Celebrities fight back

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    RHIAN Ramos is currently nursing a broken heart so she’s glad to be very busy these days to keep her mind away from feeling sad. She is now in the “Truly Madly Deadly” episode of GMA’s new drama anthology series, “I Can See You,” where she plays the third wheel in the tandem of real-life sweethearts Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo. She’s also resuming the taping of her disrupted hit primetime soap, “Love of My Life,” with Carla Abellana.

    In her recent vlog, Rhian revealed she lost 15 lbs. because of personal struggles against depression brought about by the lockdown and also by her recent breakup with her Israeli boyfriend, Amit Borsok, who has gone back to the States.

    “I went through a breakup and I had a really hard time, guys. Not just because I was brokenhearted and shattered, but other things in my life were also giving me a lot of stress. I was in so much pain and so much stress and I wasn’t getting out of my bed and I wasn’t sleeping right and when I would eat, nothing tasted like anything. I was under so much stress that my body basically started eating itself,” she confessed.

    She had relationships before that also ended, but it was so easy to bounce back then since she was able to easily call friends, go out to and help distract herself.

    “But eventually, I learned how to take better care of myself,” she said. “There’s really nothing like going back to work and being productive. I now eat three square meals a day, exercise regularly, attend Bible studies for my spiritual health, and get enough sleep. I want to assure everyone that I will be A-okay like before, in my own time, and with God’s help.”

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    Liza Soberano

    ‘Our wish is for celebrities who were victimized and erroneously reported to have died to also file a case’

    Fake news mongers and malicious bashers, better beware and watch out as celebrities victimized by false reporting are now fighting back.

    Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray filed a case against a “Bulgar” editor and a writer for publishing her fake photos. Liza Soberano filed a case against a netizen who said “masarap siyang ipa-rape.” Julia Barretto filed a case against ex-broadcaster Jay Sonza for falsely reporting in Facebook that she’s pregnant and the dad is Gerald Anderson.

    Our wish is for celebrities who were victimized and erroneously reported to have died to also file a case against those who wrote about their false demise or reported it on their vlogs, just to attract more hits from viewers so they can earn more money.

    Sen. Bong Revilla, Gary Valenciano, Ai Ai de las Alas, Angel Locsin, John Lloyd Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Claudine Barretto, singer Bamboo, even BB Gandanghari were all reported to have died.

    Going back to Jay Sonza, the sad thing for him is that no one seems to sympathize with him. All the public comments in social media do not side with him and can be summed up in these words: “Buti nga sa kanya! He got what he deserved!”

    And some folks are even encouraging Gerald Anderson to also sue Jay Sonza and file a case against him so that what he would get is not just one knockout punch but a veritable double whammy! And if Dennis Padilla, father of Julia, would make his threat true that he would also sue Mr. Sonza, then it will be a case of triple whammy.

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    The boys love series has become so popular that there are now so many such shows streaming online. The latest to join the fray is “Boys’ Lockdown” and the big difference is that it is directed by a young but tried and tested director with a good track record, Jade Lopez, who has directed acclaimed full-length films like “Endo” that won acting awards for all its stars: Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos and Ina Feleo. He also did the hit rom-com “My Big Love” for Star Cinema, the horror-comedy “Zombadings,” and the acclaimed “LSS, Last Song Syndrome” featuring the hit songs of Ben & Ben.

    “Boys Lockdown” introduces two new but highly talented and very charismatic young men who’d surely easily win the hearts of fans: Ali King and Alec Kevin, both of whom look like Korean actors. Ali plays Key Kalunsod while Alec plays Chen Chavez, and together, they are known as KeyChen.

    Ali’s full name is Alonzo Raphael Elequin and he used to work with a big ad agency. He has cultivated a following in his social media platforms where he shares insightful and entertaining personal stories.

    Alec Kevin Rigonan has a formidable applied physics degree from UP and was part of the UP Street Dance Team that won in the UP Cheer Dance competition in 2016, where he also emerged as the street dance champion. He then did a short film, “Fish Out of Water,” in 2017 that was nominated as best short film in Gawad Urian. It cultivated his love for acting and now, he’s a full pledged actor in “Boys’ Lockdown.”

    “Boys’ Lockdown” will premiere later this October on the Ticket2Me video player and YouTube.

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    Barbie Forteza has won film acting awards but she knows that an actress should never stop learning, so she enrolled in the Acting Master Class conducted by another award-winning actress, Cherie Gil.

    “As an actor, we should not be standing still,” she said. “We should all be always on the lookout to learn new techniques to improve on our craft. Online ang acting class ni Miss Cherie and I’m glad I did as I really learned a lot from her.”

    She says she will recommend Cherie’s acting class to all actors who want to improve on their performance before the camera. In the online show, “Survival Guide in the New Normal,” the host, Rovilson Fernandez, asked her to cry on cue and she did so, only after a few seconds. Rovilson was so amazed at her sensitivity as an actress.

    As an acting challenge, she was then asked to enact other scenes from other shows, including a scene where she played the role of a man and she did it all convincingly, demonstrating how versatile she can be in front of the camera.