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The Balisong-wielding Batangueña Fighter – “…Vilma Santos, the Batanguena: However, the most telling evidence of how well a person can suit language and lifestyle lies in Vilma Santos-Recto, who now peppers her conversations with traditional Batangueño lines spoken with the right attitude. Vilma has taken to calling friends as Ka Nitoy or Ka Celia, Ka being a term of endearment among Batangas old-timers. Ka is also used as a term of respect to another person, usually older. In the late ’70s, Vilma acted in a film called “Vilma Veinte Nueve (29)” where she played a balisong-wielding fighter of a character. She was Batangueña, but of course…” – Nestor Cuartero, Manila Bulletin, 27 January 2017

#GEMS Awards for Film – “…Sinadya naming lumiban sa pagbibigay ng blind item sa araw na ito para bigyang-daan ang isang bagong tatag na samahan, ang GEMS (Guild Of Educators, Mentors And Students), na binubuo ng mga akademisyan mula sa iba’t ibang paaralan, mga propesyonal mula sa mga pribadong institusyon at sektor ng lipunan, at mga mag-aaral ng mga prestihiyosong kolehiyo at pamantasan…Best Film (Indie) – Die Beautiful (The Idea First Company); Best Film (Mainstream) – Everything About Her (Star Cinema); Best Film Director (Indie) – Jun Robles Lana (Die Beautiful); Best Film Director (Mainstream) – Joyce Bernal (Everything About Her); Best Supporting Actor – Xian Lim (Everything About Her); Best Supporting Actress – Cherry Pie Picache (Whistleblower); Best Actor – Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful); Best Actress – Vilma Santos (Everything About Her); Special Award, Natatanging Hiyas Ng Sining Sa Pinilakang Tabing – Jaclyn Jose…” – Cristy Fermin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, 12 January 2017

Full Protection for Filipino #LGBT – “…Ang gusto nating isulong ay itong full protection para sa ating mga LGBTs not only in this term. Sana maging permanente po ito through a law not only through a resolution. I hope this committee will support this endeavor…Ultimately, this bill seeks to create a police organization that is able and eager to respond to any criminal or emergency incident, regardless of the gender orientation of the people involved…” – Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, reported by Kristian Javier, Philstar, 03 January 2017

Date News Links
01-27-2017 ‘Ala eh’ and that quaint Batangueño accent
Nestor Cuartero, Manila Bulletin
01-20-2017 Luis nagpapaka-praktikal, nagta-taxi na lang ‘pag coding
Jun Nardo, Pang-Masa
01-19-2017 Donna Villa namatay dahil sa cancer sa uterus
Lolit Solis, Pang-Masa
01-19-2017 Kris at Angelica sumikat kina Donna at Carlo J
Baby E, Pang-masa
01-18-2017 Cong.Vi, Paolo Best Actress at Best Actor sa 1st GEMS Awards
Reggee Bonoan, Bandera
01-18-2017 Movie producer Donna Villa, 57
Arlo Custodio, Manila Times
01-17-2017 Producer Donna Villa, wife of director Carlo J. Caparas, passes away
Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon
01-15-2017 Rep. Vi proposes paid leave for workers to attend kids’ school activities
Charissa Luci, Manila Bulletin
01-15-2017 Jessy pumiyok sa kasal nila ni Luis
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-14-2017 Jessy at Luis, mag-on lang, pero ’di pa engaged
Nel Alejandrino, Journal
01-06-2017 Ate Vi botong-boto kay Jessy para kay Luis: Nakikita ko, masaya naman sila!
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
01-06-2017 Jessy tinuruan ni luis maging ‘balanse’!
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-04-2017 Rep. Vi pushes for more quality films in next MMFF
Ryan Ponce Pacpaco, Journal
01-04-2017 Vilma lauds indie films, airs optimism on movie industry
Charissa M. Luci and Ben R. Rosario, Manila Bulletin
01-04-2017 Indie film, paano magiging ‘kinabukasan’ kung ‘di tanggap ng masa?
Ed de Leon, Hataw
01-03-2017 House panel OKs bill to put up LGBT desks in police stations
Kristian Javier, Philstar
01-03-2017 LGBT desk sa presinto
Leifbilly Begas, Bandera
01-03-2017 Winners and losers
Mario Bautista, Journal
01-02-2017 Tail Tales: Vilma Santos’s pride and joy
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer

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