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Jobert Sucaldito: I respect ABS-CBN’s decision on Willie

MANILA, Philippines – Entertainment columnist and host Jobert Sucaldito said Tuesday he respects the decision reached by the management of ABS-CBN and Willie Revillame after their closed-door meeting Monday. 

“Ako kasi ang laging posisyon ko dito is that whatever ang maging desisyon ng management, we will have to respect it kasi they know better,” Sucaldito said.

Sucaldito’s alleged constant criticisms were the source of Revillame’s latest ire that led to the controversial “Wowowee” host resigning from the program. 

In their Monday meeting, Revillame apologized to the ABS-CBN management for his on-air outburst on May 4 over his rift with Sucaldito.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by ABS-CBN, Revillame also apologized for his failure to report to work since May 5. In turn, ABS-CBN management accepted Revillame’s apology. 

Both parties also agreed that Revillame would take an indefinite break effective immediately, but his contract obligations with ABS-CBN will hold. This disallows him to perform similar work for any person or entity in direct competition with ABS-CBN. 

The statement said that at some point, ABS-CBN management and Revillame will discuss what will be in the best interest of the viewing public.

ABS-CBN News asked Revillame for an interview, but the host declined.

Robin Padilla has temporarily replaced Revillame, but he is set to step down as host on Friday. When sought for reaction, Padilla said: “Tayo po ay nandito para huwag pong maapektuhan [ang saya] na dinudulot ng ‘Wowowee.’”

On Tuesday, Cesar Montano told abs-cbnNEWS.com that he has received an offer to host “Wowowee” for 2 weeks, similar to Padilla’s stint. ABS-CBN, however, has not made a final decision on whether Montano would take over as host.

Robin finds it hard to say goodbye to ‘Wowowee’

MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla is leaving popular noontime show “Wowowee” with a heavy heart.

The action star, who is set to step down from his hosting job on Friday, admitted that it will not be easy to say goodbye to  the “Wowowee” staff and the show’s viewers.

“Malungkot din kasi naiba na ‘yong buhay ko dito sa ‘Wowowee,’” Padilla said. “Lalong lumalim [ang] pagmamahal [ko] sa mga naghihikahos [nating] mga kababayan.”

Although he is not closing his doors to hosting “Wowowee” full time if Revillame decides to permanently leave the show, Padilla reiterated that Revillame should return to the program.

He also wished that Revillame and Jobert Sucaldito will be able to iron things out before he leaves the show.

“Titingnan po natin ang mga susunod na pangyayari…. Sana bago ako matapos sa Biyernes ay hawak ko na ang balikat ng dalawa. ‘Yon lang ang pangarap ko,” he said.

When asked what he plans to do during his last 4 days on the show, Padilla replied: “Marami po kayong mga sayawan na makikita at kantang ihahandog. Gusto ko din siyempreng magbigay ng handog kay Liezl (Sicangco, Padilla’s former wife). Magbigay ng awit. Abangan ninyo po.”

Charice to Appear on “Glee”?

During the Philippine launch of Charice’s international album which was held at Glorietta 4 park this afternoon, the new pop princess dropped a hint about a certain “surprise.”

Fresh from the success of her international album on the Billboard charts, Charice graced the Glorietta 4 Park in Makati this afternoon to formally launch the album in the country which is distributed locally by Warner Music Philippines. Her fans were delighted to witness Charice perform some songs from her album live. These songs are “Thank You,” “Reset,” the Ryan Tedder song “I Did It For You,” “Nobody Singin’ to Me,” “I Love You,” the David Foster song “In This Song” and her hit single which topped the Billboard Dance/Club chart, “Pyramid.”

During the mini-concert, Charice mentioned a certain “surprise” that according to her, “will surely delight her fans in the coming days.” That’s why during the short press conference after the show, some reporters asked for some hints regarding the “surprise.”

“Basta in na in po siya ngayon,” she said.

So speculations among the members of the press popped instantly that Charice might appear on the top-rating musical tv series “Glee.” Glee is currently the most popular tv program in the US that some Hollywood stars expressed their interest to appear as guests on the hit tv show.

If ever it’s the “surprise” that Charice dropped during her album launch earlier, it will be another milestone for the young diva who already appeared on a Hollywood movie and numerous talk shows in the US.

‘Here Comes the Bride’ Rakes in P42.1 Million on its Weekend Debut

Quantum Films, Octo Arts Films and Star Cinema’s “Here Comes the Bride” topped the local box office race on the weekend of May 12 to 16, 2010.

 

According to third party tabulator, Box Office Mojo, “Here Comes the Bride” starring Angelica Panganiban, Eugene Domingo, John Lapuz, Tuesday Vargas and Jaime Fabregas scored a whopping P42.1 on its weekend debut on May 12 to 16, 2010.

The Chris Martinez comedy captured the no. 1 spot at the box office beating erstwhile leader, Iron Man 2, which settled in second place with P29.58 million gross. The Donyan-starrer, “You to Me are Everything” came in third with P23.43 million.

3 debuting Hollywood movies occupied the 4th to 6th position namely Robin Hood (P18 M), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (P10.44 M) and The Last Song (P8.21) respectively.

Charice: A Rising Asian Popstar in the US?

MANILA, Philippines – Her 2nd international single, “Pyramid,” has already reached the top of the latest Billboard dance/club play chart, but singing sensation Charice still shies away from the possibility that she might become the first Asian top pop star in the United States.

“It’s really hard to go international, so that’s why I’m not expecting it right now. I love the record, but I don’t know if it will go far,” Charice told New York Daily News.

The Daily News told the singer that she might be the first Asian to become a major pop singer in the US if her recently released self-titled album turns into a bestseller there.

If it happens, Charice said it will not only be a “really big privilege for me” but a “big responsibility” as well. “It would show that Asians are really talented and can make it everywhere.”

In the interview, the 18-year-old pint-sized Filipino singer expressed surprise that many Americans were shocked by her huge voice. She said in the Philippines “it’s not such a big deal because there are a lot of little people there and a lot of them have big voices.”

“It feels weird to me that people are so surprised. But I do think, it’s one of the reasons I made it,” she said.

Charice also narrated how she made it in the international music scene and how Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres discovered her talent.

Charice officially launched her 1st international album on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on May 11.

Keith Delleva & Velasco Brothers Advance to the Grand Finals

Guitarist Keith Delleva and breakdancers Velasco brothers officially filled the fifth and sixth finalist slots and will compete in the much-awaited grand finals of the biggest nationwide talent-reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent.”

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During the live results night held Sunday, the 13-year old teen from Pasay City garnered the highest number of text and online votes with 23.95 percent, which gave him a sure shot at the finals.

The brothers from Batangas were the second most voted act with 21.83 percent followed by child crooner Rolando Ng III of Cagayan De Oro who got 20.89 percent of the total votes.

Judge Freddie M. Garcia aka FMG was once again faced with the tough task of deciding who between the two will take the other finalist slot after fellow judge Kris Aquino voted for Rolando and Ai Ai Delas Alas going for Velasco Brothers. In the end, FMG gave his vote to the world class break dancing act.

Kris, upon hearing FMG’s decision, burst into tears feeling sorry for Rolando thus, she made it up to the charming little boy by offering him an acting stint in her primetime series “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.” She said she can play the role of baby Michael, the role Kris’s son James used to play.

“Rolando, you will have a program in ABS-CBN,” FMG also quipped.

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Keith and the Velasco brothers will join other finalists Jovit Baldivino, Ruther Urquia, Allan “Alakim” De Paz, and Markki Stroem. These six finalists, who happened to be all males, will be part of the top 12 who will battle it out in the grand finals. So far acts who made it to the finals range from goosebumping song performances, jaw-dropping magic tricks, electrifying guitar exhibition, hilarious puppet shows, and a rld class dance act.

This week, the fourth batch of semi-finalists will battle it out for two finalist slots. Don’t miss the 4th live semi-finals of “Pilipinas Got Talent” this Saturday (May 22), 7:15 PM, and on Sunday (May 23), 8:15 PM, on ABS-CBN. Studio 23 will be airing these episodes a week after every Saturday and Sunday, 6 PM to 7 PM.

Kris Aquino to leave ‘The Buzz’?

MANILA, Philippines – Television host-actress Kris Aquino, youngest sister of winning presidential candidate Sen. Benignoy “Noynoy” Aquino III, has hinted that she might leave her top rating weekly entertainment show, “The Buzz.”

“To my Buzz staff, let’s enjoy the next six weeks, okay? I love you all,” Kris said on Sunday.

Kris’s statement has sparked speculations that she is indeed leaving the show after Noynoy’s proclamation on June 30. The actress, along with her 3 sisters, is scheduled to meet the bosses of ABS-CBN on Tuesday to discuss her decision to give up some of her shows.

Kris said she is willing to make the sacrifice in order to help Noynoy fulfill his campaign promises. She declined to make public her decision, saying she will announce it in due time.

Kris is hosting “The Buzz” and “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.” She is also part of a daily soap opera and “Pilipinas Got Talent.”

Kris said she is making this sacrifice for the sake of her family and as a fulfillment of her promise to her mom, the late former president Corazon Aquino, to look after her siblings.

“Mom is happy and mom knows that her kids, si Ate (Ballsy), Pinky, Noynoy, Viel at ako, ay mas lalong naging close dahil sa experience na ito,” Kris said.

She added: “Alam namin kung paano tapak-tapakan at mabatikos kaya mag-iingat po kami para wala kayong makitang kapintas-pintas sa amin talaga.”

Dubbed as the Queen of All Media, Kris is considered one of the bankable stars in show business.

Willie Revillame speaks up with regards to his alleged resignation as Wowowee’s main host!

std_willieMANILA, Philippines – Controversial “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame has appealed to his supporters for understanding as he continues to contemplate his next move in terms of his career in show business.

Revillame, who made the “I’ll quit” threat on his show, admitted that he is still thinking whether to continue hosting “Wowowee.”

Revillame promised that the public will know his decision.

“Basta ako malalaman naman ng lahat kung ano ang magiging desisyon ko. Siyempre may takdang panahon para diyan. At kung malaman nila ‘yon sana maintidihan nila ako kung ito pa ang gusto kong gawin o hindi na,” he told TV5’s new celebrity show, “Paparazzi.”

He added: “Sana maintindihan nila ako dahil may pinagdadaanan ako ngayon. Meron din akong dapat na gawing desisyon sa buhay ko. Pinag-aaralan ko lahat. Pinag-iisipin ko lahat. Kung baga kinakausap ko ang sarili ko. Kung baga ano bang dapat kong gawin, ano pa bang gusto kong gawin sa buhay ko.”

It was Revillame’s first television interview after taking a leave of absence from “Wowowee.”

“Hindi ko nami-miss ang programa. Nami-miss ko ang tao,” he said.

During the interview, Revillame refused to discuss his public tiff with Jobert Sucaldito. He also vowed not to get affected by constants criticisms thrown at him.

“Tapos na yan. Wala naman akong galit kahit kanino…. Ngayon iba na ang pananaw ko sa buhay. Kung gusto ninyo akong sabihan ng hindi maganda, hindi ko na kayo papansinin… … lahat ng tumitira sa akin sa Twitter hindi ako concerned doon. Tsaka hindi ko pinapansin ‘yon kahit tirahin nila ako araw-araw,” he said.

Revillame said he would instead focus on helping his kababayans and making other people happy.

“Paparazzi” aired Revillame’s interview on Sunday amid speculations that he might transfer to network TV5.

TV5’s musical variety show, “PO5,” also paid tribute to Revillame by performing some of the controversial host’s songs.

Coco Martin stars in “Noy : The Movie”

noyposter1Coco Martin topbills “Noy”, a film about dreams, hope and heroism. Also starring Cherry Pie Picache, Erich Gonzalez, Joem Bascon, Vice Ganda, Baron Geisler and an array of the best performers in different generations. Helmed by Dondon Santos, “Noy” is produced by CineMedia and distributed by Star Cinema.

Charice launches International Debut Album alongside Justin Bieber

0MANILA, Philippines – International teen singing sensation Charice appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on May 11.

Charice, who turned 18 on May 10, returned to the popular US show for the 4th time and formally launched her first international self-titled album.

Before her performance, the show featured Charice’s life story from the day she started singing until she reached her dream to perform internationally with various popular artists like Andrea Boccelli and Celine Dion.

Charice’s international career started after her appearances on “The Ellen de Generes Show” and on Oprah’s show.

“She is one of the most talented young people we’ve ever had on ‘The Oprah Show.’ We first met her two years ago, a gifted little girl from half way around the world,” Winfrey said.

After looking back at Charice’s life, Oprah welcomed the teen singer on the stage.

Below was the conversation between Charice and Oprah at “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Oprah: Can you believe it’s only been two years ago.

Charice: I can’t believe this, it’s amazing.

Oprah: Now you have your first album?

Charice: I’m really, really excited because this is actually my first ever Pop-RnB album because I’d been singing you know Whitney Houston’s songs and Celine Dion’s songs, and now, I can’t believe that these are my own songs, I’m really happy.

Oprah: Does it feel like it’s a dream come true for you?

Charice: It is. I didn’t expect all of these, that all of these are gonna happened to me. All these are happening to me because a lot of people actually helped me and you are one of them. Thank you so much.

Oprah: You’ve worked a lot with the legendary songwriter and producer David Foster. What kind of advise has he been giving you?

Charice: I’ve learned a lot from Mr. David and we are working a lot, but the best thing that he always tells me is that it has to be great.

Foster, who was also there to accompany Charice, turned emotional as he bared that Charice asked him to be her godfather.

The show also showed Charice’s home which she bought for her mother Raquel.

Charice then performed her hit single “Pyramid” with Iyaz and ”In This Song” with Foster.

Charice’s first global single “Pyramid,” already reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Aside from Charice, Canadian hit singer Justin Bieber also guested on the show.