6 films that prove Anita Linda is a powerhouse of the Filipino film industry

Anita Linda is one of the greatest actresses of the Philippine film industry who passed away last Wednesday, June 10. Let us take a look back at some of her memorable films that left a mark in the eyes of moviegoers by scrolling down below!

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Anita Linda is one of the greatest actresses of the Philippine film industry who passed away last Wednesday, June 10. Let us take a look back at some of her memorable films that left a mark in the eyes of moviegoers by scrolling down below!

The death of acting pillar Anita Linda broke hearts among the world of Filipino film and television, with tons paying tribute online to her and her body of work.

The 95-year-old veteran actress, who passed away last Wednesday, June 10, began her journey into the world of acting in 1943. Since then, she earned herself an impressive number of film and television credits, boasting at almost 400, and an amazing collection of acting awards.

Now, we look back at some of her films that dropped our jaws with her superb skills as a thespian. Check out the movies below that proved the great Anita Linda is a powerhouse of Filipino film.

SISA (1951)

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The classic Gerardo de Leon film Sisa gave viewers a different perspective of the Noli Me Tangere character created by Jose Rizal.

The titular character, who goes crazy looking for her children Crispin and Basilio, was portrayed by Linda who transformed the character into someone moviegoers felt sorrow and melancholy for instead of being seen as a laughing stock.

The role earned Linda the distinguished Maria Clara award for Best Actress. The award-giving body preceded the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Award, which would become the oldest existing award-giving body in the Philippine film industry.



In this three-part film by acclaimed director Lino Brocka, Linda played Lucia in the second story titled Hellow, Soldier.

It shows the compassionate story of a mother and a daughter (Hilda Koronel) living in the slums and the return of the former’s American soldier lover returning for the first time in 17 years since they parted ways in World War II.

The soldier’s return marks his formal adoption to their daughter, Gina, who dreams of living the American life and getting out of the world of poverty.

During his lover’s return, Lucia gets drunk for the first time and goes off on him on an anti-American tirade. This performance was well-acclaimed by critics that it earned Linda a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress.


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This Mario O’Hara film saw Linda play a role close to her heart at the time, which is an aging actress, as she was 74-years-old when she did the role.

The movie, based on a play written by Agapito Joaquin in the 1970s, follows a recently-hitched stuntman (Mike Magat) taking his wife (Aya Medel) to a hangout in a cemetery, which they reside, and become closely acquainted with colorful characters such as Ampola (Linda), a billboard painter named Nitoy (Frank Rivera), and his stuntman lover Eric (Renzo Ruiz).

The role of Ampola earned Linda her second Best Supporting Actress trophy in the FAMAS, earning the record of becoming the oldest actress to win an award from the famous award-giving body. She bagged the same award in the Star Awards.

ADELA (2008)


In this independent drama film by Adolfo Alix, Jr., Linda broke the hearts of moviegoers when she played the titular character, a woman who awaits the company of her three children as she celebrates her 80th birthday. The film shows Adela going around the community, helping other people while waiting for her children, who never show up.

Adela earned Linda more Best Actress awards from the Gawad Tanglaw Awards, Young Critics Circle Awards, and the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival.

LOLA (2009)


Playing the role of Lola Sepa, Linda starred in the film Lola by acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza.

She, along with fellow veteran actress Rustica Carpio, play two elderly women who suffer the consequences of crimes that involve their two grandsons -- wherein one is the suspect, the other a victim. The two grandmothers solicit money to earn for the funeral of the victim grandson and the bail bond of the grandson behind the crime.

CIRCA (2019)


In the third Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino last September, Linda starred in what would be her final film role in the movie Circa. At the age of 94, she played the matriarch of a film company, Doña Atang, who celebrated her 100th birthday with the people she worked with in the past, all gathered by her grandson Michael, portrayed by Enchong Dee.

Circa was a film that united icons in Philippine cinema, including the likes of Gina Alajar, Laurice Guillen, Perla Bautista, Elizabeth Oropesa, Dante Rivero, Liza Lorena, Ricky Davao, Rosanna Roces, Jaclyn Jose, and the late Eddie Garcia.

Anita Linda has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Filipino film industry. Thank you for the legacy you have left in this world, Ms. Anita Linda!

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