LOVI Poe is celebrating another milestone on February 11 and she’s happy to be neck deep with work right now with so many new movies. She’s in “Latay” with Allen Dizon, where she plays a ferocious husband batterer; in Viva’s new romance, “Hindi Tayo Puede,” with Marco Gumabao and Tony Labrusca, as directed by Joel Lamangan; and in ABS-CBN Dreamscape’s “Malaya,” a love story, she is paired with Zanjoe Marudo filmed on location in Basilicata, Italy. On TV, she was last seen doing a guest role as the young Dina Bonnevie in the pilot week of GMA-7’s primetime show, “Anak ni Waray Vs. Anak ni Biday.”
Lovi had no inkling that her manager, Leo V. Dominguez, has cooked up a surprise party for her when she entered Frazzled Cook at Sct. Gandia. She was visibly astonished when she entered the venue and it was so full of people, including her own sister Sen. Grace Poe with son Brian Llamanzares.
And what’s Lovi’s birthday wish?
“Everything is doing well for me now so, sana, magtuloy-tuloy lang. My wish is for things to get better for all of us kasi the year started ominously with Taal erupting, then there’s the threat of the corona virus, and Kobe dying. Naks, first name basis, akala mo close kami.
But really, nakaka-sad, ‘di ba? So I hope everything will be better in this love month of Feb-ibig.”
Everyone knows she’s now on with a US-boyfriend, Montgromery Blencowe. Will he be coming to Manila to celebrate her birthday with her on February 11?
“Hindi siguro. He’s so busy kasi.”
So they’re having a long-distance relationship (LDR)? How is it working for them?
“So far, okay naman. Kahit LDR kami, we have the technology naman to be able to communicate constantly. With the internet, parang nandiyan lang siya sa tabi mo. So no problem. We get along fine because he is an old soul with a good heart, ibang mag-isip.
Kahit nagpapa-sexy ako sa movies, he knows it’s just part of my job as an actress.”
Jennylyn Mercado is blooming at the launch of “Descendants of the Sun” that will replace “The Gift” starting February 10. Everyone who sees her is saying “ang ganda ni Jen ngayon. Magaling talaga mag-alaga si Dennis Trillo.”
When someone asked her if Dennis were the secret to her stunning beauty, Jen just laughed. “Wala naman pong sekreto. Masaya lang kasi ako talaga ngayon sa buhay ko.
Lahat, positive. Bawal ang nega. Kapag masaya ka at positive, lalabas ‘yun sa physical outlook po. Promise, happy lang po talaga ako these days. And yes, may kinalaman si Dennis diyan kasi happy kami ngayon sa relasyon namin. Panoorin nyo ang aming Valentine concert na ‘Co-Love,’ sa New Frontier Theater on Saturday, February 15.”
And why won’t she be happy? Both her love life with Dennis and her career are truly doing very well. She’s so fortunate that right after she did “Love You Two” with Gabby Concepcion, she was quickly given a follow-up project that pairs her for the first time with Dingdong Dantes, the local adaptation of the hit Korean series, “Descendants of the Sun,” where she plays Maxine or Doc Beauty, the love interest of Dingdong as Capt. Lucas or Big Boss. “We’ve worked na before as co-hosts sa ‘Starstruck’ but this is the first time talaga na magkapareha kami. I have so much respect for him and I consider it an honor na makatrabaho ang ‘Primetime King’ ng GMA who is really a good role model in terms of professionalism and even as a very responsible family man.”
Coney Reyes was last seen as Alden Richards’ mom in “Victor Magtanggol” in 2018. She intentionally didn’t accept any assignment after that as she wanted to rest for a while. But for 2020, she’s now back in GMA’s new primetime drama, “Love of My Life.”
“May offers naman but I felt rest muna ako,” she says. “And also, I helped in the campaign of my youngest son, Vico, as Pasig mayor. Now, 65 na ko, age of retirement na, but I’m just happy that at my age I continue to get good offers from both networks. It’s nice to work again with GMA again kasi dito naman talaga ako nag-start in 1975 as host ng ‘Student Canteen’ and later, ‘Eat Bulaga.’ Now, I’m happy to be part of ‘Love of My Life’ that is one of their offerings for their 70th anniversary. The offer to do this came at a time na ready na ako to work again. It’s a joy and a blessing to be working with such a talented group of artists led by Carla Abellana, Rhian Ramos, Tom Rodriguez, Mikael Daez and all our co-stars, along with our brilliant director, Don Michael Perez, and the entire production staff who are all very professional to work with.”
Coney is very proud of son Vico who’s getting positive feedback as Pasig mayor. “Bata pa ‘yan, talagang he loves reading about history and politics na. He has always had simple needs. He rarely asks for anything for himself. He is very focused on serving others.”