Saturday, December 31, 2011
She is the daughter of Rosemarie Sonora and Ricky Belmonte.
Sheryl Rose Anna Marie Sonora Cruz (born April 5, 1974 in Makati City, Philippines), better known simply as Sheryl Cruz, is a Filipina actress and singer. She is known for her role as Divina Ferrer on 2007's television drama series Sinasamba Kita and as Valeria on Bakekang and Rosalinda.
Cruz started her career at a very young age. She won the FAMAS Best Child Actress award for her portrayal in the movie "Mga Basang Sisiw" opposite Janice de Belen, Che Che and the late Julie Vega. She also won best child actress for the movie "Roman Rapido" opposite her late uncle the King of Filipino Movies, Fernando Poe Jr.
She was later contracted by Regal Films along with Kristina Paner and Manilyn Reynes to form the sensational group "TRIPLETS". Among the three, Manilyn Reynes became the Star of the New Decade and Sheryl Cruz became the Princess of Philippine Cinema. At that time, GMA Network established the youth oriented TV show "That's Entertainment" hosted by German Moreno, where she became part of the Wednesday group.
Her movie career blossomed as part of Philippine cinema's most memorable loveteams, that of herself and Romnick Sarmenta. Sheryl then signed a contract with Seiko Films. Sheryl was named during her teen years as "The Princess of the Philippine Movies". She later married and moved to the United States. In August 2004, Sheryl decided to return home, and starred in her comeback movie, Mano Po 3: My Love, with her godmother the Star for All Seasons, Ms. Vilma Santos-Recto, governor of Batangas.
But her biggest break was starring in two seasons of Now and Forever, "Tinig" and "Ganti", which garnered high ratings (equivalent to that of a primetime show) despite its being on an afternoon timeslot. She appeared on Bakekang, in which her villainous character, Valeria, became a household name. She made the transfer to ABS-CBN after her blooming career on GMA when she was offered to play Ms. Minchin, the villain of Princess Sarah. She decided to shift networks again and decided to stay at her network home GMA to do Luna Mystica opposite a former talent of ABS-CBN, Heart Evangelista. She is now back at GMA Network.
In the mid-plot of the Sine Novela offering Tinik Sa Dibdib she was cast as the additional character in the series. Rumored that she was the replacement of Ara Mina. In the series, she was the lead antagonist, the love triangle between Lando (portrayed by: Marvin Agustin) and Lorna (portrayed by: Sunshine Dizon in the first three weeks) and Nadine Samonte.
After her role on Tinik sa Dibdib Sheryl was chosen by GMA Network to appear in Langit sa Piling Mo as a guest star. She is recently starring in the first season of GMA reality comedy series Ang Yaman ni LolaGrazilda. every afternoon and on primetime in
In 2011 Cruz joined the cast of the new television series Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak for TV5.
She is the niece of actress Susan Roces, the Queen of Filipino Movies. Cruz and her husband Norman Bustos were married in 1996 but filed for divorce in March 2008. They have a daughter named Ashley Nicole.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Oyo Boy Sotto (born Vittorio Mari Sotto on January 12, 1984 in Manila), also known as Oyo Boy or Oyo Sotto, is a Filipino actor. He is the son of comedian Vic Sotto and actress Dina Bonnevie, nephew of Senator Tito Sotto, and younger brother of actress Danica Sotto and the cousin of Miko Sotto. He has Swiss, Italian and French ancestry on his mother's side and Spanish ancestry on his father's side.
On January 12, 2011, he married actress Kristine Hermosa. They have two children. One is adopted, Kristian Daniel or Kiel, born August 16, 2008 and the other their biological daughter, Ondrea Bliss, born December 26, 2011.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Renzo Cruz is the son of the late Ricky Belmonte and Rosemarie Sonora. He is the brother of Sheryl Cruz. Cousin of Geneva Cruz and Sunshine Cruz. He is the nephew of of couple Susan Roces and late Fernando Poe Jr..
He is appearing in:
Walang hanggan (TV series) 2012
Monday, November 28, 2011
Vandolph Quizon is an actor. He is one of the King of Comedy's, Dolphy, son. His mother is a movie actress and politician, Alma Moreno.
|Vandolph's very 1st movie was Balimbing: Mga Taong Huyango marking his debut movie, with his co-stars, his real father Dolphy, his half brother Rolly Quizon and his real mom Alma Moreno. Vandolph's also first TV show appearance was Loveliness on IBC in 1989 with his real life mom, Alma Moreno he was a special guest in a musical show.|
.In 2006, he launched his 1st gag show, Quizon Avenue on ABS-CBN 2. In 2008, His biggest break was an action series Palos on channel 2 with his co-stars Cesar Montano and Jake Cuenca. The same year, he returns to sitcom via John En Shirley a spin-off of John En Marsha with Susan Roces, Mitch Dulce, Maricel Soriano, and his real life father, Dolphy Quizon. In 2009, Vandolph signed a contract on TV5, he joined a family fantasy sitcom, Pidol's Wonderland', and he was a celebrity guest judge on Talentadong Pinoy also the same year. In 2010, he returns to drama anthology, Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To Face on TV5.
Monday, October 24, 2011
KC Concepcion (born Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion on April 7, 1985) is an actress and singer from the Philippines who is currently a National Ambassador Against Hunger of the UN's World Food Programme.[She graduated Grade school in Poveda. In 2003, she graduated from the International School Manila, and in 2007, graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris. Her stepfather is Senator Kiko Pangilinan. She has two sisters from her father, Cloie, the daughter of Jenny Syquia and Gabrielle, the daughter of Grace Ibuna. She has also a sister with her mother, Sharon Cuneta and an adopted brother.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mutya is the daughter of Tony Ferrer a popular movie actor and producer and the beauty queen Alice Crisostomo, the Mutya ng Pilipinas. She also won the title in 1992.
At 14 however, Mutya realized that success was something she had to work for. Her parents separated after 18 years of marriage, leaving her and brother Falcon the products of a broken home.
Because of hurt ego, Alice tried to be independent. As a result, she and Mutya had to work to support their new “family.”
“Malaki ang hirap ni Mutya sa amin,” she admits. “Siya ang nagpa-aral sa kanilang magkapatid. At 14, she was the family’s breadwinner. Ako naman ang kanyang mother, secretary, manager, driver, lahat na.”
Having been born in a family of filmmakers, Mutya decided to help her family, the only way she knew – via show business.
Thanks to her fine lineage, she was an instant star, first at GMA-7’s “That’s Entertainment” and later, as a contract star of Viva Films.
She belonged to the first batch of “That’s Entertainment” stars who became the idols of the ’80s: Jean Garcia, Ana Abiera, Nadia Montenegro, Sheryl Cruz, Lotlot de Leon, Tina Paner, Donita Rose and Manilyn Reynes. “Pero ’di niya pinabayaan ang pag-aaral,” Alice adds. “After her classes, takbo kami sa “That’s…”
In the process, Mutya became a role model to other stars who did not let go of their studies despite hectic showbiz commitments. “Yung mga teachers, sabi nila Jennifer (Sevilla), ginagawa daw example si Mutya nung mga professors sa UST. ’Di nagpapabaya sa studies.”
Under Viva Films, Mutya did “Wolly Bolly,” “Row 4: Baliktorians” (1993), “Apoy sa Puso” (1992), “Ngayon at Kailanman” (1992), “Tag-araw, Tag-ulan” (1992), “Wooly Booly 2: Ang Titser Kong Alien” (1990), “Valentina” (1989), “Rock-a-Bye Baby: Tatlo ang Daddy” (1988), among others.
“Matagal din siya sa showbiz, almost six years din. She quit when she was 20,” Alice continues.
Mutya’s exit from showbiz marked the beginning of her new conquest, as a beauty queen.
After appearing in the movies, Mutya worked in Singapore as global brand manager of Pond;s Unilever. After giving birth to Mayumi, her daughter with her husband Genesis "Jiggoy Buensuceso, a designer, she quit the corporate life andwent into business roducing baby products which she herself designed.
Now she is supplying customers in different countries.
Spinkie branched into soft toys and a fashion line for girls, specializing in reversible frocks. Through her network, Mutya was able to get American models and a photographer for the images of Spinkie. She will introduce ruffled fashion liners to cover diapers. With the birth of her son, Malaya, she will embark on a boys’ apparel line.
partial source:Manila Burlletin
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Rustom is the brother of Robin Padilla. He was a matinee idol who was once married to Carmina Villaroel. They got married in 1994 and separated in 1997. The couple had a fight
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Lani Mercado-Revilla (born Jesusa Victoria Hernandez) on April 13, 1968) is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives for the 2nd District of Cavite, which comprises only the city of Bacoor. She is also an actress. She is married to actor and Senator Bong Revilla
Has six children with Bong Revilla namely: Leonard Bryan (aka Bryan Revilla, born November 22, 1986), Jose Lorenzo (Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III aka Jolo Revilla, born March 15, 1988), Inah Felicia (aka Inah Revilla, born October 2, 1989), Ma. Viktoria Gianna (born August 15, 1995), Ma. Franzel Loudette (born October 15, 1997) and Ramon Vicente (born December 8, 1998).
Monday, September 05, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Jon Hernandez was the late son of Ross Rival and Alicia Alonzo.
The Hernandez he used is the real family name of his mother. Alicia Alonzo.
An out-of-town trip in 2000 with friends turned out to be deadly for the actor after their car hit a concrete obstruction in an unlit section of the expressway.
Since Ross Rival, his father was a Salvador, he was he grandchild of Lou Salvador Sr. He was also the cousin of Jobelle Salvador (one of the casts of the original Bagets movie). Jon appeared in the Bagets sequel.
He was the nephew of actor Phillip Salvador, Leroy Salvador, Alona Alegre, Mina Aragon, and Jumbo Salvador (on the father side) and Anthony Alonzo (on his mother side).
He was also the half brother of actress Maja Salvador.
Rocky Gutierrez is the son of Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez. He is Eddie Gutierrez, Jr. the elder brother of Richard Gutierrez, Raymond and Ruffa.
He appeared in the following:
Makapiling Kang Muli (TV series)
Agent Mercury / Felix Reyes
Monday, June 20, 2011
ROSS RIVAL belonged to the Salvador clan and was the eldest brother of Philip Salvador.
Date of Birth7 October 1945, Philippines
Date of Death16 November 2007, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Luzon, Philippines (prostate cancer)
Birth NameRosauro Salvador
TriviaFather of Maja Salvador.
Elder brother of Phillip Salvador.
Jon Hernandez is his son with Alicia Alonzo.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Grace Poe is the adopted daughter of Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr.Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares.
She was an active leader and public speaker since her elementary years, she was a champion debater during her high school years, and a student council officer in college. She took up Development Studies at the University of the Philippines-Manila, but eventually finished Political Science (Government and Political Theory) at Boston College. As a mother of three, she is very involved in the welfare of her family, but she also a strong passion to be as equally involved in national affairs – living up to the legacy that her father left her.
She said that her husband who worked in the US for a long time made some adjustments here in the Philippines. Her three children were adjusting too. Her son Brian is planning to enroll in UP but he was not sure of the result of the UOCAT because there were questions there which were in Filiino. Her two daughters are studying in Assumption.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Who were Dolphy's women?
From the 80 questions about Dolphy when he celebrated his 80th birthday here are some of the names as well as his children.
1. My first love was Aida Javier who came from a family of musicians.
Mahusay siya mag-piano.
2. I met Engracia Dominguez – si Gracia – sa stage show. In our skit,
she stood motionless, kunwari portrait, habang kinakantahan ko ng Mona
Lisa, Mona Lisa. Nagkaroon kami ng anim na anak – Manny, Salud,
Rodolfo Jr., Freddie, Edgar and Raul. Gracia and I separated in 1963.
Freddie died in 2005.
3. I fell in love with a fellow Sampaguitan but I’d rather not reveal
who she was. Sa amin na lang ‘yon. She’s now in America.
4. I met Gloria Smith in 1956. Nagkaroon kami ng apat na anak –
Mariquita, Carlos, Geraldino and Edwin.
5. I met Baby Smith. Artista rin siya, Pamela Ponti ang screen name.
She was 17, I was 36. Nagkaroon kami ng apat na anak – Ronaldo,
Enrico, Madonna and Jeffrey.
Two of his sons with Alice "Baby" Smith" aka Pamela Ponti are:
6. In the late ’60s while we were shooting in a hospital, I met a
nurse, Evangeline Tagulao. Nagkaroon kami ng isang anak. Nasa States
na sila ngayon.
7.I met Pilar Pilapil in 1969 when we shot Tayo’y Mag-Up, Up and
Away in Rome, Paris, London, New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas. That was
two years after she won the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title. We almost
got married. Ayaw ng parents niya.
8. Then, I fell in love with Lotis Key. I also almost married her.
Ang mga babae ko, kadalasan nagkakasabay-sabay, nag-o-overlap sila.
9. In 1981, I met Alma Moreno. We have a son, Vandolph. Why did we
break up? Ayoko na lang mag-elaborate. Basta, nahirapan ako sa
10. Nang naging kami ni Zsa Zsa, nabulabog ang buhay namin. Nawalan
ako ng show; tinanggal ang mga commercials ko. At that time, we
seriously thought of living in the States. Nakabili na nga kami ng
bahay doon, eh.
11. Zsa Zsa and I have a daughter, si Zia. We also have an adopted
daughter, si Nicole who was just a few months old nang ibigay sa akin
ng nanay niyang Amerikana. Nasa Hizon’s ako noon.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Dubbed as the soprano comedienne, she appeared in such films as Gorio at Tekla and Takas sa Bataan which was directed by Olive la Torre, her father. She also appeared in Yantok Mindoro, Sebya Mahal Kita and O Sendang with Pugo, Rosa Aguirre and Bentot .
Sylvia La Torre was born in 1933. She took her first voice lessons from her mother Leonora Reyes, a Kundiman and opera singer. Her first break as a singer happened in 1938 at the age of five, she defeated much older competitors with her powerful rendition of “Bakit Mo Ako Pinaluha?” at Savoy Theater. The years during the Japanese Occupation saw Sylvia as a child performer in stage shows at the Life Theater, singing and acting in skits along with popular stars, her repertoire consisted of songs in Filipino, English, Spanish and Japanese. She studied at the University of Sto. Thomas (UST) Conservatory of Music after the war.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
In the ‘60s, she was briefly known onscreen as Pamela Ponti, Italian-sounding when she’s actually an American mestiza, Alice ‘Baby’ Smith. Her acting career didn’t flourish as she fell in love with Dolphy (Rodolfo Vera Quizon), not yet the Comedy King that he is today.
Alice and Dolphy had three children: Ronnie, Eric and Donna Quizon.
She’s now based in California with daughter Donna. They own and run the popular franchise restaurant Pinoy/Pinay.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Lilian Velez--Some of her films included Binibiro Lamang Kita (with Norma Blancaflor, Ely Ramos and Narding Anzurez), Engkantada (with Lilia Dizon, Pugo,Togo and Alfonso Carvajal), Estudyante (with Narding Anzurez, Pugo and Togo) and Sa Kabukiran (with Narding Anzurez). Her sensational killing by her own co-star Narding Anzures was made into a film, The Lilian Velez Story, which starred Sharon Cuneta as Lilian Velez, Cesar Montano and Joel Torre under the direcion of Carlo J. Caparas. She was a native of Cebu whose father, Manuel Velez was a composer for movies. Narding Anzures was the son of Rosa Aguirre. He died of tuberculosis in Bilibid Prison.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Vic Vargas by Butch Francisco
July 22, 2003
Vic Vargas was the he-man and macho of Philippine movies. Born
Jose Maria Marfort Asuncion on March 28, 1939, he was a campus
heartthrob when he was taking up Commerce at the University of Sto.
Tomas. His ticket to fame was his physique. In fact, before he became
an actor, he first hosted a judo show on Channel 7 in 1961. Then came
the movies the following year. He played the title role in Diegong
Tabak with Lolita Rodriguez as his leading lady.
Then, together with Dolphy, he did the hilarious action-comedy
Tarzan vs. Tansan. They had two former Miss Philippines winners as
leading ladies: Josephine Estrada and Cynthia Ugalde.
Vic Vargas stayed with Sampaguita until the mid-‘60s, where he did
mostly action films: Ang Rosario at ang Tabak, Walang Takot sa
Patalim, Kumander Judo, Mga Kanyon ng Corregidor and Paratroops
From action, he shifted to sex flicks – actually bomba movies that
became the fad in the early ‘70s: Apoy ng Kaligayan with Stella Suarez
and Rosanna Ortiz; Busog with Merle Fernandez, Bert Leroy Jr. and
Philip Gamboa, Mister Incredible with Jessica, Rosanna Ortiz and Ricky
Santiago and Ang Bukid ay Basa with Gina Laforteza and Rosanna Ortiz.
But the majority of the films he did were really action or drama
laced with sex scenes: Mga Hagibis (no rleation to Sonny parsons and
his singing group) with Eddie Rodriguez and Eddie Garcia; Ako’y Tao,
May Dugo at Laman, an Armando Garces all-star cast drama with Rita
Gomez, Helen Gamboa, Perla Bautista, Leila Morena, Eddie Garcia, Eddie
Gutierrez, Leopoldo Salcedo and Ramil Rodriguez, Kapwa Limbas with
Roberto Gonzales and Rosanna Ortiz and Dodong Ko with Gloria Sevilla,
Perla Bautista, Anita Linda and Frankie Navaja Jr.
In 1971, he did his most important film – Pagdating sa Dulo, which
was also the first movie of Ishmael Bernal. Voted one of the best
films of the ‘70s by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Pagdating
was a commentary on crass commercialism, materialism and the state of
the movie industry. Aside from Vargas (who played a taxi
driver-turned-movie actor), the movie also starred Rita Gomez, Eddie
Garcia and Elvira Manahan.
It was El Vibora, however, that gave him his first Best Actor
award (Manila Film Festival, 1972). Serialized in Liwayway, El Vibora
cast him as a bandit on the lookout for the man who raped his sister
and killed his family (It was Leopoldo Salcedo, a supposedly good
citizen of the community, who did it). El Vibora also starred Boots
Anson-Roa as his love interest.
The following year, he repeated his victory at the Manila Film
Festival for Nueva Vizcaya, where he played a warring Tarican. The
film also starred Zaldy Zshornack and was the launching movie of Miss
Republic of the Philippines, Evangeline Reyes.
In 1974, he also played leading man in the movie debut of another
beauty queen-turned-actress – Gloria Diaz, this time in Ang
Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa.
The other movies he made with the former Miss Universe were Amor,
An Affair in Tahiti and much later, Hayop sa Ganda with another Miss
Universe, Amparo Muñoz.
To show their versatility, Vargas and Diaz also tried comedy in
the Andres de Saya series.
The other significant movies he did were Pito ang Asawa Ko, Sinong
Kapiling, Sinong Kasiping?, Banta ng Kahapon, The King and the Emperor
and In Dis Korner which gave him an Urian Best Actor nomination.
On television, he also topbilled Lahi ni Adan on a round-robin
basis with Bert Leroy, Jr., Dindo Fernando and Jay Ilagan (All of
Vargas’ episodes were directed by Lupita Concio (now Kashiwahara).
And there was a time he also tried hosting Tawag ng Tanghalan
after the death of the original male host, Lopito (the hosting job
eventually went to Pugo).
Vic Vargas was also among the first batch of actors who joined the
Charismatic movement. A few years before he died, he also did his
share for the environment when he joined Bantay-Dagat in Palawan.
Monday, May 23, 2011
She appeared in Tulisang Pugot (with Fred Montilla), Ang Kasaysayan ni Rudy Concepcion and Texas, Ang Manok na Nagsasalita which we all produced by Sampaguita Pictures. She also appeared in Rosalinda (with Rodolfo Ruiz), whose main story was story based on the recording and radio industry as produced by Philippine Artists' Management.
Veteran radio/theater/TV/movie actress Tita Muñoz died of heart failure at 6:10 night, in April 11, 2009. She was 82.
Maria Teresa in real life, Tita was among the pioneer radio talents. She starred in several stage plays and Hollywood-produced films including Flight of the Sparrow.
Even after she suffered a stroke several years ago, Tita continued to appear in movies and TV shows.
Her remains have been cremated. The wake will be held at the Sampaguita Chapel of the Funeraria Paz at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City, until Tuesday, April 14. A necrological Mass will be held tonight at 7 o’clock.Tita is survived by brothers Rafael and Cayetano, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews including the Muñoz actor-brothers Leandro, Carlo and Angelo (sons of Tita’s late younger brother Louie) who are now based in the States.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
She was the only daughter of Regina Dizon, a Filipina, and Abe Strauss, an American of German Jewish descent.She is the wife of LVN Pictures actor Gil de León, with whom she has three children who would eventually become actors as well: Pinky de Leon, Christopher de Leon and Lara Melissa de Leon. She retired from showbiz during the 1960s and currently lives in the United States
She starred in Engkantada (with Jaime dela Rosa , Lilian Velez, Pugo, Togo and Alfonso Carvajal), Bathaluman and Kandelerong Pilak (with Teody Belarmino) where she won Best Actress in the Cambodian Film Festival under the direction of Lamberto Avellana. All films were produced by LVN Pictures, Inc. She was married to actor-director Gil de Leon.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Marjorie Barretto was born on May 19, 1974] as Marjorie Bernandine Barretto She is an actress and politician from the Philippines. Her sisters Claudine Barretto and Gretchen Barretto are also actresses.
She was once married to Dennis Padilla, a comedian to whom she hasfour children: Aynrand Daniella (born 1994), Julia Francesca or Julia (born 1997), Claudia Isabelle (born 2000) and Leon Marcus (born 2005). She has a child in her revious relationship. It is rumored that she has a politician as current booyfriend.
|2006||Don't Give Up On Us||Aleli|
|2001||Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin||Vanessa|
|1996||Takot Ka Ba Sa Dilim?||Manananggal|
|1994||Anghel na walang langit||----|
|1993||Makuha ka sa tingin (kung pwede lang)|
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Ryan Eigenmann was born on October 3, 1978. He is one of the third generation of the Mesa-Gil clan of actors. His grandparents are musician Eddie Mesa and actress Rosemarie Gil. He is the son of award winning Filipino actors Michael De Mesa and Gina Alajar. His father has Swiss German American and Spanish ancestry and his mother is of part Chinese descent. He is the nephew of Filipino actors Cherie and Mark Gil. He has two younger brothers who are also actors, Geoff Eigenmann and AJ Eigenmann. He is the cousin of actors Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero (Tim Eigenmann), Andi Eigenmann, and Maxine Eigenmann, and
MILA DEL SOL is the mother of Jean Young. Here is an article about her written by Bayani San Diego in 2008.
Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines - Never dare ask a lady her age. But if the woman in question is 1940s movie queen Mila del Sol, expect the unexpected.
"I'm 45," she says in jest. "But sometimes I'm tempted to say my real age … 46!"
That's Mila's quick retort after being accosted by eager fans at a recent screening of the films of LVN colleague Rosa Rosal at the IndieSine of Robinsons Galleria.
Mila is back in Manila after two decades in the US and, she says, she is raring to act in movies and television again.
Her last film was 1989's "Kahit Wala Ka Na," where she played mom to Sharon Cuneta. Prior to that, she shared the screen with Vilma Santos and Fernando Poe Jr. in 1974's "Batya't Palo-Palo."
"I got to work with big shots," notes Mila, or Clarita Rivera in real life, who made movies as a teenager in 1938 with FPJ's father, Fernando Poe Sr.
"I was cast as Fernando's younger sister in 'Hatol ng Mataas na Langit' and 'Ang Maya.' I played support to him and soprano Consuelo Salazar."
A year later, kid sister was promoted to leading-lady status, but not before going through the proverbial wringer.
"Giliw Ko," LVN's maiden offering in 1939, was the film that almost got away from Mila.
Carmen Rosales tried out for the lead role of Guia, but was promptly rejected by LVN matriarch Doña Sisang de Leon.
"Doña Sisang thought Carmen's nose was flat," Mila recalls. "Later, they asked Corazon Noble, but Sampaguita didn't allow her to work with LVN."
Originally, Doña Sisang had her heart set on Mila's older sister Gloria Imperial, a major dramatic actress then.
"But her fiancé, Alfredo Bunye, asked her to quit the movies," Mila relates. "My sister Gloria later married Alfredo and one of their sons is Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye."
Mila recounts that her first show biz role was as Gloria's chaperone and all-around assistant. "I carried her clothes and makeup kit to the set. Chimay na chimay ako. (I was her maid.) I wanted to be in the movies that badly."
Propitiously, it was while accompanying her sister to a race in San Lazaro that she was spotted by Doña Sisang's daughter Bading.
"Bading told her mother that Gloria had a younger sister, but that she was plump, a tomboy," Mila reminisces.
When Doña Sisang met Mila, the pioneering producer was smitten. The old lady fought for Mila to be cast in "Giliw Ko," though the director, Carlos Vander Tolosa, hated the neophyte.
"He was skeptical about my abilities," she remembers. "Even if the scene didn't call for it, he ordered me to keep running in front of the camera. He wanted me to get tired and give up."
That merely strengthened her resolve. Eventually, she won over Tolosa who christened her Mila del Sol. "He realized that, wherever we went, even if the sky was overcast, the sun would inexplicably shine when it was time to shoot my scenes. She called me the 'miracle of the sun.'"
Looking back, she feels she was fated to co-star with Fernando Poe Sr., Mona Lisa and Ely Ramos in "Giliw Ko."
"I started with LVN, and LVN started with me," she notes. "We made each other stars."
Doña Sisang helped build Mila's first home in Sta. Mesa Heights. "From P500 per picture, I later earned P25,000 per film. Rogelio de la Rosa and I were among the highest paid stars at the time."
To think she had very modest dreams when she first joined the biz. "I prayed that I'd become a movie star so I could buy my mom a pair of slippers. We were poor. Although my seven siblings and I had slippers, our mom didn't. She sacrificed a lot for the family."
From their impoverished neighborhood in Karapatan (near San Lazaro), Manila, she and her family suddenly found themselves in Malacañang one day.
During the premiere of "Giliw Ko" at the Metropolitan Theater, her constant running onscreen impressed the president, Manuel L. Quezon.
Mila recounts: "He stood up and applauded, shouting: 'Donde este Guia?' [Where is Guia?] My character's name was Guia."
The spotlight searched for Mila who was in the bleachers. "I wasn't seated with the stars because I wasn't popular!"
President Quezon insisted on meeting the newcomer. "He invited me and my family to have breakfast at the Palace the next day."
Before and after World War II, she averaged five to six movies a year.
She had the most famous actors of the era—Rogelio and Jaime de la Rosa, Leopoldo Salcedo and Jose Padilla Jr.—for leading men.
"Rogelio was serious, the statesman; Jaime liked to joke around. Pol [Salcedo] was always busy, hopping from one set to another. Pempe [Padilla] was pilyo [naughty]. Which I loved because I was also pilya."
She was known as the original "Sarong Girl" of Philippine movies, local counterpart of Hollywood's Dorothy L'amour, because she literally made a splash in a wet sarong, in the 1947 film "Sarong Banggi," which co-starred Rogelio de la Rosa and comedienne Lopita. (A clip of her "daring" sarong swimming scene is on YouTube.)
Even though she was already married to Jesus "Sonny" Tambunting, she continued to top-bill one box-office hit after another. "I already had two children (Sonny and Ellen) then. I must've made 50 movies with LVN," she notes.
In 1957, she also acted in a Hollywood film, "Escapade in Japan," which co-starred Teresa Wright, Jon Provost and a then-unknown Clint Eastwood.
"I also worked with Clint on the TV shows 'Raw Hide' and 'Silent Service,'" she relates. "I ended up in Hollywood because I was a foreign correspondent for Kislap-Graphic magazine."
By then, she was separated from Jesus and married to diplomat Al Young, who became the father of her two other daughters, singer-TV host Jeanne Young and Peachy Young, mother of musician Ira Cruz.
While in the US with Al, and Peachy was already three years old, she went back to Hollywood High, where she earned her high school diploma in 1961.
In the US, she took a business course at the City College of Los Angeles. Back in Manila, she enrolled in special courses at the Ateneo with her grown son, Ancel Edgar.
In 1965, Mila, son Sonny and daughter-in-law Terry Tambunting started Superior janitorial service, "on a wing and a prayer." The company has been in business for 45 years.
For 10 years, she shied away from the limelight and took care of ailing daughter Peachy.
After Peachy's passing a year ago, Mila decided it was time to come home.
She could've settled for quiet retirement in San Francisco, but duty beckoned once again.
Son Sonny and grandson Gus Tambunting, current vice mayor of Parañaque, made Mila an offer she couldn't resist.
"They asked me to chair the company's foundation, Pag-Asa ng Kabataan, designed to provide college scholarships to the indigent," she says. She believes it's the most enduring legacy she can leave to her 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
The foundation and her pilgrimage to different local churches keep Mila busy these days.
"If I get TV and movie assignments, I'm pledging my talent fee to the foundation," she says.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
LIEZL MUHLACH MARTINEZ
She is the daughter of Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez. She was born on March 27, 1967. She started in the movies when she was still a toddler. She eloped with Albert Martinez when her mother Amalia objected to their relationship. They stayed in the United States where their children were born and grew up.
Her children are Alyanna, Alfonso and Alyssa. She is the cousin of Aga Muhlach, Nino and Arlene Muhlach.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Raymond Martin (Raymart) Santiago was born on July 20, 1973. He is an action star and a comedian who belongs to the show business families-the Santiagos.
His father was the late director Pablo Santiago Sr. He is the youngest among the Santiago siblings. He and two of his elder brothers are also known in their respective fields in show business—them being Randy Gerard (or Randy Santiago) who is a singer/actor/host and Rowell who is a director/actor. Their other brother is Reilly Pablo Jr., who was married to another local actress Sherilyn Reyes and also tried his hand at film production.
He married actress Claudine Barretto on March 27, 2006 in Tagaytay Highlands in Tagaytay City, Cavite. Their wedding was attended by ABS-CBN and GMA Network executives, their families (except Gretchen Barretto, who at the time of the wedding was estranged with Claudine), their showbiz and non-showbiz friends. Claudine gave birth to their son on July 19, 2007—a day before the couple’s birthday. Rodrigo Santino joins big sister Sabina Natasha(b 2004), whom they adopted at 2 months old in July 2004. Both Claudine and Raymart are Born-again Christians which they attended at Victory Christian Fellowship.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Pumanaw na ang patriarka ng Revilla Family sa edad na 88. Siya ay si Armando Goyena.
Si Armando Goyena na ang tunay na pangalan ay Jose Revilla, Jr. ay ama ng Camay beauties na sina Maritess Revilla-Araneta at Cita Revilla-Yabut. Si Tina Revilla ay naging sikat na TV host bago ito naglie low sa show biz. Si Pita Revilla ang ina ng magkapatid na Bernard at Mico Palanca. Samantalang si Bianca Araneta ay anak ni Maritess. Ang iba pa niyang mga kapatid ay si Rossi, Malu, Ces at Johnny na asawa ng singer na si Janet Basco.
Ang kaniyang asawang si Paquita Roces ay ang unang Camay model sa pamilya.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Paquito Diaz whose real name was Francisco Bustillos Diaz died in March 3 from lingering illness. Considered one of the top villains of movie industry, he was born on May 28, 1937 He got two children who are also in the showbiz, Cheska and Joko Diaz. Romy Diaz, his brother who was also popular as contravida died in 2005.
Paquito Diaz suffered from stroke in 2002 and the damily decided to move to his wife's hometown in Daraga, Albay They sold the house and lot in the city due to mounting hospital bills. His last appearance was at GMA 7's Wish Ko Lang.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Ritchie Paul is the son of Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama, He is the youngest among the six siblings. What makes him apart from his show business family is his music.
He appeared as guest in Zorro and became a regular cast member of Pilyang Kerubin.
He has four brothers, Richard, Raymond, Elvis and Rocky. He has two half-brother, Tonton Gutierrez and Christopher.