Sarah Geronimo, John Lloyd Cruz to make movie comeback

“I’ve grown. This is Laida Magtalas Version 2.0. Wiser. Braver. Stronger. Bolder. Fiercer.”

The Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz tandem is set to re-unite with the movie “Dear Future Husband” after three years.

Geronimo and Cruz were first paired on the big screen in “A Very Special Love” in 2008. Its box office success resulted in the sequels “You Changed My Life” in 2009 and “It Takes A Man and A Woman” in 2013.

While the cameras have yet to roll, supporters of the two could no longer contain their excitement that the film’s working title made it to the local trending topics on Twitter on Monday night, ABS-CBN reported.

Photos of Geronimo and Cruz posing beside each other’s standee have also gone viral and are now making the rounds online.
No other details about Geronimo and Cruz’s movie have been revealed yet.

Pinay gets second chance in ‘K-Pop Star 6’

Chrisha Choo, the Filipina teen who was part of Korean reality show “K-Pop Star” Season 6, has been given another shot at stardom when she was drawn as a wild card by the judges.

Choo was eliminated earlier after she made a mistake during the team performance category. The duo performed a mash-up of BTS’ “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and Black Pink’s “Whistle,” reported ABS-CBN News.

“Unlike other rounds, some of the contestants that were eliminated were as good as the ones who passed. In order to solve this problem, all judges get a wild card every year,” JYP Entertainment’s Park Jin-young reportedly said before announcing Choo’s name.

Since her audition, Choo has made an impression on the judges, with YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun-suk expressing interest to sign her up, the report said.

Look: Cebu’s Selena Gomez look-alike

Thinking Hollywood celebrities only dwell in Hollywood?

A video of a young lady who resembles Hollywood actress Selena Gomez has recently gone viral on social media back home.

She was later identified by netizens as Gerhicke Carcueva, a 17-year-old Filipina-Swiss who resides in Lilo-an, Cebu.

According to media reports, Carcueva chose to dance with the town of Ginatilan, which is her mom’s hometown. Her Swiss father has already passed away, the report said.

After learning that her photo has gone viral on social media, Carcueva said she is flattered, although she had already heard these comments before.

She reportedly said that she is overwhelmed with the response because now her social media accounts are flooded with well-wishers and friend requests.

Carcueva is now busy preparing for the Sinulog Grand Parade this Sunday where she will still be joining the Tribu Ginatilan as the lead dancer alongside her mother Gemma Carcueva, said the news portal.

She reportedly plans to finish senior high school before chasing her dream of becoming a model.

Carcueva has already received various inquiries from talent scouts but she said she wants to prioritize her studies. However, she is also open to any opportunity that comes up, reported ABS-CBN News.

Maxine confident of ‘back-to-back win’ for PH in Miss Universe

Expressing her confidence that she will bring home the coveted Miss Universe crown, Maxine Medina is looking forward for a “back-to-back” win for the Philippines.

“We can do this..I’m sure we will do a back-to-back (win), ” InterAksyon quoted Medina as saying during a send off event hosted by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) at the Novotel Hotel in Araneta Center, Quezon City.

BPCI Chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta believes that the 26 year-old model, interior designer, and the current Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe title holder is ready for the competition.

“I only expect her to win. I think she is ready. Her preparations, she had been thoughtful and dedicated so the girl is ready,” Araneta reportedly said.

Medina had shared some the preparations she is doing, which is making her feel positive and ready for the coronation day slated on January 30.

“I’ve been training 24/7 and every day of my life I’m actually learning. I had one on one coaching with Dale Carnegie, John Robert Powers, and all of my mentors especially Binibining Pilipinas. I’ve seen myself grow, evolving in my communication, and speaking in front of a lot of people,” Medina was quoted as saying.

Medina, who currently has currently a stunning vital statistics of 34-24-35, confirmed that she will be answering in the Q & A potion in English and also shared how she is practicing hard everyday for it.

“(I practice) Everyday. 24/7. They’ve been throwing me a lot of questions and I’m answering it in English. 100 percent, we can do this,” InterAksyon quoted Medina as saying.

This week, candidates from all over the world are expected to arrive in the country according to the Department of Tourism statement last Jan. 4.

The ladies are scheduled to visit Boracay (14 January), Vigan (15 January), Manila (16 January), Cebu (17 January), Baguio (18 January), Davao and Batangas on the (19 January), said the news portal.

As the host delegate, Medina is looking forward to share what Philippines is known for.

“I will be sharing our hospitality, our culture, our values. Of course the best thing is, I will share to them the best food choice in the world, which is the Filipino food,” she reportedly said, adding that she would like to make the candidates try the ‘boodle fight.
“Right now, I had all the help, and the last thing that I will be needing is prayers, a blessing from God,” she was quoted as saying by InterAksyon.

“Sana suportahan niyo po ako hanggang pageant sa January 30. I hope you guys will be there, and I hope you will support me,” she added.

Sandara Park promoted PH to Koreans

Filipinos’ favourite Koreana Sandara Park has shown her fellow South Koreans her love for the Philippines as she promoted its beauty in an episode of the television program “Battle Trip.”

In the episode, Sandara and her model friend Seung Hyun packed their bags to go to Coron, Palawan and have a good time.

“I chose Coron because there are more places to visit and more food to eat,” she explained to her friend as they arrived in one of Palawan’s most visited tourist spots.

Having lived in the Philippines for quite a long time before being an idol in Korea, Sandara has proved how much she knows the Philippines by introducing exciting places (while adding trivia!) and native food to her friend Seung Hyun.

The two evidently enjoyed the experience which made the fans and viewers show interest in visiting Coron.

Former Miss Universe queens share tips to PH bet

Miss Universe bet Maxine Medina has been advised by former Miss Universe winners not to take the pageant too seriously, and not to be afraid to answer in Filipino.
Gloria Diaz, who won the crown in 1969, and Margie Moran, Miss Universe 1973, gave their inputs during an event on Thursday, reported CNN Philippines.
“You just have to enjoy (and) you must not be pressured by anybody that you have to win because I find that contestants nowadays are very, very pressured. It’s more than a sport, it’s like you’re in a…patayan na [life or death situation]. Di ba?” Diaz reportedly said
She was quoted as saying that she always advocated for contestants to answer in their native language.
“Ang problema natin…di ba [our problem is] sometimes English is not their (the contentants’) first language. Ako, I’ve always fought that our Binibining Pilipinas should be able to…answer in Filipino and ask for a translator.’
Moran, meanwhile, said contestants could breeze through the question and answer portion with proper preparation.
“Continue to educate yourself. I would read current events so when there’s a question that’s being asked of you, you’re able to answer – if you’re a good reader, you know what’s happening in the world.’
Moran recalls her time as Miss Universe with fondness, remembering famous people she met during her reign.
She reportedly said she met the famous artist Salvador Dali when she was 19. Dali wanted to do her portrait, but Moran said she found Dali “weird” and turned down the offer.
She also recalled watching Tony Bennett when he was just the lounge singer at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, reported CNN Philippines.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo reportedly said Diaz and Moran do not have official roles in the up and coming Miss Universe pageant, but they are invited to attend all pageant events.

Pia rules out marriage plans after Miss U stint

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach has rejected the idea of tying the knot after she passes the crown to the next Miss Universe on Jan. 30
“Just to be clear, wala po akong balak magkaanak o mag-asawa after Miss Universe. Kalma lang po (I have no plans to bear a child or get married after Miss Universe. Calm down),” Inquirer quoted the German-Filipina beauty as saying in one of her latest Tweets.
Wurtzbach is currently dating Filipino-Swiss Formula 1 racer Marlon Stockinger.
They were spotted dating in Singapore and New York. They recently celebrated the holidays cozying up in the tropical beaches of Hawaii. Prior to Stockinger, Wurtzbach dated the “Sexiest Doctor Alive,” Mikhail Varshavski, known as Dr. Mike, but the two reportedly split, the report said.
Their apparent sweetness has left fans pondering if Wurtzbach, 27, would settle down with Stockinger in the near future, said the news portal.
Wurtzbach will pass her crown this month when the world’s premier beauty pageant takes place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, reported Inquirer.
The Philippines’ bet, Maxine Medina, will compete with more than 160 candidates in the pageant, the report said.

PH preparations for Miss Universe now in full swing

The Philippine government has stepped up the preparations for 65th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Manila.

The safety, security, and convenience of the public and the candidates of the event have been ensured by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), reported Manila Bulletin.

Malacañang has likewise directed government agencies to extend full support to the forthcoming international event, the report said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, however, reminded state agencies to avoid spending public funds for the country’s Miss Universe hosting unless required, it added.

Separately, the parents of Binibining Pilipinas – Universe Maria Mika Maxine Medina, last Tuesday reportedly said that they are positive that their daughter will inherit the crown from reigning Miss Universe and fellow Filipina Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

The 65th Miss Universe Pageant will be held at Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.

PNP Executive Officer Sr. Supt Emmanuel Licup reportedly said the PNP will strictly implement security measures to prevent untoward incidents.

Licup also reportedly said that as of press time, PNP has not received any threats in relation to the pageant.

DOTr Assistant Secretary Cherie Mercado also assured the public of smooth traffic flow and that there will be no road closures during the pageant.

“[DOT] Secretary Wanda [Teo] and President Duterte made it clear that they don’t want the Miss Universe pageant to cause discomfort to the public,” she was quoted as saying by Manila Bulletin.

Alden Richards denies having ‘mystery girlfriend’

Pambansang ‘bae’ Alden Richards has denied rumors pertaining to him having a ‘mystery girlfriend.’

“Wala pong mystery girl, walang mystery girlfriend at wala po akong kakilala from Pampanga or somewhere else, ang alam ko po hindi po ‘yun totoo,” Alden said in an interview with Nelson Canlas of GMA’s 24 Oras.

According to columnist and entertainment editor Ricky Lo, the actor’s real-life girlfriend is not from showbiz and that he met her during a Coca Cola event. Alden reportedly frequents a posh subdivision in Makati to visit the girl and would drive not his Jaguar but a GMC Savana.

Ricky claimed that a “VDPA (Very Deep Penetrating Agent)” told him the mystery girl belongs to a rich family in Pampanga and insinuated that actor spent Christmas eve with her.

Alden, however, stressed that during Christmas eve, he was with his family in their house in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the only time he went to Manila was to visit his restaurant on Dec. 24.

Alden, who normally kept mum about the numerous rumors thrown his way, earlier denied the claims of Ricky through his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Guten Morgen guys! I woke up and read an article about me and a ‘mystery girl? The only time I went to a posh village in Makati was when I visited Dra. Vicky Belo and Scarlet Snow, with some staff from Artist Center, so dili man po totoo yung balita,” he wrote.
Some fan-based social media accounts supporting Alden and his love team partner Maine Mendoza immediately did their own research and traced the original photo that came with Ricky’s column, where the lady with Alden was blackened to hide her identity.

The photo was traced to actress Bela Padilla’s Twitter account. The former Kapuso actress posted the photo during her guesting with Alden in the noontime show “Eat Bulaga” in March 2015.

Julia Montes meets biological father

After years of searching, young actress Julia Montes has finally found and met her German biological father in person.
On December 27, Julia took to Instagram to share a photo of her with her birth father, Martin Schnittka.

“Hindi ko aakalain na darating ang araw na ito na makikita at makakasama ko siya,” she wrote as the caption. “Unang una ay gusto ko magpasalamat sa Panginoon dahil ipinagkaloob niya ang pagkakataon na ito.

Montes, born Mara Schnittka, then admitted that there were times when she almost gave up in her search, ABS-CBN News wrote. However, thanks to some of her fans, friends, and one of her cousins, her dedication finally paid off.

“Malinaw pa sa isip ko nung mga panahon na ipagdasal ko na mangyari ang araw na ito hanggang sa sumuko na ko at nawalan ng pagasa. Maraming ways talaga ang Panginoon para sa atin.”

“Iba hinihingi natin sobra sobra pa ang binibiyaya sa atin. Sa mga naging tatay-tatayan ko salamat din sa inyo dahil lalo kong na-appreciate ang Papa ko dahil sa inyo. At sa CocoJul din na isa sa naging daan para magkausap kami and to my cousin Michelle, who did everything and every way to make this day possible. Thank you!”

Montes had previously said that her life would be “complete” if she could only meet her biological dad, who left her family when she was still a baby, leaving her deaf Filipina mother to take care of her.