The real-life script bonding Hollywood Foreign Press Association members Ruben and Janet Nepales reads more like the rom-coms they both sometimes cover for their respective Filipino outlets. They first met in journalism school in 1976, but she thought he was a “nerd”; a few years later, they reconnected at a Paul Williams press conference and started dating; today, as husband and wife, they playfully compete on behalf of their native country’s top two newspapers for Tinseltown scoops.
All this and more can be savored in a breezy profile of the HFPA power couple by Downtown News city editor Richard Guzmán. The Nepales have been back in the city core for five years now, living in a Bunker Hill apartment complex after raising two daughters in the San Fernando Valley:
Ruben pens three columns a week dubbed “Only IN Hollywood” for the Inquirer. He is also a contributing editor for Balikbayan, a magazine published for Filipino expats in the United States and other parts of the world…
Jane writes a weekly column, “Hollywood Bulletin,” for the Manila Bulletin. Like Ruben, she has a sideline, authoring the column “Deadline: Hollywood” for Philippine News, a Flipino-American newspaper published in the U.S. She has a third column, “Pinay in Hollywood,” for FemaleNetwork.com, a Philippine website.
The Inquirer is the top-selling newspaper in the Philippines, but really, as long as this husband and wife both get the story in some form before their faraway rivals, they’re happy. The photo in the Downtown News of Janet muscling up in front of a smiling Ruben says it all. Read Guzmán’s full piece here.
[Illustration courtesy HFPA website's new interactive membership map]