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Watch out for Bruno Gabriel

Keeping pace with today’s most promising actors is newbie Bruno Gabriel. Note that showbiz runs in Bruno’s blood. He is the son of former actress Lani Lobangco. Young actress Sofia Andres is his cousin. Bruno, who took up a Management course at the Ateneo de Manila University, is really into sports but acting is something he wants to try. “For the most part athlete po ako, masasabi ko na dyan ako pinakamagaling. Sports talaga ang nagpalaki sa akin,” he said in an interview. “But acting is something na pangarap ko talaga kaya after my sports life I’ve decided to pursue it.” As athlete, the newbie actor participated in Tennis and Football competitions in California. He also trained alongside the Philippine Football team Azkals. According to Bruno, his passion for film developed back in college. “Mahilig kasi …

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The breakup list

Following the announcement of the cancellation of Denise Laurel’s engagement with basketball player Sol Mercado comes news about other celebrity couples who have broken up. The on and off relationship of Jake Cuenca and American model Sara Grace Kelley is off again, and the actor said it’s “final this time.” The couple first called it quits in December 2015. They reunited early this year. While some say love is sweeter the second time around, it wasn’t the case for Jake and Sara. In an interview with PEP, Jake said conflict of interests, among others, led to the breakup. “Ayoko na. Sinubukan namin. I can say it didn’t work out. She will always have a special place in my heart. I know she feels the same way. But ano, eh, conflict of interests. Distance is …

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A movie sans agenda and advocacy

MOVIE REVIEW: The movie “Keeping Up With The Joneses” is about a married couple (played by Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) living in a picture-perfect little cul-de-sac in this pristine little town. The story picks up with the arrival of the newcomers across the street, the Joneses, who somehow are even more perfect and flawless then everyone else. Anyone familiar with the idiom would think they know what happens next – until the protagonists end up getting involved in the shady world of espionage and covert operations. There are several stand-out moments in this movie, and one of them will leave you with a different view of authentic Asian restaurants. You’ll see what I mean once you reach the scene with the little hole-in-the wall specialty eatery. The surprise in the film is the …

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Park Bogum goes on PH vacation

Korean star Park Bogum left Seoul for the Philippines recently as part of an incentive to the cast and crew of the successful drama “Love In The Moonlight.” He was reported to have boarded a flight to Cebu. The drama aired its last episode on Oct. 18 with 22.9 percent rating according to Nielsen, placing second overall. When the show hit 20 percent in the ratings, Park Bogum together with co-stars Kim Yoo-jung, Jinyoung and Kwak, held a fan signing event at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. About 500 people attended the event. Park Bogum rose to fame via the drama “Reply 1988.”

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Stars, crew of ‘Love in the Moonlight’ have fun in Cebu

The stars and crew of the hit drama “Love in the Moonlight” are enjoying their vacation in Cebu. This is based on show star Bang Joong-hyun's Instagram posts, showing him and co-stars enjoying the sea and sun. One photo showed actors Park Bogum and Kwak Dong-yeon having fun on a boat. Bang also posted a photo together with actresses Han Soo-yeon and Jung Hye-sung. The cast and crew were also seen gathering at a resto bar in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City. Kwak Dong-yeon also posted a photo on his Instagram account, writing “Freedom Cebu! What a beautiful day.” Jung Hye-sung also uploaded photos of her Cebu vacation on Instagram. “Love in the Moonlight” became the No. 1 drama with a 96.14 million brand reputation index for October released by the Korea Institute of Brand Reputation. The index measured big …

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Kris Aquino, Bimby, visit James Yap’s baby

Kris Aquino and son Bimby have finally visited Michael James, the firstborn of James Yap and Michela Cazzola, on Saturday, Oct. 22. It happened weeks after Kris revealed to media how Bimby allegedly only found out through Facebook that his father's girlfriend is having a baby. Michela gave birth last August. “I was afraid of how Bimby would react over his new sibling. Thank you Lord na okay siya. Okay si Bimb, he’s in a good place. Kasi I’ve been discussing it with him. I’ve been saying, ‘Please tell me when you’re ready. Let’s make a call, let’s be the ones to call them and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to meet my brother.’ And then Bimby said, ‘Okay, mama, I’ll tell you when.’ "It’s not about you, eh. It’s about your child. It’s …

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Loren Burgos shuns sexy image

Beauty Queen, commercial model and now newly-minted actress Loren Burgos may have intimate scenes with Jake Cuenca in her first-ever starrer, the indie movie "Mulat," but she makes clears she is not a "sexy actress." “Ayaw kong ma-categorize na sexy actress,” she expressed. “Kapag ganu'n kasi kadalasan ibibigay sa 'yo mga roles na maraming kissing scenes, sex scenes. Ayoko." "Tsaka itong ugali kong jologs na may pagka-tomboy hindi rin bagay sa pagpapa-sexy,” she added. She is happy that “Mulat” led her to landing a lucrative management deal with Star Magic. "Dito bawal ang magpa-sexy," she said. And there's lots of work. “Kahit small roles, at least consistent ang trabaho kasi may Star Cinema. Minsan I don't even have to audition for roles," she said. With Star Magic, Loren was launched as part of Star Magic Angels, a …

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Short film ‘The Rapist’ precedes ‘Mulat’

When Maria Diane Ventura’s “Mulat” opens in local cinemas on Nov. 2, moviegoers are in for a treat: Her short-film “The Rapist” will play before the feature film. Showing two of her movies is a good way to reintroduce the award-winning filmmaker to her audience especially since “Mulat” was a finalist in the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Film Category. “Mulat” producer Day Herrera Cabuhat said, “Dianne likes to focus on women and I think it’s probably because she is a strong woman herself.” The film is about a woman was already engaged to her boyfriend when she places everything on hold because of a dream. “When I first read the script, and she asked me to produce it, I was so excited because it was a different perspective on love. Lahat …

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Arnel Pineda readies one-two punch

Arnel Pineda has been in the industry for a long time now but the Filipino singer, who happens to be the lead singer of the American band called Journey, remains relevant. In fact, he is releasing a solo album this month – then immediately start working on the follow-up. “We are planning to release the first album in Hong Kong, Singapore at saka dito sa atin. Then I’m gonna try to promote sa Dubai and other countries na may Filipino community,” he said. He has already recorded some demos for the next album which, he said, will be recorded in the US. Arnel is keeping his fingers crossed that Asian Music Camp, his boot camp for singers, will push through this year once they’ve shored up enough funds. “Naka-put on hold siya dahil sa …

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A1 recalls their favorite moments in PH

It has already been more than a decade since British-Norwegian boy band A1 released their songs, such as “Like A Rose” and “Everytime,” but many Pinoys still know the lyrics by heart. This is how A1 members Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read, and Ben Adams remember Filipinos. “A lot of people here know our songs. They have some sort of relationship to our songs. (They are used) in weddings or some sort of special occasion. That’s the biggest moment for us songwriters, that our songs mean so much to someone,” Christian said at their press conference for their “Here We Come-Back!” shows last Oct. 23 at the KIA Theatre; and at IEC Pavilion in Cebu City today. Mark added: “We were walking on the streets and people started singing our songs. And that’s amazing. …

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