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Sunshine admits leaving conjugal home

Sunshine Cruz isn’t ready to patch things up with husband Cesar Montano again, even if he expressed his wish to save their marriage following reports of his infidelity.

Asked if she has left the conjugal home, Sunshine’s short but meaningful reply at the PMPC Star Awards for Movies on Sunday, March 10, was “Yes.” Is she closing her doors on another reconciliation with Cesar? “I just want to be happy right now and do whatever I want to do na makakabuti para sa akin,” Sunshine answered.

The singer-actress stressed that she gave the marriage her all. “For now, I just have to move on and be happy,” she added.

Her Twitter name change. Netizens have also noted that Sunshine changed her Twitter name from Shine Montano to Sunshine Cruz. A note in the Shine Montano account reads: “Temporarily leaving this account, hopefully I’d be able to use this ‘surname’ again but if everything goes worse, I may leave it for good.”

Sunshine refused to comment on Cesar and starlet Krista Miller’s denial of their alleged affair. Despite her marital woes, Sunshine admits she still loves Cesar. However, she would rather focus on her children and career.

First love. “First love ko iyan eh. Yung love hindi naman mawawala iyan. Unang naging boyfriend ko po iyan eh. Pero sa totoo lang talaga, ang importante sa akin ngayon mahalin muna yung children ko at magtrabaho na lang muna, tutal ang daming dumadating na work.” Sunshine said she draws strength from God and her children. She may have given up her career for her family, but the comebacking actress has no regrets. “Hindi ko naman pinagsisihan iyon kasi alam ko na ginawa ko lahat for the relationship and I know that I gave my best, iyon ang importante talaga.”

It will be recalled that Sunshine confronted Krista on Twitter and Instagram after the latter posted photos of the gifts Cesar allegedly gave her.

Social media power. Cesar, on the other hand, reportedly blamed social media for highlighting their marital woes. But Sunshine disagrees. “Ang dami-daming tao at artista na nag-Twitter at Instagram, sisihin niya lahat.”

Part of her moving on involves focusing on her career. Sunshine is part of Ejay Falcon’s Kapamilya drama “Dugong Buhay.” “Parang naninibago ako, very supportive naman sa akin ang lahat. Siyempre, nami-miss ko rin talaga (ang showbiz). Dito naman ako nanggaling kaya iyon din ang binabalikan ko ngayon,” she said.

Angel Locsin, El Presidente big winners at Star Awards for Movies 2013

Angel Locsin was the night’s big and unexpected winner at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies on Sunday, March 10 at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. The Kapamilya actress was named Movie Actress of the Year award for her role in “One More Try,” besting veteran stars such as Nora Aunor (“Thy Womb”) and Gina Alajar (“Mater Dolorosa”), among others.

“Hindi po ako makapaniwala talaga,” she said during her acceptance speech. “Para sa akin, ang mga artista, isa sa pinakainsecure na tao yan… So yung nga ganitong bagay, ang laki ng naitutulong.”

“Honestly, hindi ko po alam kung ano ang gagawin ko pag di ako umaarte. Ganun ko kamahal ang acting,” Angel added.

The 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “El Presidente” received the Movie of the Year and the Actor of the Year award for Jeorge Estregan Jr. This is Estregan’s second consecutive Actor of the Year award from the Star Awards for Movies. Last year, he won the same award for “Manila Kingpin” with Aga Muhlach (who won the award for “In the Name of Love”).

Mark Meily also scored two victories for the historical film by winning the Movie Director of the Year and Movie Screenwriter of the Year awards. Janice de Belen won the Supporting Actress of the Year award for her performance in “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles.” Meanwhile, Carlo Aquino of the Cinema One Originals film “Mater Dolorosa” won Supporting Actor of the Year. Neil Coleta and Tippy Dos Santos of the musical-comedy film “I Do Bi Doo Bi Doo” bagged the New Movie Actor and New Movie Actress of the Year, respectively. Tippy shared her award with Kapuso star Kim Komatsu fot her role in the Cinemalaya film “Mga Mumunting Lihim.’

In the independent film categories, the Jericho Rosales-starrer “Alagwa” beat early critical favorites such as “Thy Womb” and “Bwakaw” by winning the Indie Movie of the Year and Indie Director of the Year (for Ian Loreños) awards.

Here are the complete list of winners:

  • MOVIE OF THE YEAR – El Presidente / Scenema Concept International, Inc.
  • MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – Mark Meily / El Presidente
  • INDIE MOVIE OF THE YEAR – Alagwa / Breakaway Films
  • INDIE MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – Ian Loreños / Alagwa
  • MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR – Jeorge “E.R.” Estregan / El Presidente
  • MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – Angel Locsin / One More Try
  • MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR – Carlo Aquino / Mater Dolorosa
  • MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – Janice de Belen / Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
  • NEW MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR – Neil Coleta / I Doo Bidoo Bidoo
  • NEW MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – Tippy Dos Santos / I Doo Bidoo Bidoo
  •                                                             – Kim Komatsu / Mga Mumunting Lihim
  • CHILD PERFORMER OF THE YEAR – Bugoy Cariño / Alagwa
  • MOVIE SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR – Mark Meily / El Presidente
  • MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – Carlo Mendoza / El Presidente
  • MOVIE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – Danny Red and Joel Bilbao / El Presidente
  • MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR – Jason Cahapay and Ryan Orduña / El Presidente
  • MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR – “Aking Inang Bayan” from the movie “El Presidente,” composed by Marizen Soriano, arranged by Jessie Lasaten and interpreted by Maita Ejercito
  • MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Corinne de San Jose and Ditoy Aguila / Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
  • MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR – Vincent De Jesus / I Do Bi Doo
  • INDIE MOVIE SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR – Ian Loreños / Alagwa
  • INDIE MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – Odyssey Flores / Thy Womb
  • INDIE MOVIE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – Dante Mendoza / Thy Womb
  • INDIE MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR – Dempster Samarista / Alagwa
  • INDIE MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR – “Saan Ako Tutungo” from the movie Migrante, . composed by Lucien Letaba, Rody Vera and Boni Ilagan, arranged by Melvin Corpin and interpreted by Honey Araneta
  • INDIE MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR – Von de Guzman / Supremo
  • INDIE MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Ditoy Aguila and Mark Locsin / Mater Dolorosa
  • DARLING OF THE PRESS - Isko Moreno
  • NORA AUNOR ULIRANG ARTISTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Sen. Lito Lapid
  • ULIRANG ALAGAD NG PELIKULA SA LIKOD NG KAMERA – Mr. Romy Vitug

Krista Kleiner reveals relationship with ex-boyfriend Jay-R got “a little bit abusive”

On the February 26 episode of The New Media Factory Network.TV’s Good Times With Mo The Podcast, DJ Mo Twister’s guest was actress-singer and beauty queen Krista Kleiner. Krista was there to promote her upcoming album and to help Mo give advice to phone callers with love problems.

One caller’s problem was about his difficulty to move on after a failed relationship. While sharing her own experience of moving on after her three-year relationship with ex-boyfriend Jay-R, Krista revealed that her relationship with the R&B singer and host got “a little bit abusive.”

“Oh, physical, huh?” Mo butted in. ”Yeah, between that and verbal,” admitted the former Bb. Pilipinas-International. Mo asked if she was able to that use her skills as a martial artist. Krista just smiled and said, “So, I think it’s on how someone is raised. If you raised thinking it was normal, bad habits, I don’t know… I didn’t stick that long before it gets bad.”

Meanwhile, this is Jay-R’s statement regarding the issue:

“I really don’t mind the negative comments about me because it comes with the territory of showbiz. I pay it no mind. I wish her the best in her career and her life.”

Daniel Padilla’s Birthday to Be Held at the Big Dome

Good news for the fans of young actor Daniel Padilla as he confirmed that he will have a birthday concert at the Araneta Coliseum on April 30.

In an interview during his pictorial shoot on Wednesday, Padilla, who dreams to be a rock star, admitted that he is nervous about the concert but vowed to give his best for his fans. “Hindi naman kasi ako singer, magko-concert pa ako. Pero gagawin ko lahat para maging successful ‘yung show,,” said Padilla, who will turn 18 on April 26.

“Regalo ko ito sa mga fans, sa mga supporters ko. Para sa inyo ‘yon lahat. Sa mga ibinigay niyo sa akin gusto kong makabawi kaya ‘yon mag-enjoy lang tayo sa araw na ‘yon,” he added. Padilla said he will have an “old school rock” show with some of his closest friends, including his “Princess and I” co-stars Enrique Gil and Khalil Ramos.

“Pagdating mo old school, nasa ’60s ka. Masarap ‘yung feeling. Good vibes lahat ‘yon. ‘Yung suot more on black and white, brush up ang mga tao at more on rock and roll,” he said. For the fans of his love team with leading lady Kathryn Bernardo, Padilla revealed that the actress will also have a special participation in his concert. “Gusto niya sana maging guest lang, gusto niya ma-feel ‘yung nanonood lang siya,” he said. Aside from concert, Padilla is also set to record his second album.

“Yan para maiba naman ‘yung marinig natin medyo nakakasawa na ‘yung kanta ko. Medyo ibahin natin, basta iba siya. Kasama yung ‘Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat’ at isa pa,” said Padilla, referring to his popular entry in the recent Himig Handog songwriting contest.

Padilla added that he is also thinking of including inspirations songs in his second album.

Birthday gift for mom. In the interview, Padilla admitted that he is also working hard to give his biggest gift for his mother Karla Estrada — a house.

“Pinagta-trabahuan ko na ngayon ‘yon. Actually para sa aming lahat ‘yon. Ang bahay kailangan mo talaga ‘yon, kahit anong mangyari ay may bahay ka. Kaya ‘yun ang pinagta-trabahuan ko para sa pamilya ko. May bahay naman kami pero iba ‘yung malaking bahay pang-family talaga,” he said.

Padilla, who just bought his dream car as gift to himself, said the house will be in Quezon City.

Hero Angeles’ comeback to big screen

The former Kapamilya star on Monday attended the premiere night of “Fighting Chefs,” where he stars alongside the film’s director Ronnie Ricketts. The debut screening at Robinsons Galliera in Ortigas is Angeles’ first public appearance as an actor promoting a big screen project.

The action flick also stars Mark Gil, Arci Munoz, Chef Boy Logro, Vandolph, John Hall, Joross Gamboa, Jade Lopez and Jeffrey Santos. In “Fighting Chefs,” Angeles plays a restaurant cook who is caught in a clash to protect the business against perpetrators. This is Angeles first major film or TV role since 2009, when he last appeared in a number of TV series and a horror flick.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Monday, the “Bcuz of U” star expressed happiness over finally returning to acting. Moving forward, Angeles said he hopes to work with Kapamilya actresses Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador.

The actor rose to fame after earning the “Grand Teen Questor” title in the Kapamilya reality talent search “Star Circle Quest” in 2004, which also launched his love team with Korean Sandara Park.

But Angeles’ thriving career slowly fizzled as he figured in arguments with the entertainment press and officials of ABS-CBN over alleged disagreements on career path.

In 2008, Angeles formally transferred to GMA7 where he starred in a number of television series. His last major TV project was in 2009. In June last year, Angeles maintained that the departure of Park cost him several projects. The Korean actress returned to her native country in 2007 to pursue a similar career there. She is now one-fourth of the popular K-pop girl group 2NE1.

To be released by Viva Films, “Fighting Chefs” will hit theaters nationwide on March 6.

Alodia Gosiengfiao to lead a J-Pop group

She rose to fame for donning different clothes and using make up to change her looks. But after being hailed as the country’s Cosplay Queen, 25-year old Alodia Gosiengfiao is now ready to embark on a new adventure as she leads a pop group in Japan.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Gosiengfiao shared that she was discovered in Singapore by a Japanese music producer who was judging a cosplay competition. Since then, Gosiengfiao has already recorded an album in Japan.

She said she had to learn how to speak Nihongo for her album, although she also recorded English versions of the songs.

“Actually, I sing in secret (laughs). I sing mostly Japanese songs, at home or sometimes in events but kasi mostly here in the Philippines, mostly birit. It’s hard to compete with that,” she said.

Gosiengfiao also showed ABS-CBN News the music video shoot of her J-pop girl group Super Dolls, which features two popular Japanese cosplayers.

“It’s a great honor but sobrang napre-pressure ako kasi syempre we have a lot of talented singers and talented artist here in the Philippines,” she said.

Aside from being a cosplayer, Gosiengfiao also hosts, acts and endorses products alongside popular celebrities in the Philippines. Recently, Gosiengfiao was named one of the ambassadors for the cable channel Animax Asia. She was also a co-host of the ABS-CBN show “Laugh Out Loud” and appeared in the Star Cinema movie “The Reunion.”

A Swiss Escape for Richard and Sarah

Richard Gutierrez had a post-Valentine escapade of sorts with sweetheart Sarah Lahbati in Switzerland, her birth country.

The actor flew over late last month, and had taken to posting photos of the trip on Instagram. “Finally with my love here in Switzerland, after a tiring session of skiing time to head home and make some Raclette ;) ,” he wrote on Feb. 24, showing a photo with Sarah – with a snowy backdrop.

In another photo he uploaded Feb. 25, Richard and Sarah are in a jacuzzi while marveling over the wintry Swiss landscape. “Blessed Thank you Lord for everything. @sarahlahbati,” he wrote. A Feb. 28 photo, on the other hand, was captioned, “#Stoked Aside from a couple of falls, skiing lessons day 3 went well,. Weather was perfect once again here in #zermatt #matterhorn #sunnega.”

Sarah, meanwhile, is apparently fascinated by the views, judging from the number of landscape photos she uploaded on her Instagram account recently.  However, it seems that intrigues continue to follow the young actress on the other side of the world. A Feb. 26 selfie (a self-taken photograph intended for social media upload) with a handbag covering her waist and hip area had netizens wondering about Sarah’s true condition. A good number of comments on her Instagram page of late are about her purported pregnancy, which Richard already refuted in previous interviews. As a seeming response to her unwavering detractors, the Fil-Swiss star tweeted Feb. 25, “Mapapagod din kayo:)).”

When a netizen asked how she feels about being inactive in showbiz, Sarah’s response was replete with optimism.

“@ma_nillen feels really good! it’s not like I can’t live without being in showbiz. Marami pang mas importanteng bagay na gusto kong gawin ;) ,” she said.

Sarah went back to Switzerland in January to take a showbiz hiatus as well as to study again. Her departure came on the heels of a legal tussle and falling-out with her mother studio GMA-7 due to contract issues.

Ai-ai’s relationship with businessman boyfriend is on the rocks

Comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas has finally broken her silence after her manager Boy Abunda confirmed that she and her businessman boyfriend Jed Salang are going through a rough patch.

In an interview with The Philippine Star’s Funfare on Wednesday, delas Alas denied that Salang hurts her physically. “It’s not true. Hindi ako sinasaktan ni Jed. Sa laki ba naman niya ay sasaktan akong napakaliit ko? Ang totoo, siya ang sinasaktan ko,” she said. The comedienne said it is normal for couples to have some misunderstandings. “Wala namang pagsasamang perpekto ‘di ba?” she said.

Last week, Abunda said the comedienne immediately left the country after her concert with South Korean rapper Psy, adding that delas Alas probably wanted some time for herself that’s why she left the country right away.

But delas Alas said she did not really run from her problem. “I went to the US to help Nikki with her papers kasi she’s turning 21,” she said. Nikki is delas Alas’ daughter with former husband Miguel Vera, who is now based in the United States.

The actress also said she and Salang are working on fixing their problem.

MTRCB summons ASAP 18 for Anne’s ‘over-provocative number’

The Movie Television Ratings and Classification Board (MTRCB) has summoned on Tuesday ABS-CBN’s Sunday noontime variety show, “ASAP 18” over the alleged provocative outfit of one of its stars.

On Sunday’s “ASAP 18”, Anne Curtis had her birthday production number by perdorming Rihanna’s “Diamond” while being drenched with water, wearing a black strapless gown with a very high slit. Her performance and outfit soon went abuzz online. In the original Rihanna video, the American singer is shown singing naked submerged in an actual bath tub.

MTRCB posted the following on its official Twitter account on Tuesday, February 26.

“MTRCB summons ASAP to gender-sensitivity investigation over alleged provocative outfit of one of its stars last Sunday.” — MTRCB (@MTRCBgov) February 26, 2013

Anne on controversial outfit: ‘I was completely protected’. Anne Curtis posted a photo of her black strapless dress on Tuesday, February 26, to clarify the issue.

Anne explained that her outfit designed by Boom Sason was a “bodysuit with a hidden tangga.” She assured everyone that no wardrobe malfunction happened, contrary to what many believed.

On Tuesday afternoon, February 26, Anne posted:

“TAAAADAAA! I present to you the controversial @boomita outfit I wore for my birthday number on ASAP. As you can see we have a bodysuit with a hidden tangga to make way for the sky high slit skirt. It is made out of 2 pieces. In fact the “tangga” is made out of swimsuit material which Boom Sason is also known for making. I was completely protected. It may have seemed like a wardrobe malfunction to many but I can assure you, after making the mistake of not securing myself once I wouldn’t let that happen to me again. :) So to settle all your minds I just had to post this. Thank you to everyone that was concerned! To everyone that’s trying to make an issue out of it! Thank you! ABSCBN news just told me its their most clicked on video on their site ever! Just relax everyone! Wearing a tangga is no newbie in the industry! It’s been around since the 80′s :)

PH Dropped from International Piracy Watchlist

Optical Media Board Chair (OMB) Ronnie Ricketts is not resting on his laurels.

A Special 301 Review showed that the Philippines has been taken out of the international piracy watch list category and even elevated to Special Mention level.

Big achievement.  “This is a big thing,” Ronnie announced at the presscon of his comeback film, “Fighting Chefs,” which he also directs. “Parati ng nasa watch list tayo noon.” He doesn’t take all the credit though, insisting that everything was a team effort.

The citation has inspired Ronnie to be even more active in pushing an international information campaign to boost anti-piracy efforts. Ronnie just came from Singapore for this. Ronnie is just as proud of how his team helped the 2012 Metro Manila Filmfest exceed its target and grossed P767-M, the highest in its decades-long history so far.