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Viva stages more beauty pageants

It started with Miss Manila when Mayor Joseph Estrada took office three years ago. Viva handles its production and television coverage, with Ms. June Torrejon-Rufino at the helm. This year’s Miss Manila is Cristelle Tolentino of Binondo, crowned last June 24, coinciding with the 445th Araw ng Maynila celebration.

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XL on Kia Concert: ‘Lakas ng Loob’

“Lakas ng Loob” is how Xian Lim describes his feeling nowadays. His first major solo concert, “A Date with Xian,” is only a few days away, July 9, 8 p.m. at the 2,300-seater Kia Theater at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

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The tandem of director Diane Ventura and actor Jake Cuenca may as well be called the winning combination. Look, their collaboration, “Awaken”, won awards in two international awards.

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’50s top actresses

While leafing through old files, this columnist comes across photos of the top actresses of the ’50s, the second golden age of Philippine movies.

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‘Iadya Mo Kami’: Is it anti-priest?

Some people have the impression that Mel Chionglo’s “Iadya Mo Kami” is anti-religion as it tackles the plight of a Catholic priest who broke the vow of celibacy, played by indie king Allen Dizon. Diana Zubiri portrays the woman who fell in love with the priest who bore her a child.

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‘Wooden acting’?

The volatile Mike de Leon couldn’t be serious when he said that “Sister Stella L” is his “worst film, a mere piece of anti-Marcos propaganda demagoguery with the most wooden acting.”

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