It’s normal in the Philippines for fans to get really invested in celebrity tandems and pairings—experiencing romantic relationships like an out-of-body experience through the loveteams they follow and the lives these people lead on and off the screens.
And so, when reality drives a wedge between these beloved couples, ‘third-wheel’ fans also feel the sadness and regret over the breakup, with no exceptions.
Due to Maine Mendoza’s recent confirmation of her relationship with actor Arjo Atayde, many believe this is the end of the AlDub affair that sprouted from the Kalyeserye segment of noontime show Eat Bulaga! — a loveteam that captured the nation’s interest for three years, and which opened various doors for Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards in the entertainment industry.
But looking over the country’s television history, AlDub is not the first nor the only loveteam that met a sad end:
Nida Blanca & Nestor De Villa
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The film is about a dashing lieutenant (Nestor de Villa) and a Moro vixen (Nida Blanca). – 1953. Hiyasmin. Directed by Lamberto Avellana. Nida Blanca, Nestor De Villa, Tony Santos, Gil De Leon, Johnny Reyes, Arturo Moran, Carmencita Abad, Casmot, Vic Silayan, Priscilla Ramirez. Cinematography by Enrique Rosales. Music by Francisco Buencamino, Jr. Screenplay by Jesse Ramos. The film is lost. From Casa Grande Vintage Filipino Cinema
In the 1950s, the Nida-Nestor tandem was made popular by LVN Pictures. Nida’s standoffish and stubborn personality perfectly balanced Nestor’s refined and gentlemanly ways. The two were featured in rom-coms like Waray-Waray, Turista, Handang Matodas, and Anak ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday, among others.
The two married non-celebrity partners in the end.
Gloria Romero & Luis Gonzales
In the same vein as our first couple in the list, Sampaguita Pictures in the ‘50s popularized the tandem of Gloria and Luis. Both of them have Spanish features that were seen as ideal back then; the reason why their combination also paid off on big screen hits such as Ikaw Ang Aking Buhay, Iginuhit Ng Tadhana, Pagdating Ng Takipsilim, Pinagbuklod Ng Langit, Sa Libis Ng Nayon, Artista, Sabado Ng Gabi… Linggo Ng Umaga, For You Mama, Huwag Kang Sumingit, and Sinisinta Kita.
Gloria later married actor Juancho Gutierrez while Luis wedded Vina Concepcion.
Nora Aunor & Tirso Cruz III
It was in the 60s that Nora and Tirso’s tandem rose to fame and was famously known as Guy and Pip. Her morena looks and his mestizo features complemented so well that their films became blockbuster hits like Young Love, Young Girl, D’Musical Teenage Idols, And God Smiled At Me, Fiesta Extravaganza, My Blue Hawaii, Winter Wonderland, Guy & Pip, and Always In My Heart.
They paired up again in the ‘80s with Till We Meet Again, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Sana Mahalin Mo Ako, Inay, and Bilangan Ang Bituin Sa Langit.
Nora married Christopher de Leon while Tirso married Lyn Enchausti.
Vilma Santos & Edgar Mortiz
Branded the rival loveteam of Guy & Pip was the tandem of Vilma and Edgar, also known as Vi & Bot. Their films were blockbuster hits as well like Edgar Loves Vilma, Renee Rose, Sixteen, Ang Batang Bangketa, Kampanerang Kuba, Leron-Leron Sinta, Love Letters, Dama de Noche, The Sensations, Baby Vi, The Wonderful World of Music, Angelica, and Eternally.
Vilma wedded Edu Manzano, got divorced and found love again with politician Ralph Recto. Edgar, on the other hand, married Millet Santos.
Maricel Soriano & William Martinez
Maricel and William’s loveteam was dubbed as Taray & Kulit, when they were paired by Regal Films back in the ‘80s. Their films were instant box-office hits with titles like Oh My Mama, Mother Dear, To Mama With Love, The Story of Three Loves, Galawgaw, Pabling, Boys Town, Parang Kailan Lang, Summer Love, Teenage Marriage, I Love You… I Hate You, Daddy’s Little Darlings, Stupid Cupid, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, When I Fall In Love, The Graduates, Inday Bote, Maria Went To Town at Kung Ayaw Mo… Huwag Mo.
William married Yayo Aguila but got separated in the end. Maricel married Edu Manzano but divorced him later on.
Manilyn Reynes & Janno Gibbs
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GMA Records artist, King of Soul #JannoGibbs @jannolategibbs, with Ms. #ManilynReynes @manilynreynes27 on today's Unang Hirit promoting their version of "My Jagiya" performance on the newest online music channel, Spotlight Music Sessions! You can download their version here: player.believe.fr/v2/3614978407173
One of the hottest loveteams of the ‘80s was that of Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs’ pairing, as the duo’s chemistry shone once they began singong duets in the now-defunct program That’s Entertainment. Regal Films signed them and were featured on films such as Petrang Kabayo At Ang Pilyang Kuting, Feel Na Feel, Magic To Love, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, and several others.
Janno got married to Bing Loyzaga while Aljon Jimenez wedded Manilyn.
Sheryl Cruz & Romnick Sarmenta
Seiko Films, on the other hand, developed the Sheryl and Romnick pairing. Just like the previous pair, their loveteam started in That’s Entertainment, too. They also starred in hit movies like Everlasting Love, Puso Sa Puso, Pardina at ang mga Duwende.
Sheryl married a non-showbiz guy while Romnick married Harlene Bautista. And yet, the aforementioned loveteam got separated with their real-life spouses in the end.
Judy Ann Santos & Wowie De Guzman
It was in the ‘90s that Judy Ann Santos and Wowie de Guzman’s tandem rose to fame when the afternoon drama series Mara Clara started. Their chemistry translated into hit movies such as Sana Naman, Kung Alam Mo Lang, Wow Multo, and Mara Clara: The Movie.
Juday married actor-TV host Ryan Agoncillo while Wowie wedded a non-showbiz woman who sadly passed away in 2014.
Angelu De Leon & Bobby Andrews
Viva Films produced the tandem of Angelu and Bobby in the ‘90s youth-oriented series, TGIS. Because of their good chemistry, the film production company let them star in several hit movies, occasionally being featured in television dramas too.
Their loveteam ended when Angelu was found pregnant with Joko Diaz’s child. She later married Wowie Rivera. Bobby, on the other hand, married a non-showbiz girlfriend.
Jolina Magdangal & Marvin Agustin
Jolina and Marvin’s loveteam started back in the ‘90s teen series Gimik and due to their splendid rapport, they were featured in the film F.L.A.M.E.S.: The Movie. This was followed by Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo, Labs Kita Okey Ka Lang?, Hey Babe, and Gimik: The Reunion.
Jolens wedded Mark Escueta in the end, and Marvin stayed single.
Bea Alonzo & John Lloyd Cruz
The unexpected but surprising Bea and John Lloyd tandem in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, back in 2002, led the two to be paired off in My First Romance, which landed them as the highly sought-after loveteam in the history of Philippine cinema due to their box-office hits.
John Lloyd started a family with partner Ellen Adarna. Bea is currently in a relationship with Gerald Anderson.
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Actor and television host Luis Manzano expressed his frustration over people bashing his mother Vilma Santos because of a poser on Twitter.
He quoted a reply of a netizen with username Owel6327, asking why can’t the Twitter user see that the account is not real.
Hahahaha bakit kaya hindi mo makita or ma realize na poser account…
The netizen has insulted Santos, saying that she has lost the respect of the people around her and former Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is better than the politician.
are vi, sinayang mo respeto at suporta ng mga ordinaryong pilipino at ofw na mga taga hanga mo din. ganyan pala kagaspang ugali mo. laitin mo pa kapwa mo babae. ikaw na nag alis ng pag galang at respeto sayo. mas may dignidad at utak si mocha kaysa sayo. laos ka na
In a separate tweet, Manzano stated his confusion at the people’s reaction to the poser account and urged people to report it.
It’s weird how many people react to the poser/basher @vilmaSRecto posts as if siya talaga, all they have to do is check the account to see… ano nangyayari sa mga tao ngayon 😂😂😂 why is everyone so gullible? 😂😂 report the account please! 🙂
Halloween is in approaching and binge-watching is one of the things to do when this holiday comes. These are the timeless Filipino horror movies that will makes you scream with terror every time.
The Road (2011)
Directed by Yam Laranas
This is a psychological thriller that will make you want to watch it again and again. The story is about teenagers (Barbie Forteza, Lexi Fernandez and Derrick Monasterio) who went missing after a joyride gone wrong along a haunted and abandoned road. Luis Medina (TJ Trinidad) is the investigator assigned to the case. While he was investigating, he finds the decaying body of another victim in the same road. The body used to belong to one of the two sisters who went missing ten years before. Digging further, Luis will get himself into a mystery full of brutality and murders.
Directed by Yam Laranas
This is another psychological thriller that will make you think what is the main story and what is not. The story is about Marvin (Richard Guiterrez) savoring his independence by moving into his own appartment. Although he likes his apartment, he wakes up at night because of screams of help at the middle of the night. At the end of the hallway of his floor lives Bert (Jomari Yllana), Anna (Iza Calzado) and her little daughter, Lara (Ella Guevarra). Bert, usually drunk, always suspects Anna on cheating on him which leads to him beating her causing the disturbances. Anna usually asks for help from Jude (James Blanco) who lives in the middle of the hallway.
Directed by Chito S. Roño
This story is about the superstition in which one should not get married in the same year that an immediate relative dies or no siblings should be married within the year. The story is about two women, Sandy (Kris Aquino) and Diana (Claudine Barretto) who gets married. They are both haunted by a ghostly flower girl who asks for a life in order to break the curse.
The Healing (2012)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
This is another Filipino horror film that will confuse you but surely will make you want to see it again. Seth (Vilma Santos) took her father to a fate healer, Manang Elsa (Daria Ramirez), after he suffered from a stroke. After her father regained his strength, his miraculous healing astounded the whole neighborhood. A handful of people came to Seth and asked her for help to bring them to Manang Elsa. When she did, they started to face a curse they didn’t know they cast on themselves.
Feng Shui (2004)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
When someone stares and sees themselves in the Bagua mirror, they get killed according to their Chinese zodiac sign. Joy (Kris Aquino) found the bagua mirror inside a bus left by a man. She later shows the Bagua to Aling Biring (Luz Fernandez) who tells Joy that she should keep it because it will drive away evil spirits and bring good luck to their family. Joy finds out that Aling Biring was killed because of leptospirosis and the man who left the Bagua was hit by a Rabbit Liner bus. She now has to save herself, her friends and her family in being affected by the curse.
Directed by Erik Matti
This is the most recent horror film in this list. It is truly horrifying because of its relation to the religious beliefs of many here in the Philippines. The story is about a little girl, Anghela Sta. Ana (Rhed Bustamante), who heals people miraculously. When she heals someone, black gooey liquid drips from her mouth. Padre Ricardo (Neil Ryan Sese) gets suspicious about the nun who accompanies her, Sister Cecilia (Phoebe Walker). But the issue does not just stop here because there is a lot of mystery surrounding Anghela, who she is and what she does.
Directed by Mike de Leon
Jun (Tommy Abuel), a photographer, befriended a strange woman named Teresa (Charo Santos) in his hometown during Holy Week. When Teresa started acting weird, Jun and her mother asked for help from a spiritualist or medium. They find out that Teresa is being possessed by a potentially dangerous spirit.
Directed by Mike Tuviera
Joyce (Angel Locsin) was a caregiver in a local elderly home. She broke up with her obsessive boyfriend, Roman (Oyo Sotto). As a final request, Roman asked Joyce to drive him home with his car. The two got into a tragic accident killing Roman and injuring Joyce. Alex (Dennis Trillo), a call center agent, had feelings for Joyce but didn’t act on it. He comforted Joyce in such a hard time, instead. After a few days, Joyce receives texts from Roman’s number considering it as a cruel prank. Or is it?
‘Wag Kang Lilingon (2006)
Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Quark Henares
This movie has recurring themes that tie down both Angel (Kristine Hermosa) and Melissa (Anne Curtis) together: the spirits that haunts them, the mirror and the house. There may be many spirits haunting them, there is only one culprit. It all started when Angel lit a candle in front of a mirror with her little sister, Nina (Celine Lim). Apparently, they opened a portal between the two worlds.
Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (1995)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
Barbara (Lorna Tolentino) had always been a loving sister to Ruth (Dawn Zulueta). Barbara loved her so much that she even sacrificed the guy that she loved, Nick (Tonton Guiterrez). When Nick and Ruth got married, Barbara fled to the United States just to start a new life and try to give Nick some time to fall in love with Ruth. After a few years of their marriage, Ruth still suspected Nick of harboring feelings for her sister. In a jealous range, she committed suicide by stabbing herself with a huge piece of a broken mirror. The suicide was witnessed by her daughter, Karen (Antoinette Taus) who had become unstable. Barbara comes back to the Philippines and face her past haunting her, in more ways than one.
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Pinoys are recognized for being extremely talented: be it in entertainment industry, professional services, or arts. And what’s more commendable is the fact that even “ordinary” Pinoys can show-off their talents—even in the most unexpected ways.
Guhitkwentokulay on Facebook shared some caricatures of prominent Pinoy celebrities posed as Dragon Ball Z characters. The drawings were created by “Don” under the album, “Guhitkwentokulay.” The animation features Coco Martin a.k.a. Goku Martin, the late Rene Requiestas a.k.a. Vegcheeta-eh, Gov. Vilma Santos a.k.a. Bulma Santos, Kris Aquino a.k.a. FriezA Quino, Boy Abunda a.k.a. Majin Buu-y Abunda, and Piolo Pascual a.k.a. Piccolo Pascual.
Talent + Wit = Awesome Work of Art!
Let’s take a look at the celebs-turned-Dragon-Ball-z-characters.
The Yummy Goku Martin (The Coco-Martin-infused-Goku)
He’s always Rico Yan’s rival (Diether Ocampo)
Dyesebel’s Surname (Gus Abelgas)
She’s the only local celebrity in Pokemon (Cherry Pie Picache)
The Funny Vegcheeta-eh and The Lawmaker Bulma Santos (The late Rene-Requiestas-infused-Vegeta and The Vilma-Santos-infused-Bulma)
The Queen of All Media FriezA Quino and The King of Talk Majin Buu-y Abunda (The Kris-Aquino-infused-Frieza and the Boy-Abunda-infused-Majin Buu)
The Hunky Piccolo Pascual (The Piolo-Pascual-infused-Piccolo)
So, did they give justice to your favorite characters? Who else would you like to fuse? Leave your comments below.
Featured photo credit: Facebook / Guhitkwentokulay
TAGS: Boy Abunda, Caricature, Coco Martin, don, Entertainment, famous dragon ball z characters, Famous pinoy artists, funny animation, guhitkwentokulay, Kris Aquino, piolo pascual, raw talent, Vilma Santos
I always knew I was a star.
And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me. -Freddie Mercury
Stars were just like ordinary people before they became famous. Some of them already had a share in the limelight even before making a name. Some were already stars in the making, and some were struggling for their star to shine bright.
Let’s see how some of the Filipino celebrities look like before they became famous. Did most of them already have star quality before they shone bright in the Philippine entertainment industry, or did they only shine after years of hard work?
Take a look at some of the most famous stars in the past and today and look back at how they started.
Here are some Pinoy celebrities before they became famous stars:
Before Dolphy became the “King of Comedy”, he was a theater performer and an extra in may films.
Fernando Poe Jr.
“Da King” started out as a stuntman before he took lead roles.
Christopher De Leon
Christopher started his acting career in 1974.
Vilma has always been pretty since she was a child actress.
Tito Sotto, Sharon’s uncle-in-law produced her first album which included the immortal “Mr. DJ” song.
“Asia’s Songbird” was once a regular in singing competitions, amateur and professional.
Before Gary became “Mr. Pure Energy”, he started out as a commercial model for a softdrink.
Vic was a singer known as “Marvic Sotto” even before he joined VST and company.
Lea has been singing since she was a child and even recorded albums before she was in Miss Saigon.
TAGS: Angel Locsin, apl d ap, Bea binene, Bianca Umali, Christopher de leon, Coco Martin, Dingdong Dantes, Dolphy, erich Gonzales, Fernando poe jr, gary valenciano, janella Salvador, Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Judy Ann Santos, Julie Anne San Jose, Kathryn Bernardo, Lea Salonga, liza soberano, Marian Rivera, Regine Velasquez, Richard Gomez, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta, Toni Gonzaga, Vic Sotto, Vilma Santos
ABS-CBN’s latest project is to preserve film masterpieces by restoration for the intention of showing these classical Philippine movies for the newer generation. Film restoration is the process of preserving decaying film stock preventing it to cease from its existence and creating copies for viewers’ convenience.
The preservation of movies can be identical to classical literature in prints from the olden times and now reprinting them by modern publishing house. These films are re-mastered to be shown for this generation’s film standard and expectation, not only saving it but to match it with the present time’s movie quality. It is inevitable to save these movies that already contributed to Philippine cinema. These classical movies significantly mirror the nation’s culture—“Bata, Bata… Paano Ka Ginawa?” which covers themes on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, relationships and an interesting insight about liberty or freedom and gender; matters that stand the test of time.
The young adult culture will have a thorough understanding of why there are “Vilmanians”. Five of Vilma Santos’s movies were already restored by ABS-CBN and would be shown also as a tribute to her impeccable skills in acting. Vilma Santos proudly introduced this award winning novel turned movie at the Vx3, Vilma Santos tribute and screening as she characterized her role saying “si Leah Bustamante po at si Vilma Santos ay iisa” (Vilma and Leah are the same).
“Bata, Bata… Paano Ka Ginawa?” is a perfect throwback movie on lines like “wala akong ginagawang masama! Akala mo lang wala, pero meron, meron, meron!” (I didn’t do anything wrong! You just thought you didn’t, but you did, you did, you did!) with a loud slap on the face. Yet as we have seen it in our younger years, we would now view this movie on a different context—a deeper interpretation. Looking back on a consistent meaningful dialogue coming out from great actors such as Vilma Santos herself, Cherry Pie Picache, Albert Martinez, Ariel Rivera, Raymond Bagatsing and even with once who were very young actors like Carlo Aquino and Serena Dalrymple, viewers can observe huge difference from today’s film trend, “hugot” lines or catchy phrases.
This movie is about a mother named Leah Bustamante who balances her duty as a mother, a partner/wife, a person—a woman, though she faces obstacles on how she raises her two children with different fathers. It is a good representation of society’s look on men who control women in every decision as Leah described it where our name is always taken from a man (father) for our last name. She embodies empowered women who work with firm principles and values in life. It is a movie to re-watch and see how Leah raises her children giving them freedom to choose their own path in life.