• Contrary to rumors—Dennis insists he and Jennylyn are OK

    Dennis Trillo is very happy in love

    Dennis Trillo is very happy in love

    Although Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado never admitted they were on again, rumor is that their romance is off again. The proverbial flame was fanned by Jennylyn’s Instagram account where the actress deleted pictures suggesting that she and Dennis are a couple.

    Dennis, however, was quick to deny the rumor when I talked to him at the Viva offices in Ortigas this week during the story conference of his new movie with Anne Curtis and Paolo Ballesteros, titled Bakit Lahat ng Guapo, May Boyfriend?

    “I’m really wondering how the rumor started. I was so surprised when I read it. That’s not true because we’re very OK,” Dennis insisted.

    The culprit, Dennis suspects, is social media.

    “Sa totoo lang, ‘yung mga usap-usapan sa social media… When one posts something, another gives an opinion, and from there nabubuo na ang palagay na pinaniniwalaan naman ng iba. The opinion gives birth to a conclusion.”

     Trillo (extreme left) with co-stars for his latest film, Anne Curtis and Paolo Ballesteros

    Trillo (extreme left) with co-stars for his latest film, Anne Curtis and Paolo Ballesteros

    Indeed, there were many DenJen fans affected by the rumor, expressing their sadness over the supposed “break-up” through social media too. To them, Dennis has this message: “I just want to tell them that I read their concerns and I would like to thank them for their love and care for us. They really don’t have anything to worry about sa amin; relax lang sila kasi OK kami.”

    Dennis insists he is so happy with his life right now and he couldn’t ask for more. For, besides the very good status of his love life, his career is on the upswing.

    He will start shooting for Bakit Lahat ng Guapo May Boyfriend? on July 16, and he looks forward to doing this rom-com with Anne.

    “I’m overjoyed, I’m excited. I have been wanting to work with Anne. There have been scripts that came along but our team-up never materialized. Finally, here’s the project for us. I’m excited to start shooting because I know we have a good movie to offer,” he enthused.

     Derrick Monasterio and Miss Philippines Earth Angeli Delos Reyes host Miss Global Philippines

    Derrick Monasterio and Miss Philippines Earth Angeli Delos Reyes host Miss Global Philippines

    The movie has a story that viewers will find so cute and so now. Paolo and Anne are sweethearts but he breaks off with her because she realizes that it’s not a girl he wants to have a relationship with but his childhood friend, portrayed by Dennis.  Dennis, who’s straight, however, has his eyes set on Anne.

    With this movie, Dennis thinks he will have to prepare more physically. “I’m pressured. Kailangan kong magpa-macho saka magpaguapo para rito,” the Kapuso hunk quips.

    Another project that makes Dennis proud is his primetime TV series Juan Happy Love Story with Heart Evangelista. The show has been doing well in the ratings game, and Dennis is so happy that he gets good feedback from male viewers—a rarity in teleseryes.

    “Wherever I go now, there are men who come to me and tell me they enjoy our show. And they really watch because they tell me the scenes that they see.  From the start of the show, one of our goals was to capture the male viewers and I think we’re succeeding. The ratings show it,” Dennis beamed.


     Thea Tolentino is all grown up

    Thea Tolentino is all grown up

    The producers of Miss Global Philippines, which was held on June 4 at the Newport Performing Arts are happy not just because the grand coronation night was a success, but because they discovered a good pageant host in Derrick Monasterio.

    They had long been looking for a male host who will give pageant hosting a breath of fresh air, and it was only a week before coronation night when they spotted Derrick at the Illuminate  fashion show. They started inquiring about him until Miss Global Phili­ppines CEO Pauline Laping gave me a call asking if Derrick could host. Because I know the young actor’s capacity, I told Pauline he can do it.

    That started it all.

    Derrick hosted the show with former Miss Philippines Earth Angeli Delos Reyes. It was the first time they worked together but they easily jived. They have chemistry as they say.

    For Derrick, his first pageant hosting stint was an unforgettable experience. He admitted he was feeling nervous at first but got the hang of it as he warmed up. He is also grateful to Angeli who gave him very helpful tips in hosting.

    Meanwhile, the producers of Miss Global Philippines are so vocal about their admiration for Derrick. “No one will say that it was his first time to host a pageant because he was so good. We want to use him in our other projects. In fact, we have decided that he will host again the Miss Global pageant next year,” said Pauline.

    The Kapuso heartthrob, for his part, is elated with the positive feedback.  “I’m humbled. I promise to strive more to be a better host. I look forward to other hosting stints that will come. This is a new challenge for me in my career,” Derrick said.


    Young actress Thea Tolentino is at a crossroads in her career. At 19, she thinks she is ready to tackle more mature roles including showing a little skin. In fact she has started to do so when she wore a swimsuit for the GMA soap Once Again, which she co-stars with Janine Gutierrez and Aljur Abrenica.

    “Actually, I really thought I was ready but when the scene came where I have to appear in my swimsuit, I got so nervous. I didn’t have the courage to wear a two-piece bikini so I opted for a one-piece. Naduwag ako!  Then in another scene where I will have to be kissed by Aljur on the lips, I got so scared that I was trembling because that was the first time that I would be kissed on cam and off cam,” Thea narrated.

    Thankfully, Aljur was such a gentleman he made Thea feel at ease. Apparently, when the actor he learned it would be Thea’s first time in a kissing scene, he talked to her and assured her that he would take care of her.

    “He did it in a gentlemanly manner that before I knew it, tapos na ang eksena,” she quipped.


    SHORTS… Rhian Ramos will do another daring role for her next soap, and GMA is now holding auditions for her leading man. Several Kapuso actors have already auditioned but no one has been chosen yet. There’s a special requirement for the leading man they are looking for….

    … It will be another happy morning for televiewers this coming Monday as a new light comedy-drama premieres before Eat Bulaga. Entitled Calle Siyete, it stars Eula Valdez, Ryza Mae Dizon, Christian Vasquez, Gloria Sevilla and Eat Bulaga’s HBD girl Patricia Tumulak…

    …This actor’s family based abroad has already accepted his sexual preference. They can casually talk to friends about the actor’s closeness with a male celebrity who stays in their house—in the actor’s bedroom to be precise—whenever the male celeb makes visits. As expected, whenever the male celebrity arrives, it will not take long before the actor rushes thome to be with his celebrity “friend.” Truth is, they’re really making sweet music together.


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