Tag Archives: Sharon Cuneta

Television in 2014: Networks’ opening salvo

Television networks have launched their lineup of new shows. The Kapatid network promises to “revolutionize” the audience’s viewing, ABS-CBN offers variety and GMA7 fields a programming with more drama. Continue reading

People…are/are not talking about

Sid Lucero

He has found a home that does not just appreciate his exceptional acting talent but also make sure that he is well taken care of. Unlike in his previous mother studio, Sid is now very much visible with numerous TV projects one after another.

Daniel Padilla

Believe it or not, he signed with a major label to release a compilation album solely dedicated to his growing number of followers. And as expected whether the teen heartthrob can hit a note or not, those giddy fans will surely buy his record.

…are not talking about

 Gretchen Fullido

She was the envy of many for being the first to interview visiting Hollywood star Ian Somerhalder at the airport until the PR firm that brought the actor in the country banned her in future press dos. What did she do? Your guess is as good as ours.

Sharon Cuneta

We couldn’t agree more when director Joey Reyes said that she is in a career suicide. Now infamous for answering back her bashers on Twitter, now nobody cares so much about her, unless you want some heavyweight bashing yourself.

People…are not talking about

Sharon Cuneta

After sporting a hefty figure for so many years, she has decided to take losing weight seriously. But the one that is not serious though is the huge billboard on Edsa showing her before and after photos. The first image shows a full-bodied Sharon in a lose top while the second photo, which is apparently the after treatment with Marie France photo, shows a thinner Megastar. Continue reading

Dwarfina: Television’s small giant


…are talking about


The series is literally and figuratively the smallest giant on primetime television today. Executives of the Kapuso network have the reason to smile again as the fantasy series’ pilot episode debuted at number one based on the data provided by AGB Neilsen. The Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo starrer garnered 15.4 percent dwarfing the seemingly undisputed Imortal and Noah. Kapamilya network has all the reason to be bothered, its rival networks is banking on fantasy series and that’s a form of escape since majority of the population feel poor according to latest SWS survey. Continue reading

What are the brightest local celebs up to?

by Nickie Wang

Who are making waves in local tinseltown these days and what are brewing it the country’s big media networks?

Kristine Hermosa’s “I do” response to the question “Will you marry Oyo Boy Sotto” is to date her best gift to Dina Bonnevie and Vic Sotto’s unico hijo. The 26-year-old Oyo Boy, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, exchanged vows with Kristine in a very simple and private ceremony. This celebrity event is the first to add sparkle to other showbiz happenings that will take place in the coming days and weeks. Continue reading

People are talking about

Christian Bautista

There are only three local music artists whose record has sold more than 40,000 units (equivalent to double platinum) this year and he is one of them. His Jose Marie Chan tribute album enjoys warm reception from music enthusiasts like the albums of Richard Poon and Sarah Geronimo (hers is 3x platinum). Amid the record’s success here and abroad, Christian plans to explore other genres that he could incorporate in a follow up album. Not everyone became successful in testing a new formula but his brave intention will make him different from our singers who are generally cover artists. Continue reading

35th MMFF winners

By Nickie Wang

Ang Panday is MMFF Best Picture in the 35th edition of the annual festival held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Dec. 28. Other winners are:

2nd Best Picture: I Love You Goodbye
3rd Best Picture: Ang Darling Kong Aswang

Best Director: Joel Lamangan (Mano Po 6)

Best Actor: Bong Revilla (Ang Panday)
Best Actress: Sharon Cuneta (Mano Po 6)

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Salvador (Ang Panday)
Best Supporting Actress: Heart Evangelista (Mano Po 6)
Best Child Performer: Buboy Villar (Ang Panday)

Best Screenplay:  Roy Iglesias (Mano Po 6)

Best Original Story: Vanessa Valdes, Anna Karenina Ramos, Kriz Gasmen (I Love You, Goodbye)

Best Cinematography: Lee Meily  (I Love You, Goodbye)

Best Original Theme Song: Ogie Alcasid, Ikaw Lamang (Ang Panday)

Best Make-up: Noel Flores (Shake, Rattle and Roll XI)

Best Production Design: Richard Somes (Ang Panday)

Best Sound Recording:  Albert Michael Idioma (Ang Panday)

Best Special Effects: Ryan Jay Santiago (Ang Panday)

Best Film Editor: Manet Dayrit (I Love You, Goodbye)

Best Musical Score: Von de Guzman (Mano Po 6)

Special Awards:

Gat Puno Villegas Cultural Award: Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love (Regal Films)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolphy

Posthumous Award for Film Service and Excellence: Atty. Espiridion Laxa

People 12.19.09

…are talking about

Krista Ranillo

Members of the entertainment press patiently waited for her at the NAIA to get a scoop only to find out that she was whisked away by airport officials. The ubiquitous sexy starlet was expected to answer all the questions that put her in the limelight. But instead of facing the media and all the people who are waiting in bated breath, Krista makes a guest appearance in one of primetime’s most watched series, May Bukas Pa. Can the miracle boy change the fate of the controversial actress or is it just part of the whole damage control scheme that both Manny’s and Krista’s camps have been doing all along? Continue reading

Top-grossing Pinoy films of 2009

As of October 4, 2009, the top-grossing  film in the Philippines is Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz starrer, You Changed My Life. Based on the data released by Box Office Mojo, the movie has earned more than 4.7 million US dollars in Metro Manila alone.

Here is the list of top-grossing local films of 2009: Continue reading

Brickman dedicates a song to the Philippines

By Nickie Wang

Jim Brickman 1For the modern-day Filipino language, “Noche Pacifica” does not sound very local. But nobody could dismiss the idea that it is still very Filipino in a sense that even average people can understand the meaning of it and sure American pianist Jim Brickman couldn’t think of any other phrase to describe his impression of the country.

“Noche Pacifica” is one of the title tracks included in Jim Brickman’s latest work entitled Beautiful World, an album for Universal Records.

According to the American pianist, the song “Noche Pacifica” (Peaceful Night) is inspired by his visit in the country five years ago. While touring the Philippines, he was comforted by the distinct Filipino hospitality offered in a cruise ship that took him to Cebu, Palawan and Boracay. Continue reading

Why did Sharon Cuneta go home early last night?

By Nickie Wang

sharon cunetaBecause it’s the National FaMEALy Day celebration. And if celebrities can find time to eat with their children amid their busy schedule, then it’s much easier for normal parents to have a nice meal and a healthy conversation with their children at the dinner table.

“But we always make it a point to be at home before dinner. Sharing the dinner table with your family is not just about the food or eating. It’s about sharing special time together with them,” said Sharon Cuneta.

Sharon is one of the celebrity endorsers of Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga advocacy. It is an initiative supported by noodle brand Lucky Me!, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the National Committee on the Filipino Family.

At the formal launching of Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga advocacy held on Sept. 11 at the Oakwood Premier in Ortigas, personalities like Edu Manzano, Luis Manzano, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, members of the press, and supporters of the cause pledged to support the celebration of FaMEALy Day, which is slated on Sept. 28.

Also at the launching, guests were introduced to the cause through audio visual presentations, television commercial samples that air on major TV stations, and a program that served as a panel discussion. Television host Tintin Bersola was the host of the event while actor Luis Manzano shared the stage with Sharon and Senator Pangilinan to tell something about their mealtime experiences. They were joined by award-winning psychologist Dr. Honey Carandang.

“When I heard about the advocacy I didn’t think twice because this encourages parents like me to frequently eat with their children and to be involved in their lives, so they turn out happier, healthier, and successful individuals,” the megastar and a mother of three related.

luis mazanoFor Luis Manzano, who practically grew up with mother Vilma Santos, he makes quality time with his dad Edu, when they eat out together, “It’s the time when we share stories,” he said.

According to the actor, they discuss everything about their life, from the projects they do to personal issues like love life, and about anything they have just encountered.

“Ako talaga ang nagpalaki sa Dad ko at marami na siyang utang sa akin because every time we eat out he would show me his empty wallet,” Luis quipped and furthered, “Eating with my Dad is the best time for us to laugh.”

While celebrities entertained the guests with their family mealtime experiences, Carandang provided expert opinion about issues presently encountered by Filipino families. She discussed the importance of parents joining their children during mealtime.

During the panel discussion, the benefits of shared meals were tackled. According to Carandang, there are studies that consistently show that the often young children eat together with their family, the more they become better in school, and the less likely they are to develop eating disorders or vices.

Lucky Me! has started spreading the benefits of shared meals through television commercials that also feature its endorsers. Initially launched in 2007, the campaign has led to a yearly national celebration of Filipino family dining. According to a Social Welfare Department official, the National FaMEALy Day has become part of the department’s yearly Family Week Celebration.

Through a memorandum signed by the the agency, NCFF, and Monde Nissin Corp. (maker of Lucky Me!), the annual initiative is made official and will be celebrated every fourth Monday of September.

The year that was

By Billy Bong

We posted this entry with the knowledge that 2008 is really over and that 2009 will be another year of ups and downs in the world of showbiz.

There are guaranteed facts in showbiz. People will rise, get famous and fade. Some of them might stay on top for a longer time but the cycle is irreversible. Top rating television series will become the past, box office records will be wiped out by a much better movie that will make cinematic history, stars will get married (Raymond Bagatsing married a sexagenarian), some will get pregnant (Angelika dela Cruz) but will not tie the knot (Vina Morales and Nancy Jane), more actors will undress for a magazine and for an indie flick (too many to mention), take drugs and go to the rehab (hard to mention), and some will breakthrough and glint in the limelight for a short moment.

The year 2008 was truly a cacophony of smiles and teardrops, and of victories and defeats. The ugly distortion of imitation of life in the world of entertainment however, defines what had happened in the year of hypes and intrigues.


People witnessed sad goodbyes from Rudy Fernandez and Marky Cielo, but there were more intriguing and groundbreaking news that stirred local showbiz.

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Angel Locsin already had her years as the primetime queen but O-eight was definitely the year of Marian Rivera. Before the meaningful smile of Karylle, who made a controversial station loyalty shift, Marian made waves (literally) by wearing the mythical tale of Dyesebel. It’s not just the most watched series, it’s even one of the shows on TV that resonated with great audience recall, and we are giving the consolation to Dyosa.

The hype of Marian even forced GMA Network and ABS CBN to saturate their programs with fantasy series. This could probably the reason why many Filipinos are contented with just dreaming in the broad day light because they are being bombarded by fictional images that did not even mobilize them to combat mediocrity.

As 2009 is being ushered by new a bevy of programs from the country’s giant television networks, the clamor for intelligent, appealing, and quality programs rises. They should do away with fantasy series, they must also stop reviving old movies and creating serialized versions, and most of all, as we draw 2009 with a safe knowledge that Kapuso and Kapamilya networks will showcase more localized versions of foreign television dramas, they should also think that network war also means battle for excellence and not just with who-makes-a-crappy program thing.

There are more competitions outside the country just like the Asian Television Awards. Rival networks must contemplate why they don’t get more awards from foreign award giving bodies. It’s obvious and we don’t have to rub it on the faces of the head honchos of these television networks; they are more consumed with raking huge profits rather than providing their viewers with top quality programs.


If many people thought that Marian Rivera is currently the hottest item in the world of Philippine entertainment, they should also check the statistics and not just the Neilsen’s ratings. One True Love, the film that also starred E! Entertainment 3rd Sexiest Man Alive Dingdong Dantes, was not able to secure a spot in the 2008 top-grossing local films.

a_very_special_loveSarah Geronimo and John Lloyd starrers in A Very Special Love under Star Cinema and Viva Films made history by raking P180 million in the box office. It’s only some millions behind all-time top-grosser Sukob.

It is still a year for Star Cinema because it had produced three movies that broke the 100 million peso mark. Sharon Cuneta’s Caregiver earned P139 million while her daughter’s launching film with Richard Gutierrez For the First Time posted P134 million gross at the box office.

While some of the films earned big, there were some that suffered big losses and failed to run for weeks at the movie houses. The country’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film of the 81st Academy Awards Ploning, APT Films’ animated film Urduja, and Viva Film’s sexy flick Torotot, were among the big flops in 2008.

In 2007, fifty movies were exhibited in commercial theaters. Truly, gone are the days when the Philippines was the world’s fourth largest movie producer. The local industry produced almost a hundred films in 1999, but due to crisis and other factors, production has decreased over the years.

Including the eight entries in the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival, Philippine Cinema has produced more or less forty films in 2008, and that also includes digital or independent films.

The number of independent movies has risen due to the advent of easy on the pocket video cameras, and to the eagerness of some novice filmmakers to make it in the mainstream. Whether people would agree or not, indies are not the salvation of deteriorating local movie industry. A total halt of independent film production however is not a suggestion because it’s still a good training ground to other artists, but people behind indies must also consider or should welcome the fact that indies don’t have an audience except some college students and gays who crave for sleazy flicks.

balermovieposterIndependent filmmaking however is not the only source of rubbish flicks; we have seen all the film entries at the recently concluded 34th MMFF, and we will say this with conviction: Philippine movie industry is hopeless! Yes, Baler is one of the best local films we’ve seen in years, Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat put the Escalera brothers to their proper place, and Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elemtalia gave us a glimpse of what the future holds for Philippine animation, but the rest of the movies part of the film fest mirror how the quality of our movies has declined dramatically.


Hate us or love us but we’re going to mention Marian Rivera for the nth time. Yes she released a dance album, and mind you people, the CD went platinum. Her compilation of dance remixes can be now part of the league of 2008 multi-platinum achievers like Sarah Geronimo, KC Concepcion, Sitti, Nina, Claire dela Fuente and Sharon Cuneta.

If Dingdong Dantes released an album we’re not sure if the album would fit the line-up that includes Spongecola, Bamboo, Martin Nievera, Jed Madela and Gary Valenciano. Novelties that are created for mass consumption proved that Willie Revillame was successful in his task to glamorize poverty on his show Wowowee because his album also went platinum.

charice-mgm-grandCharice who dropped her surname Pempengco is still has to prove that she is not just an overnight YouTube sensation and a mascot during David Foster’s appearance on American shows. Her popularity must be translated to album sales first before we could adore her big voice that became her ticket to instant popularity.

When we talk about local music, Regine Velasquez must be present because she is the queen of the shouting sirens. Her album Low Key, an apt title because she can no longer belt high notes, turned gold after three days of release (current sales unknown). Her formula of doing covers still works but for the rest, we really don’t know.

As we beg music artists to stop doing revivals because they are just horrible distortion of classic music, we also ask them to produce masterpieces that could be instant classic. What contemporary song has become iconic and anthemic since the release of Pagdating ng Panahon, Noypi, and Hawak Kamay?

Since local artists failed to produce better music in 2008, we have seen foreign acts that answered why they sell better than our homegrown talents. International artists like Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Rihanna, The Click Five, James Blunt, and Avril Lavigne among many others, proved that raw music talent is not enough to make it big, technology is also an essential part of creating music that appeals to this generation of local music aficionados.

Yes, Filipino fans favor foreign acts that don’t do covers during their concerts, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that locals are eager to watch one-hit wonder foreign musicians who became famous decades ago and found their way here in the country to earn money because nobody talks about them in their country of origin.

New Year

Year 2008 was the year of many sorts and we can’t help but think that O-nine will nothing much of a difference. Maybe, many actors will still be haunted by controversies, another name will rise into superstardom, and Manny Pacquiao will have a new show and will be extra richer.

We bet, another actor will show some flesh in an indie movie, and another actress will wear nothing but her skin on a magazine cover, and another musician will bring back the old playlist.

Our energy shows no signs of slowing down and to kickoff 2009 with optimism and a prayer that everything would just turn out right, let’s call this year as the year after the hype of Marian Rivera or “the hype continues.”

Top-grossing Pinoy Movies of 2008

Nix top 12 lists down the twelve top-grossing flicks of 2008. Two entries in the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival are already included based on their box  office performance from Dec. 25 to 31, 2008.

a_very_special_love1. A VERY SPECIAL LOVE – P179.23 million (Star Cinema/Viva Films)

Romantic-comedy film featuring the first team-up of Sarah Geronimo with John Lloyd Cruz, this movie directed by Cathy Garcia Molina received an “A” rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

caregiver2. CAREGIVER – P139.54 million (Star Cinema)

Stars Sharon Cuneta portraying the role of Sarah, a mother who left her son in the Philippines and also a teacher who relinquished her profession in lieu of care giving in London, in hopes of augmenting her salary. Chito S. Roño directed the film and Chris Martinez wrote its screenplay.

forthefirsttime13. FOR THE FIRST TIME – P134.7 million (Star Cinema)

Romantic film that features Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion. It was shot in the Philippines and in Santorini, Greece.KC’s  first movie  also marks the first time that actors from two rival networks have been allowed to team-up for a film. Richard is a GMA 7’s  star while KC  is an exclusive contract artist of Star Cinema.

4. ANG TANGING INA ‘NYONG LAHAT – P 102.5 million (Star Cinema)*

5. MY BESTFRIEND’S GIRLFRIEND – P101.24million (GMA/Regal Films)

6. DOBOL TROBOL GET REDI 2 RAMBOL – P90.51 million (Octoarts Films)

7. WHEN LOVE BEGINS – P89.38 million (Star Cinema/Viva Films)

8. MY ONLY U – P79.18 million (Star Cinema)

9. MAG-INGAT KA SA KULAM – P76.6 million (Regal Films)

10. ISKUL BUKOL: 20 YEARS AFTER – P72.6 (OctoArts/M-Zet/APT)*

11. MY BIG LOVE – P68 million (Star Cinema)

12. SUPAHPAPALICIOUS – P66.98 million (Star Cinema)

* the list did not include the films’ earning from Jan. 1 onwards

Sharon Cuneta supports reading program

By NICKIE WANG/ Manila Standard Today

Knowing how to read is one of the essential factors to achieve literacy. As poverty being closely linked to lack of education, Ronald McDonald House of Charities released its flagship program Bright Minds Read.

BMR is an initiative launched six years ago to be especially promoted in the Philippines in order to support the reading and English curriculum of local public schools. This is in response to the global need for better education and English-speaking skills.

“The aim of this program is to really help children know how to read, because it is the foundation of all learning. We have been waiting for the opportunity to aggressively pursue campaigns that can get regular people to realize that there is a problem in the education landscape and therefore bring them to work with us in changing this,” Kenneth Yang, president of RMHC, stated.

Since the launching of the program, thousands of children have been benefited from it. The RMHC aims to reach its goal in the coming years, which is to cover all the public schools in the country.

Long-time McDonald’s endorser, Sharon Cuneta, joins the initiative of RMHC and takes part in the advocacies of the program BMR.

“Having been a McDonald’s endorser for quite some time now, that’s why when it was brought up to me, I didn’t think twice. It was an instant ‘yes’ because, just like this year, God has been generous to me than usual,” Sharon expressed and continued: “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to be part of something I personally advocate, my family is a reading family and we give high value on education. Ako nga bumalik pa sa school, kahit ilang units lang.”

At the press conference of the RMHC that coincided with celebration of World Children’s Day, Sharon expressed that she and the organizers of BMR campaign are humbling themselves in asking the customers of McDonald’s to donate their coins in canisters that can be found in all participating McDonald’s stores.

“A few centavos from people will really go a long way. We are in partnership with the Department of Education. Konting barya lang po, that’s the message we want to put forth, and we want everyone who knows this campaign to spread the word,” Sharon continued.

After her short talk, the Megastar waited for some questions from the press and got disappointed for nobody dared to ask her about the program so she blurted: “Since walang gustong mag-ask, Okay naman po ako may asawa pa! Sabihin ko na para tapos na. Parang nanganak ng nanganak lang naman ang issue… Nag-offer na nga ng ilang milyon ‘yung tao, pahingi naman ng ebidensiya na may girlfriend ang asawa ko, lalu na kung may mga anak daw.”

Over the past month, Sharon’s relationship with husband Senator Francis Pangilinan has been embattled with intrigues that even affected their children. The actress got burnt-out with issues created by irresponsible people who made up stories after hearing them from somewhere else.

“Twelve years na [her marriage], kasing haba ng relationship ko with McDonald’s, puro tsismis wala pa ring nakakarating sa akin, pahingi naman ng picture at tsaka address… Masaya po kami, never kaming naghiwalay,” the actress cleared, adding that politics has something to do with it most especially that election nears.

New movie

After the blockbuster Caregiver, she is set to do a movie scheduled to shoot anytime soon. The movie will star the Megastar opposite Richard Gomez, and it is going to be their sixth movie team-up.

“The ball is in my court because I have to lose weight,” Sharon related, saying that her project with ex-boyfriend depends on her diet.

Sharon dished out some interesting bits about the new project telling the press that it’s going to be romantic-drama. She is so excited with the project, saying: “It’s a beautiful story. The story has been ready for some time and the script is almost done. It just a matter of me being physically ready, they are ready to shoot any time.”

She added that the movie is a love story that spans like 15 years. “There are flashbacks. Alam ko may location shoot pero di ko pa alam kung saan. Before they brought up Mexico and then Hawaii, pero most of it, dito,” the actress ended.