'Balitang Tate'


BALITANG TATE Here are some stateside news or balitang tate as relayed by PJ Entertainment Editor Eugene Asis who just came back from California. Eugenes happy to know that Vilma Vitug (former starlet) and Malou Bendigo (former Mutya ng Pilipinas and actress) are doing very well, married to rich businessmen.

Jackie Forster (ex-wife of come-dian Benjie Paras, who used to play basketball) plans to stay in the US for good. Shes disappointed with her showbiz career and hopes to work and study and, God permit-ting, regain custody of her two boys who are with Benjie in Manila.

Also doing well are Lerma de la Cruz and Florence Aguilar, both fine singers.

Jackie Regala, who used to be with Manila Bulletin, is a big-time promoter of shows featuring Ma-nila-based singers. The couple Ruben and Janet Nepales cover the Hollywood beat. Ruben is the only Filipino member of the Hol-lywood Foreign Press Association, which give the annual Golden Globe awards.

Eugene heard that Anjanette Abayari does car shows in LA.

RAGS-TO-RICHES One of the more inspiring stories in showbiz is that of Bayani Agbani, who rose from poverty to fame and fortune. Truly rags-to riches.

Bayani had an impoverished childhood in Malabon, helping his mother raise a family by selling fish and doing odds and ends jobs. But through the tough times, he continued studying until fini-shing Masscom at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He befriended Randy Santiago and became one of his alalay (or hawi boys as they were called, protect-ing Randy from unruly fans). Randy was then co-host of GMAs "Lunch Date," then the top noontime show.

In time he appeared in bit roles in GMA shows and at the same time writer. ABS-CBN, taking note of his comic flair, signed him up and gave him lead roles in sitcoms and eventually getting movie assignments. Bayani remains ideal son, brother, and husband to Len-len and father to Thalia, Marimar, and Rosalinda (yes, named after Mexican telenovela characters).

Talked to Bayani at Ratsky Morato, where The R99 Store chain was launched with him as endorser. …

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