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praybeytJose Marie Viceral also known as “Vice Ganda”, who would have know that this stand-up comedian will ladder up his career into a much higher position. The comedian first earned his reputation and popularity in the noontime show “SHOWTIME” it was a big break for him.

After that, projects and endorsements came after him and so do being a main character on the film. Vice stills feels that he’s dreaming after his film entitled “Praybeyt Benjamin” gained a whapping Php327M in ticket sales making it the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time.

A thanksgiving party was held during the Wednesday night to celebrate the film’s success. In attendance in the event were the cast of the film, including Jimmy Santos, Eddie Garcia, Vandolph, Nikki Valdez and Derek Ramsay.Star

ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio and Cinema Managing Director Malou Santos also graced the event to show their support.

“Dapat lang na mabait ako at pinagpala ako, ang daming blessing. Sa Star Cinema at VIVA Films maraming salamat. Sa lahat [ng crew], totoong damang-dama ko ang pagmamahal niyo sa akin kaya pinili kong ‘di magpakabigat sa inyo, bigayan lang ‘yan,” Vice said.

Jose Marie Viceral a humble successful comedian. Full of words of wisdom that will surely enlighten others life. Versatile person who speaks with mind and not with his mouth, an agile person who keeps every one laughing with his unbeatable “pambabara”, and most of all an unbeatable horse on the race track of showbiz.

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.

SOURCE: PEP.ph

‘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.

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 Push.com.ph.

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.

SOURCE: Push.com.ph

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

‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank’ to represent the Philippines in 84th Academy Awards

In the 84th Academy Awards, the Filipino Film ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ will represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The confirmation came from a FAP (Film Academy of the Philippines) source of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

The film’s lead actress Eugene Domingo had won over other films. Through an online interview with PEP, Eugene shared her thoughts about this news. “Marlon Rivera called me up and told me about the Oscar news and I laughed so hard because I thought it’s crazy! We were also ecstatic until we all realized it is a big honor that definitely needs a bigger campaign! We will pray for it. I hope that the ‘woman in the septic tank’ gets to wear a gown and walk on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre! Who knows?” she said.

The FAP source also said that most of their member had chosen ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ against other films. Through this, our very own Filipino film will compete for the Best Foreign Language Film category nomination in the 2012 Oscars.

Based from the PEP’s FAP source, the following films were also considered:

  • Rosario, a period drama film directed by Albert Martinez and produced by Cinemabuhay (Rated A and shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival last December)
  • Senior Year, coming-of-age story directed by Jerrold Tarog and produced by Digitank Studios (Rated A and shown on March 9, 2011)
  • Presa, prison drama film directed by Adolf Alix Jr. and adjudged the Indie Film of the Year during the Metro Manila Filmfest satellite indie filmfest (not submitted for CEB rating)
  • Dalaw, horror film directed by Dondon Santos and produced by Cine Media and distributed by Star Cinema (Rated B and shown during the 2010 MMFF)

‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ is a comedy portraying the day of three ambitious filmmakers and the portrayal of creative imagination at play. It is directed by Marlon Rivera, a first-time filmmaker, and written by Chris Martinez.

This film had won numerous major awards, five to be specific, during the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last July 2011. Among the awards are

Best Actress (Eugene Domingo)
Best Director (Marlon Rivera)
Best Screenplay (Chris Martinez)
Audience choice award
Best Film in the New Breed

This movie is also starred JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Cherry Pie Picache and Mercedes Cabral.

SOURCE: PEP.ph

‘My Neighbor’s Wife’ heats up the cinemas today

This year’s controversial sexy drama film ‘My Neighbor’s Wife’ is showing today in cinemas nationwide with R-13 rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. The lead stars Dennis Trillo, Lovi Poe, Jake Cuenca, and Carla Abellana, set to catch the eyes of many movie viewers with their sizzling love scenes and chemistry in the film that focuses in love, deception, and marital infidelity, produced by Regal Films, written and directed by Jun Lana.

(From left) Dennis Trillo, Lovi Poe, Jake Cuenca and Carla Abellana

The story revolves in two modern couples (Jake and Carla, Dennis and Lovi) who have different lifestyles. Jake and Carla play the role of the rich couple, Bullet and Jasmine. Bullet is said-to-be a co-owner of a bar and Jasmine is a housewife. However, Dennis and Lovi are the working-class couple, Aaron and Cielo. Aaron is medical-school graduate who fails in business ventures thereby gets a loan from Bullet to finance his auto-repair shop. Cielo is a medical representative who loves luxury items to complement her looks. The four characters become close friends yet their friendship turn sour because of their marital infidelity.

The stars admit they have grown more as actors and have conquered their fear through the mature role they portray in the film. Like the case of Carla Abellana, this has been her first time to be daring in a movie or a show and she got through it with the help of the entire cast and crew.

It is also noticeable how the lead stars fit the characters that they portray. With Lovi’s sexy and alluring body, she is able use her physical assets and combines it with the different aspects of the Cielo’s like being sensual, sensitive, impulsive, humble, funny, persevering which results to an exact portrayal of Cielo. In the movie, Carla is exactly what Jasmine is. Her calm personality paired with the character’s good-natured and kindness, with a bit of a jealous and revengeful housewife, she made her way to also stand-out in this movie. The hunks, Jake and Dennis, added sizzle to the story.

The movie also entails the characters’ lives after the marital infidelity.

Sam Concepcion acts as Peter Pan

The teen actor Sam Concepcion takes another big leap in his career as he gets the main role as ‘Peter Pan’, a musical show co-produced by STAGES and Repertory Philippines to be directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jaime Del Mundo.

“I am excited to work with everyone. It has been a while, since I performed for a musical. I have been raring to do this,” says Sam as he express his excitement for the upcoming musical which will start showing on September 29 up to October 30 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

This musical show is somewhat like a milestone since it is an Asian premiere of this Peter Pan version and the first time STAGES and Repertory Philippines collaborated a show. Peter Pan is a timeless tale by Sir James Barrie about a boy who never grew up.

“People tell me I am like Peter Pan because even if I am already 18, people perceive me still as that young boy who starred in that sinigang mix commercial. I am thankful that I have been given this big opportunity to star in a grand production like Peter Pan,” adds Sam.

The young performer has starred in numerous shows namely, High School Musical, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He takes on his theater comeback through Peter Pan along with the stars Michael Williams (as Hook) and Tippy Dos Santos, another ABS-CBN star, (as Wendy) with Cara Barredo (as alternate).

“Aside from singing, dancing, and acting onstage, which I have been doing ever since I was young, I am excited that I get to fly in this musical. It will be a fun, full of flying show and I assure everyone that this production will be the ultimate family show,” says Sam as he gives details of the ‘Peter Pan’ role.

Moreover, Sam shares motivation for challenging himself continuously through given opportunities.

“I’d like to continue to challenge myself into doing bigger things and it’s a given (naman) that we do projects like that… abroad, go international, release albums abroad. As the years progress… especially this year, it has been one of the best years for me (kasi lahat nagawa ko),” says Sam in an interview with PEP.ph.

Maja Salvador reveals her involvement in Matteo-Coco fistfight

The actress Maja Salvador has released a statement that she was the cause of Matteo GuidicelliCoco Martin’s fight last Saturday after the Fifth Star Magic Ball held at Rigodon Ballroom, The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

Maja salvador at the Star Magic Ball 2011

In an exclusive interview with an ABS-CBN entertainment news and talk show, The Buzz, yesterday, the actress had stated her involvement in the said fight. Thereby she concisely said, “Opo. Lahat naman po alam na yun. Opo.”

When she was asked about the current status between her and Matteo, Maja also revealed that she is “in a relationship” with the actor. “Opo Tito Boy [may relasyon kami ni Matteo]”, she said.

Yet she added that after the incident occurred last Saturday, she is now unsure about their relationship. “Pero pagkatapos po nang nangyari kagabi, hindi ko po alam kung saan pupunta,” Maja said.

Based from a source of “The Buzz”, the fight began when Coco was alleged of kissing Maja in the lips at some point of the after party at the Salon de Ning in Makati. Long before hand, hereby the source added, Matteo had been jealous of Coco from the time when he (Coco) was paired with Maja in “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”, an ABS-CBN television series which ended last August.

On the other hand, Maja had disconfirmed the said news that Coco had kissed her. She refused to give details about the incident and pleaded for the public to concentrate or think more of her film ‘Thelma’ than this issue, “Siguro po huwag po muna siguro ngayon. Sana po sa ‘Thelma’ na lang muna tayo mag-focus.”

Maja Salvador portrayed the main role in ‘Thelma’, an indie film showing on September 7, 2011 and directed by Paul Soriano. Included in the cast list were Techi Agbayani, John Arcilla, Eliza Pineda, and Jason Abalos.

For the time being, there had been a resolution regarding such incident between the two actors according to The Star Magic Management. In their released statement, they said, “What happened was just a simple misunderstanding. Both Coco and Matteo are sorry it happened. Everything has been resolved.”

SOURCE: ABS-CBN

Arci Muñoz’s next big TV5 project

Arci Muñoz

After her successful dramaserye Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak, Arci Muñoz is set to be the lead actress of the first-ever daily soap of TV5 Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa which will be aired next month.

In an interview with PEP.ph during the program’s story conference at the Shakey’s Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Arci gives details about her unexpected big project in the said television network.

“Actually, nagulat ako! Kasi, ang sabi pa sa akin ni Sir Perci [Intalan, TV5 executive] nung nagkita kami nung cast party ng Nagbabagang Bulaklak, sabi niya, ‘O, Arci, magpahinga ka muna. Rest ka muna kasi after Nagbabagang Bulaklak hindi pa namin alam ang [next show mo]. ‘Pero, for sure merong kasunod, merong kasunod ‘yan. Hindi ka naman mawawalan,’ ganyan. Sabi ko, ‘Sir Perci, kung puwede lang tuloy-tuloy talaga, e.’ E, nagkatotoo talaga! As in after Nagbabagang Bulaklak kasi hindi naman ako totally nagpahinga, kasi I have guestings, I have hosting jobs. So, ayun, nagulat ako na agad-agad, tumawag si Tita Annabelle [Rama, Arci's manager], ‘O, ‘day, meron ka ng susunod na project, Felina.’ Okey, sige. ‘Tas parang two days after she called, meron agad na mga fitting, lahat, itong story conference na ilang beses pang na-move… And finally, ito na, ito na siya,” she said.

Moreover, the TV5 princess also admits that she can’t help but feel pressured as she plays the title role of the said daily soap but at the same time hopeful for the program’s success, “Siyempre, yung pressure nasa akin, di ba, kasi yung title mismo, nasa akin yung title nung mismong show. Siyempre, di lang naman ako magdadala ng show, di ba, marami kami. There’s Carla [Humphries], Leandro [Muñoz], and Tita Pilita [Corrales], para sa akin malaking oportunidad din na makatrabaho ko yung mga wonderful people na ito. And I know naman with their help, magiging successful ang show namin, basta maging happy lang kami sa set, [and] maging smooth flowing ang lahat.”

Though pressured on the outcome her next project, Arci feels comfortable being paired, for the first time, with the actor Leandro Muñoz.

SOURCE: PEP