Filipino prize fighter Manny Pacquiao once again donned his showbiz persona as his movie, Anak ng Kumander, resumed shooting. The crew of GMA-7's StarTalk reportedly visited the set last Sunday, November 11.
In his column that appeared today in Abante Tonite, Abu Tilamzik spills the details regarding the much-awaited meeting between Manny and his co-star Ara Mina. Over the past months, the two have been favorite tabloid subjects due to reports that they're allegedly carrying an affair. Unfortunately, the rumor gave birth to other damaging issues, like Manny purportedly presenting Ara a new house, along with a luxury vehicle, as gift.
Ara has denied the issue incessantly while expressing disappointment at Manny for failing to comment on the issue.
The strain, according to Tilamzik, was still evident during the shoot last Saturday, November 10, prompting director Kaka Balagtas to personally coax the two stars to settle their differences for the sake of the movie.
Defending himself and his actions, Manny said, "Naka-concentrate ako nun sa laban ko. Pagbalik ko rito, ang dami ko nang ginawa at hinarap. Hindi ko sinagot nun dahil hindi naman talaga totoo."
Manny, of course, was then busy preparing for a boxing rematch against Mexican slugger Marco Antonio Barrera and was consumed by his training. Manny won the bout via unanimous decision last October 7 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The man dubbed as the "Pambansang Kamao" also downplayed the rumor that he personally sought to pull Ara out of the project to quell the malicious rumor.
"Para tayong loveteam na iniintriga!" Ara reportedly snickered to Manny.
"Ang dami ko nang nagawang pelikula at naiintriga sa mga leading man ko, ito yung pinakagrabe," lamented the sexy actress.
IN DEFENSE OF CRISTINE. Speaking in behalf of her sister, Cristine Reyes, Ara said that she was more affected by the confrontation issue that transpired between Cristine and ex-beauty queen Carlene Aguilar, allegedly over young heartthrob Dennis Trillo.
"Mas ako pa nga ang nag-react nang husto. Kahit si Cristine, parang wala lang sa kanya," confided Ara before voicing out her sister's request, "Huwag na lang daw patulan at pansinin."
Ara revealed that Dennis send a text message and even called her personally to say sorry for Carlene's actions. Cristine, however, failed to answer directly if she accepted Dennis's apology.
Ara and Cristine would still push through with their plan to produce a movie, although they will not tap the services of Dennis anymore because, according to Ara, of work-schedule conflict.
Paolo Paraiso reportedly will take Dennis's slot.