Heart leads cast of ‘Magkano Ba Ang Pag-Ibig?’

It's quite intriguing that Heart Evagelista is being teamed up with Sid Lucero on the powerhouse ensemble ''Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig?'' that starts airing today on GMA Afternoon Prime.

The two were romantically linked to each other in the past. But being professional actors, they accepted the ''reunion'' as part of the job and nothing else. After all, each of them now leads happy individual lives with their respective loved ones.

On ''Magkano Ba ang Pag-ibig?,'' Heart showcases her versatility anew in portraying the role of Eloisa Aguirre who struggles to provide a good life for her family. While tending to her family's small piggery, Eloisa meets Lucio Aragon (Sid), a professor in Manila who shares with her an interest in agriculture that leads them to develop feelings for each other.

Eloisa's father Andoy (Pen Medina) gets into a bad medical condition (he needs to undergo a foot operation due to complications from his diabetes) and wanting to send her father to a decent hospital, Eloisa seeks help from the town's richest woman, Doña Hilaria Villasanta (Ms. Celia Rodriguez).

Seeing that Eloisa was as bold and hardworking as she is, Doña Hilaria offers her a managerial job in her factory which the former accepted, not knowing that the latter's intention was to convince her to marry her fourth son Bobby (Dominic Rocco) who is autistic. Doña Hilaria feels that it's only Eloisa who has the capacity to manage her business and not any of her three daughters-in-law Lualhati (Ana Capri), Gigi (Alessandra de Rossi) and Margot (Katrina Halili).

Believing that money can't buy love, Eloisa refuses to accept the intention of Doña Hilaria but the latter won't stop until she gets what she wants. She orders Eloisa to pay her debts and move out, and pressured by this, Eloisa goes to Manila to seek Lucio's help. But she finds him kissing another woman, Richelle Mangahas (Isabel Oli).

Will this incident change Eloisa's mind to accept Doña Hilaria's offer? How much can Eloisa sacrifice for her family?

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Bianca King As Dramatic Actress

In the recently concluded ''Maghihintay Pa Rin'' where she played opposite Rafael Rossel, Bianca King proved once more her dramatic prowess. Almost 10 years in the business, Bianca has also been a commercial and print ad model (since age 13). Now, she'd also like to prove her talent in directing, having taken up Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Manila.

At 27, Bianca still looks a lot younger than her age. What's her secret? Aside from having a healthy outlook and disposition in life and strong self-discipline to maintain a fresh-looking aura, Bianca revealed that it is also about getting good and healthy sleep on her Uratex Premium bed. The brand under RGC Foam Group has won the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Platinum Award for the 5th consecutive years now.

''At the end of the day, comfortable sleep is all that matters in our bust lives,'' she said.

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Celebs Headline RWM's Bar 360

Resorts World Manila's ''Thrillathon'' anniversary celebration features the most sought-after acts in its Bar 360 Concert Series.

Last month, Bar 360 featured Iya Villiana and Paulo Avelino, Richard Poon, Liezel Garcia, Wency Cornejo and Mark Bautista, among others. This October, the lineup of world-class performers includes Jonalyn Viray on Oct. 5; K Brosas and Kim as well as Pooh on Oct. 12; Aljur Abrenica on Oct. 18); Arthur Manuntag with Sam Pinto on Oct. 19; The Dawn on Oct. 25; Rachelle Ann Go on Oct. 26; and Parokya ni Edgar on Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, Newport Mall Plaza continues to wow guests during the ''Thrillathon'' with exclusive RWM production shows like ''Rock of '80s'' and ''What A Feeling,'' a roster of the country's top bands, and more celebrities like Kim Chiu, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, Empress Schuck, Glaiza de Castro, and Enrique Gil, among others.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 30, go to former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, former beauty queen and DOT Sec. Gemma Cruz, PDI lifestyle editor Thelma San Juan, Virgilio Gonzales, Gerry Contreras, Arthur R. Lingad, Baby Canales Santamaria, Leonida Andrade, Dr. Adora P. Veal, Aida Arceo, Theresita Brazil, Baby Vidal Lavarro, Ruben Silvestre, Ma. Cristina Maralit, Sari Paz Villar Tan, Edwin G. Trumpeta, Mike Sandejas, Raquel Monteza, Danny Jamora of Malacañang, Michael Fernando and Denise Laurel of Star Magic...

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