Filipinos producers make it to gallery of Asian cinema greats
A “Doña” and a “Mother” from the Philippines have landed in a milestone book on Asian cinema, joining a gallery of the most glamorous and accomplished female artists and entrepreneurs in show biz.
LVN Pictures’ Narcisa B. de Leon (aka Doña Sisang) and Regal Films’ Lily Monteverde (aka Mother Lily), both producers, headed film companies during the two golden ages of Philippine movies in the 1950s and 1970s.
They are included in the 2010 coffee table book “Asian Women in Film,” joining 26 other screen luminaries like Chinese actresses Gong Li, Nancy Kwan and Maggie Cheung, Indian actress Aishwarya Ray, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev and Japanese director Kinuyo Tanaka.
In the introduction, Cathay Organization executive director Choo Meileen said the book was envisioned as “a special memento” to pay tribute to her grandmother, Loke Cheng Kim, who founded the business empire in 1935.