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The fairest of them all…

Sarah is the country’s ‘Most Beautiful Star,’ according to Yes! Magazine (Screengrab photo)

Sarah is the country’s ‘Most Beautiful Star,’ according to
Yes! Magazine (Screengrab photo)

Sarah Geronimo has been hailed this year’s “Most Beautiful Star” by entertainment glossy Yes! Magazine, underscoring the fact that the Popstar Princess has it all in spades: the charm, appeal, a pretty face and beauty within.

Sarah joins the ranks of other big stars like Marian Rivera, John Lloyd Cruz, Anne Curtis, Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo, all of whom topped the same list in the past years.

Jo-Ann Maglipon, editor-in-chief of YES!, believes that, at 26, Sarah is in her prime, describing her as the industry’s “superior lady.”

“Sarah is not only supremely talented in all three areas of work – in acting, in singing, and in dancing. She’s also, we all know, a very good person with a very strong sense of family, very strong sense of gratefulness for all the people who supported her,” Maglipon says.

Elated, Sarah says, “Parang maiiyak ako. The first time that I heard about it, nagulat ako. Talagang sabi ko, ‘Totoo ba ’yan? Nahihiya naman ako.’ Hindi one of the beautiful stars kundi ’yung most talaga!”

She has expressed gratitude, noting, “in-acknowledge kasi ’yung kabuuuan naming lahat bilang isang tao. Hindi lang ’yung physical kundi ’yung kung ano ang nai-offer namin sa industriyang ito as a person, kung ano ’yung nakikita nila na magagandang nagawa namin bilang mga tao.”

More than the physical aspects of beauty, Sarah says they bestowed her the honor because “I belive na naging inspirasyon ako sa mga batang ito or sa maraming tao na kailangan talaga, ’pag may pangarap ka, hindi hindrance ’yung hirap ng buhay. Hindi hindrance ’yung sinasabi ng mga tao na, ‘Ha? Wala namang star quality ’yan, hindi naman maganda ’yan, hindi naman magaling ’yan.’”

Sarah is the country’s ‘Most Beautiful Star,’ according to Yes! Magazine (Screengrab photo)

Sarah is the country’s ‘Most Beautiful Star,’ according to
Yes! Magazine (Screengrab photo)

The beauty in goodness

To Sarah, what makes a person beautiful is the goodness in one’s heart, “(at) kapag may pagmamahal ka sa Panginoon…”

She explains, ‘Every good thing follows eh – kung anong lumalabas sa bibig mo, sa mga mata mo, sa galaw mo, nagiging maganda lahat.”

As for her, she says, “Na-realize ko na pinakamaganda pala ako pagka I’m surrounded by the people who truly love me… whether wala akong ayos, ’yung nakapambahay lang ako – tanggap nila kung sino ako.”

This is complemented by her passion for work. “Parang feeling ko ang ganda-ganda ko talaga, ang sexy-sexy ko kapag nasa stage ako.”


Sarah Geronimo: ‘Na-realize ko na pinakamaganda pala ako pagka I’m surrounded by people who truly love me’ (Screengrab photo)

Sarah Geronimo: ‘Na-realize ko na pinakamaganda pala ako pagka I’m surrounded
by people who truly love me’ (Screengrab photo)

Nobody’s perfect

Although she is known to the public as an epitome of an obedient daughter, Sarah confesses, “May katigasan din naman ang ulo ko.”

She insists, “May pagkakamali din naman ako na hindi nakikita ng public… Magkakapareho naman po tayong lahat. Mayroon tayong side na hindi maganda.”

Finding herself in a challenging stage in life, she notes, “I’m 26 years old. Nandoon ang pressure na parang kailangan ganito ka, you have to be independent, you have to have your own decision at kailangan panindigan mo ’yan.”

Still, she’s become tough enough to take risks. When one is open to those risks and “naging willing ka na magkamali, na madapa, o malait ng mga tao,” she says, “doon mo malalaman kung tama ka ba o mali.”

Sharing a life lesson, she ends with, “Sabi nila, hindi kinakailangan na pagkamali para matuto pero ang reality ng buhay, minsan kailangan natin magkamali.”

Kris says a little prayer for PNoy

Kris Aquino (Screengrab)

Kris Aquino (Screengrab)

Kris Aquino had a lot to pray for during her first visit to the Macau Cathedral recently, chief among them her brother, President Noynoy Aquino.

“Siya talaga ang ipinagdasal ko kasi, in the coming days, alam ko na maraming mga pagsubok na pagdadaanan. So, siya talaga ang inuna ko sa prayer,” Kris shared in an episode of “Kris TV.”

An impeachment complaint was recently filed against PNoy by former congressman Augusto Syjuco, allegedly for “bribery, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the constitution,” he told Reuters.

The president is also set to deliver his fifth State Of The Nation Address on July 28.

Kris sought divine intervention for her family, as requested by her sisters, and for a couple of unnamed friends “na malapit sa ’kin na may mga pinagdadaanan.”

She shared praying for the the success of her son, James “Bimby” Yap Jr.’s film with Vice Ganda in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival, relating, “Parang ang taas ng expectations na siya at si Vice (Ganda) ang pinagsama.”

Her prayer intentions also included harmony within the set of the “Feng Shui” sequel, particularly between her, director Chito Roño, co-star Coco Marti.

“Kasi lahat kami medyo may, you know, kanya-kanya kaming ego sa trabaho. So, sana hindi magkabanggaan, ’yung sana magmahalan at magrespetuhan kami doon,” she said.

With nothing more to complain about, “apart from (my) personal life,” she said she mainly offered thanksgiving.

“I always tell my sisters, ‘What more can I ask for?’ ’Yung material blessings, okay kami ng kids, good health, okay ’yung mga katrabaho ko, so unahin mo na lang ipagdasal talaga ’yung mga nangangailangan ng prayers and ’yun kailangan talaga,” Kris said.

Batangas their new home

JUST A THOUGHT: Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. – George M. Adams

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PNOY SHOULD BE INFORMED: If the advisers of President Aquino truly care for his public image, they should keep him abreast with what a lot of people, on the net and out of it, think of his exclusion of Nora Aunor from the 2014 list of National Artists. The move has resulted in a kind of public outrage that needs to be addressed.

The issue has taken on a life of its own, which has sent Palace spokespersons at a loss for the right words in defending PNoy’s stand. In saying that Nora has been convicted in a drug-related case, which caused her the National Artist award that she deserves, the president has only added insult to injury with such a misinformation.

The reckless comment, delayed by one week as it were, has angered furthermore not just Nora’s followers but also the rest of the citizenry who expect their president to be fair and just in all of his dealings.

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NEW BATANGUEÑOS: Coco Martin is the next Batangueño.

On my last visit back home, I learned that the award-winning actor and teleserye star recently purchased a farmland covering several hectares in Balete, a few steps away from Lipa, Batangas.

Another family of actors, namely John and Camille Prats, owns a farm in the same small town facing Taal Lake. The Prats have built a rest house in their farm.

Other actors who have farms in Batangas are Aga Muhlach (Mataas na Kahoy). Both Mataas na Kahoy and Balete used to be part of Lipa.

Some actors own beach houses, such as Christopher de Leon (Lobo), Zoren Legazpi and Carmina Villaroel, and Amalia Fuentes (Nasugbu).

Susan Roces has a farm house in an orchard in San Jose, not far from Boy Abunda’s Lipa refuge. Of course, Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto has a mansion in the outskirts of Lipa.

People flock to Batangas for its cool weather and proximity to Manila. Travel time to Lipa and Batangas cities has been cut short by the combination SLEX and STAR Tollway.

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BOOTS’ NEW BILLING: Following her recent wedding to Atty. King Rodrigo, veteran actress can now be billed, thus: Boots Anson-Rodrigo.

Boots is the first actress to use her husband’s surname in her professional life as an actor, starting in the late 1960s. Other actresses have followed suit, 40-plus years later, such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

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DANCESPORT CENTER OPENS: Social dancing and other dance forms are offered daily at the newly opened G&A Dancesport Center in Namunga, Rosario, Batangas. Proprietor Annie Inandan-Roy has lined up short lessons in modern dance, line dancing, zumba, jazz.

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LEARN YOUR HISTORY: An item on “TV Patrol” claimed that Vilma Santos is the original Darna. Wrong. The honor belongs to Rosa del Rosario, who played the part in the very first “Darna” movie (1951).

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ALEX GONZAGA and ‘Pure Love’ co-star Joseph Marco

ALEX GONZAGA and ‘Pure Love’ co-star Joseph Marco

PURE TALENT, PURE LOVE: I like the sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga. Both are quite talented and versatile.

Alex, fresh from a stint on TV5, has landed the lead in ABS-CBN’s mystery-drama “Pure Love,” a series based on a Koreanovela that rated highly when it aired locally as “49 Days.”

Known as a comic, Alex flexes her drama muscles in “Pure Love,” which should make her a well-rounded performer. We need actors like Toni and Alex, who offer the public high entertainment value with their quips on and off-cam.

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