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‘Living Treasures’




GLORIA Romero and Eddie Garcia

GLORIA Romero and Eddie Garcia

STILL ACTIVE – Gloria Romero and Eddie Gar­cia may well be called “Living Treasures” of showbiz. At 80-plus, they are still active. Tita Glo top­bills GMA’s “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko,” while Tito Eddie just won a best actor award from Cinemalaya for “ML.” He’s also a mainstay of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN.

They were Sampaguita con­temporaries in the ‘50s, with Tita Glo as the studio movie queen and Tito Eddie as top “contravida”…later lead actor and top director.

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LIMITED TO – Who are the other “Living Treasures”? These names – limited to Octogenarians – come to mind:

Anita Linda, Lilia Dizon, Delia Razon, Robert Are­valo, Tony Mabesa, Barbara Perez, Ramon Revilla, Tony Ferrer, Rosa Rosal, Armida Siguion Reyna, Joseph Estrada, Mona Lisa, Caridad Sanchez, Gloria Sevilla, Naty Santiago, Daisy Ro­mualdez, Mila del Sol, US-based Marlene Dauden, Ce­lia Flor, Rudy Francisco (father of RS Francisco of “M Butterfly” and “Boy Intsik” fame).

Also durable on the list are enter­tainment historian Dr. Lynn Pareja, former First lady Imelda Marcos (in a way showbiz), Bien Lumbera (Manunuri stalwart, aside from be­ing National Artist and Magsaysay Awardee), Eddie Ilarde, and Moth­er Lily Monteverde.

(Actually, Mother Lily turned only 79 last Aug. 19. But Chinese gener­ally don’t celebrate the 79th year and instead jump to 80.) Some kind of superstitious belief.

Not to forget Nikki and Angie of Wing Duo.

Turning Oc­togenarians next year are Eddie Mesa, Celia Rodri­guez, Romy Vitug, and Danny Do­lor.