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Blending the funny and the serious
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - June 16, 2008 - 12:00am
Some political satires are so in-your-face you want to ask — no, demand — that the director stop his preaching the minute the curtain rises. You want to tell him he has no right to assume the holier-than-thou...
PDA: Only the tough survives
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - June 12, 2008 - 12:00am
A learning experience in Malaysia
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - June 8, 2008 - 12:00am
You appreciate what you usually take for granted the minute it’s taken away from you. Albert Martinez realized how lucky he is at having production assistants at his beck and call when he went to Malaysia last...
Billy is happy to be back... but Kuya Germs is not
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - June 6, 2008 - 12:00am
There was something different about Billy Crawford the minute he showed up to meet the press in ABS-CBN for Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) Season 2. Gone was the grunge, hip-hop look. Instead of a casual T-shirt, Billy...
What sets Hale apart
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - May 15, 2008 - 12:00am
It’s nice to be popular. But it’s better to be happy. That’s what Hale believes and lives by. The quartet, composed of frontman Champ Lui-Pio, guitarist Roll Martinez, drummer Omnie Saroca and...
It's yes to friendship, no to courtship for Vhong
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - March 13, 2008 - 12:00am
Mention papalicious and images of hunks, matinee idols and all things wonderful about men pop up like makahiya on a wayside street. Add the word supah to make it supah papalicious and the images grow to lifelike...
An all-consuming romance with dance
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - February 23, 2008 - 12:00am
The bigger the star, the humbler, more down-to-earth he is. This is what internationally-acclaimed dancing pair Nick and Lena Kosovich found out in all the years they have been coaching the likes of Richard Gere...
The mellow side of Freddie
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - February 23, 2008 - 12:00am
You’ve heard him sing of love of country and repentance. But have you ever heard Freddie Aguilar sing of romantic love — the sappy, mushy kind?
Jacky’s woes are over
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 31, 2008 - 12:00am
Behind many a successful man is a story of struggle. Jacky Woo’s came when he was a little boy growing up in Japan. The half-Chinese, half-Japanese Jacky played with other young half-breeds like him, trusting...
From the ivory tower to the streets
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 28, 2008 - 12:00am
American poet John Ciardi who once told a group of businessmen, “An ulcer, gentlemen, is an unkissed imagination taking its revenge for having been jilted. It is an  unwritten poem, an  undanced dance,...
Carlo: Acting is its own reward
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 24, 2008 - 12:00am
The first thing that strikes you when you meet Carlo Aquino after a long time is his Canon camera. It sits right beside him on a bench among his personal belongings, ready for action at his behest. “Yes,...
The Japanese connection
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 23, 2008 - 12:00am
Had Japanese actor-model Tomoyuki Tai been to the Philippines 10 years ago, and not — as it turned out — two years back, he would have spent his growing up years here.
What makes Toni’s world go round
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 19, 2008 - 12:00am
People have become so accustomed to seeing Toni Gonzaga hosting PBB and ASAP ’08 they have forgotten that she can also sing. They have forgotten that before they knew her for her witty spiels and engaging repartee,...
Ai Ai ready to take flight
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 18, 2008 - 12:00am
Her sunshiny smile is as bright as the yellow blouse she’s wearing as she welcomes you into her spanking new restaurant across ABS-CBN. You step inside and note the just-as-happy interiors: The colorful chairs,...
OMB foils attempt to pirate MMFF entries
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 11, 2008 - 12:00am
Now that Metro Manila has been declared piracy-free for the duration of the just-concluded Metro Manila Filmfest (MMFF), pirates have not given up efforts to replicate MMFF entries, this time for those who want to...
Boots ‘unsweetened’ this time
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 11, 2008 - 12:00am
Ask any actor, director or industry insider. Stereotypes can be as limiting as the four walls of a cramped prison quarters. It leaves the “prisoner” craving for freedom, for release from the chains that...
Finally,  all’s well in Kris’ world
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - January 7, 2008 - 12:00am
She may  blessed with more resources than you and me, but when it comes to  being a working mom, Kris Aquino feels as guilty as the average career woman with young children to raise. Kris feels it’s...
Alfred aims higher this time
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - December 28, 2007 - 12:00am
He may have entered the scene as a matinee idol/hunk known more for his good looks than anything else.  But even back then, in his first movie, Bridal Shower, Alfred Vargas promised to be more than just rippling...
Ara Mina: Will 8 be her lucky number?
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - December 26, 2007 - 12:00am
Year 2007 will go down in Ara’s book as another colorful one. And not only since she figured in the news, but more so because she got involved — wittingly or unwittingly — in younger sister Cristine...
Ariel would rather be faithful and true
by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark - December 21, 2007 - 12:00am
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