Sunday, August 26, 2007

Angel Locsin Photo Gallery

Angel Locsin (born Angelica Locsin Colmenares on April 23, 1985 in Bulacan, Philippines) is a Filipina television and film actress who was introduced in the youth-oriented program of GMA Network entitled Click. Locsin rose to prominence after being casted as one of the lead stars in the fantasy-themed television series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after she headlined as the titular superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the popular Mars Ravelo comics hit. Locsin top-billed in several chartbusting films and is widely famous as the love pair of Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo.

Life and career

Locsin grew up in Bulacan and was the second child in a brood of three. Her parents were separated when she was fourteen and she has since lived with her father. Locsin's career in show business began after she was spotted by a talent scout when she cut class with a friend while shopping at SM Mall. She auditioned for several commercials and soon after she landed a contract with GMA Network.

Locsin first appeared in Click, a teen-oriented program on the GMA Network, as the tomboyish Charley (short for Charlotte) where she was paired with (Railey Valeroso).However, she only became widely known when she first appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines. The same magazine frequently lists her as one the "100 Sexiest Women in the World", as well as sexiest Filipina, ranking No. 2 behind Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. She has also been known the current sex symbol of the Philippines.

After appearing in Click, Locsin gained further exposure as she was cast in television shows like Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin, All Together Now and Love to Love

In 2004, Locsin received what is considered her biggest break yet. She starred as one of the lead stars in the telefantasya Mulawin. After her role as the half-human, half-avian Alwina where got to be paired with Aguiluz (Richard Gutierrez),she auditioned for the title role of the classic Filipina superhero in Darna television series. She won the part hands down, and was chosen to don the iconic red suit and crest among numerous actresses who tried out. Locsin reunited with former love team Dennis Trillo as they top-bill in GMA's newest fantasy-themed series, Majika.

Aside from television, Locsín also starred in films. Among her big screen credits are Kuya, Mano Po 2, Singles, Sigaw and in 2005 the box-office hit Let The Love Begin, alongside perennial partner Richard Gutierrez. Her team-up with Gutierrez is considered by some as one of the best pairings in the country. She reprised her role as Alwina in the movie adaptation of Mulawin.

Locsin also had her fair share of controversy after appearing in one of the Axe TV ads, many feminist groups, as well as former Senator Nikki Coseteng, complained about the offensive gestures in the advertisement. In the television commercial, Angel is teasing a man by showing off money and her body but the man approaches Angel and takes only her money. Because of the complaints, Unilever Philippines, the maker of Axe, slowly pulled out the commercial.

Locsin, on 21 April 2006, spent a pre-21st birthday get-together with close friends and relatives in Aurora Ville Resort. After a short program hosted by Joel Almagro, Locsin thanked the organizers for a simple but sincere effort to make her day complete. This, after spending the whole day with kids with various medical conditions and giving free medical aid.

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Aubrey Miles Photo Gallery

Aubrey Miles (born Aubrey Sandel, March 16, 1982 in Caloocan, Philippines) is a TV host, singer and actress in the Philippines.

Miles is the third among the four kids of Victorino Sandel and Maria Perla Santos. She finished her secondary education at La Consolacion Academy in Caloocan City. She was a college sophomore student at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, major in voice and minor in piano when talent scout Dondon Monteverde discovered and signed her up to an eight-film, two-year contract with Regal Films.

At 16, Miles was already appearing in GMA sitcoms like Beh Bote Nga and German Moreno's Best Friends. In between showbiz assignments, she joined beauty contests such as Miss Ever Gotesco, Miss Caloocan, Miss Lions Club, and Miss Global Philippines in which her sister ended up being the first runner-up and she won fourth runner-up. She never won a title but copped runner-up positions that earned her enough money to support her family and herself.

As Miles was nearing the age of 20, she decided to do something new. Dondon Monteverde offered her to play a prostitute from the provinces in the softcore movie Prosti (abbreviation for "prostitute"). After Prosti became successful in the box office, making P29 million. To date, Prosti is still the highest grossing movie of her career. This successful debut led to other movie offers, all of which did not enjoy the same level of success as Prosti. She was offered endorsement contracts from different companies, such as Bench (a clothing company in the Philippines).

After Prosti, Miles starred in the movie Xerex (based on a sex confessional column in a Philippine tabloid), where she played three different roles. Xerex was a commercial disaster as a result of two movies: Viva Films' Sex Drive and 20th Century Fox's X2: X-Men United. Originally scheduled for an April 2, 2003 opening date, Regal Films did not want to risk playing Xerex with Sex Drive knowing that Aubrey's rival Maui Taylor and fellow Viva hot babe Katya Santos are a formidable box-office attraction together. Realizing that there's no chance of winning against Viva's sexy movie, Regal delayed Xerex's opening by 28 days.

Unfortunately again for Regal and Aubrey Miles, Xerex opened on the same April 30, 2003 date as Hollywood's X2 made its much-awaited debut. Adding insult to injury, Star Cinema released its much-awaited romantic comedy Til There Was You (Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual) that same day as well. Because Regal spent so much money and could not afford another delay, they went ahead in releasing Xerex. As a wide majority of filmgoers watched X2 and Til There Was You, Xerex flopped in the box-office making only P13.3 million on a budget of P24 million. Even with home videos accounted for, Regal lost a total of P18.1 million with Xerex. Since Xerex, Miles' movie career and ability to attract moviegoers got damaged and never recovered.

Miles' next movie, Sanib, further damaged her acting career as it grossed only 8.2 million PhP in the box office despite its P25 million budget and massive marketing by Regal Films. It was universally panned by film critics as a poor man's copycat of The Exorcist. Not surprisingly, Miles was perceived as a candidate for "2003's Worst Actress" due to her badly-criticized performance in this movie. She played a young lady who gets possessed by demons, very much like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

Targeting multi-media exposure, Miles' manager secured for her a contract with television network ABS-CBN. She appeared in Masayang Tanghali Bayan (a daily noontime show) and in several sitcoms of ABS-CBN. As part of her marketing strategy to appeal to a wider audience, she began appearing in non-sexy roles in movies like Sanib, A Beautiful Life and Gagamboy, Regal Film's entry to the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival, where she appeared as actor Vhong Navarro's love interest.

Miles joined as a contestant in The Amazing Race Asia 1 where she teamed-up with her real-life best friend, Jacqueline Yu. They were eliminted in the 3rd leg of the race. Her current boyfriend is Filipino-American actor and model Troy Montero.

Very recently, movie scouts from Hollywood's Warner Bros. approached Miles and asked if she would be interested to play the lead role of comic book icon Wonder Woman in an upcoming film of the character. These scouts were sent to the Philippines by no less than producer Joel Silver, who made The Matrix film franchise.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sam Conception Photo Gallery

Keywords: Philippine Singer, Philippine Artist, ABS-CBN Kapamilya

Sam Conception's signature lively performances, a la Gary V, have caught the attention of Little Big Star viewers such that he instantly became the darling, especially among text voters. He has also very much impressed the judges Gerard Salonga, Sheryn Regis, among others. Sheryn has said, "Pwedeng-pwede ka mag-concert. At pag nag concert ka, manonood ako.

Although Sam could most surely groove to a fast beat, he wowed everyone when he sang a very romantic version of "Ikaw during the contest's biritan round, proving that he has the abundance of both talent and energy.

But why make so much fuss about a boy who can sing and dance? Luckily for Sam, he was born with a very charming face, a glowing smile, and a commanding presence that speaks of his good character and breeding-a constant source of delight for his followers. It wouldn't take a good, long, hard look at the boy and not understand the reasons why a lot of girls are keen on him. To prove his fans' support, they have created an emailing list devoted to Sam, with a growing number of more than 260 members, but which was only started last October 10. Sam even had to create a second Friendster account just to accommodate his increasing fan base.

Sam, young and fresh as he is, can't be aptly called a newbie when it comes to performing. He comes from a family of musically-gifted performers. His dad, Raymond, is a professional theatre actor and a praise and worship pastor. Story has it that the dad passed on his artistic genes to all three of his children, Sam very much included as the middle child.

Sam Conception started performing at the age of eight. During one of his church performances, Sam was discovered and became a cast of Musical Theater Philippines' "Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal? He got the prized role of the young national hero. He then joined Trumpets' Playshop Kids, a premier kiddie singing group. He also played the lead role as Edmond Pevensie in the Trumpets.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sharon Cuneta Photo Gallery

Tags: Philippine Actress. Philippine Singer

Sharon Gamboa Cuneta Pangilinan, popularly known as Sharon Cuneta (born January 6, 1966) is a popular Filipina actress, TV host, singer, and endorser. She is also known as The Mega Star of Philippine Showbiz.

Her mother hails from Sta. Ana, Pampanga while her father was the mayor of Pasay City for decades.

She first appeared on Philippine pop charts in 1978 as a 12 year old, singing the tune "Mr. D.J." The tune became wildly popular and earned her the title of "D.J.'s Pet" (which was also the name of her first album). [1] Other hit albums followed, and Cuneta was asked to sing many movie soundtracks of the time - becoming the first "movie soundtrack star" in the country.

At age 15, she starred in her first feature film, 1981 Dear Heart paired with fellow teeny-bopper Gabby Concepcion. After Dear Heart's success, she appeared in more than 50 feature films, and earned the title of "Box Office Queen" in the country from 1985 thru 1993.

Her early movie roles launched her as a "poor little rich girl". When all else failed, producers decided to make her roles as a "rags to riches" type. Although raised in an influential rich political family, she appealed to the sosyal (socially rich) and masa (mass) crowd of Philippine society, with her intelligence, humor and down-to-earth personality.

Her musical-variety show, T.S.C.S. "The Sharon Cuneta Show" was one of the longest running television shows in Philippine Showbiz from 1986 thru 1997.

She started her hosting abilities with other teenage prodigies with shows like GMA Supershow, later called Germspesyal, with German Moreno and C.U.T.E. "Call Us Two For Entertainment" with her aunt from Pampanga, former actress Helen Gamboa.

Her love-team pairing in Dear Heart with Regal Films heartthrob, Gabby Concepcion made the team the most popular love team in Philippine Movies during the 1980's. They later married (at age 19) in a civil ceremony then a Church wedding on September 23, 1984 with former President Ferdinand Marcos as Principal Sponsor (Ninong); however, the marriage did not last. In April 1985, Sharon gave birth to a daughter, Maria Kristina Cassandra Concepcion or KC Concepcion.

Sharon is the first Filipina artist to sell out at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium first in 1988 and her latest June 11th, 2005 concert. She sang to SRO crowds. Her poster is enshrined in The Shrine's Hall of Fame next to stars Michael Jackson, Barbara Striesand and the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. She created a traffic jam in the 90's and puzzled the former Mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley. After hearing of her success, the mayor attended the concert and awarded Sharon with an Honorary Key to the City of Los Angeles.

She also had a duet in the 1990s with famous Hong Kong star Andy Lau, with whom she sang "In Your Eyes" composed by Jim Brickman.

In 1996, she hit a "Grand Slam" in Philippine Movies for the movie Madrasta where she played the role of a loving stepmother. Sharon became one of the rare actresses along with Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos to be awarded all the accolades given in local Philippine Cinema. Her "grand slam" includes: The Star Awards for Movies, People's Choice Award, The Film Academy of the Philippines, The Gawad Urian given by the Manunuri Ng Pelikulang Pilipino and the FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences).

Since 1998, Cuneta has been married to Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan. Cuneta gave birth to Simone Francesca Emmanuelle (Frankie) in November 2000 and Mariel Daniella Sophia (Miel) in September 2004.

Her late father, Pablo Cuneta, was mayor of Pasay City for four decades.

In 2004, The Brussels International Film Festival named Sharon Cuneta as Best Actress for her movie "Crying Ladies" where she played Stella Mate, an ex-convicted-divorced-single mother hustling her way through Manila streets who accepts a job with two other friends to cry professionally at Chinese Funerals in order to provide for her son.

In January, 2005 she returned with a show "Wish Upon A Mega", a 39th Birthday Celebration granting 39 well-wishers their dreams come true.

In January 6th 2006, The Megastar returned with a 40th Birthday celebration on ABS-CBN's entitled "Ang Pagbabalik Ng Bituin" (roughly translated as "The Return of the Star"). The next month a new gab-fest talk show simply entitled "Sharon" was aired.

She currently hosts the reincarnation of the self-titled talkshow Sharon aired during Sundays on ABS-CBN.

She is now taking up a course in Associate in Arts in the University of the Philippines Open University in UP Los Baños, Laguna.

Her multitude of fans are called "SHARONIANS."

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