JEAN Garcia plays a cougar in her recent film, “The Escort”, and also in her new one, “Mano Po 7: Chinoy”. She had sizzling love scenes with Derek Ramsay in the former and she now has a similarly hot love scene with Jake Cuenca in “Mano Po 7”. “At pareho rin akong unfaithful wife in both movies,” she adds. “Sa ‘Escort’, asawa ko si Rommel Padilla na pinabugbog si Derek. Dito naman sa ‘Mano Po 7’, asawa ako ng isang very rich Chinese taipan, si Richard Yap, but he’s always busy with his business kaya napabayaan ang buong family namin, pati ako, kaya nagka-affair kami ni Jake.”
Reporters at the presscon of “Mano Po 7” kidded her that even in real life, she seems to be a cougar reported to be having love affairs with younger guys like John Lloyd Cruz and Polo Ravales. The last younger guy linked to her was Jomari Yllana.
“Naku, kayo naman, mahilig kayong maniwala sa mga tsismis,” Jean says. “Mga katrabaho ko lang ‘yun na naging kabarkada. Si Jomari, naging co-stars kami sa maraming soap, like ‘Alakdana’, ‘Kakambal ni Eliana’ at last nga, sa ‘The Half Sisters’, na inabot ng two years sa ere kaya naging close talaga kami. Tapos, when he ran sa last election as councilor, na nanalo naman siya, he asked me to help in his campaign at ‘yun, sinuportahan ko naman siya. Marami kasi kaming naging fans dahil sa ‘The Half Sisters’. Pero parang magkapatid lang kami talaga. Walang malice ang friendship namin. May nakarinig daw na nag-a-I love you kami sa isa’t isa. Parang I love you nang magkapatid lang ‘yun. Maski nga sa Facebook, we say I love you, pero wala kaming romantic relationship. Hindi ko talaga maisip na magiging magdyowa kami. Dalawang taon na akong walang boyfriend at hindi naman ako naghahanap. If ever, magiging maingat na ako kasi 47 na ako. I don’t want to make another mistake at aksaya lang ng oras. Isa pa, lola na ako ni Mori (daughter of her own daughter, Jennica), ano?”
LIZA CONDEMNS BARON’S ACT OF ‘DISRESPECT’
BARON Geisler is controversial once again for urinating on the face of his co-star, Ping Medina, in the shoot of the movie, “Bubog”. Baron said he asked the permission of their director, Arlyn de la Cruz, who says all Baron said was “May gagawin ako, direk”, without clarifying that what he’ll do is to answer the call of nature on the face of his co-actor who was all tied up in that scene as Baron was supposed to be torturing him.
Of course, Ping was irate when he realized what Baron was doing to him. He could not move but after the take, he slapped Baron repeatedly. Baron obviously needs professional help. Whatever his excuse is, what he did is just plain sick. Even Liza Diño Seguerra, head of FDCP, sided with Ping Medina. This is what her latest post on this case says:
“Baron did this appalling act without his co-actor’s consent. Ang sabi niya, nagpaalam daw siya. Pero siya na mismo ang nagsabi na ang sabi niya sa direktor at kay Ping Medina, ay “may gagawin siya” pero hindi niya sinabi kung ano. If you’re accepting his logic, halimbawa sa isang eksena, naisip ni Baron na saksakin nang totohanan ang ka-eksena niya...ok lang ‘yun kasi nagpaalam siya na “may gagawin” siya?
Walang aktor ang tatanggap sa logic na ito. This is not the first time that Baron committed something like this. Alam nating lahat yan. So how could you give one the benefit of the doubt when he has countlessly offended co-actors sa set? -Harassment against women. -Minumura ang mga staff at trabahador sa set. -Umiinom sa shoot. -Nakikipagbugbugan. At ngayon, inihian sa mukha ang co-actor nyang nakatali at walang chance mag-react at magpumiglas?
Please enlighten me if there is any justification in this.
Some people say he’s probably sick, or bipolar or kung anuman. Well then he should get treatment first and get clearance before he can be allowed to work. Marami akong alam na bipolar na maayos magtrabaho at hindi balahura sa kapwa artista.
Baron, you have been getting away with this behavior far too long. That is precisely why I am saying something about this. You were given a free pass, look where it brought you? Wala kang respeto sa sarili mo at sa trabaho mo. Buti sana kung sarili mo lang ang apektado pero hindi eh. You are endangering the safety and well-being of your colleagues. This is where the line is drawn. I will not allow this. Not under my watch.
As head of this film council, I have a responsibility to this industry. And it is to make sure that we can all work safely together ng may respeto sa bawat isa. You should be sanctioned.”
CLAUDINE VS RAYMART AGAIN
IT’s shame and scandal in the family all over again between Claudine Barretto and estranged hubby Raymart Santiago. Claudine is fuming because their son Santino was physically hurt by Raphael, his cousin, son of Raymart’s elder brother, Randy Santiago. She will reportedly file a case of serious physical injuries against Raphael.
She accused Raymart of being a “walang kuwentang ama” who even sided with his nephew and not his own son. Raymart says it’s just a case of “away bata na pinalalaki lang” but Claudine says: “Nagtataka lang ako kung bakit sa lahat ng lalaki sa mundo dito ako napunta sa lalaking Duwag! Stupid!”
How sad that this has to happen just when their relationship has become cordial and friendly again after their separation.
GREAT WEEKEND IN GUIMARAS AND ILOILO
WE spent the recent Thanksgiving Weekend in Guimaras and Iloilo and had a great time in doing our share for domestic tourism. Guimaras used to be part of Iloilo but eventually became a separate province. It’s an island located in the Panay Gulf, between Negros and Panay in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Jordan (pronounced Hordan), where the pier is. You get a boat from the Ortiz port in Iloilo City and the boat ride takes about only 15 minutes. Our kids whose jobs are based in the U.S. just invited us to join since they’re on holiday because of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
We flew to Iloilo last Thursday and got to the pier at 5 p.m., just in time for the last boat trip since Typhoon Marce was starting to make the waves bigger. We hired a van to take us to the resort where we stayed, Raymen, in Alubijod, Nueva Valencia. What’s nice is that they have a good network of concrete roads in the island so it’s very convenient to travel by car.
The next day, Friday, heavy rains really poured but it didn’t keep us from touring the island. We went to Guisi Lighthouse, Guimaras Capitol, mango plantations (famous for very sweet Guimaras mangoes), Pitstop Restaurant where they offer delicious mango pizza, the Trappist Monastery with its beautiful church and where we bought many pasalubongs, the windmills of Buenavista (bigger than the ones in Ilocos) and the Holy Family Hills where they recreated giant stations of the Cross.
On Saturday, the weather cleared up and the sun shone so we went island hopping. We also visited SEAFDEC, a marine reserve where they culture fish and other aquatic life. Sunday, we went back to Iloilo and toured the city. We’ve been to Iloilo several times because of Dinagyang but we’ve never really gone around. This time, we hired a car and went to visit the old churches of Jaro, Molo, and also went to Oton, La Paz, Tigbauan, Guimbal, where they have beautiful beaches all around. We also got to visit the Balay na Bato and many old houses.
Iloilo has developed by leaps and bounds since we first went there in the late 80s when my late wife was an invited lecturer in CPU (Central Philippine University). They have built a new international airport in Cabatuan and constructed new wide roads to and from the city where there’s no heavy traffic. At the old airport, they built the Iloilo Business Park which is now full of tall skyscrapers with call centers and eateries.
We used to stay at Iloilo Business Hotel at the Smallville Complex (a gimmick place) but now, we stayed at the new Injap Hotel with our children and apos. It’s very convenient as it’s just right across the new SM City Iloilo and you only cross the footbridge to get there. We really had a great weekend and we recommend you should visit the new Iloilo and also the island of Guimaras.
LOLITA LEAVES DRAMATIC LEGACY
WE first became aware of what good dramatic acting really is when we saw Lolita Rodriguez in Sampaguita Pictures drama films like “Gabi at Araw” (she played a paralytic here and we can’t forget that scene where she fell from her wheelchair and makes an effort to walk), “Emma”, “Rosanna” (with Ric Rodrigo), “Gilda” (with her ex-husband Eddie Arenas), “Tanikalang Apoy”, “Babaeng Hudas”. She has this innate sense of restraint, control, subtlety, never going over the top when expressing her emotions.
We think that’s what the late Lino Brocka saw in her and the main reason why he worshipped her as an actress and later got her to star in his own films like “Stardoom”, “Tubog sa Ginto”, “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang”, “Lunes Martes”, “Bukas Madilim Bukas” from “Tatlo Dalawa Isa”, “Ina Kapatid Anak”, and “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo”. But Lolita also excelled in comedy films like “Jack en Jill”, “Sabungera”, “Binibining Kalog” and in action films like “Tarhata”, “Sa Bilis Walang Kaparis”, “Kapitan Lolita Limbas”, “Kilabot sa Makiling” (with Mario Montenegro) and “Diegong Tabak” (with Vic Vargas).
She also shone bright in the love triangle dramas she did with Eddie Rodriguez and Marlene Dauden, starting with “Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang”. They made several of such films and the best for us was “Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan”, directed by Fely Crisostomo. (Don’t they have an existing copy of this superb drama?) On stage, we’ll never forget Lolita as Candida in “Larawan”, the Tagalog adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s classic “Portrait of an Artist as Filipino” staged at the Fort Santiago by PETA, with Charito Solis as Paula. How we wish someone videotaped their performance.
And now, she is gone. She had a debilitating stroke two months ago and eventually passed on November 28 in California, where she had relocated, at the age of 81. Let’s pray for the repose of the soul of this legendary actress. Our condolences to her family.