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Iza Calzado used to be a GMA-7 contract star before she signed up with ABS-CBN. At that time, Iza was said to be in good terms with another Kapuso talent, Carla Abellana. Recently, however, talks insinuated that everything is not smooth in their relationships.

This worsened when words about the movie the two banner for Regal Films spread fast. Carla’s name came ahead of Iza in the billing. Allegedly, Iza was appalled by it because she is a more senior star and has more lead movie assignments than Carla.

Upon hearing of it, Iza brushed the intrigue off, indicating she was unruffled by it. “In the first place, we’re still friendly to each other, kahit magkaiba na kami ng TV network. Secondly, I’m not the billing-conscious type of an actress. What matters to me lies in the meatiness of the role I play,” my colleague quoted Iza as saying.

Meanwhile, Carla said she has nothing against Iza as she admires her as a person and as an actress. Carla vehemently denied that she demanded her name be billed ahead of Iza. Truth to tell, Carla knows she’s in no position to be pugnacious.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Dingdong and Marian to marry this year [/box]

At long last, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, who have been sweethearts for many years, will settle down soon. I got news that Dingdong and his mom, Angelina Gonzales Dantes, had formally asked the hand of Marian in marriage to her mom, Amelia Rivera. Later, their engagement was featured in “Marian Show” which coincided her birthday last Aug. 12.

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An emotional, tearful Marian said “yes” to the proposal and accepted the ring handed to her by Dingdong who remarked it’s Marian and no one else whom he yearns to spend his life with through joy and pain. The touching scene was witnessed by their respective families and loved ones, much to the delight the crowd in the GMA-7 studio.

The 34-year-old Dingdong has not specified the date and details of his wedding with Marian this year. He sounded, though, that it would be simple but elegant and meaningful marital ceremonies. Marian seemed to be Cloud 9 as a result of the unexpected marriage proposal of Dingdong.

It is recalled that Dingdong and Marian’s love story began at the set of their teleserye “Marimar” in 2007. Since then, they have not been linked romantically to anyone else and have remained faithful to each other. Surely, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos will be one of the principal sponsors as Marian herself had earlier confided.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Claudine, Raymart may reconcile [/box]

The loved ones of Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago see a possible reconciliation between the estranged couple. You see, Claudine made a move to contact Raymart for him to grace the 7th birthday bash of their son Santino. Raymart obliged in glee.

“For the sake of my son, I swallowed my pride, knowing that his attendance would make Santino fully happy. I’ve realized that kids’ longings should be every parent’s priority,” Claudine said.

Claudine’s action gives rise to the possibility that sooner or later, the erstwhile couple would eventually forget their differences and agree to  reconcile. However, Claudine and Raymart seem to be still smarting from their hurt feelings. But who knows, time heals wounds.

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[box type=”default” size=”large”] First Best Actress trophy given to Nora Aunor [/box]

Finally, after 10 years of giving awards, Cine Malaya handed to Nora Aunor the Best Actress award for role in “Hustisya.” It was the first time that the award-giving body honored Nora with the Best Actress plum. A spokesman of Cine Malaya said, “Nora’s performance in Hustisya couldn’t be taken for granted. She’s truly unbeatable and awesome in her portrayal.”

Nora is grateful to the Cine Malaya people. She said, “Now, kumpleto na ang best actress  trophies ko sa lahat ng award-giving bodies. I feel fulfilled,” Nora told movie writers.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Spicy tidbits: [/box]

A not-so-young, popular actress reportedly confided to  her close friend that after having several BFs, she gave up her virginity to her current lover. She believes that he’s faithful, sincere and willing to marry her. Could it mean that their relationships would be for keeps? Your guess is as good as mine. Clue: Both are noted in their respective  fields of endeavor.

The court battle between Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla over the surname of their kids is still raging. Through his lawyer JJ Bautista, Dennis filed a petition with Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz of Branch 226 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for relief of judgment so the kids could be reunited with  Baldevia (Dennis’s real surname). Because they are they’re minor, they are not allowed to use Barretto as their surname as what Marjorie wanted.

Character actress Sylvia Sanchez came out in defense of her  young son, Kapamilya actor Arjo Atayde. She denied he has a nude photo. Sylvia said that he’s not capable of doing such things because he is naïve and modest. “For sure, hindi siya yung klaseng ikinakalat na litratong hubad,” Sylvia said.

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On the topic of nude photos, how true are reports that after veteran broadcaster Paolo Videones’s sex video, a photo ogled at the internet by girls and gays alike is a naked  Piolo Pascual taking a bath? We heard that Piolo had laughed it off as a mere joke.