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Daniel Padilla grows up, musically and otherwise
by Vanessa Balbuena - October 11, 2020 - 12:00am
One of our early encounters with Daniel Padilla didn’t leave us with a good impression of the young man.
With upbeat debut single, XOXO ‘let’s the world know’ its talent
by Vanessa Balbuena - September 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Launched in August 2019 after their stint on GMA Network’s singing competition “The Clash,” girl group XOXO had to wait a year for their debut single to be released.
Action-drama mounts ‘uncompromised’ scenes despite restrictions
by Vanessa Balbuena - September 28, 2020 - 12:00am
With marching orders to produce a series of uncompromised quality despite shooting limitations, the “Walang Hanggang Paalam” team was faced with a challenging task.
Boobay & Tekla: ‘Comedians have huge role in pandemic’
by Vanessa Balbuena - September 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Television comic Tekla had the strong urge to hug his colleagues during their first day back at taping for “The Boobay and Tekla Show,” GMA Network’s Sunday night comedy-variety program on hiatus...
Southeast Asian singers merge voices to uplift spirits in these uncertain times
by Vanessa Balbuena - September 19, 2020 - 12:00am
“I hope the song uplifts people’s spirits, comfort their troubled hearts, encourage everyone to go on with life even if it’s really hard, and realize that God is still the Supreme Being,”...
Proud cast give their Final Salute in ‘A Soldier’s Heart’
by Vanessa Balbuena - September 18, 2020 - 12:00am
It was three years in the making, what with the considerable research necessary to tackle the life of Filipino soldiers and the sensitive subject of Muslims in their often war-ravaged communities.
Golden gives back
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
When neighbors in her hometown of Minglanilla, Cebu would notify Golden Cañedo and her family that so and so politician will be distributing rice – this was especially around Christmas season –...
Vice Ganda finds way to still ‘serve my purpose’
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 22, 2020 - 12:00am
At the height of the Metro Manila lockdown, and later on, when ABS-CBN was shut down, Vice Ganda said their network bosses gave a directive: Find a way to reach out to your audience. Remain in their consciousness....
Paolo Contis on being an unexpected Netflix star
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Pandemic Superstar. Netflix King.
Arci, Gerald tackle LDR woes in mini movie
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Arci Muñoz’s sex appeal was too hard to ignore that Gerald Anderson said his reaction to their webcam trysts in the digital short film “Hook-Up” was “kind of true to life.”
Jodi admires resiliency, adaptability of co-workers on New Normal set
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Jodi Sta. Maria’s role as Marissa in “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” its pilot airing Monday night on Kapamilya Online Live and Kapamilya Channel, will be on a warpath to avenge a past where the moneyed and...
Joshua, Julia learn to be a one-man crew for digital film
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 13, 2020 - 12:00am
For Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, making their episode for the digital short film “Love Unlock” in pandemic-forced isolation proved to be a unique challenge they fully embraced.
Maricel Soriano doesn’t hold back on acting tips – only if you ask
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 11, 2020 - 12:00am
If there’s one pre-pandemic norm that Maricel Soriano misses on the set of a soap opera, it’s the off-cam gossiping with her co-stars that usually commences when the director yells ‘Cut!’...
Living a childhood dream, Barbie Forteza embraces the acting grind
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Barbie Forteza, 22, not only remembers that her very first regional promotional event was in Cebu, but was also able to correctly name which restaurant in a mall her press conference was held here years ago. That...
Borongan beauty is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Going up against experienced performers and at least one well-applauded ballerina, Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar’s Tribu Rayhak said she struggled during training since she wasn’t a dancer...
Bb. Cebu 2020: ‘I have girlfriend, tattoos...’
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am
After declaring a “bolder and fiercer” third edition during its September press launch – with its Manila recruit of a choreographer going as far as guaranteeing a production that will be at par...
‘Happy Jail’ filmmaker wanted to tell CPDRC story “from inside out”
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Michele Josue, the Filipina-American behind Netflix’s recent documentary series on the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center’s Dancing Inmates, was careful not to go the way of previous...
From one Leyte Queen to another and that Spratly scene-stealer
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The Queen Philippines Universe crown still belongs to Leyte, as the candidate from the province’s City of Ormoc was named successor of Samantha Dodson, the 2017 title-holder who also hails from the Eastern...
Netflix docu on CPDRC Dancing Inmates to premiere Aug. 14
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am
After the “Street Food Asia” Cebu episode and all the uproar that it brought last May, the province will once again be in the spotlight with a Netflix treatment of one of its (formerly) world-famous attractions:...
How to be a comedian according to Michael V
by Vanessa Balbuena - July 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Michael V talks about an American family he once read about in a book the title of which he failed to mention, but we assume is an educational read for aspiring comedians.
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