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XMen Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones Actor, Filipino comic… (Njel de Mesa)

Posted in Actor, Actress, Host, International Singer, Oscars Red Carpet, Reporters, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2013 by Eduard Orgel

Will Ernie Garcia soon become the Philippines’ answer to America’s Tom Jones?

Posted in Actor, Actress, CCP, GMA network, International Singer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

BY: DENNIS ADOBAS

Actor-singer-visual artist Ernie Garcia is lately having his hands full with assignments.  The week after his pre-Valentine concert at Richmonde Hotel he got a call from GMA-7 and was told to report to the story conference of a new teleserye, “My Lover, My Wife”.  After another week, he was already in the Kapuso studio taping the first episode!

“My Lover, My Wife”, featuring Maxene Magalona, Luis Alandy, Nadine Samonte and Marco Alcaraz, is being directed by Joselito Altarejos.  Ernie plays supportive and understanding father to Maxene.

The singer-actor is now gathering materials for a new album.  Upon the advice of Repertory Philippines’ stage director Freddie Santos, Ernie intends to record songs along the beat and rhythm of the R&B, country and rock-and-roll hits by Tom Jones, the Grammy award-winning international recording artist from South Wales.

“I must say it’s a brilliant idea!”, quips Ernie.  “Until now, we still don’t have an established local Tom Jones clone.  Tom Jones is such a marvelous performer with a powerful voice!  I like his style.  I  used to open my concert repertoire with his ‘Kiss’ complete with the signature Tom Jones bumps and grinds!”

Freddie Santos was Ernie’s buddy at Repertory when he appeared in stage plays many years back, shuttling between Rep and Teatro Pilipino under National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio.
He was the one who conceptualized Ernie’s February concert which had for a theme “love in different languages.

Ernie is contemplating to avail of the songwriting skills of TV host-comedian Joey de Leon.  “I like Joey’s contemporary danceable songs with sexy and naughty lyrics”, says Ernie.

But does Joey still have time to compose new songs, what with his daily shows and travels?

“Well, I can settle for his old compositions as long as they fall under Tom Jones’ category!  Pero ‘wag naman ‘yong lumang-luma”, Ernie says.

Would he mind being called a “Tom Jones copycat”?

“I wouldn’t mind at all.  That’s what I really want to become!”, seriously replies Ernie.

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The special screening of Mario O’Hara’s 1985 masterpiece “Bagong Hari” starring Dan Alvaro in the title role scheduled last Saturday, March 5, at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, was called off due to some power supply problem caused by a busted transformer.  All the establishments and offices within the CCP Complex were affected.

All shows scheduled for that day were cancelled.  “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah…Ze Musikal..Back with a Vengeance!” which was supposed to play at 3pm and 8pm had to be cancelled too.  Chris Millado, the musical’s director was at the gate personally saying “Sorry!” to the guests.

O’Hara came very early, and so did Alvaro.  His niece Glaiza de Castro was already on the way to the venue with her parents, brother Alchris Galura and family. Lance Raymundo (who playedEmilio Aguinaldo in O’Hara’s Cinemalaya film ‘Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio’) also came very early to give Direk Mario O’Hara some moral support.  Media practitioners Art Tapalla, Alwyn Ignacio, Noel Mallonga, UPFI’s Nonoy Lauzon and many others also came only to be told about the postponement.

“Bagong Hari” screening has been rescheduled on March 12, 2pm, Saturday.

Justin Bieber sa Mall of Asia sa May 10!

Posted in Actor, Broadway, International Singer, SM Mall of Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

By: Dennis Adobas

Ngayon pa lang ay dapat paghandaan na ng mga tagahanga ng platinum-selling pop singing sensation na si Justin Bieber ang kanyang pagdating sa Maynila sa May 10 para mag-perform sa concert na gagawin sa SM Mall of Asia (MOA) concert grounds.

At the age of 12, Justin Bieber entered a local singing competition.  To share his success and talent with family members, he began posting videos of his performances on YouTube.  Visitors to the site began subscribing to his videos, and he ended up becoming a YouTube sensation with over 10  million views of his performances.  Not long after that, Scooter Braun discovered him as Braun came across his videos.  Soon, he was signed to Raymond Braun Media Group, a joint venture between Braun and Usher, and then to a recording contract with Island Records offered by LA
Dapat ding pag-ipunan na ng mga gustong manood ang tiket ni Justin Bieber na nagpasikat ng kantang “Baby, Baby, Baby!”.  Ang halaga ng mga tiket ay:  VIP P8,000; Gold P5,000; Silver P3,500; Bronze P2,000; General Admission P750, plus applicable service charge.

For ticket reservations, you may contact SM Tickets at 470-2222 or visit www.smtickets.com.  Check Ticketworld at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999.

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Samantala, mauunang darating sa Pilipinas ang singer-composer na si Bruno Mars.  May concert siya sa Cebu Waterfront Hotel sa April 7 at sa Araneta Coliseum sa April 8.

Ang dalawang araw na concert ni Bruno Mars ay kaugnay ng Asian leg ng “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” World Tour which kicked off late last year and saw him shuttling between major US and European cities, in conjunction with the release of the similarly-titled debut solo album (released locally by Warner Music Philippines and now available in record stores nationwide).

Produced by Futuretainment Inc. in cooperation with ABS-CBN.  Actor Marvin Agustin is co-producer.

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Sa Club Mwah gagawin ang finals ng Mr. Gay World 2011.  Hindi nagkamali ng pagpili ng venue ang local organizers dahil sa ang Club Mwah ay internationally popular as a venue of world-class shows.

Anyway, pwede nang magpa-reserve ng tiket to Mr. Gay World by calling up 5322826 or 5357943.

Club Mwah is 652 Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

Ernie Garcia concert, successful!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Broadway, Entertainment, GMA network, International Singer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

By: Dennis Adobas

Isang malaking tagumpay ang pre-Valentine concert ng singer-actor-visual artist na si Ernie Garcia!
Pinamagatang “Ernie Garcia…Loving You”, ito ay ginawa noong Sabado, February 12, sa grand ballroom ng Eastwood Richmonde Hotel sa Libis, Quezon City.

Puno ang venue ng mga guests who were mostly Ernie’s friends from way, way back, avid followers of his concerts and common friends of Ernie and concert producer Rey Carpio (Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. president).  Sighted immensely enjoying the show were actress-turned TV host (“Up Close and Personal with Marissa del Mar” on Channel 13 every Wednesday evening) Ms. Marissa del Mar,  CREBA officer Ms. Rose Basa, singer-businessman Bobby Valle, WCOPA singing champ Kean Andessa, Atty. Nestor Belardo (the cultural attache of Syria).

Ernie started his show with a Queen number aptly titled “Crazy Thing Called Love” which he performed with pelvic twists and kicks.  Then he went on to interpret two love songs: the first one in Japanese (the original of Renz Verano’s “Remember Me”) and the second one in Chinese.

Ernie’s own take of Santana’s “Smooth” was spiced with dancing with two of his closest pals, Ms. del Mar and Ms. Basa.

Pagkatapos noon ay sumunod ang makabagbag-damdaming interpretation niya ng Jack Jones love song na “If You Go Away”.  Maraming female guests ang nakita naming kinilig at nagsu-swoon sa perfect vibrato ng boses ni Ernie!  Talagang may asim pa rin si Pareng Ernie!

Um-exit si Ernie para sa kanyang costume change.  Pasok naman si Mark Anthony Carpio who did the upbeat “Sunday Morning” na sinundan naman ng falsetto Southborder song na “Love Of My Life”.  Aba, may ibubuga nga ang batang ito at pinalakpakan siya ng mga manonood! Ang hindi alam ng karamihan ay vocalist si Mark ng MIDJ Band!

Pasok uli si Ernie with a Japanese love song.  Then, bumanat siya ng “Unchained Melody” at pina-jam sina Bobby Valle at Kean Andessa.  Galing!  Isang makabagbag-damdamin uling “All By Myself” na sinundan ng “Volare”.

Tinawag ni Ernie ang kanyang prodyuser na madalas niyang nakaka-sing-along sa mga Rotary Club functions, si Mr. Rey Carpio na mga Manila Sounds ang kinanta:  “Sumayaw, Sumunod” at “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”.  Galing din, muntik-muntikanan nang ma-upstage si Ernie!

Pagbalik uli ni Ernie ay naka-Chinese inspired rust-colored barong with matching sarong siya.  Signal ‘yon na OPM suite na ng show.  Kinanta niya ang Metro Pop award-winning song ni Leah Navarro na “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” na sinundan ng Michael V. song with funny lyrics, “Sinaktan Mo ang Puso Ko”.  Pinaka-applauded ang popular na kanta ni Wency Cornejo, ang “Hanggang”.

International na uli ang repertoire ni Ernie with “Uno, Dos, Tres” ni Ricky Martin with matching sexy movements na ikinakilig na naman ng mga girls!  Sinundan ito ng “You Made Me So Very Happy”.  Senti time uli sa theme song from the Broadway musical “Chorus Line”, ang “What I Did For Love”.

Finale number ang “Bailamos” na hudyat ng ballroom dancing.  The dance instructors (DI) took over the dance area with their partners.  Suguran naman sa dressing room ang mga Ernie Garcia fanatics para magpa-picture at autograph.  Minsan pang pinatunayan ni Ernie that he still has what it takes to become a magnetic personality!

It was a splendid performance by someone who is more known as an actor and not as a singer. We asked Ernie where he got the energy that night.  Sagot niya:  “Kahit ako nagtataka kung paano ko nagawa ‘yon.  Medyo paos ako kanina dahil sa stress at rehearsal pero paglabas ko parang bumalik ang boses ko!  It could be because of Buddhist chanting!”

Of course, part of the artistic credit should go to the director Josel Reyes and musical director Bong Nanafranca, leader of the accompanying band, Without Warning.  Congratulations to all involved in the production!

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Ibinabalik ng Dulaang UP ang “Amphitryon” ni Heinrich von Kleist na isinalin sa Tagalog ni Jerry Respeto at sa direksyon ni Jose Estrella, sa February 16 hanggang March 6, sa Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F, Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Ang “Amphitryon” ay isang kakaibang love triangle.  Perfect for the month of hearts!

Tampok sina Lex Amores (sa papel ni Jupiter, ang mangingibig ni Alcmene), Wenah Nagales at Diana Malahay (magka-alternate bilang Alcmene), George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa at Natasha Cabrera.

Set designer si Lex Marcos, lights designer si John Batalla, costume designer si Raven Ong at sounds designer si TJ Ramos.

Willie, nagkasakit dahil sa galit!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Comedy, Entertainment, International Singer, Showbiz News, Singer, TV5 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

BY: DENNIS ADOBAS

 

Willie Revillame

Willie Revillame

Dalawang magkasunod na araw na absent si Willie Revillame sa “Willing Willie”.  Maaaring napagod siya nang husto dahil sa ito ‘yong mga araw right after his grand birthday bash at Shangi-La Makati.

Pero may nagsabi ring maaaring nagkasakit si Willie kaya siya absent sa show.  Ito rin kasi ‘yong mga araw na katatapos niya lang dakdakan sina John Estrada at Randy Santiago right on his show dahil sa kanyang tampo at galit sa dalawa dahil sa pagtanggap ng mga ito ng offer ng ABS-CBN to host the noontime variety show na ipapalit sa now defunct “Pilipinas Win Na Win”.

Sabi ni Willie sa kanyang mahabang litanya on national television na hindi na hinintay ng dalawa ang noontime show na sana’y iho-host ng dalawa on TV5.  “Hindi pinahalagahan nina John at Randy ang effort ko para magkaroon din sila ng show sa Singko.  Hayan tuloy, si Rico J. Puno na ang ipinalit ko sa dalawa!”, ani Willie.

Ipinaalala rin ni Willie kina John at Randy na ang ABS-CBN din ang nagtsugi sa show nilang tatlo noon na “Magandang Tanghali, Bayan”.  “Tandaan ninyong dalawa, tsutsugihin din nila ang show ninyo!”, panghuhula pa ni Willie sa maaaring maging kahinatnan ng mag-uumpisa pa lang na show na iho-host din nina Mariel Rodriguez at Toni Gonzaga.

Sa matinding galit ni Willie kina Randy at John (at sa ABS-CBN na rin!) ay nagawa niya tuloy na i-promote ang “Eat Bulaga” na magiging katapat ng noontime show ng dalawang “ex-friends” niya.  Pero hindi ba naisip ni Willie na ang “Eat Bulaga” ay magiging opposition din ng TV5 noontime show na ayon sa kanya ay iho-host ni Rico J. Puno?

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So, magsasama rin pala sina Toni Gonzaga at Mariel Rodriguez sa noontime show ng ABS-CBN very soon.  Kaya pala pinag-reconcile sila ng management kamakailan lamang para hindi sila mag-iwasan o mag-isnaban sa show proper.

How true na umabot ng apat na oras ang “reconciliatory talk” nina Mariel at Toni?  Reconciliatory talk nga ba ‘yon o “sumbatan” session?  Sincere naman kaya ang pagbabati ng dalawa?  Sana naman, kasi dapat ay masaya ang repartee nila dito kasi variety-game show ito at hindi teleserye kung saan ay perfect sana ang samaan nila ng loob kapag may eksenang talakan, sabuyan ng alak at sampalan!  Pak!  Hahahahaha!

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Speaking of Rico J. Puno, long, long before Australian teen pop artist Justin Bieber came into the music scene to give us an overdose of “baby, baby, baby, oww!”,  ay nauna ng tatlong dekada si Rico Baby sa kanyang mga immortal songs addressing his love as “baby, baby, baby, yeah!”.  Di ba, Norma Japitana?

Sa limang Hitmakers, mukhang si Rico ang magtatagal pa sa showbiz.  He is the most popular (or “notorious” for his green jokes na kinakagat naman ng mga tagahanga niya, hehehe!) at pinaka-in demand as a solo artist.  No offense meant sa apat pang kasamhan niya.

Ano na nga kaya ang nangyari sa “tampuhan” nina Coriks at Hajji Alejandro?  Bati na kaya sila?

Sana naman ay mag-concentrate na lang si Coriks (palayaw kay Rico na hango sa binaligtad na   dalawang syllables ng pangalan niya na ginawang hip kaya may “s” sa dulo) sa singing at hosting at kalimutan niya na ang pulitika dahil mas gusto siya ng tao as a singer/performer kaysa as a public servant!

Charice, tinitira ng mga utak-biya!

Posted in Actor, Actress, Entertainment, International Singer, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Theatro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

 

BY: DENNIS ADOBAS

Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit may mga entertainment writers na galit kay Charice just because they were not given the chance to interview her!  Anong kasalanan ng bata?  She was there to fulfill her US management office’s commitment to Joel Cruz to perform. And perform she did!

Pinuna pa ng mga pea-brained writers ang kasupladuhan at kahigpitan daw ng mga American bodyguards ni Charice.  My God, hindi kasupladuhan at kahigpitan ‘yon, trabaho nila ‘yon, and they were just following orders from their boss (whether it’s Oprah Winfrey of David Foster, it doesn’t matter at all!).

Kung resourceful at prolific writers sila, they could have written about Charice’s performance.  They could have dwelt on her showmanship, her style, gestures, hand movements, vocal prowess, fashion sense, etc.  May kapansin-pansin bang pagbabago sa pagkanta niya kumpara sa last performance niya?  May bago bang naituro ang mentor niyang si David Foster?

Hindi talaga sanay ang mga utak-biya sa pre-arranged interview session na kailangan pang idaan sa press agent (PRO ang tawag dito sa local showbiz).  Ang nakasanayan nila ay ambush interview na sa totoo lang ay very inconvenient sa interviewee.

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May isang potential matinee idol in the person of stage actor Nicolo Magno, Theater Arts student from UP-Diliman.  Suavely handsome, flawless and fair-skinned, tall, mahusay umarte, magaling sumayaw at umarte!

Una naming napanood si Nicolo sa “Shock Value”, isang stage musical na some sort of a satire on local showbiz, lalo na ang tungkol sa “casting couch” ng mga gay TV-movie executives, talent managers and directors.

Ngayon ay nasa “Orosman at Zafira” siya prodyus ng Dulaang UP at Bit by Bit Production na ipalalabas sa Centerstage Theater ng SM Mall of Asia starting February 4. Mismong si Nicolo ang nagsabi sa amin na part of the chorus lang siya dito as a dancer pero okay lang sa kanya dahil sa gusto niya lang talagang lumawak ang karanasan niya sa theater.  Isa pang dahilan, halos lahat ng mga kasama niya dito ay mga kaibigan o kakilala niya na kaya enjoy siya sa company nila.

Sa Ateneo dati nag-aral ng Inter-Disciplinary Studies si Nicolo pero lumipat siya ng UP nang maramdaman niyang pag-arte talaga ang gusto niya!

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Here’s some bit of news para sa mga tagahanga ng action star na si Jess Sanchez.  Pwede na pala kayong manood ng mga luma niyang pelikula online.  Just click “jess sanchez” sa google at nandoon ang link.

Ang mga available titles ay:  “Katawan Mo, Langit Ko”, “Pintado”, “Anak ng Kumander”, Terrorist Hunter”, “Magdaleno Orbos”, “Markado” at “Anak ng Yakuza”.

Samantala, abangan ang pagsisiwalat ni Jess ng kanyang mga balak para sa taong 2011!

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Na-reject pala ng isang parokyanong gay politician ang isang young TV-movie actor nang minsang i-book ang huli ng kilalang boogaloo.   Ang dahilan?  Naka-shorts at rubber shoes lang daw kasing nagpunta sa hotel room ng bading ang aktor at kitang-kita ang legs niyang tadtad ng peklat kaya’t na-turn off ang lola!  Hindi yata uso sa probinsya nila ang cebo de macho!

Pero hindi naman daw luhaang umuwi ang rejected young actor kasi pinakimkiman naman pala ito to the tune of 20 thou!  Bonggaderang datungera si Mama!

Ang ipinalit ng boogie-woogie sa peklaterang ombaw ay isa pang young actor na in fairness ay flawless at mas maganda ang pigura!  At take note, makabagbag-tonsils daw ang notes, hahaha!

Magkanix naman kaya ang pakimkim ng lola mo?

 

 

Mila Ocampo, namatay sa piling ni Snooky Serna, ipinagtanggol ang ina kontra tsismis

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actress, Best Actress, Entertainment, International Singer, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by Eduard Orgel
Ocampo and Snooky Serna

Ocampo and Snooky Serna

Hanggang sa kahuli-hulinang hibla ng hininga ay nasa tabi ni Mila Ocampo ang kanyang panganay at nag-iisang anak na babae na si Snooky Serna.

Nang mamatay si Mila sa kanyang bahay sa The Fort ay hindi halos natutulog at kumakain si Snooky.

Tatlong araw bago bawian ng buhay si Ocampo ay nagbabantay sa kanya si Serna.

Hindi tumanggap ng phone calls si Kookie habang inihahanda ang mga labi ng kanyang ina dahil sa pighati at pag-aasikaso sa memorial services nito.

Ayon sa katulong ni Kookie, hindi tumitigil sa kaiiyak ang aktres at umuuwi lang ng bahay pag magpapalit ng damit o kaya ay mag-aasikaso ng mga kailangan ng kanyang dalawang anak kay Ricardo Cepeda na sina Samantha at Sachie Go.

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Ngayon ay unti-unti nang natatanggap ni Snooky nag kamatayan ng kanyang ina tulad rin ng matapang niyang pagtanggap sa pagpanaw ng kanyang amang si Von Serna ilang taon na ang nakakaraan.

Nakaburol ngayon sa Trinity Memorial Chapels sa Sucat Road sa Parañaque City ang mga labi ni Tita Mila, ang dating Miss Press Photography of the Philippines na inilunsad ang pagganap sa pelikula sa “Romansa sa Nayon” sa direksyon ni Susana C. de Guzman noong 1952.

Ipinangtanggol ni Kookie ang kanyang namayapang ina laban sa mga malisyosong intriga na kaya nagka-emphysema si Ms. Ocampo ay nang dahil sa pagkagumon nito sa bawal na gamot o pagkasugapa.

“Please spare my mom,” ang tanging pakiusap lang ng bituin.

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Lumala lang nang lumala ang karamdaman ni Tita Mila nang madulas siya sa banyo at tumama sa sahig ang kanyang likod.

Mula noon ay marikot na makirot na ang kanyang katawan at nagkakomplikasyon pa sa puso ang kanyang emphysema.

Kaya nga dinala na sa ospital ni Kookie ang kanyang nanay at natagalang nakaratay sa banig ng karamdaman bagamat nailabas siya bago mag-Pasko dahil gumanda ang pakiramdam ng beterang aktres.

Gayunman, umatake muli ang kanyang sakit at tuluyan na siyang nakitlan ng buhay.

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Para kay Christian Bautista, si Anne Curtis ang pinakamaganda sa hanay ng apat na babaing katambal niya sa MTV ng kantang “Beautiful Girl” ng Universal Records.

Ang tatlo pang dilag na kapareha niya sa Music for Television ay sina Angel Locsin, Georgina Wilson at Sollen Heusaff.

“Si Anne, kasi, matagal na kaming magkasama lalo na sa ‘ASAP’ sa ABS-CBN. Kaya nga, go, Anne, go!” pahayag ni Christian.

Gayunman, aminado ang tinaguriang Romantic Balladeer na sina Angel, Georgina at Ollen ay kapwa rin magaganda at ismarteng mga binibini.

Ibang dimensyon kung gayon ang pamantayan ni Bautista sa kagandahan at hindi ang panlabas na katangian lang ng isang babae.

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Magakasama nang limang araw sa Boracay sina Georgina at Richard Gutierrez, ang dating magkasintahan na nagkahiwalay nang mag-aral sa ibang bansa ang Fil-Briton na aktres at modelo.

Hindi ikinaila ni Wilson ang balita at sinabing kasama pa nila ang iba pang miyembro ng pamilya ni Richard tulad ni Ruffa Gutierrez.

“I am very close to the family,” pahayag ni Georgina kaya anya siya sumama na magliwaliw sa Boracay ng magba-Bagong Taon.

Nagkabalikan nga ba sila ni Richard?

“No. We are just friends. It doesn’t mean to say that if I go out with him especially in a faraway Boracay is we are back to each other’s arms. No,” pagtanggi ng matangkad na modelo na nagtapos ng Business at Accounting sa University of Sidney sa Australia.