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Sunday, February 28, 2010


"Da Best Show," the No. 1 ABS-CBN TV show in the 60s that made Oscar Obligacion a household name. It was made into a movie in 1965.

Comedian Oscar Obligacion, whose antics as a bumbling Japanese soldier made generations of Filipinos laugh in a career that spanned stage, radio, television and film, died Friday after a lingering kidney ailment. He was 86.

"Tuloy ang Ligaya" (1958)- Stars Nida Blanca, Leroy Salvador, Lita Gutierrez, Pugo, Oscar Obligacion/ Directed by Manuel Silos

Obligacion started his career onstage at the Manila Opera House and Clover Theater, according to his widow and former LVN Pictures actress Myrna Quizon-Obligacion. With singer Sylvia La Torre, he hosted popular TV programs like Channel 11’s The Big Show and ABS-CBN Channel 3's Da Best Show and Oras ng Ligaya in the 1960s. “His specialty was playing a comical Japanese soldier,” Myrna recalled. “He hosted a radio show called ‘Buy and Sell,’ too.”

Left- "Sakay and Moy" (1962)- Stars Oscar Obligacion and Cris de Vera/ with Ponga, Abe Tugak, Dely Aty-Atyan, Menggay and Sylvia La Torre/ Directed by Tommy C. David

Right- "Tacio" (1963)- Stars Oscar Obligacion (First solo starrer), Perla Bautista, Renato Robles, Martin Marfil, Vicente Liwanag/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

He also acted in 150 movies. “His biggest were Tacio with Perla Bautista and Dolfinger Meets Pantarorong with Dolphy,” said Myrna, his wife of 56 years. “Pantororong was his famous character on Oras.” “We met at LVN where we did movies like Luha at Musika, Tumbalik na Daigdig and Itinakwil,” she said.

"Dolpinger Meets Pantarorong" (1963)- Stars Dolphy and Oscar Obligacion, Aida Roxas, Toto, Martin Marfil, Boy Alvarez/ Directed by Nick C. Cacas

Obligacion parlayed his show biz fame into a successful business venture, Philippine Seating, which supplied theater seats to movie houses like SM Cinemas. “He was generous and loving. He was hardworking, a great provider,” Myrna said. Bautista recalled that “Oscar was funny and easy to work with.” “During a party last year, he surprised people because he arrived in a wheelchair but when the music played, he stood up and danced,” she recalled.

Obligacion had quadruple heart bypass surgery over a decade ago. In November, his health took a turn for the worse. He was confined in a hospital for two months before the family decided to take him home.He had been undergoing dialysis three times a week, until he succumbed to renal failure and pneumonia. Along with his wife, Obligacion is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

By Bayani San Diego Jr./
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Our deepest condolences to the Obligacion Family!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010


Status Magazine/ March 2010


Way before YouTube and pirated DVDs, there were video stores that provided the common person’s movie needs. Video 48 was and continues to be one of them. Founded by Simon Santos in 1988, it became home to hundreds of films in different media through the decades--- from betamax and VHS tapes, laser discs (yes, they still exist), VCDs, and DVDs.

In the mood for a James Dean’s bad boy marathon or maybe some Kurosawa/Hitchcock/Bergman classics? How about a taste of local films starring FPJ and Dolphy from the 70s? Video 48’s extensive line-up of hard-to-find films has attracted a myriad of excellent directors like the late Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, writers Nick Joaquin and Pete Lacaba.

Toys adorn the white walls and wooden shelves as much as posters. A life-sized model of Master Yoda even takes the space at the store’s entrance, as if inviting passers-by to come inside and join the Force. Because as Simon has proven, watching films is more than just a fun activity you do to get away from real life. It is life.


Thanks to Nante Santamaria and to the staff of Status Magazine.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


"Private Show" (1985)- Stars Jaclyn Jose, Gino Antonio, Leopoldo Salcedo, Lucita Soriano, Yvonne/ Directed by Sixto Kayco (Chito Rono)

Private Show
was made in 1984 and was released locally in 1985 and won the Star Best Actress Award for the young Jaclyn Jose. The movie was the directorial debut of Chito Roño, who used the pseudonym Sixto Kayco in the credits.

Chito Roño is the eldest of seven children of Jose Roño, the former Minister of Local Government of the Marcos regime. His decision to join show business came as a surprise to the Roño family. With a full bachelor’s degree in filmmaking at the School for Social Research in New York, he ventured into film directing.

“My mother was shocked when she saw my first movie, Private Show, which was about the lives of toro/torrera or live sex performers,” he said in a newspaper article. “Hindi niya ako mapatawad because she is very religious. I told her it’s be much better if she wouldn’t watch my films na lang. My father was more liberal. He explained to her that it was just an exploitation film kundi art din.”

Courtesy of Clockwork Films International

Private Show tells of a seventeen-year old girl, Myrna (Jaclyn Jose) who is forced to work as a torrera (live sex performer) under Ador (Leopoldo Salcedo), owner and maintainer of the casa or toro house. She and her colleagues get free board and lodging in the casa and even alcohol which they use before and after the sex act. Myrna is attracted to her partner, Jimmy (Gino Antonio) which eventually becomes her boyfriend. After witnessing some deplorable scenes, Myrna decides to leave the casa and lives with Jimmy. They have a brief romantic interlude and, for the first time, their sexual trysts exude the true feelings of affection which are lacking when they mechanically perform their jobs at the casa. But, this short period of love and hope does not last. Myrna has grown dependent on drugs, Jimmy’s kidney trouble bothers him once more and they simply cannot make both ends meet. Myrna returns to the casa a broken individual, without the will to fight. She keeps popping in more prohibited pills and death comes quietly to claim her during a party that is meant to celebrate her maintainer’s expansion in the trade.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


"A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino" (1965)- Stars Daisy H. Avellana, Naty Crame-Rogers, Conrad Parham, Vic Silayan, Sarah K. Joaquin, Nick Agudo, Pianing Vidal/ Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

Adapted from the famous play by Nick Joaquin, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, revolves around the lives of the Marasigan family--- Don Lorenzo (Pianing Vidal) and his unmarried daughters Candida (Daisy H. Avellana) and Paula (Naty-Crame Rogers).

The sisters blame their illustrious painter-father for their financial difficulties. Don Lorenzo keeps himself and his priceless creations secluded in his studio. Spurred by his daughters’ resentment, he does a self-portrait, which echoes a scene in Virgil’s Aeniad. Set against a burning city, the portrait presents two versions of Don Lorenzo--- one as a young man full of vitality and another as an old man in his decline. The painting is an expression of an artist’s anguish over the commercialization of himself, as represented by the city ravaged by flames. A despondent Don Lorenzo tries to commit suicide but fails.

This brilliant painting becomes the focus of contention. Tony Javier (Conrad Parham), the Marasigan’s boarder and Paula’s suitor, sees it as his ticket to riches. The daughters resist the temptation to sell father's self-portrait, which could fetch a small fortune, and ignore their siblings' coercion to dispose of the family house. In the end, an enraged Paula uncovers Tony’s scheme and destroys the painting. Paula’s act served as a catharsis--- healing the selfishness and pain in the family. The Marasigans begin a new life, coming together as one family. They celebrate the La Naval feast in honor of the Virgin of the Rosary with a nostalgic mood, unaware of the impending threat of was that will forever change the world as they know it.

Here’s that engrossing scene when Paula, after eloping with Tony, comes home after realizing her mistakes, destroys the painting, the object of greed that almost engulfs the family. An altercation occurs as soon as Tony finds out that the painting is gone. A first-rate and superb acting!!! Watch the clip below---

Courtesy of Diadem Production/ Manuel de Leon

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Pre-war screen legend Rosario Moreno on the cover of Literary Song-Movie magazine dated August 1938 for the movie "Alipin ng Palad" opposite Rudy Concepcion.

Rosario Moreno (1916-45), dubbed as the era's “Queen of Tearjerkers,” started her movie career as an extra in Nepomuceno Productions’ Diwata ng Karagatan in 1936. Showing her dramatic potential, she was immediately launched to stardom in Luha ng Ina opposite Carlos Padilla, a phenomenal success that reset many box-office records that time. More movies followed: Sa Paanan ng Krus (1936), Anak-Dalita (1936), Ang Kambal (1936) and Pusong Dakila (1936).

One of the most memorable segments in her illustrious career was her successful teamup with screen heartthrob Rudy Concepcion in Alipin ng Palad (1938). It was a huge hit and a love team was born. The two appeared in three more movies--- Mapait na Lihim (1938), Tunay na Ina (1939) and Pakiusap (1940). However, their screen tandem abruptly ended with the untimely demise of Rudy Concepcion (due to pectic ulcer) in 1940 when they were working on their fifth movie, Mahal Pa Rin Kita (1940).

Rosario Moreno, on the hand, who was pregnant, died in 1945 (January 9) when a Japanese bomb directly hit their residence in Sampaloc in the Battle of Manila during the waning days of World War II. She was only 29 years old.

"Tunay na Ina" (1939)- Stars Rosario Moreno, Rudy Concepcion, Tita Duran, Exequiel Segovia, Precioso Palma, Naty Bernardo/Directed by Octavio Silos/Excelsior Films/ 1939

Most of the Tagalog movies made before the war were either lost or destroyed. Only five survived--- 1. Zamboanga (1937); 2. Tunay na Ina (1939); 3. Giliw Ko (1939); 4. Pakiusap (1940); and Ibong Adarna (1941).

Tunay na Ina, directed by Octavio Solis, once known as the "Dean of Tagalog Movie Directors," tells of a mother's search for her lost daughter. Here's a rare clip of that movie---

Courtesy of Excelsior Films

Synopsis: Magdalena (Rosario Moreno) becomes pregnant because she was raped by Antonio (Exequiel Segovia). Before his death, her father (Precioso Palma) gives up the baby for adoption, thinking that no man can ever understand her past. Magdalena is engaged to Roberto (Rudy Concepcion), a decent, well-off young man. Haunted by her conscience, Magdalena writes Roberto a letter, admitting her past. Her aunt, afraid that the wedding may be called off, intercepts the letter and hides it. Assuming that Roberto has accepted her in spite of her past, she marries him.

Magdalena later becomes increasingly aware that Roberto does not know the truth about her. She tries to locate her lost child. Eventually, she sees a child that she thinks is her missing daughter. The child, Tita (Tita Duran), recognizes Aling Andang (Naty Bernardo) as her mother. The story of how Tita came to Andang matches the story of how Magdalena’s baby was given away. Magdalena is now sure that Tita is her child.

Meanwhile, Antonio comes back and blackmails
Magdalena. When Magdalena later refuses to give him more money, Antonio tells Roberto the truth. Roberto throws Magdalena out of the house. She goes to Andang and Tita to spend time with her daughter, not knowing that Junior, her son by Roberto is gravely ill. Junior dies. Magdalena is only redeemed in Roberto’s eyes when the aunt produces Magdalena’s letter. After Andang almost comes to death on Christmas Eve, Magdalena decides to adopt both Tita and Aling Andang into their homes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


"Lupa sa Lupa" (1960)
Sampaguita Pictures]
Release Date January 10-19, 1960/ Dalisay
Story Pablo S. Gomez
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks
Screenplay Luciano B. Carlos
Music Ariston Avelino
Direction Mar S. Torres
Cast Gloria Romero, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Eddie Garcia, Bella Flores, Pablo Guevarra, Venchito Galvez, Matimtiman Cruz, Boy Alano, Ely Roque

It is love, hate and revenge in this 1960 movie, “Lupa sa Lupa.” Based from a komiks serial novel by Pablo S. Gomez, it tells of Saldo (Luis Gonzales) who vowed vengeance when his mother was sideswiped and killed by a rampaging truck owned by Don Basilio (Pablo Guevarra). The greedy Don Basilio owned that large tract of land being occupied and squatted by Saldo’s family and many of the poor folks and he wanted them out.
To exact his revenge, Saldo disguised himself as a wealthy businessman, gate crushed in a party and introduced himself to the family. He met Nora (Gloria Romero), Don Basilio’s daughter. The plan was to court Nora and abandon her comes wedding day. He, however, was committed to another woman in the slum named Sofia (Lolita Rodriguez), who was sold to Saldo’s idea. Bert (Eddie Garcia), Don Basilio’s notorious right-hand man, had eyes on both Sofia and Nora. He raped Sofia and almost did the same to Nora but was foiled by Saldo. Unfortunately, the rape incident drove Sofia to give up her relationship with Saldo. That explosive and riveting scene between the two, when Sofia decided to call it quits and Saldo's sudden outburst, can be viewed on the clip below.
Courtesy of Sampaguita Pictures
Hell broke loose in the end as Saldo, Sofia and Bert met in a final confrontation. From the pages of Pilipino Komiks, you can read that concluding part below---

Pilipino Komiks/1960/
Nobela ni Pablo S. Gomez/

Guhit ni Nestor Redondo

---Katapusang Labas---

click images to enlarge

Komiks Materials-
Steve Santos Collection


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


The Philippines has lost another of its B movie legends.

Andrew and Bobby at the Suarez residence in Bulacan - January 2008
Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold, a huge fan of Pinoy cinema, just relayed this sad news that Bobby A. Suarez (b. 1942) passed away last February 7 due to cardiac arrest. He was 67. Suarez was in and out of the hospital due to his heart condition. He also underwent a kidney operation.

Suarez, a film producer, director and screenwriter, was best remembered for his works in the 70s and 80s in B-movie action films like the
The Bionic Boy (1977), They Call Her…Cleopatra Wong (1978), Dynamite Johnson (1978), One-Armed Executioner (1980), Searchers Of The Voodoo Mountain (1985), American Commandos (1986), among others.

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Monday, February 8, 2010


“Now they are happy in each other’s arms…but how long will it be before the past catches up with them?” goes the blurb of the 1960 movie, "Kung Ako’y Mahal Mo," another absorbing drama from Director Gregorio Fernandez.

"Kung Ako'y Mahal Mo" (1960)- Stars Nestor de Villa, Charito Solis, Bernard Bonnin,Lourdes Medel, Jose Vergara, Perla Bautista/ Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

Ramon (Nestor de Villa), a mechanic, was driving along the dimly lit part of the highway when he heard a scream coming from a lady in distress. He went to the aid of the helpless woman and in the process killed the man. The slain man was the ardent suitor of the woman. The woman was Lydia (Charito Solis), a socialite, who hurriedly left the scene. The police arrived in time and apprehended Ramon. Lydia went to the States the following day. With no witnesses to testify for him to prove his innocence, Ramon was sentenced to an 8-year jail term by Judge Amante (Jose Vergara), Lydia’s father. Disheartened and dejected, Ramon with anger in his heart, vowed to hunt down the mysterious woman.

Courtesy of LVN Pictures

Years passed. Lydia’s back and Ramon’s out. Ramon went back to being a mechanic. The two met (when Lydia’s car broke down) and after the getting-to-know you stage, they fall in love. When Ramon was introduced to the family during Lydia’s birthday bash, one of the guests, a lawyer-suitor recognized him and caught the attention of Judge Amante. He was humiliated for being an ex-convict and he left shamed and dispirited.
Lydia learned of Ramon’s case from Ramon’s sister (Lourdes Medel) and realized her mistake. She blamed herself of Ramon’s dilemma. She, however, decided to elope and marry Ramon against her father’s wishes. Finally, in her sick bed, Lydia bared the truth to Ramon that she was the mysterious woman. Hell broke loose. Ramon went to Judge Amante to inform him that it's all over between him and Lydia and he can have her daughter back. Here's that final gripping scenes---

Courtesy of LVN Pictures

Thursday, February 4, 2010


“Ang bangkay sa aking mga bisig ay hindi katawan ni Moises Padilla kundi ang malamig na bangkay ng ating Inang Bayan.” (“When I carried the body of Moises Padilla in my arms, it was not the body of Padilla but the body of the humble people of my country.”) ---Ramon Magsaysay

"The Moises Padilla Story" (1961)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo, Lilia Dizon, Joseph Estrada, Ben Perez, Oscar Roncal, Rosa Aguirre, Max Alvarado, Jose Garcia, Martin Marfil, Joseph de Cordova and Robert Arevalo/ Directed by Gerry de Leon

Based on actual events, The Moises Padilla Story tells of a man’s gallant stand, courage and struggle to fight an oligarchic governor who commands a private army to enforce his repressions of freedom.

Moises Padilla (played by Leopoldo Salcedo in an award-winning performance), a man of principle, was a witness and himself a victim of many atrocities committed by the governor and his men. No one dared to challenge Governor Rafael Lacson, the undisputed kingpin of Negros Occidental who was surrounded by his well-armed private army. Not until an unknown named Moises Padilla who decided to run for mayor of Magallon, a small town in Negros Occidental. Lacson sent word to Padilla to drop out of the race. Instead, Padilla, a guerilla fighter during the war, appealed to Ramon Magsaysay, then Defense Secretary, for protection. He was provided with only one but later recalled on order of the governor who had control of the police and the military (see film clip 1).

Padilla can not be intimidated but one night Lacson’s men picked him up. He was beaten and tortured and his disfigured body displayed publicly. Informed of what happened, Magsaysay hurriedly went to Negros Occidental. He found Padilla’s body, broken, dripping with blood and riddled with 14 bullets in the back (see film clip 2).

The movie was nominated in the Famas for Best Picture, Best Director (Gerry de Leon); Best Supporting Actress (Rosa Aguirre) and won three awards for Best Actor (Leopoldo Salcedo); Best Screenplay (Cesar Amigo) and Best Editing (Teofilo de Leon).

Aftermath (from the Time Magazine/ 1954)

Magsaysay's men uncovered enough evidence to indict Lacson and his 26 henchmen for murder. The trial began in January 1952. But for one reason or another, during Quirino's presidency, it was frequently interrupted (during one interlude, Lacson was convicted of raping his housemaid and sentenced to eight years). After a long trial, Judge Eduardo Enriquez rendered his verdict--- Death in the electric chair for the 22 defendants, including three mayors, three police chiefs and Lacson.

The town of Magallon was renamed Moises Padilla in honor of this great man.


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