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‘Pretty Boy’ and other stars no longer with us

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.

Showbiz titles then

Let’s turn nostalgic and recall the ‘70s, ‘80s, and up to mid-‘90s when Philippine cinema was at its peak. In terms of box-office and artistry.

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What’s in a name?

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What’s in a name?

Several friends, among them Danny Dolor, miss the poetic and unusual screen names then… prewar and post war. They say that now screen names – and even titles of movies and TV soaps – are in English. A few in Italian and Spanish. Think “Dolce Amore” and “Pasion de Amor.” As to the English titles, they are too many to enumerate.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema, in cooperation with Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the UP Los Baños Foundation Inc, presents Manuel Conde@100at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde on Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and 8, 2016.

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More showbiz winners, losers

Yesterday Highspeed enumerated showbiz winners and losers in the Senate and House of Representatives. More and more… this time focused on local candidates.

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Prayers, flowers for the dead

Nov. 1 and 2, All Saints and All Souls Days, we fondly remember the dead, including fellow writers who’ve gone ahead of us.

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