Jun 03
THE FIRST THREE DECADES…A RECAP by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Part 2

Last week, a review of the first thirty years of the Film Academy of the Philippines Luna Awards recapped the various winners through the years in the categories of direction and performances—best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

This second part focused on the other categories…from screenplay to sound.

Best Screenplay

Out of 29 winners, only two are multi- or two-time winners (the least number in any category). They are Ricky Lee with five best screenplay trophies for Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (1990),Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M (1991), Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999) and Anak (2000); and Raquel Villavicencio with two trophies for Batch 81 (1982) with co-writer Doy del Mundo and Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal (1992).

One-time solo winners are Dave Brodett for Kunin Mo ang Ulo ni Rufo Magtanggol (1983), Jose Carreon for Batuigas II: Pasukuin si Waway (1984), Oscar Miranda for Paradise Inn (1985), Orlando Nadres for Lumuhod Ka sa Lupa (1986), Amado Lacuesta for Balweg, the Rebel Priest (1987), Humilde ‘Meek’ Roxas for Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993),Olivia Lamasan for Sana Maulit Muli (1995),Melissa del Rosario for Wanted: Perfect Mother (1996);

Senen Dimaguila for Birador (1998), Shaira Salvador for Abakada Ina (2001), Jerry Tirazona for Lapu-Lapu (2002), Michiko Yamamoto for Magnifico (2003), Cris Vertido for Panaghoy sa Suba (2004), Allan Tijamo for Blue Moon (2005), Vanessa R. Valdez for A Love Story (2007), Roy Iglesias for Baler (2008) and Elmer Gatchalian for Rosario (2010).

Eleven one-time winners actually shared six awards with their co-writer. They are: Doy del Mundo for Batch ’81 (1982) with co-writer Raquel Villavicencio; Carlo J. Caparas and Tony Mortel for Celestina Sanchez aka Bubbles (1988); Jake Cocadiz and Jigs Recto for Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit (1989); Pablo Gomez and Manny Buising for Nasaan ang Puso (1997); Jose Javier Reyes & Mary Ann Bautista for Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006); and Paul Soriano & Froilan Medina for Thelma(2011).

Best Screenplay Adaptation

From 1982 to 1997, the Academy also gave out the best screenplay adaptation award. Out of 14 winners, three are two-time winners—Orlando Nadres for Sinasamba Kita (1982) and Una Kang Naging Akin (1991); Raquel Villavicencio for Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (1984) tied with Lualhati Bautista and Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (1987) and Ricardo Lee for Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) and The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995).

The 11 one-time winners are Carlo J. Caparas for Pieta (1983),Lualhati Bautista for Bulaklak ng City Jail (1984) tied with Villavicencio, Jose F. Lacaba for Kapit sa Patalim (1985), Serge Custodio and Maria Saret for Lorenzo Ruiz (1988), Armando Lao for Oras Oras, Araw Araw (1989), Emmanuel Borlaza and Salvador Royales for Kapag Langit ang Humatol (1990), Humilde ‘Meek’ Roxas for Ka Hector (1994), Amado Lacuesta for Mumbaki (1996) and Jose Mari Avellana for Damong Ligaw (1997).

Best Cinematography

Out of 18 winners, six are multi- or two-time winners. They are led by Romy Vitug with 8 such awards for the following films: Sinasamba Kita (1982), 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) tied with Johnny Araojo.

Winning three trophies each were Eduardo ‘Totoy’ Jacinto for Tiyanak (1988), Isang Araw, Walang Diyos (1989) and Apoy sa Puso (1992); Johnny Araojo for Mongolian Barbecue (1991), Enteng Manok, Hari ng Quiapo (1993) and Hukom Bitay (1995) tied with Romy Vitug; and Johnny’s brother Romulo for Sidhi (1999), Azucena (2000) and Abakada Ina (2001).

Charlie Peralta and Lee Meily (the wife of Director Mark Meily) account for two best cinematography trophies each—Charlie for Nasaan Ka Man (2005) and Ploning (2008) and Lee for Baler (2008) and Emir (2010) with Neil Daza. Lee actually tied with Charlie in 2008 and with Carlo Mendoza in 2010 for Rosario.

There are 12 one-time winners, namely, Jose Batac for Nasaan Ka nang Kailangan Kita (1986), Isagani Sioson for Isla (1996), Joe Tutanes for Ipaglaban Mo II (1997), Juanito Pereira for Birador (1998), Shayne Clemente for Kailangan Kita (2002),Jay Tadena for Mano Po 2 (2003),ly Cruz for Panaghoy sa Suba (2004), Jay Linao for Eternity (2006),
Renato de Vera for Ataul for Rent (2007), Neil Daza for Emir (2010) tied with Carlo Mendoza for Rosario and Odyssey Flores for Thelma (2011).

Best Production Design

Out of 18 winners, three are four-time winners, two are three-time winners and another is a two-time winner. The four time-winners include the late Don Escudero who won for Oro, Plata, Mata (1982) with Rodell Cruz, Virgin Forest (1985), Once Upon a Time (1987) and Hiwaga sa Balete Drive (1988); Manny Morfe for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), Eseng ng Tondo (1997), Bata, Bata, Paano ka Ginawa? (1998) and Dekada ’70 (2002); and Joey Luna for Mumbaki (1996), Death Row (2000), Aishite Imasu 1941 (2004) and Rosario (2010).

The two three-time winners are Rodell Cruz for Oro, Plata, Mata (1982) with Don Escudero, Mano Po 2 (2003) and Resiklo (2007) and Benjie de Guzman for Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (1986),May Minamahal (1993) and Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999).Fiel Zabat who migrated to the United States in the 1980s won twice for Karnal (1983) and Alyas Baby Tsina (1984).

There are 13 one-time winners. Four of them—Raymond Bajarias, Ray Maliuanag, Jerry Pascual and Freddie Valencia—won for one film,Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989). The other winners are Edel Templonuevo for Mongolian Barbecue (1991), Edgar Littaua for Apoy sa Puso (1992), Randy Gamier for Sana Maulit Muli (1995), Judy Lou Pio for Bagong Buwan (2001), Richard Somes for Exodus (2005), Chito Sumera for Eternity (2006), Aped Santos for Baler (2008) and Fritz and Mona Solorio for Manila Kingpin (2011).

Best Editing

The best editing category has the last number of total winners during the first 30 years of the FAP awards. There have only been 13 winners in all (through the best sound category has 15 total winners.

Out of the 13 winners, seven are multi- or two-time winners. Two won six times, two won four times and three editors won two trophies each.Owners of six best editing trophies are Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao for Pedring Taruc (1982), Pieta (1983), Paradise Inn (1985), Kapag Napagod ang Puso (1988), Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (1990) and Birador (1998); and Augusto Salvador for Batuigas II: Pasukuin si Waway (1984), Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (1987),Lucio Margallo (1992), Mas Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993) with co-editors Ruben Natividad and Renato de Leon, Kahit Butas ng Karayom, Papasukin Ko (1995) and Eseng ng Tondo (1997.

The late Ike Jarlego Jr. and Jess Navarro both won 4 best editing trophies—Ike for Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita? (1986), Rosenda (1989), Forever (1994) and Abakada Ina (2001) and Jess for Sidhi (1999), Death Row (2000), Silip (2007) and Torotot (2008).

Two-time winners are Renato de Leon for Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993) with Salvador and Natividad and Hanggat May Hininga (1995); Vito Cajili for Malikmata (2003) and Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006); and Marya Ignacio for Aishite Imasu 1941 (2004) and Nasaan Ka Man (2005).

One-time winners include Efren Jarlego for Ipagpatawad Mo (1991),Ruben Natividad for Masahol Pa sa Hayop (1993)) with Salvador and De Leon, Francis Vinarao for Diskarte (2002),Jerrold Tarog for Emir (2010) and Jason Cahapay & Ryan Orduna for Manila Kingpin (2011).

Best Musical Score

Out of 17 winners, eight are multi- or two-time winners which is on record the highest number in FAP’s first three decades. Willy Cruz accounts for four trophies for Alyas Baby Tsina (1984), Sana’y Wala nang Wakas (1986), Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (1987) tied with Jaime Fabregas, and Oras Oras, Araw Araw (1989).

There are two three-time winners–Nonong Buencamino for Biktima (1990), Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) and Panaghoy sa Suba (2004); and Ryan Cayabyab for Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991), Ikaw Pa Lamang ang Minahal (1992) and Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin (1997).

Five musical scorers won two trophies each. They include Ernani Cuenco for Pedring Taruc (1982) and Isang Bala Ka Lang (1983);Jimmy Fabregas for Virgin Forest (1985) and Tagos ng Dugo (1987) tied with Willy Cruz; George Canseco for Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas? (1988) and Paano Ngayon kung Wala ang Kahapon (1995); Blitz Padua for Parehas ang Laban (2001) and Lapu-Lapu (2002); and Vincent de Jesus for Zsa Zsa Saturnah (2006) and Baler (2008).

The nine one-time winners are Vehnee Saturno for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994), Boy Alcaide for Trudis Liit (1995), Dennis Garcia for Pusong Mamon (1998), Noel Zarate for Higit Pa sa Buhay Ko (1999), Lutgardo Labad for Magnifico (2003), Von de Guzman for Blue Moon (2005),Carmina Robles Cuya for Ouija (2007), Albert Chang for Rosario (2010) and Raul Mitra for No Other Woman (2011).

Best Original Song

The Academy included the best original song category in its awards from 1982 to 1997 and in 2000 and 2001. During these 18 years, there had been a total of six winners with three winning more than once.

Actually Willy Cruz won more trophies in this category than in musical scoring with nine for original theme songs he wrote for Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (1984), Bituin Walang Ningning (1985), Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (1986), Maging Akin Ka Lamang (1987), Oras Oras, Araw Araw (1989), Kasalanan Bang Sambahin Kita? (1990), May Minamahal (1993), Madrasta (1996) and Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin (1997).

The late George Canseco won four trophies for Sinasamba Kita (1982),Misis Mo, Misis Ko (1988), Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1`991) and Paano Ngayon Kung Wala ang Kahapon (1995). Vehnee Saturno won two for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994) and Abandonada (2000).

The three one-time winners are Ernani Cuenco for Desperado (1983), Rey Valera for Tayong Dalawa (1992) and Tony Cortez for Susmaryosep (2001).

Best Sound

Out of 15 winners, six are multi- or two-time winners. The late Ramon Reyes Jr. topped the list with six trophies for Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1993), The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995), Abot Kamay ang Pangarap (1996) tied with Macamay, Sa Pusod ng Dagat (1998), Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999) and Tanging Yaman (2000).

Rolly Ruta achieved garnering his best sound trophies in five consecutive years from 1984 to 1988—a record in the Luna Awards—for his work in 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 Macamay also accounted for five trophies for his work in Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (1982),Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990), Forever (1994), Wanted: Perfect Mother (1996) tied with Reyes, and
Babae (1997).

In the 2000s, Albert Michael Idioma has already won three Lunas for Malikmata (2003), Feng Shui (2004) and Manila Kingpin (2011).

Gaudencio Barredo and Ditoy Aguila are the two-time winners—the first for Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991) and Ikaw Pa Lamang ang Minahal (1992) and the second for Ouija (2007) and Baler (2008).

There are 10 one-time winners with four of them sharing one award. They are Gabby Castellano for Sumuko Ka Na, Ronquillo (1983), Joe Climaco for Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989), Noel Bruan for Abakada Ina (2001), Danny Lorilla for Lapu-Lapu (2002), AddissTabong for Nasaan Ka Man (2005), Angie Reyes for Till I Met You (2006) and co-winners Connie Valdriz, Sandy Aguinaldo, Lynnel de Mesa & Ronald de Asis for RPG Metanoia (2010).


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