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Bashers hound Ruru and Gabbi

Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia are both victims of bashing after GMA-7 announced they would play important roles in the re-boot of Encantadia. Ruru will breathe life to the role of Ybarro, which Dingdong Dantes  played in the first edition. Gabbi will play Sang’gre Alena, a part that propelled Karylle’s popularity then. 

Ruru said,  “Actually, that same night after the announcement, the story trended on Twitter and I’ve read majority of the people’s comments. I got surprised because many of the messages weren’t really that encouraging. Of course, I admit to getting hurt. I’m just human. But I just stayed calm.

Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid are unfazed by negative comments from netizens

 “I understand that the public’s views vary. As an old adage goes, you just can’t please everybody. And I respect their opinion. I would just treat it as a booster for me to strive hard, to prove my detractors wrong and show to all and sundry that I deserve the role. Actually, it’s from the bashers where I’ll get the inspiration to perform well as the new Ybarro.” 

Gabbi shares the same sentiment.

 “I’m very active on Twitter. It has become my hobby to read tweets every day. If I happen to read negative comments about myself, I simply ignore them. But if I see that the person has a point, I give weight to it. Especially if it’s for my improvement, I accept and try to do what is being suggested. 

 “So I’m not really affected when it comes to this bashing thing. I want to think that I’m logical enough to handle the situation. I just learn from it and take it as a challenge which is good for my career,” she avers.

Actually, the main point of their bashers is the fact that they’re given a gargantuan task when they’re still new in the business and haven’t proven anything yet. In fact, they are even tagged as starlets.

 “Well, let them,” Ruru states. “In my case with Gabbi, we’ve already headlined a prime time show last year via Let the Love Begin, remember? We’re thankful for its successful run. At least now, they know us. And I think, once Encantadia begins, they will get amazed. GMA has really big plans for the show!”

As for Gabbi, “I’m not hurt if they brand me as a starlet because it’s true: I’m really new in the field. I still have a long way to go. I humbly accept what they’re saying because it’s imperative to prove my worth. Hope they can give us the time to show what we can offer and Encantadia is a very good vehicle.”

They are always being compared to the original stars of the program.

 “It’s inevitable! Actually, we’re not here to replace them. What they’ve done before is already a classic. Our batch will just give a new and fresher version to update the present crop of viewers,” Ruru and Gabbi end in unison.


Ai Ai delas Alas and Megan Young top-bill a new Regal Entertainment project titled My Mighty Yaya. This is the first time that the A-1 comedienne and Miss World 2013 are starring in a movie together.

Comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas 

The movie is directed by Jose Javier Reyes and also stars Zoren Legaspi and Sofia Andres who worked together in the ABS-CBN soap Forever More headlined by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. Child stars Lucas Enrique and Alyson McBride are also members of the cast.

Interestingly, this will be Ai Ai’s second film project for Reyes after the highly-successful 2015 MMFF entry My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More with Vic Sotto, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. 

Many are excited with this new screen combination, which is Ai Ai’s comeback vehicle under Regal Entertainment. Her last project for the film outfit was the horror trilogy Shake, Rattle & Roll 2K5.

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