JANELLA Salvador got favorable reviews for her performance in the recent Disney concert at Kia Theatre, “Tale as Old as Time”, where she sang “How Far I’ll Go”, the theme song from the hit movie, “Moana”. “After the concert, I realized I want to try doing theatre, just like my mom (Jenine Desiderio) who did ‘Miss Saigon’ in London before,” she says. “Noong magpa-audition sila uli for ‘Miss Saigon’, gusto ko sana mag-join but it so happened I was taping my show with Elmo Magalona in Japan at that time. But I’m also willing to try local theatre productions, if my schedule would permit it.”
About Elmo, what is her reaction to some netizens who bash and blame her for the break up of Elmo with Janine Gutierrez? “Wala akong reaction diyan kasi hindi naman ako guilty. I’d rather make no comment and stay out of it kasi I’m not at all involved in it. But I feel sad about it kasi Elmo is my friend and I knew he was sad about it. I was just there ready to comfort him.”
What if Elmo would court her in turn? “I don’t think it’s that easy. We need more time. As of now, okay na ‘yung friends lang kami.”
How about Marlo Mortel, her original leading man in “Be Careful with My Heart” with whom she is now reunited in “Mano Po 7: Chinoy”? “Marlo and I are also the best of friends. Mas matagal ‘yung pinagsamahan namin kaya ‘yung fans ng MarNella loveteam namin, tuwang-tuwa sila na magkasama kami ulit in a movie. We are both so proud of ‘Mano Po 7’ at alam naming matutuwa rin ang fans namin when they watch us in the movie. I’m also proud of this movie kasi piniga ako ni Direk Ian Lorenos in my dramatic scenes with Richard Yap and Jean Garcia as my parents. Marami kaming mabibigat na eksena at nagtulungan kami to make sure magiging maganda talaga ang labas nito on screen.”
The outgoing year is a very productive one for Janella and she is able to save enough money from her earnings to buy a house and lot for her and her mom, Jenine Desiderio, worth P18 million, somewhere in Commonwealth Avenue. “Christmas gift ko ito sa mommy ko,” she says.
MOTHER LILY HEAPS PRAISES ON RICHARD
RICHARD Yap is one of the most likeable stars she has ever worked with, according to Regal’s Mother Lily Monteverde. “He’s very professional during the shoot and now, he’s very cooperative sa promo ng ‘Mano Po 7: Chinoy’, the country’s most successful family drama franchise, unlike other stars na after doing a movie with us, ang hirap nang hilahin para mag-promote,” she says. “Si Richard, he attends all the presscons, TV guestings, mall tours, free shows, parade and even school tours we laid out for the cast to promote our movie. Tuwang-tuwa sa kanya ang school officials, teachers and students ng iba’t ibang Chinese schools we scheduled for him to visit. This included Chiang Kai Shek College, Hope Christian High School, St. Stephen School and Uno High School. The movie is about Chinese families in the Philippines kaya we promoted it sa Chinese schools kasi this is about them. Lahat sila, kinikilig kay Richard and he’s very accommodating to all of them at matiyagang nakipag-picture taking sa kanila.”
This Sunday, they will have a big promo and grand parade in Binondo and Chinatown with a dragon and lion dance starting at the Lucky China Town Mall at 4 p.m. The main stars will be there: Richard Yap, Jean Garcia, Enchong Dee, Jessy Mendiola, Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, plus the supporting cast led by Eric Quizon, Jake Cuenca, Janna Agoncillo and Kean Cipriano. They will hand out “Mano Po 7” souvenir items to all those who’ll watch the parade.
“All Chinoys will enjoy the parade and in watching ‘Mano Po 7’ because it is about their life here in the Philippines,” adds Mother Lily. “Noong una, kaming Chinese, ang lakas ng discrimination against us. But now, we’ve been assimilated in the community. May mga kuha ito on location in Taiwan and aim din namin sa movie for it to help build friendlier ties with the Filipino and Chinese communities.”
SHOWDOWN ON ‘PBS’
‘PINOY Boyband Superstar’ will be a showdown this coming weekend among the 7 remaining singing heartthrobs: Ford, Joao, Mark, Niel, Russell, Tony and Tristan. The final name of the boyband will also be revealed. This Saturday, the remaining seven will be divided into two duets and one trio. The one who’ll get the highest scores among judges Vice Ganda, Sandara Park and Yeng Constantino and Aga Muhlach will be the first sure member of the boyband.
On Sunday, the remaining six hopefuls will perform and from the votes of the judges and the public, the four who’d emerge on top will comprise the remaining members of the 5-member boyband. The five final choices will get Star Magic contracts, recording contracts from One Music, Yamaha motorcycles and P5 million cash.
To vote, text BB (space) name of contestant you’re voting for and send to 2366. Online, you can vote through Google PBS Vote and click the link. Just wait for the go signal from host Billy Crawford before sending your votes.
RONNIE DIVULGES SOMETHING ABOUT JOSHUA
RONNIE Alonte turned 20 last October 26. He’s from Binan, Laguna and started as a dancer in Hashtags last year on “Showtime”. He has since appeared in several episodes of “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, including an episode that featured his own life story. His rise to stardom is definitely quite meteoric as he is now in two movies no less, and both are official entries in the Metro Manila Filmfest.
In Reality Entertainment’s scary horror flick, “Seklusyon”, he plays a young deacon who is being tempted by the devil so he will no longer pursue his vocation as a priest, directed by Erik Matti. And in Star Cinema’s “Vince & Kath & James”, he figures in a love triangle romantic-comedy with Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, directed by Theodore Boborol.
“Magkasunod ko pong ginawa ang dalawang pelikula,” he says. “Nauna ang ‘Seklusyon’, then three days bago natapos ito, sinimulan ko rin ang shooting ng ‘Vince & Kath & James’. Never kong in-expect na parehong papasok ang pelikula sa festival, kaya I consider myself very lucky dahil first movies ko pa lang, naging entries agad sa filmfest. Sobrang laking blessing po ‘yun para sa isang baguhang tulad ko, to think na wala pa akong acting experience sa big screen. Medyo nahirapan ako, lalo sa ‘Seklusyon’ na ang daming pinagawa sa’kin, nilublob pa ako sa putik, but nag-enjoy naman ako. Sa ‘Vince & Kath’, sobrang kaba ko nung una kong makaeksena si Julia Barretto kasi she’s more experienced in acting at baka tarayan ako kapag nagkamali ako. Pero ang bait pala niya kaya nagkasundo kami agad.”
How about Joshua Garcia? “Dati na kaming nagkasama sa Hashtags kasi nag-audition siya roon, pero hindi nakuha.”
Joshua admitted this is true. “Hindi ako nakapasok kasi may ibang project na akong gagawin,” he says.
And Julia adds: “Mas bagay kasi siyang pang-aktor kaya hindi siya napasama sa grupo.”
So which of his entries will Ronnie watch first? “Lahat naman po ng entries, papanoorin ko, not just my own movies.”
Will he be leaving Hashtags now that he’s into acting? “Ay hindi po, promise kong kahit anong mangyari, hindi ko iiwan ang grupo namin. Basta okay ang schedule ko, sasayaw pa rin akong kasama sila.”
2016 really turned out to be a very good year for him. Now, he’s also included in the new teleserye, “A Love to Last” with Bea Alonzo and also, Julia Barretto. He also sings and has recorded his own debut single, “Love at Website”, for Star Music. He was even allegedly involved in a sex video scandal, but his fans doesn’t seem to mind this at all and they all continue to support him heartily.