33rd Year Anniversary of Pakawalan Mo Ako 1/2

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Release Date: 29 May 1981 (Philippines)

Credits: Directed: Elwood Perez; Story: Pete Lacaba; Screenplay: Jose F. Lacaba, Iskho Lopez, Mauro Gia Samonte; Cast: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Anthony Castelo, Deborah Sun, Subas Herrero, Mila Ocampo, Ed Villapol; Executive producer: Marichu Maceda; Original Music: Lutgardo Labad; Cinematography: Johnny Araojo; Film Editing: Jose Tarnate; Production Design: Angel Tantoco; Sound: Gaudencio Barredo; Theme Songs: “Dati” performed by Anthony Castello; Production Co: MVP Pictures; Release Date: 29 May 1981 (Philippines) – IMDB

Plot Description: – When Ana’s (Vilma Santos) father died they experience hardship. She decided to stop her schooling and work (selling beauty soaps on the street). Despite being poor, she decided not to ask help from her rich boyfriend Freddie Villaseñor (Christopher DeLeon). When the hardship reached its peak, she decided to join her friend, Bernadette Santos (Deborah Sun) as escort girls. There she met Bernard, a son of a rich clan, who courted her when Anna’s relationship with Freddy failed. As it turned out Anna was pregnant and despite the disapproval of Bernard’s rich father (Subas Herrero), they continued their relationship. The continuing harassment of Bernard’s father and his entourage resulted in Bernard being shot as one of the goons tried to rape Anna and was caught by Bernard. Anna was framed and Bernard rich father hired Freddy to prosecute Anna. The film climax with the prosecutor Freddy discovered the bullet that killed Bernard. This was when he decided to visit Ana’s family and met her son. The film ends with Ana being acquitted and Freddy discovered that Ana’s son was his son. – RV

Review – “…The second memorable film experience for me was during early 80s where I saw the free sneak preview of “Pakawalan Mo Ako” at Gotesco Theatre near University of the East. I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get in. My college mates weren’t. They got stocked in the pandemonium outside. I was worried sick as I took the long escalator and saw them being crashed by the crowd. The security guards have to closed the gate of the lobby. Fans became so restless and broke the glass windows (where they displayed posters and still photos) . Inside, It was crowded, hot and wild. We were seeing a more mature Vilma Santos. The moviegoers reacts to every scenes from the very beginning up to the very end (the courtroom scene where Vilma cried and swear, “Liars! Liars! You’re all Lying!”)… ” – RV (READ MORE REVIEWS)

Film Achievement:

    FAMAS Awards

  • Best Picture Nomination
  • Best Actress – Vilma Santos
  • Best Musical Score – Lutgardo Labad
  • Best Theme Song – Louie Ocampo
  • Best Actor Nomination – Christopher De Leon
  • Best Director Nomination – Elwood Perez
  • Best Supporting Actor Nomination – Anthony Castelo
  • Best Supporting Actress Nomination – Deborah Sun
  • Source: Who’s Dated Who

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