Gretchen in action


    SHERYL Cruz and Jeric Gonzales are wondering why despite their frequent denials, the rumor they are lovers persists. They were asked about this at the Zoom press con of “Magkaagaw” and once again, they said they’re illicit lovers only in the show. Are they hesitant to admit it because of the age gap between them, since Sheryl is now 46 and Jeric is only 28 years old?

    “Actually, the age gap doesn’t really matter kung totoo, as long as nagmamahalan nang tapat ang dalawang tao,” said Sheryl. “Kaso nga, hindi naman totoo, so anong aaminin namin? If ever may mangyaring ganyan sa’kin, I won’t hide it. As long as you love each other, what do I care what others would say.”

    Jeric agreed. “Age doesn’t really matter naman,” he said. “Sabi nga ni Miss Sheryl, ang mahalaga is how are things between you two. As long as you love and respect each other at doon kayo masaya, that’s the more important thing.”

    “We know ang daming fans ng ‘Magkaagaw’ and they really want us to be together,” added Sheryl. “Lahat binibigyan nila ng ibang kahulugan. Everywhere I go, people ask me about Jeric. Even some of my family. We do get along fine ni Jeric and our love scenes in the show look so realistic, simply because that’s what our director requires from us. But our relationship is strictly professional.”

    Jeric is currently single and his last relationship was with a non-showbiz girl two years ago.

    “But right now, my first priority is ang family ko, then ang career ko. Staying with my family during the pandemic helped me in realizing how important my parents and siblings are to me. Naging maganda talaga ang bonding naming lahat.”

    Diego Gutierrez was officially introduced to the press by his manager, Leo V. Dominguez, in February of last year. He was supposed to go the States then to record his first single. But the pandemic came and his career was stalled. Now, after a year, he is finally releasing his first song, “On a Dream”, but it was no longer recorded in the States.

    “My parents said it’s not advisable for me to travel due to the pandemic,” he said. “So we just recorded the song here at Mango Room studios. I myself wrote the song with my friend from grade school, Wilde Quimson, and my uncle, Mark Feist.”

    How did he feel when the lockdown happened just as his career was about to take off?

    “Siempre po, nanghinayang. But I believe everything happens for a reason and at God’s own right timing. So it gave me time to really refine the song, which we launched in ‘ASAP’.”

    What does his grandma Pilita Corrales say about his singing? “My mamita is very encouraging. She says gusto niya akong maka-duet, kahit ano raw ang kantahin namin, basta siya ang mag-a-adjust sa akin. I’m excited, sana magawa namin.”

    His song, “On a Dream,” has a music video and it has a combination of Tagalog-English lyrics and has a potential to be a hit. “My friend and I wrote it noong may pinagdaraanan kaming relationship problems.”

    He admits he has a non-showbiz girlfriend and they’re still on. “College batchmate ko siya.

    Four years na kami. She’s very supportive naman sa pagpasok ko sa showbiz.”

    Everyone says he has matinee idol good looks and should try acting. “As of now, ayoko muna pong mag-artista, i want to focus on my music to perfect muna my craft in music.

    Siguro later, in the future, i will try acting. I’m not closing my doors. I want to concentrate first on my music. My singing is more R&B, mga tipo ng songs nina Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.”

    Diego’s song, “On a Dream,” is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and all the other music streaming sites starting February 5.


    Gretchen Ho will be the face of sports and entertainment of TV5.


    Gretchen Ho was officially welcomed by TV5-Cignal Pres. and CEO Robert Galang at a Zoom press con last week. A great athlete and a gracious host, she will be the new face of sports and entertainment reporting.

    “I’m so happy and excited to be part of the TV5 and Cignal family,” said Gretchen.

    So what will she do with TV5? “I’ll do hard news as co-anchor of ‘The Big Story’ with Roby Alampay on Cignal’s One News. Then I will also cover entertainment and sports stories for ‘Frontline Pilipinas’ on TV5. I’m excited as we now have UAAP and NBA, also volleyball and, hopefully, matuloy sana ang Olympics this year and I can cover it also.”

    Later on, she will produce her own show, “Woman in Action,” on Cignal TV’s One News and One PH. “‘Woman in Action,’ is my personal advocacy and online platform which I launched on my birthday last year. I do public service work like the ‘Donate a Bike’ drive for our kababayans who lost their jobs during the pandemic. As a host, I’ll also do ‘Puso Pilipinas’ for Smart Digital, so I’ll appear on various platforms, like free TV cable and digital formats, which is good for my growth as a broadcaster.”

    What can she say that her past boyfriend when she was with ABS-CBN is named Robi (Domingo) and now, on TV5, she’s paired with another Roby (Alampay)? She kept on laughing so hard. “Natawa raw ako,” she said when she regained her composure. “Okay naman kami ni Robi so, walang problema. Basta natatawa lang ako. Hahahaha!”

    Allan K is one of those celebrities whose businesses were adversely affected by the pandemic. His two comedy bars, Zirkoh and Klownz, had to close down due to mass gathering restrictions. And on top of that, he lost his two siblings due to Covid. First his brother, followed by his sister two months later. “Nasa Bacolod sila, so namatay and cremated nang hindi ko na nakita kasi ‘di rin ako makalipad doon,” he said. “Sobrang sakit.”

    But his tale of woes was not yet over, as he himself was infected by the virus.

    “Nagsimula sa lagnat,” he recalled. “Then I lost of my sense of smell and taste. Hindi ako makapaniwala kasi I observe all health protocols and I fortify myself with lots of vitamins.

    At ni hindi ko alam kunsaan ko nakuha. In other words, pag tatamaan ka, basta tatamaan ka, kahit nag-iingat ka pa!”

    He had himself confined in the hospital and he stayed in the intensive care unit for three days. “Severe ‘yung case ko at ang daming gamot na sinaksak sa’kin. But thankful lang ako kasi I never had to be intubated, ‘yung bubutasan ka sa leeg at lalagyan ng tubo.

    Lumaban ako, sa tulong ni Lord. Sa kanya ako kumapit, sa Bible verse that says ‘I am the God that healeth thee.’ So paulit-ulti kong sinasabi: ‘Lord, you are my God who healeth me.’ Ayun, with His help, I recovered and it strengthened my faith in God. I can really say that this is my second life and I’m very grateful for that. Now, life goes on for me.”

    He has now opened Koban Japanese Restaurant on Morato Avenue, about a block away opposite from Zirkoh.


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