- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00
- Written by ETHEL RAMOS
By A Web design Company
‘Talagang napaiyak ako, lalo na nang mahigpit na yumakap sa akin si Aaliyah. – Robin Padilla’
IT was a moving scene in a comedy series. In last Saturday’s episode of “Toda Max,” on ABS-CBN, Aaliyah Benisano bade her father, played by Robin Padilla, goodbye, as she was leaving for abroad with her grandma (Pilita Corrales), who was to finance her studies there.
“Nadala yata ako sa eksena,” Robin admitted. “Talagang napaiyak ako, lalo na nang mahigpit na yumakap sa akin si Aaliyah.
“I know it will take a while before I see her again. Kung puwede nga lang siyang pigilan. But I admire her because she is temporarily giving up the show because of her studies.”
Aaliyah, who is 13, is an incoming freshman at St. Scholastica’s College. The school discourages its students from working while studying.
She had, therefore, to choose between acting and schooling.
Aaliyah said: “Definitely, I would choose school anytime. Determined ako to finish high school and then attend college.”
Her dream, aside from resuming her showbiz career, is to become a beauty queen.
“Toda Max,” directed by Malu Sevilla, is now on its third season. Everyone involved in the show, especially its cast – Robin, Aaliyah, Angel Locsin, Pokwang, Vhong Navarro and child actor Izzy Canillo – is happy that they are doing good in the ratings. In its last episode, the rating was nearly 20%.
“We will try to up the ratings even more,” the cast promised. “The feedback we get per episode assures us na pinanonood kami.”
Vhong (Navarro) brought with him in his taping for “Toda Max” last Monday his son, Yce. Yce’s mom is Vhong ex wife, Bianca Lapuz, now retired as an actress.
Their marriage has been annulled. Bianca now has a non-showbiz husband.
Yce, who is as tall as his father, is 14 and is in first year high school at the OB Montessori.
Asked if he has plans to follow in his dad’s footsteps, Yce replied: “Baka po in the future.”
Vhong has another son, Bruno, older than Yce, with another woman.
Let’s all look forward to the transformation of the Big Dome, also known as the Smart Araneta Coliseum, before the year ends.
The coliseum, while it promises to treasure its glorious heritage, will level up to more state-of-the-art venue features.
As an observer said: “Magpapahuli ba naman ang Big Dome, when for several decades, it has developed a unique connection with generations of fans, international and local performing artists, not to say, legions of athletic heroes, since it was opened to the public in 1952?”
Michael Noah, Chief Operating Officer of United Promotions, Inc., the management arm of the leisure and entertainment interests of the Araneta Group, including the Smart Araneta, said: “The extreme transformation of the Big Dome begins with the majestic façade and interiors of the new Green Gate, which, henceforth, will welcome everyone to state-of-the art features, starting with the larger entrance, improved kiosks for retail, scanners at the turnstiles for quicker and more efficient audience entry and a concourse with LED signage, controlled space and video system.
“Likewise,” he continued, “the coliseum will also boast of an ideal elevation and classic coliseum seating arrangement that meets international standards.”
Bea Alonzo’s first public appearance after her arrival from Barcelona, Spain, was at the premiere of the movie, “Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme,” at the Trinoma Cinema last Tuesday,
strolling down the red carpet with boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo, part of the “Kimmy Dora” cast. In Spain, Bea had a show with fellow ABS-CBN talents Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban for Filipino subscribers of The Filipino Channel (TFC).
“Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme,” directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal and co-produced by Star Cinema and Spring Films, is showing in more than 100 theaters.