Irma Santonil Adlawan (born March 7, 1962) is a Filipino stage, film, and television actress. She is known primarily for her work in independent films and for her roles in several primetime soap operas such as Maging Sino Ka Man, Amaya, Forevermore, and Destiny Rose.
Irma Santonil Adlawan
March 7, 1962
|Alma mater||St. Mary Magdalene School, University of the Philippines|
|Agent||Viva Artists Agency (2021–present)|
|Spouse(s)||Dennis Marasigan (separated)|
Adlawan was born in Tondo, Manila, the daughter of Conrada Santonil, a housewife, and Pedro Adlawan, a retired colonel. She attended St. Mary Magdalene School in Cavite and became a student of Speech and Drama at the University of the Philippines–Diliman, having transferred from its Manila campus.
Her first stage role was Helena from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which she performed for Dulaang UP in 1983 under the direction of its founder, Tony Mabesa. He had asked her to audition, and she was subsequently cast. From then on she had become a regular of Dulaang UP, starring in productions such as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Betti's The Queen and the Rebels, Fay and Michael Kanin's Rashomon, and Molière's The Misanthrope, as well as a multitude of other plays.
After UP, Adlawan became a member of Tanghalang Pilipino's Actors Company from 1991 to 1998, performing in numerous stage plays. Some of her most notable roles include a Chinese film producer, based on Regal Films matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde in Dennis Marasigan's Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula; Zafira in Francisco Balagtas' Orosman at Zafira; Sisa in the Cayabyab-Lumbera musical adaptation of José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere; and Teodora Alonso in Nonon Padilla and Rene O. Villanueva's Teodora. For Buhay Ay Pelikula she was cited as Best Actress of the Year by the Young Critics Circle in 1992, while for Teodora her performance as the mother of Philippine hero José Rizal was praised by National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa-Goquingco for "[accomplishing] her histrionic feat, her splendid tour de force [with such ease, passion, range, verisimilitude and transparency]."
Some of Adlawan's early mainstream film roles include a victim of incestuous rape in Jeffrey Jeturian's Tuhog in 2001 and a public school teacher in Mga Munting Tinig in 2002, both of which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Gawad Urian Awards. Three years later, in 2005, during the advent of digital cinema, she starred in three independent films: ICU Bed #7, where she played Eddie Garcia's daughter; Sa North Diversion Road, which had been adapted for film and had her reprising her role from mid-90s theatre alongside John Arcilla, where they played 10 different couples dealing with infidelity; and Mga Pusang Gala, based on the Palanca award-winning screenplay by Rody Vera and Jun Lana, where she played the role of Marta, a single middle-aged advertising practitioner. She received Best Actress nods for her performances in Sa North and Mga Pusang Gala. She continued to act in indies, playing lead and supporting roles from 2006 onwards. Her performance as Aling Carmen in Ataul: For Rent in 2007 earned her a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award.
Her early television credits include appearances in Cecile Guidote-Alvarez's Balintataw, Behn Cervantes' Angkan, and Mario O'Hara's Mama. Later on, she would appear frequently in primetime teleseryes such as Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, and Encantadia. In 2006, she was cast in the recurring role of Imelda Magsaysay, the mother of Celine Magsaysay (played by Anne Curtis), in the highly successful ABS-CBN teleserye, Maging Sino Ka Man. Her other TV credits include Clara Rivero in Lobo, Margarita Fortalejo-Cervantes in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine in 2010, Mantal in Amaya in 2011, and numerous guest appearances in ABS-CBN and GMA Network's respective drama anthologies, Maalaala Mo Kaya and Magpakailanman.
While regularly appearing in teleseryes and acting in independent films, Adlawan continued to perform on the stage, and in 2008 she was inducted into the Aliw Awards Hall of Fame for her three Best Stage Actress wins in 100 Hundred Songs of Mary Helen Fee, Speaking in Tongues, and Ang Pokpok ng Ohio. That same year, she starred in Tanghalang Pilipino's production of David Henry Hwang's The Golden Child and alternated with Missy Maramara as Desdemona in Tanghalang Ateneo's adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. The following year, in 2009, she portrayed the role of Candida Marasigan—which she would continue to reprise four more times in the next five years—in Nick Joaquin's A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino in a staging by Repertory Philippines.
That same year, Adlawan starred in Alvin Yapan's Cinemalaya film Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe, for which she received another Best Actress nomination at the Gawad Urian Awards. She also reprised her role as Baby Magtalas, the mother of Laida Magtalas (played by Sarah Geronimo) in the sequel of A Very Special Love, You Changed My Life. In 2010, she starred in the Cinemalaya film Vox Populi, playing the role of Connie de Gracia, a politician's daughter running for office. In the following years, she returned to Dulaang UP by way of Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's Forsaken House and again reprised her role as Baby Magtalas in It Takes a Man and a Woman. She also appeared in ABS-CBN's Got to Believe as Joaquin's nanny, Yaya Puring and Be Careful With My Heart as Vicky Reyes, Maya's adviser. Adlawan was also cast as Principal May, the corrupt principal of a public school in Titser, a miniseries produced for GMA News and Public Affairs.
At the 9th Cinemalaya Film Festival, she received a Balanghai Trophy for Best Actress in the New Breed Category for her performance in Transit as Janet, an OFW working in Israel "struggling to keep her family together amid threats of cultural dislocation." She also received a Special Jury Citation for Ensemble Acting which she shares with Ping Medina, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez, and Yatzuck Azuz. In 2014, she starred in Ronnie Lazaro's directorial debut Edna, a film that again tackles the stories of OFWs. She played the role of Edna dela Costa, a Filipino caregiver returning home to find a changed family. Adlawan was also part of The Janitor, an entry in the Directors Showcase category of Cinemalaya X. Later in the year, she joined the cast of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil's launching teleserye Forevermore, as Mirasol, one of the farmers in their community and a maternal figure to Soberano's character, Agnes.
In 2015, she continued to appear in ABS-CBN and GMA's drama anthologies, as well as their seasonal television specials and was cast in supporting roles in several films, including Sleepless, a QCinema Film Festival offering and Walang Forever, an entry to the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival. In October of the same year, she returned to the stage, with much critical acclaim, through Tanghalang Pilipino's Mga Buhay na Apoy, Kanakan-Balintagos' Palanca-award winning play. Adlawan was also cast in Destiny Rose as Bethilda Vitto, one of the show's antagonists. She also received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as Mirasol in Forevermore at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.
The following year, Adlawan took home the Gawad BUHAY! award for Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play for her performance as Soledad Santos in Mga Buhay na Apoy. She continued to appear in various television shows and movies and made a return to the Virgin Lab Fest stage in Kanakan Balintagos' Loyalist. Later in the year, Adlawan eventually replaced Nora Aunor in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Oro, and ultimately went on to win a Best Actress award for it.
Adlawan married actor/writer/director Dennis Marasigan, whom she met during their time at the UP and with whom she has four children. He has directed her in several of his films: Sa North Diversion Road, Tukso, and Vox Populi. They are separated.
|1995||Bagong Bayani||Virginia Parumog|
|1996||Bakit May Kahapon Pa?||Karina's mother|
|1997||Minsan Lamang Magmahal||Miss Anuevas|
|1998||José Rizal||Lucia||as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan|
|La Vida Rosa||Dado's Mother||as Irma Marasigan|
|2002||Mga Munting Tinig||Fe|
|2004||Bridal Shower||Joebert's mother|
|Milan||Mary Grace's aunt|
|Santa Santita||Mother with cellphone|
|2005||Nasaan Ka Man||Abling|
|ICU Bed #7||Cely|
|Sa North Diversion Road||Woman||Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama (2006)|
Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) (2006)
|Mga Pusang Gala||Marta||Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year (2006)|
Nominated—FAP Award for Best Actress (2006)
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actress (2006)
|2006||Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di||Mrs. Go|
|Ataul: For Rent||Aling Carmen||FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress (2008)|
Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year (2008)
Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama (2008)
Nominated—FAP Award for Best Supporting Actress (2008)
|Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po!||Julie||as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan|
|Hubad||Carmen Manahan||Nominated—Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year (2009)|
|A Very Special Love||Baby Magtalas|
|Melancholia||Spiritist / Store owner|
|2009||You Changed My Life||Baby Magtalas|
|Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe||Fe||Nominated—Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) (2010)|
|Shake, Rattle & Roll XI||Dr. Yulo|
|Off World||The mother|
|Vox Populi||Connie de Gracia|
|Super Inday and the Golden Bibe||Lucita|
|2011||Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi||Laura Baytion|
|The Reunion||Irma (Pat's mother)|
|2013||It Takes a Man and a Woman||Baby Magtalas|
|Transit||Janet||Cinemalaya IX Balanghai Trophy for Best Actress – New Breed Category (2013)|
Cinemalaya IX Special Jury Citation for Ensemble Acting – New Breed Category* (2013)
Nominated—Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama (2014)
|2014||The Janitor||Crisanto's mother|
|Edna||Edna dela Costa|
|Beauty in a Bottle||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|Isang Butil Na Kahapon|
|Must Date The Playboy||Nora Alcantara|
|2016||Always Be My Maybe||Mila|
|Sakaling Hindi Makarating||Mama||Special participation|
|Imagine You and Me||Terry|
|The Unmarried Wife||Anne's mom|
|Oro||Kapitana||Best Actress, Metro Manila Film Festival (2016)|
|2017||I'm Drunk, I Love You||Carson's mother|
|2020||Four Sisters Before the Wedding||Lola Ibiang|
|2001–2003||Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan||Mercy|
|2002–2003||Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay||Sondra|
|2004||Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man||Olivia||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2005–2006||Mga Anghel na Walang Langit||Menggay|
|2006||Now and Forever: Tinig||Noemi|
|2006||Komiks||Episode: "Kamay Ni Hilda"|
|2006||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Albert's mother||Episode: "Lampara"|
|2006–2007||Maging Sino Ka Man||Imelda Magsaysay|
|2007||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Episode: "Tako"|
|2007||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Teresa||Episode: "Korona"|
|2008||Lobo||Clara Rivero||Supporting role / Antagonist|||
|2008||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Ricardo's mother||Episode: "Leather Shoes"|
|2009||Tayong Dalawa||Berta Romano||Cameo|
|2009||Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?||Ising Estrella||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2009||Only You||Corazon "Cora" Mendoza|
|2009||The Wedding||Grace Mañalac|
|2009–2010||Nagsimula sa Puso||Liza Bernardo|
|2009||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Charo||Episode: "Sulo"|
|2010||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Cristina||Episode: "Gitara"|
|2010||Magkaribal||Carolina||Recurring role / Antagonist|
|2010||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Meya||Episode: "Titulo"|
|2010–2011||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine||Margarita Fortalejo-Cervantes||Main role / Antagonist|
|2010–2011||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart||Zeny Santa Romana|
|2011||Your Song: Kim||Mrs. Menendrez||Episode: "For You"|
|2011||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Mama Bob||Episode: "Piyesa"|
|2011||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Paolo's mother||Episode: "Jacket"|
|2011–2012||Amaya||Bai Mantal||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2012||Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis||Margarita "Maggie" Fernandez / Gareng Lucsin||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2012||Wansapanataym||Loida||Episode: "Lai, Lai, Batang Pasaway!"|
|2012||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Lita||Episode: "Jacket"|
|2012||Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto||Sally|
|2012–2013||Sana ay Ikaw na Nga||Libay|
|2012–2013||Magdalena||Ludivina "Luding" Fuentebella||Supporting role / Main Antagonist|
|2013||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Gugoy||Episode: "Bahay"|
|2013||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Paning||Episode: "Make-Up"|
|2013–2014||Got to Believe||Yaya Puring|
|2013||Be Careful With My Heart||Victoria "Vicky" Reyes|
|2013||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Minda||Episode: "Dream House"|
|2013||Titser||Principal May Deroca||Main role / Antagonist|
|2013||Genesis||Felicita "Fely" Hernandez||Supporting role|||
|2014||Rhodora X||Dra. Vivian Bautista|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Nati||Episode: "Mikropono"|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Lita||Episode: "Baston"|
|2014||Ipaglaban Mo!||Tiyang||Episode: "Buong Tapang Na Lalaban"|
|2015||Eat Bulaga!: Lenten Special||Alma|
|2015||It's Showtime: Holy Week Special||Dolores|
|2015||Ipaglaban Mo!||Boyet's mother||Episode: "Tanging Saksi"|
|2015||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Lilia||Episode: "Sapatos"|
|2015||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Zyra's mother||Episode: "Bottled Water"|
|2015||Doble Kara||Esmeralda "Esme" Hipolito||Special participation|||
|2015||Walang Iwanan||Lydia Trinidad-Gonzales||Special participation|
|2015–2016||Destiny Rose||Bethilda Vitto-Jacobs||Supporting role / Antagonist|||
|2016||Ipaglaban Mo!||Cristina's mother||Episode: "Huwad"|
|2016||Once Again||Cecilia Del Mundo||Special Participation / Antagonist|
|2016–2017||Sa Piling ni Nanay||Atty. Remy Santel|
|2016||Ipaglaban Mo!||Libay's mother||Episode: "OFW"|
|2017||A Love to Last||Virginia "Baby" Custodio-Agoncillo|
|2017||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Dulce Moreno||Guest Role (November–December 2017)|
|2018||Tadhana||Lucille||Episode guest / Antagonist|
|2018||Since I Found You||Tyang||Special Participation / Antagonist|
|2018||The Cure||Agnes Salvador||Special Participation / Protagonist-Antagonist|
|2018||Sana Dalawa ang Puso||Sandra Tan|
|2018||Halik||Myrna Toledo||Guest Appearance / Antagonist|
|2019||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Dudz's mother||Episode: "Pregnancy Test"|
|2019||Tadhana||Georgette||Episode guest / Antagonist|
|2019||Magpakailanman||Ethel's evil mother||Episode guest / Antagonist|
|2019||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Nena Ruiz||Episode: "Passport"|
|2019–2020||Pamilya Ko||Loida Magtulis||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2020||A Soldier's Heart||Yasmin Alhuraji / Amara||Supporting role|
|2021||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Conching||Episode: "Bigas"|
|2021||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Episode: "Titulo"|
|2021||Legal Wives||Nuriya Baunto|
|1983||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Helena||Dulaang UP|
|1985||The Queen and the Rebels||Argia|
|1988||The Merchant of Venice||Portia|
|1991||Mac Malicsi, T.N.T.||Sally Sumulong||Tanghalang Pilipino|
|Sa North Diversion Road||Woman||Reprised role on film in 2005.|
|1992||Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula||Prodyuser||Young Critics Circle Award for Best Actress of the Year (1992)|
Reprised role in 1994.
|Sigalot sa Venetia||Checca|
|Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon||Cely||Reprised role in 1998 and 2002.|
|1994||Orosman at Zafira||Zafira|
|Ulilang Tahanan||Clemencia||Reprised role in 1996 and 1998.|
|Kalantiaw||Multiple roles||Played Babaeng Guro, Asawa, Katutubong Babae 1–8.|
Reprised role in 1995.
|1995||Noli Me Tangere: The Musical||Sisa|
|Hedda Gabler||Hedda Gabler|
|2002||100 Songs of Mary Helen Fee||Mary Helen||Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress|
|2005||Speaking in Tongues||Jane||Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress|
|2006||Ang Pokpok ng Ohio||Pokpok||Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress|
|Bakeretta (Ghost Operetta)||Thea|
|2008||Othello: Ang Moro ng Venecia||Desdemona||Tanghalang Ateneo|
|The Golden Child||Siu Yong||Tanghalang Pilipino||Nominated—Gawad BUHAY! Award for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play (2008)|
|2009||A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino||Candida Marasigan||Repertory Philippines||Reprised role four times, twice in 2013 and another two times in 2014.|
|2010||Medea||Medea||UP Dulaang Laboratoryo|
|2012||Forsaken House||Encarna||Dulaang UP|
|2015||Mga Buhay Na Apoy||Soledad Santos||Tanghalang Pilipino||Nominated—Gawad BUHAY! Award for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play (2015)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1992||Young Critics Circle||Best Actress of the Year||Ang Buhay Ay Pelikula||Won|
|2002||Aliw Award||Best Stage Actress||100 Songs of Mary Helen Fee||Won|
|2005||Aliw Award||Best Stage Actress||Speaking in Tongues||Won|
|2006||Aliw Award||Best Stage Actress||Ang Pokpok ng Ohio||Won|
|Gawad Urian Award||Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres)||Sa North Diversion Road||Nominated|
|Golden Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Drama||Nominated|
|FAMAS Award||Best Actress||Mga Pusang Gala||Nominated|
|FAP Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Star Award for Movies||Movie Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||10th Gawad PASADO Awards||Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres||Ataul: For Rent||Won|
|FAMAS Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama||Nominated|
|FAP Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Star Award for Movies||Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|Gawad BUHAY! Award||Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play||The Golden Child||Nominated|
|2009||Star Award for Movies||Movie Actress of the Year||Hubad||Nominated|
|11th Gawad PASADO Awards||Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres||A Very Special Love||Nominated|
|2010||Gawad Urian Award||Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres)||Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe||Nominated|
|2013||Cinemalaya IX Balanghai Trophy||Best Actress||Transit||Won|
|Cinemalaya IX Special Jury Citation||Ensemble Acting||Won|
|Golden Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Drama||Nominated|
|2014||Golden Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Drama||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Single Performance by an Actress||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mikropono||Nominated|
|2015||17th Gawad PASADO Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Edna||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Supporting Actress||Forevermore||Nominated|
|2016||Gawad BUHAY! Award||Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Play||Mga Buhay Na Apoy||Won|
|Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actress||Oro||Won|
|2017||FAMAS Award||Best Supporting Actress||What Home Feels Like||Nominated|
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