On November 10, Thursday at 6 PM, the premier Filipino movie cable channel Cinema One, in cooperation with LVN Pictures, Inc. and the special assistance of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), spearheads the special screening of the classic movie BIYAYA NG LUPA. The screening will be held at the Studio 1 of ABS-CBN. Free admission for those interested.
Topbilled by Rosal Rosal and the late Tony Santos Sr., this immortal movie of director Manuel Silos has been regarded one of the real landmarks of Filipino moviemaking and considered by many as the best Filipino film. Story and screenplay writer Celso Al Carunungan has also produced an award-winning script entirely and timelessly substantial that make the movieâs characters and story very realistic.
"Biyaya ng Lupa" (Blessings of the Land), begins with young married couple Maria (Rosa Rosal) and Jose (Tony Santos Sr.) overseeing a lanzones orchard with their children Miguel (Leroy Salvador), Arturo (Carlos Padilla Jr), Angelita (Marita Zobel), and Lito (Danilo Jurado). The eldest, Miguel, is a deaf-mute. Just about everything is smooth in their lives and joy is never absent in their household. But when feared and tough widower Bruno (Joseph de Cordova) slowly slithers into their lives, their once peaceful life turns upside down. Little did the family of Maria and Jose, such tribulation will pave a new energy for their family to move on with life.
Produced and released theatrically by LVN in 1959, Biyaya ng Lupa became the well-deserved winner of FAMAS Best Picture 1960, Best Story and screenplay, Best Supporting Actor. Decades later, this work was honored the 1979 Natatanging Gawad Urian for Manuel Silos, and the FAP Lifetime Achievement 1985. It gained international fame for its nomination for the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1960 and at the Asian Film Festival also in 1960 held in Tokyo where the late Leroy Salvador won the award for Best Supporting Actor.