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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 27, 2022

 































TOM CRUISE is turning 60 in July and at his age, he can be considered as part of the endangered species list that should include other Hollywood golden boys like Brad Pitt (58 years old), Johnny Depp (58) and Keanu Reeves (57). 


His “Top Gun” was a big hit in 1986 and became a cult favorite through the years.

 

Now, after 36 years, we have the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” and right away, let us say that it out soars and out flies the original. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell was a lieutenant in the first movie and now, he is still just a captain. 


He could have been in higher positions but being the individualistic rebel that he is, it’s his choice to dodge promotions.  


The original established Maverick as a cocky flyboy known for his insubordination. 


The sequel opens with him, still looking young and fit as ever, ignoring orders of Admiral Cain (Ed Harris) and flying a hypersonic jet into a daring flight that goes beyond its limit. 


This beautifully photographed glowing sequence at the film’s start establishes the superior work of cinematographer Claudio Miranda and director Joseph Kosinski (who previously directed Tom Cruise in “Oblivion”) in taking total possession of the IMAX screen where we watched this. 


The aerial action sequences are just spectacularly breathtaking, conveying altitude and speed effectively and using real skies and not green screens.


And you have to give it to them, they also capture Tom Cruise in all his analog beauty that defies aging in the digital world: zooming through the highway without a helmet on a motorcycle, flying with a helmet in his plane, 


playing football shirtless on the beach (the equivalent of the volleyball scene in the first film) to show he is as fit as his much younger co-actors who play his students, in bed with his leading lady, Jennifer Conelly.  


Since this is 2022, the cast is no longer dominated by white males like in 1986. 


It’s now multi-racial with Blacks, Hispanics and Asians, plus women pilots and they’re all meant to be the best of the best. (But they forgot that Tom Cruise is the just the best, period.)


Some vestiges and elements of the original remain. Maverick’s old rival, Val Kilmer as Iceman, is back here, now the commander of the fleet but afflicted with terminal disease. (And Val Kilmer is really battling throat cancer in real life since 2017.) 


He’s the one who asked that Maverick be assigned as the teacher of the new flyboys for a dangerous suicide mission impossible (oops, sorry, can’t resist), which is to attack a uranium plant in a rogue country.


A stroke of genius is incorporating the son of Goose (Anthony Edwards), the best friend of Maverick who died while they were flying together in the original.


The son is Rooster (Miles Teller, best known for “Whiplash”) who naturally resents Maverick. Their emotional conflict and how they sort out their differences provide a sentimental element in the story. 


Make no mistake about it. This movie is so enamoured with its title character and, obviously, with the actor who’s reprising the role. 


The surprise of it all is that it all works. And yes, Tom Cruise IS Tom Cruise and there is no one like him. Who knows, another 36 years from now, he might be making Top Gun 3, with him still dapper at 96 years old! 


Remember, after this, he’s all set to reprise another franchise character, Ethan Hunt, in the 7th movie of “Mission Impossible” which is divided into Part One to be released in 2023 and Part Two in 2024. 


Well, he has better chances with Ethan than with Maverick as it’s been pointed out in the new “Top Gun” movie that flyboys will be a thing of the past as the future is in drones. 


But this movie will no doubt help propel the U.S. summer 2022 blockbuster season to a very good start.


This will be followed by the new Jurassic Park movie, “World Dominion” the new Thor movie, “Love and Thunder”, the Elvis Presley biopic by Baz Luhrman, “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt and the latest Buzz Lightyear and Minions movies.


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BEAUTY GONZALES is very fortunate since she moved to GMA-7 as she is never idle for so long. 


She is now back in a new and explosive drama series about infidelity, “The Fake Life”. It will start airing on GMA Afternoon Prime on Monday, June 6, replacing “Artikulo 247”. 


“I’m happy na sunod-sunod ang work ko sa GMA after ‘Loving Ms. Bridgette’ on Afternoon Prime, ‘AlterNate‘ with Dingdong Dantes on primetime, and now I'm in 'The Fake Life' naman,” says Beauty who just celebrated her 31st birthday on May 28. 


“Thank you for their trust in giving me very good projects.”


She welcomes working with new leading men in “The Fake Life.” 


“Yes, I now get to work with award-winning actors like Ariel Rivera as my husband and Sid Lucero as the other man in my life. Nakaka-inspire silang katrabaho kasi pareho silang napakagagaling talaga. 


"I feel blessed I get to play good roles at iba’t iba ang napapanood ng tao na character sa akin. Dito, ako yung unfaithful wife, marupok, ako ang nagkamali. I’m also happy to work with Direk Adolf Alix again na director ko rin sa ‘Ms. Bridgette’.” 


She’s now under a new talent management. Why did she leave Arnold Vegafria and transferred to Becky Aguila? 


“Ako naman, I just follow my feelings. Mabilis lang ang lahat nang lumipat ako. 


"I’m now happy with Mama Becky. Everything is going on smoothly. Heto, I have a new show and I also have a new movie.” 


She turned 31 on May 28. How did she celebrate it and what's her birthday wish?  


“We’re still in a lock in taping for ‘The Fake Life’. Hindi pa kami tapos, so I’m busy working on my birthday. Wala na akong wish kasi I'm so happy right now, sa career ko and sa family life ko.”


She’s very thankful to her husband. 


“Yes, kasi very supportive siya sa akin. He can see I’m enjoying acting at sabi niya, I should really fulfill my dreams as an actress. 


"Also I want to show na kahit na may asawa na ako, I can still do all sorts of roles just like actresses abroad na kahit may family na, okay pa rin ang careers nila.” 


But she is giving herself a deadline in showbiz. 


“Sabi ko sa husband ko, in around six years, I promise na magre-retire na ako. When I had my daughter kasi, bumalik na ako uli agad sa work and since then, hindi na ako natigil. 


"My husband saw I’m enjoying it and I’m a happy wife with a happy life. And to my daughter who’s now six, I promise na kapag teenager na siya, I will stop na and babawi ako sa kanila ng daddy niya. 


"So ngayon, ginagalingan ko talaga ang trabaho ko para kahit umalis na ako, may maiwan akong mark dito.”   


Does she have any other wish? 


“I just want to thank GMA as I’m very happy with them at wala na akong mawi-wish pa about my career. I really cannot complain and I feel so blessed. So wala na ako talagang mawi-wish kundi, siguro, world peace.” 


Doesn’t she feel awkward that she’s only 31 on May 28 but she’s now playing the mother of grown up kids? 


“Okay lang naman sa akin. Hindi ako nao-offend. Trabaho lang yun and I take it as a challenge as an actress. It’s how you carry yourself lang naman. 


"In my first nanay role nga, the actor who played my son, mas matanda pa sa akin, si Enzo Pineda, so sabi ko, it’s his job na mas magmukha siyang bata kaysa sa akin on screen.”

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RAMON DE OCAMPO plays Hamlet at the Antaeus Theater in  Glendale, California as it launches its new theater season. 


Ramon is one of the busiest Filipino actors in the U.S. as he has done plenty of TV shows and movies in Hollywood.  


He did importante roles in such TV shows as Notorious, Guidance, 12 Monkeys, The West Wing, Medium, Killer Instinct, Sons of Anarchy, Major Crimes, HAWAII 5-0, NCIS: New Orleans, CSI: Cyber, the Player, Castle, Bones, CSI and Gang Related.  


His films includes: “30 Nights”, “Happy Endings”, “xXx: State of the Union” (with Ice Cube, Willem DaFoe, Samuel L. Jackson), “Hamlet” (with Campbell Scott), and “I am I” (with Jason Ritter).


Ramon has done other Shakespearean roles for the Glendale based troupe: Angelo/ Claudio in measure for measure, Hal in Henry IV, Banquo in Macbeth and Edgar in King Lear. 


As one of the organizations teaching artists for 10 years, he took part in a program bringing the Bard’s works to juvenile detention centers. "The kids were incredibly responsive" he says. "Themes like tragic flows and revenge resonate with them.” 


He is also the narrator and host of Antaeus The Zip Code plays now in their third season.  He has done a lot of reading for audio books, like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid".


On the challenge of playing Hamlet, he says: “I think anyone who's played Hamlet realizes it's the biggest role they'll ever play. I’ve counted 1,500 lines and at a certain point all you can do is find a way to bring yourself to it and not look at other actors’ Hamlets. 


"I thought it's such a big role and I better learn it first. There has to be something that connects and resonates in a place that's real for you. I'm moved by the drawn-out family relationships, the idealization of a father and the struggle with a mother and what happens inside that fight. 


"There's a big sequence with Hamlet and his mother that asks if mothers and sons can come to terms with their faults and understand each other, especially after a tragedy.”


Ramon was born in the Philippines, the son of former finance secretary Robert Ocampo who’s the current Chairman of Veterans Bank. 


An accomplished Television, Film, Stage, and Voice actor, Ramón was raised just outside of Washington, DC, in Virginia. He graduated with a BFA (summa cum laude) in Acting from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh. Here's hoping Ramon can come to Manila someday and perform Hamlet in one of our local theaters.

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May 26, 2022

 



















































JAK ROBERTO is happy to be part of the new GMA sports-drama series, “Bolera”, which will be shown on primetime replacing “False Positive” starting this Monday. 


His last teleserye was the afternoon drama with Klea Pineda, “Never Say Goodbye”. 


So what is his role in “Bolera”?


“Ako yung best friend ni Kylie Padilla since childhood at nung lumaban na siya sa billiards, ako ang tumayong manager niya,” he says. 


“May lihim akong pagtingin sa kanya but hindi ko mai-express ang feelings ko. Tapos pumasok si Rayver Cruz at siempre, nagselos ako.” 


And how is it working with Rayver and Kylie? 


“Chill-chill lang kami sa taping. It’s my first time to work with them in a drama series. 


"Si Rayver, nakakasama kong kumanta sa ‘All Out Sundays’, so more or less, magkakilala na kami. Wala kaming naging problema. Si Kylie naman, nakasama ko before sa GMA acting workshops, but this is the first time we’re acting together.”


He says Rayver really surprised him. 


“Kasi nga sa kantahan lang kami nagkakasama, so nagulat ako sa kakayahan niya sa pag-arte. Before the take, nagjo-joke pa siya, tawa lang nang tawa. 


"Pero kapag nakaharap na kayo sa kamera, he transforms. Nakakakilabot ang galing niya.”  


How about Kylie? 


“Noong una, akala ko, masyado siyang serious, but we opened up to each other at madali naman kaming nakapag-adjust sa isa’t isa. 


"As a co-actor, very open siya on how to do a scene, so natitimpla namin nang maayos kung paano namin gagawin ang aming mga eksena.”


Another reason he enjoyed doing the lock in taping of the show in Pampanga is he got to work with the much awarded actress, Jaclyn Jose, who plays Kylie’s mother. 


“I really got excited working with Tita Jane as I know how good she is. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, gusto kong mag-workshop sa kanya, to learn how to be so relaxed in doing my scenes. 


"She’s very generous naman at tinutulungan niya ako talaga. Actually, everyone was cooperative sa show na ito including Al Tantay as Kylie’s dad, Joey Marquez as the man who betrayed Tito Al and Gardo Versoza as Kylie’s rival, si Kubrador. 


"We really had very good teamwork with our directors, Dominic Zapata and Jorron Monroy.”


He also got hooked in playing billiards in real life. 


“After ‘Bolera’ kasi, I also starred in ‘Magpakailanman’ in the story of a real life billiard champion. Kaya nag-enjoy ako and I will continue to play billiards. 


"I really appreciated all the techniques na itinuro ng coaches namin on how to play well. Balak ko nga ngayong bumili ng billiard table para makapaglaro ako sa bahay namin.”

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THERE HAVE been many movies about gambling. The one we remember the most is Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler” which was filmed twice in Hollywood, first starring James Caan in 1974 and then Mark Wahlberg in 2014. 


Now comes “Pusoy” from Vivamax, written and directed by NY-based short filmmaker Italian-American Phil Giordano who gets his full length directorial break here in Manila.  


Giordano obviously got a lot of help from his creative producer, Brillante Mendoza, specially in the writing of the screenplay with all its lines in Pilipino and in establishing the film’s local milieu. 


Although the film focuses on gambling, the central character is not the chief gambler himself, Rodolfo (Baron Geisler), who owns a small underground gambling den.  


The lead character is actually his bodyguard, Popoy (Vince Rillon), on whom the film opens when he gets into a brawl after being accused of cheating in a card game in a wake. 


He runs away and gets to return to his home where we learn his mom (Raquel Monteza) is suffering from kidney disease and is desperately in need of a transplant. 


His whole family depends on Popoy, including his dad (Julio Diaz), an older brother, a younger sister and his own wife (Jela Cuenca) and his own son. 


We see Popoy making love to his wife in the film’s first gratuitous nude bedscene. Then his boss, Rodolfo, comes to fetch him along with his paramour and card dealer, Xandra (Janelle Tee.)


They go to a gambling joint where Popoy ends up killing a player who catches Rodolfo cheating.  


They leave and Rodolfo then goes home with Xandra for the film’s second graphic sex scene. 


This time, this is done with a difference. Rodolfo enjoys sado-masochism with Xandra as the nasty dominatrix who punishes him while they lustily make love.   


It turns out the man killed by Popoy is the son of a powerful man and cops soon show up to invite Rodolfo to their station. 


He then calls up a general for help but the general asks him for P10 million as payback. Rodolfo and Xandra then work to cheat double time on the gambling table to raise the P10 million he needs.   


As if his troubles are not enough, Rodolfo sees a pretty card dealer in a gambling joint, Mika (Angeli Khang), and pirates her from her owner, Banong (Kiko Matos.)  


Of course, Xandra will not take this sitting down and the spurned Janelle Tee seethes like hell hath no fury as she's a woman scorned.  


She then plots out to steal all the money Rodolfo has collected in his safe, with the help of Popoy who’s also in dire need of funds for his mom’s kidney transplant. 


It this were a film by the cult director of Vivamax, everyone would end up dead. But here, they're not as brazen and fearless so not everyone dies.


As such, those who are out thirsting for more blood would kinda be disappointed as there is no real bloodbath. 


One thing we can say, though, is that we’re happy for Vince Rillon. At least, he didn’t end up being savagely tortured the way he was sliced and diced in his last Vivamax outing, “Kaliwaan”.  


The movie is actually about low lifes who live very messy lives, so we don’t know if you would invest your emotions with any of them. 


It turns out Rodolfo has his own wife and teenage daughter who is an inveterate drug addict, so he has her committed in a rehab clinic. 


Xandra is a single mom with a crybaby of a son and like we said earlier, Popoy is the doormat of his needy family.  


The only one not given much of a personal back story is Mika, and we don’t even know what happens to her character when the movie ends. 


But who cares? After all, you don’t really expect to watch a Vivamax movie for an inspiring and uplifting experience about the human condition, do you?


But in the sex department, “Pusoy” will not disappoint Vivamax loyal subscribers who have learned to associate it with erotically arousing entertainment. 


Janelle gets to make love several times with Baron and also with Vince, while Angeli has a sex scene with Vince inside a rest room, with Kiko Matos inside a car, and with Baron in bed while he wraps his belt around neck and ask her to bark like a dog while he’s taking her from behind. 



The S & M factor of inflicting and receiving pain (with humiliation on the side) is the new element here that hopefully, discerning and sharp-witted Vivamax lovers would recognize and warmly appreciate, so that more of the Vivamax content creators would also include them in their upcoming salacious works in the not so distant future. 


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May 25, 2022

 




































THE TWO-YEAR covid pandemic no doubt affected everyone. 


We ask Concert Queen Pops Fernandez and her co-singers in the concert tour, “Four Kings & A Queen”, Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyala Hajji Alejandro, Romantic Pop Icon Marco Sison, Prince of Pop Ballads Nonoy Zuniga and Hitmaker Singer-Songwriter Rey Valera, as to how the virus personally affected them.  


“The pandemic was a shocker for all of us,” says Pops. 


“Affected tayong lahat. I took it as a time to reflect about life, why it happened and ang buong mundo, apektado. Now, I’m glad it’s over at sana huwag na siya bumalik pa.”  


“I took it as a chance to spend more time with my family,” says Hajji. “Tatlo na ang apo ko, e. My daughter Barbie has one and my son Ali has two. Si Rachel lang ang walang baby. 


"Because of the pandemic, I was able to record a new song, ‘Dati’, which is perfect for looking back at our life then and appreciating the things we just took for granted. It’s now available for download on Spotify and other outlets.” 


“During the pandemic, I was just staying sa probinsiya namin sa Laguna,” says Marco. 


“I had time in my hands at walang galawan, so nagtinda ako ng barbecue. Namigay rin ako sa frontliners at ang daming nag-sponsor sa’kin, pati concert producers sa America. 


"But now, isinara ko na rin kasi napakahirap dahil ako mismo ang nagka-cut ng baboy, nagtutusok sa stick, tapos ako pa yung nag-iihaw. Masakit pala sa kamay. But dahil doon, andami kong nakilalang mga kababayan ko, lalo na yung mga millennial. So nag-enjoy rin naman ako selling barbecue.”  

“It’s a good thing natapos na ang pandemic kasi kaming singers, walang work, walang booking,” says Nonoy. 


“So yung naiipon ko, nababawasan. But now, sana tuloy-tuloy ng back to normal tayo para mas dumami pa ang concerts namin like itong ‘Four Kings & a Queen’.” 


“I’m an introvert so okay lang sa’kin when I’m alone at nasa bahay lang ako,” says Rey Valera. 


“But habang walang work, nag-aral ako through my computer. I learned to arrange music and do mixing sa computer ko. I also wrote a book, ‘The Rey Valera Story, Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko’, so abangan nyo.” 


The “Four Kings & a Queen” US concert tour is produced by Amore Entertainment of Ms. Pia Legaspi and will start at the Northern California Graton Bay Area Resort & Casino on June 25,  Saban Theater at Beverly Hills on June 26, Sahara Event Center at Las Vegas on July 1, 


Bally’s Casino at Lake Tahoe on July 3, Bally’s at Atlantic City on July 9, Copernicus Center in Chicago on July 10, Double Tree Hotel in Portland Oregon on July 15 and Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on July 17. 


The concert is presented by Philippine Air Lines, Sendwave fee-free money transfer app for sending money to the Philippines and Atty. John Yen Law Offices. 


The ticket demand for the concert is overwhelming, which means that their fans who have not seen concerts of Pinoy stars are just too eager to watch them again perform. 


They will be accompanied by a live band with Gerry Matias as musical director. For inquiries, call (562) 832-4959 or visit  www.amoreentertainmentusa.com

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JOEY KING started as a child actress. We best remember as the daughter of Channing Tatum in the action thriller, “White House Down”, and as the haunted girl in the very first “The Conjuring” movie. 


She later got nominated as Emmy best actress for her role in “The Act” as the girl who murdered her mother for exploiting her all her life. 


She gained teen stardom in Netflix' “The Kissing Booth”, a teen romantic comedy that was such a hit it had two sequels. 


She now stars in “The In Between”, based on a young adult novel, and plays Tessa, a high school student who grew up with foster parents and has a very cynical worldview. 


The movie starts with a car crash. Tessa is lying on the road with her boyfriend, Skylar (Kyle Allen of “A Map of Tiny Perfect Things”, about a boy trapped in a “Groundhog Day” kind of time loop). 


She regains consciousness in a hospital and learns that Skylar unfortunately didn’t survive the accident. 


We then see their love story in a series of flashbacks. 


They first met when Tessa went to a local theater showing an old French movie, “Betty Blue”. It turns out it has no subtitles and a guy in the moviehouse, Skylar, speaks French and offers to translate it for her. 


What a cute meet, isn’t it? They are obviously attracted to each other but they parted without exchanging their numbers or anything. Tessa’s hobby is photography and she is told to cover a rowing competition. 


There, she sees Skylar again as he is one of the rowers. 


They go out and she takes him to an abandoned hotel where he teaches her how to dance the waltz and they get to kiss. 


On a July 4th celebration, they go out on a boat and he teaches her how to row, declaring how much he loves her. But Tessa has so many issues she has difficulty expressing herself.  


In the present, Tessa continues to pine for Skylar and tells her best friend Shannon (Celeste O’Connor) about the In-Between, a place in the great beyond where someone who just died can have one final communication with a loved one before moving on. 


Shannon doesn’t contradict her but even tolerates her by helping her try to get in touch with her dead boyfriend.  


She even drives her to places where they felt strongly connected, hoping Skylar will communicate with her. They get to connect on a mirror at the abandoned hotel but the mirror breaks. 


At this point, everything has gotten so tedious as the movie is needlessly going on and on. It’s too long for such mawkish sentimental crap. 


From the start, it’s clear that they’re not good for each other. Skylar has a good family life, with parents who love him, he’s an outstanding student and athlete and has already been accepted in a good school for college. He’s also a handsome and very charming jock. 


In contrast, Tessa has an ax to grind against the world and should clearly be undergoing therapy. Having her as a girlfriend will definitely be a challenging test of patience. 


She’s also short and a bit fat. Honestly, we don’t know what Skylar sees in such a problematic girl. 


And theirs is a tragic summer romance we just can’t sympathize with. Tessa keeps on trying to connect with a dead guy. What she really needs is an exorcism. 


The film is based on a novel written by Mark Klein, who also wrote the screenplay. 


When Tessa learns that Skylar can speak French and Italian, she tells him: “If I could just read Dante’s Inferno in the original, my life would be complete.” 


This feels so forcing through. Tigilan nga ako, no! Go ka na lang sa impiyerno at doon ka nga nababagay. Watch na lang ako ng “Euphoria”.

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May 24, 2022

 



























































MARIAN RIVERA renews her contract for 30 more months as lone endorser of Beautederm Home under the Reverie line of home scents that originally consisted of soy candles and air purifiers as well as room and linen sprays. 


She deeply appreciates the deep friendship she has developed with Beautederm Pres. & CEO Rei Anicoche Tan. 


"We became close kasi I can feel yung sincerity niya,” she says. “More or less, pareho rin kami ng ugali. We’re both transparent at pareho kaming family ang priority sa buhay.” 


As for Ms. Rei, she considers Marian as numero uno among her 70 plus endorsers. 


“I appreciate na may malasakit talaga siya sa mga produktong ine-endorse niya for us. No kidding, mawala na lahat ng ibang Beautederm endorsers, huwag lang si Marian. Hindi lang siya friend, family na rin siya, e.”


Originally, the Reverie line of Beautéderm Home includes Into The Woods (Bamboo Scent), Smells Like Candy (Cherry Scent), Time To Bloom (Fresh Rose Scent), Something Minty (Eucalyptus Scent), and Rest & Relaxation (Lavender Scent) – all created from formulation to individual packaging in very close collaboration with Marian. 


In 2021, the line introduced two additional scents namely Matcha To Love and Take Me Away.


This year, Beautéderm Home levels up as it introduces brand-new, essential products under the Reverie line that will not only provide every home an ambrosial ambiance but will also protect it from germs, bacteria, and viruses as well.


The first of the new products is Pour Tout Faire – a 3-in-1 multi-purpose spray that deodorizes, disinfects, and protects as it is formulated to eliminate unpleasant odors; to instantly disinfect surfaces as it destroys bacteria and viruses upon contact; and to effectively protect. 


With its two variants Fresh & Vibrant and Clean & Calm, Pour Tout Faire is ideal for sanitizing and freshening the air; for linens and all surfaces; and it may be applied to the skin and on clothes while being 100% safe for children and pets.


Also, as a special treat to honor the partnership renewal of Beautéderm Home and Marian, Reverie will be releasing a special limited-edition soy candle box set that includes three new scents which include Inviting Cherimoya, Irresistible Vanilla, and Tempting Pear and Melon.


“I am truly overjoyed that my relationship with Beautéderm Home lasted this long and I’m excited as I look forward to many more years of being with this brand that is very dear to my heart,” says a luminously beautiful Marian. 


“We have worked so hard in developing these new products and I am so proud to introduce and present them to everyone.”


Ms. Rei Anicoche-Tan, on the other hand, expresses that her relationship with Marian has transcended from business to a loving sisterly bond that she deeply treasures. 


“Marian is an extremely valued member of the Beautéderm family and I am so happy to have her onboard as the brand ambassador of Beautéderm Home for another 30 months and hopefully more years in the future,” says Rhea. 


“Marian and I are really like sisters. She’s my baby sister as she is the sweetest and the kindest, and one of the most professional ambassadors that we have. 


"What I love about her is that her love for me is wholeheartedly extended to my staff and to all of our resellers and distributors. I truly celebrate Marian and her solid partnership with Beautéderm Home. But more than that, I am grateful for her sincere and loyal friendship.”


Luxuriate in the exhilarating aromas of Reverie’s latest line of products and protect your family and loved ones as you make Beautéderm Home your top choice in infusing your home with the sweet fragrance of true love.


For more information on Beautéderm Home and Reverie and exciting updates about Marian Rivera-Dantes, follow @beautédermcorporation on Instagram and TikTok; follow @beautedermcorp on Twitter; like Beautéderm on Facebook; and subscribe to Beautéderm TV on YouTube.


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‘SILIP SA APOY’ is one of Vivamax biggest hits. 


It starred Angeli Khang and was directed by Mac Alejandre. They’re now together again and this time, it’s in an 8-episode series, “Wag Mong Agawin ang  Akin”. What’s it all about?


“Story ito ng isang mother and daughter,” he says. “Angeli plays a girl na lumaking walang magulang. 


"So we show kung ano ang epekto nito sa isang bata who is feeling abandoned.  How does it shape her character? 


"Dito, nagsikap siya to improve her life, pero maraming humahadlang sa kanyang kaligayahan. Her mom is played by Jamilla Obispo na akala, namatay na ang anak niya pero hinahanap pa rin niya nang yumaman siya.”


How does it feel working with Angeli again? 


“I really look forward to working with her again kasi Angeli has proven to me na magaling siyang artista at she showed na nagtitiwala siya sa akin.  


"She’s an instinctive actress, dun ako nagulat. First shooting day pa lang ng ‘Silip’, nakita kong kaya ko siyang i-push. 


"Kita ko sa mata niya at sa body language niya yung emotional and psychological range niya, kayang ma-stretch. Bilang artista, ang potential niya, malaki. 


"Ang attitude niya ay tama and her willingness to learn and her drive to achieve her craft to the fullest, tama ang perspective niya. 


"She also has this childhood innocence that she maintains and this certain degree of purity. Mabait na bata siya at mabuting tao at importante yun for her to be a good actress. 


"I want to be part of her journey to push her craft forward and guide her artistic muscles.” 


Does he think Angeli will win an acting award someday?


“I have no doubt that one day she’ll win a best actress award. It will definitely come someday. 


"Ako, I really admired her performance sa ‘Silip sa Apoy’, not just because of the daringness, but dahil niyakap niya nang buo at mahigpit ang role niya. She gave lahat ng hiningi ko sa kanya and I’m grateful sa trust na ibinigay niya sa akin.” 


How does it feel to be directing a series again? 


“Yes, this is my first series in five years. And this is my first in a streaming channel. I’ve been directing for 30 years.  


"I’m just happy and grateful to be part of Vivamax, a platform doing films and series na mapapanood in about 40 territories at maraming nabibigyan ng trabaho.” 


What are the challenges of directing a series now? 


“The greatest challenge is the pandemic. The virus is still here. But ang na-realize ko, challenges will always be there, no matter how hard and well you prepare. 


"So you just have to be ready all the time and no need to panic. The challenges will help push you to be more creative.”


Will this be sexier than “Silip sa Apoy”? 


“Iba naman ang requirements nito sa ‘Silip sa Apoy’. Angeli will be more daring but not just in doing sexy scenes. 


"I’m hoping she’ll show more of her creative muscles para makita naman natin ang ibang aspeto ng kanyang pagiging artista, para lalong pahusayin ang kanyang craft and for her to gain more experiences as a good person and a good actor that go together. 


"She has done other projects since ‘Silip’ at sana, lahat ng natutuhan niya doon, mai-apply niya ngayon dito para lalo pang mapakinang ang acting niya.” 

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ANGELI KHANG is all set to be seen in the movie “Pusoy” on Vivamax starting this Friday, May 27, but she has now started taping for her first streaming series, “Wag Mong Agawin ang Akin”, directed by Mac Alejandre who helmed her in her biggest hit, “Silip sa Apoy”. 


What is the difference of her role in “Silip” to “Wag Agawin”?


“Iba ang ‘Silip’ kasi battered wife ako, inaapi ng jowa ko. Physically, emotionally and mentally akong pinahihirapan. 


"Dito sa ‘Wag Agawin’, I’m working as an escort girl. Anak akong inabandona ng ina kaya may emptiness sa puso ko dahil hinahanap ko pa rin ang nanay ko. It's more about mother and daughter.”  


How is it working again with Direk Mac? 


“I am very happy to be reunited with Direk Mac kasi tinulungan niya talaga ko sa craft ko as an actress. Andami kong natutuhan noon sa kanya sa ‘Silip’, so I’m delighted to be working with him again. 


"Sobrang thankful ako, kasi with direk, para akong pumapasok sa school to learn new things.”


Direk Mac has nothing but praises for her. What can she say about this? 


“I’m so flattered na he says malaki ang potential ko. I’m just so grateful kasi andami niyang nakikita sa’kin na ako mismo, hindi ko pa nakikita sa sarili ko. So I just promise na I will always try to do my best for him.”


Does she feel pressure for “Wag Agawin” to be a bigger hit than “Silip” in Vivamax?  


“There will always be pressure sa mga ginagawa ko, but since si Direk Mac ang director ko ngayon, just like in ‘Silip’, I really trust him na kung nagawa namin noon, magagawa rin namin ngayon to please Vivamax viewers.”  


What can she say to bashers who claim that all she does is to disrobe for the camera? 


“Even if I’m doing sexy roles, I’m just thankful and honored na napunta ko sa ganitong path ng buhay and career ko.  Hindi madali ang ginagawa namin sa harap ng camera, but as an actor, there’s always a lot to learn. 


"Hopefully, I will be given more challenging dramatic roles in the future. I just believe in myself na makakaya ko whatever role they give to me.”

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