MANILA, APRIL 30, 2012 (MALAYA) Written by ETHEL RAMOS - 'Everyone knows what he is to the industry and what he has also done for showbiz.’

GUESS why Lorna Tolentino refers to top comedian Dolphy as “insan” (as in pinsan or cousin)?

Well, because LT (Lorna’s pet name) is a first cousin of Zsa Zsa Padilla, who we all know, has been the love of Dolphy for more than 20 years. Lorna and Zsa Zsa’s moms are sisters.

As far as LT is concerned, if there is one showbiz personality who deserves to be named National Artist, it is Dolphy. And no need to explain why, she said. Everyone knows what he is to the industry and what he has also done for showbiz.

Still with TV5, LT’s wish is to be able to host a reality show. Or even more than one reality show.

“Sana TV5 will grant my wish,” LT expresses.


Aside from being part of the newest boyband, the VFort, Toti Guela is a part-time assistant director, story editor and writer.

He was the assistant director of previous top series, “Magkaribal” and “Okatokat,” on ABS CBN. He is currently one of the writers of the ongoing “Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition IV.”

He decided to join VFort after working as assistant director to Direk Rechie del Carmen in the series, “Mundo Man Ay Magunaw” and he found himself free from any commitments.

Two other singers of VFort are Kerwin Caballero and Visam Arenas.

“VFort: The Love Band Project,” the title of their first album, is now on sale in all record stores. Their carrier single, “Prinsesa,” an upbeat song of love from a man who expresses his deep affection for a woman whom he hopes to be his lifetime partner, is now being played on radio frequently.

“The three of us feel big when we hear the song being sung by fellow singers and, of course, ordinary folks. Lalo’t mga kabataan,” Toti said.

Eight more OPM gems are included in their first album: “The Coffee Song,” “Still,” “Mananatili,” “Dance (Take Me To the Floor),” “Kung Pag-ibig ay Wala Na,” “Hindi Ko Kaya,” “Sweetheart,” “Couldn’t Be Without You,” plus a ballad, “Just Like a Pill.”

VFort is managed by Viva Artist Agency and Vivre Fort Entertainment, Inc.


Not all of the top three major winners in the recently-concluded Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pageant would like to follow the footsteps of one of their predecessors, Venus Raj, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011 and a fourth runner-up in the Miss Universe Contest in the same year.

Venus, we all know, is now a popular TV host. One of these days she wants to try acting, she added.

For example, the immediate plan of twenty-two-year-old Janine Mari Tugonon, Miss Universe-Philippines, after her reign, is to continue with her studies. A cum laude graduate of BS Pharmacy from the University of Sto. Tomas, she wants to eventually become a forensic expert.

Blame it, Janine said, on her fondness for watching crime suspense thrillers and reading crime-related books.

Nicole Schmitz, 23, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2012, admits she is still in Cloud 9. Actually, she confesses, she didn’t expect to win, as she agrees, their batch truly are all good-looking, aside from witty and super intelligent.

Obviously just like her, she adds with a laugh.

Nicole is a graduate of Psychology and soon, Law, as she is due to finish her second course by the end of 2012.

She is also a sports lover. She is into water rafting and hand gliding. Likewise, she loves to dance.

Nicole studies in Australia. Her dad is German and her mom is Filipina.

Katrina Jayne Dimaranan, 18, was born in San Juan, Metro Manila. She attended 13 schools before she was able to earn her high school diploma.

“The reason why I studied in several schools is because I had no choice,” she explains, “When my mom and dad separated, my siblings and I didn’t know whom to side with. Kaya we were like nomads. One time pa nga,” Katrina recalls, “we had to sleep in a bathroom of a terminal.”

Both their parents have their respective families now. Katrina has half-siblings with both her mom and dad.

Winner of the Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism 2012 title, Katrina, among the three, admits she would want to give showbiz – if given the chance –a try.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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