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    Maricel Soriano turned 56 last February 25.

    The country’s Diamond Star celebrated her birthday with her two grown-up sons, Marron and Sebastien.

    “They may not be real brothers but more pa sa magkapatid ang turingan nilang dalawa,” said Maricel at the finale Zoom press con of “Ang Iyo Ay Akin.”

    It’s an open book that Marron is her adopted son with ex-boyfriend Ronnie Ricketts. The name Marron is a combination of the ex-couple’s names. Sebastien, on the other hand, is Maricel’s son with former partner Cesar Jalosjos of the political clan of Dapitan. Both boys carry Maricel’s surname, Soriano.

    Maricel was once married to actor-host Edu Manzano.

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    Aside from Maricel, present at the “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin” finale press con were Iza Calzado, Rita Avila, Sam Milby, Joseph Marco, Simon Ibarra and the young love team of Kira Balinger and Grae Fernandez.

    They were also joined by one of the show’s writers, Keiko Aquino and producer, Julie Ann Benitez. The series’ directors, FM Reyes and Avel Supangco, and several members of the production staff were also present.

    Most of those involved in the production got teary-eyed during the finale press con.

    “Sobra ang closeness naming lahat while taping the series,” explained Iza. “Dahil nga pandemic, lock in ang taping. Sa iisang hotel kaming lahat naka-book kaya bonding time every time wala kami sa set.”

    Before the press con was over, it was announced that the last two weeks of “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin” will be shown on TV5, aside from A2Z and on iWantTFC.

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    Yassi Pressman will be trying her hand at being a game show host.

    This is her next project after her character in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” met her demise in the series.

    Yassi will be hosting “Rolling In” on TV5. She has no idea yet who her co-hosts will be. “At kung ilang. Yet sobra ang excitement na nadarama ko because it will be my first time to host a game show,” she said. “Although ‘di nga raw ito live.”

    Just recently, Yassi was seen in the Sunday show, “ASAP,” where she displayed her terpsichorean skills.

    The actress is being managed by Viva Artists Center (VAC), which is headed by Veronique Corpuz, the elder daughter of Viva Entertainment’s big boss Vic del Rosario.

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    Sylvia Sanchez and her children, Arjo and Ria Atayde, are grateful that despite the ongoing pandemic, the three of them remain busy with work.

    Ria has “Chika Besh” with Pokwang and Pauleen Luan-Sotto on TV5. The talk show is produced by APT Entertainment, which is behind “Eat Bulaga!”

    “Ria has the permission of the Kapamilya to do the show,” Sylvia said. “Pinayagan naman siya.”

    Arjo is as busy as his sister. He topbilled last Saturday’s episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) and on GMA, he was the special guest in “Daddy’s Gurl,” where he played the suitor of real-life girlfriend, Maine Mendoza.

    Just recently, Arjo won the best actor trophy in the 2020 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards for his series on iWant, “Bagman.”

    Sylvia will start work on a new series, “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” which features members of the Gold Squad, Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fidelin, Francine Diaz and Kyle Echarri. The four young talents were last seen in the top series, “Kadenang Ginto,” where they pitted talent against Albert Martinez, Dimples Romana and Beauty Gonzales. The Gold Squad is the brainchild of Deo Endrinal of Dreamscape Entertainment.

    “They will all become big stars,” Sylvia said of the Gold Squad. “I’d advise them to continue lang ang pagiging mababait and attentive nila to their work.”

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    She does not seem at all affected by her ex Derek Ramsay’s new squeeze.

    Andrea Torres

    Contrary to reports, Andrea Torres seems not hurt by her very public break-up with Derek Ramsay. Neither does she look affected by the report that Derek has a new girlfriend, actress Ellen Adarna.

    “Maganda naman ang naging hiwalayan namin kahit ang balita ay hindi. At naging mabait naman siya sa akin, noong kami,” said the 30-year-old actress.

    The actress is focused on her new series, GMA’s “Legal Wives,” which also stars Alice Dixson, Bianca Umali and Dennis Trillo, who will play a Muslim royalty with three wives.

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