Montano in 2016 as COO of the Tourism Promotions Board
August 1, 1962
|Occupation||Actor, Film producer, Film director, Game show host, Part-time musician|
(m. 2000–2013; annulled)
(until her death in 1993)
Montano started in show business as a commercial model. He played roles in numerous B movies. He then played major roles in several action movies and a brief television career playing the lead role in the television sitcom Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis. His breakout role is his portrayal of José Rizal, the Philippine National Hero in the film José Rizal. The film is unprecedented as it portrays Philippine society during Spanish colonization of the Philippines and its relevance up to the present day. After his first Hollywood movie The Great Raid with Benjamin Bratt, he was cast in another Hollywood movie Another Deep Breath which was never actually shot.
Aside from acting, Montano also embarked on a singing career, with the release of his music album Subok lang or Just try in 2000. He has also ventured into film production as well as directing, with Panaghoy sa Suba as his directorial film debut.
In May 2007, he unsuccessfully ran for Senate under the coalition TEAM Unity (TU). GMA News reported that he lost about P40 million worth of endorsement for running in public office. Montano also lost the 2010 Gubernatorial race in his home province of Bohol.
In 2016, Montano was running as the 2nd nominee of Aangat Tayo party-list in the 2016 national elections, but subsequently lost. In the same year, he was appointed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo as the Chief Operation Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board.
Biography and career
Montano's first action movie, directed by Toto Natividad, is Leonardo Delos Reyes: Alyas Waway (1993). The two latter collaborated on such movies as Utol (1996), Biláng na ang Araw mo (1996), Pusakal (1997), Sanggano (1997), Kasangga Kahit Kelan (1998), Warfreak (1998), and Type Kita Walang Kokontra (1999).
He played national hero José Rizal in the historical biopic José Rizal in 1998. In 1999 film Muro Ami, he played Fredo, the boss of child laborers in the illegal fishing industry. The film won thirteen awards at the 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Montano produced, directed and starred in the 2004 film Panaghoy sa Suba. It features Filipino actors Juliana Palermo, Jackie Woo, Philip Anthony, Caridad Sanchez, Joel Torre, Daria Ramirez, Ronnie Lazaro, Suzette Ranillo, Rommel Montano, Dr. Warfe Engracia, Ramon Villanueva, Chelo Espina, Flora Gasser, Disi Alba and Rebecca Lusterio. The film is set during World War II, and the story takes place mostly along the Loboc River in Bohol. The film was Montano's directorial debut. It was filmed mostly in the Visayan language with an almost exclusively Visayan cast. t was given an "A" rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board or CEB of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and was CM Films' entry to the 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival. The CEB described the film as "a poetic, sometimes even magical, current of silent struggle and survival."
The Call of the River won multiple awards. It collected Second Best Picture (to Mano Po III: My Love), Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and the Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award at the Metro Manila Film Festival, 2004; and Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress at Gawad Suri Awards, Manila, 2005.
Panaghoy sa Suba, which garnered 16 awards and 11 nominations including 5 from the Metro Manila Film Festival, was also given an endorsement by the UNESCO. It was named Best Picture at the International Festival of Independent Films held in Brussels, Belgium. Montano was also chosen Best Director. In addition, Montano also won Best Actor in Panaghoy sa Suba in the Golden Screen Awards.
Panaghoy sa Suba was invited as an exhibition in the Tous les cinémas du Monde (Movies of the World) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. It has also been invited for exhibition in other international film festivals in Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo, Korea and in the Czech Republic’s Karlo Vary Film Festival.
In 2002, American film director and screenwriter John Dahl cast Montano in The Great Raid after taking notice of Montano's performance in the movie Muro Ami as well as an extensive open call audition and series of callbacks in Manila. He played Juan Pajota in the Miramax Film set in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines in 1945 during World War II. The film was shot mostly in Australia and partly in China.
Montano was cast in another U.S. film, Another Deep Breath, scheduled to start shooting in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2005. Funding was never secured so the production never started shooting.
On 1 January 2000, Montano released his first music solo album entitled "Subok Lang" (Just Try) under Star Records. On nine of the album's ten songs he is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. He sings a duet on the second version "Kailan Ko Lang Sinabi" (When I Just Told You) with his wife, Sunshine Cruz, who is also a Filipino actress and recording artist. Subok lang went on to become Platinum record.
Cesar Montano ran for a senate position under the Lakas Partylist in the 2007 elections and lost. On May 19, 2009, he was appointed by then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as her Presidential Special Envoy for Film and Digital Cinema, a newly-created position accorded ambassador rank and given diplomatic status by the Department of Foreign Affairs. He then again attempted to be involved in politics on October 13, 2009 when he filed his candidacy for Governor in his home province Bohol. He lost the 2010 local election for the Governor position.
Montano is fluent in both Tagalog and Cebuano, and speaks his ancestral Boholano dialect. He is the fifth of seven children born to a lawyer father and mother that belonged to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Montano describes his father as a strict disciplinarian, and his mother imposing her religion's prohibitions against pork and movies.
Montano was first married to Marilyn Polinga, a fellow Boholano he met at a local Seventh-day Adventist church. Montano then worshipped at the Bread of Life Ministries International evangelical church in Quezon City, before becoming a congregant at Christ's Commission Fellowship in Mandaluyong together with his second wife, Sunshine Cruz, and his children. Polinga, with whom he had two children, died in 1993. Their second child, Christian Angelo Manhilot, died at the age of 23 on March 26, 2010 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at their house in Quezon City.
Montano married Sunshine Cruz on September 14, 2000 in a Christian wedding. They have three daughters, Angeline Isabelle, Samantha Angeline and Angel Francheska He filed for annulment of marriage with Cruz, which was finally granted on August 26, 2013.
|2017||Carlo J. Caparas Ang Panday||Police C/Supt. Erwin Rivera||CCM Film Productions, Viva Films & Star Cinema Films|
|2016||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Hector Mercurio||ABS-CBN|
|2016||Bakit Manipis ang Ulap?||Leo Cabrera||TV5|
|2015||Nilalang||Tony||(Haunted Tower Pictures, WeLovePost, Parallax Studios & Viva Films)|
|2015||Kid Kulafu||Sardo||(Star Cinema)|
|2014||ASOP Music Festival||Himself||Composer (UNTV News and Rescue)|
|2014||The Ryzza Mae Show||Himself||Guest (GMA Network)|
|2013||Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas||Conrad Alperos||GMA Network|
|2013||Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Stories||Alfredo S. Lim||CM Films Productions and Viva Films|
|2013||Never Say Goodbye||Javier Montecastro||TV5|
|2012||El Presidente||Andres Bonifacio y de Castro||VIVA Films, CMB Film, Scenema Concept Int.|
|2012||Biktima||Mark de la Cruz||Alba Productions and Star Cinema|
|2012||Gandang Gabi, Vice!||Guest||ABS-CBN|
|2012||Hitman||Ben||Viva Films & CM Films (Cesar Montano's Comeback Action Movie)|
|2011||Andres de Saya||Andres Taguyod||(GMA Network)|
|2010||Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge||Challenger||(GMA Network)|
|2010||Ilumina||Romano Sebastian||(GMA Network)|
|2010||Hole in The Wall||Guest Host||(GMA Network)|
|2009||Wowowee||Himself||Guest Co-Host (ABS-CBN)|
|2008–2010||The Singing Bee||Host||Host (ABS-CBN)|
|2008||Palos||Fabio Cassimir / Palos||Main Role (ABS-CBN)|
|2008||Pinoy Mano-Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge||Himself||host (ABS-CBN)|
|2008||Urduja||Limhang (voice only)||APT Entertainment, Seventoon and Imaginary Friends|
|2007||Asian Treasures||Pancho Pistolero||guest cast (GMA Network)|
|2006||Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin: A Mega cClebration||Himself||performer|
|2005||The Great Raid||Guerilla Leader Captain Juan Pajota||Miramax Films|
|2004||30th Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines Awards Night||Himself-awardee||TV|
|2004||Panaghoy sa Suba (The Call of the River)||Duroy||actor, director, producer|
|2003||Chavit Singson Story||Chavit Singson|
|2003||Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis||Buboy Magtanggol / Sean Serrano|
|2002||Lakas Sambayanan (People Power)||Documentary|
|2001||Bagong Buwan (aka New Moon)||Ahmad Ibn Ismael|
|2001||Mananabas: Mga ligaw na talahib (aka The Reaper)||Writer|
|2001||Alas dose||Titus||(Viva Films) Directed by: Augusto Salvador and Cesar Montano|
|2001||Larawan||(TV Mini Series) GMA Network|
|2001||Baliktaran: Si Ace at si Angelique||Cameo|
|2001||Hostage||Jimmy Pizarro||Actor, Writer|
|1999||Muro Ami (aka Reef Hunters)||Fredo|
|1999||Bullet||Bullet||actor, line producer (Viva films)|
|1999||Type kita, walang kokontra||Victor||Star Cinema with John Regala and Dayanara Torres, directed by Toto Natividad (Released Date: 27 January 1999)|
|1999||Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis||Buboy Magtanggol||TV series with Maricel Soriano (ABS-CBN)|
|1998||José Rizal||José Rizal|
|1998||Warfreak: Walang sinasanto, walang pinapatawad (Warfreak)||Jack Llamas||Neo Films (Released Date: 25 November 1998) (Directed by: Augusto Salvador and Toto Natividad)|
|1998||Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang probinsyanong wais||Cameo|
|1998||Kasangga Kahit Kailan||Bardo Santa Mesa/Benjie Borres||Neo Films (Released Date: 22 July 1998) (Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|1997||Sanggano||Diego||Mega Vision Films (Release Date: 26 November 1997) (Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|1997||Wala nang iibigin pa||Daniel||Viva Films (Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|1997||Kadre||Ruben Torres||Premiere Productions (Released Date: 22 October 1997)|
|1997||Pusakal||King Rustia||Solar Films (Released Date: 4 June 1997)|
|1997||Batas ko'y bala||Guiller||Mega Vision Films (Released Date: 11 September 1996)|
|1996||Bilang na ang araw mo||Raphael Villegas||Neo Films (Released Date: 12 June 1996) (Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|1996||Kung kaya mo, kaya ko rin||Mac|
|1996||Utol||Jaime Cordero||Star Cinema Productions Inc. (Released Date: 24 April 1996)|
|1995||The Lilian Velez Story||Narding Anzures|
|1995||Manalo, matalo, mahal kita||Jack|
|1994||Talahib at Rosas||Jacob|
|1994||The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!)||Winifredo Masagca||Viva Films|
|1993||Markadong Hudas||Daniel Braganza|
|1993||Alyas Waway||Leonardo "Waway" delos Reyes||Moviestars Production (Released Date: 13 October 1993) (Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|1993||Ikaw lang||Alfred||Moviestars Production (Released Date: 25 August 1993)|
|1992||Eh! Kasi Bata||Glen|
|1992||Sumayaw Ka Salome||Leo|
|1992||Hiram na Mukha||Julio|
|1991||Kapag nag-abot ang langit at lupa||Hamil|
|1991||Ganito Ba Ang Umibig?||Armand|
|1991||Mainit, masarap... parang kaning isusubo|
|1990||Hindi Laruan ang Puso||Mark|
|1990||Machete: Istatwang buhay||Machete|
|1989||Ako ang batas: General Karingal||Lt. Reyes|
|1989||Sagot ng Puso||Efren|
|1989||Kasalanan ang buhayin ka||Jimie|
|1989||Bihagin ang dalagang ito||Hector|
|1989||Lihim ng Golden Buddha||No|
|1989||Ang bukas ay akin||Predo|
|1988||Puso sa puso||Noel|
|1985||Hinugot Sa Langit||Cesar|
|1984||Working Girls||Office Bully tormenting the character portrayed by Rio Locsin|
|1983||Broken Marriage||Ralph Palomeno|
|1982||Ang Tapang Para sa Lahat!||Young Alex|
|1982||Annabelle Huggins Story|
|1981||Agos ||with Gretchen Barreto|
|1979||The Maricel Soriano Drama Special|
Albums and singles
|Subok lang (Just try)
|Year||Award Given Body||Category||Work||Result|
|1989||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor||Ang Bukas ay Akin||Won|
|1998||Best Actor||Jose Rizal||Won|
|2004||Best Director||Panaghoy sa Suba ||Won|
|2004||Film Academy of the Philippines Awards (FAP)||Won|
|Gawad Urian Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Brussels International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won|
|2006||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor||Ligalig||Won|
|2012||Best Supporting Actor||El Presidente||Won|
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