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Horror Film Festival opens Oct. 29

Gil Portes’ gothic romance entitled Hukluban (The Crone), is among entries in this year’s Sineng Filipino Horror Films Festival (under the Film Development Council), which opens on Oct. 29 in all SM Cinemas.

The other entries are: T’yanak, co-directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes; Bacao by Director Edgardo Vinarao; and Sigaw sa Hatinggabi by Director Romy V. Suzara.

SOLENN HEUSSAFF and Judy Ann Santos in a scene from ‘T’yanak’

SOLENN HEUSSAFF and Judy Ann Santos
in a scene from ‘T’yanak’

Hukluban is the story of an enigmatic woman who transforms to an ugly hag as the sun rises. It turns out that she was cursed by a group of aswangs. It stars the controversial Krista Miller, in the biggest break of her budding career, and Kiko Matos.

T’yanak is about a seemingly innocent but mysterious infant who is, in fact, a hideous creature. It stars Judy Ann Santos, Solenn Heussaff, Tom Rodeiguez and Sid Lucero.

Regine Angeles in ‘Sigaw ng Hatinggabi’

Regine Angeles in
‘Sigaw ng Hatinggabi’

Krista Miller in ‘Hukluban’

Krista Miller in
‘Hukluban’

Michelle Madrigal in ‘Bacao’

Michelle Madrigal in ‘Bacao’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacao deals with fertility as something relating to harvest season. The movie stars Michelle Madrigal, Arnold Reyes, Marife Necessito, and Alvin Anson.

Sigaw ng Hatinggabi is about spirit-questors. It stars Regine Angeles, Richard Qua, Vangie Labalan and Paloma.

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THREE A’S IN ‘BEAUTY IN A BOTTLE’

FROM LEFT: Angeline Quinto, Angelica Panganiban and Assunta de Rossi

FROM LEFT: Angeline Quinto, Angelica Panganiban and Assunta de Rossi

Beauty in a Bottle, starring Angeline Quinto, Assunta De Rossi and Angelica Panganiban , opens Oct. 29 in local theaters.

Presented by Skylight Films and Quantum Films, it marks the directorial debut of Antoinette Jadaone who also wrote the script with Chris Millado.

Beauty In A Bottle centers on three women – Vilma, Estelle and Judith – who all desire to achieve physical perfection.

Vilma (De Rossi) is in her late 30s and fears the idea of being a spinster. Estelle (Panganiban) is an actress who is fast losing fans after gaining a lot of weight. Judith (Quinto) wants to prove to the family of her hot boyfriend that she could be beautiful.

Together they will embark on a beautification project via a product that promises instant beauty, hence, “Beauty In A Bottle.”

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today Oct. 28, go to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Christine S. Limpo, Melba Nergua, Walter L. De Santos, Caloy Bautista of PCSO PR Dept., Manny Valera, Millie Vera, Angia Munji Laurel, Winnie Boado and Atty. Pete Principe…. Oct. 29: “King of Talk” Boy Abunda, Angelika dela Cruz, Digna Santiago, Maridel Villavicencio, Louie Kierulf, Flor Salvador, Linda Luciano, Sessy Garcia, Atty. Apple Daza, Roda S. Azarcon, Edna Buenaventura, Jeannette Reyes, Lorna Llanes, Zenie Batino, Popsy Mendez-Aquino, MB’s Adam Moraleta, Caros Castillo Roxas, Philstar’s Roman Floresca, Filipina Diga, Annalyn Jusay of Pagcor, Marcelo Co, and Manuel Chua… Happy wedding anniversary to Elmer and Cora Vizconde; K.B. Balasubramanian and Doris Velasco; and Boyet and Linda Pasco…

Jonalyn Viray on her insecurities: Let it go

Jonalyn Viray (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Jonalyn Viray (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Singer Jonalyn Viray got a nose job at 15 years old. Almost a decade later, she professes learning how to embrace whatever physical flaws she deems to have and won’t go under the knife ever again.

“Tama na. Happy na po ako,” Viray says. “Accept ko na talaga ‘yung binigay sa akin.”

Even standing at 5’5″ doesn’t affect her anymore, saying God has blessed her with good singing voice anyway.

“(At) may mga heels naman po ,‘di ba?” she says. “Pipili ka lang din ng mga styles na babagay sa build mo.”

The “Pinoy Pop Superstar” grand champion does not want to be pressured by unrealistic demands on celebrities when it comes to physical appearance. She insists that being “presentable” is good enough.

As confident as she is now with her looks, Viray prefers to stay loveless. Her last relationship was with commercial model Arran Phil Sese some five years ago.

“After that po, sabi ko, tama na muna kasi sa ngayon, sa magagandang nangyayari sa career ko, mas gusto kong i-prioritize muna ‘yung work.”

No perfect singer

Nine years into her singing career, Viray admits she still experiences lapses during performances. For instance, she made mistakes during her much-applauded performances of “Aria” and “Asintado” at the Cinemalaya X Awards Night in August.

She shares, “Sinasabi ng mga tao na ‘Oh, great job. You did well!’ Pero deep inside, alam ko meron din akong mga (mali), siyempre tayo ang nakakakilala sa boses natin.”

Nevertheless, Viray is raring to take on difficult songs in the restaging of her concert “Fearless” at the Music Museum on Nov. 14 with special guests Tom Rodriguez, Thor and Jaya.

Insisting that it is not an exact repeat of her first concert, she notes, “May mga songs na iba, siyempre iba rin po ang guests natin so may mga bagong numbers po.”

Recalling the first “Fearless” show held in February, she says, “Feeling ko para akong lumulutang that time kasi naitawid ko ‘yung almost two hours na performance. Naiyak nga po ako that time nu’ng closing ko na kasi sa loob-loob ko, ‘Ahhh… Natapos ko na ito, my gulay!”

Part of the proceeds of the upcoming show will go to the rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

Jonalyn Viray on her insecurities: Let it go

Jonalyn Viray (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Jonalyn Viray (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Singer Jonalyn Viray got a nose job at 15 years old. Almost a decade later, she professes learning how to embrace whatever physical flaws she deems to have and won’t go under the knife ever again.

“Tama na. Happy na po ako,” Viray says. “Accept ko na talaga ‘yung binigay sa akin.”

Even standing at 5’5″ doesn’t affect her anymore, saying God has blessed her with good singing voice anyway.

“(At) may mga heels naman po ,‘di ba?” she says. “Pipili ka lang din ng mga styles na babagay sa build mo.”

The “Pinoy Pop Superstar” grand champion does not want to be pressured by unrealistic demands on celebrities when it comes to physical appearance. She insists that being “presentable” is good enough.

As confident as she is now with her looks, Viray prefers to stay loveless. Her last relationship was with commercial model Arran Phil Sese some five years ago.

“After that po, sabi ko, tama na muna kasi sa ngayon, sa magagandang nangyayari sa career ko, mas gusto kong i-prioritize muna ‘yung work.”

No perfect singer

Nine years into her singing career, Viray admits she still experiences lapses during performances. For instance, she made mistakes during her much-applauded performances of “Aria” and “Asintado” at the Cinemalaya X Awards Night in August.

She shares, “Sinasabi ng mga tao na ‘Oh, great job. You did well!’ Pero deep inside, alam ko meron din akong mga (mali), siyempre tayo ang nakakakilala sa boses natin.”

Nevertheless, Viray is raring to take on difficult songs in the restaging of her concert “Fearless” at the Music Museum on Nov. 14 with special guests Tom Rodriguez, Thor and Jaya.

Insisting that it is not an exact repeat of her first concert, she notes, “May mga songs na iba, siyempre iba rin po ang guests natin so may mga bagong numbers po.”

Recalling the first “Fearless” show held in February, she says, “Feeling ko para akong lumulutang that time kasi naitawid ko ‘yung almost two hours na performance. Naiyak nga po ako that time nu’ng closing ko na kasi sa loob-loob ko, ‘Ahhh… Natapos ko na ito, my gulay!”

Part of the proceeds of the upcoming show will go to the rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

No more cosmetic surgery for Jonalyn Viray

Jonalyn Viray

Jonalyn Viray

Singer Jonalyn Viray admitted she had a nose job when she was only 15 years old. Now, at 24, the diva shuns further cosmetic procedures. Apparently, she’s finally realized that whatever physical flaw she may have, she could easily conceal with makeup.

“Tama na. Happy na po ako,” Viray states.

The singer has also let go of her insecurity concerning her five-foot frame, saying, “Accept ko na po talaga ‘yung binigay sa akin.”

She adds, “Lagi ko pong sinasabi, kung hindi man ako nabiyayaan ng height, at least sa boses po, binawi ni Lord. Okay na po ako du’n.”

“May mga heels naman po,‘di ba? So it helps a lot and pipili ka lang din ng mga styles na babagay sa body built mo. Halimbawa, kung maliit ako, hindi ako puwedeng magsuot ng mga damit na magmu-mukha pa akong maliit,” she argues.

Indeed, the “Pinoy Pop Superstar” grand champion does not want to be pressured by unrealistic demands on celebrities when it comes to physical appearance. She insists that being “presentable” should be good enough.

As confident as she is now with the way she looks, Viray prefers to stay loveless. Her last relationship was with commercial model Arran Phil Sese some five years ago.

“After that po, sabi ko, tama na muna. Parang desisyon ko na rin po na huwag muna kasi po parang sa ngayon, sa magagandang nangyayari sa career, mas gusto kong i-prioritize muna ‘yung ganito, work. At the same time, parang gusto ko po muna i-improve ‘yung sarili ko bago ako makipag-boyfriend.”

Not a perfect singer

Nine years into her singing career, Viray admits she still experiences lapses during performances. For instance, she made mistakes in the midst of her much-applauded operatic performance during the Cinemalaya X Awards Night in August.

She shares, “Sinasabi ng mga tao na ‘Oh, great job. You did well!’ Pero deep inside, alam ko meron din akong mga (mali), siyempre tayo ang nakakakilala sa boses natin.”

Nevertheless, Viray is still raring to take on difficult songs in the restaging of her concert “Fearless” at the Music Museum on Nov. 14 with special guests Tom Rodriguez, Thor and Jaya.

Insisting that it is not an exact repeat of her first concert, she notes, “May mga songs na iba, siyempre iba rin po ang guests natin so may mga bagong numbers po.”

Recalling the first “Fearless” show held last February, she relates, “Feeling ko para akong lumulutang that time kasi naitawid ko ‘yung almost two hours na performance. Naiyak nga po ako that time nu’ng closing ko na kasi sa loob-loob ko, ‘Ahhh… Natapos ko na ito, my gulay!”

Part of the proceeds of the upcoming show will go to the rehabilitation of areas devastated by super-typhoon “Yolanda.”

‘MHL’ gets a shot at Int’l Emmy

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

GMA-7’s “My Husband’s Lover” will vie against three films under the Telenovela category of the coming International Emmy Awards.

The gay-themed series that aired from June to Oct. 2013, starring Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo in the lead roles, is about a married man who had a relationship with his guy best friend.

A post on International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website says that the gala and awards night will be held on Nov. 24 in New York.

Dennis Trillo lauds role on ‘Hiram na Alaala’

Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

Kris Bernal and Dennis Trillo

Kris Bernal & Dennis Trillo

Dennis Trillo speaks proudly of his role as a soldier on “Hiram na Alaala,” which airs on Sept. 22 on GMA-7.

“I am taking on a multi-faceted character,” said Dennis. “My character will assume the identity of his best friend following a traumatic experience. A character within a character, that’s the challenge.”

Primarily, the series is about two soldiers, Ivan and Joseph, played by Dennis and Rocco Nacino, respectively. They will be assigned to go on a mission where they will eventually be captured by their enemies.

When rescued, Dennis will think that he is Joseph.

Last year Dennis, along with Tom Rodriguez, made an impact on local TV viewers as gay men on “My Husband’s Lover.” Just recently, he also received accolades for his role in Mike Tuviera’s “The Janitor.”

Also starring on “Hiram na Alaala,” as directed by Dominic Zapata, are Lauren Young and Kris Bernal.

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THREE PROGRAMS AIR ONLINE

“Sing For Your Dreams,” “I Never Knew Love,” and “Gawad Kabataan,” projects of Social Media Artist and Celebrities Television Production (SMAC), are now streaming on the Internet.

“Sing for Your Dreams” is a singing competition hosted by Viva artist Casey Martinez and SMAC talent Grey Capulong. Prospective participants may register via celebritychanneltv@gmail.com.

“I Never Knew Love” is a weekly drama series starring Ben Bautista, Carla Zara, Prince Gezrael Teodoro, Maria Leonora O. Santos, Denzo Ortiz, Erwin John Cadelina, Meagan Irma Marie Caguiat and Cariza Llena.

“Gawad Kabataan,” on the other hand, is a charity program meant to bring hope to the less privileged. The three shows can be seen on YouTube via Celebrity Channel TV.

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TIDBITS; Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 20, go to Ms. Imelda Cojuangco, Donna Villa, Rey Langit, Malu Veloso, Lara Melissa de Leon-Joseph, Ester Dipasupil, Vincent P. Tuazon, Katherine Marte, Jessica Santos Herrera, Chit Ramos, Zenaida A. Flores, Atty. Numeriano Tanopo, Susan Calo Medina, Sally B. Maliuanag, and Erich Gonzales… Happy wedding anniversary to Gina and Buddy Oberas of DZXL/RMN… Sept. 21: former Comelec Chairman Ben Abalos, awarded director Joel Lamangan, Ogee Atos, Jake Ramirez, Dr. Pacita Pabalate, and Albert Fenix, Jr., Mica Francisco, Arnold Perez, Jerry Olea, Erwin E. Estaura, Monette Gallego, Abigail B. Ortiz, Carol Yap, Linda Lacsina, Baby Castro, Eugene Asis, and Angelo Patrimonio… Sept. 22: Nene Leonor, Dolly Anne Carvajal, Elizabeth Cristobal, Baby Liban, Violy Sevilla, Marg Hubilla-Ordiales, Jinia Samad, Rashid Mathew Dayot, Cristina Tan Yao, Emmie Domingo, Nicky Tesoro, Cristina Francisco of PCSO GM’s office, Martin D. Bautista, Ivy Valencia, Hong Hai and Caroline Riggs…

Director Mark Reyes weighs in on Tom and Alden’s charisma as hosts

Mark Reyes (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Mark Reyes (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Mark Reyes is working on two projects then a couple more after those but he doesn’t feel overwhelmed by his work load at all.

The director of dance show “Marian,” drama “The Half Sisters,” and the upcoming reality talent search “Bet ng Bayan” and game show “Don’t Lose the Money,” knows how important balance is in order to fulfill all his duties.

Aside from being allowed an earlier than usual cut-off time, Mark gets a break midweek.

“GMA knows naman ’pag kailangan (ko ng) pahinga. Ayaw naman nilang may mamatay sa trabaho,” he said. “Kailangan i-pace ko ’yung (sarili) ko.’”

“Bet ng Bayan” and “Don’t Lose The Money” will give Mark the chance to work with first-time hosts Alden Richards and Tom Rodriguez. The former is Regine Velasquez’ co-host while Tom the latter will handle his show by himself.

Mark cited Alden’s qualities that make him a promising host.

“He has the charm and the charisma… natural na mahilig makipag-usap sa tao. Wala siyang ere,” said the director.

These traits are up for the task of finding fresh talents for the show because people won’t feel intimidated around Alden at all, he added.

As for Tom, Mark said he will certainly “surprise to everyone” with his natural flair for hosting.

“The way Tom relates to people, ang galing,” said Mark, adding that Tom could be GMA-7’s “answer” to one of the more popular male hosts of a rival network.

Two Pinoy TV series make mark overseas

Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana and Dennis Trillo

Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana and Dennis Trillo

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

The cast of 'Be Careful With My Heart'

The cast of ‘Be Careful With My Heart’

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.

TomDen in London

Tanya Manalang, Rachelle Ann Go, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo (Instagram)

Tanya Manalang, Rachelle Ann Go, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo (Instagram)

Heartthrobs Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo,  lead stars of the now defunct “My Husband’s Lover,” continue to reap the fruits of their success as a tandem, recently headlining the Hounslow Summer Festival in London, along with Marvin Agustin and comedian Ate Shawie.

While there, the two visited Prince Edward Theatre to watch “Miss Saigon.” They were able to get in touch with co-Kapuso talent Rachelle Ann Go, who plays the role of Gigi in the musical; and Kim alternate Tanya
Manalang.

A photo on Tom’s Instagram was captioned: “So surreal watching these two beautiful and amazingly talented ladies performing sa west end tonight :) :):) ang lakas lang talaga makaproud!!! :) :):) i am so so so happy for the two of you @gorachelleann and@mstanyamanalang grabe ang gagalig nyo :) such moving performances.”

Dennis, on the other hand, posted a photo of himself together with Pinoy Jon Jon Briones, who plays the role of The Engineer in “Miss Saigon.”

TomDen on Abbey Road (Instagram)

TomDen on Abbey Road (Instagram)

TomDen toured other parts of the city based on Dennis’ other posts. Some of these include creative shots of the High Street Kensington Underground Station, Marble Arch Underground Station, London Victoria Station, Brighton beach, Abbey Road, Green Park, Lampton Park, the Victoria Memorial in Buckingham Palace, St. Martin in the Fields, and the Big Ben, among many others.

Tom and Dennis also bumped into rumored couple Ryan Chua and Sebastian Castro. Photos of the meeting were posted on their social media accounts.

A deglamorized Rhian Ramos on ‘My Destiny’

Rhian Ramos skipped “cycles” before doing another soap opera.

RHIAN RAMOS

RHIAN RAMOS

Her last was “Genesis” which ended in December 2013. After a short break, she found herself raring to take on another TV job. Luckily, her so-called second cycle was a dream come true.

In GMA-7’s “My Destiny” that premieres on June 30 after “Niño,” Rhian portrays a woman afflicted with leukemia.

Rhian said the role is a big challenge as it veers from the usual portrayals that she has been accustomed to in the past.

“I have been asking for this role for a long time, something where I would be deglamorized. I’d look really very different in the middle of the show,” she revealed.

Part of her preparation is consistently discussing her character with director Joyce Bernal are her acting coach.

“You have to dig deep because there are really some things that you’re never going to find in the script. And I’m also preparing myself physically because I want to make some physical changes to suit the role.”

“My Destiny” also stars Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez with Sid Lucero and Lorna Tolentino as Rhian’s mother.

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JILLIAN, MONA LOUISE NOT BEST FRIENDS?

Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey

Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey

In the upcoming “My BFF,” another GMA-7 original drama series about friendship and family, Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey play best friends. But both admit they are not even close in real life.

At the recent press launch of the show, Jillian said she and Mona Louise don’t even share the same dressing room. Mona Louise, on the other hand, said she is chummier with co-stars of her age.

But of course, when in front of the cameras, the girls are professional enough to do what they have to do – deliver a great performance.

Joining the young stars on “My BFF” are Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs, a popular love team in the ’80s who are working together for the first time in a drama series on Philippine TV.

Manilyn said she is happy that her reunion project with Janno is fit for the whole family.

Directed by Roderick Lindayag, “My BFF” premieres on June 30 before “24 Oras.”

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 Tonyboy dela Rea

ACTOR-MODEL Tonyboy dela Rea (third from right) tendered a dinner party on June 13 at his residence in QC to celebrate his birthday. In photo is his sister Nette dela Rea (left) and well wishers Dik Trofeo, Nita Trofeo and former actor Mandy Ochoa (right)

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, June 29, go to Paolo Santos, Emily Marcelo, Pat-P Daza Planas, Dulce Catan, Paula Peralejo, Edna dela Cruz, Peter C. Escano, Pamela Ayson, Dr. Alnette Tan, Bernadette G. Martinez, Iggy Tensuan, Cita Luciano, Chx Alcala and MB’s Girlie Capellan-Tan… June 30 celebrators: Teresita “Inday” Novales, Pablo Salansang, Zeny Flores, Nycie Lachica, Oscar T. Maliwanag, Emiliano Carpio of PCSO GM’s office, Prof. Manny Geslani, and Alfred Labatos… Happy wedding anniversary to David and Edna Orense… July 1: Ben Farrales, Atty. Raul Gancayco, Susanna Pichay, Precious Valencia, Pitang Lopez-Tiongson, Queenie B. Savellano, Mario Regresado, Gina Lyn Orpilla, Rapa Lopa, Arch. Julio Matias, Baby Linao, Lek de Castro, Dr. Lorraine M. Sanchez, Julius Nepomuceno and Arch. Reginald T. Yaneza… Belated b-day greetings to Br. Ricky Laguda, FSC, president of De La Salle University-Manila (June 26)…