Manila, September 4, 2003  (MALAYA) by Ethel Ramos - POPS Fernandez's surprise appearance at the preview of "Pinay Pie" at the Studio One of ABS-CBN last Monday caused a stir. Especially because she had the Turvey twins, Brad and Greg, with her. Moreover, isn't it common knowledge that she's now a GMA-7 baby?

It turned out that Brad had invited Pops to the occasion. He obviously wanted her moral support. Brad is cast in "Pinay Pie" as one of Ai Ai de las Alas' young suitors.

Of course, in the interview after the preview, Pops denied the report that she and Brad are more than friends. They just happen to be good friends and she finds nothing wrong if she goes with him to the preview.

Brad displayed promise in the movie. What would prove his liability, however, is his inability to speak Tagalog fluently. In almost all his scenes with Ai Ai in the movie he spoke in English.

Brad said he is willing to learn the Filipino language. What he needs is someone who would patiently teach him talk in Tagalog like a native.

Can Pops help him? someone asked.

"But she's too busy," Brad answered.

Brad is into hosting. He has a show on GMA-7. He is, likewise, invited to host corporate shows.

Brad confessed that there's really no Filipino blood running in his and his twin's blood. Their mom is of Chinese descent. Their dad, now deceased, was an Australian.

When he came to the Philippines, it was just because he was curious to know more about the country. A friend in Australia who had been here told him a lot about the country.

He met Pops at a party. A close friendship soon developed between them. Now, he and Greg consider Pops as one of their Filipino best friends.

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Friends in need are friends indeed is the theme of the movie, "Pinay Pie." A time-worn adage, it is given a new twist in Star Cinema's wacky comedy-romance movie. Written and directed by Joey Javier Reyes, "Pinay Pie" also stars, aside from Ai Ai and Brad, Joyce Jimenez, Assunta de Rossi, Onemig Bondoc, Vhong Navarro and Carlos Agassi.

Direk Joey admits that "Pinay Pie" carries a declaration of war against men. But its main objective, however, is to entertain the movie-going public.

Despite Typhoon Onyok, "Pinay Pie" did very well at the tills when it opened last Tuesday in 60 movie houses in Metro Manila.

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There's a grand Bicolanos celebration in Intramuros, Manila, in line with the WOW Philippines campaign of the Department of Tourism.

Dubbed "Gayon Bicol Fiesta in Intramuros" ("gayon" in Bicol means "beautiful"), this affair is participated in by six provinces and most cities of Bicolandia who have pooled their resources to present various tourism events to a greater number of diverse audiences. Activities include Cultural Presentation, Foodfest, Festival Parade, Travel and Trade Fair, Musical Artists Extravaganza, Photo and Arts Exhibits, Craft and Food Demonstration and many others.

The grand opening is scheduled on Sept. 5 and the event will run until Sept. 14.

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Angelica Jones will play herself in tonight's episode of "Maalaala Mo Kaya."

Angelica is best known for her wacky role in the hit teleserye, "Basta't Kasama Kita." Her hilarious take on the English language in the television series, plus her spectacular dance routines in "ASAP Mania" and "MTB" make Angelica unique from other up-and-coming stars in local showbiz.

Angelica first caught the people's attention at age 14, when she took a courageous stand by testifying in the child abuse and exploitation case against her former manager Jojo Veloso.

In tonight's feature on her in "Maala-ala Mo Kaya," which is directed by Gilbert Perez and written by Maribel Ilag, Angelica bares the dramatic story behind her young but eventful life.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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