weddings, births and deaths

PEOPLE love weddings so let’s talk about them now.  Showbiz folks who tied the knot with non showbiz partners include Joyce Jimenez and Paul Eli Egbalic in L.A. on August 23, Camille Prats and Anthony Linsangan also in L.A. on January 5, Maybelyn Francisco and Michael Fernandez on January 18, comedian Maverick Reloca and Charisse Utuanis on January 28, TV host RJ Ledesma and Vanessa Pastor on March 9, TV reporter Nina Corpuz and Vince Rodriguez in Paris on May 20, Inah Revilla and Vince del Rosario on May 28, Jude Estrada and Rowena Ocampo on June 2, TV reporter Bernadette Sembrano and Emilio Aguinaldo IV on June 12, and Cheska Garcia and cager Doug Kramer on October 9. Angelika de la Cruz also tied the knot in a civil wedding with businessman Orion Cesareo in October.

The stork was also busy this year. Visited by stork were Camille Prats who gave birth to a baby boy, Nathaniel Caesar, on January 24 in L.A.  Teen star Eda Nolan, 19, gave birth to Gian Andrei on February 2, with StarStruck runnerup Gian Carlos, also 19, as dad. Former TV host-singer Jeni Hernandez gave birth to Atheona Alice Morales on March 21. Former Viva Hot Babe Sheree gave birth to Gian Hailey on June 5 with Philippine Idol runnerup Gian Magdangal as dad.

Danica Sotto became a mom to son Jean Michel, with Purefoods cager Mark Pingris as dad, on June 29. July 11, it was Gladys Reyes who gave birth to a girl, Gianna Aquisha, her second child with Christopher Roxas. August 16, it’s Jennylyn Mercado who gave birth to love son Baby Jazz, with Patrick Garcia as dad who has not seen his baby up to now.  On September 29, Alicia Mayer gave birth to a baby boy with an unnamed politician as father, said to be the son of an evangelist. 19 year old Inah Revilla, daughter of Sen. Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado, delivered a baby girl, Alexa Daniela, on September 30.

Aubrey Miles gave birth to son Hunter Cody Miller on October 3, with Troy Montero as dad. Raymond Lauchengco’s wife, Mia Rocha, made him a father on October 19 when their daughter Nathalie was born.

Sex Bomb dancers Weng Ibarra and Evette Pabalan also gave birth this year. Weng is married to an American soldier while Evette, to a Filipino dentist. Nanette                 Medved had her second child with              husband Chris Po. Jennifer Sevilla also became a mom while Paolo Ballesteros became a dad courtesy of his U.S. based girlfriend. Gabby Concepcion’s third wife, Ginbee, also gave birth to a baby girl, his fourth daughter, also a “panganay” like the rest.

Currently pregnant are Nancy Castiliogne (with twins), Manilyn Reynes (her third child with Aljon Jimenez), singer Jaya (now three-month preggy with her second child) Angelika de la Cruz and Vina Morales (both five months preggy as we write, their first.)

People come, but people also go. And those who left this year include the late Rudy “Daboy” Fernandez after a lingering battle with the big C. He passed away on June 7 and long lines were formed during his wake at Heritage Memorial Park.

Four directors made their final goodbyes: Felix Dalay, Abbo de la Cruz, Gilbert Perez and Khryss Adalia. Others who went away were comedian Zorayda Sanchez and an institution on radio, Tiya Dely.

Two entertainment writers joined them: Billy Balbastro and Gil Villasana. So many loved ones of showbiz denizens also bid farewell: the fathers of Gabby Concepcion and writer Roldan Castro, the mothers of Edu Manzano, Herbert Bautista, June Torrejon, Ethel Ramos, the sister of Nitz Miralles, Pauleen Luna’s grandmother who was held up and brutally shot in public, two brothers and the mom of Rowena Agilada, and our own wife, Victoria Arcega-Bautista and her mom Lourdes Maceda-Arcega. Let’s all pray for the repose of their souls. The last to go were StarStruck discovery Marky Cielo and singer Didith Reyes who both passed away in their sleep. Let’s all pray for the repose of their souls.

Those who encountered health problems include Francis Magalona and Johnny Delgado who are both undergoing chemotherapy, Annabelle Rama (who had hysterectomy), husband Eddie Gutierrez (who had angioplasty), comedian Tiya Pusit who nearly went blind, Eraserheads vocalist Ely Buendia who collapsed during their reunion concert, and producer Josabeth Alonzo.  Let’s all pray for their complete recovery.

mario bautista/journal online

feuds, break-ups and sex videos

CONTINUING our account of this year’s feuds and scandals.

Joey de Leon of “Eat Bulaga” and Willie Revillame of “Wowowee” had a feud resulting from Joey’s jokes in his show, with Willie crying on camera complaining about Joey’s alleged tirades against him. This was aggravated when Joey allegedly called Willie’s co-host, Pokwang, an aswang. In the new Supreme Awards night, the two of them (Joey and Willie) reconciled  in front of the camera.

Mocha and her singing group filed a case against the tabloid Parazzi for alleging that they are lesbians in a series of private photos that Parazzi published showing the girls kissing each other. Meanwhile, a sex video showing Criselda Volks doing all sorts of sex acts with a guy was circulated on the net and in cellphones and Criselda admitted it’s indeed she and her boyfriend.

Charlene Gonzales was annoyed when Kris Aquino called her nagpapa-star several times during a fashion show and allegedly asked Kris: “What’s your problem?”  This leaked to the press and Kris reportedly apologized later.


2008 is a season of breakups. The most dramatic breakup was that of Dingdong Dantes and Karylle, after three years of going steady. For a while, it became a guessing game if they’re still on or not as they both avoided being interviewed by the press about it. When they finally admitted that they’ve split, it no longer came as a surprise. Marian Rivera is suspected to be the cause of their breakup but Dingdong denies this.

The brake up had a positive effect on Karylle in that it boosted her languishing career. ABS-CBN signed her up for contract, also EMI Records for a new album, and she’s now also Bench’s newest endorser. Marian got mad when she felt that Karylle insinuated in a TV interview that she’s pregnant and cried during a press conference to say that she’s hurt and offended.

Jennylyn Mercado and Patrick Garcia broke up while she was carrying their baby. Patrick wants permission for him to see their son but Jen adamantly refuses to show him their child.

Roxanne Guinoo and Jake Cuenca broke up, also Bea Alonzo and Mico Palanca. Jake was linked to Bea and Roxanne, who reportedly couldn’t let go of him, is said to have confronted him while doing a show in Guam and the confrontation ended violently. Both Roxanne and Jake denied this.

Another dramatic breakup involved Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista. Heart moved to GMA-7 and, at the start, she claimed that they’re still on. Later on, she changed her tune and said she has broken up with Jericho by email and phone, since Jericho was then taping a new soap in Malaysia. Heart now has a new non-showbiz boyfriend, Francisco Delgado, while Jericho is being linked to his Malaysian leading lady, Carmen Soo.

Two couples broke up before then reconciled then broke up again. Paolo Contis broke up with girlfriend of nearly three years, Isabel Oli, who still feels so bad about it up to now. Dennis Trillo broke up with Cristine Reyes to give priority to his career and it was rumored that she drank a bottle of perfume because of this but she denied trying to kill herself over a broken heart.

Iza Calzado also called it quits with non-showbiz boyfriend Jerry Garcia as she chose to prioritize her career over his proposition of marriage.

Lovi Poe and Jolo Revilla broke up (although they never admitted they were on) because Lovi’s mom was against it, Jolo being an unwed father. But now, they’re lovey-dovey again.

Another couple who said they were not really on but just exclusively dating was Sam Milby and Anne Curtis. It was only after they broke up that they admitted something serious was going on between them, causing Anne to cry on TV.

Pauleen Luna and mayor boyfriend Sherwin Gatchalian also called it quits.

Two married couples broke up. Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano, Anjo Yllana and Jackie Manzano. Both couples reconciled, making their kids happy.

Another married couple who broke up is Sheryl Cruz and her U.S.-based husband, Norman Bustos. Their long- distance relationship apparently didn’t work. Their daughter is staying with Sheryl here in Manila. The distance between them is also the reason cited why Cherie Gil broke up with violinist husband Rene Rogoff. Their two kids are staying with Rene in Israel.

Sharon Cuneta and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan were also rumored to have broken up but it proved to be false as they even had a vacation in the Caribbean with the children. Sharon admitted later that they had a spat. She offered to give a cash reward to anyone who can prove that her husband has another woman.

One of the year’s most controversial breakups was that of high profile cosmetic surgeon Dra. Vicki Belo and her doctor-actor boyfriend Hayden Kho who admitted he tried committing suicide by taking sleeping pills because of the split. He later confessed that he did have a brief fling with Katrina Halili but denied he also played with fire with Rufa Mae Quinto.

mario bautista/journal online

mmff 2oo8 awards winners!

Narito ang mga nagwagi sa katatapos lamang na awards night ng MetroManilaFilmFestival na ginanap sa Sofitel Hotel sa Maynila:

Best Director – Mark Meily (Baler)
Best Screenplay – Baler
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award – Antonio Villegas (Baler)
Best Supporting Actress – Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)
Best Supporting Actor – Philip Salvador (Baler)
Best Actor – Christopher De Leon (Magkaibigan)
Best Actress – Anne Curtis (Baler)
3rd Best Festival Picture – Iskul Bukol 20 Years After
2nd Best Festival Picture – Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat
Best Picture – Baler
Best Cinematography – Lee Meily (Baler)
Best Production Design – Aped Santos (Baler)
Best Editing – Danny Anonuevo (Baler)
Best Visual Effects – Robert Quilao (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Busical Score – Jessie Lasaten (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Theme Song – “Lipad” by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr., performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Sound – Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Original Story – Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)
Best Child Performer – Robert Villar (”Shake, Rattle, and Roll X”)
Noli Villalobos – Best Make-Up (”Desperadas 2″)

glimpses of 2008

RING out the old, ring in the new. But before we say a final goodbye to 2008 to welcome 2009, let’s take a last glimpse at the colorful happenings in tinseltown for the past 12 months.  Showbiz won’t be showbiz without the colorful feuds and controversies involving our stars so let’s start in that department.

Gabby Concepcion returned  in March after staying in the US for 13 years. He signed up to do a movie with GMA Films, but then he got another manager, Mommy Rose Flaminiano, who made him sign a contract with ABS-CBN. After verbally committing to endorse Met Tathione to Jobert Sucaldito, Gabby and his manager signed up with the rival Lucida, so Jobert filed a case against them that became personal when Jobert also filed cases of libel against Mommy Rose and her husband, Ed. Sadly for Gabby, his comeback soap on ABS, “Iisa Pa Lamang,” did not rate impressively as expected.

After only a few months, Gabby and Mommy Rose had a falling out due to money matters. Gabby wanted his contract with Mommy Rose rescinded so she filed a case against him. Nadia Montenegro got involved in this feud, with Mommy Rose alleging she’s a “sulsoltant” of Gabby. Cristy Fermin, a defender of Mommy Rose, also got into the fray, announcing on “The Buzz” that Nadia gave birth secretly and a friend of her took care of the baby for a while before she adopted it. Nadia filed a case against Cristy and ABS suspended Cristy from “The Buzz” and her DZMM radio show. Mommy Rose was also sued by Aster Amoyo,  Ara Mina, Maui Taylor and Aubrey Miles for deceiving them about real estate that left them having loans with PAG-IBIG Fund without their even knowing it.

Aside from the Mommy Rose-Gabby conflict, there were other incidents involving managers and talents this year. Kuya Germs was so displeased when he  found out that his ward, Billy Crawford, left him without even a by your leave to be managed by Arnold Vegafria. Billy also left GMA-7 and transferred to ABS-CBN to host “Pinoy Dream Academy.”

Alfie Lorenzo also had a short-lived tiff with longtime ward Judy Ann Santos, who also got a lot of flak when she defended Meralco’s much abhorred system loss claim in a TV commercial. Alfie felt hurt when Juday consulted a lawyer about her new contract with ABS without even telling him about it. Juday quickly appeased Alfie’s bruised ego by going to his house and saying sorry to him.

Mother Lily Monteverde ousted comedian Eugene Domingo from her two filmfest entries where she’s supposed to play lead roles, “Desperadas 2” and “Shake Rattle & Roll X”, all because her manager didn’t agree to the producer’s manner of payment. Other managers felt it’s (too) two good opportunities missed for Eugene and her manager should have just accepted the proposed arrangement since these film projects will no doubt help further boost her stock as a lead actress.

Manager Becky Aguila got mad when someone who used to work for her, Mel Pulmano, went to GMA-7 and had herself interviewed, revealing some unsavory stories about Becky and her wards. Becky sued Mel for alleged malversation of funds and Jennylyn Mercado sided with her. Mel filed a countersuit about unfair labor practice on Becky’s part.

Annabelle Rama had a rift with two other women: Lolit Solis and GMA-7 exec Wilma Galvante. She felt Lolit was attacking her daughter Ruffa Gutierrez and defending Lani Mercado when Lani allegedly snubbed Ruffa at the wake of the late Rudy Fernandez. Lani apologized to Ruffa later and the tiff between Annabelle and Lolit was quickly forgotten. About Wilma, Annabelle felt she  favored Dingdong Dantes over her son Richard Gutierrez when the Araneta Coliseum concert of Dingdong and Marian Rivera coincided with the opening date of Richard’s movie with KC Concepcion, “For the First Time.” They patched things up when Wilma  approached Annabelle at the Los Angeles airport when they were both about to watch the recent fight of Manny Pacquiao.

Bubbles Paraiso, a new actress managed by Annabelle, was accused by Starstruck’s Jewel Mische of elbowing her on the head during the inauguration of GMA-7’s new annex studios. Bubbles denied it but Jewel issued a letter saying what happened was true and she was really bullied by Bubbles and other actresses who were with her at that time.

John Estrada was arrested at the airport for having bullets in his luggage while Jay Manalo was similarly detained for cracking jokes about a bomb. Ara Mina had a feud with own sister Cristine Reyes, who joined her Ate Ara in moving over to ABS-CBN. Ara currently has no show with ABS but Cristine is currently seen in “Eva Fonda” and “Banana Split”.

After that inauguration affair, some GMA stars went to a bar in Makati and there was an alleged fight involving Richard Gutierrez and Aljur Abrenica that is said to involve Jewel. Richard issued an official statement saying Jewel was not there at all. What happened was that Aljur approached his table and had some free drinks,  so he had to tell him to leave. Aljur said later that none of this was true. Richard didn’t bother to respond  anymore.

Katrina Halili, LJ Reyes and Alyssa Alano all complained about Riza Santos snobbing them in the dressing room of a show, which Riza denied. Now, Riza has been sued by the company building her up, Viva Entertainment, for not honoring their commitments with them.

William Martinez and Yayo Aguila, along with their daughter Patrizha Maree, filed a case against Baron Geisler who allegedly performed some acts of lasciviousness on her while they were in a bar. Baron also filed a case against her but this was dismissed and the case filed against him was elevated in the courts.

Sunshine Cruz had a tiff with sister Mercedes, of her husband Cesar Montano who she said uttered many derogatory remarks against her. The case is now pending in court.

ABS stars Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin had a confrontation in a beauty parlor. There was an exchange of words but ABS management quickly made a move  to reconcile the two.

Rufa Mae Quinto had a word war with Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado.

To balance the negative stories, Charice Pempengo made waves in the international music scene when she guested in the shows of Ellen Degeneres, Paul O’Grady and Oprah Winfrey, gaining raves. She had the chance to do duets with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. Vocalist Arnel Pineda joined Journey and also gained raves for his singing.

mario bautista/journal online

PANTASYA LANG, WALANG KATOTOHANAN:’takipsilim’, lokal na bersyon ng ‘twilight’


nabili ng abscbn ang rights ng nobelang ‘twilight’ (na magiging ‘takipsilim’) sa tumataginting na milyones ang halaga at ihahalaw bilang teleserye sa channel 2. nilagdaan ito ng ceo ng network na si eugenio lopez III noong disyembre 6, 2oo8. sisimulan na ang taping sa pebrero 2oo9, sa baguio, tagaytay , bukidnon at ilang parte sa ibang bahagi ng mundo. ito ay pamamahalaan ni cathy garcia-molina.  itutuon ang ikot ng istorya sa pag-iibigan nina edward at bella. iinog rin ito sa tipong drama, romansa at pantasya.  ito ay co-produce ng ignite media inc.

mga tauhan (unofficial pa)
Rayver Cruz as Edward Cullen
Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan
Valeen Montenegro as Alice Cullen
Gabby Concepcion as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Luis Manzano as Emmett Cullen
Al Tantay as Charlie Swan
Yayo Aguila as Renee Dwyer
Fred Payawan as Jacob Black
Carlos Agassi as James
Chin Chin Gutierrez as Esme Cullen
Karylle as Rosalie Hale
Joross Gamboa as Jasper Hale
Jessy Mendiola as Jessica Stanley
Empress Schuck as Angela Weber
Brad Murdoch as Laurent
Nikki Bacolod as Victoria
Aaron Villaflor as Mike Newton

jericho rosales, gustong mikipagbalikan kay heart evangelista

Last Sunday, December 21, sumalang ang aktor na si Jericho Rosales sa hotseat ng The Buzz para sagutin ang ‘Tough Ten’ questions ng programa. Si Ruffa Gutierrez ang nagbato ng sampung matitinding katanungan sa aktor na leading men ni Anne Curtis sa Metro Manila Film Festival entry na Baler.

Heto ang mga katanungang pilit nilusutan pero ganunpaman ay buong katapatan na sinagutan ni Jericho.

Question # 10: Ang Baler ay tungkol sa forbidden love. Kung may isang bawal na nagawa mo, para lang patunayan mo ang pag-ibig mo, ano ito?

“Bawal? Hindi ko na kinailangang gumawa ng bawal para lang patunayan ang pag-ibig ko. I think na-prove ko na ‘yun. Basta, hindi ko na kinailangang gumawa ng bawal.”

Pero ano ang nagawa mong bawal in the past?

“Kailangan pa ba nating pag-isipan ‘yun? Marami rin naman akong nagawang bawal. Pero na-forgive na ako do’n ni Lord. Thank you, Lord. I love you!”

Question # 9: Kaharap mo ang anak mong si Santino. If there is one thing na ipapayo mo na huwag gawin ng iyong anak dahil napagdaanan mo na, ano ‘yon?

“If there’s one thing… since lalaki siya, sasabihin ko sa kanya na, ‘Huwag mo nang gawin ‘yung mga pagkakamali ko na makakasakit ka ng babae.’”

Question # 8: Pagdating sa iyong buhay, what do you consider your biggest success and your biggest failure?

“Can I go for biggest failure muna? Biggest failure siguro was when I messed up pretty bad sa paggawa ko ng desisyon tungkol sa buhay ko at saka sa career ko. And I think ‘yung success ko doon is that bumangon ulit ako and I got back. I learned from my past experience.

“Parang beauty pagent questions ito!” (laughs)

Question # 7: Inamin mong nanamlay noon ang career mo. Natatakot ka bang mawala muli ang lahat ng ito?

“Hindi ako natatakot sa kahit anong bagay because I know now that I have a purpose kung bakit. Kahit tumigil ako noon, bumalik pa rin ako. Feeling ko talaga, may silbi ako kung bakit ako nandito.”

Question # 6: Three names: Jericho, John Lloyd, Piolo. Kung ira-rank mo ang tatlong ito, pang-ilan ka?

“Sa anong aspeto?”

Sa lahat ng bagay, sa career, pag-ibig… you know, everything.

“Sa career, si Piolo. Kasi si Piolo, napaka-focus niyan. Actually, kanina ko pa iniisip si Piolo, hinahangaan ko talaga ito. Si John Lloyd, bilib din ako sa kanya because of his sensitivity. I guess, just to be humble, I’ll put myself on third lang. Okay na ako sa third para at least I can still go up, ‘di ba?”

Question # 5: Oo o hindi. Kung ikaw ang papipiliin, liligawan mo ba si Anne Curtis?

“Well, ganito lang ‘yan kung…” (Naghiyawan na ang audience sa studio.)

Oo o hindi lang, Echo.

“Oo o hindi lang, walang explanation? Kamote!”

Huwag na ‘yung explanation, matagal pa. Yes or no, liligawan mo ba si Anne Curtis?

(Hindi pa rin agad nakasagot si Echo.) “Oo, sige, pero bastedin mo agad ako!”

So, oo, liligawan mo si Anne Curtis? Yes or no?

“Okay… yes.”

Question # 4: Dalawang pangalan ang lumitaw na dahilan kung bakit daw kayo naghiwalay ni Heart Evangelista: Si Carmen Soo at si Briana Evigan. Kung wala sina Carmen at Briana sa eksena, kayo pa kaya ni Heart Evangelista?



“I guess so, kasi wala naman magiging problema, e.”

Question # 3: Oo o hindi. Honestly, naka-move on ka na ba kay Heart Evangelista?


Question # 2: Right this moment, halimbawa, nag-text sa iyo si Heart at sinabi niyang, ‘Let’s start all over again.’ The question is: will you say yes?

“Well, right this moment, I will say no. I know she would not do that… But we could be friends.”

Question # 1: Kung bibigyan ka ng pagkakataon na ayusin ang lahat ng pagkakamali mo sa iyong nagdaang relasyon, sino sa tatlo ang gusto mong balikan: si Cindy Kurleto, Kristine Hermosa o si Heart Evangelista?

“With Kristine and I, it’s beyond my control. Whatever happened, it was on her side. So, hindi ko talaga kontrolado ‘yung bagay na ‘yon. It would have been good kung hindi kami nagkaroon ng problema ni Tin. With the support of family and friends, Kristine and I would have been… Siguro ngayon parang exciting.”

So, si Kristine ang babalikan mo?

“No. If I would be honest to my self, siyempre, kung maaayos ko ‘yung mga naging pagkakamali ko doon sa huli kong relationship, I’ll go back sa huli.”

Okay, so, babalikan mo si Heart Evangelista?

“Kung naayos ko noon, kung naayos ko ‘yung mga bagay… Kailangan, honest lang ako sa sarili ko. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.”

young aktor lulong sa ipinagbabawal na gamot

Nakakalungkot naman kung totoong nalululong ang isang young actor ngayon sa marijuana.

Panay din daw ang gimik nito sa isang bar kasama ang mga barkadang ka-jamming sa paggamit ng naturang addictive stuff.

Sigurado kaming madidismaya ang nililigawan (o karelasyon na?) niyang young actress kapag nalaman ito.

To think na katatanggap lang sa young actor ng pamilya ng young actress na dati’y tutol na tutol dahil nga sa hindi magagandang tsismis tungkol sa kanya.

Puring-puri pa naman ng young actress ang young actor dahil napakabait at wala raw silang problema.

Ang konsolasyon na lang siguro ng young actress, kung konsolasyon ngang matatawag, at least, sa marijuana lang at hindi sa shabu adik ang rumored boyfriend.

Sana lang, hindi na lumala pa ang bisyo ng young actor at hindi maisipang mag-upgrade sa shabu.

vinia vivar/journal online

tanging ina… iskul bukol… nag-uunahan sa takilya; sarah, may bagong OPM album!

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Bago matapos ang taon, nag-released pa si Sarah Geronimo ng album – ang OPM Sarah Geronimo kung saan kasama ang maraming Tagalog hit songs niya kasama na ang theme song ng Baler na Ngayon, Bukas at Kailan. Kasama rin sa album ang Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap na theme song ng Lobo, Kailangan Kita, Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, Minsan, Ikaw, Sa ‘Yo, Pers Lab, Miss, Lumingon Ka Lang, Kahit Na, Pangarap na Bituin, Ibulong sa Hangin, Hanggang Kailan, Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka, Bituing Walang Ningning, Narito at Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan.

Mismong si Mr. Vic del Rosario na ang nag-tsika na malakas ang order ng mga record bars sa nasabing album na before Christmas lang inilabas ng Viva Records.

At kung naging super successful ang career ng singer/actress sa matatapos na taon, plantsado na ang mga gagawin niya sa 2009.

Sinimulan niya this year ang sequel ng A Very Special Love, ang runaway blockbuster ng 2008 that paired her with John Lloyd Cruz – You Change My Life na nakatakdang ipalabas sa February 25.

Pagdating ng March, aalis siya papuntang Amerika para sa Sarah Geronimo, The Next One US Tour kung saan magiging guest niya sina Billy Crawford, Charlie Green at Mark Bautista. Maglilibot sila sa 14 cities and the tour will run until April.

In May, Sarah will be off on a provincial tour covering five cities. In October or November, she’ll be back at the Araneta Coliseum for another concert. Then there is a film in the works this time teaming her up with Piolo Pascual bago matapos ang 2009.

That’s not all. She’s scheduled to cut two new albums next year, and there are new commercials.

That’s hectic, in fairness. Naku, paano na ang lovelife mo Sarah?

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Marami nang humuhula na ang Baler ng Viva Films ang maghahakot ng major awards sa gaganaping Metro Manila Film Festival awards night ngayong gabi sa Sofitel Philippine Plaza sa Harbor Garden Tent, 6:30 n.g. na sisimulan sa red carpet entrance ng mga artista ng walong pelikulang kasali.

Mula sa best picture, best actor for Phillip Salvador at best actress for Anne Curtis hanggang sa production design, sinasabing makukuha ng Baler. Although may laban daw si Ogie Alcasid for best actor para sa Desperadas 2.

Anyway, magiging host ng awards night si Mr. Boy Abunda at guest performers sina Karylle, Richard Poon, Sitti at Yeng Constantino. After ng awards night, papasok agad ang Kathy the Musical Concert na magsisimula ng 8:30 n.g. at pangungunahan nina KC Concepcion at Jericho Rosales kasama sina Mitch Valdez, Dulce, Rachel Alejandro, Ayen Munji, Eugene Villaluz, Bituin Escalante, Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, Maricris Garcia, Frenchie Dy, Gian Magdangal, Sitti at Gab Valenciano.

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Ayaw maglabas ng figures sa ginaganap na festival ang MMFF. Pero ayon kay Mr. Ric Camaligan ng SM, sa unang araw ng festival, nanguna sa lahat ng SM Malls ang 1. Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat , 2. Iskul Bukol… 20 Years After, 3. Shake, Rattle and Roll, 4. Desperadas, 5. Baler, 6. One Night Only, 7. Dayo at 8. ang Magkaibigan.

Ang nasabing resulta ay base lang sa unang araw – December 25. Sa lahat rin lang ito ng sinehan ng SM at hindi kasali ang iba pang malalaking sinehan sa ibang malls.

psn online

the best ‘shake’ so far

WE have a feeling ”Shake, Rattle & Roll X” has a good chance of making it as this year’s Metro filmfest topgrosser since  four comedies will be competing with each other: “Iskul Bukol” with Tito, Vic and Joey’ “Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” with Ai Ai de las Alas, and the sexy comedies “Desperadas 2” and “One Night Only” that both have an all-star cast.

The advantage of the “Shake” movie is that it’s the only horror film among the entries and it’s a combination of both Kapuso and Kapamilya young stars. Add to that the fact that it’s the best “Shake” edition  yet . Before, there’s usually only one good episode and the other two are “patapon” (just like last year when “Christmas Tree” about a flesh-eating tree was the only good episode). This time, all the three episodes are   worth watching.

The first episode is “Emergency,” about a male nurse (JC de Vera) who takes an injured pregnant woman (Mylene Dizon) to their hospital not knowing she belongs to a tribe of vampire-zombies. When the baby she’s carrying dies, the woman’s husband (Wendell Ramos) calls on all their allies to attack the hospital and kill all the people in it. This results in   some good scares but the most frightening thing in it is that this hospital has only two doctors, a few nurses, and a hospital chief who’s such an asshole.

JC and his doctor girlfriend, Roxanne Guinoo, both give fairly acceptable performances along with Mylene, but it’s Wendell who’s truly convincing here in his terrifying portrayal of the top vampire. And to think he’s also similarly effective as the hilarious cross-dressing gay husband of Rufa Mae Quinto in “Desperadas 2.”

In the second episode, “Class Picture,” Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu lead a group of students doing a project overnight in their old school when they awaken the ghost of murderous nun Sister Begonia (Jean Garcia) who was punished in 1898 for her three missing students. The nun now tries to replace the missing girls in their class picture with three of the female students in the present generation. Her first two victims are Nina Jose and Eda Nolan.

The third victim is meant to be Kim Chiu but since she’s the female lead who has Gerald as her protector, the nun faces a lot of resistance.  This episode by Topel Lee is the best for us as it’s a combination of a horror flick and a slasher movie, with the nun resorting to a sharp razor in getting rid of her victims. The cast is quite capable but no one really manages to stand out.

The last episode, “Nieves, the Encanto Slayer,”  is a horror comedy and it works mainly because of Marian’s adept comic performance in the title role of a woman who happens to be the nemesis of bad spirits like kapres, duwendes, aswangs and nuno sa punso. She’s head over heels in love with her inamorato called Adonis. For a while, you’d wonder who this guy could be. He must be so handsome that Marian professes undying for love for him. And he turns out to be comedian Mike “Pekto” Nacua.

When Adonis suddenly disappears, Nieves decides to retire from fighting encantos. But a spunky boy (Robert Villar, Marian’s sidekick in “Dyesebel”) manages to convince her to teach him how to fight encantos after his uncle (Mart Escudero) is put under a spell by a bad entity residing in a tree he cut down. Marian agrees to coach him and another apprentice, Jennica Garcia, but there’s a big twist in Jennica’s role that we feel has some good possibilities but was not exploited to the hilt.

Marian’s chief opponent turns out to be Acacia (Diana Zubiri), the bad queen of encantos who’s up against the group headed by Marco Alcaraz and Iwa Moto. The episode’s climax is the fiery showdown between Marian and Diana. This is the episode that makes the most use of a lot of special effects. Some of the CGI works are good, especially the trick with the leaves, but most of it is quite mediocre. But Mike Tuviera’s direction has definitely improved   compared to his previous “Shake” episodes and his boring full length film, “Txt.”  His storytelling is likewise much better now and even the pacing is less tedious.

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pagseselos ni kim chiu ikinatutuwa pa ni gerald anderson

Kim Chiu
PAGKATAPOS ng kanilang hit primetime series na My Girl at ng Sunday mini-series na Your Song Presents:  My Only Hope ng ABS-CBN, muling magbibida ang love team nina Gerald Anderson at Kim Chiu sa bagong primetime series na Tayong Dalawa  na malapit nang mapanood sa Kapamil-ya network.

Sa nasabing serye ay gaganap si Gerald bilang isang PMA (Philippine Military Academy) cadet  at kapatid niya rito si Jake Cuenca.

“Sobrang na-excite ako talaga ako sa bago naming serye kasi, ba-gong challenge na naman ito for me,”sabi ni Gerald nang makausap namin sa taping ng Tayong Dalawa.

Kung sa ibang serye na nagawa ni Gerald ay nag-comedy at drama lang  siya, dito sa Ta-yong Dalawa ay nag-action naman siya.

“Ang sarap. Kasi,  first time kong maga-action sa TV. Pati si Jake tinutulungan din niya ako.

“Inaalalayan din niya ako. Ang laki ng tulong niya sa akin. Kasi, sanay na rin siya kahit papaano sa action dahil nag-Palos siya.”

Sa teleseryeng Tayong Dalawa ay may sapakan scene sina Gerald at Jake.

Ano ang naramdaman ni Gerald sa   bayolenteng eksenang ‘yon?

“Nahirapan nga ako sa eksenang ‘yon. Nagkapasa-pasa talaga ako. Pero, okey lang. Maganda namang lumabas ‘yon,”

Pero, sa totoong buhay daw ay hindi  maga-gawang makipagsapakan ni Gerald sa nakababatang kapatid niyang lalaki na si Ken.

“Mahirap talaga kung sa tunay na ka-patid ko mangyayari ang  sapakan scene namin ni Jake. Ayaw kong mangyari ‘yon.

“Nag-aaway din naman kami noong mga bata pa kami. Pero hindi naman talaga  umabot sa isang sapakan,” wika ni Gerald sa interview namin kung carry ba niyang maki-pagsapakan sa kapatid sa totoong buhay.

Ano ang feeling na sunud-sunod ang project nila ni Kim sa ABS-CBN?

“Siyempre masaya dahil patuloy silang nag-ti-tiwala sa amin at maraming pro-jects sa iba’t  ibang roles. Mahirap kasing ma-type cast. Kami ni Kim, ginagawa namin ang makakaya namin para tuluy-tuloy ang projects,” saad pa ni Gerald.

Maituturing ba ni Gerald na naging maganda ang taong 2008 sa career nila ni Kim?

“Yes po! Kasi nga, bu-kod sa sunud-sunod ang ginawa naming serye, nakagawa pa rin kami ng movie. Kasama kami sa Shake Rattle and Roll 10 para sa Metro Manila Film Festival ngayong taon.”

Tatlo na ang naging girl friend ni Gerald na pa-wang non-showbiz.         Masasabi ba niya na  si Kim ang magiging pang-apat?

“Magi-ging pa lang po siguro, ka-pag nag-kataon,” nakangi-ting wika ni Gerald.

Type naman daw talaga ni Gerald na maging girlfriend si Kim.

Nasa da-laga na raw kasi ang lahat ng mga katangi-ang hina-hanap niya sa isang ba-bae na type niyang ma-ging kasintahan, and if possible, maging kapartner sa buhay.

“Mabait, maganda, matalino, maalaga hindi lang sa akin kundi sa lahat ng tao.

“Ang mga ganyang ugali ng isang girl ang nagpapa-in love sa akin kay Kim.”

Papaano pala siya inaalagaan ni Kim?

“Lagi niya akong dinadalhan ng food sa taping o sa shooting namin,” aniya.

Pinag-uusapan na ba nila ni Kim kung ano man ang relasyong  mayroon silang dalawa  ngayon?

“Hindi pa namin pinag-uusapan nang formal na formal talaga. Pero alam namin kumbaga na may feelings kami para sa isa’t isa.”

So, masasabing may mutual understanding o MU na kayo ni Kim?

“Ayaw naming sa-bihing MU ang nara-ramdaman namin pa-ra sa isa’t isa.  Ang pu-wede ko lang sabihin, gusto ko siya. At siguro kahit papaano  ay may gusto rin siya sa akin.”

Nang ma-link  ka  kay Pauleen Luna ay inamin ni Kim na nagselos siya.

Ano ang masasabi mo?

“Yata. At natuwa ako sa halip na mainis. Kasi isa lang ang ibig sabihin noon, may feelings din talaga siya sa akin,” pagwawakas ni Gerald sa interview namin.

rommel placente/journal online

kissing scene nina ogie , carlo tinilian

ISANG malaking laugh trip ang Desperadas 2 sa rami ng mga nakakatuwa’t nakakatawang eksena.

Magaling ang buong cast pati ang mga bagets at ang maganda, walang nakawan ng eksena sina Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Marian Rivera at Ogie Alcasid at ‘pag nagmo-moment ang isa’y suportado ng isa.

Isa sa mga eksenang may pinakamalakas na sigawan ay ang kissing scene nina Ogie at Carlo Guevarra na oo nga’t smack lang ay sunud-sunod at sa huli’y halikan na talaga.

Mabuti’t wala si Regine Velasquez, pero magandang makita ang reaction nito sa eksena.

Sa nakita naming katuwaan nina Mother Lily, Roselle Monteverde-Teo at Direk Joel Lamangan, nangangamoy part 3 ang pelikula dahil may twist sa character ni Wendell Ramos na puwedeng pahabain pa.

Gugustuhin din ng fans na malaman ang nangyari sa Desperadas sisters after one year at kung magkaka-anak ba si Lugaluda (Ogie).

Sa rami ng nanood, hindi namin napansin kung kompleto ang pamilya ng mga Desperadas 2, basta ang nakita namin ay naru’n sina Eddie Gutierrez at Annabelle Rama at mga anak na sina Raymond at Richard Gutierrez. Tila nga nakita pa namin si Georgina Wilson sa Florabel Restaurant kung saan ginawa ang late dinner.

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Kasama sa mga pelikulang Desperadas 2 at Shake, Rattle & Roll X  si Niña Jose, pero sa karosa ng huli, kung saan kasama siya sa Class Picture episode sasakay.

First Metro Manila Film Festival ito ng young actress at excited dahil sa dalawang pelikula siya kasali.

Sa Desperadas 2, siya ang nurse na pagseselosan ni Iza Calzado kay TJ Trinidad at sa SR&RX, isa siya sa biktima ng killer nun.

Isa sa mga eksena niya sa pelikula ang rason kung bakit muntik nang hindi maging PG 13 ang rating nito sa MTRCB, bawal lang mang-spoiler kaya ‘di namin maidetalye. Basta, proud si Niña sa ginawa niya’t pinalakpakan siya after.

Payat-payatan na si Niña dahil pinagbabawalang magkakain ni Manny Valera at ni Chino Sarenas, pero, nakiusap na payagang kumin ng ice cream this Christmas.

Ang reklamo lang nito, sabay nang pagpayat niya ang pagliit ng boobs at kung dati, 37 inches ang boobs niya, ngayon ay 36 inches na lang daw (maliit pa ba ‘yun?).

Hindi maiwasang ikumpara si Niña kay Cristine Reyes, pero sabi nito superstar na si Cristine kumpara sa kanya. Ayaw din nitong pagsimulan ito ng intriga sa kanila’t friend daw niya ang actress. In fact, love niya ang lahat sa showbis, gaya nina Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado.

“I love Ate Marian (Rivera), mabait siya at siya ang unang kumausap sa akin sa shooting ng Desperadas 2. I also love ate Iza na kakuwentuhan ko and I learned a lot from her.

“Binigyan din niya ako ng food at salad. Idol ko rin si ate Ruffa (Gutierrez). She’s fun to work with, at first akala ko, intimidating siya, hindi pala. First time ko rin kay direk Joel Lamangan at takot ako sa kanya noong una, but I took it as a learning experience,” sabi ni Niña.

nitz miralle/journal online