TIA PUSIT DIES OF MULTIPLE ORGAN FAILURE  

OCT 2 --Tiya Pusit. FILE PHOTO. MANILA, Philippines—Veteran comedienne Tiya Pusit, who became a household name via the 1980s sitcom “Eh Kasi Babae,” passed away due to multiple organ failure at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City on Thursday night. She was 66.
Tiya Pusit, whose real name was Myrna Villanueva, died at 11:30 p.m., according to her son Christian Uybengkee. Villanueva’s remains now lie at the St. Peter Chapels in Quezon City, with public viewing allowed starting Saturday until Tuesday. Interment details were to be announced later.

Uybengkee called for prayers from his mother’s fans. “The family is in pain but is trying to cope with her death the best way we can,” he told the Inquirer by phone on Friday. Villanueva, who had fallen ill in April, battled several health problems, including kidney failure and aortic aneurysm. She underwent a double heart bypass surgery on Sept. 9, but failed to recover from it. In a statement, Uybengkee said Villanueva had had two episodes of stroke since the operation. Her kidneys also failed “rapidly.” Villanueva’s friend, Elaine Lozano, was at the hospital at the time of the comedienne’s passing. “I was also with her last Monday. I even told her that she should get better because she’s too beautiful to be staying in a hospital. She just looked at me with her smiling eyes,” Lozano recalled. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Nova on half-sister Tia Pusit: In the end, what prevails is love 

OCT 3 --PHOTO: Nova Villa (left) and half-sister Myrna ‘Tia Pusit’ Villanueva(center): Blood is
thicker than water. Right: Tia Pusit passed away Thursday night at the Philippine Heart Center due to aneurysm. She was 66. Blood, after all, is thicker than water. Perhaps not many people outside of the movie industry knew that there was a gap between Nova Villa and her half-sister Myrna “Tia Pusit” Villanueva who died of heart ailment at 11:30 Wednesday night (Oct. 2) at the Heart Center where she was confined for several weeks. She turned 66 last March 23.

But in the end, said Nova in a phone interview with Funfare yesterday afternoon before she agreed to discuss that gap, “ang nanaig ay pagmamahal sa kapatid.” Yes, love does conquer all, even sibling rivalry. “We were really close,” Nova started to tell her story, “at nagkaroon kami ng gap after I got her into showbiz. When she clicked, I felt that she changed a bit, para siyang nag-iba.”  They were both comediennes but their style was very different, poles apart, with Nova on the wholesome feel-good side and Tia Pusit on the bolder (read: more risqué) side. “She clicked naman,” Nova said. “But as an older sister, I advised her to tone down a bit on her style kasi parang masyado ngang bold. And she resented it. She was not receptive. I guess she felt at that time na mas sikat siya sa akin at ayaw makinig. Maybe she thought that being a comedienne, she could get away with her kind of style. It was only a little misunderstanding between sisters, maliit lang na tampuhan, but it lasted for several years.”

The industry being a small world (maliit lang na mundong ginagalawan), the sisters would cross paths every now and then but they acted as if they were not seeing each other, giving each other the cold-shoulder treatment, although they did know what was happening to each other. Small world, as I was saying. “As early as 15 years ago,” revealed Nova (who is slightly older than Tia Pusit), “she was urinating blood due to a kidney ailment. Then, three years ago, she survived a stroke.”  But when her kidney ailment worsened, Tia Pusit was rushed to the Kidney Center where she was confined for two weeks. Complications set in (affecting her heart and other vital organs) so she was transferred to the Heart Center where, for some time, she was confined at the ICU on respirator, until two days ago… * READ MORE...

ALSO: A birthday tribute to the oldest living Sampaguitan 

Then and now: Rudy Francisco--As a matinee idol (inset) at Sampaguita Pictures in the early ’50s
and today at 92 as a successful lawyer. Left: The figurine placed at the top of Rudy’s birthday cake decorated with Rudy’s old pictures. (Old photo from the collections of Celso de Guzman Caparas.) Remember that lovable gentleman in the heart-warming McDonald’s commercial about a “forgetful” grandfather mistaking his granddaughters “Karen” and “Gina” one for the other as he divides a sandwich between them?  He’s Rudy Francisco, the Sampaguita Pictures matinee idol who turned his back on showbiz just when he was a breath away from full stardom to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. Described by his actor-son R.S. Francisco as “tall, dark and handsome with an aquiline nose and deep-set brooding dark eyes,” Rudy was in showbiz for only six years (1950-1956) and appeared in 16 movies with, among others, his brother Fred Montilla (who served as Quezon City councilor), Gloria Romero (still active), Lolita Rodriguez (based in California), Eddie Garcia (the Durable One) and others.

“Stardom was offered to my dad on a silver platter,” said R.S. (fondly remembered for his performance as the title role in Madame Butterfly). “He was a reluctant actor. He quit the movies but he never really left Sampaguita Pictures for which he became the in-house legal counsel.”  The “reluctant actor” couldn’t say no to a persistent offer to star in that iconic McDonald’s commercial which so endeared him to the public that he became known not anymore as the early ‘50s heartthrob but as the Pambansang Lolo. “I pushed him into doing it,” R.S., who is into TV directing, recalled with a laugh. “The role of the lolo was going to make or break the commercial and the ad agency was having a hard time looking for the ‘perfect’ actor. I thought of my dad but he said no. But on the day of the auditions, he finally agreed to do it. As I drove him to the auditions, he was in a jolly mood.”  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Regine on using Ogie’s surname 

PHOTO: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with Martin Nievera at the Gabay Guro Charity Gala for Teachers held at the Manila Polo Club MANILA, Philippines - Regine Velasquez certainly has the credentials and fame to keep her maiden name intact at least to the public eye. That, even if she’s wife to also big star Ogie Alcasid. But she herself had made the move to attach Ogie’s surname right after they got married.

From there on, we have been hearing and seeing the longer Regine Velasquez-Alcasid each time she is introduced before a performance or mentioned in an article, almost like a requirement. Regine insisted the decision was hers. “It was my decision. It’s a conscious effort and I want to honor my husband,” she said in a recent interview. Discounting any possibility of Ogie opposing had she ask that her established stage name be kept as it was, Regine felt right to tell people to observe what she thought was just proper. She shared, “It took some time for people to get used to it. But now I think they have already embraced it. It’s my way of acknowledging the collaboration that is me and Ogie.”  * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Heart: I will have a baby when I'm 31 or 32 

Heart Evangelista said she is ready to have a baby soon after her wedding with Sen. Francis “Chiz”
Escudero. “I will have a baby when I'm 31 or 32,” the GMA-7 actress said on GMA-7's showbiz talk show “Startalk” on Sunday. The 29-year-old actress said in a previous interview that she wants to have children three to four years after tying the knot with Chiz. But in her recent Instagram posts, Heart teases that she's contemplating on being a “young mom.” “Today, I went to the doctor…I realized how health should be first and how blessed I am to be healthy…made me seriously think of preparing to be a young mom…having a baby at 35 is harder compared to 31…let’s see what happens,” she posted on her social media account.

In the interview with her “Startalk” co-hosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis, Heart explained: “Na-realize ko na siguro nga mas mabuting mas bata ako magkaroon ng anak kasi mas ma-e-enjoy ko siya.” She added: “And marami na rin akong nagawa para sa sarili ko. Marami na ring akong napagdaanan — mga boyfriend, mga heartache, ganyan. Sayang naman yung wisdom na natutunan ko kung para sa akin lang, pwede ko naman siyang i-pass on sa magiging anak ko.” Is there a possibility of getting pregnant before her wedding, which is slated next year? “Okay lang. It's still a blessing. Pero hindi talaga kasi family planning and responsible parenthood,” she quipped. THI9S IS THE FULL REPORT

(ALSO) Vic on relationship with Pauleen: Age is just a number 

Vic Sotto believes the huge age difference between him and Pauleen Luna helps make their relationship. “Wala namang problema yung age. Age is just a number,” the veteran comedian said in a taped interview with showbiz news show “Cinema News” aired Friday, October 3. He added: “In fact, I think it's the age difference (that makes relationship work). Kasi, maaaring malayo yung edad namin. Pero ang pagiisip ni Pauleen ay medyo may edad na. Ako naman, ang pagiisip ko ay bata pa. So nagme-meet din.” Vic is 60 years old, while Pauleen is 25.

In the past, Vic has acknowledged his “hindi rin ideal” relationship with Pauleen. “You have a lot to go through in dealing with me. Because if you deal with me, you deal with all these people,” he told Pauleen during his 60th birthday party earlier this year. The “Eat Bulaga” main host was also asked about proposing to Pauleen. “Baka naman sabihin nila nakikisunod lang ako sa uso,” Vic told “Cinema News,” in reference to the number of celebrity engagements that happened this year. He quipped, “When you least expect it, doon kayo mag-expect.” Vic is working on “My Big Bossing's Adventures,” an entry in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Tiya Pusit dies of multiple organ failure

MANILA, OCTOBER 6, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Marinel R. Cruz -


Tiya Pusit. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Veteran comedienne Tiya Pusit, who became a household name via the 1980s sitcom “Eh Kasi Babae,” passed away due to multiple organ failure at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City on Thursday night. She was 66.

Tiya Pusit, whose real name was Myrna Villanueva, died at 11:30 p.m., according to her son Christian Uybengkee.
Villanueva’s remains now lie at the St. Peter Chapels in Quezon City, with public viewing allowed starting Saturday until Tuesday. Interment details were to be announced later.

Uybengkee called for prayers from his mother’s fans. “The family is in pain but is trying to cope with her death the best way we can,” he told the Inquirer by phone on Friday.

Villanueva, who had fallen ill in April, battled several health problems, including kidney failure and aortic aneurysm. She underwent a double heart bypass surgery on Sept. 9, but failed to recover from it. In a statement, Uybengkee said Villanueva had had two episodes of stroke since the operation. Her kidneys also failed “rapidly.”

Villanueva’s friend, Elaine Lozano, was at the hospital at the time of the comedienne’s passing. “I was also with her last Monday. I even told her that she should get better because she’s too beautiful to be staying in a hospital. She just looked at me with her smiling eyes,” Lozano recalled.

* Lozano said Villanueva “flat-lined right after the members of a prayer group present (on Thursday night) finished their prayer and said ‘Amen.’ It was a bittersweet moment. It was like she had been released and would no longer experience all the hardships.”

Lozano is the organizer of a benefit show set on Sunday, supposedly to raise funds for Villanueva’s treatment. She said her group would still push through with the “Concert For a Cause” to be held at 8 p.m., at the comedy bar Zirkoh in Quezon City.

“This will be a big help to her family, especially since I was told that P1.5 million is still needed to pay for her hospital bills,” Lozano said.

Singers like Nanette Inventor, Bimbo Cerudo and Richard Reynoso, comediennes Joy Viado and Pokwang, as well as celebrities Lotlot de Leon and Elmo Magalona have all promised to perform at the concert.

Villanueva was last seen in ABS-CBN’s drama series “Ikaw Lamang” and the TV5 sitcom “Confessions of a Torpe.” She was also in GMA 7 programs “Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas” (2013), “One True Love” (2012), “Bahay Mo Ba ‘To?” (2005), as well as in “Mara Clara” (ABS-CBN, 2011) and “Momay” (ABS-CBN, 2010).

Tiya Pusit was best known for her comedic roles in a career that spanned over three decades. On the big screen, she appeared in over a dozen movies like “Dorm Boys” (2012), “A Journey Home” (2009), “Bakit ba Ganyan (Ewan ko nga ba, Darling)” (2000), “Huwag na Huwag kang Lalapit Darling” (1997) and “Hulihin si…Nardong Toothpick (1990), and “Leroy Leroy Sinta” (1988).

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Nova on half-sister Tia Pusit: In the end, what prevails is love FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 4, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


PHOTO: Nova Villa (left) and half-sister Myrna ‘Tia Pusit’ Villanueva(center): Blood is thicker than water. Right: Tia Pusit passed away Thursday night at the Philippine Heart Center due to aneurysm. She was 66.

Blood, after all, is thicker than water.

Perhaps not many people outside of the movie industry knew that there was a gap between Nova Villa and her half-sister Myrna “Tia Pusit” Villanueva who died of heart ailment at 11:30 Wednesday night (Oct. 2) at the Heart Center where she was confined for several weeks. She turned 66 last March 23.

But in the end, said Nova in a phone interview with Funfare yesterday afternoon before she agreed to discuss that gap, “ang nanaig ay pagmamahal sa kapatid.”

Yes, love does conquer all, even sibling rivalry.

“We were really close,” Nova started to tell her story, “at nagkaroon kami ng gap after I got her into showbiz. When she clicked, I felt that she changed a bit, para siyang nag-iba.”

They were both comediennes but their style was very different, poles apart, with Nova on the wholesome feel-good side and Tia Pusit on the bolder (read: more risqué) side.

“She clicked naman,” Nova said. “But as an older sister, I advised her to tone down a bit on her style kasi parang masyado ngang bold. And she resented it. She was not receptive. I guess she felt at that time na mas sikat siya sa akin at ayaw makinig. Maybe she thought that being a comedienne, she could get away with her kind of style. It was only a little misunderstanding between sisters, maliit lang na tampuhan, but it lasted for several years.”

The industry being a small world (maliit lang na mundong ginagalawan), the sisters would cross paths every now and then but they acted as if they were not seeing each other, giving each other the cold-shoulder treatment, although they did know what was happening to each other. Small world, as I was saying.

“As early as 15 years ago,” revealed Nova (who is slightly older than Tia Pusit), “she was urinating blood due to a kidney ailment. Then, three years ago, she survived a stroke.”

But when her kidney ailment worsened, Tia Pusit was rushed to the Kidney Center where she was confined for two weeks. Complications set in (affecting her heart and other vital organs) so she was transferred to the Heart Center where, for some time, she was confined at the ICU on respirator, until two days ago…

* The reconciliation came long before Tia Pusit’s hospitalization. No apologies, no exchange of “I’m sorry,” no recriminations, no digging up of the bitter past but only looking ahead at a bright future.

“Basta, it was automatic, hindi plinano,” said Nova. “She just hugged me and that was it. Ganoon kadali, that easy.”

Every other day during Tia Pusit’s hospitalization, Nova said that she would visit her.

“I would see her eyes wandering, as if asking herself, ‘What would happen to me?’ We avoided talking about sad things. Ayokong malungkot siya at biglang pumutok ‘yung kanyang aneurysm. Paminsan-minsan, nagiging dramatic actress siya but as we went along, lumalabas din ang pagka-comedienne niya. Smile-smile lang kami. After two hours with her, I would say goodbye kasi dumadating na naman ang mga anak niya to watch over her.”

No, Tia Pusit never told Nova of any last wishes.

Toward the end, there was only love between the sisters.

“Ganoon pala ‘yon. When you see your loved one, or even just a friend, in that condition, no matter how much you hate them, nawawala at ang nangingibabaw ay ang pagmamahal at kung paano mo sila matutulungan. Isa-isang nawawala ang galit o tampo mo at ang tanging natitira ay love.”

The wake for Tia Pusit is at St. Peter Memorial Chapels (on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City) until Wednesday, Oct. 8, when she’s interred at the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Novaliches, Quezon City.

She’s survived by children Christian, Christine, Kitkit and Chan-Chan.

A birthday tribute to the oldest living Sampaguitan FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Then and now: Rudy Francisco--As a matinee idol (inset) at Sampaguita Pictures in the early ’50s and today at 92 as a successful lawyer. Left: The figurine placed at the top of Rudy’s birthday cake decorated with Rudy’s old pictures. (Old photo from the collections of Celso de Guzman Caparas.)

Remember that lovable gentleman in the heart-warming McDonald’s commercial about a “forgetful” grandfather mistaking his granddaughters “Karen” and “Gina” one for the other as he divides a sandwich between them?

He’s Rudy Francisco, the Sampaguita Pictures matinee idol who turned his back on showbiz just when he was a breath away from full stardom to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.

Described by his actor-son R.S. Francisco as “tall, dark and handsome with an aquiline nose and deep-set brooding dark eyes,” Rudy was in showbiz for only six years (1950-1956) and appeared in 16 movies with, among others, his brother Fred Montilla (who served as Quezon City councilor), Gloria Romero (still active), Lolita Rodriguez (based in California), Eddie Garcia (the Durable One) and others.

“Stardom was offered to my dad on a silver platter,” said R.S. (fondly remembered for his performance as the title role in Madame Butterfly). “He was a reluctant actor. He quit the movies but he never really left Sampaguita Pictures for which he became the in-house legal counsel.”

The “reluctant actor” couldn’t say no to a persistent offer to star in that iconic McDonald’s commercial which so endeared him to the public that he became known not anymore as the early ‘50s heartthrob but as the Pambansang Lolo.

“I pushed him into doing it,” R.S., who is into TV directing, recalled with a laugh. “The role of the lolo was going to make or break the commercial and the ad agency was having a hard time looking for the ‘perfect’ actor. I thought of my dad but he said no. But on the day of the auditions, he finally agreed to do it. As I drove him to the auditions, he was in a jolly mood.”

* During the audition, Rudy was told to act ulyanin (suffering from Alzheimer’s) and he did so with conviction, rekindling the actor in him.

“After the audition,” continued R.S., “I got a call from the producer who sounded anxious. Something was bothering him, he told me. He said that when my dad bid him goodbye, he introduced himself with a different name so they thought that he was already ulyanin. In fact, Dad was ‘method-acting,’ immersed in the role. He’s also a prankster and has remained such up to now.”

When Rudy turned 92 recently, Marichu “Manay Ichu” Maceda suggested that she host a party for Rudy at the old Sampaguita Studios which has been converted into an events place. It turned out to be not just as a loving tribute to the oldest living Sampaguitan but a reunion among Sampaguita veterans.

In real life, Rudy is a lolo to granddaughters Mica and Megan. Aside from R.S., Rudy has another son, Rac, an executive of a leading networking company. Next year, Rudy and Dako delos Santos will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

Of course, that calls for another big celebration.

Regine on using Ogie’s surname By Yugel Losorata (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with Martin Nievera at the Gabay Guro Charity Gala for Teachers held at the Manila Polo Club

MANILA, Philippines - Regine Velasquez certainly has the credentials and fame to keep her maiden name intact at least to the public eye. That, even if she’s wife to also big star Ogie Alcasid.

But she herself had made the move to attach Ogie’s surname right after they got married.

From there on, we have been hearing and seeing the longer Regine Velasquez-Alcasid each time she is introduced before a performance or mentioned in an article, almost like a requirement. Regine insisted the decision was hers.

“It was my decision. It’s a conscious effort and I want to honor my husband,” she said in a recent interview.

Discounting any possibility of Ogie opposing had she ask that her established stage name be kept as it was, Regine felt right to tell people to observe what she thought was just proper.

She shared, “It took some time for people to get used to it. But now I think they have already embraced it. It’s my way of acknowledging the collaboration that is me and Ogie.”

* Regine, along with Concert King Martin Nievera and former Miss Saigon star Jenine Desiderio, was the special guest performer during the Gabay Guro Charity Gala for Teachers recently held at the Manila Polo Club main lounge.

The black-tie event, presented by JCI Ortigas and TOYM, was a fund-raising occasion staged for the benefit of Filipino teachers.

Regine sang the Gabay Guro theme song Believing In Me written by her sister Cacai with husband Raul Mitra.

A project of PLDT with foundation chairwoman Chaye Cabal-Revilla at the helm, Gabay Guro put up a grand tribute yesterday for public school teachers at the SM Mall of Asia.

The foundation, which held a well-attended event in Hong Kong last June, will also be conducting teacher trainings in Sabah in December.

Regine herself is a staunch supporter of the teachers’ cause. She related, “Before when we were kids we used to say we want to become teachers. It only shows how valuable they are in our society. I may have ended up as a happy, contented teacher if I did not become a singer.”

Heart: I will have a baby when I'm 31 or 32 By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated October 5, 2014 - 2:31pm 0 136 googleplus0 0


Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, Philippines – Heart Evangelista said she is ready to have a baby soon after her wedding with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

“I will have a baby when I'm 31 or 32,” the GMA-7 actress said on GMA-7's showbiz talk show “Startalk” on Sunday.

The 29-year-old actress said in a previous interview that she wants to have children three to four years after tying the knot with Chiz.

But in her recent Instagram posts, Heart teases that she's contemplating on being a “young mom.”

“Today, I went to the doctor…I realized how health should be first and how blessed I am to be healthy…made me seriously think of preparing to be a young mom…having a baby at 35 is harder compared to 31…let’s see what happens,” she posted on her social media account.

In the interview with her “Startalk” co-hosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis, Heart explained: “Na-realize ko na siguro nga mas mabuting mas bata ako magkaroon ng anak kasi mas ma-e-enjoy ko siya.”

She added: “And marami na rin akong nagawa para sa sarili ko. Marami na ring akong napagdaanan — mga boyfriend, mga heartache, ganyan. Sayang naman yung wisdom na natutunan ko kung para sa akin lang, pwede ko naman siyang i-pass on sa magiging anak ko.”

Is there a possibility of getting pregnant before her wedding, which is slated next year?

“Okay lang. It's still a blessing. Pero hindi talaga kasi family planning and responsible parenthood,” she quipped.

Vic on relationship with Pauleen: Age is just a number By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated October 5, 2014 - 4:07pm 0 225 googleplus0 3


Vic Sotto Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – Vic Sotto believes the huge age difference between him and Pauleen Luna helps make their relationship.

“Wala namang problema yung age. Age is just a number,” the veteran comedian said in a taped interview with showbiz news show “Cinema News” aired Friday, October 3.

He added: “In fact, I think it's the age difference (that makes relationship work). Kasi, maaaring malayo yung edad namin. Pero ang pagiisip ni Pauleen ay medyo may edad na. Ako naman, ang pagiisip ko ay bata pa. So nagme-meet din.”

Vic is 60 years old, while Pauleen is 25.

In the past, Vic has acknowledged his “hindi rin ideal” relationship with Pauleen. “You have a lot to go through in dealing with me. Because if you deal with me, you deal with all these people,” he told Pauleen during his 60th birthday party earlier this year.

The “Eat Bulaga” main host was also asked about proposing to Pauleen.

“Baka naman sabihin nila nakikisunod lang ako sa uso,” Vic told “Cinema News,” in reference to the number of celebrity engagements that happened this year.

He quipped, “When you least expect it, doon kayo mag-expect.”

Vic is working on “My Big Bossing's Adventures,” an entry in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.


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