Gil Portes

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Gil Portes
Gil M. Portes

(1945-09-13)September 13, 1945
DiedMay 24, 2017(2017-05-24) (aged 71)
Quezon City, Philippines
Resting placePagbilao Public Cemetery Quezon, Philippines
Alma mater
Occupation(s)film director, film producer, screenwriter

Gil M. Portes (September 13, 1945 – May 24, 2017) was a Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Gil Portes took up his Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines and received a master's degree in theater from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York.


His drama film, Saranggola (1999), won various awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It was also entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

His drama film, Small Voices (2002), is considered a masterpiece[who?] in Filipino cinema and won eleven awards and was nominated for eleven other awards including the Gawad Urian Awards.

In 2002, Portes was in the middle of directing a film about the Balangiga massacre titled Balangiga 1901, intending it as an entry for the Metro Manila Film Festival, when production was suddenly halted in September; the film was eventually left unfinished.[3][4]


Portes died on May 24, 2017, at the age of 71.



Year Title
1976 Tiket Mama, Tiket Ale
1977 Sa Piling ng Mga Sugapa
1978 Kukulog, Kikidlat Sa Tanghaling Tapat
1979 Pabonggahan
1980 Miss X
Wanted! Wives
1981 High School Scandal
Carnival Queen
1982 Pusong Uhaw
1983 Iiyak Ka Rin
Gabi Kung Sumikat ang Araw
Never Say Goodbye
1984 'Merika
Bukas, May Pangarap
1988 Birds of Prey
1990 Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina?
1991 Class of '91
1993 Kailan Dalawa ang Mahal?
1995 Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story
1996 Mulanay: Sa Pusod ng Paraiso
1997 Puerto Princesa
1998 Miguel/Michelle
1999 Saranggola
2000 Markova: Comfort Gay
2001 I.D.
In the Bosom of the Enemy
Huwag Kang Kikibo
2002 Small Voices
2003 Homecoming
2004 Beautiful Life
2005 Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
2006 The Mourning Girls
2009 Pitik Bulag
2010 Two Funerals
2013 Bayang Magiliw
Ang Tag-Araw ni Twinkle
2014 Hukluban
2016 Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli
2017 Moonlight Over Baler


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
1990 Metro Manila Film Festival[5] Best Director Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? Won
Best Original Story (with Ricky Lee) Won
Best Screenplay (with Ricky Lee) Won


  1. ^ ABS-CBN News. "Acclaimed filmmaker Gil Portes, 71, passes away". Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  2. ^ "21st Moscow International Film Festival (1999)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  3. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (July 22, 2002). "Festival films to be shown nation-wide in December". Philippine Daily Inquirer. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. p. A32. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  4. ^ Bautista, Emy Abuan (September 22, 2002). "Disqualified ang 'Balangiga'". Pilipino Star Ngayon (in Filipino). Philstar Global Corp. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  5. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1990". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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