MANILA, OCTOBER 11, 2011 (MALAYA) MARIO BAUTISTA (‘After Jake, expect Lovi to be linked to Jericho when they start shooting the movie.’)

LOVI POE says she’s happy to be doing movies for Mother Lily’s Regal. "Mother has always believed in me at a time na walang pumapansin sa’kin," she says. "I remember nagkasama kami noon sa elevator and she told me. ‘You’re going to make it.’ She gave me my very first movie, the ‘Christmas Tree’ episode in ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll 10.’ Now, heto, she gave me a new project I really love, ‘Aswang’."

How different is this from the "Aswang" of Alma Moreno?

"I’m told the story is totally new. I’m an aswang with a heart. Masakit sa loob ko to suck the blood of my victims but I have to do it dahil sa pangangailangan. I also get to do a sexy scene. I’m topless while I’m putting oil all over my body."

How come she’s still being linked to Jake Cuenca? Someone wrote she’s often seen in his condo. "I haven’t seen Jake for a quite a while tapos nagbababad daw ako sa condo niya, ano ba ‘yun?"

After "Aswang," she’ll do the Regal filmfest entry, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" and she’s so glad Mother Lily got Jericho Rosales as her leading man. "It’s a dream come true for me kasi grade six pa lang ako, fan na niya ako in ‘Pangako Sa’Yo.’" After Jake, expect Lovi to be linked to Jericho when they start shooting the movie. She can’t be linked to Paulo Avelino as everyone knows Paulo is already hitched to LJ Reyes.


LJ Reyes is currently one of the most hated women on TV because of her role in "Time of My Life." As the villainous Zaira, she heads the Elite Dance Crew that is the rival of Kris Bernal’s Motion Masters. "Viewers hate my kamalditahan so much that natuwa sila nang masunog ang braso ko the other night," she says. "Very possessive kasi ako rito kay Ms. Jean Garcia, who adopted me, pero ang tunay niyang anak, si Kris."

What if she’s typecast in villain roles? "Okay lang, I don’t mind. Nakakatakot mag-lead dahil big pressure ‘yun. Mas challenging magkontrabida, mas maraming layer of emotions na puedeng paglaruan. And I’m so happy na kasama ko rito sina Ms. Jean and Ms. Cherie Gil. Para akong nag-aaral sa kanila."

How’s her and Paulo Avelino’s baby boy, Ethan? "One year and 2 months na siya. Ipinasyal ko sa mommy ko sa New York for one week. Ang bait niya sa plane, hindi umiiyak. Pero hindi siya kinaya ng mom ko kasi sobrang energy niya. Marunong na maglambing."

Did Paulo consult her when he moved to ABS-CBN?

"Yes. He said, ano sa tingin mo? I helped him weigh the pros and cons, but I told him, sa ending, it’s him who’s going to decide for himself. Ayoko naman siyang pangunahan."

What if Paulo gets attracted to a Kapamilya actress? "Di bahala siya, magluko siya, problema niya ‘yun. Ibig sabihin, ‘di ganun kalalim ang pagmamahal niya sa’min ng anak niya."


Kristoffer Martin and Joyce Ching first worked together in "Endless Love" where they played brother and sister as the young Dingdong Dantes and Nadine Samonte. They were later paired as a love team in an episode in "Dear Friend," followed by "Tween Hearts" and, on primetime, "Munting Heredera." Now, the characters they played in "Munting Heredera" were killed since their loveteam, known as KrisJoy, will be competing with the Josh-Bie love team of Joshua Dionisio and Barbie Forteza in the new afternoon soap, "Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin."

"Ang love team namin, di pa kasinlaki ng JoshBie at JaBea (Jake Vargas and Bea Binene), pero marami na rin kaming fans na nagpupunta sa taping at mall shows namin," says Kris.

Although they’re close to each other, they’re not really on. "Friends lang talaga kami," he adds. "Sa ‘Endless Love’ pa lang, nagkasundo na kami kasi kuwentuhan kami kapag wala kaming take. We got to know each other better."

They respect management’s decision to cast them in "Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin." "We play lead roles dito with Joshua and Barbie. Bale apat kaming bida and we’re given good support kina Sheryl Cruz, Gardo Versoza, Maricar de Mesa, Matet de Leon, Shirley Fuentes, Karla Estrada, Ernie Garcia at iba pang magagaling na artista."


Director Joel Lamangan’s latest socially relevant opus is "Migrante," about the sad plight of OFWs. This will be his follow up to such acclaimed works as "Dukot" (about political abductions), "Sigwa" (about activists in the First Quarter Storm), "Deadline" (about the killings of media people) and "Patikul" (about coffee farmers and teachers harassed by the Abu Sayyaf that just got an A rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board).

The lead character in "Migrante" is Frida, a married woman who becomes a helper in a Lebanese household. When her boss tries to rape her, she fights back and escapes. With the help of fellow OFWs and some friendly Israelis, she gets to cross the border and goes to Israel to hide. Her abusive employer reverses the truth and tells the people Frida tried to rob him and kill him.

The Israeli police hunt her down and she becomes a wanted criminal. Her husband, Andy, can’t believe his wife is guilty. Migrante International helps him look for Frida. In the process, the stories of other OFWs who help them also unfold. The cops locate a decomposed body and conclude that it’s Frida. She is declared legally dead. But one day, a package arrives for Andy and their children. The sender is unknown but the signs show it could only come from Frida.

Direk Joel tapped Jodi Sta. Maria to play the role of Frida. For the role of Andy, the actor he chose is Allen Dizon, with whom he has worked in "Dukot," "Sigwa," "Deadline" and "Patikul." They’ll be supported by Chynna Ortaleza, Rich Asuncion, Joem Bascon, JC Parker, Jim Pebanco, Raquel Villavicencio, Alex Castro and Angeli Nicole Sanoy.


Mother Ricky Reyes invited us to visit Child Haus, his advocacy that takes care of children afflicted with cancer. We brought food and toys to entertain them, but we’re the ones entertained since they prepared various songs numbers, all of them singing praises to the Lord. "This started when I went to PGH 13 years ago and saw children and their parents sleeping in the lobby and corridors," he says. "I was told they’re cancer patients from the provinces undergoing treatment at PGH but they don’t have any place to stay here in Manila so they just spend the night in the hospital. I then put up Munting Paraiso for them in PGH and eventually, we were given our own place, Child Haus, at the PCSO office in Quezon Institute by Honeygirl Singson. After eight years, there was a change in administration at biglang pinalalayas na kami ni Margie Juico. I quickly searched for a new place and found this. With the help of Quezon City First Lady Tates Gana we renovated the place at kami mismo ang nagpintura. We have several rooms where kids and parents can sleep dorm style, plus a library, a playroom and a chapel. Since Child Haus started, we’ve already helped about 7,000 patients referred by various hospitals, including ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata and GMA-7’s Kapuso Foundation. Only about 40 of them ang mortality kasi naaagapan para gumaling. Maraming taga-showbiz help us. Unang-una si Karylle who the kids consider as their angel as she visits us regularly and even takes them to Timezone. Si Luis Manzano gave us P120,000. Marami na ring stars na nag-birthday rito, latest si Rhian Ramos."

Our hearts went out to the kids who suffer from different kinds of cancer like leukemia, lymphoma, bone cancer and tumors. One girl has a huge growth on one side of her face that has disfigured it. A six-month-old baby has a protruding tumor between her eyes. Another boy has a hydrocephalus head the size of two big watermelons; he can’t even stand up because of the weight. Shirley Pizarro of the Bulletin who was with us cried unabashedly. We promised to pray for the children’s healing regularly. Child Haus is at 34 Offelia St., Bahay Toro, Project 8. If you want to visit and help, you can call Daydee Castillo at 454-8064, or you can deposit your donation directly to Banco de Oro, acct. no. 460-0026-996. The doctor in charge is Dr. Rachel del Rosario, herself a cancer survivor who had lymphoma when she was 15.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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