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Jaycee Parker and her ‘real light’

For Jaycee Parker, first light was from show business when she got discovered 13 years ago in a Regine Tolentino dance video. She would eventually join the Viva Hot Babes responsible for the hits “Bulaklak,” “Kikay” and “Basketball.” But a few years ago, Jaycee claimed seeing “the real light” (as she herself put it) when she met her spiritual mentor, Pampanga Councilor Jericho Aguas. “He taught me so many life principles and invited me to join him in his Kabbalah classes,” she said. “Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. “On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means ‘to receive.’ It’s the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives. Most of us, at some point in our life, have been overcome with the feeling that …

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Seeing TJ in a new light

There’s a new stockbroker in town, a dead ringer of actor TJ Trinidad, and... wait a minute – it is TJ! But how did he become a stockbroker? “My first job after I graduated from DLSU was as money market trader in a financial institution. I dealt mainly with commercial papers and government bonds and right beside our office was the trading floor unit of the company. I was always interested in that aspect of the business. “It so happened that Mr. Toto Cruz (former PSE Chairman) is a good friend of my father in law. We would always discuss the current state of the market, how it affects certain stocks, and other aspects of the business. I guess he must have noticed I was very much interested in stocks in general …

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The ‘box-sing’ match that never was

Just recently, longest-running noontime show “Eat Bulaga!” invited me and my best friend, actress Ina Raymundo, to participate in a unique challenge: engage in boxing while singing Alicia Bridges’ “I Love The Nightlife.” I initially hesitated, thinking it’s a sport that should only be practiced by professionals. Besides, I was kind of afraid of Ina, a known gym-rat. Being an avid boxer (she trains thrice a week), my friend will surely get me bruised and I don’t want that. So I came up with the idea of faking it. I told Ina we will just “dramatize” the fight so it would look entertaining at least. The night before the big day, I prayed my plan would work. Celebrity challenges are really getting tougher by the minute. In another contest before this, I had …

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Candy Pangilinan’s greatest victory

Last Sunday, comedienne Candy Pangilinan gave a talk during a recollection at the City Hall of San Juan. I am sharing it here because I feel her message of hope is what we need in these troubled times: “I am a single mom. A decade ago, my husband and I separated due to irreconcilable differences. Then when I gave birth to my son Quentin, he was diagnosed with autism. You can just imagine the weight on my shoulders. To top it all, I was robbed of all my belongings, cash and jewelry. “I did not understand what was happening to me. I was full of hate in my heart. So much that I built an umbrella of sin. Now that I think of my past, I realize that when you build an …

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An Homage to Joy Viado

“Her name precedes her personality, it’s always a fun and joyful set whenever she is around. Even if the camera is not rolling nagpapatawa siya. She was always the life of the party.” That is how actor Epy Quizon described our good friend, the late comedienne Joy Viado. Joy, 57, succumbed to heart attack on Sept. 10. I can attest to what Epy said about Joy. I’ve known her for the longest time, having started our respective careers simultaneously, via the Fe Panlilio scholarship singing contest way back in 1994, where she won the grand prize. At the time, we also had the same manager in the late Del Pascual, who was able to land us appearances on shows like “Teysi Ng Tahanan,” “Ang TV,” “Okatokat” and “Lunch Break,”among many others. Imagine the pain I …

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Catching up with Joross Gamboa

I was among avid viewers of the now-defunct teleserye “Juan Happy Love Story.” I really liked Bob, actor Joross Gamboa’s character on the show. It allowed Joross to display his comedic flair. I’ve known Joross for some time now and I understand why he was cast as Bob. They have a lot in common. Just like Bob, Joross can be makulit. He also has this aura of being mayabang. All that said, Joross is quite likable. You would really want to have him around if you want to have fun. I am happy that Joross continues to reap rewards for his hard work, having been recently tapped as contestant on GMA’s “Superstar Duets.” No doubt, Joross is one lucky dude. To think that early this year, he went through a controversy involving a video …

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Ready for mystery?

I already wrote about this last year but it’s worth repeating now:  Whether it be some sort of ‘Indiana Jones’- like adventure or a ‘Harry Potter’- like fantasy trip, there’s everything for everyone at Mystery Manila. Back then, organizers only had three Mystery Rooms to choose from. But with public demand comes growth and there are now nine more rooms in the other branches (three each in Makati, Libis and at Century Mall) bringing the total to 12. The key is to solve the puzzle given in each room. Here’s a taste.   AZTEC ADVENTURE Archaeology Professor Jones is missing. He was searching for an artifact used by Queen Gilukhipa. You will try to find out what happened to the professor. Along the way, you will find out there are other groups after the artifact …

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Getting personal with the inimitable Perla Bautista

I am so blessed to be part of Carlo J. Caparas’ new movie “Kamandag Ng Droga.” It’s anti-drug and has attracted many A1 stars to join in like Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Eddie Gutierrez, Jackie Lou Blanco, Niño Muhlach, Mark Newman, Sarah Lahbati, Ricardo Cepeda, and Bobby Andrews, among many others. Note that one of my favorite actresses is also in the movie: Perla Bautista. We had a chat recently and I just had to share a bit of it to you, dear readers, as Madame Perla has so much wisdom to share. About her childhood “I was born in 1940 so I could still vividly remember Japanese planes bombing our place in Tondo. My family and I would usually take cover in nearby bomb shelters. “Growing up, I wanted to help my …

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In praise of generous stars

Iwas among contestants of ABS-CBN’s game show “Minute To Win It” recently.  I was pitted against teleserye princess Kim Chiu, sexy actress Aubrey Miles, “PBB” discovery Karen Reyes, and the comedic father-son tandem, Tatay Diego and Gedent. The first game we played, we were tasked to hold on to a clothesline clip using our mouth and to put them on a clothesline one on top of the other. Unfortunately, I was eliminated right then and there. After a few more games, only two contestants remained: Kim and Tatay Diego. The latter told show host Luis Manzano that should he win the one million peso cash prize, he would buy his family a house. He actually begged Kim to eliminate herself. Moved by Tatay Diego’s plea, Kim said, “Tatay Diego kahit anong mapanalunan ko …

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Kim Molina: This lady ‘raks’

“Mahal mo siya, mahal ka niya pero ’pag may pumasok na malandi tapos na eksena...” “Kasi ’yang mga malalandi parang ipis ’yan, ang sarap tapakan...” Those were just two of many hugot lines actress Kim Molina shared with fans at the “Camp Sawi” mall tour a few days ago. She was joined by co-stars Bela Padilla, Andi Eigenmann, Arci Muñoz and Yassi Pressman at the event. “Camp Sawi” is about five bitter, brokenhearted ladies joining the film’s fictional camp to heal. I was able to interview Kim who told me how her character, Joan, is the craziest of the bunch. “But she’s different from who I am in real life because I am stronger. Given her situation, I would definitely handle it differently,” she related. Kim made her mark via the hit musical “Rak Of Aegis,” …

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