MARIO BAUTISTA(ĎI think he wants to prove something or itís probably his way of atoning for his sins. Ė Quark Henaresí)

DIRECTOR QUARK Henares said his movie "Rakenrol" took five years to complete since he had a hard time looking for producers.

Why didnít he ask his mom, Dr. Vicki Belo, to help him? "Hindi siya abusado," Quarkís younger sister, Crystalle, answered ahead of him.

Quark then retorted with a smile: "Bakit? Sino ba ang abusado." Even the stars of "Rakenrol" namely Glaiza de Castro, Jason Abalos, Alwyn Uytingco and Ketchup Eusebio smiled and laughed.

[PHOTO - Cristalle Henares, Bea Alonzo and Quark Henares; from]

Crystalleís face turned red upon realizing the implication of her answer that might refer to their momís fiancť, Hayden Kho, whose businesses are allegedly being financed by Dr. Belo. "I donít mean that," she said. "Okay, wala na akong sinabi."

"Iíve never really relied on my mom," said Quark. "My past films were produced by Viva and Regal, but here, meron pa din naman significant donation ang mom ko."

Was he serious when he said that thereíll be blood if Hayden would fool his mom again? "My mom asked me about it and I told her itís not my intention to malign anyone. I just want to remind everyone na kinikilig na, teka lang, baka nakalimutan ninyo na what happened before. I think this is the chance for him (Hayden) to prove heís not a bad person. Kaya sige, weíll give him another chance but donít do it again."

Will he call Hayden, Tito? "Baka Papa," he quipped. Crystalle butted in, laughing and said: "Or Papi." Quark added: "Weíre just the same age."

Quark admitted that he will not be here for his momís wedding since he will be in the US to study. "If they will do it sa Los Angeles, I might be able to make it. Iíll be the ring bearer."

What can he say about Hayden asking for a pre-nuptial agreement? "Iím super okay with it. In fairness to him, heís the one who brought it up. I think he wants to prove something or itís probably his way of atoning for his sins."

Crystalle became more emotional talking about the wedding. "Sobrang mahal namin si Mommy kaya kung saan siya masaya, masaya na rin kami ni Kuya. She deserves to be happy. Life is short."

Howís her relationship with her future stepdad? "Okay naman, weíre civil. But when mom and I are together, we donít talk about him kasi she knows maba-bad vibes lang ako. Itís only natural for us to be protective of our mom. Letís see what happens after the wedding."

Will they invite Hayden to the premier of "Rakenrol" on July 23 at the CCP. "Everyone is welcome. This is my tribute to the local rock music scene that has a rich heritage from the time of Pepe Smith, The Jerks and The Dawn. We composed new songs for the film but we also used the songs of other bands like the Eraserheads, Sandwich and others as homage to them," said Quark.

"When the movie was shown abroad, a lot of foreigners like the music and asked us about it. Itís also my tribute to our dadís (Atom Henares) former rock station, NU107 that closed down last November. We grew up with it, like itís the third child of our parents. I even produced the NU Rock Awards," he added.


RICH ASUNCION denied that she and Aljur Abrenica are dating again. "Aljur is in the States now promoting GMA Pinoy TV but if heís here, heíd be the first to tell you that we havenít seen each other for the longest time," she said. "Iím busy taping ĎSisidí in distant locations at matagal na rin siya wala rito, so itís impossible for us to see each other. Also, Kylie (Padilla) and I are okay. We see and greet each other sa ĎParty Pilipinasí."

Is she satisfied with her role in "Sisid" as Frida, villain to Jackie Rice? "Okay naman. May daring scene ako rito with JC Tiuseco. Heís in love with Jackie but obsessed naman ako sa kanya, so Iíll seduce him. We have a love scene. Naloka ko sa pinagagawa sa amin ni Direk Ricky Davao."

What about the rumors linking her to Marian Riveraís ex-boyfriend, Ervic Vijandre? "We do go out. Sinusundo niya ko sa bahay and he already met my family. They like him kasi heís a gentleman. But I donít want to presume na nanliligaw na nga siya sa akin. As of now, friends kami and if weíd go deeper than that, it depends on him. Basta masaya ako sa company niya."


THE FIRST guests of Nomer Lasala in the second season of his TV show, "Mind Master," are Heart Evangelista and Daniel Matsunaga.

We asked them how their trip to Brazil was. "Kapagod but worth it, sulit talaga. We just stayed in their place in Brasilia. Itís a 30-hour trip via Hong Kong, Dubai, and Sao PauloÖ The same when coming back to Manila. I met all his relatives. Mababait sila," said Heart.

Has she seen her latest movie, "Temptation Island?" "Not yet, pero balak namin one of these days. May jet lag pa kasi kami. Next week, first anniversary na namin. Ang bilis. One year na kami."

How does she feel that Lovi Poe is now being praised for the role that was originally meant for her? "Okay lang, no problem. Iím happy naman with my own role. Iím just glad itís a hit."

Is it true that she plans to sue those people who wrote about her tiff with Marian Rivera? "Weíre still studying it. Siyempre, I want peace dinÖ Na maayos na. But weíre making some moves that Iím not yet allowed to say kung ano."

In the "Mind Master" episode that airs on July 24, Nomer asks Heart and Daniel to pick a card from a stack of cards with specific designs. He correctly guesses what designs they have selected.

The second set of guests consists of Geoff Eigenmann and Jay-R who will undergo regression exercises or going back to their past with the help of Nomer.


SARAH GERONIMO is back from her song-and-dance class in the US.

She immediately denied the rumors circulating that sheís leaving ABS-CBN for TV5.

She said she is all set to do her third movie with John Lloyd Cruz after their hit movies, "A Very Special Love" and "You Changed My Life."

By next year, she may also be paired with ABS-CBNís hottest actor, Coco Martin.

Sarah is now busy touring in provinces for her show "What Love Is" with Martin Nievera. These series of provincial concerts with Sarah and Martin will last until October.

What can she say about the rumors that her parents broke up? "Ewan ko nga kung bakit hindi kami tinatantanan ng mga intriga," she sighed. "Basta thankful kami na intact pa rin ang pamilya namin."

Is it true that sheís threatened by newcomer Angeline Quinto, whom ABS-CBN is allegedly building up to replace her, thatís why, she rejected Angelineís invite to be a guest in her birthday concert last July 15? "I did say no but only because may concert kami ni Martin Nievera on the same date sa Cebu Waterfront. Gustuhin ko man, imposible, kasi Iím in Cebu. But weíre now working together in BELOfied: The Belo Essentials Beauty Makeover."

"BELOfied: The Belo Essentials Beauty Makeover" is the new Belo campaign where four Pinays will be given beauty services worth P150,000, clothes from Chocolate, hairstyling from Creations Salon and personality lessons from Modern Academy.

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CHERRY PIE PICACHE didnít have second thoughts in playing the role of a woman who gives birth to a fish in the movie, "Isda, Fable of the Fish."

The film is the 3rd Cinemalaya entry of Director Adolf Alix (after "Donsol" about whale sharks and "Kadin" about a goat), which is now showing at the CCP and Greenbelt 3.

"Very challenging ang role ko kasi napakasimpleng babae ni Lina," she said. "Mas simple, mas mahirap gawin. Dream niya maging isang ina but when she gives birth sa gitna ng baha, isda naman ang lumabas. Tinanggap niya ng buong-buo ang anak niya na ito at tinawag niyang Miguelito, kahit mismong asawa niya, hindi makapaniwalang minahal niya yung isda. Challenge din sa akin Ďyung palabasin mong normal si Lina at hindi baliw."

For the movie, they bought Bala sharks that cost P2,500 each as Cherry Pieís son. They used seven Bala sharks in the film. "Mas mahal pa ito kaysa sa talent ng mga artista," said Asst. Director Arman Reyes.

"In films like this, you donít do it for money," said Cherry Pie. "You do it for passion and soul."

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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