Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.

(MRN Films, 1991)

A bawdy, two-bit singer in a cheap pub is shattered when her teenage daughter – the only one true love of her life – is hit by a stray bullet.

Best picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Story, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Actress for Nora Aunor – 1991 Metro Manila Film Festival among more awards and distinctions from all local awards-giving bodies including FAMAS and Film Academy of the Philippines. Direction: Elwood Perez. Screenplay: Ricardo Lee.

After 17 years, I got a chance to watch this film during the Stars Converge…The Stellar Art and Career of Elwood Perez at the UP Film Institute.

About the film? Nora Aunor is Nora Aunor! Perfect story line, very strong climax and ending, very good directing by direk Elwood. But I realized that audio and cinematography is very very bad in the early 90’s

Trivia: Direk Joyce Bernal, then apprentice editor in this film also appeared as extra, the rape victim complainant at the police station.

I was the Assistant Production Manager, my first job after college. After 17 years, I finally saw my name at the closing credits… LOL

Buddy Gancenia is a Corporate and Training video producer in the Philippines.

  • Maeyo

    FINALLY! Good for you!

    In fairness, mas maraming beses mo naman nakikita name mo sa credits these days and everywhere else for that matter. Ang saya to think na from that 17 years ago… look at where you are now?! GALENG! Matagal ka na palang star in the making. hihihi

  • admin

    Hi Maeyo, your right, I will sound mayabang to mention that my name appeared almost everyday on national TV from 1992 to 2005…But this movie is the most memorable one dahil dito nag start ang career ko sa film and TV industry…

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