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Actor wallows in self-pity

POPOY Caritativo (seated center) flanked by Luminary talents Dennis Trillo (left) and Martin Escudero. Standing, from left, Tom Rodriguez, Marian Rivera, Rafael Rosell, AJ Dee, Janice de Belen, Jestoni Alarcon. (Yes! Magazine)

Manila, Philippines – SELF-PITY – Pity this bold actor who used to be big during the “pito-pito” years. “Pito-pito” refers to cheap and quick sex films, where the actor ruled supreme, in a manner of speaking.

Then he had lots of projects and money and friends, on the cover of movie mags, usually clad in briefs and even less than that.

Now he is jobless and has-beed (Laosion Deep, in showbiz lingo). And wallowing in self-pity. One time, an old friend gave him a call, jolted that the bold actor was profuse with thanks, “Salamat at naalala mo pa ako kahit down na down ako,” he said in between sobs.

The friend advised him to get out of his shell, renew acquaintances with friends in and out of showbiz.

The problem with this bold actor is “identity crisis,” trying to hide his sexual preference. BB Gandanghari should give him a one-on-one.

VIVA VALENTINE – Ms. Baby Gil updates Highspeed on Valentine concerts lined up by Viva.

It is Valentine’s Day season once again and Viva Concerts and Events, the live entertainment arm of Viva Communications, has prepared a very special line-up of shows topbilled by the country’s finest performers.

Unrolling first is “A Very, Very, Very, Very Viva Valentine,” an exciting blend of beautiful music and humor starring hitmakers Basil Valdez (“Ngayon at Kailanman,” “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan”) and Verni Varga (“Kahit Isang Saglit,” “You’ll Always Be My Number One”) and comedian Jon Santos, with his all-star cast of 1 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

Next in line is “Love x 3,” a pop music lover’s delight with the songs of the Side A band (“Forevermore,” “So Many Questions”) joined by former Freestyle lead vocalists and songwriters, Jinky Vidal and Totop Suzara (“Before I Let You Go,” “So Slow”) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

“All for Love,” a new edition of the famous “70’s Today” concert series with an even bigger cast and new production numbers featuring old favorites. Set at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15 at the Music Museum in Greenhills, it stars former members of the iconic New Minstrels and Circus Band, Eugene Villaluz, Pat Castillo, Ding Mercado, Louie Reyes, Ray-an Fuentes, Jacqui Magno, Chad Borja, and Ms. Joey Albert.

LUMINARY TALENTS – “Yes!” mag featured in its February issue the stars of Luminary Talent Agency, headed by the very friendly Popoy Caritativo. They had an impromptu group pictorial after a Christmas party for the press, with Popoy saying they hardly get together.

“Yes!” quoted Popoy: “Kasi noon ko lang kami nabuo talaga,” adding, “O, di ba ang gaganda at guguwapo ng mga alaga ko?”

Agree Popoy, “the most luminous star in the hearts of all these eight talents.” They are: Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo, Janice de Belen, Martin Escudero, AJ Dee, Tom Rodriguez, Jestoni Alarcon, Rafael Rosell.

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