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Showbiz rivalry, then and now

GUY AND VI – At a recent presscon, while waiting for the arrival of stars, the writers discussed showbiz rivalry and Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos right away came to mind. Understandable, after all the Guy-Vi competition started in the early ’70s and is still going on to date. The rabid fans still resort to name-calling, but then more mature followers speak of healthy and mature competition, as Guy and Vi themselves want it to be.

NORA AunorFor the moment, Vi has the “upper hand” as her Cinemalaya entry, “Ekstra,” was successful, giving her the best actress award. But then Guy has an “ace up her sleeve,” her entry to the upcoming Cine Filipino of TV5, “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti.” Don’t know, however, if Cine Filipino will give awards.

“Ekstra” will be shown in several international filmfests. Don’t know about the plans of “Mabuti,” which is in Ilocano. “Mabuti,” by the way, is the name of Nora in the movie, a woman who spreads kindness and goodwill even if she herself is wanting in wealth.

MARTIN AND GARY – Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano also came to mind. Their rivalry started in the ’80s and is still going on, albeit on friendly terms. But not when they were just starting. Then their fans – and yes camps – were badmouthing each other.

Martin is more of balladeer and host, while Gary is partial to inspirational songs – and a dancer to boot.

BROCKA AND BERNAL – Some writers pointed out that rivalry was not limited to stars. Even directors had their share of rabid believers.

In the ’70s, the “rivals” were Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. A study in contrast. Brocka was promdi and emotional. Bernal was city-bred and sophisticated.

Both, no doubt, are great filmmakers. They were posthumously named National Artists.

One might add that in the ’50s and early ’60s, the “rivals” were Gerry de Leon and Bert Avellana, earlier proclaimed National Artists.

SHARON AND MARICEL – Back to the ’80s, when Sharon Cuneta and Maricel Soriano were the movie queens. Shawie is Megastar, while Marya is Diamond Star.

For the past many months, the two actresses were not heard of very much. But Sharon is soon making a comeback on TV5 via a soap, “Madam Chairman” – barangay chairman actually. Maricel has a Metro Manila Film Festival entry come December, “Boy, Girl, Bakla, Tomboy.”

What a title!

TODAY’S RIVALS – Among today’s stars, who are the rivals?

Some names come to mind: Piolo Pascual vs John Lloyd Cruz, Ai-Ai de las Alas vs. Eugene Domingo, Marian Rivera vs. Angel Locsin, Enchong Dee vs. Enrique Gil, Gerald Anderson vs. Xian Lim, Kim Chiu vs. Maja Salvador.

The Kim-Maja rivalry extends offcam.