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Movies That Mark 30th Year in 2024

At least seven Filipino movies were released in theaters in May 1994. Many of these movies can now be viewed on YouTube, while others are occasionally aired on free television.

Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko
Maestro Toribio: Sentensyador
Nandito Ako
Pintsik Haik!
Hindi Pa Tapos ang Labada, Darling
Macario Durano

Details of each mentioned title follow.

Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko (Tagalog: You Are the Miss Universe of My Life)

Original Release Date: May 5, 1994
Production Company: Viva Films


Andrew E. ... Robin
Charlene Gonzales ... Perla / Pearl
Niño Muhlach    ...    Bong
Dindi Gallardo ... Gretchen
Patrick Guzman ... Rudy
Janine Barredo ... Lorna Tagasa
Dale Villar ... Robbie
Michelle Aldana ... Lily
Raffy Rodriguez ... Edu
Ana Gonzales    ...    Vilma
Rod Navarro ... Gaspar
Gloria Diaz ... Wife of Gaspar


Direction: Ben Feleo
Story and Screenplay: Ben Feleo, Reynaldo Castro
Cinematography: Ernie Dela Paz
Production Design: Randy Gamier
Editing: Totoy Jarlego, Efren 'Loging Jarlego
Musical Direction: Ricky Del Rosario
Executive Producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr.


The movie was released amid the extensive publicity around the Miss Universe pageant scheduled to be held in Manila in the same month. The cast includes numerous beauty queens.

Charlene Gonzalez, was the country's representative to the said pageant. 

Dindi Gallardo had been crowned Binibining Pilipinas - Universe in 1993. Michelle Aldana had been chosen a Miss Asia Pacific in the same year.

Gloria Diaz, the first Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe in 1969, was cast in a supporting role. 

Maestro Toribio: Sentensyador

Original Release Date: May 5, 1994
Production Company: OctoArts Films


Eddie Garcia    ... Maestro Toribio
Tirso Cruz III ... Mr. Del Romano
Lito Legaspi    ... Maj. Valerio
Patrick Dela Rosa    ... Police Rookie
Ramon Christopher     ...    Police Rookie
Toby Alejar ... Police Rookie
Teresa Loyzaga ... Del Romano's Girlfriend
Mikee Villanueva ... Liza
Lovely Rivero    ...    Carmina
Jenette Fernando ... Diana


Direction, Story and Screenplay: Jose N. Carreon
Cinematography: Johnny Araojo
Production Design: Boyet Ocampo
Editing: Joe Solo
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Orly Ilacad

Nandito Ako (Tagalog: Here I Am)

Original Release Date: May 12, 1994
Production Company: Moviestars


Phillip Salvador ... Victor
Kris Aquino ... Marissa
John Regala ... Bobby
Bob Soler ... Velasquez
Andy Poe ... Borromeo
Dencio Padilla ... Tata Isko
Willie Revillame ... Punzalan
Bernard Bonnin ... Mr. Braganza


Direction: Jose 'Kaka' Balagtas
Story and Screenplay: Humilde 'Meek' Roxas
Cinematography: Val Dauz, Roger Estrada
Production Design: Noel Luna
Editing: Ning-Ning De Leon
Musical Direction: Mon Del Rosario
Executive Producer: Victor Villegas


A romantic relationship between Kris Aquino and Phillip Salvador reportedly started in the set of this movie. Their relationship bore a son, Joshua or Josh. Five years later, they called it quits.

The title of the movie is also the title of a 1989 song written by Aaron Paul del Rosario and performed by Ogie Alcasid.


Original Release Date: May 12, 1994
Production Company: MAQ Films


Richard Gomez ... Ardo
Carmina Villaroel ... Rosel
Cherie Gil ... Anya
Janice De Belen ... Julie
Bembol Roco ... Bert
Dave Brodett ... Gov. Sanggalang
Celeste Legaspi ... Mercedes


Direction: Ishmael Bernal
Story and Screenplay: Floy Quintos
Cinematography: Charlie Peralta
Production Design: Jayjay Medina, Len Santos
Editing: Danny Gloria
Musical Direction: Jaime Fabregas
Executive Producer: Marie Roselle Monteverde Teo, Marie Sherida Monteverde, and Douglas C. Quijano


This is the final film of acclaimed director Ishmael Bernal, who passed away in 1996. Bernal was posthumously declared a National Artist of the Philippines in 2001.

PinTsik Haik!

Original Release Date: May 19, 1994
Production Company: Viva Films


Cynthia Luster ... May Leng
Dennis Padilla     ...     Mando
Keempee De Leon ... Benjie
Smokey Manaloto ... Pong
Donna Cruz ... Gilda
Jenny Roa ... Myrna
Roi Vinzon ... Willy
Andy Poe ... Mike


Direction: Jun Aristorenas
Story and Screenplay: Jun Aristorenas, Humilde "Meek" Roxas
Cinematography: Max dela Peña
Production Design: Vic Villavicencio
Editing: Nonoy Santillan
Musical Direction: Ricky Del Rosario
Executive Producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr.


PinTsik is a portmanteau of the words Pinoy and Intsik. Intsik is the colloquial informal term in Tagalog/Filipino and other Philippine languages used to refer to Chinese people in general. 

However, this term is not widely used nowadays because it may have derogatory and vulgar connotations. 

'Haik' might be a reference to the loud, sharp shout that can be heard in martial arts movies is not just for show.

Interestingly, Cythia Luster is a Japanese actress and martial artist of Chinese descent.

Hindi Pa Tapos ang Labada, Darling (Tagalog: The Laundry Is Not Yet Done, Darling)

Original Release Date: May 26, 1994
Production Company: Star Cinema


Vic Sotto ... Victorio Dimasupil
Dina Bonnevie ... Danica Dimasupil
Tirso Cruz III ... Ariel Rivero
Sharmaine Arnaiz ... Lovely Rivera
Charito Solis ... Mother
Nova Villa ... Trixie / Adelaida
Babalu ... Andres
Paolo Contis ... Paolo Dimasupil
Boy 2 Quizon ... Boy Boy Dimasupil
Antoinette Taus ... Toinette Dimasupil
Camille Prats ... Toinette Dimasupil
Ritchie D'Horsie ... Utoy
Larry Silva ... Momoy
Yoyong Martirez ... Dodong


Direction: Tony Y. Reyes
Story and Screenplay: Bibeth Orteza, Tony Y. Reyes
Production Design: Buboy Tan
Editing: Eduardo 'Boy' Jarlego
Musical Direction: Mon Del Rosario
Executive Producer:  Lily Monteverde, Charo Santos-Concio


In real life, Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie got married in 1982. After separating in 1986, their marriage was annulled in 1992.

They had portrayed a married couple in the 1983 film Buhay Misis (Tagalog: Life of a Wife). Nova Villa also played the mother of Bonnevie's character.

The initials of Victorio's sidekicks form the abbreviation UMD, an apparent nod to the Universal Motion Dancers, a popular dance group.

In a harana (serenade) scene, Victorio and his sidekicks formed a parody band called the Mongol Heads. The group performed a spoof of "Ligaya," a song by the Eraserheads.

Earlier in 1994, Fernando Poe Jr. starred in a film titled Hindi Pa Tapos ang Laban (Tagalog: The Fight Is Not Yet Over) 


Macario Durano

Original Release Date: May 26, 1994
Production Company: Moviestars


Lito Lapid ... Macario Durano
Sheryl Cruz ... Jessica
Mat Ranillo III ... Licaros
Efren Reyes ... Hepe
Johnny Delgado ... Velasquez
Dante Rivero ... Hepe


Direction: Joey Del Rosario
Story and Screenplay: Jojo M. Lapus
Production Design: Rollie Bernardo
Editing: Rogelio Salvador, Joe Solo
Musical Direction: Jaime Fabregas
Executive Producer:  Victor Villegas

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