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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 21, 2010

Mother Lily celebrates 71st birthday

MOTHER LILY’s 71st birthday coincided with the grand presscon of “Mamarazzi” last Thursday, where she also presented her latest project, the fabulous Taal Imperial Palace Resort Hotel with world class facilities in Taal, Batangas. The Regalo matriarch is in an upbeat mood, saying she remains a movie fan at heart and will continue producing local films even if other producers have closed shop.

She’s so pleased with the fine performances of her two new stars in “Mamarazzi”, Carla Abellana and Andi Eigenmann, a Kapuso and a Kapamilya star working together for the first time, so she decided to give them followup projects rights away. Carla and Andi will be together again in Regal’s 2010 Metro filmfest horror entry, “Shaked Rattle and Roll 12”, but in different episodes. Carla will be paired with Sid Lucero (cousin of Geoff Eigenmann and half brother of Andi) in the “Funeraria” episode to be directed by Jerrold Tarog, while Andi is paired with Rayver Cruz in the “Isla” episode to be megged by Topel Lee. The third episode, “Manika”, will star Shaina Magdayao with Ricky Davao, under the direction of Tots Mariscal. We’re glad Mother Lily is giving a break to Jerrold Tarog, who showed much promise as a director in the acclaimed indie films he made, “Confessional” and “Mangatyanan”. He should get indie actresses Che Ramos and Mailes Kanapi who give superlative portrayals in “Mangatyanan” and deserve to be seen more in mainstream films.


LORNA TOLENTINO is glad to do a film again, Star Cinema’s 17th anniversary presentation, “Sa’Yo Lamang”, where she plays Christopher de Leon’s wife that he deserted for another woman ten years ago. “My last film was ‘Katas ng Saudi’ in 2007 and my last work with Boyet was ‘Mano Po 2’ in 2003.”

In “Sa’Yo Lamang”, she plays mom to four grown up kids: Bea Alonzo, Coco Martin, Enchong Dee, and Miles Ocampo. Bea is paired with Diether Ocampo and Zanjoe Marudo, Coco with Shaina Magdayao and Enchong with Lauren Young.

“I’m very thankful dahil the roles I get now follow kung ano yung totoong edad ko (48). Lahat sila, puede ko na talaga maging anak in real life. My role here as Amanda is so different from my past award winning roles before in ‘Maging Akin Ka Lamang’, ‘Narito ang Puso Ko’ or ‘Abakada Ina’. Mas malalim ang kanyang pagiging ina, asawa at tao.”

The conflict starts when Boyet returns to their family. Lorna accepts him back but their kids are all hostile to him, especially Bea. Boyet is very glad to be part of a movie about a family. “My family is very important to me kasi without it, I’ll be a goner, walang direction ang buhay ko. It’s for my wife and kids that I work really hard.”

He’s 54 but he looks trim and fit, much younger than his age. What’s his secret? “I just enjoy life and it pays that you work with beautiful people and I have beautiful friends. I just thank God for all the blessings that I receive, even the smallest ones.”


LORNA TOLENTINO is the foremost endorser of Flawless, the leading facial clinic and favourite of the country’s top stars. She wants to announce that Flawless is curing conducting a Flawless White 4-Day Beauty Sale that started yesterday and will end on Monday. Clients can avail of fantastic discounts on whitening products and services available in all 32 Flawless branches nationwide. Flawless White Injectables that whiten skin faster and also minimize freckles, age spots and other ‘flaws’ are available with huge discounts ranging from more than 20%-50% off on a group of two to five people, and at least 10% for individual sessions. Buy one-take one promo on Blister Packs of Whitening Capsules can also be availed, while popular whitening products Acne Control Lotion (now at P180 from its original P340) and AHA Moisturizing Cream (with sale price P150 from its original P340) are also available until Aug. 24 or until supplies last. All purchases made during this weekend sale will also qualify for the Designer Bag Raffle of Flawless where one lucky Flawless patron gets the chance to win a beautiful designer bag every month. The culmination of this event will be a raffle of a one-karat diamond during the celebration of Flawless anniversary in December. So avail of the outstanding promotional blitz in Flawless where you might also get the chance to see in person some of its popular endorsers like Lorna, Richard Gutierrez, Judy Ann Santos, Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras, and the Starstruck talents.


AI AI DE LAS ALAS will be very busy in the last few months of 2010. Aside from her sitcom “Malay Mo Madevelop”, she’ll start shooting her 2010 Metro filmfest entry, “Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat”. She’s also celebrating her 20th anniversary in showbiz with a big concert at the Araneta Coliseum on November 19, produced by Ambient Media and directed by Floy Quinto. She’s also joining Sharon Cuneta as special guest in the Megastar’s European concert tour in September. Aside from work, she’s also taking up courses in public administration since she wants to go into public service later. She almost adopted a child who’s just been born but the baby passed soon after birth. “Sayang kasi maganda ang bata kaya lang, breach pregnancy ang mama niya, tapos pinilit gawing normal delivery kaya siguro nag-suffer at di nakayanan ng baby,” she says. “Hindi talaga siguro siya para sa’kin kaya kinuha na ni Lord.”


PRINCE OF POP Erik Santos was encouraged by the good feedback he got from his first acting stint in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and now wants to accept more acting job. Regularly seen in ASAP and the Music and Me portion of Pilipinas Win na Win, he’ll also be part of the new talent search to be hosted by Sharon Cuneta. He’ll have a major concert “The Power of One”, on September 24 and 25 at the Meralco Theatre and do a European concert tour in October. He’ll topbill the BPI Nationwide tour in August 27 in Batangas, September 10 in Tarlac, October 10 in Bohol and October 16 in Aklan.


WHILE ROBIN Padilla is on leave for Ramadan, GF Mariel Rodriguez also left Pilipinas Win na Win to have a vacation abroad. At first, she denied she’s following Robin to India for Ramadan and said she’ll just visit relatives in the U.S. But reporters who saw her at the airport found out she’s going to India and her manager, Boy Abunda, admitted it was hard for him to accept Mariel’s decision but he’s understanding enough to know she did it for love. Boy denied the rumor that Mariel and Robin are getting married there. It’ll be recalled that Robin prposed to Mariel two weeks ago right in “E Live”, which Mariel hosts, and even gave her a P1.2 million ring.

Boy says that, upon her return, she’ll go to back to hosting Win na Win and E Live, plus start her movie with Robin and a horror flick with Kris Aquino and Coco Martin that’s meant for the December filmfest. She endorses Calayan, Meg, Cossack Blue, Splash, SM, and Vitresse.


AS TALENT MANAGER, Boy Abunda’s stable of stars in Backroom is multiplying everyday. He now manages Aiko Melendez who has been added in the cast of GMA-7’s afternoon soap, “Basahang Ginto”, and has another project with TV5. Two new recruits from PBB are now with Boy” Tom Rodriguez and Hermes Bautista. Tom is part of the Aga sitcom and is in the Viva movie Petrang Kabayo with Vice Ganda. Hermes is regularly seen on Agimat’s Elias Paniki.

Bianca Gonzalez is one of the most sought-after young female hosts today. Aside from corporate shows, Bianca hosts ABS-CBN’s SNN, Studio 23’s Y Speak, The Filipino Channel’s TFC Connect and Cinema One’s Cinema News. She is also active in her advocacies: Unicef and Teach Kids To Learn Foundation. Bianca endorses Meg, Calayan Surgicenter, Yin Yang Cooling Tea and Avon Mix. Bossa Nova Queen Sitti is busy with corporate shows and ASAP. Watch her perform live on these shows: all Wednesdays of September at Martini’s Bar in Mandarin Hotel and all Thursdays of September at Café Lupe in Antipolo.