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Snooky Serna bounces back

We’re glad to know that actress Snooky Serna is once again quite busy with her showbiz career. She is a good actress and it would be a waste if her talent is not used properly.

We caught up with Snooky during her 48th birthday bash held at the business center of Pan Pacific Manila recently, where she announced that she’s now doing an indie movie.


SNOOKY SERNA with (from left) her manager Mio Manansala, her German business partner Mark Munchmeyer, and ‘Medical HD’ co-host Christopher Keim

“It’s entitled ‘Homeless,’ and it’s an exposé of sorts related to typhoon ‘Yolanda’,” she said.

Snooky added, “Maganda ang pelikula, directed by Neal Tan. Kasama ko dito sina Ejay Falcon who plays my son, Dimples Romana, and others.”

She related that the movie is based on true accounts involving typhoon survivors some of whom became either “prostitutes or beggars” following the devastation.

“It’s a story of how syndicates manipulated and took advantage of the victims of ‘Yolanda.’ ’Yung iba dinala dito sa Manila at dito ine-exploit. Totoo ang istorya, but iniba lang namin siyempre ang mga pangalan ng characters for obvious reason. I play a mother here. Namamalimos ako,” Snooky said.

She has no problems doing mother roles at this point in her career. “I’m a mother in real life so it’s okay. My eldest is Sam who is in his senior year taking up European Studies at De La Salle University. Si Sachi naman, 17, taking up Literature, sa La Salle din,” she shared.

Snooky has another movie project in the making, which she describes as “98% political.” She said, “Hindi siya indie, more on mainstream naman ito, but also directed by Neal Tan. Wala pang working title.”

Snooky, who is now managed by Mio Manansala, also has a new show “Medical HD,” that will air starting May 23 on Net 25.

She assured fans that she will be more focused on work this time around. “Yes po, member ako ng Iglesia ni Cristo (for) three years na. Nagbago na ang buhay ko for the better since then,” she said.

At her birthday party, Snooky also introduced us to her German business partner, Mark Munchmeyer. Their first project together is the distribution of a Korean product called Magic Patch Power Strip, a multi-purpose invention that Mark said, “has a lot of functions aside from being an effective pain-reliever.”


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Ledesmas, family

THE LEDESMAS: Paolo, Diego, Trisha and Lara

Family Values In TV Ad

A brand new TV commercial was launched recently by PLDT Home DSL on “Eat Bulaga” and it features a bright, handsome and precocious young boy named Diego Ledesma.

Seven-year-old Diego has tens of thousand of followers and this is due to the popularity of his online advice column “Ask Diego.”

Many would frown upon the thought of a child being on Facebook but they should know that values are paramount in the Ledesma household.

Diego’s parents, Paolo and Lara, monitor his Facebook page constantly, going on to delete offensive content sent by his followers. They help their son answer the more difficult questions about love, studies and bullying. They also help Diego type out the answers. Sometimes, Diego would also ask advice from his sister Trisha.



The Ledesmas are perfect for the commercial because they are the ideal example of a young, urban family that is tight-knit. They do things together even online, this, using multiple gadgets simultaneously.

That’s where PLDT Home DSL’s limitless and reliable family-sized connection really comes in handy.

“The ad revolves around how family members helps and support each other. The story is like a classic film. Hopefully, over the years, we would be remembered by the story. A story that is real, relatable and of course memorable,” said Gary Dujali, PLDT vice president and head for broadband.

To sign up for your own limitless and reliable family-sized connection, visit


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HBO Asia Launches HBO GO

HBO Asia launched recently its broadband streaming service, HBO GO, in the Philippines exclusively on SKYCable.

Carlo L. Katigbak, CEO and president of SKY Cable Corp., said “It is with pride and excitement that SKY welcomes HBO GO’s debut in the Philippines. We at SKY feel honored and privileged to be the exclusive partner of HBO for this service which we predict will be the new wave of watching movies and entertainment content…”

Through this service, users can enjoy over 1,000 hours of uncut award-winning HBO and Cinemax original content on multiple devices including computers, tablets, and smartphones (iOS and Android), anywhere, anytime.

Likewise, HBO GO enables subscribers unlimited access to an extensive library of original movies, concerts, documentaries, and series.

The launch, held at Fairmont Makati, was graced by Pia Magalona and daughters Maxene and Saab.

Pia enjoys the award-winning content that HBO GO offers. Maxene likes the convenience and flexibility of the service, and Saab looks forward to being the first to watch the new season of “Games of Thrones” uncut and immediately within 12 hours of its US premiere.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, April 12, go to beauty guru Ricky Reyes, Chichi Laperal, Gina Santos, Vicia David Pascual, Mercy Santos, Carol Rigor, Chito Siopongco, Norie Sayo, Cynthia Gapasin, Milagros Liquete, Marichelle M. Torres, John Carlos M. Jaime, Robert Abdallah King, Philip Cu-unjieng, Christine Margaret G. Martinez, MB’s Irene Fernando and my New York-based daught er-in-law Brenda Silan-Belen…


Roeder CamañagPASSING THE BATON. To become the best, learn from the best. This is what the Talent Factory brings to the table when it opens its summer acting classes on April 21 on the ground level of Landsdale Tower along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. Two-time Aliw Best Stage Actor awardee Roeder Camañag will facilitate the classes, bringing with him his vast experience in theater, television and film. This is for interested participants 14 years old and above only. The culminating activity will be on May 24. For more information, email; or visit The Talent Factory Inc. Facebook page.