June 24, 2017, 3:10 am
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Coco to star in, direct ‘Panday’


AFTER “Achy Breaky Hearts” where she was paired with two older actors, Richard Yap and Ian Veneracion, Jodi Santamaria is now in “Dear Other Self” where she figures in a love triangle with two actors more junior than her, Xian Lim and Joseph

Marco. So how does she feel about it? “Nakakatuwa. Ang lakas makabata. Nakakabagets, ‘di ba?  I’m just happy that I get to work with them. Okay silang katrabaho, very professional.”

How is it working with a female director like Veronica Velasco in “Dear Other Self”? 

“It’s great. We’ve worked before in ‘Maling Akala,’ Cinema One entry ten years ago. It’s nice to work with her again. Maganda ang role ko as Becky 

in ‘Dear Other Self.’ She makes two different decisions and you’ll see two different stories because of her choices.”

Has she encountered “what ifs” in real life? 

“Yes, lahat naman tayo, may ganyang moments. Kung minsan, naiisip ko, what if kung tinuloy ko ang gusto kong course noon, which is medicine. Siguro, ibang-iba rin ‘yung buhay ko kung naging doctor ako. Up to now, I’m still holding on to that

dream. I graduated from high school in 2010 and now I’m determined to pursue a medical course as I really want to put a premium on education because of my son. I want to set a good example for him.”

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It’s obvious that Coco Martin is really positioning himself as the replacement of Fernando Poe Jr. for today’s generation of millennial viewers. After TV audiences have accepted him as the reincarnation of Da King in the small screen version of

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” he’s now all set to do his own big screen version of FPJ’s iconic “Ang Panday,” never mind if Jericho Rosales and Richard Gutierrez have had their own not-so-successful versions of this on TV. Bong Revilla has also done

this in the movies.

Carlo J. Caparas, the author of “Panday,” is so happy to give the rights to this creation of his to Coco, endorsing it with his wholehearted approval. And just like the late FPJ, Coco will be directing his own movie now. 

FPJ directed his own “Panday” franchise, up to “Panday IV,” all of which were blockbusters at the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. 

Coco’s film version is also intended to be an entry in the Metro filmfest later this year. And since his “Ang Probinsyano” has already been announced to be extended until 2018, then that means he will have to work overtime and divide his attention

once he starts shooting the new movie version of “Panday.” 

Needless to say, that will entail a lot of backbreaking work, so good luck to Coco and here’s hoping he won’t get over fatigued with the tons of work that he would be facing both on TV and the movies.

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All of Gary Valenciano’s children are now in showbiz. His eldest, Paolo, currently directs concerts; the middle child, Gab, is in a reality show on ABS-CBN; while the youngest, Kiana, is now a singer and appears in “ASAP.” Kiana is also part of Gary’s

34th anniversary concert series, “Gary V Presents,” which will have its finale at the Solaire Theater on May 12, 13, 19, 20.

Gary is aware that his unica hija Kiana is now playing beautiful music with Sam Concepcion, who’s been linked to Jasmine Curtis Smith and Julia Barretto before. How does he feel about this? 

“We like Sam,” he said. “We’ve known him since he’s a child and he’s like family to us. We trust him. And we also trust our daughter. She’s 24 years old and I believe we raised her well so she can make decisions on her own.”

Kiana will also be part of his US tour, along with Sam and Katrina Velarde. For tickets to the Solaire concert, call Ticketworld at 891-9999, Ticketworld online, or PR Chuck Gomez at 0917-8872859.

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GMA’s “Dobol B sa News TV” is now being shown simultaneously on GMA News TV Channel 11 and on GMA News TV International and the feedback from audiences has been very positive. 

We asked their anchors, Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio and Joel Reyes Zobel, at their press conference at B Hotel what the difference now that they are not just heard on radio but also seen on TV.

“Dati, kahit naka-shorts lang kami, puede na kami mag-report sa studio,” said Arnold Clavio. “Ngayon, we have to dress up. ‘Di na puedeng basta T shirt, kailangan, shirt na may collar, to show our respect to our viewers.”

“But content wise, walang pagbabago,” revealed Mike. “Kung ano ‘yung ‘Dobol B’ sa radio, ganun din sa TV, news that can be trusted, walang kinikilingan.”

Vincent Patrick Guerrero, RiteMed general manager, said they’re happy with DZBB’s foray on free TV. He added their catchy jingle, “Huwag Mahihiyang Magtanong,” had a big impact on the public, especially when their brand ambassador, respected

actress Susan Roces, started singing it. 

“Right now, RiteMed leads the total generics market by 62%,” he said. “We have a total of 140 products, mostly made in our own plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and this May, we are launching RiteMed for Kids.”
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