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(Photo from Instagram | @iamhearte)

 

Fashion icon, painter, actress and wife of Sen. Francis Escudero is veritably on cloud nine these days.

 

This as she opened her new home to friends who immediately dubbed her a domestic goddess even as she is busy with a Korean-Filipino production in which she co-stars with Korean actors.

 

Despite her busy schedule and her new television show, Heart showed off portions of her new home earning praises that she still manages to be a domestic goddess in real life.

 

 The actress is even earning praises for her unique taste when it comes to her home’s dining table setup, it was learned.

 

In her latest Instagram posts, through @iamhearte, Heart impressed her followers when she showcased her skills by pulling off a Filipino-Spanish dinner setup. The ever-fashionable lady also owns plates showing European and Chinese history.

 

The GMA star also opened up her home to Instagram followers, posting several parts of the house she shares with her husband Senator Escudero and his twins.

 

Heart, however, has declined offers to show their entire home in magazine features.

 

The comely star has revealed it took her three years to finish the house she built from her savings. Heart and her politician husband have signed a pre-nuptial agreement thus, the new home remains under her name.

 

Heart, at the same time, answered some remarks regarding the new house that she built which insinuate that it came from what her husband had "earned"  in the last election where Sen. Escudero ran for vice president with Sen. Grace Poe.

 

 “You know, that’s really foul because 'yung house, it really came from my own earnings," Heart stressed in a talk with columnist Mario Bautista.

 

"We just laugh it off kasi everyone knows we signed a prenup and I declare what I make every year, so check na lang nila ang talent fee ko," the comely actress stressed.

 

"Hindi kami nagpapakialaman sa earnings ng bawat isa, but when it comes to our everyday expenses, share kami. My husband is a very open minded person and supportive siya sa career ko. I’m working on my own, I act, I have my paintings, so what’s wrong with that?” she said.


Heart was asked when she and husband have their own baby and she had an immediate reply.

 

“Naku, siguro pagkatapos na nitong ‘My Korean Jagiya’ saka kami magpo-focus sa pagbe-baby. Promise 'yan. We’ll work on it na,” she said.

 

Her house also serves as her artistic sanctuary as Heart once again picks up her brushes to paint. As an artist, she is known as Love Marie. She has exhibited her works in the past but painting had to take a backseat for a while since her plate has been full with back-to-back acting engagements in “Mulawin versus Ravena” and now, My Korean Jagiya.

 

“In between taping, did this on-the-spot painting for a short film. Can’t wait to share it with you!” Evangelista proudly noted on her new artwork.

 

In another interview, Heart, who recently celebrated her 19th anniversary in showbiz, revealed she sees herself staying in the industry for five more years, before moving on to other endeavors.

 

“Everything that happened after my 10th year was just a bonus, and I’m grateful. I’m giving myself five years. After that, I think I deserve to really live my life,” she tsaid at a recent press conference for her coming romantic-comedy series on GMA 7, “My Korean Jagiya.”

 

Heart said she plans to focus on her and her family’s businesses in food and fashion. “I plan my life. I think about everything—I take note of how much I make and how long it would last me,” she said.

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Showbiz is abuzzed with rumors that comely actress Andrea Torres is being linked to her co-star Dingdong Dantes.

 

But Andrea immediately shrugged off the rumors, stressing that she is not worried that rumors linking her to the hunk actor have been revived now that they are reunited in the GMA network series “Ang Pagbabalik ni Alyas Robin Hood.”

 

It was learned that Andrea is reprising her role as Venus in the primetime daily show.

 

“Ako kasi, I just want to be positive about things so hindi ko na lang iniisip 'yung mga ganyan,” Andrea told showbiz authority and columnist Mario Bautista.

 

“Kasi if you’d let yourself be affected by intrigues, magkakailangan lang kayo sa taping. Eh, sa ngayon, napakadali ng trabaho namin kasi kilala na namin ang isa’t isa after magkasama kami noong first season,” she said.

 

“ Si Pepe talaga ang nakikita ko sa kay Kuya Dong and it’s always fun to work with him kasi marami rin akong natutuhan sa kanya. Hindi kami nagpapaapekto sa mga issue at intriga,” she added.

 

Due to the rumors, Andrea is being bashed for being linked to Dong.

 

The actress has a ready explanation to this. “I respect him and his marriage (with Marian Rivera). You can see naman na they’re a happy family, so I don’t let myself be affected by bashing on social media,” Andrea stressed.

 

“Lahat naman ngayon, nagbibigay ng opinion nila, very judgmental, di ba? Ang mahalaga, kilala mo  'yung sarili mo. Ako naman, ever since, alam ko kunsaan ako lulugar. Ang importante, you are always professional,” she told the columnist.

 

“Nandito ka para magtrabaho, so gawin mo lang nang tama ang trabaho mo,” Andrea said.

 

“Kaya kahit pagbintangan nila ako, basta malinis ang konsensiya ko at kilala ng mga tao sa paligid ko 'yung tunay na ako, 'yun ang mas importante. Never akong pumatol as in nang-away. May basher na kung anu-ano ang sinabi sa’king panlalait, ang sagot ko lang, I will pray for you when I go to church. Kasi lahat kami ng buong family ko, madasalin talaga,” she pointed out.

 

Andrea discussed the Season 2 of the television series with Dingdong.“Mas pasabog ito sa umpisa pa lang. Kasi magpo-propose na sa’kin ng marriage si Pepe complete with an engagement ring. Kaso, bago pa matuloy ang wedding namin, magkakaroon ng complications,” she said.

 

“ Ang mother niyang si Jaclyn Jose as Judy, magiging biktima ng terrorist group headed by Jay Manalo. Magiging hostage sa pagsalakay nina Jay sa city hall. Mas pasabog din ang fight scenes dito. Meron akong fight scene sa bubong ng tall building, eh may fear of heights ako, pero ginawa ko pa rin,” she noted.

 

“Then papasok pa si Edu Manzano as a corrupt politician at magkakaroon ako ng bagong ka-love triangle kay Pepe, si Solenn Heussaff. Kaya abangan nyo ang Season 2 after ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’,” Andrea said.


Andrea told Mario Bautista that she is happier now that GMA Artist Center is managing her and no longer Triple A which also manages Marian Rivera.

 

 “Oo naman, pero nagpaalam naman ako nang maayos sa Triple A kaya maganda ang naging paghihiwalay namin. Noong magkita nga kami sa Tagaytay noong wedding ni Rochelle Pangilinan nina Mr. Tony Tuviera at Ateng Rams David, big bosses ng Triple A, I hugged them, nagkuwentuhan kami and we’re okay,” Andrea recounted.
    

At that wedding, many people were wondering why Marian was absent when the groom is Dingdong’s cousin. “Siyempre hindi pupunta roon si Marian kasi si Andrea ang maid of honor ni Rochelle at si Dong ang best man ng groom na si Arthur Solinap,” someone who attended the wedding said. “Baka ma-out of place lang siya roon kaya unawain na lang natin.”

 

Meanwhile, Marian Rivera dismissed rumors that she has something to do with Andrea Torres' departure from Triple A, headed by Tony Tuviera. 


As reported on PEP, the actress, whose rumoured rift with Torres has been reported for a while now, expressed her surprise by the allegations, saying, "How am I so powerful? Am I more powerful than Mr. Tuviera?"

 

Marian reiterated her previous statement, that she has no issue with Torres and that she's not the kind of person who would do such a thing to other people. The actress also shut down continuous rumours that she is jealous of Torres' chemistry with her husband, Dingdong Dantes in "Alyas Robin Hood", adding that she treats the actress like her own little sister.

 

 "As a big sister, I am very open to hearing her issues if there's any," she said. In a previous interview, Torres stated that she has great respect for Triple A and will not make further statements as to why she decided to move to GMA Artist Center.

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By JOJIE M. GABOT

 

(Photo from Instagram | @brunomars)

 

It's all systems go for the Bruno Mars return concert in Manila on May 3, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

 

This as concert promoter MMI Live announced the ticket prices for Bruno Mars' concert which will be on sale starting September 7.

 

The announcement via the SM Tickets website stated that the tickets are priced as follows: VIP 1 STANDING: P23,850; VIP 2 STANDING: P18,550; LOWER BOX A: P13, 250; LOWER BOX B: P 8,480; UPPER BOX: P4,770; and GENERAL ADMISSION: P2,650.

 

The multiple Grammy winner will perform on May 3 next year as part of his “24K Magic” tour. 

 

The Filipino American singer last performed in Manila in March 2014 for his “The Moonshine Jungle” tour. 

 

Some of his hits include "Versace on the Floor," "That's What I Like," and "Just the Way You Are." 

 

The concert is the singer’s third visit in the country. He first performed in April 2011 in Cebu, followed by a concert in Manila in 2014 as part of his “The Moonshine Jungle” world tour.

 

His visit in 2018 is part of his "24k Magic World Tour.

 

The tour, which kicked off last March in Europe, is in support of Mars’ latest album of the same tour name, with three hit singles so far: “Versace on the Floor,” “That’s What I Like,” and the title track.

 

The half-Filipino singer and songwriter whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, now 31, is behind latest hit "Versace on the Floor" and well-loved songs "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like".

 

Concert promoter Music Management International (MMI Live) said  tickets will go on sale starting on Sept. 7 via SM Tickets.

 

The 24K Magic World Tour is the third concert tour by the Grammy Award winning popstar, to support his album 24K Magic (2016). It began March 28, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, and will conclude at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018.

 

Meanwhile, 24K Magic, the album, has been consistently on top of the charts, with songs like “24K Magic,” “Versace on The Floor,” and “That’s What I Like.”

 

The 31-year old Filipino-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter rose to fame for his early hits “Just The Way You Are,” “Marry You,” “The Lazy Song,” and “Grenade.” His other hits include “Uptown Funk” and “Versace on the Floor.”

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By JO ERLINDA MAUFIT

 

 

Are beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend, Filipino-Swiss car racer Marlon Stockinger headed to Splitsville?

 

 Or have they broken up?

 

The questions were raised after reports indicated that the two celebrities have removed all images of them together from their social media accounts.

 

The decision to delete their sweet memories together on Instagram came more than a month after Marlon unfollowed the former Miss Universe title holder on Instagram.

 

Among their images together which they removed from their Instagram accounts were a shot of them cuddling while on a vacation in Hawaii and a photo in which Marlon reassured their followers that "nothing's changed" between him and the Miss Universe 2015 winner. 

 

Earlier, Marlon reassured their followers that “nothing’s changed” between him and the Filipina-German beauty from Cagayan de Oro city.

 

The Filipino-Swiss car racer also explained that he and Pia are merely keeping their romance more private. 

 

There is no official word yet from Pia on her relationship with Marlon.

 

Pia is busy with her comeback movie for the Metro Manila Film Festival, modelling, endorsement and promotion activities, as Miss Universe ambassador and just recently she had some quality time in Cancun, Mexico with her fellow beauty queens from the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

 

The Miss Universe 2015 titleholder attended an event in Cancun with her successor, reigning queen Iris Mittenaere of France who got the crown in Manila, and her former roommate Olivia Jordan, who is Miss USA 2015.

 

Also present were Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez.

 

Aside from being a Miss Universe ambassador, Pia is also busy with her HIV-AIDS awareness advocacy, as well as endorsement deals and showbiz projects. Her taking an HIV-AIDS tests recently raised eyebrows of fans and netizens, with some indicating she may have the disease which she and health officials immediately shrugged off.

 

Pia emphasized the need to know one’s HIV status and what to do when he or she tests positive for AIDS as she continues her advocacy to eliminate HIV and AIDS.


Even before she won the Miss Universe crown, Pia has been vocal about her desire to be an advocate in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

 

“Dapat regular ang pagpapa-testing. Hindi isa lang. Depende sa lifestyle ng tao (Testing should be done on a regular basis, and not just once. It depends on a person’s lifestyle),” said Pia as she got herself tested for the virus for the second time. Her first was in New York.

 

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she said about the tests.

 

“If I could invite my (relatives), my cousins, we would join hands going to the clinic to undergo testing,” she said, explaining that people should not be ashamed of going to clinics to undergo this test.

 

Pia said her cousin, her handler, and some of the people who work with her also had the HIV testing with her in Taguig City.

 

The test was done at the Kalayaan Room of SM Aura in Taguig City shortly before the launch of the Love Gala event and the Ripple Awards -- part of her continuing advocacy to check the spread of HIV/AIDS beyond her reign as Miss Universe.

 

"These projects are simply called Progressive Information Awareness Campaign or Project PIA," Wurtzbach said, noting that with these projects, she hopes to create awareness of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

 

She said she intends to use the social media power campaign #Live2Luv in targeting the key affected population and the general public.

 

Once it is rolled out, she said, the campaign will promote HIV testing in community centers and social hygiene clinics in the hope of making HIV tests regular medical exams.

  

Pia and Marlon actually have been rumored to have broken up for a while now. The rumor intensified when it was reported that Marlon has a child from a previous relationship with a comely model.

 

The model alleged that Marlon is the father of her twin kids who were born in 2009 when he was only 18. 

 

The model said that she has been raising the kids alone, but stressed that she came forward not to seek any financial support from Marlon and his family. 

 

Marlon initially denied her relationship with the model as well as fathering her two kids.

 

Pia and Marlon confirmed their relationship in January, with the beauty queen saying that she's lucky to have found "somebody who’s very secure with himself and who understands [her] job." 

  

Pia’s co-stars in the movie being made for the Metro Manila Film Festival  are Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla who have proven box office prowers.


Their movie is the MMFF entry “The Revengers,” which is expected to be shown in December together with the other filmfest entries.


With her big movie comeback, Pia, who began her acting career as a child star, said she is ready to handle everything, including intrigues in the rumor-laden showbiz.

 

“I’ve been doing refresher acting workshops to prepare for my role. With intrigues, I’ve been dealing with them for years, especially during my reign as Miss Universe. I am prepared for anything that will come my way,” the Filipino-German beauty said.

 

Pia said she’s excited to play a superhero in “The Revengers,” a fantasy comedy adventure inspired by Marvel’s “The Avengers” to be directed by Joyce Bernal, Edwin P. Sallan reported on Interaksyon.com.


The film is her first big screen project since “All About Love” in 2006 where she played a minor role and when she was still billed as Pia Romero.

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