Been off the showbiz radar lately? Catch up and read about celebrities and happenings that generated the most buzz in Pinoy showbiz during the month of May.
Jaclyn Jose wins Best Actress at Cannes
Jaclyn Jose brought pride and glory to the country when she was named best actress at this year’s Cannes film festival for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s opus, “Ma’ Rosa.”
In her speech, she thanked the jury, saluted Filipinos and paid tribute to her director (Mendoza) “whose instructions (she) simply followed.” Jose also held her daughter’s hand, Andi Eigenmann throughout her speech – a gesture that moved jury member and Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst.
The film is about Ma’ Rosa – a poor stall holder in Manila who sells drugs with her husband to provide for their family. After the couple gets arrested, their children do everything they can to buy their parents’ freedom from corrupt policemen.
The closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival took place last May 23 in Cannes. Jose is the first Pinay actress to receive the award.
Sharon Cuneta replaces Sarah G. on ‘The Voice PH’
Sharon Cuneta joins Lea Salonga and Bamboo as one of the coaches in ‘The Voice PH’ – replacing Sarah Geronimo who temporarily took a break from the show.
According to the Mega star, she’s been enjoying working with the two and she’s grateful for their chemistry.
Sharon shares that she hopes the new ‘The Voice’ champ will come from her team.
Meanwhile, Lea Salonga requested the Popsters (how Sarah Geronimo’s fans call themselves) to avoid sending negative vibes to the show after they cry foul over the latter’s replacement through Twitter. She clarified that it was Sarah’s decision to not be a part of the show this season.
The Voice PH premiered last May 28 on ABS-CBN.
Paul Jake and Kaye Abad are engaged!
Kaye Abad’s dream came true as Paul Jake Castillo, her boyfriend of two years, popped the question to her on her 34th birthday last May 17.
In a gathering with family and friends at Bellevue Hotel in Alabang, the clueless Kaye became emotional as Paul Jake went down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
In a video captured by Nice Print Photography, Paul Jake told Kaye how they started as friends and eventually turned into partners-in-crime, best friends until they became a couple. Finally, he said he wanted to “seal it” by asking her to marry him. Kaye, overcome with happy tears, only managed to give a nod.
Among the couple’s showbiz friends who took to social media in congratulating them were siblings John and Camille Prats.
Speaking of new beginnings…
Mariel Rodriguez is pregnant for the third time
Mariel Rodriguez confirms being pregnant with husband Robin Padillas’s child on noontime show “It’s Showtime” last May 21.
The Showtime host, who is now on her second trimester, shares how she feels “this (could be) it,” since it’s her longest pregnancy. Initially, she was in denial after finding out she was pregnant, but was happy and excited for the blessing. She waited until getting past the first trimester before announcing the news.
In a press conference for a hotel they were endorsing, Robin Padilla revealed how it has been a difficult process for her wife and how he worried constantly about her. Mariel has to inject heparin to regulate her antibodies which keep attacking her baby (the same reason for her past miscarriages) and take insulin to treat her gestational diabetes.
Despite the challenges and sacrifices, the couple are more than excited for their baby, who they will name Maria if it turns out to be a girl, or Fernando if it’s a boy.
Now, since we’re talking about babies…
Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho present baby Scarlet Snow to the public
Engaged couple Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo made waves on social media when they posted photos of their 1 year-old baby, Scarlet Snow, on the photo-sharing site Instagram.
Captioning a photo of himself with their baby, Hayden said fatherhood changed him completely. He also described Scarlet Snow as his “lifelong inspiration” with Vicki Belo.
Belo, on her part, said Scarlet was the “sunshine” of their lives, having affected her life and Hayden’s “in such a positive way.”
In an interview with Bandila’s MJ Felipe on May 18, Belo, 63, clarified that Scarlet Snow is ‘100 percent’ her biological daughter with Hayden Kho, 36.
Baby Scarlet was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a medical procedure wherein an egg cell is retrieved from the biological mother’s ovaries to be fertilized with the sperm cell of the biological father in a laboratory dish. The fertilized egg is then implanted to the uterus of a surrogate mother who gives birth to the baby.
Belo also revealed that they personally met Scarlet’s American-Mexican surrogate mother and visited her family to be assured that they were a happy family and that they ate well. They also stayed with them during the fifth month of the pregnancy and for one month awaiting Scarlet’s birth.
Belo, who has been in an 11-year relationship with Kho, shared that they decided to have a baby when they realized they wanted to stay together for life. She admitted that it has always been her concern that they could not have a family, but Hayden would always reassure her that he was willing to be with her with or without a child. When they decided to have a child, they thought of surrogacy.
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New viral stars: Baste Duterte, Badjao Girl and “Gwapong jeepney dri-bae ng Tagaytay”
Joining the ranks of people who went viral online are incoming President Rody Duterte’s son, Sebastian Duterte, Rita Gabiola a.k.a. “Badjao Girl” and Angelo Booc – a good-looking jeepney driver in Tagaytay.
Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has become a certified (albeit reluctant) social media heartthrob, receiving marriage and baby daddy ‘proposals’ from his fans on Facebook. A video where he gave virtual kisses to his fans through his friend’s Facebook live feed had netizens swooning over his boyish charm.
Meanwhile, addressing his fans who were curious as to what type of beauty appeals to him, he posted a viral photo of Rita Gabiola, a.k.a “Badjao Girl.”
The viral photo shows Gabiola begging for food and coins while carrying a younger sibling amidst the Pahiyas Festival last May 15. The snapshot, where Gabiola was described as a “beauty slayer,” was taken and uploaded by Topher Quinto on his Facebook account.
As Gabiola’s photo went viral, support from fans immediately poured in. Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala said he would send her to school. “Rated K” and the Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation also gave her a scholarship. She dreams of being a teacher someday.
Gabiola’s photo shoot, where ‘Rated K’ gave her a makeover, also went viral last weekend.
Meanwhile, another good-looking driver from Tagaytay also won the hearts of netizens.
According to a report by Vicky Morales on 24 Oras, the new social media heartthrob is 22-year-old Angelo Booc. He began as a carwash boy and messenger before becoming a jeepney driver. According to the report, some of his admirers would travel all the way to Tagaytay just to get a ride with the young lad.
Booc said he was surprised that his photo (taken without his knowledge) went viral but he’s happy people liked it. He said he didn’t expect someone would take a photo of him, upload it on social media and that people would like it. He also invited people to visit Tagaytay because it’s fun there.
*All photos are from Facebook.