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Piolo Pascual makes Cebu women swoon

This year’s Cobra Ironman 70.3 was held at Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa. Superstar Piolo Pascual was cheered by the women who swooned over him and other ambassadors of the brand: Matteo Guidicelli, Anthony and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Dyan Castillejo and Kim Atienza.

Popular Gotta team consisted of Mark Hernandez, Gilbert Remulla and Raymond Racaza. Polo Tri team consisted of David Charlton, Amanda Carpo-Bond and others.

Piolo Pascual Cobra Ironman
Piolo Pascual Cobra Ironman

Coach Ani de Leon-Brown organized the IronKids race. Tessa Prieto-Valdes came by to say “hi” and showed her support, but she was scheduled to attend Michel and Amparito Lhuillier’s fabulous 50th wedding anniversary.
Visiting from Rudy Project Italy was export manager Claudio Fantin. With him were Gabriele Boschi, CEO of Brand Gateway, Inc. (tel 5716637 loc. 107) the distributing company of Rudy Project, and his wife Julie.

Matteo Guidicelli came with his dad, Gianluca, and his sister, Giorgia, with the adorable Marco Vazzoler, GM of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa.
It was definitely a day of strength, stamina, good health and beautiful faces. What else could one ask for, di bala, palangga?


By Maurice Arcache |Philippine Daily Inquirer9:45 am | Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Piolo needs a woman in his life

Piolo Pascual, lalo’t right after the unprecedented success at the box office of his last movie with Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, Starting Over Again, proved that where his showbiz career is concerned, there’s not much he should ask for.

More especially now that he has an upcoming series na malaki ang possibility na magiging top-rater din. Aside from the fact that the series, reportedly titled Hawak-Kamay, co-stars him with Iza again, co-starring din ang mga sikat na young stars na sina Zaijian Jaranillo, Xyriel Manabat at Andrea Brillantes.

Piolo might be tasked to sing the theme song of Hawak-Kamay, which is, as we all know, is a composition ni Yeng Constantino.

It was Yeng’s winning song while she was inside Pinoy Dream Academy.

A singer and popular recording artist as well, he has recorded many songs for Star Records which all sold like the proverbial hotcakes.

He had tried producing films such as Kimmy Dora. And luckily for him, were box office hits as well.

He is currently producing indie films, the latest of which is Silong, which former singer Jeffrey Hidalgo directs.

So, what’s lacking na lang ba sa buhay ni Piolo Pascual?” tanong namin sa kanya.

“Aaminin ko,” he replied. “Babae.”

“Yes, I dream na magkaroon ng sariling pamilya,” Piolo added sincerely.

Since his much-publicized and quite controversial breakup with KC Concepcion, wala nang na-involve na babae kay Piolo.

Of KC, she’s reportedly back in town after taking up acting classes in New York.

She’s currently linked to Paolo Avelino.
Published : Thursday, April 17, 2014 00:00
Written by : Nel Alejandrino

Shaina and Piolo hide true relationship?

HINDI ikinakaila ni Piolo Pascual na dumating sa punto ng kanyang career na gusto na niyang mag-quit sa showbiz pero nabago ang lahat nang maipalabas ang unang team-up nila sa pelikula ni Toni Gonzaga, ang “Starting Over Again” na siyang sumira sa lahat ng box office records.

Na-feel marahil ni Piolo na kailangan pa siya ng industriya kaya isinantabi muna niya ang kanyang planong pagre-retiro sa showbiz na kung tutuusin ay napakaaga pa.

Piolo is currently preparing for his 10th album under Star Records kung saan mapapasama ang duet nila ng kanyang teen-age son na si Inigo at pinaghahandaan na rin niya ang kanyang bagong teleserye na may titulong “Abot Kamay.”

Speaking of Piolo, isang malapit sa pamilya ni Shaina Magdayao ang nagpaabot sa amin ng balita na mahigit one year na umano ang relasyon nina Piolo at Shaina na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin kinukumpirma ng magkabilang parte.

Published : Thursday, April 17, 2014 00:00
Written by : Aster Amoyo


Piolo Pascual

Why Piolo wants to retire in US

LOS ANGELES — For actor-singer Piolo Pascual, Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” is the song that best tells his story as he embarks on a new chapter in his life and career.

He said he still can’t believe how much audiences worldwide embraced “Starting over again,” his movie with Toni Gonzaga, which is now one of the all-time highest grossing Philippine movies.

But before the movie came out, Pascual admitted he was thinking of saying goodbye to showbiz.

“We’re not getting any younger. My son is not getting any younger. I want spend more time with him,” the 37-year-old actor said, referring to his only child, Inigo.

“I want be able to attend to some other stuff, do some other businesses. I’ve been so busy with work almost half my life, and I thought, you know, before I get married, at least I’ll have time for myself so I can still enjoy my bachelor life,” he said.

Asked if he is considering having another child, Pascual answered: “I think that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to retire — so I can spend more time alone and just really smell the flowers, and you know, be on the lookout.”

But it’s also his son and the love and support of his fans that made him rethink his early retirement plans.

At his concert, he was met with loud cheers and applause by his loyal fans. “I guess there’s still a reason for me to stay,” Pascual said.

But when the time comes, the actor said he embraces the possibility of retiring in the United States where he enjoys a normal life. Here, Pascual said he can go wherever he wants, like when he attended Manny Pacquiao’s recent fight.

“I crave for it. I like it, I enjoy it. Kanina coming from Vegas, I flew alone. Maganda rin ‘yung anonymity, maganda rin na, you know, nandoon ka lang sa isang side and no one bothers you,” he said.

But right now, he’s not rushing anymore to leave his celebrity life behind.

“I don’t know what legacy I’m leaving, but one thing for sure is that I’m grateful for what the Lord has given me. I’m grateful for the chance that I was given,” he said.

Pascal added that he is very excited about his new ABS-CBN teleserye, “Hawak Kamay,” where he will play an adoptive father of five.

He also hopes that the plans for him to team up anew with Gonzaga will materialize soon.


By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
Posted at 04/15/2014 7:30 PM | Updated as of 04/16/2014 12:29 PM
Actor Piolo Pascual. ABS-CBN

Casinos: Filipino heartthrob Piolo Pascual romances audiences at Harrah’s Tahoe

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

Fans of Filipino entertainment have some choices to make Friday, as both Harrah’s Tahoe and Thunder Valley feature performers beloved by the island nation.

On Friday, Tahoe hosts Piolo Pascual, the definitively handsome acting/singing/modeling talent often tagged as the “Filipino Heartthrob.” Pascual, who got his start in the biz on the the teen variety TV program “That’s Entertainment,” has become a fixture of Filipino feature films, benefiting from his country’s love of romance.

Romance has also been the through-line of his recording career, starting with his first release “Paolo,” which went platinum.

By Mel Shields
Bee Correspondent
Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 – 5:55 pm

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Piolo Pascual: 2014 certified Box Office King

THE one and only Papa P., the Ultimate Heartthrob of the Philippines conquered the entertainment industry once again. In his recent mega box office movie Starting Over Again, he retained his stature as a bankable actor, box office producer, in-demand product endorser and a multi-platinum recording star. Piolo Pascual is a phenomenal artist in this generation.

I am so impressed by his perseverance and dedication to his profession. Success is a word that can easily be defined by everyone. But, it always takes a lot of hard work and passion to reach an evenly successful life. Piolo Pascual knew his destiny and therefore worked to achieve his long time dream of becoming a renowned actor.

Piolo’s father was a casting director for international films that were shot here in the Philippines. He was introduced in the world of theatre and acting when he joined his father’s school theatre group, Teatro ni Kiko.

During his high school years, he started appearing in That’s Entertainment in the 90’s. Piolo eventually left showbiz to focus on his college studies at the University of Sto. Tomas. In 1996, he migrated to the US together with his family.

Piolo worked as an ER representative. When he turned 21, he decided to return to Manila and pursue a showbiz career. His love team with Judy Ann Santos included big hits like Kahit Isang Saglit, Bakit Di Totohanin, Till There Was You, and Don’t Give Up on Us.

His movie with Claudine Barretto, Milan, was one of his top grossing films which won him Best Actor awards. In 2002 film Dekada 70, Piolo earned eight awards in the Best Supporting Actor category and was given a special recognition for this rare grand slam from winning all awards giving body.

His also received international accolades for his acting. He was recognized in Banff World Media Festival and International Emmy Awards. In 2013, Piolo went to Cannes for the movie On The Job.

I could tell a lot about Piolo’s achievements, but this page would not be enough to accommodate all of them. How did he reach all this success? His journey in showbiz was never easy. He experienced a lot of trials when people thought that his career is almost over and the undying rumors about his sexual orientation kept on going around the industry.

Despite of all the rumors and criticisms, Piolo kept his faith in God. He remained strong in the eyes of many.

Recently, Piolo admitted that he considered leaving showbiz to settle in America with his son Iñigo. The success of his film Starting Over Again with Toni Gonzaga prevented him from doing so. He gave everything to God whom he considers as the creator of his destiny. His recent box office movie earned more than P400 million.

He is very grateful to those who remained by his side and trusted in his ability and talent. True enough, Piolo Pascual is a good man blessed by his fervent faith.

You are one of a kind PJ, once again you have proven that “you can’t put a good man down.” Fans of Piolo Pascual will have a chance rekindle their devotion to this beloved heartthrob when he performs on April 11 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and April 13 at White Memorial Church in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets and information, please contact me or Vic Perez at See you there!

By Monet Lu
Published: March 22, 2014

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Piolo Pascual On The Job

‘On the Job’ wins big in PMPC Star Awards

ON THE JOB. The crime thriller took home several awards at the Star Awards. Screengrab from YouTubeON THE JOB. The crime thriller took home several awards at the Star Awards. Screengrab from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines – The movie On the Job was the biggest winner in Sunday night’s (March 9) Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.

Winning Best Picture of the Year, the movie produced by Star Cinema also gathered Director of the Year for Erik Matti, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, and Screenwriter of the Year for Matti and co-writer Michiko Yamamoto.

Actor Joey Marquez grabbed the Movie Supporting Actor of the Year for the said film as Sgt. Joaquin Acosta.

Meanwhile, Movie Actor of the Year went to Vice Ganda for his varied roles in the movie Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.

Movie Actress of the Year went to KC Concepcion for her as Marla de Guzman in Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill.

Angel Aquino on the other hand grabbed the Movie Supporting Actress of the Year for the movie Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita.

For the Indie categories, the movie Badil won Best Picture and Director of the Year for Chito Roño.

Newcomers Vince Tanada and Isabelle Daza meanwhile won the New Movie Actor and Actress of the Year awards for their roles in Otso and It Takes a Man and a Woman, respectively.

Child star Ryzza Mae Dizon was awarded the Movie Child Performer of the Year for My Little Bossings.

Special awards were also handed out to Rustica Carpio (Nora Aunor Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award), Peque Gallaga and Ricky Lee (Ulirang Alagad ng Pelikula sa Likod ng Kamera Lifetime Achievement Award).

Eugene Domingo, Judy Ann Santos, and Ai-Ai De Las Alas meanwhile were the Dekada Actress awardees, while Baron Geisler, John Lloyd Cruz, Aga Muhlach, Piolo Pascual, Dennis Trillo, and Jericho Rosales were awarded the Dekada Actor awards.

Jerrold Tarog, Mark Meily, Jose Javier Reyes, Olivia Lamasan, Maryo J. de los Reyes, and Joel Lamangan were given the Dekada Director awards.

Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual were the Female and Male Stars of the Night. They recently starred in the movie Starting Over Again.

POSTED ON 03/10/2014 2:13 PM | UPDATED 03/10/2014 2:23 PM

Iza to do a teleserye with Piolo

WOW, Ian F., le’t s congratulate Iza Calzado for having been tapped as tv host ng It’s Showtime at The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles.

Both programs happen to be aired daily in ABS-CBN kaya Kapamilya followers get to watch her on tv twice a day.

Guess who is Iza’s ‘equal’ among the Kapamilya talents?

Kris Aquino, who is seen twice a day — in Kris TV and Aquino & Abunda Tonight.

“Alam n’yo,” said Iza, “ang makalinya ko lang si Kris is a great honor. I admire her kasi as a tv host.”

Iza is also proving her worth as an actress. To date, her performance as the ‘other woman’ in the still showing blockbuster movie, Starting Over Again, is still talk of the town.

After all, as she herself agree, it’s not easy to pit talent with the two of the most talented and versatile performers in the business, Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga.

Anytime soon, Iza will realize her dream to play full-time leading lady to Papa P (everybody’s term of endearment for Piolo). They are doing a soap together.

Iza said she will never forget the fact that in her first movie, Milan, she had Papa P for her leading man. At heto, sa first full-length picture niya with Star Cinema na Starting Over, kapareha niya uli si Papa P.

Both Milan and Starting Over is directed by Olive Lamasan.

“I guess some people are truly lucky and I’m glad I am one of them. If I sound mayabang, well, masisisi n’yo ba ako?” waring nahihiyang pahayag ni Iza.

Published : Monday, March 10, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 605
Written by : Nel Alejandrino

Ivana Chubbuck in Manila

Ivana Chubbuck in Manila, Bringing the class to acting

MANILA, Philippines – Entering show business seems to be one of the top career choices nowadays. Have a modicum of talent, possess a respectable amount of good looks, and it seems the proliferation of reality and talent shows beckon, fueled by dreams of stardom, fast money and lucrative endorsement deals. And that is the fact, along with the inescapable truth that while many are called and want to be actors, very few are ready to treat it like a true profession, put in the work and hone their craft so they emerge that rarity — a really good actor. After all, how many Matthew McConaugheys and Cate Blanchetts are there in the world?

As head of ABS-CBN Star Magic Acting Workshops, director Rahyan Carlos knows that improving one’s acting skills is a never-ending process. While many in the entertainment industry have concentrated on advancing technology, whether via camera work, special effects or set design, Rahyan has made it his calling to constantly upgrade what the workshops can mean within the context of what resources he can muster — and to place “acting” as the obvious core of his mission vision.


When Halle Berry won her Oscar for Monster’s Ball, it was the name of her acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, that she screamed out during her acceptance speech. The likes of James Franco, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and Beyoncé are ready to give testimonials on her website. Rahyan put in the time to travel to L.A., learned the Chubbuck technique, went beyond her book The Power of the Actor and emerged as the only Filipino to be accredited as Chubbuck acting coach.

And just this month, Rahyan was able to convince Ivana to visit Manila and hold a two-day workshop at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater. The idea was to give those who would participate a proverbial taste of what the Ivana Chubbuck Studio can offer — the apt metaphor as Ivana herself would stress was that this merely like licking the icing of a cake. For the observers, this was a chance to witness how a premier acting coach operates, putting the likes of participants Piolo Pascual, Xian Lim, Sam Milby, Dimples Romana, Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca, as well as those from the world of theater and hosting like Issa Litton, through their paces as they were assigned scenes from such celebrated films as Chasing Amy, The Breakfast Club, Girl Interrupted and Perks of Being A Wallflower, among others.

A no-nonsense, gritty teacher, Ivana spewed “fire” during the two days, challenging the actors to reassess their potential and use “substitution” as a means to unlock their power as actors. By employing the Chubbuck technique, this meant using what you have felt or undergone in your life as a key to giving life to the lines and the portrayal. Raw, heightened emotions are thus harnessed to give one’s acting a newfound dimension. And while that may seem simple in concept, tapping into that real emotion is a process that’s not obvious at all. Ivana would brazenly ask the participants about their personal lives, practically turning her Q&A into a form of psychoanalysis — this in order to identify the right “substitution.” It was revelatory, as some of the participants would be moved to tears, remembering the pain of a father who abandoned them, or a serious relationship that went awry. Just how integral a role the “acting coach” played in all this was very obvious, as some of these are memories and feelings one may have submerged and/or relegated to a dark corner of one’s psyche over time.

Without exception, the actors all saw the “method to the madness,” and their performances on the second day already showed marked improvements — making one wonder as to how it could create new standards if one underwent the full course as offered at Ivana’s studio. I observed some TV directors, cinematographers and acting neophytes in the audience, and they seemed enthralled by the process — how Ivana has systematically turned it into a technique, one that readily shows results.

What remains to be seen is how many of the actors will take the lessons during the two days to heart, and understand that they all have the opportunity to better their craft. As some of them are established stars, it can be so easy to sit back, stay within their comfort zone and believe they no longer have anything to prove. Ivana’s whirlwind two days here should be a potent reminder of how great acting is all about educated risks, about stretching and never being complacent, smug or satisfied.


By Phillip Cu-Unjieng (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 9, 2014 – 12:00am


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Piolo almost bid showbiz goodbye

Piolo Pascual was all set for his curtain call prior to starting work on “Starting Over Again.” He, in fact, considered the film his swan song.

However, the success of the Olivia Lamasan-helmed drama made him change his mind.

“I was seriously considering quitting (showbiz) this year pero, when the movie became a big hit, I said the joke is on me. I guess hindi pa po time para umalis ako sa showbiz,” the hunk shared in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

“Starting Over Again,” which also stars Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, has grossed P375 million in three weeks.

An emotional Piolo expressed gratefulness to fans during the thanksgiving party for the film held on Tuesday, saying, “Thank you for always being there para sabihin sa akin na huwag akong tanga at huwag ko isipin na umalis kasi hindi ko talaga alam. This was hard for me. Inayos ko na ang buhay ko. I was ready to settle down in the States. This could be my last. Maraming salamat sa tiwala kasi hindi ko talaga alam na aabot ako dito.”

Piolo Pascual (Yahoo)
Piolo Pascual (Yahoo)

The 37-year-old revealed that his son is among factors that made him consider quitting showbiz.

“I wanted to devote more time sa anak ko. Para bago man lang maging adult ang bata, I can give him more time physically. That’s one of the factors and parang gusto ko rin naman magpahinga, so iyon… Sometimes kailangan natin pagtuunan ng pansin ang ibang bagay para hindi tayo tumanda na may na-miss out tayo,” Piolo explained in a separate PEP interview.

Piolo said Iñigo didn’t agree with his plan. “(Sabi niya) ‘You can’t quit yet because I still wanna see you on TV.’ Sabi ko, ‘Ano ka ba naman, I wanna do this for you yet ayaw mo.'”

With this, Piolo deemed it “a sign.”

“There are some things na out of our control. I was planning something else, but I guess ABS-CBN had a different plan. God had a different plan kaya sabay na lang tayo sa agos,” he added.

“I thought kaya kong tuldukan, hindi pa pala. Bahala na ang Diyos, bahala na ang ABS-CBN. Happy ako, sobra.”

Manila Bulletin – Thu, Mar 6, 2014 1:26 AM PHT
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