Atang de la Rama (1902-1991), Honorata de la Rama in real life, was born in
Dalagang Bukid packed theaters to the rafters wherever it was shown. Director Jose Nepomuceno adapted the stage hit to the silent, black-and-white screen in 1919. The pioneering moviemaker bought the entire show (whole package)--- Hermogenes Ilagan’s libretto, Leon Ignacio’s music (including Nabasag na Banga, the most popular song in the play’s repertoire), male lead Marcelino Ilagan and of course the sensational Atang de la Rama and her balintawak, costume, wooden clogs, banga, prop and all.
The movie premiered on September 12, 1919, a significant date in the history of Filipino moving pictures. And because Nepomuceno’s initial venture was a success, he made a sequel entitled La Venganza de Don Silvestre with both Atang de la Rama and Marcelino Ilagan reunited in the lead roles, which was released the following year, in 1920.Source- A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia
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