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PIOLO PASCUAL: DISCUSSION & PROJECTS LINKS
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE
NO LIMITS MESSAGE BOARD
WALANG KAPALIT - Claudine Barretto & Piolo TELESERYE
Angel Locsin & Piolo MOVIE (REGAL ENTERTAINMENT)
FALLIN' - Regine Velasquez & Piolo MOVIE (STAR CINEMA & VIVA FILMS CO-PRODUCTION)
CONVERSATIONS With Ricky Lo
The Philippine Star 01/14/2007
I HATE PEOPLE...
Piolo: ...who have no respect for others.
I AVOID PEOPLE...
Piolo:...who try to take advantage of me, who kind of use you.
MY GREATEST PLEASURE IS...
Piolo:...spending time with The Lord. Also, spending time with my family, or even simple gatherings with them. (Piolo’s mom and sister flew in from the US to celebrate his 30th birthday last Friday, Jan. 12. – RFL)
MY WORST MOMENT IS...
Piolo:...oh gosh, it’s too embarrassing to tell...too embarrassing actually. Too disgusting! It happened when I was in high school. Oh no, I’m too embarrassed to recall what it was. Okay, among my worst moments is when I forget the lines of a song that I’m singing.
MY BIGGEST FEAR IS...
Piolo:...losing my loved ones.
I PRAY BY...
Piolo:...talking directly to The Lord. I talk to Him as if He’s just beside me, like I would talk to a friend of mine. Also, by singing. (According to the book Powerful Prayers by Larry King, any song that has a spiritual message – such as I Say a Little Prayer For You, I Believe, My Prayer and the like – is a form of prayer. – RFL)
THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE IS...
IF I WERE TO BE REINCARNATED AS AN ANIMAL...
Piolo:...I would be a dog. Dogs are like human beings. They can even be more loyal than human beings. They take care of you and your home.
MY MOST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE WAS...
Piolo:...when my sister figured in an accident last year and I didn’t know if she was okay or not. I saw her at the hospital and I was scared. I was terribly afraid of losing her.
I DEAL WITH GOSSIP BY...
Piolo:...not really ignoring it but looking at it as part of the business.
THE ONE THING I CAN’T DO WITHOUT IS...
AM I AFRAID OF GROWING OLD?
Piolo:...No, I’m not. I’m excited, actually. It’s something I look forward to.
THE TYPE OF GIRLS WHO TURN ME ON...
Piolo:...are the simple ones. Those who are faithful to God and who have self-respect. Traditional girls.
I LOST MY INNOCENCE TO...
Piolo:...Pass! I refuse to answer that.
MY PHILOSOPHY IN LIFE IS...
Piolo:...let go and let God. That has been my motto, my guiding principle, as far as I can remember.
I LOSE MY TEMPER WHEN...
Piolo:...I lack sleep and someone is annoying me or talking too much.
WHEN I’M ALONE IN MY ROOM I FANTASIZE ABOUT...
Piolo:...I won’t say it’s really fantasizing, but what takes so much of my time is thinking about The Lord and how I can serve Him better...spending time talking to Him and being sensitive to whatever it is He wants me to do.
IF I WERE SOMEBODY ELSE I’D BE...
Piolo:...the President (of the Philippines) so I can reform the country.
MY NEW YEAR’s RESOLUTION IS...
Piolo:...to be more compassionate, to have more time to spend with The Lord, to do more quality movies and shows.
PIOLO PASCUAL: BOX-OFFICE AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AWARDS
ANAK TV SEAL 2006 TOP 10 MALE CATEGORY (December 15, 2006) - Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television
ANAK TV SEAL 2005 #5 TOP MALE CATEGORY - Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television
MR. FAMAS SCREEN IDOL 2005
MR. RP MOVIES (2004) - Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation
MR. RP MOVIES (2003) - Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation
FAMAS GERMAN MORENO YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (2003)
MR. RP MOVIES (2001) - Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation
MR. RP MOVIES (2000) - Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation
PIOLO PASCUAL: THE ACTOR
“WALANG KAPALIT” (tentative air date in MAY 2007 – drama with Wenn Deramas as lead director) TV Series … Noel
PEX THREAD: http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258503
FALLIN’ (working title) (tentative release date in MAY 2007 – a romance-drama to be directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal – co-production of STAR/VIVA - with Regine Velasquez)
PEX THREAD: http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=202046
Starstudio Magazine January 2007 issue
SECOND CHANCES. A tale of two people who deal with problems in different ways. The woman (Regine), whose husband left her for another woman, chooses to be hysterically happy. The man (Piolo), who lost his girlfriend and best friend in a car accident, would rather wallow in depression. These unlucky individuals might just get a second chance at love when they meet at his resort.
MUCH-AWAITED. A Piolo-Regine movie has long been in the pipeline ever since they starred in a top-rating episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya years ago. There were talks that it would be a musical, but that idea has long been scrapped. The concept came from Regine. “Siya ang nag-pitch ng kuwento na tungkol sa isang lalaking mahirap mahalin, yung biglang nawawala, biglang bumibitaw,” Direk Joyce reveals. Regine’s character will be different from the romantic heroines she’s played in the past. “For the first time, she will be a mother to a six-year-old son and there’s going to be a bit more drama,” says screenwriter Mel del Rosario.
DREAM PROJECT. Direk Joyce is neck-deep into the preparations. When we spoke with her, she had been to Batangas and La Union to search for the perfect resort that would be a major location of the film. She was also doing interviews with psychologists and people who lost loved ones to better understand the psychology of grief. She sighs, “Hanggang sa panaginip ko, naisisip ko ang project na ito.”
CHOPSUEY (a full-length digital film) (NO RELEASE DATE YET)
Inquirer - Dolly Anne Carvajal
Piolo Pascual is wrapping up his first full-length digital film “Chopsuey” under Gee Entertainment Production. It’s about a Chinoy family beset with tragedies. Piolo’s role is challenging because he has to show what it’s like to be extremely depressed without much dialogue. His soulful eyes will do most of the talking.
Kagat Ng Dilim (a 15-minute digital short film by Cesar Hernando) (May 31, 2006 at MyCinema, Greenbelt 3) …. Ka Serafin
"Sa Piling Mo" (February 27, 2006 To August 25, 2006) TV Series …. Adrian Tuazon
Don’t Give Up On Us (January 8, 2006) …. Vince
D'Anothers (July 27, 2005) …. cameo appearance
"Bora: Sons of the Beach" (February 15, 2005 to April 11, 2006) TV Series .... PJ
Dreamboy (February 9, 2005) .... Jaime/Philip/Eboy
"Mangarap Ka" (March 29, 2004 to October 8, 2004) TV Series .... Celso/Oslec/Dragon King
Milan (February 11, 2004) .... Lino
"Buttercup" (May 31, 2003 First Season; August 30, 2003 Second Season) TV Series .... Lance
Till There Was You (April 30, 2003) .... Albert Robles
Dekada '70 (December 25, 2002) .... Jules Bartolome
9 Mornings (October 16, 2002) .... Gene Ynfante
Jologs (August 28, 2002) .... Coffee Shop Customer
I Think I'm In Love (June 12, 2002) .... Jonas
Bakit 'Di Totohanin (August 29, 2001) .... Paul
Mila (June 27, 2001) .... Primo
"Sa Puso Ko, Iingatan Ka" (June 18, 2001 to February 14, 2003) TV Series .... Jordan Villamines
Kahit Isang Saglit (November 15, 2000) .... Michael
Pera O Bayong! (2000) …. cameo appearance
Lagarista (September 13, 2000) .... Gregory
Esperanza: The Movie (December 25, 1999) .... Bryan
"Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako" Book 2 (1999) TV Series …. Raffy
"Esperanza" (last six months – 1998 to 1999) TV Series .... Bryan
"Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako" Book 1 (1998) TV Series …. Raffy
Batang PX (1997)
"Gimik" (1997) TV Series
"Marinella" TV Series
"Mara Clara" (1994) TV Series
"A.T.B.P." TV Series .... Kuya Miguel
The Vizconde Massacre (1991) …. Jussi Leino
PIOLO PASCUAL: DRAMA PRINCE
WALANG KAPALIT (tentative air date in MAY 2007; directed by Wenn Deramas)
MAALAALA MO KAYA
...Diary (February 16, 2007 directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal)
...Piso (August 4, 2006 directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng)
...Strawberry Fields (2003)
...Pier 39 (2002) with Judy Ann Santos
...Lobo (November 8, 2001)
JOHN EN SHIRLEY…as Abet (January 13, 2007 directed by Bert de Leon)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (December 24, 2006)
STAR MAGIC PRESENTS
All About A Girl (September 2, 2006 directed by Jose Javier Reyes)
Si Piolo at si Lorelei REPEAT (August 26, 2006)
Bampy Part I (June 17, 2006 directed by Johnny Manahan)
Si Piolo at si Lorelei (April 29, 2006 directed by Wenn Deramas)
SA PILING MO (February 27, 2006 to August 25, 2006 directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng [first episodes], Rory Quintos and Trina Dayrit)
***BEST PRIMETIME DRAMA SERIES WINNER OF 20th PMPC STAR AWARDS FOR TV 2006
BORA: SONS OF THE BEACH (February 15, 2005 to April 11, 2006, directed by Johnny Manahan)
MANGARAP KA (March 29, 2004 to October 8, 2004, directed by Malu Sevilla and Cathy Garcia-Molina)
***BEST DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES NOMINEE OF 18th PMPC STAR AWARDS FOR TV 2004
BUTTERCUP (May 31, 2003 first season, August 30, 2003, second season, directed by Wenn Deramas)
SA PUSO KO IINGATAN KA (June 18, 2001 to February 14, 2003, directed by Jose Javier Reyes [early episodes] and Gilbert Perez)
JUDY ANN DRAMA SPECIAL
...Lab Kita Estranghera (last episode) (2001)
...Jack en Joy-lius (2000)
...Bodyguard (pilot episode) (1999)
HABANG MAY BUHAY (GMA-7)
Sa Puso Ko’y Ikaw (July 20, 2000)
GMA LOVE STORIES
STAR DRAMA THEATRE PRESENTS…four episodes
STAR MINI SERIES
Ang Sireno (directed by Wenn Deramas)
KAPAG MAY KATUWIRAN, IPAGLABAN MO
SUBIC BAY (VIVA TV-IBC-13)
ESPERANZA (last six months of the series 1998-1999, directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Rory Quintos)
SA SANDALING KAILANGAN MO AKO MINI SERIES BOOK 1 (1998) and BOOK 2 (1999) directed by Olivia Lamasan
MARINELLA (co-directed by Cathy-Garcia Molina)
ATBP (directed by Gilbert Perez)
IN THE BEGINNING
PIOLO PASCUAL: STRIKING IT HOT
by Anna Pingol
When Piolo Pascual was formally launched by ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 3 in September of 1996, his dream of becoming a TV and movie actor seemed finally at hand. Ilc had wanted this long enough. All the way hack in high school when he was with the Tcatro ni Kiko of St. Francis and all the way to college when hc was part of the Teatro Tomasino of the University of Sto. Tomas. But, barely six months following the launch, the guy disappeared.
He had tipped and left for California to join his family. It was his mother’s ardent plea.
“So hindi totoo ‘yung na-frustrate ako sa career ko kaya ako umalis,” he says today, at a time when the movie Lagarista is on the verge of making him the next big star. “Truth is, maski ang ABS noon hindi rnalaman kung paano ako ipu-push, kasi hindi rin nila alani kung lilipad ba ‘ko o mag-stay ba ‘ko? half-baked din kasi ang decisions ko noon."
Over in Los Angeles, he lived a life not different from the rest of his neighbors, which is to say a normal, regular life.
“I was a student. I was studying General Education for majoring na. Sa UST kasi, nag-shift ako sa Physical Theraphy in preparation nga for the States. E, sa States, you have to undergo two years of GE to take up all the general classes bago ka inakapag-major. I also worked in a hospital as admitting ER representative. It’s a clerical job. It was a nice life and I had a good time.”
But he knew something was missing. his true passion, acting, was out there, unattended, unfulfilled—and it bugged him. So while in LA, he made himself good and ready.
“Nag-workout ako doon. bago ‘ko umalis, I was lanky, I was super payat. Tapos, nag-a-attend ako doon ng mga acting workshops. I really wanted to improve myself. Kumbaga, I still tried to explore my deepest self. ‘Yun bang kahit may iba ‘kong ginagawa, sinisingit ko ‘yon. Kumbaga, kinarir ko pa rin”
In any case, something always came up to remind him of what he’d left behind. Such as the time he found work as company security for the Oscar Awards, and he ended up pining for the Philippine showbiz scene.
Finally, in 1998, despite his mother’s disapproval, he packed up once again, this time to return to the Philippines.
“It was very hard for me. hang beses akong iniyakan ng mommy ko kasi ayaw niya talaga ‘kong pabalikin. Pero bumalik ako kasi gusto kong tumayo sa sarili kong paa. I can do that in the States, pero it’s hard to live na hindi mo masvadong gusto ang ginagawa mo. I know I can do more. P’wede ko pang i-explore ‘vung life ko, marami pa ‘kong gustong puntahan, marami pa ‘kong gustong gawin.
In August of 1998, he formally re-launched himself in local showhiz. His newfound drive must have been contagious. Within days of his arrival, ABS-CBN Talent Center, his original base, had signed him to a five-year television/management contract.
“Hilig ko talagang mag-artista. May naumpisahan na ‘ko, hindi ko lang natapos. Kahit paano naman, may mga kakilala na ako. I just need to re-establish myself, which nagawa ko naman.”
Star-Cinema director Olivia Lamasan was the first to take a gamble on him when she casted him for the October television mini-series “Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako.” The show, shot on location and starring seasoned actors, made enough waves to merit a sequel. In it, he virtually stole the limelight from many co-stars with his portrayal of a hard-hearted brat.
“It really opened doors for me. Pero risk ‘you kay Inang (Olive Lamasan) kasi wala pa naman akong napu-prove, ‘di ba? So, pinagbutihan ko doon and suwerte naman na napansin.”
Unexpectedly, his unsympathetic brat character created quite a stir among the show’s predominantly female audience. They squealed. Piolo did well with the role, all right, but there was something much more: the guy had real screen charisma. Before anyone knew it, he was hot.
Hopping from one drama show to another—”Esperanza,” “Marinella,” “Star Drama Theater,” and more recently, “Saan Ka Man Naroroon”—became his staple.
Then he invaded the big screen. With Mel Chionglo’s Lagarista, Piolo’s launching film, he is expected to make an even bigger name for himself. The Crown-7 people, the film’s producers, all think so. In fact, they’re already calling him the next big “leading man,” a title reserved for such stars as Richard Gomez and Aga Muhlach.
Certainly, everything’s coming up roses for Piolo. He can call his mom right now and say he was right to return to the Philippines and show business—and he would not be out of turn.
Of course, with all this fame comes a price. Already, Piolo admits it can be a real effort handling success well.
“You know, honestly speaking, the people around me have said that it affected me—positive, negative ways. Because, you know, in this business you never really know what’s gonna happen, not unless sabihin sa ‘yo ng tao. Siguro I went to that stage na lumaki aug ulo ko. Sa ‘kin it's okay na i-admit that because some people in this business, sila mismo ipaparamdam sa ‘yo na sumisikat ka na, na you’re something else. They treat me like a special person. Sabi ko, lalaki talaga aug ulo mo. What keeps me grounded is my family and my friends who really knew me ever since I wasn’t in this business pa. Sila kasi ‘yung rnga taong mahal ka kahit ‘di ka sikat. Sila ‘yung pareho pa rin ang turing sa ‘kin noon at ngayon.”
THIS is how I started. How I’ve tried to survive and how I’m trying to cope with the system. And how I’m trying to differentiate my life and learn how to live a different life from show business and my personal life which is very hard.
To start with...show business wasn’t my dream. It’s just the urge and my passion to act that really pushed me to show business. So, maliit pa lang ako, it’s like you’ll look at the mirror and you see yourself when you act and you pose. It’s also one of my frustrations, I wanted to be a ramp model. I still wanted to be a Broadway actor. When I was younger, siguro fate na rin siguro. I was spotted by Tito Germs (Moreno) and I was asked to join That's Entertainment. I was in third year high school. I stayed there for a year. For me, That's Entertainment was a training ground. I learned to gain confidence and self-esteem. I was able to overcome my shyness.
After that, I stopped, nag-college ako. I went to U.S.T. First year college, so, siyempre, nandoon ang urge ko ng acting. So, I saw this audition in Teatro Tomasino ,so, I auditioned right away before the school year started. I was able to pass and I auditioned for a part, Juan dela Cruz in New York City and fortunately I was the only one who got in na newcomer.
So, first time pa lang na-draw ‘yung passion ko sa teatro. I was so engrossed. Parang I don’t wanna go to school I don’t wanna go to my classes anymore. Whenever I wake up in the morning, first thing in my mind is teatro. So, honestly, my studies was not that good. So, I felt bad. After that first sem, I said, I'm gonna lie-low muna sa teatro. Then again, almost all my teatro friends were from ABS-CBN. They asked me...there was this part na open sa ATBP, so, they asked me to audition. And there’s Noel Nuguit who happened to be my manager that time and urged me to audition and fortunately, I got in.
Then, after that, I stayed for three years. I was able to meet a lot of people. September of 1996, I had to go to the States because ofmy visa. Hindi pa ako showbiz niyan, sa ATBP pa lang. Before my departure, two or three weeks, a person from Talent Center spotted me and asked me to audition for Star Circle. And I said, no...I’m going to the States, I can’t and I’m living there for good.
But it was like acting and showbusiness. So, I tried. Mr. M. Mariolle, Enrico Santos, a lot of people were there. And a week after that, ilo-launch na ang Star Circle 2. But I wasn’t able to be in Star Circle 2 because late ako ng one week. So, they asked me, after a series of auditions which is really hard, I told them that I am going to the States. So, sabi nila, okey! Sabi nila, you better think if you’re staying or not because what we are offering is a serious thing.
So, I called my mom. Sabi niya, ’No! Dito ka na sa States.’ And my mom was staying in the States. And it’s gonna be the first time I’ll see her after six years. So, I told them, I’ll be back. I left siguro after a week na ni-launch kami. So, when I was in the States, I had a hard time convincing my mom to let me go back to Manila. Kasi, parang naputol, eh... I was really crying. ‘Yung excitement ma pumunta ‘ko sa States and see my mom, part na lang ng pag-alis ko. Pero iba 'yung excitement to be with the group and at the same time, nagba-bonding kami. Workshop-workshop. So, after that, one week, Friday, last flight na, sinabi nila na if you will not show up sa formal launching sa ASAP, wala na...wala na ako sa Star Circle. So, I really had a hard time.
So, sabi ko ‘Mommy please! Mommy please!’ So, sa kanya, parang napahiya siya! Eh, ako ang mama’s boy. Ako ang pinaka-baby niya. Parang wala pa raw akong one week, gusto ko nang umuwi. Sabi ko, "Mommy, it’s not that. I just want to fulfill my dream. It’s one thing I wanna try when I’m still young. Mararni pa naman akong taong gugugulin sa States." So, Friday morning, hopeless na ‘ko. I was really crying and I was talking to my sister.
Finally, my mom got home that afternoon and handed me the ticket. Siyempre, may sermon pa na after all those years. We all waited for this, good life at rnagkasama-sama tayong pamilya. But I was handling the ticket and at the back of my mind, ****! I was flying to Manila. I was flying back! So, hindi ako nag-pack ng gamit ko. Isang maleta lang. Hinatid pa nila ‘ko. Ang sakit din noon, para akong tinusok.
Siguro this is part of my being stubborn, my being brat. This is what I want and this is what I wanna do. So, finally, Talent Center offered me a six-month contract. Kapag na-launch ka, six months, so, I consumed my six months contract. I did some guesting but I didn’t have any regular shows because hindi nila alam kung magi-stay ako or not. I was half-hearted then. I also want to pursue my job at the same time.
So, after six months, I decided to go. Sabi ko, I’ll just try it for three months in the States but, it lasted for more than a year. I promised my mom, I owe it to you. This time, I’ll stay with you. Wala na...my vision and my outlook in life is dif ferent na. Iniwanan ko na ang life ko rito. I gave away all my shoes, all my things, basically my room!
Pagdating doon, super saya! Hindi ko na-miss ang Manila. I was a bum for three months. As in sa bahay lang ako, samantalang ang trabaho ko rito, dire-diretso ako. Wala rin akong pera. So, after three months I decided to work. Nakahanap ako ng work sa hospital where my mom is working. So, from the hospital, nag-enjoy na ako ro’n. I was enjoying a different life from 8 to 5. A normal office boy. On the side, naga-advertising naman ako. Field advertising and also, part of that, I worked in the Oscar. With my sister as security. As in ‘yung hawak mo ay batuta lang. And that year, it was Titanic year and they showed all the past winners of Oscar. We we’re really in one ball kung saan sila nagi-stay. So, sabi ko, okey na ‘ko. Next stop is Emmy Award and Golden Globe. So, ako, wala na...kuntento na ‘ko. My mom brought me a car because ayaw niya akong umuwi. Bina-bribe as niya ‘ko and on the side, hindi alam ng mommy ko, nagwo-workshop ako sa Hollywood. Hindi ‘yung big time, ‘yung independent producer lang na no money. If you’re an artist, you’re an artist, you just have to have the drive. If you’re an actor, you’ll learn to work hard for it. Hindi katulad dito. Nagwo-workshop ako ng one-on-one. Nag-train ako sa different group. Ang saya. Sa Amerika kasi, walang star syndrome. So, express yourself!
Then, after eight months, Joji Dincong who later became my manager called me in the States and we met. Na brainwash ako ni Joji. Sinabi niya na kailangan ka roon, a lot of people are looking for you. Sabi ko ‘Joji, I moved on and besides, I love my life here which is parang tinakbuhan ko rin naman ‘yung life na gusto kong gawin.’ So, I realized din that America is not yet my life. So, sabi ko, I wanna face myself. I wanna go back to where I started and from there haharapin ko lahat. Ayoko na noong umalis ako at binigla ko ang sarili ko. Gusto ko dahan-dahan. This time, I wanna prove to myself kung ano ang gusto ko sa buhay ko.
I wanna be an office boy or actor. So, it took me two months napapayag bago ko napapayag ang mommy ko. Magkasama kami sa work, nag-promise na ‘ko, may kotse na ‘ko. Tapos binili niya kami ng lot, ang ganda ng work ko. Tapos, ito pang boss ko, nag-resign ako ang sabi niya sa akin, 'I'll hold your papers, if you wanna come back, the job is still open for you.'
This time, nagkaroon ako ng gusto ko. Kung anong schedule ko gustong pumasok. Permanent position. Eh, nag-resign ako, so, natauhan. I said, I wanna go back. This time, I wanna know how I became like this, you know...I really wanna discover more about myself.
Pagbalik ko rito, two weeks pa na walang nakakaalam sa mga kaibigan ko. Most of my friends learned it only because they saw ‘me in Ipaglaban Mo. After a month, I went to ABS-CBN, so, they offered a five-year contract. And three months after, I auditioned for Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako and I got the part. From then, Star Cinema Offered me a two-year-and-a-half contract for five movies and Crown-7 which I did Lagarista which is my launching movie.
So, parang one year, I was able to achieved lot of things. I was nominated in Asian TV Award. And I was fortunate enough to be a part of three good series, yung Sandali..., Esperanza and Marinella. So, for me now, I just wanna slow down. I don’t wanna go up that fast. Hindi naman ako sikat, pero, may trabaho pa on ako kahit papaano.
I am able to pay my bills now. When I came back I have nothing. No shirt, no shoes. I had to tape in Ipaglaban Mo.. using their costumes. Noong umuwi ako, isang maleta lang ang dala ko I left a lot in the States. Kaya naman ganoon, originally, two weeks lang ako, hindi ko sinabi sa mama ko ‘yun. Just to be sure kung mayroong offer and I wanted to be sure kung may pupuntahan ako. So, later I asked my sister to ship to Manila one box of my clothes.
Sa ngayon, I still have a contract in ABS-CBN at sino ba namang ***** ang aalisan 'yun, plus a two-picture contract sa labas. And besides, I’m happy with what I’m doing. Kahit na maraming obstacles, I know I’m in the right path.
I believe in myself and I trust in the Lord and I know, after all these years, at the end of the day, I still have my dignity. Sa mga intriga, sinasabi ko na lang sa sarili that it’s all part of the business. If you’re new, they’ll gonna screw you. Kung hindi mo nakayanan, talo ka!
And siyempre, tao na naman ako, nasasaktan. But then again, I asked myself, ginusto mo ‘yan, pinasukan mo, so, panindigan mo. I love hearing advices. I’m not a good adviser but through that, naka-survive naman ako. Alam ko na msrami pang darating pero for now siguro, ang assurance ko na lang are the ABS, my family, the people who believe in me, and my faith.
Regarding my family, I’m the youngest. Four girls and two boys. My mom is in the States and my dad passed away six years ago. When my dad was still alive, he’s very authoritative. He’s a disciplinarian. Talagang kapag wala ka ng six-o-clock sa bahay, talagang luluhod ka sa asin. We we’re brought up in a very very strict way. I owe it to them. Until now, hindi ko sinasabing kahit wala ang parents ko magsu’survive kami, but napalaki nila kaming may paa para lumakad or para tumayo.
What fears me? Nothing...siguro loosing my family literally. ‘Yung forever hindi mo na makakasama physically, ‘yun ang fear ko. Parang sila ‘yung mga weapon ko na kung wala sila, hindi makakayanan ‘to. For now, my dream is to finish my studies. I wanna take up film. My goal now is to pursue that pero malayo pa yun.
I wanna focus on my career and my craft. Mahirap mawala, eh. And dream I rin na magkasama-sama kaming pamilya sa isang bahay. Hindi hiwa-hiwalay na wala rito, wala sa States. ‘Yun magkasama-sama lang.
When I was younger I was bad. I was counting girlfriends to my fingers. Alam mo ‘yung mapasagot mo bang kahit hindi mo siya mahal, basta mapuno ko lang ‘yung calendar. Noong nag-high school ako, doon lang ako nag-serious. I had a girlfriend for six years, for four years. Siya ‘yung last. And I also had a girlfriend two years and eight months. When I came back last August ‘yung girlfriend ko sa States, kami pa rin. But when I came back there, I said, I wanna focus with myself and I need to grow up and we separated.
In love ako dahil maganda ang takbo ng career ko ever since I started. There’s no time to long for love. My sisters were there, my friends were there to back me up. Hindi naman ako ‘yung taong kailangan ng love para ma-inspire at makapag-trabaho nang maayos. Ang ibinigay ko sa sarili ko, five years. And when I’m already twenty-eight, so, that’s the time na bibigyan ko naman ng focus ang lovelife ko.
Bata pa naman ako. Gusto kong makaipon, gusto kong magkaroon ng sariling buhay. Gusto kong magkaroon ng sariling business. I want to have my own family and I want to be a good provider. I wanna have a good family. Ayokong maghirap ang mga kids ko.
There’s nothing in particular, basta sa babae, ang gusto ko lang, Filipina. Gusto ko lang simple. Ayoko ng maarte. Ayoko ng maraming luho sa buhay. Masaya na siyang may sariling bahay, nagmamahalan kayo. Hindi mo kailangan ng rnalaking bahay, ‘rung mga materyosong buhay. Gusto ko sa babae ‘yung madaling makuntento.
Well, last...sa mommy ko, I wanna say thanks sa mommy ko na pinayagan niya ‘kong bumalik. To all my siblings who’s been there sa mga winning moments. I really love them and want to thank them for everything. My brother also. At sa mga taong nag-support sa akin. At sa rnga taong naniniwala at nagmamahal sa akin. Sana lang, maging maayos lang ang pakikitungo ko sa isa’t isa.
Ayoko na ng may kaaway. Ayoko ng ganoon, nade-depress ako, eh. And lastly, thanks to the Lord dahil binigyan Niya ako ng chance na gawin ang gusto kong gawin sa buhay ko.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
4th ENPRESS GOLDEN SCREEN AWARDS 2007 (MARCH 17, 2007)
BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY) WINNER – PIOLO PASCUAL (DON'T GIVE UP ON US)
23rd PMPC STAR AWARDS for MOVIES (MARCH 23, 2007)
ACTOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - PIOLO PASCUAL (DGUOU)
MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - "SANA'Y MALAMAN MO" (DGUOU)
(composed by OGIE ALCASID and interpreted by PIOLO PASCUAL)
MOVIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE – DON’T GIVE UP ON US
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - BB. JOYCE BERNAL (DGUOU)
MOVIE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - DINDO PEREZ, CAROL SAN PEDRO, AND ARTEMIO ABAD (DGUOU)
MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - MARYA IGNACIO (DGUOU)
MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - CHARLIE PERALTA (DGUOU)
MOVIE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - DANTE NICO GARCIA (DGUOU)
MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE – RAUL MITRA (DGUOU)
QTV 11's ANG PINAKA
COMMERCIAL ENDORSER (JULY 2006)
CLICK NA LOVETEAMS OF ALL TIME (JUDAY & PIOLO) (AUGUST 2006)
NUMBER ONE EXCITING YOUNG ACTOR (SEPTEMBER 2006)
ROMANTIC PINOY MOVIES OF ALL-TIME (TILL THERE WAS YOU) (FEBRUARY 2007)
S MAGAZINE's READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2006
HOTTEST LOVETEAM WINNER - JUDAY & PIOLO
NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR WINNER - JUDAY & PIOLO
MOVIE OF THE YEAR WINNER - DON'T GIVE UP ON US
HOTTEST PREMIUM ACTOR WINNER - PIOLO PASCUAL
HOMEBOY VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2006
TOP LOVETEAM WINNER - JUDAY & PIOLO
20th PMPC STAR AWARDS FOR TELEVISION 2006
BEST PRIMETIME DRAMA SERIES WINNER – SA PILING MO
ASAP’s FIRST EVER POP AWARDS 2006
POP CELEBRITY CAMEO WINNER - PIOLO (WE BELONG)
SOUTHEAST ASIAN FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN’S TELEVISION ANAK TV SEAL 2006 AWARDS
TOP 10 MOST WELL-LIKED TV PROGRAMS - SA PILING MO
TOP 10 MOST WELL-LIKED TV MALE PERSONALITY - PIOLO PASCUAL
YES! MAGAZINE's READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2006 (FEBRUARY 28, 2007)
FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR - DON'T GIVE UP ON US
FAVORITE TV SHOW WINNER - SA PILING MO
MOST HANDSOME CELEBRITY - PIOLO PASCUAL
2nd MYX MUSIC AWARDS (MARCH 15, 2007)
FAVORITE MEDIA SOUNDTRACK WINNER - "DAHIL IKAW" by TRUE FAITH (SA PILING MO)
Title: Love Blends
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Star Records
1. My Eyes Adored You - Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga
2. If We Fall In Love - Yeng Constantino and RJ Jimenez
3. Now That I Have You - Erik Santos and Sheryn Regis
4. You Are The One - Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga
5. Bakit Ba Iniibig Ka - Erik Santos and Regine Velasquez
6. Paano Kaya Magtatagpo - Piolo Pascual and Vina Morales
7. I Will Take You Forever - Jerome Sala and Mabel Bacusmo
8. Please Be Careful With My Heart - Heart Evangelista and Hans
9. We Could Be In Love - Sheryn Regis and Johann Escanan
10. Come What May - Erik Santos and Vina Morales
11. Walang Kapalit [Bonus Track] - Piolo Pascual
12. Crazy Little Thing Called Love [Bonus Track] - Sam Milby
Paano Kaya Magtatagpo (duet with Vina Morales)
HOTSILOG - THE ASAP HOTDOG COMPILATION ALBUM
Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko
ARNEE HIDALGO: YOU GOT IT ALL
Love Is featuring Piolo Pascual
SARAH GERONIMO: THE OTHER SIDE LIVE ALBUM
The Gift/My Valentine (duet with Piolo Pascual)
CLOSE TO YOU OST
Closer You and I
KUNG AKO NA LANG SANA OST
Through The Years
MY FIRST ROMANCE OST
Kung Ako Ba Siya
TIMELESS TELESERYE THEME SONGS
THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF CHRISTMAS
Pasko Na Sinta Ko
VINA MORALES: MAMAHALIN KA NIYA
Paano Kaya Magtatagpo (duet with Piolo Pascual)
NGAYONG NANDITO KA OST
Kung Ako Ba Siya
Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit
GOT TO BELIEVE OST
HIMIG HANDOG LOVE SONGS
Kung Ako Ba Siya
ONLY SELFLESS LOVE
DEEP INSIDE MY HEART: TRIBUTE TO CARDINAL SIN
Take My Life
Let It Be
MISA: RYAN CAYABYAB
HUNKS LIVE ALBUM
Kahit Isang Saglit
Darating Ka Pala (The Hunks)
1st MTV STYLE AWARDS 2004
Favorite Stylish Leading Man People’s Choice Nominee
This hunk knows all about fashion and style. “Yes, Inno Sotto provides my outfits for formal occasions and events. And I love his clothes. But for my other gigs, apart from the sponsored clothes (from brands I endorse) I wear on TV, it’s all pretty much my choice,” he says. “I like that I could choose my clothes and am able to just express (myself).” He is obviously confident in his developed taste, although he quickly adds; “ I can get impractical with taste. I think of it (the expense) as an investment, when I shop for clothes. . .mostly abroad. You want to look different, stylish, fashion-forward. But the last time – at Melrose Place, etc. . . I maxed out my cards, my pocket money! Same when I was in Europe.” Did I imagine it, or was there a flash of shopaholic for a second or two?
So what is the style he has found that suits him and expresses who he is? Piolo can’t seem to decide, having said earlier that he’s a safe dresser, to his next claim, “I used to go for safe, conventional clothes. Now – it depends on my mood. It’s a matter of expressing myself. I don’t wanna try too hard.” He turns to Rikka to help define his chosen style. “I’d say, rugged-clean. I know it’s a contradiction, but that’s how he comes across.” Then, “Let’s just say he’s the only one I have seen who can carry and get away with white shoes. . .white blazer. I think, because he’s comfortable and confident with his style. . . he comes across as sexy.” – SCOOP NOV 2005
THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER LEADING MAN
this is not a comprehensive list by any means...please feel free to add and/or correct any information listed below...
Ms. Kaye Abad – Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako
Ms. Tetchie Agbayani - Star Mini Series...Rush
Ms. Bea Alonzo - Dreamboy
Ms. Claudine Barretto - Buttercup, Timex, Milan, “Ms. Universe Ng Buhay Ko” Music Video, Your Song, Walang Kapalit
Ms. Ana Capri - Dekada '70
Ms. Julia Clarete - Flames
Ms. Alice Dixson – Star Drama Theatre Presents
Ms. Toni Gonzaga – Sprite, ASAP, “We Belong” Music Video
Ms. Kristine Hermosa - Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako, Maalaala Mo Kaya
Ms. Joyce Jimenez - I Think I'm In Love
Ms. Angel Locsin – Timex, San Mig Coffee
Ms. Janet McBride – Star Drama Theatre Presents
Ms. Champagne Morales - GMA Love Stories
Ms. Vina Morales – ASAP, Kapag May Katuwiran, Ipaglaban Mo
Ms. Isabel Oli – Max’s Fried Chicken
Ms. Angelica Panganiban - Mangarap Ka, Komiks
Ms. Rica Peralejo – ASAP, Sa Piling Mo, Renditions I & II
Ms. Ina Raymundo - Maalaala Mo Kaya
Ms. Daisy Reyes - Flames
Ms. Donita Rose - 9 Mornings
Ms. Judy Ann Santos - Esperanza - The Soap, Esperanza - The Movie, Judy Ann Drama Special,
Kahit Isang Saglit, “Kristo” a Lenten stage play, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka,
Bakit 'Di Totohanin, “Kung Ako Ba Siya” Music Video, Till There Was You, Don't Give Up On Us, Sa Piling Mo
Ms. Jennifer Sevilla – Wansapanataym
Ms. Maricel Soriano – Mila
Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson - Maalaala Mo Kaya, Walang Kapalit
Ms. G Toengi - Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako, Flames
Ms. Angellie Urquico - Maalaala Mo Kaya
Ms. Regine Velasquez - Habang May Buhay (GMA-7), Maalaala Mo Kaya, Fallin’
Ms. Vivian Velez – Star Drama Theatre Presents
Ms. Tracy Vergel - Flames
Ms. Janna Victoria - Lagarista
Ms. Carmina Villaroel – Esperanza – The Soap, Esperanza – The Movie, Star Drama Theatre Presents
Ms. Lauren Young – Star Magic Presents
Ms. Jessa Zaragoza – GMA Love Stories
THE EFFECTIVE ENDORSER
Bench (Overhauled Jeans)
Banco De Oro
Cinema One Global
Selecta Ice cream
San Mig Coffee Sugar Free
San Mig 3-in-1 Coffee Mixes (Mild, Original, Strong and Extra Strong blends)
Belo Medical Group
i2i New York eyewear
Intensity men's fragrance by First Quadrant
Hammerhead Jeans and Shirts
Hammerhead's three Piolo Body Scents - sporty, sensitive and sensual
Coca-Cola (with The Hunks)
I want to put this in the first page. . . from outside_looking enjoy!!!!
Originally Posted by outside_looking
“Heartthrobs in Concert, The Repeat” - A Review
I’d like to share my review of Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby’s “Heartthrobs in Concert, The Repeat” held at the Aliw Theater last March 17. I am a huge fan of the two, especially of PJ, as actors and as human beings but I was not their biggest fan as far as singing is concerned. Well, let me qualify that. I really like PJ’s rendition of the theme songs of his movies and teleseryes with Judy Ann Santos. The songs were arranged within his vocal range and of course, I like how he sings them because of the stories and emotions that go with the songs. As for Sam, well, it’s usually a hit or miss thing. Sometimes, I like what he sings, sometimes I don’t.
But, going back to my statement that I was not a big fan of their singing, the operative word there is ‘WAS” because after watching the concert, I’m almost a convert. Not necessarily as singers (not just yet. Wink!) because we all know that there are a lot better singers than these two. As concert performers, though, they surprisingly have the goods to entertain their audience for two hours or so. As we all know, in singing and stage performance, it’s not always a question of who the best singer is but who’s able to connect to their audience better. Clearly, PJ and Sam have enough talent and lots and lots of charm that endears them to a lot of girls.
Going to the concert proper, the start of the concert was a departure from the usual grand production number. PJ and Sam entered from opposite sides of the stage and greeted the audience. Gorgeous hunks, they are!!!! Sam’s makeup was a bit heavy and pinkish, though. Makeup artist Lala Flores should have used earthier tones for his makeup. PJ, on the other hand, was his usual ‘papable’ self. Perfect stage makeup, perfect outfit, just PERFECT! (Am I showing my bias? Nyehehe!!)
After introducing the band , Sam and PJ performed a medley of U2 hits including “In the Name of Love” and “Elevation”. Good choice of opening number; just enough energy to warm up the crowd. I would’ve wanted to stand up and dance at this point, just like I do in a normal concert setting but the other girls seemed to be content looking at the two. They also had a number with an all-girls group with Cassandra Ponti as one of the members.
I unexpectedly enjoyed Sam’s acoustic medley. Evidently, this is his niche. Unlike when he’s singing Tagalog songs when his accent gets in the way or when he sings cheesy songs like “My Girl” and he does those sometimes annoying line endings, this number is easy on the ears. I particularly liked his version of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”. It’s like he sang it for all the girls in Aliw. Kilig!
Sam needs to develop his confidence on stage, though. Not a few critics have mentioned that PJ eclipsed him during the first run of the concert. It’s no different this time. Usually, Sam sticks to the script and very seldom adlibs. But we’ll have to forgive Sam for this shortcoming considering that he’s only been in the industry for a little over a year. As PJ said, Sam has accomplished in a year what he has accomplished in, like, 5 years. Listening to him sing a medley of his hit songs, I realized that in this short time frame, he’s got a handful of hits. This is quite a feat for a relative newbie like him.
Thankfully, the think-tanks behind the show allowed Sam a chance to let his guard down by having a Big Brother challenge with the help of Yoyoy Villame. (I’m sure you all know this. Kayo pa?! Hehehe! Sam sang Butchikik with with perfect pronunciation and accent. Kwela! What’s missing is a little more (No! make that A LOT OF) movement. It would’ve been better if he matched those words and music with some cute Yoyoy Villame moves. Still, the effect was cute.
Oh, by the way, there was one cute instance which made my admiration for Sam go two notches up. You know how it is in Sam and PJ’s concerts where every time they go down the stage, the girls run after them? Well, Sam caught the girls unaware when, a rose in tow, he ran to where Direk Cathy Garca-Molina was several rows from the stage and gave her the flower. Ain’t the guy sweet?! Just to show his appreciation for his director, he will risk being mobbed and scratched by the ladies. Not content with that, he also gave a rose each to his Ate Chin-chin Gutierrez and Direk Mae (both seated on the second row.) Two pogi points, Sam!
PJ’s Solo Numbers
In keeping with the concert’s theme, PJ sang a medley of songs popularized by singers who were considered heartthrobs as well, namely Rico Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Ariel Rivera, Ogie Alcasid, and Gary V. PJ mentioned “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala” when he introduced this number but strictly speaking, only 2 of these guys (Ariel and Hajji) were actually accorded this moniker.
After this number, PJ segued to “Kahit Isang Saglit’ a song popularized by Martin Nievera (and originally sang by Verni Varga) that he always includes in his repertoire. I’ve heard PJ sing this song countless of times on TV and on his past concerts (posted on you tube) but this time, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think this was one of the most heartfelt renditions of PJ of this song. I was so in awe that I forgot to shout “ANNIIEEEE!!!” or “MICHAELLLL!!! (Juday and PJ’s character in the movie “Kahit Isang Saglit”
In any PJ performance, the night won’t be complete without him singing the theme songs of his past movies and teleseryes. Complete with pictures of him and Juday flashed on the screen, PJ sang songs from Esperanza, Don’t Give Up On Us, and Sa Piling Mo, among other songs. This was the part where one of the Juday-PJ fans in the audience screamed “Jennifer!” (Juday’s character in “Sa Piling Mo”) making PJ smile and momentarily losing his serious mien. While pictures of him and Juday were being shown, I heard a girl on my left say, “Sayang sila ‘no?!”.
Oh, yes! They also showed clips of PJ’s upcoming teleserye with Claudine Barretto while PJ sang the theme song. ‘looks promising!
PJ the Dancer
This part, I liked! As a counterpart to Sam’s Butchikik challenge, Vhong Navarro (in a pre-taped video) challenged PJ to dance “Choopeta” with him. This of course, amused the audience no end.
In place of a live appearance by Vhong who was in the first run of the concert, Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz challenged PJ to do the “Ikembot Mo” dance craze wth them. PJ was obviously panting after the dance. (‘maybe because he lacked the proper pre-concert rest?) In jest, he said, “Marunong naman akong sumayaw, pero pang-disco lang. Yung mga choreographed steps e medyo hirap tayo dyan.” Still, cute pa rin sya tingnan.
During the last part of the concert, PJ and Sam sang and danced to Ricky Martin hits. Well, PJ did danced but odd as it may seem, Sam just sang all the way through. Well, maybe next time? As for PJ, with some more prodding, he can probably give Ricky a run for his money when it comes to dancing “Shake Your Bon-bon”. Hahaha!!! He carried the number quite well!
Pops Fernandez, who wore a red flowing gown, was the special guest of the night. ‘don’t know if it’s scripted but I liked her comments about PJ and Sam’s outfits. Kulang na lang daw ang kabayo sa outfit ni PJ while kulang na lang daw ng espada sa outfit ni Sam. Para daw Zorro. Hehehe!!! I wonder who made Sam’s outfit for this number. Personally, I didn’t like it. Maybe it’s time for Sam to get a personal fashion consultant?
According to those who were able to watch the first staging of the concert, Pops’ number with PJ and Sam was the same number they had with Regine. By the way, while Pops was doing her part of their medley, PJ saw Juday’s Ate Jak in the audience and they waved at each other gleefully. PJ was visibly pleased to see his friend that on the next gap, he acknowledged her presence.
I can’t remember which part it was but towards the middle of the concert, some people in the audience learned that Juday and PJ won as Best Comedy Actress and Best Comedy Actor, respectively. So, when there was a lull in the show, one of PJ’s friends shouted, “Nanalo ka!” . Then those in the know, shouted, “Best Actor!”. That’s when PJ announced that yes, he was told that he did win! It was a happy occasion to celebrate and the auditorium was filled with an appreciative and happy applause. Congratulations, PJ!
Hey3 has mentioned how baby16’s name was mentioned by PJ at least thrice during the entire proceedings. But she demurely intentionally forgot that her name was also mentioned by PJ even if she was thousand miles away from Manila. And just like when Sam gave roses to his friends, PJ also gave roses to his friends in the audience including Solid PJ pexers Cis and Rei (share daw sila sa one flower. Hihihi!!!). Lucky girls!
Pinoy Band Medley
I liked the part where the duo sang a medley of the current Pinoy bands hits. Sadly, I was under whelmed by the audience response. There I was on my seat groovin’ and clappin’ to the bit and ready to dance the night away but the rest of the audience was not in the same mood as I was. Obviously, this audience was not the usual pop music-loving, concert-going crowd who would stand up and dance with the music at the drop of a hat. Na-miss ko tuloy sweating it out as I did with other pop concerts that I’ve been to.
To be fair, our heartthrobs did give justice to hits like Kamikazee’s “Narda”, Bamboo’s “Pinoy Ako”, and Sandwich’s “Sugod”. Maybe they didn’t have Gary V’s secret to keeping a crowd on their feet but Marvin Querido’s arrangement and their vocal efforts would’ve prepped a usual pop concert-goer.
I think majority of the girls who watched the concert just wanted to see PJ and Sam up close, take oodles and oodles of their pictures, touch them, and hopefully kiss them. Hahaha!!! You should have seen how every time either of the 2 descended the stage, the girls at the back sprinted their way down the auditorium. Yes! They didn’t just walked on the way near the stage. They literally did 100-meter dash-type sprints just so they’ll be in front when PJ or Sam goes down the stage. How’s that for adulation?
ENJOYABLE SOCIAL OUTING
All in all, it was an enjoyable social outing. I was able to bond with friends, was able to appreciate Sam’s singing talent better, and was able to see one of my favorite actors, Piolo Pascual, immensely enjoying his time sharing one other talent of his to his fans and friends. Congratulations, PJ and Sam!
Bawal na pag-ibig!
ONE exciting soap to look forward to is ABS-CBN’s Walang Kapalit which is now almost in the can but starts airing later this month yet.
Walang Kapalit is the ABS-CBN’s version of a Mike de Leon classic of 1985, Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit which starred Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie and Edu Manzano. In fact, after a series of forgettable exposures, this was Edu’s first serious film and he acquitted himself very well.
Twenty-two years later, it’s ironic that Dina and Edu are in Walang Kapalit as parents of the leads.
Moreover, ABS writers try to make their art approximate life as far as Claudine Barretto as Melanie, beloved of stepbrother Noel (Piolo Pascual), heavy with child in some scenes of the TV soap.
In the Mike de Leon classic, the lead character Lorna Tolentino was never pregnant. Is it because Claudine was already pregnant when they were doing some scenes so they have that twist in the story?
I was told that even "augment" Claudine’s pregnancy then for the script’s purposes.
Right now, Claudine completes her sixth months of pregnancy and insists she’s 80 percent sure it’s a boy who’ll be baptized with two names, the one being Rodrigo.
Back to Walang Kapalit, this is an acting vehicle for Claudine and Piolo who did Milan in 2004 and won accolades for their acting.
Indeed, Walang Kapalit gives us some flavor of old-fashioned soap with the pivotal characters being stepbrother and stepsister and both falling in love with each other.
This was the stuff some radio soap was made of: Add stepdaughter and stepfather; stepson and stepmother to that. Also the adopted ones. Forbidden love.
For me, this is one legal poser, writers ought to have good research. Because I was taught in law school that "steps" and "adopteds" are still family. Unless they threw that provision down the river when they made the Family Code.
Can members of the family marry each other? No marriage here, thank God.
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Manila Standard Today
By Isah V. Red
Piolo Pascual remains Kapamilya’s top draw
Despite efforts to crush Piolo Pascual to smithereens by certain quarters who can’t bear to see this actor’s popularity soaring higher and higher, the guys over at ABS-CBN are all the more convinced that they have the most powerful ammunition to combat the aggression being waged in print by its competitor.
Piolo’s baffling personality keeps everyone in a state of stupor, and the think tank of other networks throwing darts at his photos unable to find ways to keep the mind of millions of Filipinos from watching TV and movies with him playing the lead roles.
Now, he is back on primetime television, reunited with his Milan leading lady Claudine Barretto. The show is called Walang Kapalit. It is also the newest teleserye on the Kapamilya network.
Known for being one of the handsomest men in Philippine showbiz, Piolo is certainly not just a pretty face. From the time he headlined his launching film Lagarista in 2000, Piolo has been in the top tier of Filipino actors, winning both high acclaim from critics and trophies and citations from many award-giving bodies.
Among his many career highlights are: Dekada ’70, which got him a coveted “Grand Slam” of the Best Supporting Actor awards starting with the Metro Manila Film Festival, and including the Famas, the Star Awards, the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Young Critics’ Circle trophy in 2003; and Milan, where he took home the Famas Best Actor award and racked up nominations from the Star Awards, the Golden Screen Awards and the Gawad Urian. In between, Piolo’s also starred in hits like Don’t Give Up On Us, Dreamboy, ‘Til There Was You, 9 Mornings, Bakit ‘Di Totohanin, and Kahit Isang Saglit.
And it’s not just his work in films that sets Piolo apart. If anything, he’s just as well-loved for his TV work in shows like Sa Piling Mo, Bora, Mangarap Ka, Sa Puso Ko, Iingatan Ka, Buttercup and Esperanza, as well as his weekly hosting stint for ABS-CBN’s Asap ’07.
And the Piolo brand extends to the recording studio and concert stage, as well. Over the past few years, Piolo has quietly become one of the hottest-selling recording artists in the country, with hit records including his debut, Piolo, followed by My Gift, Renditions: Songs of Louie O and Piolo Pascual: Platinum Hits. Most recently, Piolo’s also conquered the concert stage, starting with his 2004 solo debut My Gift, and succeeded most recently by his hit Heartthrobs back-to-back concert alongside Sam Milby.
Four years after Milan, how explosive will his chemistry with Claudine be? And will audiences again fall under the spell of two of the best actors of their generation, paired up again in what promises to be one of the biggest hits of the second quarter of 2007?