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‘The Better Half’ nears finale: Cast sad show ending after half a year on the air

At the presscon for the last two weeks of The Better Half, members of the cast – Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, Denise Laurel, and JC de Vera – chimed a common feeling of melancholy for the show’s soon-to-come finale.

All of them had something common to say that they enjoyed each other’s company, in fact, underscoring that they seem to have become a family.

Laurel said that she’s prepping herself up for the days that she won’t see her co-stars and that she may not work with them for quite a time.

All of them said they will miss each other, but that didn’t stop them from saying what the followers of the show should anticipate for the two weeks before the finale.

In the show, the lives of Camille (Magdayao), Marco (Aquino), Rafael (De Vera), and Bianca (Laurel) are at stake as they play the unpredictable game of love to live freely and happily with their better halves.

The show kicks the suspense up a notch as it brings more explosive revelations and thrilling scenes that will make viewers’ hearts pound even harder. Even the stars of the show are also excited about the series’ much-awaited finale, teasing viewers with the stories’ unexpected twists. 

BIDDING ADIEU. "The Better Half" lead stars JC de Vera and Shaina Magdayao (first and second from left), and Denise Laurel and Carlo Aquino (first and second from right) with the rest of the cast during the series' thanksgiving event. 

“I was surprised when I read the script. I could feel my heart beating. I am sure viewers will be pleased with how the show will end,” said Magdayao.

“If you thought Bianca was already bad, well, you have not seen her worst yet. She will make everyone crazy,” teased Laurel.

“You will see how far Marco’s love will go for Camille and his sacrifices for her. You will love him even more,” shared Aquino.

“You have yet to see which team will win --- Team Sunrise or Team Sunset? We promise you, we will not let you all down with our explosive ending,” De Vera insisted.

As they all fight to live a happy life, who will win in the game of love? Will they be able to escape the wrath of Bianca? Whose life will be at risk next?

Since the series started airing in February, it has added suspense to viewers’ afternoons and impressed fans with the stars’ performances.

The show has also consistently won its timeslot, hitting an all-time high national TV rating of 18 percent, according to data from Kantar Media. It is also a daily trending topic as it garners thousands of tweets daily.

The Better Half airs after Pusong Ligaw on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable 167). 

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Here’s some bit of good news for workers in local filmmaking.  

After announcing the creation of the FDCP National Registry on Aug. 2 at Limbaga 77, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will hold an on-site registration for all film workers wishing to avail of the benefits and services of the Registry.  

As a database of all active film workers, the FDCP National Registry ensures the monitoring, protection, and provision of basic social services to all active film workers. 

On-site registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30-31 at the UP Film Institute Film Center (Cine Adarna).

Film workers – actors, producers, directors, production staff, technical workers, creative and artistic team – actively working in the last three years are eligible to register and will be able to avail of benefits, such as SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig services, including attendance to workshops, forums, and legal consultations, as well as access to job opportunities for local and foreign productions. 

“Currently, we have hundreds of film workers working independently or on a per project basis. Access to basic social services, security, and job opportunities are real issues with them and we hope that the National Registry will be a good start in addressing these gaps,” said Liza Diño. “Film is an industry as it is an expression of art and we have to start looking after our workers. We are glad that we have the support of the social services institutions for this,” she added. 

A socialized annual membership fee will apply for all FDCP Members under the Registry, and the amount will be based on their monthly income.

For more information on the FDCP National Registry, visit the FB page or email [email protected]

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Be careful when hiring house helps or kasambahay. The girl or boy you could be hiring might be someone who would con you with money, gadgets or other valuables.

I got an e-mail from a college classmate at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication. Melvi Pacubas D’Avanzo was one of the sensitive actors in theater and film at the time of the new Philippine cinema spearheaded by Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Mario O’Hara, and Orlando Nadres.

In the mail she sent me she rants how her mother’s kasambahay left her mom’s house with a stash of cash meant to settle bills, like electricity, phone, and other things.

Helen Palmaera Landar

We’re reprinting her letter in toto

Dear Editor:

I request your assistance in informing the general public of a theft, which our kasambahay, Helen Palmaera Landar, had committed on my mother’s household in Paco, Manila.  My mother’s name is Rosa S. Pacubas, 96, and bedridden.  Ms. Landar was given money (P11,500) on May 1, 2017 to pay Meralco, PLDT and Social Security dues.  She was also entrusted P21,500 for safekeeping.  She withdrew P 8,000 from my mother’s GSIS ATM card without permission.  In addition, she had taken a cell phone, pan, clothing, bag and others. 

She had texted my mother’s caregivers that she would hurt my mother and my family if we complain to the authorities.  We have a pending investigation with the NBI. 

My purpose for this request is to put out this information and caution any family she can victimize in the future.  Please forward any information about Ms. Landar’s whereabouts to NBI -  AOTD Anti-Organized Crime Transactional Division.

Thanks a lot.

Melvi D’Avanzo

Daughter, Rosa S. Pacubas

So, if you’re in dire need of house help, you know who not to hire. I am also posting her photo in case she applies and uses another name.

Topics: Shaina Magdayao , Carlo Aquino , Denise Laurel , JC de Vera , The Better Half , Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) , Melvi Pacubas D’Avanzo , Rosa S. Pacubas , Helen Palmaera Landar
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