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Turning 40 is Another Adventure for Piolo Pascual


Star Magic’s #UltimateHeartthrob#PioloPascual, who just celebrated his birthday last January 12 is indeed very much active at this point of his career unlike some of his contemporaries or other actors who reached the same phase of their lives are starting to feel the lackluster status.

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Pascual took time to gamely posed before the clicking cameras of bloggers who attended the bloggers’ conference.

In his 40th birthday, life is not just picking up, but it has given him the opportunity to explore more in order to cross out the things from his bucket list—the ones he want to pursue in his lifetime. One of which is to travel the region to showcase the Filipino talents to the world.

According to Pascual, he wants to tap the international market not necessarily Hollywood, but other markets such as lifestyle.

Because of his successful career in the entertainment industry for the last 20 years, he wants to pay back by doing more for his fans and for the Filipino people by continuously doing the things he thinks would make them happy.

“I can never be more thankful. I’m just really happy that they didn’t just change my life, they’ve changed my whole track, my entire journey in life and I’m just really humbled by it.

““It’s not for me to say. Being in this business for a long time it’s a blessing already. To be on top, I mean that’s a sense of entitlement. I’ll never hold on to something that is fleeting. As long as I know I’m enjoying my life and I’m able to do things that I enjoy doing, that’s okay by me,” he said.

Part of his birthday celebration, he just recently launched his ‘Piolo Greatest Themes’ album. Also, mid-year, he embarked on his first lifestyle food show titled ‘The Crawl’ together with actor Lui Villaruz. The first season had them eating their way around Osaka, Japan. Its success led to an immediate follow up season, which Piolo undertook with his son Inigo in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Another adventure for him was his being paired with Yen Santos in an upcoming film titled—‘Once in a Lifetime’, which was partly shot in New Zealand.

To see a different side of the Piolo and his enviable bachelor’s pad—read the January 2017 cover star of Star Studio magazine.

Michelle Ayalde returns to promote her ‘HiPNOTIC’ album


The former Kapamilya star and ‘Wansapanataym’ theme song singer Michelle Ayalde recently had its successful launch for her first and international ‘HiPNOTIC’ album in 12 Monkeys on Thursday, August 11.

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Ayalde is in photograph during her album launch. Photograph courtesy by Sany Chua.

Her extended play album is composed of seven tracks. It is produced by Malaysian label Worldwide Platinum Records and was released by Warner Music Malaysia. Michelle accounts the creation of her diversely themed album to producers Pierre Paolo Banaga and Elton Collins.

Ayalde, a former Star Magic artist takes pride in this latest album of hers just like with her previous self-titled debut album that came about in 2005, exactly 11 years ago. Her rattling (garalgal) kind of singing voice style complements well with ‘HiPNOTIC’. And the music video is also set to be released on local music channels like MYX very soon.

“Ngayon it’s kind of different from my previous album. At the same time I’m really proud of it because I got to work with different race [while making it],” says Michelle.

During the launch, which was hosted by Tippy dos Santos, her friends and co-Star Magic artists—Janus  del Prado, Allyzon Lualhati and Celine Lirio paid a visit to show their support. Singer Marcelito Pomoy also joined her album launch.

Michelle Ayalde’s international album HiPNOTIC is currently available on Spotify and iTunes.

‘Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako’ is a Must-See for ‘Best of Friends’


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(Mini-Review)

Seeing the film ‘Pare, Mahal Mo raw Ako’, written and directed by Joven Tan for the second time around during its premiere night—it gave me more appreciation of the movie, which was lifted from the hit song of the same title that was sung by one of the stars—Michael Pangilinan. Edgar Allan Guzman is Mark and fell in love with Pangilinan, who played Red, the guy best friend.

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In the photo (L-R): Pangilinan is Red and Guzman is Mark.

There were flaws in the storytelling, which I agree with my fellow writer-friend Arnel, but I just had to point on the good points of the film. First, it didn’t present struggles of how to accept gay people in a heavy drama. Yes, there were emotional scenes, but those were needed to highlight the emotions and the tensions between Mark and Red and so as Mark’s mother portrayed by Nora Aunor.

Second, Guzman could very well claim that this is one of his most natural and best performances ever. He was able to prove that acting needed not to be acted out. He has that depth and could deliver certain emotions even with hackneyed dialogues. His subtle actuations and the nuances of a ‘paminta’ gay were greatly displayed. In his scenes with more seasoned actresses—La Aunor and Ana Capri—he didn’t lag behind. While for a newcomer, Panglinan proved that he has potentials to have more chances of getting film projects.

Lastly, it has successfully concluded the film without any tragedy. It means that there really is a great hope for gay people to be happy in this world as long as people (especially between friends) would embrace and accept for who they are and for what they are capable of—to love without any boundaries. The line—‘sa pag-ibig walang forever, pero sana sa pag-ibig walang gender’—is witty and one quotable quote.

The film is set to open on Wednesday, June 8 in cinemas and is distributed by Viva Films.