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Roller-coaster careers

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HILDA Koronel was a standout in Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.” This scene from the movie shows her with costar Bembol Roco.

It can be instructive to note how popular actors’ portrayals deepen or weaken through the years and decades. Some very fortunate or focused stars are amazingly consistent—for instance, when you look back on Hilda Koronel’s entire career, you can’t cite a really bad or “off” characterization.   She was a standout as early as her [...]

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Writer Ricky Lee directs

Ricky Lee. PHOTO COURTESY OF RICKY LEE

In the works is acclaimed screenwriter Ricky Lee’s directorial debut. Lee told the Inquirer that he is taking his time, but his lead actress, producer and muse, Nora Aunor is in a rush. “It doesn’t have to be this year. I really want to learn the craft. I’m excited because any project with Guy (Nora’s [...]

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Nora’s 9 lives

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AEGIS. The group’s hit songs are featured in Peta’s popular jukebox musical. file photo

Raymund Baclayo, nurse: “Thank you, Ms Rina Jimenez-David, for your wonderful piece about Nora Aunor’s contributions to our society. The actress’ life reflects our own struggles, humble beginnings, successes and failures. The diminutive star seems to have a cat’s nine lives. Every time she stumbles, she manages to make a spectacular comeback. More power to you, Ms Nora Aunor!”

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Rave for ‘Mabuti’ in France

NORA Aunor in “Mabuti”

    Mes de Guzman’s “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” received a rave review from the French website Cine Alliance, which gave the Filipino film five stars. The review singled out the performance of lead actor Nora Aunor:  “Convincing … [she] knows how to share her emotions with brio.” The review also commended De Guzman:  “[He] [...]

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Nora Aunor, Alden Richards in short film

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After Coco Martin in Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Padre de Familia,” acclaimed actress Nora Aunor shares the screen with another young actor, Alden Richards, in Alix’s short film “Kinabukasan.”

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Nora and Tirso, against all odds

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GUY AND Pip, together again for a TV special. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Former teen faves Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III, better known as “Guy and Pip” to the senior citizens out there, have defied the odds and become sensitive and insightful performers in maturity. That’s why we eagerly looked forward to viewing their new TV5 TV movie, “When I Fall In Love,” last Feb. 11.

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Innovative gambits in show business

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AUNOR AND CRUZ. Reunited in “When I Fall In Love.”

The entertainment scene is generally characterized by a predictable comfortable sameness, governed by “business as usual” practices that are adhered to because they have proven their financial worth in the past, and have brought in profits with the least possible threat of risk and failure.

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Readers react

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HONTIVEROS (WITH BOOTS ANSON-ROA, RIGHT) Long-delayed recognition of excellence.

A loyal fan of top movie moppet Shirley Temple sent us two reactions in a row last week: The first was to express his appreciation for our nostalgic piece on the pint-sized total performer—then, just a few days later, a more somber note on her unexpected demise at age 85!

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Nora Aunor says past with Tirso Cruz a closed book

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For Nora Aunor, reuniting with former reel- and real-life sweetheart Tirso Cruz III in TV5’s made-for-TV movie “When I Fall in Love” (WIFIL) was just part of the job. But for zealous fans of the wildly popular tandem in the 1970s, seeing Guy and Pip together again onscreen is sure to be just as thrilling as it was back then.

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Nora Aunor as National Artist?

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Actress Nora Aunor on the prospect of being named National Artist: “Hindi ko naiisip. Ang iniisip ko lang ’yung mga proyekto ko. [Pero] ’yan ang pinapangarap ng bawat artista—kapag [nakuha mo ito], wala ka nang hihilingin pa.” Allan Policarpio

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When Nora meets Coco

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AUNOR AND MARTIN. Team up in “Padre de Familia.”

Arthur Cairel, OFW: “As a Coco Martin follower, I’m glad that he is going back to his indie roots via ‘Padre de Familia,’ his movie with Nora Aunor. He’s also reported to be bankrolling the project. Here’s hoping that the movie will both be a box-office and critical success.”

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Star-studded audition puts aspiring performers through their paces

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ICONIC audition masters with NUT (far right) include (from left) Edith del Rosario, Mikee Cojuangco, Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, Boots Anson-Roa and Elvira Go.  Photo by Mag Hatol

Three weeks ago, aspiring performers were thrown for a loop when we announced that AnakTV and Kairos Solutions were looking for a new and more responsible breed of Filipino entertainers to build up for stardom next year—and that the audition masters included icons like Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, Mikee Cojuangco, Edith del Rosario, Mag Hatol, Elvira Go, Ricky Lee and other industry leaders who shared the same vision.

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