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Yuletide compilations yield musical gems, novelty tunes

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LEGEND, NE-YO, BRAXTON, INDIA-ARIE, HOUSTON AND SINATRA. Distinctive renditions.

Don’t be fooled: If you think “Motown Christmas” is just another compilation of musty or newly remastered carols, listen closely—in fact, the 16-track album is the first collection of new Christmas recordings from Motown in 46 years!

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Gabby Eigenmann, Glaiza de Castro step up to the thespic plate

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EIGENMANN. From antagonist to protagonist.

Losing his dad, Mark Gil, to cancer this year wasn’t easy for Gabby Eigenmann and his famous family. But, the 36-year-old actor-singer remains thankful for the blessings that came his way, like bagging the title character in the GMA 7 teleserye, “Dading”—his first lead role ever!

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Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly–win some, lose some

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KIDMAN. Spritely attitude and liberal ideas

You can’t blame Nicole Kidman for wanting to stretch her thespic wings—after all, if she didn’t risk portraying offbeat characters like the suicidal Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours,” she wouldn’t have won a Best Actress Oscar in 2003!

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Why Poppert Bernadas chose coach Sarah

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BERNADAS AND GERONIMO (RIGHT). Tough decision

It has been two years since we directed Poppert Bernadas in “RCS 7,” the anniversary concert of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, of which the 27-year-old, steel-voiced Davaoeño is a founding member.

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Sheng, Rodjun and Ruru seize the spotlight

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Sultry singer (“Single”) and musical-theater actress (“Magsimula Ka,” “Katy!”) Sheng Belmonte is grateful for the encouraging feedback she got for her birthday concert, “3-2-1 Party,” last Nov. 23 at the Handlebar in Makati and, along with guest performers, Epy Quizon, Jason Farol, Rachel Mitzki, Viva Hot Babes’ Sheree and the Xzel band, we were there to celebrate it with her!

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