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Looking forward to 2017

Looking forward to 2017

It’s the start of the New Year, Jan. 1, 2017, and Highspeed looks forward to some events in the days to come.

‘Shining names’ close to one’s heart and mind

Last Dec. 24, Highspeed named “shining names” in showbiz. This column continues naming more, this time close to one’s heart and mind.

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‘Hot mamas’

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In no particular orde: Dawn Zulueta, Lucy Torres, Sarah Lahbati, Jennylyn Mercado, Cheska Garcia, Gretchen Barretto, Lani Mercado, Marian Rivera, Iya Villania, Toni Gonzaga, Leah Salonga, Pops Fernandez, Charlene Gonzalez, Jodi Sta.
Maria, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sunshine Cruz, Jackie Lou Blanco.

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Ai-Ai and other Papal Awardees

In the ‘50s, our seaside town Unisan (Quezon) was excited over the visit of Bishop Alfredo Obviar to confer a Papal Award on a prominent lady, Doña Irene Vera Cruz. Even the Catholic newspaper The Sentinel gave the event a one-page spread. Didn’t really know its significance, but elders explained the award came all the way from Rome, recognizing Doña Irene’s services and contributions to the Catholic Church. When she died she willed all her wealth to the diocese of Lucena, Quezon’s capital.

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Best-dressed ladies of the ’60s and ’70s

The multi-talented Danny Dolor has a feedback on Highspeed’s items “Tingting Cojuangco’s best-dressed list” (Tempo, Oct. 8, 2016). He recalls that in the ’60 and early ’70s, The Fashion Guild of the Philippines, came up with its own best-dressed list.

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More stars who care and share

Thanks to readers who contributed more names, starting with: Mel Tiangco and Vicky Morales of GMA, Tina Monzon-Palma and Bernadette Sembrano of ABS-CBN, and Cheryl Cosim of TV5. The just-mentioned ladies are “bukas palad,” where helping the needy is concerned.

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