"Entertainment Live!" recap: Judy Ann Santos and Maricel Soriano sign up anew with ABS-CBN; Claudine Barretto shares health problem

Tale of three actresses: Judy Ann Santos and MaricelSoriano once again proved that they still enjoy the trust and confidence ofABS-CBN bigwigs. Claudine Barretto, on the other hand, continues to battleillness.


STILLA KAPAMILYA. Drama actress Judy Ann Santos recentlysigned a three-year contract with ABS-CBN, setting all doubts about her relationship with the network to rest.

On hand to join Judayduring the occasion were ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, Senior VicePresident Cory Vidanes, and Business Head Enrico Santos. Manager Alfie Lorenzowas also present to accompany his longtime talent.

In a taped interviewwith Entertainment Live! Juday said thatshe's already expecting a handful of raised eyebrows over her decision to signup anew, following months of stalled negotiations between ABS-CBN and her camp.

"I'm sure may mga taongmagsasabi na, ‘Naku, pipirma rin naman siya, ba't pinatagal pa?'" Judy Ann said. "Sana po maintindihan ninyo na mahabang proseso popinagdadaanan naming mga artista. Buhay po namin ang nakasalalay dito, so ‘wagpo sana kayong mag-judge."

Projects stated in thecontract are a new soap opera together with her fiancé Ryan Agoncillo, a cookingshow, and a drama anthology.

Although widelyidentified as a Kapamilya, Judy Ann is technically a freelancer. She and do guest appearances in other networks and accept film projects outsideABS-CBN's film production outfit, Star Cinema. Juday's past television projectswith ABS-CBN include Mara Clara, Esperanza, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka, Basta't Kasama Kita, Krystala, Sa Piling Mo, and Ysabella.

HEALTHCONCERNS. In an interview with actress Claudine Barretto during a recent event, she told EntertainmentLive! about her current health dilemma.

"Actuallyhindi pa ako bumabalik for a check-up. Pero kasi ganun pa rin nalu-low blood [ako],90/70, 'tapos nag-90/65 ako, so, ang hirap. Habang nagti-taping, may naka... May isangtaping day kami na may nurse na kumukuha ng BP [blood pressure] ko."

The young Barretto,however, denied reports that she's just using her illness as an excuse to actunprofessional during tapings.

Said Claudine, "Ifthere's one thing na hindi ako, ‘yon, unprofessional. Hindi ako nali-late ever,hindi ako nagpapa-packed up ng taping. Hindi ako ganun! 'Tsaka ngayon pa?" Shethen addressed her detractors by stating, "Kung sino man ang mga nagkakalatnun, e, bahala na kayo."

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Claudine started inshow business in 1992 where she first joined ABS-CBN's popular youth-orientedshow, Ang TV. She then progressedfrom a child star to a serious drama actress, appearing in various soap opera'slike Mula Sa Puso (1997), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999), Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (2001), Marina (2004), Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005), WalangKapalit (2007) and Maligno (2007).Claudine currently topbills the primetime series, Iisa Pa Lamang, opposite Diether Ocampo and Gabby Concepcion.

MARYAAND ROÑO REUNITED. Diamond Star Maricel Soriano will bereunited with film director Chito Roño in an upcoming horror film titled T-2 under Star Cinema. The last timethe two worked together was way back in 1995 in the movie, Dahas.

"Siyempre nakakatuwa,dahil hindi nila [Star Cinema] 'ko nakakalimutan. Kaya siyempre nagpapasalamatako palagi doon sa oportunidad na ibinibigay nila na makagawa ulit ngmakabuluhang pelikula," Maricel beamed on Entertainment Live! after the official contract signing.

In a separateinterview, Maricel proudly shared that T-2is a unique horror film brimming with heart and emotion.

"Ibang klase iyongscenes. Yung difference nito, istorya ng pelikula namin doon sa iba. Walangvampire dito pero nakakatakot ito. Sa kabila ng lahat aymay puso, nakakaiyak maraming makaka-relate," she told ABS-CBN News.

She commended Chito Roño'sdirecting style, which, according to the veteran actress, is integralin carrying out the film's concept.

"'Yong style ni DirekChito, nanggugulat ‘yan," she mentioned, "bigla ka na lang magugulat, angganda-ganda, nasa-shock kaming lahat."


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