Néstor de Villa

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Nestor de Villa
Born Gines Francisco Soriano
(1928-07-06)July 6, 1928
Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands
Died February 21, 2004(2004-02-21) (aged 75)
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines
Other names Gines
Occupation Actor and dancer
Years active 1951–2004
Spouse(s) Marilu Cacho
Children 4
Relatives Paul Soriano (grandson)

Gines Francisco Soriano (July 6, 1928 – February 21, 2004), also known as Néstor de Villa, was a Filipino actor frequently cast in musical films. He was a gifted dancer, often paired with frequent on-screen partner Nida Blanca in both movies and television. His dancing talent led some people to call him the "Fred Astaire of the Philippines", though the same moniker had also been given to Bayani Casimiro.

Early life and later career[edit]

De Villa was born Gines Francisco Soriano on July 6, 1928 in Cabanatuan City in the province of Nueva Ecija. He was a pre-medical student when he was signed by LVN Pictures. His father was disappointed by his decision to become an actor, and the two became estranged. However, they were reconciled by LVN President Doña Sisang de Leon, who arranged to have de Villa's father secretly attend one of his movie premieres.[1]

He made his first movie with LVN, Amor-Mio (My Love), in 1951. The following year, he teamed up with another LVN contract star, Nida Blanca, for Romansa sa Nayon.[2] The film's success popularized the Nestor-Nida "love team", though in real-life, de Villa would marry Marilu Cacho Soriano.[2]

He remained at LVN until 1961, when the studio discontinued making films. He then transferred to Sampaguita Pictures where in 1962 he made his Sampaguita debut in Tugtuging Bukid (Farm Music), together with Gloria Romero. In the 1960s, he was nominated three times for the FAMAS Best Actor award—for Mga Yapak ng Walang Bakas (1962); Naku Yabang (1964); and Siete Dolores (1968). De Villa and Blanca also appeared together on an ABS-CBN television show, The Nida-Nestor Show.[2]

In the 1980s, de Villa made his screen comeback when he was again paired with Blanca in two movies for Viva Films: Forgive and Forget, which also starred Sharon Cuneta and William Martinez and Saan Darating Ang Umaga? (Where Will the Morning Come), a family drama co-starring Maricel Soriano, Nida Blanca and Jaypee de Guzman.

He was posthimously inducted to the Philippines Eastwood City Walk Of Fame in December 2005.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Marilu Cacho, has his three sons and in-laws, Jeric and Marissa, Gicky and Malu, Joby and Cindy, and only daughter Karel and husband Toti. His grandson Paul Soriano is also TV and commercial director.



Title Year Production
Amor Mio 1951 LVN Pictures
Tenyente Carlos Blanco 1952 LVN Pictures
Dimas 1952 LVN Pictures
Dalawang Sundalong Kanin 1952 LVN Pictures
Haring Solomon at Reyna Sheba 1952 LVN Pictures
Romansa sa Nayon 1952 LVN Pictures
Tumbalik na Daigdig 1953 LVN Pictures
Hijo de Familia 1953 LVN Pictures
Iskwaters 1953 LVN Pictures
Dalawang Pag-Ibig 1953 LVN Pictures
Hiyasmin 1953 LVN Pictures
Waray-Waray 1954 LVN Pictures
Tin-edyer 1954 LVN Pictures
Luneta 1954 LVN Pictures
Singsing na Tanso 1954 LVN Pictures
Darling Ko 1955 LVN Pictures
1 2 3 1955 LVN Pictures
Ang Ibong Adarna 1955 LVN Pictures
Dalagang Taring 1955 LVN Pictures
Talusaling 1955 LVN Pictures
Ikaw Kasi 1955 LVN Pictures
Handang Matodas 1956 LVN Pictures
Easy Ka Lang Padre! 1956 LVN Pictures
Medalyong Perlas 1956 LVN Pictures
Big Shot 1956 LVN Pictures
Ganyan Ka Pala 1956 LVN Pictures
Bahala Na! 1956 LVN Pictures
Aling Kutsero 1956 LVN Pictures
Sebya 1957 LVN Pictures
Kalyehera 1957 LVN Pictures
Krisalis 1957 LVN Pictures
Turista 1957 LVN Pictures
Tignan Natin 1957 LVN Pictures
Villa Milagrosa 1958 LVN Pictures
Austerity Love 1958 LVN Pictures
Casa Grande 1958 LVN Pictures
Wala Kang Paki 1958 LVN Pictures
Mga Anak ni Waray 1958 LVN Pictures
Bayanihan 1958 LVN Pictures
Ang Langit Ko'y Ikaw 1959 LVN Pictures
Tayo'y Magsaya 1959 LVN Pictures
Baguio Fever 1959 LVN Pictures
Chinita 1959 LVN Pictures
Surrender - Hell! 1959 Cory Film Corporation
Limang Punglo 1959 LVN Pictures
Unos Sa Laot 1960 LVN Pictures
Dahlia 1960 LVN Pictures
Kung Ako'y Mahal Ko 1960 LVN Pictures
Pitong Gabi Sa Paris 1960 C.S.F.O. Production
Sandakot na Alabok 1960 People's Pictures
Lawiswis Kawayan 1960 Sampaguita Pictures
My Serenade 1960 Sampaguita Pictures
Anino ng Kahapon 1960 Sampaguita Pictures
Bakit Ka Nagtampo 1960 Sampaguita Pictures
Wala Kang Kapantay 1960 Sampaguita Pictures
Nagbabagang Lupa 1961 C. Santiago Film Organization
Walang Sisihan 1961 Sampaguita Pictures
Mga Yapak na Walang Bakas 1961 Sampaguita Pictures
Tugtuging Bukid 1962 Sampaguita Pictures
Sikat Na, Siga Pa! 1962 Sampaguita Pictures
Oy... Akin Yata Yan! 1962 Sampaguita Pictures
Jam Session 1962 Sampaguita Pictures
Magtiis Ka Darling 1962 Sampaguita Pictures
Adonis Abril 1963 Larry Santiago Productions
Limbo Rock 1963 Sampaguita Pictures
Asyang Ng La Loma 1963 Sampauita Pictures
Ang Bukas ay Akin 1963 Sampaguita Pictures
Naku, Yabang! 1963 Sampaguita Pictures
Ginintuang Ani 1964 Dalisay Pictures
Yeba Chiquicha 1964 Sampaguita Pictures
Si Doray Naman... 1964 Sampaguita Pictures
Utos ni Tale Hindi Mababale 1965 Sampaguita Pictures
Everybody Dance 1965 Sampaguita Pictures
Sound of Bwisit 1966 Sampaguita Pictures
Mabilis Paa't Kamay 1966 Sampaguita Pictures
Huwag Kang Sumingit 1966 Sampaguita Pictures
Familia Galawgaw 1966 Sampaguita Pictures
Espiya Contra Espiya 1966 Sampaguita Pictures
Wow na Wow! 1967 Gold Star Productions
Siete Dolores 1968 Sampaguita Pictures
Siya'y Umalis, Siya'y Dumating 1975 Mirick Films International
Mother Dear 1982 Regal Films
Forgive and Forget 1982 Viva Films
Cross My Heart 1982 Viva Films
Saan Darating Ang Umaga? 1983 Viva Films
Anak ni Waray, Anak ni Biday 1984 Regal Films
Hindi Nahahati ang Langit 1985 Vanguard Films
Like Father, Like Son 1985 Viva Films
Paglingon sa Kinabukasan 1986 Christian Light Foundation
Prinsipeng Gusgusin 1987 Regal Films
Ligaw-Ligawan, Kasal-Kasalan, Bahay-Bahayan 1993 Regal Films
Forevermore (his last appearance) 2002 Star Cinema

TV shows[edit]

Title Year Network
The Nida-Nestor Show 1960–1964 ABS-CBN
Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan 2001–2002 ABS-CBN
Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol 2001–2002 GMA Network


De Villa remained active in films until his death of complications arising from hepatobiliary cancer on February 21, 2004.[2]


  1. ^ Mercado, Monina (1977). Doña Sisang and Filipino Movies. Philippines: Vera-Reyes, Inc. p. 41. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nestor de Villa, actor, dies at 75". Balita.com. February 21, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 

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