Category: Sightings


Currently showing in ABS-CBN-2 TV Channel in the Philippines is a soap opera titled “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” (“I’ll Love You Only Once”) about, well, all the usual dramatic themes of love and betrayal. To quote Wikipedia:

This is a story of two opposing worlds…two opposing families, bounded by lies, betrayals and shocking secrets. Alexander Del Tierro (Coco Martin) was born into a family with a strong military background, while Javier (Coco Martin) was raised in the mountain based community of the rebels. Soon after graduation from the military academy, and bent on proving himself to his stern grandfather, Alexander accepts deployment in the territory of the rebels. In one battle, Alexander and Javier come face to face in a life changing encounter. Are they long lost brothers or are they twins? Alexander and Javier enter into a pact, they decide to keep their meeting a secret and they soon embark on an investigation tracing their roots in pursuit of the truth of their real identities. They even switch places to get to know each other’s personal lives with the families they grew up in. But as they push much deeper into unfamiliar territory, the line between family and duty begins to blur. The truth that they wanted to realize becomes their worst nightmare, as it threatens to ruin everyone and everything that is important in their lives. Eventually, Alexander and Javier and their families will find themselves at the crossfire. Left with difficult choices, fulfillment of duty to the country or protection of ones family?

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“Kailangan Kita” (“I Need You,” 2002) is one of those usual love stories in Filipino films about disparate people who fall in love in the most inopportune time and place. Filipino actress Claudine Barretto, at the height of her popularity, plays a rebel-coddling barrio lass (Filipino matinee idol Jericho Rosales plays the communist rebel) and Aga Muhlach a Filipino-American cook who, it turns out, is son to a former rebel himself.

Photo from this ridiculously conservative blog: http://www.charmaineyoest.com/2007/07/the_dreamer_goes_to_peruwithou.php, which in turn probably grabbed it elsewhere without permission or accreditation.

Probably in real life as much as in the movies, actress Cameron Diaz cluelessly got herself embroiled in controversy after been photographed in the ancient city of Macchu Picchu carrying a Mao Zedong bag with the slogan “Serve the People” emblazoned on it. Conservative Peruvians who hated the Shining Path movement publicly expressed their resentment at Diaz for wearing the bag. She henceforth apologized, apparently not knowing what the apology was for.

A Hollywood film about an enterprising but desperate TV morning show executive producer (played by Rachel MacAdams), struggling with her job, managing a washed-out but proud broadcast journalist (played by Harrison Ford)as well as her love life mentions something about a “report on communist rebels in the Philippines.” What appears to be either a clipping or a poster looks like it says “Free Sison.”

Watch out for the scene in 44:40. The entire movie can be watched here.