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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.
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Feb 17, 2020

JENNYLYN MERCADO and Dennis Trillo look so very much in love with each other at their “Co-Love” concert at New Frontier last Saturday night. They kissed twice in the course of the show, with Dennis professing his love for Jen in public, and the audience went wild.

No doubt it’s a big success and congratulations as it’s really an all sold out concert, with not a single seat vacant. And the whole crowd was evidently so pleased with the entire show and its line up of familiar love songs perfect for the Valentine season.

The show is divided into three chapters, chronicling the important episodes in the couple’s love life. Chapter 1 narrates how their relationship started on GMA-7. Chapter 2 is about the heartaches they went through when they broke up. “Baka nagkakilala lang kami noon sa maling panahon,” Jen tries to explain.

Chapter 3 is all about second chances and how they were able to move on and accept each other again. “Everyone deserves a second chance,” Dennis declares. “Mahal na mahal ko talaga ang taong ito,” he adds referring to Jen, “lalo na noong nagkabalikan kami.”

To which Jen replies: “May forever, kung gugustuhin lang natin.” Of course, the audience is just super kilig with their candid pronouncements of love for each other.

The show featured several guest performers, including Alex Gonzaga (who brought the house down with her hilarious antics), real life sweethearts Jerald Napoles and Kim Molina (who did songs from their hit stage musical, “Rak of Aegis”) , JK Labajo (who did his monster hit song, “Buwan”) and his band, Jay Durias, Nico Antonio, Nyoy Volante, Carlo Aquino and the last one was Alden Richards who sent the fans screaming and shrieking.

One guest didn’t make it, Janno Gibbs, and he’s replaced by Jen’s friend Nar Cabico in doing the “Moments of Love” number which is part of the repertoire. Since the show is an unqualified hit, we suggested to its producer, Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films (which is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a retrospective of their films this weekend at UP Film Center), to schedule a repeat performance.

“Naku, ang hirap mag-produce, stressful ang marketing ng tickets,” she says. “Masuwerte lang kami kasi ang sipag magbenta ng tickets ni Becky Aguila (Jennylyn’s manager) and her daughter Katrina. Kinareer nila talaga.”

You can still watch the concert when they show it in GMA’s Sunday Night Box Office, but we’re sure the musical numbers of stars like Carlo Aquino, JK Labajo, Jerald Napoles and Kim Molina will be edited out as they’re from the Kapamilya network.

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TONIGHT WITH ARNOLD CLAVIO or TWAC on GMA NEWS TV features GIRL POWER this Wednesday night on primetime! The stars of GMA Telebabad shows, "Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday" and "Love of My Life" will be the featured guests so don't miss it!!!!

FIrst is Kapuso Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza, along with co-star Kate Valdez, mula sa pinag-uusapang "Anak ni Waray Vs Anak ni Biday." Dahil vlogging ang kanilang bonding sa serye, sasabak ang dalawa sa ilang viral online challenge!

Si Kate, isasalang sa Jojowain o Totropahin, kung saan mabubuking kung sinong Kapuso actor ang may pag-asang maging sweetheart niya. Pabibilibin naman tayo ni Barbie sa kanyang facial expressions sa Emoji Challenge!

Sasabak din ang dalawa sa tatak TWAC game na Nasubukan mo na ba: Palaban Edition. At malalaman din natin kung gaano sila katapang sa What's in the Box!

But the astig girl power doesn't end with that!

After 5 years, Carla Abellana, na bida ngayon sa teleseryeng Love of My Life, returns to TWAC.

Siguradong kikiligin ang TomCar fans when she talks about Carla and Tom ROdriguez' wedding preparation. At sa Taste Buds game, makikisaya ang kanyang co-star na si Maey Bautista. Mahulaan kaya ni Carla kung ano ang pagkain na kinakain ng komedyante habang pareho silang naka-blindfold?

Don't fail to see and sali na sa masayang kuwentuhan ngayong Wednesday primetime sa Tonight with Arnold Clavio, 7:15pm sa GMA News TV!

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Add captiofrom left to right: zoren legaspi, direk laurice, ate guy, kyline, isabel rivas, gabby eigenmann, ina feleo

from left: gabby eigenmann, zoren legaspi, mylene dizon, ate guy, isabel rivas, direk laurice, kyline, yasser marta, ina feleo and divina valencia

LAURICE GUILLEN rules GMA’s Afternoon Prime as a director. Her shows “Hanggang Makita Kang Muli”, “Ika-5 Utos” and “Ika-6 na Utos” all rated well.

Now, she’s back with another surefire winner in the ratings game, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit”, a TV adaptation of a 1989 hit movie starring Nora Aunor.

Ate Guy is the only member of the film’s cast that is now also in the TV soap and Laurice is glad to work with her again after directing her before in the movie “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo” in 1980, exactly 40 years ago.

“I use Nora as an example for all the other members of the cast as it’s a great pleasure to be working with a great survivor in our industry,” she says.

“Nora is such a professional. She is so focused on her work as an actress at kahit may sablay sa eksena, hindi siya basta nagka-cut at naise-save pa rin niya ito. She’s a great performer. Kahit sinusumpong siya ng asthma at kahit ikamatay niya, ginagawa pa rin niya. Hahanga ka talaga.”

Ate Guy quickly thanked Laurice for her good words. “Maraming salamat, Laurice,” she says. “Karangalan kong makatrabaho si Laurice na isa sa pinakabatikang director ngayon sa ating industriya. At masaya akong nagkaroon ng remake ang pelikula namin noon at puro magagaling ang mga artistang kasama ko rito kaya ginaganahan ako laging magtrabaho.”

We notice they made a lot of changes from the original film in the TV adaptation. Nora then played two characters, Magnolia and her daughter Maggie de la Cruz. Now, Magnolia is played by Mylene Dizon and Maggie is played by Kyline Alcantara, while Ate Guy plays the mom of Mylene, Mercedes, who becomes a fugitive from the law after she accidentally killed Dante Rivero.

The showbiz element in the movie was also removed in the TV version. What prompted them to make these drastic changes?

“It’s GMA’s Creative Team who can best answer that,” says Laurice. “Ako naman, binibigay lang nila sa’kin ang script na ginawa nila and then idinidirek ko. But I think changes really have to made kasi iba ang medium ng TV sa pelikula. Sa TV, this is a serial na araw-araw mapapanood, so dapat lang na mas pahabain at mas pakapalin ang story.”

“Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” will start airing this Monday, February 24, to be telecast right after the tween drama, “Prima Donnas”, which is a big hit so no doubt it would be a great pre-program for “Bilangin”.

Aside from “Prima Donnas”, GMA Afternoon Prime’s other hit show is “Magkaagaw”. With “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” joining forces with “Magkaagaw” and “Prima Donnas”, the Kapuso network no doubt now has a very formidale lineup of afternoon programs.

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Feb 16, 2020

jane oineza and rk bagatsing

RK BAGATSING says stardom was not given to him on a silver platter. He now gets to do lead roles in teleseryes and in movies, but getting started in showbiz was definitely not a picnic for him.

“Gusto ko talaga mag-artista noon pa man, so pumila ako sa talent search shows and auditioned sa Pinoy Big Brother sa ABS and also sa Starstruck sa GMA, pero hindi ako nakuha,” he says. “Mas madali ang naging pagpasok ng kuya ko sa showbiz (Raymond Bagatsing) kasi he did TV commercials tapos nakuha na siyang artista, tuloy-tuloy na.

"There were times na I get so depressed kasi wala akong work. I was an athlete in school, from grade school to college, but I got injured so hindi na ako makapaglaro at di ko alam kunsaan ako pupunta.”

In his frustration, he attempted to leave showbiz, feeling it might not be for him.

“I tried working sa call center, pero nasa dugo ko talaga ang showbiz at pag-arte talaga ang dream ko, so bumalik din ako. Nakuha ako sa indie films.

"Sunod-sunod yung ginawa ko, but I was really noticed sa ‘Apocalypse Child’ with Sid Lucero, my idol, where I got nominated as best supporting actor.

"Then nakuha na ako sa ABS-CBN to do soaps, sunod-sunod. Pinakahuli ko nga ang ‘Nang Ngumiti ang Langit’.”

He and Jane Oineza now star in Regal’s latest offering, “Us Again”, where they play ex-lovers who broke off then meet again after five years, hoping to rekindle their romance and try to find out if their love for each other has remained.

He was once linked to Jane when they did the soap “Araw Gabi”. Were they ever really on?

“No, kasi never naman niya akong niligawan, e,!” he laughs. “We really had good rapport while doing ‘Araw Gabi’. First time namin doon to work together at nagkasundo agad kami kasi sobrang gaan niyang katrabaho.

"Sa set, tawa lang kami nang tawa. After work, we also hang out kasi masaya siyang kasama but never umabot sa isang serious relationship. We lost touch after that kaya nga happy kami when Regal got us to work together once more here in ‘Us Again’.

"This is my second movie with Regal after ‘Cuddle Weather’ that paired me naman with Sue Ramirez.”

So why doesn’t he woo her seriously?

“Naku, I just broke up with my non-showbiz girlfriend. It’s a mutual decision at walang third party concerned so friends pa rin kami. Pero ayoko namang masabing on the rebound lang ako. At saka, gusto ko munang papagpahingahin ang puso ko. But definitely, Jane is girlfriend material. Marami ngang may crush diyan, e.”

In “Us Again”, why did the characters he and Jane play, Mike and Margie, split up? “We had other priorities then kasi. She wants to pursue being a doctor, ako naman, struggling artist na tipong lost, di alam ang gagawin sa buhay.

"But we didn’t have proper closure, which I think, is very important in any relationship para makapag-move on kayo pareho nang maayos. Unfair namang nag-away lang kayo, tapos di na kayo nag-usap ever.

"Respeto na rin sa partner mo na isara nyo nang maayos ang chapter na yun sa buhay nyo. Kaya nga, dito sa movie, when we meet again after five years, may sparks pa kasi hindi na-resolve yung issues namin in the past.”

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Feb 15, 2020

CARLA ABELLANA is very honest in admitting that she’s just waiting for BF Tom Rodriguez to propose to her as she’s now really willing to settle down since she’s in her early 30s and her biological clock is ticking.

“Yes, we’re not getting any younger and people keep on asking us kung kailan ang wedding namin,” she says. “Parang mas excited pa sila amin, but what can I say? Hindi pa naman nagpo-propose si Tom sa akin. So, maghintay na lang tayo.”

Actually, they just had a wedding, but this is in their new TV soap, “Love of My Life”, where they are now husband and wife in their roles as Stefano and Adelle, even if Tom’s mom, Coney Reyes as Isabella, is against the match because her relationship with Carla started on the wrong foot.

They even have a bedscene where they are shown planning about their future life together after their lovemaking.

Carla is so happy because “Love of My Life” is doing really well in the ratings game. Among the new shows that just started on the Kapuso channel, it’s the one that is doing very well in the surveys and clobbering its competitor in the ratings.

“Lahat kami sa show, we’re all thankful that nagustuhan agad ng viewing public ang ‘Love of My Life’ at consistent ang aming high viewership, so thank you po sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa amin gabi-gabi,” Carla adds.

But soon after her glorious wedding in the show, something sad and tragic happens to them as a young couple when Tom suddenly gets terribly sick. Last week, the show became much more engrossing as Coney aka Isabella has already discovered that her son Tom aka Stefano is sick after he took some very strong pain relievers to help combat the pain he’s experiencing due to pancreatic cancer.

She then investigates and learns the truth about his illness from their family doctor. But naturally, she's so devastated.

The acting of Tom and Coney in that scene where Tom finally confesses to his mom that he has a terminal illness is truly splendid and the whole scene is a real emotional tearjerker. 

The comments of viewers on social media are all superlative: “Sobrang nakakaiyak! Tumatagos sa puso!” “Very affecting kasi ang gagaling nilang lahat. Coney, Tom and Carla. They’re all very good in their respective roles and in their crying scenes. So very real!”

The show is now on its third week and there’ll be more aggravating developments with the entry of Rhian Ramos as Kelly, Tom’s previous sweetheart with whom he has another son, and Mikael Daez as Nikolai, Coney’s long lost and rebellious prodigal son. Don’t miss their grand entrance as they will make life even more complicated for all the other characters in the show.

In real life, it’s common knowledge that it’s not Tom who got sick but Carla. How did Tom feel when Carla experienced some serious health issues last year?

“Siempre, sobrang nag-alala ako, but I really admire her when she admitted to the public that she had tachycardia, hypothyroidism and wrong diagnosis that nearly damaged her liver,” he says. “She helps bridge the gap with other people who might have the same kind of ailments and feel so alone.

"They know now na hindi lang sila ang mayroon nito and they can get the right kind of treatment. She serves as an inspiration to other sick people and we’re so happy she’s now over that and, even the excess weight she gained before due to steroids, she has lost them na and she’s now back to her ideal weight.

"I really admire for having such great courage when she went through that health crisis. I told her naman I will just always be here for her to lean on.”
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isabel rivas at BILANGIN ANG BITUIN SA LANGIT presscon

isabel's son richard with his wife nadine samonte and their daughter

the cast of BILANGIN ANG BITUIN SA LANGIT at the presscon

ISABEL RIVAS was launched in 1981 as a sexy star in “Uhaw na Dagat” by the late director Celso Ad. Castillo. She is now overjoyed to get to work with Nora Aunor in GMA-7’s new afternoon drama, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit”, that starts airing on Monday replacing "Madrasta".

“Nang sabihin nila sa’king si Ate Guy ang makakasama ko, tapos, si Laurice Guillen pa ang director, sabi ko agad, yes, yes, okay ako, gagawin ko yan,” she says.

“I got so excited na ni hindi ko na tinanong kung magkano ang TF ko at kung ano ang role ko. Just the thought na makakatrabaho ko these two women na sobrang nirerespeto sa industriya, sapat na sa’kin yun.”

Doesn’t she mind playing contravida to Ate Guy?

“Naku, sanay na ako diyan. Before, umaasa pa akong mabigyan din ng role na mabait ako. But now, tanggap ko na. Sa last show ko, ‘Los Bastardos’ sa kabila, contravida rin ako.

"I’m just thankful na I’m even given the chance na tumawid sa dalawang networks.”

She was very careful in her catfight scene with Ate Guy.

“Sa kuwento kasi, gusto kong kamkamin yung lupain nilang grape vineyards, kaya pinasunog ko at pinapatay ko ang asawa niya, si Ricky Davao. Nang magpunta kami sa wake nito, big confrontation scene na nauwi sa pisikalan.

"Nagsabunutan kami, sampalan. Siempre, ingat na ingat ako. Ayoko namang masaktan si Ate Guy. Ending ng scene na yun, nasaksak niya by accident ang husband ko, si Dante Rivero kaya nagtago siya sa batas at lalo kaming naging mortal na magkaaway.”

She’s now a happy grandma in real life. Her son, Richard Chua, has two kids with actress Nadine Samonte.

“Yung eldest, Heather, is now 3 years old and yung youngest, Austin, is 9 months naman. Ang ganda ng combination ng son ko na Chinese at ni Nadine na German, kaya nababaliw ako sa mga apo.

"Pero hindi ko sila laging nakikita kasi sa Muntinlupa sila nakatira at ako, sa QC, so alangan namang ibiyahe nila lagi yung mga bata.”

How about her own lovelife? “Ayun, last year, dinivorce ako ng American husband ko. Umuwi kasi ako rito to continue acting. Aba, pagbalik ko roon, divorce papers ang iniharap sa akin. Akala ko, okay sa kanyang magtrabaho ko rito. Yun pala, habang nandito ako, may nakilala raw na iba. Hindi na ako naghabol. Baka gumastos pa ako. Kung ayaw na niya, di huwag.”

Her brother, Dennis Roldan, is still in jail and Dennis’ son, Marco Gumabao, now has a flourishing career as an actor at Viva.  How does Dennis feel about this?

“Aba, siempre, he’s very proud of Marco. Kasi naman, napaka-focused nung anak niya sa career nito. Very well grounded. Kapag dinadalaw ko si Dennis, teary eyed nga siya kapag napag-uusapan namin si Marco.

"Ibang-iba na si Dennis ngayon, since he found the Lord, ibang tao na siya. Pastor na siya roon ngayon sa loob. Siya ang nagpapatotoo sa ibang prisoners tungkol sa Panginoon.

"So may reason, may purpose ang pagkakapasok niya roon at hindi basta nasasayang ang oras niya.”

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Feb 14, 2020

aicelle santos

aicelle with CENTERSTAGE hosts Alden and Betong and co-judges Pops and Mel Villena

aicelle with husband mark zambrano

AICELLE SANTOS feels fortunate to be chosen as one of the judges of GMA-7’s new reality talent search, “Centerstage”, that will start airing tonight. 

“I myself was discovered when I joined a singing contest, so whatever experiences I gained when I was a contestant in ‘Pinoy Pop Superstar’, puede kong i-share sa mga kasaling bata ngayon dito sa ‘Centerstage’.”

She says her job as a judge in ‘Centerstage”, along with co-judges Pops Fernandez and musical director Mel Villena, can actually be quite difficult.

“Kasi nga mga bata ang involved,” she stresses. “You can’t judge giving a truthful assessment of their performances kasi baka masaktan sila. We don’t want to traumatize them, we want to continue encouraging them.

"So dapat, maingat kami sa pagsasalita para we don’t say something that will make them feel backing out and not joining any contest ever again.”

How do Pops and Mel feel about it? “Sabi nga namin nina Miss Pops and Kuya Mel, we want the experience to still be enjoyable for them. Ayaw naming isipin nila na basta strict competition ito at kalaban nila lahat ng other contestants.

"We also want to convey that if they lost, it doesn’t mean na ending na ng career nila. Kasi ako, natalo rin ako sa ‘Star in a Million’ sa kabila, before I joined ‘Pinoy Pop Superstar’ sa GMA-7 kunsaan nakabawi ako.

"So you don’t just give up your dreams and your career that easily. You can feel sad after you’ve lost but you can also use it as a motivation para mas magpursigi ka.”

And eventually, Aicelle was also discovered in musical theatre. Locally, she did the hit “Rak of Aegis” and “Himala, The Musical”, while internationally, she played the coveted role of Gigi in “Miss Saigon”. So what piece of advice would she give to aspiring singers?

“Just don’t give up easily. You should also learn how to forgive yourself when you make mistakes. Just keep on singing, keep on practicing, because the more you sing, the more your voice and your style improve.

"Don’t ever stop learning and you’ll even discover new vocal placements that you’re not even aware before that you’re capable pala of achieving. And always give your heart and soul each time you sing. Own the stage!”

Aicelle tied the knot officially with sportscaster Mark Zambrano in a garden wedding in Batangas last November, after they had a long distance relationship while Aicelle is in Europe performing in “Miss Saigon”. So how’s married life so far? 

“We’re happy. But oh, I discovered my husband can sing pala and he really enjoys singing nonstop. He actually sings so much more at home than I do, kaya tuwang-tuwa ako. May in-upload nga akong video niya singing ‘I Swear’, panoorin nyo sa youtube.”

Do they have plans of having a baby soon? “It’s all up to the Lord. Okay lang kung agad-agad kasi 34 na ko, e. At mas okay sana kung twins agad ang ibibigay sa amin para double blessing din agad.”

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alden richards lesds cast of ALL OUT SUNDAYS performing

visually impaired internet sensation CARL MALONE MONTECIDO

ALDEN RICHARDS and all his co-stars in ‘All Out Sundays’ have reason to feel triumphant as their noontime weekend musical variety show consistently tops the ratings.

And to thank all faithful Kapuso viewers who tune in to them every Sunday noon, the all star cast has prepared a fantabulous spectacular show this post-Valentine Sunday, led by visually impaired but ultra talented singer and internet sensation Carl Malone Montecido.

He recently went trending after he impressed international singers such as Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend who he left in awe of his viral performance of "Too Good at Goodbyes" as he sang it in a local mall. So much so that top Hollywood TV host Ellen de Generes is now inviting him to be a guest in her popular show.

After a stint on “The Clash” Season 2 as the Blind Balladeer from Bacolod, Carl now returns to GMA for a rousing performance with his batchmates, top winner Jeremiah Tiangco, Nef Medina, Season 1’s Jong Madaliday and Garrett Bolden, along with judge Christian Bautista and hosts Julie Anne San Jose, Rayver Cruz, Rita Daniela and Ken Chan.

You can then catch the hunky OG’s Rayver Cruz, Miguel Tanfelix, Migo Adecer, Derrick Monasterio, Jeric Gonzales, Ruru Madrid, Paul Salas and Ken Chan as they give the ladies a sexy “kilig” performance of a popular OPM hit song.

And also, make sure not to miss the special participation of Kapuso Primetime King, and the star of “Descendants of The Sun”, Dingdong Dantes!

On the other hand, GMA’s beautiful ladies Gabbi Garcia, Kyline Alcantara, Kate Valdez, Arra San Agustin, Klea Pineda and Sanya Lopez will also converge onstage for their version of a scintillating sexy song number.

The All Out Stage also opens up for the launch of GMA’s newest singing competition between extra-talented child performers, “Centerstage”!

Get a taste of what’s to come with an all-out medley performance by the show's judges Pops Fernandez, Mel Villena, and Aicelle Santos, together with Sidestage host Betong Sumaya and Centerstage host, Alden Richards! They will also be joined by Julie Anne San Jose, Kakai Bautista, Jeremiah Tiangco and Christian Bautista.

What exactly lies ahead for comedian Tekla’s lovelife? Two Foreignoys will vie for her attention on Sing-Kilig, hosted by Rita Daniela and Ken Chan! 

As the first live comedy noontime sitcom continues its developing story, find out what will happen next between the feuding Tapsi stores, KantaPaMore and Tapatan. Will Paolo Contis’ character Rico and Glaiza de Castro’s Winnie character finally find a conclusion to resolve their personal issues? Will Lexi Gonzales and Kim de Leon’s characters find more love in a seemingly hopeless situation?

Or will more issues related to money plague them, as Aicelle Santos’ and Ricky Davao’s characters just won’t quit putting them through various difficult situations? Find out in Tapsikret!

One of All-Out Sundays’ much-raved about segments is Four The Win, top-billed by Julie Anne San Jose, Golden CaƱedo, Thea Astley and Aicelle Santos. Together, they will outsing each other with their powerful "birit" voices to pay tribute to one of the original divas, the late (and great) Whitney Houston.

Then don't miss the talented and good-looking boy group All Out QTs as they perform the megahits that trended on the TikTok app. Catch Kim de Leon, Vince Crisostomo, Allen Ansay, Radson Flores, Abdul Raman, Karl Aquino and new member Jerick Dolarmente break further ground on Press Play.

Also, don’t miss the high-energy performance of Mavy Legaspi, JD Domagoso and fellow showbiz off-springs Icee Ejercito and Ysabel Ortega, as well as a super sexy and sizzling performance by Gabbi Garcia, Kyline Alcantara, Sanya Lopez, Paul Salas and Miguel Tanfelix.

It will certainly be a star-studded weekend show of force that's not to be missed this Sunday, Feb. 16 at 12:00 noon!

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YASSER MARTA feels so blessed to be chosen as the leading man of Kyline Alcantara in GMA-7’s new Afternoon Prime soap, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit”.

“After I did ‘Love You Two’ where I was paired with Shaira Diaz, I thought it would take sometime before I’d be given another show,” he says. “So I’m really grateful na dumating agad itong ‘Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit’. Feeling ko, napakaswerte ko talaga, kasi andami naming nag-audition dito. Hindi ko akalaing ako ang mapipili nila.”

What does he think is the reason why he bagged the role? “I really don’t know. Siguro maganda na kasi ang working relationship namin ni Kyline. We’ve worked together before in ‘Kambal Karibal’ kunsaan magkaaway kami, sinampal pa niya ako. Dito, I was asked to do a scene with her sa audition at may nakita siguro silang kakaiba sa tambalan namin.”

Yasser, who’s half Filipino and half Portuguese, was discovered by GMA when he joined “Spogify’ in “Eat Bulaga” in 2016 when he was 18 years old. He was a grand finalist and was later made to join the all-male singing group One Up. He then got to try acting doing small roles in various drama anthology shows like “Magpakailanman”, “Wish Ko Lang”, “Maynila” and “Tadhana”.

“I’m really glad to be given the chance to do another regular soap, with Ate Guy pa in the cast at ang director pa namin, si Laurice Guillen,” he adds. “I play the role of Jun Santos, the carefree son of Zoren Legaspi and Ina Feleo. By chance, na-meet ko si Kyline, the daughter of Mylene Dizon, and I didn’t know we have the same father pala. So yun ang isa sa biggest conflicts sa love story namin. Salamat talaga sa GMA sa pagtitiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin and I promise na gagalingan ko lagi ang acting ko dito nang hindi ako mapahiya sa kanila.”

With his height of 5’10” and hunky physique which he got from constant workouts, there is no doubt that GMA is building him up as their newest heartthrob. How does it feel being part of a love team with Kyline?

“Okay naman kami ni Kyline at sa pictorial pa lang namin, andami raw kinikilig sa chemistry namin so, marami pong salamat. But Kyline has been quoted saying she wants to be independent and walang permanenteng ka-love team, so let’s see how we’ll go. It will all depend kung paano tatanggapin ng viewers ang tambalan namin.”

He’s just delighted that his friendship with Kyline has deepened now that they’re taping “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” regularly. “After we did ‘Kambal Karibal’, we lost touch, but now, lagi kaming nagkakasama, nagkakakuwentuhan, so we’re enjoying each other’s company sa taping ng bago naming teleserye.”

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Feb 13, 2020

jane oineza & rk bagatsing in REGAL's 'US AGAIN'

jane and RK with direk joy aquino, co-stars jin macapagal & sarah edwards

JANE OINEZA is Regal Entertainment’s favorite actress. Lately, she has done more films with Regal than with her home network, ABS-CBN. She was in Regal's “Haunted Forest”, “Finding You” and “Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love”.

Now, she starts off 2020 playing the romantic leading lady in Regal’s offering for the love month of February, “Us Again”, opposite RK Bagatsing of “Cuddle Weather”, directed by newbie filmmaker Joy Aquino.

The movie is about the risks people take when they fall in love. The poster and the trailer of the film ask the vital and valid question: “Ang dalawang taong nagmahal kahit mali, umasa kahit imposible. Maging sila kaya hanggang sa huli?”

“‘Us Again’ is not the usual romantic film with familiar characters,” says Jane. “The characters are so complicated and I want to thank Regal for giving us the chance ni RK to work again with each other. Nagkatrabaho na kami before in a teleserye sa ‘Araw Gabi’, but this is our first film together.

"I play Margie, a medical technician whose dream is to be a doctor pero hindi natuloy. RK is Mike, a struggling artist. We meet and had an affair which we thought was perfect, but we eventually realized it’s a mistake so we called it quits.

"Then five years later, we meet again and we ask ourselves if we could be us again. Have we learned from the mistakes we made in the past? Or is it too late to start all over again?”

In real life, does Jane believe in second chances and has she ever experienced being “Us Again” with a estranged lover? “Ako naman, hangga’t kaya ko, I’m willing to give another chance to an erring love.

"But pag sobrang ginagago ka na and he keeps on doing the same mistakes, I think it's only right that you should stop and give more focus and importance to yourself. At ako, kapag natapos na, wala nang ‘Us Again’. Wala pa akong ex na binalikan ko.”

Does she have any regrets about her past failed relationships? “I have no regrets at all kasi I’ve learned valuable lessons from my past relationships. They helped me in becoming a better version of myself. So walang dapat pagsisihan kasi naka-contribute sila sa kung sino at ano ako ngayon at this point in my life.”

So how is it doing love scenes with RK in the movie?

“Comfortable ako sa kanya kasi we’ve done similar scenes before in ‘Araw Gabi’. Maalaga siya sa kaeksena niya and he’s a real gentleman. Never nagte-take advantage.”

How is it working with a new director like Joy Aquino?

“First full length film niya po ito as she’s a former cinematographer who directed TV commercials and music videos. She’s okay naman. She knows what she’s doing and certainly shows a lot of promise.

"I’m sure masusundan pa ang project niyang ito sa Regal with more movies kasi lahat ng nakapanood na ng movie namin sa special previews really liked it. They were all impressed.”
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