BY: Pilar Mateo

PANDEMIC! The spread of the Corona Virus or CoVid-19.

The world stood still.

A new norm of life started. All had to wear face masks. Face shields. And always have an alcohol handy. How to properly wash one’s hands, how to sneeze. Even cough.

And as the health protocols would have it, swab tests are imposed. Antigen. PCR tests. And to quarantine.

Showbiz folks are now starting to get the hang of working in a bubble. In a locked-in taping. after the quarantine in a hotel and the swab tests, they are good to proceed to the location where they will be billeted in another hotel.

The upcoming Kapuso series, “Lolong” starring Ruru Madrid will be shot in Villa Escudero, in the province of Quezon.

The artists were asked to do a 10-day quarantine in Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Those who had their 10-days quarantine were Abby Viduya, Jean Garcia, Malou de Guzman, Maui Taylor, Leandro Baldemor and Christopher “Boyet” de Leon.

The other part of the cast like newbie Migz Coloma stayed in a room at Kabayan Hotel along Kalayaan Avenue with a safety protocol officer.

For Abby, it was 10 days of agony, being apart from his “Baby” Councilor Jomari Yllana, who went to Camarines Norte, in Bicol to attend to the restoration of their ancestral home. His work is done virtually. Sessions and all.

Some of the artists took to their social media accounts to share and show the life they lived in those ten days.

After which, they were just so happy that when they got their swab tests at the ballroom of the said hotel, all of them tested negative.

So, off to work they went!

Let’s get excited to meet Lolong and Dakila and share their life and adventures at the Kapuso Primetime slot in October!


MAKING THE MOST of his Blogtalk in Hollywood is MJ Racadio.

A week since the 5th of July 2021 MJ kicked off his 14th season with Segments in Blogtalk Hollywood Podcast via Apple and Spotify.

Where the line-up for the month of July (Mondays) had: Zainab Jah, an award-winning actress; Pharell Willams (Oscar & Grammy Winner); Steve McQueen (Oscar winning director); RJ Cutlet (Oscar-nominated & Emmy-winning director).

MJ shared the life and times of the artists with his in-depth interviews.

On July 31, watch out for Rasmin Diaz, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (New York). Rings a bell, huh!

Rasmin Diaz is among the most beloved local artists in tri-state New York.

Originally from Canada, this versatile chanteuse moved to the Big Apple in 2015 and has since made her mark in various FilAm events including the White House celebration of FilAm History Month last year where she sang the Philippine national anthem.

As a resident artist of TOFA (a renowned Filipino community awards show held every October at Carnegie Hall), this versatile diva has been performing at iconic venues such as the Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Rasmin has collaborated with legendary composers like Ryan Cayabyab, Cecile Azarcon, Donna Britton Buckevickz and Eric Celerio, Dough Shawe, Michael Jay Apart from jazz, she sings pop, standards and OPM. Critics call her the “Jazz Princess” of the Filipino community.

How cool to get these latest inside stories from the one who in spite of the pandemic brings us closer to the stars, MJ the Blogger from Hollywood! In Hollywood!

Keep watching!


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