Filmography: Morena Martir (1965)

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Basic Information: Direction: Jose De Villa; Story: Manuel Songco; Screenplay: Chito B. Tapawan; Cast: Luis Gonzales, Edgar Salcedo, Rosa Mia, Zeny Zabala, Vilma Santos, Elizabeth Bankhead, Loretta Marquez, Venchito Galvez, Jose Villafranca, Renato Del Prado, Nenita Navarro; Music: Restie Umali; Produced: VP Pictures; Film poster: Video48

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: Loretta Marquez was given top billing in the 1965 movie, “Morena Martir,” adapted from the popular DZRH radio serial.

Film Review: “…Ipinanganak nga marahil si Ma. Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos sa show business dahil sa pagitan ng taping ng “Larawan..” ay nagkasunod-sunod na ang kanyang mga pelikula…“Morena Martir” ng VP (Hulyo 20 – Agosto 9, 1965)…ng lumikha ng rekord sa takilya…Makalipas ang mga tatlong buwan, nakatanggap ng maikling sulat si Mama Santos muka lay G. Agra. Naghahanap ang Sampaguita Picutures ng batang babae na gaganap ng mahalagang papel sa “Anak, Ang Iyong Ina!” at isinali ng amain ang pangalan ni Vi. Hindi puwedeng lumiban si Papa Santos sa pinpasukang government office, at ayaw naman nilang mapahiya ang kamag-anak, kaya napilitan si Mama Santos na humingi ng day=off sa opisina (Aguinaldo’s). Pagdating sa studio, wala si G. Agra at nasa location shooting, ngunit totoong naroroon ang pangalan ni Vi, kaya’t pinapasok sila sa tanggapan. Napadaan sa harapan ni Mama Santos si Bella Flores na dala ang script ng “Trudis Liit.” Nagulumihanan si Mama Santos. Binasa niyang muli ang liham ni G. Agra. Mali yata ang napuntahan nila! Akma niyang tatawagin si Vi na noon ay nkikipaglaro sa iba pang mga bata upang yayain na itong umuwi, nang pumasok sina Mommy Vera, Dr. at Mrs. Perez, at Eddie Garcia. At doon nagsimula ang movie career ni Vi na magpahanggang ngayon ay batbat pa rin ng iba’t ibang panunuri, opinyon at konklusiyon…” – Ched P. Gonzales (READ MORE)

“…Loretta Marquez was given top billing in the 1965 movie, “Morena Martir,” adapted from the popular DZRH radio serial…” – Simon Santos (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Ikaw Lang (1993)

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Basic Information: Directed: Chito S. Roño; Story: Bibeth Orteza; Cast: Vilma Santos, Ronnie Ricketts, Cesar Montano, Dencio Padilla, Roldan Aquino, Janine Barredo, Cris Daluz, Mon Fernandez, Vangie Labalan, Josie Tagle, Evelyn Vargas; Executive producer: Tony Gloria; Cinematography: Leodigario B. Dalawis Jr.; Production Design: Charlie Arceo; Theme Songs: “Ikaw lang” Performed by Chad Borja

Plot Description:  A librarian’s husband and mother-in-law turn out to be psychotically abusive. When the husband mistakenly thinks he has killed her, he dumps her in a river, where she is saved by a fisherman. Desperate for money and in need of help to take revenge on her husband, she hooks up with a bank robber whom she falls in love with. Together, they return to her husband’s home and kill him. – IMDB

Celina’s (Vilma Santos) husband Alfred (Cesar Montano) and mother-in-law Martha (Zeny Zabala), turn out to be psychotic and abusive. When Alfred thinks he has killed his wife, he dumps Celina in a river, where she was found by a fisherman. Desperate for money, she hooks up with Dalton (Ronnie Ricketts), a bank robber with whom she falls in love. Together, they exact revenge against Alfred. Acclaimed filmmaker Chito S. Roño directed this critically acclaimed drama he co wrote with Gina Tagasa-Gil, Humilde Roxas and Tom Adrales. Ikaw Lang was produced by Moviestars Production, Silver Screen and Cinestars. – Jojo DeVera

Film Achievement: Box office hit of 1993; Produced by actor, Ronnie Rickets.

Film Review: “…Zeny Zabala (born Zeny Ortiz Santos) started her showbiz stint in 1955, when she played the nemesis of drama diva Lolita Rodriguez in Binibining Kalog. Her role in the film was the foundation of her primera contrabida status. Scare tactics: With her haughty features, Zabala often played the stereotypical upper society Filipina “good girl gone bad” during her early days in showbiz. Later on, she even shoved dog food into the mouth of no less than the Star for all Seasons, Vilma Santos, in 1993’s Ikaw Lang. Now that’s ruthless…” – Pietro Santos (READ MORE)

“…That year, dalawang movies ang nagawa ni Ate Vi. Ang isa pa ang ang action-dramang Ikaw Lang ni Chito Roño, na in fairness ay mahusay rin siya sa papel ng battered wife ng baliw na si Cesar Montano an naging bank robber kasama si Ronnie Ricketts…” – Mario E. Bautista (READ MORE)

“Ronnie Rickets has earned his spurs as an action star. His movies earn millions so that producers, astute businessmen that they are, have been willing to stake their millions on his films, confident that their investment can be recouped in no time at all. But Ronnie is also shrewd when it comes to his career, and carefully chooses the films to star in. As a result, Ronnie is now in the league of such local biggies as Rudy Fernandez, Bong Revilla, and Philip Salvador. Moviestars Productions’ Ikaw Lang is a far cry from the usual stories Ronnie has starred in. It is a love-drama, but Ronnie nonetheless accepted it because of the welcome change. First, it headlines him opposite the “Star of All Seasons,” Vilma Santos, one of the very few top actresses he hasn’t done a movie with. He has worked with Vi in a telemovie the much awarded actress produced years ago, but this is the first time they’re together in a film. Ikaw Lang is a welcome departure from a long spate of action flicks he has been identified with. “So people would not get tired watching me in one action picture after another. Para naman hindi pagsawaan,” Ronnie mused. Ronnie is under contract with MovieStars Productions and can’t say no to Mrs.Fely Ong, his producer in Pacwood Films, who gave him one of his best movies in years, Anak ng Dagat. She has been very supportive and treats him like a son. Since action is Ronnie’s forte, there are scenes in Ikaw Lang, about 20 percent of the movie are scenes where he does a bit of action to please his loyal followers. It’s still action for me anytime. But sometimes, like this one, dapat mayroong change. Para naman hindi magsawa ang mga fans,.” Ronnie explained.” – Manila Standard (READ MORE)