In Memoriam 2014

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Leandro “Roy” Delanter-Alvarez – “…Alvarez, who was part of the ongoing GMA-7 afternoon soap opera “Villa Quintana,” was 63. His “Villa Quintana” director Gina Alajar and co-star Maricar de Mesa took to Twitter to confirm the news of Alvarez’s passing. “Just received a really sad sad news. RIP Tito Roy Alvarez aka Don Manolo Quintana,” De Mesa said. “With sadness and grief, my heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mr Roy Alvarez, a good actor, a friend and a great person. I will miss you,” Alajar tweeted. “We will miss your funny stories. And i will sorely miss our stare down scenes,” Sunshine Dizon, another “Villa Quintana” star, said on Twitter. Alvarez starred in a number of recent GMA-7 soap operas, including “My Husband’s Lover.” He also appeared on ABS-CBN shows such as “Juanita Banana” and “Guns and Roses…” – Chuck Smith, Philstar, 12 February 2014 (READ MORE)

Arvin “Tado” Jimenez – “…Isinilang si Tado sa Baybay, Leyte noong March 24, 1974 pero lumaki siya at nagkaisip sa Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Naging mananahi sa pabrika ang kaniyang ina at pintor naman sa construction project ang kaniyang ama. Dahil palipat-lipat ng lokasyon sa trabaho ang ama, inilarawan ni Tado ang buhay noon na “NPA” o no permanent address…Ayon kay Tado, nagkaroon ng art’s night sa sikat noong Club Dredd at namangha siya sa isang equipment na naglalabas ng ilaw at mga imahe. Iyon daw ang nais niyang gawin kaya nagtanong siya kung papaano matututo nito at itinuro siya sa Mowelfund Institute, na kaniya namang pinuntahan. “Pagdating ko doon kinapalan ko na lang ang mukha ko, kinaibigan ko na lang sila. Kung ano-anong gimik ang ginawa ko, nagtitinda ako sa kanila ng sabon hanggang sa nakita nila na araw araw nandun ako. Hindi naman sila para itaboy ako habang nakikinig ako ng lecture ni [Direk] Yam Laranas,” pagbahagi ng aktor. Mula noon, nakapagtrabaho na rin si Tado sa art department ng Mowelfund hanggang sa mabigyan ng break ni Laranas sa pelikulang “Radyo” na pinagbidahan nina Rufa Mae Quinto at Epi Quizon noong 2001…” – FRJimenez, GMA News, 08 February 2014 (READ MORE)

Roldan Aquino – “…Character actor Roldan Aquino died at the age of 65, his daughter Patricia Aquino announced through a Facebook post on Monday, March 10. Patricia posted a photo of her father with the caption, “goodbye papa tapos na ang paghihirap mo, makakasama mo na si God mahal na mahal kita.” (Goodbye, Papa. Your suffering has ended, you can be with God now. I love you very much)…In an interview with Startalk in February, Patricia and the actor’s other children revealed that their father suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in January, due to clogging in his brain. The actor went through an operation in January 20, but did not fully recover and remained unable to speak. According to the report, Roldan Aquino spent roughly 4 decades in the industry. His latest projects include Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles, El Presidente, and Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story…” – Rappler, 11 March 2014 (READ MORE)

Harry Gasser – “…Gasser died of a heart attack on Thursday morning in a hospital in Quezon City. He was 76. His remains were cremated yesterday morning. Gasser appeared on the news program Balita Ngayon on ABS-CBN from 1969 to 1972, and on BBC Primetime News on Banahaw Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) Channel 2 from 1973 to 1977. He transferred to Radio Philippines Network (RPN) Channel 9 in 1975 and became the anchor of NewsWatch until 1999. From 1999 to 2007, he was anchor of TV Patrol Central Visayas. He also worked with Radio Veritas as news manager. Cebu’s top broadcast journalists considered the late anchorman as their “idol” and mentor at the time competition between TV networks in the local news scene started to heat up. “Harry Gasser is truly a broadcast icon. I was a huge fan,” said Leo Lastimosa, lead anchor of TV Patrol Central Visayas…” – Dale G. Israel, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07 April 2014 (READ MORE)

Antonio “Junior”Morales Barretto – “…Junior, the original singer of the OPM classic “Yakap” and a former leading man of screen veteran Vilma Santos, was found dead at his home in Madrid, the Latin Times reported on Tuesday. He was 70. Junior died due to natural causes, the report said, and had no signs of physical abuse. Doctors said he had been dead between 12 to 14 hours before he was found and brought to the hospital. He is survived by his three children, including singer Shaila Durcal. Junior’s wife, fellow singer Rocio Durcal, died in 2006 due to cancer. Junior, whose real name is Antonio Morales Barretto, was born in the Philippines before settling with his family in Spain when he was 15, according to a 2009 column by Ricky Lo published on the Philippine Star. After a musical career in Spain with different bands, including electric guitar group Jump and rock band Los Brincos, Junior moved back to the Philippines where he rose to fame with the release of three Tagalog albums…” – ABS-CBN News, 16 April 2014 (READ MORE)

Ramil Rodriguez – “…Ramil starred in teenybopper films for Sampaguita, often paired with Marquez, Josephine Estrada and Liberty Ilagan. His first film was “Palanca” in 1960, but he was officially launched in the film “Leron-Leron Sinta” in 1964. Perez’s daughter, producer Marichu Vera-Perez, said she would always remember Ramil as a gentleman. “Very respectful, caring. Basically, he was shy, but he was kind to everyone in the studio. We all loved him.” In 1974, he was cast in Elwood Perez’s adult drama “Isang Gabi … Tatlong Babae,” which top-billed Amalia Fuentes, Pilar Pilapil and Boots Anson-Roa. Said Perez: “Ramil was the epitome of Sampaguita glamour—a well-bred gentleman of the old school. “He was the perennial leading man to movie queens (like Susan Roces). I cast him against type as Boots’ ex-husband in ‘Isang Gabi’ and the gamble paid off handsomely…” – Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 02 May 2014 (READ MORE)

Doña Nena Vera-Perez – “…Madalas naming nakakasabay si Mrs. Vera-Pe­rez sa pagsisimba sa Mt. Carmel Church dahil ito ang simbahan na ­aming paborito. Nagkaroon kami ng kutob na may sakit si Mrs. Vera-Perez mula nang hindi na namin siya makita na nagsisimba sa Mt. Carmel Church. Sumakabilang-buhay si Mrs. Vera-Perez noong Miyerkules sa edad na 96. Mabilis na kumalat ang balita tungkol sa kanyang pagpanaw at kinagabihan, may report si Joseph Morong sa State of the Nation ng GMA News TV tungkol sa pagkamatay ng Sampaguita Pictures matriarch. Dahil sa report ni Joseph, na-miss namin ang Doña Nena’s, ang restaurant sa Morato Avenue na madalas na pagdausan noon ng mga presscon. Sumagi sa isip namin ang Doña Nena’s dahil sa mali at paulit-ulit na pagsasabi ni Joseph na sumakabilang-buhay na si Doña Nena, ang producer ng Sampaguita Pictures…” – Jojo GabineteAbante, 16 May 2014 (READ MORE)

Fred Galang – “…The late Fred Galang was an actor who turned pastor when his showbiz years were over. He died last July 18 when he visited relatives and friends in the Philippines. Fred was based in the US, where he preached the Word of God. In the mid- and late ‘60s, Fred was a Nepomuceno contract star, appearing in, among others, Igorota, The Hunted and Pulubi. He won a FAMAS Best Supporting Actor award for Igorota, which starred Charito Solis. After his stint with Nepomuceno, Fred starred in adult dramas and action pictures, including Fortress in the Sun with Tony Ferrer and Nancy Kwan. Other actors and celebrities who became pastors include Eddie Mesa, Manny Pacquiao, the late Nestor de Villa and son Jeric Soriano. Phillip Salvador, Piolo Pascual and Hayden Kho hope to follow in their footsteps…” – Danny Dolor, The Philippine Star, 28 December 2014 (READ MORE)

Cielito Legaspi-Santiago – “…Pumanaw na ang dating aktres na si Cielito Legaspi-Santiago kaninang umaga, September 26. Si Cielito, o mas kilala sa tawag na “Mama Ling” sa showbiz, ay kabiyak ng yumaong direktor na si Pablo Santiago. Siya rin ang ang ina ng magkakapatid na Randy, Rowell, Reily, at Raymart Santiago. Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram ay kinumpirma ni Raymart ang pagpanaw ng kanyang ina: “Dear family and friends, it is with a very heavy heart that we wish to share the very sad news that our dearest mother – Cielito Legaspi-Santiago has joined our creator. During this very difficult time, the outpouring prayers, love, and support of family and friends is absolutely invaluable. We are relieved that her passing was peaceful…” – Rose Garcia, PEP, 26 September2014 (READ MORE)

Myrna ‘Tia Pusit’ Villanueva – “…Tia Pusit was rushed to the Kidney Center where she was confined for two weeks. Complications set in (affecting her heart and other vital organs) so she was transferred to the Heart Center where, for some time, she was confined at the ICU on respirator, until two days ago…The reconciliation came long before Tia Pusit’s hospitalization. No apologies, no exchange of “I’m sorry,” no recriminations, no digging up of the bitter past but only looking ahead at a bright future. “Basta, it was automatic, hindi plinano,” said Nova. “She just hugged me and that was it. Ganoon kadali, that easy.” Every other day during Tia Pusit’s hospitalization, Nova said that she would visit her. “I would see her eyes wandering, as if asking herself, ‘What would happen to me?’ We avoided talking about sad things. Ayokong malungkot siya at biglang pumutok ‘yung kanyang aneurysm. Paminsan-minsan, nagiging dramatic actress siya but as we went along, lumalabas din ang pagka-comedienne niya. Smile-smile lang kami. After two hours with her, I would say goodbye kasi dumadating na naman ang mga anak niya to watch over her.” No, Tia Pusit never told Nova of any last wishes. Toward the end, there was only love between the sisters. “Ganoon pala ‘yon. When you see your loved one, or even just a friend, in that condition, no matter how much you hate them, nawawala at ang nangingibabaw ay ang pagmamahal at kung paano mo sila matutulungan. Isa-isang nawawala ang galit o tampo mo at ang tanging natitira ay love…” – Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star, 04 October 2014 (READ MORE)

Aida Fandialan – “…Aida suffered a stroke (her second in 10 years) last Saturday (July 19) morning and died early the next day at the Asian Hospital where she was rushed to the ICU. Vilma and husband Sen. Ralph Recto (with usual traveling company) were in London to look for a school for their son Ryan Christian (who graduated from La Salle Greenhills last March) who was left behind along with his Tita Aida who took care of him. The entourage was about to leave London when Vilma got a text message that Aida was hospitalized. When they arrived at the NAIA Sunday afternoon, first thing Vilma asked was how Aida was. Told that she had died, Vilma broke down. It turned out that she didn’t get the second message texted to her while she was already airborne. Aida had been with Vilma and her family for more than 35 years. She was already virtually a member of the family with whom she always traveled, except on the recent one…” – Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star, 23 July 2014 (READ MORE)

Ralph John “Mark Gil” Eigenmann – “… Until the very end, he was a warrior. Ralph faced death with courage and grace, while still bringing laughter to the room. That was his gift: the ability to make those around him better. Ralph had told us that he only wanted to spend and cherish the remaining precious days of his life in the company of his family and closest friends. He also wished that we be allowed to grieve his passing in private. We all request that the public please respect his wish and allow us to mourn his passing accordingly. Please allow us this time as well to remember Ralph: husband, son, brother, father and grandfather. For the outpouring of love for Ralph that we’ve received on his behalf, we thank you. It is deeply appreciated. For those who’ve known and loved him throughout his career in cinema, and television, we will hold a celebration of his life and work. We will announce the details at a later time. But for now we would like to assure everyone that as long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be Mark Gil. To quote a line from Batch ’81, one of the many movies he made his own, and characteristic of Ralph himself: “Sa simula’t katapusan ay kapatiran…” – JST/YA, GMA News, 01 September 2014 (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Vilma and the Beep, Beep, Minica (1974)

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Basic Information: Directed: Romy Susara; Story, screenplay: Nilo Saez; Cast: Vilma Santos, Nick Romano, Romeo Miranda, Ramil Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez, Max Alvarado, Angelo Ventura, Joaquin Fajardo, Elizabeth Ramsey, Renato Robles, Ruben Ramos, Romy Luartes, Romy Medalla, SOS Daredevils; Original Music: George Canseco; Cinematography: Tommy Marcelino

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: No Available Data

Film Review: “…She was also a hit in “Dyesebel” and the thrillers “Takbo, Vilma, Dali” and “Hatinggabi Na, Vilma.” She also did other fantasy films like “Phantom Lady,” “Vivian Volta,” “Wonder Vi,” and “Vilma and the Beep Beep Minica…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

“…Rodolfo “Rudy” Valentino Padilla Fernandez, screen name Rudy Fernandez[1] (March 3, 1952 – June 7, 2008), also known as “Daboy”, was a multi-awarded Filipino actor and producer. He came to prominence as an action star in the Philippine cinema during the 1980s up to the early 1990s…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Filmography: Sinasamba Kita (1982)

“For godsake, Nora! Magkaroon ka nga ng sarili mong identity!” – Divina Ferrer

“Imposible namang lumaki ang tingin ko sa taong tinutulungan ko lang!..kungsabagay magkaiba tayo ng ina…bakit kaya pinatulan ni papa ang iyong inay?…hindi ko siya iniinsulto sinasabi ko lang sayo ang totoo…magkaiba tayong dalawa…hindi mo ako matutularan at hindi kita tutularan. Nora, ang hindi mo maabot huwag mong pagplitan abutin, wala ka pang pakpak kaya huwag ka pang lumipad ng ubod ng taas!” – Divina Ferrer

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Basic Information: Directed: Eddie Garcia; Story: Gilda Olvidado; Screenplay: Orlando Nadres; Cast: Vilma Santos, Christopher Deleon, Lorna Tolentino, Philip Salvador, Ramil Rodriguez, Irene Celebre, Loleta Abesamis, Norma Blancaflor, Danny De Cordova, Moody Diaz, Luz Fernandez, Larry Leviste, Kristina Paner, Fanny Serrano, Yvonne; Executive producer: Vic del Rosario Jr.; Sinasamba Kita Theme Song Arrange by Armando Triviño, Sung by: Sharon Cuneta; Sinasamba Kita Theme Song Arrange by Danny Favis, Sung by Rey Valera; Words and Music: George Canseco; Cinematography: Romeo Vitug; Production Design: Manny Morfe; Art Direction: Donnie Gonzales, Arthur Santamaria; Sound: Rolly Ruta; Original story serialized in Tagalog Klasiks comics published Atlas Publication.

Plot Description: Strong-willed and sophisticated, Divina (Vilma Santos) takes over the business of her late father Don Ferrer (Eddie Garcia) who had requested Divina to ensure that his daughter Nora (Lorna Tolentino) with his mistress is cared for. But Nora wins the love of Jerry (Christopher De Leon), the only man who has captivated Divina’s discriminating heart. From the start. Jerry is attracted to Nora whose steadfast suitor Oscar (Phillip Salvador) respects and honors her chastity, only to find out that she has fallen in love and has given herself to Jerry. But Will Divina ever give up fighting for Jerry’s love? – TFC Now (READ MORE)

Film Achievements: 1982 FAMAS Best Director – Eddie Garcia; 1982 FAMAS Nomination Best Picture; 1982 FAP Best Cinematography – Romeo Vitug; 1982 FAP Best Original Song – George Canseco; 1982 FAP Best Story Adaptation – Orlando Nadres; 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.

Napanood namin ang “Sinasamba Kita” at hindi nga pala kayang iarte ni Lampel Luis ang role na napunta kay Lorna Tolentino. Parang komiks talaga ang istorya ng pelikulang hanggo nga sa nobelang komiks. Melodramatiko at kung minsan ay mahirap paniwalaan ang mga sitwasyon. Pero mapupuri na rin ang iskrip ni Orlando Nadres dahil nagawa niyang credible ang mga tauhan sa istorya. At talagang mahuhusay ang acting ng mga artista. Napakagaling ni Vilma Santos sa papel ng mataray na business executive. Para talagang alam niya ang bawat kilos at hakbang na ginagawa niya. Very sympathetic namang tunay si Lorna sa kanyang role bilang inaaping kapatid. At for once, hindi nasapawan si Christopher de Leon ng kanyang co-star. Kontroladong-kontrolado ang acting niya rito. Si Phillip Salvador nga ang nagmukhang dehado, iba pati ang hitsura niya sa pelikula. Mukha siyang tumandang hindi mawari. Maganda rin ang theme song ng pelikula. At dito kami naniwalang totoo ang kasabihang it’s the singer not the song. – Mario E Bautista, Puna at Puri, 1982 (READ MORE)

“Muli na namang ipinakita ni Vilma Santos ang kanyang husay sa pagganap sa pelikulang “Sinasamba Kita”. Consistent ang characterization ni Vilma sa naturang pelikula, at nagmukhang supporting na lahat ang kasama niyang may malalaki din namang pangalan.” – Arthur Quinto

“Sobra pala ang lakas ng “Sinasamba Kita.” Tuwang tuwa sina Vic at Mina del Rosario. They started with 38 theatres, by the weekend, 41 theatres na ang nagpapalabas ng pelikula. After 6 days, kumita na ito ng P5,207,416.00. After a week’s time, almost P6 million na ito.” – Billy Balbastro

“1982 was a banner year for Vilma Santos. Aside from the acting gem, “Relasyon,” she also established her bankable status, thanks to Viva film’s “Sinasamba Kita”. This film grossed 6.2 million in just 6 days, a box office record! Directed by Eddie Garcia, the film featured Vilma as the “bitchy-rich” anti-heroine executive, Lorna Tolentino, Christopher DeLeon and Philip Salvador. The intertwined love quadrangle between the four characters enhanced by crisp dialogue, glossy production design and catchy theme song made this movie effective and very commercial. Two scenes stands out, both involved Vi and Lorna. (By the way, Lorna’s name in this film was Nora and Vilma was Divina, which made us wonder if this is supposed to be a Nora-Vilma film.) In one scene, Vilma was waiting for her younger sibling Lorna, when she finally arrived, she accused the younger sister of wearing her perfume, the accusation made Lorna defensive and replied: “…bumili ako para sa sarili ko nagustuhan ko kasi ang amoy!” In which Vilma countered: “…for godsake, Nora, bakit hindi ka magkaroon ng sarili mong identity!..Hindi kita anino!” Another scene, Vilma caught Lorna wearing the same designer clothes: Vilma: “Iniinsulto mo ba ako? Anong gusto mong palabasin bakit ginagaya mo ang damit ko?” Lorna: “Ate naman ano naman ang masama kung gayahin kita?” Vilma: “Alamin mo muna ang iyong limitasyon…baka nakakalimutan mo kung saan kita pinulot…kinikilala kitang kapatid pero hindi tayo magkapantay!” Lorna: “Napakaliit naman pala ng pagtingin mo sa akin…” Vilma: “Imposible naman lumaki ang pagtingin ko sa taong tinutulungan ko lang?…kung sabagay magkaiba tayo ng ina…bakit kaya pinatulan ng papa ang iyong ina?” Lorna: “huwag mo naming insultuhin ang inay, patay na siya…” Vilma: “Hindi ko siya iniinsulto sinasabi ko lang sayo ang totoo! Magkaiba tayong dalawa, hindi mo ako matutularan at hindi kita tutularan! Nora, ang hindi mo maabot huwag mog pagpilitang abutin, wala kang pang pakpak k’ya huwag lumipad ng pagkataas-taas!” – RV (READ MORE)

“…The movie showed Garcia’s strengths as a director—able to motivate his actors, frame sequences and scenes, and efficiently tell a story. Those qualities would be very evident in the 1980’s when Eddie Garcia directed the biggest blockbusters of Viva Films…But his best movies were domestic dramas that gripped audiences for their complex take on relationships and their tendencies toward tortured, twisted operations. Hallmarks of this genre were “Sinasamba Kita” in 1982 (Vilma Santos cruelly treating her half-sister), “Paano Ba ang Mangarap?” in 1983 (cruel mom-in-law seizing her grandkid from his mom, played by Santos), and “Magdusa Ka” in 1986 (an illegitimate daughter claims her birthright but finds life in her rich dad’s mansion a cruel torture). His last most significant movie as a director was obviously “Abakada Ina” (2001). In telling the story of an illiterate mother struggling for her children’s attention against her mother-in-law who’s a schoolteacher, Garcia seemed to go back to the standard traits of his best domestic dramas, with their take on the meanness and cruelty that seem to underlie filial relationships…” – Lito B. Zulueta (READ MORE)

“…Lorna the illegitimate daughter of a business tycoon was left in the care of her half-sister Vilma upon the death of their father. Though she took care of all her material needs she refused to show the girl any kind of affection. In contrast Lorna absolutely adored her and wanted to be like her older sister in every way. She was hoping that someday Vilma would learn to love her too like a real sister. What Lorna did not know was that it was now become very difficult for Vilma to do so because the man she loved was in love with Lorna and the older sister was determined to win him at all costs…” – Mav Shack (READ MORE)

Filmography: Asawa ko Huwag Mong Agawin (1986)

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Basic Information: Direction: Emmanuel H. Borlaza; Story: Pablo S. Gomez (based on the novel “Paano Ba Sasabihing Paalam Na”); Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, Jake Cocadiz; Cast: Vilma Santos, Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez, Gabby Concepcion, Gretchen Barretto, Sheryl Cruz, Elvis Gutierrez, Romeo Rivera, Ramil Rodriguez, Deborah Sun, Debraliz, Noel Colet, Jaime Fabregas, Cris Castillo, Vicky Suba, Ena Alli, Kess Burias, Marie Barbacui, Malen Dela Trinidad, Wilson Ferrer, Reymond Rodriguez, Martin Santos, Archie Delos Santos, Alfred Barretto, Ferdie Fernando; Producer: Lily Y. Monteverde, Malou N. Santos, Charo Santos-Concio; Original Music: Willy Cruz; Cinematography: Rey Lobo; Film Editing: George Jarlego; Art Direction: Nonoy Fuentes; Release Date:1987 (Philippines); Production Company: Regal Films; Theme Song: Sung by Marissa Martin, Composer: Willy Cruz – IMDB (READ MORE)

Plot Description: Ayaw kong maging querida is a story about three people caught in a whirlwind romance bound in the norms of society class. Will love conquer all or will wealth and power dictate their destinies? – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

A middle-aged martyr wife loses her husband to an equally beautiful but much younger woman. – ABS-CBN (READ MORE)

Film Achievement: No Available Data

Film Review: “…To recall, the senior and junior movie queens appeared in these movies: Bulaklak at Paru-paro (1970), Mga Reynang Walang Trono(1976) and Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986). Amalia directed Vilma’s episode in Mga Reyna and agreed to second billing to Vilma in Asawa Ko. No doubt about it, Amalia Muhlach Sumilang Fuentes, is a Vilmanian. To seal their sisterhood and camaraderie, Vilma is Ninang to Liezl Martinez and to the latter’s son Alfonso. Why, Liezl even sang a song ’’Wind Beneath My Wings’ to her surprised mother that night which drove the strong-willed and still beautiful Amalia to tears. A Kodak moment, indeed. Priceless! While interviewing the three Muhlach generations, Fuentes, Liezl and young daughter Aliyanna, Amalia revealed to Vilma that she is protective of her ’unica hija’ Liezl. ”Ay naku, I think I also have become like my Mom, I’m also very protective of my children,” Liezl remarks…” – Mario O. Garces (READ MORE)

“…You can never go wrong if you choose a Vilma Santos film and if you want a story that gives a different twist to the “other woman” issue, then Asawa Ko Huwag Mong Agawin might give you the satisfaction you are aiming for. It shows two women in their usual roles and stereotypes: the other woman who knows all about pleasures and the wife who knows all about pain…” – Bon Ching (READ MORE)

“…Ang tatay ni KC Concepcion na si Gabby Concepcion ay isa rin sa mga kaibigan ni Vi. Ilan ding pelikula ang ginawa ni Vi at Gabby katulad ng Pahiram Ng Isan Umaga, Sinungaling Mong Puso, Hahamakin Lahat, Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas at Asawa Ko Huwag Mong Agawin. Sa pelikulang Bukas Sisikat Din Ang Araw, kung saan si Gabby ang prodyuser ay naging special guest si Vi na sa totoo lang ay halos kasinlaki ang billing niya (Vi) sa mga major characters nito. Isa sa mga anak ni Gabby, anak niya kay Grace Ibuna ay inaanak ni Vi katuwang sina Lorna Tolentino, Alma Moreno, Snooky Serna at Maricel Soriano. Noong last episode ng Vilma show sa GMA 7 ay isa si Gabby sa mga special guests ni Vi at nag-compose pa ng tula si Gabby para kay Vi. Noon namang nagkaroon ng problema si Gabby dahil sa kontrobersiya sa Manila Film Festival noong 1994 ay isa si Vi sa mga naging sabihan niya ng kanyang mga problema. Si Gabby ay naging best supporting actor ng Star Awards for Movies noong 1992 para sa pelikulang Sinungaling Mong Puso, best actor ng Urian noong 1992 para sa Narito Ang Puso Ko at best supporting actor ng Urian para sa pelikulang Makiusap Ka Sa Diyos noong 1991…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

“…Sa mga Pinoy movie, paboritong tema na ang mga love triangle. Gustong-gusto natin sa mga drama ang mga nagbabangayan na dalawang babae para sa atensyon ng iisang lalaki. Sino ang inagawan at sino ang nang-agaw?…Kaya heto ang ilang pelikula na puwedeng i-connect sa nangyaya­ring issue ngayon kina Bea, Gerald at Julia…Mula sa direksyon ni Emmanuel Borlaza, kuwento ito ni Cathy (Vilma Santos) na nagkaroon ng hindi magandang pakikipaghiwalay sa kanyang boyfriend na si Mike (Gabby Concepcion). Nakilala niya ang isang may asawang lalaki, Bert Paredes (Eddie Gutierrez) na hindi masaya sa piling ng kanyang misis na si Dr. Alice Paredes (Amalia Fuentes). Pinapakita rito ang epekto ng isang unhappy marriage at pati ang kanilang mga anak (Sheryl Cruz and Gretchen Barretto) ay naaapektuhan sa pagkakaroon ng illicit affair ng kanilang ama.
Heto ang memorable line ni Vilma: “No woman can seduce a happy husband, pag hindi mo pa rin maintindihan ‘yan bakit hindi mo sampalin ang sarili mo para matauhan ka!..” – Ruel Mendoza, Abante, 27 July 2019 (READ MORE)