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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 27, 2021



ALDEN RICHARDS is so happy that one of his shows stalled by the virus, “Centerstage”, is now coming back on the air on February 7, Sunday. 

“Centerstage” is a singing competition for children hosted by Alden with Betong Sumaya and it now features a high tech virtual set where the kiddie contestants do not have to go to the studio anymore and expose themselves to the dreaded corona virus. 

“Their performances will be shot right inside the comfort of their own homes,” says Alden. “There will also be no live audience to make sure no one gets infected by the virus. 

"When the show’s telecast was suddenly stopped by the virus last year, andaming netizens ang nagtatanong kung kailan ibabalik ang show kasi nabitin daw sila. Ang gagaling kasi ng kid contestants namin sa show. Now, itutuloy na ang ‘Centerstage’ kaya hindi na sila mabibitin.”

So he will now be seen twice on Sundays. At lunch time, he and all the talented Kapuso performers will entertain the viewers on lunch time in “All Out Sundays”, and in the evening, he will be seen hosting “Centerstage”. 

Alden is so happy as “All Out Sundays” continues to be the number one lunchtime show on weekends. 

Last Sunday, they were threatened by the “sanib-pwera” move of ASAP, with ABS-CBN and TV5 joining forces against them, but the ratings showed that “All Out Sundays” continued to emerge as the one triumphant and victorious in the surveys even if they're just on zoom and their rival aired live.

This Sunday, watch out for another “pasabog OPM performances” in “All Out Sundays” led by Alden, along with Julie Anne San Jose, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Paolo Contis, Ken Chan, Rita Daniela, Gabbi Garcia and Rayver Cruz. Don’t miss it as they're going live this Sunday for their special anniversary presentation!

For the big screen, it’s been confirmed that Alden is set to do a full length film with Bea Alonzo after they were paired in a TV commercial. 

The project is set to be an adaptation of the hit Korean romance, “A Moment to Remember”, which is in turn based on a classic Japanese movie, “Pure Soul”.

The Japanese original film was made 20 years ago and it’s about a young woman afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The project is spearheaded by Viva Films, now that Bea is no longer with Star Magic but independently managed by Shirley Kwan. In all probability, they’ll start it shooting after the pandemic.