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Friday, January 2, 2009


Anthony Alonzo (1948-1998)

Besides the so-called bold and sexy films that pervade the movie industry in the 70s and early 8os, the period also saw the emergence and proliferation of true-to-life movies. Producers then were banking on the colorful and controversial life of known notorious criminals to come up with profitable movie projects, i.e. Nardong Putik, Kapitan Eddie Set, Baby Ama, Ronquillo, Salonga, Waway among others. Popular actors Ramon Revilla and Rudy Fernandez topped the list of action stars who churned in one movie after another, portraying infamous and villainous characters. Other stars followed--- Ace Vergel, Rhene Imperial and Anthony Alonzo.

Alonzo was one of the busiest actors during that time and made a long list of true-to-life movies based on factual events and police records. Stardom came late for Alonzo. He was already 30 when he was given an important role in Hindi sa Iyo ang Mundo Baby Porcuna in 1978 for which he was nominated for the URIAN Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated in the FAMAS the following year for Dakpin si Junior Bombay (1979). In 1972, he won the FAMAS Best Actor for his role in Bambang. He also won the Best Actor awards in the 3 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) he participated in--- for Bago Kumalat Ang Kamandag (1983), The Moises Padilla Story: The Missing Chapter (1985) and Anak Badjao (1987).

Left- "Dakpin si Junior Bombay" (1979)- Stars Charito Solis, Beth Bautista, George Estregan, Eddie Garcia, Anna Gonzales, Alicia Alonzo, Ruby Anna, Cecilia Lopez, Mario Montenegro and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Maria Saret

Right- "Totoy Scarface" (1981)- Stars Anthony Alonzo, Azenith Briones, Isabel Rivas, Ben Ulo, Jr., George Estregan, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ Directed by Armando Ruiz David

"Hanapin si... Jake Romano" (1981)- Stars Anthony Alonzo, Janet Bordon, Veronica Jones, Cecille Castillo, Doris Austria, Dencio Padilla, Paquito Diaz, Dick Israel, Ruel Vernal/ Directed by Armando Ruiz David

Left- "Dakpin si ... Pusa" (1981)- Stars Charo Santos, George Estregan, Philip Gamboa, Max Alvarado, Paquito Diaz, Deborah Sun and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Roland S. Ledesma

Right- "Bambang" (1982)- Stars Anthony Alonzo, Laarni Enriquez, Perla Bautista, Leopoldo Salcedo, Alicia Alonzo, Joonee Gamboa/ Directed by Wilfredo Milan

"Bangkusay Tondo 1950" (1981)- Stars Daria Ramirez, George Estregan, Deborah Sun, Jim Rosales and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Humilde 'Meek' Roxas

"Death Row" (1981)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Rhene Imperial, Anthony Alonzo, Daria Ramirez, Trixia Gomez, Tina Monasterio/ Directed by Nilo Saez

"Kumander Cobra" (1984)- Stars Dang Cecilio, Maria Montes, Angela Perez, Charlie Davao, George Estregan and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Ben Yalung

Left- "Mianong Magat" (1984)- Stars Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Right- "The Moises Padilla Story" (1985)- Stars Charito Solis, Gina Alajar, Tommy Abuel, George Estregan and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Left- "Manila Gang War" (1985)- Stars Anthony Alonzo, Bembol Roco, Rhoy Flores, Jess Lapid, Jr.,Jinggoy Estrada, Marianne De La Riva / Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Right- "Anak Badjao" (1987)- Stars Charito Solis, Tony Santos, Alicia Alonzo, Isadora and Anthony Alonzo/ Directed by Jose Antonio Alonzo and Jerry Tirazona


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Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, your blog makes me travel back in time. Seeing those movies kinda makes me feel like I'm back to my "tumbang preso" days, when video consoles were just an idea in comic books.

Jesus Manuel said...

The very best movie starring Anthony Alonzo I have enjoyed is DIEGONG BAYONG...I got it in VCD in Manila last year.
I felt very surprised to find out this movie was used as main source in a cut & paste film from hong Kong titled Platoon the warriors!

Zach said...

Hi, I would like to ask on where I can find old movies?

Anonymous said...

what caused of his death?

Video 48 said...

Alonzo passed away in 1998 at age 50 due to skin cancer, after suffering from acute gastroenteritis for years.

Anonymous said...

is it rue that he was bisexuaL and he died of aids

Anonymous said...

sad to say most of the true to life movies of filipino is not really true in their stories. example anthony alonzo's totoy scarface 99% untrue. the only real with the movie was the name of real name of totoy scarface.FLORENTINO SUAREZ

Unknown said...

He is the younger brother of veteran actress in several countless movies during the late 1970's and the 1980's he died of cancer at the age of 50 years old and remains a popular action star and famed icon/legend.thanks for the information.from:Wayne

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Merv said...

Anthony Alonzo was also the lead actor in the movie titled BASARON ANAK NI KAMLON. Some scenes from the movie were filmed in a vacant lot which used to be the former location of LTO in Davao City in the 80s, next to Davao Memorial Park. I was lucky enough to watch some of the shooting after arriving from grade school one afternoon. The shooting location was not far from where I used to live, just a walking distance. And when the final product came out in the cinemas, of course I went to see it too!


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