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On National Artists, Magsaysay Awardees

On National Artists, Magsaysay Awardees

It’s unfortunate that Soxie Topacio died before it was announced that PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) won this year’s Magsaysay Awards along with other Asian citizens, including Lilia de Lima (aunt of feisty Sen. Leila de Lima). It could have warmed Soxie’s heart as he was an original “Anak ng PETA.”

Vilma Santos is, indeed, ‘Natatangi’

Vilma Santos is the recipient of this year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian, the critics’ lifetime achievement award. Needless to say, much deserved as Ate Vi is indeed “Natatangi” (read exceptional, chosen one).

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’70s directors: Vanishing breed

A showbiz insider described the directors of the ‘70s as Vanishing Breed. Gone are Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Joey Gosiengfiao, Mario O’ Hara, Danny Zialcita, Celso Ad Castillo, and Marilou Diaz Abaya. And the latest to go, Gil Portes. Yes, all gone to a stress-free world, where there are no playdates and deadlines to meet.

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Golden Girl 2017

This year, 2017, is Nora Aunor’s 50th year in showbiz. The count starts 1967, when Nora emerged national champion of the singing contest “Tawag ng Tanghalan.” Yes, Nora’s a Golden Girl.

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Friendly rivalry among directors

Some movie people, obviously envious, are trying to pit Brillante Mendoza against Lav Diaz, pretending to take sides. Shallow, they call direk Brillante; and boring, they describe Lav.

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Iboboto si Vi pero hindi si Kris

MAY kissing scene sana sina Janno Gibbs at Manilyn Reynes sa “My BFF” at ayon kay Manilyn, nanginig siya noong nabasa niya ang script. Ipinabasa niya rin ’yun sa asawa niyang si Aljon Jimenez. Sinabihan siya nitong nasa kanya ang desisyon kung papayag siya.

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