A lot of millennials only know Eddie Garcia as Don Emilio Syquia, the powerful Mafia leader and Coco Martin’s mortal enemy at FPJ’s ‘Ang Probinsyano.” But for lovers of Tagalog movies for decades, Eddie Garcia has been known for being a multi-awarded actor and movie director. In fact, he is the only Filipino actor inducted in the FAMAS Hall of Fame in three categories – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director.
Born May 2, 1929, Eddie Garcia has appeared in more than 300 Pinoy movies and has portrayed numerous roles, including the corrupt Judge Valdrema and the playboy Manoy. His first directorial movie is the 1961 war drama movie “Karugtong ng Kahapon” starring Mario Montenegro and Rita Gomez. He has directed over 23 films, including those starred by Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Dina Bonnevie, among others.
And as a tribute to his greatness (and still very much alive and kicking at 89 years old), below is our top 10 movies directed by Eddie Garcia.
#10 P.S. I Love You (1981)
P.S. I Love You is the second movie of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion. It is the follow-up movie of the first Sharon-Gabby movie ‘Dear Heart.’ And although it did not receive any award nomination, it is the first feature film of Viva Films and the breakthrough of one of the most durable love teams in Philippine cinema. In fact, Direk Eddie Garcia directed 5 more Sharon Cuneta movies, and all of them were box-office hits. Watch P.S. I Love You Full Movie here.
#9 Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit (1986)
Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit stars Dina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano, Cherie Gil, and Ricky Davao, Produced by Viva Films and directed by Eddie Garcia, this suspense thriller drama earned three FAMAS Awards nominations – Best Picture (Drama), Best Actor for Ricky Davao, and Best Director for Eddie Garcia. In this movie, Direk Eddie really made Ricky Davao the antagonist that the Tagalog movie audience loves to hate. Watch Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit Full Movie here.
#8 Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969)
Pinagbuklod ng Langit chronicles the life of then-President Ferdinand Marcos, First Lady Imelda Marcos and their children, starring Luis Gonzales, Gloria Romero, Rosa Mia, and Vilma Santos as the young Imee Marcos. This controversial film won 8 major awards in the 1970 FAMAS Awards. This includes Best Picture, Best Screenplay for Emmanuel H. Borlaza, and the first FAMAS Best Director award for Eddie Garcia.
#7 Atsay (1978)
Atsay Movie stars Superstar Nora Aunor as Nelia, a housemaid maltreated by her employers. And although this is the only Nora movie directed by Eddie Garcia, this critically-acclaimed drama movie received 10 major awards nominations from FAMAS and Gawad Urian Awards and eventually won Best Actress award for Nora Aunor and Best Director award for Eddie Garcia at the 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch Atsay Full Movie here.
#6 Imortal (1989)
Imortal movie stars the iconic love team of Vilma Santos and Christopher De Leon. This Vilma-Boyet movie earned Best Film award and Best Actress award for Vilma Santos at the 1989 Metro Manila Film Festival and FAMAS Best Story award for Orlando Nadres and FAMAS Best Director award for Eddie Garcia. But more importantly, this film elevated Eddie Garcia to the FAMAS Hall of Fame in the Best Director category. Watch Imortal Full Movie here.
#5 Sinasamba Kita (1982)
Sinasamba Kita movie stars Stars for All Seasons Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Phillip Salvador, and Lorna Tolentino, and earned Eddie Garcia his second FAMAS Best Director award. In this box-office hit drama movie, Direk Eddie effectively transformed Vilma from her usual martyr wife roles to a bitchy, cruel business executive. Not to mention Garcia’s motivation for the dramatic scenes of Boyet, Lorna T, and Phillip. Watch Sinasamba Kita Full Movie here.
#4 Paano Ba Ang Pangarap (1983)
Paano Ba Ang Pangarap movie is another iconic Vilma Santos-Christopher De Leon movie. This family drama film won four out of seven FAMAS awards nominations. And although Eddie Garcia did not win the Best Director award, he was able to create one of the most memorable scenes in Tagalog movies via Vilma’s famous line, “Ibalik mo sa akin si Jun Jun! Ibalik mo sa akin ang anak ko! Ibalik mo sa akin si Jun Jun!”
#3 Abakada Ina (2001)
Abakada Ina stars Lorna Tolentino as an illiterate woman who encountered several challenges. This tearjerker heavy drama film won 9 major awards, including Best Actress award for Lorna Tolentino via FAMAS and FAP awards, and FAP Best Picture and Best Director for Eddie Garcia. And although Lorna T is already a great actress, Direk Eddie was still able to showcase her acting talent the audience has not yet seen. Watch Abakada Ina Full Movie here.
#2 Magdusa Ka (1986)
Magdusa Ka Movie stars Dina Bonnevie, Christopher De Leon and Nida Blanca. This blockbuster film won 7 major awards, including Best Actress awards for Dina Bonnevie and Best Director awards for Eddie Garcia in both FAMAS and FAP Awards, and a Grand Slam Best Supporting Actress award for Nida Blanca. And yes, this Eddie Garcia film elevated Dina Bonnevie to the ranks of high-caliber actresses in Philippine cinema. Watch Magdusa Ka Full Movie here.
#1 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig (1987)
Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig movie is our number 1 in our list of movies directed by Eddie Garcia for obvious reasons. First, this family drama movie earned 9 major awards out of 12 nominations. This includes Best Picture and Best Director for Eddie Garcia in FAMAS and FAP Awards. Second, it features one of Vilma Santos’ most memorable lines, “Si Val! Si Val! Palagi na lang siya ang may kasalanan! Si Val! Si Val na walang malay?” Watch Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig Full Movie here.
Below is the complete list of Tagalog movies directed by Eddie Garcia:
1 Abakada Ina (2001) – FAP Best Director winner
2 Imortal (1989) – FAMAS Best Director winner
3 Kung Kasalanan Man (1989)
4 Kung Aagawin mo ang Lahat sa Akin (1987)
5 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig (1987) – FAP/FAMAS Best Director winner
6 Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit (1986) – FAMAS Best Director nomination
7 Magdusa Ka (1986) – FAP/FAMAS Best Director winner
8 Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1986)
9 Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita (1985)
10 Paano Ba Ang Pangarap? (1983) – FAMAS Best Director nomination
11 Friends in Love (1982)
12 Forgive and Forget (1982)
13 Cross My Heart (1982)
14 Sinasamba Kita (1982) – FAMAS Best Director winner
15 P.S. I Love You (1981)
16 Atsay (1978) – FAMAS Best Director nomination
17 Crisis (1970) – FAMAS Best Director nomination
18 Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969) – FAMAS Best Director winner
19 Blackmail (1966)
20 Deadline Agosto 13 (1966)
21 Sabotage (1966) – FAMAS Best Director nomination
22 G-2: Taga-usig ng Kaaway (1965)
23 Kalaban ng Sindikato (1965)
24 Historia de Un Amor (1963)
25Karugtong ng Kahapon (1961)