Patimpalak ng Ginoong Pilipinas-USA
Collado, Nanalo ng Walong Karangalan sa 2005 World Champtionship of Performing
ng producers at stars ng "Comedy Riot Sa Amerika"!
Mejia, Nag-Release ng bagong CD album!
Pinoy TV sa Los Angeles, Available na rin sa Comcast Cable Company!
Hot Babes, May Mga Gustong Ipakita at Patunayan sa Publiko!
Vicki Belo at a Hollywood charitable event
Torres Ibabalik Ang Naudlot na Showbiz Career!
the Making," "Behind The Scenes" and "Interviews" with Cabanatuan Survivors
will be included in the DVD release of the film THE GREAT RAID!
Huhusgahan sa kanyang solo concert sa Rio Casino & Hotel Suites sa Las
Pinoy TV sa L.A., Mayroon Na Pero Palpak?
Talaga'ng Puso Ang 'KAPAMILYA'!
Riot Sa Amerika," Riot Talaga!
Puso Ang Kapamilya?
Montalban, Bernardo Bernardo, Leandro at Carlo Muñoz, Ms. Lucita Soriano,
at ang dating artistang si Vilma Valera, sa Gawad Parangal 2005 sa Sacramento,
ng S.O.P. at A.S.A.P. sa Los Angeles, Hindi Na Matutuloy! Eat Bulaga hindi
Navarro vs. Jukebox Queens Concert Producer
FOOTLOOSE: young hot TV stars in their theatre debuts
Caravan: ASAP '05 at The Buzz sa Amerika, Bogus Lang Ba?
Pa Rin Ang Nagwagi!
On Fire' - the L.A. Version!
Day' ni Dra. Vicki Belo sa L.A.!
Gutierrez sa Premiere ng "Kung Fu Hustle"
May Hinaing sa Ichiban!
ni Rustom Padilla, Hindi Na Siya Ang May-Ari!
Crawford at EXORCIST Prequel premiere
Cuneta vs. Sarah Geronimo sa Hunyo 11 sa L.A.!
Salonga, Ambisyosa sa Kanya'ng Unang Concert Tour!
at ABS-CBN malapit nang magtapat sa Estados Unidos!
binastos ako sa dressing room ng SOP!
ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, star-studded!
Bautista, Naungusan Na ang Ibang Champions!
Singer Lalaine Scores Warner Bros. Record Deal!
Great Raid' Moved (Again) to December 2, 2005!
Thoughts from Ruffa
rocks Hollywood Palladium
16th Annual Reflections Awards in L.A.
An Exclusive Interview with Jim Brickman
Jaya, Basil, at Carol "Trick or Treat" Concert sa Los Angeles!
Launch Tournament @ Exclusive Mansion in Beverly Hills
Annual Filipino-American Library Benefit Gala
of the Champions in SFO with Erik Santos
are they now?
Gives Birth to Venicia Loran Bektas
Fan Questioning Yilmaz!
the Jubilee Theater: Sometimes 'Originals' Are Not the Best
Ballad Hitmakers Still Radiate!
RUSBLOOM Shop Unveiled in Panorama City
Lorin Turns One!
V Hits Shrine to the Hilt!
of Two" Nora-Kuh concert at Hollywood Palladium!
Buzz in L.A.
and Songwriter": First Sold-Out 2004 U.S. Concert Sizzles!
Crawford Excluded at "The Exorcist IV: The Beginning"; New Album Soon to
be Released in Europe
the Dance Diva - Jocelyn Enriquez
L.A. Concert of 2004 - an Intimate Night with Phenomenal Piolo
and Pops' 2003 U.S. Concert Tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a big bang!
USA's second tour offering, the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem!
Alajar and Charles R. Uy Receive Recognition at 2nd Cinema Indio Festival
Ruffa with Love
Sad Thing Happened On My Way Out from the FPAC!
leaves Los Angeles for a home in Turkey!
"Bong" Revilla honored by Motion Picture Association
Concerts and what's new with TF?
L.A. birthday celebration!
and Lani with Basil, deja vu?
A Baby Shower for Ruffa!
open letter from Ruffa's husband: Yilmaz Bektas
with Ruffa Gutierrez: the wedding invitation
Ann, Robin, and Rustom show at Orpheum Theater a big success!
Close-Up Look: Conversations with Judy Ann Santos
Enriquez releases new album, "All My Life"
Morales in town
Ann Santos to storm L.A.!
By Oliver Carnay
There is no doubt former child star Aiza
Seguerra's chartbusting hit "Pagdating Ng Panahon" has abruptly changed her
life. The song had been one of the most loved songs ever, even took its height
by becoming a title of a movie starring the Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Robin
Padilla. But it doesn't stop there. It was just a start of her resurrecting
career. She shines back and continues to make hit after hit.
"Actually, up to now, I cannot believe
it happened to
me. Whenever I recall about the success
of 'Pagdating..' parang sabi ko, totoo ba 'yon, nangyari ba sa akin 'to?
I'm truly overwhelmed. Because of this song, eto, okey uli ang career ko,
at natutulungan ko ang pamilya ko," said the petite singer, occasionally
glancing at her mom, Mommy Caring, during this interview held at the cast
party of The CompanY concert in the basement of the legendary Orpheum Theatre
in downtown Los Angeles last Saturday, March 29.
It was after this song (Pagdating
) that people really made notice more of her golden voice. Her
follow-up hit album "Pinakamamahal" was also a huge hit. With the carrier
single "Akala Mo", airplay requests have been overwhelming. It was again
a huge success. She also did a Christmas album titled Christmas Sing With
Aiza. And now that she just released her first "taped live" album entitled
"A First", expect the sales to go multi-platinum.
The "A First" album
is a spin-off from her birthday concert at the Music Museum last September.
"Ito 'yong concert ko sa Music Museum na naka-gown pa ako," she shyly
admits. The new "live" album consists of fourteen cuts including her hit
songs Pagdating Ng Panahon and Akala Mo. In it, also, has a
mixture of favorite old songs from Beatles and Bread, namely Here, There
& Everywhere and Everything I Own. You will fall in love with
her renditions of Someone To Watch Over Me and Reflections,
Other songs included are Only Hope,
One Hand, One Heart and a medley of Classic OPM hits like Sa Ugoy
ng Duyan, Hindi Kita Malimot and Saan Ka Man Naroroon.
She also did a Beatles medley with The CompanY with songs Let It Be,
Come Together, We Can Work It Out, Drive My Car, Twist
and Shout, Get Back and I Saw Her Standing There. An
inspirational song I See You Lord gives a spiritual touch as well.
She pays tribute to her composers Moy Ortiz,
Babsie Molina and Edith Gallardo with songs Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,
Pakisabi Na Lang and Palagay Ko Mahal Kita. A medley of VST
& Company hits are also included, Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko, Rock
Baby Rock, Kiss Kiss and Magsayawan. "A First" has complete
ingredients and should be a collector's item, even if only for Aiza's great
Philippines' Queen of Jazz Ms. Louie Reyes
who just came back from Manila and finished doing a reunion concert with
The New Minstrels and Circus at the CCP was also a special guest singer that
night. She has been blown away by Aiza's voice, "My God, wonderful voice.
This is the first time I've heard her sing live and she's wonderful. Ang
ganda ganda ng boses
ang ganda ganda talaga! It's really a pleasure
to watch her!"
Aiza Seguerra started her career at the age
of three in 1987 when she joined the "Little Miss Philippines" and landed
1st runner-up at the popular tv show "Eat Bulaga". She captured the hearts
of many people by being "lista" and "cute". She concentrated on acting,
pa-cute na child star. She did teleplays and tv series after that,
but after awhile, just like any other child star, they all mature. She was
paired with Spencer Reyes but it did not click with the public.
Last year, she did a box-office movie with
"Bahay Ni Lola" and last Halloween with its sequel "Singsing Ni Lola". At
the recent Asian TV Awards 2002, she received the Best Drama Perfomance by
an Actress for an episode she did for "Maala-ala Mo Kaya". In her 16-year
career in show business, she has made 27 films, mostly from Regal Films,
including an international film, Thailand's "Iron Lady".
Puberty was part of growing and everybody
was noticing her "pa-macho" ways with her get-ups. At times obvious, but
she keeps this not an issue anymore. "Everybody deserves a private life.
Actually, it's not an issue anymore. I don't see the point of doing (admitting)
it. What do they care? Whatever they see on-stage, when I'm performing, I
see that they like it." Truth to this is when during the concert, a guy
shouts "I Love you, AIZA" she answered back, "I Love you, PARE!"
(with a laughing stride) "What's most important is that they have accepted
my music. And I'm happy that they are accepting me for whatever they see,"
Where do you get that lovely voice? What's
your secret? I asked. "I don't know where it's coming from. There
is no secret. I only took a short 2 semesters at UP for vocalization. All
I know is that I just want to sing. My mom told me before that I should always
sing from the heart."
It seems to me that you are ready for a
bigger venue like this because I know you have a lot of followers. When do
you plan to do a concert at the Big Dome? "Actually, I don't like
singing in bigger venues like this. I'm more comfortable singing in smaller
places because my type of music is more intimate. And I want to see my audience,
where I can see their faces."
Do you have goals in life? What are your
priorities? "Ang goal ko lang talaga ay kumanta ng kumanta, enjoyin
'yung ginagawa ko. I'm not the type of artist like - dapat next year may
album uli ako. Kung ano lang ang dumating at ibigay sa akin ng Diyos, tatanggapin
ko, happy na ako. Gusto ko lang sigurong mag-enjoy
My priority now?
Family, lovelife, and work!"
Are you in love right now? "Yes,
nandito siya sa U.S.!"(ssshh!)
Who do you like listening to these days?
"I listen to Norah Jones, John Mayer, Sarah Maclachlan, Tracy Chapman,
mostly singer- songwriters."
Closing this, what's your motto in life?
"From the ashes of my failure shall rise the empire of my success", and
"Just enjoy life!"
Conversations with Ruffa
Gutierrez: the wedding invitation
1993 Miss World Princess Ruffa Gutierrez was irritated a bit as she was suffering
from an eye infection when she showed up at our table last Friday, during
our dinner-meeting at Crustacean, a high fashioned Euro-Asian restaurant
in Beverly Hills, hosted by one of the wedding's principal sponsors, L.A.
based Lorna Arceo, who was with her husband, Kuya Dan. Ruffa came
with her high school best friend Maureen.
"I think I have sore eyes", she muttered and
immediately covered up her face with big sunglasses after wiping her teary
eyes. "Baka naman, because of 'stress' "? I asked. Ruffa has reasons to be
so ecstatic these days. The final date of her wedding in Manila is all set.
"Are you nervous?" I asked. Or maybe tensed ---that's why! "No, I'm okey.
I just went to my ophthalmologist and he already gave me an Alcon eye
drop" she replied taken aback.
Everyone knows that the "Pinakamagandang Hayop
Sa Balat Ng Lupa" is preparing for her wedding slated at the NBC Tent on
March 25. And who wouldn't, the star-studded wedding party is all over the
newspapers and the internet.
The jet-setter beauty queen left Los Angeles
for Turkey last Tuesday (March 4) and due to arrive back to Manila before
March 15 to host the annual Bb. Pilipinas pageant. The pretty princess is
up for three "bridal showers" during this time before the "wedding of the
year" party: one to be given by Gretchen Barreto, another from (her maid
of honor) Donita Rose, and one to be given by "ninang to-be" Gina de Venecia.
"It's hard to keep up with your schedule,
Ruffa!" I continued. "I haven't put out news you just e-mailed me, and next
thing I know, you're already on the other end of Paris doing shopping, sometimes
the south of France, or in Manila. Being impulsive (a typical Cancer!) and
always on the go, is one of the traits of the pretty Filipina.
"So how does it feel to be a soon-to-be bride?"
I asked. "I feel so excited, of course," she exclaimed. "Aren't you
supposed to be not traveling too much, especially your wedding date is fast
approaching? They say brides are prone to accidents," I add. "Yilmaz is asking
me to go to Turkey but I'm afraid 'no, baka biglang matuloy ang giyera!"
Aren't you supposed to be helping out your mom and should stay in Manila
before your grand wedding? "Oh, she's taking care of everything, she can
handle it. Marami na ngang nag-aaway sa billing, 'no (talking about
the sponsors and list of invited guests), I let her do all those troubles!
I don't want to worry about all that!" With the help of her mom, Annabelle
Rama, everything seems to be running smoothly.
Ruffa slipped out of Manila to look out for
a wedding gown a few weeks ago and headed to Europe. She met with top couturier
designers (including Chanel and Christian Dior) only to be turned down because
of the limited time of preparation before the wedding. Ruffa was actually
looking for an original fairy-tale-like Arabian gown but in the end - "I
guess it's definite that I would be wearing another Inno Sotto gown!" admittedly,
a favorite she would always settle with, anytime.
Ruffa handed down my "invitation". And with
intonations only she can do, "Here is your invitation, dear!" "Wow, my name
is handwritten in calligraphy, how impressive!" I said. The wedding invitation
card is tricky to open. Inside, the top constitutes two cards: a guest's
parking pass and the Ceremony and Reception area VIP pass. The bottom part
has the main invitation from her parents: "Eduardo Gutierrez and Annabelle
Rama Gutierrez requests the honour of your presence at the marriage of their
daughter Shamaine Ruffa Gutierrez to Yilmaz Bektas, son of Muhitin Bektas
and Nurhan Celik on Tuesday, the twenty-fifth of March, Year 2003, at 4 PM,
The Garden of the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City
will immediately follow, The NBC Tent
R.S.V.P, Strictly Formal"
The bridal entourage consists of twenty pairs
of top political figures and Philippine movie industry's famous people. The
invitation reads, among the Principal Sponsors include Pres. Fidel Ramos
& Senator Loren Legarda; Pres. Joseph Ejercito Estrada & Justice
Consuelo Santiago; House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. & Ms. Georgina
de Venecia; Senator Edgardo J. Angara & Gov. Margarita de los Reyes
Cojuangco; Senator Panfilo M. Lacson & Madam Stella Marquez de Araneta;
Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. & Ms. Lily Monterverde; Senator Raul
S. Roco & Ms. Donna Villa Caparas; Mayor Jose L. Atienza, Jr. & Ms.
Helen Gamboa-Sotto; Mayor Jejomar C. Binay & Ms. Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan;
Mr. Albert C. Aguirre & Ms. Lorna Arceo; Mr. Silvano Bulgari & Ms.
Vivien Fermin; Mr. Danny Dolor & Ms. Wilma Galvante; Mr. Ernest Escaler
& Ms. Sabina Cuyugan; Mr. German Moreno & Ms. Ma. Lourdes Jimenez
Carvajal; Mr. Fernando Poe, Jr. & Ms. Susan Roces; Mr. Rodolfo V. Quizon
& Ms. Minnie Osmeña; Atty. Napoleon Rama & Mrs. Mary Ann
Opeña; Mr. Ricardo Reyes & Ms. Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano; Sultan
Armando de Rossi & Ms. Cristina S. Yang and Mr. Yadi Sichani & Ms.
The third card reads the name of the groomsmen
Bektas, Serdar Kilerci, Mehdi Ucak, Ersan Koc and
Birol Gundogdu); bridesmaids (Vina Morales, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Antonia Marie
Collins, Natasha Ghaedi, and Katrina Jessica Guidotti). Secondary sponsors:
Enrico Quizon and Kris Aquino (Candles), Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto
(Veil), Jomari Yllana and Pops Fernandez (Card); Vincent Vaughan Romey
(Ringbearer); Diego Emmanuel de Leon Gutierrez (Bible Bearer); Paul Edward
Rama (Coin Bearer); Michelle Muhlfeld and Arabela Davao (Flower Girls);
Offerors: Rudy Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino
(Candles); Alma Moreno (Flowers); Ma. Carmina Villaroel (Fruits); Albert
Martines (Water and Wine); Philipp Salvador (Wine); and Ramon "Bong" Revilla
(Chalice); Kaye Torres (Lector); Nadia Montenegro (1st Reading and Respnsorial
Psalm); Councilor Aiko Melendez (2nd Reading); and Snooky Serna (Prayer of
"So, what's gonna happen if the war starts
before your next wedding in May?" I asked while salivating over the baby
back ribs being served. "Well, it depends, but so far it's set on the
second week of May
. but we are probably going to settle and live in
New York." Why New York
and not here in L.A.? I continued. "He
thinks L.A. is dull and New York is better, also closer to his businesses,"
"Tell me, what do you like in him and are
there any traits of him that you wish he hadn't?" I pried. "You know
what? Actually, he's really a very nice person. He's so humble, and he's
oozing with sex appeal. We understand each other a lot. I can not find anything
that I can complain about. I think he's my soul mate. Yes, we had our fights,
but you know me, Oliver!" "So, it's fair to say, you are always at fault!"
"We met in Cannes, France during the Cannes
Filmfest. I was with some friends and I noticed two guys behind us. The first
guy approached us and introduced himself, but I told my friends that the
other guy behind him is cuter. I told them that I liked the other guy's eyes.
We did not know that the guy who approached us was actually his (Yilmaz)
bodyguard. A few days after, it was really fate that we chanced upon each
other again. We started dating and he was always urging me to visit Istanbul,
Turkey. So, finally I agreed and I was really impressed by him. I have no
clue that he comes from a dignified and respected family in Turkey. His parents
are really nice people."
"Are you planning to have a baby immediately,
and how many do you want?" "Of course, I want maybe four children, two
boys and two girls!" Ruffa, people are wondering what would your life
be after you get settled? Will you have limitations, and are you going to
end your movie or television career? "I have no limitations, except, of
course, my priority would be my family. Although I will be based in Los Angeles
and New York, I can still accept projects whenever I visit Manila."
Ruffa heard the tape recorder ended while
munching her salad, "Naku, Oliver, baka naman pati 'yong 'kuwan' sabihin
mo, ha? Off the record! Ikaw, naman, syempre I know 'yung sa atin-atin lang!
Patayin mo na nga 'yan at kumain na tayo!" "Ok", I said. (Click!)
Judy Ann, Robin, and Rustom show at Orpheum Theatre a
(February 22) successful show at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown,
Los Angeles, of young superstar Judy Ann Santos, with Robin Padilla and Rustom
Padilla, marked the first successful leg of their U.S. tour.
The San Diego show, which was slated a day
before the Los Angeles show (February 21, Friday) was postponed to February
28, also a Friday, due to Robin's inability to arrive on time. The poor "Idol"
was stressed out on the day of the L.A. show, catching up on a 4 PM "personal
appearance" and autograph signing at a Filipino establishment in Panorama
City, California immediately after his arrival at the airport, before the
evening show. "I had a hard time getting my proper Visa, up to the last minute,
and I am very thankful with the U.S. Embassy because, finally, they gave
me my visa!," he quips.
Although, he was very happy to have the U.S.
visa, he also showed his disappointment over not getting the Canadian visa.
"I'm still hoping they (Canadian Embassy) will grant me my appeal so I could
be at our scheduled show in Vancouver and Toronto.
As early as 5:30 PM, fans of Juday and Robin
flocked the legendary Orpheum Theatre eagerly hoping to catch the face of
the two superstars. The Orpheum Theatre was almost filled to its 2,000 capacity
(a 90 percent turnout), including the top balcony seats.
The show opened with local performers who
were commended later by an astounded Rustom Padilla (a revelation to some
people who did not know Rustom can really sing, aside from having a nice
voice). Rustom, sporting a shoulder-length hair, sang four songs ("Ayoko
Na Sana", "Be My Lady", "Kahit Isang Saglit", "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin")
and his final song "My Way", which is sentimental to his heart. "This song
is very dear to me, and I am singing this song for the first time since my
father was murdered," he tearfully announced.
After this, the mood was set to a wild commotion
as Robin Padilla took the center stage singing "Wonderful", followed by "Maging
Sino Ka Man". The screaming fans went wilder as Robin went down the stage,
picked a fan and brought back to the stage while singing "Kumusta Ka".
Judy Ann Santos' entrance drew the crowd to
a pandemonium inside the theatre. Fans run closer to stage to get a closer
glimpse of their favorite soap princess, with their cameras never running
out of shots of their favorite "Juday". Judy Ann started with her soap theme
"Bakit Di Totohanin"", then an 80's medley of songs popularized by VST &
Company ("Sumayaw, Sumunod", etc.). She added "Puso Ko'y Iingatan Ka" before
calling out Robin Padilla who did the duet song "Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling
Judy Ann Santos and Robin Padilla, who will
start a new four-season soap (meaning four mini-series with different
plot-stories each, the first one to be a comedy) on TFC, after this tour,
showed their chemistry act onstage. The finale is a production song from
local talents with Juday, Robin, Rustom plus Jeffrey Santos and Rommel Padilla.
The tour which started in Los Angeles will
have the following schedule: February 23 - two shows: one in Salinas, California
at 5 PM and at Solita's Club and Restaurant at 8 PM; February 28 - San Diego;
March 1- Vancouver, Canada; March 2 - Winnipeg, Canada; March 8 - Toronto,
Canada; March 9 - Jersey City, NJ; March 14 - Virginia Beach; March 15 -
Washington, D.C.; and March 16 - Jacksonville, Florida. Some shows in between
this schedule are not yet being finalized.
Solita's manager Lerma de la Cruz called and
claimed she was surprised about the overwhelming crowd outside, as early
as 4:30 PM. that lined up last Sunday, waited patiently before the 9 PM show.
Judy Ann and Robin Padilla had a show earlier that day in Salinas, California.
Rustom Padilla (who can carry his own show
being a good host and a singer) is currently based in Los Angeles finishing
a course on directing.
Robin Padilla and Judy Ann Santos will have
a story press conference for their television team-up, a television series
for one year on TFC after their tour.
Judy Ann will also resume and finish shooting
"Picture Mom" with Piolo Pascual as soon as she arrives back to Manila after
the tour. The movie is slated for a May release.
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A Close-Up Look: Conversations
with Judy Ann Santos
An exclusive interview By Oliver Carnay
I first met Judy Ann Santos more than five
years ago, introduced by my good friend Tito Alfie Lorenzo, her manager.
The soap opera princess was already at the heights of her career. In person,
she is very polite and humble, who would always insert her answers with "po"
and "opo". A simple girl who has lived her life in front of the cameras,
faced all kinds of people, but still, has maintained her simplicity throughout
the years, "walang ka-ere-ere!" A superstar as she is, she has always
kept her feet on the ground.
But lately, the former
soft-spoken and quiet girl was being pushed to talk, more intrigues were
being thrown at her (her falling out with Cristy Fermin, an issue that she
is a lesbian, that she has fallen in love with her soap partner Piolo Pascual,
and many others).
Being famous like Judy Ann Santos is not so
easy, it's hard. More talks came out, that she has to explain herself. The
young girl has matured enough and ready to face the real world. And how does
she answer the media? "Tell the truth, no pretensions. It will be hard
to pretend, because the truth will always come out in the end. You have to
be true to yourself because if not, it will come back to you!"
With all the "back-fighting" and the constant
search to have true friends in showbiz is a far quest, too good to be true.
Beyond this, the young superstar's advice, when being asked, is "just
to tell the truth, be honest to your self". A personal opinion I agree
with her during this exclusive interview backstage, at the Orpheum Theatre
while she was preparing herself, doing her own make-up, two hours before
the show. Here are some excerpts of our conversation:
'Congratulations on your Star Awards Best
Supporting Actress nomination (for the movie "Magkapatid")!' I greeted her
after making beso-beso. 'I am nominated? She surprisingly answered.
'Yes, dear, you didn't know? And what's your reaction? I followed. "I'm
just happy to be nominated, at least, they've noticed my performance. OK
na 'ko doon kahit 'di manalo. Sayang lang dahil wala ako doon, I'm here in
the U.S. to do shows.
The tour is also, to refresh her self, away
from the intrigues, and make quality time for her family. She was able to
bring Mommy Karolle, brother Jeffrey Santos, and sister Jackie for the entire
tour. "I love traveling. It gives me time to bond with my family and to
saka ano, shopping (hi hi hi)
. I love my family so much
Your family, in the end, is the one who will always be there to console
you," she said with a glow. "Tito Alfie, as always, is part of the
'Tito Alfie mentioned he is supposed to start
a new talk show with Tita Cristy (Fermin) starting on March 22 (initial telecast
on TFC), are you aware of this? I asked, waiting for her reaction (Judy Ann's
name was dragged in the controversy when Cristy Fermin revealed Judy Ann
owed her money, leading to a fall out with close friend, columnist Cristy
"I have considered her as a family member,
but my trust has been betrayed, and to think I was even talking to her the
day she divulged 'our secret'. She could have told me ahead of time or advice
me of her plan. Her fight was between her and my manager, she doesn't need
to hurt me to save her self. It didn't do any good for both of us, after
all. I did not hear any 'sorry' and she believes she does not owe one. And
I have my own belief, too. So
it's just sad "(she smiled!)
'What if, one of these days you bumped on
her?' I asked. "I would say 'hi', but I guess that's it! I'm the kind
of person that if I lost my trust on somebody, especially if they are very
dear to you, it hurt so much I guess it won't change again. I have to move
on," she closes.
Among the intrigues that befall Juday was
his relationship with co-star Piolo Pascual, and that she has always defended
him, at all cost. About the incident, that Piolo forgot to thank her during
his acceptance speech at the Metro Manila Filmfestival when he won Best
Supporting Actor for 'Dekada '70': "I believe that Piolo did not deliberately
omit my name during his MMF congratulatory speech. People forget and they
make mistakes, but I understand how he felt when he was up there. He apologized
to me after, and I accepted it. When Tito Alfie castigated him, I felt I
had to apologize to him because, for me, it should stop there, because he
already apologized to me. When I spoke I did not mean to harm Tito Alfie,
I'm just speaking for myself, as always. I love Tito Alfie and Piolo is also
my friend. I'm not taking sides, I'm just speaking for myself," she repeats.
Asked how was she affected by malicious
accusations regarding the latter's "sexual identity" and his "special friendship"
with newcomer Yul Servo, "The two are not "showbiz" people. We oftentimes
go out together and do not care about our celebrity status. But then, the
news just focused on the two, why? And what's wrong if they go out together?
We all have the same rights to choose our friends, di ba?
'What's the heaviest intrigue that hurt you
most? I asked. "Among the interviews I've done, I've never admitted this
until now, Oliver --- it was about me, allegedly, was the one running after
PJ (Piolo)! That I have fallen for him and even though he doesn't love me,
I'm being a martyr. It hurts to be tagged as a loser. I'm happy with all
the things God has given me, and I don't have any complaints (although,
kidding aside, she wished to have a singer's voice!). I am blessed with
a good career and I'm happy that with the money I'm getting, I am able to
give happiness by helping out my immediate family. And that's the most important
to me. In life, you can't have everything".
'People think you always defend Piolo, how
close do you know him to really say you are his friend? "We have secrets
that we talk about. I do not tell all my secrets, and him to me as well,
but we talk about things we know we can relate to. Just like any other
individuals, we don't tell all our secrets to just one person. We understand
each other and I want to treasure this special friendship we had. We don't
need to answer all allegations but as long as we know "what's the truth",
we are not bothered."
Although, one of her frustrations in showbiz
is usually not being able to find a lasting friendship from her peers, she
claims she has trusted some people in her life, some of them are not necessarily
big stars, but works in the production. "You'll never know your true friends,"
she admits. "And sometimes, the people you thought to be an enemy
are the ones who should really be your true-friend", she adds. "I've
learned that in life, the first person to trust is your own self. Being true
to yourself, is saving your dignity, and keeping feet on the ground!"
(I really admire this girl
keep it up, Juday, and more luck on your
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Jocelyn Enriquez releases
new album, "All My Life"
Filipina dance diva Jocelyn Enriquez is back
and out to conquer the
dance floor again! Her single "No Way No How" from her
upcoming album "All My Life" under JEM Record label was released on February
11, 2003 (also available at Tower Records). Based on DJ requests in the southland
and other parts of the dance market, her new danceable tune is touted to
regain her popularity. While raising her only child Matthew, Jocelyn has
been busy appearing and performing in mainstream events, mostly for the gay
and lesbian community, throughout the southland in the past year while she
was also busy preparing and recording the new album.
As we all know, Jocelyn Enriquez made waves
and was on top of the Billboard charts for her hit singles "Do You Miss Me",
"A Little Bit of Ecstacy", and "Get Into The Rhythm". She appeared with
Ultra-Nate and Amber in the movie "54" and sang the theme song "If You Could
Read My Mind". She also sang the theme song "Le Freak" for the movie ì101
Dalmatians. Jocelyn Enriquez's latest hit was the Thunderpass collaborated
"When I Get Close To You" which reigned at the top of Billboard's Hot Dance
Music/Club Play chart for sixteen consecutive weeks.
Carlos Morales in
Sexy hunk actor Carlos Morales
was in Los Angeles to take a two-week break after his soap 'Recuardo' folded
up recently. The Star Awards' Best Actor winner (for 'Laro Sa Baga') also
visited New York and Las Vegas for a more refreshing travel before preparing
on a more hectic schedule when he goes back to Manila. He is set to start
another soap on TFC (with Claudine Barreto on lead) and a movie with close
pal Jay Manalo, to be helmed by Jun Posadas. During our dinner at Chan-Dara
(a trendy Thai restaurant on Larchmont St.), Carlos, who claims he is also
a good singer (having performed in Japan), welcomes the idea of being in
a sexy fashion show. Incidentally, one of the producers I know is mounting
a fashion event to be headlined by some of our sexy Filipino actors and models
(clue: Wendell Ramos, Christian Vasquez, Antonio Aquitania, etc.). A negotiation
is on the way, so wait and hope to see him in some of these shows.
Judy Ann Santos to storm
Tito Alfie (Lorenzo) who just celebrated his
birthday last week (January
26), confirmed this columnist during a short chat that
Judy Ann's entourage is set to arrive definitely on February 19. The feisty
manager is all excited to visit his L.A. friends (and foes?) and tour major
key cities in U.S. to accommodate Judy Ann's massive fans. The young superstar
who will be taping her last segments, for soon to fold 'Sa Puso Ko'y Iingatan
Ka', is first scheduled to appear at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown
L.A. on February 22, with Robin Padilla and Rustom Padilla before doing other
major cities in U.S. (including New York). Tito Alfie also stated that Judy
Ann is currently doing a movie with Piolo Pascual tentatively titled 'Picture
Mom' and has just signed up to endorse the AMA Computer school via a new
teleserye 'Ikaw Sa Aking Pangarap'.
Other L.A. news
Gabby Concepcion will be having a show with
Gretchen Barreto (tentative) at the Celebrity International (Scientology
building on Hollywood Blvd.) on March 8.
Ivy Violan, Dulce, and Nanette Inventor was
scheduled to do a show on same date March 8 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
but now has been moved to sometime in June.
The much awaited back to back concert is set
on April 5 (Sat.), with Martin Nievera & Regine Velasquez together at
the UCLA Pauley Pavilion.
OLIVER CARNAY regularly writes for BALITA
MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine", available
online at http://www.balita.com/ and
PEOPLE'S JOURNAL (circulated in northern and southern part of California),
Philippine and other Asian Headline newspaper circulated in
Sacramento, San Francisco and its vicinities) also published in northern
and southern parts of California. In San Diego, he writes for FAME
Magazine and PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York, he writes for PLANET
PHILIPPINES, with an online version at
He is a also contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
(www.buzzine.com), AUDREY Magazine
occasional correspondent for
www.siklab.com, PARA TODOS Magazine,
and other L.A. based publications. He is the Los Angeles correspondent of
Global Pinoy Entertainment Corporation (GPEC) which publishes S Magazine
(circulated in Manila, all over the United States and other parts of the
world) and PINOY GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong, Japan, and its
vicinities). He is an active member of the National Press Photography
Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association of Greater Los
www.ppagla.org for member listings),
and is under the directory list of the Motion Picture Association of
America (M.P.A.A.) covering movie Premieres and other Hollywood events.
More recent news and Photo Galleries of Hollywood and local Fil-Am events
recently covered can be seen at his new web site
Besides being busy maintaining his web site and writing for domestic and
international publications, Oliver Carnay manages Talents, is also a Publicist
and an event organizer. Email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at