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Friday, February 29, 2008


D'Musical Teenage Idols (1969)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Ike Lozada, Angelito Marquez, Berting Labra/ Introducing Lyn Salazar/ Directed by Carling Marquez

Director Artemio Marquez offered Nora Aunor top billing in a movie for Tower Productions. He had directed Nora once in YeYe Generation and he saw in her the making of a star. It’s a big gamble on the part of the producer, Ms.Victoria Villanueva, owner of Tower risking sizable fortunes for an untested star. Nora, in an article, says “I wanted to know if a movie starring me would click.” The picture,
D’Musical Teenage Idols
, which co-starred Tirso Cruz III and released in September 23, 1969, was a surprise box-office hit. The gamble paid off and a star was born. This was followed by JBC’s Fiesta Extravaganza, Tower’s Teenage Escapades, JBC’s Halina, Neneng Ko and Viltra Elk’s Nora, The Single Girl. Her starrers were all smash hits. It turned Nora into a Superstar.

on Nora Aunor

Fiesta Extravaganza (1969)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz, III, German Moreno and Ike Lozada/ Introducing Manny De Leon and guest Eddie Peregrina and Esperanza Fabon/ Directed by Consuelo Osorio

Teenage Escapades (1969)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Ike Lozada, Angelito Marquez, Maria Victoria, Lyn Salazar and Victor Wood/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Halina Neneng Ko (1969)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Ike Lozada, Eddie Peregrina, Bebong Osorio and Esperanza Fabon/ Directed by Consuelo P. Osorio

Nora, The Single Girl (1969) - Stars Nora Aunor, Manny De Leon, Tinna Lapuz and Angelito Marquez/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Batwoman and Robin (1972)- Stars Robin Aristorenas, Virginia, Sofia Moran, Johnny Monteiro, Prospero Luna/ Directed by Junar

70s Queen of action movies, Virginia and son, Robin Aristorenas teamed up for this spectacular adventure in the 1972 movie, Batwoman and Robin. The movie, directed by Junar, short for Jun Aristorenas, was a hit when it was shown that year. A sequel, Batwoman and Robin meet the Queen of the Vampires was released two months later.
Batwoman and Robin meet the Queen of the Vampires (1972)- Stars Robin Aristorenas, Virginia, Angelita Ortiz, Aldo Cruz/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Dyesebel, another Mars Ravelo creation, was first serialized in Pilipino Komiks in 1952-53, and was later adapted into the big screen that same year. The movie topbilled Jaime de La Rosa as Fredo and Edna Luna as Dyesebel. The movie produced under Manuel Vistan Productions, Inc. and released thru Premiere Productions, was directed by the great Gerardo 'Gerry' De Leon.

Dyesebel (1953)- Stars Jaime de la Rosa, Edna Luna, Carol Varga, Fernando Royo/ Directed by Gerardo de Leon

From: marsravelosuperheroes

In the Philippines, the story of Dyesebel was narrated as a character born to a mermaid-obsessed Filipino mother. The mother, due to her obsession with looking at calendar pictures of mermaids, eventually gave birth to a female infant with a fishtail instead of normal human lower extremities. The angered father wished to abandon the abnormal child but was hindered from doing so when he was struck by lightning during a typhoon. To avoid the stigma of having a mermaid child, the couple decided to leave their village. The child was kept hidden from the sight of new neighbors. The mermaid eventually met other mermaids while spending time at the seashore. Her adventures at sea brought her into contact with Diangga, a sea-witch who had the power to transform sea-creatures like Dyesebel into normal humans. Dyesebel fell in love with a normal human man. But her secret of being a mermaid, prompted the jealous former girlfriend of the man with whom Dyesebel was in love, to kidnap Dyesebel and place her in a carnival. Dyesebel was later saved by her human lover. Diangga, the sea-witch, eventually transformed Dyesebel into a permanent female human with normal lower extremities.

For more on Dyesebel, visit http://www.marsravelodarna.com/id35.html
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Monday, February 25, 2008


El Vibora (1972)- Stars Vic Vargas, Boots Anson-Roa, Eddie Garcia, Max Alvarado and Leopoldo Salcedo/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Francisco V. Coching a popular Filipino komiks illustrator who dominated Philippine komiks art in the 1950s.
Coching is hailed as the Philippines' greatest illustrator.

Born in Buting, Pasig in 1919, Coching was well-known for his dynamic compositional technique, as well as beautiful line work. Some of his most famous works include El Indio, Barbaro, Gigolo, Waldas, Condenado, Thor, to name a few.

It was in 1934, at the very tender age of 15, that Coching thought he was ready for the comics world. He created Bing Bigotilyo, a cartoon character that saw publication in Silahis Magazine. The next year, he created Marabini, an amazon warrior drawn so alluringly and involved in fast-paced action that it became an instant hit in Bahaghari Magazine. He later did Hagibis, clearly inspired by Francisco Reyes's Kulafu and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan. Hagibis ran for 15 years in Liwayway Magazine in 5 adventure-filled episodes, and was adapted for a motion picture.

Among the more memorable of his creations, aside from Hagibis and Sabas ang Barbaro, were El Indio, Bertong Balutan, Don Cobarde, Ang Kaluluwa ni Dante, Pagano, Haring Ulupong, Dumagit, Lapu-Lapu, Bulalakaw, Waldas, Talipandas, Thor, Harangan Man ng Sibat, Palasig, Movie Fan, Gat Sibasib, and Satur - all in the action-adventure genre spiced here and there with fantasy.

His last works included Dimasalang, Bella Bandida, El Vibora, Sa Ngalan ng Batas, and El Negro, his final novel which was published in 1974 and filmed in the same year.

Article from: wikipilipinas-Francisco V.Coching

He also did movie ad artworks and layouts on some movies based on his komiks novels.

La Sombra aka. Ang Anino (1965)- Stars Bernard Bonnin,
Nancy Roman and Lauro Delgado/
Directed by Teodorico C. Santos

Black Jack (1965)- Stars Jess Lapid, Lauro Delgado, Eva Montes and Gina Alonzo/ Directed by Armando Herrera

Pistolero (1966) - Stars Jess Lapid, Gina Alonzo,
Nancy Roman, Juliet Pardo and Paquito Diaz/
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

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

Sibad (1967)- Stars Jess Lapid, Divina Valencia, Ramon D' Salva,
Ruben Rustia / Directed by Teodorico C. Santos

Kardong Kaliwa (1967)- Stars Jess Lapid, Lourdes Medel,
Nancy Roman and Jose Padilla, Jr./
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

Pambihirang Tatlo (1969) - Stars Roberto Gonzales,
Eddie Fernadez, Bernard Belleza and
Divina Valencia / Directed by Felix Villar

Panagupa (1969) - Stars Eddie Fernandez,
Josephine Estrada, Van De Leon
and Paquito Diaz/ Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

El Vibora (1972)- Stars Vic Vargas, Boots Anson-Roa, Eddie Garcia, Max Alvarado and Leopoldo Salcedo/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Sunday, February 24, 2008


I Love Mama, I Love Papa (1971)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Snooky, Liza Lorena/ Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza

One of the loveliest faces to grace Philippine cinema, Filipino audiences fondly remember Snooky as the adorable child superstar of the 70s who blossomed into a refreshingly beautiful teenstar joining the Regal Babies in the '80s. Born premature on April 4, 1966 to actors Von Serna and Mila Ocampo, she was sickly, tiny and frail as an infant. But, thank God, she survived the critical years of infancy and early childhood to follow her parents' showbiz path. At a tender age of four, she started acting via her 1970 landmark debut Wanted: Perfect Mother, where she immediately captured the hearts of Filipino audiences as a cute, sweet and smart-talking four-year old. That same year she received her first acting nomination from FAMAS as Best Child Performer for the film My Little Angel. Trained by acclaimed director and National Artist, Lino Brocka, Snooky showed promise as dramatic actress and later proved to be a fine one. In 1972, she won her first FAMAS award as Best Child Performer via the film Mahalin Mo Sana Ako.

From Snooky Serna Fan Site

Wanted: Perfect Mother (1970)- Snooky's first movie, at age 4- Stars Dante Riverio, Boots Anson-Roa, Liza Lorena, Caridad Sanchez, Mary Walter/ with Gina Alajar, Ariosto Reyes, Jr., Arnold Gamboa and introducing Snooky/ Directed by Lino Brocka- Directorial debut

My Little Angel (1970)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Liza Lorena, Snooky, Von Serna, Diana Dean/ Directed by Max Rivera

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1970)- Stars Rosemarie, Pepito Rodriguez and Snooky/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Bulilit Cinderella (1971)- Stars Snooky, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo, Mercy Oria, Lou Salvador, Sr./ Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza

The Golden Child (1971)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Snooky, Alice Crisostomo, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

Kay Ganda ng Daigdig (1971)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Liza Lorena, Snooky, Von Serna, Mary Walter/ Directed by Armando de Guzaman

Living Doll (1971)- Stars Tony Ferrer/Boots Anson-Roa, Snooky, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1971)- Stars Tirso Cruz, III, Auro Salve, Snooky, Norma Blancaflor, Romy Lapuz / Directed by Mar S. Torres

The Wonderful World of Music (1971)- Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Manlongat, Tweeny/ Directed by Armando d Guzman

Mahalin Mo sana Ako (1972)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Boots Anson-Roa, Snooky, Connie Angeles, Renato Robles, Diana Dean/ Directed by Luis Enriquez

Friday, February 22, 2008


Probably one of the busiest action stars during his time and only in his mid 30s, actor Bernard Belleza died from bullet wounds after he was gunned down by an air force captain. From the front page of the Daily Mirror, here's the news account of that incident---

Johnny Do Or Die (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza
Directed by Artemio Marquez

Front page issue of the Daily Mirror, March 7, 1970


PASAY CITY, March 7---(PNS)--- Movie actor Bernard Belleza died at 4:10 this morning at the V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City about 13 hours after he was shot allegedly by an air force captain. The actor did not regain consciousness since he was shot at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at the driveway of the 528th air wing building at the Nichols Air Base here. He was shot four times in the back, navel, right leg and right thigh allegedly by air force Capt. Severino Francisco, assistant inspector general of the 520th air force wing who remained in the custody of air force authorities. Motive for the shooting is still unknown. (Police investigators said Francisco would be surrendered to them anytime today).

Police Chief Francisco Villa ordered this morning Det. Maj. Juanito Guysayko, assistant chief of detectives, to fetch Francisco from the office of air force Col.Milan assured Guysayko yesterday that he would turn over Francisco to him after he (Milan) had completed his own investigation. “If there’s any hitch in getting Francisco, I’ll take personal hand in the matter. If things go smoothly, I’ll let the detective bureau go on with its investigation.” Villa said. Gabriel Milan, wing commander, for investigation.

Guysayko, on the other hand, ordered his men to pick up possible witnesses to the shooting of the movie actor, a former air force sergeant in his mid 30s. He said details of the incident still could not be had as investigators started this morning their own thorough investigation. He expressed surprise why there were nine empty shells since the maximum load of a 45 caliber pistol is only eight even if a bullet is lodged in the chamber and a full-packed ammunition clip. A Hillman car, reportedly owned by Francisco, was hit with a bullet in the left rear windshield. The crime scene is close to the west gate of the Nichols Air Base leading to the domestic airport terminal.

The Daily Mirror/ March 7, 1970

More on Bernard Belleza

Alexander Bilis (1967)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Lucita Soriano and Verna Gaston/ Directed by Ben Feleo

The Sunjuka Master (1967) - Stars Bernard Belleza, Daisy Romualdez, Zeny Zabala, Rubirosa, Lauro Delgado, Oscar Roncal/ Directed by Ruben De Guzman

Eagle Commados (1967)- Stars Zaldy Zshornack, Max Alvarado, Mel Francisco and Bernard Belleza/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

Kapwa Walang Panginoon (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Manolito Garcia, Sofia Moran, Gina Laforteza/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

Honey and West (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza
and Shirley Gorospe/ Directed by Ben Feleo

The Karate Champions (1968)- Sars Bernard Belleza and Divina Valencia/ Directed by George Rowe

Mindanao (1968)- Stars Mario Montenegro, Bernard Belleza, Zeny Zabala, Stella Suarez/ Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza

Room For Rent (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Anna Gonzales, Zeny Zabala, Arnold Mendoza/ Directed by Chito Tapawan

Sa Manlulupig Di ka Pasisiil (1968)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Zaldy Zhornack, Bernard Belleza, Divina Valencia and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ben Feleo

We Only Live Wa-is (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Anna Gonazales, Gina Laforteza, Carina Afable and Rico Roman/ Directed by Luis San Juan

Daredevil (1968)- Stars Bernard Belleza, SofiaMoran, Lucita Soriano and Stella Suarez/ Directed by Ben Feleo

The Wild and the Sexy (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Marissa Delgado, Vic Pacia, Bino Garcia/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz
Cuatro Vendetta (1969)- Bernard Belleza, Rebecca, Rosanna Ortiz, Marilou Ver/ Directed by Hector Molina

Kawatan (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Boots Anson-Roa, Ike Lozada and Rosanna Ortiz/ Directed by Hector Molina

Zoom Zoom Apollo (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Divina Valencia, Anna Gonzales and Dante Varona/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Godiva (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Max Alvarado, Rosanna Ortiz, Johnny Monteiro, Verna Gaston, Vic Pacia/ Directed by Chito Tapawan

Gun-Runners (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Rebecca, Berting Labra, Dencio Padilla/ Directed by Luis San Juan

The Incomparable (1969)- Stars Bernard Belleza, Divina Valencia, Marissa Delgado, Lauro Delgado, Johnny Monteiro/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

Pambihirang Tatlo (1969)- Stars Roberto Gonzales, Eddie Fernandez, Bernard Belleza and Divina Valencia/ Directed by Felix Villar


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