MANILA, JUNE 26, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo - (PHOTO -Pia Guanio and husband Steve Mago: They will be parents between Aug. 11 and Sept 3 when Pia gives birth to their first child)


Pia Guanio has confirmed to Funfare yesterday that her and husband Steve Mago’s first child is a girl as shown by the ultrasound.

“It took us a while to know the gender because the baby is curled up, as if too shy to show herself,” said Pia who will take a maternity leave as co-host of Eat, Bulaga! and Showbiz Central soon. She is due to give birth between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3.

Both belonging to the Victory Christian Fellowship, Pia and Steve were wed on Oct. 1 last year in a Christian ceremony at the garden of Steve’s parents’ home in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, officiated by Pastor Paolo Punzalan (son of the late Helen Vela and Orly Punzalan). They got married in civil rites before the garden ceremony.

The affair was so private, so quiet and so simple that only 50 people were invited including the couple’s close relatives and trusted friends. Unlike in a traditional wedding, there were no sponsors (neither principal nor secondary).

It was Pia who convinced Steve to become a born-again Christian.

“We’re still in the process of choosing the name of our baby,” said Pia. “We have a long list to choose from.”

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•Since I got the following love(?) story from my VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent) over dinner at a Filipino restaurant, I will identify the characters by choosing items from the menu (burp, burp!).

A Kapuso actress, whom I shall call Kalderetang Baka, is hopelessly in love with a Kapamilya actor, whom I shall call Crispy Manok. The girl has this big, big crush on the boy, and she has been nagging her friend to act as a bridge between her and the guy, to no avail.

Meanwhile, she’s showering the guy with expensive gifts, including a Louis Vuitton belt as Valentine gift that must have cost her a fortune (she’s not making that much money yet). The guy, who has a crush on another Kapuso actress (love teammate of Adobong Alimango), sent a stem of rose to the girl with a note that said, “Thank you, my friend.”

The message was loud and clear (that the guy wants her only as a friend, nothing more) but the girl is unstoppable.

“Laki na ng gastos mo, iha,” the friend reminded the girl. “Mahigit ng P100,000.”

“Okey lang,” she said. “Kapag ako nagmahal, para akong bading. Ginagastusan ang boylet.”

Yes, even if her love is unrequited.

More clues? There’s an “r” and an “s” in the girl’s first name; and an “o” and a “c” in the guy’s first name. Early this year, a manghuhula predicted that the guy would get an actress pregnant and a TV hostess, who was initially suspected to be “it,” said with amusement when she learned the true story, “See, I told you hindi ako ‘yon!”

May “K” siya — “K” as in Katunayan, hahahaha!

• Several weeks ago, Ronald Constantino wrote a blind item in his Tempo column that a veteran bold actor “got turned on” during the shoot of a love scene with a young actor in an indie film. According to Ronald’s source, initially, the veteran actor covered his private part with a tape until he got so carried away that he removed the tape — or was it “something” that accidentally tore the tape away?

A Funfare DPA bumped into the veteran actor recently and he clarified what happened.

“Naka-tape talaga ako panigurado,” explained the veteran actor. “Somehow, alam ko na baka gamitin sa publicity to create curiosity. But take it from me — it was not true. Everything was all acting; walang na-turn on, walang hard-on.”

Okay, “absolved!”

•For a while, the vocalist of a singing group suffered from several vocal-cords ailments that the other members thought that she wouldn’t be able to sing again as well as she used to. So the group hired a new singer who turned out to be just as good, if not even better, and the group might take her in as replacement for the ailing singer. The good news is that the singer must have recovered because she performed at a recent event as beautifully as she used to. The song remains the same and the singer should thank heavens for that.

Briefly noted:

•A few issues ago, Funfare reported the “scoop” that 2005 Bb. Pilipinas-International/Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman and Marco Alcaraz are getting married in a Christian wedding at Hacienda Isabella (owned by Kuh Ledesma) in Tagaytay City on July 8. Another Binibini, 2007 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Anna Theresa Licaros, is also getting married ahead of Precious and Marco to long-time boyfriend John Paul “JP” Lim, on June 29 at The Loft at Manansala. Both of them are lawyers, Theresa from UP and JP a bar third-placer from Ateneo. The invitation says: John Paul Lim and Anna Theresa Licaros request the pleasure of your company as they celebrate the first night of the rest of their life together…,” with this reminder: “Ladies are requested to arrive in cocktail dresses and gentlemen in light suits sans tie.”

• In The Way You Look At Me: The Christian Bautista 10th Anniversary Special to be aired on June 24 on Sunday’s Best on ABS-CBN, Christian is reunited with former girlfriend Rachelle Ann Go in a stirring duet. The two used to be perennial singing partners when they were still ABS-CBN talents. But since Rachelle moved to GMA, they never graced the small screen together again…until now.

– Reported by Carlo Orosa

• Writer-director Francis Villacorta signed up JM de Guzman to play the title role in San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir. The filmbio will trace the young martyr’s journey of faith into sainthood. “JM is my one and only choice for the role,” said Francis. “His eyes have it. He’s perfect as San Pedro Calungsod.”












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