Author: TJ Gacura

TJ believes in the saying, "Make your passion your profession," which made him dip his toes into any writing profession. He tried blogging, tried feature writing; he even dabbled into SEO writing. His heart, however, points into news writing.

During ‘THE SIGN ‘90s Supershow’ press conference on April 9, The Team ’90s Tyrone Gabuay drew intriguing parallels on how dance tracks gain traction, similar to how Shaira Moro’s ‘Selos’ became a sensation. Moro’s infectious hit, known for its energetic melody, took the internet by storm, drawing comparisons to Lenka’s 2008 hit “Trouble is a Friend.” However, Gabuay’s focus wasn’t on the controversy surrounding its origins but rather on its resonance with the masses, similar to the adoration garnered by iconic ’90s dance tracks. “For me, siyempre, mga dancers kami, sa choreographers talaga. Kaya mapapansin niyo, ‘yung Selos ni Shaira,…

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In a stunning revelation, the directors of the hit ABS-CBN series ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ revealed the long-kept secret behind the sizzling on-screen chemistry between Maris Racal and Anthony Jennings. At the finale press conference on April 11th, directors Henry King Quitain and Mae Cruz-Aviar finally shed light on the brilliance that fueled one of the show’s most beloved subplots. The romance between Irene and Snoop played by Racal and Jennings respectively has been etched as a subplot behind the love team of Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan. While the two are the story’s main focus, the characters of Irene…

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Star of the medi-series ‘Abot Kamay Na Pangarap,’ Jillian Ward, opened up on the highs and lows of being a celebrity on March 17 during a press conference in Davao del Sur. Having been in the industry since the age of five, Ward knew that one of the downsides of being a public figure is the lack of privacy. “Nako madami po. Siguro sa worse things po muna. Siyempre, sa industry po namin, madaming nakatingin po sa amin. So siguro po sa pagiging artista din, wala po masiyadong privacy,” she said. She understands that she became ‘public property’ the moment…

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Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez admitted that while it was nerve-wracking, he is committed to staying for good as he makes his comeback to acting in the upcoming movie ‘Huwag Mo ‘Kong Iwan.’ The film directed by esteemed filmmaker, Joel C. Lamangan, and produced by BenTria Productions revealed Rodriguez and other cast members on April 4 at the Cafe Ilang-Ilang at the Manila Hotel Atrium. He admitted feeling nervous during his first appearance in an episode of ‘Magpakailanman’ last March 16, and he feels the same way when making a film. “Honestly, hindi mawawala ‘yung kaba same sa noong sumalang ako…

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Screenwriter Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario admitted on March 22 that writing the screenplay for the Philippine adaptation of ‘Sunny’ was a struggle because she was ‘forced’ into doing it. Recalling the moment leading to her writing the script, Del Rosario admitted that she was persuaded by Viva’s boss, Vic del Rosario, into doing the adaptation.  “When it was first offered, sabi ni Boss Vic, ‘May maganda,’ ganiyan. Siyempre ‘di ba kapag si Boss Vic may sinabi, hindi ka na masiyadong nakaka-isip, nabubudol ka na, napapa-oo ka na,” she recalled during the movie’s press conference at Viva Cafe. “It was a Sunday…

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Actor Paulo Avelino had no problems working with Kylie Verzosa on the upcoming Viva film ‘Elevator.’ Versoza is the ex-girlfriend of Avelino’s best friend, Jake Cuenca. The attending press at the press conference of the movie at Viva Cafe on April 5 raised the concern that there was an awkward vibe between them, which the actor denied. “Okay naman po. Parang…well prior to… hindi naman po naging sobrang awkward,” he said. He added that the awkwardness was immediately subdued through their preparations for the project. “Kasi prior to shooting the film, marami po kaming script readings, workshops. So inayos namin…

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In a recent press conference in Davao del Sur on March 17, ‘Black Rider’ star Ruru Madrid revealed how fellow actress Bianca Umali is “The One” for him. Contrary to the typical competitive nature often found in the entertainment industry, Madrid shared that Umali is an inspiration rather than a rival. Addressing their shared profession, Madrid emphasized that the absence of competition between them, which he considered rare in their field. “Well, I guess the best part sa aming dalawa sa relationship namin is kahit na parehas kaming artista, wala pong competition sa aming dalawa. “’Yun po kasi, feeling ko,…

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The Sentimental Songstress Imelda Papin was full of praise for actress Claudine Barretto on April 7, describing her as the ‘best actress’ to portray her in ‘Imelda Papin: The Untold Story.’ “The best talaga si Claudine Barretto. She’s really.. for me, she’s a big star and also the best actress. We had the best choice playing the role of Imelda Papin. Kaya I’d like to thank Claudine for that role,” Papin expressed. “Right decision po iyon, perfect decision,” added the singer. Barretto could not have been chosen to play Imelda in the film without the help of her daughter Aileen…

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Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera recently shared on March 21 her candid thoughts on the challenges she faced upon returning to teleserye acting via ‘My Guardian Alien’ after a five-year hiatus.  In an interview at the Luxent Hotel, Rivera admitted to experiencing difficulties as she reacquainted with the demands of the show’s set “Adjustment? Noong una talaga na sumabak ako, nahirapan talaga ako,” Rivera disclosed. “Kasi after five years, nagbabalik akong soap, hindi ko alam kung saan ang anggulo ko, nasaan ‘yung lighting, so nangapa talaga ako.” Rivera further explained her initial struggles, particularly in familiarizing herself with the technical…

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During a recent interview at Cafe Ilang-Ilang on April 4, actor Tom Rodriguez shared his perspective on knowing when to let go in a relationship, emphasizing that it ultimately depends on the individual’s limit. According to Rodriguez, determining when to give up on love is a personal journey, varying from person to person.  “It’s definitely different for different people,” he stated.  He added that they would know the answer only when they find themselves in that situation. “But I think when you are in that situation and you are pushed to the limit na lumaban ka, nang sagad na talaga,…

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Kapamilya star Anji Salvacion revealed on March 13 that 2023 was the toughest year she has ever faced. She is now determined to focus on self-acceptance in 2024. “Last year was not my best year in every year that I’ve been in this life,” Salvacion admitted at the Star Magic Spotlight press conference at Limbaga 77, Quezon City. She faced several obstacles last year, including fatigue and stress, which impacted her career. It affected her health, causing her to miss a few episodes of ‘Tabing Ilog: The Musical.’  She received heavy criticism for her performance as Kate Alcantara in the…

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In just her fourth Vivamax project, sexy actress, Vern Kaye, admitted on March 23 that she cried while filming her latest movie, ‘Kasalo.’ She began her story by verbally complimenting Director Howard Yambao, the cast, and the production team during the film’s press conference at Viva Cafe. “Sa totoo lang, like favorite ko talaga si Direk,” she began. “Totoo talaga ‘yan, galing sa puso. Ang sarap niya pong kasama as director. Tapos ‘yung mga staff po, wala po talaga akong masabi, speechless; sobrang bait po nila. And ‘yung mga co-stars ko po, napakasarap pong kasama.” The sexy actress had no…

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Jillian Ward believes that there are three key reasons for the lasting success of ‘Abot Kamay Na Pangarap’: camaraderie, the production team, and the show’s relatability. During a press conference in Davao del Sur on March 16, Ward highlighted camaraderie as one of the main factors contributing to the show’s success in its second year. “So I think ang secret po talaga is ‘yung camaraderie po ng cast. I mean, grabe, sobrang close po talaga namin lahat. I mean after po ng oarang sabunutan, sampalan, sa isang eksena, pagka-cut na po no’n, nagti-tiktok na po kami. Mostly, sabay-sabay po kami…

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During the press conference for his latest movie, ‘Elevator,’ on April 5, ABS-CBN actor Paulo Avelino revealed that he had to prioritize finding the perfect partner over pursuing a perfect career. According to one of ABS-CBN’s most popular actors, finding the perfect partner is akin to achieving two goals at once.  “Dahil kapag nahanap mo ang perfect partner mo, parang ano eh, mas desidido kang to thrive, parang everything in your career or whatever it is,” explained the actor. However, while having a perfect partner is his choice, there must be a balance between love and career. Avelino stressed the…

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The scorching Pampanga heat couldn’t deter Filipino music fans from converging at Clark Global City for the much-anticipated Aurora Music Festival 2024. Held on April 6 and 7, the festival, reminiscent of the US’ Coachella, transformed the venue into a giant party ground for OPM lovers of all ages. The crowd, consisting of millennials, Gen Zs, and even some boomers, arrived in droves, with some traveling from as far as Baguio, Bataan, and Davao to witness a stellar lineup of Filipino music icons. The wait was definitely worth it. A Massive Stage for Big Dreams The festival boasted an impressive…

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Kapuso star Marian Rivera recently shared on March 19 her excitement and pride to headline GMA Network’s upcoming fantaserye ‘My Guardian Alien.’ Her enthusiasm stemmed from the show itself, as the network presented a project that would make her children proud. “Well, nag-present sa akin ang GMA, tapos ito talaga ang napulsuhan ko na sabi ko, ‘Ay! Ang ganda nitong gawin kasi bago sa akin, at sure akong mapapanood ng mga anak ko,’” she said during the series’ press conference at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City. The show marks her return to doing teleserye, and being a mom of two, it…

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