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Showbiz update: Cristine Reyes gets a ‘promise ring’ from Rayver

Actor-dancer Rayver Cruz has given his girlfriend of 5 months, Cristine Reyes, a promise ring.

“Talagang iniingatan ko ito kasi never akong nag-suot ng singsing sa buong buhay ko dahil walang kumakasya sa aking ring. Parang destiny, ngayon lang may nagkasya sa aking ring…Tuwang tuwa din ako. Kahit naliligo, hindi ko siya tinatanggal,” she said.

She quickly added though that marriage is still far from their minds, saying that both of them are still young. She said, “Nag-eenjoy lang ako. Ayokong madaliin, bata pa kami pareho.” For Reyes, Cruz is a perfect guy since he loves not only her but also her family.

Meanwhile, Reyes also faced all the intrigues thrown at her, including her reported plan to leave the Kapamilya network. The “Kristine” actress said she is staying a Kapamilya talent.

“Matagal pa po ako sa ABS-CBN. Gusto ko dito, at home ako. Lahat ng projects binibigay nila sa akin. Sobrang thankful ako kasi dito ako nag-grow.”

“May ka-tweet [ako] na ibang channels pero siyempre hindi mo maiiwasan mga kaibigan mo din ‘yon. Pero it doesn’t mean lilipat ka na,” she added. Reyes said that contrary to reports, she will not delete her Twitter account. “Kapag hindi ako nakakapag-tweet, busy ako.”

She also denied that she posted angry tweets against Megastar Sharon Cuneta after the latter reportedly interfered with her rift with Sarah Geronimo.She said she is leaving all the controversies behind her. “Ngayong new year, new life, new beginnings. Simula ulit. Happy na lahat, ako happy na ako.”

When asked to give a message to Geronimo, Reyes briefly said, “Happy new year.

Ogie, Kuh want foreign acts regulated

Amid all the preparations for his Valentine concert, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) board member Ogie Alcasid has also called for immediate regulation of foreign acts here in the country.

Alcasid seconded Filipino pop diva Kuh Ledesma’s suggestion to regulate concerts of international recording artists in the Philippines. He said higher tax rates must apply to international artists who wish to hold concerts here.

“We must push for higher taxes on foreign shows and lowering of taxation sa local concerts,” he said.

Meanwhile, Concert King Matin Niever and Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo refused to get affected by the upcoming foreign shows. Nievera shared that he sees concert showdowns as a challenge, making him think on how their concert will do better.

“Kapag Martin Nievera kailangang dapat pag-aralan, he he he. Kung paano ang birit. I’ve been here 28 years and Sarah 7 years. It is my honor. Sabi ko sa kanyang fans sa Twitter, I will take care of her,” Nievera said. The concert king also disclosed how she admires Geronimo’s professionalism.

“She comes on time, hindi niya pinag-aantay mga kasamahan niya. Bihira yon,” he revealed.

After their concert, Geronimo expressed that she would also love to work with international singing sensation Charice. Like the other Filipino artists, Alcasid, Nievera and Geronimo are one in hoping that local concerts will fare better compared to international acts.

Earlier, singer Kuh Ledesma said that “the timing of the foreign artists’ shows in Manila does not auger well to local artists.” Ledesma clarified that she has nothing against the foreign artists because she herself is a fan of some of them. Her only beef is that some of the foreigners’ shows are scheduled during the time of the year that Filipino artists consider their peak periods for concerts.

“Ang sinasabi lang naman natin dito ay ‘wag wag isabay sa mga palabas ditto at a certain time na marami tayong local artist na nagco-concert,” she said. She cited Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14, as one of the event-inspired seasons that Filipino artists look forward to. The love-in-the-air feeling usually translates to more concert-goers, which in turn feeds the demand for Filipino artists.

“Kasi yung mga malalaking artist na yan (foreign artists), they don’t have to [hold their concert during the]… Valentines season,” she noted. She stressed that she only has the interest of the local industry at heart.

Ledesma shared that she is “not a purist” and that she “love[s] foreign signers and we derive our inspiration from them”. But she draws the line when the economic health of the local industry is threatened. Aside from the Filipino artists themselves, other enterprises that bank on events, concerts, and shows for revenues include merchandisers and retailers.

“Negosyo yan eh. Kahit na sabihin mo [na] yung mga retailers natin dito [are] doing their best to make money… [by] trying to design bags, shoes or whatever para kumita sila. They’re trying their best to survive,” she shared. “Pero kapag pinasukan mo na iyan ng mga products from other countries talagang…yung ating local products will suffer kahit ano pang sabihin mo,” Ledesma explained.

Ledesma acknowledges that the growing number of concerts and shows by foreign artists promote competition.

“Tama naman na competition is healthy pero at the same time I believe we have to protect what we have,” she stressed. “Sa akin lang, mahalin natin ang sariling atin,” she added. “Timing lang, timing lang talaga para hindi madala yung mga producers natin di ba.”

Having said these, Ledesma is hopeful the Philippine government will listen and do something about it. Aside from regulating international concerts, Ledesma is also suggesting for the local music industry to have a festival the same way the local movie industry has. During the Metro Manila Film Festival season, local theaters feature and highlight only Filipino-made movies to promote and support the local movie industry.

A grand stars and float parade kick-off the film festival, which starts on Christmas day. An awarding ceremony recognizes the outstanding talents and films, further boosting interest in the local film industry.

Ledesma cites Valentines Day as a possible time to hold a similar festival to highlight singers and other artists. “Magkaroon naman sana tayo ng time… kunyari during Valentines (when we can feature the best) love songs. Huwag sanang pasukan ng mga foreign (competitors during that time),” she said.

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