Gelli de Belen on 21 years of married life: Wala namang secret


HAD his original script not been stolen allegedly (which he says are being shown in different schools), direk Perry Escaño would not have met the new cast he’s so proud of in the soon to be shown “Ang Sikreto ng Piso” on January 30 in cinemas nationwide.

What is he gonna do is no longer the question to the situation. But how would he react to the audience’s take on what he says is such a happy movie to begin with.

After 22 years, husband and wife Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen found an avenue to share their comedic skills to the max.

“I have long been wanting to be in a comedic film kaya when this came along, we just had to grab it. And what better way to do it but share with your wife. Yes, nakaka-relate kami sa characters namin here as husband and wife also.”

Married now for 21 years, the couple was asked about the secret of their long-lasting Love!

Said Gelli, “Wala namang secret actually. Importante lang naman, huwag kayo mag-clash. Kaya huwag mo sabayan ang galit niya. Simple lang naman.”

Their two grownup boys are both studying in Canada. One is taking up Aviation.

“An empty nest? Hindi rin. We enjoy the space we have now. With the kind of technology we have, every now and then ang communications. Minsan, they show us pics kasama their friends. Babae. Tinatanong ko naman kung girlfriend na ba. Hindi naman daw,” said the doting Mommy.

Why didn’t they plan to have a girl?

Ariel quipped, “Ayoko. Mahirap alagaan ang babae. Matrabaho. I have a sister. Dalawa lang kami. Pero kapag may baby kang babae, iba ang alaga that you need to do.”

“Ang Sikreto ng Piso” is a family-oriented comedy inspired by actual events on the smuggle of the Philippine peso coin in 2006.

MJP Entertainment Productions and JPP Dreamworld Productions bring a story about the strength of familial love even as it explains what viewers need to know about the Philippine peso.


IS THERE a secret to their staying power as artists of a bigger magnitude? 

The Inspirational Diva, Jamie Rivera teams with the premiere vocal group The Company in “Jamie in Perfect Company,” this d February 14 at the Music Museum to relive moments of yesteryears in a show to be presented by Star Events and CCC Productions directed by Marvin Caldito and Beth Martin.

It will definitely be a perfect time to hear Jamie with The Company in their first show in one stage.

“Dito ko nakita how professionals sina Moy (Ortiz) na walang sinasayang na oras na kung may kailangan na gawin eh, hindi na naghihintay pa ng bukas to accomplish things. Kaya ang sarap ng trabaho namin. Kaya ang sarap na maging inspired sa ipapapanood namin sa mga tao on Valentine’s Day.”

The Company will sing a Jamie piece and vice-versa. 

Said Moy, “It goes beyond Spotify, eh. Iba pa rin when you get to hear it live. Like nung ilang beses na naming napanood at narinig ang isang Basil Valdez pero everytime we hear him for the nth time, talagang kami nina Teacher Annie Quintos,  OJ  Mariano and Sweet Plantado, naiiyak pa rin. Hearing a classic in a different light. It’s electric. Am no saying na nasa level kami ni Basil but it really is a different experience when you hear him sing and that is what we want to share with you come Valentine’s Day.”

With the many songs Jamie and the Company has sung and recorded, direk Marvin says the 2 hour show will definitely give the audience not just “hugot” songs but numbers to take them back in time.

They promise to be your perfect company on that special evening.

Tickets are now available via Ticketworld and Music Museum (P3,950 VVIP; P3,450 VIP; and P1,450 Silver).

I have requests: “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal” and “Pakisabi Na Lang;” and “Awit Para Sa ‘Yo” and “I’ve Fallen for You.”

Will there be a mash up? Or will someone do a rap number and dance?

So much to look forward to!

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