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Bembol Roco revisits ‘Maynila’

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Bembol Roco candidly recounted that he was not the first choice to play Julio Madiaga, the hapless hero in Lino Brocka’s 1975 film, “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light).”

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Why not a ‘Top-grosser’ award, instead?

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ROCO. Compelling portrayal.

Lina Vilas, housewife: “Bembol Roco’s magnificent portrayal of Nora Aunor’s husband in ‘Thy Womb’ was sadly ignored by the jurors in the Metro Manila Film Fest. Aunor’s scenes with Roco wouldn’t have been as effective if her character’s husband were essayed by an actor of lesser caliber.

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Memories of Mario O, a gentle gifted man

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MARIO O’ Hara, left, and Ricky Lee at the Cinema One Originals awards in November, where O’Hara received a lifetime achievement award. “He understood the heart of a writer,” Lee said. richard reyes

Veteran actresses Anita Linda and Perla Bautista were inconsolable. They had planned to visit director-scriptwriter-actor Mario O’Hara at San Juan de Dios Hospital on Wednesday, but he died last Tuesday due to leukemia. He was 68.

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