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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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Visiting Gov Vi at The Mansion

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FROM left: Girlie Rodis, Mai Mai Cojuangco, Rowell Santiago and Mikee Jaworski

It was such a delight to pay Gov. Vilma Santos a visit in her headquarters (dubbed “The Mansion”) at the Batangas Capitol last Friday. As always, she had her staff prepare a sumptuous lunch of Batangueño dishes like beef bulalo and sinaing na tulingan.

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‘Ekstra’ competes in London

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Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” will be screened at the 15th Rainbow Film Festival in London (May 25-June 1). The fest will be held at the Genesis Cinema, Rich Mix Center and Tarling Center, according to producer Joji Alonso.

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V is for Valentine–and Vilma Santos

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SANTOS. Exciting prospects and limitless possibilities.

Vilma Santos chooses her battles—and she chooses them well. Last year, her surprising decision to portray an enthusiastic but less-than-brilliant bit player in Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra,” her first indie starrer, has so far earned her three Best Actress awards, the most recent from last month’s Dhaka International Film Festival. —Talk about risk-taking that has paid off bigtime!

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Stars greet 2014 with a really big bang

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SANTOS. Signal sign of encouragement and approval.

Right off the bat, 2014 is turning out to be a happy, hyper-happening show biz year, with the new entertainment season’s “big bang” celebration being paced by Vilma Santos’ Best Actress award at a film festival in Bangladesh for her performance in “Ekstra,” her first indie outing.

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Angel’s love for Luis surprises Vi

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FROM left: Solenn Heussaff, Anne Curtis, IC Mendoza and Vice Ganda

Angel Locsin is very vocal about her present feelings for ex-beau Luis Manzano. She unabashedly admitted on national TV that she still loves him, and wants to be with him. I asked Vilma Santos, Luis’ ever-fab mom, for a comment.

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Vilma Santos wins best actress at Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

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Vilma Santos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos won Best Actress for Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” at the recently concluded 13th Dhaka International Film Festival, held in the capital city of Bangladesh from Jan. 10 to 18.

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Reaching a Star, Mars and the heavens

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Vilma Santos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

The day before controversial news on Governor Vi (Vilma Santos) broke—she was being asked by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to resign due to alleged failure to submit her statement of election contributions and expenditures (Soce)—I joined her and hubby Ralph Recto at the family lunch they hosted for their clan in Outback Libis.

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Ate Vi’s motherly touch

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I’ve seen Ate Vi (Vilma Santos) in action during her film shoots as the Star for All Seasons. But it was my first time to see her do what she does best as governor of Batangas last Saturday, at the grand finals of “Voices, Songs and Rhythms (VSR) Year 3.” Held at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum, VSR was the culminating event of the Ala Eh Festival. (VSR also stands for Vilma Santos-Recto.)

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Ate Vi: Nora deserves National Artist title

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LUIS interviews his famous mom.

Ate Vi (Vilma Santos) was in high spirits at the belated birthday luncheon hosted for her by The Generics Pharmacy at the Makati Shangri-La. The “Star for all Seasons” chose to partner once again with the country’s largest and affordable drugstore chain for a new multi-media campaign.

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Gov. Vi says she could be the next president

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At a recent gathering to celebrate her turning 60, actress and Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos announced she was “inclined to be the next president.”

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Bigger, better prospects for Vilma

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SANTOS. New challenges  beckon. file photo

Don’t look now, but the “eternally youthful” Vilma Santos, truly “The Star for All Seasons (and Reasons),” has just turned 60! The fact that she looks a full decade younger is of great comfort to everybody’s Ate Vi, but even more psychically rewarding must be her grateful realization that, at an age when some “seniors” [...]

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