LOVI Poe just laughs off the rumor that she and ex-BF Ronald Singson are about to reconcile after photos of them together in Vigan were posted on social media. “Ano ba talaga? Akala ko, dun ako sa foreigner friend kong si Chris sure na?” she laughs. “Balik-Vigan kami for the taping of ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and Ronald is based in Vigan so when he heard about it, he dropped by and visited us. ‘Yun lang ‘yun.”
As of now, Lovi is happy that “Someone to Watch Over Me” continues to rate so high and she also has a hit movie, “The Escort”, which is still showing in several theatres. “Extended ang ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ until next year kasi sinusubaybayan talaga ng viewers. Marami talagang naintriga sa pagkakaroon ng Alzheimer’s Disease ng character ni Tom Rodriguez. People tell me na, at least, naiba ang show namin kaysa sa usual plot na inang naghahanap sa nawalay na anak o sa character na laging may amnesia. Ito, Alzheimer naman.”
As Joanna in “Someone to Watch Over Me”, her family and friends tell her to leave Tom as TJ because of his ailment but she refuses to do as she has a commitment to be with him in sickness and in health. They go back to Vigan and are happy to be reunited with her parents. They visit the old places that witness their love story, but Max Collins as Irene also goes to Vigan. Tom goes missing and Lovi thinks it’s Max who’s hiding her husband. Tom asks Max that they elope and they go to the bus terminal to escape from Lovi.
SITTI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
OSSA Nova Queen Sitti is celebrating her 10th year in showbiz with a two-night concert, “ElectroSitti” at the Music Museum on November 25 and 26. “This will serve as my birthday concert as my birthday is on November 29,” she says. “It’s groundbreaking for me as it will signal my venture into the electronic dance music craze, kaya nga ‘ElectroSitti’ ang title ng concert.”
How will her diehard bossa nova fans accept it? “This is naman not a career change. I just want to do some reinvention and introduce myself to the younger market of listeners today. But of course, I will always be loyal to my roots. It was 10 years ago when my album, ‘Cafe Bossa’, was launched and it became double platinum selling 60,000 units and spawning hit singles like ‘Para sa Akin’, ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Looking for Love’ and ‘Tattooed on My Mind’. Dahil diyan, I was able to try acting on TV in teleseryes and I also did musical plays like ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Katy the Musical’.”
How did she foray into electronic music? “I was brainstorming with friends for my birthday show and they suggested we create something new and I agreed it would be nice, for a change, to experiment. Silver Filter, the husband of our wedding stylist, suggested to try electronic music, then my recording company, MCA, suggested let’s do an electronic album, so sakto siya. I think people are open naman when you do something out of the box. I will launch muna my first electro single, ‘I Bid You Love’, then come up with a full album by next year.”
Sitti is now married to businessman Joey Ramirez. “Sa birthday ko, bale one year and six months na kami and so far, so good. Masarap maging married. I didn’t expect to be as happy as I am now. My husband is an Ilonggo so his most endearing quality is that he’s very malambing, not only in the way he talks but the way he touches me.”
Will he have a participation in your concert? “Naku, wala. Although he plays the guitar, sobrang mahiyain ‘yun.”
The guests in her concert are Jason Dy, Silver Filter, rapper Looney and the UST Percussion Ensemble. For tickets, check ticketworld.com.ph or call 926-0556, 920-2643. Prices range from P1,192 at the balcony to P3,576 at orchestra center.
She’s now managed by Boy Abunda’s Asian Artists Agency, which is global. What are their plans for her? “By next year, we hope to launch an album in Indonesia and also in Singapore. Sana nga, matuloy.”
YUL THE CONGRESSMAN IS A ‘KILLER’
YUL Servo is now the congressman of Manila’s 3rd district after serving three terms as councilor. He’s one of the current 7 representatives in Congress who are from showbiz. The others are Vilma Santos, Alfred Vargas, Monsour del Rosario, Lucy Torres- Gomez, Chiqui Roa-Puno and Sol Aragones. So how is it to be in Congress? Is he turning his back on acting?
“Okay naman,” he says. “But I won’t forget acting kasi diyan naman ako nag-start. Right now, I play a villain role as the leader of the syndicate in GMA7’s ‘Oh My Mama’, which is ending in two weeks. There are offers for movies but I have to turn them down kasi paisa-isang project lang ako muna para hindi masyadong mahirap ang sked ko.”
How’s Ate Vi in Congress? “Masipag siya. Nag-introduce na siya ng bills niya at sabi ko nga, isama niya ko. She also offered me to join her kapag may dumarating na reporters sa congress to interview her. May balak na mag-meeting kaming pito to do something for the local film industry.”
Doesn’t his playing a contravida role affect his being a congressman? “Hindi naman. Maski kasi noong konsehal ako, tuluy-tuloy rin ako as an actor. Tuwing nagliligid ako sa district ko, may comment sila. O, congressman, napanood ka namin, may pinatay ka sa ‘Oh My Mama’. But they know I’m just playing a role.”
At 40, Yul says he already has an 18-year old son. “Maaga akong lumandi, e. Ha ha ha! Nang ma-discover ako ni Direk Maryo de los Reyes, hindi niya alam na may anak na ako. I have four kids, ‘yung youngest is now 8 years old. Pero low profile lang ang family ko, for security reasons na rin.”
NORA’S BEST SCENES MISSING
KUDOS to Leo Katigbak of ABS-CBN Restoration for doing a fine job in restoring the 1976 war drama of the late Director Mario O’Hara, “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos”. The only existing copy of the movie they got was scratchy, faded and full of molds but they somehow succeeded in saving it. We saw its screening at Trinoma as part of Cinema One Originals filmfest and one thing we can say is that the movie has really withstood the test of time. After 40 years, it still holds and can really be considered a classic.
After the screening, we had a talk with actors Ricky Davao and Joel Saracho and we’re all raving about the great vision of O’Hara as a filmmaker. Some scenes are staged theatrically, like the scene inside the Majayjay Church where the towns women swarmed on Nora Aunor as Rosario to shame her and cut her long tresses for being the wife of a Japanese official, Christopher de Leon as Masugi. We also marvelled at the fine musical score by Minda Azarcon and the singing of Gamaliel Viray who served as an effective