Apr 23
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Who will replace Korina in 'TV Patrol?'

Author: The Manila Bulletin

Korina Sanchez has not been appearing as anchor of ABS-CBN's "TV Patrol" since early this week. Ces Drilon has been pinch-hitting for her.

Could it be true that Korina has tendered her resignation to ABS-CBN in the wake of a top-to-bottom revamp of the ABS-CBN's primetime news program? The reformatting, according to sources, was called for after the ratings of the show dipped to an all-time low since September. "TV Patrol" used to be the "unbeatable" show of ABS-CBN even after GMA has waged a war on the ratings game against them. But as it is, GMA is now the country's No. 1 network and "TV Patrol" has lagged far behind the figures set by "24 Oras" anchored by Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco.

We couldn't ascertain the other details of the "TV Patrol" reformat except for the fact that it will take effect on Nov. 15, as calls made to ABS to confirm this bit of news was not immediately returned. However, we heard from the grapevine that Ted Failon will take the place of Erwin Tulfo. The same source said Ted might be joined by another lady anchor, most possibly Karen Davila.

I guess, we'll know all of the details on Nov. 15, when the new "TV Patrol" starts airing.

We tried to confirm from Karen's camp this part of the story but we were told that Karen has not received any calls whatsoever offering her the post.

As to the news that Korina has already been talking to executives of GMA-7, we were also told that Korina had informed a GMA executive that she has already called a colleague in the newspaper denying that there ever was any negotiation.

GMA feels it is not right to comment on the issue anymore as Korina herself has already denied any negotiations for her alleged transfer.

As most soap operas' tagline say, "abangan ang susunod na kabanata."

* * *Carrying on the annual tradition of holding a major concert in the country for about five years now, our very own international singer-actress Ms. Lea Salonga will soon be back in the country to hold a very special concert billed "Home For Christmas" on Dec. 8, 8 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

Presented by Bayo, the much-awaited musical event will be another collaboration between Lea and her brother Gerard Salonga, easily one of the much sought-after musical directors in the country today. The last collaboration between sister and brother was the beautifully-done show "Songs From Home" (also presented by Bayo) last year held at the PICC.

This show, released on CD by BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc., was talked even a long time after it was staged. It was one of the most outstanding performances of Lea and Gerard. The show paid tribute to OPM and Lea proved to be a real trooper singing and even dancing to songs that the public wouldn't have expected her to do. Check out the CD for you to know what we mean.

The repertoire for "Home for Christmas" will naturally be composed of Christmas songs, "but it will not be limited to just that," we were told. "There will be lots of OPM also, those that are truly well-loved by the Filipinos. It's safe to say that you can expect a taste of what went on in 'Songs From Home," they promised.

The concert will be very personal because the public will made to peek into the most memorable Christmases Lea has experienced all through these years. The special guests who will help Lea celebrate the joyful season are Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, The Company and Ogie Alcasid.

"Home For Christmas" will be the first time that Lea will be performing at the Araneta Coliseum, now regarded as the venue to test the bankability of all accomplished musical artists in the country.

This early, tickets have been selling briskly, even before promotional activities have yet to be effected by the producers. Lea is happy about the development. "That's what keeps me coming back home to do these concerts. I really miss the Filipino audience and I'm glad they miss me, too. I am so humbled and so honored by their response," she said.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, please call Ticketnet at 911-5555.

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Congratulations are in order for popular TV host Boy Abunda.

Well, that is aside from the giant billboards that you have been seeing of him of late in Metro Manila's thoroughfare being the image model/ endorser of Great Image.

We heard of the good news that his much-thought out episode on "Private Conversations With Boy Abunda" featuring model Borgy Manotoc gave the multi-awarded television host and his home network an Asian TV nomination for Best Talk Show.

Asian TV Awards (ATV) is Asia's premier television awards program. It just recently published its shortlist of nominations and Boy is very happy about being nominated.

In a phone call, Boy told us that he considers the nomination a huge honor already. "We have been really working hard in this show and we consider the nomination as a validation of the hard work that we have been putting into every episode of the show.

Winners of the 2004 Asian TV Awards will be proclaimed on Dec. 2 in Singapore.

Good luck, Tito Boy.

By the way, we went to the ceremonial unveiling of three Great Image billboards of Boy last Tuesday at SM Megamall. The event also serves as a celebration of sorts of the birthday of Boy. Some of his friends came and greeted him on the special occasion.

We saw there Dawn Zulueta, Laurice Guillen, and his Backroom talents Drew Arellano, Bianca Gonzalez, Erik Santos and of course, the love of his life, Bong Quintana, who by the way directed the short program during the occasion.

We especially liked the short speech Boy gave about his endorsement. "Kung ako po may pag-asa na magkaron ng billboard, lalo na po kayo. You just have to bring out the beauty of what's inside you. Iyon po ang tunay na kagandahan. Iyon po ang totoo!" Very well meant, and very well spoken.

Congratulations again, Tito Boy!

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Martin Nievera, soon after launching his "Unforgettable" album at the Discovery Suites recently, immediately flew to Los Angeles, California to attend a prestigious fund-raising activity.

We got this report from a friend there who said that Martin was wildly received by the well-dressed crowd who attended the fundraiser to mark the fourth anniversary of the Filipino American Heritage Library held last Saturday at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

FAHI is - Filipino American Heritage Institute - which is the umbrella to the Filipino American Library (FAL), aims to enrich the Filipino American community in Los Angeles through not only its physical structure which acts as a repository of more than 6,000 books but also through its numerous cultural, educational and social programs.

The Concert King was scheduled to do three numbers during the brief program but was prevailed upon to do a couple of encores for which he was accorded two standing ovations by the audience which included such luminaries as Fil-Am Broadway and Hollywood star Lou Diamond Phillips and Fritz Friedman, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures and chairman of the benefit.

During one of his numbers, Martin coaxed Lou Diamond Phillips to come up on the stage. Phillips, who recently headlined "King and I" on Broadway, gamely joined Martin for an unrehearsed duet of "The Way You Look Tonight" with impromptu choreography which brought the house down.

Lou Diamond Phillips is an avid supporter of the Filipino American Heritage Library. The Board of Trustees includes Loida Nicolas Lewis and Filipino business leader Ernest Escaler. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an honorary trustee.

Model awards were presented that night. Lou Diamond Phillips accepted the top award on behalf of Filipino American comedian Rob Schneider who was performing for the U.S. troops in Iraq.

Source: The Manila Bulletin