Vilma Santos' Classic Hit Films are Now ABS-CBN's New Film Restoration Projects

Star for all Seasons Vilma Santos showed her full support for ABS-CBN’s film restoration project after she graced the special “V x 3” screening held at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) Cine Adarna recently, wherein three of her most remarkable and award-winning films were showcased for the first time in high definition format.

The event, organized by ABS-CBN Film Archives in partnership with UPFI, screened the digitally restored and re-mastered copies of “Anak,” “Kapag Langit ang Humatol,” and “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?”

“It’s a such an overwhelming feeling to again watch films that you are truly proud that were made even better now that it’s in HD format. ABS-CBN is giving viewers, especially the younger generation, this great opportunity to witness these restored titles, which I believe truly mirrors the lives of Filipinos,” said Gov. Vi.

Aside from Gov. Vi, original directors of the said films Rory Quintos, Laurice Guillen, and Chito Rono also graced the special screening together with “Bata, Bata” leading man Albert Martinez and co-star Cherrie Pie Picache, director Olivia Lamasan, and Star Creatives head Malou Santos.

The solid Vilmanians also weren’t left behind as they flocked to the Cine Adarna and lined up as early as morning just to show their support for their idol.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Film Archives head and the brain behind the restoration project, Leo Katigbak, felt very overwhelmed by the very warm reception given by Gov. Vi and even by the general public.
“It feels great to hear the thunderous applause from the audience. Just like a blockbuster hit complete with screaming fans. But it’s more rewarding when the audience shares their thoughts and opinions on the restored films. This shows they are already invested in what we are doing and this response has been recurring more with our recent screenings. We are touching their hearts and minds little by little,” Leo explained. (

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