Dance Films

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Disco Queen – “…Ate Vi thus became the chief opponent of Nora Aunor as the movie queen of the 1970s. Her edge is that she also became the queen of hit disco movies filled with singing and dancing, like “Swing It, Baby,” “Disco Fever,” “Rock Baby Rock,” “Let’s Do the Salsa,” and the movie she did with Latin idol Junior, “Good Morning Sunshine…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

Latin Singer – ”…Junior, Now 66 years old (can you believe that?), he was Vilma Santos’ leading man in Good Morning Sunshine in 1980. Born Antonio Morales Barretto, he was born in Manila, but moved to Spain with his family when he was 15. He was already a popular singer in Spain when he tried Pinoy showbiz. After doing a series of local movies (another one of his films was Disco Madhouse with Lorna Tolentino and Rio Locsin) and record albums (Yakap is still memorable to me), he went back to Spain (his wife and kids were all living there) where he continued singing. Eventually, he managed the showbiz career of his wife, Rocio Durcal, but she died of cancer in 2006…” – Butch Francisco (READ MORE)

Travolta Dance – “…I’d rather be known as Victor Laurel. But really, this Travolta is a sensation. I met him in Studio 54 and how the crowd loves him. He’s a wonderful actor, singer, and dancer.” Cocoy, too is a seasoned dancer even before the Travolta fever. He has a catlike grace that gives the impression of strenght and his dancing ability has helped tremendously in his career. “The Travolta dance is typical of hero worship even in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other big cities. Mondays, everyone who has caught the fever, even 30 year olds shop and prepare for the disco on Fridays and Saturday and stay up till the wee hours of the morning…We were about to ask another question about Vi, his leading lady in Lea’s Disco Fever but Ate Josie came in to remind Cocoy that the Sampaguita people were waiting with sketches of his costume for Dyesebel, the movie he was going to make for the Gilmore Studio. But didn’t. As a parting shot, Cocoy revealed that he’d soon put a disco. The Third Kind or something in Makati…” – Nena Z. Villanueva, Expressweek, November 16, 1978 (READ MORE)

First Legit “barkada” – “…Roger Rigor of VST and Co, when asked who is your friends from the entertainment industry: “Marami kaming barkada sa showbiz…and with respect to the recording industry, kakaunti lang noon ang mga personalities on a contract. So, we practically knew everyone, as the industry was still at its early stages. The guys would be the “studio rats”, having sessions in stretches that would start in the morning and end in the wee hours of the next morning…For us Little Baguio boys, I could only refer to Vilma Santos then as our first legit “barkada” in the film industry, dahil nga sa una naming sine was with her. She was “kalog” and really very smart. I am not surprised that as a mayor, she is able to pull it together. Of course, si Pip was already a friend of the guys kasi nga ka-basketbol na namin siya even before the VST days. And there were many others who were mga batikan sa larangan ng pelikula that we met along the course of time…” – Nostalgia Manila (READ MORE)

Top-rater TV show – “…Ang The Sensations ay produce ng ABS CBN at dinerek ni Tony Santos Sr. Consistent No. 1 Top rater ang show at kasama ni Vi & Bot sina Perla Adea, Romy Mallari, Rhodora Silva, Darius Razon, Baby de Jesus, Tony Santos Jr., Janine Frias, atbpa. Dahil sa kasikatan nila Vi & Bot ginawang movie ang The Sensations noong April, 1971, big boxoffice hit ito kaya sinundan agad ni direk tony ng ” Young Lovers ” noong August, 1971, big hit din ito. Ginawan din ng L.P. Album nila Vi & Bot ang The Sensations at muling tinangkilik ng masang pilipino…” – Jojo V. Lim (READ MORE)

Vilma Santos’ Dance Films

  • Good Morning, Sunshine (1980) – Direction: Ishmael Bernal; Story: Rolando Tinio; Screenplay: Rolando Tinio, Ishmael Bernal; Cast: Vilma Santos, Junior, Lloyd Samartino, Sheryl Cruz, Debraliz, Anita Linda, Liza Lorena; Production Co.: Lea Production; Release Date: February 1, 1980 (READ MORE)
  • Rock Baby, Rock (1979) – Directed, story, screenplay: Oscar Miranda; Cast: Vilma Santos, Junior, Rolly Quizon, Leah Navarro, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Lorli Villanueva, Geleen Eugenio, Val Sotto, V.S.T. & Company; Executive producer: Joe Batac; Choreographer: Geleen Eugenio (READ MORE)
  • Swing It…Baby! (1979) – Directed: Al Quinn; Story, screenplay: Oscar Miranda; Cast: Romeo Vasquez, Vilma Santos, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Amy Austria, V.S.T. & Company, Mike Monserrat, Sandy Garcia, Geleen Eugenio, Bing Davao, Walter Navarro, Nena Perez Rubio, Lirio Vital, Coritha, Ritchie D’Horsie, Val Sotto, Ernie Zarate; Executive producer: Emilia Blas; Original Music: Vicor Music Corporation; Cinematography: Joe Batac; Film Editing: Nonoy Santillan; Production Design: Orlando Tolentino; Art Direction: Francisco Faustino; Sound: Luis Reyes, Ramon Reyes; Theme Songs: “I-swing mo ako” performed by Sharon Cuneta (READ MORE)
  • Disco Fever (1978) – Directed: Al Quinn; Story, screenplay: Maryo De Los Reyes; Cast: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Victor Laurel, Rio Locsin, Romeo Enriquez, Sandy Garcia, Freddie Aguilar, Sampaguita, Anak Bayan Band; Executive producer: Emilia Blass; Cinematography: Al Quinn, Joe Batac; Film Editing: Nonoy Santillan (READ MORE)
  • Let’s Do the Salsa (1976) – Directed: Luciano B. Carlos; Story: Bert Mendoza; Cast: Vilma Santos, Walter Navarro, Rolly Quizon, Ronnie Henares, Chichay, Caridad Sanchez, Roderick Paulate, Arnold Gamboa, Winnie Santos, Maribel Aunor, Ike Lozada, Raul Aragon, Lorli Villanueva, Eddie Mercado, German Moreno, Trixia Gomez; Original Music: Dominic Valdez; Cinematography: Arnold Alyao (READ MORE)
  • The Sensations (1971) – Directed, screenplay: Tony Santos Sr.; Story: Rose Reynaldo, Tony Dantes; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Ike Lozada, Perla Adea, Romy Mallari, Tony Santos Jr., Baby De Jesus, Darius Razon, Rhodora Silva, Vic Pacia, Ben David, Angge, Beth Manlongat (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Swing it, Baby (1979)

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Basic Information: Directed: Al Quinn; Story, screenplay: Oscar Miranda; Cast: Romeo Vasquez, Vilma Santos, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Amy Austria, V.S.T. & Company, Mike Monserrat, Sandy Garcia, Geleen Eugenio, Bing Davao, Walter Navarro, Nena Perez Rubio, Lirio Vital, Coritha, Ritchie D’Horsie, Val Sotto, Ernie Zarate; Executive producer: Emilia Blas; Original Music: Vicor Music Corporation; Cinematography: Joe Batac; Film Editing: Nonoy Santillan; Production Design: Orlando Tolentino; Art Direction: Francisco Faustino; Sound: Luis Reyes, Ramon Reyes; Theme Songs: “I-swing mo ako” performed by Sharon Cuneta

Plot Description: Love is like dancing. No matter how many times you have been out of tuned, you will always go back to hitting the right one. Learning it may not be easy at first but if you find the right partner for you, then you can sway together… forever. Let’s dance along with Marilen (Vilma Santos) and Ben (Romeo Vasquez) as they discover more about love and friendship. – TV Star Cinema (READ MORE)

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Film Review: “Sometime in the mid 70s, matinee idol Romeo Vasquez returned to the movie scene after a long absence, his movie career in limbo after his failed marriage with popular actress Amalia Fuentes. His teamup with Vilma Santos somehow rekindled and revived his career. Their first movie together, Nag-aapoy na Damdamin in 1976 turned out to be a big hit. Despite their age gap, reel and real life sweetheart, Romeo, 34 and Vilma, 23, soon became the hottest love team, doing one hit movies after another…” – Video 48 (READ MORE)

“…Romeo Vasquez is an oddity in Vilma’s life. Hindi akalain ng lahat na ang isang notorious playboy and balikbayan actor would capture the heart of the then elusive Ate Vi. Nagkaroon sila ng affair which lasted for more than a year. Kilala si Bobby sa pagiging bohemyo kaya naman walang kakilala si Ate Vi na bumoto sa aktor. Ate Vi was love struck at talagang na head-over heels in love. Nagsimula ang kanilang affair sa set ng kanilang pelikulang “Nag-aapoy na Damdamin”. True to this title, nagliyab silang dalawa at tunay ngang nag-apoy ang kanilang damdamin. May plano pa nga sila ni Bobby na magpakasal sa Europe. Talagang Ate Vi was ready to give up her life as an actress and would settle with the actor abroad. And with herb relationship with Bobby, nag-surface ang bagong Vilma Santos.  Ate Vi realized that she cann’t sacrifice everything for love. Nagising siya sa katotohanan at nagkamali kung kaya nagdesisyon siyang kumalas sa bohemyong aktor…” – Willie Fernandez (READ MORE)

“…But it was with handsome actor Romeo Vasquez that Vilma Santos had her most controversial relationship. Romeo was the former husband of Philippine movie queen Amalia Fuentes. He and Vilma first paired in the movie Nag-aapoy na Damdamin (1976). It was also during this year that they became a couple. They made several movies together, all of which did well at the box-office. Vi and Bobby (Romeo’s nickname) became the most-talked about reel and real love team at the time. The relationship was always on the pages of showbiz magazines and tabloid entertainment section pages because of the intrigues and the personalities who got involved with them…” – Rommel R. Llanes (READ MORE)

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