No hard feelings between Heart and LovI

In show business, actors should have the guts to take everything without complain or regret. And even when they are the closest of friends.

For example, Lovi Poe and Heart Evangelista are the best of friends at GMA Network. These days they are working on the primetime soap opera Beautiful Strangers. At the outset of the story, the characters they play are more than just friends, more like sisters, in fact.

Yet, as the plot progresses, they are torn apart by circumstances that neither of them can’t explain why. Each one is merely protecting her interest to make life bearable if not comfortable.

Rocco, Heart, Lovi, Benjamin

Also, in the series, Evangelista has Rocco Nacino for her love interest, while Poe has Benjamin Alves.

The audience is curious how Poe feels when his off-screen beau seems so much in love with Evangelista, or with the character she plays.

 “I find it weird that he looks at someone else with so much love not me. Parang iba yung tinitingnan niya ng ganun. But then, alam ko naman na its just work.”

The actress says Nacino is very effective that she sometimes feel a tinge of jealousy but she pinches herself to wake herself up to reality that it’s only “acting.”

Lovi Poe and Heart Evangelista

On the one hand, Nacino is also very casual about Poe and Alves having romantic scenes. “No, I don’t think Roco is jealous. Well, sometimes, he kids Ben that he is feeling wary about him doing those scenes with me. And Ben responds by hugging me in front of Roco. The two are like playing a game. I find it really amusing.”

We asked Evangelista if her husband would find time to watch Beautiful Strangers and how would he react to scenes between her and Nacino. Or does he ever react at all?

“Oh, no. He never reacts, not even once. Chiz is very mature and knows that’ everything I do onscreen is only work. Separately, both of us have things we do pertaining to our careers, and we both think that way.

Heart and Chiz

“Sensitive about romantic scenes with my fellow actors? I don’t think it’s an issue for both of us.  Although there are times that he sees the scenes on screen, I am embarrassed, so I just cover his eyes, but he insists on watching the scenes. He even searches theym on YoutTube. He loves doing throwback on YouTube. When I see him doing that, I ask what’s he doing and he simply laughs. He even takes a screen shot of the scenee and sends it to the chatroom. He’s playful, really. One time, someone is on the cover of a magazine, as I was about to go to sleep I’d discover the magazine under my pillow..I think he is really over it.”

Senator Chiz Escudero, Evangelista says, is the complete opposite of Rocco Nacino’s character in Beautiful Strangers.

If Nacino and Evangelista, in the series, always find themselves arguing about almost everything, it’s the other way around in real life with Escudero

Heart Evangelista has discovered many things about Chiz Escudero among which is the senator’s being a homebody. He likes doing the little things at home, making sure that the house is orderly. He also loves cooking for her.

Poe and Evangelista have remained close amid intrigues that their friendship could be tarnished with jealousy and even hate for each other as the love angle between Evangelista and Nacino get more intense in the coming episodes.

 “It’s all in a day’s work,” the two pretty actresses chime.

GMA takes viewers on a field trip with ‘Biyaheng NamNam’

Beginning Sept. 29, Biyaheng NamNam will show how recipes can be made richer with a twist using Lucky Me! NamNam Tomato, which makes it easier to enjoy tomato-flavored dishes everyday; and Lucky Me! NamNam Original, which makes any Pinoy dish even more delicious and malinamnam. 

From Malacañang to Kapuso network:, Chef Babes join Reynes in Biyaheng NamNam; Manilyn Reynes is your Biyaheng NamNam host

GMA Network and Lucky Me! NamNam are launching a new program that will feature dishes all over the country in Biyaheng NamNam.

The five-minute show will have Manilyn Reynes and former Malacañang Palace Executive Chef Aurora “Babes” Austria as hosts.

Chef Babes is currently an instructor at Center for Culinary Arts (CCA).

Shot in the different regions of the country, viewers will have the chance to see the various iconic landscapes while learning the dishes that are popular in that particular region. The show will likewise be a visual spectacle and a learning experience for everyone.

Biyaheng NamNam will feature the famous recipes of the nation, some of which include Laswa, Chicken Binakol, Beef Kurma, Tuna Kinilaw, Bicol Express and Pinakbet with Bagnet. 

Take this exciting field trip around the Philippines with Biyaheng NamNam every Tuesday and Thursday before Princess in the Palace only on GMA.


Ramon Magsaysay awardee in ‘Art 2 Art’

Ligaya Amilbangsa, an arts and culture advocate who was the lone Filipino honoree at the recent Ramon Magsaysay Awards, is in the Sept. 27 episode of Art 2 Art.

Produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company and hosted by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja, Art 2 Art is aired every Sunday, 3:30 to 4 p.m., on DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), on cable television via RHTV channel and online through DZRH Live Streaming.

Ligaya Amilbangsa guests in Lisa Macuja Art To Art

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation cited Amilbangsa specifically for her involvement in the study, conservation, practice and promotion of the dance style called pangalay (“gift offering,” or “temple of dance” in Sanskrit), a pre-Islamic dance tradition among the Samal, Badjao, Jama Mapun, and Tausug peoples of the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Amilbangsa tells Macuja how she was introduced to the pangalay and how she continues to share her knowledge about it to the current generation through her AlunAlun Dance Circle.

Gemely Amar uses fan to demonstrate traditional art

Two members of the group perform pangalay numbers in the episode – Gemely Amar uses a fan to mimic a bird’s movements in Igal Kabkab while Levi Azarcon simulates a fisherman catching fish in Tauti.

For inquiries, please e-mail [email protected] On Facebook, check out the account Ballerina ng Bayan for updates on Art 2 Art episodes.

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