Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ogie Alcasid's "Kung Sakali" Music Video Feat. Marian Rivera

�Kung Sakali� is Ogie Alcasid�s first single off his new album The Great Filipino Song Book. The music video features Marian Rivera, Philippines Primetime TV Queen.

The song was originally sung by Pabs Dadivas during the late 70�s and was written by Vic Sotto. Lyrics and chords included.

Kung Sakali
(Ogie Alcasid)

Intro: A-F#m-A-D-E

Buhay ko ay sayo lamang,
Bm C#7 F#m
hindi-hindi magbabago ang isip ko
B7 D E
Tunay ang pagtingin, sana�y ganon ka rin giliw

At kung sakali man ikaw ay,
F#m Bm E
Mayroon ng ibang minamahal, minamahal,
At kung sakali man tuluyan
F#m Bm E
Nang mawalay ang pag-ibig mo sa piling ko

D E A F#m
At kung sakali man magdusa,
Bm7 E
ito�y aking matitiis�

C#m F#7
Maghirap man o maghinagpis
Bm E
Baka sakaling mahal mo pa ako

Di mo ba mauunawaan
Bm C#7 F#m
Pag-ibig na inalay ko sayo�y tapat
Pagkat ako ngayo�y
Nangangamba sa�yo giliw

(repeat chorus)

At kung sakali man ikaw ay
G#m C#m F#
Mayroon ng ibang minamahal, minanamhal

At kung sakali mang tuluyan
G#m C#m F#
Nang mawalay ang pag-ibig mo sa piling ko

B G#m
At kung sakali man
E F#-B-E-F#-B
At kung sakali man�.

Chords courtesy of Ultimate Guitar

Marian Rivera is The New Endorser of Facial Care Center

Marian Rivera's status as the country's top young star of today was confirmed by the different recognition and endorsements the young actress is continuously getting.

She is this year's FHM Philippines Most Sexiest, the success of her fantaseryes (Marimar, Dyesebel), she covers almost all local magazines, and a proven effective product endorser.

And just recently, the 23-year-old actress also jumped into the ever-growing list of celebrities who are endorsing firms in the beauty and cosmetics business.

Marian signed up as the new face of Facial Care Centre, endorsing its LaserLight hair removal procedure. The beauty-cosmetic firm previously had Cherie Gil, Carmi Martin, Cristina Gonzales, and Kris Aquino as endorsers.

In a previous interview, the Marian said that her decision to sign up and avail of the service was largely because of her problem with unwanted hair.

"Balbon talaga ako," she shared smiling. She used to shave and apply wax to remove the unwanted fuzz but totally gave up on the two methods that were painful and inconvenient. The LaserLight method, according to Marian, is more practical, effective, and totally painless.

Showbiz' Best @ ShowbizNest This Week

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:: Zanjoe Marudo's Birthday Wish

:: Armando Role in Betty La Fea Down to Piolo, John Lloyd and Gabby

:: A Very Special Love� Gross P9M on its First Day!

:: GMA-7 showbiz crew invited to the presscon of Star Cinema's "For The First Time"

:: Enchong Dee still prioritizes competitive swimming over acting

:: Kristin Kreuk of Smallville Has Short Hair

:: Antonio Sabato Jr Can't Decide if He'd Choose To Be Gay or Stupid

:: What's Wrong With Me?

:: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Trailer Revealed

:: Jamie Lynn Spears' Wedding Plans

:: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi has told Vogue that she is puzzled by the protests against China�s human rights record before the Beijing Olympics. �I don�t see why people are so negative. The games are about friendship,� Zhang was quoted. �I�m Chinese and I�m proud of my country.�

:: Alicia Keys and Jack White of the rock band The White (Stripes) are recording "Another Way to Die" which will be the official theme song of the new James Bond 007 thriller Quantum of Solace.

:: GMA-7's Kung Ako Ikaw (KAI) will have its curtain closed two weeks from now. They just shoot their final episode featuring Arnell Ignacio, John Lapus, and Teri Onor with the special participation of Paolo Serrano.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Photos and Teaser Trailer

Check out the just-released promotional photos and trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment of the film franchise. (The seventh and last book in the series is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.)

FYI: Young Voldemort is played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the 10-year-old nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who has played Lord Voldemort throughout most of the film franchise. The new Harry Potter film opens on Friday, November 21.

David Cook Live in Manila!

David Cook, grand winner of American Idol Season 7 is coming to Manila for a concert tentatively set on January 27, 2009.

This was announced by Cook himself in an interview with DJ Richie of CHUMFM, a radio station in Canada, "we just booked my first show, post Idol, January 27, 2009 in the Philippines....a one off show and then we start the tour in the States..."

Ryan Agoncillo To Host ABS-CBN's Pinoy Fear Factor

It is confirmed! Ryan Agoncillo will be hosting ABS-CBN's Pinoy Fear Factor.

Ryan and the crew are set to leave the country on the first week of August for the show's month long taping at South America.

Aside from that, Ryan will lead lead the cast of Kapamilya network's TV remake of Pieta.

He is also the host of TV5 (formerly ABC-5) new reality game show Talentadong Pinoy, a Filipino adaptation of 30 Seconds to Fame which is set to launch via TV5's musical extravaganza on August 9.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"A Very Special Love" Received "A" Rating from CEB and "GP" Rating from MTRCB

There is enough reason for people behind the movie "A Very Special Love" to celebrate. The Star Cinema film was given an "A" Rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). This means that the movie will get a 100% amusement tax exemption and gives moviegoer an assurance of good quality movie in terms of story and technical aspects.

Not only that, the movie also received a General Patronage (GP) Rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

A Very Special Love is a romantic comedy movie of John Lloyd Cruz at Sarah Geronimo. John Lloyd plays the owner-boss of a publishing company while Sarah works as his personal assistant. In one instance, John Lloyd asks her to pretend she's his girlfriend in an event. This is where the romance started and blossomed into a happy ending love affair between the two.

Also stars in the movie are Joross Gamboa, Matet de Leon, Gio Alvarez, Marianna del Rio, Al Tantay, Irma Adlawan, at Miles Ocampo. A Very Special Love is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

A Very Special Love is showing in 100 theaters nationwide starting tomorrow, July 30.

Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto Feud, Far From Over

Both ABS-CBN Star Magic and Star Cinema issued official statements about the reconciliation of Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto, saying all is well now between them after they met on July 23 at the Star Cinema office.

The Star Magic version of Rikka Dylim is more detailed: �Pagkatapos ng ilang oras na pag-uusap sa pagitan ng dalawa sa harap ng ilang ABS-CBN executives at ng mga Kapamilya at malalapit na kaibigan, nilatag nina Claudine at Angel ang kani-kanilang mga panig at damdamin tungkol sa naganap. At sa pag-uusap na ito, nabigyang-linaw ang mga sumusunod:

Walang sigawang nangyari, walang nanipa ng kahit anumang gamit. Walang nagtaas ng boses, walang sigawan. Naging seryoso ang pag-uusap at nagkaroon ng kaunting tensyon. At dahil dito, napatunayang parehong walang kasalanan ang dalawa. Nagkaroon lang ng miscommunication at napalaki ng mga intriga.

Pagkatapos ng pag-uusap ay natuwa ang mga kasama sa meeting dahil sa pagkakasundo ng dalawa at ang commitment na magsimula muli bilang magkapamilya. �Ipinagdasal ko ito na maayos ang gusot na sa pagitan namin ni Angel. Matagal akong nanahimik pagkatapos nang pagkikita noon sa salon dahil ayokong lumaki ang issue. Aaminin kong naging masakit sa akin ang mga nabasa ko sa mga dyaryo na hinusgahan na ako. Noong isa-isa na naming nilatag ni Angel ang mga isyu at saloobin namin, dito na nabigyang linaw ang lahat. At sa pagkakataong iyon, naging madali sa amin ang magpatawad, anuman ang nangyari,� Claudine said.

If Star Magic looks more biased to Claudine, it�s because she�s their talent and Angel is managed by someone else. Inspite of this, though, we heard that two days after the reconciliation, Claudine got annoyed again when she heard something about Angel and asked that her taping of �Iisa Pa Lamang� be packed up, a clear indication that she�s still at odds with Angel despite efforts of ABS management to patch things up between them. Also, we heard that in the actual meeting between them, they didn�t agree to reconcile right away as there was an angry exchange of words, making the proceedings drag on until way past midnight. �Matigas ang bawat isa kaya natagalan bago sila napagbati,� says an insider. �At mukhang kahit napagbati na sila, hindi pa rin talaga ayos ang lahat.�

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Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin, Enemies No More?

Luis Manzano Doesn't Mind Angel Locsin Doing Sexy Scenes with Her Screen Partners

Luis Manzano is indeed a very good subject to interview. He�s always quick to answer with a smile and doesn�t play coy with questions that would have other stars blurting �no comment� in the blink of an eye especially if it concerns his current flame with actress Angel Locsin.

It is no secret that he and Angel have been seeing each other for close to a year now. Angel has even the won the approval of Luis�s parents. Mom Vilma likes Angel�s �love for her craft at �yong pagmamahal niya sa pamilya.� Ate Vi has even given Angel one of her signature handkerchiefs. Meanwhile, dad Edu is all praises for Angel�s influence on his son. �Mabait siya and I like her influence on him. I like her effect on him. There is a tremendous change in how I see him now and he is more responsible.

As for the controversy between Angel and Claudine Barretto, Luis chooses to steer clear of the issue. �I would prefer to keep quiet. I don�t think there is something I can say about it.� But he does clarify that Angel is not the type to throw a hissy fit and pick a fight. �In the length of time we have been together, I have [gotten to] know her a lot. �Di siya �yong tipong nagtatantrums. She is not capable of doing it.� Luis went so far as giving a tongue-in-cheek reply. �Ah, oo nga. May ginilitan na nga siya ng leeg, may sinaksak ng dalawang tao �yan. Sa awa ng Diyos mga buhay pa naman sila ngayon.

When asked how he felt about Angel doing kissing and love scenes. �Pareho kaming hindi nagpapakialaman. It�s Angel�s profession. Should I worry about it? Just think of my mom. How many guys has she kissed or had a bed scene with? Mga 30 ba? I just couldn�t be so shallow about these things. We have both grown up a lot.�

TV Ratings: July 25 - 27

Here are the comparative TV ratings from July 25 - 27 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

Friday (Hulyo 25)
SiS 11% vs. Boy and Kris 10%;
Marimar 14.6% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 14.8%;
Eat Bulaga 19.8% vs. Wowowee 15.8%;
Daisy Siete 17.7% at Magdusa Ka 19.8% vs. Ligaw na Bulaklak 13.4%;
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan 18.3% vs. El Cuer­po del Deseo 17.3% at Las Tontas 13.3%;

Gobingo 12.8% vs. Wheel of Fortune 16.3%;
24 Oras 26.4% vs. TV Patrol 22.5%;
Asero 35.1% vs. The Singing Bee 22.9%;
Dyesebel 39.1% vs. Iisa Pa Lamang 22%;
Kim Samsoon 31.6% vs. My Girl 21.9%;
Dalja�s Spring 20.2% vs. Pinoy Dream Academy 19%;
Pinoy Idol Extra 16.9% at Bubble Gang 15.8% vs. Daboy sa ABS CBN 10.8%;
Saksi 9.9% vs. Bandila 5.2%.

Saturday (Hul­yo 26)

Takeshi�s Castle 12.6% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 9.1%;
Eat Bulaga 21.6% vs. Wowo­wee 16.6%;
Startalk 11.1% vs. Entertainment Live 11.2%;
Wish Ko Lang 17.6% vs. Cinema FPJ 14.9%;

Pinoy Records 19.7% vs. That�s My Doc 14.3%;
Pinoy Idol 23.4% vs. Komiks 18.7%;
Bitoy�s Funniest Video 26.1% vs. Pinoy Dream Academy 23.9%; Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho 25.5% vs. Maalaala Mo Kaya 21.4%;
Imbestigador 19.4% vs. XXX 15.9%;
Songbird 8.1% vs. TV Patrol 10.1%;
Sine Totoo 6.9% vs. Sports Unlimited 3.6%.

Sunday (Hulyo 27)
Takeshi�s Castle 12.6% at SOP 16.2% vs. ASAP 14.1%;
Pinoy Idol Extra 12.4% at Dear Friend 13.9% vs. Your Song 14%;
Showbiz Central 14.1% vs. The Buzz 12.1%;

Kap�s Amazing Stories 24.5% vs. Rated K 19%;
Pinoy Idol 24.1% vs. Goin� Bulilit 23.8%;
Mel & Joey 23.9% vs PDA 22.1%;
All Star �K� 21.7% vs. Sharon 16.4%;
Ful Haus 12.9% vs. TV Patrol 17.7%;
Sunday Night�s Box Office 11.9% vs. Sunday�s Best 10.3%.

ABS-CBN to Get Dingdong Dantes at All Cost?

There are reports that ABS-CBN is giving Dingdong Dantes an offer that he can�t refuse.

Dingdong Dantes is very visible nowadays on various tv commercials, billboards and magazine covers. His fantaserye on GMA opposite Marian Rivera is still the no. 1 tv program nationwide. He is also busy doing a movie with Marian and Iza Calzado. To top it all, he is now one of the hottest properties of GMA 7.

Earlier this year, Richard Gutierrez was rumored of having offered by ABS-CBN a �sky-high� amount just to be a kapamilya. Although Richard had a misunderstanding with GMA at that time, he sealed his loyalty to the kapuso network.

Now, it�s Dingdong�s turn to have the same issue. Dingdong can be considered as one of the top 3 leading men of the Kapuso network together with Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo. His love team with Marian Rivera became a sensation that dominated the tv ratings game. If Dingdong will leave GMA, �mapipilayan� ang network.

If ever the reports are true, the question �loyalty or money� will be put on spotlight once again. Will another bite the dust?

Source: starmometer

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ben Chan Denies Favoritism in the Bench Blackout Event

"Walang sapawan. Lahat sila bida!" says Ben Chan, owner of the world famous clothing line Bench, on the issue of favoritism in the just concluded Bench Blackout denim and underwear show.

In an interview by GMA News, Ben explained that they don�t take side with anybody and that they are a family.

All of them have done a moment of their own,� he added.

The favoritism issue started when Annabelle Rama complaint that his son Richard [Gutierrez] made no impact with the impact because there has been no proper introduction when the latter entered the ramp compared to other stars like Sam Milby, Rafael Rosell and Dingdong Dantes. Furthermore, she did not like the dark make up that they put on Richard that is why the actor turned out to be just one of those models and did not receive louder cheers than Dingdong Dantes and other stars.

Dingdong had a special moment last Saturday wherein he stripped-off his pants exposing a lot of skin to the delight of the audience.

And what is Ben�s explanation to �Dingdong�s moment�? He�s the newest underwear endorser of Bench, no more no less.

Ryan Agoncilla To Host a New Game Show on ABC-5

TV host-actor Ryan Agoncillo is back on ABC-5. He is set to host a new game show called 50 Seconds to Fame.

Although there is no definite date yet on when the new game show will start airing, but, Ryan already taped a few episodes of the show.

Report says that Ryan will also host a reality talent show in the restructured Cojuangco TV station.

Would this mean that Ryan is no longer a Kapamilya?

Kapamilya fans has no reason to worry about, according to Ryan "Hindi ko iiwan ang ABS-CBN. Kumbaga, may dumating na offer at wala pa naman akong ginagawa sa Channel 2. Nagpaalam naman ako ng maayos at pinayagan, kaya walang isyu at walang problema rito."

It will be remembered that Ryan used to host ABC-5's Philippine Idol in 2006.

John Lloyd, Walang Balak Mag-Renew sa Bench!

Walang balak mag-renew ng kontrata si John Lloyd Cruz sa Bench kaya hindi na siya rumampa sa katatapos Bench event na Blackout.

Pero hindi nawawalan ng pag-asa ang Bench.

Balita namin ay hu�mingi ng personal meeting si Mr. Ben Chan (may-ari ng Bench) kay John Lloyd para mapag-usapan kung ano ang problema ni John Lloyd sa Bench. Balita namin ay sa linggong ito mag-uusap ang dalawa. Alam ng Bench na walang John Lloyd na rarampa noong Biyernes.

Besides may shooting si John Lloyd sa araw na iyon para sa pelikula nila ni Sarah Geronimo na A Very Special Love na malapit nang ipalabas.

Source: Joe Barrameda

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Very Special Love International Screening Dates and Venues

Here is 'A Very Special Love' schedule of international screenings that Pinoys abroad can look forward to:

Aug 1 - 7: San Francisco, USA UA Stonestown Twin

Aug 1 - 7: Guam Micronesia Mall

Aug 8 - 14: Seattle, USA Regal Cinema East Valley

Aug 15 - 21: Las Vegas, USA Regal Village Square Stadium

Aug 15 - 21: San Diego, USA UA Horton Plaza

Aug 16: Vallejo, USA Empress Theatre

Aug 23: San Jose, USA California Theatre

Aug 29 � Sept 4: Los Angeles, Pasadena, USA Laemmle One Colorado Theatre

Sept 5 - 11: Hawaii Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Aug 14 - 16: Dubai Al Ghurair Cinecity

Aug 14 - 16: Sharjah Grand Megamall

Aug 21 - 23: Abu Dhabi Grand Al Mariah

Aug 28 - 30: Qatar Grand Cine Center

Aug 28 - 30: Bahrain Seef Cineplex

Aug 31: Vienna, Austria TBA

Richard Gutierrez Will No Longer Renew Contract with Bench; Annabelle Cries "Unfair" about Richard's Exposure in Bench "Blackout" Event

Annabelle Rama is seriously considering not to renew Richard Gutierrez's contract with Bench.

According to her, Richard was given an unfair exposure in the Blackout event of Bench last Friday, July 25, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Somehow, those who witnessed the event were given the signal that it would be Sam Milby, Rafael Rosell, and Dingdong Dantes who will be approaching the ramp. These three actors got the biggest applause compared to what Richard got from the crowd.

"'Eto sinabi na sa akin ni Richard [Gomez] na nag-meeting na sila bago pa lang ang event, dapat huwag lagyan ng make-up ang mga artista para makilala sila. O kaya, lagyan ng pangalan sa screen na si ano na o si ano ang lalabas para handa ang mga tao.

"Hindi nila ginawa. Hindi lang ito para sa anak ko, para na rin sa lahat ng mga artista. Sana naglagay sila ng mga names na lumalabas para alam ng tao.

"Tanungan nang tanungan, �Sino �yan?' sabi ni Dr. [Vicky] Belo, �she's pretty.' Si Bubbles Paraiso na pala yung tinatanong niya. Si Nitz [Miralles, PEP contributor] nagtanong pa sa kasamahan niya kung si Richard na ba yun. Nasa malapit na sila ng stage ha, paano pa yung nasa bleacher?" said Annabelle in an interview.

It was explained to Annabelle that it never happened to any Bench event that they announced the name of stars who will be doing the ramp.

"Wala na kung wala, pero bakit yung iba, ipinakita muna ang posters bago lumabas?Hindi naman ito kailangan ng anak ko. Sabi niya nga sa akin na huwag na lang akong magsalita, pero unfair talaga ang ginawa sa kanya.

"Paano mo naman makuku-compare si Richard sa iba? Hindi naman siya naghubad, hindi nagpakita ng briefs? Hindi niya ito kailangan. Pati ba naman kasi ito pag-uusapan pa?

"Si Richard, pagod na pagod, galing pa sa Greece pero nagpunta ng rehearsal nang walang reklamo at nag-stay siya talaga doon ng apat na oras. Wala naman siyang bayad dito. Wala namang bayad ang mga artista pero ginawa pa rin nila, sana binigyan na lang sila ng konting importansiya, hindi lang si Richard."

It was later learned that Dingdong was given a separate time for rehearsal because nobody sees him doing the rehearsals.

"Hindi kami humingi ng ganito," Nag-stay si Chard ng apat na oras kahit pagod na siya. Kung may gusto silang i-promote o i-launch, sige walang kaso sa akin. Nagsabi na nga ako na huwag nang isama si Chard sa show, pero pinilit pa rin. Sige, di gawin. Pero sana nga respeto naman na lang sa anak ko.

"Si Richard dapat ang sa Jag. Hinihingi siya noon, dapat siya ang makaka-partner ni Angel [Locsin]. Nagpaalam na ako kay Dougs [Douglas Quijano], pero sabi huwag daw umalis sa Bench kasi dito siya nagsimula. Loyalty na lang daw. Sige stay kami, pero tingnan mo naman ang ginawa sa kanya?"

In this line, someone asked if he'll put again Richard in the next event of Bench which will happen two years from now.

"Ay hindi na, tatanggalin ko na siya sa Bench!" answered a very disappointed Annabelle.

Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto on the Buzz' "Intriga Uncensored"

Boy Abunda drilled down on The Buzz the reported rift between the Kapamilya actresses Angel Locsin and Claudine Barretto.

According to report, Angel and Claudine settled their misunderstanding face to face last July 23 together with some ABS-CBN executives, Beck Aguila (Angel's manager) and Raymart Santiago (Claudine's husband) .

Watch Boy Abunda's report below:

PINOY IDOL Update: Penelope Was Kicked Off of Pinoy Idol Top 7

16 year old Pinoy Idol hopeful Penelope was kicked off of the competition on Sunday night, July 27. She was joined by Kid Camaya and Warren Antig in the bottom three.

Next week, the Top 6 will be mentored by Basil Valdez. And there are reports that GMA-7 is cooking a �twist� in the Pinoy franchise of the famous American Idol. Is this twist some sort of a move from GMA management to save the deteriorating show from getting "The Worst Local Franchise Ever" Award? Is it a �wildcard� that could bring back talent and not just the face in the show?

Let us wait and see.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

PDA Season 2 Update: Christian Alvear Expelled from the Academy

The 25 year old "Small Boy Wonder of Taguig" Christian Alvear is the third expelled scholar from ABS-CBN�s Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2.

Christian got 43.99% of the total text votes while fellow probationary scholar I�aki Salvador got 56.01%.

Natalie Portman is a Bollywood Princess

Natalie Portman dressed up as a Bollywood princess for her boyfriend's new video, �Carmensita." Natalie and folk singer Devendra Banhart have been boinking for about 4 months now.

So, what do you think of this video?

Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin Enemies No More?

For the past weeks Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin are heading the local entertainment headlines, but not in a good way. The two are reported to have a chanced encounter at Pin Antonio salon and that incident ended in to a word ward between the two Kapamilya actresses.

And on July 23, the two together with some ABS-CBN executive met in an exclusive closed-door meeting to finally settle their rift.

Here is the official statement issued by ABS-CBN regarding the misunderstanding between the two stars:

�Marami na ang nasabi tungkol sa pagkikita nina Ms. Claudine Barretto at Ms. Angel Locsin nung July 4, 2008.

�Dahil dito, nagkaroon na ng meeting noong Miyerkyules, July 23, sa pagitan nina Claudine at Angel kasama ang ilang ABS-CBN executives na sina Ms. Malou Santos, Ms. Cory Vidanes, Mr. Roxy Liquigan, Ms. Mariole Alberto ng Star Magic, ang manager ni Angel na si Ms. Becky Aguila, si Mr. Raymart Santiago [mister ni Claudine], at ilan pang malalapit sa kanila.

�Sa naganap na pagkikita noong July 4, nagkausap sina Claudine at Angel tungkol sa ilang mga isyu na sa kasamaang palad ay napalaki at naging eksaherado base sa kuwento ng ibang kampo.

�Sa naganap na meeting, nilinaw ang mga isyung ito, kinilala at naintindihan ang nararamdaman at emosyon ng bawat isa. Naging malinaw ang lahat at nagkaroon ng kapatwaran.

�Natapos ng maganda at positibo ang meeting at naniniwala ang mga nakasaksi na ito ang magiging simula ng pagkakaibigan ng dalawa. Naniniwala ang ABS-CBN sa maayos na dayalogo at paglilinaw ng mga issues sa mga talent ng kumpanya.�

Pinay Singer Catherine Loria Wins Major Award in 2008 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

13-year old Catherine Loria, who hails from Tiaong, Quezon province, was announced grand champion performer (Junior Division) in the 2008 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) or the Hollywood Olympics' grand finals night held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Friday, July 25.

Catherine sang Yolanda Adam's version of "I Believe I Can Fly" at the finals. She bested fellow junior contestants Tippy dos Santos and Rachel Razon, junior vocalists also from the Philippines, Courtney Mary Janssen from New Zealand, and Oleksandr Chernenko from Ukraine.

The female Grand Champion Performer had five vocal entries in the preliminary round; namely Broadway, Country & Western, Gospel, Pop, and R&B/Soul/Jazz. Catherine sang the solo version of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's "When You Believe" in the semi-final round.

On the other hand, actor and classical singer Andrew Clarke from Jamaica was proclaimed Grand Champion Performer of the World in the senior edition beating senior vocalists Marielle Corpuz from the Philippines, Noryn Aziz from Malaysia, and Nataly Gordienco from Moldova.

The two received US $10,000 in scholarship awarded by the School for Film and Television in New York.

Charlie Green Serenades Manila

Eleven-year-old Filipino-British singing sensation Charlie Green is currently in town to meet his Filipino fans. At the same time, he'll assess the possibility of jumpstarting his career here in the country.

Charlie arrived yesterday morning, July 24, accompanied by his British father Roger Philip Green and Filipino mother Cecilia Sumargo.

Charlie gained international attention when he joined the reality TV contest Britain's Got TalentAmerican Idol and BGT judge Simon Cowell was so moved by the boy's talent that he called him "fantastic" amidst the audience's loud cheers. early this year.

Though booted out of contention while competing in the semifinals, Charlie's rendition of Frank Sinatra's 1966 hit "Summer Wind" became a You Tube phenomenon, as proven by the staggering number of hits registered since May. The clip shows Charlie being accorded a standing ovation by the impressed audience after his inspired performance.

First Stop: Uberture.
Charlie was welcomed by Uberture host Billy Crawford. He then performed his winning piece �Summer Wind� by Frank Sinatra.

A "Smiley" Reception on Wowowee.
Charlie Green received a well-deserve reception as he performed �Smile� by Nat King Cole on ABS-CBN�s noontime show Wowowee.

Charlie is set to stage his one night concert on August 9, Saturday at the Makati Shangrila Hotel.

Dingdong Dantes' Strip-Act is the Highlight of Bench "Blackout"

There is no doubt about it! Dingdong Dantes is really the hottest guy in town right now. Proof is the earth-shaking response of the audience in the just concluded Blackout: The Bench Denim and Underwear Fashion Show in Araneta Coliseum last July 25.

See video below:

Hottest Kapamilya and Kapuso Stars Join Forces for Bench's "Blackout"

Some of the biggest names in Philippine show business gathered for the much-awaited denim and underwear fashion event of the year�Blackout: The Denim and Underwear Fashion Show�held last night, July 25, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Blackout became one of the few instances where talents from rival giant networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 came together, although the Kapamilyas outnumbered the Kapusos. It also became a venue where the talents from each network were able size up their competition based on the response from the audience.

The biennial fashion event introduced the latest Bench denim and underwear collection. This year, Bench also featured the works of four Filipino artists: Abi Goy, illustrator/graphic designer; Jun de Leon, premier photographer; Raymond Red, filmmaker; and Lesley Lobo, fashion designer. Blackout, which ran for almost an hour, was directed by Ariel Lozada.

Understandably, the loudest cheers and applause were reserved for the male stars since most of the crowd who filled the Big Dome were women and gays. But the female stars also held their own at the ramp, along with over a hundred models clad in their skimpiest underwear.

During the earlier part of the show, a nude man behind the black silhouette was flashed on the giant screen. As the camera focused on his face, the crowd shrieked in delight when it was finally revealed that it was Kapamilya hunk Rafael Rosell with only his hands covering his private parts.

Four other hunks did the "full monty" later on the show. But the night truly belonged to some of hottest male and female stars who paraded their beauty and bodies in Bench denims and undies.

Two of GMA-7's prized leading men, Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes, proved their star power and great form when they got the night's loudest cheers from the audience. But based on what we heard and saw, Dingdong's appearance made a greater impact on the crowd; perhaps due to the fact that it was his first time to join the Bench fashion show and more so because he dropped his pants even for only a few seconds.

Not to be outdone were Kapamilya leading men Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, and Diether Ocampo who also became instant crowd favorites. Jake and Diether gamely played to the crowd by showing a bit more of their behind.

The crowd also roared with delight upon seeing ABS-CBN stars Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, and PBB teen housemates Robi Domingo and Ejay Falcon.

Also getting loud applause and cheers were other ABS-CBN stars like Pinoy Big Brother ex-housemates Bruce Quebral, and Kian Kazemi; PBB teen ex-housemate Valerie Weignmann; Angelica Panganiban; Sarah Geronimo; Shaina Magdayao, Rica Peralejo; Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go; David Chua; and Ryan Eigenmann.

Aside from Richard and Dingdong, other Kapuso stars who joined this year's Bench's fashion show were Katrina Halili, Alessandra de Rossi, JC de Vera, sisters Ehra and Michelle Madrigal, Jay-R, Bubbles Paraiso, Margaret Wilson, Marco Alcaraz, and Francine Prieto.

The other stars who ramped on the catwalk were Carlene Aguilar, Precious Adona, Nancy Jane (formerly known as Nancy Castiglione), Jennifer Lee, and Jon Hall.

Bench favorites Jomari Yllana, Wendell Ramos, Antonio Aquitania, and John Estrada with girlfriend and former Miss Earth Priscilla Meirelles also added more glitter to the star-studded affair.

Also on the roster were some familiar faces in the world of fashion and showbiz: Brent Javier, Luke Jickain, Bench discoveries Carlo Guevara and John James Uy, Carlos Concepcion of Showboys, Janvier Daily (ex-flame of comedienne Ethel Booba), former teen actor Benj Besa, and StarStruck graduates Bugz Daigo and Chad Burden.

Bench royalty couple Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres-Gomez did not ramp on stage like the other celebrities. They just walked along with Bench big boss Ben Chan at the finale to join the other stars.

Conspicuously absent were Bench endorsers Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz.

As if there were not enough stars on stage, more stars were spotted in the audience.

Eddie Gutierrez and wife Annabelle Rama, who came for Richard and the other talents of Annabelle who are part of the show; Richard's ex-girlfriend Anne Curtis and Georgina Wilson came together with pals Isabelle Diaz Daza (daughter of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz), and Liz Uy (girlfriend of John Lloyd Cruz). The four gorgeous ladies were seated just a row apart from Richard's parents. After the show, we saw Anne and Georgina greet Eddie and Annabelle. Richard's twin brother Raymond Gutierrez covered the event and interviewed some celebs, including Georgina, who is in town for a vacation from her studies in Australia.

Eddie and Annabelle, who were on the front row at the center of patron section, were seated beside Dr. Vicky Belo and boyfriend Dr. Hayden Kho, Mother Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle, PEP and YES! editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and her husband, and the lady executives of GMA-7.

Kris Aquino came with husband James Yap; Karylle was also there to support boyfriend Dingdong.

We also saw Bea Alonzo; Assunta de Rossi; Ni�a Jose; Wendy Valdez; John "Sweet" Lapus; directors Joel Lamangan, Manny Valera, Louie Ignacio, and Ruel Bayani; talent managers Douglas Quijano, Arnold Vegafria, and Manny Valera; columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal with son IC Mendoza; and ABS-CBN executives Cory Vidanes and Deo Endrinal.

Blackout is the fourth edition of Bench's biennial denim and underwear fashion event. The first three were One Night Only (2002), Understatement (2004), and Fever (2006).

See pictures below (courtesy of Saksi):

Article Source: Erwin Santiago via pep

Friday, July 25, 2008

Matt Evans Video Scandal

Former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition housemate Matt Evans is reportedly the subject of a provocative video circulating on the Internet. The video is accompanied by a caption that reads in part: �The alleged video scandal of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Matt Evans.... Is it really him? You be the judge.�

People who have been able to view the video had mixed reactions. Some say that the guy in the video really looks like Matt, while others say that it�s a foreigner that has the same features, like the fair complexion and curly hair of the young actor. Matt has yet to issue a statement about the scandal, but already showbiz insiders are saying that the video is a fake.

Source: abscbn

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) Features the Life Story of Charice Pempengco

The public is aware of the struggles of this young singer who made waves abroad because of a YouTube video. This Saturday, July 26, viewers will be able to learn about the background of Charice and the reason why she no longer uses the last name Pempengco.

After tapping Gretchen Barretto in Maalala Mo Kaya, Filipina singing sensation Charice will be tapped to play herself in ABS-CBN's drama anthology show. Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla has been chosen to portray Raquel, the mother of Charice who also struggled to be a single parent to her children.

Maalala Mo Kaya (July 26, 2008)

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Writers: Joan Habana and Dado Lumibao

Charice: Charice Pempengco
Young Charice: Sharlene San Pedro
Raquel (Charice's Mom): Zsa Zsa Padilla
Kokoy (Charice's Brother) Rhap Salazar
Charice's Dad: Neil Ryan Sese
Tess (Charice's Grand Mother): Madeleine Nicolas

This is the story of Charice, a 16-year old girl who has always dreamed of seeing herself on TV. Growing up in a broken family, she has never seen her father since she was three. Charice and her brother Kokoy were raised alone by their mother Racquel, who also taught her daughter how to sing and conquer her fears.

Charice, equipped with the talent and the passion, as well as a very supportive and heroic mother, joined numerous singing competitions. She won sometimes but it reached a point when she started losing hope, especially when she did not make it as the grand winner in Little Big Star. A lot of people continued to put their faith in Charice but more than anyone else, it was her Mommy Raquel who never stopped in believing that she can reach her dream through her music.

In 2007, an anonymous fan and YouTube blogger FalseVoice posted her videos on the web. Today, Charice is not only popular here in the Philippines but also among foreigners who continue to recognize her gift of music.

With hard work, faith, and through the help of the video sharing site, Charice is now famous all over the world, proudly showcasing the immense talent that Filipinos have to offer.

Maalala Mo Kaya, hosted by Charo Santos-Concio, airs Saturday nights on ABS-CBN.

Your Stars on the Cover of a Magazine

:: BARACK OBAMA Covers People Magazine

Sen. Barack Obama takes the cover of People magazine�s latest issue.

Joining the 46-year-old Democratic presidential candidate on the cover is his wife Michelle Robinson, 43, and his two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

:: The JONAS BROTHERS Cover Rolling Stone

It�s no wonder that the The Jonas Brothers are the latest cover models for Rolling Stone, as photographed by Max Vadukul.

With a wildly popular tour and a new record expected to sell millions, Nick, 15, Joe, 18, and Kevin, 20, have gone from Disney novelty to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as they make up "The Clean Teen Machine".

:: LEVI McCONAUGHEY First Picture is OK on OK!

Matthew McConaughey and his longtime love Camila Alves, welcoming their first son Levi Alves McConaughey on July 7th, opens up to OK! Magazine about being parents.

:: AMBER HEARD Brings Maxim-um Hotness!!!

You might not have heard of Amber Heard (Haha! Get it!?) but you will be hearing and seeing a lot more of her. Pegged as the "rising star" in Hollywood Amber appears in the new stoner comedy Pineapple Express, and more importantly, Amber appears in a very sexy bikini in the August issue of Maxim magazine, and shows off just why it is that you will be hearing a lot more about her.

:: MISCHA BARTON Topless in Nylon

The folks at Nylon magazine were kind enough to inform us that Mischa Barton is topless in their August issue, and while I don't like giving out free publicity undeservedly, I think you'll agree that Mischa Baton topless pictures deserve a little publicity. (egotastic!)

:: JESSICA ALBA's Laborious Meditation

"Being a mom is a miracle." - Jessica


Penelope Cruz is the sultry Spanish star who finally gets some respect in Hollywood thanks to a string of high-profile roles. The 34-year-old actress takes the August 2008 cover of W Magazine.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Showbiz' Best @ ShowbizNest This Week

:: Miss Earth 2008 in Guam and Indonesia

:: Bea Alonzo Hailed as the No.1 Drama Princess

:: What's Next for Binoe?

:: Christian Bale Arrested on Assault

:: Britney Spears is a Great Mom

:: Natalie Portman is a Bollywood Babe

:: Here are the ALMA Nominees!

:: Madonna Reportedly has a Sex Tape with Alex Rodriguez

:: David Beckham Knows Hot to Attrack 'Em

:: NBC officially announced that Jay Leno�s final broadcast as Tonight Show host will be on May 29, 2009, with Conan O�Brien debuting as his successor on June 1.

:: Look Good Naked with Carson Kressley -> Ladies, say goodbye to low self-esteem. Carson Kressley returns with new one-hour episodes of �How to Look Good Naked� Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. In the second season premiere, Kressley helps a mom unhappy with her pregnancy weight gain.

:: Lance Bass has found love with a married man. Lance and Sebastian Leal stepped out a Malibu party recently, confirming that they�re an item. But Sebastian is still married to a woman named Jessica Gannon. The two separated three years ago due to �irreconcilable differences.�

" She is Just a Good Friend and I'm Not Looking for A Relationship." - Billy Crawford on Nikki Gil

Singer-host Nikki Gil denied reports that she is the newfound love of her "Pinoy Dream Academy" co-host, international performer Billy Crawford.

She said that there is no truth to reports that she has been going out on dates with the performer.

"We go out, yes, but not exclusive, we go out with friends," Gil said.

"Si Billy kasama ko sa Pinoy Dream Academy, sa Uberture siya, nagkakasama din kami sa ASAP'08 yun," Gil added.

She said that aside from friendship, her relationship with Crawford is purely professional.

Gil said that for her, Crawford is a sweet and friendly person.

When asked if Crawford is wooing her, Gil replied, "Sa tingin ko siya ang dapat tanungin at sumagot niyan."

Crawford in previous interviews also denied the reports by saying that Gil is just a good friend.

"Mabait naman, she's always been nice. She's sweet," Crawford said.

Crawford's last romantic affair was with French pop star Laure. He said that he is single right now, but not looking for a relationship.