Friday, December 26, 2008

Backstory : Just can't stop the beat! by Lea Salonga


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.

Two complaints

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.

Charismatic cast

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!

Wish list

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

JOURNAL ONLINE: Tim Espinosa's Bday Writeup.


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.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Last night, my daughter and I were lucky enough to acquire tickets to a special preview of "Hairspray" staged by Atlantis Production at the Star Theater in the CCP Complex. Since the feel-good Broadway musical was just so recently given the Hollywood treatment again in the 2007 film with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron, the characters, story and songs are still quite fresh in my mind. And the thought of seeing these songs come alive on stage was very exciting.

The show opened a bit awkwardly with plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Ateneo junior Madel Ching in her major stage debut) in bed singing "Good Morning Baltimore." There were still microphone glitches at that point as Ching's lyrics could hardly be heard, but the energy and sincerity of her performance carried her through. However, starting with the second scene set at the Corny Collins (Leo Rayos) tv show, everything picked up more steam and this high level was sustained through the whole show.

The first thing you would see and admire are the vibrant costumes and very colorful set pieces. Everything was in multicolored polka dots or plaid or some psychedelic designs of the era. They should fix Amber's wig though as her hair was not neat and not most fab out there (considering that she was running for Miss Hairspray). There was no questioning why this is a Broadway hit, since the songs are very catchy and the choreography was very energetic. Of course, needless to say, the star-studded cast was so consistently exuberant!

I honestly could not imagine Michael de Mesa as Edna Turnblad (Tracy's mom) at first. But after the initial shock of seeing him in a fat suit and dowdy housedress, Mr. de Mesa definitely got into the groove of performing in drag. He is a scene stealer every time he appears on stage, and was especially funny with his various voice inflections. You really have to see it to believe it. My favorite was his very charming duet song and dance number with Leo Rialp (as Edna's husband Wilbur Turnblad) "You're Timeless to Me."

Ms. Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo was so effectively glamourous yet sinister as the villainess Velma von Tussle, as expected. Nyoy Volante's acting was so smooth and really grooved so fluidly as Seaweed J. Stubbs. I never thought he could dance very well. Dulce played Motormouth Maybelle with that right combination of sass and dignity. Her rendition of the power ballad "I Know Where I've Been" was a definite show-stopper. Ok, that may have been expected, but Ms. Dulce's funky outift and dancing was pleasantly not expected at all. It was so rad (to use an expression of that era).

It was really enjoyable seeing every single "teenager" on that stage, from the leads to the chorus, all projecting undeniable energy.

It was also very remarkable that the lead roles of Link Larkin and Tracy Turnblad both went to newcomers to the world of theater. Tim Espinosa had great stage presence, and a grand time flashing that constant smile and making all the girls swoon as the teen heartthrob Link. He was also effective in the more serious moments with Tracy. His rendition of "Ladies' Choice" may only be ok vocally, but hey, the attitude and moves were all there, and this was only their first public performance! I think this signals the arrival of another leading man for the stage.

As the heart and soul of the play, Madel Ching clearly loves her character Tracy and lives her spirit. She was obviously nervous at the beginning as her movements were tentative but lyrics were not too well enunciated. However with every subsequent song and dance number, you feel her confidence was building up to that of a seasoned pro. She possesses the requisite charm and friendliness of all the other Tracys before her, very cute!

I also liked how they staged "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" (not in the 2007 film, featuring the three moms and daughters Tracy, Amber and Penny). And of course, who would not enjoy and even feel like dancing along to the finale number, "You Can't Stop the Beat"?

There were many young kids in the audience last night, including my 8 year old daughter. But there were some definite rated PG scenes, like grabbing of some body parts (by Ms. Enchang Kaimo no less!). But these were hilarious and all done in the spirit of clean fun!

Overall, the Atlantis production of "Hairspray" definitely retains its reputation as a pure feel-good crowd pleaser. It is really fun to watch! The color, glitz and energy of the whole production made it rise above the rather low key venue of the Star Theater, or the difficulty of portraying US racial issues using an all-Filipino cast. Congratulations to director Mr. Bobby Garcia and the rest of the cast and crew for a job very well done!


Hairspray is directed by Bobby Garcia, choreography by Cecile Martinez, sets and costumes by Gino Gonzales, lighting design by Shoko Matsumoto and Musical Director Archie Castillo conducts FILharmoniKA. 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.
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)


Philippine Daily Inquirer: November 09, 2008

'Hairspray' : new musical theater stars

By Chari ArespacochagaPhilippine Daily InquirerFirst Posted 23:59:00 11/09/2008

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.”

Young pack
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.


Friday, October 31, 2008

HAIRSPRAY Rehearsals in Full Swing

from the Atlantis Production Website (

Rehearsals for Atlantis Productions' highly anticipated staging of the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIRSPRAY are in full swing!

Cast members have been rehearsing for two weeks now with a rigorous daily schedule of music, dance and staging in order to bring the energetic and electrifying numbers to life by opening night November 14th.

Madel Ching makes her professional theatre debut as Tracy Turnblad, one of the most demanding roles for a musical theatre actress. She appears in all but two scenes in the musical. Joining her in the cast are Michael de Mesa as Edna, Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle, Tim Espinosa as Link Larkin, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle, Nyoy Volante as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Leo Rialp as Wilbur, Noel Rayos as Corny Collins, Gabe Mercado as the Male Authority Figure, Enchang Kaimo as the Female Authority Figure, Christine Allado as Amber and Monica Reynoso as Penny. In the ensemble are Jordan Aguilar, Emy Alcid, Caisa Borromeo, Erika Cedilla, Red Concepcion, Gerlin Francisco, Bea Garcia, Crienna House, Yanah Laurel, Cheeno Macaraig, Michael Odoemene, Anthony Ong, Myrene Santos, Mark Tayag, and Lee Villoria.

HAIRSPRAY is about Tracy Turnblad who wins a spot on the local TV dance program The Corny Collins Show. This 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. It is based on the John Waters film and was recently turned into a hit movie musical starring John Travolta,

HAIRSPRAY is directed by Bobby Garcia, Choreography by Cecille Martinez, Production Design by Gino Gonzales, Lighting Design by Shoko Matsumoto and Musical Director Archie Castillo conducts FILharmoniKA, who will perform the original Tony Award nominated Broadway orchestrations.

Hairspray Manila will be staged at the Star Theater, CCP Complexon November 15, 2008 (Saturday) at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tim Espinosa of Star Magic Batch 15 in COSMO MEN 2008

Professional models, budding actors, TV personalities, and new kids on the modeling block will be part of the 2008 Cosmo Bachelor Bash. With the search getting bigger each year, the sixty-nine guys are Cosmo-certified as they were hand-picked by the editorial team of Cosmopolitan magazine. Catch this year's batch of steamy men at the Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2008, at the A-Venue Events Hall in Makati Avenue, Makati City, tonight, September 11. Gates open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

First Catch: Cosmopolitan's 69 Bachelors 2008

Here's Cosmopolitan Philippines' 69 Bachelor Hunks for 2008, as featured in their September 2008 issue:(in alphabetical order)

Kurt Agbay, 21, student

Mark Alejandro, 20, actor/model

Victor 'Vic' Aliwalas, 24, actor/model

Raph Almeda, 20, student/model

Bryan Anastacio, 18, student

Edj Baker, 22, entrepreneurship student

Beau Ballinger, 24, director/writer/producer

Max Berces, 20

Dayal Chowdhary, 23, model/surfer

Jacob Cortes, 32, businessman

Jamie Craven, 18, model/student

Vin David, 18, student

Robert de Claro, 24, model

Matthew Encelan, 20, student

Miguel Escueta, 24, recording artist/musician

Rex Espineli, 21, student

Tim Espinosa of Star Magic Batch 15, 21, actor/dancer/model

Nikko Fabi, 27, hs/college professor

Ryan Garalde, 21, model

Ted George, 18, student/model

Kit Guerra, 20, student/professional rugby player

Gaz Holgate, 20, student/professional rugby player

Derick Hubalde, 25, athlete

Errol Iglesias, 23, nurse

JD Irizari, 18, student/model

Sean Jalaeiyan, 21, mechanical engineering student/model

Dart Kamboozia, 21, model

Aref Kiasati, 19, dentist/model

Pao Larosa, 23, model/fitness instructor

Jake Letts, 20, student/professional rugby player

Michael Letts, 25, financial advisor/professional rugby player

Xian Lim, 18, student/model

Champ Lui Pio of Hale, 26, musician

Ramy Martin, 30, graphic artist

Michael Mercado, 20, nurse

Luis Montalban, 19, student

Harry Morris, 23, intelligence officer/professional rugby player

Marc Nash, 19, student/model

Steven Near, 23, student

Sean Oh, 18, actor/model

Harold Oide, 20, student

Oliver Orlet, 20, hrm student/model

Jose Javier Ortoll, 29, masseur

Vivo Ouano of Starstruck, 18, actor

Pau Padayhag, 26, entrepreneur/model

Alexander Pelayo, 23, multimedia artist

Drey Penol, 19, model/student

Vinicius Pereira, 22, model

Mister Philippines 2007 Ian Porlayagan, 23, model

Enzo Quitiquit, 20, student

Tyrone Romero, 24, model/businessman

Raefel Roxas, 21. model

Emel Rowe, 21, student/athlete

Jason Saguinsin, 21, model/businessman

Ben Saunders, 18, student/professional rugby player

Oliver Saunders, 22, professional rugby player

Hugo Saurat, 20, student/model

Eric Soriano, 20, student

Karl Sutterlin, 18, student

Wilford Sy, 19, web developer/model

Eric Tai, 25, model/actor/host

KC Thadani, 23, model

Vincent Teotico, 21, business consultant

Quito Trenas, 23, model/student

Cesar Vargas, 22, model

Ervic Vijandre, 22, model/basketball player

Marve Villanueva, 27, businessman

Kenny Waymack of CloseUp2Fame, 25, performer

Trevor Williams, 18, financial management student/model

Sunday, August 17, 2008

August 18th's Philippine Star Newspaper Article: The big girl & the heartthrob

The big girl & the heartthrob
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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The King of Comedy Dolphy at 80 at Meralco Theatre

Incidentally, tomorrow night (July 31), The King of Comedy Dolphy at 80, “a celebration of laughter and drama” (to be aired as special Aug. 3 on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best), will be mounted at the Meralco Theater. Opening the show are singing sensations from different generations and genres: Kuh Ledesma, Bituin Escalante, Toni Gonzaga, Sarah Geronimo, Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Jed Madela and Charice.

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

Tim Espinosa BACK on the ASAP STAGE w/ FULL CIRCLE

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

ASAP 08 - FULL CIRCLE PROD July 06, 2008

Sung by: Richard Poon

Dancers: Sam ConcepcionAndi EigenmannPokwangSam MilbyRodjun CruzGem RamosSaicy AguilaArron VillaflorMichelle MurenecThou ReyesPrincess RyanTim Espinosa

Choreographed by: Georcelle Dapat


New SMART Buddy Ad featuring Kim Chiu and Gerald. Me na Me

San Mig Light TVC - Marian Rivera & Dingdong Dantes



Monday, June 30, 2008

ABS-CBN 2nd Annual Star Magic Ball at the Shangri-La Hotel. 06292008

A magical night with the ABS-CBN stars
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


ang galing nila lahat katulad ni TIM, he's so cool and same pa rin magaling at na built up pa ng energy...

Thursday, May 29, 2008


ABS-CBN Star Magic 16th anniversary

Sa pagdiriwang ng kanyang 16th year, matinding star-studded extravaganza sa ASAP 08 ang magbubukas ng engrandeng anniversary ce-lebration ng ABS-CBN Star Magic sa May 25 at June 1.

Naghahanda na ang mga artista ng Star Magic para sa mga kakaibang production numbers sa ASAP 08 na ti-yak na magpapakitang kani-lang ganda at galing. Pangungunahan nina Piolo Pascual at Claudine Bar-retto ang inyong mga paboritong artista tulad ng mga Star Magic Jewels (Tim Espinosa), Heartthrobs, Cover Boys, Koolchx, As-tigs at loveteams.

Mapapanood din ang mga artista ng Star magic na mga produkto ng mga sikat na re-ality shows ng ABS-CBN tulad ng Pinoy Big Brother (mula sa dalawang editions at mga Teens), White Castle, Be Bench, Del Monte’s Got 2 B Fit Challenge at Pinoy Dream Academy at marami pang iba!

Sa June 29, muling bababa ang mga bituin mula sa kalangitan sa 2nd Star Magic Grand Ball na gaganapin sa EDSA Shangri la Hotel. Matapos ang matagumpay na ball noong August nang nakaraang taon, mu-ling magtitipon ang pamilya ng Star Magic na ubod ng guguwapo at gaganda sa ka-ni-kanilang tuxedo at long gowns para isang gabi ng ma-sarap na pagkain, sayawan at kantahan.

Marami pang kaabang-abang na mangyayari mula sa Star Magic ngayong taon na ito.

Nariyan ang Batch 16, mga bagong mukha na ipapakilala sa 3rd quarter ng 2008, marami pang concerts at isang mala-king charity event ang nasa plano.

Inuumpisahan na rin ang pinakabagong Star Magic catalogue na nasa newsstands by October 2008.

Malayo na talaga ang na-rarating ng Star Magic mula ng simulan ito ng dating ABS-CBN President and Chief Operating Officer na si Freddie Garcia at Johnny Mana-han para magkaroon ng ex-clusive talents ang ABS-CBN. 1992 ang masasabing ma-gical year nang pasimulan ng ABS-CBN Talent Management and Development Center.

October noong taon ding ‘yun inilunsad ang show na Ang TV, ang hit afternoon show na pinagmulan ng maraming mall shows, live concerts at record albums.

Sa nasabing show din nakilala ang mga batang Claudine Barretto, Angelica Panganiban, Rica Peralejo, Kaye Abad, John Prats, Angelu de Leon, Victor Neri at marami pang iba.

November 1995 naman ini-launch ang Star Circle Batch 1 na pinangunahan ng namayapang ma-appeal at magaling na aktor na si Ri-co Yan.

16 years … 16 batches of stars … tiyak, nariyan pa rin ang ABS-CBN Star Magic sa mga susunod pang 16 years, at sabi nga: “The ma-gic ever continuous!”



Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What happened to the NEXT BIG THINGS?

ABS-CBN Star Magic’s 2008 catalog, in celebration of Star Magic fifteenth year. A Star Magic Catalog grand launch was made on September 23, 2007..

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. things/_________________________________________

He just came from states kc....just wait naman. WE LOVE YOU STILL TIM!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tim Espinosa's Dance Performance on ASAP 08 for Johnny Manahan's BDAY


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

ASAP 08: The Heartthrob Tim Espinosa dances for Johnny Manahan's Bday THIS SUNDAY!!

A showcase of the Philippines' best talents in music and in dance. Hosted by divas ZsaZsa Padilla, Kuh Ledesma & Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano. It also features Cebuana singer Vina Morales; hearthrobs The Hunks, Toni Gonzaga, Iya Villania, Nikki Gil, Anne Curtis; singing discoveries Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista, Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Sheryn Regis and Christian Bautista. Showbiz godfather Johnny Manahan directs this Number 1 Sunday musical-variety show.

Don't miss THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH. Star Magic's best and brightest showcase their talents on ASAP 08 for the Showbiz Godfather Mr. Johnny Manahan's birthday celebration. Tim Espinosa will yet again graces us with his heartstopping moves. This is a show that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sharon 2k8: The Birthday Concert. Tim Espinosa dances for the MEGASTAR Sharon Cuneta.

TIM ESPINOSA'S SOLO: 1:43. King of the Dancefloor talaga!!!!! whoooo! Go go go, Papa Tim! WE LOVE YOU!!!

TEN: Piolo Concert. Short performance for TIM

The Sharon Concert was better dahil naputol ng performance e. ENJOY PA RIN!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Kahleej Times Newspaper Article: January 10, 2008

Ex-dancer turns to acting


10 January 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

Tim Espinosa and Star Magic dance at the Big Dome for Sharon 2k8 THIS SUNDAY!

This Sunday!! Sharon 2k8: The Birthday Concert. Don't miss it or you'll MISS OUT!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Journal Online Newspaper for PSSSB. January 7th issue.

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.

People's Taliba


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2007: BIG YEAR for Tim. 2008: EVEN BIGGER YEAR??

Click the link to see Tim's Success in 2007: (Thanks Man Central)

2008 kaya??? Let's watch and see..........

Tim Espinosa backup dancing for Kris Lawrence's Video "How Can I" RELEASED: 2006

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.
Maja has nothing but praises for the two actresses. Even though she feels shy and intimidated sometimes, Susan and Kris make her feel very comfortable during their scenes. Maja, who was a part of the Star Cinema blockbuster "Sukob," is also happy to be able to work on another horror project with 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.
PSSSB CAST: Susan Roces, Kris Aquino, Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson, Albert Martinez, Maja Salvador, Celine Lim, Jay-R Siaboc, Eva Darren, Joem Bascon, Kitkat, Jenna Estrella, and Tim Espinosa.


Sa ating mga Pilipino, isang malaking pagdiriwang ang pagsalubong sa bagong taon. Marahil tanda ito ng ating paghahangad na ituwid ang mga pagkakamali at pagkukulang ng nakaraang taon, at muling magsimula ng mas magandang buhay.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND TO 2008! Sana more projects TIM!! Ang dami-dami biyaya na ibinigay sa'yo noong hindi pa kita kilala ng lubos buong 2007 (o baguhan ka pala ngayon 2007). I hope na maggo-grow pa ang career mo sa taong 2008 @ magkakaroon ka pa ng mga maraming projects na darating sa'yo OK!
Godbless you always, TIM ESPINOSA!!