July 19, 2018, 5:51 am
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What Gabby wants

GABBY Concepcion has a message for those who think he is the reason the planned reunion project with ex-wife Sharon Cuneta is not pushing through.

Actually, all he wants, he revealed, is a good project. And he’ll go for it.

Right now, what’s keeping Gabby busy is co-hosting GMA’s “Celebrity Bluff” with Eugene Domingo. He replaced Edu Manzano, who, we all know, has joined the cast of ABS-CBN’s top action series, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” 

We also heard that Edu might soon host a show with his son Luis Manzano.

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Speaking of Sharon, she will again sit as a juror of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” with Ogie Alcasid and Gary Valenciano.

Billy Crawford will be back as host.

The singer-actress is currently recuperating from a recent neck operation. 

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Rocco Nacino has confirmed at the presscon of “Oh, Boy, Oh, LOL” with Derrick Monasterio, Jak Roberto and Donita Nose, that his current girlfriend is volleyball player Melissa Gohing.

The two were spotted during the holidays in a beach in La Union.

By the way, few obviously know Rocco is a registered nurse by profession. He was, in fact, about to work in a Singapore hospital when showbiz beckoned. He is now, of course, one of the Kapuso’s most priced talents.

Before Melissa, it’s common knowledge he and Lovi Poe were an item.

Lovi is now romancing Frenchman Chris Johnson.

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Now, speaking of Lovi, the actress is consistent in saying that her biggest regret is not having had the chance to work with her father,   Fernando Poe, Jr.

She will soon be reunited with Vhong Navarro in a movie under Regal Entertainment. The two were first teamed up in “Woke Up Like This,” produced by Mother Lily.

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Even while in the US, Alfonso Martinez continues to check up on his grandmother, former actress Amalia Fuentes.

The youngest child of Albert Martinez and the late Liezl Sumilang, Alfonso is with his dad and sister Alissa to visit his ate Alyanna, who now lives in the US with her husband and baby.

Alfonso has reportedly made sure Amalia’s room in New Manila has all the equipment needed for her to recover. There are also nurses assigned to attend to her every need.

He is hopeful his Lola Nena will totally recover and be up and about for his wedding this year or early 2019.

By the way, how true is it that Amalia remains unaware that her ex husband, former actor Romeo Vasquez, passed away May 2 last year?

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Luis Manzano is expected to rush into marriage once he sees good friend Billy Crawford happily settled down with actress Coleen Garcia.

Expected to also follow suit is Billy’s other best friend, JayR, who has been with girlfriend, singer and songwriter Mica Javier, for five years now.

Mica, who is turning 29 on July 29, is the daughter of Sandy Javier, owner of the chicken chain, Andok’s. She is a niece of APO Hiking Society’s Danny Javier, who is now said to be engaged in organic farming. 

The other members of Apo are Jim Paredes and occasional actor Buboy Garovillo.

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“Bagani” has welcomed actress Aiko Melendez in its cast.

Aiko, who was last seen in the afternoon drama “Wildflower,” joins Rio Locsin, who is also a former Regal Baby like her. Aiko has no idea if they will share scenes together, but she is looking forward to working with Rio.

The actress is enjoying a second wind in her career – and love life. A single mom of two, Aiko is now more vocal about dating Subic Mayor Jay Khonghun. 

Aiko was married twice. She first wed actor Jomari Yllana and then chef Martin Jickain.
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