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Ryan Bang ‘officially’ evicted “Showtime” Hurado

Although Dimples offered her seat to reinstate Ryan Bang as “Showtime” hurado last saturday, the show’s director declared this Monday that Ryan still is an ‘officially’ evicted “Showtime” judge.

“Bilang pagkilala sa resulta ng botohan, si Ryan Bang ay mananatiling burado bilang isang hurado. I hope everything is clear. Wala po kaming hinangad dito kung hindi magpasaya ng tao. I hope doon sa mga taong nagtatanong, I hope na klaro na po sa inyo,” a statement released by the “Showtime” director Bobet Vidanes.

He explained that the show’s viewer’s decision, particularly the text votes, must be respected. Ryan topped the “burado hurado” text votes which caused his eviction.

He also stated that even though Dimples voluntarily evicted herself for Ryan’s behalf, the show’s rules must be followed.

“Matapos maganap ang eviction noong Sabado, humingi po ng pagkakataon si Dimples Romana sa programa na mailabas ang kanyang saloobin. Napakinggan niyo po ang kanyang mensahe. Kung sa palagay niyo ay nagkaroon ako ng lapse in judgment, nagkaroon nang dahil sa kakulangan ng oras at sa panahon at nadala ako sa bugso ng damdamin, ipagpaumanhin niyo po. Pero sa huli, ang programa pa din ang magbibigay ng desisyon,” he said.

“At base sa eviction rules ng ‘Showtime’ ay hindi po namin maaaring payagan ang pakiusap ni Dimples na ibalik si Ryan Bang at siya ang pumalit sa kanyang iiwang puwesto. Si Dimples ay nag-voluntary exit na upang bigyang daan ang isang proyekto dito sa Kapamilya network ngunit ang programa pa din ang may desisyon kung sino ang papalit sa kanya,” he clarified.


Dimples Romana gives way to reinstate Ryan Bang as ‘Showtime’ Hurado

The actress, TV host and “Showtime” Hurado Dimples Romana announced in the morning show last Saturday that she will be out of “Showtime” starting Monday to reinstate Ryan Bang.

“Effective Monday, I will be out of ‘Showtime’ and Ryan will take my seat,” she said.

Dimples Romana and Ryan Bang in 'Showtime' (Photo from

Dimples graciously gave her seat to the “Showtime” Burado judge Ryan Bang as she was moved with the emotional farewell of Ryan in the show.

“I saw how much you love Ryan and since I still have my seat I think I have the power to give Ryan back my seat. Ryan will have my seat. Ryan is a good man he deserves so much more and I hope po na maging masaya kayong lahat sa pagbabalik ni Ryan,” she explained.

As she gave her ‘Hurado’ seat to Ryan, Dimples thanked the whole “Showtime” family on her last Hurado day.

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat sa inyo. Alam niyo po, ang hindi ma-vote out ang isang Hurado ng 5 linggo palampas pa ay sobra-sobra na pong regalo. Sobra-sobrang kabutihan na po ng buong ‘Showtime’ sa akin. Hindi ko na po magawang humiling ng sobra-sobra,” she said.

The emotional Ryan Bang acknowledged and thanked Dimples for the sacrifice she made in order for him to be back in the morning show. “Ate Dimples, maraming salamat po. Thank you so much. Maraming-maraming salamat,” he said.

The ‘longest-running’ “Showtime” judge Ryan Bang was evicted last Saturday. The show turned emotional as Ryan Ryan bade farewell to all of his friends in the show. The “Showtime” hosts, particularly Anne Curtis and Vice Ganda, became tear-eyed.


Maricel Soriano fails to attend a clarificatory hearing regarding physical abuse case

Maricel Soriano

The Diamond Star Maricel Soriano failed to attend the clarificatory hearing regarding on the physical abuse case filed by her previous house helpers namely, Mae Cachuela and Camille Acojedo. The said hearing was scheduled last Wednesday, October 5, at the Makati Prosecutor’s Office (particularly at the office of Fiscal Paulo Talban).

According to the report of Jen Cruz-Pastrana of from Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Mae and Camille were present at the said hearing together with their legal counsel, Atty. Tolie Estrella.

Everyone waited almost 3 hours for the presence of the diamond star yet she did not appear.

In an interview with Mon Tulfo’s radio segment, Atty. Estrella stated the importance of a clarificatory hearing into the case filed against Maricel. “Bale last week po, e, nagpasya po ang investigating prosecutor na si Paulo Talban na i-schedule po ang dalawang kampo para sa clarificatory hearing. Ang ibig pong sabihin nito is bibigyan ng pagkakataon ang bawat partido na linawin ang mga issues na malabo sa prosecutor bago niya ito pagdesisyunan kung anong kaso ang dapat isamapa laban sa respondent,” she said.

Atty. Estrella was shocked unto excuse sent by Maricel’s camp saying they were not notified. According to her, she had seen the actress’ legal counsel, Atty. Raquel Taguien, at the lobby of the Prosecuter’s office.

“E, gaya po ng nasabi ko, nabigyan kami ng notice. Actually, nakita ko pa nga ang legal counsel ng respondents sa lobby kaninang umaga. Laking gulat ko na lang nang nag-text na ‘we’re not notified’ daw, wala daw silang notice,” she added.

Furthermore, Atty. Estrella revealed that additional cases might be filed against the actress. In her statement she said: “Originally po kasi is, dahil nga sa panahon na ‘yon, e, wala pang legal counsel sina Mae. Ang isa pang kaso ay grave threat, oral defamation, tsaka physical injuries. Siguro blessing in disguise na lang dahil ‘yong complaint affidavit nila kapag binasa mo, kumpleto po ang elemento ng kidnapping and serious illegal detention, which is a graver crime. So, ayun nga, kung susuwertihin tayo, I hope papanigan tayo ng batas, is masasampahan ng serious illegal detention si Maricel Soriano.”

She later said that once Maricel is proven guilty of the said crime, she will imprisoned under “Reclusion temporal.”

“Reclusion Temporal is an Afflictive Penalty based on Revised Penal Code of the Philippines Book I Art. 25. This penalty is given to grave felonies, and the duration of which differs if its Reclusion Temporal in its Maximum, Medium or Minimum application,” based from the Philippine Laws.

This is the second time Maricel failed to attend any hearing regarding the physical abuse case filed against her. She had a no-show at her first meeting with her former house helpers last June 6, 2011.


Anne Curtis apologizes for her controversial “smoking photo”

Just recently, Anne Curtis’ cover for Rogue Magazine was criticized by the anti-smoking campaigners due to the inappropriate message it conveys to its readers most especially to the youth.

In the earlier reports, the President of Makati Medical Society, Dr. Elizabeth Ifurung-Gonzales, and the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) had stated their disappointment regarding this issue.

In an interview with 24 oras, Dr. Elizabeth Ifurung-Gonzales said, “Tinitingala sila, iniidolo sila ng mga tao especially ng mga bata and ang dating niyan kasi smoking is good, and smoking is cool, which is not.”

“You have all the power and faculties to greatly influence the attitude and behavior of the Filipino youth, please do not direct them towards tobacco addiction,” expressed by the PMA during an interview with TV Patrol.

With the controversy brought about by her pose (holding a cigarette while standing on a balcony in Paris) in the cover for Rogue Magazine, Anne Curtis, an actress and TV host, had apologized to all those offended by her ‘smoking photo.’

“I think it’s proper to really apologize to the people who were offended,” she said according to an ABS-CBN News report.

Anne also said that she understands why many people had criticized her photo.

“Siyempre, na-sad din kami because it was given that kind of publicity. But at the same time nai-intindihan naman din namin ‘yung point nila,” she added.

Furthermore, she made clear that she doesn’t smoke in real life.

“I do not smoke, so I do not promote smoking, just to be clear also,” she said.

‘Impostor’ receives nomination in 2011 International Emmy Awards

The ABS-CBN‘s afternoon TV series, “Precious Hearts Romances presents: Impostor”, received its nomination for the Best Telenovela category of this year’s International Emmy Awards.

“Impostor” will be contending against “Contra las Cuerdas” of Argentina, “Destiny River” of Brazil and “Lacos de Sangue” of Portugal for the Best Telenovela category in accordance with the International Emmy Awards website.

The awarding ceremony is going to happen on November 18-21, 2011 in New York. The International Emmy Awards is produced by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS).

Impostor is story based from a novel written by Martha Cecilia which depicts a young provincial woman “who was forced to take the persona of a well-known model.” It is starred by Sam Milby, Maja Salvador, Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco under the direction of Jerome Pobocan and Neal del Rosario. This TV series was aired last year from May to August.

According to ABS-CBN, this TV series succeeded to win the silver medal for the Best Print Art Direction in the Promax / BDA Awards in New York.

Laurenti Dyogi, ABS-CBN’s business unit head who is accountable for this TV series, released a statement following the nomination announcement of “Impostor”. “We are very thrilled. The nomination is an honor and a validation of our team’s efforts,” he said.

He also “Impostor” has been picked up by countries like Russia and Ghana and some European countries because of “its appeal and concept that appeals to the international market.”

Other ABS-CBN shows and actors were also nominated in this prestigious award-giving body. The following is a list of those nominations:

2011 Best News Nomination – TV Patrol for its comprehensive coverage of the Manila Hostage Crisis
2010 Best Telenovela Nomination - Dahil May Isang Ikaw
2010 Best Actor Nomination – Sid Lucero for Dahil May Isang Ikaw
2009 Best Telenovela Nomination – Kahit Isang Saglit
2009 Best Actress Nomination – Angel Locsin for Lobo
2007 Best News Nomination – Bandila for its coverage of the Subic Rape Case

For the record, ABS-CBN is the only Philippine media company that received a nomination in the Internal Emmy Awards.

Ruffa Gutierrez defends her mom against Nadia Montenegro’s allegation of child abuse

The actress and beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez had spoken to defend her mom against the recent accusation of Nadia Montenegro that she (Annabelle Rama) is a “child abuser”. In an interview yesterday with Paparazzi Showbiz Exposed, a showbiz talk show of TV5 network, Ruffa said that she was shocked with the news.

“Actually, na-shock ako because yesterday [October 1] nabasa ko sa diyaryo na my mom was being sued for child abuse by Nadia Montenegro. I found it very disgusting. I didn’t wanna talk about this pero for me I want to defend my mom and answer on her behalf,” Ruffa said, “Nadia sued my mom kasi the hours daw were so long.”

According to Ruffa, Nadia Montenegro’s daughters, Alynna and Annika Asistio, were one of the many artists managed by Annabelle Rama. She also revealed that Nadia begged for her mom’s approval to take her (Nadia’s) daughters in and that she and her brother Raymond strongly opposed to Nadia’s request since her mom already had many talents to manage.

“Unang-una kasi sa lahat, ang dami nang talents ng mommy ko. Ako pa lang, si Raymond, at saka si Richard, busy na siya sa schedule niya. So, I already told her (Annabelle), kahit na maraming nag-a-apply sa mommy ko, na huwag nang tumanggap ng talents kasi marami na masyado,” she said.

“My mom wants to help people. She’s such a good heart. Every day kasi nagmamakaawa si Nadia para kunin yung dalawang anak niya para i-manage ng mommy ko. And me and Raymond we’re like, ‘Huwag na, kasi marami na nga kami.’ It’s not gonna be an asset to our company, but it’s gonna be a detriment pa. It’s gonna be detrimental pa for the company kasi hindi naman sila kilala and kailangang i-build up pa,” she added.

But despite their strong opposition, Annabelle decided to take Nadia’s daughters in.

“So, yun, naawa ang mommy ko and yung dalawang bata mahilig mag-artista, pinasok ng mommy ko ngayon sa TV5,” she said.

Nadia Montenegro recently complained Annabel Rama for the reason that her daughters had long hours of work. Ruffa objected and said, “in the first place kung minor ang mga anak mo, hindi mo na sila pinag-artista. Kung gusto mo silang patapusin sa pag-aaral, sana hindi na lang kayo nagmakaawa sa mommy ko.”


Kim Chui shares her excitement as Maja Salvador joins in ‘My Binondo Girl’

The young actress Kim Chui shares her excitement that her best friend, Maja Salvador, is joining in “My Binondo Girl,” a hit TV series from ABS-CBN where Kim portrays the lead role.

Kim Chui

“Ang saya kasi dati, ang show lang na nagkikita kami is ASAP. Ngayon, aside from the normal na chikahan sa ASAP and tambay sa bahay nila, magkakasama pa kami sa work,” said Kim during an interview with

Kim also added that it will be fun if Maja will be one of the cast because everyone will be happy, specially, Matteo Guidicelli, Maja’s boyfriend. She said: “Mas fun kasi nandito na rin si Matteo (Guidicelli) at ‘yung iba pa. Mas masaya na kaming lahat.”

She also revealed that she and Maja hugged each other when they knew Maja will be joining the TV series.

“Nagkita kami sa ASAP and nagsigawan kami kasi na-confirm na nga na papasok na siya sa ‘My Binondo Girl.’ Nag-hug kami and hindi kami makapaniwala. Excited kami,” she said.

Furthermore, Kim told that it is her dream to be working the Maja in a project and that she will be learning a lot of things from Maja.

“Dati hindi pa ako artista, napapanood ko na siya. Pangarap ko siyang makasama kahit sa sayaw lang. Ngayon, magkakatapat na kami sa dramahan. OMG, hindi ko maisip!” Kim uttered.

“Masaya kasi kakaibang experience. Kasi dati, ang trabaho lang namin na magkasama is kanta o sayaw sa ASAP. Ngayon, aktingan na,” the excited Kim Chui said.


Anne Curtis plans to re-launch “Shop and Share”; denies rumors of transferring to another network

To help the Filipinos affected by Typhoon Pedring, Anne Curtis and Angel Locsin are ready to re-launch their online auction site, “Shop and Share”, which features showbiz personality items up for bids. The Actress and TV host Anne Curtis revealed to the public regarding their plan of re-launching their charity project which was launched before to assist the needs of the families affected by Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng.

“Angel and I are ready anytime. Everything is just prepared, at anytime we are just here to help kapag kailangan,” Anne said during an interview in an ABS-CBN morning talk show “Kris TV” yesterday.

Anne also said that more than a million pesos was raised throughout the launch of their online site last 2009 and proceeds were given to Philippine Red Cross. The remaining unsold items from their previous launch were sold during their follow up project which happened soon after Christmas and the money raised from it was kept for emergency purposes.

“Shortly after, for Christmas naman, we had a follow up. We had mga bazaars where we were able to get P300,000 naman dun sa mga items na di pa namin nabenta online. ‘Yung iba hindi pa namin ibinibigay. For emergency purposes na baka may mangailangan ulit,” she said.

In an interview with, the sexy actress and “Showtime” host clarified the rumors about her transfer to another network next year.

Not true. Basta masaya naman ako sa ginagawa ko sa ABS-CBN, hindi ako aalis. Viva (the talent agency) knows na as long as I’m happy sa binibigay na work ng ABS-CBN, hindi ako aalis. Happy ako. Sobrang happy. Wala namang usapan na nangyayari,” Anne said.

Just recently, Anne’s solo album, entitled ‘Annebisyosa’, was released under Viva Records. This is her first ever debu album in which according to her is a dream fulfilled.

Camille Prats faces ordeal with husband’s sudden death

The actress Camille Prats tried to keep herself calm and strong even if her husband, Anthony Linsangan, passed-away on Friday, September 23, because of nasopharyngeal cancer. Anthony was rushed to the hospital on Thursday due to difficulty in breathing.

“Okay naman, medyo… siyempre mahirap. Pero siguro, the family, ako, medyo nakita… hindi naman nakita, pero hinanda naman namin ang sarili namin na kung sakali man na dito papunta… Pero siyempre, mahirap pa din,” said Camille during a talk with media men on Saturday.

She also added that she was shocked that her husband’s death would happen earlier than expected. “Hindi ako makapaniwala kasi napakabata (niya). Kasi that time he’s turning 30 parang hindi totoo. It’s not possible for someone his age to acquire a disease like that. It could just be viral infection. When we found out that it was cancer, hindi ako makapaniwala but of course, we had hope. Kaya kami nag-resort to treatment and all those things, kasi nga we had hope that he will get better at kakayanin niya. Kasi nga bata pa siya,” she said.

She also shared how they found out that Anthony had Stage 4 of nasopharyngeal cancer, “Mga around June, kasi we got married March of last year, so mga June, medyo masakit na yung jaw niya sa left. Tapos nagkaroon na siya ng parang lymph node or nagkaroon na ng bukol so we had that checked. Siguro until mga… from June, we started doing check-ups around June until September.”

The former child star mentioned she never showed any sign of weakness while her husband underwent chemotherapy. She said: “Buong course ng treatment niya hindi ko pinakita sa kanya na umiyak ako, wala talaga…Tinry ko na hindi ipakita sa kanya…I’m sure he was drawing his strength from me, so I never showed any sign of weakness. Through God’s grace, through a lot of prayers, kaya ako ganon.”

“The entire year na nagpapagamot siya, he has gone through so much pain. Hirap na hirap na hirap na hirap na talaga siya na minsan, hindi ko alam kung ipagdadasal ko ba na pahabain pa yung buhay niya pero ganito, or kung kunin na lang siya para hindi siya mahirapan. So, hindi ko na alam kung alin dun yung hihilingin ko. But more than that, I was really praying for a miracle that he will get better,” Camille said.

Moreover, Camille stated that Anthony still showed support in her recent showbiz project in GMA Network even though he was sick. “‘Yung sa ‘Munting Heredera,’ when I got that project, that was May, he was still perfectly healthy…He was all-out supportive. Even when he was sick, he would record the show…even in and out of the hospital, he required a flat screen… wouldn’t miss the show. Even when he was sleeping a lot, he still recorded everything,” she said.

Camille also admitted she has been trying to understand why such incident has happened to her yet still believes that everything was God’s plan. “A lot of people tell me, may dahilan ang Diyos pero hindi ko pa talaga naiintindihan, ang bata pa ni Nathan (their 3-year-old son). Never ko na-imagine na ganito mangyayari sa akin. When I see other people, couples at my age, [I ask] why it just had to happen,” she said.

Anthony’s burial is scheduled tomorrow, September 27, in Manila Memorial Park, Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Baron Geisler gets back in Showbiz after Rehab

Baron Geisler

A month after his release in rehab, the actor Baron Geisler is starting a new life outside rehab. With his first comeback project, he said his is excited to be back in showbiz. He will star in this week’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) episode.

“I’m so happy that I’m back. They made me feel very welcome after more than 6 months ako na walang trabaho and then ito ‘yung maaabutan ko, puro ngiti,” said Baron at the set of MMK in Parang, Marikina.

The actor also feels excited on his role in the MMK. Together with him in this episode are actresses Ina Raymundo, Nina Jose and Sharlene San Pedro.

The Actress Nina Jose gave comments about her working relationship with Baron. “Sobrang mabait at super gentleman ni Baron. I admire you so much, you’re such a talented actor,” sabi ni Nina.

Just recently, Baron got out rehab due to alcohol addiction. With his showbiz comeback at present, he said he is grateful for the trust given to him and guaranteed the public that he will not be sip too much of alcohol again. “Wala muna, I don’t have any plans to drink because I’m in work mode now,” he said.

Baron is also hoping for betterment of actor Jiro Manio who is still in rehab due to drug use. “Jiro is a very good actor. I bet he is on his way to recovery,” he uttered.

Meanwhile, Jiro Manio’s manager, Director Maryo de los Reyes, also asked the people to give Jiro a second chance to get back in track of their showbiz career.

“Everybody deserves a second chance. Kung binibigyan natin sila Christopher de Leon, sila Al Tantay. Ito ngayon, si Baron Geisler. Bakit hindi din pagbigyan si Jiro?” Director Maryo said.

Aside from ABS-CBN Management headed by Charo Santos, Baron also gratified his manager Arnold Vegafria who is currently managing all his cases in court at the moment.

Source: ABS-CBN