Basic Information: Directed: Emmanuel H Borlaza; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edu Manzano, Mercy Oria, Bobby Gonzales, Dell Martin, Edwin Perez; Original Music: Rey Valera; Cinematography: Ben Lobo; Theme Songs: “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” performed by Rey Valera; Release Date: November 21 1980, Philippines; Filming Locations:USA; Production Co: Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions (IMDB)
Plot Description: It was while this movie was being made in San Francisco when Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano tied the knot in the U.S.A. This film, a light romantic drama is about Kristal (Santos), an illegal alien in search of an American citizen to marry, and Doods (Manzano), a dashing young man who has moved to the United States to start life afreash. Doods has inherited 12-million pesos from his deceased father but his new-foud fortune has become more a problem than a blessing, for women seem to be more interested in his money. Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza for Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions. – Trigon Video
Film Achievement: Romansa (1980) was the first film of two tha Edu Manzano and Vilma Santos films did together (the other one was Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1986).
Film Review: “…Borlaza and Santos did two films in the USA, Aloha My Love and Don’t Ever Say Goodbye. Both films paired Vilma with on and off the screen love team, Edgar Mortiz. Later on, Borlaza and Vilma did another film in the USA, Romansa, with now ex-husband, Edu Manzano. …” – RV (READ MORE)
“…In 1980, Ate Vi married budding actor Edu Manzano in Las Vegas, USA, while shooting the film, “Romansa.” She was pregnant with Lucky (now called Luis) when she did “Pakawalan Mo Ako” in 1981, for which she won her second FAMAS best actress award. In 1984, her marriage to Edu ended in separation, and she did movies that mirrored her real-life affairs, “Hiwalay” and “Ex-Wife,” both big hits…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)
“…In 1980, Vilma made a movie with a well-known model who returned from the States after his tour with the U.S. Air Force. The balikbayan tried modeling and later on, acting. Edu Manzano starred with Vilma in the movie Romansa. He also married her that same year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following year, Luis Philippe Santos Manzano was born. Their marriage did not last. They divorced in 1985…” – Rommel R. Llanes (READ MORE)
“…the song “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” (If You Need Me) was first used in a movie that was starred by Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano, “Romansa” (Romance)…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)