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Anjanette Abayari finds faith and family bliss

January 30 ------ Anjanette Abayari exuded an extraordinary aura of calm when we met in L.A. a couple of weeks ago. It has been a long time since we last saw each other, so it was nice catching up with her during my brief stay in California.


Anjanette, also known as AJ, became a household name after winning the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe in 1991 but, unfortunately, relinquished her title later that year over her non-Filipino citizenship and residency issues. Her parents are Filipinos who hail from Iloilo but are long-time residents of the United States of America where AJ grew up. Hence, AJ flew back to the land of milk and honey after her stint in the beauty pageant but came back to the Philippines a year after to carve a niche in the acting scene. I handled AJ’s showbiz career for several years. That’s why our partnership as talent manager-artist eventually blossomed into a beautiful friendship.


Cineastes best remember the former actress and beauty queen for her portrayal as the superheroine Darna in the 1994 film Mars Ravelo’s “Darna! Ang Pagbabalik” under the helm of Peque Gallaga. 




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