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So what else is new?

So what else is new?

Highspeed’s items on Filipino stars with foreign blood drew varied reactions from readers, one of them saying, “So what else is new?”

The death of Romeo Vasquez at 78, the “Pretty Boy” of the ‘50s and ‘60s, brings to mind the other stars of Sampaguita Pictures who are shining in another world. But let it be said that Bobby (Ricardo Allan Sumilang of Tayabas, Quezon) was more than a “Pretty Boy.” He was Asia’s best actor in 1958 for “Ako ang Maysala,” a distinction he shared with only two other Filipino actors, Rogelio de la Rosa and Efren Reyes.

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Lolit and other drama greats

The death of Lolita Rodriguez in California is felt by all those who love drama movies. In the ’50s at Sampaguita Pictures, Lolit formed a triumvirate with two other drama greats, Rita Gomez and Marlene Dauden.

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Screen legend Lolita Rodriguez passes away

She was recipient of Best Actress awards for the movie “Gilda” (1956, FAMAS Awards), “Kasalanan Kaya?” (1968, Manila Film Festival), “Stardoom” (1971, Citizen Council for Mass Media Awards), “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang” (1971, FAMAS Awards), and “Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo” (1979, Metro Manila Film Festival).

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Heavyweight of an act

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Heavyweight of an act

As I write this (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.), I just got word from Facebook that Philippine Movies’ Drama Queen Lolita Rodriguez has died following a massive heart attack in the United States.

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Movie queens of the ’50s

The ’50s were the second golden years of Philippines cinema. Think of such great directors as Bert Avellana, Gerry de Leon, Eddie Romero, Manuel Conde, all later named National Artists.

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