- Filipina Best ActressMANILA, April 9 (Sunstar) -- "Sleepless nights no more," quipped Famas Best Actress Elizabeth Oropesa for "Bulaklak Ng Maynila," who amazingly scored a grand slam when she was bestowed the last Best Actress award for this year in the 48th Famas Annual Awards Night at the AFP Theater.
"I'm so overwhelmed.I'm so happy.I can't talk properly.I can't even think properly.I even forgot my mother's name," Elizabeth
For the sixth time in one film, Elizabeth
acquired the highest honors, something that she
regards as "every actor's greatest achievement.""I cannot ask for more.Tuwang-tuwa ako kasi first time daw na nangyari `to - from Manila Film Festival all the way down to Famas," she
claims."Napatunayan ng industriya na marunong pala silang tumangkilik ng mga artistang tulad ko na hindi lang box-office ang binabatayan at hindi lang dahil sa kabataan." She
strongly believes that God is not sleeping.All her
life as an actress, Elizabeth longs to make big in the movie industry.
It was in 1975 when she
first Famas Best Actress Award for the movie "Lumapit, Lumayo Ang Umaga."After winning the same award more than two decades ago, Elizabeth
admits, "Lumaki na rin siguro ang ulo ko for a while, and then all of a sudden, binago ko ang lahat."
To top it all, a handful of prayers has always been her
key to success.In terms of roles, "I like to have one like Nora Aunor did in `Sidhi.' And I want to play the role of Hilary Swank also in `Boys Don't Cry.' I'm sure I can do that."
Best Supporting Actress Glydel Mercado and Best Child Actress Rebecca Lusterio (who was not around again) also prevailed in their respective posts.Boyfriend Tonton Gutierrez escorted Glydel as she
grand slam Best Supporting Actress award.The sweet pair left AFP Theater few minutes after the awarding for the said category.
...Everybody swiftly left the place after the ceremony, and only Elizabeth and Best Child Actor Lester Llansang were able to pose before the photographers and cameramen.
The dull moments were covered up somehow by wacky host Kris Aquino who was constantly joking off cam with co-host Pops Fernandez. (SNS)
'Bulaklak Ng Maynila' returns to the screens The entire cast of the award-winning movie "Bulaklak ng Maynila" led by Christopher de Leon and Elizabeth Oropesa. (SNSwirephoto)
MANILA, April 8 (Sunstar) -- Viva Films' "Bulaklak Ng Maynila," the acclaimed motion picture that won the lion's share of trophies from the Film Academy of the Philippines
(FAP) will be shown anew in Metro Manila theaters starting April 12.
...The movie first won recognition at the last Metro Manila Film Festival for the brilliant portrayals by Best Actress Elizabeth Oropesa (in the role of Azun, the mother who will do anything to give her daughter a better life), Best Actor Christopher de Leon (as Timo, the petty tyrant lording it over the hapless populace of a slum community in Quiapo) and Best Supporting Actress Angelu de Leon (as Ada, the young girl forced to contend with suffering because of the circumstances she was born to).
Vehnee Saturno's "Kay Daling Sabihin" was named Best Theme Song at the filmfest.
The picture once more made headlines with the arrival of the local film industry's award-giving season. Oropesa
won as Best Actress in the critics' Urian Awards.The Star Awards of the Philippine Movie Press Club named "Bulaklak" Movie of the Year, Lamangan, the Movie Director of the Year, Oropesa, Movie Actress of the Year, Ricky Lee, the Movie Screenwriter of the Year and Benjie de Guzman, the Movie Production Designer of the Year.
It was a harvest of eight trophies for "Bulaklak" at the FAP
awards where it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Theme Song and Best Sound for Ramon Reyes.
"Bulaklak Ng Maynila" also features memorable performances by Jomari Yllana, Bembol Roco, Jake Roxas, Perla Bautista, Maureen Larrazabal, Lenard Obal, Jim Pebanco, Domingo Landicho and others.
Also honored with nominations from the various award-giving organizations were the cinematography by Monino Duque, the musical score by Jessie Lasaten and the editing by Tara Illenberger. (SNS)
: On the threshold of a grand slam
...MANILA, March 29 (Sunstar) -- Though there are still two more award-giving bodies to go, the Film Academy of the Philippines and the FAMAS, Elizabeth Oropesa is foreseen to become the grand slam Best Actress this year for her undeniably exceptional performance in the movie "Bulaklak Ng Maynila," where she played the prostitute mother of Angelu de Leon. She
first grabbed the most coveted Best Actress award in the Metro Manila Film Festival last December, followed by the bestowal of the Young Critics Circle as the Best Performer for 1999, then Urian Best Actress held last March 18, and as Movie Actress of the Year
in the recently-concluded Star Awards for Movies.
It is but fitting to say that Elizabeth
has made critics' heads turn on her
may have won in all her
nominations so far, and welcomes the confidence the anticipation has been hovering her
still remains sanguine with the way things are.
Sunstar News Service (SNS) caught up with her
at the taping of "Eezy Dancing" in the ABC 5 studios in Novaliches and she
reveals that contrary to reports, her
much younger boyfriend Danny Ramos, is serving as her
SNS: You are nominated in all award-giving bodies as Best Actress, and most people think that you will grand slam.Do you expect this forethought to come true?
EO: I don't expect.I only hope.Expecting is different from hoping.
MANILA, Jan. 28 (Sunstar) -- The Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle has voted Elizabeth Oropesa
as Best Performer of the Year
role of a suffering wife and mother who becomes a mistress to an oppressive slum goon in "Bulaklak ng Maynila." She
was also the choice of the board of judges for the Best Actress plum in the recently-concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) for the said film.
The Young Critics Circle's choice of Mario O'Hara's "Sisa" as the Best Film of the Year
came as a surprise since the film did not even make noise during its entire run in the metropolis.Starring as "Sisa" is sexy actress Aya Medel, and the movie is about the highly provocative tale of Rizal's secret love recounted against the backdrop of the days prior to the national hero's execution.
The Regal production written no less by O'Hara also won Best Screenplay.It leads four other releases that vied for the top plum of the academe-based critics' group annual awards for distinguished achievement in film.
won over Lester Llansang for "Saranggola," Christopher de Leon for "Bulaklak ng Maynila," and Jhong Hilario for "Muro-ami."
The honorees will be feted in ceremonies-cum-forum slated on Feb. 11 at the UP Film Center. (SNS)