Serna: Cebu, a Kapamilya country but Kapuso tops with press handling

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By Roger Serna

Sounds and images

Thursday, March 31, 2011

FOR two Fridays in a row, Vudu has been showcasing musical talents who have made their presence felt in the entertainment arena in the capital region and even in the US of A (come on, this is just the fun way of writing USA).

First was the beauteous Monique de los Santos, daughter of Cebuano diva Eva Santos, one of the frontliners of the group Zee Band. Monique tried to penetrate the US entertainment scene through the reality search American Idol.

We can say Monique is not the first to do that (remember Jasmine Trias and company?), but what makes Monique’s feat unique is that she is the first home-grown talent to make it to that search.


In her show in Vudu two weekends ago, she not only delighted the crowd but also showed the qualities that paved the way for her to be in that elite circle of the next hit makers in the US.

She may have been ousted much earlier but that did not mean she’s inferior performance-wise. She just did not have the fan base to back her up as what is being enjoyed by Thia Megia.


Last Friday was Mandaue City’s pride Luigi Seno’s turn to take centerstage at Vudu, with three others who also trace their roots to Cebu. Luigi invades the US scene via America’s Got Talent but, like Monique, didn’t have the fan base to back his ascent to fame.

Luigi was away for 10 years. Now he’s been making guest appearances on TV, and having gigs with the other three guys who performed with him in Vudu. These guys are newcomer Ryan Cordero who was born and raised in the States and whose mom is a Cebuana, former PDA scholar Van Roxas and former Starstruck semi-finalist-turned-Kapamilya Piero Vergara.

The four sounded and looked good on centerstage, dishing out pop hits. Van has been given more exposures as vocalist with Piero coming in second. Luigi and Ryan also had their “time to shine” aside from doing the back-ups and handling the musical instruments.

Their careers are handled by Mario Colmenares. They all have coming projects. Watch out.


Last Sunday’s simultaneous live telecasts of Asap Rocks and Party Pilipinas (PP) held in Cebu had Cebuanos in a quandary of sorts as to which show to watch. If reports are to be believed, Asap gathered around 60,000 people while PP attracted around 10,000.

Of course, Asap announced the Cebu stint earlier than PP, had a much bigger venue and had a complete line-up of stars, compared to the Kapuso network that had to distribute its talents to Davao, Baguio and Manila.

The clash proved that Cebu is still a Kapamilya country. As to how the local press was handled, however, the Kapuso network won. Unfortunately, Barbie Atienza-Soliven, who texted the invites, followed up, scheduled interviews and took care of the needs of the press had to bid the Kapuso network goodbye for personal reasons.

The Sunday event sort of served as her send off party. Bongga! However, this did not stop the Cebu press from speculating that soon she’ll be back in Cebu as part of the Kapatid network, which Barbs politely dismissed.

Good luck, Barbs, and see you soon!


Gov. Gwen Garcia had downplayed what was viewed by some as a slur committed by Rico J. Puno during a private function. Indeed, in today’s society, beauty enhancements are already commonplace for both sexes.

However, that does not mean Rico’s act has been absolved. Next time, if ever, he must consider the venue and the audience.

His latest performance was not in an ordinary comedy lounge and his audience was composed of dignified and respectable personalities, thus utmost care should have been exercised in the performance.


Finally, the Robin Padilla-Mariel Rodriguez starrer entitled Tum - My Pledge of Love, which had been shot in India, will be shown on April 6, promo diva Josie Pereyra said.

It’s a love story that started with personal agenda in mind for both parties but later on taught both of them that unconditional love actually exists. Produced by Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation and Montura Corporation and distributed by Star Cinema, Tum - My Pledge of Love is directed by Robin himself.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2011.


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