Amable Quiambao (January 19, 1947 – July 5, 2013), better known by her stage name, Ama Quiambao, was a Filipino film, television and theater actress in the Philippines. She was best known for her roles in the films Himala and Diablo.
January 19, 1947
|Died||July 5, 2013 (aged 66)|
|Resting place||Arlington Memorial Chapel, Quezon City|
|Occupation||Film, stage and TV actress|
|Spouse(s)||Gamaliel "Gammy" Viray (deceased)|
|Relatives||Medgardo Quiambao (brother) |
Lui Quiambao-Manansala (sister)
Miriam Quiambao (niece)
She was born Amable Quiambao on January 19, 1947 in Bacacay, Albay and had two siblings: Medgardo and Lui.
She was married to former actor and bass-baritone opera singer Gamaliel "Gammy" Viray. The couple had only one son, Ishmael Viray. Her sister, Lui Quiambao-Manansala, is also an actress and her niece, Miriam Quiambao, was a former Binibining Pilipinas Universe winner and 1st runner-up at the Miss Universe 1999. She was also a former instructor of St. Paul University Quezon City for the students of AB Mass Communications.
Quiambao began her career as a theatre actress. Her first play was "Ang Mga Tagahabi", directed by Rolando Tinio (an adaptation of The Weavers by Gerhart Hauptmann), when she was a drama student at the Philippine Normal University in Manila in the 1970s. She later earned her Master's degree in Drama Education from the University of the Philippines. She became a regular performer at the Teatro Pilipino and Bulwagang Gantimpala theatre groups at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. She played the role of President Corazon Aquino at the 1986 political satire "Bongbong at Kris" at CCP's Bulwagang Gantimpala in 1986.
Ama made her film debut in 1982, when she starred in the movie Himala (Miracle), directed by Ishmael Bernal. Film director Bernal wanted to cast theatre and radio actors in Himala, so theatre director Rolando Tinio recommended the casting of Quiambao. She was chosen for the role of Sepa, a disciple of the lead character Elsa, played by Nora Aunor. Her role in Himala earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Gawad Urian Awards in 1982. She subsequently appeared in many other films. A restored version of Himala was screened at the 2012 Venice Film Festival to mark its 30th anniversary.
Three decades later, Quiambao was cast as Lusing in the 2012 film, Diablo, which was directed and produced by the married partners Mes de Guzman and Rhea Operaña de Guzman. Lusing was a very serious, strict character in the film, which Quiambao described as the opposite of her own personality.
Her work in Diablo earned Quiambao the first acting award of her career. In 2012, she won "Best Actress in the New Breed category" at the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. In a later interview, Quiambao described her reaction to winning, "I was strangely calm,” she recalled. “I didn’t feel cold; I didn’t cry. I was glad that the trophy was presented to me by Iza [Calzado]. I’ve worked with her a number of times on TV and in the movies. I love that girl." She also said that she was thrilled to see other veteran Filipino actors win Cinemalaya awards that year, including Anita Linda and Eddie Garcia, which she called "the night of senior citizens."
Quiambao suffered a heart attack on June 28, 2013, while attending the premiere of the one-act play, Pamamanhikan, which she was performing in as part of the Virgin Labfest 9 theatre festival. She died at Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City at 8:09 p.m. on July 5, 2013, at the age of 65. Her funeral was held at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City. Her younger sister, Lui Quiambao-Manansala, said that "she was surrounded by all members of her family and close relatives. Let us pray for the eternal rest of her soul... Let us all remember Ama with fondness as a colleague, a mentor and a friend." Quiambao's wake was held at Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City.
Quiambao appeared posthumously in her final film, Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti.
|Misteryo sa Tuwa||Ada||1984|
|Virgin Forest||Nana Isay||1985|
|Guwapings: The First Adventure||1992|
|Kailan Dalawa Ang Mahal?||1993|
|Ayoko Na Sanang Magmahal||1993|
|Gaano Kita Kamahal||Rolly's mother||1993|
|Hataw Na!||Linda Paguio||1995|
|Bakit May Kahapon Pa?||Madrigal's Sister||1996|
|Radio Romance||Viring Palacios||1996|
|Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon||1996|
|Ikaw Pa Rin Ang Iibigin||Tita Lena||1998|
|Curacha: Ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga||Nun||1998|
|Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko||Beth's Aunt||1999|
|Mahal Kita, Walang Iwanan||Cynthia's Aunt||2000|
|Minsan, Minahal Kita||Ellen||2000|
|Laro Sa Baga||Nana Trining||2000|
|Ano Bang Meron Ka?||Nun 1||2001|
|Let the Love Begin||Aling Bella||2005|
|Moments of Love||Old Ceding||2006|
|Pandanggo||Aunt Hermie (segment "It Takes Two to Tango")||2006|
|I Love Dreamguyz||Lola Lagring||2009|
|Layang Bilanggo||Lola Maggie||2010|
|Ang Misis ni Meyor||2013|
|Amor y Muerte||2013|
|Ang Kwento ni Mabuti (Her Last Movie)||2013|
|1994–1995||A.T.B.P.: Awit, Titik, Bilang na Pambata||Aling Tinay||ABS-CBN|
|1996–1997||Anna Karenina||GMA Network|
|2003||Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin|
|Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap||Hon. Amelia R. Santos|
|2008||Your Song: Superstar ng Buhay Ko||Yaya||ABS-CBN|
|Komiks: Tiny Tony||Lola Marge|
|2009||Your Song: Boystown||Aling Sion|
|The Bud Brothers||Nay Enciang|
|2009–2010||Nagsimula sa Puso||Dean dela Peña|
|2010||Your Song: My Last Romance||Yaya Mel|
|Ikaw ay Pag-Ibig||Flora Javier|
|2012||Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis||Lola Anita||GMA Network|
|2012–2013||Sana ay Ikaw na Nga||Fortune teller|
|2008||MMK: Bus||Formation Directress||ABS-CBN|
|MMK: Isda||Old Isiang|
|2013||Mundo Mo'y Akin||Esperanza||GMA Network|
- "Ama Quiambao dies at 65". ABS-CBN Corporation. 2013-07-06. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- San Diego Jr., Bayani (2012-08-28). "Ama Quiambao scores first best actress win at age 65". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- San Diego Jr., Bayani (2013-07-06). "Veteran actress Ama Quiambao, 66". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-07-30.