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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.
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Jan 22, 2018

RHIAN RAMOS should be more careful with her scenes in “The One that Got Away” as the MTRCB might find them quite objectionable. In a recent episode, she tried to seduce Dennis Trillo as Liam even if he’s already in coma after a car accident.

Rhian plays the free-spirited and liberated Zoe and she tries to wake up Dennis from being comatose by undressing by his bedside and making him feel her sexy body. The scene could have been controversial and objectionable but, in all fairness, Rhian didn’t go beyond the bounds of decency and handled it quite well.

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RYLE SANTIAGO gets big star treatment from Megasoft Hygienic Products, the makers of Cherub Cologne, Wipes, Baby Powder. He was launched as their new brand ambassador in a grand solo presscon at Oriental Palace, Morato Ave.

Ryle is the only son of Sherilyn Reyes and Jun Santiago who separated when he was still very small. He now considers his mom’s second husband, Chris Tan, as his real dad. Chris has already adopted him legally.

“Santiago is the screen name that I use for showbiz,” he declares. “But for other things, like my social media accounts, I have been and most probably will always be a Tan. Kasi, siempre, ang nag-alaga naman sa akin mula nung bata pa ako hanggang ngayon is ang Daddy Chris ko. So I want to give him that and be a part of his family. I want to be his son. I am Santiago by blood, yes, but I am a Tan at heart.”

And why did Megasoft choose Ryle to be the face of Cherub? “We believe he’s the perfect endorser kasi he’s very talented. He can sing, dance, act and do hosting. He’s very wholesome and also comes from a good family. He’s raised well by his parents. He also gives importance to education and despite his busy schedule, he finds time to finish his college studies in MINT College where he’s majoring in filmmaking and he’s even a scholar. Kaya perfect siya for our advocacy, which is to impart to the youth of our land the importance of having a good education for you to succeed in life. We aim to include him in our provincial tours in various schools and universities that encourage our young people to study well for their own future,” says the very amiable Megasoft Marketing Vice Pres. Aileen Choi Go.

Ryle says he’s really using Cherub products and their cologne and wipes are part of his own Kikay kit. Ryle was given a big break by IdeaFirst company as one of the leads in the horror-comedy series, “ParangNormal Activity”, that ran for several seasons on TV5. He’s now part of Hashtags in “It’s Showtime”, a mainstay in the afternoon soap, “Asintado”, and also doing a new movie, a musical entitled “Bakwit Boys” about orphans.

Very articulate, Ryle can express himself well in good English, unlike some stars who try to do so but only end up murdering the English language. He admits that, at 19, he’s very much a mama’s boy but his mom is no stage mother. “I listen to all her advice to me, like lagi kang maligo at huwag kang male-late. I want her to always accompany me, but she doesn’t want to be tagged as a stage mom who meddles with her son’s career.”

Ryle is very well bred and polite and it's obvious Sherilyn and Chris truly raised him well. Here’s hoping he will help the sales of Cherub products to double up.
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KIM DOMINGO feels some kind of separation anxiety now that “Super Ma’am” is on its last few days as it ends this coming Friday. “Napamahal talaga sa’kin ang show na ito at lahat ng mga kasama ko rito dahil several months din kaming nagte-taping nito,” she says. “I learned so much from Ate Marian (Rivera) who plays my long lost sister. Abangan nyo yung eksena na may relevation na ako pala yung kanyang long lost sister. Masyadong emotional yun at talagang naiyak kami pareho. I want to thank din si Tita Jackielou Blanco who played my adoptive mom in the story kasi napakagaling niya and I learned so much from her. Mami-miss ko talaga sila at lahat ng iba pang kasama ko rito. Basta huwag kayong bibitiw dahil sobrang makapigil-hininga talaga ang mga eksena sa last few episodes ng ‘Super Ma’am’.”

She was recently named as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Faces in the 28th Annual Independent Critics List. As a new entry, she’s ranked as a number 96. As maybe expected, bashers quickly pounced on her saying she has no K (Karapatan) to be included in that list as she’s a retokada beauty as her very big boobies are just “produkto na siyensiya”. What can she say about this?

“Siempre, you cannot please everybody. Lagi namang may hecklers na gusto lang mang-inis. Nasa sa iyo na yan kung papatol ka. Sa’kin naman, ignore them na lang and just be yourself. Hindi naman ako nagprisintang mapasali sa list na yun. Sila ang kusang nakapansin sa’kin. And in the final analysis, mas importanteng kilala mo ang sarili mo. People will not just remember you for your beauty, but more because of your talent, your attitude, your personality. Sa mga nagdududa sa boobs ko, ever since, ganyan na po yan. Wala po akong ipinaretoke at hindi po ako retokada.”

In this last week of “Super Ma’am”, Kim as Avenir also poses as Mabelle but a DNA test will reveal her true identity. Will this lead to her final confrontation and showdown with Marian? That’s what you have to watch out for in the last few exciting episodes of “Super Ma’am”.
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THE FIRST “Jumanji” was shown in 1995, with the late Robin Williams playing a kid who’s been stuck inside the game for decades. His character is similar to that of Nick Jonas in the 2017 version as Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough.

There were only two teen siblings who played the game before and one of them was Kirsten Dunst, who has since gone on to play bigger roles. The new version, “Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle”, is not really a sequel but more of a reboot, but both of them are based on the same illustrated children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

This time, four high school students play the game. But before they’re introduced, there’s a prologue set in 1996 where Jumanji, now a video game and no longer a board game, is found on a beach and played by a boy, Alex, who gets sucked into the game.

Then the movie jumps 20 years later. Four teens, the nerdy Spencer (Alex Wolff), football player Fridge (SerDarius Blain), self centered sexy girl Bethany (Madison Iseman) and the outcast Martha (Morgan Turner), are ordered to serve detention in their school basement where they find the Jumanji game and make the mistake of playing it.

They become the avatars they chose. The geeky Spencer turns into archaelogist Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). The alpha male jock that is Fridge gets cut down to size to become his sidekick, the height challenged Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart). Together, The Rock and Hart display the good comedic chemistry they’ve shown before in “Central Intelligence”.

The mousey Martha becomes the sexy action chick Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) whose specialty is dance fighting. And the bratty hot chick Bethany becomes the fat Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black).

They quickly figure out that they’ve become characters in the Jumanji game. Each of them possesses his own strength and weaknesses and they should now learn to work well and cooperate with each other, for them to win all the challenges before the game is over. Otherwise, they’ll forever be stuck in the Jumanji jungle or, worse, die.

The main villain is Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale) who stole the jewel from an ancient icon which they must now locate and return to its origin. Director Jake Kasdan keep things moving at a fast pace, making the new version more entertaining than its predecessor. The Rock and Jack Black are both entertaining in playing offbeat roles. The Rock is obviously enjoying making fun of his macho image with his portrayal of a nerd who doesn’t exactly know how to handle being transformed into a muscle bound guy.

Jack’s interpretation of a girl impersonating a middle-aged fat guy can be very funny, especially in that scene where he’s teaching Ruby Roundhouse how to be sexy and seductive.

Since this is a special effects movie, the quality of the CGI is truly outstanding, with the action sequences played with video-like elements done with brevity and precision. As a comedy action-adventure flick, this kind of shallow entertainment will surely click with young audiences. And this is the reason why it’s not surprising that when it was released in time for the holiday season, it quickly became the number one movie in the U.S. and is on the top of the box office charts for several weeks now.
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XIAN LIM was presented by Captive Cinema in a solo presscon as the voice of the popular British bear, Paddington. This is the second time for Xian to do this as he also voiced the lovable bear from the jungles of Peru in the first “Paddington” movie in 2015, which charmed viewers of all ages.
“I’m really very happy that they chose me again for ‘Paddington 2’,” says Xian. “It’s really a big surprise as I didn’t know the movie will have a sequel. Now, I feel grateful and honored to be part of the project again.”

For the first movie, Xian had to undergo some sort of audition. “We had to send samples of his work to the producers, first in Hollywood, then in London,” says Creative Cinema executive Maver Mayuga. “In both instances, they both liked Xian right away.”

Was Xian their only choice? “No, he’s one of three. But he’s the most qualified kasi he grew up in the

States and speaks fluent English. Also, ‘Paddington’ is about family and he comes from a good family and has also obtained good education. And we made the right choice. For ‘Paddington 2’, we had to send samples of his work again and nabigyan siya uli agad ng go signal.”

So how is it dubbing Paddington for the second time? “Mas mahirap nung first time kasi the experience was so different for me,” says Xian. “Dun ko na-realize na mahirap maging voice talent kasi wala kang ka-interact. Ikaw lang mag-isa ang sumisigaw, tumatawa. Tumaas ang respeto ko sa dubbers. But I enjoyed it so much, kasi you get to play around with the emotions. Doon sa first movie, ipinapakilala pa lang si Paddington na galing sa Peru. This time, kilala na siya at mas marami ng jokes at katatawanan. E, yung jokes niya rito sa Part 2, very Filipino ang dating so maraming viewers natin ang makaka-appreciate. Sa first movie, si Nicole Kidman ang kasama ni Paddington at dito sa second, si Hugh Grant naman. Sana, maging big hit din itong Part 2 para magkaroon pa ng Part 3 as doing such voice jobs is another feather on my cap.”

Also in the cast of “Paddington 2” are Hugh Bonneville of the popular British drama series “Downton Abbey” and Sally Hawkins who just won the Golden Globe best actress award for “The Shape of Water”. They play Henry and Mary Brown, the adoptive parents of Paddington, with their kids Judy and Jonathan. He has become an important member of their community, running errands for its people and making their life brighter. But his Aunt Lucy in Peru (Imelda Staunton), who raised him, is about to turn a century old and he wants to buy her the perfect gift, which is an old pop-up book of London. This becomes the highlight of the film with dazzling special effects as the pages of the book come to life with various animated styles and techniques. “The story of ‘Paddington 2’ is really very heartwarming and for the whole family, so don’t miss it,” Xian adds.

On the local front, Xian has just finished a sexy movie, “Paradise Island”, with Coleen Garcia and Nathalie Hart that is due to be shown in February. This is under the direction of Gino Santos of “Love Me Tomorrow” and “Ex With Benefits” who, Xian says, is even younger than him. About his love life, he becomes evasive when it comes to his relationship with Kim Chiu. “We don’t talk about it. Basta kung ano yung nakikita nyo sa’min, yun na yun.”

Didn’t they just have a vacation in Scandinavia during the Christmas holidays? “Yes, at ang dami naming napuntahang lugar sa Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Nag-enjoy kami kahit sobrang lamig. White Christmas talaga. It was my Christmas gift for her.”

And with that, you can draw your own conclusions as to what’s the real score about their relationship. We’re sure they didn’t go to those countries just to make visita iglesia.
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 RICO PUNO headlines the cast of the Valentine show, “Timeless OPM Valentine Concert”, produced by Anna Puno’s Star Media at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World on February 14. The other performers are Imelda Papin, Claire de la Fuente and Rey Valera, with young singers Rita Daniela and L.A. Santos as their special millennial guest stars.

How come Hajji Alejandro and Marco Sison, who usually perform with Rico, are absent this time? “Iba kasi ang concept nitong ‘Timeless OPM’,” says Anna. “Pero makakasama nina Rico at Rey sina Hajji at Marco sa ‘OPM Hitmakers USA Tour 2018’ in seven cities sa States this coming April.”

Rico is turning 65 on February 13 and he says he’s now on his second life after surviving a 7-hour heart operation. At their concert’s presscon at Icon Hotel, he’s his usual jolly self, making fun of his co-singers at the presidential table. Imelda Papin is obviously not that amused as she requested Rico later: “Okay lang paglaruan ang edad natin pero sana, huwag naman kami tawagin ni Claire na formalin beauties.”

Although most of them are of retirement age, Rico says it’s not for him to decide whether he’ll retire or not. “Ang Diyos ang magdedesisyon tungkol diyan. Kasi, kahit sabihin kong ayokong mag-retire, pero kung gusto ni Lord, i-retire na ako, wala rin tayong magagawa. Pero kung ako lang, marami pa kong gustong gawin, so dapat, ingatan na lang ang katawan natin at nang madisiplina ang ating kalusugan. May ginagawa akong bagong album of duets. Yung past hits ko, kakantahin kong may ka-duet, like yung ‘Lupa’, kasama ko si Gloc 9 na nag-rap siya. Yung ‘Buhat’, with Ogie Alcasid, at many songs din ako ka-duet sina Imelda, Claire at Martin Nievera.”

Tickets for “Timeless OPM” are now available at Ticketworld and Resorts World Manila box office.
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Jan 19, 2018

AYRA MARIANO is the first runner up in the last Starstruck search and she was initially paired with the male runner up Elyson de Dios, who’s now missing in action as he felt nothing much is happening to his career so he decided to return home to his native Cebu to resume his high school studies.

“After we did ‘D’Originals’ last year, walang bagong show so his parents told him to just go home sa kanila sa Cebu,” says Ayra. “Ang sabi raw sa kanya, kapag tapos na siya ng high school, it’s up to him if he still wants to return to Manila and pursue a career in showbiz. Nakaka-miss din kasi we were also cast together in ‘Poor Senorita’ with Regine Velasquez before. But then, yun ang gusto ng parents niya and it’s just proper for him to obey them. We stay in touch naman po, kumustahan. Nitong last two shows ko, ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’ and ‘The GRIND’, wala na akong ka-love team. I was on my own na, just like in my latest assignment, ‘The One That Got Away’, where I play Ekay, the younger sister of Lovi Poe na babaeng bakla. Parang birthday gift po ito sa’kin when I turned 19 noong January 10.”

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CHERIE GIL usually spends the holidays with her children who are based abroad, but during the last Christmas season, she chose to stay at home. “I had a knee operation kasi, so for three weeks, I had to stay put,” she says. “Also, my parents (Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil) are here now and I produced my dad’s concert at the Meralco Theatre. Tapos, dumating itong offer ng GMA News and Public Affairs to do ‘Sirkus’ and I really like my role as La Ora, ang kontrabidang gugulo sa buhay ng mga characters sa show. I’ll be appearing in a lot of fabulous costumes na mala-Jean Paul Gaultier ang dating and stunning make up and wigs na mahirap but I’m willing to do them all for the sake of fashion and art. They’re all created for me by Fanny Serrano. I haven’t done anything like this before and it’s full of magic and fantastic special effects, so I myself will be delighted to watch it as there’s a little child in me.”

She’s acting with mostly young Kapuso stars like Mikoy Morales, Mikee Quintos, Andre Paras, Klea Pineda, Sef Cadayona and Chariz Solomon. How does she find them?

“Oh I just love the whole cast, especially Mikoy and Mikee. They’re new but talented, very open and authentic. They’re really a good batch of new stars and they make me feel like their well loved Tita.”

Both Mikoy and Mikee say they feel awed working with a respected actress like Cherie. “Nung sabihin sa’king kasama si Ms. Cherie Gil, sabi ko, wow, I saw her in ‘Alyas Robin Hood 1’ and she’s really one fantastic actress,” says Mikoy. “It’s really an honor na makatrabaho ko ang isang iniidolong aktres like her.”

“Sirkus” will start airing tonight at 6:10 PM, right after “24 Oras Weekend”, so don’t miss it’s dazzling first telecast.
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RYZA CENON was the female winner in Starstruck 2 in 2004 when she was just 16 years old. She has now just turned 30 last December 21 and finally gets to play the lead role in a mainstream film, Viva’s “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz”, opposite JC Santos and directed by “Kita Kita” helmer Sigrid Andrea Bernardo.

“Before this, I played supporting roles in films like ‘Lovestruck’, ‘Migrante’, ‘Diyos-Diyosan’ and ‘Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers’,” she says. “Then I played the lead in the indie film, ‘Manananggal sa Unit 23B’. This past year, sobrang dami talaga ng blessings na dumating sa akin, starting with my role as Georgia in ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ na talaga namang nagmarka sa tao. And now that Viva is managing me, heto may mainstream movie na ako. I’m just happy na at 30, nabigyan pa ako ng ganitong big breaks. So, ang advice ko sa mga naiinip to achieve stardom in showbiz, don’t give up, don’t quit, just continue honing your craft para kapag dumating yung chance na mabigyan kayo ng tamang break, you’re well equipped to portray the breakout role that will be assigned to you at mailalabas nyo nang bonggang-bongga ang talent nyo.”

She says it was a big gamble for her to leave GMA Talent Center that has been managing her all these years. “But you have to tak the risk kasi. Otherwise, how will you move forward? But kahit Viva na ang manager ko, I will forever be grateful to GMA for all their help to me. At siempre, kahit may offers ako ngayon from other networks, priority ko pa rin ang GMA. Sabi, hanggang March pa raw ang ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ and I’m glad na we’ll end habang nasa peak pa rin kami at mataas pa rin ang ratings everyday.”

How’s it working with Direk Sigrid and JC Santos who’s a Kapamilya? “Si Direk Sigrid, very detailed so gusto niya but also open to suggestions kaya masarap katrabaho. Si JC naman, magaang katrabaho. Hasa siya as a theatre actor so he gives me tips about acting, lalo na nahihirapan ako sa role ko rito as Gela na kalmado pero madaldal, na in contrast sa kasabay kong ginagawang role as Georgia na laging intense, galit. Kung minsan, nalilito ako kung sino ako, so JC is there to remind me lagi na si Gela ako, hindi si Georgia. Yung mga nakaranas ng heartbreak, makaka-relate sila kay Gela dito sa ‘Mr. and Mrs. Cruz’ kasi it’s about closure. Gela kasi goes soul searching at naghahanap siya ng sagot sa questions about herself after she was dumped by her husband. Tuturuan kayo nito how to move on and go on with your life after a failed relationship.”

It's said JC's theatre actress girlfriend broke up with him after she got jealous with Ryza. "Malinis ang conscience ko. I don't think I'm the reason. Everyone knows I have a relationship with Cholo Barretto. I'm very much taken."
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Jan 18, 2018

KRIS BERNAL welcomes the inclusion of a new contravida in her hit drama show, “Impostora”. This is Jade Lopez who, like Kris, is a Starstruck discovery. This is in addition to Sheena Halili, another Starstruck find that is also making viewers mad and outraged because of her role as Rafaela who connives with Sheryl Cruz.

“Magaling si Jade na aktres so I’m sure makakatulong siya para lalong gumanda ang show, just like Sheena na very effective din sa role niya,” says Kris. “Sila ang mga bagong magpapahirap sa character ko as Nimfa.”

Jade is very thankful for the role GMA-7 gave her in “Impostora”. “I play Danica, isang babaeng maraming lihim at maraming masamang balak sa buhay,” she says. “Mismong ako, hindi ko kinakaya ang role ko kasi paiikutin niya talaga ang lead characters sa series. Very manipulative siya at sure akong kaiinisan siya ng viewers.”

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