Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part four)

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)

70.  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 1986
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.4(D) = 20.4(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, co-starring: Snooky Serna, Maricel Soriano, Liza Lorena, Chanda Romero, Deborah SunGabby Concepcion, Richard Gomez, Eddie Garcia, Jimi Melendez – MORE INFO

69.  Kay Tagal ng Umaga 1965
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.5(D) = 20.5(T)
Directed by Lauro Pacheco, starring: Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden with Vilma Valera. Film adaptation of Aning Bagabaldo’s radio drama broadcasted on DZRH. – MORE INFO (no available video)

68.  Anak, ang Iyong Ina 1963
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 5(C) + 0.6(D) = 20.6(T)
Directed by Mar S. Torres, co-staring: Gloria Romero, Rita Gomez, Mario Montenegro, Eddie Garcia – MORE INFO (no available video)

67.  Ging 1964
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.7(D) = 20.7(T)
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago, co-starring: Carol Varga, Olivia Cenizal, Jose Padilla jr, Ramon D’Salva. Written by Mars Ravelo. – MORE INFO

66.  Karugtong ang Kahapon 1975
SCORE: 5(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.8(D) = 20.8(T)
Directed by Fely H. Crisostomo, co-starring: Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Patria Plata, Edgar Mortiz, Eddie Garcia, Jay Ilagan, Romy Mallari, Joseph Sytangco. Entry to the 1975 MMFF. Film was written by Nerissa Cabral. – MORE INFO (no available video)

65.  Nag-iisang Bituin 1994
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 6(C) + 0.9(D) = 20.9(T)
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Aga Muhlach with Cherrie Pie Picache, Amy Perez, Jao Mapa, Orestes Ojeda. Vilma received a best actress nomination from PMPC’s 1994 Star. – MORE INFO (no available video)

64.  Takbo, Vilma, Dali 1972
SCORE: 5(A) + 10(B) + 6(C) + 0.04(D) = 21.04(T)
Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao, co-starring: Rita Gomez, Paquito Diaz, Max Alvarado, Romeo Rivera, Ernie Garcia – MORE INFO (no available video)

63.  Vilma Viente Nueve 1975
SCORE: 5(A) + 10(B) + 6(C) + 0.05(D) = 21.05(T)
Directed by Pablo Santiago, co-starring: Anita Linda, Jun Aristorenas, Max Alvarado, Lito Legaspi, German Moreno, Martin Marfil – MORE INFO (no available video)

62.  Ibong Lukaret 1975
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.06(D) = 21.06(T)
Directed by Tito C. Sanchez, co-starring: Alona Alegre, Marissa Delgado, Daria Ramirez, Lucita Soriano, George Estregan, Nick Romano, Rudy Fernandez, Arnold Mendoza – MORE INFO (no available video)

61.  Bertang Kerengkeng 1976
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.07(D) = 21.07(T)
Directed by Tito C. Sanchez, co-starring: Edna Diaz, Lito Anzures, Rudy Fernandez, Greg Lozano – MORE INFO (no available video)

RECAP:
70. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 1986
69. Kay Tagal ng Umaga 1965
68. Anak, ang Iyong Ina 1963
67. Ging 1964
66. Karugtong ang Kahapon 1975
65. Nag-iisang Bituin 1994
64. Takbo, Vilma, Dali 1972
63. Vilma Viente Nueve 1975
62. Ibong Lukaret 1975
61. Bertang Kerengkeng 1976

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Filmography: Ikaw Lang (1993)

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Basic Information: Directed: Chito S. Roño; Story: Bibeth Orteza; Cast: Vilma Santos, Ronnie Ricketts, Cesar Montano, Dencio Padilla, Roldan Aquino, Janine Barredo, Cris Daluz, Mon Fernandez, Vangie Labalan, Josie Tagle, Evelyn Vargas; Executive producer: Tony Gloria; Cinematography: Leodigario B. Dalawis Jr.; Production Design: Charlie Arceo; Theme Songs: “Ikaw lang” Performed by Chad Borja

Plot Description:  A librarian’s husband and mother-in-law turn out to be psychotically abusive. When the husband mistakenly thinks he has killed her, he dumps her in a river, where she is saved by a fisherman. Desperate for money and in need of help to take revenge on her husband, she hooks up with a bank robber whom she falls in love with. Together, they return to her husband’s home and kill him. – IMDB

Celina’s (Vilma Santos) husband Alfred (Cesar Montano) and mother-in-law Martha (Zeny Zabala), turn out to be psychotic and abusive. When Alfred thinks he has killed his wife, he dumps Celina in a river, where she was found by a fisherman. Desperate for money, she hooks up with Dalton (Ronnie Ricketts), a bank robber with whom she falls in love. Together, they exact revenge against Alfred. Acclaimed filmmaker Chito S. Roño directed this critically acclaimed drama he co wrote with Gina Tagasa-Gil, Humilde Roxas and Tom Adrales. Ikaw Lang was produced by Moviestars Production, Silver Screen and Cinestars. – Jojo DeVera

Film Achievement: Box office hit of 1993; Produced by actor, Ronnie Rickets.

Film Review: “…Zeny Zabala (born Zeny Ortiz Santos) started her showbiz stint in 1955, when she played the nemesis of drama diva Lolita Rodriguez in Binibining Kalog. Her role in the film was the foundation of her primera contrabida status. Scare tactics: With her haughty features, Zabala often played the stereotypical upper society Filipina “good girl gone bad” during her early days in showbiz. Later on, she even shoved dog food into the mouth of no less than the Star for all Seasons, Vilma Santos, in 1993’s Ikaw Lang. Now that’s ruthless…” – Pietro Santos (READ MORE)

“…That year, dalawang movies ang nagawa ni Ate Vi. Ang isa pa ang ang action-dramang Ikaw Lang ni Chito Roño, na in fairness ay mahusay rin siya sa papel ng battered wife ng baliw na si Cesar Montano an naging bank robber kasama si Ronnie Ricketts…” – Mario E. Bautista (READ MORE)

“Ronnie Rickets has earned his spurs as an action star. His movies earn millions so that producers, astute businessmen that they are, have been willing to stake their millions on his films, confident that their investment can be recouped in no time at all. But Ronnie is also shrewd when it comes to his career, and carefully chooses the films to star in. As a result, Ronnie is now in the league of such local biggies as Rudy Fernandez, Bong Revilla, and Philip Salvador. Moviestars Productions’ Ikaw Lang is a far cry from the usual stories Ronnie has starred in. It is a love-drama, but Ronnie nonetheless accepted it because of the welcome change. First, it headlines him opposite the “Star of All Seasons,” Vilma Santos, one of the very few top actresses he hasn’t done a movie with. He has worked with Vi in a telemovie the much awarded actress produced years ago, but this is the first time they’re together in a film. Ikaw Lang is a welcome departure from a long spate of action flicks he has been identified with. “So people would not get tired watching me in one action picture after another. Para naman hindi pagsawaan,” Ronnie mused. Ronnie is under contract with MovieStars Productions and can’t say no to Mrs.Fely Ong, his producer in Pacwood Films, who gave him one of his best movies in years, Anak ng Dagat. She has been very supportive and treats him like a son. Since action is Ronnie’s forte, there are scenes in Ikaw Lang, about 20 percent of the movie are scenes where he does a bit of action to please his loyal followers. It’s still action for me anytime. But sometimes, like this one, dapat mayroong change. Para naman hindi magsawa ang mga fans,.” Ronnie explained.” – Manila Standard (READ MORE)