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Thursday, April 27, 2017
THERE are not many crossover classical artists in the country, and Al Gatmaitan is truly creating a niche for himself in the ever-evolving world of music.  Gatmaitan has just released his special three-track album on Spotify and iTunes, and he’s excited to share this work of love. “This album took...

Tough and tenacious

Barbie Forteza didn’t expect GMA’s Meant to Be, her latest foray into prime-time, would be a hit. “It was a pleasant surprise,” Forteza shared. A very light fare, many cynics thought Meant to Be would appeal more to the younger viewing market and would not do very well on...
Nonie Buencamino has been an actor more than half his life and he continues to surprise us with his many textured performances on film, television and the stage. Over the past few months, Buencamino has been providing a solid acting foundation in the widely followed ABS-CBN afternoon drama The Greatest...
THE film Manchester By the Sea doesn’t tug you at your heartstring; it draws you to listen to its stories. There you find the hearts and their capability to withstand pain and, maybe just maybe, nurture some hope One of these stories is that of  Lee’s. He is a janitor...
THE newest Asia ambassador for hair-care brand Pantene is GMA Artist Center star Gabbi Garcia, and she is the first Filipino to become the front woman of the brand. She stars in the latest Pantene TV commercial that will air in 10 countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand,...

Her name is Lola

We’ve been seeing singer-actor Nyoy Volante on television quite frequently the past few months as one of the judges in a singing competition in a daily noontime show. We are happy that Volante is getting more and more exposure, and that his high level of musicality is getting noticed...

Marx & Matthias

Model-turned-actor Marx Topacio’s life suddenly took an unexpected turn after he landed the role of Azulan in the top-rating fantasy-drama series Encantadia on GMA. “It all happened so fast. Before I knew it, I was already in my costume and exchanging lines with the other cast members,” he volunteered when...
WE spent a few days in Hong Kong last week to catch the beginning of spring before we flew back to Manila and resumed our normal duties. We took this opportunity to check out the 2017 Hong Kong FilmArt, an annual event film people look forward to as it...
JUST when many were becoming anxious that the entertainment value of the hit GMA fantasy series Encantadia had started to plateau, the show unleashed one of its fiercest surprises recently by way of tapping A-list actress Eula Valdes to breathe life to the character of the evil goddess Avria. It...
I first met RS Francisco in 1990, a week after I watched the Manila production of M Butterfly. Francisco, then so dauntless and daring, was the talk of the theater scene for breathing life into the character of Song Liling, a Chinese opera diva leading a double life as both...
By Lindsey Bahr | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway...
Vince Tañada, the main man behind the Philippine Stagers Foundation, believes he’s on the first few weeks of his second lease on life. He has taken Katips, the musical he wroteabout the abuses of  Marcos’s martial law, on a Mindanao caravan, and they were set to perform at Saint Paul’s College in Surigao City when a 6.7-magnitude quake hit the...

All about love

IT’S officially the start of Love Week, and if you want to go with the flow, you’d probably have already made reservations for a special dinner, ordered those flowers for your significant other despite their sky-rocketing prices, or you already have all those Valentine show tickets on hand. There are...
MAYBE she is being too subjective, but teen sensation Liza Soberano unabashedly told the local entertainment press during a recent media huddle that she does not like abs in men. We reckon she has some personal bias saying this, because her onscreen partner Enrique Gil has gained quite a bit...
TODAY, the world—or universe, rather—will have a new queen. Eighty-six of the world’s most beautiful women are vying for the  prestigious title of Miss Universe, and only one will get to wear the crown. The all-important, three-phase preliminary competition of the pageant has already determined the 12 ladies who will advance...
Sandino Martin likes playing complicated characters. In the few years that he’s been in the acting business, he has given life to a confused teenager, a miner, a cadet, a nurse, a closet paramour and a troubled dog shooter. Some of these roles have even given him recognition. He bagged...

One-two punch for Ian and Iza

WELL-loved actors Ian Veneracion and Iza Calzado are starting the year with not one but two major opening-salvo projects. Their much-awaited romance-drama series A Love to Last made its debut on ABS-CBN channel last week. The new show is Veneracion’s follow-up to the very successful run of Pangako sa ’Yo,...
By Jake Coyle | The Associated Press IS Hollywood in the mood to party? On Sunday the movie industry will gather for the Golden Globes, which are regularly one of the most freewheeling and frothiest award shows of the year. Champagne will flow. Punchlines will fly. But the tone of this year’s...
By Joe Utichi ACADEMY Award-nominated actor Michael Fassbender has enjoyed a whirlwind career since breaking through as the star of Hunger, director Steve McQueen’s haunting profile of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. It was only his third feature role, but Fassbender won a British Independent Film Award for...

Ogie takes another big leap

Sometimes, things don’t quite turn out the way you planned.  Most of the time, fate has other ideas for you, like in the case of Ogie Alcasid. Ogie was one of the prized talents of GMA, and then of  TV5.  And why not? Ogie is an icon, with almost 30...
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