All about awards


First of all, I would like to welcome you all to our first e-groups newsletter. This project is dedicated to our one and only idol, Ms. Vilma Santos Recto and to all Vilmanians around the globe. Our maiden issue is about “Awards.” it is very timely since its still award season in our country. We are very hopeful that ate Vi will reaped more awards due to her impressive performance in MP3.

The ultimate win – For all Vilmanians, who can forget 1983? It’s the ultimate win for our idol. 1982 ended with Nora Aunor winning the December film festival for Himala. Everyone are predicting about her winning all the awards for that year. But Vilma is Nora’s true tormentor because as the award season in 1983 begins (remember they honoring the films from the previous year), all award giving bodies lined up and unanimously gave the best actress awards to Vilma! Bernal may have been a true actor’s director but without ate Vi’s maturing talent, no one can perform as effective as Malou in Relasyon! And FAMAS, CMMA, URIAN & FAP, all agreed resulting a true Grand Slam! Impressive indeed. This is a vindication of all the heartaches she suffered in the 70s.

AWARDS - Grand Slam 2

The Milestone Move – No longer a sweet teenager, Vilma’s milestone, career move was through Burlesk Queen. By 1977, Vilma’s reinvention of her image began with her feminist look at her personal life. She no longer care about the gossip and bad publicity that her relationship with Romeo Vasquez has created. Concentrating with her movies, Vilma accepted daring roles like “Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon,” “Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin,” “Tagulan sa Tag-araw.” And also as producer, she created some of the best films of that decade, like “Mga Rosas Sa Putikan,” “Halik sa Paa, Halik sa Kamay,” and the ultimate, “Pagputi Ng Uwak, PagItim ng Tagak” (an almost grand slam winner for best picture). She is one of the very first independent producer in the country. But the most daring of them all was Burlesk Queen. Ian films bet all of its money to this project and it paid off because not only it is the top grosser of the film festival it also reaped almost all of the festival’s awards! Sourgraping, the Nora Aunor camp complained but to no avail, All awards were never returned as what the news said few days after it was given. Burlesk Queen established Vilma Santos name as the number one actress in the Philippines. She was featured in Times Magazine in its coverage of the news around the globe.

The hurtful Lost – Ironically, the following year Ian films went to the other camp and produced one of the most stereotypical film of all times, Atsay. Directed by Eddie Garcia, Nora Aunor gave her most over rated performance of all time. Avoiding the scandal of the previous years and aim at vindicating Nora Aunor, the festival judges gave her the Best Performer award over Vilma Santos’ impressive performance in Rubia Servios. Isagani Cruz, a well respected critics during that time emphasized the hardship and delicate direction of Lino Brocka that is being the total craftsmanship of the Rubia was far more superior than Atsay. Cruz even pointed out that although Nora and Vilma both gave splendid performances, Vilma’s role was far more demanding and difficult. And everyone agreed including all Noranians. And so, as history will tell, it was the sweetest victory of Nora and Noranians over us. It was also hurtful because as the victory spread around the archipelago, the news about Ate Vi committing suicide came out. True it was a big disappointment and Marichu Vera Perez attested, she and Vilma cried all night after the awards night but the suicide rumor was just a myth. Vilma will learned from this lost and as we all remember, a lesson learned, she will never expect to win. She’ll do her job and let them decide if she is deserving of their accolades. The 80’s will proves to be more fruitful, kind and respectful of her effort to give her fans and movie aficionados every cent of their movie ticket.


From fantasy to reality – As the 70’s box office queen, Vilma reinvent herself so many times. She was the disco queen, the action hero (darna, vivian volta, wonder vi), physically disabled bell ringer (kampanerang kuba), a mermaid (dyesebel) to name a few. But in order to transform herself into a maturing actor and get notice for her acting talent, Vilma accepted daring roles which gave her so many awards (almost 70 to this date!) but the most revealing thing about this reinventions was the intrinsic value of all this important roles. The feminism, activism and social issues tackled and explored in these films are the most important contribution to the real world and the real human condition in our country. From the ill fated dancer in Burlesk Queen, to the liberal minded, suicidal designer in Ikaw Ay Akin to a desperate lover to Tag-ulan sa Tag Araw to a more rebellious wife in Broken Marriage, Vilma gave us a true to life picture of what are the most common sufferings of Filipinos. What are the real conditions that most of us cant voice out. True to its form, her films current as we still continue to experience all this social issues. Poverty and helplessness among the common Filipino problems. She also affected us with her tour de force portrayal of a modern mistress in Relasyon, an activist nun in SSL, a dying cancer stricken career woman in Pahiram, a mother of autistic child in Ipagpatawad, an AIDS patient in Dolzura, an awaken mother to an activist rebel in Dekada and just recently a modern crime crusader torn between two lovers in Mano Po 3! From fantasy to reality, her filmography deserve the most important awards in Philippine movie history – the National Artist honor.


The Future – As we all know Vilma has surpassed all of her contemporaries, including Nora Aunor. The future for our idol has become more exciting than ever. Vilma admittedly said that she wanted to stay in show business for as long as she still enjoys it, just like her idol, Gloria Romero, playing grandmother roles. But that’s not gonna happen right now, Vilma still commands the leading roles. She can still carry a film and portray roles that’s younger than her real age (Thanks to her youthful looks and clean lifestyles). Projects are still pouring in. And again, unlike her contemporaries, she remained choosy and committed, to do “never been done” projects, a well known secret of her longevity. Indeed, her future remained bright and truly exciting! – RV, V Magazine, April – May 2005 (READ MORE)



  • 1987 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show Host
  • 1988 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show Host
  • 1988 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1989 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1990 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1991 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1992 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1994 STAR Award Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1998 STAR Award Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2006 STAR Award Best Actress in a Single TV Performance – MMK: Regalo

Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • 1987 CMMA Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1988 CMMA Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1989 CMMA Best Musical Variety Show
  • 1990 CMMA Hall of Fame in Musical Variety Show

Other Recognitions

  • 1972 EMEE Most Effective TV Actress
  • 1990 New York International Awards for TV Finalist
  • 1991 Dove Awards Best Musical Variety Show


Gawad URIAN and Vilma Santos

On May 1, 1976, ten Filipino critics agreed to discuss the annual award-giving situation in the local industry. All in agreement that there must be an alternative to FAMAS, the only award giving body in the Philippines. The ten critics, mostly academics, were Pio de Castro, Behn Cervantes, Pete Daroy, Mario Hernando, Bien Lumbera, Doy del Mundo, Manny Pichel, Nick Tiongson, Gino Dormiendo, and Nestor Torre. Most of them were part of FAMAS roster of judges. Most, questioned the recent years winners. According to the website, Wikepedia: “The 1972 best actress “tie” that materialized between major star Boots Anson-Roa and then-rising star Vilma Santos was a good example of the disillusionments experienced by the academics. according to them, the two winners was unheard of at that time, which resulted in accusations of lessening “credibility and prestige.” Ironically, Gawad will have numerous ‘tie” winners in their future set of winners, including a string of ‘tie” involving their early favorite, Nora Aunor. Headed by Nestor Torre, the nine critics agreed to review films and release quarterly film citations with the final nominations and winners announce at the end of the year.

Over the years, the Manunuri Ng Pelikulang Pilipino, MPP, (translates – Filipino Film Critics and considered the equivalent of the USA’s New York Film Critics Circle), established themselves as the most credible award giving bodies in the Philippines. They are known for having a long discussion for each of their award categories resulting sometimes in heated debate and unfortunately resulting with the unavoidable “ties” winners. Since 1976, the group has eluded controversies that rival groups endured. The oldest award, FAMAS has experienced two renegade or break away groups resulting in costly legal battles and low television ratings. Another group, the Philippine Movie Press Club is considered second to Gawad Urian, their Star Awards had a similar fate, they also had a break away group, creating their own awards, the Golden Screen Awards. With the advent of new awards, now ten, and still counting. Gawad Urian remained strong and the most sought after. Currently, the Manunuri are consists of: Rolando B. Tolentino, Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario A. Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Q. Rapatan, Benilda S. Santos, Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente and Lito B. Zulueta.

Vilma Santos has become a big part of Gawad Urian. Although she wasn’t considered their early favourite, they developed a long fondness to the actress, many considered as the Meryl Streep of the Philippines cinema. Fourteen best actress nominations spanning three decades and eight wins starting in 1982’s Relasyon. She also recieved a Gawad Urian best picture award in 1978, as film producer for the film, Pagputi Ng Uwak Pagitim Ng Tagak.

In 1981 Gawad Urian cited four films for their best picture category, Romy Suzara’s Pepeng Shotgun, Mel Chionglo’s Playgirl, Mike de Leon’s Kisap Mata and Laurice Guillen’s Salome. Salome was the winner. The four directors were also nominated for best director together with Ishmael Bernal for Pabling. Guillen was the winner for Salome. In addition to picture and director awards, Salome also won the best screenplay for Ricardo Lee and the best actress award for Gina Alajar. Alajar’s strong competitors were Charito Solis for Playgirl and Nora Aunor for the forgettable Bakit Bughaw ang Langit. Vilma Santos were again got the cold shoulder from the Manunuri as she wasn’t even cited for any of her films, Pakawalan Mo Ako where she won a FAMAS, Hiwalay, a Romy Suzara directed film, Karma where she won the best actress from Metro Manila Film Festival or Ex-Wife, an Eddie Rodriguez directed film co-starring her with Beth Bautista.

But a turned of events the following year. MPP considered 1982 a good harvest with a string of high quality films: Batch ’81, Himala, Moral, Oro Plata Mata and Relasyon, all vying for the best pictures Urian. Oro Plata Mata edged out the other four. It also won the best director honour for Peque Gallaga. Gallaga defeated Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Moral), Ishmael Bernal (Himala and Relasyon), Lino Brocka (Cain at Abel) and Mike de Leon (Batch ’81). The writing category went to Clodualdo del Mundo, Raquel Villavecencio at Mike de Leon for Batch ’81. Noticeably ignored many times by the Manunuri, Vilma Santos was nominated for her sympathetic mistress role in Relasyon. She is up against Nora Aunor’s epical role for Himala, Gina Alajar and Lorna Tolentino were nominated for their feminist film Moral completed the nominees. The Manunuri surprised everyone by declaring Vilma Santos as their 7th best actress winner. The other award giving bodies (FAMAS, Film Academy of the Philippines and CMMA) also declared Vilma Santos as their best actress and the term “grand slam” were born atleast in local entertainment industry. As for the other acting categories, Philip Salvador won the lead actor and Baby Delgado, supporting actress both for Cain At Abel, and Mark Gil won the supporting actor for Palipat-lipat, Papalit-palit. The Manunuri gave the Natatanging Gawad Urian to veteran actress, Anita Linda, who is still very active today and who worked with Vilma several times.

Proving that her win wasn’t just a fluke, Santos won the next two years for Broken Marriage and Sister Stella L both from Regal Films. Four years afterwards her three wins, she again got the best actress with co-winner, Nora Aunor in 1989’s Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga. She followed this with wins in 1991 (Ipagpatawad Mo), 1993 (Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story), 1998 (Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa), and 2002 (Dekada 70). She also received the the Actress of the Decade 1990s award in 2000. – RV (READ MORE)


1973 FAMAS Awards Night

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1973 FAMAS – “…Halos mangilid ang luha sa kanyang mga mata nang tanggapin niya ang kanyang FAMAS Awards. Sa wakas ay nagtamo rin ng karangalan at pagkilala ang kanyang pagsisikap at kakayahan. Baguhan pa lamang si Nick Romano sa pelikula at iyon ay ang una niyang nomination at nakamit din niya ang kanranagalan best bilang supporting actor nang gabing iyon. Kung naruwa man si Joseph Estrada sa inaning karangalan ng kapatid niya nang gabing iyon ay ganoon din si Tony Ferrer sa kapatid niyang si Nick Romano. Most applauded si Marrissa Delgado nang gabing iyon dahilan sa noong nakaraang taon ay siya ang nagkamit ng FAMAS award for best supporting actress at ngayon ay siya na naman na nagpapatunay lamang na talaganag karapatdapat siya sa karangalang natamo niya last year. Hindi mailarawan ang kagalakan niya ng gabing iyon. Umiiyak siya’t naliligayahan nang siya mismo ang tumanggap ng tangan niyang trophy na ang buong akala niya’y ibibigay niya sa bagong awardee. Dalawa ang best Actress ng gabing iyon. Nangangahulugang kapuwa mabigat ang labanan at walang itulak kabigin kina Boots Anson Roa at Vilma Santos kaya minabuti ng inampalan na bigyan kapwa ng best actress award sina Boots at Vilma…” – Aruy Tapusan Komiks Magasin, No. 32, 19 Hunyo 1973

21st FAMAS AWARDS (1972)

DATE: April 29, 1973

PLACE: Coral Ballroom, Manila Hilton Hotel, United Nations Avenue, City of Manila

Best Picture(nominees)

  • Ang Alamat [FPJ Productions]
  • Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan [Virgo Production]
  • Kill the Pushers [JE Productions] [WINNER]
  • Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [Virgo Production]
  • Tatay na si Erap [JE Productions]
  • Villa Miranda [Lea Productions]

Best Actor(nominees)

  • Jun Aristorenas for Elias, Basilio at Sisa
  • Joseph Estrada for Kill the Pushers
  • George Estregan for Sukdulan [WINNER]
  • Fernando Poe, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Ramon Revilla for Nardong Putik
  • Dante Rivero for Villa Miranda
  • Eddie Rodriguez for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan

Best Actress(nominees)

  • Nora Aunor for A Gift of Love
  • Marlene Dauden for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Amalia Fuentes for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Pilar Pilapil for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae
  • Boots Anson – Roa for Tatay Na Si Erap [tie-WINNER]
  • Susan Roces for Bilangguang Puso
  • Vilma Santos for Dama De Noche [tie-WINNER]

Best Supporting Actor(nominees)

  • Romy Diaz for Ang Alamat
  • Eddie Garcia for ‘Til Death Do Us Part
  • Eddie Mercado for Dito sa Aking Puso
  • Jose Padilla, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Nick Romano for Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma [WINNER]
  • Ruben Rustia for Kill the Pushers
  • Lou Salvador, Jr. for Villa Miranda

Best Supporting Actress(nominees)

  • Alicia Alonzo for Villa Miranda
  • Zenaida Amador for Kill the Pushers
  • Chichay for Bilangguang Puso
  • Marissa Delgado for ‘Til Death Do Us Part [WINNER]
  • Cristina Reyes for Sukdulan
  • Ely Roque for Tatay na si Erap
  • Mary Walter for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan

Best Child Actor(nominees)

  • Robin Aristorenas for Elias, Basilio at Sisa [WINNER]
  • Marlon Bautista for Nardong Putik
  • Frankie Navaja, Jr. for Ang Alamat
  • Randy for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae

Best Child Actress(nominees)

  • Jingle for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Beth Manlongat for Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma
  • Maricris for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan
  • Snooky Serna for Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [WINNER] [as Snooky]

Best Director(nominees)

  • Lino Brocka for Villa Miranda
  • Augusto Buenaventura for Kill the Pushers [WINNER]
  • Celso Ad. Castillo for Ang Alamat
  • Tony Cayado for Nardong Putik
  • Manuel Cinco for Isinilang Ko ang Anak ng Ibang Babae
  • Armando Garces for Sukdulan
  • Eddie Rodriguez for Babae, Ikaw ang Dahilan [as Luis Enriquez]

Best Story – Liza Moreno for Babae, Ikaw Ang Dahilan [WINNER] [as Louise de Mesa]

Best Screenplay – Augusto Buenaventura for Kill the Pushers; Eddie Rodriguez for Mahalin Mo Sana Ako [tie-WINNER] [as Luis Enriquez]

Best Cinematography B/W – Ricardo Remias for Babae, Ikaw Ang Dahilan [WINNER]

Best Cinematography Color – Nonong Rasca for Nardong Putik [WINNER]

Best Editing – Marcelino Navarro for Nardong Putik [WINNER]

Best Musical Score – Restie Umali for Ang Alamat [WINNER]

Best Sound – Angel Avellana for Kill the Pushers

Dr. Cirio Santiago Memorial Award – To Jose Perez

Source: FAMAS Unofficial web-site

2006 Diwata Awards

The Diwata Awards – “…The Diwata Award recognizes and honors women and bestows this award to women who have successfully contributed original text to the growing materials and narratives on women sensibilities that aim to empower women who have been marginalized in the traditional film text. It also pays tribute to their outstanding contributions to their field of cinema. The Diwata in Philippine folklore is likened to the muse that inspires artists in crystallizing ideas, concepts, and conversations as they interact with their materials…”

March 8, 2006 – “…Vilma Santos had a meeting with her Vilmanians the other Friday at Max’s Libis. She reported that she had finally finished shooting her Maalaala Mo Kaya episode with Ricky Davao and Maja Salvador, directed by Olive Lamasan. “One year in the making ito, bale two episodes, but it’s really worth it and I’m impressed with the work of Direk Olive,” she says. “It’s based on the true story of a woman from Lipa.” She said she got an offer to do a stage play at the CCP. She’s willing to try the theatre but when she was told she has to rehearse for two months, she had to turn it down as she still has her duties as Lipa City mayor to attend to. She revealed she has new movie offers, but most of them are heavy drama. She wants to do something lighter that will be more appealing to the masa. Last March 8, Vilma was given the First Diwata Award in celebration of International Women’s Day. That coincided with the 16th International Women’s Film Festival by the UP Film Institute, the longest-running women’s filmfest in the country. She was cited for her roles in films like Sister Stella L, Relasyon, The Dolzura Cortez Story, Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? and Dekada ’70, which are about women empowerment. She was honored with Lily Monteverde, Charo Santos-Concio and writer Lualhati Bautista. Vilma was warmly applauded by an adulating crowd and she delivered a very inspirational message, saying: “I strongly believe in these films with strong messages. It’s about time men believe in women empowerment. Don’t underestimate us, women and artists!” Ate Vi left Thursday with husband Sen. Ralph Recto to attend the investiture rites of our new cardinal in Rome (she was personally invited). After that, she will take a cruise with Ralph and meet with her family in Los Angeles…” – Mario Bautista, People’s Journal March 26 2006 (READ MORE)

University of the Philippines – “…In 2005, the University of the Philippines conferred to her the Gawad Plaridel Award for her achievements and contributions both as an actress and a public servant. In the same year, she was conferred an honorary doctorate degree (honoris causa) in humanities by the Lipa City College. She was again honored in 2006 by the University of the Philippines as one of the four awardees in UP’s First Diwata Awards. “Ako’y napakarelihiyosong tao sa maniwala ka o hindi. Sa aking kalooban, inaalay ko sa Diyos ang aking mga tagumpay at mga suliranin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Kanya sa mga magaganda’t mabubuting nangyari sa akin. Kung hindi naman, iniaalay ko pa rin sa Kanya kung iyon ang kalooban Niya. Ang hinihiling ko lamang sa Kanya’y tamang patnubay (“I’m a very religious person, whether you believe it or not. Deep inside, I offer all my success and problems to God. If they’re beautiful and good, I thank Him. If they aren’t, I still offer them to Him if that is what He wants to happen. What I only ask from Him is proper guidance),” she said…” – Rogelio Constantino Medina (READ MORE)

The Awardees – “…The following are the distinguished women who were awarded the Diwata Award…Ms. Charo Santos-Concio, Ms. Vilma Santos, Ms. Lily Monteverde, Ms. Lualhati Bautista, Ms. Laurice Guillen, Ms. Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ms. Bella Flores…”

Vilma Santos, is the Philippines’ most awarded and critically acclaimed actress and longest reigning box office queen. One of the original Philippine movie queens, she rose up to become the versatile actress that has been given the fitting title of “Star for All Seasons” and more recently “Woman for all Seasons” because of her capacity to adapt to the changing mores and values of the Filipino woman, giving a face to their plight and struggles. She is currently in politics as the Governor of Batangas province, Philippines. She was also formerly Mayor of Lipa City, Batangas. – Agimat (READ MORE)

Maria Rosario Santos known as Charo Santos-Concio or Charo Santos (born October 27, 1953) is a Filipina television executive, host, actress, and film producer who hosts the network’s longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. She is the President of ABS-CBN Corporation, and plays a powerful role in TV and film production in the Philippines. On March 3, 2008, Ms. Charo Santos-Concio was promoted as 5th president of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and in charge of the company’s total business portfolio, taking over from interim president Eugenio Lopez III. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Lily Monteverde – Lily Yu Monteverde (nickname Mother Lily) is a prominent Filipino film producer and businesswoman. Lily Monteverde has produced nearly 300 films in the Philippines since the early 1960s. She operated Regal Films, in the Philippines for many years. In August 1996 she invested much of her substantial wealth into hotels in Quezon City. She opened the Imperial Palace Suites on the site of an old gasoline station at the corner of Tomas Morato and Timog avenues in Quezon. In 2000, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinemanila International Film Festival. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Lualhati Torres Bautista (born Manila, Philippines December 2, 1945) is one of the foremost Filipino female novelists in the history of contemporary Philippine Literature. Her novels include Dekada ’70, Bata, Bata, Pa’no Ka Ginawa?, and ‘GAPÔ. Bautista was born in Tondo, Manila, Philippines on December 2, 1945 to Esteban Bautista and Gloria Torres. She graduated from Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in 1958, and from Torres High School in 1962. She was a journalism student at the Lyceum of the Philippines, but dropped out even before she finished her freshman year. Despite a lack of formal training, Bautista as the writer became known for her honest realism, courageous exploration of Philippine women’s issues, and her compelling female protagonists, who confront difficult situations at home and in the workplace with uncommon grit and strength. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Laurice Guillen is a Filipino actress and director. Guillen studied at St. Theresa’s College, Cebu City, before working on a Masters in Mass Communication at Ateneo de Manila University, followed by a television production course under Nestor Torre, in 1967. She then began work as an actress, starring in productions of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, before crossing over to film and television work, playing a seductress in Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, and Corazon Aquino in the drama A Dangerous Life. In 2009 she accepted a role in the indie film Karera, her first role in an independent production. Other credits include in the film Sister Stella L and Moral. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Marilou Diaz-Abaya (March 7, 1955 – October 8, 2012) was a multi-awarded film director in the Philippines. She was the founder and president of the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center, a film school based in Antipolo City, Philippines. She was the director of the 1998 film José Rizal, a biopicture on the Philippines’ national hero. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Bella Flores – “…She is Bella Flores and proud that she has played the wicked tormentor of children from Tessie Agana in 1951 in Roberta, to Vilma Santos in Trudis Liit in 1963, to Maricel Soriano in Inday Bote in 1970. “I walk alone. I pray alone. I talk to God na huwag ako pababayaan. There are times I feel lonely, natural lang yun. I know God is always with me.” While she relates her story, of how she distrusts everyone which is why she opts to live alone and refuses to hire a live-in driver, there is something in her demeanor that tells you it is possibly just another role she is playing. “I don’t have close friends. We meet on the set, then go home. But there are people like Susan Roces, Gloria Romero, Pablo Gomez whom I like. Friends are the ballroom dancing friends, although I stopped dancing in 2002 when I became very busy,” she continues sounding much like the sure-fire recipe on how to be hated by an audience…” – Bibsy M. Carballo, The Star, 14 March 2008 (READ MORE)

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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)

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)

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)