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Pops-Jomari break-up confirmed

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Pops-Jomari break-up confirmed FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo
March 03, 2009 12:00 AM 

Pops Fernandez and Jomari Yllana: It’s sad and ugly if money is indeed the cause.
It’s confirmed: Pops Fernandez and Jomari Yllana have broken up.

“No,” said somebody close to the couple. “There was no third party. The culprit was money.”


Since the Funfare informer politely refused to elaborate, we can only speculate where the money issue came in.

Pops has just starred with her ex-husband Martin Nievera in their reunion concert Missing You early last month at the Araneta Coliseum and it was Jomari who produced it under Fearless Productions (which he co-manages with friends Ronald and Ryan Singson). Was there an “issue” as far as Pops’ talent fee was concerned?

It’s not only sad but ugly if indeed money was the cause of the break-up of the couple’s barely two-year romance.

I wonder what Martin has to say about this matter.

Ruffa cries, ‘Foul!’

Could it be true that Dr. Vicki Belo, still on the “warpath,” has sent Ruffa Gutierrez (photo) an urgent letter “ordering” her to remove the ads showing her (Ruffa) endorsing Philosophy by Mikaela, the clinic of Mikaela Bilbao, newest beauty expert on the scene?

But Ruffa is reportedly puzzled why the doktora would run against her when there’s no conflict at all between her being the “corporate” endorser of The Belo Medical Clinic and the “salon line” endorser of Mikaela (together with Rufa Mae Quinto for the “skin care” and Pops Fernandez for the “non-surgical body treatment”).

“Unless,” somebody remarked, “Dr. Belo is starting to get insecure with Mikaela.”

Sarah is the true ‘queen’ of ABS-CBN and Star Cinema

By virtue of the staggering box-office gross of her latest movie, You Changed My Life, Sarah Geronimo (photo) is hands-down the true “queen” of Star Cinema and its sister company, ABS-CBN.

The movie raked in more than P27 million on opening day and over P70 million during its three days of showing.

That likewise makes John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah’s leading man, the twin company’s “king.”

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, You Changed My Life is projected to gross, hold your breath, P250 million during its entire run, surpassing the P180 million total gross of the love­team’s first starrer, A Very Special Love (also directed by Cathy).

Had not Journey found Arnel Pineda as replacement for vocalist Steve Perry, what could have possibly happened to the group?

“We would still be looking for a vocalist,” said Journey vocalist Neal Schon during an exclusive interview with Funfare yesterday after the presscon proper at the Atrium of SM North EDSA’s The Block.

It was Schon who discovered Arnel via the YouTube in late 2007.

“I replayed it a few times and I exclaimed, “He is it!’ We couldn’t have found a better vocalist. Arnel sang Journey songs in that YouTube clip so beautifully that even then he sounded to me like he’s one of us.”

Arnel and Schon flew in from San Francisco early Saturday morning with the three other Journey members, Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass) and Deen Castronovo (drums), two weeks earlier than their Revelation (also the title of Journey’s first album with Arnel) concert on March 14 at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

“We’ve been rehearsing,” said Cain.

Journey will soon fly to Japan for a series of concerts and come back in time for their Manila gig.

Arnel has beautifully blended with the group. Side by side with the four tall guys, he looks “cute,” a virtual “little” Journey brother.

“It feels like he has been with us for a long time,” said Castronovo, “like a long-lost brother.”

A story in Rolling Stone magazine mentioned that Arnel nearly quit the group after a tour in Chile.

“I was misquoted,” insisted Arnel.

“You know,” added Schon, “that magazine has never been nice to us.”

Except for catching up on lack of sleep by taking power naps, Arnel has nicely adjusted to Journey’s back-breaking schedule.

“My only little problem is homesickness,” admitted Arnel, 42, a father of three. “I missed my family so much.”

During their off-hours, Arnel plans to take his fellow Journey-men around Manila.

“I will let them taste balut,” he laughed.

“What’s that?” wondered Cain.

“It’s unhatched chick,” explained Arnel. “You eat everything, including the head, the feathers and the feet.”

Cain and the three other guys swallowed air.

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