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JM, Yam crank up the heat

AT first glance, ABS-CBN’s latest offering Init sa Magdamag can easily be dismissed as a sexy drama. First of all is its title that implies heat and passion. It doesn’t help that the trailer, which hit 12 million views after barely two weeks since its release, features a lot of titillating scenes, most notable of which is Gerald Anderson in his tighty whities. Plus the fact that Gerald and other lead stars JM de Guzman and Yam Concepcion are also known to be daring actors.

But Init sa Magdamag is more than that. Watching its first week, it played out like a compelling suspense drama. Yam and JM play the prominent political couple Rita and Peterson, whose marriage is on the brink of collapse as they struggle to have a child. Peterson met an accident years earlier that made him incapable of fathering a child.

Rita believes they can save their relationship if she bears a child through in vitro fertilization. Against Peterson’s parent’s wishes and their town’s beliefs, the two take a chance on the plan.

But Peterson proposes what he thinks is a simpler solution: Get barrio doctor Tupe, played by Gerald Anderson, to be their sperm donor. Unknown to Peterson, Rita and Tupe were once lovers.

How long can Rita hide her past with Tupe from Peterson? What happens when Rita and Tupe’s love is rekindled? Will there be more scenes with Gerald in his underwear? Well, I have to keep on watching to find out.

But more than the three lead stars, Init Sa Magdamag also features an able supporting cast. There’s the incomparable Tetchie Agbayani who plays the controlling mother-in-law of Rita, and Aleck Bovick who plays the compassionate mom of Rita.         Then there’s the younger cast who are comprised of beautiful actresses Alexa Ilacad and Mica Javier. Hot hunks also adorn the cast, namely, Gab Lagman, Albie Casino and Mark Oblea. Will they, too, have underwear scenes?  I hope so. This viewer is appealing toward that end to creative manager Henry Quitain and show directors Ian Lorenos and Raymund Ocampo.

Catch Init Sa Magdamag on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel and TV5 after Huwag Kang Mangamba.

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Power belter Sheryn Regis chronicles the pain of being ghosted in “Tulad ng Dati,” her homecoming single to be released under ABS-CBN’s record label Star Music. The ballad, which recently dropped in various music streaming services, ponders on one’s experience of rejection and trying to find answers after she is left hanging on to the feelings without apparent warning.

“This is my first original song after the 10 years that I’ve been away from the Philippines. Ito ang kantang maraming makaka-relate kasi maraming nakaka-relate sa ghosting at sa sakit ng pagmamahal,” Sheryn said. The melancholic single, inspired by the many stories of breakups during the pandemic, is a composition of Kiko Salazar and produced by March On Entertainment.

It features Sheryn’s signature sound in a fresh indie-pop tune that focuses on intimate storytelling rather than vocal acrobatics.

Hailed as the “Crystal Voice of Asia” for almost two decades now, Sheryn has lent her voice to various ABS-CBN teleserye theme songs, and she has four multiplatinum awarded albums and five gold record awards under her belt. Her exposure to different genres like country, rock, R&B and gospel during her US residency has geared her for a powerful OPM comeback this 2021.

She proved her exceptional musical abilities once again in her performance at the Himig 11th Edition finals night held on Sunday. She currently hosts Kalderoke: The Singing and Cooking Showdown on the Kapamilya Channel.

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