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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cherry Blossoms
Sunday, March 30, 2008

NAGOYA, Japan — Philippine Airlines’ PR 431touched down on Good Friday in this compact Japanese city at dusk after a four-hour-plus flight from Manila. Our group — with Kamandag stars Richard Gutierrez and Jewel Mische with their handlers, POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) director Nini Lanto and Aster Amoyo representing the IPS (International Placement Service) — was shuttled from a virtual oven to the freezer. Manila was sweltering hot while Nagoya was freezing cold.

After checking in at the Princess Garden Hotel, we had a hearty dinner (cholesterol-free, burp!) at a nearby restaurant, shoes off, and then we retired to our respective rooms for a dreamless sleep, waking up to a bright spring morning in a city with very clean streets (look, sir, no potholes!), very polite people (and honest, too; you leave your valuables at a restaurant and find them intact after several hours...and no cellphone-snatchers), and trees lining almost every lane. Paradise!

We were here for a joint event: The first ever job fair sponsored by the IPS, which is headed by the soft-spoken Koji Miya****a (who has homes in both Japan and the Philippines where IPS also maintains an office managed by Ms. Amoyo), and the launch of the second channel of the GMA Life TV which began airing shows (including, blush, The Ricky Lo Exclusives) of its sister channel Q-11 last month. (GMA 7’s Pinoy TV, the international channel, has been airing shows for a few years now.) The provider of both GMA channels is the Access TV of IPS which has expanded its services beyond job placement, and now including publishing (Pinoy Gazette and Access TV magazines, etc.), systematic overseas call centers and running a caregiver academy. The work force of IPS is 90 percent Filipino.

The job fair was kicked off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, with POEA director Nini Lanto giving an inspirational talk. The venue, accessible by foot two turns away from the hotel, was packed full with Filipinos wearing contented smiles, some of them carrying Japino babies along with application forms as they hop from one booth to another, put up by the 70 participating companies.

And then came the GMA Life TV launch as finale. Glued in their off-hours to GMA (and now Q-11) shows, thanks to Access TV, the OFWs as well as the Pinoy migrants are familiar with GMA/Q-11 stars. When Richard and Jewel appeared onstage, the whole place erupted into wild cheers. Jewel sang first; Richard then joined her in a duet. Part of the agenda was a Q&A portion, with GMA/Q-11 goodies (T-shirts, bags, etc.) given away as prizes for those who answered correctly.

For almost two hours, our homesick kababayan had a grand time posing for photographs with the two stars and getting their autographs.

That same night, after a quick supper at Denny’s, our group took the bullet train for the two-hour trip (very smooth!) to Tokyo. We arrived at past 10 and retired to our assigned rooms at the Hotel Fontaine in the Shinbasi area.

* * *

TOKYO — It was here where we had our first glimpse of the famous Cherry Blossoms (Sakura in Japanese) which bloom at the transition between winter and spring and last no longer than two weeks, as ephemeral as the splendor in the grass on a dewy, snowy, faintly sunshiny morning. I’ve been to Japan a few times and I haven’t been fortunate to catch the Cherry Blossoms, so I always left Japan with a heavy heart. This time, I was lucky.

Almost the whole of Sunday, March 23, was devoted to the same joint event — the job fair and the GMA Life TV launch — with an even bigger turnout of OFWs and Pinoy migrants this time, all of them apparently more eager for the meet-and-greet with Richard and Jewel than the prospect of finding another (a second) job. POEA director Nini Lanto again opened the affair with an inspirational talk together with Danilo Cruz, the Philippines’ Labor Attache in Japan.

We capped the night with a quick look-see of Akihabara, called the Techno Town because it offers all kinds of electronics at incredibly bargain prices (the PSP2 costs only roughly P7,800 apiece, would you believe!?!)

On Monday, March 24, our way to the Philippine Embassy for a courtesy call (minus Richard and Jewel, first-timers in Japan, who went to the Tokyo Disneyland), Nini, Aster and I made a stopover at the Recruit Agent (a Japanese placement agency) for an informal conference. Along the way, riding in a cab, we felt our eyes popping out at the sight of pretty Cherry Blossoms in white and pale pink, clinging to brown, leaf-less trees, looking as fragile and as vulnerable as dainty Japanese ladies in colorful kimono. At one point, shivering in the cold night on the way to and from the Japanese restaurant where we had a shabu-shabu dinner, we actually picked some Cherry Blossoms off low-lying branches. How tender they felt in our hands!

On the way back to dear old Manila (according to a Barry Manilow song,...back in the city where nothing is clear...), I felt as if I left a generous piece of me in Nagoya and especially Tokyo, after that oh-so-short visit which was as ephemeral as the Cherry Blossoms.
Rey Pumaloy

Ngayong April na matatapos ang Kamandag ni Richard Gutierrez. At ngayon pa lang, pinagha­handaan na umano ang bagong serye na gagawin niya sa GMA 7.

Base sa narinig kong impormasyon, pinaghalo-halong “Rush Hour”, “Bourne Identity”, “Mission Impossible” at “X-Men” ang concept ng bagong serye ni Richard.

Sabi pa, mistulang si Wolverine ng X-Men ang gagawing karakter ni Richard. Well, hindi naman katakataka na ganito kataray ang concept ng bagong serye ni Ri­chard, dahil kasama siya mismo ng writer na si RJ Nuevas at GMA big boss na si Annette Gozon-Abrogar sa paggawa ng konseptong ito.

Sabi nga, malaki ang tiwala ng Kapuso Network kay Richard, lalo sa kaalaman nito, o sa pagiging creative nito.

Ito nga raw ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na umupo nang husto si Richard para ilahad ang kanyang mga ideya sa gusto niyang klase ng programang lalabasan.

Natuwa naman ang Siyete sa interest ni Richard na makialam sa creative side ng show na parang pang-Hollywood ang dating.

Ayaw lang ipasabi ng source ang ibang konkretong detalye. Pero, sa abroad daw kukunan ang ilang malalaking eksena ng bagong serye ni Richard.

At kung walang susulpot na problema, sa katapusan ng Abril sisimulan ang taping nito.

Siyanga pala, nung oras na dumalaw kami sa taping ng “Kamandag” ay inaapoy ng lagnat si Richard. Pero, kung iniisip niyo na nagrereklamo siya dahil maysakit siya, tila naaliw pa ito sa kanyang sitwasyon.

Sabi ni Richard, naninibago raw kasi siya dahil nga­yon lang siya nagkasakit. Ngayon lang daw siya tinamaan ng trangkaso.

Friday, March 28, 2008

TV Ratings

Here are the comparative TV ratings from March 25 to March 27 among Mega Manila households:

March 25 (Tuesday)

SiS (GMA-7) 11.1; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.1 %; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 13.9%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 22.4%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 15.1%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20%; Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) 11.7%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) 17.9%; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) 11.4%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) 17.8%; Hana Kami: Taiwan Version (ABS-CBN) 12.9%
Dating Now (GMA-7) 12.1%; Devil Beside Me (GMA-7) 14.4%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 12%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) 16.7%; PBB Teen Edition Plus Uber (ABS-CBN) 12.5%

Hana Kimi: Japan Version (GMA-7) 18.3%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 13.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 28.1%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 21.3%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) 34.4%; Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) 23.4%; Lobo (ABS-CBN) 23.7%
Kamandag (GMA-7) 32.1%; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 26.4%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) 29.6%; Palos (ABS-CBN) 17.8%
The Legend (GMA-7) 20.5%; Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) 14.7%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 12.6%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.9%

March 26 (Wednesday)


Sis (GMA-7) 12.8%; Boy & Kris (GMA-7) 7.3%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) 14.1%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 14.6%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 22.3%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 15.7%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 23%; Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) 10.6%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) 21.1%; El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) 12.1%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) 21.7%; Hana Kimi: Taiwan Version (ABS-CBN) 10.9%
Dating Now (GMA-7) 13.7%; Devil Beside Me (GMA-7) 14.3%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 10%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) 17.2%; PBB Teen Edition Plus Uber (ABS-CBN) 8.6%

Hana Kimi: Japan Version (GMA-7) 16.3%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 12.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 28.8%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 18.8%; Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) 20.6%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) 32.9%; Lobo (ABS-CBN) 20.1%
Kamandag (GMA-7) 33.1%; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 23.1%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) 28.7%; Palos (ABS-CBN) 16.2%
The Legend (GMA-7) 20.9%; Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) 14.7%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) 13.6%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.1%
Saksi (GMA-7) 9.8%; Probe (ABS-CBN) 4.8%
Born To Be Wild (GMA-7) 6%; Uplate (ABS-CBN) 1.2%

March 27 (Thursday)

Non-Primetime (Partial):

Sis (GMA-7) 12.8%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 8.7%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) 15.9%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 14.2%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.4%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 15.7%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20.9%; Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) 10.9%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) 19.7%; El Cuerpo Deseo (ABS-CBN) 11.3% Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) 18.8%

Hana Kimi: Japan Version (GMA-7) 15.4%; Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) 14.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 28.7%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 22.6%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) 34.1%; Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) 23.4%
Kamandag (GMA-7) 33.2%; Lobo (ABS-CBN) 21.8%; Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) 25.5%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) 29.7%; Palos (ABS-CBN) 18%
The Legend (GMA-7) 22.7%; Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) 14.9%
E.S.P. (GMA-7) 14.7%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 10.4%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion voted by YES! readers as Most Beautiful Celebrities

Rommel R. Llanes
Thursday, March 27, 2008
07:01 PM

Definitely, no year would be complete without the country's leading and best-selling entertainment magazine's list of the most beautiful, the most popular, and the most favorite celebrities of the year as voted by its readers.

Leading the favorite list are Maricel Soriano and Piolo Pascual, as Favorite Actress and Favorite Actor of the year, respectively. The readers chose Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos as Favorite Real-Life Sweethearts and their 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival box-office hit Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo for Favorite Movie of the Year.

ABS-CBN's Maging Sino Ka Man gets the Favorite TV Show, Drama award, while GMA-7's Super Twins gets the majority of the readers' vote for Favorite TV Show, Fantasy-Adventure. Two more Kapuso shows get the Favorite TV Show awards from the readers: Boys Nxt Door for the Youth Oriented category and StarStruck: The Next Level for the Reality/Games category.

YES! Magazine's April 2008 issue cover story KC Concepcion is voted by the readers as the Most Beautiful Celebrity, while Richard Gutierrez, the man who has been rumored to be courting her gets the Most Handsome Celebrity and Most Fashionable Young Male Celebrity awards. Coincidentally, Richard's ex-girlfriend Anne Curtis is voted Most Fashionable Young Female Celebrity award.

Expecting mom Jennylyn Mercado is the readers choice for Young Female Superstar and Celebrity Home of the Year. John Lloyd Cruz at the Kapamilya side is chosen Young Male Superstar. The readers love John Lloyd with Bea Alonzo, hence their love team is voted as the Most Popular Love Team.

Kapuso dream boy Dennis Trillo's condo gets the readers'nod for Celebrity Condo of the Year. Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez's admission of their relationship for the readers is hands-down the most talked about incident in showbiz last year, that's why they were given the Scene Stealers of the Year award.

Kapamilya's cute pair Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu gets the Next Big Male Star and Next Big Female Star, awards respectively.

The readers'choice for Band of the Year and Band Song of the Year are Bamboo with their album We Stand Alone and "Akin Ka Na Lang" by the Itchyworms from their album Noontime Show, respectively.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Source: Abante-Tonite

Asong mapanghi o isdang malansa?
Alfie Lorenzo

Superganda ang live ending ng Marimar as expected. And equally expected is the ratings na lumampas ng 50%.

Nakagawian nila “to quit while on top” (a casino policy but never quite followed by any gambler!), tulad ng Magpakailanman na namamayagpag pa sa ratings pero winakasan na dahil wala na silang mati­nong materyales pang mailalabas at baka mauwi lang sa pagsasalsal ng kuwento.

Ayaw mang bumitiw ng mga manonood ay hanggang doon na lang ang istorya ni Marimar.

Tingnan n’yo nga ‘yan. How time flies indeed! In so short a time, nakalikha kaagad ang GMA-7 ng isang star in Marian Rivera (daughter kaya ni Ariel Rivera at apo ni Apolonio Rivara? Go and ask that in the Senate, Senator Lapid!). Parang kelan lang na namumroblema especially si Redgie Magno dahil sa paglayas ni Angel Locsin sa blessed seat nito sa GMA-7.

Heto at kinoronahan na si Marimarian. Asan na ang Angel na pinalitan ni Marian, may bali­ta ba kayo kung naging aso na?

Ano na ang nangyari sa kanya? Sa career niya? Ay sus naman kayo. Eh di nga ba, sinabi n’yong napalitan na ni Marian Rivera -- eh napalitan na nga!
Hmph! Ang kulit, huh!

Richard Gutierrez versus Piolo Pascual? Ay excuse me! Tili ni Bisaya, the ‘monster mom’ – “No match, ‘dong!” Which is true naman, “May international award na ang anak ko, ‘noh!”

Ay, oo nga naman pala! Considering known green card holder si Piolo Pascual pero hindi siya recognized doon. Naunahan pa siya ng American citizen na si Richard magka-award doon kesa sa local.

Kinoronahan na si Richard ng publiko locally by making him television’s teleserye-fantaserye king with the consistent five-in-a-row topra­ters in Mulawin, Sugo, Captain Barbell, Lupin and now Kamandag.

Sa pelikula, nagkaroon na ng head-on collision sina Piolo at Ri­chard. Inilampaso sa ta­kil­ya ng Let the Love Be­gin ni Richard ang Dreamboy ni Piolo.

Conside­ring first starring role ‘yun ni Richard at si Piolo ay naging certified hitma­ker lang pag si Juday ang kapareha niya -- producers took notice of Richard’s strong box-office come-on.

Hindi ba’t iniwasan na ng Star Cinema na tumapat sa alinmang pelikula ni Richard kapag Valentine playdate? Ha­yan at umiwas si Sam Milby sa My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend at end of the month inilabas ang kanyang My Big (Flop?) Love.

Heto na ang pinakaiiwas-iwasan ng Star Ci­nema, ang Valentine offering nina Richard Gutierrez at Judy Ann Santos next year!

And who’s gonna produce it? Richard and Ryan Agoncillo, of course!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

TV Ratings

TV Ratings (March 17-24): "Joaquin Bordado" and "Kamandag" take over primetime race

Erwin Santiago

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
03:54 PM


Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from March 17 to 24 (except March 20-22) based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households.

March 17 (Monday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 24%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.3%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 16.5%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 15.4%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 14.6%
Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) - 14.4%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.5%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 13.3%
Pinoy Movie Hits (ABS-CBN) - 11.4%

Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 38.4%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 37%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 34.2%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 32.5%
The Legend (GMA-7) - 29.5%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 22.5%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) - 18.6%

March 18 (Tuesday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 25.2%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 22.9%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 20%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 16.9%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 15.3%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.2%
Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) - 12.9%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 12.1%
SiS (GMA-7) - 11.9%

Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 36%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 35.9%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.2%
The Legend (GMA-7) - 27.9%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 27.4%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.5%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) / Palos (ABS-CBN) - 20%
Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
Kung Ako Ikaw (GMA-7) - 16%

March 19 (Wednesday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 17.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 15.3%
Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) - 14.9%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) / Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 14.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 14.6%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%
Pinoy Movie Hits (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%

Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 33.8%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 33.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 26.9%
The Legend (GMA-7) - 26%
Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 22.6%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 20.2%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 18.2%
Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) - 17.2%

March 23 (Sunday)


Kapuso Sine Special: Matakot Ka Sa Karma (GMA-7) - 17.8%
SOP (GMA-7) - 14.5%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 14.3%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.2%
ASAP '08 (ABS-CBN) - 12.8%
Gaby's Files (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 8.7%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 8.4%
Love Spell (ABS-CBN) - 7.7%

Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 29.5%
Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 28.5%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) - 24.6%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 21.1%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 19.5%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 19.4%
Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 16.6%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 16%
SNBO: Hero (GMA-7) - 15.1%

March 24 (Monday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.4%
Hana Kimi (GMA-7) - 16.7%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 16.6%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.3%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 14.9%
SiS (GMA-7) - 13.5%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.1%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%

Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 37.3%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 34.6%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 31.6%
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (GMA-7) - 28%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) - 26.3%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.1%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
The Legend (GMA-7) - 20.8%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

Monday, March 24, 2008

Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion’s endorsements hinder the making of their first movie

Dinno Erece
Sunday, March 23, 2008
04:23 PM

Like the love story of Romeo and Juliet, maraming sagabal ang hinaharap ng first possible movie pairing of Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion.

After officially magpadala ng feeler ang GMA Films sa Star Cinema for a possible co-production para mapagtambal ang dalawang young showbiz royalties na sina Richard and KC, quiet na munang lahat ang both camps dahil nag-aantayan na lang ng magiging outcome. No word pa rin naman ang Star Cinema if they are open to this and tahimik na rin ang GMA Films para hindi raw ito maunsiyami.

Sa isang dinner with the press during Holy Week, isa si Shirley Kwan, co-manager ni KC, sa mga gustong matuloy ito but she reminded the press na napakaraming hurdles and challenges na dapat madaaanan to make this happen. Hindi lang kasi sa mother TV station nina Richard and KC ang naglalaban kundi pati sa mga personal endorsements nila.

Richard is a Kapuso artist, exclusive both to GMA-7 and to GMA Films. Si KC naman ay isang exclusive ABS-CBN talent just like her mother Sharon Cuneta and has, in principle, agreed to be an exclusive Star Magic artist din.

Sa damit, Richard is endorsing Bench samantalang Bayo naman si KC so they must be with their signature brands in the film kung matutuloy ito. Dati, under one clothing company sila back when KC was with Human na isang label ng Bench.

Hindi sila puwedeng ipakitang maliligo dahil Richard endorses Head and Shoulder shampoo samantalang Palmolive naman ang ibinibenta ni KC.

Mahirap ding magkaroon ng telephone conversation ang dalawa sa pelikula since Richard promotes Smart and KC is a Globe endorser.

Kung magpapakita raw ng medicine and vitamin, Richard must have Advil at si KC naman ay Enervon.

Most importantly, hindi sila puwedeng manood ng TV unless both GMA-7 or ABS-CBN ang pinapanood nila.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jun Nardo

Ngayong Miyerkules Santo sa Kamandag, punumpuno ng aksyon ang muling paglalaban nina Kamandag (Richard Gutierrez) at Talim (Mark Anthony Fernandez) dahil kay Jenny (Jewel Mische).

Pero kung may susuunging pagsubok si Kamandag, ‘yon ay ang pagtatagpo nila ng kapatid na si Ditas (Ehra Ma­drigal). Lingid nga lang sa kaalaman ni Vergel, may lihim na galit si Ditas sa kanya. Sinisisi ni Ditas ang ka­patid sa pagiging taong-ahas niya! Magawa ka­yang patayin ni Ditas ang sariling ka­patid?

Sa Ambugraw naman, magkakaroon ng kasiyahan dahil sa biglang pagsanib ni Haring Gulag (Zoren Legaspi) kina Dinggol (Benjie Paras) at Ragona (Sunshine Dizon). Kapa­yapaan na raw ang nais ni Gulag subalit totoo naman kaya ito?
Jun Lalin

Nakabalik na ng bansa si Richard Gutierrez kahapon.

Akala ko noong una ay hanggang Huwebes pa siya sa L.A., pero Lunes pa lang ay buma­lik na siya ng Pilipinas.

Paalis papuntang Japan si Richard para sa Grand Kapuso Fans Day sa Nagoyo at Tok­yo. Next week ay balik-taping siya para sa Kamandag.

May balitang kahit halos dalawang linggo si Richard sa Amerika ay araw-araw pa rin niyang pinadadalhan ng flowers si KC Concepcion.

Marami ang kinikilig sa balitang masugid ang panliligaw ni Richard kay KC.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kapuso stars, nanggulo sa Panagbenga!

People's tonight
March 18, 2008 07:15 PM Tuesday

MALAKAS man ang ulan, hindi natinag ang fans na matiyagang naghintay sa event center ng SM Baguio.

Nagsumiksik at nakisilong ang ilan sa mga nagbukas ng kani-kanilang payong at tuluy-tuloy na nakisaya sa Telebabad stars na kasama sa Kapuso mall show, Kapuso Bonggang-bongga sa Panagbenga, sa Baguio City kamakailan.

Pinangunahan nina Kamandag stars Richard Gutierrez, Jewel Mische at Iwa Moto, ESP at Joaquin Bordado leading lady Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas at Showbiz Central host John Lapus ang mall show.

Ang kuwelang-kuwelang tambalan nina Cookie (Mike ‘Pekto’ Nacua) at Bellie Flory (John Feir) ang nag-host ng event.

Nakabibinging tilian naman ang isinalubong ng mga bata at kababaihan nang tawagin na si Richard sa entablado. Pati ang mga marshal na nagbabantay, napaatras sa biglang paglobo ng tao.

Halatang-halata ang pagkatuwa ng bida ng Kamandag sa maalab na pagtanggap ng mga tao.

Kasama rin ng mga artista ang GMA executives na pinangunahan nina ETV vice president Marivin Arayata, regional TV head Rikki Escudero, ETV senior program manager Redgie Magno, regional ETV program manager Jocelyn Bautista at ETV program manager Rams David.

Bukod sa GMA executives, tuwang-tuwa rin ang SM management sa kinalabasan ng mall show.

Umabot sa tatlo hanggang limang libo ang bilang ng mga taong nanood, ayon sa security ng SM.

Bukod sa Kapuso show, lumahok din ang GMA Network sa float parade. Bilang isa sa mga float na kasali sa non-competing category, ang Kapuso float ang isa sa pinaka-popular kunan ng litrato.
Jun Lalin

Nakasama ko sa Las Vegas si Jobert Sucaldito na nagbabakasyon nga­yon sa Amerika.

Noong bisperas ng boxing fight ni Manny, pinuntahan ko si Jobert sa Luxor Hotel kung saan siya nag-check-inn.

Niyaya ko siyang pumunta ng MGM Hotel at nakita namin doon ang mag-asawang Eddie Gutierrez at Annabelle Rama.

Kasama nila si Jean Saburit na nagkuwento sa akin na nandoon din ang anak niyang si Nicole Anderson.

Tapos na ang problema nina Jean at Nicole. Back to normal ang mag-ina.
Si Bisaya naman, sobrang sweet kay Tito Eddie habang nakikinig ng music sa isa sa mga bar ng MGM Hotel.

Si Richard Gutierrez ay hindi kasama ng mag-asawa. Ang mga kapatid na sina Ritchie at Rocky ang kasama ng bida ng Kamandag.
Nagba-bonding daw ang magkakapatid.

Noong Linggo, bumalik na ng L.A. ang magkakapatid at sina Tito Eddie at Bisaya.
Malamang na maunang bumalik ng Pilipinas si Richard at aalis din siya kaagad papuntang Japan kung saan ay may Grand Kapuso Fans Day sa Sabado’t Linggo.
Source: Abante

Wakas ng ‘Marimar’, 52.6 ang rating!

NAGHASIK ng matinding record ang wedding scene o pagtatapos ng teleserye na Marimar last Friday, March 14, kung ang rating na ibi­nigay ng GMA Research ang pagbabasehan.

Sa text na ipinadala ng PR department ng GMA, umabot sa pinakamataas ng rating ang Marimar nina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera, dahil nakakuha ito ng 52.6 na rating, kumpara sa katapat nitong Palos nina Cesar Montano at Jake Cuenca ng ABS-CBN 2 na 17.3 lang ang nakuhang rating.

Ang maganda pa rito, hindi rin nagpatalo ang Kamandag ni Richard Gutierrez, dahil nakakuha ito ng 43.3 na rating, kumpara sa kalaban nitong Lobo nina Angel Locsin at Piolo Pascual na 21.7 lang ang nakuha.

Monday, March 17, 2008

TV Ratings (March 14-16): "Marimar" finale breaks records; Pacquiao-Marquez match a knockout
Erwin Santiago
Monday, March 17, 2008
02:05 PM

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from March 14 to 16 according to the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

March 14 (Friday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 20%
Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 19-1%
Kaputol ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 18.5%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 17.8%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.3%
Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 15.9%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%
Pacquiao-Marquez Fight Flash Report (GMA-7) - 13.5%
SiS (GMA-7) - 13.1%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 52.6%
Kamandag (GMA-7) - 43.3%
Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 39.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29.5%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 25.5%
Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 24.2%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 22.4%
Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.7%
Palos (ABS-CBN) - 17.3%
Maging Sino Ka Man (ABS-CBN) - 12.9%

March 15 (Saturday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 25.8%
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 16.5%
StarTalk (GMA-7) - 15.9%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.9%
Pinoy Records (GMA-7) - 14.8%
Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 14.6%
Volta (ABS-CBN) - 13.5%
Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 10%

Kapuso Mo, Jessica (GMA-7) - 37.1%
Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 35.3%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 30.9%
Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? (GMA-7) - 26.6%
Pacquiao-Marquez Fight Update (GMA-7) - 19.3%
XXX (ABS-CBN) - 18.8%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 18.4%
1 vs. 100 (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%
Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) - 16.4%
Sabado Movie Special: First Day High (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%

March 16 (Sunday)


Pacquiao-Marquez: Unfinished Business (GMA-7) - 48.5%
Marimar Memories (GMA-7) - 28.4%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 17.6%
Ang Cute ng Ina Mo (ABS-CBN) - 13.5%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%
ASAP '08 (ABS-CBN) - 4.9%
Your Song (ABS-CBN)

Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 32.8%
Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 31.9%
Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 30.4%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 22.8%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 19.6%
Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 17.7%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 16.5%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 14.8%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus (ABS-CBN) - 13.4%
That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines


Balik-taping na ng Kamandag si Richard Gutierrez matapos tumanggap ng Visionary Award last March 7 sa Kodak Theater sa Hollywood.

By April kasi ay baka magtapos na ang nangungunang fantaserye kaya patayan na naman ang taping ng buong cast.

Kaya naman papaigting nang papaigting ang nangyayari sa gabi-gabing episode ng Kamandag. Ano kaya ang mangyayari sa mag-amang Abdon (Ariel Rivera) at Lucero (Mark Anthony Fernandez) ngayong nakatakas na si Jenny (Jewel Mische) sa kamay nila?

Magupo na kaya ni Kamandag si Haring Gulag ngayong napasakamay na ng una ang sepulkra na naghatid ng dagdag na kapangyarihan niya?

Ano naman ang magiging misyon ni Ragona (Sunshine Dizon) nga­yong nalaman niyang si Boyong ang nawawala niyang anak?

Puwes, kayo na ang bahalang dumiskubre sa kahihinatnan ng mga pangu­nahing tauhan.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jojo Gabinte
Abante Tonite

Pinabulaanan ng isang Fil-Am ang tsismis na hindi pinansin ni Richard Gutierrez ang mga veteran star na nakasama niya sa Visionary Awards sa Kodak Theater noong Marso 7, 2008.

Ayon sa Fil-Am na saksi sa pangyayari, accomodating si Richard sa fans na nag-request ng kanyang autograph at nagpapakuha ng litrato na kasama siya.

As a matter of fact, ang tatlo sa mga awardee at hindi si Richard ang naging maramot sa fans dahil nagmamadali silang umalis sa Kodak Theater pagkatapos matanggap ang kanilang mga award.

Kahit tinatawag ng fans ang kanilang mga pangalan, tuluy-tuloy sa paglalakad ang tatlong aktor na mabilis na sumakay sa sasakyan na naghihintay sa harap ng Kodak Theater.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

TV Ratings

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime shows from March 11 to March 13 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Media Research Philippines among Mega Manila households:

March 11 (Tuesday)


1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 22.7 %
2. Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 20.8 %
3. Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 18.8 %
4. Kaputol Ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 17.6 %
5. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.2 %
6. Pacquiao Update (GMA-7) - 15.1 %
7. Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 14.9 %
8. Pilipinas, Game K N B? (ABS-CBN) - 13.5 %
9. Hana Yori Dango 2 (GMA-7) / Flash Report (GMA-7) - 13.2
10. Sis (GMA-7) - 11.8


1. Marimar (GMA-7) - 46.1 %
2. Kamandag (GMA-7) - 39.1 %
3. Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 37.3 %
4. The Legend (GMA-7) - 30.5 %
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.9 %
6. Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 25.6 %
7. Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 23.5 %
8. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 21.4 %
9. Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 20.9 %
10. Palos (ABS-CBN) - 17.3 %

March 12 (Wednesday)


1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.7 %
2. Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.0 %
3. Maging Aking Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 16.2 %
4. Kaputol Ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) - 15.6 %
5. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 15.5 %
6. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) / Pilipinas, Game K N B? (ABS-CBN) - 15.2 %
7. Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 13.8 %
8. Sis (GMA-7) - 11.5 %
9. Prinsesa Ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 11.3 %
10. Pinoy Movie Hits (ABS-CBN) / Pacquaio Update (GMA-7) - 11.2 %


1. Marimar (GMA-7) - 45.9 %
2. Kamandag (GMA-7) - 40.6 %
3. Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 38.6 %
4. The Legend (GMA-7) - 31.0 %
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.5 %
6. Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 26.0 %
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 22.8 %
8. Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 22.0 %
9. Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 21.9 %
10. Palos (ABS-CBN) - 19.4 %

March 13 (Thursday)


1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 24.7 %
2. Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 21.2 %
3. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 17.8 %
4. Maging Akin Ka Lamang (GMA-7) - 16.3 %
5. Kaputol Ng Isang Awit (GMA-7) / Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.1 %
6. Pacquiao Update (GMA-7) - 14.5 %
7. Pilipinas, Game K N B? (ABS-CBN) - 13.6 %
8. Sis (GMA-7) - 13.5 %
9. Wheel of Fortune (ABS-CBN) - 12.9 %
10. Prinsesa Ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 11.3 %

Source: AGB Nielsen Media Research Philippines

1. Marimar (GMA-7) - 45.8 %
2. Kamandag (GMA-7) - 40.4 %
3. Joaquin Bordado (GMA-7) - 37.8 %
4. The Legend (GMA-7) - 31.3 %
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7)- 28.2 %
6. Coffee Prince (GMA-7) - 27.2 %
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 21.8 %
8. Kung Fu Kids (ABS-CBN) - 21.6 %
9. Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 21.3 %
10. Palos (ABS-CBN) - 17.8 %


Richard, lumapit at bumati sa senior stars

Abante Tonite
Jun Lalin

NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA.­ Ilang mga kasamahan sa panulat ang nag-forward sa akin ng isang mapanirang text message mula sa isang unidentified texter.
Nakasaad doon ang tungkol sa pagtataray ko, na hindi ko ikinakaila.

Why should I deny something na ginawa ko? I just want to make it clear na nagtaray ako dahil may mga rason ako!

Hindi ako magtataray nang basta-basta lang, ‘noh!

Pero dahil nagkaintindihan kami ng taong natarayan ko, ayoko nang i-discuss pa ang aking mga rason kaya ko nagawa ‘yon.

Nag-apologize na sa akin ang taong ‘yon, kaya mas magandang manahimik na lang ako.


Isa pang issue na nakasaad sa text message na ‘yon ay nagalit daw sina Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon at Sen. Bong Revilla kay Richard Gutierrez dahil ang mga ito pa raw ang unang nambati sa young actor.

Nang i-forward sa akin nina Reggee Bonoan at Gorgy Rula ang mapanirang text message na ‘yon, pinakiusapan ko sila na huwag na lang patulan.

Nang si Ruffa Gutierrez na ang magtanong sa akin tungkol sa mapanirang text message, sinabihan ko siya na tatanungin ko si Richard tungkol doon, pero ang actress/TV host na mismo ang sumita sa kanyang kapatid tungkol sa bagay na ‘yon.

Nagpaliwanag si Richard kay Ruffa na nilapitan at kinamayan pa niya si Sen. Revilla at mentors niya sina Tito, Vic and Joey kaya hindi niya magagawa ang ganoong ibinibintang sa kanya.

Noong Huwebes na kadarating pa lang ni Richard (kasama ang kapatid na si Ritchie Paul at sina Lorna Tolentino, Rudy Fernandez, Raphael Fernandez at Mike Enriquez), nagkita-kita sila nina Tito, Helen Gamboa, Ciara Sotto at Ms. Malou Choa-Fagar sa lobby ng Universal Hilton at nagtsikahan sila.

Nang rebyuhin ko ang mga video na kinunan ko sa Kodak Theater, nakita ko na magkatsikahan sina Richard at Joey sa stage habang kumakanta si Kuh Ledesma.

Magkasama sa Nuts Entertainment sina Richard at Joey, kaya imposibleng hindi batiin ni Richard ang komedyante.

Hindi ko na sana sasagutin ang isyung ito, pero kahapon ay may nag-text sa akin para sabi­hing may lumabas sa isang pahayagan na ang intrigang nabanggit tungkol kay Richard ay kagagawan daw ng kanyang publicist (ang inyong lingkod) at sinend ko raw ang text message na ‘yon sa isa sa mga cellphone ko.

Nakalolokah! Kami na nga ni Richard ang biktima ng mapanirang text message na ‘yon, ngayon ay gusto pang palabasin ng iba na gimik ko ‘yon.

Naku, hindi ko pina­ngarap na siraan ang sarili ko at si Richard para gumimik at mapag-usapan!

I have better things to do at nag-e-enjoy ako sa bakasyon ko rito sa Amerika!


May Noranians na nag-text sa akin at nagpapasalamat dahil sa pagpa-publish ko ng litrato ni Richard kasama si Nora Aunor.

May ibang nagre-request na balitaan ko sila tungkol sa superstar.

Sa totoo lang, nang makita ko si Mama Guy sa Kodak Theater, natuwa ako nang batiin niya ako kaagad. Halata ko ang excitement sa kanyang mukha pagkakita sa akin.

Konting kumustahan at pareho na kaming pumasok sa Kodak Theater.

After ng Visionary Awards, dumeretso na ako sa Full House restaurant sa Chinatown with my friends (Sheila Marie Irao, Rose Brooks, Lilian Kingman and Violeta Caballero).

Nagkita na naman kami ni Mama Guy sa lugar na ‘yon at magiliw na naman siyang bumati sa akin. Kasama niya ang ilang mga kaibigang Pinoy.

Nang paalis na si Mama Guy sa restaurant na ‘yon, muli siyang lumapit sa akin at nagpaalam at ipi­nakilala ko siya sa aking mga kaibigan.

Maganda nga­yon si Mama Guy. Fresh ang kanyang dating at mukhang wala na siyang problema.

Masaya na ang aura ni Mama Guy!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kamandag Screen Caps March 14, 2008 Episode

Nora Calderon
Thursday, March 13, 2008
05:04 PM

Nakakuha ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng kumpletong listahan ng mga winners sa 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards. Narito ang mga nanalo for 2007:

Box-Office King: John Lloyd Cruz
Box-Office Queen: Bea Alonzo

Film Actor of the Year: Aga Muhlach
Film Actress of the Year: Maricel Soriano

Prince of Philippine Movies: Richard Gutierrez
Princess of Philippine Movies: Angel Locsin

Most Promising Male Star: Mart Escudero
Most Promising Female Star: Marian Rivera

Male Concert Performer of the Year: Martin Nievera
Female Concert Performer of the Year: Sarah Geronimo

Male Recording Artist of the Year: Piolo Pascual
Female Recording Artist of the Year: Sitti

Most Promising Male Singer: Gian Magdangal
Most Promising Female Singer: Aicelle Santos

Most Popular Recording Group: Bamboo
Most Promising Recording Group: Calla Lily

Most Popular Novelty Singer: Joey de Leon

Most Popular Loveteam of RP Movies & TV: Gerald Anderson & Kim Chiu
Most Popular Dance Group: EB Babes

Most Popular Male Child Performer: Makisig Morales
Most Popular Female Child Performer: Kiray Celis

Most Popular Film Producer: Star Cinema
Most Popular Screenwriter: Carmi Raymundo & Vanessa Valdez
Most Popular Film Director: Cathy Garcia Molina

Most Popular TV Program: Marimar
Most Popular TV Directors: Joyce Bernal & Mac Alejandre

Special Awards

Phenomenal TV Star: Marian Rivera
All Time Box-Office King: Vic Sotto (four-time consecutive Box-Office King from 2004 to 2007)
King of Valentine Movies: Richard Gutierrez (4 consecutive years playing lead role in four Valentine movies)

Outstanding Achievement by a Female Recording Artist: Sharon Cuneta (for her album Isn't It Romantic 2, which reached double platinum status after only two days of release)

First Filipino-American Visionary Awards a resounding success

From all accounts, the first annual Filipino-American Visionary Awards was a big and resounding success.

The word "successful" was repeated several times sa lahat ng mga natanggap na eyewitness accounts ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa ginawang first Filipino-American Visionary Awards last March 7 sa Kodak Theater sa Los Angeles, California.

Sa advanced press release pa lang sa mga US-based publications and websites, tinatayang ang Visionary Awards na ang pinakamalaking gathering of Filipino and Fil-Am celebrities in one event sa U.S. na production ng NuVision Worldwide Media LLC in cooperation with Creative Concepts International and TDRZ Productions. Tickets were priced from 250 U.S. dollars to 55 U.S. dollars and all 6,000 seats were reportedly sold out.

Hollywood's best ang nasa likod ng production headed by director/producer Douglas Velasco, five-time Emmy-award winning writer Craig Heller, art director/set designer Scott Heinemann (Art Directors Guild Award winner), and primetime Emmy Award lighting designer Jeff Ravitz.

The first list of awardees include TV actress/singer Nia Peeples; actor/martial arts expert Mark Dacascos; legendary actor-comedian Dolphy; Dante Basco of The Debut; actor/ choreographer Cris Judd; action star and senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.; Black Eyed Peas founding member; television variety show hosts Tito, Vic & Joey; film and TV actors Richard Gutierrez and Rudy Fernandez; King of Filipino rap music Francis Magalona; award-winning news anchor Mike Enriquez; world champion surfer Sunny Garcia; and star cager and former Senator Robert Jaworski.

Binigyan din ng special awards ang dalawang pinakamalaking TV network sa Philippines—ang ABS-CBN for Global Media Pioneer Award at GMA-7 with Award of Excellence in Television Programming.

Naglalakihan din ang mga presenters including Philippine Concert King and Visionary Entertainer of the Year Martin Nievera; pop diva Ms. Kuh Ledesma; Visionary Rising Star awardee Anna Maria Perez de Tagle of the hit TV show Hannah Montana; Jessa Zaragoza; the cast of Fever the Musical featuring TV host/actress Ciara Sotto; American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias; European singing/dancing sensation Billy Crawford.

The list doesn't end there dahil presenters din ang Superstar na si Nora Aunor; Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio; actor Michael Copon of One Tree Hill and upcoming feature film The Scorpion King: Rise of the Azzadian; Reggie Lee of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and the upcoming Tropic Thunder; singer Jennifer Paz of Miss Saigon and Evita; star Christine Gambito; Movin' 93.9 radio DJ Icy Ice; jazz and world music singer Charmaine Clamor; actress/model/TV host Giselle Tongi; Liz Masakayan na UCLA Hall of Fame Inductee and 1988 Olympian part of USA Volleyball Team; actor/singer Raymond Bagatsing; Esperanza Catubig of Without a Trace and The Vagina Monologues; veteran actresses Lilia Dizon, Pinky de Leon and Lani Mercado; and local news anchors Jean Marteriz and Bob de Castro from Fox 11 News.

Sina Dingdong Avanzado and now-US based and Kababayan LC host/producer Janelle So ang nag-host ng show.

Later on, nakatanggap din kami ng post-event news from Jessa Zaragoza on how proud everyone was to be part of this first of its kind event.

Red carpet daw ang proceeding and everyone were impressed that the event was staged at the same venue where Hollywood's Oscar Awards and the finals of American Idol are being staged.

Some Americans thought it was a Hollywood event dahil nagsidatingan nga ang ilang Fil-Am stars na kilala rin sa Hollywood.

7 nagsimula ang show and afterwards, several post-parties were held around the area.

Fans nina Richard at Marian, may petisyon sa GMA 7!

Alfie Lorenzo

NAGPI-PETISYON sa pamamagitan ng e-mail ang mga fans nina Richard Gutierrez at Marian Rivera. Aba, parang bitin na bitin sila sa My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend, kaya heto at gusto na agad nila na masundan ang pagsasama ng dalawa, ha!

Kulang-kulang sa isandaan ang pumirma sa petisyon na ito ng mga fans nina Richard at Marian, na gusto nga nilang iparating sa GMA 7.

Ang petisyon nila, sana raw ay i-remake ng GMA ang Full House, na pinagbidahan nina Rain at Song Hye Kyo.

Si Rain ang gumanap na Justin Lee at si Song Hye naman ang gumanap na Jessie Han sa Full House.

Ito nga `yung kuwento ng dalawang tao na nagsama sa isang bahay, at mistula silang mga aso at pusa, na madalas na nag-aaway, nagkukulitan, at sa bandang huli ay nagmahalan.

“Bagay na bagay sila dahil tested na ang kulitan and kakuwela­han nilang dalawa sa sa BFGF! At naalala niyo, may scene din sila doon na kinagat pa si Richard sa daliri ni Marian, habang nag-aagawan sila ng lisensiya. Eh, sa Full House, kinagat din ni Jessie si Justin,” sabi pa ng isang fan.

“Bagay na bagay sa kanila ‘yon dahil pareho silang magaling sa co­medy,” hirit naman ng isa pang fan.

“Bagay talaga kina Marian and Richard ang Full House, kasi pareho silang magaling sa drama and comedy. Lalo na si Marian, kayang-kaya niya ang mga hirit ni Jessie Han.”
“Sa totoo lang, sila lang ang naiisip kong babagay sa Full House. Hay naku, sorry na lang sa mga fans nina Jennylyn Mercado at Dennis Trillo.”

“Kuwela sila sa BFGF. I would like to see them together again in a TV project naman.”
“Kahit na Dongyanatic (fan ni Dingdong Dantes?), mas okey para sa akin ang tandem ni Richard at Marian. They’ve proven sa BFGF na carry nila ang comedy!”
“Hindi ako masyadong fan ni Richard. Pero sa tingin ko, bagay talaga siya na gumanap na Justin. At walang duda na kaya ni Marian ang role ni Jessie.”
“Richard is the best actor to play Justin Lee!”

Oh, hayan, at sangkatutak na request na ang ipinapadala sa amin para lang marinig ng GMA ang side nila na pagsamahin sa TV project sina Marian at Richard.
Pero sorry, kung pagsamahin man ang dalawa, mukhang magtatagal pa `yon, dahil alam naman natin na magiging busy si Marian sa Dyesebel, at si Dingdong Dantes pa rin ang kapareha niya roon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Photos during the First Filipino-American Visionary Awards

Richard Gutierrez received the Visionary Award for Star Power

credits to: chargelmarie2007 of igma
Kamandag’s Secrets
Article posted March 10, 2008

Portraying a half-man, half-snake hero is not an easy feat, but who else is more apt to play the role than the Primetime King himself, Richard Gutierrez! Not new to demanding fights scenes and stunts, Richard seems to take everything in stride and amazes everybody with his performance as the hero of Carlo J. Caparas’ Kamandag. Curious what makes Richard so effective and successful in his craft? Read on and find out Kamandag’s secrets. Text by Loretta G. Ramirez

The making of an action hero

Loyal viewers of Kamandag will attest to the impressive fight sequences and action scenes that they are presented with every night. It is evident that the cast and staff have given a lot of thought to how they will give the viewers something different from the usual telefantasya series. Aside from the classic storyline by the infamous Carlo J. Caparas and the animals in the show, the production made sure that everybody is well-prepared with the kind of work they are faced with.

Richard Gutierrez who plays a dual role (Vergel and Kamandag) had to psyche himself to prepare himself from the physical demands of the show.

“I had prepared for Kamandag for more than a month and that consisted of different kinds of workouts. First, I concentrated on my cardio because I wanted to be prepared for all the physical activities that are going to be part of the show,” shares the slithering hero.

And of course, who can forget the participation of the UFC fighter Brandon Vera who came all the way from the United States to train Richard for two weeks.

“I am so thankful na tinanggap nya 'yung offer and he enjoyed it and nakakatawa kasi 'yung sister pala nya updated sa showbiz and kilala pala ako. So ayun, hindi kami nahirapan na kunin sya, isang email lang then he replied right away. When he got here, we trained for two weeks, everyday,” describes Richard about his experience with Brandon Vera.

The challenge

Not new to playing a super hero role, Richard and the production of Carlo J. Caparas’ Kamandag had to think of something that would differentiate his character from Lupin, Captain Barbell and Aguiluz.

Working with real snakes was one of their ideas. It did make the show more exciting plus the fact that it added the element of reality in this fantasy series. But what does Richard have to say about this bold move of his production?

“I am not saying that I am not afraid of them and I am not saying that I am comfortable with them. It is part of my job and I trust the people around me,” confesses Richard.

He further describes his experience with the snakes as one of the most challenging part of the role.

“I trust the people that I work with and sabi naman nila na you know it is harmless, it is non-venomous, but syempre during the moment when I had like around ten snakes on me syempre kinakabahan ako. If I am handling one snake in my hand, that is fine, but when I have like 10 snakes on me, that is a different thing,” confides Richard.

He goes on saying that he has to focus on the scene and psyche himself to stay calm every time he has a sequence that requires him to work with snakes. Thus, Richard’s dedication to this project is lauded by everyone. Without a doubt this young actor took up the challenge and passed with flying colors.
Jun Nardo

Sumimple pala si Richard Gutierrez papun­tang Amerika upang tanggapin ang award niya sa Kodak Theater sa Hollywood last March 7.

Ito ‘yung event na dinaluhan din nina Tito, Vic and Joey, Francis Magalona at iba pa na­ting sikat na celebrities.

First award ngang maituturing ito ni Richard kaya kesehodang ilang araw lang ang stay niya roon, sulit naman ang pagod na nangyari sa biyahe, huh!

At least, naka-attend na siya ng awards night, makakapanood pa siya ng laban ni Manny Pacquiao.

Mabuti na lang at nakapag-advance taping na ang aktor para sa series niyang Kamandag. Malapit na rin kasing magwakas ang serye at kung magkakatotoo, isang drama naman ang gusto ng fans niya na gawin niya.

Ngayong gabi nga pala sa Kamandag, mamamangha si Haring Gulag (Zoren Legaspi) sa husay ni Kamandag na gumamit ng sepulkra.

Samantala, malala­man naman ni Reyna Kuran (Francine Prieto) na si Boyong ang anak ni Ragona (Sunshine Dizon) kaya kanyang papatayin ito!

Maligtas naman kaya ni Kamandag si Boyong sa kamay ni Reyna Kuran?
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Jun Lalin

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Matagumpay na ginanap noong Biyernes sa Kodak Theater (Hollywood and Highland) ang First Filipino-American Visionary Awards, kung saan ay pinarangalan ang ilang mga matatagumpay na kababayan natin.

Isa sa mga artistang ginawaran ng parangal ay si Richard Gutierrez. Tinanggap ng Kamandag star ang Visionary Award for Star Power.

Nag-advance taping si Richard para sa Kamandag kaya personal niyang natanggap ang award na ‘yon.

Medyo kabado si Richard nang mag-acceptance speech siya.

Bago ang awarding ceremonies, nagkaroon ng red carpet, pero hindi na umabot si Richard.

Na-late ang limousine service niya dahil nagkaroon ng aksidente sa may freeway at late siyang nasundo sa Universal Hilton Hotel (kung saan nag-stay ang awardees mula sa Pilipinas).

Akala tuloy ng fans ni Richard (sa pangu­nguna ng Richard Gutierrez Global Fan Club coordinator na si Marie Irao na galing pa ng San Jose, California) ay hindi na darating ang kanilang idolo, pero ipinaliwanag ko sa kanila na nagkaroon lang ng konting problema.

Kahit pinaaalis na ng Kodak Theater staff sa lobby ang fans ni Richard dahil tapos na ang red carpet ceremony, matiyaga pa rin nilang hinintay ang binata at pagdating nito ay pa­lakpakan sila at panay ang wagayway nila ng tarpaulin ng kanilang fans club.

Na-amuse ang local press at kinunan pa ang fans ni Richard.
Bago pumasok ng Kodak Theater si Richard ay nagpa-picture muna siya sa kanyang fans. Nang papasok na siya, nagkasabay sila ni Nora Aunor.
Tuwang-tuwa si Richard nang batiin niya si Mama Guy at kinunan ko pa sila ng picture.

While waiting for his award, panay ang text ni Richard sa kanyang mommy (Annabelle Rama), na tumawag sa akin para ikuwentong kinakabahan si Richard.
Pagkatapos ng awarding ceremony, naikuwento sa akin ni Richard na lalo pa siyang kinabahan dahil nagdatingan sa Kodak Theater ang members ng kanyang fans club.

‘Yung iba ay ga­ling pa ng New York, New Jersey, Oakland, San Diego at kung saan-saan pa.

Sa tuwa ni Richard, nakipagkita siya sa kanyang fans the next day sa Universal Hilton Hotel. Mahigit dalawang oras ding tsikahan ‘yon with matching buffet lunch.
“I’m really happy with this award and masayang-masaya rin ako dahil nakita ko na rin ang officers and some members of my global fans club,” sey ni Richard.

After ng lunch with his fans, pumunta si Richard sa training ni Manny Pacquiao sa may Vines and Santa Monica.

Hindi ko na nasamahan doon si Richard, pero ina­bangan siya ni Geleen Eugenio (na kasama sa entourage ni Manny).

Monday, March 10, 2008

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Jun Nardo

Walang padding o dagdag ang kinita ng Regal at GMA Films Valentine movie na My Best Friend’s Girlfriend nina Richard Gutierrez at Marian Rivera.

Tumataginting na P140M in three weeks ang kinita ng movie at nasa fourth week na ito.

Mahihina rin daw kasi ang local films na ipinalabas this week, kaya biglang na-extend sa fourth week ang MBFGF.

No wonder, super-happy si Mother Lily sa resulta ng movie kahit na nga may prediction siyang tatamlay nang husto ang local films this year.

Kung maganda kasi ang prediction, naku, disin sana ay inapura niya ang movie na ginagawa ng Regal ngayon, huh!

Gayunpaman, on going pa rin ang shooting ng ilang Regal mo­vies gaya ng Manay Po 2 at Love Is All That Matters. Sa April na ang si­mula ng My Monster Mom nina Ruffa Gutierrez at Annabelle Rama.

Kahit tinatamad sa paggawa ng movies, kailangan pa ring makagawa ng pelikula si Mother Lily dahil ayon sa kanya, “Wala akong pera! Ha! Ha! Ha!”


Sunday pa ang libing ng mother nina Herbert, Hero at Harlene Bautista na si Baby Maclang Bautista at hindi last Friday gaya ng nasulat ng co-columnist na si Rey Pumaloy. Sa Holy Cross Memorial Park sa Novaliches ang himlayan ng labi ni Mommy Baby after ng morning mass sa Linggo.

Pumasyal kami last Thursday sa lamay ni Mommy Baby. Mara­ming tao sa labas at nasa labas na rin ng Arlington ang mga bulaklak na ipina­dala ng mga nakiramay.

Palabas si Vice Herbert ng chapel nang dumating kami. Sinama­han niya kami na lumapit sa labi ni Mommy Baby. Mangiyak-ngiyak si Vice sa tabi namin at sinasabi sa mommy niyang nasa harap niya kami.

Isa kami sa mga writers na hindi lang kay Mommy Baby malapit kundi sa buong Bautista family. Kaya hindi maiwasang isipin ni Vice ang maganda naming samahan nu’ng buhay pa ang mother niya.

Nakita namin that Thursday eve sina Manay Ethel Ramos at Mario Bautista, direk Boots Plata at Dolor Guevarra.

Dumalaw rin si Aga Muhlach na kaibigan ni Vice at kasama sa Viva movies na Bagets 1 & 2.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

GMA Films nililigawan ang Star Cinema para sa KC-Richard movie

By: Dinno Erece

SANA nga ay matuloy ang Richard Gutierrez-KC Concepcion movie.
Ang GMA Films ang nagbibigay ng feeler sa Star Cinema na open ang film arm ng Kapuso network to co-produce with the movie company of Kapamilya naman.

Matagal na rin namin itong naisulat and with Annette Gozon-Abrogar’s interview sa Showbiz Central yesterday about this, it validates what we wrote na open nga ang GMA Films na mabuo ang pelikulang Richard-KC.

Exclusive talent kasi ng GMA Films si Richard, the same way na exclusive naman ng Star Cinema si KC, so almost implausible na mapagsama ang dalawa unless both companies will agree to the co-production. Siguro naman, hindi ito sakop ng network war dahil we are talking of a movie here. Baka ‘pag naghintayan na mag-lapse ang mga contracts nila, hindi na interesado ang tao sa dalawa.

Strike while the iron is hot, wika nga!

Sharon Cuneta likes Richard Gutierrez for daughter KC Concepcion

Bong Godinez
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
02:28 PM

Mag-isang dumating si Sharon Cuneta kagabi, March 3, sa birthday party ni Rudy Fernandez na idinaos sa William J. Shaw Pavilion ng Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club sa Mandaluyong City.

Hindi tuloy maiwasang hanapin ng mga bisita, lalung-lalo na ng mga reporter, ang mister nito na si Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

"My husband's in a meeting and he's hoping to follow," mabilis na sagot ni Sharon.

Aware ang Megastar na muling iniintriga ang pagsasama nila ni Kiko kaya agad na nitong pinangunahan ang mga press sa pagsabi ng, "And we're closer than ever now, Kiko and me."

Nakatakdang umalis si Sharon patungong London para mag-shooting at matagal-tagal din niyang hindi makikita ang kanyang mga loved ones dito sa Pinas.

"It's the first time also na malalayo ako ng matagal sa asawa ko at mga anak. We're supposed to leave earlier, pero I'll be there for three weeks," aniya.

Kakagaling lang ni Sharon sa sakit at ito rin daw ang naging dahilan kung bakit nausog ang kanilang supposed London trip.

"The whole schedule nasira... everybody's schedule from Direk Chito [Roño], lahat ng schedule ng Star [Cinema] at lahat kaming involved nasira," panghihinayang nito.

KC AND RICHARD. Recently ay maugong ang balita na nagkakamabutihan na raw ang panganay na anak ni Sharon na si KC Concepcion at ang young actor na si Richard Gutierrez. Kasabay pa nito ang usaping may nilulutong proyekto ang GMA Films at Star Cinema para sa dalawa.

"I don't want to comment," ngiti ni Sharon. Pero nilinaw naman nito na she has nothing against Richard. Natutuwa naman daw si Mega at, so far, lahat ng nali-link sa kanyang dalaga ay matitino naman at disente.

"Sa awa naman ng Panginoong Diyos, magmula nang si KC started really seeing visitors at home or introducing her friends to us—mapababae, mapalalaki—sa awa ng Diyos, wala naman siyang in-introduce sa amin na medyo mag-aalala kami. If there's one thing lang na I am very, very happy about is that KC is entertaining many, many, many... hindi naman many, many... pero ibig kong sabihin is hindi siya committed to anybody."

Wala naman daw masama kung maging close friends ang dalawa. In fact, malaking advantage nga kung tutuusin ang family background ni Richard para makuha ang boto ni Shawie.

Paliwanag ni Mega, "But to have Richard as one of the friends that she sees nowadays, meron medyong... Meron akong sense of konting relaxation sa akin sapagka't nandiyan ang Tito Eddie [Gutierrez] tsaka Tita Annabelle [Rama]."

Hindi naman daw natatakot si Sharon kahit na kilalang palaban ang ina ni Richard na si Annabelle Rama. Hanga nga raw si Mega sa tapang at honesty nito kahit na minsan ay nagiging masama ang impression sa ibang tao.

"If there's one thing about her na alam mo admirable, na wish ko lang matularan ko, 'yong talagang ‘di baleng magtaray basta prangka at totoo," seryosong depensa ni Sharon.
Jun Nardo
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Huwag kaligtaang panoorin ang Kamandag ngayong gabi bago ang Marimar. Tuluyan na kasing magiging alipin ni Haring Gulag (Zoren Legaspi) si Kamandag/Vergel (Richard Gutierrez) matapos mapigilan ang sagupaan nila.

Abangan din ang ilang pagbabagong magaganap sa buhay ni Lily (Ma­xene Magalona) nga­yong nasa daigdig na siya ng Ambugraw. Ano kaya ang mangyayari sa muli nilang pagkikita ni Vergel?

Saman­tala, ano kaya ang kahi­hinatnan ng pagkidnap ni Lucero (Mark Anthony Fernandez) kay Jenny (Jewel Mische)?

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Sa Huwebes na ang alis ni Richard Gutierrez ng Pilipinas papunta sa Los Angeles, CA para um-attend ng Visionary Awards sa Kodak Theater, Hollywood (kung saan ginaganap ang Oscars) sa Biyernes.

Maraming fans ni Richard ang tuwang-tuwa nang i-announce na makaka-attend si Richard ng awards night na ito.

Noong una kasi, muntik-muntikang hindi matanggap ni Richard ang pag-attend sa event na ito dahil busy siya sa taping ng Kamandag, pero nagawan ng paraan na makapag-advance taping siya, kaya tuwang-tuwa ang producer ng Visionary Awards na si Ramil Gonzales.

Maraming fans si Richard mula sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Amerika ang mag-aabang sa kanya sa Kodak Theater.

Pagkatapos ng awards night na ito, magba-bonding si Richard at ang mga kapatid na sina Elvis at Ritchie Paul.

Susunod sa kanila sina Bisaya at Eddie Gutierrez at manonood sila ng Pacquiao-Marquez bo­xing fight.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Photos during First Filipino-American Visionary Awards

Richard Gutierrez received the Visionary Award for Star Power.

credits to: chardgelmarie2007 of iGMA
March 3 to 7, 2008: A Death Sentence
Article posted March 3, 2008

After the Ambogs abducted Alicia for the second time and left Don Pepe for dead, Vergel swore that he would bring his mother back to the mortal world at any cost. But what he didn’t know was that the Ambogs had also sworn to bring Alicia back to the underworld at any cost--or they would’ve died at the hands of Ragona.

But when Alicia learned the reason why she was brought back to Ambograw, she refused to cooperate--earning the ire of the fiery queen of the Rapayas.

Meanwhile, Vergel arrived at Ambograw with the help of the returning Doro. But before they could save Alicia, they were caught by the Ambog royalty, and Gulag sentenced Vergel to death by decapitation. But Ragona had a different punishment in mind, a punishment that would make Alica suffer as much as her son.

Back in the mortal world, Jenny falls into another problem when Lucero abducts her. Ditas became more understanding with Lucero’s plight after the latter lied to make her look good in the eyes of Abdon. Eleanor’s mysterious cousin reveals that she knew Abdon, and that she planned on re-entering his life.

And Boyong discovered that he himself was an Ambog with Ikoy as his key to finding out his real identity.

How will Vergel escape the sentence he was given by the Ambogs? Is Ragona really finished with her vengeance against the royalties of Ambograw? And how will Jenny escape the possessive arms of Lucero?

Richard Gutierrez on KC Concepcion: "I really want to get to know her deeper."

Elyas Isabelo Salanga
Monday, March 3, 2008
10:22 AM

Kamandag star Richard Gutierrez couldn't be more happy and excited for his show's loyal fans as he revealed that there would be more twists in the upcoming episodes. Showbiz Central, who paid a visit to the show's set last Saturday, March 1, learned all of this from the hot young male star himself.

"Mag-iibang anyo si Vergel. At lalo pang lalalim ang istorya ng bawat character. Mas magiging exciting pa talaga ang Kamandag," promised Richard.

WELL-DESERVED ACHIEVEMENTS. Aside from the good progress of the show, Richard's also happy that his recent box-office movie My Best Friend's Girlfriend with Marian Rivera generated over 100 million pesos in its first three weeks.

Said Richard, "Well, I'm very happy with the movie and kahit saan ako makapunta, e, sinasabi ng mga tao na nag-enjoy sila sa pelikula namin nung Valentine's Day. Yun pa lang, e, nakakataba na ng puso kasi talagang pinaganda namin yung istorya ng pelikulang ‘yon, at talagang pinaghandaan namin."

Lady Luck may be favoring Richard well in his career. He is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles this week to personally accept a Best Performer Award from New Vision Worldwide Media at the Kodak Theater, the home of the Oscar Awards. Richard could hardly contain his excitement over the thought of receiving the award at the Kodak Theater.

"Aalis ako papuntang L.A. sa March 6," Richard excitedly told Showbiz Central. "At tatanggap ako ng award sa Kodak Theater. Gusto kong magpasalamat sa Filipino organizers at award-giving body sa L.A. at napili nila ako as the youngest recipient ng award na yun. Kaya nga excited ako dahil sa Kodak Theater gagawin yun. So it's really an honor for me and I'm really excited for it."

MEGA INSPIRED. Richard's achievements in show business are certainly one hell of a way to stay motivated. But that can't compare with the inspiration he gets from the Megastar Sharon Cuneta's daughter, KC Concepcion. Flowers sent by Richard to KC last Valentine's was, in Richard's own word, "researched."

"Before ko siya binigyan ng flowers, I had to do my research kung ano talaga ang favorite flowers niya. And I did, I did my research and I'm glad that she liked it," he said.

What exactly does he like about KC?

"I like her personality and the way she carries herself," Richard answered. "Madali siyang pakisamahan... At the same time, she's very intelligent... I like that about her."

Asked about what his true intentions are for KC, he humbly replied, "Right now, with all honesty, I'm still trying to get to know KC. Of course, lumalabas kami with friends and we communicate. But for now, I just have the most sincere and curious intentions for her. I really want to get to know her deeper."

Would a reel and real relationship between Richard and KC ever come to pass?

"Tingnan na lang natin kung ano'ng mangyayari, malalaman n'yo rin naman, e," a smiling Richard quipped.