BARBIE Forteza says she’s not scared if ever Kris Aquino would join them in “Sunday PinaSaya”, which is celebrating its first anniversary.
“If ever she’d be a guest in the show, sana ma-handle niya ako,” she quips. “Guest ko siya so hindi siya puwedeng magsalita. Joke! Sa totoo lang, kung totoong magiging Kapuso na siya, siyempre excited ako. Queen of All Media siya, di ba? Baka ma-star struck ako. But I will re-introduce myself again. Kasi nag-meet na kami noon sa ‘Little Bossings’. Ewan ko lang kung natatandaan pa niya ako. Bakit naman ako matatakot makaharap siya, e hindi ko naman siya binabastos kapag ginagaya ko siya. Wala namang intensiyon ang ‘Sunday PinaSaya’ to insult her.
Gusto lang naming magpasaya ng viewers. Di ba imitation is the highest form of flattery? So parang tribute nga namin ito sa kanya. I’m really so happy to be part of ‘Sunday PinaSaya’ at ayan nga, unang anibersaryo na namin. We will have a two-part anniversary show on September 4 and 11 kaya abangan nyo dahil sobrang ganda ng numbers na inihanda namin. Sana mas tumagal pa ang show so, we’ll have more anniversaries to celebrate.”
When asked about her BF Kiko Rodriguez, Barbie hemmed and hawed before saying: “I’m single and happy.”
So she’s not in relationship anymore? “Wala na.”
Whatever happened to her and Kiko? “Well, ayoko munang magsalita. Ayoko munang pag-usapan. Basta ayoko. Hanggang dun na lang.”
Did she cry over it? “Secret!”
EDU AMAZED AT NEW CO-STARS
EDU Manzano stole the limelight from his co-stars at the presscon of “Someone to Watch Over Me”. When his name was called at the presentation of the cast members, he went down the long staircase of La Reve Events Place with a plain-looking girl in tow. He claims that she’s his date for the evening, named Althea. Everyone was in stitches when he even kissed the girl before letting her go.
When asked what convinced him to return to GMA and do a soap, his answer is: “Pera. Malaking-malaking pera!”
He later adds that he stopped doing movies in 2004 and TV soaps in 2006. “Last year, bumalik ako sa ‘Bridges of Love’ and I felt sad when I realized hindi ko na kilala 'yung mga bagong artista. I started in 1980 so more than 30 years na ako sa industry. Naging head ako ng local actors guild at ng Optical Media Board, pero sa ngayon, mas kilala ko pa 'yung mga press people I’ve known from way back. Isa na lang ang kilala ko, si Luis Manzano. Kaya ayan, tinanggap ko itong ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ ng GMA. Dahil dito, nakilala ko si Lovi Poe, si Tom Rodriguez, si Max Collins. And I also like the concept about Alzheimer’s disease. My late mom had it. There came a time na kaming mga anak niya, hindi na niya kilala. Ang kilala lang niya, 'yung pamangkin naming nag-aalaga sa kanya. It’s sad to see something like this happening to your loved one. It’s hereditary so kami ng mga kapatid ko, napag-usapan na namin ang tungkol dito. It’s good that at 61, magaling pa ang memory ko. So it’s important to be active para 'yung brain mo won’t degenerate.”
So how is it working with Lovi, Tom and Max? “Bilib ako sa work ethic nilang tatlo. They’re so dedicated to their craft. Ang tindi ng professionalism nila. I’ve seen kung paano sila maghanda for a scene and I’ve never seen actors who work hard as they do. When they do a scene, hindi sila bumibitiw. Papalit-palit ng camera angles, pero kung ano 'yung emotion nila, 'yung iyak nila, hindi sila bumibitiw talaga. It’s really nice to work with them kasi bumabalik din 'yung passion ko for acting.”
DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR GMA ARTISTS
GMA Artist Center is now known as GMA Talent Development & Management Department. They invited us through Jenny Donato to be a resource speaker in their Project Tyra, a personality development workshop that aims to boost the marketability and credibility of their artists. We, along with Isah Red and Lhar Santiago, talked about public relations and social media. The participants are the following new GMA Artists:
Bianca Umali - 17, has played leads in “Wish I May”, “Niño”, “Once Upon a Kiss” and does comedy in “Ismol Family”. Her ka-loveteam Miguel Tanfelix can’t attend the workshop since he’s busy going to school.
Analyn Barro - 19 year old Starstruck Season 6 finalist who has appeared in shows like “A1 Ko Sa’Yo”, “Magpakailanman”, “Once Again”.
Arra San Agustin - 21, also from Starstruck 6. She has appeared in “Dear Uge”, “Karelasyon”, “Magpakailanman”.
Ayra Mariano - 17, Starstruck 6 First Princess. She has appeared as a mainstay in “Poor Señorita”.
Arianne Bautista - 24, TV commercial model who has two regular shows, “Bubble Gang” and “Alisto”. She has also appeared in “Juan Happy Love Story”, “Naku Boss Ko” and “Buena Familia”.
Beatriz Imperial - 17, also from Starstruck 6. Has appeared in “Sinungaling Mong Puso”, “Poor Senorita”, “Maynila” and “Magpakailanman”.
Elle Ramirez - 22, recruited from “Protege 2”, she has appeared in “Magpakailanman”, “Dear Uge”, and “A1 Ko Sa’Yo”.
Faith Da Silva - 16, also recruited from Starstruck 6. Has appeared in “That’s My Amboy” and “Magpakailanman”.
Hannah Precillas - 18, “Bet ng Bayan” grand winner, has appeared in “Once Again”, “Marimar”, “Once Upon a Kiss”.
Kate Valdez - 16, a TV commercial model. She has appeared in “Destiny Rose”.
Klea Pineda - 17, Starstruck 6 Ultimate Female Survivor, now appears regularly in “Encantadia”.
Koreen Medina - 21, Starstruck 6 recruit. Has appeared in “Magpakailanman” and is now a regular in “Juan Happy Love Story”.
Pauline Mendoza - 16, has appeared in ‘Little Nanay”, “That’s My Amboy” and now, “Juan Happy Love Story”.
Marika Sasaki - 23, has appeared in “Magkaibang Mundo”, “A1 Ko Sa’Yo” and “Maynila”.
Stephanie Sol - 24, former Miss Teen Philippines. Has appeared in “Karelasyon”, “Little Nanay”, “Wagas”, “Juan Tamad” and is now a regular in, “Sinungaling Mong Puso”.
Aaron Yanga - 23, has appeared in “My Faithful Husband”, “Karelasyon”, “Magpakailanman” and has just finished the movie “Moonlight Over Baler”. Will appear as one of the Cosmo Men in September.
Bruno Santos - 20, a six footer. He has done several TV commercials and has yet to try acting in a TV show.
Carl Cervantes - 21, recruited from Starstruck, he has appeared in “Dear Uge”, “Juan Happy Love Story” and “A1 Ko Sa’Yo”.
Hiro Peralta - 22, has played the lead role in “Little Nanay” and has also appeared in “Beautiful Strangers”, “Magpakailanman”, “Pari Koy” and “Karelasyon”.
James Teng - 17, another 6 footer. Recruited from Starstruck 6, he has appeared in “A1 Ko Sa’Yo”, “That’s My Amboy” and “Ismol Family”. He’s now a regular in “Encantadia”.
James Wright - 21, a good singer recruited from “Anak Ko Yan”, he has cut his own album and has sung theme songs for GMA soaps like “Carmela” and “My Destiny”.
Kyle Vergara - 19, he was also discovered when he joined Starstruck 6. He has appeared in “Karelasyon”, “Wish Ko Lang” and “Maynila”. He owns the Red Sand Bar in Las Pinas.
Ralph Noriega - 17, was introduced in “Poor Senorita” and now a mainstay in “Someone to Watch Over Me” as Lovi Poe’s brother.
Zach Castaneda - 17, a balikbayan from California, he has yet to be assigned to do a show.
Also in this batch are One Up members Ralf King, Jay Arcilla and Yasser Marta, with brother and sister Jak Roberto and Sanya Lopez. But they’re all busy with other engagements so they didn’t make it to the workshop, which also featured Vaness del Moral as host, GMA execs Angel Javier, Mark Sablan and Ponz Acayton.
LOUISE, JUANCHO AT SM BALIWAG
LOUISE deLos Reyes and Juancho Trivino head the stars of GMA7’s hit afternoon soap, “Magkaibang Mundo”, when they stage a free musical variety show at SM City Baliwag today, August 27, at 5 p.m. Performing with them are Dion Ignacio, Isabelle de Leon, Liezel Lopez and Marika Sasaki. They will sing and dance for the crowd then pose with their fans for photos.
Meantime, in “Magkaibang Mundo” this week, the police succeed in arresting Assunta de Rossi as Amanda while Dion Ignacio as Jeffrey also succeeds in getting Louise as Pepay back from Juancho as Inoy. Dion holds Louise captive inside a room. Juancho and his duwende friends follow them there and try to save Louise. Maricar de Mesa as Criselda tries to attack and hurt Louise but some ants sent by the duwendes gang up on her and bite her. Dion then tries to rape Louise but Juancho comes to her rescue.