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Lolit Solis on 1994 Manila Film Fest scam: ‘It was a nightmare for me’

/ 11:54 AM November 20, 2018
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For veteran talent manager Lolit Solis, her involvement in the 1994 Manila Film Festival scam was both a nightmare and the biggest lesson in her life.

Solis manipulated the result for the Best Actor and Best Actress on the awards ceremony of the said festival held on June 22, 1994. Instead of Edu Manzano and Aiko Melendez, Solis’ talent Gabby Concepcion and beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez won in the respective categories.

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The talent manager reflected about her involvement in the scam on a post she shared via Instagram today, Nov. 12. She reminisced about the time when she used to be a caster every time there is an awards night.

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Alam mo ba Salve na pinakamahirap kalimutan isang bagay na ugali mo nang gawin? Buti na lang meron akong gift of detachment kaya pag gusto ko malimutan isang bagay nagagawa kong maging bato iyon puso at isip ko. Siguro isa sa pinakamahirap kong nakalimutan iyon pagiging caster o taga invite ng mga artista sa awards night. Feeling bida-bida ako pag mga araw na may awards night dahil ako tagatawag ng mga presentor, ako ang abalang-abala. For so many years sa akin ipinagkatiwala iyon trabahong iyon, hanggang nagawa ko isang malaking pagkakamali sa buhay ko, iyon SCAM. Hindi ko na babalikan pa iyon kuwento tungkol dun, pero iyon ang nag-stop ng career ko as caster o tawag ni Inday Badiday casting director ng awards night. Siyempre naman after the SCAM hindi ko gugustuhin magpunta sa mga awarding ceremonies noh. Umiwas ako, dahil baka pag nandun ako magkaroon ng ibang kulay. Ang tagal kong iniyakan na wala na ako sa mga preparation ng awards night, hindi na ako pumupunta sa parada ng filmfest, hindi na ako reyna-reynahan sa mga gabi ng parangal. Talagang ininda ko iyon, dahil enjoy na enjoy ako na nag-invite ng mga presentors. Enjoy ako na kasama sa preparations, enjoy ako sa blow out after the awarding night. It was a nightmare for me, the biggest lesson in my life. Pero sabi nga for every stumble, you stand up taller, stronger. I learned my lessons hard, and thank you sa lahat ng umalalay sa akin sa darkest days of my life. Nostalgia talaga, flashback. Hah hah, minsan masarap din lingunin iyon mga bagay sa buhay mo nagbigay aral sa iyo. #instatalk #lolitkulit #71naako ❤️🙏🏻

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“Feeling bida-bida ako pag mga araw na may awards night dahil ako tagatawag ng mga presentor (sic), ako ang abalang-abala,” she wrote. “For so many years sa akin ipinagkatiwala iyon trabahong iyon, hanggang nagawa ko isang malaking pagkakamali sa buhay ko, [iyong] scam.”

(I feel very important every time there is an awards night because I am responsible for calling the presenters, I was very busy then. For so many years, that job was entrusted to me. That was until I made the biggest mistake in my life — the scam.)

Because of what happened, she lost her career as a caster. She recounted that after the issue, she refrained from going to awarding ceremonies to avoid any more issues.

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“Ang tagal kong iniyakan na wala na ako sa mga preparation ng awards night, hindi na ako pumupunta sa parada ng film fest, hindi na ako reyna-reynahan sa mga gabi ng parangal,” she said. “It was a nightmare for me, the biggest lesson in my life.”

(I cried for so long, how I was no longer part of the preparations for the awards night, how I no longer go to film fest parades, that I no longer reign like a queen during an awards night. It was a nightmare for me, the biggest lesson in my life.)

It was not the first time Solis looked back at the incident. She took to the same platform last year to admit her guilt over her involvement in the scam.

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Naku ewan ko ba, June 1994 bigla na lang pumasok sa utak ko kasabay ng Araw ng Manila iyong filmfest scam na hanggang ngayon 'di ko malimutan. Maraming binagong buhay ang pangyayaring iyon, maraming bagay ang natutuhan. For life pagsisisihan ko ang nagawa ko at never kong forget that night. Pero ang dami ko rin gustong pasalamatan sa nangyari, dami ko natutuhan, na discover, duon ko nalaman in a flick of a finger puwede mawala lahat, puwedeng mabago at duon mo makita ang tunay na pagkatao ng mga nakapaligid sa iyo ang, tibay ng friendship n'yo, ang lalim ng ugat sa foundation n'yo. Isang, araw sasabihin ko lahat ang katotohanan sa nangyaring scam hindi para linisin ang pangalan ko kundi para na rin wala iyong bigat sa dibdib ko. I am guilty, ako talaga ang gumawa ng scam gusto ko lang malaman n'yo rin ang mga bagay na totong nangyari. one day I will tell that, one day i will confess. forgive me for the scam i commited forgive me… 😂☺️ #70naako #instatalk #lolitkulit (photo from the internet)

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“I am guilty, ako talaga ang gumawa ng scam gusto ko lang malaman n’yo rin ang mga bagay na [totoong] nangyari (I really did the scam, I just want you to know what really happened),” she stated. “One day I will tell that, one day I will confess. Forgive me for the scam I [committed] forgive me.” JB

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