JACKIELOU Blanco is turning 57 years old today, February 11, but she has maintained her youthful looks that she appears 20 years younger than her real age. She’s so disciplined when it comes to her diet and her workout schedule. Looking at her, you won’t think she is already a grandma. Her and ex-hubby Ricky Davao’s eldest child, Kenneth, has gotten married and has given her a granddaughter that he even named after his mom, Jacqueline.
When she’s with her daughters Rikki Mae and Arabella, now both college graduates, she looks more like their elder sister than their mom.
And Jackielou continues to enjoy working. She has done several series and shows with GMA-7 and she’s now doing lock-in taping for “Owe My Love.” She will be celebrating her birthday while on lock-in taping for the show in a resort in Bulacan.
“Sabay kami ni Lovi Poe na magse-celebrate ng birthday namin while on lock-in taping,” she said. “Kasi her birthday is also on February 11. Magka-birthday kami at pareho kaming nasa set working on our birthday.”
What’s her role in “Owe My Love”?
“I play Divina Advincula, kontrabida kami rito ni Winwyn at magkakampihan kami laban kay Lovi Poe,” said Jackielou. “May mamanahin kasi si Lovi at gusto kong makuha ang kayamanan niya. Si Winwyn naman, gustong makuha si Benjamin Alves from Lovi.”
She likes the show because even if she plays a villain, the treatment is light as she’ll also be making people laugh with her failed schemes against Lovi.
“Comedy kasi ito kaya, as a contravida, lagi akong pumapalpak sa mga ginagawa ko rito.
The show will start airing on Monday, February 15, so abangan nyo as it’s a hilarious, feel-good show perfect para ma-relax kayo before going to bed.”
‘They were last seen spending time together in the plush island resort of Amanpulo.’
Bea Alonzo is the most sought-after actress at the moment. Both Viva and Star Cinema have announced that they are starting a movie with them. Of the two, it’s Viva who has already laid out their project in detail while Star’s project is still quite nebulous.
Viva is co-producing the movie with GMA Films and APT Entertainment. It pairs Bea with Alden Richards, with whom she showed great chemistry when they did a TV commercial together last year. Bea can now do movies outside of ABS-CBN as she’s no longer managed by Star Magic, but by Shirley Kwan. The title of the Bea-Alden film is “A Moment to Remember,” remake of a 2001 Japanese TV show titled “Pure Soul.” It already had a Korean version in 2004, about a young wife who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Both Japanese and Korean versions were big hits.
Meantime, Star Cinema has announced that the movie with John Lloyd is all set to grind in March. But they have not announced any title or story yet as of now. Looks like Bea’s movie with Alden will come first as it’s all set to shoot before this month ends. It will be directed by Nuel Naval (“Miracle at Cell No.7”).
Bea may be paired with Alden and John Lloyd on camera, but off cam, it looks like it’s Dominic Roque who is holding her heart. After intermittently posting individual photos of them having dinner in the same venue, it seems Bea is now more ready to come out in the open that after the ghosting that Gerald Anderson did to her, she has now found a new squeeze in Dominic. They were last seen spending time together in the plush island resort of Amanpulo.
Benjamin Alves is happy to be reunited with Lovi Poe in GMA’s new hilarious rom-com, “Owe My Love.” “This is something so different from anything we’ve done before,” he said.
“We were first paired in a 2012 movie sa Regal, ‘Guniguni,’ which is horror. Then we did another movie in 2013, a serious drama for Cinemalaya, ‘Sana Dati.’ In 2015, we did a teleserye, ‘Beautiful Strangers,’ na sobrang heavy drama. So now, it’s nice to do something light and funny like ‘Owe My Love’ where we get to work with the country’s top comedians like Ai Ai de las Alas, Nova Villa, Leo Martinez and many more.”
He plays a doctor in “Owe My Love.”
“I play Dr. Migs Alcancia, na merong sariling online show. I live with my grandfather, Leo Martinez as Lolo Badong, who’s being forgetful kasi may dementia. Lovi is Sensen, a breadwinner sa big family nila at maraming pinagkakautangan.”
It’s while Lovi is running away from her debtors that she meets Benjamin by chance. “Sa pagtatago niya sa mga humahabol sa kanya dahil sa mga utang niya, nagtago siya sa car ko at doon kami nagkakilala. My Lolo Badong mistakes her for my girlfriend at nagustuhan siya.”
The whole cast is on the second cycle of their lock-in taping and they are all required to stay there until March. This means they will be spending their Valentine’s Day there and Benjamin won’t be with his non-showbiz girlfriend named Chelsea Robato on that special day of hearts.
“She’s very supportive. Bago naman nag-lock in taping, I took her to Boracay and ten days kami roon. So bumawi na ako agad bago pa man nag-lock in, but we stay in touch.”
Ruru Madrid is being built up by GMA as their young action star. He’s now taping the action-adventure series, “Lolong,” where he fights a giant crocodile terrorizing a whole town. He’s paired with Shaira Diaz in the upcoming show, but before that, they get to be special guest stars first in the hit GMA News TV’s primetime romantic fantasy, “The Lost Recipe,” as a special pre-Valentine treat to its viewers.
So how is it working with Shaira?
“Ngayon lang kami nagkatrabaho and she’s very professional. Very supportive siya in our scenes together at sa batuhan pa lang namin ng linya, you can really feel nandun na siya at ramdam na niya ang eksena.”
How about Shaira? How is it working with Ruru? “He’s a real gentleman,” she replied.
“Inaalalayan niya talaga ako at napakahusay rin niyang umarte. Maski mag-adlib, magaling siya, so madadala ka talaga sa eksena.”
Shaira is also enjoying her action role in “Lolong.”
“Hindi lang si Ruru ang may action scenes kundi pati ako, so I took special training sa martial arts and in doing my own stunts. Maraming exciting scenes ang ‘Lolong’ at ginastusan talaga ng GMA ang malalaking eksena so abangan nyo dahil it’s going to be one of the biggest offerings ng Kapuso network for this year.”
Here’s hoping the Ruru-Shaira tandem will also click with viewers even if it’s common knowledge that off-cam, Ruru is with Bianca Umali while Shaira is with Edgar Allan Guzman.