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Mga Pinakapinarangalang Aktres ng Dekada

12 Feb

Kahalintulad ng mga talang kumikislap sa kalangitan, halos hindi rin  mabilang ang mga bituin na nag aalay ng ningning sa telebisyon at pinilakang tabing. Taon taon humigit isang dosenang butuin ang nadaragdag sa listahan hanggang ang isang buong dekada ay tila hindi na dumidilim.

Daan daan man ang mga nagniningning na bituin sa Pilipinas, mabibilang lamang sa daliri ang mga aktress na may kakaiba at nakatindig balahibong  galing. Galing na hindi dapat palampasin ng mga kritiko at mga samahang taga gawad ng parangal sa pag arte local man o buong mundo ang sakop.

Sa kasalukuyang dekada, masasabing hindi masyadong maningning ang pelikulang Pilipino na dahil na rin baka sa suliranin sa pirata at sa walang humpay na pagpapalabas ng  mga banyagang pelikula. Kung ihambing sa mga naunang dekada, nangangalahati na lang ang naipapalabas na pelikulang lokal sa mga sinehan at ang karamihan pa nito ay ang mga indie films. Kaya ang ang mga butuin sa telebisyon na lang umaarte madalas. Subalit hindi naging hadlang ito sa ating mga magagaling na bituin na patuloy nag aalay ng kamangha-manghang kislap at talento.

Vilma Santos

Tama lamang na Star for all Seasons ang tawag kay Vilma Santos dahil mahigit apat na dekada na ang kanyang pamamayagpag simula noong dekada 70. Masasabing napag iwanan na ng Gobernadora ang dating kasabayan nitong si Nora Aunor na halos limang taon nang walang proyekto.

Humigit kumulang 15 tropeo bilang pinakamagaling na aktress ang natanggap ni Ate Vi sa dekadang ito para sa mga pelikulang Anak (2000), Dekada 70 (2002), Mano Po3 (2004) at In My life (2009).  Hindi lang yan, natanggap niya ang kanyang ikaapat ng grandslam best actress noong 2004 para sa pelikulang Dekada 70 na hango sa nobela ni Luhalhati Bautista. Nagpapakita lamang ito na hanggang gumagawa ng pelikula ang ina ni Luis Manzano, hindi titigil ang pag-ani niya ng parangal.

Cherry Pie Picache

Maituturing na isa sa pinaka underrated na mga artista si Cherry Pie. Kung galing lang sa parte ang pag-uusapan, walang duda kung si Isadora ang isasalang mo sa harap ng kamera. Mapadrama o comedy, bida o supporta lamang, mainstream o indie  bibigyan ka ni Marlene pagganap na hindi mo malilimutan.

Ang natural na pag arte ni Cherry Pie ay hindi lang naghakot ng parangal dito sa bansa kundi pati na rin kung saan saang sulok ng mundo. Tatlong international Best Actress ang natanggap niya mula sa Cinefan at Durban International Film Festival para sa mga pelikulang Foster Child at Kaleldo ni Brillante Mendoza.

Kaliwa’t kanan din ang mga parangal niya dito sa Pinas para sa nakakantig at natural niyang pagganap sa Foster Child noong 2007 at sa nakakatuwa niyang pagganap sa sexy-comedy na Bridal Shower ni Jeffrey Jeturian. Ilang best supporting actress na tropeo din ang naiuwi ni Pie para sa mga pelikulang Twilight Dancers (2007) at Ako Legal Wife (2006).

Maricel Soriano

Kahambing ng isang diamante, ang nag-iisang Diamond Star ay walang tigil sa pagkinang sa kanyang bawat pagganap sa pelikula. Halos apat na dekada na rin siya sa industriya at walang tigil ang pagtanggap niya ng parangal sa mga madamdamin at makatotohanang pag arte sa pelikula man o telebisyon.

Labindalawang Best Actress trophies sa pelikula at isa sa telebisyon (Vietnam Rose, 2005) ang nahakot ni Maria sa dekadang ito. Kung pag aaralan ng maigi halos lahat na ng genre ng pelikula ay napanalunan na ni Maricel. Mapa drama, comedy, horror pati dramedy, mapapatungangaga ka sa galing ni niya.

Ang mga pelikula ni Maricel na umani ng parangal ay Filipinas (2003) I will Survive (2004), Inang Yaya (2006) , Numbalikdiwa (2006), Bahay Kubo (2007) at A Lovestory (2008).

Judy Ann Santos

Pinaka bata man sa listahan, hindi pahuhuli ang tinaguriang Young Superstar. Bata pa lamang ay nakitaan na ng galing sa pag arte at sa kanyang mga kasabayan, siya lang ang nanatiling walang tigil ang pagningning sa telebisyon man o pelikula.

12 Best Actress Awards, 1 Best Supporting Actress at isang Best Actress for TV (Krystala, 2006) lang naman ang nahakot ni Juday sa dekadang ito. Halos lahat na ng award-giving bodies sa bansa ay napahanga ni Juday maliban sa Young Critic Circle Film Desk (YCC).

Ang mga pelikulang nagpataob sa mga kalaban ni Mrs. Ryan Agoncillo ay: Mano Po 2 (2004), Sabel (2005), Kasal Kasali Kasalo (2006), Ouija (2007) at Ploning (2008).

Gina Pareño

Kung si Ate Vi ang Star for All Seasons, para sa akin si Gina Pareño naman ang Actress for All Seasons. Habang tumatagal, tila mas lalong gumagaling at tumitinkad ang kislap ni Gina. Sa galing, nahigitan pa niya ang naitala ng Superstar na si Nora Aunor sa pinakamaraming International Best Actress awards. Apat na tropeo mula sa Amiens, Brussels, Asian at Cinefan Film Festivals ang naiuwi ng magaling na aktess para kanyang napakahusay na pagganap sa pelikulang Kubrador (2006) at Serbis (2009). Hindi lang yan, nasungkit din niya ang Best Actress in a single performance mula sa Asian TV Awards noong 2007 para sa episode na “Rehas” ng MMK (ABS-CBN)

Hindi pwedeng hindi rin mapuna ng mga lokal na kritiko ang galing ni Gina. Inulan din ito ng parangal para sa mga nabanggit na pelikula kasama na rin dito ang kanyang nakakatuwang pagganap bilang ina ni Judy Ann Santos sa Kasal Kasali Kasalo. Napahanga din hindi lang ang madla kung hindi pati na rin ang PMPC  sa kanyang pagganap bilang si Lola Gets sa teleseryeng Tayong Dalawa ng ABS-CBN noong 2009.

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From Scarlet to Rubí, Angelica Panganiban Turns Redder and Meaner

28 Nov

by Alexander B San Pedro

Angelica Panganiban was a revelation last year when she played Scarlet dela Rhea, a bitchy woman everybody loves to hate in now defunct drama series in ABS-CBN entitled Iisa Pa Lamang. She was cast alongside acting greats like Claudine Baretto, Gabby Concepcion, Cherry Pie Picache, Laurice Guillen and Susan Roces.  Scarlet’s confrontation scenes with Katherine (Claudine) and their quotable lines were the talk of the town those days and uploaded videos of them on YouTube earned thousands of views. Scarlet-inspired blogs had also been put up, a proof of the character’s indisputable popularity. Philippine Movie Press Club couldn’t just take no notice of Angelica’s beyond par performance as they nominated her in the Best Actress for Drama category in their23rd Star Awards for television happening on November 29, 7PM at the Pagcor Grand Theater, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Paranaque City.

I was left with almost nothing to look forward to on TV when Iisa Pa Lamang ended November 7 last year.  Urgh… I’ve drafted an email recently addressed to ABS-CBN Entertainment Department Head to bring Scarlet back and almost sent it before I heard about a new kapamilya show that stars Angelica in a title role to be launched soon. The 23-year old actress is set to top-bill the Philippine version of Rubi, a Mexican telenovela which featured Barbara Mori in 2004.  I bet that’s something to look forward to aside from Angelica’s upcoming movie- I Love You Goodbye an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival this coming December.

Rubí is a story of beautiful woman from a middle-class family who managed to study in a university due to her sister’s effort.  Rubí is best friends with Maribel, a wealthy young woman who walks with a limp which makes her inferior despite her wealth and above average beauty. Rubí meets Maribel’s boyfriend Héctor and his best friend Alejandro. Rubi is ambitious. She is greatly driven by her ambitions that she’s up to do basically everything to get what she wants.

ABS-CBN heads have done a number of deliberations before they arrived to the final decision of who will play the bida-kontrabida role.  Kristine Hermosa was allegedly chosen to play it but turned it down because her religion does not permit her to accept such role. That’s just plain nonsense because I believe, in general, that an actor should hold no boundaries in terms of playing roles as it proves his versatility in his craft. Well anyways if Kristine indeed declined, then it’s good as it paves the way for me to see Scarlet er Rubi, I mean Angelica Panganiban on TV again.

Diether Ocampo, Jake Cuenca, Shaina Magdayao, Kaye Abad and Cherry Pie Picache (yes, the wicked Isadora) join the powerhouse cast of Rubi which will be shown soon on Primetime Bida.

Sandra Seifert Suffers a No-win Situation because of Prudence

23 Nov

Sandra Inez Seifert, Philippines’s bet in Ms Earth 2009 held last night at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, should have won the crown according to most people and pageant experts who’ve been following the competition since its initial press release. Early predictions of Seifert’s sure win were said to have ascertained when the 25-year old VJ and model impressed everyone during the pageant’s several preliminary competitions.  When I said everyone it includes the judges who pronounced her Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown among the 80 lovely candidates from all over the globe.

Calculation of Sandra’s victory strengthened after the whole world listened to her as she spoke of water pollution in the final interview last night.  “We’ve just seen clear images of water pollution- a principle issue also in my country. And as previously seen, garbage is directly linked to water pollution. What we must understand is that we are the root of all these problems but fear not, because we are also the solution. So please, in times of crises such as these environmental crises, please, please embrace opportunity because we can make a change. It starts now. It is the time for leaders to be born and for new creativity and innovations to happen. Please, please take note of this thank you”. That was Sandra’s unwavering words after gruesome images that depict water pollution were shown before her. I must say she had said the best speech among the Top 8 ladies and I’m certain, Ms Brazil Larissa Ramos who was crowned Ms Earth 2009, would not differ to that.

Announcement of winners came and Ms Philippines was crowned Ms Earth-Air, an equivalent to first runner up (correct me if I’m wrong). I stayed blank for a moment and then asked why as I never thought Sandra’s shot all along is only good for a second place. But when our very own Carla Paula Henry (Ms Earth 2008) appeared before the stage to bequeath the crown to Ms Brazil, the new Ms Earth, my question was answered.

There were a few who questioned Henry’s triumph last year which is normal as in any competition such is likely to happen. But somehow, to me it makes a little bit of sense to think the organizers of the pageant are from the Philippines and the competition itself is held here. So you really can’t blame some people if they would charge partiality on the matter. And that brings me to an opinion that Sandra’s failure to win the crown is merely because the organizers wanted to be polite. A twin victory in a row for us would surely raise qualms and that’s just sad because Sandra deserves the crown.

Here are the winners: MISS EARTH 2009: Brazil, Larissa Ramos, MISS AIR 2009:
Philippines, Sandra Inez Seifert, MISS WATER 2009:Venezuela, Jessica Barboza, MISS FIRE 2009:
Spain, Alejandra Echevarria

Best in Swimsuit: Philippines, Sandra Inez Seifert, Best in Evening Gown: Philippines, Sandra Inez Seifert, Best in National Costume:Tanzania, Evelyne Almasi, Miss Photogenic: Czech Republic, Tereza Budková, Miss Talent: Tahiti, Niuriki Teremate, Miss Friendship: Switzerland, Graziella Rogers

Top 10 Loveteams of 2009

13 Nov
Here are my choices for the 10 most successful loveteams of 2009

Versus

6 Nov

Pacquiao versus Cotto

The much awaited bout of the year is happening on November 14, 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as our very pacquiao-vs-cottoown Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is set to fight for his 7th world title against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. Boxing trainer Freddie Roach has predicted Pacquiao to knockout the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion and every Filipino is crossing their fingers to that.

Yanggaw versus Patient X

 yanggawIt’s like David and Goliath. It is a clear example how genuine craft outdoes hype and patient xcommercialism in film making. Yanggaw despite being an indie film helmed by a newbie director, top-billed by non bankable actors and with a scant working budget of a million pesos, has bested any local horror films I’ve seen in the past 15 years. I’ve seen Yanggaw just recently and I have nothing but praise for this masterpiece that seldom happens in the local movie industry. With superb acting from the cast and an impeccably sound storytelling matched with breathtaking cinematography, you can never go wrong with this 2008 Cinema One Originals finalist. In contrast, Patient X which seems to be a direct opposite failed to meet expectations.

Lorna Tolentino versus Chin Chin Gutierezchin lorna

I was able to catch the scene in Dahil May Isang Ikaw on You Tube that started it all . Yes, the fight scene between LT and Chin Chin was indeed very realistic. They got carried away and it looked like they were not acting anymore. Both were seriously hurt after the incident and talks about it spread like wildfire over the internet and entertainment newspapers that exacerbate the alleged controversy.  And the latest is Chin Chin apologizing to Lorna and the latter swearing not to work with the former anymore. Oh, so who’s leaving Dahil May Isang Ikaw?

Loren Legarda versus Chiz Escudero

 lorenOh well, Politics in the Philippines can turn anything upside down. Ex-tandem to be Chiz chiz-escuderoEscudero and Loren Legarda might be running at odds with each other in the 2010 Vice Presidential Elections.  What made it possible is Escudero’s unanticipated decision of leaving their political party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Nacionalista Party is courting both senators to be Manny Villar’s running mate and LAKAS-KAMPI is more than willing to take either of them to run for VP together with their presidentiable Gilbert Teodoro.  Exciting, isn’t it?

Aging Gracefully

23 Oct

These women are already in their 40’s but like wine they seem to get better with age. See the evidence.

 

Goodbye and Hello

23 Oct

This month  three shows from Kapamilya and Kapuso networks bid  goodbye to give way for new ones.

 1. Goodbye Bitoy’s Funnies Videos

 Hello Showwwtime

Host: Michael V

Pilot: October 17, 2009

Timeslot: Saturdays after Celebrity Duets

 2. Goodbye Ruffa and Ai and Pilipinas Game KNB?

 Hello Showtime

Hosts: Vhong Navarro

            Anne Curtis

            Kim Atienza

Pilot: October 24, 2009

Timeslot: Weekdays and Saturdays, 10:30- 12:00nn

 3. Goodbye K! the P1,000,000 Videoke challenge

 Hello Bandaoke, Rock & Roll to Millions

Hosts: Allan K and Jaya

Together with Francheska Farr, Geoff Taylor, Jay Perillo

Pilot: Ocober 25, 2009

Timeslot: Sundays, around 8:00 pm

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 Sunshine Dizon who plays the important lead role in Tinik sa Dibdib is saying goodbye from the said afternoon drama series due to her health condition. Nadine Samonte is taking over. While Claudine Barreto bade adieu to Star Cinema as she signed a two movie contract with Viva Films