Tony Ferrer and Vilma Santos

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Pursuit of Happiness – “…At the very start of his career Tony had already been marked as a lvoer boy by movie reporters because of his way with women. Also it led to many embarassments. “One time I had to seek out the parents fo a woman whom I was serious about to explain rumors linking me to a top model. Then there was a wealthy couple who were shocked upon reading that their daughter had gone on dates with me without their knowledge. The truth of the matter was that we didn’t know each other that intimately, and the movie scribes simply mistook her for another woman.” His reputation also led to his automatically being linked romantically with his leading ladies – from Charito Solis, Divina Valencia, Daisy Romualdez, Josephine Estrada, Liberty Ilagan, Liza Lorena to Imelda Ilanan. “This really complicated my authentic and serious pursuit of happiness,” Tony laughed. “I was always trying to dispel jealousy from my object of the moment.”…Has he found the right girl already? “I thought I did at one time,” he replied, starign blankly at his drink. “But something went wrong -not of our making -and before you know it I was again out looking for another face in the crowd….Do you know that during the past five years each year was thought to be the last of my bachelorhood because of this and that woman? Well, I’ve stopped projecting myself into future marriage dates. I’m starting to believe that getting married is like meeting an accident. You are not sure when or how it will happen. But to be frank with you I really hope I meet that “accident” soon. I’ve been on a spree all of my life and it’s starting to be a bore. I’ve had it…”

Topical, Realistic Themes “…Tony and the Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions plan not only to produce big budgeted films for international competition next year, but to bring into local movies topical, realistic themes like student power, social unrest, violence in our midst, etc. But meanwhile, the gring has to go on. Right now he is filming Blue Seal Mata Hari under the direction of Leody Diaz, where he is experimenting on teaming up Filipino actors with colored women and vice – versa. And for the first time, he said, a Filipina actress, sex siren Liza Belmonte, consented to be kissed by a colored man in this film. So it goes too with Tony, where he is paired with two colored women with kissing scenes…” – P. Oden Amurao, Republic Weekly, 03 October 1967 (READ MORE)

Senior Actor – “…Samantala, ang original Agent X44 na si Tony Ferrer ay nakasama ni Vi sa mga pelikulang Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak (1970) at The Wonderful World of Music (1971). Si Tony ay kapatid nina Atty. Esperidion Laxa ng Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions at Nick Romano. Si Vi ang naging maid of honor sa kasal nina Tony at ng dating Mutya ng Pilipinas na si Alice Crisostomo. Nagkaanak si Tony kay Alice na naging Mutya ng Pilipinas din na si Mutya Crisostomo. Si Tony ay may anak din sa Vilmanian na si Imelda Ilanan at ito ay si Maricel Laxa na inaanak sa kasal ni Vi…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Tony Ferrer A theater usher-turned-actor, he shared top billing with Fernando Poe Jr., Romeo Vasquez, Von Serna and Jess Medina in Mga Tigreng Taga-bukid which was produced by elder brother Atty. Espiridion Laxa under Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, Inc. He also appeared in Walang Ititirang Buhay with Aurora Salve, Rhene Imperial, Arnold Mendoza, his brother Nick Romano and Raul Aragon. Considered the most successful local agent character, he was secret agent Tony Falcon or Agent X-44. His most successful films included Sabotage and Crisis. He is the father of Maricel Laxa (with Imelda Ilanan) and Mutya Crisostomo (with Alice Crisostomo). His real name is Antonio Laxa from Pampanga. – Movie Industy (READ MORE)

Tony Ferrer and Vilma Santos

  • Darna and the Giants (1973) – Tony Ferrer in special appearance as Agent X44, Tony Falcon. After fighting the goons, Darna (Vilma Santos) met Agent X44 delivering to him the unconscious men while the cliche scene of police arrival at the end of fight scenes.
  • The Wonderful World of Music (1971) – Directed: Armando De Guzman; Story: Quentin De Guia; Screenplay: Natalie De Guzman; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky Serna, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Manlongat, Tweeny, Von Serna, Armando De Guzman Jr., Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Lourdes Medel; Original Music: Danny Subido; Cinematography: Fortunato Bernardo. (READ MORE)
  • Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak (1970) – Director: Armando De Guzman; Story & Screenplay: Quentin De Guia, Armando De Guzman; Cast: Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo; Original Music: Restie Umali; Release Date:4 October 1970 (Philippines); Produced: Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions (READ MORE)

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Remembering Vilma’s 18th Birthday!

The year was 1971, when ate Vi celebrated her debut. Ang tagal na pala. Parang kailan lang when I cut these photos sa isang newspaper. I was still in grade school then, at wala pang pambili ng mga magazines. So, I content myself sa newspaper naming sa bahay. As far as I can remember, isang bonggang birthday celebration iyon. Nagkaroon ng isang asalto on the eve of her birthday. Meron din fans party na ginanap sa Mehan garden, pero ang talagang coming-out party niya ay ginanap sa The Plaza restaurant. Wala na itong restaurant na ito ngayon, but it was very popular ng mga panahon na iyon.

The restaurant, which was, located sa Makati, ay siya ring naging venue ng reception ng wedding nina FPJ at Susan Roces. Ang asalto, fans party sa Mehan garden at ang debut party ay added attraction sa movie nina ate Vi at Edgar na “Eternally.” Ang gown ni ate Vi was made by Ben Farrales. Sa isang write-up interview kay Danilo Franco, na siyang gumawa ng wedding gown ni ate Vi, nabanggit nito that he was working for Mang Ben during that time. The white gown bore hand-painted pink roses, which were made by Danilo Franco. Star-studded ang party ni ate Vi. Halos lahat ng young stars of the era ay dumating. Ang mga kasamahan niya sa TV show na The Sensations ang siyang mga kasali sa cotillion.

Dumalo rin ang big stars of the era like sina Rosemarie at Ricky Belmonte, at doon nila inannounce na magpapakasal sila the following month. Special guest din si Mr. Manda Elizalde of Panamin, na tinulungan noon nina ate Vi at Edgar para ikampanya para sa Senado. Dumalo rin ang super big action star noon na si Tony Ferrer kasama ang kanyang misis na si Mutya Ng Pilipinas winner, Alice Crisostomo. Naroon rin ang mga producers ni Ate Vi at ang mga press people. It’s now 2005, 34 years na ang nakakaraan, pero andito pa rin si Ate Vi at siyang nangungunang Reyna ng pelikulang Pilipino. Nawala na ang mga kasabayan niya at maging ang mga sumunod sa kanya, pero nanatiling nag-iisa ang tunay na Reyna ng Pelikulang Pilipino sa lahat ng panahon. – Eric Nadurata, V Magazine 2006

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Vilma Santos-Edgar Mortiz Love Team Circa 1970
Edgar Loves Vilma
IMDB: Edgar Mortiz
Vilma Santos From Wikipedia
Edgar Mortiz From Wikipedia
Vilma Santos-Edgar Mortiz Love Team Circa 1970
The Sweet Voice of Vilma Santos
Vilma Santos’ Sixteen Interview
Discography: Sixteen (1970)
If Vilma comes, can Edgar be far behind?
Love Letters thief
Vi and Bot Photo Album
Ang Makulay na Buhay-Pag-ibig ni Rosa Vilma Santos
Ultimate Scrapbook (Repost)
Pelikula, ATBP’s Nostalgia 2: Vilma and Edgar
Vi And Bot – Sweet Sixteen
Remembering Vilma’s 18th Birthday
Paper Doll by Vilma Santos & Edgar Mortiz Illustrated by Rudy Nebres Kislap, 1974-1975
Nostalgia: Subok na Matibay Subok na Matatag Vilma-Edgar
Top 10 Leading Men
Family Life in the 70s
Love Letters (1970)
Vilma and Edgar Duet (Video)
Sixteen – Vilma Santos (Video)
CLIPS – Sixteen (Video)

Filmography: Wonderful World of Music (1971)

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Basic Information: Directed: Armando De Guzman; Story: Quentin De Guia; Screenplay: Natalie De Guzman; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky Serna, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Manlongat, Tweeny, Von Serna, Armando De Guzman Jr., Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Lourdes Medel; Original Music: Danny Subido; Cinematography: Fortunato Bernardo; Film Poster: Video 48

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Film Achievement: Best Musical Picture – 1971 The Manila Film Festival; One of three films Vilma Santos and Tony Ferrer did together, one was Wonderful World of Music and the other one was Darna and The Giants where Vilma played Darna and Tony as Tony Falcon, Agent X-44 (ala-James Bond). Sapagka’t is also one of Vilma films with Boots Anson Roa, the others, “The Wonderful World of Music” and “Mano Po III: My Love.”

Film Review: “…She continued her singing stints with an album most Vilmanians seems to forget, All I See Is You carried the folk song, Ati Cu Pung Sing-sing and Wonderful world of Music. The later song became a title of a musical film that paired Vilma with Edgar and co-starred with Snooky, Tony Ferrer, and Boots Anson Roa. The demand for Vi & Bot’s recordings increased and Willears produced Sweetheart, perhaps a confirmation album of the real score between the two young teen stars. Out of 25 films Vilma and Edgar made in 1970, both Sweethearts and Sixteen stands out as two of their certified hits both as films and recorded albums…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…Songwriter George Canseco won the Manila Film Festival best movie theme category for his work in the movie “Kapantay ay Langit,” produced by Virgo…”The Wonderful World of Music,” produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang, was judged best musical in the Manila Film Festival. The picture stars, Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, both artist of Wilear’s…” – Oskar Salazar, Billboard Magazine, 24 July 1971 (READ MORE)