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Showbiz, politics, and the Laurels

        MUSICAL CLAN – Manny Villar , in his Manila Bulletin / Tempo column, Of Trees and Forest, paid tribute to the late Vice President Doy Laurel, who would have turned 90 last Nov. 18. In the ‘70s, this columnist got to know the Laurels quite well, often visiting them at their […]

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Eddie and Gina: Nostalgic trip

    UNUSUAL STORY – Now showing nationwide is “Hintayan ng Langit,” topbilled by Eddie Garcia and Gina Pareño, directed by Dan Villegas, and produced by Globe Studios and Project 8 Corner San Joaquin Projects. Initially shown at QCinema last October, “Hintayan ng Langit” was so well received that a larger audience is called for. […]

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Movie titles: Now and then

      NOW – In the Moviegoer column of Brother Nestor (Cuartero) in Manila Bulletin, he noted the “love, depression in films,” whose titles are mostly in English. He wrote, “They are the stuff romantic comedy movies, currently the staple in Philippine cinema, are made of. They are also a reflection of a pervasive […]

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More on ‘Wealthiest Losers’

    HOW NOT – Highspeed “borrows” more items from Margaret Nicholas’ “The World’s Wealthiest Losers.” Let’s start with the chapter “How Not To Enjoy a Fortune,” which opens with: “Be they misers, or simply crackpots—some people just don’t seem to know how to enjoy their wealth.” Think of billionaires Howard Hughes, Hetty Green, J. […]

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‘Wealthiest Losers’

    FAME AND FORTUNE – The book by Margaret Nicholas, “The World’s Wealthiest Losers,” enumerates just that, losers blessed with fame and fortune. There’s the chapter “Too Much Fame, Too Much Money.” Ms. Nicholas opens it with: “Pop-stars, movie heart-throbs and film starlets…whose dazzling rise to fame and fortune only led them into a […]

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‘New creative industry’

    PROBINSYANA’ – Imee Marcos says she’s been a “probinsyana” for too long (Ilocos Norte governor). Which she loves. But then it was about time she reconnected with her friends from the city. After all, she’s also a “Manileña.” Showbiz friends remember Imee best as the producer of two film classics, “Himala” and “Oro […]

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