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Sliding from lead to second lead, vida to contravida

JUST A THOUGHT: If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh


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VIDA Y CONTRAVIDA: Fresh from a lead role, the title role, no less, on top-rating series “Galema: Anak ni Zuma,” Andi Eigenmann steps in as Betty, the forever witchy villainess in the Mars Ravelo mermaid classic, “Dyesebel.” Betty was originated by iconic contravida Carol Varga in the very first “Dyesebel” movie that starred Edna Luna in 1953.

Following lead roles in highly successful series programs “Walang Hanggan” and “Muling Buksan Ang Puso,” Julia Montes is down to second lead on newly minted soap, “Ikaw Lamang.” While the role affords Julia an opportunity to be cast side by side ABS-CBN premier talent Kim Chiu, it also puts her in the shadow of the other woman in a love quadrangle that also involves Coco Martin, her leading man in “Walang Hanggan,” and vida-contravida Jake Cuenca.

What’s happening here?

The twin efforts by the same network in downplaying earlier achievements by its contract stars by assigning them supporting parts runs counter to traditional star-building as we know it. In previous eras, developing lead stars, like Andi and Julia, required careful planning and rigid screening in choice of roles.

The objective behind such a move is to establish a measure of consistency in an artist’s body of work. By focusing on lead roles only, actors maintain a level of importance that translates to stardom in the eyes of their public.

Sliding down to a supporting role, or second lead while one is still at her peak used to be a no-no in the book of star-making. Accepting a villain part makes it all the worse for a developing actor.

Usually, such roles are entertained only when a lead actress has reached her peak, or is perceived to be on the way down. More often than not, creeping old age has much to do with such career options.


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FLESHY, EDGY, MEATY: On the upside, villainous Betty roles such as the part played by Andi on “Dyesebel” allow greater room for character study.

They are fleshy, edgy, more meaty. Being new to leading ladies used to playing straight, meek and mild and kind characters, they offer something new, if also something borrowed.

If Julia’s character on “Ikaw Lamang” remains true to being kind and good-natured, never off-beat or rebellious, she might end up as the wallflower in the orgy. On the other hand, if the show’s producers write her in as a contravida, the effort will project her as merely second rate to Kim Chiu, just when she and her audience thought she had gone far in her career.


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UPGRADING TOURIST FACILITIES: The Department of Tourism has finally realized that to keep local and foreign tourists coming, we must upgrade our tourist facilities.

A news clip stated recently that the DOT plans to improve the look and feel of Manila for starters, specifically Roxas Boulevard and other landmarks of the city. The plan also covers many other tourist attractions in the provinces.

Among the suggestions submitted to the DOT include the setting up of shades along beaches (planting of trees will do), clean restrooms, well maintained historical sites, etcetera. Many other suggestions require nothing really more than plain and simple common sense.

Speaking of Roxas Boulevard, City Hall should impose a ban on swimming in Manila Bay and enforce it strictly. The Department of Health has issued a stern warning to people who ignore the ban, reminding them that they can be infected with various diseases by merely dipping into the bay’s waters. TV news is bursting with video footages of children and adults who don’t seem to mind the ugly prospect of getting sick as they swim.

What to do? Why doesn’t City Hall fence-in parts of the bay where all these “pasaways” go for a swim, or better still, send patrol teams to shoo them away?


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BY THE WAY… Mike Enriquez has renewed his contract with GMA Network. His “Imbestigador” remains an efficient town crier for viewers needing attention on certain issues in their communities. But, what’s this I hear that only weeks after a plant or factory is closed down following an exposé on “Imbestigador,” they reopen like nothing happened?

Cheers to Makati city government for fielding a fleet of aircon buses meant to shuttle commuters between Quezon City and Makati and back on a daily basis. Best of all, the rides are for free!


Auriette returns

Auriette Divina

Auriette Divina

Former AKA Jam member Auriette Divina has signed with COCO Artists Management and Entertainment Productions in a bid to continue her stalled career after months in hiatus.

While refusing to publicize details of her split from the girl group in the spirit of “moving on,” she claims to have learned a lot from the experience and that it gave her stronger resolve to make a name in the industry. Recall that AKA Jams was formed on “X Factor Philippines” and that it’s comprised by members each of whom initially planned to conquer the industry individually.

Even prior to joining the reality show, Auriette was a Star Magic talent in 2009, same batch as Enrique Gil with whom she was said to have been paired by fans. She’d like to do a project with him, as well as with Coco Martin and Gerald Anderson. The singer-actress had appeared on “ASAP” on semi-regular basis and did production numbers with the likes of Piolo Pascual and Yeng Constantino.

Auriette is positive that she will have her second wind in the industry.

“God is always there. Lagi Siyang may bagong pinto or bintana na bubuksan para sa atin,” she said, adding, “Everything happens for a reason.”

She admits that with this new opportunity before her, she is willing to “fight” for her chance to shine in a sea of other hopefuls.

“Basta ang gusto ko lang ngayon ay huwag masayang yung career na pinapangarap ko noon pa.”

Auriette plans to do songs in the pop-rock genre ala Kelly Clarkson, a big change from the Mariah Carey and Celine Dion numbers she used to do. She will record a single (composed by her sister Karen, also a COCO talent) soon to be followed by a full-length album.

There are also plans to reinvigorate her acting career both in theater and on TV. Auriette was cast in several teleseryes (“Tayong Dalawa,” “Dahil May Isang Ikaw,” “Imortal”) in the past and had appeared in lead role in the stage musical “The West Side Story.”

Coco and Nora talk money matters

Coco Martin and Nora Aunor in a scene from ‘Padre de Familia’ (Facebook)

Coco Martin and Nora Aunor in a scene from ‘Padre de Familia’ (Facebook)

While many of today’s stars consider 60-year-old multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor an inspiration, the Superstar admitted that she has also gleamed knowledge from younger actors.

Aunor related how “Padre de Familia” co-stars Coco Martin had been advising her to save.

“Si Coco pa ang nagpayo sa akin. Mag-ipon daw ako ng pera para daw kapag kailangang-kailangan ko na, hindi daw ako mamomroblema. Kung sino pa ang bata siya pa ang nangaral sa akin,” she saig in good humor told ABS-CBN News.

Aunor is grateful to have been given the chance to work with Coco, describing him as “napakabait.”

“Isang malaking karangalan na makasama siya,” she said, adding that Coco is “napakamaaalalahanin” and “professional.”

Apart from Coco, Aunor has worked with another young actor in Alden Richards via the indie “Kinabukasan.”

“Kaya dumami na nang dumami ang mga anak ko, hindi ko lang alam sino ang ama,” she quipped in jest, referring to her younger co-stars.

“Padre de Familia,” Aunor’s first cinematic collaboration with director Adolf Alix, Jr., is a domestic drama that also features Joel Torre, Rosanna Roces, Ms. Anita Linda, Joem Bascon, Baron Geisler, Manuel Chua and Miles Ocampo.

Aunor will be seen next in another Alix project, the political drama “Whistleblower” with Cherry Pie Picache.

Coco Martin and Kim Chiu to be tested via ‘Ikaw Lamang’

coco kim

Kim Chiu and Coco Martin

The Kapamilya network is offering a new love team to its viewers tonight, March 10, via the series “Ikaw Lamang.” The new drama stars Coco Martin and Kim Chiu, dubbed as the “King” and the “Princess” of Teleseryes, respectively.

It’s not the first time that the two are being paired, with the duo having appeared together in “Tayong Dalawa” and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.” However, they were not a love team in those toprating shows.

Both Coco and Kim have expressed delight for the team up. “Nakakatuwa na after several years, magkakasama kami ulit ni Kim sa isang teleserye na sinasabi nilang ‘once in a lifetime TV event’ sa Primetime Bida ng ABS-CBN,” said Coco.

As excited as she is about the show, Kim admitted that she is also somewhat a bit nervous.

She explained, “sa lahat naman ng project na binigay sa akin, kinabahan ako, how much more with ‘Ikaw Lamang?’ Ang huhusay ng lahat ng mga artista na kasama ko dito. Masasabi kong ito ang pinaka-challenging na role at project na Ibinigay sa akin.”

What are the qualities that she admires in Coco?

“Siyempre, una guapo si Coco, pangalawa, magaling umarte,” said Kim.

And how does she differentiate preparing for a soap as compared to preparing for the movies?

“Pareho lang po ‘yun, iba lang ‘yung way na pinapakita siya sa mga tao. ‘Yung pelikula, isa, dalawang oras lang. Ang teleserye, mas mahaba. Kasi i-da-dahan-dahan mo ‘yung character mo. May growth ‘yun, kesa sa movie, dalawang oras lang. Mabilis ang kuwento.”

Asked the same question, Coco said, “Medyo magkaiba po sila. Kasi ang soap opera mahabaan, ang preparation namin mas mahaba, mas mahaba ang pasensya. Ang katawan mo dapat prepared din kasi nga iba ang pag gawa ng soap opera.”

He added, “Dati kasi MWF ang taping, ngayon almost five times a week na. Kasi nag-iba yung camera na ginagamit ngayon ng ABS na parang Kapag gumagawa ka ng teleserye ngayon, parang gumagawa ka rin ng pelikula.”

The challenge lies, apparently, in the love scenes. According to Coco, “Medyo mahirap pero kailangan comfortable ka sa co-actors mo at sa director mo para ma-i-pagkatiwala mo ‘yung sarili mo at magampanan mo ng maayos ang isang eksena.”

Kim said, “Ang kailangan sa pag gawa ng love scene, trust mo sa ka eksena mo at sa director kung paano kukunan ang eksena. Just go with the flow, basta alam mo na aalagaan ka ng director mo, kung paano niya kukunan yung shots…”

“Ikaw Lamang” is directed by Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco. It also stars Jake Cuenca and Julia Montes among others.

Networks experiment on new casting

Just a thought: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

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EXPERIMENTAL CASTING: TV networks are breaking tradition by experimenting on fresh yet untested casting combinations.

This is made obvious via two programs that will be launched simultaneously tomorrow, March 10. Channel 2 is fielding Coco Martin and Kim Chiu on “Ikaw Lamang,” while channel 7 has Aljur Abrenica and Louise delos Reyes on “Kambal Sirena.” The two teleseryes will air right smack against each other, after their network’s respective evening news programs.

“Ikaw Lamang” tells the tale of star-crossed lovers, one rich, the other poor, set in a lush, grand farm estate. “Kambal Sirena” is about a forbidden love shared by a man and a creature of the sea.

Of particular interest to viewers is how the shows’ lead stars connect with audiences minus their previous partners. Although Coco is considered a stand-alone talent, Kim proved herself a big hit with Xian Lim (“Bride for Rent”) and Gerald Anderson (“Tayong Dalawa”).

Aljur is better known for his successful partnership with Kris Bernal (“Coffee Prince”) while Louise is easily identifiable with Alden Richards (“Alakdana,” “Mundo Mo’y Akin”).

Had it not been for a delay in production, another mermaid story on ABS-CBN program, “Dyesebel,” would have provided more in-depth competition to “Kambal Sirena.”

As we wrote in a previous column, local televiewers seem to be perpetually infatuated with love stories between mermaids and humans. Practically all drama serials about mermaids rated highly around these islands, no matter the casting or the star combination.

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KIM CHIU and Coco Martin on ‘Ikaw Lamang’

KIM CHIU and Coco Martin on ‘Ikaw Lamang’

ALJUR ABRENICA and Louise delos Reyes on ‘Kambal Sirena’

ALJUR ABRENICA and Louise delos Reyes on ‘Kambal Sirena’ 











RATING TRAILERS: The possibility of rating movie trailers shown in movie houses and TV screens may soon be a reality.

Such a move can put an end to some viewers’ complaints that in the middle of a TV show or at the end of a movie for general patronage, certain trailers show footage of sex, violence and other scenes fit for adults only.

In a recent conversation with Atty. Vic Muring, executive director of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, he disclosed that rating trailers may soon take effect. Trailers, he said, will be rated in the same manner as films are rated, for instance, rated GP, PG-13, etc.

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MMFF TURNING 40: Turning 40 years old in December 2014 is the Metro Manila Film Festival, which held an appreciation and launching dinner on March 5 at the Club Filipino.

MMFF head Francis Tolentino said this may be his last year as overseer of the annual film fest, which took in the highest gross so far of close to one-billion pesos in revenues in 2013. He expressed hope that the yearly festival, which started in 1974, shall continue its remarkable uptrend in ticket sales in the coming years.

For the 2014 edition of MMFF, deadline for submission of entries in the mainstream category is on June 14. Actors spotted at the dinner were Maricel Soriano, Pen Medina and Ryzza Mae Dizon.

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SCHOOL FOR ACTORS, SINGERS:  A great leap forward in grand payback tradition is how colleagues describe Manny Valera’s latest effort.

The veteran talent manager of 28 years formally opened on March 2, the DMV House of Acting and Performing Arts, located at No. 5 Scout Magbanua St. corner Roces Avenue in Quezon City.

The school offers classes in acting, film production, singing, dance, piano, etc. These subjects will be taught by established professionals in their fields, among them Joel Lamangan, Ricky Davao, and Lyn Tamayo. For details, contact DMV HAPA at 861-8586.

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BY THE WAY… Media should stop referring to the likes of Vhong Navarro and Tado as comedians. They are actors, period. They just happen to make people laugh. You don’t call people who make people cry dramatists.

Star Cinema’s next movie release might be the Vhong Navarro starrer that he was working on prior to his celebrated beat-up. Due to her tight schedule, Angel Locsin is no longer in the film. By the way, Vhong is expected to spring back on “It’s Showtime” anytime, like this week.



Much ado about Sarah’s new ‘do

Sarah Geronimo now sports a cropped hairdo (Facebook/Viva)

Sarah Geronimo now sports a cropped hairdo (Facebook/Viva)

Usually, celebrity haircuts are fodder for entertainment and fashion magazines, and a source of inspiration for many wanting to look like their favorite stars. However, when Sarah Geronimo changed her hairstyle, it had quite a different effect.

Subjected to rumors of supposedly using extensions after having cut her hair some weeks back, Geronimo nevertheless kept mum about it, even as she faced the media on Thursday sporting a bob.

Her hair also became an issue at the press meet, especially since she is endorsing a shampoo brand. The singer-actress would only say that she trusts only the brand with her hair, no matter what the length.

She also said she’s thankful that the brand for continuing “to believe that I can be a source of inspiration to the millions of independent, positive, and determined Filipinas out there.”

A spokesperson for the shampoo brand told PEP that Geronimo asked for their permission to have her hair cut, supposedly for her role in an upcoming film opposite Coco Martin.

Geronimo also refused give credence to rumors that her new ‘do is the result of a disagreement with her parents over rumored boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli.

In a video of the event uploaded on ABS-CBN News sure, the 25-year old actress-singer is seen seemingly ignoring questions about the reason for the drastic cut.

Geronimo has kept silent about the real score between her and Guidicelli.

“Puwede po huwag po natin pag-usapan? Okay lang?” she was quoted as saying in an interview aired last Sunday on “Buzz ng Bayan.”

“Siyempre, personal po na buhay po namin iyon. ‘Yun lang po. Sana naiintindihan po ng mga tao,” she explained.

As to reports that she and Guidicelli have been rebelling against her parents because of their alleged relationship, she pointed out, “Lahat naman may say sa aming mga artista, mga public figures. Siyempre wala kaming control sa mga gusto nilang sabihin.”