FAMOUS: Gem Castillo, former ‘That’s Entertainment’ star, is San Pablo’s Tiangge Queen

Published December 11, 2020, 7:30 AM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

A weekly entertainment column by Jeff Fernando

Gem Castillo

Gem Castillo is the Queen of Tiangge in her hometown of San Pablo, Laguna. 

During our visit and exclusive interview, the former “That’s Entertainment” Wednesday Group member said that she is now busy as a housewife and a business owner operating tiangge stalls in time for the holidays.

“Masaya mag operate ng tiangge dito sa Paseo de San Pablo, Kuya Jeff. Nakakatulong tayo magbigay ng livelihood sa mga kababayan natin dito sa San Pablo, P250 a day lang ang rent nila sa stall nila kaya mura lang din ang benta nila sa items nila at madali mabawi ang pinuhunan nila,” Gem said.

The former teen star revealed trivial stories during her showbiz years

“Andami ko natutunan sa showbiz. Nandyan siyempre yung puyatan, yung hindi kami nabayaran ng buo, yung ang lamig lamig sa dagat pero kailangan mo mag-acting na nalulunod pero syempre yung disiplina at pakikisama yun ang importante,” she said.

Because of the success in the Paseo de San Pablo project, Gem said that she plans to make the tiangge stalls permanent the whole year.

Boy Abunda

THE Puregold Channel offers another sizzling hot episode of “Sabado Bago Live” on December 12 (Saturday, 4 p.m.), streaming live on Puregold’s official Facebook Page.
“Sabado Bago Live” is the latest addition to the exciting roster of shows streaming on The Puregold Channel. The show features a diverse range of topics as hosted by King Of Talk Boy Abunda with special guest co-host Coleen Garcia.

The King of Talk revealed that he still misses the classic way of delivering the latest in showbiz

“Hinhanap pa natin ang molde na yun. While I don’t subscribe to the new normal, I know that we will evolve to what truly is, and should be normal.
“Today, we are experimenting and looking for new ways to provide news and entertainment in a hybrid show like “Sabado Bago Live.” And this is something different for me as we will also feature CEOs of different brands as well as human interest stories of normal folk.

“We are trying to analyze the so-called ‘new normal’ to give a fresh element of giving news. I am grateful to Puregold and Vincent Co for providing this platform where we are free to explore and experiment, “ Boy said.
“Sabado Bago Live” is conceptualized as a means to provide quality, topnotch entertainment to millions of Filipino families staying at home because of the pandemic. This weekly talk show is designed specifically for the viewing pleasure of Puregold’s loyal online supporters that is currently close to an accumulated 3 million followers across such platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
“I am very grateful for the wonderful and positive response on our pilot episode,” says Puregold President Vincent Co. “We are really working hard to provide every Filipino family unique and engaging content that hopefully they will enjoy. This is a dream project and after many months of meetings and preparations it’s finally streaming.”
For this week’s episode, “Sabado Bago Live” will feature Teresita Balilo – a Hemodialysis patient who is a fan of the different shows on Puregold Channel on “The Full Blast;” Nutri Asia Customer and Business Development Head Janmar Roque on “Launchpad;” and Roxanne Guinoo and Lara Quigaman on “Celebrity Exclusive.”
For updates on “Sabado Bago Live” and all the other fantastic content of The Puregold Channel, like @puregold.shopping on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to Puregold Channel on YouTube.