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Celebrity summer adventures

Summer season is upon us once again. While some of us are still planning activities, several celebrities are already making the most of the season as seen on their respective Instagram accounts. Care for adventures fit for celebrities? Here are some ideas:


Dingdong Dantes (Instagram)


Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes has recently joined the “California Superbike School” in Clark, Pampanga, where he tried motocross racing. On Instagram, Dantes shared a photo of himself standing beside two motorcycles, captioned, “Learned so much from these monsters today.”

Sharing his passion is Kapamilya actor Sam Milby, a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who has been into motocross since the age of 11. The “Dyesebel” actor recently posted a photo of himself posing beside his bike.






Mark Herras (Instagram)


“Rhodora X” actor Mark Herras was in Lubao Wake Park, Pampanga recently to indulge and “relax.” He expressed elation wakeboarding with friends and family.

His post read, “Isang araw lang po… Thank you lord for everyday…. For the Life, Love, Blessings, Happiness & for Ada… Thank you!!”









Tom Rodriguez (Instagram)


Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez went skydiving in Zambales recently. The 26-year-old actor posted a photo collage of himself along with some people he described as “senior skydivers,” captioned, “Thank you Skydive Zambales for a fun, memorable and safe jump :) dapat talaga maulit ulit pa ito!!! :) thank you so much. at least maikwekwento ko pa pala sa iba.”

He is raring to do more jumps in the future.







Jericho Rosales (Instagram)


Jericho Rosales is back to enjoying an activity he loves: surfing. He has always been surfing in La Union, one of the more popular surfing destinations in the country.










Shaina Magdayao (Instagram)


Shaina Magdayao was in California recently with her family, where she has tried snowboarding. Magdayao posted a selfie before snowboarding in Snow Summit, a ski resort in Big Bear.

The post was captioned, “…and so i made sure na mag selfie muna habang hindi pa ngarag from falling down (Yes, I TRIED snowboarding okay?”

Tom Rodriguez dives into a thrilling new hobby


Tom Rodriguez (Instagram)

Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez is into extreme sporting activities nowadays.

After conquering snowboarding in January, he went skydiving in Zambales recently.

The actor counts the thrill of doing a 4,000 ft. jump from a airplane among the most “unforgettable” activities he has engaged in.

In an interview with “24 Oras,” Friday, Rodriguez shared, “It was my first jump, grabe, ang sarap!”

He went on to proudly post a 15-second video of his jump on Instagram.

The 26-year-old actor also posted a photo collage of himself along with some people he described as “senior skydivers,” captioned, “Thank you Skydive Zambales for a fun, memorable and safe jump :) dapat talaga maulit ulit pa ito!!! :) thank you so much. at least maikwekwento ko pa pala sa iba.”

“Today… I fall… my heart is beating fast… palpitating… but I’m putting all my faith to our ever watchful father…” Rodriguez said in another post.

Rodriguez also shared a photo of himself together with actor Raymart Santiago, which he captioned: “Mga first timers.”

The “My Husband’s Lover” star narrated how the senior skydivers “poured beers down my throat” as part of the “first jump initiation.”

He is raring to do more jumps in the future.

“Sabi nila sa akin kapag naka 15 jumps na ako, puwede na ako mag-try sa 15, 000 ft.” he said.

Ely Buendia debuts as filmmaker via ‘Bang Bang Alley’

Rock icon Ely Buendia, who formed The Eraserheads back when he was about to finish a degree in filmmaking, makes his directorial debut via “Bang Bang Alley.” Produced by Curve Entertainment, Inc. and Nimbus Film Production, it is a trilogy that serves as a social commentary on corruption, violence, amorality and betrayal. It will be distributed nationwide by Solar Entertainment.

Ely directed “Pusakal” while playwright Yan Yuson wrote and megged “Aso’t Pusa’t Daga.” The third episode, “Makina,” was helmed by award-winning director King Palisoc, whose body of work ranges from music videos and TV/film projects to corporate AVPs and TV commercials.

FIRST TIME filmmakers (from left) Yan Yuson, Ely Buendia and King Palisoc

FIRST TIME filmmakers (from left) Yan Yuson, Ely Buendia and King Palisoc

King is a graduate of BA Communications from Ateneo de Manila University who went straight to directing music videos for Pupil, Rico Blanco, Sponge Cola, Kjwan and Itchyworms, among others. He also worked as director and writer for the TV show “Rakista” and co-wrote “Babe, I Love You.”

Asked which episode he deems best, Ely said, “Each of the episodes has its own merit. ’Yung episode ni Yan, in a nutshell, I would call it a Shakespearean tragedy with the political arena as backdrop. ’Yung kay King naman, a psychological drama. Mine, I would describe as Neo-Western. We did our best in each of the episodes. ’Yung audience na ang bahalang mag-judge. I think we all did a good job.”

Yan added, “It would really depend on the audience which of the episodes speaks to them the most. I guess they would perceive the best episode kung saan sila naantig, kung saan sila naka-relate, kung saan sila naapektuhan…”

Yan stressed that they are all first-timers in narrative filmmaking although they all have directed music videos in the past.

In the cast of “Pusakal” are Perla Bautista, Megan Young and Ely himself, along with Christian Bables, Krish Atchico, Darius Abueg, Jamie Wilson, Miko Abueg, Henry Yutuc and Vino Martinez. The story revolves around Abbey (Megan), an addict who finds herself exiled from the only world she knows when she accidentally kills her sister’s boyfriend. Fleeing from the authorities, the victim’s family, and maybe her own self, she finds sanctuary in an abandoned lodge in Benguet. There, she befriends the 70-year-old Manang (Perla) who has secrets of her own.

“Aso’t Pusa’t Daga” features Bela Padilla, Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Angel Yosilva, Shawn Yao, Capucine Medard, Cyrille Soenen, Jhun Petallo, Dante Rubia, Richard Pareño, Alvin Borja, Marcelino Mistica, Reynard Sumo, Jerim Villa, Rasbel Bayani, Arpee Josilva, and Kobe as the Search and Rescue dog. Director Yan also appears in a special role. The story is about Jing Ricafort, a young TV journalist who survives a political massacre and prepares to testify against its alleged mastermind. Her ill-guarded government safehouse becomes the stage for a reckoning of deceit, betrayal, horror and death.

The cast of “Makina” consists of Gabe Mercado, Kalila Aguilos, Bombi Plata, Althea Vega, Mely Soriano, Alex Medina, Acey Aguilar, Kakki Teodoro, Geraldin Villami and Dencio Gagarin.


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Kim Chiu, James Yap ‘Newsmakers of the Year’














Kapamilya star Kim Chiu and popular basketball star James Yap were named “2013 Newsmakers of the Year” by PEP readers.

This was announced by PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon in a recent press conference hosted by Ai Ai delas Alas. Jo-Ann said, “Our year-long goal is to come up with a LIST, which we hope will become the reliable showbiz meter.”

The PEP List will include the Editors’ Choice, the PEPsters’ Choice, and the Audited – with the last two components tabulated and verified by PEP’s official independent auditing partner firm, Punongbayan & Araullo Associates.

About 18 million votes were cast by fans between May 17 last year to Feb. 28. The tally yielded the following results: “Celebrity Pair of the Year,” Kapuso hunks Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez who were lead stars of the GMA-7 phenomenal hit “My Husband’s Lover;” Vic Sotto and Kim Chiu, “TV Male and Female Star of the Year,” respectively; Joey de Leon and Nora Aunor, “Showbiz Treasures of the Year.”

Other winners include: Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose, “Teen Stars of the Year;” Ryzza Mae Dizon and Renz Valerio, “Female and Male Child Stars of the Year;” FAB Award winners are Xian Lim and Lovi Poe; “Breakout Star of the Year” is Tom Rodriguez, while “OPM Artist of the Year” is Daniel Padilla.

All the winners will be honored at the Awards Night to be held on May 20. The event will be co-presented by SM Parisian, at the Solaire Resort & Casino.


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GLOBAL BEAUTY FOR PINOYS. The group of half-Pinoy, half-foreigner social media celebrities and hosts of TV5’s weekly show ‘Juan Direction’ trust their beauty and hair care needs to Empire Salon. Located at InterContinental Manila, Empire Salon boasts of a powerhouse team of hair and beauty experts trained in the UK. In photo are (from left) Henry Edwards, Michael McDonell and Daniel Marsh of ‘Juan Direction,’ with Empire Salon owner Anjanette Tan.

GLOBAL BEAUTY FOR PINOYS. The group of half-Pinoy, half-foreigner social media celebrities and hosts of TV5’s weekly show ‘Juan Direction’ trust their beauty and hair care needs to Empire Salon. Located at InterContinental Manila, Empire Salon boasts of a powerhouse team of hair and beauty experts trained in the UK. In photo are (from left) Henry Edwards, Michael McDonell and Daniel Marsh of ‘Juan Direction,’ with Empire Salon owner Anjanette Tan.

Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, April 3, go to Patty Leung, Dr. Meliza Galang of New York, Gloria Desiderio, Rina Go-Thorpe, Clara Ann Maniquis, Nina Sales, Atty. Mirma Saruca, Ana Maria Concepcion J. Abano, Joshua D. Lim, Dr. Mark Bunag, Joshua Soriano, Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima, Merzi Perez, Kath Oracion, Christian Dione Rivera, Jhordane Ejercito, Benito E. Molino, Noel Namuco, Babi Malulu, Rey Pumaloy, Amay Bisaya and Nico Ibariosa of Star Magic…

Aiza, Liza: One love, one roof

Aiza and Liza (Instagram)

Aiza and Liza (Instagram)

Newly engaged celebrity couple Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño has admitted to living under the same roof for almost a year now.

“Officially, us living together, May of last year,” Aiza told PEP during a recent press conference.

The singer-actress added, “Since she (Liza) got back, it’s either me sleeping there or I sleep in her house.”

Liza, for her part, shared that she first asked her mom for permission.

“Sinasabi ko lang na doon muna ako matutulog kina Aiza o siya ang matutulog sa bahay namin. Kasi araw-araw kaming magkasama.”

Then, as if making it official, the former beauty queen said that her mom noticed “na unti-unti kong kinukuha ’yung mga gamit ko, ganun.”

The couple maintained that they also considered how Liza’s six-year-old daughter Amara would take to the idea.

Liza is aware that she needed to address questions like “Bakit lagi siya (Aiza) nandito?” and the “dynamics bilang isang pamilya.”

“Hindi ko pwedeng biglain ang anak ko,” she said.

Fortunately, her daughter has grown to regard her girlfriend as a part of their family, calling her “Tita” and “Mama,” and “Bubba.”

“’Yung Bubba, tingin niya, parent na eh,” Liza quipped.

She even noted that Amara now introduces Aiza to everyone as her stepparent, adding that she is her “third most favorite person,” next to her parents.

Aside from her daughter, Liza related that she and her partner also had to make adjustments concerning each other’s “quirks.”

“Alam niyang makalat ako, pero ’pag pinagluluto naman siya araw-araw, wala na siyang masasabi,” she said.

Liza, 32, and Aiza, 30, were engaged in February.

K-La Rivera transfers to GMA, insists she’s only ‘friends’ with Tom Rodriguez

K-La Rivera (Facebook)

K-La Rivera (Facebook)

Many have been wondering why singer K-La Rivera left ABS-CBN for GMA-7 even before her career could fully fly.

Rivera was a finalist in ABS-CBN’s “Star Power: Search For The Next Female Pop Superstar” in 2010. She appeared in an episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

She is now set to appear on “Carmela,” her first project with GMA-7.

“Wherever there’s work, that’s where I’ll be,” Rivera said in a report on Pep.

She added, “Natutuwa ako na maganda naman ang pag-welcome sa akin. I’m excited din for whatever will be ahead for me.”

The former MYX VJ was introduced as the newest Kapuso artist via “Sunday All Stars,” but was re-christened as “Kaye.”

“Kasi dito po sa GMA, may names na similar kay K-La. At least ’yung Kaye, medyo malapit din po sa pangalan ko,” she said.

‘We’re Friends’

Rivera is rumored to be the girlfriend of Kapuso actor and “My Husband’s Lover” breakout star Tom Rodriguez.

“We’re okay. We’re friends naman,” she would say of Rodriguez.

The theater actress added, “Si Tom sobrang bait niya and we’re just close lang.”

Rivera also clears the issue that she and Rodriguez are living together.

“My family is in Canada, so I’m here on my own… (but) I have my own place,” she quipped.

Asked if they are exlcusively dating, she responded, “I don’t know… I want to keep it private sana.” Adding, “I mean, that’s the only thing that doesn’t come out on camera. So, kung tungkol sa personal life ko po, sa akin na lang ’yon.”

Dennis Trillo renews exclusive contract with GMA Network

Multi-awarded dramatic actor and recording artist Dennis Trillo remains a Kapuso after signing another exclusive contract with GMA Network, Inc.

The contract signing was held last week at the Executive Lounge of GMA Network Center and was attended by the top officers of the network including GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., GMA Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, GMA Entertainment TV’s Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA First Vice President for Program Support Regie C. Bautista, GMA Vice President for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Angela Javier-Cruz, GMA Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Program Managers for ETV Charles Koo and Jocelyn Bautista-Pacleb and Dennis’ manager Popoy Caritativo.

GMA Chairman, Felipe L. Gozon, Dennis Trillo,Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., Popoy Caritativo , Redgie Acuña-Magno, Manila Bulletin

GMA Chairman/CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon shakes hands with Dennis Trillo after the actor renewed his contract with the Kapuso Network. Also in photo are, (from left) Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., Popoy Caritativo and Redgie Acuña-Magno

Dennis is happy to renew his contract with GMA-7, which he considers his home for the past 11 years. “Sobrang proud ako na Kapuso pa rin ako. Excited na akong gumawa ng mga bagong shows. Excited na akong magtrabaho ulit. Wala na akong mahihiling pa. Dito sa GMA ako sobrang at home dahil kilala ko na ang mga tao dito mula sa pinakamaliit hanggang sa pinakamalaki. Dito ako sobrang kumportable. Kailanman hindi ko makakalimutan ’yung pagtitiwala na ibinigay nila sa akin. Secured ako sa GMA dahil alam ko na hindi nila ako pababayaan. Hindi ko nga napansin na 11 years na ako dito.”

Dennis started with GMA in 2003, where he was given a variety of TV projects, which showcased his versatility and range as an actor.

At present, Dennis not only dabbles in acting; he has also tried his hand in singing following the success of the album “TomDen” – with fellow Kapuso star Tom Rodriguez, which has now reached Gold record status with over 10,000 units sold in combined digital and CD sales.

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PRIME Foundation awardees , Boots Anson-Roa, Pia Hontiveros, Winnie Monsod, Cheche Lazaro, Manila Bulletin

Boots Anson-Roa with the PRIME Foundation awardees (from left), Pia Hontiveros, Winnie
Monsod and Cheche Lazaro

PRIME Foundation Awards Outstanding Broadcasters

The Pete Roa Integrated Media Endeavors (PRIME) Foundation, Inc. awarded broadcasters Cheche Lazaro, Winnie Monsod and Pia Hontiveros for having consistently maintained high standards in the service of the Filipino.

The awarding was held last Feb. 8 at the Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University Katipunan Rd., Q.C.

Highlight of the event was the awarding of the priceless trophies created by world-class sculptor Ramon G. Orlina to Cheche, Winnie and Pia by Joey Roa, Pete’s son, together with PRIME Board Members.

Prior to the awarding, the PRIME awardees gave a short talk on “Broadcast Media as a Purveyor of Change.”

Keynote speaker Fr. Nono Alfonso, Executive Director of Jesuit Communications (JESCOM) also gave his insight on media stating “we must inspire, speak the truth, and promote neighborly dialogues.”

Dr. Severino Sarmenta, a professor from Ateneo’s Department of Communication, was the lifeblood of the evening’s program.

The PRIME AWARDS was conferred for the first time by PRIME Foundation’s Board of Trustees composed of Boots Anson-Roa, widow of Pete; film producer and industry leader Marichu Vera Perez Maceda; columnist Nestor Torre; Dr. Bong Aquino, neurologist at Capitol Medical City; Atty. Raffy Evangelista; publisher and editor-in-chief Fred Dela Rosa; singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan; columnist Bibsy Carballo; and Eddie Roa, former managing director at AC Nielsen, youngest brother of Pete.

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Mr. & Ms. Soogo Hotel Ambassadors, Melissa Paez, Paul Andrew Belmonte, Vince Vargas, Manila Bulletin

Mr. & Ms. Soogo Hotel Ambassadors: (From left) 3rd runner up: Male (#13) Reamark Reduccion, Female (#5) Bernadette Melissa Paez,first runner-up: Male (#10) Paul Andrew Belmonte, Female (#7) Zandra Ramos, Mr. Gus Corpuz Hotel Sogo COO, Hotel Sogo Ambassador 2014 (Male #14) Vince Vargas, Hotel Sogo Ambassador 2014 (Female #8) Glaiza Sarmiento, Mr. Willie Go, Managing Director – Eurotel, Ms. Rolinda A. Dimalanta Hotel Sogo HR Director, second runner-up: Male (#11) Rendon Labador and second runner-up: Female (#6) Abi Karlyn Pascual

Beauty Pageant With A Difference

To promote and honor Filipino tradition and culture, Hotel Sogo launched the Mr. and Ms. Sogo Hotel Ambassadors beauty pageant.

It was aimed at highlighting traditional Filipino traits of honesty, good character, talent, poise, intellect, leadership and good judgment.

A total of six candidates were qualified from auditions held nationwide.

The candidates who joined the grand finals and coronation were Honeylette Abiad (Las Piñas City), Patria Lorimme (Marikina City), Andrea Fatima Infante (Makati City), Angelica Oba (San Pablo, Laguna), Bernadette Melissa (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Avi Karlyn Pascual (Manila), Zandra Ramos (Makati City), Glaiza Sarmiento (Makati City), Paul John Andasan (Marikina City), Paul Andrew Belmonte (Marikina City), Rendon Labador (San Jose del Monte, Bulacan), Angelo Erico Gabriel (Olongapo City), Reamark Reduccion (Marikina City) and Vince Vargas (Malabon City).

The winners, chosen by a board of judges of known competence and integrity were: Mr. and Ms. Sogo, Vince Vargas and Glyza Sarmiento; first runner-up, Paul Andrew Belmonte and Sandra Ramos; second runner-up, Rendon Labador and Abi Karlyn Pascual; and third runner-up Reamark Reduccion and Bernadette Melissa Paez.

Special awards: Gandang Ricky Reyes – Abi Pascual; Gwapong Ricky Reyes – Paul Andrew Belmonte; Mr. Congeniality – Paul Andrew Belmonte; and Ms. Photogenic – Bernadette Paez.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, Feb. 25, go to Ms. Maricel Soriano, Pitoy Moreno, director Vittorio Romero, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Tessie Chua, Yolly Mendoza, Patsy Henson, Tessie San Juan, Eric Antonio, Victorio Yuzon, Ma. Clara Gana, Evelyn Batalla and Larry Lagulay of New York, Marta Geraldine Baja, Ma. Teresa Rapadas Pineda, Ariel de Lima, Rosie Frivaldo, Myrna Fuentes and MB’s Photo Editor Angelo “Anjo” T. Perez…

GMA-7 mulls offering ‘My Husband’s Lover’ book 2

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

While a bit tentative on how to go about it, GMA-7 Senior VP for Entertainment Lilybeth Rasonable admits there are proposals to do “My Husband’s Lover” Book 2.

“Pinagiisipan…pinagaaralan (pa). Ang lakas ng clamor for that eh. Pero kasi hirap mag book 2, kailangan higitan mo ang book 1. Dapat alam mo rin kung ano pa yung maikukuwento mo na hindi mo pa naikuwento,” she said in an interview.

“My Husband’s Lover,” credited as the first gay-themed series in Philippine TV, received universal praise, topped the ratings game, and further pushed the careers of its stars Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez in 2013.

Whether it comes to pass or not, Rasonable said Kapuso is the network is coming up with another “risky” show, not necessarily a book 2 of defunct show.

Some of the shows GMA-7 offers in the first quarter of 2014 are: “The Borrowed Wife” (starting Jan. 20, headlines by Camille Prats, Rafael Rosell and Pauleen Luna); “Tale Of Arang” (Jan. 20, Shin Min-ah and Lee Jun-ki); “Carmela” (Jan. 27, Marian Rivera and Alden Richards); “Rhodora X” (Jan. 27, Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras and Mark Anthony Fernandez); “PARAISO KO’Y IKAW” (Jan. 27,  Kristoffer Martin, Kim Rodriguez, Joyce Ching and  introducing Phytos Ramirez); “Innamorata” (in February, Max Collins and Luis Alandy); and “Kambal Sirena” (soon, Louise Delos Reyes and Aljur Abrenica).

“Ang sa amin, kung sa drama whether it’s traditional or not, ang ano naming, may ‘plus one.’ May something to look forward to. Ang general guideline (sa mga shows naman ay these) should be relatable, you should offer something new…may originality.

“Pagdating sa originality, if you notice, we hardly have franchises. Because yung directive always ng top management of the producers or the creators is to be original. To come up with original stuff because we have a lot of belief that we can do it on our own (as much as possible,” she said to that effect.

Asked how the stars on the first quarter shows got the job, Rasonable said there were several considerations.

“It’s a mixture (of several factors). Kunwari, we like an artista like Marian, tapos sasamahan namin ng something interesting in the person of Alden na may mga achievements na siya on his own. Halo halo.

“Like in the afternoon, we gave Kim (Rodriguez) a chance. Bagong bago, pero pinapartneran namin siya ng mas may experience sa kaniya, si Kristoffer. So walang specific guideline eh.

“Kung sino yung pinaka bagay, yung interesting…”

Forever #TomDen!

Dennis Trillo, Tom Rodriguez, Manila Bulletin

Dennis Trillo with Tom Rodriguez and the author

The next love team that I support after Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz is that of Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo (hashtag TomDen!) for obvious reasons (mainly that I support, “Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko!”)

I became their fan because of their most talked about TV series, “My Husband’s Lover” and even after the show had ended, I am still thrilled to see them together in their TV guestings (kilig kung kilig!).

I have interviewed Dennis several times but the first instance that I met them together was at the concert of Ogie Alcasid. We accidentally met inside a comfort room (alam na kung saan ako tumatambay?! At nagpa-picture talaga ako!).

That’s why, when I learned that they are promoting an album, I told my assistant Emily: “Akin na ang TomDen!” (sa show ko sila kausapin kesa mag-talk show ako sa banyo!).

TomDen immediately granted my request (mukhang atat naman din ata sakin!). They guested on my radio show, days before they left for their US concert tour (oo, may tour agad agad!).

Since they have been acting like a couple for months now, I was curious if there were times they’ve ever thought about entering into same sex relationship (isa itong wishful thinking!).

MF: “’Di ba kayo na-ke-carry away? Minsan, pag nagkasalubong kayo sa hallway ng GMA, ’di niyo naramdaman, nagho-holding hands kayo?”

Tom: “Hahaha! ’Di pa naman! Wag naman sana.”

Den: “’Di pa naman nangyayari. Sa awa ng Diyos”

Well, I really know they are straight, but everytime I see them, I would tell myself : “Sana bading nalang talaga sila!”

MF: “May mga indecent proposals na ba kayo from gays? Or may mga nag-assume bang gay na magugustuhan niyo siya kasi feeling niya gay din kayo?”

Tom: “I get that sometimes. Nakakatawa lang. Nakakatuwa lang yung suporta nila.”

Den: “Honestly ’di ko alam, mahina kasi talaga ang gaydar ko…” (dahil diyan, ibibili kita, isang box… galing Japan!)

They also had the chance to experience one of my favorite segments on the show, “Ang Bulong Ni Fu.” I asked them intriguing questions, and they chose their answers from a list of female celebrities who became part of their soap: Carla Abellana, Kuh Ledesma, Chanda Romero, Glydel Mercado and Jonalyn Viray.

Here’s one interesting part of the segment (sorry, I cannot reveal the whole question, kasi nga binulong ko lang ang karugtong!):

MF: “Sino sa limang ito, ang pinakamasarap sa________ (bulong ni fu)”

Tom: “Si Ms. Kuh.”

MF: “Ay Bakit?”

Tom: “Natikman ko na minsan sa taping…”

MF: “Masarap?”

Tom: “Masarap naman.”

MF: “Ikaw Dennis?”

Den: “Sa tingin ko kahit ’di ko pa natitikman, kahit wala sa itsura, si Jonalyn”

MF: “Ah talaga, so titikman mo? Mga ilang beses?”

Den: “Depende, kung masarap na masarap, maraming beses.”

Hanggang sa muling pagkikita TomDen…sa CR!

(MR.FU hosts on 106.7 Energy FM, 8 a.m., Monday to Friday and TV5. Twitter: @mrfu_mayganon)

Tom Rodriguez, Aicelle Santos lead Broadway World PH nominees

Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

A handful of mainstream artists and celebrities lead the country’s nominees for BroadwayWorld’s annual theater fans choice awards.

Described as “the largest theater site covering London’s West End,” BroadwayWorld.com started recognizing theater acts 10 years ago, from “more than 50 regional markets across the globe, including the Philippines.”

After breaking out in the industry with “My Husband’s Lover,” actor-model Tom Rodriguez has proven that he is also effective on stage with his nomination as Best Actor (Musical) and Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) for his title role in Atlantis Productions’ “Aladdin.”

Songstress Aicelle Santos tied Tom with also a couple of nods, vying for the Best Actress (Musical) and Best Crossover Artist awards with her work in “Katy,” the biographical musical highlighting jazz vocalist Katy de la Cruz.

Rachelle Ann Go, who has recently been chosen to play the character of bar girl Gigi in the West End revival of “Miss Saigon,” is aiming for her second straight Best Actress (Musical) award, this time for her portrayal of Jane in Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ “Tarzan.”

Pinoy rock vocalists who ventured into the performance arts also had their share of nominations: Marc Abaya (Kjwan) scores a Best Crossover Artist nod for his turn in “Closer;” and Ebe Dancel (formerly of Sugarfree) with a Best Filipino Musical (New/Revival) nomination for “Sa Wakas.”

Veteran actor Tirso Cruz III is among the nominees for Best Featured Actor for “Katy,” while Aiza Seguerra (“Aladdin”) and G Tongi (“Piaf”) are nominated for separate Best Featured Actress awards, for the Musical and Play categories, respectively.

Filipino theater fans can only vote once until Dec. 31, with winners to be announced early January next year, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Here is the complete list of nominees from the Philippines:

Tom Rodriguez (Atlantis Productions’ Aladdin)
Dan Domenech (Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Tarzan)
Guido Gatmaytan (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Lorenz Martinez (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)
Anton Posadas (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)

Toper Fabregas (World Theatre and Music Project’s The Maids)
Anton Juan (World Theatre and Music Project’s The Maids)
Bart Guingona (Actor’s Actor Inc.’s Red)
Jonathan Tadioan (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann)
Joaquin Valdes (Actor’s Actor Inc.’s Red)

Rachelle Ann Go (Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Tarzan)
Isay Alvarez (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)
K-La Rivera (Atlantis Productions’ Carrie)
Mikkie Bradshaw (Atlantis Productions’ Carrie)
Aicelle Santos (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)

Pinky Amador (Atlantis Productions’ Piaf)
Jenny Jamora (Team Asia’s Mind’s Eye)
Carla Dunareanu (Repertory Philippines’ Boeing Boeing)
Giannina Ocampo (Repertory Philippines’ Boeing Boeing)
Jennifer Blair-Bianco (Repertory Philippines’ Boeing Boeing)

Jose Javier Reyes (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)
Jaime del Mundo (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Rody Vera (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)
Luigi Nacario (Kids Acts Philippines’ Hansel and Gretel)

Delphine Buencamino (Blue Repertory’s Spring Awakening)
Paolo Infante (Repertory Philippines’ Camp Rock)
Nancy Crowe (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Carlon Matobato (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)
Gemini Quintos (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)

Eric Pineda (Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Tarzan)
Leeroy New (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Ibalong)
Gino Gonzales (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
Mio Infante (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)

Tom Rodriguez (Atlantis Productions’ Aladdin)
Aicelle Santos (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)
Marc Abaya (Red Turnip’s Closer)

Andrei Pamintuan (Culture Shock’s Sa Wakas)
Jaime del Mundo (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Nonon Padilla (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
Robbie Guevara (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)
Tuxqs Rutaquio (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Sandosenang Sapatos)

Dexter Santos (Dulaang UP’s Collection)
Jose Estrella (Dulaang UP’s Adarna)
Bart Guingona (Actor’s Actor Inc.’s Red)
Miguel Faustmann (Repertory Philippines’ Boeing Boeing)
Tuxqs Rutaquio and Rody Vera (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann)

Joel Trinidad (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Terence Guillermo (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
Tirso Cruz III (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)
Jamie Wilson (Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Full Monty)
Robie Zialcita (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)

Leo Rialp (Dulaang UP’s Collection)
Alexander Cortez (Dulaang UP’s Collection)
Ruffy Du Buco (Harlequin Theatre Guild’s The Sky Over Dimas)

Aiza Seguerra (Atlantis Production’s Aladdin)
Ima Castro (Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Tarzan)
Lynn Sherman (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Bituin Escalante (Repertory Philippines’ Alice in Wonderland)
Camille Lopez-Molina (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)

Teetin Villanueva (Dulaang UP’s Collection)
G Tongi (Atlantis Productions’ Piaf)
Jenny Jamora (World Theatre and Music Project’s The Maids)
Baby Barredo (Repertory Philippines’ Boeing Boeing)

Sa Wakas (Culture Shock)
The Bluebird of Happiness (Trumpets)
Katy (Spotlight Artists Theatre)
Ibalong (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Sandosenang Sapatos (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Adarna (Dulaang UP)
Collection (Dulaang UP)
Der Kaufmann (Tanghalang Pilipino)
The Sky Over Dimas (Harlequin Theatre Guild)
Banwa! (Department of Humanities-UPLB)


Potted Potter (Lunchbox Theatrical Productions)
The Grufallo (ABA Productions)

John Batalla (Dulaang UP’s Collection)
Lex Marcos (Dulaang UP’s Adarna)
Martin Esteva (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)
Jonjon Villareal (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)

Disney’s Tarzan (Viva Atlantis Theatricals)
Carrie (Atlantis Productions)
Rock of Ages (Atlantis Productions)
They’re Playing Our Song (9 Works Theatrical)
Red (Actor’s Actor Inc.)

Ebe Dancel (Culture Shock’s Sa Wakas)
Ryan Cayabyab (Spotlight Artists Centre’s Katy)
Rony Fortich (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Ryan Cayabyab (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
Jeff Hernandez (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)

Ejay Yatco (Culture Shock’s Sa Wakas)
Mon Faustino, Rony Fortich and Sweet Plantado (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Pipo Cifra (Philippine Stagers Foundation’s Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela)
Jeff Hernandez (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)
Joseph Tolentino (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)

Mio Infante (Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness)
Gino Gonzales (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
Faust Peneyra (Atlantis Productions’ Piaf)
Lex Marcos (PETA’s D’ Wonder Twins of Boac)
Mio Infante (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)

Bobbit Jacinto (Atlantis Productions’ Carrie)
Chuck Ledesma (9 Works Theatrical’s They’re Playing Our Song)
Rards Corpus (Green Wings Entertainment’s Lorenzo)
TJ Ramos (Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann)

Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Kids Acts Philippines
Red Turnip
Green Wings Entertainment

CCP Main Theater
Meralco Theater
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
SDA Theater, CSB
St. Cecilia Hall, St. Scholastica