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Kylie Padilla And Aljur Abrenica Finally Admit Their Relationship Has Ended

Even though Aljur Abrenica and Kylie Padilla didn’t admit that they had a relationship, still they managed to speak up and tell the people that they are not anymore together.

Also, it was confirmed by other people whom are really close to the both Kapuso stars.

According to a reliable source, Aljur and Kylie are not seeing or even talking to each other any longer.

Moreover, it was cited that Kylie is being watch over by certain people for her not to see or meet Aljur.

When a certain media was able to get a chance to talk to Kylie, she still is consistent answering that she and Aljur are really just friends and nothing more.

The young actress refused to give in more details on how she and Aljur decided to finish things between them.

Sabi niya lang sa PEP, “Siyempre nag-usap. Maayos ang usapan, e, yun lang muna.

Nagkausap naman minsan, pero hindi na masyado nagkikita.”

VACATION IN AUSTRALIA. Now that her taping for The Good Daughter is already done, Kylie is just preparing for her upcoming vacation in Australia.

She said that she would be staying there for almost a month.

When she got back in Manila after her vacation in Australia she mentioned that it is possible for her to bond with her siblings and their mother, Liezl Sicangco for them to at least spend their vacation here.

After her vacation, she immediately wants to focus herself on work.

“Gusto ko isang matinding back to work na,” Kylie said.

When it comes to lovelife, the young actress said that she never thinks about it but is open to any suitors that she would be encountering.

“Wala na po sa isip ko yun, e. I don’t know…” she said.

Kylie added, “Kung ano man yung friendship namin ni Aljur, special na yun.

Kung may dumating man na iba na special din, okay.

Pero ayoko ko mag-promise dun sa mga manliligaw na may pag-asa sila, ha?

Basta sa ngayon, wala muna.”

STILL MOVING ON. Some media bothers to take the side or even get some reactions from Aljur regarding the issue, but the actor remains to be silent.

Although Aljur confirms that he and Kylie are not anymore in good terms, he didn’t bother to react regarding what the young actress said that she is open to some suitors.

“Ayoko muna magsalita, kasi nasa moving-on stage pa rin ako,” Aljur said.

Anne Curtis Bids Tearful Goodbye To It’s Showtime Family

The TV host-actress, Anne Curties, will be temporarily taking a leave in ABS-CBN’s it’s Showtime for about a month to “pursue her dreams.”

Anne announced during the May 23 episode of the show that, “Mawawala po ako for one month,”

As much as possible, Anne tried to hold back her tears as she continued: “Meron po akong gagawin, it’s a very big step for me. It’s something na gusto kong ipursue sa dreams ko. Basta bagong challenge ito sa life ko at para rin naman po sa inyong lahat at sa mga followers ko.

Vhong Navarro told Anne: “Sa pag-alis mo, baon mo ang suporta ng iyong Showtime family.”

After which, the hosts of the show called in the servers who carried lechon and the marching band members who performed onstage.

Anne wiped away her tears as “Good Luck Anne” was flashed on the screen behind them.

She became emotional as she said: “Gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa Showtime family; Direk Bobot Vidanes thank you for believing in me and allowing me to pursue my dreams. To ABS-CBN for allowing me to take this leave.

One month lang naman po. I’ll be back, I promise. My Showtime family, mami-miss ko kayong lahat. Mami-miss ko kayong lahat, even the madlang pipol.

Thank you all of you for understanding.”

Anne highlighted that she cannot yet reveal her exact plans and the reason for taking a leave.

“It’s a new challenge and I’ll share it with all of you soon kung ano man po ito. Hindi ko pa pwede sabihin but I will tell it at the right time.”

Vice Ganda assured Anne: “We’re so proud of you kahit hindi ako naiiyak. Masayang- masaya ako kaya hindi kita pinigilan nung nalaman ko ito. Alam ko na ito ang kukumpleto ng mga pangarap mo. Bonggang-bongga ka talaga girl!”

They ended this farewell session with a group hug.

On her official Twitter account, Anne mentioned, “1 MONTH lang ako mawawala. I have a teleserye pa to finish and No Other Concert National Tour!

Former Child Actress Miles Ocampo Segues Smoothly To Teen Roles

It is already the 2nd seasin of the series LUV U, a Sunday youth-oriented show of ABS-CBN. In line with this the teen cast of the series was seen in the event of Wako-Wako in Glorietta 5.

Here, we were able to talk to one of the lead stars of the show which is Miles Ocampo.

Miles is very happy because the season 2 of their show had started airing already.

“Sobrang saya po, like ako po, nagulat po ako na ganoon ang pagtanggap ng tao.  Masaya po ako na nagustuhan po nila.

“Nakakaaliw po like kapag nasa mall ka po o pupunta ka po ng ABS, nakakatuwa po kapag sinasabi nila na ang ganda-ganda ng show niyo.

“Mas lalo pa pong nakaka-inspire magtrabaho lalo na kapag alam niyong may nakaka-appreciate sa ginagawa niyo.

“Dito po sa LUV U, para kaming naglalaro lang. Minsan kapag take, hindi po kami nakakapag-take agad, tawa po kami nang tawa, sobra.

“Para po kaming pamilya na. Ang saya po ng barka namin, sobra. Mula kay Kuya Smokey Manaloto, para po talagang barkada talaga.

“Ang gugulo po namin sa set, tawa nang tawa.”

MAKING THE SHIFT. Well in fact, Miles is very lucky coming from Goin’ Bulilit show then came LUV U in which she immediately have been given a work.

She said, “Siyempre po noong una, nahihirapan. Actually, yung mga tao rin po kasi, ang isip po nila, kapag galing sa Bulilit, parang bata.

“Ang hirap pong mag-jump agad, ‘di ba po?  Minsan po, nakukulong po yung isip ng tao na bata ka lang.

“So, ngayon, okay naman po na natatanggap nila na nagpapakilig na po kami.”

Miles answered giggly abd jokingly when she was asked whether she feels that she is no longer a child anymore.

“Lately po, lately po talaga. Minsan, pa-girl lang po ang peg,” she added.

Miles didn’t refused the fact that she has suitors  as of the moment.

“Incoming 4th year na po ako, regular po ako sa St. Anthony School po sa Fairview.

“Noong first year pa lang po, meron na rin po, pero, hanggang ligaw lang po.  Never pa po ako na nagka-boyfriend. Totoo po yun.”

Does Miles wants to enter the life of having committed to anyone having her some friends already have?

“Siyempre po minsan, kapag may nanliligaw, ay ang ganda naman, ‘di ba po?

“Hindi naman mawawala sa isip mo yun. Pero, wala po talaga sa isip ko na mag-boyfriend at hindi ko pa po ma-imagine na ako, may boyfriend na.

“Kasi po, ang focus ko po talaga sa ngayon, yung studies ko at saka yung trabaho ko.”

LOVETEAM. Marco Gumabao, the newcomer is the partner of Miles in LUV U and a lot of people and followers love their tandem. There were a time in which she thinks that Marco is a very quiet person, but now, she can say that she and her partner had already established a close relationship.

“Noong nag-workshop po kami kay Direk Laurice Guillen, hindi po talaga siya nagsasalita.  Iniisip ko, paano ba makipag-usap sa kanya?

“Iniisip ko, paano kami magtitigan kung hindi kami nag-uusap,” she narrated.

“Pero habang tumatagal, nakikilala na namin siya.”

Does Marco, pursuing you already?

“Hindi po,” she said very quickly. “Sa ngayon po, friends lang kami.  Kahit showbiz pa po ang dating, pero, friends lang po kami.”

“Siyempre po sa ngayon, ang tawag na nga nila sa akin, Camille na.  So, masaya po.”

IDOLS. Miles had been very vocal when it terms to whom her idol is, she said it was bea Alonzo. She had a chance to work with Bea with the movie Sa ‘Yo Lamang.

According to Miles, “Ang galing niya pong talaga. Sobra po akong nahuhusayan sa kanya. Yung passion niya po.

“At saka, ate ko po siyang talaga. Nagba-bonding kami minsan. Nanonood kami ng movie.  Ate po talaga.  Ang bait po.”

What Bea had as a career path, that’s what Miles want to happen to her as well.

“Gusto ko po yung narating ni ate Be. Si Ate Be po kasi yung tipo ng tao na kahit Miss Bea Alonzo na siya, hindi niya tinitingnan ang sarili niya na ganoon.

“Parang napaka-down-to-earth, so, yun po talaga.”

And if she were to be asked about the guy who she admired so much, she would gladly answer that it’s Zanjoe Marudo, boyfriend of Bea Alonzo.

“Naka-package po kasi silang dalawa,” biro pa niya.

Is Zanjoe aware that Miles has a crush on him?

“Opo, alam niya. Kaya palagi niya akong inaasar.  Kasi po, si Kuya Z at saka si Ate Be, lagi po kaming nag-aasaran din.”

NEW SOAP WITH KRIS. There’s an upcoming teleserye for Miles in where she will act as the daughter of Kris Aquino in the teleserye Kailangan Kita.

“Actually, hindi pa rin po nakukuwento sa akin ang eksaktong character ko, pero, sinabi na po sa akin na anak daw po ako ni Ms. Kris.  Kapatid ko po si Xyriel Manabat dito.”

She stated that she was excited for the upcoming teleserye since it is her first time to work with Kris Aquino.

“Nag-guest po ako sa Kris TV noon, pinatawag po niya ko sa dressing room niya.

“Gusto raw po niya akong ma-meet. So, ako po, kinakabahan po ako.  Pero ang bait po ni Ms. Kris, sobra.

“Tapos, hindi ko po ine-expect noong mag-start na po ang Kris TV, pinakilala niya po ako as anak niya po.

“Nakakatuwa po, ang bait po ni Ms. Kris.”

Edu Manzano “strongly against” Son Luis’s Plan To Enter Politics

For the first time, Edu Manzano and Joey De Leon will have their project together in the upcoming show of TV5 this coming June in which will be airing every Sunday, entitled Game ‘N’ Go.

In one press conference that was held yesterday, May 24, in Delta Theater, Edu announces his insights with regards to their project of the comedian.

He said, “Pinag-uusapan nga namin ni Joey lahat nagawa na namin, e. Yun nga lang, except being together…

“But for me, golden opportunity dahil few times lately na magkakasama kami at nag-uusap kami, you know, nakita ko rin yung lalim ni Joey, e.

“Everybody looks at him as a funny man, komedyante, minsan critical, outspoken. Pero makikita mo rin yung kanyang ibang aspeto ng buhay niya.

“I mean, ako, I have a lot of admiration kay Joey.”

Would the partnership do well on the both of you? Would you not be pissed off with each other’s jokes and punch lines especially you and Joey are not really close friends?

“Honestly? Inisip ko yun,” Edu admitted.

“Kasi iba minsan yung biruan ng mga magkakaibigan. Mapagpapasensyahan mo, or may balik ka kaagad dahil close kayo, e.

“But you know, Joey never means to be hurtful, e. Yung sa kanya, gusto niyang makapag-isip lang ng laughter, e.”

“Dahil madalas nilang napag-uusapan lately ang show, dun nakikita ni Edu na “maganda yung fit.”

He added, “You know, masasabi mong cool, e, like kanina, sinasabi niya, ‘O, nagbabatuhan na kami, ha?

“Ako, I don’t mind yung ako yung taga-deliver at siya yung taga-punch line e.  Okey lang sa akin.”

One thing he assured is that the punch lines of him and Joey would not be scripted.

“Wala… Kahit siya wala, e,” he uttered.

“Huwag mo siyang bibigyan ng script kasi kung may script, lilihis yun for sure.  Depende sa kung ano ang mararamdaman mo at that moment at kung ano ang isasagot ng isang tao, doon mo ididirekta ang bato mo.

“So, ako, hindi ako umaasa na susunod sa script si Joey De Leon.”

Do you guys have a bonding before the show starts?

“No, I think it’s mutual respect, e.

“Ako, kahit sa ibang programa, pinapanood ko siya. Nakikita ko yung relationship nilang tatlo,” ang ang tinutukoy niya ay ang TVJ (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey).

As he continues, “Yung naririnig mo… kasi, I read his column every Sunday, e, sa Philippine Star. Well-travelled siya. At laging may gusto siyang mga bagong mga experiences at ganundin ako.

‘I think, we have so much to learn from each other.”

NO MORE POLITICS. The conversation shifted to the fact that the filing of candidacy of those who want to run for politics is approaching very near.

Edu said that he has no interest to be involved in politics again.

He said: “No, actually, I gave it my best and that was very sincere. Sabi nga ng iba kong nakakausap, there were very many ways to be able serve as artista or public servant. Isa nga dun yung tinayo naming cancer wards sa Philippine Children’s Medical center na naisulat na ng ibang members ng press.

“To this day, we continue to support yung project na yun for children below the age of 18 na may cancer. Dun ang chemotheraphy, [blood] transfusion… Dinesensyo namin yung buong ward sa may kanto ng Quezon Boulevard.”

Even having the position or privilege to lead any of the government agencies or office like optical Media Board (OMB), in which he is formerly committed, he has no interest at all.

“Honestly, nung tinanggap ko yung OMB in 2004, tinigil ko na yung pag-a-artista, e. I stopped doing movies. Wala na ako ni isang pelikulang ginawa.

“Ilang years din ang ibinigay ko, sakripisyo.

“Six years na hindi ako tumanggap ng pelikula and then 2007, hindi na ako tumanggap ng teleserye.

“So you know, kung financial sacrifices marami na akong nagawa, e,” he said.

BEING A KAPATID. Edu was from GMA-7 before he transferred to TV5 again.

A lot of people say that it was very unproductive of Edu transferring to the Kapuso Network coming from ABS-CBN because there are shows that were promised to him but haven’t given to him.

“Hindi naman sa ipinangako,” Edu clears the matter. “It’s just that, sometimes kahit gusto mong i-expand yung mga tema or yung mga konsepto o mga programa, ratings war talaga, e.

“You know, ayaw mo talagang sumugal sa mga bagong konsepto kasi nalalaglag kaagad.

“Kahit sabihin natin na isang istasyon ang lumalamang, next week yung kabilang istasyon naman. Ayaw mo talagang lumaki yung difference in ratings dahil aminin na natin, it’s a business, negosyo. Lahat, e..

“In the case of competing studios, may mga stockholders na ‘yan, e. They have responsibilities sa kanilang mga stockholders. So, kahit minsan gusto nilang pagbigyan yung ibang konsepto, pag nalaglag ‘yan at naapektuhan ang advertising revenue. mananagot sila ngayon sa kanilang mga share holders.”

Edu was somehow contented with the offer that TV5 gives.

“Kaya nga nakagiti ako, e,” ang kanyang nasambit.

“Actually, as you know, sila nag-i-eksperimento talaga. Even yung konsepto nila, yung programming, iniiba nila to give people an alternative form of programming.

“Isa yun sa mga bagay na nagustuhan ko and sometimes it takes a while kasi nasanay na ang mga tao sa isang time slot na ‘eto lang ang ipinalabas. Sa ibang time slot, ‘eto naman ang ipinapalabas.

“Ngayong gusto nilang i-mix and hopefully, magustuhan ng mga tao.”

Edu signed a contract with TV5 but he don’t believe in exclusivity.

“Actually, its not it’s exclusive. It’s just that I respect that they’re investing good money in me and I should give them the same respect.”

LUIS’S POLITICAL PLANS. With regards to the controversy spreading that Luis has a plan of entering the politics, Edu said directly and without hesitation that he is not in favor of this plan of his son.

“I told him no,” he said firmly. “I’m strongly against it because he’s doing good money.

“You know, he’s working very hard. And he could render public service in many other ways. There is always a sacrifice.”

Edu believes that it is hard to enter showbiz and politics at the same time.

He explained, “Ako, hindi naniniwala na gagawa ka ng pelikula o telebisyon at  pagkatapos maghahandog ka rin ng public service. Madi-divide yung atensiyon.

“The people do not deserve it, lalo na ngayon, we’re such a divided nation.”

When he accepted the position in Optical Media Board (OMB), “sakripisyo talaga nong 2004,” he said.

Edu added, “Wala na akong pelikula ni isa. Kahit  talagang offer. I don’t accept films anymore because I want to give it my 100 per cent. And I don’t believe in yung sinasabing quality time. Hindi quality time talaga yun!”

What’s the reaction of Luis when you said that you were not in favor of him entering the politics? Would he consider your advice?

The host-actor answered: “Well, ano kasi e, maraming nag-u-udyok sa kanya.

“But of course, minsan nakakataba ng puso. But you know, you should allow your better judgement.”

Have you not been talking with Vilma Santos regarding your son’s plan to enter the politics?

“No, Vilma is entitled to her own opinion as I am entitled to mine.

“But I feel what is more important, Luis is 32 years old. He has to understand his ramification sa kanyang desisyon. Like halimbawa, hindi ka naging matagumpay sa pulitika, makakaapekto rin sa career mo, e.

“You have to understand na ang taong bumoboto sa iyo, buhay ang ibinibigay nila sa iyo. So, they deserve your unlimited time and attention.”

THE GIRL FOR LUIS. Which do you prefer for your son? Luis wouldn’t enter politics or that Luis will marry her present girlfriend, Jennlyn Mercado?

“A, siyempre, gusto ko makahanap siya ng babaeng magmamahal sa kanya.”  He answered quickly.

Does Jennylyn met your standards? Does Luis found the girl for her?

“Actually, nakilala ko si Jennylyn before na nakilala niya si Luis. Even sa case ni Angel…

“You know, you show me a child who shows a lot of love for their parents, I will always have a soft heart for that child.

“So, nakita ko si Angel and her father. Nakita ko si Jennylyn and her mother. Pero yun yung mga qualities na nakakalimutan natin sa ating naging propesyon o sa ating industriya.

“But ang dami nilang common likes ni Jennylyn, e.”

Edu is happy with the fact that Jennylyn and Luis has time for each other.

“You know, nagugustuhan ko yung fact na they’re spend a lot of time together, not only working together.  Iba yung nagtatrabaho kayo at iba yung meron kayong buhay sa labas.”

Have you and Jennylyn talked to each other?

“Nagugulat ako minsan kasi kapag nagpupunta ako sa ibang lugar at natataon nandun siya at nalalaman niya, agad na nilalapitan ako.  Kaya minsan, nagugulat ako kay Jen, e.

“So, I like yung attitude niya, yung quality na ‘yan.

“But at the end of the day, kung saan happy ang anak ko, doon ako.”

In what you see with Luis and Jennylyn’s relationship, you think he finally found the girl she would marry someday?

“Well, matagal ko na siyang hindi nakikitang masungit, e. Magandang senyales ‘yan, e. I hope so,” Edu said.

Rayver Cruz On Issue Of Girlfriend Cristine Reyes With Ara Mina: “Basta lagi lang akong nandito para sa kanya.”

For the last months, it was controversially issued that the showbiz couple Cristine Reyes and Rayver Cruz has already part ways.

The celebrity couple refused the allegations being administered to them and they did insist that their relationship is as smooth as ever.

According to an interview with certain media last Sunday inside the dressing room of ASAP Rocks, Rayver said that the controversies linked with them makes them a stronger and understanding partner for each other.

He said, “Same pa rin kami ni AA [palayaw ni Cristine]… Kung ano kami dati, ganun pa rin kami ngayon.

“Oo, siguro dahil din sa mga intrigang ‘yan naging mas matatag kami.

“Ako, para sa sarili ko, mas naging matatag ako.

“Saka hindi mawawala ‘yan, e, yung mga issues… Sa showbizness naman, pag di pa kayo, pilit paaamining kayo na, at pag kayo na, paaamining hiwalay na kayo.  Ganun lang naman talaga sa atin, kumbaga sanay na kami.”

The issue of separation shifted to the case filed by Ara Mina regarding her sister, Cristine with grave coercion and libel. What can his boyfriend say about this?

“Mabait na tao si Cristine. Basta lagi lang akong nandito para sa kanya,” he said.

He was last showed in Reputasyon as the leading man of Cristine. Ina, Anak, Kapatid was said to be his next project but he just plays a “support” role in the upcoming movie, together with him was Kim Chui, Xian Lim, Enchong Dee and Maja Salvador.

The role never became an issue with regards to the Star Magic talent.

He said, “Siyempre natuwa ako na after ilang months, start na ulit akong magtrabaho. Na-miss ko talagang umarte.

“Happy ako, excited dahil bukod sa primetime, mapapanod na uli ako ng tao na umarte uli.

“Ang nakakatuwa pa ’yung mga cast na kasama ko, mga kaibigan ko at magagaling silang mga artista kaya happy ako sa project na ito.

“Walang issue sa akin kung bida man o support lang, maganda yung role and very challenging, yun ang importante sa akin.

“Basta maganda ang proyekto at mga kasama mo mga magagaling na artista, mga kaibigan ko pa, masaya ako sa project an ito. Never naman na naging issue sa akin na kailangan palaging ako yung leading man.”

Rayver believes that there is no such thing as big and small role for professional artists.

He added, “Basta gawin mo lang ang trabaho mo nang maayos at ipakita mo sa kanila na karapat-dapat ka at yun naman talaga ang gagawin ko.”

Jessica Sanchez And Phillip Phillips Face Off On American Idol Finale

The face-off between Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips happened in the finale of American Idol Season 11.

A lot of Filipino citizens were excited and is interested to know what would be the result. In addition, they’re hoping that Jessica would win the battle this is because Jessica possesses a Filipino blood.

The mother of Jessica, Ms. Editha is a Filipino who was raised in Samal, Bataan. While her father, Gilbert, is a Mexican.

Jessica and her family lives in Chula Vista, California.

The finale was held in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California and the two finalists, Jessica and Phillip, underwent 3 rounds.

Initially, they sang the song that Simon Fuller, idol creator of American Idol, picked. Next were their own personal favorites since the season started. And lastly, there first single hit if they would be able to win in the face-off.

Simon chose “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston for Jessica.

While, “Stand By Me” of Ben E. King for Phillip.

In the first wound, it was Jessica who got the heart of the judges namely Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.

In the favorite performance part of the 2 finalists, Jessica for the 2nd time sang “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and celine Dion. Jessica sang it because it was the song that she performed in Las Vegas that make her enter the Top 24.

On the other hand, Phillip chose “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel in which he already sang during the selection of Top 10.

In this round, Jessica was the chosen finalist by Steven, Phillip for Jennifer Lopez and for Randy it was a tie performance.

In the last round or known as the individual original songs, “Changes Nothing” is the title that Jessica sang and “Home” for Phillip.

The composition by Jessica did not delight the judges but they say that Jessica executed the song very well.

A standing ovation from the 3 judges was received by Phillip after his last performance.

Although the judges already gave comments regarding the performances of Jessica and Phillip, still, the decision of who will win the face-off depends on the viewers.

Votes from the public majority will determine whether Jessica or Phillip will be the one proclaim as American Idol.

If we were be talking of voice, of whoever excels when it comes to singing, no hesitation it would be Jessica.

In the last 4 seasons of American Idol it was seen that all are white guy people who knows how to play the guitar are being proclaimed as American Idol winner – David Cook (Season 7), Kris Allen (Season 8), Lee DeWyze (Season 9), at Scotty McCreery (Season 10).

Aside from this observation, according to demographics, Phillip has a wide array of supporters coming from the teenagers and women that merely composes the American idol viewers.

If this would be non-stop, or no change would occur, then with that Phillip would be the 5th white guy with guitar that would be winning in American Idol.

The last woman contestant that was proclaimed as American Idol winner was Jordin Sparks last Season 6.

If there would be any competitive advantage that Jessica has over Phillip, aside from her voice, it would be the number of supports that she is getting from the Filipino people not only in America but also in the Philippines.

Surely, the votes coming from the Philippines would be a big help, especially many Filipinos are campaigning for the win of Jessica as the 1st half-Pinay of American Idol.

Bianca King Feels “very blessed” Because “work has been non-stop”

“Very, very blessed,” a statement which is perfectly fits Bianca King who since last year had been busy with her work.

The Kapuso actress mentioned and enumerates her continuous projects last May 19, at the event launch of Gatorade Low Carb at the amphitheater of Bonifacio High Street Central

Bianca said, “Since Captain Barbell (March 2011), my work had been non-stop, and soap operas pa.

“‘Tapos from Captain Barbell, I was pulled out to be the lead in Sinner or Saint (June 2011).

“And then a month after Sinner or Saint, which ended in October, I started taping for Legacy for its pilot week.

“And then, ah, I was taping for that…nag-overlap ang taping. I was taping for that in January, and January rin we started Broken Vow.

“Broken Vow is until mid-June, and then July ang Luna Blanca.”

The lady’s next soap is her biggest break to date.

With too much excitement, she tells the media that, “I’m Luna. I play the character of Luna in Luna Blanca.

“It’s my first lead on primetime. And it’s my first title role also.

“First time na nangyari sa akin na yung pangalan ng character ko, yun yung pangalan ng show…”

When asked to describe her character, she answered “headstrong” because “hindi naging hadlang yung dark skin niya…”

The TV series started airing last night, May 21, 2012, will showcase three generations of actresses namely Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey who will play the young characters; Bea Binene and Barbie Forteza will do the tween phase; and Heart Evangelista and Bianca King will portray the grown-up versions.

Bianca added, “For our generation, there’s no script yet, but the character of Luna is very bubbly, free-spirited, ah, child-like, and confident, even if hindi siya yung favorite ng mother nila.

“Siya yung tagapagtanggol ng weakling na sister, si Blanca.

“Blanca is the white one, the one na mas mahal niya yung parents, pero si Luna yung gumagawa parati ng paraan para matulungan yung family…”

THE SMALL PRICE OF HER ROLE. Yes, she’s going to have her skin blackened for the project.

The preparations might be harmful for her skin, but she has no doubts about playing a dark-skinned lady in the series.

“Starting na nga,” she cuts in, referring to the tiny freckles—a common problem among mestizas.

But vanity is the farthest thing from her mind.

“Ano naman yun, it’s a small price to pay for a role that’s so big.

“It really doesn’t matter when you have…because there’s bigger responsibility on your shoulder. It’s a small thing. They don’t really matter. What matters is that I deliver.”

DREAM ROLE. After playing roles that are “out-of-type cast,” Bianca says, “I’m game very game” to doing anything.

The 27-year-old star elaborates, “Actually, if you analyze the type of bida roles that I got here in Broken Vow and Sinner or Saint, hindi siya yung tipong bida role na madaling tanggapin kasi very deglamorized siya.

“And sa Sinner or Saint, I played a no read-no write babaeng hampaslupa na lumaki sa slums so I didn’t have my make-up on it, didn’t even brush my hair ‘tapos yung pananalita’t kilos ko, medyo may pagka-kanto girl.

“And plus I also had a child there. I got pregnant out of wedlock, so you know it’s not very wholesome…

“But for me, I’ve always considered myself edgy.

After playing Noemi Manansala, she’s now Melissa Santiago on GMA-7’s dramarama sa hapon.

Bianca resumes, “And then Broken Vow naman, a rape victim who becomes a battered wife so… and then I have a seven-year-old child here, and I play somebody much, much older than me. I play 49-year-old woman.

“So yun, it’s not ano, e… These are roles that you really have to be committed to, that you really have to be serious in your craft.”

Does she have any dream role?

Her reply: “I really want to do a female heroine that’s not a superhero. So something like Alias, something like Nikita, something like Charlie’s Angels, like that… So parang a female spy or a female secret agent.”

She’s also open to doing a romantic comedy.

Her mood changed when her rumored boyfriend was mentioned, Dennis Trillo.

What’s exactly their status?

She smiles and giggles for about a minute, and say, “We’re good…

Judy Ann Santos To Star In New Soap For TV And Big Movie Project For MMFF

Judy Ann Santos will be doing rounds in different malls in the Philippines particularly in several groceries to check or see the product she is endorsing, Lactum, milk for infants.

May 19, 2012, a live appearance of the actress was held in the Atrium of SM Megamall. In where, the “Build a 100% Panatag World” campaign was launched by Lactum and the press conference of Judy Ann has been opened for publicity. A number of present moms in the event got a chance to ask questions addressing the actress; in short they had a mini open forum.

Last May 11, the actress celebrated her birthday at Singapore together with her family.

“Nag-Singapore kami ni Ryan. With the two kids, parents ni Ryan, at kasama rin namin si Mommy.

“Ito pong linggong ito, magpupunta po kami sa Bataan. Para sa outreach program, para sa mga taong inaalagaan ko na mga Aetas. For the renovation of the school grounds, doon po ako naka-focus sa kanila.”

The birthday of Juday and the Mother’s Day were celebrated together when they had their Singapore trip. It was the gift given by her behalf, Ryan Agoncillo, together with a pair of dazzling shoes but Juday doesn’t want to give much detail of the shoes that was given to her.

“Palagi ko kasi siyang niyayayang pumunta ng Singapore. Kasi, si Yohan, gustong mag-Universal Studios at saka yung Sounds of the Sea.

“Bata pa lang si Yohan, memorize na niya yun and ngayon kasi, nakaka-appreciate na siya ng theme park. Tapos, malapit lang naman.

“Yun ang ni-request ko sa kanyang trip namin.  At saka, ang sarap kasing kumain sa Singapore. Kaya kumain ako nang kumain.”

Juday added, “Alam kasi ni Ryan na kapag out-of-the country, masarap din  na kasama mo ang mga magulang mo, ‘di ba?

“At tamang-tama rin, Mother’s Day, magandang kasa-kasama namin ang mga mommies namin at that time.”

They stayed for about 6 days and 5 nights in Singapore.

BACK TO SOAP WORLD. It was said that she will be going to start again in making and taping for a teleserye in ABS-CBN. Good thing is that they finally made her a ‘yes’ to tape again or do a soap again.

Juday said with a giggle, “Unang-una, kasama siya sa kontrata.”

She also added that, “Magsisinungaling pa ba ko sa inyo kung sasabihin ko na gustong-gusto ko?  Gusto ko naman.

“Hindi ko lang hinahanap yung puyatan. Hindi ko lang hinahanap yung schedule na araw-araw na halos hindi ka na makauwi, hindi mo na makikita yung mga anak mo.

“Pero yung ABS naman, guaranteed me na it’s not gonna be as hectic as before—noong dalaga pa ako.

“Sabi ko rin sa kanila, sa tunay na salita, wala namang pag-aarte na namumuo sa akin.  Hindi ko lang talaga kaya ang puyatan.”

It was said that Juday has a cut-off of 12 midnight.

Juday said, “Gumigising naman ako ng alas-singko para ayusin si Yohan sa school.”

It was Sam Milby whom she knows that she would be working with in the upcoming teleserye.

“Magkaibigan naman kami ni Sam.  Pero malalaman ko this week kapag halimbawa, natuloy ang storycon at look test, yun na siguro ang magiging final casting.”

“Siyempre, may mga tanong pa rin na kesyo ganito, kesyo ganyan.  Wala namang nahindian,” she said.

Aside from the time, are there any other requests in which she asked for before she accepted to do a teleserye again? Like, are there any demands?

“Actually, wala naman.  Yung cut-off lang talaga.  Ayoko lang noon yung ‘for airing’ palagi na taping.

“Kasi, parang buong buhay ko na-experience yan.  Memorize ko na yan kahit tulog ako.

“At saka kasi, kapag may airing na mamayang gabi, hindi mo na mapupulido yung trabaho mo.  Kasi, iniisip mo na kailangan, take one lang ‘to.

“Kakaisip mo nang kakaiisip, hindi mo na naitatawid nang maayos ang trabaho.

“So, yun lang ang nire-request ko na hangga’t-maaari sana, kung puwedeng i-can, naka-can siya para hindi ngarag, ‘di ba?

“Pag-uusapan kung hanggang anong month puwedeng i-can.  Kasi sabi ko, baka puwedeng ayusin muna natin ang istorya.

“Kapag okay sa management, saka natin i-shoot.  Para hindi rin tayo re-shoot nang re-shoot.  Kasi, ganyan ang nangyari sa amin sa Habang May Buhay.

“I-can natin, pero, huwag namang dalawang taon.”

CHOICE OF ROLES. In terms of doing a teleserye, does she requires a certain role or does she the one to choose in which role she likes most?

“Hindi, hindi. Lahat iyon under ABS, alam naman ng ABS kung ano yung mga carry kong gawin sa estado ngayon ng buhay ko.

“Sabi ko rin sa kanila, parang hindi na kakagatin ang love team sa teleserye lalo na kung ako ang gaganap.”

Juday is avoiding the possibility of losing time for her family especially with the project/s she is about to face in the near future.

“Kaya nga po kailangan na ano, naka-schedule nang maayos yung shooting kung saka-sakali mang mag-push through itong movie…

“Kasi iyon yung kailangan kong ayusin with ABS, kung paano ito magagawa nang hindi magpapatung-patong, kasi ang hirap pag wala ka ng choice.

“Ayoko namang magtrabaho nang malungkot ako, kasi hindi ko na nakikita yung mga anak ko.”

Judy Ann has an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.

“Sa TV production? Exclusive ako.”

GUESTING OUTSIDE HER NETWORK. How come that she was permitted to be the guest in the shows of TV5 like Talentadong Pinoy of Ryan and Sharon: Kasama Mo Kapatid ni Sharon Cuneta?

“Ay hindi… with ABS naman meron naman kaming… ano na lang yun, parang respeto lang din nila sa amin ni Ryan na hindi na kailangan pang ‘barilin’ kung halimbawang, mag-guest ako kay Ryan or kay Ate Sharon.

“It’s given naman na hindi ako ang nagsimula ng show e, kumbaga guest lang naman.

“Even with GMA, ganun din naman, hindi naman ako as in super-exclusive ng ABS. For teleseryes, I am exclusive with them.”

MEGA MOVIE PRODUCTION. Aside from the Cinemalaya entry of Judy Ann which is Mga Mumunting Lihim, it is also possible that she will make a big production movie. At first, she doesn’t want to mention what’s the title of the movie.

“May isang malaking project na mangyayari this year.  Ang hirap po, hindi ako makapag-announce kasi, hindi ko pa rin po nakakausap first hand ang mga producers.

“But definitely, it’s going be a big project.  At least for me.

“With the big companies and big stars as well.

“Hindi Star Cinema. Parang tatlong production e, ang magsasama-sama. I think ha, I’m not sure, kasi hindi ko pa rin sila nakaka-meeting nang maayos.”

Is it for Metro Manila Film Festival?

“Maaari, maaari…kasi sabi ko nga noong una, ang hirap ng Filmfest, ang ngarag,” she said.

An entertainment press guessed that it is possible that the movie Juday is referring to is for Metro Manila Film Festival entry. A collaboration of Bong Revilla and Vic Sotto in which, she will probably replace Ai-Ai.

Juday mentioned, “Ako lang naman, wala namang problema.  Susmaryosep! Hello naman! Ako pa ba naman ang… nakakaloka naman ako kung sabihin ko na pag-iisipan ko muna.

“Ang sa akin lang, gusto ko lang makausap yung company para malaman ko kung ano yung timeline ng shooting.

“Para hindi mag-overlap sa taping.  Siyempre kasi ngayon, nakasalalay na sa pamilya.  Sa mga anak, sa akin mismo.  Hindi ko na kaya yung araw-araw, oras-oras.”

Have Juday and Ai-Ai talked about this matter?

“Actually, natanong ko na si Ai-Ai about it.  Siyempre, hindi ko naman puwedeng i-divulge ang napag-usapan namin. Pero nabanggit nga sa akin na ‘Kino-konsider ka, bakla!’

“Tapos sabi ko, ‘Ay iyon, bongga!’”

“Tingnan natin, sana maging maganda yung  project.”

Maybe, Juday and Ryan will also have rivalry?

“Wala naman kaming isyu kay Rye pagdating sa mga bagay na yan… basta may pera. Ay!” she said jokingly.

“Hindi naman… I mean when it comes naman to acting and career, wala naman kaming isyu sa ganyan.

“Lahat naman ito e, trabaho, di ba? Kung anu’t-anuman pareho naman kaming magbe-benefit sa resulta kung saka-sakali at wala naman kaming isyu pagdating sa trabaho, as long as yung time for the family hindi nakakalimutan.”

COCO AND JOHN LLOYD. Will the proposed movie of Star Cinema with Coco Martin and John Lloyd Cruz, will push thru?

“Hindi ko rin alam e, kasi mas busy pa sa salitang busy yang dalawang binatang yan, e.”

Is she interested?

“Oo naman, oo naman. Basta siguro two years from now,” she said.

“Pag natapos siguro yang mga projects na yan, magpapahinga muna ako sa bahay ng mga tatlong buwan siguro kung saka- sakali.”

Jessica Sanchez Goes To Finals Of ‘American Idol’

Finally, Jessica Sanchez is going to be one of the official contestants of American Idol for the Finals round.

She is the first Filipino citizen who makes it up to the finale of one of the popular reality television singing competition.

The results were revealed last Thursday night (Friday in Manila), a day after the nationwide vote following performance night where Sanchez sang Mariah Carey’s “My All”, Aerosmith’s “I Dont Want To Miss A Thing”, and The Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.”

Jessica earned the bows of the judges for almost all the songs except for “Idol” judge Randy Jackson’s review that Sanchez’s third performance lacked the “moment-moment.”

She is a 16-year old American of Filipino and Mexican descent who competed against Joshua Ledet and Philip Philips for the Final Top Two round.

The show’s finale will be held on May 23 where the new “American Idol” will be crowned.

Atty. Felipe Gozon: “I will sell GMA Network for P100 billion!”

It was mentioned by Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, the Chairman and CEO of GMA Network, in his interview with the reporter Mary Ann Ll. Reyes of Philippine Star yesterday that he’s already open with selling the network, May 17, 2012

It was stated that GMA Network, Inc. is bargained by P100 billion.

According to Atty. Gozon, “I will sell [GMA Network] for P100 billion, and this includes the 23 percent held by the public.

“I will sign with my eyes closed.”

ACCEPTABLE OFFER. Last April, there were controversies that Manny V. Pangilinan, known as the chairman of large companies like TV5, PLDT and Smart Communications, of having interest in buying the said network offering an amount of around P45 billion.

However, Atty. Gozon uttered that it’s not only MVP who is showing or expressing his interest in buying the Kapuso network.

“There were others who expressed interest,” he said.

But in line with that statement, he refused to drop names of who are interested to buy the said company.

Atty. Gozon said, “Of course, Filipino conglomerate.

“GMA is very attractive and desirable not only to MVP.

“If we receive an acceptable offer, then we will sell our entire stake in the company.”

There were no negotiations going on with those people who are showing their interest with the Kapuso network.

But Atty. Gozon admitted that MVP has expressed his interest with the network, long time ago.

“The first transaction did not push through but his interest remained.

“But the company remains very attractive and desirable not only to MVP.

“There were others that expressed interest.”

INCREASING OUR REACH. Meanwhile, Atty. Gozon together with GMA Network President Gilberto Duavit Jr., and GMA Network EVP and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, as they continue on planning and thinking of possible and good strategies on how to enlarge more the Kapuso network.

They are planning and proposing to expand more the reach of their network in certain provinces.

Mr. Duavit said that, “We are moving towards the rural areas and increasing our reach in Northern Mindanao and portions of the Visayas.

“We acknowledge that ABS-CBN is ahead in terms of the rural areas but they were 10 years ahead.

“If you look at the Philtam (total nationwide), the difference is a lot more encouraging than we expected.

“It is not an insurmountable difference. We are looking at winning even in rural areas this year.”