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Aawitan Kita
by Armida Siguion-Reyna
Armida Siguion-Reyna (1930 to 2019) was a Filipino actress, singer, producer and TV host. Armida Siguion-Reyna was born Armida Liwanag Ponce Enrile on November 4th 1930 in Malabon, Rizal, Philippines. Her Spanish 'mestizo' father was a lawyer and regional politician, and she was educated at the Far Eastern University and Philippine Women's University, both in Manila. She also studied in the United States, completing her high school education there at the Academy of St Joseph in New York, but failing to finish her college studies at the Georgian Court University in New Jersey when she married Leonardo Siguion-Reyna in 1951. In the world of opera, Siguion-Reyna later performed lead singing roles in such works as "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Rigoletto", "La traviata", "I pagliacci", "The Merry Widow" and "Ang Mestiza". On television, she presented the programmes "Cooking Atbp." and "Aawitan Kita" (the latter aired for over 30 years and was one of longest-running musical television shows in the Philippines). Her music studio albums included two volumes of "Aawitan Kita" on 'Villar Records' (the title track is featured here), plus "Armida" ('Dyna Records') and "Sa Lungkot at Saya... Aawitan Kita" ('Viva Records'). In acting, she was awarded best supporting actress in 1975, during the Bacolod Film Festival, for her performance in the movie "Sa Pagitan ng Dalawang Langit". She would later become well-known for her collaborations with other big name actresses such as Alma Moreno, Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor. As well as this she co-produced films with her son Carlitos, which included performances by actresses such as Maricel Soriano, Rosanna Roces and Dawn Zulueta. She also produced (and starred in) her own 16mm film musicals entitled "Dung-aw", "Lakambini", "Supremo", "Pagpatak ng Ulan" and "Sisa". Her 'Pera Films' company produced the movies "Laruang Apoy" and "Bilanggong Birhen", and she managed the 'Reyna Films Company' with her son. During the presidency of Joseph Estrada, she was appointed chairperson in 1998 of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), but her term ended in 2001 after he was ousted during the Second EDSA Revolution. Armida Siguion-Reyna died in Makati on February 11th 2019, aged 88. http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/02/11/19/she-has-art-in-her-heart-armida-siguion-reyna-dies-at-88
Posting three a day at the moment due to backlog. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armida_Siguion-Reyna
Posted: 16th March 2019
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