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Special section in LA fest for Filipino films

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JOEL Torre in “Kabisera”

Five full-length feature films from the Philippines, products of the Cinemalaya and Cinema One fests, have earned raves on the website of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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European holiday awaits Lovi, Rocco

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Unlike her contemporaries who are currently embroiled in all sorts of skirmishes in cyberspace, GMA 7 actress Lovi Poe keeps mum in the face of controversies.

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Sweet revenge: Siege Ledesma’s debut film ‘Shift’ wins in Osaka

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First-time filmmaker Siege Ledesma was “shocked” when her debut work, “Shift,” won the Grand Prix at Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan on March 16.

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Ruffa Gutierrez unruffled by reality

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RUFFA Gutierrez with daughters Venice (center) and Lorin, who often hang out with the clan’s “newest member.”

  Like a true beauty queen, Ruffa Gutierrez very rarely gets ruffled by tough questions from media.   Until this curveball was thrown: “Is there a new addition to the Gutierrez family?”   Ruffa was momentarily flustered, but quickly recovered: “Is there?”   It’s Sarah   Actually, her mom-manager Annabelle Rama earlier referred to Sarah [...]

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US filmmaker: Manila is sexy

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At roughly the same time that the Hollywood movie “The Bourne Legacy” and the British film “Metro Manila” were filmed in the country two years ago, another foreign production wrapped up work—US filmmaker Nathan Adolfson’s “A Thief, A Kid & a Killer (TKK).”

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Awarded actor directs first film

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LAZARO with Irma Adlawan in “Edna.”

It took 35 years for actor Ronnie Lazaro to make the decision but, when he did, it seemed predestined.   Over six years ago, Lazaro bumped into an old friend, businessman Anthony V. Gedang, in a local mall. As youngsters, they were neighbors in Pasong Tirad, Makati, which became the  setting of Neal “Buboy” Tan’s [...]

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US shows feature Filipino YouTube star

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Filipino-Canadian YouTube sensation Mikey Bustos’ latest video, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” was featured over the weekend in top-rating TV shows in the United States.

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Beauty queen as community worker

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VENUS Raj dreams of becoming a teacher and setting up a scholarship foundation for the young people of Bicol.

Venus Raj, fourth runnerup in the Miss Universe pageant in 2010, went back to school last year.

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Girl power spells big business at the tills

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Shailene Woodley (left) and Theo James in “Divergent.”

AT a preview of the trailer of the Hollywood release “Divergent” (now in cinemas), audible gasps of teenaged fans reverberate inside the theater every time hunk du jour Theo James appeared on screen.

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Those Flying Eigenmanns

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MARK Gil (left), Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa with the clan’s newest member, Ruis Cael, Ryan’s son Facebook photo

Filmmaker Peque Gallaga fondly calls actor-siblings Michael de Mesa and Mark and Cherie Gil, The Flying Eigenmanns. “Like the high-wire trapeze artist-family The Flying Wallendas, the Eigenmanns perform death-defying acrobatics in acting,” Gallaga told the Inquirer. “They are fearless.”

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When trannie is short for transformation

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AMONG the real-life transsexuals featured in “Shunned” is last year’s Cinemalaya Best Actor Mimi Juareza (center).

    Whoever told her that making documentaries was easy was a liar, quipped Filipino-American filmmaker Janice Villarosa.   It was no joke. She spent two years making “Shunned,” a docu on Filipino transgenders.   Before embarking on this adventure, she had naively thought that she could plot her every move. “But in making documentaries, [...]

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Roldan Aquino; 71

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Veteran character actor Roldan Aquino passed away Tuesday (March 10) at 9:30 in the morning, according to children, Viva and Patricia.

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