Author: RJ Mataro

RJ Mataro is a writer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. He has worked for Marikina City's Public information office, coordinating with media personnel and writing press releases for events and local projects. He was also a writer in Marikina City's local newspaper "Tinig" during his collegiate years. He is a recipient of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina's Journalism Excellence Award in 2012. He then ventured into the Business Processing and Outsourcing Industry and gained experience in cultural sensitivity and diversity.

On February 7, Star Magic artist Anthony Jennings joked that he would’ve been a ‘macho dancer’ if he hadn’t become an actor. During the media event for Star Magic artists at the Limbaga 77 Cafe in Quezon City, which LionhearTV covered, Jennings surmised what his career would’ve been if he hadn’t entered showbiz.  He first jokingly remarked, “Macho dancer.” He then noted how he would have been a businessman, citing how he got inspired by his girlfriend’s perfume business. “Hindi– ako ewan ko ‘tol eh. Hindi ko rin masasabi eh. Pero business siguro, mga ganon. ‘Yung girlfriend ko gumagawa ng pabango.…

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On February 16, Kapuso star Teejay Marquez highlighted the continuously increasing TV ratings of their GMA Afternoon Prime series Makiling. At the media conference for their upcoming film After All, which LionhearTV covered, Marquez happily appreciated the audience’s response to their Kapuso revenge series. “Nakakatuwa kasi nalaman talaga natin na iba ‘yung mga Filipino pagdating sa revenge serye. Sobrang inaabangan na nila– sa hapon pa ‘to, tsaka ‘yung timeslot namin dito mahirap talaga mag-rate, kasi ano ‘to eh, kalagitnaan.” He then hinted at the increasingly tense scenes, especially with the four-week extension of Makiling. “Sobrang thankful kami na may mga…

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On February 13, newly appointed Miss Universe-Philippines Pasig Selena Antonio Reyes discussed her purpose in joining the beauty pageant.  At a media event for Reyes, which LionhearTV covered, Reyes, 38, said she wanted to showcase her experience as a mother to the Miss Universe pageant. “With age, as you know, comes with experience, and then with motherhood comes your purpose. So, my purpose is to– like, compared to all the other women, I think I have [a lot] more life experiences from all of them. That’s what I’ll show them. I’m older wiser, and I have something new to bring…

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On February 13, licensed pharmacist and content creator Arshie Larga reacted to becoming the first pharmacist to endorse Bactidol. At the launch of Bactidol’s TV Commercial and newest brand ambassador, which LionhearTV covered, Larga felt surprised after receiving the endorsement offer from the medicine brand. “Share ko lang po sa inyo, noong unang time ko po na nag-reach out sila sa akin, na they want me to be the face of Bactidol, sabi ko, ‘Parang, seryoso po ba kayo?’ Kasi, most of the time, aminin na po natin, nakikita po natin lahat sa mga advertisement, puro mga doctors ‘yung kinukuha…

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On February 11, actress-producer Sylvia Sanchez confirmed whether her son, Congressman-actor Arjo Atayde, had plans to run for re-election. At the Chinese New Year party hosted by Beautéderm founder Rhea Tan, which LionhearTV attended, Sanchez declared that her son would be running for a second term as the Congressman for the 1st District of Quezon City. “Oh definitely, dati hindi ko masagot di ba? Kasi hindi ko alam, o ngayon definitely.  “Second, second, hindi pwede. Kasi, Congressman pa rin.” She then dispelled rumors claiming that Atayde had plans to run for Mayor, citing how the young public official looks up…

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On February 13, Viva artist Ralph Christian Engle recounted his seven-year relationship that ended in ‘Salisihan.’ At the media conference for the Vivamax movie Salisihan, which LionhearTV covered, Engle disclosed how his past relationship ended with his partner suddenly replacing him with someone else.  “Sa experience sa salisihan, mayroon na rin ako. ‘Yung seven years na naging jowa ko before maayos naman ‘yung relationship namin dati tapos nagulat na lang ako na kaibigan na lang daw ganyan. Tapos ayun may nangyarina sa kanila.” As for his role in the upcoming Vivamax film, Engle cited the challenge of doing his first…

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On February 15, award-winning director Zig Dulay considered Alessandra de Rossi his standard for actors. During a media gathering at Wildflour Cafe and Bakery in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, which LionhearTV covered, Dulay recounted working with de Rossi on various projects, most notably, Bambanti in 2015 and Firefly in 2023.  “From time to time, lagi kaming may project ni Alex, tapos sobrang thankful ako na kasama ko siya ulit sa Firefly. Kasi ang tagal na ng Bambanti before, kasi after ng Bambanti, siya pa rin lagi ‘yung tinitignan ko, siya pa rin lagi ‘yung mga kinukwento ko sa mga kaibigan…

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On January 31, President of Blvck Entertainment Grace Cristobal detailed how their company solved Rekta Sa Kalye’s crisis in mounting their music festival. At the media event for the Blvck Summer Festival, which LionhearTV covered, Cristobal cited how Blvck Entertainment planned to shoulder the finances of Rekta Sa Kalye’s postponed music festival, including processing refunds. “Actually, kaya nga po nabanggit ko kanina na lahat po by processing po, ito po ay manggagaling na po mula sa Blvck Entertainment. So ‘yung problema po na ‘yun talaga, is problema pa rin po ngayon.  “‘Yung sinasabi ninyo po kanina na hindi na ninyo po na-name drop ‘yung…

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On February 13, director Law Fajardo shared his reason for creating the story of Kabit. At the media conference for the Vivamax movie Kabit, which LionhearTV covered, Fajardo remarked that he wanted to show the essence of entertainment.  “Ang pinaka-core kung bakit ko ginawa ‘to, kasi everyone thinks na ang paggawa ng bold movie, ng ganitong movie, marami kayong nakikita na totoo ba ‘yun, parang ang daming natatanong na naghubad ba talaga sila, may plaster ba o wala, ganito-ganito. “Ginawa ko ‘to because for me, ang essence ng entertainment, ng theater, ng film, ay this is all about theater, teatro lahat…

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On February 7, Kapamilya star Xyriel Manabat highlighted how ABS-CBN and Star Magic continued to look out for her during her six-year hiatus from showbiz. At a media conference at the Limbaga 77 Cafe, which LionhearTV covered, Manabat thanked ABS-CBN and Star Magic for continuing to offer her projects during her six-year break from showbiz. “Gusto ko po talaga mag-thank you sa ABS at sa Star Magic and sa lahat po ng boss kasi, after po ng Wildflower, hindi po sila nag-stop na magbigay ng offer, ng opportunity. So, sa loob po ng six years na ‘yun, nakakatanggap po kami…

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On February 11, actress-producer Sylvia Sanchez addressed whether her daughter Ria Atayde and beau Zanjoe Marudo have plans to get married. At the Chinese New Year party hosted by Beautéderm founder Rhea Tan, which LionhearTV attended, Sanchez remarked that taking the next step of Atayde and Marudo’s relationship relies on the actor’s decision. “Hindi ko alam kay Zanjoe eh. Kay Zanjoe, yan eh. Zanjoe, Zanjoe, Zanjoe! Sa kaniya ‘yun.” She then noted that she doesn’t want to interfere with her children’s romantic relationships. “Hindi ko para pangunahan si Zanjoe. Maghihintay ako kung anong gusto nilang dalawa. Sila ‘yun eh. As…

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On February 15, actress Alessandra de Rossi addressed whether she has plans to have a TV comeback. During a media gathering at Wildflour Cafe and Bakery in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, which LionhearTV covered, de Rossi remarked that if she were to have a TV comeback, she would want a storyteller-themed project inspired by the director Zig Dulay and GMA Public Affairs Head Nessa Valdellon. “TV comeback? Gusto ko ako si Nessa, maganda di ba? Tapos lagyan na lang natin ng drama. Something like that, storyteller na ano. Miss Nessa and a Zig Dulay, ‘yung habang nagkukwento naiiyak din siya.…

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On February 13, Viva artist Zsara Laxamana recounted her journey from being a member of the Mocha Girls to becoming a Vivamax star. At the media conference for the Vivamax movie Salisihan, which LionhearTV covered, Laxamana first detailed her recording artist career from Mocha Girls to Polyeast Records. “Ako naman po, nag-start po talaga ako sa girl group po. Naging vocalist po sa Mocha Girls. And then after that, nag-recording artist sa Polyeast records and then Viva. Ayun po.” Laxamana highlighted how much she always wanted to become an artist, even at a young age. “Actually, ‘yun nga po, noong…

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On February 9, actress Maui Taylor confirmed that she had already said goodbye to the sexy genre.  At the media conference for the mystery thriller Slay Zone, which LionhearTV covered, Taylor referenced her last sexy role in the Vivamax film Haliparot and how she transitioned into the mystery thriller. “Actually, I think alam po ninyong lahat na gumawa ako ng isang medyo sexy bago po itong pelikulang ito, which was Haliparot under Vivamax. “Pagtawid ko po dito sa Slayzone–actually matagal na po talaga akong hindi tumatanggap ng sexy. Kumbaga, talagang naging napakaganda lang po talaga ng story ng Haliparot kaya ko siya natanggap. And…

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On January 31, rap artist Crazy as Pinoy member Bassilyo considered his talent in hip-hop music as a gift from God. At the media event for the Blvck Summer Festival, which LionhearTV covered, Bassilyo explained that the melody and lyrics he creates as a rap artist come naturally to him. “Para sa akin, gift of God din. Hindi lang siya basta skills. Kasi ako, para sa akin, ‘yung mga melody or mga ‘yung mga lyrics, bigla na lang ‘yan pumapasok sa akin eh ng hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling.” However, he acknowledged the need for hardwork in honing his craft. “Pero,…

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On February 7, Star Magic artist Anthony Jennings recounted his early life and struggles before entering showbiz. During the media event for Star Magic artists at the Limbaga 77 Cafe in Quezon City, which LionhearTV covered, Jennings first discussed how he started as a commercial model and joined Star Magic’s roster of artists. He cited the difficulties he experienced when he first got into acting, citing his passion for the craft. “Nakakapagod, pero, hindi mo naman mararamdaman ‘yun pagod. Masaya naman kasi ‘yung trabaho. Kapag mahal mo naman talaga ‘yung trabaho mo di mo naman mararamdaman ‘yung pagod kahit anong…

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