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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 17, 2023



EUGENE DOMINGO laughs off the rumor that she has died last Friday. 

A Facebook page wrote: “At about 11 AM, Sept. 15, 2023, our beloved actress Eugene Domingo passed away. She was born on July 23, 1971 in Manila. 

"She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Some folks acknowledged it and sent their sympathy but a lot more doubted its veracity as such significant news concerning an award-winning actress like Eugene would surely be reported immediately by various legitimate new sources and news networks. 

Eugene herself said its a hoax and she now joins a long list of celebrities who have also been erroneously reported to have did when the truth is that they’re all still alive and kicking. 

We can only wish that people who make such false reports will meet their own morbid karma sooner than soon, so they will stop such nasty deeds on the internet. 

The truth is: Eugene has just finished shooting a new movie, “Becky and Badette”, where she shares topbilling with another comedian, Pokwang.

This is written and directed by the multi-awarded Jun Lana, who has previously directed Uge in such award-winning films as “Mga Kuwentong Barbero” and “Big Night”, and in the streaming hit, “Sampung Mga Kerida”. 

“Becky and Badette” is the story of two women who have been rivals since their high school days. Now, they are fighting for the attention of one man, played by Romnick Sarmenta. 

Eugene is one of the recipients of the Film Development Council of the Philippines or FDCP in giving recognition to iconic Filipino comedians, in line with the celebration of the 3rd Philippine Film Industry month this September, with the theme “Tuloy Pa Rin ang Tawanan”.

The list of awardees includes the late Dolphy, Tito Vic & Joey, Ai Ai de las Alas, Michael V and Vice Ganda and Eugene says it is such an honor to be with such great company of recipients.

This is what FDCP wrote to give her recognition: 

“Known in the industry as “Uge,” Eugene Domingo started out as a theater stalwart who has worked with theater icons and National Artists Tony Mabesa and Ishmael Bernal before she became the film and tv actress that she is now.

“Among the hit films she starred in are her titular role in the “Kimmy Dora” franchise and in Marlon Rivera’s award-winning film “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” which was also the country’s official entry to the Academy Awards in 2011.

“Uge has managed to bring the discipline and nuances shaped by theater to television and screen to create intelligent characters and to raise the level of comedy to more than just a popular art.”

Uge just got an offer to do a talk show for a top network but she decided to decline it as it will be a daily show that entails a lot of work.

She is also slated to do a new movie for Amazon Prime but she is not allowed to reveal the details yet. 

Uge is now happily married to Italian film critic Danilo Bottoni and they’ve been together for seven years.