By Oliver Carnay
Ruffa Celebrates Her Birthday in Turkey
June 24 was a special day to all Ruffa's fans.
And maybe, like me, everyone is wondering how she celebrated her birthday.
So I decided to e-mail her and asked her to share a few notes about that
particular grand day to all of us. The other pictures she sent me can be
browsed at my other web site:
Here was her reply to me and the e-mail I sent prior:
How are you? My gosh do you mean a mom with 2 kids is supposed to be fat
and ugly???????? Hello!!! Take Victoria Beckham and even Demi Moore. There
are means and ways of looking like a hip and cool mom ya know!
Anyway I had
a very low key birthday. I just invited a dozen of my girlfriends and some
of their kids for a BBQ/Pool party at home. We kicked all the boys out (including
my hubby) so the ladies can wear their bikinis without being cautious of
men staring at their things! That's the way it is here in Istanbul. When
I go to a friend's house, Yilmaz is kampante than there are no men around
or else he would never let me go. Anyway my sister-in-law prepared the cake
and the food, we bought some inflatables for the kids to keep them busy and
played a hip hop.pop CD till midnight! It was so emotional and yet so much
The 24 karat gold necklace with matching
earrings and bracelet that
I'm wearing in some of the photos is a gift from
my In Laws. They took pride that I wore it straight away for all the guests
to see. The photo wherein I'm hugging a Turkish looking girl named "NAZO"
(her nickname) is my stepdaughter. Yes siree!!! Yilmaz's 7 year old daughter
with Selen was my very special guest. Selen and I have finally put our
differences aside for the sake of the children. 2 weeks ago Lorin and Ilknaz
met each other for the first time. Everyone was surprised at Ilknaz's reaction...
she wasn't jealous at all! She played with Lorin's hair and called her neighbors
to introduce her "beautiful, sweet sister". The children had all the grown
ups in tears!
Since then Ilknaz has been a regular visitor in the house her mother claimed
2 years ago was hers.
Peace and acceptance at last!
More kwento next time...
Hay naku, ang ganda-ganda
mo pa rin, ha, at slim pa rin! Saka ang cute ng pictures ninyo nina Lorin
and Venecia (my favorite which I'm going to publish!).
Kuwento ka naman how you celebrated your birthday
para may kuwento ako sa kolum ko. Also, read the latest news ... tapatan
ng GMA at TFC sa SFO sa www.carouselpinoy.com under my byline.
Happy Birthday again!
--- Ruffa x wrote:
> My Birthday Photos...June 24,
> Here are some photos from the Barbecue I hosted at
> home with about a dozen girlfriends. Hope you have
> fun viewing the photos!
> Miss you all and hope to see you soon!
> Ruffa x
THANK YOU, RUFFA, FOR SHARING THE ABOVE WITHALL
Tapatan ng S.O.P. at A.S.A.P. sa Los
Angeles, Hindi Na Matutuloy! Eat Bulaga sa Pala Casino sa San Diego hindi
Hindi matutuloy ang inihahandang launching
ng GMA Pinoy TV sa The Forum sa darating na Hulyo 16 sa Los Angeles, pero
matutuloy pa rin ang sa Hulyo 23 na gaganapin sa Bill Graham Civic Center
Auditorium sa San Francisco. Ibinalita ng pamunuan ng GMA 7 International
na magiging LIBRE sa lahat ang presentasyon na ito.
Nagbigay ng statement nitong nakaraang Lunes
(Hunyo 27) ang pamunuan ng GMA 7 Network mula sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan
ng long-distance media conference na in-assemble ng Starmedia Entertainment,
ang katulong ng GMA 7 sa paglulunsad ng GMA Pinoy TV sa Amerika. Ginanap
ito sa Olive Garden Restaurant sa Glendale, California kung saan naghanda
ang Starmedia ng isang salu-salo para sa mga dumalong PRESS.
Ayon kay Joseph Francia, ang Officer-in-Charge
ng GMA International at ni Gng. Wilma Galvante na Senior Vice-President ng
GMA 7, hindi matutuloy ang launching dahil sa nagkaproblema ito sa carrier
company na kausap nila sa Los Angeles at "lilinisin" muna nila ang problema
nito sa nasabing pay-tv carrier bago itutuloy ang launching nito sa Los Angeles.
Walang saysay nga naman kung maglulunsad ito ng walang kadahilahanan. Sa
San Francisco, ang COMCAST network ang carrier distributor ng GMA 7.
Sinabi naman ni Darling de Jesus, ang mamamahala
ng programa ng "Fiesta GMA" sa San Francisco na dahil sa magko-concentrate
na lamang sila sa presentasyon sa SFO at malamang na hindi na makasama sina
Billy Joe Crawford, LaLaine, at Jocelyn Enriquez, na nauna nilang in-anunsyo
na kasama sa presentasyon sa Los Angeles. Tatlumpung malalaking artista,
kasama ang cast ng pan-Linggong programang S.O.P. kasama sina Angel Locsin,
Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras, atbp. ang nakahandang dumalo para sa launching
sa San Francisco. Darating sina Mel Tianco, Joey de Leon, Richard Gomez,
German Moreno, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Ogie Alcasid, Ruffa Mae
Quinto, Jay-R, atbp. cast ng noontime show na S.O.P.
Sa Hulyo 19 ay magkakaroon ng malaking media
conference sa San Francisco at nakatakdang dumalo ang iba't-ibang entertainment
columnists sa Los Angeles, San Francisco, at mga kalapit nitong siyudad.
Dadaluhan ito ng malalaking artista at ang pamunuan ng GMA 7 International
upang pag-usapan at ipakilala ng personal ang pamunuan at mga artista ng
Nito lamang Hulyo a-uno nagkumpirma ang kampo
ng TFC International na matutuloy pa rin ang presentasyon ng "Caravan '05"
at "The Buzz" sa Los Angeles kahit na wala na silang katapat. Gaganapin ang
presentasyon nito sa open air auditorium na Rose Bowl sa Pasadena sa Hulyo
16. Ayon sa press release, makakasama sa Los Angeles sina Gary Valenciano,
Martin Nievera, Lea Salonga, Jasmine Trias, Toni Gonzaga, Joross Gamboa at
Roxanne Guinoo, Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vina Morales, The Hunks (Piolo
Pascual, Bernard Palanca, Carlos Agassi, Diether Ocampo, at Jericho Rosales),
Sheryn Regis, Mark Bautista, Christian Bautista, Rachel Anne Go, Judy Ann
Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, at Vhong Navarro, sa pangunguna ni Ms. Charo Santos.
Sa San Francisco, gaganapin naman ito sa Monster Park (dating Candlestick
Park) na open-air din. Headliners naman dito ang cast ng The Buzz na sina
Boy Abunda, Kris Aquino, at Cristy Fermin, at ang mga host ng Wanna Buzz
segment na sina AJ Dee, Chokoleit, at Anne Curtis kasama nina Sarah Geronimo,
John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, at Erik Santos. Kinumpirma rin sa akin na idinagdag
sa linya ng mga performers sa SFO ang mga mainstream singers na sina Stephen
Bishop, Angela Bofill, at David Pomeranz. Naunang nag-announce ang TFC na
LIBRE ang pagtatanghal nito sa dalawang presentasyon (Los Angeles at San
Hindi na matutuloy ang cast ng Eat Bulaga
(pangungunahan nina Tito Soto, Vic Soto, at Joey de Leon) sa Pala Casino
sa San Diego para sa Biyernes (Hulyo 1). Nagpasabi ang pamunuan ng Eat Bulaga
na "postponed" ito sanhi ng di maiiwasang pangyayari. Hinihintay pa ang pormal
na statement nito. Ayon sa ilang insiders ng GMA 7 network, walang kinalaman
ang di pagkakatuloy ng Eat Bulaga sa desisyon ng GMA 7 network sa hindi matutuloy
na launching ng GMA Pinoy TV sa Los Angeles. Idinagdag pa na ang Eat Bulaga
ay umaarkila lamang ng "block time" sa nasabing istasyon sa Maynila.
Marami akong natanggap na "hate mails" tungkol
sa nakaraang artikulo na aking ginawa kung saan tinawag kong "bogus" nga
lang ba ang anunsyo ng TFC dahil sa wala pa silang press release kung saan
talaga gagawin ang CARAVAN '05 at The Buzz sa L.A. at SFO.
Nito lamang nakaraang Huwebes nagkaroon ng
balita mula sa kampo ng TFC kung saan ang magiging venue ng Caravan A.S.A.P.
'05 at The Buzz sa Los Angeles at San Francisco. In fairness to TFC, nauna
naman itong nag-deklara na LIBRE ang entrance tickets sa kanilang palabas,
na hindi katulad ng GMA 7 na may bayad ang tiket sa una nitong press release.
Walang direktang press release para sa L.A.
media na nanggagaling sa pamunuan ng TFC International o ABS-CBN sa Maynila
tungkol sa mga plano ng TFC kundi nga lamang may ilang involve sa presentasyon
sa TFC ang aking napagkukunan ng balita. Hindi katulad ng GMA 7 na direktang
nakikipag-balitaan sa mga kolumnista sa Amerika. Mas gusto namin ang effort
ng GMA 7 na gumagawa ng paraan at nakikipagtulungan sa L.A. media para maihatid
ang kanilang balita at kanilang mga plano sa sambayanan.
Kung totoo man na "ban" ako sa TFC at sa ABS-CBN
sa Pilipinas dahil sa aking isinulat (ayon sa isang executive na ipinagkakalat
na hindi na raw ako makatutuntong sa alinmang palabas ng ABS-CBN) ay hindi
ko naman ipinipilit ang aking sarili kahit na marami rin akong kaibigan alinman
sa dalawang istasyon.
Kung mayroon silang dapat ituwid o ipa-press
release ay madali lamang naman na magpadala ng press release, di ba? Wala
akong kinikilingan sa dalawang istasyon. Wala akong dahilan para kampihan
ang Channel 7 sa Pilipinas dahil hindi lahat ng palabas nila ay napapanood
dito sa Amerika. Nagkataon lamang na mas bilib ako sa palakad ng pamunuan
ng GMA 7, sa pagpili ng kanilang mga desisyon at sa kanilang kakayahan at
bukas na isipan. Sana ang TFC management ay ganito rin! Bukas ang
carouselpinoy.com sinuman ang may ibig na ipahatid. Any comments, email at
Leah Navarro vs. Jukebox Queens
The first Jukebox Queens U.S. Concert Tour
ended last Friday, June 24, at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California,
sans Leah Navarro, who chose not to perform on this last leg and instead
issued a statement but was answered later by Benny Bautista, the main producer
of the said concert tour. Here is Leah Navarro's manager, Betta Dans' e-mail
sent to all media correspondents in and out of Los Angeles:
Date: 22 June 2005
Source: The Thirdline Inc., Manila, Philippines
Subject: Leah Navarro Pulls Out of Jukebox Queens Show In Los Angeles
Due to the inability of the "Jukebox Queens
In Concert" producers to extend her working visa, as well as not fulfilling
other verbally negotiated contractual agreements, Thirdline Inc. has decided
that their client, Leah Navarro, shall not be performing in the second Los
Angeles edition of the show slated for 24 June 2005 at the Hollywood Park
Ms. Navarro regrets having to withdraw from
the show, but does not wish to jeopardize her excellent US visa record. Apart
from that, she values her professionalism and commitment to her craft.
For more information, please contact either
Jeff David at ("phone number"), or Betta Belle K. Dans at ("phone number").
Thank you for your kind attention to the above.
Betta Belle K. Dans
Manager, Leah Navarro
The Thirdline Inc.
Leah Lopez Navarro
Proprietor, Golf & More
Corporate Partner, Silang Communications
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The statement released by Betta Dans triggered
a surprise from its main concert producer Mr. Benny Bautista claiming that
it was Ms. Leah Navarro who had breached upon the contract and is contemplating
filing a legal case against Ms. Navarro and her manager. Here was the response
by Mr. Bautista, spread to the L.A. media on Thursday, two days before the
June 24 Jukebox Queens Concert, wherein comedienne Fe de los Reyes was added
as front guest in absence of Ms. Leah Navarro:
A response to Leah Navarro's management
Contrary to an email being circulated by the
management of Leah Navarro to various media publications, we, the producers
of Jukebox Queens U.S Concert Tour would like to state in the spirit of media
fair play that we have provided the utmost courtesy and professionalism in
the care and production of the artists and the show Jukebox Queens.
Imelda Papin, Eva Eugenio and Claire dela
Fuente remain steadfast by us, the producers, and have commended us for our
professional and personal manner they have been treated. Further stating,
that at no time, we, the producers, violated the terms and conditions of
our contract with them during the concert tour.
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Mr. Bautista called a press conference to
selected media immediately after Dans' press release issued to Jeff David,
Leah Navarro's handler (also another L.A. concert producer) was spread out
to the L.A. media through Reyza Roxas, a personal friend. Imelda Papin, Eva
Eugenio, Claire de la Fuente, who came from the rehearsal, also attended,
together with June-24 main producer/sponsor Oscar Parel & his associates.
Mr. Bautista still reiterates that Ms. Navarro
caused her shortcomings, claiming that her misfortune about her visa being
in scrutiny (altered) by the INS, upon her entry back to the U.S. from Toronto,
Canada, was her own responsibility.
According to him, Ms. Navarro was consigned
to do a guaranteed-four-shows for the whole tour (assuming more shows to
come), and will be given each four of them (Eva Eugenio, Claire dela Fuente,
Imelda Papin, and Leah Navarro) an extra $1,500 if there were only three
shows produced. Mr. Bautista said that Imelda Papin, who recruited the other
three artists and served as Leah Navarro's main contact, already paid her
the $1,500 before the fourth leg was finalized. In addition, Mr. Bautista
said that he was complaining ever since about Leah's being unprofessional,
not helping with the promotion of their tour (in Manila and in some cases
here, she only attended the L.A. press conference). "She was not communicating
well with Ms. Imelda Papin. We don't even know where to contact her here.
After Chicago (third concert), she decided to stay there and she was not
communicating with us for the fourth show.
Before Leah Navarro left for Manila on June
24 (also the night of the
said concert) I was able to talk to her twice, and corrected
reports that she owed the deposit of $1,500. "I don't owe them that amount
and I did not receive any deposit from that last fourth show. The third show
was considered a "done deal", and that fourth show was supposed to be a new
contract," she claimed. She also said that what happened was the producers
were not able to meet with her manager's (Betta Dans) demands, which include
an extension of her visa, the final agreed amount of payment, and the per
diem. Regarding the promotions, she said, "I was not aware of the schedules
and itineraries during the promotions in Manila, I was just surprised that
the Mel, Eva, and Claire were on television. But I must admit that there
was a time Jun Lalin scheduled me to go to ABS-CBN but I was not able to
attend to because I got really so busy plus the traffic, and I am truly sorry
for that. I will always be grateful to Imelda Papin for including me on this
tour, but I have a manager to decide what's best for me. I have nothing against
the producers or anybody but I have to protect my Immigration standing records,
which have not been fulfilled by the producers upon the offer. The statement
was only issued for my protection," Leah concluded.
According to Mr. Benny Bautista, The Jukebox
Queens Concert Tour will have its second tour adding with Ms. Pilita Corrales
as one of the headliners.
FOOTLOOSE features young hot television
stars in their theatre debuts
From a bunch of emails
I've received, my "tukayo" Oliver Oliveros, PR Officer of STAGES (sister
company of TRUMPETS) announces its first major theatre production of the
Broadway-hit FOOTLOOSE at the Meralco Theatre in Manila. The local staging
of the musical FOOTLOOSE will feature some of the hottest television stars
debuting in theatre: Jay-R, Iya Villiania, Nikki Valdez, and Maoi David.
Recording stars Gian Magdangal and Jonard Yanzon of the male vocal group
17:28 and Reuben Uy of Akafellas with their road manager Kyla Rivera also
partake. Others in the cast include Veejay Aragon, MTV VJ Hunt finalist Marvin
Luna, Caissa Borromeo, and Trumpets Playshoppers Pom Docena, JC Gotinga,
Johann dela Fuente, and Kenjie Villacorte.
FOOTLOOSE has an energy-filled dance choreography
and features some of 80's most popular songs including "Almost Paradise,"
"Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear It For the Boy," and the theme-song
"Footloose." It will run at the Meralco Theatre on September 2, 3, 4, 9,
10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. To our "balikbayans", if you're in Manila,
check this out. Tickets are available at 631-7252 and 635-4478, or at Ticketworld
(www.ticketworld.com.ph or email
With more than a decade of experience in
the entertainment industry OLIVER CARNAY is an accomplished international
Fil-Am writer, Publicist, Talent Manager, Project Consultant, Booking Agent,
Event Organzer, Photographer, Concert Line-Producer, movie associate producer,
and Concert Booking Agent.
Oliver has written for major publications,
domestic and international, including Asian Journal Publications
BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women
Magazine," available online at
ASIAN-AMERICAN 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: FAME Magazine and
PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York / New Jersey he writes an entertainment
column for CAROUSEL PINOY ENTERTAINMENT
He is a contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
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 Europe) and PINOY
GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong and Japan.
He is an active member of the National
Press Photography Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association
of Greater Los Angeles (P.P.A.G.L.A.-see
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, junkets, and other major
Oliver is the Publisher of
an online entertainment newswire magazine. Always a pioneer in bringing first
rate news about Fil-Am talents in Hollywood as well as introducing them to
the Filipinos and Fil-Am communities in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
Oliver Carnay is the proprietor of
International Artists Production Company established in 1995 where
he had produced, directed concerts and stage plays.
Oliver Carnay is in full blast as a Talent
Manager and Publicist. He is the proprietor of International Artists PR
& Talent Management
full-service publicity and talent marketing company, which represents a roster
of multi-ethnic actors, musicians, directors, writers, and other celebrated
artists in Hollywood. Oliver Carnay takes pride in being a member of the
Talent Managers Association