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Friday, December 16, 2005

The loudest whisper in showbiz today is that Angel Locsin will play Darna in GMA-7s forthcoming TV series. But GMA Films executives are not confirming this; instead, theyre saying they have not really decided on who will play the superheroine, portrayed in the past by top movie stars such as Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Pinky Montilla, and Anjanette Abayari.

But of course movie writers believe that it will indeed be Angel who will portray Darna. Angel is after all GMA Artist Centers most popular star at the moment. The success of "Mulawin" which she and Richard Gutierrezs topbill, and their movie "Let the Love Begin" which is a blockbuster at the tills, have enchanced even more Angels popularity. Her being sweet and mabait have also helped in making Angel a household word.

But more on GMA Films hit movie "Let the Love Begin:" As of last Monday, the fan and romance movie, "Let the Love Begin" has already grossed more than R73 million nationwide, and that was only its first one week of exhibition!

Annette Gozon-Abrogar, president of GMA Films, said: "We never expected it. We are truly blessed, we are more than satisfied!"

As a follow-up, GMA Films, she added, will be producing at least three movies more this year. Now in pre-production is "Darna." As to who will play Darna is still a guess.

Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin are the lead stars of "Let the Love Begin." Also in the cast are reel-and-real sweethearts Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado. They were so sweet with one another during the victory party held for the press and friends.

What if Mark is paired with another leading lady and they have a kissing scene, will Jennylyn feel jealous? "Not at all," Jennylyn stressed. "Trabaho lang yan!"

What about you? "I think Mark will not also mind it," Jennylyn answered in behalf of Mark. "And I will only do a kissing scene that is appropriate and wholesome," she added.

There are speculations that Mark and Jennylyn could also be given "their" own movie soon.

Mac Alejandre, who directed the romance movie, paid tribute to GMA Films boss for her acumen in handling the production, especially so that she gave her full support to the movie project.

GMA Films went on a limbo for four years before it resurfaced and produced "Let the Love Begin" for release during the Valentines Day season.

Movie buffs said that GMAs teleserye "Mulawin" which stars Richard Gutierrez and Angel Aquino contributed greatly in making the movie a resounding blockbuster.

The song, "Let the Love Begin" which has been airing on radio also pushed the movie to its peak.

Other stars in "Let the Love Begin" are Ms Gloria Romero, Tonton Gutierrez, Bearwin Meily, Tuesday Vargas, Nanette Inventor, Paolo Contis, Polo Ravales, Dino Guevarra, Biboy Ramirez, Geoff Rodriguez, Jerome John Hughes, Julianne Lee, Tess Bomb, Nicole Anderson, Margaret Wilson and Shamrock.

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Why stars undergo cosmetic surgery

The cosmetic surgery trade has become a multi-billion business worldwide and all for that proverbial search for the fountain of youth!

In Hollywood, movie celebrities spend millions of dollars in an attempt to roll back time and correct the flaws in their bodies. Medical advances in cosmetic surgery in the last decade have became so amazing and phenomenal that not only the aging but also the young seek doctors expertise in improving Mother Natures gifts to them. While others want to erase the signs of aging, others would just like to enhance their physical appearance, which is just natural.

Noted New York surgeon to the stars Dr. Alan Matarasso has noted however that some people just dont know when enough is enough, and when to stop. Was he referring to Michael Jackson maybe?

In Hollywood, like in the Philippines, many dont want to admit theyve had cosmetic surgeries but there are those who are open about it. Like comic star Joan Rivers who at 71 has had several face-lifts, it was claimed and she doesnt deny it, unlike 58-year-old Farrah Fawcett (check her in that stinging Internet website entitled www.awfulplastic surgery.com). Funny lady Roseanne Barr has admitted she has had "from head to toe" . She has been quoted as saying "I had everything done from facelifts to nose job, breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction."

Other Hollywood celebrities whove went under the knife for the sake of beauty include Rue McChanalan, Marie Osmond, Jessica Lange, Marlo Thomas and Priscilla Presley.

In the local scene, if you are in search of the so-called fountain of youth, it can help if you attend the 2nd Annual Anti-Ageing Convention which will be held today at the Westin Philippine Plaza. The convention is spearheaded by the Philippine Anti-Ageing Medical Society, Inc. headed by Dr. Joel C. Mendez who established the society in year 2000.

Dr. Mendez is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine and is the one local movie stars go to when they need to lose weight within a certain period of time. He also offers other beautifying services like skincare. A US-trained weight management specialist, Dr. Mendez owns the Weigh Less Center where many movie stars go for their weight problems.

Incidentally, the other officers of PAAMS are Dr. Rimando C. Saguin, VP; Dr. Ma. Luisa G. Santos, secretary; Dr. Arthur V. Estuita, treasurer; Dr. Nympha S. Mundin, asst. treasurer; Dr. Alfredo S. Balintong, auditor; Dr. Elias D. Adamos, PRO; and Drs. Jose Sanchez and Salvador Flores, advisers.

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Pinay beauty queen here on medical mission

In town is a US-based Pinay beauty, Ms. Therese Lorraine Lizardo who holds the title Miss District of Columbia. Thereses special talent is dancing the Tahitian/Hawaiian dance. But her passion is helping the needy, and this is why she has been to the Philippines many times to assist in medical missions, especially the ones undertaken by her father, Rudy Lizardo (he used to work with the Manila Bulletin before his family migrated to the US) who was president of the Auxillary of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA). Rudys wife is a doctor.

Therese is a medical student at George Washington University. "I was influenced by my mother," she said. "She came to America with $300, a diploma and nowhere to go. Today, she is a successful physician with a happy family. Her strength, determination and tenacity motivate me to succeed as well. Through her platform "Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop: Values First," Therese hopes to motiviate teachers across the nation to implement a values code.

"A strong set of values that fosters ambition and integrity is what differentiates a good student from a great student. Teachers play an important role in the development of a child because they can infuse these values every day in their classroom." She said that her greatest accomplishment so far is assisting in hundreds of surgeries of various types and general screenings in complimentary medical missions to the Philippines.

While here, Therese will promote her Filipino-American Mentorship Program: PI Pals to college-bound students in the Philippines, and contribute her volunteer service as a medical student.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 23, go to Estanislao Alinea, Lita Belisano, James Leyretana, Aisa de Ocampo-Natividad, Norma M. Morante of DoT Region 8, Duriza Belen of Hawaii, Carlito Domingo of Metrobank Arranque Branch, Armi Jarin and Ms. Tessie H. Reyes...

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