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‘Memoirs of a Movie Queen’

That’s Susan Roces, who media met at the contract signing of RiteMed. Susan is now on her seventh year as RiteMed brand ambassador.

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Superstar in Japan

At long last, this columnist met Marlene de la Peña, who made it really big in Japan’s highly competitive entertainment field. Dear friend and colleague Aster Amoyo arranged the luncheon-interview at Annabel’s QC.

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‘Indie’ star builders

Highspeed’s items on movie studios as star builders in the ‘70s and ‘80s and up to the early ‘90s elicited this feedback. Which is: Outside major studios like Seiko, Viva, and Regal, there were “indie” star builders, in a manner of speaking. Director Lino Brocka and producer Jesse Ejercito were named.

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Grandslam!

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Grandslam!

Odette Khan has to date won three best supporting actress awards for Kip Oebanda’s “Bar Boys,” about aspiring lawyers. They are Star, FAMAS, and Urian. Almost a grandslam, but for one more trophy.

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Another ‘sleeper’?

In movie lingo, “sleeper” is a small film which unexpectedly turns out to be a big hit. Best example is last year’s “Kita Kita,” directed by Sigrid Bernardo and topbilled by Alexandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, with Piolo Pascual and Joyce Bernal as producers. “Kita Kita” grossed over 300 million pesos.

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Religious names

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Religious names

Former Vice President Jojo Binay, whose complete first name is Jejomar – for Jesus, Jose, Maria. Yes, the Holy Family.

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