Alma Moreno

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Vanessa M. Lacsamana
Member of the Parañaque City Council from the 1st district
Assumed office
June 30, 2007
Personal details
Born (1959-05-25) May 25, 1959 (age 55)
Cervantes, Ilocos Sur
Political party Liberal Party
Children Mark Anthony Fernandez
Vandolph Quizon
Yeoj Marquez
Winwyn Marquez
VJ Marquez
Em-Em Marquez
Occupation Actress, politician
Religion Muslim
formerly Roman Catholic

Alma "Ness" Moreno-Salic (born Vanessa Moreno Lacsamana on May 25, 1959) is a Filipina actress and politician. She was born in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur to Frank Lacsamana, from Pampanga, and Jean Moreno.[1][2]

Film & television personality[edit]

She appeared in her first movie as a "Dama" in Urduja with Amalia Fuentes,[3] while her first starring role was Ligaw na Bulaklak Part 2 (Lost Flower) with Vic Silayan, which was her breakout film.[4] The 1976 film was directed by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal.

From then until the late 1980s, Moreno starred in a number of revealing movies that were box office hits, earning her the title "Sex Goddess of Philippine Movies" of the 1970s and 1980s.[5]

Bernal had also directed her in the acclaimed film, City After Dark, that premiered in 1980.[6] Her other notable films include the 1993 Gawad Urian Best Picture, "Makati Avenue Office Girls" (directed by José Javier Reyes)[7] and the 1977 Mga Bilanggong Birhen (Incarcerated Virgins) (directed by Mario O'Hara and Romy Suzara).[8]

Versatile for having starred in sexy, drama, and comedy films, Moreno was also a presenter on several highly rated television variety shows in the 1980s for which she earned the title "Shining Star",[9] as well as the weekly television drama anthology, Alindog,[10] which explored the lives of modern Filipino women. Moreno is also a dancer, who popularised a sexy, high-cut outfit called the "Tangga” on her shows like The Other Side of Alma, Rated A and Loveli-Ness.[11] She has been nominated in various film and TV acting awards for her dramatic and comedic performances.[12]

In the early 2000s, Moreno divided her time between her professional commitments with GMA-7's teleserye Habang Kapiling Ka, and situational comedy programme Da Boy and Da Girl; she balanced these with her personal commitment to helping the women and the poor in Parañaque City through various socio-civic and community development projects. In 2002, she starred in her comeback film Kapalit. Recently, she was a resident judge of the defunct dance contest "You Can Dance".

Political career[edit]

Moreno ran for Mayor of Parañaque City in 2004 but lost. In 2007, she was elected a Councilor of the city, and was re-elected in 2010.[13] In 2012, Moreno became the first female National President of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL), where she previously served as National Secretary-General and National Executive Vice-President.[14]

In May 2012, she declared her intention to run for Senator in the 2013 elections under Lakas-CMD party. A few months later in September however, she announced that she had dropped her bid due to a lingering illness.[15] She moved to the Liberal Party with her former husband Joey, and she ran again for Councilor in 2013.


On September 24, 2008, the Parañaque City prosecutor's office found probable cause for violation of Batas Pambansa 22 against Moreno. The complaint Maya Media Arts Yielding Ads (Maya) Inc. accused Moreno of issuing P 390,000 rubber or bouncing checks for campaign materials. Moreno denied the charges and her bail bond was set at P30,000.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Fondly called "Ness" in show business, Moreno had a long, live-in relationship with action star Rudy Fernández, with whom she had a son, actor Mark Anthony Fernandez.[18] She also figured in another high-profile live-in affair with the "King of Comedy", Dolphy, which produced a son, former child actor, Vandolph.[19]

In 2001, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[20] Moreno later married actor-politician Joey Marquez. Their twelve-year union produced four children: Yeoj, Winwyn, VJ, and adopted daughter, Em-Em; their marriage was annulled in 2004.[21]

Her current husband is Sultan Fahad "Pre" Salic, Mayor of Marawi City, whom she wed in 2009 in a traditional Muslim nikah.[22][23]

She also once had a relationship with younger actor, Gerald Madrid.



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