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Fine actors deliver in ‘teleserye’

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Cecile Genove, journalist/teacher: “‘Ikaw Lamang’ compels me to rush home from work. Its period theme is effectively woven into the entire story, and its actors’ roles fit them to a T.

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Screen classics deserve to be revisited

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“MAGNIFICO.” Still a viewable treat

Felipe Pustanes, businessman: “Maryo J. delos Reyes’ ‘Magnifico’ is a screen classic that deserves to be revisited. Jiro Manio’s performance was memorable, and I predicted a rosy future ahead for him. Sadly, fate has not been kind—but I’m hoping that he can still bounce back.

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Genuine talent has no age limit

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MANOSCA. Tops singing tilt for seniors

Rafael Barbadillo, office employee: “I commend ‘Showtime’ for its ‘Stars on 45’ segment. I don’t usually watch noontime shows, but when I chanced upon one of its grand finalists, Haydee Manosca, singing Beyoncé’s ‘Listen,’ I was hooked—as were the judges. She ended up bagging the top prize—and is proof positive that genuine talent has no age limit!”

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‘Teleserye’ may need to rethink its values

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GANDA. Was his performance better than Joel Torre’s?

Ina Cusi, televiewer: “The scriptwriters of the new teleserye,’ ‘Ikaw Lamang,’ should rethink the values they want to impart to young viewers. Where on earth can you find a child as vindictive and scheming as the one playing the rich son of Tirso Cruz III? And, a love triangle involving kids? Really now.”

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The downside of social media

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FABIE. Pinoy performers need not seek greener pastures abroad.

Kristina Vitug, Twitter follower: “I have been comparing actors’ tweets on the Internet, but I’m more amazed and amused at readers’ reactions to what they share. Bashers and hecklers’ comments can be cruel and humiliating. Many of their comments verge on indecency, vulgarity and obscenity. This is the downside of social media. Whatever happened to good manners?”

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Nora’s 9 lives

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AEGIS. The group’s hit songs are featured in Peta’s popular jukebox musical. file photo

Raymund Baclayo, nurse: “Thank you, Ms Rina Jimenez-David, for your wonderful piece about Nora Aunor’s contributions to our society. The actress’ life reflects our own struggles, humble beginnings, successes and failures. The diminutive star seems to have a cat’s nine lives. Every time she stumbles, she manages to make a spectacular comeback. More power to you, Ms Nora Aunor!”

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Short-lived pleasure

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PADILLA AND BERNARDO. Overused theme.

Hector San Andres, businessman: “What’s happening to our film industry? Gone are the days when plots mirrored the social concerns of the day, and when artists’ lives were considered private. In those days, hecklers and bashers were almost nonexistent.

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Escapism in Pinoy films

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SALVADOR. Fresh and classy.

Lilia De Luna, university professor: “It has been dispiriting to watch movies that reflect the preoccupation of producers to provide entertainment through slapstick comedies and romantic farces. The focus is on actors with huge fan bases at the expense of quality and plot.

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Follow-up projects, please

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RODRIGUEZ. Another potential hit coming up?

Jess Barrera, televiewer: “What’s keeping GMA 7 from giving follow-up projects to ‘My Husband’s Lover’s’ Carla Abellana, Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez? It has been months since the much-talked-about teleserye went off the air, but we have yet to hear about what the network is cooking up for them.”

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‘Questionable’ awards scored

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CORRALES. More to singing than birit.

Raffy Tugado, bank employee: “I don’t understand why there are so many local groups handing out awards for film excellence. Time was when there were only a few of them, like the Famas, Catholic Mass Media Awards and Urian. Now, we also have those coming from the Film Academy of the Philippines, Young Critics Circle, Star Awards, Entertainment Press, Pasado, Gawad Tanglaw and more.

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Goldmine of unproduced scripts

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NAVARRO. Lesson learned. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN

Gener Cagampang, insurance agent: “I heard a film producer complaining about the dearth of good stories for film. I don’t believe this. For one, the Palanca Foundation library has a goldmine of unproduced scripts—he should dig into its archives.”

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When Nora meets Coco

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AUNOR AND MARTIN. Team up in “Padre de Familia.”

Arthur Cairel, OFW: “As a Coco Martin follower, I’m glad that he is going back to his indie roots via ‘Padre de Familia,’ his movie with Nora Aunor. He’s also reported to be bankrolling the project. Here’s hoping that the movie will both be a box-office and critical success.”

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