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Janice Javier’s Solo Concert is set on the 4th of July


‘The Voice of the Philippines’ third placer—Janice Javier, the soul and R & B singer, who was coached by Apl.de.Ap will have her solo concert on July 4, Friday, 8pm at Teatrino Promenade Hall in Greenhills. Its concert title is ‘The VOICE of JANICE JAVIER Live in Concert’.

Javier gamely answered all the questions thrown at her by the bloggers. Photograph by Ted Claudio of WazzupPhilippines.com.

Javier gamely answered all the questions thrown at her by the bloggers. Photograph by Ted Claudio of WazzupPhilippines.com.

Prior to getting onstage for the concert, she recently sat down with selected bloggers at the MCA Music, Inc.’s headquarters at Raffles Corporate Center held on June 25, Wednesday.

Javier, who started singing at 13 years of age, is glad that finally she is realizing her dream of becoming a recording artist as she will be launching her self-titled album with 12 songs and two bonus tracks.

Singing really runs in her blood as she is the daughter of the second generation Hotdog keyboardist—Rolando Javier.

According to Janice, she never intended to really join the singing tilt, but it was the ‘need’ for her voice to be heard and let people know that even like her still has an equal opportunity to show the her countrymen what she really is made and capable of doing.

She owes a lot from her stint in ‘The Voice’ where she earned such instant recognition, but most of all—the respect to herself. Back in the competition, Javier admitted that it was Klarisse De Guzman was someone she considered as her closest rival for the Big Winner spot.

‘Janice Javier’, the album consists of ‘NIS’, ‘Never Knew Love (Until I Met You)’, ‘Heaven Knows’, ‘Why can’t it be?’, ‘The Greatest Love of All’, ‘Coming Home’, ‘Dust in the Wind’, ‘Breathe’ featuring Apl.de.Ap, ‘He’s Out of My Life’, ‘Imagine’, ‘I Believe I can Fly’, and ‘Chain of Fools’.

Myk Perez, the fourth placer in ‘The Voice’ will be Janice’s special guest.

For more details about the show, log on to TicketWorld or call its hotline (632) 891-9999.

ABS-CBN holds ‘Family Day’ for its upcoming show ‘Hawak Kamay’


On Tuesday, June 24, at the Hospicio de San José in Manila, the ‘Hawak Kamay’ lead cast members along with the production crew, selected media people and bloggers were in the multi-purpose hall of the said Roman Catholic welfare institution for a ‘family day’. Upon entering the venue—the home for orphans, the abandoned, special needs, and the elderly were transformed into a festive ambiance. Balloons in various shapes and hues with flaglets bedecked the place and were a sight that delights the residents of the said charitable institution.

In the photo, Iza Calzado who plays Atty. Bianca Magpantay and Piolo Pascual as Gin, a drunkard and aspiring musician--were both seen distributing goodies to the kids of Hospicio de San José in Manila, during the Family Day. Photograph by Ted Claudio.

In the photo, Iza Calzado who plays Atty. Bianca Magpantay and Piolo Pascual as Gin, a drunkard and aspiring musician–were both seen distributing goodies to the kids of Hospicio de San José in Manila, during the Family Day. Photograph by Ted Claudio of WazzupPhilippines.com.

It’s time that ABS-CBN Channel 2 brings back another show that is centered on a modern-day Filipino family that will be headed by the none other than the dramatic actor of today and fresh from his blockbuster film ‘Starting Over Again’—Piolo Pascual as Gin, a drunkard and aspiring musician who found himself standing in as a father to three orphaned kids played by child stars—Zaijan Jaranilla as Emong, Xyriel Manabat as Dara, and Yesha Camille as Ningning in the upcoming series titled—‘Hawak Kamay’.

The festive setup won’t be complete without the different food stalls that fed the people in Hospicio de San José as well as all the guests. As part of the program, there were magic, acrobat and bubble shows as entertainment for those present during the said initiative. Pascual also performed with Jaranilla via a song number ‘You are the Sunshine of My Life’. Then the rest of the kids along with Iza Calzado as Atty. Bianca Magpantay performed the song ‘Hawak Kamay’.

In the series, Gin’s character, he finds himself developing a different sort of attachment to the three children, and decides to get his act together for them. The three kids helped him realize that life is full of purpose and expressing love is something that is not exclusive to relatives, but even to strangers.

Also in this series is—Nikki Gil as Me-Ann, Gin’s ex-girlfriend and Andrea Brillantes as Lorrie. Other artists in the cast are—Nadia Montenegro, Atoy Co, Moi Bien, Hyubs Azarcon, Jess Mendoza, Lloyd Zaragoza, Rufami, and PBB All-In housemate Axel Torres with the special participation of Jennifer Sevilla, Lander Vera Perez, and Ryan Bang.

Catch the story of ‘Hawak Kamay’, which was developed by Ruel S. Bayani as it begins to unfold on ABS-CBN and will be directed by Mae C. Cruz.

Watch the trailer of the show.

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A Review on ‘Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon’


The following texts are lifted from the review I wrote about the latest TV series that features one of ABS-CBN Channel’s prized jewels–Bea Alonzo on the lead role.

‘Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon’: A TV Show that Reminds of the 80s Movies

In this scene, Paulo Avelino as Patrick kisses Bea Alonzo as Rose. Screen shot from the episode of the said series.

In this scene, Paulo Avelino as Patrick kisses Bea Alonzo as Rose. Screen shot from the episode of the said series.

The latest primetime series that ABS-CBN Channel 2 titled ‘Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon’ reminds me of the movie titles back in the 80s that were really palatable to the taste of the moviegoers in those times.

Some of the titles that I could reckon with are—the Vilma Santos-the late Dindo Fernando-Hilda Koronel starrer, the 1980 Danny Zialcita film ‘Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?’; then the Maricel Soriano film, which was directed by Maryo J. De Los Reyes titled ‘Saan Darating ang Umaga?’ in 1983; and lastly another Danny Zialcita flick ‘Bakit Manipis ang Ulap?’ in 1985 with Janice de Belen in the starring role.

The three movies had titles that were witty and did stimulate the minds of its moviegoers to think which is which and what’s the connection of the story.

Bea Alonzo assumes a dual role as Atty. Emmanuelle Gaspar-Romero and Rose Buenavista-Salvador. Its story revolves around two different women—a feisty attorney and a kind-hearted heiress of a huge chocolate company, who will be accused of a crime she did not commit as the story progresses. Alonzo is someone I consider the-next-Hilda Koronel-in-the-making. She fits the bill, exactly as it is created for her.

However, there was just one scene that probably earned some violent reactions from those chocolate experts and those who are in culinary arts—the scene where Paulo Avelino as Patrick Salvador, the chocolatier whom Rose fell in love with and hired eventually to be part of her chocolate shop—was half-naked in making the chocolates named under ‘From the Kitchen of Lola Pat’ (played by Anita Linda). This part, I agree with the reactions that it’s unhygienic. But when I saw the full episode, I think the scene can be excused since it was set in the home of Patrick rather than in a commercial factory.

Despite that scene, I still don’t find it un-appealing since I remember guys half-naked, sweating all over as they mix ground pork and beef for sausages found in local wet markets (I should know, I have seen these guys since my mom used to own a meat stall back in Cebu) and buyers still get to patronize such, no matter what. At times, we just easily react without even trying to look back in some real scenes in everyday life. That scene where Paulo was seen half-naked was to establish how ‘hot’ he is and for Rose to find Patrick as tempting and irresistible at the same time.

Paulo Avelino: A Perfect fit for a Filipino Romantic Novel-kind of a Hero.

Paulo Avelino as Patrick Salvador, the object of desires of Rose Buenavista and Maricar Reyes as Sasha Bayle.

Paulo Avelino as Patrick Salvador, the object of desires of Rose Buenavista and Maricar Reyes as Sasha Bayle.

It is obvious that this series directed by Jerome C. Pobocan and Trina N. Dayrit is geared toward a more ‘mature’ kind of audience and also for those who read romance novels that were popularized by Jude Deveraux and Janelle Taylor, the two authors I have read and loved in the past.

Even if Avelino doesn’t have to strip-off and show-off his sculptured built and abs—his stares, his smiles, and facial expressions are enough to make him sexy all at the same time. He’s being the Rock Star Chocolatier is something that most female and male gay viewers would go gaga over the show. Let’s face it—it is the purpose of him doing that scene.

Paulo just knows how to seduce not just Bea, but even his audience. The way he delivers his lines were like ‘please-stop-it- I- can’t- take-it-anymore-I’m-giving-in-any-moment’ is the expected reactions of its avid viewers. His way of enticing Rose to appreciate chocolates through the five senses was quite convincing and who could ever resist the presence of Avelino? That being said, if the creative team from GMA-7’s ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’ claimed that Dingdong Dantes’s role as Anthony was tailored-made for him then I assume that Paulo’s role as Patrick is also custom-fit for him. Even if he only dons a sando on the boobtube—it’s enough to sell him.

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