Vilma Santos Seven Golden Years 1977 – 1984

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From 1977 to 1984, Vilma Santos made 55 films, a very productive seven years full of commercial success and several critical accolades.

13 Acting trophies– 11 Best Actress, 2 Best Picture (Film Producer)

11 Acting Nominations

1977– six films, highlights: Burlesk Queen and Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon signalled her image transformation.

  • 1977 Burlesk Queen – “…an official Entry to the 1978 Festival del film Locarno (Switzerland) …swept the awards in that year’s MMFF, resulting in a controversy that led to the wholesale return of trophies. In spite of the scandal, “Burlesk” is still regarded by critics as the “quintessential” Filipino film. “Hinamon ni Brocka si Tinio ng suntukan (Lino Brocka dared Rolando Tinio to a fight),” Celso remembers. “Tinio, who was the head of the jury, heralded “Burlesk as the most beautiful Filipino film” past, present and future.” Vi’s turnaround: Adding fuel to the fire, ?Burlesk? had stunned moviegoers because it unveiled a new Vilma Santos?from ingénue to wanton woman. Vilma says of “Burlesk?” – “It marked a transition in my career. Working with Celso Kid is a privilege. He’s a genius.” With good humor, Vilma recalls a “quarrel” on the set of “Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak,” which she produced in 1978. “It took so long to finish. I lost money on that. But we’re still friends.” Burlesk and Pagputi brought a lot of honor to me…” (READ MORE)
  • 1977 Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon – “…Bernal recieved his first Gawad Urian best director award…Anita Linda and Mary Walter played mother and grandmother to Vilma…” (READ MORE)
  • 1977 Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig – “…an entry to the 1981 ASEAN Film Festival in Sydney Austarlia and Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taipei Taiwan…the film earned Mat Ranillo III the 1978 FAMAS best supporting actor award…” (READ MORE)
  • 1977 Pulot-gata, Pwede Kaya? – “…Directed by and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Suzanne Gonzalez, Rodolfo Boy Garcia, Tange, Ruel Vernal, Tita De Villa, Paraluman…” (READ MORE)
  • 1977 Susan Kelly, Edad 20 – “…Directed by Maria Saret and casted Vi with Dante Rivero and Anthony Alonzo…” (READ MORE)
  • 1977 Apoy sa Ibabaw Apoy sa Ilalim (cameo role) – “…Produced by VS Films, no information available except that the Vilma Santos’ birthday celebration was added as bonus feature of the film….” (READ MORE)

1978– fourteen films, highlights: Lino Brocka’s Rubia Servios and Celso castedillo’s Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak; atleast one film per month; films with Nora Aunor, Ikaw ay Akin, Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig and Huwag Hamakin Hostess (Vi in came role).

  • 1978 Huwag Hamakin Hostess (cameo role)
  • 1978 Mga mata ni Angelita (came role) – “…Julie Vega was only 10 years old when she was launched to full stardom in the 1978 movie, “Mga mata ni Angelita.” …She appeared in previous movie outings as Darling Postigo. The young Vega was ably supported by an all super star casted headed by the King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. (in the role of Conrado, the ex-convict) and Comedy King Dolphy (as Tacio, the taho vendor). Also appearing in cameo roles…Vilma Santos ( as a worried wife)…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Amorseko: Kumakabit, Kumakapit – “…Directed by Maria Saret and casted Vi with George Estregan, Ernie Garcia, Rez Cortez, and Beth Bautista…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Bakit Kailangan Kita? – “…Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Vilma Santos, Maan Hontiveros, Laurice Guillen, Romeo Enriquiz, Mary Walter…Leah Navarro’s “Kailangan Kita” was used as the film’s theme song ..” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Kampus – “…Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza and casted Vi with Bembol Roco, Mat Ranillo III, Allan Valenzuela, Liza Lorena, Anita Linda, Lito Lapid…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Disco Fever – “…Directed by Al Quinn and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Victor Laurel, Rio Locsin…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Ikaw ay Akin – “…Nora and Vilma were nominated for their roles in the 1978 Gawad Urian but lost, their leading man Christopher de Leon won the best actor…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali – “…Directed by Elwood Perez and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Baby Delgado, Roel Vergel de Dios…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Pag-ibig ko sa iyo lang Ibibigay – “…Directed by Nilo Saez and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Perla Bautista, Romy Diaz…Flippers’ “Pag-ibig ko sayo ko lang ibibigay” was used as the film’s theme song…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak – “…Vilma’s own VS films won both the 1978 FAMAS and Gawad Urian best picture awards…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig – “…Directed by Leonardo L Garcia and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Romnick Sarmenta…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Promo Girl – “…Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao and casted Vi with Ricky Belmonte, Roel Vergel de Dios, Bembol Rocco, Eddie Gutierrez…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Rubia Servios – “…it may not win her the 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival: Best Performer award but Rubia Servios end up as a record breaking earner of the festival…” (READ MORE)
  • 1978 Simula ng Walang Katapusan – “…Directed by Luis Enriquez and casted Vi with Eddie Rodriguez, Carmen Soriano, Lito Anzures, Rio Locsin, Ruben Rustria…” (READ MORE)

1979– eight films, highlights: movies with fim giants: Dolphy in Buhay Artista, Ngayon; Charito Solis in Modelong Tanso.

  • 1979 Buhay Artista, Ngayon – “…Directed by Frank Gray Jr. and casted Vi with Dolphy, Panchito, Babalu, Cachupoy, Bayani Casimiro, Georgie Quizon, Ellen Esguerra, Moody Diaz, Odette Khan, German Moreno, Ike Lozada, Florante, Joe Quirino…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Coed – “…Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza and casted Vi with Jay Ilagan, Celia Rodriguez, Allan Valenzuela, Jun Soler, Angge…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Halik sa Kamay, Halik sa Paa – “…Directed by Luis Enriquez and casted Vi with Ronald Corveau, Eddie Rodriguez, Rosemarie Gil, Roderick Paulate, Angie Ferro, Aurora Salve…produced by Vilma Santos’ VS Films…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Magkaribal – “…Directed by Elwood Perez and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Alma Moreno …” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Modelong Tanso – “…Directed by Cirio H. Santiago and casted Vi with Charito Solis, Winnie Santos…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Pinay, American Style – “…Directed by Elwood Perez and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Bembol Roco, Cocoy Laurel, Rosa Mia…Theme Song, “Pinay” performed by Florante…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Rock, Baby, Rock – “…Directed by Oscar Miranda and casted Vi with Junior, Rolly Quizon, Leah Navarro, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon…” (READ MORE)
  • 1979 Swing it, Baby – “…Directed by Al Quinn and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Amy Austria, V.S.T. & Company, Mike Monserrat, Walter Navarro…Theme Songs, “I-swing mo ako” performed by Sharon Cuneta…” (READ MORE)

1980– nine films, highlights: ressurected her Darna role for the last time; bolder stripper roles in Mrs Jones and Miss X.

  • 1980 Ang Galing-galing Mo, Mrs. Jones – “…Directed by Cirio H. Santiago and casted Vi with Al Tantay, Mark Gil, Vic Salayan, Anita Linda ..” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Darna at Ding – “…Directed by J. Erastheo Navoa and Cloyd Robinson and casted Vi with Niño Muhlach, Celia Rodriguez, Marissa Delgado, Veronica Jones, Rez Cortez, Ike Lozada, German Moreno, Al Tantay, Donna Villa…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Good Morning, Sunshine – “…Directed by Ishmael Bernal and casted Vi with Junior, Lloyd Samartino, Sheryl Cruz, Debraliz, Anita Linda, Liza Lorena…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Gusto Ko Siya, Mahal Kita – “…Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Christopher De Leon, Maila Gumila…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Langis at Tubig – “…Directed by Danny Zialcita and casted Vi with Dindo Fernando, Ronaldo Valdez, Amy Austria, Vic Silayan…theme song, “Langis At Tubig” performed by Sharon Cuneta…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Miss X – “…Directed by Gil Portes and casted Vi with Mark Gil…theme song, “Dito Ba?” performed by Kuh Ledesma…film shot in the red district of Amsterdam…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Romansa – “…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)…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Yakapin Mo Ako, Lalaking Matapang – “…Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza and casted Vi with Lito Lapid, Chichay, Angie Ferro, Lucita Soriano, Rez Cortez, German Moreno…theme song performed by Lirio Vital…” (READ MORE)
  • 1980 Candy Vilma Santos in a cameo role.

1981– four films, highlights: box office hits – Karma and Pakawalan Mo Ako; Karma, an entry to the 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival earned Vilma the festival’s best actress award.

  • 1981 Pakawalan Mo Ako – “…Vilma Santos won the 1981 FAMAS Best Actress…” (READ MORE)
  • 1981 Hiwalay – “…Directed by Romy Suzara and casted Vi with Dindo Fernando, Eddie Rodriguez, Celia Rodriguez, Anita Linda …” (READ MORE)
  • 1981 Karma – “…Vilma Santos won the 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress…” (READ MORE)
  • 1981 Ex-Wife – “…Directed by Eddie Rodriguez and casted Vi with Beth Bautista, Raul Aragon, Michael de Mesa, Eddie Garcia, Liz Alindogan, Wendy villarica, Rosemarie Gil…” (READ MORE)

1982– six films, highlights: Record-breaking hits: Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? and Sinasamba Kita. Earned rave reviews for her performance in Relasyon; last year’s Pakawalan Mo Ako earned Vilma her second FAMAS best actress (after Dama De Noche in 1972).

  • 1982 Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? – “…Gaano kadalas ang Minsan grossed 7.3 Million in its few days run in Metro Manila in 1982 outgrossing “Sinasamba Kita” for Philippine movies’ all-time box office tally. With inflation and currency rate in consideration that will be around 95 million. But that’s not the only exciting thing about these film. It was the only film that Vilma Santos and Hilda Koronel did while atleast when Hilda was still at her peak…” (READ MORE)
  • 1982 Haplos – “…Directed by Antonio Jose Perez and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Rio Locsin, Delia Razon, Eddie Infante…theme song, “Haplos” performed by Eva Eugenio…” (READ MORE)
  • 1982 Never Ever Say Goodbye – “…Directed by Gil M. Portes and casted Vi with Nonoy Zuniga, Ian Veneracion…theme song, “Never Ever Say Goodbye” performed by Nonoy Zuniga…” (READ MORE)
  • 1982 Relasyon – “…The very first “Grand Slam” for Best Actress in Philippine Entertainment history…” (READ MORE)
  • 1982 Sinasamba Kita – “…They started with 38 theatres, by the weekend (they added more) and became 41 theatres…After 6 days, the film earned P5,207,416.00. After a week’s time, almost P6 million…” (READ MORE)
  • 1982 T-Bird at Ako – “…Directed by Danny Zialcita and casted Vi with Nora Aunor, Dindo Fernando, Tommy Abuel, Anita Linda, Liza Lorena, Rustica Carpio…theme song, “Hiwaga ng Pag-ibig” performed by Nora Aunor…” (READ MORE)

1983 – four films, highlights: box office hits – Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Nakaraan and Paano Ba Ang Mangarap; received grandslam best actress from previous year’s Relasyon (Winning four best actress from FAMAS, Gawad Urian, CMMA and FAP).

  • 1983 Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida – “…Directed by Leonardo L. Garcia and casted Vi with Romeo Vasquez, Carmi Martin, Norma Blancaflor…” (READ MORE)
  • 1983 Broken Marriage – “…Vilma Santos won the 1983 Gawad Urian best actress, her second consecutive awards from the local critics…” (READ MORE)
  • 1983 Minsan pa Natin Hagkan Ang Nakaraan – “…Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya and casted Vi with Christopher De Leon, Eddie Garcia…theme song, “Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Nakaraan” performed by Basil Valdez…” (READ MORE)
  • 1983 Paano Ba ang Mangarap? – “…Directed by Eddie Garcia and casted Vi with Christopher Deleon, Amy Austria, Jay Ilagan, Peral Bautista, Armida Siguion Reyna, Vic Silayan…theme song, “Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?” performed by Basil Valdez…” (READ MORE)

1984– four films, highlights: films with Brocka, Diaz-Abaya, de Leon in one year; received second consecutive Gawad Urian for last year’s Broken Marriage.

  • 1984 Adultery – “…Directed by Lino Brocka and casted Vi with Phillip Salvador, Tita De Villa, Alvin Enriquez, Anita Linda, Mario Montenegro, Deborah Sun…” (READ MORE)
  • 1984 Alyas Baby Tsina – “…Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and casted Vi with Phillip Salvador, Dindo Fernando, Cecille Castillo, Chanda Romero, Johnny Delgado, Caridad Sanchez, Maria Isabel Lopez, Dexter Doria, Mary Walter, Vangie Labalan, Harlene Bautista…” (READ MORE)
  • 1984 Sister Stella L. – “…Vilma Santos won the 1984 Gawad Urian:best actress…the Philippines’ entry to 1985 Venice International Film Festival…Sister Stella L. was one of 25 Filipino films shown in New York from July 31 to August 1999, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center…” (READ MORE)
  • 1984 Charot – “…Vilma Santos in cameo role…” (READ MORE)

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