Film Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Television Director
Laurice Guillen (born January 31, 1947) is a Filipino actress, director and college professor. Early life and acting career Guillen studied at St. Theresa's College, Cebu City, 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, and Corazon Aquino in the drama A Dangerous Life. In 2009 she accepted a role in the indie film Karera, her first role in an independent production. Other credits include in the film Sister Stella L and Moral. 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 A protégé of Lino Brocka, 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. Ipagpatawad Mo was also directed by Guillen, as was Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story in 1993, 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. Her first new production was Tanging Yaman, released in 2001, which won several awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival. Following 2002's American Adobo, Guillen directed Santa Santita in 2004, which represented the Philippines at the Bangkok International Film Festival. In 2006 she was awarded the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi by Ateneo de Manila University for services to the Arts. In 2009 she directed I Love You Goodbye, following it up with Sa 'yo Lamang in 2010, starring Lorna Tolentino. 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. 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. Personal life Guillen was married to Johnny Delgado, with whom she had several daughters, including actress Ina Feleo. Following his diagnosis with lymphoma, Delgado died in November 2009.
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- January 31, 1947 (age 76)
- Film Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Television Director
- Johnny Delgado