Laurice Guillen

Laurice Guillen

After a lesson on television production with Nelson Torre in 1967, she started out as an actress before debuting her major work as director for Kasal (1979). The film Salome (1981) earned her a Gawad Urian Award as Best Director before it was successfully shown in the Toronto International Film Festival.

She took a quick break before coming back strong with the classic Tanging Yaman (2001) which won several awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival, followed by American Adobo (2002), and Santa Santita (2004) which represented the Philippines at the Bangkok International Film Festival. She is also known for her work in I Love You Goodbye (2009) and Sa’yo Lamang (2010). She also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Film Development Council in the Philippines.

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Santa Santita

Santa Santita (2004)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis

Malen (Angelica Panganiban) is the daughter of Chayong (Hilda Koronel), a widowed intercessor at Quiapo Church in Manila. Selling religious charms as a way of meeting men, Malen falls for Mike (Jericho Rosales), a gigolo and hustler. Mike hustles both for his own survival and that of his son, but also because “he knows essentially he’s just strong enough and unscrupulous enough” to do so. After her mother takes umbrage at Malen’s assumed promiscuity, she moves out of Chayong’s house and stays with Mike. When her mother then dies of a heart attack, Malen feels guilt and becomes an intercessor despite having previously sworn the profession off. Initially met with mistrust by her colleagues, one of whom exclaims that “She is defiling prayer”, Malen heals a child with a hole in its heart through her prayers, despite not even praying seriously. This meets with additional hostility, both from the other intercessors and the clergy, and when Malen dreams of having stigmata, she is forced to confront the problems with her own life, something which comes to a climax when she is asked to bring Mike’s dead son back to life. A side plot involves Father Tony (Johnny Delgado), an alcoholic priest who lives with Mike. Initially his drinking partner, Mike begins to taunt the priest about his failures as the film goes on. At the end of the film, Mike is sent to prison for killing a man after a traffic accident, while Tony’s interactions with Malen convince him that he is addicted to alcohol, prompting him to return to his parish and continue serving as a priest. 

 

Cast

Angelica Panganiban as Malen
Jericho Rosales as Mike
Hilda Koronel as Chayong
Johnny Delgado as Fr. Tony
Cherry Pie Picache as Sister Dolor
Pinky de Leon as Mrs. Hoffman
Ricky Davao as Accident Victim
Julio Pacheco as Son of Accident Victim
Chinggoy Alonzo as Fr. Pascual
Sherry Lara as Bebang
Estrella Kuenzler as Paquing
Peewee O’Hara as Justa
Lou Veloso as Bong ‘Bulag’
Che Ramos as Anna
Noel Rayos as J.R.
Alchris Galura as Onat
Nor Domingo as Jowey
Noel Colet as Jaime
Paolo O’Hara as Jun
Isabella De Leon as Bata sa simbahan
Josie Tagle as Sabel
Berting Labra as Mang Tasyo
John Azcuna as Ryan, Son of Mike
Jundy Valencia as Bishop
Irma Adlawanas mother with Cellphone
Heber Justin O’Hara as Son with Cellphone
Norma Ramos as T.V. Announcer
Beatrice Roque as Cellphone Vendor
Dante Balois as Mike’s Loony Neighbor
Francis Da Silva as Mr. Hoffman

Role

Director

Awards

2005 Golden Screen Awards

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) (Johnny Delgado)
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) (Angelica Panganiban)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) (Hilda Koronel)
American Adobo

American Adobo (2002)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis

Tere Sanchez (Cherry Pie Picache) is an accountant who is in her early forties, single, and not especially happy about it. Tere is an excellent cook, and often throws dinner parties for her friends, and the arrival of her old friend Lorna (Sol Oca) from Manila is all the reason she needs to invite her friends over for a feast. Mike (Christopher De Leon) is a former political journalist who is now enjoying the fruits of a lucrative career as a newspaper editor, but he wonders if he left his principles behind along the way; he’s also feeling unfulfilled in his marriage to Gigi (Susan Valdez-LeGoff). Gerry (Ricky Davao) is an advertising copywriter who is afraid to tell his friends and family that he’s gay, though circumstances may well drive him out of the closet. Raul (Paolo Montalban) is a good-looking womaniser who prefers to date Caucasians, and lacks a certain amount of emotional maturity. And Marissa (Dina Bonnevie) is on the surface a well-to-do social butterfly; however, deep inside she’s woefully insecure, and is afraid to confront her boyfriend Sam (Randy Becker) about his constant infidelity. Meanwhile, Lorna confesses that while she’s married to a wealthy man in Manila, she’s terribly unhappy, and is considering staying in America as an illegal alien.

Cast

Christopher De Leon as Mike
Dina Bonnevie as Marissa
Ricky Davao as Gerry
Cherry Pie Picache as Tere
Paolo Montalban as Raul
Randy Becker as Sam
Keesha Sharp as Debbie
Sandy Andolong as Emma
Gloria Romero as Gerry’s Mom
Susan Valdez-LeGoff as Gigi Manalastas
Sol Oca as Lorna
Wayne Maugans as Chris
Martha Millan as Candy Manalastas
Lorli Villanueva as Lydia
Jojo Gonzalez as Frank
Luis Pedron as Nonong
Jason Verdadero as Mark
James C. Burns as Fireman
Marcel Simoneau as Sal
Jim Edward Castellvi as Infant Child

Role

Director

Production House

ABS-CBN, Magic Adobo Productions, Outrider Pictures

Awards

2003 FAP | Best Supporting Actress (Cherry Pie Picache)

Tanging Yaman

Tanging Yaman (2001)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis

Separated by both physical and emotional distance, siblings Danny (Johnny Delgado), Art (Edu Manzano) and Grace (Dina Bonnevie) settle a land dispute whilst their mother Dolores “Loleng” Rosales (Gloria Romero) succumbs to debilitating disease. Old resentments begin to surface and spill over to the next generation as they cope with Loleng’s sickness and the tract of land left to them by their deceased father.

Cast

Gloria Romero as Loleng
Hilda Koronel as Celine
Dina Bonnevie as Grace
Edu Manzano as Art
Johnny Delgado as Danny
Joel Torre as Francis
Cherry Pie Picache as Nanette
Marvin Agustin as Boyet
Jericho Rosales as Rommel
CJ Ramos as John-John
Shaina Magdayao as Carina
John Prats as Andrew
Dominic Ochoa as Joel
Janet McBride as Madeleine
Carol Banawa as Chona

Awards

Best Musical Score
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress (Gloria Romero)
Best Sound (Ramon Reyes)
Best Direction
Best Actress (Gloria Romero)
Best Film
Best Film
Best Screenplay
“Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role :Gloria Romero
Hilda Koronel
Dina Bonnevie
Edu Manzano
Johnny Delgado
Joel Torre
Cherry Pie Picache
Marvin Agustin
Jericho Rosales
CJ Ramos
Shaina Magdayao
John Prats
Dominic Ochoa
Janet McBride
Carol Banawa

Film Festival

Young Critics Circle, Philippines 2001

Ipagpatawad Mo

Ipagpatawad Mo (1991)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House:

Viva Films

Producer:

Supervising Producer: Eric M. Cuatico
Executive Producer: Vic del Rosario
Producer: William C. Leary

Screenplay:

Olivia M. Lamasan

Synopsis

A married couple who try to make their marriage work despite the fact that both of them are career-oriented and that there are tensions created by the prescence of their first-born child, Mike Jr., who turns out to be autistic.

Cast

Delia Razon
Ruby Rodriguez
Joonee Gamboa
Johnny Wilson
Vivian Foz
Jinky Oda
Terence Baylon
Bennette Ignacio as Jun-Jun – 3 years old
Eddie Albert Ramos
Lorli Villanueva

Role

Director

Awards

1991 FAMAS | Best Actor (Christopher De Leon), Best Child Actor (Terence Baylon), Best Picture

1991 FAP | Best Actor (Christopher De Leon), Best Child Actor (Terence Baylon), Best Editing, Best Picture

1991 Gawad Urian | Best Actress (Vilma Santos), Best Picture, Best Screenplay

kapag ang langit humatol

Kapag Langit ang Humatol (1990)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House:

Vision Films

Producer:

line producer: Olivia M. Lamasan
supervising producer: Malou N. Santos
executive producer: Charo Santos-Concio

Screenplay:

Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Salvador Royales

Synopsis

An oppressed housemaid has transformed herself into a wealthy and powerful business mogul through sheer dint of talent, ambition and driving need to avenge herself on her tormentors. She comes back to the scene of her most abject debasement with the sole intent of humiliating the family who once made her life such a living hell. Unknowingly, she gets to exact revenge on the very person who turns out to be her own daughter by the son of her former mistress.

Cast

Gloria Romero as Octavia
Charo Santos-Concio as Dorina
Kristine Garcia as Carol
Carmina Villaroel as Bernadette
Jeffrey Santos as Oliver
Eula Valdez as Nelia
William Lorenzo as Ariel
Tony Carreon as Federico
Metring David as Aling Tinding
Ray Ventura as Emilio
Lillian Laing as Majongera 1
Bessie Barredo as Majongera 2
Vangie Labalan as Mrs. Camacho

Role

Director

Awards

1991 Gawad Urian 1991 | Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design

 1991 FAP | Best Story Adaptation, Best Cinematography

Magkano-ang-Iyong-Dangal

Magkano ang Iyong Dangal? (1989)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House:

Seiko Films

Producer:

Robbie Tan

Screenplay:

Gilda Olvidado

Cast

Christopher De Leon as Paolo
Zsa Zsa Padilla as Era
Joel Torre as Larry
Jestoni Alarcon
Princess Punzalan as Alma

Role

Director

Awards

1988 Metro Manila Film Festival | Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, 2nd Place Best Picture

Salome

Salome (1984)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House:

Bancom Audio Vision

Producer:

Armida Siguion-Reyna

Screenplay:

Ricky Lee

Cast

Gina Alajar as Salome Dungawan
Johnny Delgado as Macario ‘Karyo’ Dungawan
Dennis Roldan as Jimmy
Armida Siguion-Reyna as Aling Tale
Bongchi Miraflor
Bruno Punzalan as Lolo
Tony Santos
Lily Miraflor
Venchito Galvez
Edna May Landicho
Jimmy Santos
Koko Trinidad
Cris Vertido
Carpi Asturias
Eduardo Matanguihan
J.P. Aguilar Jr.
Alfonso Andaya
Panggoy Francisco
Mia Gutierrez

Role

Director

Film Festival

Gawad Urian

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