Vanessa A. Balbuena
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Another Cebuana is Miss Universe Philippines
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - June 11, 2019 - 12:00am
The beauty of one Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados had already been known in Cebu’s thriving modeling scene, which benefited from this Filipina-Palestinian’s chameleon-like features. But not so in pageantry...
Mandaue bet crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - May 2, 2017 - 12:00am
A Fil-Romanian who considers Mandaue City, Cebu her hometown surprised pageant followers with a Top 6 placement after being considered among this batch’s dark horses.
Cebuanas reign in 2014
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - January 1, 2015 - 12:00am
The year that was shall be wonderfully remembered as the resurgence of the Cebuana in the national beauty contest arena, making more aspirants this side of the country hungrier than ever to bring home the same ...
What Coco fears the most
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - December 28, 2014 - 12:00am
Years ago, when Coco Martin was yet to be the household name that he now is, he found himself alone at home one night and chanced upon a television run of Kris Aquino’s 2004 hit “Feng Shui.”
Juggling year-end milestones
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - December 27, 2014 - 12:00am
In an ideal world, Dingdong Dantes prefers that all his TV and film projects follow the “Content is king” mantra. In the same breath, he also doffs his hat to those who pander to what the movie-going...
When dolls come to life...
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - September 10, 2014 - 4:35pm
 If Hollywood has Chucky and his evil bride, local filmdom now has Maria, Leonora and Teresa – three sinister dolls, three times the terror!
No more inhibitions between Erich and Enchong
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - July 29, 2014 - 12:00am
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder…or in the case of Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, taking a respite from their popular loveteam did them a world of good. Not only did working apart widen their...
‘Norte’ actors extol Lav Diaz’s directing style
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 23, 2014 - 12:00am
Inspired by an episode of the GMA-7 News and Public Affairs program “Wish Ko Lang” about a prisoner whose wife stops visiting, indie piece “Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” found its way to...
SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Asia International 1st Runner-up Lubesly Tellidua
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - August 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Cebuana beauty pageant titlist Lubesly Tellidua is a picture of self-confidence. Regal in bearing, she cuts the perfect piercing stare or a seductive smirk like any pro model would. But she hasn’t always been...
Dennis Trillo’s dedication pays off
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - August 13, 2013 - 12:00am
That Dennis Trillo is a sensitive actor has never been in question, but TV viewers seem to have seen him in a new light and appreciate him anew since his turn in the GMA-7 primetime sensation “My Husband’s...
Real-life comic buds reunite with Raketeros
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - August 6, 2013 - 12:00am
Despite the advent of a new Pinoy comedy approach in the tradition of the “comedy bar” humor made popular by Vice Ganda’s mainstream success, veteran comedian Dennis Padilla says that the comic...
Former ‘Studs’ member finds niche in gay roles
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - August 5, 2013 - 12:00am
If one were to conduct a poll to determine primetime television’s favorite bestfriend at the moment, we daresay Kevin Santos’ “My Husband’s Lover” (MHL) character would easily top that...
Cebuana actress Diva Montelaba maps out goals for next five years
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - June 18, 2013 - 12:00am
“I want to have my own house and lot in Cebu and Manila. I also want to have a business but I am still thinking what kind of business. I wish that my siblings would have been able to graduate from school. I...
Solenn dishes on her student days
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - June 17, 2013 - 12:00am
Another school year had just begun and to those who’ve “been there and done that,” they’re either relieved to be free of the academic shackles or nostalgic of their good ol’ student...
Rocco Nacino measures up
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 23, 2013 - 12:00am
Hunks who have yet to prove their acting mettle better watch their backs. At the rate Rocco Nacino is going, he's bound to snatch one meaty role after the other, and his fellow leading men could only watch on the...
Troy Montero, Polo Ravales helm ‘Kadaugan sa Mactan’
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 16, 2013 - 12:00am
Lapu-Lapu City’s tourism officials agree that alot of local talents can effectively portray the three main roles in the annual “Kadaugan sa Mactan” reenactment, which plays out the epic 1521 battle...
Michelle Madrigal mellows down
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Sultry actress Michelle Madrigal has been shacking up solo since the age of 17.
Aksyon Bisaya gets new anchors
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Starting today, TV5 Cebu's regional newscast Aksyon Bisaya will be anchored by two new faces on the local television landscape.
Cebuana wins TV5’s “Kanta Pilipinas”
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 27, 2013 - 12:00am
An 18-year-old lass from Mandaue City was declared the first grand winner of TV5’s singing reality search “Kanta Pilipinas” during the finale aired Sunday night, beating thousands of aspirants from...
Upcoming Korean drama shoots scenes in Cebu
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 25, 2013 - 12:00am
Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), one of three major broadcast stations in South Korea, flew in five actors and a production crew to Cebu to shoot scenes for an upcoming weekend drama titled Wonderful Mama.
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