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Festival for strong female protagonists

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VALDEZ AND DIZON. Deliver memorable portrayals in their Cinemalaya entries.

“The latest edition of Cinemalaya will be remembered for the abundance of strong female lead performances—Eula Valdez for ‘Dagitab,’ Aiko Melendez in ‘Asintado,’ Nova Villa for ‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ and Mylene Dizon for ‘Mariquina,’ cementing the festival’s reputation as a festival for strong women.”

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Lyca’s inspiring tale

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Lyca Gairanod. PHOTO by Marinel R. Cruz

Estela de la Rosa, insurance consultant: “Heto ako, basang-basa sa ulan, walang masisilungan, walang malalapitan…’ This line from Aegis’ hit song comes to mind whenever I think of ‘The Voice Kids” grand champion, Lyca Gairanod. Yes, she eked out a living in a garbage dump but, with her victory, her life has taken a sharp turn—for the better.

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Morissette Amon’s time to shine

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AMON. Deserves her shot at stardom.

“‘The Voice of the Philippines’” Morissette Amon stands out because she is Sarah Geronimo’s dead- ringer—they could pass for sisters! They have powerful voices, but I think Morissette is more expressive and has deeper understanding of the message of her songs. But, she has to control her distracting hand movements and gimmicky handling of the microphone. She’s more endearing when she isn’t as busy onstage, especially when she sings ballads.”

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Jonjon Briones’ success should be celebrated

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BRIONES. Cast as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon.”

Badette Lim, office employee: “I just watched the trailer of the current ‘Miss Saigon’ production in London and felt proud watching Jonjon Briones as The Engineer! Based on what I saw, he’s a good musical-theater actor whose success all Filipinos should celebrate!”

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Cautionary reminder

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SARMENTA. Returns to the big screen in “Hustisya

Mario Rodriguez, businessman: “The Paolo Bediones sex-video scandal is horrid. I pity the guy, because he has such a wholesome image. Again, it’s a cautionary reminder to celebrities to be extra careful about their actions, because they’re public figures—and a single irresponsible act can damage their careers.”

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