HEART Evangelista posted a very sexy photo of her wearing a skimpy bikini in her social media account with the caption, “Beach days are the best days”. And she really looks ravishing in her scanty two-piece that shows off her curvaceous figure while she and husband Sen. Chiz Escudero are vacationing in Amanpulo.
Heart got encouraging comments from her fans who say she should also display her sexiness in her hit GMA primetime show, “My Korean Jagiya”. The show has a new “pasabog” because another Korean actor is joining the cast. This is Andy Ryu, whose full Korean name is Ryu Sang Wook. He will be the rival of Alexander Lee over the attention of Heart as Gia.
Andy Ryu has starred in many Koreanovelas, one of them being “Queen Seondeok” that was also shown before on GMA-7. This will be a new and intriguing love triangle to watch, with two Korean guys fighting over Heart’s attention. Watch out for the special episode that shows Ryu’s first appearance in “My Korean Jagiya”.
Meantime, Xander Lee just returned from visiting his parents in Korea and he felt sad when he learned that his dad is sick, with a tumor on his liver. His dad has undergone chemotherapy and let’s help Xander pray for his father’s full recovery.
PAOLO: PAANO AKO MAG-A-OUT, WALA NAMANG PUMASOK?
PAOLO Ballesteros admits he’s somehow unnerved by the fact that his two movies that will be shown one after another are up against tough competition. When “Trip Ubusan: Lolas vs. Zombies” opens today, it will still be facing the extended showing of the hit “Justice League”, while his solo project, “Barbi, D’Wonder Beki”, will be up against the Sharon Cuneta-Robin Padilla movie, “Unexpectedly Yours”, on November 29.
“Pero kung may Wonder Woman sa ‘Justice League’, e ano? D’Wonder Beki naman ako,” he quips. “Palagay ko, hindi rin kayang pataubin ng superheroes ng Justice League ang tatlong lolas ng ‘Trip Ubusan’. Daanin na lang sa paseksihan ang labanan at tiyak na mas tatawa ang audience sa movie namin nina Jose Manalo at Wally Bayola. Maski sumali kaming lahat sa beaucon, talo ibang candidates sa ganda namin. As for Ate Shawie, megastar 'yun. Wala namang nagsabi na ang movie ko lang ang puwedeng ipalabas sa November 29, at birthday ko sa araw na 'yun, kaya birthday gift sa’kin ng viewers na ang movie ko ang mas unang panonoorin nila.”
What can he say to predictions that his triumvirate with Jose and Wally will replace Tito, Vic & Joey in “Eat Bulaga”? “Naku, walang makakapalit sa kanila, no? Sila 'yun, e. Kami ito. Hindi porke tatlo sila at tatlo rin kami, kami nang papalit sa kanila. Sila pa rin yun. May kanya-kanya kaming atake sa mga bagay-bagay at tigilan na lang ang comparisons.”
Isn’t he scared he might be typecast in gay roles? “Okay lang naman sa’kin kung habambuhay akong magiging beki. Puwede ka namang maging creative kung paano mo iiba-ibahin 'yung characters na gagampanan mo. Open naman ako sa ganyang challenges. Pero siyempre, gusto ko rin namang mag-try ng ibang roles? Marami pa naman akong puwedeng kayang gawin, ibigay at ipakita.”
How does he feel when folks say he might end up like BB Gandanghari who played nothing but gay roles since he came out of the closet? “For me, there’s no comparison kasi magkaiba kami ni BB. Nag-out siya at pinili niyang lumabas kasi doon siya masaya, hindi para magkaroon siya ng mas maraming offers o trabaho. So I’m happy for her.”
So does he intend to come out himself? “Ay, wala naman akong i-a-out kasi wala namang nakapasok sa’kin. So anong i-a-out ko?” he laughs. “Dito nga sa ‘Barbi, D’Wonder Beki’, pinatunayan kong kaya kong maging action star sa scenes na naging superhero ako. Abangan n'yo dahil ginawa ko lahat ng fight scenes ko nang ako mismo, wala akong kadobol. Ang tapang ko, e.”
How did he feel when Christian Bables backed out from doing Barbs in Director Jun Lana’s “Born Beautiful” for Cignal TV? “Siyempre, nagulat at nawindang ako when I learned about it. Nakakalungkot kasi nakilala kami as Trisha and Barbs in ‘Die Beautiful’. Tapos, biglang pinalitan siya ni Martin (del Rosario) as Barbs. E, ganun talaga sa showbiz, ’di ba? May mga biglaang nangyayari so I just wish Christian all the best.”
THEATRE REVIEW: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL”
“MATILDA the Musical” is based on the 1988 children’s novel by Roald Dahl (he also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) filmed in Hollywood in 1996 with Mara Wilson in the title role. It was made into a musical in 2010 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, premiered at West End in 2011 and in Broadway in 2013, receiving wide critical acclaim.
Matilda is a bright and precocious child who’s unhappy because she’s ignored and neglected by her own parents. In school, she finds comfort in the caring Miss Honey who defends her from the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, a terror who makes the lives of all the other children miserable. The show then becomes an inspiring tale of empowerment for the most oppressed group of all, innocent children who can easily be abused by grown ups.
There’s a distinctly British consciousness in the material and this is well served by the entire cast who tries its best to deliver all their lines with a pronounced British accent. When we watched the play, the title role was played by Uma Martin and she’s quite a marvel as Matilda. Someone tells us another child actress is even better, but we’re honestly quite satisfied with Uma who’s just full of winning verve and spunk.
The actors in this fine ensemble all deliver well in their respective roles, with Jamie Wilson’s casting as the cross-dressing headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who hates children (calling them “maggots") and loves punishing them, quite a grotesque but truly ingenious masterstroke.
Other standouts are Joaquin Valdez (special kudos for entertaining the audience even during the intermission, this talented guy surely deserves more exposure) and Carla Laforteza as Matilda’s irresponsible and cartoonish parents, Cris Villonco as Miss Honey and Emiline Guinid as Mrs. Phelps.
All the child actors who support Uma as Matilda’s schoolmates are splendid, performing exuberantly with so much contagious gusto in the well choreographed production numbers, particularly in the rousing, riotous “Revolting Children”.
The immersive sets, studded with books on towering shelves all over the place since Matilda loves reading, gives the stage a wonderful, magical look. You have up to December 10 to watch “Matilda” at Meralco Theatre on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets available at Ticketworld.