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    While waiting for his new project, with reportedly ace actress Charo Santos-Concio, Joshua Garcia has gone into business.

    The actor is said to be gearing up for a Star Cinema film which will be an adaptation of a South Korean movie titled “Keys to the Heart.”

    “Comedy-drama daw ang pelikula,” said Joshua. “At baka ‘Keys to the Heart’ na rind daw ang maging title, sabi ni director Olive Lamasan (currently ABS-CBN Films’ managing director).

    “Hindi ko tiyak kung si direk Olive ang magdidirek. Ang tiyak, kasama ko si Zaijian (Jaranilla).”

    In the meantime, Joshua is selling shrimps with friends Enchong Dee and Ria Atayde.

    “The shrimps come from Palawig, Zambales. At mabili, ha,” Joshua remarked with a smile.

    “And as both me and Ria have no background about entrepreneurship, so to speak, matiyaga kaming tinuturuan ni Enchong.

    “Risky ang pinasok naming ito, mismong si Enchong ay sinabi sa amin. Pero ang importante, we are learning. At matiyaga kami ni Ria.

    “Ang importante is for us to succeed. Baka ito nga ang key to being rich, like Enchong.”

    Enchong has ventured into several businesses and has made a name as the “friendly budgetarian.”

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    Like sister Julia, Claudia Barreto is now a Viva artist.

    A singer-composer, Claudia was with Erik Raymundo’s Cornerstone, Inc. for nearly four years.

    “Pero, wala ngang masyadong nangyayari sa aking career,” lamented Claudia. “So, may nag-advise sa akin to join Viva Artist Agency. Bukod nga naman sa pagiging film outfit, they are also into recording and, more importantly, they produce concerts.

    “And why don’t I try acting na rin daw?” she added.

    Claudia, 21, is younger than Julia by two years.

    “My ate supports me in my decision to join Viva,” Claudia said. “So does my dad (referring to Dennis Padilla, also a Viva star).”

    Claudia and Julia’s mother is former actress Marjorie Barretto.

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    John Estrada admits he’s a Dolphy fan.

    While growing up in Basilan, he and his family were regular viewers of Dolphy and Nida Blanca’s sitcom, “John En Marsha.”

    “Kaya may ideya ako how long the sitcom lasted (from 1973 to 1990),” he related. “You can just imagine how excited I was when I got to know Tito Dolphy in person.

    “Mabait kasi si Tito Dolphy at generous siya sa papuri,” he added. “Sobrang late ako one day when I bumped into him sa ABS-CBN. Binanggit niya sa akin na pinanonood niya ang ‘Palibahasa Lalaki’.”

    “Palibhasa Lalaki” was John’s sitcom with friends Richard Gomez, Joey Marquez and Anjo Yllana.

    It was show on ABS-CBN from March 1987 to November 1998, with Johnny Manahan at the helm.

    Take note that both Richard and Joey became mayors. Joey was Paranaque mayor for three terms, while Richard is currently the mayor of Ormoc City.

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    Action star Tony Ferrer died at home in his sleep, according to one of his daughters, Mutya Laxa-Buensuceso.

    He was 86.

    Mutya is Tony’s daughter by his wife, former beauty queen Alice Crisostomo.

    They also have a son.

    Tony’s elder daughter is actress Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. Maricel’s mom is former actress Imelda Ilanan. Imelda is married to an Avanceña, said to be an apo of the late Philippine President Manuel Quezon.

    They have a son.

    Imelda is 72.

    Tony, in his time, was a well-known action star. He was dubbed as the “Philippine James Bond,” as most of his films were patterned after the international spy.

    His elder brother, lawyer Espiridion Laxa, produced most of his films for his Tagalog Ilang Ilang Pictures.

    Tony reportedly appeared in more than 200 films.

    His last movie was “Agent X44” starring Vhong Navarro and directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal.
    Rest in peace, Tony.

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    The beauty queen-actress is said to be in a serious relationship with Jeremy Jauncey, a former rugby player who is the CEO of Beautiful Destinations, a creative agency for travel brands.

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    Is Pia Wurtzbach, former Miss Universe, getting married?

    The 31-year-old beauty queen-actress reportedly wants to take it easy now.

    Pia was once known as Pia Romero of Star Circle Batch 11. She starred in a few projects but it was as a beauty queen that she really made a name.

    It’s common knowledge that Pia is in love with Jeremy Jauncey, a former rugby player who is the CEO of Beautiful Destinations, a creative agency for travel brands.

    They reportedly marked their first anniversary as sweethearts last January 3.