Reyes, ilang araw na walang tulog sa dubbing ang sexy actress.

Ka-join niya rito sina Rafael Rosell, Alfred Vargas, Mark Bautista at ang natsitsismis sa kanyang si Jon Avila, with Paolo Contis.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Iza Calzado nakikipag-date na

TYPE raw ni Iza Calzado na kumuha ng tip o ’di kaya’y mag-undergo ng workshop kina Jessica Soho and Vicky Morales, two of the country’s foremost broadcasters, bago magsimulang mag-taping bilang tv reporter sa bagong series ng GMA-7 na All About Eve.

She loves learning from the experts, ani Iza.

Tuwing nagte-tape raw siya for a soap or shoot for a movie, she makes it a point to seek advice on good acting from senior co-stars.

So far, according to Iza, she has been lucky na karamihan sa senior at award-winning stars na nakatrabaho niya ay ’di lang pawang mababait, kundi kind to share their expertise as actors pa.

Her busy schedule, pag-amin ni Iza, helps her sa pain na kanyang na-feel when she broke up with boyfriend of a few years, Gerry Garcia.

She admits she’s starting to date again. Ganunpaman, ’di raw ito nangangahulugang ready na uli siya to fall in love.

Nakasama si Iza sa cast ng Desperadas 2, ang Metro Manila filmfest entry ng Regal Entertainment last year.

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Polo Ravales ‘hinuthutan’ ang ex-GOBINGO host

NAGMUKHANG huthutero itong si Polo Ravales sa naging pahayag ni Krissa Mae laban sa kanya sa Showbiz Central noong Linggo.

Sinabi pa raw ni Polo sa kanya na “Hindi kita lolokohin at puprotektahan kita,” pero sa bandang huli pala’y uutangan lang niya ng pera ang Fil-Am actress/tv host.

Nag-feeling Batman at Superman pa ang kolokoy kay Krissa Mae pero pati alahas pala’y hiniraman siya ng aktor.

Pero infairness naman daw kay Polo, ibinalik nito ang hiniram na alahas sa dating Gobingo girl.

Ngayon ay ayaw na ayaw na ni Krissa na makipagkaibigan pa kay Polo dahil aniya’y ang pangit-pangit nga raw ng ending ng kanilang pagkakaibigan.

At ikinaila niyang never niyang naging boyfriend ang aktor.

Ginawa rin kaya ni Polo kina Ara Mina at Jean Garcia ang ganito kaya hindi nagtagal ang relasyon ng dalawang aktres sa kanya?


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Monday, January 19, 2009

Rich Asuncion to join Bb. Pilipinas

SA wakas ay napahinuhod din ang GMAAC young star na si Rich Asuncion na lumahok sa prestigious beauty contest ng bansa, ang Bb. Pilipinas.

Isang taon din ang na-ging paghahanda ni Rich sa pagsali sa nasabing pageant.

Last year pa inaawitan ang young star na mag-join sa Bb. Pilipinas, pero hindi niya ito tinanggap dahil sa pakiramdam niya ay hindi pa siya handa physically and emotionally.

Kaya naman nang magpasiya na siyang tanggapin ang offer, nag-training siya nang husto bilang paghahanda sa sasabakan.

“Last year pa ay marami na ang nagpapayo sa aking mag-join na sa Bb. Pilipinas, pero feeling ko ay hindi pa ako handa at marami pa akong mga bagay na dapat gawin para mag-prepare physically and emotionally. Kaya nga-yong taon, masasabi ko sa sarili ko na handa na ako,” wika pa ni Rich.

Kung mapapansin, malaki ang ini-improve ng personality ni Rich. Mukhang handang-handa na nga siyang sumabak sa paligsahan ng kagandahan. Kaya naman sa pagpayag ni Rich na sumali, marami nang mata ang nakatutok sa kanya ngayon at umaasang maiuuwi ni-ya ang korona either Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, World or International.

“Ayokong mag-expect, pero gagawin ko ang lahat para manalo ako!”

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New shows, new hopes for GMA 7

GMA’s Entertainment Division under the supervision of Senior Vice President Wilma V. Galvante rings in the New Year with a dynamic roster of equally exciting and promising programs to lord it on the boob tube this 2009.

A wide range of drama, action, suspense, fiction and adventure-inspired programs, starred by only the biggest and hottest actors and actresses of Philippine showbusiness, makes up GMA’s successful primetime block for the first quarter of the year. What with an all-star ensemble of casts composed of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera in ‘‘Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang,’’ Robin Padilla, Regine Velasquez with Manny Pacquiao in ‘‘Totoy Bato, ‘‘Richard Gutierrez in ‘‘Zorro’’, and finally. Sunshine Dizon, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas and the formidable trio of Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez and Mr. Richard Gomez in ‘‘All About Eve,’’ GMA will surely be the only place for drama in 2009.

At the forefront of is ‘‘Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang,’’ a TV adaptation of a graphic novel by noted director Carlo J. Caparas. This stunning series, which combines action, drama, suspense, mystery, and romance, will feature the phenomenal tandem of Dingdong and Marian in their most daring roles on television thus far. Director Joyce Bernal, the same director who megged their previous primetime hits Marimar and Dyesebel, directs this upcoming action-packed drama program to replace ‘‘La Lola’’ in its primetime slot beginning February 9.

‘‘Totoy Bato,’’ a remake of another Carlo J. Caparas komiks creation, will also debut in GMA Telebabad within the first quarter of the year of the Ox. Robinstars as the titular character, a third class boxer, and stars opposite Asia’s songbird Regine. This action slash romance series is also worth looking forward to, as this will be Robin and Regine’s first time to appear in a high-octane action TV series following their victorious team-up on the silver screen. Totoy Bato will also launch boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s television acting career.

Also in the offing is ‘‘Zorro,’’ a Philippine adaptation of the foreign bullwhipping hero, stars no less than Richard Gutierrez. From a cyborg hero in ‘‘Codename: Asero,’’ Richard is currently busy with fencing and horseback riding lessons in preparation for his role as Zorro. Zorro follows the courageous life of the dashing masked protagonist whose main mission is to defend good from evil.

To complete GMA’s list of upcoming primetime programs is ‘‘All About Eve’’ which features a casting coup. Topbilled by Sunshine Dizon, Mark Anthony Fernanez, Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas, and the powerful triumvirate of Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez, and Mr. Richard Gomez. GMA Network has acquired the rights to produce a local remake of the Korean hit drama, which revolves around the lives of two beautiful women whose relationship turned from friendship to fierce rivalry. GMA Telebabad with its solid and impressive primetime block will definitely be a tough force to reckon with not only for the first season, but also for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, Sine Novela Presents ‘‘Paano Ba Ang Mangarap,’’ GMA’s latest installment in its afternoon program array premieres on February 16. Former sweethearts and first ever Starstruck Ultimate Survivors Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras are reprising the roles of Vilma Santos and Christopher De Leon in the TV Version of the 1983 film under the direction of multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan. This compelling tale of romance hindered by social differences doubles as Jennylyn Mercado’s much-awaited drama comeback as well as the actress’ reunion with ex-boyfriend and love team partner, Mark Herras.

Likewise, the number one undisputed television station is also cooking up a thrilling list of game and reality-based programs that are sure to keep viewers at the edge of their seats. Occupying Family Feud Celebrity Edition’s Sunday timeslot is My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, hosted by actor Paolo Contis. The Pinoy edition of this foreign game show will pit father and kid tandems against each other in three rounds, which measure strength, brains and bravery. At the end of the show, the best among the three teams will have a chance to win as much as P100,000.

Two other game shows namely Hole in the Wall and Power of 10 await viewers this year. Hole in the Wall, a daily 30-minute game show to replace Family Feud in the last week of April, is a local version of a foreign game show known as the “Human Tetris Game.” Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. as Angelina and Yaya respectively, will host this hilarious and one-of-a-kind show.

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BB Gandanghari pinapantasya si Richard Gomez

Dalawang beses akong sinopla ni BB Gandang Hari nang umapir siya sa Startalk noong Sabado ‘huh!

Tama ba na nakulitan siya dahil sa tanong ko kung sino sa mga aktor ang kanyang nakarelasyon noon?

Umirap at tinaasan ako ng kilay ni BB. Sinabihan niya ako na makulit dahil dead na nga raw si Rustom Padilla kaya hindi correct na tanungin siya!

Talagang pinanindigan ni BB ang pagiging girl! Mahinhin ang kanyang mga kilos at Inglesera na siya. Ang nagagawa nga naman ng tatlong buwan na pama­malagi sa New York.

Tanggap na tanggap ko ang pagkatao ni BB. Naloka lang ako dahil talagang ibinaon na niya sa limot si Rustom.

Inulit ni BB na hinding-hindi na siya tatanggap ng gay roles dahil babae na ang kanyang katauhan.

Inulit niya rin na si Richard Gomez ang kanyang feel na maging leading man. Nagduda tuloy ako na dati nang crush ni BB ang asawa ni Lucy Torres pero dahil si Rustom siya noon, hindi niya masabi ang isinisigaw ng kanyang puso.

Ibang-iba si BB kay Rustom dahil hindi nahihiya si BB na i-express ang sarili.

May magagawa ba tayo kung si Richard ang kanyang type? Ang tanong, papayag ba si Richard na maging love interest si BB with matching kissing scene or love scene?

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kuya Germs: 'Hindi plastikan ang pagbabati namin ni Billy'

Parang hindi maganda yung reaksyon ng isang nagbabalik na writer tungkol sa naging pagbabati namin ni Billy Crawford. Naplastikan daw siya. Ewan ko lang kung sino ang tinutukoy niyang plastik. Ako ba, si Billy o kaming dalawa?

Sa aking parte, hindi iyon planado. At pakiramdam ko naman kahit si Billy ang nag-instigate ng pangyayari, totoo iyon sa puso niya. Wala yung script.

May alam bang dahilan ang nasabing writer para sabihing plastikan ang naganap? Alam ba niya ang pangyayari?

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Si Dingdong Dantes ang pinakaguwapo at pinakaseksi para kay Sunshine Dizon

AYON sa drama queen ng GMA-7 na si Sunshine Dizon, si Dingdong Dantes ang pinakaguwapo at pinaka-sexy sa lahat ng nakapareha niya sa telebisyon.

Dagdag pa ni Sunshine, iba kasi ang dating ni Dingdong. Kaya naman daw pumasok ito sa top 3 ng Sexiest Men of the World.

“Si Dong ( tawag ni Sunshine sa actor ) ang pinakaguwapo at pinakaseksing lalaki na nakatrabaho ko. Pero, hindi naman ibig sabihin ‘di guwapo ‘yong ibang nakasama ko. Kasi, hindi siguro papasok si Dong bilang top 3 Sexiest Man of the World, kung hindi siya sexy talaga ‘di ba? Saad ni Sunshine nang makapanayam namin.

Pero, tsika pa ni Sunshine, porke si Dingdong ang pinakaguwapo at pinaka-sexy para sa kanya ay gusto na niya itong maging boyfriend. “Malabo ‘yon, kasi kapatid lang ang turing ko sa kanya. Close kasi ‘yong family niya sa fa-mily ko,” wika pa ni Sunshine.

Wala din daw insidente na niligawan siya ni Dingdong, dahil sister din lang ang turing nito sa kanya.

By the way, nakatakda nang gumiling ang kamera for the next soap ng award winning actress na may titulong All About Eve.

At showing na rin ang pelikula na pinagtatambalan nila ng Philippine’s original badboy na si Ro-bin Padilla, ang Sundo under GMA Films.

Lalabas na rin ang naglalakihang billboards ni Sunshine para sa isang sikat na line ng damit as image model.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Diether Ocampo inalok ang sarili sa Siyete

SA kauna-unahang pagkakataon kahapon, sinagot na ng isang GMA-7 executive ang real score sa naudlot na paglipat ni Diether Ocampo mula sa ABS-CBN 2.

Inamin ni Wilma Galvante, SVP for Entertainment TV ng Kapuso channel, na totoong nagkaroon ng pag-uusap sa pagitan ni Diet at ng Siyete a few months back.

Pero, si Diet daw ang nag-alok ng sarili at serbisyo niya sa kanila and not the other way around.

“Somewhere along the way, he changed his mind for some reason,” dagdag paliwanag pa ng TV exec.

Pinabulaanan din ni Wilma ang tsikang dapat ay kasama si Diet sa cast ng Tagalog adaptation ng Koreanobelang All About Eve at ito ang una niyang assignment sa lilipatang istasyon.

“Wala, wala siya roon,” paglilinaw ni Wilma.

“We both agreed not to talk about it (the failed transfer) anymore,” aniya pa.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mau Marcelo Arts and Music School

In the roller coaster rigors of show business, the ticket to the big ride is never an easy one.

For Mau Marcelo, success, indeed, has come at the price of unwavering perseverance and determination. Since her heyday as lead vocalist of the Chemical Syndrome band, Mau has soared to heights greater than her childhood-woven-dreams.

“I believe good things come to those who wait and persevere,” she openly admits in an interview at the Old Spaghetti House along Bohol Ave. in Quezon City. The newly-signed songstress of Viva Artists Agency is truly one whose accomplishments are the fruits of her persistence in her craft.

Hailing from Lucena City in the Quezon Province, Mau set off on her musical career at the tender age of five, singing in school programs and family reunions. She went on a tour of sorts, competing in amateur contests all over Quezon, Batangas and Laguna, using her professional moniker Samantha Brown along the way.

Her first real big break came when she joined Singaling, a TV singing contest then hosted by Allan K., and Ai-Ai de las Alas, aired over ABC5. Here, she reigned supreme as the champion for seven weeks. This stint was to be followed by yet another signing contest; this time, Mau barged all the way into the finals of Star For A Night, only to lose to Sarah Geronimo.

Losing in competitions, however, did not discourage our heroine. Just as the hit show American Idol began making waves on the international audience, ABC5, the same station that practically revved her career onto the fast lane, decided to put on the first ever local franchise of the stateside program. Dubbed as Philippine Idol, its first incarnation locally, Mau decided to join the competition when a — and I quote — “concerned citizen” texted and convinced her that she, indeed, had the stuff that champions are made of.

And the rest, as they say, is history. From her consistently ending up in the bottom three in the ladies’ eliminations, to her astounding entry into the semi-finals as the wildcard, to the exponential growth of her fans and supporters when she swooped into the finals, Mau ultimately won it all and claimed a title that she truly deserves — the first and only — Philippine Idol.

“It was just like what I really wished for all along, a title that I can call my own,” Mau says over seafood marinara. As fate dictated, just around early 2007, GMA 7 was able to obtain the rights to the competition franchise and renamed it Pinoy Idol. Hence, with the present setting, only Mau Marcelo, is and will ever be the Philippine Idol.

I was very much surprised to find out that this one champ, with an ego as negligible as an ant’s, still maintains her simple lifestyle. A mom to two kids, Patricia and Paolo, and a loving partner to her non-showbiz beau Ritchie, Mau still retains some unique quirks that most of her fans do not even know about. For example, she uses a kulambo (mosquito net) as her blanket for her feet, owing to its silky fabric. “Masarap talaga siya sa paa when going to sleep,” she explains, “you have to try it yourself!”

But kidding aside, busy-bee that she is on account of numerous gigs and shows, the Philippine Idol, like singer Roselle Nava, still finds time to be hands on with her very own arts and music school.

Opened in August 2008, the Mau Marcelo Arts and Music School in Lucena City caters to young, future stars who wish to follow in the champ’s footsteps. The school offers lessons in voice, guitar, dance and flute, among other courses that aim to develop the students’ skills in the performing arts. Mau personally gets involved in the voice lessons whenever she has free time, while her tight-knit crew of able and competent instructors take over when she is in the metro with engagements and performances. A point of interest in her school is the ingenuity she put into her dance studio. Mau figured out a creative way to transform a bare spacious room into her very own dance studio by purchasing huge mirrors and hanging them up side by side along the walls.

Now with two albums to her name and a unique title to boot, Mau never ceases to keep on improving her craft and her endeavours. Last November, she successfully put together a recital where her music school students showcased the lessons they learned from this champion.

Mau Marcelo, now one of the rising stars of the music industry, pours her efforts into developing the little kids whom she believes are no different from her five-year-old self who started with just a little dream and a whole lot of perseverance.

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Carlene Aguilar as FHM cover girl

When Carlene Aguilar was offered to be the cover girl of FHM, her first reaction was, “Should I say yes?”

Friends egged her on, “You should, so that Dennis (Trillo, Carlene’s ex and father of her son Calix) could see clearly what he has lost.”

Hmmmm, why not?

“But that was not really the reason why I accepted the FHM offer,” Carlene told Funfare. She’s the second Bb. Pilipinas (for World) to grace the cover of a sizzling men’s magazine; the first was 1999 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Miriam Quiambao who sent eyebrows soaring when she bared considerable flesh for Playboy last year.

“The offer came at the right time,” added Carlene who gave birth to Calix in Sept. 2007. “I was back to my old shape and I thought doing FHM would help me move on. I wouldn’t have looked good if I did the pictorial showing excess poundage.”

The FHM splash shows Carlene as an aqua beauty inside a fish tank, striking difficult but graceful poses that only a seasoned model/beauty queen could. She was game. Because the water in the fish tank smelled — yes, fishy — it had to be cleaned and the water changed before the four-hour photo shoot began.

“It wouldn’t have mattered,” smiled Carlene, “because I had a cold at that time.”

It was Carlene herself who chose the peg from several samples.

“As I said, I have my old body back and I wanted to experience how it is to pose for a magazine in a bikini.”

In the FHM interview, Carlene said, “I also think na kahit mom ka na you should never stop being hot. Taking care of your body shouldn’t end at motherhood. Dapat nga mas lalo mo pang pangalagaan.”

Does the FHM “derring-do” signal Carlene’s willingness to, ehem, to do bold roles?

“Ay, hindi po!”

Yes, Dennis has seen the magazine.

Asked if Dennis’ eyes popped out, Carlene laughed.

“Sabi niya, ‘Sobra! Grabe!’ I don’t know if he meant sobrang ganda, sobrang sexy o sobrang grabe na nag-pose ako ng ganoon.”

The FHM interview ended with this question: There is going to be one actor who will see you in this magazine and say, “What was I thinking?”

Carlene’s reply?

“Eat your heart out! Hindi, friends na talaga kami. Well, ang masasabi ko lang, sobrang happy na ako ngayon.”

By the way, Carlene has found new happiness with a model who bears a striking resemblance to Dennis.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lian Paz, sobrang maalaga kay Paolo Contis

KAHIT sinasabi nina Paolo Contis at Lian Paz na “we’re getting there” ang kanilang relasyon, obvious na sila na dahil madalas na nakikita silang magkasama.
Kahapon sa taping ng All Star ‘K!’ ay sinamahan ni Paolo si Lian na kabilang sa EB Babes na contestants sa isang episode.
Mabuti’t sa susunod na episode pa ‘hired K!Ller’ si Dingdong Dantes kaya hindi nito naabutan ang ilan pang EB Babes. Nali-link kasi si Dingdong sa isang miyembro ng EB Babes na si Zaida.
Itinatanggi ito ng aktor dahil nagkatsikahan lang daw sila pati na rin ang ibang EB Babes dahil kay Lian na nali-link kay Paolo.
Balik kina Paolo at Lian, hindi na kailangang tanungin kung sila na ba officially dahil halata naman sa mga kilos nila.
Ang isa sa mga ugali ni Lian na gustung-gusto ni Paolo ay sobrang maalaga ito.
Close na rin si Paolo sa pamilya ni Lian.
Sandaling nakausap ko si Isabel Oli sa ta­ping ng Gagambino pero nakiusap itong huwag na muna siyang magsalita tungkol sa dalawa dahil hindi pa siya handa.
Pati ang pagkaka-link niya sa isang basketbolista ay ayaw rin niyang sagutin dahil magkaibigan lang sila.
Ang dinig ko, totoong magkaibigan sila ni Wesley Gonzales pero ang isang basketbolistang nanliligaw raw kay Isabel ay si Dondon Hontiveros na dating na-link kay Vale­rie Concepcion.
Ayaw pa ring sagutin ito ni Isabel.

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Dingdong ka-level na sina Jacky Chan at Jet Li

Ipinalabas na sa US at Canada ang E! Channel’s feature on World Sexiest Male Celebrities, kung saan, number three si Dingdong Dantes at number one si David Beckham. Wala pang balita kung kailan ilalabas dito ang inaabangang special.

Ang sunod na aabangan ng mga fans ni Dingdong ay ang airing ng isa pang special na mapapanood sa AXN Channel. Sina Jacky Chan at Jet Li naman ang kasama rito ni Dingdong, siya lang ang Filipino actor na nakasama at pinuntahan siya ng Singaporean host para interbyuhin. Bawal sabihin ang title ng show at pilot episode ang pagpi-feature sa Asian actor kasama si Dingdong. Ang pagkakasama ng actor as one of the world’s sexiest men ang nag-udyok sa AXN para isama itong i-feature sa show with other popular Asian actors.

Samantala, pinag-react namin si Dingdong sa comment ng Dingdong and Marian Rivera haters na gaya sa Mr. & Mrs. Smith nina Brad Pitt at Angelina Jolie ang Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang.

“Sa looks oo, mala-Mr. & Mrs. Smith siya, pero sa kuwento malayo. Original ni direk Carlo Caparas ang istorya namin at matagal na ito, kelan lang ba ang movie nina Brad Pitt at Angelina Jolie?” reaction ni Dingdong.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gretchen Espina patuloy sa pagsisikap na sumikat bilang singer

SA nakaraang concert na pinamagatang Ogie Sings With The Idols sa Aliw Theater noong Dec. 20 at 21, 2008, kasama ng three-time Aliw Awards Entertainer of the year and Hall of Famer na si Ogie Alcasid ang malalakas na puwersa ng mga mang-aawit sa pangunguna ng American Idol Season 7 Filipino-American finalist na Ramiele Malubay at ang Pinoy Idol top 3 na sina Ram Chavez, Javann Bautista at Gretchen Espina, kasama ang iba pang siyam na finalists at ang indie rock outfit Menaya.

Sa kalipunan ng lahat na idols, si Gretchen ang maituturing na outstanding sa pisikal na kaanyuan at husay ng tinig. Hindi ito mapasusubalian dahil si Gretchen ay pamangkin ng Filipino singer na sumikat noong ‘80s na si Aileen Espina, kapatid ng kanyang amang si Governor Roger Espina ng Biliran Province. Ang kanyang ina naman na si Dr. Cecille Espina ay kumakanta rin.

Ayon kay Gretchen, maliit pa siya ay expose na siya sa musika kaya hindi katakata-kang maging mahusay siyang singer.

Kaya nga, nang mag-wagi siya bilang first Pinoy Idol grand winner, malaki ang karangalang inihandog niya sa sariling probinsya. Kasalukuyang tinatapos ng beynte-anyos na dalaga ang kursong European Languages sa University of the Philippines Diliman at 4th year na siya.

"I want to know and speak several langua-ges and go around the world in the future. Wouldn't it be great if I could sing in different languages, too?" sabi niya.

Matindi ang kanyang pagnanais na maging tanyag na mang-aawit sa malapit na hinaharap, kaya oras na ma-katapos siya sa kanyang studies, gusto muna niyang mag-concentrate sa pagkanta. Marami nga sa mga kababayan niya ang umaasam na sana palagian na siyang mapapanood sa SOP Rules dahil programa naman ito ng GMA-7 kung saan siya ang nagwagi sa kauna-unahan nitong patimpalak ng Pinoy Idol.

Pero gustuhin man niya ito, ang desisyon ay nasa nasabing channel pa rin. Ba-ka naman nais ng Seven na makita muna siyang umunlad pa sa larangan ng pagkanta bago gawing regular sa nasabing weekly musical va-riety show.

"Wala po akong masa-bi sa kabaitan ng Kapuso sa akin. Kasi noon namang Christmas party nila para sa press, isa ako sa mga ki-numbida nilang singer doon. Marami tuloy akong nakilalang press people,” pahayag pa niya.

Samantala, sa ngayon, hindi niya pinapabayaan ang pag-practice sa kanyang vocal chords, ang pagmemorya ng iba pang awit, rhythm and blues man o pop o standards.

"My day is not complete without singing any song. Sometimes, I get carried by my emotions when singing a love song especially a sad one."

Isa sa mga napansin ng mga hurado nang kinanta ni-ya ang ang kanyang winning piece sa Pinoy Idol ay ang tindi ng kanyang feelings habang kumakanta. Tinanong din namin si Gretchen kung payag ba siyang tulungan ang kanyang ama sa kandidatura nito sa 2010 elections sa pa-mamagitan ng pagkanta sa pangangampanya. Yes daw.

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Paolo Contis adviser-turned-lover ng GF ni Mark

KITANG-KITA sa mga mga mata ni Paolo Contis na nakapag-move on na siya.

Nitong Sabado sa Star Talk, Pao was gentleman enough to admit na he and EB babe Lian Ramos are going out and they are not just friends kundi more than that pa ang kanilang estado nga-yon. Kumbaga, they are formally dating.

In fact, kadarating lang nilang dalawa mula sa Boracay from a much needed vacation bago mag-Bagong Taon.

“Eh, kasi naisip na-min na wala namang masyadong trabaho before New Year kaya why not spend it together,” sabi pa ng aktor.

Hindi maitago ang ka-ligayahan nilang dalawa nang magkasama on TV, at nilinaw din ni Paolo na okey sila ni Isabel Oli. Nakapag-move on na rin daw ang dating kasinta-han.

Grabe, moving on ta-laga ang drama ng lahat ngayon. Tama lang. Hindi maganda ‘yong nakapako tayo sa isang bagay na alam nating wala na.

Ibinuko rin ni Lolit So-lis na dati ay kay Paolo pa humihingi ng advice si Mark Herras tungkol kay Lian.

“Oo nga, sa kakabigay ko ng advice, alam ko na tuloy kung ano na ang gusto at ayaw ni Lian,”napangi-ting sabi na lang ni Paolo na halatang sinakyan na lang ang pang-iintriga sa kanila ni Mark.

Sa totoo lang, masaya kami para sa aktor dahil bu-kod sa maganda ang mga proyektong ginagawa niya sa Siyete, may bago pa si-yang minamahal ngayon.

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Billy Crawford, nagsorry kay Kuya Germs sa Walang Tulugan

Makalipas ang walong buwan ng hindi pagkakaunawaan na nag-ugat sa paglipat ni Billy Crawford sa ABS-CBN nang hindi muna niya inihingi ng pahin­tulot sa itinuturing niyang ama-amahan na si German Moreno, isang momen­tous event sa reunion ng That’s Enter­tainment na12 years nang ipinagdiri­wang sa Walang Tulugan sa GMA 7 ang naganap na pagkikita ng ‘mag-ama.’

Bago ito, lahat ng effort ni Billy na mapa­tawad siya ng itinuturing niyang pangalawang ama ay hin­di nagtagum­pay. Anumang pagnanais niyang maka­usap ito ay nabigo. Talagang malaki ang tam­po ng Master Showman dahil hindi niya pinaha­la­gahan ang ginawa nitong pagtulong para siya maging Kapuso. Katunayan, meron na sanang naghihintay sa kanya na regular na programa sa Siete sa pagbabalik niya ng Amerika noon na kung saan naman ay pinasikat niya ang kanyang album na nauna nang sumikat sa Europa.

Bago umalis si Billy ay nagkaro’n na siya ng pala­bas kung saan isinagawa ang isang pakon­tes para sa mga dancers na nakasama niya sa kan­yang first major concert dito sa Pilipinas na ginanap sa Araneta Coliseum. Ang mga dancers were trained by Billy’s personal choreogra­pher na si Maris na dinala pa niya rito mula sa Paris, France.

Malaki ang pagtataka ni Kuya Germs na nauwi sa pagtatampo nang sa pagbabalik ni Billy ay sa Kapamilya ito tumuloy at nalaman lamang ito ni Kuya Germs nang tawagan siya ng bagong manager na kinuha ni Billy gayong bago ito umalis ay ang dating manager niya na si Raul Laurente ang nakikipag-negotiate para sa kanya.

Hindi mo masisisi si Kuya Germs kung mag­tampo ito sa itinuring niyang anak-anakan simula pa ng apat na taong gulang ito at pumasok sa kanya bilang miyembro ng That’s Entertain­ment. Nagka­ro’n pa ng time na ni ayaw marinig ni Kuya Germs ang pa­ngalan ni Billy. Lahat ng pag­pu­pun­yagi ni Billy at maging ng kan­yang ina na maka­usap ito para maayos ang lahat ay hindi nagta­gumpay.

It was Billy who broke the ice nang ipasya nitong du­malo sa pinakahuling reunion ng That’s sa Walang Tulugan. Ang kaga­napan nito ay ma­papanood sa Sabado, Enero 17, sa nasabi ring programa ng GMA 7.

“2009 na, bagong taon at gusto kong tapusin kung anumang problema meron ako sa nakaraang taon. Pangako ko na sa taong ito, lahat ng may galit sa akin ay aayusin ko.

“Bago ito, tinawagan ko si Kuya Germs. Civil na­man siya unlike before na talagang ayaw niya akong kausapin. Huli na nang malaman niyang ako ang kausap niya sa cellphone, wala na siyang choi­ce kundi kausapin ako, pero hindi naman nagtagal ang pag-uusap namin, naramdaman ko ang hesitation niya,” sabi ni Bily sa isang interview bago ang paghaharap nila ni Kuya Germs.

“Ninenerbiyos ako, tatlong beses na akong nag-CR pero handa akong tanggapin kung anuman ang magiging resulta ng paghaharap namin, hindi man niya ako kausapin at hiyain sa ere hindi sasama ang loob ko. At least ginawa ko ang lahat para ka­mi magkaayos. Kung hindi niya tanggapin ang pag­hingi ko ng tawad wala na akong iba pang magagawa. Pero kailangan kong gumawa ng pa­raan, hindi lamang naman siya mentor ko sa That’s, itinuturing ko na rin siyang ama,” dagdag pa ng singer-dancer.

Hindi naman agad nagkaharap ang dalawa. Ewan ko kung alam o hindi ni Kuya Germs ang pagdating ng kanyang prodigal son. Sabi ng mara­mi, baka alam na niya dahil sa plug na ipinalalabas ng GMA 7 to promote Walang Tulugan’s tribute to That’s Entertainment ay palaging kasama ang pangalan ni Billy sa mga dadalo sa reunion. In fact, personal daw tumawag ang manager ni Billy sa program manager ng show at sinabing dadalo si Billy. Totoo kaya ito?

Siguro nga alam na ni Kuya Germs na darating si Billy, naramdaman na niya pero kung ano ang magiging reaksyon niya ang matagal kong hinintay, mag-aapat na oras siguro dahil pati ang produk­syon ay inabot ng matagal bago nila siya nai­salang, siguro takot din sila sa magiging re­aks­yon ng bossing nila na sa mga naka­lipas na panahon ay talagang nagpakita ng kan­yang pagtatampo sa pinakapaborito at pinakabata niyang myembro ng That’s.

Sa taping na kung saan ipinakikilala si Kuya Germs bilang host ng show ipinakilala rin ang unang guest niya for next Saturday, si Billy nga na nagbigay ng isang song num­ber habang lumalapit sa kanya. It was the moment I was waiting for. Sa tagal ko nang pagpasyal sa That’s, nung buhay pa ito at hang­gang ngayong inaalala na lamang, alam ko kung gaano kamahal ni Kuya Germs si Billy at kung gaano siya nasaktan nito. Hindi ako nagtaka kung ti­nang­ka man niyang burahin ang pangalan at mukha nito sa isipan niya.

Nakita ko na-tension din siya, gumalaw ang mga paa niya, halos mag­kabuhol. Ayaw niya ang inasahang pagkikita nila, pero nanaig ang pag­ma­mahal niya rito. Lalo na nang ya­ka­pin siya nito. Pareho na silang umiiyak. Pero ano ba na­man ang aasahan mo sa dalawang taong pinagbuklod ng pag­mamahal? Tinangay ng hangin ang lahat ng pagtatampo, ang lahat ng pagda­ramdam. Nagpalitan na ng paghingi at pagbibigay ng patawad.

Hindi na ako naghintay pa, nakita ko na ang inaasahan ko, at tulad nila at ng maraming tao sa istudyo, umalis akong may luha sa mga mata pero masaya.

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Dingdong Dantes joins Goldilocks family

Goldilocks has chosen Dingdong Dantes as its latest endorser.

“It was definitely a unanimous choice,” explained Goldilocks marketing director Pinky Yee. “Just like Goldilocks, Dingdong’s appeal transcends market segments and age groups. He’s a great addition to the Goldilocks family,” she adds.

Dingdong considers the partnership inevitable. “Actually, I’ve been part of the Goldilocks family ever since I was young, given the fact that on every birthday, special occasion, family reunion and almost all celebrations, Goldilocks products were always there. Siguro, lahat ng Pinoy part ng Goldilocks family,” Dingdong mused, “formalized lang yung sa akin.”

Goldilocks also launched its latest tagline, “You’re the One, Goldilocks.” Even after 43 years of being ingrained in the hearts and stomachs of Filipinos, Goldilocks continues to reinforce its unrivalled position. At the forefront of its industry, the company enjoys a substantial lead over competitors in all aspects. National consumer surveys have identified Goldilocks as the landslide winner in customer satisfaction indices such as Top-of-Mind Awareness, Awareness Conversion (the ability to translate brand awareness to actual trial) and Share of Heart (the emotional approach to measuring preference). It enjoys a committed customer base and continues to attract even more.

“Sobrang bagay yung tagline na ‘You’re the One’ sa Goldilocks,” Dingdong says. “Basta celebration, special occasion, pasalubong, merienda, cakes, or pastries, isa lang naman ang pumasok sa isip at puso ng Pinoy,” he adds. Pointing to a large screen with the Goldilocks logo proudly displayed, Dingdong wholeheartedly exclaims, “You’re the One.”

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Hayden Kho: I had an affair with Rufa Mae

RUFA Mae Quinto is turning 31 in May and the title of her new film, "Status: Single" suits her perfectly as she's really still single. Does she see herself being single all her life? "No. I really want to get married and have my own family. Kasi my parents separated when I was still young at wala akong buong pamilya kaya 'yun ang gusto kong mangyari sa'kin. Ayokong magkaroon ako ng broken family."

But how come she has the reputation of being a playgirl? "Wala naman masama run kasi I'm looking for Mr. Right. At never ko naman silang pinagsabay-sabay. And up to now, I'm single kasi marami akong obligasyon sa buhay, mga pinag-aaral na kapatid at pamangkin na scholars ko. I believe in God's time, ibibigay Niya sa akin ang tamang lalaki at ayoko Siyang madaliin kaya enjoy life and career muna ako. Pero willing din akong i-give up ang career ko if I could really find the right husband."

In the movie written and directed by Joey Reyes, she plays Doris, a 30-year-old virgin just dumped by her boyfriend, Mark Bautista. All her friends (Desiree del Valle, Mylene Dizon, Angelu de Leon and LJ Moreno) have gotten married and she's the only one single. "Ganun din ako in real life. Lahat ng kapatid ko, nag-asawa na at may mga anak na."

Aside from Paolo, Alfred and Mark, her other leading men in "Status: Single" are Rafael Rosell and Jon Avila. It seems she's partial to Jon as they were seen dating when they watched "The Spirit" together. "I admit namang kinikilig ako kay Jon and I admitted that to him. Nababaitan ako sa kanya at siya ang naging pinaka-close ko sa lahat. We do go out together watching movies or we dine sa The Fort. Pero hindi kami, friends lang.

We don't know kunsaan makakarating 'yun but as of now, may kilig lang. Pero lahat ng leading men ko sa movie, pare-parehong guwapo at maganda ang katawan. Wala kang itatapon sa kanila. Kaya lang, yung iba, may girlfriends na. Si Jon lang yata ang wala. Pero kahit guwapo siya, as of now, dumating na ako sa point na hindi basta guwapo lang ang gusto ko. I want someone na may deep sense of responsibility at matatanggap na marami pa akong ibang sinusuportahan, like 'yung lola ko pa."

She says she personally called Lolit Solis to find out what she's got against her since Lolit circulated the rumor that she also had an affair with Hayden Kho. Lolit said it's just a case of miscommunication and promised to just help her promote her new movie "Status: Single" that opens on January 28 since two of her wards are in it: Paolo Contis and Alfred Vargas. "I respect Manay Lolit kaya hindi naman ako nagagalit sa kanya," says Rufa Mae. "I'm glad nagkaliwanagan kami. So yung mga nangyari sa'kin last year, forgive and forget na lang dahil 2009 na."

But in last Saturday's "Startalk", Manay Lolit said Hayden Kho admitted to her and Ricky Lo that he did have an affair with Rufa Mae after Katrina Halili. "Hindi na lang daw niya inamin kasi ayaw niyang dumami ang kaaway niya," Lolit said.

Now, wonder what Rufa Mae can say about this new revelation from Hayden?

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Richard Gutierrez, KC ipinakita ang totoong relasyon sa presscon ng When I Met U

MINSAN pang patutu-nayan ni Richard Gutierrez na siya nga ang king of Valentine dahil for the nth time ay may Valentine movie na naman siya under Regal and GMA Films ang When I Met U kung saan kasama niya sa ikalawang pagkakataon si KC Concepcion.

Marami ang hindi nakakaalam, pero pangalawang beses na ring magsasama nina Chard at KC ngayong Araw ng mga Puso.

Kasi last year ay sila rin ang magkasamang nag-celebrate ng Valentine’s Day.

Pero tulad ng dati, wa-lang direktang pag-amin na mapipiga sa dalawa. “What you see is what you get. Wala naman kaming itinatago ni KC eversince. Puwedeng maging mas malalim ang relasyon namin, pero saka na ‘yon,” pahayag ni Richard sa interview namin sa presscon ng When I Met U.

“Action speaks lou-der than words. Ang ma-sasabi ko lang, sobrang relax na ako with Ri-chard. Ibang level na ang relasyon namin. Mas ki-lala na namin ang isa’t isa ngayon,”giit ni KC.

Kaya ba napuna na-ming panay ang himas ni KC sa hita ni Richard habang iniinterbyu na-min si-la? At ii-sa lang ang ba-song pa-lit-palitang iniinuman nila ga-yong mayro-ong separate bottled water at drinking glass naman for KC.

Action speaks louder than words nga! Anyways, puwede raw nilang sabihin na hindi sila loveless pareho ngayong Valentine’s Day.

“We have each other. KC is special to me. Marami na rin kaming pinagsama-han at pinag-daanan,” pahiwatig ni Chard.

Inaabangan na ang kissing scene nila sa When I Met U. Marami ang gustong makaalam kung mas matindi ba ito sa ginawa nila sa For the First Time.

“Nakapag-adjust na si KC sa kiss ko. Nang ginawa namin ‘yong kis-sing scene sa When I Met U parang nakalimutan namin na may mga tao sa paligid namin,” kuwento ni Chard.

“Komportable na ako sa kissing scene na-min ni Richard. Dati ka-si, nahihiya pa ako dahil first time kong ginawa ‘yon,” saad naman ni KC.

Sorry, pero wala pa raw silang love scene na ginawa sa When I Met U. Irireserba na lang daw nila ‘yon sa next movie na ga-gawin nila after a few years.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

John Carlo Barreras Tiuseco, The Survivor

It takes guts — and the will to win — to survive the tough tests the contestants of the first Survivor Philippines were subjected to, aired on GMA 7, hosted by Paolo Bediones.

Ask John Carlo (JC) Barreras Tiuseco, the reality-TV’s first ever winner, P3-million richer with a brand-new Honda Civic as special prize for topping one of the show’s difficult challenges.

Standing 5’11" and weighing 145 lbs., JC trained hard for the contest. He’s 23, an Arian (April 16).

“I took crash swimming lessons barely a week before the show started,” recalled JC who beat 17 other Castaways (so-called because they were “cast” in an island in Thailand). “More than 45,000 auditioned from all over the country. We were made to take several tests, including swimming, psychological and a series of interviews. In the medical test, I was diagnosed to have an MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse) so I had to get a certificate from a cardiologist that I was fit for the challenges.”

A Business Management senior at San Sebastian College, JC is a member of the school’s basketball team. Part-Chinese, he finished elementary at the Chiang Kai Shek School in Binondo, Manila, and high school at Sunhill (near the Celebrity Plaza, Quezon City).

He’s the youngest of the three children of James Tiuseco, a businessman, and Rosemarie Barreras, a businesswoman. He’s also related to the Pamintuans of Pampanga.

The first contest he joined was the search for the Century Tuna man. He’s an endorser of Penshoppe and has just made his debut as co-host of the GMA early-morning show Unang Hirit last Monday.

How long did you stay in the island?

“I was in Koh Tarutao Island for 39 days, from first week of August to second week of September, 2008. Koh Tarutao is six hours away to Phuket by car. We were winding up when the rallyists occupied the airport in Bangkok. When we left Thailand, the jury had chosen the Top 2 but we didn’t know who the winner was until the last episode when they opened the envelope.”

What do you think was your edge over the other Castaways?

“There was supposed to be an ‘alliance’ among the Castaways that they wouldn’t boot out one another, although any of us could overrule that alliance. But if you won the immunity challenge, hindi ka nila puede tanggalin. I think that was my biggest edge — that I hurdled the immunity challenges.”

How did you prepare for the show?

“Before I went to Thailand, I ate a lot. I gained five pounds but during the show, I lost 20 lbs. After the show, I weighed only 120 lbs. I started eating a lot again. Now, I’m back to 145 lbs.”

Which of the 26 challenges did you find most challenging?

“The immunity challenge in which we were made to eat (steamed) scorpions and tarantulas.”

Wasn’t there any life-threatening challenge?

“I think it was the one on the first day when we were told to jump from a boat and swim one kilometer to the island. It was scary. What if you developed cramps? At some point, we were left to ourselves because the cameramen had stayed away.”

Okay, let’s do a little “body talk”...What’s your regular diet like?

“After regaining weight, I took up my regular diet. I take three square meals a day, with snacks in-between. No rice. I actually take small meals at four hours interval. For breakfast, I take only bread with egg and hotdog, and just water. For lunch, I eat meat (beef). I should take more vegetables but I don’t. My favorite fruit is banana. For dinner, some more beef. For snacks, I take pizza most of the time. I avoid junk food because they are full of fats.”

Being an athlete you sweat a lot, I guess.

“Yes, I do. I should take more than my usual five glasses of water per day. But I take juices (orange or mango), a little soda.”

What kind of workout do you do?

“I work out out at the Gold’s Gym three times a week. I lift weights, I do the treadmill.”

What part of your body needs improvement?

“My abs. I have love handles, pero konti lang naman.”

Part of your body that’s most vulnerable?

“My head. I get a headache when I’m stressed out.”

Favorite part of your body?

“My smiling eyes.”

Part of a girl’s body that you look at first?

“Her face. Beautiful legs turn me on. Dirty feet turn me off.”

How do you cope with stress?

“I listen to all kinds of music depending on my mood. I relax by watching movies. I like action and drama.”

Is Heart Evangelista really your crush?

”Yes. If ever, I want her to be my leading lady.”

Favorite hideaway?

“Tagaytay. I go there with my friends.”

How much sleep do you get per night?

“An average of six hours.”

Favorite sleepwear?

“Boxers”

Do you snore?

“I guess I don’t. I wouldn’t know because I sleep alone.”

Do you talk in your sleep?

“No, I don’t.”

Do you sleepwalk?

“No, I don’t.”

Do you sleep in the nude?

No, I don’t.”

How many pillows do you sleep with?

“Three. One under my head and the two I hug.”

What’s the last thing that you do before you go to sleep?

“Nag-i-Internet.”

And the first thing that you do when you wake up?

“Brush my teeth.”

How’s your nightlife?

“Hindi ako masyadong ma-gimik.”

Do you drink liquor?

“Not always. Only occasionally.”

Do you smoke?

“Never!”

Do you take drugs?

“Never! I am clean-living.”

Who’s your favorite fantasy figure?

“Still Heart Evangelista. Why do I like her? Well, she’s chinita, fair-complexioned and sophisticated.”

What’s your outlook in life?

“I think positive. If something bad happens, something positive will always follow.”

Name three women you think have nice bodies.

“Still Heart Evangelista. Angelina Jolie. Jessica Alba.”

And three men...

“Kiko Rustia, ninth member of the Survivor jury. Victor Basa. I can’t think of a third one.”

Using only body language, how would you make a woman know that you admire her?

“I stare at her.”

Now that you are in showbiz, are you ready for the intrigues?

“Yes, I am. If I survived the 26 Survivor challenges, palagay ko naman kakayanin ko na ang mga challenge sa showbiz.”

By the way, what did you do with your P3-M prize?

“Half of it I gave to my parents and the rest I deposited in the bank.”

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rufa Mae Quinto pinatawad na si Hayden

Parang hawig sa personal niyang buhay ang role ni Rufa Mae Quinto sa latest movie na Status: Single.

Sa kuwento, siya si Doris, isang 30-year-old virgin na iniwanan ng boyfriend (played by Mark Bautista).

Lahat ng kaibigan niya, nagsipag-asawa na, samantalang siya, single pa rin. Dahil tumatanda na, gusto na ni Doris na makapag-asawa at ayaw tumandang mag-isa.

In real life, Rufa Mae is still very much single at 30.

Dahil open book naman ang lovelife niya, we all know na marami-rami na rin siyang nakarelasyon. She just called it quits with Bobby Lopez, isang foreigner na based sa Hong Kong.

Kaya naman say niya, malamig ang kanyang Pasko, na sinabayan pa ng intriga sa kanila ni Dr. Hayden Kho, dahilan para mapaiyak siya sa Showbiz Central nang time na sinasagot niya ang issue sa kanila ng doktor.

“Na-bother naman ako kasi nga, Pasko, tapos nag-Bagong Taon, bukod sa mag-isa ka na, malamig na nga ang Pasko mo, siyempre nalulungkot ka rin.

“Biruin mo, ’yung kuya ko, 12 years old na ang anak niya, tapos, ’yung mga sumunod sa akin, parang lahat ng kapatid ko nagsisipag-asawahan na at may mga anak na.”

Naiyak din daw siya dahil lagi na lang siyang nali-link sa kung kani-kanino at itong issue na ito nina Dra. Vicki Belo at Dr. Hayden, hindi siya dapat madamay, nadamay-damay siya.

At her age, aminado ang sexy comedienne na gusto na rin niyang lumagay sa tahimik.

As much as possible, ang next boyfriend niya ay ’yun na talaga ang kanyang mapangasawa dahil hindi na nga naman siya bumabata.

If and when the right man comes along, ani Rufa Mae, willing siyang i-give-up ang career kung kinakailangan para magkaroon ng masayang family life.

Sa ngayon, nali-link siya sa isa sa leading men niya sa Status: Single, pero ani P-chi (Rufa Mae’s nickname), ang masasabi lang niya, so far, friends pa lang sila at tingnan na lang daw kung ano ang mangyayari in the future.

“Basta ako kung sino na lang ibigay sa akin ng Diyos, kung sino ang destiny ko, hihintayin ko na lang,” she said.

Tungkol kay Dr. Hayden, nag-sorry na raw ito, kaya forgive and forget na lang.

“Saka, 2009 na, eh. Marami naman akong blessings, kumita ang Desperadas 2, tapos ito nang pre-Valentine movie ko.

“Excited ako. Kesa naman kung anu-ano ang iniisip ko, ’di ba?” sabi ni Rufa Mae.

Ipapalabas na sa January 28 ang Status: Single, co-production ng kanyang On-Q 28 Productions at Viva Films.

Kasama rin sa movie sina Paolo Contis, Rafael Rosell, Jon Avila at Alfred Vargas as her leading men.

It also stars Desiree del Valle, Mylene Dizon, Angelu de Leon at LJ Moreno mula sa direksyon ni Joey Reyes.

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KC Concepcion at Richard Gutierrez, movie presscon

Matutuloy na today ang first presscon nina KC Concepcion at Richard Gutierrez para sa pelikulang When I Met U bago sila pumunta ng Coron, Palawan para mag-shooting.

Maraming kuwento ang dalawa, lalo na si KC, sa first movie niya with Regal Entertainment and GMA Films and with Direk Joel Lamangan.

“Maganda ang ginawa naming workshop na parang actors’ studio with Direk Joel. Itinuro niya ang nuances na bagay sa aming characters.

“Nagbigay pa siya ng assignment, character sketch at kailangang basahin ang script at binasa ko talaga,” kuwento ni KC.

Matagal na raw niyang naririnig na strict director si Direk Joel, na nambabato ng script at bawal ang ma-late sa shooting.

Kahit ganu’n ang kanyang mga narinig, na-excite siya dahil alam niyang kahit ano ang mangyari ay may matututunan siya.

Samantala, nakakaintriga ang pahayag ni KC sa isang lifestyle magazine na ang break-up nila ni Lino Cayetano ay hindi biggest heartbreak sa kanya.

Sabi nito: “What really hurt was the first (one). That’s the worst kind of breakup, because it was forced.”

Hindi tinukoy ni KC kung sino ang nakarelasyon niya, pero 18 years old siya that time at forbidden love ang nangyari sa kanila.

Susubukan naming tanungin ang dalaga tungkol dito’t inamin na rin naman niya.

Tingnan natin kung tama ang iniisip namin sa identity ng guy na ’yon na isa ring celebrity but from different field.

Siyanga pala, may pakulo ang When I Met U producers na sina Mother Lily Monteverde at Annette Abrogar. Bago ang presscon proper sa Imperial Palace Suites, may red carpet event na magaganap, kung saan puwedeng makasalamuha ng kanilang fans sina Richard at KC.

Kaya sa mga gustong makita ang inyong mga idolo in person, sugod na sa naturang venue bago mag-7:30 mamayang gabi.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Dingdong Dantes dumarami ang endorsements

NANAHIMIK lang si Dingdong Dantes sa isyu nina Marian Rivera at Karylle.

Gentleman kasi siya at ayaw niyang masabit sa usa-pan ng dalawang babae.

Pero, kahit ganoon ang nangyari ay magkaibigan pa rin silang dalawa ni Karylle.

Kaya hinuhulaan ng marami na puwede silang mag-kabalikan.

Sa parte naman ni Marian, si Dingdong pa rin ang pinakamalapit na actor sa kanya dahil siya ang partner niya sa bagong soap na Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang.

Dahil sa wholesome ang image ni Dingdong, lalo pang dumarami ang kanyang endorsement.

Ang latest na kumuha sa kanya ngayon ay ang Goldilocks.

Mula sa damit at alak ngayon ay pagkaing pambayan naman tulad ng Goldilocks.

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Renaldo Lapuz balik sa pagiging janitor?

Narinig ko ang balita na bumalik na si Renaldo Lapuz sa pagiging janitor dahil mahina ang raket niya bilang singer sa Amerika.

Naawa ako kay Renaldo pero talagang ganyan ang buhay. Maswerte pa rin siya dahil naranasan niya na mag-stay sa mga five-star hotels, pagkaguluhan ng mga Amerikano at nagkaroon siya ng name.

Sa tingin ko, simpleng tao lang si Renaldo. Happy na siya na natupad ang kanyang pangarap na makapag-audition sa American Idol noong isang taon. Over-qualified si Renaldo dahil lampas na siya sa age requirement ng show pero napansin pa rin siya ng mga hurado ng American Idol.

Teka, natuloy ba ang pag-uwi ni Renaldo sa Pilipinas noong isang taon? Parang hindi ko naman na-feel na dumating siya. Lalong walang balita na dumalaw siya sa mga kamag-anak niya sa Pilipinas.

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Mga Awit Kapuso - The Best of GMA Themes

Relive memorable moments from your favorite GMA 7 series with Mga Awit Kapuso Vol 5 (The Best of GMA Themes). The album includes 13 tracks from Kapuso network’s tele-fantasyas and telenovelas. Sing along with themes from high-rating programs like Asero and Lalola performed by Janno Gibbs, and Ang Aking Mundo from Dyesebel by Julie Ann San Jose of Sugarpop. Other performers are Jaya, Michael V., Ogie Alcasid, Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos.

Another great addition to any music collection is Iisang Kinabukasan, an album which contains the single Iisang Kinabukasan by Wency Cornejo, and a VCD of the song’s music video directed by Louie Ignacio. Fifty-four Kapuso stars have shared their time and effort for this endeavor that has won Best Secular Album and Best Music Video in the recently-concluded Catholic Mass Media Awards. The proceeds will go to the Kapuso Foundation.

Grab your copy of Mga Awit Kapuso Vol 5 (The Best of GMA Themes) for P280, and the Kapuso Foundation’s Iisang Kinabukasan, and be up-to-date with your Kapuso Themes anthology. Albums are now available in SM, Odyssey, Astroplus and Astrovision outlets.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hayden Kho tinapos na ang showbiz career

SA Eat Bulaga na nga tinapos ni Hayden Kho ang kanyang showbiz career.

Walang masyadong fanfare, walang ni-likhang controversy.

Naging guest lang siya sa isang celebrity game portion at nang tanungin siya ng hosts, sinabi niyang “Magdo-doktor na lang po ako.”

Iyon na ang katapusan ng kuwento.

Tinatanong siya kung hindi ba niya nakayanan ang intriga, ngumiti lang si Hayden at tumayo na sa kanyang puwesto.

Ano pa nga ba ang magagawa ni Hayden sa ngayon?

Masyadong marami na siyang nakaaway sa showbusiness.

Hindi maikakailang galit sa kanya si Katrina Halili.

Hindi rin naman maikakaila na iba na rin ang tingin sa kanya ni Rufa Mae Quinto.

Mukha ngang naisip din naman niyang mahihirapan din naman siya sa buhay showbiz.

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Assunta de Rossi bored na sa buhay may asawa

At least umamin na si Assunta de Rossi na bored na siya sa buhay may-asawa. “Kaya nagpupunta ako sa mall, gumigimik, pero no regrets,” pagdidiin naman ng actress na kinuyog kahapon sa presscon ng U Women Can Be So Funny, ang bagong programa sa Q11 na mapapanood Mondays to Fridays, 10: 05 a.m, 2:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. (ka-back to back with Camera Cafe). Kasama niya sa nasabing bagong programa sina Candy Pangilinan, Tuesday Vargas at Kalila Aguilus.

Pero wala naman daw pagkakataon na na-attract siya sa ibang lalaki.

“Ang problema ko lang naman kay Jules si Heidi, Bertha at Sofia (mga kotse). Buti na lang at nagagamit ko ang mga kotse niya,” sabi pa niya.

Lumalabas din lately, na after ng hiwalayan nina Beth Tamayo at ang asawa nitong si Johnny Wong, sila ng asawa niyang si Cong. Ledesma ang maghihiwalay o naghiwalay na raw. Ayun sa bali-balita, hindi na asawa ang turing kay Assunta ng kongresista at madalas itong sigaw-sigawan sa harap ng maraming tao at ang the height, nag­hihirap na raw ang actress dahil hindi naman daw binibigyan ng pera ng asawang pulitiko. Eh wala nga naman daw siyang trabaho kaya, wala rin siyang datung. Pero with conviction, inulit lang ni Assunta ang mga sinasabi niya noon na hindi sila hiwalay at mag-asawa pa rin sila at nagsasama.

“Next time na makakarinig kayo ng hiwalayan, ‘wag na kayong maniwala. Maiinis lang kayo sa sa akin dahil pareho pa rin ang isasagot ko. We’re still married and together. Last December lang, nag-celebrate kami ng 6th anniversary namin. Since sa Negros kami inabot, dun na kami nag-celebrate dahil nagpa-party para sa operation ng Ethanol sa Negros,” sabi ni Assunta.

Pero aminado naman si Assunta na walang nagbabawal sa kahit anong gawin niya. “Buhay ko ‘to. Walang pakialaman at ako ang gumagawa ng schedule ko,” sabi ni Assunta.

Tungkol sa hinihintay nilang anak ng kongresista na hindi pa rin mabuo dahil sa kaabalahan ng asawa sa trabaho sa negosyo ng pamilya, ang sabi lang ni Assunta, kung mangyayari, mangyayari na lang. Besides wala pa rin naman daw silang sariling bahay hanggang sa kasalukuyan at nakatira pa rin sila sa condominium ni Cong. Ledesma. “Saan ko naman siya ititira, sa kahon ng sapatos,” sabi ng aktres parang nalilinya sa mga comedy show - Camera Cafe at ito ngang U Women.

At katuwiran niya, kung anuman daw ang mangyari sa kanila ng asawa, hindi siya sa answerable sa kahit kaninong tao except sa Diyos.

Ayos na rin naman siya sa pamilya ng asawa na noon pa nababalitang hindi pa rin siya matanggap, say ni Assunta: “Na-realize na nila kung sino talaga ang kontrabida,” na mukhang hindi naman nagbibiro. Meaning na-realize na ng mga kamag-anak ni Jules na palaban siya at hindi patatalo?

Well, ‘yun ang reading namin.

Pero paano nga ba magkaroon ng asawang tulad ni Congressman Ledesma na hindi lang abala sa pagiging pulitiko kundi abala rin sa negosyo ng pamilya na si Assunta na mismo ang nagsabi na walang panahong magbakasyon. “Siya lang ang puwedeng gumawa ng mga ginagawa niya sa pamilya.”

Anyway, tulad sa Camera Cafe, karamihan sa sketches ay hindi kailangan ng dialogue and rely on their ability to do physical humor, perhaps slapstick or even stunts ang U Women.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bebong nagpa-planong magsalita

Tinext ng isang reporter si Bebong Muñoz, ang ex-boyfriend ni Jolina Magdangal na nasa Amerika ngayon dahil sa trabaho at hindi para umiwas ma-interview ng press sa break-up nila ng singer-actress.

Hiningan ng comment si Bebong ng reporter sa paghihiwalay nila ni Jolina at sa unang text message nito, puro smiley ang isinagot. Sinundan ’yon ng isa pang text message at ang sabi’y akala raw ng abogadong si Bebong ayaw na sa kanya ng press dahil hiwalay na sila ni Jolina.

Ang huling text nito’y ganito ang message: “I’m just in the US for three weeks. Don’t know what to say yet, but I don’t mind sharing with you when we’re ready. Thank you.”

Kung ibabatay sa mga sagot ni Jolina, ayaw na niyang pahabain pa at idetalye ang hiwalayan nila ni Bebong, kaya malabong dumating ang sinabi ng binata na isi-share nila ang dapat malaman ng press kung handa na sila.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Do-Re-Mi movie TV remake?

Tama ba ang nabalitaan naming gagawan ng TV remake ng GMA 7 ang Viva Films movie na Do-Re-Mi na pinagbidahan nina Regine Velasquez, Mikee Cojuangco at Donna Villa noon? Parang hindi kapani-paniwala ang mga makakasama nina Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi at Katrina Halili sa TV remake.

Okey sina Polo Ravales, Hero Angeles at Jennica Garcia dahil pare-pareho silang Channel 7 talents, nagduda lang kami sa pagkakasali nina K Brosas at Ejay Falcon na ABS-CBN contract stars. Papayagan ba silang ipahiram sa Channel 7? At saka sabi ni K, papasok siya sa I Luv Betty La Fea and this January na siya magsisimulang mag-taping.

In fairness, maganda kung matutuloy ang project dahil first time yatang magkakasama sa isang project ang StarStruck 1 girls na sina Jennylyn, Yasmien at Katrina.

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