When the Film Academy of the Philippines holds the 31st version of its awards night on Saturday, June 1, this will mark the start of its fourth decade of recognizing distinguished annual achievements in local filmmaking.
The first ever FAP awards night was held on April 27, 1983 (a Wednesday) at the Manila Film Center. The 30th FAP awards night (now called the Luna Awards since 2005) was held on August 26, 2012, at the Quezon City Sports Club, Inc.
Thus, for three decades already, the Academy has pursued its mandated functions as contained in Executive Order 640-A, promulgated by President Marcos on January 5, 1981.
Section 2 of the EO clearly states the mandate of the Academy:
“The basic function of the Academy shall be to give due recognition, awards distinction, appreciation and other forms of reward for significant efforts and accomplishments of the improvement and development of the motion picture art and science in the country.”
To further professionalize the local film industry, the EO also stresses the Academy shall form guilds in the various creative and technical sectors and also maintain educational programs, scholarship, grants and other forms of and/or assistance.
Through its first 30 years, the Academy has built up a pantheon of filmmaking achievers in all the aspects of filmmaking—from performers, directors, scriptwriters, editors, production designers, cinematographers, musical scorers and sound technicians.
Let us look back at the first three decades of the Film Academy of the Philippines vis-à-vis its awards-giving mandate.
Out of 21 winners, six are multi- or two-time winners. They are:
*Joel Lamangan who has so far collected five Luna trophies for best direction for the films Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), The Flor Contem-placion Story (1995), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999), Aishite Imasu 1941 (2004) and Blue Moon (2005).
*Eddie Garcia with 3 Luna trophies for Magdusa Ka (1986), Saan Nagtatago ang Pagibig? (1987) and Abakada Ina (2001).
Two-time winners are Lino Brocka for Kapit sa Patalim (1985) and Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990); Augusto Salvador for Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993) and Eseng ng Tondo (1997) which he co-directed with with Ronwaldo Reyes; Elwood Perez for Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit (1989) and Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M (1991); and Maryo J. de los Reyes for Magnifico (2003) and A Love Story (2007).
One-time winners for best direction include Romy Suzara for Mga Uod at Rosas (1982), Marilou Diaz-Abaya for Karnal tied with Carlo J. Caparas for Pieta (1983), Mike de Leon for Sister Stella L (1984), Emmanuel Borlaza for Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas? (1988), Carlos Siguion-Reyna for Ikaw Pa Lamang ang Minahal (1992), Toto Natividad for Hanggat’t May Hininga (1996), Ronwaldo Reyes for Eseng ng Tondo (1997), Edgardo Vinarao for Birador (1998), Laurice Guillen for Tanging Yaman (2000), William Mayo for Lapu-Lapu(2002), Jose Javier Reyes for Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006) Mark Meily for Baler(2008), Chito S. Rono for Emir(2010) and Paul Soriano for Thelma (2011).
Out of 17 winners, four are multi- or two-time winners. They are:
*Philip Salvador who boasts of 7 Luna best actor trophies for Cain at Abel (1982), 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).
*Christopher de Leon with 4 Lunas for Biktima (1990), Ipagpatawad Mo (1991). Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999) and Magkaibigan (2008).
The late King of Philippine movies Fernando Poe Jr. was a three-time winner for Umpisahan Mo, Tatapusin Ko (1983), Muslim Magnum .357 (1986) and Eseng ng Tondo (1997) while the late Rudy Fernandez was a two-time winner for Batuigas II: Pasukuin si Waway (1984) and Birador (1998).
One-time winners in this category include Tirso Cruz III for Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit (1989), Eddie Gutierrez for for Ikaw Pa Lamang ang Minahal (1992), Richard Gomez for Dahas(1995), Eddie Garcia for Death Row (2000), Ricky Davao for Minsan May Isang Puso(2001), Lito Lapid for Lapu-Lapu (2002), Jiro Manio for Magnifico2003), Dennis Trillo for Aishite Imasu 1941(2004), Marvin Agustin for Kutob (2005), John Lloyd Cruz forAll About Love(2006), Paolo Contis for Banal(2007), Dolphy for Father Jejemon (2010) and Gov. Jeorge E.R. Ejercito for Manila Kingpin(2011).
Out of 17 winners, six are multi- or two-time winners. They are:
*Vilma Santos who has 4 best actress Lunas for Relasyon (1982), Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) and Dekada ’70 (2002).
*Nora Aunor who has the same number of trophies for 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).
*Lorna Tolentino, also with four Lunas, for 1987—Maging Akin Ka Lamang (1987),Narito ang Puso Ko (1992), Abakada Ina (2001) and Sa ‘Yo Lamang (2010).
*Maricel Soriano who is just one trophy-short for 1997—Nasaan ang Puso? (1997) tied with Zsa Zsa Padilla, Filipinas (2003) and Bahay Kubo (2007).
Two-time winners are Sharon Cuneta for Sa Hirap at Ginhawa (1984) and Madrasta (1996) and Zsa ZsaPadilla for Batang PX (1997) tied with Maricel Soriano, and Ako Legal Wife (2005).
One-time winners for best actress are Vivian Velez for Pieta (1983), Nida Blanca for Miguelito (1985), Dina Bonnevie for Magdusa Ka (1986), Amy Austria for Celestina Sanchez aka Bubbles (1988), Aiko Melendez for Maalaala Mo Kaya (1994), Elizabeth Oropesa for Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999), Gloria Romero for Tanging Yaman (2000), Claudine Barretto for Milan(2004), Judy Ann Santos for Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006), Mylene Dizon for 100 (2008) and Maja Salvador for Thelma (2011).
Best Supporting Actor
Out of 26 winners, only three are two-time winners, namely, Ronaldo Valdez May Minamahal (1993), and Nasaan ang Puso? (1997); Johnny Delgado for La Visa Loca (2005) and Ligalig (2006); and Dante Rivero for Tuhog (2001) and A Love Story (2007).
One-time best supporting actor winners is an army by themselves, exactly 23in all. These include Rodolfo ‘Boy’ Garcia for Ito Ba ang Ating Mga Anak? (1982), Marco Polo Garcia for Pieta (1983), George Estregan for Bulaklak ng Apoy (1984), Michael de Mesa for Paradise Inn (1985), Tony Santos Sr. for Mabuhay Ka sa Baril (1986), Jay Ilagan for Maging Akin Ka Lamang (1987), Eddie Infante for Ang Supremo (1988), Tito Arevalo for Isang Araw, Walang Diyos (1989);
Dencio Padilla for Kahit Konting Pagtingin (1990), Eddie Gutierrez for Uubusin Ko ang Lahi Mo (1991), Tirso Cruz III for Kahit Buhay Ko (1992),
Robert Arevalo for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), Ricky Davao for Ipaglaban Mo (1995), Albert Martinez for Sigurista (1996), Carlo Aquino for Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998) and Raymond Bagatsing for Soltera (1999);
Pen Medina for Death Row (2000), Piolo Pascual for Dekada ’70 (2002), Eric Quizon for Crying Ladies (2003), Jay Manalo for Aishite Imasu 1941 (2004), Philip Salvador for Baler (2008), Yul Servo for Rosario(2010) and +John Regala for Manila Kingpin (2011).
Best Supporting Actress
Out of 22 winners, five are multi- or two-time winners . They are:
*Gina Alajar who has three Lunas for best supporting actress for Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit (1984), Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (1990) and Mulanay (1996).
*Nida Blanca won the same number of trophies for Magdusa Ka (1986),Kid, Huwag Kang Susuko (1987) and Babae (1997).
Two-time winners are Amy Austria for Narito ang Puso Ko (1992) and Anak (2000); Caridad Sanchez for Maalaala Mo Kaya (1994) and Bagong Buwan (2001); and Jacklyn Jose for The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995) and Naglalayag (2004).
There are 17 one-time best supporting actress winners, namely:
Liza Lorena for Oro, Plata, Mata (1982), Charito Solis for Karnal (1983),Dina Bonnevie for Tinik sa Dibdib (1985),Harlene Bautista for Gawa na ang Balang Papatay sa Iyo (1988), Cherie Gil forAng Bukas ay Akin (1989), Dawn Zulueta for Una Kang Naging Akin (1991), Monique Wilson for Kapag Iginuhit ang Hatol ng Puso (1993), Serena Dalrymple for Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998);
Glydel Mercado for Sidhi (1999), Cherry Pie Picache for American Adobo (2002), Gloria Romero for Magnifico (2003), Hilda Koronel for Nasaan Ka Man (2005), Gina Pareno for Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006), Angelica Panganiban for A Love Story (2007), Iza Calzado for One True Love (2008), Anne Curtis for In Your Eyes (2010) and Lovi Poe for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2011).
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