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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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Jun 25, 2022

 




































                                                                          ANJAY ANSON

                                                                                        KIM PEREZ


                                                       JEFF MOSES


SPARKLE GMA ARTIST CENTER  presented three of their Sparkada boys to the press: Anjay Anson, Kim Perez and Jeff Moses. 



Anjay Anson just came from the hit drama series, “Widow’s Web”, where he played Carmina Villaroel’s ill fated son. The episode where he died rated very high and because of his exposure in it, people can now recognize him. 



“I really enjoyed the experience of working with Miss Carmina kasi ang bait niya,” he says. 



“She shared many good insights about showbiz from which I really learned a lot.”



He is now also a guest host in “Unang Hirit”. 



“I get to work with another Sparkada talent, Roxie Smith, and I really enjoy the unexpected segments na ibinibigay nila sa amin. It helps hone my hosting skills.” 



What would be his dream project? 



“I’d like to do a lead role in a romantic movie like the ones my idol does, si Alden Richards.”



Has he been bashed by netizens? 



“Yes, all looks lang daw po ako. Kulang sa acting. Nasaktan din ako but I just treat as motivation para mas mag-aral akong mabuti sa acting workshops namin.”



Kim Perez is glad that he will be paired with another Sparkada talent, Roxie Smith, in a new teleserye. 



“But we’re not allowed yet to reveal the details, so later na lang po,” he says. 


“Basta we auditioned po for it and we’re happy na kami ang napili. It’s a heavy drama so we’re really preparing for it.”



How will he describe himself? 


“Masayahin po ako, adventurous, mahilig gumala. I’m also very dedicated sa work ko. I’m really thankful to GMA for trusting me and giving me a good role in a new teleserye.”



Has he been bashed by netizens?


“Opo, they say ordinary raw ako, I’m just one of those lang. Pero nakakatuwa rin kasi may mga nagtatanggol naman. Sabi, leading man material yan, talented yan, kaya abangan nyo yan. So salamat po sa mga nagtatanggol sa’kin dyan.”



Jeff Moses says that he is the baby boy in their group. Just like Kim Perez, he has also been cast in a new series but cannot divulge the details yet. 


“I’m just elated to be a part of it and I’m happy na my co-sparkadas now also have acting projects of their own,” he says. 


“But my dream is sana bigyan kami ng chance to have a youth show na lahat kami nandun, like TGIS.  


"It’ll be very exciting kasi close na kaming lahat, we’re friends. The workshops we attended really help to train us at para mas makilala namin ang isa’t isa.”


Has he experienced getting negative comments? 


“So far, wala pa po. Sa social media accounts ko, may shirtless photos ako at videos na sumasayaw ako. 


"The comments say na nagagandahan sila sa katawan ko and I appreciate that. I really work hard to maintain my physique and I’m glad they like it.”

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SHAIRA DIAZ and Arra San Agustin are the two leading ladies of Ruru Madrid in the spectacular action-adventure series, “Lolong”, that starts airing on July 4, replacing “First Lady” that ends this week.  


Some folks are insinuating that Shaira and Arra took their roles as rivals seriously and they were really fighting during the lock in taping of “Lolong” in Quezon Province.


“Hindi naman po totoo yan,” says Shaira during the zoom presscon. 


“Hindi kami magkaaway kami ni Arra. Solid nga ang naging samahan and friendship namin ni Arra during the taping. Kasi kami ang magka-roommate sa location at parang sisters ang turingan naming dalawa.”


How about the characters they play? Are they at odds with each other since they’re fighting over Ruru Madrid? 


“No, walang lamangan sa aming dalawa. Sa story kasi, ako yung kababata ni Ruru, sabay kaming lumaki. 


"Tapos, si Arra naman, siya yung vlogger reporter na dumating sa bayan namin to do a story about the giant crocodile.”


But a love triangle obviously develops between them. 


“Yes, maganda nga ang pagkaka-develop sa love triangle involving us and I’m sure viewers will be hooked at magkakaroon ng kanya-kanyang kampo rooting for us.”


How is it working with Ruru? 


“Sobrang dedicated siya sa craft niya and you’ll be amazed dahil kahit nasasaktan siya sa action scenes and stunts, sige pa rin siya. We all got along fine with Ruru. 


"Pantay ang trato niya sa amin ni Arra. Masaya kami sa show at tiyak kong masisiyahan ang viewers when they watch ‘Lolong’.” 


In turn, Arra says she enjoyed working with Shaira and they were able to relate with each other. 


“Naging close friends kami talaga while doing ‘Lolong’,” she adds. 


“Yung love triangle sa amin nina Shaira and Ruru will be one of the attractions in the show. Hindi kasi predictable yung love story rito ng pag-aagawan namin kay Ruru. 


"Abangan nyo lang at maganda ang mangyayari sa lahat ng characters.”


Arra has already played a lead role, and a title role at that, in the afternoon soap, “Madrasta”

“That was heavy drama and this time, action-adventure naman for a change. 


"We shot 40 days straight sa aming location and I really missed my family, kasi very close ako sa parents at mga kapatid ko. 


"But then, lahat ng hirap at pagod namin in doing ‘Lolong’ is all worth it. When we watched scenes from the show, like sa full trailer, ang ganda talaga lumabas. We are all proud of it.”
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Jun 24, 2022

 










































GMA Regional TV brings back in-person events beginning this June.    Good news to Kapuso in the regions as GMA Regional TV brings back its series of in-person events featuring some of the country’s biggest stars beginning this June!


 


As a special treat to loyal Kapuso viewers in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, GMA Regional TV is once again mounting several events starting off  with  back-to-back events this June 25 and 26 in Mindanao courtesy of ‘Bolera’ and ‘First Lady.’


 


Kapuso in Zamboanga City will definitely have a fabulous weekend as Kylie Padilla banners the Kapuso Fans Day on Saturday, June 25 at KCC Mall de Zamboanga. The ‘Bolera’ lead actress is all set to see in person her fans and share an intimate afternoon with them via a meet and greet that starts at 5 PM. Kapusong Zamboangueños should also watch out for Kylie’s special guest, no less than Cobrador himself, Gardo Versoza.


 


Before ‘First Lady‘ airs its finale week, Rocco Nacino and Maxine Medina will fly to Davao City for a Kapuso Mall Show at Ayala Abreeza Mall in Davao City on Sunday, June 26, at 4 PM. On behalf of the ‘First Lady’ cast, Rocco and Maxine will personally thank the Kapusong Dabawenyos for the warm support their show continues to get.


 


Meanwhile, Shaira Diaz and Arra San Agustin of the upcoming adventure-serye ‘Lolong’ headline the Kapuso Fiesta in Tacloban City on June 28, 6PM in celebration of the Sangyaw Festival.


 


Spreading love in General Santos City on July 16 are ‘Love You Stranger’ lead stars Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos.  The real-life Kapuso couple will banner the Kapuso Mall Show in KCC Mall of GenSan at 5 PM.


 


“We are delighted to announce that GMA Regional TV’s events are back after more than two years of hiatus due to the global pandemic. As we begin to navigate the ‘new normal,’ GMA Network continues to give back to its loyal Kapuso viewers across the Philippines and one of our ways to do this is to bring back our events with Kapuso artists. We would like to thank ‘Bolera,’ ‘First Lady,’ ‘Lolong,’ and ‘Love You Stranger’ for participating in these initiatives. This is only the beginning so expect more events from GMA Regional TV in the coming days,” said First Vice President and Head for GMA Regional TV and Synergy Oliver Victor B. Amoroso.


 


In the primetime series ‘Bolera,’ Kylie’s character, Joni, challenges the norms of the society as she tries to conquer the male-dominated world of billiards. Joining Kylie in the series are Rayver Cruz and Jak Roberto.


 


Down to its last week, ‘First Lady’ continues to be the viewers’ top choice in primetime block. The sequel to the Philippines’ No. 1 show for 2021, ‘First Lady’ features the swoon-worthy pairing of award-winning actor Gabby Concepcion as President Glenn Acosta and brilliant Kapuso actress Sanya Lopez as First Lady Melody Acosta.


 


Set to air on July 4 after 24 Oras, 'Lolong' is headlined by Kapuso Action-Drama Prince Ruru Madrid. The Network’s biggest adventure-serye this year tells the exciting tale of a man’s extraordinary friendship with a giant crocodile. Shaira and Arra play the roles of Elsie and Bella, respectively.


 


Another GMA Telebabad series that is captivating viewers, ‘Love You Stranger’ merges mystery and romance with folklore and filmmaking. Here, LJ (Gabbi) and Ben (Khalil)  try to unravel the mystery surrounding the legend of a shadow creature. Since its pilot airing last June 6, the series continues to pique the interest of viewers with its enthralling storyline and cinematography.


 


All the freshest news, events, and updates about GMA Regional TV are now available on www.gmaregionaltv.com. Follow GMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gmanetwork and GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/GMARegionalTV and on Twitter and Instagram via @GMARegionalTV.


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                                                 director DOMINIC ZAPATA


DOMINIC ZAPATA is one of the prized Kapuso directors. 



He did such hits as “My Husband’s Lover”, “Alyas Robin Hood”, “Darna” (both Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera versions), “Captain Barbell” and many more. 



He is also a veteran when it comes to adapting foreign TV series. He did the hit local adaptation of such Koreanovelas as “Temptation of Wife”, “Ako si Kim Sam Soon” and “Descendants of the Sun”, also the Argentinian soap “La Lola”, the Japanese “Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan” and the folk hero “Zorro”.  



Now, he gets to do another local adaptation of a Korean show, “Start Up PH”, starring Bea Alonzo and Alden Richards, with former Kapamilya Jerry Sineneng as his co-director. So how is their taping so far?



“Mahirap gumawa ng adaptation of a hit Korean show kasi all eyes are on you as to how you’ll adapt it, pati yung parent network sa Korea, nakaabang silang lahat,” he says. 



“And in this case, pati yung fans ng original show. Nagte-taping pa nga lang kami, namba-bash na sila. Hindi muna hintaying makatapos kami.”



How is it working with their lead stars? 



“I’ve worked with Alden several times before, so sanay na kami. But it’s my first time to work with Bea. Dati, nakikita ko lang siya sa gym pero hindi ko naman siya kilala. 



Now, kasama ko na sa set. I’ve heard many good things about her and now that I got to work with her, after nung first taping day namin, I knocked on her door and told her, ‘Bea, thank you, totoo pala lahat ng narinig ko about you: magaling ka, professional at mabait sa mga tao. 



"She really exceeded all my expectations kasi magaan siyang katrabaho at wala kang poproblemahin sa kanya.  Sa taping, hindi lang lines niya ang alam niya, alam din niya ang nangyayari sa buong eksena at pati sa iba pang characters. 



"That’s the mark of a true professional, yung concerned ka hindi lang sa trabaho mo kundi sa buong show. Hindi ako nahirapan with Bea kasi it helps na Dominic din ang pangalan ko.” 



He is referring to Bea’s real life beau, Dominic Roque. How is Bea’s chemistry on screen with Alden? 




“I know na how Alden works, but I was looking for them on how they’ll do a  scene together. I notice that the way they do it, they find the most likeable qualities in each other and then they feed off each other. 



"And they’re both very likeable people, so the chemistry comes easy for them. Not forced, but natural lang talaga kasi sobrang good vibes sila sa isa’t isa. They support each other, walang agawan or sapawan.  



"Kung scene ni Bea, ibibigay talaga ni Alden yun sa kanya, and vice versa.” 




How is it working with Jerry Sineneng as his co-director?



“We get along fine easily kasi we just stay true to our craft as directors. Being given a project this big, we just pull out all the stops para mas mapaganda ang show. 



"Hindi namin kinokopya ang original nang parehong-pareho, kasi, kung ganun din lang, bakit pa namin ginawa? 



"We have to inject our Filipino flavor and culture. Direk Jerry and I are both people person, so we both love to collaborate with each other.”  



What can he say to bashers who like the original Korean show? 


“Haters gonna hate, so just let them. They can bash all they want. There’s so much hate in social media, but both Direk Jerry and I, wala kaming social media accounts, so pinararating lang sa amin nung mga nakakabasa. 



"I think we’ve proven naman in past adaptations that we can do it well, like ‘Descendants of the Sun’, the Koreans themselves said that the Philippine adaptation was the best among all the countries who adapted it, so we expect nothing but the best for ‘Startup PH’.”



Those who are familiar with the story say they don’t like the ending of the original as it’s not really a happy one for the lead characters. How about their ending? 



“We already sent them the draft for our own ending pero wala pang approval so far. Yes, towards the end of the original, dun nagkakaiba ang panlasa ng Pinoys and Koreans, so we have to make adjustments. 



"Pero kailangan kasi, humingi muna tayo ng permiso sa may ari ng franchise and we need their approval.”



“Startup PH” features the love triangle between Bea as Dani, Alden as Tristan, the Good Boy and Jeric Gonzales as Dave, Nam Do San. 



“A love triangle will not work if the sides are not all equal. Hindi puedeng biased agad doon sa isa lang. 



"So kailangan, maramdaman mo talagang may kanya-kanyang kampo si Good Boy at ganundin si Nam Do San, para yung vieweres, mahihirapan sila mag-decision kung sino ang mas pipiliin for the leading lady. 



"Si Direk Jerry, magaling siya in showing the interplay of characters, which can be very tricky. E siya, maganda ang balanse niya. All the characters here are very interesting.”



He says all their stars are easy to work with. 



“Jeric plays one of the three leads here and he is very malleable, very willing to be directed and really collaborates well. Si Direk Gina Alajar as Alden’s Lola Joy, you just sit back, relax and enjoy her kasi she already knows what we want from her. 



"Yasmien Kurdi is such a professional. Hindi lahat kayang i-embrace yung role ng sister ni Bea na hindi goody-goody, but she’s such a professional. Game na game siya. 



"All the rest are just good, even Lovely Rivero and Nino Muhlach as the parents of Jeric, iba rin ang suportang ibinigay nila rito.”


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BRILLANTE MENDOZA’s new movie, “Virgin Forest”, is the perfect Vivamax flick in their weekly film fleshtival. 


All its shameless sex scenes will compensate for the very mild and tame entries of the past two weeks, “Breathe Again” and “Secrets”.    


“Breathe Again” features actors who seem to have plenty of inhibitions. If you’re doing a Vivamax flick, you should be ready to go all out. 


Leading lady Ariella Arida obviously is not yet ready to so unabashedly display some flesh, and more so her leading men, Tony Labrusca and Ivan Padilla, who both make love with their pants on. 


This is such an embarrassment to willing and ready Viva studs like Vince Rillon, Sean de Guzman, etc.

 

If you're going sexy but half-heartedly, then don't do it at all.


And the ending where Ivan suddenly turns into a murderous villain who wants to kill Ariella is totally unprepared for.  


It negates all the positive aspects of the film, specially the beautiful locations and the great underwater cinematography.


As for “Secrets”, it’s the perfect example of pandemic filmmaking. The whole story is set in one beach location with only a few characters. 


This is about a couple on the verge of breaking up whose relationship is further aggravated when they go on vacation in a beach house and meets a snake who only messes them up all the more by taking them both to his bed. 


The movie would have been more believable if they chose to cast a handsome hunk in the role of the outsider who will prove to be irresistible to both men and women. 


But the snake here is played by Felix Roco, who obviously doesn’t work out at all as he displays a bulging paunch. This quickly makes the movie lose any of simmering steam that it has.


Not only is his body misshapen but also full of ugly tattoos that can quickly turn off anyone and easily destroy the illusion that both Janelle Tee and Benz Sangalang, plus his own girlfriend in the story, Denise Esteban, will find him deliciously yummy.  


If you're willing to bare for the camera, then go to the nearest and gym and make sure you're in a more presentable shape.


As for “Virgin Forest”, Direk Brillante evidently knows what Vivamax subscribers crave for. His movie is filled with prodigious and brazen shots of naked bodies, both men and women, with full frontal nudity. 


Among the women, it’s Rob Guinto who goes all out in baring herself, with that scene showing her being raped in the forest and then running around without any stitch on. 


She is gets raped by three other men as a victim of human trafficking in the forest and a string of clients get to bed her, too.   


Among the men, it’s Sid Lucero who shows off his flaccid manhood in a scene where six women are shown making love to him in a waterfall. 


It turns out to be a dream sequence, but it’s perfect to fulfill the secret wishes of male Vivamax followers. In another scene, he is shown running to swim in the river after taking off all his clothes. 

 

He also has a scene with the diwata (Micaela Raz) who guards the forest. This diwata gives the film an element of whimsy, but the problem is the diwata has a blank, expressionless face. She can very well be the catatonic or tulalang diwata. 


But the film is actually more of a triumph for Markki Stroem, who plays a ruthless illegal logger and procurer of prostitutes for his men in the lumberyard.  


Markki has been doing nothing lately but BL (Boys Love) mini-series where he makes love with other men (in one, “My Delivery Girl”, he even plays a cross-dresser). 


Because of this, some folks are casting aspersions on his gender but he now gets to redeem himself, with the help of Brillante Mendoza, by being a badass rapist who mercilessly violates Rob Guinto, Angeli Khang and Katrina Dovey. 


He has nude scenes with all of them, but showing only his entire backside. He’s not as brave as Sid who is just willing to let it all hang out. Maliit na bagay lang nga naman yun, ano?


In the end, “Virgin Forest” works well because Mendoza knows the audience he is creating content for. The movie succeeds exactly in its intentions of titillating its Vivamax viewers. 


As for its more noble aims to expose illegal logging and human trafficking, who the hell cares? 


This is a film fleshtival, after all, not a socially relevant treatise on how to save the environment and the purity of our women ek-ek that will most certainly not sell more Vivamax subscriptions.


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Jun 23, 2022

 









































CHRISTOPHER DE LEON and Jean Garcia are partners in crime in GMA Public Affairs’ exciting action-adventure series, “Lolong”.  


Christopher plays Gov. Armando Banzon and Jean is his wife Donna. 


They are both corrupt and hungry for power, so they become the foremost adversaries of Ruru Madrid as Lolong, along with their villainous son Paul Salas as Martin.


“Mahirap yung pinagdaanan namin kasi 40 days kaming on lock in taping sa Quezon Province,” says Boyet. 


“There are times, maiinip ka but I get my inspiration from all of the cast members and our directors who are all so hard working. Walang pa-star dito, walang pasaway. 


"We’re like a family na nagtutulungan during our lock in taping. Na-enjoy ko rin na magkasama kami rito sa bubble taping ng aking eldest son, si Ian. Nakapag-bonding kami while working.”


How is it working with Ruru as the lead actor? 


“Si Ruru, masarap katrabaho. He is so committed, always in character, very disciplined siya at makikita yun sa work niya. You can see na mahal niya ang ginagawa niya. 


"Lahat ng kasama namin dito, committed sa work nila and I get my energy from them.  Lahat nagtutulungan kapag may nahihirapan sa eksena.”  

As for Jean Garcia, she loves being reunited with Boyet de Leon in “Lolong”. 


“Ilang beses na kaming nagkasama on TV sa ‘Kambal Karibal’, ‘Ilumina’, ‘Once Again’ and even sa movies like ‘Mano Po 3’ and ‘The Escort’,” she says. 


“And always, it’s nice to work with one of the best actors in the industry. Dito sa ‘Lolong’, mag-asawa kami and it’s really nice doing scenes with him. Bale 40 days kaming magkasama sa lock in and we all enjoyed the company ng lahat ng mga nakasama namin.”


Jean adds that it’s not only their co-stars but also all GMA staff and crew in the show who did well in their lock in taping. 


“Very professional and responsible silang lahat. I’m truly so proud of this group. 100 percent ang commitment nila sa project kahit inabot kami ng maraming aberya. 


"I’m very proud na kasama ako rito sa show na ito. We became one community sa lock in taping namin at naging very special ito for everyone. 


"There were times na gusto mong maiyak sa lungkot but we all try to be there for each other. Kaya nagkaiyakan kami nung maghihiwalay na kami nang tapos na ang taping, kasi we became really close with each other.” 


Jean returns to a villain role in “Lolong” after playing the good mom of Alden Richards in “The Gift” two years ago. 


“Yes, yung mga nakaka-miss sa pagiging maldita ko, I’m back here full blast. Through the years, talagang mas nagmamarka sa viewers ang pagiging kontrabida ko since I did Madame Claudia in ‘Pangako Sa’Yo”. 


"My role here in ‘Lolong’ as Donna Banzon is kabubuwisitan talaga ng tao kasi guguluhin talaga niya ang buhay ng ibang characters. 


"Masyado siyang pasosyal, maingay, over the top, super pakialamera, so abangan nyo siya when ‘Lolong’ starts airing on July 4.”

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                                                 KIRSTEN GONZALES 

                                                   CAITLYN STAVE

                                             TANYA RAMOS: DAUGHTER OF WENDELL RAMOS

                                                                    CHESKA FAUSTO


GMA ARTIST SPARKLE had a special presscon for ten of their talents in Sparkada. 


There are seven girls and three boys. The girls are Roxie Smith, Kirsten Gonzales, Lauren King, Tanya Ramos, Cheska Fausto, Vanessa Pena and Caitlyn Stave,  The boys are Anjay Anson, Kim Perez and Jeff Moses.


All of them are quite good looking and full of promise. 


So far, they have a pleasant experience with other Kapuso stars and production personnel they’ve met in shows where they were featured, like “All Out Sundays”. 


Their common observation is that: “Akala namin, suplado sila pero mababait pala sila, tutulungan ka nila, they won’t make you feel like that you’re a newcomer or an outcast.”


Some of them are now included in the new series of GMA based on Wattpad stories. The first is “Caught in His Arms” that star the Team Jolly of Allen Ansay and Sofia Pablo who just did “Raya Sirena”. 


So we will write first about those who are included in “Caught in His Arms”: Kirsten, Caitlyn, Tanya and Cheska.


So how is their experience in taping their first show? 


Kirsten: “Kinabahan ako kasi nga first show ko. It’s good kasama ko ang ilan sa Sparkada family namin, so I felt na hindi ako nag-iisa. Ang gaganda ng locations so I’m really proud of this show.” 


Caitlyn: “I was also really nervous kasi first time for me to act. But I love being with my fellow Sparkadas as I feel we’re growing together in our careers. I feel really grateful that the staff understands we’re all new in the game.”


Tanya: “I was shaking sa first taping namin as I was wondering how I will portray my role, but the production staff really helped us, comforted us. And also Sofia and Allen, the lead stars, they were so friendly and didn’t make us feel na baguhan kami.” 


Cheska: “First project ko and I realized nakakapagod pala kasi we taped several sequences a day, but I also realized that I genuinely love what I’m doing. Being with my Sparkada friends, grabe naging bonding namin. The experience is something I will treasure forever.”  


What kind of show would they like to star in and who do they want to be paired with? 


Kirsten: “Ako, horror or thriller. I want to play the killer, or even the victim, mahilig kasi ako sa horror films. Okay lang sa’kin to be paired with any of the Sparkada boys as they’re all supportive and easy to work with.” 


Caitlyn:  “I’d like to a romcom movie na maraming pa-cute and kilig moments. As for my ka-love team, okay rin sa’kin kahit na sino sa Sparkada boys because I’m already comfortable with all of them .” 


Tanya: “I’d also like to do something light, like a romcom, yung bagay sa age namin as teenagers. Okay rin sa akin makapareha kahit sino, basta I’m comfortable with him.” 


Cheska: “I just want to do more projects, kahit movies or teleseryes, bahala na ang GMA. As for a ka-love team, si Raheel Bhyria sana, na member din ng Sparkada.”


How do they deal with negative comments? 


Kirsten: “I’m lucky wala pa akong negative comments yet, only positive ones about my looks and it’s flattering and heartwarming. But if I’d get negative comments na constructive naman, I wouldn’t mind it at all.”


Tanya: “Siguro because we’re new, mas maraming positive comments. Kung may negative man, I will just remember them to prove them wrong.”


Caitlyn: “I’m also thankful that I get mostly positive comments. Kung may negative man, I don’t really care.” 


Cheska: “I treat comments as a chance to improve.  It’s good Sparkle really trains us in all aspects, like singing, dancing, acting, hosting. And they’re really training us continuously to be the best in our craft.” 


They were flattered when “Caught in His Arms” stars Allen and Sofia said they’re all talented, they show passion in what they’re doing and it looks like they’ll all succeed. 


Watch them all in “Caught in His Arms” to be shown in October.




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RAYVER CRUZ was absent at the presscon of “Bolera” last momth as he was then doing a series of shows in Canada with Catriona Gray.  


But now, he’s so happy that the new primetime series is rating very high on GMA Telebabad and the reaction of netizens to his performance as Miguel, one of the two leading men of title roler Kylie Padilla, is very positive.  


“I’m lucky kasi maganda talaga yung role na ibinigay nila sa akin,” he says. 


“He is considered a phenomenon in the game of billiards. Bata pa siya, kinakitaan na siya ng kakaibang skill in playing billiards kaya inalagaan siya nang husto hanggang maging champion siya.  


"As the country’s top billiards player, he has competed and won abroad. He is driven in his game and very competitive.”  


The character comes off as quite cocky, which Rayver is not. 


“Yes, may kayabangan siya kasi he knows his capabilities and he is sure of how good he is,” he adds. 


“He’s got a dominant personality at medyo maangas ang dating niya kasi alam niyang magaling siya. Quite over-confident and arrogant, which is very far from who I am in real life.” 


When Kylie Padilla as Joni enters the competition scene, he gets threatened as he quickly sees Joni’s potential to be a very successful billiards player. 


“Siempre, sa simula, they don’t see each other eye to eye, kasi nga they are rivals. Ako, right handed player dito at siya naman, left handed player kaya magkaiba ang training namin. 


"But later on, may back story si Miguel, the character I play, at malalaman ng viewers na mabigat din pala ang pinagdaraanan ko. 


"As for Kylie, bilib ako sa kanya. Very focused and committed siya sa role niya as Joni.” 


Does he really play billiards?  


“Oh yes. My father was the one who taught me how to play it. It was one of our family bonding activities, kasama ang mga kapatid ko. Magaling talaga maglaro ang daddy ko. But for my role as Miguel, I have to undergo more training to be convincing as a billiards champ.” 


Real life billiard champions Johann Chua and Geona Gregorio were their coaches-trainors on the lock in set of “Bolera” in Pampanga. 


“Game consultants din sila for the whole show para maging convincing ito. Tinuruan nila kami how to execute the difficult pool shots na mahirap gawin. 


"It’s very technical, and very challenging, but very fulfilling sa pakiramdam kapag nagagawa mo nang tama yung mga pinagagawa nila sa iyo. Lalo na yung jump shot, which is the signature shot of Miguel. 


"I really had to master it muna before we tried to shoot it on cam.” 


Rayver’s career really took a turn for the better when he transferred to GMA Network. 


“I cannot complain sa dami ng exposure that they give me. Sunod-sunod ang assignments ko at magaganda ang roles ko, like in ‘Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko”, “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko”, “Nagbabagang Luha” and now, “Bolera”. 


"I also get to do a hosting job in “The Clash” and I get to perform in ‘All Out Sundays”. 


"Sobra talagang maraming blessings na dumarating sa akin. Thanks to GMA and thanks to the Lord.”


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MICHELLE YEOH is the most successful Asian actress working in Hollywood today as she’s always busy with film projects.  


She has starred in such hits as “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Memoirs of a Geisha”, “The Mummy” and “Star Trek Discovery”. 


Recently, she did supporting roles in such hit films as “Crazy Rich Asians”, “Gunpowder Milkshake” and “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, but now she plays the lead role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who have previously helmed the quirky absurdist comedy “Swiss Army Man”, where Daniel Radcliffe played a corpse that talks and farts. 


The film is divided into three parts. Part 1 is Everything, 2nd is Everywhere and 3rd is All At Once. Michelle plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American who owns a laundromat in California. 


She is so stressed as her business is being audited by Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Inspector Deirdre Baubeirdre (Jaime Lee Curtis), who thinks she’s cheating. 


Her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan, a Vietnamese who moved to the U.S. and became an actor) wants to divorce her, her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu, a Broadway actress) wants her to accept her being a lesbian, and her ailing father Gonggong (James Hong), who looks down on her husband and thinks it’s foolish of them to live in America, just arrived from China to stay with them. 


While being questioned by Deirdre at the IRS building, something strange happens to her husband Waymond. 


He claims to be a version of another Waymond who lives in the Alphaverse, which is just one of many parallel universes that exist. 


He says the multiverse is now under attack by Jobu Tupaki, a mean version of Evelyn’s daughter, Joy. Evelyn should help them to thwart Jobu’s evil intentions.


Jobu is nihilistic and has the power to verse-jump or travel to all the universes, can also manipulate things at her will and ha made a black hole that can eradicate all the multiverses. Evelyn learns to verse-jump and meets her other selves in the other universes. 


She is a martial arts expert in one, a big movie star in another, an Evelyn with fingers like hotdogs with Deirdre as her partner, a Chinese opera singer, a hibachi chef working with Harry Shum of “Glee” in yet another universe. 


This last one is a nod to “Ratatouille” and there’s another homage to Wong Kar Wai’s classic “In the Mood for Love”. 


Her husband Waymond is also successful in his other selves and thinks the laundromat Evelyn is the biggest failure among all the other Evelyns. 


But this is the very reason why she’s the one chosen to save the multiverse. The others are all so accomplished while she is the only one with an unfulfilled potential, which could mean a limitless possibility.


Her father Gonggong tells Evelyn to just kill Joy to stop Jobu Topaki but she says no and chooses to fight Jobu who is actually trying to destroy her own self because, for her, nothing really matters in the entire multiverse. 


How Evelyn manages to surmount all the obstacles hurled her way offers an explosive visual treat.  


It works because you feel for Evelyn as the central character. If her character is not sympathetic, then you’d have no one to root for. 


And Michelle Yeoh is simply amazing as Evelyn. This former beauty queen who represented Malaysia in the 1983 Miss World Pageant when she was only 20 years old, has really developed into a very astute and skilled actress.


She’s turning 60 on August 6 but you can see she still does her own action stunts. 


She acts with the right emotions and nuances that it’s quite captivating to watch her on screen.  


To say that this is a valid demo of her varied talents is an understatement. 


The range of her acting in playing so many characters is much wider than some of the work of actresses who have won an Oscar, but sadly, this kind of fantasy vehicle is not the type favored by the academy. 


She is ably supported by Quan, a former child actor in an Indiana Jones movie and in “The Goonies” who has not acted since 2002. He gives a goofy but heartfelt performance as  Michelle’s husband. 


Giving a rollicking performance is Jamie Lee Curtis as the IRS inspector, delightfully wacky in a number of scenes.


The movie itself is a dizzying ride with so many creative ideas and stimuli erupting in many colorful scenes. But despite the frenetic pacing, it manages to touch a deep chord in the viewer as it makes a connection on a human level. 


At the core of the narrative is the relationship between a mother and a daughter, and also a wife and her husband. 


By making the main villain a different version of her daughter Joy, Evelyn is made to face her own parenting mistakes and repairing her damaged relationship with her own daughter. 


In the end, there is a life-affirming message of acceptance, kindness and empathy, which turn out to be the very weapons against the destruction offered by Jobu and her minions.


The movie is, like “Doctor Strange”, grounded in the same concept of parallel realities, but Strange bored us and this one did not as it seems to understand more the bizarre concept of infinite states while you’re hovering in the wild realm of lucid dreaming and reality.


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SHAYNE SAVA is elated that her performance as Abigail in “Raising Mamay”, now the number one GMA Afternoon Prime show, is eliciting very good feedback not only from netizens but even from her co-stars. 


Both Valerie Concepcion, who plays her biological mother, and Ai Ai de las Alas, who plays her adoptive mom in the story, praise her for her superior acting in the many dramatic scenes that she does in the show.


“Nagulat ako,” says Ai Ai. “Baguhan pa lang, pero ang galing na niyang umarte.” 


“Yes,” Valerie agrees. “I told her that at the same age, nangangapa pa lang ako sa acting, pero siya, mahusay na.” 


“I really want to thank everyone for their very positive comments about my acting,” says Shayne. 


“Nakaka-inspire at it encourages to always do my best. Enjoy naman talaga ako to do drama scenes but I think I can still further hone my acting skills. 


"So far, it’s been an awesome ride since I won sa Starstruck and sobrang thankful ako sa GMA for all the blessings na natatanggap ko sa career ko.” 


Her ka-love team, Abdul Rahman, now has a show without her, “Tols” on GTV.  How does she feel about it?  

“Siempre, I am so happy for him. He deserves the success he’s getting, lalo na may sakit ang mother niya after having a stroke at malaki ang medical expenses nila for her. 


"And I’m glad he’s given the chance to do comedy in his new show. Ako rin, I want to be given the chance to try doing comedy sometime.”   


She says she was told she will be guesting in “Tols” soon to be the special partner of Abdul in one episode. 


“I’m looking forward to it,” she says. “I really want to try doing comedy.” 


Everyone wants to know what is the real score between her and Abdul. Is he courting her?  


“I’m not sure. Wala naman siya sinasabing anything directly to me. But he gives me gifts, mga ganun. We’re happy when we are together.”  


She says believes in the traditional kind of courtship. 


“Gusto ko yung umaakyat sa bahay para makilala rin ng family. I go for dating so that we can get to know each other better.  


"First and foremost, I want a guy who will be faithful. We all know na uso ang hiwalayan ngayon sa showbiz because of cheating, so we should all be careful. Hahahaha!”
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