Starless summer in Boracay

EVER wonder why there wasn’t much of a star power in Boracay Island frolicking during the Holy Week contrary to the past holidays when celebrities would be arriving at the Caticlan airport in droves?

Contrary to last year’s conspicuous presence of famous stars in the beaches, their scarcity was felt this year. Karla Estrada was spotted but not many other stars descended from heaven to plunge in the deep, sunbath in the sand or party at night in bacchanalia. 

It must have been the current rehabilitation of Boracay after the government discovered that the paradise has been heavily polluted and damaged.

So celebrities diverted to other hideaways or tourist spots before and during Holy Week. 

Anne Curtis in her spare time between jogging, promoting her cosmetic brand, hosting “It’s Showtime,” shooting films and her pre-Melbourne trip went to the surfing haven of Siargao. 

She even promoted the environment friendliness of the place. Alden Richards was with his family at Dakak Island in Dapitan City. 

After his Lenten appearance in “Eat Bulaga,” Alden, the Pambansang Bae headed for the south to enjoy and to savor his meditation during his Holy Week vacation.

Although it was traumatic, it must have been a turning away from Boracay, actresses Ehra Madrigal and Bianca Manalo, who headed for Antique, in Mararison Island met an almost fatal sea mishap when their boat capsized but they were rescued immediately. 

Couples Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, Angel Locsin and Neil Arce were in a Batangas resort and in Sagada in Mountain Province, respectively.


Noranians await Nora in gift-giving

Superstar Nora Aunor must indeed be proud her Noranians aren’t only loyal fans but faithful socially committed persons as well. 

It must have been the influence of Nora’s symbolic lot of the marginalized masses and the working class.

On April 14, 2018, a big chunk of Nora avid followers will embark in an outreach program for the unfortunate barangay members, especially the children, of Sta. Teresa village in Lopez, Quezon. 

Spearheaded by one of Nora’s ardent supporters Anna Marie Abu and her fellow Nora eternal admirers, the group will distribute gifts, toys, pieces of clothing, food and other items to the poor residents of the place.

The initiative is billed “Tulong sa Kabataan ng mga Noranians 2018” at the Don Rodolfo F. Agra Elementary School, formerly Sta. Teresa Elementary School.

It’s an exciting trip since Ate Guy fans will take the rail tracks makeshift ride known locally in Lopez as “skits,” a piece of railroad transport made of wood and small rounded steel wheels like bearings.

According to Anna Marie who’s a young Nora fan and works at GSIS, her fellow Noranians have already informed the actress about the gift-giving activity. We hope Nora could come and participate in the socio-civic work.

The outreach drive will happen in the afternoon after the Noranians would plunge in a beach called Pulong Niyugan, a place which reminded us of Dina Bonnevie when she was still the wife of Dick Penson whose family owns properties in the area.      


Heart is Nick’s muse

Heart Evangelista is back to her showbiz work after she and husband Chiz Escudero took a Holy Week vacation in Italy.

Interestingly, when Heart stepped in the Philippine soil right after Easter Sunday, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) President Nick Lizaso was talking to erstwhile Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino commissioner Joe Lad Santos. 

Joelad is cooking up a retro of Nick films as director. You see, Lizaso has been an active film, television and stage artist since the 1960s. 

Nick has several films under his belt such as “Markadong Anghel,” an Edgardo Reyes story on a young girl’s innocence which starred Alma Moreno; “Ulo ng Gapo” which top billed the late Rudy Fernandez; “Flordeliza” which featured the phenomenal child star Julie Vega and a lot more.

Santos plans to invite Heart to the event which is underway because the actress is very close to Nick. “Dennis Trillo is also a friend of Nick,” informed Joelad.

Meanwhile as CCP President, Lizaso said his vision of the art center is to bring the arts to the people. “It’s just so sad that there are CCP activities like the presentations of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Antique, in UP Sunken Garden which were not known by the public. 

Like in Antique, I was with Senator Loren Legarda and it had 8,000 people watching,” quipped Nick.  



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