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Monday, September 30, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 62: RAMON REVILLA, SR., DANTE RIVERO, GEORGE ESTREGAN, AZENITH BRIONES, MARIO MONTENEGRO, EDDIE GARCIA, YEHLEN CATRAL, RAMON REVILLA, JR. IN "MISSION: TERRORIZE PANAY" (1980)


"Mission: Terrorize Panay" (1980)
Imus Productions
Its 7th Grand Anniversary Presentation
Release Date July 27, 1980
Director of Photography Ramon Marcelino
Film Editor Pepe Marcos
Music Restie Umali
Direction Jose Yandoc
Cast Ramon Revilla, Sr., Dante Rivero, George Estregan, Azenith Briones, Mario Montenegro, Eddie Garcia, Yehlen Catral, Ramon Revilla, Jr./ Also Starring Paquito Diaz, max Alvarado,Philip Gamboa, Nick Romano, Michael Murray, Max Laurel, Rodolf 'Boy' Garcia, Joseph de Cordova, Anita Linda, Ingrid Salas, Johnny Madrid, Larry Silva/ with Joe Garcia, Renato del Prado, Joe Cunanan, Jun Santos, Miniong Alvarez, Rocco Montalban, Jing Caparas, Jun Turko/ Introducing Melody Amor, Eddie Espiritu

Sunday, September 29, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 61: ALFIE ANIDO, GABBY CONCEPCION AND DINA BONNEVIE IN JOEY GOSIENGFIAO'S "KATORSE" (1980)


"Katorse" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date July 25, 1980
Screenplay Toto Belano
Editing Rogelio Salvador
Cinematography Ricardo Jacinto
Music Jun Latonio
Direction Joey Gosiengfiao
Cast Alfie Anido, Gabby Concepcion and Dina Bonnevie






Celebrity Magazine/ August 31, 1980
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It was actor Alfie Anido who led Dina Bonnevie into the movies. They met in a pictorial for a magazine which paired them off for a cover story. Alfie was already in the movies the. He was just taking time out from the set of Nympha, a Regal movie which reestablished Alma Moreno’s reign as the country’s top sex symbol, a title which, as per publicity, she is about to lose to Dina. After the pictorial, Alfie invited Dina to the set where Alma was in shooting. “I like Alma because I’ve always found her sexy. I’ve always wanted to see her in person,” Dina explains.
At the set, Alfie introduced Dina to (Director) Joey Gosiengfiao who was directing the movie. And what do you know, the man who is known only for discovering beauty in men (Orestes Ojeda, Al Tantay and Alfie Anido were is “discoveries”) was bowled over by Dina’s pulchritude. He gave her a screen test, showed Lily Monteverde (better known as Mother Lily) the results, and even Mother Lily had probably wished at that time that Dina was her daughter. From then on, Dina became another Joey Gosiengfiao protégée, just like Alfie.


(Source: Celebrity Magazine/ August 31, 1980)




Saturday, September 28, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 60: BOY FERNANDEZ AS MEDARDO ENCABO IN "TARGET: KANANG KAMAY NI NARDO" (1980)


"Target: Kanang Kamay ni Nardo" (1980)
SQ Films
Release Date July 25, 1980
Based on the true-to-life story of Medardo Encabo, real right hand man of Nardong Putik
Direction Artemio Marquez and Carlo Caparas
Cast Boy Fernandez, Roderick Paulate


Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

RIP, MEL CHIONGLO,73

Veteran director, writer, and production designer Carmelo “Mel” Chionglo passed away on Sept. 21 at the age of 73. His death was confirmed by the artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris B. Millado on Saturday via his personal Facebook page. “[I’m] very sad to announce the passing of a colleague and renowned film director Mel Chionglo. The happiest of journeys gentle Mel,” Mr. Millado said in his post.

Mr. Chionglo served for many years as the competition director and the head of the monitoring committee of the CCP’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

He first worked in film on Mike de Leon’s debut feature film in 1976, Itim (Rites of May) as the production designer. He also did the production designs for de Leon's Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising in 1977, Ishmael Bernal's Walang Katapusang Tag-araw which was an entry to the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival and for Joey Gosiengfiao’s cult film Temptation Island (1980).

The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) gave him the Best Production Design award for Itim (1976), and again for Eddie Romero’s Aguila (1980). He won a Gawad Urian trophy for Ishmael Bernal’s 1978 film, Ikaw ay Akin.

In 1980, Mr. Chionglo directed his first feature film, Playgirl, whose cast included Charito Solis, Gina Alajar, and Philip Salvador. Two years later, he directed Anak, which starred Dina Bonnevia, Christopher de Leon, and Celia Rodriguez. In 1983, he directed Summer Holiday.

His 1992 film Lucia won Best Film at the London International Environmental Film Festival and his 1994 film Sibak (Midnight Dancers) won jury prize at the Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

His other films include Burlesk King (1999), and Twilight Dancers (2006).



"Itim" (1977)
Cinema Artists Philippines
Release Date January 14, 1977
Screenplay Doy del Mundo, Gil Quito
Cinematography Ely Cruz, Rody Lacap
Production Designer Mel Chionglo
Editing Ike Jarlego, Jr.
Sound Ramon Reyes, Sebastian Sayson, Luis Reyes
Music Max Jocson
Producer Severino Manotok/ Cinema Artists Philippines
Director Mike de Leon
Cast Tommy Abuel, Mario Montenegro, Mona Lisa and Introducing Charo Santos/ Also Starring Moody Diaz, Sarah Joaquin and Susan Valdez


"Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising" (1977)
LVN Pictures
A Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date December 24, 1977
Screenplay Rey Santayana, Mike de Leon
Cinematography Francis Escaler, Mike de Leon
Production Design Mel Chonglo
Editing Ike Jarlego, Jr.
Musical Director Jun Latonio
Direction Mike de Leon
Cast Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel/ Also Starring Laurice Guillen, Moody Diaz, Bibeth Orteza, Danny Javier, Boboy Garrovillo, Briccio Santos and Oya de Leon


"Walang Katapusang Tag-araw" (1977)
Lea Productions
Release Date December 24, 1977
Story and Screenplay Ishamel Bernal
in collaboration with Oscar Miranda
Cinematography Jun Rasca
Production Design Mel Chonglo
Music Willie Cruz
Direction Ishmael Bernal
Cast Charito Solis, Mat Ranillo III, Eddie Garcia, Ruel Vernal and Liza Lorena/ Also Starring Ingrid Salas, Veronica Palileo, Rustica Carpio/ Guest Stars- Catherine Santos, Ernie Zarate




"Ikaw ay Akin" (1978)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, Inc.
Release Date December 8, 1978
Story and Screenplay Ishmael Bernal, Joe N. Carreon
Cinematography Sergio Lobo
Production Design Mel Chonglo
Music Vanishing Tribe
Direction Ishmael Bernal
Cast Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon/ Also Starring Nick Romano, Ellen Esguerra, Zandro Zamora, Odette Kahn, Charmie Benavidez, Ernie Zarate, Cris Vertido, Anton Juan/ Featuring PETA Kalinangan Ensemble, Eskuelahang Munti/ Introducing Andrea Andolong


"Aguila" (1980)
Bancom Audiovision Corporation
Release Date February 14, 1980
Cinematography Mike de Leon
Art Direction Mel Chionglo
Music Ryan Cayabyab
Associate Producer Raffy Fabie
Executive Producer Jackie Atienza
Direction Eddie Romero
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher de Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa, Eddie Garcia, Jay Ilagan, Chanda Romero, Charo Santos, Daria Ramirez, Celia Rodriguez, Orestes Ojeda, Susan Valdez, Andrea Andolong, Johnny Delgado, Conrad Poe


"Playgirl" (1980)
Regal Films
Story and Screenplay Ricky Lee
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Charito Solis, Phillip Salvador, Al Tantay, Gabby Concepcion, Jimi Melendez and Gina Alajar


"Anak" (1982)
Regal Films
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Christopher de Leon, Lloyd Samartino and Dina Bonnevie


"Summer Holiday" (1983)
Regal Films
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Snooky, Albert Martinez, Maricel Soriano, William Martinez, Kristine Garcia, Edgar Mande, lani Mercaso, Joel Alano, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Lito pimentel



"Sibak (Midnight Dancers)" (1994)
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Alex del Rosario, Gandong Cervantes and Lawrence David


"Burlesk King" (1999)
Seiko Films
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Raymond Bagatsing, Elizabeth Oropesa, Cherrie Pie Picache, Leonardo Litton, Nini jacinto, Rodel Velayo



"Lagarista" (2001)
Regal Films
Direction Mel Chionglo
Cast Piolo Pascaual, Janna Victoria

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 58: NORA AUNOR, LLOYD SAMARTINO AND ROLLY QUIZON IN MARYO J. DE LOS REYES' "BONGGA KA 'DAY" (1980)


"Bongga Ka 'Day" (1980)
Associated Entertainment Corporation 
Release Date July 18, 1980
Story and Screenplay Jake Tordesillas
Director of Photography Jose Batac, Jr.
Film Editor Edgardo 'Boy' Vinarao
Choreography Geleen Eigenio
Music Hotdog
Direction Maryo J. de los Reyes
Cast Nora Aunor, Lloyd Samartino and Rolly Quizon/ Also Starring Chichay, Rez Cortez, Juan Rodrigo, Roi Vinzon, Dexter Doria, Dandin Ranillo and Chona Castillo/ with Hotdog, Louella, Debraliz, Benggot Pe Benito, Geleen Eugenio/ Introducing Dianne Jose/ Guest stars- Leila Hermosa & Martha Sevilla


Movie Review- see link


(l-r) Rolly Quizon, Nora Aunor, Lloyd Samartino


Photos- courtesy of Mercy G. Masangcay

Monday, September 23, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 57: MARK GIL, MICHAEL DE MESA AND TET ANTIQUIERA IN "PUWEDE BA UTOL, AKIN SIYA?" (1980)


"Puwede Ba Utol, Akin Siya?" (1980)
Emperor Films
Release Date July 18, 1980
Direction Emmanuel H. Borlaza
Cast Mark Gil, Michael de Mesa and Tet Antiquiera/ Also starring Brenda del Rio, Chona Castillo, Josephine Manuel, Ruel Vernal, Mario Marasigan, Joey Infante and Rosemarie Gil

Sunday, September 22, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 56: ALMA MORENO, BETH BAUTISTA, CECILLE CASTILLO, GEORGE ESTREGAN AND RUDY GENASKY AS "JIM NICHOLS, ALYAS BOY KANO" (1980)


"Jim Nichols, Alyas Boy Kano" (1980)
Dhories Films
Release Date July 11, 1980
Story and Screenplay Cecille Lardizabal
Cinematography Vic Anao
Film Editing Edgardo 'Boy' Vinarao
Direction Maria Saret
Cast Alma Moreno, Beth Bautista, Cecille Castillo, George Estregan and Rudy Genasky (in the title role)/ Also Starring Perla Bautista, Anita Linda, Joonee Gamboa, Dick Israel, Enrico Villa, Odette Khan, Jimmy de Leon and Eddie San Jose

Saturday, September 21, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 55: BETH BAUTISTA, RAMON ZAMORA, GEORGE ESTREGAN, CONRAD POE AND ACE VERGEL IN "AKO...LABAN SA LAHAT!" (1980)


"Ako...Laban sa Lahat:" (1980)
Trigon Cinema Arts Corporation
a J.C. Production
Release Date July 11, 1980
Direction Junn P. Cabreira
Cast Beth Bautista, Ramon Zamora, George Estregan, Conrad Poe and Ace Vergel


Friday, September 20, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 54: CHARITO SOLIS AND MYRNA CASTILLO, WITH DENNIS ROLDAN, ROMY DIAZ, JOHNNY WILSON, GIL GUERRERO IN "ITO ANG BABAE" (1980)



"Ito ang Babae" (1980)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date July 11, 1980
Story and Screenplay Armando Garces & Deo Careza
Cinematography Amado de Guzman
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Armando Garces
Cast Charito Solis and Myrna Castillo/ Also Starring Dennis Roldan, Romy Diaz, Johnny Wilson & Gil Guerrero






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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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 53: CHARITO SOLIS, ALMA MORENO, BEMBOL ROCO, RIO LOCSIN, CHANDA ROMERO, AL TANTAY, JULIE ANN FORTICH, MARK GIL, TET ANTIQUIERA, EDGAR MORTIZ, ROSEMARIE GIL AND CHERIE GIL IN "GABI NG LAGIM NGAYON" (1980)


"Gabi ng Lagim Ngayon" (1980)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
For its 34th Anniversary Presentation
Release Date July 10, 1980
Inspired by Froilan Villegas radio serial
Screenplay Oscar Miranda
Cinematography Joseph Araojo
Direction Cirio H. Santiago and Chat Gallardo
Cast Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin, Chanda Romero, Al Tantay, Julie Ann Fortich, Mark Gil, Tet Antiquiera, Edgar Mortiz, Rosemarie Gil and Cherie Gil/ with Joonee Gamboa, Peewee Quijano




Tuesday, September 17, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 52: AZENITH BRIONES, JENNIFER CORTEZ, DEBORAH SUN, BAMBI ARAMBULO AND DINA BONNEVIE IN JOEY GOSIENGFIAO'S "TEMPTATION ISLAND" (1980)


"Temptation Island" (1980)
Regal Films
Release Date July 4, 1980
Story and Screenplay Toto Belano
Cinematography Ricardo Jacinto
Film Editing Rogelio Salvador
Music Jun Latonio
Direction Joey Gosiengfiao
Cast Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Deborah Sun, Bambi Arambulo and Dina Bonnevie/ with Alfie Anido, Ricky Belmonte, Domingo Sabado, Jonas Sebastian, Tonio Gutierrez, Anita Linda


Monday, September 16, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 51: JESS LAPID, JR., PIA MORAN, ALICIA ALONZO, REZ CORTEZ, MARISSA DEL MAR, BENTOT, JR. IN "KILABOT SA LABANAN" (1980)


"Kilabot sa Labanan" (1980)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date July 4, 1980
Cinematography Ricardo M. Herrera
Music Demet Velasquez
Written and Directed by Philip San Jose
Cast Jess Lapid, Jr., Pia Moran, Alicia Alonzo, Rez Cortez, Marissa del Mar, Marie Acuna, Bentot, Jr./ Also Starring Max Alvarado, Romy Diaz, Victor Bravo, Rey Sagum and Ria Villareal/ Co-starring Joaquin Fajardo, Ben dato, Avel Morado, Romy Nario, Jing caparas, Mel Arca, Frank Lapid, Joe Baltazar, Rene Tupas, Romy Blanco, Kent Gonzales, Boy Belio, Raquel Sayson, Romy Zamodio, Vic Santos/ Special Guest Star Val Iglesia

Sunday, September 15, 2019

THE EIGHTIES # 50: BEMBOL ROCO, MAT RANILLO III, ACE VERGEL AND LITO LAPID, WITH GEORGE ESTREGAN, PHILLIP GAMBOA, EDDIE GARCIA IN "BARKADA" (1980)


"Barkada" (1980)
Intercinema Incorporated
Release Date July 2, 1980
Direction Carlo Lopez
Cast Bembol Roco, Mat Ranillo III, Ace Vergel and Lito Lapid/ Also Starring George Estregan, Phillip Gamboa, Eddie Garcia, Cecille Castillo, Pia Moran, Angelo Ventura, Patria Plata

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