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GMA 7 being pressured by netizens to drop guesting of Sen. Revilla in Alden’s ‘The Gift’

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The clamor from fans to stop the guesting of Senator Bong Revilla in Alden Richards’ primetime TV series “The Gift” continues to gather steam. But, of course, there are opinions to the contrary, and the pressure is now on the Kapuso Network to decide if it would push through with the plan.

The hashtag #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift was filled with negative sentiments from netizens on the senator’s appearance in “The Gift”. Many are saying that this would tarnish the image of Alden and the series, as Revilla just figured in a plunder case.

A tweet by @marcinareus02 said: “Taking a political, and more importantly a moral stand. It’s not enough that he was not made to pay for his plundering, but to use the show to improve his image. Isn’t a corrupt politician one of Sep’s oppressors?” Sep is the character being played by Alden in the GMA 7 series, which just entered its second month of airing. 

Even veteran talk show host, columnist and talent manager Lolit Solis is being bashed for pushing the addition of Revilla in the cast of “The Gift”. 

The talent manager, in her column in the Pilipino Star Ngayon published on Friday (November 15), discredited the attack against Revilla, saying those who oppose his guesting in “The Gift” are not really fans of Alden. She also said Revilla’s appearance in the series is a show of gratitude for what the senator did in the past to help jumpstart the career of Alden.

“Alam ng mga tunay na nagmamahal kay Alden kung paano ito inalagaan ni Bong noong bago pa lang siya sa showbiz. Nakasama ni Bong si Alden sa kanyang television show at pelikula noon. Madalas purihin ni Bong ang pagi­ging matiyaga at masipag ni Alden. Lagi rin niyang sinasabi noon na malayo ang mararating ni Alden at nangyari na nga ito,” Solis said.

But the netizens wouldn’t have any of this. @sisaisagani said in her tweet: “Who will believe the scam queen? … take it, take it … ang daling makalimot ng pinoy kaya madaling mauto #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift.” @sisaisagani was alluding to the manipulation of the results of the Best Actor and Best Actress awards in the 1994 Metro Manila Film Festival involving Solis.

@jeannieDV commented:  “Believe it Ms. Lolit! The #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift ht was from us, legit fans of #ALDENRichards who are not fence-sitters. We take a stand!

And it’s a legit call to @gmanetwork to please sit & discuss what you’re planning to do. Not just for TheGift but for that show for kids!”

Aga Muhlach early favorite to bag 2019 MMFF best actor plum for role in ‘Cell No. 7’ remake

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Aga Muhlach early favorite to bag 2019 MMFF best actor plum for role in ‘Cell No. 7’ remake
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Veteran actor Aga Muhlach is emerging as the favorite to win the best actor award in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival  (MMFF) for his portrayal of the mentally challenged father in the Philippine remake of Korean hit movie “Miracle in Cell No. 7”.

Viva Films released last November 12 a two-and-a-half minute teaser of the film, and immediately, experts are saying that Aga gave justice to the role originally played by Ryu Seung-ryong, who made many people cry in the original movie shown in 2013.

The teaser’s Youtube views already exceeded 1.56 million with over 7,700 comments as of November 14, making it also one of the most anticipated MMFF entries.

A comment by netizen Cybo D Rees said: “This is just a remake but this still can make me feel the goosebumps I felt last time.”

Even Broadway great Leah Salonga was reported to have cried after watching some of her friend’s scenes in the teaser.

Aga plays the lead role Joselito, while Xia Vigor portrays his daughter, young daughter Yesha. Bella Padilla plays the role of the grown up Yesha.

Portraying the roles of Joselito’s cellmates are Joel Torre, JC Santos, Mon Confiado, Jojit Lorenzo and Soliman Cruz.

The 2019 MMFF, which will open in cinemas on December 25 for a two-week run, will also feature: 

“The Mall the Merrier” of Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis under ABS-CBN Film Productions and Inc./Viva Films;

Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” of Bossing Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza under APT Entertainment, Inc/M-ZET Production;

3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon” of Coco Martin, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Jennylyn Mercado under CCM Productions;

“Mindanao” of Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon under Centerstage;

Write About Love” starring Rocco Nacino and Yeng Constantino, Joem Bascon and Miles Ocampo under TBA Studios;

Culion” starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryll Soriano under iOptions Ventures Corp;

Sunod starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa and Kate Alejandrino under TEN17P.

Quiboloy accepts Vice’s challenge, will not just stop ‘Ang Probinsyano’ but operation of ABS-CBN as well

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Quiboloy accept’s Vice’s challenge, will not just stop ‘Ang Probinsyano’ but operation of ABS-CBN as well

Kapamilya Vice Ganda’s challenge to Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to put a halt to the airing of ABS-CBN’s primetime hit “Ang Probinsyano”— just like how the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name claimed to have ordered the earthquakes in Davao to stop—has been accepted.

And based on the answer of Quiboloy, it appears that he won’t be needing heaven’s help, but that of Malacanang.

“The challenge is accepted,” Quiboloy said, referring to what Vice said in an episode of “It’s Showtime” last November 5 that he should also stop the airing of “Ang Probinsyano” starring Coco Martin, as well as the traffic in Edsa. Vice, in that episode, said: “Ipahinto mo na ang ‘Probinsyano’. Napahinto mo pala ang lindol eh. Napakayabang niyo pala, eh..Sabi niya raw, stop. Sige nga! Punta ka ng gitna ng EDSA, stop mo ‘yung traffic du’n!”

Quiboloy, in accepting Vice’s challenge, said: “Kailan mo ba gustong mapa-stop ang ‘Ang Probinsyano’? Isang buwan? Dalawang buwan? Tatlong buwan? Apat na buwan? Ikaw, pili ka.”

Then he continued with a political overtone, dragging the feud between President Duterte and the ABS-CBN management: “Baka sa apat na buwan, hindi lang yung ‘Probinsyano’ ang mai-stop, baka pati yung network mo stop na ‘yan.”

Quiboloy is a known big supporter and ally of Duterte, with his religious group based in Davao City. Duterte has threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is set to expire in March 2020. Without the franchise, ABS-CBN’s operation will cease. The President and his allies in Congress keep on reminding ABS-CBN of their disgust over the decision of the network not to air Duterte’s commercials during the 2016 elections campaign period even if they were paid already.

True enough, the House of Representatives has not acted on the 25-year renewal of the network’s franchise. 

As to the Edsa traffic, Quiboloy told Vice: “Sinabi mo na pahintuin ko ang traffic sa EDSA, paano ko pahihintuin, nahinto na!…Naging parking lot na nga ang EDSA, e, nakahinto na.Hindi siguro yun ang right word na sinabi mo. Pabilisin.”

Vice Ganda gets tongue-lashing, threats for “Ang yabang” comment vs Quiboloy

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Vice Ganda gets tongue-lashing, threats for “Ang yabang” comment vs Quiboloy
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Kapamilya’s Vice Ganda was not only scolded, but was also threatened, on air by a broadcaster who claims to be a friend of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy. 

This was over Vice’s “It’s Showtime” comments against the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, a religious organization based in Davao City.

In an episode of “It’s Showtime”, Vice made these comments, which drew laughter from the audience and fellow hosts: “Ipahinto mo na ang ‘Probinsyano’. Napahinto mo pala ang lindol eh. Napakayabang niyo pala, eh..Sabi niya raw, stop. Sige nga! Punta ka ng gitna ng EDSA, stop mo ‘yung traffic du’n!” Vice was reacting to a video of Quiboloy where the pastor said he made the recent twin earthquakes in Davao stop just by saying: “Stop!”

Mike Abe, in his program aired over Quiboloy’s radio station DZAR, said he was hurt by the comments of Vice and how they made fun of the pastor, who is a known supporter of President Duterte and other politicians like former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Abe warned Vice that he should be careful because he might just cross paths with some of Quiboloy’s claimed 7 million followers. “Sana ‘di ‘yan masalubong ng mga taong nagagalit sa kanya, baka may paglagyan ‘yang mamang ‘yan! Mama naman ‘yan e! ‘Di naman babae ‘yan e! Huwag niyong iinsultuhin ang Pastor dahil ‘di niyo kilala nang personal ‘yan!” 

Abe added: “Di ko naman maintindihan kung paano naging Ganda ‘yun? Baka siguro Vice lang? Vice Gay! Oh bahala na kayo. Pero Vice Ganda, ‘di naman maganda eh! Lalo na ‘yung sinabi!” 

Abe also urged the ABS-CBN management and the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to take action against Vice. “Hindi lahat ng klase ng patawa ay nakakatuwa, may mga nakakatawang nang iinsulto kayo!”

Bianca Umali urges women to be confident of their body

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Bianca Umali urges women to be confident of their body
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Kapuso talent Bianca Umali’s real intention in posting her sexy photos was to inspire women to be proud of their body. 

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The 19-year-old said in an interview with GMA News’ Chika Minute that her recent Instagram posts, where she was wearing bikini and sexy clothes, was not meant to just show off her fine figure and assets. 

Bianca said social media is a good tool to inspire women to be confident of their body.

“Be confident of who you are and maraming magja-judge sa ‘yo, maraming opinionated na tao. But as long as you’re happy, then do what makes your heart happy,” she said.

New TV series for Kapamilya love teams KathNiel, LizQuen

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New TV series for Kapamilya love teams KathNiel, LizQuen

Kapamilya fans have so much to look forward to in the coming year with the start of several TV series featuring their favorite stars and love teams.

The KathNiel fandom of sweethearts Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, for instance, will have their eyes glued on primetime TV again with the couple’s still untitled series to be shot in Mexico. This is KathNiel’s first TV project together since “La Luna Sangre”.

The LizQuen pair of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, meanwhile, will lead the romantic comedy series “Make It With You”, which will be filmed in Croatia. It will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, who also guided the two in the hit television series “Forevermore”. 

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, on the other hand, will be featured in the series “Love Thy Woman”. Xian will be torn between step-sisters Kim and Yam Concepcion in the series.

Bea Alonzo, meanwhile, will be paired for the first time Richard Gutierrez in the series “Kahit Minsan Lang”. Gerald Anderson will also make a TV series comeback via the action-drama “A Soldier’s Heart”.

Mayor Isko joins Bubble Gang’s ‘Scavengers’

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Mayor Isko joins Bubble Gang’s ‘Scavengers’;
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Mayor Isko joins Bubble Gang’s ‘Scavengers’

The 24th Anniversary Special of GMA’s “Bubble Gang” will feature a two-episode parody of Marvel’s “The Avengers”. The longest-running gag show in the country will air on November 15 and 22 with the tele-movie “Scavengers, Assemble”.

The team of “Scavengers”, a crew of interstellar garbage collectors, will feature Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, who was a real-life scavenger before he became an actor and politician.

Mayor Isko is now the talk of the town for personally leading city government operations to cleanse Manila of garbage both in the city hall and on the streets. He grew up in the slum area of Tondo.

Marjorie threatens to sue Claudine

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Marjorie threatens to sue Claudine

Is Marjorie suing Claudine for wiretapping? 

Basing on the recent statement of Marjorie Barretto, it seems that she is preparing to file multiple cases against her sister Claudine, including wiretapping and defamation. 

This is what she said: “PROVE this twisted story of yours in court. Prove that I have ever tried to physically hurt my Mother. And PROVE this was the argument that my Mom and I had about Julia giving 500k in exchange for the Subic home. PROVE it. Because it was only when Dad was dead that Julia paid the 500k and so much more than any of us. And how we repeatedly made it clear Julia was no buying the Subic house, long before Dad died, that was clear to all, all siblings knew that, you wrote it down in your paper, and you were recording it from your phone without our consent.”

Recording a conversation without the consent of all parties is a criminal offense under the wiretapping law. So from the actual physical skirmish to verbal tussles in traditional and social media, the war among the Barretto sisters is headed to a new battleground— the courts.

Coming soon: Parokya’s frontman Chito Miranda, wife Neri to release vlog about infidelity

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Coming soon: Parokya’s frontman Chito Miranda, wife Neri to release vlog about infidelity
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Neri Naig Miranda announced that she and husband Chito Miranda, the frontman of local band Parokya Ni Edgar, will be releasing a video blog that tackles infidelity among men, particularly how wives can tell if their husbands are having illicit relationships with their friends.

In her Instagram post, Neri said: “Gumawa pala ako ng vlog about sa pagchi-cheat ng lalaki, hehe! Featuring Chito syempre. Post ko soon after ma-edit. Pero maganda rin etong topic na may mga close friends o best friends na mga babae ang bf o asawa mo. Paano mo malalaman na magkaibigan lang talaga sila.”

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Asawa ko yan. She's beautiful, she's smart, she's sweet, she's kind, she's caring and considerate, she's patient, forgiving, and most importantly, she's mine. But this post ain't about her. This post is about me 😂, at kung bakit nya ako minahal hahaha! Di ako gwapo pero patay na patay sya sa akin.😁 Well, to be fair…patay na patay din naman ako sa kanya, so quits lang hahaha! Wag nyong iisipin na palibhasa sikat ako kaya nya ko sinagot…eh ang daming di hamak na mas sikat sa akin na nanligaw sa kanya, ako pa rin ang pinili nya. Wag nyo rin sasabihin na siguro dahil mayaman ako kaya nya ko pinili, kasi hindi naman talaga ako mayaman (mas mayaman pa nga sya sa akin ngayon eh!🤘🏻😂) May mga nanligaw at naging boyfriend sya na sooobrang yaman at madaming sasakyan…pero pinili nya ako kahit lumang Jazz lang ang sasakyan ko. I don't think naman na minahal nya lang ako just because of my abs and perfectly toned body 😂 di naman sya ganun ka-shallow. Alam nyo kung bakit nya ko minahal? Kasi I'd drive for 3hrs just to spend an hour with her, and travel for another 3hrs going back home. At sa 1 hour na kasama ko sya, papatawanin ko sya at aalaskahin, kukulitin at tatratuhin bilang tropa…pero may kasamang malisya, kasi alam nya na may gusto ako sa kanya. Here's a tip: Make sure that she knows na ayaw mo na "friends" lang, but always treat her like a friend. Yung totoong friend ha? Dapat para ka nyang daddy, kuya, at bestfriend. Always treat her like a princess, pero dapat kaya mo rin syang kutusan paminsan-minsan! Sinisigurado ko na masaya sya kapag kasama nya ko…para mamiss nya ako at hanap-hanapin tuwing wala ako haha! Never ko din pinagtulakan ang sarili ko sa kanya…pero pinaparamdam ko na pinapangahalagahan ko talaga sya above everyone and everything else. Tinigil ko yung mga kalokohan ko, not because she asked me to, but because I wanted her to be in love with someone who was worth loving. I needed to be someone worthy of that love…kasi kung hindi mawawala sya. And lastly, bumili ako ng bagoong na may gayuma sa palengke ng Luksuhin, at humingi ako ng magic helmet kay God. Ayun…nasira ulo nya. Ngayon, asawa ko na sya. #chitorials

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This was the last part of Neri’s IG message where she answered a malicious post insinuating Chito is in a relationship with Kapuso’s Bubbles Paraiso. The post said Chito and Bubbles were seen making out at a Halloween party.

But Neri just calmly dismissed the post, saying: “Ever since hindi ko pinag-isipan ng may malisya sila Chito kasama si Bubbles at Angel. Kung alam lang din ng mga tao kung paano nila asarin si Chito! Pero seriously, magkaibigan po talaga sila at never kong pinagbawalan si Chito maki-hang out sa kanila o kahit kaninong tao mapababae man o lalaki, ok lang sa akin. Why? Bakit ko kailangan siyang paghigpitan? Ang tao kung gusto niyang magloko, magloloko ‘yan kahit ano pang bantay ang gagawin mo. Saka secured ako sa pagmamahal ng asawa ko. Kung dati ngang bf/gf palang kami, NEVER ko siyang pinagbawalan, mas lalo ngayong mag asawa na kami. Saka secured din ako sa sarili ko.”

The Angel mentioned by Neri is Kapamilya star Angel Locsin, who was also in the same Halloween party.

Angel and Bubbles just laughed off the “malicious” IG post in their comments to Neri’s message. They said in jest that Chito was actually making out with actor Paolo Paraiso, the brother of Bubbles.

Angel even asked Bubbles why she and Chito are often rumored to be in a relationship with her.

This prompted Neri to comment:”@bubblesparaiso next vlog ni Chito dapat kasama kayong dalawa ni Angel. Tapos ang title, ‘Ano bang meron kay Bubbles at nachichismis kami sa kanya?'”

Neri said she doesn’t mind Chito going out with Angel and Bubbles a lot. “I love Angel and Bubbles kase mabait talaga silang tao, hindi lang kay Chito, pati sa amin na rin ni Miggy.” 

Miggy is the son of Chito and Neri.

You want to date—and possibly marry— Willie Revillame? Audition now.

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You want to date—and possibly marry— Willie Revillame? Audition now.
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Game show host Willie Revillame just announced that he is now seeking a partner for life in time for his 59th birthday in January.

And he is planning to meet and date her via a new segment of his program “Wowowin”, which he called “Wil you date me?”

Kuya Willie, a comedian who became a household name because of his numerous game shows formerly aired over ABS-CBN and now over GMA, said he has grown tired of being alone.

“Alam niyo sa January, magpi-59 na ako. Matanda na ako, lagi lang akong nag-iisa ‘pag umuuwi. Kumakain mag-isa, breakfast, tanghali, dinner, naliligo mag-isa. Lagi lang mag-isa. Pagod na after nitong show, ako lang mag-isa. Mahirap na lagi ka lang mag-isa sa buhay,” he said in an episode of “Wowowin”.

That was when he announced the new segment “Wil you date me?”

“So ngayon ho, meron kaming bago ditong pakulo. Naghahanap na po ako ng makakasama ko sa buhay…Mag-o-audition kayo, at ‘pag pumasa kayo sa audition, susunduin kita sa iyong tahanan. Kahit taga-Cebu ka, kahit taga-Davao ka, kahit taga-saan ka, pauuwiin kita rito, susunduin kita sa airport. Kahit taga-ibang bansa, basta gusto mong maka-date ako, kasi ang tanong dito, ‘Wil you date me?’”

This is open to women aged between 19 and 40, with no children and previous marriage.

Kuya Willie said those interested can post their stories on the official Facebook page of “Wowowin”, which will take the form of their audition. Those who will pass the audition will be invited to Manila.

“Ako ang susundo sa’yo, kakain tayong dalawa, magkukuwentuhan tayo sa buhay-buhay. Malay mo, ikaw na ang makasama ko habambuhay?”

The many ‘surprises’ unraveled by Marjorie Barretto

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The many ‘surprises’ unraveled by Marjorie Barretto
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Marjorie Barretto’s interview with Karen Davila of ABS-CBN News revealed to the public many surprises, heightening the public’s interest in the rift among the Barretto children, which culminated with a fight in front of President Duterte at the wake of the family’s patriarch Miguel.

Here are some of Marjorie’s revelations:

  • She had been at the receiving end of character assassinations for five years already
  • Controversial businessman Atong Ang was a boyfriend of her niece Nicole; Atong and Nicole had a relationship for five years, even before Nicole turned 18
  • Atong Ang is now the boyfriend of her sister Gretchen, who used to be the wife of businessman Tony Boy Cojuangco
  • Atong Ang triggered the tension at the wake of Miguel when he tried many times to make Nicole and her family leave before his, Gretchen’s and President Duterte’s arrival at the wake
  • She refused the gesture of Duterte to reconcile her and Gretchen because she saw the insincerity in Gretchen’s face
  • Claudine disrespected her when she refused to patch up with Gretchen in front of Duterte
  • Atong Ang tried to reach for her that may have started the scuffle  
  • After the Presidential Security Group separated them to secure the President, Gretchen attacked Nicole
  • It was Gretchen who had a nervous breakdown, and not her, as claimed by Gretchen in an earlier statement
  • Miguel was hospitalized for 16 days and Gretchen did not even bother to visit
  • Their father died of acute respiratory failure, not heart attack, as claimed by Gretchen 
  • For 25 years, Gretchen did not invite their parents to any of her properties even once
  • She became a mistress of Caloocan Mayor Recom Echiverri, who is the father of her younger daughter
  • Claudine sought financial help from Echiverri, but it was a setup for a molestation claim against the mayor
  • Her daughters, including young actress Julia, are “not for sale”, or not being offered to rich businessmen as rumored
  • She is open to reconciliation with Gretchen and Claudine, but not with the “fanfare”

ABS-CBN devoted close to 20 minutes of airtime for the interview with Marjorie over its primetime news TV Patrol on Tuesday night (October 22).

Barrettos quarrel, fight in front of Duterte at wake of family patriarch Miguel

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Barrettos quarrel, fight in front of Duterte at wake of family patriarch Miguel
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Actress Gretchen Barretto confirmed that her sister Marjorie turned down the request of President Duterte to forget about their dispute for at least during the wake of the Barretto patriarch Miguel, which heated things up at the reunion of the quarreling sisters and eventually led to a scuffle on Wednesday.

Then, in an Instagram post on Friday, Claudine Barretto said: ”Are you proud of who you have become?””

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“I hope not.”

The cryptic message did not say who Claudine was referring to. However, it was after she was hospitalized on Thursday night due to an alleged physical confrontation with Marjorie, according to ABS-CBN News. It was a sequel to the scuffle between Gretchen and a niece that occurred in front of Duterte on Wednesday.

Gretchen, in a statement released to ABS-CBN News, narrated that “it was all so nice until Marjorie had a nervous breakdown.”

Duterte earlier asked Marjorie to shake Gretchen’s hand “for the sake of respect of my father.” “But Marjorie was not happy that I was there to reunite with family,” Gretchen said.

Sources told ABS-CBN News that while Gretchen was talking with some friends, a girl, who was later identified as a niece of Gretchen, attacked her.

Cooler heads tried to prevent a fight between the relatives. However, Gretchen managed to grab her niece by the hair, resulting in a scuffle. The two were separated by members of the Presidential Security Group.

According to the ABS-CBN News source, the niece suffered a cut on her face. 

Duterte, although aware of the feud between the sisters, was shocked, the source added.

Sisters Gretchen, Marjorie and Claudine had a falling out, although Claudine and Gretchen already patched things up recently. Claudine even praised her sister for appearing at the wake in an Instagram post.

Gretchen and Marjorie, on the other hand, remained at odds with each other, triggered by a controversy involving Marjorie’s daughter Julia.

Marjorie, during the wake, even branded Gretchen as a hypocrite for pretending to be nice just because the President was there. Gretchen is a known supporter of the Chief Executive. 

When Duterte asked the two to shake hands, Gretchen tried to oblige, but her gesture was turned down by Marjorie, who was described as fuming. 

An ABS-CBN source narrated: ”Marjorie was obviously mainit (fuming), you can see it in her body language. Si Gretchen, kalmado lang (she was calm).” But that was before things turned from bad to worse.

Vice, Bossing, Coco, Ai-Ai, Judy Ann, Maine back in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival

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Vice, Bossing, Coco, Ai-Ai, Judy Ann, Maine back in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival

Moviegoers are sure to have a difficult time choosing which flicks to watch during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) at the end of the year.

This is because all the eight movies selected by the MMFF Executive Committee have certified celebrities in them, some of actually starring in films that ended up being the top grossers in previous MMFFs.

Vice Ganda will be back in this year’s MMFF with his movie with Anne Curtis titled “The Mall, The Merrier” under ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc./Viva Films. Vice is actually the most successful actor in the history of the MMFF, as his films emerged as top grossers in the previous editions of the annual film fest. 

These include “The Super Parental Guardians”, “Fantastica”, “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad”, “Beauty and the Bestie”, “The Amazing Private Benjamin”, and “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”.

But he is expected to get tough competition from other actors that also had highest-grossing MMFF films as well.

Bossing Vic Sotto, for one, heads the cast of “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” underAPT Entertainment, Inc/M-ZET Production.Making it an even formidable MMFF entry is the addition of phenomenal actress Maine Mendoza. Bossing Vic starred in top grossers “My Little Bossings”, “My Bebe Love” (also with Maine and the other half of Aldub Alden Richards) and “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote” and the other movies in the “Enteng Kabisote” series.

The best pairing, however, in terms of previous MMFF earnings, is that of Coco Martin and Ai-Ai delas Alas for the movie “3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon”, also starring Jennylyn Mercado, under CCM Productions. 

Coco starred in top grossers “Beauty and Bestie”, “Ang Panday”, and “Feng Shui 2”.

Ai-ai, on the other hand, had huge MMFF successes in “Sisterakas” (also with Vice), “My Bebe Love”, “Enteng ng Ina Mo”, and “Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat”.

Jennylyn, of course, starred in the movie “English Only, Please”, which also did well in 2014.

Judy Ann Santos, meanwhile, is pairing with Allen Dizon for the entry “Mindanao” under Centerstage. Judy Ann’s MMFF top grosser includes “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”.

The other entries to the 2019 MMFF are: 

  • Write About Love, starring Rocco Nacino and Yeng Constantino, Joem Bascon and Miles Ocampounder TBA Studios
  • Culion, starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryll Soriano under iOptions Ventures Corp
  • Miracle in Cell #7, starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla under Viva Communications, Inc.
  • Sunod, starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa, and Kate Alejandrino under TEN17P.

Long wait is over: ’Isa Pa With Feelings’ of #MaineMendoza starts regular screening

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Long wait is over: ’Isa Pa With Feelings’ of #MaineMendoza starts regular screening

Hashtag #MaineMendoza is at the top of Twitter’s Trending in Philippines topics again, as her fandom prepares to go to cinemas nationwide  for the start of the regular screening of her movie with Carlo Aquino titled “Isa Pa With Feelings” today (October 16).

The first starrer of Maine not opposite Aden Richards, who is the other half of the love team #AlDub, has been receiving positive reviews, especially after the premiere of ”Isa Pa With Feelings” on Tuesday night (October 15), at SM Megamall, which was well attended by celebrities.

While Maine’s boyfriend Arjo Atayde was absent, her real-life and showbiz families gave their full support, particularly her Eat Bulaga “dabarkads”.

Bossing Vic Sotto and wife Pauleen Luna was in attendance,  along with Baeby Baste and Ruby Rodriguez. Benjie Paras, Sheena Halili, Angelika Dela Cruz, Ciara Sotto and boyfriend Austin, as well as top executives of APT Entertainment were also present.

ABS-CBN, which produced the movie through its unit Black Sheep, described “Isa Pa with Feelings” as a love story between a young deaf man (Carlo) and his sign language student (Maine). Prime Cruz directed the movie.

As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, #MaineMendoza already had over 221,000 tweets. #IsaPaWithFeelingsNowShowing, meanwhile, already had more than 51,000 tweets.

Netizens praised Maine for her performance in the movie, which, they said, revealed her acting prowess. Many also thanked Carlo for how well she treated Maine.

Some fans tweeted that they will be in movie houses hours before they open, so expect long queues in cinemas today.

James Reid would still prefer #JaDine despite project with Momoland’s Nancy

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James Reid would still prefer #JaDine despite project with Momoland’s Nancy
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Kapamilya star James Reid took to Twitter to calm and assure the fandom of #JaDine that his love team with real-life sweetheart Nadine Lustre remains as his priority despite his upcoming TV series with Nancy McDonie of Kpop girl group Momoland.

James tweeted: “I’m honored to be part of the new project “Soulmate”on ABS-CBN but please guys, no love team names, I’ve already got one #jadine”.

James’ tweet came after ABS-CBN announced on Instagram the new soap pairing him with Nancy. “Soulmate” will be directed by Antoinette Jadaone under Dreamscape. Some of Momoland’s hit songs are “Bboom Bboom” and “BAAM”.

The hashtag #JaDine and James Reid became Trending in Philippine topics, as netizens welcome the tweet of James that he prefers not to be given a new love team name.

But James was also criticized in some tweets for his decision to accept the “Soulmate” project when he said he doesn’t want a new love team. “Kung may love team ka na pala, bakit mo pa inaccept yung new project Soulmate. Kung yaw mo na iship ka  ng mag fans kay Nancy, wag kang umasa na magiging successful yang project niyo, Masyado kang palinis,” a tweet by @greemoorning said.

But James was also praised by netizens for putting up his own record label and production management outfit. 

ABS-CBN tweeted this statement from James’ camp: “Apart from creating his own record label, Careless Music, James has also established his own family management company, Reid Entertainment Inc… He is currently fully committed to expanding his record label…”

Just last month, James made showbiz headlines after he announced that he was leaving Viva Entertainment and would be dedicating his activities exclusively to ABS-CBN. He rose to stardom after he joined reality TV show “Pinoy Big Brother” also on ABS-CBN.

Some say that James decision to separate with Viva spells doom for #JaDine.

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