Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part six)

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)

50. Hatinggabi Na, Vilma 1972
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.9(D) = 21.9(T)
Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao, co-starring: Barbara Perez, Zeneda Amador, Angie FerroRomeo Rivera, Ruel Vernal, Dick Israel, Ernie Garcia, Cloyd Robinson, Subas Herrero, Lito Trinidad – MORE INFO (no available video)

49. Dama De Noche 1972
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.95(D) = 21.95(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, co-starring: Edgar Mortiz, Lillian Laing, Matimtiman Cruz, Fred Montilla, Cloyd Robinson. Recieved first FAMAS Best Actress and best actress nomination at the 1972 Quezon City Film Festival. – MORE INFO

48. Darna and the Giants 1973
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.2(D) = 22.2(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, co-starring: Helen Gamboa, Loreta Marquez, Rosanna Marquez, Desiree Destreza, Florence Aguilar Romeo Miranda, Ike Lozada, Pepito Rodriguez, Cesar Ramirez, Zandro Zamora, Max Alvarado. Top Box Office Film of 1973 Metro Manila Film Festival – MORE INFO

47. Kampanerang Kuba 1974
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 6(C) + 0.3(D) = 22.3(T)
Directed by Nilo Saez, co-starring: Edgar Mortiz, Patria Plata, Metring David, Greg Lozano, Joaquin Fajardo. – MORE INFO

46. Muling Buksan ang Puso 1985
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.4(D) = 22.4(T)
Directed by Leroy Salvador, co-starring: Dindo Fernando, Lorna Tolentino, Sandy Andolong, Coney Reyes, Rowell Santiago, Jimi Melendez. Written by Nerissa Cabral. Vilma received a best actress nomination from 1985 FAMAS – MORE INFO

45. Palimos Ng Pag-ibig 1986
SCORE: 7(A) + 8 (B)+7 (C)+0.5 (D)=22.5(T)
Directed by Eddie Garcia, co-starring: Dina Bonnevie, Cherie Gil, Laurice GuillenEdu Manzano, Pepito Rodriguez. Written by Nerissa Cabral. – MORE INFO

44. Langis at Tubig 1980
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.6(D) = 22.6(T)
Directed by Danny Zialcita, co-starring: Amy Austria, Lucita Soriano, Suzanne Gonzales, Adul De Leon, Martha SevillaDindo Fernando, Ronaldo Valdez, George Estregan, Ruben Rustia, Johnny Vicar, Augusto Victa, Vic Diaz, Vic Silayan, Mario Escudero. Vilma received a best actress nomination from 1980 FAMAS – MORE INFO

43.Pinay, American Style 1979
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.7(D) = 22.7(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Bembol Roco, Cocoy Laurel with Rosa Mia, Alexandra Dulaney, Nova Villa, Bella Flores, Angge. One of eight box office hit films Vilma Santos did in 1979 – MORE INFO

42.Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos 1988
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.8(D) = 22.8(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Eric Quizon, Gary Valenciano, Miguel Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia, Nida Blanca, Barbara Perez, Nadia Montenegro, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Perla Bautista, Rachel Ann Wolfe, Deborah Sun, Vangie Labalan, Nena Perez Rubio, Ruben Rustia. Written by Orlando Nadres. Vilma recieved her fifth FAMAS best actress that earned her the FAMAS Hall of Fame award. She also received a film academy nomination. – MORE INFO

41.Haplos 1982
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 7(C) + 0.9(D) = 22.9(T)
Directed by Antonio Jose Perez, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Rio Locsin, Delia Razon, Eddie Infante, Rez Cortez, Juan Rodrigo, Jaime Fabregas. Written by Ricardo Lee. The film won the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival 3rd Best Picture award. – READ MORE

RECAP:
50. Hatinggabi Na, Vilma 1972
49. Dama De Noche 1972
48. Darna and the Giants 1973
47. Kampanerang Kuba 1974
46. Muling Buksan ang Puso 1985
45. Palimos Ng Pag-ibig 1986
44. Langis at Tubig 1980
43. Pinay, American Style 1979
42. Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos 1988
41. Haplos 1982

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Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part five)

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)

60.  Mga Mata Ni Angelita 1978
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.08(D) = 21.08(T)
Directed by Lauro Pacheco, starring: Julie Vega, Gloria Sevilla, Boots Anson-Roa, Alma Moreno, Rosanna Ortiz, Nora Aunor, Trixia Gomez, Marissa Delgado, Etang DischerMat Ranillo III, Roldan Rodrigo, Christopher De Leon, German Moreno, Rez Cortez, Eddie Rodriguez, Dolphy, Fernando Poe Jr. Vilma’s segments made this film in our list of memorable non-lead role. – MORE INFO

59.  Rock, Baby, Rock 1979
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.09(D) = 21.09(T)
Directed by Oscar Miranda, starring: Leah Navarro, Lorli Villanueva, Geleen EugenioJunior, Rolly Quizon, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Val Sotto, VST & Company – MORE INFO

58.  Hiwalay 1981
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.1(D) = 21.1(T)
Directed by Romy Susara, starring: Dindo Fernando, Eddie Rodriguez – MORE INFO (no available video)

57.  Susan Kelly, Edad 20 1977
SCORE: 6(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.2(D) = 21.2(T)
Directed by Maria Saret, starring: Laila Dee, Dante Rivero, Anthony Alonzo, Romeo Enriquez, Chito Ponce Enrile, Cloyd Robinson, Sandy Garcia, Laila Dee, Ramon Zamora – MORE INFO (no available video)

56.  Hindi Nahahati ang Langit 1966
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.3(D) = 21.3(T)
Directed by Lauro Pacheco, starring: Lolita Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden, Eddie Rodriguez – MORE INFO (no available video)

55.  Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig 1977
SCORE: 7(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.4(D) = 21.4(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Mat Ranillo III with Anita Linda, Ma-An Hontiveros, Lillian Laing, Laila Dee, Amado Cortez, Sandy Garcia, Cloyd Robinson. Official Philippines’ entry to the 1981 ASEAN Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival. Official entry to 1978 Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taipei. – MORE INFO

54.  Minsan pa Natin Hagkan Ang Nakaraan 1983
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.5(D) = 21.5(T)
Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Eddie Garcia. – MORE INFO

53.  Halik sa Kamay, Halik sa Paa 1979
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.6(D) = 21.6(T)
Directed by Luis Enriquez, co-starring: Rosemarie Gil, Ester Chavez, Angie Ferro, Angge, Virginia Montez, Aurora SalveRonald Corveau, Eddie Rodriguez, Jose Vergara, Roderick Paulate. Vilma recieved a best actress nominationf from 1979 FAMAS. – MORE INFO

52.  Alyas Baby Tsina 1984
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.7(D) = 21.7(T)
Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, co-starring: Phillip Salvador, Dindo Fernando withZeny Zabala, Cecille Castillo, Chanda Romero, Raquel Villavicencio, Caridad Sanchez, Maria Isabel Lopez, Dexter Doria, Mary Walter, Vangie Labalan, Harlene Bautista, Rez Cortez, Rolando Tinio, Len Santos, Johnny Delgado – MORE INFO (no available video)

51.  T-Bird at Ako 1982
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.8(D) = 21.8(T)
Directed by Danny Zialcita, co-starring: Nora Aunor, Baby Delgado, Rosemarie Gil, Suzanne Gonzales, Odette Khan, Anita Linda, Liza Lorena, Adul de Leon, Rustica Carpio, Anita LindaDindo Fernando, Tommy Abuel, Tony Carreon, Alvin Enriquez. Written by Portia Ilagan. – MORE INFO

RECAP:
60. Mga Mata Ni Angelita 1978
59. Rock, Baby, Rock 1979
58. Hiwalay 1981
57. Susan Kelly, Edad 20 1977
56. Hindi Nahahati ang Langit 1966
55. Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig 1977
54. Minsan pa Natin Hagkan Ang Nakaraan 1983
53. Halik sa Kamay, Halik sa Paa 1979
52. Alyas Baby Tsina 1984
51. T-Bird at Ako 1982

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Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part nine)

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)

20.  Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw 1975
SCORE: 8(A) + 10(B) + 7(C) + 0.4(D) = 25.4(T)
Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo, co-starring:  Christopher De Leon, Eddie Garcia, Joseph Sytangco, Lorli Villanueva, Odette Khan, Alma Moreno, Eva Darren, Edna Diaz, Nympha Bonifacio, Joonee Gamboa, Rez Cortez, Soxy Topacio.  The first film of Christopher Deleon and Vilma Santos, as of 2008, total 23 films. – MORE INFO

19.  Sinasamba Kita 1982
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.5(D) = 25.5(T)
Directed by Eddie Garcia, co-starring:  Christopher Deleon, Philip Salvador, Lorna Tolentino, Irene Celebre, Loleta Abesamis, Norma Blancaflor, Moody Diaz, Luz Fernandez, Kristina Paner, Yvonne, Ramil Rodriguez, Danny De Cordova, Larry Leviste, Fanny Serrano.  Written by Gilda Olvidado.  1982 Top Box Office Record Breaker.  The original film became a TV movie in 2007 by GMA Network, directed by Joel Lamangan, starring Sheryl Cruz as Divina and Valerie Concepcion as Nora. – MORE INFO

18.  Paano Ba ang Mangarap? 1983
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.6(D) = 25.6(T)
Directed by Eddie Garcia, co-starring:  Christopher Deleon, Jay Ilagan, Amy Austria, Perla Bautista, Armida Siguion Reyna, Vic Silayan.  Written by Nerissa Cabral.  Broke box office record of 1983 – MORE INFO

17.  Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? 1982
SCORE: 8(A) + 10(B) + 7(C) + 0.7(D) = 25.7(T)
Directed by Danny Zialcita, co-starring:  Dindo Fernando, Hilda Koronel, Chanda Romero, Suzanne Gonsales, Tommy Abuel, Mark Joseph Enriquez.  Broke box office record of 1982, Earned P7.3 million during its first day of showing in Metro Manila – MORE INFO

16.  Trudis Liit 1963
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.8(D) = 25.8(T)
Directed by Jose De Villa, co-starring: Luis Gonzales, Lolita Rodriguez, Connie Angeles, Bella Flores, Charlie Davao, Ramon D’Salva.  Written by Mars Ravelo.  This film is immortalized in small screen in 2010 by GMA 7 .  A remake was filmed in the 1990s.  Vilma Sanots won a FAMAS Best Child Actress.  – MORE INFO (no available video)

15.  Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak 1978
SCORE: 10(A) + 5(B) + 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 25.9(T)
Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo, co-starring:  Bembol Roco, Angie Ferro, Olivia O’Hara, Mona Lisa, Robert Talabis, Joonee Gamboa, Mario Escudero.  As the film producer, Vilma received the highest recognition for best film of the year FAMAS and Gawad URIAN.  She also received a nomination for best actress from FAMAS. – MORE INFO

14.  Adultery: Aida Macaraeg 1984
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.6(D) = 26.6(T)
Directed by Lino Brocka, co-starring:  Phillip Salvador, Anita Linda, Deborah Sun, Alvin Enriquez, Mario Montenegro.  Vilma received best actress nomination from PMPC Star Awards. – READ MORE

13.  Tagos ng Dugo  1987
SCORE: 8(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.7(D) = 26.7(T)
Directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes, co-starring:  Caridad Sanchez, Lucita Soriano, Alicia Alonzo, Mia Gutierrez, Raquel VillavicencioMichael De Mesa, Miguel Rodriguez, Francis Arnaiz, Richard Gomez, Mark Joseph, Lito Pimentel, Joey Hipolito, Joey Marquez, Tony Santos Sr.  Vilma Santos won the 1987 FAMAS and CMMA Best Actress awards.  She also received nomination from FAP. – MORE INFO

12.  Anak 2000
SCORE: 8(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.8(D) = 26.8(T)
Directed by Rory B. Quintos, co-starring: Claudine Barretto, Amy Austria, Cherry Pie Picache, Sheila Mae Alvero, Tess Dumpit, Jodi Sta. Maria Joel Torre, Baron Geisler, Leandro Muñoz, Gino Paul Guzman, Cris Michelena.  Philippines’ official entry to 73rd best foreign language OSCAR.  Philippines’ official entries to 2001 international film festivals including Fukuoka, San Francisco.  Vilma received the 2000 PMPC STAR award for best actress as well as the 2000 PASADO and nomination from FAP.  She was also crowned the 2000 GMMSF Box Office Queen.  – MORE INFO

11.  Imortal 1989
SCORE: 8(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.9(D) = 26.9(T)
Directed by Eddie Garcia, co-starring:  Christopher De Leon, Tommy Abuel, Ricky Davao, Gelli De Belen, Cherie Gil, Jacklyn Jose, Liza Lorena Richard Reynoso, Roi Vinzon.  Written by Orlando Nadres.  Vilma won the 1989 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress. –  MORE INFO

RECAP:
20. Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw 1975
19. Sinasamba Kita 1982
18. Paano Ba ang Mangarap? 1983
17. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? 1982
16. Trudis Liit 1963
15. Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak 1978
14. Adultery: Aida Macaraeg 1984
13. Tagos ng Dugo 1987
12. Anak 2000
11. Imortal 1989

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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: Pinay, American Style (1979)

“I’m PX, short for Paula Xavier, I’m a Filipina…kyontiii…I can understand Tagalog but I’m having a hard time speaking it…actually, I’m not hungry…but on the second thought, why not?” – PX

“one-fourth Japanese, one-fourth Chinese, one-fourth Indonisian, one-fourth Filipino but I was born in Hongkong…you see my mom was a tourist in Hongkong when she met my Japanese father, my Chinese father, my Indonisian father and my Filipino father!” – PX

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Basic Information: Directed: Elwood Perez; Story, screenplay: Toto Belano; Cast: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Bembol Roco, Cocoy Laurel, Rosa Mia, Alexandra Dulaney, Nova Villa, Bella Flores, Angge, Filipino Lou, Gloria Gaynor; Executive producer: Lily Monteverde; Original Music: Demetrio Velasquez; Cinematography: Felipe Sacdalan, Johnny Araojo; Editing: Rogelio Salvador; Sound: Luis Reyes, Ramon Reyes; Theme Songs: “Pinay” performed by Florante

Plot Description: PX, short for Paula Xavier (Vilma Santos) was an illegal alien in New York City. She’s broke and waiting for fiancé, Cocoy laurel to fulfill his promise of marriage despite the fact that Cocoy has already married an American to secure a green card. Hiding from the authorities, PX met two men who are willing to take care of her but conflicts arise as the two wanted to maintain a serious relationship with her. Played wonderfully by Christopher Deleon and Bembol Roco, the film resolved the love quadrangle between ex-fiancé, Cocoy Laurel and the two brothers when the jealous Cocoy reported Vilma to the immigration authorities. PX was deported back to the Philippines. But the films didn’t end in a sour note, PX found herself reunited with Christopher Deleon when the later followed her in the Philippines. – RV

Film Achievement: One of eight box office hit films Vilma Santos did in 1979

Film Reviews: Shot in New York City and directed by Elwood Perez, this film seems to be a precursor to Miss X (1980) ’Merika (1984) starring Nora Aunor and Milan (2004), even Anak (2000) and Dubai (2005). Talaga bang masarap ang buhay sa ibang bansa? Bakit nagpapakamatay sa green card ang mga Pinoy? PX, mahal na mahal kita, PX, I love you walang iba. Paula Xavier or PX (Vilma Santos) is a TNT like boyfriend Victor Laurel (what an effective undersated performance) who leaves her as his live-in to be engaged to an American to get a green card who promises Vilma to divorce the White girl and to marry PX so they could live happily forever after. Not. Vilma is pissed that Laurel dropped her for good and he left her with unpaid rent and a broken heart. Enter Boyet De Leon, as Vilma’s next boyfriend who has two jobs who has been around long enough to know what he wants in life – women and the American Dream. Enter Bembol Roco, in a great performance as Boyet’s Kuya who is a bagito green card holder in America. He was in the opening scene of the movie where he owns his business and lives comfortably even have someone to make him coffee. Rosa Mia are Roco and De Leon’s battered mother who suffers from the physically abusive second husband (a geriatric Irishman), and verbalized regrets for leaving the Philippines. She has the best lines in the movie and summarized the movie’s theme: “Kung uuwi ako sa Pilipinas ay kung patay na ako. Ayokong umuwi ng buhay at malaman nila na ang hirap ng buhay dito – kayod ka talaga to survive, at di pinupulot ang dolyar, ubas at mansanas sa daan. Ang dami kong dinaanang hirap para lang magka green card.”

Vilma Santos as PX is most effective in her scenes as a dumped/bitter girlfriend of Laurel, as a conflicted girlfriend of De Leon, and as a grateful soul who thank Roco for saving her from paying her overdue rent to her white landlord. Her PX is a toned down Sandra of Ikaw Ay Akin. She says to Roco: “Dati, sa konting pagkain, I offer myself to be laid. Napakabait mo.” Roco answers back: “Hindi ganoon kababa ang tingin ko sa sarili ko.” You see, Roco falls for the beautiful PX too and was upset to learn that PX is already making it with his brother, which drove him to drink and was depressed for a while. Panoorin na lang ninyo ang movie. The movie’s hopeful view of America begins with Perry Como singing White Christmas as Roco, in a dream scene, cavorts in the snow in slow motion. In his dying scene in the arms of his brother De Leon, Roco whispers “ni hindi ko man lang nakita ang snow”, and the above Winter Wonderland scene was replayed, while Boyet’s cry for help fell on deaf American ears. Vilma was deported after Laurel clandestinely reported her to the INS which arrested her at her birthday party. Her farewell scene with De Leon, handcuffed and all in a train station was one of the best scenes in the movie. The movie has a happy ending, with De Leon finding Santos, a flower picker amidst a field of white daisies with Benguet/Baguio as a backdrop. In a typical Elwood Perez slow mo fashion, amidst the daisy flower plantation, the box office love team of all time hugged and lived happily ever after. As credits rolled, Florante’s song Pinay played on. Pinay, American Style. Ang ganda! Vilma Santos yata iyan! – Mario O. Garces, V Magazine Issue No. 6 2006 (READ MORE)

Vilma was obviously under utilized as PX in these Elwood Perez experiment. Despite this predicament, Vilma was able to give us a splash of her abilities. While Nora was in full bloom as Mila in these quiet Portes film. She gave us a convincing portrayal of lonely woman who realized that she was being used by a man she truly loves. The contrast of style was the main point why I matched these two roles. As PX, Vilma was talkative, hiding her insecurity and vulnerability with her fragile disguise pretending to be a rich New Yorker with almost caricature gestures.

Regal films’ Pinay American Style was as commercial as one can imagine. Regal films producer, Lily Monteverde hired three leading men to support the most bankable actress of 1979, Christopher DeLeon, Bembol Rocco and Victor Cocoy Laurel. It was a period in Vilma’s career where she is doing one commercial films after the other. Two dance/musical hits Swing it Baby and Rock Baby Rock and a string of sexy films like Rubia Servious the previous year, Coed and Magkaribal mostly targeting the mature adult audience established her status as the number one box office superstar of 1978-79. Vilma in 1979 was a picture of self-assured bankable star. She did two movies with Elwood Perez, Magkaribal and Pinay American Style both were box office hits. She also produced an Eddie Rodrigues starrer Halik sa Paa Halik sa Kamay, and teamed-up with comedy king, Dolphy in Buhay Artista. As the year 1979 ends, she battled the drama queen Charito Solis in the local festival entry, Modelong Tanso. The end of the decade marked her stronghold as the box office queen. Clearly, Vilma Santos’ versatility as an actress was the secret weapon of her box office success. And this weapon was in full display in Pinay American Style.

Pinay American Style was the story of PX, an illegal alien or TNT – “tago ng tago.” Her boyfriend played by Victor Laurel abandoned her for a rich American girl mainly to secure a green card. PX met an Americanized Filipino, Christopher DeLeon but found him not serious of having her as a steady girlfriend. It just so happened that PX also met Christopher’s brother, Bembol Rocco, a new immigrant. PX and Bembol fell for each other. And a love triangle surfaced the screen. Adding to the drama was Victor Laurel’s enraged, jealous appearances. Laurel eventually tipped the police ending PX stays in New York. As Bembol Rocco realized that America doesn’t fit his lifestyle, he reconciled with his brother and advised him to follow PX in the Philippines. Christopher and Vilma reconciled in a farm field in the Philippines. The end.

The film was so forgettable that the critics didn’t even bother to write any reviews. The lack of enthusiasm on the part of the critics was compensated with the box office success of the film. Vilma fits the role as the illegal alien, PX. Her attempt to speak fluent English and pretend that she’s rich when she met the boyish looking Christopher was funny and poignant. She was given enough scenes to shine. One was when she was harassed by her landlady, she promised her the rent money the next day and when she’s gone, she opened her refrigerator and found a staled piece of bread. She took bottled water and ate the staled bread, went to the bedroom and found her mom’s letter. Lying down in bed, she started to break down. A quiet scene without dialogue. A contrast from the earlier scenes where she was talkative as she tried to impress Christopher and telling him she’s rich and from a well-known family. It was obvious in 1979, Elwood Perez wasn’t the kind of director you will expect to produce a serious output. He wasn’t a Bernal or Brocka. He’s a commercial director. It was a better effort though, compared to a much more convoluted Magkaribal or their past successful projects like Nakawin natin ang bawat sandali and masakit masarap ang umibig. In Pinay, Toto Belano’s script wasn’t efficient in ironing out the “love quadrangle” plot twists and establishing the characters of four actors. So the blame can’t be put to solely to Perez’ shoulder. There was a scene were Vilma Santos and Christopher were watching a concert which was obviously not part of the script. – RV

“…Pinay, American Style carries such attributes. Shot entirely in America, it depicts the plight of some Filipinos living there – Filipinos who are obsessed with amassing fortunres and landing high-paying jobs and enjoying the dolce vita in the muchballyhooed “land of the brave and home of the free” and the “land of the mighty dollar.” Compared to foreign movies with explicit sex scenes, Pinay… would not even deserve the “For Adults Only” tag or an “X-rated” classification, according to Elwood. Basically, the movie is a relfection of the typical plight of Filipinos living abroad. It is a plight that runs counter to the optimism and false hopes entertained by potential Filipino immigrants. Arriving in the U.S. as tourists, some Filipinos would choose to stay behind in their search for “greener pastures.” Having done so, they have to play hide-and-seek with immigration authorities, accept odd jobs to survive in the asphalt jungle, get married to ward off deportation, and similar evasive maneuvers. These same incidents are what the cast – Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Bembol Roco and Victor “Cocoy” Laurel – portray in Pinay. Pinay is Elwood’s second movie shot abroad after Lollipops…” – Manny B. Fernandez, Expressweek, July 12, 1979 (READ MORE)