ANGEL Locsin turned 28 yesterday, April 23, and she considers her winning her first FAMAS best actress award for “One More Try” last Sunday an early birthday gift for her. She won along with Jaclyn Jose as best supporting actress for “Secret Affair,” Cesar Montano as best supporting actor and Jeorge 'ER' Estregan as best actor in their roles as Bonifacio and Aguinaldo, both in “El Presidente.”
Angel is very much in the news these days because James Younghusband, the older brother of her BF Phil, revealed in an interview that they’re already seriously thinking of marriage. But Angel herself denies this, saying “Mabait si Phil, masaya kami ngayon, nakakakilig pag-usapan ang kasal, pero wala pa kaming ganung intensiyon. Pag-iipunan muna namin at pag-iisipang mabuti 'yan dahil napakaseryosong bagay ng marriage.”
REGINE BIDS 'PARTY PILIPINAS' GOODBYE
REGINE Velasquez said goodbye in “Party Pilipinas” last Sunday. Is she leaving her shows on GMA7, “Party Pilipinas” and “Hot TV,” because her husband Ogie Alcasid is also abandoning GMA and moving to TV5?
“Hindi, walang ganu’n,” she says. “I’m just going on leave para magpagamot. I have a problem with my throat, madalas minamalat ako. Kung minsan, it’s okay, but most of the time, hindi. So I’m not comfortable and I find it hard to sing. The doctor says epekto ito ng acid reflux ko na kung minsan, umaabot sa throat ko. Kaya I really need to rest. At the most, mga one month akong magbabakasyon.”
Regine turned 43 last Monday and she had her birthday celebration in “Party Pilipinas.” Her hubby returned from his trip to Australia on the very day of her birthday. Ogie had a show down under then visited his daughters with Michelle Van Eimereen who live in a farm in Robertson, about 45 minutes away from Sydney.
SUMMER ON 'MARS'
CAMILLE Prats and Suzi Entrata’s 6 p.m. show on GMA News Channel 11 is now having a summer special, with the beaches of Batangas featured last Monday and Tuesday. Today, Camille and Suzi go on a dining spree eating two signature fishes of Batangas, maliputo and tawilis, with a cooking demo on how to best prepare them. Along with SexBomb Dancers Myca and Louise, they ride the jetski on the cool waters of Taal Lake and play a game of tug of war.
On Thursday, it’s laugh time with comedians Boobay, Ate Regz and Petite as their guests while they’re in cozy Balai Isabel eating a special recipe of crispy duck. They also make their own halo-halo and have a healthy discussion focused on “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” They end the episode with a very wet water wrestling game.
On Friday, the summer special culminates with hunky JC Tiuseco and SexBomb Mia challenging Suzi and Mia in a race on an aqua boat and a water bike. They also go up and explore the hidden wonders of Mt. Taal. Then they discuss what to do when your alone on a lonely summer night, sharing their own experiences on love, while having a hot serving of Batangas’ favorite dish, lomi with chicharon. All these goodies on “Mars,” weekdays at 6 p.m. on GMA News Channel 11.
RICKY LEE BACK WITH VENGEANCE
RICKY Lee, award-winning screenwriter for such films as “Brutal,” “Moral” and “Karnal,” retired from writing movie scripts six years ago. “I chose to focus on writing my novels, ‘Para Kay B’ and ‘Amapola,’ ” he says. “But late last year, I was convinced by Chito Roño to write the ‘Pamana’ episode for ‘Shake Rattle & Roll 14.’ Ngayon, heto, I have two films being shot simultaneously, ‘Lihis’ and ‘Burgos.’ Ang original script of ‘Lihis’ was written by me in 1983 pa. Nagpalipat-lipat sa iba’t ibang producers pero ngayon lang talaga naisapelikula, produced by Mrs. Baby Go. ‘Burgos’ naman is about the search of Mrs. Edith Burgos and their family for her missing son, Jonas. ‘Lihis’ stars Jake Cuenca, Joem Bascon, Lovi Poe, Gloria Diaz and Isabelle Daza. ‘Burgos’ stars Lorna Tolentino and Rocco Nacino as the mother and son. Both films are directed by Joel Lamangan.
Meron pa akong isang movie that will start shooting in May, ‘Laureana,’ directed naman by Mel Chionglo for Sineng Pambansa starring Niña Jose and Allen Dizon. Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films has also commissioned me to write the script of my novel ‘Para Kay B’. Gusto niyang gawing pelikula.”
With so many projects, we can say that he’s really back with a vengeance. But Ricky regrets that the generation of moviegoers today has no awareness about writers and directors.
“Noong ‘70s and ‘80s, kilala talaga ang mga director led by Brocka and Bernal, whose works win awards and also make money at the box office. Maski mga writer noon, binibigyan ng importancia. Today, the public has no serious sense of movie history. Even a director like Dante Mendoza who won in Cannes, he has no following like Brocka and Bernal before. Ako, sa schools, mas kilala ako for the books I wrote on scriptwriting and my novels, no longer for the movies I wrote.
It’s really sad. Kaya when Marilou Abaya, Mario O’Hara and Celso Ad. Castillo passed away in the same year, last year, parang it’s really the passing of an era. Yun namang indie films na ginagawa ngayon, they might win awards abroad, but the public has not really embraced them. Ang mainstream movies naman, mostly romantic comedies and infidelity movies, and made like in a factory. Hindi na iisa ang writer kundi may pools of writers, unlike before na ang director, may creative freedom para ipaglaban kung sino ang writer na gusto niya.”
To all that Ricky said, we can only second the motion.
BOY ABUNDA'S MYNP VISITS, HELPS MINDANAO
MAKE Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation president, Boy Abunda personally went to Mindanao to visit the first MYNP classrooms they’re having constructed at Brgy. San Isidro in Trento, Agusan del Sur. Several months after Typhoon Pablo hit them, the residents of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Agusan del Sur are still reeling from the calamity. While the government continues to help these communities, there is still much work to do.
The MYNP donation was in response to the urgent need of the community for new school buildings after the typhoon destroyed what they had. Boy was accompanied by MYNP Secretary General Gasper Gozo and Program Director Carlos Munda. They were met by Governor Bong Plaza, Trento Mayor Johnmark Billanes, and other provincial, town and Dept. Ed officials. Aside from the MYNP classrooms, MYNP also donated P100,000 as financial assistance to the barangay women’s organization. The money is intended for use in livelihood projects of mothers.
After a brief stay for lunch, Boy and the MYNP delegation proceeded to the provincial capitol of Compostela Valley to turnover 1,000 relief packs from the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development and Sen. Loren Legarda. Gov. Arturo Uy was on hand to personally accept the donation. Before leaving, MYNP donated another P100,000 to the Compostela Valley relief fund for Pablo victims. Boy also committed to Gov. Uy that the foundation will provide MYNP classrooms for the province. To help, please call MYNP at 0922-2664387.