Saturday, January 21, 2006

Re: Becky Aguila on Angel and Jen

Dollywood
Dolly Ann Carvajal

Excerpt

I got a frantic call from Becky Aguila (manager of Jennylyn Mercado and Angel Locsin). She wanted to clarify the item I earlier wrote about her allegedly spreading rumors that Marianne Rivera (Mark Herras’ girlfriend) already has a kid. She lamented, “Even when Jen and Mark were still on, I didn’t meddle in their romance. It has never been my practice to interfere with the personal lives of my artists, much less talk ill of another artist like Marianne, whom I don’t know personally. Besides I’ve too many other problems to worry about the love life of my wards.”

What about her problem with Angel Locsin? She refused to comment but someone close to her told me that someone is already mediating so that Becky and Angel can settle their differences once and for all. And so it goes … behind every blessed artist is a stressed manager. Stressed for success!

Jake Cuenca is said to be one of Jennylyn Mercado’s ardent suitors. There’s no more bitterness left in her heart after she split up with Mark Herras. Now the ex-lovers gamely joke around when they’re together. No more deadmahan. Jen is in no hurry to fall in love again and she’s keeping her doors open. I wonder if Jake will blow his chances of winning Jen’s heart once she finds out that he was spotted in Prince of Jaipur getting cozy with a ravishing date. Or is he out to have one girlfriend for show biz purposes and an official one off-cam? That’s not totally unheard of among most young actors these days, huh?

Friday, January 20, 2006

Pagbabati nin Mark, Jennylyn, di raw pilit

Timing
Rowena Agilada


WALA raw nag-utos sa kanilang magkabati na. It just happened. ‘Yan ang sabi nina Mark Herras at Jennylyn Mercado. Basta nangyari na lang daw ‘yon noong nag-show sila sa Cebu last weekend.

Subali’t duda pa rin ang ibang tao na baka napilitan lang magbati sina Mark at Jennylyn dahil utos ng GMA Artist Center. Sabi pa ng dalawa, nag-mature na sila ngayon at mas nakakapagtra-baho sila with each other na walang pressure.

They’re better off as friends, ayon kay Mark. Natuwa sila ni Jennylyn dahil kahit alam ng kanilang fans and supporters na break na sila’y tinangkilik pa rin ang "Blue Moon." Balitang itutuloy na rin ng GMA ang soap opera na pagsasamahan nila dahil nakita ng management na hindi naapektuhan ang love team nila. Sa New York kukunan ang ibang eksena, ayon sa source ng Timing.

Sa tanong kung posibleng magkabalikan sina Mark at Jennylyn, parehong speechless ang dalawa. Very vocal naman kasi si Mark na nanliligaw siya kay Marian Rivera. Si Jennylyn naman ay hindi nagkukumpirma o nagde-deny sa balitang nagkabalikan sila ng ex-boyfriend na si Jiggz Cristobal. Parati raw magkasama ang dalawa at nakikita ring naka-park ang sasakyan ni Jiggz sa harap ng house ni Jennylyn somewhere in Commonwealth, QC.

Consistent pa rin si Mark sa pagte-text at pagtawag kay Ma-rian. Nagbantay pa nga ang bina-ta kay Marian noong nagpunta ito sa isang beauty parlor. Ayon sa dalaga, kung magtitiyaga at makapaghihintay si Mark, malaki ang pag-asang sagutin niya ito.

Jennylyn Mercado ayaw nang makipag-communicate sa press

Daily Insider
Dinno Erece
People's Tonight




LATELY, parang mas gusto namin si Jennylyn Mercado noong sila pa ni Mark Herras.

No, wala kaming kagalit-galit sa dalaga at all, but we seem to miss her these days in several ways.

Hindi na siya nagti-text sa amin like she used to. Kung kami naman ang magti-text sa kanya, hindi na siya sumasagot. So, we decided to erase her number na lang dahil knowing her, tiyak na may bago na naman siyang number at malamang hindi kami nasabihan.

Ganito rin ang nangyayari sa set ng Love to Love 9th season episode na Miss Match. Kung gusto namin siyang interbyuhin, either nakasalang siya or nakaalis na raw nang hindi namin nalalaman. Tuloy, hindi namin siya matanong nang diretso kung totoo nga ang balitang nagkabalikan na sila ng kanyang former boyfriend before Mark, si Jigz. We forgot his surname na una niyang nakasama noon sa Circle of 10 where they were both contestants pa lang prior to StarStruck.

We don't take offense though. Hindi lang kami ang nakapapansin ng non-communication, 'yung iba ring press.

Boycotting MMFF ‘06

It’s now official. GMA Films will not join the next Metro Manila Film Festival. The board members of GMA Films agreed after the anomalies reported in the recently concluded filmfest, according to Annette Gozon-Abrogar during the press conference of I Will Always Love You, another co-produced movie of Regal Entertainment and GMA Films.

Abrogar and Lily Monteverde will now concentrate more on making romantic movies that give them ease and less pressure.

She also admitted that they have not yet recovered the cost of making Mulawin. They are not even sure if they already reached break-even because the records are still with their lawyer.

On the Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado soap opera, she said, “Oo, itutuloy na. Malakas pa rin ang love team nila, especially now that they’re in speaking terms na. Malaking edge rin ‘yun para ituloy ‘yung project nila.”

They are hoping to fly to New York for the shooting of the soap opera by the end of February, so that by summer GMA can start airing the romantic-comedy series on television.

Regal celebrates

If I Know
By Aster Amoyo
People's Journal


Regal matriach Mother Lily Monteverde hosted a belated thanksgiving party for the success at the box office of her four different films that were among the 10 official entries in the recently-concluded 31st Metro Manila Film Festival which include "Mulawin: The Movie" (in co-production with GMA Films), "Ako Legal Wife," "Shake, Rattle and Roll 2K5" and "Blue Moon."

The party was held at the Keith Ryan Hall of Regal Films in Mother Lily's Valencia mansion and attended by some celebrities like Zsa Zsa Padilla (who won best actress for "Ako Legal Wife," Cherry Pie Picache (best supporting actress for the same movie), Ogie Alcasid, Susan Roces, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Direk Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Manay Ichu Maceda, Ricky Davao, Raquel Villavicencio, Fr. Larry Paraon (who officiated the mass), Direk Joel Lamangan who directed "Ako Legal Wife" and "Blue Moon," Direk Boots Plata and wife Dolor Guevarra, talent manager Shirley Kuan, Erik Matti (who directed another MMFF entry, "Exodus") and Direk Rico Ilarde (who directed one of the three episodes of "Shake, Rattle & Roll 2k5) among others. Entertainment writer Jun Lalin hosted the affair. With Jun's convincing power, he was able to solicit over P50,000 cash from Mother Lily, Roselle Monteverde-Teo, Dondon Monteverde, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Cherry Pie Picache, Malou Choa-Fagar (of "Eat Bulaga") and Direk Joel Lamangan which were all raffled off to the entertainment press who attended the party.

Regal Entertainment received the two highest honors at the most recent Metro Manila Filmfest: Best Picture for "Blue Moon" and Best Actress for Zsa Zsa Padilla in "Ako Legal Wife." Among the other awards that Regal received at the MMFF were: Best Story and Screenplay (Alan Tijamo) for "Blue Moon," Most Gender Sensitive Film Award, for for "Blue Moon," Best Supporting Actress for Cherry Pie Picahe in "Ako Legal Wife!", People Choice Best Actor for Mark Herras ("Blue Moon"), and People's Choice Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado ("Blue Moon").

Although Mother Lily declared that she's not participating in the Metro Manila Film Festival unless the system in the said festival is changed, we believe that the filmfest is not complete without Regal Films' entry/entries. Right after the thanksgiving party, Mother Lily gears up for her 2006 projects. First in line is her company's pre-Valentine presentation, "I Will Always Love You," a co-venture with GMA Films. The movie stars Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin with box office director Mac Alejandre at the helm. The film hits the movie screens on Fabruary 8.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Jennylyn at Mark nagkabalikan na!

Showbiz Update
Nora Calderon

Mukhang magkakatotoo ang sinabi ni nina direk Joel Lamangan at direk Manny Valera
Na maghintay-hintay daw lamang ang mga fans, tiyak na magka-kabalikan din sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras.

Simula noong Saturday, January 14 hanggang kahapon sa live presentation ng SiS, araw-araw na magkasama sina Jen at Mark at maganda rin naming bumalik na ang friendship nila at hindi na sila awkward panoorin na nag-iiwasan kahit magka-loveteam.

May kwento nga ang isang nakasama nilang taga-Kapuso network last weekend sa Cebu City nang pumunta sila roon para sa Kapistahan ng Sto. Nino at ng Sinulog na sila ang nag-host ng live telecast ng shows nila roon sa Startalk.

Nagpabili raw si Jennylyn ng paborito nitong chicken nuggets, kaya lamang, dahil nagho-host pa sila ni Mark, hindi pa siya makakain kundi pagkatapos pa ng show. Pero may kumain ng chicken nuggets, kaya si Mark daw, ang naghanap ng pagkain, at ang nakuha na lamang nito ang twister fries at sabi raw kay Jen, “o, kahit ito na lamng muna ang kainin mo.” Nag-uusap na raw ang dalawa at madalas hinahampas ni Jen si Mark sa pagbibiro nito. From Cebu, dumiretso ang dalawa sa Sta Rosa, Laguna dahil inimbita sila ng Mayor nina Mark na birthday ng araw na iyon, for a show.

Last Monday, nag-taping sila ng Baywalk at Tuesday, sa Bahay Mo Ba ‘To? At sa SiS nga kahapon, sinabi nilang nagbalik na ang friendship, at sa tanong ni Carmina Villaroel kung sasabihin ba raw nila kung nagkabalikan na sila ulit, sagot ng dalawa, makikita raw naman sa kilos nila kung sila na ba ulit.

Pero teka, napansin lamang naming na wala nang cleavage na ipinakita si Jen kahapon at may suot pa siyang jacket sa kanyang tops. Naka-mini skirt man siya, okey lamang naman iyon kay Mark kahit noon pa. Today, may meeting silang dalawa sa GMA Network management.

Jennylyn, Mark nagkaayos na kahit parehong may iba nang pag-ibig

Daily Insider
Dinno Erece
Taliba



IT seems okey na muli ang working relationship nina Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado.

There was a time na hinding-hindi mo puwedeng mapagsama ang da-lawa sa kahit anong raket after that bitter split up. Kung ilang episodes din ng iba't ibang shows ang nagtangkang pagsama-hin sila with no success. Aba, milagro at in three successive days, magka-sama na ang dalawa sa tatlong shows starting with their Bahay Mo Ba 'To episode na kinunan last Tuesday night.

We met Mark sa common favorite internet haunt naming 168 that same night at katatapos lang nilang mag-tape for the Tuesday sitcom of GMA-7.

Mas okey na raw sila ngayong magkatrabaho na walang relasyon at mas comfortable sila. Last Monday, nag-tape din silang dalawa for Baywalk at this Saturday, nakatakda silang magtungo sa Tagaytay for an episode sa Ang Mahiwagang
Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras
Baul.

At least naayos na ang dalawa kahit na may kani-kanya na silang love interest.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Jen on the News

HighSpeed
A second look at 2006 stars
Ronald Constantino
Tempo


SECOND LOOK – From educator Romarico M. Barrientos this piece.

May I entitle this piece, "A Second Look at the Stars for 2006."

Jennylyn Mercado – She has the voice, the figure, the face of a star. Her acting? Too much mannerisms e.g. facial contortions which look like muggings and speaking voice which borders on baby talk and "pa-cute."

Mark Herras – Passable acting, passable looks – but a certified natural on the dance floor. The question is – could he sustain his popularity alongside with his persistent pursuit of women?

Zsa Zsa Padilla – I thought she was just another drama star – until I got hooked with her "Ako, Legal Wife" performance. She’s got a terrific sense of timing – a mark of a genuine comedian/comedienne. More funny roles, please.

Judy Ann Santos – Roles meant for the great Nora Aunor should be assigned to her. Films in the mold of "Bona" and "Atsay" under competent directors will truly showcase her gifts as an actress. Romantic films with Piolo Pascual are fine with the fans and the box office but certainly these limit her range and maturity as an artist.

Jed Madela – A star in his own right being an international singing champion. With his suave, cool looks, he could be in the movies. For a start he could play himself, a singer. But a little aggressive packaging and he could titillate our fantasies.

James Blanco – Here is one face that looks so innocent, so virginal that one thinks, he isn’t capable of hurting a fly. But his lips are luscious and his eyes show glints of mischief. Could he bare and dare as an extra challenge this year and emerge a more exciting romantic lead?

Long Mejia – His dancing on TV shows so much effort – for entertainment, yes – but for contests, no. His shining moment is in his comedy. More exposure on the big screen, please. And perhaps, more wisdom in the pursuit of his career?

Louie Ignacio – TV director par excellence minus the biting sarcasms for aspiring stars. I think, he should take a lesson or two from Nanette Inventor or Danny Tan as they evaluate contestants’ performances. Certainly, as a director, he has a better way with words. Calling a spade a spade on national TV is a bit difficult to swallow.

Douglas Nierras – Dean of Dance Choreographers – but a terror mentor. Is this his way of drawing the best out of his performers? He reminds me of some movie directors who explode like volcanoes on a minor acting lapse. I wish I could see a more mellowed but still the gifted Douglas Nerras.

Starstruck

Alfie Lorenzo
Abante


Samantala, siyam na lang ngayon ang natirira sa Starstruck’s Final 14. Dalawa sa kanila ang tatanghaling Ultimate Starstruck Batch 3 Survivors.

Sino kaya sa kanila ang magwawagi? Si Vivo kaya? Si Jackie? O si Bugz? Puwede rin ba na si Marky? O si Jana? O si Chuck? Baka naman si Gian? O Iva? O si Arci?

Anyway, para masilip niyo at makapamili na rin kayo, sila ang guest ng SiS ngayon sa episode na Starstruck Fanstruck!

Sino-sino kaya sa kanilang siyam ang mas maraming fans? Ang may karapatang sumikat talaga?

So, kilalanin pa natin nang husto ang Starstruck Survivors. Pero, matapatan kaya nila ang nagawa ng mga first Starstruck Ultimate Survivors na sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras?

Kaya ba nilang makipag-showdown sa dalawa?

So get your pens and autograph books at maghanda na para makapagpapirma sa inyong favorite Starstruck 3 ngayong umaga, kasama sina Janie de Belen, Gelli de Belen at Carmina Villaroel.

Angel, bubuweltuhan ni Becky Aguila

Rey Pumaloy
Abante Tonite


Isa sa mga araw na ito ay magsasalita si Becky Aguila, ang manager ni Angel Locsin na naakusahang gumalaw ng mga kinita ng kanyang mga alaga (kabilang si Jennylyn Mercado).

Napag-usapan din ang diumano’y pagpapabaya ni Becky kay Angel nang magkasakit ito sa Amerika habang nagsu-shooting para sa pelikulang I Will Always Love You.

Ayon sa spokeperson ni Becky, ang dating aktor na si Jethro Ramirez, inihahanda ni Becky ang mga dokumentong magpapatunay na hindi nito nilustay ang salapi ng kanyang mga alaga.

Ipina-audit umano ni Becky ang lahat ng may kinalaman sa kinikita ni Angel at saka ito haharap sa media.

Minabuti raw ni Becky na huwag munang magsalita para minsan na lang ang gagawin niyang pagharap sa media.

Hindi raw gusto ni Becky na magbanatan sila ni Angel sa madla at lumabas na nagbabangayan.

Sabi ni Jethro, naiintindihan daw ni Becky ang feeling ni Angel pero huwag daw sanang maniwala sa mga sabi-sabi ang aktres.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hot 'N Spicy

Vinia Vivar
People's Tonight


As of press time, okay na naman pala sina Jennylyn Mercado at Mark Herras. Not okay na mag-sweethearts dahil as everybody knows, naka-move-on na sila pareho at may nali-link nang iba sa kanila.

Ang ibig naming sabihin, okay na naman sila as friends. Kahit kasi magkaibigan na lang sila ngayon, away-bati pa rin ang drama nila.

Last December, nagkaroon sila ng kaunting tampuhan, pero ngayo'y bati na naman daw ang magka-loveteam. Balik na naman sila sa biruan at halos araw-araw ay magkasama na naman sa trabaho.

Magkasama sila last weekend sa Cebu at last Sunday naman ay may show sila sa Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Noong Lunes, nag-taping sila ng Baywalk, at kahapon ay Bahay Mo Ba 'To?

May nakatutuwa ngang nangyari sa kanila last Sunday sa Sta. Rosa, kung saan nahilingan sila ng mga tao na mag-kiss sa stage.

Ang ginawa ni Mark, bigla niyang hinalikan sa lips ang ex-girlfriend na ikinabigla naman nu'ng isa.
Wala nang nagawa si Jen dahil nahalikan na siya. Kilig na kilig naman ang mga tao.

Anyway, sa Thursday ay nakatakdang makipag-meeting si Jennylyn sa mga GMA bossing para sa next project na ibibigay sa kanya.

Dito rin niya malalaman kung tuloy o hindi ang soap opera nila ni Mark sa New York.

* * *
Still on Mark, naaliw naman kami sa balitang nakabantay pa raw ang binata habang nagpapa-shampoo si Marian Rivera sa isang parlor.

Nothing's wrong with that, actually, noon pa naman ay very vocal na siya sa pagsasabing nililigawan niya ang nasabing baguhang young actress.

Si Jen naman ay open ngayon sa pag-e-entertain ng suitors at kung finally ay mayroon mang special someone na makasilo sa kanyang puso para tulungan siyang maka-recover, well and good.

Well, it's good to see these kids slowly moving on. Matatandaang dumaan din sila sa maraming problema sa kanilang relasyon dala na rin ng kanilang pagiging bata pa at immature.

Mukhang happy din naman sila na friends na lang sila ngayon at tanggap na ang lahat ng nangyari.

An Excerpt

Dollywood
Dolly Ann Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer


...
Is it true that Jennylyn Mercado’s manager Becky Aguila is spreading rumors that Marian Rivera (Mark Herras’ current squeeze) already has a kid? Is she out to spite Mark, who happens to be the ex of her ward Jen, because Mark is vocal about his love for Marian? Jen has said that she’s gotten over Mark. How can she move on if her manager can’t seem to remove Mark from the picture? Move and remove, girl!
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Monday, January 16, 2006

Re: Alleged Reconciliation with Jigs

Basta
Nitz Miralles
People's Tonight


Tsikang nagkabalikan na sina Jennylyn Mercado at ex-boyfriend niyang si Jigs Cristobal. Nang mag-pictorial ang dalaga for Mod Magazine last week, si Jigs ang kasama't nag-drive ng kanyang kotse. Iniwan nito ang own car kina Jennylyn at kotse ng dalaga ang ginamit.

Pati raw si Mark Herras at ang uncle nito'y naniniwalang nagkabalikan na sina Jennylyn at Jigs. Minsan daw umikot ang uncle ni Mark sa subdivision nina Jennylyn, nakitang naka-park sa harap ng bahay nito ang car ni Jigs.

Sabi raw nito'y sa ex-lovers, si Jennylyn ang unang nakipag-relasyon. Pero, ang alam namin, si Mark ang nakipag-break at unang nanligaw sa iba.

Binigyan din daw ni Jigs ng aso si Jennylyn, tanda na ayos na uli sila.

Alam ng dalawa ang tsismis na nagkabalikan na sila dahil binasa pa raw ng dalaga sa harap ni Jigs ang mga write up tungkol sa kanila.