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Thursday, July 29, 2010

JANUARY 18, 1961: COP KILLS DAUGHTER, SON-IN-LAW, HIMSELF

This bizarre and horrific incident, a front page headline news in 1961 became the subject of a 1981 Mike de Leon critically-acclaimed movie, Kisapmata. It happened on the late afternoon of January 18, 1961 when a Manila Police detective killed his daughter, son-in-law, critically wounding his wife and shot himself to death due to domestic and family dispute. Here's the full account of that fateful and unfortunate tragedy --- from the front page of The Manila Chronicle.



A Manila police detective, driven to a fit of madness during a family quarrel, killed his only daughter and son-in-law, shot and wounded his wife and then blew his brains out with the same gun at their plush residence in Makati, Rizal, shortly before 5:45 p.m. yesterday.


The amok was Pablo Cabading, 48, a plainclothesman assigned with the criminal investigation laboratory of the Manila Police Department. He herded the three into his room at the second floor of their lavishly-furnished house at 1074 Zapote, Makati to settle a domestic dispute. At the heat of the argument, he shot them one after, and then presses the muzzle of his .45 caliber pistol against his right temple and shot himself to death. The .45 caliber slug plowed through his skull. His victims were: 1. Mrs. Asuncion Cabading, 45, his wife, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Mrs. Cabading, up to press time last night,
was in serious condition at the Philippine General Hospital. She sustained eight wounds --- five in both feet, two in the left shoulder and one in the body. She was taken to the operating room. 2. Mrs. Lydia Cabading-Quitangon, 24, his lone daughter, a doctor by profession. 3. Leonardo Quitangon, 36, professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine, Lydia’s husband.

Quintangon and Lydia died in each other’s embrace in a corner of the room. Their bodies were riddled with bullets. Cabading fell on his back on a bed. Mrs. Cabading was found writhing in pain on the floor near the feet of Quitangon and Lydia. Makati policemen rushed her to the PGH. The death gun, Cabading’s service pistol was found on the floor below the feet of Cabading. The four were found in the blood-soaked room on the second floor of their newly-constructed house. Police investigators had to break the lock of the door to get into the room. They said the room was locked from inside.


Four other persons were in the house during the shooting orgy. They were Nonilo Quitangon, 27, a lawyer of 3996 Dangal, Sta. Mesa, brother of Leonardo; Eduardo Cabading, 8, adopted son of the Cabadings; Normalinda Gapuz, 15, and Corazon Verzosa, 12, housemaids. A Makati policeman was passing by and the maids sought his aid, Gapuz said. Nonilo said he was in the house during the rampage but got frightened and rushed out to
call for policemen. He said he was summoned by Cabading to their house to discuss “something important.” When he arrived at the house, Cabading engaged him in a lively conversation, Nonilo said. Minutes later, Cabading told him to wait downstairs as the family was going to discuss something upstairs. Five minutes later, Nonilo said, he heard a succession of shots. Nonilo told policemen Cabading might have been angered by their children’s refusal to stay with them. He said the Quintangons wanted to live separately. Quintangon and Lydia were married only last October 1960. Lydia was an only child of the Cabadings.



Rodrigo Narvaez, 18, of 176 Arellano Avenue, cousin of Quintangon, rushed to the house after he got word of the shooting. He said that Cabading once told him that it was his wish that Lydia would not live separately with them. Narvaez said he learned Cabading treated Quintangon coldly because he married his daughter without their blessing. Nonilo told Makati police investigators that last Sunday, Lydia and Quintangon left for Marogondon, Cavite, without the permission of their father. He said that shortly before Sunday noon, Cabading went to his house in Sta. Mesa brandishing a Thompson submachine gun, looking for Quintangon and Lydia. Nonilo said he told Cabading that the couple was still in Cavite. Yesterday morning, Nonilo said, the couple who slept in his house received a phone call from Cabading telling them that Mrs. Cabading was “very ill.” Worried, Nonilo said, the couple left for their house in Makati but much to their surprise they found Mrs. Cabading well. Nonilo said Cabading then called him up telling him also to go to his house as they were going to discuss “something important.” When he arrived, Nonilo said, Cabading told him to wait downstairs as he wanted to talk to their children upstairs. A few minutes later, Nonilo said, he heard gunshots.

Policemen who rushed to the place, surmised that the couple stood pat on thei plan tp live separately. Police conjectured that when the father sense it the futility of having them live with them, he got his .45 caliber pistol, locked the room, and shot them one by one. Initial findings showed that Mrs. Cabading had prevented her husband from shooting the two or tried to shield the young couple from Cabading’s gun. Lydia was also covering her husband when they were hit by the first volley of shots, police surmised.


Mayor Maximo Estrella and several Makati homicide investigators dug deeper into the case. They wanted to know the real motive behind the killing. They were trying to find out why the gun was found far from Cabading.
(by Roberto Cuevas)


"Kisapmata" (1981)- Stars Charito Solis, Jay Ilagan, Vic Silayan and Charo Santos/ with Ruben Rustia, Juan Rodrigo/ Directed by Mike de Leon

This particular news item can also be read in full and in details in the article, "The House on Zapote Street" by Quijano de Manila (or Nick Joaquin) originally published in the Philippines Free Press magazine. It was later compiled with 12 other articles in a book, "Reportage on Crime."

"Reportage On Crime"
by Quijano de Manila

Cover artwork and Design: Danny Dalena

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BOLD STARS OF THE 80s #9: MYRNA CASTILLO

Myrna Castillo, a pretty fifteen year-old resident of Tondo, was discovered by controversial talent manager, the late Rey dela Cruz in 1980 out of frustration when his prized talent, Rio Locsin bolted out from his custody to live with boyfriend Al Tantay. The young Castillo, being groomed initially as Rio Locsin II, was introduced to the public as Cinderella type, coming from a very poor family. She was given a starring role in her first movie, Ito ang Babae. More of her on the two magazine articles below.


Panorama Magazine/ July 20, 1980


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Celebrity Magazine/ August 31, 1980


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Left- "Ito ang Babae" (1980)- Stars Charito Solis and Myrna Castillo/ with Denis Roldan, Romy Diaz, Johnny Wilson & Gil Guerrero/ Directed by Armando Garces

Right- Pag-ibig Ko, Hatiin Ninyo" (1980)- Stars Lloyd Samartino, Myrna Castilo, Liza Lorena, Ric Rodrigo, Eddie Garcia, Marissa Delgado, Nick Romano, Joonee Gamboa, Roi Vinzon and Orlando Nadres/ Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes



"Basagulero ang Lover Ko" (1981)- Stars Jess Lapid. Jr. and Myrna Castillo/ with Victor Bravo, Vic Varrion, Val Iglesia, Rey Sagum and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ Directed by Tito Sagum


Left- "Legs Katawan Babae" (1981)- Stars Sonny Parsons, Mike Respall, Bernie Fineza, Joji Garcia, Mon Picazo and Myrna Castillo/ Directed by Tony Ferrer

Right- "Batikan" (1981)- Stars Jess Lapid, Jr. and Myrna Castilo/ with Victor Bravo, Lucita Soriano and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ Directed by Tito C. Sanchez


"Karding" (1982)- Stars Vic Vargas, Gina Alajar, Myrna Castillo, Richard Romualdez and Jess Lapid, Jr./ Directed by Tito Sanchez


"Virgin People" (1983)- Stars Janet Bordon, Myrna Castillo, Pepsi paloma and Ernie Garcia/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo


"Materyales Fuertes" (1986)- Stars Myrna Castillo, Mishelle Zobel and Lola/ with George Estregan, Dick Israel, Mark Joseph, Bobby Benitez & Toots Papa/ Directed by Tata Esteban


"When Good Girls Go Wrong" (1987)- Stars Maria Isabel Lopez, Myrna Castillo, Mishelle Zobel and Isadora/ with Daniel Fernando, Bobby Benitez, Ronald Nepomuceno/ Directed by Ruben Abalos

Sunday, July 25, 2010

THE FUNNY WORLD OF REDFORD WHITE (REPOST)

Funnyman Redford White, Cipriano M. Cermeno II in real life, passed away Sunday morning, July 25 after a lingering battle with brain cancer. He was 54.

May you rest in Peace!
Thank you for 30 years of fun, laughter and memories. You will be greatly missed!



Left- "Iskul Bukol" (1980)- Stars Tito, Vic and Joey, Ruby Ana, Carmi Martin, Maluh dela Fuente/ with Richie d' Horsie, Bing Angeles, Mely Tagasa, Redford White & Dely Atay-Atyan/ Directed by Mike Relon Makiling


Right- "Tartan" (1981)- Stars Tito, Vic and Joey, Deborah Sun, Ann Villegas, Louella/ with Max Alvarado, Joonee Gamboa, Dencio Padilla, Lucita Soriano, Rudy manlapaz, Balot, Richie d' Horsie, Redford White, Jimmy Santos & Mike Hanopol/ Directed by Mike Relon Makiling


The first time I saw him was in a TV sitcom, “Iskul Bukol,” sometime in 1979 as Mang Temi’s (Bing Angeles) househelp and cafeteria waiter. He has a very white complexion with white hair. I don’t know his real name, but he was known as Redford White, probably taken from a popular Hollywood actor, Robert Redford and White because of his extraordinary physical features. I would sense that time that he could succeed as a comedian because of his knack for comedy--- his great sense of humor and impeccable timing in delivering jokes. True enough, he was doing one roles after another, even starring in a lead roles, in such hit movies as Boni & Klayd (1981), Darakula (1982), Hee-man: Master of None (1983), Billy the Kid and the Sunshine Gid (1984), Swak (1985), Johnny Rambo Tan-go (1985) and Johnny Rocky Tan-go (1986). He continued his slew of successes with Buddy en Sol and a string of movies in the '90s, as well various shows this decade, including the hit TV series Kokey.




"Sinisinta Kita" (1981)- Stars Redford White and Pia Moran/with Pugak, Matimtiman Cruz, Cachupoy, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Bing Angeles, Mely Tagasa, Tatlong Itlog/ Directed by Angel Labra


"Boni & Klayd" (1981)- Stars Redford White and Pia Moran/with Panchito, Chichay, Cachupoy, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Renato del Prado, Bing Angeles/ Directed byAngel Labra


"Darakula" (1982)- Stars Redford White, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Lito Anzures, Pugak, Popoy, Ruel Vernal/ Introducing Claudia Zobel/ Directed byAngel Labra

Left- "Wrong Mistake" (1983)- Stars Chiquito and Redford White/ with Maria Teresa Carlson and Myrna Castillo/ Directed by Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao

Right- "Hee Man: Master of None" (1984)- Stars Redford White, Roderick Paulate, Emily Loren, Don Pepot, Tatlong Itlog, Joaquin Fajardo, Maning Bato/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes


"Billy The Kid & The Sunshine Kid" (1984)- Stars Jess Lapid, Jr. and Redford White/ with Pia Moran, Cachupoy, Tatlong Itlog/ Directed by Tony Reyes


"Wrong Ranger" (1984)- Stars Redford White, Pia Moran, Cachupoy, Marilou Bendigo,Tatlong Itlog/ Directed by Angel Labra


Left- "Sekreta Ini" (1984)- Stars Redford White and Yusuf Salim/ with Paquito Diaz, Pia Moran, Cachupoy, Tatlong Itlog/ Directed by Angel Labra

"Johnny Rambo Tan-Go" (1985)- Stars Redford White , Panchito, Roderick Paulate, Palito, Jograd, Liz Alindogan, Nanette Inventor/ Directed by Ricky Santiago


"I Won! I Won!: Ang S'werte Nga Naman" (1985)- Stars Redford White, Cachupoy, Panchito, Chichay, Richie d' Horsie, Ike Lozada, Pepe Pimentel, Dely Atay-Atayan, Tatlong Itlog and Melissa Mendez/ Directed by Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao


Left- "S.W.A.K." (1985)- Stars Redford White, Panchito, Cahupoy, Tatlong Itlog/ with Jean Saburit, Nova Villa, Teroy de Guzman/ Directed by Dik Trofeo and Carlo Caparas

Right- "Tu-Yay and His Magic Payong" (1986)- Stars Redford White/ with Luis Gonzales, Delia Razon, Marita Zobel, Robert Campos, Jaypee de Guzman, Katrin Gonzales, Harlene Bautista, Marco Polo Garcia, Hero Bautista/ Directed by Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao


"Johnny Rocky Tang-Go" (1986)- Stars Redford White, Roderick Paulate, Panchito, Max Laurel, Ruel Vernal, Janice Jurado, Jograd And Liz Alindogan/ Directed by Ricky Santiago


"Pipo's Power" (1986)- Stars Jess Lapid, Jr. and Redford White, Janice Jurado, Kristel Romero, Joy Sumilang, Lito Pimentel/ with Dick Israel, Pugak, Don Pepot, Balut/ Directed by Angel labra


Left- "Cobrador" (1986)- Stars Redford White and Richard Merck/ with Tina Alcala, Preciuos Hipolito, Julie Ann Juco, Bomber Moran Jimmy Santos, Mario Escudero, Don Pepot/ Directed by Mike Relon Makiling

Right- "No Return No Exchange" (1986)- Stars Lito Lapid and Redford White / with Janice Jurado, Debbie Miller, Panchito, Dick Israel, Ruel Vernal/ Directed byJose "Pepe' Wenceslao


"The Untouchable Family" (1988)- Stars Redford White, Edgar Mortiz, Caridad Sanchez and Ronel Victor/ Introducing Regine Velasquez/with Berting labra, LalaMontelibano, Sabatini Fernandez/ Directed by Tony Reyes


"Captain Yagit" (1989)- Stars Jess Lapid, Jr. and Redford White, Cachupoy, Bamba, Hazel Navasero and Luis Gonzales/ Directed by Angel labra & Leo Valdez


"Buddy En Sol" (1992)- Stars Eric Quizon, Redford White, Maritoni Fernandez and Aiko Melendez/with Rez Cortez, Meryl Soriano, Lou Veloso/ Directed by Boots Plata and Leo Martinez

Left- "Neber 2 Geder" (1996)- Stars Andrew E. and Redford White/ with Amanda Page and Micahel de Mesa/ Directed by Ben Feleo

Right- "Pablik Enemi 1 n 2" (1997)/ Stars Redford White and Dennis Padilla/ with Ruffa Mae Quinto and Efren Reyes, Jr./ Directed by Felix Dalisay


Left- "Ala Eh Con Bisoy" (1998)- Stars Redford White and Leo Martinez/ with Ramon Christopher, Eula Valdez and Cherrie Pie Picache/ Directed by Efren Jarlego

Right- "Tong Tatlong Tatay Kong Pakitong Kitong" (1998)/ Stars Babalu, Redford White, Lara Morena, Bonel Balingit and Serena Dalrymple/ Directed by Efren Jarlego


"Haba-Baba-Doo! Puti-Puti-Poo!" (1998)/ Stars Babalu, Redford White, Princess Punzalan, Mandy Ochoa, Toby Alejar, Melissa Mendez, Paolo Contis, Stefano Mori and Camille Pratts/ with Tanya Gomez, Baron Geisler, Serena Dalrymple, Kristine Hermosa/ Directed by Efren Jarlego

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