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Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’

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JUN URBANO (right) directs a scene with Leo Martinez (center) and Benjie Paras, and Lilia Cuntapay (background).

“The goal is to get as many students as possible to watch it,” said actor-director Jun Urbano of his adaptation of “Ibong Adarna.”

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Practical Phytos plans his future

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PHYTOS bakes Greek breads, like psomi, in this outdoor oven.

At the height of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in 2009, all roads to his home were lined with the bodies of those who had drowned in the floods, recounted GMA 7 actor Phytos Ramirez.

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Sarah Lahbati can breathe easy again

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SARAH Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez

Last year was a turbulent time for Sarah Lahbati, who was embroiled in a legal tussle with GMA 7 executive Annette Gozon-Abrogar.

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Filmmakers sign pact with MTRCB

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“This is mutually beneficial. It is also a first,” Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chair Eugenio Villareal said of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the ratings board recently signed with the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc. (DGPI).

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Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention

Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Southern Police District (SPD) has received the warrants of arrest against businessman Cedric Lee, model Deniece Cornejo and several others over the serious illegal detention case filed against them by television host-actor Vhong Navarro, a radio report said.

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Fil-Am booted from ‘Idol’: I’ll be big one day

Malaya Watson Screengrab from American Idol’s YouTube account.

American singer Malaya Watson got the boot from “American Idol Season XIII” the week that she performed Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire.”

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Easter musings

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RYAN Cayabyab thinks his past is unique.

Sincd Easter is a time for new beginnings, I asked some celebs: If they could go back in time and rewrite their past, what would they have done differently?

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Solenn in shorts

“Da Possessed” star Solenn Heussaff says doing short films is challenging. “We have to tell the story in 10 minutes. We have to get in character quickly.” She has two shorts so far: Peque Gallaga’s “Bayi sa Aparador” and Borgy Torre’s “Transit Visuals.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters

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JENNIFER Connelly (left) and Russell Crowe in the Darren Aronofsky film “Noah”

It could take more than 40 days and 40 nights for the multimillion dollar Hollywood movie “Noah” to dock its ark in Philippine theaters.

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Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday

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Just in time for Easter: A few years back, Acclaimed Artist traveled to an exotic destination on a group tour. AA thoroughly enjoyed the holiday—actually, a bit too much.

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Believing in this mermaid

CURTIS (LEFT) AND DE LOS REYES. Topbill competing mermaid series. 
illustration by Nastasha Verayo

“Dyesebel” star Anne Curtis reacts to critics who say she doesn’t deserve the role: “I can’t please everybody. Criticisms come with the territory. I heard the same thing when I did ‘Kampanerang Kuba’ and ‘Dyosa.’

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Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel

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LUIS Manzano thinks he is more expressive than his GF.

Luis Manzano, who dated Jennylyn Mercado for two years before “rekindling old flame” with Angel Locsin, is aware of negative reactions to what happened. In fact, he told the Inquirer recently, “Some people thought there was connivance with our respective partners.”

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