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Why Marian’s ‘Darna’ sidekick is at her beck and call offscreen

By Dolly Anne Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:30:00 03/02/2010

Filed Under: Television, Entertainment (general), Arts and Culture and Entertainment

MANILA, Philippines--A studio insider overheard Marian Rivera saying to some of her ?Darna? co-stars that if they are nice to her, she will recommend that they be included in her next projects.

Roxanne Barcelo, who portrays Marian?s sidekick in the telefantasya, apparently took the actress? word for it, so she is at the latter?s beck and call.

?Nakakatawa si Roxanne. Talo pa niya PA at alalay ni Marian,? revealed my source. ?Sobrang asikaso niya si Marian. Like, if Marian is looking for her next outfit, natataranta siyang i-abot.?

Hopefully, Roxanne?s efforts won?t be in vain.


Vicki Belo is planning to spend Holy Week in Maldives with her ex, Atom Henares and their kids Cristalle and Quark. They will also celebrate Cristalle?s birthday there.

Is this part of her Lenten sacrifice?to stay away from Hayden Kho? She broke her promise to herself not to communicate with Hayden when she showed up at his hearing, to give him moral support.

At the press con she hosted for Belo Medical Group?s new endorsers, Jennylyn Mercado and Valerie Concepcion, she unabashedly exclaimed, ?I?m addicted to Hayden!? She?s just being true to herself, which is one trait I really admire in her. Vicki keeps on loving people even at their most unlovable.

Actually, she needs no ?hot mama? endorsers like Jen and Val because she?s BMG?s best walking advertisement.


I cried buckets while watching the interviews of Michael Jackson?s band members and production staff in the ?This Is It? DVD Special features section. I was deeply moved when MJ?s musical director Michael Bearden said, ?MJ told me to remain humble so God won?t take away the gifts He gave me. When I told MJ that his gifts are greater than mine, he told me not to think that way. MJ said that, together, we should use our gifts to help others find their own God-given gifts.?

My forever idol MJ is truly a gift from up above who keeps giving even when he?s already gone.

Guess list

The gay manager of a hunky actor confronted his ward?s actress-GF. ??Di mo ba alam na matagal na kaming may relasyon?? he fumed. ?Mabuti nang alam mo kung saan ka lulugar.? The hapless GF was stunned! She must be extra-cautious as she ventures into troubled water and treads on charted territory.

A concert producer lamented, ?Never will I get this performer for a show abroad. Mahirap siya ka-deal at bawal kausapin backstage. ?Di siya magaan katrabaho. Sobrang yabang. And the worst part is, nalugi pa ako, kasi di naman bongga ang ticket sales.?

It?s so disappointing when big names come with even bigger egos. Fame and fortune can have harmful side effects when not handled properly.


Tin-Tin Bersola is savoring the joys of second-time motherhood, though she admits that she has to deal with ?sibling rivalry.?

?Anya would make lambing and tell Julius and I that puro na lang sa baby brother niya ang attention namin,? she says. ?That?s normal because for five years siya lang ang star sa buhay namin. We hug her tight and I assure her by telling her that she will always be my No. 1 because she?s the first baby I carried in my womb. She wants to carry her brother but we tell her to wait a while because he?s still too delicate.?


Phil Younghusband?s controversial ex-manager is often seen these days with Brazilian hunk Daniel Matsunaga. Rumor has it that Daniel is her new favorite and was handpicked by the female manager to replace Phil in a major international project and will also be the new celebrity endorser of several brands previously modeled by Phil.

Apparently, she is also supporting an all-Brazilian football team led by Daniel and is actually attending the matches. Hell hath no fury like a manager scorned?

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