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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Joseph 'Erap' Estrada was the first lead actor to be elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame. He won his first Famas acting trophy in 1962 for the movie Markang Rehas; his second in 1964 for the movie Geron Busabos: Ang Batang Quiapo; this was followed in 1966, 1969 and 1981 for Ito ang Pilipino, Patria Adorada and Kumander Alibasbas respectively.

Markang Rehas (1962) - Stars Joseph Estrada, Perla Bautista,
Mariquit Soliman, Max Alvarado, Jess Lapid /
Directed by Armando Garces

Geron Busabos: Ang Batang Quiapo (1964)- Stars Joseph Estrada,
Imelda Ilanan, Oscar Roncal, Vic Andaya, Boy Alvarez /
Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Ito ang Pilipino (1966) - Stars Joseph Estrada, Barbara Perez,
Mario Montenegro, Gloria Sevilla, Johnny Monteiro, Vic Silayan
and Eddie Garcia / Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Patria Adorada (Dugo ng Bayani) /1969- Stars Joseph Estrada,
Gloria Romero, Barbara Perez, Eddie Garcia /
Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

Kumander Alibasbas (1981)- Stars Joseph Estrada,
Perla Bautista, Suzette Ranillo, Paquito Diaz /
Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

Monday, January 28, 2008


Kampanerang Kuba (1973)- Vilma Santos' movie
based from a Pinoy komiks novel by Pablo S. Gomez
which was later made into a teleserye.

Through the years, particularly in the 1950s to 1990s, komiks became so popular that many serial novels and komiks series were later adapted and made into movies. Some of the biggest box-office blockbusters came from komiks materials. Mars Ravelo, Francisco V. Coching, Nestor Redondo, Pablo S. Gomez and Carlo J. Caparas were among of the most widely read and prolific komiks writers whose wide range of creativity and imagination gave birth to numerous komiks stories and novels which became the basis of some of the most unforgettable and memorable films in Philippine cinema. Movies such as Darna, Captain Barbell, Bakekang, Kampanerang Kuba, Ang Panday, Totoy Bato were all money earners.

See Gerry Alanguilan

Jack and Jill, a novel by Mars Ravelo,
as serialized in Tagalog Klasiks, 1953

Jack and Jill (1953) - Stars Rogelio de la Rosa,
Lolita Rodriguez and Dolphy/ Directed by Mar S. Torres


Movie Fan- a novel by Francisco V. Coching
as serialized in Espesyal Komiks, 1955

Movie Fan (1955)- Stars Amalia Fuentes and Juancho Gutierrez

Taga sa Bato- a novel by Francisco V. Coching
as serialized in Espesyal Komiks, 1957

Taga sa Bato (1957) - Stars Paraluman, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Van De Leon and Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Conrado Conde



Pitong Gatang - a novel by Pablo S. Gomez/
Illustrated by Fred Carrillo

Pitong Gatang (1959)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Zaldy Zshornack,
Leonor Vergara and Shirley Gorospe/ Directed by Efren Reyes


Captain Barbell- a novel by Mars Ravelo
as serialized in Pinoy Klasiks, 1963

Captain Barbell (1964)- Stars Dolphy and Bob Soler/
Directed by Herminio 'Butch' Bautista


Darna at ang Babaing Tuod- a novel by Mars Ravelo
as serialized in Liwayway magazine/ 1965

Drana at ang Babaing Tuod (1965)- Stars Eva Montes as Darna,
Gina Alonzo as ang Babaing Tuod, Tito Galla, Nancy Roman
/ Directed by Cirio H. Santiago



Ang Limbas at ang Lawin- A novel by Francisco V. Coching
as serialized in Hiwaga Komiks/ 1967

Ang Limbas at ang Lawin (1967)- Stars Jess Lapid, Charlie Davao, Daisy Romualdez, Eva Montes and Nancy Roman/ Directed by Cirio H. Santiago


Ang Kampanerang Kuba- a novel by Pablo S. Gomez
as serialized in Planet Komiks, 1973

Kampanerang Kuba (1973)-
Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Celia Rodriguez,
Dindo Fernando, Rossana Marquez and Perla Bautista/
Directed by Nilo Saez



Ang Panday- a novel by Caro J. Caparas
as serialized in Pilipino Komiks, 1980

Ang Panday (1980)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Liz Alindogan, Bentot, Jr., Paquito Diaz, Lito Anzures and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ronwaldo Reyes

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Did you know that:
Actor Romeo Vasquez, popular action star of the 60s was in the brink of death and almost died. He cheated death after being stabbed and was given 50-50 chance by doctors to survive. Here's that front page news report from The Manila Times. The date: October 4, 1967---

Vasquez has 50-50 chance to survive

Romeo Vasquez, screen and TV star who was stabbed late Monday night at the studio of the Channel 5, was under sedation last night at the San Juan de Dios Hospital. He was given a 50-50 chance to survive the operation early yesterday morning by Dr. Fortunato Guerrero Sr., assisted by the latter’s son, and Dr. Cenon Cruz.

Vasquez, assailant, Robert Drake, 20, movie and TV bit player, was still confined in the Makati town jail. Drake surrendered immediately after the stabbing. He admitted the crime, saying that Vasquez used to humiliate him. He was accused by the police of frustrated homicide before Rizal provincial Fiscal Benjamin H. Aquino.

The stabbing occurred at 11:25 Monday night in the studio in the presence of a large crowd attending the recording. Vasquez was talking over the phone with his wife, Amalia Fuentes, when he was attacked.

The Manila Times/
October 4, 1967

Saturday, January 26, 2008


After 11 years, Darna was reintroduced to the moviegoing public with Liza Moreno playing the title role in Si Darna at ang Impakta. It was immediately followed by Isputnik vs. Darna one and half month later. In 1965, the first Darna movie in color, Si Darna at and Babaing Tuod was shown to the public--- this time Eva Montes was tapped for the role. Gina Pareno reprised the role in 1969 with Darna at ang Planetman.
More on Darna
Si Darna at ang Impakta (1963)- Stars Liza Moreno as Darna,
Jose Padilla, Jr., Carlos Salazar, Daisy Romualdez
and Gina Alonzo as Impakta, with Danilo Jurado as Ding /
Directed by Danilo H. Santiago

A new Pinoy superhero was introduced in 1963,
Ang Babaeng Isputnik, portrayed by Nida Blanca.

The movie also starred Tony Ferrer, Max Alvarado
and Jess Lapid / Directed by Efren Reyes
A sequel was later made --- Isputnik vs. Darna

Isputnik vs. Darna (1963)- Stars Nida Blanca as Isputnik,
Liza Moreno as Darna,
Tony Ferrer and Arnold Mendoza/
Directed by Natoy Catindig

Darna at ang Babaing Tuod (1965)- Stars Eva Montes as Darna,
Gina Alonzo as Babaing Tuod,Nancy Roman, Tito Galla /
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

Si Darna at ang Planetman (1969) -
Stars Gina Pareno as Darna, Vic Vargas as the Planetman,
Boots Anson-Roa and Cesar Ramirez,
with Gina Alajar as Narda and Boy Alajar as Ding

Darna at ang Babaing Tuod, a novel by Mars Ravelo,
was serialized at Liwayway Komiks/ 1965

Friday, January 25, 2008


Orig Showbiz Magazine / April 21, 1983

Julie Vega was discovered at a Christmas party in Quezon Institute by renowned film director and National Artist Lamberto Avellana and veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa, thus starting her showbiz career at the age of six as a telivision commercial model of a hotdog brand. She first used the screen name Darling Postigo and appeared in her first film entitled Ang Pag-ibig Ko’y Huwag Mong Sukatin as the young daughter of Anson-Roa and Dante Rivero. It was not until she appeared in her first major lead role in the 1978 film Mga Mata ni Angelita that she started using the screen name Julie Vega through the recommendation of Dr. Larry Santiago . She had been chosen from over 200 applicants to play the role of Angelita despite placing only third among all applicants. It would prove to be the role that would launch her to full movie stardom.
Vega won two FAMAS acting awards --- Best Child Actress for Mga Mata ni Angelita and Durugin si Totoy Bato and was nominated for Best Child Actress for Mga Basang Sisiw and Best Supporting Actress for Isang Bala Ka Lang!. see link

More on Julie Vega

Mga Mata ni Angelita (1978)- Stars Julie Vega in her first title role / with an all-star cast that includes FPJ and Dolphy / Won the Famas Best child actress award

Anak ng Atsay (1979)- Stars Nora Aunor, Julie Vega and Dante Rivero

Durugin si Totoy Bato (1979) - Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Charo Santos, Julie Vega and Roland Dantes / Won the Famas Best Child Actress Award- second in a row

Angelita... Ako ang iyong Ina (1980) -Stars Susan Roces and Julie Vega

Kape't Gatas (1980) - Stars Chiquito and Julie Vega

Pompa (1980) - Stars Julie Vega in the title role based on a popular komiks serial by Elena Patron

Flor de Liza (1981) - Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Daria Ramirez, Julie Vega and Janice de Belen

Iiyak ka Rin (1983) - Stars Julie Vega, Edgar Mande, Rey PJ Abellana, Leni Santos

Don't Cry For Me, Papa (1983)- Stars Charito Solis, Liza Lorena, Ric Rodrigo, Snooky, Gabby Concepcion and Julie Vega

Isang Bala Ka Lang! (1983)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Marianne Dela Riva
and Julie Vega

Roman Rapido (1983)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Janice De Belen, Sheryl Cruz, Helen Vela and Julie Vega

Dear Mama (1984)- Stars Charito Solis, Gloria Romero, Laurice Guillen, Alicia Alonzo, Rey PJ Abellana and Snooky, Julie Vega, Janice De Belen

Daddy's Little Darlings (1984)- Stars Dolphy, Snooky, Maricel Soriano, Julie Vega, Janice De Belen, William Martinez, Albert Martinez, Edgar Mande, Rey PJ Abellana


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