Two popular personalities Matt Evans and Tom Araullo under ABS-CBN said adieu to co-workers at ABS-CBN network.This triggered the talks that the two would soon transfer to GMA-7. Matt admits he has a new manager who maps out bigger plans him after his last appearance at the TV series Greatest Love. Matt guested at the Kapuso station noontime show Eat Bulaga which all the more redound to the rumor.
In the case of Tom, he bade farewell to his co-hosts in the morning program Umagang Kay Ganda and evening job as a broadcaster in TV Patrol. But an insider at ABS-CBN expounded Tom remains at the fold of ABS-CBN and would simply ratify as an actor (he’s the lead star of the film Citizen Jake) and photography, his other passion.
Curiously, however, both Mike Enriquez and Arnold Clavio who are noted Kapuso newscasters hinted in their radio shows the possibility of Tom’s transfer to GMA-7.
The journalism world mourns the unexpected demise of Mario Hernando, one of the big names in the writing field. For months, Mario appeared up and about yet in truth he kept his serious ailment under wraps. The grieving people around have been caught by surprise by his sudden passing away.
In retrospect, Mario was a respected columnist for prestigious newspapers, notably Malaya. Later, he turned film reviewer as well. Together with other movie critics, they formed the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, an award-giving body, called the Urian. All the winners in various categories, topped by best actor and best actress, voiced out winning the Urian trophies a big boost and recognition in their career.
Subsequently, Mario had been appointed a member of the Movie, TV, Radio Classification Board (MTRCB), the only censorship group on the air and the widescreen. Mario then would often give the difference between totally lewd flicks the board banned and the artistically done sex-oriented films that the board approved with cuts.
As a person, Mario was well loved in and out of showbiz, out of his unpretentious and ever supportive nature. Celebrities and colleagues alike frequently got him as a sponsor in a wedding or as the ‘ninong; of their kids. They echoed. “we found in Mario a real friend through thick and thin.”
During the time it so happened that my daughter Myra was one of Mario’s students in com arts at the University of Sto. Thomas, he cajoled me when we bumped into each other. “Talagang opposite ka ng anak mo. You’re the quiet type, sitting in the corner. She’s so lively, an active participant within the classroom and even in campus activities.”
Before I enplaned to Canada almost ten years ago, my intimate chums tendered a despidida bash for me. Mario came to wish me a better life abroad that showcased he valued our long time friendship. Eventually, the long distance did not hamper our communication through our constant exchanged messages via facebook that ended weeks ago bed-ridden that he was. Eternal peace be with you up there with Lord Mario.
Jinggoy Out on Bail: Is Bong Bitter?
From 2014 ex-senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada were detained for the non-bailable case at Camp Crame. Just recently, the Sandigan Special 5th Division approved a bail of P1.33 million for the temporary freedom of Jinggoy. Not a few have averred Bong feels bitter over it, being left behind at the detention center.
A colleague, however, quoted Bong as saying. “In truth, I’m happy for my best pal Jinggoy. But sad too dahil naiwan ako dito. Hopefully, I’ll get s bail for the same supposedly unlawful act I committed with Jinggoy. I don’t give up hope. Three years here have made me suffered a lot.”
Bong told my source if given a bail his priority is to reactivate his acting career that he terribly misses. Bong insinuated also that to run anew in politics would perhaps be the least of his concern.
At this writing, a day after Jinggoy’s release, he visited Bong at the PNP Custodial Center that truly elated Bong. Much more, Jinggoy told him with jocund not to worry for he believes he would be granted bail too very soon.
Marcos Loyalists Bash Alden
After the airing of Alana, Martial Law Special Alden Richards got rants from Marcos loyalists. Alden tackled the role of Boni Ilagan, the founder of Kabataang Makabayan of University of the Philippines during Martial Law years and currently vice chairman of SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto).
Most of the bashers who are Ilocanos claimed they used to admire Alden but hate him now for his portrayal of Boni, showing his anti-Marcos stand. In this light, Alden reacted on their igneous reaction. “What I did was merely part of my job as an actor, walang personalan.”
In fact, Alden emphasized that his grandma happened to be a pure Ilocano from Ilocos Sur that’s why he has a soft spot from his lola’s mga kababayan. “I simply couldn’t say no to the offer which could prove my capabilities as a serious actor.” Alden theorized in front of writer-pals.
Ai-Ai Reveals Pre-nuptial Agreement with Gerald
On her marital plunge with lover Gerald Sibayan this coming December 12, 2017, Ai-Ai delas Alas divulged a pre-nuptial agreement. It was Gerald himself who suggested but the details she’s mum upon the request of her lawyer. With no mordant remark, Ai=Ai uttered to movie scribes.
“Well, to stop bashers of their wrong notion Gerald will marry me just for my money. Both of us want to show the real essence of love. Sana tumahimik na ang mga naninira sa amin.”
In another angle, Ai-Ai expressed her gratefulness to her good friend Marian Rivera who would gift her a wedding gown designed by Frederick Peralta. Marian takes part at her wedding entourage as veil sponsor.
A colleague did hush-hush to me that an actor-politician is really mad at an ex-Philippine President. The latter told my source. “Their family truly pulled down not only me but my uncle, cousin, and nephews in politics. I really don’t know the reason why but all their acts to bring us down were below the belt.”
Then the actor-politician added either in jest or serious tone. “That’s why I’ve joined shooting competitions. If I face him, I’d shoot him in the head.”
In retaliation, one of the members of the erstwhile head of the nation commented via Instagram. “Silence is the best way to reply to an idiot.”
Fans of GMA-7 Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza seem stump over her failure to attend the press con of her movie with Ken Chan This Time I’ll be Sweeter, followed by her alleged closing of social media account. Media men surmised Barbie doesn’t want her rumored lover actor Jak Roberto to be ostracized by Barbie-Ken fanatics. Probably, Barbie protects the box office result of This Time I’ll be Sweeter.
Comedian Empoy reaches new height with the unexpected smash hit of his indie pic Kita-Kita with Alessandra de Rossi, He’s a contractee now of ABS-CBN and stars in a TV series with Alessandra, Piolo Pascual, and Arci Munoz. Star Cinema taps Empoy also to banner a comedy film with Ellen Adarna
In its final decision, the Department of Justice junked the rape case filed by Deniece Cornejo against actor-host Vhong Navarro in 2014. The DOJ found out her testimony not believable and inconsistency in her action as proven by the video camera
As of press time, Tom Araullo confirmed he’s already with GMA-7. He appeared at 24 Oras to announce he’ll be part of the documentary show I Witness. His priority delves into making documentaries which he considers his forte.