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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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Kind-hearted Coco

Coco Martin knows how it is to struggle and survive in showbiz. He’s an “alumnus” of the University of Hard Knocks, which explains his being kind-hearted, generous to actors who are facing tough times, hardly getting by.

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Workers’ Guild

The Kapisanan ng Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) is really more of Workers’ Guild than Actors’ Guild. Look, the president, Imelda Papin, is “forced” to work for their welfare instead of advancing their art and craft.

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