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Don’t look now but showbiz heartthrob John Lloyd Cruz has gone on an indefinite leave. 


This was officially announced on Oct. 6 by his mother studio ABS-CBN in a statement stating that their contract star is taking a leave of absence because of personal reasons.


“ABS-CBN and John Lloyd Cruz have agreed for him to take an indefinite leave of absence to attend to personal matters,” the network stated as revealed by Kane Errol Choa,  head of Integrated Corporate Communications of ABS-CBN.


The statement also said the34-year-old actor will take a break “outside the country and will return to ABS-CBN after his leave of absence.”

 

It was not known how long the leave would be, however, and when he will be back to the country and his weekly sitcom, “Home Sweetie Home,” which airs every Saturday on ABS-CBN.


John Lloyd reportedly flew last Oct. 7, with rumored girlfriend, Ellen Adarna, to an undisclosed destination in Europe.

 

Both John Lloyd and Adarna also posted photos of what looks like an aircraft cabin on their social media accounts and reports indicated later that they flew to Portugal.

 

John Lloyd has been making showbiz headlines for several weeks now when videos of him and “Home Sweetie Home” co-star Ellen Adarna went viral during their Cebu getaway.

 

The two have posted their sweet photos on personal social media accounts but never admitted anything about their relationship status.

 

More photos of other getaways in other places were also posted by the two, fueling speculations that they were in a romance.

 

John Lloyd was last seen at the Star Magic Ball on September 30 without any partner but avoided the press in the red carpet.

  

As this developed, actress Angelica Panganiban was reported to be unperturbed by the controversy surrounding her ex, John Lloyd Cruz, and his rumored paramour, Ellen Adarna, according to showbiz columnist Ethel Ramos.

Angelica looked cool and unaffected at the Star Magic Ball, in spite of people talking about John Lloyd’s arrival; it was reported in the column. 

Both were date-less at the event. Angelica, however, strolled placidly on the red carpet, while John Lloyd chose to skip it, according to the report.

Angelica will soon be facing the movie cameras with Judy Ann Santos in “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes.” She is also seen regularly in the Sunday gag show, “Banana Sundae.” 

 

Judy Ann, Angelica and the cast of the movie were seen with visiting Hollywood actor Steven Segal and former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.

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By JO ERLINDA NEBRES

 

 

Hollywood action star, producer, director, and martial artist Steven Seagal has called on  President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang.

 

And judging from reports, photos and videos that came out after their meeting, Seagal visibly enjoyed his meeting with the unorthodox leader.

 

In one of the photos, the smiling actor and the President were seen doing the Chief Executive’s trademark fist pose.

 

In another photo, President Duterte and Seagal are shown doing the signature pose with other officials and guests.

 

The officials and guests included Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Council for Philippine Affairs (COPA) Secretary General Pastor Saycon,  Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Narvacan, former Ilocos Sur governor and now Councilor Luis Singson, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.

  

Seagal, 65, a native of Michigan but holds American, Russian and Serbian citizenship, flew in to be one of the judges of the Miss Earth pageant on Nov. 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

 

While in the Philippines, Seagal, who is an expert in Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kendo and Shito-ryu, will be scouting for locations for his new movie.

 

President  Duterte received Steven Seagal in a courtesy call in Malacañang on October 12.

 

Seagal, 65, was accompanied by former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson during his meeting with the President. Seagal’s new movie is about illegal drugs and other crimes.

 

Telling Seagal that movies are a reflection of life, President Duterte reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical. He also told the American actor that he used to have karate lessons.

 

Drug trade and production devastated many societies in Latin America, particularly Mexico, and the President said he does not want the Philippines to suffer the same fate.

 

Prior to meeting Steven Seagal, President Duterte received artist Freddie Luna Cruz. Cruz, the great grandson of national artist Juan Luna, presented a portrait of the President, which he painted last year when the Chief Executive assumed office. Cruz was accompanied by Presidential Consultant for Education Jose David Lapuz.

 

Seagal is in the country to scout a location for the sequel of 1988 film "Above the Law." The 80s film featured the story of a cop (Seagal) whose "routine drug-trafficking investigation leads to an international conspiracy."

 

It is not actually the first visit of the Hollywood actor. More than a year ago, he was in Manila on a “business trip” details of which to this day has not been made public.

 

Seagal’s first visits to the country were during the time of President Ferdinand Marcos and then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

 

As was in his last visit, Seagal was again welcomed by his friend, former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, who accompanied him to the welcome party hosted by the Miss Earth Organization for the international delegates of the Miss Earth pageant at the Carousel Mansion in Mandaluyong City, reported Edwin Sallan of Interaksyon.com.

 

During the event, Lorraine Shuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions which runs the Miss Earth and Miss Earth Philippines pageants, announced that Seagal will be a judge at the 17th edition of Miss Earth pageant on November 4.

 

Philippine television networks showed Seagal with the Miss Earth candidates in a visit in  Manila’s former Spanish district of Intramuros.

 

Lately, Seagal hogged the headlines when former world boxing champion George Foreman challenged him to a boxing bout.

 

It was not known if the actor accepted the challenge.

 

Seagal is best known for a string of blockbuster action movies from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, which included “Above The Law,” “Hard to Kill,” “Marked for Death,” “Out for Justice,” “Under Siege,” and “On Deadly Ground.”

 

He was one of the world’s top action stars until the late 1990s when he started to star, producer and sometimes write films that were released direct-to-video and more recently as video-on-demand.

 

Hollywood reports showed that this year, Seagal has two films already in post-production, “Attrition” and “Above The Law 2,” a sequel to his 1988 debut blockbuster.

 

Last year, the American actor who now lives in Moscow flew to Manila, Cebu and Boracay purportedly to look for location sites for the filming of another movie.

 

Seagal flew in via a Cathay Pacific Airlines flight and was welcomed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 by then Terminal Manager Octavio “Bing” Lina and former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, his host.

 

The actor described former President Arroyo as a friend and was disheartened when he learned that she was at that time under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

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Actress Nadine Lustre is battling depression.

 

This she admitted after the untimely death of his brother Isaiah in their home in Barangay Talipapa in Quezon City, apparently in a suicide.

 

The admission came as Nadine requested for privacy in the wake of her younger brother’s reported suicide through her Instagram posts.

 

It was gathered that Isaiah, 16, was found dead in their home at Barangay Talipapa in Quezon City and police investigators recovered an empty shell of a .38 caliber handgun and later ruled the death as a suicide.

 

Reporting on Nadine’s posts, Edwin Sallan of Interaksyon.com wrote Nadine did not initially refer to Isaiah’s death in her first post and, without acknowledging if her brother had suffered from depression, admitted that she herself has been struggling with it for many years.

 

The first part of the lengthy post enumerated how Nadine copes with her own personal issues.

 

“It may come as a surprise to you, but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day,” Nadine wrote on Instagram.

 

She continued: “I have days where Im just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused.. I felt like I was just looking in someone else’s life through a window. Feeling bad cuz I am not enough and everything that I do and will do will never be enough. Its not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it.”

 

In the second part, Nadine said she’s blessed to have a strong support system of family and friends.

 

“I’m thankful that Im blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind. Family who will always be my strength. Friends who will always pull me up. Love who will always guide me,” Nadine wrote.

 

The rest of Nadine’s post made subtle references to Isaiah’s demise as she started to tell her followers that whatever their problems are, suicide is not the answer, reported Edwin Sallan.

 

Nadine wrote: “[I]f you ever hit rock bottom, dont be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones. if anyone understands and cares about what you’re going through, its them. You are who/what you say you are.If you think you’re weak, you will be weak. If you tell yourself you are not worthy, you will be unworthy. But, if you say you’re strong, you will be strong and If you tell yourself you can do it, you can do anything.The ONLY validation that you will ever need is one from yourself.”

 

“If you’re HEARTBROKEN, cry it out, okay.. and then STOP. Pick yourself up and dust it off. He/She ain’t the last person on earth.Trust me when I tell you that you will find someone else… meant for you and who will better you.I didn’t believe that before either, but here I am now. DONT EVEN think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop.”

 

The final part of Nadine’s post seems to hint that she, too, once contemplated on taking her own life.

 

“ITS OKAY to be sad. ITS OKAY to feel pain. ITS OKAY to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Dont be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and Im so thankful that I didn’t do it, because If I did, I wouldn’t be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful. #KeepGoing ;”

 

In her second post, Nadine paid tribute to Isaiah and thanked him for “teaching everyone a very important lesson.”

 

“Im so proud of you. Never knew you had such talent with words. Im happy to have read all of your entries and discover that you have such a beautiful mind. Excited to read your scripts/stories soon.”

 

“I want to thank you for teaching everyone a very important lesson. Thank you for opening my eyes and making me braver. I know now that whatever challenge I will have to face, I will be able to pull through because of you.”

 

“Im gonna miss your face and miss hearing your corny jokes. I wish you stayed with us longer. I am keeping my promise and we will still travel the world together. No more crying. Happy Birthday Dude. Joyeux voyage, je t’aime frère”

 

In this post, Nadine also posted a link to Isaiah’s writings on the online publishing platform, Medium. The link, however, is no longer accessible.

 

Prior to these two posts, Nadine requested her followers for respect by refraining to post photos and videos of her taken during the funeral. In another post, she warned everyone who has been “judging” her for the past few days that they will always see her up but never down. “Get lost, please,” she ended.

 

She also assured her followers who have been sharing stories of weakness that she is reading every one of them. “Wait for me…I GOT U.”

 

The earlier posts were made through Instagram Stories, which can only be viewed for 24 hours.

 

Nadine Lustre’s father Ulysses, meanwhile, took to Facebook to share his thoughts on depression after the sudden demise of his son Isaiah, who would have turned 17 last  October 13.


 “The loss of a father or a mother is painful, the loss of a son is unbearable. The demons of depression is devouring our youth. I call out to all sons and daughters to please stop hurting yourselves. Your depression is incomparable to us parents when you do,” he wrote.


“Life is beautiful. Please bear that in mind. Happy Birthday, Ice. We love you so much [sic].” Ulysses added.


In another post, he posted his realizations after reading the writings of his late son.


“You got me there, Ice, so much lessons learned. Even I am not free from depression, thru your writings I’m now more bolder to face it head on. I am proud of you Ice. This tragedy will not end unnoticed. A battlecry for fighting depression will be shouted. And there will be awareness [sic],” he stated.

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 Yes, Aga Muhlach is back in the movies.

 

The former matinee idol stars in the Star Cinema movie “Seven Days” with some of the brightest actors of the generation.

 

And if reports by showbiz columnists were to be the gauge, Aga’s comeback is triumphant as his fans trooped to the cinemas when “Seven Sundays” opened last week in theaters.

 

For one, Isah Red reported that to this day since its opening, the new Aga movie remains a blockbuster.

 

According to the columnist, Aga is happy about the turnout as the former matinee idol admitted he had doubts about going back to facing the cameras, what with his struggle with losing the extra pounds.

 

“Fortunately, the role assigned to him did not require a well-built man or someone with a sculpted physique,” wrote Isah Red.

 

Aga promised to trim weight further to be able to be physically fit for future movies.

 

 “No, I won’t stay that way,” he was quoted as saying by Isah Red, referring to the body many fans saw in his comeback movie. “I will be doing other movies and I will have to make myself physical fit for the other roles I’ll be playing," he added.

 

It was gathered that Star Cinema was doubly happy with Aga Muhlach’s coming back to the movie outfit of ABS-CBN.

 

The movie was the right project for an actor who has long stayed out of the limelight, according to the producers who said Aga is one of the most iconic leading men of Star Cinema. The last full-length feature that Aga starred in was the romantic drama “In The Name Of Love” opposite Angel Locsin in 2011.

 

 “In the last years, almost all the film offers were mostly love stories. I wanted to do something different. The concept of a family centered movie greatly appealed to me and I was really very moved when I read the script of Seven Sundays,” said Aga.

 

Seven Sundays teams Aga up with some of the industry’s finest actors – Dingdong Dantes, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Ronaldo Valdez. It is a family dramedy about four estranged siblings – Allan (Muhlach), Bryan (Dantes), Cha (Reyes) and Dex (Enrique Gil) –forced by their dying father, Manuel (Valdez), to revive their Sunday family get-togethers for the remaining months of his life. Now forced to spend time with each other, both comedy and chaos ensue as old family and sibling issues resurface as they all deal with their individual conflicts.

 

Aga’s Allan, is the eldest and is in constant conflict with Dingdong Dantes’ Bryan, considered as the second eldest in the family. Allan’s struggle is to make his his children and his father to be proud of him always doubting whether the choices makes are right or not.

 

Seven Sundays is a heartwarming film that reminds every Filipino that although not every family is perfect, one thing is constant – the love and affection that each family member has for each other despite the many differences they have among themselves.

 

“The movie has the right blend of drama and comedy. The comedic sequences that we filmed were all very natural and nothing is contrived. I guess that’s the reason why these scenes are hilarious. The dramatic scenes on the other hand, will really touch the hearts of moviegoers. This movie teaches us that it’s normal for siblings to fight and have disagreements and that no family is perfect. The important thing is that the love of every family for each other must always, always prevail despite whatever problem they face with one another.”

 

Seven Sundays also stars Donita Rose, Kean Cipriano, Ketchup Eusebio, April Matienzo, Jeffrey Tam, Kyle Echarri, Kin Billote, Angelica and Angelee Cruz, Gabriel Iribagon, and Alyanna Angeles.

 

Isah Red also reported that Dingdong Dantes also returns to the silver screen after the successful theatrical run of “The Unmarried Wife” in 2016. 

 

Enrique Gil, on the other hand, teams up with Cathy Garcia-Molina once again after the mammoth success of My Ex And Whys in February.

 

Cristine Reyes was last seen on TV as one of the celebrity contestants on “I Can Do That” prior to her last film credit in her unforgettable cameo in the Vice Ganda super blockbuster hit Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy in 2013.

 

Ronaldo Valdez was last seen in the romantic flick “All You Need Is Pag-ibig” in 2015 and he is finally back in his element in this dramatic-comedy.

 

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