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When jokes lead to insult

Mo Twister quickly reacted on Ogie Alcasid’s spoofed version of his abortion video. In a portion of Ogie and Regine’s Valentines Concert held yesterday, February 14, 2012, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the couple made their video diaries relating their experiences as a couple especially in times of misunderstandings. In the songwriter’s video, Ogie fakes his cry as he talks in american accent.

The audience laughed well because it depicts the video diary of DJ Mo Twister which went viral over the internet last year.

Mo Twister, who is currently in New York, learned of the spoofed video and easily posted a message over twitter saying: “Just heard @ogiealcasid made fun of me crying in the abortion video. Classy move bud. Didnt you just have a child? Glad, its alive.”

“hey guys, dont worry bout it. i’m sure he got a good laugh out of it. a few kids dying is pretty fucking funny. unless its his @ogiealcasid”

Mo also answered a statement by one of his followers. “exactly. at times i feel like the only people who understand how hard it was are parents who have lost children. so much is made bout careers being ruined, etc. nobody knows how much i fought to keep it alive. there is a darker deeper story here yet no one gets how hard and miserable it was to go through it. everyone mourns differently and you never get over it. I have a sick daughter now and after losing the last one, you just look for avenues for something to hold on to. I go back to the hospital, i take pictures of where it happened, i hold on to anything I have left. People will never understand,” he said.

Randy Santiago, producer of the ‘Mr. & Mrs. A’ concert, was interviewed by Pep.ph regarding the issue.

“Hindi naman siya ‘yon. Siya ba ‘yon? Wala naman kaming sinabing siya, a! Bakit siya nag-react? Siya ba ‘yon? Kamukha ba? Kahawig ba niya? Hindi naman, a!” Randy jokes.

A Dream Come True

The Annebisyosa No Other Concert was indeed a dream come true for Showtime host Anne Curtis. Her first and last concert was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Saturday,  January 28, 2012.

Accourding to Anne, it was really her dream to have one solo concert in a big venue such as the Araneta Coliseum. This dream came into reality despire the fact that the TV host isn’t really a singer. Anne proved her fans that she is really a performer. She dazzled throughout the night in her outfits courtesy of her friend and stylist Liz Uy.

Anne got a lot of support from her friends who shared the stage with her. Some of them are celebs Luiz Manzano, Vhong Navarro, Rico Blanco, Ira Cruz, Sam Milby, and Sarah Geronimo. Sister Jasmine Curtis-Smith also showed her all-out support to her sister as she wishes have her own ‘dream come true.’ Anne also did a showdown with Showtime co-host Vice Ganda. Solenn Heussaff, Isabelle Daza, Georgina Wilson, Karylle, Ryan Bang, and Jhong Hilario also went up the stage to show off their dance moves. Included in the guests are Anne’s No Other Woman co-stars Cristine Reyes and Derek Ramsay.

Although not performing on stage with Anne, friends showed their support to her as part of the crowd. Among them are KC Concepcion, Jessy Mendiola, Jed Madela, Megan Young, Danica Sotto, Chesca Garcia, Annabelle Rama, Gab Valenciano, Tim Yap, Joanne Quintas, Divine Lee, Victor Basa, Rajo Laurel, and Raymund Isaac.

Cloie bonds with KC and Garie

Cloie Syquia-Skarne, daughter of Gabby Concepcion and Jenny Syquia, had a chance to bond with her sister KC Concepcion and Garie Concepcion. Although Jenny and Gabby’s breakup was a rough one, Jenny didn’t spare Cloie the chance to get to know her helf-sisters. The sisters were able to spend time together as they watched the Katy Pery Concert. According to Cloie, she was able to enjoy the Kary Pery Concert because the artist is one of her favorite singers.

KC is the daughter of Gaby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta, who is now the wife of Senator kiko Pangilinan while Garie is the daughter of Gabby Concepcion and Grace Ibuna, who is now the partner Iggy Arroyo. Although born with different mothers, it seems that the sisters are getting along well.

Cloie and her mother are here for a vacation. She is also to sign a contract with Viva Group of companies which will handle the modeling career of Gaby’s teenager. They had a meeting with Viva Big Boss Vic del Rosario last January 24, 2012.

Cloie now adopts the surname of her step father Filip Skarne.

David Archuleta is Coming Back to the Philippines for an Acting Career

It is confirmed that American Idol alumnus David Archuleta will arrive in the Philippines on January 13, 2012 and this time, it is not for singing but for an acting career.

David recently signed a contract with TV5. He will do a primetime series for the Kapatid Network with actresses Jasmin Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero. According to Cristi Fermin on “Paparazzi”, the details of the show such as the title and the time slot will soon be announced in a later date. In the said primetime series, David will play a love triangle role with Jasmin and Eula.

It seems like the Kapatid Network is working its best to climb up the rankings. It has spent a lot of money on acquiring big stars such as Sharon Cuneta, Willie Revillame, and Maricel Soriano. And now, they have an American Idol alumnus to help them with the ratings.

Meanwhile, David Archuleta earlier announced that he would be leaving the singing industry for a while to do a fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.

“It’s not because someone told me that I’m supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because of the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life. It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always followed, try to follow in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I’ve learned to trust that feeling. I’ve learned that I need to answer when He calls. And that’s the reason I know that I need to do this in my life,” Archuleta said.

His Mormon mission is not yet set at this time but he revealed that it would be early this year.

AnneBisyosa is Now a Platinum Record

TV host-actress Anne Curtis received a Platinum Record Award for her AnneBisyosa debut album last December 11, 2011.

According to the operations manager of Odyssey, AnneBisyosa has been number one and continues to be in demand in their store.

Marketing consultants of Astro also sent a congratulations messages to Anne for the success of her debut album. They are hoping that Anne will release more songs in Astro.

Anne Curtis, who was regarded by Piolo as “breakthrough diva of 2011” took the stage to sing Alone, a song popularized by Celine Dion. Sam Milby also went up the stage to give Anne the bouquet of flowers.

Anne expressed her appreciation to her fans saying “Thank you! Nagdala ba kayo ng earplugs today? Live na live po yan, hindi ni-record!”

Anne said that she didn’t really expect that someone will buy her album. It has been her dream to be a singer, and now, her dream finally came true.

“Sobra lang akong happy. Hindi ko talaga in-expect na may bibili ng album ko. Sa lahat ng bumili ng album ko, thank you. Sabi nga nila, ang tanging album ko lang ang hindi pinirate. Thank you sa inyong lahat. Dahil diyan, nagka Gold [Record] ang album.”

As a surprise, Piolo called in the executives of Viva Records to present the Platinum Record Award to Anne Curtis who immediately handed the bouquet to Piolo so she could carry the award

At the same stage, Anne revealed her upcoming concert on January 28, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum entitled “AnneBisyosa- No Other Concert” where she will have Vice Ganda and Sarah Geronimo as guests.

Jolina Magdangal and Mark Escueta Ties the Knot!

Singer-actress Jolina Magdangal and Rivermaya Drummer Mark Escuta exchanged “I Dos” yesterday, November 21, 2011 at around five o’clock in the afternoon. The private Christian Wedding was held at Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club in Laurel, Batangas

The couple intentionally didn’t announced the exact date and place they are going to get married because they wanted the wedding to be a very private one.

The groom was evidently tensed as he waits for his bride before the wedding but experienced a sudden jolt of excitement as he sees Jolina walk down the aisle while Moonriver was playing in the background. Jolina can’t help but cry while she takes her steps to a new life with husband Mark Escueta.

The couple wasn’t able to prepare their wedding vows beforehand because there are no exact words that could ever be said to express their love for one another. They say their vows spontaneously, filled with all the emotions they are keeping inside their hearts. The wedding guests were very touched and moved with the vows the couple exchanged. Jolina and Mark’s happiness were so obvious at that time.

“Ikaw ang pinakamagandang regalo ni God,” said Jolina. “Sabi ko, sasabihin ko na lang kung anong nararamdaman ko para sa iyo. Lahat ng nandito, lahat ng in-invite natin dito, alam nila kung gaano kita kamahal,” she adds while tears run down her cheeks. She jokes, “Pagpasensyahan mo na kung minsan naghihintay ka ng limang oras dahil nasa banyo ako. Kung matangkad at mestiza lang ako, promise three minutes lang ako sa banyo. Pasensya ka na kung minsan, ang daldal ko…”

Jolina addresses Mark as her “bestfriend” and “kakampi.”

Mark’s wedding vow was likewise filled with emotions that he even cried as he says that Jolina is the light of his life.

The couple’s dream honeymoon trip is to Alaska for them to witness the famous Northern Light, also known as the Aurora- a very romantic natural light display in the sky which can be seen in high latitude regions. If this dream will come true right after the wedding, only Jolina and Mark knows.

Kean Denies Using Vice to Fuel His Career

Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano denies using Vice to boost his career. He said in a tapped interview aired in Paparazzi last November 13 that allegations of him using Vice is just a pure prank and that he respects the people he encounter throughout his career and in his life as well.

Kean and Vice’s friendship started when the earlier was invited as a guest judge back in January 2010 in ABS-CBN’s noontime program “Showtime” where Vice is the resident judge, “hurado” as they call it. The friendship continues on- and off-cam as they give nicknames to each other. Kean calls Vice “sweetcorn” while Vice calls him “popcorn”. They are also noted to have frequent show of affection over social networking site, Twitter.

He stresses that he never uses another person for success of his own career.

Kean is also rumored to be romantically linked to celebrity stylist Liz Uy, sister of My Binondo Girl actress Laureen Uy and also a good friend of Vice Ganda.

He said: “Ewan ko sa kanila. Pero Liz and I are good friends… We’re super friends. Really good friends.” He also describes Liz as a person who is very kind, very brilliant, and very good at her craft.

When asked if he would consider Liz as his ideal girl, he said: “Why not?”

“Mahirap kasi mag-ano eh, ‘yung sasabihin mo na, ‘Oh dapat baka merong may mangyaring kung ano man.’ Pero hindi, ayokong sirain ‘yung magandang pagkakaibigan namin,” said Kean.

On the other hand, the singer keeps silent about the real score between him and Alex Gonzaga who happens to be his onscreen partner.

“Well ‘yung sa ‘min naman kasi ni Alex, it’s something na ayokong talagang pag-usapan dahil siyempre babae ‘yung tao [tapos] magsasalita [ako]. Eh ‘di naman yata maganda ‘yon.”

“We shared something, we shared moments together… basta moments, we shared moments together na dadalhin ‘ko sa kung sa’n ‘man ako makapunta,” he said.

Kean’s acting career started 2010 as he was given a break in TV5’s show “BFGF”. Although reportedly set to appear in the upcoming show “P.S. I Love You” of the same network, Kean would not leave singing for acting. He said that their band is “stronger than ever” and his band mates are not insecure of his popularity. Kean assured fans that Callalily will never disband.

Nikki Gil as Sweet Charity

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Nikki Gil top bills the local production of the Broadway dance musical “Sweet Charity.”

There are just a few days to go until the highly anticipated Broadway Dance Musical Comedy “Sweet Charity” premieres on the Manila stage. The local production of “Sweet Charity” makes its debut on Friday August 5, 2011 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati Philippines and consists of 10 shows that will run until August 27, 2011.

Sweet Charity is tipped to be an amazing production encompassing humor, wit, song, dance, excitement and fun in to brilliant story telling. No doubt theatre goers will also enjoy singing along to catchy musical numbers such as “Big Spender”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “The Rhythm of Life”.

Moreover, the amazing cast included in the local production of Sweet Charity will certainly impress and wow audience members. This can be attributed to the calibre of talent that will grace the stage at every show. Having brought together some of the best and brightest names from the Filipino entertainment industry together in this Broadway musical, each and every performer will undeniably bring their own unique flair to their respective roles.

Fresh from her Awit Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Legally Blonde: The Musical, internationally recognized actress and prominent singer and host Nikki Gil ascends the stage again playing the title role. She plays the part of Charity Hope Valentine an optimistic, compassionate taxi dancer who wants nothing more than to be loved. Playing opposite her is notable singer/songwriter and Philippines’ Heart of R&B Kris Lawrence as Oscar, an anxious and insecure man that befriends Charity and later becomes her boyfriend.

Ciarra Sotto-Oconer and Shiela Valderrama-Martinez play their respective roles as Helene and Nickie, fellow taxi dancers at The Fandango Ballroom and Charity’s best friends. Sheree Vidal-Bautista plays the role of Carmen, another of Charity’s co dancers. Ciarra Sotto-Oconer, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez and Sheree Vidal-Bautista are no strangers to the theatre world having been involved in recent productions of The Wedding Singer (Shiela Valderrama-Martinez) and Rent (Ciarra Sotto-Oconer and Sheree Vidal-Bautista).

Well known and experienced stage and TV actor Miguel Faustmann is also part of the ensemble having been cast as Herman, Charity’s boss and owner of The Fandango Ballroom where Charity is employed.

OJ Mariano, another well known name in the entertainment industry, plays the role of two characters. First, the character of Vittorio, a charismatic, self-centred movie star, and second the role of Daddy Brubeck, the mysterious leader at the Rhythm of Life church. Making her return to the stage is seasoned performer Angela Padilla who plays the role of Vittorio’s overemotional girlfriend Ursula.

Also included in the stellar cast are renowned performers Topper Fabregas, Job Bautista, Francis Matheu, Anthony Tarrosa Ong, Peter Alcedo, Chai Relucio and fast rising stars Caisa Borromeo, Chinie Nepomuceno, Vinia Pamplona and Carmelle Ros.

An offering from 9 Works Theatrical, Sweet Charity is under the direction of Robbie Guevara who is also responsible for the successful direction of musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Rent and The Wedding Singer.

Based on the novel by Neil Simon and regarded as one of the most popular Broadway and West End Musicals of all time gaining several nominations and winning several major awards worldwide, Sweet Charity will surely make its mark on the Manila stage and have everyone in the audience singing its praise.

So, if you are a fan of great music, enjoy a bit of fun, a good laugh or want to experience something new and exciting please do support the Manila production of Sweet Charity.

David Foster supports the idea of Charice and Sarah Geronimo collaboration

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David Foster (top) Charice (bottom left)Sarah Geronimo(bottom right)

The famous singer-composer David Foster, Charice’s mentor, was interviewed by ABS-CBN’s North America Bureau on the launching of Vicki Belo‘s first clinic in the US.

The renowned singer supports the idea of collaborating Charice and Sarah Geronimo in a project together and was quited saying:
“I love Sarah. Sarah’s amazing and I think the two of them would be great together. I was in the Philippines and I wanted Sarah to come sing with me but she wasn’t available and I’d love to meet her someday.”

The Grammy-winner songwriter hasn’t meet Sarah yet but is willingly open in working with her someday.

When he was asked about Charice, David is confident that her career will continue to rise in the future: “She’s working with some young producers, and I’m monitoring from the 30,000-foot level. She’s 18 now, she’s got her own voice, she’s got her own mind, and she’s going to do great.”

In a previous interview with Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, she said that she is also hoping for the collaboration to happen.

“Yun naman po ay nasa planning stage pa lang. I’m hoping na matuloy talaga. Kasi siyempre, international pop sensation kasi si Charice and it will be an honor to have a collaboration with her,” says Sarah.

Sarah Geronimo wants to study abroad

Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson

The Pop Star Princess opened up on her plans on studying abroad.

There are rumors spreading in showbiz industry that this April, singer /actress Sarah Geronimo will flew in US to pursue one of her dreams.

After the success of the Star Cinema and Viva Films movie”Catch Me… I’m Falling” which she teamed up with Gerald Anderson, they went on The Buzz last Sunday, April 3, to thank their fans who supported their film. Charlene Gonzales-Mulach (one of the hosts of the showbiz talk show) got the chance to ask about Sarah’s plans after the success of their film. The singer said that she’s still studying in an Open University of University of the Philippines. She admitted that she has a plan of studying dance and voice lessons to enhance her skills hopefully in States.

When asked if she will be with her whole family, she replied while laughing that she will be going with her mom only because bringing her whole family will mean a lot of expenses.

Source: PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)