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Dingdong Dantes: Ignore The Issue About His Being Nominated As Best Actor

The Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) asked Dingdong Dantes about the issue of questioning his nomination as Best Actor in Golden Screen Awards of Entertainment Press Society, Inc.

The issue occurs when Laguna Governor ER Ejercito comments on DingDong Dantes being nominated for Best actor in his role on the movie Segunda Mano.

Governor ER is not included on the nominees of Best actor for Golden Screen Awards for his role in Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.

While they are both nominated as Best Actor in Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 Awards Night, where Dingdong is the one who awarded as Best Actor.

And they are also nominated as Best Actor in Star Awards for Movies of Philippine Movie Press Club.

Based on award winning actor Dingdong Dantes, “I’m very flattered na the fact na napasama ako doon [nominees], napabilang ako doon, malaking bagay na sa akin ‘yon. So, salamat sa bumubo ng EnPress at saka sa PMPC, sobrang maraming salamat.”

Dingdong ignore the criticism about being nominated for Best Actor.

“Okay lang ‘yon. Free naman tayong magbigay ng assumptions, e, o magbigay ng kanya-kanyang opinyon. “If that’s their opinion, I respect it,” he said.

Dindong also said that the personal compliment he gets from the people is more important.

“I was in an event last week. Nakausap ko ang isa sa mga [MMFF] jurors last week, who happens to be the chairman of NCCA [National Commission for Culture and the Arts]. He was congratulating me dahil nga doon sa Best Actor [award] ko. Tapos nalaman ko na isa pala siya sa mga jurors. So, malaking bagay sa akin na at least ‘yong mga personal na ganung nagsasabi, it makes me feel na talagang deserving. Kahit ‘yong mga taong nagmamahal sa akin, ‘yong mga nakakasalubong ko, okay na sa akin ‘yon. Kasi, you can’t really please everybody. Kaya nga maraming genre ang pelikula. Hindi naman lahat, e, magugustuhan ang comedy. Hindi naman lahat magugustuhan ang horror. Hindi lahat magugustuhan ang action”, he said.

Shalani Soledad receives diamond ring from fiancé Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo

A few weeks after their dating is confirmed, Valenzuela City Councilor and TV host Shalani Soledad is now Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo’s fiancé. Through the congressman’s announcement in an interview with ABS-CBN News, it is then confirmed that the proposal happened at the Our Lady of Fatima church in Valenzuela and they plan to get married next year. The happy congressman also mentioned that just three weeks ago, he first asked permission from his fiancés mother regarding his plan of proposal.

Mrs. Evelyn Soledad, Shalani’s mother, shared that she admired Rep. Roman Romulo’s courage and said, “I admire the courage and honor of Rep. Roman Romulo in seeking me out and telling me his intentions with my daughter Shalani.” She confessed that she became emotional during the time she was asked by the congressman to ask for her daughter’s hand. She also added that she is feels happy hearing reports that say Rep. Romulo is one of a “few good men.”

As for the diamond ring Rep. Romulo gave to Shalani, it was Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, Rep. Romulo’s sister, who gave the confirmation during the budget hearing for her agency at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. The diamond ring is an heirloom given by Rosie Lovely Tecson Romulo, Rep. Romulo’s mother, according to a PEP source.

Based from a phone interview conducted by Yahoo Philippines OMG! to the Rep. Roman’s sister, Mons Romulo, she (Mons) revealed that her 44-year-old brother wants to meet with Shalani Soledad’s father, Adolfo Aguirre, to ask for Shalani’s hand in marriage. “Roman is very proper. Gusto muna niyang tanungin ang dad ni Shalani and he will make a formal announcement after that,” she said.

She also added that their family likes Shalani, “We all like her very much. Simple siya. Maganda, inside and out. Mahirap makakita ng babaeng ganyan. She knows politics too. Hindi siya magiging sagabal kay Roman. There are women na makikiagaw sa time.”

Furthermore, Mons said that Shalani is the best woman for her brother. “My brother is very prayerful, and a workaholic like my dad (former Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto Romulo). My prayer is for my brother to find a girl who will understand and love his work, someone who will love his Pasig constituents. The best si Shalani,” she said.

Mons also mentioned that her brother’s last girlfriend before the 31-year-old Shalani was two years ago and that she (Shalani) is worth the wait.

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.


Coleen Garcia misses Ryan Bang and Showtime

Coleen Garcia confessed that she misses her former co-judge in ABS-CBN’s Showtime, Ryan Bang.

In an exclusive interview by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) regarding updates on Ryan, Coleen laughed and said, “Okay naman po siya. He still texts me and we talk naman. Nakaka-miss siya sobra. Iba pa rin yung nakikita mo siya every day kasi yung taping namin sa Good Vibes, once a week lang. Yung sa Showtime, dun lang ako nasanay na every day may work tapos kasama ko pa si Ryan. He made everything so much lighter and nakaka-miss talaga.”

After her last “hurado” day in Showtime, August 6, she had seen less of Ryan. Their tandem bloomed through the show’s constant teasing. Moreover, the Korean comedian lately admitted his admiration to the actress through an interview on entertainment news program, Showbiz News Ngayon (SNN).

As for the issue that Ryan is courting her, the actress smiled and said “Ay, naku! Hindi ko talaga alam dun! Akala ko lahat joke-joke lang! Tapos sinabi niya sa SNN [Showbiz New Ngayon] na nanliligaw daw siya. Wala akong alam dun! Hindi ko talaga alam. Siguro manhid ako!”

Furthermore, Coleen uttered, “Sa ngayon po kasi kakapasok ko lang sa showbiz, so I wanna be stable muna in the industry bago po ako ma-distract. Ngayon, hindi pa talaga. Honestly, hindi pa… I have so much to work on.”

Recently, the actress supported the premiere of Way Back Home, a Star Cinema-produced film starring Sam Concepcion and Enrique Gil (her Good Vibes co-stars), Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, last August 16 at SM Megamall.

The actress also melancholy commented the near end of their youth-oriented show, Good Vibes, which will be airing its last 3 weeks. “Iba talaga yung feeling ko kasi first show ko yun, so talagang marami akong mami-miss. I learned so much from that show and from the people in that show.”

She added, “I really didn’t know anything about showbiz [and] about acting before I had Good Vibes kasi first show ko siya talaga, so dun ko lang natutunan lahat ng alam ko ngayon. I’m really gonna miss it.”


Lorna Tolentino talks about her family

Lorna Tolentino is very happy and thankful that their ABS-CBN show, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, will end this week. According to her, vacation trip on Boracay is really her plan with Amy Austria this coming September. They will go to the beautiful Island of Boracay with their friends and with the whole family. Lorna Tolentino doesn’t want to think about her next project after her contract with the ABS-CBN because she really wanted to take a rest for a while.

According to her, this is the most tiring kontrabida role that she portrays because of too much wickedness of the character she needs to internalize. “Masyado mabigat ang ginawa namin sa Minsan. Maski ako nag-decide na ang susunod, kung meron, gusto ko mabait na uli, kasi mahirap magkontrabida. Dusa talaga, masyado siyang nakaka-drain.” She said.

So after the taping this week, Lorna plan to stay long at her farm in Cavite together with her two sons. Lorna wants to learn more about agricultural things because she know she have lots of things to plants with her four hectors farm.

Lorna wants to focus on her family. Raphael and Renz, the sons of Lorna, are very vocal that they don’t want their mother to marry again. And Lorna felt the same. She admits that she really missed her late husband Rudy Fernandez. “Madalas nga kapag marami akong ginagawa — yung sagad-sagad ang schedule — may mga times na nami-miss ko pa rin si Rudy. Hindi ako nakakatulog pa rin nang maaga. Hindi ako makatulog, hinahanap ko pa rin siya. Siya pa rin,” she said. “Parang habang tumatagal, parang nag-i-intensify ang mga emotion mo. Kasi dati, alam mo na natatanggap mo na sa utak mo, wala na. Yung acceptance na matagal na to ah, na wala na. Yung reality na iyun. Ang nangyayari tuloy, lalo mong nami-miss, lalo mong hinahanap.” She added. “Lalo na pag may konting problema, kasi wala kang karamay, wala kang katabi, wala kang susumbungan, wala kang sasabihan na, wala kang hihingan ng tulong,” she stated. And according to her, the looks of their bedroom is still the same. Lorna still didn’t remove any things of her husband in their bedroom. “Minsan nga sinusuot ko pa ang shorts  niya, pati T-shirt, sinusuot ko pantulog. Siguro hindi ko na gagalawin iyun, kahit magdagdag pa kami ng aparador, hayaan mo na lang siya diyan, magagawan naman ng paraan. Ganun talaga e,” she said.

Lorna sees herself widowed for the rest of her life because of her two sons, according to her, her sons will still be with her until the end, until they have their own families. “Ayaw nila makipaghiwalay, gusto nila kahit may asawa na sila at mga anak, magkakasama kami. Kaya dapat compound na ito. Kaya kailangan ko magtrabaho para sa isang compound,”

Aside her two sons, there are Rudy’s best friends, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Bong Revilla and Phillip Salvador, that would watch her. “Parang iniisip ko, ano ba yan? Hindi na ako bata sa age ko ngayon. Gusto ko naman — maging proud sa akin ang mga anak ko, sa pagiging ina ko sa kanila.” She said.

Before her vacation, she will still finish her commitments with Flawless which she endorses. Her relaxation includes beautifying herself more with the help of Flawless and Belo Medical Group.

She still can’t decide whether she will take the movie for the filmfest of TV-5 and Regal Films entitled, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.


Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo speaks out her new showbiz career as TV Host

The multi-awarded actress, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, is the host of the local version of Junior Maserchef – an Australian TV show that will be aired on August 20 in ABS-CBN primetime.

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

During the show’s press conference yesterday, August 10, in 55 Events Place, Scout Rallos, Quezon City, Judy Ann stated that she was very happy about the hosting offer since she was an avid viewer of the original Masterchef show.

“It’s a dream come true, sa totoo lang po talaga. Never kong naisip, noong pinapanood ko ang Junior Masterchef Australia, na makakarating siya dito sa Pilipinas. Iniisip ko, mayroon ba talagang sasali na Pilipino kung sakaling makarating rito ang Masterchef. Noong in-offer sa akin, noong kinausap ako nina Tatay Lauren [Dyogi, director], logo pa lang, naluha na ako. Kasi, pinapanood ko siya, e. Fan ako ng show na ito,” she said.

Furthermore, the actress said that she feels nervous about her first hosting job. She said, “Mas kinakabahan ako kasi hindi naman ako talaga host. Ang alam ko lang talaga ay magmemorya, umarte, makipag-away sa eksena, pumunta sa set nang ready na akong umarte. Ito, kailangang dumating ako sa set nang handa ang emosyon ko at nakikipag-usap sa mga bata.
Dapat handa rin ang emosyon ko bilang nanay. Kasi, every time na, halimbawa, naiiyak sila kapag may hindi nagawa. It’s a different experience. For me, it’s a learning process para sa isang taong kagaya ko na umarte simula bata pa lang. Ang pagiging host, para akong nasa college. Ibang-ibang klaseng mundo po talaga ito kaya kinakabahan ako.”

Also, she felt glad that the hosting job was given to her inspite of many chef artists. “It’s an adventure and it’s a privilege na ibinigay sa akin ito dahil hindi ko naisip na… Marami namang artistang chef, e, hindi lang ako.”

She also reason out why she chose the hosting job for her showbiz comeback. “Gusto ko kasi, kapag nag-comeback ako, medyo relaxed. Natiyempo lang din po.”

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo was lead actress of Ysabella, an ABS-CBN TV series about a young chef. She had been away from showbiz since she got pregnant with their son, Lucho.


Rayver Cruz talks about his relationship with his girlfriend Christine Reyes

The relationship of Rayver Cruz and Christine Reyes is said to be strong in spite of the sporadic controversies since they revealed their relationship to the public. Since their one year relationship to the public is now open,  it’s very obvious how Rayver and Christine were inspired and happy with each other.

Christine Reyes and Rayver Cruz

Last July was the birthday of Rayver, and Christine gave him a watch as a gift. Their forthcoming first anniversary is expected to be an elegant celebration. In an interview of PEP to Rayver last Tuesday in the set of Reputasyon in San Miguel, Bulacan, they asked the actor what would be his plan for their upcoming anniversary. He said, “Wala pa e, pero pinaghahandaan ko. Actually mas maganda pa nga kung biglaan. Gusto mo yung may naisip ka agad, mas nakaka-suprise yun kaysa dun sa pinaghahandaan mo nang matagal.  It will be our first-year anniversary this coming September 14.” Rayver really appreciate the birthday gift that Christine gave to him. He said, “Isang magandang shirt, plain na… basta maganda siya. Tapos relo. Nung isang araw kasi wala akong dalang relo sa taping. E, kailangan ko para sa eksena.  Ako kasi hindi ako ma-relo na tao pero may mga relo naman ako.  Totoong nanghiram ako sa driver ko kasi nung araw na yun wala akong dala.  Ginamit ko yung watch na [gift ni Cristine] sa taping, isang beses pa lang kasi baka malaspag.”

Their relationship becomes deeper because they are with each other in their show Reputasyon, even though some said that it is very difficult to maintain a relationship if partners are always together (nagkakasawaan). “Mas gusto ko pa ngang pumunta sa taping agad kasi makikita ko siya and di naman siguro aabot sa magkakasawaan kami, kasi dito ko lang siya nakikita. Kapag may free time naman, hindi ko na pinipilit kung minsan na magkita kami para may time din siya sa family niya. Kung may gusto siyang gawing mag-isa, magkikita uli kami sa taping. Dito na kami nagkikita, minsan nakakasundot kami ng dinner.  Kanya-kanya naman kasi yun, basta sa amin happy kami ni Cristine na magkatrabaho kami.” He said.

In the last Star Magic Sportsfest, Christine arrived together with Rayver’s mother, Mrs. Cruz. It proves that the actress is really close with the actor’s mother. Many said that the relationship of Rayver and Christine will soon go through married because people sees the families of both stars are really well and there’s no problem with both sides. “Masayang tingan na yung mga ladies sa buhay ko, close sila, nakasuporta talaga sa akin.  Ang sarap na pakiramdam nun. Kasal? Wala pa, ang bilis naman.  Pero siyempre di ba kaya tayo pumapasok sa relasyon kagaya namin, gaya rin ng sinasabi namin ni AA, mahirap naman ang papalit-palit kung magtatagal naman kami. Kung kami talaga ang para sa isa’t-isa, bakit naman hindi?  Sa ngayon mahirap talagang magsalita kasi mga bata pa naman  kami. Hindi pa namin naiiisp ‘yan sa ngayon. Basta kami, masaya kami sa relasyon namin. Nagkakasundo kami sa maraming bagay.”


The Future Superstars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes in Way Back Home

It seems like the newest primetime princesses are on a non-stop ride on the road to fame after the huge success of their remake TV show, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, the lead stars of the top-rating ABS-CBN-TV series “Mara Clara“. Julia and Kathryn prove that they can portray the former character of Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes in the first series of Mara Clara.

Sam Conception, Julia Montes, Agot Isidro, Kathryn Bernardo and Enrique Gil

Aside from their television shows, Kathryn and Julia are also set to test in the box office with their talent in acting to be launched in the big screen via an upcoming Star Cinema movie, Way Back Home, which will be showing on August 17, 2011. Sam Concepcion and Enrique Gil are cast as the love team partners of Kathryn and Julia in this family drama. The movie is directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, this film also stars Agot Isidro as the mother of Kathryn and Julia’s characters.

In the movie, Kathryn will portray Ana Bartolome while Julia is cast as Jessica Santiago. They are sisters who have been separated for the past 12 years and grew up in totally different worlds. Ana lived in a remote fishing village while Jessie had a comfortable life as a student from a well-to-do family. Their paths cross during a swimming competition. This paved the way for Ana to be reunited with her family. However, Jessie begins to resent the attention lavished on her long-lost sister. As their relationship becomes even more estranged, Jessie’s life is suddenly put in danger.

In the press conference of the movie which was held yesterday, August 3, 2011 at Dolphy Theater of ABS-CBN compound, the media interviewed the lead stars of the movie including the Director. And according to the director Julia and Kathryn will be the next superstars of the television industry.

And according to the interview about the difference with acting in a movie and acting in the television, Julia and Kathryn said: “Ibang-iba ito sa Mara Clara, ibang problema ng pamilya na nag tina-tackle po dito, yung forgiveness at acceptance po ng magkapatid sa pamilya. Wala pong bida or kontrabida dito. Pareho po kami ritong biktima ng isang sitwasyon,” said Julia. Julia is the villain, Clara, in the former teleserye of Kapamilya Network. She also added: “Hindi talaga kami makapaniwala na may movie na talaga kami ni Kathryn matapos po yung success namin sa Mara Clara. Nagpapasalamat kami sa ABS-CBN sa pagbibigay sa ‘min ng ganitong kalaking break at the same time po may pressure on our part kasi po malaking challenge po na i-please ang mga manonood ng pelikula namin.”

And according to Kathryn, she admitted that this is a big responsibility that they got the role as the leading stars of the movie. She said, “Talagang binigay po namin dito ang lahat ng aming makakaya para mapaganda yung pelikula at para naman po sulit yung ibabayad ng mga manunuod. Kasi medyo pressure po kami, yung sa Mara Clara, bubuksan lang nila yung telebisyon nila at mapapanood na nila kami, dito po sa pelikula namin, talagang magbabayad pa ang mga manonood para panuorin yung pelikula naming. Kaya po ginalingan talaga naming para naman po sulit yung ibabayad nila.” She also Added, “Sobrang thankful po kami at sobrang masaya dahil binigyan po kami ng chance na maipakita naman yung ibang side namin. Hindi lang basta si Mara or si Clara ang makikita n’yo po rito sa pelikula namin kundi kakaibang Julia at Kathryn ang mapapanood n’yo po rito.”


Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla leave the country for European Honeymoon

Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez

Robin and Mariel got married in India last year August 19, 2010 at a mosque near the famous Taj Majal. Action Star, Robin Padilla and his wife and TV host Mariel Rodriguez have left the country for their European honeymoon. Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla told Entertainment Live! that it is her wish to spend their honeymoon in Europe. Paris, Vatican City and Amsterdam are on their list. They left last Tuesday, July 26, 2011, together with other stars and staff of the teleserye, Guns and Roses. They will have a series of performances for the Filipino community abroad.

Mariel Rodriguez revealed that it has always been her dream to have a honeymoon with her love one in Europe and Robin Padilla fulfills her dream. Mariel also said that, this honeymoon is Robin’s surprise to her. Mariel didn’t know anything about all the plans and the itinerary. Robin is the one who asked the ABS-CBN to have their leave.

A few days later, Mariel sent pictures and she said that they have been to the Vatican City, Paris and Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, she sent this text message: “I feel so blessed that as a Catholic I was able to go the Vatican City. I was able to pay my respects to my religion.”

Last April, Robin and Mariel were not permitted by the Catholic Church to have a church wedding.  While Mariel is Catholic, Robin remains a Muslim. In an interview in June, Robin said he planned to bring Mariel to the Vatican to ask permission to marry in Catholic rites.

Apart from Robin and Mariel, Diether Ocampo and rumored couple Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo also joined the trip.


Patrick Garcia talks about Luis Manzano

Patrick Garcia is back in showbiz and acting with his latest primetime series at GMA-7, Iglot. After one year rest.

“Na-miss kong umarte because one year din akong hindi nagtrabaho, so iyon. Very excited at the same time, you know, kabado siyempre. Medyo baka kulang na ako sa praktis or whatever,” He said

As Patrick rest in showbiz, he spends most of his time with his son Alex Jazz from Jennylyn Mercado.

Patrick said, “Masaya to have a baby, to have a kid, I’m very happy. Nag-aaral siya ngayon, pre-toddler school, iyon and I’m very excited because everyday may nadi-discover siyang bago… and natutuwa ka because you see him growing up. Well nung una ano e, nung una, palipat-lipat si Jazz; kasi three days sa akin, four days, ganun. Pero we both decided na dapat isang bahay lang ang makilala niyang bahay niya para hindi siya ma-stress, hindi siya maguluhan so we both decided na bahay ni Jen. Ako na nagbibisita almost every day, basta wala akong ginagawa, bumibisita ako.”

Alex Jazz, Patrick’s son with Jennylyn Mercado has an upcoming birthday this August 16, 2011.

“Well, Jen and I have to plan for that siyempre. Last year ang motif namin is cars, e. Now we don’t know. He still likes cars. Whether simple or bongga, basta ang importante, kumpleto kami. My family is there, Jen’s family is there, iyon lang ang importante. Everybody who loves him and important to him is there. No matter if it’s a big celebration or a small celebration.”He said

The relationship of Patrick with Jennylyn Mercado is doing fine as a father of their child, AJ. And when Patrick was asked about Luis Manzano who was heard of dating his ex-girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado, He said, “Well, I know Luis, and I’ve worked with him before and he’s a very nice guy and a gentleman. Wala akong masasabi and sana, mapasaya niya si Jen if ever, you know, if ever magkatuluyan sila. Tsaka sana mahalin ni Luis si Jazz. Yun lang.”

Source: PEP