Tale of 2 Sarahs


LAHBATI. Tempest in a show biz teapot

Of late, two show biz Sarahs have been hugging the entertainment news headlines: “Pop Princess” Sarah Geronimo is set to shoot her third co-starrer with John Lloyd Cruz, while talent tilt winner and now TV-film star, Sarah Lahbati, is in acrimonious legal contretemps with her mother studio. —What’s all the fuss about?

In Lahbati’s case, contractual issues are involved—she’s being sued for peremptorily going on leave and not fulfilling her professional obligations. From her end, she’s alleged a number of malpractices in her mother studio’s way of handling its stable of talents.

In the past, similar tempests in a show biz teapot have flared up, but have eventually been resolved, partly due to the intervention of avowed peacemakers.

In this instance, it’s Bong Revilla, Lahbati’s costar in their new teleserye, “Indio,” who’s waving the proffered palm leaf of mutual understanding and forgiveness.

When the contending parties’ tempers—and temperaments— simmer down, they might just take him up on his crusade in the furtherance of eventual camaraderie—but, as of this writing, it’s still suit-and-countersuit time.

Perhaps less subjective observers have several takes on the subject: Some accuse Lahbati of ingratitude, because her home studio has made her a star. Others note that the fact that her boyfriend is screen heartthrob, Richard Gutierrez, is not an irrelevant factor in this teapot tempest.

On the other hand, there are show biz veterans who believe that Lahbati’s revelations of “anomalous” talent co-management deals should be looked into, because such practices could be more prevalent and extensive in the talent trade than hitherto suspected.Thus, they argue that, if the issue is looked into and addressed, “something good” could come out of the current contretemps.

New movie

Now, what about Sarah Geronimo’s “case?” At first blush, she seems to be having a better time, with her TV career fairly humming along, and her new movie with John Lloyd, “It Takes a Man and a Woman,” exciting her fans. —After all, their first two costarrers were box-office hits, so their third outing’s successful outcome is practically assured.

GERONIMO. Efforts to “heat up” her image are being foiled by her relative lack of “life exposure.”

However, some observers note that, as Geronimo turns all-woman at 25, her efforts to “heat up” her screen image to keep up with the onrushing times are being foiled by her relative lack of “life exposure,” since she’s been made to focus on work and more work throughout her young life.

Therefore, when she’s cast in a project with the “more adult” title of “It Takes a Man and a Woman,” with all of its intimations of more mature performance and the “sensitive” scenes that come along with it, the now officially adult female lead may fall short on point of “earned” believability.

We’ve written about this in the past, so it’s heartening to note that others are agreeing with us. We hope that Sarah and her handlers realize that “really growing up” is not just a matter of adding some “sexy” moves and hiring a savvy stylist, but should also come from a deeper, more natural and “experiential” place.

If it isn’t there yet, the star should be given the time to experience and discover it for herself, before the cameras reveal and expose it for the theoretical fiction it is!

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  • batangsulpok

    Sa takbo ng buhay ni Sarah Geronimo, siguradong tatandang dalaga siya dahil sa sobrang pakikialam ng ina kasi pambihirang lalake ang makipagrelasyon sa kaniya lalo na sa todo-bantay ang ama’t ina para walang kaagaw sa kita.  Kay Sarah Labhati, kung tutuo ang bintang sa GMA, kailangang magsalita rin ang ibang mga talents na kinukunan ng sobrang talent fee, kaya siguro walang magtagal na mahusay na artista sa GMA kasi halos lahat ng kinikita ay napupunta sa mga talent managers.

    • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      No such thing as sobrang talent fee.  There are industry standards where you start from.  The final number you end up can be negotiated upon based on several factors (star power mostly).

      Parang nag apply ka ng trabaho niyan.  Laging may negotiation.  Kung baguhan ka lang, wala kang gaanong leeway.  Pero kung isa ka sa pinakamagaling sa trabaho mo, sky is the limit baga.

      • batangsulpok

        Kung saiyo mangyari na bukod sa talent fee ng GMA na 25% ay may additional 15% pa pag-pirma sa ibang talent agency pa kaya halos kikitain ay bawas ang 40%, payag ka ba ng ganyan?

      • spider69

        batangsulpok,   ang tawag diyan ay igini-gisa sa sariling mantica. you are right. kaya wala silang magaling na artista. si Marian Rivera lang ang sumikat nang husto dahil favorite nila. Si Rhian Ramos ay pamangkin ng isang boss ng network ngunit walang alam sa acting. to be honest with you Bubble Gang lang pinapanood ko sa GMA because of sense of humor. gusto kong matawa. every time na I want to dub Bubble Gang para paguwi ko ng bahay I will play it, I have to dub the program before & after Bubble Gang. dahil ang time nila ay PALPAK. I can not conclude that my system is not good. kasi GMA lang ang wala sa oras. ang ibang channel ay OK.

      • batangsulpok

        Yan din ang napuna ko na halos mga programs nila ay wala sa oras, gaya ng 24 Oras, sa schedule ay 5:40 PM pero kalimitan ay 6:00 PM nag-uumpisa kaya PALPAK talaga sila.  Isa pa, buti nga at may nakuha silang maganda-ganda tulad ni Marian Rivera na si Sarah pero sinusuba pala nila kaya yun, sumibat na kesa sa kanila lanng mapunta ang kita.

      • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy


        Kung bago lang ako sa industriya at di pa ako kilala, siempre.  Maski si Marian Rivera nagsimula sa wala.  I bet my first born that her GMA makes more money of her but takes less percentage.  It’s all about leverage.  

        Ano ang mas malaki, 60% ng 10 million pesos (average newbie stars earn in a year) or 0% ng 0 pesos (estudyante sa Switzerland)?

  • walangusername5026

    Well, who knows this movie might be the chance for her to prove that she is not only good in a romcom. If she is a good and the director can squeeze that out of her artist, Sarah does not need to experience what it is really like to be a woman fulfilled.

  • Pwe Jade


    Home buyers in QC had a blast dealing with Carmelita Pujeda (of Tierra Pura Scam fame). PUJEDA BUILDERS & CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY of Culiat, QC.  The deals which involve millions of pesos get botch.

    The deal is to pay Pujeda millions of pesos for some dubious properties in Kamias, Tandang Sora and Culiat.  The properties are now in Sulit and AyosDito.

    When you are all excited about the acquisition, Lita Pujeda will kill you and prevent the buyers from the properties.  She would simply disappear.  If followed-up, her attack dogs and pal friends (as in palamunin) will bark at you and would simply pan “ano’ng deal”?

    Complain to QC Hall?  FOrget it.  Some heavy weights are actually involved in this scam.

    Tell all home buyers and friends.  Easy targets are OFWs and Balikbayans.

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