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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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Aug 25, 2019

kathryn and alden with director cathy molina

WE FINALLY saw ‘HELLO, LOVE, GOODBYE’ which is now making box office history. Who would have thought that a movie with stars who are identified with more established love teams would click with moviegoers? But it seems the pairing of the top box office Kapamilya actress with the top Kapuso young actor proved to be irresistible to the public, add to this the fact it turns out that they have surprisingly good chemistry on the big screen.

The story is not really ground breaking. We’ve had so many films before about OFW’s and about young lovers who don’t really end up with each other as they give priority to their career or personal life, just like in the recent “Between Maybes” where Julia Barretto chose her career as a movie star over Gerald Anderson who’s an OFW in Japan.

Kathryn Bernardo is Joy, but her name is surely a misnomer as it’s apparent she has a joyless existence. She says things don’t last in Hong Kong and it serves mainly as a stop over. We then see her working hard as a DH (domestic helper) doing the most menial things in the apartment of her boss (a single mom with a disabled daughter and a senile mother) and always rushing and running to do things in order to survive in fast-paced Hong Kong.

We also get to meet her friends who are all working hard as housemaids to earn a living for the families they left in their home country. To earn more, the workaholic Joy has a sideline doing buy and sell and also moonlights illegally as a waitress in a bar where she meets Alden Richards as Ethan, a bartender.

Ethan is instantly smitten with her, but she resists the obvious mutual attraction with him as she is deadset on going to Canada to be able to get her family later on. Both Joy and Ethan have their own sob stories concerning their respective families.

Joy is actually a nurse and she meets by chance her former boyfriend (Jerome Ponce) in a Hong Kong train with his pregnant wife. Her mom (Maricel Laxa) is living in Hong Kong as the battered wife of a Chinese national, while her disabled dad (William Lorenzo) is living in Manila with her two younger siblings. You’d really admire her for prioritizing her responsibility for them, even sacrificing her own personal life.

Ethan seems to be a carefree womanizer but it turns out he has his own sad back story. He has once fallen in love and tried to migrate to the States with his girlfriend then (Maxine Medina in a cameo role). But she dumps him and he returns to Hong Kong a broken man, abhorred by his sullen younger brother (Jameson Blake) who is taking care of their invalid dad (Lito Pimentel) in Hong Kong.

The film, co-written by Molina with Carmi Raymundo and Rona Co, pays tribute to “Anak” starring Vilma Santos, a movie also about an OFW in Hong Kong and the clip of Ate Vi’s best scene in “Anak” is shown here. It also aims to be a crowdpleaser and the beauty pageant for domestic helpers shown in the award-winning docu, “Sunday Beauty Queen”, is reprised here when Joy and her friends all join the contest and Joy herself wins as a runner up.

Joy tries her best to resist Ethan as she’s leaving Hong Kong in four months, but you know very well how this familiar formula goes and Ethan’s persistence will eventually pay off.  He then tries to convince her that she can also find happiness in Hong Kong, but we all know that this won’t happen.

She has to leave as the movie’s very title itself indicates that. And they have to be separated so there can be a sequel, just like with the movies of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo that proved to be such a hit that their first film together, “A Very Special Love” in 2008 quickly had a Part 2 the next year, “You Changed My Life”. The third installment came in 2013 in “It Takes a Man and a Woman”.

Some very commercial tropes in the movie with the expected quotable “hugot” lines can make it cheesy, but what makes it easier to take and quite affecting is that both Alden and Kathryn are so consistently persuasive in their respective roles, making the movie more than your usual familiar romantic drama.

You will truly sympathize with what they’re going through and root for both of them as they make us feel that their struggles and the choices they have to make are all for real and not just mere plot mechanics.

This movie will no doubt help boost Alden’s career big time. He’s been doing soaps with GMA-7 for so long, but didn’t attain superstar status until “Eat Bulaga” got him and paired him with Maine Mendoza for their phenomenal AlDUb love team. Now, as their love team wanes, it’s Star Cinema that comes along to make him a real big box office star. 

Kathryn is dead serious all throughout the movie and it’s Alden who gets to balance his performance with some humorous “pakwela” scenes and he handles both dramatic and light scenes quite well, especially when he says “sorry, but I don’t love you”, when he means the opposite. His looks were even altered here to make it distinct from his AlDub look before.

The film also pays homage to Hong Kong and it slightly turns into a travelogue towards the end as Alden and Kathryn get to feature some places not usually frequented by tourists.

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dennis padilla with janno gibbs & andrew e

janno, andrew and dennis with their leading ladies cindy miranda, louise de los reyes and vansessa wright

DENNIS PADILLA is glad to be reunited with colleagues Andrew E and Janno Gibbs in Viva’s new naughty comedy, “Sanggano Sanggago Sangguwapo” that opens in theatres on September 4.

 “Nakilala kami as Mokong, Astig at Gamol noong 90s when sexy comedies were so popular,” he says. “So nakakatuwang nagkasama-sama kami uli ngayon. Actually, si Andrew, parang ayaw na nga niya, kasi siya ang pinakamayaman sa amin ngayon.”

To which Janno adds: “Totoo po yan. Hindi na niya kailangan ang movie na ito at bale ginagamit lang namin siya.”

Andrew then butts in: “Lahat po ng sinabi nila ay pawang walang katotohanan! As you can see in our faces, maligaya lang kaming magkakasama uli, lalo na’t may mga kasama kaming magagandang leading ladies sa movie na ito, as our leading ladies, sina Louise delos Reyes, Cindy Miranda, at Vanessa Wright.”

Of course, Dennis cannot evade the issue concerning his daughter, Julia Barretto. Did he really talk to Gerald Anderson about what’s happening to them?

“Siyempre ‘pag anak mo poproteksyunan mo,” he says. “Sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘Pare anak ko ‘yan’. So alam naman na siguro niya ang ibig kong sabihin doon, kasi lalaki siya, e.”

Janno butts in: “Then you beat him up.”

“Hindi. Hahaha,” Dennis laughs. “Saka hindi ko kaya ‘yon. Nag-military training siya, e. At sa phone ko lang siya kinausap. Tinext ko muna siya nung lumabas ang issue and he was the one who called me up. Basta sa’kin, ayoko lang maaagrabiyado ang anak ko kasi, ang tingin ng tao sa kanya, playboy, e.

"O tama na yan, ha. Kasi malalayo na tayo sa promo ng pelikula. Yung isang presscon ko nga (Ai Ai de las Alas’ recent movie), hindi ko na pinuntahan kasi alam kong sa ganyan lang mapupunta ang mga tanong. Kaya lang ito, nakakahiya sa Viva at kina Janno and Andrew kundi ko sisiputin, e kaming tatlo ang title roles dito. So tama na yun, sinagot ko na naman ang tanong nyo, e.”

How about Julia, what’s his advice to her?

“Sabi ko sa kanya, huwag na lang munang mag-social media. Magpahinga ka muna. Lumayo ka muna sa social media at hintayin mo na lang mag-die down ang issue. Okay naman siya and she’s preparing for their volleyball game sa Olympics nila and the Star Magic Ball.”

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Aug 24, 2019

james reid, mon abrea and kean cipriano

THE Asian Consulting Group recently launched the latest publication under its name, “Iwas Buwis-it: What to Do When Tax Attacks”. The launch was held at the ACG Tax Hub, 9F The Ignacia Place, Quezon City.

Inspired by the casual style of magazines, Iwas Buwis-it discusses the taxes a person is subjected to throughout their lives. The book covers a variety of common experiences such as career choices, starting a business, giving gifts, and many more. Iwas Buwis-it will also feature business tips from Potato Corner CEO Jose Magsaysay, Jr., and interviews with James Reid, Kean Cipriano and Boy Abunda.

“The goal of the book is to help people understand taxes – not the technical knowledge, just the understanding of why we’re taxed, how are we taxed, and what kind of taxes we pay,” said ACG Founding Chairman Mon Abrea, “Iwas Buwis-it won’t be about how to file this return or pay that tax. The book is about life in general – your careers, your ideals, or even your business ideas.”

Like its previous publications, Iwas Buwis-it is part of ACG’s advocacy of helping taxpayers by educating them. If taxpayers know more about taxes, then they can avoid committing unnecessary violations. To further this advocacy, the Asian Consulting Group has also led seminars and consultations throughout the country. At its main office, the company also conducts the Tax Hub Talks, which features a variety of topics.

The Philippine Tax Whiz Mon Abrea has also written other publications for the non-profit organization Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines, including the bestselling tax handbook, “Got A Question About Taxes? Ask The Tax Whiz!” as part of his advocacy.

“A lot of people are afraid of taxes, but whether we like it or not, we have to pay taxes,” said the ACG Founder. “If we make taxes more accessible and easier to understand, then maybe people won’t be afraid of it.”

The Asian Consulting Group (ACG) is the first social enterprise on tax advisory. Founded by the Philippine Tax Whiz Mon Abrea, ACG is driven by the goal of helping taxpayers pay the right taxes. With its vision of becoming the Philippines’ first Tax Hub for SMEs in the Asia-Pacific, ACG has invested in digital transformation to provide its expert tax solutions. The company has also opened its satellite offices in Laguna, Albay, Vigan, Bacolod, and Puerto Princesa.

For pre-orders of “Iwas Buwis-it: What to Do When Tax Attacks” visit tinyurl.com/IwasBUWISitPreorder. For more information, visit its website at www.acg.ph or contact (02) 622 7720 and consult@acg.ph.
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JANELLA SALVADOR says the second half of 2019 is turning very well for her. She has a new soap, “The Killer Bride”, a new song in Himig Handog and now, she’s wrapping up work for a new movie with Maricel Soriano no less. This is “The Heiress”, directed by Frasco Mortel for Regal Entertainment and we heard that Roselle Monteverde plans to enter it in the coming Metro-Manila Filmfest.

We bumped into Frasco at the 80th birthday celebration of Mother Lily at Regal Valencia Events Place and he says its Janella who plays the title role of “The Heiress”. “It’s a horror movie,” he adds. “Mambabarang si Maricel Soriano at si Janella ang magiging tagapagmana niya ng kanyang kapangyarihan. Kasama rin sa cast sina Sunshine Cruz and McCoy de Leon.”

This is good for Janella. A couple of years ago, she topbilled Regal’s Metro Manila Filmfest entry, “Haunted Mansion”, and it ended as one of the topgrossers. After that, her next movies with Regal like “Mano Po 7”, “So Connected” and “My Fairy Tale Love Story” all didn’t do well at the box office. Then she got into that violent break up brouhaha with Elmo Magalona that affected both their careers adversely.

Now, she seems successful in making a comeback and we’re happy for her. As for Elmo, he has yet to make his presence felt in showbiz after that story of him beating up Janella that really had a negative effect on his career. Here’s hoping the Metro-Manila Filmfest screening committee would accept “The Heiress” as an official entry and that it will also be a big blockbuster at the tills like Janella’s “Haunted Mansion before.

As for her lovelife, Janella is being linked to guys with similar sounding names, Marco Gumabao and Markus Paterson.  She’s been seen dating both of them, but she denies that she’s in a relationship with any of them. “We’re just friends,” she insists. “Wala talaga, we’re not even dating we’re not together. Ngayon pa lang ako uli nakakabuwelo sa career ko, e. So ito muna ang aasikasuhin ko at hindi lovelife.”

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gerald butler as secret service agent mike banning

nick nolte as gerard butler's long lost vietnam veteran dad

FIRST, it was “Olympus Has Fallen” versus North Koreans in 2013 then “London Has Fallen” versus jihadists in 2016. They grossed $170 million and $206 million worldwide, respectively, so it’s not surprising that there’s another sequel, “Angel Has Fallen”, making this franchise a trilogy. It brings back Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, a grizzled secret service veteran facing his most scary enemies, his own best friend and private mercenaries who are all out to get him.

Each movie has a different director and this time, it’s former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, but he sticks closely to the same formula. The hero is framed up for attempting to kill U.S. Pres. Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman this time, he was Speaker of the house in ‘Olympus’ and the VP in ‘London’) and he is left on the run to clear his name and bring down the real culprits. As usual, there’s plenty of shooting and explosions for hardcore fans of this action genre, so, happy new year!

Because of the gruelling encounters he had in the previous movies, Mike is now in pretty bad physical shape, slowed down by some of his past injuries and taking pain killers. Pres. Trumbull offers him to just become the secret service director for the sake of his wife (Piper Perabo) and child. But Mike doesn’t like the idea of just being stuck in an office job pushing papers on a desk and he’d much rather prefer to be the president’s personal guardian angel.

During a fishing trip with the president, they are subjected to a well coordinated attack by killer drones that killed so many secret service agents. Mike’s presence of mind and quick response saved the president from death but he is left in a coma. Mike himself is then framed for the assassination attempt and accused of treason and colluding with the Russians to do it.

Soon, the FBI led by the imperious Agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith), arrests him and takes him into custody. But of course, they cannot keep him and he manages to escape. They relentlessly pursue him and he has to evade being captured to discover who is the real mastermind behind the killings. The bad guys are all professionals and Tim Blake Nelson plays the hawkish Vice President Kirby that oddly reminds you somehow of Donald Trump in wanting to Make America Strong Again.

Gerard Butler also serves as producer of this franchise and he has wisely chosen Waugh to direct this third outing as Waugh imbues “Angel Has Fallen” with a no-nonsense approach and bare-knuckled urgency that also serves some valid message about how war takes a spiritual toll on soldiers.

Mike reunites with an old friend in the military, Wade Jennings (Danny Huston), who now heads a company of mercenaries and is easy to guess as one of the villains. He also later asks the help of his estranged dad, Clay (Nick Nolte), who has previously abandoned their family.

During the action scenes, Waugh knows how to make good use of silence to further heighten the tension and even the car chases and shootouts are not as over the top as the two previous movies. The big drone attack is well staged and executed with some ferociousness as the exploding drones dive directly to bomb out secret service agents. The movie can stand on its own for adrenaline junkies and you don’t have to see the two previous editions to really appreciate it.

Butler continues to burnish his brand of movie heroism and macho posturings as the alpha male lead character who brings all the evildoers to justice. He has saved the world before and we have no doubt he can do it again, but it is Nick Nolte as the cantankerous old dad who brings gravitas and some laughs as the Vietnam War veteran.

He lives like a hermit or survivalist in the woods and certainly scores points for knowing how to set off a series of bombs gleefully to get back at the henchmen who try to kill his son. Together, they turn this into a macho buddy action-comedy that has more laughs and charisma than the franchise has ever seen, especially in the end credits scene that’s really quite a kicker.

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Aug 23, 2019

dennis, janno and andrew


JANNO GIBBS is happy to dub the voice of Eddie Garcia for the last movie that the late Manoy did for Viva Films, “Sanggano Sanggago Sangguwapo”. This is the reunion movie of Janno with Andrew E and Dennis Padilla. The three actors have worked together in other hit comedies in the 1990s like “Mahirap Maging Pogi” and “Si Mokong, Si Astig at is Gamol”.

“May naiwan siyang mga eksena na hindi niya na-dub and I’m just proud and honored to dub it for him,” says Janno. “Nagkatrabaho na kami before sa TV sitcom na ‘Si Manoy at si Mokong’, at sa movie naman, in ‘Mauna Ka, Susunod Ako’. Tuwang-tuwa siya kapag ginagaya ko ang boses niya at hindi ko akalaing magagamit ko pala yun for the last movie he did with us. He’d really be missed in the industry as he’s a true professional, not only as an actor but also as a director.”

Andrew E and Dennis P are thankful to Janno for initiating their reunion movie. After Janno became a Viva contract star anew, he suggested to Boss Vic del Rosario that they revive the old school comedy movies of the 90s and Viva’s top honcho agreed to bankroll their reunion movie. With Viva managing his career, Janno is also revitalizing his singing and recording career.

“Our movie brings back yung comedies na panlalaki na very popular noong araw,” says Janno, who looks more energized these days and no longer feeling depressed. “Matagal nang walang ganitong comedy kasi comedies today cater mostly to women and the family.

"Ito, medyo pilyo in nature, and we also inject some new kind of humor to bring our kind of comedy to today’s new audiences. Sa social media, I can see from the comments of people na they also miss this kind of comedy na medyo naughty ang dating.”

In “Sanggano, Sanggago, Sangguwapo”, the three of them are paired with three sexy ladies. Janno is paired with former beauty queen Cindy Miranda. Dennis P’s leading lady is Vanessa Wright while that of Andrew E is Louise de los Reyes.

Supporting them in the movie are Julian Trono, Vitto Marquez, Andrew Muhlach, Debbie Garcia, Zarah Tolentino, Katya Santos, Samantha Page and Jourdanne Castillo. The movie is directed by Al Tantay who also helmed their comedy movies with Viva Films before.

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sue ramirez as adela johnson

director rod marmol with sue ramirez, RK bagatsing and mother lily monteverde

SUE RAMIREZ had an entry in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino last year, “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi”, where she plays the title role and which is now being shown on Netflix. Recently, she was seen playing a wholesome role in the Korean comedy, “Sunshine Family”. She now admits she plays her most daring assignment to date in her role as a “pokpok” in Regal’s “Cuddle Weather”, an entry in this year’s coming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino that opens in theaters on September 13.

“But hindi siya daring in terms of hubaran lang but more so in the language used in the movie that most people would find bastos kasi we use Tagalog words for sex organs and the sex act, mga ganun,” she clarifies. “Malaking bagay talaga that we had a heart to heart talk muna ng leading man ko, si RK Bagatsing who plays Ram, with our writer and director, Rod Marmol, and we had a two-day workshop before we shot the movie.

"This helped para ma-orient kami nang husto sa roles namin and the very frank dialogue that we’re supposed to deliver. Alam na namin kung ano ang kaya at hindi namin kayang gawin. Ako naman, it’s no big deal for me. Kasi I grew up with my dad sick and nakikita ko siyang umihi sa bote so sanay ako sa ganyan. Di ako nao-offend saying the private parts ng mga tao even in Tagalog.”

Didn’t she have second thoughts accepting the role? “Not really, kasi may tiwala naman akong poprotektahan ako ng Regal at ni Direk Rod. Hindi naman basta porno ang ginagawa namin, e. We also had an immersion sa Poblacion and interviewed actual sex workers there. We get to understand their plight and it helped us a lot in interpreting our roles.”

She fell in love with her role in “Cuddle Weather”. “Yes, maganda talaga ang role ko as Adela Johnson. At binabasa ko ko pa lang yung script, natatawa na ako by myself. Ibang klase siya. Basta kung anong hinihingi ni direk for the role, ibinigay ko and aking 100 percent. Na-in love din kasi ako agad sa story after reading the script, the unusual relationship of a call girl and a call boy.  Sexy romcom at love story ng dalawang pokpok.”

Her and RK’s roles are said to be very sympathetic. “That’s what exciting about this film, because people wouldn’t know what to expect in this movie. You will definitely see something that you’ve never seen before. Kasi prostitutes sina Adela at Ram. They do the act with your customers and pretend they are having pleasure. Pero pag-uwi mo sa bahay, mag-isa ka. Wala kang kayakap, wala ibang taong nandiyan para maka-share mo ng feelings mo.”

The movie is also about loneliness and about real love. “Ganun ako rito, akala mo matapang but soft inside, until I meet nga si RK na baguhan lang sa sex business at ako ang naging mentor niyang nagturo sa kanya ng mga dapat niyang gawin kasi mas veteran ako sa trabaho namin. What we’ll show here are not just the sensitive, sexy scenes.

"The movie is more than that. It’s for mature audiences and is about the real feelings of people who have to sell their own bodies just to earn a living. So when you watch, don’t pass any judgment agad on Adela and Ram because you don’t what they are going through. Just watch muna their whole story, their real story.”

So how is it working with a new director like Rod Marmol and with RK as leading man? “Magaling si Direk. He wrote the script himself, so he knows what he wants, but he’s very collaborative, open to suggestions.

"Si RK, he really surprised me. We’ve never worked together before and I don’t really know him. First time namin to work with each other but he’s fun to work with. Pati mga adlib niya rito sa movie, ibang klase. We really helped each other para mapaganda ang scenes namin together.”
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Aug 21, 2019

jillian ward with co-stsrs sofia pablo and althea ablan

THE PROBLEM with little girls is they grow up so very, very fast. She was only 3 years old when she became a Little Miss Philippines contestant in “Eat Bulaga” then GMA got her as a child actress to play the role of Daldakina in “The Last Prince”. She was then launched to stardom at 4 years old, playing the title role in the remake of “Trudis Liit”. We remember her at the presscon then, so cute, bubbly and talkative.

Ten years have passed since then and she’s now 14 years old last February. She never left showbiz even during her so-called awkward stage as she’s always playing a role in soaps like “Poor Senorita”, “Sa Piling ni Nanay” and “Super Ma’am”, and she also became a mainstay in “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” which is now on its third year.

She now plays her first lead role in “Prima Donnas”, the new Afternoon Prime soap that will start airing on Monday to replace “Bihag”. At the presscon, the former child star is now unmistakably a young lady. Dalaga na! So what’s her role in “Prima Donnas”?

“Ako po si Donna Marie, the eldest sa triplets with Katrina Halili as our surrogate mother na nagbuntis sa amin,” she says. “My sisters are Althea Ablan as Donna Belle and Sofia Pablo as Donna Lyn. Magkakahiwa-hiwalay po kami. Marami po kaming mga hirap na pagdaraanan. Hindi naman alam, buhay pa ang tunay naming ama, si Wendell Ramos. Ako po, matitira sa bahay ng lola namin, si Chanda Romero as Lola Prima Rosa Claveria at aapi-apihin po ako roon ni Aiko Melendez at ng anak niya, si Elijah Alejo.”

Jillian is not only a good actress but also a good singer. She’s the total package, so to speak, so we’re not surprised that GMA Network is really taking good care of her as she has the potential to be a big star. Their director in “Prima Donna”, Gina Alajar, says she has no problem with her child stars when it comes to their dramatic scenes because they cry so easily.

“Ang problema lang,” says Gina, “malalabo ang mata nila. Kapag walang contact lens, wala nang makita. Kapag naka-contact lens naman, hindi na makaiyak, their tears won’t come out. So kapag crying scene na, tatanggalin muna yung contact lens para lumabas ang luha nila. Buti na lang si Chanda, tinuruan sila to use a lubricant sa contact lens nila para makaiyak sila. Si Jillian, ang bilis natuto, nakakaiyak na ngayon kahit may contact lens.”

We heard that eventually, a new character will be introduced in the show to play the leading man of Jillian. This is no other than Joaquin Domagoso, the good looking son of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, but they’re still fixing his schedule as his school will allow him to do tapings only on weekends.
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WHAT DO GLAIZA DE Castro and Cong. Alfred Vargas have in common? They are both having short but very special participations in two new Kapuso shows.

In “Prima Donnas”, Glaiza plays the role of Wendell Ramos’ wife who cannot bear her own child so they get Katrina Halili to be the surrogate mom of their offspring. But villain Kendra, played by Aiko Melendez, is so obsessed with Wendell that she’d do everything to get rid of Glaiza in his life. Aiko then engineers a fire where Glaiza gets killed and Wendell gets crippled.

As for Cong. Alfred, he plays a short but pivotal role in the upcoming show, “Magkaagaw”. He will be the man whose love and attention, two women would be competing for, Sunshine Dizon and Sheryl Cruz. He chooses to marry Sunshine and they have a daughter, but his character will also expire in the series early on.

His daughter will grow up to be Klea Pineda, Starstruck 6 female winner who’s given her first lead role in this series. Klea will fall in love with Jeric Gonzales, Protege Artista Break male winner. But Sheryl Cruz, her mom’s former rival, will also be interested in Jeric and will try to snatch him away from Klea. So Sheryl will be the “kaagaw” here of both mother and daughter when it comes to the men in their lives.

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YASMIEN KURDI, bea binene & gabbi garcia in 'BEAUTIFUL JUSTICE'

BIANCA UMALI was unconsolable when Zoren Legaspi as Harold died in a recent episode of “Sahaya”. It was only recently that she learned the truth on who her father really is and they had only known each other for a short period before the henchmen of Anna Roces as Irene, Harold’s legal wife, shot him to death. Many viewers of the show cried with Sahaya and expressed their sympathy on the internet.

What will happen now to Sahaya and to her mother, Mylene Dizon as Manisan? “Sahaya” will end in two weeks so don’t miss the next few episodes to find if there would be retribution on the parts of the show’s vicious villains, notably Anna Roces as Irene, Snooky Serna as Salida and Eric Quizon as Hubert who oppressed the Badjaw tribe to whom Sahaya belongs.

“Sahaya” will be replaced by an action-drama series entitled “Beautiful Justice”, with a cast headed by three lovely actresses: Yasmien Kurdi, Bea Binene and Gabbi Garcia. They play three courageous women who will be fighting for justice due to the the untimely death of their loved ones. They will be supported by Derrick Monasterio, Gil Cuerva, Victor Neri, Valeen Montenegro and Bing Loyzaga.

Recently some cast members who will play law enforcers in the show paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Public Information Office of Director Arnold Carreon. This is part of their immersion preparation for their roles in this new primetime show that will have them do a lot of action sequences in their job as anti-drug operatives.
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