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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 15, 2010

Marian Rivera and Bela Padilla conflict gets out of hand

THE CONFLICT between Marian Rivera and Bela Padilla of “Endless Love” have gotten out of hand with Bela’s manager, Claire de la Fuente, and aunt, Eva Carino (mom of Robin), taking up the cudgels for her. They’re interviewed on TV and both denounced Marian for harassing Bela inside a locked bathroom on the show’s set out of jealousy.

Here’s what Mrs. Carino said on TV: “Hindi raw ma¬kalabas si Bela ng pinto dahil nakaharang si Marian at pinaalis nito ang ibang mga tao. Sinabi raw ni Marian na ayaw na nitong makita si Bela. Gusto raw niyang saktan, gusto niyang bugbugin ang apo ko. Na, ‘Ang bobo mong umarte! Ang pangit-pa¬ngit mo at kahit kailan, hindi magkakagusto si Dingdong sa ‘yo!’ Ang sabi ni Bela sa akin, ‘Umiyak na lang po ako dahil takot na takot ako. Gusto kong mag-collapse dahil sa takot sa kanya.’ Kilalang -kilala ko si Bela. Relihiyosa siya. At the age of 8, preacher na siya sa simbahan namin sa Seventh Day Adventist Church. Hindi siya marunong makipag-away. Wala siyang alam kundi mga salita ng Diyos. Kaya ngayon, sabi ng mga Padilla, hindi namin puwedeng payagan ang ginawa ni Marian kay Bela. Masyado niyang tinakot ang apo ko. Naaawa kami kay Bela. Napagkaisahan namin na maghanap ng katarungan. Ngayon, kung totoo na may kasalanan si Bela, may karapatan si Marian na hiyain siya. Kung may pruweba siya. Pero kilala ko nga ang apo ko. Tinakot ni Marian ang bata. Ikinulong niya. Parang ginawa niya na hostage. Concerned ako sa apo ko. Hindi ko siya pababayaan. Sakit ng kaling-kingan, sakit ng buong katawan. Isipin mo ang nerbyos na inabot ni Bela? Ngayon, kung aaminin ni Marian ang kanyang pagkakamali, hahangaan pa siya ng mga tao. Magandang tingnan na nagpapakumbaba ang isang nagkamali.”

A gay make up artist on the set also attested to what Marian did to Bela. This doesn’t augur well for Marian. Hope she’ll go into some serious soul-searching to find out what’s wrong and why stories like this continue to circulate about her. As they say, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. Even her BF Dingdong Dantes is obviously affected by it and we hope it’s not the one causing his recurrent fever that just won’t go away. Some folks are now comparing Marian to Rosanna Roces. And look what happened to Osang and her career.


RUFFA GUTIERREZ’ ex, Yilmaz Bektas, called her up to greet their daughter Venice who just celebrated her birthday. Her mom, Annabelle Rama, chided Ruffa for looking even more excited than her kids in talking to Yilmaz. “Siya ang mas kilig na kilig,” Annabelle said. “Kinakabahan ako, mukhang friends na naman sila.”

But Ruffa just laughed off her mom’s comments. “I’ve moved on and I’ve accepted fully na may kanya-kanya na kaming buhay. But I want to remain friends with him for the sake of our daughters. He’s still their dad, after all.”

Earlier, her mom revealed that a feng shui expert advised Ruffa that 2010 is not a good year for her lovelife, so she’s advised to wait for 2011 before falling in love again.


ONE OF THE NEWCOMERS being introduced in “Grazilda” is Benedict Campos, who plays Prince Charming to Gwen Zamora’s Cinderella. He’s 21 years and just graduated from La Salle majoring in political science. He was discovered by Lilibeth Vera Perez-Nakpil, who’s a family friend. “Bale she co-manages me with GMA Artist Center,” he says. “I auditioned for my role in ‘Grazilda’ and I feel so blessed that I got a role this big for my first regular show. But I’ve also done an indie movie last year. I played Aldred Gatchalian’s best friend in Direk Mel Chionglo’s ‘Bente’ with Richard Gomez. Kasama ko rin doon si Glaiza de Castro who now plays Grazilda. I’ve also done some TV commercials.”

Born Jan. 2, 1989, he stands 5’9”. His dad is Fil-Chinese and his real family name is Kaw. Campos is from his mom, who’s half American. So how’s it working with Glaiza and other more stars more senior than him in “Grazilda”? “They’re all very supportive to us ni Gwen Zamora, who plays Cinderella. They know it’s our first acting job and they help us to do our jobs well in front of the camera so I really want to thank them all."


NOW THAT Sarah Geronimo has signed a new contract with ABS-CBN, maybe all rumors about her moving to GMA-7 will stop. “I really don’t know why kumalat yang ganyang balita when my new show, ‘Idol’, has just started with ABS,” she says. “Happy po akong maging kapamilya and I want to stay here.”

There was also talk she might move to TV5. But Viva, who’s managing her career, has only given the Kapatid network the rights to air all her past concerts on TV5, which is now showing them on primetime. Going back to ‘Idol’, it shows that Coco Martin is really hot. The show’s main leading man is supposed to be Sam Milby but Sarah’s tandem with Coco is now clicking more with the fans. Coco is really the hottest young actor in ABS today since he’s given a new assignment right away after “Tayong Dalawa” and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo”. He nearly upstaged the main stars, Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu, of those shows, both of whom have yet to get a new show but here’s Coco already making waves with Sarah in “Idol”. As one wag says: “Malakas talaga!”


DINO GUEVARRA and Kim de los Santos were teen stars who fell in love while doing “TGIS” 12 years ago. Their love team clicked and they even did some movies together. They got married, their careers suffered, and they had a bitter breakup in 2004. Kim got so fat and went to the U.S. to join her dad to lead an ordinary life as a private citizen. Dino later joined the reality show “30 Days” meant to give another break to stars whose careers have faded. He won and GMA gave him some assignments but it failed to successfully revive his career. His contemporaries at TGIS then, Dingdong Dantes and Polo Ravales, are luckier as they still have flourishing careers up to now. “Showbiz Central” reported that Dino officially filed for the annulment of his marriage to Kim in 2008 and this has now been granted on the grounds of “narcissistic personality order” on both his and Kim’s part. It means no one wants to give in so they had to part ways. We heard Dino now has a new wife but Kim is still single in New Jersey.