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LEA SALONGA, the original Kim in “Miss Saigon,” gave this tip to Rachelle Ann Go, who will play Gigi in the musical’s revival: “Just take the experience for all it’s worth. Study, visit museums (in London) and the countryside. You’ll have time during the day once the show is running … Meet people, enjoy yourself.” [...]
From the Inquirer tabloid Bandera, Cristine Reyes on her new character in ABS-CBN’s “Honesto”:
The Santiagos are like brothers to me; we grew up together. I feel bad because I was doing ‘Kailangan Kita’ with Claudine when Raymart was courting her.
Daphne Oseña-Paez on disaster preparedness in the home: “Our country is one of the most prone to environmental disasters. Nowadays, it’s not a question of ‘what if’ but a matter of ‘when.’
After Cannes, Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” goes to the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“Annaliza” star Kaye Abad on rumors that she might also have a sex video with ex-boyfriend and Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda: “Confident ako [na wala] … I’ve never commented on controversies lalo na kapag hindi naman ako involved. Respeto na lang sa kanilang dalawa (Chito and Neri Naig).”
Lovi Poe, star of the Cinemalaya entry “Sana Dati,” says she’s traditional when it comes to reading fare: “I still enjoy reading paperbacks as compared to eBooks, which sometimes hurt the eyes.”
Film director Mel Chionglo, who now sits as head of the monitoring committee of the 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, told Inquirer, “Maturity has now come to Cinemalaya.”
After watching the much-ballyhooed Vice Ganda “apology” to Jessica Soho, scriptwriter-actress Bibeth Orteza quipped on Facebook: “Willie Revillame comes in many forms.” A former media director of feminist group Gabriela, Orteza has consistently protested all forms of violence against women and performed in Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” several times.
Academy award-winning director Ang Lee says modesty and diligence have been the keys to his success in penetrating foreign cultures that were part of many of his most notable films.
Actor Raymart Santiago on his kids Sabina, 9, and Santino, 5: “Like me, my girl is so much into sports—sumasabay sa akin. I think my boy got his fondness for cooking and eating from me. I love my kids so much. I don’t think I’d survive if I lose them.”
Apl.de.ap, asked about his coaching style on ABS-CBN’s coming talent search “The Voice of the Philippines”: “Definitely truthful. [I’ll give] constructive criticism. And…you know, Imma give you a little swag, you know what I’m sayin’?