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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 3, 2017

A Big Setback In 2016 For Kris Aquino And Other Stories

KRIS AQUINO suffered a big setback this year. When her contract with ABS-CBN ended, she herself admitted she over estimated her worth, tried to bargain by threatening to move elsewhere. She ended up getting a new manager, Mr. Tony Tuviera who heads Triple A Management. There were talks she’d be given a new morning show on GMA-7 but Mr. Tuviera’s partner is said to have disapproved of this and it didn’t happen. As of now, she can be seen on digital media through Youtube or Facebook. To recover lost ground, there was a much publicized interview of her with Pres. Duterte, but Digong didn’t show up and she was quite embarrassed for being stood up.

Andi Eigenmann asserted then that Albie Casino is the father of her daughter Ellie, but her half sister
Maxine Eigenmann revealed in an interview that it’s really Jake Ejercito who sired Ellie. Jake admitted he learned about it more than a year ago after a DNA test proved he’s really Ellie’s dad. He will now fight for legal visitation rights.

Mark Anthony Fernandez hit the headlines when he was apprehended and arrested in Angeles City for having a kilo of marijuana in his car. He’s still in prison up to now.

Other stories this year: Prince Estefan came out of the closet and but this did not help his movie as a macho gay, “Working Beks”, at the tills. Ai Ai de las Alas was honored with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Award for distinguished service to the church. Claudine Barretto was on the warpath once again after her son Santino got hurt while with his dad Raymart Santiago.

Several stars made a comeback: Aga Muhlach as a judge in “Pinoy Boyband Superstar”, Charo Santos in “Ang Babaeng Humayo”, Eugene Domingo in “Babae sa Septic Tank 2”, Donna Cruz with a new album for Star Music. Many actors were reported to have sex videos: Joross Gamboa, Mark Neumann, Jeric Gonzales, Carlos Morales, Andrew Wolff, Jason Abalos, Ronnie Alonte.

As usual, stars clashed with each other, notably Vivian Velez vs. Cristine Reyes on the set of the soap “Tubig at Langis”. Vivian’s character had to be killed.

TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana tied up with Viva TV but all the shows they produced like “Ang Panday”, “Tasha Fantasia”, “Bakit Manipis ang Ulap” and “Born to be a Star” failed to rate. He resigned and Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Reyes took over. TV5 stopped producing local shows this year and went into telecasting Hollywood canned shows dubbed in Tagalog.

People ask us which would we choose as the year’s best films and best performances. Our choice is the searing drama about teenage street kids who searches for their kidnapped newborn baby in “Pamilya Ordinaryo”. It affected us in a way that no other film affected us this year. There are many good female performances this year from Jaclyn Jose in the drama “Ma Rosa” and the comedy “Patay na si Hesus”, Charo Santos in “Babaeng Humayo” to Vilma Santos in “Everything About Her” and Barbie Forteza in “Tuos” and “Laut”. For best actor, we like Sandino Martin in “The Dog Shooter” and Ronwaldo Martin in “Pamilya Ordinaryo” but Paolo Ballesteros in “Die Beautiful” towers over them.

So that was the year that was. Here’s hoping 2017 will be a better, brighter one for all of us.