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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.

Jul 20, 2010

Pia: Vic and I are okay

FREEHAND by Mario E. Bautista

PIA GUANIO finally talked about her rumored breakup with Vic Sotto in last Sunday’s “Showbiz Central” and this is what she said: “You have nothing to worry about Vic and I as we’re really okay. We’re good even in our working relationship in ‘Eat Bulaga’. But just like any relationship, we have our ups and downs, we went through some rough patches, so I had to keep quiet as I want to fix it muna. We’re now in the process of doing it. Kumbaga sa kalye, we’re under construction. We ask you to give us more time, be patient, it’s something that we will not throw away in one go. That’s all I have to say.”

Vic Sotto then spoke in a phone-patch conversation, cracking jokes along the way. “As Pia said, we’re good, we’re okay. Ang mga ispekulasyon na yan, nakakagulo lang sa isang relasyon. We have differences pero kaya naman naming ayusin. We don’t consider it a major problem. Konting tampuhan lang ito na pinalaki.”


CLAUDINE BARRETTO co-hosted “Showbiz Central” last Sunday and she took the lie detector test with husband Raymart Santiago. Instead of host John Lapus questioning them, they questioned each other. Raymart was the first to ask: “May crush ka pa rin ba sa’kin gaya ng dati?” Claudine said no and it’s a lie. “Akala ko kasi, siya na ang may crush sa’kin,” she said later. “Di at least ngayon, nalaman kong crush ko pa pala siya.” Claudine: Nagselos ka ba kay Richard Gutierrez sa hot love scene namin sa ‘In Your Eyes’? Raymart said yes and it’s true. “Seloso ka pala,” said Claudine. “Di ko alam yun.” To which Raymart quipped: “Gaganti na lang ako, hahalikan ko rin si Richard.” Raymart: “Sumagi ba sa isip mo na niloko na kita?” Claudine said no and it’s true. “Malalim ang respeto namin sa isa’t isa,” she said. Claudine: “Sa tingin mo, gusto ko pang mag-celebrate ng birthday natin (they have the same birthday, July 20, today), sa kabila ng pinagdaraanan natin ngayon?” Raymart said yes and it’s true. It’s later revealed that the wife of the pastor who married them just died due to breast cancer. They’re very close to the couple who as their marital counsellors. “Our marriage is not perfect and they help us,” said Claudine. Both she and Raymart cried on cam.


HEART EVANGELISTA just renewed her contract with GMA-7 for another year. Speculations that she had a rift with Annabelle Rama who brought her to GMA were quelled because Annabelle was there as her manager during the contract signing. The latest story now is that Heart’s mom wants to drop Annabelle to save on the commissions she gets from Heart, but there’s still existing contract between them so she can’t be dumped that easily. Heart has had four regular shows since she moved to GMA: “Asero”, “Luna Mystika”, “Ngayon at Kailanman” and “Full House”. She’s now on her fifth, “Langit sa Piling Mo”, that’s rating so well it has beat the competition.
She and other cast members just returned from Cebu where they shot some key scenes. What can she say to her leading man Mark Herras’ statement that he’d woo her if they’re not on with Ynna Asistio and her non-showbiz BF Ian Dy?

“Talaga? Sinabi niya yun? Naku, malabong mangyari yun. Kasama ko si Ynna sa Party Pilipinas and we get along fine. Pero sa ‘Langit sa Piling Mo’, on na ang characters namin as Marj and Rigo. Alam na niyang my brother Jay Aquitania as Felix tried to carnap his car and he helps me look for my sister Ryza Cenon as Joy. Si Marco Morales naman as Warren, who tried to rape me, arranges a meeting with us to reveal Katrina Halili just ordered him to do it, but somebody kills him.”


ABS-CBN acts really fast when it comes to boosting the careers of their new talents. Melason were quickly given their own show after PBB. Now, Star Records has also quickly released Pilipinas Got Talent winner Jovit Baldivino’s first album. “Faithfully”. Not only that, they also released an album featuring the talent show’s top finalist singers: Markki Stroem, Sherwin Baguion, and the Ezra Band led by girl vocalist (who really sounds and looks more like a boy) Kaye. Their album is entitled Pinoy You Got It, aimed to help promote their concert tour with Juris, Ingrid Payaket and Keith Delleva, also titled Pinoy You Got It. It starts at Cuneta Astrodome on July 23. Tickets at P575, P750 and P1,000 come with a free CD of the album. Call Ticketworld at 891-9999. The provincial tour starts on July 31 at Cebu Waterfront Ballroom, then at Lipa City Cultural Center on August 6, La Salle Gym, Dasmarinas Cavite on August 7, Bren Guiao Center San Fernando Pampanga on August 13, Enverga U Gym Lucena on August 20, Avenue Plaza Hotel Naga on August 21, Legaspi Astrodome on August 22, Baguio Convention Center on August 27, St. Louis Gym San Fernando La Union on August 28.

Jovit’s album contains Arnel Pineda “Journey” songs. Aside from the title track “Faithfully”, it also has “Too Much Love Will Kill You”, plus “I’ll Be the One” (with pop and orchestra versions), “Always” and “Paano”, plus their music one versions. Jovit says he doesn’t pay attention to intrigues about him. “Pinapalampas ko na lang po.” He can’t believe how popular he has become. “Tuwing lalabas ako, may nagpapa-picture at autograph. May fans na nagsasabi sa’king anakan ko raw sila. Tinatawanan ko na lang.”

As for the “Pinoy You Got It” album, Markki sings “Ordinary People”, “Mahal Na Mahal”, and “Tell Me”. Ezra Band sings “Runaway”, “Wonderful Tonight”, and “Walang Iba”. Sherwin sings “Tayong Dalawa”, “Kailangan Kita” and “Bakit Hindi Mo Na Kaya”. They all sang live during the presscon and 22-year old Fil-Norwegian Markki, the most goodlooking of them all, elicited the most positive reactions as he went from one table to another singing at the female guests who were all swooning. “Marunong mangarinyo,” as some newshen says. For more updates, log on to starrrecords.multiply.com or www.starrecords.ph.


THE CINEMALAYA Awards Night was held last Sunday. Winners in the director’s showcase are: Best actor and actress – Baron Geisler and Meryll Soriano in “Donor”. Best supporting actor and actress – Tirso Cruz III in “Sigwa”, Carla Pambid in “Donor”. Best editing – “Pink Halo-halo”. Best production design: “Donor”. Best cinematography, screenplay (Eric Ramos) and audience choice – “Two Funerals”. Best director: Gil Portes for “Two Funerals”. Best picture: “Donor”

For new directors category: Best actor and actress – John Arcilla in “Halaw”, Lovi Poe in “Mayohan”. Best supporting actor and actress – Emilio Garcia in “Rekrut”, LJ Reyes in “The Leaving”. Audience choice – “Magkakapatid” by Kim Garcia. Best sound: “Rekrut”. Best music: “Mayohan”. Best editing: “Halaw”. Best production design: “The Leaving”. Best cinematography (tie): “Mayohan”, “The Leaving”. Best screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana for “Mayohan”. Best picture and director – “Halaw” by Sherad Dayoc. Special jury prize: “Sampaguita, National Flower” by Francis Xavier Pasion.

We just notice that the entries in the new breed category this year are not as good as those of previous years.

Most of the entries suffer from scripts that lack proper narrative development and character definition. They also favor abrupt endings where you wonder if they ran out of budget and can’t shoot anymore so they just left the story hanging on the air with no adequate closure. But it’s to the credit of most Pinoy actors that despite the underwritten scripts, they still give creditable performances.