Filmography: Palimos Ng Pag-ibig (1986)

“…Okay, so you’re fertile and I’m barren…pero sa mga pangyayari…para kang karinderyang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain!” – Fina

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Basic Information: Directed: Eddie Garcia; Story: Nerissa Cabral; Screenplay: Racquel Villavicencio; Cast: Vilma Santos, Dina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano, Cherie Gil, Laurice Guillen, Pepito Rodriguez; Executive producer: Vic del Rosario Jr.; Original Music: George Canseco; Cinematography: Joe Batac Jr.; Film Editing: Ike Jerlego Jr.; Production Design: Peter Perlas; Theme Songs: “Hiram” Composed by George Canseco Performed by Zsa Zsa Padilla

Plot Description: A man whose wife is unable to bear him a child seeks out a professional babymaker and is then forced to choose between his wife or a family with children.

On the outside, it looks like a marriage made in heaven. But inside the thick walls of what they call home, theirs is a relationship waiting to crumble. They have been wanting a child for so long, but the wife does not have the capacity to bear a child. And when her husband cannot take it any longer, he decides to end his misery once and for all. – IMDB

The story is about an infertile couple who never had a child of their own. The husband, frustrated by his wife’s infertility, hired somebody who was willing to carry his child. The hired woman got pregnant but she fell in love with the child’s father. The husband falsely adopted the child, hiding the fact from his wife that the child was his own. All the attention the husband gave to the child drove his wife to jealousy. To complicate things, the husband eventually had a secret affair with the child’s mother, and this affair produced another baby. The mistress left the newborn baby at the footsteps of the husband’s house. The wife then took care of the baby, and the children grew without their adoptive mother knowing that the two kids were fruits of her husband’s secret love affair. – Wikipilipinas

Childless couple Fina (Vilma Santos) and Rodel (Edu Manzano) seek medical help which reveals that Fina has an immature uterus, a condition she has known before their marriage but has kept from Rodel. Rodel’s friends suggest that he adopt his own child with Ditas (Dina Bonnevie), a baby maker they introduce to Rodel. The arrangement is very professional but Fina overhears through a telephone extension that Ditas has given birth. Fina is indignant in thinking that Rodel has been cheating on her. She rejects the child and sends Rodel and his infant son away. Rodel turns to Ditas and stays with her for some time until Fina relents and welcomes Rodel and his son. Then Fina finds an infant girl in her garden because Ditas has decided to leave both Rodel’s children for Fina to raise – TFC Now (READ MORE)

Film Achievement: 1987 FAMAS: Best Musical Score – George Canseco; Best Nomination Best Actor – Edu Manzano; Best Actress Nomination – Vilma Santos; Best Supporting Actress Nomination – Dina Bonnevie

Film Reviews: “…The year was 1986. Palimos Ng Pag-ibig directed by Eddie Garcia was a smashed hit. Vilma co-starred with her soon to be ex husband Edu Manzano and Dina Bonnevie. Despite the mixed reviews from the critics, the film gave us, arguably, one of the most memorable lines in Philippine movie history. The scene was, Vilma, playing Fina was about to leave the house when Ditas, (Edu’s mistress and baby maker) knocked on the door, with her was her husband’s child. She forced herself in. Confronting Ditas, Fina: “Ilang gabi kang binili ni Rodel?” Ditas (Dina): “Isang Gabi lang, malakas ang kanyang punla at nangangailangan lang ng matabang lupa!” Fina: “Okey! So you’re fertile and I’m barren…pero sa mga pangyayari, para kang karinderyang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain! Paano mong mapapatunayang ang asawa ko nga ang ama ng batang iyan at wala siyang kasosyong iba?…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…I shot Palimos ng Pagibig (a Viva drama, with Edu Manzano and Dina Bonnevie) at Luis’ house,” added Vilma. “I remember him as sobrang kalog, palabiro. Ang tawag namin kay Tito Luis palengke kasi nga Mercado ang real surname niya. I was nine years old then and he always reminded me to just enjoy everything. We were always shooting dramatic scenes at parati akong iyak nang iyak, but after every take, tawa na kami nang tawa because Tito Luis would start cracking jokes…” – RicoJr (READ MORE)

“…On the outside it looks like a marriage made in heaven. But inside the thick walls of what they call home theirs is a relationship waiting to crumble. They have been waiting a child for so long but the wife (Vilma Santos) does not have the capacity to bear a child. And when her husband (Edu Manzano) cannot take it any it any longer he decides to end his misery once and for all…” – Mav Shack (READ MORE)

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