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When then ABS-CBN executive for talent management and ex-actress Beverly Vergel left the Philippines a few years ago to reside in Canada, she noted that Kim Chiu, one of her wards, was not yet a big star. Now, Kim is one of the top young actresses, be in movies or TV. So Bev expected Kim would be affected by success.

During the recent Kapamilya Star Magic Show in Canada in which Kim was the headliner together with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Bev had the chance to be with her. Bev served as host at the conferences on the show, and for days the duo spent time together.

“Kim has not changed a bit. She’s still very sweet, unaffected, not a bit aloof or swell-headed in dealing with her Pinoy fans in Canada. I’ve been amazed, too, by her tremendous talent in dancing, comic acts and even in singing. Before, medyo shy at conscious si Kim. Ngayon, bigay na bigay na siya,” Bev told me.

In her Twitter account, Kim related her first experience to see snow and play in the snow, which overwhelmed her. She admitted that it’s one of her most unforgettable moments in Canada.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Unexpected triumph for Jake Cuenca [/box]

Jake Cuenca never bagged a Best Actor trophy although he had been nominated several times in the Philippines, but it is ironic that it took a foreign country to honor him. Yes, at the International Film Festival-Manhattan held in New York, Jake won the Best Actor award for her role in the indie film “Mulat.” Jake himself received the award.

“What an unexpected triumph, indeed, for me! The more I aspire to be a competent performer these days. I’m inspired to the fullest, and not to be choosy in accepting roles. What counts most is the very essence of your role,” Jake told showbiz writers upon his arrival in Manila.

At the same film fest in New York, Pinay actress Liza Dino garnered the Best Actress trophy for her role in “Nomine Matris” which was chosen as Best Film. Diane Ventura who helmed “Mulat” was adjudged Best Director.

Come to think of it, low-budgeted movies have outshone local mainstream films in international festivals. These movies have  consistently won the nod of judges in Asia, Europe and U.S.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Hollywood movie on Arnel Pineda’s bio [/box]

So it’s true that a Hollywood movie on Arnel Pineda’s film bio will be produced by Sanre and Media Trust Entertainment. The title will be “Don’t Stop Believing”, and most possibly it would be released by Warner Brothers. Arnel confirmed the news at a press conference of the Asian Music Band which he had initiated.

Arnel related to the movie press how elated he is. The producers thought that his bio is an extraordinary story that would surely inspire aspiring musicians worldwide. A past documentary movie on Arnel was successful as it received kud os for its heartwarming impact.

While this piece was being written, Arnel was focusing on the Asian music competition which he has heralded. The competitors will submit their video entries, and early next year, people all over the world will vote online for the winner. A cash prize, a recording deal and a management contract worth $I million await the best  music band that will be chosen.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] John Lloyd not leaving ABS-CBN [/box]

On talks that soon he would be leaving ABS-CBN, John Lloyd Cruz clarified that while his contract expires in a few days, the management of Kapamilya network has already negotiated for its renewal. He also said that he has no intention of transferring to another TV station.

A folderol rumor that Lloydie has a teen lovechild by a non-showbiz girl truly upset him. “To those who are spreading such talk, I request them to let me see their genuine proof for the allegation,” he was quoted as saying.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Current reports: [/box]

After Nora Aunor romped off  with the Best Actress award for “Thy Womb” at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, she has emerged as a strong contender for the same award for her performance in “Hustisya” at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on Dec. 11, 2014 in Queensland, Australia. Another Pinoy, Giancarlo Abraham, will be vying for the Best Screenplay award for “Dagitab.” Good luck to both.

GMA-7 young actor Ruru Madrid makes it as Best Actor nominee at the Singapore International Film Festival for the indie film “Above the Clouds.” The festival will be held on Dec. 12. From Japan where he promoted the film, Ruru will proceed to Singapore to attend the awarding rites. Good luck, Ruru.

Vet actor Rey PJ Abellana corrected the remark against him that he confronted and bad-mouthed Tom Rodriguez, his daughter’s alleged lover. PJ said he simply asked Tom what is his real score with Carla. PJ got the right answer, but he did not elaborate. By the way, PJ has reunited with Leni Santos, his love team in the ‘80s, in the new Kapuso TV series “More Than Words.”

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Blind item: [/box]

A controversial mother figure in showbiz who’s noted for her volatile nature is said to have given up her ‘pakialamera’ ways with regards to her equally talk-about daughter. “Punong-puno na ako sa katigasan ng ulo niya at sobrang love fling. That’s the life she craves, so be it,” she told showbiz writers.

After 10 years at ABS-CBN as actress-host, Iya Villania opted to sign a contract with GMA-7 on Oct. 29, 2014.

Obviously, she’s unhappy over the fact that her career went nowhere at Kapamilya station. Reportedly, Iya will host a new talent show and will co-star in a forthcoming teleserye.