Philippine TV's Top 10 Pilot Episodes since 2007

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PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has compiled the Top 10 Pilot Episodes since 2007 based from the nationwide (NUTAM) tv ratings report of AGB Nielsen Philippines. Kapamilya shows dominated the list, check it out!

1. Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 39%
2. Kokey
(ABS-CBN) - 38%
3. Lobo
(ABS-CBN) - 37.6%
4. Lastikman
(ABS-CBN) - 37.4%
5. Princess Sarah
(ABS-CBN) - 37.3%
6. Ysabella
(ABS-CBN) - 37.2%
7. Dyesebel (GMA7)- 36.7%
8. Maria Flordeluna
(ABS-CBN) - 36.4%
9. Pangarap Na Butuin
(ABS-CBN) - 35.9%
10. Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara
(ABS-CBN) - 35.4%

PINOY IDOL Update: Top 12 Guys Performance Night

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VIDEO LINKS:

1. Robby Navarro - Whenever, Wherever, Whatever by Maxwell (Watch here)

He opened the Pinoy Idol Top 12 Guys performance show singing “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever” by Maxwell.

Ogie Alcasid: “Para akong nanonood ng concert. You did great Robby!

2. JJ Jr. - You To Me Are Everything by the Real Thing (Watch here)

Jolina Magdangal:Umpisa pa lang nakita ko na ang drive mo pero alam mo kailangan mong ingatan ang words mo. Kasi kahit anong ganda ng performance mo kung hindi mo alam ang words mo sayang lang.”

3. Elliot Andal - Sana ay Ikaw na Nga by Basil Valdez (Watch here)

Wyngard Tracy: “Elliot nawawala ka sa tono. There were 2 parts na talagang sintunado.
Jolina Magdangal: “Ako tingin ko nagkaron ng improvement talaga sa performance mo.
Ogie Alcasid: “You were almost perfect.

4. Ram Chavez - My Hero by The Foo Fighters (Watch here)

Ogie Alcasid:Ibang klase ka! Pambihira kang magperform.
Wygard Tracy: “Ang tawag ko sa yo ‘others’, iba!”

5. Walton Zerrudo - She's Out of My Life by Michael Jackson (Watch here)

Jolina Magdangal: “Muntik na akong maiyak Walton. Ingat ka na lang sa ilang notes.”
Wyngard Tracy: “Enjoyin mo lang ang performance mo.
Ogie Alcasid: “Na-o-off mic ka.

6. Dio Paulo - Angels Brought Me Here by Guy Sebastian (Watch here)

Wygard Tracy: “You can do better than that, sayang.”
Jolina Magdangal
: “Nararamdaman ko ang kaba. Maging natural lang.”
Ogie Alcasid: “Almost there but didn’t quite make it.

7. Rye Estrada - Your Love by Alamid (Watch here)

Ogie Alcasid: “Ang malas mo lang dahil natapat ka sa akin. You are an incredible performer! You own that stage. Superb.”
Wygard Tracy: “Naalala ko sa ‘yo si Liza Minnelli.

8. Sherwin Marquez - How Do You Heal a Broken Heart by Chris Walker (Watch here)

Jolina Magdangal: “You have to work on your speech and diction.”
Wyngard Tracy: “You’re uptight.

9. Toffer Rei - Stigmatized by The Calling (Watch here)

Wygard Tracy: “Nagumpisa ka mahina pero nakabawi ka.”
Jolina Magdangal
: “Nakita ko na nag-go-grow ka habang habang tumatagal yung kanta. Parang lumalaki ka!
Ogie Alcasid: “You represent rock really well.

10. Kid Camaya - A Song For You by Elliot Yamin (Watch here)

Ogie Alcasid: “You have improved so much talaga. Siguro bigyan mo pa ng konting buhay ang performance. Malinis ka naman kumanta e.
Jolina Magdangal: “Ang galing ng pagkakanta mo pero parang iba yung ina-acting mo dyan.
Wyngard Tracy: “Siguro mahiyain ka lang talaga noh? Or Duwag.

11. Daryl Celis - Still With You by Eric Benet (Watch here)

Jolina Magdangal: “Nung una nadadala ako e pero parang banda dun sa mataas na tono, parang natalo ka ng kaba mo e. Wag kang papatalo sa kaba.”
Ogie Alcasid: “Sino ba tinitignan mo Daryl. Alam mo you’re blessed with everything. Appeal ibang klase, charmer ka e.”

12. Warren Antig - Ulitin by P.O.T. (Watch here)

Warren closed the show with his version of P.O.T.'s Ulitin.

Wyngard Tracy:Pinrove mo ulit na magaling ka sa rock. Sana panindigan mo na kaya mong kumanta ng kahit anong klaseng music.
Jolina Magdangal: “Magaling ka!
Ogie Alcasid: “Di maipagkakaila na talagang napakagaling mo.”

HEART EVANGELISTA Mahal Pa Rin si JERICHO ROSALES

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Isang source na nakakita kay Heart Evangelista ang nagkuwento sa amin na hindi raw maitatago ang kalungkutan ng batang aktres sa paghihiwalay nila ni Jericho Rosales.

Nakatabi namin sila ng mommy niya sa airport, blangko ang tingin ni Heart, ang lungkot-lungkot niya. Totoo kaya sa sarili niya ang mga pinagsasasabi niya ngayon against Jericho o meron lang nagsusulsol sa kanya?

“Feel na feel mo ang lungkot kapag nakita mo siya, palagi siyang nakatingin sa malayo, mahal pa rin niya si Echo,” sabi ng aming source.

Laughing in the outside, crying in the inside daw ang tingin ng mga ito kay Heart, meron lang daw sigurong pinaligayang mga tao ang aktres sa ginawa niyang desisyon, pero hindi kumpleto ang buhay niya dahil wala si Echo.

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ and SARAH GERONIMO in "A Very Special Love"

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It may not be "dear heart" anymore for John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo, but there will still be "A Very Special Love" and a movie for them.

Last year unang na-announce na nagbabalak magsanib-puwersa ang Star Cinema at Viva Films na i-remake ang kauna-unahang movie ni Sharon Cuneta 30 years ago, ang Dear Heart. It would have starred Star Magic's John Lloyd and Viva Artist Agency's Sarah.

Nang nalaman ito ng Megastar, hindi siya pumayag na gawan ito ng remake and she said so vocally. Out of respect to both Viva and ABS-CBN's biggest star, hindi na lang ito itinuloy. This doesn't mean though na hindi na matutuloy ang pagtatambal nina John Lloyd at Sarah on the big screen dahil nabigyan pa rin sila ng replacement project.

Nagsimula na last week ang shooting ng pelikulang A Very Special Love ng Star Cinema, starring John Lloyd and Sarah mula sa direction ni Cathy Garcia-Molina. It also stars Joross Gamboa, Matet de Leon, Al Tantay, Gio Alvarez, and Irma Adlawan. This will be Star Cinema's fifth movie to be released this year after My Big Love, Supah Papalicious, When Love Begins, and Caregiver na ipalalabas on May 28 nationwide.

June ang playdate ng A Very Special Love and it will still be part of Star Cinema's 15th anniversary special presentation na pasisimulan ng Caregiver ni Sharon Cuneta.

MARIAN RIVERA's Response to the 'Marian YouTube Scandal'

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Nag-react na si Marian Rivera sa mga naglalabasang youtube video ng "Marian Scandal" kung saan ipinakitang galit ang aktres at mukhang may kaaway.

"Ganito yun," simula niya. "Nasa set kami sa Subic. Alam ng lahat na bawal ang mag-video lalo na kung hindi pa umeere ang episode. Nakita ko siyang [yung lalake sa YouTube] kumukuha ng video at biniro ko ng ‘Kuya, nagbi-video kayo, bawal ‘yan.' Ang sagot ba naman, ‘Bakit, ikaw ba ang bini-video ko?' Pakialam ko raw. Pabalang ang sagot at nagulat ako, nagkasagutan kaming dalawa.

"Tinanong ko kung staff siya. Taga-processing daw siya. Nagulat ako, bakit ganun ang reaction niya sa akin. Kahit payat at maliit ako, hindi ako papayag apihin. CaviteƱa ako, lalaban ako! Walang nang-aapi sa akin!" lahad ni Marian.

Sinagot din nya ang paratang na sya ang paulit ulit na sumasampal sa lalake sa youtube video kahit hindi naman ipinakita ang totoong mukha ng may-ari ng kamay.

"Wala akong sinampal, wala akong sinaktan," mariing sabi ni Marian. "Ni hindi ko nga siya hinawakan, nagkasagutan lang kami. Inawat na kami ng staff. Dapat hinamon ko na lang siya ng suntukan!"

Feeling ba niya frame-up ang nangyari? Bakit may nag-video ng nangyari at bakit edited?

"Bahala na sila," sabi niya. "Ang importante sa akin, hindi ako nag-power trip. Okey lang siraan at pintasan nila ako, tanggap ko lahat na kaparte ng trabaho ko ito. Dapat masanay na ako, dahil lahat na lang ng kilos ko... Tinatanong ko lang ang manager ko [Popoy Caritativo], kung bakit ayaw akong tantanan. Ganun din ang sinasabi niya, na bahagi ito ng showbiz at kailangan kong masanay."

Ang hindi raw ipinakita sa video ay ang nangyari kinabukasan—ang pagbabalik ng lalake sa set at kinausap si Marian.

"The next day, bumalik siya, nagkaayos kami at nagkapaliwanagan kami. Alam ko sa sarili ko na ipinagtanggol ko lang ang sarili ko, dahil binastos ako. Mali ba ang ginawa ko?" balik tanong ni Marian.

What Happened to MARIAN RIVERA (Marian Scandal)?

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This video shows an incensed Marian Rivera. According to the one who sent the video, this validate the rumors about her being primadonna, bigheaded, and proud. But everything has its own reason....



Now the big question is...Is this the true Marian Rivera that we pinoy started to love? Or she was just aggravated by an incident only she and that man could identify?

You be the judge.

RICHARD GUTIERREZ and KC CONCEPCION in GMA Films and Regal Entertainment's 2008 Valentines Offering

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Tuloy na tuloy na ang Valentine movie nina Richard Gutierrez at KC Concepcion next year from GMA Films and Regal Entertainment. The contract signing was happened last May 22, 11 am at the 16th floor of GMA Building Board Room.

IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.

Mula pa sa simula, everyone wanted to see Richard and KC on screen but it seemed an impossible dream. Richard is an exclusive GMA Films artist at si KC, ipinahayag na noon na pipirma sa Star Cinema as an exclusive artist.

Making the Richard-KC team-up happen began in an early morning talk nina Noel Ferrer and Joey Abacan, VP for GMA Program Management. They wanted to suggest the idea to Star Cinema.

Sinundan ito ng public pronouncement ni GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar, when she said that GMA Films is open to the possibility of a co-production deal with Star Cinema. The next move was for GMA Films to pursue this co-production initiative along with KC's managers, Sandra Chavez and Shirley Kuan. And, in a way, tumulong na rin pareho sina Richard at KC sa pagiging vocal nila pareho na sana nga ay magkaroon ng isang pelikula na magkasama sila.

THE DEAL.
A deal was set between GMA Films and Star Cinema. May sariling pelikula na gagawin ang film arm ng ABS-CBN starring Richard and KC at mauuna itong ipalalabas this August 2008. And then, ang GMA Films naman ang mag-a-announce ng kanilang separate movie, also starring the two stars na may Valentine 2009 release naman.

Nauna na nga ang dalawang big announcements ng Star Cinema. First ang pagpirma ni KC as an exclusive talent with a three-picture contract. Ikalawa, ang pagpirma ng isang picture deal ni Richard sa Star Cinema para maging kauna-unahang partner ni KC sa big screen.

It was also announced that the Star Cinema movie will be directed by Ms. Joyce Bernal and that some of the scenes will be done in Greece.

Naghintay muna ng dalawang linggo ang kampo ng GMA Films bago magbigay ng sariling announcement dahil nasa Europe pa si Annette, nasa Dubai si Richard for his Codename: Asero, at busy naman si KC sa UN work niya sa Marawi.

Tuesday, May 20, of this week na-set ang announcement. But some technicalities surfaced na kailangang ayusin about the contract of KC sa Star Cinema kung kaya't na-postpone ito.

"WHEN I MET YOU."
Wednesday, May 21, natuloy naman ang story conference and pictorial nina Richard at KC for their Star Cinema project. Meanwhile, the talks continued between GMA Films and Star Cinema para maayos ang ilang gusot and, presumably, all went well for GMA Films to do its own announcement Thursday morning, May 22.

Alas-onse pa lang ng umaga, kumpleto na ang triumvirate ng GMA Films na sina Ms. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, Joey Abacan, at Noel Ferrer. Ayos na rin ang boardroom ng 16th floor arranged by the Corporate Communication unit headed by Angel Javier. Maaga ring nagsidatingan ang GMA TV crew pati na rin sina Ricky Lo at Lhar Santiago, at sumunod na ang mga publicists ng GMA Films.

Sa background, pinapatugtog ang kantang "When I Met You." We later found out na ito pala ang magiging title ng pelikula na nina Richard at KC, na isinulat at ididirehe ni Direk Joey Reyes, na nasa grounds na rin at hinihintay ang pagdating nina Richard at KC.

According to Direk Joey, When I Met You is a "sweeping romance" about the joy of being young, alive, and in love. Basically, sabi niya, it is everything that's beautiful in the world.

When I Met You is scheduled to open February 11, 2009. Like the first four Valentine movies of Richard—Let The Love Begin, I Will Always Love You, The Promise, and My Best Friend's Girlfriend—it will be co-produced by Regal Entertainment.

Source: philippineportal

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI is Dancing With The Stars GRAND WINNER

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After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, figure-skating champ Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of Dancing with the Stars.


This is just the icing on the cake,” Kristi said after winning the mirrored disco ball. “I honestly thank all the fans out there … everyone who’s made this a dream experience.”

Kristi got a perfect score of 60 on Monday’s show and in combination with enough viewer votes, she was crowned the winner on Tuesday night.

Watch the DWTS winners announcement here.

DAVID COOK is American Idol GRAND WINNER

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Grown-up rocker David Cook has triumphed over smooth-voiced teen David Archuleta to become the new "American Idol."

While Archuleta was heaped with praise by the judges the night before, the voters decided otherwise -- and it wasn't even close. Host Ryan Seacrest said during Wednesday's show that 12 million votes was the difference.

Cook was overcome by emotion, bending toward the stage after his name was announced. "This is amazing," he said. "This is all your fault," he added, addressing the brother who Cook had accompanied to the "Idol" audition that started it all.

Cook immediately took the microphone and began to sing "Time of my Life," which won the annual "Idol songwriting competition."

VIDEO LINKS
Top 12 Group Song (Watch here)
Renaldo Lapuz - "I am your Brother" (Watch here)
Cook & Archuleta Duet - “Hero” (Watch here)
Mike Myers Skit (
Watch here)
Syesha & Seal - “Waiting for You” (
Watch here)
Jason Castro - “Hallelujah” (
Watch here)
Girls sing with Donna Summer (
Watch here)
Carly Smithson & Michael Johns - “The Letter” (
Watch here)
Jimmy Kimmel roasts Idol (
Watch here)
Boys sing with Bryan Adams (
Watch here)
David Cook & ZZ Top - “Sharp Dressed Man” (
Watch here)

PRECIOUS LARA QUIGAMAN "Fired Out" of Wowowee

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Should love and career be mixed?

That has been a showbiz dilemma since time immemorial. Some know how to keep a happy balance between the two, but only if the lovers involved are both in showbiz. It’s an entirely different altogether if one of the partners is non-showbiz and therefore isn’t familiar with the ins and outs of the profession (such as irregular working schedule and, yes, being thrown into the company of equally attractive people who can generate, maybe unwittingly, irresistible temptations).

This dilemma is brought into focus by the recent Wowowee incident that resulted in (2005 Miss International) Precious Lara Quigaman as casualty.

We haven’t seen Precious as Willie Revillame’s co-host (with Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion and Pokwang) these past few days, have we? This was after Wowowee was mounted “live” in Honolulu two weeks ago. When the Wowowee entourage came back, Precious was still on the show and it was only because those few episodes had been taped in advance. And then, she was gone. Just like that. Naglahong parang bula.

Was Precious, as per the rumors, “fired”? Or was she merely, ehem, “eased out”? If so, why?

Cory Vidanes, head of the ABS-CBN TV production, said in a text message to Funfare, “No, she wasn’t fired. Will update you on further developments.”

But here’s what really happened, according to an unimpeachable source (who was with the Wowowee Honolulu entourage):

Company rule discourages any host, male or female, from bringing along his/her girlfriend/boyfriend to the studio, not especially on out-of-town trip, so as not to be distracted from work. Rules are rules.

Anyway, Mariel and Valerie obeyed the rule. Mariel could have brought along her boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo but she did not. Neither did Valerie (whoever her boyfriend is). But Precious ‘violated’ the rule and brought her boyfriend (said to be a rich Chinese who is ‘possessive’ daw) along anyway. Before the group left Manila, Precious’ attention was called and she said, ‘You can cancel my ticket if you want to.’ She was defiant. Usually, back home she would bring along the guy to the studio and make him wait at the dressing room, that’s why Precious couldn’t concentrate on her work and she’s always in a hurry, parating nagmamadali, always trying to find out if the guy is okay or not.

That’s what happened in Honolulu. Instead of ‘bonding’ with the group after the show, Precious kept to the guy’s company. Sa airport pa lang, sweet na sweet na sila; mas lalo pa doon sa Honolulu.

Precious has developed an ‘attitude.’ Even during her reign as (2005) Bb. Pilipinas-International, she was said to have an ‘attitude’ already and she gave the Bb. Pilipinas people headaches. She has a lot of do’s and don’t’s even in the sitcom That’s My Doc! (with Aga Muhlach) — bawal makipag-holding hands sa leading man, walang kissing, maraming bawal.”

Asked if it was Willie who laid down that “rule,” the Funfare source said no. “It’s company rule. Besides, hindi type ni Willie si Precious.”

And that’s how the “precious” cookie crumbled.

Asked for comment, Rowell Octavio, Precious’ manager, said also in a text message to Funfare, “We’ll give our side within this week. You will be among the first to know. Definitely, we will answer all the questions.”

Now, was Precious “fired,” or was she “eased out?”

You draw your own conclusion.

Source: rfl

Latest Showbiz Endorsers of L-Glutathione

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:: RICHARD GUTIERREZ is the Latest MET Tathione Endorser

Pumirma ng kontrata kanina lang tanghali si Richard Gutierrrez para maging latest endorser ng MET Tathione (Reduced Glutathione) sa Anabel's Restaurant, sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Kabilang na ngayon si Richard sa mga artistang nag-e-endorse din ng MET na tulad nina Jake Cuenca, Albert Martinez, Lani Mercado, Valerie Concepcion, Jennylyn Mercado, Andrew Wolff, at Sherilyn Reyes. Kailan lang ay kinuha rin ng MET ang socialite na si Tessa Prieto-Valdes at ang wellness icon na si Cory Quirino.

Ani Richard, excited at honored daw siya sa pagkakapili sa kanya bilang bagong endorser ng MET.

"I feel excited. It's another exciting venture for me to endorse MET, I also feel honored for being chosen as the latest endorser of MET. Kasi ako, I believe I've been inspirational to other people. Kasi as a celebrity, I have to keep fit, maintain to be healthy and try to look confident and look good for those people that I inspire. MET is a product that can keep me looking good, and confident, and I believe in this product. So, I believe MET can make other people feel confident also."


:: GABBY CONCEPCION Formally Launched as the Newest Endorser of Lucida-DS


Pormal nang ini-launch ang kontrobersiyal na aktor na si Gabby Concepcion bilang pinakabagong endorser ng Lucida-DS Glutathione, a whitening beauty product, kahapon, May 20, sa Palawan Hall ng Edsa Shangri-La Hotel sa Mandaluyong City.

Hindi naman lingid sa kaalaman ng marami na naging kontrobersiyal ang pagpirma ng kontrata ni Gabby at ng kanyang manager na si Mrs. Rose Flaminiano upang maging endorser ng Lucida-DS ang aktor. Dito kasi nag-ugat ang alitan sa pagitan nila at ng entertainment writer na si Jobert Sucaldito dahil hindi natuloy ang aktor sa pag-e-endorse ng isa pang whitening beauty product.

Sa dami ng mga kontroberisyang dumaan sa buhay ni Gabby, paano hinarap ni Gabby ang isyung ito?

"Well, just like in the past... Yung controversy kasi, hindi na nawala sa katawan ko, e. Kasama na, nakadikit na sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung bakit, pero nangyayari talaga. I guess it's part of showbiz. Tinatanggap ko na lang na bahagi ng industriya, papasok-pasok ka kasi kaya saluhin mo, tanggapin mo," pahayag ng aktor.


AMERICAN IDOL 7: Top 2 - Performance Night

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First songs were chosen by record producer Clive Davis, second songs were from the Idol songwriters contest, and third songs were chosen by the contestants (reprise or new song).

DAVID COOK
U2 - “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (Watch here)
Emily Shackelton - “Dream Big” (Watch here)
Collective Soul - “The World I Know” (Watch here)

DAVID ARCHULETA
Elton John - “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (Watch here)
Ryan Gillmor - “In This Moment” (Watch here)
John Lennon - “Imagine” [Reprise] (Watch here)

KC CONCEPCION on the Cover of "YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars"

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Hailed as the Most Beautiful, KC Concepcion lands the cover of this year's YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars.

The cover photo was one in a batch sent by KC. It was supposed to be for the Bare and Beautiful Category—which has clean, no-makeup shoots of beautiful stars Angelica Panganiban, Kristine Hermosa, Ehra Madrigal, Jackie Rice, Francine Prieto and Roxanne Guinoo—of this year's Most Beautiful Stars issue.

But on seeing KC's no-makeup photos, the YES! staff were so stunned and impressed at how fresh and beautiful KC was, they decided to use that particular photo for the cover. Plus, KC has all the qualities they were looking for to fit the title Most Beautiful Star.

"Check the magazines, and even on the same month her face is on several covers. Log on to www.pep.ph, and invariably, there is a story somewhere there about her. Everything KC Concepcion says and does attracts attention. She is this year's It Girl, the female celebrity we cannot have enough of," says YES! about its choice as the Most Beautiful Star.

Last year's cover girl Judy Ann Santos shares a spread with boyfriend Ryan Agoncillo as one of the pairs in the Box-Office Tandems Category, and gets another spread in the Metamorphosis Category of this year's Most Beautiful Stars issue. The Box-Office Tandem Category is for real and reel star couples adored by millions, while Metamorphosis is the category for blooming stars.

Other categories in this year's Most Beautiful list are Curvilicious, voluptuous stars like Ara Mina and Yasmien Kurdi; Sliver, fashion model-slim stars like Carmina Villarroel and Alessandra de Rossi; Grace Anatomy, stars moving into years with enviable grace, like Maricel Soriano and Sharon Cuneta; Picture Perfect, stars captured in one perfect moment, like magazine shoots of Regine Velasquez and Ruffa Gutierrez; Charmers, dynamic, seductive celebs like Jomari Yllana and Vhong Navarro; Hate Them, Love Them, personalities you cannot be neutral about, like Annnabelle Rama and Gretchen Barretto; Gym Gents, stars with disciplined bodies and purposeful minds, like Robin Padilla and Aga Muhlach; and Matinee Idols, today's hottest leading men, like Richard Gutierrez and John Lloyd Cruz.

Find out the other categories and who are "in" in this year's YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars special issue. Now available!

SARAH GERONIMO "Touched" by BELO Essentials

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Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo joins local divas Regine Velasquez and Zsa Zsa Padilla and TV host Lucy Torres in the Belo Essentials family as she becomes the newest endorser of the said beauty product brand.

In the media junket for the said endorsement last night, May 19, at the Dolce bar on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Sarah was welcomed by Dr. Vicki Belo and children Crystal Henares, who is the general manager of Belo Essentials, and Quark Henares, a filmmaker.

Crystal said that they chose Sarah to represent their products because, "
Belo Essentials stand for quality and if there's one useful beautiful person that stands for all these beauty, it will be Sarah. So we thought that she would be the perfect fit for our endorser. We're really happy to invite her and to be part of the family right now."

Aside from this, their group also though that it's time for Sarah to endorse beauty products such as Belo Essentials. Sarah was first seen by the public when she was just 14 years old when she joined and won in the singing talent search program called Star For A Night (2003)

Crystal told the media, "Well, I think this is the perfect time also for Sarah because it's moving on to the next stage of her career. She's becoming a lady, she's turning 20 years old this year. So Belo Essentials just wants a hand to hold her through that stage. But she can also, you know, develop some qualities that our previous endorsers have so we'll some beauty secrets with her."

Sarah, on the other hand, said that she could not believe that Belo Essentials wanted her to be one of its endorsers.

"Talagang na-surprise ako," said Sarah, "kasi alam ko po na maraming pong mas deserving diyan na maging Belo endorser, at ako pa po yung napili ni Dr. Vicki Belo. Talagang flattered po ako nang very, very happy."

The 19-year-old singer also added,
"Honestly po, nakadagdag po ito sa self-esteem ko. Talagang na-surprise po ako nang nalaman ko ito na kinuha po ako as Belo endorser."


ALFIE LORENZO Fires Back at Star Magic

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Umalma ang entertainment columnist-talent manager na si Alfie Lorenzo sa diumano'y editing na ginawa ng The Buzz sa kanyang taped interview na ipinalabas noong nakaraang Linggo, May 18.

Sa nasabing interview kasi ay sinabi ni Alfie na ginamit ng ABS-CBN ang alaga niyang si Judy Ann Santos upang lumikha ng ingay para sa upcoming television comeback ni Claudine Barretto.

"Oo, tama ka kasi kailangang gumawa ng ingay dahil nagka-comeback si Claudine," diretsong sambit ni Alfie sa interview sa kanya ng The Buzz.

Tinukoy ni Alfie ang latest shampoo endorsement kung saan magkasama sina Juday at Claudine, along with Ruffa Gutierrez and Gretchen Barretto. Paniniwala ni Alfie ay "riding on the coattails of Juday" itong si Claudine para gumanda ang image at bumango ang pangalan.

"Naiinis ako. Yun bang parang they try to find a way para magkaroon ng ingay ang comeback ni Claudine at ang ikinaiinis ko, lumang style na ‘yon. Ba't di na lang baguhin kung paano, di ba?" reklamo ng beteranong talent manager.

Sa kanyang column na lumabas ngayong araw, May 20, sa Abante Tonite ay tahasang sinabi ni Alfie na na-gimikan siya ng Star Magic (talent arm ng ABS-CBN) sa paraang hinati-hati ang kanyang mga naging pahayag sa The Buzz, dahilan upang maging out of context ang dating nito sa mga manonood.

"Yung taped interview ni Morly Alinio ay tungkol kuno sa diamond ring na bigay ni Ryan kay Juday. E, nag-segue si Morly sa tanong kung galit daw ba ako kay Claudine. Magkaaway raw ba sina Juday at Claudine?" kuwento ni Alfie.

Ayon pa sa manager ni Juday, "chop-chop at pinagdugtong-dugtong" daw ang ipinalabas na interview at halatang pinili ang mga salitang maaaring mabahiran ng ibang kulay.

"My interview was cut off doon sa sinabi kong ‘lumang style na ‘yan, e,'—kilometric ang example ko. Like hindi naman kako the best of friends sina Juday at Claudine, they're friends even not that close—ginamit yung Pantene commercial na magkasama sila para pagkumparahin, mga fans lang naman ang nagpapaaway sa dalawa para may kumpetisyon, may pag-usapan," katuwiran ng beteranong kolumnista.

Nang tanungin daw siya ng The Buzz during the interview kung galit ba siya kay Claudine ay sumagot siya, "Hindi."

"Sagot ko, bakit naman ako magagalit kay Claudine? Noong awayin niya ang Ate Gretchen niya, kinausap ko pa siya sa lobby ng ABS-CBN and advised her na tigilan na ang ate niya para hindi na lumaki pa ang gulo at maglabasan pa ang iba pang mga baho dahil sooner dahil sooner than you can think ay magkakabati-bati rin kayo, so stop it na. Bakit wala ‘yon sa interview?" tanong ni Alfie.

Dagdag pa ng palabang talent manager,
"Bakit tinanggal nila yung sinabi kong si Juday lang ang dalaga sa apat na Pantene models? Dahil mas aangat si Juday kesa tatlo?"

Sa official statement na ipinalabas ng Star Magic sa nasabing isyu ay ipinagtanggol nila si Claudine sa mga naging pahayag ng matapang na manager. Hindi raw sumasakay si Claudine sa popularidad ni Juday sa dahilang nakagawa na ng sariling pangalan ang batang Barretto sa showbiz, bunga na rin ng sariling sikap at talento nito.

"ABS-CBN believes that Ms. Claudine Barretto made a name in showbiz and has a loyal following because of her popularity and hard work, and has no need of any help from Judy Ann Santos or bitter old man posing as showbiz journalist."

Nag-react si Alfie sa lumabas na statement at binatikos ang Star Magic head na si Johnny Manahan. Kung siya raw ay tinawag ng Star Magic na "bitter old man," si Mr. naman daw ay "spicy old man."

"Pagkatapos ng gimik kay Lolit, sa akin naman? Hay naku [Mr.]
Manahan, magdiskubre ka muna ng isang mabibildap mo na matatalbugan ang kasikatan ni Judy Ann Santos bago ka maghamon ng achievements, ‘noh?!

"Akala mo eh magaling kang direktor eh mukhang mga karnabal naman sa ingay ang mga dinidirek mong shows from Monday to Sunday! Aba, lahat na yata ng shows eh inangkin mo na eh buo na naman ‘yang mga ‘yan nung i-take over mo ala-EDSA? Yung mga show na konsepto mo eh nawala lahat sa ere! And you have the guts to call yourself the head of Talent Center na nagging Star Magic eh wala namang magic sa kingdom mo, puro sabit lang kay Juday!"
galit na buwelta ni Alfie kay Mr. Manahan.

Sa pagtatapos ng kanyang artikulo ay muling idiniin ni Alfie ang pagkadismaya niya sa ipinalabas na interview sa kanya.

"Inulit-ulit ko kay Morly Alinio, Juday and Claudine may not be the best of friends, hindi sila that close pero magkaibigan sila, I suppose. Hindi sila nag-aaway o nagsisiraan behind their backs. Ganoon."

Muli ay tanong ni Alfie: "How come iba ang lumabas sa The Buzz?"

PBB Teen Edition Plus 7th Nomination Night: Rona Libby and Robi Domingo are Nominated

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The result of "Harapang Nominasyon" is out!


It’s the “True Blue Atenista ng Quezon City”, Robi Domingo versus the “Prisoner’s Daughter of Dumaguete”, Rona Libby in the fight to stay inside Kuya's house.

BLAKE LIVELY and PENN BADGLEY's Romantic Getaway

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Everyone has suspected that Gossip Girl's Blake Lively (Serena) and Penn Badgley (Dan) were getting it on off-screen, but they never would confirm that they were a couple. Yeah right?! Think again.


Proofs in the reel and real romance are below pictures of the pair taken while enjoying a romantic getaway in Paraiso de la Bonita, a luxury resort in Mexico's Mayan Riviera.






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AMERICAN IDOL ‘Live Tour' Dates and Venues

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The top 10 American Idol contestants from season 7 will set on a U.S. singing tour this summer.


Hitting the road for the 11 week concert series will be David Archuleta, David Cook, Syesha Mercado, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Chikezie Eze, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns and Ramiele Malubay.

The tour will kick off July 1, 2008 and runs through September 13, 2008.

See below dates and venues:

July 1 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
July 2 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 3 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
July 5 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center
July 7 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 8 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 9 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 14 West Valley City, UT The "E" Center
July 18 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
July 19 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
July 20 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
July 22 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
July 23 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
July 24 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
July 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
July 27 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
July 29 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
July 30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 2 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 4 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 6 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 8 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 9 Worcester, MA DCU Center
August 10 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Center
August 12 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 13 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 14 Washington DC Verizon Center
August 16 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
August 17 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 18 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 20 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
August 21 Tampa, FL St Pete Times Forum
August 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
August 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
August 26 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
August 28 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
August 29 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
August 31 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
September 3 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 4 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
September 6 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 7 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
September 8 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County Memorial Coliseum
September 11 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
September 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

PINOY IDOL Top 24 Finalist

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Here are the official Top 24 Finalist of GMA 7’s Pinoy Idol.

1. Regene Ong of Quezon City - 20,impressed the judges by singing songs by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley and Sarah McLachlan. Stands out for her vintage dresses, which she makes herself.


2. Angeli Mae Flores of Marikina - 18, competed with Sarah Geronimo in the grand finals of “Star for a Night,” like “Philippine Idol” champ Mau Marcelo. Mae says she’s the “next big thing” in showbiz.

3. J-Anne Bautista - 21, from Pampanga, a student from UP Diliman. Her parents run their own businesses. She describes herself as a “shopaholic and a movie fan.”

4. Paolo "Dio" Maghari, 24, from Bacolod City, works as a call center agent for Teleperformance. His dad Melvin Maghari is a receptionist. Dio Paolo has sung in concerts and acted in a musical play.

5. Joselindo "JJ" Pimpino Jr., 17, of Bataan, studies in Baguio, where he lives with parents Dindo and Cynthia Pimpino. He says that he holds the distinction of being the youngest PPS contestant at 14.

6. Robby Navarro - 28, of Pampanga, recounts that he used to be part of a group. His decision to go solo was difficult, he says, but he insists it’s paying off.

7. Beverly "Bev" Ejercito, 18, from Davao, daughter of a company driver. Bev says she’s proud of “graduating from high school and winning in pageants.” Her bio says her big hair matches her big voice.

8. Eleuterio "Elliot" Andal, 24, of Batangas, is the son of a jeepney driver. He has worked as choir trainor and conductor and has won in several choral competitions. He was also a PPS contender.

9. Meryl David, 23, of Bicol, daughter of a former singer and a real estate broker. Meryl David says her proudest achievement is “finishing Nursing, while singing in a band.”

10. Warren Antig, 25, from Baguio City, once got a scolding from judges Ogie Alcasid and Jolina Magdangal because he wanted to back out, delaying the taping. He’s nicknamed “Bordado” by the staff because of his tattoos.

11. Sue Ellen Cubing, 16, of Iloilo, a pastor’s daughter and a beauty contest runner-up. Her sister Genevieve Cubing, who made it to the Manila round with her, was eliminated during Hell Week.

12. Ryan "Rye" Estrada, 28, of Iloilo, is a band vocalist and a self-confessed Robbie Williams fan. During Hell Week, he became emotional after dedicating his solo piece to his mommy, Fanny.

13. Drizzle Muniz, 28, of Quezon City, a professional songwriter. She write the song, “Mr. Dedma,” for singing champion Sarah Geronimo’s album entitled “Take Flight.”

14. Ramon "Ram" Chaves III, 25, of Cagayan de Oro, considers becoming a father as his most cherished accomplishment. His wife gave birth on the same day he auditioned at SMX.

15. Vrenylin "Vren" Villaflor, 17, hailed from Quezon City, the daughter of a retired police officer. As a child, she joined the “Batang Kampeon” contest and topped PLDT’s “Tuklas Talino” tilt.

16. Daryl Jett Celis, 21, of Rizal, is the son of an OFW. His mom Miriam Elli is a bar owner in Japan. He auditioned at SMX with his lola, whom he calls his “lucky charm.”

17. Gretchen Espina, 20, of Biliran, daughter of a governor. This 20-year-old UP student auditioned at SMX Mall of Asia accompanied by a bodyguard.

18. Jennifer "Jenni" Rawolle, 20, of Manila, already competed in GMA 7’s “Pinoy Pop Superstar.” This Paco, Manila resident is a big fan of burlesque performer Dita Von Teese.

19. Sherwin Marquez/Bayangan, 26, of Dagupan, lives in Tuguegarao with his parents Manuel and Letty Bayangan. He believes he will serve as a good example if he wins Pinoy Idol.

20. Walton Zerrudo, 25, from Laguna, considers “standards” as his forte. He describes his son, Weston as his inspiration: “I want him to be proud of me.”

21. Elizalde "Kid" Camaya, 24, from Quezon City, works at the Bank of Philippine Islands. His real name is Elizalde. He says “Idol” is his “dream and passion.”

22. Carol Anne Leus, 17, from Batangas, is a student in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. 4 years ago, she joined and topped the TFC “Pop Star Search” (PPS) in Dubai.

23. Penelope Matanguihan, 16, of Batangas, also a perennial singing contest champion. The daughter of Wilfredo and Violeta Manguihan says she’s raring to fight for her family.

24. Kristoffer Rei "Toffer" Tragico, 23, of Marikina, is the son of a driver and a housewife. He resides in Green Heights. His full name is Kristoffer Rei Nolasco Tragico.

GABY DELA MERCED in the May - June Cover of BOUNCE Magazine

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Racing champion and former Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 Housemate Gaby Dela Merced graces the cover of Bounce Magazine May - June "Back to School" issue.

MY MONSTER MOM - Movie Trailer

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See below teaser trailer of Regal Film's "My Monster Mom" starring the real mother-daughter tandem of Annabelle Rama and Ruffa Gutierrez.


AI-AI DELAS ALAS is Now Filming "Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat"

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Nagsimula nang mag-shooting ang tinaguriang Comedy Queen na si Ai-Ai delas Alas para sa Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat, na idinidirek ni Wenn Deramas. Sequel ito ng box-office hit movie noong 2003, Ang Tanging Ina ng Star Cinema.

At dahil sequel ito ng Ang Tanging Ina, kasama pa rin sa cast ang mga gumanap niyang anak na sina Marvin Agustin, Alwyn Uytingco, Jiro Manio, Shaina Magdayao, Yuki Kadooka, at ang nagbabalik-showbiz na si Serena Darlymple. Ongoing naman ang search para sa kambal na babaeng anak ni Ai-Ai for the sequel.

Out na sa Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat ang iba pang gumanap na anak ni Ai-Ai sa original movie na sina Marc Acueza at Heart Evangelista. Hindi na raw kinuha si Marc dahil wala na ito sa showbiz habang si Heart naman ay sadyang hindi na raw kinuha. Nasaktan daw kasi ang ABS-CBN management sa ginawang paglipat ni Heart sa GMA-7.

Mabuti pa si Marvin, na kahit matagal nang nasa GMA-7, ay kinuha pa rin ng Star Cinema upang gampanan muli ang papel ng panganay na anak ni Ai-Ai sa movie. Maayos naman daw kasi ang pag-alis ni Marvin sa ABS-CBN kaya very much welcome pa rin siya sa Kapamilya network.

Wala namang plano ang Star Cinema na kumuha pa ng kapalit nina Heart at Marc for their respective roles. Gagawan na lang daw ng kuwento kung bakit wala ang dalawang anak ni Ai-Ai sa movie.

STAR MAGIC's Press Statement on the "Gamitan" Issue Between Claudine Barreto and Judy Ann Santos

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Here is the written press statement released my Star Magic in answer to Alfie Lorenzo's accusation on "Gamitan" between Claudine Barreto and Alfie's talent Judy Ann Santos:

"This is in reference to the recent statements of Mr. Alfie Lorenzo in connection with Ms. Claudine Barretto. In last Sunday's, May 10, 2008, edition of StarTalk, Lorenzo made some comments regarding his artist, Judy Ann Santos, ABS-CBN, and dzMM.

"At one point, he said that Judy Ann was taken as an endorser of a shampoo brand to enhance the image of Ms. Claudine Barretto. Mr. Lorenzo insinuated that this supposedly helped in the showbiz comeback of Claudine. He went to say that without Judy Ann, Claudine would not have had a successful re-entry in showbiz.

"In clarification, Claudine and Judy Ann along with Ms. Gretchen Barretto, Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez we're signed as endorsers of a campaign coincided with Claudine's return to showbiz after giving birth. This is not part of any dirty tactics to use or exploit anyone.

"ABS-CBN believes that Ms. Claudine Barretto made a name in showbiz and has a loyal following because of her popularity and hard work, and has no need of any help from Judy Ann Santos or bitter old man posing as showbiz journalist. ABS-CBN has high regard for Claudine as with other artists."

PINOY BIG BROTHER (PBB) Teen Edition Plus Updates

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:: ERNING FALCON is PBB's Guardian Big Winner

Ejay’s dad, Erning Falcon, wins the Pinoy Big Brother Guardian Big Winner Sunday night, May 18, 2008.

Here are the complete results of the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus Guardian Big Night:
Guardian 4th Big Placer : My Love - Nan’s mom
Guardian 3rd Big Placer : Sandy - Nicole’s mom
Guardian 2nd Big Placer: Minda - Alex’s mom
Guardian Big Winner : Erning Falcon - Ejay’s dad


:: PRISCILLA NAVIDAD is the Evictee

Priscilla Navidad, the 17-year-old Deaf Dreamer from Davao, Priscilla Navidad, was evicted from from Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus last Saturday, May 17.

Earlier in the live telecast, Mommy Carina, mother of Beauty, also left the big yellow house due to the latter's request.

BILLY CRAWFORD to Co-Host "ASAP '08," Aside from Hosting "Pinoy Dream Academy"

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Ikinagulat ng ilang malalapit sa Fil-Am international singer na si Billy Crawford, especially the people from GMA-7, ang balitang isa siya sa magho-host ng ikalawang season ng Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) ng ABS-CBN na nakatakdang magsimula next month. Bukod kay Billy, makakasama rin niya sa PDA sina Toni Gonzaga at Nikki Gil.

Hindi pa man humuhupa ang tensiyon sa pagitan nina Billy at mga malalapit na tao sa kanya sa GMA-7 dahil sa paghu-host niya ng PDA, kinumpirma ng isang malapit kay Billy na magiging host na rin ang international singer ng Sunday musical-variety show ng ABS-CBN, ang ASAP '08. Bahagi raw ito ng exclusive contract na pipirmahan ni Billy sa ABS-CBN pagdating niya sa Pilipinas.

At press time ay nasa ibang bansa pa si Billy.

Although may nagsabi na pumirma na ng kontrata si Billy sa ASAP '08, bukod sa nauna na niyang pinirmahang kontrata para sa pagho-host ng PDA, posible raw na ipadala na lang ang mga kontrata kay Billy sa abroad o di kaya naman ay ang manager niya rito ang pumirma on his behalf.

Nakatakdang bumalik ng Pilipinas si Billy next week at sa kanyang pagdating, nakahanda siyang linawin ang lahat ng kontrobersiyang kinasasangkutan niya.

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