True love for Mariel and Robin

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MARIEL Rodriguez turned 28 on August 10 and she celebrated it with the flood victims of West Fairview with husband Robin Padilla. She used the money meant for her birthday party in buying food items and toiletries for the refugees in the relief center and Robin was so proud of her.

Aside from “Wiltime Big Time” on TV5, she’ll now host a web TV show on PinoyRealTV, “Love On Line,” an inspirational show that starts its webisode this Sunday, August 19, which happens to be the second anniversary of their August 19, 2010 wedding in Taj Mahal, India. It will show people true love does exist, with her and Robin as the perfect example.

“In our modern world today where living in and exclusively dating is so common, I suggest taking the marital plunge when you’re sure it’s love,” she says. “That’s what I did and everyday I‘m living that life now: being the wife of an action superstar and a Muslim. My new web  show is about our similarities and differences, our everyday life and journey together, reflecting the world as I see it and my world is Robin Padilla.”

It’s apparent she’s so happy being married to him. “I love Robin so much. He makes me smile and laugh, he gives meaning to my life. I thank God for all the blessings I receive and one of them is Robin. We still have a long journey but I’m not afraid as long as he is always there beside me. Just thinking of him makes me smile. I’m happy and contented with my life, I’m so at peace with myself.”

Her show is the first reality show about a local showbiz couple. It’s reminiscent of such reality shows of Paris Hilton, the Osbournes and the Kardashians. It’ll show their various travels abroad. It’s a pity it’s only available on the web. We’re sure their fans would also love to watch it on regular TV stations. Mariel is also shooting the movie “Kuratong Baleleng” with Robin, his daughter Kylie and nephew Daniel. How about having their own baby soon?         “Wala pa sa plano namin ‘yan.

Later na lang siguro.”


ANGEL Aquino joined showbiz in 1996 when she was 23 as the leading lady of Raymart Santiago in “Mumbaki.”  She’s been nominated either as best supporting actress or best actress for such films as “Sana Pag-ibig Na,”  “Laro sa Baga,” “Kaleldo” and won as Cinemalaya best actress for “Donsol.”  She now plays her first title role in Skylight Films’ “Amorosa, The Revenge,” a family drama cum horror-thriller written by Enrico Santos and directed by Topel Lee. Now 39, she plays mother to two teenagers, Enrique Gil as Rommel and Martin del Rosario as Amiel.

“(In the story), our bond as mother and sons is put into a test because of a tragic accident,” she says. “Martin also gets blind because of defects in my genes. I had to make a choice between my sons, just like Meryl Streep in ‘Sophie’s Choice’. My character also has a psychological problem. In addition to the conflict with my sons, I’m also haunted by hallucinations caused by a vengeful ghost in a pension house where my family moves into after the accident.”

The ghost is played by Empress, a young provinciana who was brutally raped and murdered. Also in the cast are Carlo Aquino, Jane Oineza, Ejay Falcon, Franco Daza, Nico Antonio, Richard Quan, Mosang, Jairus Aquino and child star Xyriel Manabat in a special participation.

The movie is produced for Star Cinema by Skylight Films, the same company that made the hit “Corazon, Ang Unang Aswang” with Erich Gonzales. How come their movie titles are the names of a woman? “Maganda kasi at suwerte kami sa title na pangalan ng babae,” says Enrico Santos. “The name of a woman conveys love and fear at the same time. The core of the story here is based on a real life crime that happened some years ago. Dito, yung ‘Sophie’s Choice’ dilemma is reflected three times. First kay Angel, then kay Empress, and last kay Enrique Gil. It’s really a horror-drama about life and death choices.”

Star  Cinema now has two films currently showing, “The Healing” and “The Reunion.”  After “Amorosa,” their next release is “The Mistress” with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.


WRITER-director Joey Reyes wasn’t able to attend the Cinemalaya Awards Night where his entry “Mga Mumunting Lihim” won several awards: best screenplay for him, best actress and best supporting actress awards for his stars Judy Ann Santos, Janice de Belen, Iza Calzado and Agot Isidro, and best editing.

“I was attending a wedding then in Antipolo and it was raining all night kaya hindi na ko nakapunta sa CCP for the awards night,” he says. “But when someone called to tell me our movie won, iyak ako nang iyak sa tuwa.

This is my 66th movie but it felt like it’s my first kasi first indie film ko nga ito. It’s not a commercial movie na merong creative committee who reviews it, kaya sobrang nerbiyos ko.

Somehow, pag may creative committee, they’ll share the blame. E, ito, ako lahat, so if it failed, I’ll fall flat on my face at mapapahiya ako sa mga aktres na kinuha ko rito who worked without charging a single centavo. When it won, it’s like a big adrenalin shot for me and now it inspires me to do more indie films.”

What can he say to detractors who say it’s not really an indie film since it has big name stars? “Although it has a Judy Ann in the cast, no commercial film producer will do this with Juday already dead at the start of the movie at contravida pa. To those who object sa big stars, these stars helped a lot to attract more viewers to watch indie films, just like Eddie Garcia in ‘Bwakaw’. This is a combination of mainstream appeal with indie sensibility. And I’d like to thank Boss Orly Ilacad of OctoArts Films kasi when I told him I’m doing my first indie film, he offered to help me and in fairness to him, hindi niya ako pinakialaman at all and just let me be.”

“Mga Mumunting Lihim” is about four female friends whose secrets all come out in the open when Juday died of the big C and left diaries that caused conflicts between them. Just like real life, it’s a combination of dramatic and comic scenes, all well acted by the main cast. Direk Joey now also has his own TV show, “Talkies Movies,” shown tonight and every Friday at 7 p.m. on Aksyon TV. The guests tonight are the Filipinos who got to work in “Bourne Legacy” with Angeli Bayani and Pepe Diokno as guest co-hosts. Next Friday, the guest are new indie directors Gino Santos of “The Animals” and Marie Jamora of “Ang Nawawala”, with Jim Paredes and Divine Lee as guest co-hosts.


MISS World first princess Gwendolyn Ruais is the guest celebrity in “Artista Academy” this week and she helps the 16 finalists in their “palengke challenge.” This week’s challenge is how to project one’s self as an artista or celebrity. They went to Farmer’s Market in Cubao where the artista wannabes tried to use their charm and convincing powers on the “tinderas.” In all fairness to them, they all did a good job.

But 16-year old student Shaira Mae had to be rushed to the hospital  due to stress and overfa tigue. The pressure of the training caused her heart rate to beat so fast at almost 100 beats per minute even when she is at rest, alarming their doctor.


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