Elmo Magalona now a Kapamilya
Last week, ABS-CBN presented Elmo Magalona as the network’s newest acquisition. Naturally, the members of the press familiar with Magalona prior to joining the Kapamilya network asked why he left GMA Network after five years as Kapuso.
The young rapper/actor answered choosing his words carefully, “It was a decision my mother (Pia Arroyo Magalona) and I reached after a long process of thinking and weighing the pros and cons of moving or staying. I realized that I’d grow more as a performer with the Kapamilya network. Both my mother and I agreed.”
The Kapamilya network welcomed Elmo with open arms and claiming him as their newest star.
During the press conference, many among the members of the press were itching to ask if his former network did not make a counter offer when his contract expired and simply let him go.
Was Elmo no longer an asset to the Kapuso network? But how come the Kapamilya network embraced him and even gave him a big soap opera in 2016?
Elmo will star in a new soap along with another emerging star Janella Salvador. The newly minted Kapamilya will team up with Salvador for the first time in Born For You, which the guys behind Dreamscape, the team that will produce the series, anticipate to be another hit among Kapamilya followers.
“We’re not sure yet if the soap will air on primetime or in the afternoon,” said Biboy Arboleda of Dreamscape. “We will let you know as soon as we are informed of its time slot.”
At the press conference, Janella and Elmo said that music would play a big part in Born For You, which will revolve around two people who are destined for each other.
Their first impressions of each other as the latest Kapamilya love team that will thrill audiences next year were among those they shared with the press.
“It’s cool that we come from a family of musicians. Janella is bubbly, very easy to work with, and very energetic that’s why I am really excited to work with her,” Elmo who is fresh from his contract signing with the Kapamilya network remarked.
Meanwhile, Janella also shared the same sentiment with her new love team saying, “When I saw Elmo, I felt good because I will get to work with someone fresh since we haven’t worked before. I’m excited with the music angle in our teleserye because both our parents are musical people.”
Dreamscape advertising and promotions manager Biboy Arboleda also said that it would be a busy Christmas for Janella and Elmo, as the two will undergo a series of workshops, scene studies, and bonding sessions in preparation for their teleserye.
The Magalonas might just move to the Kapamilya from the Kapuso network. Maxene, Elmo’s elder sister, hopped over to the ABS-CBN lot ahead of him. The only Magalona on the Kapuso lot is Frank who is currently working on the re-imagining of Marimar.
I will not be surprised if after the show’s end, he’d also jump over to the Mother Ignacia lot.
Jana, Sylvia of Ningning win acting honors
Jana Agoncillo (Ningning) and Sylvia Sanchez (Mamay Pacing), stars of the ABS-CBN top-rating tanghali serye Ningning, recently received acting nods from award-giving bodies for their stellar performances in ABS-CBN programs.
Child actress Jana, who plays the titular role, won Best Child Actress in the 2015 Philippine Edition Network’s 4th Reader’s Choice Television. Jana bested other child stars in the annual online entertainment voting awards of the Philippine Edition Network.
Jana’s co-star, actress Sylvia Sanchez also earned praises for her work in ABS-CBN’s The Trial and Be Careful With My Heart with the Most Outstanding Filipino Performer in Film and TV by the Gawad Amerika Awards in Hollywood, California.
Weekday mornings are also constantly filled with good vibes because of Ningning.
Ningning aims to promote the goodness and good values in everyday life among its viewers.
For more information, visit the official Facebook account of Ningning (Facebook.com/Ningning).
American pop group tours Asia
Namesake, the American pop rock group from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, was in Asia with its explosive sounding new release Borders and Fences on Nov. 27. The release of their single “Worlds Away” follows on Dec. 11th in anticipation of the bands tour of Asia in 2016.
Namesake’s driving sound and pop/rock instrumentals are the work of guitarists Brad Wagner and JT O’Neil. Will Crafton, the groups front man with a voice likened to a lion or as smooth as silk, says, “We drive the music with hot guitars from Brad and JT, while Seth (Van Dusen) fills the sound with a solid bass, and Kevin (Nordeste) keeps us going with drums that hammer their way throughout our music.”
According to a spokesperson from Sanre Entertainment, representing the band, it is Namesakes dynamic sound that “singles itself out amongst pop groups world-wide.”
“We never set out to deliberately create something new, different, or unique. We just play what we feel. We love music, that’s all that counts to us,” says Crafton.
Imagen Records /Warner-ADA signed Namesake with that unique sound in mind. “The minute we heard them, we recognized that they were bringing something really new to the table,” said a spokesperson for Imagen Records.
The love of music obviously pays off. The band is reaching a worldwide status. Two videos will follow the release of Borders and Fences and Worlds Away. “The “Worlds Away” video is going to come off controversial, a North Korean element of satire behind its theme,” a spokesperson for Imagen Records said.
It seems to follow the tradition of the bands interest in having its own identity, and not necessarily a commercial one.
“We don’t tell our clients how to be creative, we seek out the most talented clients and create an atmosphere for them to thrive,” Rene Walter, CEO of Sanre Entertainment remarked. “Their music and videos should be a vision of their attitudes as well as their personalities. Fun, controversial, whatever, we just help them keep it entertaining. Namesake, they’re fun. They’re incredibly entertaining. Listen to the music. Watch the video. You’ll see what we mean.
Both Borders and Fences and Worlds Away can be purchased on most major online music providers.
Poe says gov’t not to abandon foundlings
As her political opponents continued with the barrage of opinions about her lack of qualification to run for president, one thing is clear for Sen. Grace Poe: the government should not abandon those who had already been abandoned by their parents.
Poe, who has kept silent on the attacks against her, said she remains committed to fight for the rights of foundlings to ensure that their status in life does not limit or hinder their dreams.
“Ang isang batang inabandona ng kanyang mga magulang ay hindi rin dapat iabandona ng ating pamahalaan,” said Poe, an independent presidential candidate who has topped voters’ surveys.
“It would be very sad to think that a person or a child will have to endure the injustices and the cruel words that I’ve gone through in the past months,” she said.
Despite her victory at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), Poe has been assailed by political foes that insist that she is not a natural-born Filipino because she was a foundling whose biological parents could not be traced.
Poe recently underwent DNA tests with two women, both descendants of the people who found her abandoned at the Jaro Cathedral in 1968, but their DNAs did not match. There are three more DNA tests whose results are still pending.
“I think it is also sad that a child who was abandoned or a person who does not know his parents should be compelled to present his parents when they had no choice but perhaps to abandon that child in the first place,” Poe said.
While she vowed to respect the rule of law, the senator maintained that she would exercise her right as a Filipino to seek legal redress and fight the disqualification cases lodged against her so that other foundlings who may want to become public servants would not have to go through the hardships she is already confronting.
“Every child found in this country should have a right to dream. If that child grows up with integrity, and if the child is honest and has a sincere desire to serve us, he should or she should be allowed to do so,” she said.
From Edgardo and Sayong Militar, who found the baby that would later be Grace Poe at the church, it was passed on to Negros hacendera Tessie Ledesma, who later asked her friends, showbiz royalty Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and Susan Roces, if they wanted the baby.
Roces has said in previous interviews that she was initially hesitant as they were then newly married but FPJ fell in love with the baby.
“Grace took her first steps in my husband’s company and her first word was papa,” Roces said in reports. “It was God’s will that she came into our lives; she adored her father like anything. Grace was God’s gift to us.”