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What makes a hero?

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THE A-TEAM recently won a gold medal at the World Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, Nevada.  JOHN SALANGSANG/FACEBOOK PHOTO

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?

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Jonjon Briones’ success should be celebrated

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BRIONES. Cast as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon.”

Badette Lim, office employee: “I just watched the trailer of the current ‘Miss Saigon’ production in London and felt proud watching Jonjon Briones as The Engineer! Based on what I saw, he’s a good musical-theater actor whose success all Filipinos should celebrate!”

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Fil-Am singer goes from singing ‘I’d Give My Life for You’ to ‘I Poop’

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JENNIFER Paz and Anthony Fedorov

Jennifer Paz, a Filipino-American singer-actress who starred as Kim in numerous “Miss Saigon” productions, and also performed in “Les Miserables” and other musicals, has gone from singing “I’d Give My Life for You” to “I Poop.” And she’sloving every minute of it because “I Poop” is one of the songs she sings with her husband, “American Idol” Season Four finalist Anthony Fedorov in celebration of their son, Julian.

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Fun, unusual, enviable family vacation for Alcasids and Murrows

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REGINE Velasquez (left) and Michelle van Eimeren enjoyed the Bali trip.

Ogie and Regine Alcasid took a much-needed family vacation with their adorable baby boy Nate and the entire Alcasid clan in Bali, Indonesia, where they met up with Ogie’s two daughters, Leila and Sarah, their mom Michelle van Eimeren and her hubby Mark Murrow.

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Filipino ‘Engineer’ a ‘sleazier’ smash hit in Miss Saigon revival in London

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THE STANDOUT, SCENE STEALER Jon Jon Briones came from ensemble to front and center and the leading role where every night is a standing ovation. MATTHEW MURPHY/ WWW.MISS-SAIGON.COM

The heat is on in “(Miss) Saigon” and the critics have spoken: Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer in the hit musical’s revival production in London’s West End is “the show’s standout, stealing every scene his Engineer comes close to.” This is the verdict from the premier theater website Broadway World UK, which hails the Filipino-American actor for “bringing freshness and exuberance to a role he knows so very well.”

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