Apr 21
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Former Viva Hotbabe in video scandal

Author: Mario E. Bautista
Column: Freehand

FORMER VIVA Hot Babe Sheree was supposed to be launched in Viva's "Scorpio Nights 3".

The project never took off so she grabbed the offer of Director Jun Lana to play the title role in his new film, "Roxxxanne".

"The role is good at title roler pa ko, so I accepted it," she says. "I play a girl who rents an apartment owned by Jay Aquitania's family. I don't know that Jay is a closet queen in love with a pedicab driver, Janvier Daily. To cover up his sexual preference, Jay invents a lie about me na nilagyan ng sex video. This leads to an explosive series of events that erupts in a violent climax. When the movie was premiered in U. P. , puro positive ang feedback sa pelikula at sa performance ko kaya happy talaga ako sa 'Roxxxanne".

Inspite of some delicate scenes of sex and violence, the film was approved without cuts. It'll be shown starting February 2 at Robinson's Galleria Indie Sine. Why did Director Jun Lana make a movie about a sex video? "Our country is dubbed as the texting capital of the world," he says. "About 200 million text messages are sent everyday and the cellphone is no longer just a communication device but also a powerful and social tool. It's also used for violating someone's privacy.

Sex videos involving celebrities and even ordinary people continue to circulate through cellphones. 'Roxxxanne' takes a look at how this seemingly harmless device can change our lives and affect us, whether in a good or a bad way. "

FORMER STREET URCHIN NOW AN ACTOR

Janvier Daily first gained attention as the boyfriend of Ethel Booba who was the reason why she went out of Kuya's House in PBB Celebrity Edition 2. But it turned out he has already dumped Ethel so she just went back to PBB. His nude picture later circulated on the net. "Roxxxanne" is his first starring role.

Those who've met Janvier says he's inscrutable, difficult to fathom. This is because he had a very sad past. He says he's willing to bare on screen to help his mom who's now in the hospital.

"What my mom went through to raise us is no joke," he says. "She's from Surigao, my dad's from Laguna. We are eight children. He beats us up and my mom almost died, so we escaped from him. I was about 5 years old when we went to Manila and we slept in the streets of Ermita. Someone reported us to 'Magandang Gabi Bayan' and my mom was accused of pimping us. But it's not true. She was just looking for people to help us with our studies. My mom worked as a waitress and me and my siblings took all kinds of job. I sold newspapers.

Once, when we were looking for a place to sleep in Ermita Center, my siblings and I were arrested by cops for vagrancy. My mom went to the police station and the cops beat her up, stripped her and locked her up. After that, she'd often have breakdowns.

She'd suddenly cry and would walk around naked in Ermita until she gets tired and sleeps. When she wakes, okay na uli siya. When I was 11, I was taken by social workers from the Manila Youth Reception Center (MYRC). My other siblings were taken by other orphanages like Asilo and Kapatiran. In the MYRC, they made me a servant, collecting food for pigs. "

When he grew up, he went to Baguio and was taken in as a basketball player by a university since he's 6 feet tall. It was in Baguio that he was discovered by his manager, Ihman Esturco, who gave him a role in the movie "Troika". "Roxxxanne" is his second film.

ECHO BRINGS HEART BACK TO HER FAMILY

Heart Evangelista is celebrating her 24th birthday on February 14 and she's the featured for all Sundays of February in ABS-CBN's Sunday afternoon show, "Your Song". She figures in an engaging love triangle story with Jason Abalos and Erich Gonzales, "Muntik Na Kitang Minahal", with the title song performed by Erik Santos.

"My role is very challenging as I play Arah, an ad agency executive who's 30 years old," she says. "Erich is Elizabeth, my secretary and Jason is Eric, her childhood friend she's secretly in love with. The problem is that Jason falls in love with me even if I'm several years older than him. "

Heart feels she's now ready to take more challenging roles like this. "The past few years made me a different person. When I was 21, I had the mind of a 16-year old. I lived a sheltered life and my parents were very conservative, they gave me everything and they found it difficult to accept that I'm growing up and I want to be independent. Then I met Echo (Jericho Rosales) and everything changed. He has seen the world and I have to adjust to him.

Because of that, I matured and I'm now a much better person. I learned so much from him. I no longer think that I can get anything I want at the flick of a finger. At the time I had a conflict with my parents, Echo was the one who continued to tell me to make up with them, that I should respect them. Kinulit niya akong puntahan ang daddy ko, so bumalik ako sa parents ko and my dad forgave me. Sobrang bait ni Echo.

"He's the only breadwinner in his whole family and some of them, nagkakamali, but he's very patient and continues to understand and love them all. Kaya nga ayaw niyang malayo ako from my own family. "

She feels she's now a much better actress and the director of "Muntik Na Kitang Minahal", Ruel Bayani, agrees. "She amazed me. She now has more range and can easily project any emotion that's required from her. She'll amazed the viewers with her fine acting in 'Your Song' that starts this Sunday right after 'Love Spell'. "

NORA'S U. S. SHOW A FLOP, PRODUCER MALIGNED

A READER from San Diego, California who claims to be a Noranian (but who requests that her name not be revealed anymore) e-mailed us to report what happened to Nora Aunor's "Together Again" concert with Tirso Cruz III at Peter Auditorium in L. A. last Saturday night when it was raining heavily in Southern California.

Other stars who were supposed to be in the show were Jojit Paredes, Bernardo Bernardo and, of course, John Rendez. Ate Guy could hardly sing that night she was so hoarse.

Tirso didn't make it as his working visa was not approved. Bernardo also didn't show up and when some friends called him, he was so surprise since no one informed him about the concert at all. He was told that it was Ate Guy who's supposed to get in touch with him and she already got his talent fee.

The concert producer was a Pinay named Rilla Pax and, during the show, Ate Guy reportedly maligned her even if she was right there sitting in the audience, saying the producer wasn't paying her any fixed talent fee for the show. Whatever she's getting will be based on how much the show would earn that night. The producer cried because Nora has been living in a house she owns for six months.

"Pinakisamahan ko siya nang husto," she reportedly cried to some friends. "She was crying when she approached me as she had no place to stay. Naawa ako sa kanya at kinupkop siya. Pinatira ko siya sa isang bakanteng bahay ko nang walang bayad. Pero heto ang napala ko, sinira-siraan pa ako, pero after the concert, dun din siya tumuloy sa bahay ko. "

We asked one Noranian writer here in Manila for comments and he only said: "What else is new?"

ESTAFA CASE VS FRANCINE WITHDRAWN

THE ESTAFA CASE against Francine Prieto for jewelry she allegedly got from an "alajera" last May has been withdrawn. She and her accuser faced each other at the NBI office and they settled things amicably, with the alajera signing an affidavit of desistance.

"I really had nothing to do with the cast," says Francine. "Sila ng mommy ko ang nag-uusap kaya hindi dapat nadamay ang name ko. "

Francine is a mainstay in "Kumanda" playing Reyna Kuran, Queen of the Cats, and she's happy to be pitted against Sunshine Dizon, who plays Ragona, ang babaing nagbubuga ng apoy. "Dapat abangan ng viewers ang paghaharap naming dalawa sa show," she adds.

Meantime, Alicia (Eula Valdes) has realized Lucero (Mark Anthony Fernandez) is not the real Kamandag. She then meets Vergel (Richard Gutierrez) and calls him by his name and Vergel responds. But mother and son still fail to be reunited as a police raid is conducted and they again lose each other in the subsequent melee.

THE LIES THEY TOLD ABOUT PANKY AND OTHER PDA STARS

STAR MAGIC'S Rikka Dylim hosted a dinner for their January birthday celebrants. Three of them are from "Pinoy Dream Academy": JR Siaboc, Panky Trinidad and Ronnie Liang.

JR is the shy promdi from Cebu who never imagined he'd be a celebrity. His neigHBOrs just lent him money so he can join the PDA audition where he caught the attention of Direk Lauren Dyogi for his song "Bisrock (Bisaya Rock)" that's now a hit in Cebu. After being voted first runnerup in PDA, he's been paired with Maja Salvador in "Your Song," "Pangarap Na Bituin" and "Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara". He also has his own album, "Hiling," and is in the cast of the new action series, "Palos. " He turned 21 on January 21.

Panky was a call center agent in Cebu and also sang with a band. Her friends urged her to join PDA where she became one of the scholars. She became the subject of intrigues after their shows in the U. S.

She reportedly misbehaved in their hotel room that the management asked them to pay for the damages. She was reprimanded and reportedly went home to Cebu. "That's not true," she says. "I was just here all the while doing gigs out of town.

"That story about the hotel in the U. S. really broke my heart. How can I be a part of that group na nanira sa hotel when I slept early that night? Sina Ronnie at Richard Peralta rin, maagang natulog noon. I don't drink at all kasi allergic ako sa alak kaya hindi ako ang nalasing doon.

"Pero ang nangyari, ako ang ginawang scapegoat. Ang sama ng loob ko but I was told huwag na lang akong kumibo. Sinabi ko pa raw sa isang fan na 'I don't care for this shit', na hindi rin totoo. Pati ang break up ng Cebalo Band, sa akin sinisi dahil daw may musical differences ako with the group. Also not true. Ayoko na lang magsalita. "

Is she a lesbian? "No. I just broke up with my boyfriend, also a singer but I can't say who. "

She's now putting this all behind and she's glad she's now managed by Star Magic. She looks forward to more TV guestings. She turned 22 on January 21.

Ronnie Liang is the second runner-up to Yeng Constantino in PDA. The youngest in a family of seven, they were very poor so he had to work early to finance his own schooling, getting an education degree in Angeles City.

A choir member in their church, he went to Manila to audition for PDA and the rest is history. He now has a solo album with Universal Records, "Ang Aking Awitin," with "Ngiti" as its first single, now popular on radio. He also tried acting and was paired with Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman in "Your Song. "

He's turning 23 on January 31 and he'll have a birthday concert at the Metro Bar QC on February 2 with Yeng C, JR Siaboc, Jed Madela, and other PDA colleagues as his guests.

Source: People's Journal