Laurice Guillen

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Laurice Guillen
Born (1947-01-31) January 31, 1947 (age 71)
OccupationActress, director, college professor
Years active1971-present
Spouse(s)Johnny Delgado (widowed)
ChildrenAnna Feleo
Ina Feleo

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

Early life and acting career[edit]

Guillen studied at St. Theresa's College, Cebu City,[1] earned an AB English degree before finishing an MA in Communication at Ateneo de Manila University, where she taught at the college level. She took 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] However, it was on television that she became a household name when she joined the cast of "Flor de Luna" in 1978 as Jo Alicante, Flor de Luna's temperamental step mother. She went on to portray the role until the mid-80s when the show folded.

Directing career[edit]

A protégé of Lino Brocka,[6] Guillen began her first major work as a director with "Kasal" in 1979 with Hilda Koronel and Christopher de Leon. Then with "Kung Akoy Iiwan Mo with Nora Aunor in 1980. It was in 1981 when she made "Salome" for Bancom Audio-Vision with Gina Alajar in the lead. The movie was a critical success, winning a best director for her in the Gawad Urian.The same was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and described as "the kind of cinematic discovery that single-handedly justifies the festival's existence".< Init sa Magdamag.[7][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 Executive 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]


TV Series and Shows[edit]

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


Year Title Role Film Company
2010 Babe, I Love You Isabel Veneracion-Borromeo
Star Cinema
2008 Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia Bruha / Diwata / Kapress
Cutting Edge Productions
2003 Noon at Ngayon: Pagsasamang Kay Ganda Maggie
Star Cinema
1989 Sa Kuko Ng Agila Lumeng
JE Productions
1988 A Dangerous Life Corazon Aquino
1987 Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin Donya Clara Andrada
VIVA Films
1986 Palimos ng Pag-Ibig Mitos
VIVA Films
1983 Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi Delza Almeda
Essex Films
1977 Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising Cecile
LVN Pictures
1974 Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang Milagros
CineManila Corporation
1974 Fe, Esperanza, Caridad Martha

TV Director[edit]

Year Title Network Production
2018 Ika-5 Utos GMA Network GMA Entertainment TV
2016–2018 Ika-6 na Utos
2016 Hanggang Makita Kang Muli
2015 Second Chances
2013 Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas
2008 HushHush TV5

Film Director[edit]

Year Name Production Notes
2013 Once a Princess Regal Entertainment
2010 Sa 'yo Lamang Star Cinema
2009 I Love You, Goodbye Star Cinema
2004 Santa Santita Unitel Pictures International
2001 American Adobo Star Cinema, Unitel Pictures, Magic ADobo Productions, Outrider Pictures
2000 Tanging Yaman Star Cinema
1993 Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story OctoArt Films
1991 Una Kang Naging Akin VIVA Films
1989 Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? Seiko Films


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
2011 9th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Presidential Jury Award Won
Best Director Sa 'Yo Lamang Won


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  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). "Saturdan Special Vilma-Boyet Sceen 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.
  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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