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2 big biz names, poles apart but darlings of show people

By Boy Villasanta Television newscaster Daniel Razon and one of the topmost seers in the country Madam Suzette Arandela are two different media personalities who are both controversial. Razon and Arandela are also king and queen of their respective kingdoms—trailblazer of an independent broadcast media and maverick fortune telling on TV, respectively. They, too, are poles apart but who could …

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The Coming-of-Age Flight of “Lady Bird”

By Xeres Jasmine Guia The film has been nominated 187 times, most recently by the Academy Awards, has won 83 awards and is the best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes edging out previous title-holder Toy Story 2.

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Maryo J’s death is an end to an era

It’s not only the exclusive local entertainment industry, particularly the film section that mourns the death of prolific filmmaker Maryo J. de los Reyes but the whole of the viewing public as well.

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Heartbreak, Heartache and Valentine’s Day

As February is the “Love Month”, it is expected that most everyone would write about Valentine’s Day, romance and the whole giddy, saccharine sweetness of it all.

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Picking the right picture

Most movie-industry observers know the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) as primarily tasked to carry out two things: recognize the finest achievements in film in the previous year through its annual Luna Awards, and select the country’s official entry to the foreign-language film category of the Lunas’ American counterpart, the Oscars. 

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Breaking stereotypes with humor and heart

By Hananeel Bordey Special to The Market Monitor The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino ended two weeks ago, and among the 12 films shown at the festival, Victor Villanueva’s Patay na si Hesus was one of the most buzzed-about, thanks to its mixture of comedy and drama. First shown at the 2016 Quezon City International Film Festival, the movie garnered there the Audience …

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Past haunts abuser, abused in TNT’s drama ‘Blackbird’

Two years after it moved audiences with its critically acclaimed production of Larry Kramer’s AIDS drama The Normal Heart, The Necessary Theatre (TNT) has brought them another provocative play, Scottish dramatist David Harrower’s Blackbird, which runs at the RCBC Plaza’s Carlo P. Romulo Auditorium in Makati City until September 10, 2017. 

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Eddie Mesa to revisit career as Pinoy Elvis in special concert

Former matinee idol Eddie Mesa, best known as the “Elvis Presley of the Philippines” in the 1960s and patriarch of one of the Philippines’s most celebrated acting dynasties, is set to entertain audiences once more in a special concert—his first in more than 28 years—called Sing Us Your Song Again: The Music and Legacy of Eddie Mesa later this month. 

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Musicals that highlight history and humanity

This weekend, two musicals by two different theater companies are set to open. On paper, they could not be more different: one revolves around a distinguished playwright and patriot at the turn of the last century; the other, a thirtysomething professional “troll,” one of many who pollute our social-media accounts with their toxic posts. But beneath their obvious differences, they share …

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US classic, top Pinoy bands featured in 11th International Silent Film Festival

Different embassies and cultural offices in the Philippines are partnering with Shangri-La Plaza once more to unreel nine silent films, two of which were made within the last five years, at the 11th International Silent Film Festival Manila at the mall’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City from August 31 to September 3, 2017.

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