Local entertainment industry hit hard by pandemic

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    Many of its workers do not have jobs right now.

    Even with the new normal, Lipa Representative Vilma Santos thinks it will take some time before the local film industry normalizes.

    This year, there has not been any local film that made it big in the cinemas.
    “Pawang replays at old shows din ang nasa TV,” an observer said.

    Ate Vi – yes, the actress-politician is Ate Vi to most of us – has been out of the showbiz scene for four years. Her last film, “Everything About Her” (2016), also starred Angel Locsin and Xian Lim.

    Will the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival push through?

    “Sana nga,” she said, sounding hopeful. “As it is, marami ng mga kasamahan natin sa industriya ang walang kinikita.

    “Sana nga,” she continued, “humupa na sana ang kaso ng COVID-19. Magdasal pa tayo lalo ng taimtim.”

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    In fairness to Kris Aquino, anything that happens to her is still news.

    She is currently the talk of the town after signing a contract with talent manager Erickson Raymundo.

    And there are talks she will soon host a weekly show titled “Love Live with Kris” on TV5.

    Kris reportedly will discuss online details about this new show, which will start airing on July 25.

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    Is it true that John Lloyd Cruz was not invited to the birthday celebration of his son with

    Ellen Adarna, Elias Modesto?

    Sad, as Lloydie seems to be a good father. He and Ellen are co-parenting Elias.

    “Sabik siya sa bata, na lumalaking hawig niya,” said a kibitzer.

    Wonder if it is true that Lloydie plans to be active in showbiz again. Right now, he is said to be based in Cebu, which is the home province of Ellen.

    Lloydie is said to be involved in a number of advocacies which assists Cebuano frontliners.

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    What may soon keep Jake Ejercito busy, aside from playing dad to Ellie, his daughter with Andi Eigenmann, is showbiz.

    The son of President Joseph Estrada and the former actress Laarni Enriquez has recently signed up with ABS-CBN’s talent management company, Star Magic.

    It’s not known how he was convinced to join showbiz. Jake finished college at a university in Singapore.

    It’s said his dad is himself considering going active again in showbiz. The Ejercitos-Estrada can easily revive their production outfit.

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    Newly engaged Ritz Azul denied she and fiancé Allan Guwi are tying the knot soon.

    “Baka next year,” said the actress. “I’m only 26, halos magkaedad lang kami ni Allan.”

    Ritz was originally with TV5 before signing up with ABS-CBN. Her last programs were “Nang Ngumiti ang Langit” and “Banana Sundae.”

    “Iba pa rin kapag may regular shows ka na pinagkakaabalahan,” she noted.

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    Maymay Entrata is currently promoting her new single, “I Love You 2.”

    “It is what keeps me busy,” said the star, “It is produced by Star Pop.”

    September of last year, she had a concert, “M.E. and U.”

    The special guest was her partner, Edward Barber.

    Asked where Edward is, Maymay merely smiled.

    “Later na lang ako magbabalita tungkol sa kanya,” she said, “But please, don’t get the idea that may something not good between us.

    “We are still close,” she added.

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    Guess what?

    Maymay is sending most of her nieces and nephews to school.

    She said they are all enrolled now.

    Most members of her family are in Mambajao, Camiguin.

    “Frustration ko ang hindi ako nakatapos ng pag-aaral,” Maymay disclosed. “Pero, sab inga nila, at my age, pwede pa akong mag-aral. At iyan ang balak kong gawin balang araw.”

    Maymay’s dream is to become a teacher.