Derek-Ellen engagement prompts cheers, jeers

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    THE recent Holy Week saw the passing of singer Claire de la Fuente due to the dreaded virus. Let’s all pray for the repose of her soul. Former actor and president, Joseph Erap Estrada, was also reported to have died due to the virus, but it turned out to be fake news as he’s still alive and kicking.

    If someone left, there’s also a new arrival, with international theater actress Rachelle Ann Go of “Miss Saigon” and “Hamilton” fame giving birth in London to a baby boy who is to be named Lukas Judah. This is her firstborn with British husband Martin Spies.

    But the top story of this past week is Derek Ramsay, 43, proposing marriage to Ellen Adarna, 33, last Holy Tuesday, after only being together a couple of months.

    Ellen has had several boyfriends before Derek, like cager JC Intal, non-showbiz guy Filo Cueco (with whom she joined the “Survivor Philippines Couples edition”), live-in partner of one year Raul Olbes, Raymond Romualdez (son of Tacloban mayor Alfred), Baste Duterte, and John Lloyd Cruz, the father of her son Elias. Ellen was also linked to a foreigner and actors Ejay Falcon and Paulo Avelino.

    On the other hand, Derek Ramsay was married in 2002 to Mary Christine Jolly with whom he now has a teenage son named Austin. Then he was linked to actresses Solenn Heussaff, Angelica Panganiban, Cristine Reyes, Andrea Torres and single mom Joanne Villablanca who people thought he’d marry.

    Many of their friends congratulated Derek and Ellen, but sadly, the general public’s reaction is quite cynical. It seems many people are wary with their love life and many observations openly predicted: “Hindi magtatagal ‘yan.”

    One netizen made a comical post, saying she’s been paralyzed from the waist down, but thanks to Derek and Ellen, she was able to walk again. “Nang mapanood ko po sa TV ang proposal ni Derek, pinilit ko talagang tumayo at lumakad para patayin ang TV,” she wrote.

    Well, here’s hoping that the couple will prove their detractors wrong and live together as husband and wife for the rest of their lives. That is, if ever their wedding would even take place.

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    Miguel Tanfelix has obviously accepted the fact that he is now on his own and no longer with his former ka-love team Bianca Umali, who has a found a partner off cam in Ruru Madrid. Miguel now plays the lead solo in the live action version of “Voltes V.”

    He also gets a new partner in the episode “#Future” of the hit primetime drama anthology, “I Can See You,” shown after “First Yaya.” This is Kyline Alcantara, who is fresh the success of the afternoon drama “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.” So how is it working with a new leading lady?

    “Okay naman,” he says. “This is not the first time for me to work with Kyline kasi nagkasama na kami before in ‘Kambal Karibal,’ her first teleserye when she moved to GMA.

    We also get to perform together in some numbers sa ‘All Out Sundays,’ so magkakilala na kami and we get along fine.”

    The episode “#Future” is a sci-fi romance that will show what happens when one uses social media for nefarious purposes. This is mysterious and intriguing story of a man, Miguel as Vinchie Torres, whose life turns upside down when he gets a glimpse of the future. Vinchie is an aspiring segment producer who gains the supernatural ability to see the future through CCTV footage. Breakout star Kyline Alcantara will play Lara Dacer, the woman who crosses paths with Vinchie and discovers that the cause of her depression is somehow linked to him.

    Kyline, in the role of Lara, expresses that she is delighted to be working with Miguel once more and teases fans on what to expect in the episode.

    “It’s fun to work with him again as we’re familiar already sa work etiquette ng isa’t isa.

    We’re happy na viewers appreciate the works that we did together before. Marami pa po silang aabangan. Of course, dapat abangan nila ito not just the kilig scenes but ‘yung plot twist ng story which makes it so kakaiba.”

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    Noel Comia, Jr. won the 2017 Cinemalaya best actor award for his title role portrayal of “Kiko Boksingero,” the youngest actor to win the award. The film was directed by Thop Nazareno and that was when he was only 12 years old. Now, Noel is 16 and he is reunited with Thop in TV5’s inspirational dramedy, “Niña Niño,” where he shares topbilling with Maja Salvador.

    Noel started as a child actor doing TV commercials and stage musicals. Also a good singer, he joined “The Voice Kids” with Lea Salonga as his coach. He is so talented he can also play various musical instruments. He has done several other indie films and has also appeared in several episodes of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

    “Niña Niño” is his first teleserye where he plays one of the title roles no less. So how is it working with Maja Salvador?

    “Working with Ate Maja is such an honor. I’m inspired to do my very best. She’s very approachable. We had a workshop before taping started at may rapport agad kami. Busog na busog lagi ako kapag kasama ko siya kasi lagi siyang nagpapakain. We get to bond well kahit hindi sa eksena but even off cam, so you’d really see na parang magkapatid kami talaga. At si Ate Maja, napakagaling niya. Walang dadaig sa kanya.”

    In “Niña Niño,” they play a brother and sister who are both con artists. Noel pretends that he collapses in front of people and when a crowd forms around him, Maja picks the pockets of the kibitzers ogling at Noel.

    One day, Noel figures in an accident and people thought he has died. Maja prays fervently to the Lord for Him to return Noel to her. Noel is revived and later on, they discover he is given the power to heal sick people.

    “Parang nagmilagro sa akin ang Diyos kaya nakakagaling ako ng mga maysakit,” says Noel.