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Monday, December 9, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 114: SUSAN VALDEZ, EDDIE GARCIA, GEORGE ESTREGAN, NICK ROMANO, YEHLEN CATRAL, PAQUITO DIAZ AND ANDREA BAUTISTA AS "DANG-DONG" (1980)


"Dang-Dong" (1980)
Imus Productions
1980 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date December 25, 1980
Screenplay Enrico Santiago
Cinematography Ramon Marcelino
Film Editor Pepe Marcos
Music Restie Umali
Direction Efren C. Pinon
Cast Susan Valdez, Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Nick Romano, Yehlen Catral, Paquito Diaz and Andrea Bautista (in the title role)/ Special Participation- Ramon Revilla, Sr.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 113: CHRISTOPHER DE LEON, BEMBOL ROCO, CHANDA ROMERO, CHERIE GIL, SUZETTE RANILLO, MICHAEL DE MESA IN "TAGA SA PANAHON" (1980)


"Taga sa Panahon" (1980)
Premiere Productions
1980 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date December 25, 1980
Story and Screenplay Jose Carreon
Cinematography Ricardo Remias
Editor Edgardo Vinarao
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Augusto Buenaventura
Cast Christopher de Leon, Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero, Cherie Gil, Suzette Ranillo, Michael de Mesa/ Also Starring Edgar Mortiz, Vic Silayan, Rosemarie Gil, Juan Rodrigo

Saturday, December 7, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 112: VIC VARGAS, GLORIA DIAZ, WITH EDDIE SAN JOSE, CACHUPOY IN "ANDRES DE SAYA" (1980)


"Andres de Saya" (1980)
Bukang Liwayway Films
Release Date August 1, 1980
Story Carlo J. Caparas
Direction Angel Labra
Cast Vic Vargas, Gloria Diaz, with Eddie San Jose, Cachupoy/ Also Starring Mitos del Mundo, Bayani Casimiro, Perry Baltazar, Joaquin Fajardo, Francisco Cruz, / Introducing Chito Arceo/ Special Participation- Ernie J. Pecho

Friday, December 6, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 111: EFREN REYES, JR. (IN THE TITLE ROLE), ELIZABETH OROPESA, CHANDA ROMERO, GINA ALAJAR, WITH EDDIE GARCIA, PERLA BAUTISTA IN "ANAK NG MATON" (1980)


"Anak ng Maton" (1980)
Emperor Films
Release Date December 19, 1980
Musical Director Freddie Aguilar
Direction Augusto Buenaventura
Cast Efren Reyes, Jr. (In the title role), Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanda Romero, Gina Alajar/ Also Starring Eddie Garcia, Perla Bautista, dave Brodett, Johnny Wilson, Virginia Montes, Ruel Vernal, Subas Herrero, Ernie Zarate, Estrella Kuenzler

Thursday, December 5, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 110: RUDY FERNANDEZ, DANTE VARONA, WITH REZ CORTEZ, JULIE ANN FORTCH, VERONICA JONES AND PIA MORAN IN "ESTIBADOR" (1980)


"Estibador" (1980)
Lea Productions
Release Date December 12, 1980
Story Amado Adsuara
Screenplay Oscar Miranda
Direction Jun Gallardo
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Dante Varona/ with Rez Cortez, Julie Ann Fortich, Veronica Jones and Pia Moran/ Also Starring Paquito Diaz, Max Alvarado, Ruel Vernal, Anita Linda, Jose Garcia

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 109: NINO MUHLACH (IN THE TITLE ROLE), PANCHITO, CHICHAY, DELY ATAY-ATAYAN, CACHUPOY, BONNIE (MONG) DE JESUS, MANNY LUNA AND MARICRIS BERMONT IN "NOGNOG" (1980)



L.S. Martinez (Leandro San Juan Martinez), a freelance cartoonist, is the creator of many notable characters in the 60s and 70s--- Tsikiting Gubat, Nognog, Atorni Agaton, Atoman, Tik & Tak, Kuwentong Kuneho, Haragan con Maldita, T. V. Lampoon, Doon Po Sa Amin and Mac en Kulit. Nognog, Atorni Agaton and Mac en Kulit were later adapted into film.

Nognog, appeared in the pages of UNITED Komiks in the 70s and was made into the movies in 1980 with boy wonder, Nino Muhlach in the lead role.


"Nognog" (1980)
D' Wonder Films
Release Date December 12, 1980
Based on the character created by L.S. martinez
Screenplay Ric Aquino
Cinematography Pedro Manding, Jr.
Direction Nilo Saez
Cast Nino Muhlach (in the title role), Panchito, Chichay, Dely Atay-Atayan, Cachupoy, Bonnie (Mong) De Jesus, Manny Luna and Maricris Bermont/ Also Starring Bella Flores, Dexter Doria, Heidi Melendres, Don Pepot, Ed Villapol, Palito, Lily Miraflor, Matimtiman Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Danny Rojo, Jimmy Santos/ Special Participation- Marissa Delgado, Paquito Diaz, Anne Villegas and Babalu




"Nognog" by L.S. Martinez 
UNITED Komiks/ 1970 & 1971
---to read, click images to enlarge---

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 108: LORNA TOLENTINO, AMY AUSTRIA, JEAN SABURIT, ANNE VILLEGAS IN "PLAYMATES" (1980)


"Playmates" (1980)
Mitchelle Films, Inc.
Release Date December 12, 1980
Cinematography Rudy Dino
Music Jun Latonio
Direction Jun P, Cabreira
Cast Lorna Tolentino, Amy Austria, Jean Saburit, Anne Villegas/ Featuring Ameriza

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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Friday, November 29, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 105: TITO, VIC & JOEY, WITH RUBY ANA, CARMI MARTIN, MALUH DE LA FUENTE IN "ISKUL BUKOL (FRESHMEN)" (1980)

"Iskul Bukol (Freshmen)" (1980)
GP Films
Release Date December 4, 1980
Written and Directed by Mike Relon Makiling
Cast Tito, Vic & Joey (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon), Ruby Ana, Carmi Martin, Maluh de la Fuente/ Also Starring Richie d' Horsie, Bing (Mang Tem-i) Angeles, Mely (Miss Tapia) Tagasa, Mary Massad, Redford White and Dely Atay-Atayan/ Special Participation of Rod navarro, Bert de Leon, VST & Co., Louella, Lito Anzures and Marissa Delgado





Thursday, November 28, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 104: MARIA TERESA CARLSON (IN THE TITLE ROLE), BEMBOL ROCO, JULIE ANN FORTICH, GEORGE ESTREGAN, PAQUITO DIAZ IN "WANDER WOMAN SI AKO" (1980)


"Wander Woman si Ako" (1980)
GPS Films Production
Release Date December 3, 1980
Story Ric Acasio
Screenplay Tommy C. David
Direction Pablo Santiago
Cast Maria Teresa Carlson, Bembol Roco, Julie Ann Fortich, George Estregan, Paquito Diaz, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Gary Lising

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 103: BEMBOL ROCO, ACE VERGEL, ANTHONY ALONZO, WITH VIVIAN VELEZ, GEORGE ESTREGAN, VERONICA JONES, MARITESS DE JOYA IN "PANGKAT DE SABOG" (1980)


"Pangkat De Sabog" (1980)
Four-N Films
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Humilde 'Meek' Roxas
Cinematography Rudy Monteloyola
Music Clemente Soriano
Produced by Manny Nugui
Direction Nilo Saez
Cast Bembol Roco, Ace Vergel, Anthony Alonzo/ with Vivian Velez, Geirge Estregan, Veronica Jones, Maritess de Joya/ Also Starring Philip Gamboa, Anita Linda, Renato del Prado, Larry Silva, Baldo Marro, Eddie Mediavillo, Jess Zapata, Amay Bisaya/ Introducing Norbert Noble/ Special Participation of Conrad Poe

Monday, November 25, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 102: CHARITO SOLIS, ALMA MORENO, LORNA TOLENTINO, RIO LOCSIN, CHERIE GIL, GINA ALAJAR, ORESTES OJEDA, BERNARDO BERNARDO AND WILLIAM MARTINEZ IN ISHMAEL BERNAL'S "MANILA BY NIGHT (CITY AFTER DARK)" (1980)

"Manila by Night (City After Dark)" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Ishmael Bernal
Film Editor Augusto Salvador
Director of Photography Sergio Lobo
Music Vanishing Tribe
Direction Ishmael Bernal
Cast Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin, Cherie Gil, Gina Alajar, Orestes Ojeda, Bernardo Bernardo and William Martinez


Martial Law era poster of  the original, uncensored version of the movie


(Synopsis) Bea (Rio Locsin) is a blind girl working as a masseuse in a massage parlor. Her closest friend is the lesbian Kano (Cherie Gil), who is both a drug pusher and addict. They are joined by Baby (Lorna Tolentino), a naïve probinsyana who was enticed to come to Manila by her boyfriend. Baby falls in love with Pebrero (Orestes Ojeda), a taxi driver and father of two children. He makes Baby pregnant and eventually becomes a single mother. Ade (Alma Moreno), Pebrero’s live-in partner, secretly works as a prostitute to support her good-for-nothing lover. She does not know that Pebrero is also the lover of Manay (Bernardo Bernardo), a gay couturier. But it is Alex (William Martinez), an adolescent drug addict/ night club singer, who is Manay’s true love.

Virgie (Charito Solis), Alex’s mother is so worried about her son that she searches for him in a gay bar. She comes across Manay, who knows of Virgie’s past as a prostitute. Because he really loves Alex, Manay returns Alex to his mother before the teenager becomes more involved in narcotics and homosexuality. 

As Baby’s condition becomes more apparent, she quits her job as a waitress and becomes a whore. The police chase after Kano and she is eventually captured. Ade suffers a meaningless and bloody death as the New Year’s Eve revelry begins. In the end, it is only Bea who manages to find a way out of her mess.

(Source- Kasaysayan at Pelikula: 100 Years of Cinema in the Philippines / June 17- 23, 1998)



Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic by Joel David
see link

THE EIGHTIES # 101: BEMBOL ROCO, PHILLIP SALVADOR, ROBIN ARISTORENAS, WITH JANET BORDON, JENNIFER CORTES, JULIE ANN FORTICH IN "TATLONG HARI" (1980)


"Tatlong Hari" (1980)
Golden Movie Arts Corporation
Release Date November 27, 1980
Cinematography Louie Chiong
Direction Carlo Lopez
Cast Bembol Roco, Phillip Salvador, Robin Aristorenas/ with Janet Bordon, Jennifer Cortes, Julie Ann Fortich/ Also Starring Philip Gamboa, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Johnny Wilson, Renato del Prado, Larry Silva, Mario Montalban, Amay Bisaya, Robert Talby, Baldo Marro, Romy Nario, Avel Morado, Arthur Cervantes, Nelly Cavestany

Friday, November 22, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 100: RUDY FERNANDEZ, LORNA TOLENTINO, GEORGE ESTREGAN, DICK ISRAEL IN "SA INIT NG APOY" (1980)


"Sa Init ng Apoy" (1980)
Trigon Cinema Arts
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Edgardo M. Reyes
Editing Teofilo de Leon
Cinematography Ernesto dela Paz
Musical Director Jun Latonio
Direction Romy Suzara
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, George Estregan, Dick Israel


The movie was digitally restored and remastered in 2018 and had its private film screening at Santolan Town Plaza, 29 September 2018, with lead actress Lorna Tolentino and Director Romy Suzara gracing the event.



Lorna Tolentino being interviewed


Lorna Tolentino and Director Romy Suzara



(l-r) Cinematographer Romy Vitug, actress Lorna Tolentino, Director Romy Suzara

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