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Jelai Espino: A Fresh Face in Showbiz


At first glance, one may mistake Jelai Espino as someone mature for her age, but in person—she is just a 15-year-old teenager aspiring to make a ‘name’ for herself in showbusiness. She was recently introduced in public via a bloggers’ conference held on Tuesday, November 14 at Max’s Restaurant on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

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Though a bit shy and a student at San Beda College in Taytay, she is determined to pursue her dreams of becoming a ‘star’ someday and this could be possible through the help of Ai-Ai delas Alas’s talent management team.

In preparation for her foray in the colorful world of entertainment—she has attended acting workshops under Star Magic and Ogie Diaz. She also underwent into a singing workshop with Vehnee Saturno who wrote her first single titled—‘Huwag Mong Biruin’ (‘Don’t You Kid’).

What is admirable about this young lady, with her innocence, she is all-out in chasing her dreams and wants to see herself acting side by side with the Star-for-All-Seasons—Ms. Vilma Santos. Her fancy on the veteran actress-turned-government official as the 22nd Governor of Batangas; started via the 2000 film ‘Anak’.

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BG Showbiz Plus: The First-Ever Magazine for Indie Films


Despite the challenges that any film producer are facing so as magazine publishers—another brace soul dared to venture into something unknown to her like producing films and that is Baby Go, who recently launched a new entertainment magazine named BG Showbiz Plus, held at Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila on June 6.

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This was taken prior to the launch of the magazine. Photograph taken by Jude Cartalaba.

Being known as the ‘Queen of Indie Films’, Go, a businesswoman and a philanthropist along with her editorial team—Maridol Ranoa-Bismark of Woman Today as the magazine’s editor-in-chief and Robert Requintina as associate editor; together they formed this quarterly showbiz magazine that will cater to the thriving independent filmmaking industry.

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The key people in the magazine. (L-R) Requintina, Go (in red), Jean Go-Marasigan (in green), and Bismark (beside Marasigan). Photograph taken by Jude Cartalaba.

Two of the entertainment writers like—Pilar Mateo and Danny Vibas are joining the magazine as columnists; while Jean Go-Marasigan is the VP of the said magazine. Its maiden issue is soon to be out next month in magazine and newsstands as well as in leading bookstores nationwide.

To know more about the magazine, visit its facebook page.

The magazine is another venture of Ms. Go and its part of its proceeds will go to PC Goodheart Foundation International, Inc.

Apart from this venture, the film productions that Go has produced made abuzz like ‘Laut’ that made Barbie Forteza won as Best Actress at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal and Best Supporting Actress for Ana Capri in ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) 2017, respectively. ‘Area’, on the other hand gave two awards for Ai-Ai delas Alas as Best Actress and Louie Ignacio as Best Director at AIFFA as well.

The 4th Partakan Festival is back on April 14-15!


Then clear, pristine turquoise waters with powdery white sand; enclosed by lush, verdant mountains of Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, in Cagayan plays host to the fourth Partakan Festival set is on April 14-15 and is again supported by Ropali Motorcycles and Honda Philippines Incorporated along with other major partners for the said annual event.

The yearly celebration that began in 2014 and is dubbed as the first-ever as well as the only ride-and-rock event have attracted local motorbike enthusiasts and their respective families. Apart from the two major stakeholders; it also gained the support of companies like Kawasaki Motors Incorporated, Yamaha Motor Philippines and Suzuki Philippines to help mount the 2017 exciting event.

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Jose represented Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative.

The Amazing Ride Moto-Tourism Challenge is one of the most exciting and anticipated part of the festival. It is sponsored by Shell Philippines and is patterned after the Amazing Race TV series and the competition aims to promote not just tourism, but camaraderie and family bonding of those who will be participating. It will feature teams with six members each and will go through the challenges at various Shell gasoline stations.

Winners will have the chance to bring home up to Php20,000 cash and other lovely prizes. Other challenges in the festival are Auto-Moto Speed Challenge and Bail Out Challenge.

During the press launch of the said festival on March 30 at Ropali Plaza in Pasig, the brother-and-sister entrepreneurs—Aldus Alingog and Ariane Arabel Alingog—the general manager and president of Ropali Motorcyles led the panel during the Q and A portion. Also present in that evening was Iñaki Jose, DOT Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative takes pride in this event because it has created a micro-economy for the local residents in that area.