Regina Alatiit was born as the eldest child, on June 28, 1959, to Bernardino Alatiit of Roxas City and Angelica Liguid of Cavite. She attended elementary school at the P. Burgos Elementary School and, after high school, took a one-year course on Tourism and Travel at the Centro Escolar University. She was a member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) which was headed by her mentor and friend, Lino Brocka, and with whom she took part in issues confronting the movie industry and other social concerns. Alatiit was only eight when she auditioned for Lea Productions' Kaibigan ko'ng Sto. Niño (1967). Among some 300 aspirants, she won the role of "Oreng" opposite Roderick Paulate. Later, Gina appeared in several Sampaguita pictures. Among her early films was Donata (1968), where she played the titular role of the girl who grows up to be Gina Pareño. (She would also play "Narda" to Gina Pareño's "Darna" in the 1969 film Si Darna at ang Planetman (1969). She also portrayed the real

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