Serna: Celeb ‘commotions’

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

ALLOW me to greet the town of Oslob a happy, peaceful and meaningful fiesta celebration tomorrow. The event honors the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

It has been the town’s tradition to hold a separate observance apart from the universal celebration which falls on Dec. 8. Happy fiesta, Oslobanons!


Last Monday, the Cebu Capitol formally opened the Pasko sa Kapitolyo 2013 celebration with the lighting up of the nativity scene, the Christmas tree and the lights on the trees in front of the building.

Gov. Junjun Davide, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, board members Gigi Sanchez, Christopher Baricuatro, Peter John Calderon and Jude Sybico jointly did the ceremonial switch-on.

In the opening spiel I made as emcee, I stressed the need to celebrate Christmas which is the commemoration of the birth of the Saviour, despite the calamities that the Visayans experienced in the last two months because, as the saying goes, “Christmas is the season of hope.”

And hope is what we badly need these days. Merry Christmas, everyone!


Anne Curtis and John Lloyd Cruz are in the limelight these days because of the commotion (I intentionally avoided the word “scandal”) they caused in Privé Luxury Club where they were said to have had a drink too many.

At first Anne did not name names in her initial tweets of the person whom she alleged as the cause of her outburst so as not to ruin the reputation of that person. Later on, though, it was learned that it was John Lloyd she was referring to.

I’m not going into details because I was not in the vicinity when the event happened.

Anne reportedly tweeted that she was just human and was capable of making mistakes.

I just wish that they will always bear in mind that they are not ordinary mortals.

They are celebrities and as such, are role models, whether they like it or not. So they should exercise restraint in drinking liquor as having a drink too many would naturally make them susceptible to committing mistakes.

No matter how many and how intense their apologies may be, still the fact remains that they have disappointed their fans and may have influenced them in one way or another.

Oh, they must have thought that the Filipinos’ memory span is so short anyway. Is that it?


I didn’t realize until recently that many Filipino fans have mourned the recent death of Hollywood actor Paul Walker who figured in a vehicular accident right after attending a fund-raising event in the US for the typhoon Yolanda victims.

Paul was reportedly active in the endeavour because he has learned to love the Filipinos in the short time that he spent in the country while shooting the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the actor.

The cast of Torky and My Little Bosings is reportedly coming to Cebu this weekend.

This includes Ryzza Mae Dizon, Bimby Aquino Yap, Kris Aquino, Vic Sotto and Jose Manalo. They’ll have a mall tour at SM City Cebu on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.


It looks like Star Cinema is making a tradition of having more than one entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival in recent years. This year, it will have Pagpag—a Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla tandem—and Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy with Vice Ganda delineating not one, two or three but four roles.

Pagpag is of the horror-fantasy genre while Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy is, of course, comedy. Will any of these movies also make a tradition of being the top box-office earner? We’ll find out.


So it will not only be Eva Noblezada, Rachelle Ann Go and Jonjon Briones who will be representing the Filipino performing talents in the 25th anniversary staging of Miss Saigon as Kim, Gigi and The Engineer, respectively.

Two more ladies are also in the list, namely: Julia Abueva and Tanya Manalang. And they’ll not just be members of the chorus line but alternates of Eva in the lead role
of Kim. Another male actor (forgot his name, sorry) is also in the cast.

Cameron McCintosh must have that great trust and belief in the Filipino talent. Don’t you feel proud of that?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 06, 2013.


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