Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marian Rivera's Darna return for second season

Marian Rivera is very thankful to Regine Velasquez for the Songbird’s decision to accept a kontrabida role in Darna. She didn’t expect that someone of Regine’s stature would agree to do a kontrabida role. The songbird is playing the role of Electra, the Queen of the Planet Woman in the book 2 of Darna, which has remained a top-rating show for the Kapuso network.

Regine, however, has yet to report for taping and still has to do her pictorial since her costume as Electra is still being prepared.

Nevertheless, in the VTR shown at Darna’s presscon on Monday, Regine said she’s excited to work with Marian for the first time. “Feeling ko, ito na ang tatalo kay Darna. Sobrang nag-workshop ako kina Glaiza (de Castro) and Pauleen (Luna) for my role,” joked Regine.

But it was not only Regine whom Marian thanked but all the other kontrabidas as well who are joining the new cast of Darna which will run until February of next year. She said that if not for these villains, the show would not be that good. With the writers of Darna teeming with ideas, it would not be far-fetched if more kontrabidas would come into Darna’s way.

Apart from Regine, set to play kontrabidas are Jackie Rice (demonyita), Rochelle Pangilinan (manananggal), Akihiro Sato (vampire) and Katrina Halili (Serpina).

Marian also revealed that her next soap for GMA 7 will reunite her with Dingdong Dantes. She is still unsure, however, if this project is going to be another Koreanovela adaptation of the one of the stories of the Endless Love series. But it’s definite that she and Dingdong will pair anew in a primetime series next year.

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In his radio program at DZBB last Friday, German Moreno or Kuya Germs to most showbiz folks, was unable to hold back his emotion as he spoke about his sentiments over the refusal of Pia Arroyo-Magalona, the widow of Master Rapper Francis, to have Francis’ star enshrined at Walk of Fame. The rite was scheduled yesterday at Eastwood City where Francis and 29 other celebrities were feted in a red-carpet as they see their stars on the pavement of Eastwood City.

Kuya Germs said he was clueless as to the reason why Pia would not allow his star to be enshrined in Walk of Fame. “Francis was my anak-anakan, having one of the pioneer members of That’s Entertainment. He was so happy when I put his parents Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran in the Walk of Fame. And he even asked me when he is going to have his own star in the said place,” Kuya Germs said in the vernacular.

Since he alone decides whom to put in the Walk of Fame, Kuya Germs was advised that he ought to give Francis his star in Walk of Fame even without Pia’s consent but the Master Showman doesn’t want to do so, lest it might lead to more problems. He tried talking to Pia (he even got her cellphone number) but she wouldn’t take his calls. He likewise sent his secretary to Pia’s home but the answer they got was that she was not permitting it.

But Kuya Germs also would like to know the sentiments of other relatives of Francis, like her sisters, if they also forbid the inclusion of their brother in Walk of Fame.

Thirty celebrities are now a part of Walk of Fame in Eastwood City. They are Jolina Magdangal, Armida Siguion Reyna, KC Concepcion, Gabby Concepcion, Marky Cielo, John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Luis Gonzales, Isko Moreno, Janno Gibbs, Michael V, Christian Bautista, Jed Madella, Cherry Pie Picache, Jaclyn Jose, Dingdong Avanzado, Ricky Davao, Jackie Lou Blanco, Apo Hiking Society, Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, Nonito Donaire, Jr., Ogie Alcasid, Niño Muhlach, Aiza Seguerra, Yul Servo, Jose Mari Chan and Basil Valdez.

If Pia would not really agree to have Francis’ star enshrined in the Walk of Fame, Kuya Germs have no other recourse but to take out his name from the original list of awardees.


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