Apr 17
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Ejay's secrets revealed

Author: Aster Amoyo
Column: If I Know

Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus Big Winner Ejay Falcon is overwhelmed when he met the press at the 14th floor of ELJ Building in the ABS-CBN compound. He says he had asked his stepfather Daddy Erning to take care of his cash prize money of P1-M.

The 18-year-old young man from Mindoro has no plans of looking for his biological father who is reportedly now residing in France. He's not aware where his real dad really is. When his mother left home, it was Ka Erning who took care of him. He also uses Ka Erning's surname Falcon.

He always has had a good relationship with his stepdad even when he was still young. He has a family where love abounds. But when his mother left home, they became a broken family. He was 15 when Ejay learned that Ka Erning is not his real father. It was his mother and her sisters who told him about the truth.

Some people are questioning the veracity of him being a probinsiyano. They say Ejay is not really probinsiyano because he has been in Manila for many years now.

"Three years po ako sa Manila," he reveals "Pero every three months, umuuwi po ako sa amin (sa Mindoro). Nagtatagal po ako sa province. 'Tapos 'pag nandito sa Manila, hindi ako lumalabas ng bahay. Lumalabas, pero paminsan-minsan lang po. Kasi isa na po roon ay dahil wala akong pera. Para sa akin po, promdi pa rin ako. Yun nga po, nandito ako sa Manila. Pero pabalik-balik ako sa province. "

Would he rather be known as promdi or Manileño? "Kung saan po 'yung totoo kasi promdi naman po ako talaga. Proud naman po ako na promdi ako pero gusto ko ring maging Manileño," he said.

It was his mother who brought him to Manila when he was 15. He was in fourth year high school then. He learned that his mother has a new family with a new sibling in Manila. "Dito ako nagtapos ng high school sa Carlos P. Garcia (High School) po sa Pandacan. 'Tapos umuwi uli ako sa province, one year ako roon. Then, bumalik ako ulit dito," related Ejay.

He would have wanted to take up a Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Manila. But when his mom lost his job, Ejay went back to Mindoro. He stayed there for one year because he couldn't enroll in his school. But he went back to Manila because he wanted to study and help his father. He had dreams to fulfill and one of them was to become a star.

He came back to Manila last year where he got the chance to meet showbiz hairstylist Benjie Alipio. He then joined the talent search Circle of 10, which produced the likes of Rainier Castillo and Dion Ignacio. He didn't get lucky in the said talent search but Benjie was able to help him get guest stints in several GMA 7 shows.

"Sa ngayon po, hindi ko alam kung ano ang plano ng ABS-CBN sa akin. Wala pa po silang sinasabi. Pero gusto ko po sana kung mabibigyan ng chance na mapasama sa teleserye. Siyempre po, gusto ko sa mga action. "

Has he had the chance to talk to Benjie after he was named Big Winner of PBB Teen Edition Plus?

"Nakausap ko na po siya kanina and siyempre, sobrang. ... medyo ano po, sobrang masaya pero naiiyak. Ganun po. "

What can he say about the rumors that he was a former call boy?

"Hindi po ako ganun. Diyos na ang bahala sa kanila. Basta alam ko sa sarili ko hindi ako yun," said Ejay.

Is he ready to face intrigues?

"Ako, parang naipakita ko na 'yung lahat sa loob ng Bahay ni Kuya. Kung hindi siya totoo, yung mga naglalabasang intriga, hindi ko papansinin. Kasi yun nga, nandun na hindi totoo. Wala na po sa akin 'yun. Kung totoo naman, so totoo, okey lang po. Tanggap ng tanggap. Alam ko na po 'yun," says the PBB Big Winner.

THIS season could be the busiest for Karylle, who is also into acting and hosting aside from being a singer. After hurdling the audition for Stages' West Side Story, anytime soon, Karylle will launch her new album which was two years in the making.

Karylle met with the press over lunch at Centerstage, a KTV bar and restaurant which she co-owns with boyfriend Dingdong Dantes and other non-showbiz business partners, where she revealed the title of her new album, Roadtrip.

The album, which contains 15 cuts, is very special for Karylle, because she wrote most of the songs. It is made up of love songs and ballads, with a few alternatives, only two of which are remakes. It took her a year to write the songs, with the arrangements and actual recording taking another year.

Aside from that, she's alternating with Rhian Ramos as host of Pinoy Idol Extra. But what excites Karyle is the musical play West Side Story that will run in the Meralco Theater from September to October. She's now reading lines with lead actor Christian Bautista and anytime soon, they will start their rehearsals. Alternating with her for the role of Maria is Joanna Ampil of Les Miserables.

Karylle reveals that she loves doing musicals. "Ever since, even if I am doing a soap or a movie, my co-stars are amused when I tell them let's do a musical. But no one is doing musicals unlike during the '50s when musical was the usual theme of our movies," says Karylle.

There's a saying in showbiz that you can't have the best of both worlds. If your career is doing well, your love life suffers. But in the case of Karylle and Dingdong Dantes, their love life is going strong. And with regards their careers, individually both of them are doing well.

"I think, it helps that we support each other," says Karylle. "Kapag 'yung isa feeling kind of down, siyempre hahanapan ng ways na baka rito ka puwede or kunwari may pina-plan na anything. At kung mukhang hindi maganda ang pina-plan niya or vice-versa, parang mag-adjust yung isa. "

Karylle is now in the United States for a show with her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla on June 14 at Casino Hotel in San Diego, California. It's the first time for her and mom to perform together abroad. It's something she looks forward to doing this since they don't get to perform together more often. Karylle and her mom appear in competing Sunday shows. She's a mainstay of SOP while her mom is one of the hosts of ASAP 08.

ONE of the most talked-about in the controversial movie Serbis, the Philippine entry to the Cannes Film Festival, is the love scene of Coco Martin and newcomer Mercedes Cabral who earned praises from paparazzi in Cannes.

Many are curious if there was more than that meets the eye in the love scene between Coco and Mercedes because both actors were naked. Direk Dante Mendoza didn't allow his actors to put plaster on their private parts. "Ayaw kasi ni Direk Dante na umiiwas ang kanyang camera kapag may plaster para maging realistiko ang eksena," said one close to the production.

Direk Dante didn't have hard time convincing his stars to do the scene. What they just requested is to have the scene shot behind closed doors. It was only Direk Dante, Coco, Mercedes and the cinematographer who was inside the dingy room of Family Theater in Angeles City when the scene was shot.

Coco is being called as festival boy. He has been to prestigious film festivals for his movies. He was in Locarno (Switzerland) and Toronto (Canada) for Masahista. He also went to Berlin (Germany) for Tirador. For Serbis, he was part of the Philippine delegation to Cannes Film Festival.

Serbis got mixed reviews when it was screened in Cannes. Directed by Brillante Mendoza and written by Armando Lao, Serbis also stars Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King, Mercesa Cabral. Also in Cannes were Direk Dante, Bing Lao, producer Ferdinand Lapuz and cinematographer Odyssey Flores.

Source: People's Journal