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Barbie delivers but warned on next project

  • Written by Mario Bautista
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BARBIE Forteza had her own festival on GMA-7 last Saturday night. She was the special guest star as Jake Vargas’ love interest in “Pepito Manaloto” and after that, she was also in “Magpakailanman”, playing the lead role of a young woman who had a strange disease and whose father, Joko Diaz, was imprisoned for drugs.

Whether she’s doing comedy like in the sitcom “Pepito Manaloto” or interpreting a very dramatic role with many challenging scenes in “Magpakailanman”, Barbie will not disappoint you and you can always expect her to deliver expertly. It’s just too bad that when her acclaimed Cinemalaya entry, “Tuos”, where she also gave a great performance as a teenage girl who rebels against their tribe’s traditions, was given regular theatrical release last week, the movie was not given any publicity at all so very few people knew about it and, as expectedly, it quickly vanished from the movie houses.

We’ve heard that Regal Entertainment has succeeded in borrowing Barbie from GMA Network to make her star in a mainstream romantic-comedy, tentatively titled “This Time Will be Sweeter”. We are told she will be paired with one of the top Kapuso young actors, Derrick Monasterio, who has already signed up to do movies with Regal earlier. Honestly, though, we don’t think this is promising simply because Derrick is paired by GMA often with Bea Binene. They just did the soap “Hanggang Makita Kang Muli” and they’re now together again in the sitcom, “Tsuper Hero”. It’s easy to see that what will happen here is what had happened to Andre Paras, who was paired with Yassi Pressman in the movie “Girlfriend for Hire” when he was more identified with Barbie on TV in “The Half Sisters”. So as we all know by now, the movie with Yassi was an epic flop. Don't you think both Derrick and Barbie deserve a better fate?


JILLIAN Ward is fast becoming a promising teen star. She’s not only pretty but also very talented as she can both sing and act. GMA-7 should really take good care of her as she has the potential to be one of their future top stars. Jillian is currently thoroughly enjoying her role as Katherine in the hit afternoon soap, “Sa Piling ni Nanay”.
This week, she and Yasmien Kurdi as Ysabel have patched things up and are now reconciled as mother and daughter. But the evil Katrina Halili as Scarlet comes along and once again takes Jillian away from Yasmien. Jillian thinks Katrina remains to be her biological mom and Yasmien is only a surrogate. But she is able to talk to Dr. Andrada who delivered her when she was born and the doctor told her to ask Nova Villa as Matilda since Nova is the one who holds the key that will unlock all their family’s secrets. Jillian is able to open the safe of Nova and sees pertinent documents to prove that Katrina is not her real mom. She confronts Katrina with these papers and Katrina panics, not knowing what to do.


MEMBERS of GMA Artist Center’s breakthrough male boyband, T.O.P. (for Top One Project), are all excited since they will be staging their first ever major concert at the Music Museum on October 28. These are Adrian Pascual, Louie Pedroso, Mico Cruz, Miko Manguba and Joshua Jacobe. They were presented to the press but Joshua was a no show as he’s not feeling well.
The group just celebrated their first anniversary last Tuesday, September 27, the day they won in the reality competition, “To The Top”, the first multi-platform boyband search in the country conducted by GMA exactly a year ago, with their mentors led by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. “We are so thankful na naka-one year na kami,” says Louie. “We learned so much from our mentors like The Company and Philippine All Stars.”
What do they most remember about their first year in showbiz? “We were able to record our own album, staged a lot of shows and when we sang our carrier single, “Pag Gising”, the audience sang along with us,” says Miko M. “Our album made it to the third sport of the Astro charts of top-selling OPM albums when it was released in May.”
“We became closer as friends, met a lot of new people and also made a lot of new friends,” says Adrian, the youngest in the group at 18 and the one with movie star good looks. “We now have plenty of fans who call themselves the UnsTOPpables.”

So what will they do in their first concert? “We’ll do a lot of things we’ve never done before,” says Mico C. “So we can show that we have a lot more to offer. We’ll sing mostly as a group but we’ll also do solo numbers. Marami rin kaming choreographed dance numbers, along with our guests, Aicelle Santos, with whom we’ll do ‘Halik’ and Kim Domingo with whom we’ll do a medley of songs.”
What’s next for them aside from the concert? “We’re planning to do a music video of our new single, ‘San Na’, which we ourselves composed,” says Mico C.
The song’s lyrics were written by Mico and Louie,