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Walking through history

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The end is almost here. As of today, there are only five shows left to play—Leeds, London, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon. When the next Backstory comes out, I’ll be on a plane heading home to Manila, gathering my strength for the Battle and Knockout Rounds on “The Voice of the Philippines.”

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Celebs share chilling tales

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rita

Halloween is meant for lunar-powered creatures comme moi. Aside from pumpkins, costumes and masks, what would “Trick or Treat” season be without ghost stories? So I cornered some celebs and asked them to share their close encounters with the “otherworldy” kind. Mine would be more of ghosts of boyfriends past. Whatever or whoever haunts you, may you have a bewitching Halloween. Carpe Noctem!

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Back to breathtaking Bacolod

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REGINE Velasquez

Being an Ilongga at heart who speaks Hilgaynon fluently, I did not pass up the chance to visit Iloilo’s “Sister City,” Bacolod, when GMA 7 invited me to join their celebration of the Masskara Festival in the ‘Sugar Capital.’ It was definitely a weekend of sugar, spice and everything nice.

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Award-winning ‘Birdman’ director wary of success

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ALEJANDRO G. Iñarritu (right) directs Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough. Behind him is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

He sang a line from a Barry Manilow song and made irreverent quips. Alejandro G. Iñarritu was introduced as “el Mexicano loco” (Michael Keaton, star of his acclaimed film, “Birdman,” calls him that) so I introduced myself as “el Filipino loco.” Thus began my recent funny chat with the first Mexican to earn an Oscar Best Director nod (for “Babel”), at the New York Palace Hotel.

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‘Fury’ inspires Shia LaBeouf to make peace with Alec Baldwin

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LABEOUF. Has been reconnecting with people he had problems with. Ruben Nepales

“Me and Alec Baldwin just got good,” disclosed Shia LaBeouf to us recently, apparently inspired by the brotherly love, friendship and camaraderie he experienced while cooped up in a tank with Brad Pitt and three other actors on the “Fury” set. Shia and Alec had a widely reported spat during rehearsals for their 2013 Broadway play, “Orphans.” Amid a public exchange of insults between Shia and Alec, the former was replaced by Ben Foster.

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