After 27 years of staging the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Luna Awards (the year 2009 was the only year the Academy failed to honor the annual outstanding achievers), a select group of film artists and technicians have virtually established the Luna’s own Hall of Fame.
Let us then present the Hall of Famers insofar as the number of trophies won is concerned.
Willy Cruz turned out to have won the most number of trophies, having collected 13—four best musical scoring and nine original song trophies. His scoring trophies were for Alyas Baby Tsina (1984), Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (1986), Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (1987) and Oras-Oras, Araw-Araw (1989)
Cinematographer Romy Vitug has already won eight best cinematography awards, including the first ever award in 1982 for the film Sinasamba Kita. His other winning works were Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (1983), Isla (1984), Paradise Inn (1985), Saan Nagtatago ang Pagibig? (1987), Kapag Langit ang Humatol (1990), Maalaala Mo Kaya (1994) and Sana Maulit Muli (1995/ in a tie with Johnny Araojo).
Scriptwriter Ricardo Lee has won seven awards, including five for original screenplays and two for adaptations. His works included Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (1990), Tutoong Buhay ni Pacita M (1991), Dolzura Cortez Story, adaptation (1993), Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), The Flor Contemplacion Story, adaptation (1995), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999), and Anak (2000).
There are five six-time winners, namely, actor Philip Salvador (for best actor), the late composer and scorer George Canseco (for best musical score and original song), editors-turned-directors Edgar ‘Boy’ Vinarao and Augusto Salvador (for best editing), and the late sound engineer Ramon Reyes Jr. (for best sound).
Philip was the first ever best actor winner for Cain at Abel (1982). His other trophies were for Kapit sa Patalim (1985), Balweg, the Rebel Priest (1987), Boy Negro (1988), Masahol Pa sa hayop (1993), Ka Hector (1994) and Hangga’t May Hininga (1996).
Canseco had two trophies and another four for original theme song. His award-winning scoring were for Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas (1988) and Paano Ngayon Kung Wala ang Kahapon (1995). His song awardees were for Sinasamba Kita (1982), Misis Mo. Misis Ko (1988), Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991) and Paano Ngayon Kung Wala ang Kahapon? (1995).
Vinarao won for his editing work in Pedring Taruc (1982), Pieta (1983), Paradise Inn (1985), Kapag Napagod ang Puso (1988), Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (1990) and Birador (1998).
Salvador had the same number of best editing trophies for Batuigas II: Pasukuin si Waway (1984), Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (1987), Lucio Margallo (1992), Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993), Kahit Butas ng Karayom, Papasukin Ko (1995) and Eseng ng Tondo (1997).
The late Monching Reyes amassed his six best sound trophies for the following films—Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1993), The Flor Contem-placion Story (1995), Abot Kamay ang Pangarap (1996), Sa Pusod ng Dagat (1998) and Tanging Yaman (2000).
Director Joel Lamangan and sound engineers Rolly Ruta and the late Vic Macamay garnered five trophies each.
Lamangan won for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999), Aishite Imasu 1941 (2004) and Blue Moon (2005).
Ruta won for five consecutive years from 1984 to 1988 for the following films—Bukas, Luluhod ang mga Tala, Paradise Inn, Lumuhod Ka sa Lupa, Balweg, the Rebel Priest and Gawa na ang Balang Papatay sa Iyo.
The late Vic won best sound trophies for Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (1982), Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990), Forever (1994), Wanted: Perfect Mother (1996) and Babae (1997).
There are six four-time winners, including rival actresses Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos (for best actress), editor Ike Jarlego Jr. (for best editing) and production designers Don Escudero, Manny Morfe and Benjie de Guzman (for best production design).
Nora Aunor was recognized for such films as Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit (1989), Andrea (Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina?) (1990), Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M (1991) and The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995).
Batangas Governor Vilma Santos got the award for Relasyon (1982, the first ever awards), Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) and Dekada 70 (2002).
Ike won editing trophies for Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita? (1986), Rosenda (1989), Forever (1994) and Abakada Ina (2001).
The two four-time winners for production design and their winning works are as follows: Don Escudero—Oro, Plata, Mata (1982), Virgin Forest (1985), Once Upon a Time (1987) and Hiwaga sa Balete Drive (1988). Manny Morfe—Pangako ng kahapon (1994), Eseng ng Tondo (1997), Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) and Dekada ’70 (2002).
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