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Monday, May 17, 2010


A total of 16 movies vied for top honors in the 1968 Third Manila Film Festival. Manila Open City, Nepomuceno Productions' monumental and ambitious movie was awarded the Grand Rajah Soliman Best Picture Award. Virgo Productions' Kasalanan Kaya...? won 8 of 20 awards--- Eddie Rodriguez (Best Actor); Lolita Rodriguez (Best Actress); Luis Enriquez (Best Director); Roderick Paulate (Best Child Actor); Louise de Mesa (Best Story); Tony Maiquez (Best Music); Flaviano Villareal (Best Sound) and Best Picture in Drama. Eddie Garcia won the award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Kailanma'y Di Ka Mag-iisa while the Best Supporting Actress went to Lourdes Medel in LEA Productions' Salamism.

Emar Pictures'
Cuadro de Jack emerged the top grosser.

"Manila, Open City" (1968)- Stars Charito Solis, James Shigeta, Alex Nicol, John Ashley, Ric Rodrigo, Mario Montenegro, Lauro Delgado

"Kasalanan Kaya...?" (1968)- Stars Eddie Rodrigez, Lolita Rodriguez and Marlene Dauden/ with Renato Robles, Nello Nayo, Patricia Mijares, Vilma Santos, Roderick Paulate/ Directed by Luis Enriquez

"Cuadro de Jack" (1968)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Jess Lapid, Jun Aristorenas, Jing Abalos/ with Imelda Ilanan, Johnny Monteiro, Mary Ann Murphy, Sofia Moran, Ruben Rustia and George Estregan/ Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

"Ang Pagbabalik ni Daniel Barrion" (1968)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Paquito Diaz, Lou Salvador, Jr., Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Dencio Padilla & Norma Blancaflor/ Featuring Van de Leon, Johnny Monteiro, Martin Marfil and Ruby Villareal/ Directed by Armando Garces

Left- "Kailanma'y Di Ka Mag-iisa" (1968)- Stars Romeo Vasquez, Helen Gamboa, Eddie Garcia, Chichay, Ike Lozada, Matimtiman Cruz and Dante Rivero/ Directed by Fely Crisostomo

Right- "Salamism" (1968)- Stars Marlene Dauden, Eddie Garcia, Lourdes Medel, Lauro Delgado, Caridad Sanchez, Mary Walter, Roger Calvin, Jeanne Young, Gina Alajar/ Directed by Mitos Vilareal

"Tiririt ng May, Tiririt ng Ibon (1968)- Stars Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Eddie Gutierrez and Pilita Corrales/ with Chichay, Dely Atay-Atayan, bayani casimiro, Georgie Quizon and Rod Navarro/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Left- "Kumander Dimas" (1968)- Stars Vic Vargas, Divina Valencia, Leopoldo Salcedo, Eddie Fernandez, Von Serna, Bessie Barredo, Vic Silayan, Margie Tanquintic, Bert Olivar, Joseph de Cordova/ Directed by Lambert V. Avellana

Right- "Kamatayan Ko ang Ibigan Ka" (1968)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dindo Fernando, Gina Pareno, Blanca Gomez, Edgar Salcedo, Vic Pacia/ Directed by Tony Cayado

"De Colores" (1968)- An All-StarCast

Left- "Jeepney King" (1968)- Stars Chiquito, Ollie dela Pena, Bert Silva, Bobby Santiago, Leni Trinidad/ Directed by Pablo Santiago

Right- "Sayonara My Darling" (1968)- Stars Rosemarie, Blanca Gomez, Pepito Rodriguez, Ricky Belmonte and Luis Gonzales & Luz Valdez/ with German Moreno, Precy Ortega, Lillian Laing/ Directed by Jose de Villa

"Mindanao" (1968)- Stars Mario Montenegro, Bernard Belleza and Zeny Zabala/ with Stella Suarez, Norma Blancaflor, Willlie Dado, Angel Confiado, Nort Nepomuceno, Jose Villafranca/ Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza

"Zaragoza" (1968)- Stars Jess Lapid, Paquito Diaz, Johnny Monteiro, Ramon D' Salva, Ruben Rustia, Bino Garcia, Rocco Montalban and Nancy Roman/ Directed by Teodorico C. Santos

Left- "Room For Rent" (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Anna Gonzales, Arnold Mendoza, Rubirosa, Rico Roman and Zeny Zabala/ Directed by Chito Tapawan

Right- "Swinging Jet-Age" (1968)- Stars Eddie Mesa, Romano Castellvi, Nancy Roman, Helen Thompson, Jeannie, Bert Martinez, Prospero Luna, The Hi-Jacks, Jose Garcia/ Directed by George Rowe


Unknown said...

Hi Simon,

These Manila Film Festival posts are an absolute treasure trove for us researchers - what a perfect way to dissect a country's film industry on any given year! Kudos to you, sir.

Cheers, Andrew

Rodolfo Samonte said...

Absolute treasures indeed. Manila, Open City seems to be an International collaboration thus should be available in Amazon...and it is listed, except no copy available.
I took home Lino Brocka's Tinimbang Ka Nguni't Kulang in a 2-DVD collection set with Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa. I thought I'd seen this before but I guess I haven't. I was mesmerized by Lolita Rodriquez's stunning performance as Kuala. And she won again in this Festival.

Dr. Alex Gungab said...

Hi.I am Dr. Alex Gungab.I used to rent VHS movies from your place at West Avenue.Is it still there because I am interested in classic FPJ movies, especially the black and white ones, in any format if they're available.

Anonymous said...

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