Santiago! (film)

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Santiago! is a 1970 Philippine war drama and action film directed by Lino Brocka and starring Fernando Poe Jr. and Dante Rivero.[1] Set during World War II, the film depicts a weary guerilla, Gonzalo, who withdraws from the battlefield.[2] The film is the second directorial assignment of Brocka following his debut offering "Wanted: Perfect Mother". The film is also the first and only collaboration of Brocka and Poe, and features a rare scene featuring FPJ shedding a tear.[3][4] The film is likewise notable for being the vehicle for Hilda Koronel's acting debut which also brought her her first acting award.[5]


Set in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation, a Filipino soldier, who is guilt-ridden over an incident that killed many civilians, deserts the rebel army and retreats to a nearby barrio where he is branded as a coward.[6]


  • Fernando Poe Jr. as Gonzalo
  • Dante Rivero as Celso
  • Boots Anson-Roa as Lydia
  • Hilda Koronel as Cristina
  • Jay Ilagan as Danilo
  • Caridad Sanchez as Pilar
  • Mary Walter as Andang
  • Ruben Rustia as Capt. Santos
  • Joonee Gamboa as Desto
  • Mario O'Hara as Diego
  • Mildred Ortega as Celso's sister
  • Cecilia Bulaong as Celso's sister
  • Lily Gamboa as Celso's sister
  • Corazon Noble as Celso's mother
  • Marzya Ilagan as Daughter of Makapili
  • Celeste Legaspi as Daughter of Makapili
  • Lorli Villanueva as Villager
  • Angie Ferro as Villager
  • Silvestre Tecson as Villager
  • Ursula Carlos as Villager
  • Rosa Santos as Villager
  • Inday de la Cruz as Villager
  • Tina Lava as Villager
  • Luis Benedicto as Celso's father
  • Pons de Guzman as Makapili
  • Fred Esplana as Japanese/Guerillas
  • Burke Perdiz as Japanese/Guerillas
  • Ely Perez as Japanese/Guerillas
  • Roland Falcis as Japanese/Guerillas
  • SOS Daredevils as Japanese/Guerillas

Awards and nominations

Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
1971 FAMAS Awards[7]
Best Supporting Actress Hilda Koronel
Best Picture Santiago!
Best Actor Fernando Poe Jr.
Best Supporting Actor Jay Ilagan

See also


  1. Vera, Noel (2005). Critic After Dark: A Review Of Philippine Cinema. Manila: BigO Books. ISBN 9789810531850. 
  2. Hilanga, Dennis Christian. "'Hindi ka na sisikatan ng araw': 11 memorable FPJ lines", 19 August 2019. 
  3. Template:Cite video
  4. Torre, Nestor U.. "'Necessary' contradictions in Lino Brocka's career arc", 26 March 2018. 
  5. Bautista, Mario E.. "...and mellows in the process", 12 December 2003. 
  6. Santiago! (1970): Storyline.
  7. FAMAS Awards (1971).