Battle of Superstars

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1978 MMFF – A tear fell when Nora Aunor was declared Best Actress for her role as a maide (a tailor-made role, as her detractors describe with glee) in Ian Films’ Atsay and it was a tear of joy. Atsay has been called Nora’s “last card” and that if it wouldn’t make it at the Metro Manila Filmfest, Nora would be down and out and she might as well say goodbye to the movies. But Nora Aunor has a certain magic that is hard to discern until now. Just when everybody is casting stones at her and predicting doom fo her career and turning against her because her movies hadn’t been making as well as expected, the Little Brown Girl from Iriga would bounce right back to the top, not without vengeance, and reclaim her throne. In last week’s Metro Manila Filmfest Awards at the Cultural Center, Nora fought a “decisive” battle for supremacy against her nearest rival, Vilma Santos, who was said to be the other contender for the Best Performer trophy for her role as Rubia Servios (although others claim that it was really Phillip Salvador who was Nora’s biggest competition for the plum statuette, Phillip’s performance in Rubia Servios being his best and his most credible so far). Vilma’s last year’s Best Actress for her role in the controversy-ridden film Burlesk Queen (also produced by this year’s producer of Best Film Atsay, Ian Films), took her defeat not without a wan smile of disappointment. In this spread, you can see the two faces of showbiz: that of the Victor and that of the Vanquished. The awards night was a veritable of superstars. 1978 was Vilma’s year. Will 1979 be Nora’s? – Expressweek, January 18, 1979, Photograph by Eddie Alfonso (READ MORE)

Atsay – “…This episodic nature of the film robs it of much of its power. Too slack in pacing and too mannered at times, the film runs a long two-and-a-half hours and can easily stand some re-editing. Such scenes showing what happened to Nora’s friends in Lilian Laing’s cabaret may be pruned without actually damaging the central story. This would also add greater impact to Nora’s reunion with Amy Austria, also a “provinciana” who is transformed into a brazen ago-go dancer with half-a-dozen sugar daddies…Edgardo Reyes’ script succeeds though in showing the various experiences typically encountered by household helps: unruly children who torture helpless servants, wives who treat their pets more humanely than their overworked slaves, husbands who take advantage of their loneliness and are known as atsay-killers. People who have been unkind and inconsiderate to their servants at one time or another may feel uneasy, if not totally guilty, as they watch the film. Garcia assembled a uniformly first-rate cast from Armida and Angie to the nameless housemaid who befriends Nora. Even Ronald Corveau is less irksome here than in his weekly TV show. Nora Aunor’s performance bears the distinct marks of style and self, welding character and personality. As Nelia, the atsay, she delivers a muted performance that successfully treads the thin, delicate line separating genuine sentiment and mawkishness…” – Mario E. Bautista, The Philippines Daily Express, 1978 (READ MORE)

Rubia Servios – “…Undoubtedly, the two best entries in the 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival are Atsay and Rubia Servios…Rubia Servios, on the other hand, does not dilute the message. Willy (Phillip Salvador), the son of a powerful and wealthy figure, is portrayed as totally evil, devoid of any redeeming quality. To screenwriter Mario O’Hara and director Lino Brocka, the province is the same as the city. Rubia Servios (Vilma Santos) is raped both in the city and in the country. Rubia kills Willy in the country. Violence unites all places. It is the “unity” of conception, scripting, design, and direction, in fact, that Rubia Servios is superior to Atsay. Lino Brocka does not waste shots in his attempt to create a Filipino classical tragedy. He subordinates everything to the building up of one emotion in the viewer, that of hatred of Willy. So despicable does Willy become at the end that, when he is murdered by Rubia, no viewer can say that Rubia is at fault. And yet, morally speaking, no one is allowed to take the law into his own hands. The law, in fact, put Willy in prison for the first rape. There is no reason to think that the law will not put Willy to death for the second rape. By conditioning the reader to condone Rubia’s revenge, Brocka succeeds in questioning one of our deeply rooted moral beliefs. The unity that characterizes Rubia Servios contrasts sharply with the tendency of Eddie Garcia in Atsay to exploit Vitug’s versatility even at the expense of tightness. There are shots in Atsay, for example, which could easily be cut without hurting the film’s integrity. Even the train sequence, one of the best sequences in Atsay, is far too long. Rubia Servios is Lino Brocka’s film; Atsay is Romeo Vitug’s. Nora does an excellent acting job; but so does Vilma Santos, and Rubia is a much more demanding and difficult role…” – Isagani Cruz, TV Times, 1979 (READ MORE)

The Queen of Film FestivalNora Aunor has become a regular staple at the film fest circuit, locally or abroad. Since her first local entry “Bato Bato Sa Langit” in 1975, (not including all her international recognition) she amassed eight acting local trophies, the most recent was for last year’s “Thy Womb,” directed by Cannes Film Fest best director, Brilliante Mendoza. Some hightlights would be, 1982’s Himala, now restored into its glory and was exhibited in Venice Film Festival; 1978’s “Atsay” where she clobbered her closest rival Vi in a Lino Brocka opus “Rubia Servios”; 1979’s battle of dramatic stars not only Nora competed against her co-star, veteran drama queen, Lolita Rodriguez in Lino Brocka’s “Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo” but also Aunor successfully defeat the tandem of Vi and Charito Solis (“Modelong Tanso”); and 1980’s “Bona,” another Lino Brocka drama that also featured Phillip Salvador, was screened at the 1981 Cannes International Filmfest. Aunor is now the winningest local actress in Metro Manila Film Fest history, since her first win in 1978, a feat that would be hard to break. The only blemish to this historical feat was the inconsistent box office results of most of her festival films. Meanwhile, Aunor’s rival Vilma Santos‘ record in terms of festival entries was quite remarkable as well. She received several acting awards from the international circuit where her films competed and screened. But perhaps her success can be more aptly measured by its commercial results (revenue) instead of awards. Some of the highlights: 1977’s Celso Ad Castillo’s “Burlesk Queen” mixed of art and commercial swept all the acting awards and top the revenue gross; 1981’s commercial success of Danny Zialcita’s “Karma,” a film about reincanation that also earned Vi her second best actress; and 2002’s Martial Law film, “Dekada ’70” where Vi lost to supposed to be in a supporting role, Ara Mina for the very first of the franchise “Mano Po” series. – RV

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Si Atsay at si Rubia

“…Rubia Servios is Lino Brocka’s film, Atsay is Romeo Vitug’s. Nora does an excellent acting job; but so does Vilma Santos, and “Rubia” is a much more demanding and difficult role. Edgardo M. Reyes is an established literary figure, but Mario O’Hara is much better screenwriter. Overall, “Atsay” may be much more impressive than “Rubia Servios” in terms of challenging our moral and legal convictions, however, “Rubia Servios” is much more significant…” – Isagani Cruz, TV Times, 1979

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Rubia Servios (Director: Lino Brocka; Writers: Mario O’Hara, Aida Sevilla Mendoza (original story); Cast: Vilma Santos, Phillip Salvador and Mat Ranillo III) – “…Sa direksiyon ni Brocka, lumitaw ang galing ni Vilma Santos, at nakontrol ang labis na pagpapagalaw ng kanyang labi. Mahusay din ang eksena ng gahasa. Si Philip Salvador naman ay tulad sa isang masunuring estudyante na sinusunod lahat ang direksiyon ng guro. Kitang-kita mo sa kanyang pagganap ang bawat tagubiling pinaghihirapan niyang masunod: kilos ng mata, buntong-hininga, galaw ng daliri, kislot ng kilay. Limitado ang kanyang kakayahan at makikia ito sa kanyang mukha (na limitado rin). Walang-wala rtio si Mat Ranillo III, na parang pinabayaan para lalong lumitaw ang papel at pag-arte ni Salvador. Samantala, ang kamera ni Conrado Salvador ay hindi gaanong nakalikha ng tension at suspense, bukod sa napakaliwanang ng disenyo ng produksiyon ang pagbabago ng mga tauhan sa loob ng pitong taon batay sa estilo ng damit at buhok…” – Justino M. Dormiendo, Sagisag, February 1979 (READ MORE)

Atsay (Director: Eddie Garcia; Writer: Edgardo Reyes (story); Cast: Nora Aunor, Ronald Corveau and Armida Siguion-Reyna) – – “…Garcia assembled a uniformly first-rate cast from Armida and Angie to the nameless housemaid who befriends Nora. Even Ronald Corveau is less irksome here than in his weekly TV show. Nora Aunor’s performance bears the distinct marks of style and self, welding character and personality. As Nelia, the atsay, she delivers a muted performance that successfully treads the thin, delicate line separating genuine sentiment and mawkishness. Everybody worked hard and it shows. Romeo Vitug’s cinematography gives the film a very big boost and George Canseco’s musical score, for once knows when to shut up. The first time Eddie Garcia handled a film with a serious theme was in “Mga Anak sa Pagkakasala,” an underrated indictment of the injustices illegitimate children go through as society censures them fro the sins of their parents. With “Atsay,” he renews his credentials as one director to reckon with…” – Mario E. Bautista, The Philippines Daily Express, 1978 (READ MORE)

1978 MMFF (Entries: “Ang Huling Lalaki ng Baluarte,” Cast: Rey Malonzo, Tina Monasterio, Producer: SQ Film Productions, Director: Artemio Marquez; “Atsay,” Cast: Nora Aunor, Ronald Corveau, Armida Siguion Reyna, Producer: Ian Film Productions, Director: Eddie Garcia; “Garrote: Jai Alai King,” Cast: Christopher De Leon, Producer: VP Pictures, Director: Manuel ‘Fyke’ Cinco; “Jack n’ Jill of the Third Kind” Cast: Dolphy, Nora Aunor, Producer: RVQ Productions, Director: Frank Gray Jr.; “Katawang Alabok,” Cast: Lorna Tolentino, Producer: Agrix Film Productions, Director: Emmanuel H. Borlaza; “Kid Kaliwete,” Cast: Bembol Roco, Producer: Associated Entertainment Corp., Director: Manuel Cinco; “Rubia Servios,” Cast: Vilma Santos, Mat Ranillo III, Phillip Salavador, Producer: Sampaguita Pictures, Director: Lino Brocka; “Salonga,” Cast: Rudy Fernandez, Producer: MBM Productions, Director: Romy Suzara; “The Jess Lapid Story” – Lito Lapid, Beth Bautista, Producer: Mirick Films, Director: Gallardo) – “…is the annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which runs from the 25th of December to the first week of January, focuses on locally-produced films. The MMFF was established in the year 1975, during which Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa (Water the Thirsty Earth with Dew) by Augusto Buenaventura won the best film award. During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines (except for 3D theaters and IMAX theaters). Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the MMFF will be shown. One of the festival highlights is the parade of floats during the opening of the festival. The floats, each one representing a movie entry for the festival, parade down Roxas Boulevard, while the stars for films ride on them. On the awards night, the Best Float award is also announced, together with the major acting awards…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

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Watching Vilma’s Films

FILMS - Lipad  Darna Lipad

The Beginning – When I was a little kid, I remember watching my very first Vilma movie with my aunt. It was “Lipad Darna Lipad.” The theatre was Cinerama on Claro M Recto near the underpass headin’ towards Quiapo. I remember the crowded theatre. The carpeted floor and velvet curtains. With no more seats and an SRO crowd, we sat on the stairs near the balcony area. People were screaming and into each fight scenes. I remember vividly how my aunt almost got into a fight because she wanted me to sit on one of the seat that was vacated and a man standing in front of us wanted the seat too. Celia Rodriguez was really scary with her head covered with snakes and her voice was so icy cold. Liza Lorena didn’t registered much on me but Gloria Romero was even scarier! This film brought me some nightmares but it also gave me and my cousins something to play about every afternoon after school.

FILMS - Pakawalan Mo Ako 1Pakawalan – The second memorable film experience for me was during early 80s where I saw the free sneak preview of “Pakawalan Mo Ako” at Gotesco Theatre near University of the East. I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get in. My college mates weren’t. They got stocked in the pandemonium outside. I was worried sick as I took the long escalator and saw them being crashed by the crowed. The security guards have to closed the gate of the lobby. Fans became so restless and broke the glass windows (where they displayed posters and still photos) . Inside, It was crowded, hot and wild. We were seeing a more mature Vilma Santos. From the very beginning, the crowed went along the story until one of the climatic scene – the courtroom scene where she cried and swear! Oh my god I still remember the crowd swearing and cursing too! It was so wild!

ARTICLES - Sister Stella L 1OF2 (6)Activism – The third movie experience was when I saw Sister Stella L at Capri near the Philippine Rabbit Bus Station on Rizal Avenue (it is always called Avenida). Now, the total opposite happened to me. The theatre was half empty but most of the people I noticed were students and office workers. This film affected me so much and I started to join rallies and demonstration along Mediola and at our school. I also remember that Sharon Cuneta had a film showing at the same time, and most of my friends watched this film instead. I was so disappointed that they decided to see this film instead of SSL. This film also became my mantra at school. It inspired me to take issues and voice out what I think, I became militant. I rebelled against my family who I believe were too strict. I wanted my freedom and so this film inspired me. The end result was my independence. Up to this day, I will never forget the time when I had an argument with my grandfather, it wasn’t funny back then. I told him: “Tama na, panahon na, hindi habang panahon pipigilan n’yo ako sa pagsasalita” – the line from SSL.

FILMS - Rubia Servios 12Why does he have to rape Rubia? – Another memorable experience was when my aunt got into a huge fight in front of Galaxy Theatre on Avenida. Being a true Vilmanians and with her deadly weapon, her umbrella, my aunt pulled the hair of this two crazy Nora Aunor fans. This was after the two said nasty things about Vilma while passing on in front of the theatre. I ended up on the cement floor hiding near the newspaper stands. Thank god she always came up on top because we were always able to go home uninjured. Rubia Servios was showing at the Galaxy Theatre back then. Again we have to sat down on floor, my aunt’s realized that she can’t put me on her lap anymore as I am a bit heavier now. As I observe, people are more serious this time. No shouting but silence as the story being told to us. The crowd was so into it too but no shouting instead a feeling of sighs and sadness. My aunt cried as she watched Rubia crawled on the sandy side of the beach. Rubia Servious was for adults only but my aunt’s sister was the ticket collector or “takilyera”. So I was able to get in. Philip Salvador was so “hot” in his black swimming trunk, I dreamt of him a number of times. As we watched the film, I remember asking my aunt about why does he (Philip) have to rape Darna? My aunt patiently explained, about love and lust. My innocent mind were corrupted that day. Eventually, I got over that rape scenes but revenge when Vilma killed Phillip using a boat paddle still stucked on my mind.

FILMS - Magkaribal 2Naked Christopher – Lastly, the one that was so special to me, was when I saw Magkaribal at Luneta theatre. I went to so many theatres to get in but at last the woman at the box office was so busy reading comics that she didn’t even bother to ask about my age. The film was “For Adults Only” and I agreed. Christopher De Leon here was so sexy, riding a horse, naked. And Alma Moreno was so young and thin. Even her boobs here are well proportioned to her body, although its already huge. And ate Vi here was at her best, acting wise. The crowd here are more mature, a combination of college students and office workers. The theatre was not SRO but all the seats are taken and it was obvious that the film was catered to couples.  – RV

Top 100 Vilma Santos Films

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)

RANK FILM (YEAR) SCORE
01. Burlesk Queen (1977) 30.90
02. Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) 28.90
03. Dekada’70 (2002) 28.80
04. The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) 28.70
05. Ikaw ay Akin (1978) 28.60
06. Rubia Servios (1978) 28.50
07. Relasyon (1982) 27.90
08. Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (1989) 27.80
09. Broken Marriage (1983) 27.70
10. Lipad, Darna, Lipad (1973) 27.60
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11. Imortal (1989) 26.90
12. Anak (2000) 26.80
13. Tagos ng Dugo (1987) 26.70
14. Adultery (1984) 26.60
15. Pagputi ng Uwak Pag-itim ng Tagak (1978) 25.90
16. Trudis Liit (1963) 25.80
17. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? (1982) 25.70
18. Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (1983) 25.60
19. Sinasamba Kita (1982) 25.50
20. Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw (1975) 25.40
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21. In My Life (2009) 24.90
22. Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? (1987) 24.80
23. Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) 24.70
24. Mano Po 3 My Love (2004) 24.60
25. Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) 24.50
26. Karma (1981) 24.40
27. Hahamakin Lahat (1990) 24.30
28. Sinungaling Mong Puso (1992) 24.20
29. Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon (1977) 24.10
30. Ex-Wife (1981) 24.09
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31. D’ Lucky Ones (2006) 24.08
32. Dyesebel atang Mahiwagang Kabibe (1973) 24.07
33. Sister Stella L. (1984) 23.90
34. Kapag Langit Ang Humatol (1990) 23.80
35. Miss X (1980) 23.70
36. Ikaw Lang (1993) 23.60
37. Bato sa Buhangin (1976) 23.50
38. Nakakahiya? (1975) 23.40
39. Hindi Nakakahiya (1976) 23.30
40. Batya’t Palu-Palo (1974) 23.20
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41. Haplos (1982) 22.90
42. Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988) 22.80
43. Pinay, American Style (1979) 22.70
44. Langis at Tubig (1980) 22.60
45. Palimos Ng Pag-ibig (1986) 22.50
46. Muling Buksan ang Puso (1985) 22.40
47. Kampanerang Kuba (1974) 22.30
48. Darna and the Giants (1973) 22.20
49. Dama De Noche (1972) 21.95
50. Hatinggabi Na, Vilma (1972) 21.90
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51. T-Bird at Ako (1982) 21.80
52. Alyas Baby Tsina (1984) 21.70
53. Halik sa Kamay, Halik sa Paa (1979) 21.60
54. Minsan pang Nakaraan (1983) 21.50
55. Masarap, Masakit ang Umibig (1977) 21.40
56. Hindi Nahahati ang Langit (1966) 21.30
57. Susan Kelly, Edad 20 (1977) 21.20
58. Hiwalay (1981) 21.10
59. Rock, Baby, Rock (1979) 21.09
60. Mga Mata Ni Angelita (1978) 21.08
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61. Bertang Kerengkeng (1976) 21.07
62. Ibong Lukaret (1975) 21.06
63. Vilma Viente Nueve (1975) 21.05
64. Takbo, Vilma, Dali (1972) 21.04
65. Nag-iisang Bituin (1994) 20.90
66. Karugtong ang Kahapon (1975) 20.80
67. Ging (1964) 20.70
68. Anak, ang Iyong Ina (1963) 20.60
69. Kay Tagal ng Umaga (1965) 20.50
70. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1986) 20.40
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71. Magkaribal (1979) 20.30
72. Anak ng Aswang (1973) 20.20
73. Simula ng Walang Katapusan (1978) 20.10
74. Promo Girl (1978) 20.09
75. Biktima (1974) 20.08
76. Good Morning, Sunshine (1980) 20.07
77. Kasalanan Kaya? (1968) 19.90
78. Mga Rosas sa Putikan (1976) 19.80
79. Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali (1978) 19.70
80. Modelong Tanso (1979) 19.60
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81. Darna at Ding (1980) 19.50
82. Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976) 19.40
83. Nag-aapoy na Damdamin (1976) 19.30
84. Pulot-gata, Pwede Kaya? (1977) 19.20
85. Kamay na Gumagapang (1974) 19.10
86. Young Love (1970) 19.09
87. Ito ang Pilipino (1967) 18.90
88. Ikaw Lamang (1971) 18.80
89. Kampus (1978) 18.70
90. Coed (1979) 18.60
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91. The Sensations (1971) 18.50
92. Never Ever Say Goodbye (1982) 17.90
93. Asawa ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986) 17.80
94. Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida (1983) 17.70
95. Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas (1987) 17.60
96. Gusto Ko Siya, Mahal Kita (1980) 17.50
97. Amorseko (1978) 17.40
98. Pag-ibig ko sa iyo lang Ibibigay (1978) 17.30
99. Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma (1972) 17.20
100. Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig (1978) 17.10
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Criteria: Box Office Records, Critics Recognitions, Other Factors(Relevance, Longevity, Entertainment Impact)

Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part ten)

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)

10.  Lipad, Darna, Lipad 1973
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 10(C) + 0.6(D) = 27.6(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Elwood Perez and Joey Gosiengfiao, co-starring: Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Liza Lorena, Marissa Delgado, Angie Ferro, Mary Walter,  Adul de Leon, Chanda Romero, Eddie Garcia, Ernie Garcia, Dick Israel, Ruel Vernal, Angelito, Cloyd Robinson. Based on the novel of Mars Ravelo.  Top Record-Breaking Box-office Film of 1973.   The first of four Darna films starring Vilma Santos. – MORE INFO (no available video)

9.  Broken Marriage 1983
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.7(D) = 27.7(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring: Christopher De Leon,  Tessie Tomas, Harlene Bautista,  Orestes Ojeda, Lito Pimentel, Richard Arellano, Cesar Montano, Len Santos, Ray Ventura. Vilma received her second Gawad Urian Best Actress and a FAMAS nomination for best actress. – MORE INFO

8.  Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga 1989
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.8(D) = 27.8(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring:  Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon, Billy Crawford, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Olivia Cenizal, Tita Muñoz, Dexter Doria, Vicky Suba, Gina Perez, Alma Lerma, Becky Misa, Gil de Leon, Subas Herrero, Cris Vertido, Toby Alejar.  Written by Jose Javier Reyes.  Vilma Santos received her first best actress from the PMPC Star Awards as well as the Gawad Urian.  She also received nomination from FAP. – MORE INFO

7.  Relasyon 1982
SCORE: 10(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 27.9(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Jimi Melendez, Lucy Quinto, Beth Mondragon, Olive Madridejos,  Ernie Zarate, Manny Castañeda, Bing Fabregas, Augusto Victa.  The very first “Grand Slam” for Best Actress in Philippine.  Vilma won all the Philippines’ best actress awards of 1982.   She received recognitions from Gawad URIAN, FAP, CMMA, FAMAS. – MORE INFO

6.  Rubia Servios 1978
SCORE: 10(A) + 10(B) + 8(C) + 0.5(D) = 28.5(T)
Directed by Lino Brocka, co-starring: Phillip Salvador, Mat Ranillo III.  Vilma received a nominationf for best performer in the 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival.  The film was the top revenue grosser.  – MORE INFO

5.  Ikaw ay Akin 1978
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.6(D) = 28.6(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal,  co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Nora Aunor, Ellen Esguerra, Odette Khan, Charmie Benavidez, Sandy Andolong, Nick Romano, Zandro Zamora, Ernie Zarate, Cris Vertido, Anton Juan.  Vilma received a Gawad URIAN Nomination for Best Actress. – MORE INFO

4.  Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story 1993
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.7(D) = 28.7(T)
Directed by Laurice Guillen, co-starring:  Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Jackie Aquino, Maila Gumila, Mia Gutierrez, Eula Valdez,   Noni Buencamino, Gil Portes.  Vilma Santos won the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Best Actress.  She also won Gawad Urian, PMPC STAR, Metro Manila Film Festival and FAMAS Circle of Excellence. – MORE INFO

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3.  Dekada’70 2002
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B) + 10(C) + 0.8(D) = 28.8(T)
Directed by Chito S. Roño, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, Kris Aquino, Ana Capri, Dimples Romana, Marianne de la Riva, Tirso Cruz III, Orestes Ojeda, John Wayne Sace.  Written by Lualhati Bautista.  Vilma Santos won the 2003 Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Actress.  She also won the best actress from FAP, Gawad URIAN, PMPC Star and YCC Best Performer.  The film was the Philippines’ official entry at the 76th Academy Awards best foreign language film.  –  MORE INFO

2.  Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? 1998
SCORE: 10(A) + 8(B)+ 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 28.9(T) Directed by Chito S. Roño, co-starring: Albert Martinez, Carlo Aquino, Raymond Bagatsing, Ariel Rivera, Serena Dalrymple, Angel Aquino, Cherry Pie Picache, Rosemarie Gil, Dexter Doria.  Written by Lualhati Bautista.  Vilma won the 1999 Brussels International Festival of Independent Films Best Actress.  She also won the best actress from FAP, Gawad Urian, PMPC Star and the Young Critics Circle Best Performer. – MORE INFO

1.  Burlesk Queen 1977
SCORE: 10(A) + 10(B) + 10(C) + 0.9(D) = 30.9(T)
Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo, co-starring:  Rolly Quizon, Leopoldo Salcedo, Rosemarie Gil, Dexter Doria, Yolanda Luna, Rio Locsin, Roldan Aquino, Chito Ponce Enrile, Joonee Gamboa.  Vilma Santos won the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress.  She also received best actress nominations from FAMAS and Gawad Urian.   The film was the Festival’s top box office grosser.  –  MORE INFO

RECAP:
10. Lipad, Darna, Lipad 1973
9. Broken Marriage 1983
8. Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga 1989
7. Relasyon 1982
6. Rubia Servios 1978
5. Ikaw ay Akin 1978
4. Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story 1993
3. Dekada’70 2002
2. Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? 1998
1. Burlesk Queen 1977

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Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part three)

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)

80.  Modelong Tanso 1979
SCORE: 3(A) + 10(B) + 6(C) + 0.6(D) = 19.6(T)
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago, co-starring: Charito Solis, Winnie Santos. Entry to 1979 Metro Manila Film Festival – MORE INFO

79.  Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali 1978
SCORE: 6(A) + 7(B) + 6(C) + 0.7(D) = 19.7(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Baby Delgado, Anita LindaChristopher De Leon, Roel Vergel de Dios, Freddie Yance, Romeo Rivera – MORE INFO (no available video)

78.  Mga Rosas sa Putikan 1976
SCORE: 6(A) + 7(B) + 6(C) + 0.8(D) = 19.8(T)
Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, co-starring: Celia Rodriguez, Babara Luna, Trixia Gomez, Merle Fernandez, Monica Morena, Romeo Enriquez, Arnold Gamboa, Sandy Garcia, Ike Lozada. Vilma sings the film theme song! – MORE INFO

77.  Kasalanan Kaya? 1968
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 5(C) + 0.9(D) = 19.9(T)
Directed by Luis Enriquez, co-starring: Lolita Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden and Eddie Rodriguez with Roderick Paulate. Vilma received acting nomination for best supporting actress in 1968 FAMAS. – MORE INFO (no available video)

76.  Good Morning, Sunshine 1980
SCORE: 6(A) + 7(B) + 7(C) + 0.07(D) = 20.07(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, co-starring: Sheryl Cruz, Debraliz, Anita Linda, Liza LorenaJunior, Lloyd Samartino – MORE INFO

75.  Biktima 1974
SCORE: 5(A) + 10(B) + 5(C) + 0.08(D) = 20.08(T)
Directed by Nilo Saez, co-starring: Helen Gamboa, Celia Rodriguez, Perla Bautista, Cristina Reyes, Divina Valencia Leopoldo Salcedo, Bert Leroy Jr., Tony Santos Jr., Yoyoy Villame, Tommy Abuel, Edgar Mortiz, Ike Lozada, German Moreno – MORE INFO

74.  Promo Girl 1978
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.09(D) = 20.09(T)
Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao, co-starring: Ricky Belmonte, Roel vergel De Dios, Eddie Gutierrez, Bembol Rocco – MORE INFO (no available video)

73.  Simula ng Walang Katapusan 1978
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.1(D) = 20.1(T)
Directed by Luis Enriquez, co-starring: Eddie Rodriguez, Carmen Soriano, Patria Plata, Ingrid Salas, Rio Locsin, Lito Anzures, Renato Robles, Nello Nayo, Ruben Rustia – MORE INFO (no available video)

72.  Anak ng Aswang 1973
SCORE: 4(A) + 10(B) + 6(C) + 0.2(D) = 20.2(T)
Directed by Romy Susara cp-starring: Gloria Romero, Daisy Romualdez, Rosanna Marquez, Lucita Soriano, Lita RodriguezEdgar Mortiz, Nick Romano, Leopoldo Salcedo, German Moreno, Pons De Guzman – MORE INFO (no available video)

71.  Magkaribal 1979
SCORE: 6(A) + 8(B) + 6(C) + 0.3(D) = 20.3(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Alma Moreno, Christopher De Leon – MORE INFO

RECAP:
80. Modelong Tanso 1979
79. Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali 1978
78. Mga Rosas sa Putikan 1976
77. Kasalanan Kaya? 1968
76. Good Morning, Sunshine 1980
75. Biktima 1974
74. Promo Girl 1978
73. Simula ng Walang Katapusan 1978
72. Anak ng Aswang 1973
72. Magkaribal 1979

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Top 100 Vilma Santos Films (part eight)

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)

30.  Ex-Wife 1981
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.09(D) = 24.09(T)
Directed by Luis Enriquez, starring: Beth Bautista, Liz Alindogan, Wendy villarica, Rosemarie Gil, Lucita Soriano, Raul Aragon, Michael de Mesa, Eddie Garcia, Fred Montilla. – MORE INFO

29.  Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon 1977
SCORE: 7(A) + 7(B) + 10(C) + 0.1(D) = 24.1(T)
Directed by Ishmael Bernal. co-starring: Romeo Vasquez, Mat Ranillo III, Anita Linda, Mary Walter, Fred Montilla – MORE INFO (no available video)

28.  Sinungaling Mong Puso 1992
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.2(D) = 24.2(T)
Directed by Maryo J. De Los Reyes, co-starring: Gabby Concepcion, Aga Muhlach, Alice Dixon, Aiko Melendez, Melinda Mendez, Mila Ocampo, Luz Valdez, Ricardo Cepeda, Charlie Davao, Philip Gamboa, Orestes Ojeda. Written by Jose Javier D. Reyes. Vilma received a best actress nomination from the Manunuri. – MORE INFO

27.  Hahamakin Lahat 1990
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.3(D) = 24.3(T)
Directed by Lino Brocka, co-starring: Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon, Dennis Roldan, Snooky Serna, Perla Bautista, Maritoni Fernandez, Gina Perez, Ruben Rustia. Written by Ricardo Lee. Vilma received an academy award (Luna) nomination for best actress – MORE INFO

26.  Karma 1981
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 7(C) + 0.4(D) = 24.4(T)
Directed by Danny Zialcita. co-starring: Ronaldo Valdez, Tommy Abuel, Christopher Deleon, Dante Rivero, Chanda Romero, Marianne Delariva, Aurora Salve, Suzanne Gonzales, Martha Sevilla, Odette Khan, Virginia Montes, Bella Flores, Etang Ditcher, Vic Silayan, Fred Montilla, Renato Robles, Ruel Vernal, Augusto Victa, Butch Aquino. Vilma Santos won the 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress. – MORE INFO

25.  Pakawalan Mo Ako 1981
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 7(C) + 0.5(D) = 24.5(T)
Directed by Elwood Perez, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Anthony Castelo, Deborah Sun, Mila Ocampo, Subas Herrero, Ed Villapol. Vilma Santos won the 1981 FAMAS Best Actress – MORE INFO

24.  Mano Po 3 My Love 2004
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.6(D) = 24.6(T)
Directed by Joel Lamangan, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Jay Manalo, Boots Anson-Roa, Amy Austria, Sheryl Cruz, Jean Garcia, Karylle, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Cherry Pie Picache, Carlo Aquino, Eddie Garcia, Patrick Garcia, Allan Paule, John Prats, Dennis Trillo, Gardo Versoza. Vilma Santos won the best actress from the Metro Manila Film Festival, the PMPC STAR and the Gawad Suri. She also received a Luna nomination. The film was the Philippines’ Official Entry to the 2005 8th Shanghai International Film Festival. – MORE INFO

23.  Ipagpatawad Mo 1991
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.7(D) = 24.7(T)
Directed by Laurice Guillen, co-starring: Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Bing Loyzaga, Amy Perez, Delia Razon, Ruby Rodriguez, Vivian Foz, Lorli Villanueva, Joonee Gamboa, Johnny Wilson, Terence Baylon. Written by Olivia M. Lamasan. Vilma received the 1991 Gawad Urian Best Actress and a nomination from FAP – MORE INFO

22.  Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? 1987
SCORE: 8(A) + 8(B) + 8(C) + 0.8(D) = 24.8(T)
Directed by Eddie Garcia, co-starring: Ricky Davao, Tonton Gutierrez, Cherrie Gil, Gloria Romero, Alicia Vergel. Alicia Alonzo, Perla Bautista, Suzanne Gonzales, Rose Rosado, Vangie Labalan, Jonee Gamboa, Rey Hipolito, Eddie Arenas. Written by Gilda Olvidado. – MORE INFO

21.  In My Life 2009
SCORE: 7(A) + 10(B) + 7(C) + 0.9(D) = 24.9(T)
Directed by Olivia M. Lamasan, co-starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Luis Manzano, Tirso Cruz III. Vilma Santos received the best actress from Gawad Tanglaw and PMPC Star. She also received nominations from the Golden Screen and Gawad URIAN. The film Earned P20M on its first day of showing in Metro Manila. – MORE INFO

RECAP:
30. Ex-Wife 1981
29. Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon 1977
28. Sinungaling Mong Puso 1992
27. Hahamakin Lahat 1990
26. Karma 1981
25. Pakawalan Mo Ako 1981
24. Mano Po 3 My Love 2004
23. Ipagpatawad Mo 1991
22. Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig? 1987
21. In My Life 2009

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