|Born||Filemon R. Balbastro, Jr.
November 13, 1940
Oton, Iloilo, Commonwealth of the Philippines
|Died||February 2, 2008
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Occupation||lawyer, entertainment columnist|
Filemon R. Balbastro, Jr. (November 13, 1940 – February 2, 2008), better known as Billy Balbastro, was a Filipino lawyer and entertainment columnist.
Balbastro was born in Oton, Iloilo. By the age of fifteen, Balbastro was covering the entertainment beat for the Philippine Free Press and the Kislap-Graphic. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1962, and worked for ten years in the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) with stints in Vigan and Romblon. His columns appeared in the Abante and Abante Tonight tabloids. From 1982 to 1985, Balbastro was the president of the Philippine Movie Press Club.
- Showtime With Billy (2000–2008; DZMM)
- Movie Magazine (1985–1992); GMA Network)
- Two for the Road (1979–1980; GMA Network)
- Troika Tonite (1993–1995; ABC 5)
- Sinong Pipigil sa Pagpatak ng Ulan? (1979; publicity and promotions)
- High School Circa '65 (1979; publicity staff)
- Kaaway ng Batas (1990; public relations officer)
- Lt. Madarang: Iginuhit sa Dugo (1993; publicity and promotions)
- Lab Kita... Bilib Ka Ba? (1994; publicity and promotions)
- Costales (1995; publicist)
- Tapatan ng Tapang (1997; publicity and promotions)
- Tampisaw (2002; promotion and publicity)
- Takaw-tingin (2004; promotion and publicity)
- Anak ni Brocka (2005)
- Kaleldo (2006; publicity and promotions)
- Twilight Dancers - Mr. Big Judge (2006)
- Troika (2007; publicist)
Billy Balbastro died from lung cancer on February 2, 2008 in Parañaque.
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