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Heart Evangelista, in love and war

Actress’ mother Cecile Ongpauco, breaks her silence demanding an apology from Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero for being allegedly disrespectful and arrogant and for “manipulating” her daughter into “going against the family.”

Mrs. Ongpauco says her daughter is a “victim,” she said, and called out to Escudero again to “leave my daughter alone.”

In an interview with the Inquirer Wednesday afternoon, Ongpauco said Evangelista, the youngest of her six children,left her (the actress’) condominium unit in Makati City. The Ongpaucos have their own unit in the same building.

“We don’t know where she is,” the actress’ mother said, adding that before the misunderstanding, she had a “beautiful relationship” with her daughter.

“We were together almost every day. She would cook breakfast for me and her dad (Rey Ongpauco). We were OK,” she said. Mother and daughter were last seen together when the actress renewed her talent contract with GMA 7 early this month.

Heart’s parents are very worried since they believed thaat their daughter is“still young and innocent, overprotected as a child.”

Evangelista (Heart) “does not have a mature mind and still thinks like a young girl,” the mother said. “She is easily swayed by people who prey on her insecurities and lack of confidence.”

Ongpauco added: “My husband decided to come forward and discuss the issue because he can no longer take it. This is the first time he’s speaking publicly in all the years that Heart has been in show business.”

Mr. Ongpauco in an interview with TV Patrol said that he didin’t find anything good where the senator is considered aside from their reasons: Escudero’s inability to give Evangelista a church wedding since he could not yet remarry in church after being annulled to singer Christine Flores, was also an alcoholic.

Heart’s father pleaded that before anyone, she should think of her family first.

Meanwhile, Chiz’s response in a text message to the Inquirer on Tuesday, the senator said in Filipino: “It is enough to say at this time, that, even though I am slightly involved, as much as possible, I don’t want to meddle in the misunderstandings between parents and their daughter … I am not part of show biz. I don’t combine work with my personal life and I don’t allow anything personal to affect my job.”

The actress supported Escudero, saying, “Chiz and his family have shown me nothing but goodness and affection. There is no reason for them to get dragged into this.”

The actress added this was not the first time her parents had publicly showed their disapproval with her relationships.

She said she “gave in” to their wish for her to leave actor Jericho Rosales because “I wanted them to be happy … but now I believe I already have the right to decide how to live my life, who to love and to be with.”

Hayden Kho & Vicki Belo, taking it slow this time

Hayden Kho remains coy about the status of his relationship with celebrity doctor and ex-girlfriend Vicki Belo. Recent sightings of the two together in various events and functions have made people and the press speculate that they’re back in each other’s arms after their controversial break-up February of last year.

However, the returning actor said he and Vicki are “taking it slow.” “I can say na naaayos na. But gaya ng sabi niya, we’re really taking it slow. I agree with her na it’s really unhealthy for us to put a label on our relationship,” Hayden told the entertainment media in an interview at the 29th Star Awards for Movies on Sunday, March 10.

Hayden added that they’re happy with whatever they have right now. “It’s a process,” he said. “We’ve been going out as friends—as really close friends,” “The Bride and The Love” star explained. “It’s just enjoying each other’s company. We’re taking it one step at a time.”

‘It’s private’. Asked if they’re in love again with each other, he answered: “Yung mga ganyan, it’s private. It’s personal.”

Despite being together as a couple and as friends for quite some time, Hayden still finds Vicki’s company “delightful.” “I think sa almost eight years na kaming magkasama, I think may mga discoveries pa rin kami sa isa’t isa. Kasi kahit matagal na kaming magkasama, meron pa rin kaming napaguusapang bago,” Hayden shared.

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.

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.”

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.

Melai talks about ex, Jayson and her closeness to Kris Aquino

Melai Cantiveros is up against public pressure, now that ex-boyfriend Jason Francisco is courting her again.

But Melai is not budging and will not be rushed. “Maraming ayaw, marami ring may gusto, yung mga Melasons (Melai and Jason’s fans). Pero at the end of the day, ikaw pa rin magdedesisyon kung sino yung tinitibok ng puso mo, kung ready ka na ba magmahal ulit. Kasi kung hindi ka pa ready, may chance na masaktan ka ulit at ayaw ko nang mangyaru iyon ulit,” she said at the press conference of ABS-CBN’s new gag show “Banana Nite.

Uncertain future. Melai said she and Jason have remained friends.

“Maghintay na lang siguro siya kung kalian ako magiging okay. Hinay-hinay lang siguro ako muna ngayon. Palagi rin naman siyang andiyan.” Melai noted that Jason has changed, saying that he has become more caring. Before, they would always fight.

Melai is now close to Kris Aquino who promised to sponsor her wedding gown if she decides to walk down the aisle. Kris has also given Melai gifts. “Marami nang naibigay sa akin, tulad ng mga dress niya na hindi na niya nagamit. Then, gift checks, mga camera. Sabi ko lang, Ms. Kris, ‘Ang ganda naman ng camera mo.’ Sabi niya, ‘Ay, I’ll give you.’ Binigyan niya kaagad ako, pang-mayaman iyon. Sobrang nafi-feel ko na special kami kay Ms. Kris,” Melai said.

The special attention from Kris makes her elated. “Sobrang saya. Para akong nanalo sa lotto. Na-fifeel mo na favorite ka talaga niya. Tapos tinatawagan ka sa cellphone. Isipin mo kapatid siya ng president at ang mukha ng mama at papa niya nasa pera!”

“Banana Split” airs nightly with “Banana Nite” starting Monday, February 25, after “Bandila.”

No drama between Angelica and JLC

Angelica Panganiban’s life is too “perfect” these days that she refuses to be affected by petty rumors about her relationship with John Lloyd Cruz.

Refuting speculations that there is trouble in paradise, she pointed out that she and Lloydy are so compatible that they don’t even fight.

“Siguro ‘yung nagiging problema namin [ay] wala kaming issue… laging okay. Laging nagtutugma ‘yung mga gusto namin,” she told “The Buzz” on Sunday.

Lack of time for each other due to their busy schedules doesn’t pose a problem for them either.

“Hindi naman namin napag-aawayan. Nung una tinatanong ko siya, ‘Ganyan ka ba talaga ka-sikat? Kasi sobra kang busy!’ Parang wala talaga siyang time. Nagkikita lang kami ‘pag weekends.

“‘Pag nagkikita naman kami, talagang sagad! Sinusulit talaga namin ‘yung oras,” she related.

Their relationship remains strong because they are not only lovers but she considers him her best friend. “Wala kaming dapat itago sa isa’t-isa, so relaxed na relaxed, lahat puwede naming pag-usapan,” she added.

Jealous Phase And The Need For Vase

Her young relationship with John Lloyd has changed Angelica’s outlook like how she gets jealous, which she described as “pa-sweet.”

The 26-year-old Kapamilya star, a self-confessed Lloydy fan way before she fell in love with him, fondly recalled, “[Nung] isang beses nadaanan namin ‘yung ‘One More Chance,’ tapos may kissing scene sila ni Bea (Alonzo)… Para talaga akong ‘yung hindi mo maintindihan. ‘Yung taong mahal mo parang ang hirap makitang may ibang babaeng sinasabihan niya ng ‘I love you.”‘

In her previous relationship, Angelica added, “Sobra kong supportive. Nanonood ako ng love scene ng dati kong jowa. [Ngayon] hindi ko kaya talaga. In love na in love ako. Sobra.”

Nevertheless, she stressed that she will not interfere with Lloydy’s work.

Another “first” for Angelica is receiving flowers from her sweetheart. The actor brought flowers – “[na] parang nabili lang niya sa isang gasoline station” – to her home one time, and she didn’t have a vase for it “kasi hindi ako nabibigyan ng bulaklak.”

She added, “Hindi ko alam kung pa’no mag-appreciate ng gano’n. Simula nung naging kami, bumili na ‘ko ng mga vase, sobrang daming vase, kasi may ilalagay na ‘ko!”

Matteo Taking It Slow With Jessy

Containing his feelings for Jessy Mendiola is hard to do but Matteo Guidicelli insists on taking it one day at a time with his leading lady, dismissing the possibility of romance between them anytime soon.

“Kami ni Jessy, sobrang close kaming dalawa. If there’s friendship, we are a little above that,” the “Paraiso” actor revealed in his live interview on “The Buzz,” Sunday.

“But not yet lovers?” host Boy Abunda asked Matteo, to which he agreed.

Matteo also addressed the issue of a photo that shows Jessy hugging him from behind.

The photo, posted by Twitter user @TG_Cebu on Feb. 2, shows a woman, who is said to be Jessy, giving Matteo a sort of bear hug. The caption read: “Matteo at Jessy kaninang umaga stolen shot whats the meaning of diz ♥.”

And? “Yes, it is Jessy, no other than Jessy Mendiola,” Matteo admitted.

In a separate interview, Jessy spoke of the rumored romance.

“Agad-agad kami na? Hindi ba pwedeng ligawan muna?

“Si Matteo kasi… ewan ko, siguro antay-antay muna kami.”

The Kapamilya actress revealed that Matteo has been singing what could be deemed as songs that are pregnant with meaning.

“Minsan kinakantahan niya ako. Pupuntahan niya ako sa set, lalapitan niya ako, ‘Alam mo, I have a song for you.’ Ako naman parang, ‘What’s your song?’ ‘Take it slow…’ Tapos maya-maya kakanta, ‘I have a song for you.’ Tapos maya-maya ‘It Might Be You’ na naman ang kakantahin niya.”

Jessy, though her Instagram account senorita_j, has also been posting her and Matteo’s photos together; something that has further fanned the flames, so to speak.

Matteo, for his part, believes that “everything, especially love, has to be taken slow and carefully” because “[the] slow things are the things that really last long.”

Nonetheless, the actor-athlete described Jessy as “amazing.”

“That’s why I’m controlling myself because I might just fall in love again… [I want to take it] very slow,” he said.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Matteo shared his plan of spending it with Jessy. “We are going to go watch a concert together.”

Discussing his state of heart, Matteo couldn’t label his feelings for Jessy as yet.

“Let’s just say, one year na kaming magkasama ni Jessy and ‘yung mga pinagdaanan namin, I don’t think it can be replaced or I could forget because the things we’ve gone through, sa isla sa ‘Paraiso,’ all the emotions that we’ve given to each other, I’m never gonna forget and it means so much to me,” he said.

Asked if he is already in love with her, Matteo said: “Let’s just say [I'm] getting there… We’ll never know when that day comes. Like what I’ve told Jessy, ‘let’s just take it slow.’ So we’ll see.”

Matteo’s last relationship was in 2012 with Maja Salvador while Jessy was most recently linked to JM de Guzman.

Derek and Nadine find each other interesting

Rumors have it that Derek Ramsay and “Kidlat” love interest Nadine Samonte are carrying their on screen romance over to real life.

The two stars reportedly disappeared on the set of “Kidlat,”  without so much as a by your leave to anyone in the production team.

Derek and Nadine denied this in separate interviews at the thanksgiving party TV5 threw for the fantasy-action series’ outstanding performance, ratings wise.

“Ano kami bata?” Nadine protested. “Hindi kami tumakas.  Nagpapaalam kami sa production (staff).  At pag umaalis kami ni Derek, kasama ang mga staff.”

Derek, who sat in a separate chair away from Nadine repeated the same thing.

“Lumalabas kami kapag lunch break at kapag nasa area kami (ng mga restaurants).”

Derek, now popularly known as Kidlat,  adds that he and Nadine  haven’t dated on their own.  They always have company (e.g. co-star Baron Geisler).

But the mutual attraction is there.

Derek describes Nadine as interesting, someone he’d love to know better.

Meanwhile, Nadine admits that she and Derek enjoy each other’s company. And she welcomes the idea of knowing him real well.

“Gusto ko matibay ang foundation ng relasyon namin. Ayaw kong pumasok sa sitwasyon na pag may  negative (na sinabi) about him, masasaktan ako.”

Yes, she admits they’ve asked each other private questions. But the status of their relationship is not one of them.

But the fact that Nadine asked Derek pointblank if he’s seeing someone and if something special exists between him and Cristine is already a good sign  for the romantics out there.

“Ayaw  kong pumasok sa isang situation na  magulo. Iwas ako sa gulo,” she explains.

As for  Derek, all he has to say is that he finds Nadine interesting.  Interesting enough to want to know her better.

“Only time will tell if (the relationship) will grow,” he adds.  Derek would rather cross the bridge when he gets there.

If and when that magical moment comes, Nadine  promised that she’ll be more more than happy to  announce it to the world.

“Kung kami, sasabihin namin.  Pareho kaming single. Honest ako. At sa showbiz, walang namang maitatago. Lalabas at lalabas yan.”

Now you know why Nadine exudes a special glow  and Derek himself is keeping his cards close to his chest.

“Malalaman natin kapag nandiyan na,” he says.