A LOOK AT OTHER GMA-7 SHOWS NEW AND OLD

MANILA, October 21, 2003  (MALAYA) A powerhouse cast in 'Lagot Ka!' - FOR some reason, Ms. Pilita Corrales declined to rejoin television in spite of previous offers to do a sitcom, but thankfully now, she has relented. Tomorrow, she is back on the boob tube and in her rib-tickling best on the Kapuso Network's family sitcom "Lagot Ka! Isusumbong Kita" aired every Monday starting tomorrow.

Pilita plays the no-nonsense mother of Joey Marquez, Richard Gomez, Raymart Santiago, and Benjie Paras. While the four macho brothers are notorious for being barangay toughies, they are like repentant, obedient and fear-stricken lambs when their mother finds out their misdemeanor and whips them at the buttocks with her wooden palu-palo.

Other members of the powerhouse cast are Vangie Labalan (Pilita's arch-rival), who in turn plays the mother of Maureen Larazabal and Nancy Castiglione, dashing young actor Cogie Domingo, funny man Bearwin Meily, pretty Toni Gonzaga and comedienne Gladys Guevarra.

'Nuts' goes to Enchanted Kingdom

THE Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna is a haven for kids with its exciting rides, fantastic attractions, carnival ambience, souvenir shops and an array of dining places that offer a variety of mouth-watering cuisines.

The "Nuts Entertainment" barkada had a great time visiting what some call the Little Disneyland of the Philippines, and suddenly, everyone in the cast regains childhood. This Wednesday, Joey de Leon, Janno Gibbs, Anjo Yllana, Gelli de Belen, Carmina Villarroel, Pekto, Ann Curtis, Richard Gutierrez, and Sherwin Ordoņez star in the "Pila Sketches"- Pila sa Peryahan, Pila sa CR, and Pila sa Pedicab. They are joined by guests Jomari Yllana, Iza Calzado, Julianne, Ira Javier, Sheree, and Girlie Sevilla.

Other featured segments are "Nuts Impossible" (Mag-coloring book sa Roller Coaster), "Bump N' Splash Game," "Roller Coaster Game," "Dodgem Game," and "Adventures of Tommi Hilfinger."

"Nuts" is directed by Dominic Zapanta with the indefatigable program manager Ms. Marivin Arayata and executive producer Ali Nokom also at the helm. The wacky nutcrackers are expected more out-of-town sojourns in the weeks ahead.

'Bubble Gang' topples all other gag shows

NOW on its 8th year on the airlanes, the fun-filled and ever-hilarious Friday perk-upper "Bubble Gang" has once more bested other programs in the Best Gag Show category of the recently held 17th PMPC Star Awards for TV.

The show topbilled by Michael V., Ogie Alcasid, Ara Mina, Rufa Mae Quinto, Diana Zubiri, Maureen Larrazabal, Wendell Ramos, Antonio Aquitania, Diego Lorico, Mika and Boy2 Quizon has won the award consistently for the past seven years. It also enjoys high ratings.

When queried what their secret winning formula is, the cast would say, "It's the enviable chemistry among us. Teamwork plus hard work"-without batting an eyelash.

And what is soap opera villainess Princess Punzalan doing in "Bubble Gang" this Friday? The versatile lady who is much-hated by soap enthusiasts will show her comic side as she joins the Bubblers in their knockout ribtickling punches.

As Princess avers, "It's so refreshing working with the Bubblers. Theirs is really one big happy family working their very best to entertain. Their candid gags and hearty laughter are so contaminating that I went home with gas pains in my tummy. And director Uro dela Cruz is, indeed, a master of gag shows."

Maribel's shocking story in 'Magpakailanman'

MA. Isabel Lopez first hit the headlines when some sectors protested her being crowned Bb. Pilipinas as it was common knowledge that she was a member of the sexy Gerard Peter Modelling Group in the late '70s.

"It was a big blow, really," says Ma. Isabel. "I was on top of the world when I won the Binibini but I was crushed when that crown was threatened by so-called humanitarian protesters. I had an unhappy childhood as I was a product of a broken family. I needed to join the GP models at a young age to earn money and augment family expenses.

"What drove me to join the beauty contest is the desire to carve a name for myself while at the same time to make my mother and siblings taste the good life some other people do."

She joined showbusiness as a "bold" star, got romantically involved with wealthy yet married guys and figured in homosexual relationships until she found true love in a Japanese businessman named Hiroshi with whom she bore a beautiful daughter Mara Isabella.

Maribel's life will be dramatized Thursday in GMA-7's "Magpa-kailanman," hosted by Mel Tiangco, directed by Joel Lamangan and written by the program's headwriter Jun Lana. Equally sexy Andrea del Rosario of the Viva Hot Babes fame plays Ma. Isabel. This is Mara's TV debut as she plays the young Isabel. In the cast are Pilar Pilapil (Isabel's mother), Jaime Fabregas (father), Ricardo Cepeda (Hiroshi), Rita Avila (the lesbian), Soxie Topacio (Rudy Fuentes, Isabel's discoverer-mentor), Roxanne Barcelo (younger sister), and Bon Vibar (military lover).

The production staff responsible for bringing top-rate inspirational and true-to-life stories in the drama anthology every week are program manager Ms. Regie A. Magno, executive producer Malou Crisologo, and associate producer Joseph Buncalan.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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