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.

Santa Santita (2004)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Malen is the daughter of Chayong, a widowed intercessor at Quiapo Church in Manila. Selling religious charms as a way of meeting men, Malen falls for Mike, 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, 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
Jim Paredes
Boboy Garovillo
Ronnie Henares
Joaqui Valdes
Max Eigenmann

Role
Writer | Director

Production House
Unitel Pictures

Awards
2005 Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)

American Adobo (2002)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Tere Sanchez 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 from Manila is all the reason she needs to invite her friends over for a feast. Mike 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. Gerry 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 is a good-looking womaniser who prefers to date Caucasians, and lacks a certain amount of emotional maturity. And Marissa 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 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
Dina Bonnevie
Ricky Davao
Cherry Pie Picache
Paolo Montalban
Randy Becker
Keesha Sharp
Sandy Andolong
Gloria Romero
Susan Valdez-LeGoff
Sol Oca
Wayne Maugans
Martha Millan
Lorli Villanueva
Jojo Gonzalez
Luis Pedron
Jason Verdadero
James C. Burns
Marcel Simoneau
Jim Edward Castellvi

Role
Writer | Director

Production House
ABS-CBN
Magic Adobo Productions
Outrider Pictures

Awards
2003 FAP Awards Best Supporting Actress (Cherry Pie Picache)

Tanging Yaman (2001)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Separated by both physical and emotional distance, siblings Danny, Art and Grace settle a land dispute whilst their mother Dolores “Loleng” Rosales 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
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

Role
Writer | Director

Awards
2001 Young Critics Circle Best Musical Score Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Sound, Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Screenplay Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role

Ipagpatawad Mo (1991)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

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 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
Eddie Albert Ramos
Lorli Villanueva

Role
Director

Production House
Viva Films

Awards
1991 FAMAS Best Actor, Best Child Actor, Best Picture
1991 FAP Best Actor, Best Child Actor, Best Editing, Best Picture
1991 Gawad Urian Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Screenplay

Kapag Langit ang Humatol (1990)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

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
Charo Santos-Concio
Kristine Garcia
Carmina Villaroel
Jeffrey Santos
Eula Valdez
William Lorenzo
Tony Carreon
Metring David
Ray Ventura
Lillian Laing
Bessie Barredo
Vangie Labalan

Role
Director

Production House
Vision Films

Awards
1991 Gawad Urian Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design
1991 FAP Awards Best Story Adaptation, Best Cinematography

Magkano ang Iyong Dangal? (1989)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Nilo and Carmela’s love will be tested by problems and challenges surrounding their families. They will be separated temporarily by circumstances beyond their control, but fate will bring them back together again.

Cast
Christopher De Leon
Zsa Zsa Padilla
Joel Torre
Jestoni Alarcon
Princess Punzalan

Role
Director

Production House
Seiko Films

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

Magkano ang Iyong Dangal? (1984)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
The story starts as a seemingly simple crime of passion, Jimmy, the persistent suitor, is stabbed to death by Salome, the young and pretty wife of Kario, an ordinary farmer. But as the story unfolds, conflicting versions of the crime are given.

Cast
Gina Alajar
Johnny Delgado
Dennis Roldan
Armida Siguion-Reyna
Bongchi Miraflor
Bruno Punzalan
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

Production House
Bancom Audio Vision

Awards
1982 Gawad Urian Awards Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing

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