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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A different kind of series begins today in GMA Afternoon Prime

GMA Networkis home to drama series that puts the audience in a catatonic state. Thanks to the spellbinding narrative that meanders far beyond what the heart can feel and the eyes can see in reality.

This time around, the network pilots its newest Afternoon Prime series – Haplos.It is a story about genuine love for family and how love is always victorious. GMA’s home-grown talents, Sanya Lopez, Thea Tolentino, Pancho Magno, and Rocco Nacino, are the lead stars of the new series expected to equal or surpass previous and current drama series in ratings. That begins today. 

Lopez is Angela Alonzo, a physical therapy undergraduate whose goal in life is to find and love a man as amazing as her father. Tolentino is Lucille Bermudez, Angela’s half-sister and a sexy promo girl who uses her looks to her advantage. But she is greedy and her character is dubious. Yet, she wants to be wealthy someday. 

Magno is Benedict Dizon, Angela’s admirer and an attractive fitness instructor who wishes to become a successful businessman with a trophy wife. Nacino breathes life to the character Gerald Cortez, Angela’s boyfriend, handsome and a hardworking salesman. He is passionate in life and desires to have a family of his own.

From left: Pancho Magno, Sanya Lopez, Thea Tolentino, and Rocco Nacino, the lead cast members of GMA 7’s latest afternoon offering, "Haplos”

Lopez gave a peek on what the show is about. “Tungkol ito sa isang babae na may gift. And yung gift na yun, dun iikot yung story. Yung gift na yun gagamitin niya para sa kabutihan and yun yung dapat nila abangan,” she says. Her on screen partner, Nacino, expressed his delight to be paired with Lopez again, “I’m happy that I’m working with Sanya again. I’ve always told her that I’ll be behind her, para tulungan siya and it’s been a very fruitful learning process for her.”

Pancho, who also worked with the two in their previous show, is excited to reunite with them in this new series. “Siyempre iba na, na-e-excite kami to play roles na very different from our previous characters in Encantadia. Ibang-ibang klase ng fantasy naman yung gagawin namin,” he says. 

Tolentino she says she’s excited about the show’s fantasy element and fight scenes. “Dun ako na e-excite, sa kakaiba na may powers.” On what viewers can expect from her character, she adds “Abangan nila kung paano ko paiikutin ang pamilya ni Angela, at ng mga taong mahal niya na nakapaligid sa kanya.”

The series, which has a touch of enchantment and sensuality, revolves around the intertwined lives of Angela, Lucille, Benedict and Gerald.

In the story, Angela is a simple and beautiful girl who lives a quiet and peaceful life. She is in a relationship with Gerald but has many admirers, including Benedict. Unknown to her, she has a special gift, she can heal people with just the touch of her hands, soothint emotions and even cure illnesses. But everything changes when she meets Lucille who brcomes jealous of her sister’s gif.

Like Angela, Lucille’ has a gift, too, but it is dark and can cause problems. She uses this to steal everything her sister has. She will put Angela’s life at risk, make her sad and troubles, hence, a bitter rivalry between them is born.

Angela is left with no choice but to harness her gift to take those that Angela took away from her, before it’s too late. Also in the series are Patricia Javier as Minda Alonzo, Angela’s protective and loving mother; Emilio Garcia as Renato Alonzo, the father of Angela and Lucille; Francine Prieto as Mercedes Bermudez, the outspoken mother of Lucille; Diva Montelaba as Wendy Reyes, Angela’s best friend; and Celia Rodriguez as Lola Biring, the grandmother of Angela and Lucille from whom they inherited their powers.


French-Filipina bombshell and GMA Artist Center’s Kim Domingo is sexual fantasy of many Filipino men since her “Twerk It Like Miley” dubsmash video on the Internet. Now, fans are about to fall deeper under her spell with the release of a new photo book.

Out now from Summit Books is Kim Domingo: State of Undress, a collection of intimate photos of the sultry star accompanied by never-before-revealed details of her rise to fame. Together, the images and stories conjure up an even more alluring vision of the angelic-faced, voluptuous-bodied beauty.

 Pantasya ng Bayan Kim Domingo “undresses” in a new sexy photo book

The photo book is divided into three chapters representing who Kim was, who she is, and who she wants to be. The first one featuring nostalgia-washed snapshots by Shaira Luna acquaints readers with Kim’s past, from her strict childhood to her early career lows. The second chapter punched up by Ejay Leung’s provocative photography breaks down Kim’s rise to being the pantasya ng bayan to landing her two FHM Philippines covers. The final chapter, accompanied by an elegantly seductive set by Paolo Pineda, seeks to demystify the enigma that is.

Kim Domingo: State of Undress was launched on July 1, at National Book Store Glorietta 1,

available in newsstands, bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide for P250.


Heart Evangelista is Paris attending the Paris Fashion Week, and the photos she posted on her Instagram account are drawing lot of ‘likes” because of her outfits of mostly branded pieces–clothes, shoes, and bags, from the world’s top designers and fashion houses.

What her Instagram followers are crazy about is the D&G (Dolce & Gabbana) pasta dress that the commented on as fits her to a T.

Heart is one of the few movie/TV stars that can carry clothes as if they were really made for her, eve if they’re merely pret a porter, much more so a couture outfit. She can manage to pull off mix and matches of pieces, distressed pair of jeans with off-the-rack tops, and yet, people think what she wears is the work of a hired stylist.

Heart ia in Paris upon the personal invitation of friends, like Hermes’ representative Michael Coste. She’ll be away for a week but when she returns she will start taping for her new romcom for GMA 7 titled My Korean Jagiya that will be shot in Seoul. She will have a popular Korean actor for a leading man. Who could it be?

Heart is super thrilled to meet him. That’s for sure. And we are curious who could this lucky Korean guy be.

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