Filmography: Engkanto (1992)

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Basic Information: Directed: Tata Esteban; Cast (in credits order) Vilma Santos, Robin Padilla, Roderick Paulate, Raul Zaragosa, Janice de Belen, Susan Lozada, Francis Magalona, Maila Gumila, Cita Astals, Tanya Gomez, Evelyn Vargas; Original Music: Jaime Fabregas; Cinematography: Vic Anao

Plot Description: As modern man continues to plunder our environment, the Engkantos prepare for battle to protect what is left. Always remember: We are not alone in this world! – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Film Accomplishments: 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival Third Best Picture

Film Reviews: “…He gave free passes to people from the showbiz industry to earn more clout in the business. He met Celso Ad Castillo, Lino Brocka and Mario O’Hara who opened for him a new world: directing. In 1985, at age 29, he directed his first movie, “Alapaap,” starring Tanya Gomez. It won 13 awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival and was bought later to Japan for the Tokyo Film Festival. Tata Esteban discovered that he had the gift. He was proud of his achievements. “I became a star builder,” he says. “I made many actresses, bold stars, famous. I gave them movies and built their names…” – Aliwan Avenue (READ MORE)

“Lea Salonga’s leading men in Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Aga Muhlach and Ariel Rivera won as best actor and best supporting actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival’s Gabi ng Parangal Monday night. Gina Alajar was Best Actress….best supporting actress went to Sylvia Sanchez…Although the Eddie Garcia-Eddie Gutierrez starrer Andres Manambit did not win acting awards, the movie nevertheless won the most number of awards, including the plum Best Picture that came with P250,000.00 cash…Second best picture and P150,000.00 went to Takbo, followed by Engkanto which received P100,000.00 as third best picture…” – Manila Standard, Dec 28, 1992 (READ MORE)

“…Maribuhok is an enchanted place deep in the mountains. The dwellers of Maribuhok are engkantos (nature spirits or elementals) tasked to protect nature. They are headed by Uban (Francis Magalona) the deity of animals and Yorac (Roderick Paulate) the deity of plants. Uban rejuvenates as a young man and proceeds to reinvent himself as a star specializing on cause-oriented environmental songs. He neglects his kingdom and his daughter Karina (Janice de Belen) grows up away from his guidance. Meanwhile illegal loggers continue to denude the forests and Yorac decides to do something about it. He holds some loggers hostages including Carlo (Raul Zaragosa) Karina’s boyfriend. Karina discovers the land of her birth including the fact that Uban is her father. She asks his help regarding Carlo. But Yorac remains unyielding. Uban and Yorac gear up for a showdown until Mother Nature (Vilma Santos) herself intervenes. Her meaningful lesson? We must all work for the preservation of our environment before it is too late…” – Mav Shack (READ MORE)


Janice de Belen in The Healing – July 25 2012

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Rebuilding Relationship – “…There was never really an issue” between the two of them, Janice maintained, even when Charlene married Aga in 2001. “Siguro nagkakaron lang ng issue whenever it’s being talked about that way kahit wala naman talaga. “Seriously, it was okay. Ako kasi, ‘pag tapos na, ‘di ba, move on na… ‘Pag may kinasal, wala nang drama. Kasi ‘yun na, ‘pag naghiwalay kayo, naghiwalay na kayo. So dapat maisip mo na ‘yon na, ito na ‘yung mga posibleng mangyari. It’s really fine,” she said. The returning Kapamilya actress also encourages Luigi, who now has a family of his own, to “rebuild” his relationship both with Aga and Charlene. “I have no problems with that. I tell Luigi, ‘Go to your dad, go to your Tita Charlene. Always be there, because [it’s making up for] lost time. We’ve been together for a long time, I think it’s time you start rebuilding your relationship with your dad and with your Tita Charlene and with your brother (Andres) and sister (Atasha),’” she said…Aga and I have no problem. Whatever differences we may have had in the past, tapos na ‘yon. I guess we’re mature na rin. Diyos ko, matanda na kami eh. May mga apo na nga kaming dalawa, ‘di ba?” she said…” – Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (READ MORE)

Innate Sensitivity and Warmth – “…Interestingly enough, at this early stage, the most exceptional performance in “Budoy” is turned in, not by Anderson, but by Janice de Belen as his surrogate mother. The new drama series benefits greatly from having De Belen play her pivotal role, because the actress has the vast experience and innate sensitivity and warmth to make her scenes with Budoy moving and memorable. It’s instructive to note that De Belen played a TV waif for years (on “Flordeluna”), so she knows how those handkerchief teleseryes operate. But the quality and affective worth of her portrayal go beyond TV smarts-they’re more the result of her acute “emotional understanding” of her character’s own loneliness, thus her ability to feel for and with the “reject” she’s chosen to mother…” – Nestor U. Torre (READ MORE)

Floredeluna – “…Dahil sa TV soap opera na “Flordluna,” ang longest running at most popular TV soap opera sa buong Pilipinas sa kasalukuyan, nakilala si Janice ng masa. Hindi lamang siya nakilala kundi higit sa lahat, siya ay hinangaan at minahal. Si Janice bilng “Flordeluna” ay simbolo ng kabutihan sa makasalanang daigidig. Siya ay sagisag ng pag-asa hindi lamang sa mga kababaihan kundi higit sa lahat ay sa mga kabataan. Sa gitna ng cass materialism at kalupitan ng mga tao sa kanyang kapuwa, na siyang tema ng ibang mga soap operang paatuloy na nilalason ang isip ng masa at ng mga kabataaan, si “Flordeluna” ay isang mood. Isang pedestal na kumakatawan sa lahat ng bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ang sweet at immaculate image ni “Flordeluna” (bagama’t mayroon ding sumpong at kapintasan) na buong katapatang binibigyan ng buhay ni Janice sa loob ng halos tatlong taon ngayon ay isang hiyas. Isang brilyante sa lipunang pinapamayagpagan ng mga huwad. Ang kanyang pagiging matiisin at makatao ay siyang ikinikintal ng mga educators sa mga estudyante sa elementary at high school level. Ang kanyang mga positive values na winawasak ng ibang soap operas sa ngalang ng sensayonalismo at realismo (raw) upang sila’y panoorin ay kailangan-kailangan sa ating kasalukuang henerasyon. Si “Flordeluna” ay catalyst ng kabitihan, ng anumang bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ganyan si Janice…” – Fundador Soriano, Artista Magazine, September 17, 1981 (READ MORE)

Farmhouse – “…Hindi ba tatlong buwan pa lamang ang nakalilipas mula nang buong kadramahan niyang ipinahayag sa madla na she is quitting showbiz for good? Marami siyang pinahanga sa deklarasyon niyang iyon: na sawa na siya sa mga intriga, gusto naman niyang magbalik sa dati niyang buhay na normal, gusto niyang tumawa’t sumimangot kung kailan niya gustong tumawa’t sumimangot at hindi ‘yung lagi siyang nakangiti…sikat na sikat siya, she’s at the peak of her career, tapos, buong tatag ng loob na tatalikuran niya ang showbiz…Siguro ay pinili niyang maging isang mabuting anak at sundin ang payo na kanyang mga magulang (lalo na ng kanyang ama) na ipagpatuloy na lamang ang kanyang pag-aaral…Pero lahat ng mga iyan ay tubig na lamang na dumaan sa ilalim ng tulay sa ngayon. Paano’y biglang kumambiyo si Janice at nagbago ng kanyang pasiya. Tiyak na lahat ng mga humahanga sa kanya ay mata-turn off. At kahit itatwa pa niya, lalabas at lalabas na nanggi-gimmick lamang pala siya, na niloloko lamang niya tayo. Such a kid, mautak na pala sa ganitong klase ng panlilinlang! But ultimately, she might find out that the rug she pulled off was not from under our feet but hers. Ngayong nagdeklara na siyang babalik sa showbiz through a TV show in such a short time…”I want a farmhouse. This will cost so much so I’ll have to work hard to have money to buy it with. I will have a swimming pool in front, a stable of hourse in the back…” – Mario E. Bautista, Movie Flash Magazine, October 6, 1983 (READ MORE)

Her Karma – “…Janice started as a child newscaster in “Newswatch Junior Edition” and hit it big as a child star in “Flor de Luna”. At 18, she had son Luigi with Aga Muhlach. She later married John Estrada and they have four kids. It was not an easy ride for Janice as a mom. She admitted in “SIR” that Luigi got into drugs, sent into rehab and she was not in favor when he became a dad and got married at 22, but having his own family no doubt straightened out Luigi. We cannot blame him if he went astray as he comes from a dysfunctional family. He saw his mom having her own family and also his dad with his own family, and no matter what you say, he must’ve felt like an outsider hovering somewhere in between. Janice was honest enough to admit that her problems with Luigi must’ve been her karma for her own sins that made her parents cry when she got pregnant out of wedlock. “It was so hard for me as a parent na tanggaping hindi ko siya napalaki nang maayos. Kasi ‘pag single parent ka, ‘pag maayos ‘yung nangyayari sa anak mo, hindi mo naman nakukuha ‘yung credit nang solo eh. Pero ‘pag napariwara ‘yung anak mo, ikaw lang mag-isa ang may kasalanan niyan.” But somehow, it ended well for Luigi, who finished culinary arts and now has his own restaurant. He has given Janice two grandchildren so far….” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

Catherine Janice Yap de Belen or Janice de Belen is a Filipina actress, commercial model and television host who was a GMA Network contract artist. She returns back to ABS-CBN via Budoy. She is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actresses. She was born November 9, 1968 to Philip de Belen and the former Susan Yap. She has a younger sister Gelli who is also an actress. At the age of nine, she became a newscaster for the RPN 9’s Newswatch Junior Edition. She got her biggest break from the same channel when she got the lead role in the soap opera Flordeluna. Two years later, she entered the movies via her launch movie Mga Basang Sisiw. Janice is also credited as co-writer of Joey Albert’s smash hit It’s Over Now. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Janice de Belen and Vilma Santos

“…Ang nasabing pelikula ay ang The Healing, tungkol sa paniniwala ng ilan sa atin sa faith healers. Kuwento ni Janice, “It’s with Vilma Santos. Ang role ko rito ay friend of Vilma. Makakasama rin namin dito sina Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Mark Gil and Chris Villanueva, directed by Chito Roño.” Na-miss kaya niya ang paggawa ng mga ganitong klaseng pelikula? Tugon nito, “May mga indie ako, pero ‘yung mainstream film parang ngayon lang uli ako gagawa ng mainstream film.” Hindi naman daw ito ang unang pagkakataong makakasama niya ang Star for All Seasons, pero excited daw siya dahil si Ate Vi ang pangarap ng karamihan na makatrabaho kahit isang beses man lang sa kanilang mga career. Masayang sagot ni Janice, “I worked with her before ‘di ba? Dati may show siya ‘yung VIP, pagka mga holidays, meron silang parang nagda-drama sila, I worked with her there. “Iba ‘tong movie na ‘to saka many years after, sobrang many years after I think mga 20 years ago na ‘yun, so to work with Vilma now na parang napaka-exciting, ‘di ba? Oo, masabi ko man lang na nakatrabaho ko si Vilma Santos, si Ate Guy (Nora Aunor) nakatrabaho ko na siya. Gusto ko man lang once in my career masabi ko ‘yun…” – Arnel Serato (READ MORE)

The Healing (2012) – “…Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they’ll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture…” – ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

Payaso (1986) – “…The 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival may have been the worst in the 12-year history of the annual 10-day festival of local films, but it set a precedent; it did not give out the traditional first and second best picture awards…Romy Vitug won the best cinematography award for Celso Ad Castillo’s Payaso and Chris Ad Castillo, the director’s son, ran away with the best supporting actor award…The unprecendented move, according to another juror, Nick Deocampo, was arrived at after a heated discussion. An insider said it was spearheaded by Deocampo and another juror, Justino Dormiendo of the Manunuri. In a prepared statement read by Cojuangco during ceremonies, the board of juror annouced: “We, the members of the Board of Jurors of the 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival, would like to express our concern over the current state of the Philippine movie industry as reflected in the entires to this year’s MMFF. It added that the entries “failed to reinforced and inculcate positive Filipino values by portraying negative stereotypes, imitating foreign films and perpetuating commercially-oriented movies…” – JC Nigado (READ MORE)

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Vi and Kim in The Healing (NEWS UPDATE)

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Doppelganger – “…Chiu, who will play a doppelganger in the movie, said it was indeed a wonderful experience to be working alongside Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos. “It’s a wonderful experience. Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya as an actress and as a person. And kay Direk Chito (Roño) din, sobra akong nag-enjoy,” she said. While there were times when she felt intimidated by Santos, Chiu said the acclaimed actress always encouraged her to just focus on her role. “Sabi niya gawin mo dapat mong gawin sa isang eksena. Huwag mong sasayangin. Paulit-ulit niyang sinasabi na sayang ‘yung eksena,” she said. Chiu said working with Santos helped her grow as an actress. “Parang nag-grow yung acting ko. Madami akong natutunan in terms of work sa set,” she said…” – ABS-CB Nnews, Jun 20 2012 (READ MORE)

“…She is happy daw na as an actress, napagbigyan niya ang sarili na makatapos ng isang pelikula sa taong ito. Her last film was In My Life with son Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz released by Star Cinema nearly three years ago. Her new movie, D’Healing, is also for Star Cinema with Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen and Pokwang. Chito Roño directs…Pero hindi ko muna iniisip ang next movie ko after D’Healing. Kasi I want to focus on its release dahil it will coincide with the celebration of my 50th year in showbiz. “I assure the public na this movie is something new, ’di ko pa nagawa bilang aktres. Kaya sana, panoorin nila,” susog niya.” – Nel Alejandrino (READ MORE)

“Gov. Vilma Santos says Star Cinema wants to show her new movie “The Healing” on July 11. “But I told them that’s too soon,” she says at her launch as the endorser of Generics Pharmacy at Shangri-La Makati ballroom. “Aalis pa ako next week, pupunta kami ni Sen. Ralph at ni Ryan Christian sa Hawaii for a one-week vacation. Sabi ko, let’s meet when I come back. Gusto ko naman, mas mai-promote ‘yung movie kasi first time ko gumawa ng suspense thriller with Chito Roño and I’m so proud of it. Puro magagaling ang mga kasama ko like Janice de Belen, Kim Chiu, Pokwang. ‘Yun nga lang, gory ‘yung ibang death scenes dito so we’re worried na baka paghigpitan kami ng MTRCB. But Chito says ipaglalaban daw niya. The story is about doppelgangers.” After this, Star Cinema is offering another movie for her for the Metro Filmfest. “But I told them hindi ko na kaya talaga. They even want me to do a TV show in time for my 50th anniversary in showbiz in November but, I don’t know, siguro TV special na lang.” How about the indie film where she’ll play a Ma Barker character? “Adolf Alix gave me the script. Pinag-aaralan ko pa. Nothing is final…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

“…Natapos na ni Governor Vilma Santos-Recto ang Chito Roño movie niyang The Healing nu’ng Sabado. Bale 37 shooting days ang ginugol ng Star For All Seasons sa movie niya na bahagi ng selebrasyon niya ng kanyang Golden Year sa showbiz. Before dinner ay pack-up ang hu­ling mga eksena kaya naman nagkaroon ng dinner kung saan nagkaroon din ng raffle para sa staff and crew. Dumating din sa kasiyahan ang mag-amang si Sen. Ralph Recto at anak na si Ryan Christian. Namigay rin ng black T shirts sa lahat kung saan naka-print sa harap ang “They survived The Healing in 37 days!” Kasama sa cast ng Star Cinema movie sina Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Pokwang at iba pa. After ng movie, isang malaking endorsement naman ang ilalabas ni Governor Vilma next month….” – Jun Nardo, Abante May 29 2012 (READ MORE)

“…Sa harapan ng black t-shirt na ipinamudmod ni Chito Roño ay nakasulat ang mga katagang “I Survive The Healing in 37 shooting days“. Naka-schedule na ipapalabas ang The Healing sa last week ng July…ayon sa sources, after The Healing ay wala nang kontrata si Ate Vi sa Star Cinema kaya malamang daw na tanggapin ng actress/ politician ang offer ni Mother Lily Monteverde and TV5. Naghihintay din si Chit Guerero para naman sa TV special ni Ate Vi bilang celebration ng 50th anniversary ng premyadong actress/ politician. May tatlong TV commercials and endorsements din naghihintay sa availability ni Gov. Vi.” – Jimi C. Escala (READ MORE)

SOMETHING NEW – “…The Star for all Seasons is slated to topbill The Healing with Kim Chiu. This drama-horror thriller will be directed by Chito Roño. The two actresses recently had the story conference for their movie, which will be shown during the latter part of the year. Governor Vilma told Showbiz News Ngayon that the movie: “has something to do with mga Pilipinong mahilig magpagamot sa mga healers. But at the end of the day, mga nangyayari sa kapaligiran pagdating sa…spiritual, doon iikot ang istorya. “I find this something new unang una sa story. First time akong gagawa nito plus the fact na I will be doing a movie with Kim Chiu. Definitely that is something very important. At this point in time, what is important is chemistry plus a good project, a good director.” For her part, Kim feels lucky to be given this chance to work with the Star for all Seasons. “Masaya ako and excited ako. Something new din for me to do a horror movie under Star Cinema and to work with Governor Vilma Santos.” The actress-politician then asked Kim to refer to her as Ate Vi and not Governor Vi. Kim laughed and exclaimed: Nahihiya ako!…” – PEP (READ MORE)

NA-STARSTRUCK – “…Personal na sumalubong sa kanya si Kim Chiu na makakatambal niya sa kanyang comeback movie matapos ang 2 taon. Sabi ni Chiu, “Nasa-starstruck pa ako. Teka lang, wala pa akong masabing word, nag-wave lang ako.” Sagot ni Santos, “Ang bago dito, kasama ko si Binondo Girl, excited ako ‘don.” Matatandaang unang nakita ni Vilma ang husay sa pag-arte ni Kim Chiu nang magpa-acting workshop siya noon para sa Star Magic talents. Ginampanan ni Kim ang award-winning role ni Vi bilang AIDS victim na si Dolzura Cortez. “Tingnan niyo po kung nasan si Kim ngayon, di ba? I am so proud of you,” sabi ni Santos. Nagpasalamat si Chiu rito. “Wow, thank you so much. Isang malaking karangalan siyempre ang makatrabaho ang isang Governor Vilma Santos. Sobrang thankful ako na pinagbigyan niya ‘tong chance na ‘to. Sobrang ang saya-saya.” Si Direktor Chito Roño mismo ang bumalangkas ng pagsasamahan nina Ate Vi at Kim Chiu, ang drama horror-thriller na The Healing…” – Mario Dumaual (READ MORE)

FAITH HEALER – “…The film, which is tentatively titledThe Healing, will revolve around the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers to treat their various ailments. The young actress said that she is also excited to work with her other co-stars in the said movie, like Janice De Belen. She added that she admires Janice for her acting in the teleserye Budoy. Parang idol ko na nga ngayon si Ms. Janice de Belen tapos kasama ko pa siya ngayon sa movie. So, yun, ang galing galing. Kim also shared some details about her character: Ang role ko dito, estudyante na may sakit. Lahat kami dito may sakit kaya lalapit kami sa faith healer. Exciting siya and kaabang-abang talaga ito. Kim added that she got a little scared herself when the plot was explained to her. Sobrang kakaibang horror film na parang kahit ako, habang nagkukuwento sila, natatakot na ako, bilang matatakutin akong tao. Acting alongside Vilma Santos is definitely a step-up for the young actress. When asked if she is expecting to win an award for it, Kim said that she will simply do her best and try not to think about it. Pressure? Hindi naman, basta relax lang and thankful ako na napasama ako sa pelikulang ito, she ended…” – Jamie Ortega (READ MORE)

Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (born April 19, 1990 in Tacloban), better known as simply Kim Chiu, is a Chinese Filipino actress,singer and model. She lived in Cebu City before she went to Manila for Pinoy Big Brother. Chiu was the first winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition and is currently part of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic contract artists…Chiu started performing as a regular on ASAP XV in 2006. In 2011, Chiu will have a comeback in a primetime series via My Binondo Girl. This is her first television series without Anderson and instead she will three leading men namely, Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli, and Jolo Revilla. She is also slated to do a horror film with Vilma Santos. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…The Healing. A Star Cinema horror film under the direction of Chito S. Roño starring Vilma Santos, Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Pokwang, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ces Quesada, Cogie Domingo, Angelu de Leon, Ryan Eigenmann, and Jomari Yllana with a tentative nationwide theatrical release of May 2012…” – Chris A. (READ MORE)

“Pero ang nakakatakot sa pelikula, yun palang tatay ni Vilma, kinukuha niya ang ‘life force’ ng lahat ng mga magiging pasyente nung healer”, dagdag na kuwento pa ni Mama maribel. “Kaya siya nabubuhay, kinukuha naman pala niya ang buhay o energy life force ng ibang mga tao, at yun ang mga magiging susunod na mga pasyente nung faith healer! Shocking, di ba? Naku, sorpresa ang role ko dito, ikatatakot ng lahat. At si Ate Vi, ngayon lang muli kami magkakasama sa isang pelikula. The last movie we made was Alyas Baby tsina during the late ’80′s pa yun!” At kilala naman ng lahat kung gaano kagaling si direk Chito Rono sa paggawa ng mga horror films, no? Isa sa paboritong horror film namin na ginawa ni direk Chtio ay yung remake ng clasic film na “Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara!” kung saan si Dawn Zulueta ang naging bida…” – Robert Manuguid Silverio (READ MORE)