CRISTINE TO ARA: LET'S MEET; ATE GUY'S NEW INDIE MOVIE, TAWI-TAWI

MANILA, APRIL 30, 2012 (MALAYA) Written by MARIO E. BAUTISTA -  ‘She already texted Ara saying she wants them to meet, but Ara chose not to answer her, an indication that she’s really mad at Cristine.’

THE loyal fans of Nora Aunor lobbying for her to be proclaimed a National Artist are understandably upbeat since their idol is now finally shooting a new movie in Tawi-Tawi. This is an indie film from Cannes best film director Brilliante Mendoza. Entitled “Thy Womb,” Ate Guy plays a native Badjao woman who works as a midwife in their community.

Her followers are hoping that it will be entered in international film festivals, just like the previous films of Mendoza, and would give Ate Guy another international best actress award like “Flor Contemplacion Story” that won her the 1996 Cairo filmfest best actress award.

Working with her in the film’s cast are Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral and Bembol Roco.

Ate Guy’s last mainstream film was “Naglalayag” (2004) that won her the Brussels filmfest best actress award. While she was hiberating for eight years in the US, she did a couple of indie flicks like “Care Home” and “Ingrata” but these sloppily made flicks didn’t help forward her career at all.

Noranians are now hoping “Thy Womb” will really help boost Ate Guy’s film career. It’ll be a fitting birthday gift for her as she turns 59 on May 21. After this movie, they hope she’ll do a new teleserye for TV5 then the long planned big concert she’s aiming to do, hopefully in October.

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Kris Bernal obviously gained some weight when we interviewed her at the press visit of “Hiram na Puso” at Damar Village, but she feels insecure about it. “Kasi parang ang laki ng mukha ko on screen,” she says.

We tell her it’s actually very becoming and she looks prettier than before when she looked anorexic. “I continue to work out sa gym to make myself more fit and improve my posture kasi nakukuba ako,” she adds.

She’s happy viewers warmly accepted her teamup with Mark Herras in “Hiram na Puso.” “We first worked together in ‘Time of My Life,’ pero kay Rocco Nacino ako napunta roon. Masarap katrabaho si Mark kaya masaya kami sa set. Ever since, wala kaming naging problema. I also enjoy working with Direk Gina Alajar as my mom. She’s very helpful in giving tips to improve our acting ni Mark. At nakakatuwa na extended daw kami until the middle of June dahil sa mataas na ratings ng ‘Hiram na Puso.’”

How does she feel now that ex-boyfriend Jay Perillo is lovey-dovey with Gretchen Espina and very demonstrative in expressing his love for the singer openly on Twitter?

“Wala. I’m not affected. Happy nga ako kasi happy sila.”

How about her? What’s the score after her aborted romance with Jolo Revilla?

“Ewan ko. Walang nanliligaw. Pangit ba ko?” she laughed.

Aside from “Hiram na Puso,” Kris is shooting a new movie, a remake of “Ben Tumbling,” which will launch to stardom Jerico Ejercito, the son of Gov. ER Ejercito who was introduced in “Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga.”

“They requested for me sa GMA Artist Center at pinayagan naman ako,” says Kris. “This is directed by Joven Tan and to be shown in September.”

Is it true her next soap is a reunion with Aljur Abrenica, “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko”?

“Direk Maryo de los Reyes, who helmed us in ‘Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin,’ told me nga he’ll direct us in our next show. But there’s no official notice yet from GMA-7 so ayoko munang angkinin. Saka, hindi pa tapos itong ‘Hiram sa Puso,’ so focus muna ako rito.”

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Gwen Garci is making a comeback in the horror flick, “Basement,” and Viva Films hosted a pocket presscon for her. She said she returned to Manila in April of last year yet. “But paalis-alis ako as I did foto shoots for top photographers in Singapore and for a magazine in Dubai,” she says.

She left Manila three years ago after doing a series of sexy flicks like “Butas,” “Bigasan” and “Dreamboys.” She fell in love with the executive chef of EDSA Shangri-la, Niccola Coccia, and when he was transferred to Shenzhen and Beijing, she went with him. They had a baby girl, Naima, born on June 16, 2010, who looks so much like her dad.

“She’s now staying with my mom in Baguio.” What happened to her and Niccola?

“Four years din kami together. The problem with guys kasi is when they know you love them, they take you for granted. So I decided to leave him and return here. Mahirap din ang buhay roon. Dito, you have a yaya. Doon, I have to do everything myself. Also, malungkot doon and I missed showbiz. So nang magbakasyon ako rito, ‘di na ko bumalik doon.”

But does she have communication with Niccola?

“Yes, we’re friends, for the sake of our daughter. Also, he helps me in supporting her.”

What’s her role in “Basement”?

“I play a pregnant woman who gets trapped inside a building na merong aswang. It’s directed by Topel Lee. I’m hoping hindi na sexy flicks ang pagagawa nila sa’kin as I have a baby na. I also started guesting on the shows of TV5.”

Is it true she’s feuding with former Viva Hot Babe colleague Andrea del Rosario?

“Sumama lang ang loob ko kasi she’s the one who revealed in public that I was preggy. Nasa China na ako noon. Hindi ko naman tinatago, kaya lang I have endorsements na bawal ako magbuntis. Kung nademanda ako dahil dun? Nagkita na kami sa isang affair, pero di ko siya kinausap.”

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To escape from the TV shows and reporters who want to interview her about her tiff with her Ate Ara Mina, Cristine Reyes went to Boracay on Saturday morning with two non-showbiz friends. She didn’t even grant an interview with her own home station, ABS-CBN, as she said she’s not ready to talk.

In her tweets, she said she went to Boracay for the “sky, beach, white sand and good vibes.” She later sent Instagram pictures of her in a sexy bikini taken on the beach. She doesn’t mention anything about her feud with Ara. Someone close to her said she’d rather talk directly to Ara first. She already texted Ara saying she wants them to meet, but Ara chose not to answer her, an indication that she’s really mad at Cristine.

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PAGCOR Entertainment head Bong Quintana is proud of the first batch of singers they discovered in their nationwide singing contest held last year.

“Collectively, they’re called the PAGCOR 5, but they also perform individually,” he says. “Grand winner Marie Joyce Tanana is packaged as the Diva, second placer Charles Kevin Tan is the crooner, third placer Renz Robosa is the little boy with the big voice, the runners-up Steve Fernandez and Hadasa Von Camporaso are the balladeer and pop rocker, respectively. They not only won cash prizes but got regular jobs singing in several Casino Filipino branches nationwide.”

We’ve known Bong from way back as the longtime companion of TV host non pareil Boy Abunda. Born on Aug. 9, 1966, he finished grade school at St. Joseph-Pandacan then took high school and college in EARIST. He was an HRM senior when he applied at PAL and was hired as flight attendant. “My first international flight was to Sydney on New Year’s Eve of 1988. Naiyak when I looked down and so all the fireworks below habang paalis naman ako. I stayed with PAL for 11 years. Then I went back to school and little by little, I got my degree, then they got me to be their commencement speaker.”

When did he meet Boy?

“I was then 17, fresh from high school, on Nov. 3, 1983, which is what we consider our anniversary. So almost three decades na kami at tuloy-tuloy ‘yun, walang split ‘yan o kahit cool off. When PAL got me, he was warned na maraming guwapo dun, papalitan ka na niyan, but we’re still together.”

What does he appreciate most in Boy? “He encourages me all the time to be the best that I can be. I got into directing concerts and shows upon his encouragement. I miss it nga now that I’m totally devoted to PAGCOR.”

He had to make lots of adjustments being in a government office like PAGCOR. “Maraming procedures na inaral ko talaga, like the procurement law. But I’m enjoying what I’m doing now. My dream is for us to be able to put up world-class spectacular shows in our casinos, like those of the Cirque du Soleil and Thailand’s Siam Niramit, based on Pinoy folklore like ‘Ibong Adarna’ or ‘Malakas at Maganda.’ But for now, we call on all amateur singers to join PAGCOR and the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit’s second Search for the Total OPM Performer, open to all Pinoys from 18 to 30 years old. You can submit your application until May 7 at Casino Filipino in Cebu, May 9 at Casino Filipino Bacolod, May 11 at Casino Filipino Davao, May 15 at Tagaytay, May 19 at Angeles and at the Airport Casino from May 22 to 25. Walk in audition is welcome, just bring all the requirements with you.”

For details, check their website at pagcor.ph or opm.org.ph, or call OPM at 576-5069 or PAGCOR at 852-7760, 852-7752.

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“Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teens 4” will last for only two months so they already had their first elimination night after two weeks. The nominees are Kit, Mariz, Claire and Vince. Based on what their housemates say about them, we gather that they don’t like Kit (he’s the highest pointer with 9 votes) as he’s “sobrang mayabang, nakaka-offend ang mga sinasabi niya, he uses harsh words.”

Mariz, Claire and Vince got 7 points each. According to her housemates, Mariz “doesn’t exert effort to get to know more of the other housemates and she’s always crying as she misses the outside world.”

Claire is “selosa and an emotional attention seeker.” Vince is “tamad, hindi tumutulong sa gawaing bahay.”

Kuya is really trying his best to teach good values to the teen housemates. In one exercise, he asked them to write down their own daily expenses. This turned out to be an eye-opener for them. Kit is the top big spender, spending P11,840 a week as he earns a lot as a model. He spends a lot for his clothes and shoes. In contrast, Mariz spends only P119 a week. Roy, a working student, spends P2,000 and he even shares part of that with his family to help his siblings. With this exercise, they learned more about the value of money. Among all of them, it’s Alec Dungo from Laguna who’s emerging as the most responsible leader, even at the time the boys were given the go signal to mess up and ransack the girls’ room to get something from each girl as part of the task assigned by Kuya.

Watch “PBB Teen Edition 4” with Toni Gonzaga after “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” in Primetime Bida and “PBB Teen Edition 4 Uber 2012” hosted by Bianca, Robi, and John after “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo” in Kapamilya Gold, and “PBB Teen Edition 4 Updates” with Robi during “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo” and “Princess and I” on ABS-CBN.


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