MANILA, NOVEMBER 5, 2003  (BULLETIN) Crispina Martinez. Belen - For having been misquoted in a story that came out in a tabloid last week, it’s understandable if Videogram Regulatory Board Chairman Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. felt bad about it. He was quoted as having said “sori, ninong” which meant he won’t support his godfather, Fernando Poe, Jr. if ever the latter decides on running for the presidency.

If ever, FPJ will be the opposition’s standard bearer, and since Bong is a Lakas party member, a loyal one if we should add, he can’t of course support his ninong. That goes without saying. “Still it wasn’t nice that it was bannered,” Bong said. “Hindi maganda ang dating. Kaya mula ngayon, I won’t say anything. Sarado na ang bibig ko.”

Bong is deadset on seeking a senatorial seat in the coming national elections. His father, Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. is on his last term and the family decided Bong is a most fitting replacement.

But what if Lakas won’t include him in the administration’s senatorial lineup of candidates? Because there are rumors saying he might be kicked out from the party. “Hindi naman siguro. Wala pa naman akong naririnig to that effect. At saka, I’ve always been a Lakas member since the start of my political career. I’ve always been a faithful and loyal party member. Ayoko yong palipat-lipat na parang butterfly...”

As chairman of VRB, Bong has proven to be very effective and staunch in his fight against film and music piracy. Since he assumed office, he has spearheaded the seizure of billions of pesos worth of pirated tapes (VCDs, CDs and DVDs) and replicating machines. It’s safe to say, according to him, that he has caused to diminish piracy to a considerable level. Last month, he and his team once again raided stores in Quiapo, said to be one of the biggest havens of intellectual property pirates in the country.

“Very soon, we will be trashing the latest seized pirated tapes in VRB’s possession at pinakamalaki ito sa lahat,” Bong said.

Asked if it will be Edu Manzano who’ll replace him at VRB, Bong looked puzzled. “I don’t know anything about that yet. I should know who will take over my post. I think I should have a hand in the selection. Wala pa...”

Anyway, once he files his candidacy, that will be Bong’s last day at VRB. And everyone of us know and believe his performance will be hard to follow or emulate.

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Nadia’s show axed only after one airing

Nadia Montenegro’s show simply titled “Nadia,” which premiered last Saturday, Oct. 25, on IBC 13, became the shortest ever show to be aired on local television. It was “axed” after its pilot airing. When it comes to the movies, it’s a “first day/last day” case, that is when a movie flops. Nadia’s case is something else. She said she was was given the termination notice on Oct. 30. Why?

We smell politics here, especially so because we just learned that Gigi Malonzo’s show will be taking over the timeslot starting Nov. 8.

We heard that “Nadia” was terminated because it is believed that Nadia has plans to run as mayor of Caloocan, against Gigi Malonzo. And her guests last Saturday were known oppositionists: Senator Loi Ejercito and her son Jinggoy, and Rep. Imee Marcos and this did not fare well on the officers of the government-owned TV station. In fact, Nadia and her producers were accused of abusing Lincoln Tan’s position as president of IBC 13 for the airing of the show. The last we heard, eight committee members and directors of the board of IBC 13 have resigned because of the “Nadia” fiasco. And Tan himself might be fired, we also were told.

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Christian Vasquez goes sexy in ‘Liberated’

Another young actor who’s going bold and sexy is Christian Vasquez. He will be showing his behind in the Seiko Films movie “Liberated” which opens today.

Christian, who burst into the public consciousness when appeared as the son who wanted to shift from Medicine to Fine Arts in the “Suportahan ‘Ta Ka” commercial, says he was prepared for the image shift. It was something he and his family and friends were expecting to happen sooner or later.

“Parang doon na din kasi papunta, eh,” says the 26-year-old actor/model. “Matagal ko na kasi napapansin na everytime I have pictorials, they’d ask me to remove my shirt, or try to look sexy. That’s why I thought, it’s better this way. It will be better for my career in the long run.”

Starring Christian with Diana Zubiri, Rodel Velayo, Tuesday Vargas and Sensuality Queen Francine Prieto, “Liberated” is a film about life and sex from the point of view of five young adults. It is the story of their individual search for happiness; it is a story about choices and how these choices can change a person’s life for better or for worse.

Although he is a newcomer to the movies – and to sexy films in particular – Christian says he didn’t have a problem shooting the intimate scenes. For one thing, it helped that before the shooting, Christian attended a sensuality workshop with his co-stars Diana, Francine and Rodel. In the workshop, they were asked to strip and act out some of the intimate scenes in the script. The purpose of the workshop was to help Christian and his co-stars lose their inhibitions prior to the start of filming.

Being a guy, says Christian, it couldn’t be helped that during the workshop — and the shooting itself – he would get turned on and ‘rise to the occasion.’

“That was my first concern. Of course, I’m a guy, natural tendency ko yon,” says Christian. “But I didn’t try to control myself too much, kasi sabi sa amin sa workshop, if we control our reactions too much, our acting won’t look natural. So I just tried to focus on my acting.”

Christian has a number of intimate love scenes with both leading ladies in the movie, as well as a butt exposure scene.

“Liberated” is directed by Mac Alejandre. The movie also stars Winston Elizalde and Reggie Curley.

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Merry month at Merk’s

It’s another month of celebration at Merk’s Bar Bistro. Monday nights belong to the talent duo Silk & Steel while world-renowned musician Romy Posadas takes over the Happy Hours from Monday to Wednesday.

Nov. 10 features the farewell concert of Toti Fuentes, who is leaving for the US for cancer treatment. Toti is playing his original compositions, ballads, movie themes and current hits. The concert benefits the scholarship programs for the poor and the Assumption Church in Malate.

Tuesdays feature the musical strains and memories from Acoustic Jive with Romy Jorolan. Meanwhile, Wednesdays are veritable jazz festivals at Merk’s. Merk & Friends with Ladine Roxas do their thing every Wednesday. Nov. 12 presents “A Tribute to Al Quinn @ 70” featuring Merk & Friends, Silk & Steel and surprise guest performers. The night also celebrates the cuisine of Bistro Remedios, so why not try out Al Quinn’s Knockout Knuckles? On Nov. 26, Ladine does her birthday show.

Latin fever goes full circle every Thursday with the Onda Latina Band. Make sure to catch the gorgeous acoustic set of Mae Romero from Thursday to Saturday, Happy Hour. Nov. 27 features TV personality-turned singer JV Villar on centerstage.

On Friday, Nov. 7, covers band REtroSPECT debut on Merk’s stage. All Fridays thereafter are with Forte, an awesome retro group featuring Pat Castillo, Leny Castillo, Jakiri, Chito Ilagan, Kettle Mata, among others.

All Saturdays of the month are huge parties are Merk’s. Nov. 8 and 29 belong to the Soul’d Out Band while ROB is in the groove on Nov. 15 and 22.

Merk’s Bar Bistro is at the third level of Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Merk’s Bar Bistro’s local cuisine is courtesy of the respected Bistro Remedios kitchens. It now offers lunch and dinner.

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Another HBO concert

HBO will be presenting another Avril Lavigne concert. It will be aired on Nov. 10, and in this connection, HBO is giving away 10 blue denim HBO concert jackets.

If you want to win one of them, just answer the following question: When will Avril Lavigne’s “Try and Shut Me Up Tour 2003” premiere exclusively on HBO?

The first 10 who will answer the question correctly will get the HBO jackets. Just send in your answers to between now and Nov. 9.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 5, go to movie director Maning Borlaza, Julie Benedicto, Raul Gonzalez, US-based Gabby Concepcion and Marife Santos, Zandro Zamora, Ma. Elena K. Bocalan, Carol Nielsen, Arman Giron, Cherry E. Mojica, Mon Chua. Dr. Aldrene Lee-Tan, Ida F. Caalim, Belinda Zaala Valdecanas, Marc P. Ventura of California, Alexander P. Romero, Thelma Paredes, Mrs. Isabel D. Espejo and singer Joy Isabel...

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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