Left- Asiong Salonga (1961)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Jose Padilla, Jr., Yolanda Guevarra, Guia Gomez, Paquito Diaz, Vic Diaz/ Directed by Pablo Santiago
Right- Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ February 28, 1961
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Tatlong Baraha (1961)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Amado Cortez and Eddie Rodriguez/ Cecilia Lopez, Lyn D'Amour, Gloria Sevila/ Directed by Fely Crisostomo
Tatlong Baraha tells of three friends known for their individual expertise in different kinds of weapons (gun, knife and bullwhip) who parted ways because of differences. Who will win in the end? Writer-illustrator Virgilio Redondo, creator of Palos and Gagamba, was able to keep his readers in suspense during its serial run in Espesyal Komiks in 1961. The komiks serial novel was eventually adapted into movies by Hollywood FarEast Production, the same outfit that made FPJ a box-office action star in Markado in 1960. FPJ played the role of Orlando, the knife wielder, Amado Cortez as Merlin Mendez, the fast drawing gunslinger and Eddie Rodriguez as bullwhip-lashing Roldan Mojica.
When Sampaguita was in the process of scouting for an actress to play the role of Maldita, another popular F.V. Coching character in Pilipino Komiks, Coching insisted on Rita Gomez, whom he had seen in the Gerry de Leon film, Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (based on Amado Yasona komiks serial). His choice could not have been more apt as the film went on to become one of the top moneymakers in 1953. Gomez was herself on her way to becoming a fine performer, as attested to by her Famas Best Actress award in the 1958 adaptation of another Coching komiks serial Talipandas, playing the character of the bar girl with a heart of gold, which was also one of the country’s official entries to the Asian Film Festival that year.Maldita (1953)- Stars Rita Gomez, Pancho Magalona, Boy Alano, Tony Cayado, Bella Flores, Aruray, Martin Marfil/ Directed by Enrique Moreno (or Eddie Romero)