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Vhong Navarro Speaks Up About Attack in BGC Condo

Vhong Navarro, comedian-TV host in ABS-CBN’s Showtime, denied rape allegations and claimed that he was attacked upon arrival in his friend’s condo.

In an exclusive interview in the talk show “The Buzz,” Vhong claimed that the event was staged to blackmail him into giving money. “They want me to give them Php 1-million. From 200,000 it went up to 500,000 until it reached 1-million and eventually 2-million.”

He said that they forced him to sign a police blotter stating that he raped Deniece Milet Cornejo, the alleged rape victim and his friend who owns the Bonifacio Global City condo unit where he was attacked. ”It was indicated in the document that they won’t pursue the case, that they won’t file complaints because we have a deal. The police blotter was designed to protect them in case I tell the authorities the truth.”

Vhong also mentioned the name of the alleged mastermind, Cedric Lee, who apparently, led the group who attacked him. “…I recognized him (when he went into the room). At first, he (Cedric) introduced himself and then he tied up my hands and feet. He shoved me to the floor and started hitting me.”

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Ethel Booba speaks up about Willie

Ethel Booba finally broke her silence on her feud with Wowowillie host Willie Revillame, who castigated her and fellow host Ate Gay on national TV over the results of a costume contest on the said show. “Hindi di ko siya (Willie) sinigawan,” she said. Asked who is lying, she or Willie, Ethel answered, “Siya (Willie). Witness ang mga staff at si Ate Gay. Alam nilang walang sigawan na nangyari,” Ethel said in an interview after the presscon of her new reality show, TV5’s “Boracay Bodies.”

Ethel admitted she never expected Willie to scold her publicly. She reported for work, feeling ready to call it quits. Ethel said she just wanted to just go abroad. “Feeling ko okay kami,” she recalls.“Sabi pa nga niya, ‘wag kang mag-alala, ipagtatanggol kita.” Ethel was referring to Willie’s reaction regarding negative Twitter messages the former showed to him the day he scolded her and Ate Gay.

Ethel also recalled that Willie raised his voice after she told him Ate Gay felt hurt over the results of the costume contest, where he chose the show’s choreographer Anna Feliciano as the winner. “Noong sinabi ko kay Willie na nagtatampo si Ate Gay , sabi niya, ‘Anong problema?’ Tumaas ang boses niya. Nagmura siya at sinabing, ‘Ang liit na bagay. Yan lang. Kung hindi ninyo gusto ang patakaran, lumayas kayo. Get out!”

Ethel was understandably shocked. She also denied that she confronted Willie in the dressing room over the matter. “Maling mali ang statement niya na sinugod namin siya sa dressing room. Teritoryo niya yon. Di totoo yon.”

Success and Willie. Ethel felt success has gotten the better of Willie. Ethel also notes that Willie has been sour since “Wowowillie’s” lost viewers to rival show, “It’s Showtime.” She added that she was controlling her feelings since Day One, when Willie blamed her for the brown-out that happened at the presscon of “Wowowillie.” At this point, Ethel still feels hurt and is not ready to patch things up with Willie.

Meanwhile, there is no bad blood between her and Ate Gay, who has rejoined “Wowowillie.” Ethel knows her friend just wants to make a career move and create a niche on TV5.
“Nag-usap na kami,” Ethel reveals.

Ethel is “The Diva” on “Boracay Bodies,” which premieres on TV5 on April 6, 9 p.m. Joining her are Brent Javier (“The Boy Next Door”), Victor Silayan (“The Lover Boy”), Luke Jickain (“The Wise Man”), Krista Miller (“Mysterious Girl”), Joross Gamboa (“The Jester”), Wendy Valdez (“The Righteous”) and Helga Krapf (“The Sweet Girl”). Phoemela Baranda hosts.

Ara Mina and Christine Reyes Reconciles

On April 1, both sisters posted photos on Twitter and Instagram showing them together and looking happy. Ara’s photo with her younger sister was captioned, “Just like the rainbow after the rain. A good thing will always happen after you experience the pain…. #sisters #blood #forgiveness #happiness #reunited.”

‘Gift of healing’. A very happy-looking Cristine also posted a photo of her arm around her sister, with the caption, “With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing…. #appointedtime #blood #forgiveness #sisters #happiness.”  The estranged siblings got together during a family gathering, a year since their rift. It can be recalled that Ara filed a libel and grave coercion suit against her younger sister last April 2012 “to teach her a lesson.” Cristine posted their family picture and captioned it with, “Happiness. Love. Family.” Ara posted the same photo with the caption, “Happy together again.”

A prank? Ironically, the photos went online during April Fool’s Day, which led some to think their reconciliation was just a prank. However, the photos also belied the suspicion, with Ara thanking her Twitter followers who sent well wishes her way. Photos by both sisters have been liked by followers up to 4,000 times.

Sunshine Cruz, cover for FHM’s April ish

When showbiz couples break up, they’re no different from you and me—except for the fact that the public gets to know all the dirty details of their relationship. That’s exactly what happened to Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano.

In January this year, actress Cruz claimed that she discovered that a number of her gifts to her husband (which included an iPhone 5) were in the hands of Krista Miller. Miller is Montano’s co-star in the film Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story. Cruz publicized her discovery via Instagram. Shortly after that, it was reported that she and Montano were estranged.

Cruz and Montano have been married for 13 years and have three daughters. Cruz is 35, while Montano is 50. When she married him, she left behind her showbiz engagements, only taking on bit roles from time to time. She concentrated on being his wife.

Flying solo or still “up in the air”?

 Alas, Cruz has said in more recent reports that she now considers herself a single mother. Though she didn’t directly say that she was giving up on Montano, pundits concluded that their marriage was practically over. Besides, it’s been said that Cruz and Montano are no longer living under one roof. Then again, there are also reports that say they’re back together.

Then, on March 26, FHM Philippines announced that Cruz was the cover girl of their April 2013 issue. She looks stunning in a dark one-shoulder swimsuit. This fueled the rumors that the Cruz and Montano were really calling it quits this time. Maybe only time will reveal the real score between them.

Mariel Rodriguez’s realizations

Experience, they say, is the best teacher. And Mariel Rodriguez has learned a lot about herself and about marriage from the hullabaloo that her jealous fit over husband Robin Padilla’s love scene with co-star Kris Aquino created. “I learned that hindi dapat masyadong impulsive,” she told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! in-between segments of TV5’s “Wowowillie,” which she hosts with main man Wilie Revillame, Grace Lee, Camille Villar and Arci Munoz.

Sometimes, without you knowing it, Mariel explains, your actions are already affecting a lot of people. Your emotions just carry you away and yout blurt out what you feel. “E ako , transparent. I express what I feel,” she goes on. That jealous fit, Mariel adds, has nothing to do with Kris, or even their “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” co-star nAnne Curtis, both of whom vowed never to get intimate with Robin on screen.

It’s all about how Mariel felt like a wronged wife who thought what she saw on TV was something that should happen only between her and her husband. “It was just shocking,” she recalls.

Not controlling Mariel wants to make it clear that she’s not the controlling type who wants to dictate on her husband. “To those who think na makitid ang utak ko, I say, ‘Hello! Robin and I have been married almost three years and isang beses lang ako nag react. I don’t even look at his scripts .”

Other people’s opinions about her, states Mariel, don’t count. But Robin’s attitude towards her does. And Mariel realizes how lucky she is because Robin takes her for what she is. “I realize all the more that marriage is for better or for worse. Tanggap ni Robin ang topak ko. He loves me for what I am.”

In return, Robin has Mariel’s total obedience in things big and small. She dropped by the recent Philippine Entertaiment Portal (PEP) sixth anniversary celebration and the launch of its PEP List 2012 awards to represent Robin, who can’t make it that day.

Mariel flew with Robin to Tawi-Tawi, where she embarked on a humanitarian mission in the midst of the Sabah controversy. She knew the risks involved, but Mariel didn’t care. All she knew was that Mindanao is close to her husband’s heart, and she must support him. “He laid down his cards before we got married,” recalls Mariel.

Robin didn’t force her to go to Tawi-Tawi. He even asked if she’s up to it. Mariel didn’t regret what she did. Seeing the happiness in our Muslim brothers’ eyes when they saw her was more than enough.

New purpose “Kahit may pinagdadaanan sila, our mere presence made them happy. Blessed ako kasi may purpose ako sa mundo, kahit for a while. That purpose is to make people happy, something we do here in ‘Wowowillie.’ But this one goes even deeper.” Mariel would have gone to Jolo on the day of this interview, but the pilots were suddenly barred from flying there.

Mariel would have loved playing her new role: that of a peace ambassador of sorts. “Hindi mo naman kailangan ng title para sa ano mang gusto mong gawin,” she smiles. This, and many other things she’s learning as Robin’s wife, are a wake-up call for Mariel. Now, she’s not just a wife. She’s also a peace negotiator, a stepmom, etc.

“Robin is spontaneous,” she observes. “Bukas, sasabihin niya na punta kami dito. You have to ride along.”
That’s just fine with Mariel, who admits being impulsive herself. The two are a perfect match. And everything – even their decision to postpone having a child of their own – is falling into place.

Now, Mariel can’t wait for her next adventure with the man she loves and will continue to love – no matter what others think or say.

Albie Casino respects Jackie; happy for Andy

Showbiz is such a small world. Actor Albie Casiño almost bumped into Jaclyn Jose, mother of his ex-girlfriend Andi Eigenmann at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City where the 29th Star Awards for Movies was held on Sunday, March 10.

The new TV5 actor accompanied Dawn Balagot, who was nominated in the New Movie Actress of the Year category for the independent film “The Animals.” Jaclyn, on the other hand, presented the Movie Actress of the Year award. They arrived at the venue almost at the same time.

In an interview before he left the venue, Albie said he “possibly” could have given his respects to Jaclyn had he known she was in the vicinity.

Unfortunately, Jaclyn was not open to the idea. “Ay, hindi ko siya gustong makita,” she said of Albie. Asked what he thinks of Jaclyn’s reaction, Albie said: “I respect that. It’s not comfortable with anyone involved. That’s her emotion and I respect that.”

Would he still approach Jaclyn if ever they have a chance meeting? “Ngayon na alam kong di siya comfortable, hindi na, di ba?” he replied.

Albie added that he understands where Jaclyn is coming from.

Although he is yet to speak with Andi and her daughter Adrianna Gabrielle, Albie is happy for his ex-girlfriend, now that she seems to be in a better place. “I’m happy for her. Good for her. No more negative energy and that’s good for everyone.”

Does he plan to iron out issues between him and Andi? “Honestly, I think I have made an effort na to do that. You said naman na Andi’s happy so I don’t think there’s any need to (add fuel to) the fire,” Albie replied.

What would he do if he bumps into Andi in public or in a showbiz event? “Okay lang po. I’ll say hi, I guess. Para sa akin po, there’s no more bad blood,” Albie said.

Now that he’s with TV5, the star of the upcoming show “Cassandra: Warrior Angel” said he didn’t move to a different station because of his issues with Andi. “It’s just what’s best for everyone,” he said.

Given a choice, where would he want to work, ABS-CBN and TV5?

Albie answered: “No comment. I don’t want to talk about it.”

Sunshine admits leaving conjugal home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the complete list of winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Tuesday afternoon, February 26, Anne posted:

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

PH Dropped from International Piracy Watchlist

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

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

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

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