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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 19, 2010

John Lapus wants Coco Martin

EUGENE DOMINGO has many gay friends. One is John Lapus or Sweet and she’s glad that after they did the hit “Here Comes the Bride”, they’re now together again in Regal’s 50th anniversary presentation, “Mamarazzi”. In the film, Uge desperately wants to have a baby so she and John agreed to go to bed and make a baby. “Pero hindi namin kinaya kaya napatili na lang kami,” she says.

“Talagang hindi ko masisikmurang pumatol sa babae magkaroon lang ng sarili kong anak, kasi noong grade 4 ako, nakakita ko sa magazine ng sex organ ng babae at natawa ako,” says John. “Parang gagamba ang dating sa akin! Doon ko na-realize, bakla talaga ko. Kaya mag-aampon na lang ako kaysa mag-try gumawa ng sarili kong baby. But in ‘Mamarazzi’, may twist na nakabuntis talaga ako ng babae at nagkajunakis kami, si Arron Villaflor. Kaso, naging bading din ito at nagka-boyfriend pa, si Xian Lim. Ako rin, may boyfriend, si Diether Ocampo, na pinahiram ko kay Uge para maging ama ng anak niya. May scene kami ritong minamasahe ko si Diet habang nakahiga siya. Ay, ang sarap! Pinipilit nga niya kong ituloy na but I said no, dalagang Pilipina ko.”

Uge suggested to Mother Lily that Sweet be given his own launching flick. Mother’s daughter, Roselle Monteverde, says they’re thinking of remaking Roderick Paulate’s “Kumander Gringa” for him since Viva is remaking Roderick’s “Petrang Kabayo” for Vice Ganda. Who would Sweet want to be his leading man? “Prankahan na, ha. Gusto ko maka-kissing scene si Jake Cuenca o si Coco Martin.” Take note that all of Sweet’s shows are with GMA-7 but the actors he prefers are with ABS.


THERE’S NO confirmation yet from TV5 execs but we heard Willie Revillame will be have his own show with them as a blocktimer, tentatively titled “Willing-Willie Kami”. Willie himself will produce the show and solicit the advertisers to support it. For sure, ABS-CBN will file charges against him for violation of his contract with them, but Willie is not afraid and he’s willing to face them in court. He also wants to clarify that he’s not the reason why staffers of Pilipinas Win na Win, including TV exec Jay Montelibano, resigned from the show. He told a friend he never instigated the resignation of people from ABS and he’s not asking them to join him. Someone said they’re just demoralized because the show is titled Win na Win but it’s “lost na lost” in the ratings to “Eat Bulaga”. A lot of people say they don’t want to see Kris Aquino dominating the show, whose running time has already been shortened as it now starts at 1:30 PM, with “Showtime” pitted against the first half of “Eat Bulaga”. It’d be noted that the ratings of “Showtime” dropped because of the higher ratings of GMA-7’s “Kapuso Movie Festival” so ABS has now also scheduled Tagalog movies to directly compete with this.

Someone says that the poor ratings of Win na Win is a sure indication that the public has had enough of Kris’ shenanigans and no longer approves of her. About her husband James Yap, he faced the media with his lawyer Atty. Lorna Kapunan (also the lawyer of Hayden Kho) to say he filed a motion for visitation rights after learning Kris wants sole custody of Baby James. James wants to see his son at least twice a week and be allowed to sleep with him one night a week, like from Friday evening to the next day. He also wants to take the boy to his hometown in Escalante, Negros Occidental to spend time with his own folks. He added that he hasn’t seen his son since they returned from the States. He tried to call his yaya but the yaya’s phone is always off so he has lost contact with the boy. He added that he cannot allow Kris to change the surname of Baby James from Yap to Aquino. He revealed that they got married twice, both in July 2005: the first one officiated by a lady minister who now doesn’t want to be interviewed, and the next one was two weeks later because James’ parents were not able to sign the wedding certificate in the first ceremony. This proves that the wedding was done in really good faith of both parties involved.


THE TOP COSMETIC surgery chain in Japan and the world’s largest intralasik eye surgery provider, Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics, is the company that performed procedures on Nora Aunor for free. We heard they really have big plans to help her make a successful comeback in Manila, with her to be featured on the cover of glossy magazines and for her to have billboards in major highways. Then Nora threatened to sue them so they dropped all their plans for her. Shinagawa has formally opened its clinic using the most advanced facilities at Tower 2, Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Ave. corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati. Organized by top columnist Aster Amoyo, the principal sponsors were Sen. Loren Legarda, Ilocos cong. Imelda Marcos, First sister Ballsy Aquino Cruz, Makati cong. Monique Lagdameo, former Ms. Earth Priscilla Meirelles, and Concert Queen Pops Fernandez. Their presence in Manila is expected to boost medical tourism in the country, what with their highly competent medical team headed by medical director Eleazar Tan undergoing intensive training at the Shinagawa head office in Tokyo early this year. At the opening, Pops Fernandez said that she has sold her and ex-hubby Martin Nievera’s house in Ayala Alabang to Donna Villa. She now lives by herself in McKinley Hill, Global City, and her two sons live five minutes away in a condo. “The house was already too big for us,” she says. “Also, mas malapit itong McKinley Hill kaysa sa Alabang.” We heard Pops is no longer Arnold Vegafria but now managed by Annabelle Rama.


ANOTHER YOUNG STARSTRUCK star is preggy after LJ Reyes. She’s Jana Roxas, number 3 to Jackie Rice and Iwa Moto in Starstruck. She admitted in “Showbiz Central” that she’s now two months preggy at 19. “Nagpa-vaccine ako for cervical cancer at pina-blood test muna ko,” she says. “Doon nalaman, pregnant na pala ko.”

She looks like she gained much weight since her Starstruck days. She was shown with her non-showbiz boyfriend who’s 6 years older. They’re actually supposed to be wed in December but with her condition now, she decided to postpone their altar date until after she has delivered their baby. “Ayoko namang pakasal na mataba ako,” she says.


WHEN KUH LEDESMA accepted her role as the haughty Mrs. Jackie Tantoco, mother of Dennis Trillo, in “Endless Love”, she didn’t know her character would be so mean. “I know contravida siya but I didn’t know ganun siya kataray,” she says. “Biniro ko nga si Direk Mac Alejandre, kundi babawasan ang kalupitan ng role ko, di na ko sisipot sa taping. I’m happy to be back to acting, pero ayoko kasi umabot sa point na kamuhian ako ng tao and when they see me in public, awayin ako sa pang-aapi ko kay Marian Rivera. Even my own daughter, Isabella, said, ma, don’t accept such roles again. Kilalang Christian pa naman daw ako, tapos ang tapang-tapang ko sa TV. Also, I’m doing a Gospel album, at kontrang-kontra sa songs doon ang ginagawa ko sa show.”

She’s been singing since 1979 when she did the hit song “Dito Ba”, the theme song in “Miss X”. She doesn’t seem to age. What’s her secret? “My relationship with the Lord. I just surrender everything to him so I don’t have to worry about anything.”

She wants to try producing an indie film about the experiences of women. “I have a story in my mind at gusto kong kunin doon sina Gina Alajar, Cherie Gil, Tessie Tomas, Nanette Inventor, and me, of course.”