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Monday, January 31, 2011

Richard Gutierrez and Solenn Heussaff Cover COSMOPOLITAN Magazine February 2011 Issue




My Valentine Girls lead actor Richard Gutierrez and one of his leading ladies Solenn Heussaff are on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine double cover love month issue.

This issue features articles about "Flash and Belly Friendly Undies," "Why Girls are Settling for 'It's Complicated' or 'MOMOL' Status," "Flower Power: Rock The Hot New '70s Style," and exciting Valentine topics like "Top 5 Love Tips," "Best Date Ideas", etc.




You may also check out the You're Sooo Cosmo, Dear Cosmo, Cosmo Confessions, and Cosmo Controversy pages to find out how you can share your pics, opinions, and your funny/steamy secrets for a chance to win the fab goodies.

Cosmopolitan Philippines Magazine February 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.


Indonesian Pop Star Nasriel Irham Sentenced To Over 3 Years in Prison For Sex Tapes Scandal


JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) � Indonesian pop star Ariel Nasriel Irham on Monday was sentenced to over 3 years in prison for distributing two homemade sex tapes on various websites.

According to the Jakarta Globe newspaper, Irham was found guilty of distributing pornographic materials on the Internet. He has been under custody since he surrendered himself to authorities in June 2010.

Irham, 29, was charged under Indonesia�s 2008 Anti-Pornography Law for two separate homemade sex tapes involving his current girlfriend, TV presenter Luna Maya, 27 and actress Cut Tari, 33, known for her roles in Indonesian soap operas.

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators from the Alliance of Islamic Movements gathered outside the Bandung District Court and threw rotten eggs and tomatoes at the pop singer as he arrived.

The Bandung Police Headquarters deployed one thousand officers to secure the hearing. TV celebrity Luna Maya was in attendance as well as a group of Indonesian artists including legendary singer and song writer Titiek Puspa, rock star Achmad Albar and musician Melly Goeslaw.

The pop star was found guilty and sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment (3.5 years). The prosecution demanded a sentence of 5 years. In addition Irham, was ordered to pay a $ 28,000 fine.

Irham, frontman for Indonesian music group �Peterpan,� has been dubbed by various media outlets as �Peterporn,� as the scandal has stirred Indonesians nationwide.


Venus Raj To Co-Host 'Umagang Kay Ganda'


Ms. Universe 4th runner up Venus Raj adds cap to her feather as she join the roster of Kapamilya talents in ABS-CBN morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda".

This is a dream come true for Venus who long dreams of becoming a TV and radio talk-show host.

Venus announced that she is set to be included in ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda" starting next week. She can't contained her excitement while unveiling her special role in the morning show.

"Mondays to Thursdays, makikita niyo ako sa loob ng studio at kapag Friday sa mga barangay. Maraming bago ang dadating next week," she said.

Meantime, Venus also admitted that she had a hard time adjusting to the early wake-up calls.

"Grabe ang saya kasi kahit ang aga-aga, 'yung staff ang tataas ng energy nila. 'Pag nandun ka na, lahat sila buhay na buhay, walang reason para antukin. Sobrang taas ng energy nila kaya matutuwa ka na rin sa ginagawa mo," Venus said.


John Estrada's Message To Willie Revillame: "Di kami kaaway. Trabaho lang 'to talaga!"


In response to Willie Revillame's outburst in "Willing Willie" last Thursday, January 27, 2011 regarding the new ABS-CBN noontime game show which will be co-hosted by his best buddies' John Estrada and Randy Santiago (CLICK HERE FOR RELATED ARTICLE -> John Estrada and Randy Santiago To Host ABS-CBN's New Noontime Game Show; Willie Revillame Mad About It), John sent his apology message to Willie through TV5 Sunday showbiz talk show na Paparazzi yesterday, January 30, 2011:

Read John's full text message below:
Iniyakan ko na 'to ng ilang beses, ipinagdasal ko na rin... Di ko masabi lahat sayo sa txt, pero kung bibigyan mo ko ng pagkakataon para makapagusap tayo eh di mas maganda, alam ko na nasaktan ka at humihingi ako ng dispensa.

Pero mamatay na buong pamilya ko, nung pinatawag ako, ikaw ang una kong inisip at sinabi ko kay Randy kailangan kausapin ka na namin. Kaya lang tuma-timing kami, pero 'yun nga naunahan na naman.

Di mo lang alam, kapatid, kung ano ang sinasabi ko sa kanila kung nababanggit ang pangalan mo, kahit sino pa dun, tinatabla ko, totoo 'yan... Trabaho lang 'to talaga, ang dami-dami ko pa gusto sabihin sa 'yo, bigyan mo lang ako ng pagkakataon!

At panghuli, di kami kaaway... Happy birthday! And tuwing sinasabi ko Lab u... mini-mean ko 'yon... Lab u Kapatid..."



Videos to Watch: Sarah Geronimo Performs �Burlesque� on ASAP Rocks vs. Christina Aguilera�s �Burlesque� Performance on Dancing With The Stars


Watch Sarah Geronimo performs Christina Aguilera's "Show Me How You Burlesque" on ASAP Rocks January 30, 2011 episode.




Compare it with Christina Aguilera's own original version of "Show Me How You Burlesque" on Dancing with the Stars.




Videos courtesy of varaindiana and PopsterEdvilyn25 on youtube

BPCI Introduces 2011 Binibining Pilipinas 40 Finalists


Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) has officially chosen and announced the final 40 contestants who will compete in this year's Binibining Pilipinas beauty pagent.

A total of 108 contestants participated in the screening but only 40 candidates will vie for the titles of Binibining Pilipinas Universe, International, and World.

BPCI chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, directors Pitoy Moreno and Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo along with the current and former Bb. Pilipinas title holders converged at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center, Quezon City on Saturday, January 29, to officially choose the candidates who made the final cut.

The screening and selection process is usually done closed doors in previous years, but this year, BPCI decided to allow the media to witness the event.

Here are the 40 official candidates for Binibining Pilipinas 2011:

1. Camille Alexis Baltazar, 20: Las Pinas
2 Elizabeth Clenci, 20: Australia
3. Samantha Purvor, 23: Quezon City
4. Mary Jean Lastimosa, 23: Manila
5. Jennielyn Natividad, 22: Batangas City
6. Roxanne Cabanero, 24: Davao
7. Hazelyn Santos, 22: Manila
8. Carla Lacson, 22: La Union
9. Kenneth Dimaapi, 20: Plaridel Bulacan
10. Suzette Hernandez, 24: Batangas
11. Isabella Manjon, 23: Manila
12. Sarah Nicole Clenci, 17: Australia
13. Teresa Pamela Ludovice, 22: Manila
14. Arabella Hanesh, 24: Urdaneta City
15. Gianna Therese Quintos, 24: Caloocan City
16. Patricia Marie Tumulak, 22: Manila
17. Wendy Lunas, 20: Jones, Isabela
18. Sabrinne Al-Tavine, 21: Quezon City
19. Maria Paula Bianca Paz, 22: Baguio City
20. Kathleen Subijano, 23: Woodland hills, California
21. Jenilyn Olivar, 25: Quezon City
22. Janine Tugonon, 21: Balanga, Bataan
23. Martha Chloe McCulley, 23: Pasay
24. Diane Necio, 18: Legaspi City, Albay
25. Jenn Roe Gubat, 20: Malolos, Bulacan
26. Ladylyn Riva, 23: Nabas, Aklan
27. Ma. Kristina May Marasigan, 22: Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
28. Zephorah Mayor, 20: Las Pinas
29. Diana Arevalo, 22: Batangas City
30. Paula Camille Figueroas, 24: Marikina
31. Glennifer Perido, 21: Sta. Rosa, Laguna
32. Queenierich Rehman, 22: Pasay
33. Angelina Ong, 20: Manila
34. Carolyn Ty, 24: Quezon City
35. Luzelle Felipe, 18: Hagonoy Bulacan
36. Marish Alyssa Marquinez, 21: Angeles City
37. Krystle Ann Grant: 23: Hayward Ca, USA
38. Grendel Alvarado: 26: Iloilo City
39.Jenette Mieko Noguchi 23: Palo Alto, California
40. Shamcey Supsup, 24: Iligan City

The Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night will be held at the Araneta Coliseum in April with live exclusive telecast on ABS-CBN.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales Covers METRO Magazine February 2011 Issue


The ever glamorous Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales is on the cover of Metro Magazine "Muse Issue" this February 2011.

February is often associated with Valentine�s Day, as lovers celebrate the season of love, passion, and companionship. This month, Metro Magazine pays tribute to the ties that bind in its first-ever muse issue, which features a radiant Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales dressed in Jojie Lloren�s masterpieces in celebration of his 20th year in the industry. Top fashion designers such as Rajo Laurel, Rhett Eala, Lulu Tan-Gan, and Randy Ortiz, among others, also share their thoughts on their favorite models, who come together in a glamorous photo shoot that highlights their timeless beauty.

Metro also showcases Lala Flores, who shares her makeup secrets in breathtaking spreads that feature her beauty muses: Kim Chiu, Angel Locsin, Dawn Zulueta, and her daughters Danica and Daniella. And for an insight on creative minds, read up on some of history�s most celebrated artist-muse relationships, which includes the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Salvador Dali and Gala, and Ana�s Nin and Henry Miller.

This issue is also available on the iPad. Style pages on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle right on your fingertips! Download it for free. Just log on to Itunes and go to the App Store.

Metro Magazine February 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.


A Reversal of Fortune in 'Mara Clara'


Mara (Kathryn Bernardo) and Clara (Julia Montes) undergo a reversal of fortune as the truth about Clara�s real father was finally revealed. Mara is set to experience a wealthy lifestyle as Clara delves into a setup she�s not used to. How will each of the character adjust to the new life they are about to live?

Meanwhile, in the coming episodes of Mara Clara, Mara celebrates her 16th birthday with a grand party. Who will be her male escort? Find out this week on �Mara Clara,� Mondays to Fridays, after �Noah� on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or http://teamkapamilya.multiply com or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.


�How Do You Know� - A New Comedy That Asks Questions on Love


The title question in Columbia Pictures' new romantic comedy �How Do You Know� is the most important one most of us will ever face, and as the world gets more complicated and disconnected, it�s harder to answer than ever.

We all have, at some point, a feeling that everything we�ve depended on we can�t depend on anymore. And when that happens, the only thing we have left is love,� says Oscar-winning director James L. Brooks. �You can think your life is terrible, and then he or she walks in and it�s not terrible anymore. That�s it � love is our saving grace.�

�How Do You Know� is a comedy about people in transition. Lisa's (Reese Witherspoon) athletic ability is the defining passion of her life, having been her focus since early childhood. When she is cut from her team, everything she has ever known is suddenly taken from her. George (Paul Rudd) is a straight-arrow businessman who is accused of a financial crime, even though he's done nothing wrong. Although he may be headed to jail, George's honesty, integrity, and unceasing optimism may be his only path to keeping his sanity. George and Lisa meet on the worst day of each of their lives: she has just been cut, and he has just been served. When everything else seems to be falling apart, they will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen.

Brooks says that the project began simply. �I was driving by some ball fields, soccer fields, and filled with women and girls, all ages, and I thought, it�s been a while since we�ve seen a female jock heroine. And I�m a research nut, so that started me on a year of talking to great female athletes.�

There�s maybe five minutes of softball in the movie, but it informs Lisa's whole character,� says Brooks. �I have a rule in research: the third time I hear something, it�s generally true. This time, every female athlete I spoke to said that it takes another athlete to understand how much time they have to give to their sport. They can�t go out, they can�t go to the party, because they�re playing, they�re honing their skills. It�s very hard for a man to understand that if he doesn�t share it.

Jim's voice is unique,� says producer Julie Ansell, who has been Brooks� producing partner for 20 years. �He has insights into people - when he writes something that touches on something you�ve experienced in your own life, you think, �That�s it - I couldn�t have put it into words, but that�s how I felt.� It hits you deep inside.

He writes about real people, real dilemmas they face,� shares producer Paula Weinstein. �His characters are complicated, difficult, confused, human, flawed, funny, and true. Watching his movies is like reading a great novel that you don�t want to end - you just want to stay in their world a little while more.�

No one writes dialogue the way he does,� Ansell continues. �He wants to get into his characters so deeply that sometimes we spend two years doing research, talking to hundreds of people for each character.�

Jim gets an idea for his characters, then he wants to find out what�s real, what�s true,� concludes Weinstein.

Opening soon across the Philippines, �How Do You Know� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Henry Cavill is 'Superman: The Man of Steel'


Henry Cavill (The Count of Monte Cristo, Blood Creek, Stardust) is commissioned to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Superman: The Man of Steel".

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Cavill recently wrapped production on The Cold Light of Day and stars in the upcoming Immortals, opening this fall.

Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


TV5's 'My Driver Sweet Lover' Takes Final Route


TV5's first kilig-serye My Driver Sweet Lover nears its last stop as it goes on its finale week starting January 31, Monday. More explosive revelations and heart stopping highlights are coming your way as Rocky (JC de Vera) and Gaby (Danita Paner) beat the odds for their love for each other.

Find out how far Araceli (Dina Bonnevie) will go in draining the Barrinuevo's coffers. Gaby's scheming stepmom stoops down so low even her daughter Monique (Arci Mu�oz), who used to be her partner in crime, will do everything she can to stop her mother's wickedness.

The kilig cat-and-dog fight between Rocky and Gaby will go on as the hotel heiress, bit by bit, realizes that the charming driver is indeed Randy, her childhood "frenemy" back when they were housed in an orphanage.

Meanwhile, wedding bells surround the remaining episodes of the series. Check out who's finally tying to knot in the much-anticipated final episode of My Driver Sweet Lover on Friday, February 4.

Don't miss the last five episodes of My Driver Sweet Lover starting on Monday, January 31, after Wow Meganon (with daily catch-up episodes in the afternoons after Glass Castle) on TV5.


Video to Watch: Piolo Pascual Interview With Charlene Gonzales on The Buzz - January 30, 2011


Watch below Piolo Pascual's interview with Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach on the Buzz where the ultimate heartthrob admits her three-month relationship with Mega Daughter KC Concepcion.




17th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards 2011 Winners


The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) 2011 winners were announced on January 30, 2011 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Check out the full list of winners below:

MOTION PICTURE AWARDS

Best Ensemble
'Black Swan'
'The Fighter'
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech' - winner
'The Social Network'

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'
Robert Duvall, 'Get Low'
Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'
Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech' - winner
James Franco, '127 Hours'

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Annette Bening, 'The Kids Are All RIght'
Nicole Kidman, 'Rabbit Hole'
Jennifer Lawrence, 'Winter's Bone'
Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan' - winner
Hilary Swank, 'Conviction'

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, 'The Fighter' - winner
John Hawkes, 'Winter's Bone'
Jeremy Renner, 'The Town'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech'

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, 'The Fighter'
Helena Bonham Carter, 'The King's Speech'
Mila Kunis, 'Black Swan'
Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter' - winner
Hailee Steinfeld, 'True Grit'


PRIMETIME TELEVISION AWARDS

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
'Boardwalk Empire,' HBO - winner
'The Closer,' TNT
'Dexter,' Showtime
'The Good Wife,' CBS
'Mad Men,' AMC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
'30 Rock,' NBC
'Glee,' Fox
'Hot in Cleveland,' TV Land
'Modern Family,' ABC - winner
'The Office,' NBC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, 'Boardwalk Empire' - winner
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Michael C. Hall, 'Dexter'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men',
Hugh Laurie, 'House'
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, 'Damages'
Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife' - winner
Elisabeth Moss, 'Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock' - winner
Ty Burrell, 'Modern Family'
Steve Carell, 'The Office'
Chris Colfer, 'Glee'
Ed O'Neill, 'Modern Family'

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Jane Lynch, 'Glee'
Sofia Vergara, 'Modern Family'
Betty White, 'Hot in Cleveland' - winner

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
John Goodman, 'You Don't Know Jack'
Al Pacino, 'You Don't Know Jack' - winner
Dennis Quaid, 'The Special Relationship'
�dgar Ram�rez, 'Carlos'
Patrick Stewart, 'Macbeth (Great Performances)'

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes, 'Temple Grandin' - winner
Catherine O'Hara, 'Temple Grandin'
Julia Ormond, 'Temple Grandin'
Winona Ryder, 'When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story'
Susan Sarandon, 'You Don't Know Jack'


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ernest Borgnine


Video to Watch: Georgina Wilson Does Her First "Sample" on Showtime


Georgina Wilson, model-socialite friend of Anne Curtis, who is now a guest judge in ABS-CBN noontime reality talent show "Showtime" does her first sample to the delight of madlang people.

Watch the video here:




Video credit: babynutzbehbeh22 on youtube

'Charice Home for Valentines' on GMA-7


Charice is currently in Manila to shoot a TV special for GMA-7 called "Charice: Home for Valentines".

The taping is scheduled today, January 31, and she is expected to perform with Ogie Alcasid, Rachelle Ann Go and Elmo Magalona.

Very excited po ako at very thankful ako. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat kasi lahat sinuportahan ako. Hindi porke�t gagawa ako ng TV special dito, dun na po talaga ako. It�s not like that kasi kahit papaano sa kabila rin, binigyan nila ako ng opportunity.� Charice said on this project.

Charice was supposed to shoot "Charice: Home for Christmas" on GMA-7 last year but because of her stomach flu it had to be postponed and changed to Kapuso Network�s offering this Valentine season.

"Dapat Christmas pa po 'to pero unfortunately, nagkasakit ako. May lumalabas kasi na sinadya ko raw i-cancel pero hindi naman nila alam kung ano talaga ang nangyari. Ngayon na bumalik ako, ito ang patunay na gagawin ko naman talaga," the young Pinay international singer clarified.

"Charice: Home for Valentines" will be aired this coming February 13, 2011 on GMA-7.


Ai-Ai delas Alas Gets Guaranteed Contract From ABS-CBN; Can You Guess The Amount?


Aside from Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, the Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas also signed a guaranteed contract with ABS-CBN.

Guaranteed contract means regardless if a talent has an existing TV project or not, he/she would still receive a talent fee stipulated on his/her contract.

In the case of Ai Ai, there is no doubt that her talent fee is just not a measly 6-digit amount but millions per month. However, Ai Ai refused to tell the exact figure when asked about it. The comedy actress said that she will be receiving enough to make her feel happy and comforted, for she will no longer be thinking of where she gets money for her daily needs.

There are rumors telling that Ai Ai would be receiving nearly P10 million from the guaranteed contract with ABS-CBN. However, the actress has again, denied this buzz. She said that the network�s offer is not really that much. According to Ai Ai, the guaranteed contract with Channel 2 is just supplemented to her existing contract. And she considers all these a blessing from God.

Next month, Ai Ai will be heading to China with Kim Chiu to work on their new TV series in ABS-CBN entitled, �Binondo Girl�. She will also be working soon on a new movie, seoond of the three-movie picture contract she signed with Star Cinema.


Ivan Dorschner, AJ Perez, Enrique Gil and Steven Silva Cover GARAGE Magazine February-March 2011 Issue


PBB Teen Edition Plus 4th Big Placer Ivan Dorschner and StarStruck V Ultimate Male Survivor Steven Silva and Giggerboys members AJ Perez and Enrique Gil graced the cover of Garage Magazine "Young Talents" February/March 2011 issue.

Previous "young talents" issue cover guys of Garage Magazine were Gerald Anderson and Enchong Dee in 2009 and Chris Cayzer, Lance Christopher and Jiro Kenji Shirakawa in 2010.

Garage Magazine February 2011 - March 2011 issue is now available at all magazine stands, bookstores and selected supermarkets nationwide.


Aljur Abrenica's Machete Diet Workout


To give life to the role of Machete - an ancient Ifugao warrior who transforms from a wooden sculpture into a man every night - one needs to have rock-hard abs and a chiseled physique. Other actors may balk at the prospect of incorporating a punishing workout into their already jampacked schedule, but Aljur Abrenica isn�t one of them. He tells Men�s Health Philippines as he graces the cover of their February issue, "Ang title ko sa �Starstruck� eh �Ultimate Hunk,� so kailangan ko �yun i-maintain. Kailangan ko panindigan."

It may be difficult to make his workout fit into his schedule, but Aljur is passionate about working out and is determined to maintain his impressive physique. "Kung pwede talaga everyday. Kasi hindi mo alam kung kelan ka makaka-gym ulit dahil sa schedule� Sa set mismo, nag-a-abs exercises ako. Military press din, nagdadala ako ng dumbbells para kahit papaano, nakaka-work-out," he says.

Aljur�s long-time personal trainer Billy James Renacia says, "The best thing about Aljur is that he has discipline and motivation to achieve his goal, always� He has always wanted the role, [so] we�re doing conditioning training for Machete� this training is difficult even for Aljur because he has a lot of things to do for the show but he still manages to do his workouts."

How does Aljur maintain a body worthy of the role of Machete? Check out "The Machete Workout" and read more about Aljur�s rise to stardom in the February issue of Men�s Health, available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide.



Piolo Pascual Admits Three-Month Relationship With KC Concepcion on The Buzz


Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual had just confirmed his three-month relationship with UN Ambassador Against Hunger and fellow Kapamilya KC Concepcion which she calls "Princess" as term of endearment.

According to his interview with Charlene Gonzales on The Buzz' "Straight From The Heart With Charlene" segment, they became real-life sweethearts last October 21, 2010.

Read below the excerpt of that interview:

Piolo Pascual: I've come to a point in my life na mas gusto kong magpakatotoo regardless of what people might say, regardless of people�s judgment or opinion, i guess because the person deserves it. I guess because i just owe it to myself, i owe it to the public and i owe it to that person.

Charlene: Piolo this is your chance. Be honest. Kayo na ba ni KC Concepcion?

Piolo: Yes!

Charlene: Piolo�that is something�that is something everybody wants to hear. And i am so happy for the both of you. How do you feel? It�s liberating isn�t it?

Piolo: It�s very liberating, siguro what I�ve to deal with is a�sorry I just have to expound on this. The reason why I never admitted naman or not elaborate it because may pinoprotektahan ako. You know how it is, I have a son na hindi mo makasama. Ayaw mong mapariwara �yung bata, ayaw mong magkaron ng ibang reaction kasi bata �yun, he�s only 13 years old. But I think I decided at this point na kung ano man ang magiging reaction ng anak ko from here, we just have to deal with it.

Charlene: And you�re at age and you�re son is of at age as well.

Piolo: And siguro para matigil na �yung mga nagpaparinig kay Kristina joke! (He must be referring to Azkals� Phil Younghusband, Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Rhap Fernandez who publicly expressed their admiration on KC Concepcion)

Charlene: Teka muna na-guilty naman ako kasama ba ako diyan, hindi naman di ba?

Piolo: Hindi naman, marami kasi ang nagsasabi na may gusto raw sa kanya pero I guess they just have to know that we�ve been together�

Charlene: For how long?

Piolo: Since last year.

Charlene: Kelan ang anniversary niyo?

Piolo: October 21.

Charlene: How did you get her to say yes? Ano ginawa mo?

Piolo: It took me 2 years. We�ve been going out for 2 years�tsaka na �yung detalye pero siyempre that�s one of the best days of my life.

Charlene: And how did you feel when she said yes?

Piolo: Siyempre na-relief. For the first time in so many years, more than 8 years, I�m getting into a relationship, a commitment, and I plan to keep it.

Charlene: Is she the woman that you would like to spend the rest of your life with?

Piolo: Siguro hindi naman ako aamin ng ganito o hindi ako magte-take ng risk kung sa tingin ko hindi ko gusto siya makasama habang buhay.

Meanwhile, KC indirectly confirms Piolo's revelation on The Buzz through her twitter account . She said, "Thank you to all those who are ever supportive of me and piolo..those who have been there from the very start, kasama kayo sa journey namin."




Watch Piolo Pascual's interview with Charlene Gonzales below:





Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ogie Diaz Sends His Apology to Charice; Charice' Camp Snub His Apology


Entertainment journalist-host-talent manager Ogie Diaz who expressed his disgusto on Charice' fashion sense and behavior towards local press, sends his apology to the Pinay international singing sensation.

Ogie said he is sorry if Charice, her family and her fans, got offended by his opinions, "Kung naka-offend ang opinion ko marapat lang na mag-sorry ako," he said.

Ogie also said that he recognizes the fact that he cannot please everybody. He asked all the fans of Charice, though, to spare his own mother from criticisms since the latter has nothing to do with his personal opinions on Twitter.


Kaya lang hindi ko talaga mapi-please ang lahat eh. Mayroon talagang mga galit. Kasabay ng kanilang galit ay pati ang sarili kong ina ay sasabihin nilang pokpok...Naiintindihan ko ang galit nila pero kung hindi niyo pa rin ako mapatawad at patuloy niyo pa rin akong gustong isumpa, ako na lang ang isumpa ninyo. Huwag na �yong pamilya ko. Huwag na �yong aking ina na nananahimik,� he appealed.


Ang akin lang, okay na ho ako. Kung para sa inyo napakabastos kong tao, napaka-walang kwenta ang aking mga tweets, at kung para sa inyo wala akong pinag-aralan, kayo na lang po ang magparamdam sa akin na mas may pinag-aralan kayo kaysa sa akin,� he added.


However, Ms. Raquel Pempengco, mother Charice, said the she cannot do anything if the "Chasters" get mad at him because of what he said against Charice.


You cannot blame all Charice fans, especially �Chasters�, to speak out what�s in their mind against you Ogie D....You cannot blame them if they won�t accept your apology because of what you did to their idol.


"Because as you said �Ogie Diaz,� they have their own opinion and that�s their opinion too...," she explained.



On �E-Live� yesterday, Ogie acknowledged that he cannot do anything if Raquel Pempengco could not accept his apology because he understands where she is coming from.

Gusto kong intindihin si Mommy kung saan siya nanggagaling. Kung siya ay galit sa akin, wala rin naman akong magagawa,� he said.

Ogie made a remarks on his Twitter last January 25 that Charice�s nerdy eyeglasses �looks so ugly on her.� He also slammed Charice in his column for �acting like a foreign artist� in the Philippines to the extent of snubbing the press after her �1@11� concert at SM Mall of Asia.



Ogie's negative comments has drawn blast from Charice' die-hard fans, collectively known as the Chasters. They lashed back at Ogie and vowed to boycott all his projects.

Diaz already deleted all his tweets regarding the singer. He has more than 94,000 followers on Twitter.



Meanwhile, in her official Twitter account, Charice thanked all her supporters who backed her despite the negative things that were said about her.


Maraming salamat sa lahat ng taong nagtatanggol sa akin sa lahat ng negative na lumalabas. :) God bless you all and love you,� she posted.




GMA-7 Celebrates Kapuso Month "Dahil ang maGMAmahal, natural sa Kapuso..."


"Dahil ang maGMAmahal, natural sa Kapuso..."

This is the reason behind GMA Network, Inc.'s efforts this February as the Network celebrates Kapuso Month with love-filled offerings to warm viewers' hearts.

To kick-off Kapuso Month, GMA brings the tandem of Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes to prime time television via the romantic comedy, "I Heart You Pare". This much-anticipated series - set in the colorful world of Club Love, where drag queens rule-premieres February 7 on GMA Telebabad.

On Dramarama sa Hapon, Kapuso fans can expect new programs that will be sure to tug on their heartstrings: "Nita Negrita" with Barbie Forteza and Joshua Dionisio, "Sisid" with Jackie Rice and Dominic Roco and "Magic Palayok" with Geoff Eigenmann, Carla Abellana, Nadine Samonte , Angeli Nicole Sanoy and Ms. Cherie Gil.

Come February 9, GMA Films and Regal Entertainment's "My Valentine Girls" hits cinemas. The romantic trilogy partners Kapuso hunk Richard Gutierrez with some of today's most sought-after leading ladies - Rhian Ramos, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, and Eugene Domingo. Child wonder Jillian Ward also makes her movie debut in the film.

Then on February 13, catch international singing sensation Charice Pempengco in her GMA special, "Charice: Home for Valentine".

Throughout February, fans can be sure to catch other Kapuso Month festivities as GMA programs toast this special time with viewers.

In the regions, it's double the fun as Kapuso stars bring the Kapuso Month celebrations to the Bacolodiat Festival in Bacolod City on February 4, the Paraw Regatta in Iloilo City on February 18-19, and the Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio City on February 27.

On iGMA.tv and Facebook, fans can participate in the Kapuso Month activities via discussions and quizzes on matters of the heart.

Meanwhile, fans can receive Valentine's messages from the favorite Kapuso stars via the celebrity mobile service Fanatxt. To subscribe, fans can key in FANATXT and send to 4627 for Globe, Smart, TM, Talk N Text and Sun subscribers. And from February 14 to 28, subscribers can send their corniest or most romantic love quotes and pick up lines for a chance to win cash and other prizes. To join, simply text PUSO love quote or pick up line to 4627. The winner will be determined via electronic raffle and will be notified thru SMS.

Stay tuned to GMA-7 this February as the Network celebrates Kapuso Month with you.


ABS-CBN To Launch New Noontime Show on February 2011


After 'Pilipinas Win na Win!' the Kapamilya network is again working on a new noontime game show which will premiere on February 2011.

The still unknown noontime game show will be hosted by John Estrada, Randy Santiago, Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla and Toni Gonzaga.

Except for Toni, the three other hosts were part of Willie Revillame's previous noontime game show on ABS-CBN. Mariel used to Willie's co-host in "Wowowee". While, John and Randy were Willie�s co-hosts in "Magandang Tanghali Bayan".

Although no formal announcement has yet to be made by ABS-CBN executives about this new show, it already created a stir when Willie lambasted John live on air during his birthday celebration on "Willing Willie". According to Willie, this show, if ever it pushes through, will put their friendships in danger. He even threatened John that he will make sure this show will not rate by personally encouraging the viewing public to watch Eat Bulaga! instead (CLICK HERE FOR RELATED ARTICLE -> John Estrada and Randy Santiago To Host ABS-CBN's New Noontime Game Show; Willie Revillame Mad About It).


Yeng Constantino - "Wag Na" Music Video and Lyrics


After her highly successful single �Jeepney Love Story,� Yeng Constantino has again released a new song and music video which is rapidly climbing up the MYX Daily Top 10 chart titled �Wag Na.�

Wag Na - Yeng Constantino:


Mabigat nanaman ang hikbi
Parang pelikula
May kirot at hapdi ang ngiti
Pilit kinakaya

Pwede mo naming gamitin
Ang panyo ko
Alam mo yan
Kahit wag mo nang ibalik
Wag lang makita kang nagkakaganyan
Wag na

Wag ka nang mangamba
Wag magalala
Luha'y huhupa
Kahit masakit pa
Parang bibigay na
Luha'y huhupa
Ibabaon din
Ng panahon
Mga luha mo ngayong
Iniipon
Wag na

Nabibingi sa linya mo
Wala kong marinig
Kundi patak ng luha mo
Dito sa sahig

Pwede ka naming sumigaw
Kahit sa mukha ko
Alam mo yan
Laway mo'y di iindahin
Wag lang makita kang nagkakaganyan
Wag na

Wag ka nang mangamba
Wag magalala
Luha'y huhupa
Kahit masakit pa
Parang bibigay na
Luha'y huhupa
Ibabaon din
Ng panahon
Mga luha mo ngayong
Iniipon
Wag na
(Adlib)

Pwede mo naming gamitin
Ang panyo ko
Alam mo yan
Kahit wag mo nang ibalik
Wag lang makita kang nagkakaganyan
Wag na

Wag ka nang mangamba
Wag magalala
Luha'y huhupa
Kahit masakit pa
Parang bibigay na
Luha'y huhupa
Ibabaon din
Ng panahon
Mga luha mo ngayong
Iniipon
Wag na
(Adlib)


�Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig� Launches 'Run for Pasig River 11.20.2011'


After breaking the Guiness World Record for footrace via the 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River, ABS-CBN Foundation�s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) is now gearing up for this year�s biggest eco-footrace, the �Run for the Pasig River 11.20.2011.�

Representatives from schools, companies, armed services, government agencies and communities gathered at the ABS-CBN Foundation Building on January 28 to witness the launch and to pledge their support for the event.

ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez also presented the Guinness World Record certificate for the most number of participants in a racing event. With 116,086 runners in the official count, the 10.10.10 run easily beat the record previously held by the 1988 �Bay to Breakers� run in San Francisco, USA.

For a country that has been colonized for 400 years, to do this run in magnificence and peace is a great achievement,� Lopez said. �If we are to do the run again and again, this will be a major force in making the river clean,� she added

The 10.10.10 run was organized to raise consciousness for the rehabilitation of the river and its tributaries. Proceeds of the 10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River will be used to rehabilitate Estero de San Miguel, one of the five tributaries behind Malaca�ang that flow into the Pasig River.

Through KBPIP, ABS-CBN Foundation and its partners have focused their energies in rehabilitating Estero de Paco, a 2.9-kilometer tributary of the Pasig River in Manila. To date, the project has resettled 1,216 families to Calauan, Laguna, introduced remediation technologies for water quality improvement, trained community volunteers for the River Warriors program and shared sound waste management practices with communities.

Lopez urged everyone to take a stand and join the run. �There is nothing that can stand in the way of a people united for a noble cause,� she said.

Last year�s race organizers - Eric Imperio, Darryl De Leon, Rio Dela Cruz and Thumbie Remigio - who were also present during the launch, will take charge of the Run for the Pasig River 11.20.2011, which will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.


ASAP Sessionistas Mentor Star Power Final Five


As the grand finals on February 20 come near, the Star Power 5 is wasting no time to prepare, learn more and focus on their common goal to become Sharon's Next Female Pop Superstar. Only one of them, however, will make it to the top and be hailed the grand champion.

This Sunday, January 30, on Star Power, after Rated K on ABS-CBN, the girls are again set to undergo rigorous coaching and training. This time, ASAP Sessionistas Duncan Ramos, Richard Poon, Sitti, Nina, Aiza Seguerra and Juris will mentor the girls.




Monica, the Charming Biritera of Leyte, still can't believe that she'll once again have a face-to-face encounter with handsome crooner Richard Poon. She said that besides Richard's innate looks and charm, the talented Sessionista can definitely share a lot to them, especially on singing techniques and performance strategies.

Krissel, the Soulful Diva of Davao added, "Super excited po talaga na ako i-mentor kami ng Sessionistas, especially ni Richard Poon. I'm very sure na we'll learn a lot. Lahat kasi sila sobrang magagaling."

Not only the Sessionistas are expected to rock this Sunday's Star Power. Acclaimed Hitmaker/songwriter Rey Valera is this week's guest judge. Will the girls make it to Rey's standards?

Meanwhile, Angeline, the Pop Belter of Manila, is overhwhelmed that the Star Power Final 5 had a lot of nationwide exposures recently. One of it is the well-attended Kapamilya Karavan in Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival last week. With the warm welcome they received from the Karavan, there's no doubt that they've made it to the hearts of the Ilonggos.

"The crowd here is so overwhelming. I still can't believe we have this much supporters. Sobrang na-appreciate ko talaga silang lahat. They're very warm and hospitable. If I could stay here longer, I will," said K-La, the R&B Sweetheart ng Canada.

If there's one thing Akiko, the Sweet and Sexy Siren of Cebu, would like to be thankful for, it's the chance she had to visit her neighbor province, Iloilo. "Kahit na from Cebu ako, marami pa din akong naiintindihan sa dialect ng Ilonggo. Kaya naman nakaka-relate ako sa kanila. Damang-dama ko yung performance ko sa Kapamilya Karavan dahil malapit sa puso ko yung mga nanood."

In the weeks to come, expect the Star Power 5 performing in some social functions. But the girls must not forget that later on, they are set to battle it out and become Sharon's Next Female Pop Superstar.

Who among Akiko (Cebu), the Sweet and Sexy Siren; K-La (Canada), the R&B Sweetheart; Monica (Leyte), the Charming Biritera; Angeline (Manila), the Pop Belter; and Krissel (Davao) the Soulful Diva, will shine the most and be hailed the grand champion?


Charie Villa is Appointed as News Head of The ABS-CBN Regional Network Group


Seasoned broadcast journalist and news executive Charie Villa is all set to revolutionize regional news in the country after her recent appointment as News Head of the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG).

Villa, the former Head of ABS-CBN's News gathering and Online and Mobile Group, will use her decades of experience and visionary ways to strengthen the presence of RNG's news organization per region; and to also make it more accessible in social media such as the Internet.

The former Reuters Manila Bureau Chief said part of her agenda is pushing for the development of hyperlocal content, or content that focuses on the concerns of people in a specific region, in all 19 local editions of TV Patrol all over the nation.

In line with this, Villa said the RNG will tap and train homegrown citizen journalists to contribute reports for television and to also provide content in the mirror websites that RNG will develop for each region.

"RNG News will go deep into the communities and reach out to the people to capture the real state of each region. But at the same time, we are also going beyond borders by going online, in order to serve Filipinos abroad, especially OFWs who want to be updated about their hometowns," she explained.

The sites, which will carry local directory listings, and feature stories, business opportunities, and discussions specific to a region, will serve as online hubs for regional groups such as the Cebuanos, Zambange�os, and Ilocanos here and abroad.

Another exciting development in RNG News is the inclusion of a new segment called Bidaka.com, in all regional editions of "TV Patrol." Villa said the segment aims to arouse pride among the people by featuring local personalities whose achievements or contributions to society have become source of inspiration to his or her kababayans.

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group Head Jerry Bennett said he is confident that Villa will lead RNG News to greater heights as she had done to ABS-CBN News and www.abs-cbnnews.com.

"Having Charie head RNG News is the network's way of raising the bar in regional news. ABS-CBN may already be the country's biggest news organization, but that doesn't stop us from striving to bring better service to Filipinos worldwide," he said.


James Franco's Character Amputates Himself in 127 Hours; Moviegoers Reportedly Collapse on Watching the Scene


Danny Boyle's Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours vying for Best Picture, Best Actor (James Franco) and Best Screenplay (Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy) poises to be one unforgettable experience for the movie audience. People who have seen it fainted and some eventually collapsed while watching the movie due to one key scene where James Franco, who plays real-life trekker Aron Ralston amputated himself to be freed from a boulder that pinned his arm.

Directed and written by Danny Boyle who gave us the eye-opener reality hit Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated slot canyon in Utah.

Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Ralston battles the elements and his own demons to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary. 127 Hours is a thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

From the moment he first began reading Aron Ralston's best-selling memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Boyle knew exactly what kind of film he wanted to convey from this real-life story, one that would use a highly subjective camera to penetrate the lead character's personal journey, to get under Aron's skin and head in a way no other medium could. "I knew I wanted to bring the audience into the canyon with Aron and to not let them go until he himself is released," the director explains.

Boyle goes on: "People often say about the story, "Oh, I don't know if I could do that." But I think we all would do anything we could for this life that is so beautiful and keeps us going. What I think Aron experienced in that canyon over those days was a sudden realization of the full value of life. One of the ideas of the film is that he was never really alone in the canyon. But he was surrounded spiritually by everyone he'd ever known or loved or dreamed about. That made the difference and we wanted to get that feeling into the story."

Boyle also knew that there was only one actor they felt that could convey the conviction and emotion needed to draw the audience in. "James has this extraordinary technical facility," notes Boyle, "and that's what was needed because 127 Hours is nearly a one-man film. But James went beyond that, stepping up to every single challenge, physical and emotional, that was thrown at him. He was so wonderful for this role. He got so into it, it became, in a way, as much about James Franco as it was about Aron Ralston."

It was a wildly surreal experience, Ralston confesses, to see the most profound experience of his life re-enacted by James Franco and the crew, and being on the set left him reeling back into all that he had seen and felt in those six days. "It was as if my 2010 self was able to look back at my 2003 self and watch myself escape the canyon," he says.

127 Hours opens February 9 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Win a Super Junior "Super Show 3: The 3rd Asia Tour" Live in Manila Concert Tickets


Get the chance to win tickets to "Super Junior's Super Show 3: The 3rd Asia Tour" Live at the Araneta Coliseum on February 26, 2011.





Here's how:

1. Tune in to MYX from February 1 to February 25 as the country's no. 1 music channel will giving away a total of 100 TICKETS!. Everyday 1 individual will win 4 Super Show tickets and a copy of Super Junior's latest album "Bonamana."

2. Watch out for the members of Super Junior that will pop out of the MYX Channel anytime of the day.

3. Name at least 2 members with the title of the MYX program and time of appearance. Example: Donghae, Take 5, 1PM and Eunhyuk, Mellow MYX, 7 pm.

4. Post your answers along with your contact details on the Super Junior Super Show 3 Promo Page.

5. There are different answers for everyday from February 1 to 25. February 1 answers are not going to be accepted for February 2 because there will be a daily cut-off. So keep tuning in to MYX.

6. Winners will be announced on MYXph.com.

7. Contest is open to GMA residents only.

8. Promo starts on February 1, 2011.


TV5's Babaeng Hampaslupa - Full Trailer


TV5 has released the full trailer of its first drama series "Babaeng Hampaslupa" which is set to premiere on February 7, 2011, 9 p.m. after Willing Willie.

�Babaeng Hampaslupa� tells a heartrending story of three generations of women, played by Ms. Susan Roces, Alice Dixson, and Alex Gonzaga, and their quest for hope, love and happiness.

Babaeng Hampaslupa is directed by Eric Quizon and Bb. Joyce Bernal. The series also assembles an impressive cast with some of the country�s finest actors and actresses like Jay Manalo, Bing Loyzaga, Freddie Webb and Celso Ad Castillo; and younger stars such as Karel Marquez, Alwyn Justify FullUytinco, Vandolph, Jenny Quizon, and Martin Escudero.

Babaeng Hampaslupa - Full Trailer:




Music and Motion Unleash on ASAP Rocks This Sunday


The biggest kapamilya reunion ever, ASAP Rocks unleashes an all-out solid party with certified biggest hits and hottest dance moves this Sunday.

Music and motion collide with the return of the one and only Mr. Pure Energy Gary V! Witness pure concert experience from the Philippines biggest entertainer. Be there when pure concert power intensifies to the maximum level direct from ASAP�s concert Royalty - Gary V.

Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo gives another show-stopping Sarah�s Signature Concert Spectacle. Sarah�s powerful performance will surely rock the whole ASAP centerstage.

Star Powerful Sunday with the Philippines� R&B royalty Billy Crawford with Star Power 5 Akiko, Monica, Krissel, Angeline and K-La.

The ASAP Sessionistas sway and jam with the most requested memorable hits! Sing with the Sessionistas in another unstoppable jamming experience.

ASAP concert experience fires up with the Philippines ultimate concert artists. Finest sing-off from the Champions, Music Icons, The ASAP Divas, The ASAP ladies and more.

Piolo Pascual caps his month-long birthday bash with his sweetest surprise. Find out the mega-revelation this Sunday.

Back to back birthday celebration continues with the �Ultimate Multi-media Star� Toni Gonzaga.

Motion at its finest! Get ready as ASAP ROCKS steps up to another Supahdance concert blast. The Supahdance Krew, Bugoy Carino, Supahkids and the hottest teen sensations burn the dance floor with the hottest moves to hit the Philippine Television. Dance U welcomes the next kid sensations. Dance with the SCQ and their biggest surprise.

Primetime Television bids farewell to the whole cast of �Noah� back to back with the grandest welcome of the newest ABS-CBN Primetime hit � �Mutya.� SEA you, kapamilya!

The lead cast of �Bulong� - Angelica Panganiban and Vhong Navarro shout their way on the ASAP centerstage.

It�s Music, Motion and Madness this Sunday on ASAP Rocks 12:15 high noon. Don�t miss the biggest kapamilya reunion this Sunday.


Ms. Susan Roces To Star in TV5�s First Primetime Drama Series 'Babaeng Hampaslupa'


The Queen of Philippine Movies once again shares her acting brilliance on the small screen via Babaeng Hampaslupa. This marks Ms. Susan Roces� first-ever project on TV5 where she topbills - together with Alice Dixson and Alex Gonzaga - the very first drama series of the network.

With over 50 years of unparalleled stardom on the local scene, Ms. Susan Roces is highly placed alongside the country�s showbiz stalwarts, including her late husband, the King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe, Jr., and the King of Comedy Dolphy.

In Babaeng Hampaslupa, Ms. Susan Roces plays a major role as Helena See, a strong-willed Chinese tycoon who conceals a soft spot for those who strive to get more from life. Through their exceptional characters, Ms. Susan Roces, Alice Dixson and Alex Gonzaga represent the continued quest for hope, love and ambition.

Ms. Susan Roces landed her first starring role in the movie "Boksingera Daw" (1956) with Luis Gonzales. Following its success, the Queen has since teamed up with the biggest names during the golden years of showbiz such as Juancho Gutierrez, Jose Mari Gonzales, Romeo Vasquez, and Eddie Gutierrez. She staged a movie comeback in the second instalment of Chinese-themed flick "Mano Po" (2003) from Regal Entertainment.

Helmed by Eric Quizon and Joyce Bernal, Babaeng Hampaslupa leads primetime viewing starting February. The series also assembles an impressive cast with some of the country�s finest actors and actresses like Jay Manalo, Bing Loyzaga, Freddie Webb and Celso Ad Castillo; and younger stars such as Karel Marquez, Alwyn Uytinco, Vandolph, Jenny Quizon, and Martin Escudero.


Alex Gonzaga�s Character Caught Between Two Loves in TV5�s 'Babaeng Hampaslupa'


Alex Gonzaga�s star gets a notch shiner in the entertainment industry as she ventures into serious acting in TV5�s first primetime drama, Babaeng Hampaslupa.

The public first witnessed her acting potential in the hit youth-oriented show BFGF where she plays the role of Yaya Claring, a modern-day Cinderella who falls head over heels in love with her knight/master Sir Kean (Kean Cipriano). Prior to this project, Alex has already proven her flexibility as a total entertainer - a comic princess in LokomokoU, a multi-talented performer in P.O.5 and the bubbly host of gossip show Juicy. With four regular shows that require talent and flexibility, Alex Gonzaga is undeniably the most visible face on TV today.

In what could be her biggest break yet, the young actress is set to play the role of Grace, a woman of both charm and fighting spirit from the slums of Tondo. Day by day, the hills of garbage have provided food on their table: a clear picture of poverty which drives Grace to strive and find their way out of an impoverished life. And soon enough, she would discover the world that links to her real identity.

But despite the glaring reality in a shanty town like Baseco, the series finds deeper sense of relationship grown out of poverty with Grace and Nato (Alwyn Uytingco), her ingenious best friend through ups and downs. As they promised to fight life�s imbalance, Nato has found himself secretly in love with Grace.

Fate brings Grace to another world where she crosses paths with Andrew (Martin Escudero), an aspiring young entrepreneur who works relentlessly to prove himself to his foster family, Helena (Ms. Susan Roces) and Anastacia See (Alice Dixson). Just when he is slowly getting into Grace, Stephanie (Karel Marquez), enters the scene and claims her stake of Andrew�s affection.

Babaeng Hampaslupa is the second project of Alex and Alwyn together. Their first team-up on BFGF (Alwyn was introduced as a new twist in the love story of Yaya Claring and Sir Kean) has earned positive feedbacks from the viewers. Meanwhile, the series marks the first project of Alex and Martin together following the latter�s recent transfer to the Happy Network.

Will Grace settle for the man she has been with through hard times? Or she will fall for the one who might be holding the key to her real identity. Find out this February 7 in Babaeng Hampaslupa only on TV5.


Kyla To Record and Release an Album in Indonesia


On September 2010, Kyla inked a three-year contract with Tarra Group Indonesia. In a previous interview, Kyla mentioned that she's already collaborated with its local artists and recorded albums to be distributed in Southeast Asia. She has also held a series of successful concerts in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Showing her fondness for Indonesia, Kyla expressed her eagerness to return to the country.

Especially dun sa Indonesia, parang mga Pinoy ['yung mga tao]. Kung ano 'yung gusto natin, 'yun din 'yung gusto nila. Mahilig tayo sa R&B, sila rin mahilig rin sila sa R&B,� she said.

Locally, Kyla has released her 8th studio album �Private Affair.� It contains all-original songs including her favorite, "A Song For The Love In Summer," written by her dad, Ulysis Calumpad.


Friday, January 28, 2011

John Estrada and Randy Santiago To Host ABS-CBN's New Noontime Game Show; Willie Revillame Mad About It


Willie Revillame put himself again in another controversy involving his former home studio ABS-CBN.

During his live birthday celebration last January 26, 2011 on "Willing Willie", Willie aired his anger over longtime friends John Estrada and Randy Santiago for allegedly closing a deal with ABS-CBN to host a new afternoon game show with Kapamilya female stars Mariel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga.

According to Willie, Randy and John are fully aware that he already lobbied an afternoon game show to TV5's big bosses Manny Pangilinan and Atty. Rey Espinosa which the two will be co-hosting.

If the ABS-CBN show pushes through, Willie will have no choice but to withdraw his place as Best Man on John's wedding to Priscilla Meirelles this February. Aside from that, Willie also threatened John that he will campaign for Eat Bulaga! just to make sure that John and Randy's new show a flop.

Watch the video here:




Video credit: qyaring on youtube


Cosmopolitan Philippines Fun Fearless Female Awards 2011 Nominees Revealed!


Cosmopolitan Philippines Magazine has revealed the nominees for this year's Fun Fearless Female Awards.

SUPERSTAR (The Ultimate Cosmo Girl, the celeb who�s got the total package)

Marian Rivera
Anne Curtis
Heart Evangelista
Sarah Geronimo


RISING STAR (Showbiz newbie who has what it takes to be the next big thing in showbiz)

Venus Raj
Jasmine Curtis
Solenn heussaff
Jewel Mische


CHANGE-SEEKER (Fearless woman who makes use of her talents for the greater good and fighting for a noble cause)

Bianca Gonzales
KC Concepcion
Angel Locsin
Reese Fernandez


FASHIONISTA (The Ultimate Fashion Icon who dresses fashionably and carries herself with ease and style)

Liz Uy
Alyanna Martinez
Tricia Gosingtian
Mich Dulce


ATHLETE (She�s making a name for herself as an athlete because she�s gutsy, strong, and feisty)

Ana Julaton
Reema Chanco
Michelle Bumgarner
Ani de Leon


MUSIC MAVEN (Fun, fearless singer who never fails to delivers powerful performances, exacting perfection in her craft)

Frencheska Farr
Julianne Tarroja
Armi Millare
Princess Velasco


BUSINESS (Her entrepreneurial spirit and go-getting attitude make her an inspiration to aspiring biz women)

Cristalle Belo Henares
Amina Aranaz-Alunan
Camille Meloto
Camille Villar


RADIO PERSONALITY (Darling of the airwaves who is hip, outspoken, and outgoing - and we just love listening to her so much)

Sam Oh of 99.5 RT
Grace Lee
Andi Manzano
Tracy of Jam 88.3


ACHIEVERS ABROAD (She�s showing the world who the Filipina is: world-class, talented, and wondrously beautiful)

Danica Flores Magpantay
Elise Estrada
Charmaine Clamor
Joanne Cordero Reyes


ROLE MODEL (She�s the conscientious Cosmo girl. We applaud her extraordinary deeds and noble causes)

Audrey Codera
Donnady Lao
Raissa Laurel
Mel Rose Dingle

To vote for your fun, fearless favorite female in each category, visit cosmo.ph.

This is the 2nd year that Cosmo is giving out the Fun Fearless Female (FFF) Awards. Last year's winners were Charice, Bea Alonzo, Melai Cantiveros, Kate Torralba, Divine Lee, Jessica Cox, Kiri Dalena, Alex Eduque, Maritess Mendoza and Joy Rojas.


MYXposed: Much Has Been Said (The Story Of Bamboo) Documentary To be Aired on MYX


MYX, the No. 1 music channel in the Philippines, proudly airs MYXposed: Much Has Been Said (The Story Of Bamboo), a 30-minute documentary featuring the story behind the phenomenal success and recent disbandment of one of the most influential bands in the country, on January 29, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Bamboo is considered as one of the most popular Filipino rock bands which has surfaced after the great local alternative music in the Philippines was born. With Bamboo's two hit albums titled As The Music Plays and Light Peace Love, which contain both of their hit singles "Noypi" and "Hallelujah," the band gave birth to songs with inspiring fanatical anthems.

Fans were saddened as lead vocalist Bamboo Ma�alac posted a statement posted on their official website. He said their decision to disband was not easy. "As a group we've come to a point where you have to trust your gut, your heart and your head and accept that all things change. The hardest part as always is to know when to pack it up and part ways."

Bamboo was founded in 2002 by Bamboo Ma�alac and Nathan Azarcon who are both former members of Rivermaya. When Bamboo came home from the U.S., Nathan introduced him to guitarist Ira Cruz and drummer Vic Mercado who had played in Passage before and the rest was history.

Catch MYXposed: Much Has Been Said (The Story Of Bamboo) on January 29 at 12 p.m., only on the No. 1 Music Channel in the Philippines, MYX.


'The Rite' Was Inspired By a Priest Who Attended Exorcism School in Rome


Exorcists and the darkness they witness firsthand have long held a cultural fascination, regardless of one's faith or background. Interest in them is bound to get more fervent with the release of New Line Cinema's new supernatural thriller The Rite, which deals with the controversial topic of exorcism.

Director Mikael H�fstr�m attests, "There is universal interest in the rite of exorcism. Much of it comes from religion, but a lot also comes from popular culture, with The Exorcist, from back in the '70s, still being the most famous film about this phenomenon. All over the world, people are drawn to the subject, despite the fact - or perhaps even because - it can't be proven or entirely understood. The more you look into it, the more you see there are no easy answers."

Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

The story of The Rite began as a book proposal by Matt Baglio, a reporter living in Rome, who was struck by the Vatican's 2007 announcement of its initiative to reinstruct the clergy on the rite of exorcism with the goal of installing an exorcist in every diocese worldwide.

When Baglio's 10-page proposal found its way to the producers, they were immediately intrigued. Producer Beau Flynn relates, "Matt heard about an exorcism school that was opening in the Vatican and became fascinated by that concept. And in the course of his investigation, he met an American priest who was undergoing this training. So, rather than an article, Matt decided to write a book."

The result was The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which chronicles the events that inspired the film. "Exorcism itself is something that few people are privy to," says Baglio. "I wanted to not only understand it myself but also to unlock the mystery for others. I met an American priest, Father Gary Thomas, who'd come to the Regina Apostolorum Seminary in Rome to learn and become an exorcist, and his experiences informed the central character of Michael Kovak in the script."

Producer Tripp Vinson offers, "When you make a movie like this, you need to treat the subject seriously and with absolute respect. Dealing with really big themes like good and evil, you don't have to add a lot of bells and whistles. The truth is more compelling than anything we can make up."

The producers enlisted screenwriter Michael Petroni to adapt the concept into a screenplay, even as Baglio was writing his book. "People are fascinated by the subject of possession because its existence remains an unanswered question," says Petroni. "The story was thoroughly researched through interviews with priests and chronicles of real experiences, and what they witnessed was frightening."

Father Gary, now a Northern California pastor and exorcist who served as a consultant on the film, explains, "The rite of exorcism has been in effect since 1614. And yet, many bishops and priests have no idea what to expect in an exorcism, except that it has to do with Satan. The opportunity that I had to train in Rome provided me with great grounding, insofar as I was able to work alongside an experienced exorcist and ask clarifying questions. What really resonated with me is the fact that it is a healing ministry and gives priests like me an opportunity to help people who are truly suffering."

H�fstr�m was intrigued by the notion of exploring the subject of exorcism with such a solid basis in fact. "It's not a straightforward horror movie," he notes. "It's a fictional film but within a very real and factual framework. When I read the script, I felt it approached the whole idea of demonic possession from an angle we haven't really seen before, and it draws you into this world in such a suspenseful, powerful and entertaining way."

Opening across the Philippines on February 2, New Line Cinema's The Rite will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Jake Gyllenhaal Portrays a Viagra Sales Representative in 'Love & Other Drugs'


Taking control when the ultimate men's drug Viagra was finally introduced to the public in the '90s, Jake Gyllenhaal suits up as one hot pharmaceutical rep whose charm with women is as high as his monthly sales quota in the film 'Love & Other Drugs'.

Starring opposite Anne Hathaway as Maggie in Love & Other Drugs, Jake plays Jamie Randall whose account is based on the nonfiction book by Jamie Reidy who chronicles his experiences as a Viagra salesman for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The film's co-scribe and producer Charles Randolph who first got hold of the book finds it very intriguing, "Jamie wrote about experiences I thought were analogous to films like Jerry Maguire, Wall Street or any movie where a young man goes into the workplace with ideas of what the world is going to be and the world beats them out of him," recalls Randolph.

Director Zwick says the roles of Jamie and Maggie represent significant steps for the two actors. "[As Jamie] Jake's not just romantic, interesting and charming, he's enormously funny. Jake's sense of humor is nothing new to those who've known him socially, but up to now we've never quite had the opportunity to see that on film. He has a great leading man quality and is extraordinarily at ease, and that comes of maturity and experience. Jake's work in this film allows us to witness a younger actor become a leading man, and that's very exciting for a filmmaker and, I think, an audience."

Gyllenhaal's Jamie is the black sheep in a successful family. He's the ultimate seducer, and would have been perfectly happy to float through life minus the burden of responsibility or connecting to anyone...until he meets Maggie. "He's bright but a bit self-destructive," says the actor. "He's content to be successful with his life as a salesman of a revolutionary drug - a job for which he's perfectly suited - and continue to succeed at fake connections. He's an expert at those because he's a great performer. "

"The movie is set in the late '90s, a moment," says Zwick, "when the fabric of American life changed forever" because for the first time, drugs became commercialized. At the top of the sales and advertising charts was a little blue pill called Viagra, a new treatment for erectile dysfunction. Viagra's blockbuster sales trigger Jamie's ascension to the top of the heap as a Big Pharma sales rep. Then, because of Jake's relationship with Maggie, he goes deeper into the world of medicine and drugs and the different strands of the story knit together and, I hope, resonate off each other."

Jake's discerning performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain garnered him nomination nods from Oscar and SAG AwardTM. He then emerged as 2006's Best Supporting Actor in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the National Board of Review. His diverse film credits include Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Brothers, Rendition, Zodiac, Jarhead, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, Donnie Darko and October Sky.

Love & Other Drugs opens January 26 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.