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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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May 25, 2019

pancho with sanya lopez

PANCHO MAGNO displays his hunky physique in several scenes in “Dahil sa Pag-ibig”, GMA Afternoon Prime’s new daring drama that is now making waves. He plays Gary, an artist who is so in love with Sanya Lopez as Mariel, but Sanya spurns him and instead chooses to marry Benjamin Alves as Eldon.

“Maganda yung role ko,” says Pancho. “I felt so crushed after Sanya dumps me pero nagawa kong makabangon at bumawi. Nakilala ang artworks ko here and abroad and they are worth millions kaya yumaman ako. Si Sanya naman, nagkaproblema sa asawa niya nang mabilanggo sa Saudi at kailangan ng pera para mapalaya ito. So I make her an offer that’s difficult to refuse. I will give her her husband’s blood money, but bilang kapalit, kailangan kong maangkin ang katawan niyang ipinagkait niya sa akin before. Parang indecent proposal.”

He has love scenes with Sanya. How does his wifey, Max Collins, feel about it? “Okay lang, kasi hindi naman niya pinapanood, e. Ako rin naman, I prefer not to watch her delicate scenes, although sa ‘Bihag’, I saw her scenes with Jason Abalos at kissing lang naman. Mild compared sa ginawa namin dito sa ‘Dahil sa Pag-ibig’. But I’m happy for my wife kasi she also has a good role in ‘Bihag’ at sobrang focused siya sa role niya, which is really very intense. I help her sometimes. Nagto-throw lines kami para mas ma-improve ang delivery niya. Kasi kung minsan, may accent pa, e.”

They’re both busy now. When do they intend to have a baby? “As of now, chill muna. Mas inuuna naming magkaroon kami ng sariling bahay, para pagdating ng baby, we have settled down na talaga in our own house.”

So how is it working with Sanya in “Dahil sa Pag-ibig”? “It’s our second time together kasi nagkasama na rin kami before sa ‘Haplos’. But iba itong ‘Dahil sa Pag-ibig’ dahil mas malalim ang conflict ng story and ng roles namin. What I feel for her here borders on obsession. Kasi sobrang love ko pa rin siya kahit alam kong may asawa na siya’t anak. Sa ‘Haplos’ naman, wala kaming intimate scenes kasi may pagka-fantasya yun, e. May love scenes din ako with Kelly Day, who plays my girlfriend, si Allison. She’s a newcomer pero magaling siya. Siempre, magagalit siya when she discovers I still have feelings for Sanya kahit kami na.”

Doesn’t he mind showing off his bare torso on screen all the time? “Okay lang. Basta kailangan naman sa scene. May scene na umahon ako sa swimming pool, alangan namang naka-shirt ako roon. Also, sa bedscenes, lagi akong walang shirt, topless. As an artist and sculptor, may scene din ako doing my art pieces na nakahubad ako. Okay lang, kasi pinaghihirapan ko naman itong katawan ko sa kawo-work out sa gym everyday. I’d like to thank our director, Ricky Davao, who’s my ninong sa binyag, for helping me out. Sinasabi niya kung kulang o sobra ang mga ginagawa ko sa eksena. He’s also an actor so he’s full of useful suggestions on how to be more effective in our performance. Actor’s director talaga siya.”

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BARBIE FORTEZA has joined the ranks of stars who have their own youtube channels where they post their own videos about the latest happenings in their lives and careers. Her videos have already had more than 8 million views and she now has 400,000 subscribers. Her fans support her wholeheartedly in trying to gain more followers so she can get to the 500,000 subscribers mark.

“Nakakatuwa talaga kasi ang bilis dumami ng subscribers ko,” says Barbie whose “Kara Mia” continues to get positive feedback from its loyal viewers. “Talagang sinusubaybayan nila ang postings ko kaya naman ginaganahan ako lalong mag-post ng more videos. Yung recent trip namin sa Japan (with her BF Jak Roberto and sister Sanya Lopez), andaming hits hindi lang from regular JakBie fans kundi even from other viewers na na-enjoy yung sightseeing and food tripping na ginawa namin sa Japan.”

Barbie also just celebrated her second anniversary of going steady with Jak, which Jak himself calls as their “second year of happiness”. “Yes, nakaka-two years na kami and so far, so good. Maayos ang lahat and wala kaming na-experience na malaking conflict or tampuhan. Even my parents like Jak, magkakasundo sila.”

For their anniversary, Jak took her to an upscale fine dining restaurant and Barbie later wrote that she found it too pricey. “Masyadong mahal, pero na-appreciate ko si Jak kasi he wants our anniversary celebration to be really memorable.”

The pictures of them having dinner together that she posted on her social media account elicited very positive and favorable reactions from their fans who are all hoping their relationship will last forever and eventually end up in front of the altar. Right now, Barbie is also excited because she reportedly got an offer to do a movie with internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.

This will no doubt boost her stock and be a good opportunity for her to be seen abroad. She has won a best actress award before in a film festival in Portugal for playing the role of a Badjaw maiden in “Laut”. It’s about time she gets to do another quality movie once again.

Meantime, in “Kara Mia”,  Jak as Boni has discovered the truth that Barbie as Kara has a big secret: that she has two faces, her and that of her sister, Mia played by Mika de la Cruz, with whom she shares one body. Jak gets shocked with this revelation and cannot accept, leaving Barbie crying and brokenhearted as it means the end of their romantic relationship.
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eddie garcia's comeback show on GMA 7 with gabbi garcia, thea tolentino and gil cuerva

Dingdong Dantes topbills THE DESCENDANTS

GMA NETWORK is now cooking up a lot of new shows to start airing in the last half of 2019 and shown one after the other in the next few months. First is the suspenseful horror-thriller, “The Haunted Wife”, starring Rayver Cruz who’s so lucky to have no less than three leading ladies: former Miss World Megan Young, Kris Bernal (who just did “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko” with Rayver) and Kim Domingo. The story must have been inspired by an episode shown in “Magpakailanman” last year also titled “The Haunted Wife” which starred Yasmien Kurdi and Mike Tan.

Next is “Primadonnas”, an upcoming drama to be directed by Gina Alajar. This comes after her big success as director of the hit primetime show, “Onanay”. This will star Aiko Melendez (in her comeback to GMA-7 after 9 years), Wendell Ramos, Katrina Halili, Chanda Romero, Benjie Paras, former child actress Jillian Ward and new teen stars Althea Ablan and Sofia Pablo.

Next is a yet untitled action-drama that will be the comeback vehicle of veteran actor Eddie Garcia to GMA-7. Eddie was last seen as a Kapuso actor in “Little Nanay” four years ago. His new show will be directed by Toto Natividad who directed him before in ABS-CBN’s “Ang Probinsyano”.  The young stars accompanying Eddie in this new series will include Gabbi Garcia (who’s now definitely on her own after her love team with Ruru Madrid has ended), Gil Cuerva and Thea Tolentino.

Then there’s the much awaited local version of the Korean hit dramatic love story, “The Descendants”. Dingdong Dantes will be playing the leading man called Big Boss, the leader of an elite military team, while Jennylyn Mercado (who’s still in “Love You Two” with Gabby Concepcion) is said to be the choice as the leading lady, Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, a cardiothoracic surgeon also known as Beauty. Also confirmed to be part of the cast are Jasmine Curtis Smith as Moira and Rocco Nacino as Wolf.  This will be directed by Dominic Zapata.

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GMA Network Advisory: Rescan digital TV box now 

GMA Network urges Mega Manila viewers to rescan their digital TV boxes immediately to continue watching and to find GMA and GMA News TV much faster when channel surfing.

To rescan, just follow these simple steps:

·         Press “Menu” and go to “Settings”

·         Under “Installation”, press “Factory Default” and enter the password on the dialogue box (for example: 0-0-0-0)

·         Select “YES” to confirm Factory Default

·         Choose “Auto Search” or “Auto Scan” then press “OK”

·         Wait for the auto scan to be completed or until “Search Completed” appears on the screen then press “OK” or “Exit”

·         Search for GMA and GMA News TV using the up and down buttons of the remote control

Cable and satellite subscribers do not need to rescan.

For more information, contact 462-8177 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., emailsignalreception@gmanetwork.com, visit facebook.com/gmatvsignal, or log on towww.gmanetwork.com/digitalhowto.
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May 23, 2019

PROTEGE winner JERIC GONZALES got very positive reviews for his portrayal of a male sex slave in the Middle East in a recent episode of "Magpakailanman" Now, Jeric will surely gain more raves for his convincing portrayal of a recovering drug addict in this Sunday's episode of "Stories for the Soul"

GMA Network’s inspirational anthology, "Stories for the Soul", features the heart-tugging story of a reformed man whose complicated past continues to haunt his life and besmirch his reputation. The episode entitled “Bad Sam” is a modern take on the well-known “Parable of the Good Samaritan” from the greatest book known to man, the Holy Bible.

It tells the story of Sam played by Jeric, a recovering drug addict who returns to his community after receiving treatment in a rehabilitation center. Amidst his efforts to change and start anew, Sam is still subjected to public scrutiny and prejudices. 

Sam gets the chance of a lifetime when a returning OFW is held up and stabbed by unidentified robbers. Will this incident finally absolve Sam of his tainted reputation or will the self-righteous people in his community hold him accountable once again? 

Co-starring with Jeric in this dramatic episode are Rita Daniela as Ellen, Phytos Ramirez as Daniel, Tom Olivar as Kap. Roger and Lilet as Claring.

Hosted by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, witness Sam’s moving struggle as a recovering drug addict in "Stories for the Soul" this May 26, after "Dear Uge", on GMA 7.

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yasmien kurdi, manilyn reynes, mikee quintos & yuan francisco in DAIG KAYO NG LOLA's special episode, DOWNLOAD MOMMY 

THIS SUNDAY (Mayo 26), don't miss the month long Mother’s Day specials of the multi-awarded family-oriented program of GMA, "Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko", which continues to reign in the ratings game.

The episode entitled “Download Mommy” is the touching story of a loving mother, Kristel (Manilyn Reynes) and her struggle against a downloadable virtual or digital mom from an APP called “Download Mommy” (Yasmien Kurdi). Her kids Kring (Mikee Quintos) and Kahel (Yuan “Paopao” Francisco), are now seemingly more attached to the internet mother than to her.

In the final episode ay makikita si Kring na lugmok sa lungkot because her mother Kristel has been turned into a cardboard standee. Humingi siya ng tulong mula sa may-ari ng cellphone stall kung saan nagmula si Download Mommy. She is told that the only way to get back her own mother is for Kring to stop using Download Mommy at talikuran ang lahat ng mga materyal na bagay na bigay nito.

Will Kring be able to reject the luxurious life offered to her by Download Mommy and return all the material things that were given to her just so she can get back her real life mother?

Find out if the sincere and pure love of a mother will triumph over sa mga materyal na bagay and win her kids back in "Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko" this Sunday night after "Amazing Earth" on GMA Sunday Grande.
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DISCOVERING new talents is the life blood of showbiz and this is where Star Magic really excels as it has introduced so many new stars through the years. STAR MAGIC, the Kapamilya talent management arm behind the success of many of today's local superstars, introduced on Wednesday 16 new faces poised for the big time in showbiz. The unveiling of Star Magic Circle 2019 coincides with the month-long celebration of the ABS-CBN group's 27th anniversary, which has so far been marked with digital documentaries and retrospectives.

Composed of rising TV commercial talents, standout ramp models, Star Magic workshoppers, acting newbies, a budding host, a “Halik” actor, a political scion, a former boy group member, a young dramatic actress, a great granddaughter of a celebrated 50s actress, a “Pinoy Big Brother” hopeful, a “The Voice Kids” season 2 alumni and a promising actress seen in the hit "Eerie", this lot has undergone rigorous training in order to be fully equipped for the entertainment industry. And here are the new faces to watch out for:

IG: @_gillianvincencio
Age: 19
Talents: acting, dancing and singing
Small but terrible Gillian Vicencio cannot remember that she really wanted to join showbiz. But it was her dear friends who reminded her that she used to promise that she would be seen on camera someday. And true enough, this budding actress who started in the TV commercial scene recently spooked viewers through her debut film “Eerie” by master director Mikhail Red. The was shown internationally and Gillian considers the opportunity of sharing the screen with seasoned stars like Ms. Charo Santos, Jake Cuenca and Bea Alonzo as the biggest highlights of her first big screen experience.
Since she’s starting in the business, this former culinary arts major hopes to be able to maintain her good values and to try her hand in performing. But if it were up her, she’d like to share the screen again with Bea, and if it’s not too much to ask with returning star John Lloyd Cruz someday. Her exceptional performance in “Eerie” has given her, her first ever iWant series titled “Karga.”

IG: @belle_mariano
Age: 16
Talents: acting, dancing and singing
Despite being so young, Belle Mariano is not really a newbie in this business as she was seen in “Goin’ Bulilit” before. What’s interesting though is how she summons her acting prowess by her effective portrayal of dramatic roles given to her in “Maalala Mo Kaya” or “Ipaglaban Mo.”
Belle recently finished junior high school and is hoping to be appreciated not only in acting but also in the singing and vlogging scene. At the moment, this KPop fanatic is polishing her guitar-playing and singing skills by posting her cover versions of popular songs on her social media accounts.
In the future she likes to collaborate with other jazz and RnB singers like Moira dela Torre, while she dreams of playing Bea Alonzo’s younger sister in a film or a series. In the meantime, Belle is focusing on her upcoming films “Danztep” and “Sa Isang Sulok ng mga Pangarap,” as well as her upcoming iWant show titled “13 Reasons Why Not.”

IG: @_glenvargas
Age: 23
Talents: acting, dancing and singing
Glen Vargas is coming in fully equipped for show business. This former boyband member who stands 5’7 in height has already experienced performing onstage and with some foreign stars, at that. Glen has also checked off being part of films like “Chain Mail,” “Talk Back and Your Dead” and “Diary ng Panget”. He has done modeling internationally and while others are still dreaming of experiencing a casting call and shooting abroad, Glen has already done both in Singapore and Thailand, respectively. He has also initially showed off his acting chops in straight plays and in doing TV commercials. He dreams of someday being given the opportunity to work with his idols such as Angelica Panganiban, Janella Salvador, Jericho Rosales and Piolo Pascual, probably as a bida kontrabida.

IG: @kendrugarcia
Age: 20
Talents: acting and rapping
Kendru grew up in Saipan so he's not conversant in Pilipino, but thanks to various rap songs and his passion for the said genre, he was eventually able to embrace our local tongue and more. Rapping, likewise, enabled him to tap on his inner composer as he collaborates with friends who share the same passion for it. But the fact of the matter is, it was his older sisters who really opened his eyes to the showbiz and the benefits of enrolling to Star Magic Workshops.
Being a workshopper for a few years now has allowed this 5’8 headturner to develop a keen interest on dramatic acting, since for him, it brings out the person’s pure emotions. Hence, his dream of working with award-winning actor John Lloyd. But  aside from landing on an action or a lead role, he also dreams of recording his own rap song and further polishing his rapping skills in the future.

IG: @arielleroces
Age: 22
Talents: acting, dancing, modeling, hosting and vlogging
Morena beauty Arielle Roces has been the face of a number brands as a TV commercial and print ad model. While she’s been content with doing commercials, as it already paved the way for her to work with other talents and seasoned stars, Arielle has always had a dream of venturing into showbiz. She has actually tried her hand once as part of the short film “Esperanza.”
As a business analytics graduate, Arielle has previously tried her luck in the corporate world but she eventually realized that her heart really belongs somewhere else. Someday, she hopes to do an action film, preferably donning a cape or having superpowers and get to work with leading men like Sam Milby and Gerald Anderson.

IG: @eiselserrano
Age: 20
Talents: acting and singing
You can say that 5’6" budding actress Eisel Serrano is a determined go-getter because everything she dreams of, she tends to achieve. This classic beauty has checked off all her major goals of late including losing weight, traveling the world, obtaining her Travel Management degree with flying colors and entering show business. Eisel is coming in fresh into this business after discovering her passion for acting and performing as a Star Magic Workshopper.
Thanks to her several workshops, Eisel was able to go out of her shell and somehow overcome her reserved nature. As a fan of both rom-coms and drama, she hopes to be able to share the stage with Bea Alonzo and Liza Soberano in the future. But if given the chance, she’d also want to star in a project as a kontrabida.

IG: @ralewis
Age: 21
Talents: Acting, dancing and modeling
Standing 6’3 and having a pair of unique and magnetic eyes has helped Filipino-Canadian-Polish RA Lewis to establish himself as an easy ramp model favorite. His mixed genes could also be the reason why he somehow looks like Hollywood A-Lister Leonardo di Caprio during his younger years. But behind his arresting features lies an athletic and artistic guy who enjoys drawing to release stress. Thanks to his Lola, who pushed him to audition for “Pinoy Big Brother” just when he’s about to go back to Hong Kong, he wouldn’t have been scouted to be part of Star Magic.
RA admits that he was initially hesitant to really pursue showbiz, even though he used to act in school and despite the improvement of his sensibilities after months of workshops. But he saw the opportunities that came his way as a sign to try his luck in the business. Now, he looks forward to having the chance to work with Piolo Pascual and Kim Chiu or probably donning the hat of a kontrabida in a crime or action film.

IG: @javibenitezzz
Age: 22
Talents: Acting and hosting
He’s probably cut out for something else, what with the fact that he’s the son of former 3rd District of Negros Occidental Congressman Albee Benitez, he stands 6’0 tall and that he finished a double degree in Political and Computer Science. But Javi  is excited at the idea of dipping his hand in show business. The good thing about Javi is that he isn’t coming in blind into the industry, as he has already tried his hand in hosting at the ANC show “Game Changer” and the Studio 23 show “Sports Kidz,” while doing ramp and print modeling on the side.
He recently drew followers on social media due to his posts, which revealed his discipline and hard work in the gym. But more than being known for his chiselled physique, Javi dreams of earning his stripe as a dramatic actor, which could probably help him get the chance to work with his crush, Elisse Joson.

IG: @_aiyanawagonner
Age: 12
Talents: Acting and modeling
Filipino-American Aiyana Waggoner’s enviable height and beautiful face might exude the aura of a professional model but the truth is she is the youngest in the batch. At 12, this Pampanga-born potential beauty queen already stands 5'8" and is still growing. She comes from humble beginnings and has joined a number of ramp modeling events where she often earns the title of being the youngest in the lot. The most recent was the Bench Fashion Week. She might be the baby in the group, but she’s definitely not one to be disregarded whenever she’s asked to try acting or do an on-the-spot modeling challenge.
Aside from becoming an actress and an international model, Aiyana dreams of becoming the onscreen sister of Chantal Videla, as well as Kapamilya leading ladies Liza Soberano and Bea Alonzo. Aiyana recently showed her acting chops as part of the film “Eerie.”

IG:  @arabelladelro
Age: 17
Talents: acting,dancing, hosting and singing
Arabella del Rosario could very well be considered as a modern day snow white, what with her timid demeanor and milky white skin. But what sets her apart from Snow White is her determination in achieving her goals in life and in trying new things in life in order to improve herself.
While she has learned to sing first, Arabella eventually came to love dancing even more. Her passion for performance and putting a smile on people’s faces serves as her biggest motivation in entering the business. After being discovered through a billboard outside her school, this 5’5 stunner also dreams of giving life to a fictional character, could be a superhero, a mermaid or even a vampire. But she is also excited to be given the chance to work with her idols, Bea Alonzo and Liza Soberano.

IG: @anthonyjenningss
Age: 18
Talents: acting , dancing and singing
One look at 6’0" tall, Filipino-British budding actor Anthony Jennings, you won't think he speaks Tagalog well. But he does, and he is actually one proud Pinoy whose various life experiences became his motivations in acting. His amiable face and towering height plus his notable acting prowess landed him huge TV commercials that helped him and his family.
His foray into the TV commercial scene though started after a friend egged him to try it. Since then he’s been part of a good number of commercials, as well as some Kapamilya shows like the iWant show “Touchscreen” starring Pokwang. Anthony developed his love for acting since he is a self-confessed fan of local shows and movies. He’s also set to debut on the big screen through the upcoming Star Cinema film “Hello Love Goodbye” starring Kathryn Bernardo and the upcoming LizQuen soap. But in the future, he still hopes to play a mad character while sharing the camera with Jericho Rosales.

IG: @jcalcantaraofficial
Age: 19
Talents: acting, singing and composing songs
This 5’8" Pinoy cutie recently made waves as Bogs in the top-rating and trending soap “Halik” but JC Alcantara is actually more than just a dramatic actor. Prior to that, he was also part of the romance-drama movie “Kasal” starring Bea Alonzo and Paulo Avelino. He has also wowed many with his acting skills on the “Ipaglaban Mo” episodes Kulam and Kuya.
But he was first able to spark the interest of the network after being part of a viral TV commercial from one of the country’s top food chains. Since then, blessings continued pouring his way and he eventually found his way to Star Magic. But on top of acting, JC, who is a budding guitar player, is also good in singing and even in writing songs. And despite being able to work with Jericho in the primetime soap, JC still hopes to be able to share a scene with him in the future.   

SOPHIE: great granddaughter of Paraluman, granddaughter of Baby O'Brien and daughter of Rina Reyes

IG: @soupwithsophie
Age: 20
Talents: acting, dancing, singing and composing songs
She’s one of the few people who could very well relate to the popular Ang Huling El Bimbo lyrics “Kamukha mo si Paraluman” because the latter is Sophie Reyes’ great grandmother and former TV host Baby O'Brien is her grandma. As the daughter of seasoned actress Rina Reyes, it’s only but natural for Sophie to venture into acting as well. In fact, her first brush in the industry happened onstage as part of the musicals “Sound of Music,” “Magsimula Ka” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
But what sets this tisay stunner apart from her lolas and her mom is the fact that she also loves music and composing songs in the same way that she loves dancing. This multi-talented young lady has finished a degree in theater. Soon as she hung her graduation cap, Sophie ventured into doing commercials by sending in her CVs to various agencies. Now that she’s part of Star Magic, Sophie hopes to share the screen with Kathryn Bernardo while playing the role of a femme fatale.

IG: @jimenezmelizza
Age: 17
Talents: acting, hosting and singing
After her breakthrough project with KathNiel, as part of their film “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” Melizza Jimenez then ventured on TV as part of “Wansapanataym’s Tikboyong” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” And now that she has officially finished senior high school, this young actress has decided to take a leave of one year from school and push behind her plans to study in Australia to discover what the industry has in store for her. Aside from being notably beautiful, Melizza also has the brains to boot because this young actress graduated with honors from her class.
While she’s still very eager to hone her acting skills through various workshops, Melizza is also excited to share her singing skills to the audience. In the future, she wants to collaborate with one of her best friends, Kira Balinger, and probably write and release her own song.

IG: @jeremiahlisbo
Age: 20
Talents: Acting, dancing and modeling
Standing 6’0" tall, Jeremiah Lisbo, is a big ball of energy, both literally and figuratively, what with his crazy jokes, his zany behavior and witty wisecracks. But while he seems your typical pilyo, Jeremiah believes in three things: training, hard work and prayers. According to him, those three things helped him land his dream modeling stint and TV commercial for a food chain giant. It has also aided him to survive juggling his budding modeling career, his studies, and being the head of their college’s sports organization. He is currently completing his internship for his Hotel & Restaurant Management course at a 5-star hotel in Makati.
Jeremiah appreciates his enviable height the most whenever he is playing basketball. One thing that is worth noting about Jeremiah is his openness to try on new things. Someday he hopes to become a kontrabida and to be able to share the camera with Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano and Piolo Pascual. Not too long from now, he would be fulfilling his other dream of working with Liza Soberano as he is set to be part of the upcoming LizQuen soap.

IG: @kyleecharri
Age: 15
Talents: acting, dancing and singing
Kyle Echarri has been making waves lately as Kristhoff Tejada in the trending Kapamilya Gold soap “Kadenang Ginto” and as part of the Gold Squad together with Andrea Brillantes and Francine Diaz. But his name first became familiar to the viewers as one of the Top 6 contestants in “The Voice Kids Season 2.” While he admits that he doesn’t have any professional voice training prior to the show, Kyle’s immense talent catapulted him to join the reality music competition “We Love OPM” and to become an “ASAP” performer. His charisma and skills also paved the way for him to be launched as a member of the show’s teen group “ASAP G!” last year. He was also able to show off his acting chops in the big screen as part of the family drama “Seven Sundays.”
Kyle is keeping his fingers crossed in releasing a second album and collaborating with his brothers Darren Espanto and Inigo Pascual. In terms of acting, Kyle is praying that in due time he would land a leading man role in a future project.

Don’t forget to tune in and catch the official launch of the newest members of the Star Magic Family, the 2019 Star Magic Circle on “ASAP Natin ‘To” this Sunday, May 26 and on June 2 at the Tatak Star Magic event in Ayala Fairview Terraces.
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May 22, 2019

sue ramirez with marco masa, shamaine & nonie buencamino in SUNSHINE FAMILY

SUE RAMIREZ is lucky that she is the chosen tourism amabassador of South Korea in the Philippines as this is the primary reason why she got one of the lead parts in the Phiilippine-Korean co-production, “Sunshine Family”. “I love Korea,” she says. “Dahil pabalik-balik ako rito as their tourism ambassador, three times na, it has become my fave travel destination.

"But this is the first time I stayed there for almost a month. I love their food kasi ibang level ang sarap, and this time, mas nakapagbiyahe ako outside of Seoul. Ang linis-linis ng bansa nila. Kaya lang, sobrang lamig when we shot there in November. May scenes na naka-short shorts ako at tinititiis ko lang talaga ang sobrang lamig.”

She is paired in “Sunshine Family” with KPop idol Shinwoo of the boyband called Blanc 7. Their director is also Korean, Kim Tai Sik. “Sunshine Family” is a comedy drama based on a 1992 Japanese hitr film, “Hit and Run Family”. “I though at first mahihirapan kami sa shoot because of the language barrier, but everything went smoothly kasi may intepreters naman,” she adds.

“Mababait silang lahat, very professional, lalo na si Shinwood na nagpapaturo pa sa’kin ng Tagalog words. We even get to sing together in the movie. English song that was recorded in Korea. Sa premiere night ng movie namin, he’ll be coming over to Manila and we will sing it together. Doing ‘Sunshine Family’ in Korea is really a memorable and great experience for me.”

Why is the movie’s title “Sunshine Family”? “Kasi mas maganda naman ang dating nito kaysa sa original title na ‘Hit and Run Family’, di ba? Also, the title reflects our nature as Filipinos na sunshiny ang attitude sa buhay. Kahit may problema, nakangiti pa. Yun ang nangyari sa’min dito sa movie.

"We faced a big problem nang may ma-hit and run ang father namin, si Noni Buencamino, but all bonded well as a family with the help of our mom, si Shamaine Buencamino, hanggang malampasan namin ang aming problems.”

Sue was not linked to Shinwoo because it’s common knowledge she’s now playing beautiful music with PH Boyband member Joao Constancia. She plans to take Joao to Korea one day. “I want to take him to Busan during the cherry blossoms festival kasi ang ganda talaga, tapos, ipapakain ko siya sa mga zombie roon,” she laughs.

A co-production between our own Spring Film and the Korean company, First Line Productions, “Sunshine Family” will open in theaters of June 5.

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the entire cast of THE LAST INTERVIEW

taken at the presscon at Max Restaurant

JOHN ESTRADA plays the most challenging role in his acting career as the late Antonio Halili, the mayor of Tanauan who served for five years until he was shockingly assassinated by a sniper on July 1 of last year while participating in their city’s flag ceremony. The movie is written and directed by journalist and film director Ceasar Soriano, who was able to interview the slain mayor just before the violent crime took place, that’s why the title of the movie is “The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story”.

“In that last interview, he talk about his dreams and aspirations for Tanauan,” says Direk Ceasar. “He’s very serious about his fight against illegal drugs and he became controversial for forcing drug users and pushers to do a walk of shame as part of their punishment, but for which he was accused of human rights violation.”

“I feel honored to be chosen to play Mayor Halili on the big screen because he has a very colorful life and an intriguing personality,” John Estrada says. “His life story is not only just interesting but very inspirational in his desire to do good in his job as a public servant. I prepared for the role by watching some of his videos to study his mannerisms, how he moves, how he makes gestures, how he speaks. I had to wear a wig kasi makapal ang buhok niya.

"I also talked to his wife to learn more about him as a husband and father. Direk Ceasar wants me to put on some of his real clothes pero ayoko. Takot kasi ako sa multo. Yung isang decoration sa wall nila, biglang nalaglag while we’re shooting in their house. Tapos, someone with a third eye said nakikita niya si Mayor na nandun pa sa loob ng bahay at palakad-lakad dun.

"May scary experience kasi ako sa ganyan nung bata pa ako. Yung lolo ko died tapos yung toy train ng brother ko na sira na, biglang tumunog at umandar. Few days later, my brother got sick and also died. Sabi nila, kinuha ng lolo ko kasi favorite apo niya yun. Mula noon, takot na ako sa multo.”

Is the movie some sort of propaganda? “No, not at all,” says John. “I told the director I won’t make it if it’s just propaganda na may bahid ng politika. It’s more like a celebration of the life of Mayor Halili and his accomplishments as mayor of Tanauan. Hanga ako talaga sa tapang niya sa kanyang paglaban sa droga. Kasama rin dito ang kabataan niya, where he’s played by Martin Escudero at kung paano niya niligawan ang naging misis niya.”

Direk Ceasar, who also plays himself in the movie, adds: “Everything you see in the movie really happened. Walang dagdag o imbento, pati yung walk of shame na pinagagawa niya sa mga nahuhuli sa droga. Yung nagsasabing human right violation yun, you should understand that the mayor has his own strategy na matapang at walang kinatatakutan to stop criminality in his city and it’s effective kasi the people recognize that it produces good result and lessened criminality.”

Does John see himself joining politics someday, like his good friend Richard Gomez? “No, I don’t think politics is for me. May relatives ako sa Basilan na tumakbo, but ako, it never entered my mind. I’m happy being an actor.”

The movie shot on actual locations in the home of the Halilis and the city hall of Tanauan. “The Last Interview” opens in theatres Wednesday, May 22. It also stars Ara Mina as the mayor’s dutiful wife Gina, Mon Confiado as the mayor’s father, Martin Escudero as the young Halili, Phoebe Walker as the mayor’s daughter who is now the new mayor after winning in the recent elections, Juan Miguel Soriano (son of Direk Ceasar) who plays the mayor’s aide who’s missing up to now, plus Michael Flores and Kate Alejandrino. Aside from this movie, John is also in GMA Pictures’ “Family History” with Michael V and in the primetime Kapuso soap, “Kara Mia”, with Carmina Villaroel.
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May 20, 2019

jane with barbie/ jerome/ mother lily/ & direk easy ferrer

JANE OINEZA is the personal choice of debuting director Easy Ferrer to play the female lead role of Kit in “Finding You”. “I’ve worked with her several times sa ABS-CBN kaya alam kong magaling siyang aktres at bagay siya sa role ng best friend at kababata ni Jerome Ponce in the story,” says Direk Easy. “And I was right dahil they both really shine performing their respective roles in the movie.”

Jane says her pairing with Jerome worked because they’ve been good friends ever since they got to work together in the afternoon soap, “Nasaan Ka nang Kailangan Kita”, four years ago, in which Direk Easy was the assistant director. Wasn’t there a rumor that they really became on while doing that drama series?

“No, never po naging kami,” she replies. “We’re more than friends but less than lovers, parang hindi nag-bloom yung relationship namin. May posibilidad, pero hindi umabot doon, hanggang friendship lang talaga, and we have managed to maintain that friendship up to now.”

So why didn’t it prosper? Does Jerome have qualities she didn’t like then? “No, he has many good qualities. As a person, he can be really sweet. He’s thoughtful, mabait siya. And may sense of humor kasi napapatawa niya ako. I was really comfortable with him. Kaya lang, pareho kaming career ang priority that time. Trabaho lang nang trabaho. We go out with other friends and nagkukuwentuhan kami kapag matagal kaming hindi nagkikita. And it helped dito sa ‘Finding You’, maniniwala ka talagang we’re the best of special friends in the story kasi we’re so comfortable with each other.”

In the story, Jerome is afficted with hyperthymesia, a condition where he doesn’t forget anything that happened in his life, so all the heartbreaks he experienced continue to haunt him. Jane as his best friend returns from living in the States to get married but their meeting each other again prove to be crucial in both their lives. Will Jane be the reason for Jerome to finally get to forget all the hurtful things that happened to him before?

“Yun po ang dapat nyong abangan sa movie,” says Jane. “Romcom po ito pero may scenes din na puno ng drama. Ibang-iba sa romantic movies na napalabas na po before.”
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