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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Left- Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ June 6, 1963
Right- Movie World Magazine/ March 1964

Josephine Estrada was one of those many beauty titleholders to grace the Philippine movie world in the 60s. Almost as soon she was voted Miss Luzon of 1960, Miss Aviation of 1961 and runner-up in the Miss Philippines pageant losing to eventual winner, Edita Vital by only one vote, Dr. Jose Perez of Sampaguita Pictures was already handing her a movie contract. She decided to skip her medical studies to pursue a movie acting career. She made Ginang Hukom, her debut movie, Sa Linggo ang Bola, The Big Broadcast, Tatlong Panata and Octavia.

In 1962, she finally represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe Pageant. With beauty, brain and talent, there was no turning back for Estrada from then on. She was given an important role and her biggest break in Bird of Paradise, together with two other beauty queens, Cynthia Ugalde and Sylvia Gumabao. With the proper guidance of his mother studio, her career zoomed, more movies followed--- Holiday in Bali, Tanzan the Mighty, Tanzan vs. Tarzan, Prinsipeng Tulisan, Anak ni Kamagong, Ang Rosaryo at ang Tabak, among others. Estrada went freelance sometime in 1965 and became the favorite leading lady of top actors that time--- Joseph Estrada in Tatak: Double Cross, Tony Ferrer in Sabotage and The Infiltrators, Bernard Bonnin in Hijack and Estranghero, Jun Aristorenas, Eddie Gutierrez, Vic Vargas, Eddie Mesa and others.

Two of Estrada's earlier movies, Sa Linggo na ang Bola and Octavia, both released in 1961.

Birds of Paradise (1962)- Stars Eddie Gutierrez, Josephine Estrada, Cynthia Ugalde and Vic Vargas (first starring role)/ with Naty Santiago, Johnny Misa nd introducing Sylvia Gumabao/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

Tanzan The Mighty (1962)- Stars Dolphy & Panchito, Eddie Gutierrez, Jean Lopez, Josephine Estrada/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

Tansan Vs Tarsan (1963)- Stars Dolphy and Vic Vargas, Josephine Estrada, Cynthia Ugalde, Panchito, Chichay and Zeny Zabala/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

Prinsipeng Tulisan (1963)- Stars Josephine Estrada, Vic Vargas, Juvy Cachola, Bert LeRoy, Jr., Blanca Gomez, Pepito Rodriguez and Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Jose de Villa

Anak ni Kamagong (1964)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Vic Vargas, Carmen Rosales, Josephine Estrada, Charlie Davao/ Directed by Conrado Conde

Ang Rosaryo at ang Tabak (1964)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonazales, Josephine Estrada, Vic Vargas, Johnny Misa and Rosa Mia/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

From Tokyo with Love (1964)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Josephine Estrada, Rosemarie, Ric Rodrigo, Vic Vargas, Dindo Fernando/ Directed by Conrado Conde

Libis ng Baryo (1964)- Stars Susan Roces, Lito Legaspi, Josephine Estrada, Ramil Rodriguez, Apeng Daldal, Aruray, Loretta Marquez/ Directed by Jose de Villa

Walang Takot sa Patalim (1964)- Stars Eddie Gutierrez, Vic Vargas, Liberty Ilagan, Josephine Estrada, Jose Morelos, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ Directed by Jose de Villa

Bathing Beauties (1964)- Stars Liberty Ilagan, Josephine Estrada, Cynthia Ugalde and gGna Pareno/ with Tito Galla, Lito Legaspi, Johnny Misa, Boy Alano, German Moreno and Luis Gonzales (Special Participation)/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Apat na Kagandahan (1965)- Stars Josephine Estrada, Blanca Gomez, Gina Pareno and Loretta Marquez/ Ramil Rodriguez, Bert LeRoy, Jr., Dindo Fernando and Edgar Salcedo/with Miss Carmen Rosales/ Directed by Conrado Conde

Hijack (1965)- Stars Bernard Bonnin, Josephine Estrada, Lucita Soriano, Jose Vergara and Ramon D' Salva/ Directed by Anthony Ocampo

Sabotage (1966)- stars Tony Ferrer, Josephine Estrada, Miriam Jurado, Alicja Basili, Mary Louise Matheson, Max Alvarado, Joe Sison, Manolo Noble/ Directed by Eddie Garcia

D' Sound Beats (1967)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Josephine Estrada, Lucita Soriano, Bert Martinez, Al Quinn and His Dance Troupe/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Let's Do the Psychedelic '68- Stars Josephine Estrada, Juvy Cachola, Bert LeRoy, Jr. and Ricky Belmonte/ with Chichay, Ike Lozada, Joseph Polk, Susan Salcedo/ Directed by Rosa Mia

Rancho Diablo (1968)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Josephine Estrada, Eddie Garcia, Joe Sison/ Directed by Leody M. Diaz

Chaku, Judo, Aikido O Karate (1968)- stars Roberto Gonzales, Josephine Estrada, Rolando Gonzales, Dante Varona, Martin Marfil, Ernie White, Tony Villar/ Directed by R.G.

Tatak: Double Cross (1968)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Josephine Estrada, Paquito Diaz, George Estregan, Bella Flores, Renato Robles, Jose Garcia and Quiel Segovia/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Junior Cursillo (1968)- stars Josephine Estrada, Dindo Fernando, Ricky Belmonte and George Estregan/ with Ike Lozada, Jackie Belmonte, Nort Nepomuceno and Verna Gaston/ Directed by Leody M. Diaz

Panagupa (1969)- Stars Eddie Fernandez, Josephine Estrada, Van de Leon, Paquito Diaz and Eva Marie/ Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

The Infiltrators (1969)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Josephine Estrada, Eddie Garcia, Rod Navarro, Jack Davis, Manolo Noble, Rocco Montalban and Ronald remy/ Directed by A. Gregorio


TheCoolCanadian said...


Josephine Estrada is another Susan Roces when it comes to kindness and humility.

Josephine is a wonderful person, and if I were born during her time, I definitely would have kissed her feet just for her to marry me :).

The first time I've met her was in in 1977 when I was 17 years old. She was the guest in an episode of the TV drama I was writing called Ulila. The first time I saw her, I was awestruck by her beuaty and sweetness, that I told myself: "It would have been nice if I were born at least 15 years or so - earlier, and I would have definitely wooed her.

She's very friendly, soft-spoken, and so refined – all the characteristics that reminded me of my beloved mother.

Whoever married Miss Estrada must have been a very lucky man (do you know who?). I just hope that whoever he is, he should have treated her with tender, loving care. I can't allow anyone like her to weep.

Gosh, I think I'm sounding quite maudlin, but this is how I respect this beautiful lady. She's someone you would really want to put on a pedestal.

Uh-oh, many people might be laughing at me now, but I don't care. It feels so warm inside reminiscing what it's like to be a seventeen year-old boy once again.

filipino movies said...

These classic movies of the 60's should be seen again. Josephine Estrada was also a good actress, captivating her audience with her beauty.

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Anonymous said...

Where can I get her films? I'd like to see them.

neto/malikot said...

akala ko tagazamboanga siya...bird of paradise ng sampaguita pics ang napanood ko noon...parati siyang nakashorts...pinapakita niya ang kanyang magandang LEGS.

wayne moises said...

She is the Charlene Gonzales of the early 1960's era former beauty titlist turned actress since 1963 to 1980 until emigrated to the United States now married an American resides in Washington DC and Baltimore MD. she is a former actress and a Sampaguita Pictures alumnus star in several films television and media.Thanks!

wayne moises said...

Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes move over Josephine Estrada is here to stay as Filipino movie star in the Philippines.Thanks!

wayne moises said...

She is the Charlene Gonzalez of the 1960's era star in several films television and media in Philippine entertainment history. Thanks! From:Wayne

Anonymous said...

Josephine Estrada has a kind hearted; he allowed me to ride in her car during the election campaign of Fred Montilla back in 1984. After 10 years, I received a call in my office, she has made an inquiry related to her letters, she said she is Josephine Estrada and I said nice to hear you, I'm the son of Andy Poe (the real Fernando Poe, Jr.) nephew of fpj. Josephine Estrada lives in Virginia, USA near in my office. Mabait siya pero Hindi kami nagkita. Sa tindi ng init ng araw at di nya ako kilala at nag offer sya na sumakay ako sa car nya.

Anonymous said...

In Rancho Diablo; she made a good actions figure in the scene. During the early 30's up to the late 60's the relevant of respect was phenomenal, but in early 70's the bomba films made the mistake; the allure of its traditional way distorted the image of Maria Clara until the 90's. Much better to have once more the sarzuela and the sa kabukiran; the limelight of the true nature of our true filipiniana..tangkilikin ang atin tradisyon pagkat tayo'y likas na Filipino. - Waldo Reyes

Anonymous said...

All performers are equal as to the same equality of personality;The history of the past becomes the deep memories of our young generation.- Waldo Reyes


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