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Star Magic artists Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson and Daniel Padilla were not keen on clearing the air on the status of their respective love lives during a chat at Star Magic’s thanksgiving party for its 25th anniversary.

From left: Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Angelica Panganiban, John Lloyd Cruz, Jodi Sta. Maria and Jerico Rosales (Photos from Star Magic) /mb.com.ph

From left: Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Angelica Panganiban, John Lloyd Cruz, Jodi Sta. Maria and Jerico Rosales (Photos from Star Magic)

Queried about his rumored romance with Shaina Magdayao, Piolo blurted in jest as if about to leave, “Naghihintay ’yung taxi sa baba, eh.”

Turning serious, he said, “Grabe, hindi ko alam kung paano sagutin. Pwede ba political questions na lang? Ang hirap magsalita, hindi kasi ako showbiz.”

He relented in the end, however, sharing, “Mahirap i-label, I guess. Whatever it is, we just have mutual respect not only for each other but for everyone else involved so, as much as possible, we do not want to talk about it. But yeah, we’re dating. Nandoon kami (sa level na ’yun).”

Known to be very private with his personal affairs, Piolo added, “Whatever Sha and I have, it’s something that we value, something that we treasure and appreciate.”

Gerald was as reticent in discussing his romance with “A Love To Last” star Bea Alonzo.

“Sanay naman na siguro kayo sa akin. Napaka-private kung tao. Pagdating sa relationship hindi naman ako masyadong nag-o-open,” he said.

But asked if they’re actually an item, Gerald said, “Oo naman, bakit ko naman itatago ’yon?”

Asked further if love is sweeter the second time around, Gerald shared, “Isa lang ang na-realize ko with all of these: Kailangan mong i-enjoy ang moment. Kumbaga, ako isip ako nang isip dati kaya ako na-i-stress kapag ini-interview ako about my love life. Iniisip ko kung ano ang dapat kong sabihin. Iniisip ko ‘Pagsisihan ko ba ito o hindi?’ So ngayon ang sagot ko diyan is, ini-enjoy ko. Ini-enjoy ko bawa’t minuto. Kung mali man, sorry pero ’yun talaga, ini-enjoy ko lang.”

Fearing he might be misconstrued, Gerald added, “I’m saying that in general ha? Like ngayon, walang biro, ini-enjoy kong kausap kayo.”

Daniel, on his part, still doesn’t want to put a label on his relationship with Kathryn Bernardo, saying, “Obvious naman na ’yon. Alam n’yo na ’yon.”

(From left): Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona (mb.com.ph)

(From left): Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona

Of late, Kathryn posted on social media a photo of her wearing a one-piece swimsuit. We asked Daniel if we should take it as sign that Kathryn is readying herself for sexy portrayals.

He said: “Ako hindi pa ako ready kay Kathryn na gawin ang mga ganoon. Pero darating naman ’yon. Parang normally, naturally. ’Wag lang siguro pipilitin, pangit eh.”

Daniel admitted he is strict with Kathryn but explained, “Pinangangalagaan ko lang naman siya. Hindi naman sa masyado akong overprotective pero siyempre iniisip din natin ang iisipin ng ibang tao, ng mga fans, ng mga supporters dahil marami kaming batang supporters. Ayaw ko silang mabigla.”

No abs yet but OTW

A chat with Joshua Garcia revealed he is thinking of developing abdominal muscles though he won’t bend over backwards to have them.

“Siyempre meron din naman akong plano pero hindi ko pa siya pina-prioritize ngayon,” he said. “Pero alam ko dadating ako dyan, unti-unti lang.”

Is Joshua envious of actors with seeming beach-ready bods?

“Siyempre hindi naman ako dapat maingit or what. Natutuwa nga kasi ako na-achieve nila ’yung ganun, so ibig sabihin pinaghirapan talaga nila ’yun,” he maintained.

He may not have have a to-die-for body at the moment but Joshua has seemingly made leaps and bounds where acting is concerned with most critics deeming him the next John Lloyd Cruz.

He admits liking the idea.

“Kapag sinabing John Lloyd, napakagaling talaga niya eh. So, nakakatuwa na (sa ganung paraan) ay nakikita rin ng mga tao ang pinaghihirapan ko.”

Then again, there’s the pressure.

“Kasi tumataas ang expectations ng mga tao sa mga susunod kong gagawin eh,” he said. “Kaya nga mas ginagalingan ko, mas inaayos ko ’yung mga ginagawa ko.”

Success

The 19-year-old “Pinoy Big Brother” alumnus is thankful for all the opportunities coming his way, sharing he has long waited for it.

“Ramdam na ramdam ko ’yung success at sobrang saya kasi tagal kong inantay ’to eh,” he said. “Ang tagal kong inantay ’yung init na’to sa industriya.”

From right: EJ Falcon, Gerald Anderson, Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, JC de Vera aand Matthew Guidicelli (mb.com.ph)

From right: EJ Falcon, Gerald Anderson, Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, JC de Vera and Matthew Guidicelli

Joshua believes it’s all about perfect timing.

“Tapos ang isang pang nakakatuwa eh, ang gaganda ng mga roles na binibigay sa akin, sakto talaga,” he noted.

The actor is gaining accolades for his performance on ABS-CBN’s drama series “The Greatest Love.”

“Sa’kin naman po kasi ibinibigay ko lang lahat ng kaya ko, tapos iniisip ko, bahala na ang mga manonood na tumanggap at humusga,” he said.

Meanwhile, Joshua has good words for actress Sylvia Sanchez, who plays his mother on the series.

“Sobrang thoughtful niya sa’min and sobrang caring,” Joshua shared.

On Julia

After the success of 2016 MMFF entry, “Vince And Kath And James,” Joshua revealed he is to do a follow up movie with Julia Barretto apart from a “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK)” episode.

With their successful on-screen pairing, many are now asking if there’s a chance for Joshua and Julia to become a real life couple.

Joshua is open to the idea saying, “Pwede kong i-push ’yun.”

The actor revealed he and Julia communicate constantly.

“Nagkaka-textan kami ng madalas, tsaka nagkikita kami ng madalas kasi nga may mga shinu-shoot kami together,” he said.

So what does he likes about Julia?

“Ang bait kasi talaga niya eh,” he said. “Iba talaga ’yung pagkakakilala ko sa kanya, dati ko pa naman sinasabi na sobrang komportable ko sa kanya hindi ako natatakot na baka magkailangan kami.”

“Masaya talaga ako kapag kasama ko siya,” the young actor added.

All that said, Joshua doesn’t want to pursue the actress.

Star Magic Artists (mb.com.ph)

Star Magic Artists

“Wala pa sa plano ko yan. Bata pa naman kami. For now career, hindi ko pa iniisip ’yung love,” he noted.

Busy year ahead

The event’s highlights include the official announcement of Star Magic’s events for the whole year, the launch of the official theme song of the 25th anniversary “Ikaw Ang Magic Ng Buhay Ko” written by Young JV with music by J. Lukban, and the release of the unique #StarMagic25 memorabilia under ABS-CBN Licensing.

According to a release, the Year of the Rooster started strong for Star Magic through the well-received primetime soaps of bankable artists like Zanjoe Marudo on “My Dear Heart” and Bea Alonzo on “A Love To Last.” Maja Salvador’s revenge-themed banner soap “Wildflower” together with Vin Abrenica and Joseph Marco premiered Feb. 13, which also happens to be the same airing date of the romantic-thriller “The Better Half” starring JC de Vera, Shaina, Carlo Aquino and Denise Laurel.

After their successful concert at the Big Dome, the “Divas US Tour 2017” featuring Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan and Angeline Quinto marked the beginning of the Star Magic Tours.

March is all about movies and concerts for Star Magic with Sofia Andres, Devon Seron and Joseph horror film “Pwera Usog,” which premieres on March 8. Piolo’s new tandem with Yen Santos is debuting on the big screen on March 29 through “Northern Lights,” while Jericho Rosales makes a movie comeback through “Luck At First Sight” the same month.

Janella Salvador is finally getting her first digital concert on March 5 thanks to One Music PH, while the “ASAP” Birit Queens composed of Angeline Quinto, Klarisse de Guzman and Jona will hit the SM Mall of Asia Arena stage together for the first time on March 31.

Sports and beyond

In the sports scene, Gerald is set to make the country proud as the Philippine representative to the Los Angeles Marathon on March 19. While Piolo, Matteo Guidicelli and Ivan Carapiet would be continuing their annual triathlon tradition by taking part on Ironman 70.3 in Cebu come August.

April is slated to be blockbuster tandem KathNiel’s month as Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla would be debuting their fifth romance film titled “Can’t Help Falling In Love” along with Matteo, as well as their first fantasy soap “La Luna Sangre.” Erik Santos will conquer the Solaire Resorts & Casino stage through his April 7 major concert.

The biggest and brightest stars will once again converged by May 21 to mark the Grand 25th Star Magic Anniversary Celebration in Araneta Coliseum as part of “ASAP.” During that same month, Paulo Avelino’s Gregorio del Pilar biopic titled “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” along with Aaron Villaflor and Jason Abalos would have come out, as well as Sofia Andres’ film “Yaying.”

The Star Magic Tours would resume by June 11, followed by the London Barrio Fiesta come July 15 and 16. Star Magic’s official basketball team would also be leaving for Qatar for an exhibition game by July while the local tinseltown would see a thanksgiving cocktail-cum-trade-launch event that same month.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (mb.com.ph)

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

The artists’ athletic side would come out at the “Kapamilya Playoffs” on Aug. 5 featuring basketball and volleyball. By Aug. 12, “ASAP” would bring their showmanship through “ASAP in Toronto Canada.”

Year-ender

Shining Star Magic stars will align at the glamorous 11th Star Magic Ball, which happens on Sept. 9 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The night would also mark the launch of the digital version of the annual Star Magic Catalogue.

After Europe, Star Magic Tours will take on Asia by bringing 25 artists to Singapore on Oct. 29, which happens to be the same month when Daniel stages his fourth major concert in Araneta Coliseum.

November’s big events, meanwhile, include Star Magic Gives Back, a simultaneous charity event, spearheaded by Star Magic artists around the metro. The annual SunPIOLOgy racing event would also return during this same month. Before the year ends, Star Magic Tours would be taking on the Middle East by visiting Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Furthering their reach in other mediums this year are Pokwang, who would be releasing who would be releasing her first ever book under ABS-CBN Publishing titled “Nagmahal, Nasaktan, Nagluto, Nagpatikim.” The Hashtags, Enchong Dee, Maricar Reyes ,Yeng Constantino and Piolo will follow suit.

Returning and new pairings would also be available to the moviegoers this year. There’s John Lloyd Cruz who will reunite with Sarah Geronimo in “Dear Future Husband,” and the tandem of Kim Chiu and Matteo Guidicelli in the horror flick “The Ghost Bride.” New pairings would also be seen on the flick “Dear Other Self” which would star Jodi Sta. Maria’s together with Joseph and JC.

The small screen would, meanwhile, would see fresh tandems this year starting with Ritz Azul, Paulo, and Ejay Falcon in “The Promise Of Forever” as well as “Pusong Ligaw” with Sofia and Diego Loyzaga.

Star Magic has a roster of over 350 talents. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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