‘Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye’ premieres today, October 18 

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

‘Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye’ premieres today, October 18 

The acclaimed GMA Entertainment Group presents another incredible love story via  its newest Afternoon Prime drama-anthology series, “Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye,” starting  this Monday, October 18.

 

Stories From The Heart Never Say GoodbyeGiving life to the characters of Joyce and Bruce are Klea Pineda and Jak Roberto, who are both excited to play their respective roles.

“Punong-puno ng pain ang ‘Never Say Goodbye,’ Klea shared. “Masasaktan ka at maaawa sa lahat ng characters na bumubuo ng series na ito. Mararamdaman mo rin ‘yung pagmamahalan at bawat lungkot na nararamdaman ng bawat isa.”

Jak, on the other hand, admitted that this is one of the most challenging characters he has ever portrayed. “Ito ang pinakamabigat na character na nagampanan ko. I really put in a lot of work on this project. Kaya naman sobrang excited na akong maipalabas ito dahil pinaghirapan naming lahat ang proyektong ito and masasabi kong worth it lahat.”

Playing the role of Victoria, Bruce’s New York-based legal wife, is Lauren Young who expressed excitement to be back on-screen. “I have a strange relationship with showbiz, sometimes I love it and sometimes I don’t,” she said. “But with this show, it showed me na mahal ko talaga ang acting. I was very fortunate to be cast in this show especially now that times are so hard. It was beautifully written and well-executed; it reminds me of how lucky I am to be in this position.” 

Joyce and Bruce have great dreams for a life together. Both nurses, their goal is to be able to work abroad and save up for their future. But an unfortunate incident leads Bruce to leave earlier, while Joyce has to stay behind.

As can be expected, the distance between them tests their relationship. Joyce has found a new job that she enjoys and tells Bruce that she no longer wants to follow him abroad. The two of them part ways and Bruce, heart-broken and alone in a foreign country, meets Victoria who offers to marry him for him to be able to obtain a green card.

A few years later, at a friend’s funeral, Joyce and Bruce meet again. Joyce has just found out that she has breast cancer; and Bruce, despite being already married, feels sorry for her and wants to help her go through her ordeal. 

But feelings that come back are feelings that never really left. And what was once a great love story is now an emotionally illicit affair. 

Stories From The Heart Never Say Goodbye Art Acuna

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The drama-anthology also features some of the most talented stars on Philippine TV: Snooky Serna as Susan, Joyce’s unlucky mother who falls victim to a pyramiding scheme; Shermaine Santiago as Dr. Darla, Joyce’s close friend and oncologist; Max Eigenmann as Jackilyn, Joyce’s protective sister and a proud lesbian; Kim Rodriguez as Lily, the younger sister of Bruce; Art Acuna as Bernard, Victoria’s father and Bruce’s patient in America; Phytos Ramirez as Joshua, also a friend of both Joyce and Bruce working as a nurse; Mosang as Nay Cora, a mother figure to Joyce and Bruce’s barkada; Luke Conde as Edwin, Bruce’s happy-go-lucky best friend; Herlene Budol as Alana, Joyce’s jolly best friend.

“Never Say Goodbye” is under the supervision of GMA Entertainment Group headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, FVP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, SAVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Program Manager Dennis Joi K. Bentulan, and Executive Producer Ofel Villanera.  

The story’s creative team is composed of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan, Creative Head Des Severino, Head Writer Ken De Leon, Assistant Head Writer Kuts Enriquez, Episode Writers Jimuel dela Cruz and Benson Logronio, Brainstormer Louize Al-Shehri. Never Say Goodbye is a story by RJ Nuevas.

The drama-anthology installment is under the helm of esteemed director Paul Sta. Ana and associate director Pam Miras. 

Former lovers reunited by a terminal illness. Will Joyce and Bruce reignite their feelings for one another? Or is it finally time to say goodbye? 

Find out in “Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye,”  beginning October 18, aired weekdays after “Nagbabagang Luha” on GMA Afternoon Prime.

 

 

Call for Submission of Entries to  CineIskool Short Film Lab

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

Call for Submission of Entries to  CineIskool Short Film Lab

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and its attached agency, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST), is holding a Call for Entries to the recently launched film project for beneficiaries of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or Republic Act 10931.

 

CineIskool Short Film Lab and Festival is a visual showcase of diverse stories in the community that highlights the significance and benefit of free tertiary education. This project also aims to produce and exhibit films that will inspire the youth to take advantage of the different education assistance programs put together by the government for the youth’s empowerment.

 

The program consists of two components, a short film lab and a film festival. The short film lab program will choose 10 projects from a pool of applications that will each be given a grant worth P125,000 to produce a five-minute short film; P100,000 for production costs and P25,000 for safe filming protocols.

 

Each project will undergo online intensive film labs via Zoom, covering topics on Production Management, Story Development, Technical, Safe Filming, and Editing, mentored by award-winning filmmakers and producers in the industry. 

 

After undergoing the intensive labs, the 10 projects will be officially recognized through a film festival.

 

For more information and updates, follow @unifastofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

CineIskool Short Film Lab and Festival Mechanics:

 

  1. ELIGIBILITY

 

  • The competition is open to all students who are currently enrolled and are beneficiaries of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or RA 10931 programs.
  • Submissions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are encouraged.

 

  1. GUIDELINES

 

  • The competition is open to scriptwriter-director pairs with real stories to share with currently enrolled beneficiaries of quality tertiary education. (Applicants must present a School ID or Certification of Enrollment and Registration Card)
  • The proponent and owner of the story must either be the scriptwriter or director of the team.
  • The entries must be in documentary or narrative form. Animation and experimental films will not be accepted.
  • The total running time (TRT) of the completed film output must not exceed five minutes, including the opening and closing credits of the film.
  • The completed film output must have its premiere during the CineIskool Short Film Festival, to be held in 2022.
  • The rights of the completed film output will belong to the proponent. However, FDCP and CHED-UNIFAST will reserve non-commercial rights to screen entries in various events and platforms.
  • The team must send two of their members to all the required online film labs.
  • The use of original literary sources, music materials and film footage must have proper clearance from their respective copyright owners before they can be used in the final output. The Festival organizers shall not be liable for any costs related to claims of performing rights organizations.
  • By entering the Festival, the participants agree to abide by the Festival guidelines and rules.
  • In case of any violation of the guidelines and rules, the organizers and the judging committee reserves the right to disqualify the participant and their film or remove them from the program.
  • The organizers and the judging committee reserves the right to disqualify any participant and/or to forfeit any prize from a participant who is found to have committed plagiarism or has undertaken fraudulent practice and/or activities harmful to the Festival or the Festival submission process.
  • FDCP reserves the right to create, revoke and modify at any time, in any way its entry requirements, rules and regulations at its absolute discretion without prior notice. Finalists and submitted entries shall be bound by any amendments or addition to the entry requirements, rules and regulations herewith.
  • The decision of the selection committee is final and irrevocable. The organizers and the judging committee are not obliged to give explanations for the results.

 

  1. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be submitted online in an organized google drive folder with shared viewing settings.

  1. DULY ACCOMPLISHED APPLICATION FORM with complete details (Complete name and contact details, Working Title, Synopsis, Director/Scriptwriter Intention’s Note, Concept and Financial Plan)
  2. School ID or Certification of Enrolment and Registration Card as proof of being a beneficiary of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
  3. Online link to one (1) previously produced short film (if applicable). (Note: the online link must be set to private and the link and password must be uploaded via Vimeo or Google Drive).
  4. Brief resume, HD profile photo, and a copy of a government-issued ID of the filmmaker.
  5. Story concept (in PDF) and/or script if available.
  1. AWARDS

–   Best Film – P50,000.00

–   Special Jury Prize – P30,000.00

–   Best Director – P20,000.00

 

  1. SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

Entries may be emailed to filmlab.fdcp@gmail.com with subject heading: Application for CineIskool 2021

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Legarda pushes for PHL to be guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2025

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen 

Legarda pushes for PHL to be guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2025

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda has expressed her support for the Philippines’ bid to be the Guest of Honor (GOH) country of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) in 2025.

Having visited the Philippine pavilion at the FBF 2018 and at the FBF 2019, the three-term senator said that the National Book Development Board (NBDB), with the support of its mother agency, the Department of Education (DepEd), should ensure the continuous participation of the Philippines in the FBF and work towards being a GOH country.

“I laud the efforts of the NBDB to promote our local publishing industry in the global arena. That is why I did not think twice in giving my full support for our participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair when it was presented to me for budget allocation,” said Legarda.

The Philippines first participated in the FBF in 1998 until 2000 but was not able to sustain it. The NBDB succeeded in participating again in 2015, although in very modest terms, and in 2016, was able to put up a professionally executed pavilion through the support of Legarda, who, as then Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, increased the budget for the Philippines’ participation.

“We need to sustain this presence and aim to be the Guest of Honor country at the FBF 2025, the earliest year available with no designated GOH yet,” she stressed.

Legarda explained that being a GOH country of the FBF would be a major feat and would greatly benefit the local book publishing industry as the country would be the highlight of the fair. GOH status allows the country to showcase different facets of its culture and arts.

The only ASEAN country that has become GOH of the FBF is Indonesia in 2015.

“We need to work now to be GOH country in 2025. We need to be visible and make our presence stronger and felt. We did it in the Venice Biennale, where we achieved many feats, from returning in the Art Biennale in 2015 after a 51-year absence, to participating for the first time in the Architecture Biennale, to securing a space for our national pavilion in the Arsenale, the historic exhibition space of the Venice Biennale art platform.  This year, our exhibit proudly bagged the Special Mention as National Participation. We will do the same for the Frankfurt Book Fair, not only to improve every year’s participation but to be the Guest of Honor country,” said Legarda.

“Our presence in the Frankfurt Book Fair is a good opportunity for the Philippines not only to promote our publishing industry in the global arena but also to showcase the world-class talents of our Filipino writers and the gems of Filipino literature, espousing our rich culture and traditions,” Legarda concluded.

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which is held annually in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s largest international trade fair for the book publishing industry. It remains to be the most important marketplace for publishers, authors, literary agents, media professionals, illustrators, and book and trade associations to negotiate their publishing and licensing rights. This year, it will run from October 20 to 24.  

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‘Sarap, ‘Di Ba?’ marks  return to the studio

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

‘Sarap, ‘Di Ba?’ marks  return to the studio

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On October 16, 2021, “Sarap Di Ba?” will return to the studio. Catch the big event this coming Saturday morning.

Kapuso Primetime Star Carla Abellana will be the special guest as “Sarap, ‘Di Ba?” finally returns to its home studio.

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Hosts Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi and her daughter Cassy will give a one-of-a-kind bridal shower to the future Mrs. Tom Rodriguez. Among Carla’s closest friends in showbiz, find out who will be featured in the episode as they give warm wishes to the glowing bride-to-be.

Carla will also spend time in the “SDB” kitchen as she whips up a Filipino delicacy – a baked “kakanin” called “Inutak”  It’s an easy and delicious recipe you can prepare at home.

New segments in ‘SDB’

SDB Ep101621cQUIZMIS TIME! In this fun and new segment in “Sarap, Di Ba?,” contestants will answer showbiz-related questions with a twist! In this episode, Kapuso comedians Ian Red and Echo will guess the GMA Serye where Carla has starred. But not only that, because they will also act out the iconic scenes starring Carla in “Pamilya Roces” and “My Husband’s Lover.” Will Carla give them a thumbs up? Watch out this Saturday.

PA-MINE, DI BA? “SDB”  is also joining the popular Facebook trend: live online selling! Together with the episode guests, Cassy will convince the viewers to buy their exclusive items on the “SDB” Official Facebook Page. Ian and Echo in this episode will join Cassy in this segment.

Loyal viewers can still get the chance to win 5,000 pesos in our “SDB” 5k Giveaway, so make sure to tune in this Saturday on “Sarap, ‘Di Ba?” at 10am on GMA.

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PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 20th edition online   

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 20th edition online 

20years_20 filmsThe 20th edition of PELÍCULA-Spanish Film Festival, set from October 1-10, 2021,  will treat movie buffs from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia to a selection of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema. 

Presented by the Instituto Cervantes in Manila and Sydney and the Spanish Embassies in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia, the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival will stream sixteen feature films and four short films for free. 

Since its creation in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, PELíCULA has been an annual attraction in Philippine theatres. The Covid-19 crisis, which has closed cinemas in the Philippines, presented the greatest challenge in the history of the Festival, and PELíCULA responded by going online, and even went further by expanding to three other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, making the festival available to Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia, aside from the Philippines. 

The Festival will open on October 1 with El Cover (2021), a musical comedy and debut film of actor Secun de la Rosa. Other films in the line-up are Invisibles (Gracia Querejeta, 2020), Una vez más (Guillermo Rojas, 2020), Tristesse (Ruiz Barrachina, 2020), and the documentaries Oscuro y Lucientes (Samuel Alarcón, 2018), and Antonio Machado. Los días azules (Laura Hojman, 2020). The official entries also include dramas such as 15 horas (Judith Colell, 2020), Ane (David Pérez Sañudo, 2020) and the latest film of David Trueba A este lado del mundo (2020), a bitter and intelligent depiction of immigration. 

PELÍCULA will also feature Latin American films such as the Mexican documentary Observar las aves (Andrea Martínez Crowther, 2019) and Lina de Lima (2019), a feature film directed by María Paz González and co-produced by Chile, Argentina y Perú. All films will be available with English subtitles and for free on the website http://www.pelikula.es for 48 hours. 

Just like in the previous editions, spectators may vote for their favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards. Established in 2004, the Award is given to the film that the viewers have voted as the best of the Festival. Since its establishment in 2004, it has been a very popular tradition in the Festival and is kept alive even through its transition online. In its 20th edition, spectators can rate the films right after having viewed them. The film with the highest ratings will receive this year’s Audience Choice Award and will be screened again on October 10 at 6:00 PM, in the Festival’s platform http://www.pelikula.es. 

To celebrate the 20th edition of the cinematographic showcase, there will be a special selection of films that have won the PELíCULA Audience Choice Award. These films are Fuera de carta (Nacho G. Velilla, 2008), El secreto de sus ojos (Juan José Campanella, 2009), También la lluvia (Icíar Bollaín, 2010), Un cuento chino (Sebastián Borensztein, 2011) and Campeones (Javier Fesser, 2018). 

Webinars 

Aside from the film screenings, PELíCULA will be offering through its site http://www.pelikula.es free webinars and online talks with the directors of the films presented in the Festival or professionals in the audiovisual industry. 

On October 4 there will be a round-table discussion on the possibilities of coproduction of Asian films in Europe and Spanish films in Asia, in which various Spanish, Thai, and Filipino producers and experts on the topic will be participating. 

Philippine cinema was born in the Spanish language and almost all film-related terms in Filipino are in Spanish (such as pelikula, sine, direktor, aktor, contrabida, etc.), proof of the strong cultural relations shared between Spain and the Philippines. With this in mind, since its first editions PELíCULA has had activities that served as a space for meeting and interacting with Spanish and Filipino filmmakers. In line with this, on October 7, PELíCULA will be holding the webinar “En corto: Short films in the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and Spain”, an activity which will feature four recent short films, one from each country, and an online talk between the directors of these short films.  

On the occasion of the 20th edition of PELICULA, the Department of European Languages ​​of the University of the Philippines Diliman is holding a contest of film reviews in Spanish, open to students of Spanish in the Philippines. Further info on this page: https://upddel.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/review-contest-in-spanish-pelikula/ 

PELíCULA 2021 is an initiative of Instituto Cervantes in Manila and Sydney, the Embassies of Spain in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia, and the AECID, in collaboration with ICAA, the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines, the National Film Archive of Thailand, the Sydney Film Festival, the Travelling Film Fest (Australia), the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the UPFilm Institute, the University of the Philippines, Intramuros Administration, and La Pícara. 

All the movies are in Spanish (or their original language) with English subtitles. For the schedule, film details and further information on the Festival, please visit http://www.pelikula.es, or the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes: http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila 

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CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

 

PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 20th edition online 

The 20th edition of PELÍCULA-Spanish Film Festival, set from October 1-10, 2021,  will treat movie buffs from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia to a selection of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema. 

Presented by the Instituto Cervantes in Manila and Sydney and the Spanish Embassies in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia, the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival will stream sixteen feature films and four short films for free. 

Since its creation in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, PELíCULA has been an annual attraction in Philippine theatres. The Covid-19 crisis, which has closed cinemas in the Philippines, presented the greatest challenge in the history of the Festival, and PELíCULA responded by going online, and even went further by expanding to three other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, making the festival available to Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia, aside from the Philippines. 

The Festival will open on October 1 with El Cover (2021), a musical comedy and debut film of actor Secun de la Rosa. Other films in the line-up are Invisibles (Gracia Querejeta, 2020), Una vez más (Guillermo Rojas, 2020), Tristesse (Ruiz Barrachina, 2020), and the documentaries Oscuro y Lucientes (Samuel Alarcón, 2018), and Antonio Machado. Los días azules (Laura Hojman, 2020). The official entries also include dramas such as 15 horas (Judith Colell, 2020), Ane (David Pérez Sañudo, 2020) and the latest film of David Trueba A este lado del mundo (2020), a bitter and intelligent depiction of immigration. 

 PELÍCULA will also feature Latin American films such as the Mexican documentary Observar las aves (Andrea Martínez Crowther, 2019) and Lina de Lima (2019), a feature film directed by María Paz González and co-produced by Chile, Argentina y Perú. All films will be available with English subtitles and for free on the website http://www.pelikula.es for 48 hours. 

 Just like in the previous editions, spectators may vote for their favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards. Established in 2004, the Award is given to the film that the viewers have voted as the best of the Festival. Since its establishment in 2004, it has been a very popular tradition in the Festival and is kept alive even through its transition online. In its 20th edition, spectators can rate the films right after having viewed them. The film with the highest ratings will receive this year’s Audience Choice Award and will be screened again on October 10 at 6:00 PM, in the Festival’s platform http://www.pelikula.es. 

To celebrate the 20th edition of the cinematographic showcase, there will be a special selection of films that have won the PELíCULA Audience Choice Award. These films are Fuera de carta (Nacho G. Velilla, 2008), El secreto de sus ojos (Juan José Campanella, 2009), También la lluvia (Icíar Bollaín, 2010), Un cuento chino (Sebastián Borensztein, 2011) and Campeones (Javier Fesser, 2018). 

 Webinars 

Aside from the film screenings, PELíCULA will be offering through its site http://www.pelikula.es free webinars and online talks with the directors of the films presented in the Festival or professionals in the audiovisual industry. 

On October 4 there will be a round-table discussion on the possibilities of coproduction of Asian films in Europe and Spanish films in Asia, in which various Spanish, Thai, and Filipino producers and experts on the topic will be participating. 

 Philippine cinema was born in the Spanish language and almost all film-related terms in Filipino are in Spanish (such as pelikula, sine, direktor, aktor, contrabida, etc.), proof of the strong cultural relations shared between Spain and the Philippines. With this in mind, since its first editions PELíCULA has had activities that served as a space for meeting and interacting with Spanish and Filipino filmmakers. In line with this, on October 7, PELíCULA will be holding the webinar “En corto: Short films in the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and Spain”, an activity which will feature four recent short films, one from each country, and an online talk between the directors of these short films.  

On the occasion of the 20th edition of PELICULA, the Department of European Languages ​​of the University of the Philippines Diliman is holding a contest of film reviews in Spanish, open to students of Spanish in the Philippines. Further info on this page: https://upddel.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/review-contest-in-spanish-pelikula/ 

PELíCULA 2021 is an initiative of Instituto Cervantes in Manila and Sydney, the Embassies of Spain in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia, and the AECID, in collaboration with ICAA, the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines, the National Film Archive of Thailand, the Sydney Film Festival, the Travelling Film Fest (Australia), the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the UPFilm Institute, the University of the Philippines, Intramuros Administration, and La Pícara. 

All the movies are in Spanish (or their original language) with English subtitles. For the schedule, film details and further information on the Festival, please visit http://www.pelikula.es, or the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes: http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila 

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In his undertakings, Tito Sotto is BRAVE!

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

In his undertakings, Tito Sotto is BRAVE!

 

Among other attributes, Senator President Tito Sotto can be described as unfazed and brave, not only because he is running for vice president in the next national elections, but something he has projected to the fore while doing public service for several decades now.

And during the recent virtual “Tsikahan With Tito Sotto,” held a day after his and wife Helen Gamboa’s 52nd wedding anniversary, he again showcased this facet of his personality but in another context. BRAVE  in this regard is an acronym for a project he is most ardent to do: Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE). Among his other projects for good governance, he will be focused on what’s best to be done for the good of the people, like using government money properly.

In tandem with Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who is also bravely and fearlessly running for president in the 2022 national elections, Tito Sen (Senator Sotto’s pet name especially in the local entertainment world) stressed that in the collective 83 years of their public service, they have more than enough to offer to the voters, the seniors and the young ones, the millennials. 

Interestingly, Tito Sen revealed that it was actually he who Senator Lacson was initially poised to convince to run for the highest position of the land – as president – with Senator Grace Poe as his running mate. (Senator Poe has been a popular choice for VP candidate, and even Mayor Isko Moreno has talked to her to be his running mate, but the lady senator declined the offer). 

So it was actually Senator Poe who prodded the two of them, Senators Lacson and Sotto, to run as a tandem instead, Tito Sen said.

And if  President Rodrigo Duterte is really poised on running for VP, he will be Tito Sen’s opponent or adversary which is okay with the senator.  After all,  “magkaibigan naman kami, may pinagsamahan naman kami. Sang-ayon ako to most of his programs, magkaiba kami sa pananaw in certain things, but magkaibigan pa rin kami. Basta ako, kontra ako sa mga mali,” Tito Sen said.

 

A former actor, comedian, producer, songwriter and top bowler, Tito Sen was co-host of “Eat Bulaga,” the longest-running variety show in the Philippines, along with Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon. He described “Eat Bulaga” as a public service program masquerading as a variety show. He considers Vic and Joey as well-grounded – what with their 43 years experience! – and he always consults them in every decision he makes, Tito Sen said.

Anyway, the “Tsikahan With Tito Sotto” lasted for several hours, from which we gathered materials enough for several more articles, which will be forthcoming of course. In the meantime, for the benefit of the young voters, the millennials, here are background materials for Tito Sen:

Although he came from a political family (he is the grandson of former  Senator  Vicente Y. Sotto, and the grand-nephew of  former Senator Filemon Sotto), Vicente “Tito” Castelo Sotto 111, who was born on August 24, 1948 from parents Marcelino Antonio Ojeda Sotto and Dr. Herminia Castelo Sotto, did not have political dreams when he was young. “I just wanted to be a lawyer, but I became a lawmaker by destiny,” he said.

Prior to his becoming senator (this is his fourth term as such, becoming Senate President since 2018), Tito Sen served as vice mayor of Quezon City from 1988-1992. He founded the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines of which he was its first president. 

In 2008-2009, he also served as Vice Chairman of the Citizen’s Drugwatch.

Tito Sen finished Bachelor of  Arts major in English at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. His first inclination was music and he started his musical career in the 1960s and he is credited to be the founder of  the musical group VST & Co., one of the pioneers of OPM and Manila Sound. The group included his brothers Vic and Val. 

VST  & Co. played covers of the Dave Clark Five, and later Tito Sen became vice president of Vicor Music Corporation. 

Among his compositions is “Magkaisa,” which was considered one of the anthems of the 1986 People Power Revolution.

Tito Sen and wife Helen Gamboa have four children: Romina, Diorella, Gian and Ciara Sotto, and 11 grandchildren.

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Giving credence to teachers this National Teachers Month 2021

CELEBRITY WORLD PH

By Crispina M. Belen

Giving credence to teachers this National Teachers Month 2021

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During this National Teachers Month (September 5-October 5, 2021), it is but fitting to give credence and utmost importance to our teachers all over the archipelago. On this national celebration, I couldn’t but remember and put emphasis on the contributions made by A Teachers Party-List, spearheaded by its president and chairman of the board Juliet R. Cortuna, a former Party-List representative, for the betterment of teachers.

On this National Teachers Month, we are also reminded of what National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose said: “The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.”

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And from former Rep. Cortuna herself, “Sa bawat Filipinong guro, at bawat guro sa buong mundo, salamat sa inyong di matatawaran at buong serbisyo. Ang A Teachers Party-List ay sumasaludo sa inyo. Maligayang Pambansang Buwan Ng Mga Guro!”

With the theme “Gurong Filipino: Katuwang sa Hamon, Kasama sa Pagbangon!” Rep. Cortuna also asked everyone to follow and subscribe to their social media accounts: Instagram: @ateacherspartylistph; Twitter: @AteacherPartyl1; YouTube: A TEACHERS Partylist.

During the pandemic, the A Teachers Party-List has initiated many worthwhile and vital projects to address the situation especially concerning teachers. Among these were A TEACHERS Tips and Tutorials (Paggawa Ng Google Email Accounts) and a Masterclass for teachers, students and parents.

A native of Occidental Mindoro, Rep. Cortuna is a dedicated educator but is not a teacher per se, meaning she wasn’t an education graduate. “Actually, I am an accountant by profession,” she said. She graduated with the degree of Science in Business Administration. She finished her master in Business Administration at De La Salle University, and her master in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines (with the highest honor, with 1.07 average!).

She added: “I am a researcher and health educator and I love to teach and share my knowledge and experience in business, agriculture, banking and finance, tourism and even public administration. For me, sharing my experiences and how I became what I am is the most fulfilling job in my entire life.

“I am not just teaching but educating individuals or groups based on what they need to know. Maybe the passion to share and my love for this through A TEACHERS Partylist as it’s representative is my way of fulfilling a dream to be a humanitarian individual.” 

Among the projects spearheaded by A TEACHERS Partylist through the initiative and linkages made by Rep. Cortuna is a   bridge connecting the Minority School in Sitio Karyandangan, a Mangyan Village. Now, farmers are able to bring their produce to the main land, and students can now go to school using their bicycles and motor bikes. Both students and teachers can now walk and reach their school comfortably.  About 600 families are benefited by this bridge, Rep. Cortuna proudly said.

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Julie Anne San Jose’s “Limitless, A Musical Trilogy” kicks off with ‘Breathe’ tonight, September 17

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By Crispina M. Belen 

Julie Anne San Jose’s “Limitless, A Musical Trilogy” kicks off tonight with ‘Breathe’ 

Tonight, (September 17), witness the much-awaited first leg of the one-a-kind online musical journey “Limitless, A Musical Trilogy” headlined by Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose.

Concert-goers can buy their tickets via www.GMANetwork.com/synergy.

Dubbed “Breathe,” the first of the three-part online musical journey sees the Kapuso singer exploring the hidden gems of Mindanao and in the process, sharing her own experience as well as her discoveries about herself.

“In ‘Limitless,’ I’m sharing a piece of my heart,” shares Julie. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this vulnerable and open to people through a show. You always see me through my work or TV show but I feel like for the first time, you will see me as ‘me’ in ‘Limitless.”

Discovering more is what makes the homegrown Kapuso singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and multi-instrumentalist feel limitless.

“Every day is a learning experience for me and I always have a hunger for learning and for honing my talents,” she adds.

In ‘Breathe,’ Julie meets with the locals of various locations in Mindanao, learning more about their culture and values.

“What really made an impact to me was the connection we had with the locals in Mindanao. They would tell us how grateful they were that of all places we could have gone to, we went to theirs,” says the Asia’s Limitless Star.

Julie also collaborates with Kapuso homegrown talents and local artists for Limitless.

For tonight’s leg, Julie is joined by Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista and “The Clash” alumnus Jong Madaliday.

Christian has worked with Julie in various musical concerts and TV shows including the “The Clash.’ “ Jong, who hails from North Cotabato, is a proud product of the said singing competition.

In “Breathe,” Julie also collaborates with Myke Salomon, the musical director behind the hit musicals “Huling El Bimbo” and “Rak of Aegis,” and JC Gellidon as the director of photography. 

Ticket buyers have options to purchase ticket specific for each leg or avail of the ticket bundle for the three legs. Tickets are priced at P599 (General Admission); P1,499 (Synergy Pass GA); P1,199 (VIP); and P3,299 (Synergy Pass VIP). A special merchandise awaits ticket buyers who will purchase the VIP and Synergy Pass VIP.

“Limitless, A Musical Trilogy” is under the creative direction of Paolo Valenciano. This one-of-a-kind event is produced by GMA Synergy — the same team behind the Philippines’ first-ever virtual reality concert, “Alden’s Reality: The Virtual Reality Concert,” the TV airing of which is a finalist at the 2021 New York Festivals Awards.

“Limitless” is made possible with the help of the following partners: Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn with Tri Oleo; Globe Prepaid; Jollibee Chickenjoy; Department of Health – Center for Health and Development Ilocos; Cropking Chemicals, Inc.; RDL Pharmaceutical Laboratory, Inc.; and Professional Organizers Unlimited, Inc.

Catch ‘“Breathe,”  the first leg of “Limitless, A Musical Trilogy” tonight. Get your tickets now via www.GMANetwork.com/synergy.

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Rayver Cruz renews contract with GMA

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By Crispina M. Belen

Rayver Cruz renews contract with GMA

Kapuso actor, TV host and performer Rayver Cruz remains a loyal Kapuso as he signed an exclusive network contract with GMA Network and renewed his management contract with GMA Artist Center last September 9. 

Rayver Cruz with GMA Network executives and co-manager Albert Chua

Present in the virtual signing ceremony were Senior Vice President for GMA Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, First Vice President For Drama Redgie A. Magno, First Vice President for Business Development Department III Darling de Jesus-Bodegon, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz, Senior Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Artist Center Assistant Vice President and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Unit Simoun Ferrer, GMA Artist Center consultant Johnny Manahan, GMA Artist Center Senior Talent Manager Vic del Rosario, Senior Program Manager Redgynn Alba, and Rayver’s co-manager Albert Chua. 

Delighted to continue his Kapuso journey, Rayver was emotional during this momentous event, saying “Hindi ako emotional na tao pero na-sapul ako dito! Nakakatuwa kasi ang tagal ko na rin sa industry, ang dami ko na ring naging kaibigan, mga napamahal na co-actors ko. Take ko na rin itong opportunity na ito para magpasalamat ng mabuti sa aking mga GMA bosses. Sobrang saya and blessed ang pakiramdam ko. Sunud-sunod ‘yung trabaho, sunud-sunod ‘yung projects na ipinagkakatiwala sa akin ng Kapuso Network. Simula ng bumalik ako sa kanila, tuluy-tuloy lang ‘yung projects na binibigay nila sa akin and super blessed ako na palaging may work sa kabila ng panahong nangyayari sa atin ngayon. I’m so happy!” 

Moreover, he shared how valuable his years as a Kapuso have been. “Throughout the years as a Kapuso, perseverance talaga ang kailangan mo para mahalin ‘yung trabaho mo. Kailangan mo paghusayan at pagbutihin kasi at the end of the day, hard work always pays off.”

Currently, Rayver plays the role of Alex in the Afternoon Prime series “Nagbabagang Luha” and a mainstay performer of the weekend variety show “All-Out Sundays.” He is also gearing up for the fourth season of the all-original musical competition “The Clash.”

Rasonable attests to Rayver’s range as an artist:  “Congratulations on your renewal with GMA Artist Center and GMA Network. It’s so heartwarming to see everybody here. Ang daming executives and program managers na nandito. It just goes to show how much we love you and how much we enjoy working with you. Heartwarming din and nostalgic kasi we used to see you as a little boy with Rodjun, bitbit ni Kuya Germs sa 7th floor. Nakakatuwa that you have come home and renewed and you remain loyal to GMA Network and to GMA Artist Center. We appreciate that and we stay committed to giving you the platforms and the programs that will further hone your craft. Marami ka pang pwedeng gawin. Excited kaming makita ‘yun. So congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in the years to come.”

Santiago-Lara expressed her delight in watching Rayver evolve to the star he is today.  “We’re just so happy that Rayver is with us in GMA and I can say that we were able to unbox and unleash his talent to the world even more in the last few years that he’s been with us. We look forward to many more  years of having him as a Kapuso and having him showcase his talent as an actor, as a performer, and as a host. He’s such a multitalented artist and we’re just so happy that Rayver Cruz is part of the GMA family.”

Finally, Mr. M commended GMA for showcasing the actor’s potential, adding “GMA was able to unleash your powers, Rayver, in singing, dancing, kulang na lang basketball! Congratulations, Rayver. Kuya Rayver sa paningin ng iba. We’re proud of you.” 

Go to GMANetwork.com for more up-to-date news on yur favorite Kapuso shows and artists. 

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Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine in ‘Sarap Di B?’ this Saturday

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By Crispina M. Belen

Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine in ‘Sarap Di B?’ this Saturday

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This Saturday, join the Legaspi family in their abode as they bond over their favorite drinks. They will be joined by Alfred Vargas and his wife Yasmine, who will share their Saturday fun moments at home.

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In this episode, viewers will also learn how to prepare different kinds of coffee-based, chocolate-based, fruit and vegetable-based drinks at the Casa Legaspi. They will also learn new pizza recipes at Casa Vargas as Yasmine shows off her kitchen prowess. Alfred, on the other hand, will let the viewers take a peek inside his favorite spot at home. Plus enjoy some “kilig” moments as Alfred and Yasmine play a couple game for the viewers.

All these plus the Sarap  ‘Di Ba 5k giveaway and the GMA All-Out Pop Quiz Panalo ate in store for the viewers this Saturday, 10am in “Sarap ‘Di Ba?! Bahay Edition.”

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