Cesar Montano Stars In, Directs ‘The Untold Story Of Alfredo Lim’

Cesar Montano has all his time consumed by work these days. Aside from his projects under the Kapatid Network (including the soon-to-be aired dramatic series "Never Say Goodbye" where he is teamed up with Ms. Nora Aunor), he is also starring in and directing another Alfredo Lim bio-film. We had a lengthy talk with Cesar at The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio City recently where some scenes of the drama series were shot. That was before the controversy about his alleged latest "love affair" surfaced, courtesy of his wife Sunshine Cruz no less.

Anyway, it is recalled that the first Alfredo Lim bio-flick starred the late Rudy Fernandez, the second, Ramon Revilla Sr. and the third, Eddie Garcia.

Cesar told us how hectic his schedule is these days, shuttling from one set to the other, especially since the Alfredo Lim film already has a play date (last week of February 2013).

So what to expect from this movie? Cesar's answer: "Since I titled it 'The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim,' viewers will learn more about the man, stories that have never been explored in the first three movies about him. For instance, 'yung pinagmulan niya. Did you know that Mayor Lim grew up at the Hospicio de San Jose?"

As an infant, Mayor Lim was left at the door of Hospicio de San Jose where he was taken care of till he was 12. Eventually, he and his mother were reunited. "Taga Bulacan ang mother niya," Cesar said. "At binigyan pa niya ng bahay."

The movie, which is the fourth to be based on Mayor Lim's life story, will tackle most of his earlier life including his education period. He is a lawyer, by the way.

Mayor Lim was a principal sponsor at Cesar and Sunshine Cruz's wedding. He offered Cesar the film project, knowing that the actor is also an award winning director (for "Panaghoy sa Suba"). So Cesar is both the star and director of "The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim" also starring Ms. Gloria Romero, Nonie Buencamino and Marc Abaya among others.

In describing more the film project, Cesar concluded that "this is a film where I don't have to fabricate action... because the story is really full of action."

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Manila Sound Vocalists In February Concert

Male Rigor of VST & Company, Sonny Parsons of Hagibis, and Joey Abando of The Boyfriends were among the top proponents of what is now known as the "Manila Sound." Now, they will bring back the golden era of OPM in a rare three-in-one concert appearance billed "The Manila Sound Project."

Set for Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m. at the Music Museum, the show will be one big musical party celebrating the best of Original Pilipino Music during the '70s and '80s.

Rigor, original vocalist of VST and Company that also included the brothers Vic and Maru Sotto, helped popularize hits like "Swing," "Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko," "Rock Baby Rock" and "Ipagpatawad Mo."

Sonny Parsons was part of the all-male group Hagibis, said to be the Pinoy counterpart of the Village People. Composed of five members, Hagibis's famous songs include "Legs," "Katawan," "Lalake Babae" and "Nanggigigil."

Joey Abando was part of The Boyfriends, another all-male group whose pop and disco harmonies were reminiscent of the Bee Gees. This sound found its representation in songs like "Dahil Mahal Kita," "Nais Kong Malaman Mo," "Sumayaw Sumunod" and the classic "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal."

The concert night will be full of reminiscing from music to fashion to the dance craze of that era. The Manila Sound Project artists promise a show that will be worth the wait since it is a rare occasion that they will be joining each other on one stage. And because their groups have now disbanded, it makes this unprecedented reunion just that more special.

So it's time to bring out your dancing shoes and sway your hips. Don't miss the show on the 9th of February at the Music Museum.

Tickets to The Manila Sound Project are available at Music Museum, Ticketworld, and SM Tickets.

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Unlimited Fun At AstigPanaloFest

Unlimited fun and entertainment is on store at the TM ASTIGPANALOFEST Unli-Saya Show topbilled by the TM brand ambassadors Coco Martin, Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes, Cesar Montano and Parokya ni Edgar on Feb. 2, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Watch the special performances of your favorite TM ambassadors and get the chance to join them in exciting games and contests.

The event will also coincide with the grand launch of TM's EXTEND promo, where subscribers can extend the validity of their favorite TM promo for one more day by texting EXTEND to 8888 at only P5.

To score your instant tickets, go to select Globe stores or SM Loading outlets and load at least P75 in your TM SIM. You could also reserve your ticket via text! Load at least P75 in your neighborhood sari-sari store and wait for the text instruction from TM after 24-hours on how to claim your ticket. Load now and bring the whole gang to the ASTIGPANALOFEST. For more information, text PANALO INFO to 8888.

The AstigPanalo Fest Unli-Saya Show starts at 7:30 pm with gates opening as early as 4 p.m. to allow the "Republika" of TM subscribers to enjoy the pre-concert festivities and booths.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Jan. 29, Marvin Agustin, Frankie Ferrer of Bais City, director Laurice Guillen, Ishko Lopez, Baby Bautista-Arce, Vic Redoblado, Rosario So Adriano, Carolina Z. Mangawang, Mayor Benjamin Castillo, Amb. Rosalinda V. Tirona and Mateo D.C. Alegre... Happy wedding anniversary to Antonio and Elizabeth Antonio, and Mr. and Mrs. Cesar Esteba...

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