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Comeback projects for Edu and Ronnie eagerly anticipated

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DIZON. “Eat Bulaga’s” pint-sized wonder.

“Some celebrities have been sidetracked by their personal advocacies—but, their fans, this writer included, have been wishing that they’d eventually go back to acting. I particularly miss Edu Manzano, who is one of the country’s best talk-show hosts. I hope the big networks lure him back.

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‘Recuerdo’ peeks into our ‘unwired’ past

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TORRE IN “ORO PLATA MATA.” Timeless moral provocation.

It’s been 120 years since Thomas Edison introduced the movie camera in 1893. In the US, the 16-year-old National Film Preservation Foundation was put up to support activities that preserve films and “improve access for study, education and exhibition.” Of the American feature films produced before 1950, only about half of them still exist. Can we say the same thing about our movie classics?

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Reduce ticket prices, please

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REVILLAME. Gears up for ratings battle.

Gil Manalang, film enthusiast: “One of the reasons why our film industry is ‘alive’ only during the annual Metro Manila Film Festival and ‘dead’ in the months before it is the high cost of admission in movie houses. While I understand the present economic realities, perhaps film distributors, producers and theater operators can consider lowering the price of tickets to an affordable rate.

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More OPM tunes for Sharon, please

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CUNETA. Should return to singing.

Julie Katada, OFW: “Sharon Cuneta should record a new album to remind her fans that she is still one of our better singers. An album of well-loved OPM tunes would be most welcome!”

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Filipino film masterpieces retrieved, restored–and remembered

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Film buffs are happy that Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” has been restored and will be reissued again this December. In their excitement, however, they yearn to see other film classics rescued from oblivion and shown to a new generation of film lovers.   At recent fora and other interactions, we polled movie lovers for the titles [...]

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‘Himala’ the book, docu, restored film unveiled Dec. 4

“SA PUSO ng Himala” cover

Hot off the press, “Sa Puso ng Himala,” a coffee-table book on the Ishmael Bernal film “Himala,” will be launched on December 4, 4 p.m., at Shang Cineplex lobby, Shangri-La Plaza Mall Edsa.

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Enlightened move

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“HIMALA.” Its restored version will be screened in December.

Nitz Melicor, film enthusiast: “ABS-CBN should be commended for restoring Ishmael Bernal’s ‘Himala’—an enlightened move! The 30-year-old movie is one of the most talked about films in the local industry. Its commercial screening in December will surely delight film buffs!

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Restoring ‘Himala’

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MANET Dayrit (right corner) shows a clip from the enhanced classic starring Nora Aunor. Photo by Bayani San Diego Jr.

Two decades ago, it would have cost P15 million to restore an old movie; but with digital technology, the cost of saving our cinematic gems has become less prohibitive.

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Miracle times two

Ishmael

Two “restored” Filipino film classics by National Artists Manuel Conde and Ishmael Bernal will be screened in this year’s Venice fest, programmer Paolo Bertolin told the Inquirer.

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A miracle for ‘Himala’

NORA Aunor

Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” has been digitally restored. “We just finished the process,” said Manet Dayrit, who worked on the project spearheaded by ABS-CBN, which now holds the rights to the 1982 film. “We digitized the film and removed scratches, dirt and other damages.” Topbilled by Nora Aunor, “Himala” was voted best Asia-Pacific film of all time in an online poll conducted by CNN in 2008.

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Those exotic ‘desert’ beauties

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MONTEZ. Beauty and sex appeal.

I used to find movies about the desert exotic. As an imaginative kid, I loved the excitement that they promised. To my young mind, Africa and the Middle East were interesting because of those hot, waterless places—which I associated with Maria Montez.

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