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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 10, 2018

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos Has Soft Spot For The Local Film Industry, Having Been ECP Director Before Who Produced 'Himala' & 'Oro Plata Mata'

ILOCOS NORTE GOV. Imee Marcos faced the entertainment press in preparation for her plan to run for the senate in the next elections. She was the director general of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines or ECP in 1982, which produced such award-winning classics as Peque Gallaga’s “Oro Plata Mata” and the late Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala”. Showbiz reporters love Imee because she admits she’s a “babaeng bakla” even in the way she speaks which is sprinkled with the so-called swardspeak.

She’s really concerned with local showbiz and she feels sad that up to now, Dolphy and Nora Aunor have not yet been named as National Artist. She admits being biased to Ate Guy since ECP produced “Himala” and it was filmed in the sand dunes of Ilocos. This is also the reason why “Bagani” is near to her heart. “Kasi they shot in Ilocos. Proud na proud kaming mga Ilocano when we watch it and feeling namin, love letter yun to Ilocos,” she adds. “We asked ABS-CBN to leave their set na lang for Bagani sa sand dunes at pumayag naman sila, so may Bagani tour ngayon kami for the tourists. Teleserye capital kami ng Pilipinas. Pero yung ‘Ang Probinsyano’ napagod na ako sa panonood. Ang tagal na kasi.”

Imee is now a certified lola. She has a granddaughter, Mia, from her son Matthew Manotoc who’s married to the Cara Manglapus, the granddaughter of Raul Manglapus. How about her eldest son, former model Borgy? “He’s still single. May girlfriend pero wala pa yatang planong magpakasal. Ready na akong mag-stage mother noon when he got offers to join showbiz but ayaw niya kasi bulol siya mag-Tagalog. Sana pala, pinush ko na lang.”

Borgy was linked before to Georgina Wilson, who’s now married and has her own child. How about her? Has she found a new romance? “Wala. Matagal na akong walang lovelife. Member na nga ako ng samahan ng mga tigang,” she jokes.