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By Lea Salonga
Did last weekend really happen? I don’t think I had done a concert before that went as seamlessly, perfectly, relaxed. It felt like a magical dream. I didn’t want those two nights to end… I’m sure all of us who were part of “Playlist” would have kept going if we had our way. We are experiencing a major hangover. It’s been almost a week after the fact, and we’re still… there!
Pinoy director Joseph Israel Laban’s “Nuwebe” won the Youth Jury’s Mention of Honor at the 3rd Lume International Film Festival in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil (Nov. 26-Dec. 1). The 2013 Cinemalaya entry also won best actress for child star Barbara Miguel (as local cinema’s youngest mother) at the Harlem fest in New York.
This year, our motif for the Christmas tree is silver and red. For a touch of sophistication, we added bright silver ornaments. But the dominant color is still red. A family friend decorated it, but I helped set up the lights. We usually celebrate Christmas by simply going to church and praying for God’s grace. For me, that’s the real essence of the season.
By Joey Gabieta
Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber made a quick surprise visit to an evacuation center here on Tuesday as he began a campaign to help victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).
By Marinel R. Cruz
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has ordered the producers of GMA 7’s “Unang Hirit” to issue a public apology and pay a fine of P20,000 for an episode where news anchor Arnold Clavio berated a guest.
By Dolly Anne Carvajal
I’ve seen Ate Vi (Vilma Santos) in action during her film shoots as the Star for All Seasons. But it was my first time to see her do what she does best as governor of Batangas last Saturday, at the grand finals of “Voices, Songs and Rhythms (VSR) Year 3.” Held at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum, VSR was the culminating event of the Ala Eh Festival. (VSR also stands for Vilma Santos-Recto.)
By Allan Policarpio
Like many of Gloc-9’s previous creative efforts, his latest studio album, “Liham at Lihim” (Universal Records), is a collection not merely of songs, but of stories—tales inspired by personal experiences, of “termites that slowly chew away at the fabric of society,” and of people whom others readily judge and turn a blind eye to.
At Indie Bravo! festival (MyCinema, Greenbelt) Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Sheron Dayoc’s “Mientras Su Durmida” and “Chasing Fireflies”; Raymond Red’s “Anino”; Brillante Ma. Mendoza ’s “Ang Kamera”; “Lav Diaz’s “Firefly” and “Prologo sa Ang Dakilang Desaparecido”; and Mendoza’s “Eternal.”
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Opening movie for the 1st Inquirer Indie Bravo! Film Festival, which starts Monday, is Hannah Espia’s “Transit,” the country’s best foreign language film bet in next year’s Oscars.
By Allan Policarpio
Before she found her own voice and turned into the spunky, pop-rock singer that she is now, Yeng Constantino flitted from one music genre to another, her taste in artists shifting from one blonde pop star to the next.
In his speech after the screening of “Life of Pi” at the SM Aura on November 28, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee told the audience of his intention to shoot a film in the Philippines.
By the Entertainment staff
Gregarious Personality went just a wee bit too far. GP had been engaged in a bitter war with Powerful Celebrity. PC got fed up and put the pressure on PC’s Stumped Bosses.