Montano Stars In, Directs ‘Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story’

To be shown on Feb. 27, the "Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story" will reveal what Filipinos do not really know about Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim.

"I did a lot of research, reading all the books written about him, and I also watch the movies done on his life as a revered policeman for his unprecedented campaign against criminality, particularly in Metro Manila," actor/director/producer Cesar Montano said.

"Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story" is the fourth bio-film on Mayor Alfredo S. Lim.

"With my research, I saw the real growth of Fred since his childhood," Cesar said. "Fred grew up without the necessary care from his parents. He was left by his mother at the Hospicio de San Jose. He never felt the warm embrace and the love of a mother."

Cesar added that as Fred grew up, he encountered gargantuan challenges which he met head-on. That made him a man of confidence and a crusader against crime.

"We know Mayor Lim as the nemesis of criminality, and most feared by criminals," Cesar stressed. "But we do not know about his childhood and as a young man which constitute the most touching and dramatic in his life."

With the movie, one will admire him more, according to Cesar.

Is the film intended to help in the re-election campaign of Mayor Lim? "If it helps, well and good," Cesar said. "I produced the film because I wanted to show the younger days of Mayor Lim, which are also as important as when he was already pursuing his career as a policeman."

Cesar, he stressed, is the sole producer of the movie.

"I was so fixated when I was doing the movie that there were times I failed to go home and be with my family. Then things just flew out of the window that I'm so and so with another woman. That caused much misunderstanding between Sunshine and myself. But I assure you, I will never hurt my family. Now, I am in a prayerful mode, that the movie should keep Sunshine and myself even closer to one another. I know Sunshine will always understand me, in the same way that I have always been that way with her. I love Sunshine!"

Among the major cast members of the "Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story" are: Alessandra de Rossi as Amalia Lim, wife of Fred Lim; Gina Pareño, old mother of Fred Lim, Gloria Romero, as grandmother of Fred Lim; Tirso Cruz III as Major Zosimo Maravilla; Ara Mina as wife of Gameng; Alvin Anson as a gang leader; Jackie Lou Blanco as mother superior; Marc Abaya as Charlie, syndicate head; and Isabel Granada, junior nun.

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Rhian Ramos Graces Zen Health Cover

Zen Health magazine has been relaunched as "a bigger, better and bolder read for empowering women more" and on its cover is pretty Kapuso star Rhian Ramos who is re-inventing herself in her showbiz comeback after a series of controversies. Rhian is one of the female lead stars in the top-rating "epic-serye" of GMA Network "Indio," topbilled by Bong Revilla.

Said Dr. Rafael Castillo, publisher of Zen Health magazine under FAME Publishing, Inc.: "I share the excitement and the enthusiasm of the entire staff, the editorial, the creative team, the marketing, sales and circulation staff in upholding this new look for Zen Health."

On the other hand, Dr. Rebecca Lorenzo-Castillo, editor-in-chief of Zen Health said: "In our cover story on Rhian Ramos, she is likened to a reborn phoenix ready to soar greater heights. This is how our rebranded image for Zen Health upholds its new look for 2013. Zen Health began in 2008 as a wellness magazine focusing on alternative health measures through natural methods for both men and women. Now, FAME dared to change and take it to the next level."

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Search For EK's Next Star

The country's only world-class theme park, Enchanted Kingdom, is on the search for its next star through "EKids Enchanting Talent Search Competition."

Scores of kids showcased their talents at the "EKids Enchanting Talent Competition" elimination rounds held at Enchanted Kingdom. Auditions were conducted from December 2012 to Feb. 3. Parkgoers were treated to a whole afternoon of show-stopping talent and charm as the contestants presented their prowess in singing, dancing, acting, playing musical instruments, artistic talent in crafts and other showstopping talents.

With the help of Enchanted Kingdom Wizards Club (EKWC), 12 outstanding kids will be advancing to the grand finals on Feb. 23, 4 p.m. at the Eldar's Tent. The grand finals will include a special performance from music icon Side A and performances from Enchanted Kingdom's circle of artists.

Join in the fun of this spectacular event and visit Enchanted Kingdom to find out who will be the grand champion of the "EKids Enchanting Talent Competition." Next year, your child might be EK's next big star.

For your protection, please ensure that Enchanted Kingdom tickets are purchased at the park (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) or at the EK Makati Sales Office (MSO), or from accredited ticket agents or sellers ONLY. Enchanted Kingdom, Inc. reserves the right to dishonor or invalidate tickets purchased from unauthorized sources.

For more information on the updated park schedule and promos of Enchanted Kingdom, you may visit www.enchantedkingdom.ph

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 22, go to Ms. Lea Salonga, Councilor John Nieto a.k.a. Yul Servo, Rep. Jorge Banal, Dr. Jorge Neri, Alejandra "Dading" Clemente, New York-based Lourdes Teves, Lito Anzures, Johann Patrick Graham, Doris Garcia Parungao, Maribel Diga Amaya, Lulu Miraflores, Prof. Mutsuhiko Miki, Willie Baun, Margot Gallardo, Mrs. Rosa Aguinaldo vda. De Romualdez, Jamaal Williams, Jimmy Boy Panesa Jr., Casino Filipino-Manila Pavilion Manager Dan Dia, and LA-based Gabrielle Lara Hermosa...

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