Irma Adlawan

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Irma Adlawan
Born Irma Santonil Adlawan
(1962-03-07) March 7, 1962 (age 55)
Sta. Isabel, Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
Alma mater St. Mary Magdalene School,[1] University of the Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present

Irma Adlawan (born March 7, 1962 in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines) is a Filipino stage, film, and television actress. She is known primarily for her work in independent films and for her roles in several primetime soap operas such as Maging Sino Ka Man, Amaya, Forevermore, and Destiny Rose.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Adlawan was born in Tondo, Manila, the daughter of Conrada Santonil, a housewife, and Pedro Adlawan, a retired colonel.[1] She attended St. Mary Magdalene School[1] in Cavite and became a student of Speech and Drama at the University of the Philippines–Diliman, having transferred from its Manila campus.[2]

Career[edit]

Her first stage role was Helena from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which she performed for Dulaang UP in 1983 under the direction of its founder, Tony Mabesa. He had asked her to audition, and she was subsequently cast.[3] From then on she had become a regular of Dulaang UP, starring in productions such as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Betti's The Queen and the Rebels, Fay and Michael Kanin's Rashomon, and Molière's The Misanthrope, as well as a multitude of other plays.

After UP, Adlawan became a member of Tanghalang Pilipino's Actors Company from 1991 to 1998, performing in numerous stage plays. Some of her most notable roles include a Chinese film producer, based on Regal Films matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde in Dennis Marasigan's Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula; Zafira in Francisco Balagtas' Orosman at Zafira; Sisa in the Cayabyab-Lumbera musical adaptation of José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere; and Teodora Alonso in Nonon Padilla and Rene O. Villanueva's Teodora. For Buhay Ay Pelikula she was cited as Best Actress of the Year by the Young Critics Circle in 1992, while for Teodora her performance as the mother of Philippine hero José Rizal was praised by National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa-Goquingco for "[accomplishing] her histrionic feat, her splendid tour de force [with such ease, passion, range, verisimilitude and transparency]."[4]

Some of Adlawan's early mainstream film roles include a victim of incestuous rape in Jeffrey Jeturian's Tuhog in 2001 and a public school teacher in Mga Munting Tinig in 2002, both of which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Gawad Urian Awards.[5] Three years later, in 2005, during the advent of digital cinema, she starred in three independent films: ICU Bed #7, where she played Eddie Garcia's daughter; Sa North Diversion Road, which had been adapted for film and had her reprising her role from mid-90s theatre alongside John Arcilla, where they played 10 different couples dealing with infidelity; and Mga Pusang Gala, based on the Palanca award-winning screenplay by Rody Vera and Jun Lana, where she played the role of Marta, a single middle-aged advertising practitioner.[5] She received Best Actress nods for her performances in Sa North and Mga Pusang Gala. She continued to act in indies, playing lead and supporting roles from 2006 onwards. Her performance as Aling Carmen in Ataul: For Rent in 2007 earned her a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award.

Her early television credits include appearances in Cecile Guidote-Alvarez's Balintataw, Behn Cervantes' Angkan, and Mario O'Hara's Mama. Later on, she would appear frequently in primetime teleseryes such as Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, and Encantadia. In 2006, she was cast in the recurring role of Imelda Magsaysay, the mother of Celine Magsaysay (played by Anne Curtis), in the highly successful ABS-CBN teleserye, Maging Sino Ka Man. Her other TV credits include Clara Rivero in Lobo, Margarita Fortalejo-Cervantes in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine in 2010, Mantal in Amaya in 2011, and numerous guest appearances in ABS-CBN and GMA Network's respective drama anthologies, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Magpakailanman.

While regularly appearing in teleseryes and acting in independent films, Adlawan continued to perform on the stage, and in 2008[6] she was inducted into the Aliw Awards Hall of Fame for her three Best Stage Actress wins in 100 Hundred Songs of Mary Helen Fee, Speaking in Tongues, and Ang Pokpok ng Ohio. That same year, she starred in Tanghalang Pilipino's production of David Henry Hwang's The Golden Child and alternated with Missy Maramara as Desdemona in Tanghalang Ateneo's adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. The following year, in 2009, she portrayed the role of Candida Marasigan—which she would continue to reprise four more times in the next five years—in Nick Joaquin's A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino in a staging by Repertory Philippines.

That same year, Adlawan starred in Alvin Yapan's Cinemalaya film Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe, for which she received another Best Actress nomination at the Gawad Urian Awards. She also reprised her role as Baby Magtalas, the mother of Laida Magtalas (played by Sarah Geronimo) in the sequel of A Very Special Love, You Changed My Life. In 2010, she starred in the Cinemalaya film Vox Populi, playing the role of Connie de Gracia, a politician's daughter running for office. In the following years, she returned to Dulaang UP by way of Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's Forsaken House and again reprised her role as Baby Magtalas in It Takes a Man and a Woman. She also appeared in ABS-CBN's Got to Believe as Joaquin's nanny, Yaya Puring and Be Careful With My Heart as Vicky Reyes, Maya's adviser. Adlawan was also cast as Principal May, the corrupt principal of a public school in Titser, a miniseries produced for GMA News and Public Affairs.

At the 9th Cinemalaya Film Festival, she received a Balanghai Trophy for Best Actress in the New Breed Category for her performance in Transit as Janet, an OFW working in Israel "struggling to keep her family together amid threats of cultural dislocation."[7] She also received a Special Jury Citation for Ensemble Acting which she shares with Ping Medina, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez, and Yatzuck Azuz. In 2014, she starred in Ronnie Lazaro's directorial debut Edna, a film that again tackles the stories of OFWs. She played the role of Edna dela Costa, a Filipino caregiver returning home to find a changed family. Adlawan was also part of The Janitor, an entry in the Directors Showcase category of Cinemalaya X. Later in the year, she joined the cast of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil's launching teleserye Forevermore, as Mirasol, one of the farmers in their community and a maternal figure to Soberano's character, Agnes.

In 2015, she continued to appear in ABS-CBN and GMA's drama anthologies, as well as their seasonal television specials and was cast in supporting roles in several films, including Sleepless, a QCinema Film Festival offering and Walang Forever, an entry to the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival. In October of the same year, she returned to the stage, with much critical acclaim, through Tanghalang Pilipino's Mga Buhay na Apoy, Kanakan-Balintagos' Palanca-award winning play. Adlawan was also cast in Destiny Rose as Bethilda Vitto, one of the show's antagonists. She also received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as Mirasol in Forevermore at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.

The following year, Adlawan took home the Gawad BUHAY! award for Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play for her performance as Soledad Santos in Mga Buhay na Apoy. She continued to appear in various television shows and movies and made a return to the Virgin Lab Fest stage in Kanakan Balintagos' Loyalist. Later in the year, Adlawan eventually replaced Nora Aunor in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Oro, and ultimately went on to win a Best Actress award for it.

Personal life[edit]

Adlawan married actor/writer/director Dennis Marasigan, whom she met during their time at the UP and with whom she has four children. He has directed her in several of his films: Sa North Diversion Road, Tukso, and Vox Populi. They are separated.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Bagong Bayani Virginia Parumog
1996 Bakit May Kahapon Pa? Karina's mother
1997 Minsan Lamang Magmahal Miss Anuevas
1998 José Rizal Lucia as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan
2001 Tuhog Perla
La Vida Rosa Dado's Mother as Irma Marasigan
2002 Mga Munting Tinig Fe
2002 Mano Po Congresswoman
2003 Homecoming Puring
2004 Bridal Shower Joebert's mother
Milan Mary Grace's aunt
Naglalayag Charie
Santa Santita Mother with cellphone
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Abling
ICU Bed #7 Cely
Sa North Diversion Road Woman Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama (2006)
Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) (2006)
Mga Pusang Gala Marta Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year (2006)
Nominated—FAP Award for Best Actress (2006)
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actress (2006)
2006 Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di Mrs. Go
2007 Tukso Fe
Still Life
Signos Cora
Ataul: For Rent Aling Carmen FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress (2008)
Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year (2008)
Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama (2008)
Nominated—FAP Award for Best Supporting Actress (2008)
Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Julie as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan
2008 Huling Pasada
Parolado Adela Short film
Hubad Carmen Manahan Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year (2009)
A Very Special Love Baby Magtalas
Melancholia Spiritist / Store owner
Dose Helen
2009 You Changed My Life Baby Magtalas
Padyak Pacita
Heavenly Touch Lydia
Kamoteng Kahoy Leticia
Mangatyanan Luzviminda Marquez
Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe Fe Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) (2010)
Panahon Na Teresa
Iliw
Shake, Rattle & Roll XI Dr. Yulo
2010 Bigasan Rebecca
Off World The mother
Vox Populi Connie de Gracia
Amigo Josefa
Super Inday and the Golden Bibe Lucita
2011 Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi! Laura Baytion
2012 Sta. Niña
The Reunion Irma (Pat's mother)
2013 It Takes a Man and a Woman Baby Magtalas
Transit Janet Cinemalaya IX Balanghai Trophy for Best Actress – New Breed Category (2013)
Cinemalaya IX Special Jury Citation for Ensemble Acting – New Breed Category* (2013)
Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama (2014)
Bamboo Flowers Berta
Islands Daughter
Island Dreams Maria
2014 The Janitor Crisanto's mother
Edna Edna dela Costa
Bacao
Beauty in a Bottle Herself Cameo appearance
Konsensya Short film
2015 Dimalupig
Isang Butil Na Kahapon
Must Date The Playboy Nora Alcantara
Sleepless Carmela
Walang Forever Tessie
2016 Always Be My Maybe Mila
Sakaling Hindi Makarating Mama Special participation
Imagine You and Me Terry
The Unmarried Wife Anne's mom
Oro Kapitana Best Actress, Metro Manila Film Festival (2016)
2017 I'm Drunk, I Love You Carson’s mother

*: shared with Ping Medina, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mercedes Cabral, and Marc Justine Alvarez.

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2001-03 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Mercy
2002-03 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Sondra
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Olivia
2005-06 Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Menggay
2005 Encantadia Amanda
2006 Now and Forever: Tinig Noemi
2006 Komiks Episode: "Kamay Ni Hilda"
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya Albert's mother Episode: "Lampara"
2006-07 Maging Sino Ka Man Imelda Magsaysay
2007 MariMar Silva
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Tako"
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Teresa Episode: "Korona"
2008 Lobo Clara Rivero [9]
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Ricardo's mother Episode: "Leather Shoes"
2009 Parekoy Ema
2009 Tayong Dalawa Berta Romano Cameo
2009 Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Ising Estrella
2009 Only You Corazon "Cora" Mendoza
2009 The Wedding Grace Mañalac
2009-10 Nagsimula sa Puso Liza Bernardo
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Charo Episode: "Sulo"
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Cristina Episode: "Gitara"
2010 Magkaribal Carolina
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Meya Episode: "Titulo"
2010-11 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Margarita Fortalejo-Cervantes
2010-11 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart Zeny Santa Romana
2011 Your Song: Kim Mrs. Menendrez Episode: "For You"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Mama Bob Episode: "Piyesa"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Paolo's mother Episode: "Jacket"
2011-12 Amaya Bai Mantal
2012 Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis Margarita "Maggie" Fernandez / Gareng Lucsin
2012 Wansapanataym Loida Episode: "Lai, Lai, Batang Pasaway!"
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lita Episode: "Jacket"
2012 Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto Sally
2012-13 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Libay
2012-13 Magdalena Ludivina "Luding" Fuentebella Main Antagonist
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Gugoy Episode: "Bahay"
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Paning Episode: "Make-Up"
2013-14 Got to Believe Yaya Puring
2013 Be Careful With My Heart Victoria "Vicky" Reyes
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Minda Episode: "Dream House"
2013 Titser Principal May Deroca
2013 Genesis Felicita "Fely" Hernandez [10]
2013-15 Magpakailanman Various roles
2014 Rhodora X Dra. Vivian Bautista
2014 My BFF Tonying
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Nati Episode: "Mikropono"
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lita Episode: "Baston"
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Tiyang Episode: "Buong Tapang Na Lalaban"
2014-15 Forevermore Mirasol Amparo [11]
2015 Eat Bulaga!: Lenten Special Alma
2015 It's Showtime: Holy Week Special Dolores
2015 Ipaglaban Mo! Boyet's mother Episode: "Tanging Saksi"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lilia Episode: "Sapatos"
2015 Nathaniel Mrs. Masinayon
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Zyra's mother Episode: "Bottled Water"
2015 Doble Kara Esmeralda "Esme" Hipolito Special participation [12]
2015 Walang Iwanan Lydia Trinidad-Gonzales Special participation
2015-16 Destiny Rose Bethilda Vitto-Jacobs Supporting role / Antagonist [13]
2016 Ipaglaban Mo! Cristina's mother Episode: "Huwad"
2016 Once Again Cecilia Del Mundo
2016-17 Sa Piling ni Nanay Atty. Remy Santel
2016 Ipaglaban Mo! Libay's mother Episode: "OFW"
2016 Trops Momskie
2017-present A Love to Last Virginia "Baby" Custodio-Agoncillo

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre company Notes
1983 A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena Dulaang UP
1984 Three Sisters Irina
1985 The Queen and the Rebels Argia
Rashomon Kinume
1987 The Misanthrope Célimène
1988 The Merchant of Venice Portia
1991 Mac Malicsi, T.N.T. Sally Sumulong Tanghalang Pilipino
Sa North Diversion Road Woman Reprised role on film in 2005.
1992 Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula Prodyuser Young Critics Circle Award for Best Actress of the Year (1992)
Reprised role in 1994.
The Seagull Nina
Sigalot sa Venetia Checca
Aninag, Anino
Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon Cely Reprised role in 1998 and 2002.
Teodora Teodora Alonso
1994 Orosman at Zafira Zafira
Ulilang Tahanan Clemencia Reprised role in 1996 and 1998.
Kalantiaw Multiple roles Played Babaeng Guro, Asawa, Katutubong Babae 1–8.
Reprised role in 1995.
1995 Noli Me Tangere: The Musical Sisa
Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler
1997 Lysistrata Lysistrata
2002 100 Songs of Mary Helen Fee Mary Helen Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress
2005 Speaking in Tongues Jane Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress
2006 Ang Pokpok ng Ohio Pokpok Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress
Bakeretta (Ghost Operetta) Thea
2008 Othello: Ang Moro ng Venecia Desdemona Tanghalang Ateneo
The Golden Child Siu Yong Tanghalang Pilipino Nominated—Gawad BUHAY! Award for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play (2008)
2009 A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino Candida Marasigan Repertory Philippines Reprised role four times, twice in 2013 and another two times in 2014.
2010 Medea Medea UP Dulaang Laboratoryo
2012 Forsaken House Encarna Dulaang UP
2015 Mga Buhay Na Apoy Soledad Santos Tanghalang Pilipino Nominated—Gawad BUHAY! Award for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play (2015)
2017 Makbet Lady Macbeth CSB-SDA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1992 Young Critics Circle Best Actress of the Year Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula Won
2002 Aliw Award Best Stage Actress 100 Songs of Mary Helen Fee Won
2005 Aliw Award Best Stage Actress Speaking in Tongues Won
2006 Aliw Award Best Stage Actress Ang Pokpok ng Ohio Won
Gawad Urian Award Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) Sa North Diversion Road Nominated
Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama Nominated
FAMAS Award Best Actress Mga Pusang Gala Nominated
FAP Award Best Actress Nominated
Star Award for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Nominated
2008 FAMAS Award Best Supporting Actress Ataul: For Rent Won
Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama Nominated
FAP Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Star Award for Movies Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
Gawad BUHAY! Award Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play The Golden Child Nominated
2009 Star Award for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Hubad Nominated
2010 Gawad Urian Award Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe Nominated
2013 Cinemalaya IX Balanghai Trophy Best Actress Transit Won
Cinemalaya IX Special Jury Citation Ensemble Acting Won
Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama Nominated
2014 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya Nominated
2015 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Supporting Actress Forevermore Nominated
2016 Gawad BUHAY! Award Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play Mga Buhay Na Apoy Won
Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Oro Won

References[edit]

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