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Ricky Gallardo

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With more than 20 years as a lifestyle and entertainment journalist, Ricky Gallardo is also a businessman. Equipped with decades of advertising experience, his interests include arts, cinema, fitness and communications.

Major show for Louie O.

Celebrated composer and musical director Louie Ocampo marks a major milestone in his illustrious career with a two-night concert (February 4 and 5) at The Theater at Solaire in Parañaque’s Entertainment City.

Gorgeous, gifted and gay

LGBTQIA+ projects are certainly on a roll.  The new year kicks off with the international premiere of I Love You, Beksman at the 52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam. The new movie of former TV network executive-turned-director Perci Intalan is in the official selection of this highly touted European festival and it stars actors Christian Bables and Keempee de Leon.

Home for a few days this Christmas

US-based Ai-Ai de las Alas is back for a few days because of her work commitments for GMA Network. De las Alas flew into town quietly last week to fulfill her judging chores for the TV singing star search The Clash, now on its fifth season.

Performances to watch out for at the MMFF

THERE are many reasons why this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) looks promising, and this early we can already identify some of the noteworthy performances that might create ripples when the participating movies are finally shown on Christmas day.

Proud to be Filipinos in entertainment

FILIPINO entertainment producers and executives continue to raise our flag wherever they are based. Take for instance Walt Disney’s Asia Pacific senior vice president Jay Trinidad and independent US based movie producer Arsy Grindulo.

Ice on fire

Singer-actor Ice Seguerra is on a roll these days. He is celebrating his 35th year in the entertainment business, a major milestone for someone who turned 39 recently.

Well-earned respect for Rio Locsin

ASK anyone involved in films and television who has worked with Rio Loscin, and one gets a horde of superlatives as reply—how pleasant and professional she is, how consistently focused and prepared when she reports for work on the set. Many will tell you that aside from being an amazing actor, she is also very kind and sincerely nice, too.

Gina Alajar finds joy in both acting and directing

IT has been 55 years since Gina Alajar first faced the cameras by way of the movie Kaibigan Ko’ng Santo Niño, produced by Lea Productions and directed by Armando de Guzman. Out of more than 300 applicants, the then 8-year-old Alajar bagged the role of Oreng, a feat that would see her pitting acting talents with the superstars of that era: Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia and Luis Gonzales.

Max carries torch for female Eigenmanns in showbiz

Max Eigenmann has achieved an actor’s feat for the coming Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, scheduled in early August. She is the lead character in two of the 11 film entries in competition this year, something rare for this festival that took a pause for two years because of the global Covid-19 crisis.

Making us all happy and proud

THERE’S a few days left before Pride Month ends. More and more artists are making us proud of their achievements and contributions to make our world a happier and a more accepting place for everyone.

Mentoring newbies to reach the top

TOP Class: Rise to P-Pop Stardom is the biggest, newest, and most interactive talent reality competition in the country. It has just been launched and is now being shown simultaneously over many leading platforms including the TV5 free channel and KUMU, with regular updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

Past winners support Mister International Philippines launch

FOUR former Mister International titleholders were in Manila recently for the launch of the new franchise of the national pageant, now under the wing of veteran pageant authorities headed by lawyer Manuel Deldio, who serves as president and national director, and his formidable team that includes Ameer Gamama, Mother J Samonte, Arvin Maceda, and Makoy Manlapaz.   

Celebrating women

IT is Women’s Month and we celebrate four exemplary actors who continue to inspire many with the quality of work they give and the kind of women that they have become.

Elevating Filipino talent to a higher level

WE are deeply proud of our artists who continue to raise our flag overseas in the advancement of their careers. Year after year, we learn about Filipino artists landing substantial roles in international productions, getting recognized, winning plums and elevating Philippine artistry to a higher level.

Amazing artists and cool collaborations

TWO beautiful and exceptionally talented ladies recently dropped their respective new songs, both collaborations. Nicole Laurel is a third generation singer-actress from a line of well respected performance artists, while Claudia Barretto comes from a family of actors.

Breakthroughs and milestones

The first month of the new year is not even over and we have already learned and read about plenty of good news in the local entertainment industry. Others may consider some of these as small victories but whether massive or minuscule, what’s important is each achievement is a milestone.

Early Christmas cheers

Singer-actress Nicole Laurel has just released her newest single and music video, “Christmas Without You,” and the song is stirring quite the pre-holiday buzz on popular music platforms, like Spotify and YouTube.

Of celebrity abs and pan de sals

WHILE the ongoing pandemic has slowed down major film companies and TV networks in churning out their regular volume of films and programs, it has given entertainers more than enough time to focus on improving themselves and their physiques, especially male celebrities who are aware that the fitter they are, the more palatable they will be on the big and small screens.

I love Lucy

I HAVE known Lucy Torres-Gomez for a quarter of a century now, and she has remained ladylike in her dealings, lavish in kindness, laudable in both her many passions and public service, large in generosity, and lackadaisical in anything that fosters negativity.

For Alfred Vargas, balance is key

Actor-politician Alfred Vargas was recently hailed as Pinakapasadong Aktor Para sa Pelikula, equivalent to a best actor win, by the academe based group Pasado (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) for his outstanding performance in the Mac Alejandre film Tagpuan. The group also bestowed nine other awards to the movie.

Forward without fear

THE brave, daring and intrepid men involved in the movie Lockdown know that film has important stories to tell. And they themselves have their own wonderful anecdotes about facing challenges and emerging victorious from their respective personal battles. 

The bond is stronger than ever

Lotlot de Leon is happy that she made time when asked to be part of the movie Dito at Doon, produced by TBA Studios under the direction of JP Habac. The highly successful movie that debuted online, and is now available in more than 60 countries worldwide via TBA Play, starred her real-life daughter Janine Gutierrez.

‘Dito at Doon’ a happy kind of surprise we need at this time

Everyone seems to be talking about the movie Dito at Doon, a small beautiful film from TBA Studios that explores connections and misconnections, telling us about the similarities and differences in that complicated thing called love, making us go through the little joys and big emotions on-screen during this difficult time of pandemic lockdown when movements are restricted, and freedom in general seems to be on pause.

Love is a decision

MANY in the local entertainment orbit were taken by surprise when Derek Ramsay proposed marriage to his very new girlfriend Ellen Adarna recently.

‘Dito at Doon’ a happy kind of surprise we need at this time

Everyone seems to be talking about the movie Dito at Doon, a small beautiful film from TBA Studios that explores connections and misconnections, telling us about the similarities and differences in that complicated thing called love, making us go through the little joys and big emotions on-screen during this difficult time of pandemic lockdown when movements are restricted, and freedom in general seems to be on pause.

Ladies in charge

THERE comes a point in our lives when all we have to do is take charge of our lives and be open to changing direction. Such is the case of actress Maja Salvador, whose professional life was caught in a very tight bubble at the onslaught of the pandemic.

Nasser Lubay’s philosophy of color

Acclaimed Philippine visual artist Nasser Lubay is part of the ongoing intimate group exhibition, titled The Philosophy of Color, a collaborative presentation of the Gajah Gallery Singapore and Modeka Art Philippines.

Recognition, FDCP style

LIVE events may have been put to a halt for almost a year now, but the Film Development Council of the Philippines  (FDCP) continues its annual tradition of recognizing those whose works and artistry have brought honor to the country from different awards-giving organizations overseas.