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Vhong Navarro’s camp felt jubilant over the cases filed in connection with his recent harrowing experience, saying he’s slowly being vindicated.  The rape case filed against him by Deniece Cornejo was dismissed recently, and Judge Bernard Bernal of the Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Deniece, Cedric Lee and five others based on the cases filed by Vhong against them for grave coercion and illegal detention.

Vhong also seemed vindicated in another case. Slimmers World, a company that conducts Miss Bikini Philippines contest, filed multi-million-peso damage suit against Roxanne Cabanero for allegedly smearing its image through a rape case she filed against Vhong. A very emotional Vhong expressed hopes that everything in his life will return soon to normal with God’s intervention.

The public obviously sympathized with Vhong. His new film, “Da Possessed,” drew huge crowds in theaters all over the Philippines. This contradicts claims that his luster and popularity as a movie actor had waned as a result of his ordeal.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] The next Gary V [/box]

The father-son tandem of Gary Valenciano and Paolo agreed with each other that young singer-actor Sam Concepcion will be the next Gary Valenciano although at present he’s underrated and not given the chance to prove his worth.

Paolo directed the recent 30th anniversary concert of his dad. He also directed Sam’s concert held two months ago. He told showbiz writers, “Look, even in Sam’s Sunday show ASAP, his original songs, which are hits, are regularly belted out by other actor-singers. With his great talents, he deserves bigger breaks.”

To recall, years back Sam gained recognition when he emerged the winner in the singing talent search of ABS-CBN, with Charice only second to him. At one time, Sam sang the theme song of a Walt Disney film.

Not so long ago, he hugged the spotlight after Anne Curtis confronted him and allegedly said bad words against him. Sam’s the BF of Anne’s sister, Jasmine Curtis.

It looks like Sam and Jasmine are still lovey-dovey. Anne denied talks she’s not in favor of Sam and wished the best for Jasmine.

Incidentally, Sam’s Super selfie video with Paolo’s sibling Gab was featured in  CBS News Los Angeles as it was a craze in the internet.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Fil-Australian girl Jake’s new love? [/box]

Not a few claim that Jake Cuenca gave up courting co-Kapamilya actress Jessy Mendiola in favor of a Fil-Austalian girl named Channel Olive Thomas, a ramp-ad model. His intimate photos with her in Instagram attested to their closeness.

But Jake refused to comment on its veracity and also on the claim that Jessy has already junked him. Jake said he’s happy with his role in the TV drama series, “Ikaw Lamang.” Some, though, claimed that his role  falls short of the meaty roles of Coco Martin and other stars.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Nora’s birthday concert [/box]

Fanatic fans of Nora Aunor were disappointed last year when her supposed birthday concert didn’t push through. But with the assurance of Nora that she has fully regained her voice, they hope that her singing career will flourish again through her long awaited concert.

Nora is now filming an indie horror-drama opus entitled “Dementia.” Her co-star Jasmine Curtis has been mesmerized by Nora’s impressive facial expressions and restrained performance, which is uncommon to many actresses. “I’ve learned a lot from her (Nora). My sister Anne is envious of me. Long cherished dream niya to work with Ate Guy. Naunahan ko pa siya,” Jasmine was quoted as saying.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Hot Items: [/box]A source divulged that allegedly the principal accused in  high-profile court cases offered “name your price” to the plaintiff-actor when the accused asked the actor to withdraw all the cases he filed against him. If it’s true, the former might have sensed that he would be the loser in the court battle. I doubt if the actor is going to give in.

Manny Pacquiao chanced upon Justin Biever in a shopping Mall in L.A.  before he enplaned back recently to the Philippines. Remember that in the past, Justin slammed Manny in his Instagram and said he is on the side of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Instead of snubbing Manny, Justin greeted him and exchanged information about their respective foundations, which are both supporting typhoon Yolanda victims.

Robin Padilla fully accepted the realty of his sibling BB Tatlonghari’s becoming a gay. He has accepted to do a movie with him. It is a comedy-action film in which both play the role of martial arts experts. In truth when his name was still Rustum Padilla, BB was a noted kickboxing diehard. Both have trained hard in mixed martial srts before the shooting of the film.

In the wake of their Holy Week trip to the Holy Land, lovers Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera were rumored to be altar-bound this year.  Marian just grinned when asked about it, while Dingdong quipped he’ll announce it in due time.

Pokwang admitted that she has several kissing scenes with Zanjoe Marudo in a movie they’re filming. In a various serious tone, she said he’s a good kisser. “Baka nga magselos ang GF niyang si Bea (Alonzo) pag napanuod niya ito. Bigay na bigay kasi ako.” Then immediately, Pokwang laughed out loud and said, “Joke lang.”