I Belong To The Zoo’s Argee Guerrero tests positive for COVID-19

Argee Guerrero. Image: Screengrab from YouTube/I Belong to the Zoo

I Belong to the Zoo frontman Argee Guerrero revealed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been quarantining in his home since July 26.

The musician disclosed his health condition to fans via Instagram Stories yesterday, Aug. 8. While he noted that he has contracted a mild case of COVID-19, Guerrero assured that “everything is slowly going back to normal” for him.

Argee Guerrero, I Belong to the Zoo

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He then urged his followers to continue staying at home if they have nothing important to do outside and to wear their masks properly.

“The latest toys, shoes, streetwear and gadgets can wait,” Guerrero added. “Your old and new hobbies can wait. Stay at home.”

Prior to his announcement, Guerrero has joined online shows with other musicians amid the ongoing quarantine brought by the spread of the coronavirus. The band’s latest performance was for the seventh anniversary of the independent music label Yellow Room Music Philippines which was livestreamed on Festival Mall Alabang’s Facebook page yesterday.

Though the show was shot inside the establishment, the music label stated on Instagram that it was a pre-recorded performance. The group did not disclose when exactly it was shot.

Some of I Belong to the Zoo’s most famous hits include “Sana”, “Balang Araw” and “Balita”. Guerrero is also well-known for collaborating with Moira Dela Torre on her 2019 song “Patawad, Paalam”. Guerrero worked with Dela Torre and her husband Jason Hernandez on the song’s words and music. NVG


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Janine Gutierrez on traveling, quarantine: ‘Stay safe and we’ll get out of this’

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Actress Janine Gutierrez penned a short yet reassuring message to fans and fellow travel enthusiasts who are currently stuck due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The first time I left the country, I was already 24. I had always ALWAYS wanted to travel but it was just too expensive and for the longest time I didn’t even have a passport,” she shared on Instagram yesterday, Aug. 7.

“Ever since that first trip, I’ve been so lucky (and hungry enough that I’ve said yes or forced my way into every opportunity to leave),” she added.

The actress, whose post came with a photo from her trip to Florence, Italy, noted that she is stuck in the Philippines for now, although “that turned out to be a good thing.”

For both travel enthusiasts and aspiring travelers, Gutierrez advised: “In the meantime, let’s make our lists and imaginary itineraries and hope against hope that everything gets better soon.”

“I hope you never get too sad about feeling stuck or missing an opportunity or running into a change of plans you didn’t want,” she said.

“What’s meant to be will find its way. stay safe and we’ll get out of this.  Oh, the places we’ll go,” Gutierrez added.

The actress recently got together with her boyfriend and fellow actor Rayver Cruz for the latter’s 31st birthday on July 20. They were joined by Rayver’s older brother Rodjun and his wife, Dianne Medina.  /ra


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Bela Padilla nominated Best Actress in 15th Seoul Int’l Drama Awards

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Bela Padilla has been nominated for the coveted Best Actress award at the Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) 2020 for her role in the 2019 ABS-CBN crime drama “Sino ang Maysala?”

Padilla was recognized for her portrayal of Juris in the said television series (internationally titled “Mea Culpa”), the award-giving body announced yesterday, Aug. 6.

“Sino ang Maysala,” which ran for over three months, has likewise been nominated under the Serial Drama category along with seven other foreign shows.

The British-Filipino actress has since expressed her gratitude through social media. Through Instagram Story, she said, “Thank you so much for the nomination!!! and from one of my favorite countries too!”

Bela Padilla

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Padilla also took pride in being nominated alongside British actress Imelda Staunton, who is known for playing the infamous professor Dolores Umbridge in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

“Thank you!!! To be nominated with Ms. Hyo Jin and professor Umbridge herself!!!!! is honestly the most kilig part for me,” she said via Twitter on the same day.

The SDA, South Korea’s only international television festival, recognizes excellence in television drama from around the globe. A total of 212 entries from 41 countries were screened this year, according to its organizers.

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Padilla was nominated along with six other actresses, namely South Korea’s Si-Eun Park (“Everything and Nothing”), Hyo-Jin Kong (“When the Camellia Blooms”) and Ji-Eun Kim (“I Have 3 boyfri3nds”), Czech Republic’s Zuzana

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