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Nadine says it’s her house

Nadine says it’s her house

Author: Mario E. Bautista
Column: Dream Factory

Nadine Samonte is annoyed each time she hears that the new house she had just constructed in Sta. Rosa, Laguna is a gift from her rich Chinoy boyfriend, the son of the owner of Pingping Lechon.

"Puede ba? Galing ‘yon sa sariling pawis ko, ‘no?" she stresses. "It’s unfair to say na galing ‘yun sa boyfriend ko dahil pinagpaguran ko ‘yon. The house has seven bedrooms and seat on a 190 sq. m. lot na binili ko noon pa and not just a gift from anyone."

Nadine is getting praises for her role as Sheryl Cruz’ daughter in "Bakekang." Unlike Sheryl who plays evil, Nadine is kinder to Yasmien Kurdi, who becomes her personal alalay in the series. She and Yasmien are also in Canary Films’ "Pitong Dalagita" where Yasmien plays a tomboy who’s secretly in love with her. "I play KC," she adds. "Our family used to be very rich but we got so poor, kaya natuto akong magnakaw. I’m one of the girls who commit suicide by slashing our wrist, pero nabuhay ako. I had fun doing this movie with Yasmien, Angelica Panganiban, Cristine Reyes, Iwa Moto, Valerie Concepcion and Jay-R Trinidad. It’s about problems commonly faced by young people at makaka-relate sila rito."

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Iwa Moto says GMA Artist Center has allowed her to pose sexy on the cover of FHM. "As long as it’s tasteful at hindi bastos ang kuha, OK lang naman sa akin," she says.

Is she really cultivating her bad girl image? "I honestly don’t know why I have that kind of image. Siguro dahil sinasabing pasaway ako at na-suspend ako ng GMA. Also, dahil I play kontrabida on TV and in the movie, ‘White Lady,’ na masama talaga ako. But honestly,hindi naman ako bad girl."

How come she was reported talking so openly about sex at the set of QTV-11’s "Posh?" "I was with some of my co-stars in the show at napunta ang usapan sa sex. Wala naman sigurong masama roon. Lahat naman ng magkakaibigan, at one time or another, they talk about sex, di ba? I’m glad dahil sa new movie ko, ‘Pitong Dalagita,’ I don’t play a bad girl kundi a stupid girl. Tanga ako rito kaya siguro next time, magiging tanga girl naman ang image ko."

Is she really at odds with co-star Cristine Reyes, Ara Mina’s younger sister? "No, we’re good friends. Kaya lang, sa presscon, Cristine was making fun of me sa presidential table kaya akala ng tao, magkagalit kami."

Cristine says she’s able to relate well with her role in "Pitong Dalagita" as an ambitious teenager who’s goal in life is to be an artista. "Nakaka-identify talaga ako kasi in real life, ‘yun talaga ang ambition ko ever since, na natupad. Pero in the movie, hindi gan’un ang nangyari. Some made me believe lang pala na kinukuha akong artista pero niloko lang ako."

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Three of the stars of "Shake Rattle & Roll 8" are "Pinoy Big Brother" graduates: Keanna Reeves, Cassandra Ponti and Nene Tamayo. Keanna stars in the "13th Floor" episode, Cassandra in "LRT," and Nene in "Yaya."

Keanna says she’s still going steady with her French model boyfriend, Sofian. "He’s based in Hongkong but every time he’s free, he stays with me in my condo," she says. "Faithful ako sa kanya. Hindi ako nanlalalaki habang wala siya. Kagagaling ko lang sa Phuket, Thailand at may naka-typesa ‘kin doong Australian at Swedish guys, pero hindi ko pinatulan kasilove ko ang papa ko. Thoughtful naman siya and calls me up everyday."

As for Cass, she’s glad that her exposure in PBB made her in-demand even in out of town shows. She was able to build a house for her mother in Davao and buy her own car.

"Utang ko lahat ‘yon sa PBB," she says. "Now, thankfuldin ako kay Mother Lily for giving me a movie. Dati, puro bold ang nagawa ko. Ito, pang-filmfest pa. Sana, masundan."

Nene reveals that she’s really not involved with PBB’s Bob de la Cruz as she now has a non-showbiz boyfriend who works in Singapore. "He’s serious about our relationship at kapag natuloy, we might get married next year," she says. "Kaya nga happy ako nakagawa muna ako ng movie sa Regal. In ‘Yaya,’ isa ako sa mga papatayin ng yayang monster, si Iza Calzado. Hirap na hirap ako dahil sigaw ako ng sigaw habang hinahabol ako. In real life, hindi ako umuurong sa laban, e."

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Looks like Diether Ocampo isn’t eating anymore. He looks more emaciated than fit when we saw him at the launching of KIDS (Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan) Foundation, unlike his inamorata, Kristine Hermosa, who looks healthier. Diet says he lost a lot of weight because of the work he puts in as one of the KIDS organizers. "My friends and I started this five years ago but we formally made it a foundation this year," he says. "Maraming paper works needed. We’re helping a lot of kids who are sick. We sent school supplies to poor kids in Mt. Province. They don’t have electricity so we donated a generator. On December 14, 8 p.m., we have a fund-raising concert at Eastwood for kids with cancer, ‘Unang Hakbang.’ Top bands and entertainers will participate. I want to thank all my co-actors who are supporting us. KIDS Foundation is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization that upholds children’s right and on the principles of love, kindness and the best that humanity can offer. We aim to uplift their standards of living through scholarship grants and other charitable projects."

For more information, call 415-2272 local 2327.

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The Shaina Magdayao-Rayver Cruz love team is one of the most popular tandems today on ABS-CBN. They now topbill the new youth-oriented show, "All About Your Love," that replaces "Star Magic Presents" on Saturday afternoon at 5. Supporting them are 17 other young newcomers. "Mga bagong mamahalin ng bayan," says Star Magic’s Rikka Dylim.

"Nakakatuwa nga kasi Ate ang tawag sa’kin ng younger ones like Empress Shuck and Zia Marquez, who are 14, and Lauren Young, who’s the youngest at 13," says Shaina. "We play friends and neigHBOrs in a compound of townhouses in La Brea, Fairview. In the story, I play a promdi na sad ang life kasi my mother died and my dad, a seaman, nawawala abroad. I go to Manila and live with my cousins, Empress and Carla Humphries. That’s where I meet Rayver. Noong una, magkaaway kami. May girlfriend na siya, si Denise Laurel. To make sure that all of us will be comfortable with each other, we had a two-day bonding workshop even before shooting started. That helped a lot para makilala namin ang isa’t isa and become friends."

The eldest member of the gang is Victor Basa, who’s 21. The youngest boy is AJ Perez, who’s only 13. Denise is 19. Carla, Enchong Dee, Joaqui Mendoza, Mikki Arceo, and Dino Imperial are 18. Shaina, Rayver, Aaron Agassi and Angelo Patrimonio are 17. Aldred Gatchalian, Valeen Montenegro, and Mike Lee are 16. Chris Gutierrez is 14. He is Gloria Romero’s grandson who looks so much like his mom, Maritess Gutierrez.

These energetic and talented young stars will surely make your Saturday afternoons livelier.

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Katrina Halili cried the first time she was asked if she has lesbian tendencies. This time, questions about her sexuality no longer faze her and she just plays along with naughty reporters who want to know more about it. At the pictorial for their filmfest entry, "Super Pinoy," Sandara Park was there and Katrina called her "darling" for everyone to hear. Sandy blushed.

Later, Katrina tells Sandy’s boyfriend, Joseph Bitangcol, who was there for the pictorial of "Shake Rattle & Roll 8," "Hoy, huwag mong paiiyakin si Sandy at sasapakin kita. Kung ayaw mo na sa kanya, sa akin na lang siya."

Joseph just laughed as he knew Katrina was just joking. The writers around her no longer kidded her after that. "At least, marunong na siyang sumakay," says one.

One writer asked her if she had a boob tube. "No, totoo ‘yan," she says. "Ang ilong ko lang ang pinaretoke ko. Binawasan sa mga gilid, but this was done three years ago even before I joined ‘Starstruck’ pa. As for my boobs, happy na ako sa measurements kong 34-24-35. As it is, nalalakihan na nga ako sa dibdib, tapos, palalakihan ko pa? Satisfiedna ako with what I have now, although gusto ko ring mabawasan ng kaunti ang balakang ko para maging 34-24-34."

Source: Malaya