Lotis Key

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Lotis Melisande Key (born 1941) Maria Rica Baluyut Key (in real life) is a former professional film and theater actress who starred in 85 major films in Asia. She was born in the Philippines and now lives in the United States.[1] She is the currently Vice President of the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild. She is the author of the novels The Song Of The Tree and A Thing Devoted.


She received the FAMAS Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Dalawang Mukha Ng Tagumpay (1973). She worked with the likes of Ramon Zamora in Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig Ni Pedro Penduko (1973), Tony Ferrer in Kung Fu Master (1974), Chiquito in Enter Garote (1974), Eddie Garcia in Lady Luck (1975), George Estregan in Bamboo Trap (1975), and Dante Varona in Silakbo (1975).[1]

Key made about 11 movies with Comedy King Dolphy including Captain Barbell (1973), Fung Ku (1973), Facundo Alitaftaf (1978), Darna, Kuno? (1979), Max En Jess (1979) and Bugoy (1979).

In 1986, she moved to the U.S. and worked in industrial video, trade shows, TV commercials, theater, radio, narration and actress until 1999. She became a theater director and writer. She wrote and produced plays that traveled all over the US and Canada. From producing theater she moved on to writing and apart from numerous magazine and newspaper articles has published two literary novels: The Song of the Tree and A Thing Devoted.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Renato "Bambi" Kabigting, a basketball player for the Ateneo Blue Eagles and Crispa Redmanizers. Key is now based in Minnesota. In October 2014, Lotis Key and Bambi Kabigting took top chess player Wesley So into their family.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Laurel Avenue (1993)
  • Untamed Heart (1993)
  • Sweet Revenge (1987)
  • Katawang Isinumpa (1982)
  • Bugoy (1979)
  • Max En Jess (1979)
  • Darna, Kuno? (1979)
  • Facundo Alitaftaf (1978)
  • Mokong (1978)
  • War Kami Ng Misis Ko (1977)
  • Karunungang Itim (1976)
  • The Outside Man (1976)
  • Meron Akong Nakita (1975)
  • Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Langit (1975)
  • Sleeping Dragon (1975)
  • Walang Duwag Sa Kayumanggi (1975)
  • Kung Fu Master (1974)
  • Return Of The Dragon (1974)
  • Dalawang Mukha Ng Tagumpay (1973)
  • Captain Barbell (1973)
  • Fight Batman Fight! (1973)
  • Fung Ku (1973)
  • Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig Ni Pedro Penduko (1973)
  • Black Mama White Mama (1973)
  • Stardoom (1971)
  • Manigun Bagung Tao TV New Year presentation Channel 5 Manila Starred Alan Martell, Hilda Coronel and Beautiful Lotis Key and directed by Lino Broka 1970-


  • The Song Of The Tree
  • A Thing Devoted

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  1. ^ a b "Lotis Key: "I don't miss show business, but I often miss the Filipino people."". PEP. 5 July 2012.
  2. ^ "One of the world's top chess players makes his move – to Minnetonka". Star Tribune. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  3. ^ http://www.pep.ph/celeb/people-and-lifestyle/hobbies-and-ventures/27554/pep-exclusive-lotis-key-i-donrsquot-miss-show-business-but-i-often-miss-the-filipino-people "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Lotis Key"
  4. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/34658/former-actress-lotis-key-recalls-fond-memories-with-ex-flame-dolphy "Former actress Lotis Key recalls fond memories with ex-flame Dolphy"
  5. ^ http://www.ohmybuhay.com/wordpress/decors/ Lotis Key to Bambi Kabigting"

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