Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos-Recto (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953 in Bamban, Tarlac), commonly known as Vilma Santos-Recto or Ate Vi is a Filipino actress and box office queen for almost four decades. One of the original Philippine movie queens, she rose up to become the versatile actress that has been given the fitting title of “Star for All Seasons” because of her capacity to adapt to the changing mores and values of the Filipino woman, giving a face to their plight and struggles, albeit in success both critically and box-office wise in some of Philippine cinema’s classics such as Trudis Liit (1963), Lipad, Darna, Lipad (1973), Burlesk Queen (1977), Relasyon (1982), Sister Stella L. (1984), Alyas Baby Tsina (1984), Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989), Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Anak (2000) and Dekada ’70 (2002). She is currently the governor of Batangas, Philippines (2012)(Wikipedia).

For More Informations, Visit: Vilma Santos-Recto's Official Web-site

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Remembering Helen Vela

Friendships - "...Ang pagkakaibigan nina Vi, Coney Reyes, Helen Vela at Tina Revilla ay hindi mapapantayan. Minsan.....nagiging panauhin ni Vi sa kanyang Vilma Show ang minsan ay lumabas din sina Vi, Coney at Tina sa drama anthology ni Helen na Lovingly Yours, Helen kung saan ang naging talent fee nila ay ang bonding nila sa Singapore.....walang alalay, silang apat lang. Nang pumanaw si Helen ay ganun na lang ang pagdadalamhati ng tatlo. Sa katunayan, isang bouquet na nakasulat ang pangalan nilang tatlo ang nakalagay sa ibabaw ng ataul ni Helen. Ang magkakaibigan ay sabay-sabay na naparangalan ng Star Awards for TV noong 1991....ang Vilma Show ni Vi ang naging best musical variety Coney ang naging best drama actress para sa Coney Reyes on Helen Vela, bilang best female newscaster para sa GMA Tina Revilla, bilang best female tv host para sa Lunch Date. Naging mga secondary sponsors sina Coney, Tina at Princess (na pumalit sa namayapang inang si Helen) sa kasal nina Vi at Ralph noong 1992...." - Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Public Service - "...When I joined DZBB in 1975, I remember it was Gerry Geronimo who told me that with the format (in Tagalog) I was doing on double B, I "revolutionized" broadcasting. Sabi ko, what do you mean? He said that sa ginagawa kong pagbibigay ng information and public service while entertaining the public, mas nakukuha ko raw ang tao because I was doing it in a less serious manner, with less formal tone. Kasi ang approach ko parang nakikipagkuwentuhan lang ako. At the star, I had this format on DZBB at nagbibigay na rin ako ng information, public service pero sa mas seryosong tono. But I've found the secret: You give the public first what they want, and then when you have won them over to your side, give them now what they need, in every aspect that you can....Goodbye? (laughs) Hindi, biro lang...Some make kantiyaw na "Hoo, tanda mo na sa broadcasting." I'm not ashamed of it. I'm very proud of the fact that I've been her for 25 years and I'm very grateful for that. And I hope to stay here for another 25 years. It seems highly improbable, pero I'd like to say as long as they want me, and as long as they need me..." - Marie T. Dimapilis, Manila Standard, Apr 17 1988 (READ MORE)

Lovingly Yours - "...Lovingly Yours, Helen is a Sunday afternoon program aired on GMA-7 from 1980 to 1996. "Lovingly Yours, Helen" evolved into a television drama anthology from a daily counseling program on radio with the same title, originally aired on GMA's AM station DZBB. It was presented by the late television/radio personality Helen Vela. Each episode is based on the life of a letter sender. The show's radio version continued to air on weekdays even as the TV version was being produced...After 16 years, "Lovingly Yours" bowed out of Philippine television with a special thanksgiving dinner show and tribute to the late Ms. Helen Vela. During the dinner, an awarding ceremony was given to the producers and staff who already worked for the program. A special presentation features a video clip of Helen's performance (with Coney Reyes, Tina Revilla, and Vilma Santos), who sang "A Friend" by Keno on Vilma! in 1989...." - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Helen Vela (1946-1992) was a radio-TV personality in the Philippines. She was born on October 31, 1946 in Manila, Philippines. She was married to broadcaster Orly Punzalan (1935-2005), with 3 children: Pastor Paolo, Reuben and Princess Punzalan. She died of lymphoma on February 14, 1992 (Valentine's Day) at St. Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, United States at the age of 45. She is buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, with her mother Virginia Vela (who died in 1995) and her husband Orly Punzalan (in 2005). In 2004 the Golden Screen Awards for Television instituted a "Helen Vela Lifetime Achievement Award" for outstanding contribution to the Philippine television industry. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Filmography by ABC

  • Anak, Ang Iyong Ina (1963) - First movie with Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia and Rita Gomez
  • Aninong Bakal (1963) - First movie with Ronald Remy and Carol Varga
  • Angelica (1971) - Film directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Romy Mallari, Baby DeJesus, Scarlet, Yazmin Romero.
  • Aloha My Love (1972) - Film location: Hawai. Film directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Josephine Estrada, Ike Lozada, Bryce Curtis.
  • Ang Kundoktora (1972) - Directed by Romy Zusara. Film with Jay Ilagan.
  • Anak Ng Aswang (1973) - Directed by Romy Zusara. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Gloria Romero, Nick Romano, Leopoldo Salcedo, Daisy Romualdez, Rosanna Marquez.
  • Amorseko: Kumakabit, Kumakapit (1978) - Directed by Maria Saret. Film with George Estregan, Ernie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Beth Bautista, Brenda Del Rio.
  • Ang Galing galing mo, Mrs. Jones (1980) - Directed by Cirio H Santiago. Film with Al Tantay, Mark Gil, Anna Gonzales, Richard Romualdez, Don Pepot, Tintoy.
  • Ayaw Kong Maging Querida (1983) - Directed by Leonardo L Garcia. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Carmi Martin, Norma Blancaflor, Elizabeth Poe, Ric Arellano.
  • Adultery: Aida Macaraeg Case No. 7892 (1984) - Directed by Lino Brocka. Film with Phillip Salvador, Mario Montenegro, Deborah Sun, Alvin Enriquez.
  • Alyas Baby Tsina (1984) - Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya. Film with Phillip Salvador, Dindo Fernando.
  • Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Eddie Gutierrez, Amalia Fuentes, Gabby Concepcion.
  • Anak (2000) - Directed by Rory B Quintos. Film with Claudine Barretto, Joel Torre, Amy Austria, Cherry Pie Picache, Baron Geisler.
  • Batang Iwahig (1966) - First movie with Joseph Estrada and Paquito Diaz.
  • Baby Vi (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Ed Finlan.
  • Because You’re Mine (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Anita Linda, Ben David, Metring David, Sonny Cortez.
  • Bulaklak At Paru-Paro (1970) - Film with Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez, Edgar Mortiz, Reycard Duet.
  • Batya’t Palu-Palo (1974) - Directed by Pablo Santiago. Film with Fernando Poe Jr., Fred Montilla, Mila Del Sol, Dencio Padilla.
  • Biktima (1974) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Helen Gamboa, Celia Rodriguez, Perla Bautista, Cristina Reyes, Leopoldo Salcedo, Bert Leroy Jr., Tomy Abuel.
  • Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita (1975) - Film with Eugene Torre, Coney Reyes, Roldan Aquino, Panchito, Ponga, Ike Lozada.
  • Bato Sa Buhangin (1976) - Directed by Romwaldo Reyes. Film with Fernando Poe Jr, Milie Mercado, Philip Salvador, Tina Monasterio, Rowell Santiago.
  • Bertang Kerengkeng (1976) - Directed by Tito C Sanchez. Film with Lito Anzures, Rudy Fernandez, Edna Diaz, Greg Lozano, Nello Nayo, Grace Santos.
  • Big Ike’s Happening (1976) - Cameo Role.
  • Burlesk Queen (1977) - Directed by Celso Ad Castillo. Film wih Rolly Quizon, Leopoldo Salcedo, Rosemarie Gil, Dexter Doria.
  • Bakit Kailangan Kita? (1978) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Maan Honteveros, Laurice Guillen, Romeo Enriquez, Mary Walter.
  • Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979) - Directed by Frank Gray Jr. Film with Dolphy, Panchito, Babalu, Freddie Quizon, Mary Grace Santos, Eddie San Jose, Chinggoy Alonzo.
  • Broken Marriage (1983) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Christopher De leon, Orestes Ojeda, Tessie Tomas, Lito Pimentel.
  • Barbi (1988) - Cameo Role.
  • Bata, Bata...Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) - Directed by Chito Rono. Film with Albert Martinez, Ariel Rivera, Carlo Aquino, Serena Dalrymple.
  • Cariñosa (1973) - Directed by Romy Zusara. Film with Manny DeLeon, Chanda Romero, Yoyoy Villame, Romeo Miranda.
  • Coed (1979) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Jay Ilagan, Celia Rodriguez, Allan Valenzuela, Romeo Enriquez, Romeo Rivera.
  • Duelo Sa Sapang Bato (1963) - DZXL radio serialized drama
  • De Colores (1968) - First film with Amalia Fuentes, Leopoldo Salcedo, Perla Bautista, Divina Valencia.
  • Ding Dong (1970) - Pablo S Gomez' serialized in comics. Film with Tirso Cruz III, Ike Lozada, German Moreno, Boy Alano.
  • Dalagang Nayon (1972) - Film with Walter Navarro, Perla Adea, Romy Mallari, Chichay, Bert Tawa Marcelo.
  • Dama De Noche (1972) - Film directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Played the role of ossana/Armida. Film with Edgar Mortiz.
  • Don’t Ever Say Goodbye (1972) - Film location: Pasadena, Palm Spring, San Francisco USA. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Paul Cassidy, Jeffrey Ayesa, Ike Lozada.
  • Dulce Corazon (1972) - Directed by Leody M Diaz. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Scarlet, Nympha Bonifacio, Cloyd Robinson, Pons DeGuzman.
  • Darna And The Giants (1973) - Film with Helen Gamboa, Loretta Marquez, Rossana Marquez, Romeo Miranda, Desirre Destressa, Zandro Zamora, Dondon Nakar.
  • Dyesebel At Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe (1973) - Film with Divina Valencia, Mina Aragon, Rossana Marquez, Mildred Ortega, Cristina Reyes, Eva Linda, Romeo Miranda.
  • Darna Vs. The Planetwoman (1975) - Directed by Armando Garces. Film with Rosanna Ortiz, Eva Linda, Lita Vasquez, Lieza Zobel, Diana Villa, Zandro Zamora, Bentot.
  • Dugo At Pag-ibig Sa Kapirasong Lupa (1975) - An all star cast that includes Nora Aunor, Fernando Poe Jr., Romeo Vasquez.
  • Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon (1977) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Anna Gonzales, Anita Linda, Mat Ranillo III, Roldan Rodrigo, Anne Villegas.
  • Disco Fever (1978) - Directed by Al Quin. Film with Christopher De Leon, Victor Laurel, Rio Locsin, Freddie Aguilar, Sampaguita, Anak Bayan Band, Rio Locsin.
  • Darna At Ding (1980) - Directed by Erastheo Navoa & Cloyd Robinson. Film with Nino Muhlach, Celia Rodriguez.
  • Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick (1985) - Directed by Mike Relon Makiling. Film with Tito, Vic & Joey, Rowell Santiago, Jobelle Salvador, Francis Magalona.
  • Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) - Directed by Laurence Guillen. Film with Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis.
  • Dekada ’70 (2002) - Directed by Chito Rono. Film with Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual.
  • D' Lucky Ones (2006) - Cameo Role as herself.
  • Eagle Commandos (1968) - First movie with Max Alvarado, Bernard Belleza.
  • Edgar Loves Vilma (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Perla Bautista.
  • Eternally (1971) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Jingle.
  • Ex-Wife (1981) - Directed by Eddie Rodriguez. Film with Beth Bautista, Raul Aragon, Michael De Mesa, Eddie Garcia.
  • From The Bottom Of My Heart (1970) - Film with Romy Mallari, Victor Wood, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Ging (1964) - First movie with Olivia Cenizal, Carlos Padilla Jr, Ramon DaSilva, Aruray
  • Give Me Your Love (1970) - Film with Tirso Cruz III, Tina Revilla.
  • Good Morning Sunshine (1980) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Llyod Samartino, Junior, Liza Lorena, Sheryl Cruz, Anita Linda, Debraliz.
  • Gusto Kita, Mahal Ko Siya (1980) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Christopher De Leon, Rosemarie Gil, Maila Gumila, Ripp Rivera.
  • Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? (1982) - Directed by Danny Zialcita. Film with Hilda Koronel, Dindo Fernando, Suzanne Gonzalez, Alvin Joseph Enriquez.
  • Hampaslupang Maton (1966) - First movie with Jun Aristorenas.
  • Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit (1966) - Second film with the drama triangle of Marlene Dauden, Eddie Rodriguez and Lolita Rodriguez
  • Hatinggabi Na Vilma (1972) - Film directed by Joey Gosiengfiao. Film with Barbara Perez.
  • Happy Days Are Here Again (1974) - Directed by Cirio H Santiago. An all star cast that includes Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Hindi Nakakahiya (1976) - Directed by Luis Enriquez. Film with Eddie Rodriguez, Gloria Romero, Marissa Delgado, Ernie Garcia.
  • Halik Sa Kamay, Halik Sa Paa (1979) - Directed by Luis Enriquez. Film with Eddie Rodriguez, Ronald Corveau.
  • Hiwalay (1981) - Directed by Romy Suzara. Film with Eddie Rodriguez, Dindo Fernando.
  • Haplos (1982) - Directed by Antonio Jose Perez. Film with Christopher De Leon, Rio Locsin, Delia Razon, Eddie Infante, Rez Cortez, Juan Rodrigo.
  • Hahamakin Lahat (1990) - Directed by Lino Brocka. Film with Gabby Concepcion, Snooky Serna, Eric Quizon, Dennis Roldan, Maritoni Fernandez, Perla Bautista.
  • Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal (1997) - Directed by Ike Jarlego Jr. Film with Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Pilar Pilapil, Timmy Cruz, Ruby Moreno, Antoinette Taus.
  • Iginuhit Ng Tadhana (1965) - Portrayed Imee Marcos. First movie with Rosa Mia.
  • Ito Ang Dahilan (1966) - First film with an ALL STAR CAST
  • Ito Ang Pilipino (1967) - Movie with Joseph Estrada.
  • I Do Love You (1970) - Film with Eddie Perigrina. Film Title, an Eddie Perigrina recording.
  • I Love You Honey (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Esperanza Fabon, Romy Mallari, Tweeny.
  • Ikaw Lamang (1971) - Film with Paolo Romero, Connie Angeles, Eddie Garcia, Vic Silayan.
  • Inspiration (1972) - First movie with director Ishmael Bernal. Film with Jay Ilagan.
  • Ibong Lukaret (1975) - Directed by Tito C Sanchez. Film with George Estregan, Alona Alegre, Nick Romano, Marissa Delgado, Rudy Fernandez, Daria Ramirez.
  • Ikaw Ay Akin (1978) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Christopher De leon, Nora Aunor.
  • Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas (1987) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Gabby Concepcion, Richard Gomez, Gina Pareno, Gretchen Barretto, Amy Austria.
  • Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film with Gary Valenciano, Nida Blanca, Miguel Rodriguez, Eric Quizon.
  • Imortal (1989) - Directed by Eddie Garcia. Film with Christopher De Leon, Cherie Gil, Ricky Davao, Jacklyn Jose.
  • Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) - Directed by Laurice Guillen. Film with Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Bing Loyzaga, Amy Perez.
  • Ikaw Lang (1993) - Directed by Chito Rono. Film with Ronnie Ricketts, Cesar Montano, Janine Barredo, Dencio Padilla, Zeny Zabala, Vangie Labalan.
  • Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko (1996) - Directed by Tony Cruz. Film with Fernando Poe Jr, Maritoni Fernandez, Bob Soler, Paquito Diaz, Dencio Padilla, Boy Alano
  • In My Life (2009) - Directed by Olivia Lamasan. Film with Luis Manzano, John Lyod Cruz.
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  • King And Queen For A Day (1963) - First movie with Dolphy and Chichay
  • Kay Tagal Ng Umaga (1965) - First movie with Eddie Rodriguez and Lolita Rodriguez.
  • Kasalanan Kaya? (1968) - Won Best Supporting Actress - San Beda. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress - FAMAS, 1968 Manila Film Festival.
  • Kamay Na Gumagapang (1974) - Directed by Tony Cayado. Film with Rosemarie Gil, Romeo Miranda, Alicia Alonzo, Dick Israel, Matimtiman Cruz, Winnie Santos.
  • Kampanerang Kuba (1974) - Directed by Nilo Saez. Film with Celia Rodriguez, Dindo Fernando, Edgar Motiz, Rossana Marquez, Perla Bautista, Ernie Garcia.
  • King Khayam And I (1974) - Directed by Cesar Gallardo. Film with Joseph Estrada, Rod Navarro, Lorli Villanueva, Ruben Rustia, Greg Lozano, Anita Linda.
  • Karugtong Ng Kahapon (1975) - Directed by Fely Crisostomo. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia, Jay Ilagan, Ronaldo Valdez.
  • Kampus (1978) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Bembol Rocco, Mat Ranillo III, Allan Valenzuela, Freddie Yance, Liza Lorena.
  • Karma (1981) - Directed by Danny Zialcita. Film with Ronaldo Valdez, Chanda Romero, Tommy Abuel, Suzanne Gonzalez.
  • Kapag Langit Ang Humatol (1990) - Directed by Laurice Guillen. Film with Richard Gomez, Charo Santos, Gloria Romero, Kristine Garcia, Carmina Villaruel, Eula Valdez.
  • Larawan Ng Pag-ibig (1964) - First movie with Ben David, Martin Marfil, Evan Darren
  • Longest Hundred Miles (1967) - First film for International film release starring Katherine Ross, Doug McClure, Ricardo Montalban.
  • Love Is For The Two Of Us (1970) - Film with Helen Gamboa, Ricky Belmonte, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Love Letters (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Romy Mallari, Esperanza Fabon, Alona Alegre, Baby DeJesus, Bobby Roldan, Victor Wood.
  • Leron Leron Sinta (1972) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Florence Aguilar, Lilian Laing, Beth Manlongat, Angelito.
  • Little Darling (1972) - Film with Victor Wood.
  • Lipad Darna Lipad (1973) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza, Elwood Perez, Joey Gosiengfiao. Film with Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Liza Lorena.
  • Let’s Do The Salsa (1976) - Directed by Luciano B Carlos. Film with Walter Navarro, Rolly Quizon, Ronnie Henares, Chichay, Winnie Santos, Maribel Aunor.
  • Langis at Tubig (1980) - Directed by Danny Zialcita. Film with Amy Austria, Dindo Fernando, Ronaldo Valdez, Suzanne Gonzalez.
  • Lipa: Arrandia Massacre (1994) - Directed by Carlo J Caparas. Film with Joel Torre, John Regala, Angelica Panganiban, Robert Arevalo, Charina Scott.
  • Maria Cecilia (1965) - First movie with Van DeLeon and Jose Mari.
  • Morena Martir (1965) - First movie with Loreta Marquez.
  • My Darling Eddie (1969) - First movie with Eddie Perigrina as leading man and love team.
  • Mardy (1970) - Film with Eddie Perigrina.
  • May Hangganan Ang Pag-ibig (1970) - Film with Eddie Perigrina, Romy Mallari, Millie Mercado.
  • Mga Batang Bangketa (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz.
  • Mother Song (1970) - Film with Eddie Perigrina, Millie Mercado and Rosa Mia in a title role.
  • My Love At First Sight (1971) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Patria Plata, Joe Sison, Maria Roberta, Scarlet.
  • My Pledge Of Love (1970) - Film with Romy Mallari, Victor Wood, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Maria Cinderella (1973) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Jay Ilagan, Blanca Gomez, Geena Zablan, Ike Lozada, Winnie Santos, Jingle, Dondon Nakar.
  • Mga Tigre Ng Sierra Cruz (1974) - Directed by Augusto Buenaventura. Film with Charito Solis, Dante Rivero, Eddie Garcia.
  • Makahiya At Talahib (1976) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Rudy Fernandez, Trixia Gomez, Gloria Romero, Anthony Rodriguez.
  • Mapagbigay Ang Mister Ko (1976) - Film with Jun Aristorenas.
  • Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976) - Film with Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez, Robert Arevalo, Eddie Garcia, Rudy Fernandez, Rez Cortez, Greg Lozano, Mar F Cornes.
  • Mga Rosas Sa Putikan (1976) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Celia Rodriguez, Barbara Luna, Trixia Gomez, Merlee Fernandez, Sandy Garcia, Monica Morena.
  • Masarap, Masakit Ang Umibig (1977) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film with Christopher De leon, Mat Ranillo III, Maan Monteveros, Anita Linda, Amado Cortez, Lily Miraflor, Laila Dee.
  • Magkaribal (1979) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film with Christopher DeLeon, Alma Moreno.
  • Modelong Tanso (1979) - Directed by Cirio H Santiago. Serialized from comics story of Nerissa Cabral. Film with Charito Solis.
  • Miss X (1980) - Directed by Gil M Portes. Film Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Film with Mark Gil.
  • Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Nakaraan (1983) - Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya. Film with Christopher De Leon, Eddie Garcia.
  • Muling Buksan Ang Puso (1985) - Directed by Leroy Salvador. Film with Dindo Fernando, Lorna Tolentino, Coney Reyes, Sandy Andolong, Rowell Santiago, Jimi Melendez.
  • Mano Po 3: My Love (2004) - Directed by Joel Lamangan. Film with Jay Manalo, Christopher De Leon, Sheryl Cruz.
  • Naligaw Na Anghel (1964) - Third Title Role, First movie with Maggie dela Riva, Anita Linda
  • Nobody’s Child (1970) - Film with Tirso Cruz III, Maritesse, Romy Lapuz.
  • Now And Forever (1973) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Ernie Zarate, Chanda Romero.
  • Nakakahiya? (1975) - Directed by Luis Enriquez. Film with Eddie Rodriguez, Gloria Romero, Barbara Perez, Vivian Avila.
  • Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin (1976) - Directed by Leonardo Garcia. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Aurora Salve, Water Navarro, Tita De Villa.
  • Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali (1978) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film with Christopher De leon, Baby Delgado, Roel Vergel De Dios, Anita Linda, Freddie Yance.
  • Never Ever Say Goodbye (1982) - Directed by Gil M Portes. Film with Nonoy Zuniga, Jenny Ramirez, Ting Jocson, Allan Bautista, Ian Veneracion.
  • Nag-iisang Bituin (1994) - Directed by Jose Javier Reyes. Film with Christopher De Leon, Aga Muhlach, Chery Pie Picache, Jao Mapa, Orestes Ojeda.
  • Our Love Affair (1971) - Film with Edgar Mortiz.
  • Ophelia At Paris (1973) - Directed by Celia Diaz Laurel. Film with Victor Laurel.
  • Pag-ibig, Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo (1969) - First movie with Nida Blanca, Myrna Delgado, Rolly Quizon, Katy DelaCruz, Bayani Casimiro.
  • Pinagbuklod Ng Langit (1969) - Portrayed Imee Marcos for the second time.
  • Phantom Lady (1974) - Film with Nick Romano, Paquito Diaz, Rodulfo Boy Garcia, Max Alvarado, Cristina Reyes, Angero Goshi.
  • Pulot-Gata Pwede Kaya? (1977) - Film with Romeo Vasquez, Suzanne Gonzalez, Ruel Vernal, Paraluman.
  • Pag-ibig Ko Sa Iyo Lang Ibibigay (1978) - Directed by Nilo Saez. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Richard Romualdez, Dexter Doria.
  • Pagputi Ng Uwak, Pag-itim Ng Tagak (1978) - Directed by Celso Ad Castillo. First film with Bembol Rocco.
  • Pinagbuklod Ng Pag-ibig (1978) - Directed by Leonardo Garcia. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III.
  • Promo Girl (1978) - Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao. Film with Ricky Belmonte, Roel Vergel De Dios, Eddie Gutierrez, Bembol Rocco.
  • Pinay, American Style (1979) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film Location: NYC, USA. Film with Christopher De Leon, Bembol Rocco, Victor Laurel.
  • Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) - Directed by Elwood Perez. Film with Christopher De Leon, Anthony Castelo, Subas Herrero.
  • Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? (1983) - Directed by Eddie Garcia. Film with Christopher De Leon, Jay Ilagan, Armida Siguion Reyna, Vic Silayan, Perla Bautista.
  • Palimos Ng Pag-ibig (1986) - Directed by Eddie Garcia. Film with Dina Bonevie, Edu Manzano, Laurice Guillen, Pepito Rodriguez, Ronald Corveau, Cherie Gil.
  • Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (1989) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon, Zsa Zsa Padilla.
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  • Renee Rose (1970) - Mars Ravelos serialized comics directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Romy Mallari.
  • Remembrance (1972) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Tommy Abuel.
  • Rubia Servios (1978) - Directed by Lino Brocka. Film with Mat Ranillo III, Philip Salvador.
  • Rock Baby Rock (1979) - Directed by Oscar Miranda. Film with Junior, Rolly Quizon, Leah Navarro, Tito, Vic & Joey, Lorli Villanueva, Geleen Eugenio, Val Sotto.
  • Romansa (1980) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film Location: Las Vegas, USA. Film with Edu Manzano, Bobby Gonzales.
  • Relasyon (1982) - Directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film with Christopher De Leon, Jimi Melendez.
  • Relaks Ka Lang, Sagot Kita (1994) - Directed by Danny P Cabrera. Film with Ramon Bong Revilla Jr, Anthony Alonzo, Vic Vargas, Tommy Abuel.
  • Sa Bawat Pintig Ng Puso (1964) - First movie with Zaldy Zshornack, Marlene Dauden, Alona Alegre
  • Sa Baril Magtuos (1965) - Film directed by Ronald Remy. First action movie. First movie with Bob Soler
  • Sino Ang May Karapatan? (1968) - Third film with the drama triangle, Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden.
  • Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak (1970) - Film with Tony Ferrer, Gina Alajar, Roderick Paulate, Boots Anson Roa, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Manlongat,Tweeny.
  • Sixteen (1970) - Vilma's recorded album. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Norma Blancaflor, Perla Adea, Boy Alano, Raul Aragon.
  • Songs And Lovers (1970) - Film with Eddie Perigrina, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Sweethearts (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Arnold Gamboa, Snooky, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo, Eddie Mercado.
  • Sweet Sweet Love (1972) - Film with Walter Navarro, Lilian Laing, Lirio Vital, Kiti-kiti.
  • Susan Kelly, Edad 20 (1977) - Directed by Maria Saret. Film with Dante Rivero, Anthony Alonzo, Sandy Garcia, Cloyd Robinson.
  • Simula Ng Walang Katapusan (1978) - Directed by Luis Enriquez. Film with Eddie Rodriguez, Carmen Soriano, Lito Anzures, Renato Robles, Nello Nayo, Rio Locsin.
  • Swing It, Baby (1979) - Directed by Al Quin. Film with Romeo Vasquez, Amy Austria, VST & Co., Tito, Vic & Joey, Mike Monserat, Sandy Garcia.
  • Sinasamba Kita (1982) - Directed by Eddie Garcia. Film with Christopher De Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Phillip Salvador, Irene Celebre, Kristina Paner.
  • Sister Stella L (1984) - Directed by Mike De Leon. Film with Jay Ilagan, Gina Alajar, Laurice Guillen, Tony Santos, Anita Linda, Liza Lorena.
  • Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? (1987) - Directed by Eddie Garcia. Film with Gloria Romero, Alicia Vergel, Tonton Gutierrez, Cherie Gil, Ricky Davao, Alicia Alonzo.
  • Sinungaling Mong Puso (1992) - Directed by Mario De Los Reyes. Film with Aga Muhlach, Alice Dixon, Aiko Melendez, Gabby Concepcion, Ricardo Cepeda.
  • Trudis Liit (1963) - Directed by Jose DeVilla. Film with Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Bella Flores.
  • The Jukebox King (1969) - First movie with Eddie Perigrina, Edgar Mortiz, Esperanza Fabon.
  • The Young Idols (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Reycard Duet, Johnny Delgado, Rosana Ortiz, Ernie White.
  • Teenage Señorita (1971) - Film with Manny DeLeon, Ike Lozada, Geraldine.
  • The Sensations (1971) - Film directed by Tony Santos. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Ike Lozada, Perla Adea, Romy Mallari, Ben David, Angge, Scarlet, Baby DeJesus.
  • Takbo Vilma Dali (1972) - Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao. Film with Rita Gomez, Paquito Diaz, Romeo Rivera, Ernie Garcia.
  • Tatlong Mukha Ni Rosa Vilma (1972) - Trilogy. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Nick Romano.
  • Tsismosang Tindera (1973) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Jay Ilagan, Chanda Romero, Ike Lozada, German Moreno.
  • Tok Tok Palatok (1974) - Directed by F H Constantino. Film with Dencio Padilla, Panchito, Bentot, Pugak, Tange, Jojit Paredes.
  • Twin Fists For Justice (1974) - Film with Meng Fei. Film for international release. Directed by Yang Shih Ching and Danny Ochoa.
  • Tag-Ulan Sa Tag-Araw (1975) - Directed by Celso Ad Castillo. First film with Christopher DeLeon.
  • Teribol Dobol (1975) - Directed by Luciano B Carlos. Film with Chiquito, Walter Navarro, Caridad Sanchez, Lorli Villanueva, Roderick Paulate, Nympha Bonifacio.
  • T-Bird At Ako (1982) - Directed by Danny Zialcita. Film with Nora Aunor, Dindo Fernando, Tommy Abuel, Liza Lorena, Rosemarie Gil, Suzanne Gonzalez.
  • Tagos Ng Dugo (1987) - Directed by Maryo De Los Reyes. Film with Strawberry, Michael DeMesa, Tony Santos Sr, Caridad Sanchez, Francis Arnaiz.
  • The Healing (2012) - Film directed by Chito Rono, with Kim Chiu, Janice De Belen, Pokwang, Carmi Martin
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  • Vilma, My Darling (1970) - Film with Edgar Mortiz, Vic Pacia. Vilma played a nurse.
  • Vilma & The Beep Beep Minica (1974) - Film with Nick Romano, Romeo Miranda, Ramil Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez, Max Alvarado.
  • Vivian Volta (1974) - Directed by Bobby Santiago. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Eddie Garcia, Darios Razon.
  • Vilma Veinte-Nueve (1975) - Film with Jun Aristorenas, Max Alvarado, Lito Legaspi.
  • Wonderful World Of Music (1971) - Film with Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson Roa, Lourdes Medel, Arnold Gamboa, Snooky, Beth Manlongat, Tweeny, Edgar Mortiz.
  • Wonder Vi (1973) - Directed by Arsenio Bautista. Film with George Estregan, Nick Romano, Marissa Delgado, Romy Diaz.
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  • Young Love (1970) - First movie with Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III.
  • Young Lovers (1971) - Film location, all over the Philippines. Film with Edgar Mortiz, Ike Lozada, Janine Frias, Len Gutierrez, Baby DeJesus, Romy Mallari.
  • Yakapin mo ako, Lalaking Matapang (Ang senyorita at ang tsuper) (1980) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Lito Lapid.
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1986) - Directed by Emmanuel H Borlaza. Film with Snooky, Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Eddie Garcia, Gabby Concepcion.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Vilma ages gracefully (Repost)

Vilma Santos sees nothing wrong with breast implants. “A lot of women get it,” she said. “Why are we making a big fuzz about it?” Inquirer Entertainment sought the opinion of the A-List actress-turned-Batangas governor on the report that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had a breast implant procedure done sometime in the 1980s. According to Arroyo’s deputy spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo, the President was “offended” by talk about her breast augmentation. The Chief Executive recently had a lump on her left breast removed.

“Our President may be the most powerful person in the land, but she’s also human. There are things that should be left private,” said Vilma in exclusive interview on the set of her upcoming TV special on ABS-CBN. “If you study it carefully, would talking about it have a positive effect on the nation’s economy? Let’s give the President the respect that’s due her.”

Not ready - While the award-winning actress said she respects whatever view the President may have of cosmetic surgery, she pointed out that she has not had any beauty enhancing procedure on herself. “I have nothing against it. I’m just not ready for it now, not even for Botox,” said Vilma, who at 55 is aging gracefully. For five Saturdays this August, Vilma will be seen on the Kapamilya channel in a TV special titled “Vilma: A Woman For All Seasons.” A combined documentary and reality show, “Vilma” will feature the subject as a movie and TV icon, as well as her life as a wife to National Economic Development Authority chief Ralph Recto and mother to sons Luis Philippe and Ryan Christian. It will also discuss her being a symbol of woman empowerment.

New movie - The show is expected to drum up interest for Vilma’s forthcoming movie, “In My Life,”—her first in five years. ABS-CBN special projects group head Chit Guerrero says Vilma “will get to share with younger stars what she has learned over the years. You’ll see something that hasn’t been done yet on local television.” Wearing a Danilo Franco off-shoulder black dress and a pair of Stella Luna pumps, Vilma sat with the Inquirer for this interview. We see your youngest son Ryan Christian on TV, too.

Does this mean you don’t mind his being exposed to show biz at an early age, like you? I don’t mind, but you see, he’s really not that active in the business. He just did one TV commercial and appeared on “Goin’ Bulilit” during the summer break. School is still his priority. He’s in seventh grade now and is an honor student.

Did you ever imagine that you’d be working on a film with your eldest son Luis? I never thought so. I found working with him a challenge. There were times when I wanted to coach him but I always stopped myself. I only remember telling him one thing: “Anak, di ka nagho-host dito. You’re portraying a role.” I believe in our director (Olive Lamasan). She’s the captain of the ship. We follow her. Minsan napapagalitan n’ya si Luis. I just keep my mouth shut. Luis is super kulit in real life, but when we were working he’s serious, quiet and focused. He was ready with his lines and he followed what the director told him to do.

After working for more than four decades in show biz, do you still have a dream role? I still want to do a lot of things. I never expected I’d land this role, for instance. This is something new for me. I don’t want to be complacent just because I’ve gotten awards for the roles I’ve played in the past. This job is a continuous learning process. You have to continually hone your craft. You’re the most awarded Filipina actress.

You’ve also won awards as a public servant. Is there anything else that you want to win an award for? I simply feel very blessed. I appreciate the recognition that other people give me. I consider awards as bonuses for my hard work. They inspire me to do more. They’re indicators that I’m on the right track, but I don’t work for the sake of getting awards. Nakakadiskaril ’yun.

You’re very visible on TV these days because of your commercials. What’s your policy on accepting product endorsements? I get a lot of offers that require me to be seen cooking and washing the laundry. I turn them down. I don’t cook or do the laundry. If I’d endorse something, it has got to be something that I really use. I ask a lot of questions about the product. My shampoo commercial, for example, carry the theme “Ibalik sa nature.” I had asked if the product really uses natural ingredients like aloe vera. I’m very meticulous.

You play two roles, as a show biz icon and a public servant. Which is more difficult to portray? It’s tough to be a public servant. I grew up in show biz. I was 9 when I started working. It’s more manageable. Politics is different. Iba ang labanan. Kung kailangan na one inch ang kapal ng mukha mo sa show business, dapat sa pulitika, five inches. If I may say so, I didn’t ask to become governor. God gave this role to me. There’s a big difference between ambition and destiny.

You have offers to run for Vice President. Yes, there are offers. I’m not meant for that kind of role. I’m not interested in running for a national position, but I would want to run for governor again. I know what I want for Batangas.

Would you campaign for Edu Manzano (Luis’ dad) in case he decides to run for public office? Walang problema d’yan. The only difficulty I see is if we end up being members of different parties. In politics, affiliation does matter.

How do you handle death threats? The death threats I got a few years back almost made me want to quit. But Ralph reminded me that it’s part of my job. I don’t want to disappoint my constituents by quitting. Now, I just offer a prayer to God every time I leave for work. I still get scared, but I can’t keep hiding forever. After all, I have nothing but good intentions for the people.

Have you thought about your legacy in show biz? I want to be remembered as an actor who makes inspiring and relevant films. I’ve dedicated more than half of my life to show biz.

How do you compare actors during your teen years to young actors today? We were not as many as the number of teen actors today, that’s why mas madaling mag-stand out noon. Today’s artists all know how to dance, sing and act well. All of them are good-looking. The competition is stiffer now. You have to have that X-factor to survive. But when it comes to professionalism and learning things the hard way, mas sanay kami. I guess the most important thing is to take your career seriously. - Marinel Cruz, Inquirer Jul 11, 2009

Saturday, October 26, 2013

2002 Gawad Urian Best Actress

Novel to Film "..."Dekada '70," the eagerly awaited filmization of Lualhati Bautista's seminal novel in the explosive '80s, has eight nominations. Best director nominee Chito Rono successfully focuses the novel's many-sided dimensions on a mother's stirring from domestic conventions and sensibilities as her family copes with the changes wrought by a collapsing order. The movie, written by Bautista herself and nominated for best screenplay, manages to provides viewers, particularly the young, with the feel of the Marcos years, reacquainting them with a particularly sordid passage in history when innocence was ravaged and continuity was ruptured. The wonder is that the movie did not get the lion's share of the technical design (Manny Morfe), and sound (Albert Michael Idioma and Alex Tomboc) - should at least suggest its achievement. Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon are strong contenders for best actor and best actress, while yound actor Piolo Pascual is nominated for best supporting actor. The 26th Gawad Urian of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the society of respected film critics, will be held on May 17 at the AFP Theater..." - Lito B. Zulueta, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 28, 2003 (READ MORE)

The Light "...Topping the Urian for surprise value was the join award for Best Picture to "Dekada '70" and "Mga Munting Tinig," This was unexpected because "Dekada" was a major production that took many months to make, while "Munting Tinig" was a small low-budget film that was shot in only a few weeks. Despite this, both films were cited as the best local movies for 2002. A possible interpretation of the twin awards could be "Dekada" is cited for tackling asn important period in the country;s political life with extensive resources of a major studio, while "Munting Tinig" is honored for its ability to dramatize a simple, heartwarming tale that provides much-needed inspiration, despite its limited budget. In other words, the two films' contrasting approaches are both needed by local movies today, hence the decision for them to share the Urian's Best Picture award...The Best Actress trophy that Vilma Santos won for her performance in "Dekada '70" is another noteworthy decision because, when the film was first shown, even veteran observers rapped Vilma for her relatively "passive," "colorless" and "undramatic" portrayal in the movie. This was because her character, the wife and mother in the movie's central Bartolome family, spent most of the film's running time meekly following her husband's dictates, like most women in the '70s. Some people took this as a weak thespic stance, and we had to point out in some articles taht his wasn't true at all. In fact, given the convention of the movie's time frame, this "passivity" was an astute artistic decision on Vilma's part, and thoroughly merited by her character and the period in which she lived. In fact, what Vilma did in "Dekada" was more difficult because it was so controlled and subtle, it would have been far easier for her to melodramatically tear up the scenery and act up a storm. Gratifyingly, by the time the film awards season came around, enough people has seen the light, and Vilma went on to win a phalanx of Best Actress trophies, now including the Urian..." - Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer - May 24, 2003 (READ MORE)

Anak natin si Piolo? "...Gawad Urian best supporting actor Piolo Pascual ("Dekada '70") arrived early at the awards ceremony Saturday night and reserve a seat for "Dekada '70" costar Vilma Santos, who would later be declared best actress. Vilma and Piolo played mother and son in the moving Chito Rono movie based on the screenplay by Lualhati Bautista, who won for best screenplay. Piolo was very affectionate to "mom" Vilma, hugging and kissing her when she arrived. He was seen clasping her hands moments before his name was announced as best supporting actor at theTeatro Arturo Enrile in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City...The movie critics' group paid tribute to writer Ricardo "Ricky" Lee by naming him the recipient of the Natatnging Gawad for lifetime achievement for his invaluable contributions to the film industry for more than three decades. The award was handed to him by three of the many actresses who breathed life to his creations - Vilma ("Relasyon"), Dina Bonnevie ("Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak") and Gina Alajar ("Salome"). Lee has so far written about 120 screenplays and won some 50 awards. His most recent work, Marilou Diaz-Abaya's "Bagong Buwan," was honored by many local and international award-giving bodies...Edu Manzano was very effective as the show's only host. He kept the audience awake and laughing with his witty remarks, delivered with his trademark deadpan expression. Even Piolo and Vilma were not spared from Edu's jokes. he imitated Piolo after the young actor delivered a very emotional acceptance speech. When Vilma said she was sharing her award with her costars in "Dekada '70," particularly to her "eldest son" Piolo, the camera caught Edu having his own dramatic highlights." "What?" he asked his ex-wife in mock surprise, "Anak natin si Piolo?..." - Marinel R. Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 20, 2003 (READ MORE)

For the first time in the history of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino's Gawad Urian Awards and probably in any national award giving ceremony, for that matter a tie was announced in the Best Film category. Star Cinema's Dekada '70 and Gil Portes and Ray Cuerdo's Munting Tinig were declared as the best of the 2002 produced films. The Urian is known as the award-giving body that has most often declared ties. Allow me to explain why. A certain standard of excellence in every category has been set by the critics. In the case of the best film, it has to be one that is technically proficient in all aspects such as sound, music, production design, editing and cinematography. Beyond technical excellence and artistic sense in storytelling, it must always have a theme that is not pretentious. The film should successfully capture that "truth" grounded on the Filipino experience. Based on these, it is, thus, possible to have more than two films hitting the grade. Declaring ties, therefore, is only tantamount to saying that there may be more than one film which deserved to be called excellent.

It certainly happened this year for Dekada '70 and Mga Munting Tinig. Both hit that mark of excellence. Congratulations to all those who contributed to the creation of these two momentous films. The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has always dedicated itself to selecting and recognizing the best films. When the group was created in May 1, 1976, it declared itself as an alliance of consumer activists who write articles, not for PR, but as independent reviews that give citations and awards. The present group has never deviated from the same objectives and values as that of the first group. Three members who were part of the original one are still with the present crop of critics. They aim to continue awarding the best works and performances; encouraging continuous dialogue on film; and exploring and redefining the responsibilities of the industry practitioners and filmmakers to the public. The Gawad Urian recently held at the AFP theater started with a production number featuring Regine Velasquez, who was draped with filmstrips. She changed into two elegant gowns during the opening salvo.

The other artists who participated in the production were Janno Gibbs, Anna Fegi, JR, Jose Illana, Arni Hidalgo, Rufa Mae Quinto, Marissa Sanchez with the Sex Bomb dancers, and video assists by Michael V and Ogie Alcasid. Capping the evening was a musical number by Aiza Seguerra, 1728, 604 and Ciara Sotto. The presentors were Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Assunta de Rossi, Cherrie Gil, Rudy Fernanadez, Dingdong Dantes, Tanya Garcia, Jeffrey Quizon, Giselle Tongi, Judy Ann Santos, Maricel Soriano, Danica Sotto, James Blanco, Angelu de Leon, Vhong Navarro and Butch Francisco. Memorable "thank you" speeches started with Ricky Lee's, who praised film artists and producers with whom he has worked. He also expressed his appreciation to the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino for finally recognizing and presenting a Natatanging Gawad Urian to a scriptwriter. Piolo Pascual was in tears and had a litany of names to thank as he completed his grand slam for the Best Supporting Actor category with his Urian award. Elizabeth Oropesa earned a good round of applause as she thanked her "Honey" when she received her Best Supporting Actress award.

Jay Manalo seemed rather touched by the Best Actor Award and thanked all his children quite a number, which did not escape the audience's interest. Gil Portes was in high spirits when he finally bagged the Best Director award, after numerous nominations from the Manunuri. Vilma, who won the Best Actress Award, thanked the special people in her life, including host, Edu Manzano, who was miming on the side, hoping Vilma would include him in her speech. He certainly got the crowd in the theater roaring with his antics when he embraced Piolo and declared that he was a long lost son...The special award, Natatanging Gawad Urian, was presented to Ricky Lee for his numerous outstanding screenplays. A special reading was performed by Gina Alajar and Dina Bonnevie. Vilma Santos read the citation for the Ricky Lee's recognition. The Gawad Urian Night was not too overwhelming, but friendly and exciting. It was not glittering, but it was colorful. It was not ostentatious, but it was substantial. It was not huge, but it was meaningful. Also contributing significantly to the successful presentation this year was the masterful and witty hosting by Edu Manzano. - Sol Jose Vanzi, May 20, 2003 (READ MORE)

A few days before the Urian Awards last Saturday, some movie writers attending the presscon of Jose Llana said they already know the winners in the acting categories. Vilma Santos as best actress for "Dekada '70," Jay Manalo as best actor for "Prosti," Beth Oropesa as best supporting actress for "Laman," and Piolo Pascual as best supporting actor for "Dekada." They claim to have heard this from some Urian members. The day before the awards night, we attended the presscon of "Huling Birhen sa Lupa" at Viva and Director Joel Lamangan told us he already knew Beth and Jay, who are shooting the film with him on location in Batangas, would win because he was requested to let them leave the set to attend the awards night. True enough, when awards night came at the AFP Theater, these are really those who won. Maybe the Manunuri should be more discreet next time to prevent such leakage. But the show itself is indeed smooth and slick, starting with the great opening number by Regine Velasquez. The tribute to Ricky Lee, who won the Natatanging Gawad Urian for his work as a scriptwiter, is particularly good. Singers Michael Santana, Ana Fegi and Janno Gibbs sang songs from Ricky's films, Gina Alajar and Dina Bonnevie read excerpts from his scripts, Nora Aunor, Sharon Cuneta and Beth O. sang hosannahs to him, then Vilma Santos handed him the actual trophy.

Ricky, a founding member of the Urian himself (we left it at the same time in 1980), deserves the award because he is really the first scriptwriter to become a household name. We just wish he delivered a shorter acceptance speech since there's beauty in brevity. Another winner who rumbled on and on is Piolo Pascual, who really put on an act along with Judy Ann Santos, who presented him his award. He's the only one who scored a grand slam this year, so we can understand why he is a tad too emotional for comfort. Jay Manalo was more coherent and even managed to make a roll call of all his kids with various women, including his current wife, Raiza. Beth O., in turn, looked like a blushing bride as she received her award (her second best supporting actress plum from the Urian after "Milagros"), thanking her much younger husband, Joel Valdez, so sweetly. Mercifully, she gave a very short speech. Another winner who is obviously so overwhelmed is Gil Portes, best director for "Munting Tinig," as he kept on giggling while delivering his acceptance speech. As for Ate Vi, this is her eighth Urian best actress trophy after "Relasyon," "Broken Marriage," "Sister Stella L," "Pahiram ng Isang Umaga," "Ipagpatawad Mo," "Dahil Mahal Kita (Dolzura Cortez Story)," and "Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa." This makes her the winningest actress ever and her Vilmanians have reason to gloat.

The concept of singing the songs from the nominated best films (by Tex Ordonez, Jose Llana, Jay Ar and Arnee Hidalgo) is good, along with the idea of lining up all the winners on stage for a final tribute before they announced the last awardee, Vilma Santos. Ate Vi was inexplicably already on stage but without a trophy, so you already know she'd be handed the award for the last category, which is the best actress award. But the production number involving Rufa Mae Quinto, the Sex Bomb, Marissa Sanchez, Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid was a dud. They tried to be funny spoofing Katya Santos and Mother Lily but only ended up being silly and corny. Host Edu Manzano did a fairly good job and even stole the scene when he too cried as ex-wife Ate Vi delivered her acceptance speech. In fairness, the Urian had a good roster of presentors like Rudy Fernandez, Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Cherie Gil, etc. Unlike other award-giving bodies who just call on stage whoever is available inside the theater to act as presentors. As Rudy Fernandez himself pointed out, "Ang Urian talaga, mahilig sa tie," so this year, the tie is in the best picture category, with Star Cinema's "Dekada" and Teamwork Productions' "Mga Munting Tinig" sharing the honor. - Sol Jose Vanzi, Malaya, May 23, 2003 (READ MORE)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Love Letters thief

Love Letter started with Vilma entering a living room and Baby De Jesus started playing the piano. Suddenly, Vilma started singing and after finishing her song, she left the room, while a very young Alona Alegre sitting beside her appeared to be in her own world, as if she heared, nothing. There were no interaction between the three, no dialouge, making this opening scene quite irritating. The next scene, we found out that Edgar, played by Edgar Mortiz is a Filipino-American. We assumed that he is vacationing and taking some course. Next scene, Victor Wood is singing on the telephone while Alona Alegre is listening on the other line. Then it Edgar turn to sing. This time, in the men's dormitory followed by Baby De Jesus. Her limited dialouge: she wanted to sing "to entertain Vilma." Then Edgar and Vilma are set to meet in a park but because Vilma was so late, Edgar decided to leave. When she arrived and found no Edgar, she started to cry and ofcourse, she sings! Not to be outdone, its Romy Mallari's turn to sing! Then its Edgar turn to sing again. Edgar got so mad with Vilma and decided to return all of Vilma's love letters. In protest, Vilma returned his gift, a ring and bracelet.

Afterwards she sings the theme song, "Love Letter." She followed this up with her day dreaming scenes, remeniscing the time when the two of them are singing in the park. She then fell asleep but was awaken by an intruder! Presto! It was Edgar! Stealing their love letters! He escaped when Vilma's parent caught them talking. The next scenes was a courtscenes. Vilma and Edgar plus Vilma's parent testified in front of a judge. A phone call from the mayor who is connected to Edgar postponed the judge's decision. As turned out, Vilma's parent also owned some love letters which made them understand what their daughter is now going through. At the breakfast table the next day, Vilma all of the sudden proclaimed that she doesn't care about Edgar anymore. Then they discovered that Edgar and his friends decided to have a picket line in their house (ala-"Occupy Wall Street"???). They decided to remained in the picketline over night with more singing. Sleeping outside, the girls headed by Alona Alegre, decided to join the picketline. Vilma's parent confronted them and Victor Wood all of the sudden declared that he wanted to marry Alona Alegre! And to add to the drama, Edgar decided to leave the country. The next scenes was Vilma receiving love letters over time. Then finally the promised wedding of Victor Wood and Alona Alegre, Edgar then seranade Alona and Victor. When Vilma heard and saw Edgar, she run to the church's balcony. They reunited with a duet! The End.

Love Letters is a musical films specially made for the fans of "teeny-bopper" stars - Vi and Bot. The film was probably shot with improvisations, which means, without a written script. This was noticeably clear as the film's main characters and the actual names of the actors were not change at all. The film's main plot was the the stealing of love letters that ended in court, followed by picket line (ala-"Occupy" Wall Street) that was hard to believe. And also the one-after the other testimonies of Edgar, Vilma and both parents that were irritatingly funny. Although we are used to Vilma's tolereable singing, we're more surprise to see a singing Alona Alegre! She looked more like Eugene Domingo (clearly before her sexy films/image). One more thing, Alona's wedding gown was worth a second look, its not like your ordinary wedding gown. The head piece was a beaded hood that covers her hair and neck. With so much singing, Baby De Jesus's voice stands out among the girls but her piano playing acting was over the top. Victor Wood's duet with Edgar Mortiz, "Beautiful Dreamers" is worth downloading. Danny Subido was responsible for inserting all the musical numbers that was quite a tasks particularly without a well written musical screenplay. The film was shot in Baguio City and cinematographer, Avelino Peralta's did a wonderful job showcasing the city on Vilma's day dreaming except for the akward courtscenes. Love Letters was produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Production and directed by Abraham Cruz, a forgettable film that only a die hard Vi and Bot fans (and those who loves film nostalgia) can only appreciate.

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