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KYLA, KZ: DIVAS WITH CAPITAL 'K'


MAY 9 -(Left): Kyla (Instagram), KZ Tandingan (Instagram) KZ, in fact, is set to co-headline a concert with Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go, Yeng Constantino and Angeline Quinto. Asked about it in a recent interview, she shared, “I feel truly honored to share the stage with all of them.” KZ said all four made her feel like she’s one of them. “Super thankful ako na kahit ako ’yung pinakabaguhan, they don’t treat me like one,” she said. The concert titled “Divas Live In Manila” will happen on Nov. 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Does she feel like a diva? KZ Tandingan “Actually, nu’ng inoffer sa akin ang show, nagtanong ako kung pwede na ba ako diyan? Kasi sa aming lima parang ako ’yung hindi biritera. Natatakot nga ako kapag mataas ’yung kakantahin. Pero naisip ko naman, bakit hindi? Right now, I believe, I best represent the soul genre so, I feel baka puwede naman na. I think I could add color to the show.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: 37 lbs lighter, Sharon bent on regaining leading lady form


MAY 12 -SHARON Cuneta
Sharon Cuneta, saying that she’s now 37 lbs lighter, hopes to do movies again soon.
“But first, I have to get back to leading lady [form],” Sharon said. “I dropped 37 lbs. already.” She then recalled the reason behind her determination to lose more weight. “I was supposed to guest in other ABS-CBN shows early this year. The truth is, after I saw myself on ‘ASAP’ at the birthday special that the production gave me, I said, ‘I can’t come out on TV looking like this!’ I apologized and canceled my other TV appearances.” When she’s ready to face the cameras again, Sharon wants to tackle roles she hasn’t done before. “I am committed to doing one indie movie. I will do that after my project with Star Cinema, but it has to be worth my while. I want fresh ideas. Give me a good story.”  What’s the secret to her longevity in show biz? “I wish I knew,” she answered. “Everything just fell into place for me. There are things you can’t plan. Just when you think you’re done, something good comes along.” She added: “I’d like to think that I’m still here because I bring some substance to the industry and not just entertainment.” Sharon recently inked a two-year deal with ABS-CBN. The contract includes working in “The Voice Kids” and “some other reality shows.” “I got burned in the past. I’ve learned my lesson,” said Sharon, who promised to become “a fair judge” and be “less maternal” as she assumes the role of coach-judge in the TV talent search, “The Voice Kids.”  READ MORE...


ALSO: A look at transgender cinema


MAY 13 -A scene from 'Beautiful Boxer'
Aside from presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte, another winning politician making the headlines happens to be a transwoman.
The Liberal Party’s Geraldine Roman, a 49-year-old transwoman, is set to become the first of her ilk to win a congressional seat representing Bataan. Geraldine legally changed her name in the ’90s following sex reassignment surgery. She was based in Spain for some time, where she had a successful career as senior editor at a Spanish news agency. It was also there that she met her partner of 18 years. Geraldine who not only speaks fluent Spanish but French and Italian as well, returned to the Philippines four years ago to take care of her father, himself a former congressman. The Roman patriarch’s death in 2014, prompted Geraldine to continue his legacy. In a report on ABS-CBN, Geraldine shared her primary goal as congresswoman, which is to push for the anti-discrimination bill that would give Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community members equal rights. Geraldine has become an inspiration to many transgenders including those from other countries with some noting her journey would make for an interesting biopic. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mariel Rodriguez pregnant again
[ALSO: Mariel Rodriguez denies violating election rules, defends Robin Padilla]

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Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez in Venice, Italy (Photo from her Instagram account)
Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez in Venice, Italy (Photo from her Instagram account) Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla is pregnant for the third time. This was revealed by entertainment reporter Ogie Diaz on Twitter, early morning of May 12, 2016. “Wow! Buntis pala uli si @marieltpadilla! Congrats, mare! Yan na yun!” Diaz said. Rodriguez has suffered two miscarriages last year, one in March and the other in August. READ ALSO: Mariel Rodriguez denies violating election rules, defends Robin Padilla...

ALSO: Toni Gonzaga on her knees after finding out she’s pregnant


MAY 13 -Toni Gonzaga recalled that she was on her knees when she saw in the pregnancy test that she was pregnant. ABS-CBN PR/Released
Toni Gonzaga was literally on her knees when she found out that she was pregnant.
“Nang mag-positive ‘yong test, natigilan muna ako tapos napaluhod ako,” she recalled in her interview with MJ Felipe aired in ABS-CBN news program “Bandila” on Thursday. “Nasa CR ako no’n, e, nanghina ‘yong tuhod ko. Napaluhod ako, napakapit ako sa sink tapos bigla akong umiyak.” She first told her sister Alex about her pregnancy, before relaying the good news to her husband Paul Soriano. Their parents, Toni said, were more excited than they were when they announced her pregnancy. However, it was not an easy first few months for the Kapamilya actress after experiencing bleeding and hemorrhage, which was also the reason why she kept mum about her pregnancy. It was only last month when she confirmed it through the Sunday variety show “ASAP.” “I was asked to take medicine na pampakapit,” she said. Yet after hearing the heartbeat of the baby on her first ultrasound, Toni said they were emotional. This month, the gender of the baby will be identified. — Joyce Jimenez FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Why Willie didn’t endorse any candidate


MAY 14 -The Wowowin host-producer kepthis (presidential) choice a big secretand won’t tell if he/she won or lost.‘All I know is that my show is a big winner may election man o wala,’ he joked.
Curtain-raisers: •A wholesome TV host swears (and crosses his heart, “Hope to die!”) that he is a certified virgin. Yes, there is still such an animal in these oh-so-permissive times. He’s going steady with pretty TV host but he insists that they are not into, well, the hanky-panky unlike many of the aggressive young people today, to avoid any accidental you-know-what. Teased how he answers the call of nature, he smiled, “I have two hands, the left and the right…” •Blame it on love na wala sa panahon. Network insiders said that the real reason why a delightful TV “love team” split up (leading to the axing of their show) was that the actress got carried away by their onscreen “romance” and became real. No dice, though. The “leading man,” separated from his wife, is “secretly” committed to a dancer who has recently given him a “live” gift. •A Funfare DPA said that a popular playboy called his beauty-queen girlfriend who was on extended vacation in Europe and asked (nay, “ordered”) her to come home promptly because he was ready to marry her. She did…much to her heart-breaking discovery. The playboy was already going steady with a popular actress. No wedding happened…I mean, between the playboy and the beauty queen. * * Unlike in the 2010 presidential elections when he rooted for a candidate, in the recently-concluded campaign Willie Revillame didn’t endorse anybody. Neither did he breathe a word in support of any candidate and, unlike his colleagues (some of whom were said to have swapped their principles for millions…oh well, when money talks, doesn’t everybody listen?) who openly raised the hands of this and that candidate in all levels of government — local, regional and national. As proven by the results, even those endorsed by those perceived to be “hot” stars, didn’t make it. There must be a lesson to be learned and applied in future campaigns. As Ormoc City Mayor-elect Richard Gomez correctly put it (in a story that came out in this corner yesterday), “Yang Star Power-Star Power hindi puede, it is not enough!”  READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Divas with capital K


(Left): Kyla (Instagram), KZ Tandingan (Instagram)

MANILA, MAY 16, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Rowena Tan May 9, 2016  - KZ, in fact, is set to co-headline a concert with Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go, Yeng Constantino and Angeline Quinto.

Asked about it in a recent interview, she shared, “I feel truly honored to share the stage with all of them.”

KZ said all four made her feel like she’s one of them.

“Super thankful ako na kahit ako ’yung pinakabaguhan, they don’t treat me like one,” she said.

The concert titled “Divas Live In Manila” will happen on Nov. 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Does she feel like a diva?

KZ Tandingan “Actually, nu’ng inoffer sa akin ang show, nagtanong ako kung pwede na ba ako diyan? Kasi sa aming lima parang ako ’yung hindi biritera. Natatakot nga ako kapag mataas ’yung kakantahin. Pero naisip ko naman, bakit hindi? Right now, I believe, I best represent the soul genre so, I feel baka puwede naman na. I think I could add color to the show.”

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“Ako thankful lang talaga ako na parang despite the fact that I have been in the business for ilang years pa lang, nabigyan na ako ng opportunity to be part of this big concert na kasama ko eh, malalaking stars. Overwhelming nga din kasi dati eh, pinapanood ko lang sila.”

A fan

KZ looks up to Kyla. “Sobrang bait niya, very accommodating,” she said.

In a separate interview, Kyla was quick to return the compliment, citing KZ as among younger singers she admires.

She went on to describe KZ’s voice as “Nakaka-wow pakinggan, ang ganda ng tone.”

Both only have good words for their co-performers.

Kyla likes Rachelle for “her spirit and ’yung pagiging professional niya.”

She lauded Angeline for her seemingly effortless belting abilities.

“’Yung strength ng vocal cords niya iba. Kahit binibirit niya na hindi numinipis. Ang ganda ng register,” she said.

Kyla admires Yeng for her seemingly idiosyncratic approach to making music. “Iba ’yung atake niya eh. Kapag narinig mo alam mo na Yeng kaagad, Very distinctive ang boses niya,” she said.

KZ, on her part shared, “Gusto ko sila lahat kasi ambait nila sa akin.”

Still at it

Career-wise, Kyla soars among the greats of her generation.

Despite having already clinched a number of awards and citation some 16 years in the music industry, Kyla continues to strive in her growth as artist.

She’s not doing it to compete with up-and-coming young talents, though. Rather, she simply wants to be the best she can be. This is something she personally believes in as an artist; to be on her toes all the time and stay relevant.

“Sa totoong buhay din kasi eh, hindi ako masyadong competitive na tao. I never really try to compete with anyone kasi naniniwala ako na ang bawat tao ay may sariling strength,” she said, adding, “I just want to better myself. I just want to continue honing and improving my abilities.”

Kyla welcomes working with other singers, noting, “Lalo na kapag magaling, parang ang sarap nilang ka-duet sa stage.”

The singer maintained “The Divas: Live in Manila” is something she had long wished for.

“Thankful ako sa aming management, sa Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. na pinagsama-sama kaming lima. Ako naman eh, really honored na part ako sa magpeperform with these artists. Gusto ko silang lahat,” she said.

Asked for the reason behind the title of the show, Kyla said, “Lahat naman kami eh, we are all successful enough. Kapag sinabi naman na diva eh, hindi naman ibig sabihin nu’n eh, bad attitude, puwede naman may kagalingan ka lang din talaga.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)   


INQUIRER

37 lbs lighter, Sharon bent on regaining leading lady form By: Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:20 AM May 13th, 2016


SHARON Cuneta

Sharon Cuneta, saying that she’s now 37 lbs lighter, hopes to do movies again soon.

“But first, I have to get back to leading lady [form],” Sharon said. “I dropped 37 lbs. already.”

She then recalled the reason behind her determination to lose more weight. “I was supposed to guest in other ABS-CBN shows early this year. The truth is, after I saw myself on ‘ASAP’ at the birthday special that the production gave me, I said,

 ‘I can’t come out on TV looking like this!’ I apologized and canceled my other TV appearances.”

When she’s ready to face the cameras again, Sharon wants to tackle roles she hasn’t done before. “I am committed to doing one indie movie. I will do that after my project with Star Cinema, but it has to be worth my while. I want fresh ideas. Give me a good story.”

What’s the secret to her longevity in show biz?

“I wish I knew,” she answered. “Everything just fell into place for me. There are things you can’t plan. Just when you think you’re done, something good comes along.”

She added: “I’d like to think that I’m still here because I bring some substance to the industry and not just entertainment.”

Sharon recently inked a two-year deal with ABS-CBN. The contract includes working in “The Voice Kids” and “some other reality shows.”

“I got burned in the past. I’ve learned my lesson,” said Sharon, who promised to become “a fair judge” and be “less maternal” as she assumes the role of coach-judge in the TV talent search, “The Voice Kids.”

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“I tend to spoil contestants,” she admitted to reporters. Sharon also played coach in the reality shows, “Star Power” and “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” and host in “The Biggest Loser.”

“I have a tendency to nurture and treat contestants like they’re my kids. Often, this gesture isn’t reciprocated, and I’d feel abused and rejected. I’ve realized that I should treat the show the way it should be—as a contest,” she explained: “This is not a competition where the person with the saddest story wins. This is a showcase of talents.”

Sharon added: “I don’t talk much about what I do—let’s just say I took care of some of them, and even sent one to school.

I got burned. Now, they can tell their sad stories, but I will no longer give in. I will still get those who are talented. However, this doesn’t mean I was unfair before. All the winners were deserving.”

Sharon, who will join Lea Salonga and Bamboo Mañalac as a coach-judge, said it was unfair for people to call her a mere replacement for Sarah Geronimo. “If a good artist leaves, somebody has to take her place, naturally. I don’t think the network bosses see me as panakip-butas. They won’t ask me to be part of the show if I do not deserve to be there,” said the Megastar. “Sarah should be allowed to pursue interests that she wants, as well as her personal happiness.”

She said she hoped people would not pit her against Lea. “We’ve been friends forever. I have tremendous respect for her because she has achieved so much, locally and internationally, that no other Filipino has. It’s just sad that people like conflict—they want to turn good friends into enemies. If you pay too much attention to them, they will drive you crazy.”

In spite of her many years of experience in performing, Sharon said she still gets butterflies in her stomach. “If it’s something that doesn’t excite me, I won’t do it. If I leave my children at home, it has to be for a good reason. I also like to work with people who enjoy working with me,” she pointed out.


MANILA BULLETIN

A look at transgender cinema by Rowena Tan May 12, 2016


A scene from 'Beautiful Boxer'

Aside from presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte, another winning politician making the headlines happens to be a transwoman.

The Liberal Party’s Geraldine Roman, a 49-year-old transwoman, is set to become the first of her ilk to win a congressional seat representing Bataan.

Geraldine legally changed her name in the ’90s following sex reassignment surgery.

She was based in Spain for some time, where she had a successful career as senior editor at a Spanish news agency. It was also there that she met her partner of 18 years.

Geraldine who not only speaks fluent Spanish but French and Italian as well, returned to the Philippines four years ago to take care of her father, himself a former congressman.

The Roman patriarch’s death in 2014, prompted Geraldine to continue his legacy.


'Tomboy'

In a report on ABS-CBN, Geraldine shared her primary goal as congresswoman, which is to push for the anti-discrimination bill that would give Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community members equal rights.

Geraldine has become an inspiration to many transgenders including those from other countries with some noting her journey would make for an interesting biopic.

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It won’t be the first, of course. Cinema has long been fascinated with transgenders, allowing for such landmark films as:

‘Beautiful Boxer’ (2003)

Written and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, it is based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol (Asanee Suwan), a transgender Muay Thai fighter, actress and model.

Parinya pursued excellence in Muay Thai primarily to pay for her sex-change operation but she eventually fell in love with the sport.


‘Transamerica’

She became Muay Thai champion in 1998 after which she immediately retired, undergoing sex-change operation in early 1999. The film was well received, winning Best Feature at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

‘Tomboy’ (2011)

The film is about 10-year-old Laure (Zoé Héran), a girl who wants to be a boy, or at least enjoy boyish freedoms.

She renames herself Mickäel, spending days playing soccer with boys, even going on to navigate a tentative prepubescent romance with the pretty Lisa (Jeanne Disson).

“Tomboy” communicates the need for identity, compassion, and understanding.

‘Transamerica’ (2005)

Bree (played by Felicity Huffman) is a transwoman who finds out she has a son. Before undergoing sex-change operation, her therapist recommends she meets with her son who is an aspiring porn star.


‘Breakfast on Pluto’

Bree doesn’t want to reveal her identity and pretends she is merely leading sex workers towards finding Jesus. The two would go on to bond via a memorable road trip to LA.

For her effective portrayal of the character, Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

‘Breakfast On Pluto’ (2005)

Set in the ’70s, the film is about a young transwoman, Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy), who comes of age when she left Ireland for London to look for her mother.

Patrick’s adventures in London alternate between the magical and the horrific. She is always broke and frequently homeless. She gravitates to the sleazy underside of showbiz, working variously as a magician’s assistant, a peep show performer, and a children’s entertainer.

The movie won Best Script and Best Director at The Irish Film and Television Awards. It also won Best Actor for Murphy.


‘Boys Don’t Cry’

‘Boys Don’t Cry’ (1999)

This revolves around the story of Teena Brandon who went on to create a new identity as an attractive young man named Brandon Teena.

Played in the film by Hilary Swank, Brandon, along with two friends, was murdered by two male acquaintances after they discovered he was transgender.

The film’s themes, which have been explored by many scholars, include the nature of relationships among social classes, race, and gender; and the causes of violence committed against LGBT people.

At the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000, Swank was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress. (All photos from YouTube)


MANILA BULLETIN

Mariel Rodriguez pregnant again by Tessa Distor May 12, 2016 Share775 Tweet1 Share3 Email0 Share797


Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez in Venice, Italy (Photo from her Instagram account)

Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez in Venice, Italy (Photo from her Instagram account) Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla is pregnant for the third time. This was revealed by entertainment reporter Ogie Diaz on Twitter, early morning of May 12, 2016.

“Wow! Buntis pala uli si @marieltpadilla! Congrats, mare! Yan na yun!” Diaz said.

Rodriguez has suffered two miscarriages last year, one in March and the other in August.

Mariel Rodriguez denies violating election rules, defends Robin Padilla By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated May 10, 2016 - 11:58am 5 80 googleplus0 1


Mariel Rodriguez defended herself and husband Robin Padilla from criticisms claiming that they have violated election rules. Instagram/ Mariel Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines – Mariel Rodriguez maintained that she and husband Robin Padilla didn’t violate election rules.

Mariel was criticized for wearing the shirt with the word “Du30,” while Robin posted a shaded ballot with the names of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the AMIN Partylist.

On Monday night, she posted on her Instagram account the guidelines released by the Commission on Election regarding the do's and don’ts while voting.

In the caption she enumerated her explanation saying,

“1. I did not take photos inside the precinct because the comelec in charge told me it was not allowed. photo was taken in my personal car and outside the precinct where volunteers took photos with me as well so I thought I didn't disobey any rule.

2. [none] has seen my ballot.

3. I am aware that you are not allowed to wear a shirt that states the NAME of your candidate or his/her face. DU30 is not his name.”

In the end, she apologized if her actions have offended anyone.


PHILSTAR

Toni Gonzaga on her knees after finding out she’s pregnant (philstar.com) | Updated May 13, 2016 - 11:05am 11 1120 googleplus0 0


Toni Gonzaga recalled that she was on her knees when she saw in the pregnancy test that she was pregnant. ABS-CBN PR/Released

MANILA, Philippines – Toni Gonzaga was literally on her knees when she found out that she was pregnant.

“Nang mag-positive ‘yong test, natigilan muna ako tapos napaluhod ako,” she recalled in her interview with MJ Felipe aired in ABS-CBN news program “Bandila” on Thursday. “Nasa CR ako no’n, e, nanghina ‘yong tuhod ko. Napaluhod ako, napakapit ako sa sink tapos bigla akong umiyak.”

She first told her sister Alex about her pregnancy, before relaying the good news to her husband Paul Soriano.

Their parents, Toni said, were more excited than they were when they announced her pregnancy.

However, it was not an easy first few months for the Kapamilya actress after experiencing bleeding and hemorrhage, which was also the reason why she kept mum about her pregnancy.

It was only last month when she confirmed it through the Sunday variety show “ASAP.”

“I was asked to take medicine na pampakapit,” she said.

Yet after hearing the heartbeat of the baby on her first ultrasound, Toni said they were emotional.

This month, the gender of the baby will be identified. — Joyce Jimenez


PHILSTAR

Why Willie didn’t endorse any candidate FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 14, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus1 0


The Wowowin host-producer kepthis (presidential) choice a big secretand won’t tell if he/she won or lost.‘All I know is that my show is a big winner may election man o wala,’ he joked.

Curtain-raisers:

•A wholesome TV host swears (and crosses his heart, “Hope to die!”) that he is a certified virgin. Yes, there is still such an animal in these oh-so-permissive times. He’s going steady with pretty TV host but he insists that they are not into, well, the hanky-panky unlike many of the aggressive young people today, to avoid any accidental you-know-what. Teased how he answers the call of nature, he smiled, “I have two hands, the left and the right…”

•Blame it on love na wala sa panahon. Network insiders said that the real reason why a delightful TV “love team” split up (leading to the axing of their show) was that the actress got carried away by their onscreen “romance” and became real. No dice, though. The “leading man,” separated from his wife, is “secretly” committed to a dancer who has recently given him a “live” gift.

•A Funfare DPA said that a popular playboy called his beauty-queen girlfriend who was on extended vacation in Europe and asked (nay, “ordered”) her to come home promptly because he was ready to marry her. She did…much to her heart-breaking discovery. The playboy was already going steady with a popular actress. No wedding happened…I mean, between the playboy and the beauty queen.

* *

Unlike in the 2010 presidential elections when he rooted for a candidate, in the recently-concluded campaign Willie Revillame didn’t endorse anybody. Neither did he breathe a word in support of any candidate and, unlike his colleagues (some of whom were said to have swapped their principles for millions…oh well, when money talks, doesn’t everybody listen?) who openly raised the hands of this and that candidate in all levels of government — local, regional and national. As proven by the results, even those endorsed by those perceived to be “hot” stars, didn’t make it.

There must be a lesson to be learned and applied in future campaigns.

As Ormoc City Mayor-elect Richard Gomez correctly put it (in a story that came out in this corner yesterday), “Yang Star Power-Star Power hindi puede, it is not enough!”

READ MORE...

Back to Willie who, so to speak, this time kept his card close to his chest and gave not a hint who he was voting for.

So why didn’t Willie endorse any candidate?

“Hindi puede,” Willie told Funfare, “nasa contract ko na dapat apolitical ang aking show.” Or even out of his show.

And speaking of his GMA show, Willie’s fans (composed mostly of seniors, the needy and, to use CamSur Rep. Leni Robredo’s campaign slogan, “mga nasa laylayan”) will be glad to know that Wowowin will be back on Monday, May 16, after a two-week break to give way to the Kapuso election coverage.

“It was I who suggested to management to use the Wowowin studio for the coverage,” said Willie. “I am thankful to Atty. Felipe Gozon and the other GMA executives for their understanding.”

The respite was good for Willie who was able to make up for lack of sleep and to recharge.

“I took it easy,” added Willie who spent the whole time at his Tagaytay hideaway, most of the time with his staff. “We also found time to think of how to improve our show.”

So brace yourselves as more winners go home with loot bags, prizes (in cash and in kind…and hopefully, the house and lot, P1M or brand-new car jackpot) and Willie’s in-demand jackets.

Still and all, Wowowin is the No. 1 game ng bayan.


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