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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 28 to August 1, 2008: Operation Hercules

Article posted July 26, 2008



Spotted back in Dubai are agents Phoenix and Rock Star. After their successful attempt at liberating Project Hercules from The Empire's Agent Jupiter, the two were seen near the Providence premises. It could be that Providence was behind the procurement operation for Project Hercules.

Ms. San Juan seems to be working at the hotel where Phoenix and Rock Star are staying in. Sources have been feeding us that Ms. San Juan is being constantly spotted with Phoenix around the city. Investigate the possibility that Ms. San Juan is working with the agents.

A cleaner surveillance image of Phoenix has revealed that he is the brother of the kidnap victim from last week's case: Grecko Abesamis. A further investigation into Advocate Communications is being ordered by Number One--it is possible that the communications company is actually a front for the agency that has been thwarting Empire's plans for the last few years.

Phoenix has, though, given back Project Hercules to Empire. Investigations is currently being made to see if Providence acts upon their database security breach.

Kidnap victim Peachy Abesamis has been released by her father, Agent Zeus. There is no news yet if Zeus's involvement with Empire have been compromised.

Reports are coming in that prior to their return to Dubai, Phoenix and Rock Star went on a detour. Possibly, it was during their detour that they procured their fake passports for travel.

The most current report that we have received informs us that Ms. San Juan plans to return to the Philippines with Phoenix and Rock Star. Further investigations will be made to her family, and if she is in fact another agent of Empire's adversary.

Bench Blockout





Richard, ’di magre-renew sa Bench?



SIGURADONG puputaktihin ng writers si Richard Gutierrez sa presscon this week ng Star Cinema movie nila ni KC Concepcion, For the First Time, tungkol sa diumano’y “pananabotahe” sa kanya nu’ng Bench Blackout show sa Araneta Coliseum.

Ito ang palagay ng mommy niyang si Annabelle Rama, na dismayado sa naging pagtrato ng organizers kay Chard. May balita pa ngang baka hindi na siya payagang mag-renew ni Tita Annabelle sa nasabing clothing company ni Ben Chan.

Ano nga kaya ang saloobin ni Richard sa issue? Ramdam din kaya niya ang sinasabing diskriminasyon nu’ng gabing ’yon?

Buti na nga lang at happy ang aktor sa inaaning ratings ng Codename: Asero sa GMA-7. For sure, wa na siya care sa mga ganitong kontrobersiya.

Speaking of Asero, mamayang gabi, kay Grecko unang gagamitin ni Zeus ang Project Hercules upang mabuhay ito ulit.

Nagluluksa naman ang pamilya at ang Advocate sa pagkawala ng binata. Si Geron, kanyang partner, ay suspended dahil sa nangyari kay Grecko.

Wala namang ibang sinisisi ang ina ni Grecko na si Gelyn kundi si Ibsen sapagkat pinayagan nitong bumalik si Grecko sa Dubai.

Ang hindi alam ni Gelyn ay sangkot dito ang kanyang asawa. Nanghihinayang naman si Lady Q sa pagkawala ni Agent Phoenix sapagkat ito ang pinakamagaling niyang agent. Si Bodjie X naman ay nagpiprisinta kaya bibigyan ito ng mission ni Lady Q to test him.

Monday, July 28, 2008

FIRST READ ON PEP: Annabelle Rama complains about son Richard Gutierrez's "unfair" exposure in Blackout

Dinno Erece
Monday, July 28, 2008



Annabelle Rama is seriously considering not to renew Richard Gutierrez's contract with Bench.



On the warpath again ang matriarch ng mga Gutierrez na nag-surprise visit sa presscon ng Regal Entertainment and Studio Max's Loving You last Sunday night, July 27, sa Imperial Palace Suites. This time, it's about the Blackout event ng Bench last Friday, July 25, sa Araneta Coliseum.



Nagkakaroon kasi ng comparison ang palakpak na natanggap ng mga prime stars who walked the ramp for the event at tila nadehado si Richard compared to the other stars. Wala kasing preparation or at least a signal na si Richard na ang lalabas kung kaya't hindi agad siya nakilala ng audience, specially with his makeup that darkened his complexion.



Somehow, prepared ang audience sa paglabas nina Sam Milby, Rafael Rosell, and Dingdong Dantes when it was time for them to go on stage. Nag-angat ang mechanical ramp pataas bago lumabas si Sam. Nasa big screen si Rafael na nakahubad at nakatalikod bago siya tumayo, at ipinakita sa likod ng translucent curtain. Nag-slide show naman ang mga posters ni Dingdong bago ito pumasok sa stage. These three actors got the biggest applause kung iku-kumpara sa pagpasok ni Richard na parang nag-last walk lang talaga at may mga babaeng models na sa stage still posing.



Paliwanag ni Annabelle sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "'Eto sinabi na sa akin ni Richard [Gomez] na nag-meeting na sila bago pa lang ang event, dapat huwag lagyan ng makeup ang mga artista para makilala sila. O kaya, lagyan ng pangalan sa screen na si ano na o si ano ang lalabas para handa ang mga tao.



"Hindi nila ginawa," patuloy niya. "Hindi lang ito para sa anak ko, para na rin sa lahat ng mga artista. Sana naglagay sila ng mga names na lumalabas para alam ng tao.



"Tanungan nang tanungan, ‘Sino ‘yan?' sabi ni Dr. [Vicky] Belo, ‘she's pretty.' Si Bubbles Paraiso na pala yung tinatanong niya. Si Nitz [Miralles, PEP contributor] nagtanong pa sa kasamahan niya kung si Richard na ba yun. Nasa malapit na sila ng stage ha, paano pa yung nasa bleacher?"



It was explained to Annabelle na never nagkaroon ng names ng mga naglalabasang artista sa mga naunang biennial event ng Bench.



"Wala na kung wala, pero bakit yung iba, ipinakita muna ang posters bago lumabas?" sabi ni Annabelle. "Hindi naman ito kailangan ng anak ko. Sabi niya nga sa akin na huwag na lang akong magsalita, pero unfair talaga ang ginawa sa kanya.



"Paano mo naman makuku-compare si Richard sa iba? Hindi naman siya naghubad, hindi nagpakita ng briefs? Hindi niya ito kailangan. Pati ba naman kasi ito pag-uusapan pa?" saad ni Annabelle, na ang tinutukoy ay kung sino ang nakatanggap ng mas malakas na palakpak.



Dagdag niya, "Si Richard, pagod na pagod, galing pa sa Greece pero nagpunta ng rehearsal nang walang reklamo at nag-stay siya talaga doon ng apat na oras. Wala naman siyang bayad dito. Wala namang bayad ang mga artista pero ginawa pa rin nila, sana binigyan na lang sila ng konting importansiya, hindi lang si Richard."



It was later learned that Dingdong was given a separate time for rehearsal dahil walang nakakita sa kanya na mag-rehearse. Nang natapos daw ang rehearsal at umuwi na ang lahat, saka naman isinalang si Dingdong.



"Hindi kami humingi ng ganito," ulit ni Annabelle. "Nag-stay si Chard ng apat na oras kahit pagod na siya. Kung may gusto silang i-promote o i-launch, sige walang kaso sa akin. Nagsabi na nga ako na huwag nang isama si Chard sa show, pero pinilit pa rin. Sige, di gawin. Pero sana nga respeto naman na lang sa anak ko.



"Si Richard dapat ang sa Jag. Hinihingi siya noon, dapat siya ang makaka-partner ni Angel [Locsin]. Nagpaalam na ako kay Dougs [Douglas Quijano], pero sabi huwag daw umalis sa Bench kasi dito siya nagsimula. Loyalty na lang daw. Sige stay kami, pero tingnan mo naman ang ginawa sa kanya?"



Along this line, someone asked kung pararampahin niyang muli si Richard sa susunod na event ng Bench, which will happen two years from now.



"Ay hindi na, tatanggalin ko na siya sa Bench!" tahasang sabi ni Annabelle.



We have to repeat the question kung, for the record, aalisin na niya si Richard as Bench endorser.



"Baka hintayin ko na lang matapos ang contract. Bukas malalaman ko kung hanggang kailan pa siya," sagot ni Annabelle.



At press time ay sinusubukan ng PEP na kunin ang panig ng Bench tungkol sa mga pahayag ni Annabelle.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion became closer in Greece

Julie Bonifacio

Sunday, July 27, 2008



Umuwi na mula sa nine-day shoot nila sa Greece sina Richard Gutierrez at KC Concepcion para sa first movie nila together, ang For The First Time ng Star Cinema.



"Eto, umitim kami nang bonggang-bongga. Sunog ang balat. It was nice. It was a fantasy island din. Maganda ang naging experience namin doon," kuwento ni KC sa Entertainemnt Live.


Unang pasalubong na rebelasyon nina KC at Richard ang kakaibang closeness na nabuo sa kanila habang nasa Greece.



"Yeah, of course," pag-amin naman ni Richard. "We were able to spend a lot of time together and in such a beautiful place, it's a paradise, maganda. Maganda ang na-share naming experience with each other and filming the movie together. It was just an amazing journey for us."



Sumunod na pasalubong na rebelasyon nina KC at Richard ang hindi raw nila pinalampas ang chance na magkasama in one of the most romantic places in the world.



"In-enjoy talaga namin yung lugar, umiikot-ikot kami sa buong island, nag-rent kami ng mga ATV, 4X4. Umikot kami sa island, so na-enjoy namin yung first couple of days," kuwento ni Richard.


Ayon naman kay KC, "Ang ganda-ganda! Isang araw nag-speedboat kami all around. Series of islands siya kaya kumuha kami ng speedboat. Half-day umikot lang kami doon."


At sa sobrang pagka-enjoy nga raw nila together, naintirga pang hindi na raw sinasagot ni Richard ang phone niya everytime tinatawagan siya ng mommy niyang si Annabelle Rama.



"Talaga?" gulat na sabi ni Richard.


"Nagtatrabaho kasi," singit naman ni KC.


Dagdag ni Richard, "Nagtatrabaho kasi kami dun so minsan siyempre, telepono ko talaga iniwan ko. Hindi ko nasasagot minsan, pero tini-text ko naman siya. Nagwo-worry lang talaga yun. Normal lang yun."



"Hanggang text lang kami dun. Actually, hindi ako makatawag sa phone. Sa signal siguro," sabi naman ni KC.



Ano pa ang na-discover nila sa isa't isa habang nasa Greece?


"Mas maalaga si KC," sabi ni Richard.


"No boring moment," sabi naman ni KC.


"Mas maalaga, mas maalaga ‘to," turo ni Richard kay KC.


"Asus!" reaksiyon naman ni KC.

Friday, July 25, 2008

RICHARD GUTIERREZ and KC CONCEPCION part 2






RICHARD GUTIERREZ and KC CONCEPCION






Richard Gutierrez dapat maging Muslim kung type ligawan ang anak ni Robin na si Kylie

By: Tonee Coraza
Whatever

Sa action stars natin sa kasalukyan, si Robin Padilla ang may pinakamaraming product endorsements dala na rin ng kanyang credibility at bankability.

Magsisimula na siyang mag-workout everyday para sa pagpapalaki ng katawan niya for his latest teleserye sa GMA -7 na Totoy Bato. Kailangan daw kasing umabot ng 200 lbs. ang timbang niya para bumagay sa role na originally ay ginampanan ni FPJ sa pelikula.

Kaya nga high-protein diet ang gagawin niya pa-ra lumaki ang kanyang katawan.

Sa ngayon daw ay 150 lbs. ang timbang niya kasi kinailangan naman niyang magpapayat noon para sa Joaquin Bordado.

So, 50 lbs. ang bubunuin niya and he will be working with physical fitness professionals naman daw kaya he will be safe.

Excited siya sa Totoy Bato dahil makakasama niya rito si Manny Pacqu-iao. Ayaw pa niyang sabihin kung ano ba ang role dito ni Manny para surprise daw.

Anyway, matagal pa naman daw nilang gaga-win ito dahil uunahin muna niya ang pelikulang Sundo under GMA Films with Sunshine Dizon and Rhian Ramos.

May pagka-horror raw ang tema ng Sundo at ididurehe ito ni Topel Lee. Aakyat daw sila sa Baguio in two weeks time para simulan na ito.

Natuwa si Robin nang malaman niyang idol siya ni Richard Gutierrez at gusto siyang makasama nito sa isang teleserye o pelikula.

Gusto rin daw niyang makasama si Richard sa isang proyekto dahil magaling ito sa martial arts at isang magandang ehemplo pa ito sa mga kabataan.

Kinantiyawan namin si Binoe na kung sakaling li-gawan ni Richard ang 17- year-old daughter niyang si Kylie, papayag ba siya? “Naku, mag-Muslim muna siya kung liligawan niya ang anak ko!”natatawang sabi ni Binoe.

Richard, daring sa Blackout?



NGAYONG nasa Pilipinas na si Richard Gutierrez, mula sa pagsyusyuting ng For The First Time, sa Santorini, Greece, kasama si KC Concepcion, siguradong excited na ang mga fans niya sa gagawin niya ngayong gabi sa BLACKOUT, ang underwear at denim show ng Bench, na gaganapin sa Araneta Coliseum.


Siyempre, aabangan nila kung ano ang gagawin ni Richard sa Araneta ngayong gabi. Kung magpapaka-daring na ba ito, at rarampa na naka-brief lang, o hanggang topless pa rin tulad noon?


Kung ang mga fans ni Richard ang masusunod, type nilang masi*lip ang ganda ng katawan ni Richard. Feel nila na mag-brief lang ito habang rumarampa.


Eh, alam naman ni*la na pinaghandaan ni Richard ang Bench event ngayong gabi, dahil nag-diet at nag-exercise tala*ga siya. Kaya kung rarampa nang naka-brief si Richard, siguradong mapupuno ng tilian ang Araneta.


Anyway, abot-tenga rin ang ngiti ni Richard dahil sa magandang ra*tings ng Codename: Asero nila ni Heart Evangelista.


Nabalitaan ni Richard na pati raw si Kris Aquino ay puring-puri ang Asero.
Siyempre, thankful si Richard sa magandang feedback sa Codename: Asero ng GMA 7.

Richard, handa sa BLACKOUT

(JDO)

DUMATING si Richard Gutierrez sa bansa noong Miyerkules mula sa pagsu-shooting ng pelikulang For The First Time kasama si KC Concepcion sa Santorini, Greece.
Excited ang fans ni Richard na mapanood ito sa pagrampa sa BLACKOUT fashion show ng Bench ngayong gabi sa Araneta Coliseum.
Ano kaya ang isusuot ni Richard? Mag-swimwear kaya siya? O topless lang?
Pinaghandaan ni Ri*chard ang Bench event na ito. Nagdiyeta at nag-ehersisyo siya.
Tiyak na titilian siya mamaya sa BLACKOUT!
Isa pang ikinatuwa ni Richard sa kanyang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas ay ang magandang ratings ng TV series niyang Codename: Asero.
Masaya si Richard sa nabalitaan na pati si Kris Aquino ay nanonood ng kanyang programa at pinupuri ang palabas.
Thankful si Richard sa magagandang feedback sa Codename: Asero.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion arrive from filming "For The First Time" in Greece

Melba Llanera


Lulan ng eroplanong naglipad sa kanila from Dubai papuntang Maynila, bumaba at magkaakbay pang lumabas ng lobby ng Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) airport sina Richard and KC Concepcion. Nag-stop over kasi ang flight nila sa from Greece to Dubai, boarding another plane back home.

Natapos na kasi ang shooting nila sa Greece ng ilang eksenang kinunan sa pelikula nilang For The First Time ng Star Cinema. Sweet na sweet at iisipin talagang may espesyal nang namamagitan sa dalawa, if their actions speak louder than words. Very obvious na mukhang nauwi na talaga sa mas malalim na unawaan ang samahan ng dalawa.

EXPERIENCING GREECE. Sa magkasabay na panayam ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa kanila, nagkuwento naman agad sina KC and Richard kung gaano sila nag-enjoy nang husto sa kanilang Greece trip at kung gaano mas lumalim ang kanilang bonding sa 10 days na pagsasama nila dito.

"Siyempre, island yun, ibang lugar talaga ang makikita mo dun, ako most of the time, gusto ko lang tingnan yung iba pang mga naroon na puwedeng makita. Kahit gumagawa kami ng mga eksena , parang di ako makapaniwala na nagkaroon kami ng mga kinukunang scenes sa ibang bansa. Masarap kasama sina Direk Joyce, sobrang respetado namin siya, kaya ang ganda ng mga nagawa namin. It was realy a nice experience for me kasi first time kong gumawa ng film and maganda ring makita for the first time na gumawa ng film si Richard with Star Cinema and I can say na ang ganda ng kinalabasan ng project," masayang pagkukuwento ni KC sa PEP.

"It was such a beautiful place, talagang maganda siya, talagang maganda yung mga eksenang kinunan namin dito, we really enjoyed the place," ayon naman kay Richard.

SIGHT-SEEING IN SANTORINI. Kinuhanan ang ilan sa mga eksena nila sa Santorini Island, na ayon kina Richard at KC ay isa palang sumabog na bulkan bago naging isang island.

"Volcano before yung buong island na sumabog bago siya naging island kaya ang daming interesting dun. Ang ganda-ganda nung lugar. Isang araw, nag-speedboat kami all around kasi series of island siya. Kumuha kami ng speedboat, umikut-ikot kami, ang ganda talaga. Kumain din kami sa mga carinderia dun, ang babait ng mga tao," pagpapatuloy sa amin ng anak ni Megastar Sharon Cuneta..

"In the first couple of days na stay namin, we were able to go around. Nakilala namin yung island, inikot namin yung buong island. Nag-rent kami ng ATV [all-terrain vehicle], ng mga 4x4, in-enjoy namin talaga yung place in a couple of days," kuwento naman ng binata nina Eddie Gutierrez at Annabelle Rama.

CARING ADVENTURERS. Spending more times together na sila-sila lang, aminado naman sina Richard and KC na mas lalo pa silang naging close sa isa't isa at may mga ugali silang higit na na-discover with each other.

"Yeah, of course, mas naging close kami, coz we spend a lot of time together. We really enjoy each other's company. Basta ang na-discover ko lang mas maalaga si KC," papuri pa ni Richard sa kapareha.

"Masaya si Richard na kasama, adventure talaga ‘yan araw-araw. Alagang-alaga ka niya and there's no dull moment ‘pag kasama mo siya," sabi naman ni KC.

NO SIGNAL. Kamakailan ay lumabas ang kuwento na sobrang nag-worry daw si Tita Annabelle kay Richard dahil for the first time ay hindi raw sumasagot sa mga tawag niya ang anak. Ikinuwento naman sa amin ni Richard na nag-usap na sila ng mommy niya tungkol dito at ipinaliwanag naman sa amin ni KC na mahina talaga ang signal doon kaya kahit nga siya ay hindi rin makatawag sa kanila.

"May trabaho kami dun. Minsan talaga yung telepono ko, iniiwan ko, di ko nasasagot yung mga calls niya pero tine-text ko naman siya. Nag-worry lang si Mommy and normal lang yun. Nag-usap na kami ngayon, in-explain ko sa kanya ang nangyari and okey naman," paniniguro sa amin ng aktor.

"Actually, di rin ako makatawag sa bahay, sa signal siguro," dagdag na esplika sa amin ni KC.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion "very sweet" while filming in Santorini, Greece

Nora Calderon

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion "very sweet" while filming in Santorini, Greece


Mula nang dumating sa Santorini, Greece, sina Richard Gutierrez, KC Concepcion, Direk Joyce Bernal, at ilang production staff para sa shooting ng For The First Time, nakatanggap na ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng updates.

Sabay na umalis sina Richard, KC, at Direk Joyce, on an early-morning flight for Greece last July 14. Ito ay pagkatapos ng ngaragang pag-promote ni KC ng number one album ngayon sa Odyssey Records, a.K.a Cassandra (produced by SonyBMG Music), at si Richard naman, sa promotion ng bago niyang action-drama series sa GMA-7, Codename: Asero.

Nangako sa amin ang kasama ni KC sa shooting na magpapadala siya ng update mula sa Santorini, ang napiling location ni Direk Joyce for the first movie of Richard and KC for Star Cinema. Heto ang una niyang text sa amin last July 17: "Good morning po from Santorini. It's 6:00 a.m. here, start na ng hair and makeup ni KC, unang scene ay kukunan sa airport."

Second text niya on July 18: "Okey naman po kaming lahat dito. Ganda po ‘yong area ng location namin dito, near the seashore. Super-hangin dito pero sabi nila around 10:00 a.m., super-init na kaya maaga ang shooting."

Another text update on July 19: "Katatapos lang namin ng shooting ngayong 2:00 a.m., natapos lahat ni Direk Joyce ang planned sequences for the day. Sleep lang kami for three hours then resume ulit kami ng shooting. Call time is at 6:00 a.m. on the set."

Ipinalabas na sa The Buzz last Sunday, July 20, ang video shots nina Richard at KC off-camera, kaya maraming kinilig sa sweetness ng dalawa. Text na rin sa amin na nai-shoot na ni Direk Joyce ang eksenang naka-bikini si KC at naka-swimming trunks naman si Richard, pero mukhang hindi raw muna ito ipakikita para may aabangan naman ang mga fans.

Muli kaming tumanggap ng text early Monday morning, July 21: "Dami po nakunang eksena yesterday. Super-ganda nga po ng view dito. By the way, ‘yon pong Greek waiter sa restaurant ng hotel, ask niya si Gerry [Santos, production designer and stylist ng movie, na siya ring nagbibihis kay KC sa mga shows niya at production manager din ng Codename: Asero ni Richard], kung lovers daw sina Richard at KC. Sagot ni Gerry, sa movie lang. Pero nag-comment daw ang waiter ng, ‘No, but I see there's something.' Natawa na lang po kami ni Gerry kasi super sweet nga rin po nila while they're eating."

Nag-comment din daw si Direk Joyce na bakit kapag sa eksenang kinukunan niya, parang hindi mailabas ng dalawa ang true feelings nila, pero off-camera, ang sweet-sweet nila.

Nai-share naman sa amin ni Shirley Kuan, one of the managers ni KC, ang text message sa kanya ni KC last Monday morning, July 21: "In the heat of the sun and cool Mediterranean breeze, I am so at home by the sea, so happy my first movie is being shot here."

Another text update on July 21: "Last shooting day namin at for the last eight days of shooting, anybody from the team na nakatulog ng four hours was lucky. More than 30 sequences were shot in the beautiful island of Santorini at ilang sequences pa ang isu-shoot namin ngayon, kaya nobody is packing up his bag yet.

"The tagline for the teaser has been officially approved. It will create quite a stir for sure. It will be shown at the premiere night of A Very Special Love of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo on Tuesday, July 29."

Nag-email naman ang KCnians online ng music video ng theme song ng movie of the same title na si KC ang kumanta. Ginawa ito out of the pictures mula sa production shoot at kapag narinig ninyo ang pag-awit ni KC, kung hindi mo alam na siya ang kumakanta, iisipin mong ang mommy niya, si Sharon Cuneta, ang kumakanta ng ilang lines ng song.

And the latest update na natanggap ng PEP ay kagabi, July 22, 8:30 p.m.: "Dito na kami sa Athens airport, waiting for our flight to Dubai. KC and Chard are always together, sobrang sweet! Nakakakilig sila tingnan. Si Chard sobrang alaga si KC. Siya ang may buhat ng lahat ng gamit ni KC. Eto ang chika....he got necklace and bracelet na matching sila ni KC, ang cute! Binili ni Chard sa Santorini. We are arriving tomorrow [July 23] at 4:00 p.m. by Emirates from Dubai!"

KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez arrive today from Greece

Ricky Calderon

KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez arrive today from Greece

Ngayong hapon, July 23, ang dating nina KC Concepcion at Richard Gutierrez mula sa Greece kung saan nag-location shoot ang stars and staff ng For The First Time ng Star Cinema under the direction of Joyce Bernal.

Lulan ng Emirates flight from Dubai, nakatakdang dumating sina KC at Richard, pati sina Direk Joyce at ang production staff, ng 4:25 p.m. Ang pagdating ng grupo ay iko-cover ng The Buzz at TV Patrol World.

Ayon sa isang source ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na taga-production, sweet na sweet sina Richard at KC sa shooting nila sa Greece. Halos hindi raw naghihiwalay ang dalawa. Obvious daw na mas lalong naging kumportable na sa isa't isa sina KC at Richard, kaya maging ang mga members ng production staff ay kinikilig sa kanilang dalawa.

Si Richard pa raw ang nagbubuhat ng mga gamit ni KC. "She's being treated like a princess by Richard," sabi ng aming source. "Nakakakilig tignan ang dalawa dahil sa kanilang sweetness. Marami raw tuloy ang nagtatanong kung sila na raw ba."

Ayon pa sa aming source, bumili ng matching bracelet and necklace si Richard para sa kanilang dalawa ni KC. Suot kaya nina Richard at KC ang kanilang mga bracelet at necklace pag-uwi nila?

Nine days nag-stay ang grupo sa Santorini in Greece. Pero back to work agad ang dalawa kahit kababalik pa lang nila from their trip.

May shooting si KC bukas, July 24, for her solo scenes ng For The First Time at magre-report na sa taping ng Codename: Asero si Richard.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

TV Ratings (July 18-20):

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows from July 18 to 20 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

July 18 (Friday)

Non-Primetime:

SiS (GMA-7) 9.5%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 8.9%

Marimar (GMA-7) 16.8%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.3%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 20.6%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20.6%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 22.9%; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 13.5%

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 21.5%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 19%

Primetime:

Gobingo (GMA-7) 15.2%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 14%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 29.3%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 21.9%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 36.1%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 25.1%; Iisa Pa Lamang(ABS-CBN) 22.7%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) 38.3%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 22.5%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 28.6%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 23.3%

Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) 22.9%; Daboy Sa ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) 14.1%; Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 19%

Bubble Gang (GMA-7) 16.6%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 6.2%; Saksi (GMA-7) 9.2%

July 19 (Saturday)

Non-Primetime:

Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 10.9%; Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) 12.6%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 23.4%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.1%

StarTalk (GMA-7) 13.8%; Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) 12.2%

Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) 14.2%; Cinema FPJ (ABS-CBN) 13.7%

Pinoy Records (GMA-7) 15.5%; That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) 11.3%

Primetime:

Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) 21.9%; Kapitan Boom (ABS-CBN) 20.2%

Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) 24.3%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 25.4%

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) 27.5%; Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) 19.4%

Imbestigador (GMA-7) 23.9%; XXX (ABS-CBN) 16.2%

Songbird (GMA-7) 20.2%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 10.2%

Sine Totoo (ABS-CBN) 11.8%; Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN) 4.3%; Walang Tulugan With Master Showman (GMA-7) 3.1%

July 20 (Sunday)

Non-Primetime:

Bakbakan (ABS-CBN) 9.3%; Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) 13.2%

SOP (GMA-7) 15.5%; ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) 16%

Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 12.4%; Your Song (ABS-CBN) 12%; Dear Friend (gma-7) 13%

Showbiz Central (GMA-7) 12.2%; The Buzz (ABS-CBN) 9.7%

Primetime:

Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) 18.3%; Rated K (ABS-CBN) 15.5%

Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) 22.4%; Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) 17.2%

Mel & Joey (GMA-7) 24%; Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) 21.2%

All Star K (GMA-7) 20.1%; Sharon (ABS-CBN) 16.4%

Ful Haus (GMA-7) 15.9%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 13.2%

SNBO (GMA-7) 12.9%; Sunday's Best (ABS-CBN) 8.8%

July 21 to 25, 2008: Operation Dubai Article posted July 18, 2008 Spotted in Dubai: Two special agents who managed to thwart the plans of Agent Jupi

July 21 to 25, 2008: Operation Dubai
Article posted July 18, 2008

Spotted in Dubai: Two special agents who managed to thwart the plans of Agent Jupiter (Empire)—obtaining the all-important Project Hercules, while making acquaintance with an overseas worker named Emily San Juan. The two agents are only known by their handles overheard during a market shootout: Phoenix and Rock Star.
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Investigations have already begun for the two agents, but so far both have yet to turn up in agency files. It would seem that the two are rogue agents acting on their own.

As for Emily San Juan, it has been discovered that prior to meeting the agents, she used to work for a jewelry store in Dubai, and was dating the owner Dave Aviejo. Philippine correspondents unearthed more information, revealing that Ms. San Juan has a family that consists of a grandmother, a mother, and a younger brother who is blind. The grandmother is notorious for gambling and debts. No information is found about her father or his whereabouts.

It is believed that Ms. San Juan may prove to be essential in catching the rogue agents—especially Phoenix.

Another case has recently popped up in the databases that may have something to do with Project Hercules. A young woman, Peachy Abesamis, was abducted and is being held ransom for a DVD—believed to be holding the contents of Project Hercules. Her father, a history professor at a prestigious university, has expressed willingness to pay ransom. The woman’s brother, an employee of Advocate Communications, is the one showing resistance to the exchange.

Progress for these two separate cases will continue to be monitored. For more updates, do not forget to turn to your television sets weeknights after 24 Oras.

Monday, July 21, 2008

KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez off to Greece for their first kissing scene

Julie Bonifacio
Sunday, July 20, 2008
04:56 PM


Nakunan ng pahayag ng Entertainment Live! kahapon, Sabado, July 19, ang magkaparehang KC Concepcion at Richard Gutierrez sa airport bago lumipad patungong Greece para sa shooting ng first movie nila together, ang For The First Time ng Star Cinema.


Marami ang nakakita sa kanilang pagiging sweet nang magkasabay at magkasama silang dumating sa airport. Nang kapanayamin, nagpahayag sila ng damdamin ng pagka-excite dahil sa pareho raw nilang unang trip ito na magkasama pa sa isang napakaromantikong lugar tulad ng Greece.


"For the first time maggi-Greece kaming magkasama," ani KC.


"Ten days ang shoot depende kung gusto naming mawala ni KC," tila pangiliting sabi ni Richard.


"Kinakabahan ako for the whole...yung buong proseso in general dahil malayo kami sa Pilipinas, malayo kami sa inyo. Pero yun nga, magkakasama kami," sabi naman ni KC.


Sa Greece daw isu-shoot ang kanilang first kissing scene. Handa na ba sila para dito?


"Well, uhm, one scene at a time. So, pagdating namin doon tingnan natin kung ano'ng mangyayari. Pero ako naman handa naman ako. Sana handa siya," sabi ni Richard.


"We trust naman Direk Joyce [Bernal], so, yung mga scenes, for sure na eksakto lang yung gagawin ni Direk para doon sa eksena namin," sagot naman ni KC.


Sundot naman ni Richard, "And of course, yung place, really romantic. So, it's gonna be a very romantic scene."


Ano na ba ang real score na namamagitan sa kanila ngayon?


Unang sumagot si KC, "Uhm, we're friends. We're working partners and we're getting to know each other."


Ani Richard naman, "Well, ngayon kasi KC and I we live for the moment, you know. We absorb each experiences day by day and we're just starting to enjoy with each other's company. Ganun muna. Ah, one step at a time and we're gonna be working, we're gonna be exploring, we're gonna be having fun. So, yun muna for now.

Friday, July 18, 2008

TV Ratings (July 15-17):

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows from July 15 to 17, based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

July 15 (Tuesday)

Non-Primetime:

SiS (GMA-7) 8%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.3%

Marimar (GMA-7) 14.5%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 14%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.4%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 14.5%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 21.6%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 24.3%; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 11.8%

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 23.4%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 16.4%

Primetime:

Gobingo (GMA-7) 17.1%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 15.6%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 30.3%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 25.2%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 38.6%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 25.4%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) 42.7%; Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) 24%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 28.7%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 21.8%

Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) 16.7%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 19.2%

Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 10.2%; Artificial Beauty (ABS-CBN) 13.5%

Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 8.2%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 9%; Saksi (GMA-7) 7.9%

July 16 (Wednesday)

Non-Primetime:

SiS (GMA-7) 12.9%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.6%

Marimar (GMA-7) 17.7%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 14.2%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 20.6%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16.4%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.7%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 23.4%; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 14.7%

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 23.3%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 19.9%

Primetime:

Gobingo (GMA-7) 16.9%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 16.1%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 29.7%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23.2%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 35.9%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 25.3%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) 38.2%; Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) 22.6%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 29.1%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 21.3%

Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) 17.7%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 20.5%

Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 9.5%; Artificial Beauty (ABS-CBN) 13.6%

Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 8.7%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 7.5%; Saksi (GMA-7) 6.7%

July 17 (Thursday)

Non-Primetime:

SiS (GMA-7) 9.3%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 8.9%

Marimar (GMA-7) 13.8%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.1%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 20.1%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.7%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 19.1%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 23.1%; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 17.3%

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 21.7%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 19.3%

Primetime:

Gobingo (GMA-7) 16.4%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 13.2%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 29.8%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23.5%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 38.5%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 24.4%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) 40.5%; Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) 23.4%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 29.3%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 22%

Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) 18.5%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 19.2%

Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 11.6%; Artificial Beauty (ABS-CBN) 15.4%

Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) 9.3%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 9.8%; Saksi (GMA-7) 6.7%

Journal
Gerry Ocampo


BAGO tumulak papuntang Greece sina KC Concepcion at Richard Gutierrez ay naitsika nito sa amin do’n kukunan ang ilang heavy drama at kissing scene para sa kanilang pelikula pagsaamahan.

Doon na rin daw kukunan ang pagsu-suot ng two piece bikini ni KC at siyempre ‘di raw siya magpapatalo dahil baka mag-trunks naman siya sa eksena.

Kampante naman daw sila sa naturang eksena dahil hindi papayag si direk Joyce Bernal lumabas na bastos ang pagsusuot ng two piece ni KC.

“Kung si KC, two piece, Ako mas matindi dahil hindi lang trunks ang isusuot ko,” natatawang biro ni Richard

Richard, nahihirapang pumili kina KC at Heart!

Abante
Jun Nardo




TUNAY na gentleman ang dating ni Richard Gutierrez kapag sina KC Concepcion at Heart Evangelista ang pinag-uusapan.


Si Heart ay leading lady ni Richard sa Codename: Asero, at kapareha naman niya si KC Concepcion sa movie nila sa Star Cinema.


Siyempre si Annabelle Rama ang closest person to know kung sino kina KC at Heart ang nagugustuhan ng anak.


Ano nga ba ang masasabi ni Annabelle sa mga ugali at pagkatao nina Heart at KC?


“Si KC, maganda ang pagpapalaki sa kanya ni Sharon (Cuneta). Magalang na bata. Mabait. Intelihente at malam­bing. Wala akong masabi sa kanya.


“Si Heart, the same thing.


“Sabi ko nga kay Richard, bibigyan ko siya ng plaka ng kantang Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko. Tawa siya nang tawa, kasi nakikita ko na parang nahihirapan din si Richard, eh.


“Kasi, parehong di­sente ang dalawa. Parehong maganda ang dalawa.

Parehong may breeding.


“Kaya sabi ko kay Chard, ‘yun na lang ang regalo ko sa kanya ‘pag birthday niya! ‘Yung kanta na Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko. Ha! Ha! Ha!” tumatawang sabi ni Annabelle.


Sino ba kina Heart at KC ang una niyang nakilala?


“Si Heart! Noon ko pa siya kilala. Nasa ABS-CBN pa lang siya, gusto ko na siyang makasama ni Richard.


“Sabi ko noon, gusto kong gumawa si Heart sa GMA o kaya, gusto kong gumawa si Chard sa ABS para mag-partner sila. Heto, natuloy na nga!


“Eh, pumasok naman si KC. Eh, gustung-gusto ko rin si KC na ma­ging partner ni Richard sa pe­likula. Pareho silang okey sa akin.”


Ano sa tingin niya ang meron si KC na wala si Heart, and vice versa?


“Hindi ko pa napansin, kasi hindi naman kami masyadong magkasama.

Dapat tanu­ngin mo kay Richard ‘yan!


“Hindi naman ako kinukuwentuhan ni Richard. Si Richard ang lala­king discreet. Maski tanungin mo, walang comment.


“Basta kung sino ang gusto ni Richard, doon ako!” sabi ni Annabelle.


Ano ang puwede niyang sabihin kina KC at Heart, kung sakaling isa nga sa kanila ang makatuluyan ni Richard?


“Sobra ka naman! Ano ka ba? Wala pa tayo sa ganyan. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!


“Alam mo, hindi ko alam ang sasabihin ko kasi wala pa naman. Kapag nandyan na, okey na!”


Ano ang hindi niya malilimutan kay KC?


“Ang ganda-ganda niya at ang lambing-lambing niya!


Magkaiba sila. Pero maganda talaga si KC. Iba ang byuti niya!”


Teka, parang mas boto ka kay KC?


“Gagah! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!” tumata­wang sagot lang ni Annabelle.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Richard Gutierrez says he is taking it slow with KC Concepcion

Archie de Calma

Richard Gutierrez says he is taking it slow with KC Concepcion

Blessing na matatawag ni Richard Gutierrez ang pagpasok ni Heart Evangelista sa Codename: Asero. Naniniwala kasi si Richard na malaki ang ambag ni Heart para panoorin ng marami ang kanyang bagong show.

"Yung personality kasi ni Heart, nagugustuhan ng marami," sabi pa ni Richard. "Magaan siyang katrabaho. Laging masaya. Kaya madali rin kaming nagka-rapport."

LOVE LIFE ON A STANDSTILL. Pero kahit ganito ang set-up, iba ang hantad sa publiko tungkol sa real score ng love life ni Richard. Bago pa sila lumipad ni KC Concepcion patungong Greece kaugnay ng shooting ng pelikulang ginagawa nila para sa Star Cinema, nasa standstill pa rin daw ang relasyon nila.

Kahit iba na ang nakikita ng marami sa mga kumakalat na stolen shots sa kanila during unguarded moments habang magkasama sila?

"May pressure ba?" natatawang sabi ni Richard. "I'm taking everything slowly but surely. I am taking it one step at a time. Kasi, I don't think KC is the kind of girl who likes taking things in a hurry.

"Nakikita niyang mas gusto niya ang ganito muna. Enjoy kaming magkasama na nagtatawanan lang kami. At saka, palagay ko, hindi pa panahon para ma-in love ako. Loveless naman ako ngayon, pero naiisip ko, marami akong ginagawa. May time pa ba ako para riyan. So, okey lang kami ni KC na ganito muna.

"I still have Asero, one movie after another. Sobra! Ganoon din si KC. Hindi normal ang takbo ng buhay namin na magkakaroon kami ng more than enough time for love dahil pareho kaming busy, kahit mas nagkikita kami ngayon most of the time. E, hindi naman palaging ganoon.

"Paano kung hindi na kami magkasama? Magkikita pa kaya kami? Mahirap," napapailing na sabi ni Richard.

Baka nga sa Greece ay ma-develop na ang dapat ma-develop sa kanila ni KC? Nagkibit-balikat lang si Richard.

Hindi kaya nagseselos si KC sa magandang tinginan din nila ni Heart bilang magkaibigan?

"I don't think so. Hindi naman selosa type si KC. At saka nasa showbiz din siya. May iba ring nali-link sa kanya, di ba? But for as long as okay kami, walang problema yung mga ganyang chika."

WELL-CONDITIONED RICHARD. At saka ayaw rin naman niyang kakabakaba si KC sa ginagawa niyang mga death-defying stunts sa Codename: Asero.

"Pero, sa ganitong parte, talagang lagi kaming safety first sa taping," banggit pa ni Richard. "Scratches, bruises, minor injuries. Nae-experience ko 'yan sa mga routine ko sa teleserye namin, but it's all worth it naman, e.

"Basta pagdating sa ganyan, lagi kaming maingat. Nire-rehearse naming mabuti. Hindi naman kailangan ni KC na kabahan sa mga ganyan dahil hindi ako pababayaan ng mga katrabaho ko, at ako mismo, kailangang nag-iingat din.

"Maganda rin yung may basic training ako sa martial arts, 13 to 15 years old ako, nag-aaral na ako ng karatedo kaya sanay ang katawan ko sa ganyan.

"Kailangang lagi akong nasa condition, kaya nga kahit sa set, nagwu-work out na ako. May dala akong weights at dumbells. I also eat the right kind of food para tumagal ako sa grabeng taping," lahad ni Richard.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TV Ratings (July 14): "Codename: Asero" and "Iisa Pa Lamang" open with a bang!

Erwin Santiago

If two primetime series ended last Friday, July 11, two shows immediately replaced them last night, July 14: ABS-CBN's Iisa Pa Lamang and GMA-7's Codename: Asero.

Codename: Asero opened explosively when it posted a rating of 40.1 percent to grab the second place behind top-rater Dyesebel's 40.5 percent. This Richard Gutierrez-Heart Evangelista starrer replaced Robin Padilla's Joaquin Bordado.

Meanwhile, Iisa Pa Lamang—which boasts a powerhouse cast of dramatic stars led by Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo, and Gabby Concepcion—opened with a modest 24.3 percent to take the No. 7 spot. Iisa Pa Lamang was the replacement of the recently concluded Lobo of Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin.

24 Oras and Ako Si Kim Samsoon took the third and fourth spots.

ABS-CBN's primetime newscast TV Patrol World became the highest-rated Kapamilya program when it placed sixth overall by virtue of its 25.9 percent rating.

Four other Kapamilya shows—The Singing Bee, My Girl, Pinoy Dream Academy, and Wheel of Fortune—occupied the rest of the Top 10.

Magdusa Ka was the leader in the daytime race with 24.2 percent; followed by Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (22.7 percent), Daisy Siete (21.5 percent); Eat Bulaga! (20 percent), and Pilipinas, Game KNB? (19.1 percent) to complete the Top 5.

ABS-CBN's special coverage of Miss Universe 2008, which was won by Miss Venezuela, ranked seventh with 16.7 percent.

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows last July 14, based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

July 14 (Monday)

Non-Primetime:

Miss Universe 2008 (ABS-CBN) 16.7%; SiS (GMA-7) 9.7%

Marimar (GMA-7) 13.4%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 19.1%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 20%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 15.7%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 21.5%; Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) 24.2%; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 14.3%

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 22.7%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 18.4%

Primetime:

Gobingo (GMA-7) 18.8%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 19.1%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 32.8%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 25.9%

Codename: Asero (GMA-7) 40.1%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 25.5%

Dyesebel (GMA-7) 40.5%; Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) 24.3%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 27.7%; My Girl (ABS-CBN) 21.7%; Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) 19.4%

Dalja's Spring (GMA-7) 18.3%; Artificial Beauty (ABS-CBN) 13.8%; Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 12.7%

Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 8.9%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.8%; Saksi (GMA-7) 7.1%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs last July 14 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

July 14 (Monday)

Daytime:

  1. Magdusa Ka (GMA-7) - 24.2%
  2. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 22.7%
  3. Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 21.5%
  4. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20%
  5. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
  6. El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 18.4%
  7. Miss Universe 2008 (ABS-CBN) - 16.7%
  8. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.7%
  9. Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 14.3%
  10. Marimar (GMA-7) - 13.4%

Primetime:

  1. Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 40.5%
  2. Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 40.1%
  3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 32.8%
  4. Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 27.7%
  5. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 25.9%
  6. The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 25.5%
  7. Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 24.3%
  8. My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
  9. Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 19.4%
  10. Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

Monday, July 14, 2008

Richard thinks Heart is hot



By: Mario E. Bautista
Heart Evangelista & Richard Gutierrez
FREEHAND

WHAT does Richard Gutierrez think of Heart Evangelista? “She’s hot!” he says. “You should see her belly dancing scene in ‘Codename: Asero.” Ang ganda ng katawan niya ngayon at ang suwerte ko ngang akong nakapareha niya. She’s more focused on her career now at talagang masarap siyang katrabaho.”

So can he fall in love with her? “That’s not hard to see kasi madali siyang mahalin. But as of now, we’re better off as friends. Trabaho na lang muna.”

At the presscon of “Asero”, many press people noticed how abundant Heart’s boobs are now and they asked her if she had breast augmentation.”Hindi po ako nagparetoke ng boobs,” she says. “It’s a Victoria’s Secret bra na parang air balloon and when you use it, parang lumalaki ang boobs mo. May nagsabi nga, pati butt ko raw pinaayos ko para mas tumambok. The truth is tumaba lang po ako. Ngayon lang kasi ako nag-expose ng konting flesh, kaya nasa-shock ang mga tao. Talagang may sinusunod akong physical fitness program. I bought my own treadmill for this kasi I should also prepare for my own action scenes in ‘Asero’.”

What do her parents say about this? “Okay lang sa kanila, pati kissing scenes ko with Richard, basta kailangan talaga sa story at hindi lalabas na bastos on screen. But it doesn’t mean I’ll go sexy na. Yung belly dancing naman, small part lang ng ‘Asero.’ Ewan ko nga why it became such a big thing.”

So what’s the status of her heart now? “I’m fine. I’ve moved on.”

Is she ready to fall in love again? “Definitely not. After what I went through the last time, tama na muna. At saka kakukuha pa lang sa ’kin ng GMA. Mas dapat tumutok muna ako on my career with them kaya wala munang commitment sa boys.”

How come she’s linked to Billy Crawford? “Honestly, wala kami nun. We just have common friends, like si Raymond Gutierrez. Nagkasama kami sa gimik sa The Fort, pero marami pa kami ibang kasama.”

She describes herself as more emotionally mature. “Mas kaya ko nang mag-isa. Unlike before, lagi akong dependent on someone else. Now, I’ve learned to do things and make decisions on my own.”

Has Jericho Rosales tried to get in touch with her? “Nagpalit na ako ng cellphone number so hindi na niya ko matatawagan. Ayoko na uli magkaroon ng any connection with him kaya nga lahat ng ibinigay niya sa’kin noon, I put it in a box and I want it returned to him, including souvenirs or photos namin together. I just want to put that past episode of my life behind me.”

Would she like to be friends with him later? “I have no plans. Buti pang wala na lang kahit ano. It’s better that way.”

Well, we can’t blame Heart if she wants to erase all memories of Jericho. It’ll be recalled that her career took a nosedive when they were together and handled by the same manager. Their “Panday” didn’t rate and even her other shows later, like “Hiram na Mukha,” also didn’t rate well. It’s not surprising that she left him and their manager who has done nothing for her career after she left Star Magic. Now, she can be assured of a higher rating show with “Codename: Asero” that starts airing tonight.

‘Asero’ pinakamagastos




(ALLAN DIONES)


IPINAGMAMALAKI ni Richard Gutierrez na mas hands-on siya at mas involved sa creative aspect ng bago niyang primetime series na Codename: Asero (na magpa-pilot ngayong gabi sa GMA Telebabad kapalit ng Joaquin Bordado).

For the first time, bukod sa pagiging bida ay siya ang tumatayong fight director ng kanyang programa.

Siya mismo ang nag-iisip ng gagawin niyang stunts sa Codename: Asero at ayon sa kanya ay marami pa siyang pinaghahandaang mala*laking action sequences.
Excited siya dahil another venue ito para ma-release niya ang kanyang passion at creativity.

Ayon sa GMA ma*nagement ay ang Codename: Asero na ang record holder ng pinakamalaki at pinakamagastos nilang show sa Kapuso network.

Reaksyon ni Chard, “Well, I’m very, very thankful na syempre, pinagtitiwalaan ako ng GMA. I mean, hindi naman ako ang nag-demand no’n, binibigay nila sa akin nang kusa.

“That’s why I’m very thankful. At ibig sabihin no’n, may tiwala sila sa kakayahan ko, sa kakayahan ng team namin. So, I’m very happy!”

Tiyak na may maiinsekyur na namang ibang stars ng Siyete sa bonggang-bonggang suporta sa kanya ng network…

“Talaga? Ako kasi, hindi ko masyadong pinapaapekto sa akin ‘yung mga ganu’ng bagay para hindi ako nadi-distract sa trabaho ko.

“Hindi mo rin kasi maiiwasan sa industriyang ito, of course, may mga taong gano’n, di ba? Ganu’n ta*laga, eh!

“Pero ako, like what I’ve said, focused lang ako sa trabaho ko. Itong Asero, it’s a major challenge and I’m focused on this,” sambit pa ni Ri*chard na ngayong araw na ito (Hulyo 14) ang lipad pa-Greece kung saan 8 days niyang makakapi*ling si KC Concepcion.

The first sci-fi movie for TV!

Article posted July 11, 2008

Get ready for primetime’s most heart-pounding action-packed series in Codename: Asero! It is GMA’s grandest and first-ever sci-fi romantic movie on primetime television airing on July 14 on GMA Telebabad.
Press release and photos courtesy of GMA Network. Additional text by Jillian Q. Gatcheco.

A happy reunion

Topbilled by Primetime King Richard Gutierrez, Codename: Asero boasts of an enthralling story, a powerhouse cast, and a remarkable creative team led by Annette Gozon-Abrogar, Don Michael Perez, and RJ Nuevas. It is also directed by two of the country’s most distinguished directors: Mark Reyes and Mike Tuviera.

starsDirek Mark and Mike actually collaborated before for Atlantika, but they had to part ways to head separate projects. “Kaya happy reunion sa amin ito ngayon,” explains direk Mike during the press conference at the AFP Theater. “At for me also, lalo na my cast from Captain Barbell and Lupin are here, kaya I’ll be able to work with them again. I’m very excited, personally, to be part of this show. [At] sabi nga ni Ms. Wilma (Galvante), this is the biggest TV project done by GMA, and it’s an honor to be part of it.”

Direk Mark adds, “A project like this given to a director is so exciting. I don’t think we would be able to make it work if I didn’t have a competent team behind me. Bibilib kayo sa mga nagagawa ng Pilipino, bibilib kayo sa mga OFW sa Dubai, and you’ll be amazed by the stuff [the cast] will do here.”

In a recent iGMA exclusive, direk Mark mentioned that he had all his “toys” in Dubai, which made his work so much easier. “I had all the toys—basically I had a helicopter, I had the desert safari sequence, and blasting [equipment]. So it’s very James Bond and Mission Impossible all merged into one. It’s something Flipinos haven’t seen [yet].”

The Advocate vs. The Empire

Codename: Asero not only features state-of-the-art props and grand set designs, but also goes to great heights shooting its sequences in the most scenic locations here and abroad. The show also uses high quality film and equipment creating a unique and distinct texture on screen.

The story is about a young man named Grecko Abesamis (Richard Gutierrez) who will do anything to protect his family. But unknown to his loved ones, Grecko lives a double life as the talented Agent Phoenix of The Advocate. It is a secret agency whose mission is to get rid of lawbreakers in the world.

The Advocate’s number one opponent, on the other hand, is the secret agency called The Empire whose ultimate goal is to destroy The Advocate.

The story begins when The Advocate sends Agent Phoenix on a mission. During his mission, Grecko meets the lovely Emily San Juan (Heart Evangelista) in the breathtaking country of Dubai. During his quest, The Empire finds out Grecko’s true identity as Agent Phoenix and comes up with a plan to retaliate.

starsThe Empire kidnaps Grecko’s sister and only agrees to release her if he can find and deliver important software needed by the wicked Empire agency. Grecko finally agrees and goes on the deadly mission.

The mission proves to be lethal to this talented secret agent. He is barely breathing when a Japanese scientist tries to rescue him. To be able to survive, Grecko had to undergo a delicate procedure, an operation that will cause all of his memory to disappear.

Now, he is unable to remember his life as Grecko or his life as The Advocate’s star agent. The Japanese scientist turns him into the most powerful cyborg the world has ever known. He is named Codename: Asero.

How will the Abesamis family accept the changes in their beloved Grecko—now that he is a cyborg—without feelings or any memory? How will The Advocate face their former number one agent who turns out to be their newest and strongest foe? How will he understand the women in his life—Emily, Fran, and Claire? And how will Codename: Asero be able to find his way back to become human?

The all-star cast

Joining Richard Gutierrez in this grand action-adventure series are Richard Gomez as Ibsen Abesamis, Grecko’s father who is a university professor; href=http://www.igma.tv/profile/michael-v>Michael V as Bodjie X, The Advocate’s resident inventor; Janno Gibbs as Geron Aguilar, Grecko’s agent-partner; Carmina Villaroel as Lady Q, the head of The Advocate; and the newest member of GMA-7’s roster of talents—Heart Evangelista as Emily San Juan, a poor, young woman working in Dubai hiding from her fiancée who accused her of theft and whose charm and beauty captures the heart of Grecko, Agent Phoenix, and Codename: Asero.

Also in the cast are Paolo Contis as Dave Aviejo, Emily’s fiancée; Ramon Christopher as Gary Morales/Codename: Apollo of The Empire; Ehra Madrigal as Dayze Tagimoro, daughter of the Japanese scientist that changed Grecko into a cyborg; Chynna Ortaleza as Fran Guevarra, Grecko’s girlfriend; Francine Prieto as Aureana, the sexy assistant of Bodjie X; Rhian Ramos as Claire Morales, and Ms. Caridad Sanchez as Lola Bertita, Emily’s selfish grandmother.

Completing the cast are Marky Cielo, Bobby Andrews, Rainier Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Rocky Gutierrez, Elvis Gutierrez, Martin delos Santos, Chariz Solomon, Jenny Miller, Sheree, Ysa Villar, Joanne Quintas and Shyr Valdez.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Kissing scene with Richard makes Heart forget her lines

07/12/2008 07:11 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Dahil sa kaba sa una n’yang kissing scene with Richard Gutierrez, nakalimutan daw ni Heart Evangelista ang kanyang linya kaya kinailangan itong kunan ng dalawang ulit.

“Nawala ako sa linya ko…kasi ang tagal ko ng… alam mo yun? Hindi naman ako sanay na sa mga kissing na ganyan… ayun nawala ako sa mga linya ko. Pero okey lang, nag-take two naman," kwento ni Heart sa Chika Minute portion ng GMA news 24 Oras nitong Biyernes.

Ang kissing scene ay bahagi ng eksena sa inaabangan bagong action-series ng Kapuso Network na “Code Name: Asero."

Aminado sina Richard at Heart na hindi nila naiwasan na magkahiyaan sa una nilang pagtatambal at kunan ang nasabing eksena.

“Ganoon talaga medyo syempre may romantic side yun istorya and syempre with romance comes the kiss," ayo pa kay Richard.

“Syempre sa simula medyo nagkakailangan pero hindi rin… kasi kami ni Heart nang kunan namin ang kissing scene we’re very close already, were friends already and kumpartable na kami sa isa’t-isa," idinagdag ng binata.

Nakatakdang tumulak si Richard sa ibang bansa kaya naman kailangang iwanan nya sandali ang taping nina Heart sa “Asero." Ma-miss kaya nila ang isa’t isa?

“Oo naman," mabilis na sagot ni Heart. “Nung isang araw nga ang tagal naming hindi nagkita, (nang magkita kami sabi ko) Uy alam mo na-miss kita."

Sagot naman ni Richard: “Lagi ko syang nami-miss kasi recently yun mga eksena namin may sarili s’yang eksena, may sarili akong eksena ‘pag nagkikita kami sinasabi namin ‘uy, I miss you."

Simula sa Lunes ng gabi mapapanood na telebabad ng GMA Network ang “Asero." - Fidel Jimenez, GMANews.TV

Richard mas mataas na ang level

SANGA-SANGANDILA Ni Veronica R. Samio
Sunday, July 13, 2008

May nagbibigay ng kakaibang excitement kay Richard Gutierrez sa bago niyang teleserye sa GMA 7 na Codename: Asero. Ito ang pagkakataong maipakita ang kanyang talento sa mga stunts.

Isang karate brown belter si Richard, marunong sa kickboxing, muay thai at arnis pero, nag-training sa tapwondo o combat aikido sa ilalim ni master Monching Gavileno.

“Pinag-aralan ko ito noon pa para sa Kamandag pero, hindi ko nagamit kaya binalikan ko para dito sa Asero,” anang paboritong aktor at highest paid sa GMA 7 pero ayaw solohin ang credits at sa halip ay malaki ang pasasalamat sa kanyang fighting director/instructor na si Ralph Roxas.

Bukod sa magaganda at well-choreographed stunts, may magandang istorya ang Codename: Asero na kinunan sa Dubai at nagtatampok sa isang napaka*la*king cast headed by Heart Evangelista.

Dalawa ang direktor ng serye na magsisimulang mapanood bukas, Hulyo 14, sina Mark Reyes at Mike Tuviera.

Isang kakaibang Richard na naman ang mapapanood natin.

No additional talent fee for Richard?

By: Aster Amoyo
If I Know

THE projects of Richard Gutierrez are getting bigger and bigger. Wilma Galvante, one of the top executives of GMA 7, said that “Codename: Asero” is the most expensive project to date of GMA7. She said the production team had to convince GMA 7 top honcho Atty. Felipe Gozon that the staggering budget for “Codename: Asero” is worth it.

Of course, Richard is flattered with the tremendous support being given him by the GMA7 management. Since he started with the GMA network, he has been given the best projects, starting with “Mulawin,” “Captain Barbell,” “Sugo,” and “Kamandag.”

And he has every reason to be proud of “Codename: Asero” since it’s the biggest and most expensive project to date of GMA in terms of cast, location and budget.

That’s why he promised to do everything to make the first ever sci-fi romantic movie on primetime TV a good one as it premieres on July 14, at the GMA Telebabad block.

In the credits, Richard’s name is listed as the series’ fight director and the young actor admits that he contributed a number of great ideas for the action scenes. But he wouldn’t say if he’s getting additional talent fee for being the fight director. He says its part of the package that he entered when he renewed his contract with GMA7.

That he also serves as fight director makes Richard all the more enthusiastic to go into training of various martial arts. He wouldn’t want to use a double in the stunts and action scenes. He wants to do it himself. “We are careful naman with the things that we do. We make sure that everything is safe,” he added.

Richard at Chynna, walang paghanga sa isa’t isa

By: Nitz Miralles
Basta

NEW look si Chynna Ortaleza na bumagay sa role niyang si Fran, ang fashionistang ex-girlfriend ni Grecko Abesamis (Richard Gutierrez), sa Codename: Asero ng GMA-7.

Nang malamang kasama siya sa cast ng series, nagpagupit siya ng buhok para magkaroon ng refreshing look at ma-establish ang pagkakaiba nila ni Heart Evangelista.

Chynna doesn’t mind the bad girl image na ipo-portray niya sa series at ipinagmalaki pang siya ang bagong kontrabida.

Dressed to impress siya lagi rito at enjoy siya, dahil love niya ang mag-ayos at gayahin ang fashion icon na sina Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker at Agyness Deyn, British top model, na ang hairstyle ay ginaya niya.

Naunang pinagtambal sina Chynna at Richard at inusisa ang actress kung hindi ba sila nagkagustuhan ng actor?

“Guwapo at mabait si Richard, pero mas okey kaming friends lang. May chemistry kami, but we never like each other in a romantic way.

“Wala kaming feeling sa isa’t isa, talagang friendship lang, hindi ko alam kung bakit wala kaming admiration sa isa’t isa,” sabi nito.

Heart, hot na hot ang dating kay Richard!


Jun Nardo

Hindi mabilang ni Richard Gutierrez ang sangkatu*tak na halikan nila ni Heart Evangelista sa Codename: Asero.
At kasunod na tanong kay Richard, ano raw ang lasa ng mga labi ni Heart?
“Lasang mint. Minty! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!” natatawang sagot ni Richard.
Enjoy na enjoy nga si Richard na paiba-iba ang nahahalikan niya sa bawat teleseryeng ginagawa niya.


“Masaya ako kasi si Heart ang ka-partner ko. Suwerte ako! Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Sinabi ni Heart na isang lalake pa lang ang nakakahalikan niya.
“Talaga? Mara*ming takes at paulit-ulit ang kissing scene. Hindi kasi perfect. Minsan, may technical problems. So, inu*ulit namin.
“So nu’ng binigyan kami ng kissing scene ni direk Mark (Reyes)… He saved it, eh. Hindi niya agad kinunan ang scene kahit na ang mapapanood sa first week ay ‘yung kissing scene.


“They made sure na nag-bonding na kami ni Heart. Na close na kami ni Heart, bago kunan ang kissing scene. Para wala na raw ilangan.
“Kapag nakita mo on screen, maganda ang chemistry namin. Nu’ng nagkaroon kami ng pagkakataong mag-bonding ni Heart, talagang nakilala namin ang isa’t isa. Magkaibigan na kami nu’ng ginawa namin ang kissing scene,” kuwento ni Chard.
Baka naman sinadya niyang maliin ang kissing scene, para paulit-ulit nilang gawin?
“Well… Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
“Hindi naman,” tugon niya.


Ano ang masasabi niya sa kaseksihan ni Heart ngayon? Ibang-iba na nga ang itsura nito, na labas na labas na ang alindog.
“Iba ang dating ni Heart ngayon. I think she’s focused now. Maganda ang katawan niya. Ang galing niyang umarte. I am happy for her.
“She’s challenging and pushing herself kung hanggang saan niya kaya. And she’s really giving her best and we’re all very happy and proud for her,” sabi ni Richard.
Hot ba ang dating ni Heart para sa kanya?
“Hot! She’s hot!


“Si Heart kasi, sa una, parang mahirap lapitan. Intimidating siya. Once makilala mo siya, makausap mo siya, malalaman mo kung gaano siya katotoong tao at kung gaano siya ka-sweet.


“Not a lot of people know this also, but si Heart, napaka-sweet niyang babae, not only to me, but to a lot of people,” papuri pa ni Richard kay Heart.
Kung hindi ba siya attached (kay KC Concepcion) ngayon, puwede ba silang magkatuluyan ni Heart?


“Hindi ako attached now! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
“Well, of course, ayokong pangunahan ang mga bagay, but I don’t wanna close my doors also on what’s gonna happen, kasi hindi naman mahirap ma-in love kay Heart!
“She’s beautiful. She’s smart. She’s a great actress. Lahat ng qualities sa isang babae, hahanapin mo sa kanya.


“Magaling pang mag*luto at maalaga!” patuloy na papuri ni Richard kay Heart.
May luto factor na agad sa kanila?
“Hindi lang naman ako. Sa production din! Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Naku, baka galing lang sa restoran nina Heart ‘yung ipinatikim sa kanya?
“Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Teka, masarap bang magluto si Heart?


“Sabi niya, papatikim pa niya sa akin ang specialty niya. So, hangga’t hindi ko pa natitikman ‘yon… Ha! Ha! Ha!” pabiting sagot ni Richard.
Ano ba ang specialty ni Heart?


“Spanish dish!” sure na sagot ni Chard.
Type ba niya na ipinag*luluto siya ng babae?
“Oo naman. siyempre. Isa sa mga qualities ‘yan sa girl na dapat.”
Sa anong pagkain ba niya maihahambing si Heart?
“Aba! Magandang tanong ‘yan, ha!
“Sa ulam? Ahhh…”
Sa laing ba? Sa papaitan? Sa kare-kare? Sa binagoongan?
“Teka, ginugulo ninyo ako, eh! Ha! Ha! Ha!
“Siguro, strawberries!”
Sa ulam?
“Kailangan ba ulam? Huwag kare-kare. Paella na lang…”
Baka naman sa tahong?
“Ang gulu-gulo niyong kausap. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Hindi ba nahihirapan si Richard sa sitwasyon niya ngayon, na may dalawang babae sa buhay niya?
“Well, mahirap talaga ang kalagayan ko ngayon. Ha! Ha! Ha!
“Pero masaya ako kasi maraming blessings na dumarating.
“Mara*ming good experiences. Thankful ako,” sabi na lang ni Richard.


Abante Tonite

Abante Tonite
Allan Diones


Kinumusta namin ang puso ni Heart Evangelista matapos ang hindi magandang breakup nila ng ex-boyfriend niyang si Jericho Rosales.
“I’m okay. I’m doing very well,” sagot ng dalaga.

Nakapag-move on na ba siya at ready to fall in love again?
“I’ve moved on, but I’m not yet ready to fall in love because parang ngayon, sarili ko naman siguro ‘yung iisipin ko.

“Matagal na rin akong hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataon. Sobrang gusto kong maging sulit ‘yung pagkuha sa akin ng GMA. Kaya lahat, ginagawa ko. Nagte-training ako, tala­gang inaaral ko ‘yung script ko, lahat!

“So, I’m not ready for anything else. ‘Yung mga unfinished business ko dati, gusto ko nang tapusin ngayon,” seryosong sambit ni Heart.

Bukod sa Codename: Asero nila ni Richard Gutierrez ay mainstay si Heart ng SOP at magkakaroon siya ng fashion-lifestyle show sa Q-11.

Pagkatapos ay gagawa rin siya ng Pinoy version ng isang sikat na Koreanovela.Hiningan din namin ng reaksyon si Heart sa isyung nakita silang magkasama at sweet sa isang bar ni Billy Crawford.

“You know, honestly, we have common friends. We hang out with Raymond (Gutierrez), we hang out with ganyan… pero I can’t blame them because siyempre, ‘yung spotlight, nasa akin nga­yon dahil kaka-breakup ko lang.

“But do not worry because like what I’ve said before, I will never be the boy who cried wolf. I will tell you the moment I meet someone special,” pakli ng 23-anyos na dalaga.

Totoo raw na nagkita sila ni Billy sa isang lugar sa The Fort, pero marami raw silang mga kaibi­gang kasama at nilinaw ni Heart na hindi nanliligaw sa kanya si Billy.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chard against the machine

By Tim Yap
Saturday, July 12, 2008

There’s something about Richard Gutierrez and machines.

The first time we did a shoot with Richard, the stylist attached tubes and tubes of medical supplies to his hair, making him look like an electrocuted Loch Ness monster slash neo Frankenstein coming out of the water, Sin City style. Another time it was a whole-day production, make-up and costume intensive transformations from super being to mystical animal and back. With each shoot he delivered the goods with the grace of a veteran and the excitement of someone who wants to make a distinct mark in the industry. ”I want to be instrumental in creating something really iconic,” he once told me inside a cab while stuck in a traffic jam in Istanbul, as we recalled awe-inspiring and unforgettable images from decades gone by.

“Sometimes I want to break out and veer away from the rules,” he once told me a few years back when I found a YouTube clip of a coming-of-age movie he once did. But now the rules are different. When you are a star of this magnitude, somehow the rules are bent to your favor. Not that Richard is in any way a prima donna. Far from it. Time and time again, he would always offer suggestions on how to make certain scenes work better, some new input based on his current favorite toy (like his Porsche) or his chosen advocacy (Greenpeace). And why not when it works? Aside from all his prime-time top raters, his other projects (like his involvement in the GMA climate change documentary, Signos) were all very well received, to say the least.

Now set to take his primetime leadership to the next level, he takes on another conflicted, double life leading character in Codename: Asero. ”This is the biggest budgeted TV series that GMA has produced in its history,” so said Wilma Galvante, GMA’s chief visionary officer. ”This is our greatest challenge. I like challenges. This is exactly what I need, continuous challenge,” said Chard in response.

Playing Grecko Abesamis, a secret agent out on a mission, Chard treks and does chase scenes on deserts and runs after terrorists in GMA’s action-packed season front-runner. I asked Chard if he were given the chance to spy on something, what would it be? ”What goes on in the political system — what’s the real deal?” And what would prospective spies have worth spying on him? ”My edge,” he said, without batting a secret agent spy lash.

A plus Action auteur

One lead role after another (I think Chard hasn’t had rest in years), does he feel pressured with all of this? ”I’m showered with blessings now so it is such a big responsibility. I am extremely thankful for everything. I just really concentrate on the work that has to be done, the character I have to portray. And besides, I’m working with an incredible team,” he said as he reminisced about the car chase scenes he shot in Dubai, as he had to be in full control of the 4x4 vehicle across the sandy desert.

For Asero, Richard also got to direct his own fight scenes. Star plus stunt director equals action auteur. ”I’m more involved with my projects now—this is how I sustain my craft, so I won’t slack off — maintain my A game and to make myself and the show much better.”

Chard has this certain intensity — he has that great ability to take his work seriously and at the same time be able to mingle and laugh and chill with everyone on set during breaks. Again, other stars of his stature would be so guarded of their moves, for fear of watchful eyes — but not Chard. At a birthday party of a friend in a yacht, he looked out into the ocean and said, “The water looks fine,” and proceeded to take his shirt off and jump into the azure body of water. While all of us were happy in the shade chilling, Chard the Explorer had already wandered around and explored the territory. How’s that for zest for life?

Yes, he IS linked to ALL his onscreen partners, but that is normal in this industry. When work is done, Chard is just like any other twentysomething bachelor who wants to live his life to the fullest — meet new people, obsess about his wheels, go to the gym, watch movies, chill with his buddies and hang out with his brothers. Outside the action star persona is an obedient son who loves his family (it’s a Gutierrez trait and I’ve personally witnessed this) and loves his girls, too — whoever she may be. Oh, but that’s another story meant for another secret agent.

Joanne Quintas agrees to play mother of Richard Gutierrez in "Codename: Asero"

Ruel Mendoza

Saturday, July 12, 2008
12:30 PM


Hindi na nagdalawang-isip ang dating beauty queen si Joanne Quintas na gumanap bilang ina ni Richard Gutierrez sa magbubukas na primetime series ng GMA-7, ang Codename: Asero. Kung tutuusin ay masyado pang bata si Joanne para maging ina ni Richard, pero dahil sa maganda ang role na ibinigay sa kanya, hindi na tumanggi ang beauty queen turned actress.



"Naku, sino ba naman ang aayaw sa trabaho ngayon, di ba?" rason niya. "Ang mahal ng gasolina at tatlo na ang anak ko! Kaya kahit ano pa ‘yan, sige, tanggap lang nang tanggap! Magiging choosy pa ba ako, e, hindi naman ako bida?



"Ang importante ay hindi ako nakakalimutan ng GMA-7 na bigyan ng trabaho. Imagine, anak ko na si Richard, ang asawa ko pa dito ay si Richard Gomez naman! Parehong guwapo at hot mama naman ako!" malakas na tawa ng former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe.



In fairness kay Joanne, kahit na tatlo na ang anak niya ay hindi pa siya nagmumukhang losyang. Alaga sa katawan si Joanne dahil gusto niyang hindi magsawa sa kanya ang kanyang mister na si Domini Primero.



"Maloloka ako kapag tumingin pa siya sa ibang babae, ‘no! Heto nga't kahit hindi na ako kumain ng kanin ng isang linggo, tinitiis ko para lang maging sexy!" tawa niya.



"Tabain kasi ako kaya iwas ako sa mga carbohydrates," patuloy ni Joanne. "'Tapos panay ang exercise ko para maliksi akong kumilos. Tatlo na ang mga bagets ko at mahilig silang tumakbo nang tumakbo. Hay, nakakapagod kaya nakakalibreng exercise ako sa mga bagets!"



Hindi lang katawan ang inaalagaan ni Joanne kundi pati na ang kanyang magandang mukha. Bukod sa pagiging artista ay makeup artist din si Joanne for Shu Uemura.



"Natural na makeup artist ka, kailangan makita sa mukha mo na maayos ka at maganda. Hindi yung haggard na haggard ka, di ba? Baka walang maniwala na makeup artist ako kung malalaki ang eyebags ko at puro linya ang mukha ko.



"Ang sikreto lang diyan, smile and be happy parati. ‘Yan ang inexpensive way to look beautiful, di ba?" pagtatapos ni Joanne.

Codename : Asero Primer



Mapapanood ang primer ng Codename: Asero bukas sa Sunday Night Box
Office (SNBO), pagkatapos ng Ful Haus sa GMA 7.

Pinamagatan itong Codename: Asero --The Dubai-Manila Journey.
Highlight ng primer ang paglalakbay ng Team Asero sa Dubai kung saan
kinunan ang maaaksyong eksena na pinangungunahan ni Richard Gutierrez
kasama sina Janno Gibbs at Heart Evangelista.

Nariyan ang habulan sa sand dunes gamit ang naglalakihang sports
utility vehicles, ang fight scene sa Spice Market at sa isang ilog sa
Dubai, at ang paghabol kina Richard at Janno ng isang helicopter sa
gitna ng disyerto.

May behind the scenes sa belly dancing ni Heart at sa mga katuwaan ng
cast at crew sa likod ng kamera habang nagsu-shoot sa Dubai.

GMA leaves no stone unturned for Richard

By: Bong De Leon
Check it out

THE lavish launch for “Codename: Asero” can put to shame presscons for Richard Gutierrez’s previous hit fantaseryes like Mulawin and Kamandag held the other night at AFP Theater in Quezon City .

GMA7, like with its other projects, is leaving no stone unturned to make this project another big hit for Golden Boy, Richard Gutierrez. It is a sci-fi romantic series, truly a heart-pounding action from beginning to end. They spent millions to meet the discriminating taste of fans who crave for a combined high-tech and generic entertainment.

GMA7 brought the principal stars to Dubai to showcase a magnificent place only for Codename: Asero which is about a young man named Grecko Abesamis (Richard Gutierrez) who will do anything for his family. But unknown to his family, Grecko lives a double life as the talented Agent Phoenix of the Advocate .

In the process, many things would go beyond the imagination which will surprise viewers.

The powerhouse cast of Codename: Asero also includes Heart Evangelista as Richard’s leading lady, Richard Gomez, Michael V, Janno Gibbs, Carmina Villarroel, Paolo Contis, Ramon Christopher, Rocky and Elvis Gutierrez, Francine Prieto, Caridad Sanchez and a lot more. Codename: Asero premieres on July 14 on GMA Telebabad.