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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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Restored ‘Maynila’ debuts in Cannes

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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

The premiere of the digitally restored version of Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag,” which was held on Friday night at the Salle Buñuel of the Palais, boasted lead star Hilda Koronel as guest of honor.

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Hilda Koronel returning to Cannes

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KORONEL remembers how Brocka helped dress her up for public appearances at the festival.

It has been 35 years since she last walked the red carpet at Cannes, and Filipino actress Hilda Koronel is on cloud nine as she prepares to return to the world’s biggest film festival this month for the world premiere of the digitally restored version of Lino Brocka’s 1975 masterpiece, “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng [...]

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More thespic showcases needed

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CHRISTOPHER de Leon, a dramatic actor, has a flair for comedy.

Now that digital filmmaking has “democratized” the local film scene, TV-movie stars have a new option to come up with thespic showcases to reveal how good they have become as actors.

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Hilda Koronel remembers Lino Brocka and shooting ‘Maynila’

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One of the most unforgettable moments in Hilda Koronel’s career, if not in her entire life, was her “funeral” scene in Lino Brocka’s 1975 film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.”   The film is in the process of being digitally restored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the [...]

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Textured portrayals buoy up latest John Lloyd-Bea starrer

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ALONZO AND CRUZ. Time-honed chemistry.

WATCHING John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Ronaldo Valdez and Hilda Koronel strut their thespic stuff in Olivia Lamasan’s “The Mistress” is instructive: They deliver the goods, but their contrasting acting styles effectively convey their characters’ emotions and motivations—from raging bluster to fleeting moments of calm.

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Hilda Koronel in ‘The Mistress’

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HILDA Koronel

Hilda Koronel has spent the last six years living a quiet life with husband Ralph Moore and 21-year-old son Diego in the United States.

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Waiting for Hilda’s return

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KORONEL. Can show today’s stars what good acting is all about.

NATALIA Uy, fruit trader: “I was a child of the ’70s, and I grew up watching the films of my favorite director, the late Lino Brocka. I am also a fan of his protégés, Hilda Koronel and Joseph Sytangco. I wonder where they are now. I hope a producer or director will help them stage a comeback and show today’s stars what good acting is all about.”

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Hilda’s comeback is an unexpected gift

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KORONEL. Makes screen comeback in “The Heiress.” Photo from hilda-koronel.blogspot.com

When people ask me if I’m a Noranian or a Vilmanian, my answer invariably is: “Both. —I have no principles.” That throws them for a loop—and some of them get really ticked off when I add: “By the way, I’m a ‘Hildanian,’ too!”

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