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Ivana Chubbuck is Back!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines—Hollywood acting coach and best- selling author of ‘The Power of the Actor’—Ivana Chubbuck is back in Manila to hold a two-day workshop for actors of Star Magic and ABS­CBN on September 3 and 4 at the Dolphy Theater. This would be Chubbuck’s 2nd Master Class in the city.


Seen in the photograph are Ivana Chubbuck and Star Magic Artist training head–Rahyan Carlos entertaining questions during a press conference held yesterday.

The upcoming master class is set to showcase the acting prowess of some of the finest Star Magic artists namely Jake Cuenca, Jason Abalos, Jason Gainza, Coleen Garcia, Alora Sasam, JV Kapunan, Raphael Robes, Paulo Avelino and even new Kapamilyas Mica Javier and Ritz Azul.

In the said masterclass the aforementioned actors will be staging scenes from Hollywood films and will be critiqued in the same way that Ivana does with Hollywood stars. Similar to the masterclass two years ago, observers are open to witness the two­day event in order to cull tips from the Hollywood acting trainer.

It was Star Magic Artist Training Head Rahyan Carlos who first invited Chubbuck to the country and at that time, he underwent an intensive teacher’s training program under her, which allowed him to become proficient in the different levels of acting classes from Introductory to Master class. At the end of his his training, he earned the title of being the only Filipino authorized to teach the ‘Chubbuck Technique’ in the Philippines.

Ivana is best known and credited as the acting coach to Academy Award Winners and Nominees such as Halle Berry, Jared Leto, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Charlize Theron, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendez and David Ayer, who happen to be the director of the recent blockbuster, hit ‘Suicide Squad’.


Yul Servo celebrates his birthday with his constituents

On Saturday, February 27, in front of Pedro Guevarra Elementary School in Binondo Manila, Councilor Yul Servo Nieto of the third congressional district of the said City mounted an event dubbed as ‘Araw Ko, Alay Ko: The Big Night’. The event was designed to celebrate the former actor turned politician’s 39th birthday.


Councilor Yul Servo Nieto is seen here proposing a City Ordinance in one of their Plenary Sessions in Manila City Hall. Photograph courtesy of Kathy Rivera.

Yul, who spent his childhood days in the previously mentioned public school where it stands on Madrid Street corner San Fernando Street—is also where he graduated from his elementary education. The event is one of his ways of giving back to his constituents for allowing him the chance to serve his people especially those who needed his services the most.


Servo is greeted by his constituents with a birthday cake during the event on Saturday night. Photograph courtesy of Jhayr Balboa,


Celebrities from three major networks graced the event to share the joy and the triumph of Nieto as councilor for three terms since his election back in 2007.

The Voice Kids Season 2 third placer under FamiLea—Esang de Torres did a song number. GMA Artists like Ash Ortega, James Teng and Elyson de Dios of Star Struck Season 2, Miggs Cuaderno, Katrina Halili and the Teen Drama PrinceRuru Madrid; TV5 artists—Mark Neumann and Akihiro Blanco of ‘Happy Truck HapPinas’ were also present to join the celebration. Servo’s co-talents in Productons56 IncorporatedWill Ashley, Joshua Tecson, Teen Force 56,Xyruz Cruz and The Masculados were in full support as well. The versatile actress Ana Capri performed a special number for the Councilor.

The affair also served as a venue for his announcement of his political plans this coming summer elections in May. He will be running as a congressman, which opens new chapter in his life as a public servant.

When Love for Nature and Family wins over Love for a Lady

Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.

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The second official poster of the film ‘Lakbay2Love’. Image is courtesy of Erasto Films.

Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.

The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.

The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.

Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.

“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.

Trillo admitted as well,  “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”

Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.

This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.