Hihintayin Kita sa Langit
Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Writer: Raquel Villavicencio
Cast: Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Michael de Mesa, Eric Quizon, Jackie Lou Blanco
The movie that Pinoy moviegoers fell in love with in 1991. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte’s tragic love story set in the moors is well-suited to the Pinoy romantic sensibility, as evidenced by the current telenovela smash hit Walang Hanggan. The novel has been successfully adapted several times for the cinema, and Hihintayin is no exception, with Siguion-Reyna wisely utilizing the majestic setting of Batanes to tell the story of Gabriel and Carmina (Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta at their most beautiful). Not even the pandering, mawkish ending could ruin this film’s reputation as a Pinoy modern classic. Watch it and swoon.
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Director: Laurice Guillen
Writer: Olivia Lamasan
Cast: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Charito Solis, Amy Perez, Bing Loyzaga
Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos star as a middle-class married couple in this intense and intelligently handled domestic drama. The two leads are at their usual top form but it is Santos who gets the more memorable lines. Her performance earned her the Urian award for Best Actress in a tight year (with Nora Aunor in Pacita M., Dawn Zulueta in Hihintayin, and Dina Bonnevie in Sa Kabila ng Lahat as some of her co-nominees).
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Maging Sino Ka Man
Director: Eddie Rodriguez
Writers: Emmanuel Borlaza and Eddie Rodriguez
Cast: Sharon Cuneta, Robin Padilla, Edu Manzano, Vina Morales, Rosemarie Gil, Dennis Padilla
The other love story that Pinoy moviegoers flocked to in 1991. Box-office star Cuneta paired up with then rising action star Padilla in this fairly predictable romantic escapist fare. What lifts the film from mediocrity is the palpable chemistry of the lead stars. We know lots of (mostly female) friends who still get “kilig” with Padilla’s cheesy lines here. We don’t mind indulging in mindless escapist fare once in a while if it’s as enjoyable as this one.