GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

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The two-part “Magandang Buhay” special that featured Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos as lone celebrity guest were pre-taped earlier at the studio of ABS-CBN. Originally scheduled as birthday tribute for airing in two installments to coincide with her birthday on November 3, it was shown earlier as one of…

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It was officially announced at the first film industry summit at the UP Film Center that Philippine cinema turns 100 years old this year. The summit had all the guilds under the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) under director general Leo Martinez in attendance was jointly initiated with the…

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It has become an oft-repeated reminder among mainstream moviemakers about how action flicks virtually died with the passing of the King of Action Movies Fernando Poe Jr. Or perhaps even long before his monumental death as claimed by serious industry observers. Cited as reason could be that local viewers long…

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“By the sweat of thy brow, thou shalt eat bread,” the Scriptures admonish man about industry. This means one has to labor in order to eat and enjoy the earth’s bounty. In hindsight, this aptly describes the back story of Ahwel Paz, one of DZMM’s teleradyo talk show hosts, “Mismo.”…

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There’s no stopping the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF)—most especially Vince Tañada, the genius behind it—from measuring up to it most recent accolade: Broadway World Philippines’ Best Theater Group. So much so that Vince, who has gathered several awards in directing and acting himself including new male best actor award from…

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There is a trend among some indie filmmakers these days toward making movies that deal directly or obliquely with the problem of drug war in this country. Topping the list in terms of integrity in content and brilliance is Brilliante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” which won for Jaclyn Jose Best Actress…

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Conclusion poses problem to top-rated teleserye The top-rated teleserye “A Love To Last” (ALTL)—which stars Bea Alonzo (Andrea) and Ian Veneracion (Anton) with Iza Calzado (Grace) in-between as the grand spoiler—has three weeks more to go before it bids loyal viewers adieu. The big question as of this writing, however,…

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The previous week saw Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), considered as the local equivalent to Hollywood’s Oscars, successfully holding its 35th Luna Awards held at the Plaza of Resorts World Manila. It was refreshing and surprising to note that their choices of winners were as varied as the new…

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To recall, there was a protest on social media and from other sectors of show business questioning the election of Imelda Papin as president of the Actors Guild. This was initiated by stage and character actress Malou Crisologo on the grounds that the iconic songbird is no big movie star.…

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Caveat chanced upon veteran and highly controversial news anchor and broadcaster on radio and TV Erwin Tulfo at his new home PTV (minus the “4” as part of new branding) along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. His daily teleradyo program on the government station billed “Kilos Pronto” resulted from his tiff…

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