- Greatness, loss and wonder became the most-read showbiz stories in 2018.
2018 experienced greatness, loss and wonder. Showbiz has become more transparent and accessible to the public in the age of social media.
These were the most-read showbiz stories in 2018 (no particular order):
ABS-CBN Ball 2018.
More or less than 400 celebrities, graced the red carpet for the ABS-CBN Ball. It was held on September 29, 2018 which was dedicated to launch an advocacy that will help Filipino children through Bantay Bata Children’s Village.
Sarah Geronimo breaks down during concert.
She is this generation’s greatest pop artists who usually have the most energetic and lively appearance on-stage and onscreen. She, however, is just another ordinary girl with real-life problems. The young singer-actress went to perform on a US Tour in April with four stops, including Las Vegas. She became emotional, expressing her feelings of emptiness as she performed Forever’s Not Enough.
“Grabe po… I realized, na hindi po pala ako handa doon… I have been asking myself, ‘Bakit I feel empty?’ Hindi ‘yung successful na shows o ‘yung mga hits ang makakapag-kumpleto sa ‘yo, ang makakapagpasaya sa ‘yo bilang isang tao, kundi ‘yung tunay na pagmamahal na hindi nagbabago, perpekto ka man o hindi.”
The Popstar Royalty later returned to the stage, taking a moment to apologize to her audience.
“I’m so sorry. I hope na kayanin ko po, i-survive ko ‘tong gabing ito, because you paid. Gumastos po kayo para mabigyan kayo ng entertainment. I’m sorry.”
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid leaves GMA Network; transfers to ABS-CBN.
After months of rumors about her transfer, the Regine Velasquez-Alcasid finally made it official to be part of ABS-CBN growing family. She officially signed on October 17.
The network gave her a grandiose welcome as she walked on the red carpet and a live coverage on TV broadcast as well as online streaming.
Alessandra de Rossi expresses dismay over betrayal.
She wasn’t able to hold back tears after revealing an experience of betrayal during her interview in Tonight with Boy Abunda with her shaved head. She mentioned a piece of advice that her mom kept on saying her in times of making mistakes on ‘loving too much.’ Alessandra expressed her dismay on insincere relationships inside showbiz.
“Ang hirap lang talaga humanap ng tao na totoo sa ‘yo sa showbiz. Kasi totoong-totoo ako, e. Ang hirap. Iyon ang sinasabi sa ‘kin ng mama ko na, ‘Huwag mo ituring lahat na pamilya. Mamili ka lang.’ Ako kasi, hindi ako namimili. Umabot ako sa… Gusto ko na namang mag-quit. “
“‘Yung, ‘Ayoko na, ang pa-plastic niyong lahat!’ Alam mo ‘yon? Pero hindi, e. Kailangan ko lang siguro i-regulate. I make mistakes. Nagagalit ako. Minsan, mayroon akong nasusungitan. I’m a human being, but I’m not evil. Never ako nantalo ng kapwa ko. I’m not evil, hindi ako sure sa good.”
Ellen Adarna and John Lloyd Cruz remain missing-in-action.
They went missing in action after their relationship spread like wildfire. The real-life match became talk of the town. They were first rumored to be dating when they had a vacation in Santa Fe, Cebu.
He was spotted in a mall, buying a stroller for his alleged baby with Ellen. These rumors include getting engaged and expecting a baby. Ellen has been spotted with a baby bump. Neither John Lloyd nor Ellen would confirm anything.
Meet Marjorie Barretto’s youngest daughter, Erich.
Erich Barretto‘s life remained private until February 2018 where the rest of her family decided to reveal her existence. Her whole family fondly refers to her as their “little princess.”
Janine Berdin wins ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’; trends online.
The Cebuana-bet was named grand winner of Tawag ng Tanghalan’s second season. She took home a Php2-million cash prize, a management contract and a house and lot among others at the finale at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.
Janine sang the 1989 hit OPM song, Nosi Ba Lasi, securing her spot in the top three. She later sang Bamboo’s hits, Tatsulok, Hallelujah and Noypi to bag the championship.
Janella Salvador accuses Elmo Magalona of physical abuse.
In October, Janella broke her silence and confirmed physical abuse accusations against Elmo. Although she didn’t want anyone to hate Elmo, she wanted to clarify the false assumptions against her and her mother, Jenine Desiderio.
The young actress had an exclusive interview with Philippine Star entertainment columnist Ricky Lo. Janella revealed that the first time Elmo mistreated her was when he had a drink.
After Elmo apologized and claimed he didn’t remember ever hurting her, Janella forgave him and gave him a chance. This, then, continued on and on. The issue and rumors started when Julia Barretto posted a photo of Janella with visible bruises by her right elbow.
Rico J. Puno dies; fellow celebrities bid farewell.
The OPM legend passed away on October 30, 2018 due to a congestive heart failure at the age of 65. He had two major heart operations in the last three years. He had an open heart surgery in 2015.
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I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King – Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning (manila time). Numbed with grief, I would like to call on all entertainers in the OPM Industry as well as his worldwide fans to stop for a moment and say a prayer to one of the most respected singers in the country. I cannot help but say it was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a US tour with the OPM stalwarts and colleagues just recently. Little did I know that this is his Final Bow in the live entertainment world. We will forever miss the TOTAL ENTERTAINER…but his songs will forever cherish in our hearts.
Joshua Garcia emotionally apologizes to Julia Barretto.
In March, Joshua went under hot water after a private message to a mystery girl went public. He seemed to have admitted his wrongdoing in national television during Tonight with Boy Abunda.
This caused a huge fight between him and current onscreen partner and “girlfie.” He went to clear the air and reveal what really happened between him and the said girl.
Kris Aquino suffers an autoimmune disease.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the Queen of All Media announced that she had lost fifteen pounds in one month. She wrote how international celebrities raised awareness for autoimmune disease and chronic pain.
She, then, revealed that she has Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and listed down what she needs for her daily life to remain physically healthy.