Having influential parents did not prove to be an advantage to Donny Pangilinan and Jake Ejercito when they decided to join show business.
Donny said he had to undergo rigid auditions before he was given his role in the Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio move, “James, Pat and Dave.”
The film, where he was assigned the role of Dave, did well at the box office.
“Nonetheless my mom told me it was not an assurance that I will get a new assignment soon,” he related.
Donny’s mom is actress-host Maricel Laxa. Maricel’s dad is action star Tony Ferrer, who, in his time, was dubbed as the “James Bond of the Philippines.” Her mom, Imelda Ilanan, was considered as one of the prettiest faces in local showbiz. Imelda was a favorite leading lady of many actors, including former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and the late Fernando Poe, Jr., known as “King of Philippine Movies.”
Donny’s dad, financial adviser Anthony Pangilinan, is the brother of Angeli Pangilinan, singer-composer and wife-manager of top singer Gary Valenciano. The Valencianos have three talented kids, singer-director Paolo, dancer-director Gabriel, and singer Kiana.
Donny studied in an international school. When he finished his secondary education, his parents suggested that he study abroad.
“But I insisted na ang maging artista ang gusto ko,” he said.
Jake Ejercito, 30, may be considered a late bloomer in showbiz. He has a child, Ellie, 7, with his ex-girlfriend, actress Andi Eigenmann. Both of Jake’s parents, President Erap and former actress Laarni Enriquez, dote on the young girl.
“Mabait akong anak,” Jake said. “Tinapos ko ang pag-aaral ko, as they suggested.”
He finished college at a university in Singapore, where he could have easily gotten a job.
“Nawili nga ako sa pag-a-alaga kay Ellie. And before long, naisip ko to join showbiz na rin,” Jake said.
Donny and Jake are now hosts of the upcoming TV5 Sunday noontime show to be directed and produced by Johnny Manahan under Brightlight Productions.
Aspiring models will learn a lot from Farah Ramos, a former model herself who is now a mentor of future stars of the runaway.
Farah used to own the modelling company, Farah Models, where she had twenty-five exclusive talents. Unfortunately, Farah Models had to be closed because it was affected by the pandemic. So she decided to put up Farah Models Camp, where she gives valuable advice to future models online.
“I know I had to innovate,” said Farah, “Para maka give din ako ng trabaho sa mga alaga ko na commercial and aspiring models. And thank God, the idea worked. May mga aspiring models abroad, specifically from Chicago and LA, who are inquiring if we can accommodate them.
“Well, those interested to join our current batch can do so via FMC Online or through Farahmodelscamp on Instagram and Facebook. They may also send an email to [email protected]”
Joining Farah in her new endeavor are TV actress Loren Burgos, who is currently featured in the series, “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” and Cris Lomotan, plus fashion models Alana Vicente and Angelia Martinez.
Ace Gapuz, CEO of an influential and marketing company, plus ace photographers Randy Capinpin and Roj Miguel, who know the way to break into the modeling industry, are also part of the group.
‘Luz believes that, like her, Caridad may now be forgetful.‘
We got to speak with veteran actress Luz Valdez recently.
Luz is a contemporary of another veteran actress, Caridad Sanchez, who reportedly is suffering from dementia. It was Caridad’s daughter, author and newspaper columnist Cathy Babao, who wrote about her mother’s situation on Facebook. However, Cathy’s younger brother, Alexander, said what his sister wrote was not entirely true.
In any case, Luz told us that she just spoke with Caridad, who sounded all right.
We suggested that Luz ask Caridad about her condition.
“Huwag na,” Luz replied. “Ang isasagot lang niya, hayaan mo, mabuti nga at nape-peryodiko at nari-report pa tayo sa telebisyon.”
Luz believes that, like her, Caridad may now be forgetful.
“Pero, hindi pa totally nakalimot na at wala nang naaalala,” cleared Luz, “Nahihirapan na akong mag-memorize ng mahahabang dialog, I admit, na siyang dahilan why I no longer accept film or TV assignments. Although I have a very good and efficient talent manager,” she added, referring to Viva Entertainment’s June Rufino, who is the president of the talent manager’s association called PAMI.