MOVIEGOER: Good news when you need some

Published August 19, 2021, 6:50 AM

by Nestor Cuartero

Chow Yun Fat

How wonderful to wake up to good news on certain days, a rarity in this day and age when all you hear are stories that can either make you cry or send you into fits of depression.

Heard that Onyok Velasco, Philippine silver medalist in boxing in the 1996 Olympics, has been rewarded with a store of his own by Chooks to Go. The champion-boxer-turned-sometime-actor earlier cried that many of the rewards promised him in 1996 didn’t materialize.

Chooks to Go president Ronald Mascarinas heard of this and offered him a shop near his residence in Quezon City plus a cash reward of 100,000 pesos.


The roasted chicken food chain also came to the rescue of 59-year old Leopoldo Serrantes, another Olympian, who’s undergoing treatment for a lung ailment in a government hospital.

Mascarinas is giving him a monthly allowance of 100,000 pesos for life ‘’for his service to the country.’’ He said that we should continue to honor the legacy of our heroes by allowing them to live with dignity befitting a living hero.

Serantes is the sixth Filipino overall to win an Olympic medal.

Now, we know which roasted chicken brand we should patronize from here on, the one that genuinely cares for people.

On a personal note, I do go for Chooks To Go. Its roasted chicken has good taste, is soft and tender, not requiring any more sauce.

In an interview long ago, Mascarinas told us they use only meat by Bounty Fresh, which doesn’t inject chemicals into chicken.


Stories of acts of human kindness remind us of martial arts star Chow Yun Fat, who in 2018 announced he was donating a fortune, all 714 million dollars in all, to charity. The site, Brightvibes, known for sharing contagiously inspiring stories, recently cheered the actor in a post.

Chow, star of hit film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, said in an interview: The money’s not mine. I’m only keeping it safe for the time being. Money is not the source of happiness.

He explained: My dream is to be a happy and normal person. The hardest thing in life is not about how much money you earn, but how to keep a peaceful mindset and live the rest of your life in a simple and carefree manner.

Chow Yun Fat was born poor in Hong Kong. His father worked in an oil tanker while his mother was a cleaning lady. Chow grew up in a farming community that had no electricity.


Hollywood stars aren’t all glamour and luxurious mansions.

In its section, Impact, Brightvibes celebrates Keannu Reeves, who it says, has been quietly financing children’s hospitals in different areas for many years.

The Matrix star, it says, has been secretly running a private foundation that helps aid children’s hospitals and cancer research around the world.


From my chat box: A little birdie from California whispered to me this piece of controversial cheese.

She says the so-called mystery man (MM) in the life of an equally controversial celebrity very much in the news has two grown children with his US-based girlfriend, M. One of them is an award-winning TV producer in Los Angeles.

MM continues to see this other family of his when he comes to visit. This little twitter, who calls herself Maya, is a close friend of this other family.