The Child
2h 7min | Drama |


The main character is a Filipina Overseas Contract Worker, one of the many residents of the archipelago who is forced to leave her family and take a higher paying job in a more prosperous Asian country. While she is working her employer refuses to let her take a vacation, nor does he deliver her mail to her. She is unaware, therefore, that her husband has died. When she finally returns to the Philippines she is met with resentment and hatred by her children. The movie studies how she overcomes these feelings and rebuilds the relationship with her family.

Rory B. Quintos


Ricardo Lee (story/screenplay)
Raymond Lee (story/screenplay)


Trina N. Dayrit (producer)
Malou N. Santos (executive producer)
Charo Santos-Concio (executive producer)
Wan Allen (unit producer: Salon Films)


Jose Batac Jr.


Jessie Lasaten (music by)
Aji Manalo (music score mixer)
German Mendoza Jr. (music editor)
Carmen C. Ardevela (music production coordinator)
Bambi Datar (music production coordinator)
Lynell De Mesa (music production coordinator)
Benjie Bautista (conductor / orchestra contractor)
Jessie Lasaten (orchestra conductor / orchestrations)
Ruth Bagalay (choral arrangement / musician: alto) / vocal solo)
Jed Balsamo (music copyist (as Jude Caballero Balsamo)
Robert Bagalay (musician: tenor)
Gelo Francisco (musician: tenor)
Marivic Francisco (soprano)
Lora Halili (musician: alto)
Abigail Pionso (soprano)
Ding Pionso (musician: baritone)
Lauro Valentino R. Cad (musician: second violin)
Bernadette Cadorniga (musician: first violin)
Jeremy I. Dapdap (musician: second violin)
Divina Juanita Francisco (musician: first violin)
Rodel Noreli E. Lorenzo (musician: viola)
Jade F. Midoro (musician: second violin)
Cecilia P. Noble (musician: viola)
Chona R. Noble (musician: second violin)
Ma. Cecilia A. Obtinario (musician: viola)
Eduardo C. Pasamba (musician: cello)
Ma. Cristina A. Pasamba (musician: cello)
Gem Maniquiz (musician: bass)
Manuel R. Piñon (musician: upright bass)
Arnel Sevilla (live guitars)
The Sonata Strings (string orchestra)
Virna Valerio (musician: first violin)

Editorial Department:

George Jarlego (film editor)
Fiona Marie Borres (assistant editor)
Lyra Porras-Garzon (associate editor)

Production Design/Art Department:

Nuel C. Naval (production designer)
Elfren Vibar (associate production designer)
Danny Santiago (art director)
Ann Zapanta (set caretaker)
Bong Bacolod (setman)
Joel De Jesus (setman)
Jojo Dela Cruz (setman)
Ronald Mallari (setman)
Ernest Santiago (setman)
Vic Yuson (setman)
Roger Mallari (propsman)
Gilbert Manalastas (propsman)
Rey Reyes (propsman)
Zandro Sales (propsman)
Mitchell Ian Villanueva (propsman)
Carmen Espineli (makeup artist)
Alex Formento (makeup artist)
Dheng Foz (makeup artist)
Loida Juego (makeup artist)
Medy Sordan (hair stylist)
Gerrick Giliberte (wardrobe supervisor)

Production Management:

Maricar Artajos (production manager)
Nonette Tsang (production manager: Salon Films, Hong Kong)
Zenaida Garcia (field cashier)
Narding Ortega (schedule master)
Manette Alaan (production secretary)
Pamela Aquino (project coordinator)
Carmela Escolar (project coordinator)
Rachel Mañalac (project coordinator)
Chris Chan (production assistant: Hong Kong)
Allen Lo (production assistant: Hong Kong)
Mina Peralta (production assistant)
Jade S. Santiago (production assistant)
Sophia Shek (production assistant: Hong Kong)
Barry Gonzalez (trainee production assistant)
Cherry Sy (trainee production assistant)

Sound Department:

Rannie Eulloran (sound operator)
Arman Cernardo (live recording engineer)
Aji Manalo (live recording engineer)
German Mendoza Jr. (live recording engineer)
Lamberto Casas Jr. (foley editor/sound effects editor)
Alex Tomboc (foley editor/sound effects editor)
Mac Vasquez (foley editor/sound effects editor)
Gerry Celestino (boom operator)
Orlando Ilagan (second boom operator)
Mae-ann Adonis (dubbing supervisor)
Lucy Quinto (dubbing supervisor)
Ross Diaz (adr editor)
Arnel Francia (adr editor)
Arnel M. Labayo (adr editor)
Ricardo Loresto Jr. (adr editor)
Reggie Quindoyos (adr editor)
Angie Reyes (adr editor)
Arnedo C. Lucas (audio consultant)
Arnold Reodica (supervising audio engineer)
Addiss Tabong (supervising audio engineer)
Ramon Reyes (sound engineer)
Oscar Bautista (clapper loader)

Camera and Lighting Department:

Jason Kwan (camera operator)
Rolando Dela Cruz (assistant camera)
George Tutanes (second camera)
Sergio Lobo (camera operator: "c" camera)
Christopher Tamani (video assist operator)
Raul Agravante (still photographer)
Ronnie Nadura (gaffer)
Alex Dangcalan (dolly operator)
Ely Echalas (assistant dolly operator)
Manuel Cahayon (electrician)
Sing Chan (electrician: Hong Kong)
Yuen Kan Chu (electrician: Hong Kong)
Kin Man Shek (electrician: Hong Kong)
Ernesto Lavariño (generator operator)
George Acebu (hmi operator: 4k)
Jojo Quezada (hmi operator: 2.5k)
Ernie Macalalag (swing gang)
Nemesio Selose (swing gang)
Eric Asprec (grip)
Sin Tang Chan (grip: Hong Kong)
Elmer Dela Cruz (grip)
John Garcia (grip)
Marino Manganaan (grip)
Leonardo Suarez (grip)
Yat-Wah Lo (crane grip: Hong Kong)
Peter Mak (crane grip: Hong Kong)
Wing Yiu Ng (crane grip: Hong Kong)
Luk Wa Wai (crane grip: Hong Kong)
Alex Orlanda (best boy)


Richard Francia (visual effects)
Ian Hontanosas (visual effects)
tNanette A. Castro (post-production officer in charge)
Edna M. Pacardo (post-production supervisor)
Albert M. Feliciano (post-production laboratory coordinator)
Barry Gonzalez (post-production assistant)
Abbigail T. Vizcarra (post-production office coordinator)
Jun Enriquez (laboratory negative processing supervisor: Star Film Laboratories)
Rick Hawthorne (laboratory technical liaison: Star Film Laboratories)
Ian Russell (laboratory liaison: Atlab Australia)
Zaida Calado (negative assembler)
Esperanza Toladro (negative assembler)
Annabel W. Magalona (negative cutter (as Anabel Magalona)
Mina Quogana (negative cutter)
Tony Manning (color timer: Atlab Australia)
Frank Chico (technical operations engineer)
Uriah Dypuekeng (technical operations engineer)
Daye Moralita (technical operations engineer)
De Guzman (dailies editor)
Willy M. Palomo (dailies editor)
Norman O. Santos (telecine transfer)
Nar Umali (technical operations engineer)
Elmer Buencamino (film specialist)

Assistant/Associate Director:

Mae Czarina Cruz (assistant director)

Production Company:

Star Cinema


Vilma Santos (as Josie)
Claudine Barretto (as Carla)
Joel Torre (as Rudy)
Baron Geisler (as Michael)
Sheila Mae Alvero (as Daday)
Amy Austria (as Lyn)
Cherry Pie Picache (as Mercy)
Leandro Muñoz (as Brian)
Tess Dumpit (as Norma)
Cris Michelena (as Arnel)
Hazel Ann Mendoza (as Young Carla)
Daniel Morial (as Young Michael)
Gino Paul Guzman (as Don Don
Jodi Sta. Maria (Bernadette)
Odette Khan (Mrs. Madrid)
Troy Martino (as Al)
John Lapus (as Sing-Along Bar Host 1)
Jojo Saguin (as Sing-Along Bar Host 2)
Archi Adamos (as Mercy's husband)
Jiro Manio (as Jason)
Don Laurel (as Lester)
Nellie Sy (as Chinese Employer)
Andrew Chua (as Chinese Employer)
Jet Filipino (as Baby Jason)
Manny Mendoza (asa Lyn's Cousin)
Ron Christopher Flores (as Norma's Son)
Mark Anthony Madronio  (as Norma's Son)
Aida Espiritu (as Teacher)
Macy Masucol (as Macy)
Me-an Vargas (as Joey)
Girlie Alcantara (Tess)
Jessette Prospero (as Elma)
Lawrence Roxas (as Boyfriend)
Lui Villaruz (as Bully)
Sarji Ruiz (as Bully)
Mark Von de Guzman (as Mercy's son)
Yiu Pong Lau (as Street Cleaner)
Zott Vincent Cailipan (as Don-Don's friend)
Renan Giljang (as on-Don's friend)
Butch Jarlos (as Dos Don-Don's friend)
Ailyngail Mary Navarro (as Daday at age of 8 Months)
Aimee Marasigan (as 2-year-old Daday)

Additional Crew:

Corazon Bulaong (catering: post-production)
Asuncion Garcia (catering: post-production)
Ling Ling Jurilla (crowd control)
Loi Mercado (crowd control)
Jennifer D. Ching (publicity supervisor)
Gail Gutierrez (promo coordinator)
Joycelyn Sta. Maria (promo assistant)
Roxy Liquigan (promotion and publicity)
Jackie Y. Liu (promotion and publicity)
Wilbur F. Hernandez (publicity writer)
Dory Jacila (distribution manager)
Vanessa De Leon (trailer supervisor: promotions and publicity)
Geraldine J. Luahalti (trailer producer: promotions and publicity (as GG J. Lualhati)
Ernie Joseph Mangabat (segment producer: promotions and publicity)
Mosang (guesting assistant: promotions and publicity)
Benjamin James Virina (art director: promotions and publicity (as Benjamin James Viriña)
Artemio Abad (script supervisor trainee)
Benedict Mique (script supervisor)
Jennifer Parsaligan (guesting supervisor: promotions and publicity (as Jennifer Parsaligan-Ricaforte)
Joseph Olfindo (technical services and research manager)
Aris A. Endriga Jr. (administrative assistant: technical services and research)
Myrian Salangad (staff assistant: technical services and research)
Olivia M. Lamasan (additional dialogue / creative consultant)
Tammy Bejerano (creative consultant)
Ward Luarca (creative consultant)
Enrico C. Santos (creative consultant)
Edmund Ty (creative consultant)
Cora Banaag (talent coordinator)
Gloria Garcia (talent coordinator)
Angie Pineda (booking manager)
Shaira Mella Salvador (additional dialogue)
Boy Aniag (utility)
Eric Jurilla (utility)
Jhunnel De Luna (utility: post-production)
Mohiddin Kosin (utility: post-production)
Winifredo Calumpag (unit bus driver)
Arnold Cristobal (service driver)
Dino Devanadera (service driver)
Jei Lap (freelance van driver: Hong Kong)
Irene Medez (unit truck driver)
Gerry Milan (post-production driver)
Virgilio Punzalan (driver: technical services and research)
Bernie Recio (post-production driver)
Sam Toralba (post-production driver)
Emery Torraldo (post-production driver)
Edwin Viray (service driver)

Alternative Title: The Child
Year: 2000
Genre: Drama




Awards, Recognition, & Participation:

Actress of the Year - Vilma Santos
Star Awards for Movies (2001)

Best Screenplay - Ricardo Lee
FAP Awards, Philippines (2001)

Best Supporting Actress - Amy Austria
FAP Awards, Philippines (2001)

Nominations – FAMAS Awards (2001)
Best Picture - Star Cinema
Best Director - Rory B. Quintos
Best Child Actress - Sheila Mae Alvero
Best Cinematography - Jose Batac Jr.
Best Musical Score - Jessie Lasaten

Nominations - FAP Awards, Philippines (2001)
Best Picture
Best Actress - Vilma Santos

Nominations - Star Awards for Movies (2001)
Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) - Vilma Santos
Best Supporting Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktor) - Baron Geisler

Total Running Time: 2h 7min
Aspect Ratio:
Sound Mix:
General Carrier Specific Carrier Form Completeness
Film 35mm Trailer Complete
Optical DVD Feature Complete
18 October 2019, Friday