The New Vilma Santos is an Actress

ARTICLES - The New Vilma Santos is an ActressDumating ang mahigit na pagsubok. At nagpasalamat ako sa diyos at sa aking mga dalangin at pagsisikap ay ipinagkaloob sa akin ang magandang kapalarang ito.” Pormal na pormal si Vilma habang nagsasalita siya. Sa paksang ito’y nabanggit niya ang ilang mga bagay na nakasusugat ng damdamin niya. Ang pagtatanong ng ilan at pag-uukol sa kanya ng mga salitang nakakasakit ng loob ay nabanggit sa amin ni Vi. Bakit daw siya ang naging Best Actress? Ito ang tanong ng ilang naghahangad na sirain ang loob niya at gumawa ng isang bagay na hindi maganda. Ang totoo ay marami ang nanalig at nagtitiwala sa pagkakamit noon ng FAMAS award ni Vilma. She do her best and she deserve it, kahit ano pa nga ang sabihin at isipin ngayon ng ilang tao lamang. You’re an actress. Ito ang narinig naming sinasabi ng mga bumisita kay Vilma sa kanyang tahanan. Naluha sa malaking kagalakan si Vilma. “Hindi ako magbabago sa inyong lahat. Hindi.” maikling wika niya. Natapos ang paksang iyan. Then the week ng huli naming makada-upang palad si Vilma ay maganda naman ang aming naging paksa dito. Maraming dapat napuna sa kasalukuyang tungkol kay Vilma Santos. Noon at ngayon ay masasabing malaking-malaki ang ipinagbago ni Vilma sa anyo at sa kilos.

Dalagang-dalaga na siya and she looks like a woman of twenty bagama’t walang-wala pa siya sa line of two. Natawa nga siya ng sabihin namin na pakiramdam daw niya ay matured na siya ngayon. At her age hindi nga ba naktutuwang isipin na isa siyang awardee ng FAMAS? And she’s the only first young star na nagkamit ng ganitong uri ng karangalan. Best Actess. Sa acting siya nakakuha ng malaking bagay sa kanyang movie career. Nagpormal si Vilma. Alam naming handang handa na siya ngayon na maging isang babaing sirena na ginagawa niyang pelikulang “Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe.” “Marami na namang pagsubok ang darating sa akin. At tiyak alam ko na ito.” Sabi ni Vilma. “Alam n’yo ba? Lalo akong acting na acting ngayon.” Nakatawa siya. “Dito sa Dyesebel alam kong hindi lamang pagiging sirena ang mahalaga. All I need here is acting din, hindi ba?” Gagawin kong lahat ang aking makakaya. Pero pagkatapos ng pelikulang ito’y gustong gusto kong makaganap ng isang uri ng role na mas higit kaysa mga napagdaanan ko na. And more acting s’yempre.” The way she talks, the movies and act sa harap ng camero o pakikipag-usap sa kanyang mga kaharap, halatang may isang bagong Vilma Santos.

Lady look na lady look na talaga ngayon si Vilma. Para bang ang nakaharap mo ngayon ay isang dalagang nasa hustong gulang at kagalanggalang. Pagpipitagan mo siya talaga. Iingatan mo ang pagsasalita sa harap niya bagama’t sa katotohanan ay ibig na ibig niyang makakaharap ang mga taong palagay na palagay sa kanya ang kalooban. Sa ngayon nga sa pagkakaroon ng bagong anyo ni Vilma sa lahat ng bagay ay kanyang sarili’y unang mabubuksan sa isip at paningin ng kanyang kaharap na ito. Ito ang bagong Vilma Santos. Matured look na siyang talaga ngayon. ‘Yong bang handang handa na sa lahat ng mahahalagang bagay sa kanyang paligid. “Salamat sa paguukol ninyo sa akin ng panahon. At kahit nga sa maikling sandali lamang ay nakakapalitan ko kayong lahat ng mga kuru-kuro. Bagong Vilma Santos ng nga ba ako ngayon? Salamat. Pero alam ko na walang nababago sa aking pakikisama at pakikutungo sa lahat. Kung may nabago man sa akin. Kung tinawag man ninyo ako ngayon na the new Vilma Santos, ang toto niyan ay nasa puso ko pa rin ang dating ugali.” sabi ni Vilma. Naniniwala kami. Nagbago man si Vilma Santos sa anyo at mga kilos ay hindi pa rin nawawala sa kanya ang pagiging magiliw at mabait sa lahat.

Siya pa rin ang dating Vilma Santos na kagigiliwan mo. Mabait makitungo, mahusay makisama at marunong tumugon sa kanyang mga tungkulin. Being an actress, very professional na talaga si Vilma. Well, tinawag namin siyang actess sapagka’t may panghahawakan ang sino mang sabihin aktres na talaga si Vilma. FAMAS award yan. Pero nagpormal siya. Ayaw na ayaw niyang mabubuksan ang paksang ito na halata ang pagpuri sa kanya. Ayaw niyang isipin ng sino man na nagkaroon na siya noong tinatawag na aire o paglaki ng ulo. Basta siya pa rin si Vilma. Huwag isipin ang award. Natawa kami. “Ayokong isipin nilang porke FAMAS awardee na ako ngayon eh, merong nabago sa aking kilos at isipan? Walang-wala iyan sa akin. Kaya nga ayaw kong mapag-usapan eh. Baka isiping ipinagmamalaki ko it. Hindi natawa ko. Nagpapasalamat. Pero ang pakikisama at pakikitungo sa lahat iyang ang hinding-hindi magbabago kahit ilang award pa ang makamit ko.” Aniya. Iyan si Vilma Santos. Ang bagong Vilma sa tunay na kahulugan ng salitang ito. Maganda kapita-pitagan. At aktres na talaga. Sa pelikulang Dyesebel, masusubok si Vilma at ang mga bago niyang katangian sa sining ng pag-arte. Ngunit tulad nga ng mga nauna niyang pahayag dito, more acting and more good films ang kailangan pa niya. At ito ay buong kakayahang gagawin at magagaw pa ni Vilma sa hinaharap. – Ric S. Aquino, Movie Queen Magazine, No. 60, 18 Jun 1973

DAMA DE NOCHE

DAMA DE NOCHE

Ric S. Aquino is a Filipino movie reporter, writer, columnist, who originally a freelance writer but became part of pro-Vilma Santos circle of movie writers in the early part of her illustrious film career. He regularly reported the latest news about Vilma and her several suitors including her much publicized relationships with Edgar Mortiz. Aquino’s articles, usually written in Tagalog were mostly published by Movie Queen, a magazine identified with Vilma Santos. – RV

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All About Dama de Noche

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The Flower – “…Dama de Noche (Cestrum nocturnum), literally translates “lady of the night” is famous for its unusual biorhythm which made it the subject of legend. Its flowers bloom at night and exude a very sweet scent. Although widely cultivated in the Philippines, the plant was introduced from tropical America….” – Wikipilipinas

The LegendThe Legend of Dama de Noche – “A thousand years ago, there was a rich maharlika, or nobleman, who spent his early bachelor days recklessly, wining and dining in the company of nobility. He drank the finest wines, ate the most delectable food and enjoyed the company of the loveliest, perfumed and bejewelled women of the noble class. After years of this kind of life, the maharlika finally felt it was time to settle down and marry the woman of his choice. “But who is the woman to choose?” he asked himself as he sat in the rich splendour of his home, “All the women I know are beautiful and charming, but I am tired of the glitter of their jewels and the richness of their clothes!” He wanted a woman different from all the women he saw day and night, and found this in a simple village lass. She was charming in her own unaffected ways, and her name was Dama. They married and lived contentedly. She loved him and took care of him. She pampered him with the most delicious dishes, and kept his home and his clothes in order. But soon, the newness wore off for the maharlika. He started to long for the company of his friends. He took a good look at his wife and thought, she is not beautiful and she does not have the air of nobility abouther, she does not talk with wisdom. And so the maharlika returned to his own world of glitter and splendor. He spent his evenings sitting around with his friends in their noble homes , drank and talked till the first rays of the sun peeped from the iron grills of their ornate windows. Poor Dama felt that she was losing her husband. She wept in the silence of their bedroom. “I cannot give my husband anything but the delights of my kitchen and the warmth of my bed. He is tired of me.” She looked to the heavens. “Oh, friendly spirits! Help me. Give me a magic charm. Just one little magic charm to make my husband come home again, that he will never want to leave my side, forever!”

It was midnight when the maharlika came home. He opened the door of their bedroom and called for Dama to tell her to prepare his nightclothes. “Dama! Dama, where are you?” he called. He shouted all around the bedroom. He sarched the whole house. Still the nobleman could not find his simple wife. Finally the nobleman returned to their bedroom, tired and cross. But, as he opened the door, he stopped. A are scent, sweet and fragrant, drifted to him. It was a scent he had never smelled before. He entered the room and crossed to the window where the scent seemed to be floating from. A strange bush was growing outside the window. Some of its thin branches had aleady reached the iron grills and were twisting around. And all over the bush were thousands of tiny starlike, white flowers, from which burst forth a heavenly, enchanting scent! He stood there, completely enraptured by the glorious smell. “Dama…” he whispered softly, onderingly, could this be Dama? The rich maharlika sat by the window, and waited for the return of his loving simple wife. But she did not come back. She never returned to him again. Only the fragrance of the flowers stayed with him, casting a spell over his whole being. In the moonlight, Dama of the night, or Dama de Noche would be in full bloom, capturing the rich maharlika, making him never want to leave her side, forever.

The Comics – Alamat ng Dama de Noche Written by Manuel Franco; Illustrated by Rudy V. Arubang; Published by National Book Store, Inc. Circa 1974 – komiklopedia

The 1972 Film – Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, written by Borlaza and Nestor Torre, featuring Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Fred Montilla, Lillian Laing, Matimtiman Cruz, Ruben Tizon, Jovie Barse, Priscilla Ramirez, Danilo Jurado, Cloyd Robinson. Released September 14, 1972.

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“…Dama de Noche is showing in three theaters— Remar, Delta and Sampaguita. It is, Vilma was quoted as saying, her dream role fulfilled. The very professional Vilma has come out with the resolution than henceforth she will demand to see the script and also see that the script is demanding- or she’ll say nix. Well, Dama de Noche is exactly just that: demanding. In it she delineates the twin-sister roles of sweet Armida and deranged Rosanna. Vilma sobs and screams, giggles, and crazy-dances, claws and clowns, sobs again and screams some more. But she does more than all these things. She acts. In the Filipino movieworld where crying is synonymous with acting, that certainly is being ahead of one’s kind. Vilma as Armida is drab and dry, almost a movie prop. It is in the portrayal of Rosanna that Vilma would tear one’s heart away. The many close-ups so effectively used throughout the movie show the unglamorous Vilma: her frowns, her lip-twitching, her uninhibited and stifled sobs. But Vilma is less successful with the shifty look that is the distinctive trait of the deranged. She compensates for this in the ‘betrayal’ scene when Rosanna suspects that Leo, Armida and the psychiatrist (Fred Montilla) all conspired to imprison her in the hospital. Another outstanding feat is the subdued scene where Rosanna learns that Leo has gone to the Lerma villa to meet Armida. The vivacious Rosanna is just as winsomely pathetic. Watching her is just like seeing a bosom friend trying to pretend she’s happy when both of you know she’s not only in this case, Rosanna is truly happy. Her non-knowledge of her plight is what is particularly heart-curling. Dama de Noche is Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Production’s entry in the QC filmfest which started on Oct.15. It is a very simple story, almost run-of-the-mill, but Nestor Torre, Jr. who wrote the screenplay saved it with his meaningful and amusing lines. However, the movie is occasionally dragging with the Filipino moviemania for spoonfed sequences…” – Times Jornal, October 24, 1972 (READ MORE)

The 1998 Film – A woman (Ynez Veneracion) who was maltreated during her younger years (Aiza Marquez played the young role) gets revenge on the people who abused her. This 1998 film was directed by Lore Reyes and featured Ynez Veneracion, Mark Gil and Lara Fabregas. Released on July 22, 1998 by Neo Films and Viva Films, both lead star Mark Gil and Ynez Veneracion will co-starred with Vilma Santos (the first Dama de Noche lead star) in 2012 via horror film, The Healing.

The New Vilma Santos is an Actress

Dumating ang mahigit na pagsubok. At nagpasalamat ako sa diyos at sa aking mga dalangin at pagsisikap ay ipinagkaloob sa akin ang magandang kapalarang ito.” Pormal na pormal si Vilma habang nagsasalita siya. Sa paksang ito’y nabanggit niya ang ilang mga bagay na nakasusugat ng damdamin niya. Ang pagtatanong ng ilan at pag-uukol sa kanya ng mga salitang nakakasakit ng loob ay nabanggit sa amin ni Vi. Bakit daw siya ang naging Best Actress? Ito ang tanong ng ilang naghahangad na sirain ang loob niya at gumawa ng isang bagay na hindi maganda. Ang totoo ay marami ang nanalig at nagtitiwala sa pagkakamit noon ng FAMAS award ni Vilma. She do her best and she deserve it, kahit ano pa nga ang sabihin at isipin ngayon ng ilang tao lamang. You’re an actress. Ito ang narinig naming sinasabi ng mga bumisita kay Vilma sa kanyang tahanan. Naluha sa malaking kagalakan si Vilma. “Hindi ako magbabago sa inyong lahat. Hindi.” maikling wika niya. Natapos ang paksang iyan. Then the week ng huli naming makada-upang palad si Vilma ay maganda naman ang aming naging paksa dito. Maraming dapat napuna sa kasalukuyang tungkol kay Vilma Santos. Noon at ngayon ay masasabing malaking-malaki ang ipinagbago ni Vilma sa anyo at sa kilos.

Dalagang-dalaga na siya and she looks like a woman of twenty bagama’t walang-wala pa siya sa line of two. Natawa nga siya ng sabihin namin na pakiramdam daw niya ay matured na siya ngayon. At her age hindi nga ba naktutuwang isipin na isa siyang awardee ng FAMAS? And she’s the only first young star na nagkamit ng ganitong uri ng karangalan. Best Actess. Sa acting siya nakakuha ng malaking bagay sa kanyang movie career. Nagpormal si Vilma. Alam naming handang handa na siya ngayon na maging isang babaing sirena na ginagawa niyang pelikulang “Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe.” “Marami na namang pagsubok ang darating sa akin. At tiyak alam ko na ito.” Sabi ni Vilma. “Alam n’yo ba? Lalo akong acting na acting ngayon.” Nakatawa siya. “Dito sa Dyesebel alam kong hindi lamang pagiging sirena ang mahalaga. All I need here is acting din, hindi ba?” Gagawin kong lahat ang aking makakaya. Pero pagkatapos ng pelikulang ito’y gustong gusto kong makaganap ng isang uri ng role na mas higit kaysa mga napagdaanan ko na. And more acting s’yempre.” The way she talks, the movies and act sa harap ng camero o pakikipag-usap sa kanyang mga kaharap, halatang may isang bagong Vilma Santos.

Lady look na lady look na talaga ngayon si Vilma. Para bang ang nakaharap mo ngayon ay isang dalagang nasa hustong gulang at kagalanggalang. Pagpipitagan mo siya talaga. Iingatan mo ang pagsasalita sa harap niya bagama’t sa katotohanan ay ibig na ibig niyang makakaharap ang mga taong palagay na palagay sa kanya ang kalooban. Sa ngayon nga sa pagkakaroon ng bagong anyo ni Vilma sa lahat ng bagay ay kanyang sarili’y unang mabubuksan sa isip at paningin ng kanyang kaharap na ito. Ito ang bagong Vilma Santos. Matured look na siyang talaga ngayon. ‘Yong bang handang handa na sa lahat ng mahahalagang bagay sa kanyang paligid. “Salamat sa paguukol ninyo sa akin ng panahon. At kahit nga sa maikling sandali lamang ay nakakapalitan ko kayong lahat ng mga kuru-kuro. Bagong Vilma Santos ng nga ba ako ngayon? Salamat. Pero alam ko na walang nababago sa aking pakikisama at pakikutungo sa lahat. Kung may nabago man sa akin. Kung tinawag man ninyo ako ngayon na the new Vilma Santos, ang toto niyan ay nasa puso ko pa rin ang dating ugali.” sabi ni Vilma. Naniniwala kami. Nagbago man si Vilma Santos sa anyo at mga kilos ay hindi pa rin nawawala sa kanya ang pagiging magiliw at mabait sa lahat.

Siya pa rin ang dating Vilma Santosna kagigiliwan mo. Mabait makitungo, mahusay makisama at marunong tumugon sa kanyang mga tungkulin. Being an actress, very professional na talaga si Vilma. Well, tinawag namin siyang actess sapagka’t may panghahawakan ang sino mang sabihin aktres na talaga si Vilma. FAMAS award yat. Pero nagpormal siya. Ayaw na ayaw niyang mabubuksan ang paksang ito na halata ang pagpuri sa kanya. Ayaw niyang isipin ng sino man na nagkaroon na siya noong tinatawag na aire o paglaki ng ulo. Basta siya pa rin si Vilma. Huwag isipin ang award. Natawa kami. “Ayokong isipin nilang porke FAMAS awardee na ako ngayon eh, merong nabago sa aking kilos at isipan? Walang-wala iyan sa akin. Kaya nga ayaw kong mapag-usapan eh. Baka isiping ipinagmamalaki ko it. Hindi natawa ko. Nagpapasalamat. Pero ang pakikisama at pakikitungo sa lahat iyang ang hinding-hindi magbabago kahit ilang award pa ang makamit ko.” Aniya. Iyan si Vilma Santos. Ang bagong Vilma sa tunay na kahulugan ng salitang ito. Maganda kapita-pitagan. At aktres na talaga. Sa pelikulang Dyesebel, masusubok si Vilma at ang mga bago niyang katangian sa sining ng pag-arte. Ngunit tulad nga ng mga nauna niyang pahayag dito, more acting and more good films ang kailangan pa niya. At ito ay buong kakayahang gagawin at magagaw pa ni Vilma sa hinaharap. – Ric S. Aquino, Movie Queen Magazine, No. 60, 18 Jun 1973

Ric S. Aquino is a Filipino movie reporter, writer, columnist who was part of Vilma Santos’ circle of movie writers in the early part of her illustrious film career. He regularly reported the latest news about Vilma and her several suitors including her much publicized relationships with Edgar Mortiz. Aquino’s articles, usually written in Tagalog were mostly published by Movie Queen, a magazine identified with Vilma Santos. – RV

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

FAMAS HALL OF FAME – BEST ACTRESS

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“…From 1972 to 1988 Vilma Santos were nominated twelve times. Most critics considered this as a huge accomplishments, she won for 1988 (Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos), 1987 (Tagos ng Dugo), 1982 (Relasyon), 1981 (Pakawalan Mo Ako), 1972 (Dama de Noche), but some were worried that this is premature as they expected more breakthrough performances from her young career. Now, 37, Vilma is still honing her craft. The 38th FAMAS Awards held again at the Fiesta Pavilion of Manila Hotel on May 19, 1990 was not only memorable for Vilma Santos but also for her rival, Nora Aunor. Vilma relegated to hall of famer, disqualify her to compete with Nora. Not surprisingly, Nora won her fifth best actress, which also automatically qualifies her as next year’s hall of famer…” – RV (READ MORE)

The Award: The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences bestows the Hall of Fame Award to individuals who have displayed mastery over their craft and artistry over their chosen fields in the Philippine motion picture industry. First given in the 24th FAMAS Awards (1975) in 1976 to actor Eddie Garcia, sound engineers Angel Avellana and Demetrio de Santos, director Gerardo de Leon, cinematographer Felipe Sacdalan and musical scorer Tony Maiquez for winning five or more FAMAS Awards in their respective categories, the Hall of Fame Award is a gold-plated FAMAS statuette with two semi-circles of laurel leaves anchored to each of her shoulders and her base. The cylindrical base, on the other hand, contains a gold leaf at the front, which contains the acronym “FAMAS” in big bold letters, the winner’s name, the category in which he or she has won the Hall of Fame Award and the year in which it was given. The original Hall of Fame statuette presented in 1976 was almost identical to the present one, except that the laurel leaves only arched up until the FAMAS lady’s hips. In the 1980s, the redesigned Hall of Fame Award contained the FAMAS lady standing atop a trapezoidal pedestal with two semi-circles of laurel leaves anchored to each of her shoulders and base. The trapezoidal base bore a gold scroll where FAMAS’ name, the name of the winner, the year of bestowing and the category in which it was won was written.

The bestowing of a Hall of Fame Award is determined by the number of FAMAS awards won by a certain individual in a category. To win a Hall of Fame Award, one must have won five FAMAS Awards for a certain competitive category. The Hall of Fame Award is given to an individual on the next awards ceremony following his/her fifth FAMAS Award on a certain category. A Hall of Fame Award signifies the end of one’s chances of nomination for the same category and thus, the end of one’s chances of winning a FAMAS Award for the same category, with the exception of the Best Picture category, since the merits of a Best Picture nomination and win depends on the collaborative effort of many movie artisans rather than a single effort of an individual, which is awarded in the rest of the other categories. This explains why Premiere Productions, Producer Hall of Famer, still had FAMAS Best Picture nominations beyond 1977, its year of receiving the Hall of Fame. The following individuals (and production company) were bestowed a Hall of Fame Award. Each Hall of Fame inductee are grouped according to the category in which they won the award and the calendar year in which they have received their Hall of Fame Award. – FAMAS (READ MORE)

Dama de Noche (1972) “…It is, Vilma was quoted as saying, her dream role fulfilled. The very professional Vilma has come out with the resolution than henceforth she will demand to see the script and also see that the script is demanding— or she’ll say nix. Well, Dama de Noche is exactly just that: demanding. In it she delineates the twin-sister roles of sweet Armida and deranged Rosanna. Vilma sobs and screams, giggles, and crazy-dances, claws and clowns, sobs again and screams some more. But she does more than all these things. She acts. In the Filipino movieworld where crying is synonymous with acting, that certainly is being ahead of one’s kind. Vilma as Armida is drab and dry, almost a movie prop. It is in the portrayal of Rosanna that Vilma would tear one’s heart away. The many close-ups so effectively used throughout the movie show the unglamorous Vilma: her frowns, her lip-twitching, her uninhibited and stifled sobs. But Vilma is less successful with the shifty look that is the distinctive trait of the deranged. She compensates for this in the ‘betrayal’ scene when Rosanna suspects that Leo, Armida and the psychiatrist (Fred Montilla) all conspired to imprison her in the hospital. Another outstanding feat is the subdued scene where Rosanna learns that Leo has gone to the Lerma villa to meet Armida. The vivacious Rosanna is just as winsomely pathetic. Watching her is just like seeing a bosom friend trying to pretend she’s happy when both of you know she’s not only in this case, Rosanna is truly happy. Her non-knowledge of her plight is what is particularly heart-curling…” – The Times Journal (READ MORE)

Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) “…Mula umpisa hanggang sa huli’y umiikot ang istorya sa karakter ni Vilma bilang si Ana, isang escort girl. Markado ang papel ni Vilma at makikita ito sa mga eksena sa kulungan at hukuman. Ang Pakawalan Mo Ako ay mula sa panulat ni Pete Lacaba at iskrinplay nina Pete Lacaba, Mao Gia Samonte at Isko Lopez. Kung ikukumpara sa mga ibang pelikula ni Elwood Perez mas pulido at makatotohanan ang mga eksena’t dialouge ng pelikula. Tulad ng konprontahin nga ma ni Bernard si Ana sinabi nito na: “Puta, Puta! Puta! Hindi lang naman kayo ang unang nagparatang sa akin ng ganyan! Puta! Puta! Putang Ina n’yong lahat…” At nang unang dalhin ni Bernard si Ana sa bahay nito at pagtangkaang gahasain, pumiglas si Ana at sabay kuha sa pera at sabay sabing: “kukunin ko ang bayad sa halik may sukli ka pa!” At siyempre ang eksena sa hukom kung saan paulit ulit niyang sinasabi ang salitang: “Sinungaling!…” Ang musika ni Lutgardo Labad ay minsan nakakaabala sa tunay na eksena ngunit angkop na angkop ang theme song ng pelikula, ang “Dati” na kinanta mismo ni Antony Castelo. Merong mahahabang linya si Christopher DeLeon sa bandang huli at nakuha naman niyang bigyan ng buhay ang papel niya bilang abogado ng taga-usig kahit na parang pilit ang pagpapalit niya ng panig para sa tagapagtanggol sa bandang huli, sa kanyang closing remarks. Alam niya marahil na talagang pelikula ito ni Ate Vi…” – RV (READ MORE)

Relasyon (1982) “…Like 1972 of the previous decade, 1982 turned out to be a repeat in terms of success for Vilma Santos. If critics took noticed in 1972, her performance in Dama De Noche, a decade after, the critics went gagah over her performance in ”Relasyon,” directed by Bernal. The film earned Vilma all the local best actress trophies from all award-giving bodies. Aside from this success, she will also be crowned as the box office queen of 1982 (the next year for her body of work this year) because of the financial success of her six films notably, “Sinasamba Kita” a film directed by Eddie Garcia and “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?’ directed by Danny Zialcita. Bernal on the other hand not only was credited for Vilma success for “Relasyon” he also received accolades for “Himala” a film by Nora Aunor, Vilma’s rival. Both “Himala” and “Relasyon” were considered two of Bernal’s signature films. In addition to this, he did two Marecel Soriano films, the comedy “Galawgaw” and the drama, “Hindi Kita Malimot” and finally another Cherrie Gil film, “Ito Ba Ang Ating Mga Anak…Bernal gave Vilma Santos her first grandslam best actress awards and consecutive Gawad Urian best actress (1982 and 1983). Their first film together was Inspiration (1972) and last was Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (1989).” – RV (READ MORE)

Tagos ng Dugo (1987) “…So what could be all the fuss about Tagos’ value? “Production values” is the often-heard reason, needing elucidation. A breakthrough for Philippine psychological movies? Probably. Let me explore a few other angles on this seeming cross between Francois Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black and Luis Buñuel’s Belle du Jour — I don’t know if screenwriter Jake Tordesillas or De los Reyes himself should be congratulated for the cohesion of multi-resultants in this work. Part of this multi-readings would be the movie as a feminist take on womankind’s monthly pains as a form of excuse for female monthly insanities, insanities our machos regard as regular terrorism on the whole of mankind (men or society as a whole). It is with that reading that the ending apologies, by Vilma Santos in the lead role, might be understood as a plea for understanding of how all of woman’s monthly Eve-behavior should not be seen as a Biblical sin but as an equal (to, say, men’s beastly) naturalness…Another feminist reading, more radical perhaps, would treat the film as a view of how Philippine society (the men in it, primarily) approaches provincial innocence, educational weakness, and “females’ weaker sanity” as stimuli for abuse. . . . There is, however, the possibly more general reading of the film as an apologia for insanity qua itself, how it should be treated as a disease instead of as a monster to be eliminated. And finally, there’s the possibility that the film is actually a depiction of how crazy the world outside the insane mind really is, albeit this view would probably be the least successful direction for the film….As a bonus, maybe we can also bring the movie to more latent, more philosophical territory, say, how it depicts the sanity of innocence. But, given the validity and possible weight of all those approaches, what finally makes this movie a jewel in Philippine cinema history is how it brings forth — every time you watch it — its case achievements in directorial and film editing dramaturgy (including the recurring stage-like choreography, Hitchcockish camera positionings, and acting pacing within). For the serious student of third-world filmmaking, here is a requisite Philippine movie from where to cull precious fragments. In these fragments, he/she is sure to find sparkles that are in themselves gems…” – Vicente-Ignacio S. de Veyra III (READ MORE)

Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988) “…Vilma hit the jackpot. After 11 nominations with four wins, her twelfth nomniation produced her an unexpected win. It elevated her to the hall of fame status. All artist who wins five automatically put them to the hall of fame list. It is a big honour but prohibit any one on the list to compete in the future for the same category. Regal films’ Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos, directed by Elwood Perez was a surprised winner. Not only it earned Vilma her fifth award as best actress, it also gave the late Miguel Rodriguez a best supporting actor award and the best director for Perez. Technical awards were also given to Ricardo Jacinto, cinematography, Rey Maliuanag, production design, Gary Valenciano, theme song, and George Jarlego, editing. The late Nida Blanca was also nominated for best supporting actress…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…Elwood Perez and Vilma Santos colloborated in seven films. The first one was the trilogy that he co-directed with two other director, Borlaza and Gosiengfiao (these three are the most underrated and under appreciated directors in the Philippines), the remake of Mars Ravelo comic super hero, Darna in Lipad Darna Lipad. The film was a record-breaking hit Box-office Film. They follow this up with a more mature projects as Vilma started to switched her image from sweet to a mature versatile actress, pairing her with Christopher DeLeon in five films starting with Masarap Masakit Ang Umibig in 1977. The Perez-Santos-DeLeon team produced seven blockbuster hits that gave Vilma two FAMAS best actress awards that secured her elevation to FAMAS highest honour, the FAMAS Hall of Fame award. She won in 1979 for Pakawalan Mo Ako and 1988 for Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…A series of unfortunate events seemed to hound Nora’s career up to this point. October 1, 1989 was to be the last airing date of the 22-year-old musical-variety show Superstar on RPN 9. A month later, it was revived on IBC 13 with a new title, The Legend … Superstar, but this was short-lived lasting only up to early 1990. Naging mas masuwerte si Vilma Santos sa hinu-host na Vilma! on GMA 7, which started in 1981 as VIP (Vilma in Person) ng lumang BBC 2 (naibalik sa Lopez owners ang ABS-CBN after the EDSA Revolution). Nagbida si Vilma sa isa sa mga pinakaimportanteng pelikula ng Dekada ‘80: Regal Films’ Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (by Ishmael Bernal), na sinimulan in 1988 at ipinalabas in early 1989. In December 1989, Vilma headlined a period romance-drama (Viva Films’ Imortal, megged by Eddie Garcia) at nanalo sila ng kaparehang si Christopher de Leon ng acting plums sa MMFF. Sa awardings for that year, si Vilma ang nanalong Best Actress sa Star Awards (for Pahiram), her first form the Philippine Movie Press Club. ‘Kumpletung-kumpleto na ang career ko!” nasabi ni Vilma as she accepted her trophy. Later, it was Nora’s turn to get a Best Actress trophy for the first time from the Film Academy of the Philippines, for Elwood Perez’s three-year-in-the-making Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit. ‘Kumpletung-kumpleto na ang career ko!” sabi rin niya in her acceptance speech. Na-elevate si Vilma sa FAMAS Hall of Fame, for having bagged five Best Actress statuettes: Dama de Noche, Pakawalan Mo Ako, Relasyon, Tagos ng Dugo, and Elwood Perez’s Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos. Nora won her fourth Best Actress plum sa FAMAS, also for Bilangin. Walang itulak-kabigin sa dalawa, kaya marapat lang na mag-tie sila for Best Actress, as in the 1990 Gawad Urian, na ‘pantay na parangal ”ang ipinagkaloob ng Manunuri kina Nora (for Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit) at Vilma (for Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga)…” – William Reyes (READ MORE)

Top 100 Vilma Santos Films

Spanning five decades with 197 films credits and almost two hundred awards, Vilma Santos’ filmography is a kaleidoscope picture of changes in times. Different genres, from teen musicals, folksy fantasies, campy horrors, animated actions to mature adult dramas, her films demonstrated her inner acting talents honed by directors, maneuvered by film producers/benefactors (who some are no longer with us) and supported by her ever loyal fanatics. The results were a long list of film titles that covered several social relevance that capture each decades. A long list of record-breaking box office returns that gave her the title, “the longest reigning box office queen of all time.” A long list of films that sustained her career to different transformation, ensuring her longevity no other Filipino movie queen ever enjoyed. We have painstakingly choose the best of the best. Basing our selection with three criteria. First, the financial success of the film. Cliche it maybe, financial success sustained her bankability and longevity. Second is the critical recognitions the film received. Third, is the other factors that contribute to the overall success of the film, namely, relevance, entertainment value, and the question of, is this film a career milestone or is this film contributed to her popularity. Here are Vilma Santos’ top 100 films.

Total score consists of (A) 10 points for box office records, (B) 10 points for critics recognitions, (C) 10 relevance/longevity, (D) “other factors” that contribute to overall success, gives us total score of 30 points.

RANK, MOVIE TITLE, YR, DIRECTOR’S NAME, SCORE = (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)

RANK FILM (YEAR) SCORE
01. Burlesk Queen (1977) 30.90
02. Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) 28.90
03. Dekada’70 (2002) 28.80
04. The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) 28.70
05. Ikaw ay Akin (1978) 28.60
06. Rubia Servios (1978) 28.50
07. Relasyon (1982) 27.90
08. Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (1989) 27.80
09. Broken Marriage (1983) 27.70
10. Lipad, Darna, Lipad (1973) 27.60
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11. Imortal (1989) 26.90
12. Anak (2000) 26.80
13. Tagos ng Dugo (1987) 26.70
14. Adultery (1984) 26.60
15. Pagputi ng Uwak Pag-itim ng Tagak (1978) 25.90
16. Trudis Liit (1963) 25.80
17. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? (1982) 25.70
18. Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (1983) 25.60
19. Sinasamba Kita (1982) 25.50
20. Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw (1975) 25.40
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21. In My Life (2009) 24.90
22. Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? (1987) 24.80
23. Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) 24.70
24. Mano Po 3 My Love (2004) 24.60
25. Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) 24.50
26. Karma (1981) 24.40
27. Hahamakin Lahat (1990) 24.30
28. Sinungaling Mong Puso (1992) 24.20
29. Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon (1977) 24.10
30. Ex-Wife (1981) 24.09
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31. D’ Lucky Ones (2006) 24.08
32. Dyesebel atang Mahiwagang Kabibe (1973) 24.07
33. Sister Stella L. (1984) 23.90
34. Kapag Langit Ang Humatol (1990) 23.80
35. Miss X (1980) 23.70
36. Ikaw Lang (1993) 23.60
37. Bato sa Buhangin (1976) 23.50
38. Nakakahiya? (1975) 23.40
39. Hindi Nakakahiya (1976) 23.30
40. Batya’t Palu-Palo (1974) 23.20
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41. Haplos (1982) 22.90
42. Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988) 22.80
43. Pinay, American Style (1979) 22.70
44. Langis at Tubig (1980) 22.60
45. Palimos Ng Pag-ibig (1986) 22.50
46. Muling Buksan ang Puso (1985) 22.40
47. Kampanerang Kuba (1974) 22.30
48. Darna and the Giants (1973) 22.20
49. Dama De Noche (1972) 21.95
50. Hatinggabi Na, Vilma (1972) 21.90
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51. T-Bird at Ako (1982) 21.80
52. Alyas Baby Tsina (1984) 21.70
53. Halik sa Kamay, Halik sa Paa (1979) 21.60
54. Minsan pang Nakaraan (1983) 21.50
55. Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig (1977) 21.40
56. Hindi Nahahati ang Langit (1966) 21.30
57. Susan Kelly, Edad 20 (1977) 21.20
58. Hiwalay (1981) 21.10
59. Rock, Baby, Rock (1979) 21.09
60. Mga Mata Ni Angelita (1978) 21.08
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61. Bertang Kerengkeng (1976) 21.07
62. Ibong Lukaret (1975) 21.06
63. Vilma Viente Nueve (1975) 21.05
64. Takbo, Vilma, Dali (1972) 21.04
65. Nag-iisang Bituin (1994) 20.90
66. Karugtong ang Kahapon (1975) 20.80
67. Ging (1964) 20.70
68. Anak, ang Iyong Ina (1963) 20.60
69. Kay Tagal ng Umaga (1965) 20.50
70. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1986) 20.40
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71. Magkaribal (1979) 20.30
72. Anak ng Aswang (1973) 20.20
73. Simula ng Walang Katapusan (1978) 20.10
74. Promo Girl (1978) 20.09
75. Biktima (1974) 20.08
76. Good Morning, Sunshine (1980) 20.07
77. Kasalanan Kaya? (1968) 19.90
78. Mga Rosas sa Putikan (1976) 19.80
79. Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali (1978) 19.70
80. Modelong Tanso (1979) 19.60
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81. Darna at Ding (1980) 19.50
82. Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976) 19.40
83. Nag-aapoy na Damdamin (1976) 19.30
84. Pulot-gata, Pwede Kaya? (1977) 19.20
85. Kamay na Gumagapang (1974) 19.10
86. Young Love (1970) 19.09
87. Ito ang Pilipino (1967) 18.90
88. Ikaw Lamang (1971) 18.80
89. Kampus (1978) 18.70
90. Coed (1979) 18.60
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91. The Sensations (1971) 18.50
92. Never Ever Say Goodbye (1982) 17.90
93. Asawa ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986) 17.80
94. Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida (1983) 17.70
95. Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas (1987) 17.60
96. Gusto Ko Siya, Mahal Kita (1980) 17.50
97. Amorseko (1978) 17.40
98. Pag-ibig ko sa iyo lang Ibibigay (1978) 17.30
99. Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma (1972) 17.20
100. Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig (1978) 17.10
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Criteria: Box Office Records, Critics Recognitions, Other Factors(Relevance, Longevity, Entertainment Impact)

Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part ten)

Spanning five decades with 197 films credits and almost two hundred awards, Vilma Santos’ filmography is a kaleidoscope picture of changes in times. Different genres, from teen musicals, folksy fantasies, campy horrors, animated actions to mature adult dramas, her films demonstrated her inner acting talents honed by directors, maneuvered by film producers/benefactors (who some are no longer with us) and supported by her ever loyal fanatics. The results were a long list of film titles that covered several social relevance that capture each decades. A long list of record-breaking box office returns that gave her the title, “the longest reigning box office queen of all time.” A long list of films that sustained her career to different transformation, ensuring her longevity no other Filipino movie queen ever enjoyed. We have painstakingly choose the best of the best. Basing our selection with three criteria. First, the financial success of the film. Cliche it maybe, financial success sustained her bankability and longevity. Second is the critical recognitions the film received. Third, is the other factors that contribute to the overall success of the film, namely, relevance, entertainment value, and the question of, is this film a career milestone or is this film contributed to her popularity. Here are Vilma Santos’ top 100 films.

Total score consists of (A) 10 points for box office records, (B) 10 points for critics recognitions, (C) 10 relevance/longevity, (D) “other factors” that contribute to overall success, gives us total score of 30 points.

RANK, MOVIE TITLE, YR, DIRECTOR’S NAME, SCORE = (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)

10.  Lipad, Darna, Lipad 1973
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 10(C) + 0.6(D) = 27.6(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Elwood Perez and Joey Gosiengfiao, co-starring: Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Liza Lorena, Marissa Delgado, Angie Ferro, Mary Walter,  Adul de Leon, Chanda Romero, Eddie Garcia, Ernie Garcia, Dick Israel, Ruel Vernal, Angelito, Cloyd Robinson. Based on the novel of Mars Ravelo.  Top Record-Breaking Box-office Film of 1973.   The first of four Darna films starring Vilma Santos. – MORE INFO (no available video)

9.  Broken Marriage 1983
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.7(D) = 27.7(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring: Christopher De Leon,  Tessie Tomas, Harlene Bautista,  Orestes Ojeda, Lito Pimentel, Richard Arellano, Cesar Montano, Len Santos, Ray Ventura. Vilma received her second Gawad Urian Best Actress and a FAMAS nomination for best actress. – MORE INFO

8.  Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga 1989
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.8(D) = 27.8(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring:  Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon, Billy Crawford, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Olivia Cenizal, Tita Muñoz, Dexter Doria, Vicky Suba, Gina Perez, Alma Lerma, Becky Misa, Gil de Leon, Subas Herrero, Cris Vertido, Toby Alejar.  Written by Jose Javier Reyes.  Vilma Santos received her first best actress from the PMPC Star Awards as well as the Gawad Urian.  She also received nomination from FAP. – MORE INFO

7.  Relasyon 1982
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 27.9(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Jimi Melendez, Lucy Quinto, Beth Mondragon, Olive Madridejos,  Ernie Zarate, Manny Castañeda, Bing Fabregas, Augusto Victa.  The very first “Grand Slam” for Best Actress in Philippine.  Vilma won all the Philippines’ best actress awards of 1982.   She received recognitions from Gawad URIAN, FAP, CMMA, FAMAS. – MORE INFO

6.  Rubia Servios 1978
SCORE: 10(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.5(D) = 28.5(T)
Directed by Lino Brocka, co-starring: Phillip Salvador, Mat Ranillo III.  Vilma received a nominationf for best performer in the 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival.  The film was the top revenue grosser.  – MORE INFO

5.  Ikaw ay Akin 1978
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.6(D) = 28.6(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal,  co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Nora Aunor, Ellen Esguerra, Odette Khan, Charmie Benavidez, Sandy Andolong, Nick Romano, Zandro Zamora, Ernie Zarate, Cris Vertido, Anton Juan.  Vilma received a Gawad URIAN Nomination for Best Actress. – MORE INFO

4.  Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story 1993
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.7(D) = 28.7(T)
Directed by Laurice Guillen, co-starring:  Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Jackie Aquino, Maila Gumila, Mia Gutierrez, Eula Valdez,   Noni Buencamino, Gil Portes.  Vilma Santos won the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Best Actress.  She also won Gawad Urian, PMPC STAR, Metro Manila Film Festival and FAMAS Circle of Excellence. – MORE INFO

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3.  Dekada’70 2002
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.8(D) = 28.8(T)
Directed by Chito S. Roño, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, Kris Aquino, Ana Capri, Dimples Romana, Marianne de la Riva, Tirso Cruz III, Orestes Ojeda, John Wayne Sace.  Written by Lualhati Bautista.  Vilma Santos won the 2003 Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Actress.  She also won the best actress from FAP, Gawad URIAN, PMPC Star and YCC Best Performer.  The film was the Philippines’ official entry at the 76th Academy Awards best foreign language film.  –  MORE INFO

2.  Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? 1998
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B)+ 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 28.9(T) Directed by Chito S. Roño, co-starring: Albert Martinez, Carlo Aquino, Raymond Bagatsing, Ariel Rivera, Serena Dalrymple, Angel Aquino, Cherry Pie Picache, Rosemarie Gil, Dexter Doria.  Written by Lualhati Bautista.  Vilma won the 1999 Brussels International Festival of Independent Films Best Actress.  She also won the best actress from FAP, Gawad Urian, PMPC Star and the Young Critics Circle Best Performer. – MORE INFO

1.  Burlesk Queen 1977
SCORE: 10(A) + 10(B) + 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 30.9(T)
Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo, co-starring:  Rolly Quizon, Leopoldo Salcedo, Rosemarie Gil, Dexter Doria, Yolanda Luna, Rio Locsin, Roldan Aquino, Chito Ponce Enrile, Joonee Gamboa.  Vilma Santos won the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress.  She also received best actress nominations from FAMAS and Gawad Urian.   The film was the Festival’s top box office grosser.  –  MORE INFO

RECAP:
10. Lipad, Darna, Lipad 1973
9. Broken Marriage 1983
8. Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga 1989
7. Relasyon 1982
6. Rubia Servios 1978
5. Ikaw ay Akin 1978
4. Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story 1993
3. Dekada’70 2002
2. Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? 1998
1. Burlesk Queen 1977

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