GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

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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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Some enlightened friends of mine in what used to be the milieu of mainstream moviemaking—from actors to filmmakers and movie reporters—have the opinion that it was such a mockery to ascribe the word “hero” to the late Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and his wife Cory, respectively for his assassination and her…

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King of Talk Boy Abunda once said cheerfully among a gathering of friends that the field of showbiz is so wide to accommodate everyone. That it’s anybody’s ball game to get there, but to clinch it in the way of a “sui generis” as he had is a different thing…

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Join me for a carnivalesque throwback, an aftermath of Jaclyn Jose’s having won the Best Actress at Cannes and daughter Andi Eigenmann’s capturing the “best dressed” entitlement waiting yet for some reckoning, to get us into the rapture of things behind those glorious moments when the scenes flashed out to…

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Late last week I received a text message from Jackie Aquino, which was forwarded to me by director Joel Apuyan from his turf at Mowelfund. Jackie’s text read: “Please pray for Director Brother Emmanuel “Maning” Borlaza who is down to 98 lbs. He only takes in like 3 spoons of…

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It seems the serious and the flamboyant side of indie filmmaking in this country won’t run out gay themes as subject matters or outright flaming gays as dramatis personae. In fact, there was a time when indie films were mostly associa­ted with pornographic gay films, which used to flood the…

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