Lily Monteverde is a well-known Filipino film producer and businesswoman. She was born on August 19, 1938 in Manila, Philippine Commonwealth. Many people know her as Mother Lily, she has produced nearly 300 films in the Philippines since the early 1960s. Today, Mother Lily operated the Regal Films and maintain to produce films that has been supporting the local film industry. During World War II, Mother Lily expressed her thoughts, “I experienced what it was like not have anything to eat, not to have any food or medicine. But the war taught me something beautiful too: The unity of Filipinos against common enemy showed me the survival and Bayanihan spirit of Filipinos. Somehow, the worst brings out the best in our people”. When the war was over and the country was recovering from the ruined nation, she started to take interest in watching movies that made her inspire to produce movies, later on in her married life.
She initially started out selling popcorns in Mandaluyong and Manila. Her income of P200 a month was from his father-in-law when she worked during in 1961. Mother Lily was able to save enough to purchase two popcorn machines which she installed at Cherry Foodarama in Mandaluyong and at Podmon Theater in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Since then, her business become successful. When she finally profited from her popcorn business, she bought the rights to re-issue the Hollywood movie “All Mine to Give”, The movie was showcased for a month in Manila and it grossed Mother Lily half a million pesos. She and her husband flew to US and Europe to search for other movies that can relate to Filipino audience and can be shown in local cinemas. Some Western movies they’ve acquired the right to issue were “Solomon and Sheba”, “Istanbul” and many more. In 1974, she produced the movie “Kayod sa Araw, Kayod sa Gabi”, and successfully a box-office hit that made birth to Regal Films. In the 1980’s, Regal Films surpassed the Filipino expectations in local cinema/films and had its spectacular growth. Her success in Film Industry and passion to influence audience that are reflected to her produced films was made her to bestowed as ‘Ina ng Pelikulang Pilipino’ award by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), “her valuable contribution and commitment to the Philippines movie industry throughout the years.”.