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Focus on exceptional actors who deserve a comeback

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KORONEL. Rare combination of beauty, talent, versatility, charisma and feisty personality.

Our recent laudatory focus on Lilet’s comeback portrayal in “Forevermore” has whetted our appetite for the return performances of other good but “missing in action” stars, who should be enticed back home, to delight us with their exceptional performances, after years and even decades of living abroad.

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Readers weigh in on contentious lists

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Francine Prieto

As a so-called TV-film expert, we get asked all sorts of questions—from the sublimely thought-provoking to the ridiculously fluffy. But, a recent query at a media forum threw us for a loop, because it wanted us to weigh in on the “all-important” issue of—the most beautiful Filipino screen actresses ever! It turns out that this […]

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Hoping for Hilda’s return

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KORONEL. No to merely decorative roles

Tessie Tinawin, televiewer: “I would be happy to see Hilda Koronel act again on TV. She still looks beautiful and fabulous. But, if she does, I hope she doesn’t get assigned merely decorative characters who are killed off by the second episode!”

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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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Hilda Koronel, Lino Brocka take Cannes by storm once again

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Hilda Koronel is reunited with Pierre Rissient, the Frenchman who brought "Insiang" to Cannes in 1978. Photo courtesy of Tikoy Aguiluz

If Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” had Kim Novak, Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” had Hilda Koronel.

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