In Appreciation of Mars Ravelo

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Mars Ravelo (born October 9, 1916 in Tanza, Cavite, Philippines – September 12, 1988) was a Filipino graphic novelist who created the characters Darna, Dyesebel, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Bondying, Varga, Wanted: Perfect Mother, Hiwaga, Maruja, Mariposa, Roberta, Rita, Buhay Pilipino, Jack and Jill, Flash Bomba, Tiny Tony, and Dragonna among others. He started out as a cartoonist, then as a writer, and later on as editor -in- chief for two publications houses and for several film companies. He later established his own company, RAR. Ravelo created the characters of Darna the super heroine, Dyesebel the love-lorn mermaid, and Captain Barbel the super hero, Facifica Falayfay, and the duo of Jack & Jill. He also created the drama about a young orphaned girl named Roberta for Sampaguita Pictures. Ravelo wrote the movie adaptation of Alicia Vergel’s Basahang Ginto. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Style of Drawing – “…In my interviews, Ravelo revealed that “sa abot ng natatandaan ko” (as far as I can remember), his first published works were “Ponchong” and “Bemboy.” And had not Liwayway magazine turned him down on his Varga (Darna’s predecessor character), history would have put Darna’s origin inside Liwayway’s pages instead of Bulaklak, and she would have been the Philippines’ first komiks superhero (Yes, at least one-a-half years ahead of Wonder Woman’s first comics appearance!)…Varga is another casing point of Ravelo’s early style of drawing. True to his accounts, Varga’s illustration is a cross between McManus and Fleischer. And based on his story, the timeline of Varga should be put around 1939 and not 1947. To quote Ravelo: “Alam mo naisip kong gawin yung Varga para itapat kay Superman. Lalake yung sa mga Amerikano, babae yung sa atin. Di ba ayos?” (You know I thought of creating Varga as a counterpart of Superman. Male on the part of the Americans, female on our part. Isn’t that okay?). It can also be noted that Varga was a character archived twice. By some twist of circumstance, the name Varga became the ownership of Bulaklak magazine (during those times, intellectual property right is not yet in effect) and when Ravelo left the publication in 1949 after a falling out with its editor, Varga stayed behind. Ravelo took Varga’s personality, revised her costume, and brought her to Pilipino Komiks, and renamed the character Darna. For more than six decades the character Varga was lost, never again to be seen until ABS-CBN Channel 2 made it into a TV series which started on August 2, 2008. The character portrayed by Mariel Rodriguez, however, was very different from the original creation of Ravelo. The superheroine’s costume was change, as well as her origin and beginning. The name of her alter ego was also change – from Narda to Olga…” – Ernee Lawagan (READ MORE)

Number One Janitor – “…Only a very few know that Mars is Marcial, but 20,000,000 komiks readers will swear that Ravelo is one of the greatest things that ever happened to the local komiks industry. For his were the ideas and innovations that defied what were then regarded as “sacred institutions” in the profession and influenced the course of the komiks industry in the Philippines. Oddly enough, Ravelo’s initial foray into the local komiks field was for a man of lesser guts extremely discouraging. It would have been more than enough for the average neophyte to call it quits. But Ravelo is made of the stuff that makes champions. The young (33) Ravelo that confidently presented his first cartoon strip to a vernacular magazine editor that fine day in 1949 was already a “fighter”. He was then drifting from one low-paying menial job to another but even then, his innate desire to excel was evident. When he was a janitor, he says, he was “number one janitor”. He was also to say many years later in a magazine interview that he became “number one” in the komiks field because “I’ve always hated to be number two!” At that time, he already knew that he could write and draw well – as a matter of fact, “better than most of those already in the komiks profession.” But the magazine editor apparently did not think so; one quick glance at the comic strip presented by Ravelo and he pronounced the death sentence: “Hindi pa puwede!” (Not good enough)….” – Komiklopedia (READ MORE)

Mass Culture – “…To understand Darna is to understand Filipino mass culture. Created in 1949 by Mars Ravelo, Darna has zoomed in and out of the imagination of three generation of Filipinos. Darna, who is the local hybrid version of Wonder Woman and Supergirl first appeared in the Pilipino Komiks in the late 40’s. Nestor Redondo, considered by many in his profession as one of the unsung heroes of Filipino illustrations, gave graphic life to the original Filipina libber then named Varga. Over the years Darna has appeared and re-appeared in so many episodes, that Ravelo himself forgets the exact number, to do battle against a wide and weird array of baddies, from Valentina who sports a Medusa-like coiffure and the Babaeng Lawin to the impakta and engkantados, creatures unique to the Filipino’s supernatural hierarchy. Darna symbolizes the two principal characteristics of our mass culture: the supernatural powers that allows a great number of people to engage in never ending fights of fantasy and the dormant militance, the latent commitment to fight injustice wherever it can be found. But above all, Darna is the concrete expression of the cultural schizophrenia that besets us. The superheroine’s creater, Mars Ravelo, really admits that it was the prevalence of a colonial mentality among many readers that compelled him to create a comic strip hero that approximated the stature and powers of the then most popular American heroes, Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Ravelo says, “Naisip ko noon, gayong sikat sina Wonder Woman at Supergirl, bakit hindi ako gumawa ng isang karakter na may mga powers na katulad ng mga ito at ilagay sa situwasyong Pilipino.” Indeed this tendency to go along with trends set in America was and still is true for many comics strip writers. Ravelo, however, had more than mere imitation and lumping into the superhero bandwagon in mind. Ravelo goes on, “Naiisip ko kasi noon since nadito na rin lang yang colonial mentality why not work around it. Kaya naman kung mapapansin nin’yo I try to inject certain amount of relevance to Darna’s adventures. For one thing she talks, thinks, and feels in the vernacular. She exhibits idiosyncrasies that are distinctly Filipino and she fights characters that are unique to the Filipino milieu. Besides the kinds of conflict that she gets involved in and the caused she fights for are those that masses themselves can identify with.” Like all superheroes, however, Darna is one of the best examples of escapist entertainment. Even Ravelo admits to this when he says, “I don’t like writing fantasy. Pero anong magagawa ko? I personally would like to write about real, down-to-earth characters and situations. But the masses just won’t but that! Kasi, kahit na mataas nga ang literacy level ng mga Pilipino alam natin na functional literacy lang ito. Huwag lang masabing ‘no read no write…” – Bill Davidson, TV Times March 13 – 19 1977

Darna is Not a ‘Rip-off” of Wonder Woman – “…Because of the character’s immense popularity, several other studios would license the character and produce more Darna movies throughout the next several decades. After Rosa Del Rosario, Vilma Santos (who first played Darna in 1973’s “Lipad, Darna, Lipad”) would be the most well known and the most in demand to play the character. She starred in a total of 4 Darna movies. Her 4th and final one being in 1980. For years after that, no more Darna movies were produced…” – Raffy Arcega, Comic Book Movie (READ MORE)

Mars Ravelo and Vilma Santos

Ging is a poignant story of a poor gifted girl, trying to make both ends meet by singing and dancing in crowded streets and cafeterias. – Komiklopedia

“…Even at the early age, it was clear that she was already brimming with talent. Vilma, apparently, was born into this world to perform, entertain and make people happy. She was utterly convincing in the dramatic scenes and thoroughly graceful in her musical numbers. Listang-lista – as we’d say in the vernacular. Even then, she was already living up to her showbiz title of “Star for All Seasons” because her performance in “Ging” is not only brilliant, but timeless as well…” – Butch Francisco, People’s Journal 04 March 1999 (READ MORE)

Trudis Liit (lit. Little Trudis) is a Philippine drama produced by GMA Network, and part of that station’s Sine Novela series. Trudis Liit marks the 21st and final installment of the Sine Novela series based on the works by Mars Ravelo. Like all Sine Novela installments, Trudis Liit is based on a movie; this one made in 1963, starring Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Bella Flores and Vilma Santos. – Wikipedia

“…Makulit na ako no’ng time na ‘yon! So, anyway, tinawag ako ni Doc Perez [of Sampaguita Pictures] at that time. Pinaarte ako. Nag-adlib-adlib pa ako. Nakuha naman ako. So, when I started, dalawa kaagad ang pelikula ko—Trudis Liit at Anak, Ang Iyong Ina [1963]. Ang naaalala ko lang tungkol sa maaga kong pagpasok sa pag-aartista, parang laro lang sa akin iyon. Parang naglalaro lang ako noon kaya hindi trabaho sa akin iyon, e. So, very-very memorable sa akin iyon. At saka no’ng Trudis Liit, every lunch, lagi akong may apple. Lagi akong may chicken. Every lunch talaga ‘yon…” – Vilma Santos (READ MORE)

Darna is a fictional character and Filipino comics superheroine created by writer Mars Ravelo and artist Nestor Redondo. In her more popular incarnations, she is a deceased warrior from another planet manifesting herself through a girl from Earth, named Narda. She first appeared in Pilipino Komiks #77 (May 13, 1950). Darna is a retooling of Ravelo’s earlier character Varga, whose stories he wrote and illustrated himself. She first appeared in Bulaklak Magazine, Volume 4, #17 (July 23, 1947). Ravelo left Bulaklak due to differences with the editors. – Wikipedia

“…Ding, ang bato!” yells Narda, the adolescent country lass, to her younger brother. Ding obligingly hands over a shiny pebble which Narda swallows to turn herself into the vivacious super-vixen, Darna. Mars Ravelo’s superheroine, clad in crimson bikinis and knee-high stiletto boots, may perhaps be the most famous local fantasy character given life on the silver screen. Though not actually considered a career-defining role, portraying Darna is, nonetheless, highly-coveted. Darna has been portrayed by no less than nine actress in 12 feature films. Rosa del Rosario first wore the scarlet two piece in May 1951. She reprised the role after three months. Liza Moreno, Eva Montes and Gina Pareno followed her. The inter-galactic pebble found its way to Vilma Santos’ throat in 1973 via the flick “Lipad, Darna, Lipad!” Santos, now a two-term mayor of Lipa City in Batangas, is probably the most popular Darna, with a total of four movies in a span of seven years…” – Armin Adina, Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 06, 2003 (READ MORE)

Dyesebel is a popular mermaid character in the Philippines. The comic book character was originally conceived by the Filipino comic book illustrator, Mars Ravelo. Dyesebel is a prominent character in Philippine cinema and television. – Wikipedia

“…In the 1973 Dyesebel movie, Dyesebel lives in an undersea kingdom of mermaids far from the land of humans because the humans believe that the mermaids are the cause of misfortune. Dyesebel fell in love with a male human being. In order to be with the man that she likes, she swore to find a way to be transformed into a female human being. In the movie, “Si Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe,” the role of Dyesebel was played by Vilma Santos and Fredo was played by Romeo Miranda…” (READ MORE)

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Blessed Oreng is Connie Angeles

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Blessed Oreng – “…In Trudis, we were 800 plus during the audition. Tita Lolit (Lolita Rodriguez) and Tita Bella (Flores) talked to my mother. Siguro, natutuwa sa akin. They told her na kukurutin daw ako para umiyak pero kailangan daw sabihin ko ang lines ko. So, nakuha ako, kasi the other children forgot to say the dialogue when they started crying. I played Oreng, yung sister ni Trudis na kinagat ng aso. But I never became a dramatic actress, because I didn’t know how to cry. In one scene, inaagaw na yung baboy namin do’n, ipagbibili na ni Bella. When Ate Vi (Vilma Santos) cried, iyak na din ako pero boses lang. Wala talagang luha. Kakausapin na naman nila nanay ko. Kunwari papauwiin na ako. ‘Pag umiyak na ako, they would start shooting. After our scenes, Tito Luis (Gonzalez) and Tita Lolit would buy us Max chicken kasi pinahirapan nila kaming umiyak…As a child actress, wala akong hinanap na role na hindi napunta sa akin. Naranasan ko ang magka-buntot in “Anak ni Dyesebel”(1965), where I was the daughter of Dyesebel played by Eva Montes. Her mother naman was the original Dyesebel, Edna Luna. Naging anak din ako ni President Erap in “Panginoon ng Pantalan.” I was also able to act under Director Gerry de Leon in “Darna at ang Babaeng Tuod” (1964). I played Lucy, yung anak ng babaeng tuod…I chose television because I grew up on TV. I also promised my parents that I’d finish my studies. As a student I couldn’t cope with the demands of filmmaking because of the long hours of shooting and distant locations…We were very close as a family. That’s why all of us married late. Lahat kami, nakatapos…If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. Ba’t ka maghahanap ng kapintasan? Instead of pointing out the other’s mistake, mention na lang the nice things na ginawa n’ya…I have no time for depression, kasi ang sarap-sarap ng buhay…And I enjoy what I’m doing. Even up to now, I feel I’m so blessed!…” – Gypsy Baldovino, Manila Bulletin, Aug 10 2009 (READ MORE)

Pulitika karugtong ng Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko – “…Bago siya pumalaot sa larangan ng pulitika, una siyang nakilala bilang co-host ng Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko – ang malawakang programa sa telebisyon na napakarami nang dukha ng siyudad na natutulungan. Ang naturang programa ay naging stepping stone din ni Senador Orly Mercado tungo sa larangan ng pulitika. Maging sa pangarap ay hindi sumagi kay Vice Mayor, na dati ring artista, na ang Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko ay si- yang maghahatid sa kanya sa daigdig ng pulitika. Sa mungkahi ni Senador Mercado ay sinubukan niyang tumakbo para konsehal sa third district – at hindi naman siya nabigo. Ganun din ang kanyang mga constituents na nagtiwala sa kanya at ginawa siyang number one councilor nuong 1992. Ang pulitika, sang-ayon kay Vice Mayor ay karugtong lamang ng kanyang patuloy na public service program upang higit na makahatid ng serbisyo sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan ng lungsod…” – The Philippine Star (READ MORE)

Younger People and New Media – “…This was the gist of the message conveyed by TV’s pioneering public service program, “Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko (KKMK).” Hosts Orly Mercado and Connie Angeles, both former politicians who quit politics for good, met the press recently and shared their show’s colorful history and promising future in the midst of their engagement, finally, to Internet revolution. The 35-year-old show which GMA-7 still airs Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 a.m., has made use of social networking sites, namely, Facebook and Twitter. With its website (www.kapwako.org) now in operation, this long-standing program has gained new followers through multi-media health-related content. “We’re trying to get the interest of the younger people through the new media,” expressed Mercado, who proudly stated that his three and a half decade TV program has been able to finally adapt and morph in accordance to the demand of today’s world. KKMK is having a fruitful year thus far, having facilitated Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) Shunting surgery (implanting of tube in a patient’s skull to drain excess brain fluid) to three hydrocephalus victims, as well as administered medical missions (with the help of SM Foundation) to more than 30,000 people in poor communities…” – Yugel Losorata, Manila Bulletin, Jul 16 2011 (READ MORE)

Is this it? – “…It was in 1983 when I received a call from Orly Mercado and offered me a simple job, to pitch-hit for his co-hosts who can’t make it to the recording of the show Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko. Mr. Mercado is the founding president of Kapwa. Of course, I said sure. I was happy doing it when suddenly all the hosts were coming in,” Angeles narrates. “I ask myself ‘is this it?’ So I came to Mr. Mercado and told him that I was enjoying my job and I don’t want to leave the show anymore because aside from really enjoying Kapwa, I, too, was learning so many things. And he said yes!” From that time, Angeles became a regular host of the show and until now, she is one of the figures of Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko. “Even when I became a councilor, vice mayor and mayor of Quezon City, I didn’t leave the show,” she quips. “There’s another level of fulfillment that I get from doing Kapwa. I served in the politics for nice years and though I was also doing a lot of public service for my constituents, doing Kapwa gives me more happiness.” With her very lady-like conduct, a genuine smile for everyone who greets her, Angeles truly has a heart for reaching out to those who are in need. While many politicians don’t want to leave their posts in the government, Angeles opted to be different. “I think nine years in the government was good enough to help other people,” she claims. “I was happy being a public servant of Quezon City, but you know, in politics, helping your constituents is sometimes given other meaning. And the fulfillment you are supposed to enjoy is sometimes compromised. It’s hard to see people being unhappy when they see you help others aside from them.” She may not be called to serve the Church, but she definitely has a calling. In 2001 another opportunity to continue what she’s been doing came through SM Foundation Inc. “My sister Christy was already working for SM Foundation before I came in, so I am very familiar with what the foundation’s thrusts and projects were at the time I joined the organization. And even before I joined the company, I was really interested because Christy was telling me all the things they have been doing…” – Eleanor A. Leyco, Business Mirror, March 21 2013 (READ MORE)

Connie Angeles and Vilma Santos – Mostly played supporting roles during her film career, Connie Angeles has some similar career paths just like her older sister in their debut film. After “Trudis Liit” in 1963 both became in demand child stars. Connie did several films with dramatic greats like, Eddie Rodriguez, Boots Anson Roa, and Amalia Fuentez. She may not given the chance to wear the Darna custome like Vi but was lucky enough to be a little mermaid in “Anak ni Dyesebel” with Eva Montes. Afte her stint as a child star, and just like Vi, she slowly became one of the singing teen stars of the 70’s. She played several supporting roles in these musical era and even recorded songs for her fans. She then ventured in television doing public service program with Orly Mercado, Mildred Ortega and Cielito Del Mundo. Later, Like Vi, Connie became a beloved public servant, Vi as Mayor of Lipa City and now Governor of Batangas while Connie was a city counsilor and then the only second female vice mayor of Quezon City.

    • Bato sa Buhangin (1976) – Connie Angeles played best friend to a spoiled but terminally sick Vilma Santos. FPJ was Vi’s leading man (READ MORE).
    • Hotdog: Unang Kagat (1975) – Both Connie and Vi played cameo role to the folk singer/musical band Hotdog, FPJ also appeared in cameo (READ MORE).
    • Ikaw Lamang (1973) – Eddie Rodriguez directed Vi and teen idol Paolo Romero, Connie played supporting role together with dramatic veterans Eddie Garcia, Vic Silayan (READ MORE).
    • Ding Dong (1970) – Mar S. Torres directed Vi and Tirso Cruz III in title role, Connie Angeles played supports. The films was a Pablo S. Gomez story adapted from serialized comics published from United Komiks.
    • Trudis Liit (1963) – Adapted from Mars Ravelo’s comics, Vi played the title role, Trudis while Connie played Oreng, Trudis’ little sister. Luis Gonzales, Lolita Rodriguez played the parents while Bella Flores was the villain (READ MORE).

Connie Angeles, Born in 1956, actress, politician, public servant, who played Oreng, the younger sister to Vilma Santos’ Trudis in 1963 film “Trudis Liit,” She gradually became a teen idol in the 70s after a successful career as child star. During this period, she recorded several songs under Vicor and Villar Records and also starred in teen flicks. She was also paired with the younger brother of Tirso Cruz III, Woody Cruz, atleast in the small screen via Ike Lozada’s show Big Ike’s Happening. The following decades transformed her career, concentrating more in public service while completing her studies (She eventually recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Philosophy at University of the Philippines). In the 1980s, together with actresses Boots Anson Roa, Susan Valdez, Cielito del Mundo, Connie Angeles co-anchored the television public service program, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko. She entered politics in 1990s becoming councilor and then the second female vice mayor of Quenzon City. Connie stated that “Kapwa ko, Mahal Ko” played a major role in her political career. Since 2004, Connie Angeles has been the public face of the show specially during Orly’s (Co-host, and fellow politician, Orly Mercado) teaching stint in Kobe, Japan. Currently, Angeles is the Executive Director of SM Foundation and the Vice President of SM Investments, Inc. – RV

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FILM REVIEW: TRUDIS LIIT

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The Plot: Ang Trudis Liit ay isang pelikulang Drama kung saan inaapi ang kaawa-awang si Trudis (Vilma Santos) ng kanyang madrasta (Bella Flores). Ito ay ipinalabas noong Pebrero 21, taong 1963. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

The Reviews: “This is, of course, Vilma’s first film and it has all the elements of a melodrama – the good guys and one extremely bad woman (Bella Flores). This early, you can already tell that Vilma was to the acting profession born. (She won FAMAS Best Child Actress for this film). She doesn’t allow herself to be eclipsed by her veteran co-stars: Luis Gonzales and the Lolita Rodriguez. But with due respect to Vilma, even if she is the one who plays the title role here and is undeniably good in this Sampaguita Pictures box-office hit, the one who leaves a really lasting impression in the minds of most viewers is the character played by Connie Angeles – Oreng. After all, wasn’t it this girl who gets chewed up by a German Shepherd in the film?” – Butch Francisco, Newsflash.org Feb 2004 (READ MORE)

“Nakihalo lang ako doon sa mga nag-a-audition sa Trudis Liit [1963],” pagbabalik-tanaw ng aktres kung paano siya napasok sa showbiz at naging bida nga kaagad sa nabanggit niyang proyektong iyon. Hindi ako dapat talaga doon [sa audition na iyon]. Nakipila lang ako. Pagpila ko, tinatawag ako ng mommy ko na, ‘Hindi ka diyan! Sabi ko, ‘Andito na, e!’ Makulit na ako no’ng time na ‘yon! So, anyway, tinawag ako ni Doc Perez [of Sampaguita Pictures] at that time. Pinaarte ako. Nag-adlib-adlib pa ako. Nakuha naman ako. So, when I started, dalawa kaagad ang pelikula ko—Trudis Liit at Anak, Ang Iyong Ina [1963]. Ang naaalala ko lang tungkol sa maaga kong pagpasok sa pag-aartista, parang laro lang sa akin iyon. Parang naglalaro lang ako noon kaya hindi trabaho sa akin iyon, e. So, very-very memorable sa akin iyon. At saka no’ng Trudis Liit, every lunch, lagi akong may apple. Lagi akong may chicken. Every lunch talaga ‘yon. Parang… Siguro bata, so ibibigay nila ‘yong gano’ng ano sa ‘yo. Parang may prize ka, gano’n. So, memorable sa akin iyon.” – Vilma Santos (READ MORE)

“This is, of course, Vilma’s first film and it has all the elements of a melodrama – the good guys and one extremely bad woman (Bella Flores). This early, you can already tell that Vilma was to the acting profession born. (She won FAMAS Best Child Actress for this film). She doesn’t allow herself to be eclipsed by her veteran co-stars: Luis Gonzales and the Lolita Rodriguez. But with due respect to Vilma, even if she is the one who plays the title role here and is undeniably good in this Sampaguita Pictures boxoffice hit, the one who leaves a really lasting impression in the minds of most viewers is the character played by Connie Angeles – Oreng. After all, wasn’t it this girl who gets chewed up by a German Shepherd in the film?…” – Butch Francisco, Philippine Star November 3, 2005 (READ MORE)

“Throughout the years, the local film industry saw a continuous parade of child actors and actresses who eventually became adult performers to take their rightful places in the pantheon of movie stars. Hereunder are some of those phenomenal thespian-turned-stars:..Vilma Santos—She was the original Trudis Liit in 1963. Paired with Edgar Mortiz as a loveteam, they appeared in Our Love Affair, My Love at First Sight, Don’t Ever Say Goodbye and Young Love. But her filmography is filled with outstanding films directed by top-notch directors. Her unforgettable films included: Bata..Bata..Paano Ka Ginawa? (Chito Rono) which won for her a best actress award from Belgium directed by Chito Roño; Anak (Rory Quintos); Dekada 70 (Chito Rono) with Christopher de Leon; Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (Ishmael Bernal); Relasyon (Ishmael Bernal) which gave her a gand slam of all local best actress awards from FAP,FAMAS, Star; Broken Marriage (Ishmael Bernal); Hahamakin Lahat (Lino Brocka); Rubia Servios (Lino Brocka); Kapag Langit ang Humatol (Laurence Guillen); Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-Itim ng Tagak (Celso Ad. Castillo); Burlesk Queen (Celso Ad. Castillo) and Sister Stella L. (Mike de Leon)…” – FAP (READ MORE)

“…Contravida Queen Bella Flores was featured in “Showbiz Central’s” Most Influential segment as she plays a big part in GMA Films’ new movie with Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica, “My Kontrabida Girl.” It’s also a tribute to Bella as she’s celebrating her 60th anniversary in showbiz. The screen name Bella Flores was given to her by the late Sampaguita Pictures’ boss Dr. Jose Perez. “I was so glad when I was told it means beautiful flowers,” she said. Her real name is Remedios Dancel and she was born on Feb. 27, 1936, which means she turned 76 yesterday, Monday (Feb 27/2012). She was only 15 when she did her first villain role maltreating child star Tessie Agana in the blockbuster “Roberta.” She recounted that Vilma Santos auditioned with her for her first movie, “Trudis Liit,” in 1963. “Natakot siya at tumakbo dahil nakita niyang pinahirapan ko ‘yung ibang batang nag-audition,” she said. “Ngayon, governor na siya. Sina Roderick Paulate at Gina Alajar, sa’kin din nagsimula as child stars sa ‘Kaibigan Kong Sto. Nino’…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

“Ang pelikula ni Ate Vi na Trudis Liit ay tandang tanda ng maraming Vilmanians. Nagdulot ito ng unang karangalan para kay Ate Vi at sa murang edad ng siyam. Sa mga Vilmanians ang maraming madramang eksena ni Vilma rito’y natanim sa ating alaala. Ang sabi nga ng isa sa ating Vilmanian na si Henry Llaneza, “the first movie I’ve seen in Black & White TV mula sa bintana ng kapitbahay ay ang “Trudis Liit” na napaiyak ang lahat ng nanonood dito nagsimula ang lahat…” ng kanyang pagiging isang Vilmanian. Katulad ni Henry, dito rin nagsimula ang aking paghanga sa star for all season. Galit na galit ako nuon kay Bella Flores dahil sa pang-aaping ginawa niya kay Trudis. Sa pagkapanalo ni Ate Vi ng FAMAS Best Child Actress sa pelikulang ito, sinundan pa ng Sampaguita Pictures ang tagumpay nito sa pamamagitan ng pelikulang Ging. Dito makikita ang malinaw na talento ni Ate Vi. Hindi lamang sa kanyang hindi pilit na pag-iyak kundi sa pagkanta rin. Dito rin sa pelikulang ito’y nakipagsabayan siya sa pagganap ni Olivia Cenizal at sa pang-aapi ni Carol Varga. Ang dekada ng sisenta ay patuloy na nagbigay ng maraming pelikula kay Ate Vi magmula sa pagiging isang batang artista hanggang sa isang teenager. Umabot ito sa unang karangalan niya bilang isang hindi na batang artista sa pamamagitan ng pagkanominado niya sa Best Supporting Actress muli sa FAMAS at ang kanyang pagkapanalo ng parehong titulo mula naman sa San Beda College…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…Vilma was talking about Trudis Liit, the ’60s Sampaguita tearjerker in which she played the title role, with Luis playing her father, now US-based Lolita Rodriguez her mother and Bella Flores as the kontrabida. Luis, whose real surname is Mercado, died of complications of pneumonia at 11:30 Thursday night, March 15, at the Makati Medical Center where he was confined for the last time (he had been in and out of the hospital). As in the case of movie greats, Luis’ age is confidential and maybe not even his wife Vina Concepcion, who belongs to the clan that owns Concepcion Industries, and their three children can be forced to reveal it. After Trudis Liit, Vilma would star with Luis years later when she was already a teenager, in Iginuhit ng Tadhana and in Pinagbuklod ng Langit, produced by Sampaguita Pictures, believed to have helped Ferdinand Marcos win when he ran for President and then for reelection. In both movies, Luis plays Marcos, with Gloria Romero as First Lady Imelda Marcos and Vilma as Imee Marcos (now Ilocos Norte Governor). In the second, Gina Alajar plays as Irene Marcos (Mrs. Greggy Araneta), Now-Sen. Bongbong Marcos plays himself in the first movie (it was Jonjie Aranda, ex-husband of Sen. Loren Legarda, who plays Bongbong in the second). “I shot Palimos ng Pagibig (a Viva drama, with Edu Manzano and Dina Bonnevie) at Luis’ house,” added Vilma. “I remember him as sobrang kalog, palabiro. Ang tawag namin kay Tito Luis palengke kasi nga Mercado ang real surname niya. I was nine years old then and he always reminded me to just enjoy everything. We were always shooting dramatic scenes at parati akong iyak nang iyak, but after every take, tawa na kami nang tawa because Tito Luis would start cracking jokes…” – RicoJr (READ MORE)

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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