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Engaging interviewee

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Jess Barrera, accountant: “I don’t like rock music or colored hair, so I usually switch channels when Yeng Constantino is performing. However, when I caught her interview with Boy Abunda on a late-night talk show, I found her an engaging interviewee. She spoke with sense and coherence. Lesson learned: Don’t judge a book by its cover!”

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New phase for Cinemalaya?

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“PURE LOVE.” Unique touch.

Nemia Vidal, film enthusiast: “The buzz is that next year’s Cinemalaya will be sponsored by the Quezon City government. That’s commendable, because it assures financial backing for the indie festival. But, grandstanding politicians shouldn’t be allowed to tamper with its vaunted indie spirit—unless we want another commercial endeavor like the Metro Manila Film Festival!”

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Lessons from Rico Hizon

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Mila Parducho, graduate student: “I’ve been following our very own Rico Hizon deliver the news on BBC. He never fails to inspire. He does not need to fake an accent to impress viewers. He should come home and deliver a lecture to local newscasters about how to deliver the news and conduct interviews.”

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Instant connection

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CRUZ. Cast  as Piolo Pascual’s father

Lilian Eleazar, employee: “Tirso Cruz III never fails to make me cry every time he appears in ‘Hawak-Kamay.’ He gives his all and never holds back. Other actors are too conscious about how they’d look on camera when they’re crying.”

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Too many sponsors

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ABUNDA. Back on TV.

Timmy Rocero, nurse: “I love watching beauty pageants on television—but, this has changed after the recent Miss World Philippines telecast. I understand the organizers’ need to acknowledge their sponsors, but do they have to do this in the guise of giving away numerous special awards?

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