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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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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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