Gina Pareño

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Gina Pareño
Born 1950
Manila, Philippines
Parents Patricia Dory Ocura (Bacolod) and Bouffard Acthley (German-American)
Other Name/s Geraldine Acthley (Real name)

Gina Pareño (Born 1950; Real name: Geraldine Acthley) is one of the most celebrated actresses in the Philippines. She has received awards and distinctions from both local and international award-giving bodies. The daughter of Patricia Dory Ocura and Bouffard Acthley, Pareño was discovered when she won at "Dance-O-Rama", a television contest hosted by Boots Anson-Roa, and eventually became a Sampaguita star.



Born to a mother who is a Mayfair Theater ticket taker and a German-American father, the latter didn't stay long after Pareño's birth. She grew up in Tondo with her mother, and Gerry (as Pareño was fondly called) accompanied her mother to work. As a young girl, she already started to show some interest in acting. However, at age eleven, their house was consumed by a fire and she had to help her mother earn money. She therefore tried being a tricycle driver, for which the passengers mistook her for being a tomboy and gave her tips and precautions for being the only female driver in the neighborhood Pareño also sold fried bananas on the streets.

She has worked in television and film in the Philippines since the 1960s. Gerry, then a high school sophomore, joined a dance contest called "Dance-O-Rama" wherein she won the daily and weekly titles. After her exposure from the show, she was then asked by Jose Perez, head of the Sampaguita Studios, for a meeting. The studio gave her a break by giving her minor roles. She was then given meatier supporting roles, usually as a sibling or a best friend to major artists like Liberty Ilagan and Susan Roces.

In 1964, Gerry had her first major role -- a team-up with Eddie Gutierrez in the film "Eddie Longlegs". The studio outfit then gave her a new screen name, Gina Pareño, and clothed her in designer gowns and included her as a member of "Stars of '66", Sampaguita's roster of new artists for the year. In 1968, she was about to be launched alongside Lolita Rodriguez in the film "Mama", but she got pregnant. After giving birth in 1969, she made a daring comeback with the role of Darna in Si Darna at ang Planetman alongside Vic Vargas, wherein she got noticed for her performance and daring clothing.

After her contract with Sampaguita expired in 1974, Pareño became a freelance actress, accepting melodramatic and soap role offers. She also had supporting roles and even ventured into the comedy scene.

Unfortunately during her acting success, Pareño got involved in drug abuse that started way back in 1988. This nearly destroyed her career. Her loyal friends, however, advised her to go to rehabilitation and gave her second chances in acting. She came full circle in 2005, proving her reach to a wide range of audience when she had the role of a grandmother in a GMA TV series "Darna" (starring Angel Locsin). Since then, her recent works have earned recognition -- she starred in a 2006 independent film by Jeffrey Jeturian entitled ''Kubrador'', wherein she and the film won several awards locally and internationally; and in the 2008 Serbis, together with Coco Martin and Jaclyn Jose.

Awards received

At the Osian-Cinefan Film Festival held in New Delhi in July 2006, Pareño won Best Actress for her role in Kubrador (A Bet Collector). The same movie also bagged the Best Director and Best Picture awards. During the 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival Awards night, she was awarded the Best Supporting Actress for her role as an outspoken and brash mother in the movie Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.

Gina and Jaclyn Jose were cited in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival They were likely contenders for the Best Actress Award per Dante Mendoza's Serbis, which had its world premiere last May 18.<ref>, Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose cited in Cannes</ref><ref>www.varietyasiaonline, "Serbis"</ref> Brillante Mendoza's Serbis won the Best Director and Gina Pareño won Best Actress in the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific Countries held in Vladivostok, Russia last September 13-19. Mendoza received $15,000, while Pareño got $10,000 cash prize.<ref>, Gina Pareño wins as Best Actress for ‘Serbis’ in Russia</ref><ref>showbizandstyle.inquirer, Pinoys win 2 top awards in Russia</ref>


Year Film/Television Series Role Notes
1963 Sabina Sabrina Sulforina
Tansan vs. Tarsan
Ang Class Reunion
Mga Kwela Sa Eskwela
Ako'y Ibigin Mo, Dalagang Matapang
1964 Leron Leron Sinta
Umibig ay Di Biro
Mga Batang Bakasyonista
Mga Batang Artista
Mga Bata ng Lagim
Jukebox Jamboree
Mga Batang Milyonaryo
Mga Batang Eskwater
Fighting Waray Sa Ilocos
Sa Bilis, Walang Kaparis
1965 Papa um Mamaw
Isinulat Sa Dugo
Magnificent Bakya
Gintong Recuerdo
Bye-bye Na sa Daddy
1966 Mama
Sa Bawat Lansangan
Jamboree '66
Maraming Kulay ng Pag-ibig
1967 Sitting in the Park
Let's Dance the Soul
Way Out in the Country
1968 Kamatayan Ko Ang Ibigin Ka
May Tampuhan Paminsan-mMinsan
Dobol Wedding
Dalawang Mukha ng Anghel
Deborah Deborah
Elizabeth Beth
Doon Pa sa Amin
1969 Dugo ng Vampira
Si Darna at ang Planetman Darna
1973 Zoom, Zoom, Superman! The Ape Monster
1974 Napahiya ka, Ano?
Krimen: Kayo ang Humatol
Bawal: Asawa mo, Asawa ko
Kayod sa Umaga, Kayod sa Gabi
Dragon Fire
Ibilanggo Si... Cavite Boy
Daigdig ng Sindak at Lagim Stella
1975 Mag-ingat Kapag Biyuda Ang Umibig
Pagsapit ng Dilim
1976 Tatlong Kasalanan
Magsikap: Kayod sa Araw, Kayod sa Gabi Nicki
1982 Ang Tapang para sa Lahat! Mirasol
1984 Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala
Working Girls
1985 Like Father, Like Son
Sa Totoo Lang! Purita
1986 Ibigay Mo sa Akin ang Bukas
Halimaw sa Banga
1988 Celestina Sanchez A.K.A. Bubble
Natutulog pa ang Diyos
1989 First Lesson
Kung Tapos na ang Kailanman
1990 Anak ni Baby Ama
1994 The Fatima Buen Story Frank
1995 Familia Zaragoza Television Series
Kirot 2
Sana Maulit Muli Lita
Mangarap ka Lucita
1996 May Nagmamahal sa Iyo
Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon Rose
Sariwa Christie
Magic Temple Telang Bayawak
1997 Ipaglaban Mo: The Movie Part 2 Loleng
Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin Carmen
Babae sa Dalampasigan
Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot
1998 Ikaw Pa Rin Ang Iibigin Doreen Lerma
Pagdating ng Panahon
Hiling Manang Gracia
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Marita Television Series
Anak ng Dilim Pura
Hey Babe Madame Lola
Kiss Mo Ko' Tita Ampy
Dito sa Puso Ko Mother of Ligaya
2000 Labs Ko Si Babe Television Series
2001 Da Pilya en Da Pilot Television Series
Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Lita Cristobal Television Series
Booba Lola Lulubelle
Da Body en Da Guard' Television Series
2002 Basta't Kasama Kita Ligaya Television Series
2003 Til' There Was You Lagring Boborol
2004 Bridal Shower Lourdes
Masikip sa Dibdib Lola Lulubelle
2005 Ang Lagusan
Darna Lola Television Series
Hari ng Sablay
2006 Wrinkles
Kubrador Amy Won the Gawad Urian for Best Actress
Nominated for FAMAS in Best Actress
Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Belita Won FAMAS for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated for Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress
2007 Love Spell: Sweet Sixty Doña Rosing Television Series
Ysabella Trinidad Mendoza Television Series
Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Belita
Gokada Go! Ms. Gina Television Series
2008 Ploning Intang Indie Film
Serbis Nanay Flor Palme d'Or Nominee
Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Tayong Dalawa Rita "Lola Gets" Dionisio Television Series [23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV's Best Drama Actress]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Isda Nanay Coring/Corita 2-part episode
2010 Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Petulah Crisanto Television Series
Working Girls Nymfa Cajanding Movie
Hating Kapatid Lola Gerty Movie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Manika Lola Amparo Television Series
Mara Clara Lupe David Television Series
Dalaw Olga Movie
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sapatos Gloria Television Series
My Binondo Girl Amor Dimaguiba Television Series
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Belo Nanay Television Series
Lorenzo's Time Bella "Yaya Bel" Nobleza Television Series
Of All The Things Movie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kabibe Elisa Television Series
D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! Sophia Kilabot Movie


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