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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.

Sep 5, 2010

Iza Calzado on two new shows

IZA CALZADO’s dad, Lito, used to complain that his daughter doesn’t have a regular show. Now, Iza will be seen in two daily shows. She’s now the co-host of Lucy Torres in “The Sweet Life” on Q Channel 11 seen daily at 6 PM. Soon, she’ll also be seen in the new and original afternoon soap, “Koronang Papel”, directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes to replace “Basahang Ginto”. Because of this, she has to beg off in playing the role of contravida to Marian Rivera in Regal’s Metro filmfest entry, “Super Inday and the Magic Bibe”. “Buti na lang natapos ko na ang shooting nung Halloween presentation ng Regal, ‘White House’, where I play a very intriguing role that siempre, I won’t reveal kung ano para ma-thrill ang viewers,” she says. “This is also the reason why I had to say no to another project being offered by TV 5 to me. Siempre, priority ko pa rin ang GMA-7 as my mother studio.”

Her co-stars in “Koronang Papel” are TJ Trinidad, Katrina Halili, Marvin Agustin, Elizabeth Oropesa, Luis Alandy, Carmi Martin, and Fanny Serrano.


AGA MUHLACH is hoping they can still finish “Of All the Things”, his movie with Regine Velasquez, before her wedding. The problem is he’s now busy with “Huling Sayaw” with Angel Locsin that requires them to do some location shoot in Japan, while Regine is starting an indie film, “Mrs. Recto”, and also a new teleserye in October, “I Heart U, Pare”, where she’s paired with Dingdong Dantes. She’s also busy attending to the details of her December 22 wedding. She just went to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles to meet with famous designer Monique Lhuillier for her wedding gown.

Aga says it’ll take some time before he’d be able to finish his film with Angel. “Our director (Olive Lamasan) is using a different kind of high definition camera, called red camera, and it’s different from the usual film camera. Matagal ang set up kasi kakaibang lighting ang kailangan. We had one sequence shot for three days, pero mga one minute lang siguro mapapanood on screen. Ganun kahirap gawin itong movie na ito.”

How does he find his new director for his ABS-CBN comedy with Ai Ai de las Alas,”M3”, Frasco Mortiz, the son of Edgar Mortiz. “I love working with new and young directors. I’m quite impressed with Direk Frasco when he presented us his ideas for the show and they’re all new and fresh. I’m sure he’d help ‘M3’ gain more viewers. Sanay naman sa siya sa comedy directing ‘Goin’ Bulilit’ and ‘Banana Split’.”

How’s Aga as dad to twins, Andres and Atasha? “I’m lucky as they’re both well behaved. When they were four, napalo ko sila but now, pareho na silang walang nagagawang mali. Even before buying junk food, nagpapaalam muna sila sa amin ng mommy nila as they know we want them to eat healthy foods. I’m really proud of them. Magkaiba sila ng school na pinapasukan to avoid being compared with each other.”


MEGAN YOUNG got very positive reviews for her role as a balikbayan photographer from the U.S. who gets involved in political activism in the 70s in Joel Lamangan’s A-rated film, “Sigwa”. “It feels great na mapasama sa ganung movie na puro mahuhusay ang artista,” she says. “I was the young version of Dawn Zulueta in it and I’d say it’s one of my most challenging assignments so far.”

She’s now in Regal’s Halloween presentation, “White House”, where she plays a young woman who joins a reality show featuring contestants who are required to live and stay in the famed haunted Laperal House in Baguio. “It has another big cast as I’m with Gabby Concepcion, Iza Calzado, DJ Mo, Lovi Poe, Sarah Lahbati and Maricar Reyes, directed by Topel Lee. I’ve seen parts of the film at nakakatakot talaga.”

On TV, she’s a mainstay in the ABS rom-comed, “M3”, and has most of her scenes with Aga Muhlach. “I told myself ang suwerte ko being able to work with the likes of Gabby and Aga. Taping ‘M3’ with Aga every week made me realized kung gaano siya kabait. Kasi, let’s face it, sa stature niya, he’s already up there, but he remains very nice and approachable. A real gentleman.”

If Aga were single, would she fall for him? “Oo naman, kasi mabait talaga siya. Suwerte nga si Charlene Gonzales as he’s a very loving and responsible husband and family man. But I already have a boyfriend (an Ateneo cager) and okay naman kami.”


IS IT TRUE MARCO Alcaraz has forbidden his girlfriend, former Miss Interrnational Precious Lara Quigaman to go sexy in films? “No, I don’t meddle with her career,” he says. “She can even pose for sexy magazines. Kung gusto niya, it’s her decision. Hindi rin naman siya nagbabawal na magpa-sexy ako, basta huwag lang daw ako man-chicks. I’m happy for her kasi tuloy-tuloy ang projects niya sa ABS while I’m with GMA. Nasa ‘Endless Love’ ako at siya naman, nasa ‘Impostor’ and later, sa ‘Imortal’ na si Jomari Yllana ang kapareha niya.”

Is he in better terms with former manager Arnold Vegafria? “I haven’t seen him lately but if I do, I’ll say hi. Basta ako, okay naman ako ngayon with my new manager, Noel Ferrer, who gets me a lot of jobs hosting beauty pageants in various regions kaya I have a new career.”

Has Lara and he talked about getting married? “Minsan-minsan, napag-uusapan, but nothing concrete. If ever, we want a beach wedding kasi pareho kaming mahilig sa dagat. Pero matagal pa yun.”


ONE OF THE castaways in “Survivor Philippines Celebrity Edition” is Doc Ferdz, host of GMA-7’s “Born to be Wild”. He’s named after former president Ferdinand Marcos as he’s also born on September 11. The youngest of six kids, he comes from the Recios of Batangas and obtained his veterinary medicine degree from UP Los Banos. He didn’t have any second thoughts when invited to join “Survivor”. “Noon ko pa talaga gustong sumali,” he says. “I asked tips from my co-host, Kiko Rustia, and the winners of the previous seasons, JC Tiuseco and Amanda Van Cool, but everything they told me apply to their own situations. When we got to the island, ibang-iba yung experiences namin ng mga kasama ko as our island had harsher conditions at ibang-iba rin ang composition ng castaways na puro celebrities na may kanya-kanyang personalities.”

Still single at 33, Doc Ferdz is now back in “Born to be Wild”. Their next episode shows the beauty of the island of Masbate and Ticao Pass where he goes underwater to see giant manta rays (pague) and giant whale sharks and tuna fish.


JOROSS GAMBOA is sporting a very buff physique when he showed up at the Enchanted Kingdom presscon. He’s now ready to go sexy and is featured in sexy pictorials for Cosmo and X Ray Magazines. On September 9, he’ll be presented at the Cosmo Bachelor Bas at World Trade Center as one of the Top 10 Cosmo Centerfolds.

“Talagang kinarir ko for five months ang diet at workout,” he says. “I just eat grilled chicken and camote, no salt, no sweets. And I go to the gym twice a day. Sa pictorial ko, I’m just wearing briefs and I’m with a lion. Ayan, bumukol naman ang dapat bumukol.”

He denies taking steroids to build up his muscles. “When you use steroids, sobrang lalaki ang muscles mo at hindi naman bagay sa’kin yung masyadong buff na katawan. I just want to be muscled pero lean pa rin.”

He’s now ready for more daring and mature roles. “25 na ako kaya I agreed with my manager, Noel Ferrer, na baguhin na ang packaging sa’kin at tama na yung pa-cute and tweetum roles. Sa X Ray Magazine, kasama ko sa sexy pictorial ang other talents of my manager, sina Luis Alandy, Marco Alcaraz, Edgar Allan Guzman and Rodjun Cruz.”

He’s in the gay love story, “Muli”, playing the son of Cogie Domingo. Now that he’s ready to do daring roles, can he do the kind of love scenes Cogie and Sid Lucero did in “Muli”. “Basta maganda and challenging ang role, I’m willing to do it. I’m ready to do even bad boy roles.”


JOLINA Magdangal and Carl Guevarra, both talents of Perry Lansigan’s PPL Entertainment, recently signed an exclusive contract for the first time with GMA Network. Jolina is seen weekly in the grandest party on TV Party Pilipinas and will also play the fairy godmother of Glaiza de Castro in “Grazilda, The Other Cinderella”, while Carl currently portrays the character of Jhong in the newest comedy series Jejemom and will also be in the new fantasy-drama, “Bantatay” opposite Jennica Garcia.