Coney Reyes and Vilma Santos

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Student Canteen to Eat Bulaga – “…Matatandaang ang friendship nina Vi, Helen, Coney at Tina ay naging matibay at matatag dahilan upang mai-guest ni Helen ang tatlo sa kanyang programang Lovingly Yours. At biruin nyo ang talent fee nila ay ang trip to Singapore na silang apat lang ang magkakasama para lalo silang makapag-bonding. Noong binawian ng buhay si Helen noong early ’90s ay sa isang fellowship building sa Makati City siya ibinurol at nakita namin sa kanyang coffin ang isang bouquet na nakalagay ang mga pangalan nina Vi, Coney at Tina. Sobrang nalungkot ang tatlo sa pagkamatay ni Helen at bilang pagpapatunay ng kanilang pagkakaibigan…..nang ikasal si Vi ay ginawa niyang mga secondary sponsors sina Coney, Tina at Princess na siyang pumalit kay Helen. Matatandaan ding noong 1991, sina Vi, Helen, Coney at Tina ay pare-parehong umakyat sa entablado para tanggapin ang kanilang award mula sa Star Awards for Television. Tinanggap ni Vi ang best musical variety show para sa kanyang VILMA show, si Helen naman ay bilang best female newscaster para sa GMA Balita, si Coney ay bilang best drama actress para sa Coney Reyes on Camera at si Tina ay bilang best female host para sa Lunch Date. Silang apat ay nagsama na din sa isang espesyal na okasyon ng Vilma Show ni Vilma at umawit pa nga sila ng awiting That What Friends Are For. Siyanga pala si Helen at Coney ay nagkasama rin sa television show na Student Canteen katuwang sina Eddie Ilarde at Bobby Ledesma. Samantala, sinabi ni Coney sa isang VTR ng Wowowee noong nakaraang kaarawan ni Vi na siya daw ang nagturo kay Vi para gumamit ng panyo. Ayaw daw kasi ni Vi na gumamit ng tissue paper dahil pag pinagpapawisan siya at ginamit niya ang tissue paper ay may naiiwang nakadikit na tissue paper sa kanyang pisngi kaya’t hanggang ngayon ay panyo ang trademark ni Vi.

Di nga ba’t isa si Julie Haglund na masuwerteng nakahingi ng panyo ni Vi noong dinalaw niya si Vi sa Batangas City? Nang magkasunod-sunod ang best actress award ni Vi noong early 80s lalo na noong naka-grand slam si Vi sa pelikulang Relasyon ay nasabi ni Coney na pinapakyaw talaga ni Vi ang mga awards. Napangasawa ni Coney ang basketbolistang si Larry Mumar at nabiyayaan din sila ng mga anak subali’t hindi rin naging maganda ang kanilang pagsasama kung kaya’t naghiwalay din sila. Nang mawala ang Student Canteen ay naging isa sa mga hosts ng Eat Bulaga si Coney. Dito nabuo ang relasyon nila ni Vic Sotto. Nagkaroon sila ng isang anak sa katauhan ni Vico at isa si Vi sa mga naging ninang ni Vico. Si Coney ay ilang beses ding naparangalan ng Star Awards for Television bilang best drama actress sa kanyang drama anthology na Coney Reyes on Camera noong taong 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994 at 1995 at ang kanyang drama anthology ay nabigyan din ng best daytime drama anthology noong taong 1996 at 1997. Naging best actress ng Metro Manila Film Festival si Coney noong 1983 para sa pelikulang Bago Kumalat Ang Kamandag. Si Vi at si Coney ay nagkasama sa mga pelikulang Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita at Muling Buksan Ang Puso…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Coney Reyes (born Constancia Angeline Reyes Nubla on May 27, 1954) is an award winning Philippine Film/TV actress, television host and producer with Chinese and Spanish descent. She has been one of the co-presenters of Student Canteen (1975–1982) and Eat Bulaga (1982–1991). She earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts major in Communication Arts at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). Prior to her career on entertainment, Coney was a student leader and consistent dean’s lister during her college days. Coney made her movie debut in “Return of the Dragon” in 1975. She hosted for Student Canteen since its first airing on GMA Network in 1975. In 1982, Coney Reyes left Student Canteen for Eat Bulaga on RPN. In exchange, Chiqui Hollmann filled the slot Reyes vacated. Coney’s hosting stint with Eat Bulaga opened more opportunities for her and she has co-starred with Dolphy, Fernando Poe Jr., Vilma Santos, Lorna Tolentino, Maricel Soriano, Helen Vela, Aiza Seguerra and Vic Sotto among others in several movies and TV programs. Her weekend afternoon drama anthology “Coney Reyes on Camera” (1984–1998), which she was also a producer, was one of the successful top-rating programs aired on Saturday afternoons and brought home several awards and citations including Star Awards for TV, Catholic Mass Media Awards and the CAMACOP. She recently appeared in programs like “Ysabella,” “Rubi” and “100 Days to Heaven” (her first leading role in TV or movie appearance since “Biyudo si Mister, Biyuda si Misis” in 1997) – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Coney Reyes and Vilma Santos

Muling Buksan Ang Puso (1985) – “…Jim (Dindo Fernando) is a doctor and Cristy (Vilma Santos) is his nurse. Good looking and successful Jim finds himself an ardent admirer in Cristy. But Cristy is not an ordinary lady – she’s daring and defiant. She’ll do whatever it takes to win him even if he’s very much married. Cristy’s persistence and Jim’s longing for a child leads to an illicit relationship. But too much love suffocates and covetousness can breed hate…” – Mavshack (READ MORE)

Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita (1975) – “…And so, to prove them wrong, Vilma’s manager smartly plotted follow-up recordings. Not only did Vilma record her follow-up album, she recorded a string of mini-LPs. Mini-LPs are shorter version of the big vinyl record with two songs on each side. She ventured into Tagalog songs, recording six songs that include instants hits like Isipin Mong Basta’t Mahal Kita, a theme song to a film she did opposite Filipino chess grand master, Eugene Torre; Palong-Palo, where she received a golden record award in 1974 and an up-tempo opm, Tok-Tok Palatok, another theme song from one of her comedy film with the same title opposite Jojit Paredes…” – RV (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita (1975)

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Basic Information: Directed: Armando De Guzman; Cast: Vilma Santos, Eugene Torre, Panchito, Coney Reyes, Roldan Aquino, Teroy De Guzman, Teddy Blarmino, Ellen Esguerra, Ponga, Greg Lozano, Rhonna Mercado, Golay, Menggay, Marlyn Pastera, Ursula carlos; Theme Songs: “Isipin mong Mahal Kita” performed by Vilma Santos

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Film Review: “…Eugene Torre: “…Medyo mahirap kasi (It was quite difficult because) I played a poor man and a rich man at the same time…I had to wear a tuxedo in some scenes then plain clothes the next. It was hard to make the switch…” – Manolo Pedralvez, Rappler, 28 June 2014 (READ MORE)

“…And so, to prove them wrong, Vilma’s manager smartly plotted follow-up recordings. Not only did Vilma record her follow-up album, she recorded a string of mini-LPs. Mini-LPs are shorter version of the big vinyl record with two songs on each side. She ventured into Tagalog songs, recording six songs that include instants hits like Isipin Mong Basta’t Mahal Kita, a theme song to a film she did opposite Filipino chess grand master, Eugene Torre; Palong-Palo, where she received a golden record award in 1974 and an up-tempo opm, Tok-Tok Palatok, another theme song from one of her comedy film with the same title opposite Jojit Paredes…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…Coney made her movie debut in “Return of the Dragon” in 1975. She has been hosted for Student Canteen since its first airing on GMA Network in 1975. In 1982, Coney Reyes left Studio Canteen for Eat Bulaga on RPN. In exchange, Chiqui Holmann-Yulo filled the slot vacated by Reyes. Coney’s hosting stint with Eat Bulaga opened more opportunities for her and has been co-starred with Dolphy, Fernando Poe Jr., Vilma Santos, Lorna Tolentino, Maricel Soriano, Helen Vela, Aiza Seguerra and Vic Sotto among others in several movies and TV programs…” – Wikipilipinas (READ MORE)

“Eugenio Torre (born November 4, 1951) is a chess Grandmaster (GM). He is considered the strongest chess player the Philippines has ever produced during the 1980s and 1990s period, following the heels of Fischer-era Filipino chess champions National Master (NM) Ramon Lontoc, International Master (IM) Renato Naranja, IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso and GM Rosendo Balinas, Jr. Super GM Wesley So is currently the top Philippine chess player. GM Torre shot to prominence in 1976 as a possible future title challenger after winning a strong four-man tournament in Manila ahead of world champion Anatoly Karpov – thus becoming the first player to finish ahead of Karpov in a tournament since the latter became world champion. The high-point of his career came in the early 1980s when he was ranked world No.17; successfully going on to qualify to be a candidate for the world championship after tying for first with Lajos Portisch during the 1982 Toluca Interzonal. Torre has the distinction of being the first Asian player to earn the title of International Grandmaster. He qualified for the Candidates Matches for the 1984 World Championship. In that preliminary stage, the contenders play matches against each other to determine who will challenge the world champion. Torre was eliminated when he lost his match against Zoltán Ribli by a score of 6-4. After losing his quarter-final candidates match to Zoltán Ribli in 1983, Torre became disillusioned with chess and more or less went into semi-retirement. He went on to become a minor celebrity due to his daily one hour TV programme Chess Today…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Filmography: Muling Buksan ang Puso (1985)

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Basic Information: Directed: Leroy Salvador; Story: Nerissa Cabral; Screenplay: Orlando Nadres; Cast: Vilma Santos, Dindo Fernando, Lorna Tolentino, Sandy Andolong, Rowell Santiago, Jimi Melendez, Coney Reyes; Executive producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr.; Original Music: George Canseco; Cinematography: Rody Lacap; Film Editing: Ike Jarlego Jr.; Production Design: Manny Morpe; Theme Songs: “Muling Buksan Ang Puso” performed by Basil Valdez

Plot Description: Cristy’s persistence and Jim’s longing for a child leads to an illicit relationship. But too much love suffocates and covetousness can breed hate. – Pelikula.net (READ MORE)

Jim (Dindo Fernando) is a doctor and Cristy (Vilma Santos) is his nurse. Good looking and successful Jim finds himself an ardent admirer in Cristy. But Cristy is not an ordinary lady – she’s daring and defiant. She’ll do whatever it takes to win him even if he’s very much married. Cristy’s persistence and Jim’s longing for a child leads to an illicit relationship. But too much love suffocates and covetousness can breed hate. – Mavshack (READ MORE)

Film Achievement: 1985 FAMAS Nomination Best Actor – Dindo Fernando; 1985 FAMAS Nomination Best Actress – Vilma Santos

Film Review: “…She has four rated A movies (Haplos, Broken Marriage, Adultery and SSL) to her name but SSL earned the least at the box-office. But the movie was invited and screened at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. It was also invited at the Cannes Film Festival, but the film didn’t arrive in time for its screening because of some problems with the censors. And so, Vilma and her producers are back to square one churning out comics rehash and light melodramas to regain lost grounds. Her first movie for this year, Muling Buksan ang Puso was again a hit and it proved once more that it’s the kind of movie the public wants to patronize. How sad…” – Meg Mendoza, Prime Magazine, Nov 14, 1985 (READ MORE)