It all started with TV and radio broadcaster Arnold Clavio sending a blind item on air that one actress from a leading television network is moving out from her home studio and jumping on a neighboring giant broadcast media company.
Because Arnold is based in GMA Network, a mainstay of the station, where else would the actress come from except from ABS-CBN simply because of his hint that the actress has a boyfriend in her current production house. For a pedestrian, the pretty lass could be reached by simply riding in a tricycle from GMA Network to her TV station.
Clavio next offered a hint that the name of the movie and TV star is akin to a place as a gathering venue for people and especially students.
Running through the names of big stars in ABS-CBN like Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador, Yassi Pressman, Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, Kathryn Bernardo, Liza Soberano, Kim Chiu etc who among them has the first or family name where people gather?
I could only surmise Jessy Mendiola who has Luis Manzano as a boyfriend in their broadcast multimedia company?
If you notice, Jessy has no regular TV show to speak of currently on or even about to be shown in ABS-CBN’s free TV, Channel 2 nor a new movie project for Star Cinema.
Prizewinning screenwriter Ricardo Lee, also known as Ricky Lee, celebrated his birthday recently and it was a gathering of most of his protégés in scriptwriting as it was indeed meant to pay tribute to him coming from his Writers Studio.
Imagine baking and adorning a five-small-cake spelled out the word R-I-C-K-Y with each group photo on top of each piece.
The last group to study screenplay writing under Lee is the Batch 19 composed of some celebs not identified with scriptwriting like comedian John Lapus: movie, stage and television star Nicco Manalo; film director Paolo Villaluna etc and the earlier batches were at least represented.
Batch 20 had many movie reporters in its roster like Ricky Calderon, Mell T. Navarro, Ronald Rafer, George Vail Kabristante etc.
I came because I was in the Batch 1 of the workshop—the very first group which passed rigidly the requirements necessitated by Ricky under his tutelage. In 1981, we were required to submit samples of our writings for evaluation. Aside from me, celebrated filmmakers Jeffrey Jeturian, Armando Lao, Leo Abaya, Jose Almojuela, Boots Agbayani-Pastor, literary writer Loretta Medina, ad man Buddy Palad, actor Eric Reyes, entertainment writer Emmie Velarde, showbiz reporter Phillip Garcia, Jr., writers Benjie Tan and Nonoy Labayen, the late award-winning scriptwriter Lynda Casimiro and komiks writer and illustrator Vincent Bejamin Kua, Jr.
Name them, most of the contemporary scriptwriters of mostly teleserye in ABS-CBN and GMA Network or even TV5 are products of the Lee writing consciousness. Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Ma. Mendoza was also once a Ricky workshopper.
Aside from the available alumni of the Writers Studio which was established by Lee who attended the birthday bash, actresses Chanda Romero and Agot Isidro, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, writer and Editor-in-Chief of Yes Magazine Jo-Anne Maglipon, soprano Josephine Gomez and other many friends and colleagues of Ricky came to share with him the momentous event.