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‘Direk’ Gil Portes’ cinematic journey

‘Direk’ Gil Portes’ cinematic journey

Director Gil Portes’ used to tell me his farewell movie would be titled “The Journey.” It would chronicle his sad journey to claim the body of his younger brother who drowned in Samar… to be brough back to his home town (Pagbilao, Quezon). Along the way,childhood and youthful memories – mostly happy – would come back.

Love stories are timeless

Think of Hollywood great love stories. “Wuthering Heights,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Somewhere in Time,” “Sunflower,” among others. They’ve been remade and copied many times but their appeal remain timeless.

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‘O Maliwanag na Buwan’

SUPERMOON, O MALIWANAG NA BUWAN: How long ago has it been when we heard a performance of the classic folk song, “O Maliwanag na Buwan” on the big screen or elsewhere?

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Joel Lamangan on big screen nudity

Joel just wrapped up “Siphayo” for Baby Go Productions Int’l, topbilled by Allan Paule, Luis Alandy, Joen Bascon, and Natalie Hart. Written by Eric Ramos, who describes “Siphayo” (meaning dismay, disappointment, despair) as erotic-drama.

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Hermano Puli sinner or saint?

Is Hermano Puli (Apolinario de la Cruz), who founded Cofradia de San Jose in 1831 one or the other? Sinner or saint?

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‘Hanga’ and not ‘inggit’

Gil replies, “I’m already 71 (last Sept. 13) and at this point in my life, envy is no longer in my vocabulary. Hanga at hindi ako inggit. I’m proud of and happy for Lav.”

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