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Watch Cherie Gil Drop "Second-Rate, Trying-Hard Copycat" Bombs on Famous People

@the_real_lavinia_arguelles proves how timeless that line is.
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In 1985, Emmanuel Borlaza's Bituing Walang Ningning gave us one of the most iconic lines in Filipino cinema: After a performance, aspiring singer Dorina Pineda (played by Sharon Cuneta) seeks the approval of her idol, superstar Lavinia Arguelles (played by Cherie Gil). Instead, Lavinia lashes out with a scathing rebuke: "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying-hard copycat!" punctuated by a glass of wine thrown to the face.

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It was a powerful line—which the actress swears is an ad lib —delivered with such intensity and aggressiveness that it would be remembered and referenced for years to come. The line was eventually used in ABS-CBN's 2006 TV adaptation of Bituing Walang Ningning, and in a separate theater musical adaptation in 2015. The latter even became the subject of a cease-and-desist from Gil, who insisted it was her intellectual property. (Viva Films would later refute that claim.)

But nothing can ever take away the line's place in Filipino pop culture. It lives on today, and has even been given new life by a dedicated Instagram account. Videos posted by @the_real_lavinia_arguelles shows Gil herself performing the same line on other famous people, including Paulo Avelino, Ricky Davao, Bea Alonzo, Atom Araullo, JP Anglo, and David Guerrero. Check it out:

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Victim #4 @atom_araullo take 2 #ilaviniaarguellesmoako #iconicline #timeless

A post shared by Lavinia Arguelles (@the_real_lavinia_arguelles) on

Victim # 6 THE Mr Ricky Davao #kasal #mybro #ilaviniaarguellesmoako #iconicline

A post shared by Lavinia Arguelles (@the_real_lavinia_arguelles) on

Victim # 3 @chefjpanglo #ilaviniaarguellesmoako #iconicline #timeless

A post shared by Lavinia Arguelles (@the_real_lavinia_arguelles) on

Victim #8 Derek Ramsay’s copycat DANG! #kasal #ilaviniaarguellesmoako #iconicline

A post shared by Lavinia Arguelles (@the_real_lavinia_arguelles) on

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The handle's profile description states its mission: "to arrive to 100 victims of this iconic scene with every relevant person I meet now in the 21st century." Whoever's behind this began posting videos in May 2017, but continued just earlier today with a new batch of victims. Meanwhile, we're cheering that person on and hoping for more big-name celebrities to get their Cherie Gil comeuppance. 

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