MARIAN Rivera is as slim and sexy as ever and her waistline remains to be 21 inches. She says it’s because she continues to breastfeed her baby Zia. “Napupunta sa kanya ang lahat ng taba ko at nakakatulong din ang Biofit tea for my metabolism,” she says.
So how did she spend Valentine’s Day with Dingdong? “We went doon sa secret garden in Tagaytay ng Sonya’s Garden. Kasama si Zia. Kumain lang kami ni Dong at nagkuwentuhan. We realized sobrang blessed kami sa buhay, maraming dapat ipagpasalamat, starting with Zia and also with our careers. Si Dong, patapos ang ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ pero may bago siyang show, ‘Case Solved’. Ako naman, babalik na sa soap na para sa mga bata. So, tamang-tamang tapos na siya sa ‘Robin Hood’, ako naman ang magte-taping kaya kampante akong kapag wala ako sa bahay, nandun si Dong na magbabantay kay Zia dahil napagkasunduan namin talagang hindi puwedeng sabay kaming wala sa tabi niya.”
What’s her role? “Ay, hindi pa puwedeng i-reveal. Magmi-miting pa kami ng GMA for all the details, pati kung sino mga makakasama ko. We’ll let you know naman kapag reading-ready na siya.”
Now, she has also ventured into a new business, a flower shop called Flora Vida. “Si Dong ang nag-encourage sa’kin kasi alam niyang mahilig ako sa flowers. Nung Christmas, binigyan niya ako ng permit from the trade and industry department to open my new flower shop. Ganun siya ka-sweet at ka-supportive. So now, inaayos pa namin ang details kasi may kakaibang offering na pasabog ang flower shop namin na wala sa ibang shops. Hands on ako diyan at pati sa pagde-design ng lahat, akong gumagawa.”
So when will they have another baby? “Pagkatapos na nung soap ko. Kasi magti-33 na ako. Hindi na puwedeng magpatumpik-tumpik pa. Pero kailangan, trabaho muna, then go ulit. We want to have about 4 or 5 kids.”
She’s currently on the cover of Mega Magazine with Kapamilya star Angel Locsin in her short hair. “Ngayon lang kami napagsama sa magazine cover. We’re friends. Nagte-text kami at nagyayaya nga siyang lumabas kami for lunch or merienda. Mabait siya, kinuwento pa sa’kin what happened to her hair. Bagay naman sa kanya ang maikling buhok niya ngayon, e.”
NEW MTRCB CHIEF MISQUOTED
RACHEL Arenas is the new MTRCB chief. A former congresswoman of Pangasinan, she is one of the five children of socialite Baby Arenas. She replaces Atty. Toto Villareal as head of the review and classification board which is composed of 30 members. She’s just two weeks in her position but quickly became controversial when she was quoted that she plans to get into reviewing shows on cable channels like Netflix.
“Actually, I was misquoted,” she says. “They interviewed me on radio in Pangasinan kung anong gagawin sa pirated DVDs and I said it’s not under the MTRCB but the Optical Media Board. Tinanong din nila ako about cable channels and I never said I want to regulate it. What I said was they should do self-regulation or be more prudent with the shows and movies na pinalalabas nila.
Siyempre, nag-react agad ang mga tao at may nagsabi pa sa akin sa Facebook ng ‘Don’t touch my Netflix.’ May counterparts kami sa ibang bansa na pinag-aaralan na rin 'yan. Kasi because the advancement in technology is so fast, it’s hard to do cyber police. So I just want to make it clear, hindi 'yan kasama sa jurisdiction ng MTRCB. I hope they’ll understand. Kung gustuhin man naming mapunta sa amin 'yan, it’s difficult kasi we have to amend the law.
There will be a lot of debates muna kasi it’s sort of a gray area, yung you can watch or download movies on the internet. Nung ginawa kasi ang batas noon, wala pang internet.”
About her personal life, she is single and has no children. Her mom, Baby Arenas, was there and butts in: “She will never get married.”
Does her mom meddle with her love life? “Of course, all the time,” says Rachel. “Kung may itatanong kayo sa’kin about that, dapat 'yung tayo-tayo na lang. I just broke up with my boyfriend.”
And her mom adds: “Of course, mother is always right. Mother knows best.”
RODJUN BUSIER THAN BROTHER RAYVER
RODJUN Cruz’ character in “Encantadia” has to be killed because he’s already starting to tape for “Legally Blind”. As one writer notices, he’s currently busier than his brother Rayver who’s seldom seen now.
“I’m really thankful to GMA7 kasi tuluy-tuloy ang suporta nila sa akin mula nang lumipat ako at maging Kapuso,” he says. “I moved to GMA in 2013 at nagsimula ako sa ‘My Husband’s Lover’. Since then, hindi na ako nabakante. Nakasama ako sa ‘Dalawang Mrs. Real’, ‘Sunday All Stars’, ‘Princess in the Palace’, ‘My Faithful Husband’, ‘Conan My Beautician’, ‘Dear Uge’, at paulit-ulit ang guestings ko in ‘Magpakailanman’, ‘Karelasyon’ and ‘Maynila’. So I cannot complain sa pag-aalagang ginagawa nila sa akin.”
In “Legally Blind”, he plays Joel Apostol, the first boyfriend of Janine Gutierrez in law school. But he’s weak and also gets attracted to Janine’s younger sister, Lauren Young. When Janine catches him kissing with Lauren, they break up and he tries his best to win her back.
“I’d also like to thank our director, Ricky Davao, kasi inaalalayan niya kaming lahat sa show para siguradong mapagbuti namin ang aming performances. Nakakatuwa nga kasi very encouraging ang feedback sa aming show sa social media kahit magsisimula pa lang. Kaya naman I really try my best para paghusayin ang trabaho ko sa bawat episode ng show.”
Off-cam, Rodjun’s relationship with TV host-actress Diane Medina remains strong after nine years. They just came from a vacation in Brunei with Diane’s cousin, Bb. Pilipinas Universe Maxine Medina.