Direk Wenn Deramas Tells the Public to “Move On”

Maricel Soriano , moving on

Maricel Soriano , moving on

Wenn Deramas, known for directing a string of blockbuster comedy has started shooting one of his dream movie, a comedy with both Maricel Soriano and Eugene Domingo no less.

Direk Wenn is ecstatic about the movie.  This marks his first time to direct his personal idol, the Diamoind Star, Maricel Soriano.  As for Marya, this will be here comeback movie after “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”.

The actress recently figured out in a high-profile showbiz scandal involving Kapamilya talent, Gerald Anderson.  An on-set altercation with the younger actor led to the award-winning actress’ departure from her teleserye with Anderson.

Ask about Maricel’s involvement in the issue, the talented director is quick to tell everyone to move on. He said that the actress chose to keep her silence and decided to move on.  Everyone to do the same.

The movie has a working title of “Oh My Mama Mia” and will mark Soriano’s return to comedy.


Maricel Soriano: All is Well

Maricel Soriano headed back to ABS-CBN

Maricel Soriano : All is well

As expected, Diamond Star Maricel Soriano’s camp is keeping their mouth tightly shut about the actress’ recent involvement in another unfortunate incident.

Silence is golden. With Network giant ABS-CBN, trying to do damage control, Maricel is already more than vindicated. If it was indeed the actress’ fault, people know her enough to expect nothing but silence. After all, Maricel has kept her name spotless without any need to defend herself.

Her stature as one of local filmdom’s most acclaimed actress deserves no less than perfection. She has worked with bigger stars before and she understands how important it is to deliver, every time, all the time. True, she could have handled things differently, but she is Maricel Soriano.

Gerald Anderson would do well and remember that unless he starts proving himself as a talented thespian, his popularity will be fleeting at best. The public has become an unforgiving spectator, looks alone will take you no where. Just ask Sam Milby.

Fans of the Diamond Star still has a lot to look forward to. The actress will have a new show to replace the one she lost. She also has a movie in the offing, with Vice Ganda and Eugene Domingo no less.

Maricel Soriano is Out

Maricel Soriano headed back to ABS-CBN

Maricel Soriano headed back to ABS-CBN

The axe has fallen, and the head that rolled is no other than that of multi-awarded actress and the Philippines Diamond Star, Ms. Maricel Soriano.

Details are still unclear about the incident that happened between Maricel and Kapamilya hunk, Gerald Anderson. As of press time, many are left in shocked and rightfully so. The “shouting” incident that shook the upcoming teleserye’s ‘Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin” will perhaps remain to be fooder for gossipers.

ABS-CBN has already released a statement announcing the actress’ departure from the said teleserye. It looks like the powers-that-be want to keep the details of the incident under wraps and they should. Maricel and Gerald are two of Kapamilya’s premiere talents.

Dawn Zulueta is reportedly replacing Maricel in the soap, something the former is not very keen on accepting as she is the latter’s very good friend.

For a teleserye that is still on shooting, an unfortunate accident like this does not bode well.

More about this news as details become available.

Old magazine cover of ’80s Regal Babies goes viral

Maricel Soriano and the other Regal Babies

Can you name all nine?

An old but still very much colorful photo of a cover page from an ’80s issue of the long defunct Movie Flash magazine went viral on social media Tuesday, featuring nine young actresses then under contract with Regal Films in all their youthful glory.

Starring Janice De Belen, Maricel Soriano, Gretchen Barretto, Jackie Lou Blanco, Nadia Montenegro, Arlene Muhlach, Manilyn Reynes, Kristina Paner and Sheryl Cruz, the cover was originally uploaded by a Facebook fan page dedicated to Maricel with this caption: “Rare cover Page with the Regal Babies in the ’80s ~ admin em.”

The photo was immediately shared across Facebook and Twitter and as of this posting has 2,621 likes and 407 shares from Maricel’s fan page alone.

In his comment on the photo, Facebook user Ronaldo Navarro posted, “iba talaga mga artista noon. everyone has a distinct look apart frm others. ngayon iisa na hitsura mga artista!”

Mike Herrera could not help but wax nostalgic with his comment, “ang lovelife ni gretchen nuon si joey loyzaga.si janice nag ON na sila ni aga muhlach, hanggang sa ipanganak nya si Iggyboy nung 1987, big scandal yun at that time.”

For his part, veteran movie scribe Cesar Evangelista went on record by posting, “MEMORIES! That’s OUR magazine at GASI Publications where I used to be the Managing Editor of Movie FLASH. Those were the days, friends.”

As for the Regal Babies themselves, Nadia Montenegro was laughing in her tweet when Ruby Rodriguez called her attention to the FB post.
“Hahahahaah…Aliw naman!! Ang papayat pa namin ni muhlach. Hahahaha. Tnx mare,” Nadia tweeted.

And when her own Twitter follower showed her the photo, Janice De Belen could only exclaim, “GRABE NAMAN TO! Ang luma.”


Maricel Soriano is FemaleNetwork.com’s Most Beautiful Celebrity over 35

Maricel Soriano

After a month long poll, the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano is the femalenetwork’s top pick for Most Beautiful Celeb Over 35.

Maricel got 47,041 out of the 179,707 total votes (26.17 percent)!

The Diamond Star edged out early voting frontrunners, Agot Isidro, ‘Walang Hanggan‘ lead Dawn Zulueta and Kapatid stunner Alice Dixson!

Maricel began her career at the tender age of six in the 1971 film My Heart Belongs to Daddy, starring Tirso Cruz III. She gained fame in the show long-running comedy sitcom John en Marsha, where she played the role of Shirley Puruntong opposite screen legends Dolphy and Nida Blanca. Maricel may have been initially known for her comedic chops, but she is definitely one of the most versatile female artists in the country. Not only does she have a long string of notable action, drama, and horror movies in her impressive filmography, but she can also sing and dance.

Maricel has been the recipient of some of the country’s most prestigious awards in the field of entertainment, such as the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards, which she has received thrice. She is also the third most awarded Filipina actress to date.


Protégé: Andres Vasquez shines with Maricel Soriano and director Brillante Mendoza

It’s much too early to tell but if Metro Manila Protégé, Andres Vasquez play his cards right, he just might be Protégé’s first-ever male winner.

Andres was one of those few proteges who were awarded for their exemplary performance in last week’s acting exercise wherein all the proteges got the chance to act alongside the “Diamond Star” Ms.Maricel Soriano in five short films directed by Cannes Film Festival award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.

The 21-year old protege from Metro Manila was awarded as Best Male Protege by Ms. Maricel Soriano and was also chosen byBrillante Mendoza to receive the Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Award.

A professional theater actor, Andres played up to his strengths by churning out an award-worthy performance and rose above obscurity leaving his still clueless  Protégé batchmates behind.

Apart from Andres, Elle Ramirez (Mega Manila) also received a special award for Best Female Protege and the Visayas Team for Best in Ensemble Acting.


Protégé: Reese Tayag eliminated

Reese Tayag gets the boot

North and Central Luzon protege Reese Tayag was eliminated in the said artista search, August 26 after scoring the lowest in an acting performance wherein all proteges were given the chance to act alongside the “Diamond Star” Maricel Soriano in five short films directed by Cannes Film Festival awardee Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.

Only thirty percent of the total score was based on the text votes while seventy percent was taken from the average of the scores given by the four judges — director Bert de Leon, actress Cherie Gil, GMA executive Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar and actor-comedian Joey de Leon. Reese, however, does not take her elimination personally against the judges.

Aside from Reese, two other proteges came close to leaving the competition. They are Vien Alen King of Mega Manila and Japs de Luna of North and Central Luzon.

One of the surprises this week was the awarding of special awards to proteges who showed commendableperformance in the short films. Maricel Soriano herself picked Elle Ramirez and Andres Vasquez (Mega Manila) as the Best Female and Best Male Proteges, respectively. Andres also received the Director’s Choice Award for Breakthrough Performance.

The Visayas team, on the other hand, received the Best in Ensemble Acting.

The special awardees were automatically saved the eliminations.

The number of proteges who survived the cut so far is down to 14, and it will even get smaller each week until the grand finals wherein only one male and one female protege will be hailed as victors.