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WHY KRIS AQUINO WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL 

Three days after she was rushed to the hospital, Kris Aquino returned to work on Sunday to host the weekly showbiz talk show “The Buzz.”   Explaining what really happened last Thursday, Aquino said: “Hindi talaga kinaya na, nung Thursday bumigay ang katawan ko. I was really hilong hilo and parang puputok na 'yung ulo sa sakit and when I got home, I kept throwing up.”  Aquino said her doctor advised that she be brought to the hospital because of her high blood pressure at the time. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: What Kris wants but can't afford 

PHOTO OF Kris Aquino ---MANILA, Philippines -- Despite her multi-million-peso paychecks, actress-host Kris Aquino still doesn't have everything she wants. One thing she wants to own but can't afford to buy -- yet -- is a "prime beachfront home," she revealed on Twitter. Based on data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Aquino was the highest-paid celebrity in 2010. Aquino, who is dubbed Queen of All Media, had a total taxable income of P101 million in 2010, for which she paid taxes of P32.3 million. Aquino also told one of her followers in her official Twitter account that one of her dreams is to tour Paris, Lourdes, Florence and Milan because of "cooking schools for tourists, good shopping."  Like many celebrities, Aquino also has a passion for cooking, which she regularly showcases on her morning show "Kris TV."  Currently, Aquino is out of the country to spend time with sons Joshua and Bimby. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Dabarkads join Dapitan City’s Festival of Colors

The Festival of Colors features the participation of Marian Rivera  DAPITAN CITY, Philippines — Gloria’s Fantasyland, one of the country’s premiere theme parks and considered as the first amusement park in Visayas and Mindanao, has unveiled new attractions for family entertainment. Among the attractions launched were the Joy of Life and The Festival of Colors shows. The event was graced by Dabarkads Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Pia Guanio, Ryzza Mae Dizon, TAPE, Inc.’s Tony Tuviera, GMA 7 AVP for Regional TV Oli Amoroso, GMA TV Northern Mindanao station manager Armi Sobrimesana and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera who were billeted at the Dakak Beach Resort. “Gloria’s Fantasyland is the biggest theme park outside of Luzon and the first of its kind in the whole of Mindanao. It is a place where we can showcase something that the Filipino can be truly proud of,” said Lana Jalosjos-de Leon, Dakak and Gloria’s Fantasyland VP for sales and marketing. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: John Lloyd-Toni box-office tandem

Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga play a married couple in the ABS-CBN sitcom Home Sweetie Home The comedy team-up of John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga in the sitcom Home Sweetie Home is clearly a result of their box-office success in My Amnesia Girl in 2010. They are playing the roles of husband and wife in the show that reflects the challenges most Filipino newlyweds face. Apart from this, the show that is aired Saturdays will also tackle other aspects of family life. There are also other members of the family to consider. The family sitcom also stars Rico J. Puno, Sandy Andolong, Jason Gainza, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado, Joross Gamboa, Ketchup Eusebio, Eda Nolan, Ryan Bang, Eric Nicholas and Mitoy Yonting. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) 2014 in showbiz: Top 10 weddings, engagements of the year

1. Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes

2. Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero

3. Karylle Tatlonghari and Yael Yuzon

4. Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones

5. Chito Miranda and Neri Naig

6. Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino

7. Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal

8. Iya Villana and Drew Arellano

9. Yeng Constantino and Victor Asuncion

10. Isabel Oli and John Prats  ----VIEW PHOTOS....

ALSO: 2014 in showbiz: Top 5 Pinoy soap operas of the year

MANILA, Philippines - 2014 may be described as a remarkable year for the Philippine soap opera, having been a year of new faces, bold thematic pursuits, and interesting social references. Why were these soap operas notable? Boldness is of course a necessary quality, particularly in a genre that closely follows conventions and time-tested modes. In this day and age, the teleserye has a lot of elbow room in reinventing thematic concerns, and some of this year’s teleseryes attempted to transcend trivial pursuits, particularly in discussing social issues and taboos, like infidelity. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Most unforgettable moments of 2014

PHOTO: Director Louie Ignacio, Director Mark Reyes, Alden Richards MANILA, Philippines - Christmas is just around the corner. It is that time of the year again when people exchange gifts, share happiness and blessings and spread the love more than anything else. After a year’s worth of hard work, some of the Kapuso stars look back on the moments wherein they felt really fulfilled. They cherish these moments and make them a source of motivation for their future endeavours. CONTINUE READING RICKY LO's CONVERSATIONAS..


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Why Kris Aquino was rushed to hospital


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MANILA, DECEMBER 22, 2014 (ABS-CBN) Three days after she was rushed to the hospital, Kris Aquino returned to work on Sunday to host the weekly showbiz talk show “The Buzz.”

Explaining what really happened last Thursday, Aquino said: “Hindi talaga kinaya na, nung Thursday bumigay ang katawan ko. I was really hilong hilo and parang puputok na 'yung ulo sa sakit and when I got home, I kept throwing up.”

Aquino said her doctor advised that she be brought to the hospital because of her high blood pressure at the time.

“Natakot na ako so I said, ‘Alvin tawagan mo na si Doc.’ Super taas ng blood pressure ko, 150/110 at its peak 'yung BP ko. So sabi nila pumunta na kami sa ospital. Baka naman daw na-stroke na ako or whatever,” she said.

Aquino said her migraine headache came from muscle spasms due to exhaustion coupled with extreme heat during the gift-giving event which she attended last Thursday.

Because of what happened, the TV host was unable to go to ABS-CBN last Thursday to tape an episode of “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

She was supposed to promote her upcoming movie “Feng Shui 2” in the comedy show at the time, along with co-star Coco Martin.

After thanking all the doctors and nurses who took care of her, Aquino reported on “The Buzz” that she is feeling much better now.


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What Kris wants but can't afford ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 01/03/2013 12:44 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2013 6:49 PM


Kris Aquino

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite her multi-million-peso paychecks, actress-host Kris Aquino still doesn't have everything she wants.

One thing she wants to own but can't afford to buy -- yet -- is a "prime beachfront home," she revealed on Twitter.

Based on data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Aquino was the highest-paid celebrity in 2010.

Aquino, who is dubbed Queen of All Media, had a total taxable income of P101 million in 2010, for which she paid taxes of P32.3 million.

Aquino also told one of her followers in her official Twitter account that one of her dreams is to tour Paris, Lourdes, Florence and Milan because of "cooking schools for tourists, good shopping."

Like many celebrities, Aquino also has a passion for cooking, which she regularly showcases on her morning show "Kris TV."

Currently, Aquino is out of the country to spend time with sons Joshua and Bimby.


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Dabarkads join Dapitan City’s Festival of Colors By Ver Paulino (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 22, 2014 - 12:00am 5 0 googleplus0 0


The Festival of Colors features the participation of Marian Rivera

 DAPITAN CITY, Philippines — Gloria’s Fantasyland, one of the country’s premiere theme parks and considered as the first amusement park in Visayas and Mindanao, has unveiled new attractions for family entertainment.

Among the attractions launched were the Joy of Life and The Festival of Colors shows. The event was graced by Dabarkads Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Pia Guanio, Ryzza Mae Dizon, TAPE, Inc.’s Tony Tuviera, GMA 7 AVP for Regional TV Oli Amoroso, GMA TV Northern Mindanao station manager Armi Sobrimesana and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera who were billeted at the Dakak Beach Resort.

“Gloria’s Fantasyland is the biggest theme park outside of Luzon and the first of its kind in the whole of Mindanao. It is a place where we can showcase something that the Filipino can be truly proud of,” said Lana Jalosjos-de Leon, Dakak and Gloria’s Fantasyland VP for sales and marketing.

123456 Former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos (right) with TAPE, Inc. head Tony Tuviera The theme park was established five years ago. It is located near the Gloria de Dapitan Entertainment Complex. It boasts of high-tech facilities and brand-new, imported rides like the Zimmerman coaster, Go Kart, Bumper Cars, Beehive, 5D Theater and the most expensive Horror House, which was designed by movie set designers.

The Festival of Colors is an extravagant evening spectacle featuring the most colorful costumes in the world. It wows and fascinates the theme park’s visitors with a dazzling display of beautiful fabrics, interesting art pieces and costumes worn by performers mounted on 12 giant floats showcasing the rich culture not just of the Philippines, but also of other Asian, African and European countries. Visitors to Gloria’s Fantasyland are also treated to a one-hour musical parade with original music, lighting and set designs created by award-winning Filipino artists.

The highlight of the float parade was the presence of Marian, who wore a Filipiniana dress. Also seen was Dapitan’s pride Junrey Balawing, a 2011 Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the world’s shortest man. The radiant smiles of the muses, dancers, performers and Marian kept the audience excited until the end of the parade. The show culminated with fireworks display.

Filipinos and foreign tourists can catch and enjoy the year-long Festival of Colors show daily at 10 p.m. The park is open from Tuesdays to Sundays at 4 p.m. onwards.


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John Lloyd-Toni box-office tandem LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 22, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga play a married couple in the ABS-CBN sitcom Home Sweetie Home

The comedy team-up of John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga in the sitcom Home Sweetie Home is clearly a result of their box-office success in My Amnesia Girl in 2010. They are playing the roles of husband and wife in the show that reflects the challenges most Filipino newlyweds face. Apart from this, the show that is aired Saturdays will also tackle other aspects of family life. There are also other members of the family to consider. The family sitcom also stars Rico J. Puno, Sandy Andolong, Jason Gainza, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado, Joross Gamboa, Ketchup Eusebio, Eda Nolan, Ryan Bang, Eric Nicholas and Mitoy Yonting.

John Lloyd’s career began when he starred in the teen drama Tabing Ilog. The series was so successful that it lasted five years. His breakthrough role, however, came in 2002, when he was chosen to play Yuri in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay where he was paired with Bea Alonzo. After this came lead roles in such teleseryes as It Might Be You, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, Maging Sino Ka Man and its sequel where John Lloyd won a Best Actor award.

In 2009, he was again reunited with Bea Alonzo in I Love Betty La Fea which marked their sixth TV collaboration. In 2010, Lloydie was paired with Angel Locsin in a dark-romance, fantasy-thriller series titled Imortal, a sequel to the original series Lobo. As a TV host, he has recurring appearances in the concert show, ASAP. Since he started his showbiz career in 1996, he has been a contract talent for ABS-CBN.

John Lloyd started his career in the teen drama Tabing Ilog Toni, on the other hand, started her career with GMA then moved to ABS in 2005. She sings, acts and does a lot of hosting principally in ASAP, The Buzz, Pinoy Big Brother, and lately, The Voice of the Philippines. When she was 13 years old, Toni had already shown signs of an innate attraction to showbiz. She joined a singing competition called Tanghalan Ng Kampeon, then aired on GMA. Toni is from Taytay, the eldest daughter of Carlito and Crisanta Gonzaga. Her sister Alex Gonzaga is also an actress and TV host, and who has joined Toni at ABS.

Toni’s biggest break in the entertainment industry was her Sprite TV ad with Piolo Pascual in 2001, where she plays a big fan and shouts out “I Love You Piolo!” For months, she was aped by real fans who mimicked her whenever they would see her.

Rico J. Puno and Sandy Andolong also star in the Kapamilya show In 2009, she starred in a Valentine’s Day special episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine TV and in Asia. She was then cast in the Gideon Flame Film Festival’s Best Film, A Journey Home. A duet album with Sam Milby was released under Star Records that year.

Toni is SM Cinema’s Box Office Queen for 2010 alongside John Lloyd as the Box Office King for their movie My Amnesia Girl. This was possibly what led to their pairing in Home Sweetie Home. We are a regular follower of the comedy show. It is entertaining and at the same time serious, providing important lessons in life without being boring. We expect Home Sweetie Home to run for several more years.


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2014 in showbiz: Top 10 weddings, engagements of the year By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated December 22, 2014 - 2:00pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera lead the stars who got engaged in show business this year. Photo courtesy of Nice Print Photography

MANILA, Philippines - From the wedding of the longtime couple Iya Villana and Drew Arellano to the engagement of GMA-7 leading ladies Marian Rivera and Heart Evangelista, 2014 is indeed the year for love.

One thing that has been notable this year is show business is the number of celebrity couples who got engaged and got married.

Here's a rundown of some of the notable celebrity engagements and weddings of 2014.

1. Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes

It was in August this year when Dingdong Dantes proposed to Marian Rivera in her Saturday primetime dance show “Marian,” where he was a guest for the actress' birthday special. After a few special presentations, Dingdong was on his knees and asked Marian to marry him. The actress responded with a hug and a kiss.

The two have been together for almost seven years now and went through a lot of ups and downs: namely, the fans linking Marian in Dingdong’s break-up with Karylle Tatlonghari and Marian’s rift with Heart that allegedly rooted from Heart’s planned project with Dingdong.

Despite all these controversies, Marian and Dingdong's relationship remained strong and they will be tying the knot on December 30, 2014 at the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Cubao, Quezon City where the actor was baptized.

2. Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero

Just before everyone fell asleep on Saturday, Augusy 23, netizens were surprised by the news that Heart Evangelista is engaged to Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

The engagement happened in Escudero’s hometown, Sorsogon.

Their engagement happened after the two repeatedly stated in press interviews that a wedding proposal won't happen any time soon due.

The couple seems to love to surprise the public. They also took people by surprise when Chiz admitted his relationship with Heart after being pressed by Kris Aquino in her morning show “Kris TV.”

The couple had their own share of controversies, especially after Heart's parents expressed their disapproval of Chiz. Yet the couple had a strong two-year relationship, got engaged and will tie the knot on February 15, 2015 at Balesin Island Resort in Mauban, Quezon.

3. Karylle Tatlonghari and Yael Yuzon

Karylle Tatlonghari confirmed on February that she'll be tying the knot with Spongecola lead vocalist Yael Yuzon. The reports about their engagement first came out in December 2013, although the couple initially refused to address the rumors. The two have been together for more than two years before they got married.

The wedding happened March 21, at the San Antonio de Padua church, in Tagaytay. It was attended by the couple's family, relatives and close friends.

4. Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones

If some took a number of years before deciding to settle down, this was not the case with Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones.

The two have been together for a year when, in August 2013, the two got engaged.

After months of preparations, the couple tied the knot on Labor Day, May 1, in Boracay. In a previous interview with he couple, they explained that they chose to have a beach wedding because of their love of surfing and beach.

5. Chito Miranda and Neri Naig

Controversies just made Chito Miranda and Neri Naig's relationship stronger. In July 2013, the couple faced a big controversy after their sex video was leaked online. On August the same year, an alleged part two of the video came out and further tested their relationship.

Chito immediately took action to protect Neri by seeking the help of NBI to trace who uploaded the videos. He also made statement through his social networking sites, defending her girlfriend from her bashers and told them that this controversy won't bring them down.

Last May, Chito arranged a surprise proposal to Neri through the help of his friends. It was an emotional proposal that happened in Tagaytay. The couple married Decmeber of this year.

6. Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino

Not everyone may be open-minded about the relationship of Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño, but they proved that love conquers all.

After their first anniversary on January, Aiza arranged a surprise proposal for Liza in February, at the staging of the former's musical at the University of the Philippines.

The two planned two weddings, one held in America with family and close friends, and another here in Manila on 2015 for their colleagues and other friends.

The wedding in US happened on December 8 in California. One of their principal sponsors is Aiza's co-star in “Be Careful With My Heart,” Sylvia Sanchez.

Now that they're officially a wedded couple, with Liza's daughter Amara, “Nagsimula na ang buhay ko,” said Aiza.

After being together for four years, JC Intal proposed to Bianca Gonzalez March this year. The basketball cager pulled off a surprise proposal for Bianca at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before she left for London.

The couple has been hands-on for the wedding preparations. They exchanged “I do’s” on Dec. 4, in El Nido, Palawan, six days earlier than their announced wedding date. The couple's fans found out about their private wedding through their friend Chezka Kramer.

7. Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal

After being together for four years, JC Intal proposed to Bianca Gonzalez March this year. The basketball cager pulled off a surprise proposal for Bianca at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before she left for London.

The couple has been hands-on for the wedding preparations. They exchanged “I do’s” on Dec. 4, in El Nido, Palawan, six days earlier than their announced wedding date. The couple's fans found out about their private wedding through their friend Chezka Kramer.

8. Iya Villana and Drew Arellano

During the nine-year relationship of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano, they were always asked by the press when they plan to settle down, to which they always reply, “We're not in a hurry.” In December 2013, STAR entertainment editor Ricky Lo revealed in his column, Funfare, that the two are getting married January 2014.

True enough, before the January 2014 ended, Iya and Drew tied the knot in Batangas, attended by family members and close friends. The wedding happened by the beach since both of them love the outdoors.

9. Yeng Constantino and Victor Asuncion

Yeng Constantino and her non-showbiz boyfriend Victor Asuncion have decided to settle down one year after they became a couple. Yeng made the announcement in March through her Instagram account.

Some may think it was all sudden, yet the Kapamilya artist said in previous interviews that people shouldn’t be afraid to enter marriage. Their wedding will happen on February 14, 2015 somewhere near Metro Manila and will head to their honeymoon in Maldives.

10. Isabel Oli and John Prats

After a year of being together, John Prats proposed to Isabel Oli in September.

The Kapamilya actor proposed to the Kapuso actress through a flash mob in Eastwood Mall. Some of their family members and friends are there like Camille Prats, Sam Milby, Chynna Ortaleza and Angelica Panganiban.

Their garden wedding will happen May 2015 at the Prats’ farm in Bantangas.


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2014 in showbiz: Top 5 Pinoy soap operas of the year By Louie Jon Sanchez, contributor (philstar.com) | Updated December 22, 2014 - 2:16am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Maricar Reyes, Paulo Avelino and Bea Alonzo of the ABS-CBN soap opera "Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon." ABS-CBN/PR Photo

MANILA, Philippines - 2014 may be described as a remarkable year for the Philippine soap opera, having been a year of new faces, bold thematic pursuits, and interesting social references.

Why were these soap operas notable? Boldness is of course a necessary quality, particularly in a genre that closely follows conventions and time-tested modes. In this day and age, the teleserye has a lot of elbow room in reinventing thematic concerns, and some of this year’s teleseryes attempted to transcend trivial pursuits, particularly in discussing social issues and taboos, like infidelity.

There’s also the presentation of the “new”— as in new love teams, or new story treatments. Although newness is always disputable, the teleserye may be considered as offering newness by way of its being a platform for, say, an interesting pair that could establish successful fandoms, or establishing new viewing behavior. Newness may also be innovation, pushing the possibilities of the teleserye to go beyond its being a teleserye. For instance, some teleseryes of 2014 were able to grow into brands that reflected, of course, significant network interests.

The teleserye, however, is still a dynamic television genre that continues to reinvent itself — and this is where I would like to start the revaluation of these notable ones of 2014, for their absorbing acting, remarkable script, and distinct concept and production. They characterized the teleserye as a genre coming unto itself after 15 years, offering gripping and sensible narratives, despite the strong pull of market demands; intelligent approaches to even the typical soap figures and tropes; and astute refraction of current social affairs, an aspect of the teleserye only visible to the discerning eye.

I selected these 5 notable teleseryes notwithstanding their performance in the ratings games. After 15 years of claiming the soap opera as our own through the use — and hopefully not the abuse — of the word teleserye, the scene looks fair and promising, and I am certain that with these kinds of soaps around, the teleserye as Filipino is here to thrive and stay, for 15 more years, and beyond.

5. Honesto | October 2013 - March 2014

Honesto may be deemed allegorical, considering that the current administration’s all-out campaign against corruption climaxed this year with several Blue Ribbon Committee hearings in the Senate, the real teleseryes of the day. To begin with, the title was already suggestive, and to personify honesty by way of a Pinnochio-like child-character, that of Rikko Matteo, was an astute way of projecting this political clamor for good governance. In an understated, ironic manner, the soap allegorized how the reign of greed decimated a utopic town where honor is valued and lies are difficult to keep, as moments of dishonesty manifest by way of swelling noses. Matteo’s Honesto, the child who could not lie, embodied what Filipino society wanted to recover at this sorry point where everyone was to be held suspect for lying — in real, and reel life. In the soap, lying was clearly identified as the path to corruption, and honesty, though such a lonely word, was the only way to redemption.

4. Rhodora X | January 2014 - May 2014

Rhodora X is Jennylyn Mercado’s piece de resistance. In this teleserye, she played the character of Rhodora, who was suffering from dissociative identity disorder, a result of her violent experience in a kidnapping episode. Aside from her main or host character, she had two other selves here — the alter egos Roxanne, and Rowena, pegged to be 8 years old. The part of her which is Roxanne — scheming and cunning — developed hatred for her sister, Angela, played by the underrated Yasmien Kurdi. Rhodora-as-Roxanne competed with Angela for their mother’s love, and for Mark Herras’ Joaquin, their love interest.

I find the concept very interesting and Mercado, in interviews, said that it was very challenging to be embodying these conflicting selves. The internal dynamics heightened the external conflicts, and this ploy, I think, made the soap opera this year’s boldest.

3. The Legal Wife | January 2014 - June 2014

The Legal Wife is by far, this year’s fiercest teleserye. It was the return soap of Angel Locsin, who here played Monica, the legal wife to Jericho Rosales’s Adrian. It was fierce in providing a new perspective on infidelity in Philippine culture, presenting a deconstructed male macho figure, and a resonant image of the other woman. The configuration of the bida and kontrabida here was examined as merely an artifice to the moral issue (for the patriarchy) of keeping the family.

The soap was a dramatic showcase of confrontations that easily trended in social media, but these confrontations, though filled with the choicest hysterics, only attempted to subtly expose what was usually kept under wraps: the gravitas of a woman’s position in fighting for one’s love in the context of the Filipino, middle/upper-class family, and keeping one’s self respect and dignity in an oppressive patriarchal environment.

2. Got To Believe | August 2013 - March 2014

Got To Believe is the “next-level” soap of the Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla tandem. After storming television with their chemistry in Princess and I, it was a good network move to immediately star them in a very interesting and glossy romantic-comedy teleserye. Padilla’s character here, Joaquin, was a sickly teenage brat bored by his life under the care of his overbearing mother. Some may say it’s already an old, old story, as Bernardo’s Chichay played here the maid who was surrogate mother, and eventually, love interest to Joaquin. The virtue of the soap, however, was characterization, and the two’s personae were explored well, with depth and dimension.

The two were also gifted with contrasting worlds that helped characterize them — Joaquin was housed in an almost antiseptic and suffocating mansion where the queen was his mother Juliana, played scintillatingly by Carmina Villaroel, where his father Jaime, played by Ian Veneracion, was simply subservient. The gypsy-like Chichay’s world meanwhile was a world of carnivalesque play — a perya, maintained by her parents Betchay, played by Manilyn Reynes, and Chito, played by Benjie Paras. The soap’s laudable production design heightened the contrast, and for me, gave a fresh take on the rich boy-poor girl modes that typify Pinoy soap operas.

1. Sana’y Bukas Pa ang Kahapon | June 2014 - October 2014

Sana’y Bukas Pa ang Kahapon leads this year’s most notable teleseryes. It is the story of Rose Buenavista and Emmanuel Romero, both played by Bea Alonzo. Rose, a curiously looking naive lady, is heir to a chocolate empire, who suddenly found herself embroiled in the murder of her father, the story’s main pivot. Emmanuel defended her, and eventually, the two got involved in a car mishap that claimed the life of the lawyer. Rose survived and for a while pretended to be Emmanuel, after a successful plastic surgery. With plans to avenge her fate, she began to investigate her being framed and plotted to bring down those who took over her family’s chocolate business — her suspects to the crime.

This teleserye is Alonzo’s best so far, and she has matured in terms of acting alongside her equally talented leading man Paulo Avelino, who played the role of Rose’s erstwhile chocolatier husband Patrick Salvador. The most revealing performance, however, came from Maricar Reyes, who played Sasha, Patrick's highly insecure second wife. Her character’s pathos upped the ante and lent her real versatility, making her tragic end rather heroic.


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Most unforgettable moments of 2014 (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 22, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Director Louie Ignacio, Director Mark Reyes, Alden Richards

MANILA, Philippines - Christmas is just around the corner. It is that time of the year again when people exchange gifts, share happiness and blessings and spread the love more than anything else.

After a year’s worth of hard work, some of the Kapuso stars look back on the moments wherein they felt really fulfilled. They cherish these moments and make them a source of motivation for their future endeavours.

What is the most memorable thing that happened in your life this year?

Director Louie Ignacio: “This year, the production of my first Cinemalaya film, Asintado. Yun ‘yung Cinemalaya X na pumasok akong Top 5 sa Director’s Showcase, that’s very memorable because it’s my dream na at least mapasok ko yung indie. Also, the production of my second indie advocacy film, Child House, and of course, meeting with the Pope — ‘yung kanyang conclave at the Vatican.”

Director Mark Reyes: “Having to direct four shows for GMA all at the same time and managed to be the No. 1 daytime soap have certainly made my 2014 a memorable one.”

Alden Richards: “The projects I received from GMA because they’re really ground-breaking for me, (as they came) at an early stage in showbiz, for three years and a half. Yung Ilustrado, Bet ng Bayan and Carmela were my biggest breaks on GMA and I’m really happy that I was able to, kahit papano, give justice to the roles given to me and I’m really thankful.”

Donita Rose: “Definitely, Basta Everyday Happy is one of my happiest gifts and the people here. I really look forward to every single taping. On air, it is a good job, but off air, we’re having so much fun, it’s crazy.”

Andrea Torres: “This year, na-overwhelm talaga ako sa FHM, one of the biggest blessings in my life this year. It’s something I didn’t expect to happen in my career. Sobrang career ‘yung diet, gym and everything so it’s nice pala kapag mayroon kang ginagawa na natatakot kang gawin pero ang ganda ng resulta. Because of that, I realized that if you put hard work to every project that you do, and if you pray, the results will be good.”

Mikael Daez: “The most memorable thing was the birth of my baby brother, baby Alvaro, the ninth in the family.”

Rochelle Pangilinan: “My family and Art (Arthur Solinap) get along very well. Nagsimula naman ‘yun nung nagsimula ‘yung relasyon namin. Pero ngayon, mas intense at masaya.”

Enzo Pineda: “The most memorable thing that I’ll never forget is when I got into running marathons and doing aquathlons. It totally changed my lifestyle and mindset into something more positive.”

LJ Reyes: “I got a really pretty challenging project right on my birth month!”

Renz Fernandez: “The most memorable thing that happened in my life this year is when I was given the privilege to work here and meet various individuals who share the same passion for creating.”

Yasmien Kurdi: “When I had a surgery to remove a cyst in my throat, it was memorable kasi akala ko mawawalan na ko ng boses, akala ko hindi na ko makakabalik sa career ko. It was really a nightmare. Then I regained my voice and it was a big blessing. Talagang malalaman mo that God is always there for you.”

Kris Bernal: “Two most memorable things that happened in my life this 2014: My current primetime soap Hiram na Alaala and the friendship we have there. I also treasure my first trip to Japan with my family.”

Barbie Forteza: “I won the Cinemalaya Gawad Balanghay Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Mariquina (New Breed Category). And of course, the indefinite extension of our ongoing Afternoon Prime series, The Half Sisters.”

Rocco Nacino: “Lovi’s (Lovi Poe) sweet ‘Yes.’”

Marc Justine Alvarez: “It was when I received the Best Breakthrough Performance By An Actor award at the Golden Screen Awards.”

Jeric Gonzales: “The most memorable thing that happened in my life this year was when I became part of an indie film. Pinaghirapan ko talaga at nag-audition ako for the role. I was very lucky because the lead star of the movie was the one and only superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor, and it was shot in Batanes.”

Thea Tolentino: “My debut because I spent the whole day with my family and friends.”


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