The cast of hit drama series “Be Careful With My Heart” led by Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria will hold the free concert “I Heart You 2: The Be Careful With My Heart Anniversary Thanksgiving Concert” on July 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
When “BCWMH” started airing on daytime TV two years ago, the producers expected it to run for one season (seven weeks) only. The show is now already on its eight season (104 weeks).
“It seems like a long time ago, ang dami na nangyari – hindi na kids ang mga kids – but we’re still here, this is really a blessing and there’s still so much to look forward to,” Richard and Jodi said.
Joining the cast as special guests at the concert are Erik Santos, Juris and Richard Poon. Tickets to the concert will be distributed tomorrow, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ABS-CBN Center Road.
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‘Edukasyon’ premieres July 23
The heart-rending film “Edukasyon: Debosyon ng Isang Guro” – about a school teacher who would rather suffer deprivation than abandon her profession – premieres on July 23 at Cinema 1 of SM City North EDSA.
Produced by Jovy Sebastian of JMS Film Production, the film was shot on location in a remote hilly barrio in Pangasinan.
Dianne Medina plays the role of school teacher Estrella, who would go on to abandon her love, Arturo (Leandro Baldemor), to continue helping mold young minds.
Years passed, and the aging Estrella – played by veteran actress Daria Ramirez – is still teaching poor pupils. The older Arturo (Tommy Abuel) continues to pine for her.
“Edukasyon,” directed by Bobby Benitez, also stars Rey “PJ” Abellana, Elyza Rivera, and Myrnell Vanessa.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, July 22, go to singer Dulce, Susan Valdez, Anthony “AJ” Violago, Mita Rufino, Mimi Valero, Anne Therese N. Clarino, Dan Calleja, Jane Oineza, Mary Cerrada, and singers Nino Alejandro and OJ Mariano… July 23 celebrators: Wilhelm D. Soriano, Joseph Siytangco, JCI’s Jose B. Jimenez III, Dr. Francisco Casanova, Suzie Lazo, Emma Cimanes, Pinchie Tanopo Lim, Marie Lichauco, Mimi M. Palacios, Reneesme Dawn “Mimi” M. Palacios, TV host Cristy Fermin and MB’s Barbie Atienza and Noel Pabalate…
The stars of the defunct “My Husband’s Lover (MHL)” are currently in Vietnam to promote the Kapuso series, which has been syndicated for airing by a TV network in the country.
Actors Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez expressed gratefulness for the trip, sharing that the Vietnamese TV executives personally invited them to visit Ho Chi Minh.
Carla has been posting photos of the trip on Instagram. Tom, for his part, related his plan to immerse in Vietnamese culture. Joining Tom and Carla in the trip is singer Jonalyn Viray.
‘Be Careful’ abroad
Meanwhile, “Be Careful With My Heart” fever has hit Vietnam, Malaysia and several parts of Africa.
Ser Chief, played by Richard Yap in the hit ABS-CBN daytime kilig-serye, is now a familiar name in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria.
“Ser Chief is so handsome. I wish I was Maya, too,” one fan was quoted in a “TV Patrol” report.
The show has been airing for two years now, and Yap says “there are still a lot of things to look forward to.”
“You will see a lot of the characters going out on their own. Like Luke (Jerome Ponce) is starting to live his own life, he has his own condo (and) Nikki’s (Janella Salvador) starting college life,” he told “TV Patrol.”
The show’s cast is preparing for their second anniversary concert to be held on July 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Celebrities with Chinese lineage are quite popular nowadays. Kim Chiu, Richard Yap, the Teng brothers, Chris Tiu, Joyce Ching and Gretchen Ho are just a few that have gained notice because of their talents and overall appeal.
The hopefuls that have joined this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown, a beauty pageant spotlighting Tsinoys, are likewise out to prove themselves.
Kurt Joshua Ong, a 19-year-old looker from De La Salle University, admits that he joined the contest to further his acting ambitions.
He belies the traditional stereotype of the shy and conservative Tsinoy, maintaining that he and his ilk are now more “modern” and “confident in expressing ourselves.”
Ong also points out, “The best thing about being Filipino-Chinese is that we are familiar with both Pinoy and Chinese cultures and it helps us establish connections particularly in business.”
Another candidate is Nicole Cordoves, 22. While she doesn’t look like your typical chinita, Cordoves is fluent in Fukien and Mandarin.
Cordoves redefines the modern Tsinoy as someone capable of changing with the times, but still keeping to the beauty of traditional custom.
“If you’re Filipino-Chinese, you have the best of both worlds: You’re sweet and out-going because you’re part Pinoy but you’re also driven and industrious because you’re part Chinese,” she opines.
If she wins, Cordoves promises to be a role model for young Tsinoys.
Last year’s winners, Randy See and Rolini Lim Pineda participated in a number of charity events including those benefiting victims of typhoon “Yolanda.”
“Mr. and Ms. Chinatown try and help bridge Filipino and Chinese communities because I really believe that if we are united, we will be more progressive,” Pineda states.
Single pa rin si Shaina Magdayao. Pero masaya naman daw siya sa kabila nito at handang maghintay kay ''Mr. Right!''