Philippine Daily Inquirer

Random thoughts

- DOLLY ANNE CARVAJAL

Vice Ganda has always been vocal about his penchant for basketball players. Since he is often spotted watching the PBA games of Phoenix Fuel masters’ cager, Calvin Abueva, the two should make a movie, entitled “Ganda and the Beast” (Calvin’s PBA moniker).

Ara Mina is on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I wish I could do the same so I can go soul-searching—or soulmate-searching.

Paolo Bediones and Lara Morena’s relationsh­ip is rocksolid. They were so sweet during our Ozamiz trip. The couple’s bar, Punta (on Shaw blvd.), is as cool as they are.

Last Oct. 1, France mourned the loss of one of its most acclaimed singers and composers. Known to the English-speaking world as the Frank Sinatra of France, Charles Aznavour’s musical career took off at a global scale in 1946, where his talent for singing and songwritin­g was discovered by Edith Piaf.

Aznavour is remembered fondly for the poetry in the lyrics of his songs, his unique vibrato and his rich storytelli­ng of emotions and magnetic stage presence.

On Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., French and Filipino musicians will come together for the second edition of Les Jeudis culturels (Cultural Thursdays) at the Alliance Française de Manille to pay tribute to the legendary French artist.

Christine Carlos, Niko Maka and Marvin Gayramon, and French jazz artist Eric Soulard, accompanie­d by the Hydro project Jazz Quartet, will perform Aznavour’s chansons such as “Sur ma vie” (“On My Life”), “Je me voyais déjà” (“It Will Be My Day”) and "Comme ils disent” (“As They Say”).

Guess who: I find it strange that this female celeb refuses to pose for a men’s magazine, yet she keeps posting sexy photos of herself on social media. What’s the difference? Hashtag:

Nagmamagan­da.

———— Turning 60 is a milestone, but it is not only for this but more for her achievemen­ts that Shirley Halili-Cruz was accorded a fabulous celebratio­n, first at the Meralco Theater, where beautifull­y choreograp­hed dance numbers were presented, then at the grand Marquis Events place, where the dinner reception was held.

Various groups from all over the country which received tutelage from the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet, of which she is founder and artistic director, performed tribute dances for her.

Shirley is the chairman of the National Committee on Dance of the National Committee of Culture and the Arts. She is also the founder and overall director of the Sayaw Pinoy Touring Concert and the Dance Exchange-Philippine Internatio­nal Dance Festival. Truly a woman of substance and grace.

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