Thursday, June 14, 2007

Untold Pinoy Story No. 14

Anak ng Pasay

Do you remember these songs?

Tina

Sealed with a Kiss

The Birds and the Bees

When Summer is Gone

Save your Heart for Me

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes


If you do, then you must have been one of those screaming teens who trooped to the Araneta Coliseum in the mid-60s when the 22-year old singer who popularized these songs had a successful concert with his band, The Playboys. This young singer was named after actor Cary Grant but his birth certificate erroneously recorded his name as Gary. Yes, this young singer is Gary Lewis, the son of Hollywood comedian Jerry Lewis.

During Gary Lewis and the Playboys’ concert at the Araneta Coliseum, one of their back-up dancers was a pretty Filipina named Gemma. At the rehearsal, Gary complimented Gemma for her good looks. But Gemma surprised Gary with her response: “You must meet my sister”.

The next day, Gemma dragged her morena-complexioned sister, Jinky, to Gary’s dressing room. When Gary set his eyes on Jinky, Gary momentarily forgot that he came to Manila for a concert. Less than a year later, Jinky Suzara officially became Mrs. Gary Lewis.

Yes, Gary Lewis married an ordinary Filipina teenager at the height of his popularity.

Gary and Jinky’s love story inspired the brilliant comics novelist, Mars Ravelo, to write a comics novel about them. Mars Ravelo was the author of such popular comics novel as Darna, Dyesebel, Captain Barbel, Bondying, Wanted:Perfect Mother, Maruja, among many others.

Entitled Haydee, The Brown Girl and the White Idol, the illustrated comics novel about Gary and Jinky appeared in Teen Agers’ Songs and Shows comics (later shortened to TSS comics). TSS comics is a comics-sized magazine filled with showbiz articles and illustrated novels in Taglish.

The comics novel immediately gained popularity. Aling Miling Blas of Lea Productions (named after her daughter, not the Broadway star), one of the major film companies at the time, immediately bought the rights to Mars Ravelo’s comics novel to turn it into a movie.

Aling Miling Blas hyped up the movie’s production by conducting a search for the actress who would play the role of Haydee which was based on the real-life character of Jinky Suzara. She wanted a fresh face to play the role opposite TV host Ed Finlan who would play the role of Gary Lewis.

The long quest for Haydee finally ended when they found a young woman who had just won as a runner-up in a beauty competition. Her name was Marilou Destreza. Although Marilou Destreza lacks the sophistication of Jinky Suzara, her beauty is undoubtedly stunning.

However, there was a little problem. Marilou’s mother was the epitome of a stage mother. She was overly protective of her daughter. One day, Marilou's mother brought a list of conditions relative to Marilou's appearance in the movie. Some of these conditions were too outrageous to be taken seriously.

Marilou Destreza was suddenly out of the picture, literally and figuratively. They started a new search for a fresh face to essay the role of Haydee.

Their search brought them to the slums of Pasay City. While roaming among the cardboard houses of Leveriza, they were captivated by a 13-year old mestiza who was fetching water from a poso. They wasted no time and immediately approached the charming mestiza. The 13-year old mestiza’s real-life story was worthy of a film itself. The 13-year old mestiza’s mother was abandoned by her American husband when the 13-year old mestiza was still a toddler.

The 13-year old mestiza from the slums of Leveriza was finally launched as a major star, heralding the return of the mestiza glamour of movie stars of the old which came to a halt with the entry of the diminutive morena and plain-looking Leonora Cabaltera Villamayor a.k.a. Nora Aunor to her legion of fans.

The 13-year old maestiza slum girl’s name is Susan.

In the movie, Santiago, the teenage Susan acted with the king of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. Susan played the role of a deaf-mute girl. While filmimg this movie, they even inserted real dirt inside Susan’s fingernails for authenticity. But all her sacrifices in this movie paid off. Susan got the attention of the critics. She even won the FAMAS award for best supporting actress for this movie, besting several veteran actresses. This award also gave Susan the distinction of being the youngest recipient of the FAMAS best supporting actress trophy.
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Susan was paired with a shy but goodlooking actor who grew up with his adopted parents. But they were regarded as only a minor loveteam. They could not compete with the phenomenal popularity of the loveteams of Guy & Pip (Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III) and Vi & Bot (actress-turned-mayor-turned-governor Vilma Santos and actor-turned writer-turned-TV director Edgar Mortiz who ended up marrying another Santos, Millette Santos, who is the younger sister of ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio).

But in a later movie, Cherry Blossoms, which was Lea Productions’ entry to the Manila Film Festival that year, Susan was paired with a young man named Nicholas Hammond. Anyone who has seen the movie, The Sound of Music, would remember Nicholas Hammond. Yes, Nicholas Hammond was the young boy who played the role of Friedrich von Trapp, the eldest son of Christopher Plummer (who played Captain von Trapp) in The Sound of Music.
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Just like other good actors, Susan has her share of acting quirks. To get herself into the movie character that she plays, Susan would stay in her van before a shoot. She would hold a mirror and stare at herself. By the time she emerges from her van, she has morphed into her movie character.

Since then, Susan had established herself as a major dramatic actress in Philippine movies. Susan gained international recognition when one of her most memorable films, which was shot in the slums, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.

Susan’s star soared to great heights.
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Meanwhile, starlet Marilou Destreza plunged to oblivion.

Susan also appeared in a memorable Lux soap TV commercial which was reminiscent of the house of mirrors climactic scene in Orson Welles' movie, The Lady from Shanghai which starred Rita Hayworth and which will have a remake starring Nicole Kidman to be directed by Wong Kar Wai (who also directed the highly acclaimed In The Mood for Love). Susan's TV commercial came out way after Claudia Cardinale's and way before Michelle Pfeiffer's similar endorsements, to mention a few of the other beautiful women around the world who appeared in a Lux TV commercial.

But Susan does not only possess one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine cinema, notwithstanding her exceptional acting ability. She is also a smart girl who knew the value of education. Despite her enormous popularity and hectic film schedule, she managed to finish a degree in International Studies at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). As if that was not enough, Susan even completed her Masters Degree in the same school.

At a very young age, Susan secretly married an equally brilliant actor. But Aling Miling Blas guarded this secret with the ferocity of a lion in order to protect Susan’s booming career. Susan and the actor had one biological daughter. They also adopted a couple of kids.

But Susan’s marriage with the briliant actor did not last. Later, Susan’s brilliant actor ex-husband decided to live with another brilliant actress who also hailed from the slums, like Susan.

On the other hand, Susan had a series of failed relationships. Her succeeding children were fathered by different men. But they were mostly intelligent and decent men. From actor to businessman to doctor.

Susan’s only biological daughter with her brilliant actor ex-husband lived with Susan’s businessman ex-husband and his new wife (a popular ramp model-turned TV sitcom actress-turned housewife) while she was taking up a nursing course in the United States. Later, Susan’s businessman ex-husband was found lifeless while resting on a couch in his house.

Despite her failed relationships with different men, Susan has kept her integrity as an exceptional movie actress.

If you ask any respectable film critic for a list of all-time ten best film actresses of Philippine cinema, Susan would definitely be on top of that list.

But they would probably not list her by her real name, Susan Reid.

Instead, they would list her by her screen name.

They would list her as Hilda Koronel.

Yes, Hilda Koronel is the screen name of Susan Reid.

And most of you know the rest of her colorful life story.
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Images from sacredmusiccows.com, amazon.com, growabrain.com

NEXT: The Best Filipino Film of All Time was Adapted from a Novel Written by a Construction Worker from Tondo

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!

chika adik

confessions from a cheap motel said...

arrrrggghhhhh...

tanga ko. akala ko si susan roces ahuhuhuhu

Nick said...

Hey Anonymous.
Thanks for dropping by.
I hope that you'll leave your name next time.

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Hey Pao.
Sorry if you were misled. I thought that everybody knows that that's her real name. That's how her first husband and their friends address her even during TV interviews.
It's 2 o'clock in the morning there. And you're still awake? What are you doing at this unholy hour?

lovingsue said...

Lino’s attention was captivated by a 13-year old mestiza who was fetching water from a poso-from here you can easily guess its hilda coronel. Nice one.:) I link you up.

Nick said...

Hey Sue.
Yes, I think many people knew how she was discovered.
I hope you enjoyed this one.
Thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

hey nick,

i go by the name of chika adik...

i linked you up on my multiply, hope you don't mind :-)

- chika adik

winnie said...

hahaha... i was deceived! thought 'twas susan roces all along. i never knew how hilda koronel was discovered, thus the incorrect impression.

anyways, i've enjoyed all your entries here.. wonderful writing too! keep 'em coming please! i've told friends about your site and i know they too will be hooked.

ingat po, kabayan! (ok if i link you up?)

Crissy said...

I learned a lot of things today:

1. I didn't even know Jinky was once married to Gary Lewis.

2. Sad, I don't remember Marilou Destreza. Is that a bad thing?

3. The humble beginnings of Hilda Koronel

Bianca said...

wow. galing pala don si hilda koronel. Sino po si Marilou destreza?

Maan said...

I already guessed from the title "Anak ng Pasay" that you were referring to Hilda Koronel.

My mom was born and raised in Pasay and one of her urban legends was that my Uncle (her younger brother) courted Hilda Koronel.

kira yamato said...

like others... i thought it was susan roces. but you impressed me dude... i never thought about hilda koronel's humble beginnings.

i hope to read more of your interesting stories.

Chad said...

Ang galing! =D
Moooooorrrrrre. =D

Anonymous said...

guessed it right! wow and its a first for me..:) keep em coming Nick..

please dont ever stop..:(

::BlackLace::

Jo said...

finally...a new story.

i never knew hilda koronel was discovered in the slums. i have worked with her once and she was a real trouper.

are gary lewis and this jinky still together?

paolosbrew said...

i'm a night person hence awake at 2 am hehehe

bossing, i know you're very busy but can you find time to email me? i just need your advice. hope you dont mind.

email : paolosbrew@yahoo.co.uk

salamats

Anonymous said...

i got your site from a friend at friendster. you write really well. interesting stories too.
yoly

ron cruz said...

wow!
im hooked!!!

link kita sa blog page ko ha?
hope u dont mind.. hehehe

janjan said...

astig! you really are a gud writer as they say keep em coming!!

Lee said...

wow! nick you are a rock star! hehehe. Marilou Destreza's name really had a distressed sound to it. Destreza, distressed, desperate.

Ben said...

I'm hooked by your wonderful stories.

I check in every once in a while for new ones. Love 'em.

Blurr said...

I love reading them...keep them coming please.

You are great!

The Purple Phoenix said...

Galing ng chismis IQ ko. I knew it. Hilda Koronel!

Keep on writing!

Can I make a guess? The construction worker from Tondo is Edgardo Reyes?

Anonymous said...

hi!

nice one. like the others, i thought it was susan roces.

i keep checking your site for new posts. hope you have more stories to share.

can i suggest? please publish a post about ruffa guttierrez.

ai

girl named shai said...

Now that one I totally couldn't get right. Akala ko rin si Susan Roces! Hahaha!

I wish directors would go back to looking for acting gems in the unlikely places though... hindi yung, ang mga nag-aartista eh puro anak na ng artista or mayayaman at may koneksyon kaya nakakapasok sa industry. Oh well.

p!nkroma said...

haha! i thought it was susan roces.

i really enjoyed reading your posts! mind if i put your link in my site?

aJi said...

Gosh. I thought it was Susan Roces. Haha. More power, Nick! :D

jaqqq said...

I'm one of your avid readers... till the next untold story ;)

Maan said...

We had a family reunion last sunday and was able to talk to my Uncle who is a 100% anak ng pasay. He said that Hilda Koronel's family owned the poso where the people from Pasay can get water. Marami daw nakapila dun coz laging nandun si Hilda Koronel.

Anonymous said...

Patterned after Paul Harvey's "And Now.. For The Rest of the Story" series, right?

I must say you know a lot of trivia about the old Philippines and showbiz stuff. Great that you thought of applying the format. It makes for nice reading.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love the stories you made! you're a genius!

Is it okay if I'll link you up on my multiply account?

thanks...

2per Santos said...

why is it that when reading your blog i don't merely browse?

Jojo Padua said...

Nice story!

Since it was Lino Brocka, my guess was either Charito Solis or Hilda Koronel, though I don't know how were they discovered. I just know that they were directed by Brocka for several films.

About your next story, someone guessed it to be Edgardo M. Reyes? I'm not really in to reading novels but I loved his 2 novels serialized in Liwayway, Laro sa Baga and Bulaklak ng Aking Luha.

Anyways, I'll be waiting for your next story!

canDIshhh said...

Nice one Nic! I never would have guessed it was Hilda Koronel!

Krishizzle said...

wow...nice stories. somebody forwarded me a 5mb email this morning thru my work email. i was about to delete it but I ended up forwarding it to people in my office, friends and family. man, you got me hooked...so hooked that I continued to read thru it on my BlackBerry on the way home. Nick, you're dangerous. I could've orphaned my son. Excellent writing!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your posts and always looking forward to the next one. Karamihan ay very inspirational. I just want to mention an article I've read sa Esquire magazine(June-UK edition) about an interview with Quentin Tarantino, ang sabi niya the very first grindhouse film he saw was a really wonderful, yet sleazy Filipino exploitation movie called The Twilight People. Eddie Romero, a famous exploitation director out of the Philippines, directed it and it was basically a kind of a remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau. He saw it when he was 10 with his grandma. I thought I share this, hope you could research more about Eddie and add it to your blog. Cheers.

Richard Lionheart said...

kakatuwa ang mga stories?

factual ba?

hehe.. just asking!


Ex links tayo kuya?
www.adventuresofalionheart.blogspot.com

Thanks

Anonymous said...

LOL!! love your blog, I just heard about it today...akala ko si Susan Roces yung tinutukoy mo dito.

Skeptical Maria said...

It must be amazing to know so much about other people's "secrets" or as you prefer to call it... their "untold stories"... I have to say though, your stories are well written. You should be proud to have been given the ability to write. Sad though that your stories are circulating without some sort of a disclaimer to say that they are nothing but mere stories --- works of fiction.
I received one of your stories in a forwarded e-mail and I was reminded of the “Da Vinci Code” craze when people could no longer tell fact from fiction and started questioning their faith…
Don’t get me wrong. I love to read fiction! But I recognize and applaud them for what they are. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for everybody else… While this proves the writer’s effectiveness, by letting things go out of hand, the writer also becomes guilty of mocking his readers’ intelligence as well as promoting their ignorance too, don’t you think? If only art can be used to educate as well as entertain…
For someone who probably wished to have become a celebrated writer, had he spent an afternoon drinking with Nick Joaquin… I’m surprised you’re limiting yourself to free blog sites. Surely some publisher would be interested in all these juicy stories…
Also, why only the first name? Don’t your stories make you proud “Nick”?

Gigi B said...

this is the very first time i leave a comment anywhere - i am compelled by your writing. like you, i am a filipino living abroad but consider myself one sa isip at sa gawa (not proficient enough to say sa salita). an entry was emailed by one of my UN friends. i get tired of negative articles about filipinos and the philippines - and anything that celebrates the filipino, i love. thank you so much! keep them coming, please.....

RoseMaryBlue

Anonymous said...

Hindi si Lino Brocka ang naka-discover kay Hilda. Hindi rin sya ang director ng Haydee! First time naging director ni Hilda si Lino sa "Santiago" noong 16 pa lang sya. (kung saan nanalo sya ng best supporting actress sa FAMAS). Ang alam ko sumali si Hilda sa Miss Night Owl at doon sya napansin. (Si Jessica Pica yata ang nanalo). Ikaw pa lang ang sumulat na nadiscover si Hildang nag-iigib sa puso. Pero totoong taga Pasay sya. Noong nag-aaway ang mga fans nina Nora at Vilma, natatawa lang ako dahil ang idolo kong si Hilda ay higit na maganda bukod pa sa napakahusay ding umarte. At huwag isnabin ang natapos nyang international studies. (Hindi nya ata natapos ang master nya.)

Blurr said...

Forgot to ask..
Can I link this site in my blog? Love them...Thanks. ^_^

lee said...

the fan club grows

Anonymous said...

kudos for your excellently-written pieces. i am now hooked!!

tama ang hula ko -- si hilda koronel nga. she often gets addressed by her real name (susan) whenever she would be interviewed on TV.

the persons you were alluding to in this blog are jay ilagan, amy austria and bessie badilla... was the ex-hubby bambi -----?

for your next blog, im also guessing edgardo reyes and "maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag" .....

Starshadow said...

You are *so* cool! This entry reminded me so much of the Quijano de Manila books (the set that includes Doveglion and Other Cameos), and The Rest of the Story by Paul Harvey.

I've bookmarked your blog, and will be returning often!

Dea said...

Hi Nick! My friend and I were just talking about your entries a while ago. We really enjoy reading your intriguing posts. :) It never fails.. Everytime I show this blog to someone, they get hooked. My friend was even the one who informed me that you already have posted your 14th untold pinoy story. As always, it's a great great. :)

the purple pyrolyptic princess said...

wow...



amazing.,.


never even thought..

daveigh said...

@jo

no, they are not together anymore.

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2005/oct/28/yehey/life/20051028lif1.html

Dan said...

Wow, I read all your works in one sitting. Amazing! Your style really appeals to me. I hope you write more of these stuff! Keep it up.

Cielomar said...

Maraming salamat for the wonderful story. I have been a great fan of Hilda ever since I saw her in 'Santiago' and have seen all her movies.

Quite enlightening and very interesting.

Would you know where I could get a copy of "Insiang" if ever it's available?

More power and more stories.

Warmest regards from Sydney!

Marie said...

Hilda's daughter Leona (from Jay Ilagan) is really gorgeous and smart. She is featured in Preview magazine (June 2007)

nam said...

hi nick!

great blog! im hooked. do u live in SF?

Anonymous said...

No, not true, LINO DID NOT DISCOVER HILDA. HILDA WAS DISCOVERED AT THE SAMPAGUITA STUDIO COMPOUND. SHE WAS AN AVID FAN OF EDGAR BOBOT MORTIZ. AT THE TIME, MRS EMILIA BLAS WAS LOOKING FOR A POTENTIAL LEAD TO DO HAYDEE. BUT AM VEDDY VEDDY IMPRESSED AT THE WAY YOU WRITE, ENTERTAINING!!!! I USED TO BE A SHOWBIZ INSIDER AND I KNOW SUSAN REID (hilda) AND JULIUS (JAY ILAGAN). AM HERE IN MERICA TOO

lurkee said...

wahehehe akala ko din si Susan Roces.. galing talaga ng kwento.. nakakaloka pero ayos!

lalo ko tuloy nakikilala ang mga artista.. more!!!

Anonymous said...

it's almost 3 weeks... wala pang new story???

sana di magsarado itong blog... hehehehehe... :-)

more power and hope it will be a weekly update.

Jays™ said...

nice blog.. good thing my officem8 shared the stories and it lead me to look for your stories.. gud job and more stories to share sana...

Haze said...

can't wait for your next story!! been busy i guess. :)

Anonymous said...

I thought Hilda Koronel was from Angeles city , Pampanga.

Anonymous said...

i admire the way you writes stories...there's a thrill.

Sir may i suggest if you will to include in your features those bigtime business tycoons. I want to learn their life based on the way you write.

Thank you po!

gingmaganda said...

there was this foreign film critic who told lino brocka nung pinanood nila yung insiang- but that girl is so beautiful! she can't be living in the slums!

to which lino brocka replied, "as a matter of fact, she is from the slums". hee.

CONFESSIONS FROM A CHEAP MOTEL said...

bossing, july na po hehehe

wala pa din? :P

ging, kapag sikat ka na, ikaw naman ang isusulat ni nick. madami siyang maisusulat nyahahaha

Anonymous said...

No new story yet?

- Di

Anonymous said...

you haven't updated for over a month. does that mean you'll never update again? :s

Nick said...

Hey chika adik.
You may link me up.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey winnie.
Thanks for sharing my stories with your friends.
I'm glad that you enjoy my stories.
Thanks for your kind words.
Yes,you may link me up.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey crissy.
I'm glad that you learned some new trivia today.
That's all right. You're among the
many who have not heard of Marilou. Because she did not stay long in show business.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey bianca.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey maan.
Wow, you would have been her niece!
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey kira yamato.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey chad.
I'll be telling you more stories as long as you promise to keep on reading them. Deal?
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Blacklace.
I won't stop as long as you don't stop reading them.
Thanks for the visit.

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Hey jo.
Gary and Jinky are no longer together. They have one child.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Pao.
I've e-mailed you back. Hope you got it.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey yoly.
Thanks for your kind words.
I'm glad that you find the stories interesting.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey ron cruz.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
No, I don't mind a link-up. In fact, I'm elated.
I hope that you'll also like my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey janjan.
Thanks for the inspiring feedback.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey lee.
That's a nice word play on Destreza. Thanks for sharing it with us.
And thanks for the visit.

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Hey ben.
I'm glad that you like my stories.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey blurr.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
I hope that you'll also enjoy my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey purple phoenix.
Thanks for the encouragement.
Yes, you are absolutely right. The novelist from Tondo is Edgardo M. Reyes.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey ai.
Yes, I have many more stories to tell. Just keep on reading and I'll keep on telling them.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey girl named shai.
That's the way show business works in the Philippines these days.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey p!nkroma.
No, I don't mind a link-up. Thanks.
I'm glad that you enjoyed my posts.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey aji.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey jaqqq.
Thanks for reading my stories.
Watch out for my next one.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey maan.
Thanks for sharing it with us. Thanks also to your uncle.
If I were there, I would have also joined the qeue. And I would not mind the long wait as long as she's there sitting by the window.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Anonymous.
I like Paul Harvey's radio series.
I hope that you'll leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Anonymous.
I'm glad that you like my stories.
Yes, a link up is perfectly all right.
I'll be glad if you would leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey 2persantos.
I'm glad that you read my stories.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey jojo padua.
Yes, watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey candishhh.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
Watch out for my next story and tell me what you think.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey krishizzle.
Thanks for the inspiring feedback.
Thanks for sharing these stories with the people who matter to you.
But be careful next time. Don't read while driving and don't drive while reading.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
I'm glad that you enjoy my posts.
Thanks for sharing that information about Eddie Romero with us. Eddie Romero was a B-movie Hollywood director who made several films of this genre. He is best known as the director of "Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon".
I just wish that you left your name so that I could have properly acknowledged you. Please visit again and leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Richard lionheart.
Yes, you may link me up.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
Watch out for my next story and please leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey skeptical maria.
These stories were meant to inspire readers to believe that one can triumph over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey gigi b/RoseMaryBlue.
Thanks for your inspiring feedback.
You're the second reader who confessed that they were compelled for the first time to leave a comment in this blog. This blogger feels elated. Thanks.
Please visit again.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
I would appreciate if you would leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey blurr.
Yes, you may link me up.
Thanks for reading my stories.

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Hey lee.
You're partly to blame for all these. (Just kidding!)
Again, thanks for the visit.

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Hey anonymous.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
Re. the persons you mentioned, you are absolutely right on all counts.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. And I would appreciate if you would give us a name next time so that I could properly acknowledge you.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey starshadow.
Thanks for the kind words.
I love the works of Nick Joaquin and Paul Harvey.
Yes, please visit again and let me know what you think.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey dea.
I'm glad that you and your classmate enjoy my posts.
Thanks for sharing these stories with your friends.
Thanks for the inspiring feedback.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey purple pyrolyptic princess.
Thanks for the nice comment.
Please visit again.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey daveigh.
If you're responding to jo's question in an earlier comment, you're right.
Gary and Jinky are no longer together.
Thanks for the newspaper article link.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey dan
Thanks for reading all my posts in one sitting. And thanks for the nice feedback.
I'll keep on writing more stories for you if you'll keep on reading them with the same enthusiasm that you showed for my past stories.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey cielomar.
Re. copy of Insiang, there's an internet site which sells classic Filipino films. Check it out.
Watch out for my next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey marie.
Thanks for sharing that information about Leona.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey nam.
Thanks for the nice comment.
No, I don't live in SF.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
Please leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey lurkee.
Watch out for my upcoming stories.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
Thanks for the reminder.
But I would really be glad if you would leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey jays.
Thanks for the nice feedback.
Please thank your officemate for me (for sharing these stories). And I thank you for searching for this blog.
I'll post more stories if you'll keep on reading them.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey haze.
Thanks for the reminder.
I feel elated that you're looking forward to my next story.
I probably would have posted my next story by the time you read this.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
Yes, but they moved to the city.
I hope you'll leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
Thanks for the nice fedback.
I'll be glad if you'll leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey gingmaganda.
Thanks for sharing with us that wonderful anecdote.
Watch out for my next story and I hope that you would share with us more anecdotes about the subject/s of our next story.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey Pao.
Thanks for reminding me.
Again, thanks for the visit.

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Hey Di.
I would probably have posted my next story by the time you read this.
Thanks for the reminder.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Hey anonymous.
I would probably have updated by the time you read this.
But I would appreciate if you would leave your name next time.
Thanks for dropping by.

sheenuhbaby said...

FYI:
Hilda Koronel's daughter is feature at Preview Magazine June ish, I think she's a brand manager of a certain cosmetics brand (sorry can't check my magazine, my copy's currently with my mom =P) and I find her daughter very pretty, simple yet elegant. Just like her mom.

Nice blog. I hope you don't mind if I link you up =)

anne garcia said...

ahehehehe.. akala ko si susn roces din.. :D

..ang galing mo naman.. saan mo nakukuha lahat nito??

Anonymous said...

whatever happened to Jinky Suzara after her divorce from Gary Lewis?

Anonymous said...

hi nick,

first time that i will post a comment. your stories are mind-blowers. i have been looking forward to them eversince my daughter told me about them. is there a way we could know you personally?

alice

Anonymous said...

hey nick, you rock!! when are the other stories coming?