Oct 26
UPDATED LUNA AWARDS TRIVIA by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Oct 26, 2007

In preparing the silver anniversary souvenir program for the Film Academy of the Philippines Awards (now called the Luna Awards) that will recognize the best of 2006, we uncovered some interesting trivia about the winners of the first 24 years.

Let us present the hall of fame members insofar as the number of trophies won is concerned.

Willy Cruz turned out to have won the most number of trophies, having collected 13 as he vied for two categories—the musical scoring and the original song (which was last given in 2001). He amassed four best musical scoring and nine original song trophies.

VIVA Films collected nine best picture awards through the years, followed by Regal Films, which won the last two years, with five and Star Cinema with three best picture trophies.

Cinematographer Romy Vitug has already won eight best cinematography awards, including the first ever award in 1982 for the film Sinasamba Kita. Some of his other winning works included Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (1983), Isla (1984), Paradise Inn (1985), 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 sound engineer Ramon Reyes Jr. (for best sound)

Director Joel Lamangan (winner for 2004 nd 2005) and sound engineers Rolly Ruta and the late Vic Macamay garnered five trophies each.

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).

Three-time winners included the following: director Eddie Garcia, actor/directors Fernando Poe Jr. and Christopher de Leon, actress Lorna Tolentino, supporting actresses Gina Alajar and Nida Blanca, scriptwriter Raquel Villavicencio and cinematographers Eduardo Jacinto, the late Johnny Araojo and his brother Romulo Araojo, and composers Ryan Cayabyab and Vehnee Saturno.

Here is the list of the longest consecutive wins:

Five years—sound engineer Rolly Ruta for the years 1984 to l988 in the best sound category;

Four years—Romy Vitug for the years 1982 to 1985 in the best cinematography category; and scorer Willy Cruz for the years 1984 to 1987 in the best original song category;

Three years—Nora Aunor for the years 1989 to 1991 in the best actress category; Romulo Araojo for the years 1999 to 2001 in the best cinematography category; and Ramon Reyes Jr. for the years 1998 to 2000 in the best sound category.

There had been six cases of ties wherein two individuals won awards for separate works. In 1983, Carlos J. Caparas (Pieta) and Marilou-Diaz Abaya (Karnal) were declared winners for best director. In 1987, the winners in musical scoring were Willy Cruz (Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa) and Jaime Fabregas (Tagos ng Dugo). Two female writers tied in 1989 for the best story adaptation category—Lualhati Bautista (Bulaklak ng City Jail) and Raquel Villavicenco (Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?).

In the 1995 best cinematography category, the winners were the late Johnny Araojo (Hukom Bitay) and Romy Vitug (Sana Maulit Muli). The following year, there were two winners in the best sound category—Ramon Reyes Jr. (Abot Kamay ang Pangarap) and Vic Macamay (Wanted: Perfect Mother). The last recorded tie was in 1997 where actresses Zsa Zsa Padlla (Batang PX) and Maricel Soriano (Nasaan ang Puso) won in the best actress category.

There were nine instances that an award was shared by two or more persons. This happened four times in the best screenplay category: Raquel Villavicencio and Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. for Batch ‘81 in 1982; Carlo J. Caparas and the late Tony Mortel for Celestina Sanchez aka Bubbles in 1988; Jake Cocadiz and Jigs Recto for Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit in 1989; and Pablo S. Gomez and Manny Buising for Eseng ng Tondo in 1997. In the story adaptation category in 1990, Emmanuel Borlaza and Salvador Royales shared the award for Kapag Langit ang Humatol.

In 1997, directors Ronwaldo Reyes (FPJ) and Augusto Salvador won the best direction award for Eseng ng Tondo. In the best production design category, there were multiple winners twice. In 1982, Don Escudero and Rodell Cruz won for Oro, Plata, Mata and in 1989, four production designers shared the award for Pahiram ng Isang Umaga, namely, Raymond Bajarias, Ray Maliuanag, Jerry Pascual and Freddie Valencia.

Three editors—Augusto Salvador, Ruben Natividad and Renato de Leon—worked together to win the best editing award for Masahol Pa sa Hayop in 1993.

In the best picture category, a very interesting trivia is the fact that for two consecutive years, independent film companies won the top award—Seed of Zion Films for Lapu-Lapu in 2002 and Violett Films for Magnifico in 2003, although Regal Entertainment Inc. won in 2004 nd 2005 for Aishite Imasu 1941 and Blue Moon.

In 1986, Gabi na, Kumander of Viva Films won the best picture and did not win in any other category for that year. This is the only film in FAP awards history that came up with just one award—but the top award nevertheless.

In the best director category, two-time winners included the late 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); and Elwood Perez for Bilangin Mo ang Bituin sa Langit (1989) and Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M (1991).

In the best actress category, two-time winners included Sharon Cuneta for Sa Hirap at Ginhawa (1984) and Madrasta (1996); and Maricel Soriano for Nasaan ang Puso (1997) and Filipinas (2003).

In the best supporting actor category, there were 23 winners in 24 years, meaning that only one actor was able to win the award twice. And this is Ronaldo Valdez for his works in May Minamahal (1993) and Nasaan ang Puso (1997).

But there had been father and son tandems who won the award in separate occasions. These were Rodolfo ‘Boy’ Garcia who won in 1982 for Ito Ba ang Ating mga Anak? and Marco Polo Garcia for Pieta the following year. Tito Arevalo won for Isang Araw, Walang Diyos (1989) and Robert Arevalo won in the same award category for Pangako ng Kahapon (1994).

The shortlived best child performer category produced six different winners in the seven years it was included in the awards. Joko Diaz won in 1984 and 1988 while the other winners were Jaypee de Guzman (1985), Rose Ann Gonzales (1986), Chuckie Dreyfuss (1987), Kim delos Santos (1989) and Terrence Baylon (1991).

Since then, outstanding works by child performers were lumped together in the four existing performance categories. Two child actors and a child actress already won in these brackets—Jiro Manio, the best actor for Magnifico in 2003; Carlo Aquino, the best supporting actor and Serena Dalrymple, the best supporting actress, both for Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? in 1998.

In the best sound category, only four sound craftsmen snared 19 out of the 24 trophies among themselves. These were Ramon Reyes Jr., Rolly Ruta, the late Vic Macamay, Gaudencio Barredo and Albert Michael Idioma.