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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.

Dec 26, 2022


IT'S the time of year when we review the much talked about showbiz events of the passing 2023. As usual, let's start with showbiz romances: the separations and the weddings.

The year started with the retired but still talked about Kris Aquino breaking up with fiance ex-DILG Sec. Mel Sarmiento due to health reasons. 

She later denounced him for just using her. Kris got so sick that she is now still in the USA seeking a cure for her mysterious illness.

Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez were rumored to have broken up after only 3 months of being married. They later confirmed it and it was a bitter separation as they still do not talk to each other and Tom had to go to the USA to seek therapy. 

Carlo Aquino and Trina Candaza, his non-showbiz girlfriend with whom he has a daughter, also parted ways.

Singers Moira de la Torre and Jason Hernandez also formally announced in June that they broke up after three years of marriage. 

Jake Cuenca and beauty queen-actress Kylie Versoza also confessed that they broke up after three years of being together.

Diego Loyzaga and Barbie Imperial also admitted they broke up after a year and after starring together in the drama movie, "Dulo".

Actor Jeric Gonzales and beauty queen-actress Rabiya Mateo admitted they're on in March but broke up only after a couple of months.    

Singer JK Labajo called it quits with beauty queen-actress Maureen Wroblewitz after being on for two years.

Kobe Paras (son of Benjie) and Erika Portunak (daughter of Ina Raymundo) were on and went on holiday in Bali. They broke up for a while but are said to have since reconciled.

Sunshine Cruz broke up with boyfriend Macky Mathay after two years of being on.

Comedian Pokwang confesses that she and partner American actor Lee O'Brian have been separated since November, 2021. They have a daughter.

Janella Salvador and Markus Patterson admitted they have broken up. They have a son.

Maxene Magalona admitted she has broken up with her husband, model Robbie Mananquil, last year.

Beauty queen-actress Maggie Wilson had a bitter separation with husband Victor Consunji, with Victor suing Maggie of adultery with alleged lover athlete Tim O'Connor.

Heart Evangelista and Sen. Chiz Escudero are rumored to have separated, with Heart now living in Paris, but they have yet to officially confirm it. 

But the separation that really hit the headlines was hunk actor Kit Thompson beating up his girlfriend, upcoming sexy actress Anna Jalandoni, while they were staying in a hotel in Tagaytay in March. 

Cops came to rescue the battered girlfriend from Kit, who was arrested and imprisoned for a while. 

Anna was taken to the hospital and confined for a while. She was talked about for a while, but it didn't seem to help push her acting career. 

As for Kit, he's back working with Vivamax in the movie "Showroom".   

Now, the weddings and romantic unions.  First to wed in January was singer of Hale Band Champ Lui Pio and his non-showbiz bride Claire Nery.

In February, actress Glaiza de Castro admits that she has already tied the knot with foreigner groom David Rainey in Ireland in October last year.

Actor Kristoffer Martin also officially married non-showbiz partner Celine Banzon with whom he already has a daughter. 

In February, Vice Ganda and Ion Perez had a same sex wedding in Las Vegas.

TV host Sam YG marries non-showbiz girlfriend, Essa Santos.

Wilma Doesnt marries long time partner, Gerick Parin.

Actress Erich Gonzales marries businessman BF, Matteo Lorenzo. 

Actor Lucho Ayala weds non-showbiz bride, Emma Rueda.

SInger-actress Tippy Dos Santos weds non-showbiz groom, Miguel Porcuna.

 Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero finally tied the knot officially after 18 years of being together.

Ynna Asistio, already preggy, weds non-showbiz BF, Waldo Bully Carbonell.   

On July 26, the country's very first Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, got married to her coach Julius Naranjo in Baguio.

Officially engaged are Maine Mendoza and actor-congressman Arjo Atayde, also Nathalie Hart and non-showbiz foreigner boyfriend, Brad Robert.

Rhian Ramos admits her relationship with businessman Sam Versoza.

Elijah Canlas and Miles Ocampo officially admit that they're going steady.

Maymay Entrata reveals she has a foreigner BF named Aaron Haskell.  

Currently being linked with each other but have yet to officially admit that they are on are John Lloyd Cruz and artist Isabel Santos, and broadcasters Atom Araullo and Zen Hernandez.