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Marinel Cruz: A Star among Stars

from left Cheri Pie Picache with PDI Ent Writer with star like qualities Marinel Cruz

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Entertainment writers and photographers know and see Marinel Cruz, one of the famous writers from PDI. She’s often mistaken as a sibling of Assunta and Alessandra De Rossi. Alex was also there at the PDI Tribute to Independent film makers. With Marinel’s looks she could easily earn a role on TV and film. She’s tall, curvaceous not to mention a talented writer. Marinel, Bayani San Diego, Music Editor Pocholo Concepcion and their boss Entertainment Editor Emmie G. Velarde did an admirable job recognizing our internationally renowned film makers.

Their section in the 25th anniversary issue of PDI last December 9, 2010 was a comprehensive look at the current batch of Independent film makers who have won acclaim and or distinguished themselves. If you missed it you can get yourself a back issue in their head office in Pasong Tamo cor. Yague streets in Makati. The issue is worth looking for as reference or for just good reading. A full article of what happened during the actual event will follow and a more complete gallery. Meanwhile here’s a few of the pics I took from the PDI tribute.


PDI Ent Writer Marinel Cruz w Cannes winner Brillante Mendoza


from left, EJ Salcedo ( Third World Happy- starring Sam Milby), Cannes winner Raymond Red


Indie film makers from left: Milo Sogueco (Sanglaan), Alvin Yapan (Gayuma/ Pangagahasa Kay Fe), Francis Xavier Pasion (Jay, Sampaguita) at the 1st Inquirer Indie Tribute


from left Writer Bayani San Diego, Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Entertainment Editor Emmie Velarde, Guitarist and Award winning Musical Scorer Francis Reyes


Film maker Raya Martin with his date Alessandra De Rossi




Awardees from left: Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro) and Mike Sandejas (Dinig Sana Kita). I remember Pepe as a skinny 22 year old when Engkwentro was first shown in Cinemalaya. Now he’s beginning to look like Mike (beside him). Is that good or bad?-Jude Bautista




from left: Marinel Cruz, Bayani San Diego w PDI Publisher Isagani Yambot

Aureus Solito’s ‘Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros’ started the win for indies in 2006. Aureus is with his mom Leonie Calo Solito.

Angeli Bayani hugs her "Presa" director Adolf Alix Jr.

From left: Legendary Screen writer and IFC head (Independent Film maker’s Cooperative) Doy Del Mundo with PDI Entertainment Editor Emmie Velarde

Ent. Editor Emmie Velarde , Marinel Cruz and Yul Servo of Rosario




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  1. Pingback: Marinel Cruz: A Star among Stars « Text and Photos by Jude Bautista

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