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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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‘Regal Babies’

Of the three major studios in the ‘80s and ‘90s – Seiko, Viva, Regal – the last, owned and managed by Mother Lily Monteverde, was the most star-studded. Its stars were billed “Regal Babies.”

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‘Viva Artists’

Highspeed noted yesterday that decades back, three major movie studios – Seiko, Regal, Viva – were star builders. Today TV stations took over the task of making and packaging stars.

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‘Seiko Jewels’

But in the ‘70s, ‘80s, up to the early ‘90s, movie companies were the star builders. Regal, Viva, and Seiko come to mind.

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‘Blood and Rose’

To date, Rosa Rosal continues to receive awards from civic and charitable groups. But as a private citizen, it’s safe to say that nothing can top the Ramon Magsaysay Award she got years back for public service, her work with the Red Cross Blood Bank in particular.

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