Nora, Vilma Face-Off Anew In Awards Season


JUST A THOUGHT: The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

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FASTER MEDIA: How fast news flies, almost as fast as the speed of light.

While televiewers kept watch on the awarding of MMFF trophies during a pre-taped telecast on the night of Dec. 27, the complete list of winners was ready for viewing via online media. Laban ka?

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NEW NORA FILMS: "Thy Womb" may stand out in memory as the tail-ender in a field of eight films in the 2012 MMFF, but its box office standing isn't indicative of an end of the road for the veteran actress.

In fact, "Thy Womb" will also be remembered as the first film by Cannes best director Brillante Mendoza to ever make decent money in the Philippines. The Badjao-inspired film that was shot in the islands of Tawi-Tawi has so far made over four million pesos, a first for a Brillante Mendoza film locally.

Still and all, two films are lined up for Nora Aunor in the first half of 2013, proof that even a series of flops couldn't harm her reputation as a movie icon.

The first is a yet untitled heavy drama with Coco Martin under Brillante Mendoza's direction; the second is called "Dementia," her first time to work with "Bwakaw" director Jun Lana under Studio5, the film arm of TV5.

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VILMA IS 'EXTRA:' Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto has flashed the green light to an indie film called "Extra."

The seasoned actress is playing a veteran movie extra in the film directed by Jeffrey Jeturian. Jeturian earlier directed "Kubrador," which fetched for Gina Pareño international recognition as best actress.

It is Vilma's first foray into indie filmmaking after earlier turning down an offer from Brillante Mendoza to co-star with Nora Aunor and Coco Martin in a motion picture drama. Nora and Coco are doing the film by their lonesome.

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EXCITING AWARDS SEASON: The coming season of movie awards, which is celebrated every summer, will revive the intense rivalry between Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos.

The two veteran actresses, both movie queens in their own right, will be competing for best actress honors at least five times or more, if one includes those awards handed out by academic groups.

Vilma's work in "The Healing" will face-off with Nora's performance in "Thy Womb." It's amazing how these two little women of our generation and these modern times have managed to stay afloat after all these years.

Look, they're now competing with the likes of Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Bea Alonzo, and other young girls down the line who may well be the wives of their sons, if not their granddaughters.

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STARS IN 2013: What does 2013 hold for primetime artist Erich Gonzales?

Following a hectic 2012 wherein she starred in movies "Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang," "Suddenly It's Magic" and "Mariposa (Sa Hawla ng Gabi)," the "Maria la del Barrio" star is also the new loveteam of Coco Martin in fantaserye, "Juan de la Cruz."

For Shaina Magdayao, 2012 was the most dramatic in her career. She hit the mark with "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo," which served as her passport to mature, daring roles.

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STRETCHING BOUNDARIES: Braving to stretch boundaries of being just a comedian, Pokwang is starring in an indie film in early 2013.

The firecracker comedian proved in 2012 that she was also a versatile actress as the lead in a dramatic movie, "A Mother's Story" produced by The Filipino Channel (TFC) and distributed by Star Cinema.

Pokwang continues her quest to be known as a drama diva by way of a sympathetic mother role in "Aryana."

Her other film credits in 2012 are "The Mommy Returns," "The Healing," and "D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?!"

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BOUNCING BACK: Diether Ocampo was kept busy by KIDS Foundation in 2012, although he managed to do the omnibus movie, "24/7 in Love."

He's bouncing back on the small screen in early 2013 as the third wheel in the Piolo Pascual-Angelica Panganiban love story in "Apoy sa Dagat."

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SUDDENLY A STAR: Jodi Sta. Maria never imagined how the benchmarking morning series, "Be Careful with My Heart," would turn around her career. From playing character roles only, Jodi has graduated to a lead role with plenty of bonuses.

The success of her morning rom-com series has opened the doors to numerous endorsements, including Magnolia Fruit Juice, Silver Swan Suka, Monde Mamon, Hype Ardent Skin Care, Sundance Apparel, Calayan Skin Clinic and Tide Laundry Soap.

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BEST ACTRESS: Maja Salvador is among the very first in her batch of young actresses to make a mark as an award-winning actress early on.

Maja snatched in 2012 three Best Actress awards (Gawad Urian, FAMAS, and Luna Awards) for her work in the indie film, "Thelma." Her other credits in 2012 are "24/7 in Love," "Lumayo Ka Man sa Akin" and the hit-making "Ina, Kapatid, Anak."

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IN LOVE WITH COCO: Hounded by rumor that "Walang Hanggan" co-star Julia Montes is madly in love with him, Coco Martin moves in with a new leading lady in a new teleserye, "Juan de la Cruz."

The lucky girl is Erich Gonzales. Not to be left behind, however is lady love Julia, who acts opposite Coco in a movie that shot partially in Europe.

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THE REUNION: This year, fans can look forward to the reunion movie between John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo.

The movie is called "It Takes a Man and a Woman," but don't let the title deceive you that it is an adult love story.

John Lloyd is also priming for an important film project that will challenge not just his gifts as an actor but also his image.

The actor scored three blockbuster movies in 2012: "Unofficially Yours," "The Mistress" and "24/7 in Love."

(nescuar@yahoo.com)