jm de guzman: takot sa dagat!

jm: nagpapasalamat sa suporta ng lahat
jm: nagpapasalamat sa suporta ng lahat
jm and yen santos
jm and yen santos

Alam niyang naroon ako. Panaka-nakang siya’y sumusulyap, tumatanaw buhat sa malayo- mula sa kinalalagyan niya. Pero sa dinami-dami ng mga taong naroroon, lalo na ang walang humpay na pakikipagsisiksikan ng mga media bloggers upang makunan siya ng larawan at ma-“ambush” sa pakikipag-panayaman, marahil, hindi nga niya ako makita.

Pero sa pamamagitan ng tamang tiyempo, kalmadong “break” mula sa mga media people na nangawala na finally sa paligid niya, isa o dalawang kaluluwa ang nakalapit na rin, at last, sa kanya. Salamat sa malambing na imbitasyon ng kanyang handler na si Ms. Portia, at sa sinserong alok ng kanyang ama na lumapit na sa tabi niya- ang mundo ay tumigil na muli.

Sa unang lapit, bago pa nangyari iyon, kapalpakan ang nangyari. Nagkatinginan muna, naghabulan, at bigla siyang nawala sa aming likuran. Marahil, may mga iniiwasan siyang tao kung saan sana ay amin siyang daldalhin.

Kaya nuong pangalawang “attempt”, sa tulong ng kanyang handler at ama, muling nagtagpo ang dalawang nilalang, o marahil, tatlo, dahil hindi lamang nakikita iyong ISA.

Malamlam ang tingin ng kanyang mga mata, mahiwaga, nakapagtataka. Kailangan mong basahin iyon ng mas malalim pa.

Pero nanginginig ang iyong mga tuhod kapag kaharap mo na siya. Hindi mo malaman ang gagawin mo, o ang susunod mong sasabihin o susunod mong gagawin. nkadarama ka ng “panic attacks”.

Hanggang sa huling tanong mo, sinabi mong okey na ang interbyu, at bigla ka na lamang umalis. Dahil hindi mo na kaya ang mga damdamin mong hinaluan ng kung ano- dahil naramdaman mo rin ang mga damdamin niya nu’ng mga oras o sandaling iyon.

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“Very challenging”, nawika pa niya- ang aktor na si JM de Guzman nu’ng tanungin mo siya kung ano ang masasabi niya sa kanyang role sa bagong teleserye niyang All of Me. “Isa ito sa mga papel na pambihira kong magampanan. Kasi, it requires me a lot of angst, pains and mixed emotions. ‘Yun bang alam mong ikaw iyong lalaking mahal talaga nu’ng babae, pero nasa iba at mas batang kaanyuan ka na. ‘Yun bang ang nakaraan mo ay hinahabol ka pa rin. At kung paano mo maipaglalaban iyon, dapat ay matibay ka. Hindi ba, tito Robert, ang hirap gampanan nu’n? Punong-puno ng paghamon.”

Karamihan sa mga eksena ni JM sa teleseryeng ito ay sa DAGAT. Tila ata palagi na lamang siyang napupunta sa dagat. Nagkaroon din siya nuon ng isang indie film na kung saan ay sa dagat din ang setting- ‘yung pelikulang Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino. At ngayon, heto na naman.

“Kung tutuusin po, tito Robert, ayaw ko sa dagat, takot ako sa dagat”, naging sagot pang muli ni JM. “Parang may phbia nga po ako sa dagat, eh. That makes it so ironical for me, na kadalasan, sa dagat ako nagsu-shooting o nagte-taping. Kaya nagdarasal na lang ako na ma-conquer ko ang fears ko. Maybe, I have to face it talaga. Wala akong magagawa.”

At takot din si JM sa matataas na lugar.

“Para po akong nalulula”, anya pa. “Feeling ko, nu’ng past life ko, nakatira ako sa isang mataas na lugar at nahulog ako.”

Nagpapasalamat si JM sa lahat ng mga kasamahan niya sa teleseryeng All of Me, lalo na sa direktor niyang si Dondon Santos.

“Sobrang tulong sila sa akin para makayanan ko at magampanan ng maige ang role ko dito sa bago naming teleserye”, anya pa. “Lalo na sa direktor namin, kasi sobrang patient siya sa akin. Ang haba ng pasensya niya. Kaya gusto ko sana, maibalik din sa kanya yung pangangalaga niya, kaya pinagbuti ko ng husto ang acting ko dito. Kaya sobrang thankful din ako sa lahat dahil tinutulungan nila ako.”

Para na namang naging emosyonal a madamdamin ang mukha ni JM nu’ng banggitin namin ang pangalang ‘Jessy’. Para ding nag-react at kumilos ang handler niyang si Portia nang marinig ang pangalang iyon. Medyo yata na-“off” sila? Kaya sana, hindi na lamang namin naitanong kung kumusta na sila ni Jessy?

“Isa po siya sa mga inspirasyon ko ngayon”, walang nagawa si JM kundi ang sagutin na lamang ang aming katanungan. “Okey naman po kami.”

Pero mas lalng naging negatibo bigla ang “atmosphere” nu’ng matanong namin (actually, napilitan lang din kaming itanong ito) kung kumusta na ‘yung isang pelikulang gagawin niya sa isang “mukhang luka-lukang” aktres?

“Nagawa na po namin ‘yung parang teaser lang ng movie”, sagot muli ni JM. “Nakapag-shoot na po kami ng one day.”

Maikling sagot means hindi rin gano’n ka-interesado na si JM na ma-tackle pa ‘yung movie na iyon na titulo pa lang ay salungat na sa aming paniniwala. Hahahaayyyy, sa totoo lang.

At  sa muli, ang magandag daan na tinatahak ngayon ni JM ay tila isang daan na mas lalong magpapatibay sa kanyang pagiging isang aktor. Tinitiyak ng isang blogger, mga sunod-sunod na acting awards na ang susunod na matatanggap na pagpapala sa buhay ng batang aktor na ito.

“Salamat naman po”, huling sambit ni JM. “Iyan ang pinakamagandang narinig ko sa gabing ito.”

 

(mula sa mga nalikhang salita ni robert manuguid silverio, kasama si jm de guzman).*

jm flunked by media people at the last screening of "all of me"
jm flunked by media people at the last screening of “all of me”

 

jm with child actor akihira and director dondon santos
jm with child actor akihira and director dondon santos
jm de guzman: luv it
jm de guzman: luv it

 

abs-cbn p.r.’s PHOTO RELEASES (angel aquino on the cover of working mom mag, the search for the new myx vj, and the chance to watch the oscars!)

Working Mom February issue featuring Angel Aquino

“ANGEL AQUINO OPENS UP ABOUT TURNING FORTY IN WORKING MOM MAGAZINE”

An actress whose ever-blossoming career has blended perfectly into her becoming a mother opens up about love, her job, her family, and the big four-zero—as Angel Aquino graces Working Mom’s February with her two lovely daughters.

In the magazine’s cover story “Independent Woman,” Angel shares the details of life as a teen mom, the annulment of her marriage and other significant experiences—standing testament to the idea that it is undeniably important to love yourself. She also goes into how her love for her mother helped her on her path to success, saying, “I wouldn’t have become who I am today without Nanay. She’s always been my big angel.”

Working Mom this month also sets the stage for romance this Valentine’s Season with feel-sexy tips to boost moods and energy, with ways to switch things up with sexy sleepwear.

Aside from these, indulge in pages of divine desserts for a romantic night in.

Love is also at new heights in the magazine’s Let’s Talk section, where real couples share unique wedding proposals.

Grab a copy of ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.’s titles Metro and Working Mom this February at newsstands and bookstores nationwide.

 

 

MYX VJ Search 2014

Be a MYX VJ this 2014

THE MYX VJ SEARCH IS BACK!

After a quick break last year, the most anticipated VJ search in the country from the Philippines’ number one music channel is back, as the MYX VJ Search 2014 kicks off this February.

MYX has once again chosen to open its doors to all the young hopefuls to try out and show their stuff through a two-way process for applying—either online or through a walk-in audition.

There will be a series of auditions open to males and females aged 18 to 25 years old.

For walk-in auditions, the screening will be held at the ABS-CBN Audience Entrance in Quezon City from 10:00am until 5:00pm on February 1, 8, and 15. Applicants must bring a head shot, a full body photo, and 2 valid IDs.

For online auditions, application forms can be found at the official microsite of the MYX VJ Search 2014 (www.myxph.com/vjsearch), which will have to filled out. Applicants will then have to upload a 1-minute video answering the question, “Why should I be the next MYX VJ?,” a head shot, and full body photos. The online auditions will be open until February 12.

The MYX VJ Search is one of the country’s most sought after competitions among the Philippine youth. Many stars have their roots grounded in the competition, including current VJs Luis Manzano, Iya Villania, and Nikki Gil. Others who were products of the search were the likes of Robi Domingo, Chino Lui Pio, Bianca Roque, and many more.

Stay tuned for the MYX VJ Search 2014 as it kicks off in the upcoming month. For updates, visit the official website of MYX (www.myxph.com).

 

 

Oscars Big Win Promo E-Flyer

“GET A CHANCE TO WATCH THE ACADEMY AWARDS LIVE “- 

The Lifestyle Network recently announced one of its biggest events ever—an exclusive, once in a lifetime chance to catch the biggest international film awarding ceremony live, in anticipation of the upcoming 86th Academy Awards. The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, has found a new home on in the Lifestyle Network. In celebration of this new step for the channel, the Lifestyle Network is holding a contest entitled the “Oscars Big Win Promo–“a first in the Philippine market. The “Oscars Big Win Promo”, which will run from February 3 until March 3, 2014, is an online prediction contest. Winner with the highest number of correct predictions will win a trip to Los Angeles, California and two bleacher seats to watch the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet ceremony. The contest is open to all SkyCable, Destiny Cable, and other provincial cable operator subscribers carrying the Lifestyle Network aged 18 years and above. In order for contestants to keep tabs on their predictions, the results can be tracked live online on the day of the Academy Awards. Points will constantly be updated as each award is presented. Catch the 86th Academy Awards as it airs straight from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 3, 2014 (Philippine time) on the Lifestyle Network (SkyCable channel 24). For the complete mechanics, log on to www.lifestylenetwork.com.ph. For updates, visit and like the Lifestyle Network on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LifestyleNetwork).

STARSTUDIO NAMED BEST MAGAZINE AT THE 12TH GAWAD TANGLAW AWARDS

StarStudio February issue
StarStudio February issue

“STARSTUDIO NAMED BEST MAGAZINE AT THE 12TH GAWAD TANGLAW AWARDS”

The country’s best source for entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle is taking things notches higher this 2014, following a win at the prestigious 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards for Best Magazine.

Setting the bar with its recent success, StarStudio aims to up its game of bringing the latest happenings in showbiz, as featured in its newest February issue.

For this month, StarStudio Magazine presents “The Love Diaries”—an issue packed with celebrity love stories that will make for the perfect reading this month of love.

 

Leading the couples featured in this issue are Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez, who share the exclusive story of how they met and fell in love. The much talked about celebrity couple also give readers a look into their personal travel photos with captions that Sarah wrote herself.

 

Apart from that, StarStudio looks into celebrity weddings—Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup and Lloyd Lee, and director-turned-Congressman Lino Cayetano and ex-Ateneo volleyball star Fille Cainglet.

 

A newly-minted couple also takes on the spotlight in StarStudio this February to model day and night date looks, as Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo show readers ways to look their best for the upcoming Valentine’s day.

 

All this and more are featured in the February 2014 issue of StarStudio, which was recently named Best Magazine in the 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards in which ABS-CBN was also named TV Station of the Year.

Get all these and more in StarStudio’s latest issue, available at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit and like StarStudio on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StarStudio.Magazine) and follow the magazine’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@starstudiomag) for your best source of entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle.

THE LIFESTYLE NETWORK CELEBRATES “METROWEAR ICON FRANCIS LIBIRAN: THE TV SPECIAL” THIS WEEKEND

Francis Libiran and Anne Curtis

MISS ANNE CURTIS WITH DESIGNER FRANCIS LIBIRAN
MISS ANNE CURTIS WITH DESIGNER FRANCIS LIBIRAN

THE LIFESTYLE NETWORK CELEBRATES “METROWEAR ICON FRANCIS LIBIRAN: THE TV SPECIAL” THIS WEEKEND

On Metro Magazine’s 25th anniversary, designer to the stars Francis Libiran was recently named the latest Metrowear Icon. In commemoration of this, Metro will be airing a television special to celebrate Libiran’s unique talents, set to air this Saturday (January 25) at 9pm and Sunday (January 26) at 10:30pm on the Lifestyle Network (SkyCable channel 53).

Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns worn by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.

A major career highlight for Libiran was when his whimsical creations – made using all kinds of Hello Kitty merchandise – was worn by the model-contestants for one of their photo shoots in the 18th season highly-rated program “America’s Next Top Model.” No less than host Tyra Banks wore one of his gowns when she attended the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York earlier this year.

Don’t miss out on the Metrowear Icon Francis Libiran: The TV Special this weekend. For more of style embodied, grab a copy of Metro Magazine’s latest issue at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit Metro Magazine on Facebook (www.facebook.Metro.Magazine) or follow them on Twitter / Instagram @metromagph. For more program schedules, visit and like the Lifestyle Network on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LifestyleNetwork).

 

LIFESTYLE NETWORK’S CELEBRITY CHEFS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR STORM RELIEF OPERATIONS

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LIFESTYLE NETWORK’S CELEBRITY CHEFS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR STORM RELIEF OPERATIONS

It was a rare night for the local culinary scene when the best Filipino chefs, including celebrity chefs Sandy Daza, Sharwin Tee, and Gene and Gino Gonzalez, united under one roof with the vision of raising funds for Sagip Kapamilya’s relief operations through the ICanServeFoundation in the Lifestyle Network’s Around the Philippines in Small Plates. 

As such, it aptly has chosen to unite the various regions of the country in a different way to mirror the oneness among its people following the calamity. 

Made up of 7,107 islands, the Philippines is home to a diverse culture. Part of this culture is a variation in practices, rites, and language; but one thing common among all people, regardless of region, is a love for a flavor uniquely Filipino that is expressed in many ways.

The Lifestyle Network thus took that love for Filipino flavor and whipped up a night to bring together many of its different expressions through Around the Philippines in Small Plates, creating a most unforgettable dinner menu that distinctly embodied the diversity of the Philippines.

From fresh produce, culinary delicacies, and export products to local arts and crafts, Around the Philippines in Small Plates put the spotlight on the creativity of the Filipinos. 

This creativity shone through in the creations of some of today’s biggest names in the local culinary scene, including Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints’ Chef Sandy Daza, Curiosity Got the Chef’s Chef Sharwin Tee, Chefscapades’ Chef Gene and Gino Gonzalez, Wildflour’s Chef Allen Buhay, Grace Park’s Chef Margarita Fores, Chef Hylton le Roux of Market to Master, Milky Way Café’s Chef J Gamboa, Green Pastures’ Chef Robby Goco, Restaurant 9501’s Chef Myrna Segismundo, Chef Glenda Baretto of Cafe Via Mare, Chef Jessie Sincioco of Chef Jessie’s, Chef Ginny de Guzman of Gustare, Chef Juan Carlos de Terry of Terry’s Selection, and Chef Fernando Aracama of Aracama.

Aside from all these culinary masters, sumptuous dishes were also served by some of the country’s best establishments, such as La Cocina de Tita Moning, Alavar Seafood Restaurant, Pepita’s Lechon, General’s Lechon, Discovery Suites, Bizu, Kitchen’s Best, Fog City Creamery and Baby Pat’s breads and pastries; with the official wine partner for the night, Beringer of Happy Living fine Wines, and coffee care of the EDSA Beverage Group.

“Around the Philippines in Small Plates” was also held hand in hand with “Choose Philippines: A Pinoy A-fair,” where products and merchandise that further embody the diverse aesthetic of the Filipino culture were shown and made available for purchase.

For updates and more information, visit and like the Lifestyle Network on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LifestyleNetwork).

 

‘DESIGNER TO THE STARS’ FRANCIS LIBIRAN IS METROWEAR ICON

METROWEAR FRANCIS LIBIRAN Francis Libiran and Anne Curtis

anne curtis and francis libiran
anne curtis and francis libiran

 

‘DESIGNER TO THE STARS’ FRANCIS LIBIRAN IS METROWEAR ICON

In celebration of Metro Magazine’s 24th year, which coincides with Francis Libiran’s 15 years in the fashion industry, Metro has named him, the “designer to the stars,” its latest Metrowear Icon.

Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns wore by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.

A major career highlight for Libiran was when his whimsical creations – made using all kinds of Hello Kitty merchandise – was worn by the model-contestants for one of their photo shoots in the 18th season highly-rated program “America’s Next Top Model.” No less than host Tyra Banks wore one of his gowns when she attended the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York earlier this year.

It is because of his eye for detail, his timeless style that has led Metro magazine to select him as this year’s Metrowear Icon. Libiran will be presenting 10 themed collections as a sneak peek of his 2014-2015 collection on November 25 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. The collections are Victorian Gothic, Earth Colours, Edwardian Ash, Gemstones, Oriental, Deluxe and Royale.

As a favorite designer of the most beautiful celebrities in local entertainment, they are taking to the stage to model his pieces during the show. Among them are muses Anne Curtis and Kim Chiu; actresses Liza Soberano, Maricar Reyes, Coleen Garcia, and Karylle; celebrity models Kelly Misa, Wendy Tabusalla, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide, and Hideo Muraoka; beauty queens Shamcey Supsup, Venus Raj and Gwen Ruais; athletes Anthony and David Semerad; and actors Xian Lim, Christian Bautista, Jake Cuenca and Matt Evans,

As a show of solidarity with fellow Filipinos in Eastern and Central Visayas affected by Typhoon Yolanda, Francis Libiran has decided to do a silent auction of 15 iconic pieces on that evening. All proceeds will be donated in support of relief operations for the storm’s victims.

For more of style embodied, grab a copy of Metro Magazine’s latest issue at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit Metro Magazine on Facebook (www.facebook.Metro.Magazine) or follow them on Twitter / Instagram @metromagph.

 

VELVET PRESENTS LIVE TELECAST OF 65TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS

Velvet airs the 6th Primetime Emmy Awards

VELVET PRESENTS LIVE TELECAST OF 65TH PRIMETIME EMMY®  AWARDS

The Philippines’ home of the most prestigious red carpet events is once again bringing the year’s most anticipated awards night!  Velvet airs the 65th Primetime Emmy® Awards live and exclusive from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Monday (September 23)

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the television industry, the Primetime Emmy® Awards bestows the U.S. television industry’s highest honors for national primetime and late night programming, with awards presented in 27 categories including areas of exceptional merit. This year’s glamorous event will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

This year’s ceremony is especially grand, as legendary solo artist Elton John will be performing for the first time ever on the Emmys® stage. The multi-awarded superstar’s performance will serve as a tribute to the late, world-renowned performer Liberace, whose HBO biopic, “Behind the Candelabra” is nominated for fifteen Emmy Awards this year.

This year’s Emmys® is also bringing forth a well-loved list of presenters, including past winners, nominees and other A-list talents. Among those taking the stage to present the awards are Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Jimmy Kimmel, Alec Baldwin, Claire Danes, Anna Faris, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bryan Cranston, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Andre Braugher, Allison Janney, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, and sisters Emily and Zooey Deschanel.

Aside from all these, the “In Memoriam” segment will be presented in a unique new format this year.  Close friends and co-workers will be paying personal tribute to five individuals from the TV industry, including Jane Lynch, who will remember her friend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith; Edie Falco, who will remember “Sopranos” co-star James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox who will pay tribute to “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg; Rob Reiner will pay tribute to his long time “All in the Family” cast member Jean Stapleton; and Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters (“Mork and Mindy”).

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, deemed one of the most spectacular events in the entertainment industry, will air live on Philippine television on Velvet (SkyCable channel 53) on Monday (September 23) at 8:00 a.m., with an encore telecast at 8:00 p.m. and replays on Tuesday (September 24) at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday (September 28) at 9:00 p.m. For updates, follow @VelvetChannel on Twitter and like www.facebook.com/VelvetChannel.