2004 Stars Awards

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Trouble in the Stars – “Former Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) President Ernie Pecho is convinced that the media group’s incumbent head, Joe Barameda, was “not aware” of the alleged vote-buying during the recent 21st Star Awards ceremony. The very first Star Awards for movies were given out during Pecho’s term. “I know Joebar (Barrameda’s nickname). He’s a good person,” Pecho told Inquirer Entertainment in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Had he known, I’m sure he would have done something about it. He’s not like some of our colleagues na matindi ang pangangailangan (who are desperate). He would never accept money and ruin his image.” Quoting reports in the tabloids Pecho said 13 PMPC members, all part of the 24-man voting committee, received P5,000 each from “a woman from ABS-CBN.” This waa to ensure that the Best Actor award would go to Piolo Pascual (for “Milan”) and the Best Actress award to Kris Aquino (for “Feng Shui”). “They claimed Joebar was behind the “switching” of the awards,”said Pecho. The payoff might have happened, in fact, he said, but he reiterated his comfidence in Barrameda. Star Cinema, movie arm of ABS-CBN, produced both “Milan” and “Feng Shui.” “One story even said writer Allan Diones has admitted receiving money from the woman,” Pecho noted. Rumors that Kris and Piolo would win the top acting awards has started circulating days before the awards rites last Saturday.

Several people who turned up for the program at the Cinema 5 of the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City and sported the two nominees commented: “They probably know that they would win. Why else would they be here?” But it was, Vilma Santos who took the Best Actres trophy for “Mano Po 3: My Love,” and Dennis Trillo was named Best Actor and Best New Movie Actor for “Aishite Imasu 1941.” Inquirer Entertainement called Barrameda also on Wednesday, but he would not pick up. Instead, he sent this text message: “The PMPC will issue an official statement hopefully tomorrow.” Several write-ups identified the “woman” as Star Magic PR head Rikka Dylim, who denied the accusation. In a statement sent to Inquirer, Dylim said she had “nothing to do with the alleged vote-buying for (ABS-CBN Star Magic) contract artist Mr. Piolo Pascual.” Dylim added: “The network accepts the fact that another actor won the Best Actor award. We never question or protest the decision of the club.” Pecho said there could be several reasons that Kris and Piolo did not win, “despite all the efforts experted by ABS-CBN.” “Some members could have taken the money but felt guilty and voted for other nominees,” Pecho said. “Or maybe these members got somethng bigger from someone else.” Of the controversy, he could only say: “This is really humiliating. The PMPC used to pride itself in its integrity and unquestioned choices. It used to be the most credible awards-giving body.

Now, can we say the same?” In October 2003, Pecho and two other former PMPC presidents questioned the process of selecting the winners for the 17th Star Awards for Television, citing “glaring disparities.” Pecho said some artists who won could “hardly carry a tune,” and shows that bagged the trophies in spite of “consistently poor production quality.” Billy Balbastro, 1984 PMPC president, complained about the alleged of winners during that awards show. He said he received text messages the day before, saying ABS-CBN would win by a lanslide. Of the same ceremony, Veronica Samio, PMPC president from 1991 to 1993, said she heard talk that certain individuals had paid several club offiicials to win certain awards. Pecho, PMPC president from 1985 to 1987, saidl all past PMPC presidents should meet to discuss the situation. “I think there should be a “general cleaning” within the PMPC.” Saturday’s ceremony was well attended by both celebrities and fans. This could explain why the 700 seater venue looked so chaotic. Before entering the theater, Inquirer Entertainement encountered a throng of fans screamign to catch their idols attntion. A group of ushers refused to let in guests – not even those with invitations – who were not in formal attire. Inside, people kept walking around even as the cameras rolled. These people included cameramen and guests in blue jeans and casual shirts.

In one corner, performers Sandara Park, Hero Angeles and the Speed Dancers rehearsed their dance steps while the program was ongoing and presenters like Ciara Sotto, Anna Larucea and Baron Geisler took last-minute instructions from the stage manager. Vilmanians and Noranians, as well as fans of young stars Sandara, Hero, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras, screamed at every mention of their idols’ name and movies. What supposed to be a “formal” ceremony instead looked and sounded like any noontime program, with spectator’s hollering, “Laban!” or “Bawi!” at the top of their lungs. Kris arrived at about the same time as Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for his father, former president Joseph Estrada. A swarm of photographers jostled for the best shots. Kris is the daughter of another former president, Corazon Aquino. Only SVP for Drama Production and Star Cinema Malou Santos was around to accept the Best Picture award for “Milan.” One member of the audience noted that Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN’s EVP for Entertainment, was conspicuosly absent, fuelling rumors that she had quit working for the network on account of differences with its chair, Gabby Lopez. Pops Fernandez shared hosting chores with Vilma, and Martin Nievera was anchor man. The Golden Screen Awards show on March 5 had only two production numbers; Star Awards had four. Pops and The CompanY did the opening number. Star Circle questors Sandara and Hero performed in a “dance showdowns” with Starstruck ultimate survivors Jennylyn and Mark Young performers Mark Bautista, Erik Santos and Rachelle Ann Go did a medley of Filipino songs hafway into the program. Karylle, Keempe de Leon, Jamie Rivera and Franco Laurel sang Broadway tunes in the latter part. The Speed Dancers worked the hardest, performing in all the production numbers.” – Marinel R. Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 18, 2005 (READ MORE)

Star Awards to be probed – “Officers of the Philippine Movie Press Club will form a committee to investigate the alleged vote-buying during the recent 21st Star Awards, according to Veronica Samio, head of the club’s grievance committee. “A deceitful act like this should not go unpunished,” said Samio, who was president of the PMPC from 1991 to 1993. “Its not right to cheat. We will see to it that PMPC members involved in this will be expelled. Post-show reports alleged that 13 PMPC members, all part of the 24-man voting committee, received money from ABS-CBN Star Magic PR head Rikka Dylim several days before the ceremony. This was to ensure that Piolo Pascual would be named Best Actor for “Milan” and the Best Actress award would go to Kris Aquino for “Feng Shui.” The accused members included writer Allan Diones, who admitted to received P5,000 from Dyllim, Samio also identified former PMPC president Julie Bonifacio-Gaspar, incumbent vice president Jimi Escala and member Ador Saluta as among thosed involved. Star Cinema, movie arm of ABS-CBN, produced both “Milan” and “Feng Shui.” But Vilma Santos (“Mano Po 3: My Love”) took home the Best Actress trophy and Dennis Trillo (“Aishite Imasu 1941”) was named Best Actress and Best New Movie Actor. Samio said Diones confessed to the vote-buying on the day the committee members were to cast their vote. “The first reaction of our president (Joe Barrameda) was to strike Piolo’s name from the list of nominees.

But we dissuaded him because it would not be fair to Piolo, who actually did well in “Milan,” Samio told Inquirer Entertainment last Friday. “Piolo probably didn’t even know what these people did for him.” According to Samio, writer-TV host Cristy Fermin was also seen reportedly handing out P3,000 to 12 PMPC members a few days before the PMPC was to announce the winners at the Cinema 5 of the Gateway Mall in Quezon City last March 12. Fermin had been campaigning for Piolo and Kris – praising them in her columns in the tabloids Bandera, Pilipino Star Ngayon and Bulgar, and on her radio program on dzMM. But Samio said only eight members actually voted for Piolo. “I know, because I’ve seen the summary of votes that the PMPC submitted to the show’s producer, Airtime Marketing,” she pointed out. “This means some of the members who accepted the bribe did not vote for Piolo.” PMPC chair Fernand de Guzman, Barrameda and two accountants signed the summary of votes handed to Airtime Marketing, said Samio. “You see, walang dayaaan sa PMPC,” she declared. “People tried to cheat but they did not succeed.” Asked for her reaction, Fermin said: “I do not wish to comment to anyone about the issue because what I think and feel about it are all written in my colums.”

In her “Most Wanted” column in Bulgar last Friday, Fermin referred to the controversy as “Isang bangungot para sa ilan at masamang panaginip para sa iba, hindi naman lahat ng panaginip ay maganda (a nightmare to some and a bad dream to others – not all dreams are good).” ABS-CBN’s Dylim also denied having anything to do with the alleged vote-buying. In a statement sent to Inquirer Entertainment Wednesday Dylim said: “The network accepts the fact that another actor won the Best Actor Award. We never question or protest the decision of the club.” In anotehr statement, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation said it was “saddened” by the alleged “vote-buying scam” and annouced that it “has not tolerated and will not tolerate such practice.” The statement added: “The network has always espoused the principles of professinalism and integrity and this extends to playing fair in any industry-related activity, including the PMPC’s Star Awards. “It is unfortunate that such allegation routinely surfaces after every awards ceremony regardless of parties, to the detriment of the industry.” PMPC officials and some members met last Thursday to discuss the controversy, said Samio. “It was during the meeting that we decided to expel members who would be proven guilty of accepting bribes,” added the former PMPC president. “How can the PMPC cleanse itself if it does not get rid of these people?” Incumbent president Barrameda said the PMPC “stands by the veracity of all of its winners” and “fins no errors in its tabulations.” – Marinel R. Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 20, 2005 (READ MORE)

Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto to receive Ulirang Artista award from PMPC


Ang Star for All Seasons at Batangas Governor na si Ms. Vilma Santos ang unanimous choice ng members and officers ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), Inc. ngayong taon, bilang recipient ng isang natatanging gawad—pagkilala sa isang tunay na alagad ng sining—ang Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award. Every year ay ibinibigay ito ng nasabing entertainment writers’ club sa kanilang PMPC Star Awards for Movies presentation, sa nararapat tawaging “Ulirang Artista” ng Philippine show business.

Kabilang sa criteria ng Club para sa karangalang ito ay ang kanyang “outstanding body of work in film, remarkable achievements in Philippine Cinema, unquestionable credibility, impeccable reputation in the movie industry, integrity, and if she has touched the lives of the Filipino people from her humble beginnings up to her present status.” Masasabing espesyal ang pagpaparangal na ito sa multi-awarded actress na si Vilma Santos, dahil nagkataong Silver Anniversary (25 years) ngayon ng PMPC.

Just last week sa general meeting ng PMPC, may iba pang mga na-consider na mga batikan at beteranong aktor at aktres para sa Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award. At tulad ng laging nangyayari taun-taon, may demokratikong delibration among the PMPC officers and members, kung sino ang gusto nilang i-nominate. Ang pangalan na nga ni Ate Vi ang lumabas na halos unanimous choice.

Ang kauna-unahang recipient ng Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award ay si Ms. Anita Linda noong 1987. Wala pang ganitong category mula 1984, ang birth year ng PMPC Star Awards for Movies, hanggang 1986. Ang iba pang past Ulirang Artista honorees ay sina: Dolphy, Eddie Garcia, Joseph Estrada, Susan Roces, Ramon Revilla Sr., Armando Goyena, Boots Anson-Roa, Perla Bautista, Eddie Rodriguez, Charito Solis, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Gloria Romero, German Moreno, Chichay, Gil de Leon, Leopoldo Salcedo, Alicia Vergel, Mona Lisa, at Rosa Rosal.

Last year, ipinagkaloob ang parangal na ito (posthumous) sa namayapang actor-producer na si Rudy Fernandez. Tinanggap ito ng kanyang kapatid sa awards night sa Ateneo University Theater noong June 27, at nagkaroon ng delayed telecast sa ABS-CBN noong June 30. Last March 10 nang gabi, pagkatapos ng taping ni Governor Vi ng Deal or No Deal (last episode) sa ABS-CBN studio, personal na inabot ng ilang PMPC officers (headed by president Roldan Castro) ang formal letter informing her of the recognition.

“Wow, nakakatuwa naman ang balitang ‘yan,” masayang bungad ni Vilma, habang binabasa ang formal letter. “Pagkagaling namin sa U.S., sige, magsu-shoot na kasi kami… Kelan ba ito? ‘Wag lang Linggo please dahil di ako puwedeng ma-late sa flag ceremony sa amin (Batangas) ng Monday morning,” dagdag niya, na inoohan naman agad ng PMPC representatives at aayusin ng mga ito ang schedule, ayon sa availability ng mahusay na aktres. Tuwang-tuwa si Governor Vi sa nasabing mataas na karangalan, nag-congratulate pa siya sa grupo for its 25th year, at masayang kinumpirmang darating sa Gabi ng Parangal upang personal na tanggapin ang kanyang trophy.

“Congrats sa inyo dahil Silver na pala kayo… Yung Oscars, nakakatuwa nung napanood ko, talagang sa pagbanggit ng nominees sa major categories, in-invite nila ang past winners, di ba? Ang ganda! Talagang mararamdaman mo yung respeto sa kapwa artista nila,” comment pa ni Vilma, na tila nais nitong ipahayag na sana’y gano’n din ang respetong igawad sa mga tunay na artista sa Pilipinas, sa mga okasyong tulad nito. Sa personal na pagtanggap na yun ni Governor Vi, nagsipalakpakan pa nga ang PMPC representatives sa tuwa. Nang iparating ng PMPC sa production team headed by Director Al Quinn ang mainit na pagtanggap ni Gov. Vi sa parangal ay natuwa silang lahat.

Si Vilma Santos ay isa nang haligi ng movie industry at hindi matatawaran ang nagawa niyang mga kontribusyon sa daigdig ng pelikula. Isa siyang multi-awarded, highly-respected actress (with her string of award-winning performances and box office achievements) na pinasok din ang daigdig ng pulitika. Mula sa pagiging mayor ng Batangas ay matagumpay rin itong ibinoto ng mga Batangeño bilang kanilang Governor.

Hindi na mabilang ang mga tinaggap niyang Best Actress awards through the years. Ika nga, name it, Ate Vi has won it. Naikot na niya sa matagumpay niyang showbiz career ang halos lahat ng major award giving bodies—Gawad Urian, FAP (na ngayo’y Luna Awards), FAMAS (Hall of Famer siya as Best Actress), MMFFP, at Young Critics Circle.

For the record, sa history or honor roll ng PMPC Star Awards for Movies, si Governor Vi ang nagkamit ng pinakamaraming tropeo bilang Movie Actress of the Year (Best Actress)—a total of six (6) PMPC trophies to be exact—at isang Dekada Award as Best Actress noong nagpalit ang dekada, na iginawad din noon kina Nora Aunor at Sharon Cuneta. Ang anim na Star Awards for Movies (Best Actress) trophies na nakopo ng Star for All Seasons ay para sa Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989), Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa (1998); Dekada ’70 (2002), at ang pinakahuli ay para sa Mano Po 3: My Love (2004).

Ngayong April 11 ay nakatakdang umalis si Vilma kasama ang grupo ng Star Cinema patungong U.S. upang mag-shoot ng comeback film niya (after five years), tentatively titled A Mother’s Story, directed by Olivia Lamasan. Kasama ni Vilma sa cast ang anak na si Luis Manzano at ang kasalukuyang Box-Office King John Lloyd Cruz. “One week lang muna kami sa Los Angeles para magbakasyon muna with my family. Then, April 19, punta na kami ng New York, pahinga ng 20th, at start ng shooting sa 21st. Mga three weeks kami doon,” masayang pagbabalita ni Vilma.

“So, in time pag-uwi ko sa May, makaka-attend ako… Wow, wala talaga akong masabi… Thank you, thank you talaga sa inyo!” masayang-masayang sabi ni Governor Vi. Ngayon pa lang ay inihahanda na ng produksiyon ang “special tribute” for the one and only Ms. Vilma Santos bilang Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, very fitting para sa Silver Anniversary presentation ng PMPC Star Awards for Movies sa buwan ng Mayo.

As of press time, inaaayos pa kung sino-sino ang magiging hosts ng Gabi ng Parangal, pati na ang performers. Inaasahang magiging makulay at maningning na naman ang okasyong ito, na magkakaroon rin ng delayed telecast sa telebisyon. Lalo itong magnininging sa pagdalo ni Governor Vilma Santos-Recto. – Mell T. Navarro, PEP, March 13, 2009 (READ MORE)

1998 Gawad Urian and Star Awards

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Vilma, Nida Share top acting honors – “…Vilma Santos shared the coveted Movie Actress of the Year award with Nida Blanca in last Saturday’s Star Awards, the local counterpart of Hollywood’s Golden Globe, at a jampacked UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City. Santos was honored for her role in Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa?, a movie written for the screen by Lualhati Bautista based on her own novel and directed by Chito Roño for Star Cinema. Blanca, meanwhile, won her acting trophy for her role in the obscure Sana Pag-ibig Na by first-time director Jeffrey Jeturian for Golden Harvest. The two bested three other nominees: Elizabeth Oropeza (Tasulok), Rosanna Roces (Ang Lalake sa Buhay ni Selya), and Sharmaine Arnais (Sagad sa Init). In the male actor category, the members of the Philippine Movie Press Club gave Cesar Montano his second acting trophy for playing Dr. Jose Rizal in the multi-million peso production Jose Rizal that Marilou Diaz-Abaya made for GMA Films. It was an expected win that no one, even the other nominees in the Movie Actor of the Year: Raymond Bagatsing (Kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion), Ricky Davao (Ang Lalake sa Buhay ni Selya), Richard Gomez (Babae sa Bintana), and Eric Quizon (Pusong Mamon). Montano won the same honors in the Metro Manila Film Festival. Apart from the Actor of the Year, Jose Rizal bagged eight other trophies including Movie of the Year. Star also honored the film in directing (Diaz-Abaya), acting (Jaime Fabregas, in supporting role), screenplay adapted from another material (Ricky Lee, Jun Lana, and Peter Ong Lim), production design (Leo Abaya), film editing (Jess Navarro and Manet Dayrit), music scoring (Nonong Buencamino).

Jose Rizal is only the second movie produced by the fledgling GMA Films and cost the new movie outfit some P80 million, making it the most expensive film made in this part of the globe. It already grossed to date, according to reports, close to a hundred million. Sa Pusod ng Dagat, its first venture into serious film making, didn’t have much luck in the box office, but won Star honors in the original screenplay category for writier Jun Lana and cinematography Romy Vitug. Star Cinema’s bet for major awards, Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa?, seemed to have failed to impress the movie press. It only collected three trophies, for Santos’ performance and the two child actors Serena Darlymple, proclaimed New Movie Actress of the Year, and Carlo Aquino cited as Child Performer of the Year…The Star Awards for Movies is handed out annually by the Philippine Movie Press Club, It kind…Starting as an alternative to the macho-dominated Famas 15-years ago, it eventually became the event to watch. During its early years, its choices caused a lot of raised eyebrows, especially among the more academically equipped group of movie writers and critics. Fractured by a split in membership when a faction opted to take a leave and eventually resign amid a feud between the writers’ group and ABS-CBN last year, the remaining members of the PMPC remained undaunted. These days, there seem to be peaceful co-existence between the group and the network that questioned publicly its credibility in handing out awards of excellence. Last Saturday marked the return of Star Cinema;s acknowledgement of PMPC and Star Awards as something the industry can do without. Representatives from the film company accepted the trophies for winners who failed to make it to the show, like Carlo Aquino. In contrast to the conciliatory moves of Star Cinema;s management, actors, and technicians whose chances of victory are uncertaine chose not to make an appearance.

Movie Actress of the Year nominee Rosanna Roces was nowhere in sight. So was Richard Gomez. Even Movie Supporting Actress winner Anita Linda didn’t bother to come and accept her trophy. Yet, others showed their support to the PMPC by their sheer presence, making the Star Awards still the most star-studded annual awards show were Christopher de Leon, Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez, Daisy Ryes, Keempee de Leon, Geneva Cruz, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Troy Montero, Ralion Alonzo, Vina Morales, Carol Banawa, Jolina Magdangal, and Antoinette Taus who performed in the usual musical numbers and broke the monotony of the awards. Other probably came for the P10,000 cash prize for the Male and Female Star of the Night Award given to those the PMPC members decided looked best during the show. And the award went to Albert Martinez and Glydel Mercado. Some members of the audience though thought Sunshine Cruz in a see-through gown looked more fabulous. Starlet Bernadette Allyson also attracted attention and won Fairest Skin of the Night. And Eric Quizon was voted Darling of the Press. Quizon was also one of the hosts of the show. Joining him were Ronnie Ricketts and Vilma Santos whose fans punctuated the show with screams, cheers and applause. A female fan was reportedly escorted out of the theater by security guards aftersome members fo the audience complained that she has making too much noise. If the Vilmanians were rowdy, the Noranians was the opposite side of the theater were ferocious. They trooped to the theater when they learned Nora Aunor would make an appearance to present the Ulirang Artista Award to her friend Caridad Sanchez. They broke in wild cheers when their idol chilled out of the stage wing and stood on the right end of the stage. Vilma was on the opposite side waiting for her cue to introduce Nora. It was all right until the Mayor of Lipa announced Nida Blanca instead.

The Noranians were irked and incensed and objected with catcalls. Vilma was compelled to make a public apology, saying she was merely reading a cue card given to her by the show’s writer. Nora was also the recipient of a special award, cited by the PMPC for bringing the local movie industry honors in international film festivals. She won Best Actress at Penang, Malaysia for her role in 1997’s Bakit May Kahapon Pa? The superstar’s acceptance speech was short, saying only, “Maraming salamat!” Many speculated that she must have been incensed by the earlier faux pas committed by her perennial rival. In justifying the mistake, the PMPC said that Nora was not really expected to arrive. But they were glad she made it. In case she didn’t, Nida Blanca had agreed to make the presentation of the Ulirang Artista Award which was already written on the cue card. The question though remained, “Didn’t Vilma notice Nora coming in?” If she didn’t she should have taken the cue from the screams of the Noranians. The incident reignited the heated rivalry of these two stars and made the Star Awards a peewee exciting…” – Isah V. Red, Photographs by Mike de Juan, Manila Standard, Mar 14, 1999 (READ MORE)

Urian’s Choices“…Another major upset was Nida Blanca’s failure to clinch top acting honors. Her perfromance in Sana Pag-ibig Na by another first-time director Jeffrey Jeturian was considered by many worthy of an Urian trophy and could give popular choice Vilma Santos a tough time in all of the awards this year. Blanca shared the same honors with the Mayor of Lipa City earlier in Star Awards. Seventy-six-year-old-actress Mona Lisa was this year’s recipient of Natatanging Gawad Urian presented to her by Insiang co-star Ruel Vernal and Manunuri’s Grace Javier Alfonso. The actress recent work is a role in Nick DeOcampo’s Mother Ignacia. This is the 22nd year the Manunuri group have been handing out trophies to honor outstanding work of actors, directors, writers, film editors, sound engineers and music scorers in Filipino movies…The show looked like most local awards shows with musical numbers that has no relevance to the film medium punctuating the monotony of introducing the nominees and annoucing the winners. Rosanna Roces’ licentious humor somehow livened up the perfunctory intros of presentors and performers. Osang was resplendent in an off-shoulder tangerine ballroom gown at the beginning and changed into a heavily beaded and sequined pience with partly see-through skirt. Many in the audience wondered if she was wearing a wig. With Osang as co-hosts were a slimmer Rustom Padilla and Albert Martinez who was struggling with an astma attack and had to leave even before the show was over.

The stage was dressed up like a courtyard with facade of turn of the century houses as background. Rep. Imee Marcos presented the five nominated pictures wearing initally an outfit made from indigenous fibers and then later a Filipiniana-inspired two-piece number…As usual in local award shows, the bigger stars come in very late, just in time for the annoucement of the nominations in their respective category. Vilma Santos came in at 10:30 p.m. escorted by husband and Batangas congressman Ralph Recto and followed by an entourage of bodyguards and her personal assistants. In her acceptance speech, she apologized for her tardiness saying she had to attend the graduation from high school of Luis Philip Manzano, aka Lucky, her son by former husband Edu Manzano. She also announced that the follwing day, her son by Ralph, Ryan Christian Recto, would be celebrating his birthday. Vilma’s fans once more showed their undying support for their idol, screaming at every instance the actress’ name is mentioned and holding up paper placards, on which they screamed their affection for her. When her name was announce winner of the most coveted award, they went gaga jumping out of their seats to cheer her as if they were watching a basketball game. This is the kind of awards show that somehow masks the sad realities in an industry struggling to survive the worst economic crisis ever and the continued and growing alienations of the middle class now more inclined to watch English-language movies from Hollywood on either the VHS and DVD formats in the comfort of their airconditioned bedrooms….” – Manila Standard, Mar 31, 1999 (READ MORE)

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)

2002 Best Actress Awards

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Novel to Film “…”Dekada ’70,” the eagerly awaited filmization of Lualhati Bautista’s seminal novel in the explosive ’80s, has eight nominations. Best director nominee Chito Rono successfully focuses the novel’s many-sided dimensions on a mother’s stirring from domestic conventions and sensibilities as her family copes with the changes wrought by a collapsing order. The movie, written by Bautista herself and nominated for best screenplay, manages to provides viewers, particularly the young, with the feel of the Marcos years, reacquainting them with a particularly sordid passage in history when innocence was ravaged and continuity was ruptured. The wonder is that the movie did not get the lion’s share of the technical design (Manny Morfe), and sound (Albert Michael Idioma and Alex Tomboc) – should at least suggest its achievement. Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon are strong contenders for best actor and best actress, while yound actor Piolo Pascual is nominated for best supporting actor. The 26th Gawad Urian of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the society of respected film critics, will be held on May 17 at the AFP Theater…” – Lito B. Zulueta, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 28, 2003 (READ MORE)

The Light “…Topping the Urian for surprise value was the join award for Best Picture to “Dekada ’70” and “Mga Munting Tinig,” This was unexpected because “Dekada” was a major production that took many months to make, while “Munting Tinig” was a small low-budget film that was shot in only a few weeks. Despite this, both films were cited as the best local movies for 2002. A possible interpretation of the twin awards could be “Dekada” is cited for tackling asn important period in the country;s political life with extensive resources of a major studio, while “Munting Tinig” is honored for its ability to dramatize a simple, heartwarming tale that provides much-needed inspiration, despite its limited budget. In other words, the two films’ contrasting approaches are both needed by local movies today, hence the decision for them to share the Urian’s Best Picture award…The Best Actress trophy that Vilma Santos won for her performance in “Dekada ’70” is another noteworthy decision because, when the film was first shown, even veteran observers rapped Vilma for her relatively “passive,” “colorless” and “undramatic” portrayal in the movie. This was because her character, the wife and mother in the movie’s central Bartolome family, spent most of the film’s running time meekly following her husband’s dictates, like most women in the ’70s. Some people took this as a weak thespic stance, and we had to point out in some articles taht his wasn’t true at all. In fact, given the convention of the movie’s time frame, this “passivity” was an astute artistic decision on Vilma’s part, and thoroughly merited by her character and the period in which she lived. In fact, what Vilma did in “Dekada” was more difficult because it was so controlled and subtle, it would have been far easier for her to melodramatically tear up the scenery and act up a storm. Gratifyingly, by the time the film awards season came around, enough people has seen the light, and Vilma went on to win a phalanx of Best Actress trophies, now including the Urian…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer – May 24, 2003 (READ MORE)

Anak natin si Piolo? “…Gawad Urian best supporting actor Piolo Pascual (“Dekada ’70”) arrived early at the awards ceremony Saturday night and reserve a seat for “Dekada ’70” costar Vilma Santos, who would later be declared best actress. Vilma and Piolo played mother and son in the moving Chito Rono movie based on the screenplay by Lualhati Bautista, who won for best screenplay. Piolo was very affectionate to “mom” Vilma, hugging and kissing her when she arrived. He was seen clasping her hands moments before his name was announced as best supporting actor at theTeatro Arturo Enrile in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City…The movie critics’ group paid tribute to writer Ricardo “Ricky” Lee by naming him the recipient of the Natatnging Gawad for lifetime achievement for his invaluable contributions to the film industry for more than three decades. The award was handed to him by three of the many actresses who breathed life to his creations – Vilma (“Relasyon”), Dina Bonnevie (“Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”) and Gina Alajar (“Salome”). Lee has so far written about 120 screenplays and won some 50 awards. His most recent work, Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan,” was honored by many local and international award-giving bodies…Edu Manzano was very effective as the show’s only host. He kept the audience awake and laughing with his witty remarks, delivered with his trademark deadpan expression. Even Piolo and Vilma were not spared from Edu’s jokes. he imitated Piolo after the young actor delivered a very emotional acceptance speech. When Vilma said she was sharing her award with her costars in “Dekada ’70,” particularly to her “eldest son” Piolo, the camera caught Edu having his own dramatic highlights.” “What?” he asked his ex-wife in mock surprise, “Anak natin si Piolo?…” – Marinel R. Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 20, 2003 (READ MORE)

Star Awards “…Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos still gets the jitters when accepting acting awards. She bested five other equally worthy nominees to the best actress throne in last Saturday’s Star Awards for Movies at the UP Theatre. She won for her moving portrayal of a timid mother empowered by the death of her son in Chito Rono’s period drama, “Dekada ’70,” which was an official entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last December. Ironically, Ara Mina, who edged out Vilma from the best actress derby in the MMFF, was not among those cited by Star Awards. Vilma competed with Sharon Cuneta (“Magkapatid”), Maricel Soriano (“Mano Po”), Claudine Baretto (“Kailangan Kita”), and Alessandra de Rossi (“Mga Munting Tinig”)…” – Marinel R. Cruiz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 11, 2003 (READ MORE)

Film Scenes – Confrontations (Videos)

VILMA SANTOS vs ALMA MORENO

VILMA SANTOS vs NIDA BLANCA

VILMA SANTOS vs MARECEL SORIANO

VILMA SANTOS vs LORNA TOLENTINO

VILMA SANTOS vs DINA BONEVIE

VILMA SANTOS vs ALICIA VERGEL

VILMA SANTOS vs CLAUDINE BARETTO

VILMA SANTOS vs GLORIA ROMERO

VILMA SANTOS vs AMALIA FUENTEZ

VILMA SANTOS vs CHARITO SOLIS

VILMA SANTOS vs NORA AUNOR

2000 Gawad Dekada

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Gawad Dekada “…The Gawad Dekada will also name the top actors and actresses of the ’90s. In the running are the Gawad Urian best acting winners in lead and supporting roles. They include Vilma Santos (“Ipagpatawad Mo,” “Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story,” and “Bata, Batra”)…Expect the Nora Aunor-Vilma Santos rivalry to heat up to the Gawad Dekada. It is without question the two dominated the ’90s as far as the Gawad Urian was concerned, with each winning three best actress plums that decade. It is notable, however, that on two of those three occassions, Nora had to share the trophy with another actress – in 1993 with Helen Gamboa, who essayed Flor Contemplacion in Tikoy Aguiluz’s “Bagong Bayarni” (quite an irony sice Nora won her trophy for playing the same role in Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story), and in 1996 with Sharon Cuneta, who won for Madrasta (Nora won for “Bakit May Kahapon Pa?”). In contrast, Vilma did not share her trophies with anyone. But as one critic of the critics said, those were the rare times when the Manunuri made up their minds. In most instances, they couldn’t. That’s why the Gawad Urian has become noted for its surprising ties, which aren’t surprising anymore…” – Marinel R. Cruiz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 18, 2001 (READ MORE)

Freedom of Expression – While the country’s film critics protested the current clampdown on freedom of expression, movie stars, led by the inimitable Rosanna Roces, had a ball poking fun at the system during the recent Urian awards night. Osang, the evening’s lone female host, brimmed with naughty retorts and double entendres on and off the air while hosting the five-hour show with filmdoms’s leading heartthrobs led by Richard Gomez. Goma also expressed his indignation by wearing a black armband like the rest of the members of Manunuri. Other hosts in the stellar lineup were Diether Ocampo, Rustom Padilla and Dingdong Dantes. “Do you want me to stage a live show, Diet (Ocampo)? Osang, clad a revealing white gown by Maxi Cinco, asked in Filipino. “Please, no,” said Diether, feigning alarm. “Let’s just introduce our next set of nominees who are good at cutting films. And they’re not from MTRCB, Osang.” Diether was acturally referring to contenders in the best editing category. Speaking of cuts outrageously high to reveal her ample waist and thighs. A thin rhinestone-studded belt held the dress together. Photographers scrambled for the best positions as Osang emerged in Cinco’s creations. She earlier wore a more decent red gown by Rajo Laurel that covered her vital statistics. But trust Osang not to let the ngiht past without ruffling the feathers of “moral terrorists,” as former MTRCB chair and Manunuri member Nicanor Tiongson described his detractors. Osang tried to appear nonchalant at first, but seeing the swarm of photographers pointing their cameras her way during a commercial break, she gamely tilted her body to one side to reveal her flawless gams. “O, sige na nga,” she giggled, before a burst of flashbulbs greeted her. “This is waht you call freedom of expression,” she winked, as she leaned again to reveal her other side. Richard, who was beside her, could only smile and shake his head.

Five-minute break – Members of the Manunuri deemed it wise to give themselves and their guest a five-minute break halfway into the nearly five-hour show. It was the first time in our long years of covering such marathon events that both fans and celebrities received such courtesy. All of them, of course, show a deep respect for Filipiniana and the performing arts. This was literally reflected in a stage featuring a Filipino-Spanish inspired home, garden and trellis covered with real and artificial greens. Gardeners later took advantage of a lull in the show to sprinkle the plants. A number of the Manunuri members reportedly protested the producer’s choice of Ruffa Gutierrez, who annotated the Gawad Dekada in taped snippets during certain portions of the show. Principled souls were said to have deemed Ruffa, who was embroiled in theinfamous Manila Film Festival scam seven years ago, unacceptable. Lorna Tolentino, also a taped annotator like Ruffa, was said to have declined the job soon after learning that she wasn’t in the best circle. Friends and supporters reportedly prevailed upon her to put her tampo aside.

Noranians vs Vilmanians – As usual, die-hard Noranians and Vilmanians managed to sneak in despite the presence of ushers and usherettes. Their admiration for their respective idols again degenerated into a shouting match. Both Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos were recipients of the Gawad Dekada for winning the highest number of best actress awards during the past decade – three each. Vilma caused a pandemonium as her eager fans cheered her arrival. Vilmanians positioned themselves on the left side of the theater, while Noranians, wearing identical aqua T-shirts, later occupied the other side. Richard egged them on. “Don’t worry, the other camp (Nora) is expected to arrive, too,” he said in Taglish. Rustome further fanned the rivalry by asking each of them to make their presence felt as he pointed from one group to another. Ofcourse, they lost no time shouting at the top of their lungs. Talent manager Douglas Quijano was rudely interrupted when Nora, wearing a black suit, marched into theater followed by her rowdy band of loyalists. They shouted and waved aqua banners at the mere mention of Nora’s name. A big placard held by one of the Superstar’s supporters screamed, “We love you, Ate Guy!!! – GANAP.” “Nora! Nora! Nora! they chanted like a mantra as she went up the stage to recieve her Gawad Dekada. Vilmanians didn’t take things sitting down. They also carried a set of similar posters that formed their idol’s name and a tagline, “D Real Queen.” Several diehards even held aloft campaign posters of senatorial wannabe Ralp Recto, Vilma’s better half. Noranians were stilled as Vilma, in a semi-beaded aqua gown that ironically matched the T-shirts worn by her archrival’s admirers, went onstage. It was the Star for all Season’s fans’ turn to chant her name: “Vilma! Vilma! Vilma!” For a few moments, members of the Manunuri dropped their clenched fists as people inside the theater became too enthralled by the spectacle. Not even Osang’s glib tongue and outrageous outfit could probably match that. – Alex Y. Vergara, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 02, 2003 (READ MORE)

1978 FAMAS

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An All-Bold FAMAS: Untold Tales Behind The Scenes! This year’s FAMAS affair is the most orderly. Ang dahilan? Isa na ang kawalan ng admission tickets. Sold out! Nagtataka ang ibang movie companies, participating or not, kung bakit hindi nangyari ang customary practice na pagpapadala ng bilang ng mga tickets sa kanila. Isa lang ang VS Films sa nagtataka kung bakit limang piraso ng tickets lang ang naipadala sa kanila gayong higit na nakararami ang bilang ng nominasyon ng entry nilang “Pag-puti ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak.” Ticket ang naging pangunahing problema sa pagtatanghal. Ang mga portera ng Metropolitan Theatre, pati ng mga security guards followed instruction to the letter. Basta walang tiket, huwag papasukin. Kaya kahit na artista ka, kung wala kang tiket, bawal pumasok! Sina Al Tantay at Tet Antiquiera ay mga presentors. Pagpasok sa gate ay hinanapan sila ng ticket. Napakamot na lang ng ulo kapuwa ang dalawa nang mabatid na wala nga pala silang mga dalang tickets dahil sinabihan lang sila bilang mga presentors. Naayos din naman. Bagaman may numro ang mga tickets with corresponding seats ay hindi rin nasunod ang seating arrangements. Umupo ka kung saan mo gusto. Going to the comfort room was even worst. Papayagan kang lumabas ng portera. Pagpasok mo uli, hahanapan ka ng kaputol ng ticket mo. Ang awardee na si Director Armando Garces na bago pa lamang gumagaling sa matagal na naging karamdaman at iika-ika pang lumakad ay naisipan munang tumayo at magtungo sa CR. Pagbalik, one rude usher asked for his ticket. He was even pushed back raw nang walang maipakitang kaputol na ticket.

Paistaran sa costumes! – Anuman ang maging impression sa FAMAS, its being infamous, biased and all the bad things one could think of, still namumukod-tangi pa rin ito at siyang tanging grandiose affair na sadyang pinaghahandaan ng movie industry as one affair that shouldn’t be missed. Costumes purposely ordered for the occassion cost thousands of pesos more than whan an ordinary starlet would earn in one movie. One bold star reportedly ordered a gown worth P10,000.00 hoping her husband would win sa “Best Actor,” but he lost! Sa lahat ng okasyon, expect the unexpected from Ellen Esguerra. Dumating siyang daig pa si Queen Juliana o si Princess Grace o si Jacqueline Kennedy sa pagkabonggadera. She arrived in a carriage na parang galing sa pamamasyal sa Central Park ng New York in white gown complete with boa feather, bra-less and panty-less. Saan galing ang karwahe? “Kasalanan ko ba kung ipahiram sa akin ni Maria Montelibano?,” tanong pa niya. Her hair was done in braids, Negro-style with feathers inset, by Budjiwara. Doing it took all of four hours! Vilma Santos drew the biggest commotion. Tilian, reminiscent of the early 70’s heralded her dramatic entrance with singer-actor Junior. She was wearing an all-brown gown fresh from a fashion center of Paris with a cape and dangling ostrich feathers in the arms. Timing na timing ang pagdating ni Vi. Nagsisimula pa lang ang television coverage ng proceedings. Sinundin ni Vi ang firest interviewee na si Pilar Pilapil. Pag-entra, ang bida ulit ay ang mga portera, “Ticket n’yo ho?”

Nilapitan kami ni Rudy Fernandez. Anong feeling niya sincerely afternoon pa lang ay rumored na siyang mananalo? “Wala, okey lang, medyo kabado.” Paghawak sa kamay niya, daig pa nito ang ibinabad sa yelo sa lamig at pinapawisan gayung air-conditioned ang buong thetre. Maging and nominee at finalist for “Best Actor na si Boyet de Leon ay binabati na in advance. “No, alam kong hindi ko gabi ngayon.” As usual, Boyet came in his casual self. Nagpunta siya sa backstage. When he found out na hindi siya presentor balik siya sa may likuran ng teatro, umupo sa isang sulok at nakipaghuntahan na lang kina Rez Cortez at Lloyd Samartino. Halos magkasabay na pumasok si Nora Aunor at ilang alalay, Llyod Samartino and Jacqui Lou Blaco. “Kami,” sagot naman ni Lloyd. You mean triangle ang gabing ito? Oo lang ang sagot, ni Lloyd. Tumuloy na sa may harapan si Aunor para maupo. Mayamaya, heto na si Carmen Soriano at tinawag ang anak. Pinaupo nila si Jacqui Lou sa tabi nila ni Eddie Rodriguez. Tense ang Inday Badiday. Nakipagpustahan siya ng sinundang gabi na mananalo si Vilma. Ang five hundred niya ay mananalo ng isang libo. Dumaan ang pangulo ng FAMAS, Mario Cabling. “Balita ko ay may sariling set ka ng winners na ini-annouced sa radio program mo,” tanong ng Cabling kay Inday. “May tumawag kasi sa akin, sina Rudy Fernandez at Chanda Romero raw as Best Actor and Actress with Amy Austria for Supporting,” sagot naman ni Inday. “Tignan natin kung tama ang hula mo,” medyo may pagka-sarcastic na wika ni Mang Mario.

Ang first portion ng programa ay isang comedy of errors. Ang mga tinatawag ng presentors ay hindi umaakyat o lumalabas sa entablado. Bagkus, sa halip na ang tinawag, ibang tao ang lumalabas. Lumabas si Ruby Anna na walang plaque at ni hindi alam ang gagawin. Si Tina Monasterio ay mistulang isang fashion model sa gitna ng stage na wala rign ginawa. Tinawag si Tina Monasterio nina Amalia Fuentes at Carlos Salazar. Ang lumabas ay iba, si Josephine Garcia. Lumabas si Tito Nards bilang escort ng isang artista pero wala silang nai-prisintang plaque. Balik sila sa loob. Tawag uli kay Tito Nards. Ang lumabas ay si Rudy Gernaskey. Tawanan ang tao. Kasama ni Rio Locsin sa backstage ang tunay niyang ama, si Mr. Sta, Ana. Ninerbiyos si Rio dahil naduon daw ang nanay niya at balak siyang iuwi sa bahay nila. Lumayas pala at kumuha ng sariling bahay niyang titirhan si Rio. When it was time for her to mount the stage, biglang may nagbiro, “Andiyan na ang nanay mo, Ogie!” Takbo kaagad si Rio kung saan at ibinalot ang sarili sa kurtina ng entablado para makapagtago! Maugong pa rin ang balita na si Chanda Romero ang siyang “Best Actress” awardee. Wala si Chanda, nasa ospital daw at nagkasalit bigla. Insecure sa suot niyang fishnet-mini si Tet Antiquiera. Patalikod kasi ay litaw ang puwit niya dahil wala siyang panty! na-at-home lang siya nang dumating din sina Aurora Salve na bukas ang tagiliran ng gown, pati si Deborah Sun na laylay nga hanggang likod ang gown pero kita naman ang parang panty niya sa harapan na kulay silver.

Kurtina lang ang pagitan nina Deborah Sun at Al Tantay, reported to be feuding. Nawala bigla sa entablado si Al dahil to his right was Deborah and to his left was Rio Locsin naman, his rumored sweetheart at the moment. And in front of hims is partner Tet Antiquiera. Bumalik lang sa stage si Al nang wala na sina Deborah at Tet. Ngayon ay kausap naman niya si Rio, sa harapan ng nanay ni Mat Ranillo na si Gloria Sevilla. Sa umpukan nina Tony Santos, Sr., Amado Cortez at Leroy Salvador, isang tao raw ang kulang si Eddie Rodriguez. Tinawag. Kumpleto na raw ang casting. All three raw have one thing in common. Amalia Fuentes, finally realizing na tila they have been calling the wrong persons on stage decided: “Ako na lang ang magsasabi ng pangalan kung sinuman ang lalabas” dahil nga sa maling mga cue sheets. Di okey naman. Kaso, lumabas uli ang isang FAMAS member na ineskotan ang isang baguhan. “Sino naman ito?” tanong uli ni Amalia. Sa labas, pinapawisang maige si Johnny Litton sa pagmo-monitor sa mga celebrities na dumarating. Tagaktak ang pawis sa noo niya habang buong kapakumbabaang panay naman ang pahid ng napkin ni Frankie Clemente sa noo at mukha ni Litton. Namamayani ang taginting ng halakhak ni Elvira Manahan sa buong teatro sa bawat pagkakamali. “I’m used to it already, siya hindi pa kasi,” depensa ni Nestor Torre Jr na co-host ng “Two for the Road.”

Nora Aunor made the mvoe para lapitan si Inday Badiday. Kaso mo ay alert naman pala itong si Badiday. Nagkunwa itong may kinakausap nang palapit si Aunor. Saka lumakad palayo si Inday nang malapit na sa kanya si Aunor. Snob! Break na kami, si Azenith Briones na ngayon ang asawa ko,” ani Elizabeth Oropeza nang may magtanong sa kanya kung nasaan si Ingrid Salas. Kinakantiyawan ni Amalia Fuentes si Aurora Salve. “Bah, ang isusuot ba naman e ‘yong long sleeves niyang gown na closed neck pa mandin! Wala kang karapatang magsuot ng ganoon. Bakit, si Susan Roces ka ba? Si Susan lang ang puwedeng magsuot ng ganoon1″ Tawanan. Sumama ka sa akin, mag-Joanne Drew tayo,” yaya ni Nena kay Divina Valencia na medyo tumaba nang husto. “Mahal naman doon, four thousand!” tanggi ng nanay ni Dranreb. “Bembol Roco and Rita Gomez!” tawag ng monitor girl sa dalawa, na siyang mag-e-emcee sa next portion ng affair. Both mounted the stairs na siyang magluluwa sa kanila sa entablado. “Siguruhin mo lang na ang mga tatawagin kong pangalana ay siyang lalabas sa stage,” warning ni Ms. Gomez. Tumagal nang konti bago pa lumabas sina Bembol at Ms. Gomez. “Sabihin mo naman na dalian na, humuhulas na ang make-up ko,” ani Ms. Gomez sa monitor-girl. “Okey na ho,” sagot pa nito. Maya-maya ay nag-dim ang mga ilaw. “Hoy, bakit namatay ang mga ilaw?” naiinip na tanong ni Ms. Gomez. Commercial pa muna! “Punyeta,” inis na sagot ni Mother Rita. “Wala bang may lipstick at compact? Ihiram mo naman ako,” pakiusap ni Manay Ichu. Nakahagilap kami kay Ellen Esguerra. Very ironic naman. Ini-announce ni Ms. Gomez ang susunod na parangal ay para sa “Dr. Jose R. Perez Memorial Award” at ang magpi-present ng award ay si Marichu Vera-Perez-Maceda! Di Ba starwars sila since “Eva Fonda?”

Hinila ni Liza Lorena si Dante Rivero sa isang tabi. Ang bulong nito: “Dante, ipinagpalit mo na raw ako sa iba?” “Wala ‘yun, ‘Perfect Mother,” sagot naman ni Dante. Umakyat sa stage si Alma Moreno at siyang magpi-present together with Dondon Nakar and Raul Aragon ng award for “Best Actor.” Ah, tiyak na si Rudy Fernandez na, hula ng marami. Ugong naman ang bulungan na si Mat Ranillo III na. Ayaw maniwala ni Gloria Sevilla. Imposible raw. Kahit si Mat daw ang winner, “If I know si Rudy pa rin ang babasahing pangalan,” biro ni Nene Riego. At nang si Mat nga ang tinawag, napa-kurus bigla si Gloria at umiyak sa halip na maglulundag sa tuwa! Five minutes bago i-announce ang winner for “Best Actor,” alam na pala ni Alma na matatalo ang mister niya kaya gusto nang umuwi. Pero pinigil lang ng PRO niyang si Nene Riego para nga naman makaakyat din sa stage at mai-display ang sinasabing P10,000.00 gown. Gusto ko, si Aurora Salve ang partner ko,” pagpipilit ni Dondon Nakar sa monitor girl. “Wala nang changes, last few awards na,” say naman sa kanya. All throughout the proceedings, lanta at mukhang matamlay si Nora Aunor. Wala ni kapiranggot na award kasing natamo ang kanyang “Atsay.” When Celso Ad Castillo won the “Best Director” award, pumuwesto siya sa tabi ng pitno. Mahaba ang kanyang ceremonial walk patungo sa stage. Pero panay jogging ang ginawa. “I’m glad I didn’t win,” say ni Eddie Garcia kay Celso Kid. “Marami ka na raw award kaya sa akin na ibinigay,” sey naman ni Celso kay Eddie.

Hindi na tinapos ni Aunor ang buong programa. Umalis kaagad siya. Pero bago ‘yon, nauna nang umiskapo si Boyet de Leon. Amy Austria took everything in good stride. She’s great sport at kalmanteng-kalmante hanggang sa huli. High nang gabing iyon si Anthony Alonzo. Kabado nga raw siya pero hindi tense. Naka-diyes litros kasi. Hindi na namain siya namataan after the announcement of the winner for Supporting Actor. Nagpakuha ng larawan magkasama sina Imelda Papin, Eva Eugenio at Claire ang pictorial nilang tatlo ay for the benefit ng magasign ito laman. Lorna Tolentino was stunning in her sequined-fitting pants, kumpleto sa naghahabaang feathers sa ulo niya. Hindi pa rin nagbabati sa mga nasa paligid, Tinaasan namin siya ng kilay. Dinilaan lang kami! “Tito Leroy, pagsabihan mo naman siya,” daing na pakiusap ni Rio Locsin kay Leroy Salvador. Kung si Rey dela Cruz o si Charito Garcia ang isinusumbong ni Rio, hindi namin nabatid. Si Pete ang naiwan ngayon sa Barnyard (restaurant nila),” ani Boots Anson-Roa who came with her dad, Oscar Moreno, now staying here and is managing the resto. “Are you sure na hindi nangungu-Pete sa kaha si Pete?” question ng isang punny ones. “Wala ‘yung nangungu – Pete Lang,” was Boots witty remark too. “Wala bang softdrinks man lang dito o anumang makakain?” ask ng isang presentor na hindi pa yat naghahapunan. “Wala, poor kasi ang FAMAS,” paliwanag ng isang miyembro-opisyal. Si Beth Bautista ay naka-gown na ang slit o biyak ay abot hanggang balakang. Nang makita ang mga matang nakapako sa kanya, sabay ang mga kilay na nagtaasang nagtatanong na nawika nitong: “Bakit, wala ba akong karapatang magsuot nang ganito?” to the amusement of Cheng Muhlach walking behind her.

Ninety percent of the women were dressed in black formal evening gowns. The rest were either in white or brown…and minis, too! “Why do you tolerate Llyod in courting Nora, Lorna and other girls? Tipo bang pa-martir ka nga ba?” was asked of Jacqui Lou Blanco. “That’s what you think,” sagot ng tisay na anak ni Pilita who also wore a smashing gown that evening. Pitong awards ang nakopo ng “Pagputi ng Uwak…” ni Vilma. Nag-blow-out ang VS Films sa coffee shop ng Manila Hotel. Nagtungo rin doon ang grupo nina Alma Moreno pero nang makitang maraming tao sa lobby ng hotel ay bigla nilang inilikong paalis ang kotse nila. sa 1571 na lang daw sila. Sa Manila Hotel, nasa isang hapag sina Amalia Fuentes and company. Sa isang mesa naman, iyong grupo ni Marissa Delgado at Imelda Ilanan. Sa isang mesa ay ang grupo ni Dorothy Laforteza, Tony Bernal at Rudy Genaskey. At doon sa isa pa ring mesa, grupo naman nina Elvira Manahan at Nestor Torre, all out for an early breakfast. The rest of the tables were occupied by VS Films and well wishers. Nandoon sina Manay Ichu, Celso Castillo, Romy Vitug, Junior and others to help celebrate VS Films’ Triumph. Naguwian ang barkada bandang alas-kuwatro na. Hindi rin gaanong nagpaumaga sina Eddie Rodriguez, Carmen Soriano, Lloyed Samartino at Jacqui Lour dahil may curfew raw itong huli sa kanila. Umalis sila bandang alas-dos nang umaga. Nilapitan ni Vilma ang grupo. Binati niya isa-isa. Tanging si Eddie R. ang hinalikan sa pisngi ni Vi. Kinamayan lang sina Mameng, Jackie at Lloyd.

Ineskortan nanan ni Joey Gosiengfiao ang magka-date na Greg Liwag at Deborah Sun sa isang mesa. Umalis din sila kaagad without joining the VS camp. Kinilig at halos himatayin sa upuan niya si Gil Villasana nang magpaalam sa kanya si Eddie Garcia with a flying kiss! Ang pinakamalaki raw boner noon ay ang pagkakabasa sa sulat ni Angie Ferro sent in advance saying: “In case na manalo” siya. The valedictory address should have been done away with. Naghinala tuloy ang marami na sadyang may leakage na ang mga winners bago pa man mabuksan ang envelope! Hindi umakyat ng entablado si Vilma Santos to pose with the winners of the four major categories. She was an attraction sa ibaba with congratulations being raised on her left and right kaya hindi na ito nakaakyat to pose beside Susan Roces. Dalawang ulit daw nanalo nang magkasunod na FAMAS si Susan. Sadya nga raw kayang when it rains, it pours? Pareho raw temang horror ang mga roles na napanalunan ni Swanie. Next year daw ay nakakasiguro nang gagawa uli ng horror movie si Suisan upang ipanlaban sa next FAMAS derby. Maging si Mat Ranillo III ay winner last year. For “Best Supporting Actor,” he won in “Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig” and this year, he won for “Isang Ama, Dalawang Ina” for Best Actor award. Pelikulang hawig sa tunay na buhay: “Isang Ina, Dalawang Ama!” Ngayon lamang nakakuha ng award buhat sa FAMAS si Celso Ad.

At ngayon lamang nagtally ang mga awards ng URIAN at FAMAS. This year ay nanalo rin si Celso at ang “Pagputi ng Uwak…” ng Best Director at Best Picture award sa Urian. Baka raw may bawian na naman sa award ni Celso Kid, tulad nang manalo siya for “Burlesk Queen.” Ang speech niya noon ay handog at alay di sa Pangulo at Unang Ginang. Pero binawi ang award! Si George Estregan ay nanalo muna bilang “Best Actor” in 1972 for “Sukdulan” bago siya nagwagi uli this time ng “Best Supporting Actor” award. Pagganito ang trend, ibig sabihin kaya nito ay pababa na ang rating ni George, from leading to supporting role na lang ba, ha Jesse? Ayon sa balita, isang boto lang daw ang inilamang ni Susan Roces kay Vilma Santos. Pero lagi yatang “isa ang lamang” ang katuwiran para sa mga natalo. Ngayon kami naniniwala na hindi nagkamali si Ronnie Poe nang payagan niya uling mag-comeback sa pelikula si Susan. She kept on trying till she won the FAMAS. Ngayon naman ay pinagsunud-sunod na ang panalo. Talbog ang Amalia Fuentes! “Nang matanong si Amalia kung muli pa itong gagawa ng pelikula…”Stop na muna ako, bankrupt na kasi ako,” sey niya in all candor. Kasi raw ay naniniwala raw ang BIR sa mga nababasa nila tungkol sa pasobrang kita ng mga PRO. Bunga tuloy nito ay hinahabol ng BIR ang malalaking taxes na due sa huge earnings ng mga artista.

“Bah, ako man ay nalulugi rin. Lahat ng pelukula ko, in fact, ay pawang lugi,” sey na rin ni Leroy Salvador. Paging BIR then! Kawawa naman pala itong si Leroy, buong pagaakala pa naman namin e blockbuster ang mga movies niya! “Alam n’yo ba na may isang actress-singer dito na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa binabayaran ang utang niya sa madyungan after twenty years?” tanong ng isang veteran actress-awardee. “Nakakatakot palang manalo!” Buti na lang at hindi ako candidate. Ayoko nang mawalan uli ng pelikula,” say ni Daria Ramirez na ngayon ay muling nagka-comeback sa pelikula. Tanong ni Carmen Soriano: “Tell me honestly, do you think na may lakaran ngayon sa FAMAS?” Kung anong dami ng mga policemen at mga cadets present bago simulan ang palatuntunan, wala isa mang secutiry sa gate noong matapos ang show. Dinumog tuloy nang husto ang mga artista paglabas. The colros of the ngith were red, black and white to the fullest. Although medyo nakalamang ang itim sa mga damit nina Nora Aunor, Boots Anson Roa, Gloria Sevilla, Leila Hermosa, Aurora Salve, Tet Antiquiera, (siya ang pinaka-star nang gabing yaon dahil sa kanyang suot na black body net with nothing underneath to cover her delicate parts), Julie Ann Fortich (na ang costume ay lift-up mula sa isang Barbara Cartland novel), Rio Locsin, Veronica Jones and others whose name in black escaped us for the moment. Kung sinumang paboritong artista na hindi nabangit sa black list ay siugradong dumating na ang kulay ng damit ay pula o di kaya’y ibang kulay. Amalia Fuentes was ravishing in a beige from Rome. – Alfie Lorenzo and Joey de Castro, Jingle Extra Hot Magazine, December 10, 1979 (READ MORE)

Sweetest Partners of teh Night: Llyod Samartino and Jackie Lou Blanco na magkahawak kamay nang pumasok sa bulwagan. (Who sez na nagkakalabuan ang dalawang ito?) Marahil ay gutom na si Lloyd noon, we caught him religiously muching a sandwich na tangan ni Jacki Lur. Pinaka-self-confident ng gabi: Celso Ad Castillo who declared na “I’m expecting seven to eight awards, kaya’t steady lamang ako rito.” (Baby…”Pagputi ng Uwak, Pagitim ng Tagak” got the lion’s share totalling seven awards.) Gesture of the Night: George Estregan bussing Baby Delgado heavily bago umakyat at tanggapin ang kanyang tropeo. Runner-upL Alma Moreno who kept pressing Rudy Fernandez’ hands upang maibsan ang pagka-tense ng asawa. (Rudy Fernandez was resting heavily on the hope of winning that night. He lost.) Comment of the nightL “Nasaan ang mga cue cards namin?” mararay na wika ni Mother Rita Gomez pagpasok sa podium. Runner-up: Gloria Sevilla checking on daughter Bebeth: :Sabi ko naman sa’yo huwag kang iiyak…” Mommy Gloria was howling backstage upon learning na Archie won. Costume of the Night: Tet Antiquiera who stoel the show on stage and backstage dahil sa kanyang revealing otufit, reminding us of Marilyn Monroe at Jean harlow. Very sexy! Runner-up: Aurora Salve’s gown na may malaking slit sa side pababa at alam mong walang suot na underwear dahil paano? Sans-Vicks-Vaporub-Eye-Mo of the Night: Julie Vega who romped onstage blinded with tears dahil sa pagkapanalo niya. Biggest disappointment of the Night: Vilma Santos hellbent in winning the Best Actress, ’cause prior to that, nanalo na ang “Pagputi ng Uwak…” ng Best Picture at Best Director. Susan Roces queenly grabbed the coveted award for “Gumising Ka, Maruja.” Runner-up: The whole of Metropolitan Theater when Rudy Fernandez’ fine and exquisite performance in “Anak sa Una, Kasal sa Ina” failed to bring him the bacon. “We were expecting Rudy Boy to win…” comment Auggie Cordero. “Bakit naman ganoon? Sayang!” wika ni Claire. “Nang pumasok si Alma Moreno para mag-abot ng trophy for Best Actor, sigurado kong panalo na si Rudy,” wika ni Philip Salvador, nang magkita-kita kami sa Manila Peninsula. Great Escape of the Night: Rio Locsin making a dash with Al Tantay upon learning na hinahanap siya ng kanyang mama. Runner-up: Singer Eva Eugenio na biglang nawala nang malamang sa Seq. 5 ng script siya dapat kumanta, mahuhuli sina Claire at Imelda Papin. So, from Seq 28, lipat si Claire sa Seq. 5, Pagkatapos ng kanta ni Claire, lumitaw ang eva Eugenio: “Bakit hindi ninyo ako tinawag, ako pala ang kakanta…” dialogue niya. – Joey de Castro, Jingle Extra Hot Magazine, December 10, 1979 (READ MORE)

FAMAS: Gabi ng Mga Cliche: – Ano ang kahulugan sa iyo ng FAMAS, tanong ko kay Elizabeth Oropesa sa lobby ng Metropolitan Theatre, November 21. “My only acting award came from the Famas.” “Prestige to a certain extent,” sagot ni Bembol Roco. “Next to the stars, the technical men in the industry expect much from it,” chirped Marichu Maceda. “Disappointed sila nang early this year ay kumalat ang tsismis na hindi magbibigay ng parangal ang Famas for reasons other than professional.” Nakakalungkot, di ba? Papatayin nang gayon na lamang ang 28 taong institusyon na tanging witness ng rise and fall and rise of Philippine movies. Ang mas malungkot nito’y hindi naman sa mga dahilang propesyonal papatayin ang Famas. Mga personal daw na dahilan. Nag-resign si Lilia Andolong nang hindi man lang tumawag ng isang eleksyon. Ang nangyari’y naglakas-loob na lang ang natirang mga miyembro upang itaguyod ang Famas. Tradisyon, tradisyon. Kaalakbay na ng karangalang Famas ang intriga, controversy. Halos taun-taon, pagkatapos parangalan ang mga aktor at aktress, may mga kilay na hindi mapigil ang pagtaas, nagtatanong. Bakit? Bakit halimbawa nanalo si Mat Ranillo III ng best actor award gayong hindi naman siya ang lead sa “Isang Ama Dalawang Ina?” Ganoon ba ang standard na gustong ipahatid ng mga hurado – ang acting na kasing-putla ng sukang Baliuag? Does Mat Ranillo deserve that trophy? I doubt very much. Hindi sa gusto kong i-put-down si Ranillo. He’s fine young gentleman but a lousy actor. He has yet to internalize, to let go. Mababaw and kanyang facial expression. Walang substance. And to use a movie cliche, walang depth. Walang relevance, say ng swardspeak. Kung sa palagay ng Famas judges, talagang kapuri-puri ang acting ni Ranillo sa nasabing pelikula, makatotohanan siguro kung ang aktor ay na-nominate sa best supporting actor category.

Susan Roces makes for a more credible winner. And we’re not even saying this because we’re fans of hers. Kay Amalia Fuentes ako, kung itatanong mo. Ibig sabihin, mas kapani-paniwala ang pagkakapanalo ni Susan kaysa kay Mat. Sabihin nang mahigpit ang labanan sa best actress category, may laban naman kahit paano ang reyna. Susan’s role sa “Maruja” is one of her best, of not her best portrayal so far. Flaw, flaws. Ang pinakamasaya, magulong bahagi ng gabi ng Famas ay ang portion na pinamahalaan nina Amalia Fuentes at Carlos Padilla, Jr. Ito ay ang bahaging pinarangalan ng Famas ang kanyang sarili. Lahat na yata ng miyembro ng Famas ay pinarangalan, at sino pa’ng nagaabot sa kanila ng parangal kundi ang mga direktor mismo ng Famas. Ang saya! Mas masaya ang production flaws sa portion na ito, an unforgettable moment in Philippine television, if you ask me. Hayan si Amalia Fuentes, kuntodo paganda, mala-sutlang gown ang suot at glamorous talaga, star na star, subalit ano’ng nangyari sa hosting nila ni Padilla? A comedy of errors, as she herself pointed out. Ganito. So tinawag ni Amalia ang pangalan ni Ingrid Salas upang magpresent ng parangal. Ang lumabas sa backstage ay si Azenith Briones. Nagkatinginan sina Amalia at Carlos pero tuloy-tuloy lang ang show. Next, tinawag ang pangalan ni Janet Bordon, ang lumabas naman ay si Tina Monasterio. Nang tinawag naman ang pangalan ni Tina, si Josephine Garcia naman ang nag-abot ng tropeo. Ganito rin ang sitwasyon nina Deborah Sun at Baby Delgado. Later on, hindi na rin napigil nina Amalia ang kanilang sarili. Sila man ay hindi na nagseryoso sa kanilang trabaho. “Ano ba itong nangyayari sa atin?” tanong ng aktress. Nagmumukha kasi silang kuwan sa entablado. And the poor production staff did not come to their rescue. To save themselves from further shame and embarassment, sina Amalia man ay nagenjoy na sa mababaw na kaligayahan. Inaliw ang mga sarili sa kanilang mistakes.

Fashion and passion. Bakit ba sa tuwing dadalo ang ilang artista sa mga ganitong okasyon ay pilit silang nakikipagkumpetensiya kay Lady Famas sa pabonggang damit o kawalan nito? Aba’y maloloko ka sa suut-suot na headdress nitong si Ellen Esguerra. Saan ba siya pupunta’t nagkagasta pa siya nang malaki sa kanyang gown na sumisigaw, nang-aagaw ng eksena? Mainam sana kung nominee man lang ang actress. Did she lend glamour to the occassion? Mmmm. Kopya raw si Celia Rodriguez, kung bonggahan lang ang pinag-uusapan. Talaga? (This is one thing I hate about movie writing. I hate bitching around). I admire Rita Gomez. Prangka niyang sinabi sa kanyang co-host na si Bembol na “totoo, wala akong offers ngayon. Iyan ang katotohanan.” Ano pa, at sino? Iyak nang iyak si Julie Vega nang ideklara siyang best child actress. Cool na cool naman si Niño Muhlach nang manalo ito. Parang hindi bata, hindi yata excited. Kapansin-pansin na ang dalawang child stars na ito ay pawang lead roles ang ginampanan sa kanilang mga winning entries. Al Tantay and Tet Antiquiera, Llyod Samartino at Jacqui Lou Blanco. Nag-kiss sina Jacqui Lou at Oropesa. Malisya, malisya sa iyong mga mata. Si Ruby Anna sa isang mapang-akit na kasuotan, itim na blouse na pagkanipis-nipis, mababakas mo ang kanyang kinabukasan. Hu-huhhh. Iyon ba si Manding Garces, ang direktor ng maraming action pictures noong araw? Mukhang masasakitin si Garces. He walked with a limp as he received his award of recognition from the ever recognizing body. Sabi ni Mario Cabling, pangulo ng Famas, kailangan nating iligtas ang akademya. Kailangan ang koordinasyon. For once, mukhang nakinig sa Famas ang mga artista. Sa dami ng dumalo nang gabing yaon, hindi mapigil ni Johnny Litton ang malunod sa mga cliche. Ang buong gabi ay isang cliche. – N Miguel II, Jingle Extra Hot Magazine, December 10, 1979 (READ MORE)

2002 Best Actress Awards

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Novel to Film “…”Dekada ’70,” the eagerly awaited filmization of Lualhati Bautista’s seminal novel in the explosive ’80s, has eight nominations. Best director nominee Chito Rono successfully focuses the novel’s many-sided dimensions on a mother’s stirring from domestic conventions and sensibilities as her family copes with the changes wrought by a collapsing order. The movie, written by Bautista herself and nominated for best screenplay, manages to provides viewers, particularly the young, with the feel of the Marcos years, reacquainting them with a particularly sordid passage in history when innocence was ravaged and continuity was ruptured. The wonder is that the movie did not get the lion’s share of the technical design (Manny Morfe), and sound (Albert Michael Idioma and Alex Tomboc) – should at least suggest its achievement. Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon are strong contenders for best actor and best actress, while yound actor Piolo Pascual is nominated for best supporting actor. The 26th Gawad Urian of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the society of respected film critics, will be held on May 17 at the AFP Theater…” – Lito B. Zulueta, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 28, 2003 (READ MORE)

The Light “…Topping the Urian for surprise value was the join award for Best Picture to “Dekada ’70” and “Mga Munting Tinig,” This was unexpected because “Dekada” was a major production that took many months to make, while “Munting Tinig” was a small low-budget film that was shot in only a few weeks. Despite this, both films were cited as the best local movies for 2002. A possible interpretation of the twin awards could be “Dekada” is cited for tackling asn important period in the country;s political life with extensive resources of a major studio, while “Munting Tinig” is honored for its ability to dramatize a simple, heartwarming tale that provides much-needed inspiration, despite its limited budget. In other words, the two films’ contrasting approaches are both needed by local movies today, hence the decision for them to share the Urian’s Best Picture award…The Best Actress trophy that Vilma Santos won for her performance in “Dekada ’70” is another noteworthy decision because, when the film was first shown, even veteran observers rapped Vilma for her relatively “passive,” “colorless” and “undramatic” portrayal in the movie. This was because her character, the wife and mother in the movie’s central Bartolome family, spent most of the film’s running time meekly following her husband’s dictates, like most women in the ’70s. Some people took this as a weak thespic stance, and we had to point out in some articles taht his wasn’t true at all. In fact, given the convention of the movie’s time frame, this “passivity” was an astute artistic decision on Vilma’s part, and thoroughly merited by her character and the period in which she lived. In fact, what Vilma did in “Dekada” was more difficult because it was so controlled and subtle, it would have been far easier for her to melodramatically tear up the scenery and act up a storm. Gratifyingly, by the time the film awards season came around, enough people has seen the light, and Vilma went on to win a phalanx of Best Actress trophies, now including the Urian…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer – May 24, 2003 (READ MORE)

Star Awards “…Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos still gets the jitters when accepting acting awards. She bested five other equally worthy nominees to the best actress throne in last Saturday’s Star Awards for Movies at the UP Theatre. She won for her moving portrayal of a timid mother empowered by the death of her son in Chito Rono’s period drama, “Dekada ’70,” which was an official entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last December. Ironically, Ara Mina, who edged out Vilma from the best actress derby in the MMFF, was not among those cited by Star Awards. Vilma competed with Sharon Cuneta (“Magkapatid”), Maricel Soriano (“Mano Po”), Claudine Baretto (“Kailangan Kita”), and Alessandra de Rossi (“Mga Munting Tinig”)…” – Marinel R. Cruiz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 11, 2003 (READ MORE)

Actress-Lipa City Mayor Vilma Santos, new actor Yul Servo, and the independent film, “Mga Munting Tinig,” proved that the local movie industry recognizes talent and good films, veteran or newcomer, when they bagged top honors at the 19th Star Awards for the Movies held last Saturday night at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City. Santos was named “Movie Actress of the Year” for her role as a mother who experienced awakening during the ’70s turmoil in “Dekada ’70.” Santos, one of the country’s most awarded actresses, admitted she still feels the tension from the announcement of nominees to the winner. “Nakakakaba pa rin po hanggang ngayon (I still feel nervous even now),” she said in her acceptance speech. Meanwhile, newcomer Yul Servo was named “Movie Actor of the Year” for playing a young husband subjected to extreme culture shock when he finds life hard in a Manila suburb in the controversial movie, “Laman.” The rest of the major trophies went to Gil Portes, “Movie Director of the Year” for “Munting Tinig;” Piolo Pascual, “Movie Supporting Actor of the Year” for “Dekada ’70”; and Kris Aquino, “Movie Supporting Actress of the Year” for “Mano Po.” “Mga Munting Tinig” won most of the awards, copping with seven out of 16, including Child Performer of the Year (Brian Ronquillo), Musical Score (Joy Marfil), Production Design (Arthur Licdao) and Original Screenplay. According to its director and scriptwriter, Portes, the group completed “Munting Tinig” in only 15 days. He added, “This movie just won in the Sta. Barbara International Film Festival and is the first locally produced movie bought by Warner Bros. for worldwide distribution.” Other winners at the 19th Star Awards were “Agimat” for Best Special Effects; Jordan Herrera, New Movie Actor of the Year for “Gamitan;” Nancy Castiglione, New Movie Actress of the Year for “I Think I’m in Love;” Ogie Alcasid for “Kailangan Kita,” Best Movie Theme Song; and Lualhati Bautista for Best Adapted Sceenplay, “Dekada ’70.” Special awards given were the “Darling of the Press” for Onemig Bondoc, the “Male Star of the Night” for Bong Revilla, the “Female Star of the Night” for Maricel Soriano and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Sen. Ramon Revilla, Sr. Trivia host was Charlene Gonzales. Hosts of last night’s Star Awards were Cesar Montano, Bong Revilla, Philip Salvador, Kris Aquino, Maricel Soriano and Vilma Santos. Performers were Sharon Cuneta, Jolina Magdangal, Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Angelika de la Cruz, Patricia Javier, Karylle, and Zsa Zsa Padilla. – Sol Jose Vanzi, March 10, 2003 (READ MORE)

Gawad Urian Awards “…Gawad Urian best supporting actor Piolo Pascual (“Dekada ’70”) arrived early at the awards ceremony Saturday night and reserve a seat for “Dekada ’70” costar Vilma Santos, who would later be declared best actress. Vilma and Piolo played mother and son in the moving Chito Rono movie based on the screenplay by Lualhati Bautista, who won for best screenplay. Piolo was very affectionate to “mom” Vilma, hugging and kissing her when she arrived. He was seen clasping her hands moments before his name was announced as best supporting actor at theTeatro Arturo Enrile in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City…The movie critics’ group paid tribute to writer Ricardo “Ricky” Lee by naming him the recipient of the Natatnging Gawad for lifetime achievement for his invaluable contributions to the film industry for more than three decades. The award was handed to him by three of the many actresses who breathed life to his creations – Vilma (“Relasyon”), Dina Bonnevie (“Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”) and Gina Alajar (“Salome”). Lee has so far written about 120 screenplays and won some 50 awards. His most recent work, Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan,” was honored by many local and international award-giving bodies…Edu Manzano was very effective as the show’s only host. He kept the audience awake and laughing with his witty remarks, delivered with his trademark deadpan expression. Even Piolo and Vilma were not spared from Edu’s jokes. he imitated Piolo after the young actor delivered a very emotional acceptance speech. When Vilma said she was sharing her award with her costars in “Dekada ’70,” particularly to her “eldest son” Piolo, the camera caught Edu having his own dramatic highlights.” “What?” he asked his ex-wife in mock surprise, “Anak natin si Piolo?…” – Marinel R. Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 20, 2003 (READ MORE)

2002 Metro Manila Film Festival

Hindi ako kumbinsido na isang Ara Mina ang tumalo sa isang Vilma Santos sa nakaraang Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines. Isang malinaw na pang-iinsulto ito sa kakayahan ng Star for all Seasons bilang aktres. Hindi namin minamaliit ang kakayahan ni Ara Mina. Pero para sa amin, hindi pa siya ganap na aktres para talunin si Vilma. Kung pagbabasehan ang performance niya sa Mano Po, compared kay Vilma sa Dekada ‘70, hindi ito sapat para pumantay kay Vilma. Sa katunayan, ang performance ni Vilma sa Dekada ‘70 ang masasabi naming pinakamahusay niya. Napakahusay ng transformation ni Vilma bilang isang ina na sunud-sunuran sa kanyang asawa to a mother na nakikipaglaban para sa karapatan ng isang ina para sa kanyang pamilya. Kahit si Kris Aquino na co-star ni Ara sa Mano Po ay hindi kumbinsido na tinalo nito si Vilma. Vindicated kuno si Ara Mina sa pagkakapanalo nito. Vindicated saan? Pinaingay lang ng Regal Films ang kanyang performance kaya tumatak sa isip ng ilan na pang-Best Actress ang performance niya. Ang nakakapagtaka, ilang araw bago ang awards night, pinaingay ng Regal ang pangalan niya for Best Actress. Mukhang siguradung-sigurado na silang makukuha nila ang majority awards. At nangyari na nga. Nakuha ng Regal movie ang majority ng awards. Kahit nga sa Best Actor award, nakakapagtaka na talunin ni Eddie Garcia sa Mano Po si Christopher de Leon sa Dekada ’70.

At ang nakakabaliw pa, ilang oras bago ang awards night, may tumawag sa Star Cinema office na taga-MMFFP para sabihing in-elevate nila si Piolo Pascual para sa Best Actor category. Pero nung presentation na, balik ito sa Best Supporting Actor. Di ba, normally may deliberation na tinatawag? Ibig sabihin ilang oras bago ang awards night ay nagdi-deliberate pa sila? Ni hindi nila iprenesent kung sino ang board of judges. Kahit ang souvenir program kung saan naglalaman ng composition ng members ng bawat committee ay wala. Deliberate bang hindi pinamigay para hindi ma-pinpoint kung sino ang sisisihin sa mga kapalpakan? Umpisa pa lang ng MMFFP ay palpak na. Announcement pa lang ng 7 official entries ay nagkagulo na. At tama ba namang iurong ang deadline para ma-accommodate ang ibang entries dahil hindi pa ito tapos? Hanggang sa kailangan pang mag-usap-usap ang mga producers para alamin kung ano ang kanilang decision sa bagong ruling na ipinalabas. Bakit kailangang producers ang masunod kung may sinusunod na rulings taun-taon? Kulang sa paninindigan ang pamunuan ng MMFFP ngayong taon. Sa interbyu ni Mayor Rey Malonzo sa The Buzz, nagpaliwanag ito sa mga naganap na kapalpakan. Ipinipilit niya ang kanyang katwiran na nasusupalpal naman ng mas mabigat na ebidensya. Tulad na lamang sa hindi pagkasama ni Lualhati Bautista sa dalawang kategorya, ang Best Original Story at Screenplay.

Aniya, nabanggit naman daw, baka hindi lang narinig dahil sa studio problems sa PICC. Isisi pa ba kay Lani Mercado ang kapalpakan eh ang husay nga nitong mag-present? Bakit ayaw tanggapin ni Mayor Rey Malonzo na lantaran ang kapalpakan sa MMFFP ngayong taon? Ewan pero nakakawalang gana na yang MMFFP na yan. Taun-taon na lang may gulo, kontrobersya at higit sa lahat, umiiral ang kapangyarihan ng ilan. Kaya kung kami sa ilang film production like Star Cinema at Imus Productions, mag-isip-isip sila ng maraming beses kung sasali pa sila next year. At kung sasali man sila, gumawa na lang sila ng ka-cheapang pelikula para matalo man sila, hindi masakit. At kung iisip man sila ng pang-entry next year, huwag na silang mag-strive for cinematic excellence and globally competitive movies dahil hindi sila kikilalanin at bibigyan ng parangal. Sayang lang ang efforts nila. Magpatuloy pa rin sila sa paggawa ng pelikulang magaganda pero ipalabas na lang nila sa regular showing at huwag magpagamit dyan sa mga kung sinu-sinong malalaking tao sa industriya at pulitika. Kay Direk Chito Roño, ipagpatuloy mo ang paninindigan mo. Wala ka ng kailangang patunayan bilang isang direktor dahil ginawa mo ang alam mong pinakamahusay mo, pero yung hindi ka kikilalanin, hindi mo na kasalanan yun. Salamat sa pagsasabuhay mo ng pelikulang Dekada ‘70.

At para kay Vilma Santos, mananatali pa rin siyang pinakamahusay na aktres para sa inyong lingkod at sa kanyang mga tagahanga. Binastos man siya ng MMFFP, marami pa rin ang naniniwala na siya pa rin ang rightful winner. Hindi ang MMFFP ang sisira sa legacy ng isang Vilma Santos. Sa awards derby next year, pupusta ako na aanihin niya ang prutas na hindi niya inani ngayon sa MMFFP. Sa MMFFP, nakakalungkot na hinayaan ninyong dungisan ng ilan ang imahe ng taunang parangal na ito. Hindi ninyo dapat hinayaan na gamitin kayo ng mga gahaman. You are not indebted sa iilang makapangyarihan kundi sa sambayanang Pilipino. Tiyak na may magri-react sa aking sinulat sa kolum na ito. Ito ang nararamdaman ko. Matindi ang epekto sa akin ng mga pangyayari at kung paanong tumimo sa aking puso at isipan ang Dekada ’70, ang pelikulang nagpamulat sa akin kung gaano kasarap magkaroon ng isang pamilya at makipaglaban para sa iyong minamahal. Kay Vilma, Boyet, Piolo, Direk Chito, Lualhati Bautista at sa Star Cinema, maraming salamat sa Dekada ’70. Mabuhay ang tunay na pelikulang Pilipino! – Eric John Salut, Pilipino Star, December 31, 2002, Reposted by: Sol Jose Vanzi (READ MORE)

The Light “…Topping the Urian for surprise value was the join award for Best Picture to “Dekada ’70” and “Mga Munting Tinig,” This was unexpected because “Dekada” was a major production that took many months to make, while “Munting Tinig” was a small low-budget film that was shot in only a few weeks. Despite this, both films were cited as the best local movies for 2002. A possible interpretation of the twin awards could be “Dekada” is cited for tackling asn important period in the country;s political life with extensive resources of a major studio, while “Munting Tinig” is honored for its ability to dramatize a simple, heartwarming tale that provides much-needed inspiration, despite its limited budget. In other words, the two films’ contrasting approaches are both needed by local movies today, hence the decision for them to share the Urian’s Best Picture award…The Best Actress trophy that Vilma Santos won for her performance in “Dekada ’70” is another noteworthy decision because, when the film was first shown, even veteran observers rapped Vilma for her relatively “passive,” “colorless” and “undramatic” portrayal in the movie. This was because her character, the wife and mother in the movie’s central Bartolome family, spent most of the film’s running time meekly following her husband’s dictates, like most women in the ’70s. Some people took this as a weak thespic stance, and we had to point out in some articles taht his wasn’t true at all. In fact, given the convention of the movie’s time frame, this “passivity” was an astute artistic decision on Vilma’s part, and thoroughly merited by her character and the period in which she lived. In fact, what Vilma did in “Dekada” was more difficult because it was so controlled and subtle, it would have been far easier for her to melodramatically tear up the scenery and act up a storm. Gratifyingly, by the time the film awards season came around, enough people has seen the light, and Vilma went on to win a phalanx of Best Actress trophies, now including the Urian…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer – May 24, 2003 (READ MORE)