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Did James Reid just replace Nadine Lustre with a self-confessed bisexual

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Did James Reid just replace Nadine Lustre with a self-confessed bisexual
Image Credit: ABS-CBN / yassipressman

Issa Pressman is perhaps the most-hated “villain” on social media today.

She was widely tagged as the culprit behind the James Reid – Nadine Lustre (love team JaDine) breakup. Netizens allege that she had been flirting with James since last year.

Issa is a sister of another Kapamilya star Yassi Pressman (leading lady of Coco Martin in the hit series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano).

Checking on reports related to Issa showed that she confessed one time that she is a bisexual. She even disclosed in November 2018 that she was in a relationship with singer Marga Bermudez, who is known as Marga on the Mic.

In a message to the LGBTQI+ community, Issa once said: “For them, it was just, ‘If you’re happy with what you’re doing, if you think that what you’re doing is something that would make you happy, could make you happy, then go ahead.’”

Issa and Marga were still together up to the middle of 2019. Interviewed at the MEGA Equality Ball 2019 last June 12, Issa said: 

“And I always knew that I was gonna be with a person whom I’m actually in love with, whether if he’s a boy or a girl. So for me love is love.”

She was even proud of being an inspiration to the LGBTQI+ community: “Afterwards, when we went out in public, it was just like a normal thing. It was so much better because apparently more people got inspired. We got messages about it, and I’m very thankful for that.” 

Issa also has a good following on social media. Her Instagram account @pressmanissa has more than 361,000 followers. Her Twitter account @issapressman, meanwhile, is being followed by more than 19,400 people.

Netizens are all over Issa on Twitter. She is being bashed in all the top Trending in Philippines topics on Tuesday afternoon. The Top 5 trending topics are all about the JaDine breakup: #JaDine, Issa, Nadine, #LeaveJuliaBarrettoAlone and James Reid.

In a joint statement released on the “Tonight With Boy Abunda” talk show on ABS-CBN Monday night, James and Nadine officially confirmed that they are no longer together: 

“It’s true that we have split up, but not for all the reasons that are being spread on the tabloids and social media, but because after quiet and mature conversations, we decided to focus on ourselves not only for our careers but more for our personal growth as we are still young and we want to achieve as much as we can.

“We agreed that going separate ways was best for both of us. We are in good terms and are still really good friends and will continue to work with each other especially when it comes to music.” 

“Thank you for all the JaDine fans for their undying support and we hope you continue to support us now and in the future. We shall forever be grateful to them for their love and understanding. Thank you.” 

This ended more than two weeks of circulating rumors that the two were already estranged romantically, but still together professionally, as Nadine has an existing contract with James’ music label Careless. 

Aga Muhlach’s ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ could dislodge Vice Ganda’s movie as MMFF 2019 top grosser

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Aga Muhlach’s ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ could dislodge Vice Ganda’s movie as MMFF 2019 top grosser
Image Credit: IG / Agamuhlach317

The Philippine remake of Korean hit movie “Miracle in Cell No. 7” is seen to become the top grosser in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Although snubbed by judges in the MMFF Awards, the movie top-billed by Aga Muhlach is reportedly gaining interest from moviegoers, prompting more theaters to include it in their screening for the festival’s final days.

With this, experts are saying “Miracle in Cell No. 7” could overtake Vice Ganda’s “The Mall, the Merrier”, which took the top spot in the initial days of the MMFF, according to reports. 

The MMFF organizers have refused to disclose figures up to now to avoid the bandwagon effect. MMFF officials, however, said initial results could be announced any day now. The official run of the festival is up to January 8.

Eight films are being featured in different cinemas for the 2019 MMFF. Becoming the top grosser would be a huge feat for Aga and the people behind the local remake of “Miracle in Cell No. 7”, as this year’s roster of movies are being top-billed by actors who also ruled the previous editions of the MMFF.

The movie of Coco Martin and Ai Ai Delas Alas, both mainstays and previous top grossers of the annual MMFF, titled “3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” is reportedly in third place only, while Bossing Vic Sotto’s “Mission Ustapabol: The Don Identity” is languishing in fourth place.

While dominating the MMFF 2019 Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor for Allen Dizon, Best Actress for Judy Ann Santos, and Best Child Performer for Yuna Tangog), “Mindanao” is still reportedly not attracting enough moviegoers to catapult it to the Top 5.

Aga Muhlach was earlier considered as the favorite to win the Best Actor plum for his portrayal of the mentally challenged main character in “Miracle in Cell No. 7”. The MMFF jurors, however, snubbed the movie reportedly because it is only a remake of a foreign film.

Ironically, Vice Ganda’s movie also failed to win any award, probably marking the first time the Top 2 movies in terms of receipts failed to win a trophy.

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.

‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ airs 1,000th episode

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Ang probinsyano
image credit: ABS-CBN

The Philippines’s top primetime TV series “FPJ’s Ang Pobinsyano” starring Coco Martin just aired its 1,000th episode on Thursday night (August 8).

The series, based on the hit movie of the late Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) in 1997, has been the top draw of ABS-CBN Channel 2 since its first episode aired on September 28, 2015.

The lead character, Ricardo Dalisay (played by Coco Martin), a provincial cop who transferred to the metropolis, has faced many villains in the series, from syndicates to rebels, terrorists and corrupt politicians.

It has featured budding and veteran artists, including action star-turned-politician Lito Lapid, who managed to win another senatorial seat in the May 2019 midterm elections.

Coco Martin, prior to the showing of the 1,000th episode of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”, thanked the fans and all those responsible for the success of the series in a video posted on the ABS-CBN website. 

He said: ”Sa lahat po ng hanggang ngayon ay sumusubaybay at nanonood po ng ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa inyo. Sa lahat po ng staff, crew at sa lahat po ng artista, sa lahat po ng bumubuo ng ‘Ang Probinsyano’, maraming, maraming salamat po sa walang sawang pagmamahal at suportang ibinibigay niyo sa amin gabi-gabi. Kaya pilit po naming pinagbubuti at pinapaganda ang bawat episode para matumbasan po namin ang pagmamahal na ibinibigay niyo. Maraming, maraming salamat po.” 

Veteran actress Susan Roces, widow of FPJ and grandmother of Ricardo Dalisay in the TV series, also thanked the fans for their continuing support: “Mga ka-Probinsyano, kayo ang nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa aming mga ginagawa dito. Kahit anong pagod namin sulit na sulit. Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.”

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