Sunday, December 10, 2017


jennylyn mercado and derek ramsay sizzle in ALL OF YOU, produced by Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films, directed by Dan Villegas, open on Christmas Day in theaters nationwide.
JENNYLYN MERCADO is so pleased that this early, some quarters are predicting she’d win another best actress award in the coming Metro filmfest for her entry, ‘All of You’, but she wouldn’t bank on it. “Dapat, mapanood muna yung ibang entries bago magsalita ng ganyan,” she says. “But still, salamat sa tiwala nila sa’kin kasi compared to my other two films where I won awards before, ‘English Only, Please’ and ‘Walang Forever’, mas mature talaga at mas challenging ang papel na ginampanan ko rito sa ‘All of You’. Medyo takot magmahal yung character ko rito kasi galing sa isang masakit na relationship. E, hindi naman ako ganun, kahit naranasan ko na rin yung masaktan. Ito na rin yung pinaka-daring na ginawa ko in terms of love scenes with Derek Ramsay. Tinodo ko na rito. I trusted our director, Dan Villegas, alam ko namang in good taste at hindi laswaan lang lalabas ang bedscenes namin.”
Will her current BF Dennis Trillo watch it with her? “Tinimbrihan ko na siya at sabi niya, hindi raw siya manonood para hindi siya mailang. At okay na rin sa’kin yun, para hindi rin ako mailang.”
Jen says 2018 has been a good year for her, on and off cam. She’s now in better terms with Patrick Garcia, the dad of her love son Alex Jazz.
“Thanks to him and his wife, si Nikka, na napakabait at very supportive kay  Alex,” she says. “Nikka is very understanding. Everytime na dalawin nila si Alex, buong family sila, kasama ang daughters nila, so lumalaki si Alex na close sa dad niya, stepmom and his sisters.”
Is Alex also close to her current BF, Dennis Trillo? “Yes,  Tito ang tawag niya kay Dennis at naglalaro sila.”
How about to Dennis’ own love son, Calix? “Bihira namin siyang makita. Pag may okasyon lang like kung birthday niya at ngayon, Christmas and New Year.”
So will they be going away this holiday season? “No, I have to promote my entry, ‘All of You’, may parade of stars pa and may awards night na required kami to attend so hindi puedeng umalis.”


EDGAR ALLAN GUZMAN or EA first gained fame when he won the title in the Mr. Pogi contest of “Eat Bulaga” in 2006. He has since worked not only with GMA-7 but also with TV5 and ABS-CBN. He’s now back to being a Kapuso playing the role of Ryan in “My Korean Jagiya”. “He started as parang contravida kay Heart Evangelista but lately, bumait na siya,” he says. “Hanggang February pa raw kami extended.”
He has also done several films and won the Cinemalaya and Golden Screen best actor awards in 2011 for his fine portrayal of the lead character in the indie film, “Ligo na U, Lapit na Me”. He currently plays one of the two lead roles in the Metro-Manila Filmfest entry, “Dedma Walking”, where he and Joross Gamboa play gay best friends.
“I’ve played gay roles several times before, sa movies in ‘I Do Bidoo’ and ‘Working Beks’, sa TV in two episodes of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’,” he says. “But this is the loudest gay character I’ve played so far, flamboyant talaga siya, malandyi. I’m a theatre actor here na part ng Crying Divas, with Ricci Chan and Jojit Lorenzo as mga kasama ko sa grupo ng drag performers. Iniipit ko ang manhood ko kapag nagpe-perform kaming naka-gown at sobrang hirap pala noon. Best friend ko si Joross and when he learned he’s dying, ako ang kinasabwat niya to stage his fake death and wake para malaman niya ang tunay na feelings ng mga tao about him sa eulogy para sa kanya.”
Those who’ve seen the film says he’s really good. Does he expect to win another acting award for this?
“No. I would like to win kasi matagal na since the last time I won for the stage play ‘Bona’ sa Aliw Awards. I miss the feeling nung nananalo ka, but I’m not expecting to win. Basta I did my best at bahala na ang jurors.”
It’s easy for him to play a gay role since he has a gay brother in real life. “I love him and respect him so much. I’m really proud of him. Through him, I’ve known how a gay person truly loves and nalaman ko rin kung paano tanggapin at mahalin ang isang gay.”
He used to clash a lot with his manager, Noel Ferrer, about his girlfriend then at TV5, Shaira Mae de la Cruz, but they’ve since broken up.
“I have no lovelife now. I want to devote all my time sa career ko kasi nagpapagawa ako ng bagong bahay. Hopefully, by next year, makalipat kami ng family ko sa aming new house. I realized na tama ang manager ko, no need na magmadali sa lovelife at marami pang ibang opportunities na darating for me.”


direk frank mamaril: solo photo and with movie writers who he treated to lunch: joebar, gie trillana,dondon sermino, and the beautiful, titillating, sariwa at kaakit-akit na si rodel fernando
DIRECTOR FRANK LLOYD MAMARIL is best known as a concert director. His Lani Misalucha “Love Concert” won as the best concert of the year from the PMPC Star Awards for Music last year. He has also directed concerts of Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Julie Anne San Joe, Morisette and the 2013 Miss World Pageant.
A UST masscomm graduate, he rose up the ranks at ABS-CBN as a production assistant, reseacher until he started directing life style shows about fashion like, MetroWear Series and Jewelmer’s Dress Mapping. He did quality videos for ABS-CBN Publishing and eventually put up his own company, FLM Creatives Inc. that makes videos for TV, events and new media.
He trained his own team of people to create the brand he has in mind. His passion for video and TV production brought him to Italy and Belgium to produce a TV special and also helped him create a credible name in the industry, earning the trust of clients and making their company’s portfolio grow profitably.
When his company started, he said he will never go into making his own movies, but it was Boss Vic del Rosario who advised him: “Hindi ka talaga makikilala unless gumawa ka ng pelikula.”
So now, he intends to go into film production this 2018 to make him a true Multi-Media Director. He already has the script for a rom-com about a love story that is affected by social media and technology, something very now and very millennial. We tell him it will be an uphill battle for him since the big stars are with the top networks and he also doesn’t have yet the machinery to produce, market, distribute and promote an entire movie.
He says he is aware of that, so here’s wishing him the best of luck as he embark on a new aspect of his career as a movie producer and director for next year. To help young people, he teaches filmmaking at College of St. Benilde and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela. “I want to train students and young people on how to appreciate film and later help in making them,” he says.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


JON LUCAS is a member of Showtime’s Hashtag who turned 22 last August 18. He was introduced as part of Star Magic Circle 2013 and he has appeared doing supporting roles in soaps like “Kahit Konting Pagtingin”, “Got to Believe”, “Be Careful with My Heart” and “We Will Survive”. He has also appeared in movies like “Just the Way You Are” and the Fil-Korean movie, “You and Me”, but he is now given his biggest break as one of the lead stars or Regal’s Metro Filmfest entry, “Haunted Forest”. “This is my first horror movie and very challenging pala gumawa nito,” he says. “May pagka-action din kasi at may scenes na hinahagis-hagis kami nung monster called Sitsit at naka-harness ako. Kapag tinabig ako ng halimaw, tumitilapon ako kaya naka-harness para malayo talaga ang bagsak ko. Ang lakas ng impact ha! Medyo masakit, lalo kapag paulit-ulit ang shots, pero safe naman kasi inaalagaan kami ng co-stars ng buong production team.”
He’s happy and proud to be part of “Haunted Forest”. “When we shot this, di namin alam na makakapasok pala ito sa Metro Filmfest kaya sobrang tuwa naming naging official entry kami. Fan ako ng horror movies, e. Yung ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ series ng Regal, marami kong napanood doon. And now, kami na ang entry this Christmas kaya tuwang-tuwa kami ng co-stars kong sina Jane Oineza, Maris Racal and my co-hashtag members na si Jameson Blake. So we’re all excited, pati sa pagsakay namin sa float sa parade of stars.”
What can he say about the success of Jameson who’s now doing several movies? “He deserves it na sobrang dami ng movies na ginagawa niya and I’m happy for him kasi kapag pinapanood ko siya, napakagaling talaga niyang artista. Lahat kami sa Hastags, happy para sa kanya.”
Jon is still grieving from the death of his mom last September when his friend in Hashtags, Franco Hernandez, died in a drowning incident in Davao a few weeks ago. “Sobrang nakakalungkot kasi pero I just pray to the Lord,” he says.
How did he feel when a basher said it should have been him who died and not Franco. “Siempre, masakit. Ano bang naging kasalanan ko sa kanya? Pero ipinagdasal ko na lang at salamat sa friends ko like si Vice Ganda na nagtanggol sa akin.”


ANDREA TORRES is very thankful that Vic Sotto got her to be part of the cast of his M-Zet Productions’ Metro filmfest entry, “Meant to Beh”. “Big blessing ito for me na makasama siya sa movie at si Ms. Dawn Zulueta and all the other stars in the cast na ngayon ko lang nakatrabaho,” she says. “Excited nga akong sumakay sa float namin para sa Parade of Stars to herald in the filmfest.”
Most of her scenes are with Bossing Vic himself. “Magkasama kami dito sa trabaho at malaki ang crush ko sa kanya kaya natuwa ako nang malaman kong maghihiwalay sila ng wife niyang si Ms. Dawn. Si Daniel Matsunaga naman, hoping na matuloy nga ang separation nila para maligawan niya si Ms. Dawn, but the kids nina Bossing na sina JC Santos, Gabby Garcia and Baeby Baste will do everything para mag-reconcile ang mga magulang nila. Masaya ang pelikula at bagay na bagay sa kapaskuhan kasi it’s really for the whole family.”
How would she assess the passing year in her life and career? “Sa kabuuan, maganda naman.  I did
‘Alyas Robin Hood 2’ with Dingdong Dantes at heto, may movie pa ako. Nagbago ako ng management and moved to GMA Artist Center. Kung may nangyari mang hindi maganda, I lift it all up na lang kay Lord. Kasi hindi ko ugaling magtanim ng sama ng loob at ayoko ng negative vibes. It’s better to forgive than magkimkim ka ng galit.”
So what’s her next project with GMA-7 for 2018? “So far, wala pa, but I will take advantage of the break at magta-travel kami ng family ko. Balak kong ipasyal sila sa Japan, then sa Guam para bisitahin yung brother kong based doon. Gusto ko ring magpunta sa Australia at sa Maldives kasi they have such nice beaches at gusto kong mag-pose doon nang nakabikini then ipo-post ko sa social media. Sasamantalalahin ko na habang hindi pa ako busy with a new assignment.”
How about her lovelife? “It’s not a priority. Hindi naman hinahanap yan. Kusang dumarating, bahala na si Lord.”


BUHAY PARTY LIST Cong. Lito Atienza is very proud because his Saturday morning show, “Maynila”, a drama anthology that depicts the lives of people living in the city of Manila, just won three awards: the Star Award for the longest running daytime drama, the Catholic Mass Media Award and the Inding-Indie Award held recently at the National  Press Club.
“We’re really proud of these recognitions,” says Cong. Atienza. “19 years na sa ere ang ‘Maynila’ and we’re proud that both Kapuso and Kapamilya stars can guest in our show. From Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo to Coco Martin, Angel Locsin, Enrique Gil, Erich Gonzales at marami pang ibang big stars, lahat sila naging bahagi ng ‘Maynila’.”
The producer of “Maynila” is now her daughter Lei Atienza, who’s married to former Los Banos councilor Von Valdepenas and they have three kids aged 10, 7 and 2. Lei used to be with ABS-CBN’s Star Circle but she quickly realized showbiz is not for her. She’s proud that the awards for “Maynila” all came when she was already its producer, with Abet Raz as scriptwriter and Phil Noble as director.
“The show used to be meant for teen viewers but we’ve notice that the market has changed,” says Lei. “Most of our viewers now are mothers and their children. Our highest rating episode is about a woman who falls in love with a much younger man and the episode that won us awards featured Noel Trinidad as an old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. We always try to promote good values about love, lie and marriage in each episode.”
Cong. Lito Atienza has very conservative views and he is against divorce and same sex marriage. But for the film industry, he has sponsored a bill for a five-year tax exemption of the local film industry and this is about to be approved.
As a gift to the press, Cong. Lito raffled off 8 free overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan which is now a famous tourist destination. We’re one of the lucky ones who won. The owner of Las Casas is a ‘balae’ of Cong. Lito because his son Ali is married to the owner’s daughter, Jet Acuzar.


DPWH SECRETARY MARK VILLAR and his wife Diwa Partylist Rep. Emmeline Aglipay hosted an intimate Christmas lunch for the entertainment press. Rep. Emmie happily reported that her book, “Living Better with Lupus”, is sold out in many bookstores as doctors themselves recommend it to their patients. Barangay health workers also read it so they can help in the early and correct diagnosis of the disease among lupus patients.
Emmie is also having a Hope for Lupus Fun Run this coming January and she’s inviting everyone to join it.This is her advocacy as she’s a lupus patient herself and she wans to educate Pinoys about this auto-immune disease that nearly crippled her. She credits her husband Mark for her recovery and always reminding her to live a stress-free life as stress is a big enemy of lupus. When you see her, you won’t suspect she has lupus as she looks so pretty.
In turn, Sec. Mark showed an audio-visual presentation about their projects at the DPWH that aims to alleviate the nightmarish traffic situation at EDSA. “Maraming bagong kalsadang bubuksan to be used as alternative routes, like the Laguna Lake Highway from Pasig to Bicutan, the new skyway, the road connecting SLEX to  NLEX, the Harbor Link from the piers to NLEX na hindi na daraan sa Manila the 40,000 trucks that use our roads everyday para lumuwag ang EDSA,” he says. “Yung expressway going to Baguio, hanggang sa Pozorubio, Pangasinan na ngayon. Dati, hanggang Binalonan lang.  And soon, hanggang sa Rosario, La Union na yan kaya mas mabilis na mag-drive to Baguio. May flood management projects din to prevent severe flooding sa lungsod. Pres. Duterte is very serious about this and we have a budget of P100 billion for all the infrastructures we’re now building. We have 12 new bridges to cross EDSA. He’s very hardworking, sincere, and by the time matapos ang term niya, ibang-iba na at maraming pagbabago sa Pilipinas kasi marami ring plans for new roads to ease traffic in Cebu,  Bacolod and Mindanao to usher in the golden age of infrastructure in our country.”