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‘The Durables’

‘The Durables’

The late Romeo Vasquez came from a noted clan in Tayabas and nearby Quezon towns: Alandy and Sumilang. He was once urged to run for mayor but he declined. Politics was not for him.

The revered cinema authority Nestor U. Torre has pointed out that Philippine cinema has four and not only three golden ages. Overlooked by many cineastes is the first golden stage, the ‘30s, which produced many outstanding films, directors, and actors.

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At 80-plus, they are still active in showbiz. Glo’s in GMA’s “Meant to Be.” Eddie’s in ABS-CBN’s “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” Anita’s in the movie “Tatlong Bibe.”

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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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When PH ruled Asian cinema

The ’50s (up to the early ’60s) is called the second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema, the first being the ’30s and the third the ’70s.

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Showbiz winners and losers

Back as senators are Tito Sotto, Kiko Pangilinan, and Ralph Recto. Tito’s truly showbiz – actor, TV host, and song writer, married to Helen Gamboa. Kiko and Ralph are showbiz only by association, married to Sharon Cuneta and Vilma Santos, respectively. New senator is Manny Pacquiao, boxing champion and actor-singer on the side.

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