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    Usually kasi, since 2008, umaalis kami ng family ko to celebrate the holidays abroad,” he said. “But this year, we cannot travel due to the pandemic. So for a change, ma-e-experience ng mga bata ang Pasko natin sa Pilipinas. Iba rin kasi.”

    Gabby just returned from his lock-in taping for GMA-7’s new primetime soap, “First Yaya,” where he is paired with Sanya Lopez.

    “I know malaki ang fan base niya and now, gusto kong makarating sa loyal fans niya na I had so much fun working with their idol. Mga bata silang kasama ko rito, along with Cassy Legaspi who plays my daughter, kaya nahahawa ako sa energy nilang magtrabaho.”

    He says they’ll resume lock in taping by January. “First leg pa lang ‘yung ginawa namin, for two weeks. Then after the Christmas holidays, we’ll do the second leg of our taping para marami kaming matapos na episodes. Ang target ng GMA is to start its telecast in March.”

    Recently, his eldest daughter, KC Concepcion, posted their photos while they’re having dinner together in Makati. How is it seeing her again? “We had fun. Since magka-lockdown in March, nito lang November kami uli nagkita so antagal din. It’s so nice to see her again and keep in touch. She just came then from Cagayan to distribute relief goods sa mga taong nabiktima ng grabeng baha roon. I’m so proud of my daughter kasi she’s ready to help our kababayans who are in need.”

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    Shaina Magdayao plays her most daring role as Tanya, a carefree woman in “Tagpuan,” an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival written by Ricky Lee and directed by McArthur Alejandre.

    “Alfred here is married to Iza Calzado but hiwalay na sila,” she said. “Then he meets me in Hong Kong and we get into a relationship na for fun lang. We shot our scenes in Hong Kong sa mga lugar na hindi pa nakikita sa ibang movies, like ‘yung high rise condo buildings for the poor na marumi at magulo.”

    She has a bedscene with Alfred.

    “I did it kasi kailangan sa story. I trusted Direk Mac Alejandre as I know hindi naman laswaan lang ang gagawin naming eksena. Its script was written by Sir Ricky Lee who I admire so much and with whom I’m doing another movie, ‘Servando Magdamag’ directed by Lav Diaz.”

    “Servando Magdamag” also stars her ex, John Lloyd Cruz.

    “Hindi naman kami magkapareha. I’m just doing a short role, parang cameo, at wala rin namang problema kasi eight years ago pa since matapos kami at friends na kami uli. We’re very different people now and we’re now both happy with our respective lives.”

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    The ex-couple started as co-hosts on “Penthouse Live” and now, they are back hosting “eXes & whYs with Pops and Martin.”

    Two new shows are about to make your weekends more colorful on Cignal TV, the country’s premier pay-TV, and DTH satellite provider, together with Colours, one of today’s leading lifestyle entertainment channels.

    First is the reunion their diehard fans have long been dreaming of. The Philippines’ “Concert Queen” Pops Fernandez and “Concert King” Martin Nievera join forces once more to bring audiences the newest weekly late-night entertainment talk show “eXes & whYs with Pops and Martin.”

    MARTIN NIEVERA and POPS FERNANDEZ

    Their charm and indisputable chemistry on screen will make viewers relate to the iconic duo as they engage their guests in meaningful conversations about the highs and lows, joys and sorrows of past and present relationships, experiences, and issues.

    Pops and Martin was a big hit as hosts of “Penthouse Live” before. Now, they’re older and wiser as they share their own perspectives, personal experiences through the years. And how music shaped their lives throughout every stage of their relationship. The “Concert Queen” and “Concert King,” will serenade audiences along with prominent celebrities and personalities set to guest on their show.

    “eXes & whYs With Pops and Martin” premieres this December 19 (Saturday), while “Louie O. LIVE! with Robin Nievera” premieres December 20 (Sunday). Both will be airing at 9 p.m. on their respective dates on Colours, available exclusively on Cignal TV CH. 202 HD and CH. 60 SD, and Colours on the Cignal Play app, available for Android and iOS users.