Melai Slip Is Showing And Those Early TV Campaigners

JUST A THOUGHT: True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. - Charles Caleb Colton

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OOOPS YOUR SLIP IS SHOWING: A slip of the tongue on the part of comedian Melai Cantiveros revealed the degree of intimacy she once shared with former boyfriend and fellow "PBB" housemate, Jason Francisco.

On "Gandang Gabi Vice," Vice Ganda asked Melai how affectionate Jason was during the time they were together. The motormouth actress said, "Mayakap siya, pero pag tapos na, hindi na."

She also admitted that they would sleep over in each other's apartments now and then.

Despite her slip, which we don't approve of on national TV and watched by young people but which happens every time Melai opens her big mouth, she deserves better opportunities in the biz. We all need to laugh at life and Melai's natural talent in comedy must be mined in more high-profile projects.

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EARLY TV CAMPAIGNERS: Months before the May 2013 elections, politicians have been buying air time on TV and radio to promote themselves.

Some of the early birds in the advertising department are Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Jack Enrile, Rep. Cynthia Villar, Rep. Sonny Angara, and Sen. Koko Pimentel.

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THY WOMB PREMIERE: It was just fitting that "Thy Womb," whose local title is "Sa Sinapupunan," held its premiere in Mindanao, at SM Lanang in Davao City on the same night Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza were honored as best actress and best director respectively at the 6th Asia-Pacific Screen Awards in Melbourne, Australia.

"Sa Sinapupunan" is a showcase of contemporary Badjao life, described by its director as a saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition.

The film's premiere coincided with the Film Development Council of the Philippines' series of activities in the South, including the International Film Expo at the cinemas of the mall.

"Sa Sinapupunan," the story of a barren Badjao wife trying to find a suitable woman who can bear a child for her husband, is one of eight official entries to the MMFF starting on Dec. 25.

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RACHEL HOME: Home for good is singer-actress Rachel Alejandro, who was US-based for a few years after marrying Carlos Sta. Maria, a Spanish journalist.

The enduring voice behind '90s hit songs "Kay Tagal" and "Paalam Na" intends to continue with her interrupted Manila career even while she tends to her flourishing business, The Sexy Chef. The diet food and catering business, which she runs in tandem with her mother Myrna and sister Barni, is a big hit among celebrity clients like Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez and Ruffa Gutierrez. Last we saw him, Martin cheerfully reported that he had lost 25 lbs in just a few weeks on the diet.

Rachel feels she never really left home. Through her blog on rappler.com, she has kept in touch with the home country.

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LUMINARIANS: Janice de Belen may be the most senior among the eight artists signed by Luminary Talent Management, but in 2012, she scored the highest number of hits.

Proprietor Popoy Caritativo declared during a media Christmas party Sunday that Janice clinched two top-raters this year: "Budoy" and "Ina, Kapatid, Anak." The veteran actress also did six films in the current year, five of them horror pictures. Janice made an impact on horror movies in the '80s and '90s through roles in "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Tiyanak."

Popoy announced that Luminary now has eight artists under its fold, namely Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo, Rafael Rosell, Jestoni Alarcon, Martin Escudero, AJ Dee, Janice de Belen, and Tom Rodriguez.

Speaking of Marian, GMA's teleserye queen is doing a reunion film with Richard Gutierrez in early 2013.

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NEWS CAFÉ: Veteran news anchor Jing Magsaysay is back on air with a brand-new talkie, "News Café," which airs Fridays, 10 to 10:30 p.m. on Solar News Channel.

The late-night program provides a thorough analysis of relevant news presented within the week from the media's perspective.

Jing moderates a panel of columnists, news reporters, reporters, bloggers, and other members of the press in an insightful discussion.

Another innovation on the same channel is "News.PH," which airs Wednesdays, 10 to 10:30 p.m. Hosted by Pia Hontiveros, "News.PH" tackles current political issues to clear up viewers' questions regarding the day's political news.

Solar News Channel airs on Sky Ch. 16, Global Destiny Ch. 28, Cignal Ch. 21, Cablelink Ch. 12, and on free television SBN Ch. 21.

(nescuar@yahoo.com)

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