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Angelica Panganiban
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:52 a.m.
Source: Abante ------------------ Si Angelica Panganiban ang love interest ni Piolo Pascual sa Mangarap Ka. Seventeen years old lang si Angelica pero kung magsalita ito, parang beterana na siya sa pakikipagrelasyon. Hindi namin nakitaan ng pagkaasiwa si Angelica habang ikinukuwento nito na halos apat na taon ang itinagal ng relasyon nila ni Carlo Aquino. Babae (as in maraming babae, artisa at non-showbiz girls) raw ang dahilan ng break up nila ni Carlo at siya ang nakipaghiwalay sa boyfriend. Aminado si Angelica na nasaktan siya nang husto sa nangyari sa love affair nila ni Carlo kaya hindi muna siya tumatanggap ng manliligaw. Kusang-loob daw ang kanyang pakikipaghiwalay dahil ayaw na niyang madagdagan ang sakit na nararamdaman. Nagsalita nang tapos si Angelica na hindi na sila magkakabalikan ni Carlo. In fact, kung kailan sila naghiwalay, saka raw sila naging mabuting magkaibigan. Ikinuwento ni Angelica sa mga kausap na reporter na malaki ang posibilidad na si Piolo ang escort niya sa kanyang debut. Magse-celebrate si Angelica ng 18th birthday sa November. Hindi rin malaman ni Angelica kung asset o liability ba ang pagkakaroon niya ng malaking dibdib. Nang mag-taping sila ng Mangarap Ka sa Quiapo area, naasiwa si Angelica sa mga tao na nakatitig sa kanyang dibdib. Kung gusto ng ibang young actress na palakihan ang kanilang bumpers, iba ang iniisip ni Angelica. Gusto raw niyang pabawasan ang dibdib na madalas na umaagaw ng atensyon
Roselle Nava
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:50 a.m.
Source; Abante ---------------- Sa presscon ng Bare, muling nag-deny si Roselle Nava. Wala raw katotohanan ang balita na sumailalim siya sa breast augmentation dahil takot siya sa turok at karayom. Twenty-eight years old na si Roselle. Para sa kanya, walang masama kung magpaseksi man siya sa bagong album niya sa Viva Records. Career move ang rason ni Roselle kaya naging daring siya sa publicity photos ng Bare. Hindi raw siya nag-alala na magiging malaswa ang resulta ng pictorial dahil malaki ang tiwala niya sa photographer na si Jun de Leon. Aware si Roselle na Bare Naked ang title ng sexy VCD ni Patricia Javier. Humingi ng paumanhin si Roselle kay Patricia dahil hindi pa niya napapanood ang Bare Naked pero ibang-iba raw ito sa kanyang album.
Dolphy, Sisipot Pa Rin Sa Taping...
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:49 a.m.
Source: Abante ------------------------- Naglabas ng press statement ang ABS-CBN tungkol sa nasabing isyu. Pinatotohanan nila na nagkaroon ng pag-uusap sa pagitan ni Dolphy at ng management pero tungkol lamang ito sa TV program ng King of Comedy. Ipinapaubaya kay Dolphy ng ABS-CBN management ang karapatan na ipaalam sa publiko ang naging resulta ng kanilang pag-uusap. Ikinalungkot ng ABS-CBN ang mga balitang lumabas na may bahid ng pulitika dahil ayon sa kanila, kagagawan ‘yon ng ibang sektor na may ibang interes. Once again, nilinaw ng ABS-CBN na hindi nila pinakikialaman ang desisyon ng kanilang mga empleyado o talent sa pagpili ng kandidado na iboboto bilang pangulo ng bansa. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ngayon ang taping ng Home Along Da Airport. Ang tanong ng lahat, sisipot ba si Mang Dolphy sa set? Oo ang sagot dahil tiniyak ng aming source na darating sa taping ang Comedy King. Wala raw choice si Mang Dolphy dahil naka-stipulate sa kanyang kontrata na hindi siya puwedeng mag-resign. May word of honor ang respected comedian kaya susundin niya ang nakasulat sa kontrata at hindi siya magsasalita laban sa network. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ang Dolphy issue ang topic ng mga reporter na dumalo sa presscon ng Mangarap Ka at Bare. Ang Mangarap Ka ang bagong teleserye ng ABS-CBN na pinagbibidahan ni Piolo Pascual at ang Bare naman ang bagong album ni Roselle Nava sa Viva Records. Kasama sa cast ng Mangarap Ka si Nova Villa, ang leading lady ni Dolphy sa Home Along Da Airport. Matagal nang artista si Nova pero ngayon lang siya nabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng soap opera. Ginagampanan niya sa Mangarap Ka ang role ni Madam Zoila, isang manghuhula sa Quiapo. Unlike her role in her new show, hindi nahulaan ni Nova ang balita na malapit nang mawala sa ere ang sitcom nila ni Dolphy. Malinaw ang sinabi ni Nova. Masaya ang buong cast sa huling taping nila noong nakaraang linggo at may taping sila ngayon ni Mang Dolphy para sa Home Along Da Airport. Habang mainit na pinag-uusapan ang isyu sa diumano’y nalalapit na pagkasibak ng show ni Mang Dolphy, busy ito sa shooting (somewhere in Pasig) ng TV campaign ad ni FPJ. Si Richard Gomez ang direktor ng campaign ad. Kabilang si Richard sa mga pinakamatapang na artista na sumusuporta sa kandidatura ni FPJ. Sa interview sa kanya ng TV Patrol, tinawag na sinungaling ni Richard si GMA dahil nagsalita ito na hindi niya alam na may TV show si Dolphy. Marami ang hindi nakapanood sa interview ng TV Patrol kay Richard. Inabangan nila ang Insider (late night news program ng ABS CBN) sa pag-aakala na muling ire-replay ang controversial interview pero nabigo sila. Nabigo ang mga reporter na kunin ang pahayag ni Mang Dolphy tungkol sa kontrobersya na kanyang kinasasangkutan dahil tumanggi siya na magsalita. Tahimik din ang mga kapamilya ni Mang Dolphy kaya lalong lumaki ang pagdududa na may katotohanan ang balita. Sa showbiz, oo ang ibig sabihin sa pananahimik o silence ng isang artista hangga’t hindi sila nagsasalita o nagbibigay ng denial. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PIOLO'S CONCERT
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:45 a.m.
sOURCE: pEOPLES TONIGHT ----------------- PIOLO Pascual marks a milestone in his career when he trains his sights on the Araneta Coliseum for his first major concert on April 24. Billed, "My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time in Concert," the actor’s debut performance as a concert artist is regarded as his "gift" to those who’ve supported his career through the years. He will be having as special guest his biggest favorite, Basil Valdez, who readily agreed to appear in the show. "Kung bano si Piolo, I wouldn’t be in his show," the seasoned balladeer, responsible for such hits as "Kastilyong Buhangin," and "Ngayon at Kailanman," among others, reportedly said. Aside from Basil, several other celebrities are joining "My Gift..." — Michelle Ayalde, Akafellas, Old School, The Hunks, and Ai-Ai de las Alas. "I will be singing songs associated with me, some of today’s hits, tunes I grew up with, and a few cuts from my album. Sana, mapuno ko ang Araneta," Piolo related. Tickets to "My Gift..." are rather expensive (P2,000 for the patron section and P300 for the bleachers) compared to Martin (Nievera) or even Gary (Valenciano) concerts. "Hindi naman," Piolo countered, "pagbigyan n’yo na ‘ko, first time ko po ‘to!" "My Gift..." is produced by Star Records, in cooperation with ABS-CBN. Johnny Manahan handles the stage direction with Louie Ocampo as musical director. * * *
KC Not Preggy
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:44 a.m.
Source: People's Tonight ----------------- KC not preggy Tuesday, March 23, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The ugly buzz that KC Concepcion is heavy with a love child (courtesy of alleged boyfriend, RiverMaya vocalist Rico Blanco) started circulating in tinseltown shortly after Sharon Cuneta’s daughter (by Gabby Concepcion) left to pursue a college education in Paris late last year. Rico, rumormongers claim, is KC’s real boyfriend — not Piolo (Pascual), Borgy (Manotoc) or anybody else linked to her. Sharon, according to rumors, is not sold to the partnership, and so, KC and Rico have chosen to keep their relationship a secret. In a previous chance interview on radio, however, Sharon was quoted as saying that Rico and KC are no more than friends. She, like any doting mom, knows about the friendship and finds nothing wrong with it. After all, KC has a lot of showbiz friends, among them, singer/songwriter Jay Durias of their favorite South Border band. A few months later, though the nagging KC-Rico issue resurfaced through text messages. We ourself got several of them inquiring on the truth about KC’s "pregnancy" last Sunday, just a few hours before Boy Abunda went on air on ABS-CBN 2’s "The Buzz" to put an end to the issue. According to Boy, Sharon, not KC, is the one expecting a child. In short, KC is not pregnant. "Tigilan na po natin ‘yan," Boy appealed. We hope that clarification puts the rumor to rest...
"MY WAY" SERIAL KILLING SA BKK!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:36 a.m.
Sourced: PSN ----------------- Ang "My Way" serial killing ang tampok na kwento sa Basta’t Kasama Kita this week. Ang nasabing serial killing ang isa sa pinag-uusapang krimen ng nagdaang buwan. "Recent reports state na may kinalaman talaga ang kantang "My Way" sa patayang nangyari. And based on our research, talagang may gano’n nga. Kaya ‘yun ang magiging undercover job nina Robin (Padilla) at Judy Ann (Santos) sa kwento," kwento sa akin ni BKK executive Julie Ann Benitez. Si Michelle Bayle ang gumanap na serial killer. Iri-reveal sa mga susunod na episode ng Basta’t Kasama Kita kung bakit niya pinapatay ang sinumang kumanta ng "My Way". Special guest din sina Rodel Velayo at Cloyd Robinson. Basta’t Kasama Kita, directed by Jerry Sineneng and Trina Dayrit, remains a top-rating primetime soap opera. * * *
Dolphy at ABS-CBN, Ginagamit ng GFPJ strategist?
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:32 a.m.
Source: PSN ------------------ Itinanggi ng ABS-CBN management ang naglabasang balita na tinanggal si Dolphy at ang kanyang programang Home Along Da Airport sa ABS CBN 2 dahil sa lantaran nitong pagsuporta sa kandidatura ni Fernando Poe, Jr. According to Maloli Espinosa-Manalastas vice president for corporate & government affairs and PR na hindi totoo ang kumalat na balita. "As far as management is concerned, it’s not true. I hope Tito Dolphy will come out with his statement soon," sabi sa akin ni Ms. Maloli. I personally feel na unfair kay Dolphy at ABS CBN na magamit ang isyu para pag-usapan si Fernando Poe, Jr. If it was a deliberate move by FPJ strategist, it was a pathetic stunt. Very desperate ang move na ‘yon. Maraming artista ang ABS CBN who have openly declared their support for FPJ pero tuloy ang trabaho nila sa said network. Kung tutuusin nga, maganda ang coverage na nakuha ni FPJ sa news programs ng ABS CBN kumpara sa ibang kandidato. Marami nga ang nagtatanong sa akin if ABS CBN is supporting FPJ’s candidacy. Nangako naman si Ms. Maloli na magi-issue ng official statement para ma-clear na finally ang issue. * * *
Tulungan Natin Si Kirby Hizon
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 09:28 a.m.
Source: PSN ------------------ Last week ay inilunsad ng programang Maalala Mo Kaya ang MMK Give, isang text campaign na naglalayong makatulong sa mga nangangailangan. Unang beneficiary ng MMK Give si Fatima Soriano, isang bata na kailangang mag-undergo ng liver transplant. Naka-raise ang MMK ng P2 million para kay Fatima. Ngayon ay isa nang malusog at matalinong bata si Fatima. Sa pangalawang pagkakataon, muling binuksan ng puso ng MMK kay Kirby Hizon, isang one-year and seven-months old na bata na may sakit na biliary atresia. Kung tawagin si Kirby ay ‘yellow baby’ dahil sa kanyang paninilaw. Sa ngayon ay nasa pangangalinga ng Lingkod TV Patrol ni Korina Sanchez si Kirby at kailangang maka-raise ng P2 million para sa kanyang liver transplant. Agad na sumaklolo ang MMK. Ongoing na ang text at Touch Mobile subscribers. Last week sa Maalaala Mo Kaya ay isinadula ang buhay ni Nikolai Magtibay, isa sa mga naunang case ng biliary atresia dito sa bansa. Sa ngayon, nagpapagaling na si Nikolai. Marami rin ang tumulong para sa agarang pagpapaopera ni Nikolai. Hanggang bukas, March 25 ay pwedeng mag-text para sa tulong kay Kirby Hizon. Para sa iba pang tulong pinansyal kay Kirby, pwede po kayong tumawag sa Lingkod TV Patrol sa 415-2272. Or pwede ninyong i-deposit sa Equitable-PCI bank account ni Kirby - 1491022821. * * *
KBP Sanctions Mike Enriquez on Attacks vs. ABS_CBN
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:34 p.m.
Source: Malaya -------------------- KBP sanctions Mike Enriquez on attacks vs. ABS-CBN -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MIKE Enriquez, DZBB station manager, was reprimanded recently by the Kapisanan ng Broadkaster sa Pilipinas for violation of its program standards over his statements in radio station DZBB attacking ABS-CBN, a fellow KBP member, on issues like ratings, surveys and alleged signal distortions. KBP Standard Authority ruled that Enriquez violated the Program Standards of the organization's radio code (Section A, News, paragraph 4F) stating that: "Personal attacks against fellow broadcasters and other stations are considered unethical and subject to sanctions. Management shall be jointly and severally liable with the speaker for any or all utterance on-the-air using facilities of the station;" and Section B, Public Affirs, Public Issues and Commentaries, paragraph 4 which states: "Public affairs program shall present public issues free from personal bias, prejudice, inaccurate and misleading information." The statements uttered by Enriquez that were found to have violated the aforementioned provisions are: 1) "...ang sabi po ng ABS-CBN...desperado na raw ang GMA...dahil di raw sila kayang talunin sa ratings kaya dinandaan nyo na lang sa demanda...dinemanda na po ng GMA itong Skycable at Home Cable at merong pang yung ibang cable dahil lahat yung isatasyon, malinaw yung signal...pagdating sa GMA...masama yung signal...O, kita nyo na? e, sino ang desperado? (laugh)...sino ang arogante?...sino ang mayabang? Wag nyo kaming tawaging desperado, sapagkat hindi po..." 2) "...kasi nagpakita kayo ng mga survey, dun lang sa mga programang talo nyo kami. Hindi naman naming sinasabing panalo kami sa lahat e, pero hindi kami nanloloko...o...nakita nyo na? 'bat sinsasabi na naming no.1 kami? Sinasabi lang naming...isang hinga na lang kayo...ewan ko sila...pero kami kumbinsido kami...sa aming paniniwala kaya...nag-file kami ng kaso...hindi kami puro bla-bla lang ng bla-bla rito..." 3) "...Hahamunin ko na lang kayo ng debate...tutal may mga senador kayo...pumili kayo kung sinong senador nyo ang gusto ninyong iharap sa akin...mag debate na lang kami sa channel 2 or channel 7...si Noli? O ang ganda yun...Noli de Castro, ABS-CBN, Mike Enriquez, GMA...debate tayo kung kelan nyo gusto...kung anong oras...kung anong araw, ha?...gusto nyo kahit alas tres ng amdaling araw...makikiusap ako sa mga bosing dito. I-on yung transmitter naming para hindi lang sa Pilipinas...satellite sa buong mundo...kung saan may mga Pilipino..." 4) "...kayong mga nakikinig sa radyo at nanonood sa telebisyon...kikilatis kayo sa mga himpilan na pinakikinggan ninyo at pinanonood niyo...tatanungin ninyo...yan bang himpilan na yan...may pino-protektahan bang negosyo yan o wala?...nagbayad na ba kayo ng PPA? (laugh)...may mga pulitika ba yan sa senado? at sa gobyerno?...no. 1 na sa survey sa telebisyon, no.1 pa sa survey sa pagka-pangulo at bise-presidente?...hindi naming kayo ini-insulto, nire-respeto po naming kayo..." ABS-CBN filed a complaint against Enriquez before KBP in May 2003.
Piolo, Handang Ipakita ang Lahat sa Stage
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:23 p.m.
Source: Abante ------------ SIMPLE pero guwapo at malinis pa rin ang dating ni Piolo Pascual nang humarap press para sa promo ng My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time In Concert, na prodyus ng Star Records. Pero hindi simpleng sagot ang kanyang isinukli sa bawat tanong na ibinato ng press, huh! Lumabas ang pagiging articulate niya at napuna pa ‘yung pagsagot niya sa English, huh! Of course, sa ganitong presscon ng concert nariyan ang mga basic na tanong tulad ng ano ang preparasyon mo sa concert; ano ang line up ng songs; kaya bang punuin ang Araneta Coliseum at kung anu-ano pang press release na tanong. “Kabado ako sa concert ko. Panay nga ang preparasyon ko. May voice lessons ako. Laging may rehearsals at malamang, magsayaw rin ako kahit hindi ako marunong! “I’m ready to show everything sa concert kong ito na nu’ng sinasabi sa akin ni Mr. M (Johnny Manahan), hindi ko agad na-absorb. But I am praying very hard na sana ay suportahan ako ng mga fans na mula sa simula ng career ko ay andiyan na. “It’s the story of my life. History ng buhay ko kaya ‘yung mga songs na maririnig sa concert ko ay talagang malalapit sa akin. It’s my way of bringing back to the Lord ‘yung lahat ng blessings na dumating sa akin,” mga sagot ni Piolo sa mga tanong sa kanya. Sa totoo lang, malaking tulong ang pagiging artikulante ni Piolo sa concert niyang ito. Hindi naman maganda kung panay lang ang kanta niya, di ba? Bukod kay Piolo, asahan ding hahakot ng tao ang mga guests niyang sina Basil Valdez, Ai Ai de las Alas, Michelle Ayalde, Akafellas, Old School at The Hunks. Si Johnny Manahan ang concert director at si Louie Ocampo naman ang musical director. Ang Bantay Bata Foundation ang beneficiary ng kanyang concert. Saktung-Sakto ang beneficiary dahil sa bagong soap ni Piolo na Mangarap Ka, mga bata ang karamihan sa co-stars niya. Hindi nga dapat palampasin ang My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time In Concert sa Big Dome sa April 24 if only for Piolo. Teka, parang kulang ang kuwento kay Piolo. Kasama kaya sa listahan ng mga bisita niya sina Judy Ann Santos at Claudine Barretto na bahagi rin ng buhay niya bilang artista, huh! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MR. SUAVE OUT ON HOME VIDEO
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:16 p.m.
Mr. Suave out on home video The Philippine Star 03/22/2004 Because you can’t stop thinking about him and you can’t stop laughing at his hilarious lines, Star Cinema is giving you Mr. Suave to take home! the insanely hilarious box-office hit is finally made available on VHS, VCD, and DVD formats. At long last, you can stop replaying snippets from the movie in your heads and watch Mr. Suave in its entirety again. Mr. Suave is one of 2003’s biggest movies. Following the tradition set by Tanging Ina, Mr. Suave is a movie that boasts of the uniquely funny Pinoy humor. Topbilled by Vhong Navarro, Mr. Suave tells the story of woman magnet and heartthrob extraodinaire Rico Suave, who hides a tiny bit of peculiarity. While Rico Suave is indeed the smooth, suave dude he is, the entire body literally stiffens when he gets intimate with a girl. Rico is miserable. Enter his four quirky friends collectively known as F-Poor, determined to help the pathetic Mr. Suave. They enlist Venus (Angelica Jones) a con artist who can easily turn any stiff man into mush. But sparks fly between the two and soon the sexy con artist is caught up in a dilemma. Is there a way out for Venus? Will Rico regain his old suave self? Directed by the Joyce Bernal, Mr. Suave also stars a slew of nutty cast and crew: Long Mejia, Dagul, Tuesday Vargas, Brod Pete, Sammy Lagmay and a whole lot more. Mr. Suave home video also includes behind-the-scene cut and the equally funny music video. Mr. Suave is now out in all video stores and record bars from by Star Cinema Productions and distributed by Star Records Video.
RACHELLE ANN GO
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:15 p.m.
Grand champion sa Search For A Star ng GMA napanood sa ASAP Mania PARINIG NGA! Ni Lanie M. Sapitanan Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/23/2004 Instead na sa SOP, sa ASAP Mania napanood last Sunday ang grand champion sa Search For A Star last week na si Rachelle Ann Go. Considered GMA show ang Search For A Star hosted by Regine Velasquez dahil do’n ito napanood for almost a year. Pero looks like nag-decide ang Viva, producer ng show na dalhin si Rachelle sa ABS-CBN. Si Rachelle ang second winner sa nasabing singing search kung saan nanalo siya ng P1 million and house and lot from Crown Asia. Actually, hindi si Rachelle ang ini-expect na mananalo that night dahil magaling din ang isang guy na finalist. "I wasn’t really expecting to win," sabi niya agad. Last Sunday, nakipag-showdown agad siya kina Erik Santos, ang first winner ng Star In A Million ng ABS-CBN, Sarah Geronimo, first winner naman sa Star For A Night at si Mark Bautista and Sheryn Regis. Naka-contract na si Rachelle sa Viva Artists Agency headed by Ms. Veronique del Rosario-Corpus. Too high ang expectation kay Rachelle dahil sa nangyari sa career ni Sarah na hindi lang sa singing nag-excel, kundi maging sa acting. In fact, meron na siyang sariling show sa ABS-CBN, ang Sarah, The Teen Princess. Freshman si Rachelle sa San Beda. She’s only 17 years old. * * *
Angelica, Mickey, Pinatawag ng ABS-CBN Executives
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:04 p.m.
Angelica, Mikey pinatawag ng ABS-CBN executives SUNTOK SA BUWAN Ni Emy Abuan-Bautista Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/23/2004 ----------------------- Inamin ni Mommy Beth Jones na tapos na ang intriga sa pagitan nina Mickey Ferriols at sa anak niyang si Angelica Jones kung saan namis-interpret ang kanyang sinabing ang kanyang anak ang nagdadala ng MTB: Ang Saya-Saya. "Nakakahiya naman kina Edu Manzano at Aiai delas Alas kung sasabihin kong si Angelica ang nagdadala ng show. Kahit kay Mickey ay wala kaming sama ng loob dahil mabuting kaibigan siya ng aking anak," aniya. Nagsimula sa isang simpleng di pagkakaintindihan ang dalawa kung saan naiba-iba na ang bersyon dahil lumaki nang lumaki na ang balita. Ipinatawag sina Mickey at Angelica ng executives ng Dos para magkapaliwanagan at mabigyang linaw naman sinabi ni Mommy Beth. Tuloy pa rin sa MTB si Angelica at sumabak na ito sa aksyon sa Basta’t Kasama Kita kaya’t nagpapaturo ito ng fight routines.
PIOLO CONCERT
Monday, March 22, 2004 09:54 p.m.
Piolo, inimbitahan sina Juday at Claudine sa concert niya (Allan Diones) Nalulula si Piolo Pascual sa preparas- yon ng Star Records at ng ABS-CBN para sa My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time in Concert sa Abril 24 sa Araneta Coliseum. "It’s not just a concert, it’s the history of my life and Star Records is doing everything to showcase not just my career as an actor and singer but my whole life," tsika ni Piolo sa presscon niya nu’ng Biyernes nang gabi sa 9501. "Buong buhay ko ang ipapakita on this very special night. Most of the songs na kakantahin ko ay related and associated sa akin. "Ito ang pinakaregalo ko sa lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa akin and it’s also my gift to this industry that has given me so much blessings. "It will be a reunion of sorts ‘coz my family will be flying in from the States just for the concert. "I’ll be singing Hanggang by Wency Cornejo for my mom ‘coz that’s her favorite. Inimbitahan ko rin sina Juday, Claudine and all my friends sa showbiz. Sana, dumating silang lahat. I expect everyone to be there. "May surprise number din na hindi ko alam kung anong mangyayari dahil inililihim nila sa akin. It will be a two-hour concert and I’ll be doing 20 songs or more. "Inno Sotto will design my clothes. I’ve been rehear-sing for weeks now at panay rin ang voice lessons ko para handa ‘yung boses ko. "Sobrang kabado ako ‘coz this is my first ever solo concert at Araneta pa! Ang feeling ko, hindi pa ako handa pero sina Mr. M are telling me that it’s high time. "It’s also Star Records’ first time to produce a concert. Aside from the TV coverage of ABS, the whole concert will come out on DVD and they’re planning to bring this concert abroad. This is something really big for me," tsika ni Piolo. Si Johnny Manahan ang overall director ng concert at si Louie Ocampo ang musical director. Guests ni Piolo sina Basil Valdez, Michelle Ayalde, Akafellas, Old School, ang Hunks at si Ai Ai delas Alas. Mabibili ang tickets sa My Gift concert sa TicketNet outlets sa SM Dept. Stores at sa Araneta Coliseum Box Office. Special request ni Piolo na i-guest sa concert niya si Mr. Basil Valdez. May mga tapes siya ni Basil nu’ng bata pa siya at kabisado niya ang mga awitin nito. Aminado si Basil na nu’ng una’y hindi niya kilala si Piolo. Later on niya nalaman kung gaano ito kasikat. When they did a song number together sa ASAP Mania ay na-realize niyang may ibubuga ito as a singer kaya hindi na siya nagdalawang-isip na mag-guest sa concert ni Piolo. "We did a medley of my songs in ASAP and he’s alright. He sings okay, so I said, why not? It was actually Johnny Manahan’s idea, pero kung bano siyang kumanta, I wouldn’t be in his show!" bulalas ni Basil. "I’m aware that Piolo is hot right now and he has a large crowd. I’d like to be introduced to his crowd and I’d like to introduce them to my music. "I’ll be doing two spot numbers in his concert at may duet kami ni Piolo." Si Basil ang nagpasikat ng immortal OPM classics na Ngayon at Kailanman, Hindi Kita Malilimutan, Kastilyong Buhangin, Tanging Yaman, Salamin ng Buhay, You at marami pang iba. Halos naisantabi niya ang kanyang singing career nang maging abala siya sa spiritual healing sa loob nang 11 taon. Itinigil na niya ang panggagamot dahil labis na siyang napapagod. Through the years ay mahigit 3,000 people ang bumisita sa kanya upang magpagamot na wala siyang tinatanggap na bayad. Nang makausap namin ang batikang mang-aawit ay doon lang namin nalaman na bukod sa healing powers ay meron siyang astral kinetic powers na kayang magpagalaw ng mga ulap!
DZMM Radio Programs
Monday, March 22, 2004 09:43 p.m.
Source: Abante -------------- Bilang buwena-mano, siguradong magi-enjoy ang mga tagapakinig sa sumasagitsit na tambalan sa radyo sa programang Pasada Sabado tuwing Sabado mula 4:30 ng hapon hanggang 6:30 ng gabi, na tampok ang makabagong tambalan nina Sal Panelo at Pinky Webb. Isang aktibista at human rights lawyer noong Dekada ‘70 si Panelo at ilan sa mga kasong hinawakan niya ay ang plunder case ni Imelda Marcos at rape case ng Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez. Nagsimula siya bilang broadcaster noong 1987. Si Webb naman ay beteranong news anchor ng ABS-CBN at ng ABS-CBN News Channel. Hitik sa segments ang programa ng dalawa tulad ng Pasada Balita, Good Trip, Itanong Kay Atty. Sal para sa mga opinyong legal. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May bago ring kakampi ang bayan laban sa mga kontrabida sa lipunan sa programang Kontrapelo na hatid pa rin ng DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta. Napapakinggan tuwing Linggo, 5 to 5:30 ng hapon ang tambalang Erwin Tulfo at Doris Bigornia, ang Mutya ng Masa. Ang dalawa ay parehong walang kinatatakutan at walang pinapanigan, bibirahin nina Tulfo at Bigornia ang mga isyu, ahensya, kumpanya at personalidad na may kinalaman sa katiwalian. Ang mga segments sa programa ng dalawa ay magsisilbing daan para sa hinaing ng tagapakinig tulad ng Bira ng Bayan, Kontra Modus at marami pang iba. Kaya doble bira at doble tirada ang aarangkada kada Linggo sa dobleng kakampi ng bayan hatid ng Kontrapelo.
R'U Miranda
Monday, March 22, 2004 09:39 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight -------------------- HANDA nang magpakita ng katawan si R’u Miranda, ang pinakabago at pinakabatang member ng Viva Hot Babes. Hindi akalain ni R’u — anak ni Double M producer Mike Miranda — na magiging miyembro agad siya ng Hot Babes. Kasi, nag-ala-suwerte lang siya sa pagsali sa contest ng To The Max ng Channel 2. Sa pagkapanalo, hindi pa puwedeng gumawa ng adult movie o magpa-pictorial nang seksing-seksi si R’u because she’ll only be 18 in December. Kaya, sa January pa siya puwedeng gumawa ng bold movie na forte ng Hot Babes. For now, abala si R’u bilang isa sa walong Hot Babes na kasama sa MTB. Nang makausap namin, sinabi ni R’u na willing siyang magpa-sexy sa pelikula. Ang parents lang niya ang bantulot. Aniya: "Kahit wala pa akong karanasan sa pag-ibig, kaya ko nang makipaghalikan at makipag-bed-scene, kasi marami na rin akong pinagdaanang workshop. Naniniwala pa rin ako sa virginity. Kaya sa lalaking mapapangasawa ko lang ibibigay ito." * * *
Carlo Aquino, Pianrusahan
Monday, March 22, 2004 09:38 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight ------------- NAKA-RECOVER na kaya si Carlo Aquino sa disiplinang ipinataw sa kanya ng Talent Center? Pinag-fine ng P25,OOO ang young actor nang mahuling naninigarilyo sa Araneta Coliseum sa launching ng Star Circle Teen/Kids Quest. Alam ni Carlo na mali ang ginawa, kaya hindi siya nagreklamo nang malaman kung ano ang disciplinary action na iginawad sa kanya. Kasama raw ni Carlo si Ketchup Eusebio, pero hindi ito nag-fine dahil nang sila’y mahuli, naitapon na ang sigarilyo. Kumbaga, wala nang ebidensiya na nanigarilyo si Ketchup. Sa nangyari, tiyak na hindi na uulitin nina Carlo at Ketchup ang maling ginawa. Alam ng dalawa na pag-iingat lang sa kanilang image sa publiko ang action ng Talent Center. * * *
Marina, Wagi Parin
Monday, March 22, 2004 09:36 p.m.
Source; People's Tonight ---------------- PATULOY sa pamamayagpag sa rating ang Marina. Kinagigiliwan ng viewers ang ganda ng istorya at special effects ng fantaserye. Malaking factor, siyempre, si Claudine Barretto at ang ibang major characters. Plus factor din ang love triangle nina John Barretto-Pauleen Luna at Gabb Drilon. Produkto ng Star Circle 11 at galing sa prominent families sina John at Pauleen. Pamangkin ni Claudine si John, at kamag-anak nina Randy, Rowell at Raymart Santiago si Pauleen. Related kay Senator Franklin Drilon at ang sikat na painter na si Rock Drilon si Gabb. * * *
R'U MIRANDA, BAGONG BULAKLAK NG SHOWBIZ
Saturday, March 20, 2004 11:16 a.m.
Source: Abante --------------------- R'u Miranda, bagong bulaklak sa showbiz! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THIS 17 year old, five-foot-four sex appealing convent-broad looker can probably make it to the entertainment scene the easy way, by being a film producer’s daughter and a niece of a ranking talent exporter to Japan and other key cities in Asia. Talagang easy, di ba? But then R’u (say aryu) choose to make it to the spotlight her way, the hard way, banking on her own personal and physical assets instead. With all the hard works, heartbreaks and pressure, yes, tears. In fact, her father Mike Miranda -- the man behind Double M Production -- seemed to be the last to know what R’u was up to. R’u kept her secret dream of making it to showbiz to herself until ABS announced the audition for Star Circle Quest. R’u made it to the original 200 contestants. But ABS director Jillmer Dy suggested a more daring game show, ABS’ To The Max, wherein the winners will join the new edition of Viva Hot Babes. She ought to be there, she was told. Everything happened fast. In three weeks’ time, R’u won, got bumped off, was reinstated, then made it in all categories. Then last Tuesday, March 16, she and her manager Ihman Esturco started negotiations with Viva Entertainment as the newest Viva Hot Babes as To The Max winner. Fate destined her to be: Even without a formal contract, R’u instantly started her regular stint with the Hot Babes at ABS’ MTB: Ang Saya-Saya. Luck was with R’u, since she replaced another member who was recently under suspension. Destiny played its part. Looks and talent make R’u a standout -- her Asian good looks and figure, lots of talent export business of singers and dancers abroad -- her Dad’s office and pad being extended schools for talents being prepared for international shores. Oh, yes, R’u can dance and sing and act. As a member of a student stage performing group, she had her movie acting baptism in Bong Revilla’s 2002 festival picture Agimat. As a singer, she will be having her debut album for Fantasy Records. She has already recorded her carrier single, Naghubad, now a familiar song enjoyed in comedy bars like Punchline. And since she is now a Viva Hot Babes regular, R’u will surely be with the girls in their first movie together. I wonder if Maryo J. delos Reyes will do their project, Bulaklak. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Being a stage father is the last role hibernating film producer Mike Miranda would love to portray. Right now, Mike is into politics (yes, again). Right now, Mike is preparing for the start of the local campaign period on March 25 since he is running for mayor in his hometown, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. Starting successfully his talent entertainment agency in the early 1980’s Mike put up his Double M Productions in 1986. He started out with such Tata Esteban movies, Flesh Avenue (Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz), Materyales Fuertes (Lola, Cherri Madrigal), Diwata (Olga Miranda) and Mauro Gia Samonte’s Gatas. Double M is best known for its Chito Roño movie, Itanong Mo Sa Buwan (1988) which was best picture of Star Awards and Urian or 1989 and which was shown in Amiens International Film Festival in France in 1995. Mike’s last venture into film production was in 1992 with Tata Esteban’s Engkanto (Janice de Belen) Raul Zaragoza, Roderick Paulate, Vilma Santos) which was an official entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival. It was chosen Third Best Film in the 1992 MMFF. Now that R’u is in showbiz and Mike has renewed friendship with old friends in show business, expect Mike Miranda, the current politician, to be visible in showbiz scene too. Abangan
Roselle's Album To Be Launched At ASAP Mania this SUnday
Friday, March 19, 2004 12:57 p.m.
Source: Abante -------------------- ROSELLE’S BACK: After a brief absence from the record scene, Roselle Nava launches her latest album under Viva Records this Sunday, March 21, at ABS-CBN, at noontime variety show ASAP. Roselle’s album, Bare is produced by Side A’s Joey Benin. It is released by Viva and is available in CDs and cassettes nationwide. Bare has 12 cuts, with two revivals (Kahit Ika’y Panaginip Lang, If You Remember Me), songs by Benin (Araw-Araw, Free) plus a composition by Roselle, Makakaya Ko Ba which is the carrier single of the album.
Camille To Move to GMA 7 Dahil Kay Sarah?
Friday, March 19, 2004 12:51 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight ---------------------- Camille to move to GMA 7 dahil kay Sarah? ------------------ OY, ha? Ano itong narinig namin na dahil sa tampururot ni Camille Prats sa ABS-CBN ay nakikipag-usap na raw ang parents niya sa Channel 7 — para sa posibleng paglipat ng young actress? True ba ito na alam naman diumano ng lahat na siya ‘yung kinilalang Sarah (dahil sa dating movie na Sarah: Ang Munting Prinsesa) ay kung bakit kay Sarah Geronimo ibinigay ang teleseryeng Sarah: The Teen Princess? Napakababaw na rason, kung tutuusin. Actually, sabi pa ng aming source, hindi na ‘yung "Sarah-Sarah" na ‘yan ang isyu. Parang walang plano ang Talent Center kay Camille at hindi siya kuntento bilang mainstay sa Home Along Da Riles? Oh, well... Mas maganda sana kung makipag-meeting sina Mommy Alma at Daddy Dondi sa Talent Center at sila mismo ang umalam kung ano ang problema at naging "stagnant" na ang career ni Camille. Kasi, ang huling balita namin, humihingi na ng release sa contract ang kampo ni Camille sa Talent Center. Ganu’n? Ayaw ni Paolo Contis ng ganyan. * * *
HEART DENIES HAVING A NON-SHOWBIZ BF
Friday, March 19, 2004 12:45 p.m.
Source: People's Journal ---------------------------- Heart denies having a non-showbiz bf Friday, March 19, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IS HEART Evangelista distancing herself from partner John Prats because she reportedly has a non-showbiz boyfriend with whom she is often going out on date? "Who is that?" she asks us in return. "I seldom go out and if I do, usually, barkada kami. I don’t have a regular date at all. As for John, it’s not true I want to go solo and no longer cares for our love team. I know ABS-CBN spent so much in building us up and our first movie together, ‘First Romance,’ was well accepted naman, so bakit ako kakalas sa love team namin? Actually, it’s John who was the first to have a new partner in ‘It Might Be You,’ hindi ako. We were still together until the other week in ‘Berks,’ which just ended. I know ABS has other plans for us, pero hindi pa sure. Right now, I’m seen regularly only on ‘ASAP’ and ‘Tanging Ina.’ I’ve also given up my being a VJ in Myx because I’ve becomes so busy. I am now finishing my high school so I can go to college this coming May." After plugging toothpaste and pasa-load, she is now the new endorser of ABE (International College of Business and Accountancy), which has 24 campuses from Tuguegarao up north and Davao down south. We ask ABE VP Raymundo Reyes why they replaced last year’s endorser, Kristine Hermosa, with Heart? "Kristine also helped us but we have to look for new role models as endorsers," he says. "We chose Heart because we’re a modern school for the modern youth and Heart best embodies the youth of today who’s ready to face all the challenges of the future equipped with the best education you can get from a business school like us that teaches the latest ways of doing business equipped with the latest in electronics and communications, with affordable tuition fees." Before they got Heart, they looked at her grades with ABS Learning Center and found out that her average is 89%. "She will be taking a hotel and restaurant management course with us and we expect her to maintain good scholastic standing. She’ll be doing print, billboard, radio and TV commercials for us to be shown all over the country." We turn to Heart and ask her how she feels now that John has a new romantic interest in "It Might Be You," Maja Salvador? "Okay lang ‘yon. We cannot be together naman lagi. But I look forward to working with him again soon in another project." * * *
MILAN
Friday, March 19, 2004 12:37 p.m.
Source: PSN --------------------- It took Star Cinema two weeks para ma-set ang blowout party para sa pelikulang Milan. Ang schedule nina Claudine Barretto at at Piolo Pascual ang dahilan kung bakit hindi ito matuluy-tuloy. Napaka-tight ng schedule ng dalawa ngayon. Si Piolo, sunud-sunod din ang taping niya for Mangarap Ka. Si Claudine naman, thrice a week ang taping for Marina. But finally, last Friday ay natuloy na ito. Ginanap ito sa main bar ng Quezon City Sports Club along E. Rodriguez Avenue. Maagang dumating sina Piolo at Claudine. Sinalubong sila nina Star Cinema Managing Director Malu Santos, Talent Center lady boss Mariole Alberto at Direktor Olive Lamasan. Naging emotional ang lahat when it was time for them na magsalita. Walang pinalampas na pagkakataon si Claudine na pasalamatan ang lahat ng taong sumuporta sa kanya through the years. "During the lowest point in my life, I saw the support and love of Tita Malu, Inang (Olive Lamasan) and the whole Star Cinema. Hindi n’yo ako iniwan. Hindi ko ’yun makakalimutan – never! Thank you also for giving me the best movies that every actress would aspire for," sabi ni Claudine. Nag-reminisce naman si Piolo noong early days ng kanyang TV career. Hindi raw niya makakalimutan, ’yung unang pinagsamahan nila ni Olive Lamasan, ang Sa Sandaling Kailangan Kita. "She really brings out the best in me," says Piolo. Kung hindi siguro kay Inang, I would not have become the actor that I am now." Present din sa party ang ilang taong involved sa Milan, tulad nina Tess Fuentes, Elma Medua, Zel Samson-Martinez, Roxy Liquigan, Cathy Garcia-Molina, Raymund Lee, Shane Sarte-Clemente at Nuel Naval na ginu-groom ngayon ng ABS-CBN at Star Cinema para maging isang full-fledged TV and movie director. Present din ang iba pang cast members ’tulad nina Ilonah Jean, Cecille Paz at Pia Moran na naluha dahil after 10 years daw, muli siyang nagkaroon ng pelikula. * * *
Lenten Special ng MTB
Thursday, March 18, 2004 01:36 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight ---------------------- PARA patunayan na bukod sa pagiging isang mahusay na comedy actress ay mahusay siya sa drama, si Ai Ai delas Alas ang bida sa Lenten presentation ng MTB: Ang Saya-Saya! "Kakaibang Ai Ai ang makikita ng tao sa episode," says executive producer Nars Gulmatico. "Tiyak na maraming paiiyakin si Ai Ai sa show. At doon ko napatunayan na Ai Ai is an all-around actress. Mahusay siya both sa comedy at drama, na pinatunayan naman niya sa Ang Tanging Ina. But this time, iyakan talaga." Ang Lenten episode ay mapapanood sa Holy Week at kasama rito ang ibang MTB: Ang Saya-Saya! stars na magdadrama rin. Si Malu Sevilla ang direktor ng special. By ERIC JOHN SALUT
ASAP MANIA IN US
Thursday, March 18, 2004 01:36 p.m.
MARAMING celebrity ang US-bound this March and April. Magkakaroon ng US episode ang ASAP Mania sa April 9 sa San Francisco. Kumpleto ang buong tropa ng ASAP Mania na pupunta sa Amerika. Nasa Pilipinas ngayon si John Ling, producer ng Pinoy shows sa US. He is producing a show in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas para kina Mickey Ferriols, John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad, John Prats, Camille Prats, Mahal at Mura. Gusto sana niya si Bea Alonzo, pero hindi kaya ng schedule nito. Next week ay magsisimula na ang Vina’s Hot, The US Tour ni Vina Morales. Perfect timing ang mag-produce ng shows sa Amerika sa buwan ng March at April. Napatunayan ko na ito dahil at the time na mag-series of shows ang Hunks sa US, successful ang bawat show. * * *
Otso - Otso (pamela-Mela wan)
Source: People's Tonight KAHAPON ang showing ng Otso-Otso (Pamela-Mela-Wan) nina Bayani Agbayani at Vhong Navarro. Nakausap ko si Vhong kamakalawa at nakahinga na siya nang maluwag nang finally ay matapos ang shooting nila. "Ibang klaseng comedy kasi ito, e," says Vhong. "May kuwento. Comedy na may puso. At saka, ang lalaki ng scenes namin. Normally kasi, kapag comedy movie, ganu’n lang. Pero ito, ibang klase. Ang hirap i-mount ang mga scene, pero ang sarap ng pakiramdam kapag nakita mo na." Tiyak na matutuwa si Vhong, Bayani at Direk Jerry Sineneng kapag nalaman nila na marami ang naaaliw sa ipinapakita nilang spoof ng iba’t ibang commercial at movie scenes. Nag-text sa akin ang kaibigang si Arthur Fetalvero ng SMART SM North EDSA para sabihin na aliw na aliw siya at ang mga kasamahan niya sa opisina sa trailer ng Otso-Otso (Pamela-Mela-Wan). Ilan lang sa commercials na in-spoof sa pelikula ay ang Jollibee ni Aga Muhlach at PH Care ni KC Concepcion. Pati mga eksena sa Kung Ako Na Lang Sana nina Aga at Sharon Cuneta at Milan nina Claudine Barretto at Piolo Pascual. Kasama sa Otso-Otso (Pamela-Mela-Wan) sina Tessie Tomas, Gina Pareno, Michelle Bayle, Cherry Lou, Denise Joaquin, Angelene Aguilar, Jaboom Twins (Kristine at Katrina Gonzales) at ang Roco Twins (Dominic at Felix Roco).
Kapag Lumalabas ang Buntot ni Claudine
Source: People's Tonight Kapag lumalabas ang buntot ni Claudine... GRABE ang naitalang rating ng Marina last week. Nakakuha ng 44.9% samantalang ang katapat na programa ay below 30%. Ito so far ang pinakamataas na rating ng Claudine Barretto fantaserye. Lalong nagiging exciting ang kuwento ng Marina. May conflict na ang story. Established na rin ang bawat character. Consistent ang husay na ipinapakita nina Cherie Gil, Snooky Serna, Joel Torre, Eugene Domingo, at kahit ang supporting actors na sina Deejay Durano at Jojit Lorenzo ay napakahusay. Gabi-gabi ay inaabangan ng tao ang muling pagsasa-sirena ni Claudine. Maganda ang special effects ng Marina. Tuwang-tuwa ang anak at mga pamangkin ko kapag lumalabas na ang buntot ni Claudine. Ibinalita sa akin ni Marina executive producer Desirey Fernandez na puro big scenes ang magaganap ngayong Marso — ‘yung clash ng mga bagong creature na makakalaban ng grupo ni Marina. "Big scenes talaga," says Desirey. "Kung may action scenes sa iba, this time ay action scenes sa tubig. Pinaghandaan ‘yun nina Direk Wenn [Deramas] at Andoy [Ranay], at tiyak na matutuwa ang mga bata." * * *
Eric Gagawa Na ng Sariling Solo Album
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:32 p.m.
Eric gagawan na ng sariling solo album Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/17/2004 Hindi sukat akalain ni Erik Santos, kampeon ng Star In A Million song tilt na magiging lubha siyang abala kung kaya halos wala na siyang pahinga, liban na lang kung tulog siya na isa ring rare commodity sa kanya. Pero, wala siyang reklamo. Enjoy siya sa walang patumanggang mga trabaho na ibinibigay sa kanya ng Backroom. Kapalit naman nito ay ang wala ring pigil ng pag-unlad ng kanyang buhay. Bukas, kasama siya ng The CompanY sa isang ispesyal na palabas sa Hard Rock Cafe. Sa Biyernes, nasa San Ildefonso, Bulacan siya para pa rin sa isang pagtatanghal. Sa Marso 25, panauhin siya sa isang Anniversary Concert ng Double Happiness Restaurant sa Lubao, Pampanga at kinabukasan, nasa Planet B Restaurant siya sa Naga City. Sa Abril 16, may back-to-back concert sila ni Kyla sa St. Mary’s College sa Bulacan, guest naman siya ni Sarah Geronimo sa Expo Filipino sa Clark, sa Mayo 22, sila na naman ulit ni Sarah sa AFP theater. Mayo 29, nasa Mabini, Batangas siya. May tour ng mga malls si Erik para sa promo ng Star In A Million Repackaged Album. SM North/Edsa Mar. 27; Sta Lucia East Grand Mall, Mar. 28. Inihahanda na ang first solo album niya ng Star Records. Kung type n’yo siyang imbitahan, tawagan siya sa Backroom, 4351108, 4351120, 4351098 at 4353808.
Ai-Ai delas Alas
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 02:15 p.m.
Source: malaya --------------------- Ai's Queen -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By AOL RIVERA "I'D LIKE to become a stewardess," proclaims Ai Ai de las Alas in a very noontime pageant princess manner. So begins the feature "The Queen Mother" in this month's Mega, as writer Adel Gabot gets a first-hand experience of being with the biggest and most hilarious showbiz phenomenon of this generation. "[Kaso] 'di naman ako maganda," she continues, this time, in her characteristic loudmouth delivery. "Eto?" she frames her ample chin with her hand. "Tsugi beauty ko. Ini-snub ako ng Cathay at PAL!" Who in the Philippines doesn't know her royal chin-ness? With three regular TV shows and several guest appearances, she is a permanent fixture on our screens. Her launching movie, "Tanging Ina," was a self-fulfilled prophecy. During one of her promotional interviews, she jokingly declares, "Ito po ang pelikulang makakatalo sa 'Spider-man' (the movie)!" True enough, the comedic goddess with the obnoxiously colored shoes crushed the poor man-slash-arachnid at the local box office with a total earnings of 200 million pesos in its entire run. Today, Ai Ai no longer steps on little critters. She drives a Jaguar to work and has a sizeable entourage that follows her around. "I look rich, 'no?" she quips in between takes of her Wig Tysmans pictorial. "Mukha lang. I'm on my way there - if I were rich I would not work like this, kayod-kalabaw. Kayod pang-tao na lang." Beastly labor barely describes Ai Ai's climb up the ladder of success. Boy Abunda, the talent manager who she fondly calls ama, attests to her journey. "Success didn't come easy for Aileen," he told MEGA. "She paid for it with a lot of hard work, tears, love, laughter and passion - to this day she continues to do so." Ai Ai used to be a Cultural Center clerk, a KTV emcee, a Foreign Affairs department trainee and a department store saleslady. Today, she still sells household commodities but in a totally different multi-million level. She has commercial endorsements for hotdogs, margarine, vinegar, electric fans, just to name a few. To further prove her mass appeal, she has filled big time venues like the Folk Arts Theater and the Araneta Coliseum thus, earning her the title, "Comedy Concert Queen." She has won the approval of the overcritical movie press with three Star Awards under her belt. "Tanging Ina" made her the "Box Office Queen" or as Gabot refers to her, "National Mother Figure for the new millennium." Of all the titles given to her, the last must be the one she takes to heart. "My time with my children is what's important to me. What am I going to do with my earnings if I'm not happy should they have low grades?" She's the doting mother hen who puts her chicks' welfare first. In one instance, she even threatened to sue a splitting comedienne on national television because the latter's son bullied one of Ai Ai's brood. She's feisty, she's stubborn and sometimes, downright vulgar. When she did the opening stand-up act for the ABS-CBN 50th anniversary show - with the who's who of television, advertising, multinational companies, government and even foreign dignitaries in attendance - she lashes out "chlorox breath" at her fellow gay comrades. (After all, she is an honorary drag queen, a babaeng bakla to be exact.) Maybe, it is just part of her comedy act. Or is it a by-product of her not-so funny life, where she had to be tough to survive? "I'm an open book," she says about her past. "Everything that's happened in my life - having two mothers, being a single mother, separated, mahirap lang - I'm not ashamed of all that. Ganyan naman talaga kasi." Instead of being bitter, Ai Ai uses her experience as a driving force for success. Boy Abunda gives his analysis. "She's special because after having been dismissed as someone who made people laugh, she's become the country's concert comedy queen." Ironically, she took the art of comedy seriously, honing her craft and earning her the respect and adulation that she receives today. Most importantly, she is doing this not just for herself but for her colleagues in the industry. She says, "I'm not bragging, but at least, because of my experience, comediennes are getting more respect - and it's even reflected in their pay." People might question the beauty of Ai Ai's physical appearance but without a doubt, she is indeed a beautiful woman at heart.
Piolo, Di Maawat ang Pagyabong ng Career
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 02:02 p.m.
Source: Kabayan -------------------- Piolo, di maawat ang pagyabong ng career ------------------- Pagkatapos maging abala ni Piolo Pascual sa successful movie nila ni Claudine Barretto na Milan, kung saan ipinalabas ito sa iba't ibang (Middle East and Europe) bansa, heto at muling sumasabak na naman sa pagtatrabaho ang guwapong aktor. Abala ngayon si Piolo sa pagpo-promote ng kanyang second album under Star Records, bukod pa sa taping ng kanyang bagong soap opera na Mangarap Ka, with actress Angelica Panganiban, under the direction of Malu Sevilla. Nagbo-voice lesson at panay rin ang praktis ng binata para sa kanyang nalalapit na concert na gaganapin sa Araneta Coliseum ngayong darating na ika-24 ng Abril.
Bumaha ng Luha sa Kasalang Tonton-Glydel
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 02:00 p.m.
Bumaha ng luha sa kasalang Tonton-Glydel (Abu Tilamzik) Isa sa pinaka-solemn at pinakamaayos na kasalang nadaluhan namin ay ang kina Tonton Gutierrez at Glydel Mercado kahapon sa Santuario de San Antonio. Isa rin ito sa may pinakamaraming kasama sa entourage. Sa dami ng mga ninong at ninang, hindi na gaanong napansin na late ang dating nina Kuya Germs at Jamby Madrigal. Late din ng dating ang mag-asawang Daboy at LT pero umabot sila sa paglagay ng veil sa bagong kasal. Bumaha ng luha dahil nagmamartsa pa lang ay naiiyak na si Glydel na pumasok sa pintuan ng simbahan with matching fog machines. Solemn ang seremonya dahil malaman at may aral ang homily ng officiating priest na si Rev. Fr. Mariano Agrudo II. Naging malapit siya kina Tonton at Glydel. Beige ang kulay ng wedding gown ni Glydel na 30 metro ang haba ng train. Ayon sa PA ng aktres, pinutulan na ‘yun dahil mukhang lalagpas pa hanggang pinto ng simbahan. Sa suot ni Glydel, halata nang malaki ang tiyan. Ewan ko kung confirmed na baby boy ang dinadala nito. Sa simula hanggang sa matapos ang sermonya, nagpapaligsahan sa iyak ang dalawang nanay ng bagong kasal. "Tingin ko, parang ang pangit ko na sa kaiiyak," say ni Tita Liza (Lorena). Hindi rin napigilan ni Tonton na mapaluha nang hinalikan niya si Glydel. Ang reception ay sa ballroom ng Mandarin Hotel. Mahigit isang oras naghintay ang mga panauhin sa lobby ng ballroom dahil inaayos pa ang ballroom. Doon nagnakaw-eksena nang lumapit si Monching Gutierrrez (na bestman) sa kinauupuan ni Lotlot de Leon (na bridesmaid). Tumayo si Albert Martinez na katabi ni Lotlot para makaupo si Monching pero naalangan ito dahil hindi siya binati ng dating asawa. Hinawakan ni Monching si Lotlot sa balikat pero parang walang nakita ang huli. Tumagal pa si Monching sa mesa nina Lotlot pero consistent siya sa hindi pagpansin kay Monching kaya umalis na lang ito. White gown na ang suot ni Glydel pagdating sa reception. Ang ibang nasa entourage ay hindi na dumating sa handaan. Humabol pa si Bong Revilla sa kampanya kaya hanggang simbahan na lang sila ni Lani Mercado. Ang ibang ninang gaya ni Tita Anabelle Rama ay umuwi pa para magpalit dahil init na init na ito sa kanyang gown. Ang ilang imbitado ay sa reception na lang dumating. "No show" na naman ang Presidentiable na si Panfilo Lacson. Masarap ang pagkain sa reception. Cute ang give-away nila na table napkin na naka-embroidered ang pangalan nilang dalawa. Merong isa pang give-away na nasa loob ng kahon. Ang ganda ni Glydel kahit medyo mabilog na, at sobrang guwapo ni Tonton hanggang sa reception nila. Kitang-kita ang sobrang kasiyahan sa kanilang mga mukha. Halos iisa ang wish ng lahat na sana, forever na ito. Tumatak sa aming isipan ang homily ng pari, "Love is a decision." Hindi basta feelings lang, dahil kung desidido kang ma-inlab sa isang tao, dapat ay nakahanda kang harapin ang lahat lalo na ang pagsakripisyo para mapanatili ang relasyon na punumpuno ng pagmamahal
Ang Kuwento ni Nikolai Magtibay sa Maalaala mo Kaya
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 01:50 p.m.
Txtulong para sa 'yellow baby' Ang kuwento ng ‘yellow baby’ na si Nikolai Magtibay ang tampok sa Maalaala Mo Kaya ngayong Huwebes nang gabi sa ABS-CBN. Gaganap bilang mga magulang niyang sina Malvine at Jane Magtibay sina Jhong Hilario at Desiree del Valle. Base sa isang ‘feature story’ sa The Correspondents ang kuwentong ito. Si Nikolai ay may ‘yellow baby syndrome’ o biliary atresia, isang congenital na sakit kung saan hindi nailalabas ng atay ang mga lason sa katawan sa pamamagitan ng apdo. Unti-unting nalalason ang sanggol, na nagkukulay-dilaw ang balat. Milyones ang kailangan upang maoperahan ang isang ‘yellow baby’ at mailigtas ang buhay. Dahil sa hangarin ng Maalaala Mo Kaya na makatulong sa ibang ‘yellow baby,’ ipo-postpone ng palabas ang Text Mo, Title Mo promo upang mangalap ng pondo para sa isa pang ‘yellow baby’ na si Kirby Hizon. Nangangailangan si Kirby ng lampas P2M para maoperahan at lumapit sa TV Patrol ang pamilya ni Kirby. Karangalan ng Maalaala Mo Kaya na makiisa sa pagtulong sa kanya sa pamamagitan ng text campaign na ito. Ang lahat ng subscribers ng Globe, Touch Mobile, Smart, Talk ‘N Text at Addict Mobile ay inaanyayahang mag-text ng MMK GIVE sa 2366. Sa isang katulad na text campaign noong linggo ng Oktubre 30, nakapag-ipon ang Maalaala Mo Kaya ng P1.2M para kay Fatima Soriano, isang musmos na may malubhang sakit. Ibibigay ng ABS-CBN ang buong porsiyento ng kumpanya sa text campaign na ito sa pamilya ni Kirby.
Sheryn Regis
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 01:48 p.m.
Source: PSN ---------------------- Ilang araw nang super busy sina Sheryn Regis at Erik Santos sa pag-aasikaso ng kani-kanilang album under Star Records. Plano kasing sabay na i-release ng Star Records ang kanilang album. Tinanong ko si Sheryn kung okey na sila ni Erik dahil noong makausap ko siya after ng Star In A Million ay masama pa ang loob niya sa nangyari. "Okey na po kami. Wala naman po kaming friction kahit noon pa. Akala lang ng tao yun dahil siguro nakita nilang nalungkot ako, pero wala na po iyon. Initial reaction ko lang po iyon," confirmed ni Sheryn. Ngayon ay nasa finishing touches na ang album ni Sheryn at kahapon ay nag-pictorial na siya para rito.
Raymart, Di Na Mainitin ang Ulo... Dahil kay Claudine
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 01:47 p.m.
Source: PSN ------------------- Raymart, Di Na Mainit Ang Ulo ----------------- Napag-alaman namin mula sa isang source na malaki talaga ang nagagawa ng pag-ibig sa isang tao. Laging masayahin at inspirado sa trabaho si Raymart Santiago dahil kay Claudine Barretto. Nun, kapag mayroong hindi nagustuhan sa script ay nag-iiba ang mood ni Raymart. Pero, ngayon ay palaging malamig ang ulo niya. Nagsimula ito nang matagpuan niya ang babaeng ihahatid niya sa altar. May pagka-palikero rin noon si Raymart pero nang maging nobya si Claudine ay hindi na ito naghanap pa ng iba. Balak magpakasal ng dalawa sa July 20, 2006 at sabay nilang isiselebrayt ang kanilang birthday, twenty seven years old na si Claudine at 33 naman si Raymart. Noong una ay gusto ni Claudine na sa isang beach sa Cebu idaos ang kasalan pero ngayon ay na-realize nito na mas solemn kapag magpapakasal sa simbahan.
Testing Muna ang Maja-John Team-UP
Sunday, March 14, 2004 11:24 p.m.
Source: Kabayan ------------- Testing muna ang Maja Salvador-John Pratts team up ------------------- TESTING muna raw ang Maja Salvador at John Pratts team up. Pinapakiramdaman pa raw ng kanilang istasyon kung kakagatin ng mga manonood ang kanilang tambalan at kung mayroon ba itong kilig factor na very essential sa isang love team. Mukhang ito raw ang dahilan kaya di pa tuluyang binubuwag ang tambalang John Pratts at Heart Evangelista. Gagawing magkapareha ang bagong youngstar na si Maja at John sa teleseryeng It Might Be You ng Dos. Sunud-sunuran lang daw ang kuya ni Camille sa nais na mangyari ng kanilang istasyon at sinuman ang kanyang makatambal ay buong puso niyang tatanggapion. In fact, nagba-bonding na sila ni Maja at si Heart kahit balitang non-showbiz ang bf ay sweet na sweet pa rin kay John at ganoon din si Heart.
Jamie Rivera's Ultimate Goal
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:49 p.m.
Jamie’s ultimate goal The Philippine Star 03/15/2004 Timshel... a biblical Hebrew word which positively signifies, "you shall" as well as "you will." In modern English, timshel means "it may be." Or simply, "maybe." Maybe is one of the big acoustic ballads topping the charts, thanks to singer King, Star Records, and the lyricist behind this most requested revival, Jamie Rivera. "It was in the late ’80s, I was in Baguio with the Neocolours and I was inspired to write the feelings of Ito Rapadas!" recalls Jamie. Rapadas, the vocalist of the now disbanded Neocolours, happened to be caught in a love snag. "Maybe it’s wrong to say please love me, too, ‘cause I know you’ll never do. Somebody else is waiting there inside for you... I was so moved by the circumstance that I put all of his emotions to words," Jamie says with a smile. A little editing, arranging and heartwarming music supplied by good friend Jimmy Antiporda, a big hit was born. Surprised? Maybe. But not quite if you think about how amazing an artist-composer Jamie is, having done catchy commercial jingles, having moved audiences with movie theme songs and a host of chart-toppers for her and fellow recording artists. After Metropolitan Chorus, the Yamaha Music Mate and way up to her first triumph, Hey It’s Me, the string of hits, concerts, awards and the three-year stint as Kim for Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon in London, Jamie has hurdled the arduous journey. Small wonder her recordings of the songs Awit Sa Ina ng Sto. Rosaryo, Jubilee Song and Only Selfless Love (all songs composed by Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo) are now part of every school, church or family favorite repertoire. Today, Jamie is enjoying her being ensconced as the country’s "Jubilee Girl" and "Inspirational Diva". Even her management consultant Angeli Valenciano of Manila Genesis calls her such as she seems to be hand-picked to sing of God’s goodness. "I don’t sing to impress people. I am not here to tell them who I am, nakakahiya naman." Jamie says. Although it delights her to know people look up to her and is equally inspired to be a source of inspiration to so many, she clarifies – "I am just an ordinary person trying my best to be myself; so maybe these labels are not that important." Humility shines even in the face of grace as daily miracles, blessings in disguise and even awards are a hundred fold. But, again, Jamie is quick to add: "Getting an award was never in my list of goals, these are just bonuses. My main goal is to glorify the Lord in everything," she explains. Clearly, it is enough for her to know she has become an instrument through which God’s little nuggets of inspiration spring forth, touching countless lives. Among the many rewards which she has garnered over the years, Jamie is proud of Only Selfless Love which became the Song of the Year in last year’s Awit Award and Heal Our Land which became CMMA’s Album of the Year for 2003. The song Heal Our Land became even more popular during EDSA 2 and controversial as everyone was surprised to see her sing this in the Senate during the impeachment trial. Firm in her stand, she justifies: "Prayers are part of a nation’s success and growth and that was what was needed that time." Despite the everyday truths and harsh realities, Jamie’s songs offer healing. Many people look up to her... so who does she look up to? "Audrey Hepburn!" she instantly replies. "She had so much youthful spirit within her; she eventually helped Unicef as an ambassadress for dying destitute children, something which I also want to become." The inherent "missionary spirit" brings out her apparent concern about young people. Is it because of the children and the youth that her songs have always been wholesome? Yes. "Young people should do things appropriate for their age. They should not focus on anything that can veer their minds from their being innocent. They should live their lives...now." Simply put, young people don’t need to rush; they just have to enjoy their youth while they have it. Jamie confesses that the answers to her prayers are not always a resounding "yes". Oftentimes, it is a soft whisper of "maybe". "Especially now that I want another child so much," she sighs and looks at her seven-year-old treasure named Reine. "But I know that in His own perfect time it will be given. I just have to trust."
Why Maricel is One Tough Mama
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:42 p.m.
Why Maricel is one tough mama DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star 03/15/2004 As an old TV commercial once fearlessly declared: She’s one tough mama. More than her titles, her awards and accolades as the country’s Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano carries the badge of motherhood with extreme courage and conviction. She is one proud mama. That is why Filipino mothers everywhere look up to her and have elevated her to her current status as one of the industry’s top celebrity endorsers. They all see in Maricel a part of themselves. She mirrors their daily struggles, their everyday successes–whether on her toprating ABS-CBN 2 sitcom Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis or in her real-life role as working single mom. Moreover, they’ve watched her grow up through the years: from a precocious child star on John en Marsha to a teenaged idol during her Underage and Inday Bote days and to her present stature as an A-list actress to reckon with in such award-winning movies as Mila and Filipinas. She has matured, evolved right in front of a riveted public. That is another aspect of her persona that has impressed her most ardent fans. That she is a survivor. She took the good with the bad and has managed to come out on top. More importantly, she has remained incredibly (and consistently) forthright about life’s lessons. For the past 33 years, the business of show has taught her a lot–especially when it comes to motherhood. "Even before I had children of my own, feeling ko I already had kids because I took care of my younger siblings," she discloses. "I was the breadwinner of my family." Everything she’s been through has more than adequately primed her for her present-day role as mother to two growing boys, Maron who is 17, and Tien, 11. She admits it can be tricky, managing a career and a household at the same time. "Of course, it’s not easy but I consider myself very blessed," she enthuses. "I’m very lucky to have my own mom to help me. That’s why I’m never worried even if I have to go out-of-town for location shoots. I am secure because I am leaving my sons with their grandmother." Because she has lived her life in public, the public, in turn, has embraced Maricel as one of their own. Mothers everywhere relate to her and respond to her every word and action. "I’m a typical mother," Maricel herself points out. Because she is one of them, when Maricel endorses products–particularly, Swift Juicy Corned Beef and Fiesta Spaghetti Noodles–her motherly fans gladly make a beeline to the grocery store. Maricel takes her role as pitch lady seriously and she makes it a point to attach her name to only the most superior high-quality products in the market. "As a typical mother, I can be very choosy when it comes to buying food products for my own kitchen," she confirms. "I want only the best for my children." Also helping her out in this department is her manager Wyngard Tracy, who is respected in the industry for his credibility and exacting standards. "Even before an offer reaches me, it has gone through my management office na," Maricel explains. "Even when it comes to my movies or TV shows. Even interviews. Anything really. Including commercials. Nasala na because meron akong napakalaking archangel behind me. When I say malaking archangel, it could mean because of height or width!" She roars heartily. "When I am doing commercials, they just ask me to be myself," she remarks. She makes certain to have loads of fun on the sets of her commercial shoots. The mood on the set is always cheery and light. Indeed, it’s a fiesta whenever she’s around. And like the brand she endorses, Maricel can also be a Swift worker. A quick study. A no-nonsense professional. "She can finish recording a radio ad in 30 minutes flat," a colleague shares. She may be a fun-loving gal, but when it comes to work, Maricel means business. The same combination of levity and gravity, Maricel is able to tap at home–taking care of her sons. "I’m a cool mom," she chimes in. "But not super cool because there are limits." She knows how and when to have a blast with her kids, but when it comes to such serious matters as discipline (like finishing homework and waking up early for their tutorials), she can also be a stern disciplinarian. "I am also strict, in a way," she affirms. For sure, Maricel can very well boast a Ph.D. in parenting, especially since her two boys are worlds apart, personality wise. "They’re opposites," Mama Maria volunteers. "Maron is medyo shy, reserved. But, I think he has also gone full circle. Now, I can say he has opened up a lot. Now, he can confidently express what he is thinking, what he is feeling, his thoughts, his plans." Tien, her youngest, is more of an extrovert, she says with pride. "Unlimited edition ng mga tanong na Why? He’s the type who wants assurance and guarantees. He’s very vocal." Quite naturally, she often feels sad whenever she has to leave her kids and go off to work, like any other working mom. Especially now that Maron is studying in the United States (he’s on his third year in high school). "Well, it’s not easy," she declares with a strange mixture of wistfulness and intensity. "It’s hard, but I have to be strong for them." In the end, it’s all about having and maintaining open lines of communication. "You just have to make it clear to them that you go through everything in life, not alone, but with them," she exclaims. "You struggle together, because you are a family." Spoken like one tough mama.
Glydel/Tonton Wedding sa ABS-CBN
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:39 p.m.
Gidel/Tonton wedding sa ABS-CBN Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/15/2004 Isang masayang kasalan ang kahahantungan ng mahabang engagement ng showbiz couple na sina Tonton Gutierrez at Glydel Mercado ngayong Lunes, March 15. Ang kasal na ito ay isang star-studded event na iko-cover ng ABS-CBN para sa isang television special. Principal sponsors nina Tonton at Glydel sina Sen. Vicente Sotto III, Sen. John Osmeña, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sen. Noli de Castro, Sen. Loren Legarda-Leviste, Ms. Imelda Marcos, Ms. Annabelle Rama-Gutierrez, Ms. Charo Santos-Concio at Ms. Rory Quintos. Sina Lorna Tolentino, Lani Mercado, Rudy Fernandez at Bong Revilla, Jr. naman ang secondary sponsors.
Aiai, Tinalo sina Sharon, Maricel, Zsazsa
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:34 p.m.
Aiai, tinalo sina Sharon, Maricel at Zsazsa Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/15/2004 Naging sentro rin ng kontrobersiya ang Star Awards ng Philippine Movie Press Club. Pero last Saturday night, nairaos ng grupo ang Star Awards for Movies na ginanap sa Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo. Si Aiai delas Alas ang nanalong best actress para sa pelikulang Ang Tanging Ina ng Star Cinema. Ito ang second award ni Aiai para sa nasabing pelikula. Nauna na siyang pinarangalan ng Gawad Tanglaw na iniyakan ni Aiai. Yun kasi ang kauna-unahang award na natanggap ni Aiai sa kanyang mahabang panahon sa showbiz. Kaya mako-consider na pangalawang award na ibinigay ng PMPC sa komedyante na kilala ring magaling na host. Pero nang tanggapin niya ang second best actress trophy sa Star Awards, hindi pa rin napigilan ni Aiai na umiyak. Ang child actor na si Jiro Manio ang nanalong best actor para sa pelikulang Magnifico na nauna nang pinarangalan sa Berlin Film Festival at sa iba’t iba pang international filmfest. Ang nasabi ring pelikula ang nanalong best picture na napanalunan din ni Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes bilang best director. Best supporting actress naman si Hilda Koronel para sa pelikulang Crying Ladies samantalang si Victor Neri ang nag-uwi ng best supporting actor trophy. Wala si Hilda Koronel para personal na tanggapin ang award. Tumanggap ng Ulirang Artista Award ang movie queen na si Ms. Susan Roces. Anyway, marami namang naintriga at nag-isip nang sabihin ni Ogie Alcasid sa kanyang acceptance speech for original theme song (Pangarap Kong Ibigin Ka) na dinidi-dicate niya ang trophy sa kanyang family na hindi niya na-mention ang mga names. Pero pagdating kay Regine sinabi niyang, "to Regine, my sparing partner." Si Regine ang interpreter ng nanalong song. "Ang dali-dali namang i-mention ng Michelle, Leila, bakit hindi niya na mention?" comment ng isang nanood ng show sa Teatro Aguinaldo. Hindi rin daw itinatago nina Ara Mina and Jomari Yllana ang kanilang relasyon as in open na ang sweetness nila nang sabay silang dumating sa venue dahil nga nominated si Ara for best actress. Mas maayos ang Star Awards for Movies na dinirek ni Lino Cayetano. "Iba talaga pag bata ang nagdi-direk, bago ang approach," comment ng isang observer. Kaya lang, ang medyo naging problema ay ang mga fans daw na hindi na-control ang kanilang emotion para sa kanilang mga idolo. Wala raw ginawa ang mga ito sa loob ng venue kundi ang makipag-sigawan. "Sayang kasi ang ganda na sana, ‘yun nga lang sobrang ingay ng fans," sabi ng isang observer. — Salve V. Asis
Ang mga STAR Champions!!
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:31 p.m.
Source: PSN -------------------- Si Boss Vic del Rosario ng Viva ang nagbalita sa amin na magkakaroon ng concert tour sa buong Pilipinas sina Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista, Erik Santos at Sheryn Mae Regis kasama ang dalawa pang Search for A Star champions na mangyayari simula sa buwan ng September. This early ay marami rin umanong producers ang interesado na dalhin ito sa Amerika sa buwan ng Agosto hanggang September. Ayon kay Boss Vic, kinakailangang planuhin itong maigi dahil tatamaan ang schedule ng taping ni Sarah ang kanyang The Teen Princess. Kailangan umanong mag-advance taping si Sarah para hindi umano mag-suffer ang kanyang bagong magsisimulang teleserye. * * *
Rica Peralejo
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:22 p.m.
sOURCE: PSN -------------- Grabe ang pagiging workaholic ng singer-actress na si Rica Peralejo. Kahit masama ang kanyang pakiramdam ay tuloy-tuloy pa rin ito sa pagta-trabaho lalo pa’t may daily show siya, ang reality based program na To The Max, ang weekly sitcom na OK Fine! Whatever at ang Sunday musical variety show na ASAP Mania. Sa tatlo niyang programa, iba ang pressure ng To The Max nila ni Marvin Agustin dahil para siyang doctor na on call siya anytime. Dahil sa pagiging workaholic ni Rica, ang kanyang health naman ang nagsa-suffer. Kamakailan lang, halos wala siyang boses nang humarap sa entertainment press na may kinalaman sa paglu-launch ng sarili niyang brand ng sabon, ang Rica’s Deepest Secret. Bukod kasi sa tatlo niyang programa sa ABS-CBN, may itinatag din siyang negosyo sa tulong ng kanyang mga business partners na mga doctor. Pasalamat na lamang si Rica na nariyan ang kanyang mommy (Alice Peralejo) na siyang nakaagapay sa kanya sa lahat ng oras.
Gladys, Preggy Na
Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:19 p.m.
Gladys Reyes, preggy na SUNTOK SA BUWAN Ni Emy Abuan-Bautista Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/15/2004 Masayang ibinalita ni Mommy Zeny na buntis na ang kanyang anak na si Gladys Reyes. "One month and two weeks na ang dinadala nito sa sinapupunan at honeymoon baby nila ito ni Christopher. Gustung-gusto na nga ng aktor na magkaanak na sila agad. Kung ang ibang nagdadalantao ay mainitin ang ulo kapag naglilihi ay kaiba ito sa anak ko dahil lagi siyang masaya at lalo pang masigla ngayon," ani Zeny. Ano naman ang pinaglilihian ni Gladys? Ayon pa rin sa mommy ni Gladys ay hindi ito mahilig sa maaasim na pagkain gaya ng manggang hilaw kundi matatamis na prutas gaya ng maliliit na ponkan o kaya’y apples. Gatas na ang iniinom nito sa halip na kape o softdrinks. Mas higit na excited ngayon ang ama ni Gladys na si Sonny at excited na ito sa magiging apo. Ngayon palang ay nagsasabi na itong madalas niya itong hihiramin. Kapag lalaki ay si Christopher ang pangalan na nakahanda na at tatawagin siyang Rasheed Karlo. Pag babae naman ay bahala na si Gladys na magbigay ng pangalan. Mabait na manugang si Christopher ayon pa kay Zeny at kung magalang siya noon ay lalo pang naging magalang ngayon at di na Tita o Tito ang tawag sa kanilang mag-asawa kundi Papa at Mama na. Enjoy sa pagiging housewife si Gladys at personal na nag-aasikaso sa tahanan nilang mag-asawa. Napakalinis nito sa bahay at kahit exhaust fan ay nililinis nito. Kung maayos ito sa bahay ay magaling namang magluto ang kanyang mister lalo na pagdating sa steak. Natututo na ring magluto si Gladys kung saan bago nagpakasal ay sinulat lahat nito sa notebook ang recipe ng mga niluluto ng kanyang ama at ito naman ngayon ang kanyang inihahandang pagkain para kay Christopher. Larawan ng contentment ang mag-asawa lalo na ngayon at handa na sila sa pagbuo ng pamilya.
Otso-Otso is now a Movie
Saturday, March 13, 2004 10:49 a.m.
‘Otso Otso’ is now a movie he song "Otso Otso," which was composed by Lito Camo and popularized by Bayani Agbayani, is now a movie. And for the first time, Bayani and another new comedy superstar, Vhong Navarro, are teamed up for the Star Cinema offering entitled "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela Wan!" The catchy comedy is directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng from a script written by Mel del Rosario. Jerry of course is known for his hit movies "Soltera," "Videoke King" and "Ngayong Nandito Ka." In this movie, Jerry veers away from the usual funny stories compounded by funny characters. From the press release, the story goes: "Otso Otso..." does not only spring from the famous song popularized by Bayani and Vhong who are now dubbed the "Princes of Comedy." Here is one movie filled with all sorts of laughter imaginable. Above all its title alone so catchy it alludes to that phenomenally distinctive gyrate and up-and-down thrust of the torso dance that took Philippine pop culture by storm. "Departing from the usual formula of slapsticky scenes, unhinged or weird characters and loopy storylines, "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela Wan" is a story where identities lost and found are confronted by things unlikely and unpredictable. It’s a story where one tries to look for purpose and find it in another man’s shoes. Only to find their real selves in the wrong worlds they live in. Eventually discovering their place under the sun. If that sounds rather deep, what "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela Wan" has in store will definitely make everybody feel delighted and amused at the same time! "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela Wan" follows the lives of best friends Boy and Andoy who feel like outcasts in their respective families — Boy is the only moreno in the family of mestizos and mestizas, while Andoy is the underachiever in a family of overachievers. It doesn’t help that their siblings make life hard for them. On the other hand, Mao and Dao are the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Go from Taiwan. Refusing the marriages arranged by their parents, they story away to Northern Luzon, while Boy and Andoy go to Taiwan and end up in the Go household. On the other hand, Mao and Dao end up in Boy and Amboy’s hometown Also in the cast of "Otso Otso..." are Michelle Bayle, Cherry Lou, Angeline Aguilar, Denis Joaquin, and also features Pinky Marquez, Karl Marquez, Robin da Roza, the Roco twins, the Jaboom Twins, Gina Pareño, Dexter Doria and Ms. Tessie Tomas. "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela Wan" opens in local theaters on March 17. * * *
Here's Bituin Escalante, Musical Icon
Saturday, March 13, 2004 10:47 a.m.
HERE'S BITUIN ESCALANTE, MUSICAL ICON -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BITUIN Escalante as a recording artist is like a time bomb just waiting to explode. Unlike others who got their record deal even before they could prove that they deserve it, Bituin, the singing star with the incredible voice, has achieved remarkable things in the music industry to warrant posterity. As an interpreter, Bituin has won top prizes for composers in prestigious local songwriting compositions without fail. As a thespian, she has clinched rave reviews for essaying demanding lead roles in acclaimed theater productions like "Dreamgirls," "Rent," and "Jesus Christ Superstar." As the prized vocalist of "A.S.A.P. Mania," her weekly performance is highly anticipated (then emulated) by highly discerning audience. Her vocal presence is so powerful that she was chosen hands-down for the AWIT Awards Best Female Recording Artist by strength of one contribution in a compilation album, "Himig Handog Love Songs." Managed by Ricky Gallardo's The Talent Factory, Bituin is one unparalleled artist with a flair of stamping a winner's quality and style in any song she does. This is the reason why Viva Music proudly releases Bituin Escalante's eponymous, full-length album. In the works since last year, the 12-track opus was carefully crafted to highlight the artist's signature vocal prowess, distinct range and intelligent musicality. Here, her mother studio tapped only the local music industry's créme de la créme to work with its most important singing star for the year. Bannering the much-awaited self-titled CD is the carrier cut "I'm Sorry," from award-winning composers Soc Villanueva and Jungee Marcelo. The ballad comes in the heels of "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana," Bituin's signature hit which eventually became the biggest OPM love song of 2003. Like its predecessor, "I'm Sorry" is bound to win over listeners with its fresh lyrics and pop-sensible melody. The fact that the track is also one of the most highly touted entries in the upcoming Mang Levi Celerio Pop Songwriting Contest speaks highly of its caliber. The new single was launched in "A.S.A.P. Mania" on Feb. 29. Another notable song in Bituin's album is "Heartsong, Love Dance," the love theme from the classic movie, "Love Affair," wherein Marilyn Villapando wrote the lyrics for Ennio Morricone's hauntingly beautiful melody. Unlike other pop songs in the CD, the number borders on the classical and demanded an entirely different vocal discipline from the chanteuse. Dramatic and absorbing like the film it was culled from, the love theme from "Love Affair" as performed by Bituin is unlike anything heard before. Then again, there's also her cover of a rock tune, the unlikely Scorpion anthem, "Always Somewhere." According to Viva's A&R producer Eugene Villaluz, who was present during its recording, everyone at the studio were in awe when Bituin purposefully sang key parts in "rock star fashion, broken voice and all!" One brave performance, indeed, that only this icon can get away with. But, of course, radio friendly tunes are also in the line-up. Among these are "Nang Wala Ka Na" by Vehnee Saturno, "Hindi Ako Magtatanong," "Naghihintay" and "Gano'n Lang Talaga" by the tandem of Moy Ortiz and Edith Gallardo, "For You" by Markel Luna and "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana" by Soc Villanueva. For revivals, there are "The Only Two People in the World" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." The lone duet in the album, "Bakit Nga Ba Hindi," features Fil-Australian singer, Dexter. No less than five producers are credited in "Bituin Escalante": Margot Gallardo, Soc Villanueva, Rudy Lozano, Vehnee Saturno and Eugene Villaluz. This month, Bituin will be touring all the SM Malls to promote her album, afterwhich she brings along her much-awaited CD to the United States and key cities in Asia and the Middle East. "Bituin Escalante," the highly anticipated album, is now in the market under Viva Records.
Bayani, Aleck, Puedeng Loveteam
Saturday, March 13, 2004 10:44 a.m.
Bayani, Aleck Bovick, puwedeng loveteam MARAMI na ang natutuwa sa pangkikikay ni Aleck Bovick sa komedyanteng si Bayani Agbayani sa mga eksena nila noon sa Ok Fine Whatever. Patok at may kilig factor daw ang mga etsingan nila noon na kunwa ay ayaw pahipo ni Bayani samantalang ayaw siyang tigilan ng seksing aktres na umaarteng atat na atat sa kanya. Sayang nga lamang at naalis si seksing aktres dahil mukhang hindi naibigan ng asawa ng komedyante na si Lenlen ang panglalandi ni Aleck sa asawang komedyante at balitang pati ang manager nito ay kinumpronta pa ang seksing aktres. Ayun, biglang nawala sa eksena si Aleck. Nang magpalabas ng replay ang Dos sa programa nilang Ok Fine.... inakala ng marami na bumalik na si Aleck, replay lang pala. Sayang daw at magandang comedy loveteam sana ang dalawa pero ewan kung papayag pa si Bayani na lingkisin ng seksing aktres kung marami na naman siyang maririnig sa kanyang misis na si Lenlen. Say mo Bayani?
Basta't Kasama Kita, Hindi Mabubuwag
Friday, March 12, 2004 11:14 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite -------------------- Kahit sinasabi na #1 na sa ratings ang GMA 7, merong isang soap series na mula noon, hindi nila malagpasan. Hindi sila makalapit sa ABS-CBN soap series na ito sa ratings. Mahigit 10% ang taas nito sa kanila. Dapat ding ipagmalaki ng Basta’t Kasama Kita show na pinangungunahan nina Robin Padilla at Judy Ann Santos na sila palagi ang pinakamataas na ratings sa mga show ng normal na mga tao -- at hindi tiyanak, multo o isda. Napapansin pa ninyo ang takbo ng kuwento -- natural ang flow, credible, very entertaining ang mga episodes. Hindi nakaiinsulto ng mga manonood. Dapat sa popularidad nina Binoe at Juday, we must also give praise to where it is due. Sa puntong ito, pinupuri namin ang writing team behind BKK – head writer Jake Tordesillas and his writing team. Plus of course ang magandang team up nila nina Toots Sanchez Mariacal, director and executive producer, at si Darnel Villaflor, ang associate producer. Masasabi nating bahagi sila ng winning team behind BKK. Kahapon naman, excited na mag-taping ang kaibigang Cloyd Robinson para sa BKK sa 690 Club sa Quezon City. "Bugaw ang papel ko," kuwento niya sa amin. "Isang pimp na may puso. Kasama ko sa eksena sa may club sina Rodel Velayo at Aldo Alvarez." Puring-puri niya ang kabaitan ng BKK staff kahit hindi raw siya big star
Bea at John Lloyd
Friday, March 12, 2004 10:53 p.m.
Source: PSN ------------------ Tama kaya ‘yung narinig ko na may development na kina John Lloyd Cruz at Bea Alonzo. Ayon sa staff ng It Might Be You, malaki na raw ang ipinagbago nina John Lloyd at Bea. Halatang kumportable na sila sa isa’t isa. Kung noon ay halos hindi nag-uusap. Kumbaga tingin lang, nagkakaintindihan sila. Hindi mo na rin mapaghiwalay sa set. Happy kami kasi wala na kaming kahirap-hirap sa kanila kapag romantic scenes. Alam mong meron na. Kapansin-pansin din sa mga eksena nila lately sa It Might Be You na mag-on na sila. Sa eksena last Tuesday, finally ay sinagot na ni Cielo si Lawrence. In real life kaya ay ganito na rin sila? Siguro naman, the next time na humarap sina John Lloyd at Bea sa press ay may iba na silang maikukwento. The last time kasi na humarap sila sa press, walang napiga ang press people.
Dekada '70, Umani ng Papuri
Friday, March 12, 2004 10:50 p.m.
Source: PSN ---------------------- Umani ng papuri ang Dekada ‘70 sa ongoing na San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival sa San Francisco, California. Ang Dekada ‘70 ang lone Philippine entry sa nasabing festival na nilahukan ng mga entries mula sa USA, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam at Hongkong. Maganda ang review ng mga international film critics sa pelikula. Kilala na talaga si Chito Roño sa international film market. Narito ang excerpt ng review sa performance ni Vilma. "Vilma Santos delivers an understated, profoundly moving performance as the matriarch whose awakening redefines the traditional mother and wife role she has done for years. This is the story of an incredible character that survived an unforgettable decade. Ang San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is the largest annual exhibition event in North America dedicated to showcasing the best in Asian American cinema. * * *
Bayani's Trademark is Wholesome Comedy
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:53 p.m.
Bayani’s ‘trademark’ is wholesome comedy The Philippine Star 03/11/2004 If there’s one thing you can say about Bayani Agbayani, it’s his being a wholesome comedian. "I am a family man," said Bayani, topbiller (along with, among others, Vhong Navarro) of Star Cinema’s wacky musical-comedy offering Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela One, the first comedy work of director Jerry Lopez-Sineneng. "I want my children to watch my shows and movies and feel proud of me. Ayokong ikahiya nila ako o kaya kantiyawan sila ng mga kaklase at kalaro nila." Good clean fun is what moviegoers can expect from Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela One, which is inspired by Bayani and Vhong’s hit novelty songs (the former by Bayani and the latter by Vhong). "I never expected to end up a singer," said Bayani, and neither did he imagine himself acting before the cameras. "I thought I’d be a scriptwriter forever," he added. He began in showbiz writing gags and funny lines and situations for sitcoms after finishing Masscom in college. It turned out that he was meant to make people laugh on-cam and not just through actors delivering wisecracks and giving life to rib-tickling situations from his fertile imagination. "My background as a scriptwriter helps me a lot as a comedian," said Bayani. "I feel like a composer who sings his own compositions. Iba ang approach kaysa sa ibang singers singing his compositions." In Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela One, Bayani and Vhong play outcasts in their respective families. Bayani comes from a family of mestizos while Vhong is an underachiever in a family of over-achievers. During a party which they gatecrash, the two introduce the Otso-Otso dance which opens doors for them and leads them to a series of (mis)adventures generated by cases of wrong/mistaken identities. "How did it happen?" asked Bayani. "Find out for yourself." Bayani perfectly jibes with Vhong because they’ve been working together in ABS-CBN shows. They don’t steal scenes from each other–"Mortal Sin," said Bayani–and they try to synchronize their moves. Described by direk Jerry as "a happy film," Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela One also stars Cherry Lou, Angeline Aguilar, Michelle Bayle, Denise Joaquin, Pinky Marquez, Karl Marquez, Robin da Roza, Jaboom Twins, Roco Twins, Dexter Doria and Tessie Tomas. The movie’s screenplay is by Mel del Rosario.
Bayani Agbayani
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:47 p.m.
Source: PSN Hindi pa man pala nagri-reformat ang MTB, gusto na pala talagang mag-resign ni Bayani Agbayani sa show. Pagod na rin daw kasi ang komedyante sa everyday show kaya nga nang magpalit ng hosts, isa si Bayani sa nagpasalamat pa. Mismong ang manager niyang si Tita Angge ang nagsabi ng tungkol dito. Dalawa na kasi ang regular shows niya sa ABS-CBN - Ok Fine Whatever and Yes Yes Show. Tapos tinatapos pa nila ni Vhong Navarro ang Otso Otso: Pamela Mela Wan na showing na next week under Star Cinema. And then, magiging busy pa siya sa kampanya kay GMA. Kaya wala talaga siyang kahit konting regret sa nangyari sa MTB. Bukod kasi sa pagiging comedian, singer na siya na never niyang pinangarap. "Actually, kahit paga-artista, never na pumasok sa isip ko." Common knowledge ang pinanggalingan ni Bayani kaya panay ang pasasalamat niya sa Diyos. First time nilang magsama ni Vhong sa movie pero wala silang naging problema. "Madali kaming naka-adjust," sabi ni Bayani. Ang Otso Otso: Pamela Mela Wan ay dinirek ni Jerry Sineneng.
Maswerte si Raymart kay Claudine
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:41 p.m.
Source: PSN --------------------- Maswerte Si Raymart Kay Claudine! ------------------ Isa si Claudine Barretto sa mga paborito kong kabataang aktres at marami ring magagandang katangian akong nalaman tungkol sa kanya na ibinahagi sa akin ng mga nakasama niyang artista. Tinitiyak nila na magiging mabuti itong asawa sakaling magkatuluyan sila ni Raymart Santiago, maasikaso ito at masinop sa tahanan. Kahit CR ay nililinis nito mismo at hindi inaasa sa katulong. Kwento ng aking source na kinukuskos pa nito ang toilet bowl para makatiyak na malinis ito. Masinop din si Claudine sa pera at hindi gumagastos sa walang kapaparakang bagay.
ANG CELEBRATION PARTY FOR MILAN
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:39 p.m.
Source: PSN Ngayong gabi ay may blowout party ang ABS-CBN at Star Cinema para sa cast and crew ng Milan. Finally ay matutuloy na rin ang nasabing blowout party. Hirap na hirap kumuha ang Star Cinema ng schedule nina Piolo Pascual at Claudine Barretto. Si Piolo ay manggagaling sa rehearsal para sa kanyang concert while si Claudine naman ay sa isang commitment. Ngayon, ang Milan ang 3rd highest grossing local movie with P130 million (and still earning). May clamor ang mga Pinoy kababayan natin sa Hongkong at Japan na ipalabas din doon ang Milan. Pero sa nakakalokang schedule nina Piolo at Claudine, mukhang it will take time bago mag-materialize ang negotiation. Bukod kina Claudine at Piolo, expected to attend the blowout party are ABS-CBN and Star Cinema big bosses Eugenio Lopez III, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos, Olivia Lamasan, Johnny Manahan, Mariole Alberto at iba pa.
KASAMA DIN SINA MARINEL AT ERIK SA CONCERT NI VANESS
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:36 p.m.
Sa pagbabalik ni Vaness Wu ng F4 sa local concert scene, makaka-back-to-back niya ang Concert Queen na si Pops Fernandez sa Marso 26 sa Expo Filipino sa Clarkfield, Pampanga, Marso 27 sa Araneta Coliseum at Marso 29 sa Abellana Sports Complex, Cebu City. Makakasama rin nila ang StarStruck Survivors na sina Mark Herras at Yasmien Kurdi, Star In a Million winners Marinel Santos at Erik Santos sa Marso 27 at 29 at Sunsilk Boy Drew Arellano sa Marso 26. Maraming fans si Vaness dito dahil nakakapagsalita ito ng Ingles dahil lumaki ito ng US at magaling ding mag-sing and dance. Recently na-nominate ito sa Hongkong bilang best actor para sa pelikula niyang Star Runner. Sa next movie niya, na pinamagatang Soccer Boy, magkakasama sila ni Ken Zhu Maraming freebies para sa mga manonood ng concert. Kung interesado kayo, tumawag sa 8919999 (Ticketworld) /8436589 (Expo Fil.) o 2558388 o 2530981 (Cebu). * * *
Chin Chin Kapamilya Na Rin!!!
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:35 p.m.
Source: PSN ------------------- Nakasabay ko si Chinchin Gutierrez sa Fitness Advantage Health Center (sa 14th floor ng ELJ Communications Center ng ABS-CBN) kamakailan. Puspusan ang ginagawa nitong pagwu-work out para sa sisimulang bagong fantaserye sa ABS-CBN. Yes, nasa ABS-CBN na si Chinchin. Villain ang role niya sa bagong fantaserye. Isang malaking hamon ito sa kakayahan ni Chinchin bilang aktres. Hindi ko pa-iri-reveal ang bagong fantaserye hangga’t hindi pa ako binibigyan ng complete details ng aking source. Isang magandang teen actress ang magbibida rito. Speaking of Fitness Advantage, open ito for membership. Just call 415-2272 o 924-4101 at magpa-connect sa Fitness Advantage. Hanapin si Anna Ramos o Bing Gaspar.
Bernard, Hapi sa Announcement ni Rica
Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:34 p.m.
Bernard,hapi sa announcement ni Rica ! ITO ANG L8ST NGAYON Ni Eric John Salut Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/11/2004 ------------------------- Mula nang i-announce ni Rica Peralejo ang status ng relasyon nila ni Bernard Palanca, nakahinga ng maluwag ang binata. Binasag na ni Rica ang kanyang pananahimik tungkol sa isyu. Nagpahayag na ito na going strong sila ni Bernard. Matatandaan na ilang linggong pinag-usapan ang tsismis na hiwalay na sila. Nang makausap ko si Bernard, mariin nitong itinanggi ang isyu. Nagulat lang ako sa pananahimik ni Rica noong height ng isyu. Hindi ako sanay na hindi sumasagot sa text ko si Rica. And finally nga, nagsalita na si Rica at marami ang natuwa na very much on sila ni Bernard. Nakasalubong ko rin si Bernard kamakalawa at looking good ito ngayon. Halatang masayang-masaya siya ngayon kay Rica. * * *
Arnel Ignacio: Married to "MTB" and soon to Frannie
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 01:13 p.m.
Source: Manila Bulletin -------------- Arnell Ignacio: Married to ‘MTB’ and soon to Frannie When TV host and comedian extraordinaire Arnell Ignacio got hitched to a one–year contract with ABS-CBN as one of the main hosts of the daily noontime show “MTB: Ang Saya Saya,” it was probably his first taste of what it is like to get married. First, he went through a team–building seminar with the staff and hosts of “MTB” last February to develop a strong bond among them and keep in check their compatibility. And secondly, one of his major tasks when he signed-up with the network was to be a very good provider. He was to provide the show its needed boost in the ratings game. At the same time, one of his roles was to be the able and confident sparring partner of the country’s so-called “Comedy Concert Queen” Ai Ai de las Alas. So far, Arnell’s marriage to “MTB” has produced quite a promising “offspring” from his first week with the show (Feb. 23 to Feb. 27). His flair in hosting, rapport with their TV audience, viewers and contestants and his wit have certainly closed the ratings gap between “MTB” and its arch rival GMA- 7’s 25-year-old variety show “Eat Bulaga.” They have now reached the double digit mark in terms of ratings and is said to be only a few points shy of their competitor. “Of course I am very nervous about my job,” Arnell once said during his press conference. “Siyempre one of the reasons siguro na kaya ako kinuha was to surpass the other show. So kailangang mag-deliver.” But for him, his respect for Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon (of “Eat Bulaga”) is unchanged. “Hindi kaaway ang tingin ko sa kanila kasi kaibigan ko sila. Until now if I see them, bossing ko pa rin sila because kahit kailan hindi ko sila magiging ka-level. Parang boss or sir ko pa rin sila.” He recalled that when he was offered a job a few months ago, he thought it was only for a corporate show. It was because even if he had worked with GMA-7 he never lost touch with his friends from ABS-CBN. “Hindi ako nawawalan ng communication with my friends here sa ABS–CBN. Kaya hindi ako nagugulat kapag natatawagan ako…when I heard about it, ang sabi lang nila sa akin they were building a new show and they needed someone na magiging kabatuhan ni Ai Ai, someone na kakilala niya para dumali ang trabaho,” he explained. He added that since he was associated with the other network for a number of years, he left all decisions regarding his career move to his manager Wyngard Tracy, especially regarding the offer for him to host “MTB.” “Buti na lang na nandyan si Wyngard kasi sanay lang ako kung ano ang ibigay sa akin. And sanay lang ako when it comes to selling and buying cars…with Wyngard around, I discovered na manageable pala ako,” he smiled. Getting the nod of the bigwigs of ABS-CBN like Charo Santos, Arnell became the newest addition to the growing members of the “Kapamilya Network.” And for him, his work would be all about fun! “I want my job to bring out enjoyment from our audience. Kailangang magtrabaho ayon sa masaya. Hindi dapat lahat ng paraan puro goals that when you reach those goals, mukhang laspag lahat. Kailangang masaya because that is what people expect from us,” he remarked. With “MTB” Arnell even expects that he will be shouted at or even scolded at times. He’d rather have an informal environment where he can work well. “I work that way and okay lang kung sigawan ako ng ‘hoy bakla!’ ayaw kung ine-English ako, nahihirapan ako. Mas gusto kong ibigay yung idea and ako ang magsasalita. Kailangang pagkatiwalaan nila ako in that aspect,” expressed the TV host. Part of his success in the show, according to him, are his co-hosts. “Because of them, magaan at masaya ang work ko. I know there is pressure but because of them I won’t feel it!” An example of his bonding with his co-hosts was Ai Ai telling him that she would help him find sponsors for his clothing needs for their daily show. As a host, Arnell knows how tedious it is to make sure he doesn’t wear the same outfit everyday. So far what is sponsored for him are the jewelries he uses - from his jeweler friend Martin, Jr. Arnell Ignacio at the moment is probably effusive from “MTB’s” performance ratings–wise and from the compliments of their audiences. But he also has other goals he hopes to fulfill while in ABS-CBN. One such goal is public service. “Gusto ko rin sanang mabigyan ako ng isang show that is catered to helping people. I always like public service siguro dahil karugtong na talaga ito ng buhay ko kahit hindi halata sa unang impression sa akin,” he mused. In the works for Arnell Iganacio with ABS–CBN is a movie and a sitcom. But today March 10, 2004, Arnell Ignacio gets officially hitched to his long time girlfriend and live-in partner Frannie, mother of his daughter Sofia! (WS)
Asia's Boobs Exposed in a Noontime Show
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 12:14 p.m.
Source: People's --------------- Asia’s boobs exposed in noontime show Wednesday, March 10, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VIEWERS of ABS-CBN 2’s "Masayang Tanghali, Bayan (MTB)" yesterday got a big shock when Viva Hot Babe member, Asia Agcaoili’s breasts accidentally popped out during a dance number with fellow Viva Hot Babes Sheree, Ana Leah Javier, Jennifer Lee, Jaycee Parker and Myles Hernandez. Asia’s left breast was the first to be exposed in a lifting routine with male dancers during the promo number for Channel 2’s fantaserye, "Marina." "Hindi ko napansin na lumabas ‘yung boobs ko. Napansin ko na lang ang reaction ng mga tao tapos nakita ko ang sarili ko sa monitor. Naulit pa ‘yon sa kanang breast ko naman nang hilahin ako ng isang dancer. Siyempre medyo uncomfortable na ako after that. But I did finish the number. Hiyang-hiya talaga ako," Asia related in an interview with the DZMM radio show, "Mismo," hosted by Jobert Sucaldito, Roselle Manahan and Fernan de Guzman, shortly after the incident. The sexy star also took the chance to apologize to "MTB" televiewers and the MTRCB (Movie Television Review and Classification Board) saying what happened was really an accident. ABS management also talked to her, she said, and reminded her to be extra careful next time. "Hindi po ako gumigimik. Talagang hindi ko alam na mangyayari ‘yon sa akin. Kung planado po ‘yung nangyari, eh, di sana, naglagay ako ng glitters sa boobs ko," Asia stressed. By the way, Asia and the other Hot Babes members are regular mainstays of "MTB." * * *
Kristine, Gusto ng Mga Fans Para kay Diether
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 11:46 a.m.
Source: PSN Sa isinasagawang Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas Text Poll, kung sino ang gusto ng tao na magkatuluyan sa kwento, nangunguna ang tambalan nina Leo Diether Ocampo at Ara (Kristine Hermosa). Kasunod ay ang tambalan nina Ara at Christian (Jericho Rosales). Pangatlo ang Christian-Mary Ann. Kung pagbabatayan ang resulta, na nangunguhulugan ito na tanggap na ng tao ang tambalan nina Kristine Hermosa at Diether Ocampo. Two weeks nang nangunguna ang choice na ito. Pero hindi pa rin nawawalan ng pag-asa ang mga tagahanga nina Jericho at Kristine dahil maliit lang ang lamang ng boto. May malaking bearing sa ending ng Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas ang magiging resulta ng Sana’y text poll. Kaya magiging kaabang-abang kung paano magwawakas ang Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas. Hindi pa huli para sa mga gustong sumali sa text poll. Just type in SANAY at i-send sa 2366 (for Smart, Globe, Talk & Text, Touch Mobile at Addict subscribers). Sa March 14 ay muling magsasama-sama sina Kristine, Jericho, Angelika at Diether sa isang mall show sa Imus Cavite.
ROBIN IN BKK
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 11:33 a.m.
Source: PSN --------------------- Kontrobersyal ang role na ginagampanan ni Robin Padilla sa Basta’t Kasama Kita. Balik-kulungan si Robin sa mga episodes na napapanood this week. ‘Yon ang bagong undercover job niya bilang Ambet Katindig. "Isa akong boxer na mabibilanggo dahil sa isang kaso," kwento ng action superstar. "Pero part ‘yon ng trabaho ko. Mapapasabak ako sa aksyon sa mga inmates. At the same time, mero’n akong iimbestigahan tungkol sa isang high-profile na personality na binibigyan ng special treament sa kulungan." Matatandaan na minsan sa kanyang buhay ay naranasan na rin ni Robin ang mabilanggo. Inamin niya na noong una ay mahirap tanggapin ang pangyayari. Pero ang magandang parte ng kanyang pagkakabilanggo ay ang makilala ang ibang tao. "Hindi lahat ng nasa bilangguan, masama," pagtatanggol ni Binoe. "Marami diyan biktima ng sitwasyon at pagkakataon. Naniniwala ako na walang tao na ipinanganak na masama. "Sa yugto ng buhay ko, ‘yung nakulong ako ang isa sa ‘di ko malilimutan. Mga karanasan na hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yon. Kaya malapit sa puso ko ang mga kababayan nating preso," kwento pa nito. Ang Basta’t Kasama Kita ay napapanood gabi-gabi, Lunes hanggang Biyernes, pagkatapos ng Star Circle Quest. * * *
Marvin Agustin
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 12:33 a.m.
Marvin wants to direct indie film -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARVIN Agustin is off to a pretty good start this 2004. After enjoying fame as a teen heartthrob and later making a name for himself as an actor and comedian, Marvin has reinvented himself by hosting a new reality TV show, "To the Max," which airs Mondays to Saturdays on ABS-CBN. Marvin cannot express his gratitude enough that ABC-CBN has given him a new show where he can sink his teeth into. He hosts "To the Max" with Rica Peralejo. The first episode, "Boom si Yaya," was a search for a nanny for Kris Aquino. "We created something new in the afternoon programming slot," says Marvin. "We were able to give someone a job. It's a livelihood. We also gave the first week winner a scholarship for medicine or law, donated by Kris." The second week was the "Yaya Might Be You" episode, where the winner became a part of the cast of the ABS-CBN soap "It Might Be You." The third week, meanwhile, signed up aspiring comedians for "Sing in the Clowns." As host of "To the Max," Marvin has received favorable and encouraging reviews. In fact, ABS-CBN executive vice president Charo Santos-Concio was impressed with his renewed hosting confidence. "I commend Marvin," said Charo. "His air of confidence is sakto. He was able to reinvent himself, both as a host and person." Marvin is seen in two ABS-CBN programs, aside from "To the Max." He gets to flex his acting muscles in "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas" and displays his flair for comedy in "Tanging Ina." Even in films, Marvin is never wanting of offers. After getting critical acclaim for his acting in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry "Malikmata," Marvin is looking forward to doing another challenging role on the big screen. He hopes, however, to be able to do an independent film project if given a chance. Fans who wish to know more about Marvin can send him messages through Star Text. Just type Startext Marvin, send to 326 and expect a personal answer from the 24-year-old actor. "I personally attend to all my text messages, " he says. "I always see to it that I text back everybody so they will not be disappointed." Marvin will celebrate his 8th year in showbiz with a grand fans' day in April or May. "I've been blessed in more ways than one," he says. "I won't make it this far if not for the fans who continue to support me. I want to be able to give back something to them and also make them happy."
Vina and Piolo Make Beautiful Music
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 12:10 p.m.
Vina and Piolo make beautiful music -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ARTISTS come and go but Vina Morales is one of those with staying power. She has been humming tunes before she can even speak and has been performing for an audience since the tender age of 6. A native of Cebu, her dreams of following her idol Sharon Cuneta's (whom she was named after) path led her to Manila. And with her distinct voice and charisma, she was able to achieve just that. We have all seen her transform from a gifted youngster to a multimedia artist. Vina is indeed one of the most versatile performers we have around - for not only is she a talented singer, but an impressive dancer and an excellent dramatic actress as well. But singing remains to be her first love, as verified by her good track record in the music industry, including accolades from Aliw Awards and certifications from PARI for Gold Record awards. Now, after a two-year hiatus from the recording business, Vina proves herself once again as the total performer that she is with the release of her new album, "Mamahalin Ka Niya," under Star Records. This album takes Vina closer to her audience than ever before as she bares her soul on what appears to be her most intimate record yet. It contains ten tracks including the titletrack which was written by award-winning songwriters Soc Villanueva and Arnel De Pano. "Mamahalin Ka Niya" is currently on high rotation on FM stations nationwide, entering the Top 10 of most radio countdowns. The album also boasts of Vina and Piolo Pascual's first collaboration on the duet "Paano Kaya Magtatagpo?" Vina and Piolo wrote the song themselves, with music by Arnel De Pano. The two never really sat down to write the song, what with their busy schedule, but managed to finish it through texting each other. What resulted was a touching love song overflowing with emotion. Also included in the album are the classic hits "Yakapin Mo Ako," "Pangako," and "Saan Darating ang Umaga," the sultry ballad "Narito Lang Ako" and the breathtaking dance ditty "Prove Me," among others. After the very successful promo tour for her album, wherein she toured various malls in the metro, she will now be embarking on a US tour dubbed as "Vina's Hot US Tour!" She will be performing in the top venues of the key cities in the US, namely Nob Hill San Francisco on March 14, Pala Casino & Resort San Diego on March 19, Grand Olympic, LA on March 27 and Waldorf Symphony Hall, Atlanta Georgia on April 10. Vina will continue promoting her album when she gets back to the Philippines by mid-April, leading to her major concert at the Araneta Coliseum on June 12. "Mamahalin Ka Niya" is now available on CDs and cassettes at record stores nationwide, released by Star Records.
HIMIG HANDOG LOVE SONGS
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 12:00 p.m.
Ang Kailan Kita Mamahalin na composition ni Arnel De Pano at kinanta ni Anna Fegi ang grand prize winner sa Himig Handog Love Songs na ginanap sa Studio 10 ng ABS-CBN noong Biyernes ng gabi. Bago nag-umpisa ang show, nakita namin si Anna na tensed na tensed ang itsura. In jest, sinabi namin kay Anna na wala itong rason para kabahan dahil mananalo siya. Ang Aegis Band ang tumanggap ng best interpreter award para sa awit na Narito Lang Ako. Si Vina Morales ang original interpreter ng nabanggit na kanta pero ayaw pala niyang sumali sa mga song competition kaya ang Aegis band ang kumanta ng Narito Lang Ako. Si Michael Santana ang winner ng Texters’ Choice Award dahil siya ang nakatanggap ng pinakamaraming boto. Siya ang nag-interpret ng Maibabalik Ko Ba, ang composition ni Marc Bryan Adona. Bago pa man idinaos ang finals ng Himig Handog, hit na kaagad ang ilang kanta na kasali dahil madalas namin itong naririnig sa FM stations. Palaging pinatutugtog sa radyo ang Susubukan Kong Muli ni Jessa Zaragoza, Maibabalik Ko Ba ni Michael, Stop Think ni Aliya Parcs at ang hit song ni Bayani Agbayani na kinanta ng character ni Angelika dela Cruz sa Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas, ang Alam Kong Di Ako, Okey Lang. May music videos na ang sampung kanta at madalas itong ipalabas sa MYX at Cinema One. Puwede nang i-download mula sa inyong mga cellphone ang ring tones ng Himig Handog finalists (Just text Himig Tones to 2366 to get the complete list of key words). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HIMIG HANDOG LOVE SONGS, NASA CD NA!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 11:45 a.m.
Himig Handog Love Songs, nasa CD na Ni Lanie M. Sapitanan Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/09/2004 Ang ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and Special Projects Division na producer ng katatapos na Himig Handog Love Songs ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa mali nilang pagbanggit ng pangalan sa mga composers during all-star tribute para sa most noted love songs songwriters ng ating bansa at narito ang kanilang pagtutuwid: "Beautiful Girl," "Can We Just Stop and Talk A While," "Please Be Careful With My Heart," "Refrain," "Hahanapin Ko," –music by Jose Mari Chan; "Say That You Love Me," "Tell Me," by Louie Ocampo; "Ikaw" George Canseco; "Narito ang Puso Ko" by Myra Meriales and Gary Valenciano; "Sana’y Maulit Muli" by Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan Valenciano. Dumalo ang mga nasabing composers sa finals night last Friday. At kung nabitin kayo sa panonood ng katatapos na Himig Handog Love Songs, at gusto n’yo pang ulit-ulitin pakinggan ang mga paborito ninyong entry songs na compiled sa isang album. Bago pa man kasi ang naturang pa-contest ay ini-record na ito in CD form. Ang Himig Handog Love Songs album ay malapit nang maging gold record na naglalaman ng sampung kanta: "Bye Bye Na" sinulat nila Ted Reyes at Jeff Antiporda; "Kailan Kita Mamahalin" kinompos ni Arnel De Pano; "Alam Kong Di Ako, Okey Lang" nina Rommel Tuico/Jason Dacua; "Susubukan Kong Muli" konompos ni Jan Lopez; "Last Love Song" composer Ron Jansen Solis; "Kailan Ka Darating" composer Wency Cornejo; "Maibabalik Ko Ba" composer Marc Bryan Adona; "Stop Think" composers Aliya Parcs/Allan Feliciano; "Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak" composer Ron Jansen Solis at "Narito Lang Ako" composer Chona Borromeo. Ang album ay available na sa lahat ng record bar at ito’y release ng Star Records. * * *
Kristine to perform in Brunei
Monday, March 8, 2004 12:54 p.m.
Kristine to perform in Brunei DON’T look now, pero napaka-popular nga pala talaga ni Kristine Hermosa sa Malaysia at Brunei. In Malaysia, where some scenes of her yet-untitled flick with Aga Muhlach were shot, ang tawag sa kanya ng bawat Malaysian na kanyang makasalubong ay Ina, the role she portrayed in Pangako Sa ’Yo. Ipinalalabas pala ng ABS-CBN, producer ng soap opera, ang Pangako Sa ’Yo sa Malaysia. Ganitong eksena rin ang nangyari nang dumating si Kristine at ang kanyang mommy (Mai Hermosa Orille) — kasama ang kapatid na si Joshua, 3 — sa Chiang Airport sa Singapore. Kinulumpunan siya ng mga taong nakabelo, na taga-Brunei pala. Isang teenager sa grupo ang nagbalita sa amin na avid fan siya ng teleseryeng Pangako Sa ’Yo, na napapanood niya sa TV sa kanilang bayan. Towards the end of March, nakatakdang mag-perform si Kristine sa Brunei. "Excited ako," ani Kristine. "First time kong mapupuntahan ang Brunei." * * *
Katya, Andrea, Gwen, Rarampa sa Zamboanga
Monday, March 8, 2004 12:46 p.m.
Katya, Andrea at Gwen rarampa sa Zamboanga Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/08/2004 Tatlo sa mga Viva Hot Babes, sina Katya Santos, Andrea del Rosario at Gwen Garci ang magtatanghal sa Zamboanga City ngayong ika-20 ng Marso sa pamamagitan ng isang sexy fashion show na pinamagatang See True: The Viva Hot Babes in Zamboanga City na gagawin sa Summit Centre Coliseum, kasama ang ilang modelo na manggagaling ng Maynila at piling-piling modelo na taga-Zamboanga. Si Anton Diva naman ang intermission-comic relief. Isusuot ng mga sexy stars at mga modelo ang mga bagong creation ng tatlong top designers ng Zamboanga City na sina Angking Francisco, Federico Navarro at Altom Tiubo T. Prodyus ito ng International United Artists Media Productions, Inc. with Sonny Yu at Nikki Lim bilang marketing directors sa Zamboanga side. —Dennis Adobas
VHONG NAVARRO
Monday, March 8, 2004 12:37 p.m.
Source: PSN Nahabol ni Vhong Navarro ang kasikatan ni Bayani Agbayani. Ngayon ay magka-level na sila at silang dalawa ang bida sa Star Cinema movies na Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela-Wan na showing sa March 17. Pati pagiging singer ni Bayani ay sinundan din ni Vhong. Kung pinasikat ni Bayani ang "Otso-Otso", madali ring pinasikat ni Vhong ang "Pamela-Mela-One." Take note na ang title ng kanilang movie ay galing sa kanilang mga sikat na kanta. Ikinwento ni Vhong kung paano siya ninerbyos nang i-record ang nasabing kanta na released ng Star Records. "Uminom ako ng isang beer pampalakas ng loob dahil hindi ko siya makanta ng husto’t ’di naman ako singer. Nakaka-ilang takes na ako pero, ’di ko pa rin makanta ng tama, nahiya na ako sa sarili ko’t paulit-ulit kami. Tinanong ako ng staff kung ano ang gusto kong inumin. Ayun, after one beer, maayos ko na siyang nakanta. Iyon lang pala ang sikreto."
aNGELICA jONES
Monday, March 8, 2004 12:34 p.m.
sOURCE: psn 2 Oras Na Lang Ang Itinutulog -------------- Awang-awa ang mommy ni Angelica Jones na si Beth sa kanyang anak. Sa isang pakikipagkwentuhan, sinabi nitong halos wala nang tulog ang aktres dahil sa rami ng commitment. Nagtitiis na lang si Angelica sa dalawang oras na pagtulog dahil minsan lang kung dumating ang magandang oportunidad na ito sa kanilang buhay. Natutuwa naman ang mag-ina dahil suportado ang kanyang anak ng Dos tatlong programa ang pinagkakaabalahan nito gaya ng Basta’t Kasama Kita, Masayang Tanghali Bayan at The Buzz. Kung wala siyang taping ay abala naman siya sa mga shows ngayon sa Kamaynilaan at lalawigan. Nag-double platinum na rin ang kanyang awiting "Miss Flawless" under Star Records. "Malakas ang karisma nito lalo na sa mga bata at gusto nila ang panginginig nito habang sumasayaw na ginaya nito sa Charlie’s Angels. Sabi nga nila ay natural ang pagiging komedyante nito," sey ng ng nanay ni Angelica. Nakabili ng van ang aktres para sa kanyang mommy at lupa mula sa kanyang mga kinikita. Pinabulaanan nito na lumaki na ang kanyang ulo dahil sa tagumpay. "Di pa rin ako nagbabago at abot pa rin ako ng masa," aniya.
Angelika dela Cruz, Hirap Maging kikay
Sunday, March 7, 2004 12:16 p.m.
Angelika de la Cruz, hirap maging kikay SA totoong buhay ay mahinhin itong si Angelika de la Cruz. Mas gusto niya ang tumatahimik sa isang sulok kung tapos na ang kanyang trabaho kaya nang mapunta sa kanya ang role na medyo kikay sa telenobelang Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas ay nahirapan siyang gampanan ang role ni Mary Ann. "Masaya pero nakakapagod din pala ang pagiging kikay. Ang layo sa personalidad ko sa totoong buhay," sabay tawa ni Angelika. Hindi gustong isipin ni Angelika na nakasisira siya sa tambalang Kristine Hermosa at Jericho Rosales dahil para sa kanya ang nakaraan ay nakaraan na. Tapos na ang love story nila noon ni Jericho. "Ang gusto ko ngayon ay puro work. Yung work lang work at ayoko ko ng intriga at isipin pa ang mga negatibong bagay. Yung sa amin ni Jericho ay tapos na kabanata na. Kulitan na lang kami ngayon," masayang kuwento ni Angelika. Maganda nga raw ang offer sa kanya ng Dos kaya siya muling nagbalik sa istasyon. Ninerbyos lang daw siya talaga dahil inaasahan siyang magpapabigay kulay sa teleserye nina Jericho at Kristine kaya nung umpisa siyang mag-taping ay lagi siyang tuliro at madalas di makatulog sa gabi. "Sobrang kaba talaga, pero okay na ako nung mga sumunod na taping namin," ani Angelika. Babalikan ni Angelika ang pagkanta dahil dito raw siya nakilala ng mga tao kaya panay ang guesting niya sa ASAP Mania.
Ai Ai, Gusto Maging "Grand Slam" Queen
Sunday, March 7, 2004 12:12 p.m.
Ai Ai, wish maging 'Grand Slam Queen' ni Aya Martinez NAGPAPAKATOTOO lamang daw ang mahusay na komedyanteng aktres na si Ai Ai de las Alas kaya umaasam siya na magkaroon ng maraming awards. Kung puwede nga raw ay maging Grand Slam Queen siya. Sa tagal at hirap na dinanas niya sa showbiz, hindi na raw siguro kalabisang umasa siya ng awards para kilalanin ang husay niya sa pag-arte. O, di ba ang taray ng lola mo? "Feeling heaven" ngayon ang pakiramdam ng komedyante dahil inuulan siya ng awards. Katatanggap lamang niya ng tropeo buhat sa Gawad Tanglaw na binubuo ng mga guro at dekano sa iba't ibang paaralan. Napanalunan din niya ang Kapuri-puring pangunahing aktres sa pelikula niyang Tanging Ina. Siya rin ang nahirang na Box Office Queen ng Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. samantalang si Vic Sotto ang nahirang na Box Office King. Sa ika-21 ng Marso, idaraos ang awards nito sa Aliw Theater sa Star City. At sa papalapit namang 20th Star Awards of Movies na gaganapin sa AFP Theater sa March 13, kilig to death si Ai Ai dahil nominee siya sa pinagpipiliang Best Actress. Diumano pray ng husto ang lola mo para tumodo nang bumuhos ang biyaya sa kanyang buhay artista. Sa isyu naman sa kanila ng "Split Queen" na si Mystica, tuloy pa rin daw ang kanilang usapin sa korte. Hindi siya nakarating nitong huling hearing dahil nagkaroon siya ng karamdaman. Hindi aniya puwedeng di niya tapusin ang kaso dahil naperhuwisyo na siya ng husto.
Bituin in the Big League
Sunday, March 7, 2004 12:11 p.m.
Bituin in the big league By JOJO P. PANALIGAN She’s had a major hit, nabbed triumphs in local songwriting tilts and headlined big theater productions. She’s the prized singer of ABS-CBN’s “A.S.A.P. Mania” and is touted by her record company, Viva Music, as “the next important star.” Yet despite her advent in the big league, Bituin Escalante is first to downplay all she can do and has achieved. An example would be her participation in the upcoming Levi Celerio Pop Songwriting Contest where she’ll be doing the searing SocVillanuevaJungee Marcelo ballad, “I’m Sorry.” Despite having won 2nd place in the 2001 Metropop (with “Paano Na”) and Grand Prize in last year’s HIMIG Handog songfest (“Kung Ako NA Lang Sana”), ‘Bito’ admits to butterflies in the stomach in her proven bailiwick. “You never really know who’s going to win in these things or what the judges would be looking for,” Bito says humbly. “People have this misconception kasi that if an entry displays the interpreter’s range, sure winner na yon.” She continues: “Besides, I am not a belter. Lagi lang akong nagsisimula sa mababa kaya when I get to the high notes, akala ng iba, birit na. Soc Villanueva (who also wrote ‘Kung Ako Na Lang Sana’) must think that I’m a soprano kaya he keeps giving me difficult songs. Ayan, titili na naman tuloy ako!” In fact, Bituin never would’ve consented to doing “I’m Sorry” had she known at the onset that it would require her to be in a songfest yet again. “We were meeting for my album at Viva office when Boss Vic joined us and put on ‘Sorry.’ After listening to it, he asked, ‘Gusto mong isama sa album mo?’ to which I said ‘yes’ kasi gandang ganda ako sa kanta. That’s when he told me, ‘Then you have to join the Levi contest. Entry kasi yan, eh. No contest, no song.’ I had no choice.” In connection with her album (self-titled and just released under Viva Music), Bituin said that she and her manager (Ricky Gallardo of The Talent Factory Inc.) chose the 12 tracks based on variety versus tried and tested. “Just because I had a hit in ‘Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,’ doesn’t mean succeeding outputs should sound like it. We went for an album that I really wanted to do and that I know people with different taste in music would find something for them kahit papano. Kaya nga medyo natagalan ang paglabas nito kasi pinagisipan talaga namin ang line-up,” Bituin explains. Aside from the sure fire banner single, “I’m Sorry,” “Bituin Escalante” sees the singer do rock (in the remake of Scorpion’s “Always Somewhere”), pop/ classical (“Heartsong, Lovedance” theme from “Love Affair”), country (“Nang Wala Ka Na”) and middle-ofthe-road (“The Only Two People In The World”). Regarding the title Viva has conferred on her, Bituin remains the reluctant star. “Bakit kailangang may ‘most important star?’ Honestly, I never really thought of myself in competition with others or in a hierarchy of crème de la crème. What’s important to me is that in every song I do, I deliver the intended message of the composer. I’m not the type who’d go up there and just sing my lungs out. I take time to understand the subtext of each song. Iniinternalize ko talaga so the song would conjure emotions kapag narinig.” Because of her healthy (if not nonchalant) attitude towards competition, Bituin doesn’t shy away from naming local singers that she admires. Among these are Kyla, Nina, Ella Mae Saison, Vernie Varga and Regine Velasquez. “I think what set these artists apart go beyond superb vocal quality. Madami namang magagandang boses dyan but these people, when they sing, have the power to remind listeners of the first time they fell in love or got heartbroken. Gusto ko din ng ganuong impact,” Bituin ends.
Angelica Vs. Diana Over Vhong
Sunday, March 7, 2004 11:39 a.m.
Angelica vs Diana over Vhong "NAKAPAPAGOD na nakatatakot kung sasabit ka sa schedule," ang sagot ni Vhong Navarro sa tanong kung ano ang feeling niya sa maraming blessing na dumarating sa kanya. Ganoon ang sagot ng aktor dahil very late silang dumating ni Bayani Agbayani sa presscon ng Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela Wan at nagmamadali ring umalis since may rehearsal sila sa Yes Yes Show. Mabuti’t nakakain pa si Vhong at na-interview namin sandali. Si Bayani ay hindi na nakakain. Nakaisang tanong lang kami kay Bayani; habang kausap namin ay nakahawak na sa kanya si Joanna Gomez at pinabababa na sila for another rehearsal. Vhong mentioned that he agreed with Director Chito Roño na titigil muna siya sa panliligaw kay Diana Zubiri para mag-concentrate sa kanyang career. "Tama rin ang desisyon ko dahil baka sabihin ni Diana na ginagamit ko siya sa publicity ng movie namin ni Bayani, lalo’t malapit na ang showing namin. Hindi na kami nakakalabas, tini-text ko na lang siya. Iwas muna ako sa kanya," sabi ni Vhong. Itinanggi ni Vhong na naging girlfriend niya si Angelica Jones. Kaibigan lang daw niya ang aktres at naging maganda ang kanilang samahan. Taliwas ito sa nabalitaan namin na mababasa ninyo sa susunod na item. * * * IKINAGULAT ng mga nasa MTB: Ang Saya-Saya last week ang ikinilos ni Angelica Jones nang mag-promote ng Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela Wan si Vhong Navarro. Limang beses niyang pagalit na isinara ang pinto ng kanyang dressing room, at nalaman na dahil ’yun sa selos. Hindi yata naniniwala si Angelica na nililigawan pa lang ni Vhong si Diana Zubiri; ang feeling nito’y mag-on na ang dalawa. May karapatan naman daw magselos si Angelica since nagkaroon sila ng MU ni Vhong nang gawin ang Mr. Suave. Kahit pinutol ni Vhong ang kanilang special relationship, nanatiling in-love si Angelica at nagseselos siya kay Diana. Ibinunton ang pagseselos kay Vhong, na hindi naman yata alam ang pagmamaktol ni Angelica. Para nga kay Vhong ay kaibigan lang niya si Angelica
Nakakakilig ang Kissing Scene nina Aga and Kristine
Sunday, March 7, 2004 11:28 a.m.
Nakakakilig ang kissing scene nina Aga-Kristine IT was one pleasant experience to remember, no doubt about it. We are referring to the six-day cruise we had via the luxury liner Superstar Virgo. And in the company, no less, of Aga Muhlach and Kristine Hermosa, who had some scenes in their first movie together shot inside and on the deck of the luxury liner as well as in Langkawi, Malaysia, and Phuket, Thailand. In Langkawi, on Feb. 23, Aga and Kristine — together with Director Laurenti Dyogi, who is good-looking enough to be an actor himself — rode the cable car where they had an all-over view of the place. They proceeded to the set that 20th Century Fox built for Anna And The King. Sa marker sa gate, nakasulat ang ganito: "The elegant Thai-style Summer Palace was built in 1999 for the filming of the movie Anna And The King, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. After location shooting ended, the building was presented to the Langkawi Development Authority which reconstructed the ’palace’ with more durable materials to create this movie set experience for visitors. Props used in the movie, including the costumes, the furniture and furnishing are displayed on the premises." Aga and Kristine got to use some of the costumes. They were photographed by ace lensman Jun de Leon, who was commissioned by Star Cinema to go with the group para makunan ang mga importanteng eksena sa pelikula. The following day found Aga and Kristine and the group on Phuket island, Thailand, which boasts of 19 beaches. First na kinunang eksena was sa labas at loob ng Chinese Temple. Then they explored one of the famous beaches ng Phuket. After which, they proceeded to the Safari for the Elephant show. Of course, hindi namin i-squeal kung saan kinunan ang eksena where Aga and Kristine engaged in a kissing scene at kung saan din nagsuot ng bathing suit si Kristine. Basta, kilig na kilig ang lahat ng staff and crew who had the privilege na nakapanood habang kinukunan ang kissing scene. * * * LAST Friday, when we returned to Singapore pabalik ng Pilipinas, sobrang close na ang bonding ng grupo. Bagama’t everyone was eager to leave for home, lahat ay nalulungkot na maghihiwalay na sila. Although hindi tuluyang goodbye for everyone, since marami pang eksenang kukunan ang pelikula dito sa Pilipinas. Nagpaiwan ng Singapore si Aga, who had wife Charlene Gonzales join him. Usapan nilang pasyalan sa Singapore ang Jurong Bird-Park, where 8,000 birds of different species and colors are housed. These birds sing, talk, play, swim and soar. Tulad ng alam ng malalapit na kaibigan nina Aga at Charlene, the couple are into breeding birds at the moment. The birds will be placed in the aviary they are having built sa kanilang farm in Mataas Na Kahoy, Batangas. By NEL ALEJANDRINO
Gary V., Inspirasyon ng Special Olympics
Sunday, March 7, 2004 11:09 a.m.
Gary V., inspirasyon ng Special Olympics Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/07/2004 Pumupunta sa mga sporting events ang mga entertainers to add color to the games. Kung minsan, sila mismo ang naglalaro at higit na tao ang dumarayo para panoorin sila. Sa kaso ni Gary Valenciano nang dumalo siya sa opening ceremonies ng 10 Special Olympics sa Marikina Sports Complex last Wednesday, naiiba ang istorya. Definitely, Gary V inspired all the more than 600 athletes from all over the country. Simple lang ang programa that late afternoon. But honestly, it’s nothing short of touching... overwhelming. Noong pinaplano pa lamang ang 2004 Special Olympics last year, si Gary V lamang ang artistang na-consider to grace the opening of the games. Sabi nga ng Special Olympics president na si Alex Babst: "Only Gary V can do us the honors of singing the Philippine National Anthem on that day. He’s really qualified to do it for all the special athletes attending, since he is the UNICEF Ambassador of Goodwill for the Philippines. Nasabi ko agad kay Angeli Valenciano ang tungkol sa big event at ang kagustuhan ng mga bumubuo ng Special Olympics na si Gary ang pakantahin ng Pambansang Awit. Noon ngang Miyerkules, dumating si Gary V., 30 minutes before ng takdang simula ng programa. Kasama niya ang kanyang road manager na si Vina Pareja, who earlier visited the venue para ma-check ang sound system. Napakaganda at madamdamin ang pagkakanta ni Gary V ng Pambansang Awit. Samantalang ang mga participating athletes ay ganadong sumabay sa kanya. After the song, humugong na ang palakpakan. Nagsimula ang parade of athletes, ang karamihan galing pa sa malalayong probinsya. Maraming kasama sa parada ang hindi nakapagpigil na lapitan si Gary, who was seated with other guests sa ibaba ng stage. Ang daming umalis sa parade formation nila habang naglalakad sa harap nina Gary V. Patakbo silang lumapit at mahigpit na yumakap sa kanilang idolo. Very touching ang eksena dahil damang-dama at kitang-kita kung paano napasaya ni Gary V ang mga atletang mentally challenged. Karamihan kasi sa kanila kung hindi autistic, may down syndrome. Si Gary V. naman patuloy ang pagbibigay ng encouragement and cheer for the athletes na lumalapit at yumayakap sa kanya. Ang iba’t ibang delegation, malakas na nag-tsa-chant ng Gary V! Gary V! habang nagpaparada. Marami rin akong narinig na tuwang-tuwang nagsisigaw habang sinasabi, "Nakita ko idol ko." Labis ang kasiyahang nadama ni Gary V on that occasion. Upang higit pang ipadama ang pagmamahal niya sa lahat ng more than 600 participants sa 2004 Special Olympics, nag-offer pa siya ng isang kanta. Habang inaawit ni Gary V ang "I Will Be Here", marami sa mga athletes ang sumasabay sa pagkanta. Ang sabi niya bago kumanta, "You are all my special angels and I will always be here for you." Nagulat nga ang mga organizers ng Special Olympics dahil si Gary V pa ang paulit-ulit na nagpasalamat sa kanila. Para sa kanya he has been given a special privilege to be with those special people. Naramdaman kasi ni Gary ang unconditional love ng lahat at ang pure emotion na ganting sukli ng mga binigyan niya ng kasiyahan sa pagdalo doon.
Another Door Opens for Bernadette Sembrano
Sunday, March 7, 2004 11:00 a.m.
door opens for Bernadette By Leah C. Salterio The Philippine Star 03/07/2004 When a door closes, God opens another. This is especially true for Bernadette Sembrano, who has gotten over the "tumultuous" months in her life and is facing up to new challenges in her new "home" at ABS-CBN. Last month, Bernadette signed a contract with ABS-CBN, where she now hosts the daily morning show, Magandang Umaga Bayan, and the reality-based docu-drama, Lukso ng Dugo, which premieres today, 3 to 4 p.m. "I consider everything in my life as a blessing, from childhood up to the present," Bernadette asserts. "Even in the future, I know God has plans for me. That I find myself in media, I know He has a purpose for me." A Business Administration graduate of the University of the Philippines, Bernadette worked in a bank for a few months after getting her diploma, then auditioned for IBC 13, where she became a news reader. When an opportunity came for her to join GMA 7, Bernadette switched networks and worked for GMA for five years. "I will always be grateful for the break that I got with Probe where I learned to do investigative journalism, and the publicity I got for Wish Ko Lang," Bernadette says. For someone who never imagined herself being on TV, Bernadette has come a long way and has made a big leap from her simple childhood dreams. "I only wanted to write when I was younger," Bernadette shares. "Before in class, I would opt to work behind the scenes. I was not confident about myself. But I guess your personality really changes as you get older. "I still want to write a column about something positive, about blessings. There are so many things to be thankful for. I’ve been blessed with good shows. Wish Ko Lang was monumental and now, I believe that Lukso ng Dugo is a trend-setter. I want everyone to strive to be a blessing to others." Contrary to what she had been hearing prior to moving to ABS-CBN, Bernadette has proven that all the talk is unfounded when she joined the daily morning show, Magandang Umaga Bayan, two weeks ago. She is now one of the hosts of MUB with Tintin Bersola, Niña Corpuz, Erwin Tulfo, Julius Babao and Winnie Cordero. "People were warning me before that ABS-CBN is a snake pit," Bernadette grants. "But fortunately for me, there was no negative sentiment when I transferred. I was not alienated, especially on MUB. It helped a lot that Tintin was very warm. She welcomed me right away and that made me instantly at home in the network. I guess Tintin and I are both team players, so magkasundo kami. We’re working to give viewers a good show every morning." Bernadette clarifies she was not pirated by ABS-CBN. She was offered to join the network after she resigned from GMA 7, following her suspension. "The months after I resigned were really tumultuous," Bernadette says. "I faced so many trials. I would understand why they’re saying I was pirated, but the truth is I was offered to join ABS-CBN when I didn’t have a job. I don’t like lies being said about me. I can live with it, but I will appreciate it if the truth will be told." She admits it was tough leaving GMA 7. But Bernadette cannot be thankful enough now that she has been given another chance to be in front of the cameras on ABS-CBN. The only adjustment she had to make was to wake up early for MUB. "Now, I wake up at 3:45, so I can be in the studio before 5 a.m.," Bernadette says. "I sleep early now, unlike before when I got so used to sleeping at 2 a.m. At least now I have a reason to wake up early because I have a show. I still have to settle my schedule and when it normalizes, then I can do other things in my spare time, like going to the bookstore. "Aside from waking up early, there was really no need for me to adjust in the program. The hosts of MUB made me feel that I really belong in the group. I gelled with them instantly and I get along well with them. Tintin and Niña have been my friends even before I joined ABS-CBN." In MUB, Bernadette gets to do the morning newscast as well as her own segments – Hulog ng Langit and Ooops, Teka Lang. "Aside from reading the news, I also help conceptualize segments for the show," she offers. "I sit down and brainstorm with production and I make suggestions." Meanwhile, she is also delighted to do Lukso ng Dugo which, she explains, has a different format than her previous show in her erstwhile network. Lukso ng Dugo follows people in their quest to find their long-lost family members. Whether one is searching for a parent, relative, friend or a sibling, the program is out to help someone find a missing loved one. "It’s a wonderful show," says Bernadette of Lukso ng Dugo. "I know I can’t do anything to ease the plight of those we are helping, but I can empathize with them more than anything. In any program, even in a newscast, you should have a micro attack to the story. In Lukso ng Dugo, I see the struggles of the people. The show is factual. It’s reality-based and has suspense and drama in it. It was given a Sunday time slot because ABS-CBN wants to make Sunday a family day." She believes that being true is her best asset, something that fits a host of a show like Lukso ng Dugo which basically deals with emotions. "What you see is what you get," Bernadette says. "I’m not someone who will hold on to fame or other material things. I know everything I have right now is temporary. If I have to let go of this and God says ‘It’s enough,’ then I will do it. You can only be thankful for what you have now and for what God will give you next."
SEEING DOUBLE IN OTSO-OTSO
Saturday, March 6, 2004 12:12 p.m.
Seeing double in 'Otso Otso' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOWEVER new in the local movie industry, the 14-year-old Roco Twins will surely set girls' hearts aflutter. Bembol Roco's good-looking sons, standing at 5'4", inherited the much-awarded actor's brown eyes and lips. Aside from the features, they seem to have gotten their father's acting gene. Teodoro Felix and Dominic Roco will also follow their dad's footsteps by entering showbiz, but they will start their movie career on the big screen via a comedy - "Otso Otso Pamela-Mela-Wan." Felix and Dominic complete the colourful cast, led by comedians Bayani Agbayani and Vhong Navarro, of Star Cinema's hilarious offering for 2004. Director is Jerry Lopez Sineneng. Felix and Dominic are excited to be in the limelight for the first time in "Otso Otso." "First movie po namin eh kaya enjoy po kami," says Dominic. "Masaya po kasi habang pinaghahandaan namin 'yung mga shooting at alam din namin na enjoy kasama ang buong cast. Mabait po pati si Kuya Bayani 'tsaka si Kuya Vhong," adds Felix. They play the sons of Dexter Doria, who also happens to be the mother of Boy (Bayani Agbayani) and Amboy (Vhong Navarro). "Kapatid po namin sila pero 'yung pagiging kambal nila, kaya puno ng comedy," says Felix. "Marami pong mga doble doble sa 'Otso Otso Pamela' kaya doble din ang tawanan," Dominic adds. The Roco twins attend the Speed Montessori. They enjoy playing basketball and ping-pong. Meanwhile, another set of twins are in "Otso Otso." More famous as Jaboom Twins, eighteen-year-old Kristine and Katrina Gonzales were the winner of the Pond's Search for Beautiful Faces in 2003. After that, they were launched in ABS-CBN's former noontime show, "Masayang Tanghali Bayan." Now the Jaboom Twins are mainstays of Studio 23's "Wazzup Wazzup," a news gag show where they play weather girls. In "Otso Otso" they are the sisters of Vhong. "Sabay kami lagi nagsasalita sa movie, kasi po kambal kami tapos pareho kami ng ginagawa. Para kaming iisa lang kung kumilos," says Jaja. "Pero in real life marami din po kaming differences ng kapatid ko," butts in Boomboom, who is the reserved one. Jaja is outspoken and likes trendy things. Though this is their first movie, the two are already at ease in front of the cameras and with their co-stars, especially Vhong and Bayani. "Sobrang kuwela po on screen sina Kuya Bayani and Vhong. 'Lam mong hindi ko mawawala sa eksena pag kasama mo sila kasi para silang guide mo rin pag umarte, tapos ang dami pang mga nakakatawang revelations sa 'Otso Otso Pamela Wan'," observes Jaja.
Ate Vi, Idol ni Claudine
Saturday, March 6, 2004 12:07 p.m.
Source: Kabayan ----------------- Ate Vi, idol ni Claudine AMINADO si Claudine Barretto na si Lipa Mayor Vilma Santos ang iniidolo niyang artista dahil bilib siya sa akting ng beteranang aktres. "Noon pa si Ate Vi na talaga ang gusto kong gayahin. Kaya nga pinaghuhusayan ko ang acting ko para kahit paano ay makuha ko kahit kalahati ng narating niya," sabi ni Claudine. Tuwang-tuwa si Claudine sa taas ng rating ng bago niyang fantasy telenobelang Marina sa Dos na napapanood na araw-araw. "Hindi ko akalain na pakaaabangan ito ng mga tao lalo na ng mga bata. Masaya ako dahil na-capture namin ang malakjng viewer sa unang linggo pa lang ng aming pag-uumpisa. At least ibang tema naman ito na inihandog namin sa mga tao," ani Claudine. Hanggang sa ngayon ay di pa rin alam ni Claudine kung sinu-sino talaga ang magiging leading men niya sa Marina dahil medyo nakatutok pa ang istorya sa katauhan niya. "Honestly di ko talaga alam dahil ako mismo ay kauumpisa pa lang mag-taping sa Batangas," dagdag pa niya. Biniro siya ng ilang press kung sa susunod ay baka mag-ala Darna na siya at unahan si Regine Velasquez ay natawa lang siya dahil malayo pa raw sa isip niya ang makipag-unahan sa role. "Dito muna tayo sa Marina. Ito ang ibinigay na trabaho sa akin kaya rito muna ang utak ko," hirit pa ni Claudine. Gusto niyang gayahin si Mayor Vi pero di naman daw niya gustong gayahin lahat ng role na ginawa noon ng Star for All Season. Samantala, may nagbalita sa amin na isa sa dahilan kung bakit naging success ang Milan na pinagtuwangan nila ni Piolo ay sa dahilang suportado siya ng mga Vilmanian sa buong Pilipinas. Naniniwala sila na ang pinakamalapit na susunod sa yapak ng Star for All Seasons ay si Claudine. Lahat daw ng proyekto ng aktres ay suportado nila at ginagamitan nila ng text brigade para kumalat ang balita. Hindi lamang daw dito ikinakalat ang mga tsika kundi sa halos lahat ng bahagi ng mundo na kinaroroonan ng mga tagahanga ni Ate Vi.
Raymond will Make You Shiver in Fright
Saturday, March 6, 2004 11:59 a.m.
Source: Manila Bulletiun ------------------- Raymond Bagatsing will make you shiver in fright! By WALDEN SADIRI --------------------- If you are one of those who scare easily or someone who can’t stand horror flicks, then “Nginiiig,” ABS-CBN’s true to life dramatization of the paranormal experiences of some of our Filipino brothers and sisters, is your entry level point in overcoming your fear! Why? Because unlike past horror TV shows, “Nginiiig” is aired in an afternoon timeslot, making it a not so frightening, but even enjoyable program especially for the weak at heart. (“Nginig” starts airing today, March 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Given its timeslot, it somehow curves the viewers’ focus more on the truthfulness presented of each paranormal encounters told than being frightened by their own imagination if seen at night. Hosted by multi–awarded Raymond Bagatsing, “Nginiiig” according to its producers, is the first mainstream television show that incorporates drama into paranormal documentaries. It also hopes to widen the understanding of Filipino audiences as to why there are such occurrences. Unlike myths “Nginiiig!” is about real people experiences on the paranormal. In the show, these people’s emotions and reactions to their encounters are relived. And often they share how such mystical yet terrifying incidents have touched and changed their lives! To make the show an authority in explaining ghost sightings, wandering spirits and the supernaturals, “Nginiiig” brings in five young psychics – Eirich, Lisa, Adam, May and John. Their job is to feel and detect the spirits in every quest undertaken by “Nginiiig.” They’re also there to listen, observe and explain why spirits remain on earth. An added attraction of “Nginiiig!” is its documentary format which airs the following night on Studio 23. Entitled “Nginiiig! The Hidden Files,” it will showcase raw footages of Raymond Bagatsing and the psychics’ investigation of paranormal activities in different parts of the country. Viewers can expect to get a chilling first-hand experience of the paranormal through the raw footages that will be shown. And if they get lucky, they can even see the spirits themselves that were captured accidentally on camera. (“Nginiiig! The Hidden Files” airs tomorrow at Studio 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Danilo Barrios, Jhong Hilario and Spencer Reyes of the box-office hits “Spirit Warriors” series will host the show. How it all started “Nginiiig!” executive producer Raymond Dizon explained that the popularity of reality-TV based programs was the reason the show was conceived. In their search for more possible interesting reality-TV based shows, they stumbled on the idea of a reality-horror-documentary-drama. “We already have reality-based talent contests so we decided that we will have five real psychics na pupunta sa actual locations of paranormal activities. They will try to look for the spirits na hindi pa natatahimik and hopefully ma-appease ang mga spirits na ito.” The first episode they shot was in the landslide sites in Southern Leyte that killed 19 people last December 2003. Most of the bodies were recovered except for three and the other mishap took a hundred lives and a number were not yet accounted for. And according to their research, the souls of these not yet recovered bodies have been manifesting their presence to their friends and relatives. “Without telling the psychics why they were there and kung ano ang nangyari at sino pa ang mga katawan ng mga namatay na hindi pa nakukuha, they all felt the spirits and they just knew – in a way parang naniwala ako because when it happened natakot din ako,” he commented. He added that when the psychics told them the spirits were near them, he could just feel his surroundings getting cold and could see the rustles of the plants in the area where they were standing. “That’s why I’m wearing a necklace with a cross now. I’m skeptic about these things pero nakakatakot na rin kasi,” he quipped. What the show won’t intend to do though is to influence young televiewers to create a cult or even join a cult which worships unknown spirits. They always make sure that their viewers understand that what the psychics do are professionally done from their innate abilities. Raymond Bagatsing’s spiels in the program mentions such warnings or cautions. Raymond’s quest in life According to it’s director Luigi Santiago and its executive producer, Raymond Bagatsing has the look of authority in presenting the dramatization of their paranormal stories. More than that, he is also someone who has been interested with such occurrences because of his spirituality. During the show’s press conference held last Tuesday night, he admitted that he didn’t mind doing the show because it may have some connection to his personal quest of discovering his purposes in life. His passion in the afterlife has grown in the past and he said that “Nginiiig!” may provide additional insights for him. “Siguro kaya naalok sa akin ang project na ito dahil mahilig akong mag-meditate and mahilig din ako sa mga paranormals and tungkol sa life after death. I also thought that maybe they have messages for me that I need to discover in my spirituality, life after death is what I’ve researched about intensively,” the actor revealed. Raymond too has had some paranormal experiences. He shared that when his grandfather died, he saw him at the bedside of his grandmother. When he told his grandmother about it, she simply said that his grandfather was just keeping his promise that he would still take care of her after he died. He added that being from Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija, he learned about the paranormals from his mother when he was still young. “Uso doon ang Nuno sa Punso and people sometimes die because they urinated sa mga punso without asking permission o hindi nagpatabi-tabi. They get sick and they die. My grandmother, nakakapaggamot siya, ang sabi nila yung mga panggagamot niya, nakukuha niya sa Nuno sa Punso because she was able to communicate with them. They also believe in anting-anting (amulet).” Raymond admitted that when he goes home after they shoot some episodes, he reflects on whether he did feel something. At the same time, he also reads his books on spirituality for better understanding of what he has just experienced. “Tinatanong ko ang sarili ko kung dapat nga ba itong paniwalaan. I’m still looking for the answer. So I’m very excited because as the show goes on my belief is slowly coming back.”
VHONG, MAS SIKAT KAY BAYANI???
Saturday, March 6, 2004 11:44 a.m.
Source: Abante IS Vhong Navarro riding high on the popularity of Bayani Agbayani’s song Otso-Otso to make a big success out of the movie Otso-Otso and his song Pamela-Mela Wan? Or is it the other way around, and that includes Bayani too. It is a fact that in less than four months, Vhong chalked up three starring roles which make him quite busy and visible these days. He beat the deadline for the movie Mr. Suave last December at the last stages of the popularity of this Parokya ni Edgar hit. What was branded to be his first starring movie, Gagamboy, followed that one up at the Metro Manila Film Festival. With Bayani’s novelty hit, Otso-Otso, now on the top, the Star Cinema bosses thought of refreshing the concept with the additional youth-oriented Pamela game which is now a song. Even director Jerry Sineneng admits that “para hindi magmukhang luma ang Otso-Otso, dinagdag namin ang Pamela… at of course, si Vhong.” No one can say who is more popular now -- Vhong or Bayani. Even their handlers won’t commit nor comment. As if discussing that would be stepping on some people’s toes and ego. But those with a sense of history point out that both Bayani and Vhong started out for the two-year old movie company of the Sevilla’s Violett Films. They are the stars of the company’s first project, Cass and Carry which cousin Jose N. Carreon directed. About this time in 2002, they were filming their first movie team-up. Now in mid-March, Bayani and Vhong will see their second film, Otso-Otso in downtown theaters. After Milan, this is Star Cinema’s second picture in three months of 2004. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RICA AND BERNARD: GOING STRONG(ER)
Saturday, March 6, 2004 11:32 a.m.
Rica & Bernard: Going strong(er) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo The Philippine Star 03/06/2004 -------------------------- Have they or haven’t they – split up, that is? The rumor has been spreading that Rica Peralejo and Bernard Palanca (whom Rica fondly calls BJ) have called it quits after going steady for more than three years, no doubt fanned by Sharon Cuneta’s show last Sunday featuring actresses and their "exes," with Rica among the panelists. Rica has kept mum about the matter, until yesterday when she met the movie press for the launching of her own Rica’s Deepest Secret Calamansi Whitening Soap. Veering away from the discussion of the soap’s "beautifying qualities," Rica said she was talking about her and Bernard once and for all, for all and sundry, hoping to put the (non-)issue to rest. "No," she said in her husky voice (like Kris Aquino, she has nodules in her throat, that’s why she has stopped smoking), glowing with the "calamansi radiance" of her Rica Soap, "BJ and I haven’t broken up. The truth is that we are into a stage where our relationship is getting better and better, stronger and stronger. It helps that BJ and I are the best of friends." So close are the lovers (both accepted by their respective families) and Bernard practically lives in the Peralejo home. Because he’s always at Rica’s place all the time, Bernard decided to rent a place next to the Peralejo home. "But we’re not living-in," Rica hastened to clarify. "And neither does BJ sleep in my room." Loud and clear?
'HINDI AKO HEARTBROKEN" --RICA P.
Saturday, March 6, 2004 11:12 a.m.
"Hindi ako heartbroken" - Rica P. BABY TALK Ni Salve V. Asis Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/06/2004 -------------------------- "Hindi ako broken hearted. My heart is buong-buo," sabi ni Rica Peralejo sa consistent issue na split na sila ng boyfriend na si Bernard Palanca. "Mahal na mahal ako ni Bernard, tinatanong pa ba yan," she avers sa launching ng kanyang bagong negosyo, Rica’s Deepest Secret whitening calamansi soap. "We’re very much ok. In fact, mas stronger ang relationship namin and more than anything else, mas okey ang friendship namin." Nag-start lang daw lahat ng issue nang mag-guest siya sa Sharon dahil isinama siya sa ibang guest na kaka-split lang sa kanilang mga boyfriend. Pero ayaw mag-comment ni Rica tungkol kay Iza Calzado na nali-link kay Bernard. Anyway, kung may papaya soap si Kris Aquino, may calamansi soap si Rica. Tested na raw sa kanya ang calamansi kaya ito ang naisip niyang negosyo. "No’n kasing bata ako, matiyaga ang mommy ko na lagyan kami ng kalamansi sa mga dark areas ng body namin. Effective di ba? Nakita n’yo naman na flawless ang skin ko," sabi ni Rica na may kasamang biro. Mismong ang sarili nilang company, R. Peralejo Inc. ang distributor ng calamansi whitening soap na all natural ang ingredient. Available na sa lahat ng leading stores ang Rica’s Deepest Secret whitening soap. "Suprisingly, although we are only new in the market, the reception has been very favorable. I was told na malaking tulong ang photo na nakalagay sa box ng soap dahil feeling ng buyers may guarentee na agad sila sa product," sabi niya. Matagal nang pangarap ni Rica na magkaroon ng sariling business. At least daw ngayon, alam na niya kung saan mapupunta ang mga pinagta-trabahunan niya.
A Song Composed Through Texting!by Vina and Piolo
Friday, March 5, 2004 01:27 p.m.
A song composed through texting! Yes, there’s a song that has been composed through texting and it’s by Vina Morales and Piolo Pascual no less. Piolo is a guest artist in Vina’s latest album and when the singer-actress found this out, they thought of a concept. But because of their busy and demanding schedule, they couldn’t find time to sit down together and write the song. But they finally got to do it - through texting, would you believe? Coincidentally, the title of the song is “Paano Kaya Magtatagpo?” which we found to be emotional. It’s a touching love song overflowing with emotion and it’s a plus that the blending of Vina and Piolo’s voices was beautiful. “Piolo wrote the second and fourth verses and I did the first and the third,” Vina said during the launch the other day of the album entitled “Mamahalin Ka Niya” (under Star Records) at 9501 Restaurant of ABS-CBN. Arnel de Pano provided the music for “Paano Kaya Magtatagpo,” one of well-selected songs in the album. The others are “Usahay,” “Yakapin Mo Ako,” “Pangako,” “Saan Darating ang Umaga,” “Narito Lang Ako” and “Prove Me.” We like the album and the beautiful songs it contains. The title-track “Mamahalin Ka Niya” was written by award-winning songwriters Soc Villanueva and Arnel de Pano. It’s for easy listening and so it is expected to become a hit especially among the romantics. Unfortunately, the album launch came at a time when Vina is “loveless” again. “Come to think of it, when my first two albums - ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Reflections’ - were launched, loveless din ako. Everytime I launch an album, it’s after I’ve broken up with my boyfriend,” Vina recalled. “Total Recall” was launched after she split with Rep. Miguel Zubiri, and the second, “Reflections,” was launched after her break-up with Roy Ofek, who is now Angela Velez’s partner. Just recently Vina broke up with her Malaysian boyfriend Sulayman. But Vina can’t talk much about Sulayman. “I’m not comfortable talking about a former boyfriend who’s not a showbiz personality or a politician,” Vina remarked. She believed it to be an invasion of privacy if she did. It’s different with Robin Padilla though because he is very much a public property like she is. She has had several failed relationships and there were times in the past when Vina felt depressed, but not so much as to contemplate suicide, she said. She hasn’t recovered completely from those painful experiences but “I’m moving on. One has to stand up again after each fall. You can’t say you won’t fall in love again because you will sooner or later. I’m just so happy I’ve so many work to do to compensate,” she said. As to why she always go through failed relationships, Vina said “there’s no perfect relationship. Sometimes due to communication problems. But there were times I entertain regrets. Like I felt I should have done something to make past relationships work. But in life we can’t have everything. Bakit ako made-depressed eh ang dami kong trabaho? In fact, I’m leaving for the US next week for another series of shows.” Billed “Vina’s Hot US Tour,” she has Paolo Montalban, Carlos Agassi and Randy Santiago as special guest performers. On March 14, Vina and group will perform at Nob Hill in San Francisco; on March 14, Pala Casino & Resort in San Diego; March 19, Grand Olympic in LA, March 27, and April 10, Waldorf Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. When she gets back, Vina will continue promoting her album and then her major concert at the Araneta Coliseum on June 12. Produced by Maxi-Media, it will also be titled “Vina’s Hot.” * * *
KONTROBERSYAL
Friday, March 5, 2004 01:24 p.m.
Source: Manila Bulletin -------------------- Trust it to our good friend (and dearly missed, at that) Boy Abunda to come up with really interesting and controversial bits when he conducts interviews for his much-awaited talk show on ABS-CBN billed “Kontrobersyal.” Boy simply has this gift of making his guest feel so comfortable to talk about anything, even subjects which could make an average thinking interviewee feel uncomfortable with. Such is the power of Boy’s persuasive yet infinitely sincere manner of question and answer. The recent episode where Boy featured celebrity basketball player Marlou Aquino has created quite a stir towards the general direction of the PBA. Marlou said in that interview that “the Filipino-Americans in the PBA are destroying the integrity of the league” (or something to this effect). “The local-born Pinoys are losing their jobs from these foreign-born Pinoys,” he went on. Anyway, a source told us that because of this interview, some Filipino-Foreigners (who did not want to be identified at this time) felt defensive and they thought it would be for everybody’s best interest that they clarify to their fans and even to the local-born Pinoys “that we are not the villains in this situation. Kasalanan ba namin kung hindi kami ipinanganak dito sa ating bansa? We are Filipinos. It’s just that we were not born in this country. But we love this country.” “In fact, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to be Filipinos. We want to play here. Don’t fault us if some other players are not able to get in to the PBA. We are Pinoys, too. And people have got to realize that we are actually pushing the level of play here several notches higher because of our exposure to foreign style,” they emphasized. Anyway, come to think of it, facts about some of the popular Fil-Am players would even lead us to think that they are even more Pinoy than the average Pinoy born here. Consider these: Rudy Hatfield of Coca Cola Tigers is the boyfriend of popular comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto. Andy Seigle of Barangay Ginebra actually drives around town in a customized jeepney, yes! it’s the exact kind used for commuter transport. Willie Miller of Talk N Text may look like a black NBA player, but he speaks fluent Tagalog being raised in Olongapo. Didn’t we just tell you our dear readers that sports, PBA for this matter, is actually as entertaining as the movies?
Raymond Bagatsing's Supernatural Gift
Friday, March 5, 2004 12:51 p.m.
Source: Malaya ----------------- Raymond's supernatural gift -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PARANORMAL things fascinated Raymond Bagatsing. He remembers that when he was growing up in Nueva Ecija, where his mom comes from, he often saw objects that were unseen by others. One time he saw a person behind his Lola who was fanning away mosquitoes around her. He recalls his Lola telling him: "That's probably your (late) Lolo who promised to take care of me for as long as I live." Raymond decided to explore more on everything supernatural, especially after he became a member of the Ananda Marga. His knowledge comes in handy now that he is hosting a "docu-drama" horror show, "Nginiig," on ABS-CBN. There are actually two shows - "Nginiig" and "Nginig - The Hidden Files." The first is aired on ABS-CBN every Saturday afternoon, 3:30 to 4:30, while the other airs Studio 23 every Sunday night, 6:30 to 7. While Raymond's "Nginiig" guides the viewers to the things that is expected to jolt one's senses, Studio 23's "Nginiig, The Hidden Flies" is a spine-tingling reality show starring up-and-coming stars Danilo Barrios, Jhong Hilario and Spencer Reyes. Here's more about the two shows: "The reality genre crosses into the unreal with 'Nginiig,' the first mainstream television show that attempts to bridge the gap between the glittering super-reality of entertainment and the raw drama of paranormal documentaries. "Shadows of the past. Glimmer of the future. Places, people and objects that seem to cross from our reality to the world of the supernatural and back. There are those who whispers of their brushes with the unknown, yet few realize that such things happen everywhere, everyday. The supernatural is here with us. When it touches us, as it eventually would, how would we react? "'Nginiig' is all about these. And more. Real people with real emotions and real stories. "Apart from Raymund, 'Nginiig' also features five young psychics who will use their otherworldly powers to investigate the puzzles contained in each 'haunting' the show encounters. Along the way, the stories of the men and women who have been touched by these paranormal events will also be dramatized." * * *
Nginiiig at Nginig, The Hidden Files
Friday, March 5, 2004 12:49 p.m.
sOURCE: Malaya Raymond Bagatsing feels lucky that right after his "Narito ang Puso Ko" ended on GMA-7, ABS-CBN got him to host their horror show, "Nginiiig," that starts this Saturday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. "Nginiiig" has two versions. The Saturday version is a dramatic re-enactment of actual events while the Sunday version, "Nginig, the Hidden Files," shown Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on Studio 23, is a documentary showing actual sites where supernatural things happen. The first episode is about a haunted site in Liloan, Southern Leyte, where many people died from a disastrous landslide. "The Hidden Files" features psychics and spirit questors from the UP Paranormal Society under Paul Reyes, who went there to investigate the apparitions. What they discover will be shown in the Saturday version starring Cherry Pie Picache as a wife who lost her husband in the tragedy and Emilio Garcia as her ghostly husband. It is directed by Luigi Santiago. Also in the episode are Gloria Sevilla and Cris Daluz. "Everything we'll present in the two shows really happened and they're documented," says Raymond. "Hindi kathang-isip lamang." Their second episode will feature a haunted house in Balete Drive in New Manila. They also have an episode about the ghosts inhabiting the Manila Film Center. We tell them that another famous ghost house is the former residence of the late Leopoldo Salcedo in Blue Ridge called La Roca Trinidad where the ghosts are said to be hostile. They promise to investigate the paranormal phenomena said to be happening there. With regard to his lovelife, Raymond claims he remains unattached after his marriage to Lara Fabregas crumbled. "But Lara and I remain in touch. She's now in London working there and also studying acting at the same time."
Chocolate, Gaganap na Siyoke sa "Marina"
Friday, March 5, 2004 12:28 p.m.
Chokoleit, siyoke sa 'Marina' (ALLAN DIONES) ------------------------- Tuwang-tuwa ang sing-along master at stand-up comedian na si Chokoleit dahil kasali na siya sa cast ng pinag-uusapang fantaserye ng Dos -- ang Marina ni Claudine Barretto! Nag-taping na si Chokoleit sa Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Bading na manikurista ang role niya na magiging kanang kamay ni Dugong (Malu de Guzman). ‘Pearly Shell’ ang pangalan ng karakter niya. Nagkataong siya ang nakita ni Victoria (Cherie Gil) na naglalakad sa may dalampasigan kaya siya ang ibinigay nito kay Dugong para gawing utusan. "Magkakaroon din ako ng palikpik gaya ni Dugong. Baklang syokoy yata si Pearly Shell. In short, syoke! Ha! Ha! Ha! "Kakaibiganin ko ‘yung mga sirena para makakuha ako ng mga balita tungkol kay Marina. "Kontrabida ako pero hindi maiinis ‘yung mga tao dahil nakatutuwa ‘yung karakter ko. Bukod sa bading, eh, mali-mali! "Excited na ako dahil imagine, nakasama ako sa isang top-rating show? Ay naku, aagawan ko talaga ng eksena ang mga sirena!" sey ni Chokoleit, sabay tawa. At home na ang komedyante sa direktor ng Marina dahil nagkasama na sila ni Direk Wenn Deramas sa pelikulang Volta ni Ai Ai delas Alas. At least daw, magiging pamilyar na ang mga tao sa mukha niya bago ipalabas ang Volta at hindi na siya titilian ng, "The who?!" Nabili na ng Maalaala Mo Kaya ang story rights ng talambuhay ni Chokoleit pero hindi pa niya alam kung kailan ito ipalalabas sa MMK. Hindi rin niya sure kung matutupad ang wish niya na si Roderick Paulate ang gaganap na Chokoleit sa kanyang life story.
Mangarap Ka ni Piolo
Friday, March 5, 2004 12:24 p.m.
Source: Abante ------------------------- Sa Quiapo, Manila ang kadalasang location ng taping ni Piolo Pascual ng kanyang bagong teleserye sa Channel 2 titled Mangarap Ka. May plugging na ito sa network pero may napansin ang ilang observers sa plug na ipinalalabas sa telebisyon. “Parang hindi makatotohanan ‘yung paglalakad ni Piolo. Halatang mga bodyguards niya ang mga katabi niyang lalaki at binabantayan siya para hindi dumugin!” sabi ng aming kausap na hindi naman ginantihan ng reaksyon dahil hindi pa namin ito napanood. Ang alam namin, si Malou Sevilla ang isa sa directors nito. Mga bata ang kadalasang kaeksena ni Piolo at secondary lang daw ang leading lady rito. Ang alam pa namin, ka-join sa series ang bago naming alaga na si Joel Olivera, performer sa Klownz at Zirkoh na dating member ng The Boxers nu’ng panahong nandoon pa si Gladys Guevarra (kilala na ba ninyo siya?) Si Joel ang assistant ni Rio Locsin sa serye na isang barangay chairman. Kaya kung nasaan si Rio, join ang byuti ni Joel, huh! Biggest break ni Joel sa TV ang Mangarap Ka, but recently, lumabas siya sa Magpakailanman at mapapanood sa Da De Di Do Du ni Vic Sotto. Maguwapuhan kaya si Joel kay Piolo?
OTSO-OTSO IS NOW A MOVIE
Friday, March 5, 2004 12:09 p.m.
Otso-Otso is now a movie The Philippine Star 03/05/2004 Fresh from his two starrers shown one after the other (Regal Films’ 2003 Metro Manila Filmfest entry Gagamboy and Star Cinema’s Mr. Suave), Vhong Navarro teams up with Bayani Agbayani in Star Cinema’s Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela One, inspired by two novelty hit songs–Bayani’s Otso-Otso and Vhong’s Pamela-Mela-One–that are taking the country by storm and getting everybody to dance. "Masarap makipag-otso-otso kay Vhong," said Bayani who is doing a movie with Vhong for the first time, although they’ve been together in several ABS-CBN shows. "Mas lalong masarap makipag-Pamela-Mela-One kay Bayani," said Vhong who started as a member of the dance group Streetboys and ended up one of the country’s bright young comedians. Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela-One promises to be a fun movie, as invigorating as the effect of the songs which are on the lips–and the hips–of every fun-loving Pinoy. "You’re right," said direk Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, "it’s a fun movie from the first frame to the last frame. I won’t be surprised if moviegoers will not only sing along inside the moviehouses but also dance along with the movie’s stars." Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela-One, scripted by Mel del Rosario, also stars Cherry Lou, Angeline Aguilar, Michelle Bayle, Denise Joaquin, Pinky Marquez, Karl Marquez, Robin da Rosa, Jaboom Twins, Roco Twins, Dexter Doria and Tessie Tomas. In the movie, Bayani and Vhong play outcasts in their own families. They find a soul mate in each other and thus prove that misery loves company. Bayani is Boy, the only moreno in a family of mestizos and mestizas; Vhong is Amboy, the only under-achiever in a family of over-achievers. Clearly, they stand out like sore thumbs in their respective families. During a party held for twin girls who have been their childhood crushes which they gatecrash, Bayani and Vhong introduce the otso-otso dance before they embark on a trip to Manila to find their purpose in life. At about this time, Chinese twins Mao and Dao (also played by Bayani and Vhong) leave the city in protest against their parents’ plan to marry them off to girls they don’t like. Thus starts an adventure made more confusing by mistaken identity, with Bayani and Vhong pretending to be the Chinese twins–and vice-versa with surprisingly good results. "This is the kind of movie we all need in times like this," said direk Jerry. Now, wouldn’t it be a lot of fun if the whole world dances to Otso-Otso and Pamela-Mela-One?
Jenny Miller Swims Towards Success
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:33 p.m.
Source: Manila Bulletin -------------------------- Jenny Miller swims towards success! Consistently rating more than 40 percent since its initial telecast two weeks ago (the figures were flashed on TV by the network after the first week of showing) “Marina” has become ABS-CBN’s latest gold mine in the realm of primetime television. Aside from its main star Claudine Barretto, the show’s lure which was banked on by its producers was its fantasy-drama concept that was widely accepted by their televiewers! And no one is happier than actress Jenny Miller who is cast as Claudine’s best friend Vixia. Jenny related during an interview for the promotion of “Marina” the hardships she had to endure playing a mermaid or “sirena.” First, she has just learned how to swim before she turned 23 years old last Feb. 5. And as a mermaid, most of her scenes were underwater. “When I was told about this role, I was very interested because it was unusual. But when we started shooting, ang hirap pala especially so because I didn’t know how to swim.” According to her, she almost drowned when she was only five years old as she played on the waters of a beach resort in Quezon province. Her trauma was the reason she was never fond of the waters until “Marina” came along. And it was her drive to be an integral part of the series that propelled her to face and fight her fear. She has even taken diving lessons since her role required her to swim underwater most of the time. She shared that once she has put on her mermaid tail, she has to be carried on and off the set with a stretcher. This is a preventive measure for her costume not to be accidentally ripped apart. “It is easy to wear it since we have a lot of people assisting us. Pero hindi kami pwedeng gumapang, tumayo or even maglakad. They really have to carry us sa blocking namin.” What mattered for Jenny when the role was offered to her by its director Wenn Deramas was for her to simply to give justice to her character and the opportunity to work in a high quality production like “Marina.” “I didn’t have any qualms before I accepted the role. But they did ask me if it was okay that the silhouette of my breasts might be shown on TV. That was okay since I know we were filming for TV and hindi mapapalagpas kung pangit ang nakita.” In fact, the director did some test shots with the mermaids of “Marina” underwater. Wenn found out that whenever they dive, the mermaids’ long hair would part ways and reveal their breasts. In order to prevent such accidents, the director strictly required the mermaids to wear skin-toned bras when they shoot their underwater scenes. But on the shore, the mermaids were topless except for nipple tapes, as Jenny shared to us. “We are just being realistic in the show. It was explained to us na wala namang sirenang may bra… we wore bra para comfortable din kaming lumangoy sa ilalim kasi kung hindi tatakpan sayang naman yung eksenang hindi magagamit,” she explained. The actress admitted too that she considers “Marina” as one of her good breaks in showbiz since it showcases her other talents. “This is my first time to do a fantasy series. I’m very happy and thankful especially sa support ng mga staff. I’m very thankful kay Lord because I waited a long time for this kasi nalagay na ako sa comedy palagi,” she proudly remarked. Her director also serves as an inspiration as Jenny works the long hours for “Marina.” “This is my second time to work with him. My first was in ‘Buttercup.’ I guess that’s the reason naging maganda ang relationship namin. He is really a good director and mabusisi siya. He can motivate you very well,” she smiled. Jenny Miller was discovered in Quezon province where she finished her college degree in Commerce. It was only after her graduation that her parents allowed her to try a career in show business. But her first stint when she reached Manila was as a ramp model. It was when she met entertainment writer, radio and TV host Ogie Diaz that she decided to enter showbiz. “At first when I was offered to join showbiz, ayaw ko. Naisip ko lang kasi na ang daming hindi nagtatagal. But Ogie explained na kung gagalingan ko magtatagal ako. So it became a challenge to me since it was up to me if I will make it or not, I just have to give my very best and so far I’m enjoying it,” she expressed. Aside from guest appearances in different ABS–CBN shows, to her credit are major TV shows like the now defunct gag show “Klassmeyts,” where she was a member of the Klassbabes, and “Wattamen,” which recently ended its run. In the movies, she was in “Pinay Pie” with Ai Ai de las Alas, Joyce Jimenez and Assunta de Rossi; “Mr. Suave” with Vhong Navarro and “Asboobs” with Eddie Garcia. Whether on TV or in the movies, Jenny Miller‘s acting experience was usually in comedy. And if you think about it, her sexiness onscreen is usually married in every role she has portrayed in her past projects mentioned above. That is how far she would go. The actress has yet to build enough confidence to justify accepting a role in the sexy genre which will have her bare her physical assets. As of now, her 36-24-36 figure would only remain clad in sexy clothes in her shows or by long fish tail and long hair in “Marina.” “Hindi ko pa alam if I want to become a sexy actress. Ewan ko hindi sa ayaw ko pero there’s a lot of hindrance like my family who are not ready,” she quipped. But has she ever thought about joining the bandwagon of sexy actresses proliferating today? “I’m scared to try from what I see in them. It’s like after the people see your naked body, what’s next for you? So I’m actually fine where I am right now as long as I have projects. Kasi kapag nagpakita ka na they will always expect you to bare in all your movies,” expounded Jenny. Jenny Miller may be a reluctant sexy star but her decision to do so is putting her on the right track of her career — its longevity. Jenny Miller defines sexiness in her on way and she is one actress to watch out for. She is ON THE RISE!
Sheryn Regis' Story on Maalaala Mo Kaya
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:32 p.m.
Source: Malaya --------------------- Sheryn Regis' story in 'Maalaala' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOW far can the power of a dream bring a young girl from Cebu? That's the question this week as television's top drama anthology "Maalaala Mo Kaya" brings to life the story of "Star in a Million" first runner-up Sheryn Regis. Airing tonight, the Sheryn Regis story stars Angelika de la Cruz in a story written by Francis Pasion and directed by Mae Cruz. It was a long, hard journey that Sheryn took to become a "Star in a Million" finalist. As a child, she joined singing contests in her native Cebu, and it was here that Sheryn began to accumulate a small following thanks to her big, powerful voice. But it was also in these competitions that friction began to form between Sheryn and her younger brother Elton (played by Ketchup Eusebio), who also competed in the same contests as Sheryn. The episode also features the special participation of Jericho Rosales as Erik Santos.
On a Cruise with Aga and Kristine
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:30 p.m.
Source: Malaya ---------------- On a cruise with Aga, Kristine -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THERE were 24 of us who joined the Star Cruise, courtesy of Star Cinema. We were in the company of stars Aga Muhlach and Kristine Hermosa, who are making a movie together for the first time. We left Manila on Saturday, Feb. 21, for Singapore, where the Superstar Virgo was docked in one of its ports. The luxury liner would serve as home to all 24 of us for the next six days. Several of the scenes in this Aga-Kristine movie were to be shot inside the ship and its deck by Laurenti Dyogi, the director. Also with us were the other members of the staff and crew: Elma Madua, line producer; Martin Jimenez, director of photography; Nancy Arcega, production designer; Ted Boborol, assistant director; Mary Grace Maricotes, production assistant; Rizza Fernandez, art director; Alexis Baider, Jr., gaffer; Ike Avellana, second cameraman; Alvin Despa, assistant cameraman; Elmer Despa, 2nd assistant cameraman; Elvis Vargas, clapper/loader; Chito Almacen, soundman; Zeny Huganas, make-up artist for Aga; Dennis Asaral, make-up artist for Kristine; Vanessa de Leon, AdProm supervisor; Jun de Leon, photographer; Ramon Ty, assistant to Jun de Leon; and Ian Hacbang, assistant to Aga. Also there were Kristine's mom Mai Orille and only brother, Joshua. * * * The trip was smooth sailing from day one up to the last. Although the trip wasn't really for pleasure, we enjoyed each day, especially when it was time to disembark, first in Langkawi, Malaysia, then in Phuket, Thailand. One of the scenes shot in Langkawi had Aga and Kristine riding the cable car. There is another landmark in Langkawi, which I am sure moviegoers will recognize once the movie of Aga and Kristine is shown. This is the movie set of "Anna and The King," which Century Fox built in 1999. Its marker reads: "The elegant Thai-style Summer Palace was built in 1999 for the filming of the movie, 'Anna and The King,' starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt. After location shooting ended, the building was presented to the Langkawi Development Authority which reconstructed the 'palace' with more durable materials to create this movie set experience for visitors. Props used in the movie, including the costumes, the furniture and furnishing are displayed on the premises." Aga and Kristine were allowed to use some of the costumes for some scenes inside and outside the palace. Prior to returning to the set, more scenes were shot in the famous boardwalk of Langkawi. The following day found Aga, Kristine and the group taking the ferry for a trip to Phuket Island. The first stopover was a famous Thai temple housing houses statues of golden Buddhas in different sizes and shown in different poses. Next, we were taken by our guide to one of the 19 beaches in the island. All beaches, our guide told us, were packed with crowd of tourists that time. More scenes of Aga and Kristine were shot as they went on a safari. We all felt exhausted but, nonetheless, happy as we were ferried back to the ship. * * * The Captain's Ball was possibly the most important event during the cruise. It usually is held on Tuesday night with a gala dinner. All reservations are strictly on a first come, first serve basis. It is not a requirement that all the people on the ship attend the ball. But those who have made reservations for the event are required to come in elegant attire. Aga and Kristine attended the event; he in a tuxedo, while she was in an aquamarine gown. All the other guests were in their best togs, even if they were not participants at the shooting. The highlight of the affair is when the Captain of the Superstar Virgo ascends the stage and introduces his staff, two of which are from the Philippines; Albert Ebona, personnel manager and Augusto Buan, front office manager. The rest comes from Finland, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, Finland, Great Britain, Germany or Sweden. The Captain, Kakan Svedong, is from Sweden. * * * It is in this movie where Kristine will have her first torrid kissing scene with her leading man. Si Aga nga. For the first time as well, she will don a bathing suit. How was it like working with Aga and Kristine? Wonderful! It's not my first time to work with either of them in a movie. But when you get to work together in a foreign country, you get to know more about the people you are with. I'd say that Aga and Kristine lived up to my expectations. And even exceeded some. Everyone agreed that Aga and Kristine make a perfect on-screen combination. Both glow in their scenes together that you would never think there is a disparity in their ages. Aga's 34, while Kristine's 20. No wonder, this early, both Direk Lauren and Elma are assured of a winner in the box office. * * * Saturday, Feb. 28, everybody prepared for home. That is, except Aga, who chose to stay behind in Singapore to meet Charlene, who was flying in to join him. Together, they wanted to explore the Jurong Bird Park, one of Singapore's top attractions. The park reportedly houses 8,000 birds in a "golden paradise." As is common knowledge, Aga and Charlene are currently into breeding birds. They have birds of varied sizes, colors and breed. They are, in fact, having an aviary built in their farm in Mataas Na Kahoy, Batangas, where they plan to keep the birds which now numbers to about 80.
Mickey Ferriols Is Little Seen in New MTB
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:29 p.m.
Source: Malaya ----------------------- Mickey Ferriols is little seen in new 'MTB' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOW come Mickey Ferriols has little participation in the new "MTB"? "So you've noticed it, too," she sighs. "I myself am wondering because I was hosting two major portions before. Iniisip ko na lang baka they'd assign me naman some new portions later. As of now, my attitude is I'll just do whatever they ask me to do with all my best. It could also be they're still finding out kung anong chemistry ko with the new members of the show like Arnell Ignacio, BJ Manalo, Jenny Hernandez and the Viva Hot Babes. Period of adjustment pa rin naman ito for all of us so pinakikiramdaman ko rin kung ano ang flow ng hosting nila." She is hoping that she will also be given the chance to host a public affairs show. "Jake Maderazo of the news department approached me about this and I told him I'm willing to do it," she says. "Athough its under news, sana may showbiz element pa rin." Right now, she is busy shooting a movie for a new film outfit, "Six in the City," a spoof of the sex-comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. "My co-stars are Mikey Arroyo, Brod Pete, Tuesday Vargas and some of the Viva Hot Babes," she adds. "We're shooting it right now but after the election na ang release nito because Mikey is running as governor in Pampanga." * * *
"HIMIG HANDOG" BUKAS NA!!!!
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:24 p.m.
'Himig Handog' finals bukas Sina Luis Manzano, Angelika de la Cruz, Karel Marquez at Beau Canlas ang hosts ng finals ng Himig Handog Love Songs bukas (Biyernes, Marso 5) nang gabi sa ABS-CBN, pagkatapos ng ‘ABS-CBN Teleserye Primetime Bida.’ Magpe-perform dito sina Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Jose Mari Chan, Joey Generoso, Bituin Escalante, Paolo Santos, Luke Mejares, Barbie Almalbis, Dianne de la Fuente, Dessa, Roselle Nava, Michelle Ayalde, Akafellas, Marinel Santos, Christian Bautista at Erik Santos. Ang interpreters ng finalist songs ay sina Anna Fegi, Rico Blanco (ng RiverMaya), Bayani Agbayani & Angelica Jones, 17:28 & Glaiza de Castro, Wency Cornejo & Rachel Alejandro, Divo, King, Josh Santana, Aliya Parcs at Aegis. Mahigit 2,000 entries ang pinagpilian para sa 10 finalists. Ang grand prize winner ay tatanggap ng P200,000 plus an Asian Love Cruise and Romantic Gift Show-case. Ang winner ng Highly-Commended prize ay tatanggap ng P100,000 plus Asian Love Cruise and Romantic Gift Showcase. Ang winners ng Texters’ Choice, Buyers’ Choice at Listeners’ Choice ay tatanggap ng P50,000 plus Asian Love Cruise and Romantic Gift Showcase. Ang Best Interpreter ay tatanggap ng P50,000 cash.
VINA, LOVELESS PAG MAY AGONG ALBUM
Thursday, March 4, 2004 12:21 p.m.
sOURCE: Abante Tonite -------------------------------- Vina, loveless pag may bagong album ----------------------- Kahihiwalay lang ni Vina Morales sa kanyang Malaysian boyfriend kamakailan, nguni’t masaya pa rin siya dahil maraming blessings sa kanya ang Panginoon. Hindi nauubusan ng trabaho si Vina, at heto nga’t may bagong album siya sa Star Records, ang Mamahalin Ka Niya. "Everytime na magre-release ako ng album, loveless ako," banggit ni Vina kahapon. Kahihiwalay lang nina Vina at Roy Ofek nang i-release ‘yung album ni Vina na Reflections. Kabe-break lang nina Vina at Congressman Miguel Zubiri nang ilabas ang Total Control album ng dalaga. "Coincidence! Nakatutuwa lang… ay hindi! Hindi pala nakatutuwa!" nakangiting bulalas ni Vina. Sampung kanta ang nakapaloob sa bagong album ni Vina, kabilang ang duet nila ni Piolo Pascual na Paano Kaya Magtatagpo. Pinagtulungan nina Vina at Piolo ang lyrics ng kantang iyon. "May concept na kami ni Piolo tungkol sa song. Hindi kami makapag-usap nang maayos tungkol dito dahil sobrang busy siya at busy rin ako," kuwento ni Vina. "Ang sabi sa akin ni Piolo, ‘Do your lyrics and I’ll do mine.’ Nag-text-text lang kami. Iyong 1st and 3rd verse ng kanta eh gawa ni Piolo, samantalang ‘yung 2nd and 4th verse eh sa akin. "Ang melody eh kay Arnel de Pano, at may input din siya sa lyrics. Sa text kami nagtagpo ni Piolo, and with the help of Arnel, we came up with a beautiful song. "It came out so nice. Natutuwa kami at na-appreciate ng Star Records `yung kanta." Nakapaloob din sa bagong album ni Vina ang classic hits na Yakapin Mo Ako, Pangako at Saan Darating Ang Umaga, ang sultry ballad na Narito Lang Ako, at ang dance ditty na Prove Me. May concert tour siya sa Amerika, ang Vina’s Hot US Tour – Nob Hill sa San Francisco (Marso 14), Pala Casino & Resort sa San Diego (Marso 19), Grand Olympic sa Los Angeles (Marso 27), Waldorf Symphony Hall sa Atlanta, Georgia (Abril 10), among others. "I’ll be away for 6 weeks. 8 shows na `yung naka-schedule, at maggi-guest pa ako sa shows ng Hunks," kuwento ni Vina. "Kasama ko roon sina Paolo Montalban at Carlos Agassi, at sa ibang shows ay si Randy Santiago." Sa Hunyo 12 gaganapin ang 2nd major concert ni Vina sa Araneta Coliseum.
LATEST RATINGS FOR TUESDAY (MAR. 2)
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:34 a.m.
Source: Abante Tonite Heto ang latest (Tuesday) ratings ng mga shows ng Dos at Siete: Sarah (Dos), 22% vs. Ghost Fighter (GMA), 25%; TV Patrol (Dos), 28% vs. Front Page (GMA), 25%; SCQ (Dos), 32%, vs. Extra Challenge (GMA) 31%; Basta’t Kasama Kita (Dos), 39%, vs. Twin Hearts, 28%; Marina (Dos), 42%, vs. Te Amo (GMA), 28%; Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (Dos), 38%, vs. Endless Love 2 (GMA), 32%; It Might Be You (Dos), 35%, vs. Narito Ang Puso Ko (GMA), 27%; BSM (Dos), 18%, vs. ATN (GMA), 19%; Insider (Dos), 12% vs. Saksi (GMA), 13%; Pipol (Dos), 7%, vs. Wanted (GMA), 10%.
LATEST RATINGS FOR TUESDAY (MAR. 2)
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:34 a.m.
Heto ang latest (Tuesday) ratings ng mga shows ng Dos at Siete: Sarah (Dos), 22% vs. Ghost Fighter (GMA), 25%; TV Patrol (Dos), 28% vs. Front Page (GMA), 25%; SCQ (Dos), 32%, vs. Extra Challenge (GMA) 31%; Basta’t Kasama Kita (Dos), 39%, vs. Twin Hearts, 28%; Marina (Dos), 42%, vs. Te Amo (GMA), 28%; Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (Dos), 38%, vs. Endless Love 2 (GMA), 32%; It Might Be You (Dos), 35%, vs. Narito Ang Puso Ko (GMA), 27%; BSM (Dos), 18%, vs. ATN (GMA), 19%; Insider (Dos), 12% vs. Saksi (GMA), 13%; Pipol (Dos), 7%, vs. Wanted (GMA), 10%.
Another FAntaserye,inihahanda na ng DOS
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:33 a.m.
Source;People's Tonight SA sinimulan nilang trend sa telebisyon, isang bagong fantaserye ang inihahanda na ng ABS-CBN. Teen superhero naman ang aabangan ng viewers with the new character na niluluto ng network. Ibinalita sa akin ni Joanne del Rosario, executive producer ng bagong fantaserye, na buo na ang production staff. "Si Rory Quintos ang magdidirek. Buo na ang kuwento at isang big surprise kung sino ang bida." Sa bagong fantaserye ilulunsad si Milan production designer Nuel Naval bilang isang direktor. Siya ang second unit director ni Direk Rory. Ikinuwento sa akin ni Joanne — dating executive producer ng Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay — na noong niluluto ang Marina (ang kauna-unahan nilang fantaserye), kasabay ang pagbuo ng kuwento ng pangalawang fantaserye. "It’s an all-original Pinoy concept. Mala-pelikula ang attack dito ni Direk Rory. Matutuwa ang viewers, lalo na ang mga bata," says Joanne. Ayaw pang ibalita ni Joanne kung sino ang bida sa bagong fantaserye. Aniya, hindi pa siya allowed na i-reveal ang detalye nito. By ERIC JOHN SALUT
Fourth Week na ng MILAN
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:31 a.m.
Source:People's Tonight NASA fourth week na ang Milan nina Claudine Barretto at Piolo Pascual, at patuloy na dinudumog ng tao. Base sa performance sa takilya, nasa ikatlong puwesto na ito sa listahan ng record-breaking films ng Star Cinema. Nangunguna pa rin ang Ang Tanging Ina ni Ai Ai delas Alas at pangalawa ang Anak nina Vilma Santos at Claudine. Na-dislodge na ng Milan ang Tanging Yaman, Got 2 Believe at Kailangan Kita. Ang Milan ang isa pa lamang sa certified blockbuster ng 2004. Kailangan ng mas matinding movie para matapatan ang tagumpay nito. At dahil sa success ng Milan, a big victory party is being prepared by Star Cinema and ABS-CBN para sa cast, crew, press at mga taong involved sa pelikula. * * *
Kawawa Naman Si Sarah G.
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:30 a.m.
Source; people's Tonight KAWAWANG Sarah Geronimo! Biktima siya ng smear campaign. Iba’t iba ang drama ng paninira ngayon kay Sarah. Very surprising na inuulan ako ng hate e-mails bashing Sarah. May nagpapadala rin sa akin ng text messages na sinisiraan si Sarah. lisa ang laman ng text messages at hate e-mails: Lumaki na raw ang ulo ni Sarah at nag-iinarte na siya. Kaya nga immediately, kinausap ko si Nini Matilac ng Sarah: The Teen Princess tungkol sa isyu. "Ako mismo, nagugulat," says Nini. "Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling ang mga paninirang ‘yun. Believe me, EJ, in the few months that I have been working with Sarah, hindi ko nakitaan ng yabang o pag-iinarte ‘yung bata. May naninira talaga sa kanya. Halatang concerted efforts, eh! Kung saan at kanino nanggagaling — hindi ko alam." Hindi na bago sa akin ang mga paninira sa mga sikat na artista. Dumaan at hanggang ngayon ay pinagdadaan pa rin ito ng mga tulad nina Claudine Barretto, Kristine Hermosa, Angelika dela Cruz, Bea Alonzo at Judy Ann Santos. * * *
Rica Now Counts Bernard as "ex-BF"
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:27 a.m.
Source: People's Tonight Rica now counts Bernard as 'ex-BF' MAY development sa rumored split nina Rica Peralejo at Bernard Palanca. Kung si Bernard ay hindi naniniwalang split na sila, kakaiba naman ang statement ni Rica. Sa guesting ni Rica sa Sharon, nagulat ang staff ng show nang i-consider na ni Rica si Bernard na "ex-boyfriend" kasama sa hanay nina Wowie de Guzman at Bojo Molina. Ang episode kasi ay tungkol sa mga babaing iniiwan o nang-iiwan ng boyfriend. According to Sharon executive producer Noel Ferrer: "Nagulat kami, kapatid. May insinuations ‘yung statement ni Rica. Magugulat ka sa revelation ni Rica. Panoorin mo ang episode sa Sunday and read between the lines na lang, kapatid." Mukhang may katotohanan ang hiwalayan nina Rica at Bernard despite the latter’s denial. Kaibigan ko si Rica at mabilis itong mag-reply kapag tini-text o tinatawagan ko. But the past weeks, sa ilang attempt ko na kunin ang statement niya, wala akong natanggap na sagot. Mukhang may problema talaga. Bukod kay Rica, kasama sa nasabing episode ng Sharon sina Nikki Valdez, Alessandra de Rossi at Danica Sotto. Si John Lapus ang special guest cohost ni Sharon Cuneta. * * *
Maritoni: Life in "Soap Bubble"
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:25 a.m.
Maritoni: Life in a ‘soap’ bubble By Tinnie P. Esguerra The Philippine Star 03/04/2004 If there’s one thing Maritoni Fernandez wishes more of these days, it’s time. As it is, a huge chunk of her weekly schedule has been eaten up by the backbreaking taping schedules for ABS-CBN’s latest primetime soap, It Might Be You which features the sizzling John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo tandem. "It sure feels great to be in the thick of all that action," exclaims the acclaimed drama actress, "but it’s gotten to a point where I miss doing the other things I love – like being with my daughter Alexia and playing badminton. I haven’t seen a badminton court in three weeks, haven’t touched a racket even!" These days, her other neat little racket finds her holding reign over her "kingdom" – the vast and sprawling Montegracia homestead she shares with her onscreen family: the town mayor (Tirso Cruz III) and their son, played by John Lloyd Cruz. "I play the mayor’s wife, Frida Montegracia-Trinidad," Maritoni narrates. "It’s a challenging role because I’m both bida and kontrabida at the same time. Bida in the sense that since I’m John Lloyd’s mom, I still play a major influence on his life, as well as on my husband’s decisions. "Kontrabida naman in the sense that I try to make life miserable for Bea (Alonzo) and her kin," she adds. "See, I’m conniving and manipulative all the time. And it’s obvious from the start that I don’t like her, and do everything I can to keep her away from my son." "It’s a ‘feel good’ soap. Nothing heavy like Dynasty," she clarifies, "but more like An Affair To Remember." The opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. "I just finished doing GMA 7’s Kahit Kailan and Darating Ang Umaga with ABS-CBN," she says. "Then, I stopped for two months. That gave me enough time to spend with Alexia. We went to the US and renovated our house when we got back. There was also this short stint for RPN 9’s May Puso Ang Batas. But now, with It Might Be You, I don’t think I’ll have time to do anything else." At the rate the crew is going, they might as well call San Fernando, Pampanga their second home. "There’s this beautiful mansion there owned by the Romeros," Maritoni gushes. "That’s where we tape most of the time – our so-called Montegracia manor. Sometimes, we’re at Subic or Clark." For her role, Maritoni finds herself donning an air of class and elegance. "Very Doña ang dating!," she chuckles. "As in super! My clothes here are all from Black Shop. I’m always in suits, pearls, the works! I’m never in jeans or sporty attire when we tape." TV viewers probably don’t realize the tedious work involved in the soap’s taping schedules. "We tape three times a week, call time is 8 a.m. and we finish around 5 a.m. the next day," she says. "Imagine, for a given day, we try to do around 40 sequences! But it’s workable naman, because we have three directors working with different sets of actors at the same time. It’s a good exercise in time management." Best remembered (hated, even) for her role as the loathsome Ruth in the long-running GMA 7 soap, Anna Karenina, Maritoni reprises her new "villainy" role with more depth and substance. It’s the kind of acting that could scare the wits out of acting neophytes. "I had this scene with this new, young girl and I tore her to pieces," she recounts with amusement. "She was so rattled she forgot her lines! Hay naku, she had it coming!" But it’s not always heavy drama at the set. Every so often, the Montegracia mansion would echo with resounding laughter. "For a show that’s heavy on drama," Maritoni reiterates, "we accumulate quite a number of bloopers. We could actually make a program out of all those funny blunders!" In retrospect, 2003 has been a fruitful year for her. "It’s been great! I’m a cancer survivor, so after that ordeal, I can honestly say that there is no one year that sucks. Every year is a gift!" "But I’d say the highlights are, let’s see, Hans (Montenegro) and I got together, we were able to go to the States with our own kids, and I was able to be around for Alexia and all her school activities. Showbiz-wise, I was able to do Kahit Kailan, Darating Ang Umaga, May Puso Ang Batas, and now this. What more can I ask?," she says. Aside from a 30-hour day or a badminton court at the Montegracia set, maybe the sound of wedding bells in the not-too-distant future would be a good way to burst her bubble.
Angelica Panganiban
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:24 a.m.
Source: PSN ------------------- Ibang-iba ang look ni Angelica Panganiban sa Mangarap Ka ang bagong teleserye na pinagbibidahan ni Piolo Pascual. Sa ginanap na photo shoot kamakailan sa Escolta, Manila, marami ang nagulat sa ibang look ni Angelica. Naka-sleeveless top siya at tight-fitting jeans. ‘Yung mga kabataang kalalakihan na nanonood ng photo shoot ay talagang na-mesmerized sa ganda ngayon ni Angelica. Noong una ay naiilang si Angelica sa kanyang get up. But upon the prodding of director Malu Sevilla, napilit din si Angelica at lumabas pa ang confidence nito. Ibang-ibang Angelica ang makikita ng tao sa Mangarap Ka. Maganda ring career move ito ni Angelica para patunayan ang pagiging aktres niya. Sa November, Angelica will turn 18 and by then, tiyak na isang malaking star na siya. Pinaplano na ng Mommy Annabelle niya ang debut party. Tiyak na gagawin din itong TV special ng ABS-CBN. Ang balita ko, isang masugid na manliligaw ngayon ni Angelica ay si Wesley Gonzales, player ng Ateneo de Manila University team na naglalaro sa UAAP. Pero papayag ba naman si Carlo Aquino na mapunta sa iba si Angelica?
Sarah: The Teen Princess
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:22 a.m.
Source:PSN ------------------- Very promising ang Sarah: The Teen Princess na nag-premiere telecast noong Lunes. Marami ang nag-aabang sa unang telecast nito. At hindi naman na-disappoint ang mga fans ni Sarah Geronimo. It was exactly the role that they want for Sarah. Masang-masa ang role ni Sarah pati na rin ang kwento. Naniguro rin ang ABS-CBN na tututok ang mga fans ni Sarah na minahal siya sa husay niyang kumanta. Unang sabak pa lang, kumanta na si Sarah. Kinanta niya ang hit song nyang "To Love You More" sa singing contest na kanyang sinalihan. Dahil sa Sarah: The Teen Princess, elevated na si Sarah sa liga nina Claudine Barretto, Kristine Hermosa, Angelika dela Cruz at Judy Ann Santos na may kani-kanyang teleserye sa ABS-CBN. * * *
SCQ: About D Hosts and D Jurors
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:21 a.m.
ITO ANG L8ST NGAYON! Ni Eric John Salut Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/04/2004 Binati ko sa pamamagitan ng text message si Jodi Santamaria at Luis Manzano sa mahusay nilang hosting job sa Star Circle Quest noong Lunes. Nagpasalamat ito sa akin pero ani Jodi, gagalingan pa niya ang kanyang trabaho. "I read nga in one tabloid na wala raw akong K mag-host," relpy nito sa akin. "Kaya gagalingan ko pa, and I will prove them wrong." "I know I have to learn more about hosting and my doors are open. Basta ang promise ko, everyday, may makikitang bago sa akin ang followers ng SCQ," sabi ni Jodi. Exciting ang Star Circle Quest dahil sa mechanics ng show. Hindi mahirap ang trabahong ginagawa ng quest jurors sa "Teen Quest" na sina Boy Abunda, Lauren Dyogi at Ms. Gloria Diaz. They make decisions on the spot. And because they deal with kids, mas kinder naman sina Eula Valdez, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan at Randy Santiago na quest jurors sa "Kids Quest." Three months na mapapanood ang Star Circle Quest and in June ay ang grand finals. Dalawang milyong worth of cash and contracts ang naghihintay sa dalawang winners sa Kid Quest at Teen Quest. * * *
Angelika,Nanalo sa Demanda Vs. BMG
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:18 a.m.
Source:PSN -------------------------- Angelika, Nanalo Sa Demanda Vs Bmg! -------------------- Unang naging recording artist ng BMG Records si Angelika dela Cruz hanggang kunin ng Alpha Records. Pero hindi natuloy ang pagiging recording artist nito sa Alpha dahil hindi pinayagan ng BMG sa pagsasabing di pa tapos ang kanilang kontrata. Isa pa, hinaharang ito dahil may hinahabol itong rights dahil sa last album na ginawa ng aktres sa Japan. Ngayon ay libre na si Angelika at pwede nang makapag-recording sa ibang outfit dahil nanalo sila sa demanda laban sa BMG Records. Ngayong pumirma na ito ng full management contract sa ABS-CBN Talent Center ay di malayong kunin ito ng Star Records para gumawa ng album. Pangarap nga ng magandang aktres na makagawa ng album na mala-Britney Spear ang dating. Mahilig ito sa mga bouncy songs para pwedeng gawan ng music video para makasayaw siya. Maipapakita rin niya ang kaseksihan gaya ni Britney. Maraming nagsasabi na kahawig ng boses niya si Christina Aguilera kaya flattered naman si Angel.
KRISTINE,SIKAT NA SIKAT SA BRUNEI AT INDONESIA
Thursday, March 4, 2004 10:17 a.m.
Sikat na sikat pala si Kristine Hermosa sa Brunei at Indonesia. Thanks to Pangako Sa ‘Yo na hanggang ngayon daw ay pinapalabas pa do’n. Mismong si Ms. Ethel Ramos ang witness kung paano mag-unahan ang mga bagets sa Malaysia and Brunei sa stop over nila nang mag-cruise sila para sa shooting ng movie nina Kristine and Aga Muhlach - Star Cruise (tentative title). Hindi raw binago ang title ng Pangako... sa pagpapalabas nito sa dalawang bansa. Kasama nilang nag-cruise for the movie ang buong cast na si Lauren Dyogi ang director under Star Cinema. May kissing scenes sina Aga and Kristine sa movie na ‘to. * * *
John Lloyd Denies Replacing Rafael Rossell
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:55 a.m.
Source: Malaya ------------------ John Lloyd denies replacing Rafael Rosell -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "I JUST love seeing my family happy," says young actor John Lloyd Cruz. "It makes me work harder." Not a few people have noticed that John Lloyd isn't only a hardworking young man but a brilliant actor as well. He is also pleasantly versatile - as seen on his top-rating TV drama show, "It Might Be You." He also shone in his two recent shows: "Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay" and "Tabing Ilog," both having wrapped up its triumphant runs. He already has headlined a blockbuster movie: "First Romance," where he shares screen time with his partner Bea Alonzo. Because he is a worthy role model for today's youth and because he is a hard-working and yet fun-loving young man, John Lloyd definitely exemplifies the Blue Soda lifestyle. Those are precisely the reasons why Blue Soda has signed John Lloyd up as one of its prized image models, along with another ABS-CBN artist Rafael Rosell IV. (Pink Soda, on the other hand, is endorsed by John Lloyd's former partner in "Tabing Ilog," Kaye Abad and promising host Bianca Gonzalez). According to Chin Chin Bona-La Rosa, vice president of Pink Soda and Blue Soda, John Lloyd is a lot like Rafael - a "perfect gentleman" who is well-mannered and can be very reserved. " He doesn't intrude in conversations," Chin Chin remembers their pictorial with John Lloyd. "He would just listen quietly. But he would also put in his two cents' worth if he is interested and knows the topic well." John Lloyd is quick to dismiss the rumors that he replaced Rafael as the Blue Soda guy. "We're in fact working together." The two even had a pictorial in scenic Puerto del Sol in Bolinao recently with master lensman Jun de Leon taking the pictures.
Bernadette: Di Ako Primadonna
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:33 a.m.
Source: People's Tonight Bernadette: ’Di ako prima donna MAGSISIMULA na sa Linggo, 3-4 p.m., ang Lukso Ng Dugo, ang reality-based docu-drama hosted by Bernadette Sembrano. Second regular show ni Bernadette ang LND sa ABS-CBN 2; nasa Magandang Umaga Bayan din siya. Family day ang Sunday, kaya sa araw na ito inilagay ang solo program ni Bernadette. Pinaaabangan niya ang pilot episode, na tungkol sa mga adopted at naghahanap ng mga nawawalang mahal sa buhay. Katulong niya sa show ang eight researchers, four writers at four segment producers. Sina Sid Maderazo at Dondon Santos ang mga direktor. "Ang objective ng LND ay mabago ang pananaw ng viewers sa mga ampon. May stigma kasi tayo ’pag alam nating ampon ang isang tao. Dito, hahangaan ninyo sila. Gusto rin naming ipa-realize sa viewers ang importance ng family. Kaya, may bridge sa OBB dahil it means connecting people," pahayag ni Bernadette. Masaya at nag-i-enjoy din si Bernadette sa MUB. Zero adjustment daw ang nangyari’t agad niyang nakasundo ang nadatnang hosts ng show gaya ni Tintin Bersola. Pakiramdam niya’y hindi siya bago sa show kung tratuhin ng mga kasama. Kinuha pala namin ang reaction ni Bernadette sa blind item na nag-prima-donna siya sa pinupuntahang beauty salon. Narito ang kanyang paliwanag: "May nagbanggit sa akin nu’n. Sana pinangalanan nila at ’di lang initial na BS ang sinabi para naklaro ko lahat. ’Di ako basta pumupunta roon, may appointment ako. Matagal na akong nagpapaayos sa salon na pinupuntahan ko, low-profile ang owner nu’n at ’di niya ’yun sasabihin. ’Yung pinupuntahan ko namang Rudy’s Hairdresser for manicure and pedicure, simple lang ’yun at feeling ko, walang pumupunta roon. Okey lang, hindi naman totoo." * * *
Robin, Pormal Na ang Panliligaw kay Juday sa BKK
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:25 a.m.
Robin, pormal na ang panliligaw kay Juday IYAK na marami ang kikiligin sa episode ng Basta’t Kasama Kita ngayong gabi. Pormal na ang gagawing panliligaw ni Robin Padilla kay Judy Ann Santos. Sisiguruhin ni Robin na mapapasagot niya si Judy Ann. Pero bago pa pagmulan ng intriga, ang ligawan ay parte ng kanilang roles bilang Ambet Katindig at Princess Gonzales. May clamor ang fans nina Judy Ann at Robin na ibalik ang romansa ng dalawa. Kaya ito ang magaganap sa mga susunod na episode ng Basta’t Kasama Kita. "Pinaghandaan talaga ni Robin ’yung scene," says BKK executive producer Julie Ann Benitez. "Ang kuwento nga sa akin ng mga taong close kay Robin, ganu’n talaga manligaw ng babae si Robin. No wonder, talagang nai-in-love sa kanya ang bawat babaing nililigawan." Pero huwag daw ma-surprise ang followers nina Juday at Binoe sa twist na mangyayari sa show. Basta’t Kasama Kita remains a top-rating series in ABS-CBN 2’s primetime drama block. Hindi pa rin ito kayang itumba ng katapat na programa sa GMA 7. * * *
And Finally, Bituin Escalante's Star Turn
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:18 a.m.
And finally, Bituin’s star turn SOUNDS FAMILIAE By Baby A. Gil The Philippine Star 03/03/2004 Gigi Escalante had a lot of gumption naming her baby girl Bituin. A member of the Ambivalent Crowd, one of the most popular show groups of the ’70s, she was the star alto while Celeste Legaspi was the star soprano. Gigi probably believed with all her heart that her daughter will one day be a star. As the years passed, I wonder if there were times when Gigi ever wondered if Bituin had other dreams besides wanting to become a singing star or if Bituin herself had any doubt about her destiny. But, it is now immaterial if there ever were. Some two decades later after Bituin was born, Gigi’s daring prediction has come true. Her daughter is a star, acknowledged as one of the best young singers in the country today. Bituin’s debut album was launched last week. Simply titled Bituin Escalante, it marks the culmination of her well-calculated climb to stardom. I say well-calculated, because given her sensational introduction via the local concert scene where her powerful performing style drew admiration from everywhere, it would not have been a surprise to see her career fast-tracked to the top. Local showbiz is ever in need of new pop divas and Bituin was certainly a most-welcome addition. But no, Bituin instead took things slowly but surely. She did concerts, starred in Dream Girls, got a regular TV gig, ASAP then made a hit single, Kung Ako Na Lang Sana. She then went to work on her album. Bituin’s debut single was the winner in the 2002 Himig Handog Love Songs songwriting competition. Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, which also gave Bituin the Best Interpreter award in the same tilt, joins the mix of old favorites and new originals that comprise her album. Mostly produced by Margot Gallardo, it features compositions by the successful songwriting team of Moy Ortiz and Edith Gallardo. These are Hindi Na Ako Magtatanong, Nang Wala Ka Na, Naghihintay, Gano’n Lang Talaga and Bakit Nga Ba Hindi, a duet with the Pinoy singer from Australia, Dexter. Bituin also performs The Only Two People in the World, Heartsong, Love Dance, For You, Always Somewhere and the song she requested to be part of her first album, the Disney standard When You Wish Upon a Star. The first single release is the dramatic I’m Sorry. The song is a collaboration between Soc Villanueva and Jungee Marcelo. It is one of the finalists in the First Levi Music Festival songwriting contest. Villanueva also composed Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, so both Soc and Bituin hope their reteam-up will again result in another hit song and contest winner. The Levi song tilt also features a competition for the Best Music Video featuring 12 young directors expressly invited to shoot the finalists’ videos. Behind Bituin’s I’m Sorry is the very promising Tim Jimenez.
Nawala ang Lahat Pero, Hindi si Angelica Jones
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:11 a.m.
Nawala halos ang lahat pero, hindi si Angelica ------------------ SANGA-SANGANDILA Ni Veronica R. Samio Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/03/2004 ----------------------- Dapat talagang batiin si Angelica Jones. Effective ang kanyang pagdarasal. Akalain mo na halos nawalang lahat yung original cast ng MTB at ang natira lamang ay sina Aiai delas Alas at Mickey Ferriols na ngayon ay kinumpleto ng tandem nina Arnell Ignacio at Edu Manzano. Pero, naroro’n pa rin si Angelica Jones. Yes, di po natanggal ang flawless comic at mas nadagdagan pa ang kanyang trabaho sapagkat kakaunti na lamang silang magpapatawa sa show. But with her determination, magagawang muli ni Angelica na malampasan ang pagsubok na ito na hahamon sa kanyang kagalingan bilang isang komedyante at bilang isa sa magdadala na naman ng MTB: Ang Saya Saya. Bukod kay Angelica, nilagyan ang bagong MTB ng mga baguhang pangalan at mukha gaya nina BJ Manalo, Jenny Hernandez, Tado, Empoy at ang Viva Hot Babes. Nilagyan din ito ng mga bagong palaro gaya ng "Bidaoke", isang videoke game, "Xtreme 10", isang search for the hot boy dance group at "Spin a Million" na magbibigay ng P1M sa pamamagitan lamang ng pag-ikot ng isang roleta. * * *
Vhong Uminom ng Alak Para Lumabas ang Boses
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:09 a.m.
Isa nang certified recording si Vhong Navarro. Hit na hit ngayon ang "Pamela" song niya under Star Record. Number 3 ito ngayon sa bestseller and hit sections ng mga record bar. Hindi nga makapaniwala si Vhong na magugustuhan ng tao ang kanta na isang laro lang ng mga batang paslit. Sa katunayan, kailangan niyang uminom ng isang baso ng wine nang i-record niya ang kanta. "Gusto ko lang, para maibuga ko at lumabas ang boses ko," kwento nito. Aware siguro ang Star Cinema na magiging hit ang "Pamela" kaya isa na itong pelikula. This time, pinagsama sila ni Bayani Agbayani na kumanta naman ng monster hit na "Otso Otso". Bida sina Bayani at Vhong sa Otso Otso (Pamela Mela Wan) ng Star Cinema. "It’s a fun movie na may kuwento, hindi lang basta comedy," sabi ni Vhong. Tawa nang tawa si Vhong habang ikinukuwento sa akin ang isang eksena sa movie kung saan in-spoof nila ang isang eksena sa Milan. "Very timely ang mga spoofs namin dito. Bago lahat. Idea ’yun ni Direk Jerry Sineneng," kwento ni Vhong. Kasama rin sa Otso Otso" (Pamela Mela Wan) sina Tessie Tomas, Michelle Bayle, Denise Joaquin, Cherry Lou, Angelene Aguilar, Karel Marquez, Dexter Doria at introducing dito ang Jaboom Twins (Kristine at Katrina Gonzales) at ang kambal na binatilyo ni Bembol Roco na sina Dominic at Felix. Showing na ito sa March 17. * * *
Angelika dela Cruz Plays Sheryn Regis in MMK
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:01 a.m.
Source: PSN --------------------------- Natupad ang pangarap ni Angelika dela Cruz na magbida muli sa Maalaala Mo Kaya. Siya ang bida sa The Sheryn Regis Story na ipalalabas bukas ng gabi. At the time pala na nasa GMA 7 pa siya, isa sa mga na-miss niya ay ang makapag-guest sa Maalaala Mo Kaya. Kaya nang bumalik siya sa ABS-CBN, isa sa mga ni-request niya ay ang makalabas sa Maalaala Mo Kaya. Feeling niya, acting vehicle kapag nagbida ka sa MMK. "Let’s face it, kapag nagbida ka sa MMK, pag-uusapan ang acting mo. Pang-award kumbaga. And ang maganda pa, sa lifestory ni Sheryn, I get to do drama and sing as well," sabi ni Angelika. Na-excite si Angelika sa lifestory ni Sheryn. Marami raw itong drama at challenges na pinagdaanan. ‘Di ba’t naging kontrobersyal pa si Sheryn nang lantaran niyang ipakita ang disappointment niya nang hindi siya maging champion sa Star In A Million. "Isang chapter lang ’yon. ‘Yung buhay niya at ang pamilya niya sa Cebu ang malungkot," kuwento sa akin ni Angelika. Sa MMK episode bukas ng gabi, special guest si Jericho Rosales na kung inyong matatandaan ay gumanap naman sa The Erik Santos Story. May special appearance din si Erik sa episode. Ketchup Eusebio plays Sheryn’s brother. Si Mae Cruz ang nagdirek. * * *
Sheryn Regis
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:00 a.m.
Source: PSN ---------------------- Ang nangyari kina Rainier at Yasmien ay maihahalintulad din sa nangyari sa Star In A Million finalist na si Sheryn Regis na tinalo naman ni Eric Santos to think na siya ang paborito mula sa simula. Hindi ikinakaila ni Sheryn na talagang iniyakan niya nang husto ang kanyang pagkatalo at inakala niya na wala nang saysay ang kanyang mga pangarap bilang isang mang-aawit. Hindi naman nabalewala ang pinagpaguran ni Sheryn dahil bukod sa kanyang kontrata sa Star Records, kabi-kabila rin ang kanyang guestings sa mga programa ng Dos at mainstay na rin siya sa ASAP Mania tuwing araw ng Linggo. Inihahanda na ng Star Records ang debut solo album ni Sheryn at marami siyang imbitasyon para mag-perform sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Pilipinas. * * *
BJ Manalo
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:29 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite ---------------------- BJ Manalo, virgin pa Benedict Manalo Jr. ang tunay na pangalan ng 22-anyos na si BJ Manalo, isa sa bagong hosts ng MTB: Ang Saya-saya. Marso 16, 1981 ang birthday niya. From grade school to high school ay sa Ateneo siya; nu’ng college ay lumipat siya ng La Salle. Naging kontrobersyal siya sa campus dahil doon lalo pa’t varsity player na siya nu’ng high school, tapos nu’ng college ay sa team na ‘mortal na kalaban’ ng dati niyang school siya naglaro. Kung anu-anong panlalait ang natanggap at narinig ni BJ noon. Naranasan niyang pahiyain, sigawan at murahin ng kung sinu-sino. Iniyakan niya rin ‘yon pero proud siya dahil nu’ng maging member siya ng La Salle team ay 4 years in a row na nag-champion ang DLSU at tatlo roon ay bahagi siya ng winning team. Graduate si BJ ng Marketing Management. Masaya siya na una siyang nag-aral sa Ateneo dahil pagdating sa arts ay magaling daw ang nasabing pamantasan. Pero tama raw ang desisyon niyang sa La Salle magkolehiyo dahil the best daw ito bilang isang business school. Businessman at engineer ang ama ni BJ na nagtatayo ng maliliit na buildings at bahay. Panganay siya sa tatlong magkakapatid -- 15 y/o ang sister niyang si Denise at 8 y/o ang bunsong si Renzo. Kahit campus heartthrob at habulin ng mga bebot ay hindi raw chickboy si BJ. Sa katunayan, apat na taon na niyang girlfriend ang isang pre-school teacher at commercial model named Diane, na 2 years older than him. "Kapag natagpuan mo na ‘yung taong mahal mo, ‘wag mo nang pakawalan pa. Ganu’n ‘yon. "Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan ang kasal, pero kung gusto niyang magpakasal sa akin, bakit hindi?" sey ng 6-footer na binata. Tampulan ng tukso sa MTB si BJ dahil masyado siyang religious at conservative. Kapag binibiro siya ni Ai Ai delas Alas kung totoong ‘daks’ siya ay umiiwas si BJ at biglang iniiba ang usapan. Sabi naman ni Arnell Ignacio, pag kausap niya si BJ ay para siyang nakikipag-usap sa pari dahil napaka-harmless nito at ni hindi marunong sumakay sa green jokes. Kaya sabi ni Arnell ay ‘ipamimisyon’ niya si BJ sa isa sa mga Viva Hot Babes! Nu’ng mapunta ang tsikahan namin sa mga kapilyuhan at kalaswaan ay game na sumagot si BJ sa mga tanong namin kahit medyo naiilang siya. Kaya lang ay hindi kami makapaniwala sa ‘revelation’ niya na hanggang ngayon ay virgin pa siya sa sex! "Marami talagang temptation, pero umiiwas kasi ako, eh. Mahirap po kung sa mahirap, pero nasa pagpapalaki na rin siguro ‘yon ng mga magulang ko. "Naturuan nila ako ng mga tamang values. At saka kung palagi mong iisipin si Lord, wala namang imposible, eh. "Isa pa, malaking bagay din ‘yung naglalaro ako ng basketball, busy ako sa sports ko kaya hindi ko napagtutuunan ng pansin ang mga babae. At saka ang totoo niyan, torpe ako, eh! "Nasa inyo ‘yon kung ayaw n’yong maniwala sa akin. Pero wala pa talaga, hindi ko pa nararanasan ang bagay na ‘yon," seryosong pakli ni BJ. Sa guwapo niyang ‘yon at sa pagiging isang kilalang cager ay tiyak na hindi lang mga babae ang nagkakandarapa sa kanya kundi pati mga bading. For sure ay nakatanggap na siya ng ‘indecent proposals’ mula sa rich gays. "Ang totoo, eh, wala pa akong natatanggap na gano’n. Kung sakaling meron man, eh, sasabihin ko na hindi ako gano’n. "Kakausapin ko in a way na hindi naman mababastos ‘yung tao. Tatanggi ako hindi dahil mayabang ako kundi dahil pinahahalagahan ko ‘yung relationship ko sa girlfriend ko, sa pamilya ko at sa Diyos," sambit pa ng Born-Again Christian na si BJ na nagbabalak maging preacher someday. Natawa siya nang sabihin namin na may malaswang ibig sabihin ang initials ng pangalan niya na ‘BJ’ (as in blowjob). Sanay na raw siyang tuksuhin tungkol sa bagay na ‘yon. Nu’ng bata pa siya ay napipikon siya pero ngayon ay hindi na. Dahil sa sobrang pagiging harmless niya at sa kanyang pronouncement na virgin pa siya up to now ay malamang na may mga mag-isip na baka bading siya. "Okey lang po, sigurado naman ako sa kasarian ko, eh. Ang alam ko lang, eh, may paninindigan ako," may diin niyang sagot. Ngayong lagi na siyang napapanood sa TV ay dumarami na ang nagkaka-crush kay BJ. Medyo nag-blush siya nang banggitin namin na marami kaming kilalang bading na ‘pinagnanasaan’ siya. "Ha! Ha! Ha! Talaga po? Hindi ko naman kontrolado ‘yun, eh. Nasa sa kanila na ‘yon. Flattered din siguro ako kahit paano. He! He! He! "Actually, hindi ko naman sinasabi na mabait ako, eh. Hindi ako mabait, makasalanan din ako. Pero ngayong binigyan ako ng ganitong pagkakataon ng Diyos, gusto kong gamitin ‘yon para kahit papa’no, eh, mai-share ko sa ibang tao ‘yung mga salita niya. "Isa sa role models ko, eh, si Gary Valenciano. Nasa showbiz siya pero nagagawa pa rin niyang makapaglingkod sa Diyos. "Malakas ‘yung kontrol ko sa sarili ko, pero siyempre tao lang din ako. "Gusto ko na ngang ikasal kami ng girlfriend ko dahil gigil na gigil na rin akong gawin ‘yun (sex), eh! Ha! Ha! Ha! Pero gagawin ko lang ‘yon sa taong mahal ko at kapag kasal na kami," dayalog pa sa amin ni BJ Manalo.
Gary Valeciano, Guest sa Sepcial Olympics Games
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:15 p.m.
Source: PSN ----------------------- Darating naman si Gary Valenciano sa Special Olympics para magbigay ng opening song number. Nalaman ko na tumanggi si Gary V na tumanggap ng talent fee. Dahil dito, ininsist ng pamunuan ng SO na bigyan siya ng honorarium. Ayaw pa rin ni Gary na kunin ang ibinibigay nila. Pero bilang pasasalamat nila sa singer, nagpilit sila na bigyan siya kahit honorarium. Sa huli, tinanggap ni Gary V ang honorarium na hindi niya alam kung magkanong halaga ang laman nito. Pero hindi pa rin sa kamay ng singer mapupunta ang pera kundi sa pinili niyang diabetic organization. Kung gaano kahirap mag-invite ng mga stars, kabaligtaran ito kay Mr. Gary V dahil walang kahirap-hirap na tinanggap nito ng walang bayad ang invitation. Sa kabila pa ng napaka-hectic na schedule nito. Isang huwaran talagang artist si Gary V. Minsan ko na ring naisulat nang hindi maganda si Gary V, pero pinasalamatan pa rin niya ako nang magkita kami. Magtataka pa ba tayo kung bakit hanggang ngayon ay napaka-successful pa rin ng career ng isang Gary V? Samantala, busy naman si Gary sa pagtutok sa paggawa ng bago niyang album.
Luis Manzano
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:07 p.m.
Source: PSN -------------------- Kinabahan si Lucky Manzano nang mag-premiere kagabi ang Star Circle Quest. Ang nasabing talent search na pumalit sa nagtapos na game show ni Kris Aquino, Next Level Na! Game Ka Na Ba? Actually, hindi takot kundi kaba ang napi-feel ni Lucky dahil mataas ang expectation sa kanya ng lahat. Although nakita niyang may following agad ang show nang mapuno nila ang Araneta Colesium nang mag-launch sila last Friday, still nakakaramdam pa rin ng kaba si Lucky. Anyway, anak ni Jim Paredes ng APO Hiking Society ang bagong girlfriend ni Lucky. Close Up endorser din ang girl tulad niya. Hindi itinatago ni Lucky ang nasabing girl. In fact, kilalang-kilala na ito ng kanyang amang si VRB Chairman Edu Manzano. * * *
Arnel Ignacio
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:05 p.m.
Source: PSN --------------------- Panay ang deny ni Arnell Ignacio na P1 million ang monthly salary niya sa ABS-CBN. Sabi ni Arnell, pang-press release lang daw ‘yun. "Hindi totoo ‘yun, may mga nagsabi lang, hindi ‘yun nanggaling sa akin," he said sa presscon ng MTB Ang Saya Saya. Ginagawa kasing issue ang nasabing P1 million ng ibang artist ng ABS-CBN dahil bakit daw ang laki agad ng salary ni Arnell. Pero kung sabagay, hindi niya syempre aaminin ‘yun, hindi niya sasabihin na milyones nga ang kikitain niya sa Dos buwan-buwan. Anyway, madaling naka-adjust ang komedyante sa ABS-CBN, particular na sa MTB. At home na siya sa mga co-host niya. "Lahat sila mababait, including the staff." Bago pala dumating ang offer ng MTB, pumasok sa isip ni Arnell na mag-lie low sa showbiz at mag-concentrate na lang sa business at pumasok sa pulitika (tatakbo sana siyang councilor ng QC). Eh kaso nga biglang nag-iba ang ihip ng hangin. Nag-iba lahat ang lahat sa pagdating ng MTB. By the way, naka-planong magpa-church wedding sina Arnell at ang wife niyang si Frannie this year. Going back to MTB, marami sila ngayong bagong portions. At isa sa mga click na click ngayon ay ang free load na ipinamimigay nila. Halos sumuko na raw nga ang mga communications provider sa rami ng nagda-dial everytime na namimigay sila ng libreng load. Sa rami kasi ng gustong makakuha ng load, lahat yata ng may cellphone sa Pilipinas nanonood ng MTB. Malaking tulong na rin kasi ang 500 free load kaya talagang maraming manonood. Ang ending tuloy, tumaas ang rating ng MTB compared before na hindi man lang sila makahabol sa rating ng Eat Bulaga. At least daw ngayon, 2 points na lang ang lamang ng EB. Sina Arnell, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Edu Manzano ang main hosts ng programa. With them are Mickey Ferriols, Empoy, Tado and BJ Manalo. * * *
Dahil sa Marina, Dyesebel ni Cindy Kurleto mapupurnada?
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:03 p.m.
Dahil sa 'Marina', Dyesebel ni Cindy Kurleto mapupurnada ? ---------------------- Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/02/2004 --------------------- Mukhang sunud-sunod ang kamalasang dinaranas ng Filipina-Austrian commercial model-turned-TV personality na si Cindy Kurleto. Matapos mapabilang sa mga tsinuging hosts ng dating MTB, ang launching movie naman niyang Dyesebel ang mukhang magkakaproblema sa biglang pag-eksena ng teleseryeng Marina. ‘Di kasi naman, papel din ng isang sirena ang ginagampanan ng lead star nitong si Claudine Barretto. "I’m still doing Dyesebel," confident na sagot sa amin ni Cindy nang makausap namin siya. "It’s in my Viva contract. Both parties are obligated to do this movie." Iyon nga lang, malamang daw na ibang pelikula na ang maging launching movie niya. Meaning mukhang umatras ang Boss Vic sa original plan nito na ilunsad si Cindy to full stardom via Dyesebel. Nangangahulugan ba ito na mas may K si Claudine na maging sirena, kumpara kay Cindy na kinilalang Third Sexiest Woman In The World ng isang magasin para sa taong 2003? Pero kahit anong sabihin namin, ayaw patulan ni Cindy ang ginagawa naming pang-iintriga. Ni ayaw niyang magbigay ng comment sa rivalry na unti-unting niluluto ng movie press sa kanila ng youngest sibling of the Barretto sisters. "I don’t want to create enemies," natatawa pa niyang sagot nang tanungin namin kung agree ba siya sa sinasabi ng marami na kaya niyang pataubin sa ratings ang Marina sakaling gawan din siya ng GMA-7 ng teleserye version ng Dyesebel. "Claudine and I never get the chance to work together. But in the few times that I met her in ABS-CBN, I find her a very charming, very sweet person. So I guess, it’s unfair for me, or for anyone for that matter, to have ill-fillings about her." Eh sa mga taga-Dos? Wala ba siyang nararamdamang sama ng loob? Double jeopardy nga namang matatawag ang inabot niya sa ABS-CBN dahil dalawang magkasunod na projects agad ang nawala sa kanya dahil sa mga desisyong ginawa ng nasabing istasyon. "There’s no need for me to feel bad. I’ve learned a lot from MTB. Aside from improving my Tagalog, I gained lots of friends because of that show. That’s why I’m even very thankful to ABS-CBN management for giving me the chance to work with them. Does this mean, wala siyang planong lumipat sa GMA-7? "Actually, my contract with ABS-CBN is non-exclusive. So I’m really free to work everywhere, for as long as my schedule permits it." Aside from her photo shoots and TV guestings, busy din si Cindy sa pagti-taping sa MTV, kung saan isa siya sa mga regular veejays. Nagkalat na rin all over the Philippines ang mga posters at billboards ng mga naglalakihang commercial endorsements niya, kabilang na rito ang malahiganteng litrato niya sa harap ng SM Megamall. Sa ganda, laki at seksi ng billboard, nagugulat lahat ng motoristang napapadaan doon, na nagiging dahilan ng pagtindi ng traffic sa Edsa. Sa patuloy na pagbongga ng kanyang career, mukhang wala talaga siyang dahilan para magpaka-bitter. – AP TULAGAN
MARVIN NAKIKIPAG-TEXT SA MGA FANS
Monday, March 1, 2004 12:19 p.m.
Marvin, nakikipag-text sa fans ------------------ Pilipino STAR Ngayon 03/01/2004 -------------------- Maganda ang pasok ng taong 2004 kay Marvin Agustin. After enjoying fame as a teen heartthrob and later making a name for himself as an actor and comedian, Marvin has recently invented himself sa pamamagitan ng pagho-host ng new reality TV To the Max, which airs Mondays to Saturdays on ABS-CBN. Marvin cannot be thankful enough that ABS-CBN has given him a new show. He hosts To the Max with Rica Peralejo. Ang first episode na "Boom si Yaya," ay search for a nanny para kay Kris Aquino. "We created something new in the afternoon programming slot," sabi ni Marvin. "We were able to give someone a job to be Kris yaya. It’s a lifetime prize, a livelihood. We also gave the first week winner a scholarship for medicine or law, donated by Kris." Ang second week ay "Yaya Might be You" episode kung saan ang nanalo ay naging part ng ABS-CBN soap series, It Might Be You. The third week, meanwhile, signed in aspiring comedians in "Sing in the Clowns." Bilang host ng To the Max Marvin has received favorable and encouraging reviews. In fact, kahit ang ABS-CBN executive vice president na si Charo Santos-Concio was impressed on his renewed hosting confidence. "I commend Marvin," Charo said. "His confidence is sakto. He was able to reinvent himself, both as a host and person." Marvin is seen in three ABS-CBN programs. Aside from hosting To the Max, he also displays his flair for comedy in Aiai delas Alas sitcom, Tanging Ina. Para sa mga fans na gustong makausap si Marvin, pwede kayong mag-text. Just type Startext Marvin, send to 326 and expect a personal answer from the 24-year-old actor. "I personally attend to all my text messages," Marvin says. "I always see to it that I text back everybody so they will not be disappointed." "I’ve been blessed in more ways than one," Marvin says. "I won’t make it this far if not for the fans who continue to support me. I want to be able to give back something to them and also make them happy."
SIRENA NG ABS TATAPATAN NG DARNA
Monday, March 1, 2004 12:18 p.m.
Source: PSN ----------------------- Tuwang-tuwa ang management ng ABS-CBN sa surprise ratings na ipinakita ng bagong simulang fantaserye na Marina na pinangungunahan ni Claudine Barretto kasama sina Cherie Gil, Snooky Serna, Joel Torre at maraming iba pa. Palibhasa’y una ito sa local television, agad itong tinutukan ng mga manonood. Dahil sa ipinakitang lakas ng Marina na nung Lunes lamang nagsimulang mapanood, gaano kaya katotoo ang balita na ang GMA naman daw ay maglulunsad ng serye ng Darna na ipu-produce ng TAPE, Inc. na siya ring producer ng Eat Bulaga? Sabagay, ganun naman talaga ang labanan sa telebisyon, kung alin ang malakas ay siyang sinusundan at ginagaya. * * *
MARINA'S RATINGS FOR MONDAY TO THURSDAY
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:54 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite Sa halos lahat ng puntahan namin ay usap-usapan ang kasisimula lang na ‘fantaserye’ ng Dos — ang Marina na pinagbibidahan ni Claudine Barretto. Bago kasi sa paningin ng televiewers ang mala-pantasyang serye na tampok ang mga sirena sa karagatan, kakaiba sa sanrekwang soap opera sa telebisyon na halos pare-pareho na lang. In fairness ay experimental ito dahil dati ay tuwing Linggo lang may fantasy show ang Dos — ang Wansapanataym. Bukod doon ay magastos ang Marina; sa mga location sa pa lang ay madugo na. Kadalasan ay sa Anilao at Calatagan sa Batangas ang location nila pero once a month ay nagte-taping sila sa Hundred Islands sa Pangasinan para sa malalaking eksena sa dagat at sa mga kuweba. Dahil malayo ay tatlong araw tumatagal ang taping nila roon. Tutok maging mga batang manonood dahil sa sirena nga ang bida sa kuwento. Ang kalalakihan ay ‘yung mga topless na sirena rin ang tinututukan at inaabangan kung susungaw ang mga boobs nila sa makakapal na buhok na tumatabing sa kanilang dibdib. Humataw sa ratings ang Marina mula nang magsimula ito this week. Bawat gabi ay pataas nang pataas ang ratings nito. Ayon sa ABS-CBN, noong Lunes ay nagtala ito nang 40.6%; Martes, 41%; Miyerkules, 44%; at nu’ng Huwebes na unang lumabas si Claudine bilang si Marina ay nakakuha ito ng 44.9%. Pinasimulan na ng Dos ang mala-Dyesebel na teleserye at mukhang klik ito. Tapatan kaya ito ng mala-Darna naman na telenovela ng Siyete?
RATINGS FOR WEDNESDAY (FEB. 23)
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:52 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite ------------ Ratings ng mga shows ng Dos at Siete noong Miyerkules: MTB (Dos), 20% vs. Eat Bulaga (Siete), 24%; Game Ka Na Ba? (Dos), 23% vs. Extra Challenge (GMA), 28%; Basta’t Kasama Kita (Dos), 33 % vs. Twin Hearts (GMA), 24%; Marina (Dos), 41% vs. Te Amo (GMA), 23%; Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (Dos), 37% vs. Endless Love 2, 27%; It Might Be You (Dos), 33% vs. Narito ang Puso Ko (GMA), 24%; Yes Yes Show (Dos), 23% vs. Nuts Entertainment (GMA), 24%.
AI AI, ATAT NA DUMALO SA MGA AWARDS NIGHTS
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:51 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite----------- Ai Ai, atat na dumalo sa mga awards nights -------------- Ayon kay Ai Ai de las Alas, mas masaya ngayon ang MTB: Ang Saya Saya! dahil mas detalyado, mas maganda ang mga segment at hindi na magulo ang show dahil hindi na masyadong marami ang hosts. "Masaya kami dahil kahit paano, nakakahabol na kami sa kalaban. Hindi man kami makaungos, at least hindi na kami single digit. Double digit na ang rating namin," nakangiting sey ni Ai Ai kamakalawa nang gabi sa 9501. "Kaya sabi ko nga, ‘Ilaban na natin ‘to, ‘wag na nating palitan.’ Naguguluhan kasi ang mga tao kapag palit nang palit, eh. "Hindi pa nagte-takeoff, papalitan na kaagad. Magulo ‘yung gano’n. ‘Yung ibang show nga nagsisimula sa pangit pero pagtagal-tagal, napapansin din, eh, di ba? "Ngayong nakakalapit na kami nang konti sa Eat Bulaga, dapat ilaban na namin. At dapat kaming mga host, eh, huwag ding bibitaw. "Dapat mahalin namin ‘yung programa. Kasi group effort din ito, eh. "Nabasa ko nga ‘yung sinabi ni Joey de Leon na puwede na silang ilagay sa Guinness Book of World Records sa tagal ng show nila, eh. "Totoo ‘yon, kasi never silang naputol. Nagpalipat-lipat lang sila ng channel pero ‘yung main hosts, sila pa rin, nadadagdagan lang. "Mga bata pa kasi ‘yung Tito, Vic & Joey, magkakasama na sila. ‘Yun siguro ‘yung meron din kami ni Arnel (Ignacio) kahit paano. "Matagal na kasi kaming magkaibigan, hindi pa kami artista pareho. Lagi lang akong nauuna — ako ‘yung unang nag-artista, sumunod siya; nauna akong lumipat sa Dos, ngayon, sumunod na rin siya. Kaya eto, magkasama na kami! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Tuwang-tuwa si Ai Ai na nominado siyang Best Actress sa nalalapit na 20th Star Awards for Movies ng PMPC para sa kanyang performance sa monster hit movie niyang Ang Tanging Ina. "First time kong ma-nominate as Best Actress at ine-expect ko ‘yon! May mga hula nga na makaka-grandslam daw ako, di ba? Ha! Ha! Ha! "Actually, pangarap ko talaga ‘yon noon pa. Sabi ko, gusto kong ma-nominate at manalong Best Actress. Gusto ko ring magkaroon ng hit album. ‘Yun ang dream ko. "Isa pang wini-wish ko noong araw na natupad na, eh, ang maging Box-Office Queen. "Joke ko lang ‘yon, hindi ko akalaing matutupad. Nu’ng ibigay sa akin ng Diyos, nangarag ako! Ha! Ha! Ha!" halakhak pa ng Comedy Queen. Gustong gumawa ng history ni Ai Ai bilang komedyana na nanalong Best Actress kahit pa alam ng lahat na dramatic actresses ang karaniwang pinapaboran ng mga award-giving bodies. Ang sabi sa kanya ni Direk Wenn Deramas (nagdirek ng Ang Tanging Ina), ang huling aktres na nanalong Best Actress for a comedy ay si Ms. Gloria Romero sa FAMAS para sa Dalagang Ilokana (1954). Ang sey ni Laharni Mayon vda. de Ormoc, comedy rin ang pelikulang Tatay na si Erap (1972) kung saan naging FAMAS Best Actress si Boots Anson-Roa. Ngayong gabi ay tatanggapin ni Ai Ai ang unang Best Actress award niya para sa Ang Tanging Ina mula sa Gawad Tanglaw na ibinibigay ng isang grupo ng mga guro (mula sa Ateneo, La Salle, UST, FEU, atbp). Ang Best Actor winner ay si Jiro Manio para sa Magnifico. Gawa ng isang designer na tumatahi ng mga damit ng mga royalty sa Dubai ang gown na isusuot ni Ai Ai sa Gawad Tanglaw mamayang gabi. Si Maxi Cinco ang gagawa ng gown niya para sa Star Awards. "Excited na akong magpatahi ng mga gown, ‘neng! Gigimbalin ko ang Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines! "Lahat sila, pagagawin ko ng gown dahil lahat ng awards night pupuntahan ko talaga! Atat na akong mag-a-attend, ‘day! "Kasi dati, iisa lang pinupuntahan ko, eh, Star Awards for TV lang dahil wala akong pelikula. "Ngayong may pelikula ako, pupuntahan ko lahat! Pero siyempre, pag hindi ako nominated, hindi ako pupunta, ‘no! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
MURA PINATAOB ANG FINAL FOUR
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:39 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite!!! ----------- Mura, pinataob ang Final 4?! Marami ang nagtatanong sa ratings ng Magpakailanman (dahil istorya ng StarStruck Final 4 ang tinalakay) at ng Maalaala Mo Kaya (buhay ni Mura). From a reliabale source, nakuha namin ito: 28.6% ang MKM (GMA 7) at MMK, 33.6%. Noong Huwebes ito.
SARAH PARANG SUPERSTAR SA DOS
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:11 p.m.
Sarah parang superstar sa Dos Nalula kami sa sobrang dami ng taong dinatnan namin sa presscon ng teleserye ni Sarah Geronimo sa ABS-CBN na gina-nap sa 13th floor ng ELJ Bldg. Aba, eh, nang duma-ting kami ay wala nang maupuan gayung kokonti lang naman ang mga press people na inimbitahan. Mas marami pa ang hindi taga-media. Hindi lang namin sure kung kasama ng mga artistang involved sa te-leserye or mga tauhan ng ABS-CBN ang nakakarami roon. Maski ang pagkain na inihanda ay ubos na ubos. Nagmukha tuloy kawawa 'yung mga late dumating. Ang teleseryeng ito ay pinamagatang Sarah, The Teen Princess at mapapanood ito mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes na ka-tulad ng ibang teleserye. Hindi pa malinaw sa amin kung kailan ito ipalalabas. Malaki ang casting nito. Bukod kay Sarah ay kasali rin sina Gloria Diaz, Mark Bautista, Mikel Campos, Michael Agassi, Jaime Fabrigas, Aiza Marquez, Ward Luarca, Jill Yulo, Eliza Pineda, at sina Charlie Mac, Jon-Jon at Rommel ng gru-pong Salbakuta. Si John D. Lazatin at Ricky Rivero ang mga direktor nito. Yes, nagulat kami dahil nagdidirek na rin pala si Ricky na dating taga-That’s Entertainment noon. Samantala, halatang naiirita na si Sarah sa mga naglalabasang balita na kesyo wala siyang utang na loob sa GMA kahit doon siya nagsimula at nakilala. Gusto niyang linawin na hindi siya nakakontrata sa GMA at nagkataon lang na saSiyete ine-air ang programang Search For A Star kung saan part siya kaya do'n siya napapanood. Ang programang iyon na si Regine Velasquez ang host ay prodyus ng Viva Films at doon nakakontrata si Sarah. Wala rin daw namang offers na natatanggap si Sarah mula sa Siyete kaya nagdesisyon ang Viva na tanggapin ang alok ng Dos. * * *
KRIS, JOEY, 2 BUWAN NANG NAGLI-LIVE IN
Saturday, February 28, 2004 04:08 p.m.
Source: Taliba ----------------- Kris, Joey 2 buwan nang nagli-live-in -------------- Naisip lang namin bigla ang sinabi noong araw ni Kris Aquino sa national television na nahawa siya ng sexually transmitted disease ni Mayor Joey Marquez. Nang sabihin niya iyon, inamin niya sa mga nanonood ng telebisyon na sila ay nagkaroon ng pagtatalik na seksuwal ni Joey at iyon daw ang dahilan kung bakit siya nahawa ng sakit. Iba't iba ang reaksiyon ng mga tao sa statement na iyon ni Kris. May mga naniwala at nagalit kay Joey. Mayroon din namang hindi makapaniwala at sinabing siguro ay naninira lang si Kris dahil gusto na siyang hiwalayan ni Joey noong mga panahong iyon. Hindi natin masasabi kung ano ang totoo at lalong hindi naman natin masasabi kung ano ang kanyang motibo nang sabihin niya iyon sa telebisyon. Gusto nga ba niyang siraan si Joey o sinisira lang niya pati ang sarili niya? Nakagugulat talaga ang statement na iyon ni Kris lalo na nga kung iisipin na nagmula siya sa isang pamilyang relihiyoso at ang kanyang ina ay malapit pa sa mga madre at sa mga obispo ng simbahang Katoliko. Ganoon ba ang aral na natutuhan niya? Ngayon ay lalo kaming nagtataka. Kinumpirma sa amin ng isang insider na totoo palang nagkabalikan na sina Kris at Mayor Joey. Isang buwan na raw na nagkasundo ang dalawa at mukhang nagsasama na namang muli. Ngayon namin gustong kumpirmahin ni Kris kung totoo nga bang nahawa siya ng STD kay Mayor Joey. Noon ay sinabi niya na hindi nirespeto ni Mayor Joey ang kanyang pagiging babae. Ngayon ay gusto naming marinig ang kanyang paliwanag kung bakit sa kabila ng lahat ng ginawa niya ay nakipagbalikan pa rin siya kay Mayor Joey. Kasi kung ang lahat ng sinabi niya noon ay paninindigan pa rin niya hanggang ngayon, aba, eh, malaking kalokohan yata iyang ginawa niyang pakikipagbalikan kay Joey. Kung sasabihin naman niya ngayon na niloko lang niya ang publiko noon para siraan si mayor, dapat pa bang paniwalaan ang kahit na anong sasabihin ni Kris? * * *
ISANG BUWAN NANG NAGKABALIKAN SINA KRIS AT JOEY
Saturday, February 28, 2004 12:11 p.m.
Source: PSN -------------------- Kumpirmadong isang buwan nang nagkabalikan sina Mayor Joey Marquez at Kris Aquino. Isang insider ang nagsabi sa amin na ganoon nga. Hindi kami interesado kung nagkabalikan man sila o hindi, ang gusto naming malaman ngayon ay kung papaano ipaliliwanag ni Kris Aquino ang statement niya noon na nahawa siya ng sexually transmitted disease kay Mayor Joey, at tinutukan siya noon ng baril na hindi lang niya alam kung anong kalibre. Ang akala namin, totoong-totoo iyong sinasabi niya noon na hindi na iginalang ni Mayor Joey ang kanyang pagiging isang babae niya mismo. Eh sabi niya hindi siya iginagalang tapos binalikan niya eh. Isa pa, kung kami naman si Mayor Joey, sinabihang hinawahan naman siya ng STD, hindi rin kami makikipagbalikan diyan kay Kris. * * *
JERICHO ROSALES
Friday, February 27, 2004 12:34 p.m.
Source: Kabayan ----------------- Jericho, dadamputin sa kangkungan (Ni Aya Martinez) ----------------- MARAMI ang nadismaya sa tsismis na kumakalat tungkol kay Jericho Rosales at kung may katotohanan ito, malamang na sa kangkungan damputin ang aktor. Kumakalat kasi ang tsika ngayon na muling nabuntis ni Jericho ang babaing naanakan niya na kinasuhan pa siya para sa child support. Bali-balita lamang ito subalit malaki ang magiging epekto nito sa muling binubuong tambalan nila ni Angelika dela Cruz. Nawala ang kilig factor sa tambalan nila ni Kristine Hermosa nang mabuking na break na sila at mayroon ng bagong babae sa buhay ng aktor. Okay lang na mayroong Cindy Kurleto si Echo dahil di naman visible na lagi silang magkasama kaya walang problema sa mga tagahanga nila ni Angelika ang sitwasyon. Ngayong binibuild-up uli sila ni Angelika at may mga ganitong balita di kaya tabangan na ang mga fans kay Echo? Sa parte naman ni Angelika, walang masyadong problema dahil balita ring magkakaroon sila ni Piolo Pascual ng isang teleserye at who knows baka sila na ang i-build-up. Tahimik lamang ang kampo ni Jericho. Wala silang kinukumpirmang anuman pero ang tsika ay patuloy na kumakalat. Marahil ay dapat din nilang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bagay na ito dahil sa maaaring maging epekto nito sa career ng aktor. Sayang, mahusay pa namang artista si Echo at malaki ang tsansa niya na mapabilang sa hanay ng ating mahuhusay na bituin. Samantala cool lang si Angelika sa tsikang ito at handa pa rin siyang ituloy anumang trabaho ang ibigay sa kanila ni Echo dahil nagkakaunawaan naman sila bilang magkaibigan at magkatrabaho.
BUHAY NI CHOCOLATE, IPAPALABAS NA DIN SA MMK
Friday, February 27, 2004 12:29 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite --------------------- Kung ipinalabas ng Magpakailanman ang kuwento ng buhay ng baklitang si Diego ng Bubble Gang, itatampok naman ng Maalaala Mo Kaya ang life story ng bading na sing-along master na si Chokoleit. Excited si Chokoleit dahil kinausap na siya ng mga taga-MMK at nagkasara na sila tungkol sa pagpi-feature ng istorya niya sa programa ni Ms. Charo Santos-Concio. Kung si Chokoleit ang papipiliin ay si Roderick Paulate ang gusto niyang gumanap bilang siya. Sey ng mahusay na sing-along master, in fairness ay ratings-friendly ang mga programang nagtatampok sa mga gay, as proven ng Magpakailanman episode ni Diego. Makulay ang pinagdaanan ni Chokoleit bago siya naging kilalang sing-along master at stand-up comedian. Lumalabas-labas din siya sa TV at kasama siya sa pelikulang Volta ni Ai Ai de las Alas. Bilib kami sa pagka-witty ni Chokoleit at sa galing ng timing niya sa pagpapatawa
WAZZUP WAZZUP
Friday, February 27, 2004 12:23 p.m.
sOURCE: Abante Tonite ---------- Wazzup Wazzup (Jun Lalin) ------------- Simula Marso 1, mapapanood na sa Studio 23 ang Wazzup Wazzup – Lunes hanggang Biyernes, 7:30-8:00 PM. Mga balita na may humorous twist ang hatid ng Wazzup Wazzup na ina-anchor nina Vhong Navarro, Toni Gonzaga at Drew Arellano. Sitwasyon sa trapiko ang segment ni Karel Marquez, ang ‘KMPH’ o Karel Marquez of the Philippine Highways. Balitang-sports ang natoka kay Sarah Christophers sa segment na ‘Sports Babe.’ Hawak ni Oman B ang police report, ‘Wang Wang.’ Tampok si Mitch Hernandez at ilang celebrity impersonators sa showbiz news portion, ‘E-Pal.’ Si Archie Alemania ang correspondent para sa complaints section, ‘Reklamador.’ Sina Jaja Gonzales, Bianca Valerio at Carla Humphries ang ‘Weather Girls.’ Tatlo na ang TV shows ng ‘Sunsilk Boy’ na si Drew Arellano – Click sa GMA 7, Retro TV sa IBC 13 at Wazzup Wazzup sa Studio 23. Ang manager niyang si Boy Abunda ang nakipag-negotiate para makasama si Drew sa bagong programa ng Studio 23 (na affiliated sa ABS-CBN). "Everything’s okey and everyone’s happy," nakangiting sambit ni Drew. May alok bang show ang Dos sa kanya? "Wala pa po!" mabilis na sagot ni Drew. Walang girlfriend ngayon si Drew. Okey lang ba sa kanya kung matsismis siyang bading? "Okey lang. I know where I stand?" Diretsong nagtanong si Dondon Sermino (entertainment editor ng Abante), "Are you gay?" Diretsong sumagot si Drew, "I’m very straight… forward." "Ako, I’m happy!" bulalas pa ni Dondon. Nag-aral si Drew sa La Salle. Alam ba niya ‘yung tungkol sa sex VCD na tinawag na ‘La Salle Scandal’? Kilala ba niya ‘yung girl doon? "Hindi ko alam!" tugon ni Drew.
5566, NGAYON ANG DATING SA PINAS
Friday, February 27, 2004 12:11 p.m.
Source: Abante ------------------- Ngayon ang dating ng dalawang sa miyembro ng sikat na Taiwanese boy mula sa bandang 5566, sina Tony Sun at Sam Wang. Narito sila sa Pilipinas ngayon para i-promote ang kanilang TV series, ang West Side Story, na na-dubbed sa Tagalog ng ABS-CBN. Kasama ng dalawa sina Cindy Wan, ang kanilang leading lady sa Chinovela series na ito. At para mas maraming tao ang makakita sa kanila, makakasama ang dalawang Taiwanese stars sa paglu-launch ng Star Circle Quest mamayang gabi sa Araneta Coliseum. Siyempre, mag-i-guest din sila sa iba’t ibang programa ng ABS-CBN sa radyo at telebisyon, para mas makilala sila ng kanilang mga fans. Sa Peb. 29 ang alis ng dalawa rito sa Pilipinas, at tingnan na lang natin kung maging kasingtulad ba ng F4 ang pagtanggap sa kanila ng mga Pinoy? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WHY JODI DROPPED LUIS LIKE A HOT POTATO
Friday, February 27, 2004 11:54 a.m.
Source: People's Journal ------------- Why Jodi dropped Luis like a hot potato --------------------------- ABS-CBN kicks offtheir own artista search, "Star Circle Quest," at the Araneta Coliseum today, introducing 200 contestants for their Star Circle Teens Search (ages 13-19) and 200 contestants for Star Circle Kids Search (ages 5-8). From these, 50 finalists will be chosen from each division to compete in the formal quest that starts airing daily on Monday, March 1, hosted by Luis Manzano and Jodi Santamaria. This search focusing on the Metro Manila area will end in June, then they will go nationwide with quests in Baguio, Naga, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. After that, they will go global with quests in places with many Pinoy communities, like San Francisco for the U.S., Sydney for Australia, Milan for Europe, Dubai for the Middle East, and Toronto for Canada. Of the two hosts, only Jodi was required to undergo an audition. "Luis has been with the show from the start," she says. "So they had to audition for his female co-host. We were made to read spiels together and interact before the camera. I thought I won’t be hired because sobrang kabado ako at nabulul-bulol ako during the audition. But after a week, I was surprised when they told me I was it." Maybe it helped that they used to be playing beautiful music together? "I don’t know, pero maganda raw kasi ang chemistry namin together." How did they meet each other? "JM Rodriguez gave our phone numbers to each other and he started calling me and we went out dating almost everyday, for three months." So, what happened? Luis met Nancy Castiglione and she met current BF, Panfi Lacson? "No, this was long before Nancy and Panfi. I just dropped him like a hot potato," she laughs, to which Luis feigns a frown. "No, what happened was he came right after I broke up with Baron Geisler. Then Baron was trying to make a come back, but gusto ko na si Luis, so I called up Luis and asked him: Why do you call me baby? His answer was: Wala lang, because you’re my baby. That wasn’t the answer I wanted to hear kundi because I love you. So, I figured he not ready to make commitment kaya tinapos ko na." So, is there a possibility they might renew their romance now that they’re working together? "Hindi na siguro. Panfi and I have been going steady for three years and I’m very pleased with him." * * *
Sarah, From Popstar to Teen Princess
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:34 p.m.
Source: Showbizpinoy. ------------------- We were able to speak with the budding superstar during an intimate presscon tendered by ABS-CBN after her contract signing. Although obviously nervous about the new world she's just entered, the soap opera is actually homecoming as she used to be a talent of the station's "Ang TV 2" teenage-oriented variety show in the '90s. "Masaya na ako non kahit na parang extra-extra lang ako duon sa show na yon kasi ang mga kasabayan ko, anak ni ganitong artista, ni ganyan. Pero ngayon, lead role na ako! Parang last year lang ay nanonood lang ako ng 'Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggang' at 'Saan Ka Man Naroroon' sa TV. Sana lang maging kasing galing din ako ni Claudine Barreto sa pagarte. Paborito ko po kasi siya," Sarah says shyly. In "The Teen Princess," Sarah's scenes with Mark Bautista are what most people would be keeping an eye on. Since last year, the two have been packaged as a love team by pairing them in duet songs ("Broken Vow" included in the album of Sarah and "Ako'y Maghihintay" on Mark's debut CD). "Pero Kuya ko lang talaga si Kuya Mark!" Sarah clarifies. "Alam ko pa nga kung sino ang mga crushes niya, eh. Besides, hindi pa ako pwede ligawan sabi ni mommy. Tsaka na lang daw pag may trabaho na ako." We asked Sarah who her favorite actresses are and she enumerated the names of Nora Aunor, Maricel Soriano and Regine Velasquez. "Hanga kasi ako sa galing nilang umiyak. Ako kasi pag pinapaiyak, natutuyuan ng luha! At saka kailangan pang mamotivate ng husto bago merong tumulo. Kailangang isipin ko pa lahat ng pinagdaanan naming hirap at pagod bago maiyak," Sarah, who has attended several acting workshops last year, says. Shy by nature, Sarah is yet to become comfortable with her celebrity status. When fans recognize her in malls, for example, she'd often hang her head down in embarrassment. "Mahirap na kasi baka hindi naman ako ang tinutukoy nila. Kapag kinalabit na lang ako or nagpa -autograph at saka ako tumitingin at ngumingiti. Nahihiya talaga akong mag-assume kasi sino ba naman ako?" Sarah humbly says. Besides, Sarah has been extra careful in dealing with strangers after she started receiving mysterious text messages last year. "Kaya nga po papalit-palit ako ng SIM card. Madami po kasi ang nagtetext ng 'mahal kita' o 'patunayan mong hindi ka nga mayabang' mula sa mga numbers na di ko naman kilala. So ngayon, number na lang ni mommy ang binibigay ko at duon na lang ako nakikitext," says Sarah. How does she feel about comparisons with Judy Ann Santos, the 'Drama Princess?' "Naku, ang layo-layo ko po sa kanya kaya hindi talaga pwedeng i- compare! Ang dami-dami na po niyang napatunayan samantalang ako, magsisimula pa lang," Sarah humbly states. While the ABS-CBN teleserye "The Teen Princess" is underway, Sarah will be busy doing concerts and mall shows around the country.- -
Fantaserye, Another First of ABS-CBN
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:32 p.m.
Source; Showbizpinoy. Another first is in the offing from the country's pioneer in broadcasting, ABS-CBN. As it revolutionizes once more the drama genre, the giant network will soon be airing the first "fantaserye" entitled "Marina." The much-awaited drama innovation from ABS-CBN has already generated much interest from televiewers especially the children. Proof is that, long before we were invited to the presscon of the fantaserye, my granddaughter Agatha has been mentioning "Marina," and I thought it was just a name of someone she has gotten acquainted with. Not until she said that her favorite star Claudine Barretto would be playing Marina, the mermaid did I realize that what Agatha was talking about was another drama series. "Marina" is expected to fuse elements of traditional fantasy and myth, high-tech TV production methods, and the scope and polish of ABS-CBN's legendary teleserye projects. And so, the "teleserye queen" as Claudine has been known is back to win the hearts of televiewers as she plays the title role of "Marina." But first, to recall, Claudine became a household name as the innocent Via in "Mula sa Puso," then moving on to endear herself more to televiewers thrice over as Rosario, Rosenda and Rosemarie in "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," And in "Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan," Claudine withstood the test of time as the 1920s heroine Angelina and trampled the epitome of evil, Sally, as the fighting Angeline of modern times. Truly, Claudine has proven her versatility in more ways than one. And to sustain her image as a "soap opera queen," Claudine has taken the challenge of plunging into an excitingly new, physically demanding but emotionally endearing character...as the mermaid Marina. With Claudine in the cast of "Marina" are equally talented and award- winning thespians: Snooky Serna as Esther Sto. Domingo, Marina's loving mother; Cherie Gil, as Victoria Raymundo, a sea deity who possesses supernatural powers who falls in love with Elias; Joel Torre, as Elias Sto. Domingo, Esther's husband and father of Marina; Meryl Soriano, as Luna Raymundo, the lovechild of Elias and Victoria who is a reluctant heiress to her mother's evil powers; Agot Isidro, Sheila Corrales, as the mermaid who becomes human; Bobby Andrews, as Raphael Sandico, Esther's psychiatrist who falls in love with Marina; Malou de Guzman as Dugong, the most forceful witch who gives Victoria the supernatural powers she needs; Sunshine Cruz as Istah, the Queen of the Sea who takes good care of Marina the moment the young girl turns into a mermaid; Alvin Fortuna as Randolph Rivera, a good- looking scuba-diver who goes to the fishing village and meets Luna; Luke Jickain as Quintin Sandico, brother of Raphael and a happy-go- lucky marine biologist who will also develop special feeling for Marina; Jenny Miller as Vixia, and Maui David as Quiana, two of the mermaids Marina will meet and befriend. The story goes like this: Marina was born as Cristina, the daughter of human parents (Snooky and Joel). A normal child in all respects, Marina falls victim to a curse by Victoria (Cherie Gil), a sea deity masquerading as a normal woman who seeks vengeance on Elias through Elias' daughter. Hoping that Victoria would lift her curse on the child if Elias comes back to her, Elias leaves Esther. Anyway, like most mermaid stories, "Marina" is interesting and will certainly catch the fancy of young televiewers. One of the "mermaids," Maui David said she's very excited to be in the cast of "Marina," much more to play the role of a serena. "I'm very excited that I'm working with big stars who I idolize. I find my role very challenging, because first of all, I didn't know how to swim. But we were given swimming lessons, we did scuba-diving and all. Ang sayasaya namin, although nagkaroon ako ng mga bruises, at nagka- rashes pa ako," showing us her arms. Maui grew up in the US but when she was in second year high school, she told her father she wanted to be an actress and a singer in the Philippines. Like most Filipinos in the States, Maui avidly watched ABS-CBN shows on The Filipino Channel (TFC). One day, she said: "Dad, kaya ko rin gawin ang mga ginagawa nila," referring to what the stars were doing on the TV show they were watching at the time. "Pumayag naman ang dad ko, so we came back to the Philippines," Maui said. While waiting in a coffeeshop at ABS-CBN when she was there to visit her "Tito" Randy Santiago, a talent scout spotted her and she auditioned right away, and needless to say, she passed with flying colors. Since then, Maui has appeared in such shows as "ASAP," "Berks," "Tabing Ilog" and "MTB," when Amy Perez and Roderick Paulate were still segment hosts of the show. Although Maui is now getting more and more assignments, and getting more popular too, she could not forget what her grandmother always told, that no matter what, she should not neglect her studies. So despite her busy schedule, she finds time to pursue her schooling. She is enrolled under the Distance Learning School at ABS-CBN. Maui revealed that initially, she wanted to be a nurse or a doctor. But that's a far-fetched dream now, being in showbiz. More than an actress, she said she wants to make a name as a singer. "My first love is singing," she stressed, citing Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey among her favorites. She performs every Friday at Laughline and on Sundays on "ASAP." Maui also finds fulfilling the fact that she sang the theme song of "Girls Marching On," a chinovela. She was also one of the artists featured in a Star Records Christmas album. Going back to "Marina," the fantaserye reunites the director, Wenn Deramas with Claudine who he directed in "Mula sa Puso," "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," "Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan" and "Buttercup," and gifted young director Andoy Ranay. Keiko Aquino is "Marina's" head writer, with Agnes Gagilonia-Uligan as writer. Desirey M. Fernandez is executive producer. * * *
ABS-CBN's Latest Ace, Bernadette Sembrano
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:31 p.m.
Source: Showbizpinoy. --------------- Television personality Bernadette Sembrano almost bawled her heart out when she recounted to a couple of entertainment writers how she ended up with her new job in ABS-CBN. The incident happened during the press conference to formally announce her joining the "Kapamilya" network last Wednesday (which was also her birthday) at the 9501 Restaurant at the ELJ Building of ABS-CBN. Her tears though were not those of joy. It was more of remembering the pain she felt when she became lost and bewildered after leaving GMA-7 and her highly rated show "Wish Ko Lang" because of the rift between the network and Probe Team, a show she worked with for three years. According to her, she bid goodbye to "Wish Ko Lang" last Dec. 20, 2003 before the show went to Europe. "Yung nangyari sa Probe, I was really caught in the middle of it. So umalis ako kasi Probe was axed and I was really hurt. Yun naman ang totoo," she said as she began to cry. "Mahirap talaga kasi enjoy naman ako sa 'Wish' especially sa mga tao when I do my field work. Pero feeling ko I had to leave. But I remain grateful to GMA kasi binigyan naman nila ako ng chance." However hard her decision was, she remained optimistic that she could still work with Probe even in an off-cam manner. She thought that after GMA, she would just produce and write for Probe. "Gustong-gusto ko sa field because yung mga tao kapag nakikita ko, yun ang kaligayahan ko.…mahirap lang yung position ko when I got caught between Probe and GMA," she stressed. Her manager Angeli Valenciano of Genesis even discussed and advised her that it wasn't necessary for her to leave GMA and especially "Wish Ko Lang" which she has already been identified with. Unfortunately, her hurt feelings prevailed. "I'm just one part of the whole team and they understood where I was coming from," she commented about "Wish Ko Lang's" crew being hurt by her decision to leave. "The show is not all about the host. It is about many things. It is about the people who wish and the people who help. And naiisip ko that the show will continue with or without me." It can be recalled that the conflict between The Probe Team and GMA-7 started with the show's episode that featured a lifestyle check on Efraim Genuino, chair of the state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) last year. The network probed deeper on the said episode before airing it on Sept. 23, 2003, a week after its scheduled release. Unfortunately, the 16 year old tie between the show and the network was already severed by the said episode and as reported on the news, GMA finally released The Probe Team citing loss of trust and difference in thrust with regards to program standards as its reasons. What her decision produced then was a jobless Bernadette. Even if she has always wanted to be part of The Probe Team, it was still uncertain that time as to where the show was headed which also placed a big question mark as to Bernadette's career as a broadcast journalist. "Everything was vague then even if I knew I could still write for Probe," she recalled. Then, her manager got word from ABS-CBN's Charo Santos about their interest in hiring her, which was good news. But during their meeting, The Probe Team was still in her mind and she asked ABS-CBN executive Atty. Dong Puno if it was possible if she could still work for The Probe Team off-camera as a writer. She was allowed too, but Probe's Che-Che Lazaro thought otherwise. Working with TPT would bring much load to Bernadette and could strain her new job with ABS- CBN who would also have tons of work already planned out for her. "I won't do work for Probe but I will always be a part of The Probe Team. And that is the truth. Everyone who leaves Probe will always be part of it," she stated. As the newest member of ABS-CBN, Bernadette will first appear in the morning show "Magandang Umaga Bayan" (MUB) next monday Feb. 23, with Mr. and Mrs. Julius Babao, Erwin Tulfo, Ogie Diaz and Edu Manzano. While in the works for her is still a "can't-be-disclosed-show" which bigwigs from the network already conceived a long time ago with Bernadette Sembrano as their only choice as host. "Out of courtesy, I will not do a 'Wish Ko Lang' type of show. But sabi ko kung puwede sana yung malapit pa rin sa tao dahil gusto ko ngang malapit sa tao. I asked them if I could work with Bantay Bata. I'm happy when my work is closest to the people…now I'm with ABS-CBN, I'll do my best to do a good work, so parang na-multiply pa ngayon," she explained with a smile. Atty. Dong Puno remarked that having Bernadette on board ABS-CBN is exciting since he knows how talented she is. "We were really interested in her because we saw that her shows were good and we acknowledge that 'Wish Ko Lang' was a very good show because of her personal touch. Opportunities will be opened to her and bahala na siya how she will run with the ball. 'MUB' is going to be a good entry point for her because it is a combination of news, current events and lighter materials like lifestyle. After that, siguro ang development niya sa current affairs programs and even in the news. All of these things will be explored and I even told her if she could develop new programs," Atty. Puno expounded. When asked about her expectations about ABS-CBN, Bernadette replied: "I know what I'm tasked to do but I know there are no guarantees. I'll just give it my best shot. What comes after that, no expectations at all." And with regards to intrigues that she stepped on the toes of other ABS-CBN talents when she joined ABS-CBN, she simply pointed out that "honestly, wala naman akong natapakan sa aking pananaw. Ang sa akin lang nasa discretion ng management kung sino ang ilalagay nila saan. Ang akin lang din, I will give it my best shot…it is not about fame or breaks, it will never be about that. Ang sa akin publiko. Sila ang importante and not fame!" Lastly, Bernadette Sembrano only had this to say about her career's new path. "Hindi ko puwedeng isantabi na minsan akong naging 'kapuso,' hindi ko puwedeng isantabi na naging miyembro ako ng Probe. Now, I'm very grateful na 'kapamilya' na ako. My past will always be part of who I am and I can only give it my best here at ABS-CBN." - -
Heart As Beauty
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:30 p.m.
Source: Malaya. Fairy-tale classic staged at malls ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------- "BEAUTY and the Beast," one of the world's best-loved fairy-tale classics, hits the stage in a series of free performances at the Ayala Malls in Metro Manila and Cebu. "Beauty and the Beast" was staged last year by Repertory Phil., this time, they produced an abridged Leprince de Beaumont's version, featuring the country's favorite heartthrob Heart Evangelista as Beauty. Heart could arguably hold the title of Universal Schoolboy Crush of 2003 and probably 2004 as well, as her pretty face continues to smile from countless teen and beauty mags, millions of television sets, and the big screen. Multi-talented and much-awarded, she was 2003's Awit Awards New Female Recording Artist, Ivan Entertainment's Celebrity Endorser of the Year, and an Asia Pacific Young Achiever, among others. Playing the Beast is a young but experienced thespian, Niccolo Manahan. Niccolo made his first repertory appearance as the Woodsman and the Prince in RCT's production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" last year, and he's definitely on the way up to being the actor to see among the country's play-going crowd. This isn't to say that he's resting on the laurels of one production. Niccolo may be young, but he has been honing his craft as a regular artist for the University of Asia and the Pacific. His body of work includes the characters of Telresias in "Antigone," Armand in "Once On This Island," Orgon in "Tartuffe" and the protagonist in "Hamlet." Niccolo, unbeastly as he may be, is the perfect match to Heart's Beauty. Jodi Sta Maria alternates as Beauty. Her list of movies is long and spectacular, including acclaimed pieces "Anak," "Jologs," "Bagong Buwan," and many others. Jodi was also 1991's Parangal ng Bayan Most Promising Young Actress and Most Promising Female Star of 2002. Leprince de Beaumont's version of "Beauty and the Beast" is surely one of the best-loved tales told the world over, not only as a child's fairytale but as a story of True Love. It weaves excitement, intrigues, suspense and action into a lesson that we can never learn too well; that we are missing a lot if we judge anyone or anything by appearances alone. Beauty sacrifices herself to save her father who was caught stealing an enchanted rose. As a consequence, she finds herself at the mercy of a hideous Beast, but she will have to look not with her eyes but with her heart, to know the truth that lies beneath the creature's rough hide, and thus break the evil spell. Schedule of performances are: Alabang Town Center (Feb. 27, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.; Feb. 28, 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 6 p.m.; Feb. 29, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.), and Ayala Center Cebu (March 5, 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; March 6, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.; March 7, 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m.).
More Upcoming Stars from Star Circle Quest
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:28 p.m.
Source: Manila Bulletin. More upcoming stars from `Star Circle Quest' --------------------- The global popularity of "American Idol" (on its third season already in discovering the newest international pop star) has spawned variants of the reality-based TV show in different parts of the world. In the United Kingdom, they have "Pop Idol," while our country have "Search for a Star," "Star in a Million," "Starstruck" and soon "Starstruck Kids." What the local shows mentioned above have in common is their ability to interest viewers to participate in choosing their next stars. Since the public's support and acceptance are the vital ingredients to these young hopefuls, these shows through SMS or "texting voting" have incorporated them in choosing their winners. This system have generated fans for each,aspirants, making these unknowns sudden stars in their own rights. Showing too the hardships the contestants go through — their auditions, rehearsals, personal revelations - spice up these shows for the viewing pleasure of the audiences. Products of such TV star search programs are Sarah Geronimo, Eric Santos, Mark Heras and Jennilyn Mercado. So far the most popular among them is Sarah Geronimo who is tagged as The Pop Star of the Philippines. Her debut album out in the market already surpassed the Gold Album status while as a performer she has had numerous S.R.O. concerts. She has also sang alongside big-name singers like Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez at the Big Dome in the show "The Songbird and The Songwriter." Then there's Eric Santos who's on his way to becoming a recording and concert artist. Signed up immediately by Boy Abunda's Backroom, Inc. after he won the grand prize in the recently concluded "Star in a Million," he is deemed the next total–package performer. While Jennilyn and Mark, the two "Starstruck" winners, will soon be a tandem in the next episode of GMA7's "Love to Love." So far the bigness of such shows have been experienced by televiewers and fans alike as they witnessed the conclusions of these shows. Like the recent culmination of "Starstruck" at the Araneta Coliseum. The well-attended event last Feb. 1 surprised even the finalists to know that they have a huge following already. A notable aspect of these shows too is that the exposure each contestants get is itself a window for them to pursue their showbiz dreams even if they lose in the contest. Now ABS-CBN is launching "Star Circle Quest." With 11 batches of stars to its credit since its onset, "Star Circle" has become the country's prestigious breeding and training ground for new artists. Developed and established by ABS-CBN Talent Center in the early 90s, it placed ABS-CBN at the forefront of finding, and making stars. Some of the biggest names in showbiz are their products. They include Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Kristine Hermosa, Carlos Agassi, John Prats, Heart Evangelista, John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Patrick Garcia and Claudine Barretto. With "Star Circle Quest" ABS-CBN unsheathes the mystic behind the making of stars. The newest realitybased talent search in the country "Star Circle Quest" starts off with the Star Circle Quest Primer from the Araneta Coliseum this Friday, Feb. 27 and everyone is invited. While "Star Circle Quest's" will start its regular airing on Monday, March 1 (it is a week nightly show). Luis Manzano and Star Circle batch 7 member Jodi Santamaria will host "Star Circle Quest." Under it are two segments. One is "Star Circle Kids Search" which looks for talented future stars ranging from 5 to 8 years old. The celebrity judges are Eula Valdez, Randy Santiago and Maricel Laxa. The other one is "Star Circle Teens Search," for talents aged 13-19 years old. The judges here are Boy Abunda, film and TV director Loren Dyogi and Gloria Diaz. There were 5,000 applicants who auditioned at the ABS-CBN studios since November of 2003. Then it was trimmed down to 400 finalists – 200 from the Kids division, and 200 from the Teens division and to its final 100 – 50 for the Star Circle Kids and 50 for the Star Circle Teens. And there will only be one winner for each division. Watch out for the upcoming talents ON THE RISE from "Star Circle Quest!"! (This is just a Mega-Manila search, according to its producer Deo Edrinal. The nationwide search follows after with six cities in mind — Baguio, Naga, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao. Then its third phase is the "Star Circle Quest Global" with five international cities pegged — Sydney, San Francisco, Toronto, Dubai and Milan. So expect a year round "Star Circle Quest.")
Edu, Halatang In-Love
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:27 p.m.
Source: Kabayan. Edu halatang in love --------------------------- HALATANG-HALATA na sa mga kilos ni Edu Manzano na masaya ang kanyang love life ngayon. Kahit hindi diretsahang aminin ng bagong VRB Chair ang relasyon nila ni Alicia Mayer, kitang-kita ito sa kanyang mga mata. Hindi maitatatwang walang pakialam si Edu sa mga hindi magagandang nasusulat tungkol kay Alicia dahil siguradong nagkakaintindihan silang dalawa at in love na in love sa isa't isa. Gumaganda raw ang araw at mas inspiradong magtrabaho si Edu tuwing kasama si Alicia. Mas nagiging magaan daw at mas napabibilis ang pagtatrabaho ni Edu kapag natatanaw niya ang magandang sex siren. Noong i-turn over kay Edu ang nabakanteng posisyon ni Bong Revilla, present si Alicia at kitang-kita ang kakaibang sweetness ng dalawa. Sa kasalukuyan ay hataw si Edu sa mga show. Mula Lunes hanggang Sabado ay nasa MTB Ang Saya-Saya siya. Tuwing linggo naman ay nasa Star In A Million. Samantala si Alicia naman ay isa sa mga host ng Eat Bulaga at kasali rin sa All Together Now tuwing Martes.
Camille Prats, Di Na Kuntento sa Dos?
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:26 p.m.
Source: Kabayan Camille Pratts, di na kuntento sa Dos? ------------------------- DAHIL hindi raw naaasikaso ng Channel 2 ang kanyang career at tipong napapabayaan na siya, balitang nag-iisip na si Camille Pratts na lumipat sa kabilang istasyon. Ayon naman sa kapatid niyang si John, wala raw katotohanan ang balita at tsismis lang ito ng mga walang magawa. Kung hindi man daw nabibigyan ng buong pansin ang kanyang kapatid ngayon ay dahil maraming pinagkakaabalahan ang mga taong concern sa kanilang istasyon at wala pang proyektong babagay kay Camille. Ayon pa rin sa young actor, natural lang na ang career ng isang artista ay nagpa-fluctuate at di habang panahong okay ito. Siyempre, dumarating din sa puntong parang pababa ka pero ang di mo alam bigla na lamang may suwerteng darating sa iyo at biglang hahatakin kang pataas. Sa parte naman ni Camille, medyo okay na rin ang estado niya ngayon dahil mas may panahon siya sa kanyang pag-aaral.
Mahal, Nagwala at Sinaktan ang Sarili
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:25 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite Mahal, nagwala at sinaktan ang sarili (Joe Barrameda) -------------------- Noong mga huling araw ni Mahal sa noontime show na MTB ay hindi namin siya nakitaan ng kalungkutan. Madalas naming kasama si Mahal sa mga lakaran at gimikan. Lagi lang itong nakabungisngis at super busy kate-text sa `boyfriends' niya. Naisip namin na dedma si Mahal sa kahit ano mang mangyari at ipinababahala na lang niya sa kanyang manager na si Ramon Yuson ang desisyon tungkol sa kanyang showbiz career. Lumabas kami ni Mahal kasama si Ms. Raquel Okada noong bisperas ng huling araw niya sa MTB. Sa Laffline kami nagtungo upang mag-aliw. Gaya ng dati ay inabot kami nang madaling-araw at habang nasa daan ang grupo ni Ms. Raquel Okada ay biglang nag-emote si Mahal. Nag-self pity ang hitad. Kung anu-ano ang nilitanya ni Mahal. Ang ginawa ng bading na nagngangalang Trizsa ay magpatawa nang magpatawa para maaliw si Mahal. Epektibo ang ginawa ni Trizsa at napatawa si Mahal. Nang sumapit sila sa condo ni Ms. Raquel ay nanumbalik ang depression ni Mahal at nagtatanong ito kung bakit kailangan nilang mawala sa MTB. Masakit pala sa kalooban niya ang mawala sila ni Mura sa pang-araw- araw na programa. Nagwala si Mahal habang umiiyak at sinaktan ang sarili. Hindi malaman ng grupo ni Ms. Raquel Okada kung ano ang gagawin. Sumunod kami sa nasabing condo at nasaksihan namin ang pagwawala ni Mahal. Akala namin ay nagbibiro ito. Medyo ninerbyos kami nang makita namin na totoo ang pagwawala ni Mahal. Ang inisip na lang namin ay tawagan ang mga kamag-anak ni Mahal para malaman namin kung ano ang mabuting gawin sa nagwawalang unano. Mabuti na lang na-pacify ito at nakatulog. Nang matapos na ang tensyon ay naisip na lang namin na hulog ng langit si Ms. Raquel Okada kay Mahal. Paano na lang kung hindi nakilala ni Mahal si Ms. Raquel? Si Ms. Raquel ang nagpatira kay Mahal sa isang condo sa Ortigas Center at nag-provide ng service car na Expedition. Saksi kami kung paano inaalagaan ni Ms. Raquel si Mahal. Ipinag-shopping ni Ms. Raquel si Mahal ng mga damit, alahas at ilang pangangailangan sa kanyang tinitirhan. Ipinagbukas pa niya ito ng account sa isang bangko. "Kung walang Ms. Raquel na nakilala si Mahal ay malamang na bumalik siya sa kanyang dating tinitirhan sa squatter's area sa may likod ng Batasan sa Commonwealth Avenue," wika ni Ramon Yuson, ang manager ni Mahal. Balak ipasyal ni Raquel si Mahal sa Japan kung maikukuha niya ito ng visa. Interesado si Mr. Okada na makilala nang personal si Mahal. Siguro, naintriga ang asawang Hapon ni Raquel dahil madalas maikuwento sa kanya si Mahal. Huwag na kayong magulat kung makarating si Mahal sa bayan ng mga sakang. Nakatakda ring bumiyahe si Mahal sa Abril papuntang Amerika, kasama sina Mura, John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad at Mickey Ferriols for a series of shows.
Sarah, medyo Nairita
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:22 p.m.
Source; Abante Tonite. Sarah, medyo nairita. (Joe Barrameda) -------------------------- Nalula kami sa dami ng taong dinatnan namin sa preskon ng teleserye ni Sarah Geronimo na Sarah The Teen Princess kamakalawa sa 13th floor ng ELJ Bldg., ABS-CBN Compound, Quezon City. Nang dumating kami ay wala nang maupuan gayung kokonti lang ang mga press people na naimbitahan. Mas marami ang hindi taga-media. Hindi namin alam kung kasama ang mga iyon ng mga artistang involved sa teleserye o mga tauhan ng ABS-CBN ang nakakarami. Maski ang pagkain na inihanda ay ubos na ubos. Nagmukha tuloy timang `yung mga late dumating. Medyo naiirita si Sarah sa mga naglalabasang sitsit na kesyo wala siyang utang na loob sa GMA 7 dahil doon siya nakilala. Nilinaw ni Sarah na hindi siya nakakontrata sa GMA at nagkataon lamang na sa GMA 7 ini-air ang programang Search For A Star kung saan siya nanalo. Ang programang iyon na si Regine Velasquez ang host ay prinodyus ng Viva Entertainment kung saan nakakontrata si Sarah. Wala ring offer na natatanggap si Sarah mula sa GMA 7. Kasama sa cast ng Sarah The Teen Princess sina Gloria Diaz, Mark Bautista, Mikel Campos, Michael Agassi, Jaime Fabregas, Aiza Marquez, Ward Luarca, Jill Yulo, Eliza Pineda, at sina Charlie Mac, Jon-Jon at Rommel ng grupong Salbakuta. Si Mark Bautista ay magiging regular na sa ASAP Mania simula Marso 7. Ayon kay Mark, hindi niya nakitaan ng insecurity ang mga talent ng Channel 2 nang pasukin nila nina Sarah at Mikel ang istasyon na iyon. Very warm pa raw ang trato sa kanila rito. Si Mikel Campos ay kilala na namin before dahil regular na siya sa Click (youth-oriented show na napapanood tuwing Linggo nang hapon sa GMA 7). Guwapo at may height si Mikel Campos pero kailangan niyang mag- workout para magkalaman ang katawan niya.
Ratings for Monday (February 23)
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:20 p.m.
Source: Abante Tonite ---------------- RATINGS: Ito ang ratings ng ABS-CBN at GMA 7 shows last Monday (for your info): TV Patrol (ABS), 31% vs. Frontpage (GMA) 25%; Game KNB (ABS), 28% vs. Extra Challenge (GMA), 31%; Basta't Kasama Kita (ABS), 34% vs. Twin Hearts (GMA), 27%; Marina (ABS), 41% vs. Te Amo (GMA), 29%; Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas (ABS), 36% vs. Endless Love 2 (GMA), 29%; It Might Be You (ABS), 33% vs. Narito Ang Puso Ko (GMA), 25%; OK Fine (ABS), 23% vs. Lagot Ka (GMA), 23%; Insider (ABS), 11% vs. Saksi (GMA) 15%; The Correspondents (ABS), 5% vs. I-Witness (GMA), 9%.
Luis at Jodi, hindi apektado sa akusasyong gaya-gaya sila sa Starstruck
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:17 p.m.
Luis at Jody, hindi apektado sa akusasyong gaya-gaya sila sa StarStruck! Source: Abante ------------------------------------------ SINCE 1992 pa nagsimula ang ABS-CBN sa paghahanap ng mga stars sa kanilang Talent Center. Kaya ngayong 2004, tuluy-tuloy sila sa paghahanap ng mga bagong artista, sa kanilang Star Circle Quest, ang bagong reality-based talent search ng Dos. Bukas ilu-launch ang Star Circle Quest sa dramang Star Circle Quest Primer sa Araneta Coliseum, at regular na magsisimula sa March 1, Monday to Friday. Sina Luis Manzano at Jodi Santamaria ang maghu-host ng Star Circle Quest, na magbubukas daw ng pinto sa mga talented na bata. Ang pakontes na ito ay may two components: Star Circle Kids Search para sa mga bata na ang age ay 5 to 8 years old, at Star Circle Teens Search para sa mga edad na 13-19. Mula sa 5,000 applicants, natira ang 400 finalists -- 200 sa mga bata at 200 sa mga bagets. Kaya 400 finalists agad ang maglalaban-laban, kukuha ng 100 -- 50 para sa mga bata, 50 sa mga bagets, hanggang sa makapili na sila ng isang mananalo sa bawat division. Siyempre, hindi apektado sina Luis at Jody sa akusasyon ng iba na gaya-gaya sila sa StarStruck ng GMA, dahil ang importante sa kanila ay makatulong sila sa mga batang may mataas na pangarap sa buhay.
A Pathetic Move of GMA Against Marina
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:15 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight ---------------- NAPAKA-PATHETIC talaga ng GMA 7 drumbeaters. Alam n'yo ba na nu'ng Lunes ng hapon, hours bago nag-premiere ang Marina, ay kumalat ang text message bashing the Claudine Barretto fantaserye? Isang concerned reporter-friend ang nag-forward sa akin ng text message. Ayaw ko na sanang patulan ang pathetic move na 'yun ng obviously ay may pini-PR na programa sa GMA 7. Pero mukhang hindi nag- isip ang sinumang may pakana ng message. Nakarating din ang naturang text message kina Wenn Deramas at Andoy Ranay, ngunit ayaw nang mag-comment ng dalawang direktor. Ayon sa isang portion ng text message: "Sama-sama nating lunurin ang mga sirena. Huwag natin silang hayaang makalangoy!" Nakatatawa dahil puwede ba namang malunod ang sirena? At puwede ba namang hindi makalangoy ang mga sirena? Nakatatawa, 'di ba? Speaking of Marina, nakatutok ang buong Pilipinas sa premiere nito last Monday. Nagtala ito ng 40.6% rating kumpara sa katapat na programa na naka-28%. Exciting ang mga eksenang ipinalabas. Pinag- usapan ang kahusayan nina Cherie Gil, Joel Torre at Snooky Serna. Pati ang special effects ay kinagiliwan ng mga bata. "Nakatutok talaga ako, pati mga kapitbahay ko, sa Marina," sabi ng kaibigang Emma Guevarra. Sa mga susunod na episode, unti-unting makikilala ang ibang exciting characters sa Marina. Ngayong gabi ay lalabas na si Claudine. * * *
BJ Manalo of MTB
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:11 p.m.
Source: People's Tonight ----------------- ANG lakas ng dating ni BJ Manalo, isa sa mainstays ng MTB: Ang Saya- Saya! Maraming kababaihan ang kinikilig kay BJ. Sana raw ay magkaroon siya ng sariling segment/contest about basketball. Even at the time na nasa UAAP si BJ, tinitilian na siya ng kababaihan. Pambato siya ng Ateneo de Manila team sa UAAP. Ngayong nasa showbiz na si BJ, lumawak ang following niya. Maraming katanungan ang female fans niya na kailangan niyang sagutin. Gusto nilang malaman kung may girlfriend na si BJ. Kung eventually ay papasok din ba siya sa acting sa telebisyon at movies. At bukod sa MTB: Ang Saya-Saya!, ano pa raw ang magiging show ni BJ sa ABS-CBN. One of these days ay ipi-present ng ABS-CBN si BJ along with the other hosts of MTB: Ang Saya-Saya! sa press people. Magkakaroon na ako ng pagkakataon na tanungin ang basketball-player-turned-TV-star ng mga gustong malaman ng kanyang lumalawak na following.
Ciara Sotto
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:08 p.m.
Source: People's Journal Ciara slates mall tour Thursday, February 26, 2004 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------- CLASSICAL pop singer Ciara Sotto faces quite a busy schedule ahead as she embarks on a tour of the country's various malls to promote her self-titled debut album under BMG Records Pilipinas, Inc. The singer-actress' mall tour presented by GSM Blue, kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 28, at SM Sucat, to be followed by shows at SM Fairview on March 7, SM North EDSA on March 12, SM Bacoor on March 13, Robinson's Metro East on March 14 and Robinson's Novaliches on March 20. All shows start at 4 p.m. "Ciara" the album is a 10-track outing featuring the carrier single, "Ibabalik," by DJ Raymund Ryan. The song, which talks about enduring love, now enjoys heavy airplay on various FM stations. Other choice cuts that showcase Ciara's vocal maturity in the album include "Adagio," originally by Lara Fabian, a remake of Joe Cocker's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "A Lover's Concierto," Ciara's version of Josh Groban's "Home to Stay," "Di Inaasahan" by singer- comedian Janno Gibbs, "May Mararating," an adaptation of an Italian song by composer Ernie dela Peña, and more. "Ciara" is now available in CDs and cassettes at leading record bars nationwide under BMG Records Pilipinas, Inc.
SARAH GERONIMO
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:07 p.m.
Source: PSN --------------------- Nakatutuwa na sa kabila ng kasikatan niya ngayon ay wala pa ring ka- ere ere si Sarah Geronino. Pakiramdam ko nga, di pa siya aware sa kanyang popularidad at talagang gusto lamang magtrabaho para sa kanyang pamilya. Bagay sa kanya yung bago niyang soap sa ABS CBN, ang Sarah The Teen Princess na magsisimulang mapanood sa buwan ng Marso. Tungkol ito sa isang kabataang babae na nangangarap maging isang beauty queen. Kaya sumali siya sa Miss Teen Princess, isang talent and beauty contest na magpapareha sa kanya sa tatlong gwapong mga kabataang lalaki rin, si Mark Bautista, ang ibini-build up sana na loveteam niya ng Viva pero mas type niya itong maging "kuya"; Mikel Campos at Michael Agassi. Si Mark ang gumaganap ng role ng best friend niya, si Mikel ang crush niya na commercial model at si Michael ang handyman na mahilig sa mga bata. Nasa cast din sina Gloria Diaz na gumaganap ng role ng kanyang ina, ang lolo niya na si Jaime Fabregas, ang best friend niya na si Aiza Marquez, ang mga kuya niya na dalawa sa grupong Salbakuta (ang isa pa ay best friend naman ni Mark), ang tatay niyang si Ward Luarca, ang kapatid niyang si Elise Pineda at ang mga kontrabida sa buhay niya na sina Glaiza de Castro at Jill Yulo. Dalawa ang direktor ng Sarah The Teen Princess, sina Ricky Rivero at John D Lazatin.
STAR CIRCLE QUEST
Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:06 p.m.
Ma-revive kaya ng Star Circle Quest ang romance nina Luis at Jodi? SANGA-SANGANDILA Ni Veronica R. Samio Pilipino STAR Ngayon 02/26/2004 ----------------------- Hindi naman itinatanggi nina Luis Manzano at Jodi Santamaria na nagkaroon sila ng romansa nun, bago pa nagkaroon ng relasyon si Jodi sa anak ng presidentiable na si Ping Lacson. Katunayan, tatlong taon na ang relasyon nila ni Pamfy at going stronger pa ito. Wala namang pormal na ligawan na naganap dahil mahiyain si Luis. Hindi siya makapagsalita dahil wala naman siyang makita o maramdamang encouragement from Jodi. Hanggang ilagay si Luis sa isang test ni Jodi. May itinanong ito sa kanya na kung nasagot lamang niya ng tulad ng inaasahan ni Jodie ay baka nakipag-on ito sa kanya. Pero, hindi narinig ni Jodi ang inaasahan nitong tugon mula sa kanya, kaya naging magkaibigan na lamang sila, hanggang ngayon. Ang dalawa ay napili ng ABS CBN para maging host ng kanilang reality- based talent search na Star Circle Quest na magkakaroon ng kick off sa Araneta Coliseum ngayong Byernes, Peb. 27. Libre ang pagpasok. May dalawang components ito, ang Star Circle Kids Search na maghahanap ng mga future stars ranging from 5 to 8 years old at ang Star Circle Teens Search para sa mga may edad 13-19 taong gulang. Mula sa may 10,000 aplikante na nag-audition sa ABS CBN studio simula nung Nobyembre 2003 hanggang Peb. 7 at 8, nakapili ng 400 finalists, 200 para sa kids division at 200 para sa Teens division para sa premiere episode nito sa Marso. Sa bilang na ito magsisimula ang paghahanap ng mga stars of tomorrow as week 1 begins with 400 finalists at magtatapos sa bilang na 100, 50 para sa Star Kids at 50 para sa Star Circle Teens. Magpapatuloy ang eliminasyon hanggang sa makakuha ng dalawang final winner, tig- isa sa bawat dibisyon. Sinabi ng isa sa mga execs ng ABS CBN na si Deo Endrinal na hindi nila kinokopya ang StarStruck ng GMA. Siyam na taon na nilang ginagawa ang paghahanap at pagde-develop ng mga artista pero ngayon lamang nila ito ipalalabas sa TV. Nagpatayo pa sila ng training center at iskwelahan bilang bahagi ng kanilang talent development. Pagkatapos na pagkatapos ng mega Manila search sa buwan ng Hunyo ay magkakaroon sila ng nationwide search sa anim na key cities, Baguio, Naga, Iloilo, Cebu at Cagayan de Oro. Tatagal ito hanggang Setyembre at pagkatapos ay dadalhin nila ito sa Sydney, San Francisco, Toronto, Dubai, at Milan. Ayon kay G. Endrinal, mas planado ang Star Circle Quest kumpara sa artistra search ng Siyete. At hindi guesting sa mga mananalo ang plano nila kundi paghahanap ng venues para sa mga mananalo. * * *
MARINA
Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:59 a.m.
source: PSN BY: ERIC JOHN SALUT ------------------- Isa ako sa maraming nag-abang ng premiere ng Marina noong Lunes. Maingay na pinag-uusapan ang fantaseryeng ito na pinagbibidahan ni Claudine Barretto. Hindi nasira ang expectations ko sa Marina. Maganda ang unang episode nito. Mabilis ang kwento. Hindi pa uma-appear si Claudine sa serye pero sulit ang panonood ko watching Cherie Gil, Joel Torre at Snooky Serna and other members of the cast. Napakahusay ni Cherie bilang Victoria. Ang babaeng naglagay ng sumpa kay Editha (Snooky) dahil sa pagmamahal nito kay Elias (Joel). Ambitious nga ang project. Mataas ang production value nito. Kahit ang special effects ay maganda rin. Ang balita ko kay Desirey Fernandez, executive producer ng Marina, ngayong gabi nakatakdang um-appear si Claudine in her Marina character. Gusto kong batiin sina Direk Wenn Deramas at Andoy Ranay sa pag-come- up ng magandang episode ng fantaserye. Dahil sa universal theme ng Marina, hindi lang mature viewers ang magkakagusto rito, pati na rin ang mga bata na tiyak na kagigiliwan ang mga karakter na kanilang mapapanood sa mga susunod na episodes.
May Concert na si Piolo
Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:56 a.m.
May concert na si Piolo! ITO ANG L8ST NGAYON! Ni Eric John Salut Pilipino STAR Ngayon 02/26/2004 ------------------ Kahapon ang arrival ni Piolo Pascual kasama si Claudine Barretto mula sa matagumpay na world premiere ng pelikulang Milan sa Dubai, Abu Dhabi at Milan. Pawang successful ang lahat ng screenings na ginawa sa nasabing lugar. At sa pagdating ni Piolo, trabaho agad ang aasikasuhin niya. Magsisimula na siyang mag-taping ng Mangarap Ka, ang bago niyang teleserye sa ABS-CBN. At the time na wala si Piolo, nakapagsimula na ang ibang cast nito tulad nina Rio Locsin, Nova Villa at ang baguhang child star na si Stephen Fermo. Sunud-sunod din ang provincial shows ni Piolo. Sa katunayan, sa Sabado, February 28 ay mayroon siyang show sa Malolos, Bulacan entitled I Love You, Piolo!. Special guests niya dito sina Erik Santos, Monina Bagatsing at Michelle Ayalde. Kasama rin sa concert si Ashley at bandang Avenida at dance group na The Crossmovers. Si Joy Viado ang host ng show. Maaari kayong maka-avail ng ticket sa CEU Centrodome, Bulacan State University, Max's, AMA Computer College, McDonald's Walter Mart (Plaridel), Informatics, Max's Pulilan at SM City-Marilao. Ang I Love You, Piolo! ay prodyus ng Market Mart at ATMACS Events Online. Mula ito sa direksyon ni Del Pascual. Ang proceeds ng show ay mapupunta sa Bethany House, Sto. Niño Orphanage ng Guiguinto, Bulacan. * * *