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Yassi’s time to shine

She is ready for her close up.

The lovely and talented Viva Artists Agency young star, who rose to prominence in last year’s blockbuster teen romcom Diary ng Panget, is now taking the showbiz spotlight with not just one, not two, but three big projects.

First up is Yassi Pressman’s self-titled debut album, now out on iTunes and Spotify. The six-track record mostly features Yassi in her “Princess of the Dancefloor” mode, a title that was given to her for her excellent dancing skills even before she ventured into recording. Yassi, the album, proves that she is as just as talented as a singer.

And she doesn’t only sing in the album.

In tracks like first single “Hush,” a duet with Diary co-star Nadine Lustre, the Diary soundtrack hit “’Di Ko Alam” with co-star and love team Andre Paras, and current single “Lala” Yassi stakes her claim as pop music’s new rap princess too. The album boasts a new duet between Yassi and Andre, adoringly called by fans as Yandre, called “Dahil Sa ‘Yo,” which has the makings of the Valentine Song of 2016 if it were to be released as a single.

Yassi’s second big project is her much-awaited onscreen reunion with Andre. The movie is called Wang Fam and is from blockbuster director Wenn Deramas. The title is short for Aswang Family and Yassi stars as the unsuspecting girlfriend of Andre who is a member of the totally human-friendly and kind-hearted if crazy Wang fam. The movie also stars Pokwang, Andre’s real-life dad Benjie Paras, and new showbiz child wonder Alonzo Muhlach. It hits screens in November.

Yassi Pressman is the latest star of Viva Entertainment group to be launched big time with an album and two movies to boot

Wang Fam will then be followed by Yassi’s launching film as a headlining star. It’s the much-awaited big screen adaptation of the hit romcom novel Girlfriend For Hire, which is one of the biggest hit stories on Wattpad with more than a million reads. The movie will once again pair Yassi with Andre and will serve as the tandem’s major launch vehicle. Adapted for the screen by award-winning veteran writer-director Joey Reyes and overseen by Diary ng Panget director Andoy Ranay as creative producer, Girlfriend for Hire is currently in production and is slated to hit the big screens in early 2016.

Cover of Yassi Pressman's eponymous debut album

Yassi is also very active on TV. She is seen regularly on MTV Pinoy as a VJ on several programs including Yandre’s Playlist and the request and dedication show MTV Shoutout.  She is also busy guesting in different top-rating shows on the top networks, aside from being visible as an endorser of a popular food chain.


‘Bubble Man’ in Manila

Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary to the naked eye, but for Louis Pearl, the world’s leading “bubbleologist,” there is more to discover about them.

Offering the Filipino audience a close-up look into his bubbly world, Pearl, popularly known as “The Amazing Bubble Man,” will soon make his first ever visit to Manila as he unravels the art, magic, science, and fun of bubbles in a one-man show running from Sept. 23 to 27 at RCBC’s Carlos P. Romulo Theater in Makati, City.

The wondrous 75-minute spectacle, produced by Lunch Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila, aims to explore the dynamics of bubbles through entertainment and audience participation, while explaining some fascinating facts about bubbles—bringing science to life and into the realm of fun.

“I saw Louis Pearl’s Amazing Bubble Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was absolutely mesmerized. I had no idea you could do so many amazing things with bubbles,” said James Cundall, producer and Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. 

Perfect for family and kids, the educational-themed show will feature a wide range of science-themes, which include subjects such as the colors of bubbles, the physics of soap and water molecules, aerodynamics, and surface tension, among others.

 “I went to talk to Louis after his performance about touring internationally. I thought if a producer with 25 years in the entertainment business can be blown away by bubbles then surely people all around the world will be amazed by this incredible show too,” Cundall added.

Pearl, who has been bubbling professionally since 1980, began exploring the different aspects of bubbles when he started his very own Tangent Toy Company. He began performing in 1983 with a show at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

For nearly three decades, Pearl has performed to more than one million people in hundreds of cities around the world. He is also a favorite at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he returned this year for his eighth successive season.

 A literature and art graduate, he has written two books about bubbles and has made a video called “Lights, Camera, Bubbles!” and has so far produced 21 fantastic bubble inventions.

For tickets, call Ticket World at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.Find out more by visiting www.facebook.com/ConcertusManila.


Zumba parties

Fitness, while it’s beneficial to practically everyone is often deemed boring and dificult. People complain about how hard it is to work out, and fitness classes are generally uninspired affairs with the same boring repetitive music and movements.

No, it’s not when Ron Antonio conducts the classes.

Zumba instructor Ron Antonio

 Antonio is a member of the International Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN). He has a license to use the Zumba logo and offer the benefits that go with it.

He has revolutionized Zumba. Instead of merely following an instructor like in most fitness centers, Antonio turns it into a party. And, why not?

Antonio is a musician and recording artist. This gives him the edge over other Zumba instructors. His Zumba parties combine music, dancing and singing, making his performances always explosive and out of the ordinary.

One of Ron Antonio’s Zumba parties

Backing up Antonio is a team made up of a group of talented rappers and a DJ. Mr. Cry, who is based in Cameroon, is a reggae performer. Maria Herrera is an international hip-hop artist.

A trendsetter, Antonio’s recent Zumba events included a collaboration with Jung Da Yeon, Asia’s fitness star from South Korea in April 15 at Market! Market! in Taguig. 

On Sept. 25, Antonio will showcase another big event, the Zumba Party Extreme also at Market! Market! in Taguig. There will be live vocal performances by Antonio. Mr. Cy, and Maria Herrera will also have special participation.

The event will be on a first come, first served  basis. To reserve slots, bookings and further inquiries call 09177039546 or 09177167261 o4 622 2419 (Michelle or Richard) or 09065810383 or 09985474159 (Hanzel Villafuerte).


Topher, Jess, Evan face off

The search for online sensation Pastillas Girl’s new inspiration continues on It’s Showtime after three of her admirers faced off in a bid to impress her.

Angelica Jane Yap aka Pastillas Girl

Topher, a member of last week’s studio audience, Jess, who flew in from Bacolod after expressing his attraction to Pastillas Girl on Twitter, and Evan, also from Twitter, have all said they are interested in getting to know Pastillas Girl (Angelica Jane Yap in real life) better and also opened up about their personal lives. 

Topher wants to be Mr. Pastillas

The lads were only three of the many who responded to the call of the show hosts, who volunteered to look for a person who will help Pastillas Girl mend her heartache. This was after she got on the noontime show’s “Advice Ganda” segment where she also shared the story behind her viral video.

Topher vs Jess for Mr. Pastillas

In the said segment, Pastillas Girl asked Vice when is the best time to fall in love again after a break-up. She also revealed that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her with one of her friends. 

Evan wants to be Mr. Pastillas too

Would Topher, Jess, and Evan do everything to prove their affection for Pastillas Girl? Will Pastillas Girl feel a real connection with one of them? Who else will appear on the show to see and talk to Pastillas Girl in person?

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