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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.

Matteo Guidicelli supports Sun Life’s Vlog on Investing


On May 17, athlete-singer-actor Matteo Guidicelli, in cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI), launched a series of vlogs (video blogs) at B Hotel in Quezon City. The vlogs aim to teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #lifegoals come true.

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Matteo Guidicelli for Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc.’s (SLAMCI) #MakeitMutual campaign. Photograph taken by Jude Cartalaba.

To be financially free, it starts with a detailed plan and the willingness to commit to such plan. Though the vlogs, dubbed as ‘Make It Mutual’ with topics that are relevant to personal finance, such as growing one’s money, beating inflation and investing regularly—are geared to empowering Filipinos to be wise in managing and growing their finances.

The vlogs were created for the viewer to easily relate these to real life situations, the modules shall be demonstrated in themes familiar to them, like travel, fashion, and fitness, among others. All videos will be shared via social media to make it readily accessible.

This is not the first time that Guiicelli did a financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI.  It was in November 2015 when he also supported SLAMCI’s campaign against investment scams and was dubbed as ‘Slam the Scam’. He was glad to be part of it in helping people from getting victimized by scammers like the pyramid scams.

And being a policy holder of Sun Life, it has opened him to be wiser with his finances and where to invest his earnings. He said that with the insurance advisors he has now, “They give me insights on what to invest in and what not to invest in.”

Apart from the insurance policy he insured himself with, he also got Sun Life’s Prosperity Card, which was launched August last year. The card is an investment worth Php5,000, which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by SLAMCI under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds. The first-of-its-kind in the market, it has revolutionized mutual funds investing in the country.

“With the prosperity card, it earned me six percent (6%), It is a good start for high school students to start with or the millennial these days to start investing via this card.”

In Cebu, last year, he also opened his restaurant business called Trattoria da Gianni, which is located in Banilad, Cebu City.

The ‘Make It Mutual’ campaign is just the first of Sun Life’s series of financial literacy initiatives this year. According to Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa, more will be launched in the coming days as Sun Life rolls out its Financial Independence Month campaign in June.

Jamie Rivera holds a Pre-Valentine Show at Sofitel


After being inactive in doing shows in Manila, to which she said that most of her shows (particularly Valentine-themed shows) were provincial or international productions, Jamie Rivera is back and is having a Pre-Valentine Show titled ‘All About Love’ at Sofitel Gtand Plaza Ballroom on November 13, 7pm.

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Crystal & T.O.D. will be her front act, Star In A Million Season Grand Winner Frenchie Dy and Broadway performer Robert Seña will have a duet with the ‘Inspirational Diva’.

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Photograph taken during the concert’s press conference. Jamie Rivera sang ‘I’ve Fallen for You’.

According to Rivera, “The concert will feature songs from Broadway, 80s songs, Standard, Pop and as well as Inspirational.”

‘All About Love’ is presented by Highrise Manila and GGG Productions.