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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Theme Songs (1964 – 2009) (Repost)

FILM TITLE (Year) – Theme Song/Soundtrack Song(s) - Singer
1
Ging (1964) - Isang Ulila – Vilma Santos
2
De Colores (1968) - De Colores – Arlo Guthrie
3
Pag-ibig Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo? (1969) - Pag-ibig Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo – unknown
4
Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969) - Pinagbuklod ng Langit – unknown
5
Young Love (1970) - Young Love – Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Edgar Mortiz, Tirso Cruz III
6
My Pledge of Love (1970) - My Pledge of Love - Edgar Mortiz
7
From The Bottom of My Heart (1970) - From The Bottom of My Heart - Edgar Mortiz
8
I Do Love You (1970) - I Do Love You – Eddie Perigrina
9
Sixteen (1970) - Sixteen – Vilma Santos
10
Eternally (1971) - Eternally - Edgar Mortiz
11
Aloha My Love (1971) - Aloha My Love - Edgar Mortiz
12
Little Darling (1972) - Little Darling – Victor Wood
13
Love Letters (1972) - Love Letters – Vilma Santos
14
Leron Leron Sinta (1972) - Leron Leron Sinta – Unknown
15
Tok Tok Palatok (1974) - Tok Tok Palatok – Vilma Santos
16
Batya’t Palong-Palo (1974) - Palong-Palo – Vilma Santos
17
Happy Days Are Here Again (1974) - Happy Days Are Here Again – Leo Reisman
18
Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita (1975) - Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita – Vilma Santos
19
Bato Sa Buhangin (1976) - Bato Sa Buhangin - Cinderella
20
Mga Rosas Sa Putikan (1976) - Mga Rosas Sa Putikan - Vilma Santos
21
Rubia Servios (1978) - Pag-subok – Freddie Aguilar
22
Disco Fever (1978) - Disco Fever – VST & Co.
23
Disco Fever (1978) - Hanggang Magdamagan – Soul Juggler
24
Disco Fever (1978) - Sumayaw O Makinig - Advisors
25
Pag-ibig Ko Sa’yo Lang Ibibigay (1978) - Pag-ibig Ko Sa’yo Lang Ibibigay – Ella Del Rosario
26
Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali (1978) - Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali – Anthony Castello, Aloha
27
Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979) - Buhay Artista Ngayon - Florante
28
Swing It Baby (1979) - I-swing Mo Ako – Sharon Cuneta
29
Swing It Baby (1979) - Awitin Mo – VST & Co.
30
Rock Baby Rock (1979) - Yakap – Junior
31
Rock Baby Rock (1979) - Rock Baby Rock – VST & Co.
32
Halik Sa Kamay Halik Sa Paa (1979) - Halik Sa Kamay Halik Sa Paa – Claire Dela Fuente
33
Good Morning Sunshine (1980) - Good Morning Sunshine – Junior
34
Miss X (1980) - Dito Ba – Kuh Ledesma
35
Romansa (1980) - Kung Kailangan Mo Ako – Rey Valera
36
Langis At Tubig (1980) - Langis At Tubig – Sharon Cuneta
37
Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) - Nais Kong Ibigin Ka – Anthony Castello
38
Karma (1981) - It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
39
Karma (1981) - Minsan Sa Isang Panahon – Kuh Ledesma
40
Relasyon (1982) - Relasyon – Eva Eugenio
41
Haplos (1982) - Haplos – Eva Eugenio
42
Sinasamba Kita (1982) - Sinasamba Kita – Rey Valera
43
Never Ever Say Goodbye (1982) - Never Ever Say Goodbye – Nonoy Zuniga
44
Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan (1982) - Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan – Basil Valdez, Pilita Corales
45
Paano Ba Ang Mangarap (1983) - Paano Ba Ang Mangarap – Basil Valdez
46
Minsa Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Ating Nakaraan (1983) - Minsa Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Ating Nakaraan – Basil Valdez
47
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Aling Pag-ibig Pa? – Pat Castillo
48
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Mangagawa – Rody Vera
49
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Sangandaan – Pat Castillo
50
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Bayan Ko – Wea Various Artists
51
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Prisoner’s Lament – Apo Hiking Society
52
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Bayan Kong Pilipinas – Celeste Legaspi
53
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Psalm 12 (Help Us) – Celeste Legaspi
54
Sister Stella L Soundtrack (1984) - Buntong Hininga – Paul Toledo
55
Muling Buksan Ang Puso (1985) - Muling Buksan Ang Puso – Basil Valdez
56
Palimos Ng Pag-ibig (1986) - Hiram – Zsa Zsa Padilla
57
Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? (1987) - Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? – Pilita Corales
58
Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988) - Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos – Gary Valenciano
59
Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989) - Pahiram ng Isang Umaga – Zsa Zsa Padilla
60
Imortal (1989) - Imortal – Basil Valdez
61
Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) - Ipagpatawad Mo – Janno Gibbs
62
Sinungaling Mong Puso (1992) - Sinungaling Mong Puso – Basil Valdez
63
Ikaw Lang (1993) - Ikaw Lang – Chad Borja
64
Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) - Dahil Mahal Kita – VST & Co.
65
Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko (1996) - Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko – Pilita Corales
66
Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal (1997) - Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal – Jaya
67
Anak (2000) - Bato Sa Buhangin – Cinderella, Vilma Santos
68
Anak (2000) - Manila, Manila, Manila – Vilma Santos, Amy Austria, Cherry Pie Picache
69
Anak (2000) - Anak – Freddie Aguilar, Sharon Cuneta
70
Dekada 70 (2002) - Hanggang - Wency Cornejo
71
Mano Po 3 : My Love (2004) - Pagbigyan ang Puso Ko - Karylle and Jerome John Hughes
72
D’Lucky Ones (2006) - Sixteen – Vilma Santos (remixed)
73
In My Life (2009) - Something new in my life - Sarah Geronimo
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vi and Boyet: A Loveteam that Endures (Repost)


The Vilma Santos-Christopher de Leon love team is the most enduring tandem in local cinema. They were first paired in 1975 in Celso Ad. Castillo’s Tag-ulan sa Taga-araw, as first cousins who fall in love with each other. This was followed by Masarap Masakit ang Umibig, Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali, Ikaw ay Akin (with Nora Aunor, megged by the late Ishmael Bernal), Pinay American Style (shot in the US), Disco Fever, Magkaribal, Gusto Kita, Mahal Mo Siya (with Romeo Vasquez), Pakawalan Mo Ako, Karma, Sinasamba Kita, Relasyon, Haplos, Broken Marriage, Paano Ba ang Mangarap, Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan, Imortal, Ipagpatawad Mo, Dahil Mahal Kita, Dolzura Cortez Story, Nag-iisang Bituin (with Aga Muhlach), Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal, and Dekada 70.

Mano Po 3, My Love is Vilma’s 23rd film with Boyet and her 190th major movie in her filmography. She also did guest appearances for friendship’s sake in films like Roderick Paulate’s Charot, German Moreno’s Payaso and Jinggoy Estrada’s Erpat Kong Astig. What is the secret of her successful team up with Boyet?

"You know, it’s amazing because we’ve never been linked to each other and yet the public loves seeing our movies together. Siguro it’s because we have this unbelievable chemistry. We know each other so well that tinginan lang on screen, we already know what to do to make a take very good."

Ate Vi turned 51 on Nov. 3 and it’s to her credit that she can manage to look half her age. What is her secret?

"I exercise everyday. If I don’t, I’d get sick. When I feel down or I’m angry about something, I exercise and it makes me feel better. As a mayor, I get invited to a lot of dinners and they’d feel slighted if I don’t honor their invitation. So can you imagine what would happen to me kung kain ako nang kain and I don’t exercise? Also, I never abuse myself. Wala naman akong vices like drugs or alcohol. Clean living. I also have a positive attitude in life. I don’t dwell on negative things as it’s not healthy."

Did she have a hard time playing the role of a Chinese woman in Mano Po 3? "You know, I did a movie before, Baby Tsina, but I wasn’t really Chinese there. In Mano Po 3, I play Lilia Chong-Yang, a socially conscious anti-crime crusader and I get to know more about Chinese culture. We were even taught how to speak Fookien Chinese by a private tutor. Sa dubbing, the coach was there to make sure we’re perfect with our pronunciation of all our Chinese lines."

Why did she choose Mano Po 3 to be her comeback film after a three-year hiatus? "You know, I’ve done some of my best award-winning films with Regal, like Relasyon, Broken Marriage, Sister Stella and Pahiram ng Isang Umaga, so when Mother Lily offered this project to me, which was originally Soong Sisters pero hindi natuloy, I accepted it. I’ve seen the first Mano Po, also directed by Joel Lamangan, and I liked it, so sabi ko, why not do the last installment in the series? Also, here, I get to play a glamorous woman once again. In my last films like Anak, Bata, Bata and Dekada, I play a plain housewife kaya most of the time naka-duster lang ako. For a change, sabi ko, I want to play the role of a well-dressed executive once again. Then there’s the prospect of working with direk Joel Lamangan for the first time."

How is it being directed by Lamangan, who got more identified with Nora Aunor after such award-winning films as Flor Contemplacion Story and Bakit May Kahapon Pa?

"We got along well, kahit alam kong malapit siya kay kumareng Guy. We never felt awkward on the set since he’s very understanding, considering that my schedule allows me to shoot only on weekends. After doing a dramatic scene, he’d even kiss me on the forehead to express his approval. Mano Po 3 is one film I can be proud of. One thing that surprised me is he’s such a fast worker. With other directors, we shoot only one or two sequences a day. With him, we shoot eight to nine sequences a day. And you should be prepared with all your lines and your costume and makeup when you get to the set as he does only one rehearsal and take na kaagad. For this movie, iba ang pinagawa niyang atake namin ni Boyet compared to our past films before. I’m sure the audience will appreciate because it’s really something different."

She’s working with many young stars in the film. How did she get along with them? "With Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban, no problem as they played my kids in Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa and Lipa Massacre. Pero sina Karylle, Angel Locsin, Patrick Garcia, John Prats, Dennis Trillo, and even Jay Manalo, ngayon ko lang nakatrabaho. When we all went to Beijing, I noticed parang nahihiya sila sa akin so I took the initiative of talking and embracing all of them. By the time we started shooting, they were relaxed and comfortable with me na. It’s fun working with them as they’re all professional and responsible."

How does she feel about the sudden demise of Fernando Poe Jr.? "I really felt very sad as he’s one of the kindest men I ever met. We’ve done three films together. The first one was when I was only 19-years-old, Batya’t Palo-Palo, a big hit. He was the one who taught me how to swim while we were shooting that movie. Before that, I did Dyesebel where I played a mermaid but I didn’t even know how to swim. This was followed by Bato sa Buhangin. Our last film together was Ikaw ang Mahal Ko, which I did after I gave birth to Ryan Christian. Kuya Ronnie is a gentleman in the strictest sense of the word. Talagang maasikaso siya sa lahat ng kasama niya sa shooting and he feeds everyone with great food all the time. He’s fun to work with kasi palabiro siya at masaya talaga kasama. The whole industry will miss him."

We saw Christopher de Leon at the wake of Fernando Poe Jr. at Sto. Domingo with his wife Sandy Andolong and he, too, feels sad about Da King’s passing away. He has worked with FPJ only once, in Agila (1980), where they played father and son.

"But I used to be part of his FPJ all star basketball team that played in various parts of the county," he says. "FPJ is a very caring person. He acts like an adviser when it comes to one’s career. He’d tell me, I saw the trailer of your movie, dapat ganito ang ginawa mo. All his comments are constructive. You know he wants to be of help to you."

Boyet didn’t have a single movie this year except for Mano Po 3. His last one was Mano Po 2 in last year’s filmfest. "I got busy with TV work. I did the soap Hanggang Kailan and the sitcom All Together Now on GMA 7. Now, I’m also busy as juror in Starstruck."

How different is his role in Mano Po 3 from Mano Po 2? "There’s a big difference. In Mano Po 2, I was the family patriarch with three wives. Here, I’m a lover boy. Vilma Santos and I were sweethearts during our college days. My whole family was deported abroad by the Marcos regime so we got separated without me knowing she’s already pregnant. Several years later, we meet again while we’re both attending a conference in Thailand and our love for each other blooms once more. This starts the conflict in the film because she’s already married to Jay Manalo. Ako naman, widower na. Making this film brought me to Beijing and the beautiful ancient city of Ayutthaya in Thailand which is one and a half hours away from Bangkok."

Why does he think his partnership with Vilma continues to thrive even after 30 years? "I just love working with Vi because she is such a giving co-actor. Hindi siya nang-aagaw ng eksena. If the scene is yours, susuportahan ka niya nang husto for you to shine. You can’t help but get carried away kapag siya ang kaeksena mo dahil sa husay niya."

Boyet has just taped a real-life episode with wife Sandy for Magpakailanman. "We play Claro and Carmelita. They’re not celebrities pero maganda ang story nila. I play the role of a blind man. This is my first time in Magpakailanman and I’m glad I’m doing it with Sandy with whom I haven’t worked for a long time."

Next year, he’s going to the US to visit his son, Miguel, 18, who is studying computer graphics in New Jersey. "There’s also an offer for me to do a show with Nora Aunor while I’m there."

We ask Vi and Boyet if they expect their film to win come filmfest awards night.

"It’s nice to win but I don’t want to expect anything," says Boyet. "I’m just happy with the thought that we are able to do this kind of movie and we gave our best to our respective roles to please the viewers."

"More than the awards, I want the film to make money at the box office and be appreciated by people from all walks of life," says Vilma. "At the core of the film is a beautiful love story and a woman’s love for her family. I’m sure a lot of couples will be able to identify with it." Source: Written by Mario E. Bautista, The Star, December 24, 2004 NEWSFLASH

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