GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

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As the cliché goes, director Arlyn Dela Cruz’s reputation precedes her. The hard-hitting journalist-turned-film director, who was once a segment production for the late Inday Badiday’s iconic talk show See-True, hugged headlines in 2002 when she was hostage by the Abu Sayyaf for 98 days in Sulu while on coverage.…

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As a prestigious community theater for Fil-Aussies in Australia, Dulaang Bayan-Melbourne (DBM) for the last 33 years has come full circle in a manner of speaking. Its beginning saw Cultural Center of the Philippines artistic director Chris Millado with Ces Quesada and Nestor Horfilla helping to put up the group…

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Aside from the fact that these monster hit movies are Robin Padilla-starrers, what else do these titles—Anak Ni Baby Ama, Hari Ng Selda (Part 1 & 2), Miss Na Miss Kita: Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum (Part 1 & 2), Carnap King: The Randy Padilla Story, and Kickouts remind you of?…

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It was over lunch that I got to bond after a long time with Elvie Alzona, the No. 1 fan of the late and beloved Queen of Intrigues Inday Badiday, whose real name is Lourdes Carvajal. Elvie is the fund manager of the showbiz Bautista clan’s Heaven’s Best Entertainment. Her…

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We are halfway done with the year, and again, the shortlist of local movies from which a possible Oscars’ contender for Best Foreign Language Film will be screened by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). I know some members of the selection committee, but I’m not in the position…

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Narratives of a balikbayan returning to settle in the country for good and perhaps contribute to the country’s economy once more. Take Rose Alcido who recently returned from the Big Apple after fighting against social injustices suffered by fellow migrants in conflict with the laws of New York. She had…

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If you are high on the grid of altruism you are predisposed to going out of your comfort zone according to social scientists. People have unique ways of doing altruistic gestures, from helping others in total incognito to the kind who do so for photo-ops, making their advocacy just a…

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She was a Japayuki singer and dancer at age 14, and a millionaire by 15 what with her in-demand career in the neighboring country—but with a caveat that she did not amass her wealth through indecent means. De-virginized at age 17 by a sweet-talking handsome Filipino seaman [“No bitterness there,…

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Julio Diaz’ near brush with death over an aneurysm raised some alarming concerns for his co-actor Kristoffer King in the indie film Maratabat, the debut film of director Arlyn Dela Cruz. I first met the talented actor Kristoffer King years back through fellow columnist Dennis Adobas who was then is…

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