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A tearful Heart Evangelista accepted the marriage proposal of her BF for two years, Senator Chiz Escudero. This happened last Aug. 23 while they were on vacation in Sorsogon. One of the witnesses was actor Rocco Nacino who’s the BF of Heart’s best friend, Lovi Poe.

A jubilant Lovi disclosed to her writer-chums that she had known it earlier because Heart indirectly divulged her marriage plan to her. “We’re both teary-eyed as I embraced her. The two have true love for each other and deserve to be married. I do wish the couple the best things in life,” Lovi was quoted as saying.

It was recalled that Chiz’s marriage to his former wife was annulled a few years ago, and since then Chiz has concentrated on doing his duties as senator. He has never been linked to other women. That’s why since the duo announced their romance, his peers were one in saying that Heart is the right girl for him.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Marian to be baptized anew before wedding [/box]

Speaking of marriage, Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera will be baptized again on Sept 8 (feast of Virgin Mary) before she ties the marital knot with Dingdong Dantes at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City on Dec 30, 2014.

Marian was born in Spain where she was first baptized. But the Philippine Catholic Church requires another baptism before she makes her marital vow. A devout Catholic, Marian opted to be christened again on Mama Mary’s birthday. Marian hopes that her Spanish dad, Francisco Alonso, and her half-siblings will enplane to the Philippines to attend the wedding.

Although Marian and Dingdong have not yet formally announced the principal wedding sponsors, it is safe to say they will include GMA-7 brasses, prominent politicians and their closest friends in and out of showbiz.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] PHL wins its first Olympic Gold Medal  [/box]

You can’t blame veteran TV host-comedian German Moreno for his overwhelming joy these days. His grandchild, teenager Gabriel Luis Moreno, made history when he bagged the first Olympics gold medal for the Philippines. Yes, Gab won it in archery during the Youth Olympic Games held recently in Nanjing, China.

Many people had asked Kuya Germs why, despite’s Gab’s good looks, he had never encouraged him to enter showbiz. “Kasi nga aside from his studies, he’s concentrated on his favorite sport, archery, since childhood. Hayan, nagbunga naman ng husto. I’m very proud of him,” Kuya Germs  said.

The last time the Philippines got a medal was at the Atlanta Olympics where Onyok Velasco won the silver medal in boxing.

Incidentally, Gab was also the flag bearer of the Philippine team in the Youth Olympic Games during the opening which was shown live on TV via TV5, which will also telecast the forthcoming Winter Olympics.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Derek, Jennylyn lovers to be? [/box]

After the ballyhooed news about hunk actor Derek Ramsay who was sued by his ex-wife Mary Christine Jolly, some people surmise that the next hot item would be a looming romance between Derek and Jennylyn Mercado. Since the two have started filming “English, Please,” an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2014, onlookers at the set have sensed a more than friendly relationship between the two.

Derek admits to showbiz writers that he’s attracted to Jen because like him, she has passion for sports and because she is a fun-loving person. But at this point, it’s still a getting-to-know-more  stage for them.

On his court case with his erstwhile partner, Derek said, “I’m confident that God would be at my side. All my life I’ve tried to be nice, sensible to everyone. Ayoko sa lahat ang nag-aagrabiyado.”

Derek plays the role of a Fil-Am guy in search of a Tagalog tutor in “English, Please.”

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Despite the problems thrown at the family by the imprisonment of actor–politician Dennis Roldan, his kids Marco and Michelle Gumabao, although  emotionally devastated, stand by him as shown by their touching messages in their Twitter accounts.

Teenage Marco belongs to the Kapamilya network’s Star Magic and the cast of the teen TV show Luv U. His older sibling, Michelle, is a former housemate of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother of ABS-CBN. Their dad’s sister, former beauty queen Sylvia Gumabao, used to be an actress.

Is it true that Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla felt disconcerted over the sudden popularity of young pair Nadine Lustre and James Reid who recently signed  a contract with the Kapamilya station?  Are they afraid of being upstage soon by the duo? We heard that even Kathryn-Daniel diehards bullied Nadine and James.

Through my good chum ex-star, Beverly Vergel, head of the acting workshop of ABS-CBN, this writer met former  actress Aurora Halili who, like Bev and her daughter Tracy, now live in Canada. Aurora’s the wife of former actor Don Laurel who’s a member of the Toronto Police force. Recently, Don was featured in the TFC’s Balitang-Canada while on duty as a cop. He appeared in several  tele-seryes of ABS-CBN.

My deepest condolences to the family of Aida Fundalian who passed away recently. Aida was one of the closest friends of ex-movie queen Amalia Fuentes and ninang sa binyag of her daughter, Liezl  Martinez.

Rivals during their heydays, Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto have remained in good terms. In fact, every time Juday meets  Claudine, she would prod her to revitalize her showbiz career.”Gusto ko nga magkasama uli kami sa movie or sa TV show,” Juday told a showbiz writer.