Nap Alip

Celebrity Journalist – PRO

NAP C. ALIP is a veteran entertainment (showbiz) writer and PRO who started his writing career immediately after college. NAP/KUYA NAP/TITO NAP is how celebrities fondly call him. He has written about the entertainment industry’s icons spanning several decades. He saw the evolution of celebrities, entertainment writers and the showbiz industry.  

He recently launched his book, UNTOLD STORIES, last October 24, 2010 at the Mowelfund Plaza. The book features untold stories of celebrities that Kuya NAP has had personal experiences with like Fernando Poe, Jr., Nida Blanca, Amalia Fuentes, Niño Muhlach, Bong Revilla, Lani Mercado, Sharon Cuneta, Aga Muhlach, and Perla Bautista.  

Kuya NAP started his writing career right after graduating, AB Journalism at the Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU). Although while still in school, he was already writing short stories. Right after college, Andre Go hired him as associate editor of the Movie Star Magazine.  

Kuya NAP also became a staffer of the Daily Star under DOUGLAS QUIJANO whom he credits for training him a lot.  

During the Martial Law era, at a time when the media was under tight scrutiny, Kuya NAP knew that he had to be on the cautious side, if he was to pursue his passion for writing. He saw his career through, as one of the few writers approved by the Marcos’s. He wrote for the Daily Express, the only newspaper allowed to circulate then. He was also the movie editor of the Evening Express.  

I met Kuya NAP when I was starting in showbiz in 1988. He was the quiet, relaxed type who just let’s out a coy giggle every now and then. In those days, celebrities and the press freely communicated, interacted and bonded. That way it was easy for the writers to gauge a celebrity's personality, their substance as well as their sincerity. He was one of those I immediately felt comfortable with despite only a few words exchanged every time we’d see each other in gatherings, events and shoots. He was one of those who helped push my career. He was quick to defend me when he knew the issues coming out were wrong. Our friendship is a testament that mutual love and respect is possible, in an industry where people think all is “plasticity”. TRUST, SINCERITY and RESPECT were the foundation of two real people from opposite sides of the fence. If celebrities only knew, how real and true, press people are.

These days, Kuya NAP is busy as the newly elected president of the Movie Writers And Press Photographers Association Of The Philippines (MOWPPAP). Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto was the guest of honor at the induction ceremony of the officers, held March 19, 2010. He is also a columnist of BULGAR, a popular Philippine tabloid.  

In the content below, Kuya NAP shares a part of himself to us, his thoughts and observation on the 30-year evolution of showbiz, the actors and the entertainment press with much candor and sincerity :  

PROFILE BRIEF :   
Aside from being a writer  
I started my PR job with Amalia Fuentes (AM outfit -14 years)
Nino Muhlach’s Wonder Films (12 years)  
FPJ outfit - (1988 till his passing in 2004)  
I was also the personal PRO of Nida Blanca (10 years)  
In the '80s to 2000 freelance writer ako for - Balita, Taliba, People's Journal, etc.  
Up to the time nasa Bulgar (Daily Tabloid) na ako  
I also did PR jobs for Bong Revilla, Lani Mercado & Herbert Bautista in politics .  

WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT WRITING FOR SHOWBIZ?   
True friendship between writers and celebrities. 

WHO IS THE REAL NAP ALIP THAT THE PUBLIC DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT?  
Many thought I was meek, pero palaban ako when put down.   
Remember the time I sued the Famas people who maligned me?  
I was suing for libel but they settled even before the case reached the court.

HOW DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER YOU?  
I want people to remember me as a truly professional writer and dependable friend who will fight for the rights of my friends and colleagues.  

EVOLUTION IN SHOWBIZ : 

ON THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF ACTORS :  
From the time of FPJ to the time of SAM MILBY/PIOLO  
The crop of artists before had real talents, unlike now palakasan na.  
I’m not saying ‘di magaggaling ang actors ngayon,  
But mas maraming magaling at professional noon.  
Piolo, Sam, Gerald, Judy Ann and Jolina are among the impressive ones nowadays.  

THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY :  
The early years contrasted with the current generation.  
The local movies have faded.  
In the 50’s to 70s, we won in International Competitions.  
This started with Manuel Conde's -- Genghis Khan, which won in the Venice Film Festival for Best Film.  
This was copied by a Hollyood Producer who gave due credit given to Manuel Conde.
These days more commercialism ang nasa isip ng writers and celebrities. 

ANG MGA MANUNULAT : 
No intrigues then. There was rapport in showbiz. There were no libel cases.  
I remember what COMEDY KING DOLPHY told me. Ginagawa raw siyang parang ATM. Hingi ng pera tuwing makita ito.  
He loves to meet the veterans. Feel niya mga tunay na kaibigan niya talaga.  
They also put words into the celebrities' mouth.  
I give due credit to BOY ABUNDA whom I met when he was still a student, Di sya nagbago.  Humble pa rin at bibigyan ka nya ng importance everytime, kahit sikat na sya.  

MGA KALAKARAN SA PANUNULAT NOON AT NGAYON?  
These days you hear of law suits,  
Siraan among celebrities and writers.  
Wala na yatang genuine friendship na kaparis natin noon.

A sample of his article in the ‘80’s is available on the web.  
By : NAP C. ALIP  
Source: Jingle Extra Hot Movie Entertainment Magazine 
No. 9, April 6, 1981