James Reid bolts Viva in favor of dad
STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky Calderon (The Freeman) - August 21, 2019 - 12:00am

Ana Ramsey launched her new single titled “Tahan” under Star POP. Alongside the launch is the release of its music video on MYX and the YouTube Channel of Star Music last August 9.

As a young girl of 10, Ana already loves to sing. Of course, one of her idols is her grandmother Elizabeth Ramsey, the departed Queen of Rock and Roll of the Philippines.

Ana is not a newbie to the music scene. She was one of the contestants of “Star Power: Sharon’s Search for the Next Female Superstar” in 2010. Four years later, she won the gold medal at the 2014 EuroPop Festival in Germany.

Aside from being a DJ, she also composes and hosts. She says she can’t believe she is now a part of the music industry, a dream she nurtured as a young girl.

Pop ballad is Ana’s type of music but she is also partial to OPM. Star Music has lots of plans for Ana but for now their concentration is to promote her single “Tahan,” which has a music video.

Given a chance, Ana said she is also interested in giving acting a shot.

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Former “Pinoy Big Brother” winner James Reid wants to be released from his Viva contract.  It is not sure why James wants to bolt out of Viva but he is probably no longer happy with the way Viva is handling his career.

To be fair to Viva, they were able to make James popular after pairing him off with Nadine Lustre. Even if he was a big winner in PBB then, he was a nobody. It was after Viva picked him up and paired him with Nadine that he became popular. They had hit movies and top-rating teleseryes on Channel 2.

Henceforth, it is his dad who will manage James’ career. Does his dad know how to manage his career, better than Viva did it? Well, good luck to him.

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For a change, Katrina Halili is not playing a kontrabida role in the new GMA afternoon soap “Prima Donnas” which started airing on Monday.

Katrina said she felt odd because she is used to playing the mean girl. “Doing a kontrabida role can be stressful but playing a good girl is a welcome change,” said the Kapuso actress.

It’s the first time she is working with Aiko Melendez, who is the villain named Kendra. “Siyempre, kabadong-kabado ako kasi alam nating magaling na aktres si Aiko. First time ko to work with her pero excited ako na makaeksena siya. Sa script, ako lagi ang palagi niyang bubugbugin pero di ako lumalaban. Tinatanong ko nga si Direk Gina kung may chance ba akong makaganti sa kanya.”

When asked about her love life, Katrina said it’s zero. She said she is happy being single and would not want to enter a new relationship. “Mas maganda ang tahimik na buhay,” she said.

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Year after year, the movers and shakers behind PLDT-Smart Gabay Guro always find creative ways to strengthen, uphold and uplift the plight of its scholars by ensuring that these students will be recipients of high value education to give them a fair fighting chance despite the limitations of their respective lives.

In a testimonial dinner hosted by Gabay Guro recently at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel, Chairman Chaye Cabal Revilla led a fitting celebration for the more than 200 scholar-graduates this school year in an event they dubbed as “PLDT Gabay Guro: Accelerated. Graduation of Scholars 2019” with the theme Digital Transformation.

With pride, Ms. Chaye paid tribute to Gabay Guro’s Scholarship pillar as it trumpets the achievements of the graduates, 76 of whom finished the course with honors. This pillar proves to be a pivotal marker that provides meaningful and realistic opportunities for them to be the best that they can be in the field of teaching.

Coming from various partner-universities all over the country, 11 of the graduates are Magna Cum Laude while 65 others are Cum Laude. In their own words, the gratefulness in their hearts for what Gabay Guro does for them allows them to reach higher heights, unfazed by obstacles in their quest for personal excellence.

JAMES REID
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