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Serious Actress – “Aminado si Vilma Santos na ang 1982 ay naging banner year para sa kanya. Bago pumasok ang taon ay napili siyang best actress sa Metro Manila Filmfest dahil sa pagkakaganap niya sa Karma. Kalahatian ng taon ay nahirang naman siyang Famas best actress para sa performance niya sa Pakawalan Mo Ako. At bago natapos ang taon ay nagwagi siya bilang unang best actress ng Let’s Talk Movies for her body of work sa mga pelikulang Relasyon, Sinasamba Kita, Never Ever Say Goodbye, T-Bird at Ako at Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? And very recently, tinanghal din siyang box office actress of 1982 sa kauna-unahang Cinehan Awards na ipinamigay ng Metro Manila Theatres Association. Ito’y dahil sa katotohanang ang mga pelikula niyang Sinasamba Kita at Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? ang siyang biggest blockbusters of the year. Maulit kaya ang winning streak na ito ni Vi ngayong 1983? Isang matamis na ngiti ang agad na isinukli ni Vi sa aming tanong. “Sana,” aniya. “Kung patuloy na susuportahan ng publiko ang mga pelikula ko.” From all indications, hindi malayong maulit sa taong ito ang mga tagumpay na natamo niya noong kalilipas na taon. Katatapos lamang niya gawin sa Amerika ang Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida with erstwhile beau, Romeo Vasquez. Hindi matatawaran ang naging resulta sa takilya ng mga una nilang pagtatambal sa Nag-aapoy na Damdamin at Isang Pugad, Dalawang Ibon kaya’t malamang na muling tangkilikin ng madla ang muli nilang pagpapareha. Sinimulan na niya ang shooting ng Broken Marriage para sa Regal at ng Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? para sa Viva. Dito, ang makakatambal naman niya ay ang perennial box-office mate niyang si Christopher de Leon. With such project in hand, how can she afford to lose? Then, there’s the project Director Mike de Leon has planned for her. Hindi na ito ang Sister Stella L na tungkol sa isang rebeldeng madre. Na-shelve na iyon dahil sa inaasahang magiging problema sa censors. Mike now wants her to do a romance-drama and we heard na baka sa bakuran din ng Viva gawin ang proyektong ito. Sa mga pelikulang nagawa niya recently at maging sa mga susunod pa niyang projects, nalilinya si Vi sa roles ng “the other woman.” A lot of people says it’s the kind of role she does best. Ano kaya ang opinyon tungkol dito? “Tutoong I’ve played the role of the other woman several times na,” tugon niya. “But it’s portrayed not in the usual way na nang-aagaw ako ng asawa kundi in a more sympathetic, understanding manner. Ang ikinatutuwa ko nga is the fact that the public has learned to accept me doing all sort of roles, like the mature roles na ginagawa ko ngayon. Even the sexy scences I did in some of my films. Kung hindi nila tinanggap ang transition ko from being a mere movie star to a serious actress tackling more demanding roles, I doubt very much kung nandito pa rin ako hanggang ngayon. They’ve been very kind to me and for that, it’s only proper that I should be grateful…” – Mario E. Bautista, Movie Flash Magazine, February 17, 1983, reposted by James DR, Pelikula Atbp, 25 May 2017 (READ MORE)

Gerry’s Plan – “…Now what I’d like to happen is to have directors unite and talk about how we can improve our art. Ofcourse, they will say: Why should I share my secrets with Gerry? But that should not be the attitude. I’m not saying this because I’m old, no. I’m passing the buck to the young directors. Talking about achievements, I was given the Life Achievement Award by the FAMAS. But I would like to talk about what I did not achieve. And I pass this thing which I did not achieve to you, to Brocka, to Ishmael Bernal, to Eddie Romero, to the young generation, to – yong si – gumawa ng Vilma Santos… what’s his name now?…(PDC: Celso AD. Castillo.)…Yan! Me tipo, me drive. They can do it if they’ll only try, and given the chance. Pero kami what we spent for money in those days were peanuts, and when you spend peanuts you get – peanuts! Now, budgets are getting bigger. Nevertheless, we still need an Academy because we are slowly being eaten up by foreigners. Ah, you don’t realize 0 look at your morning papers. Look who pays for the biggest advertisements. Not us. If they are not being paid by Americans maybe they’re being paid by the Chinese, or the Japanese. I’d like the movie people to unite in order to perfect themselves. Like these actors…” – Pio de Castro III, WHO Magazine, June 24, 1978, re-posted by James DR, Pelikula ATBP, 08 August 2018 (READ MORE)

FAMAS best of the best – “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit,”a motion picture described by critics as the quintessential Tagalog movie, garnered seven major awards, including best actor and best actres, from Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) in star-studded rites at the Manila Holtel last Saturday. “Bilangin,” which counted three long years in the making, won for its producer Lily Monteverde of Regal Films the top award as Best Picture of 1989 even as its lead players Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III were named best actress and best actor, respectively. The film’s director, Elwood Perez, tied with Eddie Garcia won for “Imortal,” which like “Bilangin,” spanned three generations of a never-ending love affair. In accepting his award, his second in a row from the Famas, Perez thanked the oldest awards body in the local film industry for recognizing and giving credit to the artistic mertis of “Bilangin.” Perez also won as best director last year for “Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos.” Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” also won awards for best arti direction (Ray Maliuanag, Raymond Bajarias, Freddie Valencia and Gerry Pascual); screenplay (Jake Cocadiz and Jigz Recto); sound (Joe Climaco). The movie earlier won both acting and technical honors from the Star and Urian Awards. Other winners: Ricky Davao, best supporting actor (“Abot Hanggang Sukdulan”); Cherrie Gil, best supporting actress (“Ang Bukas Ay Akin”); RR Herrera, best child actor (“Rosenda”); Aiza Seguerra, best child actress (“Ang Pusa”). Orlando Nandres, best story (“Imortal”); Willy Cruz, best song (“Pahiram ng Isang Umaga”); Willy Cruz, musical score (“Pahiram ng Isang Umaga”); Jun Cabrales, special effects (“Joe Pring”); Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao, editing (“Ang Lahat ng Ito Pati na ang Langit”); Joe Batac, cinematography (“Imortal”). Vilma Santos who has five Famas best actress trophies behind her, was elevated to the Hall of Fame in nostalgic, if tearful ceremonies. Sound engineer Rollie Ruta similarly was elevated to the Hall of Fame for having won five awards for best sound. The Famas also gave the following special awards: Lea Salonga (Cirio Santiago Memorial Award and the German Moreno Youth Foundation Award); Bibsy Carballo (Dr. Jose R. Perez Memorial Award for Journalism); Cachupoy (Lou Salvador Sr Memorial Award). Dina Bonevie, glowing in a pink formal dress was named “Face of the Night” and went home richer by P10,000.” – Nestor Cuartero, Tempo, 21 May 1990, re-posted by James DR, Pelikula ATBP (READ MORE)

Most Deserving – “…His reputarion as a commercial director eclipsed whatever in the mid-70s towards serious art. To this day, critics single out his productions of Divorce: Filipino Style and Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae as landmark films for and about women. His excursions into melodrama, actually his turf, are no less exciting. Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali; Masarap, Masakit Ang Umibig; Till We Meet Again; Pakawalan Mo Ako; Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos. The last two won for Vilma Santos two Famas trophies to complete her magic five qualifying her to the Hall of Fame. More than any other person’s winning, Perez is most visibly elated by the victory of Tirso Cruz III in Bilangin. “I thought he was more deserving. People have this notion that Tirso is not exactly a good actor but his performance in Bilangin bertrays all that. It’s his old image as a matineer idol that works against him still. I’m glad Pip is over and done with it now and that people are actually convinced how great an actor he is…” – Nestor Cuartero, Tempo, 21 May 1990, re-posted by James DR, Pelikula ATBP (READ MORE)

Walang Reklamo – “…Nang iakyat na sa Hall of Fame si Vilma Santos, ganoon na lamang katahimik ng mga tao sa loob ng Grand Ballroom ng Manila Hotel. Pati sila ay nakiramdam sa feeling ni Ate Vi na walang ginawa noon kundi ang punasan nang punasan ang luha at inom ito nang inom ng tubig dahil siguro nahihirapan siyang huminga at may nakabara sa kanyang lalamunan?…In sum, masaya, matagumpay at okey naman ang 38th FAMAS Awards Night nung Sabado, May 19th. Atleast, walang reklamo at angal na narinig…” – Ross F. Celino, Jr., Unknown source, re-posted by James DR, Pelikula ATBP (READ MORE)

Hall of Fame – “…Tampok nu’ng gabing iyon ang pag-i-elevate sa “Star For All Seasons” na si Vilma Santos sa prestihoyosong Famas Hall of Fame, bunga ng kanyang pagkakamit ng kabuuang limang best actress awards mula sa nasabing award-giving body sa mga nagdaang taon. Binigyang-kulay ang nasabing bahagi ng parangal sa pamamagitan ng isang puno-ng-alaalang musical number na nilahukan ni Vilma, kasama ang cast ng dati niyang TV show na The Sensations na sina Perla Adea, Ike Lozada, Darius Razon, Tony Santos, Jr at Romy Mallari…” – Lito Divinagracia, Unknown source, re-posted by James DR, Pelikula ATBP (READ MORE)

Burlesk Queen, Reyna ng Pelikulang Pilipino – Celso Ad. Castillo’s Burlesk Queen surpasses past attempts to integrate cinematic qualities in a film and Castillo’s own previous experiments, which critics found bombastic and purely commercial. Like no other film by Castillo or other directors, Burlesk Queen, with its synchronized techniques and the significance of its message successfully gives substance to the trendy subject of sex-for-sale. The movie tells of a teen-age burlesque dancer in the ’50s, who suffers deprivation, personal crises, alienation, and in the end, an abortion as she dances her grand finale for survival. With such a simple plot, the movie laudably brings together the talents of director Castillo, screenwriter Mauro Gia Samonte, musical director George Canseco, actors Vilma Santos, Rollie Quizon and Roldan Aquino, cinematographer Ben Lobo, and editor Abelardo Hulleza. Castillo’s creativity is seen in the use of radio darma and music, meaningful gestures, and visual metaphors or allusions to give added psychological and emotional dimensions to dramatic situations. Lucid exposition and delineation of the conflict are carried out through particular techniques like ensemble acting to reveal the individual characters’ needs, emphasis on visual details rather than talky dialogues to drive home a point, and active camera movements (cuts) to suggest the passage of time in the burlesque dancer’s career. The tragic ending is prepared for by a logical presentation of what happens eventually to all the characters. Artistic form and meaningful content merge to convey the film’s statement on society’s view of low-class entertainment. Moralist censure burlesque dancing, but as the stage impressario in Burlesk Queen asks, what form of entertainment then should be given to ordinary people who cannot afford to watch shows which are exclusively for the rich who dictate the community’s morals? The irony lies in the fact that while audiences are entertained, the performers’ lives are none of their concern. For these cheap entertainers who dare to live outside society’s moreal laws, there is only condemnation. – Jun Cruz Reyes, The URIAN Anthology 1970-79, reported by Simon Santos, Video48 Blogspot, 27 August 2018 (READ MORE)

Silent Confrontation – “…The movie brings together fierce cinema rivals Aunor and Vilma Santos as well as Aunor’s then-husband, Christopher de Leon. Skydiving enthusiast Rex (De Leon) and horticulturist Tere (Aunor) are in a stable relationship until the arrival of Sandra (Santos), a liberal-minded artist. Rex embarks on an affair with her, then becomes overcome with guilt when Tere discovers the relationship. Ikaw ay Akin is best known for the “silent” confrontation scene between Aunor and Santos, where neither speak a single line and communicate by just staring at each other…” – Coconuts Manila, 27 July 2018 (READ MORE)

Mod Spotlight – “Bold is the order of the day and even the “sweetest”of our stars are slowly being drawn into it. Vilma Santos, for one, is doing a movie with Merle Fernandez, something with the suggestive title Mga Rosas sa Putikan. Editor-in-chief Ernie Evora Sioco serves you the peice, still piping hot, along with the juiciest bits concerning local filmdom in her “Starliners.” – Mod Magazine, Vol VIII No. 248 May 20 1976

Pati si Vi Kampi Kay Guy – “Kahit sabihing hindi original at chipangga ang gimik ng mga Noranians na mag-collect ng one million signatures para ipakita ang suporta nila kay Nora Aunor sa pag-kaka-kansela ng “Superstar” nito, malaking tagumpay pa ring masasabi ang kampanya. As of last Sunday, 1,200,000 signatures na ang nakokolekta ng grupo. Sa October 1 pa (last telecast ng show) ang deadline ng pangungulekta ng signatures. Sa dami ng sumusuporta sa aktres, hinuhulaang aabot sa dalawang milyon ang makukuhang signatures ng mga taong nas likod ng kampanya. Bago pumuta sa “Superstar,” dinaanan muna ni Guy sa launching ng “Isang Milyong Lagda para sa Superstar” sa Araneta Coliseum. Napaiyak daw ang aktres nang makita ang dami ng taong handang sumuporta sa kanya. Kabilang nga raw sa sumuporta sa aktres ang fans ni Vilma Santos na nakihalo sa mga Noranians noong linggo ng hapon sa Araneta Coliseum. Ang balita, pinapunta raw ni Vilma ang mga tagahanga para ipakita kay Nora na kampi sila rito sa laban niya sa Channel 9. Bukod sa fans, may ipinadala pa raw note si Vilma kay Nora…”- Nitz Miralles, People’s Journal, 29 September 1989

Flash: Vilma personal na nagpaabot ng suporta sa kumareng Guy! RPN 9 makikipagrenegotiate! – “Personal nang ipinaabot ni Vilma Santos ang kaniyang all-out support para sa kaniyang kaibigan at kumareng si Nora Aunor. Ayon sa isang reliable informant ng Bongga, tumawag umano si Vi kay Nora kahapon nang alas dos ng madaling-araw at hayagang sinabing nakahanda anumang oras ang aktres upang sumuporta sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng huli. Bagama’t lubos itong ikinatuwa ng Superstar, nagpasubali umano si Nora na kung ang sinasabing bagong programang inialok sa kaniya ng GMA-7 ay isa ring musical, hinding-hindi niya umano iyon tatanggapin, in fairness to Vilma. Sa kabilang dako, may balak umano ang RPN 9 na makipag-renegotiate kay Nora hingil sa programang Superstar. Ito ang ipinarating ni Dennis Cabltin, Marketing Director ng RPN, sa pamamagitan ni Kitchie Benedicto na siyang orihinal na producer-director ng Superstar, at ngayon ay General Manager ng Celebrity Sports Plaza (LD). – Bongga Magazine, 01 October 1989

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Pinigil na Tadhana – “…Sinabi ni Ernesto Maceda, abugado ng 777 Productions, na ang pagpigil sa “Press Preview” o hayagang pagtatanghal ng “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” ay ilegal at labag sa saligang batas. Ayon kay Maceda, ang pelikula sinuri na ng BCMP, at dahil doon ay itinatanghal na iyon sa walong lalawigan…Sa isang dako, sinabi ni Gng. Olympia Lozano, kalihim-tagapagpaganap ng BCMP na pinigil ang pagtatanghal ng “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” dahil sa pagtanggi ng 777 Productions na iharap sa lupon ang pelikula upang surrin…Nagharap kagabi ng pagbibitiw sa Pangulong Macapagal si Jose L. Guevara bilang tagapangulo ng Board of Censors for Moving Pictures. Ginawa ni Guevara ang ganitong aksiyon kasunod ng pagpigil ng pelikulang “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” na naglalarawan sa buhay ni Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, kandidato sa pagka-pangulo ng NP. Ipinaliwanag ni Maceda na marami nang nakapanood ng “Iginuhit ng Tadhana”at nagkakaisa ng palagay ang lahat na walang batayan upang pigilin ang pagtatanghal nito. Upang masubhan kahit kaunti ang pagkayamot ng mga inayayahan sa “gala premiere” kagabi sa Rizal Theatre, ipinasiya ang pagtatanghal ng pelikulang Ingles, ang “The Thin Red Line…” – Leonardo P. Reyes, Taliba, 3 & 16 September 1965 (READ MORE)

Tadhana sa Korte Suprema – “…Malamang makarating ngayon sa Korte Suprema ang hidwaan ng prodyuser ng Iginuhit ng Tadhana at ng lupon ng sensor na pumigil sa pagtatanghal sa publiko ng nasabing pelikula. Nakatakdang dumulog ngayon sa mataas ns hukuman ang mga abugado ng prodyuser ng pelikula matapos na pigilin ng hukuman sa paghahabol kahapon ang pagpapatupad sa utos ng mababang hukuman na nagpapahintulot sa pagtatanghal ng pelikula…Sa naunang hatol ni Hukom Edilberto Soriano ng hukumang unang dulugan ng Maynila ay ipinahintulot niya ang pagtatanghal sa masuliraning pelikula bagay na salungat sa pasiya ng lupon ng sensor na pumipigil sa nasabing pagtatanghal. Ang hatol ni Soriano ay idinulog ng mga abugado ng pamahalaan sa hukumang sa paghahabol sa kanilang matwid na walang huridiksiyon sa usapin ang mababang hukuman…Sinabi ni Abugado Claudio Teehankee, isa sa mga abugado ng prodyuser ng pelikula sa buhay ng Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos ng Senado na idudulog nila sa Korte Suprema ang desisyon inilagda kahapon ng Hukuman sa Paghahabol. Ipinaliwanag niyang ang dalawang sumusunod na matwid ang knailang ihaharap sa mataas na hukuman sa paghahabol: 2 Katwiran na Inilahad – 1. Na walang bisa ang kontrata na maaaring bawiin ang permiso sa isang pelikula upang maitanghal anumang oras. 2. Na hindi nagmalabis si Hukom Soriano sa pagpapasiya sa usapin…” – C. de Guzman, Taliba, 3 & 16 September 1965 (READ MORE)

Young Ones – “…Walang makapaniwala na magiging gayon kalakas takilya sina Nora at Tirso. Nagimbal ang mga taga-pelikula. Bakit daw gayon kalaki ang kinikita ng unang dalawang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso? Tsamba lamang daw kaya iyon o biglang nagbago ng panlasa ng mga manonood? Hindi tsamba. Ang mga sumunod pang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso ay mas malaki ang kinita. Daang-libo ang kinita ng “Teenage Excapades” at “Halina, Neneng Ko.” Itinambal ng Towers si Nora sa iba pang kabataang artista, malaki rin ang kinita. Katunayan na malaki ang hukbo ng mga tagahanga ni Nora. Sinubok naman ng Barangay Productions na itambal si Tirso kay Gemma Suzara, hindi gaanong kinagat ng mga fans. Nag-produce ng pelikula ang mag-anak na Cruz, pinagsama sina Ricky Belmonte at Tirso sa “Ricky na, Tirso Pa” isinama naman sa magpinsan si Pilar Pilapil. Tinapatan ng Tower ng isang pelikula ni Nora ang pelikula ng mga Cruz. Resulta: mas maraming nanood sa pelikula ni Nora. Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Gusto ng mga fans na maging magkatambal sina Nora at Tirso. Sinagot ng VP Pictures ang kahilingang ito sa pamamagitan ng “Young Love.” Bukod kina Tirso at Nora ay isinaman pa ang mga young ones na sina Vilma Santos at Edgar Mortiz. Patok sa takilya!…” – Romy Galang, Pilipino Magazine, 18 February 1970 (READ MORE)

Stoned Remembrance – “…It was a wild, wild parade but the fans and the superstars enjoyed every minute of it. For the Pilipino movie fan, it was more than just an outing. He saw his favorite movie celebrity at the closest range possible. For the movie star, the wild response was more than a gauge of his popularity. A crowd close to 500,000 people bucked the hot afternoon sun to watch their movie personalities in a parade ushering in the seventh Manila Film Festival. The crowd paralyzed traffic in the downtown areas up to the late last night…The parade started at 3 p.m. and ended past 8 p.m. at the foot of the Quezon bridge…The biggest response was given to Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III. Wearing pink ang black kimonos, the two superstars threw sampaguita flowers along the way as their fans, yelling friendship, waved their pointed thumbs wildly…The other float with the wildest applause was that carrying Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, who will appear in “Remembrance,” a Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Presentation. However, the float was stoned twice and it left the parade before it reached the Jones Bridge…” – Romeo J. Arceo, Philippines Sunday Express, 18 June 1972 (READ MORE)

Vice presidential choices – “…Nationwide, Poe emerged as the preferred choice for vice president, obtaining an approval rating of 24%, followed by Escudero with 20%. Roxas was a distant 3rd with 8%, followed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 7%, and Cayetano with 6%. The 6th spot was a tie among 4 who included Marcos Jr, Kris Aquino, Lacson, and Batangas Governor and actress Vilma Santos Recto, who each got 5%. Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the second senator embroiled in the pork barrel scam, obtained a 4% rating. In the lower bracket were 4 other legislators – Senators Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Revilla who each got 3%, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito who got 2%, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo who obtained 1%. In the National Capital Region, perceived to be home to the most critical and politically aware voters, Poe (25%) and Escudero (24%) were favorite vice presidential bets. Poe rated better than Escudero in the balance of Luzon, getting a 27% approval rating compared to Escudero’s 21%. The difference between the two top contenders was also more pronounced in Mindanao, with Poe getting 21% compared to Escudero’s 16%. Visayas respondents were almost evenly split, with 22% going for Poe and 20% going for Escudero…” – Chay F. Hofileña, Rappler, 29 Apr 2014 (READ MORE)

A Different “Grand Slam” (Ate Vi Scores A Victory But in a Different Arena) – When President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award on actress politician Vilma Santos-Recto, the Batangas Governor likened it in winning a “Grand Slam”- a showbiz citations given out by major award-giving bodies for a single movie. The last time she achieved that feat was in 2002, when she did Chito S. Roño helmed “Dekada ’70.” The two-term governor indicated that the Lingkod Bayan Award is just as special, maybe even more so than the Best Actress trophies she has collected over the years. “It recognized my hard work in public service. I think I am the only governor in the line-up. This is a different world from showbiz. This is not just a best actress-award. I’ve received other award awards fro government service in the past, but this is my first national recognition. Plus it was handed out by President Auino at Malacañang.” The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is handed out yesterday by the Civil Service Commission and is the highest honor a public servant can receive in the Philippines. Governor Vi was one of many awardees this year, for her effort to end the persistent overcrowding in Taal Lake and reduce fish kills. After the awarding ceremony, which was held at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on September 19, she said she was eager to show her award to her constituents, calling the achievements “team effort.” I couldn’t have achieved all this on my own. I’m excited to show the plaque and medal to the people in the capitol. They worked side by side with me in pursuing my different programs in the province. Our secret in Batangas is teamwork.” Among this year’s other awardees was the late Department of Interior Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash on August 18 2012. His daughter, Aida was on hand to receive his award. Governor Vi also had her lovedones there – her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, and sons, Luis Manzano and Ryan Christian Recto. After the ceremony, Governor Vi head back home to Batangas, there to resume work again. For her, it’s just another work day, much like the one she has when doing a movie, but delivering a different kind of satisfaction. – Roldan Mauricio, Star Studio Magazine, November 2012

Focus on Burlesk Queen – Celso Ad Castillo’s “Burlesk Queen”surpasses past attempts to integrate cinematic qualities in a firlm and Castillo’s own previous experiments, which critics found bombastic and purely commercial, like no other film by Castillo or other directors. “Burlesk Queen”with synchronized techniques and the significance of its messagfe successfully gives substance to the trendy subject of sex-for-sale. Castillo’s creativity is seen in the use of radio drama and music, meaningful gestures, and visual metaphors to dramatic situations. Lucid exposition and delineation of the conflict are carried out through particular techniques like ensemble acting to reveal the individual characters’ needs, emphasis on visual details rather than talky dialogues to drive home a point, and active camera movements (cuts) to suggests the passage of time in the burlesque dance’s career. The tragic ending is prepared for a logical presentation of what happens eventually to all characters. – Ananymous

Vilma Santos to team-up with Christopher de Leon? – “…They’ve been perennial love-team partners in countless movies, and now Ms. Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon are speculated to be teaming up once more, and this is for their political ambitions. Mayor Vi was reported to be running for a congressional seat, but if she’s partnering with Boyet, it must only be as governor and vice governor of Batangas. So what will happen to acting Governor Ricky Recto, brother of Senator Ralph Recto who’s Mayor Vi’s husband? Will Mayor Vi run against her brother in-law?…” – Manila Bulletin, 11 Feb 2007

Mowelfund pays tribute to Filipino Movie Greats – “…The Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund) presents a grand production to pay tribute to Filipino movie greats and at the same time increase awareness about and raise funds for Mowelfund. Slated on Feb 23, the Mowelfund Tribute to Filipino Mopvie Greats, will honor stars from today and yesteryears who have made tremendous contribution to the Filipino movie industry. Comedians Nanette Inventor and Leo Martinez will be the hosts for the night. Confirmed presentors and participants include Vilma Santos, Sen. Bong Revilla, Christopher de Leon, Rudy Fernandez, Sunshine Cruz, Cesar Montano, Jericho Rosales, Heart Evangelista, Philip Salvador, Toni Gonzaga, and many more. To be honored with grand production numbers by today’s top stars are: Don Jose Nepomuceno, producer of the first Filipino silent film; National Artist Atang de la Rama, the queen of zarzuela and kundiman; legendary screen loveteam Rogelio de la Rosa and Carmen Rosales; Rosa del Rosario, the very first Darna of Philippine Cinema. Movie starwarts will also pay homage to the immortal memory of the King of Philippine Movies and National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr., the King of Philippine comedy Dolphy; and former President Joseph Estrada, founder of Mowelfund. Mowefund aims to ensure that marginalized movie workers can still enjoy social security despite tough times in the business. Affirming the invaluable contributions of various art forms in the crucial beginnings of local cinema in teh country – from literature to music to theater and even fasion design, the Mowelfund fundraising tribute to movie greats highlights the crossing over of these defining cultural elements in the history of Philippine movies. An exhibit of the Ani Awardees will be held at the Aliw Theater Lobby from Feb 17-23…” – Manila Bulletin, 11 Feb 2007

Ani Awards – “…The Awards celebrates a bountiful harvest in the unifying spirit that wold hold the industry together. It is a glittering testimonial to a lifetime dedication, hardwork, and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence by the Filipino public of a revered Filipino film artist,” shares Mowefund executive-director Boots Anson-Roa. Mowefund aims to ensure that marginalized movie workers can still enjoy social security despite tough times in the business…” – Crispina Martinez-Belen, Manila Bulletin, 20 February 2007

From Fashion to Films and Back – “…Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast in Tiffany’s (1961) did not just stay on the silver screen. It went on to become a classic shift dress that is still being worn today in varying styles all over the world. It si the other way around for “The Devil Wears Prada” where Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep took the best creations of international designers to the screen. Needless to say, television and movies dictate fashion, through in a subtle way. “Even from the early days of fashion, what people see on the movie have really played a big influence on what people want to wear in real life. Even with us designers, when clients come to us, they always ask us the popular artists that we have dressed up,” says designer Edgar San Diego, FDAP chairman. To show the synergy between film and fashion, the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines will stage a fashion revue in music and dance showing the glamour era of Philippine movies at the first ever Ani Awards, Mowelfund (Movie Workers Welfare Foundation) Tribute to Filipino Movie Greats…desiners will present their creations inspired by the likes of the personalities and roles portrayed by Rosa Rosal, Rogelio de la Rosa, Carmen Rosales, Ric Rodrigo, Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Sharon Cuneta…The era of stellar actresses like Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor showcased a more down-to-earth fashion…” – Manila Bulletin, 20 February 2007

Mini LP Fad – “…The mini-LP fad is fast catching fire for love duets. For Alpha, there is a mini by Nora Aunor and Manny de Leon; for Wilear’s minis are by Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, Ed Finlan and Hilda Koronel; and for Vicor, mini is by Perla Adea and Tirso Cruz III. The mini has four selections and plays at 33 1/2. The retail price is now 6 peso (US $1)…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 04 July 1970

Film Premiere Draws 28 Philippines Record Artists – “…Twenty eight of the Philippines’ young recording artists singing in English presented one song at the gala premiere night of the locally produced film “Haydee” at the Rizal Theater in suburban Makati. The impressive convergence was a first in the Philippine entertainment history. But because it was for charity, local producers and artists gave all-out cooperation. Proceeds of the “Haydee” premiere were earmarked for the 1970 Awit Awards, the Philippine’s versions of the U.S. Grammys. Five record companies were represented in the two-hour on-stage attractions – Alpha Recording System, D’Swan Recording System, Vicor Recording, Villar Records, and Willears Records. The Alpha artist were Eva Vivar, Baby Alcaraz, Geraldine and Jay Ilagan. The D’Swan artists were Ernie Garcia, Jonathan Potenciano, Linda Alcid, and Eddie Peregrina. Singer-pianist Baby de Jesus guested under the label. The Vicor artists were Eric Dimson, Boy Mondragon, Freddie Esguerra, Sonny Cortez, Millie Mercado, Victor Wood, Perla Adea and Tirso Cruz III. Villar was represented by Roggie Nieto. The Willear’s artists were Alice Cerrudo, Raul Aragon, Raquel Montessa, Elizabeth Ledesma, Romy Mallari, Esperanza Fabon, Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz and Ed Finlan. The back-up group was the Blinkers…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 06 June 1970

Nobo Bono Jr. – “…There is a scramble among record companies to sign “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” national champion Nobo Bono Jr. The singer is contracted with the Talent Center of ABS-CBN which acts as his agent and personal manager. Bono is appearing weekly with Willear’s artists Edgar Mortiz and Vilma Santos in the new live TV series titled “The Young Ones” on Channel 2…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 08 Aug 1970

Hawaiian LP – “…Willear’s issued a Hawaiian LP titled “Aloha My Love” by Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz. It is a soundtrack of the film of the same title which is scheduled for exhibition here…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 11 March 1972

Wilear’s Top Company in Phlippine Awards – “…The third annual presentation of the Awit Awards was held at the Manila Hotel with Senator Doy Laurel of the Philippine Congress as guest of honor and principal speaker. The sponsoring group was the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS). The event criticized in the local circle because of its unpopular results and deglamourized presentation, gave posthumous awards of merit to Frankie Martin, a juror last year, and Santiago Suarez, one of Filipino musical starwarts. The founder of the Awit Awards, Billboard correspondence Oskar Salazar, was also honored. Wilear’s Records scored heavily in the awards this year. The foreign division was permanently scrapped. Two major companies, Villar Records and Dyna Products, Incl did not submit nominations this year. The 1970 winners are…Record Company of the Year – Wilear’s Records; Song of the Year – “Forever Loving You” by Bert Dominic (Billboard); Best Single – “Sixteen” by Vilma Santos (Wilear’s)…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 14 August 1971

The Wonderful World of Music – “…The Wonderful World of Music,” produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang, was judged best musical in the Manila Film Festival. The picture stars Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, both artists of Wilear’s…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 24 July 1971

Internation Talent Directory – “…Vilma Santos (Vocalist, Wilear’s Records: The Sensations (LP); Sixteen (single & LP); Sweethearts (LP); Sweet Sweet Vilma (LP). PA: Cebu City, Ilo-ilo City, Olongapo City. TV: Edgar Loves Vilma, Oh My Love, The Sensations; Films: Angelica, Love Letters, My Pledge of Love, Our Love Affair, The Sensations, The Wonderful World of Music. Awards: Loveteam of the Year, Queen of Philippine Movies. PM: William C. Leary…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 04 July 1970

Second Album – “…Wilear’s Records will come with the second LP of Vilma Santos to be titled “Sweet Sweet Vilma…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 26 September 1970

Remembrance – “…Film artist Walter Navarro (Vicor) will have his first LP, “King of Balladeers,” this month. He is a contract star of Lea Productions and principal mainstay of the El Bodegon Club. Navarro is doing a film musical with Vilma Santos (Wilear’s) with Mirick Productions…Remembrance, another film musical, was chosen “best musical” in the Manila Film Festival. The film stars Vilma Santos (Wilear’s) and Edgar Mortiz (Wilear’s). The film also won in the categories of best film editing, best sound, and best script…” – Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 29 July 1972

Tie sa FAMAS – “…Dalawa ang Best Actress sa gabing iyon. Nangangahulugang kapwa mabigat ang labanan at walang itulak kabigin kina Boots Anson Roa at Vilma Santos kaya minabuti ng inampalang na bigyan kapwa ng Best Actress na sina Boots at Vilma…” – Aruy Tapusan Komiks Magasin, 19 Hunyo 1973

Ate Vi Trivia – “…Vilma Santos (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos, November 3, 1953), tinaguriang “Star for All Seasons,” siya ang kauna-unahang babaeng gobernador ng Batangas. Siya rin ang kauna-unahang babaeng mayor ng Lipa City. The only actress na nanalo ng three consecutive years as best actres sa Urian Awards (the country’s film critics awards body) para sa kanyang mga pelikulang Relasyon (1982), Broken Marriage (1983), at Sister Stella L (1984). Hindi siya nanalo ng kahit isang best actres award sa mga pelikulang dinirek ng the late, great Lino Brocka. Unang aktress sa Philippine movies na naka-grand slam nung 1983 as best actress for her performance in Relasyon (1982) from the Catholic Mass Media, Urian, Film Academy and FAMAS awards-giving bodies. Si Ate Vi ang pinakamaraming Gawad Urian awards sa industriya ng showbiz, tallying 8 wins, 5 additional nominations (all for Best Actress) and 2 special awards for being the best actress of the ’80s and the ’90s!…” – Hi Magazine, December 2007

Would it be Good Karma? – One of the most misunderstood occult concepts. The nearest equivalent in European thought is contained in the idea of fate, though the oriental term indicates that fate is not a haphazard sequence of events of experiences, but is dependent on actions of previous lives or spiritual conditions. The idea is that a spirit undertakes to live in an earthy body for a given period of time, usually in order to learn something which cannot be learned in a disembodied state, and has to accept rewards and punishments for good and bad deeds committed in previous incarnations. In order that understanding may grow, any evil committed against another person will have to experienced by the perpetrator. The working out of Karma is not done consiously by ordinary people. The real reasons for the majority of peopleès actions and relationships may be understood only when the nature of their Karma is grasped -which is virtually impossible to understand or judge another person when seen in the context of one material lifetime only. Vilma Santos fits the role to a T. For the past years that she has suffered a string of misfortunes and setbacks in real and reel life, she has honed herself as promise, a common objective: to give the viewing pubic what it wants – entertainment with a capital E. For Danny Zialcita, aside from having a good screenplay, good direction and brilliant actors and actresses, the movie should have artistic values. Karma promises to be a very good vehicle not only for Zialcita but also for Vilma Santos and the rest of the cast. Will this movie be a good Karma for director Danny Zialcita, Vilma Santos and the rest of the cast? It’ll be a different kind of feeling you’ll get after viewing it. – Bong de Leon, Jingle Extra Hot Magazine, 02 November 1981, Reposted at: Pelikula Atbp (READ MORE)

Sparring Partner – Marahil ay napapansin ninyong lagi nang kasama sa Superstar Show ni Nora Aunor kung linggo and dalawang ito, sina Arnold at Eddie, (Ang hiuli ay kapatid na bunso ni Nora at mahal na mahal niya). Mainstay na sila sa TV show na ito, at nakakatuwa naman sila. Kailan lamang nagkakilala sina Eddie at Arnold ngunit kung makikita ninyo sila, aakalain ninyong matagal na silang magkaibigan. Kapag walang klase, lagi silang magkasama. Kung hindi si Arnold ang nasa bahay nina Eddie, si Eddie ang nasa bahay nina Arnold. Tuwang-tuwa naman ang magulang ni Arnold, at higit si Nora, pagkat nakikita niyang maligaya ang kanyang kapatid sa pakikipaglaro sa bagong kaibigan. At alam naman ninyo, ang mahal ng kapatid niyang ito ay mahal din niya. Kami naman ay natutuwa sa pagsasamahan ng dalawang batang ito kung kaya isang araw na naroon kami sa Greenhills residence ni Nora ay naakit kaming kunan ng pictorial ang magkaibigang ito na sa tingin namin ay tunay na sparring partner. – Ric S. Aquino, December 25, 1972, Unknown Entertainment Magazine posted by Arnold Gamboa on his Facebook page.

A Personal Survey – The Top 10 RP Movie Queens – “…Here is the attempt of one cineaste who has seen too many Tagalog films. See if you will agree with the list…1. Vilma Santos (1953-) Longevity is her weapon. To her credit is a mighty record of box-office successes and a stellar collection of film and public service awards. The 80s made her not only the number one film actress of the land. She became the highest-paid actress and constantly in-demand as a product endorser. Hosting-wise, she was phenomenon on TV’s Vilma! Vilma Santos-Recto is a picture of the ultimate movie queen. She is the prime example of an artist who has gone through several re-inventions. Ate Vi’s most important traits are her versatility, he willingness to learn, and her courage to always try something new. Her sincere appreciation of followers and fans also contributed to her status as the Star for All Seasons. Score Card: Longevity: 1960s-2000s, 5 decades; Artistic Achievements: Excellent; Box-office Records: Excellent…” – Rendt Viray, INsider The Entertainment Weekly, 12 December 2007

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