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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Eddie Fernandez as Lagalag and Alberto Alonzo as Agent 69, two of the country's popular Pinoy James Bonds in the 60s, in their first screen appearance together in this action-adventure thriller, “Gintong Patibong.” Syndicated crime sets up a deadliest and vicious trap on these two top secret agents.

"Gintong Patibong" (1966)- Stars Eddie Fernandez and Alberto Alonzo/ with Alona Alegre, Oscar Roncal, Minda Morena and Ruby Regala/ Directed by Leroy Salvador and Tino Garcia

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Tetchie Agbayani (b. 1961) was at her peak in the 80s when she was featured in the July 1982 issue of Playboy Magazine, German edition. Winner of the 1979 Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant, she had a successful modeling stint and showbiz career.

Ms. Agbayani was able to pursue acting in Hollywood. She appeared in international productions, sometimes credited as Carol Roberts. Among her films include John Boorman's The Emerald Forest (1985) and an entertaining cameo in The Money Pit (1986). Like other Asian actresses, Tetchie found herself limited by stereotyping, leading her to accept parts in critically reviled productions such as Gymkata (1985). Critics would regard her best performance to be that of a geologist in the Australian film Rikky and Pete (1988), directed by Nadia Tass, in which she displayed a flair for comedy. Agbayani also appeared in an episode of the British television series Yellowthread Street.

In 1989, Agbayani returned to the Philippines and took time out from her career to give birth to her daughter, China. During this period, Agbayani devoted her whole time as a mother, living a quiet, private life for several years.

In 1995, Agbayani resumed her interrupted education and enrolled in Saint Joseph's College, Quezon City. She finished her college studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2000. In 2001, she applied and was accepted into the Master of Arts in Psychology with concentration in Counseling Psychology program of the Ateneo de Manila University. She completed all academic requirements and is now working on her master's thesis. She is also teaching Psychology at Saint Joseph's College, Quezon City, while doing occasional TV and film appearances.

Source: wikipedia

Tetchie Agbayani's photos reprinted from Playboy magazine (German edition)/ 1982

"Juan Tamad, Junior" (1980)-Stars Nino Muhlach, Panchito, Babalu, Marissa Delgado, Dondon Nakar and Introducing Tetchie Agbayani/ Special Participation of Manuel Conde/ with Ike Lozada, German Moreno, Lucita Soriano, Don Pepot, Palito, Robert Miller/ Directed by Arsenio 'Boots' Bautista

Left- "Kamakalawa" (1981)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Tetchie Agbayani, Chat Silayan, Raul Aragon, Apeng Daldal, Jimmy Santos, Greg Lozanop, Ruben Rustia, Yasmin Ayesa/ Directed by Eddie Romero

Right- "Sambahin ang Ngalan Mo" (1981)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Rosemarie de Vera, Tetchie Agbayani, Eddie Garcia, Paquito Diaz, Lito Anzures, Subas Herrero, Mario Escudero, Victor Bravo, Joaquin Fajardo, Robert Rivera, Bello Borja, Steve Alcarado/ Directed by Pablo Santiag

"Quintin Bilibid" (1981)- Stars Rhene Imperial, Tetchie Agbayani, Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Deborah Sun/ Directed by Manuel 'Fyke' Cinco

Left- "Hubad na Gubat" (1982)- Stars Phillip Salvador and Tetchie Agbayani/with Raul Aragon, Charlie Davao, Mario Escudero, Ronnie Lazaro/ Directed by Lito Tiongson

Right- "Desire" (1982)- Stars Charito Solis, John Saxon and Tetchie Agbayani/ with Judith Chapman, Mark Gil/ Directed by Eddie Romero

"Mga Kanyon ni Mang Simeon" (1982)- Stars Dolphy, Tetchie Agbayani, Rolly Quizon, Romy Diaz, Ruel Vernal, Freddie Quizon, Rod Navarro, Jr./ Introducing Suasan Bautista/ with Don Pepot, Matutina, Georgie Quizon, Palito/ Directed by Ben Feleo

"Babae, Ikaw Ba'y Makasalanan" (1983)- Stars Jimi Melendez, Ana Luna, Opalyn Forster and Tetchie Agbayani/ with Perla Bautista, Herbert Bautista, Tony Carreon, Bomber Moran, Arnold Mendoza, Val Iglesia/ Directed by Arsenio 'Boots' Bautista

Left- "The Emerald Forest" (1985)- Stars Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau/ Directed by John Boorman

Right- "The Money Pit" (1986)- Stars Tom Hanks, Shelley Long/ Directed by Richard Benjamin

"Gymkata" (1985)- Released in the Philippines in 1988/ Stars Kurt Thomas, Richard Norton, Edward Bell/ Featuring Tetchie Agbayani/ Directed by Robert Clouse

"Hati Tayo sa Magdamag" (1988)- Stars Edu Manzano, Tetchie Agbayani, Jacklyn Jose, Francis Magalona, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Caridad Sanchez and Eddie Rodriguez/ Directed by Lupita A Kashiwahara

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Joseph Estrada, known for his tough guy roles, looks funny and awkward in a full cowboy outfit in this 1964 movie, "Vendetta Brothers," where he played the role of a fast and left-handed gunslinger.

"Vendetta Brothers" (1964)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Maggie dela Riva, Arnold Mendoza, Imelda Ilanan and Johnny Monteiro/ with Van de Leon, Vicente Liwanag, Oscar Keesee, Ruby Regala, Vic Andaya, Rafael Jimenez,Avel Morado, Larry Silva, Leni Trinidad, Bebong Osorio, Angel Confiado, Ben Mercado/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


In 1976, Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno appeared together in three movies, in succession, “Bitayin si… Baby Ama!”, “Usigin ang Maysala” and “Ikaw…Ako Laban sa Mundo!” Fernandez was catapulted to fame via Bitayin si… and Ms. Moreno was already a big star then. Both fell in love… had a son, Mark Anthony (b. 1979)… then broke up.

In 1981, the two were reunited in a romantic movie, “Babalik Ka Rin,” an off-beat role for Daboy (Rudy’s nickname), who by this time was at his peak doing action roles. Rudy at this time was romantically linked to Lorna Tolentino, having appeared in the movies together in “Sa Init ng Apoy” (1980) and “Bantay Salakay” (1981).

"Babalik Ka Rin" (1981)- Stars Alma Moreno, Rudy Fernandez, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Charlie Davao, Tony Santos, Sr. and Anna Marin/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Monday, July 25, 2011


Two great action stars, Johnny Monteiro, one of the finest swordsmen in Philippine cinema and Celia Fuentes, local filmdom's Action Queen teamed up in an epic adventure movie, "Babaeng Mandarambong." The young Fernando Poe, Jr., the future King of Philippine Movies, was only 16 when he did this movie playing the role of Prince Rostrand. Six months later, the young Poe was launched in "Lo' Waist Gang," his biggest break to superstardom.

"Babaeng Mandarambong" (1956)- Stars Johnny Monteiro, Celia Fuentes, Fernando Poe, Jr., Ruben Rustia, Joe Sison, Bruno Punzalan, Purita Alma, Lito Anzures, Lydia Resma, Roberto Dantes, Ric Bustamante, Jaime Vargas, Vicente Liwanag/ Directed by Ding M. de Jesus

King Bergunio (Bruno Punzalan) of Malaga demands the hand of Princess Arlina (Celia Fuentes) of Columba in marriage. King Rosino, Arlina's father, agrees, because Malaga is a strong kingdom. On the way to Malaga, the party is ambushed by gypsies led by Medardo (Johnny Monteiro). Arlina is brought to the gypsy camp where she learns of King Bergunio‘s plot to kill her father and to annex Columba.

Aided by the gypsies, Princess Arlina undertakes a risky journey to Columba to warn her father. On their way, however, they meet the returning army of Malagans holding king Rosino a prisoner. Thinking that by surrendering to King Bergunio she could plead for the life of her lather,

Princess Arlina returns to Malaga only to become once more a prisoner of King Bergunio and to learn that her father had already been put to death. With the help of Medardo she successfully escapes, but is recaptured when the gypsy camp is invaded by King Bergunio’s men. King Bergunio orders preparations for his wedding with Princess Arlina, but on the eve of the big event, the gypsies, led by the valiant Medardo, raid the king's castle and overcome the king's soldiers. With the death of Bergunio, Medardo is proclaimed king and together with Arlina, they happily rule Malaga and Columba. (Source: Literary Song-Movie magazine/ 1956)

Sixteen-year old Fernando Poe, Jr. with lead star Celia Fuentes

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Character actor and comedian, Berting Labra, one of FPJ's favorite sidekick, had his share of limelight during the early part of his movie career doing gangster roles. He was known as "Big Time Berto" which he first did it in 1959 and reprised the role in 1982, after serving a 13-year prison term.

"Big Time Berto" (1959)

"The Rise and Fall of Big Time Berto" (1982)

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Screen heavyweights Ramon Revilla and Eddie Garcia played Risal Alih and Gen. Batalla respectively in this 1989 movie, Arrest: Patrolman Risal Alih: Zamboanga Massacre. Vilma Santos had a special role in the movie as Risal's wife and future action star Robin Padilla was also cast in a supporting role.

Zamboanga City--- On Jan. 5, 1989, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla, then commander of the Philippine Constabulary in Western Mindanao, and his chief of staff Col. Romeo Abendan, along with five other people, were taken hostage by discharged policemen and soldiers in Batalla’s own office at the Recom-9 headquarters in Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City.

The hostage-takers were led by rogue cop Rizal Alih, who, along with the group numbering about seven, had been ordered to report to Batalla’s office in connection with the killing of seven persons in 1984.

During the meeting, Alih was told that he and his men would be detained—himself in Camp Crame and the rest in Zamboanga City.

An angered Alih drew his firearm and a brief firefight ensued, leading to the hostage-taking.

Members of the Marine Corps subsequently surrounded the area, but Alih, shouting over a megaphone, threatened to kill the hostages if government troops attacked.

2 more demands

He demanded to talk with then Sen. Santanina Rasul, a relative of his, and then Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos. Ramos refused to go.

At around 7 p.m., Rasul and then Speaker Ramon Mitra arrived at the Recom-9 headquarters to negotiate for the release of the hostages. Mitra offered to take Alih under his protective custody in Palawan. But Alih laid down two more demands—two helicopters to fly him and his men out of the country and the immediate removal of all Christian soldiers from the area.

The military formed an assault team with Brig. Gen. Braulio Balbas as commander. Balbas ordered that the area be cordoned off, and gave Alih until 1 a.m. of the next day to resume negotiations. By this time, a big number of armed Moro soldiers had slipped into the camp and joined the hostage-takers.


Alih called for another meeting with Mitra and Rasul. After hours of negotiations, he agreed to release the hostages at 3 a.m. But when Mitra emerged, he said he had seen blood leading to the bathroom where Batalla was being held. He said he had insisted on seeing the hostage and was not allowed to do so.

Balbas also asked to see Batalla, but at 7 a.m. the next day, the request had yet to be granted.
In the afternoon, the military announced that the government was sticking to Mitra’s offer. But Alih threatened to kill the hostages if no fresh negotiation was held by 4 p.m.

Alih’s failure to show Batalla shortly after 4 p.m. heightened speculation that the general had been killed, prompting military troops to launch an attack. The exchange of gunfire lasted for four hours.

Another attack was mounted eight hours later, and the battle raged through the night until the next morning.

When the smoke cleared, 19 people were found dead.There was no official identification of the charred or mutilated bodies. But the remains of Batalla and Abendan were later recovered. The military also announced that seven of the hostage-takers were among the dead.

Alih, however, managed to escape and to slip out of the country and into Malaysia.

In 1994, he was arrested and jailed in Malaysia for illegal possession of high-powered firearms.
In January 2006, after serving eight years in prison, Alih was deported back to the Philippines, where he now faces murder charges for the 1989 siege.

by Lawrence de Guzman/ Inquirer

Friday, July 22, 2011


Two Lapids, cousins Lito and Jess, Jr., son of the legendary Jess Lapid, made their mark in the 80s in many 'cowboy' movies, what probably be the revival of Pinoy western movies popularized in the 60s. The two appeared together in the 1981 movie' "Ikaw O... Ako."

"Ikaw O...Ako" (1981)- Stars Lito Lapid, Jess Lapid, Jr., Anna Marin, Paquito Diaz, George Estregan, Bomber Moran/ Introducing Elsa Estrada/ with Val Iglesia, Rey Sagum, Vic Varrion, Joaquin Fajardo, Avel Morado, Sancho Tesalona, Leon Pajaron/ Directed by Jerry Tirazona

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Movie queen Susan Roces and daughter, MTRCB Chairman Grace Poe-Llamanzares graced the gala opening and exhibit of the Ronwaldo Reyes Retrospective at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last night, July 18. On hand to greet Roces, Llamanzares and the rest of the Poe family are Cinemalaya head Nestor Jardin, SOFIA chairman Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. and Director Laurice Guillen.

Half-filled crowd witnessed the screening of the 1967 black-and-white movie, “Matimbang ang Dugo sa Tubig,” where FPJ shared top billing with real-life brother, Andy Poe, the real Fernando Poe, Jr.

The venue- Cultural Center of the Philippines

---The Exhibit---

A vintage 60s camera

Original "Ang Panday" Artwork

Another original artwork

San Miguel Beer Endorser

Ms. Susan Roces receiving a certificate of appreciation from Cinemalaya head Nestor Jardin and director Laurice Guiilen

with Mang Rene Esteva, FPJ Studio archivist and daughter Monique

with Director Laurice Guillen


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