An entry to the 2000 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Tanging Yaman still manages to tug at our heartstrings nearly two decades later. The movie revolves around the story of three estranged siblings (played by Johnny Delgado, Edu Manzano, and Dina Bonnevie) who are forced to come together and deal with the future of their ancestral home as their mother (played by Gloria Romero) progressively worsens from Alzheimer’s disease.
Directed by Laurice Guillen, the family drama won Best Picture at MMFF and collected a slew of accolades from the 2001 FAMAS Awards, FAP Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, and Young Critics Circle. Incidentally, the title of the movie was taken from a liturgical song of the same name, written by Manoling Francisco, SJ, and sung by Carol Banawa.
My Pope checks in on the main cast of this timeless picture 19 years after it hit the big screen.
The actress who played matriarch Dolores “Loleng” Rosales (and scooped a number of awards for it) enjoys an enduring career on TV and film. In 2018, she starred opposite the late Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa as the long-suffering but sympathetic wife and mother in the LGBT-themed MMFF drama Rainbow’s Sunset, for which she won the Best Actress award. (She also graced the pages of My Pope in May 2018 as part of our Mother’s Day Special!)
After playing Loleng’s high-maintenance son Art, the actor remains busy on TV and film. Last seen as Lucas Cabrera in the long-running teledrama Ang Probinsiyano, Edu took on a number of acting roles, and even proved an effective and entertaining game show host in The Weakest Link and Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? Through the years, his bids for public office have ended in defeat: he ran as mayor of Makati (2001), vice-president of the Philippines (2010), senator (2016), and San Juan representative (2019). Edu was chairman of the Optical Media Board, the government agency that cracks down media piracy, from 2004 to 2009.
She played Loleng’s daughter Grace, who struggles to keep up with the demands of living in the US with her family. Career-wise, Dina has appeared in the movies American Adobo (2008) and The Significant Other (2018), as well as the TV shows May Bukas Pa (2009), The Blood Sisters (2018), and Cain at Abel (2018-2019). She has been married to Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano since 2012.
His role as Loleng’s unemployed son Danny, who along with his family, lives with his mother and wants to sell her home, saw him take home the Best Actor trophy in the MMFF, Gawad Urian, and FAMAS awards. Working steadily in TV and film since 2000, Johnny was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. He was reported to be responding well to chemotherapy and even made a guest appearance in the drama series May Bukas Pa (2009) and in Labing-labing (2009)––a short film directed by his daughter Ina Feleo and co-starring his wife Laurice Guillen. That would be his last project. When the cancer recurred, Johnny fought valiantly, but passed away due to complications from lymphoma on November 19, 2009.