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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


1965 Marcos campaign poster

1965 Macapagal campaign poster

Luis Gonzales and Gloria Romero in Iginuhit ng Tadhana (1965)

The 1965 presidential campaigns of Macapagal versus Marcos became the "battle of books and film." Marcos struck first with the book, "For Every Tear a Victory: The Story of Ferdinand E. Marcos." Macapagal countered with "Macapagal the Incorruptible." The next arena was the silver screen: "Iginuhit ng Tadhana (Destined)" portrayed Marcos as an intellectual and hero while "Daigdig ng Mga Api (World of the Oppressed)" illustrated Macapagal's grandiose blueprint to deliver the masses from poverty. http://www.pcij.org/imag/2004Elections/Campaign/songs2.html
In terms of box-office take, Iginuhit was way ahead of Daigdig--- I saw Iginuhit when I was kid at Life Theater and its a SRO. Though Daigdig didn't do well much in the box-office, it however garnered eight FAMAS awards including Best Picture and Best Director [for Gerry de Leon]. I haven't seen the film and it's a pity that such masterpiece may be lost forever.

Iginuhit ng Tadhana (1965)

Tagumpay ng Mahirap (1965) - Probably this was the movie, and not Daigdig ng mga Api as reported, that was based on the book "Macapagal The Incorruptible." It was also released in 1965 by Cinema Masters, Inc., the same company that gave us Daigdig ng mga Api. The movie was directed by Lamberto Avellana, Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon, all National Artists.

Daigdig ng mga Api (1965)

The Macapagal Story (1963)- the forgotten movie on the life of President Diosdado Macapagal shown in 1963 starring the great Leopoldo Salcedo.

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