Blog Posts by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark

  • Will Danica approve if dad Vic marries Pauleen?

    Danica Sotto-Pingris will not object should her dad, comedian-host Vic Sotto, finally  marry long-time girlfriend Pauleen Luna.

    But  first, Danica plans to tell him the same thing he said to her and now husband Marc Pingris before they tied the knot.

    Danica Sotto-Pingris vowed to continue respecting Vic and Pauleen/Contributed photo“Dapat, kung talagang kayo na, siguraduhin nyo na yan.”

    Reaching out

    After  the presscon for Junior Preneur, an annual trade bazaar that aims to inspire entrepreneurship and financial literacy to kids, Danica told media she appreciates Pauleen’s efforts to reach out to her.

    Danica likes it that Pauleen doesn’t force herself on the family. Instead, she makes it a point to slowly win Danica – and the rest of the family members’ hearts – by blending with them.

    “Hindi siya yung ‘Oy, pansinin nyo naman ako.’ Hinahayaan nya na dahan dahang makilala kami.   I appreciate yung respect na binibigay nya (sa amin).”

    Vic’s feelings

    Pauleen, adds Danica, would casually ask her about her kids. Vic’s “Eat Bulaga” co-host also updates Danica about her dad’s

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  • Sharon plays Cupid to Zsa Zsa and Conrad


    Add matchmaking, aside from singing, acting and  hosting, to Sharon Cuneta’s list of talents.  " Philippine Daily Inquirer" Lifestyle Editor Thelma Sioson San Juan's column says it was the Megastar who connected  her friend  Zsa Zsa Padilla and her current flame, renowned architect Conrad Onglao, to each other.

    Sharon asked Conrad,  whose marriage to interior designer Ivy Almario is annulled, if she can set him up with her friend.  She didn’t tell Conrad she had Zsa Zsa in mind.

    Tired of mourning

    In the Inquirer  interview, Zsa Zsa said her answer to  Sharon’s attempt at playing Cupid was “Yes, I’m tired of mourning (referring to her late partner, Comedy King Dolphy).”

    After getting their approval,  Sharon forwarded Zsa Zsa and Conrad’s celphone numbers to each other.   The two then set the blind date themselves in a Makati restaurant one Sunday.

    Zsa Zsa and Conrad obviously liked each other instantly.  Otherwise, the dinner wouldn’t have stretched for three hours.

    Market date

    The next

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  • Bianca Gonzalez to wed JC Intal in December

    TV host Bianca Gonzalez and boyfriend of almost three years, cager JC Intal are getting married in December and have a house waiting for them once they settle down.

    This, the couple revealed in an exclusive interview on Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday,  April 20.

    JC Intal is ready with a love nest for Bianca and their future family/NPPA ImagesWhen JC told host Boy Abunda that they’re getting married in December, Bianca recalled that her reaction when she first heard her  fiance’s plan was,  “Why not? We’re not getting any younger.”

    Love nest

    Once they settle down, JC ready with his  love nest for Bianca and their future family.

    “Sobrang blessed ako kasi nandiyan na ang bahay  bago mag-asawa, yung lilipatan namin,” JC said.

    JC realized he wants to be with Bianca for the rest of his life after they had a lover’s quarrel.

    Bianca recalls that day when she went to JC’s house and left in a huff.

    Big fight

    “We had a big fight.  It was my fault. I came from work.  Feeling ko, hindi ako pinapansin.  Nag walk out ako. When I got home nag-away pa kami sa phone.”

    This was why JC’s proposal

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  • Lance Raymundo's gym accident strengthens his faith

    Singer-actor Lance Raymundo is recovering faster than he himself thought he would after an 80-lb. barbell in the gym fell on his face and crushed his nose last March 19.

    Lance after the gym accident/Photo courtesy of Lance RaymundoIn a Facebook post on Good Friday, April 18, Lance recounts that despite doctors’ predictions to the contrary,  he got his 20/20 vision back and his brain “had been cleared from any danger, seven days after the accident."

    Faster healing

    The speed at which the healing took place surprised him so much, Lance recovered, not just  physically, but spiritually as well.  

    “I was half blind, the small crack on my skull made me vulnerable to meningitis, seizures, attacks etc... And through my one functional eye, I took a good look at the mirror and didn't recognize my own reflection because my face has been disfigured,”  he posted.

    But  this did not bring Lance down.  He just smiled at his reflection on the mirror and thanked God he’s alive.

    It helped a lot that Lance’s family stands solidly behind him.

    “My Mom helped me back to my

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  • Aiko's story of faith and forgiveness

    Unto each life some rain must fall.

    Aiko Melendez’s series of torrents came last year, when she least expected it.  She was taping a teleserye  when part of her left face got swollen – or distorted, as she puts it.

    “Merong nasaksak na medicine sa face ko. Apparently, nag react ako. Nagkaallergy at namaga ang mukha ko.”

    Lost teleserye

    In her work where good looks is a premium, that was a no-no.

    “I got a  memo from the network I was then doing the teleserye with, asking what I did to my face,” recalls Aiko. “Nawalan ako ng teleserye.”

     She got a lot of bashing on Twitter.   

    “Walang ginawa ang taong yon kundi siraan ako sa Twitter.”

    Are you in trouble?’

    Her health suffered. Aiko developed hypertension.  She was at the end of her rope.  When longtime friends like Carmina Villarroel invited her for special occasions, Aiko begged off.  Her swollen face made her insecure.  They cried with Aiko, but her insecurities persisted.

    Aiko with Coney Reyes, before the former's water baptism (Photo courtesy of Aiko Melendez)As she was about to close her Twitter account, Coney Reyes, who

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