From the ED­I­TOR

YES! (Philippines) - - From The Editor -

This March is­sue is very much like show­biz—a nearly serendip­i­tous mix of many un­re­lated things. We have here our long-time fa­vorites: Gla­dys Reyes and Jean-Christophe Som­mereux, who re­new their vows grandly on the 25th year of to­geth­er­ness that had its be­gin­nings on the set of Mara Clara 26 years ago. We also have re­ports on other friends of long-stand­ing: Goma in a solo paint­ing ex­hibit af­ter just three years with the brush and acrylic; the Megas­tar on her 40th Mega Tour; and our artists in a ben­e­fit din­ner for the much-loved Bernardo Bernardo. This month we also say our farewells to Direk Maryo J, a man with a good­ness as huge as his frame, whose wake was noth­ing short of a block­buster. All the peo­ple who spoke told of what he had done for them, and they sent him off with tears and ap­plause. As for the younger stars of show­biz, it’s great to see them sav­ing, in­vest­ing, be­ing en­trepreneurs this early: Sam Pinto works hard on her Baler bou­tique re­sort, and so does Ben­jamin Alves, on his hand­crafted ice-cream and book café. The rawest tal­ent in this is­sue, Jame­son Blake, is get­ting in­die and rom-com of­fers left and right, and if his se­ri­ous­ness and dis­ci­pline are any­thing to go by, he is go­ing to make it. Not a bad mix, and we haven’t said the half of it. Good read­ing!• As he was when YES! vis­ited him at the fam­ily beach­house in Palawan last year, Derek Ram­say was again the warm, wel­com­ing host at his very own place in Ala­bang, Muntinlupa City, when YES!, heed­ing the call of fans, re­turned for an­other Derek house shoot.

The dog lover (1) filled us with lit­tle and big sto­ries as he opened ev­ery part of a house that, he is proud to say, he over­saw from the ground up. (As in, he him­self picked the tiles and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.)

Derek, who seems to be get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter at build­ing houses, also told Jocelyn Valle (3) his vi­sion of a bun­ga­low on a sprawl­ing prop­erty for his would-be wife—it’s def­i­nitely his girl­friend Joanne (2), says he—and kids and dogs. But that’s an­other story.

In the here and now, Anna Pin­gol (4) was busy enough lead­ing a crew of 10 to cap­ture Derek’s personal abode in pho­to­graphs by Ocs Al­varez, all for YES! read­ers to en­joy.

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YES! ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF Jo-ann Q. maglipon


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