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Sunday, June 27, 2010


A total of 9 movies directed by the country’s great filmmakers, participated in the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Inay – Lino Brocka
Mga Bilanggong Birhen – Mario O’Hara and Romy Suzara
Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising- Mike de Leon
Banta ng Kahapon – Eddie Romero
Walang Katapusang Tag-araw – Ishmael Bernal
Burlesk Queen- Celso Ad Castillo
Babae, Ngayon at Kailanman – Joey Goiengfiao
Sa Piling ng mga Sugapa – Gil Portes
Bakya Mo Neneng – Augusto Buenaventura

Ian Film Productions’ Burlesk Queen, the top grosser of the 10-day festival, romped away with most of the awards. It won seven major awards--- Best Picture; Best Actress (Vilma Santos); Best Actor (Rolly Quizon); Best Supporting Actor (Joonee Gamboa); Best Supporting Actress (Rosemarie Gil); Best Director (Celso Ad. Castillo) and Best Screenplay (Mauro Gia Samonte). Pera Films’ Mga Bilanggong Birhen won two awards: Best Cinematography (Romy Vitug) and Best Art Direction (Laida Lim-Perez).

"Burlesk Queen" (1977)- Stars Vilma Santos, Rolly Quizon, Rosemarie Gil, Leopoldo Salcedo, Roldan Aquino, Chito Ponce Enrile, Dexter Doria, Yolanda Luna/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

"Walang Katapusang Tag-araw (1977)- Stars Charito Solis, Mat Ranillo III, Eddie Garcia, Liza Lorena, Ruel Vernal, Ingrid Salas, Veronica Palileo, Rustica Carpio/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal

"Sa Piling ng mga Sugapa" (1977)- Stars Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero and Mat Ranillo III/ with Julie Ann Fortich, Paul Lacanilao, Mely Tagasa/ Directed by Gil M. Portes

"Mga Bilanggong Birhen" (1977)- Stars Alma Moreno, Trixia Gomez, Rez Cortez, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Mario Montenegro, Barbara Luna, Ruffy Mendoza and Leroy Salvador/ Directed by Mario O'Hara and Romy Suzara

"Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising" (1977)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen, Moody Diaz, Bibeth Orteza, Danny Javier, Boboy Garovillo, Briccio Santos, Oya de Leon/ Directed by Mike de Leon

"Inay" (1977)- Stars Dindo Fernando,Chanda Romero, Orestes Ojeda, Laurice Guillen, Ace Vergel, Dexter Doria and Alicia Vergel/ Directed by Lino Brocka

"Banta ng Kahapon" (1977)- Stars Vic Vargas, Rafael 'Bembol' Roco, Jr., Roland dantes and Chanda Romero/ with Lito Legaspi, Roderick Paulate, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Eddie Romero

"Bakya Mo Neneng" (1977)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Gloria Sevilla, Angelo castro Jr., Ramon D' Salva, Angelo Ventura/ Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

"Babae... Ngayon at kailanman" (1977)- Stars Charito Solis, Gloria Diaz, Chanda Romero, Vivian Velez, Dindo Fernando, Ronaldo valdez, Tommy Abuel/ Directed by Joey Gosiengfiao


Unknown said...

Hi Kuya Simon. The best lot in the history of MMFF and possibly the most controversial also. If we can bring back again those times where quality films were chosen among the entries and not pure commercial viability.

Anonymous said...

Thank You Sir for featuring Confradia. Do you have the ads of other films of Gina - Mag-ingat Kayo, Playboy Ako (1976), Malayo Man Malapit Din (1977).

the author is said...

Hi! I've been searching for some time now and I was hoping you could help me: would you know where I can get a copy of the 1977 film "Malayo Man, Malapit Din" starring Eddie Rodriguez, Carmen Soriano and Gina Alajar? It's my mom's favorite and I've been looking for a copy of it for some time now but still haven't found a clue. Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Its been decades, and this film , Burlesk Queen still remains one.of the best film that was featured in a local film festival. Proves that the organizers then were right and justified with their decisions. while many if not all directors in that film festival were great, true enough, the entry by Celso Ad Castillo was the best during that time.


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