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‘Larawan’ features historic La Naval



The last La Naval procession in Intramuros has been recreated in the movie “Ang Larawan,” an official entry to the 2017 MMFF. The La Naval tradition had its roots in Intramuros in Old Manila where the Santo Domingo Church was located prior to the bombing of Manila during World War II.

Celeste Legaspi

Celeste Legaspi

The La Naval procession is one of the highlights of “Ang Larawan,” which was based on Nick Joaquin’s play “A Portrait Of The Artist As Filipino” and starring Joanna Ampil, Rachel Alejandro and Paulo Avelino. It was for the procession scene that the movie got a grant from the Quezon City Film Development Commission.

Culturtain Musicat Productions executive producer Celeste Legaspi said “We are very blessed and thankful for all their support. But the biggest blessing is that Santo Domingo Church allowed us to use the decades-old image of the Virgin of La Naval which was carefully transported from QC to Intramuros. What viewers will see onscreen is truly a wonderful and breathtaking sight!”

Along with the other 2017 MMFF entries, “Ang Larawan,” co-produced by Harlene Bautista, opens Dec. 25 in cinemas nationwide.


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Showbiz comeback

His name may not ring a bell to some but Kuya E (Neo de Padua) has been in show business in various capacities – as singer, performer and talent coordinator/provider. For a while though his work in showbiz was sidetracked by an illness, the Dreaded C no less. But he is well now prompting him to return to the music scene.

Kuya E (Neo de Padua)

Kuya E (Neo de Padua)

“Yes, I am a cancer survivor, dumaan ako sa isang malaking pagsubok and through faith in God nalagpasan ko naman ito,” Kuya E said.

He will continue his self-imposed mission “to inspire people and promote love in all walks of life.”

His concert “Miracle, Music And Love” is tonight at the Music Museum. Produced by Big Eyes Events and Productions, the concert also features E4 Band, Ani Pearl, Kath Loria, Rapido and Himig Handog 2017 awardee Aikee.

Kuya E also released the song “Ako’y Nangarap.”

Part of Kuya E’s comeback agenda is talk show “RYTS (Rule Yourself To Success)” for airing next month.

Kuya E is known in the business sector as the “Millionaire Maker of MLM Industry in the Philippines.”


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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Dec. 14, go to CCP Chairman Nick Lizaso, Leo Valdez, Phillip Juico, Nancy Chiongbian, Shielah Martinez, Danilo Clarino, Grace Tapia, Vergel Danaytan, Ryan Palma, Joshua Dionisio, Domingo Pabalate, Atty. Dan de Padua and Mark Herras…Dec. 15: Rosie Castro, Cara Cristobal, Caroline Ortega, Minda Azarcón, Josephine Manuel, Manny Martinez, Jay-O Bonachita, Evelyn Trinidad, Leticia Belen, John Stevens, Nena Santiago, Thelma Velasco, Lita Reyes, Jet Valle, Dianne Landingin, Valeriana Silvania, Oj Mojo and Nikki Coseteng…Happy wedding anniversary to Bobby and Ida Joseph…

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