The movie that launched Miss Universe 1969 to movie stardom and which started the “wet look” in Philippine cinema.
It took Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz five years to finally splash her way from pageantry to movies (Photo credit: Tony Paat)
It’s not unusual in Philippine Cinema to find beauty titleholders find opportunities to enter showbusiness after their reigns and achieve good measures of success as film actresses. The list is long and varied in impact. Most of them ended up doing roles in comedy and action movies as leading ladies with no major demands in acting and/or internalization of character. But not Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz.
When she finally decided to make her first appearance on the big screen, the project was for a major production that would have her doing the big lead and directed by the respected Celso Ad. Castillo. And if that’s not enough, she agreed to do a daring turn that was considered eye-poppingly trend-setting. While the “wet look” was considered tamer at a time when softcore bold movies were still at its peak, “Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa” (The Most Beautiful Animal on the Face of the Earth) successfully combined the elements of a serious/artistic masterpiece with the commercial formula that insured box-office success. And the rest is history, so to speak.
From 1974 up to the present, Gloria parlayed her worldwide beauty title into a successful career in film and television where she has also been honored with acting awards and the respect of colleagues in the industry.
Watch a 15-minute clip from the said movie now.
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Do you have a favorite Gloria Diaz movie? Mine would be this one. But my guiltiest pleasure of a performance from her was a relatively obscure (read: forgotten) one from 1983 titled “Hayop Sa Ganda” which she did with Miss Universe 1974 Amparo Munoz. Their scenes together were too delightful to pass up on. ;-)
Former Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidate Hannah Mariz dela Guerra has now invaded the movies with a new screen name – Hanna Ledesma.
Hanna Ledesma (wearing blue) is the new leading lady of Dingdong Dantes (leftmost) in Kubot: Aswang Chronicles. Erik Matti (third from left) directs this MMFF 2014 entry that also stars Joey Marquez (fourth from left). Photo from Instagram account of Erik Matti
Remember Hannah Mariz dela Guerra, Binibini 5 during the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas batch and who I had a crush on? Well, the pretty girl has resurfaced and in the movies at that.
She landed the role playing the wife of lead actor Dingdong Dantes in “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” which is the sequel of the box-office hit “Tiktik”. Actually, she took over the role originally played by actress Lovi Poe (who dropped out of the cast).
Hanna with Director Erik Matti
I can’t tell you how happy I am with the career shift of dear Hannah because she so deserves to be in the spotlight. After the Bb. Pilipinas experience, she went on to become Miss Sophie Paris PH and also acted in her first play “The Missing Peace” during Virgin Labfest: The Harvest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
“Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” will be part of the December-scheduled Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch the teaser below.
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Good luck in your new endeavors, Hanna! And may your star shine bright in showbiz! :-D
This movie should be on your must-watch list!
I seldom recommend movies to watch. After all, this is a pageant blog so any other subject matter would come in a poor second or third. So for me to make a dedicated post about this new David Fincher movie says a lot. And it adds more premium that author Gillian Flynn is a favorite.
“Gone Girl” goes deep into the secrets and mystery behind a modern marriage when the wife goes missing under strange circumstances. I won’t go beyond this description. Suffice it to say that the plot will keep you glued from beginning to end. Watch the full HD trailer below.
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The more jaded of moviegoers might pre-conclude that they have seen this plot before. But it’s the unraveling that will make the whole experience worth watching.
“Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. It will open in Manila next week (October 8). Try catching a screening once it opens soon. ;-)
Please watch "Barber's Tales" and support the local indie movie industry. It deserves a commercial audience and that includes you, dear readers!
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“Barber’s Tales” opens today in SM, Ayala and Robinson Cinemas nationwide. So I encourage you to go out and watch it. The movie deserves a big audience.
Set in the 1970s, the movie revolves around a widow who decided to run her deceased husband’s barber shop inspite of the resistance and mockery from a male-dominated community. She slowly discovers the true meaning of freedom and liberation in the process of doing so.
The Jun Robles Lana-directed movie has already won for him the Best Director Award in the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival and the Best Actess Award in the 2013 Tokyo Film Festival for lead performer Eugene Domingo. It also got the Audience Award at the Udine (Italy) Film Festival, plus the Arri and Technicolor Asia Awards from the Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum.
The producers made it easy for you. Above are the screens where you can catch the movie.
Your patronage of “Barber’s Tales” will be most appreciated. Please find time to catch one of its screenings so that the theater owners will be encouraged to extend the film’s very limited run.
See you at the movies! :-)
Lynda Carter (left) as Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot takes over.
Winning Miss Universe is not the destiny of Gal Gadot. But landing the most coveted role of Wonder Woman is.
Ten years after participating in Miss Universe 2004 for Israel, the statuesque lady has achieved what many of her contemporaries have failed to reach. She is all set to become a big Hollywood star by way of Director Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster flick “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. And she couldn’t be happier that the golden opportunity will drastically change her life in more ways than one.
Truly, this breakthrough role will be worth more than a collection of Mikimoto, Diamond Nexus Lab and DIC crowns all rolled into one.
Congratulations, Gal! -D
It’s no secret that I love local indie movies. That’s why I support Cinemalaya year after year. And for 2014, the eagerly-awaited film festival is turning a decade old – “A Decade of Connecting Dimensions” as the tagline states. And just to widen the reach beyond the Cultural Center of the Philippines, four (4) more cinema venues – Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces – have committed to the simultaneous showing of the entries.
Nora Aunor leads the cast of Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya” (Justice).
The participating movies are worth looking forward to, especially that a number of our mainstream (read: commercial
) actors and actresses have agreed to appear in some of them. For example, there is top comedienne/box-office draw Ai-ai de la Alas who will take her dramatic turn in Nick Olanka’s “Ronda
” (Patrol). Superstar Nora Aunor will share the screen with TV performers Sunshine Dizon and Rocco Nacino in Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya
” (Justice). Matinee idol Elmo Magalona will star with former Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joyce Ann Burton-Titular and Slater Young in “#Y
” (Hashtag Y) from Gino Santos. Aiko Melendez will topbill Louie Ignacio’s “Asintado
” (Between the Eyes). Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman will be part of the ensemble cast of “Separados” by GB Sampedro. And Dennis Trillo with Derek Ramsay and Richard Gomez will take centerstage in “The Janitor
” from director Mike Tuviera.
There’s definitely more to come. I will keep you updated on more of the details (including screening times) as the festival dates draw near. In the meantime, you can also visit Cinemalaya’s Facebook page to know more about the other movies in the official roster. ;-)
Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil’s “Brave Miss World” docu will premiere on Netflix May 29
“Brave Miss World”
MW1998 Linor Abargil
is the film documentary that tells about the stabbing and rape ordeal Linor Abargil went through six weeks before she was crowned Miss World 1998.
It also tells about her eventual recovery, rise to the throne and conversion to rape-activism. It impresses me to no end how courageously she went through everything and still managed to represent Israel in the pageant with the inhumane events she underwent in the hands of her travel agent (Uri Shlomo Nur) in Milan, Italy.
The documentary will have its world premiere this coming May 29 via Netflix. Know more about the ways you can watch the Cecilia Peck-directed movie by visiting their website.
Watch the theatrical trailer below:
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Excerpt from the article by Daily Nexus about “Brave Miss World”