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Alfred Vargas a happy man

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ACTOR-POLITICIAN says he has two of the best jobs in the world.

I’ve known Alfred Vargas since his Ateneo days. He has always been the kind of guy who makes you feel that chivalry isn’t dead.

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MJ’s dad to attend Manila tribute

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MICHAEL Jackson, a long way from his troubled childhood, with his father Joseph at a social function AP

Being Michael Jackson’s “imaginary widow,” I am looking forward to watching the “MJ World Tribute Birthday Celebration” at Resorts World Manila on Aug. 28, 29 and 30. The King of Pop would have turned 55 on Aug. 29. MJ’s father, Joseph Jackson, will be a special guest in the tribute show.

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Attention-grabbing gambits on talk TV

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HOST Jimmy Fallon performed a crazy stunt with an A-lister. AP

TV hosts with daily or nightly shows are fully aware that familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then the constant bugaboos of predictability and consequent boredom. So, they literally stay awake at night thinking of unusual attention-grabbers to keep their shows’ regular viewers happy—and surprised!

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Claudine Barretto turns a year fiercer

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CLAUDINE Barretto says she and husband Raymart Santiago are “back to zero.”

Name it, Claudine Barretto has been through it. Her ability to survive is stronger than all the controversies she’s been embroiled in. She turned a year “fiercer” Sunday. Clau will never let the pain of her past overpower her. Instead, she will let it empower her.

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Philippine comedy after Dolphy

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DOLPHY chose an inviting, inveigling approach,  establishing a smiling, “winking” camaraderie with audiences.

King comic Dolphy is being lovingly remembered on his birth and death anniversaries this month, so he may no longer be with us—but, what do you know, he’s still very much around!

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