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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.

Aug 22, 2010

Bea Alonzo blamed for breakup of Kimerald

HOW DOES it feel that she’s being blamed by Kimerald fans for the breakup of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson? “It’s really sad kasi I don’t really know kung ano ang basehan nila at pati sa internet, sinisiraan ako,” she says at the presscon of “Sa’Yo Lamang”. “But as far as I’m concerned, wala akong dapat ikabahala dahil hindi ko rin alam why I’m being linked to Gerald.”

Will they be doing a project together? “I’m in ‘Magkaribal’ and ‘Sa’Yo Lamang’ at wala siya roon. Bahala na ang ABS management if they’d pair us together. But if ever, trabaho lang yan. Ako, I just focus now on the positive kasi ang dami kong blessings. I like the projects that come my way. I can’t complain, kaya ‘Sa’Yo Lamang’ na lang ang pag-usapan natin. I’m so honored to be working with Lorna Tolentino and Christopher de Leon as my parents in this film. Para kang nagwo-workshop tuwing kaeksena mo sila.”

She plays the eldest daughter who hates her dad for deserting them ten years ago. “I can relate to my character kasi in real life, I never met my own dad. Ang kaibhan sa amin, in real life, I’ve learned to forgive and forget but my character in ‘Sa’Yo Lamang’, punong-puno ng galit ang puso niya.”

Lorna lavished her with praise at the presscon, saying she has felt Bea would be a good actress even when they first got to work together in ‘Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay’ when Bea was only 13. “Kasi bata pa lang siya, ang galing-galing ng humugot ng emotion, lalo na sa pag-iyak,” says LT.

“Coming from her, it’s really an honor,” says Bea. “But what we do is teamwork. Gumagaling ang isang artista kapag magaling ang kasama niya. At kapag isang Lorna Tolentino ang kaeksena mo who’s so generous, you have no choice kundi galingan din ang acting mo.”


ONE OF THE most active radio and TV hosts today is Mr. Fu. Managed by Noel Ferrer, his real name is Jeffrey Espiritu. “It was Pia Hontiveros who saw me in UST and brought me to ABS at nagging production ako sa news department for 7 years, tagabigay ng tubig sa newscasters,” he says. “Paminta pa ako noon and I was working with other reporters na paminta rin. Dream ko maging newscaster pero hindi ako nakilala roon. Then three years ago, Energy FM bosses saw me hosting a corporate show at gusto raw nilang maglagay ng baklang DJ so kinuha nila ko. Dun na ko nagladlad ng bonggang-bongga. Dun na lumabas yung line kong ‘Me ganon?’ Tapos kinuha na ko ng Q Channel 11 and now, ng TV 5.”

He has now left Energy FM to move to a new station, 103.5 Wow FM, along with Leila Chikadora, Tito Potato, Justin Bibo and Tina Ryan who has just been divorced from her American husband. How will this be different from other FM stations? “Basta ang style naming, di kami nagko-compete. We’ll just do our best and offer total entertainment na maraming papremyo to our listeners on air. Kung wala ng Wowowee, meron namang Wow FM.”

It’s good he’s allowed to have shows with QTV and TV 5. “Nagpaalam naman ako nang maayos kay Ms. Wilma Galvante at pumayag naman sila.”

When he guested in “Paparazzi”, DJ Mo put him into hot water with the insinuation that he’s not in good terms with co-host Tim Yap in “Tweetbiz”. “I really didn’t expect na ilalaglag niya ako roon. I was asked kung friends kami ni Tim and I said hindi kami nagkakape together. Ang dating kay Tim, I denied na friend ko siya, so I had to explain what really happened. Nagkita na kami when he returned from New York at may pasalubong pa siya sa’king coffee mug na may New York. At nagkape na kami.”

So it’s possible that he and Tim will be developed with each other? “Naku, lesbianism yun.” Reminded that Tim is straight, he changed his statement. “O, sige, hindi puede maging kami kasi may girlfriend na yata si Tim.”


IP MAN 2 is the sequel to the worldwide 2008 hit filmbio, “Ip Man”, the martial arts innovator who taught Bruce Lee the Wing Chung style of fighting. The first part takes up when the first movie ended, with Ip Man and his family leaving Foshan in 1949 and moving to Hongkong after the war with the Japanese. It shows Ip Man as he nurtures his students in his own small school and tries to show their dexterity to other martial arts masters, notably Master Hung (Sammo Hung).

Ip Man’s primary rule is that violence will only be resorted to as a last resort. He doesn’t beat up people just for the heck of it. The second half of the movie sees Ip Man fighting the corrupt British police who like to humiliate the Chinese, particularly a nasty boxing champ called Twister (Darren Shahlavi) who insults the Chinese martial arts community.

The first film worked because Donnie Yen was so marvellous in the title role. But in the sequel, he gets competition from Sammo Hung, who also appears in a lot of action scenes as Yen. The film’s highlight is a slambang fight scene between Donnie and Sammo while they’re on top of a table. This excellently choreographed sequence alone is already worth the price of admission. There are other exciting fight sequences, some made with a dash of humor, all staged with so much flair and thrill by Director Wilson Yip who’s definitely a master action filmmaker who does fantastically fluid camera work. Fans of martial arts flicks will surely enjoy this actioner and its awesome fight scenes. “Ip Man 2” is a blockbuster hit in Asia and you shouldn’t miss this enjoyable biopic of a fascinating historical figure in martial arts history.