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PST: February 07, 2012

PST: February 07, 2012

                                                                                                Photo of KC Concepcion

He will return for the sequel to Marvel's film that starred James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
The stars are coming out this week to drum up interest for their respective film projects in The Late Show with David Letterman.
GMA Network stepped one notch higher as it bagged honors at the recently-concluded 2012 Gandingan Awards, the Sixth University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards. 24 Oras, anchored by Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco, was awarded this year’s Best News Program.
More than 100 wannabes met last week’s deadline for the submission of application forms to this year’s search for the three Bb. Pilipinas who will represent the country in the Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Tourism pageants.
Once in a while, a young theater actor makes a breakthrough performance in his first show, signaling the start of an exciting career as a professional actor.
ABS-CBN recently announced that its upcoming Primetime Bida drama series titled Nang Dahil sa Pag-ibig will feature (from left) Jericho Rosales, Cristine Reyes, Maricar Reyes and Piolo Pascual.
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Angel Locsin got a surprise from her rumored boyfriend Phil Younghusband while she was promoting her film "Unofficially Yours" on “The Buzz” on Sunday.
Priscilla gives birth to a healthy baby girl!
Jean says relationship of Jennica and Alwyn Uytingco is stronger after rumored breakup.
Jean is proud that she is still a Kapuso; says "Magmula nang nag-start akong magtrabaho with GMA-7, never akong nakaramdam na pinabayaan nila ako."
Carmi on playing villain roles: "Hindi kasi bagay sa akin na inaapi ako. Hindi ako magmumukhang kawawa."
Alwyn flattered by Jean Garcia's statement that she likes him for daughter Jennica.

PST: January 23, 2012

PST: January 23, 2012

Set in the 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father from whom he receives a hidden message and an automation.
Funny how this writer regularly find interesting tidbits of regular, random conversation between stars and their handlers when I review my recording before I start transcribing my interviews.
Mocha Girls leads the pack of featured artists at Hard Rock Café (HRC) as the girl group displays its unique and sensual brand of music on Jan. 26 and 29. Hard rockers look forward to an exciting evening as they jam and party all-night long with Mocha Girls as the group dishes out some of today’s hottest chart-toppers, homegrown favorites and standard party anthems.
With the proliferation of afternoon and primetime teleseryes, the networks have realized their packaging of stars is getting to be monotonous.
Just what I needed, a great stress buster, I thought as the first strains of Musica Chiesa came from the machine.
Kris Aquino (photo) is the type who opens her heart generously.
The pictures on this page should speak well for Steven Chan, a 6’2” model-actor whom my friend Raoul Tidalgo and I “discovered” recently at the five-star Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills where Steven is moonlighting between assignments as valet together with Pinoy Vela brothers Benjamin and Chris (grandchildren of the late Helen Vela).
 It’s been over a decade — 12 years to be exact — since I packed my bags and several balikbayan boxes and relocated to the Big Apple.
Pinoy rock icons and legends will rock the Music Museum on Jan. 26 via the one-night only concert titled Rockin’ The Roots At Music Museum.
One recent weekend, out of curiosity and being a designer bag lover myself, I decided to survey which designer bags were the choice of Pinoys.
ABS-CBN kicks off the Year of the Dragon with the biggest Korean drama City Hunter premiering tonight in Primetime Bida.
 The whole cast of The Artist will be gracing the studios this week on The Today Show airing weeknights at 9.

PST: January 20, 2012

PST: January 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Angelica Panganiban thanked Queen of All Media Kris Aquino for having her in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Segunda Mano”.
BREAKING NEWS: Starting tomorrow, Camille Villar (photo) will be one of Willie Revillame’s co-hosts of TV5’s Wil Time, Bigtime together with Mariel Rodriguez as Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad goes on indefinite leave after her wedding to Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo on Sunday, Jan. 22.
Manila provided great visuals for the upcoming action thriller Bourne Legacy, its producers said.
Kapatid and Kapuso stars descended here last week to take part in what has been dubbed as the mother of all Philippine festivals — the Sinulog.
After the slapping incident between the characters of Erich Gonzales (photo, with Enchong Dee) and Jewel Mische, viewers can expect for more tension-filled scenes on ABS-CBN’s Maria La Del Barrio.
It is once again that time of year when Filipinos are ready and very willing to spend more on candy, flowers, dining out and watching shows.
What do Selita Ebanks, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Elle Mcpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford have in common?
If the name Lulu Coching Rodriguez would automatically register connection with a portraitist who had made a name for having done the most famous celebrities and government officials from the ’70s onward, our memory of Lulu went farther to our days as fledgling writer and artist at the Manila Times publications.
BEVERLY HILLS — Two newcomers are cast in Underworld Awakening, the fourth in the hit franchise which now focuses on the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, shot in 3D with Kate Beckinsale (featured in last Sunday’s Conversations with Ricky Lo) back to reprise her role as Selene the Vampire Huntress who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan...
Back in 1999, GMA executive Joey Abacan initially thought their blocktimer Maynila was a political propaganda.
Another blindside occurred on GMA 7’s Survivor Philippines as the island’s resident strategist Gino dela Peña (photo) was voted off in the show’s tribal council last Tuesday night.
The University of the East, through its Office of Cultural Affairs (UE OCA), has launched a dance competition dubbed as Dance Fuzion as one of the universityís cultural presentations for the 2012 Philippine Arts Festival celebration next month.
Bola, an indie movie which dares to examine the bonds between basketball players and their “managers” and the clash between genders both inside and outside the hard court, in the most basketball-crazed nation in the world, premieres at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) Adarna Theater tomorrow night at 7.
Piolo Pascual (photo) topbills ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) tomorrow, Jan. 21 in an action-packed episode where he portrays the role of a hired killer named Randy, who did everything just to support his family, especially his sick brother....
After a very fruitful and successful 2011, which include numerous shows both here and abroad, two No. 1 singles, and scoring the elusive Diamond Record award, Sponge Cola (photo) opens the year with the release of its newest single Stargazer from its fourth full-length studio album Araw Oras Tagpuan under Universal Records. 
US-based cable channel Cartoon Network has chosen the Philippines as the first country in Asia for the release of its new brand and high definition (HD) service, which will be broadcast via SkyCable.
Fans of The REtroSPECT can now watch the triumvirate of Goldie, Ogie and J. Martin (photo) as they stage their special send-off party gig at Strumm’s, Makati tomorrow, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. before they go back to Guam.
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Maja Salvador said that while she has become more open about her relationship with actor Matteo Guidicelli, she is still shy to go out on dates with just the two of them.

PST: January 19, 2012

PST: January 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Empress Schuck said it is her first time to take on a mature role in her upcoming ABS-CBN television series “Mundo Man ay Magunaw”.
After fielding questions during the print-media portion of her first post-natal presscon with husband Ogie Alcasid yesterday at Cravings (Roces Ave. off Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City) and before the round of TV interviews, Regine Velasquez excused herself to breastfeed their two-month-old son Nathaniel (nicknamed Nate like the son of Krista Ranillo and Niño Jefferson Lim)....
GMA News TV 11’s Life & Style with Gandang Ricky Reyes welcomes the Year of the Water Dragon on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.
If you think classical and pop-rock music make for strange bedfellows, think again. And whatever lines there are, dividing the two, seem to blur what with such talents as the Croatian duo 2Cellos.
Her role as Hara Lingayan on GMA 7’s Amaya had “graduated” from the series a few weeks ago but Ayen Laurel is still “high” with the way her portrayal has brought her closer to the public that praised her for a job well done.
GMA Network takes afternoon prime dramas a notch higher as it brings an intense and intriguing offering to Kapuso viewers via Broken Vow.
Piolo Pascual celebrated his birthday last week with a surprise party from his friends and family.
Matteo Guidicelli has been always vocal about his feelings towards Maja Salvador who, he says, is his crush even before he joined showbiz.
This week, viewers of GMA 7’s Daldalita will get an extra treat with the guest appearance of Raymart Santiago (photo, with Jillian Ward).
Somebody sent me this picture and asked me to guess who she was.
The country’s premiere beauty salon, Ystilo Salon will continue to provide the best salon experience to the SM City-San Lazaro market.
The long wait is over for the annual fashion forecast of Us Girls as (photo, from left) Iya Villania, Angel Aquino and Denise Laurel reveal in tonight’s episode the upcoming trends and styles that will rock in 2012.
As usual, it’s the family Christmas Card from Julio Iglesias and wife Miranda that comes, postdated Indian Creek Village, Florida.
Brian McKnight is coming for two shows, first at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 16 and at the Cebu Waterfront & Casino in Cebu City on March 17, with Angeline Quinto as front act.
Resorts World hosted a press conference for the launch of the new cast members of The Sound Of Music.
Enchong describes his mature role in "Maria La Del Barrio" as perfect timing.
Pinoys can visit at least 20 countries without visas - DFAJanuary 18, 2012 10:00amhttp://www.gmanetwork.comFilipino travelers do not need a visa to visit at least 20 countries, according to information provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs. These countries include most of the Philippines' Southeast Asian neighbors, but also Latin American tourist destinations Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Costa Rica....
The singer-actress is excited to play a contravida role in "Mundo Man ay Magunaw."
Sam is saddened by the breakup of friends KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual.

PST: January 17, 2012

PST: January 17, 2012

Carmina is set to do a talk show with Janice de Belen and a teleserye.
Camille's son celebrates birthday for the first time without his father.
The Big Apple was crowded with Filipino stars during the holiday season.
Interviewing a person in deep pain is one of the most harrowing experiences an interviewer can go through.
This was to be expected but still quite a surprise.
Both men are willing to do a project together with Jennylyn Mercado.
Solenn communicates with her boyfriend's family through an "interpreter."
Cristine recalls memorable moments with Rayver while they were in New York.
Mark Escueta produces album for his wife.
Mrs. Zeny Tamayo admits still being mad at son-in-law Johnny Wong.
Sarah reveals the sweetest thing that Derrick has done for her.
How about marrying an Italian? Her reply: "Feeling ko, pang-Pinoy talaga ‘yong ako."
Jinkee reportedly wants to convert her island to a world-class resort.
The StarStruck alumnus realizes some important lessons in life while in detention.
The sexy actress is feeling extra happy these days.
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Nadia Montenegro is seeking the dismissal of the theft complaint filed against her by talent manager Annabelle Rama last December.
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Carmina Villaroel revealed she wants to work with young actress Kim Chiu. Villaroel said she gets a lot of comments saying she and Chiu look alike.
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Nadia Montenegro is seeking the dismissal of the theft complaint filed against her by talent manager Annabelle Rama last December.
Marian plans to make this year more meaningful—hindi raw bilang artista kundi bilang tao.
Piolo on when he will get married: "Noong nag-thirty ako, mga thirty-five. So, ngayon, baka kapag forty, puwede na!"