‘My mom no longer knows me’


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In my latest interview with Pokwang, she shared how hard she cried when she realized her mother no longer recognizes her because of the latter’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The comedienne’s 75-year-old Mommy Gloria has no memory of Pokwang as her daughter, but instead remembers her from an old ABS-CBN noontime show.

She’s completely lost her memory. What she remembers is ‘Si Pokwang ng Wowowee!’,” she lamented.

“It was as if the whole world caved in on me,” Pokwang continued. “I love my mom so much, and it pains me seeing her like that—as if she was a child.”

Despite her busy schedule, Pokwang makes sure to spend as much time as she can with her mom. For even if Mommy Gloria no longer remembers her, she wants to make sure she feels how much the family loves her.

Funny woman Pokwang deals with a family crisis in real life

Funny woman Pokwang deals with a family crisis in real life

“When I’m off work, I would walk her around the village. She still loves to play bingo. Every time she would see our youngest brother Dino, she would keep crying,” Pokwang said.

She has hired a personal nurse to take care of her mom as well. “But they say there should still be at least one of her children there aside from the nurse.”

Because of her mom’s degenerative condition, Pokwang has decided to move into a new house that will be more conducive for their living arrangement.

“A two-storey house is more ideal so mom can stay on the first floor. My house now has four floors, but both properties are located in Antipolo,” she pointed out.

Although they had initially denied rumors of a split earlier this year, Jason Francisco surprised everyone when he decided to announce his separation with his wife Melai through their daughter Mela’s Instagram account last week.

“We’ve parted ways. ‘Team MelaSon’ is no longer. I’m just a husband who loves his wife too much because I’ve never adjusted to the ways of show business…,” a part of his message online read.

The couple had been married for three years. They met inside the Pinoy Big Brother house in 2009, and got married in 2014.

Pokwang with mom Gloria who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease

Pokwang with mom Gloria who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease

In his posts, Jason admits they separated over a misunderstanding regarding Melai’s role in the recently concluded We Will Survive. The 28-year-old actor says he had been assured by Melai that she would not be paired with anyone onscreen and he felt disrespected when he found out after a month that she had already been doing scenes with onscreen partner Carlo Aquino.

“We took your word to be true but suddenly, everything agreed upon had changed until we could no longer do anything about it,” Jason wrote.

Jason also pointed out that he asked the show’s production staff to reconsider the storyline but to no avail. Which led him to the ultimate decision of announcing their separation.

“It’s sad that we are all part of the Kapamilya Network but it seems that no one understood our personal situation as a family,” he continued.

Melai has yet to air her side on their separation.


Vice President Leni Robredo waits excitedly to watches the premiere of the latest Bea Alonzo-Gerald Anderson movie

Vice President Leni Robredo waits excitedly to watches the premiere of the latest Bea Alonzo-Gerald Anderson movie

During the red carpet premiere of Star Cinema’s current romantic comedy How To Be You starring Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson, a very special guest arrived besides the cast. It was no less than the country’s new Vice President Leni Robredo who brought along her three daughters to catch the film.

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, and Star Cinema Managing Director Malou Santos welcomed the Robredos.

Everyone from the movie’s stars to the audience were excited at the sight of the second highest official of the land watching a movie among them.

VP Leni said she did not want to miss out on attending the event because she is a self-confessed Bea Alonzo fan. “Direk Dan (Villegas’) sister Charie is part of my staff, and I’m a fan of Bea Alonzo. I’ve watched almost all her movies,” she gamely related.

After the film’s premiere on July 26, VP Leni could not hide how much she loved watching her favorite local actress.

“I enjoyed the movie!” she said as she walked out of the cinema.


Director Lav Diaz and Charo Santos Concio

Director Lav Diaz and Charo Santos Concio

As the star of Ang Babaeng Humayo, the only Asian film competing in this year’s main competition category of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, Charo Santos-Concio admits she is both proud and happy to be part of the project. The Maalala Mo Kaya host says her director Lav Diaz called her to personally inform her about the good news.

“It’s a great honor for the country to be recognized in another international film festival,” she added.

The film is Concio’s acting comeback after taking a break from doing movies for almost two decades. The story of Ang Babaeng Humayo was inspired from Leo Tolstoy’s short story God Sees the Truth but Waits. Also part of the cast are John Lloyd Cruz, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, and Michael De Mesa.

The 73rd Venice Film Festival will be held in Italy, from August 31 to September 10.


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