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PhilPop champ credits ‘lifesavers’ for triumph

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JUNGEE Marcelo (left) with song interpreter Kyla

Last year’s bridesmaid is this year’s bride. Seasoned composer Jungee Marcelo’s jazz-flavored entry, “Pansamantagal,” came short of winning the 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) songwriting contest, ending in third place behind Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana’s “Dati” and Johnoy Danao’s “Kung ’Di Man.”

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Sexy Maya

AIZA Seguerra (left) performs with screen sister Jodi Sta. Maria.

Jodi Sta. Maria, who plays Maya in “Be Careful With My Heart,” donned four sexy outfits during the top-rating show’s anniversary thanksgiving concert on Friday night, including a sequined tank top mini dress that she wore in a number with Aiza Seguerra (Kute).

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Lyca can go to school now

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LYCA (from left) with her overwhelmed parents, clutching her trophy; belting her victory song “Narito Ako”; and performing the number that seemed to have clinched the votes, Aegis’ “Basang-Basa sa Ulan.”

Grand champion Lyca Gairanod of “The Voice Kids” cannot read. She learned the songs she performed on the talent search program just by listening to them.

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La vida Eugenia in Madrid

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EUGENE Domingo at the 3rd Madrid International Film Festival, where her latest indie movie, “Barber’s Tales,” was shown.

I immensely enjoy chatting with amiga mia, Eugene Domingo, through Viber. Her joie de vivre is infectious. Uge has just returned from Spain.

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‘Transition’ series off to a good start

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“HAWAK-KAMAY” cast (from left): Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijian Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile and Nikki Gil

The first telecast of “Hawak-Kamay” on July 21 was an upbeat viewing experience for us, because the new series started its storytelling in the present tense, unlike many other local drama series, which just love to “start at the very beginning” (as the song goes)—two, even three, generations in the past to sluggishly establish the roots of the central conflicts that finally come to a head today!

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