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Vanessa A. Balbuena
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Viva pivots into the podcast space with new titles
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - May 16, 2022 - 12:00am
The last decade has seen a digital tsunami overwhelm lifestyles and preferences of Filipino consumers. Digital penetration is at an all-time high, with the established players and newcomers offering accessibility...
After controversies, Celeste Cortesi redeems self as new Miss Universe Ph
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - May 2, 2022 - 12:00am
Celeste Cortesi’s start in pageantry had been marred with controversy, and later on, she would be known to avid Pinoy pageant followers for supposedly not ending things well with the Miss Philippines Earth...
Dean Dianne Balogal: Beauty queen, dedicated nurse
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 24, 2022 - 12:00am
As the Hiyas ng Pilipinas crown was being placed on Dean Dianne Balogal’s head, fireworks lit up the sky in her hometown of Baguio City in culmination of its month-long physical Panagbenga festivities two years...
Phoebe Godinez: Beauty queen and aspiring social entrepreneur
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Phoebe Godinez initially hesitated to sign up last year for yet another pageant, knowing how “stressful” it can get.
Maja Salvador – now billed Majestic Superstar – gears up for sitcom, teleserye
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 14, 2022 - 12:00am
Maja Salvador squirms in embarrassment at the mere mention of the Majestic Superstar distinction that TV5 has recently bestowed upon her. She feels unworthy of the title, saying that surely, a lot of her colleagues...
Chantal Schmidt: It’s go big or go home for pageant newbie
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 9, 2022 - 12:00am
When Chantal Elise Legaspi Schmidt met years back with the people behind her current management to discuss her joining their fold, she was armed with a Power Point presentation outlining how her pageant bid will...
Azriel Coloma: Fresh face of pageantry
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Azriel Atima Coloma had no illusions of landing a crown, much less being named among the Top 16 finalists, in her very first beauty pageant.
Mister Island Tourism 2022 crowns Math major from Bulacan
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 5, 2022 - 12:00am
After the country ‘s first Cebu-based national pageant for females recently crowned an impressive set of inaugural winners via the Hiyas ng Pilipinas tilt, it was the turn of the first Cebu-based national pageant...
How stars of ‘X-Deal 2’avoid discomfort of filming daring scenes
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - April 3, 2022 - 12:00am
After 14 years in bit and support roles, 31-year-old actor Josef Elizalde is “thrilled and honored” to finally land his first lead role in yet another erotic Vivamax Orginal, “X-Deal 2”, where...
Nurse from Baguio wins main Hiyas ng Pilipinas crown
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 29, 2022 - 12:00am
A nurse from Baguio City romped  off with the main title of Hiyas ng Pilipinas 2022, while Lapu-Lapu’s representative was the lone Cebuana out of nine to penetrate the Top 5 and finish with a crown during...
As he returns from medical leave Mike Enriquez grapples with how to slow down without leaving broadcasting
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 28, 2022 - 12:00am
“People of the Philippines, I have returned!” exclaims Mike Enriquez as he paraphrases one of his favorite World War II generals, Douglas MacArthur. Like war figures whose exploits are a stuff of history,...
‘Bahay na Pula’ stars talk of life-changing effect of Brillante Mendoza
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Director Brillante Mendoza has long been approached by mainstream production houses to lend them his internationally award-winning touch. Back then he was still enjoying the independent scene and felt he wasn’t...
Nadine Lustre in bloody, violent film comeback
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 26, 2022 - 12:00am
Seems her legal battle with Viva is being set aside for now as the actress dubbed as the country’s Multimedia Princess returns with her latest film under the company that made her a star.
Future doctor is Miss Cebu 2022
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - March 18, 2022 - 12:00am
After leaving her imprint as the first Miss Mandaue titlist to propose and implement an advocacy project, Gabriella Mai Carballo views her crowning as the newest Miss Cebu as but a wider platform to work on more...
‘The Wife’ grapples with a cheating husband’s dying plea
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - February 9, 2022 - 12:00am
A steamy adult drama that attempts to deconstruct the wife versus mistress narrative and taken from a female’s lens is the latest offering of Vivamax. “The Wife”, starring Louise delos Reyes, Diego...
‘Silip Sa Apoy’ stars lay bare the abuse they lived through
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - February 8, 2022 - 12:00am
Sid Lucero says he grew up in a household that was “really violent” and that stuck with him as he became an adult.
Searching for growth, Julius Babao starts new chapter with TV5
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - February 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Veteran broadcast journalist Julius Babao called it “amazing” how his transfer to TV5 after 28 years with ABS-CBN wasn’t met with criticism from netizens whose often knee-jerk reaction to those...
Joko Diaz lends hand to newbies in ‘Kinsenas, Katapusan’
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - February 1, 2022 - 12:00am
Vivamax isn’t slowing down with the racy flicks anytime soon, and with AJ Raval now probably a household name, plus the innocent wiles of Filipina-Korean Angeli Khang also slowly making a mark, other plucky...
After 27 years, Claudine & Mark reunite onscreen in ‘Deception’
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - January 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Last seen together in the 1995 film “Mangarap Ka” when they were still teenagers in the throes of puppy love, Claudine Barretto and Mark Anthony Fernandez’s long overdue onscreen reunion  has...
‘The Broken Marriage Vow’ putting a Pinoy flavor to a frequently remade series
by Vanessa A. Balbuena - January 23, 2022 - 12:00am
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