SHE IS MORE THAN JUST ANNE CURTIS' KID SISTER

There are lots of young and talented celebrities out there, but only a few manage to prove themselves worthy of fame. One of them is 19-year-old Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Also known as Anne Curtis’ younger sister, Jasmine has been earning praise for her work as a young actress. Joining the cast of the indie drama “Transit” was a pivotal moment in her burgeoning film career. Her noteworthy performance in the film earned her the best supporting actress trophy in the New Breed division of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last year. Her first lead role was in TV5’s television remake of the 1991 action-romance flick “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum.” Soon after, she was offered to do films, TV shows and endorsements. Born in Melbourne, Australia, she first caught attention during her trips to the Philippines to visit Anne. Jasmine acknowledges that her sister’s popularity opened doors for her, too.
There are nine years and a long list of good and bad experiences between them, so big sister Anne never fails to impart tips and tricks on how to survive and flourish in a dog-eat-dog. READ MORE...

ALSO: Competing ‘fishy’ tales compared- 'Dyesebel vs Kambal Serena'

ANN CURTIS. Mines a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer. When we first heard that both GMA 7 and ABS-CBN were planning to launch a new teleserye about mermaids, we wondered what the hey was going on. Was this a case of great minds running in the same channels—or one network second-guessing the other so astutely that it could quickly act to neutralize the competition’s imminent advantage?Or, was there something about the Filipino’s perceived psyche that made it a pushover for a double dose of the same plot and thematic material—which incidentally has been done many times in the distant and recent past? Well, we can huff and puff all we want, but both mermaid fantaseryes did start telecasting late last month, so let’s bite the bullet and compare them on point of initial appeal: GMA’s “Kambal Sirena” has had the advantage of introducing its female lead, Louise de los Reyes, early in its storytelling, while ABS-CBN’s “Dyesebel” focused on its title character’s childhood years, delaying lead star Anne Curtis’ first appearance to last Tuesday’s telecast. On the other hand, “Kambal” is hobbled this early by the efforted portrayal by Aljur Abrenica of his ostensibly “fun-loving” and jovial character. He can’t pull it off naturally, so he should find other, less awkward ways to make a “fun” impression. Back to “Dyesebel”: After Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson and Andi Eigenmann finally took over as stellar leads recently, the show’s interest and appeal values markedly increased. Anne turned out to be good casting choice for the title role, which has been tweaked to suit her signature sassy and peppy performing persona. In fact, this version of Dyesebel is given the actress’ “famous” lack of singing ability—and it’s even made part of the show’s plotting! Last Wednesday, for instance, Dyesebel foiled an enemy force’s attack on a group of hapless “merchildren” by singing really loudly and off-key, thus forcing them to retreat! —Talk about mining a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer, this is it!

ALSO: Mike Tan on Kambal Sirena vs Dyesebel: "Our story is original"

The ever straightforward Mike Tan admitted that his new show "Kambal Sirena" with Louise delos Reyes, Aljur Abrenica and Wynwyn Marquez lack star power when compared to the competing underwater series "Dyesebel". Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson and a support cast which include Dawn Zulueta and Eula Valdez will topbill ABS-CBN's take of the Mars Ravelo story. For Mike however, they may not have the big stars but he is proud that their mermaid story is original. "Ang Dyesebel matagal na yan. Ang Dyesebel nagawa na ng ilang beses. In fact nagawa na ng GMA yan. Pinalitan lang nila ng artista. Sabihin na natin na mas sikat ang artista nila pero yung storya nila iisa lang. Ang Kambal Sirena mas bago, mas orihinal ang story," Starstruck Season 2's ultimate male survivor said. Mike added that aside from the beautiful imagery and the stunning set design of 'Kambal Sirena', he is excited about how GMA 7 has given a fresh story to the half-human, half-fish mythical creature. Louise delos Reyes maybe considered a newbie in the industry to handle the title role but the Kapuso network has commissioned a powerful set of supporting cast. Bulking up what could be GMA's most expensive soap so far this year are Mickey Ferriols, Roxanne Guinoo, Gladys Reyes, Angelika dela Cruz, Lotlot de Leon, Tessie Tomas, Jay Manalo, Nova Villa, Chanda Romero, Polo Ravales, Pancho Magno and Yul Servo. Mark Reyes, the same person who brought us Encantadia and Atlantika, does the creative implementation of an original concept developed by RJ Nuevas. Dondon Santos directs.

ALSO: Anne Curtis recovering from box-jellyfish sting

Anne Curtis might have to stay a little longer at the hospital for her to recover from a box jellyfish sting early Thursday morning (one o’clock) in San Juan, Batangas, while shooting a scene for the ABS-CBN show Dyesebel. Obviously, the box jellyfish didn’t recognize Anne as a ‘colleague’ even if she was in her half-fish form. The sting was poisonous. As soon as Anne felt the possibly lethal bite on the left side of her body (inset), she screamed in pain and started vomitting as her legs went numb. She was rushed to a nearby provincial hospital in San Juan before 2 a.m. and transferred to another hospital in Lipa City before brought on an ambulance at 4 a.m. to St. Luke’s Global City where she’s recovering.


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She’s more than just Anne Curtis’ kid sister

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (INQUIRER)  By Krista Rodriguez - There are lots of young and talented celebrities out there, but only a few manage to prove themselves worthy of fame.

One of them is 19-year-old Jasmine Curtis-Smith.



Also known as Anne Curtis’ younger sister, Jasmine has been earning praise for her work as a young actress.

Joining the cast of the indie drama “Transit” was a pivotal moment in her burgeoning film career. Her noteworthy performance in the film earned her the best supporting actress trophy in the New Breed division of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last year.

Her first lead role was in TV5’s television remake of the 1991 action-romance flick “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum.” Soon after, she was offered to do films, TV shows and endorsements.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, she first caught attention during her trips to the Philippines to visit Anne. Jasmine acknowledges that her sister’s popularity opened doors for her, too.

There are nine years and a long list of good and bad experiences between them, so big sister Anne never fails to impart tips and tricks on how to survive and flourish in a dog-eat-dog world. “She has taught me to be patient and kind to everyone at work, and exude confidence, not cockiness,” says Jasmine.


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In person, Jasmine looks charming, polite and down-to-earth.

She admits feeling overwhelmed by the good breaks in her fledgling career. “In the three years I’ve been working,” Jasmine says, “it has been a pleasure and a joy to have been given all these blessings.”

Grounded with a strong faith in God and a supportive family, Jasmine is grateful for the opportunities coming her way. She finds inspiration in her mom, Carmen, whom she sees as a strong, determined and passionate woman.

Her current fave actress is Lupita Nyong’o. “She’s utterly beautiful and a source of inspiration for many across the globe,”

Jasmine says. The world got acquainted with Nyong’o when she won an Oscar recently for her performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

Jasmine admiration of Nyong’o grew during the latter’s acceptance speech at the Academy Awards show: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”


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As for her dream collaborations, Jasmine says she would love to work with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange.

This year might be a big one for Jasmine, with two new movies and a show with TV5 coming up. One of the new hats she got to wear was being an ambassador for Miss Teen Philippines.

Jasmine enjoyed her stint as a mentor to the contestants. She told them to “be confident and willing to improve.Everyone has room to improve, including myself and my fellow mentors. Let’s work hard every day to be the best we can be for ourselves and for everyone around us.”

With such an inspiring message, I’d say Jasmine Curtis-Smith is doing a pretty good job.

Competing ‘fishy’ tales compared By Nestor U. Torre Philippine Daily Inquirer April 5, 2014 | 12:28 am


ANNE CURTIS. Mines a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer

When we first heard that both GMA 7 and ABS-CBN were planning to launch a new teleserye about mermaids, we wondered what the hey was going on. Was this a case of great minds running in the same channels—or one network second-guessing the other so astutely that it could quickly act to neutralize the competition’s imminent advantage?

Or, was there something about the Filipino’s perceived psyche that made it a pushover for a double dose of the same plot and thematic material—which incidentally has been done many times in the distant and recent past?

Well, we can huff and puff all we want, but both mermaid fantaseryes did start telecasting late last month, so let’s bite the bullet and compare them on point of initial appeal:

GMA’s “Kambal Sirena” has had the advantage of introducing its female lead, Louise de los Reyes, early in its storytelling, while ABS-CBN’s “Dyesebel” focused on its title character’s childhood years, delaying lead star Anne Curtis’ first appearance to last Tuesday’s telecast.

On the other hand, “Kambal” is hobbled this early by the efforted portrayal by Aljur Abrenica of his ostensibly “fun-loving” and jovial character. He can’t pull it off naturally, so he should find other, less awkward ways to make a “fun” impression.

Our third note is on both series’ inept way of depicting their child characters, who are generally long on verbosity and short on childlike believability. If the juvenile characters didn’t yak, chatter and pontificate away so much, we would all be much better off.


DELOS REYES. Has had the advantage of being introduced early in her series’ storytelling

Fourth, some of the two shows’ “Underwater Kingdom” scenes are appropriately grand and imaginative, but why haven’t their respective costume design teams successfully licked the basic problem of crafting mermaid fishtails that don’t bend at the knee?

In addition, some mermaid characters are made to “swim” or navigate their way through the deep in an awkward, “urong-sulong” manner, not at all as smoothly as the other sea creatures around them, and this makes them look weird, rather than to their water kingdom born.

On the plus side, the new series should be lauded for their cautionary environmental reminders, especially about how both humans and mermen can work together to protect the water world that gifts them with life and sustenance.

Back to “Dyesebel”: After Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson and Andi Eigenmann finally took over as stellar leads recently, the show’s interest and appeal values markedly increased.

Anne turned out to be good casting choice for the title role, which has been tweaked to suit her signature sassy and peppy performing persona.

In fact, this version of Dyesebel is given the actress’ “famous” lack of singing ability—and it’s even made part of the show’s plotting!

Last Wednesday, for instance, Dyesebel foiled an enemy force’s attack on a group of hapless “merchildren” by singing really loudly and off-key, thus forcing them to retreat!

—Talk about mining a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer, this is it!

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Mike Tan on Kambal Sirena vs Dyesebel: "Our story is original"


Mike Tan

The ever straightforward Mike Tan admitted that his new show "Kambal Sirena" with Louise delos Reyes, Aljur Abrenica and Wynwyn Marquez lack star power when compared to the competing underwater series "Dyesebel". Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson and a support cast which include Dawn Zulueta and Eula Valdez will topbill ABS-CBN's take of the Mars Ravelo story. For Mike however, they may not have the big stars but he is proud that their mermaid story is original.

"Ang Dyesebel matagal na yan. Ang Dyesebel nagawa na ng ilang beses. In fact nagawa na ng GMA yan. Pinalitan lang nila ng artista. Sabihin na natin na mas sikat ang artista nila pero yung storya nila iisa lang. Ang Kambal Sirena mas bago, mas orihinal ang story," Starstruck Season 2's ultimate male survivor said. Mike added that aside from the beautiful imagery and the stunning set design of 'Kambal Sirena', he is excited about how GMA 7 has given a fresh story to the half-human, half-fish mythical creature.

Louise delos Reyes maybe considered a newbie in the industry to handle the title role but the Kapuso network has commissioned a powerful set of supporting cast. Bulking up what could be GMA's most expensive soap so far this year are Mickey Ferriols, Roxanne Guinoo, Gladys Reyes, Angelika dela Cruz, Lotlot de Leon, Tessie Tomas, Jay Manalo, Nova Villa, Chanda Romero, Polo Ravales, Pancho Magno and Yul Servo. Mark Reyes, the same person who brought us Encantadia and Atlantika, does the creative implementation of an original concept developed by RJ Nuevas. Dondon Santos directs.

Mike also shared that to overcome the pressure of what could be a tight contest on primetime starting March 10, he and the rest of the cast are undergoing workshops. Ratings are basic benchmark for a show's success but Mike said that they are not solely thinking of ratings while in preparation for "Kambal Sirena". "Kung ang iisipin mo ay puro rating lang, babagsak ka. Dapat isipin mo talaga paano pagandahin ang show, paano mo mapo-portray ng maayos ang character mo and the ratings will just follow."

To prepare for his role which will require him to be topless most of the time, Mike is going to the gym almost everyday and runs 5 kilometers every night. He shares how prepared Polo Ravales, Pancho Magno and Aljur Abrenica are for the soap and he is not willing to be the only one not physically ready.

Wrapping up the interview, Mike shared that they are all hoping that "Kamba Sirena" will be number 1 in its timeslot. "Naniniwala ako na matatalino na ang viewers. Importante pa rin sa kanila ang concept and orihinal na istorya."

'Kambal Sirena' will air on GMA 7's primetime starting March 10, 2014.

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Anne recovering from box-jellyfish sting (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 5, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Anne Curtis might have to stay a little longer at the hospital for her to recover from a box jellyfish sting early Thursday morning (one o’clock) in San Juan, Batangas, while shooting a scene for the ABS-CBN show Dyesebel.

Obviously, the box jellyfish didn’t recognize Anne as a ‘colleague’ even if she was in her half-fish form.

The sting was poisonous. As soon as Anne felt the possibly lethal bite on the left side of her body (inset), she screamed in pain and started vomitting as her legs went numb. She was rushed to a nearby provincial hospital in San Juan before 2 a.m. and transferred to another hospital in Lipa City before brought on an ambulance at 4 a.m. to St. Luke’s Global City where she’s recovering.

According to Kuya Kim Atienza, the box jellyfish is one of the deadliest sea creatures. Its poison can hit the heart, the nervous system and the skin cells.


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