maria isabel lopez delivers a unique acting experience in “mga ligaw na paru-paro”…

maria isabel: the beauty queen-actress transforms in "mga ligaw na paru-paro"
maria isabel: the beauty queen-actress transforms in “mga ligaw na paru-paro”

Mga Ligaw Na Paru-Paro was among all those short films that SSSIP had seen in the recently-concluded Cinemalaya X independent Film Festival. And he never regretted watching it.

The film was dark comedy. And something really surprising came into at the middle of this highly-interesting short film. It would hold you in your seats, and would make you feel delighted, rather than dismayed.

It’s simple story-telling, and the director, no less than J.E. Tiglao (who already won as Best Director for his previous work Onyang), didn’t aspire a more artistic touch. No presumptions. But rather, he conveyed a more realistic touch as a short film maker.

A modern-day wife with an adopted son, but with a SECRET. And that was all. A very plain plot. But again, with a TWIST.

A half-woman, half-man (in short, a LESBIAN) was the main antagonist here. And Ms. Maria Isabel Lopez portrayed that surprising role. She suddenly came into the picture at the very night of the wife’s birthday. And they had sex.

Maribel Lopez delivered a very unique acting experience that a blogger hadn’t seen in years from a real woman who portrayed a character of a gay woman. Magnificent! She’s not the Maribel we’ve known, it’s as if she’s an entirely different person portraying that funny but very realistic lesbian character.

How we wished the short movie was prolonged. It could be more fascinating, indeed.

And director J.E. Tiglao surely knew what he’s doing. Congrats. (But sadly, this film didn’t win at the Cinemalaya X awards night. We wondered why. Haha).

(words by robert manugid silverio)

do you recognize maribel lopez in this picture?
do you recognize maribel lopez in this picture?
maribel and a fellow actress Olive Nieto being instructed by director J.E. Tiglao
maribel and a fellow actress Olive Nieto being instructed by director J.E. Tiglao


maribel with his director and an anonymous friend during the gala night of "mga ligaw na paru-paro" at the recently-concluded cinemalaya x
maribel with his director and an anonymous friend during the gala night of “mga ligaw na paru-paro” at the recently-concluded cinemalaya x. PHOTO BY: DON GORDON BELL

new set of officers of KAPPT gears-in for their first major event: “FUN RUN WITH THE STARS”!

KAPPT newly-elected officers oath-taking with mayor joseph estrada
KAPPT newly-elected officers oath-taking with mayor joseph estrada



During one of the “every second Saturdays of the month” bi-monthly meetings of the new set of officers of KAPPT (Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon), a blogger witnessed the “fire and intensity” of each of the newly-elected officers.

They’re here with no laughing matter, but dead-set serious with their responsibilities and tasks. Heated arguments, clashes of ideas, conflicting ideologies- only made them more PASSIONATE AND MOTIVATED.

Mr. Rez Cortez, the elected new President was calm, composed…but HOT. He corrected some wrong attitudes and protocols. He stood by with his convictions. He could command.

Ms. Evangeline Pascual, the Chairwoman was feisty, strong and articulate. She noted all the minutes of the meeting and kept a journal for the ‘Katipunan’. Her warmth made all the other officers “at hand”.

Ms. Maria Isabel Lopez, the VP for External Affairs, was direct-to-the-point, cooperative, objective. Her dedication to the ‘Katipunan’ was truly felt.

Other more officers were really ready to deliver. They all wanted a new ‘Katipunan’ that’s more into action, rather than WORDS.


Their first major event: FUN RUN WITH THE STARS is now creating much attention among all the actors (legitimate enough in the movie and TV industry) to join, participate and contribute something for the said worth while event.

On June 29, 2014, starting at 4:30 in the morning- actors and actresses, together with regular runners, will gather at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, for 3k/5k/10k/16k fun run!

All for the sake of a ‘renewed’ good camaraderie among all the performing artists of the movie and TV industry, and the benefits of this health-oriented cause and event will be for everyone!

Organized by RUNtarantahan and KAPPT, this first major event of KAPPT will signal the start of a new and active Actor’s Guild of the Philippines.

Star Olympics 2014 will follow soon. And more, more more.




(words by robert manuguid silverio)

fun run

(from abs-cbn LOOK: Mara Lopez poses nude on Playboy cover!

sultry, curvy, lovely.... MARA.
sultry, curvy, lovely…. MARA.
sultry, curvy, lovely.... MARA.
sultry, curvy, lovely…. MARA.
sultry, curvy, lovely.... MARA.
sultry, curvy, lovely…. MARA.

LOOK: Mara Lopez poses nude on Playboy cover

MANILA – Mara Lopez, the daughter of beauty queen-turned-actress Maria Isabel Lopez, continues her streak of daring outings, this time as the cover girl of the latest issue of Playboy Philippines.

The 23-year-old actress appears completely nude in a bathtub on the cover of the May-June issue of the men’s magazine, which also marks Playboy’s sixth anniversary in the country.

Mara, who is also a professional surfer, started acting when she was only 9. At the time, she was a cast member of ABS-CBN’s “Ang TV Kids 2.” She went on to join Star Magic Batch 13 four years later.

Only recently did Mara get recognized for her acting, however, when she won Best Actress at the 2012 Cinema One Originals film festival for her role in Ato Bautista’s “Palitan.”

Her portrayal of a wife forced to perform sexual acts in front of a camera also proved to be controversial, as it had her do scenes with frontal nudity.

Similarly, in 2013, Mara bared skin in another independent film, Alvin Yapan’s “Debosyon” co-starring Paulo Avelino. The film competed in the New Breed section of that year’s Cinemalaya.

mara: "there's more into it than meets the eye?" haha. the answer: PASSION FOR ACTING.
mara: “there’s more into it than meets the eye?” haha. the answer: PASSION FOR ACTING.

fun run with the stars on june 29!

fun run

 Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) na pina-ngungunahan ng Presidente na si Rez Cortez at ang RUNtarantantan Sports Management kasama ng Kapamilya, Kapuso, Kapatid at iba pang TV Networks ay magsasagawa o mag o-organisa ng isang Fun Run Activity.
Parte ng malilikom na funds sa suporta ng mga artistang magsisilahok ay makakatutulong sa mga proyekto ng KAPPT at sa mga myembrong na nga-ngailangan at may karamdamang pang kalusugan na mang-gagawa sa industriya ng Pelikula at Telebisyon.


And Good News! Your Actors Guild membership dues of P1K annually will be waived upon joining the fun run!

“Fun Run with the Stars
June 29, 2014 @ 4:30am
Quirino Grandstand, Manila
Organizer: RUNtarantantan and (KAPPT) Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon

Registration Fees:
3K – P450
5K – P550
10K – P650
16K – P750

– Inclusive of Singlet, Bib, Access to Zumba Party, New Balance Discounts
– Everyone gets a Finisher’s Medal
– 16K gets a Finisher’s Shirt
– Register on the first 10 days and get guaranteed finisher’s shirt sizes

Registration Venue: (In Store: June 1-27, 2014, Monday-Sunday 1-8pm)
1. New Balance Glorietta
2. New Balance Alabang Town Center
3. Vibram Five Fingers – SM Megamall
4. Toby’s Mall of Asia
5. RUNNR Trinoma

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interview with mrs. prescy valenzula-yulo of skin rejuve beauty clinic

mrs. prescy valenzuela-yulo, owner of skin rejuve beauty clinic
mrs. prescy valenzuela-yulo, owner of skin rejuve beauty clinic
mrs. prescy yulo (in the middle) together with the beauty queens at the last beauty & arts event
mrs. prescy yulo (in the middle) together with the beauty queens at the last beauty & arts event
Spas are getting to be one of the most in-demand leisures and relaxation for career-oriented people nowadays. A simple and affordable treat for busy bodies who provide necessities for their families and dependents, who compete day in and day out to reach their professional goals in their field of works, and who aspire for self-improvement and a greater being.
Thus, the spas were born. A thriving health and beauty business venture that’s now creating a good market all over the globe.
There are many kind of spas being established now in the Philippines. But the most successful ones are those that cater to the skin and fitness of a human persona or being of a person.
With the flow of many Spa business establishments in the country- dermatology and slimming spas are the most sought-after and very much in-demand.
Because these kind of skin and fitness spas don’t require surgery or cuts or blades. It’s less risky. .People who simply want to have a better-looking and younger skin would feel safe and beneficial.And also, a person who simply want to get rid of of unwanted fats and heaviness in weight, would again be more hopeful and feeling a more self-fulfilling task to further enhance his fitness and physical self.
This is where Mrs. Prescy Valenzuela Yulo, (owner of Skin Rejuve Elite: Aesthetic, Laser & Sculpture Centre) comes-in. with her six branches of aesthetic spas, she provides clients with the best and the most safest NON-SURGICAL procedures on skin and slimming enhancements.
The first time a blogger met Mrs. Precy Yulo during the Beauty & Arts 3 event of actress Maribel Lopez, he felt so touched by the warmth and kindness of this woman. She smiled so sincerely and even when they were both distracted during an interview by someone at that event, Mrs. Yulo didn’t show any aloofness and distance. Her very nice manner of dealing with the blogger was one of those unforgettable moments when a total good and kind stranger showed her warmth and sincerity to an interviewer. Thus, the blogger promised to himself that he’ll support Mrs. Yulo’s business undertaking in his blog! Surely.
skin rejuve
Below are the questions of a blogger and Mrs. Yulo’s answers:
SSSIP: How did Skin Rejuve started?
PRESCY YULO (P.Y.): Prior to laser and slimming services, Ronald- my husband, and I, used to work with a company dealing with the medical industry. We’re both in the wellness industry for 15 years that provides hospital equipments. With that, we gained experience and later on, we both resigned to our employers. We decided to put-up our own in the year 2007. We distributed dermatology equipments to those people who need it. We also distributed body and sculpting equipments later on…
In the year 2011, we decided to put-up an Aesthetic Center, and we named it Skin Rejuve. We started with one clinic in Kamias Road, near corner Kasing-Kasing Street. From thereon, after that one branch, nag-grow ang business namin. Now, we have six branches na in less than six years.
SSSIP: What is Aesthetic, Laser and Sculpture beauty techniques?
P.Y.: Aesthetics are enhancements that improve the beauty of a person. It’s minimally invasive- meaning, no cuts, no blades. While Lasers are used for the removal of unwanted hairs- diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. Laser also removes acne scars and sun-damaged spots.And Sculpture treatments, on the other hand, are the slimming treatments with different machines that we have. There’s the Ultra Sound machines that we have that’s used in breaking down fats and even celullites. There’s the Radio Frequency machine that’s used on the other hand for tightening of skin.  Plus other high-tech equipments that we have now- all for our Sculpting services for slimming purposes.
actress maribel lopez while experiencing a relaxing beauty treat at the skin rejuve clinic
actress maribel lopez while experiencing a relaxing beauty treat at the skin rejuve clinic
SSSIP: What are the advantages of non-surgical procedures? Do Skin Rejuve clinic wish to compete, in a different way, with the likes of Belo or Calayan clinics?
P.Y.: You see, Robert, non-surgical procedures are less-traumatic to a person. It’s faster in recuperation time and less expensive! If you are a practical person – then, Skin Rejuve clinic is for you. Plus the fact that even ordinary employees, students and senior citizens can really afford our very reasonable prices in our beauty services…. When it comes to competing with the likes of Belo clinic or Calayan clinic, well, our services is entirely different from them. Because they do surgical procedures while Skin Rejuve certainly don’t do that. Skin Rejuve only offers non-surgical procedures.
SSSIP: Do you really think it’s high time for people in the Philippines to beautify themselves?
P.Y.: Yes, of course! And that’s the reason why me and my husband worked hard to open a clinic that can make our fellow Filipinos more beautiful. And our beauty enhancement services is the answer for that! Plus the fact that our services are really affordable.
SSSIP: That’s all for now, Prescy. Thank you.
P.Y.: Thank you, too, Robert.
                                        (end of interview)
from SSSIP: Two more blog features on Mrs. Prescy Yulo and the Skin rejuve clinic to come-out soon. 🙂 🙂 🙂
mrs. yulo with her family
mrs. yulo with her family

mara’s new cinemalaya film makes mama maribel lopez so proud

mara as "k'na, the dreamweaver", with her leading man rk bagatsing
mara as “k’na, the dreamweaver”, with her leading man rk bagatsing

Pinasyalan namin minsan si Mama Maribel Lopez sa taping ng The Legal Wife. Very vibrant and positive ang kanyang energy that day at tunay na nakakatangay ang kanyang uplifting mood. Pero bukod doon, may good news si Mama Maribel, dahil ang kanyang everdearest daughter na si Mara Lopez ay may bagong pelikula para sa darating na Cinemalaya Filmfest 2014.


“She will play the lead role once again  in that film, Robert!”, very proud na kuwento ni Mama Maribel sa isang blogger. “At ang magdidirek ay si Ida Anita del Mundo, anak ng literary great na si Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. Ukol sa mga Tboli tribes ang film. At ako mas higit na excited para kay Mara! I am so happy! I am so proud of her, being her her mother, di ba naman?”


Nag-research na daw si Mara para mapag-aralan pa ng husto ang kanyang karakter na gagampanan sa said Cinemalaya film entry na ‘yun para sa New Breed Category. Nag-iinternalize na rin ito ng husto to fully motivate the character of a Tboli tribe princess.


Kay gaganda ng mga indie films na nagawa na ni Mara, and that made her the “Indie Films Princess” for this blogger. Makakalimutan ba ng lahat ang pelikula niyang Palitan (naging entry sa Cinema One fest), Debosyon (naging entry naman last year sa Cinemalaya) at Kuwento Ng Mabuti (na naging film entry naman sa Cine Filipino fest). Kaya naman no doubt about it, ang kanyang pagiging isang aktres ay tunay na may KALIDAD.


Ang pamagat ng new film ni Mara sa darating na Cinemalaya ay:  “K’na, The Dreamweaver”.


“Thank you, Lord for all the beautiful blessings. I am really excited to play the role of K’na. And direk Ida, thank you so much for your trust!” – Ito naman ang naging Facebook Status ni Mara sa petsang Marso 15, 2015 sa kanyang personal FB account. Tinutukoy niya dito ang kanyang pagkakapili bilang title-roler sa nabanggit na pelikula, kasabay ng pag-post niya sa unang litratong kuha niya sa said film katabi ang kanyang guwapong leading man (na isang new actor na si RK Bagatsing)).


More power to you, Mara.



mara and rk with their director ida anita del mundo
mara and rk with their director ida anita del mundo
mara with mama maribel lopez and brother ken
mara with mama maribel lopez and brother ken
mara: lucky girl
mara: lucky girl

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

“excited ako sa gagawing facelift at reinvention ng kappt!”— maribel lopez

maribel lopez: a vision for kappt (kapisanan ng mga artista sa pelikulang pilipino at telebisyon)
maribel lopez: a vision for kappt (kapisanan ng mga artista sa pelikulang pilipino at telebisyon)
“All beauty queens na naging artista na, they all must be there!”, bungad na sagot ni Maribel Lopez sa unang katanungan ng isang blogger na nag-interbyu sa kanya- sa isang very special lunch date na naganap between them and another beauty queen-actress na si Evangeline Pascual.
“Iyan ang gusto kong mangyari at ang extreme target ko talaga sa darating naming General Assembly sa buwan ng Mayo. They must support me and Vangie (Evangeline) dahil naman, beauty queens din kami na tulad nila. Kaya dapat talagang naro’n silang lahat sa aming first and big event na darating para sa  pagbabagong bihis ng KAPPT (Kapisanan ng mga Artista sa Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon)!”
naribel: new duties, new responsibilities
naribel: new duties, new responsibilities
Inamin pa ni Maribel sa blogger na kausap nu’ng katanghalian na iyon, na medyo nanahimik nga ang KAPPT nitong nagdaang taon. Pero ayaw na niya- at silang mga napiling bagong set of officers at Board Members ng KAPPT– na maungkat pang muli ang mga naging problema sa nirerespetong Kapisanan na ito ng popular na mga aktres at aktor sa Philippine showbiz. Lalo na para kay Maribel, na mas naka-focus ngayon sa mga mas positibong bagay o aspeto at sa mga magagandang pagbabagong mangyayari sa kanilang Kapisanan sa taong ito ng 2014.
“Excited na ako sa gagawin naming facelift o rehabilitation sa KAPPT“,anya pa.”Kasi for me, it’s really long overdue already.Dapat noon pa nagawa iyan o kaya, noon pa nila sana naisip. Kaya salamat sa aming bagong Presidente sa KAPPT na si Rez Cortez at siya ang nagsilbing ‘mobilizing force’ para sa aming lahat. You see, ang daming gagawin ngayon sa organisasyon o Kapisanang ito. Ang daming dapat ayusin, ang dami ring dapat mabago.Total rehabilitation nga talaga at all-out reinvention ang kailangang na maisatupad.”
maribel and her paintings
maribel and her paintings, on the other side of her duties…
Gusto ring maibalik ni Maribel this time ng mga ‘Category A‘ actors and actresses na mga miyembro dapat, sa paniniwala niya.
“Dapat maging aktibo sila muli at dapat na ang mga katulad naming kabilang doon sa so-called na ‘Category A‘ na mga artista, ang siyang mas maging majority ng mga miyembro. Kasi,kami ang magsisilbing ehemplo o inspirasyon ng mga nasa ‘Category B‘ na actors and actresses-sila ‘yung mga nasa supporting roles, mga extras at stuntmen, o ‘yung mga nagsisimula pa lamang. Kapag naro’n kami, mas mai-inspire ang iba pa.
“Gusto ko ring maibalik ang Pride and Dignity ng aming Kapisanan”, dugtong ni Maribel.”Tulad ng Screen Actors Guild sa Hollywood. Kapag sinabing miyembro ng Screen Actors Guild, mataas agad ang respeto at tingin nila dun’n sa artista. Ganyan sa Hollywood…Naroon ang kakaibang pagtingala sa mga miyembro ng Screen Actors group nila.Kaya ngayon, ‘yan din ang vision o dream ko sa KAPPT, na kung saan ay ako ang nahirang na Vice President for External Affairs.”
Recently, katatapos lang na nairaos ni Maribel ang kanyang ‘pet project’ na Beauty & Arts III– a painting exhibit of Beauty Queens.Naging very successful ito at marami ang pumuri kay Maribel sa kanyang naging magaling na pag-organize ng isang artistic but worthwhile kind of event on beauty and arts.
Aside from the fact na visible din ngayon si Maribel sa telebisyon at mga pelikula.
“Let’s admit it, ang trabaho ko pa rin sa mga pelikula at telebisyon- tulad ng pagkasama ko ngayon as one of the major cast sa teleseryeng The Legal Wife sa ABS-CBN channel 2- I must say, ang siya pa ring bread and butter ko”, pagwawakas na naging pahayag ni Maribel.”Kasi, ‘yung other artistic endeavors and charitable works ko, hindi naman ‘yun ang bumubuhay sa mga tulad naming artista. I just want to be realistic and practical, we all still need to pay the bills and put food on the table.Kaya naman, it’s still my work as an actress ang siya pa ring mangibabaw sa lahat.”
Korek na korek ka, Maribel.
(words by robert manuguid siverio)