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Dino  Dela RosaYou all may have beem wondering why you didn’t see my column for two months.  That’s because my mom and I was in the Philippines to celebrate the holidays with my dad and also their 51st wedding anniversary. Their wedding anniversary was

~a fabulous one that was held at Merced and attended by relatives and close friends.

~Relatives and friends gave heartfelt speeches to my parents such as Tita Conchita Razon,

~Tita Cecile Joaquin-Yasay, Bernie Ople and Ninong Eddie Ilarde.

This vacation was a great time to bond with my dad and also relatives and close friends.

Close friends such as Tita Boots Anson-Roa and son Joey.  Tita Boots invited us to the Metro Manila Film Festival that was held at the posh Resorts World in Pasay City.


She was a presenter at the awards night, she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to fellow legend and good friend, Eddie Garcia. Tita Boots had two films which were   among the entries at the yearly festival. She gave superb performances in the box-office thriller “Shake, Rattle And Roll” and the effervescent comedy “My Househusband.”

A week later, Tita Boots and Joey invited us for lunch at the Zensho, a restaurant on Tomas Morato Ave. where they served sumptuous Japanese buffet. Heads turned when she walked into the restaurant. She still has that effect on people even after having been in showbiz for five glorious decades. The patrons were looking at her with admiration and respect which is usually accorded to well-loved showbiz legends such as herself. She is also well-loved in the industry for being an upright professional, for being on the set on time, having learned her lines and especially for being very ‘mabait’ to her co-stars and the crew members.

The indefatigable Tita Boots continues to be very active in tv and film work. She received  rave reviews for her role as the scheming wealthy matriarch in the GMA teleserye “Munting Heredera.” She is still the current director of Mowelfund and has a teleradyo every Sundays.

It was also very nice to reconnect with my Ninong Eddie Ilarde, also a legend of radio  and tv. Ninong Eddie is best known for his longtime noontime variety series “Student  Canteen.” At 77, he still looks great and still doing radio work. He and Ninang Sylvie Arrastia-Ilarde, who also looks great, still live in the same residence in Dasmarinas Village, Makati where they have lived for thirty three years.

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