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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, 2013

Marian Rivera Denies Report She Doesn't Want To Work With Talents Of Her Former Manager

WE SAW THE full trailer in theatres of “Kung Fu Divas”, to be released in October by Star Cinema, and it’s really impressive. The fantastic visuals make it look like a Hollywood movie. Ai Ai de las Alas and Marian Rivera play rivals in a beauty pageant who are after each other’s necks, but they become allies to fight an evil villain, played by Roderick Paulate. Their mentor who trains them to be good fighters is Edward Mendez, who once was linked to Dr. Vicki Belo. The movie will be released in October by Star Cinema.

GMA-7 is now also preparing Marian’s new soap. Someone wrote that she told GMA management not to include any of the talents (Dennis Trillo, Tom Rodriguez, Rafael Rosell) of her former manager, Popoy Caritativo, in the cast of her new show. She even stressed this to them before she signed the renewal of her contract with GMA. Because of this, Popoy is now said transferring his wards to other networks.

But Marian herself says this isn’t true. “Huwag na lang patulan ang ganyang gawa-gawang intriga,” she says. “Okay lang sa akin kahit sinong makasama ko. Hindi naman ako ang casting director, no? Basta ang importante, bagay kaming lahat ng mga makakasama sa aming magiging kanya-kanyang roles.”

Even Popoy himself says he’s not aware of such a directive from Marian and adds that he doesn’t believe she can do such a thing. Why would he transfer his talents when Dennis and Tom are now doing well in the hit show, “My Husband’s Lover”, while Rafael is with Bianca King in “Maghihintay Pa Rin”?

For her next TV assignment, Marian has already met with GMA execs and they presented her three possible story ideas. She has picked the concept she likes and gave her own inputs on how it’ll be developed for the screen. It’s slated to start taping in October and they’ll hold an audition as to who’ll be her next leading man.