Limelight

The Korean taxi driver and the highlights of the 2022 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

The celebration of the 26th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in Bucheon City, South Korea was both a personal and a public experience. Personally, I was invited to the festival on the merit of my writing annual Philippine cinema of the Made in Asia book published by BiFan as part of its major component, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), …

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Vince Tañada, Charo Santos win top acting honors at 70th Famas

Before the cameras rolled for a broadcast version of the 70th Famas Awards Night yesterday at the Metropolitan Theater, actors Charo Santos and Vince Tañada were seated on the same row of the hall as if to foreshadow their respective victories. As it was, Charo and Vince won Best Actress for Cinematografica Productions and Quantum Films’ “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” …

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Cebu City gives tribute to actress Gloria Sevilla

All roads lead to the Atrium Wing of SM Seaside Cebu tomorrow, June 31, 2022 as the city pays tribute to great actress Gloria Sevilla at twelve noon. The grand dame and Queen of Visayan Movies will be feted with a heroic salute to commemorate her invaluable contribution to the proliferation of Cebuano cinema and the advancement of Philippine movies. …

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First gen member of The New Minstrels makes waves in Australia TV and broadcast ads

Since singing with the group The Minstrels (later renamed The New Minstrels) in the 1970s with first gen members Louie Reyes, Cesar de la Fuente, Eugene Villaluz, Annette Belen, Meiling Gozun Fuentes (who replaced Aida Balmaceda Surla who got married), Eileen Novak (nee Dolina) has been  wearing other hats like acting and product endorsing. Aside from role playing in Australia’s …

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A Classic Play Transformed into a Musical Highlights the Highs and Lows of Migrant Filipinos

“Bayan Bayan:  Letters from Home” is a play about ordinary Filipinos exerting extraordinary means to cope with the realities of working overseas.   This classic play of Bienvenido Noriega Jr. is now a musical, co-produced by Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Erehwon Center for the Arts.  It is scheduled for show on July 15, 16 and 17, 2022, at …

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Queen of Philippine Movies Susan Roces to be laid to rest beside husband FPJ

It will be sad season for the local entertainment industry even if Susan Roces, film icon and Queen of Philippine Movies is laid to rest tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, 2022. The death of Susan lent a void in the vast space of the movie arts and sciences. Veteran actor and Roces’ fellow star in the ABS-CBN longest running action caper …

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Kathryn Bernardo celebrates Mother’s Day with Daniel Padilla, 3 woman directors

Instead of the usual Mother’s Day celebration with her mom, Kathryn Bernardo added a new get-together party with virtual moms of various persuasions and with boyfriend Daniel Padilla.  It’s an occasion Kathryn paid courtesy call industry elders and reminisced her humble beginnings in show business with the guidance of three great persons she addressed as “mothers,” namely film and television …

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What a difference a mom on and off-screen makes?

Is there a difference between an actress performing a role of a mother onscreen and an actress delineating a character of a mom off-screen?  In this day and age of cyber supremacy, there are many ways to look at or we can say how an actor—one that acts; doer—acts and reacts as ma in any piece of life.  For instance, …

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Loren Legarda’s motherhood decried by own son

 It’s ironic that Lorenzo Antonio Leviste has castigated her own mom Loren Legarda a couple of days before the celebration of Mother’s Day because of his parent’s politics.  In his open letter-cum-opinion piece published in the online site Rappler, Lorenzo said “I need everyone to know that Loren Legarda lost her son forever because of this. Paint her bright red …

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Dingdong Dantes’ pays tribute to her mom, votes for a mother

In a heartfelt tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day yesterday, actor Dingdong Dantes declared that he would vote for one today, elections day. “Sa inyo po ang aking buong pagpupugay…ang aking paghanga, ang aking serbisyo, ang aking boto (My sincere salute to you…my admiration, my service, my vote,” Dingdong said in a video message where he expressed love and admiration …

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