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Latest News Philippines: Karylle, Yael next to get married after Drew and Iya – Journal.com.ph:
DREW Arellano, host of GMA’s “Aha” and “Biyahe ni Drew,” and Iya Villania, host of “Umagang Kay Ganda” and “Us Girls,” officially tied the knot at a sunset wedding on a cliff overlooking the sea in Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas last Friday, January 31. They hid the wedding from the public but their friends posted their wedding photos in social media right away. Drew and Iya have been living in for nine years in a condo in Mandaluyong so their friends were no longer surprised when they officially walked down the aisle. Next to get married will be Karylle and band vocalist boyfriend Yael Yuzon on March 22 who are also keeping the details of their nuptials in secret.
GWEN NOT BOTHERED BY WITCH ROLE
GWEN Zamora’s boyfriend, Raymond Romualdez, is the son of Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez and she personally saw how typhoon Yolanda devastated Leyte. “Raymond was here when Yolanda struck and he’s so worried about his family there,” she says. “Hindi niya alam ang nangyari sa kanila kasi no communication at all. He was finally able to get a private plane to take him there two days later and he was glad to see his dad and sisters all safe, pero ‘yung bahay nila, nawasak na. He stayed there na and helped the victims. Ako, I followed a week later and from the plane pa lang, kita mo na how it was flattened. Talagang napa-Oh my God ako. Kahit ihanda mo sarili mo, you can’t be prepared for what you’ll see. It’s emotionally draining.”
After playing a villain role in “Binoy Henyo,” Gwen now plays the role of a witch, Alejandra, in “Innamorata.” “I lived in the 20s. But my spirit remains alive in a portrait and I try to influence my great granddaughter, Max Cinco, to search for a magic necklace that will cure her of her rare skin disease called porphyria, but my ultimate goal is to get the necklace for myself as it’ll bring me back to life.”
She played the lead role in an Indonesian thriller. Is she happy with the roles she’s getting now on TV? “Okay naman. They’re all challenging. They help me grow as an artist and prepare me for the day when GMA will give me a lead role. About Indonesia, there’s another offer and I might go there in May to do it.”
She’s happy her mom and dad are back from working abroad. “We spent Christmas with Raymond’s family. At least now, may kasama na ako uli sa bahay. Before, I always eat out. Now, I eat at home and it’s healthy food kasi vegetarian ang dad ko. We plan to revive his bakeshop. Now, I have a restaurant, Speakeasy, at the corner of Malugay and Ayala Ave. I plan to put up another branch and a nail salon. By August, I’m going to have a vacation with my folks in Paris then go to Belgium and Amsterdam.”
RICHARD YAP: FAITHFUL AKO SA ASAWA KO
RICHARD Yap aka Sir Chief is one of the most popular Filipino-Chinese celebs in showbiz today, along with Xian Lim, Enchong Dee and Chris Tiu. He’s definitely a late bloomer. Born in 1967, he became popular only in 2011 as Papa Chen, the dad of Kim Chiu in “Binondo Girl,” for which he won a best breakthrough performance award. He later reinforces this as Sir Chief in the long-running morning soap “Be Careful with My Heart,” for which he won a best drama actor award. At 46, he has become a true heartthrob. He now even has 21 product endorsements to his credit. He is wise enough to invest his earnings in case his acting career wanes. He owns a Chow King branch in Makati and the Wangfu Chinese Bistro on Morato Ave. where he held a special celebration for the Chinese New Year complete with dragon dance.
He has a business with his family on home decor and fixtures in his native Cebu.
How does he resist temptation in showbiz? “Wala nang nangte-tempt sa’kin,” he says. “At hindi puwede, faithful ako sa wife ko.” We talked to his wife Melody and she confirms that Richard is a doting husband and father. “Kahit nasa taping ‘yan, he texts me ng I love you. He always finds time for me and our children kahit busy siya lagi.”
They met when she was a PAL flight attendant assigned in Cebu in 1989.
They got married in civil rites in 1993 and had a church wedding in San Agustin in Manila in 1995. Their two kids are Ashley, 17, and Dylan, 10. How did their life change when Richard hit it big in showbiz? “Our life changed tremendously, all for the better. Lots of opportunities came to us, businesswise. Our children are so proud when people, like their teachers, learn that they’re the kids of Sir Chief. Mas binibigyan sila ng pansin dahil dito.”
Was Richard disappointed when the film version of “Be Careful” was shelved? “We’re all more relieved. With the kind of taping schedule we had then, there’s no way maisisingit pa namin ang mag-shoot ng movie.
We don’t want naman to come up with a movie that is half-baked. But I still would want try doing a movie preferably directed by Jeffrey Jeturian. Nag-guest na ako sa movie niya, ‘Ekstra’. As of now, extended indefinitely ang show but we’re now taping only three times a week, unlike before na halos araw-araw at hand to mouth kami. Now, marami na kaming nabankong episodes.”
CAMILLE CONTINUES HIT SHOW, STARS IN NEW MOVIES
CAMILLE Prats is so busy these days. She’s taping for “The Borrowed Wife” which is now rating well as a GMA afternoon soap. She has finished two new movies, “Third Eye” with Carla Abellana and Ejay Falcon and “Ben Tumbling” with the son of Gov. ER Estregan who plays the title role. And she continues to host the hit women’s show on GMA News TV Channel 11, “Mars.” Tonight at 6 p.m., their guests are two singers: Acoustic King Paulo Santos and “Pinoy Pop Superstar” winner Maricris Garcia. Their topic in Mars Sharing Group is how to handle tough problems. Paulo and Maricris share their personal experiences when they got into some conflicts involving their careers and personal lives.
In the Mars Masarap cooking portion, Maricris shows to do a special banana meat dish. Then Paulo demonstrates how to make do it yourself charm bracelets. In Push Mo Mars, they show what exercises to do to boost the adrenaline singers need to survive competition in local showbiz.
AEGIS MUSIC USED IN STAGE PLAY
THE Aegis Band spawned hits the masa really love, like “Halik,” “Luha,” “Basang-Basa sa Ulan.” PETA now assembles their best songs in the play “Rak of Aegis” (a nod to “Rock of Ages”). We saw its premiere presentation last Friday night at the PETA Theatre which was filled to the rafters. They set the story in a perennially flooded village where the impoverished residents are always having problems about money.
There are two set of love triangles. First is that of Robert Sena, Kakai Bautista (who plays his wife) and the barangay captain Isay Alvarez (his jilted sweetheart named Mary Jane, which is the title of an Aegis song). The second love triangle consists of Aicelle Santos (daughter of Robert and Kakai), Poppert Bernadas (son of Isay) and the boatman Jerald Napoles.
You can’t fault the performances. The whole ensemble is superb.
Aicelle, Robert and Isay rise to the occasion in belting out the popular Aegis birit numbers. Jerald and the exceptional Julien Mendoza (we also enjoyed his performance in “Bona”) give some rollicking numbers.
The play is good, in parts. We can’t get over the fact that for a musical, it’s too talky, so it drags. The humor is very gay (as usual, there’s a scene stealing gay character), tends to be too lowbrow and tries so hard to always please the crowd (they even have a reference to Deniece and an invitation to her condo.) The best part of the evening is when the real Aegis Band went up on stage and sang a medley of their hit songs. Sisters Juliet, Mercy and Ken Sunot really ruled the stage and the audience won’t let them go, singing their songs with them. They were very visibly moved by the fantastic reception that Juliet was in tears as she thanked everyone.
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