Laurice Guillen

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Laurice Guillen
Born (1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 67)
Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Johnny Delgado (widowed)
Children Anna Feleo
Ina Feleo

Laurice Guillen (born January 31, 1947) is a Filipino actress and director.

Early life and acting career[edit]

Guillen studied at St. Theresa's College, Cebu City,[1] before working on a Masters in Mass Communication at Ateneo de Manila University, followed by a television production course under Nestor Torre, in 1967. She then began work as an actress, starring in productions of Mrs. Warren's Profession, before crossing over to film and television work, playing a seductress in Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang,[2] and Corazon Aquino in the drama A Dangerous Life,[3] In 2009 she accepted a role in the indie film Karera, her first role in an independent production.[4] Other credits include in the film Sister Stella L and Moral.[5]

Directing career[edit]

A protégé of Lino Brocka,[6] Guillen began her first major work as a director with Init sa Magdamag.[7] In 1984 she directed Salome, which was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and described as "the kind of cinematic discovery that single-handedly justifies the festival's existence".[6] Ipagpatawad Mo was also directed by Guillen,[8] as was Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story in 1993,[5] before her retirement from filmmaking. Dedicating herself to the Marian movement, Guillen made pilgrimages to churches and cathedrals throughout the Philippines with her husband, believing that Mary had called on her to experience a spiritual renewal. By 1998 she was thinking about returning to filmmaking, and following a good reception of Ipagpatawad Mo by a group of priests, who encouraged her to back into filmmaking, along with an appearance on Kris Aquino's talk show, she did so.[9]

Her first new production was Tanging Yaman, released in 2001,[5] which won several awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival.[10] Following 2002's American Adobo,[11] Guillen directed Santa Santita in 2004,[12] which represented the Philippines at the Bangkok International Film Festival.[13] In 2006 she was awarded the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi by Ateneo de Manila University for services to the Arts.[14] In 2009 she directed I Love You Goodbye,[15] following it up with Sa 'yo Lamang in 2010, starring Lorna Tolentino.[16] As well as working as a director, Guillen also served as Chief Exeutive Officer of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, before her appointment was unexpectedly not renewed in 2005.[17] After breaking away from the previous Filipino directors guild due to a desire for reform, Guillen helped found the Directors Guild of the Philippines, resigning on March 26, 2001 due to her feeling that this reform had not been carried out.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Guillen was married to Johnny Delgado, with whom she had several daughters,[19] including actress Ina Feleo.[20] Following his diagnosis with lymphoma,[4] Delgado died in November 2009.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Carmela Dra. Fides Hernando-Torres+ GMA Network
2013 Genesis Rosario Macalintal+ GMA Network
2012 Aryana Doña Elnora Mendez ABS-CBN
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tumba-Tumba Ofelia+ ABS-CBN
2011 Reputasyon Doña Concordia Villamayor ABS-CBN
2009 Nagsimula sa Puso Teresa Pagdanganan+ ABS-CBN
2008 Iisa Pa Lamang Estelle Torralba ABS-CBN
1986 Lovingly Yours, Helen Director GMA Network

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1988 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Magkano ang Iyong Dangal?[21] Won
2000 Tanging Yaman[22] Won
Best Screenplay (with Shaira Mella Salvador and Raymond Lee) Won
Best Original Story Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laurice Guillen classics on the small screen". Manila Times. October 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ Cervantes, Behn (July 28, 2006). "Take Ten: Laurice". BusinessWorld. 
  3. ^ Moseley, Chris (November 22, 1988). "Making up the differences between Cory and Imelda". The Advertiser. 
  4. ^ a b San Diego Jr., Bayani (January 26, 2009). "Laurice: Johnny's Condition Brings Us Closer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  5. ^ a b c Torre, Nestor U. (April 15, 2004). "Singapore Film Fest Honors Laurice Guillen With Retrospective". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  6. ^ a b Scott, Jay (September 12, 1984). "Festival of Festivals: Salome Introduces New Talent". The Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ Defensor, Teresa (December 29, 2000). "Tanging Yaman bags top film fest prizes". BusinessWorld. 
  8. ^ Torre, Noelani (August 11, 2001). "SATURDAY SPECIAL VILMA-BOYET SCREEN TANDEM REVIVED". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  9. ^ Salterio, Leah (November 29, 2000). "The Pillgrimage of Laurice Guillen". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  10. ^ Saltiero, Leah (December 19, 2000). "Entertainment: No Big Stars, Only Hard Workers, in Laurice Guillen's Movie". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 25, 2002). "'American Adobo'". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Torre, Nestor U. (August 14, 2004). "Laurice Guillen Shoots Modern Magdalene Story". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  13. ^ Torre, Nestor U. (February 18, 2006). "50 Countries Represented in Bangkok Filmfest". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  14. ^ Cervantes, Behn (July 31, 2006). "Take Ten: What a Surprise!". BusinessWorld. 
  15. ^ Valisno, Jeffrey O. (December 29, 2009). "The good, the bad and the really, really ugly". BusinessWorld. 
  16. ^ a b "Widows Speak: Sharing Illuminates Movie". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ San Diego Jr, Bayani (December 5, 2005). "I felt very humiliated". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  18. ^ Torre, Nestor U. (March 31, 2001). "SATURDAY SPECIAL: LAURICE GUILLEN RESIGNS FROM THE DIRECTORS GUILD OF THE PHILIPPINES". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  19. ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (November 10, 2006). "Laurice Guillen". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  20. ^ Sicam, Edmund L. (May 11, 2002). ""Kahit Kailan" Showcases GMA's Young Talents". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  21. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1988". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  22. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2000". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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