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    It looks like John Estrada is not yet ready to become a father-in-law. Not even if his four children with first wife, Janice de Belen, are of age.

    The actor reportedly expressed alarm when told that his eldest daughter, Inah, 29, is thinking of marrying her boyfriend of four years, Jake Vargas, 28.

    They are both earning, reasoned by couple. And they feel they are matured enough to settle down.

    Why is John against their plan to marry?

    Someone close to Inah and Jake answered: “Likas na talaga sa mga magulang, lalo ng babae, na ayaw muna pag-asawahin ang kanyang anak. Na nakakatawa, since ayaw din naman nilang tumandang dalaga ang kanilang anak.

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    John’s career has never been this good.

    Right now, he has two regular shows on two networds. He stars with Ellen Adarna in the TV5 sitcom, “John en Ellen,” aired every Sunday.

    “Ang bongga ay John is not only the lead actor but also the producer,” said a kibitzer.

    Director of “John en Ellen” is ABS-CBN’s former creative director, Will Cuevas. Also in the cast are Ronaldo Valdez, Long Mejia and newcomer Angelina Cruz, who is the eldest daughter of ex-couple Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano.

    On GMA, John is in “Babawiin Ko ang Lahat” with Carmina Villaroel. He plays the father of Pauline Mendoza in the soap directed by Jules Katanyag.

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    The couple marked their sixth wedding anniversary in December 2020.

    Liza Diño’s term as head of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will end next year, 2022.

    However, this is not the reason why she is ultra busy with several special events, including the Film Ambassador’s Night on February 28, 8 pm.

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    Chair Liza said sixty showbiz personalities, including Gloria Romero, Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Arjo Atayde, and Alden Richards, will be honored at the event.

    Filmmakers who have also received international acclaim will also be honored, including Lav Diaz, who won best director for his movie, “Lahi, Hayop” (“Genus Pan”) at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in Italy, and Rafael Manuel, who was awarded the Berlinale Shorts Silver Bear Jury Prize for “Filipiniana,” from the 70th Berlin International in Germany.

    Arjo and Alden, on the other hand, were cited as best actor. Arjo won acclaim at the 3rd Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore for iWantTFC’s “Bagman,” while Alden received his Asian Star Prize for Star Cinema’s “Hello, Love, Goodbye” at the Seoul International Drama Awards.

    Angel and Dingdong are recognized for being “Cinemadvocates.”

    And Gloria, now 87 years old, has no equal when it comes to her achievements as an actress. She remains in demand for work and has been working for more than six decades. She has also won several awards in all the local award-giving bodies.

    Gloria was married to the late Juancho Gutierrez, who was also a Sampaguita Pictures star like her.

    The union produced one child, daughter Maritess, who gave them one apo, Christopher.

    Christopher tried showbiz for a while, but is now busy in the culinary arts, like his Mommy Maritess.

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    Did we hear it right that Chair Liza and her partner, Ice Seguerra, are eager to have a baby?

    The couple marked their sixth wedding anniversary last December 9.

    Liza, 39, has a teen daughter with her former partner.

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    Roderick Paulate will soon be in the big screen. He has been in lock-in shooting for more than two weeks.

    Dick is starring in the movie “Mudrasta,” directed by Julius Alfonso and produced by T-Rex Productions.

    “It’s a drama-comedy,” he said, “And I enjoy it, as all the members of the cast are old friends (such as Carmi Martin, Tonton Gutierrez and Celia Rodriguez).

    “Sobrang na-miss ko ang umarte,” he continued, “As you all know, for a time, nag-focus ako sa pulitika.”

    Dick was a councilor in Quezon City and ran for higher office in the last elections, but failed to make it.

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    Did you know that as a child actor, Dick’s contemporaries included Gina Alajar, an esteemed actress and director?

    Direk Gina was previously married to actor Michael de Mesa. They have three sons, Ryan, Geoff and AJ Eigenmann. Eigenmann is Michael’s real surname.

    Michael, like his sons Ryan and Geoff, is active as an actor and director, too. He is with Coco Martin in the high-rating action series, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

    Gina was at the helm of the just-concluded GMA series, “Prima Donnas,” on GMA7, which starred Aiko Melendez, Chanda Romero, Wendell Ramos, Benjie Paras and Katrina Halili.