Luis denies he and Jennylyn are breaking up
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WE asked Luis Manzano at the presscon of “This Guy’s in Love with U, Mare” if it’s true that he’s about to split from Jennylyn Mercado as he allegedly got jealous after Jen was implicated in the Paolo Contis-Lian Paz breakup?
“Wala pong ganung nangyari,” he says. “Walang pagkakalabuang naganap. From Day One, hindi kami nagkalabuan at all. Kami pa rin. Nagtataka nga kami kung bakit may mga lumalabas na ganyang balita.”
In “This Guy’s in Love with U,” he plays Mike, the boyfriend of Vice Ganda as Lester. Direk Wenn Deramas says Luis didn’t have any second thoughts about accepting the role. “Alam niyang karelasyon siya rito ng bakla at may love scene pa sila ni Vice, pero okay lang sa kanya,” adds Direk Wenn.
“This is our fifth movie ni Vice together, so bakit naman ako tatanggi,” says Luis. “Sabi ko nga, kailangan paabutin namin sa aming 10th year, parang John Lloyd-Bea na nag-10th anniversary na.”
The conflict happens when Luis falls in love with Toni Gonzaga as Gemma and leaves Vice, who’s so broken hearted he plots his revenge. He pretends to be a real man and courts Toni to make her fall in love with him. And that’s where all the laughs come in.
AGA EXPLAINS SELF TO DETRACTORS
AGA Muhlach and Regine Velasquez’ “Of All the Things” is doing well at the tills so Viva Films hosted a small appreciation lunch. Only Aga made it as Regine was still in Singapore with husband Ogie Alcasid. Aga is happy over the very positive reviews the film, particularly his performance, is getting. He confessed that at the time he was shooting for it in 2009, he was in a bad mood.
“I turned 40 and I was going through mid-life crisis then, kaya sinusunod ko lang what Direk Joyce Bernal told me to do,” he says. “My heart wasn’t in it. But when we watched the rushes just before we resumed shooting, I realize ang ganda pala. I owe it all to Direk Joyce, how she shot it and edited my scenes.”
We asked Direk Joyce if she noticed that Aga was going through mid-life crisis then? “Yes, I know. Pero hindi ko na lang pinansin. He’s 43 now, I’m 44, and I also went through it. Basta pinabayaan ko lang siya dahil okay naman ang trabaho niya.”
We told Aga that after “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” with Sharon Cuneta, “Of All the Things” is his next best movie for us. Will he be doing another film for this year? “Hindi na muna. ‘Pinoy Explorer’ muna ako sa TV5, then I’d be busy as congressional candidate sa 4th district ng Camarines Sur.”
Why did he choose to run there? “Tagaroon kasi talaga family namin. My lola sa dad’s side ko was born there. Doon lumaki at nagkapamilya. We still have our old house there and my Tita Amalia and Tito Alex, pabalik-balik talaga roon. The last few years, I stay there when I’m not working at doon na nga ako nagbe-birthday. I love life in the province. Yung maraming open spaces, close to nature. Our district is so beautiful with mountains, the sea, rivers, waterfalls. But the people remain poor so I want to help them. Kung wala akong maitutulong sa kanila, di ko papasukin ito.”
His detractors say he’s not really a resident there. “Well, you can’t please everyone. But I have a house there, I pay my taxes and may bank account ako doon. I’m also a registered voter there. Even my wife and kids are at home there. The kids play in the street and the neighbors know us. I’m ready to serve the people there.”
DRA. BELO WANTS AN OLDER BF
BOTH Dr. Vicki Belo and daughter Cristalle Henares came to their Beauty Issues presscon armed with a power point presentation explaining why Belomed is the number one beauty clinic today, as shown in a Reader’s Digest survey. They have 132 Laser machines, 63 Radio Frequency machines, 26 Phototherapy units and 8 Ultrasounds. No wonder Grace Lee chose them to do Smart Lipo on her arms. “Kahit payat kasi ako, malaki ang arms ko so pina-Smart Lipo ko,” says Grace. “It’s the perfect procedure as it not only removes pockets of fat in troublesome areas in the body, but it even tones the muscles the way it did in my arms.”
Going to Belo, what can she say about Hayden Kho’s showbiz comeback? “He really wants to act and sing, so suportahan na lang lalo’t inalis na ang medical license niya. Good luck to him. We still talk but friends na lang talaga.”
How about Katrina Halili’s having a baby? “Congratulations. I’m sure maganda ang baby niya kasi maganda naman siya. That’s all I can say. Less talk, less mistake.”
Does she have a new love? “None. My heart is still under recovery. I date, I got out, but not exclusively dating anyone. I’m looking for an older guy kasi yung suitors ko ngayon, puro younger than me. Ano ba ‘yan? I want someone older.”
MARICEL AGREES TO PLAY MOM TO GERALD
AFTER guesting in GMA7’s “Protege” and TV5’s “Untold Stories,” Maricel Soriano has signed up with ABS-CBN to play Gerald Anderson’s mother in the new teleserye, “Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin,” co-starring Cristine Reyes, Rayver Cruz, Diana Zubiri, Tonton Gutierrez and Dina Bonnevie.
“I’m glad to be back with ABS kasi ang tagal na rin ng huling ginawa ko sa kanila, ‘Florinda’, three years ago pa,” she says. “And I’m glad to be reunited in the show with Tonton and Dina. Wala namang issue na nanay ako ni Gerald. We all know in real life na my sons Marron and Tien are also both grownups now.”
CONTESTS AT CASINO FILIPINO
CHRISTMAS is in the air. Casino Filipino helps celebrate the Christmas spirit with their KKKK or Krismas Karol Kantahan Kontes 2012 search for the country’s best choral group with P300,000 for 1st prize, P200,000 for 2nd and P100,000 for 3rd. Download the application forms at http://www.pagcor.ph/ and complete it then submit it to PAGCOR Entertainment Dept. at any Casino Filipino branch nearest you. Deadline of submission of entries is November 5. For inquiries, call PAGCOR Entertainment at 852-7760 or 852-7754. PAGCOR really has a full packed sked for the last quarter of 2012. The month of October will have “Pampaswerte sa Oktubre” with top singers performing in various branches. Basil Valdez will be at Casino Filipino (CF) Bacolod and Hajji and Rachel Alejandro at CF Mactan on October 2. Jay-R will be at CF Cebu on October 4. October 6, Mark Bautista will be at CF Davao, Richard ‘Papa Chen’ Yap and Jennifer Lee at CF Pavilion and Dong Abay Band at Airport CF. Richard Poon at CF Angeles on October 10. Bobby Kimbal and Peter Cetera at CF Hyatt on October 11. Duncan Ramos at Airport CF on October 12. October 13, Gabby Concepcion is at CF Olongapo, Sabado Boys at CF Heritage and Frenchie Dy at CF Mimosa. Erik Santos at CF Tagaytay on October 16. Jun Politisco at CF Angeles on October 17. Jed Madela at CF Pavilion on October 19. Nina at CF Hyatt on October 22. Shows start at 9 PM. CF branches will also hold their own contest to send three representatives to the Miss CF 2012 Coronation Night at Grand Theatre Airport CF on November 16, with over P1.5 million in prizes for the winners.
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