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More surprises in store for TomDen tandem

/ 07:44 PM July 29, 2013

TOM RODRIGUEZ and Dennis Trillo

I was pleasantly surprised when GMA 7 flashed my tweet about “My Husband’s Lover” (or “MHL”) during the commercial break of the hit teleserye last Friday.

When I visited the set of “MHL” with my dalaGAY IC and Kapuso network bigwigs Annette Gozon-Abrogar and Joey Abacan, Tom Rodriguez welcomed us so warmly. Unlike most gorgeous men, he’s not stuck–up nor full of himself.

Tom told us that he would soon go back to theater via “The Addams Family.”


“I requested my manager to make me act on stage again to shake off my ‘MHL’ character as Vince,” he said. “It can sometimes get too heavy and draining because of the dilemma Vince is going through. Since I internalize my role, I can’t help getting affected. Doing a play would be a good outlet. I’ll be portraying the boyfriend of Wednesday Adams.”

Aiza Seguerra told Tom that there is a movie version of “Be Careful with My Heart,” which he was a part of before. “But I’m not too sure if I’ll be included in the movie if ever. If the plan to make ‘MHL’ into a movie would push through, that would be great but I wonder what twists and turns they can still add.”

If he were torn between a wife and a gay lover like Vince in real life, how would he handle it?

“That would be a difficult choice to make,” he mused. “So to avoid complications, I won’t make it reach a point where I would have to choose. I’ll stick to the one I love to begin with.”

Tom would rather keep his love life under wraps. He may be spoken for but that doesn’t stop women and gays from being drawn to him. Being unattainable makes him all the more desirable.

For those of you who can’t get enough of the TomDen(Tom Rodriguez/Dennis Trillo) tandem,  they are cooking up something which will make you remember them long after their series is over.

I’m not yet at liberty to divulge what it is. But as soon as it’s finalized, I’ll let you in on it pronto. If there’s anything I learned from being glued to “MHL,” it’s what you resist that will persist.

‘Mga Munting Tinig’


It all starts with a vision. And a dream.

Just as it did 10 years ago, the creative team behind “Mga Munting Tinig,” the 2003 official Philippine submission to the Oscars, is back.

Director Gil M. Portes is reuniting with screenwriter Senedy H. Que and Alessandra de Rossi for the 2013 Cinemalaya Directors’ Showcase entry, “Liars.”

It’s a poignant tale inspired by a true sports scandal that occurred 20 years ago. Like their previous collaboration, this project also features unknown young actors tackling the roles of poor Little League baseball team players who earned the right to represent the Philippines in an international championship. When a journalist (played by Alessandra) exposes the lies about the players’ age and residency, the consequences go beyond their expectations and will forever change not only the lives of the children, but also of the journalist who told the truth.

We gave “Liars” a grade of A at the Cinema Evaluation Board. I was immensely moved by the brilliant portrayal of the young kids especially John Michael Bonapos (Dante) and Jan Harley Hicana (Ato). So raw and natural! It made my heart bleed for them. The film serves as a timely reminder that when we’re trapped between truth and lies, we must strive to be honest about our dishonesty

Cha-Cha wins

I’m one proud ninang because my hijada, Cha-Cha Cañete bagged two silver medals in the 17th annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood which was held July 12-21. She won in Vocal Pop and Vocal Gospel categories, singing “The Climb” and “Climb Every Mountain.”  She bested other contestants from more than 50 countries.

Cha is the youngest and smallest Team Philippine delegate. Yet she stood tall in the competition.

Special thanks to Camella Homes, Moose Girl, Gerry and Annie Mercado for  being the wind beneath Cha’s wings.

Catch her on “Going Bulilit” (after “TV Patrol Weekend”) every Sunday on  ABS-CBN and “Byaheng Bulilit” on Studio 23 (Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Ahh! To be young and relentless!

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PERSONAL: Happy fourth anniversary to my Belo Megamall family. Thanks to the efficient staff and my favorite doctor, Carlo Lozada for their A-1 service over and beyond the call of beauty!

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