Friday, December 26, 2008
BackstoryJust can’t stop the beat! By Lea Salonga
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:36:00 12/11/2008
MANILA, Philippines—Last Sunday afternoon I made a date with my daughter to see Atlantis Productions’ “Hairspray.” Now, it’s no secret that my little one really, really loves this musical. She asks to see the movie several times a day (since she was a year old) and, by this time, has grown very familiar with the characters and the music.
I figured, since the musical (the film incarnation anyway) was already something she could relate to at the level of a two-year-old, our date would be something special. Besides, I think she’s grown a bit tired of “Cinderella” by now.
We arrived at the Star Theatre quite early in order to beat the holiday traffic (I’ve found myself stuck in it enough times, and cussed under my breath whenever I’m cut off by an aggressive bus driver on Edsa). That gave me plenty of time to hang out with Bobby Garcia (director) and Chari Arespacochaga (co-director of “Avenue Q” and director of one of Atlantis’ future musicals, “Spring Awakening”), and let my daughter pose in front of a few “Hairspray” signages in the lobby.
Charm to spare
The show came and went without incident… the leads had chemistry and charm to spare, and it was extremely exciting to see old friends onstage doing what they do best. Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo was deliciously vicious as Velma von Tussle; it was such a thrill and delight to see Enchang Kaimo back on stage… and boy, I had no idea Nyoy Volante could dance like that!
Madel Ching was great as Tracy Turnblad, Tim Espinosa eternally charming as Link Larkin, and Michael de Mesa’s male self was almost completely gone in his Edna Turnblad. Not a bad pair of legs, either. Dulce’s singing was a powerhouse, as it always is. The rest of the cast was energetic and irrepressible… and must have developed a great deal of stamina in order to dance as much as they did for those two hours. Pacing was tight, and there were no lulls in, or between scenes. I also have to congratulate Archie Castillo, who conducted FILharmoniKA. That orchestra never fails in its excellence.
I have only two complaints, given the high quality of the show and its performers: the Star Theatre, I’m presuming, wasn’t built for the purpose of staging musicals, hence the sound quality wasn’t at the standard I would have expected for this kind of a show. There are limits to a venue, but Bobbit and his crew did their best, and so I wasn’t plagued with the same issues that previous audiences had complained about. Second, I’d have wanted to hear the dialogue with more clarity. This is something I noticed with the more seasoned performers: Enunciation was never a problem, and I could hear with crystal clearness most, if not all, of their lines. It’s something that more training can definitely improve, and I hope to see many of these newcomers do this, and hear from them, in future productions, exactly what they’re trying to say.
Having said that, this was an extremely charismatic, attractive and talented group of people, and I was incredibly lucky to see them all on one stage, in one show. I have great hope for all of these young actors and actresses and wish to see more of them.
Kudos to Bobby Garcia for his indeterminable patience, besides his directorial chops; and to Cecile Martinez for harnessing all that young energy into those dance numbers. Thanks, all of you, for making my daughter dance and smile.
After the performance, we were delighted to be invited to the company’s between-show dinner. Nicole was then able to meet Tracy (Madel, who Nic shadowed for most of the meal) and Link. Of course, she had her pictures taken with her Ninang Menchu and Tito Michael. Thank goodness my mother taught her how to smile.
Bangkok, for sure
And we’re off to Bangkok… for sure!
Over the last few days I’ve been reading the news with much more attentiveness than usual, to find out what’s been going on in Bangkok. As I write, the airport operations are normal, and our company manager has sent an e-mail to let us know that we’re definitely heading over there. By the time you read this, I should be nicely settled into my hotel.
I’m quite excited to return to “Cinderella,” even if it’s just for eight performances in Bangkok. It’s been quite an interesting experience going on tour with the same show. It’s something new, yet familiar with each city we visit. Another adventure awaits us, and the mystery of a brand new audience.
Please say prayers for our safety. We’re not in Bangkok for very long, but I do pray for an uneventful stay. Then again, maybe there’ll be another snafu… something I can definitely write home about!
My wishes for the holidays:
1) Smooth-flowing traffic at all times of the day.2) Easy parking at the malls.3) No crowds in stores, no matter what time you go.4) Not hearing the words, “Sorry po, out of stock.” Or a quick-thinking salesperson with an alternative selection.5) Shorter checkout lines.6) Longer tempers.7) A spirit of sharing with others less fortunate than us.8) Common sense… at every level, for everyone.9) A safer place to live.10) The absence of fear.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
TIM: THEATRE IS DIFFERENT ANOTHER
by: Remy Umerez
Star Magic December celebrant is Tim Espinosa who appeared in a lead role in Hairspray as Link Larkin. He feels very fortunate to have been chosen by Atlantis Productions and director Bobby Garcia for the role. He says that the discipline the theater or stage offers is different from the experience he gained in TV and movies. For his Hairspray performance, he gained the nod of the critics. Tim used to be a member of Star Circle 15 and he turns 22 on December 20.
Yes, he has a girlfriend whose name he won’t divulge. He says She’s a real nice girl.
Meanwhile, other December-born ABS CBN Star Magic stars include: Jessy Mendiola, Yeng Constantino, Roden Araneta, Dionne Monsanto, Yulio Pisk, Mika dela Cruz, Michelle Murenec, Makisig Morales, Rico Barrera and Jake Cuenca.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IDOL!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lower Orchestra Php 1,200 (Rows A-I)Upper Orchestra Php 1,000 (Rows J-S)Loge Php 800 (Rows T-X)Balcony Php 600 (Rows Y-Z)
MANILA, Philippines - We all saw how the most recent “Hairspray” movie found its adorable Tracy in the person of the very adorable Nikki Blonsky. She was said to have screamed with delight in her barista uniform when she found out she was to play the lead role in the movie. Needless to say, a star was born.
When “Hairspray” debuted on Broadway in 2002, in the cast with the powerhouses were young and upcoming performers Laura Bell Bundy as Amber, Kerri Butler as Penny and Matthew Morrison as Link.
The show went on to win numerous Tony awards, and the young performers went on to become Broadway stars in their own right.
Bundy created the role of Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.” Butler donned an Australian accent and some leg warmers—much to to the audience’s delight—in “Xanadu.”
Morrison has become one of Broadway’s favorite romantic leads with acclaimed back-to-back turns in “Light in the Piazza” and last year’s Tony-winning revival of “South Pacific.”
As Atlantis Productions’ highly anticipated “Hairspray” draws closer and closer to its Manila premiere, one can’t help but wonder at the future some theater newcomers will face after they begin their professional careers with this show.
Until then, they will be busy dancing and singing to the delightful music of “Hairspray.”
Leading the young pack are Madel Ching and Tim Espinosa playing Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin, respectively.
Madel was a discovery from Ateneo Blue Repertory, where she played the hip-hopping nerd in “High School Musical.” When she auditioned for the role, it was clear that, with her ebullience and cheer and constant state of joy, she was perfect for Tracy.
Tim was one of the members of Star Magic Batch 15 at ABS-CBN, after coming home to the Philippines from the US. Before this, he was training as a dancer and actor with various community groups in California.
Giving strong support to Madel and Tim are the rest of the Baltimore kids: Criena House, Mark Tayag, Christine Allado, Lee Villoria, Erika Cedilla, Michael Odoemene and Karla Reyes.
Largely products of summer workshops and school theater and music organizations, they are brought together by their love for Broadway and affinity for the show. After all, how many shows are there for young performers to be able to perform in and play their own ages?
Madel recalls: “I’ve known ‘Hairspray’ since I was in high school. I fell in love with it, mostly because I identified with Tracy and everything that she stood for. She was a girl who, like me, just wanted to dance, sing and perform for people. So when I heard Atlantis was going to do it in Manila, I knew I couldn’t let the chance pass.”
Now that they are all past the audition jitters and are in the thick of rehearsals for the show, the challenges and expectations have grown.
Lee, who plays Little Inez, shares: “Rehearsing for ‘Hairspray’ is wonderful! It’s an honor for me to be working with some of the hardcore theater people of our country.”
The theater stalwarts he’s referring to include Michael de Mesa, Leo Rialp, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Rayos, Enchang Kaimo and Dulce.
Mark says: “Tito Leo once told me, ‘You have to give three times what you’re giving now so your story can reach the very back of the theater.’ And I try to always bear that in mind.”
They also recall the day when Dulce belted her way in and out of her songs and they were just stunned into silence (an unusual occurrence in a room of hyper kids).
Says Tim: “I am learning so much from all of them and not just about performing but more about the values that give performers longevity—perseverance, hard work, discipline and time management.”
All rehearsals, of course, must end with a show. And, at this prospect, their excitement is palpable.
Christine says: “All of the elements of musical theater are hyped up and exaggerated to the highest level in ‘Hairspray.’ The singing is intense, the dancing is extreme, the acting is exaggerated (in a good way), the sets are fabulous, the costumes are adorable, and the story is just perfect, really. We promise, at the end of everything, you’ll find yourself giddy and at the edge of your seat because of the euphoria that ‘Hairspray’ brings!”
Acclaimed director Mike Nichols, while teaching an acting class, once said: “The actor’s job is to say his lines for the first time. Each time.”
And if the fine rapture of that first time is what counts, then these young ones are all a good reason to come and watch “Hairspray.”
“Hairspray” runs Nov. 14-Dec. 7 at the Star Theater, CCP Complex. For tickets, call Atlantis Productions at 8927078, 8401187 or Ticketworld at 8919999.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
The big girl & the heartthrob
DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda
Monday, August 18, 2008
Atlantis Productions’ highly-anticipated production of the Tony award-winning musical Hairspray has found its two lead stars, Tim Espinosa and Madel Ching who will play the highly-coveted roles of Link Larkin and Tracy Turnblad.
Like most Tracy Turnblads before her, Madel will be making her professional stage debut in Hairspray. She is a junior at Ateneo de Manila majoring in AB Political Science. Having performed in school productions including High School Musical. Madel is thrilled to take on her first major role. She says, “Girls like me don’t get opportunities like this! Honestly, I feel like I’m the modern-day Filipina version of Tracy. A big girl with big dreams. It’s a little scary to take on a role this big, but I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge of playing a character with this much spirit and energy!”
Madel fully understands the discipline needed to take on a role like Tracy, so she continues her regular voice classes with Cynthia Guico and will also be taking dance classes to build up stamina for the role.
Tim takes on the role of heartthrob Link Larkin, made famous in the film by Zach Efron. Tim has been seen on ABS-CBN as a singer, dancer and actor and will also be making his professional stage debut. Tim says, “I am thrilled about everything. Hairspray entails singing, acting and dancing. I can’t wait to do all three at the same time! I’m sure it will be fun from start to finish.”
Tim’s dreams for the future include making films and possibly a recording. He says, “I’d love to be in a movie someday, make my own music album one day, win an Oscar, own a home. Or if none of those happen, I want to take a ride in the dryer!”
Hairspray is about Tracy who wins a spot on the local TV dance program The Corny Collins Show. The big girl with big hair and big dreams becomes a teen celebrity overnight. Soon Tracy finds herself pitted against the show’s reigning princess for the title Miss Teenage Hairspray 1962. Based on the John Waters film, Hairspray is the winner of eight Tony awards including Best Musical. It was recently made into a hit film starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah.
Hairspray is directed by Bobby Garcia, choreography by Cecile Martinez, sets and costumes by Gino Gonzales, and lighting design by Shoko Matsumoto. It runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 7 at the Star Theatre, CCP Complex. Tickets are on sale now by calling Atlantis Productions at 892-7078, 840-1187 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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Stills of different Dolphy abstracts will be shown accompanied by songs from Sam Milby, Robert Seña, Sheryn Regis and Ronnie Liang.
Charo will offer the celebrator a “touching” message that will make the audience cry like she does on her drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya?
The Goin’ Bulilit kids will do a production number that will highlight Dolphy’s checkered TV career. Chocoleit, Pooh and Vice Ganda will keep the audience in stitches.
Other performers include Ai-Ai de las Alas, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang, Rachelle Ann Go, Richard Poon, Erik Santos, Audie Gemora, Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, Rodjun Cruz, Tim Espinosa, Thou Reyes, Michael Williams, JM Rodriguez, Roderick Paulate, Archie Alemania and Carmi Martin.
Expected guests: Gloria Romero, Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Nova Villa, Sharon Cuneta, Maricel Soriano, Vic Sotto and Willie Revillame
Yes, of course, Zsa Zsa will be there.
That should stop tongues from further wagging.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Song: Let Me Think About It by Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand
Choreography by: Mickey Perz
Dancers: Mickey Perz, Thou Reyes, Enchong Dee, Michelle Murenec, Valeen Montenegro, Melissa Ricks, Princess Ryan, and Tim Espinosa.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sung by: Richard Poon
Dancers: Sam ConcepcionAndi EigenmannPokwangSam MilbyRodjun CruzGem RamosSaicy AguilaArron VillaflorMichelle MurenecThou ReyesPrincess RyanTim Espinosa
Choreographed by: Georcelle Dapat
Monday, June 30, 2008
By Rachelle Siazon
Star Magic celebrated its 16th anniversary in style as it gathered the best and brightest stars of ABS-CBN in a spectacular red-carpet affair held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel’s grand ballroom last night, June 29. The country’s premiere talent management group held its second Star Magic Ball to commemorate its years of bringing up top notch talent.
Showbiz’s hottest couples were seen on the red carpet like Sam Milby and Anne Curtis, Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin, John Prats and Shaina Magdayao, and Willie Revillame with his non-showbiz date.
Flying solo yet looking equally fabulous in their formal wear were Kristine Hermosa, Bea Alonzo, Rica Peralejo, Roxanne Guinoo, Jake Cuenca, Zanjoe Marudo, and Diether Ocampo just to name a few. Piolo Pascual, who came with mom Amy, cut a stylish figure in elegant Hugo Boss attire. Comedienne Pokwang managed to outshine the other stars with her trademark outlandish outfits complete with a white train worthy of a blushing bride.
The party went into full swing as host Nikki Gil let Richard Poon take center stage to serenade ABS-CBN bigwigs Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos, and former President Freddie Garcia who was also celebrating his birthday that night. This was followed by a romantic medley performed by Piolo, Sam, Richard, and Jed Madela. Saicy Aguila, Arron Villaflor, Gem Ramos, Rodjun Cruz, Tim Espinosa, Princess Ryan, Thou Reyes, Sam Concepcion, Andi Jose, Pokwang, and Sam Milby wowed the guests with a sizzling production number.
Fashion Icon awards were given to Bea, Piolo, Rafael Rosell, and Malaya Lewondowski while thee Sparkling Couple award went to Sam and Anne who were particularly sweet towards each other throughout the ball. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Big Winner Ejay Falcon got lucky again as he won an Asian Cruise for two during the raffle draw exclusively for Star Magic artists.
Afterwards, Piolo presented the collective donation from Star Magic artists for Diether’s KIDS Foundation, which amounted to P300,000. Event sponsor Planet Flip-Flops also donated P200,000 for Bayanijuan, which Piolo turned over to Claudine Barretto (who was escorted by hubby Raymart Santiago) in behalf of Gina Lopez.
To cap off the night, Johnny Manahan gave a short but sweet message which encompassed his overwhelming gratitude to those who continue to support Star Magic and its roster of talents, "I love you all."
Monday, June 2, 2008
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The 2008 Star Magic catalog featured on the cover, the twelve leading stars of Star Magic; John Lloyd Cruz, Claudine Barretto, and Piolo Pascual in the first row; Shaina Magdayao, Sam Milby, and Bea Alonzo in the second row; Kristine Hermosa, Diether Ocampo, and Roxanne Guinoo in the third row; and Rafael Rosell, Angelica Panganiban; and Zanjoe Marudo in the last row.
Now in it contained ” The Next Big Things” list, what happened to their respective careers afterward? I only see Dino Imperial, Jon Avila and Sharlene San Pedro made waves…
“The Next Big Things”Chris Gutierrez, AJ Perez, Angelo Patrimonio, Arno Morales, Martin del Rosario, Mara Lopez, Zia Marquez, Mikee Lee, Dino Imperial, Aaron Agassi, Bryan Homecillo, Isabelle Abiera, Jessy Mendiola, Krista Valle, Daphne Cortes, Hiyasmin Neri, Caroline Riggs, Jenna Estrella, Bianca Reyes, Tim Espinosa, Puma de Borja, Jon Avila, Benj Besa, Marvin Raymundo, Jordan Aguilar, Franz Pumaren, Sharlene San Pedro, Nash Aguas, Eliza Pineda, Kristel Fulgar, Nina De Sgauin, Bea Nicolas, Alexis Ramos, Kathryn Bernardo, Jane Oineza, Miles Ocampo, Mara Schnittka, and Angeli Gonzales, Jet Paz, Sara Palad, Ronalisa Cheng, Katrina Nazario, Sean Ignacio, Moreen Guese, EJ Jallorina, Alfred Labatos, Iggyboy Flores, Young An Chiu, Carlo John Barrameda, Katrina Legaspi, Yuuki Kadooka, MJ Maranan, Kobi Vidanes, Celine Lim, Aaron Junatas, Khaycee Aboloc, Basty Alcanses, Angel Sy, Franz Yap, John Manalo, Kiray Celis, Steven Fermo, CJ Navato, Joshua Dionisio, Quintin Alianza, Julio Pisk, Darius Cardano, Mika dela Cruz, Sora Baars, and Cheska Billones, Jacob Dionisio, Gemmae Custodio, Mikylla Ramirez, Nikki Bagaporo, Mark Joshua Sayarot, Michael Jee Flores, and Julia Barretto.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Rehearsal Video.ASAP 08 PERFORMANCE DAY
Stars’ tribute to Johnny Manahan
Director, starmaker, mentor, father, second father, showbiz icon—just a few appellations that Johnny Manahan or Mr. M is called. Having been in showbiz for more than 30 years, he has witnessed many stars rise and fall. For the longest time, he has dealt with stars on a director-talent level but for the past 15 years, as a manager-talent, being ABS-CBN Star Magic’s (formerly the Talent Center) senior vice president, Mr. M started in television with pre-Martial Law ABS-CBN. He transferred to Channels 9 and 13 to work on the children’s show Kaluskos Musmos and the sitcom Chicks to Chicks and returned to ABS-CBN when it re-opened in 1986. The re-launch was successful but the problem was, there had no stars because they were under contract with Regal, Seiko, and Viva. It was April 1992 when then ABS-CBN president and chief operating officer Freddie Garcia and Johnny Manahan hatched the idea of creating a stable of new stars exclusively for ABS-CBN. October that same year, Ang TV, the hit youth afternoon show was launched. The TV series opened the door for the likes of the young Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, Camille Prats, Victor Neri, Paolo Contis, and many more to showbiz. Later in November 1995, Star Circle Batch 1 was launched, led by the late Rico Yan.
As Mr. M celebrates his birthday, let us hear what some stars have to say about him.
PIOLO PASCUAL: I met Mr. M more than 10 years ago. He is really strict. Hindi marunong ngumiti kaya intimidating. As a mentor, he stands for what he knows is right. He is not the type who would comprise. He’s always for the good of the talent. He’s like a real parent and very compassionate. He doesn’t care about your personal life as long as when you’re on-cam you should be the person and the character that you should be.
DIETHER OCAMPO: I’ve known him since 1996. I said to myself, “ang laking lalaki nito ah.” When he asked me my name, hindi niya naintindihan sagot ko. Sabi niya kay Chris Violago, “addict ba yan?” So in my first audition, hindi ako natanggap. He is very protective with his talents. He can make you tremble and breakdown without uttering any word. But I would say that he is a very fair person, a man of wisdom. Never hide anything from him, just trust him.
RICA PERALEJO: I’ve known Mr. M since I was 12. I was so young then and he’s really a giant! Mr. M is really a good mentor. The way he disciplines his artists, especially during our time, was a very good way to hold a child’s attention. We really learned a lot and he taught us a lot. We had to be disciplined and persistent in everything we did. As a father, he has a soft spot for women. As a friend, he is maloko. Work aside, gusto niya tumatawa. He has changed because unlike before, he used to be really strict. He has mellowed a lot already.
ANGELICA PANGANIBAN: Alam mo agad na royalty ang dating niya. He told me before na parang surfing lang ang career ko, sakyan mo lang dahil pag nalaglag ka, hindi ka na makakabalik. Always do your best lagi. Masyado niya kaming mahal. Lahat ng klase ng proteksyon gagawin niya. The best ’yang si Mr. M!
NIKKI GIL: First impression ko sa kanya, nakakatakot because he handles the big stars in the industry. He has high standards pero once you get to know him he’s a gentle giant. He is the man with a gentle heart. Ipagtatanggol ka niya talaga. Huwag mo siyang kakalabanin. He really loves his flock. As a co-worker, he is very pleasant and professional. One advice he gave me was “don’t mind what other people think about you as along as you do your thing, find your own niche and do your best, everything will be okay.”
MATT EVANS: “Napakatahimik na tao si Mr. M. Sobrang at ease ako sa kanya. Sobrang maasikaso siya. Ipagpatuloy ko lang daw ang mga ginagawa ko. Huwag ako gagawa ng mali. Kung sakali na umaangat ang career ko, huwag daw ako makakalimot sa pinanggalingan ko.”
GERALD ANDERSON: At first, nakaka-intimidate siya pero once you get to know him, he’s really nice. He always tells me to work hard and focus muna sa career. He is really concerned with his artists. We are really lucky to be managed by someone like Mr. M. Sobrang bait po niya talaga. Pag nakilala niyo siya, sobrang funny. Siya po ang laging nagpapangaral sa akin at sinusunod ko naman po mga advice niya sa akin. Dapat daw, I should always give my best kasi baka daw yun na ang last. Mr. M, maraming salamat po sa inyo. Kung wala po kayo, hindi po ako magiging ganito ngayon.
SAM MILBY: Actually, I was a little scared when I first saw him. He’s very strong looking but then after I talked to him, he is a very nice guy. He’s pretty much like a father to me and to everyone in Star Magic. He really takes care of us. I’m privileged to be part of Star Magic. One thing he always remind me is to learn Tagalog.
KUH LEDESMA: Almost all years in showbiz, bilib ako sa pinsan kong yan kasi napaka-talented. Very quiet, which is a very attractive trait in a man. I’m sure he has a lot of concerns para mas mapaganda lalo ang shows niya. Nakita ko hindi na sya masyadong nakakapahinga. Mr. M has eye for talent so alam niya how to build a talent.
ZSA ZSA PADILLA: I was relatively new, being managed by Ronnie Henares when he directed my concert. We did numbers in the ’80s that was really spectacular. I can say he kind of discovered me because he was the one who convinced me to guest in Bad Bananas which he directed then. That marked my anniversary in showbiz as a solo artist because prior to that, I was part of the band Hotdog. That was in 1983, it’s been 24 years already! Mr. M is tall, good-looking, has a good foresight and a good eye for talent. He’s a man of few words. I really can’t forget that he sent me a letter when I had a major surgery. He sent so many consoling words. It was really sweet and very touching. I just hope that he will continue the job he’s doing. He is such a blessing. I really hope that he continues to bless all the other kids who are under Star Magic, that he would continue to show and lead them to the right path in show business. I believe in him!
JOHN PRATS: I’ve known Mr. M for 14 years, since Star Magic started. He directed Ang TV and he’s like a father to all of us. Serious siya and nakakatakot pero eventually sobrang palabiro. Nilalabas talaga ni Mr. M kung ano ang kaya mong gawin. He pushed me talaga. Ipagyayabang ko na ang pagiging Star Magic artist ay yung pagiging professional. Si Mr. M kapag 7 a.m. ang call time, 6 a.m. nasa studio na. Nakakahiya ma-late kasi siya yung director tapos nauna pa sa artista. Masarap at magaan katrabaho si Mr. M. Sabi nga ni Mr. M, sa showbiz hindi pasikatan, more on patagalan. Sikat nga ngayon baka pwedeng bukas wala ka na. As long as you have talent at marunong makisama sa tao ’yun ang important.
VHONG NAVARRO: Nakilala ko si Mr. M noong nag-umpisa pa lang ako. Kahit hindi ako Talent Center, alam ko paborito ako ni Mr. M. Every time na meron akong prod number gusto niya grand entrance ako. Yun ang hindi ko malilimutan kay Mr. M. Mabait na tao. Lahat gusto niyang tulungan. Siya ang second father ko sa industriya. Natakot ako sa kanya noong una saka alam mong strict kasi bihira ngumiti. First time na binigyan niya ako ng advice noong napanood niya ako sa Jologs. Sabi niya sa akin, magaling ako at ipagpatuloy ko lang magandang gingawa ko. Isang malaking support yun na binigay sa akin ni Mr. M.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
TIM ESPINOSA'S SOLO: 1:43. King of the Dancefloor talaga!!!!! whoooo! Go go go, Papa Tim! WE LOVE YOU!!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
THERE ARE different ways of getting into showbiz. Modelling, beauty pageants, talent contests - there are as many ways as there are aspirants.
One road to fame and fortune that has become quite popular in local showbiz is the road that people like Wowie de Guzman, Spencer Reyes, Dingdong Dantes, Danilo Barrios, the brothers Rayver and Rodjun Cruz, Archie Alemania and Vhong Navarro have taken.
The one thing that the actors mentioned above have in common is that all of them started their showbiz careers as dancers. Some of them were members of popular all-male groups like the Streetboys and Anime. Now comes another young talent, a former dancer seeking to make a name for himself as an actor.
Like Wowie, Spencer, Dingdong and company, Star Magic talent Tim Espinosa got his start as a dancer; specifically as a member of the all-male dance group known as the Freemales, which used to dance back-up on shows like ASAP and Homeboy, Boy Abunda's former daytime talk show. Tim was part of the group for two years before he decided to strike out on his own.
He recalls how it happened: "We danced back-up for Angelica Panganiban at a mall show. After our number, a talent coordinator came up to me and asked if I wanted to do a VTR - I did, and, well, here I am."
Tim quit the group in June 2007; according to him, it wasn't much of a problem telling the others that he was leaving the group to go solo. "They understood," is all that Tim will say. However, he adds that as far as he knows, they auditioned other dancers to take his place after he left.Tim, who was born and raised in the United States (his parents migrated to the US in the 1970s), started as a dancer. Believe it or not, he was actually a folk dancer.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
NGAYONG gabi na ang si-mula ng Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara na talagangaabangan at magiging bahagi ng araw-araw na pano-nood! Ito ang unang installment ng ABS-CBN’s Sine-serye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection – Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara. Bilang daily horror te-leserye sa Primetime Bida ng ABS-CBN, tanging ang pinakamagagalinglang ang napiling maging parte ng programang ito. Pangungunahan ng star sa orihinal na bersyon ng pelikula noong taong 1974, ang queen of Philippine movies na si Susan Roces ay muling mapapanood sa horror story na ito bilang Amanda. As veteran actres sa industriya, naipakita na ni Susan Roces ang kanyang galing sa pag-arte kung saan nakatanggap siya ng dalawang parangal bilang Best Actress at marami pang iba. Sasamahan siya ng nag-iisang si Kris Aquino, ang box-office horror queen at queen of horror movies, kung saan gagampanan ni-ya si Barbara, ang anak ni Susan.Kasama nila ang be-teranong aktor na si Albert Martinez bilang Fritz, sala-wahang asawa ni Ruth at dalawang dekada na sa sining ng pag-arte. Ang iba pang kasama sa cast ay ang multi-talen-ted actress na si Jodi San-tamaria-Lacson, bilang Ruth na, nang mamatay, ang kaluluwa ay patuloy na naghihiganti sa mga ka-galit niya lalung-lalo na ki-na Frizt at Barbara. Ang promising actress na si Ma-ja Salvador (as Agnes na kapatid ni Fritz) ang magi-ging partner ni Jay-R Sia-boc (as Dale). Ipinakikilala rin ang manikang si Chelsea kung saan sumasanib ang espi-ritu ni Ruth. Ito ang ma-ituturing na pinakaba-gong horror icon ngayon. Kasama rin sa teleserye ang kilalang komed-yante na si Kitkat, betera-nang aktres Eva Darren, Star Magic Talent Tim Espinosa at teen hunk actor na si Joem Bascon. Isang nakakikilabot na teleserye ang magsisimula na sa Primetime Bida ng ABS-CBN ngayong Jan. 7. Sa direksyon ito nina Gilbert Perez at Jerry Sineneng.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
VIDEO: How can I
ARTIST: Kris Lawrence
LABEL: Star Records
DIRECTOR: Connie Macatuno
2 years ago backup dancer....ngayon, ARTISTA KA NA, TIM!!!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Tim Espinosa joins the cast of the HORROR TV SHOW: PATAYIN SA SINDAK SI BARBARA! This January 7th sa Primetime Bida.
The women who will frighten you this January!
Known as the "Queen of Philippine Movies", Ms. Susan Roces will lead the first installment of the ABS-CBN Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection - Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara.
Taking a break from her usual game show hosting is the Box Office Horror Movie Queen, Kris Aquino joins the veteran actress in this chilling suspense thriller. Kris will be playing the role of the tormented Barbara.
Also part of the stellar cast are Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson, Maja Salvador and young talent Celine Lim.
Despite the scary theme of the movie, the cast and crew felt like they were having a picnic with Susan and Kris' doting on them. Food was always in abundance when the women were around. But when the camera's began to roll, the two were also very professional. It's very obvious that to succeed in the entertainment industry, one has to take acting seriously like Susan and Kris.
Even Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson has only positive things to share. All of the cast members have undergone lots of workshops and make-up tests together and she's proud to say that they have achieved the right look of each character and complimented one another. Celine, on the other hand, was up to par with the more experienced actresses in the cast despite her young age. She has impressed not only Direk Jerry Lopez-Sineneng but also the veteran stars.
Get ready for the women of Sinseserye Presents: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara which premieres on January 7, 2008 on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block.