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Changing lives, inspiring people

JAVI Lopez

FOURTH SEASON – The show which changes lives and inspires people, “Game Changer Philippines,” enters its fourth season on ABS-CBN News Channel, aired every Saturday, 9:30 p.m., with replay every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. “Game Changer” is ANC toprater and has become a viewing habit of the tech-conscious and those who want to see how pioneering concepts impact the lives of people, including the marginalized and disadvantaged.

“Game Changer” goes “inclusive” as it encourages viewers to suggest topics, submit prototypes of inventions, name trailblazers in their communities or society.

Its office is located on the 8th floor of President Tower, Timog Ave. corner Ybardolaza St., QC.

ALBEE & JAVI – Host Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez has a new co-host. No other than his personable son Javier Miguel “Javi” Lopez Benitez.

Congressman Benitez says he wants in time to leave the hosting of “Game Changer” to Javi so he can concentrate on his work as lawmaker. He is a hardworking solon, remaining humble and approachable… even if he is the second richest member of Congress, coming after Manny Pacquiao (now senator).

Javi finished high school at Xavier and is taking up political science and computer science at the prestigious Jesuit University in California, Santa Clara.

When he came back from the States, father invited son to co-host “Game Changer.” He couldn’t say no: “It’s a great opportunity to be hosting again especially with my dad. I consider this bonding time for us.”

Javi used to host “Sports Kid” on Studio 23. He competed in go-karts here and abroad and plays soccer for fan.

By the way, Albee is also US-educated, graduate of St. Mary’s College in Williamsburg, Virginia with a BS degree in mathematics.

SHOWBIZ, TOO – Turned out that years back Congressman Benitez financed a horror film for Viva. Is he willing to do another one?

Yes, he said. In fact he’s talking to Dondon Monteverde for a possible co-production. Perhaps, Javi could be one of the actors.

Albee said he’s a good friend of Gabby Concepcion, best man when the actor married Sharon Cuneta. Albert Martinez is also a good friend.

And Javi is being romantically linked to Jazz Ocampo.

See, Albee and Javi are showbiz, too.