<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Showbiz Portal Bottom 1 300x250, created 10/15/10 --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1272644781333770" data-ad-slot="2530175011"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script>
Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 15, 2010

Cristine in new primetime soap

FREEHAND by Mario E. Bautista

CRISTINE REYES is thankful that after “Eva Fonda”, she’s given another primetime show, “Martha Cecilia’s Kristine”. How different is one from the other? “Ibang-iba ang ‘Kristine’ kasi mas malaman ang story, not just about a girl na inapi kundi alitan ng dalawang angkan that lasts for generations,” she says. “Aside from us nina Zanjoe Marudo, Denise Laurel and Rafael Rosell as the four main characters, meron pang ibang characters who have their own stories. Also, confident ako kay Direk Rory Quintos, as she directed my favorite teleserye, ‘Pangako Sa Iyo’. Maliit pa ako noon but sobrang fan ako.”

Someone told her she’s insinuating Direk Rory is now old. She laughs. “21 ako ngayon, 10 years ago yun, so 11 pa lang ako nun pero naka-identify talaga ko kina Jericho Rosales at Kristine Hermosa.”

She has hot love scenes with Zanjoe Marudo in “Kristine”. Won’t they get linked to each other now that Zanjoe has dumped Mariel Rodriguez and her romance with Rayver Cruz got aborted? “Kailangan ba talagang lagi kang ma-link ka sa kapareha mo? Ayoko nga, that will only complicate things.”

What cut short the romance with Rayver? “Naku, that’s so last month. Ayoko na pag-usapan.”
Someone says she discovered Rayver is a two-timer who’s also courting Sarah Geronimo. “Please, I don’t really want to talk about it anymore.”

What do they do when she sees Rayver and Sarah in “ASAP”? “Okay lang. We’re civil to each other.”

Did she and Sarah ever talked about Rayver? “No. Tama na. Tigilan na yan. Basta mas okay na itong single ako at career ko lang ang pinoproblema ko. Tama na muna yang pakikipagrelasyon.”
In her last serious relationship, she also got involved in a love triangle with Dennis Trillo and Carlene Aguilar. And now, this. How would she explain it? “Kaya nga, dahil dun, ayoko na masaktan uli. Ako ng lalayo para no more gulo.”


GMA 7 PRESENTED to the press three new female stars: Gwen Zamora, 19; Ellen Adarna, 22; and Andi Manzano, 23. The youngest of three girls, Gwen was born in Melbourne, Australia then her parents brought them to Manila when she was 6 then they went back to Melbourne when she was 15 and she returned home last year and auditioned with GMA-7. Her dad is French-Italian and her beauty is reminiscent of Italian actress Monica Belucci. She has had two BF’s but is unattached at the moment. A filmmaking major at St. Benilde, she has studied acting and dance in Australia and Singapore. She’ll be introduced in “Party Pilipinas” next Sunday. This early, she has already been cast in a new soap, “Griselda”, to start in October, and was chosen as Vic Sotto’s leading lady in his new “Enteng” film. She’s also the new face of Belo Essentials. Stardom was really given to her on a silver platter. Wonder what those who struggled in Starstruck and are still waiting for assignments feel about this.

Ellen Adarna is a young Cebuana from a rich family that owns a chain of motels and real estate in Cebu. “It’s my parents who’re rich, I’m poor,” she says. “I used to work as personal assistant for my dad, e pasaway ako, so I resigned. Ayaw nila ng mom ko for me to join showbiz.” She has graced the cover of magazines like Candy and Uno then made a name for herself in the internet through social networking sites like Friendster and Facebook, for which she was featured in “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho”. “I want to try something new, like acting. I like the challenges in showbiz so I think I’ll be fine here.”

Andi Manzano is familiar to radio listeners as she’s been a DJ for some years now, starting with DJ Mo who became her boyfriend. Popularly known as Andi 9, she became a courtside reporter for FEU then became a VJ for MTV Philippines. “It’s mo who pushed to me to audition sa MTV,” she says. Her dad is first cousin of Edu Manzano so Luis is her second cousin. She has hosted two shows for Q Channel 11 and is now a host of “Party Pilipinas” along with Raymond Gutierrez and Tim Yap, but she says she won’t go into acting. How is she and Mo’s current squeeze? “Rhian Ramos? Okay lang kami. She’s a nice person.”


THIS SUNDAY’S PARTY Pilipinas directed by Rico Gutierrez is called the Super Like episode as it’ll feature numbers that viewers say they “super like”. The Girl Power opening shows Rachelle Ann Go, Jolina Magdangal, Yassi, Winwyn, Diva, Rochelle, Julianne, La Diva, with Regine V, plus Dingdong Dantes and Elmo Magalona. Kyla, Rachelle Ann, Jay R, Mark Bautista and La Diva will Jam with ex-Eheads vocalist Ely Buendia. Barbie Forteza and Joshua Dionisio will dance with Elmo, Winwyn, Yassi, Diva, Rocco Nacino, Sef Cadayona and birthday boy Enzo Pineda. Dingdong will also do a number with Heart E, Glaiza de Castro and Frencheska Farr.


IT’S A PRESS CON “Us Girls” August Awards but writers were lavished with praise for Angel Aquino for her knockout performance in “Magkaribal” as Vera Cruz. She used to be the show’s top villain but the tables have been turned as she’s now getting audience sympathy because Gretchen Barretto is oppressing her. Why didn’t she slap Greta during your confrontation scene? “I’m supposed and willing din si Gretchen,” she says. “But I showed her my hand: Kita mo ba ito? Tapos itinapik ko sa balikat niya. Itong tatama sa’yo. Ayoko kasi mabigat ang kamay ko at hindi ako marunong mandaya kaya baka masira ang mukha niya. Baka magaya kami kina Chin Chin Gutierrez at Lorna Tolentino noon.”

What can she say that Greta wear brand name clothes in all her scenes? “She has the means so she can buy expensive clothes for her personal use. E, ako, all I wear in the show is given by production. Pero napakabait ni Gretchen kaya kasundo siya ng lahat. She brings food on the set at lahat pinapakain. One time, she gave me a bag of new clothes, about 15 of them. Nagagamit ko nga sa show. She’s really very generous and also very professional.”

Angel is “Us Girls” host for almost five years and she’s excited along with co-host Yia Villania and Cheska Garcia about their August Awards. Nominees for Face of the Year- teens are Andi Eigenmann, Empress Schuck, Erich Gonzalez, and Jessie Mendiola. Face of the year - primetime queens: Kristine Hermosa, Marian Rivera, Cristine Reyes, Rhian Ramos, Carla Abellana, Isabel Oli, Megan Young, Heart Evangelista, and Kim Chiu in the 20’s category. Best dressed celebrity: Anne Curtis, Iza Calzado, Chynna Ortaleza, Kelly Misa, models Solenn Heusaff, Georgina Wilson, Mia Kaufman, and Ornussa Cadness. Make up artist of the year: Mickey See, Denise Go, Lourd Ramos, Gela Laurel, Claire Diokno, Leo Posadas, Robbie Pinera who are nominated for Make-Up Artist. Stylist of the year: Kat Cruz, Bang Pineda, Alyanna Martinez, Bea Constantino, Charmaine Palermo, Angela Alarcon, Patrick Ty, and Corrine Alegre. Viewers can vote in the online poll at http://usgirls.multiply.com, by posting their choices on Us Girls’ official Facebook Fan Page, by sending their list of favorites at usgirls@abs-cbn.com, or through text. Just key in POLL then send to 2366 for Globe, TM and Sun or 231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text. The votes will help in choosing the winners and the "Viewers’ Choice Award." The Icon of the Year Award goes to Angel Locsin and this will be given to her at the awards night on August 19 at Icon Bar in Makati that will later be shown on August 29, 6:30 PM on Studio 23, the new timeslot of “Us Girls”.


THE MUCH AWAITED love triangle drama, “In Your Eyes”, will premiere tonight at SM Megamall. Its lead actor, Richard Gutierrez, maybe known on TV as Primetime King but on the big screen, he’s now the Ultimate Dream Leading Man, a tag given to him by his “In Your Eyes” leading ladies, Claudine Barretto and Anne Curtis. “Artistang-artista talaga ang dating ni Richard as he’s tall, handsome and a real dreamboat,” says Claudine. “Our film will show he’s also a fine actor who’s very effective in dramatic scenes. Anne and I play sisters in the story na parehong nakarelasyon niya. When you see the film, you’ll find out why he’s so irresistible.”

Anne agrees with her Ate Clau. “He’s not only an actor but also a real gentleman to his leading ladies. We were together in L.A. shooting the film and he really took good care of us. We have passionate love scenes in the film and he was protective of me, never taking advantage.”

Richard’s been paired with Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, KC Concepcion, Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos, Cristine Reyes, and they all speak highly and fondly of Richard. Even his co-workers and directors attest to his dedication to his craft and devotion to his work, being a true professional.

“It’s always a pleasure working with Chard,” says Direk Mac Alejandre of “In Your Eyes”. “This is his most mature and daring film to date. When I told him he’d have to bare, wala siyang reklamo. His love scenes with both Claudine and Anne are the most sensitive he has done to date and his fans shouldn’t miss it.”

After its premiere tonight at SM Megamall, “In Your Eyes” opens in theatres nationwide on Wednesday.