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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.

Aug 24, 2019


JANELLA SALVADOR says the second half of 2019 is turning very well for her. She has a new soap, “The Killer Bride”, a new song in Himig Handog and now, she’s wrapping up work for a new movie with Maricel Soriano no less. This is “The Heiress”, directed by Frasco Mortel for Regal Entertainment and we heard that Roselle Monteverde plans to enter it in the coming Metro-Manila Filmfest.

We bumped into Frasco at the 80th birthday celebration of Mother Lily at Regal Valencia Events Place and he says its Janella who plays the title role of “The Heiress”. “It’s a horror movie,” he adds. “Mambabarang si Maricel Soriano at si Janella ang magiging tagapagmana niya ng kanyang kapangyarihan. Kasama rin sa cast sina Sunshine Cruz and McCoy de Leon.”

This is good for Janella. A couple of years ago, she topbilled Regal’s Metro Manila Filmfest entry, “Haunted Mansion”, and it ended as one of the topgrossers. After that, her next movies with Regal like “Mano Po 7”, “So Connected” and “My Fairy Tale Love Story” all didn’t do well at the box office. Then she got into that violent break up brouhaha with Elmo Magalona that affected both their careers adversely.

Now, she seems successful in making a comeback and we’re happy for her. As for Elmo, he has yet to make his presence felt in showbiz after that story of him beating up Janella that really had a negative effect on his career. Here’s hoping the Metro-Manila Filmfest screening committee would accept “The Heiress” as an official entry and that it will also be a big blockbuster at the tills like Janella’s “Haunted Mansion before.

As for her lovelife, Janella is being linked to guys with similar sounding names, Marco Gumabao and Markus Paterson.  She’s been seen dating both of them, but she denies that she’s in a relationship with any of them. “We’re just friends,” she insists. “Wala talaga, we’re not even dating we’re not together. Ngayon pa lang ako uli nakakabuwelo sa career ko, e. So ito muna ang aasikasuhin ko at hindi lovelife.”