• It’s ‘KathNails,’ not KathNiel

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    RONNIE CARRASCO 3RD

    GUESS WHO: A screen siren and TV host-comedian who frequents casinos
    IT seemed like an advanced screening of a sure blockbuster film with moviegoers forming a beeline. But no, the event marked the launch of Kathryn Bernardo’s business aptly, if not ingeniously named KathNails [obviously taken from her top love team’s moniker with Daniel Padilla, KathNiel hyping her and Daniel Padilla’s loveteam) Salon].

    Located at the fifth level of The Block at SM North Edsa, the newest nail spa in town formally opened on May 26, a day after Kathryn and DJ [Daniel’s pet name] celebrated their sixth year as screen partners. Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies were Kathryn’s proud parents Daddy Teddy and Mommy Min, Malou Santos of ABS-CBN and SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Stephen Tan.

    Vignettes has this bit of history behind the teen actress’ long-time dream of having a nail salon of her own, thanks to Ogie Narvaez-Rodriguez, her stylist of many years.

    “I was then the marketing manager of Nailholics Nail Salon and Vivere Salon when the company got Kathryn to be one of the endorsers. That was seven years ago, ginagawa pa lang ni Kath ‘yung Mara Clara. I would do nail jobs and foot spas on her during tapings, shootings and photo shoots. ‘Yun ‘yung time when Kath and Mommy Min started inquiring about the ins and outs of the nail salon business.”

    Kathryn Bernardo is now a businesss woman YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

    However, it was three years later when the mom and daughter’s interest grew so intense that Rodriguez would engage in frequent meetings with them. “Du’n na kami magsimulang maghanap ng location, going around malls and checking out buildings. Finally, we ended up putting up one at The Block.”

    With a meticulous eye for detail, Kathryn made sure she oversaw every phase of what is now known as KathNails Salon, from its interior design to the color scheme to the furniture to the equipment.

    “But there’s more to Kath’s business venture as it’s her way of thanking her fans back. She has converted their old house in Kamuning (Quezon City) as a training center for nail technicians and massage therapists to prepare them for the jobs at her salon. Nagte-train kami, hindi kami namimirata. And we provide training for free. Barely a month since it opened, KathNails is open to franchise holders.”

    Takers, anyone?

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    GUESS WHO? Showbiz couldn’t help but recall a funny anecdote involving a former movie actor (FMA) who was recently nabbed on an “incidental charge.”

    Years ago, he figured in a romance with a voluptuous actress (VA) whose colorful affairs were one for the books.

    In one of his frequent visits to the VA’s unit, the FMA had connived with his mom whom he jolted from out of her bed with an emergency call way past midnight.

    “’Ma, ikaw ang tumawag sa akin, kunwari pinauuwi mo na ‘ko. Sabihin mo, may aberya diyan sa bahay. Bahala ka na, make up stories,” the FMA whispered.

    In near-panic, the mom asked, “Bakit, napa’no ka?” The FMA replied, “Wala, dito ako kay (name of the VA).” But the agitated mom countered, “’Di ba, diyan ka na naman nakatira? Ikaw nga ‘tong ayaw na umuwi rito, eh!”

    “’Ma, please. Just call me at once when I hang up on you. Suko na ‘ko, I’m physically drained! Mamamatay ako rito!” the FMA pleaded.

    Sadly, the now-greying FMA has lost his drooling looks, blame it on his predilection for a “social no-no.”

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    SEPARATELY, this erstwhile screen siren (ESS) and a TV host-comedian (TVHC) would frequent casinos. You be the judge as to which of them is worse than the other.

    The TVHC has this habit of showing up at his next day’s hosting stint wearing the same clothes he wore the previous night at his favorite gaming place.

    No wonder, a more popular fellow host would cajole him on air, “O, nagpalit ka na ba ng damit?” The TVHC would simply shrug it off. Off air, the latter would be at the receiving end of his peers’ admonition, “Pare, magbaon ka naman ng extra shirt sa sasakyan mo. Baka naman hindi ka pa naliligo nang lagay na ‘yan?”

    Meanwhile, the ESS would have a bagful of chips to bet at the VIP area. But once she lost everything she had, she’d go around tables in search of winning gamers and ask for “balato” with which to bet.

    Worse, she’d willingly offer herself and God-knows-what’s-next.

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