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Piolo nearly quit in showbiz

NOW it can be told, Ian F., that Piolo Pascual considered quitting showbiz pala this year kung ’di lang pumatok sa takilya ang still showing movie niya, Starting Over Again, with Toni Gonzaga for Star Cinema.

Piolo didn’t articulate why. Basta raw, binalak niya na mamirmihan na sa Amerika, where his mom and several of his siblings live along with 15-year-old son Iñigo.

Pero gaya raw ng sabi ng talent management arm ng ABS-CBN, Star Magic, headed by Direk Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto, may lugar pa si Piolo sa showbiz and he should not lose hope.

Kaya, grateful raw siya, bukod kina Toni at Iza Calzado (his leading ladies), kay Direk Olive Lamasan, with whom he last worked in the movie Milan.

Nagpapasalamat din daw siya lalo na kay Malou Santos, Star Cinema managing director.

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SA victory blowout for the cast, production staff and everyone involved sa Starting Over…, no wonder na present din sina Charo Santos-Concio, president at CEO ng ABS-CBN, at Gabby Lopez, chairman of the board, ABS-CBN.

Nandu’n din sina Carlo Katigbak, head of Access, at Aldrin Cerrado, head of Finance ng ABS-CBN.

As of this writing, the film, which is on its fourth week, has reportedly grossed close to P400M.

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Sayang at patapos na nang dumating sa victory blowout si Cai Cortez, gumanap na isa sa close friends ni Toni sa Starting Over…, bukod kay Beauty Gonzales.

Iyon pala, na-involve si Cai sa isang puwedeng ituring na freak accident, dahil pinili niya raw na magbihis sa kotse nang malapit na siya sa ELJ Building, where the occasion was taking place.

While squeezing through her damit na isusuot, kung bakit aksidente raw niyang nasagi ang isang nakausling kung anumang matulis na bagay.

Bago niya nalaman, dumudugo na ang hintuturo sa kanyang kanang paa.

Kaya, she had to rush herself to the hospital for first-aid treatment.

Sayang, nang finally nga ay makarating si Cai sa party, pack-up na ang lahat.

Pero natanggap pa rin niya ang kanyang bonus from Ma’am Malou herself.

For those of you who don’t know, Cai is the only daughter of Rez Cortez and wife Candy.

Rez takes pride in saying na natural comedienne ang kanyang anak.

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Going back to the party, present din sina Lito Pimentel, Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Bryan Santos at Ryan Yllana, who all played supporting roles sa pelikula.



Published : Thursday, March 06, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 457
Written by : Nel Alejandrino


On Reinvention by Piolo Pascual

Brighter Life: On Reinvention by Piolo

On Reinvention by Piolo Pascual
On Reinvention by Piolo Pascual

As I marked my 15 years in show business , I realized what has kept me afloat throughout the many ups and downs of life under the limelight. Aside from faith, I consider my craft as my true north as well as sanctuary. It allows me to inhabit different lives, to express creativity, and, at times, to contribute in making this world a better place.

When it comes down to weighing what I want versus what needs to be done, hands down, I would always favor the one that will translate to a brighter life. This is where my road to reinvention is rooted. In deciding my next steps to stay relevant and productive, I became more discerning with each project I got involved with. From acting in front of camera to going behind-the-camera as a producer. From a practitioner of good money habits (thanks to my Mom!) to an advocate of financial literacy. From a mere supporter of good causes to being a catalyst for positive change.

Spring Films. It’s time! Brighter Life. Hebreo Foundation. SunPIOLOgy. These are some of the consequences of those self-help shifts.

My next mountains to conquer are still out there. As a producer, the field is both wide and deep. We have enjoyed modest success, from brokering the out-of-the-box “On The Job” for international appreciation, to putting Kimmy Dora’s brand of humor a part of local comedy history.

I also created a non-profit advocacy called Hebreo Foundation, supporting underprivileged scholars in their education, believing that they deserve the chance to also reinvent their present situation. With the help of Sun Life, we are able to open more doors towards the achievement of dreams, year after year.

Under ‘It’s Time,” we tried to break the cycle and lead the way to opening eyes wide to the benefits of foresight and financial preparedness . Today, it is enlightening to know that more and more Filipinos have joined our journey towards fulfilling a “Brighter Life” through proper money management.

Of course, I will continue to stand in front of the camera, but the view from behind the limelight, as you can glimpse, are proving to be just as sweet and rewarding.

On the set, when the director shouts ‘it’s a wrap’, it serves as a reminder that your shooting day is finished. For me, it also means that our collective goal is slowly being realized. On the surface, the business of show business is fleeting, and it takes courage and determination to go against the stream and pursue your own dream. And just like in everyday life, where no crew is around to capture the drama, you will always be, to quote from Invictus, the master of your ship and the captain of your soul.

By Piolo Pascual,
March 1, 2014
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