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Pinoys all over the world feel proud over a recent statement of erstwhile Grammy awardee, popular American singer Patti Austin, who is loved by her fans all over the world for her hit songs like “I Believe” and “In My Life.” She said, “The greatest singers around the world tend to be from the Philippines.”

With that statement, Patti’s duet with Lea Salonga shown recently on the “Voice of the Philippines” reality TV show has been a topic widely talked about. Her comment about Pinoy singers also landed as one of the most talked-about items worldwide.

It is not surprising, indeed, as year in and year out, Pinoy belters and Filipinos with foreign blood have become famous, singing-wise. Many times, our singers won in international singing competitions. They include Pilita Corrales, Dulce, Hajji Alejandro, Josephine ‘Banig’ Roberto, Leah Navarro, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Jed Madela, Charice and Jessica Sanchez.

Likewise, Arnel Pineda of the Journey and half-Pinoys Billy Crawford, Apple d Aps of the Black eyed Peas and Bruno Mars continue to make waves all over the world.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Why Sharon cried? [/box]Prone to emotional outburst, Sharon Cuneta shed tears when she was informed by new TV5 executive Wilma Galvante about a new musical variety show for her. She was told she is teaming up with Ogie Alcasid in “The Mega and the Song Writer.”

Kiko-Sharon“I felt I was a mere paid employee at TV5. But with the presence of Wilma, I now feel I am a resident and part of the network. Through Wilma who has a big heart, light is bestowed on me. Things turn brighter, and I’m so happy,” Sharon told her writer-chums.

In the first presentation of “The Mega and the Song Writer” shown on TV5 a few days ago, nostalgia engulfed Sharon. A video clip of her belting “To Love Again” in the GMA Supershow when she was 17 years old was replayed. She recalled that her singing days at Kapamilya ended many years ago.

“Ngayon ako’y balik-singer sa TV. I’m flattered for being the co-host of Ogie whom I’ve admired a lot. Sa isang concert ko sa US in 2005, Ogie was my guest performer. That was the time I truly appreciated him as a singer and as a person. We had bonding then, and that up to now makes us closer,” Sharon said.

Sharon’s other program on TV 5 is the teleserye, “Madam Chairman,” which dwells on the barangay head’s herculean job of tackling community difficulties.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Blind Item: [/box]Since this debonair young actor’s showbiz career started to flourish, there has been a lot of rumors about him. In the past, his ex-actress’ mom revealed that a politician who’s popular, too, in another field had sired her a child.

Now, some people are speculating that the child could be no other than the actor. He strongly resembles the politician. Reportedly, the actor dodged query to him about his father with a smile. “Tanongin na lang ninyo ang mommy ko,” he said.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Kim’s greatest fear [/box]Having won several awards as best actress in most of the popular categories this year, Kim Chiu has declared her greatest fear: To lose fame will haunt her.

“I know that the erring ways could cause one to lose fame. So I’m extra careful in maintaining my good image. At saka sabi nila pag happy ang love life, bagsak ang career. So I go for my work first. Love can wait,” Kim said.
[box type=”default” size=”large”] Spicy tidbits: [/box]After eight years, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court found Rossana Roces guilty of violating the terms of her contract with GMA-7. While still the host of “Star Talk,” she guested at a rival show, “The Buzz,” without permission. The court ordered Osang to pay nearly P2 million in damages.

Many people suspect that Sam Concepcion and Jasmine Curtis Smith are real lovers. Evidently, the two looked every inch lovey-dovey. Heard Anne Curtis has no objection to Sam’s courting Jasmine, her sister. Sam belongs to the Kapamilya network, while Jasmine is with TV5.

It looks like the dengue fever has spread to the Kapuso station. After Michael V. and Ryan Agoncillo were hit by dengue, Tom Rodriguez was downed by the dreaded disease. Fortunately, Tom is now recuperating. Who’ll be the next victim there?

Dingdong Dantes remarks that he awaits spiritual blessing before he and his GF Marian Rivera plunge into marriage. Dingdong has signed a new five-year contract with GMA-7. This is contrary to rumors he would leave the network soon. For 15 years as Kapuso star, he’s tagged as the “Primetime King.” Next month, Dingdong’s new TV series “Genesis,” an action-drama with biblical touch, will begin.

Instead of being irked, Sarah Geronimo welcomes the constant banter against her by co-host Lea Salonga in the “Voice of the Philippines” reality TV show. She chuckled, “Masaya nga ako tuwing binabara ako ni Lea sa show. Di ako napipikon dahil I’ve a learned a lot from her as a senior coach in the program.”

Dapat lang, Sarah is no match to the international stature and accomplishments of Lea.

GMA-7’s young actor Ervic Alejandre and Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Arriela Arida are both with the Mercator Artist & Model Management. And for some time now, he is an ardent suitor of Arriela. In fact, Ervic will follow Arriela this coming November to Russia where she’ll represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant.

If Arriela bags the title, how would Ervic react? “I think I’ll be happy and proud of her. But I won’t give up courting her hanggang wala pa siyang nobyo,” Ervic said.


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