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Market for Pinoy musicals

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“RAK OF AEGIS.” Commercial and critical success.

Sonia Vidal, housewife: “The continuing commercial and critical success of ‘Rak of Aegis’ is proof that there’s a market for original Pilipino musicals that the audience can relate to. How about a stage version of the screen musical, ‘I Do Bidoo Bidoo,’ which featured the songs of the Apo Hiking Society? I’m sure it’ll also be a hit!”

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Well-deserved affirmation of Angelica’s exceptional gifts

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PANGANIBAN. Funny without being obnoxious.

Denden Ruiz, student: “I’ve always admired Angelica Panganiban since her Krissy impersonations on TV. She’s funny without being obnoxious, which is common in show biz. She was a riot in ‘Beauty In A Bottle’—and, clinching the Best Actress award at the recent Cinema One indie fest for her performance in ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ is a well-deserved affirmation of her exceptional gifts as a comedic actress!”

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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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