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Friday, October 18, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 73: RUDY FERNANDEZ, DANTE VARONA, AZENITH BRIONES, VERONICA JONES, PAQUITO DIAZ IN "KOSA" (1980)


"Kosa" (1980)
C.G. Films International
Release Date August 22, 1980
Story Chat Gallardo
Screenplay Edgar Reyes
Cinematography Nestor Orense
Associate Director Ron Gallardo Pablo
Direction Jun Gallardo
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Dante Varona, Azenith Briones, Veronica Jones, Paquito Diaz/ Also Starring Mario Escudero, Tony Carreon, Arturo Moran, Robert Rivera, Angel Confiado, Katherine Santos, Ike Fernando, Amay Bisaya/ Introducing Rinna Ruiz/ Featuring Joko Diaz 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 72: NORA AUNOR, LITO LAPID IN MARIO O'HARA'S "KASTILYONG BUHANGIN" (1980)


"Kastilyong Buhangin" (1980)
Lotus Films
Release Date August 22, 1980
Writers Mario O' Hara, Mely Tagasa
Direction Mario O'Hara
Cast Nora Aunor, Lito Lapid/ Also Starring Tonio Gutierrez, Metring David, Allan Bautista, Mario Escudero, Soxy Topacio, Bella Flores, Mely Mallari, Edwin O' Hara, Chiqui del Carmen, Robert Padua, Maila Marcelo, Joel Lamangan, Eddie Nicart



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 71: AMY AUSTRIA (IN HER FIRST SOLO STARRING ROLE), PERLA BAUTISTA, VIC SILAYAN, SANDY ANDOLONG, GEORGE ESTREGAN, RUSTICA CARPIO, DONDON NAKAR IN "NANG BUMUKA ANG SAMPAGUITA" (1980)


"Nang Bumuka ang Sampaguita" (1980)
Seven Star Productions
Release Date August 20, 1980
Theme Song sung by Claire
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Edward Palmos
Cast Amy Austria (in her first solo starring role), Perla Bautista, Vic Silayan, Sandy Andolong, George Estregan, Rustica Carpio, Dondon Nakar

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 70: RIO LOCSIN, AL TANTAY AND GLORIA DIAZ IN "WILD ANIMALS" (1980)


"Wild Animals" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date August 15, 1980
Direction Lando Perez Jacob
Cast  Rio Locsin, Al Tantay and Gloria Diaz
(Movie ad- courtesy of James dela Rosa)

Monday, October 14, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 69: ALMA MORENO, LORNA TOLENTINO, AMY AUSTRIA IN "UHAW SA KALAYAAN" (1980)


"Uhaw sa Kalayaan" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date June 27, 1980
Direction Arsenio Boots Bautista
Cast Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Amy Austria
(Movie ad- courtesy of James dela Rosa)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 68: RUDY FERNANDEZ, ACE VERGEL, WITH GEORGE ESTREGAN, JENNIFER CORTEZ, ANITA LINDA, CONRAD POE, DENCIO PADILLA IN "TATAK ANGUSTIA" (1980)


"Tatak Angustia" (1980)
Four-N- Films
Release Date August 15, 1980
Screenplay Humilde 'Meek' Roxas
Cinematography Rudy Monteloyola
Music Clemente Soriano
Produced by Manny Nuqui
Direction Jerry Tirazona
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Ace Vergel/ Also Starring George Estregan, Jennifer Cortez, Anita Linda, Conrad Poe, Dencio Padilla, Mario Escudero, Baldo Marro

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 67: LLOYD SAMARTINO (IN THE TITLE ROLE), EDDIE GARCIA, MARISSA DELGADO, PIA MORAN, DENNIS ROLDAN IN CELSO AD CASTILLO'S "TOTOY BOOGIE" (1980)


"Totoy Boogie" (1980)
Lea Productions
Release Date August 14, 1980
Cinematography Ricardo Remias
Choreography Geleen Eugenio
Music Ernani Cuenco
Story, Screenplay and Direction Celso Ad Castillo
Cast Lloyd Samartino (in the title role), Eddie Garcia, Marissa Delgado, Pia Moran, Dennis Roldan/ Guest star- Rosanna Ortiz/ Roderick Paulate, Martin Marfil, Luis Benedicto, Alma Bonavie/ Special Participation of Anita Linda, Celso Ad Castillo/ Featuring Irish Buendia




Monday, October 7, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 66: CHRISTOPHER DE LEON, CHARO SANTOS, JAY ILAGAN, SANDY ANDOLONG, JOHNNY DELGADO, BOBOY GARROVILLO AND ARMIDA SIGUION-REYNA IN MIKE DE LEON'S "KAKABA-KABA KA BA?" (1980)


"Kakaba-Kaba Ka Ba?" (1980)
LVN Pictures
Released thru D'Wonder Films
Release Date August 8, 1980
Direction Mike de Leon
Cast Christopher de Leon, Charo Santos, Jay Ilagan, Sandy Andolong, Johnny Delgado, Boboy Garrovillo and Armida Siguion-Reyna/ Also Starring Joe Jardi, Leo Martinez, George Javier, Danny Javier, Nanette Inventor, Moody Diaz



Christopher de Leon and Charo Santos


Johnny Delgado


Charo Santos

Photos- from internet sources

Saturday, October 5, 2019

RIP, AMALIA FUENTES, 79/ SELECTED MOVIE ADS (1956-67)


Manila, Philippines – Amalia Fuentes, the former Movie Queen of Philippine cinema, passed away on Saturday (05 October) at the age of 79. This was confirmed by her nephew, former child star Niño Muhlach, in an Instagram post.

Fuentes’ granddaughter, Alyanna Martinez, also announced the late actress’ demise via her own post.

“It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alfonso and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines,” she wrote.

This was confirmed by her nephew, former child star Niño Muhlach, in an Instagram post.

Fuentes’ granddaughter, Alyanna Martinez, also announced the late actress’ demise via her own post.

“It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alfonso and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines,” she wrote.

According to Muhlach, Fuentes succumbed to cardiac arrest at 4 a.m.

“Dinala po siya sa St. Luke’s Medical Center] nung three [or] four days ago. Tapos nagkaroon na siya ng multiple organ failure, tapos lagi siyang nagse-seizure,” Muhlach told DZMM in describing Fuentes’ final days. (She was brought to St. Luke’s Medical Center either three or four days ago, then she had multiple organ failure and she always had seizures.)

Muhlach added that the veteran actress was “paralyzed” and “bed-ridden” over the past four years.

Details of the actress’ wake would later be announced, Muhlach added.

Dubbed as the “Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines” for her striking resemblance with the legendary Hollywood actress, Fuentes achieved leading lady status as she starred in various films for Sampaguita Pictures during the late ’50s to ‘60s.

Fuentes won the Famas best actress award for her role in “Ibulong mo sa Hangin” in 1967, and the 1973 Manila Film Festival best actress award for “Pag-Ibig Mo Buhay Ko!”

The screen legend was married twice, first to her love-team partner, actor Romeo “Bobby” Vasquez, from 1965 to 1969. Their union bore a daughter, Anna Lisa or Liezl, who later married actor Albert Martinez.

Liezl passed away in 2015 from breast cancer, aged 47. Vasquez died two years later after his daughter.

Fuentes’ second marriage was to American businessman Joey Stevens. However, the union did not last as the two later separated. The couple adopted a son during their time together. Stevens died in 2012. 
(Reposted via Inquirer.net)



Movie Confidential, July 1956


Literary Song-Movie Magazine, March 1, 1958



Movie World, May-June 1959


Songs and Stars Pictorial, June 1962





She was called "Miss Number One" when she burst the silver screen in 1956. Together with Mr.Number One, they were introduced in the movie, "Lydia," topbilled by Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa. Their screen names were finally revealed in "Rodora" as Amalia Fuentes and Juancho Gutierrez. One of those early gimmicks or 'publicity stunts' being launched by movie studios to pump up interest among fans.




Literary Song Movie Magazine/ 1956
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Left- "Lydia" (1956)- Stars Carmen Rosales, Rogelio dela Rosa, Paraluman/ Introducing Miss Number One and Mr. Number One/ Directed by Armando Garces

Right- "Senorita" (1956)- Stars Gloria Romero, Ric Rodrigo/co-starring Miss Number One and Mr. Number Two/ Directed by Tony Cayado



Left- "Rodora" (1956)- Stars Paraluman, Van de Leon/ co-starring Amalia Fuentes and Juancho Gutierrez/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Right- "Inang Mahal" (1956)- Stars Van De Leon, Amalia Fuentes, Juancho Gutierrez, Rosa Mia/ Directed by Octavio Silos


Amalia Fuentes, dubbed the "Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines," was another prized talent of Sampaguita Pictures. She was launched into full stardom together with Juancho Gutierrez in 1956 in the film, Movie Fan. As a young star, she starred in such memorable movies like Pretty Boy (1957); Amy, Susie and Tessie (1960); Estela Mondragon (1960); Dayukdok (1961) and Amaliang Mali-Mali (1962). She was often paired with then reel and real life partner, suave and debonair Romeo Vasquez, (see another post for the Amalia-Romeo starrers), from which she bore a child named Anna Liza or Liezl (Liezl is now happily married to actor Albert Martinez). During her entire career, she was nominated 5 times by the FAMAS and was awarded the 1966 FAMAS Best Actress in Gerry de Leon’s Ibulong Mo sa Hangin.

See Amalia Fuente- Romeo Vasquez Starrers


"Movie Fan" (1956) with Juancho Gutierrez




"Bituing Marikit" (1957) with Dolphy and Juancho Gutierrez

"Baby Bubut" (1958) with Juancho Gutierrez

"Baby Face" (1959) with Jose Mari

"Amy, Susie and Tessie" (1960) with Susan Roces and Tessie Agana



"Estela Mondragon" (1960) with the great Carmen Rosales



"Dayukdok" (1961) with Carmen Rosales and Luis Gonzales




"Tulisan" (1962) with Susan Roces




"Amaliang Mali-Mali" (1962) with Luis Gonzales



"Siyam na Langit" (1962) with Eddie Gutierrez




"Ang Senyorito at ang Atsay" (1963) with Juancho Gutierrez


"Ang Sangano at ang Colegiala' (1963) with Joseph Estrada


"3 Musketeras" (1964) with Bernard Bonnin



"Walang Hanggan!" (1964) with FPJ




"Mga Daliring Ginto" (1964) with Joseph Estrada





"Magandang Bituin" (1964) with Eddie Fernandez

"Dream Girl" (1965)



"Kulay Dugo ang Gabi" (1965)- A film by Gerry De Leon




"Oro Blanco" (1965) with Bernard Bonnin


"Ibulong Mo sa Hangin" (1966)



"Baril at Rosaryo" (1967) with FPJ

"The More I See You" (1967) with Eddie Mesa

Thursday, October 3, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 65: BEMBOL ROCO (IN THE TITLE ROLE), RIO LOCSIN, CHANDA ROMERO AND BETH BAUTISTA, WITH EDDIE GARCIA, GEORGE ESTREGAN IN "KANTO BOY" (1980)


"Kanto Boy" (1980)
GP Films
Release Date August 8, 1980
Serialized in Wow komiks
Theme song by Mike Hanopol
Written and Directed by Mike Relon Makiling
Cast Bembol Roco (in the title role), Rio Locsin, Chanda Romero and Beth Bautista/ Also Starring Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Philip Gamboa, Joseph Sytangco, Rez Cortez, Tony Santos, Sr./ Special Participation of Ronaldo Valdez, Anna Gonzales, Ruel Vernal/ Guest stars- Ace Vergel, Efren Reyes, Jr.

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