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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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Jan 28, 2021

 










MILES OCAMPO is a Kapamilya actress but IdeaFirst Company borrowed her and she now gets to play the pivotal role of Isabel in TV5 and Cignal’s hit primetime teleserye, “Paano ang Pangako?”


“As Isabel, I play the daughter of Gilleth Sandico, who works for the family of Tita Bing Loyzaga,” says Miles. “Pag-aagawan ako rito nina Elijah Canlas as Noel and Kyle Velino as Drake.”


She’s lucky because in “Gameboys”, now shown on Netflix, Elijah and Kyle are rivals over Kokoy de Santos. 


“Yes, ngayon, babae na ang pinag-aagawan nila,” she laughs. “I’m really thankful sa projects na bigay sa akin ng IdeaFirst Company. I’m happy na pinag-aagawan nila ako and happy to work with them both kasi ang gagaling nila and pati ang iba pa naming kasama sa series.”


In real life, she has never had a boyfriend since birth, and yet now, two guys are fighting over her. 


“Yes,” she agrees.  “Sabi siguro ni Lord, hindi mo pa nararanasan yang love sa totoong buhay, pero heto sa teleserye, mae-experience mo yan. So kahit sa teleserye man lang, maranasan ko ito. 


"But although wala pa akong experience sa love, my friends, they often ask me for my advice about love and naa-appreciate naman nila ang mga sinasabi ko sa kanila.”


It’s good Star Magic allowed her to work with TV5? 


“Yes, nagsabi naman po ako. Ang tagal ko na ring wala regular soap. My last was ‘Sana Dalawa ang Puso’, which was three years ago pa. So I’m glad this offer for ‘Paano ang Pangako’ came. At least, may bagong teleserye ako.”


So how is it doing lock in taping for “Paano ang Pangako” in San Pablo? 


“Maganda ang samahan namin sa set ng buong cast kasi kahit first time ko silang nakatrabaho, naging comfortable kami agad sa isa’t isa. 


"Lahat sila sa teleseryeng ito, napakagaling, nakakahiya kung hindi mo gagalingan kasi madadala ka kapag kaeksena mo sila. 


"Si Elijah, kahit hindi ako naiiyak, kapag nakita ko na siya, maiiyak na rin ako. Napakagaling din niyang magbadminton, which we do on our rest days. Pagod na kaming lahat, pero siya, hindi pa.” 



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                             GLAIZA DE CASTRO
               CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA
                 RAYVER CRUZ
                         MIGUEL TANFELIX
                 KYLINE ALCANTARA
  GMA SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER FOR 'ALL OUT SUNDAYS': MS. RIZA MARINAS


‘ALL OUT SUNDAYS’ is celebrating its first anniversary this Sunday with a spectacular live presentation direct from GMA's Studio 7. 


To announce this, they had a special zoomcon with AOS regulars Glaiza de Castro, Christian Bautista, Rayver Cruz, Miguel Tanfelix and Kyline Alcantara facing the press online. 


AOS actually just started on the air when the pandemic came and stopped them from performing live but just the went on by zoom and streaming.


“We’re really happy that AOS fans stood by us and in one year, talagang palakas nang palakas ang show,” says Christian.


“We really feel super blessed na the show’s fans, nakatutok talaga sa amin nang buong taon at naging consistent sila sa pagsuporta sa amin,” says Rayver. 


“I’m also thankful because AOS gave me the chance to do some singing. Sobrang excited kami kasi live na live kami this Sunday.”


“Yes, sobrang sarap mag-perform nang live, kaya don’t miss us this Sunday,” says Miguel. “Times 2 or times 3 siguro ang energy na ibibigay namin in all the numbers that we will do.”


“Hindi madali ang pinagdaanan namin during the pandemic when we’re performing sa bahay lang namin,” says Kyline. “But we’re so happy na kami pa rin ang leading Sunday noontime show at naitawid namin ito for one year kahit sa streaming lang. 


"Pero siempre, iba talaga ang excitement kapag live, so abangan nyo this Sunday na live kami sa GMA studio.”


“Abangan nyo rin this Sunday, we are starting a new comedy segment called ‘Eternal Flame’,” says Glaiza. “Bale ito ang kapalit ng ‘Tapsikret’ na biglang naputol noong March. 


"Kasama pa rin namin si Paolo Contis and may bagong love triangle. May parts ito na period kasi set in the past, parang flashbacks, so naiiba siya.”


The fans of the show have various suggestions about AOS, like making it all musical and removing the comedy portions. What can they say about this? It’s Senior Program Manager Ruth Marinas who replies:  


“We listen to the feedback of the fans and we appreciate their suggestions, but we can’t please everyone. When we launched AOS last year, it's with comedy na, so it’s part of our DNA. 


"There are also a lot of people who appreciate the comedy, many of them like to laugh while they’re having lunch. So gagalingan na lang namin lahat ng segments ng show. Abangan nyo this Sunday kasi star studded as the cast of all the other new GMA shows this new year will be there.”


She says February will be a very special month for them. 


“February is Valentine, so Kapuso month ito and we have a series of celebrations. On February 7, we will be introducing a new product from GMA. On February 14, it’s Valentine’s day so very special yan, siksik, liglig at umaapaw in what we will offer to you.”


What are their safety measures now that they’re going live? 


“There will still be no live studio audience. Only the audience and the staff, the artists will be there but, even on stage, may social distancing pa rin. We have health guards directing us to make sure we don’t disobey any rules. 


"Lahat din, nag-swab test to make sure everyone in the studio is negative. The artists, bawal tumawid ng dressing rooms. May kanya-kanya silang area. Bawal din ang maraming alalays. 


"They’re all cooperative naman, yung iba, sila na ang nagbibihis, nagme-make up on their own. Pati sa pagkain, di na puedeng sabay-sabay for the safety of everyone.”


What can they say that their rival show is being aired on two different stations? 


“Competition is always good kasi it motivates us to give our best,” says Christian. “Ang panalo diyan is the audience, kasi pagandahan ng mapapanood nila. 


"It’s a friendly kind of competition naman. We all love what we are doing, which is performing. It gives us so much joy to entertain the audience. The whole AOS cast, suportahan kami, no rivalry among us, lahat naghihilahang pataas. Our hashtag now is AOS, Number One.”


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Jan 27, 2021

 










         JAMINE CURTIS SMITH as MIMI in 'MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD'
the four friends in 'MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD': GLAIZA DE CASTRO, ANTHONY FALCON, JASMINE CURTIS SMITH and DINO PASTRANO



JASMINE CURTIS SMITH appears as one of the leads in “Midnight in a Perfect World”, an entry in the last OCinema Filmfest that will now be shown streaming on Upstream.ph starting today, January 29. 


It’s supposed to be a horror movie but with political undertones. What prompted Jasmine to accept the project? 


“When I read the script, it’s something I haven’t done before,” she says. “Horror movie siya na kakaiba. Weird ang mga eksena. We’re running most of the time and it’s always a black out. Very scary kasi something is chasing us, we don’t kung ano or sino, at napakadilim. 


"I said gusto ko siyang gawin and I‘d like to try working with the director, Dodo Dayao. Later on, I learned it has references to past happenings in our country, like martial law, and also current ones, like the war on drugs.”


What’s her role in the movie? 


“I play Mimi. Doon sa four major characters that we play nina Glaiza de Castro, Anthony Falcon and Dino Pastrana, I’m the one who's very sensible, a level headed person and a very caring friend.”


Is the movie physically and mentally exhausting to do? 


“It’s more physically tiring than mentally exhausting. Kasi maraming eksena ng habulan and we have to make sure our pacing is correct with the camera movement. Mentally, I think more challenging ito for the viewer kasi they have to figure out what’s happening. 


"The movie is something they really have to experience for themselves. Me, I really love watching horror films. Anything that makes you feel eerie and give you spooky vibes. I don’t know why, but if I just enjoy getting a good scare. So do watch our movie if you want to get scared.”


How is it working with Glaiza de Castro for the first time? 


“We had fun working together. We shot a horror movie, but while we’re doing it, masaya kami sa shoot kasi everyone has a good sense of humor on the set. Kami ni Glaiza, we got to talk about a lot of things, like what we buy online, kung ano ang mga laman ng carts namin. 


"We jived well and we all became good friends on the set, along with Anthony Falcon and Dino Pastrana. We formed a good bonding as professionals in the industry.”


How would she sell “Midnight in a Perfect World” to online viewers? 


“Let us guide you in this journey to a world of random blackouts, curfews, running from the you-know-who's and figuring out what kind of trip this is all about. We assure you, you’d enjoy the ride!”

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ALDEN RICHARDS is so happy that one of his shows stalled by the virus, “Centerstage”, is now coming back on the air on February 7, Sunday. 


“Centerstage” is a singing competition for children hosted by Alden with Betong Sumaya and it now features a high tech virtual set where the kiddie contestants do not have to go to the studio anymore and expose themselves to the dreaded corona virus. 


“Their performances will be shot right inside the comfort of their own homes,” says Alden. “There will also be no live audience to make sure no one gets infected by the virus. 


"When the show’s telecast was suddenly stopped by the virus last year, andaming netizens ang nagtatanong kung kailan ibabalik ang show kasi nabitin daw sila. Ang gagaling kasi ng kid contestants namin sa show. Now, itutuloy na ang ‘Centerstage’ kaya hindi na sila mabibitin.”


So he will now be seen twice on Sundays. At lunch time, he and all the talented Kapuso performers will entertain the viewers on lunch time in “All Out Sundays”, and in the evening, he will be seen hosting “Centerstage”. 


Alden is so happy as “All Out Sundays” continues to be the number one lunchtime show on weekends. 


Last Sunday, they were threatened by the “sanib-pwera” move of ASAP, with ABS-CBN and TV5 joining forces against them, but the ratings showed that “All Out Sundays” continued to emerge as the one triumphant and victorious in the surveys even if they're just on zoom and their rival aired live.


This Sunday, watch out for another “pasabog OPM performances” in “All Out Sundays” led by Alden, along with Julie Anne San Jose, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Paolo Contis, Ken Chan, Rita Daniela, Gabbi Garcia and Rayver Cruz. Don’t miss it as they're going live this Sunday for their special anniversary presentation!


For the big screen, it’s been confirmed that Alden is set to do a full length film with Bea Alonzo after they were paired in a TV commercial. 


The project is set to be an adaptation of the hit Korean romance, “A Moment to Remember”, which is in turn based on a classic Japanese movie, “Pure Soul”.


The Japanese original film was made 20 years ago and it’s about a young woman afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 


The project is spearheaded by Viva Films, now that Bea is no longer with Star Magic but independently managed by Shirley Kwan. In all probability, they’ll start it shooting after the pandemic.




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Jan 26, 2021

 










HARD COPY OF MY PEOPLE'S JOURNAL COLUMN THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021


A NEW young love team is born in the MiKel tandem of the new show, “The Lost Recipe”, that stars Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda. It started airing last week, Monday to Friday at 8 PM, and it not only went trending on Twitter but is now officially the highest rating show of GMA News TV Channel 11.


NEWCOMER KYLE VELINO of 'GAMEBOYS' fame now happy to be part of the soap about two warring families in TV5's hit drama series on primetime, 'PAANO ANG PANGAKO?' where he figures in a romantic love triangle with Elijah Canlas and Miles Ocampo.


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                              THE NEWEST KAPATID HOST/ ANCHOR: GRETCHEN HO
GRETCHEN HO AT HER CONTRACT SIGNING WITH TV5, WITH HER ARE EXECUTIVES OF TV5 AND CORNERSTONE, THE COMPANY MANAGING HER CAREER


GRETCHEN HO was officially welcomed by TV5-Cignal Pres. & CEO Robert Galang to be part of the Kapatid Network in a solo zoom presscon for her hosted by MJ Marfori. 


A great athlete and a gracious host, she will be the new face of sports and entertainment reporting.


“I’m so happy and excited to be part of the TV5 and Cignal family,” says Gretchen who just had lasik eye procedure and came from the birthday celebration of her mom in Bataan. So what will she do with TV5?


“Starting February 1, I’ll do hard news as co-anchor of ‘The Big Story’ with Roby Alampay, Monday to Friday at 8 PM on Cignal's One News. Then I will also cover entertainment and sports stories for ‘Frontline Pilipinas’ on TV5. 


"I’m excited as we now have UAAP and NBA, also volleyball and, hopefully, matuloy sana ang Olympics this year and I can cover it also.”


Later on, she will produce her own show, “Woman in Action”, on Cignal TV’s One News and One PH.  


“‘Woman in Action’, is my personal advocacy and online platform which I launched on my birthday last year. I do public service work like the Donate a Bike drive which I put up for our kababayans who lost their jobs during the pandemic. We have given away 1,100 bikes so far. 


"Public service is my personal calling, my heart is in helping other people.  As a host, I’ll also do ‘Puso Pilipinas’ for Smart Digital, so I’ll appear on various platforms, like free TV cable and digital formats, which is good for my growth as a broadcaster. 


"I want to keep growing as a person to keep myself sharp.”


Born on April 19, 1990, Gretchen was a volleyball player for the Ateneo team for 5 years before going professional with Petron for 2 years. She graduated from the Ateneo with two degrees, AB Communications and BS Management Engineering. 


ABS-CBN then got her to host a sports magazine show in 2013 and she later joined mainstream shows like “Umagang Kay Ganda” and “TV Patrol”.


During the zoom presscon, Kapatid colleagues Raffy Tulfo, Cheryl Cosim, Lourd de Veyra, Jay Taruc and Roby Alampay warmly welcomed her. 


So what can we expect from Gretchen in her new home network?


“You’ll be seeing a more mature Gretchen Ho here. More confident na, kasi marami na akong experiences in my line of work. I will be writing my own stories. 


"When I started, I was so shy, ni hindi marunong mag-make up. Atletang-atleta pa. Then this new door opened for me. 


"Malaki ang naitulong ng pagiging volleyball player ko kasi galing mismo ako sa battlefield, so when I interview athletes, alam ko kung ano ang itatanong sa kanila and I know how to help them para umangat sila with the help of media. 


"I’m so grateful to ABS that they believed in me as an athlete who can transition to being a host. I learned so much from them.”


What can she say that her past BF when she was with ABS-CBN is named Robi (Domingo) and now, on TV5, she’s paired with another Roby (Alampay). She kept on laughing so hard. 


“Natawa raw ako!” she said when she regained her composure. “Okay naman kami ni Robi so, walang problema. Basta natatawa lang ako. Hahahaha!”

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‘ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI’ is the directorial debut of Regina King, the only African American actress to win the Oscar and Golden Globe best supporting actress awards (for “If Beale St. Could Talk”) and four Emmy primetime best actress awards (for “American Crime” - 2 times, “Seven Seconds” and “Watchmen”.) 


She now debuts as a full length film director in “One Night in Miami”, which is about four influential black men: Malcolm X, the radical activist who was assassinated in 1965; Cassius Clay, the boxing champ who later becomes Muhamad Ali and died in 2016; 


singer Sam Cooke, known as the King of Soul music who was shot to death in 1964; and football star-actor Jim Brown who’s the only one still alive and is now 84 years old. 


Based on a play by Kemp Powers (the first black director to helm an animated movie for Disney, “Soul”, which is splendid), the four lead characters are really said to be friends and their get together in Miami did happen in real life, but the details about their meeting are mere speculations of the playwright. 


‘One Night in Miami’ is set on February 25, 1964, when 22-year old Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston and became the new heavyweight champion of the world at the Miami Beach Convention Center. 


On hand to watch him are the three other lead characters and the movie is a fictional account of their interaction with each other while in a hotel room in Miami after the fight. 


Prior to this night, Clay was shown fighting Henry Cooper in London, establishing his character as oozing with confidence and quite arrogant. Cooke is shown having a flop show in New York’s Copacobana where the white audience walked out on him. 


In Georgia, football jock Jim Brown visits a friend who praises him for his triumphs as an athlete but tells him “we don’t allow niggers in our house”. 


Malcolm X, in turn, tells his wife that he intends to break away from the Nation of Islam as he doesn’t believe any more in their corrupt leader, Elijah Muhammad. 


In Miami, before the game, Clay says that after the fight, he will announce in public that he will convert to be a Muslim. 


After he won, the four meet in the hotel room of Malcolm who tells them he wants them to seriously reflect about where their careers are going. 


Malcolm tells Cooke he should not prostitute his music by catering primarily to white audiences but Cooke is unapologetic for his success with mainstream viewers. 


Malcolm makes him listen to a hit song written by Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, and asks him why he can’t compose a protest song like that. 


It is revealed that Malcolm intends to leave the Nation of Islam and he’s worried about his own life as the FBI is hounding him. 


Clay says he’s changing his mind about converting to Muslim if Malcolm himself is leaving the Nation of Islam. 


Malcolm says he is forming his own organization and asks Clay to join him. Clay feels betrayed and rejects him.


All of them are on the threshhold of change at that moment. Jim Brown shares with them his plan to leave football and become a full time actor in Hollywood. The night ends with Clay being interviewed by the press. 


After that night, Malcolm’s decision to leave the Nation of Islam had negative repercussions on his life. His house was set on fire and he was murdered the following year. 


Cooke gets to compose his own protest song, “A Change is Gonna Come”, but he tragically gets shot to death in a hotel at the end of that year. 


Jim Brown leaves football and focuses on his acting career. All the actors playing the lead roles are exceptionally good. 


Kingsley Ben Adir (Malcolm X) is a British actor best known for his TV work in such series as “The OA” and “The Comey Rule” where he played Pres. Barack Obama. 


Eli Goree (Cassius Clay) is a Canadian actor also better known for his TV roles in such shows as”The 100”, “Riverdale” and “Dead of Summer”.


Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown) is an American actor best known on TV for the shows “Leverage” and “Underground”,  and in the movies for “Hidden Figures” and “Straight Outta Compton”. 


Leslie Odom Jr. is also American and best known for his role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway hit “Hamilton”, for which he won the Tony best actor award in a musical, and for TV shows like “Person of Interest” and “Law and Order”. 


The whole play happens just inside the hotel room, but as director, Regina King opens it up and shows several scenes outside the hotel room, like the championship match between Clay and Liston and other scenes that shed light on the characters individually. 


She also stages the scenes in the hotel with great emotional flair, with the four leads exchanging their conflicting ideas against each other, playfully trading insults and revealing how and what they feel and think about what life and being black really is.


The movie is perfectly cast and the acting is superlative all around. We were blown away by the depth of talent on display on screen. 


The roles are formidable because they’re all legends in their own rights and in hindsight, you realize that it’s not actually a picnic to portray such true icons on screen. 


But all of the leads are truly very engaging and have their own highlights. 


It’s Goree, though, who has the most showy role as the brash, flamboyant Clay and he captures the swagger and bloated ego of the character who’d stare at the mirror and declare he can’t believe how pretty he is. 


It’s truly an amazing impersonation, if you’re familiar with the real Clay/Ali. Regina King made a very impressive debut and we won’t be surprised if she’d get more offers to direct films in the future. 

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Jan 25, 2021

 









                    GLAIZA DE CASTRO WITH IRISH FIANCEE DAVID RAINEY


GLAIZA DE CASTRO and Jasmine Curtis Smith are together for the first time in the movie “Midnight in a Perfect World”, an entry in the recent QCinema International Filmfest that gained critical acclaim as a horror film that is loaded with some political undertones about the government’s current war on drugs. 


This is a futuristic movie set in a distant time when Manila already has a world class mass transport and drainage system, but where constant blackouts happen nightly. 


The government has become authoritarian and imposes strict punishments against people who defy its laws. But still, there is prevalent drug trafficking. Those who are hunted by the cops can go to safe houses where they can hide.


The story centers on four people, two women and two men, who meet when another friend of theirs disappeared mysteriously. Jasmine Curtis Smith is the brainy but cautious Mimi. 


Glaiza de Castro is Jinka, very brave but can also be impulsive. Anthony Falcon is Glenn, who is the silent water runs deep type. 


Dino Pastrano is Tonichi, the very suspicious and jumpy one. Eventually, they will discover what is the secret that lurks behind the sinister darkness of the blackouts.


Supporting them are Bing Pimentel as a mysterious lady in the safe houses, Soliman Cruz as Jasmine’s stepdad, Dolly De Leon as Dino’s mother and Charles Salazar as the drug dealer named Kendrick. 


The movie is directed by Dodo Dayao, who earlier helmed the Cinema One best picture winner in 2014, “Violator”, which is also a political horror flick. 


Produced by Globe Studios and Epic Media Productions, “Midnight in a Perfect World” will be available via streaming on Upstream starting January 29. 


We ask Glaiza: how does it feel to be part of a movie that will be shown via streaming?


“Well, one thing I really miss is going to the cinemas and watching movies on a big screen,” says Glaiza. “Also attending film festivals and seeing other people talk later about the movies they’ve just watched. 


"But we’re in the new normal where safety is of primary importance, so there is great solace in watching a movie right within the comforts of your own home.”


Glaiza just returned from Ireland, still suffering from jetlag, when she attended the movie’s zoom presscon last Monday night. She spent the Christmas holidays there with her fiancee David Rainey and his family. 


They just had their engagement or pre-nup pictorial taken by a friend of David. So she’s dead sure he’s the right man for her?


“When I went there, I didn’t know he already planned his proposal along with his sisters,” she says. “On my third day, doon siya nag-propose. 


"There was a time that I doubted him, but the Lord always shows me David is the guy na ibinigay Niya sa akiin. Through David, I felt yung blessing, yung love ni Lord sa akin. Through David, He made me feel how special I am to Him.”


So are they planning to wed soon? “We’re not in a hurry to get married. We have to consider first kung paano magtatagpo ang pamilya niya from Ireland and yung pamilya ko na nandito, what with the pandemic going on. But hopefully, with the vaccine, baka magkaroon na ng linaw ang problema about traveling.”


Glaiza will soon be busy as she starts taping for a new soap on GMA-7, “Nagbabagang Luha”, a remake of a 1989 Lorna Tolentino movie and this will be directed by Ricky Davao. So their wedding might have to wait until this show has finished its entire lock in taping. 


Meantime, watch her in "Midnight in a Perfect World", the top-selling film of QCinema International Film Festival 2020. You can now book "Midnight in A Perfect World" in advance on Upstream.ph  bit.ly/midnightinaperfectworld.

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    ELIJAH CANLAS WITH MILES OCAMPO AND KYLE VELINO IN 'PAANO ANG PANGAKO'


ELIJAH CANLAS won an international acting award in Estonia and the Urian and FAMAS best actor awards last year. This is for his role as a wayward teenager who’s diagnosed to be HIV positive in “Kalel, 15”. 


He considers 2020 as a real blessed year for him as he also gained full stardom via the online Boys Love hit, “Gameboys”.


Before 2020 was over, the company managing him, IdeaFirst, cast him in the TV5 soap “Paano ang Pasko?” which proved to be such a big hit that it’s extended beyond the Christmas season and is now retitled as “Paano ang Pangako?”  Its story now mainly revolves on Elijah.



“I play Noel, raised by my mom, played by Julia Clarete,” he says. “But, growing up I never really knew who my dad is. 


"Then it turns out that his family is alive pa pala, headed by Tita Bing Loyzaga as their matriarch, who wants to destroy the family I grew up with headed by Tita Maricel Laxa.”



So where does the conflict lie? 


“Gusto akong kunin ni Tita Bing from my mom’s family as my dad turns out to be her son and I’m their heir. She will do everything to get me from them and they will tell me secrets that will make me want to join them. 


"We’re lucky na designed lang ito noon as a Christmas special, but na-extend kasi nga nag-click sa audiences and the network saw its potential as a teleserye.”  



He’s so happy to be working continuously. “Masaya talaga ako kasi first time ko gumawa ng ganitong soap. Ang shoot namin has two separate units. 


"Marami akong eksena with both units involving the two rival families, kaya patalon-talon ako sa magkabilang units. I’m so proud of my role kasi as Noel, sa akin nga umiikot ang story.”



Right after their lock in taping for “Paano ang Pangako”, he’ll start shooting Book 2 of “Gameboys”, whose first season is still being shown on Netflix. They have released the trailer of the new season of “Gameboys” and the response is overwhelming.



“When the teaser of ‘Gameboys 2’ was released, we were so happy kasi grabe ang positive reaction,” he says. “May over a hundred thousand tweets agad, tapos andaming views sa youtube. Sobrang encouraging ang response ng fans. 


"The show is such a blessing then kasi it was shown sa panahon ng pandemic. So the challenge now is: what will we do to make sure mas maganda ito sa Book One?”



How is it doing most of his scenes with Kyle and Miles as his main co-stars in “Paano ang Pangako”? 


“Pareho silang masarap katrabaho. Actually, nakaka-pressure katrabaho si Miles kasi napakahusay niya, so you will be challenged to do better. 


"With her, ramdam na ramdam ko ang emotions ko and I really get affected kaya mahirap mag-detach sa character after the scene. 


"At masarap din siyang kakuwentuhan, magkasundo kami kahit sa food na gusto naming kainin sa set, like french fries na nago-order pa kami online.”



How about Kyle Velilno? 


“Kyle maybe a kontrabida sa show, but he’s not a villain in real life. Masaya kami sa set. Maganda ang reaction ng fans sa amin kasi na-miss yata nila ang pag-aaway namin noon sa ‘Gameboys’, pero ibang dynamics naman itong sa ‘Paano ang Pangako’, kasi si Miles na ang pinag-aagawan namin this time and not Kokoy.”



What if he and Kyle are the ones to be paired next time in a BL show? It’s Direk Perci Intalan who answers. 


“There are many possibilities in this world,” he says. “Yung ganyang nag-aaway sila ngayong parang aso’t pusa, puedeng later, sila naman ang maging magkapareha. Maski sa ‘Paano ang Pangako’, I’m being asked kung magkakaroon ba ng Book 3. 


"It all depends kung patuloy na magiging mainit ang pagsuporta ng viewers, baka magaya kami sa hit shows abroad about families, like ‘Dynasty’ or ‘Dallas’. Ang maganda sa ‘Paano ang Pangako?’, there are so many characters from both families so this opens up to a lot of possibilities for future 


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Jan 24, 2021

 
















A NEW YOUNG LOVE team is born in the MiKel tandem of the new show, “The Lost Recipe”, that stars Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda. 


It started airing last week, Monday to Friday at 8 PM, and it not only went trending on Twitter but is now officially the highest rating show of GMA News TV Channel 11.


Online viewers all agree that MiKel is the new love team to watch out for. 


Netizens say in unison: “Sobrang nakakakilig ang MiKel!” “Ang lakas ng chemistry nina Mikee at Kelvin!” “We will support Mikel and ‘The Lost Recipe’.”


Both Mikee and Kelvin say that they were very nervous when the show started. 


“We were not sure kung magki-click ang show at ang bago naming tambalan sa viewers,” says Mikee. “But now, we are grateful sa suportang ibinigay ng viewers sa show at sa aming love team. Everyone also says napakaganda ng pagkakagawa at ng production values ng buong show.”


“Kaya naman kami ni Mikee and all our co-stars, including our director Monti Parungao, we are all energized by the very positive comments and encouraging feedback that we are getting from the viewers,” adds Kelvin. 


“Pati ang aming online guestings ni Mikee, talagang sinusubaybayan at tinututukan ng followers ng show. 


"Kapag we’re feeling tired sa work, we just read the viewers’ reactions sa social media accounts namin at talagang nakakawala ng pagod ang mga papuri and congratulatory messages nila sa amin at sa show.”


What’s Mikee’s impression of Kelvin before the show started? 


“At first, I really thought he’s distant, parang masungit siya. I felt he won’t open up and he has walls around him so, in defense, itinaas ko rin ang walls ko. But after we had our whole day workshop, unti-unti, nakilala ko siya, lalo na nang nag-taping na kami. 


"It turned out I just misunderstood him lang pala. Kasi ako, madaldal akong tao, I communicate easily. E, siya, it takes time for him to warm up pero slowly, nago-open up siya and now, I can say we’ve known each other better.”


What can she say about the opinion of some folks who say Kelvin is the next Alden Richards who she got to work in her last soap, “The Gift”? 


“Sa tingin ko, parang hindi naman. They have different personalities, e. But they both have their own charms and they’re both effective actors. Sana huwag na silang pagkumparahin kasi pareho silang may kakaibang hatak sa mga tao.”


And because of the persistent requests of their MiKel love team fans who want to see the first week telecast again, you can now watch the past episodes of “The Lost Recipe” online. 


Just go to gmanetwork.com and click ‘full episodes then look for ‘The Lost Recipe’.


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