February 24, 2018, 10:39 pm
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It’s Nadine for James’ Pedro Penduko

JAMES Reid will be paired with girlfriend Nadine Lustre in the latest incarnation of “Pedro Penduko.”

Reid, who has been undergoing training for his stunts in the movie, is the third actor to play the komiks hero. Ramon Zamora was the first to play the role in 1973. In the year 2000, singer-comedian Janno Gibbs was handpicked for “Pedro Penduko II: The Return of the Comeback.”

ABS-CBN came up with a series on the adventures and misadventures of “Pedro Penduko” starring Matt Evans in the lead.

James has not seen any of the previous adaptations. 

“Which is just as well,” said the people who handle Reid’s career, “para masabi niyang ‘di siya na-influence ng kung anumang maituturing na magandang eksenang naipamalas na ng kanyang mga predecessors.”

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The regular viewers were not the only ones thrilled with Piolo Pascual’s guest appearance in “Home Sweetie Home.” Toni Gonzaga, the sitcom’s lead, was happy as well. 

However, Piolo clears he will not be a mainstay because he will soon start work on a new series for Deo Edrinal’s Dreamscape Entertainment. It will be a comedy series with Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy Marquez and JC de Vera and directed by Antoinette Jadaone.

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Billy Crawford has yet to reveal even to future bride Coleen Garcia where they will go for their honeymoon.

As to the wedding, a professional wedding coordinator, in close coordination, of course, with Coleen, is on top of it. It will happen in summer 2018 at a private beach resort in Quezon Province. Only a few guests will be invited to witness the affair.

“There will be a grand reception in Metro Manila, where they will invite lots of guests,” said a kibitzer.

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Sophie Albert, a great niece of the late President Corazon Aquino, is the newest talent to sign up with GMA.

The former TV5 discovery has always wanted to be an actress. Thus, she was a Star Magic talent before joining TV5’s “Artista Academy,” where she was eventually proclaimed winner, along with Vin Abrenica, who is now with ABS-CBN.

Tall, pretty and talented, Sophie is confident that with her transfer to GMA, her dream of stardom will finally be realized.

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It was hard work, but it was all worth it, said Kim Chiu of her experience shooting “The Ghost Bride.”

Aside from the challenges of being in a horror movie, she knew how hard it is to play the title role. As a ghost bride, she encounters a number of horrible creatures and causes the death of several individuals.

“Ako pa naman, matatakutin,” she admitted, “Naniniwala ako sa ghosts, kahit, awa ng Diyos, wala pa naming akong na-e-encounter. Add to this the fact that I have Chito Roño for my director.

“Napaka-exacting niya. Siyempre, sa akin naka-focus ang atensyon niya lagi, since ako nga ang ghost bride,” she added.

Happily for Kim, “The Ghost Bride” is doing well at the tills. It raked in more than P14 million on its first day. And everyone agree it’s a scary movie.

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How nice of Kathryn Bernardo to play stylist to newcomer and “Pinoy Big Brother” champ Maymay Entrata, when their group went for a concert in Singapore recently.

 “Well, dahil ‘di pa sanay, natural na nataranta si Maymay,” related our informer, “It was then that, kumbaga, Kathryn came to her rescue. She actually did not just style Maymay’s hair, kung hindi she did Kathryn’s make-up, too.

“And when she learned that Maymay needed a skirt to go with the blouse she had … she immediately offered to lend Maymay one.”

Maymay has joined the top series, “La Luna Sangre,” which is topbilled by Kathryn, Daniel Padilla, Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin, among others.
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