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Variety is the spice of Lovi Poe’s show biz life

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POE. Topbills challenging indie for Cinema One film fest next month

We first noticed Lovi Poe’s dramatic promise in independent films like “Walang Hanggang Paalam” and the Cinemalaya entry, “Mayohan,” where she won an acting award.

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Cris Villonco: Sprint from Tondo to Toronto

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CRIS and mom Monique Villonco in Canada. She will give her trophy to mom. Photos by Baby K. Jimenez

One fine day, Cris Villonco received a text from Bibeth Orteza, scriptwriter and wife of filmmaker Carlos Siguion-Reyna—the young actress’ uncle and director in the 2014 Cinemalaya Jury Prize winner “Hari ng Tondo” (opens today in cinemas).

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Mixed results for AiAi and Eugene

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DOMINGO. Went dramatic in “Barber’s Tales.”

Anna Bartolome, teacher: “One actress who’s hell-bent on reinventing herself, from comedienne to serious actress, is AiAi de Alas. However, her Cinemalaya starrer, ‘Ronda,’ wasn’t as well received as her comedic starrers. Critics were mixed in their reviews of her dramatic portrayal.

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Cinemalaya films at Cine Adarna

Some of the Cinemalaya films will be screened at Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

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Festival for strong female protagonists

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VALDEZ AND DIZON. Deliver memorable portrayals in their Cinemalaya entries.

“The latest edition of Cinemalaya will be remembered for the abundance of strong female lead performances—Eula Valdez for ‘Dagitab,’ Aiko Melendez in ‘Asintado,’ Nova Villa for ‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ and Mylene Dizon for ‘Mariquina,’ cementing the festival’s reputation as a festival for strong women.”

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