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FilAm Gerald Anderson, Bea Alonzo on bonding trip in US

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(Photo from Instagram | @andersongeraldjr)

 

This Christmas season, more and more showbiz personalities and celebrities are spending time abroad, especially the United States.

 

Just like Maine Mendoza, actress Bea Alonzo also flew to the US with her boyfriend Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson in tow.

 

An ABS-CBN report indicated that singer Bugoy Drilon took the same flight to US with the couple who are among the main stars of the network.

 

During the “Just Love Christmas Special” of ABS-CBN, Gerald, 28, whose real name is Gerald Randolph Anderson Jr., confirmed to ABS-CBN News that he and Bea will be spending some quality time together abroad in preparation for their busy year ahead.

 

“US vacation with dad ko, si Bea kasama. Short lang. Alam mo naman, hindi naman talaga mahaba ang mga vacations natin,” Gerald said.

 

Gerald said 2017 was “very fruitful” for him, adding that he could not have asked for more.

 

“Very makulay and ang daming blessings. I’m just very thankful,” he was quoted by the network as saying.

 

While Bea has upcoming movie projects in 2018, Gerald said there are also a lot of things that he looks forward to in the coming year.

 

“Sobrang dami [kong nilu-look forward sa 2018] that’s why magre-relax talaga ako sobra sa Pasko kasi ang daming gagawin pagbalik ko agad. May movie and then may teleserye. I’m very excited for the two projects dahil ang ganda,” he said as reported by his home studio.

 

Gerald and Bea had an on and off relationship but with their US trip together, it could be said that they are officially back together.

 

While he refused to admit the real score between them, the actor said: "What you see is what you get."

 

Last October, Gerald and Bea  spent quality time together in Barcelona, Spain and later in El Nido, Palawan.

 

The two have been  dating again after their breakup seven years ago in a short-lived whirlwind romance.

 

Their relationship has been in ups and downs as Gerald’s mother reportedly did not approve Bea for him until they decided to breakup.

 

Gerald has been linked earlier to actress Kim Chiu and Shaina Magdayao.

 

Early March this year, Gerald turned emotional as he crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica, California.

 

The Filipino American sports buff was the Philippines’ representative to the 42-kilometer run organized by Skechers, a brand which the actor endorses.

 

In a series of posts on Instagram, Gerald’s Star Magic handler Nhila Mallari captured the actor’s proud moment while wearing a finisher’s medal.

 

“First timer Gerald Anderson finished the BIG 42K Skechers LA Marathon. Reached the finished line victoriously and kind of emotional,” she wrote in the caption.

 

“It was a tough one and seeing you at the finish line was a proud moment. You made it,” she added.

 

Mallari said Gerald recorded an unofficial time of 4:25:02 for the whole run.

 

Meanwhile, the actor described the LA Marathon as “one of the most challenging experiences in my life.”

 

“There were moments where I asked myself if I can finish this race, but what pushed me was the love from the fans and my team who supported and trained with me since arriving in Los Angeles,” he said.

 

Gerald then said he feels privileged to have represented the Philippines in the run. “I learned so much on this experience,” he said.

 

Anderson was born on March 7, 1989 in Subic, Zambales. His father was an American instructor in the Subic Naval Base  his mother is a Filipina businesswoman from General Santos City. He also has a younger brother (Kenneth Anderson) and two older sisters from his mother's first marriage. When he was three years old, he and his family moved from General Santos City to San Antonio, Texas, and then to Springfield, Missouri, when he was six. Finally, at 14 years of age, his family moved back to General Santos City.

 

Anderson is multilingual, demonstrating oral fluency in both English and Tagalog through his work; he also has some proficiency in Cebuano. He finished his elementary studies in San Antonio, Texas, and completed high school in General Santos City.

 

Aga Muhlach visits Lea Salonga again in New York

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By JO ERLINDA MAUFIT

 

(Photo from Instagram | @msleasalonga)

 

Look who are the Filipino celebrities in Broadway in New York?

 

Actor Aga Muhlach and former beauty queen-wife Charlene Gonzales were spotted in the city that never sleeps.

 

And the couple was seen hobnobbing with award-winning singer and actress Lea Salonga and her husband.

 

Lea sent their avid supporters abuzz after she posted a picture of them in New York before Christmas, their home studio ABS-CBN reported.

 

Lea, who won the prestigious Tony Award, had a caption which suggests that Aga watched her Broadway show “Once on This Island.”

 

“Yup. This happened. Thanks for visiting the island, Aga,” she wrote on Instagram.

 

In another post, Lea and Aga, who were real and reel sweethearts once, were joined in the picture by their respective spouses, Robert Chien for Lea.

 

According to reports, the two met up while on a trip with their respective families. They had dinner at the Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ and took a stroll in Times Square.

 

Fans have been asking for a Lea-Aga reunion movie. The two have appeared in the blockbuster films “Sana Maulit Muli” and “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal.”


Earlier this year, Aga, who has rejoined ABS-CBN, promised that a third movie with Lea would be coming soon.

 

Charlene herself made another post of their meeting on Instagram, according to GMA Network. She was all praises for Lea’s performance in the show “Once on This Island.”

 

Charlene wrote, "Truly loved and enjoyed watching Once on This Island last night. Such a wonderful play & superb cast. I had moments of tears and laughter as I was deeply moved by the performances.”

 

Charlene added: “The goddess of @msleasalonga ang galing!! You always amaze us & give us a sense of pride as you shine bright on the Broadway stage!!! Your voice is truly angelic. I can never get tired of saying how proud we are of you!!! One of the best plays I’ve seen on Broadway. Congratulations to all!"

 

It was not the first time Aga and wife flew to New York to catch Lea Salonga’s show. 

 

Last year, Aga and Charlene also saw Lea in her Broadway musical "Allegiance." 

 

Sarah Geronimo, James Reid star in new movie

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(Photo from ABS-CBN News)

 

Yes, this time, actor James Reid will have singer-actress Sarah Geronimo as co-star in a movie.

 

The movie, which has no title yet, is a Filipino adaptation of the film “Miss Granny” and will be megged by Joyce Bernal.

 

“Miss Granny” is a hit South Korean movie in 2014 which featured Shim Eun-Kyun.

 

Cameras have started rolling for the upcoming movie of Sarah and James, according to their mother studio ABS-CBN and confirmed on Instagram by Neil Arce.

 

This as James and reel and real life partner Nadine Lustre are on the finishing touches of their new movie together entitled “Never Not Love You.”

 

The James-Nadine (JaDine) starrer is directed by Antoinette Jadaone.

 

According to producers, early stills from the love team's upcoming movie “Never Not Love You" have been released for review.

 

It was gathered that the movie is all about “reckless love.”

 

This love apparently starts at a tattoo parlor where James and Nadine’s characters met for the first time. 

 

Reports have it that the two had their wrists inked with the words "ikaw at ako" and "you and me" for the movie. 

 

Nadine, it was learned from an ABS-CBN report, plays a simple girl from the province who quickly becomes the apple of James's character, a bad boy, "lone wolf" type who works as a graphic designer. 

 

Meanwhile, Sarah reportedly has started filming the Filipino adaptation of the movie “Miss Granny” under the direction of Joyce Bernal.

 

James confirmed last October that he and Sarah were to co-star in the Filipino remake of  "Miss Granny."

 

Last July, Sarah starred in the Star Cinema movie "Finally Found Someone" with actor John Lloyd Cruz.

 

James Reid’s last movie was “This Time” with his real-life girlfriend, Nadine Lustre. He is also set to portray “Pedro Penduko” in an upcoming film.

FilAm Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil enjoy London

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(Photo from Instagram | @lizasoberano)

 

While many celebrities went to the United States for the holidays, rumored couple Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil spent Christmas together in London.

 

Liza and Enrique starred in the top-rating ABS-CBN series “Dolce Amore,” some scenes of which were shot in Italy. They first starred together and became popular in the network's hit series “Forevermore” which was shot in the Cordilleras.

 

Liza, a Filipino American, from the San Francisco Bay Area, said it was her first time to celebrate the occasion away from her parents, the couple's home studio ABS-CBN reported.

 

Liza admitted that her brother Justin and some of Enrique’s immediate family members joined them in the trip.

 

“It may not be the traditional way of celebrating but nonetheless it is meaningful. There were many first for us and I’m happy I get to spend it with people I love dearly," Liza wrote on Instagram.

 

"Sadly my dad, stepmom and new baby sister weren’t with us for Christmas because my dad was denied a UK visa, but they are enjoying in Paris,” Liza added.

 

ABS-CBN reported that Liza went on to impart to her followers what for her is the true meaning of Christmas.

 

“Happy birthday Jesus. Thank you Papa God for sacrificing your only begotten son for the lives of many, let us not take that for granted. Merry Christmas again everyone and Enjoy,” she said.

 

Liza and Enrique are among several celebrities who are spending Christmas abroad such Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson, Bela Padilla, Kim Chiu, Aga Muhlach and his wife, Lea Salonga and others.

 

After their London break, Liza and Enrique will gear up for the upcoming ABS-CBN fantasy series “Bagani.” 

 

Liza, on the other hand, will also headline the movie adaptation of “Darna.”

 

It was reported earlier that Enrique has been tapped as Liza’s leading man for the 2017 Darna version. 

 

Many thought that the management might have chosen someone from its pool of boy-next-door male stars such as Ronnie Alonte and Joshua Garcia. After all, ABS-CBN is good at producing unlikely pairings from its rigodon de honor system, wrote columnist Ricky Lo.

 

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