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Best of friends

Fernando Poe Jr

BEST OF – The last time, Highspeed focused on friendly rivalry among directors. This time the focus is on best of friends.

Let’s start with the late Fernando Poe, Jr. and Joseph Estrada, whose friendship stood the test of time. No wonder then, former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Erap supports the candidacy of Grace Poe over political ally Jojo Binay.

The foursome of the late Rudy Fernandez, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Phillip Salvador. Ipe remains loyal to Bong and Jinggoy through good and difficult times.

Susan Roces and Manay Ichu Maceda, their friendship tracing back to the 60’s, when Ms. Roces was Sampaguita star and Queen of Philippine movies. Manay Ichu is the daughter of the producers, Dr. Jose R. Perez and Mama Nene.

Baby K. Jimenez, then top entertainment writer, formed a solid bond with Susan Roces, Charo Santos, and Nora Aunor.

BKJ had a falling out with Nora, but the good news is they’ve reconciled.

Although belonging to different religions, Boyet de Leon and wife Sandy Andolong (Catholic) and Tirso Cruz III and wife Lyn Ynchausti (Born Again) are the best of friends.

BROMANCE – In Ricky Lo’s latest book “Conversations Pa More,” featured are the ties of Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano, Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby. All four are Born-Again Christians.

“Bromance” is the term to describe male bonding.

More “Bromance”: Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez (remember the soap “My Husband’s Lover”?).

Volatile Jobert Sucaldito and even-tempered Ahwel Paz of tele-radyo fame.

James Reid and Brent Jackson.

Albert Martinez and Lloyd Samartino.

Richard Gomez and Joey Marquez.

Jerry Codiñera and Alvin Patrimonio.

Ogie Alcasid and Janno Gibbs.