James Yap reportedly joining showbiz

Basketball player James Yap will allegedly enter showbiz "to show everyone that he can still stand on his own and be someone on his own merits," according to an unidentified source quoted by Shirley Pizarro of the Manila Bulletin. The source added that Yap now accepts almost all event invitations, such as the September 25 fashion show organized by the Philippine Basketball Association. Yap and Miss Universe fourth runner-up Venus Raj will be the highlight of the show. Manila Bulletin added that they "know for a fact" that a "prestigious company (is offering Yap) a huge endorsement deal."

Yap is allegedly nursing a bruised ego because some people are supposedly spreading rumors that he "now amounts to nothing because he is already separated from (Kris Aquino)," the Manila Bulletin source said. Aquino filed a petition in August for their marriage to be declared null.

On the first hearing of the couple’s custody case, press people allegedly told Manila Bulletin, "The screams and shrieks (when James got off the elevator) were louder than when Kris first walked in the room." Manila Bulletin writes, "For some reason, James’ sex appeal seems to have heightened now that the public knows that he is single again."

For more on this story, log on to Manila Bulletin. Photo of Kris Aquino and James Yap by Noel Orsal of PEP.ph.

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