Reyna Films

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Reyna Films
Industry Motion pictures
Founded Manila, Philippines (1991)
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
Key people Armida Siguion-Reyna (executive producer)
Carlitos Siguion-Reyna
Products motion pictures
Owners Armida Siguion-Reyna

Reyna Films was a Filipino film production company managed by Armida Siguion-Reyna and her son Carlitos Siguion-Reyna in 1991. It was known for its critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as Hihintayin Kita sa Langit and Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin. Reyna Films produced 12 films from 1991 to 2000. Armida Siguion-Reyna also appeared as actress, aside from being a producer, in three of her productions: Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal, Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin and Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin. The company has been defunct since 2000, after Azucena.

History[edit]

Prior to this production company, Armida Siguion-Reyna already established Aawitan Kita Productions, known for the Filipino musical program Aawitan Kita. She also established PERA Productions in 1977, with only three films produced. After which, Siguion-Reyna worked as line producer with different film productions from 1979-1983. In 1988, Siguion-Reyna co-produced with Viva Films a film Misis Mo, Misis Ko which turned out to be a success.[1]

After its successful venture with Viva Films, Armida and her son Carlitos (director of Misis Mo, Misis Ko), together with writer Bibeth Orteza, decided to establish a film production company.

The debut production Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta in one of their first team-up appearances, became a success and is award-winning with 18 combined awards received from FAMAS, Urian, and FAP. The next film Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal in 1992 won 27 awards from the mentioned award giving bodies and YCC.[2]

Almost all films produced by Reyna Films were proven to be a critical success, and brought honor for the Philippines in several international film festivals. Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin won Best Picture in the 1996 Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival as well as Best Picture in the 1996 FAMAS awards. Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya won the Special Jury prize in the Teddy Awards of the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival, the Best Asian Film award at the 1999 Newport Beach International Film Festival, and the Special Jury prize in the 1998 Turin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Kahapon, May Dalawang Bata took home the Best Foreign Film prize at the Newport Beach International Film Festival as well as the second runner-up prize in the “Air Canada” People’s Choice awards in the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival. Azucena was adjudged Best Picture at the 2001 San Diego Asian-American Film Festival. While the first two productions in 1991 and 1992 were money-makers, Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin turned out to be a blockbuster.[3]

However, as with local producers in the 1990s, Reyna Films encountered major problems in taxation and censorship.[4]

List of feature films[edit]

All of the films but one were directed by Carlitos Siguion Reyna. The film Kailangan Kita (not to be confused with the movie with the same title produced in 2002) was co-produced with Regal Films. The Christmas-themed family drama Kung Mawawala Ka Pa is directed by Jose Mari Avellana, an entry for the 1993 Metro Manila Film Festival. Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Maricel Soriano and Tonton Gutierrez, being in the lead credits, have each appeared in three Reyna Films movies. Rosanna Roces, Ricky Davao and Ara Mina followed with two movies each.

Title Year Cast Director Genre
Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit 1991 Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Eric Quizon, Jackie Lou Blanco, Michael de Mesa Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama
Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal 1992 Richard Gomez, Maricel Soriano Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama
Kailangan Kita (co-produced with Regal Films) 1993 Gabby Concepcion, Gretchen Barretto, Edu Manzano, Cristina Gonzales Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama
Saan Ka Man Naroroon 1993 Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama
Kung Mawawala Ka Pa 1993 Christopher de Leon, Dawn Zulueta, Amy Austria Jose Mari Avellana Family Drama
Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Harvest Home) 1995 Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna, Eric Quizon, Tirso Cruz III Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Drama
Abot-Kamay Ang Pangarap (Elena's Redemption) 1996 Maricel Soriano, Tonton Gutierrez, Dina Bonnevie Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Drama
Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin (They Call Me Joy) 1997 Rosanna Roces, John Arcilla, Isabel Granada Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama, Erotica
Ang Lalake Sa Buhay ni Selya (The Man in Her Life) 1997 Rosanna Roces, Ricky Davao, Gardo Versoza Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama, Gay-themed
Tatlo Magkasalo (Three) 1998 Ara Mina, Tonton Gutierrez, Rita Avila, Gina Alajar Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Romance, Drama, Gay-themed
Kahapon May Dalawang Bata (Yesterday Children) 1999 Ara Mina, Tonton Gutierrez, Jennifer Sevilla, Carlo Aquino Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Drama
Azucena (Dog Food) 2000 Alessandra De Rossi, Ricky Davao, Glydel Mercado Carlitos Siguion-Reyna Drama

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