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Be careful with my mom

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An Indian woman carries one of her children and holds the other by the hand as they beg for alms on a road, ahead of Mother's Day in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, May 11, 2013. AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Mothers have a very special place in Philippine show business. There’s this love-hate thing for Mommies Dearest that makes them—to both fans and keen observers—likable, laughable, even entertaining, though occasionally infuriating.

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Who’s afraid of the MMFF top grosser?

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VICE Ganda and Ai-Ai delas Alas in “Sisterakas,” this year’s apparent title holder

So there’s this yuppie who complained, seething, that he had to wait two more weeks to catch “Les Misérables” because he had to endure “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako” and “Sisterakas.” Man, was he livid!

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From ‘idiot box’ to national painkiller

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There is little argument about what has become of Philippine commercial television. What was branded “idiot box” has evolved into what could now be labeled “national anesthesia.” Entertainment, for all its worth, has become a most effective sedative or painkiller for the masa.   Creative and marketing geniuses of the broadcast industry explore every conceivable [...]

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Not yet a national artist but certainly a national treasure

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We all love Dolphy because for decades … nay, generations … he never ceased giving us laughter.

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Philippine cinema reborn

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For naysayers who insist that Philippine cinema is dead, we have news for you: You’re looking in the wrong direction. Even as Harry Potter ruled in metro cineplexes last week, crowds also flocked to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where the 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival went on a week-long run. Enthusiasts spent entire days [...]

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