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From news reporting to film directing
by Butch Francisco - December 15, 2007 - 12:00am
Around the middle of this year, a friend of mine who was with the screening committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival was raving about one of the scripts submitted to them. The title was Banal and it was distinctive...
The good side, the bad side of being Pinoy
by Butch Francisco - December 13, 2007 - 12:00am
It’s around this time of the year when anyone who has anything to do with the Metro Manila Film Festival is at his busiest. Actually it is the screening of entries that is most laborious.
Its beauty lies not only in the sceneries
by Butch Francisco - December 8, 2007 - 12:00am
Funny hitches on the day they got hitched
by Butch Francisco - December 6, 2007 - 12:00am
There were a lot of hitches when Vandolf Quezon and Jenny Salimao got hitched. Fortunately, it still turned out to be a happy event in the end, particularly for the young couple especially after they survived all...
The pressure to look beautiful
by Butch Francisco - December 1, 2007 - 12:00am
Given all the star searches and reality programs we have today, it is so much easier for today’s young ambitious generation to get into the limelight these days. But the question is: How long will they stay...
What rates, what doesn’t
by Butch Francisco - November 29, 2007 - 12:00am
(Second of two parts)
What rates, what doesn’t
by Butch Francisco - November 27, 2007 - 12:00am
It’s so difficult to determine what the TV audiences want, especially now that there are a lot of choices — what with cable TV around. However, I’d like to think that I’ve done TV work long...
Lessons from Startalk co-hosts
by Butch Francisco - November 17, 2007 - 12:00am
(Second of two parts)
Banking on prayer power
by Butch Francisco - November 8, 2007 - 12:00am
I realized only during the long holiday last week that next to the Lenten season and Christmas (when we have the nine-day Misa de gallo), we are probably at our most prayerful during All Saints’ Day.
Beyoncé wants a taste of  Pinoy culture
by Butch Francisco - November 3, 2007 - 12:00am
When Beyoncé Knowles and her management group — she is a corporation by herself — announced this year that she was going on an Asian tour, various Filipino business organizations jumped at the...
Movies made in heaven
by Butch Francisco - November 1, 2007 - 12:00am
The Great Bodies are back
by Butch Francisco - October 27, 2007 - 12:00am
The beautiful bodies are back — these physical fitness enthusiasts who compete in the annual Great Bodies contest of Slimmers World International.
A reason to rejoice
by Butch Francisco - October 25, 2007 - 12:00am
There are people in the entertainment profession I love (they know who they are) and there are those I am fond of. Manilyn Reynes falls under the category of people I am fond of — until last year. Before I...
A marathon birthday celebration for Joey
by Butch Francisco - October 20, 2007 - 12:00am
The birthday celebration for Joey de Leon took a whole weekend and this was a most fitting tribute for somebody of his stature: A legendary talent who has spent the last 40 years doing radio, television, recording...
A celebration fit for a princess
by Butch Francisco - October 18, 2007 - 12:00am
It is without doubt the grandest children’s party I’ve ever attended and I’ve been to really fabulous ones in this very long life. But nothing comes close to the grandeur of the first birthday...
The future drama kings
by Butch Francisco - October 11, 2007 - 12:00am
A couple of weeks ago, I came out with a list of names of young female celebrities I feel would be the next movie queen of Philippine entertainment. Now, if there is a queen, there should be a king. The late beloved...
A ‘flawless’ kind of barkada
by Butch Francisco - October 6, 2007 - 12:00am
Tukso: A whodunit Rashomon
by Butch Francisco - October 4, 2007 - 12:00am
The truth told in different versions — as popularized by best foreign film winner Rashomon — is still alive and well in Philippine cinema. This device was previously used in Laurice Guillen’s Salome...
When style & substance meet & match
by Butch Francisco - September 29, 2007 - 12:00am
For some reason, I got my September copy of People Asia magazine rather late. Add to that the fact that I was gone for a while and the magazine must have been delivered the day after my departure. When I finally...
Who will be the next showbiz royalty?
by Butch Francisco - September 27, 2007 - 12:00am
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