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V is for Valentine–and Vilma Santos

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SANTOS. Exciting prospects and limitless possibilities.

Vilma Santos chooses her battles—and she chooses them well. Last year, her surprising decision to portray an enthusiastic but less-than-brilliant bit player in Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra,” her first indie starrer, has so far earned her three Best Actress awards, the most recent from last month’s Dhaka International Film Festival. —Talk about risk-taking that has paid off bigtime!

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Vilma Santos wins best actress at Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

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Vilma Santos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos won Best Actress for Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” at the recently concluded 13th Dhaka International Film Festival, held in the capital city of Bangladesh from Jan. 10 to 18.

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Auction for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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PANGANIBAN says website for fundraiser will be launched today.

Actress Angelica Panganiban, still reeling from a harrowing experience during the recent earthquake in the Visayas, sees nothing wrong with seeking psychiatric help to cope with trauma.

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Eugene Domingo wins best actress in Tokyo fest

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EUGENE Domingo on the big screen at the Tokyo fest awards gala

Filipino comedienne Eugene Domingo won best actress for Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales” at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)—the first acting prize for the country in the Japanese fest that closed on Friday.

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Best actress at 15

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SANDY Talag. FILE PHOTO

Sandy Talag was getting dressed for school when she first heard the good news. Eunice de Asis, local producer of Jacco Groen’s “Lilet Never Happened,” called up to congratulate her one fine day. “I said, ‘thank you,’ thinking all the while that it was for the award (audience prize) ‘Lilet’ had won earlier in the Buster film fest in Denmark,” Sandy recalled. “But Tita Eunice said the trophy was for me.”

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Barbara, best actress at 9

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BARBARA Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Barbara Miguel was on her way to school when her mom got the text informing them of the good news.

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Understanding Nora Aunor

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AUNOR. Insights into what makes the Superstar tick—and click. ARNOLD ALMACEN

Throughout her decades-long career, Nora Aunor has been misunderstood by many—including herself! Since we’ve worked with her and think the world of her as a genuinely Filipino screen icon, we’ve taken the time to arrive at a number of insights into what makes her tick—and click.

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For Mindanao

Nora Aunor (whom filmmaker Brillante Mendoza declared “a national treasure”) on winning Best Actress in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for “Thy Womb”: “This award is for the people of Mindanao.”

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Nora Aunor, Brillante Mendoza win in AsPac screen awards

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Brillante Mendoza  and Nora Aunor.

The country scored a double victory at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa) held in Brisbane, Australia, Friday night, with a best actress award for Nora Aunor and best director for Brillante Mendoza for the drama film “Thy Womb (Sinapupunan).”

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Meryl Streep wins best actress Oscar

Actress Meryl Streep accepts the Oscar for Best Actress onstage at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK

Meryl Streep on Sunday won the Oscar for best actress for her scintillating portrayal of former British premier Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

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Meryl’s Oscar record and other Academy trivia

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STREEP. Most nominated thespian in Oscar history.

Meryl Streep’s Best Actress nomination for her terrific portrayal of Maggie Thatcher through several decades in “The Iron Lady” is her 14th in this category. The nod increases Meryl’s lead as the most nominated thespian in Academy history, with 17 nominations overall.

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