In 1981, President Ferdinand Marcos passed Executive Order 640-A, which established the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Philippines’ official counterpart of the United States’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Wikipedia).
The very first Film Academy of the Philippines’ best actress winner was Vilma Santos in 1982, for Relasyon. Also, two Vilma Santos movies, Sinasamba Kita and Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan won technical awards for sound, original score, cinematography, and adapted screenplay.
Paano Ba ang Mangarap, a Vilma Santos movie won best cinematography for Romy Vitug the following year.
The third FAP confirmed the arrival of Sharon Cuneta, as she was adjudged by the guilds, their best actress in 1984 beating Vilma and Nora for Sa Hirap At Ginhawa. Vilma’s Sister Stella L director, Mike De Leon won the best director. Vilma’s other film, Alyas Baby Tsina won best in musical score and production design.
Nida Blanca won best actress for Miguelito and Lino Brocka best director for Kapit sa Patalim in 1985.
Vilma’s Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig won best director for Eddie Garcia and best cinematography for Romy Vitug in 1987. Lorna Tolentino won the best actress for Maging Akin Ka Lamang. Tagos Ng Dugo, Vilma’s winning film at the FAMAS won, best musical score. Veteran actress, Mary Walter received the lifetime achievement award.
Amy Austria and Philip Salvador was the big winner in 1988, for surprisingly for forgettable films, Boy Negro and Celestina Sanchez aka Bubbles respectively.
As both Vilma and Nora shared the best actress at the URIAN, FAP gave the best actress solely to Nora Aunor in 1989. Her film Bilangin Mo Ang Bituin Sa Langit, won best actor, best director as well. Vilma’s film, Pahiram ng Isang Umaga won two, best production design and best sound. Director Lamberto Avellana received the posthumous recognition award and veteran actors, Leopoldo Salcedo and Bella Flores, the lifetime achievement awards. Leopoldo did the memorable film Burlesk Queen with Vilma while Bella Flores was Vilma’s torturer in her very first film as a child actress in Trudis Liit.
As Vilma Santos won three times in rival award giving bodies, URIAN, Nora Aunor did the same with her three consecutive best actress in 89, 90, and 91. Both Vilma and Nora have four Lunas.
Vilma’s Kapag Langit ang Humatol won best story and cinematography and Joseph Estrada received the lifetime achievement award in 1990. Also, this year, the Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award was given to Lino Brocka.
Vilma’s Ipagpatawad Mo won best child performer for Terence Baylon and best Editing while the lifetime achievement award went to Fernando Poe Jr in 1991.
Nora’s three-year feat ends when Lorna Tolentino won the best actress in 1992 for Narito ang Puso Ko.
Vilma won her second best actress after seven nominations in 1993 for Dolzura Cortez Story. The film also won best adaptation story and musical score. Lifetime achievement awards went to Espiridion Laxa and Nora Aunor. Laxa was Vilma’s film producer of so many memorable films like, Dama De Noche and Lipad Darna Lipad.
Nora won her fourth best actress in 1995 for The Flor Contemplacion Story and Sharon Cuneta in 1996 for Madrasta. The 1996 lifetime achievement award went to Anita Linda.
Maricel Soriano’s turn to receive the best actress happened in 1997. She won for Nasaan ang Puso. Also, this year, Vilma Santos received the lifetime achievement award and the posthumous recognition award to Charito Solis.
Vilma Santos won her third best actress in 1998 for Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa, her co-stars, child actors, Carlo Aquino and Serena Dalrymple won the supporting acting trophies. The film also won best in production design. Vilma’s director in box office hits like Sinasamba Kita and Imortal, Eddie Garcia, received the lifetime achievement award.
Bulaklak ng Maynila win big in 1999, best director (Joel Lamangan), best actor (Christopher de Leon) and best actress (Elizabeth Oropesa). Vilma’s blockbuster movie, Anak won two trophies in 2000: best supporting actress for Amy Austria and best screenplay for Ricardo Lee. Gloria Romero won the best actress for Tanging Yaman. Vilma’s director and co-star in memorable films Nakakahiya and sequeal, Hindi Nakakahiya, Eddie Rodriguez received the lifetime achievement award.
Lorna Tolentino reclaimed her spot in FAP history when she won the following year her second best actress for Abakada Ina.
Vilma won her fourth best actress in 2002 via Chito Rono’s Dekada ’70. Her co-star, Piolo Pascual won the best supporting and the film also won best production design.
Maricel Soriano won again in 2003 for Filipinas while Susan Roces received the lifetime achievement award. The next year, Claudine Barretto won her very first academy award for her film, Milan.
In 2005, the FAP award became, the “Luna Awards.”
In 2006, Nida Blanca and George Canseco received the posthumous recognition award. Nida Blanca co-starred with Vilma in 1988’s Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos. George Canseco created so many memorable songs for films starring Vilma Santos. In 2007, the special posthumous award was given to Armando Garces and Fernando Poe Jr. – RV (READ MORE)
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