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    ‘I’m at home in this genre. Bata pa ako when I played the son of Joey de Leon in “Joey and Son.” – Ian Veneracion’

    I know I would enjoy doing ‘Oh My Dad,” said Ian Veneracion, referring to his new sitcom on TV5, where he plays the title role.

    “I’m at home in this genre,” he added, smiling. “Bata pa ako when I played the son of Joey de Leon in ‘Joey and Son.’

    IAN VENERACION

    “Napakagaling na comedian ni Joey – or should I still call him Tito Joey? Sobrang na-influence niya ako. And it was because of him that I had a happy childhood.”

    It was when he grew up that Ian discovered music. It was his dad, an artist, who influenced him.

    “He could play all kinds of instruments, including the piano and the violin,” said Ian, “When I got older, I got offers to act, which I appreciate as I got the chance to work with some of the best actresses, some younger than I am.”

    He starred with several amazing performers, including Angelica Panganiban, Jodi Sta. Maria and Bea Alonzo.

    “They are all professionals din,” said Ian, “Higit sa lahat, mababait.”

    “Oh My Dad” is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and is under Brightlight Productions, owned by Cong. Albee Benitez.

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    Former child actor Zaijian Jaranilla plays the lead in Star Cinema’s new movie, “Boyette, Not a Girl Yet.”

    His role?

    “Gay,” Zaijian replied.

    This is, of course, not his first time to play a gay role. “Pero hindi ako bida dun, part ako ng barkada,” the 19-year-old actor clarified, “Dito sa ‘Boyette,’ ako ang bida.”

    Years ago, Zaijian starred in two unforgettable series. He was in “May Bukas Pa,” where he played the child Santino who can see and converse with Jesus, and in “Lorenzo,” where he played Enzo.

    Zaijian is joined by Iñigo Pascual, Maris Racal, Jairus Aquino and Dominic Ochoa in “Boyette.”

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    Another news about Zaijian is that he is in love.

    “One year and one month na kaming mag-on,” said Zaijian. “And she is maganda at mabait.Siya ang itinuturing kong inspirasyon ko. Siya ang dahilan kung bakit kahit nag-a-artista ako. Gusto ko pa ring makatapos ng pag-a-aral. She is a student, too.”

    Zaijian finished high school in Angelicum College. He is taking up an online course for college.

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    Back to acting is former beauty queen Pilar Pilapil.

    Pilar was our country’s bet for Miss Universe 1967.

    The beautiful actress was linked to several men, including Dolphy, the late King of Comedy.Pilar was married twice. She wed journalist Michel Ponti in 1986 and Bernie Oenas in 2003.

    Pilar has an only daughter, Pia, mother of her three grandchildren, Sophia, Juliana and Andrea Gonzales.

    The veteran star is in the cast of GMA’s primetime soap, “First Yaya,” which has Sanya Lopez playing the title role.

    As is common knowledge, “First Yaya” was first assigned to Marian Rivera, who decided to give up the assignment, as it will entail her to be away from her two young children, Zia and Ziggy.

    Other stars of “First Yaya” are Gabby Concepcion, Pancho Magalona, Sandy Andolong, Gardo Versoza and Maxine Medina.

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    Sanya will be very busy in the following months.

    Anytime soon, she will start work on her fantasy series with Senator Bong Revilla, “Agimat ng Agila.”

    Senator Bong, we heard, is excited to work with her. “Mabait daw kasing bata ‘yang si Sanya,” the senator said. “Okay lang na mag-lock in kami sa Antipolo for the taping.”

    Senator Bong’s younger sister, Andeng Ynares, is the incumbent mayor of Antipolo.