Richard Gutierrez still mum on reported pregnancy of actress girlfriend

Actor Richard Gutierrez is keen on making people guessing concerning the alleged pregnancy and subsequent motherhood of girlfriend Sarah Lahbati, who supposedly gave birth to their lovechild last April.

Asked about the matter during a recent press conference, Guiterrez urged the media to just wait, insisting that there is a right time and place to discuss it.

Seemingly as to further heighten speculation he added: “We’re not denying nor confirming.”

If anything he admitted that there’s a lot going on between him and Lahbati at the moment.

Guiterrez and Lahbati became a couple only last year after they were paired in the GMA soap, “Makapiling Kang Muli.”

The two were both contract artists of the network.

The relationship continued even after Lahbati bolted the GMA network following a misunderstanding with management.

The matter has since been submitted to local courts.

Gutierrez, on the other hand, became a freelancer only this year, having decided not to renew his contract with GMA.

Matchbox Twenty cancels Manila leg of tour due to Yolanda

The much-awaited Manila concert of American pop-rock act Matchbox Twenty was postponed due to the threat of super typhoon Yolanda.

In a press release, concert promoter Music Management International said the cancellation was made necessary with travel to the country deemed dangerous. It also added that the band was “disappointed” with the cancellation.

The concert would have been the first for the band in the country. Led by singer-songwriter Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty first gained notice in the ‘90s with their catchy singles like “Push”, “3 A.M.” and “Real World.”

Thomas was a successful solo artist as well earning three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing on the Carlos Santana triple-platinum hit “Smooth”, in 1999.

He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger.

The band had undergone several upheavals since, with at least one original member resigning.

Yolanda, international codename Haiyan, whipped the Philippines Friday, killing at least 33 people.

Ariella Arida wows Russian star

The Philippines’ representative to this year’s Miss Universe pageant Ariella Arida impressed Russian star Emin during the practice for the beauty tilt’s finale.

Emin was present during the rehearsal as he is also scheduled to perform a song from his new album “Amor” at the grand coronation night to be held in Moscow on November 10.

According to Emin, the Philippines should be proud of Arida as she is not only beautiful but talented as well.

Meanwhile Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization related to media what they’re looking for in this year’s winner.

“She hast to have the ‘It’ factor,” she said. “I don’t care about skin colour, hair colour, eye colour. She has to have charisma. I tell the judges, the first thing is I want you to say, ‘Of course, that’s Miss Universe.’”

Though busy preparing for the pageant, Arida was able to send a message to her countrymen, who just recently, had to endure another typhoon.

She encouraged Filipinos “to be strong” and to just “keep on praying” relating that God is bigger than any problem one could face.

France honors Briccio Santos

For his efforts in “developing and promoting Philippine cultural identity through cinema,” Briccio Santos, chairman of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), was named a member of the French Légion d’Honneur.

Santos was keen to accept the prize saying that it is “recognition, not only for me, but also for our country, in our continuing struggle to bring culture to the forefront of national consciousness.”

He added that only honour “strengthens my resolve to continue with the FDCP mission to help in the cultural empowerment of the country.”

Santos was appointed FDCP chairman in 2010 by President Benigno S. Aquino and has been credited with reinvigorating the body.

Among Santos’ achievement is founding the National Film Archive of the Philippines in 2011.

It was also during his term that the FDCP was able to launch the country’s first International Film Expo (IFX). This was quickly followed by the first Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival, featuring 10 films funded by the FDCP and directed veteran Philippine filmmakers.

Rico Blanco, Rocksteddy to perform in Singapore

Rico Blanco and pop rock band Rocksteddy will represent the Philippines at the 5th Sundown Music Festival, which will be held on November 16 at the F1 Pit Building at Marina Promenade.

Blanco and Rocksteddy will join acts from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thaliand at the eight-hour event.

Blanco, former vocalist and main songwriter of popular band, Rivermaya, is also a stage, film, and television actor. He starred in ABS-CBNs “Imortal” and “May Isang Pangarap.”  He also played a significant role in a local production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and also starred in the independent film “Nasaan si Francis?.”

Formerly known as Acoustic Faith, Rocksteddy was formed in 2003 as a Christian rock act. They changed their sound to alternative rock with the release of their debut album “Tsubtsatagilidakeyn.”

Lead singer Teddy Corpuz is also an actor and host, currently seen in ABS-CBN’s hit noontime show “It’s Showtime”.

Raymart Santiago eager to move on

Raymart Santiago is eager to move on and has been trying to preoccupy himself with other things while dealing with a legal tussle with estranged wife, actress Claudine Barretto.

The actor, part of the entertainment industry’s famous Santiago clan,  said that he tries to go out as often as he can with his family and friends. It also helps that he is now busy working on a new show on GMA 7.

The 37-year old former action star refused to talk about the issues surrounding his family, emphasizing that the court has yet to decide on his case against Barretto.

Santiago and Barretto were married in a church wedding in March 2006. They have two children — an adopted daughter, Sabina, 9; and a biological son, Santino, 6.

Their separation was revealed earlier this year by the actress’ mom.

Both Santiago and Barretto have since been hurling accusations against each other through the media.

Claudine Barretto insists she’s a good mother

Claudine Barretto wants to prove that she is not the kind of mother her estranged husband, actor Raymart Santiago, describes her to be.

Barretto said that if Santiago’s claims were true, her kids would not want to be with her. She also revealed that her eldest, Sabina, is a straight A student while the grades of her youngest,  Santino, are above-average.

Barretto said she feels bad about what happened to her family, relating to their ongoing court case, and expressed hope that her problems soon come to pass.

Barretto, younger sister of fellow actress Gretchen Barretto, started her career as a child actress via the kiddie gag show, “Ang TV”in the 1990s.

She went on to earn great acclaim, garnering a slew of awards including several FAMAS wins as best actress.

Prior to marrying Santiago, she was linked to several of the industries’ hottest male actors including Mark Anthony Fernandez and the late Rico Yan.

Mark Herras faces assault complaint from taxi driver

Mark Herras is unfazed by a recent physical altercation case hurled against him and his friends by a taxi driver.

Taxi driver Salvador Ogdiman appeared before the Quezon City Police District Station 10 on October 27 to report a supposed assault on his person made by one of the Kapuso actor’s companions on the night before.
According to Ogdiman’s statement, it all started when his taxi and Herras’ vehicle almost collided on Timog Avenue. He alleged that Herras’ RAV4, driven by the actor’s brother, was running too fast. Ogdiman added that Herras’s group went on to provoke him.

Herras, for his part, refuted Ogdiman’s claims, saying that it was the latter who was running too fast and that it was Ogdiman who provoked their group.

He admitted, though, that he went out of his car, carrying a piece of wood but only for self-defense. He said that security guards of his home network GMA 7 stopped him and brought him into the building.

The 26-year-old actor-dancer said he has no plans of filing a counter complaint against Ogdiman, saying that he prefers a peaceful dialog.

Eugene Domingo wins big at 26th Tokyo International Film Fest

Eugene Domingo was hailed Best Actress at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival for her starring role in filmmaker Jun Lana’s “Barber’s Tales.”

Domingo extended her gratitude to Lana via Facebook, going on to intimate her hope that the film will also be shown in local theaters.

Lana was equally ecstatic with Domingo’s win congratulating the actress via Twitter.

In “Barber’s Tales” Domingo played the role of a submissive wife who takes over her chauvinistic husband’s barber shop after he dies.

The victory is Domingo’s second international accolade after she received the People’s Choice Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” at the 6th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March last year.

The festival’s top honor, the Sakura Grand Prix, went to the Swedish film “We Are The Best!”, while the special jury prize went to Iran’s “Bending the Rules.”

Adjudged Best Director  is Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson for “Of Horses and Men.”

Shaina Magdayao denies romance with Piolo Pascual

Actress Shaina Magdayao has denied reports linking her to Piolo Pascual, insisting that she is only “good friends” with the actor.

Rumors about Magdayao and Pascual making sweet music have been making headlines for some time already. It didn’t help that two were caught on cam holding each others’ hands during a recent showbiz event.

Magdayao didn’t deny the photo and was in fact candid enough to admit to the matter but she was also quick to insist that there was nothing malicious about it.

She explained that Pascual was merely assisting her so as she wouldn’t fall or trip. She added that Pascual is just naturally sweet.

Though she’s not closing her doors to the possibility of romance eventually blooming between them, Magdayao said that she’s not exactly looking for love right now as she could only focus on her work.

Magdayao will be part of the Richard Gomez-Dawn Zulueta soap opera “You’re My Home,” which is slated to air on ABS-CBN first quarter of 2014.