Marian Rivera
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Contrary to rumors, Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Marian Rivera have remained good friends. Truth to tell, Marian accepted to be Ai-Ai’s veil sponsor at her wedding on Dec. 12, 2017. Ai-Ai said that Marian gave as a gift her marital gown designed by Frederick Peralta Marian.

Among the sponsors will be Sharon Cuneta (matron of honor), Ai-Ai’s daughter Sophia (maid of honor) and Ai-Ai’s son Sancho and Alden Richards as best men of the groom, Gerald Sibagan. Ai-Ai said that perhaps people no longer care about her relationship with Gerald, noting bashers have not criticized her for quite some time.

Speaking with certitude, Ai-Ai said she does not plan to have a showbiz break after her altar date. Gerald understands fully well her passion for acting and never interferes with her work and even in her humanitarian acts for the needy.

Next Lea Salonga is in the making

Who says that Lea Salonga’s 11-year-old daughter Nicole Chien has not inherited her singing prowess? This early, she’s got what it takes to be a great singer.  Nicole has been chosen to play a major role in the play “Matilda, the Musical,” which will start this coming November at Meralco theater. The producer and the director noticed Nicole’s talents when she guested at Lea’s concert “Songs from the ‘80s” not so long ago.

Lea Salonga and Nicole Beverly Chien

My colleague recounted that at an early age, Nicole was inherently focused on singing and acting but Lea neither discouraged nor pushed her up. Before turning eleven, Nicole prodded Lea to give her a break in her singing career. This prompted Lea to feature Nicole in her last concert.

“In any case, Nicole gives priority to her schooling. This matters a lot for me,” Lea was quoted in saying.

Robin’s conflict with Bureau of Immigration

Through Atty. Atonette Mangrobang, the Bureau of Immigration denied there’s no new “hold departure” order for Robin Padilla. Earlier, Robin reported that he was not able to leave the country recently to attend a Sultanate meeting in China because he was held at the airport.

Robin Padilla

Mangrobang said based on the recent record of the Bureau of Immigration, there was no report on the supposed flight by Robin to China. But Robin insisted the incident at the airport really happened. It was recalled that President Duterte had given Robin absolute pardon in 2016 and can travel again. The pardon was in connection with his gun possession case for which he was convicted.

Well, if President Duterte takes action on the conflict, Robin must show evidence to prove his allegation. As it is, everybody knows the ties between him and Duterte. Robin is an ardent supporter of the president.

Blind Item:

Aside from Carmina Villaroel and Archie Alemania, talks have it that a handsome young actor who also belongs to the ABS-CBN family would transfer to GMA-7. This could be ascribed to the actor’s unexpected appearance at a Kapuso program a few days back. It was surprising because he had never been left wanting assignments at the Kapamilya network.

Now, what’s the comment of Vice Ganda? His joke about the slogan of GMA-7 went viral. Vice commented that if it is the station where you belong, how come not a few of its actors transferred to ABS-CBN?

Revilla reacts to death rumors

A canard about Senator Bong Revilla came out in the internet. It said that he passed away due to a severe heart attack. In his statement, Bong tells people who care for him not to believe it. ”I’m very much alive, no illness whatsoever here at PNP Custodial Center, still praying to be granted freedom soon.”

Senator Bong Revilla

In a way, Bong expressed thanks to the one who scattered the rumor about his demise. He believes in the saying that God extends the life of someone who’s said to have already died. At the same time, Bong. in a genial spirit, is grateful to his family, especially his wife Lani Mercado for taking good care of him.

Current Tidbits:

Once again, a product of Bb. Pilipinas beauty contest Sarah Bona bagged an international beauty crown. She was adjudged Ms. Nature Intercontinental in a contest held in Szczecin, Poland and participated in by more than 40 candidates. Before the said pageant, Sarah made it to the top five at the Ms. ASEAN Friendship in Vietnam. Congrats to the willowy, morena beauty.

Reports have it there’s a silent rift among members of the Sotto family regarding their contrasting views of Senator Tito Sotto and his nephew Pasig Councilor Vico Sotto (son of Vic and Coney Reyes). It’s about the approval by Congress to cut the budget of the Commission of Human Rights from P678 million to P1000.

While Senator Sotto is in favor of the Senate to pass the P1000 budget for CHR, Vico stated in social media the politicians seem unknowing what would happen to the country if lawmakers belittle the importance of human rights  defenders, saying “kawawa naman ang Pilipinas.”

We extend our deepest condolences to the family of vet journalist, film reviewer and officer of Movie, TV, Radio Classification Board Mario Hernando for his recent demise. Many were caught by surprise because Mario had kept his ailment under wraps for months.

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