"I was determined that ABS-CBN would be number one. And to be number one , you have to get the number one people."
-EUGENIO L. LOPEZ, ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Emeritus

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jewel Mische is excited about meeting Gerald Anderson

Tue Dec 28 2010 08:39 AM
by: Napoleon Quintos

When interviewed Jewel Mische on the set of an upcoming Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, the new Kapamilya star shared that after signing up with ABS-CBN, she instantly felt very welcome in her new home network. “Napakasaya ko. I feel na welcometalaga ako. Bago ako mag-taping kinausap na ako nina Tita Mariole (Alberto of Star Magic) and ‘yung iba pa. Nag-reach out talaga silang lahat sa akin para iparamdam sa akin welcome ako bilang Kapamilya,para maging comfortable akong magtrabaho. Mabait ang lahat sa akin.”

Jewel talked about her preparations for the projects lined up for her in 2011. “Patuloy pa ‘yung workshop ko with Direk Rhayan Carlos. Marami na ring sessions ‘yung nagawa namin. Hindi lang siya for the MMK episode that I’m doing pero para na rin sa iba pang projects na maibibigay sa akin for next year.”

Jewel will also be Gerald Anderson’s new leading lady in the action-fantasy series Bagwis. Jewel said that she is about to meet with the creative team to discuss the project which will begin production after the New Year. “I think magmi-meeting na kami para dun sa unang project na pagsasamahan namin. ‘Yun pa lang ang updatena mashe-share ko sa inyo ngayon. Abangan na lang natin lahat ang mga mangyayari.”

While the new Gerald-Jewel tandem is already creating so much buzz, the two have yet to be formally introduced to each other. When she was at the ABS-CBN Christmas Special at the Araneta Coliseum, she got to talk to some Kapamilya stars who described Gerald to her. “Marami na rin akong naririnig about Gerald and lahat naman ‘yun positiveSinasabi nilang lahat na napakabait ni Gerald, lalong lalo na sa mga leading ladies niya. At siyempre napakahusay rin niyang aktor. Excited na akong makatrabaho siya para sa unang project namin.”

Monday, December 27, 2010

Komiks veteran Pablo S. Gomez dies

A day after Christmas, veteran komiks novelist Pablo S. Gomez passed away. He was 81.

Gomez died at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Sta. Teresita Hospital in Quezon City after suffering a heart attack. His body is at St. Peter Mortuary Chapel, also in Quezon City, and is set to be cremated on December 30.

According to a family member, Gomez was deeply affected by the untimely death of his sister, Leonora, who passed away on Christmas Eve.

Gomez made his name in the komiks industry in the 1950s, and among his works that made it to the silver screen are Guy and Pip, Rosa Mistika, Magdusa Ka, Machete, Hilda, Kurdapya, Torkwatta and Susanang Daldal.

He was also a recognized screenwriter of films which starred the late Fernando Poe Jr., hailed as the King of Philippine Cinema, such as Tulad ng Eseng ng Tondo, Probinsyano, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Sta. Quiteria, Kalibre 45 and Mahal San Ka Nanggaling Kagabi?

On top of these, Gomez was the man behind ABS-CBN television series Wansapanataym and Kampanerang Kuba.

Just recently, his works were brought to life yet again by ABS-CBN in film and television --Petrang Kabayo and Juanita Banana, respectively.

Mutya, another one of Gomez' masterpieces, is part of the network's show lineup for next year. --, report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Ai Ai Delas Alas says her MMFF Best Actress Award is an answered prayer for her

Mon Dec 27 2010 08:38 AM
by: Rhea Manila P. Santos

During the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night held last December 26 at the Meralco theater in Pasig, Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To lead star Ai Ai Delas Alas could barely hold back the tears as she accepted the award for Festival Best Actress. The family comedy had bagged a total of nine awards for the night, which also included Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.
The 46-year-old comedienne admitted that she felt the pressure building up as her film started winning more and more awards throughout the night. This was because the Best Actress award was one of the last to be announced during the show. It was hard not to see the mixture of happiness and relief when Ai Ai went onstage to receive the award. “Siyempre, nakakahiya naman kung sila nanalo, ako hindi. Nung nanalo si Uge (Eugene Domingo’s nickname) ng Best Supportingtapos si Direk (Wenn Deramas) Best Director sabi ko ‘hindi ko kinaya, mamamatay ako, nanginginig ako.’ Di ba iyak ako ng iyak? Totoo yun, kaya ako umiyak kasi natatakot ako, kasi nahihiya ako, ‘pag hindi ako nanalo hindi ba nakakahiya? Diyos ko, thank you. Thank you, Lord. Maraming salamt po, pati sa jurors. SiyempreMMFF thank you so much sa mga taong bumoto at sa Star Cinema, sa ABS-CBN family, siyempre salamat kay Direk Wenn, at sa lahat ng mga anak ko sa movie, kay Marvin, Shaina, Nikki, lahat sila magagaling dito, salamat talaga,” she said.
Ai Ai also thanked her present manager Boy Abunda, as well as her former talent managers. She also didn’t forget to thank her friends from the press, but didn’t have the time to name everyone. “Yung mga nakalimutan ko po pasensya na, papasalamatan ko na lang kayo sa labas. Siyempre dini-dedicate ko itong award na ito sa mga anak ko,” she adds.
Ai Ai also shared her award with Rosario lead actress Jennylyn Mercado, who surprisingly did not make it into being nominated in the Best Actress category. Instead, Ai Ai’s co-nominees were Marian Rivera and Carla Abellana (for Super Inday and the Golden Bibe and Shake, Rattle & Roll XII respectively). Ai Ai nonetheless admitted that she had considered Jennylyn to be a worthy contender. “Si Jennylyn na mahigpit kong kalaban.Jennylyn para sa iyo rin ito, pasensya ka na, total matanda naman ako sayo, bigay mo na ito sa akin! Bibigyan na lang kita ng marami next time,” she commented in jest. 
Ai Ai also dedicated her award to one of her closest friends in showbiz, Dalaw actress Kris Aquino (who arrived at the event escorted by a group of PSG bodyguards). “Friendship, sabi mo asa ako, oh eto na oh. nanalo ako,” she triumphantly stated. Ai Ai said her Best Actress win was definitely an answered prayer for her. “Sabi ko kayGod, ‘God sana mag-top grosser kami tsaka sana Best Actress ako.’ Ayan, binigay niya agad. Isa na lang ang hinihiling ko na hindi niya binibigay, na mapangasawa ko si Vic Sotto, para pag may movie kami, kami na ang magpo-produce, hindi ko na siya kalaban sa film fest. Amin na lahat ng kita. Yun na lang ang hihintayin koLord,” she revealed to the laughing crowd.

Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To dominates at the MMFF Awards Night

Mon Dec 27 2010 08:30 AM
by: Rhea Manila P. Santos

Last December 26, Star Cinema MMFF entry Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To was the undisputed big winner in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival held at the Meralco theater in Pasig City. The comedy bagged nine awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ai Ai Delas Alas), Best Director (Wenn Deramas), Best Supporting Actress (Eugene Domingo), Best Child Performer (Xyriel Manabat), Best Musical Score, Best Gender Sensitive Film, Best Story, and Best Screenplay. That was also the highest number of awards won by a film that night. The movie’s lead star Ai Ai Delas Alas led the cast in accepting the award onstage.
Salamat sa Metro Manila filmfest. Touched kami. Binuhos po namin ang puso’t kaluluwa namin sa picture na ito. Maraming salamat po sa mga jurors. Ang galing niyo pumili. Tama. Tama lahat,” she says in jest as the audience broke into laughter.

A tearful Ai Ai also thanked her reel and real-life offspring. “Lahat ng mga anak ko, ang gagaling dito, congrats anak. Congrats sa buong Star Cinema, kay Tita Malou (Santos), at kay Ma’am Charo (Santo-Concio). Sabi niya sa akin (bago mag-awards night), ‘Ai Ai ikaw ang winner’. Sabi ko ‘Thank you po Ma’am Charo,” she shares. 

Star Cinema’s animated entry RPG: Metanoia was also successful as they went home with four awards including Best Sound Recording, Best Theme Song, Festival award for 3rd Best Picture and a special citation for being the Best Gender Sensitive Film in animation.

Albert Martinez’s directorial debut film Rosario won recognition in seven categories, Best Supporting Actor (Dolphy, who also won the Best Actor award for his RVN-produced film Father Jejemon), Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematographer, Best Festival Float, Festival award for 2nd Best Picture and the Gatpuno Cultural Award. Other awardees included Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote which won the Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects awards and Super Inday and the Golden Bibe which shared the Best Sound Recording Award along with RPG:Metanoia. Adolf Alix’s indie film entry Presa, which competed with four other entries in the category, won the P100,000 cash prize. Other special awards include male and female Face of the Night which was won by Bong Revilla Jr. and Sam Pinto while the Best Dressed Male and Female Celebrity award  was brought home by couple Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado. Ruffa Gutierrez hosted the star-studded event along with her brothers Richard and Raymond Gutierrez.

Gerald Anderson knows his new team up will result to controversies

Mon Dec 27 2010 08:28 AM
by: Bernie Franco

Matindi ang mga pinagdaanang intriga ni Gerald Anderson noong nakaraang taon lalo na iyong may kinalaman sa kanyang leading lady na si Kim Chiu. Naayos naman ang lahat at sa paghihiwalay muna ng kanilang love team ay nanatiling maayos ang kanilang pagkakaibigan. “’Yung bond namin hindi masisira,she’ll always be special,” pahayag ni Gerald tungkol kay Kim. 
Iwas naman si Gerald nang kamustahin siya at ang relasyon niya ngayon kay Bea Alonzo na diumano’y naging girlfriend niya dati. “Okay naman. Lahat naman kami masaya,” safe na sagot ni Gerald. Iniwasan naman ng aktor na magkomento hinggil sa isyung pagkakaroon niya ng love triangle with Kim at Bea. “Wala po focus muna ako sa positive stuff and ‘yun lang ang gagawin ko ngayon,” diin niya. 
Kung si Kim ay itatambal muna kay Matteo Guidicelli para sa upcoming teleserye sa 2011 na Binondo Girl, si Gerald naman ay magkakaroon ng dalawang leading ladies sa dalawang magkahiwalay na proyekto; kay Sarah Geronimo para sa pelikula at kay Jewel Mische para sa teleserye. 
Masaya namang ibinalita ni Gerald na nakapag-meeting na siya kasama sina Sarah para sa gagawing pelikula next year. “Nag-meeting kami nagkaroon kami ng bonding, workshop lahat kami pareho kaming excited. Sobra kaming excited syempre kinakabahan (andun‘yung pressure but ‘yung excitement ang nangingibabaw sa lahat,” pag-amin ng aktor. 
Dagdag pa ng aktor, nagkaroon na siya ng pagkakataon na makilala ang aktres na si Jewel pero hindi pa nila ganun kakilala ang isa’t isa. “Nakilala ko na siya pero hindi ko pa siya nakakausap but sa nakikita ko at sa mga naririnig ko ay mabait at excited din siya.” 
Hindi naman nangangamba si Gerald sa posibilidad na ma-link siya sa kanyang mga bagong leading ladies. “Kahit hindi kami single, alam ko mali-link pa rin kami sa isat-isa dahil magkasama kami sa trabaho. But sa amin gagawin lang po namin ‘yung trabaho namin.

Ai Ai delas Alas calls on viewers to support Dolphy’s movie

Mon Dec 27 2010 08:14 AM
by: Bernie Franco

Sa pamamayagpag ng kanyang pelikulang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To ay nanawagan pa rin ng Comedy Concert Queen na si Ai Ai delas Alas, hindi para sa kanyang pelikula, kundi para sa Metro Manila Film Fest entry ni Dolphy, ang Father Jejemon. Matatandaang naging kontrobersyal ang pelikula ng King of Comedy dahil sa diumano’y sensitibong eksena kung saan ay nagkaroon ng negative na reaksyon ang ilang Katoliko. 
Isa pa ring pong hinihiling ko sa inyo, tutal tapos na po ‘yung mga kontrobersya, inalis na ‘yong sensitibong parte na may kinalaman sa (Simbahang Katoliko),alam n’yo po kasi kaming mga komedyante, si Tito Dolphy po muna bago po kami, so malaki po ang utang na loob namin kay Tito Dolphy dahil siya po ang unang-una na nagpauso ng comedy,” ani Ai Ai sa The Buzzkahapon. “Ni-ready niya po ang taong-bayan para sa comedy ng Metro Manila Film Fest. Nakikiusap po ako, sana panoorin po sana natin ang Father Jejemon kasi po kaming mga komedyante, ako po nagbibigay-pugay po ako kay Tito Dolphy dahil po gusto ko po maging masaya siya at sana po manood kayo ng Father Jejemon.”
Sinuportahan din ni Kris Aquino, na guest host sa The Buzz kahapon, ang tinuran ni Ai Ai. Idinagdag pa ni Kris na deserve ni Dolphy ang suporta ng tao sa kanyang pagiging magandang ehemplo. Matatandaan kasi na noong presidential elections ay hindi si Pres. Noynoy ang sinuportahan ni Dolphy pero matapos daw niyang manalo ay tumawag si Dolphy sa kapatid ni Kris upang humingi ng sorry na hindi naman kailangan nitong gawin.  
“And then nung binigyan siya ng award (Grand Collar Award) ni Noy and then they went to Malacañang sobrang pasasalamat ang ginawa nila and they were saying hindi na nga nila kinampanya si Noy but Noy recognized his contribution to so many people,” kuwento ni Kris sa The Buzz kahapon. “Sabi ko dapat lang naman (na suportahan si Dolphy) dahil ang laki ng contribution ni Tito Dolphy sa ating industry. I respected them so much for apologizing (even if) they didn’t have to, number two, they said thank you.”  
Sa kasalukuyan, nangunguna ang Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote sa takilya at pumapangalawa naman ang pelikula ni Ai Ai, samantalang pangatlo ang pelikula ni Kris na Dalaw samantalang nasa huling puwesto naman ang Father Jejemon ni Dolphy. Sinabi rin ni Dolphy na ito na raw ang huling pelikula niya para sa MMFF.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Is Empress ready to be the next horror princess?

Fri Dec 24 2010 08:07 AM
by: Rachelle Siazon

After playing a significant role in Dalaw, a lot of people are wondering if Empress is following in the footsteps of Maja Salvador who was first dubbed as a Horror Princess because of her remarkable portrayal in Sukob. But Empress claimed that she still has a long way to go before she can earn that title. “Hindi kasisecond time ko pa lang ito mag-horror. And ito yunghorror na first time talaga na yung role ko parang siMaja nga doon sa dating movie ni Ms. Kris Aquino.Pero I am sure magkaiba naman kami. Kasi ako wala pa talagang experience sa mga horror films. Alam ko naman na marami pa akong aaralin pagdating diyan. Pero sa akin naman willing ako i-accept lahat ng klaseng roles mapa-comedy, horror or drama,” she told during the premiere night of Dalaw last December 19.

Empress also dismissed rumors that her group Chiurigogobaschu’s so-called conflict with Maja might get worse now that she’s being compared with the pretty actress/dancer. “Alam mo ganyan talaga ‘yanpaikot-ikot lang talaga [yung intriga]. Wala naman ako kailangang intindihin or problemahin kasi nga tulad ng sinasabi ko kung anong meron akoako lang iintindi nun. Kung ano mang negative issues ‘di ko na pinapansin. Mas gusto ko mag-focus kung paano mag-improve as an actress at makita kung anong strengths and weaknesses ko.Hindi ko na kailangang pansinin kasi lalo lang lalala kung ini-entertain ko pa yun.”

In the meantime, the 17-year-old was just so happy knowing that all her hard work in Dalaw was worth it because the movie proved to be an effective horror film. “Talagang pinagpaguran naming gawin itong movie. Like kailangan maghintay sa mga effects kasi ‘pag ‘di ready yung ganito hindi namin magagawa yung eksena ng maayosMahirap pero nakakatuwa na ma-experience yung paggawa ng horror film. Kaya saludo ako kayMs. Kris na Queen of Horror movies dito sa PilipinasLahat naman ng hirap ni Ms. Kris at buong team talagang sulit kasi alam namin kung gaano kaganda kinalabasan movie.”


Be careful with what you wish for because you just might get more than you asked for.. 


Jewel Mische napasabak agad kay Baron

SHOWBIZ NEWS NOW NA! Ni Boy Abunda (Pilipino Star Ngayon) Updated December 24, 2010 12:00 AM

Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ay mapapanood na natin ang bagong Kapamilya star na si Jewel Mische sa Maalaala Mo Kaya. Ito ang kanyang first ever TV project sa ABS-CBN. Mapapanood natin sa January 1 ang exciting episode na ito. “Bata pa lang ako, natatandaan ko pinapanood ko episodes ng MMK. I’m just so privileged to be here right now,” bungad ni Jewel.

Makakasama ng young actress si Baron Geisler at pareho raw challenging ang roles nila rito. “It’s a very challenging role, something I haven’t done before. Bestfriends, babae at isang bading. Eventually magkakatuluyan, pero dapat abangan nila istorya how it will develop,” dagdag pa ng young actress.

“Pagdating ko, we were shooting the first scene, sabi ko ano itong pinasok ko direk? Ang hirap, parang mali pala desisyon ko but pinanindigan, nae-enjoy ko na kahit paano,” kuwento naman ni Baron.

Ayon pa kay Baron ay napahanga siya ni Jewel sa kanilang first project together. “She’s very good. Very nice and responsible as an actor. She knows what she’s doing, she knows her lines and ang galing niyang umiyak, napakagaling,” dagdag pa ni Baron.

Natutuwa at thankful si Jewel sa kanyang experience sa Kapamilya network. “I feel very much welcomed. ‘Yung mga taong involved, nag-reach out para i-welcome ako at maging kumportable sa first taping day. Mga kapamilya, una nagpapasalamat ako sa pagtanggap sa akin. Inaanyayahan ko po kayo manood ng first acting project ko with ABS-CBN, siguradong magugustuhan n’yo,” pagtatapos ni Jewel.

Pilipinas Win Na Win, magpapaalam na sa ere :(

“Ang huling episode ng Pilipinas Win na Win ay sa December 31, 2010 na. Pinasasa­lamatan ng ABS-CBN ang Hitmakers at sina Valerie Concepcion, K Brosas, at Pokwang, ang production staff at higit sa lahat, ang mga manonood na tumatangkilik sa programa. Ang oras na iiwan ng PWNW ay pansamantalang sasakupin ng Showtime na patuloy na magbibigay saya at pag-asa sa mga Pilipino sa buong mundo.” 

-Mr. Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN Corporation Corporate Communication's Head

Angel Locsin clarifies that she is not switching networks

Thu Dec 23 2010 08:31 AM
by: Bernie Franco

Angel Locsin denied the rumor that she is supposedly planning to transfer TV networks again. Just recently some tabloids have insinuated that Angel might be joining the bandwagon of stars who will be switching TV networks. 
Nabalitaan ko rin, pero imposibleng mangyari naman kasi may kontrata pa ako sa ABS-CBN,” clarified Angel. She added that her contract with the Kapamilya network will exist until next year.
Hindi ko naman ho siguro hobby ‘yung lumipat ng istasyon,” joked Angel, who has previously transferred to ABS-CBN from GMA-7 in 2007. The Imortal actress also justified that she has no plans of switching TV networks because she is happy with her current home network. “Kung naa-appreciate ‘yung talent mo naa-appreciate ko rin na nare-recognize kaMalaki kasi ang utang na loob ko sa ABS-CBN (and) so far okay naman ‘yung mga projects na ibinibigay nila sa akin.” 
The actress also denied that she got an offer from TV5 and further explained that the substantial projects that she is currently doing only proves that she is being taken good care of by the Kapamilya network. 
Meantime, Angel shared her excitement over the upcoming season two of the primetime teleserye Imortal and added that fans can expect the story to intensify in the coming weeks. “Abangan n’yo po kung ano ang magiging itsura ni Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz) ‘pag naging bampira na siya. Tingnan natin kung ano ang look niya, syempre tingnan natin kung hanggang saan ang pag-iibigan nina Lia (played my Angel) at Mateo and ang mga bago pang characters na papasok.”  
She said that she is having a short break this Christmas and she is looking forward to spending her vacation with her family. 
On the other hand, Volumes 1 and 2 of Imortal are recently released on video and are now available in leading video stores nationwide.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dolphy absent on 'Father Jejemon' Premiere

Comedy King Dolphy was not able to make it on the red carpet premiere of his Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Father Jejemon,” his life partner Zsazsa Padilla revealed on Wednesday.

In an interview with “Showbiz News Ngayon,” Padilla said that Dolphy is not feeling well that’s why he missed the premiere. The Divine Diva, however, stressed that the Comedy King will definitely be present on the MMFF parade.

“Hindi siya makakarating kasi medyo masama ang pakiramdam niya ngayon eh. Pero for sure makakarating siya sa parade,” she said.

Padilla, who is also a producer of the comedy film, said she is very happy that the movie will finally be shown after it hurdled the 2nd review of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

She also divulged how happy Dolphy was upon learning the news. “Noong nalaman nga ni Dolphy 'yon eh, sabi niya naiyak daw siya sa tuwa. Tuloy na tuloy na,” she shared.

Meanwhile, MTRCB Chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares also expressed her delight with the outcome of MTRCB’s 2nd review.

“Nagkaroon kami ng friends of the court, ibig sabihin hindi naman sila nakakaboto pero puwede silang magbigay ng expertise. Ako’y natutuwa kasi kahit iyong mga bata ay puwedeng mapanood ito,” she said.