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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

EX-WIFE (1981)


Basic Information: Directed: Eddie Rodriguez; Cast: Vilma Santos, Beth Bautista, Raul Aragon, Michael de Mesa, Eddie Garcia, Liz Alindogan, Wendy villarica, Rosemarie Gil, Lucita Soriano, Fred Montilla

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: No Available Data

Film Reviews: Luis Enriquez aka Eddie Rodriguez first directed a young Vilma Santos in 1968 Kasalanan Kaya, another love triangle genre starring the dramatic trio of Marlene Dauden, Eddie Rodriguez and Lolita Rodriguez. Vilma received an early acting recognitions from this film by receiving a FAMAS Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. When Enriquez directed Vilma again, it was a calculated risk that allowed a still young Vilma into a bikini-clad lead role opposite his director himself, Eddie Rodriguez. The film, Nakakahiya, a may-december affair between an older man and a young woman was an entry to 1975 Bacolod City Film Festival. Aside from making the the film a smash hit, Vilma received the festival’s Best Actress. Enriquez will direct Vilma in five more films, the last one was ExWife in 1981 where surprisingly Luis used in film credits his screen name, Eddie Rodriguez. Theri total number of colloborations were seven (Ex-Wife 1981, Halik sa Kamay Halik sa Paa 1979, Hindi Nakakahiya 1976, Ikaw Lamang 1971, Kasalanan Kaya? 1968, Nakakahiya? 1975, Simula ng Walang Katapusan) - RV (READ MORE)

"...The birth of Vilma’s son, Lucky, on April 21, 1981 seemed to have harbored more luck for the actress' career. After Lucky's birth, more awards and blockbuster movies followed. Her movie Ex-Wife was shown the day after her son was born when all the newspapers in town were carrying Vilma's delivery on the frontpage, and the movie was an instant hit. How's that for perfect timing? The string of hits for that year included Pakawalan Mo Ako (where she won her second FAMAS best actress award; the first one for Dama de Noche she received several years earlier - in 1972), Hiwalay and Karma, a festival entry which won for her another best actress trophy..." - Meg Mendoza, Prime Magazine, 14 Nov 1985 (READ MORE)

"...Perhaps Eddie Rodriguez’ best film as director, Ex-Wife was actually a psychological drama about marriage and its players. A woman who became victim to a series of bad relationships. Vilma showcased her acting maturity by portraying a bruised woman. Her scene in the end was reminiscent of Dama De Noche but this time, more restrained and controlled. She was seen, loosing her composure, crying and then laughing in a dinner table. She was a picture of defeat. Another wonderful performance too bad nobody took notice. In 1981, Vilma did four movies, Hiwalay, Pakawalan Mo Ako, Karma and Ex-wife. Pakawalan earned Vilma a FAMAS best actress while Karma gave her another Metro Manila Film Festival best actress. Of the four movies, she did, I believe Ex-Wife should be the one deserving of any awards not Pakawalan (although she’s really good in her court scene there) and not Karma..." - RV (READ MORE)

 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Why Vilma won't stop singing


It's been almost 20 years since Vilma Santos started to sing professionally, but until now she refuses to be called a singer. And, as everybody would agree, rightfully so. In fact, if there's any single facet in her long and successful showbiz career that has been the object of continued public censure it is her singing. But be that as it may, the 33-year-old actress persists in singing, seemingly oblivious of the flak that comes her way. Has she, in any way, become calloused throught the years? "No, I still get affected by criticisms," she onced said. "The thing is I have learned to accept them as part of the business and as something I can't do without. I think the secret is in learning how to deal and live with them." That singing was once a passion for her is a fact that the actress does not deny, but she adds "not anymore." According to her, the success, her first and best-selling record, in the '70s was fullfillment enough. But that doesn't mean she no longer enjoys singing. As a matter of fact, she does.

And, as far as her singing is concerned, this attitude is the hardest thing to contend with, Santos likes to sing and no amount of reproof - especially when it comes from people she doesn't respect and believe in - could stop her from doing so. As I see if the actress is one person who does not run away from challenges or problems - the more she is criticized the more she tries to prove her point. Some time ago, in one of her late-night recordings, I asked the actress if she ever had to formal voice lessons. "No, I didn't have," she replied while waiting for her cue. "Some voice coaching lang tulad ngayon. Hindi naman talaga ako singer - it is not my craft. I only because I am requested to. Besides, I like doing it for my fans. I don't think I'll ever be a professional singer. Acting is really my career." Tonight, as Vilma Santos celebrates her first year anniversary in Channel 7 and her seventh year on television. "The Star for all Seasons" will show her admirers and detractors alike that singing has not hurt her and her career. Instead, it has endeared her to her audiences and, whether we like it or not, her amateurish singing has helped made her show a sort of a "family affair."

Anniversary Celebration Special Guest Co-Host: Edu Manzano; Opening Number - One of the biggest production numbers ever produced in television variety shows. GMA 7 says it is the first of its kind ever staged for Phlippine TV - in terms of costumes, special effects, set and other production design that go with it. With a cast of 35-40 dancers, the opening production number alone costs more or less P25,000.00 Vilma's dance is expected to surpass even the most difficult and talked about numbers she has ever done on TV.

Boogie Dance No. - Vilma and Edu will do a boogie dance number that promises to bring the house down because its originality and showmanship. This is the first time Edu will do a spectacular boogie number on TV.

Revival Medly - Vilma and Ricky Davao will do a medley of this year's most popular revivals like Black is Black, Sweet for my Sweet, When I Fall In Love, etc. Randy Santiago's production number with V.I.P. Dancers features a sneak preview of his first major solo concert to be held at the ULTRA tomorrow. Maricel Soniano's dance number after an absence from the TV variety scene. OPM medley of hits in 1987 as rendered by Aga Muhlach, JC Bonnin, Gretchen Barreto, Leah Salonga, Bing Loyzaga and Keno.

Pasadalamat sa Inyo - Kundimans of different regions in different dialects to thank Vilma! viewers all over the Philippines to be done by Lani Mercado, Manilyn Reynes, Marco Sison and Richard John Reynoso. Lorna Tolentino, Maricel Soriano and Gabby Concepcion Trio - the three stars will do a special number to promote their movie Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa.

VMW - Vilma's Music Watch to showcase once again the week's hottest music and dance with Vilma, Maribeth and John Robinson and 40 dancers. Finale - a classical music disco dance - Disco dancing to the classical music of Mozart with special props.

Surprise Romantic Number - Vilma and Edu will thrill their fans as they do another musical number.

Stars Greetings - From Sharon Cuneta, Kris Aquino, Tonton Gutierrez, Ricky Davao, Helen Vela, Kuya Germs, Inday Badiday, and many other Regal and Viva film stars. - JC Nigado, Manila Standard - Oct 2, 1987 (READ MORE)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pagbabalik-Tanaw: Eddie at Vilma

Hit na hit sa takilya at Patok ang Mr. and Miss R.P. Movies na sina Eddie Rodriguez at Vilma Santos, ang nagkamit ng award bilang “Pinakamahusay na actor at actress sa Bacolod Film Festival para sa pelikulang “Nakakahiya.” At hindi lamang iyan. Nakamit din ng pelikulang ito ang mga sumusunod: Best Picture, best screenplay, best director, best sound, at best film editing awards. Isang bagay lamang ang ikinalulungkot ng mga taga-Bacolod. Hindi nakarating sina Eddie at Vilma upang tanggapin ang kanilang awards. At ang pinakahuling karangalang tinanggap ng dalawang sikat na tambalang ito ay ang pagkakapili sa kanilang dalawa bilang Mr. and Miss R. P. Movies ng taong ito. Isang karangalan ang mapiling Mr. and Miss R. P. Movies. Iisa lamang ang kahulugan nito ang mataas na pagpapahalaga sa kanilang dalawa ng pelikulang Tagalog bilang mga pangunahing alagad ng sining. At hindi naman alangan ang pagkakahirang kina Eddie at Vilma sapagkat kapwa sila dedicated sa kanilang propesyon. Si Eddie, bukod sa isang mahusay na actor, director at prodyuser ay isa pa ring mahusay na scriptwriter. At hindi lamang sa pelikula nagdi-direct si Eddie Rodriguez. Maging sa kanyang weekly tv show, ang “Sanyugto” ay siya rin ang director. - Ely L. Jovez, Liwayway Magazine, Researched by Charlie Gomez, V magazine, no 6 Jan-Feb 2006

One of the greatest dramatic actors of Philippine cinema, he starred in such classics directed by Gregorio Fernandez as Kundiman ng Lahi, Luksang Tagumpay and Malvarosa with Charito Solis, Rebecca del Rio and Vic Silayan for LVN Pictures, Inc. He won a best actor FAMAS trophy for his performance in Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang where he co-starred with Lolita Rodriguez and Marlene Dauden (who won as best supporting actress) under the direction of Armando de Guzman for Hollywood Far East Productions. He tried his hands in secret agent films like Paolo Staccato and Perro Gancho. He formed Virgo Productions with wife Liza Moreno, an actress-writer who wrote stories which Eddie acted in and directed. These films included Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan, Kasalanan Mo, Ang Pagsintang Labis, Kapag Pusoy Sinugatan, Iginuhit sa Buhangin, Alaala mo, Daigdig ko, Bakit Ako Pa?, and Ikaw. Dubbed as the country’s drama king, he also directed Kung Kailangan Mo Ako (with Sharon Cuneta and Rudy Fernandez), Maging Sino Ka Man and Di Na Natuto (with Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla) Minsan Pa and Kahit Konting Pagtingin (with Fernando Poe Jr. and Sharon Cuneta). His real name was Luis Enriquez from Zamboanga City. - FAP: Eddie Rodriguez

Numbers of films Together: 10:


Vilma Santos as child actor: 4

Eddie Rodriguez as director: 6
  • Nakakahiya
  • Hindi Nakakahiya
  • Simula ng Walang Hanggan
  • Halik sa Paa Halik sa Kamay
  • Kasalanan Kaya, Ikaw Lamang


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Remembering Walter Navarro


Life Imitating Art - "...In 1971, Director Lino Brocka directs “Stardoom” for Lea, his “indictment of the corruption of values in the local movie industry.” It tells of a frustrated and ambitious stage mother, Toyang (played by Lolita Rodriguez), who forces her son, Joey, into a showbiz career and ultimately ends up in a tragedy. 70s teenage heartthrob, handsome, clean-cut and the boy-next-door type, Walter Navarro starred as the son, Joey Galvez, who at the peak of his stardom was gunned down by his erstwhile girlfriend Nina (Lotis Key), in a fit of jealousy and anger. Whatever happened to Walter Navarro? They say “life imitating art.” The young actor was on the height of his illustrious movie career when something tragic happened to his personal life. There are rumors of drugs that eventually ruined his life..." - Simon Santos (READ MORE)

Walter Navarro. fans called him "Pogi" and rightly so. In the 1970s, Walter was known as the most handsome face in the movie industry. Well mannered, tall, slim and mestizo, he embodied the "Prince Charming" of every Filipina girl. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Walter Navarro and Vilma Santos

Swing It Baby (1979) - "..."The latest dance steps...swing, freak, funk, jazz, the scroll, jive....." Swing It Baby (Marcdh 9, 1979) ng Lea Productions ay pinangunahan nina Vi, Romeo Vasquez, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, VST & Co., Mike Monseratt, Walter Navarro, Nena Perez Rubio, Sandy Garcia at Geleen Eugenio sa panulat at iskrip ni Oscar Miranda at direksiyon ni Al Quinn..." - Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Let's Do the Salsa (1976) - "...Ate Vi thus became the chief opponent of Nora Aunor as the movie queen of the 1970s. Her edge is that she also became the queen of hit disco movies filled with singing and dancing, like “Swing It, Baby,” “Disco Fever,” “Rock Baby Rock,” “Let’s Do the Salsa,” and the movie she did with Latin idol Junior, “Good Morning Sunshine..." - Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

Big Ike's Happening (1976) - "...Enrique “Big Ike” Lozada (August 13, 1940-March 8, 1995) was a Filipino comedian, actor and TV host. He was born on August 13, 1940 in Iloilo City. He started acting at the age of 11 on the movie Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan with the younger Susan Roces. He died on March 10, 1995 in Manila, of heart attack. He was 54. His had lain at Manila Memorial Park in ParaƱaque City..." - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Teribol dobol (1975) - Teribol Dobol is a classic comedy movie. Maritess (Vilma Santos) asked for help from Frankie (Chiquito) a private investigator to investigate her father, who’s foolishly in love with a young lady. This lady & her family only wanted the wealth and fortune of her father. They will plan to poison Don Cosme (father of Maritess) and accuse Maritess for the caused of his death. Will they succeed to bring Maritess to jail?" - Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Dugo at Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Lupa (1975) - "...A Must for the Filipino History Students and for everyone who wants to awaken the innate nationalism in them. These series of stories depicting the fight of the Filipinos against colonialism of Spain, Japan and even their fellow Filipinos abusing the power in the government. A seemingly serious film but spiced with the star-studded cast like Fernando Poe Jr., Ramon Revilla, Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Dante Rivero, Eddie Garcia, Vic Vargas, Goerge Estregan and the other all time favorite artists. This movie even highlighted the comparison between the love of country and the other kind of love we offer to our family and to our beloved as the story featured love stories in the midst of tragic and bloody war happening in our society..." - Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Dalagang Nayon (1972) - "...Film artist Walter Navarro (Vicor) will have his first LP, “King of Balladeer,” this month. He is a contract star of Lea Productions and principal mainstay of the El Bodegon Club. Navarro is doing a film musical with Vilma Santos (Wilear’s) with Mirick Productions..." - Oskar Salazar (READ MORE)

Sweet Sweet Love (1972) - "...Walter Navarro—fans called him “Pogi” and rightly so. In the 1970s, Walter was known as the most handsome face in the movie industry. Well mannered, tall, slim and mestizo, he embodied the “Prince Charming” of every Filipina girl..." - Wikepedia (READ MORE)





Friday, April 26, 2013

Vilma…Born Winner

And the winner is…Vilma Santos. The U.P. College of Mass Communication announces the choice of Ms. Vilma Santos as the recipient of Gawad Plaridel 2005. Born winner ngang matatawag ang QueenStar na si Vilma Santos dahil halos lahat ng larangan ng kanyang pinasukan ay naging matagumpay,hindi nga lang siguro siya Star for All Seasons and Reasons sa punto ng pagiging aktres. Laging kinikilala sa kanyang kahusayan sa magkakaibang panahon ng pamamayagpag, making her an actress for all seasons, indeed! Like the fabled Midas Touch, Vilma Santos seemingly has that power to transform into gold, whatever her petite hands can touch. In the movies and on television, she is the undisputed Star for All Seasons.On the domestic front, she is victorious mom to Luis and Ryan Christian. Huling pinasok at sinubukan ni Ate Vi ang magulong daigdig ng pulitika. Sa kanyang huling termino bilang Ina ng Lipa City, pinatunayan niya kung gaano siya kaseryoso bilang aktres ay mas lalong pursigido na mapagbuti ang kalagayan ng kanyang kababayan at nasasakupan. Wala na ngang dapat patunayan pa si Ate Vi, tunay ngang siya’y na namumukod-tangi bilang bituin. Katangi-tangi siya bilang artista at lingkod-bayan. Sa malao’t madali, magbubunga ng maganda ang kanyang pagpupunyagi. Ipinapalagay na kundi man gobernador ng Batangas, nakatakdang tumuntong si Ate Vi sa Senado.

But all things considered, isa lang ang vision nais ni Mayor Vilma in 10 years from now, a place in Malacanang. Ang maging First Lady na hindi malayong mangyari. If ever na matupad, the Vilmanians will rejoice at sasabihing “Heaven.” And “You’re such a victorious lady.” As a star, Vilma Santos, is the last of the great movie queen. As an actress, well, she has nothing to prove anymore. Unarguably, Ate Vi has etched her mark in the local showbiz industry and maintain that status. Already being considered a pillar in the celluloid world, Vilma has claimed not only to great results of her movies, but to the critical acclaim that her movies enjoy. Even the most rabid Noranians will have to concede to Vilma’s enduring popularity and spell-binding mass appeal. Bluntly and simply stated, Vilma is the country’s reigning movie queen, Sharon Cunetas’ presence notwithstanding. Vilma Santos is undeniably the country’s uncontested Star for All Seasons and QueenStar. Without a modicum of an exaggeration, her lofty achievements in the industry still have to be duplicated nor equalled by anyone. She is definitely one of the highest paid star, darling of the press and without scintilla of a doubt, showbusiness personified. She is the quintessential image of a real movie star-beautiful and glamorous, well-mannered and a seasoned actress. It is easy to be awed by Vilma Santos. The name warrants all caps in the Philippine entertainment: charisma that goes beyond unquestioned talent. - Willie Fernandez, V Mag 2005

Thursday, April 25, 2013

1973 FAMAS Awards Night


21st FAMAS AWARDS (1972)
DATE: April 29, 1973
PLACE: Coral Ballroom, Manila Hilton Hotel, United Nations Avenue Ermita, City of Manila

Best Picture (nominees)
  • Ang Alamat [FPJ Productions]
  • Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan [Virgo Production]
  • Kill the Pushers [JE Productions] [WINNER]
  • Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [Virgo Production]
  • Tatay na si Erap [JE Productions]
  • Villa Miranda [Lea Productions]


Best Actor (nominees)
  • Jun Aristorenas for Elias, Basilio at Sisa
  • Joseph Estrada for Kill the Pushers
  • George Estregan for Sukdulan [WINNER]
  • Fernando Poe, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Ramon Revilla for Nardong Putik
  • Dante Rivero for Villa Miranda
  • Eddie Rodriguez for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan


Best Actress (nominees)
  • Nora Aunor for A Gift of Love
  • Marlene Dauden for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Amalia Fuentes for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Pilar Pilapil for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae
  • Boots Anson - Roa for Tatay Na Si Erap [tie-WINNER]
  • Susan Roces for Bilangguang Puso
  • Vilma Santos for Dama De Noche [tie-WINNER]


Best Supporting Actor (nominees)
  • Romy Diaz for Ang Alamat
  • Eddie Garcia for 'Til Death Do Us Part
  • Eddie Mercado for Dito sa Aking Puso
  • Jose Padilla, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Nick Romano for Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma [WINNER]
  • Ruben Rustia for Kill the Pushers
  • Lou Salvador, Jr. for Villa Miranda


Best Supporting Actress (nominees)
  • Alicia Alonzo for Villa Miranda
  • Zenaida Amador for Kill the Pushers
  • Chichay for Bilangguang Puso
  • Marissa Delgado for 'Til Death Do Us Part [WINNER]
  • Cristina Reyes for Sukdulan
  • Ely Roque for Tatay na si Erap
  • Mary Walter for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan


Best Child Actor (nominees)
  • Robin Aristorenas for Elias, Basilio at Sisa [WINNER]
  • Marlon Bautista for Nardong Putik
  • Frankie Navaja, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Randy for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae


Best Child Actress (nominees)
  • Jingle for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Beth Manlongat for Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma
  • Maricris for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Snooky Serna for Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [WINNER] [as Snooky]


Best Director (nominees)
  • Lino Brocka for Villa Miranda
  • Augusto Buenaventura for Kill the Pushers [WINNER]
  • Celso Ad. Castillo for Ang Alamat
  • Tony Cayado for Nardong Putik
  • Manuel Cinco for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae
  • Armando Garces for Sukdulan
  • Eddie Rodriguez for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan [as Luis Enriquez]


Best Story - Liza Moreno for Babae, Ikaw Ang Dahilan [WINNER] [as Louise de Mesa]

Best Screenplay - Augusto Buenaventura for Kill the Pushers; Eddie Rodriguez for Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [tie-WINNER] [as Luis Enriquez]

Best Cinematography B/W - Ricardo Remias for Babae, Ikaw Ang Dahilan [WINNER]

Best Cinematography Color - Nonong Rasca for Nardong Putik [WINNER]

Best Editing - Marcelino Navarro for Nardong Putik [WINNER]

Best Musical Score - Restie Umali for Ang Alamat [WINNER]

Best Sound - Angel Avellana for Kill the Pushers

Dr. Cirio Santiago Memorial Award - To Jose Perez


1973 FAMAS - "...Halos mangilid ang luha sa kanyang mga mata nang tanggapin niya ang kanyang FAMAS Awards. Sa wakas ay nagtamo rin ng karangalan at pagkilala ang kanyang pagsisikap at kakayahan. Baguhan pa lamang si Nick Romano sa pelikula at iyon ay ang una niyang nomination at nakamit din niya ang kanranagalan best bilang supporting actor nang gabing iyon. Kung naruwa man si Joseph Estrada sa inaning karangalan ng kapatid niya nang gabing iyon ay ganoon din si Tony Ferrer sa kapatid niyang si Nick Romano. Most applauded si Marrissa Delgado nang gabing iyon dahilan sa noong nakaraang taon ay siya ang nagkamit ng FAMAS award for best supporting actress at ngayon ay siya na naman na nagpapatunay lamang na talaganag karapatdapat siya sa karangalang natamo niya last year. Hindi mailarawan ang kagalakan niya ng gabing iyon. Umiiyak siya't naliligayahan nang siya mismo ang tumanggap ng tangan niyang trophy na ang buong akala niya'y ibibigay niya sa bagong awardee. Dalawa ang best Actress ng gabing iyon. Nangangahulugang kapuwa mabigat ang labanan at walang itulak kabigin kina Boots Anson Roa at Vilma Santos kaya minabuti ng inampalan na bigyan kapwa ng best actress award sina Boots at Vilma..." - Aruy Tapusan Komiks Magasin, No. 32, 19 Hunyo 1973

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

People Asia article: Brings Together Old Friends, New Foes


It was a megawatt affair that brought together old friends and new foes, and stars from every firmament. The annual “People of the Year” awards Thursday night at the InterContinental in Makati City honored the best and the brightest of 2007, and those whose achievements inspired excellence in others. It was also a gathering of presidentiables and their running mates, with both likely and unlikely tandems being conceived as they rubbed elbows with each other. Aside from the awardees, also present were former President Joseph Estrada, Vice President Noli de Castro, Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. The awardees were led by Sen. Loren Legarda, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, self-made billionaire Andrew Tan, Taguig City Mayor Freddie Tinga, Dolphy, Fr. James Reuter S.J., consumer advocate Pinky Pe Tobiano, entrepreneur Vivienne Tan, businessman Ted Haresco, civic leader Gina de Venecia and the Mt. Everest Women’s Team composed of Janet Belarmino, Carina Dayondon and Noelle Wenceslao – the first Filipino women to scale Mt. Everest and the first Southeast Asian women to reach the summit.

Former colleagues Estrada and Dolphy embraced, and De Castro kissed Legarda, perhaps the first-time ever that the political foes greeted each other warmly in public. “I was happy to be there. It was good to see everybody, including Noli,” said Legarda, a two-time Senate topnotcher who lost to De Castro in the 2004 polls. “But my Supreme Court protest stays and speaks for itself.” Estrada, who is said to be ready to run for president anew in 2010 if the opposition is unable to field a single bet, sought out Fr. James Reuter S.J. and was overheard telling him, “Father, I am a free man now.”The former president spent some years at the Ateneo de Manila. The evening was also a reunion of sorts for Estrada and “the King of Comedy,” as Dolphy is more popularly known. The two embraced warmly. Dolphy has been wooed in the past to run for public office, and made popular the quote, “Madaling tumakbo, pero paano kung manalo (It is easy to run for office, but what if I win?)” “Concert King” Martin Nievera, balladeer Christian Bautista, the Angelos and jazz artist Olivia dazzled the A-List audience that filled the ballroom of the InterContinental during the awards program, which was emceed by Johnny Litton and Phoemela Baranda.

People Asia was founded in 2000 by the late STAR publisher Max Soliven. It is published by the Stargate Media Corp with Babe Romualdez as publisher, Kevin Belmonte as president and Ramon Cojuangco Jr. as chairman of the board. STAR editor-in-chief Isaac Belmonte, Soliven’s daughter Sara de Guzman, HSBC’s Suresh Nanoo and Chris Rourke, Universal Motor Corp.’s Elizabeth Lee, Qatar Airways’ Rohan Seneviratne, Dockers’ Bobbet Romualdo and the STAR’s Entertainment editor Ricky Lo also presented the awards to the winners. The “People of the Year” awards night was co-presented by HSBC, Dockers San Francisco, Nissan Patrol Super Safari, Air 21, Qatar Airways, the Aboitiz Group of Companies, ICTSI and Chaikofi in cooperation with The Philippine STAR and philstar.com. Except for Gina de Venecia, who was abroad, all the awardees were present to personally accept their glass trophies, bringing together a stellar group under one roof. People Asia magazine’s “People of the Year” awards cuts across class, gender, age, race and affiliation – a memorable event that celebrates life and honors extraordinary people whose lives make a positive difference in the lives of others. - Joanne Rae Ramirez, Philippine Star on line, 01 13 2008

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Remembering George Masangkay Canseco


Musical Director - "...Arguably the best composer in the land, George Canseco was born on April 23, 1934. He took Liberal Arts at the University of the East, but did not finish his course...Aside from composing movie theme songs, he has also been musical director for many films, such as "Burlesk Queen," "Pagputi ng Uwak , Pag-itim ng Tagak," "Atsay," and "Miss X." The great songwriter has won almost every musical award for a composer: best composer, best theme song, song of the year, best musical director, and best musical scoring from several award giving bodies. His best theme song awards were for "Kapantay ay Langit," 1971, and "Imortal," 1989, for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF); "Huwag Bayaw," 1979, "Langis at Tubig," 1980, "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?" 1982, "Paano Ba ang Mangarap?" 1983, "Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?" 1984, and "Hihintayin Kita sa Langit," 1991, all from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS). His other musical directing awards include "Hiram," Star Awards, 1987 and "Sinasamba Kita," 1982, "Misis mo, Misis ko," 1988, and "Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit" from the film academy awards (FAP). He was also chosen as the Best Musical Director by the MMFF for "Bato-bato sa Langit," 1975; "Burlesk Queen," 1977; "Pagputi ng uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak," 1978, "Huwag Bayaw," 1979; "Miss X", 1980, "Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?" 1982, and "Palimos ng Pag-ibig," 1988, by the FAP Awards for "Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas," 1988, and by the Star Awards for "Magdusa Ka!" 1987. Among his award winning songs are "Sinasamba Kita," 1982, and "Langis at Tubig," 1983, both chosen by the Cecil Awards as best song written for a motion picture. "Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?" gave George the Cecil Song of the Year award 1984, and "True love came too late," Awit Awards' Song of the year, 1970...." - Carrie B. Yan (READ MORE)
P1.5M for a song - "...Canseco said that Marcos paid him P1.5 million to write the song, which was interpreted by Kuh Ledesma. The song also became the theme for a bank's television commercial. The songwriter also brought honor to the country by winning in foreign music festivals. The song "Ako ang Nagwagi," interpreted by Dulce, lost in the Metro Pop Music Festival in 1978. But it brought home top honors for Canseco and the country from the Hong Kong Music Festival the same year. The following year, he bagged the grand prize in the Metro Pop Music Festival with the song "Ngayon," interpreted by Basil Valdez. He also wrote music for the movies and won countless awards for his scores. However, Canseco was not proud of his movie scores, because "not one of them stands out." He composed his last film score in 1989 for "Paano Ang Ngayon Kung Wala Nang Bukas," which starred Kring Kring Gonzales and Ronaldo Valdes. He also wrote the movie's theme song, "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas," sung by Basil. Canseco wrote jingles for radio and television commercials. Like his songs, these jingles were also timeless. A jingle for a cigarette commercial which he wrote in the '70s is still being used today...." - Nini Valera, Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 20, 2004 (READ MORE)

George Masangkay Canseco (23 April 1934 in Naic, Cavite, Philippines - 19 November 2004 in Manilla, Philippines) was a Filipino song composer...He died on November 19, 2004 in Manila, Philippines due to cancer. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

George Canseco's Music in Vilma Santos Films
  • Imortal (1989) - George received the best musical score and best original song from the 1989 Metro Manila Film Festival, Vilma recieve the best actress.
  • Saan nagtatago ang pag-ibig? (1987) - George recieved the FAMAS hall of fame award this year while Vilma Santos recieved her fifth best actress award that elevated her to be the following year's hall of famer awardee.
  • Palimos ng pag-ibig (1986) - George received the best musical score award from FAMAS while Vilma recieved a best actress nomination.
  • Muling buksan ang puso (1985) - George was ignored by the award giving bodies for his work on this film, Vilma received a nomination from FAMAS.
  • Minsan pa nating hagkan ang nakaraan (1983) - Basil Valdez performed the soundtrack, both George and Vilma weren't recognized for their work on this Diaz-Abaya film.
  • Paano ba ang mangarap? (1983) - George received the best theme song from FAMAS for the soundtrack, "Paano ba ang mangarap" while Vilma did not received any acting award for this film but was recognized for another film, Bernal's Broken Marriage.
  • Sinasamba kita (1982) - Both George and Vilma were big winners from the very first Luna Awards. He recieved the Academy Award for best original song for the soundtrack, "Sinasamba Kita" while she received the best actress trophy.
  • Gaano kadalas ang minsan? (1982) - Canseco received the FAMAS best musical score and best theme songs for the soundtrack, "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan" while Vilma did not received any acting award for this film but instead recognized for her grand slam film, Bernal's Relasyon.
  • Langis at tubig (1980) - Canseco received the best theme song from FAMAS for the soundtrack, "Langis at tubig," performed by a very young, Sharon Cuneta, Vilma received a nomination for best actress from FAMAS.
  • Miss X (1980) - He received the best musical score award from FAMAS while Vilma did not received any acting award for this film but was recognized for Langis at Tubig.
  • Good Morning, Sunshine (1979) - George was credited as contributor lyricist for the single, “Yakap,” one of the soundtrack of this musical and sung by Latin singer, Junior but this clearly needs official citation.
  • Coed (1979) - Both George and Vilma did not received any awards or nomination for this film.
  • Pagputi ng uwak...Pag-itim ng tagak (1978) - George received the best musical score from FAMAS and a nomination from Gawad Urian (Pinakamahusay na Musika) and Vilma received the best picture trophies both from FAMAS and Gawad Urian as the film's executive producer.
  • Bakit kailangan kita (1978) - The soundtrack, “Kailangan Kita” composed by George and performed by Leah Navarro was this year's biggest hit song.
  • Burlesk Queen (1977) - Both Vilma and George were big winners at the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival, she received the best actress while he got the best musical score. They also recieved nominations from Gawad Urian in their respective categories.
  • Mga rosas sa putikan (1976) - Both George and Vilma did not received any awards or nomination for this film but Vi performed the film's soundtrack, "Mga Rosas sa Putikan."
  • Vilma and the Beep Beep Minica (1974) - The very first film of Vi and George as actor and musical scorer. Although both did not received any awards or nomination on this project, Beep Beep Minica was a huge hit.





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Monday, April 22, 2013

AMORSEKO KUMAKABIT KUMAKAPIT (1978)


Basic Information: Direction: Maria Saret; Story, screenplay: Ruben Arthur Nicdao; Cast: Vilma Santos, George Estregan, Ernie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Beth Bautista, Cloyd Robinson, Dick Israel, Laila Dee, Brenda Del Rio, Angie Ferro, Mary Walter, Odette Khan, Jarro Joaquin, Anita Linda; Original Music: Totoy Nuke; Cinematography: Vic Anao; Film Editing: Edgardo Vinarao

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: No Available Data

Film Reviews: "...Estregan won critical acclaim for many of his performances. In 1972, he was named FAMAS Best Actor for Sukdulan, and would win two other FAMAS Awards for Best Supporting actor for Kid Kaliwete (1978) and Lumakad Kang Hubad sa Mundong Ibabaw (1980). He was nominated for the FAMAS Award three other times, as Best Actor for Lumapit, Lumayo ang Umaga (1975) and Lalake Ako (1982), and for Best Supporting Actor in Magkayakap sa Magdamag (1986). He also received a nomination from the Gawad Urian as Best Actor for Hostage: Hanapin si Batuigas (1977)..." - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Engkanto (1992)


Basic Information: Directed: Tata Esteban; Cast (in credits order) Vilma Santos, Robin Padilla, Roderick Paulate, Raul Zaragosa, Janice de Belen, Susan Lozada, Francis Magalona, Maila Gumila, Cita Astals, Tanya Gomez, Evelyn Vargas; Original Music: Jaime Fabregas; Cinematography: Vic Anao

Plot Description: As modern man continues to plunder our environment, the Engkantos prepare for battle to protect what is left. Always remember: We are not alone in this world! - Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Film Accomplishments: 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival Third Best Picture

Film Reviews: "...He gave free passes to people from the showbiz industry to earn more clout in the business. He met Celso Ad Castillo, Lino Brocka and Mario O’Hara who opened for him a new world: directing. In 1985, at age 29, he directed his first movie, “Alapaap,” starring Tanya Gomez. It won 13 awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival and was bought later to Japan for the Tokyo Film Festival. Tata Esteban discovered that he had the gift. He was proud of his achievements. “I became a star builder,” he says. “I made many actresses, bold stars, famous. I gave them movies and built their names..." - Aliwan Avenue (READ MORE)

"Lea Salonga's leading men in Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Aga Muhlach and Ariel Rivera won as best actor and best supporting actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival's Gabi ng Parangal Monday night. Gina Alajar was Best Actress....best supporting actress went to Sylvia Sanchez...Although the Eddie Garcia-Eddie Gutierrez starrer Andres Manambit did not win acting awards, the movie nevertheless won the most number of awards, including the plum Best Picture that came with P250,000.00 cash...Second best picture and P150,000.00 went to Takbo, followed by Engkanto which received P100,000.00 as third best picture..." - Manila Standard, Dec 28, 1992 (READ MORE)

"...Maribuhok is an enchanted place deep in the mountains. The dwellers of Maribuhok are engkantos (nature spirits or elementals) tasked to protect nature. They are headed by Uban (Francis Magalona) the deity of animals and Yorac (Roderick Paulate) the deity of plants. Uban rejuvenates as a young man and proceeds to reinvent himself as a star specializing on cause-oriented environmental songs. He neglects his kingdom and his daughter Karina (Janice de Belen) grows up away from his guidance. Meanwhile illegal loggers continue to denude the forests and Yorac decides to do something about it. He holds some loggers hostages including Carlo (Raul Zaragosa) Karina's boyfriend. Karina discovers the land of her birth including the fact that Uban is her father. She asks his help regarding Carlo. But Yorac remains unyielding. Uban and Yorac gear up for a showdown until Mother Nature (Vilma Santos) herself intervenes. Her meaningful lesson? We must all work for the preservation of our environment before it is too late..." - Mav Shack (READ MORE)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

PROMO GIRL (1978)


Basic Information: Direction: Joey Gosiengfiao; Writing credit: Wilfrido Nolledo; Cast: Vilma Santos, Ricky Belmonte, Roel Vergel de Dios, Bembol Roco, Eddie Gutierrez; Release Date:8 September 1978 (Philippines); Production Company: Melros Productions - IMDB (READ MORE)

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: Joey Gosiengfiao's films with Vilma Santos: Hatinggabi Na Vilma 1972; Takbo, Vilma, Dali 1972; Lipad, Darna, Lipad 1973; Promo Girl 1978 - RV (READ MORE)

Film Review: "...Joey Gosiengfiao's films are anything but righteous, much less respectable. That was their glory and greatness, and the reason he could never win an award--Christ, I think, with his abhorrence of respectability, would like the man's style. Take, for example, the scene between Eddie Gutierrez and Ricky Belmonte in Bomba Star (roughly translated, Porn Star, 1980). Belmonte and Gutierrez are working out in a gym; Gutierrez starts casting looks at Belmonte; Belmonte coyly returns his looks. The two start teasing each other, tickling each other, suddenly find themselves on the floor wrestling with each other...enter Gutierrez's lover, played by Marissa Delgado--she doesn't do anything, just strikes a glamour pose, a sardonic expression on her face and the world's longest cigarette holder between her fingers. I wish I could explain why the moment is so irreducibly funny, but I can't; if I could, I suspect it wouldn't be funny at all..." - Noel Vera (READ MORE)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Si Vi at si Erap


The Comeback - "...His last movie in 1989, after an eight-year lull, was seen as part of a campaign to stage a political comeback. He'd been unseated in 1986 after serving 16 years as municipal mayor, when the late dictator and his political patron Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile and Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. Estrada was elected to the Senate in 1987, then vice-president in May 1992 and finally in May 1998 was elected the 13th president of the Philippines. His popularity as an actor is said to have contributed to him winning the largest majority vote in election history. Political pundits say Estrada still believes himself to be a hero in a real-life movie that is reaching its dramatic crescendo with his stepping down as president in January amid a wave of people power..." - Kirsty Alfredson, Rufi Vigilar (READ MORE)

Best Actor "...At first, Joseph wanted to become an engineer just like his hardworking dad. But his restless nature, coupled with his growing interest in acting, brought him to the world of showbiz. He first studied at the Ateneo de Manila University, but he was expelled after picking up a fight with a fellow student. He transferred to Mapua Institute of Technology, but he did not finish his engineering degree. In 1957, he went against the wishes of his parents and started appearing in movies as an "extra." He quit schooling, pursued acting, and adopted the surname "Estrada." His father forbade him to use "Ejercito" in his screen name. For his first name, "Erap" the backward spelling of "pare," which means buddy or friend in English became his friends' and fans' preferred nickname for Joseph. In the 1960s, Erap did about 90 films and that's like having a movie shown almost every month. But it was in Asiong Salonga and Geron Busabos where he was embraced by the masses as their hero. Erap's movies were notorious for themes inspired by Robin Hood, an anti-hero who becomes a hero himself through his fierce yet understated qualities...

His showbiz career spanned 32 years, and Joseph starred in more than a hundred movies, which include Ito Ang Pilipino, Blacksheep Gang, Cuatro Cantos, Lo Waist Gang, Kandilang Bakal, Sa Baril Mag-Uusap, Moises Padilla Story, Tondo Boy, and Markang Rehas, among many others. And he was good at his craft. In fact, he was the first FAMAS Hall of Fame awardee for Best Actor (1981), and he also became a Hall of Fame Award winner as a producer (1983). Moreover, he was also considered as one of the early purveyors of independent filmmaking through JE Productions and EMAR Pictures, his own film outfits. ..." - Bong Godinez (READ MORE)

Farming and Retirements "...Vegetable patches cover a portion of one of several hills in the farm. A tractor levels a winding road below leading to the resthouse. A solitary horse, a gift from Ronnie Poe, Joseph's kumpare, nibbles the grass. The farm was originally 24 hectares, but three hectares of it was eaten up by the national highway which, incidentally, made the dirving to Tanay smooth, pleasant and fast. Joseph says the resthouse is temporary, which explains its light structure, mostly wood. he plans to build a permanent "hideaway" on the next hill, the highest site in the farm. But when is he retiring? "Its still a long way, perhaps 10 years from now. I still have a few things to do, to accomplish. Besides I like to think I'm still too young to consider retirement," smiles Joseph who, but for thickening of the waistline, has the looks and traits of a young man: smooth skin, quick and easy movements...If and when he finally settles down to his Tanay farm, would he give up politics and movies entirely? "I guess I would. Aside from small-time farming, I'll branch out to another business, construction. In fact, I've started setting up a construction frim. I also plan to put up a piggery, and raise some cattle. I just can't do it right now as there's no efficient water system yet in this farm." Joseph says that in a few years, the seedings he planted will, hopefully, grow firm and tall and bear fruits. A few months ago they harvested corn and some vegetables. "Nothing much really, strictly for own consumption," he says..." - Ronald K. Constantino (READ MORE)

Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada (born Jose Marcelo Ejercito on April 19, 1937) was the 13th President of the Philippines, serving from 1998 until 2001. Estrada was the first person in the Post-EDSA era to be elected both to the presidency and vice-presidency. Estrada gained popularity as a film actor, playing the lead role in over 100 films in an acting career spanning 33 years. He used his popularity as an actor to make gains in politics, serving as mayor of San Juan for seventeen years, as Senator for one term, then as Vice President of the Philippines under the administration of President Fidel Ramos. Estrada was elected President in 1998 with a wide margin of votes separating him from the other challengers, and was sworn into the presidency on June 30, 1998. In 2000 he declared an "all-out-war" against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and captured its headquarters and other camps. However, allegations of corruption spawned an impeachment trial in the Senate, and in 2001 Estrada was ousted by "People Power" 2 after the prosecution walked out of the impeachment court when the Senator Judges voted no in the opening of the second envelope. The EDSA 2 protests resulted from the concerted efforts of political, business, military, and church elites who were displeased by Estrada's policies that included removal of sovereign guarantees on government contracts. In October 2000, the Daily Tribune reported about elite plans to "'constitutionally' oust President Estrada under 'Oplan Excelsis." Emil Jurado of the Manila Standard reported as early as 1999 about a PR demolition work designed to embarrass Estrada "by attributing to his administration all sorts of perceived faults and scams with the end in view of covering up anomalies and scams also committed during the Ramos administration." Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo also admitted in an interview with Nick Joaquin that he and then-Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson and certain military officials plotted plans to oust Estrada in January 2001, with the alternative plan B being violent "with orders to shoot. And not only in Metro Manila." In 2007, he was sentenced by the special division of the Sandiganbayan to reclusion perpetua for plunder, but was later granted pardon by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He ran for president anew in the 2010 Philippine presidential election, but lost to then Senator Benigno Aquino III. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Joseph "Erap" Estrada and Vilma Santos

Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Vilma Santos did seven films, three of which were an all star cast that didn’t require them to share screen time. The first two films were in 1966, both a smash hit and critically acclaimed, Vi was just a child star then. Their only significant film as mature actor were in a fantasy film in 1974. The last film that featured them was the late Julie Vega starrer that also featured FPJ.

Mga Mata ni Angelita (1978) - "...The story revolves around that of a blind girl named Anghelita who was given the eyes of the Virgin Mary. But having her sight back, she will see what the world really is, filled with pain and sins. So, in search for her long lost mother, she will be instrumental in changing the lives of people along her way..." - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Dugo at Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Lupa (1975) - "...A Must for the Filipino History Students and for everyone who wants to awaken the innate nationalism in them. These series of stories depicting the fight of the Filipinos against colonialism of Spain, Japan and even their fellow Filipinos abusing the power in the government. A seemingly serious film but spiced with the star-studded cast like Fernando Poe Jr., Ramon Revilla, Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Dante Rivero, Eddie Garcia, Vic Vargas, Goerge Estregan and the other all time favorite artists. This movie even highlighted the comparison between the love of country and the other kind of love we offer to our family and to our beloved as the story featured love stories in the midst of tragic and bloody war happening in our society..." - Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

KIng Khayam and I (1974) - "...The film started promising with funny scenes of Joseph Estrada facing his people seeking his advice or help. One was when a man presented his new product, a flying magic carpet but when the carpet didnt fly, Estrada suggested a lighter weight rider. Then veteran actress and much younger, Mary Walter in a cameo role, brought her just bought magic lamp. She complained to the king that the seller fooled her to buy the lamp and wanted a refund. She then caress the lamp and the gennie came out but instead of the expected giant gennie, a midget dwarf came out. Then from this moment the film went downhill. A singing bird, a transexual Ike Lozada being auctioned, Rod Navarro’s over the top villain antics, all failed to sustained our attention. The weak storyline did not help. Patterned with the Hollywood film, King Kayam & I’s only saving grace was the acting of its lead stars. Joseph Estrada’s precense was commanding and convincing as the playboy king and Vilma’s charming innocense despite the sexy dance number at the end complimented Joseph’s macho image..." - RV (READ MORE)

De Colores (1968) - "...An all-star cast flick with such superstars as Joseph Estrada, Amalia Fuentes, and Gloria Romero. Despite multiple episodic stories of this movie about the “cult” “religious” revival among the elite Catholics, Vilma was in a forgettable episode. I wasn’t sure if she played a rebellious daughter turned good via the Cursillo, and whether she shared scenes with Ms. Romero. What mattered was that she bumped into her Tita Gloria on the set..." - Mario O. Garces (READ MORE)

Ito ang Pilipino (1966) - "...In 1966, Estrada was “just” an actor portraying a bandit fighting the Spaniards, led by Eddie Garcia. Directed by Cesar “Chat” Gallardo, an important scene in the film featured the late Vic Silayan telling the young Estrada that he would be the country’s next president-to which, Estrada’s character answered in disbelief, saying it was impossible, because he could neither read nor write! Prophetically, the historical film presaged the actor’s political career. Who would have known that he’d become the 13th president of the Philippines?! At the screening, Estrada’s leading lady, Barbara Perez, who was first seen in 195’6′s “Chabacano,” was in the audience to watch the “lost” film revived by the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA). The actress shares: “Back then, I kept getting in and out show biz, especially when I had to give birth!..." - Rica Arevalo (READ MORE)

Batang Iwahig (1966) - "...Joseph Estrada was at his best appearing in ‘tough guy’ roles after striking it big as “Asiong Salonga” in 1961. He was rough and mean in movies like North Harbor (1961), Pulong Diablo (1963), Basagulero (1963); Geron Busabos: Ang Batang Quiapo (1964); Batang Angustia (1965); Batang Iwahig (1966) and many more where he essayed the role of a ‘kanto boy.’ However in the 70s and 80s, Estrada chose to do light-comedy films (remember the Tatay na si Erap series, Erap is my Guy, Mamang Sorbetero, among others) and more of a Dirty Harry type of movies, where he portrayed a determined and dedicated law enforcer. He did quite a number of these movies starting with Kill the Pushers in 1972 and so on with Panic (1973), Ranson (1974), among others..." - Simon Santos (READ MORE)






Thursday, April 18, 2013

MAPAGBIGAY ANG MISTER KO (1976)


Basic Information: Direction: G. F. C.; Story: Lynda M. Carballo, Minda C. Adolfo; Screenplay: Jerry Tirazona; Cast: Jun Aristorenas, Vlma Santos, Joe Garcia, Veronica Palileo, Angel Confiado, Louie Florentino, Gemma Torres, Nelson Atienza, Johnny Malinao, Pol Miranda, Evelyn Enriquez, Lyn Palma, Ariel Mendoza, Jojit Gacia, Dolly Roquillo, Juliet Revilla, Eva Santiago, Arline Mendoza, Boy Santiago, Mar Sarmiento, Rocco Montalban; Original Music: Rommel De Guzman

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: Ranked 49th on Top-US-Grossing Tagalog-Language Feature Films Released In 1976

Film Reviews: "...Talagang poor second lang noon si Vilma kay Nora Aunor, subali’t nang gawin niya ang trilogy film ng Sine Pilipino na Lipad Darna Lipad ay talagang lumipad ng husto ang kanyang box office appeal. Sinundan pa ito ng mga pelikulang Takbo Vilma Dali at Hatinggabi Na Vilma. Anupa’t itinambal din si Vilma sa mga matured leading man na katulad nina Eddie Rodriguez sa mga pelikulang Nakakahiya, Hindi Nakakahiya Part 2 kung saan nagkamit siya ng Best Actress Award sa 1st Bacolod City Film Festival at Simula Ng Walang Katapusan, Dante Rivero sa Susan Kelly Edad 20, Chiquito sa Teribol Dobol, Dolphy sa Buhay Artista Ngayon, Joseph Estrada sa King Khayan & I, Fernando Poe Jr. sa Batya’t Palu Palo at Bato Sa Buhangin, Jun Aristorenas sa Mapagbigay Ang Mister Ko, Dindo Fernando sa Langis at Tubig at Muling Buksan Ang Puso at Romeo Vasquez sa Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin, Dalawang Pugad Isang Ibon, Pulot Gata Pwede Kaya at Pag-ibig Ko Sa ‘Yo Lang Ibibigay..." - Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Juanito "Jun" Aristorenas (May 7, 1933–2000) was a Filipino actor, director, dancer, producer and writer. Aristorenas was known for his western roles, and has topbilled cowboy’ movies such as Sagupaan ng mga Patapon, Dugong Tigre, Apat na Bagwis. As an actor, Aristorenas has performed in movies such as Danilo Ronquillo: Cavite Boy, released in 1965, in which he portrayed Danilo Ronquillo, Rico Solitaryo (1966), and Bale-bale Kung Lumaban (1964). As a movie director, he has worked on movies such as Matalino man ang matsing na-iisahan din!, released in 2000, Cara y Cruz: Walang Sinasanto! (1996), and Marami Ka Pang Kakaining Bigas (1994). Aristorenas has also written the story of "Matalino man ang matsing na-iisahan din!", released in 2000. - Wikipedia (READ MORE).

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

YOUNG LOVE (1970)

“I hate you…dirty…you’re dirty! I hate youuuu!…huwag n’yo nang mabangit-bangit ang pangalan nyan! Kinasusuklaman ko siya!..ngayon ko lang nakita ang kapangitan ng buhay ang akala ko masaya’t maganda na ang daigdig..” - Tere


Basic Information: Directed: Tony Cayado; Story: German Moreno; Screenplay: Medy Tarnate; Cast: Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Edgar Mortiz, Ike Lozada, German Moreno, Raul Aragon, Bella Flores, Etang Discher, Tony Cayado, Evelyn Bonifacio, Tina Lapuz, Arlene Bautista, Angge; Original Music: Medy Tarnate; Cinematography: Felipe Santiago; Sound: Flaviano Villareal; Theme Songs: “Young Love” performed by Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Edgar Mortiz; Executive Producer: Jose Vera Perez

Plot Description: Both Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III joined a singing contest and won. With a support from friends, Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz they became lovers. - RV

Film Achievement: First film of Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor together (the other films are: Ikaw Ay Akin, Dugo at Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Lupa, De Colores, Mga Mata ni Anghelita, Pinagbuglod ng Pag-ibig, Ikaw ay Akin, T-bird at Ako).

Film Reviews: Taong 1970. Gumawa si Vilma Santos ng dalawamput isang pelikula na puro musicals. Isa lamang ang nagawa niyang drama (Sapagkat Sila’y Aming Mga Anak). Nakakapagtaka dahil hindi naman siya singer. Marahil ito ay dahil sa love team nila ni Edgar Mortiz at ito ang “trend” ng panahong ito. Pito-pito kung gumawa sila ng pelikula ng panahong iyon kung baga dalawang pelikula ang pinapalabas nila sa loob ng isang buwan. Isa na rito ang pelikula ng Sampaguita Pictures, ang “Young Love” na tinampukan ni Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Vilma Santos at Edgar Mortiz.

Mapupuna na ang pelikulang ito ay bida si Nora at Tirso at supporting lamang si Vilma at Edgar. Mula sa istorya ni German Moreno at screenplay ni Medy Tarnate ang “Young Love” ay puno ng nakakalokang sitwasyon at napakababaw ng mga eksena at diyalogo. Ang director nito’y si Tony Cayado. At ang mga sayaw ay sa ilalim ng choreography ni Lito Calzado. Hindi natin alam kung bakit tinawag na “Young Love” ang pelikula samantalang hindi naman ito tungkol sa pag-iibigan ng mga kabataan rito kundi tungkol sa singing contest na sinalihan nina Ditas Aunor (Nora Aunor) at Joey Cruz (Tirso Cruz III). Naging tabla ang resulta ng singing contest at ginawa silang mga mainstay singers ng television show. Matapos ng contest ay makikitang naghahabulan na si Ditas at Joey sa may mga puno ng niyog at makikitang nagliligawan rin sina Tere (Vilma Santos) at Buboy (Edgar Mortiz) sabay kanta ang apat ng “Young Love.”

Sa tutoo lang, ito lang ang eksena kung saan maririnig na kumakanta rin si Vilma at nakipagsabayan siya kay Nora. Sa tuwing papasok sa eksena si Bella Flores ay tili ito ng tili at laging sinisigawan si Ditas which was very typical ng mga contrabida nuong panahong ito and very irritating. Narito rin si Etang Discher na isang ulyanin na lola ni Tirso at Vilma. Pilit nitong pinapapunta si Tirso sa Australia pero laging niloloko nito ang matanda at sinasabing natapos na pala ang isang taon at nakabalik na raw ito mula Australia. Tapos nito’y makikita si Ike Lozada na kumakanta sa harap ng mga batang lansangan.

Samantala si Bella Flores ay nakipagayos kay Tom Junes (Raul Aragon) upang sabotahin mismo nito ang show ng kanyang sariling pamangkin. Makikita ang nakakalokang sex scene ng dalawa. At ang sumunod na eksena ay ang drama scene ni Ate Vi. Dahil marahil sa walang eksena si Ate Vi na kumakanta ay binigyan siya ng sariling eksena at katapat ito ng maraming eksena ni Nora na kumakanta. Ito ay nang mahuli ni Ate Vi niya si Tom Junes at Bella Flores na nagse-sex. Takbo ito habang umiiyak. Makikita na dumating ito sa sariling bahay at sa kuwarto nito’y pinagsisira niya ang pictures ni Tom Junes kasama ng album nito. Devoted fan pala siya ni Tom Junes. Cut! Tapos na ang eksena ni Ate Vi. Pasok ang mga musical numbers, kanta ng ilang beses si Nora, Tirso, Edgar and Ike Lozada. Meron ding dance numbers, pero wala si Ate Vi sa mga dance numbers na ito. And then it’s the end. Napapakamot ako sa ulo.

Nakakaloka talaga. Makikitang hindi pinag-isipan ang istorya nito. Ginawa nilang i-showcase ang pagiging singer ni Nora Aunor. Kadalasan ang mga kanta niya ay mga version ng mga English popular cover songs at hindi original Filipino songs. Tulad ng “I Believe” at marami pang iba. Kung tutuusin ito ang trend nuon, ang mga kantang galing sa amerika. So much of the fact that lahat ng mga drum beaters ni Nora ay sinisigaw ang kanyang pagiging isang ulirang Filipina dahil sa kanyang pisikal na itsura. Pero mukha ka ngang dalagang Filipina pero pagbuka naman ng bunganga mo eh lumalabas mga kantang banyaga anong klaseng dalagang Filipina yan? Sa sobrang inpluensiya ng mga banyagang kanta ng kalagitnaan ng dekada 70 ay nagkaroon ng rebelyon sa ere ng mga radyo.

Nauso ang Original Pilipino Music o OPM bilang sagot sa musikang dayuhan. Sumulpot ang mga musikerong Juan DeLaCruz, Hotdog, Cinderella, VST & Co., Sampaguita, Freddy Aguilar, Coritha, Mike Hanopol, at marami pang iba na ang mga kanta ay tagalog at pawang komposisyon ng mga Pilipino. Ang mga kanta ni Nora ay puro mga English kontradiksyon ng mga sinisigaw ng fans niya na isang imahen ng Filipino si Nora. Kung ang itsura man niya ay pilipinang-pilipina ang mga kinakanta naman niya ay – puro kanta ng dayuhan. Ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit wala siyang masasabing signature song dahil puro version niya lamang ang mga kantang ni-record ng panahong iyon. Samatala si Vilma Santos na hindi singer ay nagkaroon ng kanyang sariling signature songs bagamat English ang mga lyrics ng mga ito, original Filipino composition naman ang mga ito tulad ng “Bobby Bobby Bobby” at “Sixteen.” Kasabay nito’y ni-record din niya ang mga tagalog songs na “Isipin Mong bastat mahal kita,” “Bato sa buhangin,” at “Palong-palo.” Nang kalagitanaan ng dekada 70 ay kapunapuna na kaunti na lamang ang mga pelikulang kantahan at hindi na kumikita ang mga ito kung kaya mapupuna na nag-umpisa nang gumawa ng matitinong pelikula kapwa sina Nora Aunor at Vilma Santos.

Ang “Young Love” ay isang halimbawa ng pelikulang gawa ng unang bahagi ng dekada 70. Mabilisang gawa. Mababaw ng istorya at hitik ng mga musical numbers. Mayroon mga nakakatawang eksena tulad ng pagkanta sa mga burulan ng patay basta magkaroon lang ng eksena ng kantahan. Tutoo ito, may mga eksena na nagkakantahan sa ilalim ng punong kahoy. Mga sayawan, habulan, at ligawan sa mga beach at kahuyan. Nag-click ito sa mga tao nang unang bahagi ng dekada sitentat ngunit sinawaan rin ang mga tao at nang dumating na ang huling bahagi ng dekada ay nagbago ito. Dito dumating ang panahon na nagbago na ang imahen ni Vilma Santos at nag-umpisa na itong ungusan ang walang kawawaang pagkanta ni Nora sa mga basurang pelikula niya.

Ang “Young Love” ay puno ng walang kawawaang musical numbers ni Nora Aunor. Puno rin ito ng mga eksenang nakakaloka na kahit na ang batang paslit ay magkakamot ng ulo at sasabihin ang “huh?” Kung hindi mo hahahanapin ang matinong istorya at ang hangad mo lang ay makita kung gaano kagaling kumanta si Nora Aunor kahit pa sa burulan ng patay tiyak na mage-enjoy ka sa pelikulang ito dahil maraming eksena rito si Nora na kumakanta ng walang kawawaang kantang dayuhan. - RV, V Magazine 2007

Young Ones - "...Walang makapaniwala na magiging gayon kalakas takilya sina Nora at Tirso. Nagimbal ang mga taga-pelikula. Bakit daw gayon kalaki ang kinikita ng unang dalawang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso? Tsamba lamang daw kaya iyon o biglang nagbago ng panlasa ng mga manonood? Hindi tsamba. Ang mga sumunod pang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso ay mas malaki ang kinita. Daang-libo ang kinita ng "Teenage Excapades" at "Halina, Neneng Ko." Itinambal ng Towers si Nora sa iba pang kabataang artista, malaki rin ang kinita. Katunayan na malaki ang hukbo ng mga tagahanga ni Nora. Sinubok naman ng Barangay Productions na itambal si Tirso kay Gemma Suzara, hindi gaanong kinagat ng mga fans. Nag-produce ng pelikula ang mag-anak na Cruz, pinagsama sina Ricky Belmonte at Tirso sa "Ricky na, Tirso Pa" isinama naman sa magpinsan si Pilar Pilapil. Tinapatan ng Tower ng isang pelikula ni Nora ang pelikula ng mga Cruz. Resulta: mas maraming nanood sa pelikula ni Nora. Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Gusto ng mga fans na maging magkatambal sina Nora at Tirso. Sinagot ng VP Pictures ang kahilingang ito sa pamamagitan ng "Young Love." Bukod kina Tirso at Nora ay isinaman pa ang mga young ones na sina Vilma Santos at Edgar Mortiz. Patok sa takilya!..." - Romy Galang, Pilipino Magazine, 18 February 1970 (READ MORE)

 



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