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‘Transition’ series off to a good start

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“HAWAK-KAMAY” cast (from left): Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijian Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile and Nikki Gil

The first telecast of “Hawak-Kamay” on July 21 was an upbeat viewing experience for us, because the new series started its storytelling in the present tense, unlike many other local drama series, which just love to “start at the very beginning” (as the song goes)—two, even three, generations in the past to sluggishly establish the roots of the central conflicts that finally come to a head today!

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Heard: Good energy

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Iza Calzado on being part of “Hawak Kamay,” ABS-CBN’s newest drama series: “I’m so grateful to be in this project. Working with kids is enjoyable. To be surrounded with that kind of pure energy every time I report to the set is very refreshing.” Marinel R. Cruz

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Now showing: 40 films from 27 countries

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A landmark film coproduction agreement was recently signed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and international producers Global Motion Pictures Ltd. and Cinema Veritas. Briccio G. Santos (pictured), chair of the FDCP, said he hopes the film production would begin before the end of the year. photo by RICHARD REYES

Spanish filmmaker Juan Pinzas is not troubled that his film, “New York Shadows,” is competing with the works of two other directors from Spain for the top honors to be handed out Wednesday night at the awards ceremony for the 2014 World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF).

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Nikki Gil says PhilPop ballad is for women

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It took no more than 10 seconds for Nikki Gil to be fully captivated by the melody of composer Soc Villanueva’s entry to the finals of this year’s Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) songwriting competition.

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Bryan Castillo, 22, is Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles grand winner

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Bryan Castillo. Photo by Marinel R. Cruz/PDI

Bryan Castillo, who lost 154 lbs. or 52.56 percent of his original weight of 293 lbs. prior to joining the reality show, was heralded the grand winner of the “Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Doubles” on Saturday night. “I am happy to have made my family proud. I was able to prove to them and to [...]

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