by Ricardo Lo
I want to give you a piece of information about this actress who almost made it in
How Barbara got the role was a story in itself. She did not audition nor was recommended by her home studio, Sampaguita Pictures. She was just spotted by a
It was a coincidence that when the film had its world premiere, Barbara was also in the
It was also reported that during the press preview of the film, Barbara was applauded by the press and the ensuing reviews were all accolades which even landed in the local papers, Manila Times for one. Right there, Barbara was offered a three-year-contract by Universal International. Not to be outdone, MGM also offered her a starring role in Dime with a Halo where she would portray a prostitute. Barbara turned down this offer and the role went, incidentally, to another Asian actress of her monicker, Barbara Luna.
Another offer was to play opposite William Holden in The Seventh Dawn, shot in
It was really amazing how Barbara was able to resist all these offers, considering that during their first years of marriage to Robert Arevalo, she has not been doing any film and their finances were not exactly fine. Offers came far and between and Barbara, made not in the mold of Amalia Fuentes and Susan Roces who were then the darling of the “bakya crowd”, were only given so-so roles.
Is it not grand for the actors of the present generation to know that one time, somewhere in our midst, we once have an actress who literally held