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Monday, December 9, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 114: SUSAN VALDEZ, EDDIE GARCIA, GEORGE ESTREGAN, NICK ROMANO, YEHLEN CATRAL, PAQUITO DIAZ AND ANDREA BAUTISTA AS "DANG-DONG" (1980)


"Dang-Dong" (1980)
Imus Productions
1980 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date December 25, 1980
Screenplay Enrico Santiago
Cinematography Ramon Marcelino
Film Editor Pepe Marcos
Music Restie Umali
Direction Efren C. Pinon
Cast Susan Valdez, Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Nick Romano, Yehlen Catral, Paquito Diaz and Andrea Bautista (in the title role)/ Special Participation- Ramon Revilla, Sr.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 113: CHRISTOPHER DE LEON, BEMBOL ROCO, CHANDA ROMERO, CHERIE GIL, SUZETTE RANILLO, MICHAEL DE MESA IN "TAGA SA PANAHON" (1980)


"Taga sa Panahon" (1980)
Premiere Productions
1980 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date December 25, 1980
Story and Screenplay Jose Carreon
Cinematography Ricardo Remias
Editor Edgardo Vinarao
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Augusto Buenaventura
Cast Christopher de Leon, Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero, Cherie Gil, Suzette Ranillo, Michael de Mesa/ Also Starring Edgar Mortiz, Vic Silayan, Rosemarie Gil, Juan Rodrigo

Saturday, December 7, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 112: VIC VARGAS, GLORIA DIAZ, WITH EDDIE SAN JOSE, CACHUPOY IN "ANDRES DE SAYA" (1980)


"Andres de Saya" (1980)
Bukang Liwayway Films
Release Date August 1, 1980
Story Carlo J. Caparas
Direction Angel Labra
Cast Vic Vargas, Gloria Diaz, with Eddie San Jose, Cachupoy/ Also Starring Mitos del Mundo, Bayani Casimiro, Perry Baltazar, Joaquin Fajardo, Francisco Cruz, / Introducing Chito Arceo/ Special Participation- Ernie J. Pecho

Friday, December 6, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 111: EFREN REYES, JR. (IN THE TITLE ROLE), ELIZABETH OROPESA, CHANDA ROMERO, GINA ALAJAR, WITH EDDIE GARCIA, PERLA BAUTISTA IN "ANAK NG MATON" (1980)


"Anak ng Maton" (1980)
Emperor Films
Release Date December 19, 1980
Musical Director Freddie Aguilar
Direction Augusto Buenaventura
Cast Efren Reyes, Jr. (In the title role), Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanda Romero, Gina Alajar/ Also Starring Eddie Garcia, Perla Bautista, dave Brodett, Johnny Wilson, Virginia Montes, Ruel Vernal, Subas Herrero, Ernie Zarate, Estrella Kuenzler

Thursday, December 5, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 110: RUDY FERNANDEZ, DANTE VARONA, WITH REZ CORTEZ, JULIE ANN FORTCH, VERONICA JONES AND PIA MORAN IN "ESTIBADOR" (1980)


"Estibador" (1980)
Lea Productions
Release Date December 12, 1980
Story Amado Adsuara
Screenplay Oscar Miranda
Direction Jun Gallardo
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Dante Varona/ with Rez Cortez, Julie Ann Fortich, Veronica Jones and Pia Moran/ Also Starring Paquito Diaz, Max Alvarado, Ruel Vernal, Anita Linda, Jose Garcia

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 109: NINO MUHLACH (IN THE TITLE ROLE), PANCHITO, CHICHAY, DELY ATAY-ATAYAN, CACHUPOY, BONNIE (MONG) DE JESUS, MANNY LUNA AND MARICRIS BERMONT IN "NOGNOG" (1980)



L.S. Martinez (Leandro San Juan Martinez), a freelance cartoonist, is the creator of many notable characters in the 60s and 70s--- Tsikiting Gubat, Nognog, Atorni Agaton, Atoman, Tik & Tak, Kuwentong Kuneho, Haragan con Maldita, T. V. Lampoon, Doon Po Sa Amin and Mac en Kulit. Nognog, Atorni Agaton and Mac en Kulit were later adapted into film.

Nognog, appeared in the pages of UNITED Komiks in the 70s and was made into the movies in 1980 with boy wonder, Nino Muhlach in the lead role.


"Nognog" (1980)
D' Wonder Films
Release Date December 12, 1980
Based on the character created by L.S. martinez
Screenplay Ric Aquino
Cinematography Pedro Manding, Jr.
Direction Nilo Saez
Cast Nino Muhlach (in the title role), Panchito, Chichay, Dely Atay-Atayan, Cachupoy, Bonnie (Mong) De Jesus, Manny Luna and Maricris Bermont/ Also Starring Bella Flores, Dexter Doria, Heidi Melendres, Don Pepot, Ed Villapol, Palito, Lily Miraflor, Matimtiman Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Danny Rojo, Jimmy Santos/ Special Participation- Marissa Delgado, Paquito Diaz, Anne Villegas and Babalu




"Nognog" by L.S. Martinez 
UNITED Komiks/ 1970 & 1971
---to read, click images to enlarge---

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 108: LORNA TOLENTINO, AMY AUSTRIA, JEAN SABURIT, ANNE VILLEGAS IN "PLAYMATES" (1980)


"Playmates" (1980)
Mitchelle Films, Inc.
Release Date December 12, 1980
Cinematography Rudy Dino
Music Jun Latonio
Direction Jun P, Cabreira
Cast Lorna Tolentino, Amy Austria, Jean Saburit, Anne Villegas/ Featuring Ameriza

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 105: TITO, VIC & JOEY, WITH RUBY ANA, CARMI MARTIN, MALUH DE LA FUENTE IN "ISKUL BUKOL (FRESHMEN)" (1980)

"Iskul Bukol (Freshmen)" (1980)
GP Films
Release Date December 4, 1980
Written and Directed by Mike Relon Makiling
Cast Tito, Vic & Joey (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon), Ruby Ana, Carmi Martin, Maluh de la Fuente/ Also Starring Richie d' Horsie, Bing (Mang Tem-i) Angeles, Mely (Miss Tapia) Tagasa, Mary Massad, Redford White and Dely Atay-Atayan/ Special Participation of Rod navarro, Bert de Leon, VST & Co., Louella, Lito Anzures and Marissa Delgado





Thursday, November 28, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 104: MARIA TERESA CARLSON (IN THE TITLE ROLE), BEMBOL ROCO, JULIE ANN FORTICH, GEORGE ESTREGAN, PAQUITO DIAZ IN "WANDER WOMAN SI AKO" (1980)


"Wander Woman si Ako" (1980)
GPS Films Production
Release Date December 3, 1980
Story Ric Acasio
Screenplay Tommy C. David
Direction Pablo Santiago
Cast Maria Teresa Carlson, Bembol Roco, Julie Ann Fortich, George Estregan, Paquito Diaz, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Gary Lising

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 103: BEMBOL ROCO, ACE VERGEL, ANTHONY ALONZO, WITH VIVIAN VELEZ, GEORGE ESTREGAN, VERONICA JONES, MARITESS DE JOYA IN "PANGKAT DE SABOG" (1980)


"Pangkat De Sabog" (1980)
Four-N Films
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Humilde 'Meek' Roxas
Cinematography Rudy Monteloyola
Music Clemente Soriano
Produced by Manny Nugui
Direction Nilo Saez
Cast Bembol Roco, Ace Vergel, Anthony Alonzo/ with Vivian Velez, Geirge Estregan, Veronica Jones, Maritess de Joya/ Also Starring Philip Gamboa, Anita Linda, Renato del Prado, Larry Silva, Baldo Marro, Eddie Mediavillo, Jess Zapata, Amay Bisaya/ Introducing Norbert Noble/ Special Participation of Conrad Poe

Monday, November 25, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 102: CHARITO SOLIS, ALMA MORENO, LORNA TOLENTINO, RIO LOCSIN, CHERIE GIL, GINA ALAJAR, ORESTES OJEDA, BERNARDO BERNARDO AND WILLIAM MARTINEZ IN ISHMAEL BERNAL'S "MANILA BY NIGHT (CITY AFTER DARK)" (1980)

"Manila by Night (City After Dark)" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Ishmael Bernal
Film Editor Augusto Salvador
Director of Photography Sergio Lobo
Music Vanishing Tribe
Direction Ishmael Bernal
Cast Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin, Cherie Gil, Gina Alajar, Orestes Ojeda, Bernardo Bernardo and William Martinez


Martial Law era poster of  the original, uncensored version of the movie


(Synopsis) Bea (Rio Locsin) is a blind girl working as a masseuse in a massage parlor. Her closest friend is the lesbian Kano (Cherie Gil), who is both a drug pusher and addict. They are joined by Baby (Lorna Tolentino), a naïve probinsyana who was enticed to come to Manila by her boyfriend. Baby falls in love with Pebrero (Orestes Ojeda), a taxi driver and father of two children. He makes Baby pregnant and eventually becomes a single mother. Ade (Alma Moreno), Pebrero’s live-in partner, secretly works as a prostitute to support her good-for-nothing lover. She does not know that Pebrero is also the lover of Manay (Bernardo Bernardo), a gay couturier. But it is Alex (William Martinez), an adolescent drug addict/ night club singer, who is Manay’s true love.

Virgie (Charito Solis), Alex’s mother is so worried about her son that she searches for him in a gay bar. She comes across Manay, who knows of Virgie’s past as a prostitute. Because he really loves Alex, Manay returns Alex to his mother before the teenager becomes more involved in narcotics and homosexuality. 

As Baby’s condition becomes more apparent, she quits her job as a waitress and becomes a whore. The police chase after Kano and she is eventually captured. Ade suffers a meaningless and bloody death as the New Year’s Eve revelry begins. In the end, it is only Bea who manages to find a way out of her mess.

(Source- Kasaysayan at Pelikula: 100 Years of Cinema in the Philippines / June 17- 23, 1998)



Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic by Joel David
see link

THE EIGHTIES # 101: BEMBOL ROCO, PHILLIP SALVADOR, ROBIN ARISTORENAS, WITH JANET BORDON, JENNIFER CORTES, JULIE ANN FORTICH IN "TATLONG HARI" (1980)


"Tatlong Hari" (1980)
Golden Movie Arts Corporation
Release Date November 27, 1980
Cinematography Louie Chiong
Direction Carlo Lopez
Cast Bembol Roco, Phillip Salvador, Robin Aristorenas/ with Janet Bordon, Jennifer Cortes, Julie Ann Fortich/ Also Starring Philip Gamboa, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Johnny Wilson, Renato del Prado, Larry Silva, Mario Montalban, Amay Bisaya, Robert Talby, Baldo Marro, Romy Nario, Avel Morado, Arthur Cervantes, Nelly Cavestany

Friday, November 22, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 100: RUDY FERNANDEZ, LORNA TOLENTINO, GEORGE ESTREGAN, DICK ISRAEL IN "SA INIT NG APOY" (1980)


"Sa Init ng Apoy" (1980)
Trigon Cinema Arts
Release Date November 28, 1980
Story and Screenplay Edgardo M. Reyes
Editing Teofilo de Leon
Cinematography Ernesto dela Paz
Musical Director Jun Latonio
Direction Romy Suzara
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, George Estregan, Dick Israel


The movie was digitally restored and remastered in 2018 and had its private film screening at Santolan Town Plaza, 29 September 2018, with lead actress Lorna Tolentino and Director Romy Suzara gracing the event.



Lorna Tolentino being interviewed


Lorna Tolentino and Director Romy Suzara



(l-r) Cinematographer Romy Vitug, actress Lorna Tolentino, Director Romy Suzara

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(photos by Simon Santos)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 99: CHIQUITO (IN THE TITLE ROLE), AZENITH BRIONES, MAX ALVARADO, PANCHITO, NANCY DELOS SANTOS, PUGAK, TINTOY AND YOYOY VILLAME IN "TACIO" (1980)


"Tacio" (1980)
Memorex Films
Release Date November 21, 1980
Based on the character created by Agrifino Baque
Screenplay Bert Duenas
Film Editor Pepe Marcos
Cinematography Ramon Sanchez
Music Gabby Castellano
Story and Direction Enrique 'Tintoy' Arcega
Cast Chiquito (in the title role), Azenith Briones, Max Alvvardo, Panchito, Nancy delos Santos, Pugak, Tintoy and Yoyoy Villame/ Featuring Anthony San Juan, Ramon Zamora/ Also Starring Martin Marfil, Matimtiman Cruz, Cleng Cleng Diaz, Romy Nario, Leon Salazar/ Guest stars- Lucita Soriano, Rodolfo 'Boy' garcia, Renato del Prado, Tarzan and Baby Jane, Rudy Manlapaz, Mike Cohen

Monday, November 18, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 98: VILMA SANTOS, EDU MANZANO, WITH MERCY ORIA, BOBBY GONZALES, DELL MARTIN, EDWIN PEREZ IN "ROMANSA" (1980)


"Romansa" (1980)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date November 21, 1980
Filmed in U.S.A.
Cinematography Ben Lobo
Music Rey Valera
Direction Emmanuel H. Borlaza
Cast Vilma Santos, Edu Manzano/ Also Starring Mercy Oria, Bobby Gonzales, Dell Martin, Edwin Perez

THE EIGHTIES # 97: ALMA MORENO, LORNA TOLENTINO, RIO LOCSIN IN ELWOOD PEREZ'S "WAIKIKI" (1980)


"Waikiki" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date November 14, 1980
Story and Screenplay Toto Belano
Cinematography Ben Lobo, Johnny Araojo
Music Lutgardo Labad
Direction Elwood Perez
Cast Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin/ with Ricky Belmonte, Cocoy Laurel, Alfie Anido, Raul Aragon and Alicia Alonzo

Friday, November 15, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 96: CHIQUITO (IN THE TITLE ROLE), PIA MORAN, MARTHA SEVILLA, TINTOY, MARTIN MARFIL IN "INONG, TAXI DRIVER" (1980)


"Inong, Taxi Driver" (1980)
Royal Flush Film Productions
Release Date November 14, 1980
Direction Armando de Guzman
Cast Chiquito (in the title role), Pia Moran, Martha Sevilla, Tintoy, Martin Marfil, Joaquin Fajardo, Ely Roque, Sharon Manabat, Dodong Chua and Conrad Poe/ plus an array of stars

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 94: HILDA KORONEL (IN THE TITLE ROLE), JOHNNY DELGADO, REZ CORTEZ, RUEL VERNAL, TONIO GUTIERREZ, DAVE BRODETT, WITH CELIA RODRIGUEZ & RAUL ARAGON IN LINO BROCKA'S "ANGELA MARKADO" (1980)


Hilda Koronel as Angela Markado

Synopsis: Angela del Mar (Hilda Koronel) has given up her schooling to earn money as a waitress in order to set up residence near a beach. Her mother, a bedridden laundrywoman who needs sea air to cure her tuberculosis, blames herself for her troubles and feels she could have become an office secretary were it not for her failing health. Angela works in a beerhouse where a gang of rapists-pimps hangs out. They are attracted to her as she is a pretty mestiza, albeit slum-bred. While she tries to discourage their advances, they are too strong for her. 

One day, she is abducted on her way home. She is brought to a deserted warehouse where she is repeatedly raped for five days. Despite her pleas, she is brutally violated and sodomized. On the fifth day, the gang decides to tattoo their names on her back. Having no more need for her, the gang decides to sell her to a countryside brothel. However, there is a police raid when she is brought in and Angela is able to escape.

She is picked up by Rona (Celia Rodriguez), a kind-hearted prostitute who nurses her back to health. She goes back to her house and finds her mother has just died. Sally (Mona Pacheco), her friend in the beerhouse, took care of her but as she decided to go back to washing, she collapsed under the strain of work. A few weeks later, Sally becomes a victim of the gang. She obviously could not stand the humiliation and is found with her wrist slashed. Angela decides to seek revenge. . She goes back to Rona who takes her in as a househelp and friend. While she works in the club, Angela borrows her wig and her clothes and goes about hunting her rapists.

First to fall is Melchor (Dave Brodett). She pretends to be one of his girlfriends and is allowed into his apartment. She waits for him in his bed with only the din of a red light on her. She stabs him as he is about to embrace her. At the funeral parlor, Melchor’s brother, Celso (Raul Aragon), vows to find the killer. Melchor has supported him through his law studies which remain unfinished. Celso suspects a woman to be the killer.

The second to be attacked is Oscar (Ruel Vernal). He has just left the club when he vomits in a dark alley. He spots a pretty woman with dark glasses. He is stabbed as he tries to make a pass. He is saved by the headlights of a passing vehicle and is brought to a hospital. Angela looks over the hospital with the aim of finishing Oscar there. However, Celso pays Oscar a visit and spots Angela suspiciously lingering in the corridor. He realizes she is the assassin and runs after her but she has disappeared.

Bren (Tonio Gutierrez) is an easy target. He is stabbed while urinating in the dark. Angela chances upon Delio (Rez Cortez) in Rona’s house. It appears that Rona is his sugar mommy. She does not spare him despite his closeness to her benefactor. She waits for Rona to leave before striking. Delio’s body is found in the bedroom when Rona comes home.

The two other gang members are nervous. They suspect Rona’s helper. But she is not around when they come looking. Near the restaurant, Celso spots her at a distance. He runs after her and rips her dress. He sees the tattoos on her back and understands what she is doing. He tries to dissuade her from carrying out with her revenge. But Oscar and Bobby (Johnny Delgado) finally meet up with Angela. There is a chase in a saw mill. Bobby accidentally shoots Oscar. Angela stabs Bobby before shooting him. Angela gives herself up to Celso who has called the police.
(Source: Lino Brocka: The Artist and his Times)


"Angela Markado" (1980)
Four-Seasons Films International, Inc.
Released thru Associated Entertainment Corporation
Release Date November 7, 1980
Serialized in Weekly Movie Specials
Story Carlo J. Caparas
Screenplay Jose F. Lacaba
Cinematography Conrado Baltazar
Editor Augusto Salvador
Direction Lino Brocka
Cast Hilda Koronel (in the title role), Johnny Delgado, Rez Cortez, Ruel Vernal, Tonio Gutierrez, Dave Brodett with Celia Rodriguez and Raul Aragon


One of the nerve-wracking and tense scenes from Brocka's "Angela Markado"
(l-r) Rez Cortez, Hilda Koronel, Ruel Vernal


The movie was released in VHS format in the 80s by Trigon Video

Monday, November 11, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 93: ALMA MORENO, EDDIE GARCIA, GEORGE ESTREGAN, ERNIE GARCIA, ANNA GONZALES, BABY DELGADO, PIA MORAN, ANNE VILLEGAS, MARY WALTER & DONDON NAKAR IN "BROKEN HOME" (1980)


"Broken Home" (1980)
Bancom Audiovision Corporation
Release Date November 7, 1980
Produced by Jesse Ejercito
Direction Arsenio Bautista
Cast Alma Moreno, Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Ernie Garcia, Anna Gonzales, Baby Delgado, Pia Moran, Anne Villegas, Mary Walter and Dondo Nakar

Sunday, November 10, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 92: DOLPHY, NIDA BLANCA, WITH PANCHITO, PAQUITO DIAZ, CARMI MARTIN, ANNA MARIE GUTIERREZ IN "THE QUICK BROWN FOX" (1980)


"The Quick Brown Fox" (1980)
RVQ Productions, Inc.
Release Date November 6, 1980
Cinematography Claro Gonzales
Music D'Amarillo
Direction Jett C. Espiritu
Cast Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Paquito Diaz, Carmi Martin, Anna Marie Gutierrez/ Also Starring Jing Abalos, Teroy de Guzman, Tsing Tong Tsai, Conde Ublado/ Featuring Weng Weng/ Co-starring Max Vera, Arturo Moran, Panchito, Jr., Er 'Canton' Salazar, Benny Mack, Boy Pineda, Nonong de Andres, Jay Grama, Fred Esplana, Ben Manalo, Boy de Castro, Atong maximo, Paquito Bautista and Lea Dominguez/ Guest stars from Hollywood- Roy Aoyama, Patrick Adibe, Ibrahim Muhamid, Danilo D' Ora, Tim Davies, James Gaines, Protacio Dee, George Weber, Jr,.



Saturday, November 9, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 91: DINDO FERNANDO, CHARO SANTOS AND CHANDA ROMERO, WITH EDDIE GARCIA, ARMIDA SIGUION- REYNA IN "PAG-IBIG NA WALANG DANGAL"(1980)


"Pag-ibig na Walang Dangal" (1980)
Bancom Audiovision Corporation
Release Date August 31, 1980
Story and Screenplay Oscar Miranda
Cinematography Romy Vitug
Music Ryan Cayabyab
Produced by Armida Siguon- Reyna
Direction Romy Suzara
Cast Dindo Fernando, Charo Santos and Chanda Romero/ Also Starring Eddie Garcia, Armida Siguion- Reyna

Friday, November 8, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 90: RUDY FERNANDEZ, BEMBOL ROCO, ACE VERGEL, WITH VIVIAN VELEZ, JULIE ANN FORTICH, RAUL ARAGON, GEORGE ESTREGAN, DENCIO PADILLA IN "TRES KANTOS" (1980)


 "Tres Kantos" (1980)
Ultra Vision Films, Inc.
Release Date October 31, 1980
Story and Screenplay Jose Flores Sibal
Cinematography Joe Tutanes
Direction Nilo Saez
Cast Rudy Fernandez, Bembol Roco, Ace Vergel/ Also Starring Vivian Velez, Julie Ann Fortich, Raul Aragon, George Estregan, Dencio Padilla, Anita Linda, Johnny Wilson, Baldo Marro



Thursday, November 7, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 89: CHARITO SOLIS, AMY AUSTRIA AND EDU MANZANO, WITH RAUL ARAGON, BABY DELGADO, BOBBY SANDICO IN "ALAGA" (1980)


"Alaga" (1980)
Bancom Audiovision Corporation
Release Date October 24, 1980
Direction Christian Espiritu
Cast Charito Solis, Amy Austria and Edu Manzano/ Also Starring Raul Aragon, Baby Delgado, Bobby Sandico

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 88: DINA BONNEVIE, MARICEL SORIANO AND SNOOKY, WITH MARK GIL, GABBY CONCEPCION & JIMI MELENDEZ IN JOEY GOSIENGFIAO'S "UNDER-AGE" (1980)


"Under-Age" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date October 17, 1980
Direction Joey Gosiengfiao
Cast Dina Bonnevie, Maricel Soriano and Snooky'/ with Mark Gil, Gabby Concepcion & Jimi Melendez






(l-r) Snooky, Dina Bonnevie, Maricel Soriano

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