Sharon serious about slowing down

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    SHARON CUNETA
    SHARON CUNETA

    KC Concepcion is single again.

    The 34-year-old celebrity and Frenchman Pierre Emmanuel Plassart have called it quits. It is said the long-distance relationship was not able to survive the time apart and the distance between the lovers.

    KC most often flies to New York for work and studies, while Pierre is based in France.

    In any case, KC has just been tapped by top Japanese cosmetic brand, Shiseido, to be its endorser.

    Of course, mega mom Sharon Cuneta is extremely proud and happy of KC’s new endorsement.

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    Speaking of Sharon, the singer-actress seems determined to slow down.

    She has said in a post on social media that she is already semi-retired, having been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years.

    It was Senator Tito Sotto, husband of Sharon’s Mommy Elaine Cuneta’s younger sister, Helen Gamboa, who enticed Sharon to record “Mr. DJ.”

    “Mr. DJ” was a hit was produced and composed by Senator Tito.

    The films came next. Sharon starred in “Dear Heart,” where she was teamed up with Gabby Concepcion. “Dear Heart,” filmed in 1981, was followed by around 60 films. Sharon last graced the screen in “Three Words to Forever,” which was directed by Cathy Garcia and also starred showbiz’ current box-office queen, Kathryn Bernardo.

    Sharon, who also held the title Box Office Queen in her heyday, has lost count of the number of shows, concerts and songs she has done. She is set to stage a grand show with Regine Velasquez in October at the Araneta Coliseum.

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    Alden Richards is back on the small screen, via the GMA series, “The Gift.”

    “Bago ang role ko sa ‘The Gift’,” said Alden, “In ‘Hello, Love’ I played a bartender in Hong Kong, dito, visually-impaired vendor in Divisoria ako.

    “As a blind person, I am gifted the ability to see someone’s past and future,” he added.

    For the role, Alden said he had to have a full understanding of how it is to be once sighted and then lose the ability to see.

    The actor gets to work with some of the best in the business in the drama. He is joined by three big-name performers in the series: Elizabeth Oropesa, who plays his lola; Jean Garcia, his real mom; and Luz Valdez, another doting lola.

    Also in the cast are Christian Vasquez, Martin del Rosario, Ysabel Ortega, Thia Tomalia, Mikee Quintos, Betong Sumaya, Rochelle Pangilinan and Jo Berry, who plays Alden’s adoptive mother.
    Directed by LA Madridejos, “The Gift” will start airing on September 16.

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    An important event to look forward to is the 12th anniversary celebration of PLDT Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro.

    Meant to honor 20,000 teachers all over the country, the star-studded grand gathering will be held on September 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasig City.

    The highlight of the event, according to Gabay Guro chair Chaye Cabal-Revilla, is the raffle, where a house, a new car, television sets, livelihood packages, motorcycles and a number of other prizes are at stake.

    Admission is free. To secure passes to the Gabay Guro Grand Gathering on September 22 at the MOA Arena, teachers may visit Gabay Guro’s official Facebook account and follow Twitter and Instagram accounts @PLDTGabayGuro.

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    Sorry for those who wish to see Janella Salvador reconcile with ex, Elmo Magalona. The singer-actress appears to have fallen in love with Markus Paterson.

    “Ang edge daw nitong si Markus over Elmo is that Janella’s mom (Janine Desiderio) likes him.

    “Kasi nga mabait daw,” said a kibitzer.

    Markus’ father is British and his mom is Filipina.

    So far, his biggest break was in the series, “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko” and he movie, “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi.”

    Janella, meanwhile, is in the ABS-CBN series, “The Killer Bride,” with Maja Salvador, Geoff Eigenmann, Malou de Guzman and Cris Villanueva.

    She is also with Maricel Soriano in the Regal movie, “The Heiress.”