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Thursday, February 18, 2010

YES! visits Gerald Anderson at home this March

Gerald Anderson did not always lead a charmed life. Many assume that just because he was born to an American father and a Filipina mother, his cards have always held good fortune. Gerald sits down with YES! magazine this March in the comfort of his home and talks about his life's journey before showbiz beckoned. It is a story that is made richer by the testimonies of his parents, Randy and Vangie.

Fans first got to know Gerald as the Fil-Am cutie born in Olongapo and raised in General Santos City, but many don't know that he also spent much of his childhood in the States. Gerald's father Randy talks about how he first bought a big house in San Antonio, Texas, then later moved the family to Kansas City, Missouri upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy.

Even if the family lived in a middle-class neighborhood, Randy explains to YES!, "Missouri is not New York or Los Angeles or even Manila. A lot of people are rural, they come from the country... It wasn't a ghetto, or the slum... But it wasn't the best place."

Eventually, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where they had a house with a sprawling backyard. It was here that Gerald's mom Vangie set up her own store and started a weekend tiangge selling Filipino food to Pinoys living in the neighboring towns. "[Si Gerald] talaga laborer ko. Kumbaga, kargador ko siya," Mommy Vangie proudly tells YES!.

At the age of eight, Gerald would take care of many things, including doing the heavy lifting for their senior citizen customers. They could have enlisted the help of others, but for Gerald, helping out his mom was not a burden. "Gusto ko ako ang gagawa ng trabaho na 'yan kaysa sa ibang tao," he says, "Dapat ako, kasi para sa mom ko, para sa gusto niya."

Although Mommy Vangie's homesickness found her moving back to her hometown in General Santos City alone, it was Gerald's devotion to her that reunited them. Gerald, together with his father and brother, came to GenSan to visit her. But minutes away from boarding the flight that would take them back to the States, Gerald realized that she wouldn't be joining them and he refused to let go of her.

"Hay, si Gerald talaga, kung may kamera kami no'n para kaming shooting, umiiyak talaga," Mommy Vangie tells YES!. The sight of his son crying and refusing to leave his mother made Randy bring his family back to GenSan, and he later returned to the States by his lonesome.

Gerald may now be living on his own in Manila, but his house has a room for Mommy Vangie and for his brother Kenneth, who is a pilot currently in Florida. More than 85 photos in the March issue of YES! shows how the three-storey house looks very modern and masculine, while the interiors also carry the feel of a modern bachelor's pad. Gerald's fans played a big role in furnishing his house-the main door made of narra was a present from a fan, and so were the dining set, a console table by the second-floor window, miniature cars to add to his collection, and other home accents.

Kim Chiu also lends her touch to his house, as the NBA bobbleheads she gave him sit on a shelf above his TV set and the center table is displayed prominently in his living room. But her biggest contribution to his house is the impressive silver Samsung refrigerator that dominates his kitchen. A birthday present from Kim, Gerald was overwhelmed by the sight of the two-door ref with a freezer in the bottom and a water- and ice-dispensing feature. "Sobrang laki! Lumiit 'yong kusina ko dahil doon!" he recalls telling SNN last year.

Is the grand gift a sign that they have, indeed, taken the on-screen chemistry off-screen? "We're talagang mutual understanding, pero hanggang doon pa lang," he admits. What exactly does that mean? Find out in the March issue of YES!, available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

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Iza Calzado welcomes "wholesome" change after playing mature role in her last soap

Proud si Iza Calzado na matapos niyang makasama bilang leading lady ni Bong Revilla sa Ang Panday, ang topgrosser ng 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival, ay kasama na naman siya sa spin-off nito sa TV na Panday Kids, na mapapanood na simula sa Lunes, February 22, sa GMA Telebabad.

"I'm actually quite honored that from all the cast members, kami ni Buboy [Villar] ay napasama pa rin dito sa Panday Kids. I'm playing a special role in a way dahil I don't know if it's going to be a regular role," sambit ni Iza nang ma-interview siya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa grand press launch ng Panday Kids noong February 16 sa Studio 5 ng GMA Network Center.

Gusto ring ipaalam ni Iza na ang role niyang Maria sa pelikula at Maria Makiling naman sa TV ay iisa lamang at hindi magkaiba.

"Alam ko namang tatanungin n'yo ito. Actually, hindi siya iba kasi iisa lang siya, si Maria Makiling. Kaya pumayag ako when it was offered to me kasi it just makes sense, I am playing the same role. Iba lang ang treatment dito sa TV. Dito kasi mas na-established na Maria Makiling is the protector of nature. Ipinapakita niya yung powers niya," paliwanag niya.

Sa movie kasi ay hindi naipakita ang background ng character ni Iza kaya natural lang na isipin ng mga tao na magkaiba ang ginagampanan niya sa movie at TV. Ano ang paliwanag niya rito?

"That's why we keep on saying before na she's a mystical character. She wasn't a princess. She actually has powers. She knew that Panday was the chosen one. Hindi masyadong na-establish yun sa movie. If you remember, kaya siya gustong pakasalan ni Lizardo [Ang Panday's main villain] because of her powers. Gusto ni Lizardo na lumakas pa siya. Siguro sa Part 2 ng Ang Panday ie-establish siya or something para mas makikilala na ng mga tao si Maria," saad ni Iza.

Ano ang mae-expect ng mga manonood sa kanya sa TV series?

"Hopefully, magkaroon ako ng fight scenes. Pero hindi pa ako sure kasi, like I said, I don't know yet if it's a regular character. As of now, we have yet to make certain kung talagang dito ako. Kasi in the beginning I was contacted for a special role. Pero yun nga, I don't know if my role will get bigger or not."

Dahil ba baka may ibang engkatanda role na naghihintay sa kanya sa muling pagbabalik ng Encantadia?

"Posible rin yun, di ba?" nakangiting sabi ni Iza. "But I think whatever it is, I'm just happy to be part of this. It's such a wholesome show. Siyempre, ako, coming from an afternoon slot [Sine Novela Presents Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit] of GMA with a much mature theme, it's good to be in a wholesome show naman. At saka iba talaga yung TV sa movie. Mas marami kasing batang nakakapanood sa TV dahil it's free, di ba?"

A HAPPY VALENTINE. Kumusta naman ang Valentine's Day niya?

"Okay naman. Mabuti naman. Nung Valentine's Day, ako ay nagtatrabaho sa StarStruck at saka tumanggap ako ng raket sa Chinese New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choi!" sabi ng StarStruck Council member.

Hindi ba sila nag-dinner ng businessman boyfriend niyang si Atticus King?

"Kung anuman ang naganap nung Valentine, hindi ko na yata dapat pang pag-usapan pa at isiwalat pa sa lahat 'yon," iwas ni Iza.

Pero masasabi niya bang happy ang puso niya?

"Yes, very happy!" sagot naman niya.

STARSTRUCK V. Sa Sunday, February 21, ang Final Judgment Night ng StarStruck V sa Araneta Coliseum. Ano ba ang aabangan ng mga tao sa gabing 'yon?

"Hindi ko alam what the show has in store for them because I'm only a judge and I'm not part of the production. But I know it's going to be a very big thing, special night."

Sa tingin ba niya ay deserving ang napiling Final 5 na sina Sarah Lahbati, Diva Montelaba, Steven Silva, Enzo Pineda, at Rocco Nacino?

"Yes, they deserve to be in the finals, all of them. Not [only] for working hard for the challenges, some of them really had that X-factor that people love. Hindi mo talaga maintindihan that people love them and vote for them. So, they really deserve to be there," sabi niya.

Hindi na ba siya nagulat na natanggal si Nina Kodaka?

"She was one of them, like two or three na we were expecting na matatanggal. Kasi ano, e, she actually made it pretty far. Because bago pa lang siya, sinasabihan siyang 'low bat' at walang energy. But she has this certain charm like in the way she would answer. Personality niya yun, e. Low bat man, nakakatuwa siya.

"I keep telling them, all 14 [finalists] of them, have one foot on the door. Some of them will go through the door, not meaning they would shine as bright as the other StarStruck. Some of them might even surpass the Final 2."

Any fearless forecast?

"No fearless forecast. I'd like to keep it to myself until the Final Judgment," sabi ni Iza.
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JC de Vera does not know yet if he'll stay as a Kapuso when his contract ends this March

Kinailangang magpalaki ng katawan ni JC de Vera para sa kanyang role bilang Aureus, isang eskrimador, sa bagong primetime telefantasya ng GMA-7, Panday Kids, na mapapanood na simula sa Lunes, February 22, sa GMA Telebabad.

One month lang daw ang inabot bago na-achieve ni JC ang magandang katawan niya ngayon.

"One month lang. Kasi nag-take advantage ako doon sa Christmas season. Nasa 165 pounds ako ngayon. Before 148," banggit ni JC nang ma-interview siya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa grand launch ng Panday Kids sa Studio 5 ng GMA Network noong February 16.

Maaksiyon ang mga eksena ni JC sa Panday Kids, lalo na't ang role niya ang itinalaga bilang susunod na tagapangalaga ng espada ng Panday.

"Marami akong fight scenes dito. Meron naman kaming wushu instructor from China na nagtuturo sa amin," sabi niya.

Ano ang pinakamahirap na nagawa niya so far sa kanyang mga fight scenes?

"Yung pinakaunang scene na ginawa namin na first day of taping din, yung nagpa-fight scene kami ni Tito Boyet [Christopher de Leon] sa hanging bridge. Seventy-foot po yun, ganun po siya kataas kaya medyo nakakalula. Dahil nga ako ang susunod na protector ng sword tini-training niya ako. Ang pinakamahirap po noon ay naka-blindfold ako," kuwento niya

Dahil siya ang bagong tagapangalaga ng espada, magagamit niya rin ba ito?

"Yes, magagamit ko siya."

Ano ang feeling na nabigyan ulit siya ng GMA-7 ng big role?

"Well, as always, grateful ako. Kung anuman kasi yung ibinigay sa akin, sinisigurado ko na 100 percent din ang ibibigay ko para sa show para makita talaga nila kung ano yung kaya kong gawin. Very grateful ako and happy," sagot ni JC.

WORKING WITH THE PANDAY KIDS. Ang madalas daw niyang kaeksena ay ang mga Panday Kids na sina Buboy Villar, Julian Trono, at Sabrina Man.

"Kasi ako ang magti-training sa kanila. Ako yung maghahanap sa kanila. Ako yung makakasama nila every time na magkakaroon sila ng battle. Nandoon ako sa likod nila. So, parang magiging teacher nila ako."

Ano ang masasabi niya sa tatlong bata?

"Amazed ako doon sa mga bata kasi very focused sila sa work. Buhay na buhay lagi sila, parang hindi sila napapagod at nakakapag-memorize pa sila ng mahahabang linya. At lahat sila, pag sinabi mong fight scene, pag sinabi mong action, bigay todo talaga," lahad niya.

KISSING SCENE WITH JACKIE. First time makatrabaho ni JC si Jackie Rice. Pero first taping pa lang daw nila na magkasama ay kissing scene na agad ang kinunan sa kanila.

"Nagugulat pa kami sa isa't isa kasi binigla kami ng team, kasi kissing scene kaagad. Work naman yun, wala namang malisya yun."

Ilang takes inabot ang kissing scene nila?

"Dalawa po."

Bukod sa biglaan nilang kissing scene, ano pa ang masasabi niya kay Jackie bilang katrabaho?

"She's down to earth," sagot ni JC. "Lately kasi, hindi pa kami nagkakasama sa taping. Yung isang eksena lang yun... Basta yung taping day na yun, two to three scenes lang ang nagawa namin, then tapos na siya. Kaya wala kaming time talaga to bond and to talk."

NO LOVELIFE. Wala ba siyang girlfriend ngayon?

"Girlfriend? Wala, matagal na," sabi niya.

How about dating?

"Dating? Medyo hindi ako nakikipag-date talaga. Mas open lang ako ngayon na magkaroon ng maraming kaibigan at maraming nakikilala sa labas, na usually hindi ko naman nagagawa before. Meron akong nakakasama lately, non-showbiz siya. Pero nothing serious yet," saad ni JC.

Since wala siyang girlfriend, posible bang ma-attract at ligawan niya si Jackie?

"Wala siguro. Trabaho na lang muna kami," sagot niya.

FACING THE CONTROVERSIES. Nabalita noon na lilipat umano ng ABS-CBN si JC after ng gusot sa GMA-7 noong isang taon sa pagitan ng manager niyang si Annabelle Rama at sa Senior Vice President for Entertainment ng network na si Wilma Galvante. Ano na ba ang nangyari dito?

"Sa ngayon po, hindi ko na iniisip 'yan," sabi ni JC. "Naka-focus na lang ako sa show na ito. May ibinigay naman sa aking work, so dito na muna. Ayoko munang magsalita ngayon. Gusto ko munang tapusin yung contract ko. By March 14 pa matatapos ang contract ko sa GMA. After nun, at saka ako magsasalita."

Paano yun, e, lalampas ng March ang airing ng Panday Kids?

"Well, yun ang hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang mangyayari. Basta magsasalita po ako pagkatapos ng contract ko."

Pero open pa rin ba siya sa paglipat?

"Sa ngayon, hindi ko siya iniisip. Kasi nandito pa yung utak ko, e, sa Panday Kids. So, habang ginagawa ko ito, dito lang muna ako."

Nakalimutan na ba niya yung mga controversies sa kanya before?

"Yung mga controversies, hindi na 'yan mawawala, e. Kumbaga, pag sinabi mo yung pangalan ko, parang kakabit na 'yang mga controversies. So ako, ine-enjoy ko na lang na may trabaho tayo ngayon, na nagte-taping ako. Yung mga controversies, hindi na mawawala sa akin 'yan. Lalo na kay Tita Annabelle, hindi na mawawala 'yan."

Sa tingin niya ba ay magkakabati pa ang manager niya at ang nakabanggaan nitong si Ms. Wilma?

"Hoping pa rin ako na maaayos pa rin lahat at magkakabati," sabi ni JC.

Open ba siya na makipag-ayos kay Ms. Wilma?

"Wala akong problema kay Ma'am Wilma," sagot ng young actor. "Actually, ilang beses na kaming nagkasalubong, nag-meet, nagbatian. Ako, personally, wala naman akong problema talaga. Wala naman akong kagalit, wala akong kaaway. So, bakit ako magwo-worry?"

Kung meron siyang nire-regret noong 2009, ano yun?

"Siguro yung lack of self-esteem. Yung pagkukulang din ng tiwala ko sa sarili ko. Kasi yung buong 2009, inaasa ko lahat sa ibang tao, parang ganun. Maraming bagay na hindi ko talaga hinarap mag-isa. Kinailangan ko ng tulong ng iba. Yun ang medyo na-disappoint ako sa sarili ko.

"So, ngayong 2010, mas tina-try kong maging mas independent. Mas tina-try kong mag-focus muna sa sarili ko, kung ano yung kaya kong gawin mag-isa. Pero siyempre, si Tita Annabelle will always be there," sabi niya.

HATING KAPATID. Bukod sa Panday Kids, nagsu-shoot din si JC ngayon ng Viva Films movie na Hating Kapatid, na pinagbibidahan nina Judy Ann Santos at Sarah Geronimo. Love interest ni Judy Ann ang ginagampanang role ni JC sa pelikula.

"Nakaka-isang araw pa lang po ako ng shooting. Pero yung maging leading man ni Judy Ann, naku, nakaka-pressure! Happy ako kasi big star na si Judy Ann, e."

Hindi ba makakaapekto sa ginagawa niyang movie ang pagpapalaki ng katawan niya?

"Hindi naman kasi kailangan ko ring magmukhang mature."

Ready ba siya kung magkakaroon sila ng kissing scene ni Judy Ann?

"Okay lang po. Work po yun, e. Kung ano po yung hinihingi ng script, e, di gagawin."
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