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Here is the list of winners of the just-concluded awards night of the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival which was held at the SMX Convention Center:
1st BEST PICTURE:
Ang Panday (Imus Productions/GMA Films)
2nd BEST PICTURE:
I Love You, Goodbye (Star Cinema)
3rd BEST PICTURE:
Ang Darling Kong Aswang (Octoarts/APT Entertainment)
It just started as a spin-off to Mulawin but Encantadia became such a hit in Mega Manila that it was extended to its second book entitled “Etheria” and extended even further with Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.
In July 2005, according to AGB Nielsen Media Research, Encantadia topped primetime ratings by earning 22.6% in total individual charts and a chunk rating of 40%, overtaking Darna, Sugo and Kampanerang Kuba. Encantadia was only beaten by Darna on June. It never lost in the ratings game after that span of time, in December of that same year GMA’s Rival network launched Panday to pit against Encantadia and Sugo but Panday failed to dent the ratings of both Encantadia and Sugo thus it was axed after a few weeks of airing. Among all soap operas in the Philippines has the highest ratings of 45% average (usually 40% above) according to AGB, a local media research firm.
In the teaser released by GMA in theaters on Christmas Day and during the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival run, another sequel of Encantadia is set for 2010 and it has a tentative title Encantadia: Isang Bagong Mundo. The title in the teaser, however, says “Encantadia: The Second Saga.” The images are blurred which means there’s no confirmed cast yet for the said fantaserye. But according to reports, GMA is eyeing for Rhian Ramos, Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado and Jackie Rice for the ’sanggre’ roles. Iza Calzado (the original Amihan) or Claudine Barretto will play the role of Ynang Reyna.
Sa panayam ng showbiz talkshow na Startalk nitong Sabado, inilahad ng biyuda ni Francis na si Pia kung sino ang sa mga anak ni Francis ang nagmana ng upuan ng kanilang ama sa lamesa at sa sining na nagpaalab sa makabayang damdamin ng mga Pilipino.
Sa pagtatanong ng mga host na sina Lolit Solis, Ricky Lo at Butch Francisco, sinabi ni Pia na ang batang si Arkin ang umukupa sa upuan ni Francis sa kanilang hapag-kainan.
“Arkin seats there kasi ever since parang gusto n’ya doon umupo, si father Arkin,” biro ni Pia. “Parang ano n’ya gustong-gusto n’ya yung place na ‘yon.”
Ayon kay Pia, sa tradisyunal at nakaugaling paraan ipinagdiwang ng pamilya ang disperas ng Pasko na sa unang pagkakataon ay hindi nila kapiling si Francis – na 25 Noche-Buena naman niyang nakasama.
Sa mga anak ni Francis, sinabing si Elmo ang nagmana ng talento ng ama at gusto raw niyang ipagpatuloy ang naiwang musika ng master rapper.
“Kasi the people din naman who watched me perform they like din how I perform. Kasi they see pap (dad) in me, parang nakuha ko raw talaga yung skills from him,” ayon kay Elmo.
Manny Pacquiao is famous—no doubt about it.
His boxing bouts have been attracting fans from the different parts of the globe, and his feats have been featured and acknowledged by television shows in the U.S. and by magazines like Time and Forbes.
But his fame now extends beyond the ring: Pacman tops this year’s list of 100 Most Read PEP Breaking News.
Hayden Kho, another scene stealer of 2009, did not occupy any slot in the top 100, but the ladies who got dragged into the video scandal controversy got the support and sympathy of the readers. Eight stories—about Katrina Halili, Maricar Reyes, and even KC Concepcion and Bea Alonzo—got the showbiz aficionados hooked.
Unang Hirit has been consistently in the top of TV rankings for the early morning show for the past a couple of years already. And recently, they celebrated their 10th year anniversary making them the longest running early morning TV.
Now, there are rumors everywhere that Regine Tolentino and Eagle (Eagle Riggs) are leaving Unang Hirit. Why? Apparently they refused to renew their contract with GMA-7 because their talent fees were not hiked.
The two who co-host the network’s early morning show “Unang Hirit” were said to have expected a bit of an increase in their new contract. According to sources, this did not materialize.
Inihayag ni Manay Lolit ang hamon kay Hayden nitong Sabado sa one-on-one interview na ginawa sa kanya ng kapwa host sa Startalk at kinikilalang entertainment guru, na si Joey de Leon.
Filipino-American visual artist and musician Sarah Gaugler is on the cover of the December 2009 issue of UNO magazine Philippines.
Sarah was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. She is the vocalist of the electro-pop duo Turbo Goth, a tattoo artist, freelance illustrator, and a model.
Zeryl Lim is the 3rd one to get eliminated in GMA 7’s reality TV, artista search – Starstruck. Fianca Cruz was the first one eliminated followed by Rye Burgos and how this week, it was Zeryl Lim.
Daiana Meneses (or Dianna Meneses) is exclusively dating Carlos Guevarra. This is according to her in an interview with Manila Bulletin. Although she said that they are dating, the boyfriend stage is not there yet. Daiana Meneses considers someone as a boyfriend if they have been going out and new the person for at some 3 years or so (that’s wayyy tooo long).
“We’re together. I cannot tell you na boyfriend ko na siya kasi parang maaga pa. I should know him for at least three years to call him boyfriend. I don’t wanna call him my boyfriend. You can say we’re exclusively dating,” explains Daiana in an interview with Manila Bulletin Entertainment Online after GMA-7’s press party on Dec. 14.
“Wapakman” is a fantasy movie and is an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009.
It stars boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Other members of its cast include Rufa Mae Quinto, Bianca King, Krista Ranillo, Polo Ravales, Jon Hall, Jojo Alejar, Onyok Velasco, Leo Martinez, Allan “Mura” Padua, Benjie Paras, Long Mejia, Keanna Reeves, Michelle O’Bombshell, John Manalo, Mica Torre, Edinburgh Kyle Balili, Jairus Aquino, Miguel magalong, Cha Cha Canete, and Barbie Forteza. It is directed by Topel Lee.
Ang Darling Kong Aswang is an Official Entry in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF 2009) .It stars Vic Sotto and Cristine Reyes. Other cast members include Jean Garcia, Agot Isidro, Dante Rivero, Jackie Rice, Denise Laurel, Empress Schuck, Richie D’ Horsie, Rafael Rosell, Mika dela Cruz, Barbie Forteza, Wally Bayola, Allan K, Joonee Gamboa, Luz Fernandez, Gian Sotto, Jenny Miller, Shalala, Tita Swarding, and Mosang. Special guest stars include Joey de Leon, Oyo Sotto, Jacky Woo and Pia Guanio. It is directed by Tony Reyes.
Nobody Nobody but Juan! Official Entry Metro Manila Film Festival which stars Dolphy! MMFF 2009 “Nobody Nobody but Juan!” is a comedy movie and is an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009.
Francine Prieto‘s exclusive contract with network giant, GMA-7 has expired and apparently was not renewed by GMA management.
The sexy actress has no show on the Kapuso network nowadays. Her last appearance was on “Darna” as Babaeng Tuod.
In a text message sent to friends, she said: “Hi po. Francine here. Wala na po ako exclusive network contract with GMA kaya free na po ako mag-guesting sa iba. Tapos na rin po ako sa Darna and I left Bubble Gang na rin po due to personal issues. Kung may guestings, project or raket, you may contact Ricky Gallardo. Kung may problem, you may text me. Have a great day!”
Francine rose to fame when she disrobed for a couple of men’s magazine but she actually started in the biz as Ana Marie Falcon in Kuya Germ’s famed teen show, “That’s Entertainment.”
Francine got her second wind when she reinvented herself and appeared in a few sexy films. She then went on to appear in comedy films including “Bikini Open.”
Gaganap na aswang ang hunky actor na si Rafael Rosell sa pelikulang Ang Darling Kong Aswang, pero sinisiguro niyang di niya ginaya ang vampire ni Robert Pattinson sa Twilight saga.
“Hindi, iba ito, ako hindi ko siya ginaya. Salbahe ako dito, kontrabida role, next to Jean Garcia, na siya yung parang boss naming mga aswang dito.”
Ang bida sa naturang Metro Manila Film Festival entry ay si Vic Sotto, with Cristine Reyes as his leading leady.
Joint production ito ng APT Entertainment ni Tony Tuviera, OctoArts Films ni Orly Ilacad, at M-Zet TV Productions ni Bossing Vic.
Tinanong ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Rafael kung angkop ba ang tema ng aswang para sa Pasko. Baka di ito tangkilikin ng mga manonood.
“Every Christmas naman may parang epic movie na lumalabas. I think it’s a good time for storytelling and fairy tales so okay din naman na maglabas sila ng Ang Darling Kong Aswang, para sa mga bata naman itong Christmas. Panakot lang nang konti ang pelikula namin pero siyempre more on comedy pa rin.”
VAMPIRE FIGHT SCENES. First time ni Rafael na gumanap na aswang at aminado siyang di niya sigurado kung ano ang pagkakaiba ng vampire sa aswang.
“Ang alam ko kasi, ang mga vampires, hindi nila kaya sa daylight. E, ang mga aswang, kaya nila sa daylight.”
Wala man daw siyang pinagbasehan sa character niya, “pero since may mga fight scenes kami sa pelikula, nag-study ako ng konting martial arts.”
Kuwento pa niya, “Kakabili ko lang kasi ng Tekken 6 sa PS 3, yung latest na parang martial arts game sa PS [PlayStation]… Actually nauna muna yung shoot namin sa movie bago lumabas yung character du’n sa Tekken, so nung nilaro ko yung game, napansin ko na parang yung fighting technique na ginamit ko sa movie, parang may pagkahawig sa Tekken 6 na game.”
Hindi raw naniniwala sa aswang si Rafael. “Sa mga supernatural na ganyan hindi ako naniniwala. Never akong naka-encounter at happy na ako du’n.”
Gusto ba niyang makakita ng tunay na aswang?
“Huwag naman po, okay lang na hindi,” natatawang sagot ni Rafael.
Pero kung totoong may aswang, papayag ba siyang magpakagat sa isang aswang na kasing ganda ni Cristine?
“Oo, naman, siyempre. Papakagat ako tapos eternal life na yun. Kumbaga siya na ang mag-aalaga sa akin.”