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‘Deadma’ stars deliver great performances

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We watched the premiere showing of T-Rex Entertainment’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry “Deadma Walking” at Trinoma last Thursday night and we were not disappointed. The film made us laugh, it was an enjoyable cinema experience, amazed as we were at the film’s merits, especially the performances of Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman which we believe are worthy of acting awards.

‘Deadma Walking’ stars Joross Gamboa (left) and Edgar Allan Guzman

‘Deadma Walking’ stars Joross Gamboa (left) and Edgar Allan Guzman

Joross and Edgar Allan got the biggest breaks in their careers playing John and Mark, respectively, in this film based on a Palanca award-winning script (by Eric Cabahug) and directed by first-timer Julius Alfonso. “Deadma Walking” also received an “A” grade from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

The movie is about two gay friends who orchestrate a fake death and funeral. Edgar Allan plays the flamboyant Mark who is asked by the straight-acting cancer-stricken John to organize a fake funeral so that he can hear what people have to say about him.

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‘Maynila’ garners five Aliw Awards

At the recently held 30th Aliw Awards held at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, the musical “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag” garnered five major awards.

These are: Best Actor in a Featured Role for Jim Pebanco; Best Actress in a Featured Role for Aicelle Santos; Best Stage Director (Musical) – for Joel Lamangan; Best Musical Composer for Musical Theater for Von de Guzman; and Best Original Musical Production.

Photo shows the Grand Leisure Corp. family led by Vic & Babes Javier with the award-winning actors and others in the production of ‘Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag’

Photo shows the Grand Leisure Corp. family led by Vic & Babes Javier with the award-winning actors and others in the production of ‘Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag’

“Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, The Musical” was based on the novel by Edgardo Reyes, and the movie by the late National Artist Lino Brocka’s. The musical was produced by Grand Leisure Corp. and staged at KIA Theater in September-October this year.

Producer Babes Javier said the musical received nine nominations from Aliw Awards Foundation which is celebrating its 40th foundation anniversary. Founding chairman and president is Alice H. Reyes. Chairman of the executive committee was Bing Carrion.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Dec. 26, go to Fatima Princess Magsino, Former Speaker Joe de Venecia, Sen. JV Ejercito, Hajji Alejandro, Darling Cruz, Steve Sarino, Edd Palmos, Romy Magat, Nena Guevarra, Cely Gantner, Ma. Victoria Estrella, Ed Gonzalez, Naty Gonzalez, and Jennica Garcia…Dec. 27: Luchi Cruz Valdez, City Sanchez, Tini Jacaria, John Ronald Robinson, Johnny Go, Wham Ilagan, Angie Henson, Lulu Lim Lee, Carlo Sarino, Bambbi Fuentes, Yolanda Pastrana, and Maila Gumila…

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