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Heavyweight of an act


GOODBYE, MS. LOLITA RODRIGUEZ: As I write this (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.), I just got word from Facebook that Philippine Movies’ Drama Queen Lolita Rodriguez has died following a massive heart attack in the United States.

Lolita lived with her American husband on a farm in Hemet, California for years since she retired from doing films.

She was 81.

I thought this column had perfect timing. I was preparing to do a piece with singer Radha as one of the subjects when my colleague, Sol Vanzi, mentioned to me that Lolita had just died. A Facebook post said so, albeit with not much details. Radha is a direct grandchild of Lolita’s.

Among her memorable films are “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang,” “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo,” “Gilda,” “Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa.”

To the family of Ms. Lolita Rodriguez (Lolita Clark in real life), we send our deep condolences. She had been an inspiration to many for her immense acting ability, her wide body of work, and strong, beautiful personality.

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THREE IN ONE: Music stirs the heart, soothes the soul. When performed by gifted singers, music can in turn put an audience in a trance, mesmerize.

On December 3, 8 PM at The Theatre at Solaire, heavyweight singers Radha, Frenchie Dy and Bituin Escalante shall blow you away with their hard-to-miss presence, powerful voices, and musical versatility in The Big Big Show.

It will be the first time for these exceptional musical artists to sing together in a show all their own. Expect nothing less than a sensational treat raised to the third power.

Individually, each chanteuse is a showstopper.

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THE BIG SHOW: The Big Big Show is more than just a confluence of genres and a showcase of varying degrees of skills, styles, and techniques. Under the musical direction of Mel Villena, choreography by Douglas Nierras and stage direction of Paolo Valenciano, the one-night only concert is also a celebration of women, their triumphs and defeats, their stories and journeys revealed through songs that echo their views and sentiments on love and life.

“We are celebrating the reality of the powerful feminine in this concert,” says Radha.

The Big Big Show is a production of Fullhouse Asia. (NESTOR CUARTERO)