Vice reveals favorite in ‘It’s Showtime’

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    VICE GANDA and ANNE CURTIS
    VICE GANDA and ANNE CURTIS

    VICE Ganda reveals that co-host Anne Curtis is the foremost reason he’ll never give up the noontime show, “It’s Showtime.”

    Vice said he thinks they have great rapport.

    “And feel ko, she sincerely likes me, too,” he added.

    This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy working with his other co-hosts, such as Vhong Navarro, Karylle, Amy Perez, Ryan Bang, Jhong Hilario and the tandem of Teddy Corpuz and Jugs Jugueta. He loves working with all of them.

    “It’s just that, even among your friends and even siblings, one has a particular favorite,” explained Vice.

    No wonder, Vice is excited to work with Anne in “M&M,” an entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The fantasy film is directed by Barry Gonzales and also stars Tony Labrusca.

    “It’s my first time, too, to work with Tony,” said Vice, “At mabait din siya.”

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    What makes Elaine Duran most grateful for winning in “Tawag ng Tanghalan” (TNT) is being able to finally give her family a house.

    Aside from her new home, she won a livelihood package, a family vacation package, a management contract with ABS-CBN, a recording contract under TNT Records, plus P2 million in cash.

    Elaine, who is from Agusan, said she will consult her parents about what to do with the prize money. She does intend to put some of them to the college education of a younger sister. She also wants to have new clothes made. As it is, she already has a number of singing commitments, and she wants to make sure to dress appropriately.

    “Lahat ho ng mga commitments kong iyan ay dumaan sa aking management,” said the 20-year-old singing champ.

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    Sam Mangubat, another TNT finalist, has become an in-demand songwriter, vocal arranger, video director and photographer.

    Singing remains a priority, according to Sam, who is joining the Las Islas Music Festival on October 25. The music festival is the brainchild of R&B singer and songwriter Daryl Ong.
    For the competition’s initial salvo, they will go to the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod (October 25), Barotac Nuevo Plaza in Iloilo (October 26) and Aklan Sports Plaza (October 27).

    Aside from Daryl and Sam, the “World and Dance Philippines” finalist Ken Jose, Aliw Awardee for Best Classical Performer Jade Riccio, and recording artist Claudia Barreto will perform. Inebaze, composed of siblings Haidez, Sor, Joong and Baby G. from Singapore, will also be featured.

    Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemate Bugoy Drillon will join the group in the Iloilo show, as replacement for Sam.

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    Engaged couple Diane Medina and Rodjun Cruz are getting married soon.

    Diane, actress and host, was in the news lately for breaking the “spitting incident” between her cousin, 2016 Miss Universe finalist Maxine Medina and Miss International 2017 Kylie Verzosa.

    Maxine and Kylie Verzosa have patched things up.

    “Kaya balik sa pagiging TV host si Diane,” said a kibitzer, “At ‘di entertainment reporter.”

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    How nice of Ogie Alcasid to announce that he likes Mito Fabie (a.k.a. Curtismith), the boyfriend of his 22-year-old daughter Leila.

    Lelia’s mom, Michelle Van Eimeren, likes Mito, too.

    Ex-couple Ogie and Michelle remain friends. Ogie is now married to Regine Velasquez, and Michelle is now Mrs. Mark Morrow.

    Ogie is currently busy preparing for his concert, “Ogie and the Hurados,” scheduled on October 10 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

    Ogie will be with his fellow “It’s Showtime” hurados, such as Zsa Zsa Padilla, Randy Santiago, K. Brosas, Karylle, Jed Madela, Rey Valera and Karla Estrada.

    The concert already is scheduled for a repeat.