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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 vicperez@ventertainment.biz. See you there!

By Monet Lu
Published: March 22, 2014

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Toni not claiming credit for film’s success with Piolo

TONI Gonzaga doesn’t want to entertain the intriguing observation that she’s the reason Starting Over Again became a certified blockbuster and that she helped Piolo Pascual back to becoming a box-office star again.

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga
Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga

“I think that’s unfair,” she avers. “He is Piolo Pascual already. No matter what they say, his contribution to the industry can never be underestimated. When I was just starting in the ‘biz and eventually moved to ABS-CBN, it was my wish to do a project with him. I’m thankful that it happened and bore a very successful result.”

The actress-host believes that apart from her on screen chemistry with Piolo, the material itself is a huge come-on why the film delivered at the tills.

“Oh yes! I guess it’s just right timing and right project. For one, the story is not your usual fairy tale. It’s so mature that the twist is acceptable to the viewing public. It helped that contemporary movie buffs are more intelligent now. They appreciate realism in what they watch, which is a very good sign!”

Asked whom she wants to do a movie with in the near future, Toni reveals, “Bosing Vic (Sotto)! Everybody knows that I started with Eat Bulaga. We were supposed to do a movie intended for the MMFF before, remember? It just didn’t push through. I really wish to do a project with him so I can have a guesting stint in EB. It’s been 10 years since I left the show and I miss the whole gang!”

Rumor has it that she and boyfriend Paul Soriano are already engaged since December of last year only they’re keeping it a secret.

“It’s not true! If ever that time comes, we will not deny it. It’s something you should be proud of in the first place,” ends Toni.

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales | Mar. 16, 2014 at 07:01pm
Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/03/16/toni-not-claiming-credit-for-film-s-success-with-piolo/

‘Starting Over Again’ breaks records, passes P400M mark

MANILA – The first big screen team-up of Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga made history on Saturday, becoming the first non-Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry to surpass the P400-million mark.

According to Star Cinema’s advertising and promotions manager Mico Del Rosario, “Starting Over Again” now ranks among the highest-grossing Philippine films of all time, just a month after it was released in theaters on February 12.

It bumped off the 2011 comedy film, “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin,” which earned P332 million during its run.

The film, which is Star Cinema’s Valentines’ Day offering, also broke records abroad, becoming the highest-grossing Filipino movie in the international box office.

It also beat the previous career records set by its lead stars Pascual and Gonzaga, as well as its director Olivia Lamasan (“Madrasta”, “The Mistress”, In the Name of Love”).

Written by Carmi Raymundo, “Starting Over Again” tells the story of college professor Marco (Pascual), whose girlfriend, Ginny (Gonzaga), left him without saying goodbye or giving an explanation.

Four years after the breakup, the two cross paths again at a time when Marco is already happy with a new partner, Patty (Iza Calzado).

Forced to work with Marco, who has also successfully pursued his passion to become a chef, Ginny starts to regret leaving him and tries to win him back.

“Starting Over Again,” which is part of the continuing 20th anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN film outfit Star Cinema, is still showing in over 270 theaters in the Philippines and in select theaters in the United States.

Posted at 03/15/2014 5:07 PM | Updated as of 03/15/2014 6:31 PM

Piolo Pascual (Yahoo)

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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Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga

‘Starting Over Again’ to have a sequel?


MANILA – Following the box-office success of Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga’s first big-screen team-up, the actor revealed that Star Cinema is already planning to come up with a follow-up project for the two stars.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the movie’s thanksgiving party, Pascual said he is ecstatic that he will be given another opportunity to work with Gonzaga.

“Pinag-uuspaan na nila. Naghahanap na ng material. Hindi siguro sequel, baka prequel,” the actor said in jest.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, said a second movie with Pascual would be a treat since she waited 13 years before finally sharing the screen with the actor again.

The two first worked together in a memorable TV commercial.

“Siyempre kapag naging ganito ang resulta ng isang pelikula, mae-excite ka kung ano pa kaya ang pwedeng maibigay sa kanila, kung ano pa kaya ang pwedeng ma-offer. Pero siyempre depende pa rin yun sa management, kay Mr. M (Johnny Manahan). Baka may bago na namang leading lady si PJ,” she said.

Gonzaga said working with Pascual is important for her because it shows how far she has gone in show business.

“Ito ang pinakaimportanteng bahagi ng career ko kasi parang full circle. I started just screaming his name tapos naging leading lady. Dreams really do come true. Kapag may pangarap, never give up on your dreams,” she said.

According to Star Cinema, the total earnings of “Starting Over Again” in three weeks is P375 million, breaking the personal records of Pascual and Gonzaga.

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/03/06/14/starting-over-again-have-sequel
Posted at 03/06/2014 1:39 PM | Updated as of 03/06/2014 3:12 PM

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.

* * *

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.

* * *

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.

* * *

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.


Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/entertainment/showbiz-news/68327-piolo-nearly-quit-in-showbiz

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


Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual thanked the people behind “Starting Over Again” but not his fans?

Piolo Pascual turned emotional during the thanksgiving party of his movie

“Starting Over Again” on Tuesday, admitting he almost gave up on his career.

When it was his turn to take the stage to thank the people behind the success of the Star Cinema movie, Pascual suddenly became teary-eyed, revealing that he thought of quitting showbiz until this project turned out to be a blockbuster hit.

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

Addressing the ABS-CBN executives in particular, Pascual said: “I was seriously considering quitting 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.”

“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,” he added.

Three weeks since it was released in theaters, Pascual’s first big screen team-up with Toni Gonzaga already earned P375 million.

Saying this is his biggest movie to date, Pascual said he is still in awe as to how people supported “Starting Over Again.”

“Nung lumabas na ganun ang kita ng pelikula, hindi talaga ako makapaniwala because back during my time, maka P100 million ka lang okay ka na. For the movie to make more than a hundred million in four days, it was really overwhelming for me. I never thought na it would still happen,” he said.

Saying he chooses to just trust God’s plan for him, Pascual said: “Kasi roller coaster ang pinagdaanan ko. Kumbaga binigay ko na lang kasi for me, hindi ko na alam kung saan ako pupulutin after nito. Hindi naman na ako bata. With my team-up wih Tin, quota na ako.”

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com

Toni and Piolo to beat Vice’s record?

Dahil sa higanteng tagumpay ng Starting Over Again, bilang pasasalamat ay nag-blow-out si Toni Gonzaga sa entertainment press by having a thanksgiving presscon.

Hindi alam ni Toni ang exact figures ng gross ng movie na hanggang ngayon ay humahataw pa rin sa box-office pero ang nakarating sa aming balita, close to P400M na raw ang kinikita ng pelikula.

Say ni Toni, hindi raw talaga nila ito ine-expect at ang wish nga lang nila even before the showing, maka-P100M lang ay okay na sa kanila.

“Actually, ang target lang namin talaga ay kumita ang pelikula. Sabi nga nila, makalampas lang ng P100M, okay na ’yun, kasi nga, iba ’yung timpla ng pelikula. Mabigat na light na lalabas ka ng sinehan na parang pinag-isip ka niya, parang iisipin mo ang nangyari sa buhay mo di ba? Na, ‘o, naka-relate ka ba?’ ‘sino ka sa tatlo?’ ’di ba?” pahayag ni Toni.

Maging sa U.S. pala ay humataw sa takilya ang pelikula at nasulat pa.

“Oo, kasi talagang lumaban daw sa box-office doon. Nagulat sila, na parang this newcomer Filipino movie making waves daw in the U.S. Tapos, 52 cinemas lang, naka-$150,000.00,” masayang wika pa ng dalaga.

Sa ngayon kasi, ang may hawak ng record ng highest box-office sa local movies ay ang pelikula ni Vice Ganda last December na Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy na umabot sa P420M. Kasalukuyan pang showing ang Starting Over Again at hindi malayong malampasan nila ang kinita ng GBBT.

Pero ayon kay Toni ay hindi naman daw niya iniisip ’yun at love daw niya si Vice Ganda.

“Natutuwa nga ako sa kanya kasi nagpa-block screening siya (for SOA), so sabi ko, first time na may gumawa sa akin ng ganu’n. Na-touch ako talaga,” say ni Toni.

She added, “mahal ko naman si Vice, pero kung lalampas, eh, magkaibigan pa rin kami. At anu’t anuman ang mangyari, hindi ’yun makakaapekto sa pagkakaibigan namin. At malaki na ang napatunayan ni Vice. Sa kanya na ‘yung tronong phenomenal talaga.”

May bonus na bang ibinigay ang Star Cinema?

“Oo, ikadadamdam ko kung wala,” natatawa niyang say. “Sasakit ang loob ko (kung walang bonus), sa pinagdaanan ko sa pelikula. Ako na lang ang hihingi. Kung hindi man nila bigay, hihingin ko.”

Sa ngayon ay pag-uusapan pa raw nila ng Star Cinema kung ano ang next movie niya. Kung lalagyan ba ng part 2 ang movie o iba naman.

“May nakalatag na talaga akong next na gagawin. Pero dahil nga dito sa movie, hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang magiging plano. Kasi magmimiting pa.”

When asked kung sino ba ang gusto niyang makatrabaho pa or maging leading man, say ni Toni, gusto raw sana niya ay matuloy na ang naudlot na pagsasama nila ni Vic Sotto.

When asked kung magagawa pa ba niyang ulitin ang love scene na katulad ng ginawa niya with Piolo Pascual sa SOA, say ni Toni ay baka hindi na raw at baka maloka na raw talaga ang parents niya.

Published : Monday, March 03, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 1,210
Written by : Vinia Vivar
Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/entertainment/showbiz-news/68136-toni-and-piolo-to-beat-vices-record

Piolo Pascual

Hollywood acting coach wants to watch Piolo’s movie

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga’s movie “Starting Over Again” caught the attention of Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.

Ivana, who has trained famous Hollywood actors like Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Eva Mendes, Beyonce and Jim Carrey, arrived in Manila on Thursday, February 27, to coach select Star Magic artists in a two-day workshop.

Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck (Contributed photo)
Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck (Contributed photo)

During the press conference, Ivana shared that she was able to see the short clip of “Starting Over Again,” which was playing inside ABS-CBN’s elevator.

“That looks like a really, really good movie. I want to see that,” Ivana said.

Impressed with Piolo

The acting coach admitted that she cannot say much about the movie yet because she was only able to see the trailer, but she was impressed, particularly with Piolo.

“I really look forward to working with the guy. He’s going to be at my workshop. He seems really talented and very handsome. So, it will be fun to work with him.”

Piolo and fellow Star Magic artists like Sam Milby, Jake Cuenca, Xian Lim, Arjo Atayde, Arron Villaflor and Dimples Romana, will be joining Ivana’s workshop on March 1 and 2.
Ivana expects local actors “to be wonderful.”
“Education never stops. That’s something everyone needs. Really great people know education never stops. He (Piolo) doesn’t need it, he’s smart enough to know that he could gain more and be even better with it (through education).”

Advice to celebrities

Ivana has a piece of advice for local celebrities who dream of making it to Hollywood.

“You have to realize that (Hollywood) is a big pond and you got to rise in that pond, which has sharks, piranhas and bacteria. You should be able to have the right stuff to be able to tackle the piranhas and rise above it. You need to have the skills.”

The author of the best-selling book “The Power of the Actor” stressed that an actor has to be a good swimmer to survive and continuous learning is important.

Ivana is holding the workshops upon the invitation of director and Star Magic training head Rahyan Carlos.
By Karen Valeza | Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:47 PM PHT
Source: http://ph.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/hollywood-acting-coach-wants-to-watch-piolo-s-movie-064713175.html

Piolo Pascual still a favorite leading man

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

A FELLOW writer and I watched Starting Over Again on its first day of release at SM Megamall’s new Directors Club at the mall’s new wing called Fashion Hall.

ay until five days after it has grossed P200 million, making it one of Star Cinema’s highest grossing film among its 20th anniversary releases.
I can understand why. The film has all the elements that make women swoon over Piolo Pascual from beginning to end.

Never mind Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, movie fans just like to watch the actor on screen.

It has been sometime since Pascual played a role that made women’s hearts beating faster than usual. And in this film, it is evident that director Olivia Lamasan was careful in capturing the actor and making him look like the guy every woman wants to have as a groom.

Fans abroad flocked to the movie’s international premiere showing on Feb. 15 at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City, California.
Lead actor Piolo Pascual must be commended for his performance as the heart-broken Marco, further proof of his status as one of the country’s box office actors even after 15 years in the industry. His chiseled looks and emotionally charged acting, combined with evident chemistry with both leading ladies Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, Piolo is in perfect form as the classic rom-com actor.

Even director Olivia Lamasan said that Piolo’s role in Starting Over Again was just right for the seasoned actor. “For the longest time I’ve been looking for a material for PJ na palagi kong sinasabi na sa laki ng achievements mo sa buhay, sa laki ng narating mo, parang hindi na kita mahawakan. So naghahanap ako ng isang role para sa yo na mararamdaman kita ulit. At masasabi kong, ‘ah nasasaktan ka pa rin. Ah, nasasaktan ka, gusto kita yakapin.’ And this is the perfect role for him.”

Overwhelmed with the support, Piolo couldn’t thank his fans enough. “To everyone who came out and supported our film and bore the long lines, sitting in front of the movie house just to be able to watch the film…Thank you very much for believing and extending your support to Star Cinema and everyone who’s part of this project. We’re all humbled by your love…may we continue to spread love and harbor good feelings toward everyone…Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino! To God be the glory!”

Starting Over Again is still showing, in 270 theaters nationwide. There will be international screenings in North America (Arkansas, Illinois, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia) and Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan).

Screenings in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar & Bahrain) and Australia ( Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) will start on March 6.

By Isah V. Red | Feb. 23, 2014 at 06:00pm
Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/02/23/piolo-pascual-still-a-favorite-leading-man/