GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

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In the late ‘70s, Lorli Villanueva, the acclaimed stage actress from the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), made her TV debut as the screaming laundry woman Maxima Labandera. Endorsing a brand new soap, Maxima made Lorli an instant byword among housewives. It stuck for sometime and almost eclipsed her creditable…

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Despite having her own law firm in hometown Bulacan, this petite young lady of justice (who refuses to disclose her age) still wants to pursue a childhood dream. With nary Chinese features, she goes by her real name—Jemina Sy [no relation to tycoon Henry Sy] —and is using the same…

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RTW (ready to wear) apparel killed off, so to speak, the cut-to-fit business of even among snooty Manila fashionistas. With the notion to “express oneself,” it virtually shaken off the fashion sense of the trendy and tailored dressers of the aging baby boomers straightaway to the dawning of the era…

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The winning answer in the Q&A portion pitched by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach with nary a halt got stuck-up to this time in the mouths of “confidentially beautiful with a heart” pageant aficionados. No one would care to remember what this year’s winner rattled off to deserve the crown…

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Former ABS-CBN DZMM tele­radyo co-anchor Kaye Dacer told Caveat that there’s no truth to rumors and speculations that she was forced to resign because she was running her own broadcast network called 8Trimedia Pro, Inc. She disclosed that out of delicadeza and due to conflict of interest she voluntarily turned…

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Lotlot De Leon, who is the female lead of the award-winning indie film 1st Sem, revealed a lot more to Caveat about her personal struggles as a mother in real life and mom surrogate to her three younger siblings who almost grew up with her—Ian, Matet and Kiko. In contrast,…

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It’s not unusual for a ramp and commercial model ending up in showbiz as actor, a de rigueur in fact. This was almost true with the case of Randy Panotes, past winner of Maharlikang Pilipino promoted by dear departed entertainment writers Oskee Salazar and Billy Balbastro. Prior to his winning…

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In 2012, Caveat—along with dear departed movie writer and native of Candaba, Pampanga Cesar Pambid—covered the inauguration of the 70th anniversary of the heroism of Wa-Chi (Squadron 48), a group of young Chinese volunteer fighters who fought side by side with Filipino guerillas during World War 2 with Candaba as…

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Not all theater actors with heavy portfolio tucked under their belt have been successful in their precipitous attempts to cross the realm of acting for films. The last one Caveat remembers was Ruby Ruiz from PETA whose face can be seen everywhere now on TV and films. Then came well-known…

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