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‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie

‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie

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  • ‘Fantastica’ becomes Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie
  • ‘Fantastica’ is a certified box-office  success in the MMFF 2018 box office race
  • ‘Fantastica’ has earned 596 million, to date

Vice Ganda fans, rejoice!

Fantastica is a certified box office hit!

From his first main role in Petrang Kabayo (which earned Php 115 million) to his previous Manila Film Festival entry, The Revenger Squad, Vice didn’t stop setting the bar higher for his career.

The movie’s success is due to the massive support not just from Filipinos here in the Philippines, but worldwide as well.

Even with negative criticism, Fantastica has earned Php 596 million; making it Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing movie to date, beating his previous record of Php 571 million for the film “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad” back in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.

The good news was announced by Star Cinema during the film’s Thanksgiving party on Tuesday, January 29, 2018.

But not everyone is happy with Fantastica’s success.

Some dislike Vice Ganda’s continued reliance on ‘insult comedy’ and the innuendos that made some feel the movie is stale material; bringing nothing new to the table and with only the sheer star power of its lead guaranteeing its blockbuster status.

Since we are talking about box office earnings, who would forget the sensational Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo’s loveteam movie “The Hows of Us” way back in 2018? It broke the 800 million mark, making it the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

Fans can’t help comparing the films; even going as far as stating that the film is undeserving of its success for relying too much on its star power and references.

Now, what are your thoughts on Vice Ganda’s success?

Did you like the film or do you think its the same old formula with a different packaging? Leave a comment down below for your thoughts and please do like and share for more amazing content.

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Cast of “Para sa Broken Hearted” share their relationship experiences at press launch

Cast of “Para sa Broken Hearted” share their relationship experiences at press launch

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  • Para sa Broken Hearted recently held its media launch to promote and tackle the movie adaptation of the popular book by Marcelo Santos III.
  • The cast of the movie shared a bit about their relationship experiences by choosing from five different words.

The movie adaptation of Marcelo Santos III‘s book Para sa Broken Hearted recently held their press launch wherein the cast talked about the movie and their personal relationship experiences.

Prior to the launch, Janine Teñoso delighted everyone with a live performance of the movie’s original sound track, “Ang Awit Natin“.

Director Digo Ricio said that they tried to be faithful to the book as much as they can but somehow throw in their own take on the story.

“Parang sequel ‘to ng Para Sa Hopeless Romantic which was directed by Direk Andoy Ranay. So this is the second part of the book. Medyo we wanted to create a different flavor to it pero some of the characters from the first book, si Jackie which is [played by] Shy [Carlos], also a part of the cast.”

The characters of the movie are each described by the words – nagpabaya, nagsinungaling, umasa, nagdamot, and nagmadali. When the cast was asked about which of those have they experienced before, it took them a while to answer.

Louise Delos Reyes, who played the adventurous girl Kath, volunteered to answer first.

“Siguro masasabi ko ‘umasa’. Parang lahat naman tayo matindi yung faith sa karelasyon natin, or kung sang bagay. So siguro naka-relate ako dun sa ‘umasa’ dahil umasa ako na magiging okay siya. Umasa ako na after magkapatawaran, mababalik pa rin kung ano yung dati. So yung pag-asa na yun, hindi na talaga siya naging okay. Parang minsan mare-realize natin na mas okay na talaga na umalis tayo sa relationship kaysa paulit-ulit nating saktan yung sarili natin at pagkatapos nun, madadamage lang natin yung puso natin at mada-damage natin yung puso ng isa. So parang hindi siya win-win situation. Mas okay na i-reserve mo yung love and respect mo sa sarili mo.”

Yassi Pressman, who plays Shalee in the movie, also picked ‘umasa’ but chose not to give any further explanation.

On the other hand, Sam Concepcion, said that all of us have experienced all of those at some point of our lives.

“Nahihirapan akong pumili kasi parang na-realize ko in some way, at some level, maliit man o malaki, nagawa na natin lahat yan eh.

Nagpabaya minsan sa sarili mo, nagdamot minsan sa ibang tao, umasa…”

Marco Gumabao (RJ), answered ‘nagmadali’ and ‘nagpabaya’. “Nauna siyempre yung nagmadali because when you meet a person, siyempre excited ka, di ba? 

Tapos towards the end, or towards the middle of your relationship, minsan nagpapabaya ka. Tapos sometimes yun naman ang dahilan kung bakit kayo nagbe-brake.”

And lastly, Shy Carlos, who plays Jackie, also answered ‘nagmadali’ but later on admitted that she still doesn’t have much experience concerning love.

Para sa Broken Hearted is a story of five different heartbreak stories as we watch the characters go from falling in love to failing miserably in keeping their happiness last.

The nationwide theater release from Viva Films and Sari Sari Films will be on October 3.

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Big box-office success of “Miss Granny” and “The Hows of Us” gives local movies a shot in the arm

Big box-office success of “Miss Granny” and “The Hows of Us” gives local movies a shot in the arm

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  • Miss Granny reached ₱130 million gross while The Hows of Us surpassed the ₱279 million mark.
  • The success of the two films proves that the Philippine film industry is not dead.

Despite big international cinema releases in the past week, local movies still shone as Sarah Geronimo‘s “Miss Granny” and KathNiel‘s “The Hows of Us” became box office hits.

Miss Granny grossed more than ₱130 million.

Miss Granny continued to draw moviegoers in and reached a single-day gross of ₱21 million on August 26, with 230 cinemas. The movie went on to make money after earning ₱85 million on the first week.

Two weeks later, the Joyce Bernal film is still being shown in 160 cinemas and the gross reached ₱130 million, according to Viva.

₱280 mllion 5-day gross for The Hows of Us.

Just like Miss Granny, “The Hows of Us” also experienced an all time box office high as it experienced a ₱35 Million opening day gross. After five days, the gross of the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla film reached ₱279 Million.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, real-life couple Bernardo and Padilla play Primo and George, a couple who are struggling to save their long-term relationship.

The Philippine film industry is not dead.

The success of the two films puts to rest the long-held belief that the local film industry is dead.

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Viva Films expresses regrets on a Valium scene in “Miss Granny”

Viva Films expresses regrets on a Valium scene in “Miss Granny”

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  • Netizens reacted over Valium scene in the hit film ‘Miss Granny’ where it depicted the drug as an over-the-counter medicine.
  • Viva Films clarified and said that they regret the confusion caused by the said scene. 

Sarah Geronimo‘s latest film, ‘Miss Granny’, has reached more than ₱85 Million on its first week, but the movie got embroiled in a confusion with its audience especially the Netizens who tweeted about the scene that showed Valium as an over-the-counter drug as opposed to as a prescription drug.

In the said scene, Fely magically found herself transformed into younger version of herself, she felt agitated and disturbed, which led her to rush to a drugstore and purchased a drug called Valium (Diazepam) over the counter.

The viewers tweeted out of confusion as the medicine was easily sold to Fely without any prescription from a doctor.

A Twitter user Chin Balares complimented Sarah’s performance in the movie, however, she hopes that their profession will be represented professionally.

I’d like to commend Sarah’s acting in Miss Granny BUUUT did I watch it right? Did the pharmacist give Miss Granny (& even suggested beforehand) some Diazepam (Valium®), a dangerous drug, even w/o prescription? Huhu whyyy

Pls represent RPhs & other professionals responsibly

@chinnitagwapa expressed the factors that was wrong about the scene and how it disappointed her.

Ok, so my mom and I watched #MissGranny yesterday and they had this scene where Fely asked for Valium at a pharmacy. Valium is a REGULATED drug. It cannot be bought OTC w/o a yellow Rx. But in the film the RPh supplied her w/ Valium w/o an Rx and 1 month’s worth of it. 😩

We loved the movie, but that one scene was a little disappointing.

Mark Anthony Bascon worried about the confusion that can happen just because of the scene.

Hindi ko pa napanood yung movie, napansin ko lang sa trailer nila. Baka magkaroon kasi nang confusion regarding a drug that was mentioned in the film.

Another netizen shared that she was watched the movie with two doctors so they noticed the mistake right away.

Aww, we had watch miss granny in an opening day here in Palawan and im with two Doctors, napansin nanamin bakit naging over the counter ang valium, sana ngresearch muna sabi namin kasi yellow prescription dpt ang Valium. But all in all maganda ang Movie..☺

@iamjamabdlh implied that the Valium scene shouldn’t be a big deal since the story doesn’t revolve around the drug.

Ang daming affected dun sa Valium na scene. As RPh, we know di talaga un pwede OTC but wag na paabutin sa point na “know all” pa tayo keysa sa director. D namn sa Valium umiikot ang buong storya ng movie. Miss granny’s such a nice and must watch film. Just saying
#MissGrannyPH

Another Twitter user expressed how the issue made her watch the film even more.

Di ko pa napapanuod ung miss granny pero gusto ko syang panuorin tapos ngayon habang nag fb ako may nabasa ako haha nagdispense daw ung pharmacist ng valium w/o yellow prescription gg very wrong haha kaya mas lalo kong gustong panuorin 😂

Mark Joed tweeted about how much he loved the movie, with the exemption of its Valium scene.

Broke down in tears while watching #MissGranny 😭

Basta talaga about mothers ang hina ko. Loved the movie except for the Valium part. 💖

Viva Films released a statement.

Because of the confusion of those who watched, Viva Films released a statement on their Instagram account. They explained that the understand the harmful effects of Diazepam and “regrets the confusion” over the scene.

Viva Films recognizes that dangerous drugs, such as Diazepam (Valium), can have harmful effects on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Even though a scene in its film presented the dispensing of Diazepam in an entertaining and humorous manner, the drug’s effects, when not taken as prescribed, is no laughing matter. Viva Films wishes to remind its viewers that under current laws and regulations, Diazepam must only be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist to a legitimate patient when filling a prescription issued by a PDEA registered S-2 licensed medical practitioner. Diazepam is not an over-the-counter drug. Viva Films truly regrets the confusion
said scene has caused its viewers. Viva Films stands with PDEA in its strict enforcement of laws and regulations on dangerous drugs. It continues to support the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

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LATE BLOOMER: Sarah Geronimo admits that she feels ‘old’

LATE BLOOMER: Sarah Geronimo admits that she feels ‘old’

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  • Singer Sarah Geronimo admitted that she is feeling ‘old’, sometimes.
  • Geronimo mentioned that she perceived herself as a ‘late bloomer’ when it comes to love. 
  • She wished that she could explore more on romance.

In her upcoming film Miss Granny’s press conference on Tuesday, ABS-CBN singer-actress and Viva talent Sarah Geronimo playfully joked around with the members of the press.

As the movie is about a grandma that had the chance to go back to her younger days, Sarah admitted that she also thought about her age.

Upon celebrating her 30th birthday, she admitted that she has this feeling [sometimes] of being ‘old’ and perceived herself as a ‘late bloomer’.

“Yung totoo, opo, I feel old. Nag-pa-panic na nga po ako e kasi parang feeling ko late bloomer ako. Sabi ko nga, sana jumowa ako ng jumowa. Sorry ha.”

She added that she actually wished that she’s more exposed, but still hasn’t set aside her values.

“Sana pala naging ano ako, ‘yung exposed. I mean, hindi naman exposed na malilimutan mo na ‘yung values mo and all.”

Geronimo also said that there came a time that she thought about exploring things when it comes to romance so that she’ll become less naive.

“Gusto ko lang, ‘yung hindi ka naging naive, kumbaga ‘yung knowledge mo at kaalaman mo pagdating sa pag-ibig hindi lang ‘yung mga napapanood mo sa TV at mga eksenang ginawa ko. Kumbaga, basta ‘yun jumowa.

“Baka naman i-take nila ito negatively. Ibig kong sabihin (sana) mas naging wide ‘yon sa lahat pala ng aspeto. Masyado akong naka-concentrate sa love.”

Miss Granny, directed by Joyce Bernal, be in cinemas starting August 22.

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Ryza Cenon admits having a hard time taking ‘Georgia’ out of her system

Ryza Cenon admits having a hard time taking ‘Georgia’ out of her system

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  • Viva Films and IdeaFirst Company proudly bring Mr. & Mrs. Cruz
  • Ryza Cenon on how big her character ‘Georgia’ is

Viva Films and IdeaFirst Company are proud to introduce the box-office ‘Kita Kita’ director, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo with two of the most promising artists we have now in the country; JC Santos and Ryza Cenon in the upcoming movie Mr. & Mrs. Cruz.

The story follows the plot of Raffy and Gela, two strangers who went on a vacation in Palawan for ‘soul searching’ but found themselves enjoying each other’s company instead. As the story progresses and as the two spend more time with each other, their unconventional love tale starts to unfold.

Ryza as Georgia

During the PressCon held on January 9, 2018, the 30-year-old actress revealed that the entire time they were filming ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’, she was also shooting for ‘Ika-6 Na Utos’, so she struggled at first adjusting from one character to another.

“Sabay ko po kasi siyang ginagawa, so nahirapan ako kasi malayo siya [pareho] sa personality ko,” the actress said.

When asked, ‘Was it hard to distance herself to the icon that is Georgia?’

“Si Georgia, ang laki niya. Lagi siyang galit, so sobrang hirap po mag-adjust minsan. ‘Pag umuuwi ako, hindi ko na kilala kung sino ako,” the actress laughed.

Mr. & Mrs. Cruz will the cinemas on January 24, 2018, so watch out guys! Watch the trailer below!

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Ryza Cenon, JC Santos talk about the daring scenes is “Mr. & Mrs. Cruz”

Ryza Cenon, JC Santos talk about the daring scenes is “Mr. & Mrs. Cruz”

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  • Did Ryza Cenon and JC Santos prepare for the daring scenes in Mr. & Mrs. Cruz
  • ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’ to hit the cinemas on January 24

Valentine’s will come early this 2018 as Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company proudly bring their first movie offering of 2018, Mr. & Mrs. Cruz. The movie is all about love, commitment, and marriage. ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’ was written and directed by the Blockbuster ‘Kita Kita’ Director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo.

JC Santos and Ryza Cenon will play the carefree roles of Raffy and Gela in this bizarre tale of love. The story revolves around two strangers meeting in their most vulnerable state. Will they bloom and see it through to end up together?

Sexy scenes?

It is evident in the trailer that the movie involved a lot of topless and two-piece scenes from the two artists.

“Hindi po talaga namin napaghandaan ‘yun. Pumayat na lang po kami sa Palawan,” Ryza Cenon answered when asked if there were preparations for the sexy scenes.

On the other hand, JC admitted that they were not required to work out before the shoot.

“Hindi po kami ni-require ni direk na magpa-sexy,” he said. “Gusto namin yung nakaka-relate yung mga tao,” the 29-year-old Kapamilya actor said.

Mark your calendars now as ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’ will hit the cinemas on January 24.

What do you think? Share us your thoughts.

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Ella Cruz, Julian Trono Excite Fans In Their Upcoming RomCom Movie Under Viva Films

Ella Cruz, Julian Trono Excite Fans In Their Upcoming RomCom Movie Under Viva Films

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  • Ella Cruz and Julian Trono’s debut film being a loveteam
  • Fangirl, Fanboy gives a fresh take on love and destiny
  • Direk Barry Gonzales is finally done being an Assistant Director

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Ella Cruz and Julian Trono first movie together

Competing with the biggest loveteams in the country has put no pressure on Ella Cruz’ and Julian Trono’s shoulders. Both Ella and Julian are very excited to announce their first team up on the big screen for a movie produced by  Viva Films and N2 Productions. The production is down on its last few days of taping and they are looking forward to releasing this by August.

Fangirl, Fanboy

Ella Cruz and Julian Trono first movie together

The movie title of this newest offer of Viva Films is “Fangirl, Fanboy”. Directed by Barry Gonzales, the story revolves around a one-hit-wonder gwapong-gwapo-sa-sarili actor (Julian Trono) and a talented Koreanovela dubber (Ella Cruz). Ella’s role will be vital to Julian’s because she will soon teach him better strategies in acting. Fortunately, their tandem succeeds and he was able to achieve his dream of becoming a big star, leaving Ella hanging. Ella soon finds herself heartbroken as further complications arise in Julian’s career.

Ella Cruz and Julian Trono first movie together
Barry Gonzales, former Assistant Director of Cathy Molina and Mae Cruz

The casting is also star-studded with Yam ConcepcionRonnie LiangShy Carlos and much more to complete the roster. Viva is yet to release detailed information and announcements but until then, we just have to wait.

Ella Cruz and Julian Trono first movie together
The power trio of Fangirl, Fanboy

Let’s just hope for the success of the movie. Don’t forget to support the first ever movie of Ella Cruz and Julian Trono’s loveteam.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Luck At First Sight”

8 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Luck At First Sight”

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Bela Padilla and Jericho Rosales Team Up

For the very first time, Bela Padilla and Jericho Rosales pair up for the upcoming luckiest film of the year. Directed by the Dan Villegas, Luck At First Sight is about two unlucky persons who found fortune in each other’s arms.

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

Joma, an independent man, believes that a life charm could help him win big to be able to pay his debts. Diane, on the other hand, doesn’t believe in ‘luck’ but relies heavily in hard work. The two accidentally met and instantly realized that they are each other’s life charm. Everything is going well, until one of them falls for the other. And according to the fortune teller whom Joma confide into, the luck will disappear when one of them gets romantically attached to the other.

Luck at First Sight hit the cinemas last May 3 and have been receiving great reviews from the viewers. And if you haven’t watched it yet, here’s 8 lucky reasons why you should rush to the cinemas now.

1. Super Director

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Starting his career being a director of photography, Dan Villegas has turned many films into blockbuster hits. Some of his works were English Only, PleaseAlways Be My MaybeHow To Be YoursThe Breakup Playlist, and the award-winning Walang Forever where he won his Best Director award in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015.

2. Renowned Creative Producer

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

We often hear Joyce Bernal being dubbed as Direk Joyce for being a world-class director who became the woman behind the success of Everything About HerBakit Di Ka Crush Ng Crush MoKimmy Dora franchiseand many more. But now, he took the role ‘Creative Head’ for this genius film story-wise.

3. Dashing Leading Man

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

Being the ultimate leading man that he is right now, Jericho Rosales is thrilled to be working with this new set of crew, excluding Dan Villegas and Kim Molina whom he have worked with already in Walang Forever.

4. Irresistible Leading Lady

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

If you’re thinking that Bela Padilla is all beauty, you should be researching her credentials. He co-wrote our all-time favorite, Camp Sawi and even this film. Imagine? A genius young actress who can work in front and behind the cameras, even Dan Villegas and Direk Joyce lauded her creativeness when it comes to story building.

5. Fun and Lovable Side Casts

Admit it or not, Kim Molina and Cholo Barretto is the breath of fresh air in this film. They add up to the humor that the film caters. They have a love story of their own inside the film that the viewers would not expect, so watch out for it. Dennis Padilla and Issa Pressman also complete the lucky cast.

6. Soothing OST

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

Choosing the official sound track of every film might be tricky, but for this film, they have chosen if not perfect, the best song that would match the film. Sung by the returning Zia Quizon, ‘Umaaraw, Umuulan’ was dressed with a different tone that perfectly fit the theme of the film. You can listen to the song’s new twist in Spotify.

7. Has Great Life Lessons

We don’t want to spill the beans here, but the movie was packed with great life lessons that all can relate to. From love to family, the film is surely fit for all ages. It caters a different take on luck and love, that it can never be paired up, it’s like polar opposites. If you have the luck, you can find love, but once you find love, luck will disappear. Well, it’s enough for now and it’s for you to find out what happened between Joma and Diane.

8. It will make you want to find your “Life Charm”

 8 Reasons Why You Should watch "Luck At First Sight" now

At the beginning of the film, Madam Tetchie was introduced, the fortune teller who introduced the concept of Life Charm to Joma. According to her, all of us have a “life charm”, and once we meet them, everything that surrounds us turns to luck. It’s like a good luck charm, but an actual living person. Like any other charms that were introduced to us, there’s an exception. You can never fall in love with your life charm, because if you do, the luck will vanish.

To find out more about this incredible film, catch it in the cinemas NOW and enjoy the luck that the film will bring to you. Graded A by the MTRCB, you will surely fall in love with this movie.

What are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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Maybe This Time is Summer’s Biggest Romantic Movie Starring Coco Martin and Sarah Geronimo

Maybe This Time is Summer’s Biggest Romantic Movie Starring Coco Martin and Sarah Geronimo

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Summer is the new Valentine’s this 2014 as Star Cinema , on its 20th anniversary, creates another milestone with Viva Films in the upcoming mainstream theatrical release of Maybe This Time – the biggest, highly anticipated , and most unforgettable romantic film of the season – starring ABS-CBN’s Primetime King Coco Martin and Box-Office Queen Sarah Geronimo.

Maybe This Time is a film that every fan and movie buff should not miss as it marks the very first big-screen collaboration of Coco and Sarah who are arguably two of the biggest and most bankable stars of ABS-CBN today.

Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and written by Anton Santamaria and Melai Monge, Maybe This Time is a love story concerned on Steph Asuncion (Sarah Geronimo) and Tonio Bugayong (Coco Martin) who were old sweethearts separated by circumstances when they were still young. They get reunited years later as they get to work together with her prepping him up to fit in with Tonio’s new girlfriend’s world, Monica, who happens to be Steph’s boss in the PR firm she is working for. Question is, will their old passion for each other be rekindled or will it just come to pass?

Maybe This Time also stars Ogie Diaz, Dennis Padilla, Marlann Flores, Zeppi Borromeo, Garlic Garcia, Minnie Aguilar, Boboy Garovillo, and Sharmaine Buencamino.

Maybe This Time hits cinemas nationwide starting May 28.

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