Marco Gumabao romances Sharon in ‘Revirginized’

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    The nuptials of actress Boots Anson-Roa and lawyer King Rodrigo was dubbed the wedding of the year in 2014. It was solemnized at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong, with no less than Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle officiating.

    The couple were in their best togs, as did all the guests and sponsors, including former Philippine President Joseph Estrada.

    “Six years later, the two still acts like newlyweds,” said an observer. “Kitang-kita how much they truly love each other.”

    Boots and Atty. King were both single – their respective spouses have passed on – when they found each other and eventually fell in love. They both have grown up kids and grandchildren.

    “Their families know each other,” the observer revealed. “Kaya parang God really brought them together. Sa tamang panahon.

    “They were moving in the same circle for a long time actually,” the observer added. “Boots, as an actress, was extra close to Atty. King’s sister, Pempe, whom Susan Roces considers her best friend.”

    Atty. King and Pempe’s father, the late Senator Francisco Rodrigo, was a playwright and a broadcaster. He was “showbiz,” in a way.

    Boots, 76, remains active in showbiz. She still appears occasionally in film and on TV. She is the president of the Movie Welfare Workers Foundation (Mowelfund), which was founded by Erap, decades ago. Mowelfund still helps a number of showbiz people, thanks to Boots Rodrigo.

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    Joey Marquez is finally busy again, a year after his last series, “Pamilya Ko,” ended when ABS-CBN’s franchise was not granted by Congress.

    The actor is in the cast of Cignal TV Entertainment and Regal Entertainment’s new series,

    “Gen Z,” topbilled by Jane Oineza, Jerome Ponce, Angeli Bayani and Teresa Loyzaga.

    Joey no longer wants to count the years that he has been in showbiz.

    “Basta, I was born to it, as my late dad, Temyong Marquez, was a most in demand director in his time,” said the actor.

    Direk Temyong helped build the career of Nora Aunor. And also “discovered” Alma Moreno, who later became Joey’s wife.

    Joey threw his hat in the political arena years ago and was able to serve as Parañaque mayor for two terms, from 1995 to 2004.

    Asked how life is now, Joey enthused: “I’m pretty relaxed and happy.”

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    Now on the comeback trails, too, is Winwyn Marquez, Joey’s 28-year-old daughter with Alma Moreno.

    Winwyn is also a beauty queen, crowned the country’s first Reina HispanoAmerica in 2017.

    She is the second in her family to win an international beauty title. Her dad’s sister, actress Melanie Marquez, was Miss International 1979.

    Winwyn is also a Philippine Navy reservist.

    These days, she is part of the GTV series, “Owe My Love,” with Benjamin Alves and Lovi Poe.

    “Actually, hindi naman ako totally a kontrabida, as I often have some funny scenes, with Sir Leo Martinez, who plays a man with memory loss in the series. Kaya sometimes I make fun of him. But as I’m supposedly a talk show host, I get to wear mga flamboyant clothes. Which, in real life, is something I love doing,” she shared.

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    “Star for All Seasons” and Lipa Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto is hopeful that firstborn Luis Manzano is serious about marrying fiancée Jessy Mendiola.

    “Eager na eager na nga daw siyang magka apo, that’s why,” said someone close to Ate Vi.

    “Obvious na ayaw niyang matulad kina Sharon (Cuneta) and Maricel (Soriano) na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang mga apo. Kung sabagay, among the three of them, Ate Vi is older. She’s 67, while Sharon and Maricel are in their 50s.

    “Ate Vi was in her late 20s when she gave birth to Luis (who is turning 40 in April). Kaya na-enjoy niya nang husto ang pagiging ina. She also wants to enjoy being a grandma.

    “Her son with Senator Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian, is 24. Paki-usap nila ni Senator Ralph sa anak ay magtapos ito ng pag-aaral. Sa abroad nag-a-aral si Ryan,” our source said.

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    ‘When Ma’am Sharon and I did our first intimate scenes, parang balewala lang sa kanya,” said the actor. “Soon, sabi nga, I went with the flow. – Marco Gumabao’

    Marco Gumabao

    Marco Gumabao plays the love interest of megastar Sharon Cuneta in the Viva movie, “Revirginized.”

    “When Ma’am Sharon and I did our first intimate scenes, parang balewala lang sa kanya,” said the actor. “Soon, sabi nga, I went with the flow. It helps a lot na magaling din ang director namin (Daryll Yap). At home kaagad sa kanya si Ma’am Sharon. Before I knew it, I was feeling relaxed, too.

    “Mababait din ang iba pang senior stars na kasama sa movie (referring to Rosanna Roces and Cristina Romualdez).”