2012 (MALAYA)
ETHEL RAMOS (‘Sabi nga ni Billy, he will not be surprised when he returns to the country, daring roles naman ang sasabakan ko. – Nikki Gil’ )

NIKKI Gil continues to keep a happy face these days, not only because she is certain that Billy Crawford, her boyfriend of a few years, will return to the country after he fulfils his contract abroad, but also because she is winning kudos for her performance in "Mundo Man ay Magunaw," an afternoon series aired weekdays on ABS-CBN.

Nikki says she considers her kontrabida role as a challenge, as she cannot imagine herself hurting anyone in real-life. But in "Mundo Man," she enjoys making people’s lives miserable.

It was ABS-CBN top gun Linggit Tan who convinced her to do the part, as, Linggit explained, it’s high time that Nikki updates her image as an actress.

"Am I glad I followed Miss Linggit’s suggestion?" states Nikki. "Right now, pakiramdam ko, I’m ready to do more challenging roles.

"Sabi nga ni Billy, he will not be surprised when he returns to the country, daring roles naman ang sasabakan ko."

Billy is scheduled to leave the Philippines on April 30. He returns home in July in time for the new season of the reality show, "Pilipinas Got Talent." Billy co-hosts the show with colleague and good friend Luis Manzano.


Speaking of Luis and Billy, they are co-starring with DJ Durano, Marvin Agustin and Martin Escudero in Viva Films and MVP Pictures’ co-production, "Moron 5 and the Crying Lady."

Playing the crying lady is John "Sweet" Lapus, who admitted that he had never enjoyed doing a movie as he did "Moron 5." "Lalo’t pa when I come face to face with all of my five co-stars, na may eksenang halos pawang in the raw sila," he revealed.

"Ang saya," John added.

Another work of wacky and confirmed box-office director Wenn Deramas, "Moron 5" is written by noted script writer Mel del Rosario. It is about five half-witted individuals, who all live a happy and carefree life until a crying lady accuses them of killing her father.

And this is where the laughs begin, said Direk Wenn. "And I guarantee everyone who watches this film that they will enjoy more laughs here than in any of my previous comedy movies."

Two blockbuster comedies from Direk Wenn are "Petrang Kabayo" and "Praybeyt Benjamin."


Meet Viva’s new recording artist, Anja Aguilar, who was discovered after she emerged champ in the reality singing tilt, "Little Big Star."

"Little Big Star," if you recall, was aired on ABS-CBN and had for its host, Sarah Geronimo, whom Anja says is her idol.

Another product of the said talent search is Sam Concepcion, now a promising actor and singer as well.

Viva plans to have Anja record only original songs, mostly materials created by prolific songwriter, Vehnee Saturno.

Anja’s initial recording contains mostly love songs, such as To Reach You, I Love You," "Nasaan ang Pangako," "When," "Di Bale Na Lang," "Ako Para Sa ‘yo," "Magic of Love," "Ako" and "To Reach You."

Currently, Anja’s "To Reach You," is a radio hit on FM. She regularly appears in "ASAP Rocks" every Sunday.


Eugene Domingo’s performance in "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" won her another best actress award, this time in the recently-concluded Golden Screen Awards for Movies (Enpress).

The indie movie also won for Eugene the People’s Choice Best Actress trophy in the recently held 6th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. Earlier, Eugene was also named Best Actress in the 10th Gawad Tanglaw Awards.

The film, directed by Marlon Rivera and scripted by Chris Martinez, co-starred Eugene with Kean Cipriano, JM de Guzman and Kai Cortez.

Rivera and Martinez were themselves Enpress winners for best director and scriptwriter, respectively.

Star Home Video recently released the DVD and VCD copies of "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank." The DVD package includes the film trailer as bonus.

"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank," which was adjudged by Enpress as Movie of the Year, grossed a cool P20M on its first five days of release in theaters nationwide last year.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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