April 26, 2018, 7:22 pm
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Atom surprised to be tapped for Citizen Jake

ALDEN Richards and Maine Mendoza’s fans are up in arms with the rumor that their show “Destined to be Yours” will run for only one season and will have no extension. Some of them even wrote a letter of protest to GMA-7 management requesting that the show gets extended so they can still watch their idols on primetime for a longer period of time. Well, here’s hoping that the Kapuso network will give in and grant their request.

Alden and Maine have just gone back from the USA and they want to thank all their fans abroad for making their concerts in the East and West Coast big big hits. They’re now back taping new episodes for “Destined to Be Yours” and folks say it’s very obvious that their trip abroad helped in making them feel close to each other. 

“They’re more clingy,” an observer on the set remarked. “They even hold hands when they rehearse and read the script on the set.”

In the story, Alden as Benjie and Maine as Sinag have seen each other again and it’s quite apparent that they still harbor sweet feelings for each other. The problem is Alden now has Thea Tolentino as Trish in his life, while Maine is also much closer to Juancho Trivino as Badong, who she has accepted as her boyfriend. 


After she got bashed as “walang utang na loob” for calling the producer, Rodora Morales, of her “Trip ni Kris” travel show (which didn’t rate well) a user, along with Morales’ son Renan, Kris  now tries to continue to get hold of the public’s attention by hinting that she will soon star in a Hollywood movie. 

On April 13, she posted in her social media account an insinuation that the she might be part of a new Warner Bros. production. The Hollywood movie is said to be “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the best seller written by international author Kevin Kwan, who also wrote “China Rich Girlfriend.”

She said she signed a non-disclosure agreement so she’s not at liberty to reveal any details about the movie. She flew to Hollywood last Sunday to sign her contract after passing “five levels of scrutiny.”

Here’s hoping for her that there will be no hitches or setbacks in her dream to become a Hollywood star, although it’s said that her name doesn’t appear in the official list of the movie’s cast in Variety, the bible of the Hollywood film industry.


Fans who are rooting for the “Kenbie” love team of Barbie Forteza and Ken Chan in the hit primetime show, “Meant to Be,” on GMA-7 are rejoicing when they learned that Ken sent a bouquet of red roses to Barbie off cam and she is so elated to get them.

Barbie is so pleased with it she sent a message to Ken: “Di mo naman ako ininform sa pa-roses mo. Weakness ko pa naman ito! Thank you!” To which Ken replied: “Because you are very important to me.” Their fans swooned because of this, garnering 26,000 likes on social media, and they’re now hoping that it will be Ken who’d get Barbie not only on cam in “Meant to Be” but even also off cam.

But Barbie is getting four more new leading men in the show. Aside from Ken, Ivan Dorscher, Jak Roberto, and Addy Raj, the new good looking actors being introduced in the show as their rivals for Barbie’s heart and attention are Dave Bornea, Vince Vandorpe, Matthias Rhoads and Carl Cervantes.

How does Barbie feel now that no less than eight hunks are fighting for her and not just four? 

“Siempre, feeling ko, ang haba-haba ng hair ko,” she laughed. “Sana, mangyari rin sa akin sa tunay na buhay at hindi lang sa show. Sobrang nakakakilig talaga siguro.”

At this time, it’s already very clear that “Meant to Be” is not just a carbon copy of “Meteor Garden,” what with the introduction of four more guys to compete with Barbie’s attention. Also, the story involving the love affairs of Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz, Tina Paner, Janno Gibbs, and Keempee de Leon makes the show even more interesting and worth watching.


One of the most awaited films this year is the comeback movie of acclaimed filmmaker Mike de Leon, who directed such memorable films as “Sister Stella L.,” “Kisapmata,” “Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising,” “Batch 81” and “Bayaning 3rd World.” His new movie is “Citizen Jake,” starring broadcaster Atom Araullo in his first acting role. 

Araullo feels fortunate to have been tapped by de Leon to play the title role. 

“He’s very passionate about filmmaking,” said Atom. “It is common knowledge that he is a perfectionist and quite uncompromising when it comes to his vision about his movie. 

“I was so surprised when he offered me the role of Citizen Jake. We have so many discussions about the project and I’m learning so much from him that I now realize how blessed I am in getting this opportunity to work with him.” 

Playing equally important roles in the movie are Cherie Gil, Dina Bonnevie, Max Collins, Luis Alandy, Gabby Eigenmann, Nonie Buencamino, Lou Veloso, Richard Quan, Anna Luna, Teroy Guzman and Jomari Angeles.
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