Alma Moreno recalls working with the late Armida Siguion-Reyna for Mga Bilanggong Birhen

by Benedict Bartolome
Sep 30, 2019
PHOTO/S: Benedict Bartolome

This 2019 marked the restoration of the 1977 film Mga Bilanggong Birhen.

This movie tells a classic story of forbidden love and class oppression set during the American occupation.

Attendants of the screening last September 26, 2019 at Cinema '76 Anonas reminisced about how actor Leroy Salvador was only paid a check of P1 or how the issue of two directors for film was completely dodged by Romy Suzara, the one who completed the film.

Alma Moreno, the then 17-year-old star and one of the titular Birhens, brought up fond memories of her time on camera. "Yung mga food namin, sobrang masasarap pagkain. Tas si Tita Mids [producer and actress Armida Siguion-Reyna], sobrang mag-alaga sa artista.

"Parang nanay mo, kapatid mo. And then yung bonding ng director sobrang ganda, kaya makikita mo naman sa movie."

She wasn't too specific about having a difficult time but she worked hard at her craft. "Halos lahat ng scene ko don mahihirap naman...At saka yung uamaabot kami ng madaling araw," said Alma.

On the controversy of original director Mario O'Hara leaving the project unfinished, she couldn't shed any new light on the subject.

"Hindi ko talaga alam yun," she said. "Kahit nung ginagawa namin yun, hindi namin alam kung anl yung naging problem kasi problema na ng production yun. Kumbaga, personal note."

When asked about her possible upcoming projects, Alma Moreno stated, "Now? Wala, e, so far. Pero my mga offers kaya lang, siyempre, di basta basta pipili."

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