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Edu Manzano

Edu Manzano

Edu Manzano can relate to GMA’s new teleserye “Someone to Watch Over Me,” about a man who has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Apparently, Edu’s mother also has it.

“My mother, who is in her early ’80s, medyo nagsimula na. So, nakikita ko na din ’yung degenerative effect doon sa tao. And I would not wish it on anybody,” he said at a press conference.

According to Alz.org, Alzheimer’s is “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.”

It’s hard for the actor to see the effects of the disease on his mother. Alzheimer’s currently still has no cure.

“Lahat kaming magkakapatid pinag-usapan iyan. It didn’t take long para lamunin talaga siya ng kanyang Alzheimer’s. Eventually, nakalimutan niya kung sino ako, kung sino ’yung kambal na kapatid ko. ’Yung pamangkin ko na siyang nag-aalaga sa kanya sa bahay sa Parañaque, iyon ang kinikilala niya bilang anak niya. So, kahit kaharap ko na ’yung nanay ko kapag kumakain kami, hindi niya ako ina-acknowledge,” he said.

“Someone To Watch Over Me” can be an instrument for audiences to know more about the disease and how to deal with it.

“The simplistic thinking is that it is just forgetfulness, be it dementia or Alzheimer’s, (pero) hindi, it’s a core complex ailment,” Edu explained.

The Kapuso teleserye marks Edu’s return to acting after a very long time. His last teleserye was with another network in 2015. He believes “Someone To Watch Over Me” is a very good opportunity for him.

The series also stars Tom Rodriguez, Lovi Poe and Max Collins. Edu praised his co-stars for their work ethics.

“Ang tindi ng kanilang professionalism, kung paano sila naghanda (dito). I’ve never seen harder working actors and that includes ’yung mga veterans. And so I said to myself, ‘These are three individuals who take their craft very seriously,” he said.

Heart never forgets

Director Maryo J. de los Reyes admits they encountered some challenges in presenting the story.

“It is a romantic story that fades slowly but along the way struggles to maintain a theme that the heart always remembers, whether tumanda ka, whether mawalan ka na ng isip or kaya mag-fade ka na sa mundo.

“Pangalawa, how do you make a very well-researched story about a disease like Alzheimer’s? Kasi ang alam namin sa Alzheimer’s, ito ay nagkakaroon ng effect kapag ikaw ay tumanda dahil namamatay ang brain. So tulad ng ibang sakit, tulad sa puso, pero ito naman ay utak. So mawawala ang function ng utak at ang memory na naka-bank doon ay unti-unting mawawala.

“Pangatlo is to make it entertaining para sa audience, kung paano ito malalahad. And how do you justify with the stars that you have na bigyan mo sila ng something to bite on, at the same time para mabigay nila ng lubusan ang hinihiling mo sa kanila,” he said.

While competition is inevitable, what’s important for them is to be able to present the story well and inspire audiences.

“Dahil sa tanda ko na at tagal ko na din sa industriya, ang importante sa akin ay maglahad ng isang kwento in the best way I can. So competition will always be there, we must have to do our best sa paglalahad ng kwento,” Maryo said.

“Someone To Watch Over Me” starts airing Sept. 5. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

LOOK: Georgina Wilson shows her baby bump

Georgina Wilson is pregnant!

The It Girl is having a baby, with hubby Arthur Burnand.

E! Philippines Online | mb.com.ph

E! Philippines Online | mb.com.ph

Talks about Wilson’s pregnancy surfaced after her bump was published on E!Philippines FB page.

In an interview with BFF Raymond Gutierrez, for her new reality show on E! Philippines called It girl, Georgina confirmed all the talks about her baby bump.

“It’s such a surprise! I mean, I can’t even emphasize enough how much of a shock it was for me because I found out a few weeks ago that I was four months pregnant. I was working out so hard and dieting so hard and I couldn’t understand why I had a pouch–like little tummy.” the supermodel said.

Find out the baby’s gender when E! Asia’s brand new original series, It Girls, premieres this October.

(Sandra Agno)

Series-to-watch: Pretty Little Liars

In the seventh season, the series takes off from where it left in the sixth.

After their plan of exposing their newest tormentor goes wrong and puts Hanna’s life in danger, the Liars realize that the secrets and lies are far deeper than they thought and must find a way to bring down “Uber A” once and for all before it’s too late.

E-News, on its Twitter account @enews, wrote about the show’s finale. In a post, it wrote, “It’s really over: Pretty Little Liars is ending after Season 7.

 

 

Neil issues a challenge

Neil Perez

Neil Perez

Before winning the Mister International title in 2014 in Ansan, Seoul, South Korea, Neil Perez was Mariano Perez Flormata Jr., a policeman assigned to the Aviation Security Unit of the PNP.

But even before he became a police officer, he had to go through many challenges. Life was hard in Tondo where he grew up, and he learned early on the value of hard work.

“Maliit pa lang ako nag-iigib na ako ng tubig. Sa squatter kasi, mahirap ang tubig, kaya ’yun ang ginagawa kong trabaho para hindi na ako hihingi ng pera sa tatay ko kung may gusto akong bilhin,” he said.

His father was a former policeman and when Neil was a boy, he used to look at all the old newspaper clippings they had about his heroism as an officer. “Sobrang hanga ako sa kanya, ’yun ang dahilan kung bakit gusto ko maging pulis, ” Neil shared.

It wasn’t easy for him to get into the police force as “ayaw ng tatay ko na magpulis ako, kasi alam niya kung gaano ito kapanganib.” Neil, the third of four children and his father’s “Junior,” did not heed that advice and enrolled in a Criminology course at the Manuel L. Quezon University.

He did not pass the board exam on his first try. Undeterred, he took it again, while working as a security guard. “Ang hirap nu’n, nagre-review ako, kulang na lang lagyan mo ng toothpick ’yung mata ko kasi sa pagod at antok,” he smiled. To augment his income, he also sold “ice tubig” while working as a guard.

Neil’s determination paid off and he was accepted into the force. His group was responsible for airport security, responding to bomb threats and for checking out unclaimed baggage.

Since winning the international title, he was taken off the field, though. “Mahirap na, kasi nakaka-istorbo sa airport operations ’yung mga lumalapit para magpa-picture,” he told this writer in a previous interview.

Tough enough?

These days, he is part of the Special Operations Unit of the PNP, representing our men in uniform in events such as fun runs and the “Gwapulis” segment of “Umagang Kay Ganda.”

He was also recently introduced to the press as the ambassador for cable channel KIX’s “R U Tough Enough Challenge,” which is a search for 10 tough Pinoys and Pinays who will battle it out for a cash prize of 250,000.

“They were looking for someone who is not just fit but also tough in real life. (They realized na) matagal na nila akong hinahanap nung nalaman nila ’yung story ko,” he shared.

Neil himself is no stranger to obstacle course challenges, as he participates in friendly games held with members of the armed forces. This is how he met the ill-fated members of the SAF 44 to whom he tearfully dedicated his Mister International win.

Speaking of challenges, he talked about life in uniform in an impassioned speech.

“Sana ma-appreciate nila ang trabaho ng pulis. Buwis buhay talaga ang pagpu-pulis. Inilalagay din nila ang sarili nila as police officer sa panganib. ’Yung fear mo, hindi lang para sa sarili mo, pero pati para sa pamilya mo. Kinakatakutan mo na pati pamilya mo madamay.

“Minsan sana maisip nila, oo nga tama pala si Neil, dapat ang mga pulis itaas ang morale.”

He achieved success the hard way and is encouraging others to follow his example and stay on the straight and narrow.

“Kahit maliit lang kinikita, pero marangal, mas pagpapalain ka ng Diyos. Alam naman Niya lahat ng ginagawa mo. Dadating ’yung time, mabibigay Niya ’yung blessing na inaantay mo basta gawin mo lang ’yung tama.”

KIX is looking for Filipinos like Neil, who have inspiring stories to tell and can tough it out in their physical and mental challenges. The enrollment period for “R U Tough Enough” is ongoing until Sept. 15, 2016. The final showdown for shortlisted candidates will be on Oct. 14. For more details, log on to the official KIX Asia website or their social media platforms.

Lessons learned for Dennis and Kim

Dennis Trillo and Kim Domingo

Dennis Trillo and Kim Domingo

As the Kapuso primetime series “Juan Happy Love Story” nears conclusion, actors Dennis Trillo and Kim Domingo share valuable lessons they learned throughout the show’s run.

“Isang magandang lesson sa show na ’to para hindi ka magka-problema sa karelasyon mo, is napaka-importante ng loyalty at saka ng trust sa mag-asawa,” Dennis said in an interview during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao a few days ago. “’Yun kasi ’yung pundasyon ng pagsasama nyo at ’pag nasira ’yun, dun papasok ’yung problema.”

He relates it to his character on the show.

“Si Juan (Dennis) kahit na nasangkot siya sa mga ganoong problema, pinakita sa show kung paano siya bumabawi at nagagawan niya ng paraan para maitama ’yung mga mali,” the 35-year-old hunky actor said.

He said it is important that people admit to mistakes “para mas mabilis maayos ’yung mga problema.”
Kim, on her part, realized how infidelity is prevalent these days.

“Parang naging normal na ’yung may biglang papasok sa eksena, ’yung biglang may mangugulo sa buhay ng mag-asawa,” said she, who plays the mistress Agatha on the series.

“Para sa akin, ang nakita ko dyan sa story – although hindi ko hinuhusgahan ’yung ibang babae na naging mistress ha – wala talagang maidudulot na maganda ’yung panghihimasok sa buhay ng may asawa na.”

Easy to understand

Dennis gave credit to show writers for making such a touchy subject easy to digest for viewers.

“Kasi sa show namin ’di ba very light lang ’yung theme, so hindi siya stressful panoorin,” he explained. “At siguro dahil nga masaya kami, nagkaroon kami magandang attitude towards work.”

Kim echoed Dennis sentiments saying, “’Yung attitude pagdating sa work siyempre dapat professional, mapa-comedy o drama man, o kung ano man ’yung ibigay na work sa amin dapat masaya naming gawin.”

The two are content with all the blessings they had been receiving.

What could make them happier?

“Ako wala na siguro, happy na talaga ako ngayon, maganda ’yung mga nangyayari sa career ko, sa personal na buhay,” Dennis said. “Siguro wini-wish ko na lang magkaroon ako ng magandang health para mas magawa ko pa mabuti ’yung trabaho ko na darating.”

Kim on her part noted, “Actually happy na happy ako sa nangyayari sa buhay ko, sa lahat ng blessings na dumating sa’kin kahit na baguhan pa lang ako, eto na kaagad may mga projects na ako kaya thankful talaga ako.”

Privacy, please

On the romance department, the two want their respective love lives kept under wraps.

“Magkaiba kasing mundo yan eh, ’pag trabaho, trabaho talaga. Hindi dapat hinahaluhan ng personal na buhay. Siguro konti pero hindi dapat nagpo-focus doon, importante pa din na magawa mo ng maayos ’yung work mo,” said Dennis.

Kim related how she recently told her boyfriend to limit posts about them.

“Ayokong may nasasabi ’yung ibang tao kasi ako ’yung nasasaktan para sa kanya. So sabi ko, ’yung mga hindi naman kailangang i-post, ’wag ng i-post,” she said. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)