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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The treasures of James O

Scene: The 49th birthday celebration of PNP Provincial Director Dennis Palo Agustin on November 5;
provincial board member Freda Olavides-Tirol also celebrated her birthday on Nov. 8.

Remembering Haiyan (Yolanda). It has been one year 
after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines on Nov. 8. 
Here are my random photos; each photo has a story to tell.
\ I personally took all these while I was in Leyte
 on Nov. 9, 2013. – LPU
Scene: Miss Silka Bohol 2014 Marian Grace Malubay is representing the province in Miss Silka Philippines on Nov. 9.

Scene: On the first year anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): No typhoon or flood can diminish the strength of the Filipino soul. No calamity or natural devastation can quench the fire of our hope. The Filipino soul is stronger than Yolanda. – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

Scene: I saw the last broadcast of GMA Cebu’s Balitang Bisdak last Friday. And I want to say what a privilege it has been to be part of the dynamic newsteam, to have the opportunity to report the news from Bohol to the world. Ingana ka buotan ang desk kay iapil jud basta naay dakung storya sa BoholBalitang Bisdak was our eyes and ears in pursuit of truthful and balanced news and stories that beg to be told for 15 years. People, watch out for "24Oras Central Visayas" on Monday, Nov. 10. As the saying goes, "Every goodbye is the birth of a memory.” Boholano talents in GMA Cebu are Reyn Nikko Sereno, Jude Montejo, Alan Domingo and Gew Sarabia Gulleban.

James Obedencio (center) with his talents: ‘Bohol is such a very nice place to showcase the talents of our fellow Boholanos in the field of modelling and fashion.’
Several years ago, I met James Obedencio when I covered the Manoeuvres, a popular all-male streetdance group in the 1990s, which was in town looking for a new member. The hopeful James was one of the contestants who tried his luck.

During the interview break, James came to me and introduced himself. 

I told him what a great performance he had that the Manoeuvres dancers were so impressed.

“Thank you,” he said, and I learned his ala-“Maalaala Mo Kaya” life story.

The next time I met James he became a super-volunteer of SK in Balilihan.

The next time I knew, James is now a talent manager in Bohol.

"Why in Bohol?” asked James, “Bohol is such a very nice place to showcase the talents of our fellow Boholanos in the field of modelling and fashion."  

According to James, the road to the industry is never easy. The handler or manager must be patient and open-minded.

Carlos Alfonso Cuerquis is joining 
this year’s Mr. Olive C.-LPU
“It's not so easy because joining in this kind of industry you should have an open mindset first, then to find someone who has a personality that suits, a positive attitude and a self-confidence.."

Does James have requirements?

"In an ideal world of modeling, models should be 6 feet tall with slender bodies,” explained James. “For me, there are no entry requirements as long as you have an excellent appearance, nice personality and oozing factor onstage.”

James’ talents are mostly student-aspiring models: Carlos Alfonso Cuerquiz, Ino Kristian Caballo, Renzo Miguel Racho, Michael Ferdinand Gamueda, Hannah Mae Cimeni, Maria Nina Therese Cimeni, Paulen Quinal, Rose Ann Putong, Danika Blaze Mondredondo, Flor Villasis, Louvan Joecor Riancho, Jeneiva Ybanez, Ernest Lee Tambis, Reianne Joshe Inno Ugboc, Jason Cababan, Ramon Felisilda, Red Balili, Norwin Rama and Ruel Duterte.

His treasures.

Does James practice favoritism?

“No,” smiled James, who is now among the very few lovable talent managers in town. He is easy to deal with and he makes his talents accessible to the press.

He doesn’t meddle in their private lives.

PD Dennis Agustin (7th from left) on his 49th birthday 
celebration together with Panglao Mayor Nila Montero, Provincial Administrator
 Ae Damalerio, Sir Yape and other guests . Courtesy: Pinay Vera
“But I give advices. As long as there’s no conflict between their personal lives and their work, I don’t meddle.”

Like Carlos Alfonso Cuerquis, 5’7”, who is joining this year’s Mr. Olive C, was discovered by James.

“I know he has the potential,” said James. “He is into singing, guitar plucking, dancing, modelling and drawing.”

Carlos shared, “I read books in order to practice my speaking abilities. I eat plenty of nutritious food and drink vitamins for a healthy body and active mind.”

Carlos on James: “I trust my manager because he is there to help and give advices. The talent manager can help you build up your strength and help you improve your skills.”

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tintin Ng: Funny and Fabulous

Shiela and her mom

Seen: My aunt Lucila Udtohan-Olorvida died of lung cancer last October 13, 2011. She was a second hand smoke victim. She was 59 years old. Her daughter Shiela Olorvida-Glaring would like to donate their unused, unexpired cancer medications to needy cancer patients. Please text or call +63908-663-4183 or +63921-244-6791.

Scene: The local government unit of Catigbian presents “Catigbian D.A.T.E. Park Photo Challenge,” an onsite photo contest on Dec. 3, 2011. Registration Fee is P700 (P550 for early birds) which includes free shuttle from Tagbilaran, lunch and two snacks, photo lectures, model shoot, cash and trophy, kit and certificates.  Open for DSLR and P&S categories. Visit to know more. Text or call Charles Borja at +63926-571-1111.

Seen: Eight of the lovely candidates of Miss Earth 2011 were here in Bohol for an official visit last Friday. They were Miss China Yu Jun Liu, Miss Singapore Felicia Orvalla, Miss Canada Ashlea Moor, Miss Turkey Merve Saribas, Miss India Hasleen Kaur, Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen,  Miss USA Nicole Kelley and Miss England Roxanne Smith. Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen was Miss Universe 2009 Top 15 and Beauty of the World 2010 fourth runner-up. The 2011 Miss Earth pageant has been moved back to the Philippines, its original home, because of the rising floods in Thailand, threatening Bangkok where it was supposed to be held. The grand coronation will be held on Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Theater.
Eight of the Miss Earth 2011 candidates with Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto and wife Pureza and provincial administrator Ae Damalerio. 

Miss Sweden and Miss India with Catherine Untalan, former Miss Philippines Earth who was crowned Miss Air (2nd RU) in the 2006 Miss Earth Pageant. Miss Untalan is now an Executive Director of Carousel Productions that produces the annual Miss Philippines & Miss Earth Pageants.    

Never forget...
Scene: Some journalists and concerned citizens gathered last November 23, 2011 at the Plaza Rizal to celebrate the International Day to End Impunity as the nation remembered the 2nd anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre which claimed 58 victims on November 23, 2009 -- 32 of them were journalists. The statement read: “We, Bol-anon journalists and concerned individuals call on the end to impunity in the Philippines and all over the world. We call for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. We call for justice for all journalists and freedom advocates who have been killed for exposing the truth." (Thanks to Liza Macalandag, Shem Quezon, Salvio Makinano, Vida May Tirol-de Juan and Nemi Monton and his angels.)

Seen: First district Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos has filed House Bill 5422 that seeks to rename Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Corazon Aquino Avenue. The measure is now pending with the committee on public works and highways of the House of Representatives. Relampagos said “EDSA should be named after Aquino because “one cannot think of the 1986 EDSA Revolution without thinking of former President Corazon Aquino.” However, large number of Pinoy Nettizens (including celebrities such as Tim Yap, Georgina Wilson, and Paolo Paraiso) refuse to have anything to do with the bill and expressed their disagreement openly online.  The topic became a Top Trend on Twitter last Wednesday.

Seen: World-renowned operatic tenor and philanthropist Sal Malaki will perform on Dec. 4 at the Bohol Cultural Center, 6 p.m. The two-hour concert, dubbed “Christmas Showers of Grace” is directed by thespian Daisy Baad and animated by Spring Rain Global Consultancy Inc. led by president and CEO Glenda Antonio. The concert will have pianist Carmencita "Menchi" Ybud. The Placido Domingo protégé, Malaki, who traces his roots to Anda, Bohol, was born in Leyte and studied at the University of the Philippines’ College of Music, major in Flute and Voice, is the only Filipino member of two prominent ensembles in the US: the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera. (Note: The tickets are pegged at P1,000 (gold), P 500 (silver) and P 300 (bronze). For ticket reservations, contact 0915-8886488, 0928-4551866 and 0923-3186800. Visit Holy Spirit School or call 411-2558.)

Christine “Tintin” Ng has elicited laughter and admiration from fans, friends and even foes.
For an artista to get through the industry, it’s either you get the breaks or you break barriers. Some of them bloom late. Others bank on pure talent, versatility and fame to step in without much struggling.

Ask Christine “Tintin” Ng, who hails from Tagbilaran City, has come a long way from being the shy probinsya and now a rising actress in the country.

Tintin was discovered by her fellow Boholano, renowned director Maryo delos Reyes, who was initially doubted Tintin’s ability but eventually ended up a adviser and a good friend.

What made Tintin decide to join showbiz?

“My love for acting!” exclaimed the comedian-actress. “It was my mentor and beloved director Maryo J. de los Reyes who convinced me to enter showbiz. He gives sound advices. You know, I don’t have any acting workshop, kumbaga eh nasabak ako sa digmaang biglaan na walang dalang sandata at bala. Sabi ni Direk Maryo sa akin ‘gamitin lang ang diskarte at magiging observer.’”

In 2008, Tintin appeared in Nandito Ako Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo, I’ll Be There (2010) and in some indie films like Biktima (2010), Pendong (2010) and Mainit (2011).

Her breakthrough role, however, was on GMA 7’s Dwarfina and Munting Heredera (will end in January 2012) which showcase Tintin’s natural acting. Quite credible in her role in Munting Heredera, Tintin appeared the talkative and seductive yaya or maid and showed she could act, exuding both comic and sensitivity.
TinTin Ng first TV appearance on GMA 7’s Dwarfina (with Janice de Belen and Chanda Romero) where she played the comic sexy maid.
On and off the camera, Tintin makes you laugh with her wits. She catches your eyes with her height and fabulous figure. She leaves you amazed of the real Tintin Ng. Very natural! Very kuwela!

Asked what have her showbiz experiences taught her thus far, she turns philosophical: “Showbiz-showbiz para sa akin ay hindi habang buhay nasa kinang ka ng mga tala. Kailangan mo lang i–enjoy ang bawat ningning na nakapalibot sa iyo at ang pakikisama at lalo na ang pag-arte kailangan marunong makiramdam. Maging creative at maging listo.”

She adds, “Hindi lang naka- base kung ano ang blocking nang direktor eh yun na ang susundin mo. Kailangan mo ring mag-experiment na tutugma sa role na ginagampanan mo , at i-suggest mo sa direktor kung puwede  mo bang gawin yung idea na naiisip mo para mag-work ang character na in-established para sa iyo.”

Her height (4’8”), which she carries with natural gracefulness and confidence,  no doubt helped her right in showbiz. “Maybe kasi maliit ako at trying hard magpa-sexy na unique kasi nga yun ang role na established sa akin. Malandi na petite! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Drama or comedy? “Both, gusto kong maging versatile na pwede sa drama or comedy. Pero mas priority ang comedy sa akin. Nachachallenge kasi ako sa drama kasi ang hirap umiyak at matagal akong mapaiyak.”

She dreams of having Dingdong Dantes as her leading man if she will be given a big break. “Dingdong Dantes! Marian sa question lang to gurl He! He! He! Baka masabunutan mo ako dito. Choz!! For me, he is cute and sexy and yummy!! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

And she is willing to give it “all” in the name of acting. “Like kissing? Yes!  Kailangan! We did some of my leading man in Mujer na kahit wala sa script eh nag- smack siya sa akin pero walang reklamo kasi part na sa job namin ang ganoon. Diyan makikita ang pagka- actress or actor mo.”

To date, according to Tintin, she has never snubbed a fan, although he steers clear of people who have topak (tantrums). In fact, she has her own fast growing fans club whose members give her letters, flowers and stuff toys. “I’ll put it beside n my bed then tinatago ko yung mga perfumes at yung mga package na padala nila. Eh kasi tatanungin nila saan ako nakatira. Para sa akin I didn’t treat them as fans only but I treat them as my friends. I give time to talk with them kahit ilang minuto lang para kahit sa ganoon man lang eh makapagpasalamat ako sa kanila. Kaya valuable yung mga bigay nila sa akin. Ang mga letters tinatago ko lahat at dadalhin ko yun hanggang sa pagtanda ko na minsan sa buhay ko ay may mga humahanga din sa akin at iniidolo ako.”

I bet you didn’t know that Tintin is almost famous in the country. She is mobbed by fans wherever she goes. “I don’t know but I have noticed it lalo na sa mga places na may nag-papapicture sa akin at nag-papaautograph. Minsan nagtiyangge ako gaya ng ginagawa ko dati di ko naman alam na dudumugin nila ako at nagkapasa ako. Kinamayan ko sila, nag- shakehand hinila ako at sa liit ko namang ito nako po ay talagang nagkapasa ang kamay ko. But it’s ok natutuwa ako sa kanila.”

For years, Tintin has elicited laughter and admiration from fans, friends and even foes. She isn’t stopping just yet. “Simply lang po ang dream ko na mag-mark ang name ko sa mga tao na maalala nila ako bilang si Tintin na kakaiba at nakakatuwa.”

Tintin’s last visit to Bohol was in May 2010 and she missed her family and siblings. “Ahermm  Namimiss ko rin ang daming kalandian ko sa Bohol at alam niyo yan guys kong sino kayo if lalabas na tong article na to! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Despite her success, Tintin remains a simple Boholana at heart. She may have already achieved milestones in her career, but she prefers to remain humble. She proves that when it comes to pursuing dreams or just fulfilling your passions, limits do not exist. The possibilities are endless for those who have the right attitude.”

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nora Aunor will arrive on Aug 2 (?)

Veteran entertainment columnist Ricky Lo in his column, Funfare, in the Philippine Star today (July 28, 2011) says: BREAKING NEWS (confirmed na talaga, peksman): Nora Aunor (photo) is finally (finally!!!) arriving on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to do a series for TV5. A source from the Kapatid Network said that a Fans Day will be held for Nora next week. Nope, unlike news about her arrival these past several days, this one is not kuryente (false alarm). Still, some cynics said that they’d believe that Nora is really coming if she’s already here.