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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)…

Carla clarifies cause of split with Geoff

Carla Abellana says happiness is a choice (Publicity photo)

Carla Abellana says happiness is a choice (Publicity photo)

Carla Abellana refutes insinuations that religion was the deciding factor that led to the demise of her relationship with Geoff Eigenmann.

“It’s one of the factors, yes…but it was not the main reason,” she told Bulletin Entertainment in a recent interview.

“Ang religion naman, nagagawan naman ng paraan ’yun eh. At the end of the day, pare-pareho lang naman tayo ng pinaniniwalaan, ’di ba?”

The Kapuso actress also addressed another alleged cause of the breakup – Geoff supposedly not planning for their future despite their being together for four years.

“Pwede, isa ’yun sa mga reasons,” she simply said.

Carla admitted that she hasn’t moved on but her family and friends keep her from wallowing in heartache. “Maya’t maya inaaya ko silang lumabas. Siyempre may work kaya dapat may personal time,” she added.

In bloom

A seemingly “blooming” Carla explained that she simply makes an effort not to look sad. “Sabi kasi nila dapat maganda para hindi magmukhang heartbroken ka.”

Ultimately, she believes that “Happiness is a choice. Mag-focus ka sa maganda para beautiful.”

She also clarified she isn’t entertaining suitors just yet. “Kasi wala din akong time. I guess, only time will tell (kung kailan ako magpapaligaw). Iiwan ko na kay Lord lahat.”

To prove that she harbors no ill feelings towards anyone, Carla said that she is ready to talk to Geoff, given the chance. “Wala naman kasi kaming galit sa isa’t isa. We’re friends kasi hindi kami magkaaway, though, hindi pa kami nag-uusap talaga. We have no communication but I’m ready anytime to talk to him, basta walang gulo.”

She went on to refute allegations that she is not in good terms with Kylie Padilla, who was once linked to Geoff.

“I haven’t really seen her pero we’re okay. Hindi kami nagkakasalubong pero kung anuman, oo naman babatiin ko siya,” Carla assured, noting, “Wala naman siyang kinalaman sa kahit anong pinagdaanan ko.”

On Tom

Carla is aware that some fans are hoping she would end up with her “My Destiny” leading man Tom Rodriguez.

“We respect kung ano ’yung wishes nila, pero nasabi nga ni Tom one time na ang pangit naman kung pipilitin namin ’yung sarili namin for the sake of pleasing them, ’di ba? Maganda ’yung on our own, kung talagang meant to be,” she said.

Carla, nonetheless, is thankful to be working with Tom again after their phenomenal hit “My Husband’s Lover.”

“Magaan siyang katrabaho eh. He makes work easy and enjoyable. In a way, malaking tulong talaga na siya ’yung katrabaho ko kasi ’yung comfort level namin, mataas na. Alam na namin ang techniques ng isa’t isa pagdating sa pag-arte (at) kung paano tutulungan ang isa’t isa sa mga eksena.”

She added, “Alam ko siya ang destiny kong maka-trabaho ngayon.”

Carla clarifies cause of split with Geoff

Carla Abellana says happiness is a choice (Publicity photo)

Carla Abellana says happiness is a choice (Publicity photo)

Carla Abellana refutes insinuations that religion was the deciding factor that led to the demise of her relationship with Geoff Eigenmann.

“It’s one of the factors, yes…but it was not the main reason,” she told Bulletin Entertainment in a recent interview.

“Ang religion naman, nagagawan naman ng paraan ’yun eh. At the end of the day, pare-pareho lang naman tayo ng pinaniniwalaan, ’di ba?”

The Kapuso actress also addressed another alleged cause of the breakup – Geoff supposedly not planning for their future despite their being together for four years.

“Pwede, isa ’yun sa mga reasons,” she simply said.

Carla admitted that she hasn’t moved on but her family and friends keep her from wallowing in heartache. “Maya’t maya inaaya ko silang lumabas. Siyempre may work kaya dapat may personal time,” she added.

In bloom

A seemingly “blooming” Carla explained that she simply makes an effort not to look sad. “Sabi kasi nila dapat maganda para hindi magmukhang heartbroken ka.”

Ultimately, she believes that “Happiness is a choice. Mag-focus ka sa maganda para beautiful.”

She also clarified she isn’t entertaining suitors just yet. “Kasi wala din akong time. I guess, only time will tell (kung kailan ako magpapaligaw). Iiwan ko na kay Lord lahat.”

To prove that she harbors no ill feelings towards anyone, Carla said that she is ready to talk to Geoff, given the chance. “Wala naman kasi kaming galit sa isa’t isa. We’re friends kasi hindi kami magkaaway, though, hindi pa kami nag-uusap talaga. We have no communication but I’m ready anytime to talk to him, basta walang gulo.”

She went on to refute allegations that she is not in good terms with Kylie Padilla, who was once linked to Geoff.

“I haven’t really seen her pero we’re okay. Hindi kami nagkakasalubong pero kung anuman, oo naman babatiin ko siya,” Carla assured, noting, “Wala naman siyang kinalaman sa kahit anong pinagdaanan ko.”

On Tom

Carla is aware that some fans are hoping she would end up with her “My Destiny” leading man Tom Rodriguez.

“We respect kung ano ’yung wishes nila, pero nasabi nga ni Tom one time na ang pangit naman kung pipilitin namin ’yung sarili namin for the sake of pleasing them, ’di ba? Maganda ’yung on our own, kung talagang meant to be,” she said.

Carla, nonetheless, is thankful to be working with Tom again after their phenomenal hit “My Husband’s Lover.”

“Magaan siyang katrabaho eh. He makes work easy and enjoyable. In a way, malaking tulong talaga na siya ’yung katrabaho ko kasi ’yung comfort level namin, mataas na. Alam na namin ang techniques ng isa’t isa pagdating sa pag-arte (at) kung paano tutulungan ang isa’t isa sa mga eksena.”

She added, “Alam ko siya ang destiny kong maka-trabaho ngayon.”

Suddenly single Carla Abellana looks forward to new love

YOU CAN’T HAVE IT ALL. Carla's newfound bankability comes with a price tag

YOU CAN’T HAVE IT ALL. Carla’s newfound bankability comes with a price tag

There are advantages to being single, including having time for yourself, doing whatever you want without asking for greenlight, catching up with old friends and meeting new people – so many perks.

Newly single Carla Abellana has these things now – all of it but time.

The bankable actress, who broke up with boyfriend Geoff Eigenmann last summer, is just too busy with work — including the upcoming sitcom “Ismol Family” — to enjoy her so-called single-blessedness.

“Puro trabaho (There’s always work),” she stressed. “Umuuwi ako ng bahay para lang maligo (I just come home to take a shower). ’Yun ’yung kapalit na napapanood ako ng mga tao every night, every week (That’s the pay off for being seen by people every night, every week).”

Asked if she hasn’t found new love yet, the Kapuso star shared, “Meron (mga nagpaparamdam) – some friends outside showbiz, meron din namang artista. Pero honestly, I don’t see myself dating now. Wala akong maibibigay sa inyo na oras, kawawa lang kayo (There are some who show interest – some from outside showbiz, others, actors. But honestly, I don’t see myself dating now. I have no time for that),” she said.

Carla hopes she won’t be single for long, noting, “Maganda din ’yung meron kang minamahal at merong nagmamahal sa ‘yo (It would be nice to have someone to love and be loved in return).”

She maintained, though, “Ngayon, okay lang kung wala (akong boyfriend) pero hopefully, in God’s perfect time, mabigyan din ng time to enjoy that (For now, it’s okay if I don’t have a boyfriend, but hopefully, in God’s perfect time, I’ll have time to enjoy that).”

No b-day greet from Geoff

Carla turned 28 last week and while she may have received a flood of greetings and gifts, none of those were from her ex, Geoff, which she admitted, got her a bit disappointed.

“I expected that he would greet me because I did the same for him on his birthday. I was even there,” she said. “Hindi ko naiintindihan. Pero okay lang naman kung hindi. Hindi loss ‘yun kung meron isang taong hindi bumati (I don’t understand, but it’s okay. It’s not that big a loss if one person didn’t greet you).”

Carla maintained that she didn’t wish for anything on the special day.

Carla maintains she and Tom are just friends

Carla maintains she and Tom are just friends

“Wala na akong birthday wish. Birthday thanks na lang kay Lord sa lahat ng taong nagmamahal, sa lahat ng work at blessings. First time ever na wala akong birthday wish (I have no birthday wish. I just want to give my birthday thanks to the Lord for all the people who love me,

for the work and other blessings. This is the first time ever I didn’t have a birthday wish).”

Just good friends

After their successful tandem on “My Husband’s Lover” and in “So It’s You,” Carla will reunite anew with Tom Rodriguez on “My Destiny,” a Kapuso series.

Carla is “flattered” that the viewers continuously support their on-screen romantic team up. She maintained, however, that there’s nothing between her and Tom but pure friendship.

“Special si Tom na tao; alam naman niya ‘yan – not because nasa puso ko siya, but as a person, as a co-actor, as a friend na din. (Tom is a special person; he knows that – not because he’s in my heart, but as a person, as a co-actor, as a friend also).”

Maryo J.very proud of his latest project ‘Niño’

Multi-awarded film and TV director Maryo J. delos Reyes is very happy with his latest directorial job “Niño,” which is now on its fifth day on GMA Network.

Maryo J., who started his filmmaking career in the ’70s, is best remembered for “Magnifico,” winner of the Crystal Bear (Best Feature Film) at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

MIGUEL TANFELIX and David Remo; (inset) Maryo J. delos Reyes

MIGUEL TANFELIX and David Remo; (inset) Maryo J. delos Reyes

He is also noted for “Naglalayag,” which won the Special Jury award (International Competition category) at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival.

As TV director, he has helmed many significant soap operas, including “Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig,” “Pahiram Ng Sandali,” “Munting Heredera,” “Little Star” and “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak.”

Maryo J. is proud of “Niño” because the show promotes good values.

“It inspires, it gives hope, and strengthen one’s faith in everything,” he said. “This is a show that Filipino families, especially those going through trying and challenging times, can relate to.”

“Niño” is the story of a 15-year-old boy with mental incapacities (Miguel Tanfelix) who becomes a beacon of hope and inspiration to his town mates. Playing his “Tukayo” is David Remo.

Also in the cast are Gloria Romero, German Moreno, Luz Valdez, Dante Rivero, Lotlot de Leon, Neil Ryan Sese, Bianca Umali, Tom Rodriguez and Katrina Halili.

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CONEY REYES COMES HOME

CONEY REYES

CONEY REYES

Award-winning TV/movie actress Coney Reyes is back at GMA-7 where she once worked as host of various noontime show including “Eat Bulaga!” and the long defunct “Student Canteen.”

During a recent pocket interview for “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real,” she noted,  “Hindi pa aircon ang studio noon.”

On the show, which starts airing June 2, Coney will be pitted against Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe, among others. She will play the role of Sonia Real, the overprotective mother of Dingdong’s character.

Asked about her impression of Dingdong, Coney said, “He is such a respectful young man and such a gentleman. The first time we met, ang gaan lang kaagad ng puso ko sa kanya. First time ko siyang maka-trabaho and feeling ko anak ko siya na puwede ko siya talagang yakapin. Hindi siya maarteng artista at hindi siya mareklamo. I like working with people like him.”

Meanwhile, Coney remembers with fondness her tandem with Tito, Vic and Joey and not only because of her past with Vic that brought forth a son.

Asked how Vic is as a father, Coney shared, “Okay siya, he’s not perfect but he tries, and that’s good enough. He’s always there for our son Vico. My son has a good relationship with his father and all his siblings, and I encourage it.”

Coney said that after Vic, she didn’t have any more romantic affairs.

She is now on her 40th year in the business that she loves very much. “I’m very grateful that God has given me this talent. There is nothing more fulfilling, more wonderful than being in this business that I love.”

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SENATOR LEGARDA’S STATEMENT ON NAPOLES’ AFFIDAVIT

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA

Hereunder is Sen. Loren Legarda’s statement on Janet Lim Napoles’ allegations: “I categorically deny, in the strongest terms, allegations that I had any dealings with Ms. Napoles or any of her group. I have never dealt with them and have never even heard of their foundations. Above all, I have never received monetary or any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my office to transact with anyone.

“I have judiciously allocated my PDAF to accredited government agencies and local government units as prescribed by law. I allocated my PDAF to 300 classrooms worth P150 million, financial assistance to indigents during disasters through DSWD, the National Museum’s Hibla and Baybayin galleries, medical assistance in PGH and other government hospitals, scholarships in SUCs, livelihood assistance to schools of living traditions of indigenous peoples, financial assistance to farmers and rural folks, among many others.

“I never endorsed any NGO to benefit from my PDAF. Any statement to the contrary contained in any affidavit is a perjured lie and is actionable criminally against those involved in this smear campaign.”

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, May 30, go to actor-director Ricky Davao, Rep. Bingbong Crisologo, Glenda Barretto, Rene Austria, Roxanne Lapus, Marlene dela Peña, Jose Lim, Dr. Jofe Syquia, Ferdie Villar, Narciso Talampas, Jr., Marilen I. Cojuangco, Jacqueline Sagmit, Monina S. Capili, Pocholo Malillin of Club Mwah, Leslie Lomeda, Mary Grace V. Macahindog, Rihanna Sofia L. Tabor, Ronalis Cheng and MB’s Chito Vasquez and gorgeous Teresa Gerilla Martinez… May 31 celebrators are William Martinez, Benhur A. Villanueva, Perlita M. Magno, John Lester Domingo, Ferdie Santa Ana, Leslie Ann Ong-Santos, Adel Almontero of UK, Ruby Velasco Remie and Desiree Kate A. Silan of New York, and Jojo Gaela…

Network loyalty pays off for Miguel Tanfelix

Miguel Tanfelix (Photo by Rowena Tan)

Miguel Tanfelix (Photo by Rowena Tan)

Miguel Tanfelix, who first gained notice via “StarStruck Kids,” is elated that he has been chosen to play the lead on GMA-7’s upcoming series, “Niño.”

“Eto po ’yung inaantay ng lahat (na katulad ko), ’yung (mabigyan ng) lead role… kaya, grabe, iniisip ko kung ano ’yung magiging feedback ng viewers,” he said.

Tanfelix had been with GMA for 10 years before finally landing a lead role.

“Loyal po talaga ako. Although, siyempre, inaantay ko lang po din si direk Maryo (de los Reyes, his manager) kung ano desisyon niya. In the end, laking pasasalamat ko pa rin dahil nabigay po sa akin itong malaking blessing na ito,” he said.

As Miguel/Niño, Tanfelix will portray a mentally-challenged 15-year-old boy who, despite his shortcomings, will become a beacon of hope in the fictional barangay called Pag-asa. He will prove that miracles still happen with the help of a mysterious child who goes by the name Tukayo (David Remo).

With the role originally offered to Ruru Madrid, we asked Tanfelix how he feels about being a second choice. “Sa akin po hindi ko tinitignan kung sa’yo binigay as first choice or second choice, basta sa akin po, binigay sa akin ’tong role na ’to at okay na po sa akin ’yun,” he said.

Tanfelix put in a lot of work in preparing for the role, including attending Special Education (SPED) classes and watching films that feature mentally-challenged characters like “I Am Sam.”

“Kasi ito pong role na ito ay very challenging, kaya gusto ko tipong malalim ’yung panghuhugutan ko para bawat taping ’yung acting hindi basta-basta,” he said.

Tanfelix hopes the series would attract young viewers and that they would pick up the important lessons it imparts.
Though the story arch doesn’t involve a love angle, Tanfelix offered that “Niño” will test his chemistry with actress Bianca Umali.

“Crush ko po siya (sa story),” he said laughing.

However, he added, “Hinahangaan ko po si Bianca Umali (dahil) mabait, maganda po at masaya po ako ’pag kasama ko siya.”

“Niño” also stars Katrina Halili, Tom Rodriguez, Gloria Romero, Dante Rivero, Jay Manalo, Angelu de Leon and German Moreno, among others. It will start airing tomorrow.

TV5 presents Mother’s Day made-for-TV movie

A special Studio5 Original Movies presentation titled “More Than Words” will be shown tomorrow, Mother’s Day, on TV5 at 9 p.m.

The made-for-TV movie stars Alice Dixson in her most challenging role to date, and the comebacking Sarah Lahbati, in her first project with TV5. They are joined by Jackie Lou Blanco, Ariel Rivera and Carl Guevara in telling a compelling story of a mother who overcomes all odds to find her long-lost daughter.

ALICE DIXSON with Sarah Lahbati

ALICE DIXSON with Sarah Lahbati

Dixson plays the role of Sabel, who was imprisoned for killing the man who sold off her daughter to a rich family. This daughter grew up to be Emily (Sarah), a troubled lass who resorts to loud rock music to deafen the voices of adversity around her. Emily is in conflict with Vianna (Jackie Lou), the woman she had grown to know as her mother. Vianna vents her frustration on Emily because she is unhappy being the voiceless wife of Samuel (Ariel), a successful businessman who dotes on the child they adopted.

Emily meets Sabel when her friend and band mate Edwin (Carl) recruits her as a volunteer to teach and train parolees in a community.

Sabel stutters when she speaks, a congenital defect mocked by everyone, including her own mother. Despite her fear of rejection, Sabel finds herself opening up to Emily, who is also drawn to this mysterious young woman who seems to live in a world of silence. Emily teaches Sabel the basics of reading and writing – something Sabel takes to with a passion.

“More Than Words” is directed by award-winning Jon Red.

 

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Katrina plays good girl

KATRINA HALILI

KATRINA HALILI

On GMA Network’s upcoming primetime series, “Niño,” Kapuso actress Katrina Halili will play an upright character, and she’s happy and excited about it.

Apparently, Katrina doesn’t want to be typecast in kontrabida or villain roles.

In the series, the 28-year-old actress will portray the role of Hannah, the kind-hearted mother of Niño, played by Miguel Tanfelix.

“Sana mabigyan ko ng justice ’yung role ko sa ‘Niño’ para makita ng mga tao na kaya kong gumawa ng iba, na hindi lahat ng roles ay kontrabida ako. Medyo sanay na ako na lagi na lang maldita. Sa sobrang nasanay na ako, parang nagsawa na ako,” Katrina said.

She is thankful that GMA entrusted her with a project that would enable her to showcase her versatility as an actress.

She is likewise delighted to work again with multi-award winning director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, who directed her before in “Magdusa Ka” (2008), “Rosalinda” (2009), “Munting Heredera” (2011), and “Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig?” (2013).

Katrina shared that she has learned many things from the director, particularly about good work ethics.

She is also excited to work with Tom Rodriguez in the series. “First time ko siyang makakatrabaho. Nakaka-excite na makatrabaho siya. Nanonood ako ng ‘My Husband’s Lover.’ Fan ako ng show nila.”

She said that viewers will appreciate “Niño” because of its inspiring story for the whole family. “Maganda ’yung story. ’Yung show kasi is giving hope sa mga tao. May darating sa ating problem, pero may darating ding solusyon.”

 

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Teleserye, cable channels top JAM riders latest survey

One-third of JAM Liner’s passengers prefer news shows, while 22% put teleseryes at the top of their list of must-watch TV programs. Documentaries and sports tied at 13%. Reality TV shows followed at 10%, with game shows at 9%.

The survey involved 10,000 riders of JAM Liner, which accommodates roughly 1.6 million passengers a month or 16 million travelers each year.

Interestingly, some 44% of JAM riders prefer cable TV, going for international news and sports, Filipino TV movies, music channels and nature programs. The Lifestyle Network and Knowledge Channel were some of the top picks from ABS-CBN’s SkyCable roster.

JAM Liner’s fleet features four TV screens on each bus, along with free Wi-Fi services.

JAM recently inked a deal with Via Philippines, Asia’s largest travel network, to add to the bus company’s online conveniences.

Through Via’s 6,000 accredited travel agencies, booking for JAM destinations Sta. Rosa in Laguna, Lipa and Batangas City in Batangas, and Lucena in Quezon is now just a click away.

This is just among many ways JAM Liner continues to fulfill its “JAMpacked sa serbisyo, JAMpacked sa saya” commitment to commuters.

 

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JayaJAYA’s PRE-MOTHER’S DAY SHOW. Westgate Center features soul singer Jaya in a pre-Mother’s Day show at the Westgate Cul de Sac tonight at 8 as part of its Pop Sessions this May. Watch Jaya perform her greatest hits such as ‘Through the Fire,’ ‘High Energy,’ ‘Wala Na Bang Pag-Ibig,’ and ‘In My Dreams.’ Westgate Center is located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and is a premiere development project of Filinvest Alabang, Inc.

 

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MISS TOURISM WORLD Philippines 2014

MISS TOURISM WORLD Philippines 2014 preliminary screenings will be held today, May 10, 1 to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Jackman Plaza in Muñoz, Quezon City. For interested applicants email executiveoffice@twp.com.ph and online_jojo@yahoo.com.

 

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, May 10, go to Charice Pempengco, Wendell Ramos, Edwina Beech, Marilyn Cabarrus, Ms. Chit Salud, successful businesswoman and entertainment columnist Aster Amoyo, Mrs. Flo Owen, Florencia “Poyeeng” Mauricio, Mira Sto. Tomas, Dr. Fernando G. Cabral, Chi-Chi F. Robles, Mary Ann Diaz-Medina, Ms. Pempe Rodrigo, Edwin Lagadi of Las Vegas and entertainment columnist Jun Lalin…

JC de Vera, a runaway groom in ‘So It’s You’

In Regal Entertainment’s latest rom-com “So It’s You,” which opens today in theaters nationwide, Kapamilya star JC de Vera plays Tony, a runaway groom to Carla Abellana’s Lira.

Though Tony meets, falls for and plans to marry another girl, twists and turns lead him back to Lira seeking forgiveness.

CARLA ABELLANA and JC de Vera

CARLA ABELLANA and JC de Vera

Directed by Jun Lana, the cast of “So It’s You” also includes Tom Rodriguez, Joey Marquez, Arlene Muhlach, and Kevin Santos, among others.

“So It’s You” marks JC’s return to the Regal stable where he has made several movie projects in the past like “Mano Po” and the “Shake, Rattle & Roll” series.

The former Kapuso-turned-Kapatid star is actually now with the Kapamilya network. In fact, upon signing with ABS-CBN, JC was immediately given a role on “The Legal Wife.” Aside from that, he also has another show, “Moon of Desire,” where he plays leading man to Meg Imperial.

As for being part of “The Legal Wife,” JC said,, “Akala ko kasama lang ako sa cast, but maganda pala ang role na ibibigay sa akin. I was really surprised but very thankful for this because tatlong magagaling na artista – sina Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador – ang makakasama ko. I gained so much self-confidence working with these three great artists.”

JC also said he was he was apprehensive at first to do two soaps simultaneously – and then do a movie in between – but he accepted the challenge. “Kung minsan nag-o-overlap ang taping but nakayanan ko naman so far. Sabagay, nangyari din sa akin sa TV5 ito, na sabay-sabay ang mga ginagawa kong shows.”

He added, “Sa paglipat ko sa ABS-CBN, I found out meron pa palang puwedeng i-push sa career ko. (Dito) there’s a high level of standard that is expected of you…”

This 2014, JC is focused on work, taking advantage of the opportunities coming his way. “Kaya hindi sumasagi sa isip ko ang love at the moment. Actually, two years na akong loveless,” the actor revealed.

 

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‘Radyo Balintataw’ receives Golden Dove award

CECILE GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ (center) receives the Golden Dove award for ‘Radyo Balintataw’ with two actors from Philippine Stagers Foundation

CECILE GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ (center) receives the Golden Dove award for ‘Radyo Balintataw’ with two actors from Philippine Stagers Foundation

“Radyo Balintataw” on DZRH was honored with a Golden Dove award for Best Culture and Arts Program In Radio by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) last April 29 at the Star Theater.

The award was received by the producing director and host Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the youngest Filipina to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Asian Award for Public Service in the Arts; and founder of the Earthsavers Dreams Ensemble.

“Radyo Balintataw” is a public service venture of the Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute chaired by Jose Laderas Santos.

According to Alvarez, “‘Balintataw’ is a pioneering entertainment creative classroom to provide a mirror to help forge our identity and confront the global challenge of poverty and climate change.”

It features drama, poetry, music and storytelling from Monday to Friday at 11:30 p.m.; and interviews, reports and commentaries on socio-political issues with focus on eco-cultural concerns every Sunday at 6 p.m.

In the past, “Radyo Balintataw” has received Golden Dove awards for Best Drama Series, Best Culture and Arts Program and Best Documentary. It has also reaped honors as Best Drama from the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA). It has been featured as a CNN People Count special introduced by Jane Fonda showcasing the creative media approach of PETA founder Alvarez on TV, radio and comics as a soap opera on social change.

“Balintataw” was initially created as a TV drama series on Channel 5 in 1967, winning the CAT honor roll award but was closed down during Martial Law. When revived, it consistently won recognition from different award-giving bodies.

 

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TV5 sponsors Ad Summit Pilipinas

TV5 INKS partnership with 4As for the AD Summit Pilipinas 2014. Photo shows (from left) TV5 Network Marketing Head Melvin Nubla, TV5 First VP and Media5 Head Jane Basas, 4As-Philippines Chairman Alex Syfu, and Ad Summit Pilipinas Ways and Means Committee Chair Nic Gabunada.

TV5 INKS partnership with 4As for the AD Summit Pilipinas 2014. Photo shows (from left) TV5 Network Marketing Head Melvin Nubla, TV5 First VP and Media5 Head Jane Basas, 4As-Philippines Chairman Alex Syfu, and Ad Summit Pilipinas Ways and Means Committee Chair Nic Gabunada.

TV5 is set to showcase its strengthened programming and game-changing digital convergence with Smart Communications, Inc. in the upcoming Ad Summit Pilipinas 2014, a much-awaited gathering of over 2,500 of marketers, advertising practitioners and students to be held on May 8-10 at the Subic Bay Exhibition & Convention Center.

As a major sponsor of the highly anticipated three-day advertising convention, which banners the theme “Age of Enlightenment,” TV5 recently inked a partnership with the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies-Philippines (4As-P).

TV5 will host the first night of Ad Summit Pilipinas on May 8, treating participants to a festive night of food and drinks and a chance to mingle with the hottest Kapatid artists. On top of this, TV5 will be raffling off a whopping P1 million before the night ends.

 

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, May 7, go to Ms. Helen Gamboa-Sotto, Nena Jacinto of D’Swan Bakeshop, Sen. Bam Aquino, Doring Quirino, Corazon Gonzales, Helen B. Martinez, Lily “Mae” Mendoza, Baby Valencia, Noli Yamsuan, Joey Salang of Tagum City, Maricar Agliam, Carlo Tadiar, Princess del Rosario Bata, Eufrosina Arbollente Velasco of DOLE’s International Labor Affairs Bureau, Liza Michaela Castillo, Glenda Esguerra, Sarita Amora and former SSS Chief Gilberto Teodoro… Happy wedding anniversary to Drs. Dodo and Nellie Acosta; and Louie and Mila Limjoco… Belated birthday greetings to NYK’s senior captain Ruben A. Aritrangco (May 4) and Keith Reyes (May 5), younger brother of Nino Reyes, administrator at FEU-NRMF…