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Richard Gomez looking better than ever

Saw the billboard of Ultherapy on the façade facing north of Guadalupe Commercial Complex on my way to Makati recently. There’s this huge photo of actor Richard Gomez (now mayor of Ormoc City in Leyte Province, the hometown of his wife) with Lucy Torres Gomez. Both are endorsing the procedure called Ultherapy.

Richard Gomez looking better than ever
Richard Gomez joins Lucy Torres in an innovative skincare endorsement 

Ultherapy, I learned, is a non-invasive or non-surgical option to lift the brow or generally used in lifting without the use of needles or injections for a more youthful look on the eyes.Now, I know why Richard’s new look is vastly different from the photos I’ve seen in the previous years.Yes, Richard is the first male ambassador of Ultherapy. 

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Six degrees of separation

Written by Aldrin Cardona Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rather he gave me the impression that he was thrifty despite having earned his millions at the time when my bank account barely had P10,000. We shared expenses for food, taxi fare and fun in the number of occasions I covered his fencing team’s participation in international tournaments. On the one occasion he invited me over to his then newly-built house in San Juan, he served me and a late colleague with the best turon we ever had in our lives. He never practiced opulence.

Dante Varona was the image of everything macho.

I was barely into my teens when I first saw him march with the basketball team. I did not root for in our barangay’s summer sports tournament. It was probably an eon back when I first got closest to a star that big. Continue reading

Richard Gomez in his first ‘MMK’ episode

It’s his first appearance in the weekly drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya or just MMK. Richard Gomez stars in his first-ever MMK episode tonight. His role is sure to inspire viewers. He plays a tricycle driver and student pursuing a master’s degree. How he juggles work and school is what the episode will try to illustrate.

As a kid, Rafael (Richard) dreamt of becoming a teacher. His stepfather thought it would be better for him to work than study. But, Rafael would find ways to continue his studies.

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Richard Gomez, Aiko Melendez win in Portugal & London

Filipino independent films or indie films are once again making a buzz in the international scene, signs that the Filipino film industry is alive.

Early in March, Richard Gomez won as Best Actor for his film ‘The Janitor’ in the Director’s Week section at the 35th Oporto International Film Festival or Fantasporto in Portugal.

“The Janitor” is an action-thriller film directed by Mike Tuviera. The jurors were impressed with the portrayal of Richard in the film as a senior police officer who orders the execution of suspected criminals. This is Gomez’ 1st international acting award and his 9th best actor award in over 30 years of acting career.

In late February, Aiko Melendez won the Best Actress award in the Foreign Language Film category of the 7th International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London.

Melendez won over seven other nominees for her performance in the movie ‘Asintado (Between The Eyes).’


Richard Gomez, ‘Children’s Show’ win at Fantasporto festival in Portugal

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Since he started his acting career over 30 years ago, Richard Gomez has won a total of eight Best Actor awards, the last two courtesy of the FAMAS and the Film Academy of the Philippines in 1995 for the film “Dahas”.

Now the actor known fondly as Goma wins his latest acting recognition, his first in 20 years and his first ever in an international film festival.

On the same weekend that his film “The Janitor” took home five awards in the Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards for Movies, Richard was also honored with the Best Actor award in the Director’s Week competition at the 35th Oporto International Film Festival or Fantasporto in Portugal.

Richard impressed the jurors with his portrayal of a senior police officer who orders the execution of suspected criminals. Directed by Michael Tuviera, “The Janitor” has drawn comparisons to Erik Matti’s “On The Job,” another internationally acclaimed Filipino film. In a previous interview with InterAksyon, Richard said Matti first offered the role of another cop to him but it ultimately went to Joey Marquez.

With “The Janitor”, which premiered in the Director’s Showcase section of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last year, Richard was finally able to play a similar role in a similarly independently produced film and reap accolades for it as well.

Goma’s win also came after the actor recently made headlines for his controversial views on the Mamasapano incident that resulted in the demise of 44 members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force.

Another big winner in the Fantasporto film festival is Derick Cabrido’s “Children’s Show”, which won the Special Jury Award in the Orient Express section.
Like “The Janitor”, “Children’s Show” premiered at last year’s Cinemalaya where it won four awards in the New Breed section, including Best Supporting Actor for indie child actor Miggs Cuaderno.

Based on the true story of children ages 10 to 15 that were used by a syndicate for underground wrestling matches, “Children’s Show” also recently won Best Story for Cabrido in the recent Gawad Tanglaw awards.

The film is next scheduled to compete in the Main Competition of the Fantastic Cinema Festival, Film Society of Little Rock in Arkansas in the United States from March 11 to 15 and in and in the International Competition: Long Films section of the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland from March 21 to 28.

By Edwin P. Sallan,

Richard Gomez, ‘Children’s Show’ win in Portugal film fest

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines brought home two awards at the 35th Oporto International Film Festival, popularly known as Fantasporto, held in Portugal last March 7.

In the Orient Express section, Roderick Cabrido’s “Children’s Show” won the Special Jury Award.

Meanwhile, Richard Gomez won best actor in the Directors’ Week competition for Michael Tuviera’s “The Janitor.”

A “beautiful” blessing, Gomez described the honor, his first international citation. “It’s great to be recognized for my work in indie films.”

Cabrido, for his part, said: “I didn’t expect this … I was just really happy that we got included in the fest. Winning an award is inspiring.”

Cabrido said the film’s producers, Harlene Bautista and Romnick Sarmenta, were in Portugal to receive the award.

Best film in the Orient Express section went to Shim Sung-bo’s “Hae Moo” from South Korea.

In the Directors’ Week derby, best film went to Shawkat Amin Korki’s “Memories on Stone” from Iraq, while best actress was won by Maxine Peake of the United Kingdom for “Keeping Rosy.”

In the main “Fantasy” competition, Karoly Meszaros’ “Liza, the Fox Fairy” (Hungary) won best film.

Special Jury Award went to Lowell Dean’s “Wolfcop” of Canada. Rupert Evans of the UK won best actor for “The Canal,” while Georgia Bradley, also of the UK, won best actress for “Hungerford.”

Perci Intalan’s “Dementia” competed in the fest’s main section.

The Fantasporto, according to its web site, aims to “promote high-quality independent cinema and the new generation of filmmakers.”

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Dennis Trillo on Richard Gomez: “Adonis talaga!”

Dennis Trillo says about his The Janitor co-star Richard Gomez (shown in both photos): “Isa siya sa mga artista na pag nakita mo, maii-starstruck ka talaga sa physique niya. Adonis talaga!”

Ang action-drama film na The Janitor ay humakot ng limang awards sa Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival noong August.

Ngayong October 8, ipapalabas na ito sa mainstream cinema. Si Richard Gomez ay gumanap bilang former superior ni Dennis Trillo sa police force. Inutusan ni Richard si Dennis na hanapin at iligpit ang mga suspects sa isang heinous crime.

Ang The Janitor ay binigyan ng grade A ng Cinema Evaluation Board. Mas exciting ba kapag sa mainstream na mapapanood ang ginawa niyang indie movie?

Sagot ni Richard Gomez, “Mas exciting kasi, mas marami na ang makakapanood ng movie especially kung ganito kaganda ang pelikula. Napanood nila sa Cinemalaya, nakita nilang maganda ang mga reviews. It’s a good opportunity for them to experience and watch this film.”

Sa Cinemalaya X, nanalo ang The Janitor ng Best Screenplay, Editing and Sound, Best Director para kay Direk Michael “Mike” Tuviera, at Best Supporting Actor para kay Nicco Manalo.

Unang pagkakataon naman na makatrabaho ni Richard si Dennis Trillo sa The Janitor. Karamihan pa ng mga eksena nila ay sila ang magkasama. Sa general press con, inamin ni Dennis na na-intimidate siya kay Richard.

“Ngayon ko lang po sasabihin, talagang noong nalaman ko na magkakatrabaho kami ni Mr. Richard Gomez, kinakabahan ako nung araw na yun,” ani Dennis. “Mula noon pa man, pinapanood ko na at hinangaan ang ginagawa niyang pelikula. Para makatrabaho siya sa isang proyekto na ito, napakalaking honor para sa akin. “Nasabi ko na dati na noong una ko siyang makita, isa siya sa mga artista na pag nakita mo, maii-starstruck ka talaga sa physique niya. Adonis talaga! “Kahit sinong lalaki manliliit pag nakita siya. Napakalaki pa niyang tao. Sobrang saya talaga na makatrabaho siya.”

Para kay Richard, kamusta naman ang experience? “Well, masarap ka-trabaho si Dennis dahil number one, mabait siya. He’s always there on the set. Kung ano ang demands ng director, binibigay niya. Kung ano ang demands ng character niya, ginagampanan niya. “It’s really nice to work with Dennis, hopefully in the future, makatrabaho ko siya ulit.”

by Rose Garcia posted on October 2, 2014

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