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How to get a guy? Learn from three ‘experts’
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Yes, if you find it hard getting a guy, especially the right guy, these days, you can learn a thing or two from these "experts:" Rachel Alejandro, Geneva Cruz and Vina Morales. They’ll teach you how, through their very successful show aptly titled "How To Get The Guy," which goes on its last performance on March 18 at the Music Museum. They’ll have as special guest Marco Alcaraz.

"How do you get the guy?" has been a question as old as time, asked everywhere - in advice columns, coffee table chats, beauty parlor prattle - and it has baffled even the most adept selfhelp gurus. After all, as everyone has realized by now, there are no hard and fast rules in the age-old game of love. "If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, surely there must be a common ground where clearcut formulas can be drawn to finally figure out the love equation. Or will it be a riddle as immortal as the sphinx?"

Well, if we are to take it from Rachel, Geneva and Vina, it’s not really that hard to get the guy. With their respective wily charms, they offer their own "morsels of sage wisdom to the loveless and lovelorn" through their show which was staged to full-packed audiences during the Valentine season (Feb. 13 and 14) and which had its first repeat last Saturday.

The three sultry performers who each could sing and dance with equal passion and intensity, making their show a really fabulous one indeed, created an uproar at the Music Museum as they proved to be a casting coup in that it brought together not just three of the sexiest singing bombshells, but also three bosom buddies whose camaraderie goes beyond showbiz’ typically fragile and frivolous bonds.

For such thought-provoking concept and storyline that trigger an onslaught of witty repartees and amusing anecdotes from the girls, credit that to the director, Floy Quintos, who Rachel said, has directed about 80% of all her past shows.

But of course, this is the girls’ story and they could have done away with the bulky scripts and idiot boards as they spoke (and sang!) from their hearts about their own joys and heartaches.

And it added to the audience’s excitement and awe that these three luscious performers have well-toned bodies. They all are health-conscious, doing work-outs regularly and eating only healthy food. (For this interview, we had a healthy lunch at the Sexy Chef Café along Katipunan Ave. near the St. Ignatius Village gate. Managed by Rachel’s nutritionist sister Barney, Sexy Chef specializes in the famous South Beach diet which they deliver to those wanting to lose weight the healthy way. For lunch, we were served tinola soup, salad with green goddess dressing, which was really something to die for! and grilled bangus with brown rice.)

When the show was conceived, it was only Geneva who was publicly known to be romantically attached (to KC Montero, with whom Geneva has been that way for seven years now, she said). But during our interview last Monday, Rachel confessed she now has a boyfriend, a non-showbiz person but whose identity she refused to divulge. Vina also revealed she has been having an love affair, since a year ago, with an Australian based in San Francisco, California. She also refused to reveal his name. But he visited her before Christmas, she said.

The girls admitted that it’s hard enough to get a guy, but it’s even harder to make a relationship endure. They should know; they’ve been through a lot in the love department. Each has had her own share of failed relationships. But as the three of them stressed: "Sometimes, it’s not always about getting the guy. What’s important is not to be afraid to love."

So how does Geneva keep the rein on KC so to speak, kep him interested, and make their relationship work?

"Three things," Geneva answered. "You have to be creative, unpredictable and flexible." Asked when they are going to tie the knot or when they’re planning to have a baby, "maybe in 2008. Si Heaven nga he asked me one time if I can buy him a baby brother or baby sister. Nakakatawa, di ba? But we’ll come to that."

She added that if and when she gets pregnant, KC has said he wouldn’t want her to work. "So when that happens, I’ll just disappear from public view." KC is very fond of Geneva’s son with former husband Paco Arrespacochaga (a talented musician now based in Los Angeles, California) and loves Heaven like he’s his own. This fact has also contributed a lot to the success Geneva’s relationship with KC.

Going back to "How To Get The Guy," it is presented by G.R. Creative Exchange and ALV Talent Circuit and sponsored by SMART, Bench, Ever Bilena, Bioessense, Triumph, Shopwise, McDonald’s, Tokyo Tokyo, The Sexy Chef and Play and Display.

For ticket inquiries, call tels. 722-8847/633-9825 or log on to http:/www.ticketworld.com.ph. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld outlets at selected National Bookstore branches.

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Saling Ket, the family that sings together

OPM singer-composer Rey Valera never encouraged his children to follow in his footsteps but the saying "like father, like offsprings" has proven true in his case.

"I wanted my children to live a simple life and bring home a diploma. This is why I never encouraged them to follow in my footsteps. Honest, my eldest son was already in high school when he found out that his dad is Rey Valera. They use my real family name, Guardino, that’s why," said Rey who wouldn’t want to leave Bulacan where he was born and raised although he can well affford to provide his wife and children a place in Makati or Quezon City.

After joining other bands, Rey’s children have formed their own group called Saling Ket. The young Guardianos are: Valor, 25, keyboardist and a graduate of AMA Computer Science; Jean Valerie, 23, bassist, a graduate of B.S. Nutrition; Greta, 22, drummer, B.S. Food Technology graduate; and Clarisse, 17, strings/second keyboardist, freshman, UST College of Fine Arts.

They have released the album Panghabangbuhay," which is now enjoying regular ariplay in both FM and AM band radios.

Why Saling Ket? "Kasi before Dad let us form the band, he trained us on stage as his back-up singers and musicians. We joined him in his concerts at AFP Theater, Aliw Theater, Casino Filipino and Araneta Coliseum last year," Valor explained.

Rey Valera, by the way, is the favorite composer of megastar Sharon Cuneta. He wrote Shawie’s first big hit, "Mr. DJ," followed by "Kahit Maputi na Ang Buhok Ko" and many others.

Incidentally, Rey Valera and Saling Ket provided the entertainment during the HBC Color Tech 2006 tours held at Loyola Covered Court in Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City; Marikina City Hall, and Signal Village Covered Court in Taguig and SM San Lazaro yesterday. The tour is being conducted for all hairdressers by Fil-Hair Coop in cooperation with the Ricky Reyes House of Beauty Exclusives.

Those interested to join may contact any Fil-Hair officer or Lhito Pantig at tel. 725-4959.

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IS IT TRUE?

Is it true...that Edu Manzano had a pact with the film pirates during the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival for them not to come out with pirated copies of the entries within 20 days of the filmfest? If this is so, as claimed by FAP Chairman Leo Martinez on national television, then Edu knows the identity of the pirates but why isn’t he cracking down on them? Is it also true he asked for a "budget" from the producers?...Is it true that Snooky Serna has an avid suitor these days and that he is a politician? Both Snooky and estranged husband Ricardo Cepeda (they have two children who Snooky has always described as "wonderful") have said the possibility of a reconciliation between them two is very remote at this time. They lived together as husband and wife for 13 years and they tried their best to weather their differences but not even those marriage counselling sessions could help them save their marital union. Both Snooky (who now wants to be called Kate) and Ricardo have said they’ve moved on with their single-blessedness again...Is it true that Carlo Aquino has gone back to Angelica Panganiban and that it’s really over between the actor and former girlfriend Camille Prats, star of the movie "Mga Batang Bangketa" which, sadly, did not fare well at the box-office? Carlo’s career, incidentally, seems to be doing very well ever since he joined Viva Artists Agency. Carlo is seen in QTV’s "Ganda ni Lola!" and in ABS-CBN’s "Bituing Walang Ningning" where he co-stars with fellow Viva artist Sarah Geronimo...Is it true that the reason Aiko Melendez did not invite her brother Jam to her wedding is because she’s not in favor of his live-in partner? Reports say Aiko and Jam haven’t been on speaking terms for a long time now, but when Jam got into trouble for illegal possession of firearms, Aiko rushed to his aid by giving him a lawyer...

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Jacqui Magno in Merk’s Jazz Festival of March

Jacqui Magno, one of the original interpreters of vocal jazz, will be the special vocal artist of Merk & Friends all Wednesdays of March starting last night. Other dates are March 8, 15, 22 and 29.

"It’s great to be alive and singing and I’d like my friends and jazz enthusiasts to share those special evenings with me," said Jacqui who is one of the landmarks of jazz in the 70s, 80s and 90s. "The show will also be of reflection and how music kept up with me through the years," she added.

"If friends want to jam with me, they are welcome," she said.

Other Merk’s shows feature Dawn & Eugene on March 6, 13 & 27 while Aretha & the Souled Out Band plays on Tuesdays and on March 3 & 10.

Acoustic Jive performs on March 2, 9, 13 & 30 and Route 70 on March 16, 17, 18, 24 & 31. It’s retro night on March 4, 11 & 25 with Amadeus.

Merk’s the ideal place for good taste in food and entertainment. For celebrations and reunions, call Merk’s at 7574720. Merk’s is located at Level 3 Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Visit Merk’s website: www.merksbarbistro.com or email Merk’s at mail@merksbarbistro.com for more bar bistro updates.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, March 2, go to Cocoy Laurel, Paquita Revilla, Alice Cuazon, Rebecca Guinto, Dr. Hermie M. Isaac, Monette Guevara, Dick E. Orense, Danny Mangahas, J.B. Lozano, and Ferdie Salinas...

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