Ara gets bling ring worth P2.8M

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    Remember Victor Neri? He was once the busiest action star in the 1990s.

    He starred in “Buy Bust,” “A Short History of a Few Bad Things,” and “Ang Panday.”

    One of his most memorable films though is “Utol,” where he pits talent against Cesar Montano.

    He was in his prime when he suddenly “disappeared” from showbiz and became a chef.

    He studied Culinary Arts in Bangkok and also spent a couple of years in Hong Kong.

    When he returned home, he put up a restaurant in Quezon City.

    What’s keeping Victor busy nowadays?

    Well, we heard he is now an undersecretary at the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) and he is often seen in the company of Senator Bong Go.

    Senator Bong Go has put up several Malasakit Centers for indigent patients all over the country. And the DSWD is involved in the health centers.

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    Back in government, too, is Mark Lapid, who was once governor of Pampanga and head of the Tourism Department in 2008.

    Now, he was appointed by President Duterte as COO of Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

    Mark, who just turned 41 last February 16, is the son of Senator Lito Lapid. He is married to former actress Tanya Garcia and they have three daughters.

    Asked once in an interview if he did not desire to follow in his dad’s footsteps, Mark said he did try showbiz and one of most memorable appearances was in “Tatlong Baraha” in 2006.

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    Carmina Villaroel has realized that playing a kontrabida is not easy.

    She plays the villainess in the afternoon series, “Babawiin Ko ang Lahat.” She plays the first wife of John Estrada, who left him when he could not afford to give her the good life.

    “Scheming ako dito,” Carmina said, “babalikan ko si John nang finally bumuti ang kanyang buhay. But by then, he already has a new family.

    “Sa totoo lang,” she continued, “nahirapan ako sa role. Never will I do what I did to John, granting na hindi ko na siya mahal.”

    The actress, with a wide grin, added she is not the only one busy in their family. She and her husband, Zoren Legaspi, plus their twins, Mavy and Cassy, host the weekly show, “Sarap Di Ba” on GMA. They also have their separate shows. Zoren is with Nora Aunor in “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.” Mavy and Cassy, who both turned 19 last January 6, will start their own shows on GMA 7 soon.

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    We wonder how much the actress’ wedding ring will be worth if her engagement ring is already worth almost P3 million.

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    Don’t look now, but we heard that the diamond engagement ring which Ara Mina received from her fiancé, Dave Almarinez, cost P2.8M.

    “Ang wedding ring kaya, magkano?” asked a kibitzer.

    The couple got engaged on January 12. Dave is currently the president and CEO of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC). He has been with PITC since 2017.

    Ara, 41, is an achiever, too. She is not only an accomplished actress, but is also a successful businesswoman.

    “Kaya her net worth ay maituturing na noteworthy rin,” said someone close to Ara.

    “She is a good mom as well. At mabait siyang tao, as she has no plans na ipagkait ang daughter nya na si Amanda Gabrielle sa kanyang ama (referring to Ara’s ex, Patrick Meneses).

    “And Mandy understands why her Mommy Ara is marrying Dave.”

    Ara and Dave plan to tie the knot this year.

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    Another actress set to get married is Kris Bernal.

    She and her fiancé, Perry Choi, are preparing for their big day.

    “Pinatapos muna namin ang bahay na aming titirahan,” said Kris. “We both want to start a family soon.”

    Kris has no plans of turning her back on showbiz, though. The 31-year-old actress is now being managed by Cornerstone Entertainment, owned by Erik Raymundo.

    Her fiancé, Perry, is a chef. Although the restaurant business took a hit during the pandemic, he said he has no plans of giving up. And Kris has promised to help Perry in any way she can.

    Soon, after all, Kris explains, they will be one.

    Kris said Perry is Korean.

    “Actually, matagal na siya dito. Kaya, Pilipinong Pilipino na ang ugali niya,” said Kris. “At alam na niya ang sumpong ko,” she added with a smile.

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