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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.

Jan 2, 2016

2015 Yearender - Part 3: The Year's Other Newsmakers

The stork visited the following: Melissa Ricks gave birth to a baby girl named Kiera with non-showbiz dad Charles Togesaki. Cristine Reyes gave birth to a premature 7-month old baby girl named Amarah, with martial arts expert Ali Khatibi as dad. Dimples Romana and Angelika de la Cruz both gave birth to their second child, both also a baby boy. Ciara Sotto gave birth to a baby boy, Vincenzo, with TAPE’s Jojo Oconer as dad. Katz Saga (wife of Joross Gamboa) had a baby boy. Bianca Gonzales, Jennica Garcia and Empress Schuck alll had a baby girl. Also infanticipating are Judy Ann Santos, Jehn Rosendahl, Beauty Gonzales and singer Juris Fernandez.

But the most popular celebrity baby is Maria Letizia, daughter of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.

Three moms to be had miscarriages: Pokwang, Mariel Rodriguez (twice) and Nerissa Naig.

Cop Neil Perez won the Mr. International title in Korea and joined showbiz. He’s now a mainstay in “Princess in the Palace”.

Ai Ai de las Alas officially left ABS-CBN and transferred to GMA-7 where her career was revitalized and got a big boost.

Manny Pacquiao was defeated by his arch opponent Mayweather.

Kuya Germs had a stroke in January but he’s able to recover and now hosts again his show on the graveyard shift, “Walang Tulugan with Master Showman”.

Jiro Manio was seen wandering at the airport and was brought to a rehab center under the care of Ai Ai de las Alas.

Enrique Gil got drank on a plane and reportedly harassed Jessy Mendiola while on their way to do an ASAP show in London. He later apologized for his action.

Jolo Revilla shoots himself. He said it was accidental.

But one of the saddest stories for us this year is that of JM de Guzman. He spent a year in rehab, made a successful comeback last year with the hit “That Thing Called Tadhana” which even gave him a best actor award, then went backsliding to his old vice this year and returned to rehab. Still and all, he was able to win a best actor award again at the MIFF New Wave Category for the movie “Tandem”.
Once again, the annual Metro-Manila Filmfest ends with a controversy after it disqualified for the best picture prize the film “Honor Thy Father” starring John Lloyd Cruz. But if it’s any consolation for JLC, his movie “Second Chance” became the highest local grossing movie of all time earning P500 million during its 4-week run.

Those who went to the great beyond include entertainment writers Jeffrey Valisno, Linda Celestial, Arthur Quinto, Leonardo Belen, Emy Abuan, Ruben Marasigan, TV host Susan Calo Medina of “Travel Time”, actors Robert Campos, Lucita Soriano, Jose Romulo, Pocholo Montes, Aida Roxas and Ariston Bautista, comedian-singer Elizabeth Ramsey, comedian Rickey D’Horsey, former actress Liezl Sumilang Martinez, cinematographer Charlie Peralta, GMA TV producer Jojo Bolado, singer Gary Ignacio of Alamid, youtube sensation Jam Sebastian, Masculados singer Ozu Ong, weatherman Amando Pineda, film director Willie Milan, tenor Nolyn Cabahug, London theatre actor Junix Inocian, broadcaster Ray Pedroche, teen actress Julia Buencamino (daughter of Shamaine and Noni Buencamino), Jimboy Salazar (once linked to Mahal). Let’s all pray for the repose of their souls.