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Christmas is a warm, frisky puppy

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ILLUSTRATION BY NASTASHA VERAYO

Many children think that happiness is a warm, frisky, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed puppy—but Van Cliburn Carlo Urbina couldn’t have disagreed with them more. Well, maybe it wasn’t all his fault. He was a sickly child with a lot of allergies, and his parents made sure that their home was absolutely free of any possible pollutants and allergens—and, of course, that included all those messy and furry and itchy and scratchy dogs!

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Hurtling across the expanding universe of Christopher Nolan’s vaulting imagination

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MCCONAUGHEY. Turns in most heartfelt portrayal in ‘Interstellar.’

Ever since “Inception,” we have been a follower and admirer of Christopher Nolan’s amazing film output, characterized by his knack for making reality turn turtle to reveal the actual meaning and essence of its heretofore recondite heart of hearts.

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More misses than hits in Rizal drama series

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Sooner than generally expected, the Jose Rizal bio-drama, “Ilustrado,” concluded its run on GMA last week. So, how did the well-meaning series do, all told?

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A thespic high for Piolo

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PASCUAL. Intensely demanding emotional scenes.

Before “Hawak-kamay” ended its run on ABS-CBN last Friday, we made it a point to catch its final week of telecasts on a nightly basis, the better to second-guess how it would actually end.

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Promising start for ‘teen pregnancy’ series

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The first telecast of “Bagito” last Monday, Nov. 17, was a promising start for the potentially controversial “teen pregnancy” series, because it was brisk and focused, “subliminally” assuring viewers that the show would not excessively exploit its “hot” topic and theme just to generate top viewership.

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