‘Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala’ premieres on Primetime Bida

The Kapamilya Network's newest Primetime teleserye ''Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala,'' starring the ''Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera'' Judy Ann Santos, will have its much-awaited premiere tonight. She's been doing teleseryes for a long time now, ever since she was a young upstart but Juday said she still feels nervous and excited every time she starts a project.

''Yes, I'm feeling nervous and excited at the same time. I'm really flattered to be given this kind of project, and I'm very thankful to ABS-CBN because they have been supporting me and giving me wonderful projects for the longest time,'' Juday said.

She added that she did not think twice when offered the project as her comeback teleserye because of its beautiful and extraordinary story. ''The story of 'Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala' is about women empowerment. It fights for the rights of women and shows the strength of every human to fight for the principles that they believe in,'' the actress said.

Juday has done numerous teleseryes and she said the key to her success is her love for the craft. ''For me, there is no real secret on how to maintain your status in showbiz. If you love what you're doing and if you love and respect the people you're working with, the support of the people for you will never go away.''

On the teleserye, which is part of ABN-CBN's celebration of its 60th anniversary in Philippine Television, Judy Ann plays the role of Anessa Panaligan, a strong woman and a loving daughter who would do everything for the sake of her family. Amid all the trials that she is facing, Anessa will meet and fall in love with Eros Diomedes (Sam Milby), a rich young man who will turn her life into a nightmare.

Also in the powerhouse cast of ''Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala'' are KC Concepcion, John Estrada, Tirso Cruz III, Coney Reyes, Susan Africa, Mylene Dizon, Matet de Leon, Empress Schuck, Bryan Termulo, and Joseph Marco. The teleserye is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal.

Don't miss the grand pilot of ''Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala'' tonight on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.

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CCP Launches Mona Lisa's Biography

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will pay tribute to movie legend Mona Lisa (Gloria Lerma Yatco in real life) on June 22, on the occasion of the actress' 91st birth anniversary. It will be a whole day affair as three of her most memorable films - ''Giliw Ko,'' ''Insiang'' and ''Sagur'' - will be screened at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

Aside from the film screening, the veteran actress' biography titled ''Mona Lisa: A Portrait (From the Memoirs of a Grandmother),'' written and published by her granddaughter, Celine Fabie. The biography is edited by Monique Francisco, Ida Anita del Mundo and screenwriter Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. and printed by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., with layout by Cesar Hernando and cover design by Benjor Catindig.

The book tells the story of Mona Lisa's childhood in California during the Great Depression, her relationships during her early career in the 40s, World War II in Manila, her comeback years with Lino Brocka in between her marriage and six children, and how Celine Fabie knew her as the grandchild closest to her.

The momentous event will be graced by Mona Lisa herself who'll be joining family and friends as well as the press. Recall that the last time Mona Lisa made a public appearance was in 2005 when she was honored by German Moreno with a star on Eastwood Mall's ''Walk of Fame.''

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Bb. Pilipinas Shines In Jag Origins

The Binibining Pilipinas 2013 finalists modeled gracefully JAG's Holiday 2013 Collection of ankle-cut jeans and rocked the runway as they commenced the annual JAG Origins in this year's Philippine Fashion Week.

Finalists Ariella Arida, Pia Wurtzbach, Bea Santiago, Cindy Miranda and Mutya Datul showcased the newest collection of JAG jeans together with Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon at the SMX Convention Center.

Host and VJ Sara Meier-Albano hosted the fashion show together with ''King of Talk'' Boy Abunda who interviewed international fashion guru Nina Garcia. Nina was invited by JAG to give a lecture about fashion and inspiration to unleash the creative minds of the young designers.

Among those in the audience are Maricel Laxa, Maggie Wilson, and Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, June 17, go to Sen. John Osmeña, Dada Lorenzana-Santiago, Jet Montelibano, Juliet Cadiente, newshen Jenara R. Newman, Elsi Abacajan, Ma. Theresa Obsina, Prof. Marietta Escorpizo, Shynel Villedo, Raul Nino Villanueva, Nene Fenix, Tessie Naidas-Dungca, John Kylle Martinez Lacaran, Bernard and Shiela Lopez, Carlo F. Celis, Nieves Racelis, Nydie M. Aguilar-Hinapas, Mrs. Lilia Recto and Bibsy Arboleda of Star Magic... Happy wedding anniversary to Chito and Joy Gonzalez...

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