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Storytelling picks up speed, tempo on ‘The Gift Giver’

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EDDIE Garcia dominates the screen with his simple but textured and felt portrayal.

After a relatively predictable and tepid start, the storytelling on “The Gift Giver” has picked up steam and focus, and the Christmaserye is now shaping up as a dramatization of what happens when the female head of a household unexpectedly passes away.

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‘Hawak Kamay’ opts for ‘miraculous’ conclusion

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PIOLO Pascual in “Hawak Kamay”

Some weeks ago, when many problems and crises beset the characters of “Hawak Kamay,” we wondered how the series would end, and volunteered the hunch that the show would opt for a “miraculous” resolution of its many “impossible” crises.

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TV features we can very well do without

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Watching TV can be a pain sometimes, no thanks to the irritating features that some producers dote on, apparently because they think (oh, so wrongly!) that viewers go for them.

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Papa Piolo’s scion and heir makes his bid for stardom

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FATHER AND SON  Piolo and teener Iñigo recently impressed with a duet in a variety show

Last Septembver 21 on “ASAP,” the big deal was the first public appearance and performance of “Papa” Piolo Pascual with his 17-year-old scion and heir, Iñigo. They did a duet together, and the good news is that young Iñigo was able to adequately keep up with his dad in terms of singing and “projection”—not an easy thing to do for a total newcomer!

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Win some, lose some for new TV-film stars

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JAMES Reid and Nadine Lustre got good notices in “Diary ng Panget.”

Many TV-film producers cast well-known actors in their projects to assure viewership by way of recognizable “face value.” Others, however, choose to be more daring and cast deserving newcomers in important roles. They do so as their “investment” in the future of local show biz, because new and younger stars are constantly needed to appeal to local TV’s primarily youthful viewership demographic.

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