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‘The Durables’

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NOTED CLANS – The late Romeo Vasquez came from a noted clan in Tayabas and nearby Quezon towns: Alandy and Sumilang. He was once urged to run for mayor but he declined. Politics was not for him.

Highspeed earlier wrote that Bobby was Asia’s best actor for “Ako ang Maysala” in 1958, just like Rogelio de la Rosa for “Higit sa Lahat” and Efren Reyes for “Ifugao.” Ric Rodrigo was also Asia’s best actor for “Igorota.”

And while at it, might as well say that Charito Solis and Charo Santos were Asia’s best actresses, for “Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak” and “Itim,” respectively. Rebecca del Rio and Rosanna Ortiz were Asia’s best supporting actresses for “Malvarosa” and “Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara,” respectively.

Leroy Salvador was Asia’s best supporting actor for “Biyaya ng Lupa.” Bobby was 78 when he passed recently.

‘THE DURABLES;’ – Earlier, Highspeed noted other stars who’ve gone ahead of Bobby. This time, focus is on stars who remain active at 70-plus and even older. Let’s call them “The Durables.”

Leading the list are Gloria Romero and Eddie Garcia. She’s 83 and he’s nearing 90.

More durables and active actors: Robert Arevalo and wife Barbara Perez, Eddie Gutierrez, Susan Roces, Ronaldo Valdez, Dante Rivero, Perla Bautista, Marita Zobel, Helen Gamboa, Caridad Sanchez, Gloria Sevilla, Daisy Romualdez, Joseph Estrada, Tito Sotto, Pepito Rodriguez, Tommy Abuel, Boots Anson-Roa Rodrigo, Luz Valdez, Lito Legaspi.

RETIRED – Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, Marlene Dauden, Josephine Estrada have been US- based for years. Still around but retired from showbiz are Mila del Sol, Ramon Revilla, Lilia Dizon, Delia Razon, Amalia Fuentes, Mona Lisa, Jose Mari, Liberty Ilagan, Rosa Rosal, Zeny Zabala, Armida Siguion Reyna.

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