Before SM banned R18 films from being shown in their theatres, Philippine cinema boomed during the mid ‘90s thanks to the infamous “Pito-Pito films,” which were movies shot and completed within a mere two weeks. Most of these films were sexy flicks, hence dubbed as Titillating Films, or TF Films for short (And redundant.).
We had luminaries from that era, such as Ynez “Are you joking?” Veneracion, and Hazel “Do I look like joking?” Espinosa (Link is probably NSFW.). Towards the end of that era, we even had the likes of Francine Prieto, who is now not only still active in showbiz, but also a DJ on 103.5 WOW FM. How about the other stalwarts of these times? What are they up to nowadays?
Best Known As: The “Papaya Queen,” for two very obvious reasons.
Currently Busy As: A mother, a businesswoman, and yes, a chef, having graduated from the Center of Asian Culinary Studies four or so years ago.
Best Known As: The petite bombshell who was among the first to jump on the TF bandwagon that Rosanna Roces started.
Currently Busy As: A very controversial cog in the Dominguez Carnap Gang Syndicate. While she is not directly involved in the carnapping ring, her best friend, former sexy star Katrina Paula, was reportedly linked with one of the leaders of the group.
Best Known As: The Burlesk King.
Currently Busy As: A loving husband to fellow TF star Daniella, and a doting father to their kids.
Best Known As: The White Castle Whiskey girl (Sakto!), before she started taking on daring films. She also won all the local supporting actress awards for the film Sidhi in 2000.
Currently Busy As: The mother of Tonton Gutierrez’s children, and yes, she’s still somewhat active in showbiz.
Best Known As: Abby Viduya, the former girl-next-door love interest of the Gwapings who ended up rebelling and having arguably some of the most daring films in the ‘90s, Sariwa being the most infamous of them all.
Currently Busy As: Allegedly, a TNT in Japan. We hope this isn’t true, because she seemed so happy with her life just a decade ago.
Best Known As: The man who got a taste of the titular “Pinya” in the cleverly titled film Patikim… ng Pinya.
Currently Busy As: A wood sculptor in Paete, Laguna (Insert your “woodworking” puns here. We won’t). He’s still active in showbiz, though, as a Kapuso.
Best Known As: Arguably one of the most controversial interviews, back in her day, and yes, her gorgeous Fil-Am looks.
Currently Busy As: A nurse in Staten island, and sorry boys, she’s married.
Best Known As: The original “flawless” queen, and the one who started the whole TF trend in the first place with the now-memorable Machete 2.
Currently Busy With: Getting into very physical altercations with her own son. She’s still active in showbiz, but we only seem to hear her name whenever she’s fighting with someone.
Do you remember the titles of the movies the actors above starred in? Share in the Comments Section.
P.S. Here are more “Where are they now” 8Lists: The Cast of “Ang TV” and 8 Members of That’s Entertainment.
4 moviestagalog.com, www.philippinestoday.net
3 missosology.info, facebook.com
1 aliwanavenue.com, pep.ph