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More poetic movie titles

  BY RONALD CONSTANTINO   *   LAST week, Highspeed enu­merated poetic movie titles. Here are more, as gathered from the book, “The Golden Years; Memorable Tagalog Movie Ads 1946-1956” from the collection of Danny Dolor. The poetic movie titles have English translations: “Tubig Na Hinugasan” (Cleansed Water). “Apoy Na Ginatungan” (Fu­eled Fire). “Tubig” and […]

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‘Namedroppers’

BY RONALD CONSTANTINO   *     HIGHSPEED takes a nostalgic trip and recalls some “namedroppers” in showbiz. Let’s start with the goddess of beauty Paraluman, Sigrid Von Giese off-cam. She was billed Mina de Gracia in the ‘40s. But her producer and leading man, Fernando Poe Sr. suggested she drop Mina de Gracia in […]

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Anita Linda: ‘One and only’

  BY RONALD CONSTANTINO   *   QUEEN OF PREMIERE – “One and only” is an apt description of Anita Linda, who passed away at 95. She’s one of a kind actress, the queen of Premiere in the ‘50s. She was acting al­most to the very end. Her Premiere films included Ramon A. Estella’s “Perfidia,” […]

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Poetic movie titles

BY RONALD CONSTANTINO   *   AFTER writing about showbiz lingo, Highspeed now dwells on poetic movie titles. From the ridiculous to the sublime? Nowadays, local film titles are mostly in English. Let’s hark back to the days when movie titles are mostly in Pilipino or Tagalog. Let’s start with DANNY ZIAL­CITA – “Kapag Tumabang […]

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More showbiz lingo

  BY RONALD CONSTANTINO   *   HIGHSPEED continues dwelling on showbiz lingo. Yes, “showbiz lingo pa-more.” Showbiz lingo goes Holly­wood, starting with Sharon Stone – shabu. Lady Gaga – meaning ob­vious. There are many Lady Gaga in and out of showbiz, here and in Hollywood. Another Lady is Lady Lavander – as in washer­woman, […]

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Outstanding directors

    WHO is the Director of the Century? It’s difficult to single out one director. And so High­speed settles for six – all of them Nation­al Artists. One by one now, with their outstanding films. BERT AVEL­LANA – “Anak Dalita,” “Bad­jao,” “Kundi­man ng Lahi,” “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.” GERRY DE LEON […]

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