JUST A THOUGHT: In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
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‘YAGIT’ VERSUS ‘HAWAK KAMAY’: For some reason, the creative departments of both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 seem to function along the same mental wavelength within the same timeframe.
After clashing on air with mermaid stories last summer (“Dyesebel” against “Kambal Sirena”), the two leading networks are at it again. Channel 2’s freshly launched sob series, “Hawak Kamay,” will be followed in early September by “Yagit,” a similarly formatted program on GMA-7.
Both programs are centered on the struggles of street children, raising issues of adoption, sense of family, love and belonging.
“Hawak Kamay” is topbilled by a superstar, Piolo Pascual, supported by the network’s current crop of popular child actors, namely Zaijian Jaranilla (“May Bukas Pa”), Andrea Brillantes (“Annaliza”) and Xyriel Manabat (“100 Days To Heaven”). The family-oriented series also boasts casting of Iza Calzado and Nikki Gil.
“Yagit” is a reworking of an ’80s movie hit that shook the film industry when it was shown. Looking back, it worked on the strength of having cast children from comfortable families as waifs without homes. For the TV edition, GMA-7 is fielding a fresh batch of child players discovered through rigid auditions.
Introduced in the new series are Chlaui Malayao (6), Judie dela Cruz and Jemwell Ventinilla (both aged 12), and JM Andres (8). They are supported by Yasmien Kurdi, James Blanco, LJ Reyes, etc.
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RADIO NOTES: The young male voice singing, rock ‘n’ roll style, the JRS Express radio jingle sounds like rock goddess Sampaguita.
Dolphenal’s Dysmenorrhea jingle, performed by a woman singer, is quite catchy, almost like a serenade, if not a lullaby. Makes you feel it’s nice to have dysmenorrhea any old time.
Stress Drilon, rhymes with broadcaster Ces Drilon, is the name of the female character in a running radio commercial for Kremil S.
Generation, an emerging rock band, is composed of children of famous Filipino singers. Its members include Joe Chan, bass, and Mike Chan, keyboards and vocals, sons of Jose Mari Chan; Kowboy Santos (Sampaguita) and Ige Gallardo, rhythm guitar and vocals (Celeste Legaspi). Generation has launched a debut album.
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HUMOR IN ANONYMITY: During a recent trip to Guam, a Filipina sales clerk at the Duty Free shop on the island engaged MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino in conversation.
While the chair was glossing over some items, the young lady asked him the usual questions. Was he a tourist coming to Guam for the first time? What did he do for a living?
The chairman answered good naturedly, “I’m a rescuer.”
The lady replied, “Ay, you’re a soldier pala.”
Two days earlier, at the NAIA Terminal 2, Atty. Francis bought a bottle of virgin coconut oil. He is a fan of VCO, drinking it first thing in the morning.
Later realizing that he couldn’t possibly bring in the bottle with liquid into the aircraft, he asked if he could be allowed to return the unit.
The lady, clueless about the man in front of her, told him: “Edi inumin niyo na lang ho lahat ’yan.”