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Contemporary TV, cinema titles

Coco Martin

CONTEMPORARY – Yesterday, Highspeed turned nostalgic and recalled the good old days, when Philippine cinema was at its peak. Also remembered were the showbiz titles of yore.

Now, Highspeed turns contemporary and dwells on titles and trends nowadays. Let’s start with television, which now rules showbiz.

COCO MARTIN – Primetime King, thanks to “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

As regards Primetime Queen, there’s no clear “winner.” Perhaps a toss-up among Bea Alonzo, Jodi Sta. Maria, Toni Gonzaga, Barbie Forteza.

KATHNIEL, LizQuen, JaDine, AlDub – Top loveteams.

CHARO SANTOS, Mel Tiangco – Drama anthology “queens,” for “MMK” and “Magpakailanman,” respectively.

VICKY MORALES, Julius Babao – Miss & Mr. Public Service.

EAT BULAGA – Still the most durable noontime show, but with “Showtime” catching up.

MAYMAY – The newest novelty fad, move over, Melai!

BOY ABUNDA – Unchallenged King of Talk. And the Queen – the throne is vacant as Kris Aquino’s keeping a low profile.

COMEDY KING, QUEEN – Michael V, Manily Reynes. Runners-up: John Lloyd Cruz, Toni Gonzaga.

How about movies?

VICE GANDA – Box-office champion, in tandem with Coco Martin. They make a nice pair.

INDIE KING, QUEEN – Paolo Ballesteros (best actor in Tokyo filmfest), Jaclyn Jose (Cannes best actress).

TOP INT’L DIRECTORS – Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz.

MOST BEAUTIFUL FACES – Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera.


SARAH GERONIMO – Sweetheart ng Bayan.

JAMES REID – Crush ng Bayan.

GLORIA ROMERO, EDDIE GARCIA – Most durable stars.

(Mainstream cinema is down the past many years. But then it’s the golden age of indies, winning recognition all over the world. Of course, indies have limited market, but hopefully, in time, the local audiences will learn to appreciate them. And support by paying their way to watch them.)