The prevailing genre in the entertainment industry is fantasy. Inumpisahan sa TV ng ABS-CBN’s Marina, starring Claudine Barretto as a mermaid. Nag-click sa mga bata ang kontrabidang si Dugong, played by Malou De Guzman. Sumunod ang GMA-7 with the chart-busting Mulawin, all about the co-existence of humans with man-bird characters, featuring the tandem of Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin. For the big screen, there was Lastikman, Fantastic Man, Volta and soon to come is Enteng Kabisote of Vic Sotto, a new version of Okay Ka, Fairy Ko. Medyo humahabol din ang mga suspense at horror ngayon.
“Dugong caught the fancy of the children in the fantaserye Marina.”
Still on TV, audition contests are in vogue with the recent success of Starstruck and Star Circle Quest. These shows bring to fore instant stars out of ordinary faces. Biglang sikat si Mark Herras , Jennylyn Mercado, Hero Angeles at Sandara Park. Aside from Regine Velasquez’s Star of the Night, there’s another singing contest called Born Diva.
In the big screen, the young stars led by Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales, Bea Alonzo et al are trailing the veterans by a clear mile. The movies are still dominated by the ubiquitous names of Sharon Cuneta, Maricel Soriano, Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Aga Muhlach and Richard Gomez to name a few. Vilma Santos is making a comeback in a movie for the Metro Manila Film Festival this December. Aga and Sharon remain the king and queen of commercials.
The 3 showbiz senators, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid and Bong Revilla are doing well in the senate. Kaya lang pagdating sa movie industry, wala kaming naririnig mula sa 3 musketeers ng Philippine senate. Maybe it’s good to see a movie starring the showbiz senators. Baka pumayag silang walang talent fee for the benefit of the movie industry people. It’s one good way of creating employment.
For the latest star, it was Jasmine Trias of the American Idol fame. Royal welcome ang isinalubong sa kanya ng Philippine media. Pati mga relatives niya sa Cavite, may live feed pa ang mga TV stations. As it turned out, Jasmine arrived not to visit her roots but just to do a commercial for a telecoms company and a fastfood chain. Sabi nga, Jasmine is so smart, humakot lang ng pera dito. Parang si Paolo Montalban, a singer who gained fame via the Prince Charming role in the US. Paolo came and left just like that.
Note: Last year our editor contacted Paolo by email, claiming he is a distant relative of Paolo. Our editor got a reply – an invitation to buy a ticket for Paolo’s concert.
For the sad news, Paquito Diaz recently suffered a stroke and is still in the recovery room. Equally sick is his brother Romy Diaz, cancer yata. Si George Canseco naman may cancer of the liver and lungs. (George passed away on Nov. 19). Eddie Mercado is in need of a brain surgery due to a clot. Ditto with Mila Ocampo, she needs a surgery for the stomach. We heard that Juancho Gutierrez is also stricken and under the care of Gloria Romero.
In the music scene naman, panis na ang spagheti, lanta na ang bulaklak at tiklop na ang ocho-ocho. Although still trying hard to persist, the novelty songs are on their way out… hopefully. Sana maisip ng mga record producers na nasisira ang image ng Filipino dahil sa mga walang kuwentang kanta. Compared to Yoyoy Villame’s songs, parang classic pa nga ang mga kanta ni Yoyoy especially the Magellan song which really has a historical and cultural approach.
Buti na lang nandiyan pa rin si Regine Velasquez at Ogie Alcasid. Rumaratsada na rin sa airlane si Jay-R. Si Nyoy Volante naman maugong sa dyaryo pero parang hanggang press release lang. In the concert scene, Kyla is making waves but it’s still Gary V lording it over.
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