Biyaya ng Lupa
Biyaya ng Lupa is a 1959 drama movie shot during the golden age of LVN Studios. Directed by Manuel Silos and written by the acclaimed Celso Al Carunungan, the film tells the story of a typical provincial Filipino family who are caretakers of a fruit plantation. In the movie, the family, like the fruit, undergo the rites of maturation, death, and renewal.
When married couple Maria and Jose start raising their family, they likewise take to overseeing a lanzones orchard which shapes their lives. A man with five children, Jose is also in conflict with a widower named Bruno who supposedly murdered his first wife. Bruno starts looking for a second wife, and he takes to courting Choleng, without knowing that Choleng is the goddaughter of Jose. Choleng rebuffs Bruno's advances and he takes to the mountains, nursing his grudge. Believing that the townspeople caused all his misfortunes, Bruno decides to take revenge. He rapes Choleng and flees to another barrio. A greedy landowner then hires Bruno and his gang to sabotage the town's lanzones orchard. The people of the barrio, however, unite and stop the heinous plan.
Biyaya ng Lupa is known as one of the masterpieces of LVN Studios. The movie did not only win the Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor , and Best Story and Screenplay in the 1960 FAMAS Awards; it also received the Natatanging Gawad Urian for Manuel Silos in 1979, and the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985. It was featured in the Berlin International Film Festival in 1960, and was nominated for the Golden Bear Award. It was also shown at the 1960 Asian Film Festival in Tokyo where Leroy Salvador won the award for Best Supporting Actor.
- Rosa Rosal ... Maria
- Tony Santos Sr. ... Jose (as Tony Santos)
- Leroy Salvador ... Miguel
- Carlos Padilla Jr. ... Arturo
- Marita Zobel ... Angelita
- Carmencita Abad ... Gloria
- Joseph De Cordova ... Bruno
- Danilo Jurado ... Lito
- Mila Ocampo ... Choleng
- Mario Roldan
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