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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mara Clara remake gets Banff nomination

Mara Clara Cast
The remake of Mara Clara is nominated for Banff. The casts are very happy about it. The original Mara Clara was aired in ABS-CBN in the 90's that made Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes a household names. The remake is the most watched telenovela today.

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes plays Mara and Clara respectively. Mara Clara is the story of two young ladies who were switched when they were babies in the hospital.

The other local telenovela that is nominated is the Baker King which is an adaptation from a Korean telenovela which is entitled as Bread, Love and Dreams.

MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's remake of the 90s classic soap opera "Mara Clara" is set to compete in Canada's 2011 Banff World Media Festival in June.

According to Banff's official website, "Mara Clara" is one of the two Asian nominees in the Telenovelas & Soap Operas category, pitted against South Korea's "Bread, Love and Dreams," popularly known locally as GMA 7's "Baker King."

Aside from "Bread, Love and Dreams," "Mara Clara" will be up against the United Kingdom's "Coronation Street"; and the USA's "Days of Our Lives," "Eva Luna" and "The Queen of the South" in the same category.

"Mara Clara" was originally aired on ABS-CBN from 1992 until 1997. The original story, created by Emil Cruz, Jr., follows the life of two young ladies, the meek but poor Mara and the rich villain Clara, who were switched at birth. The original starred Judy Ann Santos (Mara) and Gladys Reyes (Clara).

In 2010, ABS-CBN announced that a remake of the hit TV series will be aired and will star rookie actresses Kathryn Bernardo as Mara and Julia Montes as Clara. The show is currently airing on ABS-CBN's primetime block.

The Banff World Media Festival, also known as the "Rockies," is an "internationally-recognized awards program celebrating the very best in international television and digital media production" and will run from June 12-15.

Generally, the festival is divided into three categories: the Fiction Rockies, the Non-Fiction Rockies and the Interactive Rockies. The Telenovelas & Soap Operas category is under the Fiction Rockies, a category that "recognizes the very best in scripted television programming from around the world."

The Fiction Rockies awards ceremony will take place on June 12 at the AOL Canada Theater and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight" Canada's Hollywood correspondent Matte Babel.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Regine is pregnant

Regine Velasquiz-alcasid

MANILA, Philippines – Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid on Sunday confirmed that they are expecting their first baby.

The couple made the revelation on GMA 7 musical variety show “Party Pilipinas” after weeks of keeping silent.

It was reported earlier this month that the 40-year-old diva is pregnant.

In her phone interview, Velasquez said she is now 7 weeks pregnant.

She said she is not craving for any particular food.

“I just crave for some type of food but then after I eat it, I don’t like it anymore. Hindi na ako bumabalik doon. Paminsan-minsan lang. Pero ‘yong taong pinaglilihian ko, parang pinaglilihian ko si Dingdong Dantes at na-gwa-gwapuhan ako kay Richard [Gutierrez]. Nagpahingi pa nga ako ng picture,” she said, adding:

“Akala ko nga paglilihian ko si Heart Evangelista… Mas gusto ko ‘yong guy na face.”

If it is a boy, she said she will name it after her husband, who is Herminio Jhay Alcasid Jr. in real life. “Wala pa akong naiisip na [name pag girl] kasi naka-set na ang mind ko sa Herminio kasi alam ko lalaki.”

As for her birthday wish, Velasquez, who is turning 41 on April 22, said she wants her baby to be healthy regardless of gender.

“This is probably one of the happiest birthdays na nagkaroon ako. My wish is for my baby to be healthy, kahit ano, kahit babae, kahit lalaki, maganda kapag twins, sana healthy lang siya,” she said.

As for Alcasid, he is asking for the public’s prayer especially during his wife’s first trimester.

“Sana ipagdasal natin si Regine kasi hindi kaila sa inyo na kami matanda na. Medyo maselan ang kanyang pagbubuntis, alam ninyo naman first trimester,” he said.

He added in jest: “At ipagdasal ninyo ako na kayanin ko lahat ng demands ng aking asawa.”

It is Velasquez’s first pregnancy. Alcasid, meanwhile, has 2 daughters from his first marriage to former Australian beauty queen Michelle van Eimeren.

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AJ Perez Died in Vehicular Accident

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Eighteen-year-old actor and model AJ Perez was killed in a highway accident in Tarlac early Sunday morning, according to a report by radio dzMM.

Police said Perez was with his father and 4 others aboard an ABS-CBN van that collided with a Partas provincial passenger bus along McArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Tarlac.

Police Officer 2 Michael Millante of the Moncada Police told dzMM that Perez was declared dead on arrival by a hospital in Paniqui shortly after the accident took place at 12:10 a.m.

Perez’s 5 other companions were reportedly also injured during the crash and were taken to the hospital for treatment. They are Gerardo Perez (father), driver Christopher Bautista, Christina Ferrer, Edwin Patelos and Dannilyn Nunga.

The group had just come from a show in Dagupan and were reportedly on their way back to Manila.

Millante said the van carrying the victims tried to overtake a trailer truck when it collided with the incoming Partas bus.

"Nung makarating sa may Barangay San Julian, allegedly itong van ng ABS-CBN, um-overtake ng isang trailer. 'Yung pagka-overtake n'ya po, in the process, nag-alangan po siya. Tinamaan po niya itong Partas na nagresulta sa pagkapinsala nung laman ng van," he said.

Earlier, showbiz reporter and columnist Ogie Diaz reported the incident through his Twitter account.

"Galing ng Dagupan, pauwi na. Tulog lahat sa van. Sa Tarlac, biglang bumangga sa trak. Bago pa nadala si AJ Perez sa ospital, wala nang buhay," Diaz tweeted.

Diaz said he has talked to the father of the Star Magic actor.

"Nasa isang clinic sa Paniqui, Tarlac ang mga labi ni AJ Perez. Kausap ko si Daddy kanina, iyak nang iyak. Ndi ako makakatulog nito," added Diaz.

Shortly before the accident, Perez was still able to post a Twitter message thanking his fans who attended his show in Dagupan.

"On the way home already from Dagupan.Long drive ahead.. Thanks to everybody who watched, thanks to zui for the gifts.And hi again to jarred!" said Perez.

Messages of sympathy

ABS-CBN, meanwhile, issued a statement regarding the actor's death.

"ABS-CBN sympathizes with AJ's Family on his untimely demise and urges everyone to pray for the eternal repose of AJ's soul and for the family and love ones he left behind," the network said in a statement read by Corporate Communications manager Kathy Solis over dzMM.

Fans and co-workers took to the social media networks to express their shock about the news of Perez's sudden death. They also expressed messages of sympathy to the actor's family.

"Aj. You were like a brother to me. You'll always be in my heart. May you rest in peace.'," wrote young actress Lauren Young who was paired with Perez in the now-defunct youth-oriented television show "Abt Ur Luv."

"I'm going to miss you so much. My loveteam, my friend, my brother. All I know is you're in a better place now and I won't question that," she added.

"We are so saddened with the passing of AJ Perez (@ajperez17). Rest in peace brother. :( #fb," tweeted actor Enchong Dee.

":( condolences and prayers of comfort and strength to the family and love ones of aj perez... Such sad news.." beauty queen Lara Quigaman said in her Twitter account.

"I'm still in shock. My condolences to the family of AJ Perez. napakabait na bata," shared actress Angel Locsin.

Entertainment career

Perez, or Antonello Joseph Sarte Perez in real life, appeared in various commercials of companies and brands, Colgate, Pepsi, Sun Cellular, Ayala Land, and Globe Telecom. He popularized the phrase "ye-bah!" in the UFC Banana Ketchup ad.

ABS-CBN first spotted him in Milo commercial, where the 5'8"-tall La Salle Greenhils student showed off his basketball skills. He then underwent workshops and eventually became a member of ABS-CBN's circle of homegrown talents collectively known as Star Magic.

He was part of the cast of various movies, including "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" and its sequel, "Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo", BFF: Best Friends Forever, Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round," among others.

On TV, he was part of the teen-oriented program "Abt Ur Luv", and various television series, including "Lobo" and "Agua Bendita".

He played the main cast role in the recently concluded primetime drama, "Sabel".

On Sundays, he joined other ABS-CBN artists on the popular A.S.A.P. variety show where he is part of the boy group "Giggerboys."

Perez was born on February 17, 1993 to a Bicolana mother and Ilonggo father.

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AJ Perez died at 18

The handsome kapamilya actor AJ Perez died in a vehicular accident just recently. He is 18 years old. AJ is supposed to make a movie with the Mara Clara main cast.

Kapamilya young actor AJ Perez died in a vehicularaccident. Indeed, this is an unfortunate event that would truly affect the showbiz industry. AJ Perez passed away at the tender age of 18. The sad new unsurprisingly came as a surprise to AJ’s colleagues in ABS-CBN.

The Buzz head writer Darla Sauler tweeted, “GRABE!!!! Kinikilabutan ako! Nakaka-awa naman itong young kapamilya actor, ang agang kinuha ni Lord!”

Meanwhile, AdProm head Eric John Salut wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace, AJ Perez. We will miss you…”

Roxy Liquigan, AdProm Director, at first wished that earlier reports were not true: “My god, sana di totoo ang balita. Nagkita pa kami kagabi. Ang bata pa niya para mamatay.”

According to reports, AJ was on his way back to Manila after a show in Dagupan when his vehicle collided with a bus and a truck somewhere in Tarlac.

Before AJ died, he even tweeted that he is on his way back home: “On the way home already from Dagupan.Long drive ahead.. Thanks to everybody who watched, thanks to zui for the gifts.

AJ Perez is a member of the Star Magic artists and a part of the boy group Giggerboys.


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