MIKAEL Daez and Megan Young reveal that January is a very significant month for them. They first became officially on January 6, 2011 after meeting each other in a fashion show. January 6 is also Mikael’s birthday and he turned 33 years old this new year.
Then they had two weddings, both in January last year. On January 10, 2020, they had a small intimate wedding at Caleruega in Tagaytay with only close family members attending. Then they had another much bigger wedding with a reception where they invited about a hundred people in Subic on January 25, 2020.
As they celebrate their first anniversary, Megan wrote to Mikael: “One year married to my Fofo and officially 10 years together. Sabi ko kay Fofo, it’s crazy how we’re growing old together. We sat in silence for just a bit, thinking about the days and years ahead. I then looked at him and we were both teary eyed. Cheers to more years together!”
And now, this Monday, January 18, Mikael’s drama series is returning on GMA Telebabad at 8:50 PM, “Love of My Life”. The show’s airing was stopped by the pandemic and when they resumed it on lock in taping at Tagaytay, Megan joined Mikael there and it was like they’re having a second honeymoon.
The series will start with a recap of what happened before the lockdown suspended the show. It will be recalled that Carla Abellana as Adele just married Tom Rodriguez as Stefano when it was discovered that he had a terminal disease.
His first girlfriend, Rhian Ramos as Kelly, came into the picture and it became a love triangle. Carla doesn’t get along well with her mother in law, Coney Reyes as Isabella, who is also cold to her second son, Mikael as Nikolai, since Tom is her favorite son.
So did Mikael have a hard time going back into her character as Nikolai?
“Not really,” he says. “From the start, I got to know Nikolai very well, the black sheep in their family, and I know kung saan ang pinanggagalingan ng character niya. I enjoyed portraying that character and I’m just happy to continue playing him on screen.”
He’s also too happy to work again with all his co-stars in the show. “I really enjoyed working with the whole cast: Carla, Rhian, Tita Coney and our director, Don Michael Perez. I assure everyone na masisiyahan sila with new episodes we have taped as we resume the show’s telecast. Mas maraming dramatic scenes na naging challenge for all of us, acting-wise. So don’t miss the return of ‘Love of My Life’ this Monday night.”
Derek clarifies he’s not after Ellen
DEREK Ramsay says he’s amused with all the bashing he’s getting after Ruffa Gutierrez posted his photos with Ellen Adarna while they’re having dinner in his house in Ayala Alabang.
“When I found out we all live in the same place, iba-ibang streets lang, I invited them all for dinner,” he says. “Along with my friend, John Estrada, with whom Ellen is now doing a new sitcom for TV5. Actually, dapat, kasama rin si Kris Aquino, but she’s not feeling well daw. This happened on January 11, last Monday.”
He’s aware that Ruffa is taking their photos which she later posted on her own social media account and on her vlog. But he didn’t expect it will have repercussions like what is happening now.
“Ayun, biglang na-link na kami ni Ellen,” he says. “Nakakatawa kasi the last time, I am gay na raw, lalaki na ang gusto ko, ayoko na sa babae, pero ngayon, si Ellen naman. Ako mismo, naguguluhan na sa mga issue. Ano ba talaga? We had fun sa dinner namin, so I intend to invite them all again sa bahay ko for another get together.”
As much as he’s tired of all the bashing he gets and just wants to shrug it off, he feels sad that some people are being needlessly implicated.
“Kamukha ni Pops Fernandez,” he adds. “Nagkasama kami kasi friend siya ng mother ko tapos, kami na raw. May kinalaman daw sa breakup namin ni Andrea (Torrres). Nakakahiya. HIndi ko talaga alam kunsaan nangagaling lahat ng ganyang tsismis. Pero alam nyo naman sa showbiz, makita lang kayong magkasama, ang conclusion agad, kayo na.”
Definitely, the new project meant by GMA-7 for him and Andrea, “Sanggang Dikit”, will no longer push through now that they have called it quits. But Derek says the Kapuso network is offering him a new drama show. No details yet about the story and casting, but they might start taping it in March.
TV5 Wins Top Honors in 5th GEMS Awards
TV5 is proud of the honors they won in the recent GEMS Awards. The 5th Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS)-Hiyas ng Sining Awards announced its 2020 winners last weekend with Cignal TV and TV5 romping with top honors, signalling an exciting new year for the network.
TV5 won the Best News Program award for its weeknight newscast “Frontline Pilipinas”, which premiered last year. Anchors Raffy Tulfo and Cheryl Cosim were named Best Male Newscaster and Best Female Newscaster, respectively, while Cristy Fermin of Cristy Ferminute on Radyo 5 92.3 News FM was hailed as Best Female Radio Broadcaster and Best Female Newspaper Columnist.
For the entertainment category, TV5’s daily noontime show “Lunch Out Loud” won as Best Variety Show while its host Billy Crawford was named Best Male Variety Show Host.
The GEMS Awards have been given to outstanding achievements in mass media including broadcast and movie categories. Cignal TV and TV5 have made good on its promise to deliver high quality shows since its relaunch last August by sweeping both news and entertainment categories.
The 5th GEMS Awards awarding ceremonies will be held online this February, with the winners accepting their plaques via recorded videos. Founded in April 2016, GEMS-Hiyas ng Sining is an award-giving body recognizing outstanding achievements in the fields of print, digital, stage, radio, television, and film. This year marks its first for adding a digital media category to its list of awards.