TESSA MAURICIO-ARRIOLA

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Never before has multi-hyphenate Maja Salvador proven her talent for singing until now. The Philippines’ Dance Princess and primetime TV’s “Wildflower” said as much herself at the home court launch of her landmark collaboration with Thailand’s most adored pop singer and pianist Tor+Saksit—a beautifully moving ballad titled, “Falling Into You.”…

XIAN LIM

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Xian’s done it again. Surprise both the industry and the public, that is; for shortly after the handsome Chinoy actor bolted from ABS-CBN’s Star Magic stable of talents, boy-next door Xian Lim has gone risque on the big screen. A constant headliner since the year began, Xian’s unexpected move to…

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Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona’s underwater Valentine’s adventure Fairy tales are generally the most pleasant to watch when taken to the big screen. It’s the happy potion of cinema enjoyed across all ages and generation, making Walt Disney the cultural icon that he is the world over. But as wonderful…

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL REPRESENTATIVE ALBEE BENITEZ

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Alfredo “Albee” Benitez was never one to dream as a child—because he didn’t have to. The son of late technocrats Jose Conrado “Jolly” Benitez and Betty Bantug—whose success spanned the fields of government, education, arts and culture, as well as the sugar industry of their native Negros—to describe the young…

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Those who live in the vicinity of Greenhills, San Juan often marvel these days at the ongoing transformation of what can best be described as the once simple, compact and homey commercial center along Ortigas, San Juan. Though renowned for tiangge shopping among the balikbayan crowd, Greenhills has long served…

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A high-energy concert exploded on the stage of ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater as Star Music introduced its new roster of artists and their unique sounds this week. Intended as a media conference, the official gathering quickly turned into a dance and sing party—in the middle of the afternoon, no less—as the…

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Anyone who knows his or her modern day Filipino film history will remember Carlo Aquino as Vilma Santos’ son in the multi-awarded movie adaptation of “Bata, Bata… Paano Ka Ginawa” (1998) by noted novelist Lualhati Bautista. And while Carlo had steadily pursued his career since that pi­votal dramatic project—where his…

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Enduring singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan isn’t done giving out Christmas presents yet. Some days ago on cloudy Saturday afternoon, he hosted a special luncheon to recognize singers, arrangers and a host of other artists who collaborated on his “Going Home to Christmas” album, which officially reached Double Platinum status over…

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Fascinated by films, Negros’ 3rd district representative and gaming mogul to produce ‘Ocean’s Eleven’-inspired movie and open ‘Narnia’-like theme park in Silay City The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but its taste can be a little different. Even as 3rd District Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez’ surname is…

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From “Kita Kita” to “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.” Such is the knack of the current toast of Philippine movies, maverick writer-director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, to lure audiences into the cinema just by her title. She proved this in 2017 when she pulled off the unthinkable and turned an independent full-length…

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