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Before 2014 ended, an unexpected blessing came to Jodi Sta. Maria. She was named Best Foreign Actress at the Face of the Year award rites organized by Today TV, the largest TV network in Vietnam, for her role in the “Be Careful With My Heart” TV series. For his role in the same TV series, Richard Yap also won the Best Foreign Actor trophy. The series likewise bagged the Best Foreign TV Series award.

Upon her arrival from Vietnam, Jodi told her writer-chums that she felt she is facing the New Year with aplomb. “I got so many pleasant things last year so hopefully, I’ll duplicate the feats this 2015, especially in my career and my life.”

By this time, Jodi should have started a new teleserye at ABS-CBN and gotten a lead role in a coming light romance-drama movie.

Meanwhile, Jodi dismissed rumors “na nagkalabuan na sila ng lover niya na si Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla.”

“At this point, Jolo and his family are suffering sadness and difficulties to adjust to the situation of his dad, Senator Bong Revilla (who is being detained on plunder charges). The more Jolo needs me, my love, support and understanding. Never had I kept my distance from him, contrary to allegations. Mas matatag ngayon ang aming relationship,” Jodi was quoted as saying.

[box type=”default” size=”large”]Breakup or wedding for Bea and Zanjoe?[/box]

One of the hottest showbiz New Year’s predictions has it that long-time pair Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo are either on the path to separation or marital knot this year. As it is, their fans and showbiz writers alike are all agog in anticipation. But what really lies ahead of Bea and Zanjoe?

My informant told me that in a chat with Zanjoe, the actor admitted there are talks that they are on the verge of parting ways. “Because our hectic schedules, we’ve seldom seen each other. We had time together only on Christmas Day and on January 1. Tapos, subsub uli kami sa trabaho. But it does not mean we don’t miss each other.” These were Zanjoe’s words relayed to me by my source.

Zanjoe said there will be no wedding yet. Although the two have strong attachment and undiminished love for each other, marriage seems a far-fetched idea. Both give priority to their showbiz careers and business ventures.

[box type=”default” size=”large”]ER Ejercito pays tribute to FPJ[/box]

With a happy face, ousted Laguna Governor ER Ejercito (he was unseated for campaign overspending) said he has no regrets for producing a remake of the late Fernando Poe Jr.’s starrer “Muslim Magnum .357” as the movie made good in the recent Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

“The film is my tribute to FPJ’s 10th death anniversary. Just like him I’ve soft spot for the Muslims, and I’m glad that the Muslim communities have fully supported my movie,” ER said.

Although ER felt down-hearted due to his ouster as governor, he’s now ready to stage a comeback in politics come 2016. “I still feel that my constituents in Laguna have not lost their confidence in me. They are inclined to believe na nakainitan ang buong Estrada clan ng present administration,” he said.

[box type=”default” size=”large”]Sharon to run for mayor of Pasay?[/box]

Aside from a noted psychic who predicted that Sharon Cuneta will run for mayor of Pasay City in 2016, her uncle, Senator Tito Sotto, also likes her to become mayor. “For the record, I pushed, convinced Shawie to enter showbiz when she was young. I’ll do the same thing to her in politics for I know she has the makings of a competent, dependable politician,” Tito told some showbiz writers.

At present, Shawie shuns talk about politics. Her daughter KC Concepcion seems reluctant in allowing her mom to enter politics, noting there’s a lot of stress in a political life. However, it all depends on the entire family.

[box type=”default” size=”large”]Derek and Jennylyn: Surprised winners[/box]

Both Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado who bannered the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “English Only Please,” were surprised when they were declared Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, during the awards rites. Emotional Jen almost blubbered backstage. Surprisingly, too, the film won seven awards, including Second Best Picture and Best Director (Jason Paul Laxamana).

Meanwhile, Derek anticpated a big change, box office-wise. You see, “English Only  Please”, was not among the top five money makers during the five days of showing.

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Finally, after he was snubbed for years by award-giving bodies, Allen Dizon was accorded Best Actor honors in the New Wave category of MMFF for his role in “Magkakabaung (Coffin Maker).” A kibitzer quipped, “If Allen didn’t win Best Actor twice for the same role at the U.S. International Film Festival and Hanoi World Film Festival, would he had bagged the trophy locally? Diyahe naman kung isnabin nila si Allen, ‘no.”

Colleague Linda Rapadas confided to me that definitely Ai-Ai delas Alas won’t  run for mayor in Calatagan, Batangas in the next election. Calatagan is her mom’s hometown. This seems to jibe with her plan to migrate to the U.S.

Once more, Angelica Panganiban shrugged off talks about her tying the marital knots this year with her BF John Lloyd Cruz. The fact that the two have profoundly been attached to each other does not mean a marriage is around the corner. “Malayo pa ang kasal sa amin ni Lloydie. Pareho kaming busy sa works,” she was quoted as saying.

Lovi  Poe denied talks she will transfer to ABS-CBN. Her contract with GMA 7 will not expire until August 2015. And she’s not displeased with the meaty projects handed to her regularly by GMA 7.


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