By Boy Villasanta | Published: October 16, 2020
As a working journalist, my first outing to Manila during the quarantine period in San Pedro City since March was in July. I guested as a host in former Dolphy’s Angel Liz Alindogan’s online TV show for Channel 31, “Liz Talk.”
It was a hosting job to prelude the ensuing main course of Liz’s show since the audience must be reminded of her identity as a celebrity after a long absence from the scene.
Liz, by the way, had been occasionally guesting in many TV shows like “Pepito Manaloto” in GMA Network or appearing in cameo roles in teleseryes of both ABS-CBN and Channel 7.
Ride Was A Problem
To facilitate a smooth appearance in her show, Liz fetched me up from Pacita Complex as I informed her I didn’t have a ride to Tomas Morato Avenue where the taping would take place.
There wasn’t PUB or much more PUJ or even USV or cabs to take me to the taping location.
As a longtime friend and associate (Liz and I started our friendship in the early 1980s when she was launched as one of King of Comedy Dolphy’s leading ladies in “Dolphy’s Angels”—an allusion or more to it, a parody of the Hollywood hit movie “Charlie’s Angels”—with Carmi Martin, Anna Marie Gutierrez and Yehlen Catral).
After Dolphy’s film was shown, Liz was already made a full-fledged actress and had so many film and TV assignments lined up for her.
One of these were an action caper with Jess Lapid, Jr. as leading man.
At the time, Jess was close to Lhar so we were always milling around Lapid and Liz who would eventually be lovers in real life.
Eventually, too, I was officially associated with Carmi because her manager was the still missing popular entertainment writer, TV host and manager/starbuilder Boy C. de Guia.
Still missing because there’s no official record yet that Kuya Boy is already gone.
Shoulder Bag Beauties
Then, I was running around with colleagues Lhar Santiago, Obette Serrano and Roland Lerum. We were collectively tagged as “Shoulder Bag Beauties” because we were wearing uniform shoulder bags given by famous talent manager, Dr. Rey de la Cruz.
Configuration was common among groups so while keeping company the “Shoulder Bag Beauties”, Boy’s Special People with Pilar Mateo, the Rino Fernan Silverio, Danny Vibas, Josie Mañago, and the latecomer Ronald Mendoza.
While we (Lhar, Obette and Roland) were also part of the group of the late newshen Nene Riego, the manager of Alma Moreno.
A Doctor For A Daughter
So, I had to reorient the audience that Liz was a very famous name in the 80s and 90s until she decided to settle down with Chinese businessman Benny Kho.
Didn’t you know that Liz and Benny have a daughter who’s already a medical doctor now?